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Wednesday, Jan. 16 at 9:45 a.m. – Senior Technology Workshop at Quebec High School, 945 Ave. Belvédère, with tech-savvy students who look forward to teaching you everything they know! Last class on Jan. 23 at 2 p.m. (YouTube and DIY). To register, contact Alexandra Hartley at VEQ at 418-683-2366, ext. 224 or [email protected]

QCGN begs to differ on Premier Legault’s interpretation of English signage in hospitals

Premier François Legault’s statement that English-speaking Quebecers have the right to services in their language but not to English signs is wrong. Bill 101 in no way prohibits the use of English on hospital signs as they relate to health and safety, maintains Geoffrey Chambers, president of the Quebec Community Groups Network (QCGN).

In memory of ice canoeist Daniel Malenfant

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Photo: Cassandra Kerwin

Just over a year ago, local ice canoeists were hit with heart-breaking news: Daniel Malenfant, 39, a seasoned rower and former president of the Club de bateau dragon de la Capitale, died when his canoe capsized on Dec. 13, 2017. His death reminded fellow canoeists and fans alike just how dangerous such a sport can be.

Hollywood 4: an Oscar-worthy performance

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Photo: Cassandra Kerwin
What is a movie without music? Little more than a series of words, actions and scenes. But even in the era of silent movies, music was indispensable to the success of a film. A few measures of dramatic music implied danger, love, fear and more. And nowadays – imagine Jaws or Harry Potter without John Williams’ scores. Would these iconic films be as memorable? 

Memorials and Things of Fame

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Photo: Photo from Wikimedia Commons - Public Domain

January 7, 1869 – The Morning Chronicle
Quebec Club

Community Calendar

Friday, Jan. 11 at 9:45 a.m. – Senior Technology Workshops at Quebec High School, 945 Ave. Belvédère, with tech-savvy students who look forward to teaching you everything they know! Come learn about Facebook and other topics, or bring your own questions and devices. To register for this and more classes on Jan. 16 at 9:15 a.m. (Selfies and Photography) and Jan. 23 at 2 p.m.

Looking at both sides of Justin Trudeau’s election clouds

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Please, dear reader, permit your scribe to start the new year by joining the mob of political prognosticators in the usual year-end crystal ball gazing. The main fixation this time around?

You are invited to a Burns supper, for auld lang syne

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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 poem was written in 1788 by Scotland’s national poet, “Rabbie” Burns, and later set to the tune of a traditional folk song?

Real estate tips: Staging your home for prospective buyers

Tip #1: Let there be light
The more natural light that comes into your house, the easier it will be to sell, especially in zones where the sun sets much earlier during the fall and winter months. Light brings life to a room and makes us feel cozy and comfortable.

DDO School hosts a Money Fair in Shannon

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Photo: Nicholas Keats
The entrepreneurial spirit is reaching Quebec City! The first Canadian Money Fair of the 2018-2019 school year took place at Dollard-des-Ormeaux School in Shannon on Dec. 8. Nicholas Keats, who teaches Contemporary World and Finance at the school, encouraged his Secondary 5 students to undertake this adventure. 

Québec Remparts’ Patrick Roy cleans house over Christmas

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Photo: Luc Lang

Patrick Roy, the Quebec Remparts’ general manager and head coach, didn’t like the attitude in his team’s locker room, so when the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League (QMJHL) trading period began on Dec. 21, Roy said, “Enough is enough.”

Meet Andrew Johnson: principal percussion with the OSQ

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As many of you know, I sing with the choir of the Orchestre symphonique de Québec (OSQ). At our last two concerts – La Symphonie du Jeu Vidéo and Hollywood 4 – At our last two concerts – La Symphonie du Jeu Vidéo and Hollywood 4 – in the orchestra’s percussion section, which is usually behind all the other musicians, directly in front of the choir, I noticed a new face.

A New Year’s homage to Vienna at the Grand Théâtre

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Photo: Shirley Nadeau

As 2018 ticked its way to 2019, the Orchestre Strauss du Québec, directed by Andreas Spörri from Vienna, presented their traditional New Year’s concert at the Grand Théâtre on the afternoon of Dec. 30.

Château Frontenac closes a year of 125th anniversary celebrations

“I hope people will come and feel that magic”

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Photo: Mary McCown
In the echoes and shadows of the ancient city of Quebec, Canada, walks a man.…” These are words from the trailer of Alfred Hitchcock’s 1953 film, I Confess, set here in the streets of Old Quebec.  

