May 20 2020 Edition

Quebec flags at half-mast in memory of COVID-19 victims

Photo by Shirley Nadeau

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On May 13, the Quebec flag at the top of the National Assembly was flown at half-mast in memory of those who have died as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Rainbow tops Saint Brigid’s Home

Photo by Cassandra Kerwin

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A rainbow brightens the top-storey window of Saint Brigid’s Home.

A crafty rainbow pops up on Rue Crémazie!

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Photo: Shirley Nadeau

Built by the Siffreddi-Robledo family, this cunning work of art consists of 14 columns of pop bottles filled with coloured water, fixed between the balcony railings of their home in the Montcalm district.

Fire in Limoulou drives 15 families from their homes

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Photo: Danielle Burns

The early morning calm in Limoilou was broken on May 12 by the sound of sirens. Thick black smoke could be seen in the air from miles away.

The first 911 call came in at 8:08 a.m. from a triplex in the 500 block of 10e Rue, where the fire had started in the tambour, the enclosed stairway at the back of the building.

Salvador Dali’s "La Vénus Spatiale" on view in the Old Town

Photos by Shirley Nadeau

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Photo: Shirley Nadeau

This larger-than-lifesize statue of Salvador Dali’s La Vénus Spatiale is now on view for all to see in front of the UNESCO monument facing the Château Frontenac. Valued at $3,500,000, the giant bronze work of art may be purchased at the Galerie Sylvain Fortier, located in the main lobby of the hotel. It is part of the gallery’s Picasso - Dali - Riopelle exhibit.

The story behind Avenue Gustave-Beaudet

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Photo: Charlesbourg hier et aujourd’hui Facebook page

This street in the Charlesbourg district of Quebec City was named in honour of Dr. Gustave Beaudet (1886-1968), who was born in Deschaillons-sur-Saint-Laurent. He studied medicine at Université Laval, then at Université de Montréal. When he finished his studies in 1910, he married Marie-Thérèse Larue and settled in Saint-Apollinaire (Chaudière-Appalaches).

The many firsts of new Liberal leader Dominique Anglade

A lot of “firsts” are being tagged on Dominique Anglade, like Girl Guide badges. This is fitting, perhaps, because if there is one dominant characteristic to describe the new leader of the Quebec Liberal Party (QLP) it might be “achiever.” Some might call her a keener, always première de classe, always striving to lead, make things happen.

City unveils latest plans for Sainte-Foy, Saint-Roch tramway hubs

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Photo: Ville de Quebec

City officials last week released the latest version of plans for the tramway route and connecting hubs in the Sainte-Foy and Saint-Roch districts. The changes will have a major impact on traffic patterns in both areas and, according to Mayor Régis Labeaume, will make the city more people-friendly.

MEMORIALS AND THINGS OF FAME

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Photo: Wikimedia Commons - Public Domain

May 21, 1870 – The Morning Chronicle
The Forthcoming Boat-Race at Lachine

The fear pandemic: Survey indicates anglophones and allophones more worried about COVID than francophones

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Photo: Ruby Pratka

Anglophones and allophones are more worried than francophone Quebecers about the consequences of COVID-19, according to a survey released last week by the Association for Canadian Studies (ACS) and the Quebec Community Groups Network (QCGN).

“Even though the contagion itself is not biased, its effects have been quite uneven,” ACS president Jack Jedwab observed.

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