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Quebec Art Company loses another bright star

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Photo: QAC website

Hugh Corston (1954-2020), passed away July 3 at his home in Quebec City. He was born in Halifax, where he spent his formative years and early adulthood. He graduated from Dalhousie University with a Bachelor of Arts degree, with a specialty in languages.

Work ramps up on Promenade de Samuel-De Champlain

Photo: Jonathan Letellier-Black

More than 10 years after the plan was first revealed, construction is now in full swing on Phase 3 of the Promenade Samuel-De Champlain. When completed in 2022, the project will see a beach return to the St. Lawrence River in an area where bathers flocked by the thousands decades ago.

Diamants, Alouettes play to empty stadiums

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Photo: Christian Gingras-ISQ media

The Québec Diamants and the Charlesbourg Alouettes baseball organizations decided to play their games last weekend in front of empty stadiums at Stade Canac and Parc Henri-Casault. The teams played each other on July 24 and July 25, in Charlesbourg and Quebec City respectively.

Hockey fans, the Stanley Cup playoffs are (finally) here

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Photo: Luc Lang

Fans in Quebec City and around the world can start celebrating as the National Hockey League resumes its 2019-2020 season.

Peter MacKay tours Quebec in quest for Tory leadership

Photo: Chisholm Pothier

The man who stands a fighting chance of becoming prime minister of Canada in the foreseeable future is on the phone, punctual, and eager to chat.

The Marquis de Montcalm distributes plants to hospital workers

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Photo: Shirley Nadeau

The Marquis de Montcalm (a.k.a. Benoît Gilbert, development and marketing officer of the National Battlefields Commission) dropped by this scribe’s office on July 16 with a special delivery of bags of seedlings, cultivated in the Plains of Abraham greenhouses.

DuProprio proves Quebec’s real estate world not immovable

We have made a grand total of three real estate transactions in our time, two purchases and one sale. While I cannot recall the decor of the notaries’ offices where the deals were concluded, I do remember, in each case, the realtors’ glowing eyes as they grabbed their commission cheques.

What’s the buzz about bees at Saint B’s?

Photo: Stephanie Brushett

Have you heard the buzz? Saint Brigid’s Home is now housing honey bees in the back garden!

Long road back for Quebec City hotels

Photo: Château Frontenac

In any other year, the Auberge Internationale de Québec would be buzzing with backpackers looking for somewhere to set down their gear before heading to the Plains of Abraham, wandering the streets of Vieux-Québec or having a drink at a nearby pub. Not this year.

Place de Paris inaugurated on Bastille Day

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Photo: Jonathan Letellier-Black

Four hundred years ago it was a beach. Now, after a $4-million redevelopment project, Place de Paris in Old Quebec is a multi-purpose public square ready to welcome crowds, whenever crowds return.

City and Quebec government officials inaugurated the 2,500-square-metre space, at the intersection of Rue Dalhousie and Rue du Marché-Finlay, on July 14, Bastille Day.


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Photo: Wikimedia Commons - Public Domain

July 22, 1870 – The Morning Chronicle

Nomad Tours are not just for tourists

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Photo: Danielle Burns

On a perfect mid-July day – sunny but not too hot – this QCT journalist was treated to a tour of Old Quebec in English by Nomad Tours Québec owner and guide Marie-Pierre Lessard.

Human trials begin for COVID-19 vaccine right here in Quebec City

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Photo: Medicago

One of the solutions to the coronavirus pandemic could come from a Quebec City research lab. On July 14, Sainte-Foy-based Medicago announced that the first doses of a potential COVID-19 vaccine had been administered to human volunteers.

QMJHL teams to play 60 games in three divisions in 2020-2021

Photo: Quebec Remparts

According to several reports, the Quebec Remparts and the other 17 teams of the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League (QMJHL) will play a reduced schedule in 2020-2021.

Guillaume Lefrançois of La Presse reports that each team will play 60 games, down from the regular 68 that each club normally plays.

Diamants and Alouettes play baseball for Quebec fans

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Photo: Christian Gingras - ISQ Media

Finally, there is baseball in Quebec City this summer as the Quebec Diamants and the Charlesbourg Alouettes hit the field for the start of the 2020 season.

MNBAQ’s Gérard Morisset Pavilion to get a $2.5M facelift

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Photo: MNBAQ

The emblematic Gérard Morisset Pavilion of the Musée national des Beaux-Arts du Québec (MNBAQ) will be getting a revamp starting in the spring of 2021. Under the Quebec Infrastructure Plan, the Ministry of Culture and Communications (MCC) will contribute $2.5 million to restore the outside of the 90-year-old neoclassical building on the Plains of Abraham.

