Community News

From ancient Ireland to Christianity

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Photo: Cassandra Kerwin

Some 100 people enjoyed an overview of Ireland’s rich history as anthropologist Isabelle Matte gave a presentation called Raconte-moi que tu as vu l’Irlande, on March 21 at St. Patrick’s High School.

Athletes soar at the Big Air Jamboree

Photo: Cassandra Kerwin

The Quebec City Big Air Jamboree was the event of the season. International snowboarders and freestyle skiers swooped down the giant 90-metre jump from the end of Boul. Honoré-Mercier into Îlot-Fleurie between the Dufferin-Montmorency highway ramps. From March 14 to 17, they performed their aerial acrobatics for cheering crowds.

Long may you play: Vinyl collection a “record” of life

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Radio-Canada announced last week it wants to get rid of some 100,000 vinyl records from storage in its tower in east-end Montreal. The brand new CBC/Rad-Can building on the same site is supposed to be ready for occupancy in January next year, so the public broadcaster is shedding excess inventory before the big move.

Visiting relatives in Addis Ababa


Photo: Ruby Pratka

I have a great-great-great-great … (trying to save space on the number of “greats”) aunt who lives in Ethiopia and has a bistro in downtown Addis Ababa named after her.

So do you.

So do all of your friends.

Growing up, I’d seen many, many pictures of her, and I knew that finally seeing her in person was going to be pretty amazing.

The story behind Rue Chassé


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Photo: Screenshot from Google Maps

Rue Chassé is named in memory of four members of an illustrious Quebec City family who fought with the Royal 22e Régiment during the First and Second World Wars.


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Photo: Wikimedia Commons - Public Domain

March 19, 1819 – The Quebec Gazette

Typhus Fever

Quebec, UL get more than fair share of federal health research funds

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Photo: Peter Black

The federal government provides more funding for health research to Quebec than is indicated by its share of the Canadian population. That fact was brought to light at a media event at Université Laval on March 12 to promote the $275 million federal contributions last year to 370 projects across Canada in health research. Health Minister Ginette Petitpas Taylor was on hand for the occasion.

Lightbound strikes back

The event at Université Laval to highlight federal funding of health research was officially ceremonial and above politics. Health Minister Ginette Petitpas Taylor kept her remarks strictly formal and focused on the importance of research.

Repair Café helps do-it-yourselfers fix household items

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Photo: Lorie Pierce

With the recent launch of the first Repair Café, another opportunity has opened up to fight planned obsolescence and aim for a Zero Waste lifestyle in this city.

Parishioners celebrate St. Patrick’s Day with mass and banquet

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Photo: Photo by Cassandra Kerwin

As spring approaches, Irish people across the globe don their green and get out fiddles, guitars and beer for an evening of music, dance and folklore. And on March 17, the local community held its traditional annual banquet for St. Patrick’s Day in McMahon Hall at St. Patrick’s Church.

It’s so much fun to run! … said the dogs

Photo: Lise Lafond

Mother Nature gave the organizers of the seventh annual International Dogsled Races held at Village Vacances Valcartier quite a scare. With all the rain and snow that fell during the week, many were worried that the track would be ruined, but with the right equipment and experience with our Quebec weather, the Valcartier employees knew what to do, and they did it well.

Time to enjoy the great outdoors

Photo: Lise Lafond

People with a passion for boating, camping, fishing and hunting met at the Salon Plein Air, Chasse, Pêche et Camping and the Salon du Bateau de Québec, held at the Centre de Foires from March 14 to 17. In all, 225 exhibitors shared their love of the outdoors and their interesting stories with the public.

Are you looking for a new home for old school treasures?

Photo: Helen Meredith

It all started with a school crest. In a “Marie Kondo moment” I was trying to experience the joy she describes by tidying up…. But what makes me most joyful is to find a home for things, not just throw them out.

Presenting the 16th CQSB Performing Arts Festival

At the Central Québec School Board (CQSB), we believe the arts are fundamental for developing our identities, fostering empathy, and sparking creativity. We treat culture not simply as entertainment but as an important tool for educating healthy students and healthy citizens. That said, our students produce some of the most creative and entertaining works around!

Community Calendar

Wednesday, March 20 at 12:10 p.m. – Facebook Live with Quebec City Reading Council to discuss job search strategies. Just go to QCRC’s Facebook page to join in on the conversation. This is an interactive session so bring your questions and let’s connect!

OBITUARY: Michael George AYRE

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Michael Ayre passed away peacefully surrounded by family on Friday, March 8 at the CHUL in Quebec City.

