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Roald Amundsen: the man who stole the Pole

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Photo: Wikipedia Commons - Public Domain

Some 50 people made their way through the worst winter storm to hit Quebec City this winter on Feb. 7 to attend a talk at Université Laval about a famous expedition to the South Pole. Just walking from the parking lot through the blizzard to the pavilion for the event gave them a small idea of what the Norwegian explorers might have experienced.

The story behind Rue Gandhi


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Photo: Wikipedia Commons - Public Domain

This street was named in honour of Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi (1869-1948), lawyer, political leader, and spiritual guide who fought for the independence of India. He was commonly known as “Mahatma,” meaning “great-souled” or “venerable,” or simply as “Bapu,” meaning “father” in several Indian dialects.


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February 11, 1820 – The Quebec Gazette
The Quebec Dispensary

White carpet for the opening of Quebec Winter Carnival

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Photo: Cassandra Kerwin

Mother Nature rolled out the white carpet for the opening ceremony of the Quebec City Winter Carnival, followed by the Pepsi Hip-Hop Party at the Ice Palace on Feb. 7. Bonhomme Carnaval and hundreds of carnival-goers welcomed the blizzard with open arms. Thick snowflakes blanketed the site, increasing people’s energy and adding to the magic of the Ice Palace.

Lots of rhythm, lots of fun at the Winter Carnival Parade

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Photo: Cassandra Kerwin

Cold temperatures, crowds, floats and horns … symbols of the Carnaval we all know and love. By midday on Feb. 8, traffic was being diverted from Grande Allée. Floats, costumes and props were lined up along the fence of the Plains of Abraham, creating an anticipatory magical buzz in the air.

A winter visit to the Château Saint-Louis

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Photo: Shirley Nadeau

Parks Canada has invited the public to explore the Château Saint-Louis archeological site beneath the snow-covered Dufferin Terrace during the Quebec Winter Carnival.

The weather didn’t stop the Val-Bélair Derby horses

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Photo: Lise Lafond

Feb. 8 was marked on the calendar of many horse lovers, derby fans and racers. However, with the storm that hit Quebec the day before, leaving 35 to 40 centimetres of snow on the ground, it was impossible for Tommy Ouellet and Marie Blais to host the Val-Bélair Derby as planned.

Art and all that jazz at the MNBAQ

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Photo: Shirley Nadeau

A very unusual concert took place in the auditorium of the Musée National des Beaux-Arts du Québec (MNBAQ) on Feb. 7. You had to be a pretty determined lover of art and jazz to venture out in the winter storm that had been raging outside all day, and – most of the seats in the auditorium were filled.

Art and all that jazz at the MNBAQ

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Photo: Shirley Nadeau

A very unusual concert took place in the auditorium of the Musée National des Beaux-Arts du Québec (MNBAQ) on Feb. 7. You had to be a pretty determined lover of art and jazz to venture out in the winter storm that had been raging outside all day, and – most of the seats in the auditorium were filled.

Concordia stings the Rouge et Or basketball teams

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Photo: Université Laval

The Concordia University Stingers did not do any favours for the Université Laval Rouge et Or in the four basketball games played last week.

The Stingers women’s team surprised the Rouge et Or on Laval’s home court with an easy 66-51 victory on Feb. 6. That same night, the Rouge et Or men’s team was no match for the Stingers, losing 90-59.

Fighting Irish hockey teams come up empty-handed in Beauceville Classic

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Photo: Luc Lang

The Under 15 (U15) and the Under 17 (U17) hockey teams from St. Patrick’s High School came back empty-handed from the Classique Scolaire de Hockey de Beauceville, when both teams lost in the semifinals on Feb. 9. Six teams were competing in the U17 division, with two pools of three teams playing against each other.

Western Pre-Race Event served thousands of sausages and pancakes

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Photo: Cassandra Kerwin

Crowds of people enjoyed the Western Pre-Race Event on Quai 21 at the Quebec Port. Over 3,000 flapjacks and sausages prepared by the City of Calgary and the Calgary Stampede were cooked and served up to a hungry crowd, as they listened to country music performed by the High Steppin’ Daddy band.

Community Calendar

Feb. 7 to 16 – Quebec Winter Carnival! For details of all activities, visit

Morrin Centre volunteers treated to a roaring ’20s good time

Photo: Kathleen Hulley

One of the perks of helping out at the Morrin Centre is being invited to the annual party where the staff show volunteers how much they are appreciated.

Quebec City Women’s Club workout at the MissFit gym

Photo: Marie Coyea

Fitness coach Myriam Paquin put the brave few members of the Quebec City Women’s Club who dared go out on Feb. 8, the day after the snowstorm of 2020, through their paces at the MissFit gym. She prepared an hour-long fun workout routine, adaptable for all. A special thanks to Myriam and MissFit for giving us this opportunity.

