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Parks Canada sign hit with language complaint

Photos by Danielle Burns

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One side of this normally bilingual Parks Canada sign in the Cartier-Brébeuf National Historic Site in Limoilou was defaced by a vandal.

Community Calendar of Events

The Quebec Art Company will hold its next online reading of The Thought  on April 25 (not The Vengeful Corpse, which is for the May 30 reading). QACStage Pass performances of vintage radio plays are uploaded to the QAC YouTube channel on the last Sunday of every month and can be viewed free of charge anytime thereafter.

City unveils initial summer event plans

Despite the pandemic, the Ville de Québec plans to roll out some 20 major events this summer, Mayor Régis Labeaume announced on April 16. Events will be presented in an adapted format to respect public health criteria. A $4-million budget is planned to support these events and to provide work for local artists, artisans and suppliers.

Morrin Centre Imagination Writers’ Festival an online hit

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Photo: Screenshot from Morrin Centre YouTube video

The Morrin Centre held its 2021 Imagination Writers’ Festival online from April 6 to 11, bringing novelists, poets, historians, journalists, musicians, a chef, a sommelier, an art curator and hundreds of viewers together via YouTube.

Executive director Barry McCullough and the staff of the Morrin Centre put together a wide variety of events to please the at-home audience.

The world mourns the passing of Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh

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Photo: Allen Warren from Wikimedia Commons - Public Domain

His Royal Highness, Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh, died at Windsor Castle on April 9, at age 99. Born Prince Philip of Greece and Denmark on June 10, 1921 at Mon Repos, the summer villa of the Greek royal family in Corfu, Greece, Prince Philip will be laid to his final rest in St. George’s Chapel at Windsor Castle on April 17.

City offers “explosion” of innovative summer activities, “COVID-proof” major events

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Photo: Screenshot from Ville de Québec YouTube site

Uncertainty still surrounds major summer events in Quebec City, with the third wave of the coronavirus pandemic raging through the population.

Since Talon’s first tally, modern census has adapted to changing Canada

COMMENTARY

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Photo: Wikimedia Commons - Public Domain

Head-counting in Canada has come a long, long way from the first census conducted in the fragile colony of Nouvelle-France in 1666.

The story behind Rue Louis-A.-Bélisle

STREET VIEWS

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Photo: Wikimedia Commons - Public Domain

This street is named in honour of Louis-Alexandre Bélisle (1902-1985), who was born in Saint-Éloi-de-Témiscouata, a small village near Trois-Pistoles in the Lower St. Lawrence region, but who lived in Sillery (Quebec City) for more than 50 years.

MEMORIALS AND THINGS OF FAME

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Photo: Wikimedia Commons - Public Domain

April 15, 1871 – The Morning Chronicle

V for Vaccination: Give it your best shot!

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Photo: Shirley Nadeau

As of this writing, nearly two million doses of COVID-19 vaccines have been administered around the province, to over one million Quebecers. Are you one of them? Anyone 60 or older can now schedule their own vaccination online at clicsante.ca.

Demolition underway for “two villas” project

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Photo: Peter Black

Heavy machinery made short work of a building on Chemin Sainte-Foy at the bottom of Avenue des Érables the week of April 6, clearing the way for construction of a condo or apartment tower.

Rage Against the Machine raring to go ... for FEQ 2022

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Photo: FEQ website

Whatever happens with the 2021 edition of the Festival d’été de Québec (FEQ), one major act is already booked for the 2022 version.

California-based rockers Rage Against the Machine, who had been scheduled to be headliners at last year’s cancelled festival, have announced they plan to finally make their FEQ debut on July 16, 2022, which would be the last Saturday of the festival.

Imagination Writers’ Festival explores 'The Power of Kindness'

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Photo: Screenshot by Danielle Burns

Am I a kind person?” This question has been nagging Dr. Brian Goldman – a veteran ER surgeon, medical journalist and host of the CBC podcast White Coat, Black Art that focuses on health care in Canada from a patient’s perspective. Goldman lets listeners into the medical world with striking candour about his own failures, fears and weaknesses.

SLC students and staff ‘bare it all’ for Leucan

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Photo: SLC

CEGEP Champlain–St. Lawrence (SLC) strikes once again for its 11th consecutive Leucan Shaved Head Challenge.

The event will take place on April 29 via a live event on SLC’s Facebook page. Teacher Claudine Gélinas-Faucher and students Gabriel-Martin Horik and Étienne Collin have taken up the challenge to have their heads shaved to raise funds for Leucan and reach their goal of $15,000.

Canada geese return “home” year after year

A WALK ON THE WILD SIDE

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Photo: Lise Lafond

They’re back!

The Canada geese are back, and how they find their pond near our home year after year remains a mystery. Out of the estimated seven million Canada geese living in North America, how does this couple know when to leave their flock and fly directly to their traditional nesting ground?

