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Anne-Catherine Tanguay is back for her second LPGA tour

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Photo: Luc Lang

Former CEGEP Champlain – St. Lawrence student and Quebec native Anne-Catherine Tanguay will be back on the Ladies Professional Golf Association (LPGA) tour in 2019, after finishing 2018 in 118th position.

Tanguay, who met the media just before the holidays, was in town to announce that La Capitale Insurance and Financial Services has renewed its sponsorship of the former Lady Lion golfer.

QCGN mourns loss of James Shea, educator and advocate for linguistic duality

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The Quebec Community Groups Network (QCGN) was profoundly saddened to learn of the death of former president James Shea during the holidays.

A year-long adventure to help save our planet begins

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Photo: Lise Lafond

At the end of an old year and the beginning of a new one, many of us take stock and think about how we can change things for the better.

Ice ring open for business on Plains of Abraham

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Photo: Peter Black

The opening of the ever-popular ice ring on the Plains of Abraham had to be delayed for several days in December but it was ready to welcome skaters in time for the holidays. The “après-skate” deck is larger this year, and a new fireplace and several heaters have been added, as well as more chairs.

Community Christmas Hamper Campaign delivers the goods

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Photo: Shirley Nadeau
After months of meetings, weeks of recruiting volunteers and collecting food and monetary donations, plus days of sorting and packing, members of the English-speaking community of the Quebec City area delivered Christmas hampers (boxes of groceries and vouchers) to 205 households on Dec. 15. 

Ho ho or holy: Christmas songs full of mixed messages

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Curiously, one of the movies that makes the usual Christmas faves lists is Tim Burton’s A Nightmare Before Christmas – no, it’s not about last-minute Christmas shopping.

Diplomatic crisis made in China

The current Sino-Canadian diplomatic crisis is serious and the stakes are extremely high. At the heart of the matter is national security. Huawei, a Chinese tele-communications behemoth with 180,000 employees worldwide and nearly $100 billion in revenue, is in the United States’ crosshairs and Canada is being forced to pull the trigger.

Memorials and Things of Fame

December 22, 1868 – The Morning Chronicle

The Ice: During Saturday night and Sunday morning large quantities of new ice formed into a batture, which now extends over a hundred feet from the wharves in the Lower Town. This early forming of a solid batture is a sure indication of an ice-bridge.

A nice time to make ice

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Photo: Peter Black

It’s a nice time to make ice. Recent cold weather has allowed crews to get to work flooding the dozens of outdoor rinks throughout the city. This one is at the Parc du Musée. On the nearby Plains of Abraham, the large oval made with refrigerated ice started welcoming skaters last week.

The story behind Rue Christmas

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Photo: from Wikipedia - Common Domain
Rue Christmas is named in honour of the annual festival commemorating the birth of Jesus Christ, observed primarily on Dec. 25 as a religious and cultural celebration among billions of people around the world. It is a time for love, gift giving and family gatherings.

“All I want for Christmas is …”

We asked several well-known people in Quebec City how they would answer the question “What do YOU want for Christmas?” After the usual “Peace on Earth, health, and happiness” replies, here’s what they had to say:

An “elf-made” man visits children at local library

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Photo: Danielle Burns
Children in the Limoilou area didn’t need to go to the North Pole to get into the silly elf spirit on Dec. 14.

Hôtel de Glace offers a warm welcome in Valcartier

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Photo: Shirley Nadeau

Here’s a cool idea for a winter sleepover – spend the night in one of the 42 cozy, snowy and icy bedrooms at the Hôtel de Glace (ice hotel) in Valcartier, just 35 km from downtown Quebec City.

Birdwatching: observing our beautiful winter birds

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Photo: Lise Lafond
Feed the birds in winter; in return, they will feed your soul with the look of gratitude!” - Mehmet Murat Ildan, contemporary Turkish novelist and playwright.

Do you have what it takes to be an astronaut?

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Photo: Danielle Burns

It isn’t every Saturday storytime that the parents are as interested in the special guest as their kids. Canadian astronaut candidate James Veilleux gave the large group of parents and children gathered in the Morrin Centre main library some insider information about the intensive and demanding process of being selected to be sent into space.

It’s all about the downhill rush at the Grande Fête Hivernale

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Photo: Cassandra Kerwin
Crowds of people gathered on Dufferin Terrace for the fifth annual Grande Fête Hivernale (winter fest) organized by the owners of Au 1884, the snack bar at the foot of the famous toboggan slide, which opened in … 1884. The event, held on Dec. 15, marked the official opening of the slide and celebrated the arrival of winter and yuletide. Although the winter solstice is not until Dec.

