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‘Mr. Basketball’ Ted Gunn recalls ‘great times’ at former YMCA

Photo: George Ben from QCT archives

A recent story in the QCT about the opening of a new YMCA building in Quebec City stirred the memory of Ted Gunn, a well-known figure in the city’s anglophone community.

Gunn, the driving force, along with his wife Louise, in the preservation and celebration of the city’s Scottish heritage, also has a celebrated history with the YMCA in the town.

OBITUARY: Norma Marie (née Power) MARTINEAU

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Norma Marie (née Power) Martineau, 93, passed at Ian Anderson House in Oakville, Ont. on Sept. 5, 2020.

Submit your candidacy soon for school board elections

As you all know, the present Quebec government plans to replace school boards by school-service centres – this is already the case in the French school network. The nine English school boards have contested Bill 40 and a “stay” has been awarded the English boards. However, the government is contesting this “stay” and a decision from the Superior Court of Québec is imminent.

Les Violons du Roy reveal their fall program

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Photo: Shirley Nadeau

A few dozen people had an exceptional treat on Sept. 10 when they heard Les Violons du Roy perform live onstage in the Salle Raoul-Jobin of the Palais Montcalm. The occasion was the presentation of the new fall program of the Violons and La Chapelle de Québec, who will perform both in Quebec City and in Montreal.

RSEQ and Quebec AAA Midget Hockey are back in action

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Photo: Jocelyn Gagné

The Réseau du Sport Étudiant du Québec (RSEQ) and the Quebec AAA Midget Hockey League have been back in action since Sept. 14, when Premier François Legault confirmed the resumption of extracurricular activities.

Blueberry Sunday launch 'Melancholic Afternoon'

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Photo: Cassandra Kerwin

On Sept. 3, the local indie pop band Blueberry Sunday launched their first album, Melancholic Afternoon, at Bleuets du Viré-Crêpe in Saint-Nicolas. The musicians played on the rooftop overlooking the restaurant’s patio and blueberry fields; the cheering crowd were seated below, on picnic blankets and camp chairs.

It’s back to school for CQSB students

Photo: Cassandra Kerwin

On Sept. 1, students and, at elementary schools, parents lined up outside Central Québec School Board (CQSB) schools. For the past six months, parents, students, faculty and staff have been anxiously awaiting this important date, hoping it would be the beginning of a return to “normality,” and not the beginning of a second wave of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Some former politicos become belles-mères; Couillard stays mum

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There’s no obvious English equivalent for the Quebec expression “belle-mère,” which describes a former politician who criticizes and meddles in the affairs of the government or party he or she left behind.

Will COVID-19 cases surge with students back in school?

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Photo: Danielle Burns

The QCT recently interviewed Dr. Gary Kobinger, founder and CEO of Global Urgent and Advanced Research and Development (GUARD). He is a professor in the department of microbiology and infectious diseases and the director of the research centre on infectious diseases, faculty of medicine at Université Laval.

The Rhapsodes choir return to the stage in October

David Rompré and Les Rhapsodes choristers are delighted to return to the stage of the Palais Montcalm this autumn. Following the public health directives, the choir was able to resume their rehearsals, so that they can present the last two concerts of the previous season as well as their entire new season.

The story behind Rue Isidore-Thibaudeau


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Photo: Photo Wikipedia

Isidore Thibaudeau was a Quebec businessman and political figure. He was born in Neuville (formerly known as Pointe-aux-Trembles) in 1819. His father, Pierre-Chrisologue Thibaudeau, was a merchant of Acadian origin.


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Photo: Jean Gagnon from Wikimedia Commons - Public Domain

September 10, 1870 – The Morning Chronicle
Music at the Island – The band of the Royal Artillery will perform [a] programme of music at Orleans on Saturday, 19th September, from 3 to 4:00 p.m., weather permitting.... The ferry-boat will make a special trip at 1:30 p.m.

September 9, 1895 – The Quebec Morning Chronicle
A Prediction

Concerts Couperin offers five concerts for 2020-2021

For their 64th season, Concerts Couperin proposes five concerts, including the April 19 concert that was postponed due to COVID-19.

All concerts will be held on Sunday afternoons at 2:30 p.m. in the Chapelle du Musée de l’Amérique francophone, at 2 Côte de la Fabrique in Old Quebec.

Can a bird fly without its tail feathers?

Photo by Lise Lafond


So you think you know all there is to know about Canada, eh?

Did you know . . .

• “Eh” is in the dictionary – several of them, in fact. Who’d have thought, eh?

