Community News

Drying our clothes: Machine vs Nature

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Photo: Lise Lafond

In 1892, inventor George T. Sampson patented America’s first ventilator-type clothes dryer. It consisted of a rack and used heat from a stove. This was a great improvement over the old method of drying clothes over a fire, which got the clothes dry but had the disadvantage of making them smell of smoke. Gas- and electricity-powered dryers were invented in the late 1930s and early 1940s.

Quebec City goes greener for the 10th Défilé de la Saint-Patrick

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Photo: Cassandra Kerwin

From March 21 to 24, it will be all about the Irish and the 10th Défilé de la Saint-Patrick de Québec. At the heart of the festivities for this special edition will be four pipe bands from the United States, the Irish wolfhound mascot O’Laf, a lecture on prehistoric and pre-Christian Ireland, a tour of the Old City and Celtic music and dance.

Centre-du-Québec wins in wheelchair basketball at the Jeux du Québec

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Photo: Cassandra Kerwin

Wheels clashing, balls passing, the thud of dribbling and baskets going swoosh! It’s music to the ears of wheelchair basketball enthusiasts at the 54th Finale des Jeux du Québec.

St. Pat’s girls win silver in ringette in Jeux du Québec

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Photo: Tanya Moore

Two ringette players from St. Patrick’s High School won silver medals with the Capitale-Nationale team in last week’s Jeux du Québec competition in Quebec City.

Rive-Sud wins! Mission accomplished, Capitale Nationale!

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Photo: Cassandra Kerwin

Team Rive-Sud won the 54th Finale des Jeux du Québec! Other great news: the games were deemed “mission accomplished!” In nine days, 3,300 athletes competed for 1,200 medals in 22 sports on 16 different sites – the equivalent of a mini-Olympic Games.

Stoneham hosts Jeux du Québec alpine ski races

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Photo: Cassandra Kerwin

Stoneham Ski Resort hosted the Jeux du Québec alpine skiers from March 6 to 8. Fans who wanted to get a good view of the 10 races, however, had to climb a third of the way up the mountain.

Team Capitale-Nationale was the most decorated, with 11 medals: six gold, two silver and three bronze.

MEMORIALS AND THINGS OF FAME

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Photo: Wikimedia Commons - Public Domain

March 13, 1819 – The Quebec Gazette

Lennoxville

The story behind Place Casault

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Photo: Screenshot from Google Maps

Place Casault is on the campus of Université Laval in front of the pavilion named in honour of Louis-Jacques Casault (1808-1862). Casault was a priest, academic, superior of the Séminaire de Québec and the first rector of Université Laval.

Le Diamant theatre project getting ready to sparkle

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Photo: Le Diamant

About four months from its projected completion date, the ambitious Le Diamant “black box” theatre space is more than 70 per cent built. That’s what project officials reported last week at a media event organized to unveil the design of a work of art to adorn the new structure which incorporates the facades of the former YMCA and Cinéma de Paris buildings in Place D’Youville.

Commons hearings offer lessons on real people in government

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To paraphrase the prime minister, many lessons have been learned from the SNC-Lavalin affair/controversy/scandal/teapot tempest. Many of those lessons have been civics lessons; so much so that, for those who have been following the thing closely, it’s been kind of like auditing a Canadian Government 101 lecture, with real live players.

Irish eyes were smiling at Shannon Irish Show

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Photo: Allison Kirkwood

It may have been cool outside, but it was “hot” inside the Shannon Community Centre on March 9 as the 53rd edition of the Shannon Irish Show was presented not once, but twice on the same day. The QCT attended the afternoon performance.

The 53rd Shannon Irish Show is set to go!

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Photo: Kerry Ann King

Two key jobs to a great Shannon Irish Show are the stage manager and the MC. The Catholic Women’s League of Shannon, the sponsor of the show, is proud to be honouring not one, but two such people at this year’s show.

Is your computer really off . . . or is it wasting energy?

SAVING THE PLANET ONE WEEK AT A TIME

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Photo: Lise Lafond

Whatever you call it – vampire power, standby power, phantom power, leaked energy – this is the electricity that your gadgets continue to consume even when on idle. We increasingly rely on devices – printers, TVs, computers, game consoles, smartphones, cable boxes and other plug-in appliances – which can use 50 or 100 watts of electricity, even when they are not in use.

A new home for the Valcartier Historical Committee

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Photo: Allison Kirkwood

The Saint-Gabriel-de-Valcartier Historical Committee is celebrating the long-awaited move into its new office and archive space. Some 50 people came to the Open House to view the new facilities on Feb. 27. They were also treated to a preview of the exhibit A Stitch in Time, which will run until March 14.

They’re not asking for the moon, just a safe place to sleep

I thought that I knew Quebec City, a city I’ve lived in for a long time. But I was taken aback last week when I read an article by Mylène Moisan in the Feb.

Community Calendar

March 5 to 10 – International Auto Show at ExpoCité. For details, visit salondelautodequebec.com/en.

Thursday, March 7 at 7 p.m. – Quebec Art Company Annual General Meeting in the boardroom at CEGEP Champlain–St. Lawrence, 790 Avenue Nérée-Tremblay. Refreshments will be served after the business meeting. The QAC is YOUR theatre company. Come out and show your support.

