Community News

Second GPCQ win for Australian Michael Matthews

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Photo: Cassandra Kerwin

A light breeze kept Quebec City cool on the mild and sunny morning of Sept. 13. The racecourse, which starts and finishes in front of Place George-V, gave the international cyclists quite a challenge in the 10th Grand Prix Cycliste de Québec.

What are election ‘ballot’ questions for a blessed land?

Had a conversation the other day with a friend who teaches students looking to upgrade their general education and language skills, most of whom are refugees from a country a certain U.S. president would call a … well, you know what.

Quebec riding: Duclos faces comeback bid by longtime Bloc MP

QCT federal election roundup

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Photo: House of Commons website and Wikimedia Commons - Public Domain

One of the marvels of elections in this country is how, upon the drop of a writ, busy elves plaster election signs everywhere overnight so that voters wake up to a bedazzling and enticing array of political offerings. It’s like Christmas morning. If only there were a Sugar Plum Party.

QAC’s Fiddler coming soon to a roof near you!

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You can reserve your seat now for the Quebec Art Company production of the forever popular musical Fiddler on the Roof. There will be seven performances only in the CEGEP Champlain–Saint Lawrence theatre of the touching tale of the poor dairyman Tevye, his wife Golde and their daughters in the Russian village of Anatevka.

The story behind Rue de la Drave and Parc des Draveurs


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Photo: Wikimedia Commons - Public Domain

In Quebec, the French word drave refers to the floating of large numbers of tree trunks downriver. Log driving was a means of moving logs (sawn tree trunks) from a forest downstream to sawmills and pulp mills using the current of a river.


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Photo: Wikimedia Commons - Public Domain

Note from Lorie: The Ocean Limited, a passenger train operated by Via Rail on a 23-hour overnight route between Montreal and Halifax, is the oldest continuously operated named passenger train in North America. (Source – Wikipedia)

September 16, 1819 – The Quebec Gazette

St-Roch XP, where the cool kids hang out

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Photo: Danielle Burns

The multifaceted St-Roch XP (Expérience) festival that took place from Sept. 12 to 15 emphasized the sights, sounds, shows and flavours that make this urban neighbourhood a place “where the cool kids hang out” to dine, drink, dance and go out on the town.

House of slaves in Togo


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Photo: Ruby Pratka

When Rev. Éloi Gunn was growing up in Agbodrafo, Togo, he and his brothers, sisters and cousins loved to play in their grandparents’ basement. It was the perfect hiding place, accessible through a trapdoor in the living room floor, with a ceiling so low that no adult could stand up straight. It never occurred to them to ask why the trapdoor and the basement were there.

The party’s over. Where do the bottles go?


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Photo: Lise Lafond

We are late, very late. Will we ever be able to turn the tables and save our planet? Companies must co-operate and together we must change laws and regulations to correct all the damage that has been and is being done to our Mother Earth.

Walking the red carpet at the Quebec City Film Festival

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Photo: Cassandra Kerwin

As another beautiful end-of-summer day turned to dusk on Sept. 12, the crowd settled in at Place d’Youville. There they found rows of white Adirondack chairs facing a giant screen. Between the seats, a red carpet flowed like a river from the staircase of the nearby Palais Montcalm.

Carabins stop Rouge et Or’s winning streak at 14

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Photo: Nathalie Martin - U. Laval

The Université Laval Rouge et Or football team saw their winning streak stop at 14 on Sept. 14, when they lost 23-18 to the Carabins of the Université de Montréal on the Carabins’ home field. This was the first time in their last six meetings that the Rouge et Or lost to the Carabins.

City sports briefs: hockey, football

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Photo: Luc Lang from QCT archives

The Quebec Remparts will start the 2019-20 season with two games on the road this week.

On Sept. 20 in Victoriaville, the Remparts will take to the ice for the first time this season, against the Tigres.

The next day, Sept. 21, the team nicknamed the Diables Rouges will go further west; they’ll be travelling to Drummondville to play the Voltigeurs in an afternoon contest.


When I first arrived in Quebec City, I wished to learn French, and I did so. However, I always appreciated the contact with the English-speaking community that the Quebec Chronicle-Telegraph provided over the years.

I am not sure when I first subscribed, but I have lived here for 52 years now and you were a large part of my experience.

Irish Juniors kick off the 2019 campaign with an impressive win

The St. Patrick’s High School Fighting Irish Junior football team started the 2019 season on the right foot with an impressive 51-22 win over the Centaures from École secondaire La Courvilloise of Beauport. The game was played on Sept. 13 in Beauport.

