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Sharpen your skates! They’re rolling out the rink on the Plains of Abraham

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Photo: Peter Black

Workers for the Glaces CT company are rolling out the many metres of tubing required to build the large refrigerated ice rink on the Plains of Abraham. The large rink or ring of ice, now celebrating its fifth year, is growing in popularity, last winter attracting some 60,000 skaters.

Winners of La Carte de Noël contest announced

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Photo: Lise Lafond
The winners of the 17th edition of La Carte de Noël [Christmas Card] contest were revealed on Nov. 9 at the Saint-Gabriel de Valcartier Community Center. 

You, too, can help deliver some goodness! Donate to the Community Christmas Hamper Campaign

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Photo: Michele Provencher

The 22nd annual Community Christmas Hamper Campaign has officially begun! A team of elves has been hard at work preparing the campaign for many months now and will be even busier as the Dec. 16 delivery day approaches.

APPEAL expands to Charlesbourg

Photo: Lorie Pierce

To be in operation for more than 30 years is quite an achievement for APPEAL, a social club in Quebec City whose goal is to assist their members in developing and retaining English language skills. Now the Sainte-Foy-based non-profit organization is branching out to offer Monday morning conversation workshops in Charlesbourg starting Jan. 15, 2018.

Toys and games fill the Centre des Foires

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Photo: Cassandra Kerwin
The moment people walked into Hall A of the Centre des Foires at ExpoCité, they saw people playing chess, others dressed in costumes and many kiosks filled with games and toys. Nov. 18 and 19 was the third annual Games and Toys Fair. 

Violons du Roy play with Bach and Telemann

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Photo: Shirley Nadeau

The Palais Montcalm stage was a musical playground last Thursday evening as Les Violons du Roy, directed by Jonathan Cohen, welcomed Vincent Lauzer (recorder) and Mathieu Lussier (bassoon), to join with them for a concert of delightful baroque pieces by Bach and Telemann.

Salon du Ski et des Sports d’hiver marks the start of winter

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Photo: Cassandra Kerwin

Winter is already on our doorstep. Snow has fallen. Ski resorts are blowing snow on the runs. The Place d’Youville skating rink is open. And the Salon du Ski et des Sports d’hiver took place at the Centre des Foires at ExpoCité from Nov. 17 to 19. Some 50 exhibitors were on site to present their latest products, deals and improvements.

High school and college basketball report

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Photo: Luc Lang

Lady Lions remain undefeated
The Champlain–St. Lawrence Lady Lions basketball team is having a strong start to its 2017-18 regular season. On Nov. 17, the Lady Lions took to the road to visit the Gaillards from the Cégep de Jonquière.

Welcome to my Kitchen: Giving thanks

Back in 1620 when a group of Pilgrims crossed over from Plymouth, England to the New World aboard the Mayflower, food for the trip had to be very well preserved. Fish and pork were mostly salted; other meats were dried while some were pickled in brine. Oatmeal and other grains were stored in wooden barrels to keep them dry.

OBITUARY: Timmothy Patrick KERWIN

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Timmothy Patrick KERWIN passed away unexpectedly yet peacefully at his home in Verdun, Montreal, in his fifty-second year, on November 12, 2017. Beloved son of the late Larkin Kerwin and Maria Guadalupe Turcot of Quebec City, and beloved husband of Suzanne Ehrhardt.

Laval to face Western in 53rd Vanier Cup

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Photo: David Moll

In a rematch of last year’s national championship, the Université Laval Rouge et Or once again came through in adversity to earn a spot in next week’s Vanier Cup final by beating the University of Calgary Dinos on their own turf, 35-23, on Nov. 18. It’s also the third time that Laval has won the Mitchell Bowl, formerly known as the Atlantic Bowl.

Rouge et Or stifle Gaiters, improve to 2-1 on season

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Photo: Mathieu Bélanger

The Laval Rouge et Or men’s basketball team picked up their second consecutive win of the season after a decisive 89-74 victory over the Bishop’s University Gaiters in RSEQ action at Université Laval’s PEPS Friday evening.

Valcartier Elementary students thrown in jail for resisting a rest ...

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Photo: Adrian Harkema

Grade 4 students from Valcartier Elementary School visited the Morrin Centre with the Saint-Gabriel-de-Valcartier Historical Society group on Nov. 16. Some of them were locked in one of the old prison cells for resisting a rest … so they could have a taste of what it might have felt like for people who broke the law some 150 years ago.

Quebecers remember and honour the fallen

Photo: Shirley Nadeau
On a sunny but cold morning, hundreds of people gathered around the Cross of Sacrifice on Grande Allée on Nov. 11 to pay homage to the thousands of members of the Canadian Armed Forces who gave their lives while in service during the Great War, the Second World War, the Korean War, the Afghan War and other world conflicts. 

