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Crowning the Carnival Queen

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Photo: Ruby Pratka

You may not be finished your holiday shopping or your New Year's Eve plans quite yet, but Winter Carnival time is right around the corner. On January 30, one of the seven Carnival duchesses will be crowned Queen. Carnival organizers and Cégep Notre-Dame-de-Foy are giving the public the chance to decide what the queen's crown should look like.

A walk between Heaven and Earth

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Photo: Cassandra Kerwin

The Villa Bagatelle is hosting Entre Ciel et Terre, an exhibit of pieces by forty Quebec artists. The works of art are divided into two sections, with Heaven representing the ideal striven for by artists, and Earth depicting reality, humanity and materialism. In both sections, the works are divided into six themes.

Les Rhapsodes and soloists shine at the Palais Montcalm

The Palais Montcalm was filled with the joy of the season at the Christmas concert of Les Rhapsodes choir, directed by David Rompré, on Saturday night. The ambitious program included five soloists, a string ensemble and organist Marc D'Anjou at the console of the Casavant organ.

Historic Kent House is sold

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Photo: Shirley Nadeau

One of the oldest buildings in Quebec City, located at the corner of Rue Saint-Louis and Rue Haldimand, was recently sold for $2.75 million. The new owners of Kent House, Beauce businessman Gilbert Trudeau and property developers, the Remington Group of Toronto, are planning to convert the building to condominiums.

EQLC International Lunch a tasty treat for the Community Christmas Hamper Campaign

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For the past 18 years, the students and staff of the Eastern Quebec Learning Centre (EQLC) have organized a lunch with an international flavour, the proceeds of which go toward the annual Community Christmas Hamper Campaign.

Paul Wilson, a social worker at the EQLC, explained that in 1996 he and then-principal Paulette Picard organized the lunch with students, teachers and their guests in mind.

CBC Radio One pitches in with Christmas Hamper efforts

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Photo: CBC Radio One

As Christmas draws nearer, Quebec City's English-speaking community is coming together once more to help families in need through the Community Christmas Hamper Campaign.

Memorials and Things of Fame

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We take this opportunity of offering to our friends and fellow-citizens the compliments of the season.

The story behind the name of Rue Edward-Staveley

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Photo: Bill Cox

Edward Staveley (1795-1872) was a noted British surveyor and architect who was forced to leave England in disgrace in 1833, after embezzling a substantial amount of money from the Leicester Navigation Company, his employer.

Bill 10: Barrette addresses the future of Jeffery Hale

Health minister Gaétan Barrette says he expected the English community to be concerned about his much-debated proposed health-care reform, Bill 10, which would abolish the legal independence of most of Quebec's hospitals and bring Anglophone health institutions outside Montreal under the umbrella of majority Francophone regional boards, known as CISSSs (integrated health and social services centr

From vineyard to Santé!

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Though an ocean separates the fabled vineyards of France from the connoisseurs of Quebec, at least three Bordeaux vignerons have a strong connection with Quebec City.

Irish Heritage Quebec holds its annual general meeting

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Photo: Cassandra Kerwin

On December 8, Irish Heritage Quebec held its annual general meeting at McMahon Hall. In addition to hearing reports on the organization's membership and finances, members learned of the wide range of presentations hosted by IHQ in the past year, and its participation in cultural activities in the Quebec City area.

Daisy and the Donkey Church: An improbably delightful tale

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Not so long ago, Daisy and the Donkey Church was nothing more than a twinkle in Louisa Blair's imagination. And yet, on December 22, Blair's first children's book will be launched (see the Community Calendar for details). While Daisy, the little girl who discovers the Donkey Church, is fictional, her animal counterpart isn't.

Looking to the past and to the future

On the threshold of a new year, it is tempting to gaze into the past.

Cards for Christmas Hampers

The grade 5 and 6 students at Ste-Foy Elementary school are making special hand-made cards for the 19th annual Community Christmas Hamper Campaign for under-privileged families. A card will be put in each Christmas hamper.

Each student will make four or five cards. Students began by bringing in magazines and flyers from home. When we had enough flyers and magazines we made a Christmas collage.

Girl Guides set up camp in Shannon

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Photo: Photo by Ruby Pratka

Some girls and young women around CFB Valcartier have begun wearing a different kind of uniform - the sky-blue of Girl Guides of Canada. Jennifer Donaldson, a military reservist, and Robyn O'Kane, an early-childhood educator whose husband is in the military, started the First Quebec Guiding Unit in October. They meet weekly at the Valcartier Family Centre near the military base.

