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Mosque opens doors one year later

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Photo: Ruby Pratka

On Jan. 29, 2017, the prayer room on the ground floor of the Centre culturel islamique de Québec was a scene of chaos – the red lights of police cars and ambulances flashed through the glass windows, as paramedics worked on the injured and blood seeped into the bright green carpeting. Walls were scarred with bullet holes.

Chinese have taken a shine to Quebec

Premier Philippe Couillard returns to Quebec this week after a seven-day, action-packed, deal-signing, hand-shaking trade mission to China. Photos on the premier’s website give an idea of the exhausting round of meetings, tours and exchanges that the caravan of representatives from 140 Quebec companies undertook in three major cities in China.

Memorials and Things of Fame

January 31,1868 – The Morning Chronicle

Two Westminster Concerts in February at Cathedral of the Holy Trinity

The Cathedral of the Holy Trinity has added two Westminster Concerts to its February programming. Inspired, once again, by London’s St. Martin-in-the-Fields Embassy and Cultural Institutes Series, the cathedral offers concerts organized in partnership with diplomatic missions located in Quebec City and Ottawa.

Letter to the Editor

Dear Editor:

I noted your story by Bill Cox (“STREET VIEWS: The story behind Rue de Xi’an,” Jan. 24, 2018). The terra cotta array was not “funerary art” [in memory of Emperor Qin Shi Huang] but was actually a memorial to the end of war.

David G. Jones, analyst and writer on knowledge and international relations, Ottawa

The story behind Rue de Boston

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Photo: Wikimedia (Common Domain)
This street, located in the Neuchâtel–Lebourgneuf area of Quebec City, is named after the capital of the U.S. state of Massachusetts. Boston is an important industrial, cultural and financial centre in the east of the state.

VEQ transportation to encore performance of The Philanthropist

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Voice of English-speaking Québec will provide free bus transportation from Saint-Gabriel-de-Valcartier and Shannon to CEGEP Champlain–St. Lawrence for the performance of The Philanthropist on Saturday, Feb. 3.

* Departure at 5:30 p.m. from Valcartier Community Centre (1743 boulevard Valcartier).

* Departure at 6 p.m. from Shannon City Hall (50 rue St-Patrick).

Bonhomme opens Quebec City’s 64th Winter Carnival

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Photo: Cassandra Kerwin

Crowds of people gathered at Bonhomme’s Ice Palace in the Zone Loto-Québec on Jan. 28, under a clear and sparkling sky, as the seven duchesses along with Bonhomme and dignitaries held a worthy inaugural party. The event included the première of BlackOut Design’s Odyss: Land of Ice light and sound show.

Burns Supper served up with Angus beef, music, dance and poetry

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Photo: Shirley Nadeau
Kilts, bagpipes and haggis … who could ask for more on Robbie Burns Day? Last Saturday evening, the 78th Fraser Highlanders, Fort St. Andrew’s Garrison, Quebec City, provided all this and much more at the Hôtel Château Laurier Québec. 

Mad Hatter Tea party held at Valcartier Elementary School

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Photo: Allison Kirkwood

Valcartier Elementary School whisked parents and children to Wonderland for a tea party on Thursday, Jan. 25, in celebration of Family Literacy Week. Approximately 40 people attended, and enjoyed the soup and sandwiches made by Valcartier Elementary’s own Cooking Club, not to mention a wide variety of tea from authentic china cups.

Winter Carnival: The winning national snow sculptures are…

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Photo: Cassandra Kerwin

Snow sculptors from across Canada gathered at Place George-V for the national edition of the International Snow Sculpting Competition, traditionally held as part of the Quebec Winter Carnival. This year, six teams from Montreal, Quebec City, Beauce, Charny, the Eastern Townships and British Columbia competed. They started chopping huge chunks of snow from the giant blocks on Jan.

A night to remember at the Château Frontenac

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Photo: Peter Black

The Fairmont le Château Frontenac hotel hosted a gala cocktail party Thursday to kick off events celebrating the world-famous hotel’s 125th anniversary.

Among the 500 guests were some 140 media representatives from seven countries.

“When you live agriculture, you love agriculture”

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Photo: Lise Lafond

The 24th Salon Industrie et Machinerie Agricole de Québec was held Jan. 25-27 at ExpoCité. Bags with the quote “When you live agriculture, you love agriculture” were handed out to visitors by Farm Credit Canada as they entered the exhibition hall.

Survivors of mosque shooting focus on bridge-building

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Photo: Ruby Pratka

Conversations swirled around Aymen Derbali. Several of them were about him, or more specifically, about how to make sure he made his appointment with the adaptive transit van that would get him and his motorized wheelchair back to the rehabilitation facility where he has spent much of the last year. But Derbali himself spoke mostly about others.

