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Is your computer really off . . . or is it wasting energy?


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Photo: Lise Lafond

Whatever you call it – vampire power, standby power, phantom power, leaked energy – this is the electricity that your gadgets continue to consume even when on idle. We increasingly rely on devices – printers, TVs, computers, game consoles, smartphones, cable boxes and other plug-in appliances – which can use 50 or 100 watts of electricity, even when they are not in use.

A new home for the Valcartier Historical Committee

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Photo: Allison Kirkwood

The Saint-Gabriel-de-Valcartier Historical Committee is celebrating the long-awaited move into its new office and archive space. Some 50 people came to the Open House to view the new facilities on Feb. 27. They were also treated to a preview of the exhibit A Stitch in Time, which will run until March 14.

They’re not asking for the moon, just a safe place to sleep

I thought that I knew Quebec City, a city I’ve lived in for a long time. But I was taken aback last week when I read an article by Mylène Moisan in the Feb.

Community Calendar

March 5 to 10 – International Auto Show at ExpoCité. For details, visit

Thursday, March 7 at 7 p.m. – Quebec Art Company Annual General Meeting in the boardroom at CEGEP Champlain–St. Lawrence, 790 Avenue Nérée-Tremblay. Refreshments will be served after the business meeting. The QAC is YOUR theatre company. Come out and show your support.

City pool to reopen soon; rink future in doubt

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Photo: Peter Black

While one recreational facility in Upper Town is getting ready to reopen, another’s fate is in limbo.

A city official has confirmed the swimming pool at the Lucien-Borne community centre is on track to reopen soon. Isabelle Petit said, “Work is on schedule. It is expected to be finished by the end of March with a view to opening [for users] at the beginning of April.”

Dive into history with Immersion Québec

Photo: Cassandra Kerwin

Thanks to advancements in technology, locals and tourists can dive right into key moments in Quebec City’s history. Immersion Québec offers a new, whirlwind experience in three phases to help people discover important figures of the past and the history of the city.

Convention centre transformed into athletes’ village for Games

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Photo: Peter Black

Quebec City’s Centre des Congrès is usually frequented by conventioneers dressed in business suits and carrying briefcases. As of last weekend, though, the immense structure became home to thousands of exuberant young people in more sporty attire, like sweatpants and tracksuits.

15th Pentathlon des Neiges a resounding success

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Photo: Cassandra Kerwin

Families and friends, some dressed as clowns or superheroes, participated in the closing weekend of the 15th Pentathlon des Neiges. Over the previous week, elementary and high school students gave their all, while the weekend was reserved for light-hearted short- and long-distance races and the first Radio-Canada Social Integration Challenge.

Bowser and Blue’s Laugh Lab leaves ’em laughing

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Photo: Shirley Nadeau

Bowser and Blue were at the Morrin Centre on March 2 to give a workshop on how to create laughter through musical comedy. With their no-holds-barred humour and musical talent, they kept their audience entertained and edified all evening.

A run in the sun in Sainte-Catherine-de-la-Jacques-Cartier

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Photo: Lise Lafond

The Provincial Winter Finals of the Association de Derby d’Attelage du Québec 2018-2019 took place in Sainte-Catherine-de-la-Jacques-Cartier on March 2. Horses, drivers and spectators took advantage of this beautiful, mild day, a nice change from February’s snow and -30 C temperatures.