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May 31, 1869 – The Morning Chronicle

Great Celebration of Nature held on the Plains of Abraham

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Photo: Cassandra Kerwin

People of all ages greatly enjoyed the National Battlefields Commission’s 27th Great Celebration of Nature, held on May 26, in spite of a little early morning rain. Ponies, alpacas, goats and pigs; greenhouses filled with herbs, flowers and plants; 30 kiosks, face-painting and the distribution of free trees attracted crowds of people to the Plains of Abraham.

Musique de chambre à Sainte-Pétronille unveils its 36th season

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Photo: Shirley Nadeau

Ever faithful to its tradition of excellence, Musique de chambre à Sainte-Pétronille (MCSP) will present six concerts from June 27 to Aug. 22 for its 36th season. The concerts will take place in the beautiful church at the tip of Île d’Orléans, just 15 minutes from downtown Quebec City.

Artistic director Marc Roussel announced the season’s program for lovers of chamber music.

Grands Feux Loto-Québec celebrates with music and dance

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Photo: Cassandra Kerwin

The party of the summer will be happening simultaneously at Quai Paquet in Lévis and Place des Canotiers in Quebec City. The 25th anniversary of the Grands Feux Loto-Québec (GFLQ) will be celebrated over the St. Lawrence River on four Wednesdays and two Saturdays from July 31 to Aug. 24. The public is invited to dress according to different cinematic themes every evening.

World Play Day celebrates kids’ right to play

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Photo: Danielle Burns

Did you know, every child has the right to play? Article 31 of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child states that parties “recognize the right of the child to rest and leisure and to engage in play and recreational activities appropriate to the age of the child and to participate freely in cultural life and the arts.”

Publisac: The publicity that is polluting the planet

Photo: Lise Lafond

Every week a little plastic bag arrives at our doorstep, filled with flyers, the local paper, and ads for merchandise. Our goal when looking through these numerous sales flyers is to save money by seeking out the best deals at our local grocery stores. But what impact does this weekly routine have on the environment?

The two Kinshasas


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Photo: Ruby Pratka

On April 28, I landed in Kinshasa, in the Democratic Republic of Congo. The opportunity to discover Congo was one of the main reasons I accepted this job* – like Zanzibar, it sounded mythical and inviting. And, like many places on my itinerary, Congo was somewhere I probably wouldn’t get to otherwise.

75th anniversary of the Normandy landings: Preparing for D-Day

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This is the third in a series of four articles to mark the 75th anniversary of the Normandy landings on June 6, 1944. Next week’s text about the operation, code-named Overlord, will recall the execution of D-Day.

Nurses deserve our appreciation

Photo: Scott Emery

May 6 to May 12 was National Nursing Week or Nurse Appreciation Week in Canada. The theme this year was “Nurses: A Voice to Lead – Health for All.”

Community Calendar

Wednesday, May 29 at 7 p.m. – St. Patrick’s High School End-of-Year Music Concert in the St. Pat’s Auditorium (entrance via 1085 Avenue de Salaberry). The show will feature music students from all levels performing a variety of jazz and pop classics. General admission $5; free for children age 12 and under.

Congratulations to recipients of McGill Community Leadership Bursaries

Last year, Jeffery Hale Community Partners, in collaboration with McGill University, launched a call for applications for the Health and Social Services Community Leadership Bursary Program.

First homestand of the season not enough for the Capitales

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Photo: Luc Lang

Veteran hurler and pitching coach Karl Gélinas pitched eight strong innings, striking out eight batters as well, and led the Québec Capitales to a 2-1 win over the Rockland Boulders in Can-Am Baseball League action on May 26, at Stade Canac. Along with his eight strikeouts, Gélinas allowed only two hits and one base on balls.

Noises Off … Slamming doors! Sardines!

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Photo: Shirley Nadeau


New Morrin Centre exhibit traces the history of capital punishment

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Photo: Shirley Nadeau

Before it was a college, before it became the English-language cultural centre of Quebec City, the building housing the Morrin Centre had a different vocation: from 1812 to 1867 it was the Common Gaol. Now the Morrin Centre has launched its new immersive guided tour, which features the hanging of William Pounden in 1823 and capital punishment at the former prison.

Checkmate! Ste-Foy Elementary holds spring chess tournament

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The Ste-Foy Elementary School held its annual chess tournament in April. Of the 12 students registered, nine came away with medals. The students were allowed two losses before they were eliminated. One loss was enough for a silver medal, but to win gold, they had to be undefeated in their group.