• Canada is the second-largest country in the world. The largest is Russia.

• Ottawa is the second-coldest capital city. The coldest is Moscow.

Hello September!


The QCT’s sports reporter Luc Lang captured the first sunrise of September with his iPhone camera. The photo was taken in Beauport, looking east toward Île d’Orléans, which can be seen behind the trees.

Raymond G. WARD

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Raymond George Ward, son of Emily Leblanc and Lorne Ward, died recently in Quebec City at the age of 81.
Raymond is survived by two brothers: Graham (Kathy) and Garry (Doris) and three sisters: Lorna (the late Andy), Joan (Gary), and Barbara (Garry).
Nieces and nephews include Emily, Sean, Alyson, Matthew, Kimberly, Amanda and the late Nathan.

City to reopen recreational activities at lower capacity

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Photo: Ville de Québec

Everybody back in the pool – well, not quite everybody, at least not just yet.

The city last week released its plan for gradually resuming recreational activities at facilities – including indoor pools – around town. The pandemic forced the closure of virtually all community centres, where indoor activities from aquatic programs to language lessons were offered.

Big bird!

Photo by Lise Lafond


This great blue heron (Ardea herodias) was spotted by QCT photojournalist Lise Lafond while kayaking along the Rivière Cabano, which runs into Lac Témiscouata.

Back-to-school during COVID-19: Parents ready for routine

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Photo: Danielle Burns

COVID-19 is still with us, but a feeling of anticipation (maybe a few jitters) and joy was in the air on Aug. 28, the first day of school for students at French-language schools in Quebec City.

O’Toole has a good story, but will voters find him cool?

If we are learning anything about leadership in the wake of a spate of recent conventions, it’s that it helps to have a good story to succeed in politics.

Kamala Harris has her inspiring tale of rising from one of the first groups of Black kids bused to a desegregated school to become the first woman, first Black or first Black woman in an ascending series of public positions.

FEQ taking baby steps back from COVID-19 freeze

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Photo: FEQ

The Festival d’Été de Québec (FEQ) is launching a program of concerts in September that could be stepping stones to the return next July of the mammoth outdoor music event.

Called FEQXP, the program features a series of three concerts, with two acts each performing an hour, at the newly upgraded Bell Imperial theatre on Rue Saint-Joseph in the Saint-Roch entertainment district.

The story behind Rue Irma-Levasseur


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Photo: Wikimedia Commons - Public Domain

Born in Quebec City in 1877, Irma LeVasseur (1877-1964) became the first woman* to practise medicine in Quebec.


Photo: Wikimedia Commons - Public Domain

September 3, 1870 – The Morning Chronicle

Herrmann the Great comes to Quebec City (1895)


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Photo: Wikimedia Commons - Public Domain

A generation before Harry Houdini, audiences were thrilled by the magical stage productions of Alexander “The Great” Herrmann. Known as “the great undisputed monarch of conjurers,” Herrmann was born in Paris in 1844 to a family of performers. At the age of eight, he began as a magician’s assistant to his older brother.

City study: Changes to tramway project boost user forecast

Photo: Ville de Quebec

Ridership projections for the city’s proposed tramway system were not negatively affected by a series of major changes announced in recent months. That’s according to a report city officials released last week. In fact, the report says, forecast ridership numbers are even higher.

Québec Remparts begin their 2020-2021 training camp

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Photo: Photo archives QMJHL

The Québec Remparts of the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League (QMJHL) started their 2020-2021 training camp on Aug. 31 at the Videotron Centre.

In accordance with the guidelines of the provincial health authorities, the league has allowed all the teams to have a maximum of 34 players at their training camps.

Quebec women rugby players to play pro in France

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Photo: Photo archives U Laval

The quality of rugby players in la belle province is gaining worldwide attention as 15 Québécoise players will play professionally in France this coming season.

With the COVID-19 pandemic making it difficult to practise contact sports, including rugby, the Quebec women took a gamble to head overseas to play the sport they love.

What makes us human?

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Photo: Shirley Nadeau

Mathieu Gotti, an artist-sculptor from France who has lived in Quebec since 2006, was busy chipping away at small blocks of wood in front of the Musée National des Beaux-Arts du Québec (MNBAQ) on July 18.

Machine de Cirque navigates COVID-19 on the FLEUVE

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Photo: Danielle Burns

The Machine de Cirque (MDC) has been dealing with COVID-19 challenges that have forced the group to cancel or postpone tour dates. In direct response to the pandemic, this local circus arts organization created an ad hoc show called FLEUVE, inspired by the St. Lawrence River.

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