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Some Quebec parks to allow access to dogs by spring

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In light of the results of the pilot project conducted since 2016, the Société des établissements de plein air du Québec (Sépaq) will allow visitors accompanied by a dog in certain sectors and under certain conditions in most Quebec provincial parks as of May 17, 2019.

Laval and St. Lawrence basketball updates

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Photo: Yan Doublet, U. Laval

The Université Laval Rouge et Or women’s basketball team dominated the second half and easily handled the Citadins from the Université du Québec à Montréal (UQAM), 64-50 at the Amphithéâtre Desjardins, on Feb. 16.

The Rouge et Or women are now unbeaten in 14 games and could possibly finish the season with a perfect record for the first time in the program’s history.

Quebec women get their first taste of championship curling

Photo: Luc Lang

Four young women from the Quebec City area are currently taking part in the 2019 Scotties Tournament of Hearts being held in Sydney, Nova Scotia from Feb. 16 to 24. It’s Curling Canada’s women’s national championship.

Château Frontenac/Le Soleil team wins race … again!

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Photo: Cassandra Kerwin

Bonhomme Carnaval waved the green flag and the ice canoers were off! On Feb. 10, under warm sun and a bright blue sky, 60 teams of racers plied through the open waters and strong currents of the St. Lawrence River to Lévis and back. Halfway through, they encountered slushy, thick ice, not a problem for experienced rowers.

Calgary Pancake Breakfast rounds up a herd of hungry people

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Photo: Shirley Nadeau

Every year for the past 50 years, the City of Quebec has invited the mayor of Calgary to come and enjoy the pleasures of Winter Carnival. In return, the City of Calgary invites the mayor of Quebec City and Carnival dignitaries to attend the famous Calgary Stampede, which takes place this year from July 5 to 14.

Single income tax form for Quebec a sticky issue

To put a spin on Benjamin Franklin’s truism: Nothing is certain in life except death, taxes, and federal-provincial disputes over taxes. Franklin, incidentally, knew a thing or two about intergovernmental relations, having helped set up the postal service. He served as deputy postmaster-general in British North America in the 1750s, well before the Boston Tea Party and all that.

Montcalm losing only family medicine clinic

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Photo: Peter Black

The only family medicine clinic in the densely populated Montcalm district of Quebec City is closing at the end of the year. The Clinique médicale du Quartier, located in Les Halles Cartier shopping centre on Avenue Cartier, is no longer giving appointments or accepting new patients.

Toilets among the biggest household water guzzlers


Photo: Lise Lafond

As a healthy daily habit, people use the toilet an average of three to five times a day, but did you know that this habit accounts for 25 to 30 per cent of all the water used in your home? On average, 65 to 100 litres of water per person are flushed down the drain daily from older toilets (manufactured before 1996).

The story behind Rue du Cardinal-Maurice-Roy


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Photo: Screenshot from Google Maps

This street is named in honour of Cardinal Maurice Roy (1905-1985). Born in Quebec City, he obtained his licentiate in theology from Université Laval in 1927. In Rome, he received a doctorate in philosophy in 1929, and from 1929 to 1930, he studied at the Sorbonne.

Princess Grace’s visit commemorated at Château Frontenac

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Photo: Shirley Nadeau

The Château Frontenac has hosted many well-known guests over the past 125 years, probably none more famous than Her Serene Highness, Princess Grace of Monaco. Most of us remember her as Grace Kelly, the beautiful American actress who, in 1956, married Prince Rainier III of Monaco and, in 1982, died in a tragic automobile accident.


February 13, 1819 – The Quebec Gazette

The schooner Treal from Newfoundland to Quebec was stranded at Grand River* where she winters. The cargo consists of Rum, Coffee, Sugar, Shoes, Nails, etc. It is thought this vessel will reach Quebec in the Spring with some loss of sugar only.
*Grande-Rivière is on the Gaspé peninsula, between Chandler and Percé.

The 65th Winter Carnival with all its changes is now open

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Photo: Cassandra Kerwin

On Feb. 8, in the midst of snow flurries, tourists and locals gathered at the gates of the Ice Palace in Place George-V, ready for the launch of the 65th Quebec Winter Carnival. They were eager to walk through the Ice Palace, to see the enormous snow sculpture and be the first to view Bonhomme’s Dream.

The Finale des Jeux du Québec – the countdown has begun

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Photo: Shirley Nadeau

From March 1 to 9, when most students will be enjoying their March Break, some 3,300 young athletes from around the province, plus another 1,400 trainers, escorts and officials will descend upon Quebec City for competitions in 22 different sports. The 54th Finale des Jeux du Québec begins in just over three weeks.

Université Laval students focus on food and agriculture

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Photo: Lise Lafond

The 44th annual Salon of the Semaine de l’Agriculture, de l’Agroalimentaire et de la Consommation (SAAC) took place at Expo-Cité from Feb. 8 to 10.

This popular event is organized entirely by students of the Faculty of Agriculture and Food Sciences at Université Laval, in collaboration with key stakeholders in the agri-food sector.

Manif d’art 9 exhibits works by 100 contemporary artists

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Photo: Idra Labrie MNBAQ

Manif d’art, in collaboration with the Musée national des Beaux-Arts du Québec (MNBAQ), will be back on Feb. 16 for its ninth edition.

Winter Carnival Parade: High hopes, low reviews

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Photo: Cassandra Kerwin

Quebecers and tourists gathered along Grande Allée between Avenue des Érables and Place George-V on the evening of Feb. 9 to watch the “new” Winter Carnival parade. People crowded specific areas, called stations, every few blocks. After all the hype, expectations were high.

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

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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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

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!


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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.

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