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Reid Duns crossing Canada for the Alzheimer Society

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Photo: Shirley Nadeau

Reid Duns, a teacher at Ste-Foy Elementary School in Quebec City, is training for his second attempt to ride his bicycle across Canada, this time with the goal of raising $75,000 for the Alzheimer Society of Quebec. He attempted the ride in 2010, but a pinched nerve in his back forced him to stop before completing less than a quarter of the distance.

Tory Godin faces challenge from Grit Talbot in Portneuf–Jacques-Cartier


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Photo: House of Commons website (left), Liberal webpage (right)

Portneuf–Jacques-Cartier riding is “all over the map,” geographically and politically.

CAQ looking at compromise on elected anglo school boards


Prime Minister “Aladdin” might not be the best example these days – bet he’d like the genie to grant all three wishes about now – but the fact is, a goodly number of Canada’s political representatives come from the education sector.


September 23, 1819 – The Quebec Gazette

Uncommon Eggs

The story behind behind Dufferin Terrace

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Photo: Shirley Nadeau

Dufferin Terrace is named in honour of Frederick Temple Blackwood (1826-1902), who was born in Florence, Italy, into an aristocratic Anglo-Irish family. The first Marquess of Dufferin and Ava, more commonly known as Lord Dufferin, was governor general of Canada from 1872 to 1878.

Kuessipan wins the QCFF Feature Film Award


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Photo: Cassandra Kerwin

Kuessipan shows everything that is wonderful, uplifting and difficult about growing up in Uashat, an Innu community next to Sept-Îles, Quebec. The film’s première on Sept. 18 at the Quebec City Film Festival (QCFF) shone the spotlight on Innu culture.

Meet Dr. Mélanie Zimmerman, new U.S. Consul General in Quebec City

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Photo: Shirley Nadeau

The newly arrived U.S. Consul General held a reception at her residence in Old Quebec on Sept. 18 to get to know members of the community. She graciously granted an interview to the QCT the following day.

Les Violons du Roy bring new life to Nosferatu

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Photo: Cassandra Kerwin

For over a century, stories about vampires and the undead have piqued the curiosity of the masses. The undead have been featured in countless television series, movies and books, but where did it all start? It’s hard to say, but we do know that Nosferatu: A Symphony of Horror brought Bram Stoker’s novel Dracula to the screen … even if it was an unauthorized version.

QCFF honours documentary filmmaker Alanis Obomsawin


Photo: Cassandra Kerwin

Apart from celebrating cinema, the Quebec City Film Festival (QCFF) is about marking cinematic milestones. This year, it honoured the First Nations, the Métis Nation and the Innu by shining the spotlight on legendary documentary filmmaker Alanis Obomsawin.

“That’s a wrap!” for highly successful film festival

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Photo: Cassandra Kerwin

Since its beginning in 2011, the Quebec City Film Festival (QCFF) has been working toward becoming one of Canada’s major cinematic festivals. Over the years the audience has increased dramatically and the program has exploded.

St. Patrick’s Parish commemorates the 1889 landslide

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Photo: Cassandra Kerwin

Today, many people casually drive and walk along Boulevard Champlain below the cliffs of Cap Diamant at the west end of the Old City, little knowing what happened there many years ago. This is the location of the terrible landslide that, on Sept. 19, 1889, crushed the homes of 28 families, killing many of the neighbourhood’s residents.

Do you really need 50 shades of lipstick?


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Photo: Lise Lafond

Many women would never dare leave the house without putting on at least a dab of lipstick. How does this routine gesture of applying lustre to our lips affect the planet?


Hats off to Lorie Pierce of the QCT for her research published in Memorials and Things of Fame. I’ve been reading this for years. Fun to learn this history about our amazing city. Keep up the great work, Lorie.

~ Dr. Jay Ouellet

SNACS Book Fair less than a month away

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It’s that time of year again when the community comes together for the SNACS Entrepreneurs Book Fair. This year we have added additional dates and times to accommodate those who can’t make it on Saturday. At this event, books donated by the community will be sold at $2 for hardcovers and $1 for softcovers.

Community Calendar

Sept. 25 and 26 – YES Business Coaching: YES Montreal, in partnership with Voice of English-speaking Québec, offers professional business coaching services in person or online to those looking to start, grow or expand their business. Receive practical and professional advice on any matter relating to your business ideas or current business operations. To register call 418-683-2366, ext.

OBITUARY: Margaret Elizabeth Hicks CORNFORTH

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Margaret Elizabeth Hicks CORNFORTH

In the early morning of Sept. 2, 2019, Margaret Elizabeth Hicks Cornforth, 78, of Loretteville, daughter of John Hicks and Ida Ross, passed away peacefully surrounded by loving family at Hôtel-Dieu Hospital. She was preceded in death by her husband Bryce Lawrence Cornforth, also of Loretteville.

Remarkable new artifacts at the Musée Royal 22e Régiment

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Photo: Shirley Nadeau

The Musée Royal 22e Régiment, located at the Citadel, recently added some very interesting artifacts to its permanent exhibit. First is the Confederation Inkstand, acquired on loan from the Library of Parliament. Second are souvenirs engraved with the names of Winston Churchill and Franklin Delano Roosevelt, belonging to the family of Sergeant Émile Couture.

Tempêtes et Passions set the stage for the season

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Photo: Shirley Nadeau

Tempêtes et Passions kicked off their 2019-2020 season magnificently with the fundraising Grande Fête Lyrique, held on Sept. 16 in the Chapelle du Musée de l’Amérique Francophone.

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.

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