Rue du Capitaine-Bernier

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Photo: Wikimedia Commons - Public Domain
Rue du Capitaine-Bernier is named in honour of Captain Joseph-Elzéar Bernier (1852-1934), who was born in the village of L’Islet-sur-Mer, 100 km north-east of Quebec City. His father and grandfather were mariners, and he himself became a mariner and explorer of the Canadian North.

Marjorie Robertson MURRAY 1915-2018

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Marjorie passed away on Sunday evening, December 30, 2018 at St-Sacrement Hospital in her 103rd year, nine days short of her 104th birthday. She was the wife of the late John Murray and, in second marriage, of Richard Murray. She leaves to mourn her brother Malcom, his wife Dorothy, her sister Marion, her sister-in-law Elizabeth, and many nieces and nephews across Canada.

Anne-Catherine Tanguay is back for her second LPGA tour

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Photo: Luc Lang

Former CEGEP Champlain – St. Lawrence student and Quebec native Anne-Catherine Tanguay will be back on the Ladies Professional Golf Association (LPGA) tour in 2019, after finishing 2018 in 118th position.

Tanguay, who met the media just before the holidays, was in town to announce that La Capitale Insurance and Financial Services has renewed its sponsorship of the former Lady Lion golfer.

QCGN mourns loss of James Shea, educator and advocate for linguistic duality

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The Quebec Community Groups Network (QCGN) was profoundly saddened to learn of the death of former president James Shea during the holidays.

A year-long adventure to help save our planet begins

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Photo: Lise Lafond

At the end of an old year and the beginning of a new one, many of us take stock and think about how we can change things for the better.

Ice ring open for business on Plains of Abraham

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Photo: Peter Black

The opening of the ever-popular ice ring on the Plains of Abraham had to be delayed for several days in December but it was ready to welcome skaters in time for the holidays. The “après-skate” deck is larger this year, and a new fireplace and several heaters have been added, as well as more chairs.

Community Christmas Hamper Campaign delivers the goods

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Photo: Shirley Nadeau
After months of meetings, weeks of recruiting volunteers and collecting food and monetary donations, plus days of sorting and packing, members of the English-speaking community of the Quebec City area delivered Christmas hampers (boxes of groceries and vouchers) to 205 households on Dec. 15. 

Ho ho or holy: Christmas songs full of mixed messages

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Curiously, one of the movies that makes the usual Christmas faves lists is Tim Burton’s A Nightmare Before Christmas – no, it’s not about last-minute Christmas shopping.

A nice time to make ice

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Photo: Peter Black

It’s a nice time to make ice. Recent cold weather has allowed crews to get to work flooding the dozens of outdoor rinks throughout the city. This one is at the Parc du Musée. On the nearby Plains of Abraham, the large oval made with refrigerated ice started welcoming skaters last week.

Diplomatic crisis made in China

The current Sino-Canadian diplomatic crisis is serious and the stakes are extremely high. At the heart of the matter is national security. Huawei, a Chinese tele-communications behemoth with 180,000 employees worldwide and nearly $100 billion in revenue, is in the United States’ crosshairs and Canada is being forced to pull the trigger.

Memorials and Things of Fame

December 22, 1868 – The Morning Chronicle

The Ice: During Saturday night and Sunday morning large quantities of new ice formed into a batture, which now extends over a hundred feet from the wharves in the Lower Town. This early forming of a solid batture is a sure indication of an ice-bridge.

“All I want for Christmas is …”

We asked several well-known people in Quebec City how they would answer the question “What do YOU want for Christmas?” After the usual “Peace on Earth, health, and happiness” replies, here’s what they had to say:

The story behind Rue Christmas

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Photo: from Wikipedia - Common Domain
Rue Christmas is named in honour of the annual festival commemorating the birth of Jesus Christ, observed primarily on Dec. 25 as a religious and cultural celebration among billions of people around the world. It is a time for love, gift giving and family gatherings.

Hôtel de Glace offers a warm welcome in Valcartier

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Photo: Shirley Nadeau

Here’s a cool idea for a winter sleepover – spend the night in one of the 42 cozy, snowy and icy bedrooms at the Hôtel de Glace (ice hotel) in Valcartier, just 35 km from downtown Quebec City.

An “elf-made” man visits children at local library

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Photo: Danielle Burns
Children in the Limoilou area didn’t need to go to the North Pole to get into the silly elf spirit on Dec. 14.

Birdwatching: observing our beautiful winter birds

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Photo: Lise Lafond
Feed the birds in winter; in return, they will feed your soul with the look of gratitude!” - Mehmet Murat Ildan, contemporary Turkish novelist and playwright.
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