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Americans rescued after car gets stuck in Canadian wilderness

Photo: Adam Perone
Adam Perone and his fiancé Angela Velardi of New Jersey definitely took a wrong turn while driving through Quebec in late December. After visiting Montreal and Quebec City, they decided to head towards James Bay by way of Lac Saint Jean (Mistassini) in hopes of seeing the Northern Lights. Perone explained, “We wanted to start our New Year off by escaping to the north.” 

Christmas Eve in Valcartier

Photo: Bruce Kirkwood
An ecumenical Christmas Eve service was held at St. Andrew’s United Church in Valcartier, led by Rev. Katherine Burgess and Bishop Bruce Myers.

Cocktails, beds and circus dreams at the Ice Hotel

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Photo: Cassandra Kerwin
The Ice Hotel at Village Vacances Valcartier is now open to visitors and overnight guests. As of Jan. 7, only 15 rooms have been completed, while workers and artists continue to create and build the remaining rooms and halls. With only the main hall, the bar and the chapel completed, the hotel opened on Dec. 23, 10 days earlier than expected.  


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It is with great sadness and heavy hearts that the family of Ralph Noseworthy announce his passing on December 26, 2017, at his home in Stoneham.

The funeral service was held on Saturday, January 6, 2018, at 1:30 p.m. at St. Peter’s Anglican Church, 251 St. Peter’s Road, Stoneham-et-Tewkesbury, QC.


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Mrs. Marcia Louise Theriault passed away in Quebec City on December 17, 2017, after a short illness. She was 81 years old. She grew up in Hanover, New Hampshire, and loved to swim and figure skate. Her career as an educator, translator and reviser in the U.S., France, New Brunswick and Quebec spanned over 47 years after graduation in 1957 from Gould Academy at Hood College.

Holy Trinity to host benefit for shooting survivor, family

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Photo: Ruby Pratka

Generations of Quebecers will remember where they were when word first began filtering out that shots had been fired at the Centre Culturel Islamique de Québec. On the evening of Jan. 29, a gunman entered Quebec City’s largest mosque at prayer time and opened fire, killing six men and injuring eight. Suddenly, the eyes of the country and the world were on Quebec City.

A tribute to former QCT journalist Ralph Noseworthy

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Photo: Shirley Nadeau

We are saddened to learn of the death of former journalist and television reporter Ralph Noseworthy, whom I met in April 2015.

Born in Sydney, Nova Scotia, Noseworthy said that as a young man he had been a professional diver who worked for the government of Canada and participated in an excavation of the Fortress of Louisbourg National Historic Site.

International snowboarders compete at Le Relais

Photo: Cassandra Kerwin
International speed snowboarders raced down the slopes of Le Relais last weekend. The local ski resort is a regular stop on the NorAm (North American) competition circuit. 

Quebec Remparts back on the ice with new players

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Photo: LHJMQ-Steven Cadovius

Attention Quebec Major Junior Hockey League (QMJHL) fans – the end of the CEGEP and university terms marks the beginning of the trading period for all players in the 18-team league.

The Quebec Remparts are part of this. Gone are forwards Luke Kirwan and Derek Gentile, along with defenseman Gabriel Villeneuve.

Memorials and Things of Fame

December 21, 1867 – The Morning Chronicle

Happy Hanukkah!


Members of Quebec City's Jewish community celebrated Hanukkah on Dec. 17. Known as the Festival of Lights, it celebrates the miracle of the temple oil lasting eight days after the reconsecration of the temple over 2000 years ago. The lighting of the candles is like the passing on of knowledge: you can pass it on without taking away from yourself. A true gift of giving!

Jigsaw puzzle genius Ron Baker

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Photo: Shirley Nadeau

Ron Baker is a puzzling person… That is, he loves to do jigsaw puzzles!

The 89-year-old lives in McGreevy Manor with his charming little Siamese cat Angel, but spends part of every day next door at Saint Brigid’s Home doing jigsaw puzzles.

Christmas Hamper volunteers deliver the goods!

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Photo: Shirley Nadeau
The English-speaking community of Quebec City really pulled its weight this past week and delivered some 660 hamper boxes to 131 homes on Saturday, Dec. 16. Another 70 people with special needs or unable to store and cook large amounts of food, received grocery vouchers to see them through the holiday season.

The first annual “LUC”-KY sports awards announced

Photo: courtesy of Champlain-St. Lawrence website
2017 is almost over and once again, we reflect on all that happened, good or bad, serious or funny.
Since this is our last issue for 2017, I thought it would be a great idea to start distributing some gifts. Mind you, these gifts are only in “words,” there are no plaques or trophies that come along with the first annual “LUC”-KY AWARDS.

