News Digest July 3, 2013


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July 3, 2013




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Canada Day celebrations in Quebec City

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Photo: Jay Ouellet

Monday, July 1, was a beautiful, sunny day and it certainly brought out lots of people to celebrate Canada's 146th birthday in style.

Irish visitors to Quebec City and Grosse Île

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Photo: Jay Ouellet

A group of nine Irish teenagers and their supervisors, Caroilin Callery and Maggie Gallagher, were in Quebec City this past week, as part of the Year of the Gathering activities in Ireland. They came to retrace the steps of their ancestors, those who had left Ireland during the Great Famine in hopes of a better life in Canada.

Zombies walk in the sunshine for Opération Enfant Soleil

Photo: Danielle Burns

Something surprising, to say the least, happened in the Old Town on Saturday. There was a Zombie Parade - in broad daylight! It started from Place d'Youville, and about a hundred "walking dead" of all ages came out to the afternoon event. The parade was held to help encourage family participation and donations to a worthy cause.

Quebec High School rugby football club in 1904

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Photo: Photo provided by Andrew Caddell

The QCT recently received an interesting photo and information about a long-ago school rugby club in Quebec City. It came from Andrew Caddell, who grew up in Montreal West. Caddell now lives in Ottawa and works for the federal government as an international trade commissioner.

Hillary's Ride for Mental Health is crossing Canada

Photo: Shirley Nadeau

In May of 2003, Hillary Werthmann, who suffered from mental illness, took her life with a drug overdose. She was 20 years old.

Paul McCartney returns to conquer the Plains of Abraham

He conquered the Plains in 2008 during the celebrations of Quebec City's 400th birthday, and Sir Paul McCartney is coming back to entertain his fans again on Tuesday, July 23, 2013.

Peachland’s new Fire Chief originally from Stoneham


Dennis Craig, a former resident of Stoneham, Quebec, was recently appointed the new fire chief of Peachland, a municipality of about 5,000 on the western shore of Okanagan Lake, British Columbia.

The curtain rises on Paris on stage: 1889-1914

Photo: Photo Musée de la civilisation de Québec

Memorials and Things of Fame

The Morning Chronicle


Tourist season in Quebec City


The tourist season brings in vacationers by the busload. According to the Quebec City Tourism website, Quebec City is the fourth most visited city in Canada, with nearly 4.5 million tourists per year (2010). Old Québec Tours offers an open-top double-decker bus service, enabling sightseers to hop on and hop off at 11 different attractions (

The elusive hummingbird moth

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Photo: Lise Lafond

Canada Day celebrations in Quebec City

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Photo: Jay Ouellet


After a leisurely stroll through Battlefields Park, Jay Ouellet captured scenes from the Family Day activities around the Edwin Bélanger bandstand. Flying high!!  


QCT Mystery Photo Contest

Bethann Merkle, Shirley Nadeau and Danielle Burns have scouted out people, places and things around the city for you to try and identify over the summer months. Your mission is to find these objects and to answer the questions with each photo.

Festival d’Été is back, better than ever!

Photo: Shirley Nadeau

The 46th annual Festival d'Été starts on Thursday, July 4, with a jam-packed, 10-day program. It takes place at 14 different venues, including the huge main stage on the Plains of Abraham.


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