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Bonhomme Carnaval’s Ice Palace soon ready to take flight

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Photo: Cassandra Kerwin
Visitors will have a lot to look forward to when the 2018 Quebec City Winter Carnival opens on Jan. 26. Graffiti artists, led by local artist Phelipe Soldevila, are returning to paint works of art on site at the Ice Palace during the day.

Candles for sale! 60th Winter Carnival Candle Campaign underway

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Photo: Cassandra Kerwin

The seven Duchesses of the 64th Winter Carnival have been in full campaign mode. For the past few weeks, they have sold a record number of candles, even before the campaign’s official launch on Jan. 12.

Olympic hockey now a long way from amateur

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The French, comme d’habitude, have le mot juste to describe something. The case at hand is the word “amateur.”

For those born with an anglo tongue, “amateur” means many things, from the affirmative (“She’s an amateur historian,”) to the less flattering, often referring to one with dubious claims to professional competence (“What an amateur!”).

SLC, Cégep Limoilou launch bilingual business program

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Photo: Cassandra Kerwin, QCT archives

High school graduates in the Quebec City region who want to study business management will soon have a new bilingual CEGEP program at their disposal, thanks to a new partnership between Cégep Limoilou and CEGEP Champlain–St. Lawrence (SLC).

Secrets of the 1943 Quebec Conference leaked to a German spy?

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Did you know that the secret memorandum of the first Quebec Conference between Churchill and Roosevelt, which took place in Quebec City from Aug. 17 to 24, 1943, was leaked to a German spy a few weeks after the event?

The story behind Rue Victor-Hugo

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Photo: Wikimedia Commons (Public Domain)
This street is named in honour of Victor-Marie Hugo, a French poet, novelist, and dramatist of the Romantic movement. Hugo is considered to be one of the greatest and best-known French writers. Outside of France, his most famous novels are Les Misérables (1862) and The Hunchback of Notre-Dame (1831).

Memorials and Things of Fame

January 16, 1818 – The Morning Chronicle 

Wellness Centre offering pain control workshops

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If you suffer from chronic pain, you know that it can be challenging, to say the least. Start your new year on a positive note by joining in on a new pain control workshop, to be held at the Wellness Centre over four Tuesday mornings starting Feb. 6, from 10 a.m.

Fire and Ice! Did you hear what happened at the Ice Hotel?

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Photo: Cassandra Kerwin

A fire broke out recently at the Ice Hotel. That’s right – a fire in a building made of snow and ice. In the early hours of Jan. 9, a candle fell on the bedding of a room occupied by two clients. Members of the staff immediately put emergency measures in place and evacuated the 33 guests before the arrival of firefighters. Guests were later relocated to the nearby Hôtel Valcartier.

St. Lawrence addition to be named Jeffery Hale Student Centre

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Photo: provided by CEGEP Champlain–St. Lawrence

The new addition at CEGEP Champlain–St. Lawrence is to officially be named the Jeffery Hale Student Centre. “Without the support of the Jeffery Hale Foundation, this project would not have been possible,” affirmed Champlain–St. Lawrence campus director Edward Berryman. “So it was only fitting that the building will also serve to commemorate Mr.

Putting together an action plan for the new year

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Photo: Mary McCown

It’s January, the time of self-promises and good intentions. Gyms everywhere are full. File folders are flying off the shelves at Bureau en gros. New former smokers have a fresh resolve to keep cigarettes out of their lives. Will the resolutions stick, or will old habits creep back in before the groundhog has a chance to see his shadow?

Atikuss Hopeboots promote Aboriginal culture and fair wages

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Photo: Cassandra Kerwin

The Quebec Winter Carnival has partnered for the first time with Atikuss, a Quebec-based footwear company that sells boots made by First Nations craftspeople using ancestral techniques, to continue to promote Quebec’s Indigenous culture and history. On Jan. 12 at City Hall, Atikuss displayed the Hopeboots line, and a pair was presented to each of the seven Duchesses.

First communion: the cast of Jesus Christ Superstar

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Photo: Sharon MacLeod

The cast of the Quebec Art Company production of Jesus Christ Superstar gathered for the first time as a unit for rehearsal on Jan. 14 at Holland School. The cast features some veterans of QAC shows as well as many new recruits with a wide variety of backgrounds. The Andrew Lloyd Webber-Tim Rice rock opera opens April 14 at Chalmers-Wesley United Church.

Staying active and healthy is a team effort

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Photo: provided by Bill Cox

Sixteen years from now, I will be 100 years old.

Yep! Looking back, I was wondering how I survived in relatively good health for a man who has five kids, nine grandchildren, two great-grandchildren (and another one on the way) and several careers. I walk straight and can climb stairs – a couple of hundred along the Jacques Cartier beach in Cap-Rouge, as a matter of fact.

Welcome to my kitchen: New Year’s resolutions

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Photo: Joanne Kyvetos

Now that we have digested our turkey and all that sucre à la crème, we are ready to get started on the New Year’s resolutions we made a few weeks ago.

