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Minister for anglo affairs and Lincoln’s legacy

Last week’s appointment of Kathleen Weil as the first ever Quebec minister responsible for relations with English-speaking Quebecers has sparked predictable reaction. The Quebec Community Groups Network (QCGN), the presumptive voice of anglos in the province, says it is “very pleased” with the move.

Memorials and Things of Fame

1867 – The Morning Chronicle
Two hundred people were invited to the ceremony of the laying of the stone of the new Victoria Hotel which was destroyed by fire in June. The new hotel will be situated at the same site, immediately opposite the Grand Trunk Railway Station and the ferry landing at Point Levis.

The story behind Rue de Windsor

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Photo: Bill Cox

Rue de Windsor is named in honour of Windsor, Ontario, the southernmost city in Canada. It is located on the south shore of the Detroit River, across the river from Detroit, Michigan, U.S.A., which is actually directly north of Windsor.

A farewell message from Catherine Mills-Rouleau

Photo: Marc Rouleau

Ten years ago when I opened my Quebec Chronicle-Telegraph … I noticed that my favourite column “Memorials and Things of Fame” had disappeared. I immediately called Michèle Thibeau, the copy editor at that time, to ask what had happened. “It’s waiting for you,” she answered.

So after 25 years as a sales rep for Calvin Klein, I began my new career.

Prayers for refugees at Canada-USA border crossing

Photo: Ruby Pratka

About 50 people from Protestant congregations around the region gathered in the miniscule border town of Havelock on Saturday afternoon, to pray, sing and speak in solidarity with migrants seeking sanctuary in Canada as part of a gathering called “Meeting Jesus at the Border.” The unofficial Roxham Road border crossing, where hundreds of people crossed on foot this summer hoping to make asylum

Myths, facts and history of the Morrin Centre prison

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Photo: Cassandra Kerwin

For decades, the Morrin Centre has invited the public to explore its beautiful and historic library, to enjoy a reception or a lecture in its grand hall, or to simply step into a prison cell. Over time, facts evolved into colourful tales:
prisoners had chains attached to their ankles, and lived horrible lives in overcrowded conditions. This of course is not all true, but what is and isn’t?

Billy Boyd joins superheroes and fantasy characters at Comiccon

Photo: Cassandra Kerwin

Hobbits, Nazguls, superheroes, villains, wizards, stormtroopers, droids and video game characters gathered in the Centre des congrès de Québec for the fourth annual Comiccon on October 14 and 15.

The highlight of the weekend was actor Billy Boyd who starred as the hobbit Pippin in the 2001-2003 film trilogy The Lord of the Rings (LOTR).

Marie (née Langlais) FRENCH

Décédée paisiblement à la maison, à Sutton Coldfield, Angleterre, le 6 octobre 2017, fille du Juge Antonio Langlais et Adrienne Langlais (née Hamel) de Québec. Née le 27 novembre, 1917, à Chicoutimi. Épouse le 7 décembre, 1946, à Québec, le lieutenant d’aviation Tom French (RAF) (1923-1994), Design Engineer.

Québec 21’s Gosselin brings ADQ approach to city politics

Photo: Peter Black

If you’re of a certain age, a famous movie quote may come to mind in contemplating a new development on the Quebec City municipal scene: “Who are those guys?” While the quip comes from 1969’s Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid, those words could be dogging incumbent Mayor Régis Labeaume and Démocratie Québec leader Anne Guérette.

John H. BIGNELL 1935-2017

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Passed away peacefully at the age of 81 at the Jeffery Hale Hospital in Quebec City on Saturday October 7, 2017.
A longtime resident of Lac-Beauport, he was predeceased by his wife Gloria Bignell (Després) and his sisters Joan and Judy.

Moms’ Nite Out: Stop, Swap and Shop ‘til you Drop

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Photo: Mary McCown

Local mothers enjoyed a well-deserved break Saturday afternoon at the Moms’ Nite Out Clothing Swap.It was an opportunity to clear out the clutter and upgrade one’s wardrobe, all without spending a dime.

Community groups react to ministerial appointment

English-speaking community groups in the Quebec City area and the Eastern Townships greeted the long-awaited news of the appointment of a provincial minister for relations with the anglophone community with broad optimism late last week.

For Brigitte Wellens, director of Voice of English-speaking Quebec, the appointment of Minister Kathleen Weil is “a long time coming.

St. Lawrence College rugby and hockey news

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Photo: courtesy of St. Lawrence Lions website

With the regular season finished, the Cégep Champlain–St. Lawrence Campus rugby 7s teams are headed to the Réseau du Sport Étudiant du Québec (RSEQ) regional championships.

All matches will be played at Cégep Garneau on October 22, starting at 9 a.m. for rugby 7s and women’s 15s. There is no men’s rugby 15s this year in the northeast division.

QHS Blazers and St. Pat’s Fighting Irish teams in regional action

Quebec High School senior boys and girls soccer teams, and the St. Patrick’s football teams were in action this past weekend (October 14 and 15), along with the new Irish hockey team.

