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Santa brings cheer to Children’s Christmas party

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Photo: Danielle Burns
It was a jolly, merry morning on Dec. 8, when Santa arrived with a sack full of gifts for the good little girls and boys attending the annual Children’s Christmas party in the Coin Soleil room at Jeffery Hale Hospital. Some 130 people, including kids, parents and grandparents, arrived bearing non-perishable food items.

Over 60 Hydro-Québec Partner Events added to Winter Carnival

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Photo: Cassandra Kerwin

The 65th Quebec City Winter Carnival is undergoing more changes. The latest to be announced are the Hydro-Québec Partner Events, which will take the carnival beyond the city limits. The team behind the festivities proudly announced the widespread activities and events on Dec. 4 at the ANTI Bar et Spectacles.

Maxime Bernier, political marathoner

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Photo: Sébastien Clavet

The People’s Party of Canada (PPC), Maxime Bernier’s new self-described “smart conservative” political vehicle, held its first rally at the Travelodge hotel in Quebec City on Dec. 6. The meeting room was packed with nearly 350 supporters – quite an accomplishment considering the festive season and the low-key advertising, which relied mostly on social media.

How brainy is the CAQ cannabis legal-age change?

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While we’re reflecting upon presidential legacies, with the passing of “kinder, gentler” George H.W. Bush, an aspect of his predecessor’s record comes to mind.

Street Views - Rue du Cap-Diamant

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Photo: Martin St-Amant - Wikipedia - CC-BY-SA-3.0

Rue du Cap-Diamant is a short street located on industrial land owned by the Quebec Port Authority off Boulevard Champlain below the Plains of Abraham.

Cap Diamant (or Cape Diamond) itself is the promontory on which the Upper Town of Quebec City is located, surrounded by the St. Lawrence River to the south and east and the much smaller St. Charles River to the north.

Memorials and Things of Fame


December 13, 1818 – The Quebec Gazette

Winter Ferry

New $10 bill circulates message of equality and human rights

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Photo: Images courtesy of CMHR

Canada’s new $10 banknote was recently launched at the Canadian Museum for Human Rights (CMHR) in Winnipeg. Featuring a dominant portrait of civil rights activist Viola Desmond, who is the first iconic Canadian woman on a regularly circulating Bank of Canada note, the bill also depicts the CMHR, an eagle feather and an excerpt from the Charter of Rights and Freedoms.

A journalist’s journey: “My life as a Print Man”

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Photo: Mary McCown

Don’t be boring, get your facts straight and learn to spell.” The Quebec Chronicle-Telegraph’s Peter Black shared the golden rules of writing for print on Dec. 3 at the Morrin Centre during the second of a four-part series of In the Press storytelling workshops.

The Community Christmas Hamper Campaign temperature’s rising!

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Photo: Shirley Nadeau
It may be cold outside but things are heating up with the Community Christmas Hamper Campaign. 

Cirque du Soleil’s Corteo is a celebration of life

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Photo: Danielle Burns
The Cirque du Soleil’s Corteo, which is Italian for “cortege” or funeral procession, is a celebration of life – full of comedy and excitement in a dreamlike carnival setting. 

Experiencing La Musique du Royal 22e Régiment

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Photo: Sarah Savill

As soon as they stepped into the theatre at CFB Valcartier, audience members knew they were in for a magical afternoon of Christmas music. The stage was decorated with red poinsettias and glowing stars. The theatre was full of children talking excitedly to their parents and each other. Babies nestled in their parents’ arms as everyone waited for the music to begin.

Around the Anglosphere: Living in English on the Magdalen Islands

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Photo: Screenshot from Google Maps

The English-speaking community in the Magdalen Islands, an archipelago in the Gulf of St. Lawrence off the coast of the Gaspé Peninsula, was built up through a succession of accidents of history. “Many of us are the descendants of shipwreck survivors or fishermen,” says islander Helena Burke.

Community Calendar

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Until Dec. 23 – Quebec City German Christmas Market / Marché du Noël allemand around Quebec City Hall in the heart of the Old City. For details, visit noelallemandquebec.com. 

WELCOME TO MY KITCHEN

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Photo: Joanne Kyvetos

Submitted by Joanne Kyvetos, [email protected]

Oh, Christmas trees!

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Photo: Bill Cox

“Oh, Christmas tree, O Christmas tree, how lovely are thy branches.” This friendly group of Christmas trees is decorated to resemble a choir singing carols, directed by the larger tree on the left. Complete with hats, mittens, music scores, a music stand and baton, this whimsical forest of note welcomes residents and visitors to a Sainte-Foy apartment building.

A gritty streetcar ride through New Orleans

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Photo: Normand Brassard

I don’t want realism. I want magic!” - Blanche Dubois

The Quebec Art Company (QAC) brings to life a dynamic and relevant production of Tennessee Williams’ classic theatre piece A Streetcar Named Desire.

