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Summer soakings threaten Quebec’s crops

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Photo: Scott French

The Financière Agricole’s annual mid-season crop report released in July has confirmed what farmers in the Quebec City region know all too well already: the relentless wet weather is having an adverse effect on growing and harvesting crops.

Visa Olympics

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Cang Yi Yan (pictured third from left) with her fellow Visa Olympics of the imagination contest first-prize winners.

Young QC artist’s poster wins gold

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Photo: courtesy of Visa Canada

Cang Yi Yan is one lucky girl and she knows it. The 12-year-old Montcalm resident was one of four Canadians whose artwork was awarded top honours in the Visa Olympics of the Imagination contest. As a first-prize winner, she and her father will be flown out to the Olympic Games in Beijing, August 5.

Harper defines “real nationalists,” Bloc bites back

Prime Minister Stephen Harper and fellow Conservative deputies and ministers descended upon Lévis and Quebec City for their annual Conservative caucus meeting last week. Conservatives used the occasion to demonstrate the party’s perceived strength in the province, in spite of inconclusive polling results released later in the week.

Golfers wanted for a good cause

The 18th edition of the annual Jeffery Hale Friends’ Foundation is looking for golfers to hit the links on September 15 at le Club de Golf le Grand Portneuf to help raise funds for the Jeffery Hale Hospital.

Quebec tae kwon do champions ready for Olympic fights in Beijing

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Photo: courtesy of www.combatcanada.ca

For the first time since tae kwon do became an Olympic discipline at the 2000 Sydney Games, Canada will be represented in the sport by a male athlete. Sebastien Michaud from Quebec City qualified in the - 80 kg category.

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A Visit to St Leon Springs

Toronto city centre remains within reach of Quebec City

Porter Airlines announ-ced on July 30 that it would extend its flights between Quebec City and Toronto beyond the end of its summer schedule.

LHSQ’s patrimony for sale

The Literary and Historical Society of Quebec, Canada’s oldest learned society, is about to divest itself of its heart and soul: the sale by “silent auction” of 1,500 of its historical books, mostly from the 19th and 18th centuries, by the boxful no less! To view the titles, go to www.morrin.org/auction.pdf. Although the proposed auction may be silent, I am not.

Shocked by the lack of transparency on Tasers

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Photo: Photo: courtesy of www.2dsecurity.com

On July 22, a 17-year-old boy died in Winnipeg after being shocked by police officers with a conducted energy weapon (commonly referred to as the Taser). He was the 21st person in Canada to die after receiving such an injury at the hands of a Canadian police force member.

Aspiring archaeologists invited to dig on the Plains

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Photo: National Battlefields Commission

Aspiring archaeologists will be given an opportunity this week to unearth part of Quebec’s British colonial history on the Plains of Abraham. In parallel to Archaeology Month, the National Battlefields Commission is inviting the public to take part in an archaeological dig at Block House #1 under the supervision of archaeologist Phillipe Picard.

Archaeology Month reveals history underfoot

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Photo: Paulette Dufour

QC’s stones tell city’s history, in English and French

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Photo: Annabelle Blais

Among the best ways to learn about a city’s history is through its architecture. When you’re walking in the street, look up, pay attention: the city’s stones are talking to you.

Quebec High School Alumni Golf Tournament

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Photo: Jean Robert

This year’s champions of the annual Quebec High School Alumni Golf Tournament. 

Archer hits Olympic target

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Marie-Pier Beaudet, 21, breathed a sigh of relief on Sunday, July 20 when her last arrow hit the target. By winning her match against Kateri Vrakking, the archer from Lévis took the first position in the weekend’s trials and qualifi ed for the Olympic Games in a controversal turn of events.

A wedding, a baptism, and a funeral

The sunshine fi ltered through the leaves of the tall trees in my daughter’s yard in Cap-Rouge. It was a rare beautiful July morning with clear blue skies. I sat alone in the warm sun waiting for the others to get dressed for church. The garden chairs set under the maple trees surrounded by the tall cedar hedge created a peaceful intimate setting.

