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Burns Night in Valcartier a tasty success

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Photo: Allison Kirkwood

Valcartier Elementary School hosted a Robbie Burns evening at the Community Centre on Saturday, Jan. 20. We were treated to great traditional music with James Allen and Martine Hébert, not to mention some of our favourite local musicians Wesley McCoubrey, Jimmy Kelly, Don Kack and Pierre-Antoine Landry.

Thank you for your generosity to the Community Christmas Hamper Campaign

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Photo: Shirley Nadeau

The 22nd annual Community Christmas Hamper Campaign has come to an official close. Once again, thanks in no small way to the huge number of volunteers, it was a resounding success. This year, close to 200 volunteers gave of their time to ensure the delivery of hampers to more than 200 homes in need.

Pick-a-Book reading adventures at the Morrin Centre

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Photo: Danielle Burns

Have you ever wondered what snowmen really get up to at night? During the Pick-a-Book activity at the Morrin Centre on Jan. 20, the children found out with the winter-themed book Snowmen at Night, by Caralyn Buehner. This fictional adventure sees all the neighbourhood snowmen gathered at the nearby moonlit park, sipping “ice cold cocoa made by snowmen mothers.”

Winter Carnival candle campaign enters final stretch

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Photo: Cassandra Kerwin

Since last November, the duchesses have been working hard to promote Winter Carnival. They completed the final stretch over the weekend of Jan. 20, as the campaign of the bougie (the iconic candle) came to an end on Sunday. All of their efforts and sales increased their odds at being crowned queen of the 64th Winter Carnival.

Looking at snow removal in Quebec City

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Photo: Mark Lindenberg

What has an annual budget of $43 million, includes 2,373 km of road and 1,248 km of sidewalk, and can involve 1,700 people and 1,300 vehicles, in a single operation?

Quebec City’s snow clearing and removal operations, say the city’s web pages devoted to the subject.

OBITUARY: Fleurette REGALBUTO (née Lévesque)

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Fleurette Regalbuto (née Lévesque) died peacefully at the Montfort Hospital in Ottawa on January 19, 2018, at the age of 102. Beloved wife of the late Alfred (Lovey) Regalbuto and proud mother of Grant (Jocelyne Côté), Faye (the late Roger Dumouchel), Brian (Elizabeth Hogan), Joyce (Dave Berry), Brenda Coburn and Wayne.

OBITUARY: Anthony O’NEILL 1930-2018

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Anthony O’Neill died at Saint-Brigid’s Home on January 19, 2018, at the age of 87. He was the husband of the late Huguette Bouchard and the son of the late Hugh O’Neill and the late Mary McHale. He lived in Quebec City.

The family will receive condolences
on Saturday, Jan. 27, 2018, from 5:30 to 7 p.m.
at the Maison Gomin
Services commémoratifs
2026, boul.

What to expect at the 64th Winter Carnival

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Photo: Cassandra Kerwin

Quebec City loves winter, cold and snow, and that’s never more true than during Carnival time. Besides the ever-present Bonhomme Carnaval, the premiere of BlackOut and the return of Phelipe Soldevila and his fellow artists at the Ice Palace, this year’s Winter Carnival has a lot to offer. A whopping 40 per cent of the program is new!

Community Calendar

Wednesday, Jan. 24, at 10 a.m. – CHEP Videoconference: Dental Care and Oral Health. Poor dental health increases the risk of diabetes, oral cancer, and heart disease, influencing the quality of a person’s life.

Steven Cox has best result at Red Bull Crashed Ice event

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Photo: courtesy of Balazs Gardi//Red Bull Content Pool

Quebec City’s ice cross downhill skater, Steven Cox, had the best weekend of his short career last weekend in St. Paul, Minnesota, site of the first Red Bull Crashed Ice event of the season.

The voice of the Remparts travels … literally

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Photo: Luc Lang
On this very snowy night in Cape Breton, 20 players in red were getting warmed up for a regular season game in the Quebec Junior Major Hockey League, in Sydney, Nova Scotia.

High school basketball action

The Quebec High School Blazers senior boys have an important game on Jan. 25.

The Blazers (6-1) face the undefeated Carcajous from the Séminaire des Pères-Maristes (5-0). Tip-off is at 8:15 p.m. The Carcajous have two more games to play than QHS.

Bonhomme Carnaval’s Ice Palace soon ready to take flight

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Photo: Cassandra Kerwin
Visitors will have a lot to look forward to when the 2018 Quebec City Winter Carnival opens on Jan. 26. Graffiti artists, led by local artist Phelipe Soldevila, are returning to paint works of art on site at the Ice Palace during the day.

Candles for sale! 60th Winter Carnival Candle Campaign underway

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Photo: Cassandra Kerwin

The seven Duchesses of the 64th Winter Carnival have been in full campaign mode. For the past few weeks, they have sold a record number of candles, even before the campaign’s official launch on Jan. 12.

Olympic hockey now a long way from amateur

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The French, comme d’habitude, have le mot juste to describe something. The case at hand is the word “amateur.”

For those born with an anglo tongue, “amateur” means many things, from the affirmative (“She’s an amateur historian,”) to the less flattering, often referring to one with dubious claims to professional competence (“What an amateur!”).

Secrets of the 1943 Quebec Conference leaked to a German spy?

