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SNACS Book Fair provides summer reading

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Photo: Cassandra Kerwin

Books, books and more books were available at the SNACS Summer Book Fair. After almost four months of pandemic confinement, Special Needs Activities And Community Services (SNACS) held their annual book fair at Quebec High School (QHS) from June 29 to July 3.

Protesters at National Assembly say, ‘No way, tramway!’

Photo: Shirley Nadeau

A large but peaceful group of people gathered in front of the National Assembly on July 5 to express their displeasure with Mayor Régis Labeaume’s plan to have a tramway system built in Quebec City.

They also serve who only stand and wait . . . *

If you’ve ever seen photos of the Chilkoot Pass during the Klondike gold rush of 1896-1899, you’ll likely never forget them. A seemingly endless line of shabbily dressed men (and probably a few women), huge packs on their backs, is seen trudging step by agonizing step through deep snow up a steep trail.

Religious communities proceed with caution

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Photo: Screenshot from Google Maps

Parishioners at St. Patrick’s Church in Quebec City had to take an unusual step before showing up at last Sunday’s mass – reserving spaces online via Eventbrite.

Pre-registration is just one of a number of steps that local religious congregations are taking to reduce the risk of reopening since the province allowed indoor gatherings of fewer than 50 people in late June.

City purchases a small piece of former Sainte-Foy DND land

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Photo: Screenshot from Google Maps

The federal government has sold a small strip of former Department of National Defence (DND) land in Sainte-Foy to the City of Quebec for an unspecified sum. The acquisition of the strip of land on Boulevard Hochelaga, between Avenue Wolfe and Rue de la Vendée, allows the city to proceed with a project to widen the street, scheduled to begin soon.

The story behind Boulevard Langelier


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Photo: Wikimedia Commons - Public Domain

This street is named in honour of Sir François Langelier (1838-1915), who was born in Sainte-Rosalie (now part of Saint-Hyacinthe). He was a lawyer, a professor at the faculty of law at Université Laval from 1863 to 1915 and dean from 1892 to 1915. He was also a politician and the 10th lieutenant governor of Quebec, a journalist and an author.


July 9, 1870 – The Morning Chronicle

Cathedral of the Holy Trinity welcomes visitors this summer

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Photo: Cathedral of the Holy Trinity

Dear music aficionados and friends of the cathedral,

Normally, we would have started our 11th season of Midi en musique on July 2. However, things being what they have been for the past few months, our weekly noon-hour concert meetings will have to wait until 2021.


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Mrs. Maureen Tuppert, wife of the late Mr. André Ferland, died at the IUCPQ, on May 2, 2020, at the age of 76. She was the daughter of the late Mrs. Rolande St-Onge and the late Mr. William Tuppert. She lived in Quebec.

The family will be receiving condolences at
Maison Gomin
Services commémoratifs
2026, boul. René-Lévesque Ouest
Québec QC G1V 2K8

Health authorities nix Capitales’ plan for a baseball tournament

Photo: Luc Lang

The Quebec Capitales’ president, Michel Laplante, officially announced that the plan for a Canadian baseball tournament, co-organized with the Trois-Rivières Aigles, has been vetoed by provincial health authorities.


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It is with great sadness that we announce the sudden passing of our beloved son and brother Glenn Stewart on June 23, 2020, at the age of 51. He lived in Quebec City.

Practise water safety this summer

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Photo: Lise Lafond

Last week on Lake Temiscouata, rescue teams were called on to save two people who had fallen into the lake when their canoe capsized. Both canoeists were wearing life jackets, but even with the proper safety equipment, the danger was hypothermia, the cooling of body core temperature. A drop of two degrees Celsius is potentially deadly.

1920: A Czechoslovakian army in Quebec City – Part 2

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Photo: Public Domain

After crossing the Pacific Ocean and disembarking in Vancouver in June 1920, the Czechoslovakians paraded to the CNR station. The third and largest contingent was particularly spectacular. A Siberian pony led one of the four regimental bands and a huge bear pulled a drum on a cart.

St. Michael’s Hall cleared out for renovations

Photo: Peter Black

Volunteers are clearing out nearly 75 years’ worth of accumulated items from St. Michael’s Anglican Church Hall on Chemin Saint-Louis to prepare for renovations.

