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CBC Quebec team hits the ice with listeners in Shannon

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Photo: Lise Lafond

CBC Quebec team members Peter Tardif, Spencer Van Dyk, Cassandra Leader, Kim Garrity, Glenn Wanamaker, Julia Caron, Karl Vincent and Susan Campbell hosted a community skate at Shannon Winterfest on Feb. 29.

The comfortable weather was ideal for skating on the ice path that meanders through the woods near the Chalet des Sports. The path was lined with snow-covered trees on both sides.

Laval women’s hoops team captures second RSEQ banner

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Photo: Mathieu Bélanger, Université Laval

For the second year in a row, the Université Laval Rouge et Or women’s basketball team are the champions of the Réseau du sport etudiant du Québec (RSEQ). They defeated the Citadins from Université du Québec à Montréal (UQAM) 62-54 in front of over 1,600 boisterous fans at Amphithéâtre Desjardins on Feb. 29.

Lions to open RSEQ hockey playoffs against Thetford

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Photo: Champlain-St. Lawrence Lions via Facebook

The CEGEP Champlain–St. Lawrence Lions hockey team, which finished third overall in the Réseau du sport étudiant du Québec (RSEQ) regular season standings, will play the Filons of Cégep de Thetford in the second round of the playoffs this weekend.

Sports briefs: AAA Midget Hockey, Laval football, Remparts

Photo: QMJHL-Jonathan Roy

The 2019-20 regular season of the Quebec AAA Midget Hockey League is now complete. The playoffs started March 2, and will end in mid-April, with the champions winning the Jimmy Ferrari Cup and a spot in the Telus Cup, Hockey Canada’s national championship for the midget division.

Olympic volleyball team to stop at PEPS

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Photo: Luc Lang

After the visit of the 2019 NBA champion Toronto Raptors, Université Laval announced that Canada’s Olympic men’s volleyball team would stop at the university in early May for three days of training as they prepare for the 2020 Olympic Games.

Record number of athletes at Pentathlon des Neiges

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Photo: Cassandra Kerwin

The Pentathlon des Neiges returned to the Plains of Abraham with a record-breaking number of participants. From Feb. 22 to March 1, this unique multi-sport event has attracted 6,000 athletes ready to run, bike, snowshoe, cross-country ski and/or skate. Since 2005, the pentathlon has encouraged people of all ages to discover, practise and enjoy winter sports.

What would the ‘New World’ be like without Cartier’s ‘miracle’?

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What’s more fun for amateur historians than the endless possibilities of alternate histories?


Welcome back to Canada, Ruby!

I found out in your recent Postcards from Europe that you’re now back safe and sound in our country. I hope it’s not too cold for you....

The stories behind Avenue Garneau and Rue Garneau


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Photo: Wikimedia Commons - Public Domain

Quebec City has an Avenue Garneau and a Rue Garneau, and each is named after a different person.


February 28, 1820 – The Quebec Gazette
The Packets
Halifax – Four tedious months of the year, from October to March, our English mails are sent to us by way of Bermuda and New York. Thus is every communication, public and private.

February 28, 1870 – The Morning Chronicle
Snow-shoe Club Races
Over 3,000 people present

Leboeuf and Modig defend their triathlon titles

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Photo: Cassandra Kerwin

Quebecer Maxime Leboeuf and Swede Lovisa Modig won big once again at the ITU S3 Winter Triathlon World Cup on the Plains of Abraham this weekend. On Feb. 23, Leboeuf climbed to the top of the podium for the fifth straight year. For Modig, it was her third consecutive victory.

Laurent Duvernay-Tardif receives Quebec Medal of Honour

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Photo: Shirley Nadeau

Laurent Duvernay-Tardif, a tall, powerful offensive lineman (6’5”, 330 lbs.) who wears No. 76 for the Kansas City Chiefs, is the first NFL player to become a medical doctor during his football career. He also happens to be a Quebecer.

Discover the many faces of art at FIFA

Photo: Festival international des films sur l'art

Everyone has a different definition of what constitutes a work of art. For some, the height of beauty may be a Renaissance painting, for others, a folk song, for others, a carefully prepared meal with thought put into every sauce and garnish.

