January 15 2014 Edition

Bonhomme is back!

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Photo: Ruby Pratka

A familiar face popped up at a press conference in Sainte-Foy on Thursday as the Carnaval de Québec 2014 events schedule was announced - Bonhomme Carnaval himself. The smiling snowman made his appearance surrounded by the Carnival Duchesses. "I've gotten so used to saying ‘my carnival', but it's our carnival now," he said.

An event for the neighbourhood and the world

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.

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.

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.

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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