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PM announces federal financing for the Quebec City tramway

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Photo: Peter Black

A 10-year campaign to equip Quebec City with a modern urban transit system reached a milestone on Aug. 19 with the announcement by Prime Minister Justin Trudeau of up to $1.2 billion in federal financing.

The story behind Avenue De Laune


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Photo: Screenshot from Google Maps

This street is named in honour of British army officer William DeLaune (? - 1761). DeLaune was promoted to captain when James Wolfe became colonel of the 67th Infantry Regiment in 1758. Wolfe apparently thought highly of DeLaune as a potential commander of light infantry since he took him on the expedition against the French in Quebec in 1759.


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Photo: Wikimedia Commons - Public Domain

August 22, 1819 – The Quebec Gazette

Help other people see … when you get new glasses


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Photo: Lise Lafond

Every year a trip to the optometrist is recommended. The lucky people will just go for the exam. Others will require a pair of eyeglasses. In Canada, eight in 10 people between the ages of 18 and 55 wear eyeglasses, three in 10 use contact lenses. Most people change their glasses every two or three years.

Maguire en Fête ends summer on a festive note

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Photo: Cassandra Kerwin

Summer is coming to an end and school is just around the corner. That can mean only one thing for Avenue Maguire: a final neighbourhood party with restaurateurs, chefs, merchants and families.

This will be the seventh Maguire en Fête, presented on Aug. 24 by Caisse Desjardins Sillery–Saint-Louis-de-France.

Champagne and caviar for the August sturgeon moon

Photo: Lise Lafond

Every full moon has a name. The moon that peeked over the mountain on Aug. 15 is called the sturgeon moon or red moon.

The sturgeon was an important part of the First Nations’ diet. Using harpoons, lassos and other tools, they fished for sturgeon in August, the month it was most easily caught. The August moon with its red colour signalled that it was time to fish for sturgeon.

Catch me, if you can, at Domaine de Maizerets

Photos by Danielle Burns


The six FLIP Fabrique performers in Attrape-Moi are having a ball juggling, dancing, jumping on trampolines and more at MaizRêve, the Maizerets neighbourhood festival. 

Making a pilgrimage to Saint-Pierre-de-Lamy

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Photo: Lise Lafond

In the early 1900s, Pierre Ouellet, a native of Saint-Cyprien east of Rivière-de-Loup, left his village and, with the help of his wife and their 12 sons, undertook the clearing of land east of Lac Témiscouata, thus founding a new municipality that is now called Saint-Pierre-de-Lamy. The name Saint-Pierre comes from Ouellet’s first name but also evokes the patron Saint Peter.

APPEAL: 35 Years of English conversation, and still going strong

Photo: Lorie Pierce

This past June, some 80 people packed into Charlesbourg’s Le Grand Bourg restaurant to celebrate the 35th anniversary of the founding of APPEAL, an acronym for Apprentissage, Pratique, Perfectionnement et Enrichissement de l’Anglais à Loisir.

Sports roundup: baseball, football, and hockey

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Photo: Luc Lang

The Quebec Capitales of the Can-Am Baseball League are in the final stretch of the 2019 season.

As of Aug. 18, the Capitales are in last place, one game behind Ottawa and six games behind the Rockland Boulders, who are in fourth position and the last playoff spot.

Remparts win first pre-season game as they trim the roster

The Quebec Remparts got their first win of the 2019 pre-season as they edged the Rimouski Océanic, 3-1, in Rimouski on Aug. 18.

After a goal by Luka Verreault of Océanic, the Remparts got their first goal in the second period from the stick of Nathan Gaucher. Derek Plouffe-Dubé and Japanese player Yu Sato completed the score for the Remparts.

Rouge et Or to defend the RSEQ title in their 25th season

The Université Laval Rouge et Or football team will be working hard to defend their title in the Réseau du Sport Étudiant du Québec (RSEQ) and the Vanier Cup, won on their home turf last season, in the team’s 25th year.

Community Calendar

Wednesday, Aug. 21 at 12:05 p.m. – Musical Wednesdays concert featuring the Duo Cordes au Vent, with Peter Calkins (flute) and Lise Lavoie (classical guitar) at Chalmers-Wesley United Church, 78 Rue Sainte-Ursule in Old Quebec. Free admission. Donations welcome. Door prize draw at the end of each concert.

Experience Wildlife Concerts at Forêt Montmorency

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Photo: Université Laval

For the 13th year, Forêt Montmorency presents its famous Wildlife Concerts. Unique in North America, these unusual 90-minute concerts are musical interpretations of nature to honour the life and sounds of the boreal forest at dusk on Saturday evenings.

Valcartier Used Book Sale and Family Day

Photos courtesy of Allison Kirkwood


In exchange for a donation to the library, bibliophiles went home with armloads, even boxes full of good reading material.