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Calgary to QC: “Happy birthday!”

As a child growing up in Alberta, I have distinct memories of a film shown in school about the varied regions and cities that make up this great country.  One scene that stands out is that of Le Bonhomme and the world-renowned winter carnival in Quebec City. Mountains, cowboys and endless Prairie skies were commonplace for this Alberta kid – I wanted to see Le Bonhomme!

Plains of Abraham Park celebrates 100th anniversary

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Photo: www.wikipedia.org

The Plains of Abraham figure prominently into the history of Quebec City, most importantly as the scene of the British Conquest of New France in 1759. The National Battlefields Commission is celebrating the 100th anniversary of the establishment of its historic park in 1908, which sought to preserve the Plains.

Man gets bewildering bill, takes on Hydro-Québec

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Photo: Ron Posluns

It began with a tribunal hearing contesting a Hydro-Québec (H-Q) bill in the sum of $690. Quebec City resident Ronald Posluns’ complaint may end up as a multi-million dollar class action lawsuit.

Hotel workers threaten strike

About 1,000 workers from six hotels in the Quebec City region are threatening to go on strike.  The workers, affiliated with La Federation du Commerce of CSN union, voted on Thursday, July 23 for a 72-hour bank of strike time that could be used at any time after August 1.

Quebec City athletes go for gold in Beijing

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Photo: Marc Sanche

On August 2, most of the Canadian Olympic team will be leaving for Beijing. The Canadian Olympic Committee (COC) has selected the 331 athletes who will be attending the games. According to the COC’s website, there are six athletes from the Quebec City region who will be competing in Beijing. For the 2004 Athens Olympics, there were eight.

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General Tom Thumb Will Visit our City under the Especial Patronage of His Excellency the Governor General

QCT Newsies Hit the Streets

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Photo: Scott French

Extra! Extra! Read all about it! North America’s oldest newspaper, The Quebec Chronicle-Telegraph, in collaboration with its partners, the Quebec City CEDEC chapter and the Morrin Centre, has launched its Newsies project this summer.

Rain and Music Don’t Mix

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Photo: Bill Cox

Thursday evening we had prepared for a pleasant outing at the Roland-Beaudoin Park in Ste-Foy to listen to the Quebec Symphony Orchestra’s outdoor concert.

New Funds Bolster Celt Fest

Quebecers might consider staying in Quebec City this Labour Day weekend, as the Celtic Festival programme is looking very promising this year.

Best Bets

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Photo: courtesy of http://www.olympic.asso.fr


Kiugwe: le grand rendez-vous

The Huron-Wendat Nation presents Kiugwe, a series of performances inspired by First Nations creation myths. The show shares Wendake culture through Aboriginal storytelling, song and dance.  Kiugwe takes place in Wendake, from July 18 to September 7 at 9:30 p.m.  For more information, visit www.wendake.com.

Health Agency Approves Plan for Semi-Autonomous Seniors’ Residence Next to St. Brigid’s Home

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Photo: Scott French

Plans for a new alternative residence for semi-autonomous seniors to be built next to St. Brigid’s retirement home are coming closer to fruition. The plans for the facility were approved by the Agence regional de santé on July 3 and must now be approved by the Ministry of Health before construction takes place.

Tory Road Map Replaces Grit Action Plan On Official Languages

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Photo: Jean-Marc Carisse

Three weeks following Off icial Languages Commissioner Graham Fraser’s annual report, which blasted the Harper government’s lack of an action plan on official languages, the federal government responded with a five-year “Road Map” on Canadian bilingualism.  The plan involves a boost in funding to $1.1 billion over fi ve years.

McCartney Mania Captures Quebec

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Photo: Jay Ouellet

Paul McCartney thrilled fans with a free concert on the Plains of Abraham on Sunday, July20. Over 200,000 people came out to see the rock legend’s tribute to Quebec’s 400th anniversary. As birthdays go, this was one big party.

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