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News Digest February 25 2015



Issue February 25, 2015


Memorials and Things of Fame

The Morning Chronicle

On Saturday forenoon, the startling news was received in town that an accident had occurred to the night train from Montreal for this city near Danville Station. It was impossible for some time to obtain details and the utmost alarm prevailed among those who had friends or relatives on the train.

Love and kibbles: the making of a MIRA guide dog

The downtown café is abuzz with the clatter of plates and the hum of conversation, but none of that seems to bother Doucine, a black Labrador-mix puppy.

Doucine accompanies Quebec City artist James A. Cameron everywhere he goes - to his bustling shared workshop on Côte d'Abraham, to his apartment, to the library, to the grocery store, to the bus stop and even on the bus.

Moon, Venus and Mars in conjunction over Quebec City

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Photo: Jay Ouellet

This special conjunction of the planets Venus and Mars with the crescent moon was seen last weekend around the world. Looking west over Quebec City, photographer Jay Ouellet took this photo from Lévis-Lauzon at about 7:00 p.m. on Friday, February 20. The dark side of the waxing crescent moon was illuminated with Earthshine.

The story behind Rue Edison

Photo: Bill Cox

Rue Edison, a short street in Val-Bélair, is named in honour of Thomas Alva Edison (1847-1931), who was born in Milan, Ohio. He was the youngest child of Samuel Ogden Edison, who was born in Marshalltown, near Digby, Nova Scotia.

Parlez-vous anglais? Mérici College adds bilingual programs

The sound of English will be heard more often in the halls of Collège Mérici this September. The private Francophone CEGEP, located on Grande Allée Ouest next to the Plains of Abraham, will offer new bilingual programs in natural sciences, social sciences and accounting and management.

Bring Us Home!: St. Lawrence independent from Champlain Regional College?

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Photo: Cassandra Kerwin

On February 19, representatives of the Teachers' Union and staff members of Champlain-St. Lawrence Campus hosted a meet-and-greet cocktail at McMahon Hall to launch Bring Us Home!, a campaign advocating the severing of campus ties with Champlain Regional College.

2015 Oscars: a dull and formulaic affair

The 87th Academy Awards put on a predictably insipid show on Sunday, the dullness of which was only momentarily alleviated by musical performances and one or two inspired acceptance speeches.

Not even Neil Patrick Harris, a consummate entertainer with charisma to burn (not to mention a chiseled physique which, perhaps in a moment of desperation, he deployed in the third hour of the four-hour ma

2015 Oscars: a dull and formulaic affair

The 87th Academy Awards put on a predictably insipid show on Sunday, the dullness of which was only momentarily alleviated by musical performances and one or two inspired acceptance speeches.

Not even Neil Patrick Harris, a consummate entertainer with charisma to burn (not to mention a chiseled physique which, perhaps in a moment of desperation, he deployed in the third hour of the four-hour ma

Pee-Wee Hockey Tournament forges friendships

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Photo: Mitch Vandenborn

In what may be one of the last Québec International Pee-Wee Hockey Tournaments held at the Colisée Pepsi, the players, coaches and organizers put on quite a show.

With the new Quebec City Amphitheatre set to open in September this year, mayor Régis Labeaume said last week that the 66-year-old Colisée will eventually be demolished, bringing to an end the building that has hosted the annual to

Israeli curlers have big dreams

Photo: Ruby Pratka

Vite, vite, vite, vite, vite!" "Hurry, hurry, hurry!"

Horses rescued from barn fires

Photo: Lise Lafond

When the going gets tough, the tough get going!"

This phrase was put in practice on February 16 when three barns in two locations burnt down and a total of 38 horses were left homeless. The horse community did what they do best; they went into action to help save their precious equine friends.

Perfect weather for the Pentathlon des Neiges

Photo: Bill Cox

It was a cold morning on Saturday, February 21, for the College and University competitions of the Pentathlon des Neiges on the Plains of Abraham but no one complained. The weather was perfect for winter sports. The young people were up to the challenge and attacked the trails and ice with gusto.

This Pentathlon comprises five disciplines: cycling, foot racing, skating, snowshoeing and skiing.

Big Air snowboarders descend on Lower Town

Photo: Cassandra Kerwin

On February 20, despite the cold, snowboard fans packed Îlot Fleurie near the Dufferin-Montmorency autoroute for the 7th Big Air competition of the Fédération international de Ski World Cup. International-level snowboarders zipped down the 35-metre-high, 91-metre-long ramp, and launched themselves into the air to perform their acrobatic tricks.

Snowboarders show their prowess at Snowboard Jamboree

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Photo: Cassandra Kerwin

On February 21, the Stoneham Mountain Resort was filled with ski and snowboard enthusiasts for the 9th Snowboard Jamboree, which included the FIS World Snowboard Cup 2015 Slopestyle competition.

