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Meet the pine tree squirrel, the forest chatterbox

Photo: Lise Lafond

Living near a pine tree plantation, I often hear the chattering of pine tree squirrels (Tamiasciurus hudsonicus), also known as the North American red squirrel. It is the most common squirrel in Quebec.

Community Calendar

Wednesday, May 16 – Back to Beer… and Hockey: Join us at the Morrin Centre for the Quebec City launch of Back to Beer… and Hockey: The Story of Eric Molson by Montreal-based executive coach and author Helen Antoniou, Eric Molson’s daughter-in-law. Drinks and food will be served during this cocktail reception.

Blazers and Fighting Irish are back on the rugby pitch

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Photo: Luc Lang

Spring has arrived, and for local high schools, that marks the start of the rugby season. St. Patrick’s and Quebec high schools have teams in rugby sevens and rugby tens.

Local Sports Briefs: It’s “play ball” for the Capitales

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Photo: courtesy Capitales de Québec

The Capitales de Québec, the defending Can-Am Baseball League champions, will start their 20th season on May 17, as they host their longtime rivals, the New Jersey Jackals, at Stade Canac. The first pitch is set for 7 p.m. after the opening ceremonies.

The Cirque Éloize brings the Wild West to town

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Photo: Photo by Shirley Nadeau

The Cirque Éloize rode into town on May 7 to give a spectacular performance at the Salle Albert-Rousseau. The cast of singers, dancers and gymnasts blended music, song and dance, juggling and puppetry with acrobatic performances on the Chinese Pole, Cyr Wheel and trapeze. Colourful characters swung from the rafters of the large wooden set.

Voltigeurs regiment takes back rebuilt drill hall

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Photo: Photo by Peter Black

Voltigeurs in ceremonial uniforms leave the armoury after the ceremony. The original regimental flag, saved from the 2008 fire, flies over the gate.

Saint Brigid’s Guild Spring Sale always draws a crowd

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Photo: Shirley Nadeau
Customers were setting up chairs in the parking lot outside the door of Église Saint Charles-Garnier the afternoon before the big Spring Sale held by Saint Brigid’s Guild on May 5. 

Café Jeff now open at Jeffery Hale Hospital

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Photo: Mélanie Chadenet-Valin

After major renovations, Café Jeff, located on the ground floor of Jeffery Hale Hospital, officially opened on April 19.

Printemps de la Musique in Vieux-Québec

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Music and springtime, what a lovely combination! For the third edition of the Parcours de la Musique, to be held on May 18, 19 and 20, the Table de Musique du Conseil de la Culture of Québec and Chaudière-Appalaches (in partnership with federal, provincial and municipal governments) has come up with a new formula.

Impact of leaders’ English showdown is debatable

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Who knows whether the last time there was a Quebec leaders’ debate in English, broadcast on the radio, it had the slightest impact on the vote on Dec. 2, 1985?

Quebec City Women’s Club to close its 80th year in style

Another year of the Quebec City Women’s Club is coming to a close. Our May meeting marks the end of our 80th year so we wanted to do something special for the occasion. Club members and friends are invited to join us for lunch at noon on Saturday, May 26, at La Fenouillière, in the Best Western Hotel located at 3100 Chemin Saint-Louis, near the bridges in the Ste-Foy area.

Memorials and Things of Fame


May 13, 1818 - The Quebec Gazette

STREET VIEWS: The story behind Rue Alfred-Laliberté

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Photo: Wikimedia Commons (Public Domain)
This short street, a cul-de-sac in the Cap-Rouge district of Quebec City, is named in honour of well-known painter and sculptor Alfred Laliberté (1878-1953). He was born in Sainte-Élizabeth-de-Warwick, in the Arthabaska district of Quebec.

The Battle of the Atlantic commemorated in Quebec City

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Photo: Hamza Hentati via Wikimedia Commons

The anniversary of the end of the Battle of the Atlantic was commemorated with a ceremony on May 6, held on the quay in front of the École Navale (Fleet School) at Pointe-à-Carcy in the Port of Quebec.

A large bronze statue by Quebec sculptor Raoul Hunter, of a merchant seaman waving goodbye to his loved ones, stands at the end of the quay.

QHS Music-Theatre and Dance students present The Lion King

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Quebec High School’s tradition of musical theatre is still going strong as a group of 40 student actors, dancers and tech crew are preparing to present The Lion King.

Emma’s Art Club holds an Exhibit and Tea in Valcartier

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Photo: Geneviève Trudeau

On May 6, Valcartier Elementary School hosted an exhibit by students of Emma’s Art Club at Complex 1754, a new building recently opened in the Municipality of Saint-Gabriel-de-Valcartier. Afternoon tea was served to the sound of music provided by a harpist.

Thirteen students of Emma Perreault’s after-school art program displayed their artwork in the room used by the Historical Committee.

