February 5 2020 Edition

Change of plan: Tunnel route to connect downtowns in Quebec City and Lévis

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Photo: Jonathan Letellier-Black

The Coalition Avenir Quebec (CAQ) government has abandoned its plan to build a tunnel under the St. Lawrence River that would have passed under the tip of Île d’Orléans. The new proposed route, made public last week, would connect the downtown districts of Quebec City and Lévis. The mayors of both cities have announced they are in favour of the change.

The story behind Rue François-Hazeur


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Photo: Wikipedia Commons - Public Domain

François Hazeur (1638-1708) was a merchant and entrepreneur, seigneur, member of the Compagnie du Nord and the Compagnie de la Colonie, and member of the Conseil Supérieur.


Photo: Wikimedia Commons - Public Domain

February 4, 1820 – The Quebec Gazette
Counterfeit Notes

Sainte-Catherine-de-la-Jacques-Cartier Fête de l’Hiver gives warm welcome to Bonhomme Carnaval

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Photo: Lise Lafond

The Sainte-Catherine-de-la-Jacques-Cartier Fête de l’Hiver was held on Feb. 1. This annual winter festival is a very popular family event with a variety of outdoor activities. Mother Nature was on our side, making the day even more enjoyable.

Parade-goers will feel the Brazilian heat around Bonhomme’s float

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Photo: Cassandra Kerwin

On Jan. 31, members of the media were invited behind the large doors of the Winter Carnival’s workshops for a glimpse of Bonhomme Carnaval’s float.

Everything is being kept under wraps until parade nights, Feb. 8 and 15. However, to give Quebecers and tourists a taste of what is to come, Bonhomme and his team of dancers unveiled the lead float.

The conversion of St. Andrew’s Presbyterian Church

Work is well advanced on the transformation of historic St. Andrew’s Presbyterian Church, consecrated in 1810, into space available for rent for special events. Last week workers removed furniture from the church, much of which will be put in storage during the renovation project.

Journey’s end


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Photo: Annie Tshiamala

As I write this, I’m sitting in the café of the Grande Bibliothèque in Montreal. A light snow is falling outside. When the library closes, I’ll go back to the small apartment in the Plateau Mont-Royal that I’ve called home for several years. It’s a bit weird how little has changed.

Conservatives tongue-tied on leader’s French fluency

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Photo: Erin A. Kirk-Cuomo - Common Domain

A few years back we were a host family for students in Quebec City wanting to improve their French. We did this for four or five years, and our role was to provide bed and board, and stimulate interesting (we hoped) dinnertime conversation with our students.


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Terence J. KERWIN

The well-respected and beloved Terence J. Kerwin passed away at the age of 63 at the Institut universitaire de cardiologie et de pneumologie (Hôpital Laval), Quebec City, on January 25, 2020. He was the son of the late John Larkin Kerwin and the late Maria Guadalupe Turcot of Quebec City.


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1932 - 2020

Trevor Kitching, a former sports editor and writer with the Quebec Chronicle-Telegraph, died on Jan. 26, 2020, at the age of 87, at Saint-Sacrement Hospital.

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