QCT journalist Ruby Pratka is off on another African adventure

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Photo: Shirley Nadeau from QCT archives

Ruby Pratka, who has been writing for the QCT since January 2013, is off to Africa on another humanitarian mission. We felt we should let our readers know why she is going and what she’ll be doing while she’s away. In reply to a list of questions, Ruby explained….

The weather outside is frightful, but is it the apocalypse?

If you’ve gone outside in the past few weeks, you’ll have noticed something very weird is going on.

Memorials and Things of Fame

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Photo: Wikimedia Commons - Public Domain

December 9, 1818 – The Quebec Gazette

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St. John’s, Nfd. – The Brig Neptune, from Quebec bound to London with staves, timber etc., was cast away at St. Shores, near Cape Pine, St. Mary’s Bay in a thick fog, and went to pieces, the crew were saved, but had suffered much from famine and fatigue before they had arrived in Trepassey.

December 5, 1868 – The Morning Chronicle

La Grande Migration brings Émilie Clepper back to her roots

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Photo: Ruby Pratka

Émilie Clepper is closer to home than she has been in a long time – and yet, her latest album, Émilie Clepper et la Grande Migration, takes listeners on a journey into uncharted territory. The singer-songwriter has temporarily shelved her electric guitar and set aside the chiselled, evocative landscapes that characterized her past writing.

Grand Viennese airs and waltzes fill Le Capitole

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Photo: Shirley Nadeau

Le Capitole theatre resembled a Viennese concert hall and ballroom on Nov. 30 for Les Valses de Vienne, Les Grands Airs Viennois.

Sixteen dancers, 24 musicians, eight choristers and three soloists filled the theatre with the music of Johann Strauss Sr., his sons Johann (the “Waltz King”) and Eduard Strauss, and other well-known composers of the era.

The story behind Rue Christie

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Photo: Ville de Montréal archives
This street is named in honour of Robert Christie (1787-1856), a lawyer, militia officer, historian and politician, who was born in Windsor, N.S., to parents who had emigrated from Scotland. Christie studied at King’s College and obtained his diploma sometime before 1803. 

Storytime at the Morrin Centre keeps getting better and better

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Photo: Danielle Burns

The Morrin Centre recently hired a new education co-ordinator who is running weekly storytimes for children on Saturday mornings.

Azanie Roy has been a member of Quebec City’s English-speaking community from a young age, attending English-language schools since kindergarten before studying international development at the University of Ottawa.

Elites and Orphans playthings on display at Morrin Centre

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Photo: Shirley Nadeau

A charming permanent display of toys and tea sets was recently unveiled at the Morrin Centre.

Elites and Orphans explores the different types and styles of toys played with by children of both the upper and lower classes amongst Quebec City’s English-speaking population at the turn of the 20th century.

Pince-moi… Je rêve! raises funds for the Children’s Wish Foundation

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Photo: Stéphanie Carette

Allison Kirkwood, whose photographs have frequently graced the pages of the Quebec Chronicle-Telegraph, along with three other local photographers and friends, Stéphanie Carette, Carine Sabourin and Véronique Fournier, is launching a children’s book almost two years in the making entitled Pince-moi... Je rêve! (Pinch me... I’m dreaming!)

EQLC International Lunch

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Stephanie Dubé, Vincent-Jean Dubé, Josianne Giroux, Warren Thomson, Jean-Sébastien Jolin-Gignac, Ed Sweeney and Richard Walling, members and partners of the Community Christmas Hamper Campaign organizing committee, gathered at the Eastern Quebec Learning Centre’s International Lunch on Nov. 28 to enjoy a delicious Persian-inspired meal.

Le Local: a café, a boutique and a place of discoveries

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Photo: Julie Moffet

A unique café recently opened on Rue Saint-Jean in Old Quebec. It’s called Le Local, and it is also a boutique and a tourist information centre. Business partners Marie-Elsa Proulx and Marc Duchesne say they are “driven” by their “unconditional love for Quebec City and what it has to offer.”

65th Winter Carnival to reveal Bonhomme’s Dreams

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Photo: Cassandra Kerwin

With nine weeks to go before the 65th Quebec Winter Carnival, the program was revealed on Nov. 29 during a press conference held at the Musée National des Beaux-Arts du Québec.

Nine Fighting Irish selected for the LHPS All-Star Games

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Photo: Luc Lang
The St. Patrick’s High School hockey program is only in its second year in the Ligue de Hockey Préparatoire Scolaire (LHPS), but is already making quite an impact on the ice, as the LHPS all-star selections show. 

Community Calendar

Wednesday, Dec. 5 at 6 p.m. – Christmas concert for SAMS (Société pour les arts en milieux de santé), featuring Quintette Philanthros with excerpts from Schubert’s Trout Quintet, and Christmas songs performed by Judith Bouchard and Jordane Labrie at the Cathedral of the Holy Trinity, 31 Rue des Jardins. Visit cathedral.ca/music for details.

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