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It’s all about the downhill rush at the Grande Fête Hivernale

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Photo: Cassandra Kerwin
Crowds of people gathered on Dufferin Terrace for the fifth annual Grande Fête Hivernale (winter fest) organized by the owners of Au 1884, the snack bar at the foot of the famous toboggan slide, which opened in … 1884. The event, held on Dec. 15, marked the official opening of the slide and celebrated the arrival of winter and yuletide. Although the winter solstice is not until Dec.

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Dec. 20 and 21 at 8 p.m. and Dec. 22 at 2:30 p.m. – Choeur et Orchestre symphonique de Québec present Hollywood 4 at the Grand Théâtre de Québec.

Quebec High School alumna still giving back to the community

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Photo: courtesy of the Community Christmas Hamper Campaign

     By 2:30 p.m. last Sunday, Amy Bilodeau looked a little tired, and with reason.

It’s time for the annual “Luc”-ky sports awards

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Photo: Mathieu Bélanger- U Laval

There are no plaques, trophies or certificates that come with the “Luc”-ky awards but, in my opinion, this is a time to reflect on the past year in local sports and to recognize the male and female athletes I consider to be outstanding.

Team of the Year
In 2017, the award went to the St. Patrick’s High School women’s senior rugby team.

English-speaking community will not abandon school boards

Quebec’s English-speaking community has absolutely no intention of heeding Premier François Legault’s advice that we abandon any plans to challenge the Coalition Avenir Québec government’s scheme to abolish school boards and replace them with service centres.

Eileen Reid Marcil honoured by Irish Heritage Quebec

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Photo: Shirley Nadeau

Following the annual meeting of Irish Heritage Quebec in McMahon Hall of St. Patrick’s Church on Dec. 10., president Joe Lonergan and secretary-treasurer John O’Connor honoured Eileen Reid Marcil, who has spent a lifetime recording the history of shipbuilding in Quebec City.

MNBAQ’s Murmures encourages budding young architects

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Photo: Shirley Nadeau
The revamped family gallery in the central pavilion of the Musée national des Beaux-Arts du Québec (MNBAQ) opened on Dec. 12, to the delight of several children and grandchildren of museum employees who were invited to “test drive” the new setup.  

Olympic champion Sandrine Mainville visits Quebec City

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Photo: Peter Black

Sandrine Mainville, 26, won bronze in freestyle swimming at the Rio 2016 Summer Olympic Games, and has competed in and won many other major championships. Mainville was in Quebec City last week to tell her inspirational story to young fans. She retired from competitive swimming last summer to focus on her studies in law.

Ste. Foy Elementary Christmas Cards and Candy project

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Photo: Andrew Johnston

A special Christmas tradition has been growing at Ste. Foy Elementary School. The tradition is to create handmade Christmas cards to go with the Christmas Hampers. Cycle three students are lending a hand to help the Community Christmas Hamper Campaign provide some Christmas cheer.

Santa brings cheer to Children’s Christmas party

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Photo: Danielle Burns
It was a jolly, merry morning on Dec. 8, when Santa arrived with a sack full of gifts for the good little girls and boys attending the annual Children’s Christmas party in the Coin Soleil room at Jeffery Hale Hospital. Some 130 people, including kids, parents and grandparents, arrived bearing non-perishable food items.

Over 60 Hydro-Québec Partner Events added to Winter Carnival

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Photo: Cassandra Kerwin

The 65th Quebec City Winter Carnival is undergoing more changes. The latest to be announced are the Hydro-Québec Partner Events, which will take the carnival beyond the city limits. The team behind the festivities proudly announced the widespread activities and events on Dec. 4 at the ANTI Bar et Spectacles.

How brainy is the CAQ cannabis legal-age change?

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While we’re reflecting upon presidential legacies, with the passing of “kinder, gentler” George H.W. Bush, an aspect of his predecessor’s record comes to mind.

Maxime Bernier, political marathoner

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Photo: Sébastien Clavet

The People’s Party of Canada (PPC), Maxime Bernier’s new self-described “smart conservative” political vehicle, held its first rally at the Travelodge hotel in Quebec City on Dec. 6. The meeting room was packed with nearly 350 supporters – quite an accomplishment considering the festive season and the low-key advertising, which relied mostly on social media.

Street Views - Rue du Cap-Diamant

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Photo: Martin St-Amant - Wikipedia - CC-BY-SA-3.0

Rue du Cap-Diamant is a short street located on industrial land owned by the Quebec Port Authority off Boulevard Champlain below the Plains of Abraham.

Cap Diamant (or Cape Diamond) itself is the promontory on which the Upper Town of Quebec City is located, surrounded by the St. Lawrence River to the south and east and the much smaller St. Charles River to the north.