The QHS Blazers were involved in the regional soccer championship at Lac Beauport after finishing the regular season in first place.

Canada, It’s Complicated …

After 150 years, we’re starting to get the joke

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Photo: Tom Cochrane
The foundation of our nation is a big fat lie,” was the chorus of the opening song performed by the seven young actors of Canada, It’s Complicated, which was produced at the Morrin Centre last Wednesday evening. 

Burning discord over measuring firewood

Photo: JKBrooks85 from Wikipedia Commons

It’s that time of year, freak fall heatwave notwithstanding, when folks so inclined and equipped, fire up the hearth.

Memorials and Things of Fame

1867 – The Morning Chronicle
The delegates and members of the Medical Society, accompanied by a number of lady friends, left town to visit the Beauport Asylum. The party filled about sixty carriages. They were received by the proprietors, Drs. Landry and Roy. A very handsome arch of evergreens and flags had been erected at the principal doorway.

The QCT bids a fond farewell to Catherine Mills-Rouleau

Photo: Shirley Nadeau

This week’s “Memorials and Things of Fame” is the next to last or avant dernière column that will appear in this newspaper, prepared by Catherine Mills-Rouleau.

Rue William-Bartlett

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Photo: Bill Cox
This short gravelled road was named in honour of William Henry Bartlett (1809-1854), a British artist, born in Kentish Town (now part of London, England), best known for his numerous steel engravings. From 1822 to 1829 he did his design apprenticeship with the architect John Britton. His designs were used to illustrate Britton’s books and those of other London editors. 

Election 2017: Anne Guérette aims to dethrone Mayor Labeaume

Photo: Peter Black

It’s an intriguing declaration from an architect by profession: “I want to shake the columns of democracy.”

Anne Guérette, 53, holder of a master’s degree in building engineering from Concordia University, faces a mighty challenge in her assault on the pillars of Fortress Labeaume, where she is one of only three outgoing opposition members on the 21-member city council.

Pink Floyd legend Roger Waters rocks Quebec City

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Photo: Natalie Keller

The legendary Roger Waters came to Quebec City this past weekend, October 6 and 7, with two breathtaking performances of the Us + Them tour which took place Friday and Saturday night at the Videotron Centre.

Le monsieur qui parle anglais at Les Trois Corbeaux

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Photo: Mary McCown
Once upon a time, three crows landed in the yard of glassblowers Jeff Ferrier and his partner Christina Mayr while they were building a furnace for their glass work. The crows never left. In fact they seemed to mock the couple while they worked.

The great blue heron … one of North America’s largest birds

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Photo: Lise Lafond
Photographing a great blue heron (Ardea herodias) is not an easy task. These big birds seem to smell danger and are quick to spread their wings and fly away. 

And the duchesses of the 64th Quebec Winter Carnival are…

Photo: Cassandra Kerwin

Bonhomme Carnaval and 14 women hoping to be chosen as duchesses for the 64th Quebec City Winter Carnival appeared before a large crowd at Place Laurier on October 5. The young ladies, two for each of the seven duchies of Quebec City, anxiously awaited the announcement as to who would be chosen to represent their district.

Keith Louis BOECKNER 1945-2017

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Keith Boeckner, 72, peacefully passed away in the arms of his beloved wife Joan at the Maison Michel Sarrazin on October 5, 2017.

A funeral service will be held on Saturday, October 14, at 2 p.m.

at the Cathedral of the Holy Trinity, 31 rue Des Jardins, Quebec City.

The family will receive condolences at the church one hour before the service.

Ombudsperson’s report raises concerns about health system

A recent report by the provincial ombudsperson is raising concerns about service provision in the province’s health care system since the passage of the controversial health care reforms known as Bill 10.

William G. McCOUBREY

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William G. McCoubrey passed away peacefully with family at his side at the Oakville Trafalgar Memorial Hospital in Oakville, Ontario, on Monday, September 25, 2017. He was 99 years old.

St. Pat’s hockey and football news

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The St. Patrick’s High School hockey team made their historic debut on Saturday, October 7, in Beauceville, as they are now one of 16 teams in the M17 Majeur section of the Ligue de Hockey Préparatoire Scolaire (LHPS), a Quebec provincial prep school league.

Laval crushes Sherbrooke in RSEQ football action

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Photo: Yves Longpré - Université Laval

The Université Laval football team wanted a solid contribution from everyone and that’s what the players did. The Rouge et Or went to Université de Sherbrooke on October 7 and simply demolished the Vert et Or 46-15. They now head into the bye week with a record of five wins and one loss.

Québec Remparts are off to a flying start

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Photo: Remparts website

The Québec Remparts, of the Québec Major Junior Hockey League, are off to a flying start this season.

Before losing their first game 3-0 against the Titan in Bathurst last Sunday, October 8, the Remparts had won their first six games of the 2017-18 campaign.

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