Ten years of stories, ideas, and Imagination

From April 2 to 7 the Morrin Centre will celebrate its 10th annual Imagination Writers’ Festival. This year’s festival features acclaimed authors from the current, diverse, Canadian literary scene and brings together artists from different fields for surprising and delightful pairings.

Patient lessons with Clive Meredith

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Photo: Michaël X. Déry

It has been 11 years since I last wrote for the Quebec Chronicle-Telegraph, and just as long since I last saw the late Clive Meredith. Since then, I’ve donned a Royal Canadian Navy uniform, started a family and moved to the other side of the country.

March with the QCT in the Défilé de la Saint-Patrick!

We at the QCT are looking for two or more volunteers to march with our “float” (a decorated car and a banner) in the Défilé de la Saint-Patrick / St. Patrick’s Day Parade on Saturday, March 23. This year’s Défilé will be bigger and better than ever.

Hybrids and electric cars shine at the 38th international auto show

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Photo: Cassandra Kerwin

The 38th Salon International de l’automobile de Québec was busy with families and buyers looking over the latest vehicles. The 450 pristine cars displayed on over 220,000 square feet at the Centre des Foires during Spring Break gave people the opportunity to ask questions and test drive their dream vehicles before purchasing.

The Quebec Chronicle-Telegraph remembers R. Clive Meredith (1932-2019)

Photo: Michaël X. Déry

All of us at the QCT were deeply saddened to hear of the passing of Clive Meredith on March 8. We reached out to present and former QCT journalists and publishers for their reaction to this news. We extend our sincere condolences to the Meredith family. At press time, funeral plans had not been announced.


Laval women’s basketball team wins silver at national championship

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Photo: U Laval- Mathieu Bélanger

The Université Laval women’s basketball team had to settle for silver instead of gold in the USports national championship when they were defeated in Toronto by the McMaster University Marauders 70-58 on March 10.

Community Calendar

March 12 to 17 – Snowboard and Ski Jamboree: FIS World Cup championships on the giant ramp in Îlot Fleuri, between the highway ramps, on Boul. Charest Est. Lots of activities for families, novice skiers, and party-goers. For details, visit

Morrin Centre poetry workshop: Quebec City as Muse

You have a poetic story to tell, but where to begin? Perhaps near the beginning or somewhere near the middle. Or why not towards the end, which really points to a new beginning somewhere else?

Drying our clothes: Machine vs Nature

Photo: Lise Lafond

In 1892, inventor George T. Sampson patented America’s first ventilator-type clothes dryer. It consisted of a rack and used heat from a stove. This was a great improvement over the old method of drying clothes over a fire, which got the clothes dry but had the disadvantage of making them smell of smoke. Gas- and electricity-powered dryers were invented in the late 1930s and early 1940s.

Quebec City goes greener for the 10th Défilé de la Saint-Patrick

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Photo: Cassandra Kerwin

From March 21 to 24, it will be all about the Irish and the 10th Défilé de la Saint-Patrick de Québec. At the heart of the festivities for this special edition will be four pipe bands from the United States, the Irish wolfhound mascot O’Laf, a lecture on prehistoric and pre-Christian Ireland, a tour of the Old City and Celtic music and dance.

Centre-du-Québec wins in wheelchair basketball at the Jeux du Québec

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Photo: Cassandra Kerwin

Wheels clashing, balls passing, the thud of dribbling and baskets going swoosh! It’s music to the ears of wheelchair basketball enthusiasts at the 54th Finale des Jeux du Québec.

St. Pat’s girls win silver in ringette in Jeux du Québec

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Photo: Tanya Moore

Two ringette players from St. Patrick’s High School won silver medals with the Capitale-Nationale team in last week’s Jeux du Québec competition in Quebec City.

Rive-Sud wins! Mission accomplished, Capitale Nationale!

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Photo: Cassandra Kerwin

Team Rive-Sud won the 54th Finale des Jeux du Québec! Other great news: the games were deemed “mission accomplished!” In nine days, 3,300 athletes competed for 1,200 medals in 22 sports on 16 different sites – the equivalent of a mini-Olympic Games.

Stoneham hosts Jeux du Québec alpine ski races

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Photo: Cassandra Kerwin

Stoneham Ski Resort hosted the Jeux du Québec alpine skiers from March 6 to 8. Fans who wanted to get a good view of the 10 races, however, had to climb a third of the way up the mountain.

Team Capitale-Nationale was the most decorated, with 11 medals: six gold, two silver and three bronze.

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