Community News

DDO loops into coding

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Photo: Valerie Lebel

From March to June 2018, students at Dollard-des-Ormeaux school (DDO) in Shannon have been involved in a coding (computer programming) project.

How did the Joan of Arc statue get to the Plains of Abraham?

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Photo: Shirley Nadeau

Quebec City Women’s Club member Barbara Bignell happened to mention during a recent conversation that her father Jim O’Halloran was instrumental in seeing that the large bronze statue of Joan of Arc was installed where it is today, in the beautiful garden on the Plains of Abraham.

Congratulations to Champlain-St. Lawrence’s Class of 2018

Photo: Cassandra Kerwin
Wearing black robes and mortarboards, graduates of CEGEP Champlain-St. Lawrence (SLC) paraded into the Grand Hall of Le Montmartre on May 27. Their proud parents, teachers, staff, supporters and guest speakers congratulated them on their success. Merit certificates and awards were distributed to graduates as they walked across the stage. 

How to access the QCT online

Did you know that if you are currently a subscriber to the print edition of the Quebec Chronicle-Telegraph, you also have online access to all articles and the digital version of the weekly edition on our website at 

NDP rules elsewhere, but what’s left in Quebec?

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Our neighbours to the west will be voting on June 7, and, oh wow, what an interesting night that will be. If you’ve been following the polls in Ontario, you’ll know that what had been Progressive Conservative Leader Doug Ford’s race to lose, he is now on the verge of losing – to Andrea Horwath’s New Democratic Party.

Apply now for Health & Social Services Community Leadership Bursaries

Jeffery Hale Community Partners, in collaboration with McGill University, is calling for applications for the Health and Social Services Community Leadership Bursary Program.

The story behind Rue and Parc Scott

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Photo: Google Maps

This short street and small park in the Saint-Jean-Baptiste neighbourhood of Quebec City are named in honour of William Fisher Scott (1785-1833), who was a notary public. He once owned a large piece of land in this area of the city.

Memorials and Things of Fame

May 29, 1818 – The Quebec Gazette
Following a debate on the expediency of forming a society for promoting medical knowledge in this province at a meeting of physicians and surgeons of this city, it was resolved: That the physicians and surgeons present should form a medical society and that they should invite their brethren of the faculty r

QCWC celebrates its 80th year, hands over Book Fair

Photo: Shirley Nadeau

The Quebec City Women’s Club met over lunch at La Fenouillière restaurant on May 26 for their 80th annual general meeting. Some 22 members attended. The mission of the organization is to facilitate co-operation between women and to stimulate and improve women’s education.

QCGN seeking exceptional candidates for access committee

Members of the English-speaking community across the province are being invited to come forward to work for our community’s interests and help solidify our future.

Welcome to my Kitchen

Photo: Joanne Kyvetos

One of the first activities I look into when on vacation is a food tour. Over the years, many food tours have been created to please all palates; there are day tours, happy hour tours, evening tours and so many more. In Quebec City, we are very lucky to have a panoply of food tours to choose from.

German guns displayed behind the Voltigeurs de Québec Armoury

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Photo: Shirley Nadeau

On May 12, Jean R. Rioux, Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of National Defence, Lieutenant-Colonel Tony Poulin of the Voltigeurs de Québec regiment and Margaret F. Delisle, chair of the National Battlefields Commission (NBC), inaugurated the German artillery guns interpretive display on the Plains of Abraham baehind the Voltigeurs de Québec Armoury.

St. Pat’s High School students walk in the Relay For Life

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Photo: Cassandra Kerwin
On May 25, in spite of bad weather, 60 St. Patrick’s High School students, faculty and staff raised nearly $7,800 for the Canadian Cancer Society (CCS). Teams walked in the school’s second annual Relay For Life, held on the sports field behind the school.  

Auberge Internationale a hidden gem in Vieux-Québec

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Photo: Ruby Pratka
For many of the thousands of tourists that pass through Quebec City each year, the Auberge Internationale de Québec is known for its inexpensive dorm beds and cozy downstairs bar. For many Quebec City residents, the Old Quebec hostel on a sloping stretch of Rue Sainte-Ursule between Rue Saint-Jean and Rue Dauphine isn’t even on the map.

Around the Anglosphere: Arvida

Photo: Ruby Pratka

Anne-Marie Cronkwright is using her school French more than she anticipated. The Ontario-born military spouse moved to the Saguenay several years ago when her husband was posted to CFB Bagotville. She now works at the family resource centre on the base, helping mainly English-speaking military families navigate day-to-day life in one of the country’s most solidly French-speaking areas.

