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Remembering the fallen at the Cross of Sacrifice

Photos by Cassandra Kerwin

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Veterans stand on Grande Allée for a moment of prayer in the Remembrance Day Ceremony in front of the Cross of Sacrifice.

QHS students raise over $100,000 for the Terry Fox Foundation

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Photo: Shirley Nadeau

A special assembly was held in the gymnasium of Quebec High School (QHS) on Nov. 8 to reveal the grand total of funds raised for the Terry Fox Foundation by students and staff at the school over the past two decades.

CAQ English-services plan raises historic questions

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For the record, your scribe qualifies as a “historic anglophone” both under Quebec law and as a matter of history.

Family genealogists have traced an ancestor born to a British soldier garrisoned at Quebec City. And another ancestor, born and raised in Huntington, pulled off some kind of Laura Secord-style warning about a Fenian raid and got a commendation for bravery.

Bloc concedes on recount; Duclos confirmed as Quebec MP

FEDERAL ELECTION RECAP

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Photo: Jean-Yves Doclos’ Twitter

Jean-Yves Duclos has been confirmed as the Liberal MP for Quebec riding in the central core of the city. His Bloc Québécois challenger, Christiane Gagnon, called a halt to a judicial recount last week after nearly two days of counting ballots.

The story behind Rue Émile-Boiteau

STREET VIEWS

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Photo: Collection iconographique de la Ville de Québec

This street was named to honour Émile Boiteau, who was born in Quebec City on April 28, 1898, the son of Joseph Boiteau, a grocer, and Malvina Marois.

MEMORIALS AND THINGS OF FAME

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Photo: Wikimedia Common - Public Domain

November 14, 1819 – The Quebec Gazette
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First World War Memorial Site inaugurated behind the Armoury

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Photo: Cassandra Kerwin

Every year as Remembrance Day approaches, Canadians gather to pay their respects to the men and women of the Armed Forces – the veterans who worked and fought for the freedom of others, and the many who gave their lives for the cause.

Santa Claus and the Parade des Jouets come to town

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Photo: Cassandra Kerwin

The 18th edition of the Parade des Jouets made its way through the Saint-Roch and Limoilou districts of Quebec City on Nov. 9. Festivities continued the following day at Place Jean-Béliveau in front of the Videotron Centre. Santa Claus was present on both days, accepting children’s letters and listening attentively to their wishes.

Angèle Dubeau and La Pietà pulsate with energy

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Photo: Shirley Nadeau

Angèle Dubeau and La Pietà – her all-Canadian female string ensemble – mesmerized the audience with their passionate, pulsating music at the Palais Montcalm on Nov. 9 as they played excerpts from their most recent, and 44th, album, Pulsations.

VEQ and other English-speaking organizations are separating from, not divorcing the QCGN

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Photo: Danielle Burns

Voice of English-speaking Québec (VEQ) is one of about a dozen community organizations to leave the Quebec Community Groups Network (QCGN) in a recent decampment from the umbrella advocacy organization that until recently represented about 60 English-speaking organizations across the province of Quebec.

Ronnie Burkett’s Daisy Theatre delights Diamant audience

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Photo: Shirley Nadeau

The Daisy Theatre puppet show was the first event presented entirely in English at Le Diamant, from Nov. 6 to 9. Canadian artist and puppeteer Ronnie Burkett presented improvised shows every night that included variety acts, extemporaneous monologues and musical numbers brought to life by some of the 40 marionettes in the “ensemble cast” of his own creation.

Donate to the Hamper Campaign at Holiday Happy Hour

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Photo: Sophie Minville

Once again, Voice of English-speaking Québec (VEQ) is proud to work alongside 30 local partners on the 24th Quebec City Community Christmas Hamper Campaign. We need your help to meet the challenge of filling and delivering hampers to over 200 homes in need.

St. Lawrence Lions basketball and hockey report

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Photo: Caroline Lehoux-SLC

CEGEP Champlain–St. Lawrence (SLC) basketball teams went to Chicoutimi for two games on Nov. 8, and both came back with a victory.

The Lady Lions got a solid performance from Rosalie Gilbert, and SLC easily defeated the Cougars from Cégep de Chicoutimi 79-51. Gilbert scored 25 points and teammate Emmy Raymond added 16 points. St. Lawrence was leading 43-21 after only 20 minutes of play.

Carabins end Laval’s hold on the Dunsmore Cup with 25-10 win

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Photo: Yan Doublet - U Laval

The Université Laval Rouge et Or football team chose the wrong time to play their worst game of the season. At stake was the Dunsmore Cup and, in front of a home crowd on Nov. 9 at Stade TELUS, the Rouge et Or lost 25-10 to the Carabins from Université de Montréal.

Bryan Thomas HOLTON

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Bryan Thomas HOLTON
1937 - 2019

Bryan Thomas Holton, son of the late Mabel Victoria Hanson and the late Thomas Holton, died on Nov. 3, 2019, at the age of 82 years and three months, at Saint Brigid’s Home in Quebec City.

