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Musical Wednesdays at Chalmers-Wesley United Church

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Photo: Shirley Nadeau

The ever-popular Musical Wednesday summer music series at Chalmers-Wesley United Church, 78 Rue Sainte-Ursule in Old Quebec, begins at noon on June 27. The opening concert will be given by the church’s former organist, Jacquelin Rochette, who is now the artistic director of Casavant Frères, the famous organ builders in Saint-Hyacinthe.

Equestrian monuments in Quebec, and the myth of the horses’ legs

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Photo: Wikimedia Commons - Public Domain
While walking around Quebec City, I challenged myself to find monuments of famous people on horseback. I discovered that there are only a few equestrian statues in the city. 

Hello/Bonjour! group shares a bilingual picnic in the park

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Photo: Lorie Pierce

On a picture perfect day in the Parc du Bois-de-Coulonge, 11 relative strangers, anglophone and francophone, met to share a potluck lunch and practise their second-language skills. This picnic is one of many activities offered in Voice of English-speaking Québec (VEQ)’s Hello/Bonjour! program, overseen by project co-ordinator Alexandra Hartley.

Quebec unveils cultural policy

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Photo: Ruby Pratka

Premier Philippe Couillard and MNA Marie Montpetit, the minister of culture, communications and the protection and promotion of the French Language, unveiled Quebec’s second cultural policy June 12 at a press conference at Edifice Wilder: Espace Danse in Montreal.

Give blood, give life. The need for blood doesn’t take a holiday

From June 11 to 17, Héma-Québec marked the 10th annual National Blood Donor Week. It is an opportunity for the organization to remind everyone that every day, at least 1,000 blood donations are needed to maintain the blood reserve at an optimal level.

Community Calendar

Thursday to Sunday from June 10 to 30 & July 19 to Aug. 5, at 8 p.m. – Edwin-Bélanger Bandstand presents its 26th summer season of free concerts on the Plains of Abraham, featuring a variety of musical styles and renowned artists during 22 stellar musical evenings. Visit ccbn-nbc.gc.ca/en/activities/kiosque-edwin-belanger for details.

BC Lions’ Edward Godin says, “It’s a dream come true!”

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Photo: Kyle Clapham - BC Lions

St. Patrick’s High School graduate Edward Godin is living his dream.

The first graduate of the Fighting Irish football program to make it to the Canadian Football League (CFL), Godin will now suit up for the BC Lions.

Walking Anglos stroll through Parc du Bois-de-Coulonge

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The second in the series of walking routes in Quebec City takes place in the Parc du Bois-de-Coulonge, the historic home of prominent families since the founding of New France. The villa, known as Spencerwood, served as the residence of the lieutenant-governor of Quebec until it was destroyed by fire in 1966. 

Musical escapades in Quebec City

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Photo: Courtesy of Blair Lofgren

Blair Lofgren, principal cellist of the Orchestre Symphonique de Québec, and artistic director of Les Escapades musicales de la cité (EMC), recently launched EMC’s second annual chamber music festival. The four-day event features local musicians and invited guests who will perform from June 27 to 30.

JH-SB Friends’ Foundation hosts great “fun-raiser” Mini-Golf Classic

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Photo: montage by Frank Cannon

On Saturday, June 9, Jeffery Hale – Saint Brigid’s Friends’ Foundation held its first-ever Family Mini-Golf Classic at the miniature golf park in the Vanier borough of Quebec City. The foundation was pleased to welcome over 50 people to this “fun-raising” activity and took the opportunity to publicize its mission to a whole new cohort of potential supporters.

St. Lawrence hosts CCAA delegates from across Canada

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Photo: Christian Brosseau

From June 11 to 14, CEGEP Champlain–St. Lawrence hosted the Canadian Collegiate Athletic Association (CCAA) annual general meeting.

Some 50 delegates from Halifax to Nanaimo spent the week in Quebec City sharing knowledge and best practices from their respective conferences.

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Wellness Centre partners discuss needs of English-speaking community

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Photo: Diane Kameen

On June 1, the key partners in the community Wellness Centre got together to discuss shared objectives and a common vision as to how to best meet the health and social services needs of the local English-speaking community.

G7 protests leave Quebec City streets undisturbed

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Photo: Peter Black
Police authorities prepared for the worst in anticipation of anti-G7 protests in downtown Quebec City from June 7 to 10, but in the end, there was more tumult and controversy at the diplomatic level at the Charlevoix Summit than there was in the streets of the Old City. 

