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Anti-racism festival and march held in Quebec City

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Photo: Shirley Nadeau
Last fall, Nicolas Villamarin and several friends began calling local musicians to organize a festival against racism in Quebec City. 

Schulich Singers perform at the Chapelle du Musée

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Photo: Shirley Nadeau

Spine-tingling harmonies and the ringing of water glasses were all a part of the concert put on by the Schulich Singers at the Chapelle du Musée de l’Amérique Francophone last Friday evening.

Remembering Stuart McLean: Canada's storyteller

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Photo: Bruce J. Dynes

About 20 years ago I was doing research for a magazine article on strongman Louis Cyr, the “Quebec Colossus.” I can’t remember how I stumbled upon it, this being before the dawn of Google, but I came across a reference to Cyr in what seemed to be an unlikely source.

Stuart Wright honoured for his 65 years as a notary

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Photo: Shirley Nadeau

As we all know, all traffic signs on Quebec highways are solely in French. When driving, do you know what Respectez les feux de voies, Risque d’aquaplanage, Dégel, Ralentir, Allumez vos phares, Voie cahoteuse and Incident voie droite bloquée mean?

Memorials and Things of Fame

The story behind Rue de Sherwood

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Photo: Photo credit: Wikipedia
Situated in a wooded area of Charlesbourg, Rue de Sherwood is named after the former Sherwood Archery Club, founded in 1959 for the purpose of bow and arrow practice. A reception hall destroyed by fire in 1982 was also named the Sherwood Club. 

Quebec City libraries partner with local museums

The Quebec City municipal library system (Bibliothèque de Québec) now offers a partnership with the Musée national des Beaux-Arts du Québec and the Musées de la Civilisation for its Borrow a Museum (Empruntez un musée) service.

The Art of Joy is spread throughout the city

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Photo: Cassandra Kerwin
The local artistic organization Manif d’art invited over 50 international artists to display their works and to add their unique touches of colour to the city. Manif d’art 8 –The Quebec City Biennial: The Art of Joy is on display in 30 locations around town until May 14. 

A Love, Love, Love-ly Valentine’s Day concert

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Photo: Shirley Nadeau

We are used to seeing classical musicians and singers performing in local churches, but it isn’t often you see a drum set sitting in the middle of the choir section.

Meow available: Quebec City's cat café welcomes visitors

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Photo: Ruby Pratka

Are you a cat person? Do you dream of being surrounded by purring felines but find your way blocked by a restrictive landlord, a housemate with a cat allergy or phobia, or a travel-intensive lifestyle that makes it hard to care for a furry friend? Does your friend with a cat get tired of you visiting more to pet her cat than to talk to her?

My Morrin genealogy workshop helps unearth family trees

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Photo: Mary McCown
Many of us are curious about our ancestry, but there are more benefits to knowing your heritage than simply feeding curiosity. “Children who have a strong family narrative have better emotional health and higher self esteem,” explains Lorie Pierce as she introduced her genealogy workshop held on February 18 at the Morrin Centre. 

Newcomers have a perfect snowshoe outing

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Photo: Cassandra Kerwin
On a beautiful sunny morning, 35 newcomers to Quebec City joined Voice of English-speaking Quebec (VEQ) and Be Active Quebec (BAQ) on a snowshoeing excursion at the Base de Plein aire de Sainte-Foy on Saturday, February 18. Central Quebec School Board schools generously lent them snowshoes for the day, which allowed this activity to be free of charge for participants. 

Monastère des Augustines achieves 5 Green Key Eco-Rating

Press Release

Quebec City, February 7, 2017 – Le Monastère des Augustines is pleased to announce that it has achieved a 5 Green Key rating through the Green Key Eco-Rating Program.

Exploring changes to Quebec City’s snow mountains

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Photo: Bill Cox

Among cities with a population of 500,000 or more, the Quebec City area (now estimated at approximately 800,000 people) ranks second in the world behind Sapporo, Japan, for receiving the highest annual snowfall.

Quebec-born Arthur Sicard invented the snowblower

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Photo: Image from Canadian Postage Stamps website
With Canada’s 150th Celebrations this year, I was interested in reading about the many accomplishments that Canadians can be proud of. A way to get rid of snow might bring a smile to some people who are dreaming of spring.   

QHS Blazers: CQSB Boys Basketball Champions

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Photo: Luc Lang

The Quebec High School Blazers boys team won the CQSB 2017 basketball tournament in Shawinigan on February 11. Lucas Beaumont, Sam McCoubrey, Ian Craig, Olivier Pellizzari, Ishmael Gregoire, Yanic Tremblay Gordon and Jordan Drapeau proudly hold the banner. Missing when photo was taken, Vincent Bergeron. Coach and QHS principal Warren Thomas stands behind them.

