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Twenty-year restoration plan for Old Quebec (1970-1990)


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Photo: Lorie Pierce

Municipal officials have been thinking about the value of tourism to Quebec City since the late 1800s, prompted by the success of Dufferin Terrace and the Château Frontenac.

Quebec’s pride, Cirque du Soleil, falls into ‘foreign’ hands

It’s hard to think of any one thing or person that’s put Quebec “on the map” in a positive way in recent years more than the Cirque du Soleil. Fellow Las Vegas act Celine Dion, sure, but after that, what or who else?

Turner will bring the Sublime to the MNBAQ this fall

Photo: Wikimedia Commons - Public Domain

Now that the Frida Kahlo/Diego Rivera show is winding down, the art-loving public will be glad to know that the Musée national des Beaux-Arts du Québec (MNBAQ) has something sublime in store for this fall. It will be presenting a Canadian exclusive of the international exhibition called Turner and the Sublime.

The story behind Parc Henri-Casault


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Photo: Charlesbourg hier et aujourd’hui Facebook page

This park is named in honour of Henri Casault (1922-2006), the mayor of Charlesbourg from 1968 to 1974 and from 1975 to 1980.


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Photo: Wikimedia Commons - Public Domain

August 27, 1870 – The Morning Chronicle

Success comes in cans, not cannots

Photo: Lise Lafond

Tucked away on Highway 293 between Trois-Pistoles and Lac Témiscouata is the municipality of Saint-Jean-de-Dieu, with a population of 1,600. This is the town where award-winning French-Canadian novelist, playwright and publisher Victor-Lévy Beaulieu once lived, and where his television series, Bouscotte, was filmed from 1997 to 2001.

COVID-19: Back-to-school 2020 – “Many concerns remain”

On Aug. 23, the eve of teachers’ return to school and only a few days before the students’ return, parents, students and school staff held a rally in front of the offices of the Minister of Education in Montreal to express their concerns and dissatisfaction with the back-to-school plan.


As a follow-up to the article that appeared in the Aug. 12 edition of the QCT concerning my brief, the Tramway Planning Office (TPO) wrote to the Bureau d’Audiences publiques sur l’Environnement (BAPE) on Aug. 19 supposedly to correct a quote I made from one of their own documents related to the spacing of intersections.

Virtual historical rally organized in the Old Port area

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For the past three years, the Port of Quebec has organized a historical pedestrian rally in the Old Port area. This year, due to COVID-19 restrictions, a virtual rally has been organized. The rally team recently sent the QCT the following information to share with our readers:

New YMCA set to open in Saint-Roch

Photo: Jonathan Letellier-Black

Quebec City’s dazzling new YMCA building is set to welcome users in mid-September, but the media – and some youth groups – have been getting sneak peeks.

Rue du Cul-de-Sac

Photos by Danielle Burns


Colourful umbrellas floating above Rue du Cul-de-Sac attract people to the sometimes forgotten street nestled in the Quartier Petit Champlain between the St. Lawrence River and the Château Frontenac (towering above). 


Happy two-metre camping at VIVA Petit-Saguenay

Photo: Danielle Burns

The day after a friend recommended Village Vacances (VIVA) Petit-Saguenay for a camping trip, we went shopping for a tent. But it’s mid-August and COVID-19 has inspired more Quebecers to take vacations in their own province, so the pickings were slim for camping gear.

Imagine Van Gogh at the Centre des Congrès de Québec

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Photo: Shirley Nadeau

Can you imagine walking among much-larger-than-life works of art by Vincent Van Gogh projected on enormous screens? Visitors are not sure whether they are immersed in the paintings or the paintings are immersed in them.

Kamala Harris’ Quebec stint a lesson in political change

Photo: Screenshot from Google Maps

You might call it a sign of the times. If you drive east along Montreal’s Sainte-Catherine Street, just before it splits off to Dorchester Boulevard, you will go by a 1960s-era institutional building, with tall concrete pillars and glass blocks adorning the entrance. The signage on the structure, in large metal letters above the columns, is simply one word: Westmount.