Winter tire laws have little traction outside Quebec

Quebec has been at the forefront of a number of presumed advances in the march of humanity towards a better world. Universal health insurance, government-subsidized daycare, generous parental leave, collective pension funds, no-fault auto insurance and mandatory winter tires, to name a few.

Remembrance Day marked in Valcartier

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Photo: Rev. K. Burgess
For the first time, Valcartier Elementary School hosted an ecumenical Remembrance Day Service at the Community Centre on Friday, Nov. 10.

Hidden English History in Saguenay, part 4: Who owns the graves?

Photo: Ruby Pratka from QCT archives

Behind a heavy, padlocked door, not far from a Catholic church in La Baie, Que., a community of about 19,000 now part of the city of Saguenay, a small graveyard with a bilingual sign over the door holds the remains of many members of the former company town’s English-speaking community.

QAC hosting fundraiser for Jesus Christ Superstar

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There won’t be loaves and fishes on the menu, but there will be some tasty finger food and wine as the Quebec Art Company (QAC) hosts a fundraising party in preparation for its 2018 production of the rock opera Jesus Christ Superstar.

The story behind Rue Vincent-Massey

Photo: Bill Cox
This street in Saint-Malo industrial park is named in honour of the Right Honorable Vincent Massey (1887-1967), the 18th Governor of General of Canada. He was the first Canadian appointed to the post, and from that day the Governor General has always been a Canadian citizen. 

Memorials and Things of Fame

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Photo: from Wikipedia
November 15, 1867 – The Morning Chronicle

Major Simon Mailloux visits Champlain–St. Lawrence

Photo: Cassandra Kerwin

Young people, especially those without links to the military, do not always recognize the significance of Remembrance Day. To shed some light on the realities of being a soldier, Major Simon Mailloux of the Royal 22e Régiment (R22R) gave a talk at Champlain–St. Lawrence on Nov. 9.

Time for a celebration!

St. Patrick's High School 175th anniversary reunion


Give to the Community Christmas Hamper Campaign and help deliver some goodness this holiday season

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The 22nd annual Community Christmas Hamper Campaign will soon be underway! From Sunday, Nov. 19, to Saturday, Dec. 10, you can help “deliver some goodness” to less-fortunate families and individuals in the Quebec City region by giving to this wonderful community initiative in any or all of the following ways:

Lit & His tackles English-French relations in 19th-century Quebec

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Photo: Shirley Nadeau

Off the Shelf, one of a series of three bilingual events organized by Quebec English-Speaking Communities Research Network and the Eastern Townships Resource Centre exploring various aspects of Quebec culture took place in the Morrin Centre’s historic library on Nov. 8.

The Parade des Jouets, Santa and his elves delight children

Photo: Cassandra Kerwin
Penguins, elves, an ice princess, dancers and Santa Claus marched or floated along the streets of Saint-Sauveur, Saint-Roch and Limoilou. On Nov. 11, children with their Christmas wish-list letters for Old St. Nick and adults with young hearts lined the route for the 16th annual Parade des Jouets. Despite the cold temperatures, everyone was joyful and excited. 

Brunch and Learn: History of Judaism 101

Photo: Juanita Craig
The congregation Beth Israel Ohev Sholem (CBIOS), Quebec City’s oldest Jewish community, offered the first of two lectures of its Brunch and Learn series on Nov. 12. 

Watch out for flying objects at the second Dodgeball Cup

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Photo: Cassandra Kerwin

Balls were flying everywhere in the gymnasium of the Cégep Limoilou sports complex. On Nov. 11 and 12, teams from Ontario, Quebec, Prince Edward Island and Nova Scotia dodged balls at the second annual Quebec Cup hosted by the Ligue de Dodgeball de Québec.

Laval takes 14th Dunsmore Cup with a 25-22 win

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Photo: from U. Laval-Yan Doublet

It was another ending typical of the matchups between the Université Laval Rouge et Or and the Université de Montréal Carabins. It was a close game throughout the 60 minutes and a nailbiter in the closing seconds.

The Carabins came close to handing Laval its own medicine from the 2016 Dunsmore Cup final, but, at the end, they came up short.

Alérions just too strong for St. Pat’s Juniors

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Photo: Luc Lang

Saturday, Nov. 11 was Remembrance Day throughout the country, but the St. Patrick’s High School Junior football team would probably rather forget the day.

Notre Dame de Paris returns to Quebec in 2018

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Photo: Cassandra Kerwin

Luc Plamondon was in Quebec City recently with his friend and fellow composer Richard Cocciante to officially announce the world tour of their internationally renowned musical Notre Dame de Paris that will be performed in five Quebec cities, including at the Grand Théâtre in August 2018.

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