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Hands up all those who want free drugs

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With a show of hands, who’s in favour of a national drug plan?”

Perhaps, come federal election debate time this fall, journalists who moderate the encounter could take a cue from the Democratic Party presidential candidates’ showdown last week.

Canada Day celebrations … in 1977

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Photo: Ville de Québec N014836

I would like to mention that my Mom, Jo Ouellet, started the Canada Day activities here in Quebec City in the late 1970s.

In response to the Parti Québécois winning the Nov. 15, 1976 election, many Quebecers were stunned by the prospect of separating from Canada. René Lévesque’s goal was clear, and the pro-Canada crowd was in hiding, afraid of repercussions.

The story behind Avenue Conway

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Photo: Wikimedia Commons - Public Domain

This street was named after Edmund Conway (1858-1938), the owner of the land on which it was laid out. He built his house on this street, and he also ran a coal and wood business there until his death.


July 4, 1819 – The Quebec Gazette

The Season

But what did you eat there? Part 2 of 2


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Photo: Ruby Pratka

On June 25, as Quebecers cleaned up after a weekend of Fête Nationale festivities – and in many cases, dragged the moving boxes back out – chefs around the world commemorated Bourdain Day, encouraging people to enjoy a good meal on the birthday of chef, author, culinary adventurer and journalist-despite-himself Anthony Bourdain.

A bug is a bug is a bug . . . until we learn its name

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Photo: Lise Lafond

“If all mankind were to disappear, the world would regenerate back to the rich state of equilibrium that existed ten thousand years ago. If insects were to vanish, the environment would collapse into chaos.”
~ E. O. Wilson

Eagles soar at the opening of the Wendake Pow Wow

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Photo: Shirley Nadeau

As if sent by Manitou, a pair of eagles soared above the sacred dance circle in the heart of Wendake at the June 28 opening ceremony, a sure sign it would be a great day for a powwow!

Mamma Mia! Here I go again . . . how can I forget ya!

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Photo: Salle Albert Rousseau

After a triumphant première in Montreal, the musical Mamma Mia! is coming to Quebec City’s Salle Albert-Rousseau with 21 presentations from Aug. 14 to Sept. 7. It is based on the music of ABBA’s greatest hits, composed by two members of the famous Swedish singing group. Anyone who lived through the 1970s and ’80s could sing most of the songs in this hit musical by heart.

Trees felled for Quebec Citadel fortification fix

Photo: Peter Black

Eighty-eight trees have been felled on the slope between the fortifications of the Quebec Citadel and Avenue Saint-Denis to make way for a major restoration project on the walls of the national historic site.

Corey Hart to kick off the 52nd FEQ on July 4th

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The Canadian icon has added a curtain call to his Never Surrender tour. Corey Hart will kick off the 52nd Festival d’Été de Québec (FEQ) with “Sunglasses at Night” and other mega-hits on July 4.

Canada’s Food Guide Snapshot now available in 28 languages

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Of course, the Canada Food Guide Snapshot is available in both English and French, but did you know that it is now available in 26 additional languages, including a number of First Nations languages, as well as Polish, Arabic and Italian?

A well-organized Musical Wednesday

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Photo: Maude Chauvin

The first of Chalmers-Wesley United Church’s Musical Wednesday noon-hour summer concerts, held on June 26, was an “organ-ized” success!

Community Calendar

June 26 to Oct. 14 – Passages Insolites. Discover unusual works of public art in the Petit-Champlain, Place-Royale, Vieux-Port and Saint-Roch districts of Quebec City. For more information, visit (See article on page 1)

Boeing Boeing lands on Rue du Petit Champlain

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Photo: Shirley Nadeau

After a very bumpy ride through turbulent air currents, it felt as if a Boeing 747 had landed at the Théâtre Petit Champlain last week.

Demolition of church building on Grand Allée begins

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Photo: Jonathan Letellier-Black

A fter years of court battles between the city and developer Louis Lessard, the demolition of Église Saint-Coeur-de-Marie on Grande Allée began last week. Workers on a platform suspended from a crane started removing the dome, made of metal and wood, from atop the steeple of the 100-year-old building piece by piece.

Quebec High School class of 2019 Graduation Awards and list of all graduates


To see the article by Cassandra Kerwin about the graduation ceremony AND the list of award-winners and graduates, click on this link ... Congratulations to the Quebec High School class of 2019.