Rare great grey owl spotted in Beauport

Photo: Russell Minks

A great grey owl was recently spotted in Beauport, just 15 minutes from downtown Quebec City, in a wooded area near the intersection of Rue Blanche-LaMontagne and Rue Pierre-Paul-Bertin.

The great grey owl is the world's largest species of owl by length. They inhabit Boreal forests in Canada, northern Europe, and Siberia.

Alfred Craig

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In loving memory of Alfred Craig, who passed away on February 8, 2012. A dear husband, father, grandpa, father-in-law, brother, and a friend to many.
Gone from our lives,
One so dear,
But in our hearts,
Forever near.
Our memories will never fade. Sadly missed and always in our thoughts.

Shirley and family.

A 65-storey “lighthouse” proposed for Sainte-Foy

Photo: Image provided by Groupe Dallaire

The Quebec City real estate firm Groupe Dallaire announced last week that it plans to build "the highest building east of Toronto" on the site of the now defunct Hôtel des Gouverneurs on Boulevard Laurier near the Quebec Bridge.

Known as Le Phare de Québec, or the Quebec Lighthouse, the project will include a 65-storey office tower and three smaller towers of 30 storeys each.

Conservative values …. Really?

Prime Minister Harper was in Quebec City last week and, during a radio interview on 93 FM (not, to be sure, the CBC!), he stated that Quebecers are in favour of the Conservative values of his government, including, most importantly: (1) lower income taxes; (2) law and order; and (3) the fight against terrorism.

Lorne MONAGHAN 1947-2015

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It is with great sadness that we share the passing of Lorne Monaghan, on January 30, 2015, in his 67th year. A life-long resident of Saint-Gabriel-de-Valcartier, Lorne passed away in Florida after a very brief illness.

Lorne will be deeply missed by his loving wife of 44 years, Colleen (Kiley); daughters Sharon (Tim Rowe) and Erin (Scott Patterson), and grandsons Tyler and Ryan.

Evergreen adaptations

Photo: Illustration by Bethann G. Merkle

Aside from March's Irish festivities, it can be hard to find green in our lives in midwinter. However, a number of plants have developed an array of adaptations to the rigours of winter that help ensure even snow-covered branches remain verdant.

Evergreen trees

Église Saint-Jean-Baptiste to close its doors

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Photo: Shirley Nadeau

The board of trustees of the majestic Église Saint-Jean-Baptiste, built in 1882, announced last week to parishioners that the church would soon be closed to worship. The trustees, with the full agreement of the parish pastoral team and the diocesan authorities, will ask the Archbishop of Quebec, Gérald Cyprien Lacroix, to close the church on Rue Saint-Jean as of Sunday, May 24.

Ghislaine Bertrand O'Connor 1927 - 2015


News Digest February 18 2015



Issue February 18, 2015


A wild and wonderful sleigh ride at Place George-V

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Photo: Photo by Lise Lafond

Almost exactly 350 years after the first horses arrived in New France from Europe, their successors raced around a slippery, heart-pounding course in the heart of downtown Quebec City.

The St-Hubert Derby, the crown jewel in a provincial series of horse-drawn winter sleigh and summer carriage races, was held Sunday afternoon on Grande Allée.

Memorials and Things of Fame

The Morning Chronicle

On Saturday evening a rather extraordinary exhibition of rowdyism took place in St. John street within the gate coupled with an equally odd manifestation of police activity!

Highs and lows for a chilly Carnival

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Photo: Ruby Pratka

The ice slide on the Plains of Abraham is slowly being dismantled, the snow sculptures knocked down and the shot glasses made of ice packed away for another year.

The story behind the name Rue Guiana

Photo: Photo by Bill Cox

Rue Guiana, a short street in Cap-Rouge, was named after the Guiana, a ship built in the shipyard of George Black located at l'anse du Cap Rouge, at the mouth of the Cap Rouge River, according to the Ville de Québec toponymy website.

Winter Carnival parade lights up Quebec City

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Photo: Cassandra Kerwin

The Winter Carnival night parade presented a lively spectacle for families, friends, and visitors, in spite of freezing temperatures that felt like -24ºC.

Risky recipe pays off for La Bottine Souriante and the OSQ

Photo: Photo courtesy of the Orchestre symphonique de Québec

A symphony hall may not seem like the most natural location for a traditional kitchen party, but Quebec folk fusion legends La Bottine Souriante brought a dose of homey warmth to the Grand Théâtre last Thursday night, performing with the Orchestre symphonique de Québec (OSQ) as part of the Carnival festivities.

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