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Ecocentres: Where waste is put in its proper place

SAVING THE PLANET ONE WEEK AT A TIME

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Photo: Lise Lafond

Landfills in Quebec now have an ally. Ecocentres are giving citizens an eco-friendly way to dispose of their unwanted items while minimizing the volume of waste destined for landfills.

Comiccon features Billy Dee Williams, Stars Wars and Batman

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Photo: Cassandra Kerwin

Superheroes, Disney princesses, princes and other strange characters took over the Centre des Congrès on Oct. 12 and 13. No, people didn’t confuse Thanksgiving with Halloween. This was the annual Comiccon, with cosplay (dress-up), fantasy worlds and comic books at the heart of the event.

Patrick McKenna to launch book on history of St. Patrick’s High School

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Photo: Shirley Nadeau

For the past several years, Patrick McKenna has been busy writing St. Patrick’s High School in Quebec City 1843-1998.

Elections 2019 – Vote for a leader or a platform?

LETTER TO THE EDITOR

In an article published in the QCT just before the 2015 federal election, I wrote: “Canada is not the Canada of which I was a proud citizen until recently. It has been fundamentally changed for the worse by the current Conservative government. I plan to vote Liberal.”

Grand Dadventures on Mount Wright

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Photo: Jarryd Smith

Dadventures, a new Wellness Centre initiative to support men raising children, got off to an exciting start in late September with a drizzly-but-fun hike up Mount Wright (Parc du Mont Wright). The 15 eager participants included five dads, one grandad and nine excited children from 10 months to eight years old.

Alice Evelyn (née Ross) AIRD

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Alice Evelyn (née Ross) Aird passed away peacefully after a long illness in the Avalon Care Centre in Orangeville, Ontario, on Oct. 1, 2019.

Community Calendar

Oct. 17 at 10 a.m. – VEQ Out and About visits the Musée de la civilisation. Members of the community ages 50 and over are invited to join us as we discover the exhibits at the Museum of Civilization on Rue Dalhousie. Free admission, and transportation. Departing from the Jeffery Hale Pavilion at 10 a.m. with the possibility of pick-up at your home.

St. Pat’s Junior football team at the door of the playoffs

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Photo: Luc Lang

The St. Patrick’s High Junior football team is one step away from making the playoffs, in the RSEQ Eastern Conference. On Oct. 12, the Fighting Irish Juniors won 27-8 over the Corsaires from École secondaire of Pointe-Lévy, on the south shore.

Remparts hockey, Bataillon football and Capitales baseball news

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Photo: Luc Lang from QCT archives

The Quebec Remparts, of the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League, are having a great start to the month of October. After wins in Charlottetown and Saint John earlier this month, the Diables Rouges came back home this past weekend and won both games.

Université Laval football and women’s rugby news

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Photo: Nathalie Martin - U Laval

The Université Laval Rouge et Or football team played one good half of football and that was all it needed on Oct. 12 to cruise to an easy 39-3 win over McGill University at Montreal’s Percival-Molson Stadium.

Paul-Hus defends big majority in Charlesbourg–Haute-Saint-Charles

FEDERAL ELECTION ROUNDUP

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Charlesbourg–Haute-Saint-Charles would seem to be one of the most solid Conservative seats in Quebec. Pierre Paul-Hus won the riding in 2015 by 22 points and nearly 10,000 votes.

It was a great day for the CQSB Cross-Country Run

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Photo: Cassandra Kerwin

The weather was ideal for the annual Central Québec School Board (CQSB) Cross-Country Run on Oct. 5. For the 23rd edition, some 525 runners and many supporters assembled at the Base de plein air de Sainte-Foy.

Standards have changed for politicians’ unimpeachable conduct

The word “unimpeachable” has taken on new meaning in the context of the current malaise in government visited on our cousins south of the border. Officially, according to my beloved brick of a Webster’s, unimpeachable is defined as “cannot be doubted, questioned or discredited; blameless; irreproachable.”

MEMORIALS AND THINGS OF FAME

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Photo: Wikimedia Commons - Public Domain

October 9, 1819 – The Quebec Gazette

The story behind Rue Douglas

STREET VIEWS

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Photo: Wikimedia Commons - Public Domain

This street was named to commemorate Clan Douglas, one of Scotland’s most powerful families, and certainly the most prominent family in lowland Scotland in the Late Middle Ages, often holding the real power behind the throne of the Stewart kings.

Finance Building in Old Quebec a hidden treasure

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Photo: Shirley Nadeau

A visit to the Ministry of Finance building (formerly the Palais de Justice) located at 12 Rue Saint-Louis revealed an architectural treasure in the heart of Old Quebec.

