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Look who came honking at my door!

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Photo: Lise Lafond

They’re back … or is it really them?

Spring means that birds will be migrating back to their nesting grounds. At this time of the year, wherever I am I seem to hear that lovely honking sound telling me that geese may be landing on our lake.

City expands bike path network, shelves Old Port bridge

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Photo: Peter Black from QCT archives

The City plans to add 25 more kilometres of bike trails to the existing network this year but has put another major bike path project on hold. The City is also developing a policy on the growing popularity of winter biking.

Famous descendants of John Neilson

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Photo: Library and Archives Canada

John Neilson (1776-1848) was famous for many reasons. He was the publisher of the Quebec Gazette/La Gazette de Québec, the ancestor of the Quebec Chronicle-Telegraph. He served in the Parliament of Lower Canada. He operated a highly profitable printing establishment. And he contributed largely to the development of Valcartier.

Elliott Marie RAY

Elliott Marie Ray (née Billings) died peacefully at the hospital in Hull in the early hours of Tuesday, April 16, 2019, in her 85th year. Wife of William Marshall Ray (Bill Ray) for 58 years. To honour her wishes there will be no service. A private burial of her ashes at Mount Hermon Cemetery will take place at a later date.

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Thursday, April 25 at 10 a.m. – Lifelong Learning: Staying Connected in the Digital Age. A discussion about ways to stay connected with families, friends and the community no matter where we are. This activity, at the Eastern Québec Learning Centre,* is for Lifelong Learning members and their guests (with guest passes).

Toys and More Sale

The Toys and More Sale, now in its 14th year, will be hosted by CEGEP Champlain–St. Lawrence on Saturday, May 4, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.

This annual baby and family bazaar is a staple of the English-speaking community calendar. It is made possible by the volunteers from the Moms’ Nite-out group of the Wellness Centre.

High school basketball season ends with one title for the Blazers

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Photo: QHS Facebook page

The 2018-19 high school basketball season has come to an end in the Québec Chaudière-Appalaches region of the Réseau du Sport Étudiant du Québec (RSEQ).

The Quebec High School Blazers fielded seven teams (three girls’ teams and four boys’), while the St. Patrick’s High Fighting Irish had four girls’ teams and four boys’ teams in 2018-19.

Future of St. Patrick’s High hockey program looks bright

St. Patrick’s High School hockey teams have just completed their second season in the Ligue de Hockey Préparatoire Scolaire (LHPS) and the future looks bright.

With the traditional sports at St. Pat’s (football, basketball, rugby) well established, the success on the ice of the three hockey teams has the Fighting Irish sports fans taking note.

OBITUARY: Michael George AYRE

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Michael Ayre passed away peacefully surrounded by family on Friday, March 8 at the CHUL in Quebec City.

St. Pat’s students and Pleins Pâtés raise funds for a good cause

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Photo: Cassandra Kerwin

Pies for sale! All for a good cause. Proceeds go to Deuil-Jeunesse to help grieving youths and children.

MEMORIALS AND THINGS OF FAME

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Photo: Wikimedia Commons - Public Domain

April 19, 1819 – The Quebec Gazette

From English Papers

The story behind Chemin de Château-Bigot

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Photo: Wikipedia Commons - Public Domain

Château-Bigot is the name of both a district and a street in Quebec City. At one time, it was the name of an actual manor house that stood at the corner of present-day Rue Vice-Roy and Bourg-la-Reine in Charlesbourg. Some of the stones are still visible, although it fell into ruin 100 years ago.

SLC students learn about the National Inquiry into Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls

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Photo: Cassandra Kerwin

After years of hard work, research and hearings, and decades – even centuries – of abuse, First Nations women and girls are finally being heard. On June 3 in Gatineau, the National Inquiry into Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls will present its final report. To mark this milestone, CEGEP Champlain – St.

Is Bill 21 resurrecting the sovereignty movement?

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It’s Easter-time and there’s a buzz about resurrection in the air. Not just the Jesus-rolling-away-the-rock kind of resurrection. That other kind, the resurrection of an idea, a notion, a dream, a projet de société.

Portraits of fugitives from slavery at the MNBAQ

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Photo: Shirley Nadeau

Art is not one of the sciences of history like archeology or ethnology, but it can help historians represent the past. A new exhibit, Fugitives, on the third floor of the Gérard Morisette Pavilion of the Musée National des Beaux-Arts du Québec (MNBAQ) provides an excellent example of such collaboration.

City closes Sillery arena – slated for demolition

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Photo: Jonathan Letellier-Black

Quebec City has one less arena.

City officials have confirmed the Jacques Côté arena in Sillery will be demolished within weeks. The structure, built in 1972, and home to several skating and hockey organizations, was condemned as the result of a cracked wooden ceiling beam.

