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Memorials and Things of Fame

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Photo: Wikimedia Commons - Public Domain

October 16, 1868 – The Morning Chronicle

The Yacht Race Still Undecided

Halloween Magic at the Aquarium du Québec

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Photo: Lise Lafond
The Aquarium du Québec was invaded by witches, sorcerers and magicians on Oct. 13 for its annual Halloween festivities. Visitors were asked to pitch in and help rid the aquarium of these spooky visitors.

The aquarium had suggested that people arrive in costume for the occasion, and participants did not disappoint. 

The story behind Rue William-Wood

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Photo: courtesy of the Literary and Historical Society of Quebec

This new street that has just been opened in the Cap-Rouge neighbourhood of Quebec City is named in honour of William Wood, who was born in Quebec City in 1864. He was the son of George Augustus Leslie Wood, a merchant, and Charlotte Feodore Louisa Augusta Guérout.

Quebec City gets ready for Halloween

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Photo: Cassandra Kerwin

How the pumpkin became a Jack O’Lantern

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Did you eat a traditional meal on Thanksgiving? If so, was pumpkin pie on the menu?

Pink Floyd tribute band to play Impérial Bell

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When Josh Sczczepanowski and his friends walked out of the concert, they were pretty underwhelmed.

Newcomers discover the bilingual advantage for employment

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Photo: Mary McCown

Learning a second language can be an intimidating experience for many adults, but for newcomers to Quebec City, it’s often essential for finding work and making friends.

On Oct. 10, a bilingual business networking 5-á-7 offered an opportunity for adults to practice their English or French in a relaxed environment and simply talk at the Valcartier Family Centre (VFC) on Boul. Hochelaga.

Election Time at Ste-Foy Elementary

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Photo: courtesy of Andrew Johnston

On Sept. 26, a guest speaker came to Ste-Foy Elementary School: Paul Shoiry, a former mayor of Sillery and member of city council. He came to speak to the cycle three students about the electoral process, government and politics. He shared his experience of being mayor and how he was elected. We asked him lots of questions, because we were in the midst of writing our own election speeches.

Comiccon returns with a special family edition

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On Oct. 20 and 21, Quebec City Comiccon will mark its fifth anniversary with a special edition dedicated to the entire family, particularly the young ones, with a special family rate! The 2018 event promises to transform the Centre des Congrès de Québec into an immense wholesome party, packed with a whirlwind of activities to amaze and entertain the superhero in all of us.

Pedestrian safety is a shared responsibility

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Every day in Quebec, seven pedestrians are injured in road accidents. In 2017, 69 pedestrians were killed and over 2,500 were injured in road accidents. The Société de l’assurance automobile du Québec (SAAQ) is launching a new campaign this month aimed at making drivers and pedestrians aware of their safety.

Bursary offer for bilingual students

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

Community Calendar

Thursday, Oct. 18 at 6:30 p.m. – Join Voice of English-speaking Québec (VEQ) and the Future Occupation Reinvention Team (FORT) for an employment workshop focusing on reinventing your professional journey, at the Valcartier Family Centre in Sainte-Foy, 2630 Boul. Hochelaga. This is a free event. To register, contact VEQ at 418-683-2366 ext. 225 or at [email protected].

It’s Book Fair time!

The annual Book Fair will be held Saturday Nov. 3 from 9 a.m. - 3 p.m. at Eastern Québec Learning Centre.

A difficult week for the Lions sports teams

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Photo: courtesy of Cégep Champlain-St. Lawrence

With the Réseau du Sport Étudiant du Québec (RSEQ) championships fast approaching, this past weekend was one that that the CEGEP Champlain-St. Lawrence Lions would like to forget.

Laval crushes McGill to stay undefeated

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Photo: courtesy of Université Laval

The Université Laval Rouge et Or football team is on a mission. Their goal is to win the next Vanier Cup, the U Sports championship, and they won’t take their proverbial foot off the gas pedal until the job is done.

On Oct. 13, head coach Glen Constantin took his team on the road to Montreal to face the McGill University Redmen, who are also fighting for a playoff spot.

Fighting Irish football juniors one win away from a perfect season

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Photo: St. Patrick's Fighting Irish Football via Facebook

The St. Patrick’s High School Fighting Irish junior football team continued their winning ways on Oct. 12.

St. Pat’s went to Beauport to play the Centaures from École secondaire La Courvilloise in a Friday Night Lights-style matchup. The Fighting Irish did not disappoint, taking care of the Centaures with a decisive 30-15 win.