Kindergarten gets crafty with “dinoramas”

Photo: Melissa Goulet

On April 6, Ste-Foy Elementary School’s talented kindergarten students and teachers Miss [Amélie] Godin and Mrs. [Véronique] Brunet presented their marvellous “dinoramas” (dioramas featuring dinosaurs). Every month has a different theme, and the theme for March was dinosaurs.

Moms’ Nite-out Bazaar held at the SLC Student Centre

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Photo: Cassandra Kerwin

The Student Centre at CEGEP Champlain-St. Lawrence (SLC) was transformed into a marketplace on May 5. For the first time, the Jeffery Hale Moms’ Nite-out group set up their Toys and More Family and Baby Bazaar on the main floor and in the cafeteria. Nearly 50 tables were covered in toys, clothes, books, puzzles, games and a wide range of other supplies for babies and children.

Nancy Burke exhibits her art at Saint Brigid’s Home

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Photo: Shirley Nadeau

If the audience can’t go to the art gallery, the art gallery comes to the audience. Residents of Saint Brigid’s Home were treated to an exhibit of works of art by two local artists, Nancy Burke and Barbara Roy, on May 4 and 5.

Voting made easy for American expats

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Photo: Cassandra Kerwin

A group of local American expatriates offered information on absentee voting at the Moms’ Nite-out Toys and More Family and Baby Bazaar. Thanks in part to the information table, registration and voting became clearer for those American citizens attending the bazaar.

Festival Opéra de Québec announces 2018 summer program

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Photo: Jocelyn Michel, leconsulat.c

The Quebec Opera Company is just days away from presenting their spring production of Bizet’s Carmen at the Grand Théâtre (May 12 to 19), but they are already preparing for the eighth Festival Opéra de Québec, which will take place from July 24 to Aug. 6.

Four Rouge et Or football players selected in the CFL Draft

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Photo: courtesy of Université Laval

The Canadian Football League held its annual draft on May 3. Only Canadian students playing in the U Sports League in Canada, the NCAA in the United States or the Canadian Junior Football League (CJFL) are eligible. No American players can be drafted.

Community Calendar

Wednesday, May 9 at 12:10 p.m. – Lunch ‘n’ Learn: English Nursing Programs at Eastern Québec Learning Centre - Open House: Learn about Health, Assistance and Nursing and Personal Care Attendant programs. Presenters will provide an overview of the programs, admissions requirements, employment prospects and a tour of the nursing facilities. Parking is FREE.

Meet Geneviève Trudeau, QCT’s newest freelance writer

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Photo: courtesy of Geneviève Trudeau

Geneviève Trudeau, who lives in the Valcartier area, is the QCT’s newest freelance writer. An experienced journalist with degrees in communication, media and journalism from the Danish School of Media and Journalism in Aarhus, Denmark and Concordia University in Montreal, Trudeau comes to the QCT with a rich background and experience.

Champlain-St. Lawrence honours its student athletes

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Photo: courtesy of CEGEP Champlain-St. Lawrence

On May 3, CEGEP Champlain-St. Lawrence (SLC) held its annual Sports Banquet to honour the year’s high-achieving student athletes.

Spring brings colourful ducks to the lake


Each spring, many species of birds and ducks stop by to rest on our little lake during their migration to their nesting grounds. This year I had my camera in hand when I saw some most interesting and very colourful ducks.

The dome is down and the Capitales are back on the field

Photo: courtesy of the Capitales de Québec

The crack of the bat and the pop of a fastball hitting the catcher’s glove … those are the sounds of spring and the sounds of Québec Capitales training camp.

But first, the big white dome that has covered the infield of Stade Canac this past winter has to come down. It was deflated, carefully folded and stored away on May 6. It will pop up again once baseball season ends.

The Voltigeurs de Québec Armoury rises from the ashes: Heritage meets modernism

Photo: Shirley Nadeau
A little more than 10 years after a fire best described as an inferno left it a huge burnt-out stone shell, the rebuilt Voltigeurs de Québec Armoury on Grande Allée officially opened last week in its new mission as a multipurpose building.

Patrick Roy is back from Denver, but what about the Nordiques?

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Photo: Wikimedia Commons

Patrick Roy is returning to the Quebec Remparts as coach and general manager, more than a decade after the NHL Hall of Fame goaltending legend took the team to the 2006 Memorial Cup junior hockey championship.

Discover the beauty and diversity of Portneuf at the Salon Nature

Photo: montage by Lise Lafond

The Salon Nature Portneuf, held from April 20 to 22, was a wonderful way to discover what Portneuf had to offer.

Stéphane Monette and Stéphane Parent gave hunting tips on luring bucks, and André Gervais’ lecture attracted the fishing enthusiasts. Many were lured to Mario Dion’s booth to buy a special colourful fly and try it out directly at the fish pond installed on the site.

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