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New Mendel Guides book focuses on Charlevoix

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Photo: Shirley Nadeau

    David Mendel, president of Mendel Tours, along with fellow authors François Tremblay and Judy Bross, launched a new book in the Mendel Guides series.

It’s barbecue time, but where’s the (Quebec) beef?

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Photo: Wikimedia Commons - Public Domain

There’s this supermarket in the city where they keep slabs of beef in a display case under lock and key, like in a jewelry store or antique boutique. It’s not clear whether you have to show the butcher your stock portfolio or credit rating to get a slice or two of the sensually marbled, richly aged meat, but it seems that way.

Memorials and Things of Fame

June 28, 1818 – The Quebec Gazette

Fêtes de la Nouvelle-France invite you to become a part of history

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Photo: Shirley Nadeau

It’s party time in Quebec City, and the festivities will continue in early August when the organizers of the Fêtes de la Nouvelle-France (FNF) invite everyone to become a part of history. Dress up like an 18th-century colonist and march in the opening and closing festive parades in Lower Town.

The story behind Rue des Anciens-Combattants

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Photo: Google Maps

Rue des Anciens-Combattants, in the Sainte-Foy borough of Quebec City, is named in honour of veterans who served in the Canadian Armed Forces.

Many of the surrounding streets are named in honour of Canadians who took part in the two World Wars, many of them decorated war heroes. Rue des Anciens-Combattants is a reminder of their heroism.

Letters to the Editor

Dear Editor,
Thank you for your very interesting article [about the Marymount College Class of 1968 50th reunion, in the June 13, 2018, edition].

Tips for a successful move

Are you one of the thousands of Quebecers moving on July 1? Quebec’s Consumer Protection Office has some advice to help your moving day go as smoothly as possible.

Quebec High School’s Class of 2018 one of the largest in years

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Photo: Peter Black

The Quebec High School (QHS) graduating class of 2018 is, according to longtime principal Warren Thomson, one of the largest in many years, “the largest in my time.” The cohort of 95 grads was so large the school decided to move the June 18 ceremony to another school’s auditorium, rather than the usual venue, the QHS gymnasium.

Les Cabines Virtuelles link the past to the present

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Photo: Shirley Nadeau

An unusual new exhibit opened on June 21 at the Musée de la Civilisation du Québec (MCQ) on Rue Dalhousie. All one could see at first were three red telephone booths (cabines in French), similar to those found in London, England, with an image of a British bulldog sitting beside them.

Humour and history enliven St. Pat’s Class of 2018 graduation

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Photo: Cassandra Kerwin

The teaching staff of St.

The Baie de Beauport is open for the summer

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Photo: Cassandra Kerwin
Summer has arrived, and crowds are gathering at the Baie de Beauport. Gestev, the management company that organizes events at the beach owned by the Port of Quebec, has planned a season full of activities for all.

Memories of Wartime at the Musée Royal 22e Régiment

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Photo: Shirley Nadeau

To mark the 100th anniversary of the end of the First World War, a new exhibit, Ils ont vécu la guerre / Memories of Wartime, recently opened at the Musée Royal 22e Régiment within the walls of the Quebec Citadelle.

You know you’re a Quebec City anglophone when . . .

You’re fluent in French and English, but both francophones and anglophones think you have a funny accent.
People ask where you’re from and get very surprised when you say “here!”

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. Visit for details.

Celebrate Canada Day and the Fête de la Ville de Québec


Now that the Fête nationale is over (wasn’t THAT a party!), Quebec City residents are preparing for Canada Day on July 1 and the Fête de la Ville de Québec on July 3.

Canada Day

Kidz Can…explore vocational training

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Photo: Ed Sweeney
On June 18, 40 students from Everest Elementary School and Valcartier Elementary School came together at the Eastern Québec Learning Centre (EQLC) to celebrate their end-of-school project. The project was a collaborative effort between the two elementary schools, the EQLC and Quebec High School.

Runners race up and down Quebec City’s staircases

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Photo: Cassandra Kerwin
At 7:20 a.m. on June 17, participants in the 10th Quebec City Staircase Challenge stepped up to the starting line in the Parc du Bois-de-Coulonge and set off to conquer the 34 staircases linking the city’s Lower Town and Upper Town.

Congratulations to the A.S. Johnson Class of 2018

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Photo: Shirley Anto

The Andrew Stuart Johnson Memorial High School graduation took place in Thetford Mines on June 16. The ceremony was held at the school and was followed by dinner and dancing at the Auberge Mi-Chemin. Students arrived in vehicles of all types, including a 1910 Ford.

Here’s to the worker: this country was built with tools

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Here we are at that uniquely Canadian convergence of dual (duelling?) national holidays – triple, if one includes National Aboriginal Day on June 21. It’s a time when, regardless of people’s ancestry or when their ancestors arrived on these shores, or whether they were already ashore, Canadians celebrate what our forebears have built.

OBITUARY: C. Robert McGOLDRICK 1928 – 2018

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In Quebec City, on June 4, 2018, died peacefully Mr. C. Robert McGoldrick, husband of the late Huguette Clément, father of Lisa (Dominique-André Demers) and Paul.

Jean Robert named as chair of the National Battlefields Commission

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Photo: Christian Brosseau

On June 15, Minister of Canadian Heritage Mélanie Joly announced the appointment of former CEGEP Champlain-St. Lawrence campus director Jean Robert as the new chair of the National Battlefields Commission, for a term of five years. “With his experience and expertise, Mr.

Memorials and Things of Fame

June 22, 1818 – The Quebec Gazette

The story behind Rue Anne-Barbel

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Photo: Google Maps
This street is named in honour of a remarkable Quebec City-born businesswoman, Marie-Anne Barbel (1704-1793). She ran several successful businesses after her husband, Louis Fornel, died in 1745. The couple had 14 children of whom only five, four girls and one boy, survived to adulthood. 

More Americans apologize

Dear Editor, 

I wish to offer an apology to Canadian citizens for the recent rude and politically pathetic behavior by our president after the G7, now 6, Summit.

Holland Elementary School students visit Wendake

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Photo: Shirley Nadeau

Two groups of Grade 5 students from Holland School went on a field trip to the Hôtel-Musée Premières Nations in Wendake to present their Project of Heart posters on July 13.

Canadian Association for Irish Studies meets at the Morrin Centre

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Photo: Shirley Nadeau

The Canadian Association for Irish Studies held a conference in Quebec City from June 13 to 16, attended by representatives from seven countries and five Canadian provinces. Most of the lectures were held at Université Laval, hosted by Brad Kent, a professor of British and Irish Literatures at the university.

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.

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.

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

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. 

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.

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