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Help or nail in the coffin?

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Photo: (Courtesy of The Low Down to Hull and Back News)

     As one does at the beginning of a new year, here at The Low Down we are wondering, pondering and hand-wringing about what 2018 and beyond will bring. Honestly, it’s hard to know. These are confusing times.

OBITUARY: Maria Warnke IWASZKIEWICZ 1926 - 2018


Maria-Teresa Warnke (née Iwaszkiewicz) died peacefully at Saint Brigid’s Home, in Quebec City, on January 21, 2018, at age 91. She was the wife of the late Jan Warnke and the daughter of the late Zofia Lezanska and the late Jan Iwaszkiewicz.

Maria leaves behind a rich history, a part of which is documented in her mémoire, Dzidzia, which she wrote in Quebec City. Born in

Freedom for farm animals

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The question is not, ‘Can they reason?’ nor, ‘Can they talk?’ but ‘Can they suffer?’” – Jeremy Bentham, 1748–1832.
At Université Laval’s agricultural fair, many interesting subjects were proposed throughout the event. I had the privilege to attend the lecture on animal welfare given by Jean-Paul Laforest, a professor in the university’s animal sciences department.

Quest for Quebec’s Finest Poutine: Part 3

Photo: Natalie Keller

It’s no secret Quebecers love poutine. Curiously, the presence of this formerly low-brow cheese-fries-and-gravy favourite has expanded to the menus of nearly every restaurant in the city. The sheer number of offers can make it difficult to know where the poutine is worth the splurge, and where you should just stick to a burger.

Calling all music lovers: Club musical de Québec announces exciting 2018-2019 season line-up

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Photo: Shirley Nadeau
The new season of the Club musical de Québec began on a high note this past Sunday afternoon, with a concert by esteemed French pianist Philippe Cassard. To commemorate the 100-year anniversary of Claude Debussy’s death, the pianist performed several pieces by the late composer. Other composers whose works he performed included Edvard Grieg and Franz Liszt. 

Black History Month encourages unity to build together

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Photo: Mark Lindenberg

Black History Month kicked off in Quebec City on Thursday, Feb.1, at the Palais Montcalm, with members of the Table de Concertation du mois de l’Histoire des Noirs de Québec (TCMHNQ), special guests and dignitaries.

Watching cranes change the skyline of Sainte-Foy

Photo: Bill Cox

For over a year I have been observing, from my balcony, the construction of the Sommet III, a 587-unit high-rise in Sainte-Foy that has changed the skyline. The excavation started Dec. 12, 2016 and construction is expected to end Sept. 1. It is 14 storeys high, not counting four underground levels for the parking garage. It is a very impressive and imposing structure.

Scenes from Winter Carnival

Photo: All by Cassandra Kerwin

OBITUARY: Maria Warnke IWASZKIEWICZ (1926-2018)

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Maria-Teresa Warnke (née Iwaszkiewicz) died peacefully at Saint Brigid’s Home, in Quebec City, on January 21, 2018, at age 91. She was the wife of the late Jan Warnke and the daughter of the late Zofia Lezanska and the late Jan Iwaszkiewicz.

Maria leaves behind a rich history, a part of which is documented in her mémoire, Dzidzia, which she wrote in Quebec City. Born in

Evening of spiritual contemplation honours victims of January 2017 mosque shootings

Photo: Cassandra Kerwin
As part of the four days of activities to commemorate the lives of the victims of the shooting at the Centre culturel islamique de Québec a year ago, a Recueillement spirituel (spiritual contemplation) was held in memory of the victims.

Mosque opens doors one year later

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Photo: Ruby Pratka

On Jan. 29, 2017, the prayer room on the ground floor of the Centre culturel islamique de Québec was a scene of chaos – the red lights of police cars and ambulances flashed through the glass windows, as paramedics worked on the injured and blood seeped into the bright green carpeting. Walls were scarred with bullet holes.

Chinese have taken a shine to Quebec

Premier Philippe Couillard returns to Quebec this week after a seven-day, action-packed, deal-signing, hand-shaking trade mission to China. Photos on the premier’s website give an idea of the exhausting round of meetings, tours and exchanges that the caravan of representatives from 140 Quebec companies undertook in three major cities in China.

Memorials and Things of Fame

January 31,1868 – The Morning Chronicle

Two Westminster Concerts in February at Cathedral of the Holy Trinity

The Cathedral of the Holy Trinity has added two Westminster Concerts to its February programming. Inspired, once again, by London’s St. Martin-in-the-Fields Embassy and Cultural Institutes Series, the cathedral offers concerts organized in partnership with diplomatic missions located in Quebec City and Ottawa.

Letter to the Editor

Dear Editor:

I noted your story by Bill Cox (“STREET VIEWS: The story behind Rue de Xi’an,” Jan. 24, 2018). The terra cotta array was not “funerary art” [in memory of Emperor Qin Shi Huang] but was actually a memorial to the end of war.

David G. Jones, analyst and writer on knowledge and international relations, Ottawa

The story behind Rue de Boston

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Photo: Wikimedia (Common Domain)
This street, located in the Neuchâtel–Lebourgneuf area of Quebec City, is named after the capital of the U.S. state of Massachusetts. Boston is an important industrial, cultural and financial centre in the east of the state.

