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Wednesday March 14 at 7 p.m. – Quebec Art Company Annual General Meeting will be held at Holland School (940 Avenue Ernest-Gagnon). Open to both members and other interested parties. Bring your thoughts and ideas!

2018 Paralympics: After four days, Canada has seven medals​ ... and counting​

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Photo: Dave Holland/Canadian Paralympic Committee

The 2018 Paralympic Winter Games have begun in Pyeongchang, South Korea. The Games opened March 9, and after four days of events, Canada had a total of seven medals.

The wearing of the green and St. Patrick’s Day

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Photo: Lise Lafond

On St. Patrick’s Day, everyone is Irish, or at least Irish at heart. Green is everywhere; we drink green beer and eat corned beef and (green) cabbage, and wearing something green seems essential.

How did this tradition start? Why do we wear green on St. Patrick’s Day? When did the colour green replace St. Patrick’s original colour, which was sky blue?

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Shamrock Fudge for St. Patrick's Day

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Photo: oanne Kyvetos

You might well be wondering, why does a Greek have any business talking about St. Patrick’s Day? Well, guess what? My roots are Irish on my mother’s side.

Everyone loves winter during the Pentathlon des Neiges

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Photo: Cassandra Kerwin
Winter sports enthusiasts had quite a week on the Plains of Abraham. From Feb. 23 to March 4, cross-country skiers, snowshoers, joggers, cyclists and skaters raced for pleasure, for pride or even for World Cups. Whatever the reason, Quebec City was the place to be. 

Dentists needle Barrette over “clown nose” ban

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Is it safe … to say dentistry has changed over the years?

Fans of the 1976 thriller Marathon Man will get the winky reference in that line. There was a time in recent memory when a trip to the dentist brought dread on the order of that inflicted on Dustin Hoffman’s unfrozen teeth by a Nazi war criminal played by a dental drill-wielding Sir Laurence Olivier.

The 52nd Shannon Irish Show coming up this Saturday

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Photo: Allison Kirkwood

For some, the warm sun and the melting of the snow are the first signs of spring; for others, it’s the gentle rain and warm breezes. For those of us in Shannon, it is the celebration of St. Patrick’s Day, and that begins with the Shannon Irish Show.

Benefit concert for Aymen Derbali at Cathedral of the Holy Trinity

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Les Productions In Musica, in collaboration with the Orchestre Philharmonique de la Relève du Québec, is giving a benefit concert for Aymen Derbali on Sunday, March 11, at 3 p.m. at the Cathedral of the Holy Trinity, 31 rue des Jardins in Old Quebec. Admission is free; voluntary donations will be gathered.

Memorials and Things of Fame

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The first edition of
The Quebec Gazette / La Gazette de Québec 
was published on June 21, 1764.
In 1874 it merged with the
Morning Chronicle (1847-1925) 

Stroke more common than expected in young people

Canadian Olympic speed skater Denny Morrison made headlines around the world when he raced in Pyeongchang just over a year after suffering a stroke. The 32-year-old athlete represents a very small minority of stroke survivors – according to statistics from the Ontario Stroke Network, two-thirds of strokes occur in people over age 65.

The story behind Rue des Agniers

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Photo: Wikimedia Commons (public domain)
Rue des Agniers is named after the First Nations people now known as Mohawks or Kanien’kehá:ka, who were called les agniers by French colonizers. The Mohawks were allies of the British Crown during the American Revolution. They are one of the five core tribes of the Iroquois Confederacy, whose ancestors lived in the Mohawk River valley in present-day New York state. 

Jay Sewall launches Payin’ My Dues: 50 Years of Blues

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Photo: Cassandra Kerwin

Fans of the blues had a pleasant evening in the District Saint-Joseph bar in Saint-Roch on Feb. 27 as Quebec blues legend Jay Sewall launched his seventh album, Payin’ My Dues: 50 Years of Blues, to commemorate his 50-year career.

Muslim American shot by racist preaches peace in Quebec City

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Photo: Shirley Nadeau

Rais Bhuiyan, a young Muslim immigrant who had trained as a military pilot in his native Bangladesh, was working in a Dallas, Texas, convenience store 10 days after the 9/11 attacks. A man with a shotgun entered, asked him where he was from, and before Bhuiyan could reply, blasted him in the face.

Violons du Roy present Handel and Haydn

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Photo: Shirley Nadeau

Les Violons du Roy and the La Chapelle de Québec choir gave a very impressive concert at the Palais Montcalm March 1, under the direction of the ensemble’s founding director, Bernard Labadie.

