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The Carnival spirit spreads across Quebec City

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Photo: Cassandra Kerwin

People who found the two main sites of the 65th Winter Carnival on Grande Allée somewhat restrained, aimed at adults only or “missing something” had 70 other sites to visit in the greater Quebec City area during the 10 days of festivities.

Outremont has had a who’s who of MP candidates

POLITICAL COMMENTARY

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Few federal ridings in the country have as rich a history, populated by distinctive characters, as does Outremont, the diverse cross-section of central Montreal.

The seat is up for grabs again in next week’s byelection, one of three Prime Minister Justin Trudeau called in early January, the others being York–Simcoe in Ontario, and Burnaby South in British Columbia.

The story behind Rue Carleton

STREET VIEWS

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Photo: Screenshot from Google Maps

This narrow street within the walls of Old Quebec is named in honour of Sir Guy Carleton (1724-1808). In 1786, he was raised to the peerage as Lord Dorchester, Baron of Dorchester in the County of Oxford. Rue Dorchester in the Saint-Roch district of Quebec City is also named after him.

“Not available for shipping in Quebec”

ECONOMIC COMMENTARY

The ban on shipping consumer products to the province of Quebec, due to its language laws, is plain stupid. Worse, these laws are discriminatory. They effectively create two classes of citizens by artificially restricting Quebecers’ rights to buy what they want.

Recycling and the print media: the breaking point

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Quebecers are aware of the challenges that print media have been facing for some time now. According to Ministry of Culture figures, one weekly in four has permanently stopped its presses since 2010 … and this situation will get much worse unless the government amends the Environmental Quality Act this year to give newspapers the same cultural protection it gives books.

Manif d’art 9 takes over the city

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Photo: Shirley Nadeau

Manif d’art 9 – The Quebec City Biennial, produced in collaboration with the Musée national des Beaux-Arts du Québec (MNBAQ), had its official opening on Feb. 16. All the exhibits will be open until April 21, in a multitude of locations across Quebec City, with the main exhibit in the Pierre Lassonde pavilion at the MNBAQ.

MEMORIALS AND THINGS OF FAME

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Photo: Wikimedia Commons-Public Domain

February 19, 1869 – The Morning Chronicle

The Fatal Avalanche at South Quebec

The rise and fall of deer antlers

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Photo: Lise Lafond

“I don’t have to take a trip around the world or be on a yacht in the Mediterranean to have happiness. I can find it in the little things, like looking out into my backyard and seeing deer in the fields.” – Queen Latifah

Did you have an eco-friendly Valentine’s Day?

SAVING THE PLANET ONE WEEK AT A TIME

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Photo: Lise Lafond

The most popular Valentine’s Day gifts are cards, flowers and chocolate, but the best gift of all is spending time together.

65th Winter Carnival declared a success

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Photo: Cassandra Kerwin

Quebec City’s 65th Winter Carnival has come and gone in a flash. The 10 days were jam-packed with events, news, mistakes, adjustments, and music. And now that it’s over, how was Carnival 2.0?

Shedding light on slavery

POSTCARDS FROM AFRICA

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Photo: Ruby Pratka

The lush garden of St. Monica’s Lodge is one of Zanzibar’s most serene spots. However, the tourists who pass through the wood-panelled halls of the guest house and take tea on its elegant balcony soon learn about the grisly stories that played out where the guest house now stands.

Penguins and a presidential visit highlight

Prof. Johnson’s Antarctic mission

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Photo: Ladd Johnson

You never know who you’ll meet in Antarctica. You might cavort with penguins one day and the next day shake hands with the president of Chile.

Such was the case for Université Laval biology professor Ladd Johnson, who spent a month on the massive “white continent” as part of a research project supported by the Chilean Antarctic Institute.

Health Job Fair held at Jeffery Hale Hospital

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Photo: Peter Black.

Jeffery Hale–St. Brigid’s Home care institutions are seeking bilingual candidates for a multitude of jobs. On Feb. 9, representatives from a number of traditional English facilities hosted a job fair in the lobby area of Jeffery Hale hospital. The Eastern Quebec Learning Centre, which offers several health-care training programs, was there, with Cindy McKinney, right, on hand to explain.

Community Calendar

Feb. 13 to 24 – Quebec International Pee-Wee Hockey Tournament. For details, visit tournoipee-wee.qc.ca/en. The RTC is offering free shuttle bus (navette) service to the Videotron Centre from Feb. 22 to 24. Visit rtcquebec.ca/navettes.

Some Quebec parks to allow access to dogs by spring

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In light of the results of the pilot project conducted since 2016, the Société des établissements de plein air du Québec (Sépaq) will allow visitors accompanied by a dog in certain sectors and under certain conditions in most Quebec provincial parks as of May 17, 2019.

Laval and St. Lawrence basketball updates

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Photo: Yan Doublet, U. Laval

The Université Laval Rouge et Or women’s basketball team dominated the second half and easily handled the Citadins from the Université du Québec à Montréal (UQAM), 64-50 at the Amphithéâtre Desjardins, on Feb. 16.