Memorials and Things of Fame


December 13, 1818 – The Quebec Gazette

Winter Ferry

New $10 bill circulates message of equality and human rights

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Photo: Images courtesy of CMHR

Canada’s new $10 banknote was recently launched at the Canadian Museum for Human Rights (CMHR) in Winnipeg. Featuring a dominant portrait of civil rights activist Viola Desmond, who is the first iconic Canadian woman on a regularly circulating Bank of Canada note, the bill also depicts the CMHR, an eagle feather and an excerpt from the Charter of Rights and Freedoms.

A journalist’s journey: “My life as a Print Man”

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Photo: Mary McCown

Don’t be boring, get your facts straight and learn to spell.” The Quebec Chronicle-Telegraph’s Peter Black shared the golden rules of writing for print on Dec. 3 at the Morrin Centre during the second of a four-part series of In the Press storytelling workshops.

The Community Christmas Hamper Campaign temperature’s rising!

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Photo: Shirley Nadeau
It may be cold outside but things are heating up with the Community Christmas Hamper Campaign. 

Cirque du Soleil’s Corteo is a celebration of life

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Photo: Danielle Burns
The Cirque du Soleil’s Corteo, which is Italian for “cortege” or funeral procession, is a celebration of life – full of comedy and excitement in a dreamlike carnival setting. 

Experiencing La Musique du Royal 22e Régiment

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Photo: Sarah Savill

As soon as they stepped into the theatre at CFB Valcartier, audience members knew they were in for a magical afternoon of Christmas music. The stage was decorated with red poinsettias and glowing stars. The theatre was full of children talking excitedly to their parents and each other. Babies nestled in their parents’ arms as everyone waited for the music to begin.

Around the Anglosphere: Living in English on the Magdalen Islands

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Photo: Screenshot from Google Maps

The English-speaking community in the Magdalen Islands, an archipelago in the Gulf of St. Lawrence off the coast of the Gaspé Peninsula, was built up through a succession of accidents of history. “Many of us are the descendants of shipwreck survivors or fishermen,” says islander Helena Burke.

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Until Dec. 23 – Quebec City German Christmas Market / Marché du Noël allemand around Quebec City Hall in the heart of the Old City. For details, visit noelallemandquebec.com. 

Oh, Christmas trees!

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Photo: Bill Cox

“Oh, Christmas tree, O Christmas tree, how lovely are thy branches.” This friendly group of Christmas trees is decorated to resemble a choir singing carols, directed by the larger tree on the left. Complete with hats, mittens, music scores, a music stand and baton, this whimsical forest of note welcomes residents and visitors to a Sainte-Foy apartment building.

WELCOME TO MY KITCHEN

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Photo: Joanne Kyvetos

Submitted by Joanne Kyvetos, [email protected]

A gritty streetcar ride through New Orleans

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Photo: Normand Brassard

I don’t want realism. I want magic!” - Blanche Dubois

The Quebec Art Company (QAC) brings to life a dynamic and relevant production of Tennessee Williams’ classic theatre piece A Streetcar Named Desire.

The weather outside is frightful, but is it the apocalypse?

If you’ve gone outside in the past few weeks, you’ll have noticed something very weird is going on.

QCT journalist Ruby Pratka is off on another African adventure

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Photo: Shirley Nadeau from QCT archives

Ruby Pratka, who has been writing for the QCT since January 2013, is off to Africa on another humanitarian mission. We felt we should let our readers know why she is going and what she’ll be doing while she’s away. In reply to a list of questions, Ruby explained….

Memorials and Things of Fame

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Photo: Wikimedia Commons - Public Domain

December 9, 1818 – The Quebec Gazette

Wreck
St. John’s, Nfd. – The Brig Neptune, from Quebec bound to London with staves, timber etc., was cast away at St. Shores, near Cape Pine, St. Mary’s Bay in a thick fog, and went to pieces, the crew were saved, but had suffered much from famine and fatigue before they had arrived in Trepassey.

December 5, 1868 – The Morning Chronicle

La Grande Migration brings Émilie Clepper back to her roots

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Photo: Ruby Pratka

Émilie Clepper is closer to home than she has been in a long time – and yet, her latest album, Émilie Clepper et la Grande Migration, takes listeners on a journey into uncharted territory. The singer-songwriter has temporarily shelved her electric guitar and set aside the chiselled, evocative landscapes that characterized her past writing.

The story behind Rue Christie

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Photo: Ville de Montréal archives
This street is named in honour of Robert Christie (1787-1856), a lawyer, militia officer, historian and politician, who was born in Windsor, N.S., to parents who had emigrated from Scotland. Christie studied at King’s College and obtained his diploma sometime before 1803. 
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