Community News

Looking at both sides of Justin Trudeau’s election clouds

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Please, dear reader, permit your scribe to start the new year by joining the mob of political prognosticators in the usual year-end crystal ball gazing. The main fixation this time around?

Real estate tips: Staging your home for prospective buyers

Tip #1: Let there be light
The more natural light that comes into your house, the easier it will be to sell, especially in zones where the sun sets much earlier during the fall and winter months. Light brings life to a room and makes us feel cozy and comfortable.

DDO School hosts a Money Fair in Shannon

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Photo: Nicholas Keats
The entrepreneurial spirit is reaching Quebec City! The first Canadian Money Fair of the 2018-2019 school year took place at Dollard-des-Ormeaux School in Shannon on Dec. 8. Nicholas Keats, who teaches Contemporary World and Finance at the school, encouraged his Secondary 5 students to undertake this adventure. 

Meet Andrew Johnson: principal percussion with the OSQ

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As many of you know, I sing with the choir of the Orchestre symphonique de Québec (OSQ). At our last two concerts – La Symphonie du Jeu Vidéo and Hollywood 4 – At our last two concerts – La Symphonie du Jeu Vidéo and Hollywood 4 – in the orchestra’s percussion section, which is usually behind all the other musicians, directly in front of the choir, I noticed a new face.

Québec Remparts’ Patrick Roy cleans house over Christmas

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Photo: Luc Lang

Patrick Roy, the Quebec Remparts’ general manager and head coach, didn’t like the attitude in his team’s locker room, so when the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League (QMJHL) trading period began on Dec. 21, Roy said, “Enough is enough.”

A New Year’s homage to Vienna at the Grand Théâtre

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Photo: Shirley Nadeau

As 2018 ticked its way to 2019, the Orchestre Strauss du Québec, directed by Andreas Spörri from Vienna, presented their traditional New Year’s concert at the Grand Théâtre on the afternoon of Dec. 30.

Château Frontenac closes a year of 125th anniversary celebrations

“I hope people will come and feel that magic”

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Photo: Mary McCown
In the echoes and shadows of the ancient city of Quebec, Canada, walks a man.…” These are words from the trailer of Alfred Hitchcock’s 1953 film, I Confess, set here in the streets of Old Quebec.  

Rue du Capitaine-Bernier

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Photo: Wikimedia Commons - Public Domain
Rue du Capitaine-Bernier is named in honour of Captain Joseph-Elzéar Bernier (1852-1934), who was born in the village of L’Islet-sur-Mer, 100 km north-east of Quebec City. His father and grandfather were mariners, and he himself became a mariner and explorer of the Canadian North.

Marjorie Robertson MURRAY 1915-2018

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Marjorie passed away on Sunday evening, December 30, 2018 at St-Sacrement Hospital in her 103rd year, nine days short of her 104th birthday. She was the wife of the late John Murray and, in second marriage, of Richard Murray. She leaves to mourn her brother Malcom, his wife Dorothy, her sister Marion, her sister-in-law Elizabeth, and many nieces and nephews across Canada.

QCGN mourns loss of James Shea, educator and advocate for linguistic duality

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The Quebec Community Groups Network (QCGN) was profoundly saddened to learn of the death of former president James Shea during the holidays.

Anne-Catherine Tanguay is back for her second LPGA tour

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Photo: Luc Lang

Former CEGEP Champlain – St. Lawrence student and Quebec native Anne-Catherine Tanguay will be back on the Ladies Professional Golf Association (LPGA) tour in 2019, after finishing 2018 in 118th position.

Tanguay, who met the media just before the holidays, was in town to announce that La Capitale Insurance and Financial Services has renewed its sponsorship of the former Lady Lion golfer.

A year-long adventure to help save our planet begins

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Photo: Lise Lafond

At the end of an old year and the beginning of a new one, many of us take stock and think about how we can change things for the better.

Ice ring open for business on Plains of Abraham

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Photo: Peter Black

The opening of the ever-popular ice ring on the Plains of Abraham had to be delayed for several days in December but it was ready to welcome skaters in time for the holidays. The “après-skate” deck is larger this year, and a new fireplace and several heaters have been added, as well as more chairs.

Community Christmas Hamper Campaign delivers the goods

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Photo: Shirley Nadeau
After months of meetings, weeks of recruiting volunteers and collecting food and monetary donations, plus days of sorting and packing, members of the English-speaking community of the Quebec City area delivered Christmas hampers (boxes of groceries and vouchers) to 205 households on Dec. 15. 