Clark elected PM 40 years ago: The “what-ifs” of Joe Who?

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By the time you read this there may or may not have been a flurry of reminiscences on a rather significant anniversary in Canadian history.

The 75th anniversary of the Normandy landings: Planning D-Day

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This article is the second in a series of four to mark the 75th anniversary of the Normandy landings on June 6, 1944. The subsequent articles about the operation, code-named Overlord, will recall the preparation and the execution of D-Day.

In January 1943, at Casablanca, the fourth British-American summit conference endorsed an invasion of Germany via Northern France.


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May 25, 1819 – The Quebec Gazette


The story behind Rue de Marly


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Rue de Marly is rare proof that someone at City Hall had a wry sense of humour when choosing the name for this street back in 1980.

Printemps de la Musique, musical treats in Old Quebec

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Photo: Shirley Nadeau

The fourth annual Printemps de la Musique concert series operated like a well-oiled machine, thanks to the talent of the organizers and the many musicians who gave mini (and grand) free concerts at 20 different venues in the Old City.

The plethora of choices meant difficult decisions for many music lovers, who wanted to see and hear it all!

Grease is the word at St. Patrick’s High School

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Photo: Cassandra Kerwin

California sun, muscle cars, poodle skirts, cheerleaders, boy meets girl … Aah … the good old days at Rydell High! On May 16, St. Patrick’s High School put on the school version of the musical Grease. The cast of 14 students, supported by a choir and band, had the audience laughing, dancing, singing and cheering.

Cultural Caravan brings splashes of colour to Everest Elementary

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As Quebec City becomes culturally more diverse, the student population in the Central Québec School Board tends to remain much the same, with mere splashes of cultural colour. The Eastern Québec Learning Centre (EQLC) in partnership with Quebec High School (QHS) brought diversity to Everest Elementary School with the Cultural Caravan on May 14.

St. Patrick’s High teams back at the Football Jamboree

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Photo: Luc Lang

St. Patrick’s High School football teams will be back on the field on Saturday, May 25, as the senior and junior teams take part in the annual Jamboree de Football at the Université Laval PEPS.

The Jamboree is a prelude to evaluate the teams that will play in the fall.

CHU Foundation Gala de Boxe fast approaching

The Gala de Boxe Challenge XPN for the Fondation du CHU is only a week away and the boxers are working hard to be ready for their upcoming matches.

The event will take place on the evening of May 31 and the afternoon of June 1 at the Colisée de Loretteville with over 20 male and female matches on both boxing cards.

Security perimeter erected around church

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Traffic on Grande Allée in front of Église Saint-Coeur-de-Marie will be restricted for an indefinite period due to the erection of a large security perimeter around the front of the church. City officials say there is no immediate risk of the 100-year-old building collapsing but, further to a judge’s decision, a security perimeter of concrete blocks was ordered built as a precaution.

Community Calendar

Thursday, May 23 at 7 p.m. – Talk on Sleep and Mental Health by Dr. Meagan Daley, psychologist, at CEGEP St. Lawrence’s iA Financial Group auditorium, 790 Avenue Nérée-Tremblay. Free admission and free parking. For more details, visit

Who caught that Gaspé lobster?

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Photo: Shirley Nadeau

Fresh-caught Atlantic lobster is now available in Quebec.

On May 14, members of the media were invited to Ciel! the rotating bistro-bar at the top of Hôtel Le Concorde, to sample some of the fruits (de mer) of lobster harvesters’ labour, deliciously prepared by the restaurant’s head chef, David Forbes.

Curiosities of the Natural World presented at MCQ

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Planet Earth is filled with anomalies. When observed microscopically, a world interconnected by genes, atoms and time can be discovered. This notion is at the heart of the latest exhibit at the Musée de la Civilisation de Québec (MCQ), Curiosities of the Natural World. After stops in Asia, the North American première took place in Quebec City. The exhibit will be open until Jan. 5, 2020.

Great Famine Voices Roadshow 2019 traces Irish families

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People want to know about their families’ origins and cultures – it’s only natural. Ads for and DNA identification packages have gone viral. Information from old records and newspapers is being digitized and made public. Yet there are still many more names, details and stories to discover.

Liberal campaign slogans: Should sunny ways go dark?

From: Nill and Holton Consultants
Subject: Campaign
2019 themes

Dear Prime Minister,

Attached please find our research report and focus-group findings regarding Liberal Party strategy for the general election five months hence. This covering letter touches on the salient points of those data.

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