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Business as usual (almost) for Book Fair 2018

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As the QCT reported in the May 30, 2018 edition, the Quebec City Women’s Club has passed the torch for the organizing of its annual Book Fair into the capable hands of SNACS Entrepreneurs, an innovative social enterprise that is a spin-off from the SNACS (Special Needs Activities and Community Services) Program, a program that offers social activities and life skills training to English-speaking

Democracy is just the worst, but still the best

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I think my first lesson in the wonders of democracy was thanks to a friend named Mark T.

Quebec prepares to celebrate Fête Nationale on June 23-24

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Photo: Shirley Nadeau

The theme of this year’s Fête Nationale celebrations, Histoire de héros or Story of Heroes, was revealed at a press conference held at the Musée de la civilisation on June 6.

Memorials and Things of Fame

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Photo: Wikimedia Commons - Public Domain
June 11, 1818 – The Quebec Gazette
Two men named Baptiste Leveliere, of Berthier and Jean Boutet, of St. Cuthbert in passing along the river near St. Sulpice on their way back from Montreal, ate some hemlock that they mistook for another plant usually eaten in this area. In an hour and a half, both were dead.

The story behind Rue Alexander

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Photo: Wikimedia Commons - Public Domain
This street is named in honour of Field Marshal Harold George Alexander, first Earl Alexander of Tunis, a senior British Army officer who served with distinction in both the First World War and the Second World War. 

Marymount College Class of 1968 hold their 50th reunion

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Photo: Tjerk Bartlema

Some 20 women, alumnae of Marymount College, who graduated, or were part of the graduating classes of 1964-68, gathered at the Clarendon Hotel in Old Quebec City from June 4 to 8 to celebrate their 50th reunion.

Janice (née Tessier) Murray, one of the reunion organizers, said, “We think this may be the only Marymount reunion since the school closed in 1969.”

The long-lost story of un enfant caché

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Photo: Shirley Nadeau

Albert Reiss was invited to speak to the congregation of the Beth Israel Ohev Sholem synagogue in Quebec City on June 5. He came to talk about his hidden childhood that had been kept a secret for over 70 years.

Reiss was born in Antwerp, Belgium in 1939. His parents had fled Poland in 1929 to escape the antisemitism and pogroms that were threatening the country’s Jewish community.

Crossing Canada: To the Atlantic, via the Ocean

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Photo: Britta Gundersen-Bryden

Travelling from Quebec City to Halifax is challenging. Flying east requires first going southwest to change planes in Montreal, Ottawa or even Toronto. Driving the 1,000-plus kilometres takes about 10 hours and may involve stopping overnight along the way. Fortunately, there is a top-notch alternative: Via Rail’s Ocean.

QAHN holds its AGM in Quebec City

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Photo: Matthew Farfan

This past weekend, the Quebec Anglophone Heritage Network (QAHN) held its 19th annual general meeting at the Cataraqui Estate in Quebec City. The event was well attended by members from all over the province. The assembly heard from its outgoing president, Simon Jacobs, that the organization was in a sound financial state.

Hidden English History in Portneuf, Part 2: The drums and the bell

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Photo: courtesy of Gaétan Morissette
It was a short, quiet service, but of course, the drum was played. 

Portneuf musician Malcolm Kingsborough, one of the pillars of the annual Tambours de Portneuf folk festival, died in July 2017 at 77. Nearly a year later, with a few friends in attendance, his ashes were interred in the cemetery of Portneuf’s Christ Church. 

The Quebec public service wants you!

Launch of a large-scale call for applications

The Quebec public service (QPS) is launching a large-scale call for applications to recruit professionals in several fields and in all administrative regions of Quebec.

Geoffrey Kelley won’t seek re-election

The MNA for Jacques-Cartier and minister responsible for Native affairs, Geoffrey Kelley, announced that he will not seek re-election on Oct. 1. Kelley, a longtime advocate for the English-speaking community, said he is ready to start a new chapter after a 24-year career in the National Assembly.

QCT reaps many QCNA Better Newspapers Awards

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Photo: Valerie Pyke

The Quebec Chronicle-Telegraph is proud to announce that four of its writers and photographers were presented with the following awards at the 38th annual Quebec Community Newspapers Association (QCNA) banquet and awards gala, held at the Mont-Gabriel Resort and Spa in Sainte-Adèle on June 8.

Community Calendar

Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays from June 10 to 30 & July 19 to Aug. 5, at 8 p.m. – The Edwin-Bélanger Bandstand presents its 26th summer season of free concerts on the Plains of Abraham, with a program featuring a variety of musical styles and renowned artists during 22 stellar musical evenings.

Fighting Irish junior girls capture regional rugby banner

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Photo: Luc Lang

Two teams from St. Patrick’s High School competed in the Réseau du Sport Étudiant du Québec (RSEQ) girls’ rugby sevens championships on June 3.

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