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Ice-canoe racers battle strong currents and heavy snowfall

Photo: Cassandra Kerwin
On February 5, some 350 racers crouched by their canoes at the Old Port, wiping away wet snow, waiting for Bonhomme to signal the start of the Winter Carnival Ice-Canoe Race. Crowds gathered at Louise Basin, on the docks along Quebec City’s Old Port and across that river in Lévis.

Amélie Godin honoured for her work in suicide prevention

Photo: Shirley Nadeau

Students at St. Vincent’s School gathered in the cafeteria last Wednesday, February 1, as part of a special surprise for their former teacher. As Amélie Godin, Queen of the 2016 Winter Carnival, was led into the cafeteria, she was greeted with cheers by the children.

For the love of bikes!

Photo: Rachel Collet
Although most motorcycle lovers cleared out early Sunday afternoon in anticipation of the Super Bowl game that evening, they managed to pack ExpoCité on Friday and Saturday for the Quebec City Salon de la Moto et VTT.

Mosque mea culpa

We live in an age of immediate, relentless news coverage. Social media and all-news channels have turned what used to be called the news cycle into a constant stream, where information is communicated as it happens. Sometimes, too often, some of that information is wrong, and sometimes hurtfully so.

Jean ROUSSEAU 1928-2017



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Conservative hopeful Chris Alexander woos Quebec

Photo: Shirley Nadeau

Chris Alexander calls from his car, travelling to Rivière-du-Loup from Montmagny, where he has just done an early morning radio interview. After the interview, he took a walk to visit a historic site, the ancestral home of Étienne-Paschal Taché, described by him as “arguably the most important person in the whole Confederation story.”

Blue Week at Champlain–St. Lawrence highlights mental health

Photo: Cassandra Kerwin

Stress, anxiety and depression have been the bane of many college students as they study and work hard to achieve the high standards necessary to enter university programs.

Send a message of support to the families of the victims of the Mosque shooting

Until February 13, the City of Quebec invites citizens to show their support for the families of the victims of the recent shooting at the Centre culturel islamique de Québec, by leaving messages and/or drawings on the arbres à souhaits (wishing trees) in any of the 25 libraries of the Bibliothèque de Québec.

City loses its innocence with mosque massacre


As of this writing, early Monday morning, we know nothing about the specific motives of the killer who burst into the mosque in Sainte-Foy and started shooting. There are many questions crying out for answers. But the most difficult has already been answered: Yes, it can happen here.

Do you speak Yoga?

Photo: Ruby Pratka

If Italian is the language of opera, Spanish the language of Latin dance, and French the language of love, haute cuisine, and Quebec bureaucracy, the language of yoga is heavily influenced by Sanskrit and Hindi.  

Claudine Julien is crowned Queen of Quebec City’s Winter Carnival

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Photo: Cassandra Kerwin

Before a cheering crowd on the evening of January 27, Bonhomme Carnaval pulled the final capsule from a barrel and announced that the Duchess of Charlesbourg, Claudine Julien, was Queen of the 63rd Quebec Winter Carnival.  

Miracle & Apocalypse at the Morrin Centre

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Photo: Shirley Nadeau

No, it wasn't the end of the world, but it was pretty earth-shaking, as far as theatre is concerned. 

Visions of Community: Part 1

Photo: Mary McCown

History is within ourselves" says Louisa Blair, one of the organizers of the Visions of Community: My First Quebec Memory - and Yours? This three-part mixed-media workshop being held at the Morrin Centre has brought together a diverse group of individuals ready to share their first Quebec memories and histories, both beautiful and painful.

Graffiti artists add colour to Bonhomme’s Ice Palace

Photo: Cassandra Kerwin

Local graffiti artists are adding a touch of colour to Bonhomme's Ice Palace during this year's Quebec Winter Carnival. Visitors to the Palace can observe and interact with the artists at work over the festival's three weekends. Once complete, each piece will be displayed on the ice walls until they are auctioned off at the end of Carnival.

