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50th anniversary of the October Crisis, Part 2

FROM THE ARCHIVES

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Photo: Wikimedia Commons - Public Domain

As the 1970 October Crisis unfolded, the Quebec Chronicle-Telegraph (QCT) kept its readers informed.

As second wave hits, why are Quebec infection numbers still so distinct?

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There are an awful lot of things that make Quebec a distinct society, to use the term former premier Robert Bourassa popularized. Mind you, when he most famously used the phrase, in June 1990 upon the failure of the Meech Lake Accord, “distinct society” became a code word for the quasi-independence of Quebec.

QAC holds annual general meeting online

The Quebec Art Company (QAC) held its annual general meeting (AGM) via Zoom on Oct. 4. The AGM is normally held in person in the spring; COVID-19 forced the postponement and the decision to hold the meeting online. Twenty members attended, including a few from distant locations such as Ottawa and Métis.

Hidden English history can be seen in Rivière-du-Loup

AROUND THE ANGLOSPHERE

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Photo: Ruby Pratka

On the Rue du Domaine in Rivière-du-Loup, perched on a steep hillside, sits a timeworn blue-grey church, inside a peeling wrought-iron fence, surrounded by gravestones bearing English names. Closer to the bottom of the hill sits a stately brick home with a wraparound veranda.

Tramway project prompts René-Lévesque archeological digs

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Photo: Jonathan Letellier-Black

The future construction of the tramway line on Boulevard René-Lévesque has prompted the city to dig into the past.

Archeological digs are underway on two stretches of the busy street where the vestiges of structures dating back to the 1700s are thought to be located.

COVID-19 forces Remparts, QMJHL to stop activities

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Photo: Photos courtesy QMJHL

It was only a matter of time until the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League (QMJHL) would be hit by Quebec’s public health restrictions or by the coronavirus.

SLC Lions basketball teams latest COVID-19 victims

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Five members of the CEGEP Champlain–St. Lawrence (SLC) Lions men’s basketball team and one member of the women’s team tested positive for COVID-19 at the end of September, Radio-Canada reported.

Balcony ballads by Robbob

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Photo: Danielle Burns

Limoilou musician Robert Rebselj, known as Robbob, has been using his third-floor balcony on 8e Rue (between 3e and 4e Avenues) as a stage on Wednesday and Saturday afternoons. As opportunities to perform in front of live audiences are rare now, he and his various guest musicians have performed free shows to the applause of neighbours on surrounding balconies and passersby.

Public Service Announcement

AGM of Jeffery Hale – Saint Brigid’s Users’ Committee postponed

The annual general meeting of the Jeffery Hale – Saint Brigid’s Users’ Committee has been indefinitely postponed. If you would like to read about the engagements of both the Jeffery Hale and the Saint Brigid’s Residents’ committees, the three annual reports are available online at jhsbusers.ca.

We need to take control of the second wave

The late-September jump in the number of COVID-19 cases, within weeks after school resumed, has triggered panic.

OBITUARY: Barbara Alice Davey MacMILLAN

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Barbara Alice Davey MacMILLAN
1929-2020

Helping seniors overcome social isolation

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Photo: Lise Lafond

Oct. 1 of each year is National Seniors Day, which coincides with the United Nations International Day of Older Persons.

An apple a day keeps the doctor away

Photos by Danielle Burns

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The Casse-Croûte de Neuville has a magnificent view of the St. Lawrence River. The house specialty, a hamburger, includes Angus beef, ketchup, fries, onion rings, cheese curds and cheddar cheese.

 

SSQ Insurance Quebec City Marathon a virtual success

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Photo: Cassandra Kerwin

Pandemic, confinement, physical distancing, cooler temperatures … nothing stops the SSQ Insurance Quebec City Marathon from happening. The event encourages Quebecers to be more active. Normally, the full marathon, half-marathon, 10-kilometre, 5k and 2k (kids’) races have mass starts at designated times and dates – not this year.

Morrin Centre continues its mission in spite of COVID-19

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Photo: Shirley Nadeau from QCT archives

On Sept. 23, the federal government announced in the throne speech that it would extend the Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy (CEWS) “right through to next summer” and “work with businesses and labour to ensure the program meets the needs of the health and economic situation as it evolves.”

Jordan delayed trial ruling put to test in Normandeau case

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Several years ago, while on a visit to Ottawa, full of familiar haunts for your scribe, I took my sons to the Supreme Court of Canada building. It was an early weekday morning in the summer and the place was deserted. A good-natured guard agreed to allow the three of us to enter the stately, ornate courtroom, under his watchful eye.

