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VEQ Holiday Happy Hour a holly, jolly success

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Photo: Shirley Nadeau
A Holiday Happy Hour was held at the Morrin Centre on Dec. 6. People started to gather in College Hall at 5 p.m. and by 6, there was quite a jolly crowd there. 

The Halifax Explosion

Remembering Canada’s worst disaster – 100 years later

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Photo: Paul Mackey
A crowd of people huddled under a sea of umbrellas at Fort Needham Memorial Park in Halifax on Dec. 6 to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the Halifax Explosion.

Taking the first step for youth in politics

Q&A with Alicia Despins

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Photo: Natalie Keller
Alicia Despins, newly elected city councillor for Vanier-Duberger, is proving that age truly is just a number. At 23, Despins is the youngest-ever elected city council member.

Memorials and Things of Fame


Memorials and Things of Fame

Canadian malls buck trend of doom in America

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The modern world of consumerism is divided into two groups: Those who love shopping in malls and those who loathe it. Me, I have mixed feelings: awed by the spectacle, horrified by the excess. However you feel about malls, they have shaped the lives of most Canadians.

The story behind Avenue Turnbull

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Photo: Bill Cox
In 1911, Avenue Turnbull was named in honour of Lieutenant-Colonel Ferdinand Turnbull. His wife, Elizabeth MacKenzie Turnbull, was a major benefactor of the second Jeffery Hale hospital built on Boulevard Saint-Cyrille, now known as René-Lévesque, near the corner of Avenue Turnbull. Mrs.

Mark Lindenberg joins QCT team

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Meet Mark Lindenberg, the latest addition to the QCT’s roster of freelance journalists.

Seniors on the hunt for Christmas lights

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Photo: Lorie Pierce

It was a cold, rainy night when a dozen explorers left McGreevy Manor by bus to seek out those wonders that appear only at this time of year – colourful displays of Christmas lights.

Arthritis Society moves into new premises

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Photo: Mark Lindenberg

La Société de l’arthrite (Arthritis Society), which has had a presence in Quebec City since 1980, recently held an open house to show off its new premises in the Holland apartment and office complex on Chemin Sainte-Foy. The non-profit organization’s former offices on Rue Franklin were lost to a fire last June.

Violons du Roy present an all-Schubert concert at Palais Montcalm

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Photo: Shirley Nadeau

Five musicians of the Violons du Roy held a concert in the cozy Salle d’Youville of the Palais Montcalm on Dec. 7. They presented the same concert in the Salle Multi at the Musée National des Beaux-Arts du Québec the previous evening.

A journey of discovery through Indigenous films

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Photo: Ruby Pratka

Sometimes, only a few minutes is enough.

The short films by young Indigenous filmmakers presented at the Wapikoni Mobile Quebec City launch, held Dec. 4 at the Musée de la civilisation, were mostly less than 10 minutes long, but the stories many of them told were timeless – elegant pleas for cultural and environmental preservation, for self-belief and for simple respect.

Club Musical invites Janine Jansen and her guests

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Photo: Shirley Nadeau

The Club Musical invited Dutch violinist Janine Jansen and her guests to perform a truly stunning concert at the Palais Montcalm on Dec. 4.

Lévis art show reflects on race and belonging

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Photo: Ruby Pratka

An eye-opening exhibition by two English-speaking Quebec artists addresses sensitive questions of race and living in Quebec as a person of colour, while paying homage to previous generations.

The show, “Prête-moi l’oreille! / Lend me your ears!”, featuring artists Karen White and Florence Yee, is on until Dec. 17 at the Regart Gallery in Lévis.

Diversity forum focuses on immigrant labour

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Photo: Ruby Pratka

The provincial government’s vaunted consultative forum on the place of visible minorities in Quebec society took place in Quebec City on Dec. 5. The day-long series of roundtable discussions was held at the municipal cruise terminal in Lower Town.

CSN and Davie shipyards send Christmas card to federal Liberal MPs

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Photo: Conseil central de Québec–Chaudière-Appalaches (CSN)

On Dec. 8, the Conseil central de Québec–Chaudière–Appalaches (CSN)* mailed 40 Christmas cards to members of the caucus of the Liberal Party of Canada in Quebec.

“On the eve of Christmas, we wanted to personally challenge Liberal MPs about the fate of 800 workers at Davie shipyards in Lévis,” stated Ann Gingras, president of the Conseil central.

OBITUARY: Harold “Harry” PIKE

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Harold “Harry” Pike died at Tidewell Hospice on Friday, December 8, 2017, at the age of 74. Beloved husband of 50 years to Judy Pike (nee McIntyre), father of Cathy Haun (Steve Haun), Susan Pike, Tara Pike and Jude Evans (Dave Evans); grandfather to Ashley, Meaghan, Steven, Michael, Grace, Charlotte and Avery; and great-grandfather to Nicole and Georgia.

