March 7 2018 Edition

Everyone loves winter during the Pentathlon des Neiges

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Photo: Cassandra Kerwin
Winter sports enthusiasts had quite a week on the Plains of Abraham. From Feb. 23 to March 4, cross-country skiers, snowshoers, joggers, cyclists and skaters raced for pleasure, for pride or even for World Cups. Whatever the reason, Quebec City was the place to be. 

Dentists needle Barrette over “clown nose” ban

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Is it safe … to say dentistry has changed over the years?

Fans of the 1976 thriller Marathon Man will get the winky reference in that line. There was a time in recent memory when a trip to the dentist brought dread on the order of that inflicted on Dustin Hoffman’s unfrozen teeth by a Nazi war criminal played by a dental drill-wielding Sir Laurence Olivier.

The 52nd Shannon Irish Show coming up this Saturday

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Photo: Allison Kirkwood

For some, the warm sun and the melting of the snow are the first signs of spring; for others, it’s the gentle rain and warm breezes. For those of us in Shannon, it is the celebration of St. Patrick’s Day, and that begins with the Shannon Irish Show.

Benefit concert for Aymen Derbali at Cathedral of the Holy Trinity

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Les Productions In Musica, in collaboration with the Orchestre Philharmonique de la Relève du Québec, is giving a benefit concert for Aymen Derbali on Sunday, March 11, at 3 p.m. at the Cathedral of the Holy Trinity, 31 rue des Jardins in Old Quebec. Admission is free; voluntary donations will be gathered.

Stroke more common than expected in young people

Canadian Olympic speed skater Denny Morrison made headlines around the world when he raced in Pyeongchang just over a year after suffering a stroke. The 32-year-old athlete represents a very small minority of stroke survivors – according to statistics from the Ontario Stroke Network, two-thirds of strokes occur in people over age 65.

Memorials and Things of Fame

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The first edition of
The Quebec Gazette / La Gazette de Québec 
was published on June 21, 1764.
In 1874 it merged with the
Morning Chronicle (1847-1925) 

The story behind Rue des Agniers

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Photo: Wikimedia Commons (public domain)
Rue des Agniers is named after the First Nations people now known as Mohawks or Kanien’kehá:ka, who were called les agniers by French colonizers. The Mohawks were allies of the British Crown during the American Revolution. They are one of the five core tribes of the Iroquois Confederacy, whose ancestors lived in the Mohawk River valley in present-day New York state. 

Jay Sewall launches Payin’ My Dues: 50 Years of Blues

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Photo: Cassandra Kerwin

Fans of the blues had a pleasant evening in the District Saint-Joseph bar in Saint-Roch on Feb. 27 as Quebec blues legend Jay Sewall launched his seventh album, Payin’ My Dues: 50 Years of Blues, to commemorate his 50-year career.

Violons du Roy present Handel and Haydn

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Photo: Shirley Nadeau

Les Violons du Roy and the La Chapelle de Québec choir gave a very impressive concert at the Palais Montcalm March 1, under the direction of the ensemble’s founding director, Bernard Labadie.

Muslim American shot by racist preaches peace in Quebec City

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Photo: Shirley Nadeau

Rais Bhuiyan, a young Muslim immigrant who had trained as a military pilot in his native Bangladesh, was working in a Dallas, Texas, convenience store 10 days after the 9/11 attacks. A man with a shotgun entered, asked him where he was from, and before Bhuiyan could reply, blasted him in the face.

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