Ho ho or holy: Christmas songs full of mixed messages

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Curiously, one of the movies that makes the usual Christmas faves lists is Tim Burton’s A Nightmare Before Christmas – no, it’s not about last-minute Christmas shopping.

Memorials and Things of Fame

December 22, 1868 – The Morning Chronicle

The Ice: During Saturday night and Sunday morning large quantities of new ice formed into a batture, which now extends over a hundred feet from the wharves in the Lower Town. This early forming of a solid batture is a sure indication of an ice-bridge.

A nice time to make ice

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Photo: Peter Black

It’s a nice time to make ice. Recent cold weather has allowed crews to get to work flooding the dozens of outdoor rinks throughout the city. This one is at the Parc du Musée. On the nearby Plains of Abraham, the large oval made with refrigerated ice started welcoming skaters last week.

Diplomatic crisis made in China

The current Sino-Canadian diplomatic crisis is serious and the stakes are extremely high. At the heart of the matter is national security. Huawei, a Chinese tele-communications behemoth with 180,000 employees worldwide and nearly $100 billion in revenue, is in the United States’ crosshairs and Canada is being forced to pull the trigger.

The story behind Rue Christmas

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Photo: from Wikipedia - Common Domain
Rue Christmas is named in honour of the annual festival commemorating the birth of Jesus Christ, observed primarily on Dec. 25 as a religious and cultural celebration among billions of people around the world. It is a time for love, gift giving and family gatherings.

“All I want for Christmas is …”

We asked several well-known people in Quebec City how they would answer the question “What do YOU want for Christmas?” After the usual “Peace on Earth, health, and happiness” replies, here’s what they had to say:

Hôtel de Glace offers a warm welcome in Valcartier

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Photo: Shirley Nadeau

Here’s a cool idea for a winter sleepover – spend the night in one of the 42 cozy, snowy and icy bedrooms at the Hôtel de Glace (ice hotel) in Valcartier, just 35 km from downtown Quebec City.

An “elf-made” man visits children at local library

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Photo: Danielle Burns
Children in the Limoilou area didn’t need to go to the North Pole to get into the silly elf spirit on Dec. 14.

Do you have what it takes to be an astronaut?

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Photo: Danielle Burns

It isn’t every Saturday storytime that the parents are as interested in the special guest as their kids. Canadian astronaut candidate James Veilleux gave the large group of parents and children gathered in the Morrin Centre main library some insider information about the intensive and demanding process of being selected to be sent into space.

Birdwatching: observing our beautiful winter birds

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Photo: Lise Lafond
Feed the birds in winter; in return, they will feed your soul with the look of gratitude!” - Mehmet Murat Ildan, contemporary Turkish novelist and playwright.

It’s all about the downhill rush at the Grande Fête Hivernale

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Photo: Cassandra Kerwin
Crowds of people gathered on Dufferin Terrace for the fifth annual Grande Fête Hivernale (winter fest) organized by the owners of Au 1884, the snack bar at the foot of the famous toboggan slide, which opened in … 1884. The event, held on Dec. 15, marked the official opening of the slide and celebrated the arrival of winter and yuletide. Although the winter solstice is not until Dec.

Quebec High School alumna still giving back to the community

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Photo: courtesy of the Community Christmas Hamper Campaign

     By 2:30 p.m. last Sunday, Amy Bilodeau looked a little tired, and with reason.

Community Calendar

Dec. 20 and 21 at 8 p.m. and Dec. 22 at 2:30 p.m. – Choeur et Orchestre symphonique de Québec present Hollywood 4 at the Grand Théâtre de Québec.

English-speaking community will not abandon school boards

Quebec’s English-speaking community has absolutely no intention of heeding Premier François Legault’s advice that we abandon any plans to challenge the Coalition Avenir Québec government’s scheme to abolish school boards and replace them with service centres.

It’s time for the annual “Luc”-ky sports awards

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Photo: Mathieu Bélanger- U Laval

There are no plaques, trophies or certificates that come with the “Luc”-ky awards but, in my opinion, this is a time to reflect on the past year in local sports and to recognize the male and female athletes I consider to be outstanding.

Team of the Year
In 2017, the award went to the St. Patrick’s High School women’s senior rugby team.

MNBAQ’s Murmures encourages budding young architects

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Photo: Shirley Nadeau
The revamped family gallery in the central pavilion of the Musée national des Beaux-Arts du Québec (MNBAQ) opened on Dec. 12, to the delight of several children and grandchildren of museum employees who were invited to “test drive” the new setup.  
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