Getting snow off a roof takes planning

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Photo: Ville de Québec website

Falls, getting buried in snow, electrocution, heart trouble, injuries, hypothermia, frostbite … removing snow from your roof is a risky business. The Commission des normes, de l’équité, de la santé et de la sécurité du travail (CNESST) wishes to remind the community of the importance of good planning for accident prevention.

Community Calendar

Tuesday, Jan 30, 5 p.m. – Moms’ Nite Out at the Spa! MNO activities are organized by English-speaking volunteer moms with support from Wellness Centre (WE) staff. Some events are just for moms, others for both parents and many are for the whole family. MNO often takes place in the WE in the Jeffery Hale Pavilion, room 1135, but not always.

QHS alumnus Lewis Irving to compete in Pyeongchang Olympic Games

Photo: courtesy of Lewis Irving

Freestyle skier and Quebec High School graduate Lewis Irving has his ticket for the upcoming Winter Olympics, to be held in Pyeongchang, South Korea, Feb. 9-25.

Irving, 22, got the word on Jan. 22. His fourth-place finish at a World Cup event in Deer Valley, Utah, in February 2016, and a bronze medal last December at an event in China sealed his invitation to South Korea.

The “real” Steven Cox is just having fun

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Photo: Joerg Mitter / Red Bull Content Pool

With the first race of the 2018 Red Bull Crashed Ice season behind him, Quebec City ice cross racer Steven Cox is on his way to Finland, for the second stage of the season.

QHS senior girls sweep Arsenal, still undefeated

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Photo: Quebec High School Facebook page

The Quebec High School senior girls basketball team is having a dream season. The Blazers swept a doubleheader against the Académie Saint-Louis Arsenal on Jan. 24 to take a commanding lead atop the division 2 conference of the Réseau du Sport Étudiant du Québec (RSEQ), in the Québec-Chaudière-Appalaches region. The QHS seniors dominated the Arsenal 49-39.

0BITUARY: June Smith


It is with heavy hearts we announce that June Smith died on January 23, 2018, after a long illness.

Four days of activities to commemorate the victims of the shooting at the Centre culturel islamique de Québec one year ago.

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Photo: Photo by Cassandra Kerwin from QCT archives


The story behind Rue De Xi’an

Photo: Wikimedia Commons (Public Domain)
Rue de Xi’an is named after the Chinese city that has been twinned with Quebec City since 1999. The capital of Shaanxi province in China, Xi’an is a sub-provincial city located in northwestern China. It is the oldest of the Four Great Ancient Capitals, having held the position under several of the most important dynasties in Chinese history.

PM Trudeau hosts town hall at Sainte-Foy high school

Photo: Peter Black

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau hosted a round of 20 questions at a public meeting at École secondaire de Rochebelle in Sainte-Foy Thursday, and, except for a sole protester who was quickly hustled out, he had probably the easiest ride so far on his town hall tour. The event was the fourth stop in the prime minister’s cross-country string of open question-and-answer sessions.

Local storytellers reflect on mosque shooting

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Photo: Natalie Keller

One year since the shooting at the Centre culturel islamique de Québec left six people dead, the conversation about what this city wants to be in the future has only intensified.

Feeling insecure about Charlevoix summit

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The last time a divisive, globally loathed, intellectually dubious Republican president, elected with a minority of votes, came to this neck of the Quebec woods, it was, to use a polite f-word, a fiasco of epic proportions. That’s a fact, not an opinion.

Merci Maurice! Muslim groups thank former archbishop

Editors’ note: Former archbishop of Quebec Monsignor Maurice Couture died Jan. 19 at age 91. The QCT received this letter, cosigned by several area Muslim groups, thanking Mgr. Couture for his contribution to interfaith dialogue.

Memorials and Things of Fame

January 25, 1818 – The Morning Chronicle
The vessel Ewretta was reported arrived in London from Quebec, with a cargo of furs valued at £120,000.

Village Nordik welcomes ice fishers at the Bassin Louise

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Photo: Cassandra Kerwin

People of all ages can try ice fishing at the third annual Village Nordik du Port de Québec at the Bassin Louise.

Helping baby communicate - bridging the gap

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Photo: Mary McCown

I’m all done.” says your baby, but all you hear is “baaahh.” While you try to decipher this code, the situation deteriorates. “Aaghhhh! Wahhhh!” you hear, as you watch the almost-empty bowl of mashed carrots fly through the air and crash on the floor that you luckily haven’t had the chance to mop yet.

Great inaugural evening at the Ice Hotel in Valcartier

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Photo: Allison Kirkwood

Although the Ice Hotel in Valcartier has been open since mid-December, the official opening ceremony and party was held last Friday evening, Jan. 19. The event was well attended by an enthusiastic crowd.

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