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Quebec City’s 66th Winter Carnival a picture-perfect event

Photos by Cassandra Kerwin

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Everyone was invited to visit Bonhomme Carnaval at home in his Ice Palace.

 

Another landmark church bites the dust

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Photo: Jonathan Letellier-Black

With its steeple now removed, demolition work proceeded in earnest last week on Église Saint-François-d’Assise, on 1re Ave. in Limoilou.

The church has not been used by the congregation since 2012. It is expected it will take about two weeks to level the stone structure, a landmark in the neighbourhood since it opened in 1927.

An “orphan” diagnoses Quebec’s public health system

We are orphan patients and we are legion. “Orphan” is the quaint if somewhat insensitive term for people in Quebec who do not have a family doctor. By family doctor, we don’t mean the Norman Rockwell version who, medical bag in hand, actually makes “house calls” – now that’s quaint.

The story behind Rue Gaëtane-De Montreuil

STREET VIEWS

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Photo: Wikipedia Commons - Common Domain

This street is named in honour of Gaëtane De Montreuil, which was the pen name of Quebec author Géorgina Bélanger (1867-1951). She has been described as being one of the leading early Canadian women journalists. She was born in Quebec City and graduated from the École Normale in 1885.

MEMORIALS AND THINGS OF FAME

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Photo: Gallic Digital Library - Public Domain

February 19, 1820 – The Quebec Gazette
Vocal Concert

Peewee tourney a dream come true for hockey announcer Luc Lang

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Photo: Justin Patry

He may not be under age 13, and he doesn’t get to skate on the ice of the Videotron Centre, but being the public address (PA) announcer for games in the famous Pee-Wee International Hockey Tournament is still a big thrill for QCT sports reporter Luc Lang.

Quebec International Pee-Wee Hockey Tournament action

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Photo: Luc Lang

The Quebec International Pee-Wee Hockey Tournament will come to a close on Feb. 23, with finals in five different classes. The 61st tournament saw 120 teams from 20 countries – a new record – step on the ice of the Videotron Centre. For the first time ever, teams from South Korea and Croatia participated in the tournament.

MNBAQ reveals the world of Frida Kahlo and Diego Rivera

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Photo: Shirley Nadeau

The Musée National des Beaux-Arts du Québec (MNBAQ) recently opened a new exhibition featuring a selection of outstanding works by history’s most celebrated painter couple, Mexican artists Frida Kahlo and Diego Rivera. She was a committed artist and female role model. He was Mexico’s foremost muralist painter.

“Overachiever” Dominique Anglade seeks Liberal leadership

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Photo: Anglade leadership campaign

As the QCT interview with Quebec Liberal Party leadership aspirant Dominique Anglade wraps up, her cell phone rings. It’s her son. She speaks with him briefly in French. She makes another call, this time speaking German.

Ending the call, she answers the reporter’s quizzical look. “It’s my significant other. He’s German.”

Shannon’s Winterfest Saturdays are filled with fun

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Photo: Lise Lafond

Shannon’s Winterfest is back for a 13th edition, and this year it will extend the enjoyment of winter enthusiasts with not one, but four Saturdays of activities, giving residents of Shannon and the surrounding area a unique opportunity to come together to enjoy the pleasures of the season.

Aurore Gagnon – l’enfant martyre

FROM THE ARCHIVES

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Photo: Quebec Chronicle archives

We won’t spend fifty dollars for a doctor. Let her die. I won’t shed a tear.”

(These words were attributed to Marie-Anne Houde by a prosecution witness in April 1920, as reported in the Quebec Chronicle.)

Dorothy Terese (Terry) McNEIL O’GALLAGHER

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Dorothy Terese (Terry) McNEIL O’GALLAGHER
December 2, 1939 – February 9, 2020

“She was our teacher
and role model on
how to live a life with purpose, meaning and courage.”

Community Calendar

Friday, Feb. 21 at 9:30 a.m. – Take-a-Break Drop In: Raising Bilingual Children. Parents of preschoolers get together and hear guest speakers while their children are being cared for by qualified volunteers at the Jeffery Hale Pavilion, 1270 Chemin Sainte-Foy. Free parking. For more information, call the Wellness Centre at 418-684-5333, ext. 1539.

FEQ books Rage Against the Machine reunion show

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Photo: FEQ

The 2020 edition of the Festival d’Été (FEQ) has scored one of the biggest names in hard rock for the closing Saturday show on the giant stage on the Plains of Abraham.

Lions basketball and hockey teams just keep on winning

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Photo: St. Lawrence Lions Athletics

It was another victorious weekend for the basketball and hockey teams at CEGEP Champlain–St. Lawrence. The Lady Lions basketball team won their two games at home this past weekend, while the men’s team put another tick in the “win” column. The hockey team also continued its winning streak.

Rouge et Or women’s basketball team wins the RSEQ season title

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Photo: U Laval Rouge et Or

The Université Laval Rouge et Or women’s basketball team secured first place in the RSEQ conference with an impressive 62-52 win over the Citadins from Université du Québec à Montréal (UQAM) on Feb. 15 at the Amphithéâtre Desjardins. The win clinched the regular-season title for the team coached by Guillaume Giroux.

