January 28 2015 Edition

Irish street names in Quebec City

Photo: Cassandra Kerwin

On January 19, John O'Connor gave an interesting talk about Irish street names in Quebec City at Irish Heritage Quebec (IHQ)'s first meeting of the New Year. The meeting drew many people with a fascination for local history.

Bonhomme Carnaval’s ice palace ready for visitors

Photo: Ruby Pratka

The finishing touches were being put on Bonhomme Carnaval's ice palace opposite the National Assembly this week. Organizers said the Quebec Winter Carnival landmark was finished two days ahead of schedule this year. It will be open to the public on January 30.

A Mass in Hell: a tribute to the victims of Auschwitz

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Photo: Kasia Borkowska

On the night of July 31, 1941, a prisoner escaped from Auschwitz-Birkenau, a Nazi concentration and extermination camp in occupied Poland. Such daring attempts were very rare - and successful ones practically unheard of - and they carried serious consequences.

Morrin Centre holding a student film contest

The Morrin Centre, Quebec City's English-language cultural centre, recently received a media conference grant from Canadian Heritage, with the goal of examining and promoting Linguistic Duality.

David Parker scores with his hockey-inspired music

Photo: Cassandra Kerwin

The Morrin Centre welcomed Dave Parker and his musicians last Saturday. The evening was special, featuring Parker's talented band and his take on hockey history, a subject dear to many Canadians. Parker is well known in Quebec's English-speaking community as an accomplished jazz musician and music teacher.

Winston Bernard O'Donnell 1942-2015

Winston (affectionately known as Winnie) passed away on January 12 at age 72. Left to mourn are his partner France; his daughters Tara (Jun) and Meghan (Shervin); his granddaughter Mila Winnie; Gail, the mother of his children; his older brother Reginald (Irene); his nephew Christian and his niece Pia; and his friends and colleagues.

A shootout at the Saint-Tite rodeo arena

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Photo: Diane Kameen

Best known for its large annual rodeo, the small town of Saint-Tite (population 4,000), 30 kms northeast of Shawinigan, welcomed the first ever Winter Classic outdoor hockey games with three teams of the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League.

Two of the league's regular season games were played on an outdoor rink in Saint-Tite instead of at the usual venue in the Shawinigan arena.

Festi-Volant in Grandes-Piles, “So much fun!”

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Photo: Diane Kameen

While at the Outdoor Classic hockey game in Saint-Tite, Diane Kameen and her husband Daniel Jobin stayed at their favourite bed and breakfast, La Capitainerie du Passant, overlooking the St. Maurice River in the town of Grandes-Piles, near Shawinigan.

The century-old B&B is owned and operated by Kim Nadeau and Gaston Côté, formerly of Saint-Édouard-de-Lotbinière and Quebec City.

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