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Security perimeter erected around church

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Photo: Jonathan Letellier-Black

Traffic on Grande Allée in front of Église Saint-Coeur-de-Marie will be restricted for an indefinite period due to the erection of a large security perimeter around the front of the church. City officials say there is no immediate risk of the 100-year-old building collapsing but, further to a judge’s decision, a security perimeter of concrete blocks was ordered built as a precaution.

Community Calendar

Thursday, May 23 at 7 p.m. – Talk on Sleep and Mental Health by Dr. Meagan Daley, psychologist, at CEGEP St. Lawrence’s iA Financial Group auditorium, 790 Avenue Nérée-Tremblay. Free admission and free parking. For more details, visit

Who caught that Gaspé lobster?

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Photo: Shirley Nadeau

Fresh-caught Atlantic lobster is now available in Quebec.

On May 14, members of the media were invited to Ciel! the rotating bistro-bar at the top of Hôtel Le Concorde, to sample some of the fruits (de mer) of lobster harvesters’ labour, deliciously prepared by the restaurant’s head chef, David Forbes.

Curiosities of the Natural World presented at MCQ

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Photo: Cassandra Kerwin

Planet Earth is filled with anomalies. When observed microscopically, a world interconnected by genes, atoms and time can be discovered. This notion is at the heart of the latest exhibit at the Musée de la Civilisation de Québec (MCQ), Curiosities of the Natural World. After stops in Asia, the North American première took place in Quebec City. The exhibit will be open until Jan. 5, 2020.

Great Famine Voices Roadshow 2019 traces Irish families

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Photo: Cassandra Kerwin

People want to know about their families’ origins and cultures – it’s only natural. Ads for and DNA identification packages have gone viral. Information from old records and newspapers is being digitized and made public. Yet there are still many more names, details and stories to discover.

Liberal campaign slogans: Should sunny ways go dark?

From: Nill and Holton Consultants
Subject: Campaign
2019 themes

Dear Prime Minister,

Attached please find our research report and focus-group findings regarding Liberal Party strategy for the general election five months hence. This covering letter touches on the salient points of those data.

Headlines from 100 years ago

Quebec warmly welcomes war heroes home

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Photo: Library and Archives Canada, Pa-004912

Quebec City was abuzz with activity 100 years ago at the end of the First World War. Canadian troops arriving home by ship landed first in Halifax, then proceeded by rail to the Gare du Palais in Quebec City. In this way, thousands of soldiers were funnelled through Lower Town on their way home to all parts of Canada.

CEGEP Champlain–St. Lawrence celebrates student life

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Photo: Vincent-Jean Dubé

The annual CEGEP Champlain–St. Lawrence Socio-Cultural Banquet was held in the iA Financial Group Auditorium on April 25. Club and group members gathered to honour contributions made to student life during the 2018-19 academic year. The student activities department recognized the involvement of many individuals in their respective groups and events.

The story behind Rue Charlebois


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Photo: Georges Biard from Wikimedia Commons

This street is named in honour of singer, actor, composer and songwriter Robert Charlebois, born in 1944 in Montreal. With a musical career that spans half a century, he is considered the godfather of Quebec rock.


May 19, 1819 – The Quebec Gazette

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Living the zero-waste life: in Limoilou–Saint-Roch

Photo: Lorie Pierce

We don’t need a handful of people doing zero waste perfectly. We need millions of people doing it imperfectly.” – Anne Marie Bonneau, seen in a popular meme.

Noises Off is ready to take off

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Photo: Quebec Art Company

It’s the door-slammer of all door-slammers. Some tickets are still available for a very rare theatrical event courtesy of the Quebec Art Company. Noises Off takes to the stage at CEGEP St. Lawrence for four performances from May 16 to 19.

A night at the Opéra de Québec with Nabucco

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Photo: Shirley Nadeau

Nabucco, Giuseppe Verdi’s opera about Nebuchadnezzar II, the king of Babylon (c. 634-562 BC), was presented at the Grand Théâtre on May 11, 14, 16 and 18. If you receive this newspaper by its publication date, May 15, you may still have a chance to see the Thursday or Saturday evening performance.

The Morrin Centre hosts Some Enchanted Evening

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Photo: Natalie Keller

Young artists sang their hearts out for the third of six concerts offered through the My Morrin program at the Morrin Centre. Attendees were delighted by the voices of seven talented, local artists. Philippe Girard, Tony Pelletier, Vanessa Bergeron, Anne Payer, J.P.

