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Kuessipan wins the QCFF Feature Film Award

QUEBEC CITY FILM FESTIVAL

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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

QUEBEC CITY FILM FESTIVAL

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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.

Do you really need 50 shades of lipstick?

SAVING THE PLANET ONE WEEK AT A TIME

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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?

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.

LETTER TO THE EDITOR

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

STREET VIEWS

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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.

MEMORIALS AND THINGS OF FAME

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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

POSTCARDS FROM AFRICA

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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?

SAVING THE PLANET ONE WEEK AT A TIME

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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.

LETTER TO THE EDITOR

When I first arrived in Quebec City, I wished to learn French, and I did so. However, I always appreciated the contact with the English-speaking community that the Quebec Chronicle-Telegraph provided over the years.

I am not sure when I first subscribed, but I have lived here for 52 years now and you were a large part of my experience.

Irish Juniors kick off the 2019 campaign with an impressive win

The St. Patrick’s High School Fighting Irish Junior football team started the 2019 season on the right foot with an impressive 51-22 win over the Centaures from École secondaire La Courvilloise of Beauport. The game was played on Sept. 13 in Beauport.

Community Calendar

Sept. 12 to 21 – Festival de Cinéma de la Ville de Québec / Quebec City Film Festival. CinéPasses are now on sale at FCVQ.ca.

Chalmers-Wesley Classic Film Club premières on Sept. 20

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Photo: Wikimedia Commons - Public Domain

If you love classic cinema and would like to experience a night at the movies as it was “back in the day,” Chalmers-Wesley United Church (78 Rue Sainte-Ursule in Old Quebec) has a new series for you and your friends!

Caring Ahead: Survey on family caregiving and preparing for end-of-life with dementia

Feeling supported and as prepared as possible for the end-of-life of a family member with dementia helps family caregivers cope and adjust during bereavement. If you are caring for a family member or friend with dementia who lives in a nursing home, you are invited to complete the Caring Ahead questionnaire, even if end-of-life is far away.

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