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Light at the end of the tunnel for VIA Rail upgrade plan?

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If you’ve taken the early morning VIA Rail train between Quebec City and Montreal in the darkness of winter and have a window seat on the side facing southward, you are treated to what might be described as a terrifying thrill ride while sitting still on a siding.

The story behind Carré Cameron

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Carré Cameron is not actually a square but a U-shaped street named in honour of British explorer Verney Lovett Cameron (1844-1894).

Born in Radipole, in Dorset, England, Cameron joined the Royal Navy in 1857, served in the Abyssinian campaign of 1868, and worked for a considerable time on the suppression of the East African slave trade.

MEMORIALS AND THINGS OF FAME

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January 15, 1859 – The Morning Chronicle

An eco-friendly toothbrush – is there such a thing?

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Photo: Lise Lafond

Let’s continue our year-long adventure to help save the planet, by changing our habits one week at a time....

First World War artifact donated to Musée des Voltigeurs

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One day while Helen Meredith was tidying up the desk of her father, Clive Meredith, she came across an odd-looking little object that she quickly realized must have great historic value. She consulted her dad, who suggested they offer it to this newspaper’s current editor, in hopes of finding it a suitable home.

Rwanda: “Do not sit on the graves”

POSTCARDS FROM AFRICA

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Photo: Ruby Pratka

You’ve heard of Rwanda.

You may or may not have heard of its neighbours (Burundi, Uganda, Kenya, Tanzania and the Democratic Republic of Congo). You may not have heard of a single other African country between Egypt and South Africa.

But you’ve heard of Rwanda.

Kids code robots at the Morrin Centre

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Karin Gomez helps her six-year-old daughter Samantha Moscoso code an Ozobot, which can be programmed simply by drawing colour-coded lines and blocks. The mini-robot changes speed and direction as it follows the colour-coded trail. Both kids and parents enjoyed the experience very much! 

 

CQSB faces competition for surplus army land

Central Quebec School Board (CQSB) officials are hoping to be granted a portion of surplus Department of National Defence (DND) land for parking space for the new English high school to be built on school board property in Sainte-Foy.

Boats ashore for the winter on Île d’Orléans

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These dry-docked boats sit on the snowbank at the Parc maritime de Saint-Laurent on Île d’Orléans with an icy view of the St. Lawrence river. A winter tour of the island in a warm car is a delight for eyes but don’t expect many businesses (that cater to summer tourism) to be open, apart from the Chocolaterie in Sainte-Petronille and a few others.

Travelling abroad? Don’t let your vacation go up in smoke!

Health Canada and Canada Border Services Agency remind travellers that, despite the fact cannabis is now legal and regulated for adults in Canada, it remains illegal to transport cannabis across the Canadian border.

Community Calendar

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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January 7, 1869 – The Morning Chronicle
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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.

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?

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?

DDO School hosts a Money Fair in Shannon

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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. 

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.

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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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.  

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.

Rue du Capitaine-Bernier

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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.

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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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.

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