Making a spring visit to the Salon Nature Portneuf

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Photo: Lise Lafond

The fifth annual Salon Nature Portneuf was held from April 12 to 14 at the Centre Multifonctionnel Roland-Dion in Saint-Raymond.

At the site, one had the choice of visiting the outdoor kiosks, tasting the delicious maple syrup taffy at the Cabane de la Chute à L’Ours, going for a carriage ride, or letting the children take a ride on ponies from the Centre Équestre Aurélie Piché.

OSQ holds a Symphonic Spring gala

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Photo: Shirley Nadeau

A gala benefit concert for the Orchestre symphonique de Québec was held at the Château Frontenac on April 13.

The evening was presided over by Sylvie Cordeau, Québecor vice-president of philanthropy and sponsorships; Marie-Josée Guérette, executive vice-president of public affairs and corporate influence for La Capitale Assurance; and Peter Simons, president of La Maison Simons.

Have a happy and ecological Easter-egg hunt

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Photo: Lise Lafond

In Christian cultures around the world, eggs are used at Easter to symbolize new life, fertility and rebirth. The painting of eggs is one of many Easter traditions.

What if? – The musical coming soon to a stage near you

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The cast and crew of What if? – The musical are hard at work ensuring that every last element of this exciting production is in perfect harmony and ready for the upcoming run in Quebec City.

QAHN hosts walking tour of historic Old Quebec

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Photo: Shirley Nadeau from QCT archives

The Quebec Anglophone Heritage Network (QAHN) will host a walking tour of the storied Old City on Saturday, May 4, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Former QAHN president and renowned Quebec City guide Simon Jacobs will lead participants on this fascinating exploration of some of the capital’s anglophone history.

Knock out back problems! Gala de Boxe Challenge for the CHU Foundation

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Photo: Boxe de Gala

On Friday, May 31, local amateur boxer Andrew Greenfield will be stepping into the ring and taking one (or more) “on the chin” for the Fondation du CHU and its team of doctors who specialize in back surgery.

FEQ invades the Voltigeurs de Québec Armoury

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Photo: Yannick Fillion

Out of the ashes of the Armoury of the Voltigeurs de Québec has risen a new headquarters for the Festival d’Été de Québec (FEQ).

A major fire in April 2008 left much of the magnificent national historic site off Grande Allée a charred shell. Last year, after a thorough rebuilding project, the former drill hall reopened as a multi-purpose facility.

Community Calendar

Thursday, April 18 at 10 a.m. – Lifelong Learning: Painting with Watercolours. No experience necessary. This activity is for Lifelong Learning members and their guests (with guest passes) at the Eastern Québec Learning Centre.* To learn more, contact the Quebec City Reading Council at 418-681-1258 or [email protected].

Laval Outstanding Athletes of the Year: Sarah-Jane Marois and Mathieu Betts

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Photo: Université Laval

The Université Laval Rouge et Or honoured its athletes for the 2018-19 season at their annual sports gala held at the Amphithéâtre-Desjardins of the PEPS, on April 10, in front of 600 guests.

The Trivia Nerds win top honours at QHS Trivia Night

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Photo: Shirley Nadeau

The Trivia Nerds, a team composed of two staff-members of Quebec High School and three friends, took first place in the annual QHS Trivia Night, held on April 6.

Team captain (and QHS principal) Warren Thomson, along with Greg Domonkos (QHS English teacher), Charles Sias, Manu Rangachari and Jean-François Lavoie, fought their way to the top of the heap.

SLC surpasses its Héma-Québec Blood Drive goal

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Photo: Jérémie Ouellet

CEGEP Champlain–St. Lawrence (SLC) hosted its eighth annual Héma-Québec Blood Drive on March 27. This event, fully organized by students, ended up being one of the most successful blood drives ever held at SLC.

Forget the Nordiques. How about women’s pro hockey in Quebec City?

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Oh boy! Playoff time! (Sorry, Canadiens’ fans, April was indeed a cruel month.)

After 82 games and some early hopes for a more robust presence of Canadian teams in the post-season dance, only three clubs – Jets, Leafs and Flames – made the cut. For those of you who keep track, this is the eighth season since 1986 that three Canadian teams have qualified for the playoffs.

Open letter to Premier François Legault re Bill 21

Dear Premier Legault,

As representatives of the Anglican Church, which has been present and active in Quebec for more than 250 years, we feel compelled to respond to your open letter, published in several of Quebec’s daily newspapers on Monday, April 1.

The story behind Boulevard Champlain

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Photo: Wikimedia Common - Public Domain

This wide boulevard was named for Samuel de Champlain, the famous French explorer and cartographer who made more than 20 trips across the Atlantic and founded New France and Quebec City.

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