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200 years of boat people


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Photo: Ruby Pratka

If you ever go to Dublin, extricate yourself from touristy Temple Bar. Cross one of the many bridges over the River Liffey, turn right and pass the Customs House. You should see them by then – half a dozen sculptures of a family, in tattered clothes, as thin- and weak-looking as dead trees, confronting the viewer with a haunting, hunted gaze.

Community Calendar

Jan. 22 to Feb. 5, 1:15 to 3:15 p.m. – Crochet or knit an amigurumi, and learn the Japanese art of making a small, stuffed yarn creature such as a penguin or a unicorn. The next free classes are on Jan. 29 and on Feb. 3 and 5 at Shannon Hall, 75 Chemin Gosford, Shannon. To register, contact Catherine at 418-683-2366, ext. 224, or [email protected].

Is that a CEGEP or a Cégep?

Have you ever wondered why the QCT uses both “CEGEP” and “Cégep” in front of the names of the various colleges we often report on, especially in sports articles? Is there a difference?

Cookshire’s Pine Hill Farm: The land, the people by Winston C. Fraser


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Photo: Photo of book cover by Shirley Nadeau

Winston Fraser has done it again! His latest book about his family’s history of settlement in the village of Cookshire in the Eastern Townships, launched in early December 2019, is a tale of determination and continuity that dates back to thousands of years before his ancestors settled on the land, then inhabited by First Nations people.

Winter fun enjoyed at Pointe-aux-Lièvres

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Photo: Jonathan Letellier-Black

Winter fun activities are in full swing along the St. Charles River in Quebec City. The Société de la Rivière Saint-Charles, a non-profit organization, manages a wide-ranging program of recreational pursuits for all four seasons.

St. Andrew’s Presbyterian Church signs an agreement with special events company Kamaï Événements

Photo: Shirley Nadeau

In mid-December, 2019, the board of managers of St. Andrew’s Presbyterian Church in Old Quebec signed an unusual agreement with Kamaï Événements.

Clarendon Hotel reopens after 12 months of major repairs

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Photo: Hotel Clarendon

The Clarendon Hotel is open again, after being closed for the past 12 months. Co-owners Michel Côté and Marc-Olivier Côté were delighted to welcome their first guests, just in time for the 150th anniversary of Canada’s oldest hotel.

More than 40 American teams at the Pee-Wee Hockey Tournament

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The 61st edition of the Quebec International Pee-Wee Hockey Tournament will feature teams from over 20 countries at the Videotron Centre from Feb. 12 to 23.

Of the 120 teams that will be playing at five different levels, 40 of them, or 33 per cent, will be from the United States. Even though the number of teams is quite impressive, it is still down from 42 in 2019.

St. Lawrence Lions basketball and hockey action

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Photo: SLC Lions

The CEGEP Champlain–St. Lawrence Lions basketball team got back on the court on Jan. 24, when they played the Jeannois from Collège d’Alma in their first game since the holidays.

However, the match-up the Lions are anxiously awaiting is the game on Jan. 31, when they host the Dynamiques from Cégep de Sainte-Foy. Tip-off is at 8 p.m. at the Lions’ Den.

2020 Quebec ice canoe racing season is up and running

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Photo: Cassandra Kerwin

The 2020 Circuit Québécois de Canot à Glace racing season was well and truly launched last week, starting with a press conference held on a cold and windy Jan. 15 at the Auberge Saint-Antoine.

This year, nearly 400 ice canoers will participate in the seven races scheduled from Jan. 18 to March 7 at different points along the ice-covered St. Lawrence River.

Asbestos changing its name to shed its toxic image

Photo: Wikimedia Commons - Public Domain

How attached are we to place names? For example, would the citizens of the settlement at the narrowing of the St. Lawrence River think differently of themselves if it were named Ludovica, rather than Quebec City?

Ukrainian Flight 752: We pray that sanity prevails

The new year got off to a violent, tragic and profoundly frightening start with the shooting down of Ukrainian Flight 752 shortly after takeoff from Tehran, killing all 176 people aboard. Among those who died were 57 Canadians.

The story behind Avenue Fabre


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Photo: Screenshot from Google maps

This street is named in honour of Louis-Roch-Hector Fabre (1834-1910), a lawyer, journalist, diplomat and senator born in Montreal. He was admitted to the bar in 1856 but practised law only occasionally, opting instead for journalism.


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Photo: Archives of the Soeurs du Bon-Pasteur and

January 20, 1820 – The Quebec Gazette
Quebec Harmonic Society

Les As de Choeur Chez Mamma

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Photo: Shirley Nadeau

To highlight their fifth anniversary, the members of Les As de Choeur presented a “collective musical creation” that included excerpts from Broadway classics such as The Sound of Music, Les Misérables, Chicago, and a few Beatles favourites, in the Salle D’Youville of the Palais Montcalm on Jan. 17 and 18.