Big Air structure taking shape in downtown Quebec City

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Photo: André-Olivier Lyra

Work is proceeding apace on the Big Air structure in downtown Quebec City at the Îlot Fleurie which starts next week! This 12th edition of the Freestyle Ski and Snowboard Jamboree runs from February 9 to 12. Crews are hard at work getting everything in place for the Big Air World Cup of the Fédération internationale de Ski (FIS).

Memorials and Things of Fame


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The story behind Avenue Socrate

Photo: Bill Cox

Avenue Socrate is named in honour of the classic Greek philosopher Socrates, who was born in Athens circa 470 BC and died there circa 399 BC. He is considered to be one of the founders of Western philosophy even though he never wrote or founded a school.

Historical toboggan slide thrills adventure-seekers of all ages

Photo: Catherine Musgrove

Dufferin Terrace is buzzing with Winter Carnival activities and the main attraction is the historical toboggan slide or glissade. Located on the picturesque boardwalk overlooking the St. Lawrence River beside the world-famous Château Frontenac, the unique slide with three tracks attracts thousands of locals and tourists every year.

Get Out of the Red auction a real fundraiser!

Photo: Amy Bilodeau

Once again this year, the Get Out of the Red tourtière lunch and auction was held at the Jeffery Hale Pavilion. On January 20, the auction helped get the Community Christmas Hamper Campaign (CCHC) into the black by raising $865 at this fun fundraising event!  

The 63rd Quebec City Winter Carnival is on!


During opening weekend, Winter Carnival sites were buzzing with people of all ages. They were barrelling down the ice slide on the ramparts behind Bonhomme's Ice Palace, playing human-sized Foosball and enjoying maple taffy. 

Sépaq to hold Winter Open House Day

Photo: Sépaq

On Saturday, February 18, the Société des établissements de plein air du Québec (Sépaq) will open 13 of Quebec's parks to the general public, absolutely free of charge, offering outdoor activities guaranteed to warm up even those with the worst case of winter shivers. 

Mr. Trudeau, please speak to us in our official language

On January 26, the Quebec Community Groups Network (QCGN) launched a letter-writing campaign in partnership with the Assemblée de la Francophonie de l'Ontario, our sister association in Ontario.

OBITUARY: Claire FORD (née Dubuc) 1926 – 2017

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Claire passed away peacefully at Saint Brigid's Home, in Quebec City, on January 25, 2017, in her 91st year. Formerly from Portneuf, she was a resident of Sainte-Foy since 1963.

OBITUARY: Heather BASTIEN 1932 - 2017

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Passed away peacefully at St. Sacrement Hospital on January 26, 2017. Daughter of the late Olive McKinley and the late Marcel Bastien. Loving spouse of the late Leonard Brideau. Loving mother of Andrée Chauret, Robert Bastien (Johanne Bussières), Josette Brideau (Hervé Dammers).

Behind the scenes at the Aquarium du Québec


Rated as one of the Top Things to Do in Quebec City and having a Certificate of Excellence on TripAdvisor, the Aquarium du Québec may have more Anglophone connections than you think, thanks to Jill Marvin, curator and director of conservation and animal care.  

Peppers and spice and everything nice


If you are looking for a way to add spice to your life and warm up on cold winter days, chili peppers might be the answer.  

Pur Vodka founder speaks to SLC’s Entrepreneurship Club

Photo: Cassandra Kerwin

On January 26, the Entrepreneurship Club at Champlain-St. Lawrence (SLC) hosted an introductory cocktail in the newly-built Student Centre. The evening continued with a presentation by entrepreneur Nicolas Duvernois, founder of Pur Vodka.

Shooting at a mosque in Quebec City, at least 6 reported dead and many injured

On Sunday evening, January 29, there was a shooting at the Islamic Cultural Centre at 2877 Chemin Sainte-Foy, near Route de l’Église.

At least five people have been reported dead and two male suspects have been taken into custody.

The Ville de Québec police say they received a call at 7:55 p.m reporting shots fired in the mosque.

Information Session on Applying for Employment with the Federal Public Service

(This is a VEQ-sponsored event) 


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