News Digest January 8, 2014

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January 8, 2014


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David Blair to become Member of the Order of Canada

Photo: McCarthy Tétrault

In late December, His Excellency the Right Honourable David Johnston, Governor General of Canada, announced a new list of appointments to the Order of Canada. All appointments were made on the recommendation of the Advisory Council for the Order of Canada.

David Blair, C.M., will be among those honoured. He will receive his insignia during a ceremony to be held later this year in Ottawa.

Happy New Year and Happy 250th!

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Photo: George Lamar

Best wishes to all our readers, advertisers, and supporters as we embark on this auspicious New Year. As you may have noticed from the new banner, the Quebec Chronicle-Telegraph is celebrating a landmark anniversary.

Yes readers, you are reading "North America's Oldest Newspaper" - together, we have been making history and building community since 1764.

It’s not all down hill at Myrand Sledding Centre

Photo: Bill Cox

It was a beautiful afternoon for sledding at the Centre de glisse Myrand (Myrand Sledding Centre), right in the heart of town. The cold did not prevent a crowd of children and parents from taking multiple runs on large inner tubes at considerable speeds. Once at the bottom, tubes were hooked to a cable lift and pulled back up.

The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug worth the leg cramp

Photo: Danielle Burns

If you were too busy this holiday season to take in a film, make it a resolution to see more in 2014. After all, what better way to escape the humdrum of the daily grind than bringing a bit of fantasy and adventure into your life, if just for a few hours.

Where does all the snow go?

Photo: Bill Cox

Our city has certainly been kept busy this past month removing snow from streets and sidewalks, but where does all that snow go? In the past, trucks dumped it onto huge piles left to melt in the spring. Snow was also dumped off wharves or directly onto the ice, letting the tides and current take care of it.

Big news for Big Air: Women to compete in Olympic-class Snowboard event

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Photo: Cassandra Kerwin

In mid-December, organizers of the annual Snowboard Jamboree held a press conference at the Parc de l'Îlot Fleurie to announce that the 6th Big Air Competition will have women participate in the competition for the first time. Big Air, a world-class snowboard event, will take place in that very place at the foot of the Dufferin-Montmorency autoroute.

A Page in Time


Over the past few years, we have met many people who spoke of their personal connections to the Quebec Chronicle-Telegraph (QCT), whether they were former paperboys, journalists, photographers, advertising salespersons, owners or copy editors.

During our anniversary year, we want to feature stories about some of those people who have helped chronicle the history of our community.

Memorials and Things of Fame

The Morning Chronicle
On Saturday afternoon last, a gentleman having bought from a newsboy a copy of the newspaper, gave him for it by mistake a twenty-dollar gold piece (almost $300 in 2014) instead of a penny.

Gobble, Gobbling a Quebec turkey

Photo: Bethann G. Merkle

Since 1946, W.B.G. Montgomery Farms has been at the heart of Quebec's turkey industry. After World War I, Willis Montgomery established the farm, and today his sons Brent and Glen, along with grandson Neil, maintain the tradition.

QCT photographer featured by NASA

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Photo: Jay Ouellet

The United State's National Aeronautics and Space Administration publishes an internationally-appreciated space photography blog called Astronomy Picture of the Day, also known as APOD. QCT photographer Jay Ouellet explained, "this blog is famous."

Ouellet is in a position to know, as one of his images was chosen for APOD's New Year's Day 2014 photo.

Burns Night at the Manoir Montmorency on January 25

Once again, the Fort St. Andrew's Garrison of the 78th Fraser Highlanders Quebec City invites you to a traditional Burns Night in celebration of the birth of Scottish poet and lyricist Robert Burns.

Organists make a joyful noise

Photo: Shirley Nadeau

Don't be upset if we don't attend your holiday parties," quipped David Stafford in an interview just before the holiday rush began. Stafford is the organist at St. Andrew's Presbyterian Church in Quebec City and, like his colleague Dr. Benjamin Waterhouse at the Anglican Cathedral of the Holy Trinity, he was swamped with rehearsals and programs during the holidays.

The roots of “Haiti, in extremis”

Photo: Ruby Pratka

Everywhere else, the skull and crossbones means "Keep out." But on a busy Haitian street, it's an invitation.

Stuart McLean and the Vinyl Cafe coming to Quebec City

Photo: Bruce J. Dynes

CBC Radio's funniest storyteller, Stuart McLean, will be performing live at La Capitole theatre in in Quebec City on Sunday, March 30, 2014. It may be three months away, but you are advised to reserve your tickets well ahead of time to be assured a seat.

Lifestyle alternatives using technology: Naughty or Nice?

Photo: Danielle Burns

Overcoming vices such as eating, drinking, and smoking are often the focus of New Year's resolutions. Many of us look for easy ways to have our cake and eat it too, and technology provides numerous alternatives (some healthier than others) for our worst vices.

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