Peewees take over the Videotron Centre

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Photo: Jonathan Roy-Quebec Remparts

The 61st edition of the Quebec International Pee-Wee Hockey Tournament got underway at the Videotron Centre on Feb. 12 and will end with the finals in all five categories on Feb. 23.

Players on 120 teams will vie to take home the championship trophy and banner.

Sports briefs: Volleyball, Remparts and AAA Midget Hockey

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Photo: Université Laval

The Université Laval Rouge et Or men’s volleyball team swept their weekend series against the Dalhousie Tigers from Halifax on Feb. 7 and 8 at the Amphithéâtre Desjardins. The Rouge et Or beat the Tigers 3-0 (25-23, 26-24, 25-21) on Friday. The next night, Laval easily handled Dalhousie 3-0 (25-13, 25-22, 25-21).

A busy weekend for the St. Lawrence College sports teams

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Photo: St. Lawrence Lions Athletics Facebook page

The CEGEP Champlain–St. Lawrence basketball teams were in action on Feb. 9 when both the women’s and the men’s teams played the Élans from Cégep Garneau.

Philanthropy takes flight raises close to $40,000 for Jeffery Hale–Saint Brigid’s Friends’ Foundation

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Photo: Janie Vachon

Philanthropy takes flight – the fundraising event held at the Complexe Capitale Hélicoptère on Jan. 29 – was a soaring success, raising $39,458 for the Jeffery Hale – Saint Brigid’s Friends’ Foundation.

Change of plan: Tunnel route to connect downtowns in Quebec City and Lévis

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Photo: Jonathan Letellier-Black

The Coalition Avenir Quebec (CAQ) government has abandoned its plan to build a tunnel under the St. Lawrence River that would have passed under the tip of Île d’Orléans. The new proposed route, made public last week, would connect the downtown districts of Quebec City and Lévis. The mayors of both cities have announced they are in favour of the change.

The story behind Rue François-Hazeur


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Photo: Wikipedia Commons - Public Domain

François Hazeur (1638-1708) was a merchant and entrepreneur, seigneur, member of the Compagnie du Nord and the Compagnie de la Colonie, and member of the Conseil Supérieur.


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February 4, 1820 – The Quebec Gazette
Counterfeit Notes

Sainte-Catherine-de-la-Jacques-Cartier Fête de l’Hiver gives warm welcome to Bonhomme Carnaval

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Photo: Lise Lafond

The Sainte-Catherine-de-la-Jacques-Cartier Fête de l’Hiver was held on Feb. 1. This annual winter festival is a very popular family event with a variety of outdoor activities. Mother Nature was on our side, making the day even more enjoyable.

Parade-goers will feel the Brazilian heat around Bonhomme’s float

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Photo: Cassandra Kerwin

On Jan. 31, members of the media were invited behind the large doors of the Winter Carnival’s workshops for a glimpse of Bonhomme Carnaval’s float.

Everything is being kept under wraps until parade nights, Feb. 8 and 15. However, to give Quebecers and tourists a taste of what is to come, Bonhomme and his team of dancers unveiled the lead float.

The conversion of St. Andrew’s Presbyterian Church

Work is well advanced on the transformation of historic St. Andrew’s Presbyterian Church, consecrated in 1810, into space available for rent for special events. Last week workers removed furniture from the church, much of which will be put in storage during the renovation project.

Journey’s end


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Photo: Annie Tshiamala

As I write this, I’m sitting in the café of the Grande Bibliothèque in Montreal. A light snow is falling outside. When the library closes, I’ll go back to the small apartment in the Plateau Mont-Royal that I’ve called home for several years. It’s a bit weird how little has changed.

Conservatives tongue-tied on leader’s French fluency

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Photo: Erin A. Kirk-Cuomo - Common Domain

A few years back we were a host family for students in Quebec City wanting to improve their French. We did this for four or five years, and our role was to provide bed and board, and stimulate interesting (we hoped) dinnertime conversation with our students.


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Terence J. KERWIN

The well-respected and beloved Terence J. Kerwin passed away at the age of 63 at the Institut universitaire de cardiologie et de pneumologie (Hôpital Laval), Quebec City, on January 25, 2020. He was the son of the late John Larkin Kerwin and the late Maria Guadalupe Turcot of Quebec City.


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1932 - 2020

Trevor Kitching, a former sports editor and writer with the Quebec Chronicle-Telegraph, died on Jan. 26, 2020, at the age of 87, at Saint-Sacrement Hospital.

Community Calendar

Thursday, Feb. 6 at 6 p.m. – Handbuilding Pottery Workshop: During this four-week course, participants will learn to build a form from a slab of clay, add details and a glaze. The classes are held in the ceramics studio at Quebec High School, 945 Avenue Belvédère. To register contact Catherine Baboudjian at 418-683-2366, ext. 224 or [email protected].

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