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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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Photo: Wikimedia Commons - Public Domain

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

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.

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.

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].

125 years ago: the inauguration of the first Winter Carnival

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Photo: Wikimedia Commons - Public Domain

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.

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.

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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Photo: Wikimedia Commons - Public Domain

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.

Let it snow, let it snow, let it snow . . . no more!

 

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 Avenue Cartier on a snowy Sunday afternoon. Let the snowplow pass!

Photo by Peter Black

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The story behind Avenue Calixa-Lavallée

STREET VIEWS

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Photo: Screenshot from Google Maps

This street was named after Calixa Lavallée (1842-1891), best known for composing the music for “O Canada,” which officially became the national anthem of Canada in 1980.

Canada non grata in Saudi Arabia and China

POLITICAL COMMENTARY

On Jan. 12, Canada’s Minister of Foreign Affairs, Chrystia Freeland, welcomed 18-year-old Saudi refugee Rahaf Mohammed al-Qunun (who now goes by Rahaf Mohammed) at Toronto’s Pearson International Airport. The image of Freeland warmly embracing Mohammed, posing for the media, was as striking as it was diplomatically unwise.

MEMORIALS AND THINGS OF FAME

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January 23, 1819 – The Quebec Gazette

Teaching French

Musée de la civilisation puts rock art online

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Photo: Cassandra Kerwin

It is now possible to see Indigenous stone engravings from all over Canada virtually, thanks to the exhibit on the website of the Musée de la civilisation de Québec (MCQ).

Wrapping up the Christmas Hamper Campaign – Thank you!

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Photo: CCHC

Thanks to the efforts of nearly 200 volunteers, the 23rd annual Community Christmas Hamper Campaign (CCHC) is coming to a successful close.

Fifty-Fifty: the best of both worlds

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Photo: Dennis Cox

When I first arrived in Quebec City from Sherbrooke in June 2001, I immediately immersed myself in the activities of the English-speaking community. As a writer, one of the first contacts I made was Michèle Thibeau of the Quebec Chronicle-Telegraph, who took the time to outline activities available to English-speaking newcomers.

Magical, unsettling Zanzibar

POSTCARDS FROM AFRICA

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Photo: Ruby Pratka

Zanzibar. The word itself sounds almost mythical, like “Timbuktu” or “Siberia.” Shorthand for a place where legends come to life. I think I was about five the first time I heard the word, in a kids’ alphabet song where the singer had obviously had to do a bit of digging to come up with enough “Z” words.

Quebec City gears up for 1894 Carnival

NOTES FROM THE ARCHIVES

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Photo: Wikimedia Commons - Public Domain

One hundred and twenty-five years ago, barely a year after the opening of the Château Frontenac, Quebec City was preparing for Winter Carnival. Held intermittently since then, the Carnaval de Québec, as we now know it, has been celebrated annually since 1955, the year that Bonhomme Carnaval, the mascot of the festival, made his first appearance.

OBITUARY: William James ROBERTSON

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After a brave 28-year struggle with Lyme disease and Parkinson’s, William James Robertson died peacefully on January 16, 2019 at Saint Brigid’s Home, Quebec.

William was born in Winnipeg, Manitoba on November 28, 1941. He grew up in Whitehead, Nova Scotia; Aylmer, Quebec; and Ottawa, Ontario, before settling in Quebec City, where he lived for 50 years.

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