What is a New Year’s resolution? It is a tradition that has a person resolve to change a bad habit or introduce a good one to accomplish a personal goal or otherwise improve their life.

Fans saddened by passing of longtime sports icons Keith Jackson and Dick Enberg

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Photo: courtesy of American Sportscaster

While waiting for the National Football League’s divisional playoffs to start, last Saturday, reporters from different networks reported the death of longtime sports broadcaster Keith Jackson, at the age of 89.

During the holidays, sports fans were also saddened by the passing of broadcaster Dick Enberg, who was 82.

VIA Rail sets record for ridership over the holiday season

As harsh winter conditions swept across the country, many thousands of Canadians chose VIA Rail Canada for their travel during the holiday season. From Dec. 18 to Jan. 7, trains from coast to coast carried 308,000 passengers – 10 per cent more than in 2016-2017. The busiest day, Friday, Dec. 22, saw VIA Rail trains transporting 20,700 passengers to their destinations.

St. Lawrence College tech crew pilot project

 In 2017, CEGEP Champlain–St. Lawrence became the home of a new auditorium equipped with state-of-the-art sound equipment and retractable seating. This long-awaited addition to the college is not only meant to benefit the arts within the school but also to serve as a venue for the Quebec City anglophone community to hold cultural events, shows and banquets.

High school and college sports in Quebec City

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Photo: courtesy of St. Pat’s Hockey Facebook page

The holidays are over, the students are back in school. This means only one thing: high school basketball is back!
Both Quebec High and St. Patrick’s hoops teams hit the court last week, and will have an intense eight weeks leading up to the regional championships.

Get out and move … at the Salon Bouge

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Photo: Lise Lafond

Need an excuse to get up and move in 2018? The Salon Bouge was held last weekend at ExpoCité, showing off more enjoyable ways to move and get some exercise than shovelling snow. After the holidays many have made resolutions, and one popular resolution is to get out and move.

Université Laval students brew up a super agricultural fair

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Photo: Lise Lafond

For the past 43 years, students at Université Laval have invited the public to share their passion and join them in discovering and discussing the impact and the importance of agriculture in everyday life during SAAC (la semaine de l’agriculture, de l’alimentation et de la consommation).

Snow, slides and hot chocolate at the 4th Winter Fest

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Photo: Cassandra Kerwin
Quebecers love winter. They especially enjoy zipping down the century-old toboggan slide on Dufferin Terrace, skating and playing hockey on the many rinks throughout the city and savouring a hot chocolate after hours of being outside. 

Relic of Saint Francis Xavier draws faithful to Notre Dame Basilica

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Photo: Église catholique de Québec

Thousands of faithful Roman Catholics and other curious visitors lined up in the nave of Notre Dame Basilica in Quebec City on Jan. 3, to view the preserved right forearm of Saint Francis Xavier. After spending the day at the Basilica, it was exhibited at Église Saint-François-Xavier in Limoilou for two hours in the evening.

Is hibernation key to survival in winter nation?

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By the time you read this, the Great Cold Snap of ’17 is supposed to have relaxed its iron grip on Quebec. From Boxing Day until the week after New Year’s when the streets become littered with the corpses of Christmas trees, we, the hardy people of this land, were treated to relentless extreme cold temperatures with the only respite a day-long break for a howling blizzard.

A year of 125th anniversary celebrations at the Château Frontenac

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Photo: Photo provided by the Château Frontenac
On Dec. 18, 1893, the Château Frontenac welcomed its first customer. The famous hotel is therefore presently in the midst of its 125th year of operation. The management has decided to make this entire 365-day period an opportunity for celebration.

Memorials and Things of Fame

1868 – The Morning Chronicle

The story behind Rue des Zouaves

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Photo: Wikipedia Public Domain
The Zouaves were a class of light infantry regiments of the French army that served in North Africa between 1830 and 1962. Along with the indigenous Travailleurs Algériens, the Zouaves were the most decorated units of the French Army.

78th Fraser Highlanders invite you to a Burns Supper

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Should auld acquaintance be forgot, and never brought to mind? Should auld acquaintance be forgot, and auld lang syne?”

Most people will recognize the opening lines to “Auld Lang Syne” but how many know that the song was composed in 1788 by Scotland’s national poet Robert “Rabbie” Burns?

A Viennese New Year celebration at the Grand Théâtre

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Photo: Shirley Nadeau

Quebec City music lovers filled the Grand Théâtre on the second day of 2018 to hear the Orchestre Strauss du Québec present a concert that paid homage to the magic of Viennese New Year celebrations.

Ross Cottage on the move

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Photo: Mark Lindenberg

Living in close proximity to Ross Cottage at 1244 Chemin Sainte-Foy, where it intersects Avenue Ernest-Gagnon, my wife and I couldn’t help but notice the steep-roofed, yellow-sided, red brick, arts and crafts-style house. It was dark and empty, but not quite derelict.

Who owned it? Did anybody live there? We wondered.

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