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Visit the Saint-Louis Forts and Châteaux National Historic Site

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Photo: Parks Canada

Parks Canada manages one of the finest and most extensive systems of protected cultural heritage areas in the world, including the Saint-Louis Forts and Châteaux National Historic Site. This national treasure is located beneath Dufferin Terrace in Quebec City. The official residences once located there were the governors’ seat of power from 1620 to 1834.

OBITUARY: William J. “Bill” McNamara

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William J. “Bill” McNamara
1925 - 2019

It is with great sadness we announce the passing away of Bill McNamara on Feb. 4 at St. Patrick’s Home in Ottawa.

Community Calendar

Feb. 8 to 17 – Quebec Winter Carnival! For details, visit carnaval.qc.ca/en.

Wednesday, Feb. 13 at 7 p.m. – Triple P Workshop on The Power of Positive Parenting at the Valcartier Family Centre, corner of Boul. Hochelaga and Ave Jean-de-Quen (behind the Laurier shopping centre). Free, no registration required.

Canadian Parents for French visits Quebec

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On Thursday, Jan. 31, Canadian Parents for French (CPF), an organization that promotes a fully bilingual Canada, hosted an event at the Valcartier Family Centre.

Blue Week focuses on getting high grades without getting high

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Photo: Cassandra Kerwin

For its annual Blue Week, the Health and Wellness Club of CEGEP Champlain–St. Lawrence focused on a major mental health problem in colleges and universities: the illegal consumption of psychostimulants. From Feb. 4 to 8, students learned about better ways to handle stress and anxiety.

Icy sculptures capture treasured childhood memories in the Quartier Petit Champlain

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Photo: Cassandra Kerwin

Spectacular lineup for the 2019 Winter Carnival parades

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Photo: Image courtesy of Carnaval de Québec

Quebec City’s 2019 Winter Carnival parades will be quite different this year. First of all, they will take place only in Quebec City’s Upper Town. The first will be on Saturday, Feb. 9 and the second, on Saturday, Feb. 16, both beginning at 7 p.m.

Ice canoeing: all in the family A profile of Emma Olson

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Photo: www.charlesbriand.com

Emma Olson has been involved with ice canoeing her whole life. The Quebec-born Université Laval student is a second-generation ice canoeist, set to compete in her third Winter Carnival race on Feb. 10, as a member of the Blaxton-Latulippe team.

Community Calendar

Wednesday, Feb. 6 at 7:30 p.m. – La Douce folie de Haydn et Mozart, a concert featuring baritone Régis Mengus and the OSQ directed by Fabien Gabel at the Grand Théâtre.* Prelude at 6:30 p.m. with Beatrice Zacharie and Fabien Gabel who will shed light on the historical context of the pieces to be performed. For details, visit osq.org.

Shannon celebrates with WinterFest

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Photo: Sarah Savill

Last Saturday the Ville de Shannon held its 12th annual WinterFest in the municipal park on Rue Gosford. The day was full of busy activities with families and lots of children enjoying winter. From hockey to sliding to simply playing in the snow, the cold air was filled with laughter.

OBITUARY: Alfred (Fred) Pichard

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Alfred (Fred) Pichard

Alfred (Fred) Pichard passed away suddenly at the age of 99 on December 31, 2018, in Ottawa with his daughter Helen at his side.

What’s new at Trinity Church in Sainte-Foy?

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Photo: Shirley Nadeau

The trustees and members of the board of management of Trinity Anglican Church wish to let the community at large know that, despite what they may have heard in recent years, the church on Chemin des Quatre-Bourgeois in Sainte-Foy is still very much “open for business.”

Les Objets Perdus: a family band

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Photo: Gary Kobinger

It was a fantastic – if unusual – way to spend time with family and friends on a Sunday afternoon. David Lord and his twin 12-year-old daughters Eliza and Isabelle, along with your scribe and her 13-year-old son, temporarily forgot about their day jobs and took to the stage as rock stars.

Cream cheese you say!

WELCOME TO MY KITCHEN

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Photo: Joanne Kyvetos

I was fortunate to have some time off over the holidays, so I decided to try making my own butter and my own cream cheese. I found the recipes on a new blog I discovered.

The blog is called Gemma’s Bigger Bolder Baking. Of Irish descent, Gemma is an established professional chef in the United States, and like me, she cooks from scratch as much as possible.

A year-long adventure to save the planet

Meatless Mondays

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Photo: Lise Lafond

Meatless Monday. Save money, save water, save animals and protect the planet by not eating meat at least one day a week.

