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OSQ performs Elgar’s Enigma Variations

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Photo: Shirley Nadeau

The Orchestre Symphonique de Québec (OSQ) welcomed the brilliant Ukranian violinist Roman Simović to the Grand Théâtre on Feb. 20.

Tempêtes et Passions offer tasty Viennese treats

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Photo: Shirley Nadeau

All the right ingredients were at the Chapelle du Musée de l’Amérique francophone on Feb. 23 as Tempêtes et Passions treated the audience to delicious Viennese pastries and music.

Recycle your electronics

SAVING THE PLANET ONE WEEK AT A TIME

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Photo: Lise Lafond

Is your television showing snow, and I don’t mean snow outside reflecting on the screen? Is your PC monitor completely black? Do you only hear static on your cell phone? It sounds as though these appliances have come to the end of their life cycle. If so, it’s time to recycle.

Program of the ninth Festival d’Opéra de Québec announced

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Photo: Shirley Nadeau

Grégoire Legendre, artistic and general director of the Festival d’Opéra de Québec, proudly unveiled the program of the ninth annual festival, which will take place from July 24 to Aug. 4.

Making a constructive visit to Salon Expo Habitat

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Photo: Lise Lafond

With 300 exhibitors, four houses to visit and 184,000 square feet of decorating ideas, Expo Habitat held at ExpoCité last weekend was the place to go for all your construction, renovating and decorating needs.

No lack of snow for the Pentathlon des Neiges

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Photo: Cassandra Kerwin

The weather created quite an opening weekend for the 15th Pentathlon des Neiges. Professional and amateur athletes were up to the challenge to run, skate, snowshoe, cross-country ski and bike on the Plains of Abraham from Feb. 23 to March 3. This year, over 6,000 adults and children participated in 20 categories.

How will Trudeau’s Liberals shape the SNC-Lavalin affair?

POLITICAL COMMENTARY

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Much more important than the content of even the most famous political scandals is the shape each scandal develops. The shape of a scandal is formed less by what happens, than by what is done about it by the government concerned.”

Morin-Doyle returns to Quebec City Hall after a long recovery

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Photo: Équipe Labeaume website

A serious accident has kept Michelle Morin-Doyle out of sight for more than three months. The absence was so long she was nearly out of a job.

The long-time Charlesbourg district city councillor and deputy mayor suffered a mishap back in November. Although she won’t divulge exactly what happened she did tell the QCT, “It was a bad accident, something that happened quickly.

New bus service announced between City of Shannon and Quebec City

Shannon residents may now use the public transit network as a means of getting around. As of March 1, a brand-new line will be added to the Transport collectif de La Jacques-Cartier (TCJC), and will connect to the Réseau de transport de la Capitale (RTC) network at the Wilfrid-Caron/Racine station, which already serves several destinations.

The story behind Avenue Carrel

STREET VIEWS

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Photo: Wikimedia Commons - Public Domain

This street was named after Dr. Alexis Carrel (1873-1944), who was born in Lyon, France. His father died when Alexis was very young and he was educated at home by his mother.

MEMORIALS AND THINGS OF FAME

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Photo: Wikimedia Commons - Public Domain - Photo by Don O’Brien

February 24, 1819 – The Quebec Gazette

On Saturday morning past, there were several claps of thunder and vivid flashes of lightning, and in the afternoon some heavy showers of rain. The thermometer today has been 45 [Fahrenheit, or 7 degrees Celsius]. The wild geese and the crows have already made their appearance.

February 26, 1869 – The Morning Chronicle

The Carnival spirit spreads across Quebec City

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Photo: Cassandra Kerwin

People who found the two main sites of the 65th Winter Carnival on Grande Allée somewhat restrained, aimed at adults only or “missing something” had 70 other sites to visit in the greater Quebec City area during the 10 days of festivities.

The story behind Rue Carleton

STREET VIEWS

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Photo: Screenshot from Google Maps

This narrow street within the walls of Old Quebec is named in honour of Sir Guy Carleton (1724-1808). In 1786, he was raised to the peerage as Lord Dorchester, Baron of Dorchester in the County of Oxford. Rue Dorchester in the Saint-Roch district of Quebec City is also named after him.

“Not available for shipping in Quebec”

ECONOMIC COMMENTARY

The ban on shipping consumer products to the province of Quebec, due to its language laws, is plain stupid. Worse, these laws are discriminatory. They effectively create two classes of citizens by artificially restricting Quebecers’ rights to buy what they want.

Recycling and the print media: the breaking point

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Quebecers are aware of the challenges that print media have been facing for some time now. According to Ministry of Culture figures, one weekly in four has permanently stopped its presses since 2010 … and this situation will get much worse unless the government amends the Environmental Quality Act this year to give newspapers the same cultural protection it gives books.