Phelipe Soldevila holds a successful Canadian Bacon exhibit

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Photo: Cassandra Kerwin

The pandemic couldn’t stop local artist Phelipe Soldevila and the Canadian Bacon collective from holding an exhibition of their recent works.

Paintings, photos and one sculpture by the group of emerging Quebec artists were on display at Sans Galerie Fixe (SGF), a converted yoga studio on Côte d’Abraham, from July 11 to Sept. 27. Strict public health guidelines were in place.

Three newcomers in CQSB election acclamations

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Photo: Peter Black from QCT archives

All but one of the 11 commissioner seats on the Central Québec School Board have been filled by acclamation as much-disputed English school board elections proceed.

Candidates had to file nomination papers signed by 10 eligible voters in their ward by the Sept. 27 deadline.

The story behind Rue Hocquart

STREET VIEWS

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Photo: Wikimedia Commons - Public Domain

This street is named in honour of Gilles Hocquart (1694-1783) who was the intendant of New France from 1729 to 1748, the longest intendancy in the colony’s history.

MEMORIALS AND THINGS OF FAME

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Photo: NOAA Photo Library via Wikimedia Commons - Public Domain

October 7, 1870 – The Morning Chronicle
To the Editor of the Morning Chronicle

Following history’s trail in Métis-sur-Mer

AROUND THE ANGLOSPHERE

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Photo: Heritage Lower Saint Lawrence

Barbara Amsden has divided her time between Toronto and the tiny town of Métis-sur-Mer, east of Rimouski, for decades. Pamela Andersson’s family has lived there since the 19th century. Through their work with the community group Heritage Lower Saint Lawrence, they aim to help tourists and residents alike learn more about the historic anglophone presence in the area.

50th anniversary of the October Crisis - Part 1

FROM THE ARCHIVES

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Photo: Courtesy of the Collection patrimoniale de la Sûreté du Québec

Fifty years ago, the front-page headline of the Quebec Chronicle-Telegraph’s Oct. 5 issue blared, “Mtl Kidnapping of UK Diplomat” and a national crisis began to unfold daily in its columns.

A season of unknowns await Guy Chouinard, Lions hockey

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Photo: SLC Athletics

In a world where the COVID-19 pandemic touches every sector, the CEGEP Champlain–St. Lawrence Lions hockey team will be no different from the other 12 Division 1 teams playing in the 2020-21 Réseau du Sport Étudiant du Québec (RSEQ) .

For Lions head coach Guy Chouinard, everything changed last spring. The pandemic forced the coaching staff to change its approach to the upcoming season.

Diamants win their second straight LBJEQ title over Longueuil

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Photo: LBJEQ

The Québec Diamants won their second straight title in the Ligue de Baseball Junior Élite du Québec (LBJEQ) with a 6-5 victory over the Longueuil Ducs. The big win in the final days of September ended what was considered an odd season.

The Diamants won the best-of-five series, three games to one.

QMJHL, Remparts start season with a COVID-19 cloud over their heads

The Quebec Major Junior Hockey League (QMJHL), and its 18 teams kicked off the 2020-2021 season on Oct. 2, with the dark cloud of COVID-19 hanging over their heads.

There’s SNO beer at the Grand Marché!

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Photo: Shirley Nadeau

Things are hopping at the Grand Marché de Québec, especially at the SNO microbrewery, located at the north-west corner of the large marketplace opposite the Videotron Centre.

Trudeau-Turner rivalry sparked enduring Liberal party feud

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It’s a sight you seldom see. Both the American Stars and Stripes and the Canadian Maple Leaf, just metres apart, flapping in the breeze buffeting the Promenade des Gouverneurs overlooking the St. Lawrence River in Quebec City. Both flags at half-mast, for different reasons.

City vows better sidewalk snow removal, more bike paths

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Photo: Peter Black

Pedestrians and cyclists stand to be the major beneficiaries of the city’s new battle plan to remove snow from streets once the deluge of flakes begins.
The proposed plan, released recently, is said to be the first major rethink and revision of the city’s snow removal policy in 15 years. City residents had until Monday to submit comments through online consultations.

School board elections to be held on November 1

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Photo: Jacques Trempe

On Sept. 22, Élections Québec announced that voters in the jurisdictions of the nine English-language school boards in Quebec will be able to elect the people who will sit on the council of commissioners of their school board. Across Quebec, nearly 295,000 people will be called to the polls to elect 95 commissioners and nine board chairs.

Quebec goes red with spike in school COVID-19 cases

As most health officials had predicted, a second wave of COVID-19 cases is underway, with most of the Quebec City area being declared a red zone, the maximum according to government criteria. A range of tighter restrictions on social interaction came into force at midnight on Sept. 30 and will continue until at least Oct. 28.

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