Université Laval agriculture students share their passion with the public

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Photo: Lise Lafond

The 45th edition of the Semaine de l’Agriculture, de l’Alimentation et de la Consommation (SAAC) took place at ExpoCité from Jan. 17 to 19. This very interesting weekend is an eagerly anticipated occasion where agriculture students from Université Laval share their passion with the public.

Berlin’s history of welcome


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Photo: Ruby Pratka

In 2015, Germany found itself at the centre of a storm unprecedented in recent history, when tens of thousands of refugees from the Middle East, mostly from war-ravaged Syria, streamed into the country. Chancellor Angela Merkel famously told Germany and the world, “Wir schaffen das!” (We can do this!) For Merkel, integrating the refugees was a “national duty.”

Teams from 20 countries highlight the 61st Pee-Wee Tournament

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Photo: Luc Lang

The 61st edition of the Quebec International Pee-Wee Hockey Tournament will bring teams from a record 20 countries to the Videotron Centre from Feb. 12 to 23.

Patrick Dom, general director of the Pee-Wee Tournament, announced, “This year, we added teams from Croatia and South Korea to the tournament. We’re breaking the 2019 record of 19 countries.”

Science rules! at the Morrin Centre

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Photo: Danielle Burns

A dozen or so young scientists got together at the Morrin Centre for the weekly Saturday morning storytime with education co-ordinator Azanie Roy.

QHS and St. Pat’s basketball teams get busy

The basketball teams of Quebec High School and St. Patrick’s High School got off to a busy start as the 2019-20 season resumed in the Québec-Chaudière-Appalaches region of the RSEQ (Réseau du Sport Étudiant du Québec). Sixteen games were played by the two schools, with more games to come in the next few weeks.

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Meet Jeffery Hale at Philanthropy Takes Flight

Photo: Jeffery Hale Community Partners

Come and meet Jeffery Hale and his fellow cast members at an exciting fundraising evening on Jan. 29 featuring the launch of The Philanthropist: the Life and Legacy of Jeffery Hale, a media-enhanced historical booklet. It is an engaging, interactive written adaptation of the multimedia theatre presentation, The Philanthropist.

Community Calendar

Mondays and Thursdays, from Jan. 7 to 30, 6 to 7:30 p.m. – Traditional Japanese art techniques with local artist Rieko Koresawa, who teaches calligraphy, ink painting and origami. This series of eight free workshops is open to people aged 8 and over at the Jeffery Hale Pavilion, 1270 Chemin Sainte-Foy, room 1135. Materials are provided. Registration is required.

St. Lawrence College hockey and basketball

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Photo: Images Performances-SLC Lions

Bernier and Guillemette lead the SLC Lions over the Dynamiques

The CEGEP Champlain–St. Lawrence hockey team returned to their winning ways by defeating the Cégep de Sainte-Foy Dynamiques 6-1 on Jan. 19 at the PEPS of Université Laval.

Université Laval basketball teams on a winning streak

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Photo: Rouge et Or

The Laval Rouge et Or men’s basketball team finally got their first victory of the season on Jan. 16, when they surprised the Bishop’s University Gaiters in Lennoxville, 87-81. The win ended a seven-game losing streak for the Rouge et Or. It was also the first victory for the team’s new head coach, Nathan Grant.

St. Pat’s Justin Dumas scores his 20th goal this season

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Photo: Luc Lang

Justin Dumas scored three goals on Jan. 19, while teammate Noah Larochelle added a pair to lead St. Patrick’s High School’s Fighting Irish Under 15 (U15) Majors to a resounding 7-2 win over the Graal of Collège Clarétain of Victoriaville.

Big snowfall has folks scrambling to dig out cars

Photo: Peter Black

It was a rude awakening last weekend for those lulled into believing this year’s winter weather has been rather tame.

Are you prepared for the next severe winter storm?

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Photo: Lise Lafond

Quebec is a winter wonderland; snow is needed for many of our outside activities. The Quebec Winter Carnival wouldn’t be the same without snow, and it’s hard to imagine Carnaval without Bonhomme’s Ice Palace. Skiing (cross-country and downhill), snowmobiling, dog-sled competitions – none of these activities would be possible without snow.

Beard or not, Trudeau looks like he’s growing weary of job

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Trudeau walked into a cafeteria on Parliament Hill, only half full at noon with the House not yet in session. He had recently suffered a major setback in his political career, and some would say, in his storied life. He looked like a changed man. People looked up hesitantly from their lunches and greeted him with discreet nods, taking note of the most obvious change: Trudeau had grown a beard.

Join us to celebrate philanthropy in support of a great cause

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On Jan. 29, Jeffery Hale – Saint Brigid’s Friends’ Foundation will proudly host Philanthropy Takes Flight, a unique event to celebrate philanthropy in Quebec City and support projects aimed at improving the care given to the residents and clients of Jeffery Hale Hospital and Saint Brigid’s Home.

The story behind Chemin du Foulon


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Photo: Wikipedia Commons - Public Domain

This road is named after the foulon (fulling mill) where wool was treated to produce a heavy homespun cloth.

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