Judith Ann “Judy” (née McIntyre) PIKE

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Judith Ann “Judy” (née McIntyre) Pike, age 73, died of lung disease on January 10, 2018, at Mary Washington Hospital in Fredericksburg, Virginia.
She was predeceased by her husband of 53 years, Harry Pike, her father Alexander Lloyd McIntyre and her mother Opal Thelma McIntyre (née Smollett).

Rouge et Or fall to Martlets in heartbreaker

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Photo: Yan Doublet

Community Calendar

March 6 to 11 – International Car Show (Salon international de l’auto à Québec) at the Centre des Foires (ExpoCité) in Quebec City. For details, visit salondelautodequebec.com/en.

OSQ news: A music box, an octet of cellos and an assistant director

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Photo: Shirley Nadeau

The Société de développement commercial du quartier Montcalm (SDC) – Quartier des Arts, the Orchestre Symphonique de Québec (OSQ) and the Musée National des Beaux-Arts du Québec (MNBAQ) announced a new sound installation (music box) on one of the giant lamps on Avenue Cartier on Feb. 26.

A Saguenay sweep for the Lady Lions

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Photo: courtesy of the CEGEP Champlain-St. Lawrence website

Already assured the regular season title in the RSEQ northeast regional division 2 conference, the CEGEP Champlain-St. Lawrence Lady Lions swept the weekend series this past week against teams from Chicoutimi and Jonquière.

Canada sends record delegation to Paralympics

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Photo: Matthew Murnaghan/Canadian Paralympic Committee

Canada will send 55 athletes to the upcoming Paralympic Winter Games in Pyeongchang, South Korea, its largest delegation ever. The Games will take place March 9-18, on the same sites as the Olympic Winter Games.

Sixteen coaches and 26 support staff will accompany the Canadian athletes to South Korea.

Take a (March) Break!

It's a wonderful week!

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Pentathletes and triathletes race around the Plains

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Photo: Roch Lamontagne
As February turns to March, athletes of all sorts take to the Plains of Abraham. From Feb. 23 to March 4, skaters, runners, snowshoers, cyclists and cross-country skiers are competing in the 14th Pentathlon des Neiges. 

Long may you run: Historic MNA terms coming to an end

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Photo: National Assembly website

As of this writing, we do not know whether Brome-Missisquoi MNA Pierre Paradis plans to run again in the expected Oct. 1 provincial election. We also don’t know if the possibility of making history figures large in Paradis’ reflections.

Muslims and Christians get together at the École de l’Éxcellence

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Photo: Shirley Nadeau
In October 2017, the congregation of the Cathedral of the Holy Trinity invited members of the Grande mosquée de Québec to join them for a social evening in an effort to get to know one another better.  

Disney on Ice brings the Big Dream to the Centre Vidéotron

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Photo: courtesy of Feld Entertainment Inc.

Wondering what to do during March Break? Take the kids to see Disney on Ice’s Big Dream at the Centre Vidéotron from March 8-11. There are two shows per day: Thursday at 3 and 7 p.m. and Friday to Sunday at 11 a.m. and 3 p.m. Tickets from $20 are available at gestev.com or ticketmaster.ca.

More about the Big Dream

Memorials and Things of Fame

February 27, 1818 – The Morning Chronicle

The story behind Rue Adélard-Godbout

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Photo: from Wikimedia Commons
This street in the Parc-L’Ormière neighbourhood is named in honour of a politician and statesman who had a great influence on the lives of Quebecers.

"Jesus Christ Superstar" tickets are now on sale!

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Photo: courtesy of Quebec Art Company

With opening night just eight weeks away, tickets for the Quebec Art Company (QAC) production of the smash rock opera hit Jesus Christ Superstar can now be reserved. There will be six showings, April 12, 13, 14 and 19, 20, 21, at 8 p.m. in historic Chalmers-Wesley United Church in the Old City.

Letter to the Editor

On Jan. 28, 2017, I left home with a box of books and a positive attitude. I made a quick stop at Tim Hortons to pick up a jug of coffee and some doughnuts, then made my way to downtown Quebec City, where I planned on holding an exhibition on Islam. The idea was to remove misunderstandings and promote dialogue.

Tempêtes et Passions’ Viennoiseries musicales II

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Photo: Shirley Nadeau

Tempêtes et Passions once again immersed their audience in the music and culture of early 20th-century Vienna with their second Viennoiseries musicales concert, held at the Chapelle du Musée de l’Amérique francophone on Feb. 24.

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