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The story behind Avenue des Cent-Associés

STREET VIEWS

This street is named after La Compagnie des Cent-Associés, or Company of the One Hundred Associates, a French trading and colonization company chartered by Cardinal Richelieu in 1627. It was founded both to capitalize on the North American fur trade and to expand French colonies which were at that time centred on the St. Lawrence River valley and the Gulf of St. Lawrence.

No easy fix to dubious traffic problems

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Among the many blessings in my life, I have almost never had to negotiate heavy traffic to get to or from school or work. At university, having frozen various body parts waiting for the bus to get to class, I swore I would buy a car with the first pay cheque when I got a job after graduation. I bought the car but didn’t have to drive it to that job.

Eastern Townships and Lanaudière win the duets in artistic swimming

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Photo: Cassandra Kerwin

Synchronized swimming, referred to by the Fédération Internationale de Natation (FINA) as “artistic swimming” since 2017, is a hybrid form of swimming, dance and gymnastics, consisting of swimmers performing a synchronized routine of elaborate moves in the water, accompanied by music.

The 54th Finale des Jeux du Québec is on!

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Photo: Cassandra Kerwin

From March 1 to 9, some 3,000 young athletes from across the province are gathered in Quebec City to compete in the 22 disciplines of the 54th Finale des Jeux du Québec.

Quebec wins ringette gold at 2019 Canada Winter Games

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Photo: André Vandal/Ringette Canada

The ringette finals at the 2019 Canada Winter Games in Red Deer did not disappoint, with athletes leaving it all on the ice. Quebec claimed its first ever Canada Winter Games gold, defeating Ontario 4-3 in overtime. Gatineau’s Julie Vandal dumped in the overtime winner and was beaming from ear to ear following the game. “This is a dream come true.

Let it snow… but not too much!

SUPERMOON

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Photo: Lise Lafond

On the night of Feb. 19-20, a full moon illuminated the Quebec sky. It wasn’t just a full moon, it was a supermoon. The February full moon is also called the snow moon because February is often the month with the greatest snowfall.

Laugh it up with Bowser and Blue at the Morrin Centre

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Photo: Bowser and Blue

Comedy duo Bowser and Blue will be performing at the Morrin Centre on Saturday, March 2 at 7:30 p.m. as part of the Laugh Lab series. Join them at Quebec City’s English-language cultural hub for a concert and an introduction to political and social satire in music. On this occasion, they will discuss their art and entertainment, while performing songs and comedy bits from their repertoire.

2019 Shannon Irish Show: On St. Patrick’s Day EVERYONE is Irish!

The C.W.L. of Shannon cordially invites you to the annual Shannon Irish Show, which takes place on Saturday, March 9 at the Shannon Community Centre, 75 Gosford Road, Shannon.

A choice of two performances awaits you: the 1 p.m. show (doors will open at noon) or the 7:30 p.m. show (doors will open at 6:30 p.m.). Tickets are available at the door only:

Community Calendar

Feb. to April 21 – Manif d’art exhibit in collaboration with the Musée National des Beaux-Arts du Québec. Works of art are exhibited in 12 locations in Quebec City, including the museum. For more information, visit manifdart.org/en.

Mary Margaret “Mae” BROCK

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Mary Margaret “Mae” Brock (née Brown) passed away peacefully on Monday, February 11 with her family by her side. She was in her 90th year.

Mae is survived by her four children and their spouses: Nancy (Steve), Bill (Marie), Dan (Claudia) and Tim (Heidi), and nine grandchildren: Callum, Sasha, Adriana, Isaac, Astrid, Maggie, Catalina, Vigo and Saskia.

Letter to the Editor and Publisher of the Chronicle-Telegraph

What a delight it was to read in the Feb. 6 edition of the Chronicle-Telegraph about the restored vitality of Trinity Church! It seems the English-speaking community has also come alive with so many events at the Morrin Centre, the Quebec City Reading Council, the Community Wellness Centre and Voice of English-speaking Québec, to name just a few.

Bal des Tuques held in Valcartier

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Photo: Allison Kirkwood

The Bal des Tuques, an annual family skate night, was held in Saint-Gabriel-de-Valcartier last weekend. It is a collaboration between the municipality’s sports and recreation department and the two elementary schools in the village, École du Joli-Bois and Valcartier Elementary School. The idea is for everyone to come together and skate.

Happy 100th birthday to Patricia O’Doherty Fleury

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Photo: Barbara Fleury

Catherine Patricia O’Doherty (Pat) was born in Quebec City on March 9, 1919. Her Irish ancestors came here many generations ago in the mid-1800s. Her father Joe O’Doherty (1880-1970) was a steamfitter who worked on the Quebec Bridge. Her mother, Malvina Julien, was from Sillery. One of Pat’s first jobs was at Parisian Corset, a bustling industry located on Rue Dorchester.

LAST CHANCE to enter the “cutest dog” photo contest!

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Photo: Shirley Nadeau

So, do you think your pooch is the cutest thing on four paws? You might be right. Send us a recent photo of your furry friend and our judges – QCT journalist Ruby Pratka, copy editor Pauline Kerr and graphic designer Cheryl Stabinski – will try to decide which one is the cutest dog of all.