Place de la Famille opens Peter Pan-inspired park

Photo: Danielle Burns

The Grand Marché just got grander with the inauguration on July 10, of a family park at ExpoCité in front of the Videotron Centre and Place Jean-Béliveau.

Strawberry slushies and coffees from the nearby Grand Marché make for a happy day when parents and kids can enjoy a treat at the beautifully designed outdoor park.

GPS use is off the charts: Would we be lost without it?

A few years ago, deciding to give new-fangled technology a go, we borrowed our neighbour’s GPS gizmo to drive a long, long stretch of highway that I could have driven in my sleep or with my hands tied behind my back, not that I have actually done either.

When the Stanley Cup was cancelled by the Spanish Flu


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Photo: Wikimedia Commons - Common Domain

In the early 1910s, the Quebec Bulldogs were the powerhouse team of professional ice hockey, winning the Stanley Cup both in 1912 and 1913. By 1919, however, the Montreal Canadiens were the top team in the new National Hockey League and, in the spring of 1919, they were poised to win the Stanley Cup against the Seattle Metropolitans of the Pacific Coast Hockey Association (PCHA).

Imagine Van Gogh comes to the Centre des Congrès

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Photo: Imagine Van Gogh

The Centre des Congrès (Quebec City Convention Centre) on Boul. René-Lévesque is hosting Imagine Van Gogh, a spectacular, immersive exhibition of works by the renowned artist, from July 18 to Sept. 13. Presented by Paul Dupont-Hébert and Tandem, the exhibition will take viewers on a unique virtual journey inside the artist’s paintings.

An exceptional Street View: Rue DÉTOUR

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Photo: Bill Cox

One of the most popular street names in Quebec City these days is DÉTOUR. With all the roadwork going on everywhere in town this summer, it can be difficult to reach your destination as planned. Commuters who took one route to drive to their office in the morning may discover they have to take a different route to get home.

The story behind Rue Lambert-Closse


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Photo: Jean Gagnon from Wikimedia Commons - Public Domain

This street honours Raphaël-Lambert Closse (circa 1618-1662), who was born in Saint-Denis de Mogues, France. He was a merchant when he arrived in Ville-Marie (now called Montreal) in 1647.


Photo: W.B. Edwards from QCT archives

July 13, 1870 – The Morning Chronicle

Be a ‘member for a day’ at the historic Garrison Club

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Photo: Québec Garrison Club

The Quebec Garrison Club / Cercle de la Garnison de Québec, located just inside Porte Saint-Louis in the Old City, has opened its doors to residents and tourists this summer, inviting them to become a “member for a day” and enjoy a meal under the tall shade trees in the beautiful garden behind the clubhouse.


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Theresa (Walsh) FANNING

Mrs. Theresa Walsh, age 91, passed away on July 2 at Saint Brigid’s Home in Quebec City. She was predeceased by her husband William Fanning (1993) and her son Barry (2002).

She leaves to mourn her grandsons Ryan (Cheryl Ball-Fanning) and Liam (Kellie MacDonald), her daughter-in-law Jo-Anne, and her great-granddaughter Amelia.

Enjoy edible native plants but be wary of poisonous look-alikes


Photo: Lise Lafond

Summer is here but it is not the same as any other. With COVID-19 still in the air, one way to stay safe and away from the crowds, while easily social-distancing, is to connect with nature by hiking, camping, kayaking or just by exploring the forests, lakes and fields of our beautiful province.

Rouge et Or to host three U Sports national championships

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Photo: Archives photo by Louis Charland - U Laval

The Rouge et Or of Université Laval will have three busy autumns starting in 2021. U Sports confirmed that the university will host the U Sports national cross-country championship in 2021, the women’s national soccer championship in 2022, and the women’s rugby national title in 2023.

Ça va bien aller!

Photo by Lise Lafond


This original version of the now common pandemic message, Ça va bien aller, decorates the front porch of artist Sofy Bossé in Témiscouata-sur-le-Lac (Cabano). More of her works can be seen on her Facebook page: Créations Sofy Bossé. 

CCAA golf event cancelled; Chouinard comes back with Blizzard

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Photo: SSF Blizzard

The Canadian Collegiate Athletic Association (CCAA) has announced it will follow the lead of U Sports and has cancelled all its fall national championships.

The CCAA made the news public on June 12, and it means there will be no national championship for men’s and women’s soccer, cross-country running, or golf.

Did you have a child in the VEQ Nursery School in the late 1980s?

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Photo: Helen Meredith

Helen Meredith is trying to track down the woman who made this lovely cross-stitched WELCOME mat. Do you know her?

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