Community News

The story behind Rue Braille

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Rue Braille was named in honour of Louis Braille, who invented a system of reading and writing for use by the blind or visually impaired. The system he devised remains virtually unchanged to this day, and is known worldwide simply as braille. 

Chrystia Freeland visits Quebec City

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Photo: Peter Black

Foreign Minister Chrystia Freeland made a stop in Quebec City on Nov. 14 on a mission to calm concerns about the new United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA).

The Morrin Centre’s 10th annual Literary Feast scores again

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Photo: Dylan Page

On Nov. 15, Quebec City’s English-language cultural hub, the Morrin Centre, hosted its 10th annual Literary Feast. The event, which benefits the centre’s programming and mission, began with a cocktail reception in the magnificent Victorian library, followed by a dinner in the ballroom.

The 2018 Community Christmas Hamper Campaign has started!

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Photo: Diane Kameen

Our fundraising goal for 2018 is $30,000, so we have a long way to go! You can visit the Quebec City Community Christmas Hamper Campaign Facebook page every Thursday and keep track of the fundraising progress. We need non-perishable food donations (canned and packaged goods) as well as volunteers to help sort, pack and deliver the goods on Dec. 12, 13, 14 and 15.

MNBAQ exhibit celebrates 350 years of Quebec art

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Photo: Shirley Nadeau
The Musée nationale des Beaux-Arts du Québec (MNBAQ) has breathed new life into the restored Gérard Morisset pavilion, inaugurated in 1933, with its exhibit 350 ans de pratiques artistiques au Québec (350 years of artistic practices in Quebec), which opened on Nov. 14. 

Winter is here and the geese have gone … or most of them

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Photo: Lise Lafond
Canada geese come to our pond in the spring and fall every year, giving us the opportunity to learn so much from these large feathered friends. 

2019 Quebec Winter Carnival will be different … and shorter

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Photo: Cassandra Kerwin

The 2019 Quebec Winter Carnival will be held over 11 days rather than the usual 17. The two parades, scheduled for Feb. 9 and 16, will take place in Upper Town only.

At a press conference held at the Musée national des Beaux-Arts du Québec on Nov. 7, Carnival managing director Mélanie Raymond and consultant Daniel Gélinas revealed details of next year’s parade.

Video game developers remember Bernard Landry

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Photo: provided by Pascal Nataf

Quebec paid tribute this past week to a great statesman – former premier Bernard Landry, who died on Nov. 6.

Quebec Art Company’s Streetcar is ready to roll

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Photo: Normand Brassard

There’s great excitement in the air as the Quebec Art Company (QAC) production of A Streetcar Named Desire is but a week away from the opening night of a six-show run.

Community Calendar

Nov. 19 to Dec. 6 – Senior Technology Workshops. Members of the community aged 50+ are invited to join us for workshops with Quebec High School’s tech-savvy students! Bring your own devices and questions. For details visit veq.ca Events and RSVP to Alexandra at 418 683-2366 ext. 224 or [email protected].

Laval and Western set for Vanier Cup rematch

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Photo: courtesy of Mathieu Bélanger-U Laval

The Université Laval Rouge et Or will finally get a chance to avenge their 2017 Vanier Cup loss to the University of Western Ontario Mustangs.

Laval captured the Uteck Bowl and got their ticket to the 2018 U Sports national football championship game with a resounding 63-0 win over the Atlantic Conference champions, the St. Francis Xavier University (StFX) X-Men.

Cannabis education starts before legal age of consumption

TeenMentalHealth.org is educating students, parents, teachers and school-based student care providers about cannabis use in teens. Information and resources can be downloaded free at TeenMentalHealth.org/Cannabis.

Hockey action at St. Patrick’s High and St. Lawrence

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Photo: courtesy of Champlain-St. Lawrence Athletics

The St. Patrick’s High School hockey teams will all be back in action after a quiet time in the Ligue de Hockey Préparatoire Scolaire.

Only the Under 17 Minor (U17) team was on the ice last weekend. Playing at the Centre Sportif de Sainte-Foy, the Fighting Irish lost in overtime, 3-2, against the Académie Mont-Bleu of Gatineau.

High school and CEGEP basketball season underway

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Photo: Luc Lang

Basketball season is back in the Québec-Chaudière-Appalaches region of the Réseau du Sport Étudiant du Québec (RSEQ).

It’s back to the courts for the girls’ and boys’ teams at St. Patrick’s and Quebec high schools in hopes of winning a regional title banner to hang in their respective gymnasiums.

Lest we forget: 100 years since the Armistice

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Photo: Cassandra Kerwin
This year’s Remembrance Day has a special significance because it commemorates the 100th anniversary of the signing of the Armistice in a railway car in the forest of Compiègne in Picardy, France, on Nov. 11, 1918, ending the First World War.