Health and Social Services Community Leadership Bursary

Call for Applications

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Jeffery Hale Community Partners, in collaboration with McGill University, is calling for applications for the Health and Social Services Community Leadership Bursary Program.
 
These bursaries provide financial support to students who are in

OBITUARY: Gordon Donald SIMONS 1929-2018

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At Saint Brigid’s Home in Quebec City, on September 29th, 2018, passed away Mr. Gordon Donald Simons, aged 89, husband of Mrs. Barbara Schneider.  He was the son of the late Mr. Archibald Gordon Simons and of the late Mrs. Eva Black. He lived in Quebec City.

Mr. Simons was a Quebec merchant and a member of l’Ordre national du Québec.  

St. Patrick’s High School honours one of its own and raises $1,300 for Terry Fox Foundation

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Photo: Cassandra Kerwin
Rain, wind, heat, pain...nothing stopped Terry Fox from running the Marathon of Hope in 1981. The entire staff and student body of St. Patrick’s High School (SPHS) honoured his accomplishment on Oct. 4 by running laps around the track on the Plains of Abraham, raising over $1,300 in his honour, and for one of their own.

Putting Canadian citizenship values to the test

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Oct. 8 to 14 is Canadian Citizenship Week. A recent communiqué from Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) declared that citizenship ceremonies during the week were being brought to “new heights.” The lofty venues include the CN Tower in Toronto, the Vancouver Lookout and the Olympic Stadium in Montreal.

You are invited to the Musée de la Civilisation’s 30th birthday party

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Photo: Image courtesy of MCQ

The Musée de la Civilisation in Quebec City is celebrating its 30th birthday on Oct. 19, 20 and 21 and everyone is invited! Since the museum opened on Rue Dalhousie, it has become known as a veritable maison du monde.

Republican troops unified by Democrats’ blunder

The confirmation of Judge Brett Kavanaugh as the 114th Associate Justice of the U.S. Supreme Court is nothing short of a spectacular accomplishment for both the Republican party and President Donald Trump.

Despite vocal protests, Republican senators finally got the majority of votes Saturday afternoon, cementing their grasp on the highest court of the federal judiciary.

Memorials and Things of Fame

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Photo: Wikimedia Commons - Public Domain

October 12, 1868 – The Morning Chronicle

The story behind Rue John-Simons

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Photo: Shirley Nadeau

This new street, still under construction in a residential area of the Haute-Saint-Charles borough of Quebec City, near the intersection of Boulevard Henri-IV and Avenue Chauveau, was named in July of this year in honour of the founder of La Maison Simons department stores.

CAQ wins big in Quebec City, Solidaires take two seats

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Photo: Catherine Dorion QS Taschereau Facebook
The Coalition Avenir Québec (CAQ) swept all but three of the 14 seats in the Quebec City region as François Legault’s fledgling party steamrolled to a majority government in the Oct. 1 election. The election also produced a two-seat breakthrough for the left-wing sovereigntist party Québec Solidaire (QS), a first in the capital city.  

Pipelines and Pipe Dreams at the Morrin Centre

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Photo: Mark Lindenberg

A small but genuinely interested group of a dozen or so people gathered in College Hall at the Morrin Centre on Oct. 2, to hear Jacques Poitras speak about his new book, Pipe Dreams: The Fight for Canada’s Energy Future, as part of the centre’s series of ImagiNation off-festival events.

Kevin McCoy’s long road

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Photo: courtesy of Théâtre Humain

Kevin McCoy is setting off on a new journey.

The American-born, Quebec City-based playwright and producer describes himself as “a traveller by nature.” His most recent one-man show, Norge, which debuted in 2015, is an autobiographical exploration of his family’s Norwegian and American past, intersecting with his Québécois present and future.

Around the Anglosphere: Portneuf Elementary School

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Photo: Shirley Nadeau from QCT archives

The expanded Portneuf Elementary School building may be only a few years old, but every student who passes through principal Linda Beaulieu’s office has a close encounter with the school’s history.

Anglo community hopeful, but “has concerns” about new CAQ government

The election of a Coalition Avenir Québec (CAQ) majority government has thrust the English-speaking community in the Quebec City region into uncertainty.

MAtv an opportunity for all Quebecers

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The local TV station MAtv (channel 9 or 609 on Vidéotron) recently unveiled its fall schedule. It includes some favourite programs from past seasons such as Lezarts Québec, which focuses on the city’s cultural life and on local artists, and Mise à jour Québec, oriented toward social and political happenings in the community. The lineup also includes a few novelties.

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