Joe Malone joins hockey legends at Place Jean-Béliveau

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Photo: Cassandra Kerwin

Hockey legend and NHL record-holder Joe Malone, with a hockey stick in hand and Togo the bulldog by his side, stands tall at Place Jean-Béliveau. After weeks of planning and assembly, this aluminum masterpiece joins those of other hockey greats in the commemorative alley beside the Pavillon de la Jeunesse at ExpoCité.

QMJHL tweaks playoff format for Quebec-based teams

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Photo: Jonathan Roy/QMJHL

The Quebec Major Junior Hockey League (QMJHL) announced April 9 that it has revised the playoff format for five of the 12 Quebec-based teams currently in isolation, including the Quebec Remparts, who have recently had four players diagnosed with COVID-19.

Capitales, Aigles and Titans may be forced to play south of the border

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Photo: Québec Capitales

If Canada’s Frontier League baseball teams are to play in 2021, they may have to “immigrate” to the United States for the months of May and June.
That is the proposition that Michel Laplante, president of the Québec Capitales, brought forward at a league meeting he attended in Florida last week.

SPORTS ROUNDUP: tennis, hockey and Olympics

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Photo: Félix Auger-Aliassime via Instagram

Elite tennis player Félix Auger-Aliassime of L’Ancienne-Lorette, ranked 20th on the ATP tour, has added a well-known coach to his team.

Toni Nadal, uncle and longtime coach of tennis legend Rafael Nadal, has decided to return to coaching and will be part of FAA’s coaching team.

Preventing domestic violence “at the source” with GAPI

Advocates for domestic violence survivors have been sounding the alarm since the first weeks of the pandemic – lockdowns pose a particular risk to people trapped in abusive relationships or abusive family environments. Since February of this year, nine women in Quebec have died at the hands of abusive partners, ex-partners or loved ones’ ex-partners, compared to nine in all of 2020.

Readers’ fond memories of meeting the Duke of Edinburgh

Marie Blanchet informed the QCT that she had met and spoken with Prince Philip in 1980, when he was in Quebec City as a member of the organizing committee of the 1984 International Tall Ships Regatta. A reception was held at City Hall, which she attended along with her father Jules Blanchet, who was a city councillor at the time.

Prince Philip visited Quebec City in 1954 and 1959

FROM THE ARCHIVES

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The late Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh, made more than 70 visits to Canada, including 19 royal tours with Queen Elizabeth II. Two of his earliest official trips to Quebec City included a solo visit in 1954 and a royal tour in 1959.

The 150th anniversary of the Canadian Bank Act

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Photo: National Numismatic Collection, National Museum of American History

On April 14, 1871, the government of the newly constituted Dominion of Canada passed its first Bank Act. It was enacted to establish a central control over financial institutions and to standardize the currency on a national basis. The second objective of the lawmakers proved particularly challenging.

The Bluenose is sailing once again … on a $1 coin

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Photo: Royal Canadian Mint

To commemorate the 100th anniversary of the launch of the original Bluenose sailing vessel, the Royal Canadian Mint has promoted it from the 10-cent piece to the $1 coin. An even larger coin with a face value of $100 featuring the famous schooner has also been created by the mint.

‘Dangerous situation’ in city as red zone reimposed

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Photo: Screenshot from Radio-Canada

After less than a month under relaxed “orange zone” COVID-19 restrictions, the Legault government threw residents of Quebec City, Lévis and Gatineau back into the red zone, for a minimum of 10 days and on barely a day’s notice.

Mother Nature pulls a prank on April Fools’ Day

Photos by Cassandra Kerwin

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After weeks of warm weather, the city was blanketed with snow on April Fools' Day.

 

Memories still vivid of Summit of the Americas madness in Quebec City

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My souvenir riot puck may be somewhere in the house or lost over the boards. The mini-disc recorder a masked Black Bloc thug stomped to pieces with his army boot stayed in a bag in my office drawer for years before finally being chucked out.

STREET VIEWS: The story behind Rue du Corps-de-Garde

STREET VIEWS

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Photo: Screenshot from Google Maps

This short dead-end street in the Old City that runs off Rue Saint-Louis has been very much in the public eye lately, as it is where the iconic “cannonball tree” used to stand. A footpath and stairs lead toward the fortified walls of the Parc du Cavalier-du-Moulin.

MEMORIALS AND THINGS OF FAME

Researched and compiled by Lorie Pierce, [email protected]

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April 5, 1821 – The Quebec Gazette
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LETTER TO THE EDITOR

Dear Shirley,

My sister just sent me your review of the film Le Sang du pélican. It’s a beautiful testimony [to the Ursulines] and surely gives us the urge to see the film.

It appears that you have a special interest in the Ursuline Monastery. It represents a treasure in the history of Quebec City and your writing is filled with the richness of this heritage.

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