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Carnival parade delights Upper Town spectators

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Photo: Cassandra Kerwin
The heart of Quebec City’s Upper Town was closed to traffic for the Winter Carnival Parade on Feb. 10. Parked cars stretched far beyond the roadblocks; parents pulled their young children on sleds and adults and teenagers blew their Carnival trumpets. 

Volunteers are much appreciated at the Morrin Centre

In fact, they need s’more just like you!!!

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Photo: Shirley Nadeau

The staff of the Morrin Centre treasure their volunteers. Every year they show their appreciation by treating them to a special evening with dinner, fun and games in College Hall.

Canada’s Olympic success: Being one with winter

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As of this writing, the Winter Olympic Games are well underway in distant Pyeongchang, South Korea. Canada has sent its largest delegation ever to the competition – 225 athletes, competing in all 15 of the events in the snow, ice and sliding competitions.

Souvenirs of the Château Frontenac

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Photo: Courtesy of the Fairmont Château Frontenac, from the CPR Collection

Adapted from a press release by QCT staff

Do you have a souvenir or an old photo of the Château Frontenac in your attic? As part of the hotel’s 125th anniversary year celebrations, photos and artifacts of the hotel which may be mouldering away in your drawer or photo album, or perhaps in a trunk or box in your attic, are being sought for an exhibit and a contest.

Memorials and Things of Fame

February 13, 1868 – The Morning Chronicle

The story behind Avenue Wolfe-Montcalm

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Photo: Ville de Québec.
Avenue Wolfe-Montcalm is named in honour of the British and French generals who fought on the Plains of Abraham, on Sept. 13, 1759. 

Mark Cardwell celebrates his 25th year in the news business

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Photo: courtesy of Mark Cardwell

Mark Cardwell, an award-winning freelance journalist and writer in the Quebec City region, and a longtime correspondent for several newspapers, trade papers and speciality publications in Canada and the U.S., is celebrating his 25th year in the industry this month.

Acting Out at the Morrin Centre!

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Photo: Shirley Nadeau

 

SLC promotes mental health during Blue Week

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Blue balloons, blue cotton candy, popcorn in blue cups, blue T-shirts, blue stress balls … blue everywhere. Why not make blue more positive?

Hidden English history in Portneuf Part I: Le rêve de Shevrikay

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Photo: courtesy of Gaétan Morissette

Musician Gaétan Morissette’s album took nearly five years to see the light of day, but its roots go back much further. Le Rêve de Shevrikay pays homage to the valiant labour and carefully maintained musical traditions of the English-speaking Irish community of Portneuf.

Phelipe Soldevila and graffiti artists take over Ice Palace

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Photo: Cassandra Kerwin

Graffiti artists took over the Winter Carnival Ice Palace on Saturdays and Sundays for the second consecutive year. From the main entrance to the exit, local muralist and artist Phelipe Soldevila and his group of painters created works of art before the eyes of carnival-goers.

Welcome to my Kitchen

Happy Birthday Château Frontenac!

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Photo: Photo by Joanne Kyvetos

The Château Frontenac, which officially opened on Dec. 20, 1893, is celebrating its 125th birthday this year.

For this article, I thought I would look at the chefs who have worked at the Château over the years. I hope the ones mentioned below will be as much a discovery for you as they were for me.

Walking and driving on solid water … a part of our history

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Photo: Lise Lafond

In Témiscouata-sur-le-Lac, a much-anticipated winter event is the opening of the ice bridge. The ferry Le Corégone, which stopped its regular service across the lake around Oct. 15, is now caught in the ice until spring.

Community Calendar

Feb. 10 to 18 – 59th International Pee-Wee Hockey Tournament at the Centre Vidéotron. More than 2,000 young people from the four corners of the world will gather for this event. For more information, visit tournoipee-wee.qc.ca/en/

CQSB improves energy efficiency in 19 facilities

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Photo: CQSB

Press release from the CQSB ​

Rouge et Or drop fourth straight game, fall to 6-6 on season

The Laval Rouge et Or men’s basketball team lost their fourth consecutive game of the season, falling to the Bishop’s University Gaiters by a score of 80-74 in RSEQ action at the PEPS this past Sunday.

Canadians host Japanese Pee-Wee hockey players

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Photo: Cassandra Kerwin

As most of the world has their eyes on the 2018 Winter Olympic Games in Pyeongchang, Quebec City turns its focus toward 59th International Pee-Wee Hockey Tournament at the Centre Vidéotron.

