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Mrs. Godin’s incredible Winter Carnival collection

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Photo: Andrew D. Johnston

Ste-Foy Elementary School’s principal, Mrs. Denise Godin, has a unique hobby. She has been collecting Winter Carnival effigies since 1955. She started collecting them to continue her father’s collection. She is missing the first three, but she has all the other years. They are usually the Bonhomme Carnaval’s face or whole body. They help to generate revenue to finance the Winter Carnival.

Get ready for camping at the Recreational Vehicle Show

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Photo: Lise Lafond

Camping season is almost here. Get out your gear and get ready to visit our beautiful province. The snow is melting, most of our roads are clear, the Quebec “snowbirds” are coming home and, snowbanks aside, camping season is just around the corner.

March 21 to 24 was the perfect time to visit the Salon du Véhicule Récréatif de Québec (the RV Show) at the Centre de Foires ExpoCité.

From ancient Ireland to Christianity

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Photo: Cassandra Kerwin

Some 100 people enjoyed an overview of Ireland’s rich history as anthropologist Isabelle Matte gave a presentation called Raconte-moi que tu as vu l’Irlande, on March 21 at St. Patrick’s High School.

Athletes soar at the Big Air Jamboree

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Photo: Cassandra Kerwin

The Quebec City Big Air Jamboree was the event of the season. International snowboarders and freestyle skiers swooped down the giant 90-metre jump from the end of Boul. Honoré-Mercier into Îlot-Fleurie between the Dufferin-Montmorency highway ramps. From March 14 to 17, they performed their aerial acrobatics for cheering crowds.

Long may you play: Vinyl collection a “record” of life

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Radio-Canada announced last week it wants to get rid of some 100,000 vinyl records from storage in its tower in east-end Montreal. The brand new CBC/Rad-Can building on the same site is supposed to be ready for occupancy in January next year, so the public broadcaster is shedding excess inventory before the big move.

Visiting relatives in Addis Ababa

POSTCARDS FROM ETHIOPIA

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Photo: Ruby Pratka

I have a great-great-great-great … (trying to save space on the number of “greats”) aunt who lives in Ethiopia and has a bistro in downtown Addis Ababa named after her.

So do you.

So do all of your friends.

Growing up, I’d seen many, many pictures of her, and I knew that finally seeing her in person was going to be pretty amazing.

The story behind Rue Chassé

STREET VIEWS

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Photo: Screenshot from Google Maps

Rue Chassé is named in memory of four members of an illustrious Quebec City family who fought with the Royal 22e Régiment during the First and Second World Wars.

MEMORIALS AND THINGS OF FAME

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Photo: Wikimedia Commons - Public Domain

March 19, 1819 – The Quebec Gazette

Typhus Fever

Quebec, UL get more than fair share of federal health research funds

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Photo: Peter Black

The federal government provides more funding for health research to Quebec than is indicated by its share of the Canadian population. That fact was brought to light at a media event at Université Laval on March 12 to promote the $275 million federal contributions last year to 370 projects across Canada in health research. Health Minister Ginette Petitpas Taylor was on hand for the occasion.

Lightbound strikes back

The event at Université Laval to highlight federal funding of health research was officially ceremonial and above politics. Health Minister Ginette Petitpas Taylor kept her remarks strictly formal and focused on the importance of research.