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A crafty rainbow pops up on Rue Crémazie!

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Photo: Shirley Nadeau

Built by the Siffreddi-Robledo family, this cunning work of art consists of 14 columns of pop bottles filled with coloured water, fixed between the balcony railings of their home in the Montcalm district.

Rainbow tops Saint Brigid’s Home

Photo by Cassandra Kerwin

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A rainbow brightens the top-storey window of Saint Brigid’s Home.

Fire in Limoulou drives 15 families from their homes

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Photo: Danielle Burns

The early morning calm in Limoilou was broken on May 12 by the sound of sirens. Thick black smoke could be seen in the air from miles away.

The first 911 call came in at 8:08 a.m. from a triplex in the 500 block of 10e Rue, where the fire had started in the tambour, the enclosed stairway at the back of the building.

Salvador Dali’s "La Vénus Spatiale" on view in the Old Town

Photos by Shirley Nadeau

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Photo: Shirley Nadeau

This larger-than-lifesize statue of Salvador Dali’s La Vénus Spatiale is now on view for all to see in front of the UNESCO monument facing the Château Frontenac. Valued at $3,500,000, the giant bronze work of art may be purchased at the Galerie Sylvain Fortier, located in the main lobby of the hotel. It is part of the gallery’s Picasso - Dali - Riopelle exhibit.

The many firsts of new Liberal leader Dominique Anglade

A lot of “firsts” are being tagged on Dominique Anglade, like Girl Guide badges. This is fitting, perhaps, because if there is one dominant characteristic to describe the new leader of the Quebec Liberal Party (QLP) it might be “achiever.” Some might call her a keener, always première de classe, always striving to lead, make things happen.

The story behind Avenue Gustave-Beaudet

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Photo: Charlesbourg hier et aujourd’hui Facebook page

This street in the Charlesbourg district of Quebec City was named in honour of Dr. Gustave Beaudet (1886-1968), who was born in Deschaillons-sur-Saint-Laurent. He studied medicine at Université Laval, then at Université de Montréal. When he finished his studies in 1910, he married Marie-Thérèse Larue and settled in Saint-Apollinaire (Chaudière-Appalaches).

City unveils latest plans for Sainte-Foy, Saint-Roch tramway hubs

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Photo: Ville de Quebec

City officials last week released the latest version of plans for the tramway route and connecting hubs in the Sainte-Foy and Saint-Roch districts. The changes will have a major impact on traffic patterns in both areas and, according to Mayor Régis Labeaume, will make the city more people-friendly.

MEMORIALS AND THINGS OF FAME

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Photo: Wikimedia Commons - Public Domain

May 21, 1870 – The Morning Chronicle
The Forthcoming Boat-Race at Lachine

The fear pandemic: Survey indicates anglophones and allophones more worried about COVID than francophones

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Photo: Ruby Pratka

Anglophones and allophones are more worried than francophone Quebecers about the consequences of COVID-19, according to a survey released last week by the Association for Canadian Studies (ACS) and the Quebec Community Groups Network (QCGN).

“Even though the contagion itself is not biased, its effects have been quite uneven,” ACS president Jack Jedwab observed.

Pandemic puts most vocational training on hold

When elementary schools outside Montreal reopened May 11, adults in certain vocational programs were also allowed to resume in-class activities, as long as social distancing could be maintained and the activities were necessary for the students’ programs.

What to expect this summer at Quebec City’s lakeside playground

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Photo: Cassandra Kerwin

As summer approaches, Quebecers are hoping for a return to normal: going to the beach, being with family, doing summer sports, anything to escape this new reality. Will it be possible? To answer this question, the QCT spoke with Jean Perron in a phone interview on May 11. Perron is mayor of Fossambault-sur-le-Lac, a village northwest of Quebec City on the shore of Lac Saint-Joseph.

Fascinating flora found in the park

Photos by Shirley Nadeau

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This nosegay of purple crocuses tinged with white burst their way through the leaf litter on the grounds of the Domaine Cataraqui.

Snow geese heading north for the summer

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A flock of snow geese takes flight at Baie de Beauport in mid-May. A welcome sight in Quebec each spring, these birds breed north of the timberline in Greenland, Canada, Alaska, and the northeastern tip of Siberia, and spend winters in warm parts of North America from southwestern British Columbia through parts of the United States to Mexico, according to Wikipedia.

April showers bring May … snow?

Photo by Cassandra Kerwin

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The deep violet of the crocuses is a beautiful contrast to the white snow that fell on Quebec City during the night of May 11 to 12. Quebecers expecting spring with their morning coffee found winter.

