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MEMORIALS AND THINGS OF FAME

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February 3, 1819 – The Quebec Gazette

Provincial Parliament
House of Assembly
A committee was appointed to prepare an address. [Be it] Resolved “That it was proper that the two Houses should present an Address of condolence … on the melancholy event of the death of the Queen; and the Resolve was communicated to the Legislative Council....”

The story behind Place des Canotiers

STREET VIEWS

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Photo: Cassandra Kerwin from QCT archives

The name Place des Canotiers was chosen following a public competition held by the Ville de Québec in 2015 to name a public park on Rue Dalhousie at the foot of Côte de la Montagne.

Audition call for the Quebec Art Company’s fall production of the classic musical "Fiddler on the Roof"

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The Quebec Art Company, fresh from the smash success of Jesus Christ Superstar in April 2018, has embarked on its next ambitious musical project, the powerful and moving classic, Fiddler on the Roof, book by Joseph Stein, lyrics by Sheldon Stein and music by Jerry Bock

Teo Taxi in an age of economic illiteracy

ECONOMIC COMMENTARY

The recent public outcry over Teo Taxi’s bankruptcy is well justified. Nearly $60 million in taxpayers’ money has been lost in this failed experiment. Even more disconcerting is the speed and carelessness with which public funds were fed into this project.

Despite protests, fur remains very much in fashion

Several cities in California, including Los Angeles and San Francisco, are pushing ahead with bans on the sale of new fur apparel. Under the L.A. plan, for example, the ban would take effect in 2020, giving the Kardashians plenty of time to buy up existing stocks.

Quebecers commemorate victims of 2017 mosque shooting

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Photo: Cassandra Kerwin

Two years ago, Quebec City was hit with the shocking news of a shooting at the Grande Mosquée of the Centre culturel islamique de Québec (CCIQ) at the corner of Chemin Sainte-Foy and Route de l’Église. A lone gunman opened fire during evening prayers and killed six men: Ibrahima Barry, Mamadou Tanou Barry, Khaled Belkacemi, Aboubaker Thabti, Abdelkrim Hassane and Azzedine Soufiane.

Pentathlon des Neiges just around the corner

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Photo: Cassandra Kerwin

To the great pleasure of many sports enthusiasts, winter has arrived. Trails are being groomed all over Quebec City. Amateur and elite athletes are strapping on their snowshoes or skis, or lacing up their skates. Many are preparing for a popular, multi-sport event – the annual Pentathlon des Neiges, which will take place on the Plains of Abraham in less than a month.

Scottish culture celebrated at Habitations Valcartier

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Photo: Sarah Savill

Robert “Robbie” Burns once said, “There is no such uncertainty as a sure thing,” and to many Canadians this saying applies to our winters. We are sure the snow will fall, but not so sure about the road conditions. For this reason, the Burns celebration at Habitations Valcartier, arranged by Jayne Doddridge of Valcartier Elementary School, was postponed from Jan. 20 to Jan. 27.

Burns’ heart is in the Highlands … but his supper was in Quebec City

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Photo: Mary McCown

Bonnie lasses, Celtic music and, of course, haggis graced the Robbie Burns festivities at Château Laurier Québec. The 78th Fraser Highlanders, Fort St. Andrew’s Garrison, have been organizing Burns Suppers in Quebec City since 2002. On Jan. 26, they once again pulled off an amazing celebration.

Northern ties with Mexico get lost in U.S. trade noise

COMMENTARY

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Do you get the feeling that half of Quebecers have been to or are going to Mexico this winter? If so, it is not your imagination (fueled by envy).

Burns Night, Tanzanian-style!

POSTCARDS FROM AFRICA

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Photo: Ruby Pratka

 

A state of the union address for the people

POLITICAL COMMENTARY

Washington’s constant state of political infighting has produced a growing list of casualties. Sacred traditions that harken back to the founding of the United States of America are not exempt.

The story behind Rue du Campanile

STREET VIEWS

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Photo: Screenshot from Google Maps

Rue du Campanile is a private street that takes its name from the tall brick clock tower on a corner of the Faubourg Laudance business centre. The street has three restaurants, a bank, drugstore, grocery store, liquor outlet and several other commercial tenants.

Quebec City gears up for 1894 Carnival

MORE NOTES FROM THE ARCHIVES

A continuation of last week’s article

In late December of 1893, the Quebec Morning Chronicle (QMC) continued its coverage of Winter Carnival preparations.