Community Calendar

Dec. 20 and 21 at 8 p.m. and Dec. 22 at 2:30 p.m. – Choeur et Orchestre symphonique de Québec present Hollywood 4 at the Grand Théâtre de Québec.

Quebec High School alumna still giving back to the community

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Photo: courtesy of the Community Christmas Hamper Campaign

     By 2:30 p.m. last Sunday, Amy Bilodeau looked a little tired, and with reason.

English-speaking community will not abandon school boards

Quebec’s English-speaking community has absolutely no intention of heeding Premier François Legault’s advice that we abandon any plans to challenge the Coalition Avenir Québec government’s scheme to abolish school boards and replace them with service centres.

It’s time for the annual “Luc”-ky sports awards

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Photo: Mathieu Bélanger- U Laval

There are no plaques, trophies or certificates that come with the “Luc”-ky awards but, in my opinion, this is a time to reflect on the past year in local sports and to recognize the male and female athletes I consider to be outstanding.

Team of the Year
In 2017, the award went to the St. Patrick’s High School women’s senior rugby team.

Eileen Reid Marcil honoured by Irish Heritage Quebec

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Photo: Shirley Nadeau

Following the annual meeting of Irish Heritage Quebec in McMahon Hall of St. Patrick’s Church on Dec. 10., president Joe Lonergan and secretary-treasurer John O’Connor honoured Eileen Reid Marcil, who has spent a lifetime recording the history of shipbuilding in Quebec City.

MNBAQ’s Murmures encourages budding young architects

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Photo: Shirley Nadeau
The revamped family gallery in the central pavilion of the Musée national des Beaux-Arts du Québec (MNBAQ) opened on Dec. 12, to the delight of several children and grandchildren of museum employees who were invited to “test drive” the new setup.  

Olympic champion Sandrine Mainville visits Quebec City

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Photo: Peter Black

Sandrine Mainville, 26, won bronze in freestyle swimming at the Rio 2016 Summer Olympic Games, and has competed in and won many other major championships. Mainville was in Quebec City last week to tell her inspirational story to young fans. She retired from competitive swimming last summer to focus on her studies in law.

Ste. Foy Elementary Christmas Cards and Candy project

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Photo: Andrew Johnston

A special Christmas tradition has been growing at Ste. Foy Elementary School. The tradition is to create handmade Christmas cards to go with the Christmas Hampers. Cycle three students are lending a hand to help the Community Christmas Hamper Campaign provide some Christmas cheer.

Santa brings cheer to Children’s Christmas party

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Photo: Danielle Burns
It was a jolly, merry morning on Dec. 8, when Santa arrived with a sack full of gifts for the good little girls and boys attending the annual Children’s Christmas party in the Coin Soleil room at Jeffery Hale Hospital. Some 130 people, including kids, parents and grandparents, arrived bearing non-perishable food items.

Over 60 Hydro-Québec Partner Events added to Winter Carnival

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Photo: Cassandra Kerwin

The 65th Quebec City Winter Carnival is undergoing more changes. The latest to be announced are the Hydro-Québec Partner Events, which will take the carnival beyond the city limits. The team behind the festivities proudly announced the widespread activities and events on Dec. 4 at the ANTI Bar et Spectacles.

How brainy is the CAQ cannabis legal-age change?

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While we’re reflecting upon presidential legacies, with the passing of “kinder, gentler” George H.W. Bush, an aspect of his predecessor’s record comes to mind.

Maxime Bernier, political marathoner

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Photo: Sébastien Clavet

The People’s Party of Canada (PPC), Maxime Bernier’s new self-described “smart conservative” political vehicle, held its first rally at the Travelodge hotel in Quebec City on Dec. 6. The meeting room was packed with nearly 350 supporters – quite an accomplishment considering the festive season and the low-key advertising, which relied mostly on social media.

Street Views - Rue du Cap-Diamant

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Photo: Martin St-Amant - Wikipedia - CC-BY-SA-3.0

Rue du Cap-Diamant is a short street located on industrial land owned by the Quebec Port Authority off Boulevard Champlain below the Plains of Abraham.

Cap Diamant (or Cape Diamond) itself is the promontory on which the Upper Town of Quebec City is located, surrounded by the St. Lawrence River to the south and east and the much smaller St. Charles River to the north.

Memorials and Things of Fame


December 13, 1818 – The Quebec Gazette

Winter Ferry

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