January 15 2014 Edition

Local scientists “say cheese”

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Photo: Bethann G. Merkle

Quebecers eat an average of 8 kilos (17.64 pounds) of cheese annually. Despite the seeming diversity in markets and grocery stores, Canada's cheese industry is dominated by four companies - Agropur, Kraft, Parmalat, and Saputo. Among them, these companies control nearly 80% of the national cheese market, and all operate at least one production facility in Quebec.

Remembering the “father” of Canada’s flag

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John Ross Matheson, OC CD QC (1917 - 2013), a Canadian lawyer, judge, and politician who helped develop both the maple leaf flag and the Order of Canada, died on December 27, 2013, in Kingston, Ontario.

Celebrate Winter with the Carnaval Duchesses

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Photo: Bethann G. Merkle

Friday, January 17: Le Carnaval tout en danse! Joannie Hamel, the Duchess of Sillery-Sainte-Foy-Cap-Rouge, will host this street dance, from 6:30 p.m. to 10 p.m. in the Laurier Québec parking lot. Public hip-hop and breakdance workshops, fire-breathers, drummers and dance performances will bring the wonderful world of street dance to the public.

Saturday, January 18: Le biathlon des neiges.

Duchess’s Winter Flashmob a smashing success!

On January 12, Dominique Jobin of Charlesbourg, a Duchess for the 2014 Winter Carnival, presented the Winter Flashmob. Flashmobs are artistic demonstrations performed by dozens and sometimes hundreds of people. They are held in public places and, although they appear spontaneous, they are usually orchestrated by means of cell phones and social media.

A special Christmas dinner, thanks to Archidon

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Photo: Danielle Burns

On December 22, in the spirit of giving and sharing, the local brewery Archibald served a Christmas meal, dubbed the Archidon, for those who might not have had one otherwise.

Preparing to sleep on a bed of ice

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Photo: Danielle Burns

Spending the night on a bed of ice is not for everyone. Yet, intrigued by the novelty of the idea, some people will pay big bucks to do so. Perhaps they see it as a challenge or, at the very minimum, material for good photographs and anecdotes to tell friends and family.

With a reservation at the Hôtel de Glace approaching this week, this writer almost has cold feet.

HMCS Montcalm donates $4,000 to Quebec City charities

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Photo: Courtesy of Leading seaman Marilou Villeneuve

In mid-December, Lieutenant Commander Patricia Girard, commanding officer of HMCS Montcalm, the Canadian Naval Reserve unit located at Pointe-à-Carcy in Quebec City, presented four cheques in the amount of $1,000 each to charitable organizations in the greater Quebec City area.

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