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It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of Donald Dacres, in Québec City, on December 5, 2019. Loving husband to Claudette Nicole Dacres, he was the son of the late Beatrice Ward and the late Albert Dacres. He lived in Québec City.

The family will receive condolences on Saturday December 14, 2019 at 11:30 a.m., at

Joe Malone to be honoured with a statue at Place Jean-Béliveau

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Photo: Shirley Nadeau

Members of the media gathered at City Hall on Dec. 5 to witness the unveiling of a model of the work of art honouring Quebec Bulldogs hockey player Joe Malone (1890-1969).

VEQ Holiday Happy Hour sparks generosity for Hamper Campaign

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Photo: Adrian Glanvill

Voice of English-speaking Québec (VEQ) spread festive cheer at the annual Holiday Happy Hour held on Dec. 4 at the Morrin Centre in partnership with the Literary and Historical Society of Quebec.

Anglade’s leadership quest poses challenge to Quebec’s soul


Photo: Dominique Anglade Facebook

Ted Jewell was one of the teachers my father, the elementary school principal, brought home occasionally for dinner. He was a charming, classy fellow whose career goal was to teach English, but whose other passions were music and politics.

CAQ’s Joëlle Boutin takes Liberal fortress

Photo: CAQ Twitter feed

The loss of the traditionally Liberal riding of Jean-Talon in Quebec City to the Coalition Avenir Quebec (CAQ) was not necessarily a surprise, but the margin of victory might have been to political observers.

The story behind Rue Eugène-Fiset

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Photo: Wikimedia Commons - Public Domain

This street is named in honour of Sir Marie-Joseph-Eugène Fiset, who was born in 1874 in Rimouski. He studied at the Rimouski Seminary and Université Laval, where he received a Bachelor of Arts degree and an M.D.


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Photo: Wikimedia Commons - Public Domain

December 12, 1819 – The Quebec Gazette

Vibrant Voices share Christmas carols, cookies and cider

Photo: Cassandra Kerwin

On the cold afternoon of Dec. 7, passersby and Christmas music enthusiasts found warmth, cookies, cider, and kindred spirits in St. Michael’s Anglican Church in Sillery. The Vibrant Voices/Voix Vivantes: L’Ensemble vocal multilingue de Québec performed Nowell: Christmas Carols from Old Europe.

New Cinéma Le Clap opens in Place Sainte-Foy

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Photo: Cassandra Kerwin

Movie lovers were lined up for the opening of the new Cinéma Le Clap in Place Sainte-Foy on Dec. 6. People of all ages were eager to buy the first tickets, popcorn, goodies and drinks and to try out the brand-new seats in one of the theatre’s 12 screening rooms.

Grand Marché celebrates first Christmas

Photos by Jonathan Letellier-Black

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It’s the first Christmas season ever for Quebec City’s brand-new Grand Marché located next to the Vidéotron Centre

The sweeping two-storey market has been adorned everywhere with colourful and imaginative decorations. Some 35 vendors have set up shop in booths and kiosks especially for the holidays, in addition to the regular 31 merchants who are installed on a permanent basis.

Yes, we know it’s Christmas!


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Photo: Ruby Pratka

By the time you read this, “Do they know it’s Christmas?” will have joined the musical rotation in every mall, along with “All I Want for Christmas is You,” “Last Christmas (I gave you my heart)” and all the other classics that everyone either loves or loves to hate.

Angela Morgan exhibits Snow, Pearls and Lemonade at Beauchamp gallery

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Photo: Shirley Nadeau

Colourful works of art by British Columbian Angela Morgan are on exhibit at the Beauchamp gallery on Rue Notre-Dame at the corner of Côte de la Montagne in Lower Town until Jan. 12.

Wrapping up the year


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Photo: Lise Lafond

It’s that season again … decorations are brought down from the attic, Christmas trees are all dressed up and lit with hundreds of lights, and shoppers fill the malls, where parking spaces are harder to find than a needle in a haystack.

With all the holiday hustle and bustle, we must not forget the many ways we can have an eco-friendly Christmas.

Winter Carnival 2020 features festive and original events all over town

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Photo: Winter Carnival

On Dec. 5 the Carnaval de Québec / Quebec City Winter Carnival announced many “partner events” that will complement the 2020 event, which runs from Feb. 7 to Feb. 16. The varied program offers families many original and festive activities, and invites residents of the central parts of the city to join in surprising neighbourhood fun!