Montcalm project causing major traffic disruptions

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Photo: Jonathan Letellier-Black

A major construction project is now at full steam ahead in the busy quadrant of Avenue Cartier and Chemin Sainte-Foy between Rue Sherbrooke and Avenue de Salaberry.

Pucker up – embrace rhubarb as Canada’s national vegetable

Photo: Wikimedia Commons - Public Domain

A couple of years ago, this space made the case for the “versatile, nutritious, abundant, delicious wild blueberry” as Canada’s national fruit. “It’s grown from coast to coast to coast, a leading export product, and a staple for all manner of wildlife – indeed beavers have been known to snack on the berries.”

Chipmunk chows down at Lise’s garden

Photos by Lise Lafond


Whether he needs it or not, this little chipmunk decided to freshen his breath with some peppermint.


In celebration of all things Canadian

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Photo: Wikimedia Commons - Public Domain

Canada Day will feel different this year, with no large gatherings on the Plains of Abraham, no giant cake, compliments of the Château Frontenac, served on Dufferin Terrace, and no fireworks! Local notables can enjoy the novelty of sitting on deck chairs in their own yards, watching their children or grandchildren run through the sprinkler.

Open letter to Jean-François Roberge, Minister of Education: ‘Let English school boards serve out their terms’

Dear Mr. Roberge:

On June 11, Eric Blackburn, Deputy Minister of Education and Higher Learning, sent to Stephen Pigeon, the Director General of the Central Québec School Board (CQSB), the logo and letterhead of the future Central Québec School Service Centre.

The story behind Avenue Honoré-Mercier


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Photo: Wikimedia Commons - Public Domain

This street is named in honour of Honoré Mercier (1840-1894), lawyer, journalist and politician.


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Photo: Wikimedia Commons - Public Domain

July 2, 1820 – The Quebec Gazette
Emigrants For Quebec

St. Pat’s celebrates with the Class of 2020

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Photo: St. Patrick’s High School

With plans to host an in-person graduation ceremony once it is safe to bring people together again, the staff of St. Patrick’s High School organized its annual Ring and Pin ceremony on June 22. One hundred Secondary 5 students answered the call and assembled in the school gymnasium to officially join the ranks of the SPHS alumni.

Château Frontenac offers gourmet take-out meals

Photo: Courtesy of Château Frontenac

The Château Frontenac has added two gourmet meals to its take-out menu, allowing customers to enjoy feasts worthy of the iconic hotel in the comfort of their own homes.

Every Saturday this summer, until the end of August, it will be possible to impress the family with a delicious Royal BBQ or to recreate an elegant afternoon tea at home.

Aquarium du Québec reopens

Photo: SEPAQ

After more than three months closed due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Aquarium du Québec and its thousands of underwater residents are quivering with impatience at the idea of once again welcoming visitors, starting June 29. The aquarium is reopening in line with public health directives.


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Viola Atkins Ableson
1928 - 2020


Frontier League officially suspends 2020 season

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The board of directors of the Frontier League has unanimously voted to suspend the 2020 season, joining the Québec Capitales and the Trois-Rivières Aigles, who decided earlier this month to suspend their season.

Ongoing restrictions on travel and gatherings in many of the league’s cities and in a number of American states made the decision easy to make.

Duke of Kent Tournament among Golf Quebec’s 2020 events

Photo: Golf Martial-Lapointe

Golf Quebec has announced that it will go ahead with a shortened season for 2020, which will include the Duke of Kent Tournament, held annually at the Club de Golf Royal Québec on Île d’Orléans.

Rain at last helps reduce forest fire hazard

Photo: Lise Lafond

After a record-breaking heat wave and a very dry month of June, rain is here at last.

Principal André Gosselin retires from St. Patrick’s High School

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Photo: Shirley Nadeau

June 26 is André Gosselin’s last day of school. After a 32-year teaching career, Gosselin is retiring as principal of St. Patrick’s High School.

Grand Défi Pierre-Lavoie doubles its 1,000,000-km goal

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Photo: Cassandra Kerwin

Nothing – not even a pandemic – was going to stop the 12th annual Grand Défi Pierre-Lavoie (GDPL) from happening. One way or another, physical fitness motivator Pierre Lavoie was going to encourage his fellow Quebecers to get up and move, despite COVID-19.

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