OSQ performs Elgar’s Enigma Variations

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Photo: Shirley Nadeau

The Orchestre Symphonique de Québec (OSQ) welcomed the brilliant Ukranian violinist Roman Simović to the Grand Théâtre on Feb. 20.

Tempêtes et Passions offer tasty Viennese treats

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Photo: Shirley Nadeau

All the right ingredients were at the Chapelle du Musée de l’Amérique francophone on Feb. 23 as Tempêtes et Passions treated the audience to delicious Viennese pastries and music.

Recycle your electronics

SAVING THE PLANET ONE WEEK AT A TIME

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Photo: Lise Lafond

Is your television showing snow, and I don’t mean snow outside reflecting on the screen? Is your PC monitor completely black? Do you only hear static on your cell phone? It sounds as though these appliances have come to the end of their life cycle. If so, it’s time to recycle.

Program of the ninth Festival d’Opéra de Québec announced

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Photo: Shirley Nadeau

Grégoire Legendre, artistic and general director of the Festival d’Opéra de Québec, proudly unveiled the program of the ninth annual festival, which will take place from July 24 to Aug. 4.

Making a constructive visit to Salon Expo Habitat

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Photo: Lise Lafond

With 300 exhibitors, four houses to visit and 184,000 square feet of decorating ideas, Expo Habitat held at ExpoCité last weekend was the place to go for all your construction, renovating and decorating needs.

No lack of snow for the Pentathlon des Neiges

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Photo: Cassandra Kerwin

The weather created quite an opening weekend for the 15th Pentathlon des Neiges. Professional and amateur athletes were up to the challenge to run, skate, snowshoe, cross-country ski and bike on the Plains of Abraham from Feb. 23 to March 3. This year, over 6,000 adults and children participated in 20 categories.

How will Trudeau’s Liberals shape the SNC-Lavalin affair?

POLITICAL COMMENTARY

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Much more important than the content of even the most famous political scandals is the shape each scandal develops. The shape of a scandal is formed less by what happens, than by what is done about it by the government concerned.”

Morin-Doyle returns to Quebec City Hall after a long recovery

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Photo: Équipe Labeaume website

A serious accident has kept Michelle Morin-Doyle out of sight for more than three months. The absence was so long she was nearly out of a job.

The long-time Charlesbourg district city councillor and deputy mayor suffered a mishap back in November. Although she won’t divulge exactly what happened she did tell the QCT, “It was a bad accident, something that happened quickly.

New bus service announced between City of Shannon and Quebec City

Shannon residents may now use the public transit network as a means of getting around. As of March 1, a brand-new line will be added to the Transport collectif de La Jacques-Cartier (TCJC), and will connect to the Réseau de transport de la Capitale (RTC) network at the Wilfrid-Caron/Racine station, which already serves several destinations.

The story behind Avenue Carrel

STREET VIEWS

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Photo: Wikimedia Commons - Public Domain

This street was named after Dr. Alexis Carrel (1873-1944), who was born in Lyon, France. His father died when Alexis was very young and he was educated at home by his mother.

MEMORIALS AND THINGS OF FAME

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Photo: Wikimedia Commons - Public Domain - Photo by Don O’Brien

February 24, 1819 – The Quebec Gazette

On Saturday morning past, there were several claps of thunder and vivid flashes of lightning, and in the afternoon some heavy showers of rain. The thermometer today has been 45 [Fahrenheit, or 7 degrees Celsius]. The wild geese and the crows have already made their appearance.

February 26, 1869 – The Morning Chronicle

The Carnival spirit spreads across Quebec City

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Photo: Cassandra Kerwin

People who found the two main sites of the 65th Winter Carnival on Grande Allée somewhat restrained, aimed at adults only or “missing something” had 70 other sites to visit in the greater Quebec City area during the 10 days of festivities.

The story behind Rue Carleton

STREET VIEWS

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Photo: Screenshot from Google Maps

This narrow street within the walls of Old Quebec is named in honour of Sir Guy Carleton (1724-1808). In 1786, he was raised to the peerage as Lord Dorchester, Baron of Dorchester in the County of Oxford. Rue Dorchester in the Saint-Roch district of Quebec City is also named after him.

“Not available for shipping in Quebec”

ECONOMIC COMMENTARY

The ban on shipping consumer products to the province of Quebec, due to its language laws, is plain stupid. Worse, these laws are discriminatory. They effectively create two classes of citizens by artificially restricting Quebecers’ rights to buy what they want.

Recycling and the print media: the breaking point

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Quebecers are aware of the challenges that print media have been facing for some time now. According to Ministry of Culture figures, one weekly in four has permanently stopped its presses since 2010 … and this situation will get much worse unless the government amends the Environmental Quality Act this year to give newspapers the same cultural protection it gives books.

Outremont has had a who’s who of MP candidates

POLITICAL COMMENTARY

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Few federal ridings in the country have as rich a history, populated by distinctive characters, as does Outremont, the diverse cross-section of central Montreal.

The seat is up for grabs again in next week’s byelection, one of three Prime Minister Justin Trudeau called in early January, the others being York–Simcoe in Ontario, and Burnaby South in British Columbia.

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