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Michelle Obama pays a visit to Quebec City

Photo: Chambre de commerce et d'industrie de Québec

She and the president never made it to Quebec City in an official capacity during their eight years in the White House, but former First Lady of the United States Michelle Obama nevertheless received a warm welcome last week as part of a speaking tour to discuss and promote her recent autobiographical bestseller, Becoming.

Blossoms, Beetles and Birds launched at the Morrin Centre

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Photo: Shirley Nadeau

The Morrin Centre was abuzz with activity last week as staff prepared for the launch of the new interactive exhibit in College Hall. There were bugs, blooms, birds and books of all sizes, shapes and colours to be seen by the guests who attended the launch on the evening of Sept. 26.

Irish dancers do it again at Vieux-Québec Feis 2019

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Photo: Allison Kirkwood

Some 200 dancers from eastern Canada and the northern United States were on stage showing off their talent at the sixth annual Vieux-Québec Feis held at Séminaire Saint-François on Sept. 28. Ranging in age from four years to adult, and from beginner to championship, they competed on four stages in soft shoe and hard shoe, while proud parents, family and friends looked on.


FLIP Fabrique’s Blizzard takes Le Diamant by storm

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Photo: Cassandra Kerwin

In the wake of the autumn equinox, FLIP Fabrique landed at Le Diamant theatre with Blizzard from Sept. 24 to 28. For most Quebecers, winter can wait until December, but not for this circus group. Once the audience was seated, a meteorologist from the Department of Cold, Chills and Brrrr warned them of the impending winter storm.

Let’s talk about the climate


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Photo: Danielle Burns

Whether you attended a march, walked by a march, just glanced at social media or at the next morning’s papers, it was impossible to ignore. Two co-ordinated days of action, on Sept. 20 and 27, saw nearly eight million people take to the streets, demanding that world leaders act more decisively to counteract climate change.

Every little gesture counts


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Photo: Lise Lafond

On Sept. 27, Canadians answered young Greta Thunburg’s call for her Fridays for Future Global Climate Strike. This march was the largest demonstration ever organized in Canada. We are now certain that the people of Quebec, not just the students, demand changes to help save the planet.

wTrak coming to Chalmers-Wesley on Thanksgiving weekend

Photo: Tom Stephenson

I hear the train a-comin’! wTrak is a modular train set made of wood, which can be set up on long, low, narrow tables for children to play with at their height, and it’s coming to Chalmers-Wesley United Church, 78 Rue Sainte-Ursule in the Old City, on Oct. 12 and 13.

Weighing in on zero waste

Lifelong Learning members recently visited the zero waste (zéro déchet) store L’Escargot Gourmand, at 1631 Rue Sheppard, for first-hand instruction about making purchases using their own containers. Susan Langford and Brian Treggett are busy weighing empty containers before filling them with products from the bulk bins. The weight of the empty container is taken off at checkout.

Community Calendar

Thursday, Oct. 3 at 7:30 p.m. – Cathedral of the Holy Trinity, 31 Rue Des Jardins in Old Quebec, presents L’Octuor à Vent de l’Orchestre Symphonique de Québec. The program features works by Bach, Beethoven, Krommer, Reinecke and Mozart performed on oboe, clarinets, bassoons, horns, and a duo of flutes. Tickets $30 on sale at the door or online at

Demolition of Grande Allée church steps up

Photo: Peter Black

The demolition of Église Saint-Coeur-de-Marie on Grande Allée accelerated last week as the work became less delicate. Last summer workers painstakingly dismantled the ornate Neo-Byzantine-style steeple of the church, which had been its most identifying feature. Now the power-shovels have moved in and are rapidly reducing the stone structure to rubble.

City prepares to acquire crumbling Maison Pollack

Photo: Peter Black

After several years of legal sparring, the city is taking steps to acquire the badly deteriorating Maison Pollack, one of the most distinctive houses on Grande Allée. Its civic address is 1 Grande Allée, but its condition is anything but A-1.

St. Pat’s hockey teams preparing for another season

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Photo: Luc Lang

The St. Patrick’s High School hockey teams will start their third season in the Ligue de Hockey Préparatoire Scolaire (LHPS) on Oct. 4, at the Complexe 2 Glaces Honco in Lévis.

The LHPS (Quebec’s version of the American hockey prep school league) is celebrating its 10th anniversary.

High school, university and Major Junior Football League action

Photo: St. Patrick’s Fighting Irish Facebook page

The St. Patrick’s Junior Fighting Irish football team defeated the Dragons from the Polyvalente de Saint-Georges, 20-9, on Sept. 29. The victory is the third for the Junior Irish in as many games. On Sept. 21, they took care of the Arsenal from Académie Saint-Louis, 23-7.

SLC’S Élizabeth Labbé wins gold at RSEQ golf championship

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Photo: CEGEP Champlain–St. Lawrence Lions

CEGEP Champlain–St. Lawrence golfer Élizabeth Labbé won the gold medal at the Réseau du Sport Étudiant du Québec golf championship played on Sept. 28 and 29 at the Club de Golf Lorette, in Loretteville.

VEQ Fall Fest brings community groups together

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Photo: Cassandra Kerwin

Fall was well and truly “launched” as members of the English-speaking community came together at St. Vincent’s Elementary School to celebrate the season’s arrival on Sept. 21. The weather certainly co-operated as everyone basked in the sunshine and the 20C-plus temperatures.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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