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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.

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.

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?

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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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.

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.

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. 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.

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.

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.

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.

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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Photo: Jean Gagnon (2014), Wikimedia Commons - Public Domain

January 17, 1820 – The Quebec Gazette
London – Ten ships are engaged to convey emigrants from England to the Cape of Good Hope, where they will form a settlement at Algoa Bay [South Africa]. We hope soon to hear that a paper in the English language is published there. How such settlements might flourish if a free trade with all nations was allowed.

How to practise yoga with kids

Photo: Danielle Burns

Susa Bernard comes from an athletic background: her father was a professional hockey player and she was classically trained in ballet. Five years ago she discovered yoga and loves it for its versatility and ability to tone, stretch and provide mental focus. Bernard recently became a certified yoga instructor and held her first session in September 2019.

Joe Lonergan to launch his latest book, A Natural Affair

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Photo: Shirley Nadeau

Local author and retired teacher Joe Lonergan is ready to launch his second book, A Natural Affair. Readers may recall his first book – Shamrocks in the Maples – which was published in the fall of 2014.

Feds give $500,000 for Impérial Bell theatre upgrade

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Photo: Peter Black

One of Quebec City’s most antique theatres is getting the most modern production technology as part of a million-dollar upgrade.

The Winter Carnival requested snow … and got tons!

Photo: Cassandra Kerwin

It seems our town had been having a “mild” winter thus far, so the Quebec Winter Carnival, along with its mascot Bonhomme Carnaval, asked Mother Nature for snow and ice. And they got tons of both, thanks to the freezing rain and the blizzard that hit the province in a double whammy on Jan. 11 and 12.

Sister Louise Godin (Ursuline Community)

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Sister Louise Godin (Ursuline Community)

Sister Louise Godin, u.s.o. (Sister Marie-de-Grand-Pouvoir), daughter of the late Hector Godin and the late Amanda Girard, passed away on Jan. 6, 2020 at the Jardins d’Évangéline care home in Beauport, Quebec. She was 102 years of age, and spent 75 years in religious life. She was born in Trois-Rivières.

The wait is over to audition for QAC’s production of Wait Until Dark

Famous thriller play takes to the stage in May

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The Quebec Art Company is embarking on yet another ambitious theatrical production. Recent shows have taken audiences to a Jewish village in Russia (Fiddler on the Roof ), a revolving set for an English manor (Noises Off ), a seedy New Orleans tenement (A Streetcar Named Desire), and the streets of Jerusalem (Jesus Christ Superstar).

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