March 3 2021 Edition

Sale of DND land last piece of merged English school project

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Photo: Image from Google Earth

An understated Feb. 23 media release communicated the announcement, but the sale of less than a hectare of Department of National Defence (DND) land in Sainte-Foy to the Quebec ministry of education is huge news for Quebec City’s English-speaking community.

Shannon and Valcartier St. Patrick’s Day festivities go virtual

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Photo: Allison Kirkwood

This time last year, the town of Shannon was buzzing. Parents were sewing sequins onto dance dresses and rehearsal rooms were vibrating with the distinctive sound of hard shoes. The curtain was just about to rise on the 54th edition of the Shannon Irish Show.

In wake of pandemic, do music festivals need to be estival?


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To everything, there is a season,” goes the song “Turn! Turn! Turn!” – a big hit for the Byrds in 1965, written by Pete Seeger in the ’50s, and taken almost verbatim from Ecclesiastes 3:1-8, circa 450 BC. Some scholars consider that chapter, of uncertain authorship, to be a literary masterpiece of the Good Book.


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Photo: Wikimedia Commons - Public Domain

March 1, 1821 – The Quebec Gazette
A recent shock of earthquake was felt on Tuesday morning last, about four o’clock, at Valcartier, distant about 18 miles to the north-west of this city. It was accompanied by a rumbling noise resembling that of distant thunders.

March 2, 1871 – The Morning Chronicle

STREET VIEWS: The story behind Rue Lapointe

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Photo: Wikimedia Commons - Public Domain

This street is named in honour of Hugues Lapointe (1911-1982) who was a lawyer, member of Parliament and lieutenant governor of Quebec.

Sylvia Melanson launches her first book

Photo: supplied by Sylvia Melanson

Local author Sylvia Melanson had her first children’s book, Square-Eyed Raccoon: Home Sweet Home!, published in December 2020.

CQSB’s Burke lauds ‘hard work’ for new high school project

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Photo: Screenshot from Google Maps

"History is great, but the future is better.”

So declared Central Québec School Board (CQSB) chair Stephen Burke upon the Feb. 23 announcement of the “final piece of the puzzle which will allow us to move forward in building a 21st-century high school in Sainte-Foy to replace the aging buildings of Quebec High School [QHS] and St. Patrick’s High School [St. Pat’s].”

Tycho crater makes quite an impact on the moon

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Photo: Lise Lafond

“It was a full moon and,
shining on all the snow,
It made everything almost as bright as day.
Only shadows were rather confusing.”
~ C.S. Lewis

The full moon that rose on the evening of Feb. 27, 2021 was the full snow moon, and a “snow” moon it was, since no one in Quebec City really saw the moon with all the snow that was falling.

Ludovica Miniland: creating worlds one block at a time

Photo: Cassandra Kerwin

What do you do if you have a passion for construction and architecture, a creative imagination and a pile of plastic interlocking bricks? Gilles Maheux and his son Steven have turned their passion into a career and created Ludovica Miniland, now located in the Laurier Québec shopping centre.

Quebecers mourn the passing of a sports giant

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Photo: Rimouski Océanic via Facebook

On Feb. 25, one of Quebec City’s biggest sports boosters, furniture entrepreneur Maurice Tanguay, died at his residence in Lévis, at the age of 87.

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