IN MEMORIAM - BILLY DOUCET

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DOUCET, BILLY

Dec. 22, 1946-May 19, 2010

If tears could build a stairway and memories a lane, we’d walk right up to Heaven and bring you home again.

Love, your wife Verna & Family

Morrin Centre announces winner of poetry contest

On April 10, the Morrin Centre launched its first Society Pages Poetry Contest, which generated an immense amount of interest from community members and beyond. The contest received 47 entries in three weeks. Adults and children alike submitted poems, all of impressive quality. After two difficult rounds of elimination, a winner and three honourable mentions were chosen.

Livestreamed arts events enliven festival-less summer

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Photo: Ruby Pratka from QCT archives

This summer will be unlike any other for those who love music, art and theatre. There will be no big festival stage rising over the Plains of Abraham, the bars and music venues of Lower Town will almost certainly stay quiet and the outdoor music festivals that determine the road-trip plans of folk and rock fans around the province are off the calendar.

Homemade facemasks for sale

Photo by Shirley Nadeau

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While out for a stroll along Rue Champlain on May 16, I came across young Josephine Gingras. She was selling homemade facemasks made by her grandmother, Mariette Dion, for only $5 each. Josephine’s furry assistant Bizou (the black and tan Guinea pig on the table) kept a sharp eye on the money jar.

LETTER TO THE EDITOR

Let me tell you how much I enjoy looking at the colourful front page of the QCT every week. You and your colleagues have a way to bring other people’s creativity to us! I told you you were our eyes on the city, so I thank you for that. Of course, I read the rest of the paper with the same interest...

Lucie Bouchard
Quebec City

Quebec City streets pedestrian-only on weekends

The Ville de Québec recently announced that, as of May 16 until the end of the summer, on weekends, Rue Saint-Jean and Avenue Cartier will be open to pedestrians only. Both streets will be closed to automobile traffic.

The new pandemic-inspired back-to-school teacher’s outfit

Photo by Danielle Burns

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This Grade 1 teacher of Les Chevaliers (the Knights) class at École Saint-Fidèle in Limoilou chose her “pandemic” back-to-school outfit well. Her two-metre-long, pool-noodle sword was an excellent visual reminder for students to keep their distance.

The rainbow follows the storm

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Photo: Lise Lafond

Artist Christine Genest owns a gallery in Cap-Santé. With lots of time on her hands due to the COVID-19 social distancing regulations, she starts every day with a new drawing, and every day a new theme. The theme often reflects the news, for example, the reopening of the daycare centres, drive-in movie theatres, construction sites or barbecue season.

Quebec’s Jakob Pelletier wins the Frank J. Selke Trophy

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Photo: Vincent Ethier/QMJHL

Quebec City’s Jakob Pelletier, who currently plays for the Moncton Wildcats of the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League, has been named the 2019-2020 winner of the Frank J. Selke Trophy, awarded to the league’s most sportsmanlike player.

Golfers among those who may practise their sports during COVID-19

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Photo: The Golf Channel

Golfers, get your clubs ready for May 20. That is the date when Isabelle Charest, Quebec’s junior minister of education and minister for the status of women, announced that golf, and several other sports, will be allowed to be played as the first step in reviving sports activities throughout the province.

Baseball movies to watch while the major leagues are on hold

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Photo: imdb.com

Normally, at this time of year, Major League Baseball is almost two months into the season, and fans have started to fill in the ballots for the upcoming All-Star game in mid-July.

Plenty of Rainbows in the Avenue James-Lemoine area

Photos by Cassandra Kerwin

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A Post-it Note rainbow brightens a window in the Avenue James-Lemoine area in Sillery.

 

Window shopping for rainbows in Quebec City

Photos by Shirley Nadeau

At the QCT we’re always on the outlook for crafty rainbows. These two are not what you might call “homemade” but they certainly are eye-catching and get the message across that “Everything’s going to be all right!”

 

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MEMORIALS AND THINGS OF FAME

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Photo: Wikimedia Commons - Public Domain

May 11, 1820 – The Quebec Gazette
The New Sovereign

The Four Indian Kings

DVENTURES IN GENEALOGY

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Photo: Wikimedia Commons-Public Domain

Many of us have delved into hobbies since the “stay-at-home” policy has been in place. My hobbies include researching our family origins and having our DNA analyzed to discover who we are descended from.

The story behind Rue Hérelle

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Photo: Wikimedia Commons - Public Domain

This street is named in honour of bacteriologist Félix-Hubert d’Hérelle (1873-1949). He was born and died in Paris, but lived in Montreal for a number of years. His work contributed to the advancement of research on infectious diseases.

Basically a self-taught scientist, he had only a high school education in Paris, and attended a few lectures at the University of Bonn in Germany.

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