Maryse Goudreau first recipient of the Prix Lynne-Cohen

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Photo: Shirley Nadeau

The Estate of Lynne Cohen, in collaboration with the Musée National des Beaux-Arts du Québec (MNBAQ) and its foundation, recently announced that Maryse Goudreau was the recipient of the first Prix Lynne-Cohen. The new biennial award intended for Quebec artists seeks to support the practice of up-and-coming visual arts professionals whose approach encompasses photography.

Senior Blazers leading the way for QHS basketball teams

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Photo: Luc Lang

If you are looking for some good basketball action, you might want to drop by Quebec High School’s gymnasium to take a look at this year’s senior boys’ division 2 team.

On Dec. 15, the Blazers will host the Cavaliers from École secondaire de La Seigneurie of Beauport, at 8:30 p.m.

The Scribbler hangs out with the chair of the CCHC

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Photo: S-Elfie by Shirley Nadeau

While enjoying the International Lunch at EQLC on Nov. 29, Shirley Nadeau, the chair of the Community Christmas Hamper Campaign, discovered the Scribbler, one of Santa’s elves, hanging around the beautifully decorated tree in the corner of the cafeteria.

“Let’s do a s-Elfie!” said Nadeau, “for the CCHC Facebook page!”

Jesus Christ Superstar fundraiser creates quite a buzz

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Photo: Shirley Nadeau

Those who attended the Quebec Art Company’s gala at the Morrin Centre last Saturday evening to raise funds for the QAC’s April 2018 production of Jesus Christ Superstar are buzzing with excitement.

Quebec City–Montreal monorail? More of a Shelbyville idea

Philippe Couillard doesn’t look a bit like boater-hat-wearing huckster Lyle Lanley, but you can bet dollars to Homer’s donuts, many folks instantly thought of a famous episode of The Simpsons when the premier recently revealed his dream to see a high-speed monorail connecting Quebec City and Montreal.

Please contribute to the Community Christmas Hamper Campaign

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Photo: Shirley Nadeau
The English-speaking community of Quebec City has come together once again to run the annual Community Christmas Hamper Campaign with its ambitious, yet realistic, fundraising target of $30,000. You can track our progress through a new, dynamic thermometer on the qchampers.ca website. The amount raised is updated every Thursday. 

Anita Jack to launch her latest novel

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Anita Jack is about to launch her second published novel, Sins of the Fathers. The story is set mostly in Montreal, with a brief journey to Dublin, Ireland. Jack writes in the suspense genre, and this particular story involves a Montreal pub owner Charlene “Charlie” Butler, her best friend Frank, and a private investigator who goes by the name of Simm.

Good Shepherd Sisters of Quebec recognized for historic significance

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Photo: Shirley Nadeau

A ceremony was held at the residence of the Sisters of the Good Shepherd in Quebec City on Dec. 2, during which a plaque of the Historic Sites and Monuments Board of Canada was unveiled by the Mother Superior Theresa Rounds and the coordinator of the residence, Sister Nicole Daigle.

Memorials and Things of Fame

December 6, 1867 – The Morning Chronicle

The story behind Impasse Webster

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Photo: Wikimedia Common Domain
This rather insignificant “impasse” or alley in Old Quebec City was named after Senator Lorne Campbell Webster who was born in Quebec City on Sept. 30, 1871. He was educated at Commissioners’ High School (on Rue Saint-Denis), and following a year at a French-language college in Montmagny, he joined his father’s coal business in Quebec. 

Lise Lafond now a journalist

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After submitting articles and award-winning photographs of animals, plants and insects to the QCT for several years, Lise Lafond has been promoted to our list of freelance journalists.

What does Jeffery Hale Community Services offer?

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Photo: Cassandra Kerwin

Where do I go for community services? For medical care? For questions about raising a child, behavioural issues, taking care of my aging parents? These are some of the many questions asked by local English-speaking residents and newcomers.

78th Fraser Highlanders celebrate St. Andrew’s Day

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Photo: Cassandra Kerwin

The 78th Fraser Highlanders Pipes and Drums and local Celtic band Crépuscule celebrated St. Andrew’s Day in style. The sound of bagpipes and drums made the ears ring with pleasure and filled the Champlain–St. Lawrence Amphitheatre the afternoon of Dec. 3.

Bora Parc celebrates first anniversary with a beach party

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Photo: Cassandra Kerwin
Village Vacances Valcartier held a winter beach party to celebrate Bora Parc’s first anniversary. Crowds of people, families and children entered the tropical atmosphere for a swim in the wave pool, a surf in the Flywater, a quick descent on the many slides or a smooth and relaxing float along the river.
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