Tea Time at Trinity Church

Photo by Shirley Nadeau

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Many people gathered at Trinity Church on Chemin des Quatre-Bourgeois on Nov. 2 for the annual poppy-themed Fall Tea and Sale. The ladies of the church served up a lovely tea with sandwiches and sweets. A “nearly new” table, pre-read books, baked goods and hand-knit items filled tables on three sides of Colley Hall.

Community Calendar

Wednesday, Nov. 13, from 5 to 7 p.m. – CV Clinic at F.O.R.T./Valcartier Family Centre, 2630 Boul. Hochelaga. Bring your CV and cover letter for a private 10-minute, one-on-one review with tips provided. Book an appointment with your own personal guidance counsellor. To register, contact [email protected]. Provide full name, phone number and email.

Mission accomplished by QHS Blood Drive: 75 donations

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Photo: Cassandra Kerwin

On Nov. 6, the gymnasium at Quebec High School (QHS) was transformed into a Héma-Québec blood donation clinic for the day. After weeks of preparation and organization, the students of the leadership program achieved their goal of 75 blood donations (450 ml or slightly less than a pint each) at their annual Blood Drive.

Advertising legend Frank Palmer speaks at SLC

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Photo: Cassandra Kerwin

On Nov. 6, St. Lawrence College (SLC) business teacher Paul Bleau was host to representatives of 16 local post-secondary institutions and over 90 recruiters at a cocktail party held at the Jeffery Hale Student Centre. The evening continued with a panel discussion that included Canadian advertising legend Frank Palmer.

Robert Lepage’s appearance at Literary Feast worth the wait

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Photo: Dylan Page courtesy of Morrin Centre

Quebec City’s world-renowned playwright, actor, film and stage director Robert Lepage was the much sought-after guest speaker at the Morrin Centre’s annual Literary Feast fundraising dinner on Oct. 30. Literary Feast organizers had invited him a number of times, and finally their persistence paid off.

Could King have helped League of Nations prevent Second World War?

Eighty years ago this week, Canada was eight weeks into a war it had declared on Germany. The declaration by the then prime minister Mackenzie King is less a stirring call to battle and more a wishy-washy promise:

Second chances for candidates in Jean-Talon byelection

PROVINCIAL POLITICS

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Photo: Gertrude Bourdon Twitter

With federal election signs yet to be removed, new ones began appearing on poles and lawns as the provincial byelection in Jean-Talon riding got underway.

Premier François Legault called the election for Dec. 2 to replace Liberal MNA Sébastien Proulx, the former education minister, who announced in the summer he was quitting politics.

“In Flanders Fields”

FROM THE ARCHIVES

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Photo: Wikimedia Commons - Public Domain

According to the Canadian Encyclopedia, when John McCrae’s 15-line poem “In Flanders Fields” first appeared in the Dec. 8, 1915, issue of the British magazine Punch, he did not receive credit as the author. However, the public noticed the poem and soon it was being memorized, copied into letters, set to music and translated into many languages.

The story behind Rue Élisabeth-Couc

STREET VIEWS

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Photo: Native-Americans.org

This street is named after a rather mysterious woman named Élisabeth Couc (1667- circa 1750) sometimes called Isabelle. She was the daughter of Pierre Couc, dit Lafleur, and Marie Miteoamegoukoué, an Algonquin Christian, and was probably born at Trois-Rivières. Like her first name and place of birth, the details about her early years are uncertain.

MEMORIALS AND THINGS OF FAME

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Photo: Wikimedia Commons - Public Domain

November 3, 1819 – The Quebec Gazette

Volunteers shed light on the Saint Brigid’s Guild Sale

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Photo: Cassandra Kerwin

On Nov. 1, the province of Quebec was hit by a violent storm, with 100-km/h winds and heavy rain. Around noon, various regions and cities lost hydro power one by one. Here in Quebec City, the Eastern Québec Learning Centre (EQLC), which was hosting the biannual Saint Brigid’s Guild Sale, was in complete darkness by mid-afternoon, making shopping conditions Halloween eerie to say the least.

Remembering the Royal Rifles of Canada

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Photo: Shirley Nadeau

This is the time of the year we remember the contribution our military men and women make to our freedom and security. Book publishers often choose this moment to offer the public a new work on the subject. This year, we find the recently launched Le Dernier Commandant du Royal Rifles of Canada by Hélène Tanguay.

Pumpkins are more than just a Halloween decoration

SAVING THE PLANET ONE WEEK AT A TIME

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Photo: Lise Lafond

Halloween is over, and it certainly was a windy and wet one. While putting away all the costumes and decorations, are you wondering what to do with those pumpkins you and the kids carved faces on? You can’t keep them for next year, so where do they go? Hint: they do NOT belong in the trash can.

Fiddler on the Roof – a QAC “Tradition”

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Photo: Normand Brassard

Opening night is fast approaching for the Quebec Art Company’s production of the hit musical Fiddler on the Roof.

There will be seven shows only, starting Thursday, Nov. 21 at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $25 and should be ordered well in advance at www.quebecartcompany.com.

Drop in for a Brew: Of Taverns and Men at the MCQ

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Photo: Cassandra Kerwin

People often look back fondly on simpler times. The latest exhibit at the Musée de la Civilisation, Brew: Of Taverns and Men, explores that very subject.

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