Kevin Rouet named head coach of Laval's women's rugby team

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Photo: Rouge et Or

The former head coach of the Cégep Garneau Élans female rugby team, Kévin Rouet is now at the helm of Université Laval’s Rouge et Or women’s team
He replaces Dominique Duquette, who resigned after being with the team for the past 12 years including the last two as head coach.

Who is Kévin Rouet? Well, his track record speaks for itself.

Skiers fly over jumps and rails at Stoneham

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Photo: Cassandra Kerwin
On February 12, Stoneham Mountain Resort welcomed the return of the FIS Freestyle under continuing ideal conditions: a light snowfall, little to no wind and relatively warm weather. A good-sized crowd gathered at the second of two World Cup competitions in the city held over the weekend.

Big results at Big Air

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Photo: Cassandra Kerwin
All eyes of the international ski community were on Quebec’s Îlot Fleurie on the evening of February 11. For the first time, skiers joined snowboarders at the 9th edition of the Quebec City Big Air. 

Washington’s man in Ottawa: A brief history

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Now that the Trudeau-Trump mano-a-mano is history, attention turns to another important item in American-Canadian relations: The new U.S. ambassador to its northern neighbour – with a “u.”

Dr. Paul Poirier talks about cardio health and urban living

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Photo: Cassandra Kerwin

The Eco St. Lo group of Champlain-St. Lawrence promotes green and socially responsible personal practices. On February 9, the group hosted guest speaker Dr.

Steven Cox’s Crashed Ice excellent adventures

No, Steven Cox is not associated with the famed Bill and Ted’s Excellent Adventure movies and the 1990s animated television series. But dudes, he’s really having a heck of a season in ice-cross downhill, better known as the Red Bull Crashed Ice series.

Memorials and Things of Fame

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The Morning Chronicle
While John Keenan and his wife were quietly walking along Eustache Street, St. Lewis suburb, he was struck on the head and knocked down with an axe-handle by a grocer in that locality named Fitzgerald. Mrs.

The story behind Avenue Sarah

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Photo: Bill Cox

Avenue Sarah was named in honour of Sarah Maxfield, the mother of the prosperous timber merchant and businessman William Sheppard, who owned Woodfield estate in Sillery. Sheppard also honoured his mother by naming one of his sons Maxfield.

2017 International Pee-Wee Hockey Tournament heading into the finals

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Photo: Luc Lang

The 58th International Pee-Wee Hockey Tournament, underway since February 8, will conclude this upcoming Sunday, February 19, with finals in five different categories.

Voltigeurs de Québec Armoury to reopen 10 years after fire

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Photo: Peter Black

Completion of the reconstruction of the Voltigeurs de Québec Armoury on Grande Allée is not expected until 2018, 10 years after the fire that gutted the historic structure.

Federal government officials initially had hoped the $101-million project would be completed on time to mark Canada’s 150th birthday. The scope and complexity of the undertaking have forced a change in the time-table.

Laugh it up with ComediHa!

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Photo: Cassandra Kerwin

Don’t be surprised to see everyone about you laughing as you stroll through Place Royale between now and February 19. Dozens of comedians have been invited to perform at the first ComediHa! Winter Fest and you are invited to “Voir la vie en drole!”

The Lemelin Carr Duo is music to our ears!

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Photo: Rachel Collet

Up and coming Quebec City bands are always fun to watch, and the Lemelin Carr Duo is no exception! Formed just two months ago, the blues band has already gotten their groove and continues to book shows from Quebec City to Montreal.

February 15 is National Flag Day

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Photo: Lise Lafond

The flag is the symbol of the nation’s unity, for it, beyond any doubt, represents all the citizens of Canada without distinction of race, language, belief or opinion. – The Honourable Maurice Bourget, Speaker of the Senate

The National Flag of Canada celebrates its 52nd birthday this month. The first truly Canadian flag was raised on Parliament Hill in Ottawa on February 15, 1965.

Crossing Canada on The Great Trail

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Photo: Mary McCown

For hundreds of years, people have arrived in Quebec City by boat and later by train, airplane or automobile. Early immigrants saw Quebec City for the first time after being at sea for months. On Sunday, February 5, a 25-year-old woman from Edmonton first laid eyes on Quebec City after walking across Canada for almost two years.

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