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Did you know that the secret memorandum of the first Quebec Conference between Churchill and Roosevelt, which took place in Quebec City from Aug. 17 to 24, 1943, was leaked to a German spy a few weeks after the event?

SLC, Cégep Limoilou launch bilingual business program

Photo: Cassandra Kerwin, QCT archives

High school graduates in the Quebec City region who want to study business management will soon have a new bilingual CEGEP program at their disposal, thanks to a new partnership between Cégep Limoilou and CEGEP Champlain–St. Lawrence (SLC).

The story behind Rue Victor-Hugo

Photo: Wikimedia Commons (Public Domain)
This street is named in honour of Victor-Marie Hugo, a French poet, novelist, and dramatist of the Romantic movement. Hugo is considered to be one of the greatest and best-known French writers. Outside of France, his most famous novels are Les Misérables (1862) and The Hunchback of Notre-Dame (1831).

Memorials and Things of Fame

January 16, 1818 – The Morning Chronicle 

Wellness Centre offering pain control workshops

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If you suffer from chronic pain, you know that it can be challenging, to say the least. Start your new year on a positive note by joining in on a new pain control workshop, to be held at the Wellness Centre over four Tuesday mornings starting Feb. 6, from 10 a.m.

St. Lawrence addition to be named Jeffery Hale Student Centre

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Photo: provided by CEGEP Champlain–St. Lawrence

The new addition at CEGEP Champlain–St. Lawrence is to officially be named the Jeffery Hale Student Centre. “Without the support of the Jeffery Hale Foundation, this project would not have been possible,” affirmed Champlain–St. Lawrence campus director Edward Berryman. “So it was only fitting that the building will also serve to commemorate Mr.

Fire and Ice! Did you hear what happened at the Ice Hotel?

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Photo: Cassandra Kerwin

A fire broke out recently at the Ice Hotel. That’s right – a fire in a building made of snow and ice. In the early hours of Jan. 9, a candle fell on the bedding of a room occupied by two clients. Members of the staff immediately put emergency measures in place and evacuated the 33 guests before the arrival of firefighters. Guests were later relocated to the nearby Hôtel Valcartier.

Putting together an action plan for the new year

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Photo: Mary McCown

It’s January, the time of self-promises and good intentions. Gyms everywhere are full. File folders are flying off the shelves at Bureau en gros. New former smokers have a fresh resolve to keep cigarettes out of their lives. Will the resolutions stick, or will old habits creep back in before the groundhog has a chance to see his shadow?

Atikuss Hopeboots promote Aboriginal culture and fair wages

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Photo: Cassandra Kerwin

The Quebec Winter Carnival has partnered for the first time with Atikuss, a Quebec-based footwear company that sells boots made by First Nations craftspeople using ancestral techniques, to continue to promote Quebec’s Indigenous culture and history. On Jan. 12 at City Hall, Atikuss displayed the Hopeboots line, and a pair was presented to each of the seven Duchesses.

Staying active and healthy is a team effort

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Photo: provided by Bill Cox

Sixteen years from now, I will be 100 years old.

Yep! Looking back, I was wondering how I survived in relatively good health for a man who has five kids, nine grandchildren, two great-grandchildren (and another one on the way) and several careers. I walk straight and can climb stairs – a couple of hundred along the Jacques Cartier beach in Cap-Rouge, as a matter of fact.

Welcome to my kitchen: New Year’s resolutions

Photo: Joanne Kyvetos

Now that we have digested our turkey and all that sucre à la crème, we are ready to get started on the New Year’s resolutions we made a few weeks ago.

What is a New Year’s resolution? It is a tradition that has a person resolve to change a bad habit or introduce a good one to accomplish a personal goal or otherwise improve their life.

First communion: the cast of Jesus Christ Superstar

Photo: Sharon MacLeod

The cast of the Quebec Art Company production of Jesus Christ Superstar gathered for the first time as a unit for rehearsal on Jan. 14 at Holland School. The cast features some veterans of QAC shows as well as many new recruits with a wide variety of backgrounds. The Andrew Lloyd Webber-Tim Rice rock opera opens April 14 at Chalmers-Wesley United Church.

Fans saddened by passing of longtime sports icons Keith Jackson and Dick Enberg

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Photo: courtesy of American Sportscaster

While waiting for the National Football League’s divisional playoffs to start, last Saturday, reporters from different networks reported the death of longtime sports broadcaster Keith Jackson, at the age of 89.

During the holidays, sports fans were also saddened by the passing of broadcaster Dick Enberg, who was 82.

VIA Rail sets record for ridership over the holiday season

As harsh winter conditions swept across the country, many thousands of Canadians chose VIA Rail Canada for their travel during the holiday season. From Dec. 18 to Jan. 7, trains from coast to coast carried 308,000 passengers – 10 per cent more than in 2016-2017. The busiest day, Friday, Dec. 22, saw VIA Rail trains transporting 20,700 passengers to their destinations.

St. Lawrence College tech crew pilot project

 In 2017, CEGEP Champlain–St. Lawrence became the home of a new auditorium equipped with state-of-the-art sound equipment and retractable seating. This long-awaited addition to the college is not only meant to benefit the arts within the school but also to serve as a venue for the Quebec City anglophone community to hold cultural events, shows and banquets.

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