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Inaugural season of Le Diamant will be many-faceted

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Photo: Shirley Nadeau

Le Diamant, the new theatre complex built within the walls of the former YMCA on Place D’Youville, is less than 100 days away from completion.

Baby Book Bag program revamped

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Photo: Frank Cannon

Did you know that little ones who associate books with happy feelings are more likely to enjoy a love of reading and learning as they grow? Not only do times spent with Mom or Dad enjoying stories, songs and poems help strengthen the parent-child bond, story time and singing help build a child’s memory, listening skills and vocabulary.

Newspaper lessons from Murphy’s farm

It will be 16 years next month that I sold the Stanstead Journal. That’s a long time. If my time since the Journal were a child, it would be getting a driver’s license and no longer speaking to me.

The Stanstead Journal ceases weekly production

We regret to hear that the Stanstead Journal, published weekly since 1845, has ceased its weekly print production and will now exist only online. There are, however, plans to publish a print edition 10 times in the coming year. The last weekly print edition came out on May 29, 2019.

Community Calendar

Friday, June 14 – Grand Marché, official opening at ExpoCité, 250 Boul. Wilfrid-Hamel. Two hours free parking. For more details, visit legrandmarchedequebec.com.

Book Quest 2019: Natural World at the Morrin Centre

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The Morrin Centre summer reading program is back for a 15th consecutive year! Organized in partnership with the TD Summer Reading Club, Book Quest gives children ages three to 12 the opportunity to appreciate literature through games, crafts, and interactive activities. This year’s theme, Natural World, will allow participants to explore all the wonders nature has to offer.

New pavilion at the Base de Plein air almost complete

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Photo: Peter Black

Construction is on schedule at the Base de Plein air de Sainte-Foy, where a spacious new pavilion and a multi-purpose building will replace outdated structures on the site. One of the old buildings had to have asbestos insulation removed before it was demolished.

Grads give last show before running away to the circus

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Photo: Danielle Burns

Not all directors would want the word catastrophe in the name of their show. However, Maxime Perron, artistic director of Catastrophe ultraviolette, is unafraid. The actor and first-time director of the graduates’ final show at the École de Cirque (ECQ) chose a rather abstract theme based on a concept from quantum physics.

Congratulations to the Class of 2019 at Dollard-des-Ormeaux High School

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Photo: Shirley Nadeau

The Dollard-des-Ormeaux graduation ceremony was particularly poignant this year as Stéphan Lagacé, principal of the school for the past 13 years, congratulated the graduates, some of whom he has known since they were in kindergarten, and bid them a final farewell.

The scourge of goutweed and the splendour of Quebec gardens

What makes human beings distinct from plants and animals is that humans are sentient organisms who try to make sense of their existence. Such deep thoughts weigh on the mind when confronting one of the most profound mysteries of the universe: How do you get rid of goutweed? The answer, Grasshopper, is you don’t get rid of goutweed, or at least not forever.

STREET VIEWS: The story behind Rue Cockburn

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Photo: Library and Archives Canada (Common Domain)

This street is named in honour of James Pattison Cockburn (1779-1847), a British Army officer and watercolourist, born in New York.

In 1793 Cockburn entered the Royal Military Academy of Woolwich in London, where he learned to draw landscapes as required for topography. He developed the qualities that characterized his style: fine lines, perspective detail and topographic precision.

MEMORIALS AND THINGS OF FAME

June 7, 1819 – The Quebec Gazette

Lachine Canal
Montreal – We hear with pleasure that shares in the Lachine Canal are sought with avidity, from the estimate of its probable proceeds, which will be found in our columns, we imagine that when it is completed, shares if sold, will bring in a very considerable premium.

The mysterious history of the Boston Tea Party!

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Photo: Shirley Nadeau

Mystery, History … and a Whole Lot of Tea! is described in the program notes as “a comedic tale, set in three different time periods, which follows the lives and adventures of a number of eccentric characters, surrounding the disappearance of a tea box.”

St. Pat’s High School closes the year with music

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Photo: Cassandra Kerwin

Before trading their books for beach towels, St. Patrick’s High School music students gave their End-of-Year Music Concert on May 29. Brass bands, jazz bands and vocalists performed pieces from 1970s rock ’n’ roll to blues to today’s favourites.

