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Together, celebrating difference

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Photo: Danielle Burns

The concert Ensemble, nous sommes Québec (Together, we are Quebec) held at the Capitole theatre on February 26, less than a month after the shooting at the Quebec City Islamic Cultural Centre, was a declaration of friendship towards all Quebecers despite our origins and differences.

Tempêtes & Passions present a taste of Viennese operettas

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Photo: Shirley Nadeau

The Chapelle du Musée de l’Amérique Francophone was the perfect place for an afternoon of music from operettas performed by Tempêtes & Passions. The audience was treated to a taste of Viennese music as well as pastries typical of the Austrian city provided by Paillard, a local pastry shop on Rue Saint-Jean.

OBITUARY: Iris (Murphy) LACHAPELLE

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OBITUARY: Donald Paul HARRIET (1944 - 2017)

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Mr. Donald Harriet, the husband of Mrs. Carole Gagnon, son of the late Mrs. Irene Lavoie and the late Mr. Melvin Harriet, passed away peacefully on February 3, 2017, at the hospital of the Hotel Dieu de Québec. He lived in Saint-Malachie, QC.

Update on petition for bilingual traffic signs on Quebec roads

Arrêt. Sens Unique. Ralentir. Conduisez prudemment. If you’re an Anglophone driver and you’ve found yourself disoriented by these signs, you’re not alone. A petition calling for the province’s traffic signs to be made bilingual has nearly 7,000 signatures.

Salon Expo Habitat full of inspirations for your home

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Photo: Lise Lafond

If you need to build, buy, repair, renovate, move or sell your house, or just because you love to go to see all the new ideas about building and decorating a home, the Salon de l’Habitat was the place to go.

EQLC rewards fitness and healthy eating

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Photo: Shirley Nadeau

February is Heart Month. At the Eastern Quebec Learning Centre, to encourage students and staff to be more active, Julie Bélanger, the school’s organization technician, held weekly noon-hour fitness classes.

Valcartier students prepare for Canada’s 150th birthday

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Photo: Jayne Doddridge

Cycle 2 teacher Paul Barker and his class recently put together beautiful sculptures of Canada’s 150th (using blocks of coloured ice) and a Canadian maple leaf in front of Valcartier Elementary school. The school's teaching staff are doing different activities with the children during the year.

Petition calls for bilingual traffic safety signage

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Photo: Photo credit: Wikipedia

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?

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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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

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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.

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