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Wall Street boldly going where no markets have gone before

The unofficial barometer of the U.S. economy, the Dow Jones Industrial Average index, was fast approaching the 27,000 milestone when it closed at an all-time high of 26,743.50 this past Friday. The Standard & Poor’s 500 index is also venturing into record territory, closing at 2,929.67 on the same day, a few points shy of the 3,000 landmark.

Memorials and Things of Fame

September 27, 1818 – The Quebec Gazette

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Université Laval research project seeks English-speaking volunteers

The CHU de Québec has reached out to the English-speaking community for help in validating a cognitive screening tool they are developing in order to refine diagnoses for patients suffering from memory problems.

The story behind Rue de la Beauce

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Photo: Google Maps
This street is named in honour of a section of the Chaudière-Appalaches region that extends southeast of the city of Lévis to the Canada-U.S. border. 

The towns of Saint-Georges, Sainte-Marie, Beauceville and Vallée-Jonction are located on the banks of the Chaudière River, which flows through this picturesque valley to the St. Lawrence River.

Step through time to the Magic Lantern

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Photo: Cassandra Kerwin
The Quebec City Film Festival is full of surprising presentations. It is not only about film showings but also about culture, music and heritage. On Sept. 22, the public were invited to take a step back in time, earlier than talkies and silent films. They were in for a unique show of the American Magic Lantern Theatre (AMLT) at the Cathedral of the Holy Trinity. 

Curtain comes down on successful Quebec City Film Festival

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Photo: Cassandra Kerwin
From silent movies and old Western films to modern animation and virtual reality, there was something for all cinema enthusiasts at the 2018 Quebec City Film Festival (QCFF). For 10 days, they watched unique works of art and classic movies, and even had opportunities to enter a post-apocalyptic world or participate in a go-kart race on the giant screen in Place d’Youville.

Jigs, reels, and dresses sparkle at the Vieux-Québec Feis

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Hundreds of Irish dancers from around the region leapt and kicked their way through the Petit Séminaire Saint-François in Saint-Augustin-de-Desmaures during the Vieux-Québec Feis on Sept. 22. 

OSQ opens the season with a magnificent concert

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Photo: Shirley Nadeau

To open the 2018-2019 season, Fabien Gabel and the musicians of the Orchestre symphonique de Québec (OSQ) presented a concert of symphonic works by Russian composers Alexandre Borodine, Igor Stravinsky and Sergei Rachmaninoff on Sept. 19.

Voters uncertain as election “like no other” hits home stretch

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Photo: Peter Black

With just days to go before Quebecers vote, polls suggest no party is in a solid position to form a majority government.

Community Calendar

Wednesday, Sept. 26 at 10 a.m. – Dietitian Dorothy Moffat will explore the topic of Eating Well: Sugar and Salt at a Community Health Education Program videoconference to be held in the Jeffery Hale Pavilion boardroom (1270 ch. Sainte-Foy). This activity is free and so is parking in the hospital parking lot.

Significant decrease in 2018-2019 CQSB tax bills

The Central Quebec School Board (CQSB) mailed out its 2018-2019 tax bills last week. I would imagine that by now most of those who pay their school taxes to the CQSB and reside in the Capitale-Nationale or Chaudières-Appalaches regions have witnessed the significant decrease from last year’s assessment.

Find your voice with Vibrant Voices – Voix Vivantes!

Quebec city’s multilingual vocal ensemble, Vibrant Voices – Voix Vivantes, is recruiting new choristers. Rehearsals are held on Thursday evenings from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at the Espace Saint-Michael, 1800 Chemin Saint-Louis in Sillery. They are conducted in both English and French.

Commemorative plaque placed at Jeffery Hale Hospital

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Photo: Mélanie Chadenet-Valin

To mark the 150th anniversary of the Jeffery Hale Hospital, the City of Quebec recently placed a plaque at the hospital’s main entrance. It honours the history of this caring institution and the man who brought it into being.

The bilingual plaque reads as follows:

JH-SB’s Friends’ Foundation golf tournament rained out!

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Photo: Michèle Provencher
The 28th annual Jeffery Hale-Saint Brigid’s Friends’ Foundation golf tournament may have been rained out, but it turned out to be the best ever fundraising event! 

Portuguese chicken comes to Sillery

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Photo: Shirley Nadeau

Open since the end of June, the first Lio Festa restaurant, which specializes in tasty Portuguese chicken, is drawing hungry customers into its sunny location at the corner of Avenue Maguire and Rue de Bergerville in Sillery.

Owner-operator Perry Marcoux explained the simple and affordable “semi-rapid” concept of his new restaurant.

Habs beat Caps in pre-season match in Quebec City

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Photo: courtesy of a hockey fan

Alexander Ovechkin and the Washington Capitals came to town on Sept. 20 and the visit of the 2018 Stanley Cup champions turned out to be just what the Montreal Canadiens needed to turn around their early pre-season fortunes.

Playing in front of a crowd of 11,300 at the Vidéotron Centre, the Habs dominated the Caps with a 5-2 victory, at one point holding a 4-0 lead over the visiting team.

VEQ Fall Fest brings community together

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Photo: Cassandra Kerwin
Voice of English-speaking Quebec (VEQ)’s annual Fall Fest is always a much-anticipated event for the members of the anglophone community. Once again this year, Mother Nature smiled down on those who gathered at St. Vincent Elementary School’s gymnasium and playground on a bright, sunny Saturday, Sept. 15.

Politicians learn to stop worrying and love the notwithstanding clause

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Just like the opening line of a noted biography of him, Pierre Trudeau’s notwithstanding clause in the Canadian Constitution “haunts us still.”

Memorials and Things of Fame

September 21, 1818 – The Quebec Gazette

Bill 101: A solution more expensive than the problem

Quebec’s Charter of the French Language, commonly known as Bill 101, was adopted by the National Assembly on Aug. 26, 1977. Forty-one years later, the law imposing French as the official language of Quebec is still wreaking havoc, socially and economically.

Quebec City Women’s Club starts new season

The Quebec City Women’s Club is starting its 2018-2019 year with an informal get-together on Tuesday, Sept. 25 at 6:30 p.m. President Joan Valois extends a warm welcome to new and former members as the club begins its 81st year. “Invite your friends and join us for a light buffet and some warm conversation,” she says.

The story behind Côte Badelard

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Photo: Google Maps

This cobblestone pathway and wooden staircase which join Upper (Saint-Jean-Baptiste) and Lower Town (Saint-Roch) are named in honour of Philippe-Louis-François Badelard (1728-1807).

Letter to the Editor

Dear Editor,

I am writing to seek your readers’ feedback on the following question:

What can Canadians do to be better Canadians?
I am seeking this feedback in connection with a book idea I have. The working title of my book is Kiss The Ground You Walk On, Canada and in it I want to convey the message of how we can all be better Canadians.

Vacant lot behind Maison Péan will get its park

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Photo: Shirley Nadeau
Behind the large stone building known as the Maison Péan, located at 59 Rue Saint-Louis, a field has lain abandoned for nearly 25 years. Its overgrown grass and bushes are an incomprehensible eyesore in the middle of Old Quebec.