Outremont has had a who’s who of MP candidates

POLITICAL COMMENTARY

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Few federal ridings in the country have as rich a history, populated by distinctive characters, as does Outremont, the diverse cross-section of central Montreal.

The seat is up for grabs again in next week’s byelection, one of three Prime Minister Justin Trudeau called in early January, the others being York–Simcoe in Ontario, and Burnaby South in British Columbia.

MEMORIALS AND THINGS OF FAME

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Photo: Wikimedia Commons-Public Domain

February 19, 1869 – The Morning Chronicle

The Fatal Avalanche at South Quebec

Manif d’art 9 takes over the city

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Photo: Shirley Nadeau

Manif d’art 9 – The Quebec City Biennial, produced in collaboration with the Musée national des Beaux-Arts du Québec (MNBAQ), had its official opening on Feb. 16. All the exhibits will be open until April 21, in a multitude of locations across Quebec City, with the main exhibit in the Pierre Lassonde pavilion at the MNBAQ.

The rise and fall of deer antlers

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Photo: Lise Lafond

“I don’t have to take a trip around the world or be on a yacht in the Mediterranean to have happiness. I can find it in the little things, like looking out into my backyard and seeing deer in the fields.” – Queen Latifah

Did you have an eco-friendly Valentine’s Day?

SAVING THE PLANET ONE WEEK AT A TIME

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Photo: Lise Lafond

The most popular Valentine’s Day gifts are cards, flowers and chocolate, but the best gift of all is spending time together.

65th Winter Carnival declared a success

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Photo: Cassandra Kerwin

Quebec City’s 65th Winter Carnival has come and gone in a flash. The 10 days were jam-packed with events, news, mistakes, adjustments, and music. And now that it’s over, how was Carnival 2.0?

Penguins and a presidential visit highlight

Prof. Johnson’s Antarctic mission

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Photo: Ladd Johnson

You never know who you’ll meet in Antarctica. You might cavort with penguins one day and the next day shake hands with the president of Chile.

Such was the case for Université Laval biology professor Ladd Johnson, who spent a month on the massive “white continent” as part of a research project supported by the Chilean Antarctic Institute.

Shedding light on slavery

POSTCARDS FROM AFRICA

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Photo: Ruby Pratka

The lush garden of St. Monica’s Lodge is one of Zanzibar’s most serene spots. However, the tourists who pass through the wood-panelled halls of the guest house and take tea on its elegant balcony soon learn about the grisly stories that played out where the guest house now stands.

Health Job Fair held at Jeffery Hale Hospital

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Photo: Peter Black.

Jeffery Hale–St. Brigid’s Home care institutions are seeking bilingual candidates for a multitude of jobs. On Feb. 9, representatives from a number of traditional English facilities hosted a job fair in the lobby area of Jeffery Hale hospital. The Eastern Quebec Learning Centre, which offers several health-care training programs, was there, with Cindy McKinney, right, on hand to explain.

Community Calendar

Feb. 13 to 24 – Quebec International Pee-Wee Hockey Tournament. For details, visit tournoipee-wee.qc.ca/en. The RTC is offering free shuttle bus (navette) service to the Videotron Centre from Feb. 22 to 24. Visit rtcquebec.ca/navettes.

Some Quebec parks to allow access to dogs by spring

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In light of the results of the pilot project conducted since 2016, the Société des établissements de plein air du Québec (Sépaq) will allow visitors accompanied by a dog in certain sectors and under certain conditions in most Quebec provincial parks as of May 17, 2019.

Laval and St. Lawrence basketball updates

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Photo: Yan Doublet, U. Laval

The Université Laval Rouge et Or women’s basketball team dominated the second half and easily handled the Citadins from the Université du Québec à Montréal (UQAM), 64-50 at the Amphithéâtre Desjardins, on Feb. 16.

The Rouge et Or women are now unbeaten in 14 games and could possibly finish the season with a perfect record for the first time in the program’s history.

Quebec women get their first taste of championship curling

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Photo: Luc Lang

Four young women from the Quebec City area are currently taking part in the 2019 Scotties Tournament of Hearts being held in Sydney, Nova Scotia from Feb. 16 to 24. It’s Curling Canada’s women’s national championship.

Château Frontenac/Le Soleil team wins race … again!

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Photo: Cassandra Kerwin

Bonhomme Carnaval waved the green flag and the ice canoers were off! On Feb. 10, under warm sun and a bright blue sky, 60 teams of racers plied through the open waters and strong currents of the St. Lawrence River to Lévis and back. Halfway through, they encountered slushy, thick ice, not a problem for experienced rowers.

Single income tax form for Quebec a sticky issue

To put a spin on Benjamin Franklin’s truism: Nothing is certain in life except death, taxes, and federal-provincial disputes over taxes. Franklin, incidentally, knew a thing or two about intergovernmental relations, having helped set up the postal service. He served as deputy postmaster-general in British North America in the 1750s, well before the Boston Tea Party and all that.

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