OBITUARY: Gertie Edwards GROGAN

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Gertie Edwards Grogan died at Saint Brigid’s Home on February 24, 2019. Gertie was a founding member and long­time president of Saint Brigid’s Guild, an exceptional friend and caregiver, a CWL member and winner of the Moe and Regina Rosenhek Award for outstanding volunteer service. For fifty years she was a key member of the W.B. Edwards Photography business on St.

City pool to reopen soon; rink future in doubt

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Photo: Peter Black

While one recreational facility in Upper Town is getting ready to reopen, another’s fate is in limbo.

A city official has confirmed the swimming pool at the Lucien-Borne community centre is on track to reopen soon. Isabelle Petit said, “Work is on schedule. It is expected to be finished by the end of March with a view to opening [for users] at the beginning of April.”

Dive into history with Immersion Québec

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Photo: Cassandra Kerwin

Thanks to advancements in technology, locals and tourists can dive right into key moments in Quebec City’s history. Immersion Québec offers a new, whirlwind experience in three phases to help people discover important figures of the past and the history of the city.

Convention centre transformed into athletes’ village for Games

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Photo: Peter Black

Quebec City’s Centre des Congrès is usually frequented by conventioneers dressed in business suits and carrying briefcases. As of last weekend, though, the immense structure became home to thousands of exuberant young people in more sporty attire, like sweatpants and tracksuits.

15th Pentathlon des Neiges a resounding success

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Photo: Cassandra Kerwin

Families and friends, some dressed as clowns or superheroes, participated in the closing weekend of the 15th Pentathlon des Neiges. Over the previous week, elementary and high school students gave their all, while the weekend was reserved for light-hearted short- and long-distance races and the first Radio-Canada Social Integration Challenge.

Bowser and Blue’s Laugh Lab leaves ’em laughing

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Photo: Shirley Nadeau

Bowser and Blue were at the Morrin Centre on March 2 to give a workshop on how to create laughter through musical comedy. With their no-holds-barred humour and musical talent, they kept their audience entertained and edified all evening.

A run in the sun in Sainte-Catherine-de-la-Jacques-Cartier

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Photo: Lise Lafond

The Provincial Winter Finals of the Association de Derby d’Attelage du Québec 2018-2019 took place in Sainte-Catherine-de-la-Jacques-Cartier on March 2. Horses, drivers and spectators took advantage of this beautiful, mild day, a nice change from February’s snow and -30 C temperatures.

Violons du Roy promise another fantastic season

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Photo: Shirley Nadeau

The day after Jonathan Cohen led Les Violons du Roy and La Chapelle de Québec in a performance of Haydn’s The Creation, executive director Hugo Sanschagrin and artistic administrator Laurent Patenaude, along with conductor Cohen, presented the orchestra’s program for the 2019-2020 season.

MEMORIALS AND THINGS OF FAME

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Photo: Wikipedia Commons - Public Domain

March 6, 1819 – The Quebec Gazette

House of Assembly
Ordered. – That it be an instruction to the Committee of the whole, on the message of his Grace respecting the Eastern Townships to inquire whether it is expedient to erect a Court House and gaols in the Counties of Richelieu, Cornwallis and Northumberland and any other parts of the Province.

March 3, 1869 – The Morning Chronicle

The story behind Avenue des Cent-Associés

STREET VIEWS

This street is named after La Compagnie des Cent-Associés, or Company of the One Hundred Associates, a French trading and colonization company chartered by Cardinal Richelieu in 1627. It was founded both to capitalize on the North American fur trade and to expand French colonies which were at that time centred on the St. Lawrence River valley and the Gulf of St. Lawrence.

No easy fix to dubious traffic problems

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Among the many blessings in my life, I have almost never had to negotiate heavy traffic to get to or from school or work. At university, having frozen various body parts waiting for the bus to get to class, I swore I would buy a car with the first pay cheque when I got a job after graduation. I bought the car but didn’t have to drive it to that job.

Eastern Townships and Lanaudière win the duets in artistic swimming

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Photo: Cassandra Kerwin

Synchronized swimming, referred to by the Fédération Internationale de Natation (FINA) as “artistic swimming” since 2017, is a hybrid form of swimming, dance and gymnastics, consisting of swimmers performing a synchronized routine of elaborate moves in the water, accompanied by music.

The 54th Finale des Jeux du Québec is on!

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Photo: Cassandra Kerwin

From March 1 to 9, some 3,000 young athletes from across the province are gathered in Quebec City to compete in the 22 disciplines of the 54th Finale des Jeux du Québec.

Quebec wins ringette gold at 2019 Canada Winter Games

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Photo: André Vandal/Ringette Canada

The ringette finals at the 2019 Canada Winter Games in Red Deer did not disappoint, with athletes leaving it all on the ice. Quebec claimed its first ever Canada Winter Games gold, defeating Ontario 4-3 in overtime. Gatineau’s Julie Vandal dumped in the overtime winner and was beaming from ear to ear following the game. “This is a dream come true.

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