Triptyque migratoire a sweeping epic that touches the universal

Photo: Théâtre Humain via Facebook

A relatively recent Irish immigrant to Quebec City once said there are two types of immigrants here: “the refugees – from war and persecution – and the love refugees.” Quebec City-based playwright and producer Kevin McCoy is a “love refugee,” having moved here nearly two decades ago from Chicago to live with the love of his life.

New tramway route would run through school soccer field

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Photo: Ville de Québec

It’s back to the drawing board for the route of a key section of the city’s ambitious tramway plan.

FEQ concerts return to roost at the Pigeonnier

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Photo: FEQ

Like the bird it’s named for, the Pigeonnier has resumed its famed role as a sought-after roost for concerts for the Festival d’Été de Québec (FEQ). The park on Grande Allée, officially called the Parc de la Francophonie, will once again welcome music fans for the 11-day event this year.

Celebrating Black Canadians who served their country in war


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Photo: Wikimedia Commons (Public Domain)

Canadian society is becoming increasingly and irreversibly diverse. As a member of the Canadian Armed Forces, I am proud that the Forces serve as a mirror of our multicultural social fabric, celebrating the diverse cultural backgrounds of those who form its tapestry.

OBITUARY: In memory of Shelley Price

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Shelley Price died on Feb. 2, 2020, at Saint Brigid’s Home, at the age of 70. Shelley studied at Dickenson State University in North Dakota and got a B.Sc degree in mathematics in 1971. She then went to Ball State University (Indiana) and received her MA in music and psychology in 1976. Shelley joined the University Women’s Club (UWC) of Quebec shortly after moving to Charlesbourg.

Community Calendar

Thursday, Feb. 27 at 7:30 p.m. – Open Book: Intercultural Dialogues – Diaspora at the Morrin Centre, 44 Chaussée des Écossais. Authors Rebecca Fisseha (Daughters of Silence) and Kaie Kellough (Dominoes at the Crossroads) will discuss their latest books and the theme of diaspora with moderator Whitney French. Admission $5, free for Morrin Centre members.

St. Lawrence student receives Loran scholarship

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Photo: CEGEP Champlain-St. Lawrence

CEGEP Champlain–St. Lawrence is very proud to announce that Maryna Rusakova, a student in the science program, has been selected as a 2020 Loran Scholar.

Season ends for men’s hockey, women’s volleyball at St. Lawrence

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Photo: Champlain-St. Lawrence Lions via Facebook

The 2019-20 regular season is now in the books for two of the CEGEP Champlain–St. Lawrence sports teams.

The men’s hockey team and the women’s volleyball team ended their regular season in the Réseau du Sport Étudiant du Québec (RSEQ) last weekend.

Czechs, Austrians, Océanic, Diabolos and Alliés win Pee-Wee titles

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Photo: Luc Lang

The curtain has fallen on the 61st edition of the Quebec International Pee-Wee Hockey Tournament, which wrapped up on Feb. 23. Even though it’s always sad to see an event end, organizers were all smiles on the 12th and last day of competition.

Teams from 20 countries in five different divisions took part in this year’s tournament.

Pee-Wee Tournament in Photos

Photos by Luc Lang


The Québec Nordiques almost made it to the AA-Elite final. They were represented by the Corsaires from École Pointe-Lévy, in Lévis. 

St. Patrick’s U17 hockey team wins Florida tournament

Photo: St. Patrick’s High Hockey Facebook Page

The St. Patrick’s High School Under 17 (U17) Majors hockey team won the Tampa Presidential Power-Play tournament in Tampa, Fla., with a 3-2 shootout victory against the Clearwater Ice Storm U16.

Rouge et Or to meet Carabins in two regional volleyball finals

Photo: Mathieu Tanguay, Université Laval

Both Université Laval Rouge et Or volleyball teams qualified for the RSEQ conference finals last weekend at home at the Amphithéâtre Desjardins.

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

Photos by Cassandra Kerwin


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


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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.


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Photo: Gallic Digital Library - Public Domain

February 19, 1820 – The Quebec Gazette
Vocal Concert

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