Community Calendar

Dec. 12 to 15 – Cirque de Soleil is back on ice at the Videotron Centre with AXEL, an electrifying experience fusing world-class ice skating with breathtaking acrobatics. Seven shows over four days. For details and tickets, visit

The Voltigeurs de Québec and the First World War

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Photo: Shirley Nadeau

Historian Michel Litalien recently launched Le 57e Bataillon d'infanterie, CEC : les Voltigeurs de Québec et la Première Guerre Mondiale.

Two wins in four games for St. Pat’s hockey teams

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Photo: Luc Lang

Something that has happened rarely this season, the two St. Patrick’s High Fighting Irish hockey teams were playing in the same arena at College Notre-Dame in Montreal and came back with a pair of wins in four games.

Sports briefs: Capitales, cross-country skiing and hockey

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Photo: Hockey Canada staff

The Quebec Capitales, of the Frontier Baseball League, acquired two new pitchers on Dec. 5. The Caps handed contracts to starting pitcher Yeudi Garcia and relief pitcher Frank Moscatiello.

SLC Lions hockey team go into the holidays tied for first

The CEGEP Champlain–St. Lawrence Lions hockey team will start 2020 tied for first place with the Cégep de Thetford Filons in the Northeast division of the Réseau du Sport Étudiant du Québec (RSEQ).

Shannon’s St. Joseph’s Chapel – 75 years blessed

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Photo: St. Joseph’s Chapel

On Dec. 1, St. Joseph’s Chapel in Shannon marked its 75th anniversary. Erected in 1944 on land leased from the Quebec Power Company for $1 a year, the chapel was a project spearheaded by the parishioners.

Scheer conundrum: Conservatives have a tortured history of ousting leaders

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To paraphrase Napoleon: “Never interrupt your enemy when he is in the process of destroying himself.”

This much mutated military maxim is surely on the minds of the wily strategists in the Liberal Party of Canada war room. And, make no mistake, being in command of a minority government of indefinite shelf-life, the party is on a perpetual war footing.

The first edition of Evenings with Leaders a success

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Photo: CEGEP Champlain–St. Lawrence

CEGEP Champlain–St. Lawrence held the first of its series of Evenings with Leaders on Nov. 14 in the iA Financial Group Auditorium. Students, alumni, partners and members of the community were invited.

SOS violence conjugale campaign targets young people

Because violence is not always striking…

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SOS violence conjugale recently launched a campaign aimed at raising awareness among 15-to-25-year-olds about the first signs of psychological violence. Well before the more obvious physical violence, a whole range of behaviours is already at work and paving the way.

The story behind Rue Eugène-Chinic


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Photo: Wikimedia Commons - Public Domain

Guillaume-Eugène Chinic (1818-1889) was born in Quebec City. At a very early age, probably around 15, he began working for François-Xavier Méthot, who owned a hardware store on Rue Saint-Pierre. Méthot also ran a nail factory, a putty factory and a millstone factory.

In 1844 Chinic married Marie-Anne Leblond of Montreal. They had 12 children, only six of whom survived to adulthood.


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Photo: Wikimedia Commons - Public Domain

December 3, 1819 – The Quebec Gazette
New Town

Winter season features diverse shows at Le Diamant

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Photo: Peter Black

A wrestling rematch, an autobiographical trilogy, two circus shows, a sado-masochist masterpiece and a drag queen cabaret highlight the Winter 2020 program for the new Le Diamant performance space.

Irish Heritage Quebec’s Flea Market

Photos by Cassandra Kerwin


Decorations for all seasons, baskets, tableware and more were on offer at the bi-annual Irish Heritage Quebec Flea Market.

Delivering some goodness with this year’s Community Christmas Hamper Campaign

As a first-time official participant in the Community Christmas Hamper Campaign, the South Shore English Network (SSEN) is excited to meet the wonderful organizers and volunteers who have helped and continue to make this event an annual success.

Faux fir for Christmas or a fine pine?

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Photo: Danielle Burns

Are you pining for a spruce, balsam or pine Christmas tree? The scent of an evergreen tree has been said to raise dopamine levels in our brains – the feel-good hormone – because scent is so closely linked to memory. Or are you tired of sweeping up the needles you are still finding under the baseboards from last Christmas? Are you considering a fake tree that fits nicely in a box?

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