The Rouge et Or women are now unbeaten in 14 games and could possibly finish the season with a perfect record for the first time in the program’s history.

Quebec women get their first taste of championship curling

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Photo: Luc Lang

Four young women from the Quebec City area are currently taking part in the 2019 Scotties Tournament of Hearts being held in Sydney, Nova Scotia from Feb. 16 to 24. It’s Curling Canada’s women’s national championship.

Château Frontenac/Le Soleil team wins race … again!

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Photo: Cassandra Kerwin

Bonhomme Carnaval waved the green flag and the ice canoers were off! On Feb. 10, under warm sun and a bright blue sky, 60 teams of racers plied through the open waters and strong currents of the St. Lawrence River to Lévis and back. Halfway through, they encountered slushy, thick ice, not a problem for experienced rowers.

Calgary Pancake Breakfast rounds up a herd of hungry people

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Photo: Shirley Nadeau

Every year for the past 50 years, the City of Quebec has invited the mayor of Calgary to come and enjoy the pleasures of Winter Carnival. In return, the City of Calgary invites the mayor of Quebec City and Carnival dignitaries to attend the famous Calgary Stampede, which takes place this year from July 5 to 14.

Single income tax form for Quebec a sticky issue

To put a spin on Benjamin Franklin’s truism: Nothing is certain in life except death, taxes, and federal-provincial disputes over taxes. Franklin, incidentally, knew a thing or two about intergovernmental relations, having helped set up the postal service. He served as deputy postmaster-general in British North America in the 1750s, well before the Boston Tea Party and all that.

Montcalm losing only family medicine clinic

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Photo: Peter Black

The only family medicine clinic in the densely populated Montcalm district of Quebec City is closing at the end of the year. The Clinique médicale du Quartier, located in Les Halles Cartier shopping centre on Avenue Cartier, is no longer giving appointments or accepting new patients.

Toilets among the biggest household water guzzlers

SAVING THE PLANET ONE WEEK AT A TIME

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Photo: Lise Lafond

As a healthy daily habit, people use the toilet an average of three to five times a day, but did you know that this habit accounts for 25 to 30 per cent of all the water used in your home? On average, 65 to 100 litres of water per person are flushed down the drain daily from older toilets (manufactured before 1996).

The story behind Rue du Cardinal-Maurice-Roy

STREET VIEWS

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Photo: Screenshot from Google Maps

This street is named in honour of Cardinal Maurice Roy (1905-1985). Born in Quebec City, he obtained his licentiate in theology from Université Laval in 1927. In Rome, he received a doctorate in philosophy in 1929, and from 1929 to 1930, he studied at the Sorbonne.

Princess Grace’s visit commemorated at Château Frontenac

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Photo: Shirley Nadeau

The Château Frontenac has hosted many well-known guests over the past 125 years, probably none more famous than Her Serene Highness, Princess Grace of Monaco. Most of us remember her as Grace Kelly, the beautiful American actress who, in 1956, married Prince Rainier III of Monaco and, in 1982, died in a tragic automobile accident.

MEMORIALS AND THINGS OF FAME

February 13, 1819 – The Quebec Gazette

The schooner Treal from Newfoundland to Quebec was stranded at Grand River* where she winters. The cargo consists of Rum, Coffee, Sugar, Shoes, Nails, etc. It is thought this vessel will reach Quebec in the Spring with some loss of sugar only.
*Grande-Rivière is on the Gaspé peninsula, between Chandler and Percé.

The 65th Winter Carnival with all its changes is now open

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Photo: Cassandra Kerwin

On Feb. 8, in the midst of snow flurries, tourists and locals gathered at the gates of the Ice Palace in Place George-V, ready for the launch of the 65th Quebec Winter Carnival. They were eager to walk through the Ice Palace, to see the enormous snow sculpture and be the first to view Bonhomme’s Dream.

The Finale des Jeux du Québec – the countdown has begun

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Photo: Shirley Nadeau

From March 1 to 9, when most students will be enjoying their March Break, some 3,300 young athletes from around the province, plus another 1,400 trainers, escorts and officials will descend upon Quebec City for competitions in 22 different sports. The 54th Finale des Jeux du Québec begins in just over three weeks.

Université Laval students focus on food and agriculture

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Photo: Lise Lafond

The 44th annual Salon of the Semaine de l’Agriculture, de l’Agroalimentaire et de la Consommation (SAAC) took place at Expo-Cité from Feb. 8 to 10.

This popular event is organized entirely by students of the Faculty of Agriculture and Food Sciences at Université Laval, in collaboration with key stakeholders in the agri-food sector.

Manif d’art 9 exhibits works by 100 contemporary artists

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Photo: Idra Labrie MNBAQ

Manif d’art, in collaboration with the Musée national des Beaux-Arts du Québec (MNBAQ), will be back on Feb. 16 for its ninth edition.

Winter Carnival Parade: High hopes, low reviews

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Photo: Cassandra Kerwin

Quebecers and tourists gathered along Grande Allée between Avenue des Érables and Place George-V on the evening of Feb. 9 to watch the “new” Winter Carnival parade. People crowded specific areas, called stations, every few blocks. After all the hype, expectations were high.

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