This year, 120 teams from across the globe are competing in five categories: AAA, AA, AA-Elite, International B and Scolaire.

St. Pat’s sweep both games versus bantam Blazers

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Photo: Luc Lang

It was a busy week in high school basketball for both the Quebec High School Blazers and the St. Patrick’s High Fighting Irish – specifically in the boys’ Bantam CC division, where the Blazers faced both St. Pat’s teams this week.

An award-winning Olympic display at Holland School

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Photo: Shirley Nadeau

In honour of the Winter Olympic Games in Pyeongchang, students at Holland Elementary School set up this display in the school’s main entrance, with Canadian flags, Olympic rings, and “torches” representing the Olympic flame. Go Team Canada!

Steven Cox leaves Finland with an 8th-place finish

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Photo: Mark Roe/Red Bull Content Pool

Ice cross skater Steven Cox, of Quebec City, finished 8th in the Riders Cup Championship in Saariselkä, Finland on Feb. 10, giving the Canadian skater 90 points in the Red Bull Crashed Ice World Championship standings.

In Memoriam - Iris Murphy Lachapelle

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In loving memory of a dearly beloved mother who left us on February 21, 2017.

An anniversary Mass will be celebrated at St. Patrick’s Church, 1145 Avenue De Salaberry, Quebec City, on Saturday February 24, at 4 p.m.

Forever in Our Hearts
Your loving children
Robert, Karen and Kevin

A warm Calgarian breakfast on a cold Carnival morning

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Photo: Cassandra Kerwin
    Bright sun and cold weather brought crowds out to Place d’Youville on Feb. 3 for the 61st annual Calgary Stampede Flapjack Breakfast. More than 4,000 sausages were roasted and as many flapjacks were flipped, to the delight of everyone. 

Strong current, wind, big floes and snow? No problem for ice canoe paddlers

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Photo: Cassandra Kerwin
On Feb. 4, at first glance, the weather felt just right: cloudy sky, snowing and warmer weather than the day before. Things were a tad rougher out on the St. Lawrence River. Nearly 50 teams of ice canoe paddlers were ready to face everything in the Winter Carnival Ice Canoe Race. 

Katherine Bleeker displays her Bonhomme mania

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Photo: Photo by Shirley Nadeau

Local resident Katherine Bleeker is crazy about Quebec City’s Winter Carnival.

She has an amazing collection of Bonhomme Carnaval effigies (those small plastic figures of the chubby white carnival mascot that have been sold during Carnival every year since 1955) pinned to a ceinture fléchée (the traditional colourful Carnival sash) draped above her fireplace.

Memorials and Things of Fame

February 7, 1868 – The Morning Chronicle

The Philanthropist, just as fascinating the second time around

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Photo: Shirley Nadeau
The theatre of the newly-named Jeffery Hale Student Centre hosted the encore and final showings of The Philanthropist, a multimedia theatre presentation about the life of the man himself – Jeffery Hale – on Feb. 2 and 3. 

The story behind Côte d’Abraham

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Photo: Credit: uppercanadahistory.ca via Wikimedia Commons (Public Domain)
This street is named in honour of Abraham Martin (1589-1664), also known as L’Écossais (the Scot). Connecting the St. Charles River valley to the upper part of the city, the original footpath or trail passed by the northern edge of the property of Abraham Martin, whose house was situated in the Saint-Jean-Baptiste neighbourhood.  

Letter to the Editor - Re: Ross Cottage

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Photo: courtesy of Margaret Oman

I read with interest the recent article “Ross Cottage on the Move” [by Mark Lindenberg in the Jan. 17, 2018, edition]. I also often wondered about the history of the cottage and who owned it. I have a small, personal connection to who lived there at one time.

What’s the point of all these shopper loyalty cards?

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So, there we were last week at the checkout at a grocery store belonging to one of the country’s largest corporate titans. The nice checkout person asked for our loyalty card, which we promptly surrendered, and she handed us a folder containing a new card, which she said we needed to activate online.

The 28th edition of the Semaine du Prévention du Suicide

Winter affects everyone differently. While some people enjoy the cold, others tend to feel more depressed. The Centre de Prévention du suicide (CPS) organizes a week in February dedicated to suicide prevention. This year, the 28th edition is taking place Feb. 4-10.

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