Epic concert ends Orchestre Symphonique de Québec season

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Photo: Peter Black

The Orchestre Symphonique de Québec ended its 117th season not with a whimper but a bang, to borrow from T.S. Eliot. The final number on the program featured a breathtaking version of French composer Florent Schmitt’s volcanic masterpiece Psalm XLVII, fronted by Quebec’s own majestic diva Karina Gauvin.

Great weather for the 2019 Walk (and roll) for Arthritis

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Photo: Lorie Pierce

In 2018, I attended Quebec City’s Walk for Arthritis at the Université Laval as a reporter, describing the day as an observer. I attended the 2019 edition as a participant, in my new wheelchair.

A bright, sunny day greeted the 315 participants in the Quebec City Walk – making the 10th annual Walk for Arthritis a particularly enjoyable one.

Le Capitole gets a facelift and expands its hotel facilities

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Photo: Shirley Nadeau

It’s no longer winter in Quebec, so it must be “construction” season, as evidenced by the beehive of activity taking place at Place D’Youville these days. At the heart of it all is an amazing extension to Le Capitole hotel next to Porte Saint-Jean and the ramparts.

75th anniversary of the D-Day landings: The invasion of Normandy begins

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Photo: Wikimedia Commons - Public Domain

This is the fourth and final article in the series about the D-Day landings.

OBITUARY: Madeleine BARROW

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Madeleine Barrow (née Dussault), age 84, passed away suddenly on May 28, 2019, in Mississauga (Toronto). She was born December 1934 in Quebec City, where she later met and married Brian Barrow, who predeceased her in June 2000.

Community Calendar

Wednesday, June 5 at 11 a.m. – The Germantown Youth Symphony Orchestra, from Tennessee, will give a concert at the Cathedral of the Holy Trinity, 31 Rue Des Jardins in Old Quebec. Free admission, voluntary contributions welcome.

Two historic villas to front new L’Arrière-cour housing project

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Photo: PMA Architectes

Architect Pierre Martin, having restored and converted the huge Dominion Corset building known as La Fabrique on Boul. Charest, has now embarked on a project to restore and convert the stately villa on Chemin Sainte-Foy once owned by the founder of the iconic undergarment company.

École de cirque de Québec brings the circus to town!

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Photo: Danielle Burns

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Chamber music this summer

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Photo: Jonathan Letellier-Black

The public square at the corner of Avenue Cartier and Boul René-Lévesque was the scene of a casual noon-hour concert last week. The Élement 8 cello octet performed for passers-by and a seated audience, as a promotion for the third annual Festival de Musique de Chambre, called Vibrances.

Drumming up business while recycling

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Photo: Shirley Nadeau

This street musician in the Old City is a great example of how to help the planet by recycling. His “instruments” consist of empty plastic buckets, barrels, tin cans, and various pots, pans and lids. He was drumming up a lot of business (donations) near Porte Saint-Louis last weekend.

Congratulations to Champlain–St. Lawrence’s Class of 2019

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Photo: Cassandra Kerwin

It’s that time again! Proud graduates in cap and gown are posing for and taking photos with classmates, teachers, and family, and let’s not forget the all-important selfie.

Counting sheep: the relationship between sleep and mental health

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Photo: Danielle Burns

I assume you’re here because you have trouble sleeping?” asked Dr. Meagan Daley, psychologist, adding, “So I really have to be on the ball to keep you awake!” The fascinating talk on May 23 at CEGEP St. Lawrence was the last of many events during Mental Health Week – May 6-12– organized by the Wellness Centre and the Mental Health Team at Jeffery Hale Community Services.

Nuclear energy has fizzled in Canada since creation of A-bomb

Say the word “Manhattan” and some people might think of a New York City borough, a cocktail, or a movie by Woody Allen. A few might even think of the unlikely name for a secret Second World War project in the New Mexico desert.

A family’s loss – a personal story on the 105th anniversary of the sinking of the Empress of Ireland

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Photo: Photo from the Sue and Don Cameron collection

There was a time when everything that crossed the ocean moved by ship, including whole families.

The story behind Rue du Colonel-Mathieu

STREET VIEWS

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Photo: Wikimedia Commons - Public Domain

This street is named in honour of Colonel Paul Mathieu (1907-1976). He was born in Quebec City and studied at the Séminaire de Québec and Université Laval, then worked for the Royal Trust Company from 1930 to 1939.

MEMORIALS AND THINGS OF FAME

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Photo: Wikimedia Commons - Public Domain

May 31, 1869 – The Morning Chronicle

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