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It’s so much fun to run! … said the dogs

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Photo: Lise Lafond

Mother Nature gave the organizers of the seventh annual International Dogsled Races held at Village Vacances Valcartier quite a scare. With all the rain and snow that fell during the week, many were worried that the track would be ruined, but with the right equipment and experience with our Quebec weather, the Valcartier employees knew what to do, and they did it well.

Time to enjoy the great outdoors

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Photo: Lise Lafond

People with a passion for boating, camping, fishing and hunting met at the Salon Plein Air, Chasse, Pêche et Camping and the Salon du Bateau de Québec, held at the Centre de Foires from March 14 to 17. In all, 225 exhibitors shared their love of the outdoors and their interesting stories with the public.

Are you looking for a new home for old school treasures?

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Photo: Helen Meredith

It all started with a school crest. In a “Marie Kondo moment” I was trying to experience the joy she describes by tidying up…. But what makes me most joyful is to find a home for things, not just throw them out.

Presenting the 16th CQSB Performing Arts Festival

At the Central Québec School Board (CQSB), we believe the arts are fundamental for developing our identities, fostering empathy, and sparking creativity. We treat culture not simply as entertainment but as an important tool for educating healthy students and healthy citizens. That said, our students produce some of the most creative and entertaining works around!

Community Calendar

Wednesday, March 20 at 12:10 p.m. – Facebook Live with Quebec City Reading Council to discuss job search strategies. Just go to QCRC’s Facebook page to join in on the conversation. This is an interactive session so bring your questions and let’s connect!

OBITUARY: Michael George AYRE

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Michael Ayre passed away peacefully surrounded by family on Friday, March 8 at the CHUL in Quebec City.

Ten years of stories, ideas, and Imagination

From April 2 to 7 the Morrin Centre will celebrate its 10th annual Imagination Writers’ Festival. This year’s festival features acclaimed authors from the current, diverse, Canadian literary scene and brings together artists from different fields for surprising and delightful pairings.

Patient lessons with Clive Meredith

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Photo: Michaël X. Déry

It has been 11 years since I last wrote for the Quebec Chronicle-Telegraph, and just as long since I last saw the late Clive Meredith. Since then, I’ve donned a Royal Canadian Navy uniform, started a family and moved to the other side of the country.

March with the QCT in the Défilé de la Saint-Patrick!

We at the QCT are looking for two or more volunteers to march with our “float” (a decorated car and a banner) in the Défilé de la Saint-Patrick / St. Patrick’s Day Parade on Saturday, March 23. This year’s Défilé will be bigger and better than ever.

Hybrids and electric cars shine at the 38th international auto show

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Photo: Cassandra Kerwin

The 38th Salon International de l’automobile de Québec was busy with families and buyers looking over the latest vehicles. The 450 pristine cars displayed on over 220,000 square feet at the Centre des Foires during Spring Break gave people the opportunity to ask questions and test drive their dream vehicles before purchasing.

The Quebec Chronicle-Telegraph remembers R. Clive Meredith (1932-2019)

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Photo: Michaël X. Déry

All of us at the QCT were deeply saddened to hear of the passing of Clive Meredith on March 8. We reached out to present and former QCT journalists and publishers for their reaction to this news. We extend our sincere condolences to the Meredith family. At press time, funeral plans had not been announced.

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Laval women’s basketball team wins silver at national championship

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Photo: U Laval- Mathieu Bélanger

The Université Laval women’s basketball team had to settle for silver instead of gold in the USports national championship when they were defeated in Toronto by the McMaster University Marauders 70-58 on March 10.

Community Calendar

March 12 to 17 – Snowboard and Ski Jamboree: FIS World Cup championships on the giant ramp in Îlot Fleuri, between the highway ramps, on Boul. Charest Est. Lots of activities for families, novice skiers, and party-goers. For details, visit snowjamboree.com/en.

Morrin Centre poetry workshop: Quebec City as Muse

You have a poetic story to tell, but where to begin? Perhaps near the beginning or somewhere near the middle. Or why not towards the end, which really points to a new beginning somewhere else?

Drying our clothes: Machine vs Nature

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Photo: Lise Lafond

In 1892, inventor George T. Sampson patented America’s first ventilator-type clothes dryer. It consisted of a rack and used heat from a stove. This was a great improvement over the old method of drying clothes over a fire, which got the clothes dry but had the disadvantage of making them smell of smoke. Gas- and electricity-powered dryers were invented in the late 1930s and early 1940s.