Grande Fête Nationale highlights Quebec culture and family

Photos by Cassandra Kerwin


Two boys have fun waving the Fleurdelisé at the Grande Fête Nationale concert on the Plains of Abraham. 



Passages Insolites now extends from Lower Town to Saint-Roch

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Photo: Cassandra Kerwin

A giant incongruous brick ball in an alley, the head of a sad clown caught between two buildings, Louis XIV trapped in an everlasting winter, Alain Côté scoring another controversial goal for the Nordiques, telescopes through which you can read and hear a text across the river in Lévis….

Canada in no rush to get rid of Royals

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Photo: Joel Rouse (Ministry of Defence) and nagualdesign

A central theme in the history of the modern world, if we may be permitted to crunch a millennium into a few words, has been the struggle of ordinary folks to control and, if necessary, turn into celebrities, those who pretend to royalty.

Holy Trinity launches its Midi en Musique concert series

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Photo: Shirley Nadeau from QCT archives

Starting on July 4, the Cathedral of the Holy Trinity, at 31 Rue Des Jardins in the Old City, will be hosting a series of eight concerts on Thursday afternoons at 12:30 p.m. Each concert will last about 45 minutes. Admission is free but a voluntary contribution of $10 is suggested.

Congratulations to St. Patrick’s High School class of 2019

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Photo: Cassandra Kerwin

Proud parents and friends gathered at the Palais Montcalm on June 20 to see the young people graduate. Due to rain, graduates wearing white and green gowns and mortarboards gathered inside onstage for their official class photo, instead of on the steps outside the theatre. After five years of secondary school, the St. Patrick’s High School class of 2019 was graduating.

Fun and games expected at 23rd Fêtes de la Nouvelle-France

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Photo: Cassandra Kerwin

Summer’s here, and Quebec City is preparing for its many festivals. The Fêtes de la Nouvelle-France (FNF) is a favourite for families, historians and re-enactment enthusiasts, who are putting the final touches on their homemade, period-inspired costumes.

After much speculation, Quebecers like the Grand Marché

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Photo: Cassandra Kerwin

On June 20, a few days after the inaugural weekend of the Grand Marché de Québec, Mayor Régis Labeaume, Deputy Premier Geneviève Guilbeault, André Lamontagne, minister of agriculture, fisheries and food, and Arthur Cauchon, president of the Coopérative des Horticulteurs, opened the new marketplace officially.

Congratulations to Quebec High School class of 2019

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Photo: Cassandra Kerwin


J-C Poitras and Libby Oliver examine fashion statements at MCQ

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Photo: Cassandra Kerwin

Fashion, clothing, photography, cinema, family and travels complete the summer program at the Musée de la Civilisation (MCQ). Until Sept. 20, visitors can admire the significant and influential fashion pieces designed by Jean-Claude Poitras and Libby Oliver’s intimate photographs of people wearing their entire wardrobe.

Moving Day, with or without your pet


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Photo: Lise Lafond

July 1, as we all know, is Canada Day, but it’s also Moving Day in the province of Quebec. Seventy per cent of leases expire on this date and many people pack up and move on the same day.

Living the zero-waste life: On holiday

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Photo: Lorie Pierce

The best of habits can go out the window when you’re on vacation, including efforts to reduce the waste you produce. When you’re on the go, take-out food and drink are so convenient. So too, are the disposable travel-size plastic bottles of toiletries. But before you know it, you’ve left a trail of styrofoam containers, coffee cups and plastic wrappers in your wake.

Community Calendar

Wednesday, June 26 at 12:05 p.m. – Musical Wednesdays, the first of a series of 10 weekly concerts at Chalmers-Wesley United Church, 78 Rue Sainte-Ursule in Old Quebec, will feature organist Jacquelin Rochette. Free admission. Donations welcome. Door prize draw for a $25 gift certificate from the Café de Paris.

Capitales get hot at the right time as Shikoku Island comes to town

The Can-Am Baseball League’s Capitales de Québec got back the pleasure of winning as they finished a four-game series sweep against the Champions in Ottawa on June 23.

Numa Amun paintings integrated into MNBAQ walls

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Photo: Peter Black

The eight paintings by enigmatic Montreal artist Numa Amun chosen for an exhibit at the Musée National des Beaux-Arts du Québec (MNBAQ) are impressive individually and collectively.

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