Community Calendar

Sept. 12 to 21 – Festival de Cinéma de la Ville de Québec / Quebec City Film Festival. CinéPasses are now on sale at

Chalmers-Wesley Classic Film Club premières on Sept. 20

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Photo: Wikimedia Commons - Public Domain

If you love classic cinema and would like to experience a night at the movies as it was “back in the day,” Chalmers-Wesley United Church (78 Rue Sainte-Ursule in Old Quebec) has a new series for you and your friends!

Caring Ahead: Survey on family caregiving and preparing for end-of-life with dementia

Feeling supported and as prepared as possible for the end-of-life of a family member with dementia helps family caregivers cope and adjust during bereavement. If you are caring for a family member or friend with dementia who lives in a nursing home, you are invited to complete the Caring Ahead questionnaire, even if end-of-life is far away.

Last chance to go to Limoilou’s Public Market

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Photo: Danielle Burns

The Limoilou Public Market has been a Sunday staple on 3ième Avenue since July 21, but the farm trucks will be packing up their vegetables for winter on Sept. 22.

At 11 a.m., after a lovely Sunday morning sleep-in and a slow breakfast, Limoilouers can do their weekly shopping on 3ième Avenue, which is closed to traffic between 8ième Rue and 9ième Rue.

Morrin Centre Book Quest explores the natural world

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Photo: Morrin Centre

The Morrin Centre’s Book Quest Natural World summer reading program for children was a great success. Some 55 children took part in the club, but over 100 children participated from time to time.

Emily Breault, the Summer Book Quest co-ordinator, led all 14 activities on Saturday mornings for children three to seven, and for children eight to 12 in the afternoons.

Domaine de Maizerets becomes a Celtic village

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Photo: Cassandra Kerwin

From Sept. 6 to 8, the Domaine de Maizerets was transformed into a Celtic village for the Celtic Festival.

Many Quebecers putting their dreams on the silver screen

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When I was in Grade 13 – folks of a certain age from Ontario will recognize this as the basically useless final year of high school before university – my English teacher invited me and one or two other students to excuse ourselves from classes and take on “special studies” projects.

Two very different new books examine Trudeau’s government


Promise and Peril: Justin Trudeau in Power
By Aaron Wherry
HarperCollins Publishers


Assessing Justin Trudeau’s Liberal Government: 353 Promises and a Mandate for Change
Edited by Lisa Birch and François Pétry
Les Presses de l’Université Laval

The story behind Rue Domagaya


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Photo: Wikimedia Commons - Public Domain

This street is named after one of the sons of Iroquois leader Donnacona, whom Jacques Cartier met during his first voyage of discovery in what is now called Canada.


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Photo: Wikimedia Commons - Public Domain

September 9, 1819 – The Quebec Gazette

Historical Day on the Plains of Abraham: city under siege

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Photo: Cassandra Kerwin

On the beautiful afternoon of Sept. 8, large numbers of people learned about Quebec City’s rich history. The National Battlefields Commission has a strong tradition in organizing a free Historical Day. Each year in September, it presents important moments that have shaped Quebec City, Canada and North America. This year, the theme was Québec, Besieged City.

French Frogs on the road in tandem!

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Photo: Shirley Nadeau

While visiting friends in Rivière-de-Loup over the Labour Day weekend, we happened to spot a man and woman riding an odd-looking tandem bicycle towing a large (for a bicycle) trailer.

Morrin Centre Storytime returns with two new programs

Photo: Danielle Burns

It was music to childrens’ ears at the Morrin Centre when education co-ordinator Azanie Roy introduced two new programs at Storytime on Sept. 7, one of which is an instrument-lending library. Members can borrow one of five boxes of assorted instruments such as maracas, sleigh bells and castanets as well as larger instruments like a ukulele, timber drum, djembe and xylophones.

Saving the planet, one roll of TP at a time


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Photo: Lise Lafond

Toilet paper, the single-use everyday item we can’t live without, is polluting the planet and flushing our money down the drain.

The only time most people think about toilet paper is when the roll is empty. However, this fairly cheap item bought on a regular basis has a hidden production cost.


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It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of George Laviolette, husband of Jean (Durette) Laviolette, at Jeffrey Hale Hospital on September 1, 2019, at the age of 90 years.

Laval turns excavated fill into landscaped greenspace

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Photo: Peter Black

It looks as if Université Laval was hit by a freak summer fall of aquamarine-coloured snow. Passersby might have noticed in recent days an expanse of sprayed-on blue-green material at the southeast corner of Chemin Sainte-Foy and Rue du Séminaire.

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