Who’s stealing the brass plaques?

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Photo: Shirley Nadeau

Rich Cahill, a historian and teacher, contacted the QCT recently to report that he had noticed a number of brass plaques located at historical locations around Quebec City had gone missing.

Witches and wizards conjure up fun in Quebec City

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Photo: Cassandra Kerwin

Over the weekend, curious visitors discovered the local wizarding culture. Witches and warlocks, wizards and fantastic creatures revealed themselves at the first edition of the Sorcelleries de Québec. From Oct.

WoodRise 2019: How cross-laminated timber can save the world

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Photo: Lise Lafond

The theme of WoodRise 2019, held from Sept. 30 to Oct. 4 at the Quebec City Centre des Congrès/Convention Centre, was “Building our cities for future generations.”

Travelling along Craig’s Road with Steve Cameron

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Photo: Allison Kirkwood

Blazing autumn colours were the perfect backdrop for the Saint-Gabriel-de-Valcartier Historical Committee’s Oct. 5th excursion. A beautiful sunny day greeted the busload of 21 participants, as we headed out to explore and learn about our “sister villages” just across the St. Lawrence River.

OSQ musicians perform at the Cathedral of the Holy Trinity

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Photo: Shirley Nadeau

The Octuor à Vent, an octet comprised of musicians from the Orchestre Symphonique de Québec, presented a program of chamber music for wind instruments – oboes, clarinets, bassoons, horns, and a duo of flutes – at the Cathedral of the Holy Trinity on Oct. 3.

Community Calendar

Oct. 11 to 13 – SSQ Marathon races in the streets of Quebec City. For details, visit jecoursqc.com/en/quebec-city-marathon/races/

A Different Tune: Musical Heritage in English-Speaking Quebec

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The Quebec Anglophone Heritage (QAHN) is excited to announce that it has received support from Canadian Heritage for a 15-month project that will promote and document the richly diverse musical landscape of English-speakers across Quebec.

High school and Major Junior football, Lions hockey

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Photo: St. Patrick’s Fighting Irish Facebook page

In high school football action, the St. Patrick’s High Junior football team lost a heartbreaker to the Blizzard du Séminaire Saint-François 16-14, in Saint-Augustin-de-Desmaures on Oct. 5, after three straight wins to start the season.

The loss puts the Junior Fighting Irish tied for sixth in the Eastern Conference, with two games remaining in the regular season.

St. Pat’s hockey teams open 2019-20 season with three wins in five

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Photo: Luc Lang

The St. Patrick’s Fighting Irish hockey teams started the 2019-20 season in the Ligue de Hockey Préparatoire Scolaire (LHPS) on a winning note. All their games were played at the Complexe Honco in Lévis on Oct. 4 and 5.

The Under 15 majors (U15) split their first two games of the year while the Under 17 (U17) majors lost their third game of the weekend after winning two matches.

Rookie Thomas Bolduc leads Laval in easy win over Concordia

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Photo: Mathieu Bélanger - U Laval

The Université Laval Rouge et Or football team, led by first-year student Thomas Bolduc as quarterback, routed the Concordia University Stingers 74-0 in front of 9,151 fans at the Stade Telus on Oct. 6.

Bolduc, who made his second start in a row, completed 23 of his 30 passes for 252 yards.

Thousands march for climate action in Quebec City

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Photo: Cassandra Kerwin

On Sept. 27, an estimated 30,000 citizens took to Quebec City’s streets to march for climate change action. They chanted, sang, played music and waved their signs. It was the biggest and most peaceful rally the city has seen in decades.

All this noise was to get the attention of government officials and industry leaders.

The story behind Autoroute Duplessis

STREET VIEWS

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Photo: Wikimedia Commons - Public Domain

This highway is named for Maurice Le Noblet Duplessis (1890-1959), the 16th premier of Quebec, from 1936 to 1939 and from 1944 to 1959.

Beauport–Limoilou: Clarke seeks repeat; Libs, Bloc eye NDP vote

FEDERAL ELECTION ROUNDUP

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In the 2015 election, the central-east Quebec City riding of Beauport–Limoilou was pretty much a three-way race, with the Conservative and Liberal candidates in a position to take out the vulnerable New Democratic Party (NDP) candidate.

Mirabel airport – a lesson for third link tunnel vision

With apologies to Yogi Berra, this whole troisième lien business seems like “déja vu all over again.” As the Yankees legend also said, “the future is not what it used to be.”

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