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Photo: Wikimedia Commons - Public Domain

October 31, 1819 – The Quebec Gazette
Court of Oyer and Terminer

The Club des Cavaliers holds Halloween parade

Photos by Lise Lafond


Violinist Angèle Dubeau to receive Prix du Québec

Photo: Screenshot from the Angèle Dubeau website

Angèle Dubeau is to be the recipient of the 2019 Denise Pelletier Award, the highest honour given to individuals for an outstanding contribution to the performing arts in Quebec. This and other Prix du Québec awards will be presented at a ceremony that will take place at the National Assembly on Nov. 6.

Valcartier Elementary students plant Liberation 75 tulip bulbs

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Photo: Melinda Fréchette

The students at Valcartier Elementary planted dozens of special tulip bulbs in the school’s front yard on Oct. 21. Melinda Fréchette (our Cycle 1 teacher) had the wonderful idea to purchase the Liberation 75 tulip bulbs.

Swapping fast fashion for friends’ frocks

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Photo: Danielle Burns

How many pairs of jeans do you own? After watching a recent CBC documentary on The Passionate Eye entitled “Fashion’s Dirty Secrets,” I was moved to open my closet and count.

The anatomy of a landfill


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Photo: Lise Lafond

We’re a long way from the days when we got rid of our garbage by throwing it into an open-air dump. Now, new technology helps us reduce, reuse, recycle and recover many materials.

A certain level of risk


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Photo: Ruby Pratka

It is 5:30 p.m. I’ve just finished a training session in Cotonou, Benin’s largest city, and I’m giving a workshop in the much smaller town of Pobè, where I live, at 8 tomorrow morning.

New foundation to preserve the Château Frontenac’s long history

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Photo: Shirley Nadeau

The most important and recognizable heritage building in Quebec is undoubtedly the Château Frontenac, which celebrated its 125th anniversary last year. But the Château is not only a landmark edifice, it is also the location where many of the most important events in the history of the city have occurred.

SLC Lions hockey team gets back on the winning track

Zachary Bordeleau and Hugo Guillemette each scored one goal and added one assist to lead the CEGEP Champlain–St. Lawrence Lions hockey team to a 4-2 victory over the Dragons from Collège Laflèche (Trois-Rivières) on Oct. 27, in Réseau du Sport Étudiant du Québec (RSEQ) action.

Community Calendar

Wednesday, Oct. 30 at 5:30 p.m. – Literary Feast at the Morrin Centre, 44 Chaussée des Écossais. Honorary chair Jean St-Gelais of La Capitale Insurance; keynote speaker actor, director, playwright, film director Robert Lepage. For more information and to reserve tickets ($250 each) visit

Fighting Irish Juniors earn spot in Eastern Conference final

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Photo: Luc Lang

For the second straight season, the St. Patrick’s High School Fighting Irish junior football team met the Laser from École secondaire Les Sentiers, in the regional playoffs. But unlike 2018, when the Laser beat the Junior Irish in the Eastern Conference championship and also handed the Green and White their only loss of the season, this year was totally different.

Laval rugby women fall (again) to Ottawa in RSEQ championship

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Photo: Mathieu Bélanger - U Laval

For the third straight year, the Université Laval Rouge et Or women’s rugby team lost the Réseau du Sport Étudiant du Québec (RSEQ) conference final to the University of Ottawa Gee-Gees. This year Laval lost by a score of 25-15 on Oct. 25 at the Stade TELUS.

Rouge et Or cross-country running and Lions basketball

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Photo: Mathieu Bélanger- U Laval

Jean-Simon Desgagnés of the Université Laval Rouge et Or defended his cross-country conference title in front of a big crowd on Oct. 26 on the Plains of Abraham, when he led his team to its ninth consecutive RSEQ banner.

A grand day for a walk with Pierre Lavoie

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Photo: Cassandra Kerwin

Since 1999, the Grand Défi Pierre Lavoie has been encouraging people of all ages to “get up and move,” for the sake of their health. Pierre Lavoie is an amateur Ironman athlete who takes his message to schools to emphasize to children the importance of exercise and eating well.