Safety first in motorcycle season

Photo: Bill Cox

Now that spring is here, motorcycles and cars will once again have to share the road. Motorcycles are less stable and less visible than cars. When motorcycles crash, their riders lack the protection of an enclosed vehicle, so they’re more likely to be injured or killed.

Register now for English Immersion Summer Day Camp in Valcartier

This camp is an opportunity for young children to learn or practice their English while enjoying fun educational activities with trained professionals for two or four weeks, from July 2 to 27.

Community Calendar

Wednesday, May 30, at 12:10 p.m. – CLIC Beginners’ Guide to Social Media for Small Businesses at the Eastern Québec Learning Centre. For more information or to register, please email [email protected], call 418-681-1258 or visit

Reservoir retrofit almost finished

Photo: Peter Black

Work is in the final stages on the huge reservoir underneath the Plains of Abraham near Martello Tower No. 1. Beginning last October, workers installed a waterproof membrane on the roof of the massive underground concrete structure to prevent damage and water seepage from above. The reservoir holds up to 136 million litres of water and is 40 by 95 metres in size.

Winter Carnival announces major changes

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Photo: Cassandra Kerwin

One of Quebec City’s most enduring winter traditions is getting a major makeover. In a seven-page vision document released on May 23, organizers of the Quebec Winter Carnival, led by a group of experienced consultants including former Festival d’Été de Québec director Daniel Gélinas, laid out a new framework for the annual event, which will take effect in 2019.

Edward Godin still going strong at BC Lions camp

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Photo: courtesy of the B.C. Lions

Former St. Patrick’s Fighting Irish and Université Laval football player Edward Godin is still going strong at the Canadian Football League’s BC Lions training camp in Kamloops, B.C.

This is Godin’s second year at training camp with the Lions. Drafted in the fifth round of the 2017 CFL draft, Godin is the first player from St. Pat’s to be drafted by a CFL team.

Will you be watching the 2018 FIFA World Cup?

From June 14 to July 15, the biggest sporting event in the world (after the Olympics) will take place in Russia.
The 2018 FIFA World Cup of soccer (or football, as it’s called in most of the world) will be played in 11 cities in Russia, with the opening game and the final played at the famous Luzhniki Stadium in Moscow.

Join the Friends' Foundation for a Day of Mini-golf

A "fun-raiser" activity for the whole family

Photo: Jacob Brglez
The Jeffery Hale – Saint Brigid’s Friends’ Foundation invites you and your whole family to its first-ever Family Mini-Golf Classic.
Join us for this “fun-raising” activity on Saturday, June 9, (June 16 in case of rain) at Mini-Putt Vanier, 1170 boul. Wilfrid-Hamel, Québec, G1M 2S4. The fun begins at 10 a.m., with start times between 10 a.m. and 1 p.m.

Quest Toastmasters club on vacation


The Quest Toastmasters club will hold the last meeting of the season Friday June 15th 2018, 7ham.

The club will resume its meeting Friday September 7th 2018 7ham. at Pacini Quatres-Bourgeois.

St. Patrick’s High School alumni celebrate 175 years

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Photo: Shirley Nadeau
Some 1,200 alumni, students and staff who attended or worked at the school over the past 70 years crowded the hallways and the gymnasium of the home of the Fighting Irish on the evening of May 18. Current principal André Gosselin said he had never seen anything like it before at St. Patrick’s High School!

St. Pat’s bantam girls hoping for another rugby sevens title

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Photo: Luc Lang

The St. Patrick’s High School Fighting Irish bantam girls rugby sevens team is in a great position to add another Réseau du Sport Étudiant du Québec (RSEQ) banner to the school’s already banner-filled gymnasium.

Hidden English History in the Saguenay, Part 5: Arvida

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Photo: Ruby Pratka

In front of the modernist pre-amalgamation City Hall of Arvida, in the Saguenay, the memorial to the town’s fallen Royal Canadian Air Force members takes the form of a large aluminum wheel. The vast Rio Tinto-Alcan smelter complex still leaves its ponderous handprint on the town of 12,000 people, today merged with the City of Saguenay.

To the Class of 2018: Ignore the grad speaker

It’s that time of year when many media stories begin with “It’s that time of year,” and when, all across the land, thousands of young people will be inspired, confused or amused by graduation speeches.

Jacques Choquette awarded Distinguished Service Medallion

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Photo: Cassandra Kerwin

During a special ceremony held on May 11 at the Valcartier Family Centre (VFC), Jacques Choquette was awarded the Medallion for Distinguished Service, the Canadian Armed Forces’ highest civilian award.

Memorials and Things of Fame

Photo: Wikimedia Commons - Public Domain
May 21, 1818 – The Quebec Gazette
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