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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.

Quest for Quebec’s finest poutine continues

A blast from the past at Pat Rétro

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Photo: Natalie Keller
A visit to Pat Rétro, located on Rue de Bergerville, near the corner of Avenue Maguire in Quebec City, is like a trip back to the 1960s. Although unimpressive from the exterior, take a peek inside and you will be transported into a retro wonderland.

Hats, Heels and Headpieces at the Musée de la Civilisation

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Photo: Cassandra Kerwin

Early 20th-century fashions are now on display at the Musée de la Civilisation. Ten years ago, the heritage- and fashion-conscious couple Annie and Pierre Cantin donated over 5,000 items of clothing and accessories to the museum, of which 1,800 are part of the Hats, Heels and Headpieces exhibit. On behalf of her late husband, Annie Cantin opened the exhibit on Nov. 28.

Making three meals a day possible for everyone

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Photo: Lise Lafond

It’s the time of year for Christmas hampers. Everyone who has worked on a project like this knows all about the work involved: recruiting volunteers, collecting food, preparing the hampers and delivering these precious parcels.

OBITUARY: Janet (nee Barber) KOZAK

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Janet (nee Barber) KOZAK on November 25, 2017. Daughter of A. Edward Barber and Margaret McIntosh of Farnham, Que. Trained and worked at Royal Victoria Hospital in Edmonton, and at Saint Brigid’s Home in Quebec City. Beloved aunt of Barbara and Bill Fraser, deeply cherished by her grandnieces Sarah and Emilie, and grandnephews Daibhid and Jackson.

High expectations for St. Pat’s hockey program

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Photo: courtesy of St. Patrick’s Fighting Irish hockey team

The St. Patrick’s High School hockey program has reached the halfway point of its first season in the Ligue de Hockey Préparatoire Scolaire (LHPS).

The LHPS is the Quebec version of the American prep schools’ hockey leagues, in which players such as Sidney Crosby and Nathan MacKinnon played before being drafted and going on to successful NHL careers.

Dr. Gary Kobinger wins prestigious Manning Innovation Award

$100,000 prize for developing antiviral against deadly Ebola Virus Disease

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Photo: Mary McCown

The Ernest C. Manning Awards Foundation recently announced that Dr. Gary Kobinger of Quebec City and his research partner, Dr. Xiangguo Qiu, have won the 2017 Manning Innovation Principal Award for developing ZMapp™, the world’s first Ebola Virus Disease antiviral. The award was presented at the Manning Innovation Symposium held in Toronto on Nov. 30.

Choir brings German Christmas traditions to Vieux-Québec

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Photo: Ruby Pratka

On the first Sunday of Advent, the Choeur Allemand de Québec (Quebec German Choir) got the holidays off to a majestic start with a concert that brought German holiday traditions to life. The concert, appropriately titled Noël en Allemagne, was held in St. Andrew’s Church in Vieux-Québec, just blocks from the bustling German Christmas Market.

Anglo secretariat lauded, but underfunded

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Photo: Shirley Nadeau

The man tapped to head the Quebec government’s brand new secretariat for relations with English-speaking Quebecers, needs no introduction, as they say, to the community he is mandated to serve.

William “Bill” Floch comes equipped with a solid set of credentials and connections with anglo Quebec.

Christmas Campaign elves are hard at work, posing for s-Elfies

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Photo: s-Elfie by Diane Kameen

The Community Christmas Hamper Campaign is in full swing. All of the campaign’s elves are hard at work behind the scenes to organize this wonderful annual community initiative.

Les Rouges: A brief history of a longstanding party

Commentary

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Last weekend, as protesters mostly from groups on the far right and the far left clashed outside the Quebec City convention centre, an organization that has occupied the comfortable middle ground of politics for the past 150 years, celebrated its sesquicentennial.

Tension builds as rival protests fill city streets

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Photo: Ruby Pratka

The streets of downtown Quebec City filled with protesters and police on Nov. 25 as rival rallies were held around the National Assembly.

School taxation issue soon to be solved

Following the government’s November 2017 publication of The Quebec Economic Plan and the proposed equalization of taxes paid to English- and French-language school boards, Stephen Burke, chair of the Board of Commissioners of the Central Quebec School Board (CQSB), contacted the QCT to share this good news.

The story behind Parc Victoria

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Photo: Wikimedia Common Domain
This park in the centre of Quebec City is named in honour of Queen Victoria (1819-1901), who was the longest-reigning monarch of the British Empire, until her great-great-granddaughter Elizabeth II surpassed her in September 2015. 

