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Headlines from 100 years ago

Quebec warmly welcomes war heroes home

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Photo: Library and Archives Canada, Pa-004912

Quebec City was abuzz with activity 100 years ago at the end of the First World War. Canadian troops arriving home by ship landed first in Halifax, then proceeded by rail to the Gare du Palais in Quebec City. In this way, thousands of soldiers were funnelled through Lower Town on their way home to all parts of Canada.

CEGEP Champlain–St. Lawrence celebrates student life

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Photo: Vincent-Jean Dubé

The annual CEGEP Champlain–St. Lawrence Socio-Cultural Banquet was held in the iA Financial Group Auditorium on April 25. Club and group members gathered to honour contributions made to student life during the 2018-19 academic year. The student activities department recognized the involvement of many individuals in their respective groups and events.

The story behind Rue Charlebois


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Photo: Georges Biard from Wikimedia Commons

This street is named in honour of singer, actor, composer and songwriter Robert Charlebois, born in 1944 in Montreal. With a musical career that spans half a century, he is considered the godfather of Quebec rock.


May 19, 1819 – The Quebec Gazette

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Living the zero-waste life: in Limoilou–Saint-Roch

Photo: Lorie Pierce

We don’t need a handful of people doing zero waste perfectly. We need millions of people doing it imperfectly.” – Anne Marie Bonneau, seen in a popular meme.

Noises Off is ready to take off

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Photo: Quebec Art Company

It’s the door-slammer of all door-slammers. Some tickets are still available for a very rare theatrical event courtesy of the Quebec Art Company. Noises Off takes to the stage at CEGEP St. Lawrence for four performances from May 16 to 19.

A night at the Opéra de Québec with Nabucco

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Photo: Shirley Nadeau

Nabucco, Giuseppe Verdi’s opera about Nebuchadnezzar II, the king of Babylon (c. 634-562 BC), was presented at the Grand Théâtre on May 11, 14, 16 and 18. If you receive this newspaper by its publication date, May 15, you may still have a chance to see the Thursday or Saturday evening performance.

The Morrin Centre hosts Some Enchanted Evening

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Photo: Natalie Keller

Young artists sang their hearts out for the third of six concerts offered through the My Morrin program at the Morrin Centre. Attendees were delighted by the voices of seven talented, local artists. Philippe Girard, Tony Pelletier, Vanessa Bergeron, Anne Payer, J.P.

The ups and downs of “fast fashion”


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Photo: Lise Lafond

The temperature is rising … at last. It’s time to wash and put away our winter clothes, and take out our bright, lightweight summer clothes.

75th anniversary of the Normandy landings: Debating D-Day

Photo: Wikimedia Commons - Public Domain

This is the first in a series of four articles to mark the 75th anniversary of the Normandy landings, June 6, 1944. Besides covering the Allied debate preceding the operation, code-named Overlord, the texts will recall the planning, preparation and execution of D-Day.

Jean Vanier and L’Arche, his life’s work

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Photo: Wikimedia Commons - Public Domain

On May 7, Jean Vanier, a Canadian philosopher, theologian and humanitarian, passed away. Vanier helped change the world’s perception of people with developmental disabilities.

A Companion of the Order of Canada, a Grand Officer of the Order of Quebec and a recipient of the Templeton Prize, Jean Vanier spent most of his life quietly helping others, not looking for accolades.

Community Calendar

May 15 to 20 – Hit The Floor 2019, world-class dance competition at the Centre de congrès et d’expositions de Lévis. For details, see

Morrin Centre launches new tour and exhibit on capital punishment in Quebec City’s old jail

On May 15, Quebec City’s English-language cultural hub, the Morrin Centre, launched a new guided tour allowing visitors to travel back in time to when its building housed a prison.

SNACS’ Mini Book Fair at EQLC

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SNACS Entrepreneurs is organizing a Mini Book Fair on Friday, May 31, from 3 to 7 p.m. in the library (next to the cafeteria) at the Eastern Québec Learning Centre.

Méga Bibliovente helps impoverished street children in Burundi

Photos by Jonathan Letellier-Blac


Going trashless at Valcartier Elementary School

Photo: Emma Perreault

The “zero-waste” movement has steadily grown over the past few years. Aimed at producing little to no waste in one’s day-to-day life, this movement encourages a lifestyle change that benefits the individual, society as a whole, and (most importantly) the planet.

