October 2 2019 Edition

Thousands march for climate action in Quebec City

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Photo: Cassandra Kerwin

On Sept. 27, an estimated 30,000 citizens took to Quebec City’s streets to march for climate change action. They chanted, sang, played music and waved their signs. It was the biggest and most peaceful rally the city has seen in decades.

All this noise was to get the attention of government officials and industry leaders.

Beauport–Limoilou: Clarke seeks repeat; Libs, Bloc eye NDP vote


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In the 2015 election, the central-east Quebec City riding of Beauport–Limoilou was pretty much a three-way race, with the Conservative and Liberal candidates in a position to take out the vulnerable New Democratic Party (NDP) candidate.

The story behind Autoroute Duplessis


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Photo: Wikimedia Commons - Public Domain

This highway is named for Maurice Le Noblet Duplessis (1890-1959), the 16th premier of Quebec, from 1936 to 1939 and from 1944 to 1959.

Mirabel airport – a lesson for third link tunnel vision

With apologies to Yogi Berra, this whole troisième lien business seems like “déja vu all over again.” As the Yankees legend also said, “the future is not what it used to be.”


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Photo: Wikimedia Commons - Public domain

October 6, 1819 – The Quebec Gazette
Emigrants Hospital

Michelle Obama pays a visit to Quebec City

Photo: Chambre de commerce et d'industrie de Québec

She and the president never made it to Quebec City in an official capacity during their eight years in the White House, but former First Lady of the United States Michelle Obama nevertheless received a warm welcome last week as part of a speaking tour to discuss and promote her recent autobiographical bestseller, Becoming.

Blossoms, Beetles and Birds launched at the Morrin Centre

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Photo: Shirley Nadeau

The Morrin Centre was abuzz with activity last week as staff prepared for the launch of the new interactive exhibit in College Hall. There were bugs, blooms, birds and books of all sizes, shapes and colours to be seen by the guests who attended the launch on the evening of Sept. 26.

Irish dancers do it again at Vieux-Québec Feis 2019

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Photo: Allison Kirkwood

Some 200 dancers from eastern Canada and the northern United States were on stage showing off their talent at the sixth annual Vieux-Québec Feis held at Séminaire Saint-François on Sept. 28. Ranging in age from four years to adult, and from beginner to championship, they competed on four stages in soft shoe and hard shoe, while proud parents, family and friends looked on.


FLIP Fabrique’s Blizzard takes Le Diamant by storm

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Photo: Cassandra Kerwin

In the wake of the autumn equinox, FLIP Fabrique landed at Le Diamant theatre with Blizzard from Sept. 24 to 28. For most Quebecers, winter can wait until December, but not for this circus group. Once the audience was seated, a meteorologist from the Department of Cold, Chills and Brrrr warned them of the impending winter storm.

Let’s talk about the climate


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Photo: Danielle Burns

Whether you attended a march, walked by a march, just glanced at social media or at the next morning’s papers, it was impossible to ignore. Two co-ordinated days of action, on Sept. 20 and 27, saw nearly eight million people take to the streets, demanding that world leaders act more decisively to counteract climate change.

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