Morrin Centre takes volunteers on a trip to Hogwarts

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Photo: Shirley Nadeau

After meeting on Platform 9¾ in College Hall, some 35 members of the Morrin Centre who generously volunteer their time with the Literary and Historical Society of Quebec, were treated by the staff to a special evening at Hogwarts, Harry Potter’s wizarding school in the J.K. Rowling book series.

MEMORIALS AND THINGS OF FAME

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Photo: Wikimedia Commons - Public Domain

February 3, 1819 – The Quebec Gazette

Provincial Parliament
House of Assembly
A committee was appointed to prepare an address. [Be it] Resolved “That it was proper that the two Houses should present an Address of condolence … on the melancholy event of the death of the Queen; and the Resolve was communicated to the Legislative Council....”

The story behind Place des Canotiers

STREET VIEWS

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Photo: Cassandra Kerwin from QCT archives

The name Place des Canotiers was chosen following a public competition held by the Ville de Québec in 2015 to name a public park on Rue Dalhousie at the foot of Côte de la Montagne.

Audition call for the Quebec Art Company’s fall production of the classic musical "Fiddler on the Roof"

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The Quebec Art Company, fresh from the smash success of Jesus Christ Superstar in April 2018, has embarked on its next ambitious musical project, the powerful and moving classic, Fiddler on the Roof, book by Joseph Stein, lyrics by Sheldon Stein and music by Jerry Bock

Teo Taxi in an age of economic illiteracy

ECONOMIC COMMENTARY

The recent public outcry over Teo Taxi’s bankruptcy is well justified. Nearly $60 million in taxpayers’ money has been lost in this failed experiment. Even more disconcerting is the speed and carelessness with which public funds were fed into this project.

Despite protests, fur remains very much in fashion

Several cities in California, including Los Angeles and San Francisco, are pushing ahead with bans on the sale of new fur apparel. Under the L.A. plan, for example, the ban would take effect in 2020, giving the Kardashians plenty of time to buy up existing stocks.

Quebecers commemorate victims of 2017 mosque shooting

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Photo: Cassandra Kerwin

Two years ago, Quebec City was hit with the shocking news of a shooting at the Grande Mosquée of the Centre culturel islamique de Québec (CCIQ) at the corner of Chemin Sainte-Foy and Route de l’Église. A lone gunman opened fire during evening prayers and killed six men: Ibrahima Barry, Mamadou Tanou Barry, Khaled Belkacemi, Aboubaker Thabti, Abdelkrim Hassane and Azzedine Soufiane.

Pentathlon des Neiges just around the corner

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Photo: Cassandra Kerwin

To the great pleasure of many sports enthusiasts, winter has arrived. Trails are being groomed all over Quebec City. Amateur and elite athletes are strapping on their snowshoes or skis, or lacing up their skates. Many are preparing for a popular, multi-sport event – the annual Pentathlon des Neiges, which will take place on the Plains of Abraham in less than a month.

Burns’ heart is in the Highlands … but his supper was in Quebec City

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Photo: Mary McCown

Bonnie lasses, Celtic music and, of course, haggis graced the Robbie Burns festivities at Château Laurier Québec. The 78th Fraser Highlanders, Fort St. Andrew’s Garrison, have been organizing Burns Suppers in Quebec City since 2002. On Jan. 26, they once again pulled off an amazing celebration.

Scottish culture celebrated at Habitations Valcartier

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Photo: Sarah Savill

Robert “Robbie” Burns once said, “There is no such uncertainty as a sure thing,” and to many Canadians this saying applies to our winters. We are sure the snow will fall, but not so sure about the road conditions. For this reason, the Burns celebration at Habitations Valcartier, arranged by Jayne Doddridge of Valcartier Elementary School, was postponed from Jan. 20 to Jan. 27.

Burns Night, Tanzanian-style!

POSTCARDS FROM AFRICA

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Photo: Ruby Pratka

 

Northern ties with Mexico get lost in U.S. trade noise

COMMENTARY

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Do you get the feeling that half of Quebecers have been to or are going to Mexico this winter? If so, it is not your imagination (fueled by envy).

A state of the union address for the people

POLITICAL COMMENTARY

Washington’s constant state of political infighting has produced a growing list of casualties. Sacred traditions that harken back to the founding of the United States of America are not exempt.

Quebec City gears up for 1894 Carnival

MORE NOTES FROM THE ARCHIVES

A continuation of last week’s article

In late December of 1893, the Quebec Morning Chronicle (QMC) continued its coverage of Winter Carnival preparations.

The story behind Rue du Campanile

STREET VIEWS

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Photo: Screenshot from Google Maps

Rue du Campanile is a private street that takes its name from the tall brick clock tower on a corner of the Faubourg Laudance business centre. The street has three restaurants, a bank, drugstore, grocery store, liquor outlet and several other commercial tenants.

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