The story behind Rue Charles-Dickens

Photo: Wikimedia Common Domain
This street honours the memory of the famous English novelist Charles Dickens (1812-1870) who first became known for his stories of life in London. His chronicle The adventures of Mr. Pickwick that appeared in 1836 and 1837 made him a celebrity.

OBITUARY: Robert BEATON (1955-2017)

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With heavy hearts, we announce the passing of Robert Beaton (born May 18, 1955) of Quebec City. After a valiant battle with cancer, he passed away at Hôtel Dieu Hospital, Quebec City, on December 14, 2017, at the age of 62.

The return of The Philanthropist multimedia theatre presentation

Photo: Normand Brassard

The QCT recently learned that The Philanthropist, the multimedia theatre presentation about the life of Jeffery Hale that took place in August, 2017, will be back for two encore performances at Champlain–St. Lawrence Campus in early February, 2018. We sat down with playwright Mike Boden to ask him a few questions.

QCT: Was it in the original plan to have another string of presentations?

Nation-shaping riot anniversaries coming in 2018

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Aren’t you glad you don’t have to say, hear or write “sesquicentennial” anymore? (Thank you, spell-checker, for surely more than the 150th time). Canada 1.5 soon will be history, and hey, wasn’t that a party! (Ask the disgruntled thousands who lined up in vain in the rain for the bash on Parliament Hill on July 1.)

So, let’s see… What milestone shall we celebrate in 2018?

SFE students spread joy throughout the community

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Photo: Andrew Johnston

Have you heard about the Christmas spirit at Ste-Foy Elementary School (SFE)? Well, we have lots of it!

Merry Christmas to all!

The story behind the creation of the crêche at the Cathedral

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Photo: Jay Ouellet

We wanted a really special photo for the front page of the last issue of the QCT before the holidays, so we contacted the Cathedral of the Holy Trinity in late November to see if our photographer Jay Ouellet could take a photo of their charming crêche or nativity scene. We learned that it would be set up during the annual Christmas pageant on the morning of Sunday, Dec. 17.

High school basketball to resume activities after the holidays

The 11 basketball teams at St. Patrick’s High School (SPH) and at Quebec High School (QHS) will take a break over the holidays.

Cirque du Soleil tests the (frozen) waters with Crystal on ice

Photo: Danielle Burns
Cirque du Soleil has taken a first time crack at producing a show on ice. Crystal – merging circus arts with figure skating – was presented at the Videotron Centre from Dec. 13 to 17.

OBITUARY: Malcolm JOHNSTON 1929-2017

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Malcolm Johnston, age 88, died at Saint Brigid’s Home, on December 14, 2017. He was the husband (first marriage) of the late Constance Hamilton and (second marriage) of the late Mary Kerr. He was the son of the late Roy Johnston and the late Annie Hicks. He lived in Valcartier.

The family will receive condolences at
Salon funéraire Lépine Cloutier
30, rue Albert-Trudel

The OSQ choir sings Christmas carols on Avenue Cartier

Le Choeur de l'OSQ chante Noël sur l'avenue Cartier

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Photo: Shirley Nadeau

The OSQ choir sings Christmas carols on Avenue Cartier

Welcome to my kitchen

Not everything sweet is a dessert

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Photo: Joanne Kyvetos

I guess by this late date in December your shopping is finished, the gifts are wrapped and under the tree or still hidden in the basement cupboard. The house is clean and the Christmas groceries are just waiting to dance together in the pot.
No? I know the feeling. It’s my life’s story as I write these lines.

SLCSA pitches in for the Christmas Hamper Campaign

Photo: Vincent-Jean Dubé

We would like to sincerely thank everyone at CEGEP Champlain–St. Lawrence Campus who donated money and non-perishable goods but also those who also gave their time in volunteering for the packing and delivery of hampers for the Community Christmas Hamper Campaign.

Did you see the Christmas halo around the sun?

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Photo: Lise Lafond

On Saturday, Dec. 16, about 2:40 p.m., a beautiful ring appeared around the sun, then the light became very bright and it seemed as if the sun had twins. This spectacle was seen all around the Quebec City area.

VEQ Holiday Happy Hour a holly, jolly success

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Photo: Shirley Nadeau
A Holiday Happy Hour was held at the Morrin Centre on Dec. 6. People started to gather in College Hall at 5 p.m. and by 6, there was quite a jolly crowd there. 

The Halifax Explosion

Remembering Canada’s worst disaster – 100 years later

Photo: Paul Mackey
A crowd of people huddled under a sea of umbrellas at Fort Needham Memorial Park in Halifax on Dec. 6 to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the Halifax Explosion.

Canadian malls buck trend of doom in America

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The modern world of consumerism is divided into two groups: Those who love shopping in malls and those who loathe it. Me, I have mixed feelings: awed by the spectacle, horrified by the excess. However you feel about malls, they have shaped the lives of most Canadians.

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