Quebec City goes greener for the 10th Défilé de la Saint-Patrick

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Photo: Cassandra Kerwin

From March 21 to 24, it will be all about the Irish and the 10th Défilé de la Saint-Patrick de Québec. At the heart of the festivities for this special edition will be four pipe bands from the United States, the Irish wolfhound mascot O’Laf, a lecture on prehistoric and pre-Christian Ireland, a tour of the Old City and Celtic music and dance.

Centre-du-Québec wins in wheelchair basketball at the Jeux du Québec

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Photo: Cassandra Kerwin

Wheels clashing, balls passing, the thud of dribbling and baskets going swoosh! It’s music to the ears of wheelchair basketball enthusiasts at the 54th Finale des Jeux du Québec.

St. Pat’s girls win silver in ringette in Jeux du Québec

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Photo: Tanya Moore

Two ringette players from St. Patrick’s High School won silver medals with the Capitale-Nationale team in last week’s Jeux du Québec competition in Quebec City.

Rive-Sud wins! Mission accomplished, Capitale Nationale!

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Photo: Cassandra Kerwin

Team Rive-Sud won the 54th Finale des Jeux du Québec! Other great news: the games were deemed “mission accomplished!” In nine days, 3,300 athletes competed for 1,200 medals in 22 sports on 16 different sites – the equivalent of a mini-Olympic Games.

Stoneham hosts Jeux du Québec alpine ski races

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Photo: Cassandra Kerwin

Stoneham Ski Resort hosted the Jeux du Québec alpine skiers from March 6 to 8. Fans who wanted to get a good view of the 10 races, however, had to climb a third of the way up the mountain.

Team Capitale-Nationale was the most decorated, with 11 medals: six gold, two silver and three bronze.

MEMORIALS AND THINGS OF FAME

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Photo: Wikimedia Commons - Public Domain

March 13, 1819 – The Quebec Gazette

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The story behind Place Casault

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Photo: Screenshot from Google Maps

Place Casault is on the campus of Université Laval in front of the pavilion named in honour of Louis-Jacques Casault (1808-1862). Casault was a priest, academic, superior of the Séminaire de Québec and the first rector of Université Laval.

Le Diamant theatre project getting ready to sparkle

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Photo: Le Diamant

About four months from its projected completion date, the ambitious Le Diamant “black box” theatre space is more than 70 per cent built. That’s what project officials reported last week at a media event organized to unveil the design of a work of art to adorn the new structure which incorporates the facades of the former YMCA and Cinéma de Paris buildings in Place D’Youville.

Commons hearings offer lessons on real people in government

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To paraphrase the prime minister, many lessons have been learned from the SNC-Lavalin affair/controversy/scandal/teapot tempest. Many of those lessons have been civics lessons; so much so that, for those who have been following the thing closely, it’s been kind of like auditing a Canadian Government 101 lecture, with real live players.

Irish eyes were smiling at Shannon Irish Show

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Photo: Allison Kirkwood

It may have been cool outside, but it was “hot” inside the Shannon Community Centre on March 9 as the 53rd edition of the Shannon Irish Show was presented not once, but twice on the same day. The QCT attended the afternoon performance.

The 53rd Shannon Irish Show is set to go!

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Photo: Kerry Ann King

Two key jobs to a great Shannon Irish Show are the stage manager and the MC. The Catholic Women’s League of Shannon, the sponsor of the show, is proud to be honouring not one, but two such people at this year’s show.

Is your computer really off . . . or is it wasting energy?

SAVING THE PLANET ONE WEEK AT A TIME

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Photo: Lise Lafond

Whatever you call it – vampire power, standby power, phantom power, leaked energy – this is the electricity that your gadgets continue to consume even when on idle. We increasingly rely on devices – printers, TVs, computers, game consoles, smartphones, cable boxes and other plug-in appliances – which can use 50 or 100 watts of electricity, even when they are not in use.

A new home for the Valcartier Historical Committee

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Photo: Allison Kirkwood

The Saint-Gabriel-de-Valcartier Historical Committee is celebrating the long-awaited move into its new office and archive space. Some 50 people came to the Open House to view the new facilities on Feb. 27. They were also treated to a preview of the exhibit A Stitch in Time, which will run until March 14.

They’re not asking for the moon, just a safe place to sleep

I thought that I knew Quebec City, a city I’ve lived in for a long time. But I was taken aback last week when I read an article by Mylène Moisan in the Feb.

Community Calendar

March 5 to 10 – International Auto Show at ExpoCité. For details, visit salondelautodequebec.com/en.

Thursday, March 7 at 7 p.m. – Quebec Art Company Annual General Meeting in the boardroom at CEGEP Champlain–St. Lawrence, 790 Avenue Nérée-Tremblay. Refreshments will be served after the business meeting. The QAC is YOUR theatre company. Come out and show your support.

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