Two Quebec women’s rugby teams are provincial champions

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Photo: Luc Lang

On a hot and humid Saturday, Aug. 17, Rugby Québec held the provincial championships at the Académie Saint-Louis field in Quebec City. The Club de Rugby de Québec (CRQ), which hosted the event, had their three women’s teams in different finals.

Jesse Cooke takes Domaine Forget by storm

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Photo: Shirley Nadeau

Canadian acoustic guitar virtuoso Jesse Cooke gave an outstanding performance at the Domaine Forget in Saint-Irénée on Aug. 17.

Accompanied by his band of four, he played his signature combination of flamenco, jazz and many forms of world music.

Exploring the Grand Marché a delicious adventure

Photo: Shirley Nadeau

Have you had a chance to visit the Grand Marché yet? The new marketplace in the former Pavillon de Commerce at ExpoCité is spacious, bright, airy and filled with fresh produce and delicacies of all sorts.

Tour Old Quebec by lantern light

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Photo: Shirley Nadeau

Imagine yourself as an Irish immigrant who has just landed in Quebec City in the summer of 1847 after a two-month ocean crossing. After clearing immigration and being disinfected on Grosse Île, somehow you have become part of a group of fellow countrymen who find themselves on Durham Terrace (today called Dufferin Terrace). You have, in fact, no business being there.

Woodstock at 50: Still trying to get back to the garden

None of us had enough “bread” to cover the cost and few of us were old enough to drive even if the “old man” would lend us his “wheels.” So, not for lack of want, but for want of material things was our gang of hippie wannabes unable to “get ourselves back to the garden” in upstate New York to set our souls free, or simply dance stoned in the mud in 1969.

Quebec City welcomes Royalty


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Photo: Wikimedia Commons - Public Domain

In August of 1919, Quebec City was enthralled by the visit of the 20-year-old Prince of Wales, who would later become King Edward VIII. The Quebec Chronicle provided extensive coverage of the royal visit and also reminded its readers of the time when two other princes had been fêted in the Ancient Capital.

Prince William Henry, afterwards King William IV
Quebec, Aug. 16, 1787

The story behind Rue De Buade


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Photo: Wikimedia Commons-Public Domain

Rue De Buade is named in honour of Louis de Buade, better known as the Comte de Frontenac et de Palluau (1622-1698), who was governor general of New France from 1672 to 1682, then again from 1689 to 1698. His godfather was none other than King Louis XIII.


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Photo: Wikimedia commons - Public Domain

August 13, 1819 – The Quebec Gazette
Found adrift yesterday by Mr. Pierre Dugal, of the parish of St. Michel, and now in his possession, a raft of oak and pine timber, about 56 pieces, marks W. & M. Also a raft of firewood about 9 cords. The owner may have them by applying to the undersigned, in paying expenses, and if not claimed within six months, will be sold according to the Law.

Benin’s hidden treasures


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Photo: Ruby Pratka

My mother and I are two of about a half-dozen guests staying in a hulking, six-storey, past-its-prime hotel in Cotonou, Benin.

Whatever your taste, there’s a beer for that

Photo: Lise Lafond

When it’s hot outside, there’s nothing more refreshing than a nice cold beer ... especially a locally brewed one.

The first edition of Témis en Bière was held on Aug. 2 and 3 in the Parc Clair Soleil at Témiscouata-sur-le-Lac, located about 60 km east of Rivière-du-Loup on the Trans-Canada Highway.

Jeffy Jan II on display at Pointe-à-Carcy

Photo: Shirley Nadeau

Remember the Jeffy Jan II? This yacht has been featured in articles in recent years about the Quebec Conference of 1943 and the visits of Churchill and Roosevelt to Quebec City.

Wind and waves didn’t deter swimmers at Nageons au Témis

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Photo: Lise Lafond

It wasn’t just the swimmers who got wet at the fourth edition of Nageons au Témiscouata open-water challenge. Rain ponchos were everywhere and very handy (especially if you had a camera). The organizers of the event were a little nervous about the dark clouds and thunderstorm warning, and much happier when the blue sky appeared.

St. Pat’s football teams to leave the Plains of Abraham field

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Photo: Luc Lang

A long-standing tradition is coming to an end for St. Patrick’s High football teams, as they will no longer play their games on the Plains of Abraham sports field. Instead, for 2019, the three Fighting Irish football teams will play their home games at the Gérard-Chiquette field of Patro Charlesbourg.

Stastny brothers honoured at ExpoCité

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Photo: Shirley Nadeau

Toucher la cible (Hit the target), a huge work of art honouring the famous hockey brothers – Marián, Anton and Peter Stastny – was unveiled at Place Jean-Béliveau at ExpoCité on Aug. 9.

Laval men’s basketball team stands up to NCAA players

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Photo: Yan Doublet - Université Laval

The Université Laval men’s basketball program showed its American counterparts that they will not be intimidated.

The Rouge et Or lost 79-76 to the Quinnipiac University Bobcats from Hamden, Connecticut, in a spectacular game on Aug. 10 at the Amphithéâtre Desjardins of the Université Laval sports pavilion.

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