The ups and downs of “fast fashion”


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Photo: Lise Lafond

The temperature is rising … at last. It’s time to wash and put away our winter clothes, and take out our bright, lightweight summer clothes.

75th anniversary of the Normandy landings: Debating D-Day

Photo: Wikimedia Commons - Public Domain

This is the first in a series of four articles to mark the 75th anniversary of the Normandy landings, June 6, 1944. Besides covering the Allied debate preceding the operation, code-named Overlord, the texts will recall the planning, preparation and execution of D-Day.

Jean Vanier and L’Arche, his life’s work

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Photo: Wikimedia Commons - Public Domain

On May 7, Jean Vanier, a Canadian philosopher, theologian and humanitarian, passed away. Vanier helped change the world’s perception of people with developmental disabilities.

A Companion of the Order of Canada, a Grand Officer of the Order of Quebec and a recipient of the Templeton Prize, Jean Vanier spent most of his life quietly helping others, not looking for accolades.

Community Calendar

May 15 to 20 – Hit The Floor 2019, world-class dance competition at the Centre de congrès et d’expositions de Lévis. For details, see

Morrin Centre launches new tour and exhibit on capital punishment in Quebec City’s old jail

On May 15, Quebec City’s English-language cultural hub, the Morrin Centre, launched a new guided tour allowing visitors to travel back in time to when its building housed a prison.

SNACS’ Mini Book Fair at EQLC

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SNACS Entrepreneurs is organizing a Mini Book Fair on Friday, May 31, from 3 to 7 p.m. in the library (next to the cafeteria) at the Eastern Québec Learning Centre.

Méga Bibliovente helps impoverished street children in Burundi

Photos by Jonathan Letellier-Blac


Going trashless at Valcartier Elementary School

Photo: Emma Perreault

The “zero-waste” movement has steadily grown over the past few years. Aimed at producing little to no waste in one’s day-to-day life, this movement encourages a lifestyle change that benefits the individual, society as a whole, and (most importantly) the planet.

Doré and Guillemette named the 2018-19 Lions Athletes of the Year

Photo: CEGEP-St. Lawrence Athletics

Hugo Guillemette (hockey) and Ariane Doré (basketball) were named the 2018-19 male and female Athletes of the Year at the CEGEP Champlain–St. Lawrence annual sports banquet held on May 2.

QHS theatre students deliver a wonderful Wizard of Oz

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Photo: Shirley Nadeau

By following the yellow brick road and sticking with their friends through thick and thin, the cast of the Wizard of Oz put on a wonderful presentation in Quebec High School’s Webster Auditorium on May 3 and 4.

Saint Brigid’s Guild Sale honours the memory of Gertie Grogan

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Photo: Shirley Nadeau

Saint Brigid’s Guild is known for its tradition of giving, and the annual spring and fall sales certainly prove that. The QCT visited the gymnasium of the Eastern Québec Learning Centre on May 3, the day before the spring sale opened to the public.

La Maison bleue comedy, a rare Canadian political TV show

Few actors can claim to have on their resumés the roles of both the prime minister of Canada and the president of … La République du Québec.

That’s the unusual case with Guy Nadon, the veteran actor who has played an extraordinarily wide array of characters in a career dating back to his teens.

Opéra de Québec presents Verdi’s Nabucco at the Grand Théâtre

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Photo: Opéra de Québec

Opera lovers are feverish with excitement! From May 11 to 18, Giuseppe Verdi’s lavish Nabucco will be presented at the Grand Théâtre by the Opéra de Québec, in Italian with French surtitles.

In addition to the famous “Va pensiero” sung by the chorus, which truly launched the career of the Italian composer, this grand work will highlight magnificent music by renowned opera singers.

Yet another award for Rouge et Or’s Mathieu Betts

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Photo: Mathieu Bélanger courtesy of U-Laval

Mathieu Betts, a defensive lineman for the Université Laval Rouge et Or, was named the USports male athlete of the year for 2018-19.

A week after signing a three-year deal with the Chicago Bears of the National Football League, Betts was named the recipient of the 2019 Lieutenant Governor’s Athletic Award at a ceremony held in Calgary on May 2.

The story behind Rue Chênevert


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Photo: Wikipedia Common - Public Domain

This street is named in honour of Raoul Chênevert (1889-1951), one of Quebec’s most renowned architects from the 1920s until his death.

For 25 years, Chênevert was the designated architect of the Commission scolaire de Québec, for which he designed many school buildings in the 1920s and 1930s.


May 9, 1819 – The Quebec Gazette

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