Memorials and Things of Fame

November 28, 1867 – The Morning Chronicle

VEQ Winds of Change workshop explores moving challenges

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Photo: Cassandra Kerwin

Moving can be challenging, period. Relocating to a new city, province or country brings on a whole set of obstacles. To help newcomers and to offer them information on local services and activities, Voice of English-speaking Quebec (VEQ) held a Winds of Change workshop on Nov. 24 at the Jeffery Hale Pavilion.

Quebec City’s German Christmas Market celebrates its 10th year

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Photo: Shirley Nadeau
Quebec City’s German Christmas Market was officially opened on Nov. 23 to the sound of Bavarian alphorns in front of City Hall. 

La Fabrique recognized for its historic national significance

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Photo: Cassandra Kerwin

La Fabrique, a large red brick building with its square medieval-inspired water tower at the corner of Boulevard Charest and Rue Dorchester, really stands out in the Saint-Roch district.

This building has a rich history dating back to 1871. For over 90 years, it was the home of Dominion Corset and Creations Daisyfresh, leaders in Canada’s lingerie industry.

Kwahiatonhk!

An exploration of the past, present and future of Indigenous writers

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Photo: Juanita Craig

The sixth edition of Kwahiatonhk! Indigenous Peoples Book Fair took centre stage in Wendake last weekend.
Kwahiatonhk's official opening, however, was held at the Maison de la littérature on Rue Saint-Stanislas on Nov. 23. The downtown venue was also used the following evening for a literary tribute to Yves Sioui Durand.

A visit to the 39th Salon de Noël in Sillery

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Photo: Cassandra Kerwin
The Christmas spirit is spreading through the city. Residents and businesses are decorating their homes and stores. Christmas markets and fairs, such as the Salon de Noël at the Charles-H.-Blais Library on Avenue Maguire in Sillery, are open. Until Dec. 10, the public can admire and purchase works of art, scarves, hats, gloves, toys and more.  

Quebec is now a Rouge et Or city

Last week, my colleague Peter Black was wondering why Quebec City, the eighth biggest city in population in Canada, could not have success with its pro sports teams.

Catering service offers work experience to special needs youth

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Photo: provided by Nectaria Skokos

For over 15 years, Jeffery Hale Community Partners has partnered with Quebec High School to offer the SNACS Program to English-speaking children, teens and young adults with special needs.

Déclic musique, a new way to enjoy music in Quebec City

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Photo: Shirley Nadeau

There is a whole new way for young people to enjoy concert music in Quebec City. Inspired by an initiative of Quebec City’s theater community, Déclic musique is the new subscription formula!

Mustangs stampede over Laval at the Vanier Cup

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Photo: Charity Matheson - USports

In a matchup of the two best university football teams in the country, the number-two ranked University of Western Ontario (UWO) Mustangs were just too powerful for the number-one ranked Université Laval Rouge et Or. When the game ended, the Mustangs had crushed the Rouge et Or, 39-17.

Downy or hairy? That is the question

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Photo: Lise Lafond

Even the woodpecker owes his success to the fact that he uses his head and keeps pecking away until he finishes the job he starts.” - Coleman Cox

Every bird lover comes upon an identification challenge occasionally. Even with all the right information, it is not always easy to identify the right bird between two look-alike species.

Quebec City a favourite literary character

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Photo: Shirley Nadeau
Quebec City is more than a literary setting, it is also a character in many novels. Our Writings is an all-encompassing event that celebrates Quebec City as the literary inspiration it is. The program includes an online interactive map, a walking tour, two exhibits and a series of events. 

Musical lampshades light up Avenue Cartier

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Photo: Shirley Nadeau

The lampshades on the giant lampposts on Avenue Cartier have recently been changed, and this year, when you stand underneath some of them, you can hear music!

The 34 giant lampshades on 17 double lampposts line both sides of Avenue Cartier between Chemin Sainte-Foy and Grande Allée.

Why are pro sports teams absent from Quebec capital?

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Football fever – fickle Canadian-style – is in the air. It’s that time of year when dozens, maybe hundreds, of fair-weather fans decide it’s time to find out which teams are actually in contention for the Grey Cup, or, more importantly, to find out which teams are actually in the Canadian Football League. What ever happened to the Birmingham Barracudas or Memphis Mad Dogs, by the way?

Are you a lexophile?

A lexophile is someone who has a love for words, especially in word games, puzzles, anagrams, palindromes, etc. Such a person may enjoy witticisms like “you can tune a piano, but you can’t tuna fish” or “to write with a broken pencil is pointless.” Here are a few more choice sentences that we found online.

... When fish are in schools, they sometimes take debate.

Quebec City designated a City of Literature by UNESCO

The Canadian Commission for UNESCO recently announced that Quebec City has been designated a City of Literature by UNESCO’s Creative Cities Network. It is the first French-speaking city to earn this distinction.

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