Letter to the Editor

I just wanted to say thank you for [QCT journalist Ruby Pratka’s] amazing article [“Quebec City comes together for victims of Pittsburgh shooting”] that appeared in [the Nov. 7, 2018] paper.

Cable TV boldly goes where networks fear to tread

Now that the American midterm elections are over, there is likely to be a great sucking vacuum in the television-viewing habits of many folks on this side of the border who have been addicted to CNN and MSNBC – well, ever since that orange-haired fellow began his run for the presidency, anyway.

MAtv launch documentary on Château Frontenac’s 125th anniversary

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Photo: provided by MAtv

On the occasion of the 125th anniversary of the Château Frontenac, former general manager Robert Mercure proposed to MAtv Québec that it produce a documentary series relating the history of the famous hotel, including the prestigious site where it is located.

Memorials and Things of Fame

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Photo: Wikimedia Commons - Public Domain

November 11, 1868 – The Morning Chronicle

The story behind Rue Berlinguet

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This street is named in honour of two architects and sculptors – Louis-Thomas Berlinguet (1790-1863), born in Saint-Laurent on Île-d'Orléans, and his son François-Xavier Berlinguet (1830-1916), born in Quebec City. 

The War Ends: Headlines from 100 years ago

The end of the First World War brought new challenges for Quebec City’s residents. This sampling of headlines in the November 1918 Quebec Chronicle gives a glimpse of the situation in the wake of the war effort.

Parade des Jouets kindles the Christmas spirit

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Photo: Danielle Burns
What is the true meaning of Christmas? Is it gifts under the tree? Stockings stuffed? Turkeys stuffed? Rum and eggnog with friends and family? Christmas parties? 

Give to the Community Christmas Hamper Campaign and help deliver some goodness this holiday season

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Photo: Sophie Minville, EQLC

The 23rd Community Christmas Hamper Campaign will soon be underway! From Sunday, Nov. 18 to Sunday, Dec. 9, you can help “deliver some goodness” by giving to this wonderful community initiative in any or all of the following ways:

Royal 22e Régiment and Voltigeurs de Québec launch CD with a concert

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Photo: Shirley Nadeau

La Musique du Royal 22e Régiment in association with La Musique des Voltigeurs de Québec launched their first CD, simply titled UN, at the Basilique-cathédrale Notre-Dame de Québec on Nov. 10. A free concert by La Musique des Voltigeurs “L’écho des coquelicots”, which highlighted the 100th anniversary of the signing of the Armistice, followed the launch.

PIGS light up the Impérial Bell with the music of Pink Floyd

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Photo: Lise Lafond

PIGS, Canada’s Pink Floyd tribute band, was back in town Nov. 7 to play at the Impérial Bell as part of their Outside / In Canadian tour. Some of the more “mature” fans felt young again reminiscing and getting into the frame of mind that is created by the music of Pink Floyd.

The Dragonfly of Chicoutimi flies into La Bordée theatre

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Photo: Nicola-Frank Vachon

La Bordée theatre really took a chance on this month’s production of The Dragonfly of Chicoutimi, a play being presented in English only. Written in 1995 by Quebec playwright Larry Tremblay, it is a challenge for francophone theatre-goers to understand.

Laval wins Dunsmore Cup

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Photo: Jay Ouellet

Université Laval’s Rouge et Or football team is heading for their third straight U Sports national semifinal with a 14-1 win over the Université de Montréal (UdeM) Carabins, in front of 10,220 fans who braved the weather at Stade Telus on Nov. 10.

Remembrance Day service at Chalmers-Wesley United Church

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Photo: Shirley Nadeau

Rev. Éloi Gunn, the supervising minister of Chalmers-Wesley United Church in Quebec City, and course director at CFB Borden, Ont., led the congregation in worship on Nov. 11. Rev. Gunn also carries the Royal Canadian Navy rank of Lt-Cdr.

Quebec High School students remember their fallen comrades

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Photo: Shirley Nadeau

Quebec High School students set up a special display case in the entrance of their school to honour two former students who fought in the First World War.

Mayor Okill Massey Learmonth (left), was awarded the Victoria Cross for bravery during a battle on Aug. 18, 1917, at Hill 70 near Lens, France. He died of his injuries later in the day.

Community Calendar

Oct. 30 to Nov. 24 at 7:30 p.m. – The Dragonfly of Chicoutimi, is a play in English by Larry Tremblay, starring Jack Robitaille, about a man who, following a traumatic experience, loses the ability to speak. After many years, he awakens, but can only speak English! He then explores the story of his childhood to try to understand what has happened to him and who he really is….

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