PM Trudeau setting the election table

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Photo: Peter Black

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau paid a visit to Quebec City on Jan. 25 as the pre-election ball gets rolling. He spoke at a luncheon hosted by the Chambre de commerce et d’industrie de Québec, and took questions from the audience in a session hosted by chamber president Julie Bédard.

MEMORIALS AND THINGS OF FAME

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January 30, 1819 – The Quebec Gazette

Arrived at Greenock [Scotland] from Quebec on the 19th November, the [ships] Jane and the Mars, both sailed from Quebec on the 16th October. The Rebecca Harvey, arrived at the same port on the 24th November, sailed from Quebec on the 23rd October.

January 28, 1869 – The Morning Chronicle

Jeffery Hale Community Partners holds Get out of the Red auction

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Photo: Shirley Nadeau

For several years now, Jeffery Hale Community Partners has organized a Get Out of the Red auction in January to raise funds to help make up any shortage in the Community Christmas Hamper Campaign (CCHC) fundraising appeal.

Cercle du savoir meets at the Garrison Club

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Photo: Shirley Nadeau

The Cercle du savoir held its inaugural meeting at the Garrison Club on Jan. 23. Some 120 people showed up to hear guest speaker Éric Bédard talk about the life of Samuel de Champlain.

Shampoo: washing our hair is polluting our planet

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Photo: Lise Lafond

Since the first bottle of shampoo hit stores in the 1930s, it has become a bathroom staple. Some households have a multitude of shampoo and conditioner bottles, with family members having their own personal favourite brands. How many of us have the twin shampoo and conditioner combo? All these bottles add up.

Laughing it up in the Lab at the Morrin Centre

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Photo: Peter Black

Eastern Townships funnyman Ross Murray gave a workshop on humour writing to a captive audience in the former prison cells at the Morrin Centre on Jan. 26. The session was part of the Centre’s Laugh Lab series exploring various aspects of comedy.

Community Calendar

Jan. 29 to 31 – YES Business Coaching: YES Montreal, in partnership with Voice of English-speaking Québec, offers professional business coaching services in person at the Jeffery Hale Pavilion* or online. To register, call 418-683-2366, ext. 225, or email [email protected].

Hooked on School Days – Our actions, A+ in their success!

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The 14th edition of Hooked on School Days (HSD) will take place across Quebec from Feb. 11 to 15.

125 years ago: the inauguration of the first Winter Carnival

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The first Quebec City Winter Carnival was inaugurated on Monday, Jan. 29, 1894. Governor General and Lady Aberdeen had been invited as guests of honour for the occasion, but a major storm delayed their departure from Ottawa.

PM’s statement on International Holocaust Remembrance Day

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau issued the following statement on International Holocaust Remembrance Day Jan. 27:

Winter photos!

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In front of City Hall, this statue of Bonhomme Carnaval dances as a friendly reminder that Quebec City’s Winter Carnival is fast approaching. Photo by Danielle Burns

Going squirrelly over nuts

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Photo: Lise Lafond

Big crane goes up on Grande Allée

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Photo: Jonathan Letellier-Black

Carnaval de Québec is coming to Avenue Maguire

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Photo: Shirley Nadeau

Frigid temperatures, snow and ice everywhere can only mean one thing: Carnaval de Québec – Quebec City’s 65th renowned Winter Carnival – is barely a week away. This year, festivities will be spread throughout the greater Quebec City and Lévis areas. Over 60 business districts have organized their own special activities as part of the Hydro-Québec partner events from Feb. 8 to 17.

Lifelong Learning launches spring 2019 program

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Photo: Shirley Nadeau

Some 40 Lifelong Learners attended a Welcome Tea held on Jan. 15 in the Valcartier Family Centre at its new address on 2630 Blvd. Hochelaga.

The gathering was an excellent opportunity to meet new members and hear about upcoming activities.

Funny, how Big Tobacco is quitting “ordinary” cigarettes

COMMENTARY

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Any Bob Newhart fans out there? Sure there are. The American comedian and actor, still performing occasionally at 89, is the master of the deadpan reaction. His specialty is one-sided telephone conversations, and perhaps his best-known bit is his transatlantic chat with Sir Walter Raleigh in the English colony of Virginia.

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