Doré and Guillemette named the 2018-19 Lions Athletes of the Year

Photo: CEGEP-St. Lawrence Athletics

Hugo Guillemette (hockey) and Ariane Doré (basketball) were named the 2018-19 male and female Athletes of the Year at the CEGEP Champlain–St. Lawrence annual sports banquet held on May 2.

QHS theatre students deliver a wonderful Wizard of Oz

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Photo: Shirley Nadeau

By following the yellow brick road and sticking with their friends through thick and thin, the cast of the Wizard of Oz put on a wonderful presentation in Quebec High School’s Webster Auditorium on May 3 and 4.

Saint Brigid’s Guild Sale honours the memory of Gertie Grogan

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Photo: Shirley Nadeau

Saint Brigid’s Guild is known for its tradition of giving, and the annual spring and fall sales certainly prove that. The QCT visited the gymnasium of the Eastern Québec Learning Centre on May 3, the day before the spring sale opened to the public.

La Maison bleue comedy, a rare Canadian political TV show

Few actors can claim to have on their resumés the roles of both the prime minister of Canada and the president of … La République du Québec.

That’s the unusual case with Guy Nadon, the veteran actor who has played an extraordinarily wide array of characters in a career dating back to his teens.

Opéra de Québec presents Verdi’s Nabucco at the Grand Théâtre

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Photo: Opéra de Québec

Opera lovers are feverish with excitement! From May 11 to 18, Giuseppe Verdi’s lavish Nabucco will be presented at the Grand Théâtre by the Opéra de Québec, in Italian with French surtitles.

In addition to the famous “Va pensiero” sung by the chorus, which truly launched the career of the Italian composer, this grand work will highlight magnificent music by renowned opera singers.

The story behind Rue Chênevert


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Photo: Wikipedia Common - Public Domain

This street is named in honour of Raoul Chênevert (1889-1951), one of Quebec’s most renowned architects from the 1920s until his death.

For 25 years, Chênevert was the designated architect of the Commission scolaire de Québec, for which he designed many school buildings in the 1920s and 1930s.


May 9, 1819 – The Quebec Gazette

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QAC builds rotating set for zany farce Noises Off

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Photo: QAC

Build it and they will come. That’s what the Quebec Art Company is wagering with opening night around the corner for its production of the legendary farce Noises Off.

The “it” being built is a stage set that is not only a two-storey mock-up of a Victorian mansion, it also revolves – yes, on wheels – to reveal the frantic backstage action of a theatre production.

Venenum: A Poisonous World at the Musée de la Civilisation

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Photo: Cassandra Kerwin

There is nothing like a hint of poison to stir people’s interest. Venomous snakes, frogs and insects, toxic plants and what they can do are part of humankind's history.

Printemps de la Musique offers music in historical venues in Old Quebec

Photo: Denis Baribault

The fourth annual Printemps de la Musique will be taking place at 18 historical venues in Old Quebec on May 17, 18 and 19, rain or shine, and it’s all free of charge!

Valcartier hosts the CQSB Performing Arts Festival

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Photo: Julie Carpentier

On Friday, April 26 the Central Québec School Board Performing Arts Festival was held in Saint-Gabriel-de-Valcartier, for the first time in its 16-year history.

Valcartier Elementary School, in collaboration with the Municipality of Saint-Gabriel-de-Valcartier, hosted the event in three different buildings.

Moms’ Nite-Out Toys and More Bazaar was a success

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Photo: Cassandra Kerwin

The Jeffery Hale Student Centre at CEGEP Champlain–St. Lawrence was transformed into a bazaar on May 4 by the Moms’ Nite-Out group, which organizes an annual garage-sale style market. People reserve their tables in advance to sell used sports gear, toys, clothes, books and so much more.

SLC Bake Sale raises $1,250 for MS Walk

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Photo: Cassandra Kerwin

CEGEP Champlain–St. Lawrence Campus is a very socially aware college, and works to benefit a variety of organizations. From fundraising campaigns to volunteering, the staff and students are always looking for new ways to help others. The latest effort took place from April 29 to May 1. Biology lab technician Diane Denault organized a bake sale, which raised $1,250 for MS Walk.

Coffee: the bitter reality of one of our favourite beverages

Photo: Lise Lafond

Coffee …. Around the world, people seem to need this tasty hot beverage to start the day, and Canadians do love their coffee. We are close to the top of the list of coffee-consuming countries, beaten only by Finland and the Netherlands.

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