Santa’s workshop and children’s party

On December 13, the Coin du Soleil room at Jeffery Hale Hospital could have been mistaken for Santa Claus' workshop. Little people were busy decorating cookies, making Christmas cards and works of art to give to residents of Saint Brigid's Home, colouring and having their faces painted.

Everyone sang carols to encourage Old Saint Nick to drop in for a visit.

Stadium at Université Laval filled with cross-country skiers

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Photo: Ruby Pratka

The Rogue et Or football season may be over, but the Telus stadium lights glowed again at Université Laval this weekend for the Sprint Rouge et Or cross-country ski event.

Some 200 skiers from Quebec, Ontario and Vermont converged upon the stadium, which was filled with over 7,600 cubic metres of snow for the occasion.

The Hôtel de Glace marks 15 years of celebrating winter

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The Hôtel de Glace, or Ice Hotel, will be celebrating its 15th anniversary in 2015. From January 5 to March 22, the public is invited to rediscover Quebec City's internationally recognized unique winter classic, built on the site of the former Quebec Zoo in Charlesbourg.

German Christmas Market goes out on a high note

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Photo: Ruby Pratka

The German Christmas Market in Vieux-Québec wrapped up last Sunday afternoon with a majestic Christmas concert by the Ensemble Vocal Dal Segno in the Chapelle des Jésuites.

Ensemble Gospel bring Christmas Spirit to the Grand Théâtre

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Photo: Cassandra Kerwin

The Ensemble Gospel de Québec filled Octave-Cémazie hall at the Grand Théâtre with the joy of the season at their eighth annual Christmas Spirit concert on December 7.

An update on the Pierre Lassonde Pavilion of the MNBAQ

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On December 10, Line Ouellet, general manager of the Musée national des Beaux-Arts du Québec (MNBAQ), invited Mayor Régis Labeaume and the media to tour the construction site of the Pavillon Pierre-Lassonde, the new extension of the museum.

Get ready to ring in the New Year on Grande Allée!!!

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Christmas is fast approaching and, as we know, so is 2015.

VEQ Happy Holiday Hour at the Morrin Centre

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Photo: Photo by Shirley Nadeau

Over 100 happy people gathered in College Hall at the Morrin Centre last Wednesday evening where VEQ hosted its very popular annual Happy Holiday Hour.

Quebec says goodbye to Jean Béliveau

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Photo: Ruby Pratka

Flags across the province were lowered to half-mast this past weekend as Quebecers said goodbye to Jean Béliveau.

The Montreal Canadiens legend, whose name appears more frequently on the Stanley Cup than any other NHL player's, died on December 2 at the age of 83.

An angelic Christmas concert at St. Andrew’s

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Photo: Ruby Pratka

Angelic voices filled St. Andrew's Church in Old Quebec on Sunday afternoon as members of the multilingual choir Vibrant Voices - Voix Vivantes gave their debut holiday concert, centred on the theme of angels. The singers performed a series of traditional and less well-known carols in English, French, German, Italian and Spanish.

My day with the Minister

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The day started off well enough; after all, I was wearing a suit.

On November 5, I had the chance to spend a day with the Minister of Education, Recreation and Sports himself, Mr. Yves Bolduc. The adventure began at 7:00 a.m. I was told to be ready because the Minister began his day early in the morning.

Memorials and Things of Fame

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The story behind the name of Rue William-Stuart

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The Eastern Quebec Learning Centre is located on Rue William-Stuart at the corner of Chemin Saint-Louis, near Avenue Lavigerie. In the early 1800s this area was occupied by an immense property known as Meadowbank or Meadow Bank, stretching from Sillery to the heights of Cap-Rouge.

The future of Jeffery Hale – Saint Brigid’s remains uncertain

Quebec City, December 8, 2014 - Despite pledges made by Minister Barrette at the National Assembly on December 1 to protect the owner corporations of English language establishments and the services they provide, Voice of English-speaking Québec (VEQ) remains concerned about the future of Jeffery Hale - Saint Brigid's.

Bill 10: Amendments aim to reassure Anglophones

Health Minister Gaétan Barrette announced a series of amendments to his controversial proposed health-care reform at the National Assembly on Monday, December 1.

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