Haunting Halloween hangouts


A top-hatted ghoul seems unaware of the approaching ape in this gruesome scene on Rue du Petit-Champlain. Photo by Jonathan Letellier-Black

Local author short-listed for Governor General’s award for translation of Lepage’s 887

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Photo: Stéphane Bourgeois


Does Canada have a plan for President Elizabeth Warren?

What better way to avoid talking about an election whose results are unknown at this writing than to talk about another impending election – to wit, the one down south?

Whatever party ends up attempting to govern Canada over the next stretch of history will need to contend with whomever American voters choose as president in a year’s time.

Mayor backs school’s plan to use idle Église Saint-Jean-Baptiste

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Photo: Shirley Nadeau from QCT archives

Quebec Mayor Régis Labeaume has given his blessing to a plan to use the abandoned Église Saint-Jean-Baptiste on Rue Saint-Jean to expand activities at the adjacent Saint-Jean-Baptiste elementary school.

Labeaume’s endorsement of the plan is on his “shopping list” of projects for which the city plans to seek financial support from the party that forms the next federal government.

The story behind Earl Grey Terrace


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Photo: Wikimedia Commons - Public Domain: Library and Archives Canada, C-030723

This terrace on the Plains of Abraham, overlooking the St. Lawrence River, is named in honour of Sir Albert Henry George Grey, the fourth Earl Grey. Born in London, England, in 1851, he was Governor General of Canada from 1904 to 1911. He died in 1917.


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Photo: Wikimedia Commons - Public Domain

October 25, 1819 – The Quebec Gazette
New Steam Boat

Celebrating 250 years of firefighting in Quebec City

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Photo: Cassandra Kerwin

A new exhibit at the Musée de la Civilisation (MCQ) celebrates 250 years of firefighting by the Service de protection contre l’incendie de la Ville de Québec (SPIVQ). The recently inaugurated exhibit shows the public what it was like to fight fires in 1769 with little or no training or equipment, compared to today’s modern apparatus.

La Traviata and love triumph over tragedy

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Photo: Shirley Nadeau

The Opéra de Québec proves once again that love triumphs over all with its latest production of Giuseppe Verdi’s tragic La Traviata, which opened on Oct. 19 at the Grand Théâtre and continued on Oct. 22, 24 and 26.

Killer costumes to make for Halloween

Photo: Danielle Burns

According to Statistics Canada, in 2017 there were some four million children of trick-or-treat age (five-14 years old) in Canada. An abundance of Halloween parties will take place between now and Oct. 31 with schools, libraries, malls, stores and entire neighbourhoods getting into the spooky spirit.

Quebec Waste Reduction Week features free collection of recyclables


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Photo: Lise Lafond

Some 25 tonnes of waste are generated per minute in the province of Quebec. This is far too much! The goal of Quebec’s Waste Reduction Week is to raise awareness and educate the public about better management of their residual materials. We must learn to reduce our consumption, thereby reducing our waste, and send our recyclable unwanted products to an ecocentre.

QAC’s Fiddler tuning up to open in a month

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The gymnasium at Holland School has been transformed into the Russian village of Anatevka, the setting for the Quebec Art Company production of the beloved musical Fiddler on the Roof.

Parks Canada reacts to missing plaques

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Photo: Rich Cahill

In response to the QCT’s enquiries about missing brass plaques, the following message was received from Parks Canada on Oct. 8.

Beat the flu bug, get your shot!

Once again this year, Jeffery Hale–Saint Brigid’s is offering free flu vaccinations for members of the English-speaking community who meet certain eligibility criteria (see below). No registration is required; this service is offered on a walk-in basis.

The locations and times are as follows:

Community Calendar

Thursday, Oct. 24 at 7:30 p.m. – Open Book Night: Intercultural Dialogue featuring Poetry Panel with Phoebe Wang and Canisia Lubrin at the Morrin Centre, 44 Chaussée des Écossais. Be part of this intercultural experience by contacting to register.

St. Patrick’s Junior football team makes regional playoffs

The St. Patrick’s High School Fighting Irish Junior football team could have used the following motto for their last game of the season: “Win and we’re in!”


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Velma Annett (née Law), beloved wife of the late Kenneth Annett, died peacefully in hospital in Charlottetown at the age of 93 on October 14, 2019. Interment beside her husband Kenneth in Quebec City will occur next spring.

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