SPORTS BRIEFS: hockey, tennis and slopestyle skiing

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Photo: QMJHL

It was another weekend to forget for the Québec Remparts, who lost both games on the road, in Victoriaville (5-4 in overtime) on Feb. 14, and in Rimouski (11-2) two days later.

Conditions ideal for the Winter Carnival Ice Canoe Race

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Photo: Cassandra Kerwin

A cloudless bright blue sky, a light breeze, sub-zero temperatures, a cheering crowd, open water and ice floes all added up to ideal conditions for the annual Winter Carnival Ice Canoe Race on Feb 9. Racers descended onto the surface of the frozen Louise Basin for their final preparations before launching their boats to complete laps across the St.

Dimming and dazzling: The many facets of Canada’s diamond dealings

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My cousin’s boyfriend was a prophet of diamonds, probably still is. A seasoned woodsman and prospector, he had staked many a claim in the northeastern Ontario bush, convinced of the presence of diamond-laden kimberlite pipes.

Roald Amundsen: the man who stole the Pole

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Photo: Wikipedia Commons - Public Domain

Some 50 people made their way through the worst winter storm to hit Quebec City this winter on Feb. 7 to attend a talk at Université Laval about a famous expedition to the South Pole. Just walking from the parking lot through the blizzard to the pavilion for the event gave them a small idea of what the Norwegian explorers might have experienced.

The story behind Rue Gandhi

STREET VIEWS

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Photo: Wikipedia Commons - Public Domain

This street was named in honour of Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi (1869-1948), lawyer, political leader, and spiritual guide who fought for the independence of India. He was commonly known as “Mahatma,” meaning “great-souled” or “venerable,” or simply as “Bapu,” meaning “father” in several Indian dialects.

MEMORIALS AND THINGS OF FAME

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Photo: Wikimedia Commons - Public Domain

February 11, 1820 – The Quebec Gazette
The Quebec Dispensary

White carpet for the opening of Quebec Winter Carnival

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Photo: Cassandra Kerwin

Mother Nature rolled out the white carpet for the opening ceremony of the Quebec City Winter Carnival, followed by the Pepsi Hip-Hop Party at the Ice Palace on Feb. 7. Bonhomme Carnaval and hundreds of carnival-goers welcomed the blizzard with open arms. Thick snowflakes blanketed the site, increasing people’s energy and adding to the magic of the Ice Palace.

Lots of rhythm, lots of fun at the Winter Carnival Parade

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Photo: Cassandra Kerwin

Cold temperatures, crowds, floats and horns … symbols of the Carnaval we all know and love. By midday on Feb. 8, traffic was being diverted from Grande Allée. Floats, costumes and props were lined up along the fence of the Plains of Abraham, creating an anticipatory magical buzz in the air.

A winter visit to the Château Saint-Louis

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Photo: Shirley Nadeau

Parks Canada has invited the public to explore the Château Saint-Louis archeological site beneath the snow-covered Dufferin Terrace during the Quebec Winter Carnival.

The weather didn’t stop the Val-Bélair Derby horses

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Photo: Lise Lafond

Feb. 8 was marked on the calendar of many horse lovers, derby fans and racers. However, with the storm that hit Quebec the day before, leaving 35 to 40 centimetres of snow on the ground, it was impossible for Tommy Ouellet and Marie Blais to host the Val-Bélair Derby as planned.

Art and all that jazz at the MNBAQ

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Photo: Shirley Nadeau

A very unusual concert took place in the auditorium of the Musée National des Beaux-Arts du Québec (MNBAQ) on Feb. 7. You had to be a pretty determined lover of art and jazz to venture out in the winter storm that had been raging outside all day, and – most of the seats in the auditorium were filled.

Art and all that jazz at the MNBAQ

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Photo: Shirley Nadeau

A very unusual concert took place in the auditorium of the Musée National des Beaux-Arts du Québec (MNBAQ) on Feb. 7. You had to be a pretty determined lover of art and jazz to venture out in the winter storm that had been raging outside all day, and – most of the seats in the auditorium were filled.

Concordia stings the Rouge et Or basketball teams

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Photo: Université Laval

The Concordia University Stingers did not do any favours for the Université Laval Rouge et Or in the four basketball games played last week.

The Stingers women’s team surprised the Rouge et Or on Laval’s home court with an easy 66-51 victory on Feb. 6. That same night, the Rouge et Or men’s team was no match for the Stingers, losing 90-59.

Fighting Irish hockey teams come up empty-handed in Beauceville Classic

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Photo: Luc Lang

The Under 15 (U15) and the Under 17 (U17) hockey teams from St. Patrick’s High School came back empty-handed from the Classique Scolaire de Hockey de Beauceville, when both teams lost in the semifinals on Feb. 9. Six teams were competing in the U17 division, with two pools of three teams playing against each other.

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