Marchand stages a sit-in in front of the National Assembly

Photo: Shirley Nadeau

Jonathan Marchand, age 43, has muscular dystrophy. For over a decade he has been a resident in a centre d’hébergement de soins de longue durée (CHSLD), a long-term care facility near Mont-Sainte-Anne.

CQSB prepared for back-to-school mask rules

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Photo: Sharon McCutcheon from UpSplash

Central Québec School Board chairman Stephen Burke said schools under the board “have no problem” with the rules the Quebec government issued recently for the wearing of masks in school buildings once the fall term begins in the coming weeks.

The story behind Autoroute Henri-IV


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Photo: Wikimedia Commons - Public Domain

This highway is named in honour of Henri IV (1553-1610), one of France’s greatest kings and a key figure in the country’s economic, military and cultural prowess during the 17th century. The first monarch of France from the House of Bourbon, Henri was King of Navarre (as Henri III) from 1572 and King of France from 1589 to 1610.


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August 20, 1870 – The Morning Chronicle
[City Council] Orders of the Day
The first order was a report from the Road Committee recommending the tender of Mr. Louis Larose at $7.25 per toise* for the construction of retaining walls in Champlain and Valier Streets. Carried without debate.

St. Charles River runs dry to flush toxins

Photo: Jonathan Letellier-Black

A river runs through it – barely. The river is the St. Charles, the main waterway snaking through Quebec City all the way from Lac Saint-Charles, north of Wendake, and in recent days it’s gone from the high level following a big rainfall to a mere trickle.

The QCT hears from former Killarney campers

In response to Martin Edwards’ and Daniel Shier’s article about Killarney Camp in the Aug. 5 edition of the QCT, a number of former campers wrote to the authors. We thought you’d enjoy reading some of their comments.

“What a great summary of what it was like to attend Killarney camp. Reading this brought back a ton of memories. I attended for at least three or four years.

Remembrance Man recalls deadly 1832 cholera epidemic

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With the coronavirus wreaking havoc upon people around the world in 2020, we can easily imagine the fear engendered by the cholera epidemic of 1832. People were terrified by the horrific symptoms that seemed to afflict victims instantly. People caught the bug in the morning and were declared dead by suppertime. There was no known cure and the sense of panic among the population was palpable.

A day at the beach at the Baie de Beauport

Photo by Danielle Burns


Hide and go seek Canada rocks!

Photo: Sonia Pelleltier

Canada rocks! And so do Quebec City, Rimouski, Gaspé, Cabano and so many other places where coloured rocks seem to be appearing.

Quebec City softball leagues in full swing

Photo: Bardy League

COVID-19 has cancelled or postponed many things in our lives, including the activities of most sports leagues around the globe. It has affected not only the professional and minor league teams and adults who go to gyms to play basketball, badminton or floor hockey, but also the various amateur baseball and softball leagues.

Lebanese Quebecers pledge support for Beirut

Photo: Shirley Nadeau

Marie-Anne Dayé and Jacques Fadous don’t usually seek out the spotlight. She’s a journalist and author; he’s a research agronomist. But when an explosion devastated large parts of their parents’ native city, Beirut, the two childhood friends knew they had to do something.

OSQ returns to the stage at the Grand Théâtre

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Photo: Shirley Nadeau

After almost six months of not performing in public, the musicians of the Orchestre Symphonique de Québec (OSQ) were thrilled to be back onstage at the Grand Théâtre on Aug. 14 to play for a sold-out, live audience.

Modern methods mean mine waste not going to waste

I grew up in the shadow of a mountain of tailings. Well, it wasn’t quite in the shadow, but it seemed everywhere you turned you were looking up at a giant hill of waste from the dozens of gold mines surrounding that Northern Ontario town.

A re-tired flower arrangement

Photo by Bill Cox


Urbanist Mackey slams impact of tramway on Montcalm

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Photo: Screen capture from BAPE webcast

Montcalm will be condemned to deteriorate.” That was the main thrust of urbanist Paul Mackey’s presentation to the Bureau des audiences publiques sur l’environnement (BAPE) on the city’s tramway plan. The mission of the BAPE, a government body, is to advise the environment ministry about projects that may affect the environment, and to gather public opinion by means of hearings.


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August 12, 1870 – The Morning Chronicle

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