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Bonhomme and Prime Minister Harper

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Photo: Jay Ouellet

Canadian Heritage Minister Josée Verner, Bonhomme Carnival and Prime Minister Stephen Harper help serve up some fun at Quebec City’s winter festival.

LAROQUE-MARTIN, Alexandra (Sandy)

LAROQUE-MARTIN, Alexandra (Sandy) — On December 3, 2008, at the age of 56, in Gibson, B.C., passed away peacefully after a lengthy battle with cancer.

Winter Carnival 2008 [photo 2]

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Photo by Jay Ouellet

Winter Carnival 2008 [photo 3]

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Photo by Jay Ouellet

Above: Winter Carnival parade number one was a little late out of the starting gate, but a celebration of the 400th anniversary nonetheless. There was even snow to brighten the show! The second parade is scheduled for Quebec City on Saturday, February 16. Dress warmly!

Calgary Stampeders win hearts

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Photo: Jay Ouellet

The annual Calgary contingent did not go unnoticed at Base Valcartier, old Quebec and Charlesbourg this Carnival season. Calgary and Quebec City are sister cities and so they celebrate at the other’s big festival each year. The Quebec City crew will head out for another Stampede run this summer to share Quebec delicacies such as maple sugar.

Winter Carnival 2008 [photo 1]

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Photo By Jay Ouellet

Photo right: Justine (12) and Justin (8) Lafrance from St-Augustin had a blast at their fourth Carnival parade!

Lady Lions come out with two big wins

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Photo: Dominique Routhier

In a battle for a spot in the provincials, the St. Lawrence Lady Lions clinched two very important wins on the weekend.

Trailing by 10 points in the third quarter of their first game, the Lions eventually came out with a 61-57 win over the Diablos of Trois Rivières. Kathryn Bariault and Gabrielle Côté-Caouette had hot hands with a combined 29 points for the Lions.

Quebec City proud of Simons’ project

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Quebec City councillor Raymond Dion praised “the quality and the pride of the Simons family - it’s a trademark.” He congratulated the family on their “environmental efforts.”

La Maison Simons expands store while reducing footprint

Expanding the Simons store at Place Ste-Foy shopping centre won’t mean a bigger environmental footprint for the Quebec City-family-owned clothing retailer.

Autism fundraiser

The 17th annual fundraising brunch for the Fondation de l’autisme de Quebec will take place on Sunday, February 17, from 10 to 1 p.m., at the Knights of Columbus Hall in Ancienne-Lorette, 1300 Rue de la Hutte, Ancienne-Lorette. The honourary president is Andre Gagne, chair of the board of directors of la Caisse populaire Desjardins des Chutes Montmorency.

SLC takes stand during Suicide Prevention Week

Cégep Champlain-St. Lawrence is joining its counterparts in offering Sentinelle, a program managed by the Centre de prevention du suicide de Québec (CPSQ).

Offering Sentinelle means training personnel to be able to intervene in stressful situations such as when a student or colleague is contemplating suicide.

Chalmers-Wesley United Church needs new minister

The Chalmers-Wesley United Church congregation is about to begin searching for a new minister.

Reverend George MacDonald, who had been out on extended sick leave, recently asked for his name to be placed on the United Church’s discontinued service list in January.

Memorials and Thing of fame


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Wednesday, February 13
Sympathetic Inks for Secret Correspondence*
(*for a paramour on St. Valentine’s Day.)

Keep heritage walls of Saint-Dominique’s

Some time ago (months, really), an article in Le Soleil caught my eye and did something to my blood pressure. The reporter had written something about the Musée national des beaux-arts du Québec intending to erect some new buildings to exhibit yet more paintings; accompanying the text was a blank area, indicating what and where any such buildings would be.

Calgary, Carnival and community

The work of Calgary Stampede volunteers produced smiles and filled bellies during their annual visit to our Winter Carnival last week.

Central Québec basketball tournament a success, except for the bill

Several Central Québec School Board commissioners were unimpressed at having to fork out over $2,000 to rent space at the Base Valcartier sports centre for their annual basketball tournament.
The tournament, which changes facilities each year, was hosted by Dollard-des-Ormeaux School, located on the base.  

Portneuf Elementary’s building to grow

Plans are in the works for a much-needed addition at Portneuf Elementary! Central Québec School Board commissioners voted to hire architects to look at some options.

BonjourQuébec.com team takes 400th race in sport category

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Captain David Blair’s BonjourQuébec.com ice canoe team forged its way to the front of the line to pick up first place in the sport category of Sunday’s annual Winter Carnival race on the icy St. Lawrence River.

Shannon mayor lobbies Ottawa

Shannon Mayor Clive Kiley is determined to get the federal government to help pay to complete the job of bringing clean well water to the municipality. A $19 million federal grant to cover the costs is almost gone, but Kiley needs another $1 million to bring the water from the mountains into Shannon homes.

Characters in Search of Authors

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There are four young ladies, soon to be more, who are looking for someone to tell their stories. Brianne, Taryn, Alexi and Jenna each live in a different part of Canada, and all are looking for authors. These are the Maplelea Girls, full of energy and Canadian pride and just 18 inches tall!

CLARKE, Dorothy (nee Newell)

KNOX, Thomas (Buddy) 1927-2008

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Fries out, healthy sandwiches in at St. Pat’s High

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Photo: MICHÈLE THIBEAU
When St. Patrick’s High School students return from their relaxing March Break, there’ll be no more poutine, no more fries, and no more Skittles. The pop machines offer water and fruit juices, but no soft drinks or sports drinks.

Septune at Université Laval, Agaguk in the snow

Sounds like Canada from the Château Frontenac Café Live broadcast open to public

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CBC Radio One host Shelagh Rogers and company are enjoying winter in Quebec City this week as they prepare for a special Sounds Like Canada broadcast at the Château Frontenac’s Café de la Terrasse on Friday morning.

No stranger to the city, Rogers admitted that this is her first foray in February.

James Allan presenting the haggis along with piper Alan Stairs

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James Allan (right) presenting the haggis along with piper Alan Stairs from the 78 Fraser Highlanders who performed during the ceremony. A bunch of joyful Scots and their friends paid tribute to the bard Robbie Burns, last Saturday night, at the old school in Kinnear’s Mills.

Circus crowd invades Saint Brigid’s on Family Literacy Day

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Quebec City Reading Council’s Clowns Marilyn Baxter and Lucie Girard had the pleasure of amusing 15 families and 30 seniors on Saturday, January 26 for the 10th anniversary of Family Literacy Day.

Students can find fries elswhere

When St. Patrick’s High School students return from their relaxing March Break, there’ll be no more poutine, no more fries, and no more Skittles. The pop machines offer water and fruit juices, but no soft drinks or sports drinks.

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