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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].

City to hold information session on Avenue Maguire redevelopment project

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Photo: Immostar

People wanting more information on the city’s plans for a major redevelopment of Avenue Maguire are invited to attend a session on Monday, Feb. 10, at 7 p.m. at the Noël-Brulart community centre, 1229 Avenue du Chanoine-Morel.

St. Lawrence Lions basketball and hockey action

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Photo: SLC Athletics Facebook page

The CEGEP Champlain–St. Lawrence Lady Lions basketball team were victorious in their first game of 2020 when they squeezed a 67-64 win over the Dynamiques of the Cégep de Sainte-Foy, in front of their fans on Jan. 31.

Laval women’s hoops finally defeat UQAM with 68-61 win

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Photo: Mathieu Tanguay- U Laval

In front of over a thousand fans on Feb. 1, the Université Laval Rouge et Or women’s basketball team finally beat the Citadins from Université du Québec à Montréal (UQAM) 68-61, at the Amphithéâtre Desjardins.

Remparts host Maritime teams this weekend at the Videotron Centre

The Quebec Remparts of the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League (QMJHL) will host two teams from the Maritimes this upcoming weekend at the Videotron Centre.

Highlanders and friends gather to celebrate the birthday of Scottish bard Robbie Burns

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Photo: Lorie Pierce

In 1801, five years after the death of Robbie Burns, nine of his friends gathered in Scotland to give testament to the poet’s life and works. Since then, annual gatherings take place on Jan. 25, the anniversary of Burns’ birth in 1759.

A pioneer of the Romantic movement in literature, Burns was celebrated last Saturday night at the Garrison Club in Old Quebec.

Some sober second thoughts on the Senate in Canada and U.S.

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Say, for instance, a prime minister of Canada dispatched his (or her) personal lawyer to meet with top officials of a foreign government and threatened to withhold vital aid money unless that government made a public commitment to investigate alleged wrong-doing by the prime minister’s main political opponent.

Shinny action never stops on city’s outdoor rinks

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Photo: Peter Black

Notwithstanding last weekend’s wacky weather, outdoor rinks across town have been welcoming shinny players night and day since before Christmas.

Whereas this winter’s lack of snow has been an issue for creating and maintaining ski trails, relatively consistent cold temperatures have made outdoor ice-making less of a challenge so far.

The story behind Rue Françoise-Aubut


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Photo: Screenshot from Google maps

This street is named in honour of Françoise Aubut (1922-1984), an organist and music teacher who was born in Saint-Jérôme. She was the great-granddaughter of Calixa Lavallée (1842-1891), who is best known for composing the music for “O Canada,” which officially became Canada’s national anthem in 1980.


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Photo: Wikipedia Commons - Public Domain

January 30, 1820 – The Quebec Gazette
Imports and Exports

How prepared are we to face an epidemic?

Be afraid. Be very afraid. A new killer virus has health officials around the world quaking in their boots.

Every now and then, someone comes out with a list of possible end-of-the-world, or at least end-of-civilization-as-we-know-it scenarios. The list always includes a deadly mutant virus.

A full house and stage for an amazing concert at the Grand Théâtre

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Photo: Shirley Nadeau

The stage of the Grand Théâtre was filled to capacity on Jan. 22 and 23 as the Orchestre Symphonique de Québec, augmented for the first time by Les Violons du Roy, presented Igor Stavinsky’s Le Sacre du printemps (The Rite of Spring) – a revolutionary work in the history of music and dance. The monumental work required the presence of an impressive number of instruments on stage.

Happy Groundhog Day!

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Groundhog Day – Feb. 2 – hints at spring. It’s not here yet, but it soon will be. The days are getting noticeably longer, and there’s something in the air.

In Europe, it was thought to be the day when hibernating creatures began to emerge from their dens – something worth celebrating at a time of year when food was scarce and a chubby groundhog might become a nourishing stew.

Zero-waste food store opens in Sainte-Catherine-de-la-Jacques-Cartier

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Photo: Photo by Lise Lafond

Zero-waste food stores are opening up all around the Quebec City area. Sainte-Catherine-de-la-Jacques-Cartier is following the trend and residents now have their own zero-waste food and health store.

IHQ offers condolences to the Kerwin family

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Irish Heritage Quebec has lost a faithful member and friend in Terry Kerwin who passed away on January 25. Terry Kerwin served as president of the Défilé de la Saint-Patrick de Québec. He also served on the Board of Trustees of St. Patrick’s Parish. He recently chaired the Board of Governors of Champlain Regional College which includes the Lennoxville Campus, the St.

It’s a wrap for another successful Christmas Hamper Campaign

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Photo: Katherine Burgess

Thanks to the efforts of 186 volunteers, the 24th annual Community Christmas Hamper Campaign (CCHC) is coming to a successful close. We extend our thanks to all of the volunteers – members of the organizing committee, and community members who picked up the donations of non-perishables from various points around the city, sorted these donations, packed the boxes and, finally, delivered them.

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].

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.

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?

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.

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