VEQ transportation to encore performance of The Philanthropist

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Voice of English-speaking Québec will provide free bus transportation from Saint-Gabriel-de-Valcartier and Shannon to CEGEP Champlain–St. Lawrence for the performance of The Philanthropist on Saturday, Feb. 3.

* Departure at 5:30 p.m. from Valcartier Community Centre (1743 boulevard Valcartier).

* Departure at 6 p.m. from Shannon City Hall (50 rue St-Patrick).

Bonhomme opens Quebec City’s 64th Winter Carnival

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Photo: Cassandra Kerwin

Crowds of people gathered at Bonhomme’s Ice Palace in the Zone Loto-Québec on Jan. 28, under a clear and sparkling sky, as the seven duchesses along with Bonhomme and dignitaries held a worthy inaugural party. The event included the première of BlackOut Design’s Odyss: Land of Ice light and sound show.

Burns Supper served up with Angus beef, music, dance and poetry

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Photo: Shirley Nadeau
Kilts, bagpipes and haggis … who could ask for more on Robbie Burns Day? Last Saturday evening, the 78th Fraser Highlanders, Fort St. Andrew’s Garrison, Quebec City, provided all this and much more at the Hôtel Château Laurier Québec. 

Mad Hatter Tea party held at Valcartier Elementary School

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Photo: Allison Kirkwood

Valcartier Elementary School whisked parents and children to Wonderland for a tea party on Thursday, Jan. 25, in celebration of Family Literacy Week. Approximately 40 people attended, and enjoyed the soup and sandwiches made by Valcartier Elementary’s own Cooking Club, not to mention a wide variety of tea from authentic china cups.

Winter Carnival: The winning national snow sculptures are…

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Photo: Cassandra Kerwin

Snow sculptors from across Canada gathered at Place George-V for the national edition of the International Snow Sculpting Competition, traditionally held as part of the Quebec Winter Carnival. This year, six teams from Montreal, Quebec City, Beauce, Charny, the Eastern Townships and British Columbia competed. They started chopping huge chunks of snow from the giant blocks on Jan.

A night to remember at the Château Frontenac

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Photo: Peter Black

The Fairmont le Château Frontenac hotel hosted a gala cocktail party Thursday to kick off events celebrating the world-famous hotel’s 125th anniversary.

Among the 500 guests were some 140 media representatives from seven countries.

Survivors of mosque shooting focus on bridge-building

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Photo: Ruby Pratka

Conversations swirled around Aymen Derbali. Several of them were about him, or more specifically, about how to make sure he made his appointment with the adaptive transit van that would get him and his motorized wheelchair back to the rehabilitation facility where he has spent much of the last year. But Derbali himself spoke mostly about others.

“When you live agriculture, you love agriculture”

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Photo: Lise Lafond

The 24th Salon Industrie et Machinerie Agricole de Québec was held Jan. 25-27 at ExpoCité. Bags with the quote “When you live agriculture, you love agriculture” were handed out to visitors by Farm Credit Canada as they entered the exhibition hall.

Getting snow off a roof takes planning

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Photo: Ville de Québec website

Falls, getting buried in snow, electrocution, heart trouble, injuries, hypothermia, frostbite … removing snow from your roof is a risky business. The Commission des normes, de l’équité, de la santé et de la sécurité du travail (CNESST) wishes to remind the community of the importance of good planning for accident prevention.

Community Calendar

Tuesday, Jan 30, 5 p.m. – Moms’ Nite Out at the Spa! MNO activities are organized by English-speaking volunteer moms with support from Wellness Centre (WE) staff. Some events are just for moms, others for both parents and many are for the whole family. MNO often takes place in the WE in the Jeffery Hale Pavilion, room 1135, but not always.

QHS alumnus Lewis Irving to compete in Pyeongchang Olympic Games

Photo: courtesy of Lewis Irving

Freestyle skier and Quebec High School graduate Lewis Irving has his ticket for the upcoming Winter Olympics, to be held in Pyeongchang, South Korea, Feb. 9-25.

Irving, 22, got the word on Jan. 22. His fourth-place finish at a World Cup event in Deer Valley, Utah, in February 2016, and a bronze medal last December at an event in China sealed his invitation to South Korea.

The “real” Steven Cox is just having fun

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Photo: Joerg Mitter / Red Bull Content Pool

With the first race of the 2018 Red Bull Crashed Ice season behind him, Quebec City ice cross racer Steven Cox is on his way to Finland, for the second stage of the season.

QHS senior girls sweep Arsenal, still undefeated

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Photo: Quebec High School Facebook page

The Quebec High School senior girls basketball team is having a dream season. The Blazers swept a doubleheader against the Académie Saint-Louis Arsenal on Jan. 24 to take a commanding lead atop the division 2 conference of the Réseau du Sport Étudiant du Québec (RSEQ), in the Québec-Chaudière-Appalaches region. The QHS seniors dominated the Arsenal 49-39.

0BITUARY: June Smith


It is with heavy hearts we announce that June Smith died on January 23, 2018, after a long illness.

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