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High school and college sports in Quebec City

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Photo: courtesy of St. Pat’s Hockey Facebook page

The holidays are over, the students are back in school. This means only one thing: high school basketball is back!
Both Quebec High and St. Patrick’s hoops teams hit the court last week, and will have an intense eight weeks leading up to the regional championships.

Get out and move … at the Salon Bouge

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Photo: Lise Lafond

Need an excuse to get up and move in 2018? The Salon Bouge was held last weekend at ExpoCité, showing off more enjoyable ways to move and get some exercise than shovelling snow. After the holidays many have made resolutions, and one popular resolution is to get out and move.

Université Laval students brew up a super agricultural fair

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Photo: Lise Lafond

For the past 43 years, students at Université Laval have invited the public to share their passion and join them in discovering and discussing the impact and the importance of agriculture in everyday life during SAAC (la semaine de l’agriculture, de l’alimentation et de la consommation).

Snow, slides and hot chocolate at the 4th Winter Fest

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Photo: Cassandra Kerwin
Quebecers love winter. They especially enjoy zipping down the century-old toboggan slide on Dufferin Terrace, skating and playing hockey on the many rinks throughout the city and savouring a hot chocolate after hours of being outside. 

Relic of Saint Francis Xavier draws faithful to Notre Dame Basilica

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Photo: Église catholique de Québec

Thousands of faithful Roman Catholics and other curious visitors lined up in the nave of Notre Dame Basilica in Quebec City on Jan. 3, to view the preserved right forearm of Saint Francis Xavier. After spending the day at the Basilica, it was exhibited at Église Saint-François-Xavier in Limoilou for two hours in the evening.

Is hibernation key to survival in winter nation?

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By the time you read this, the Great Cold Snap of ’17 is supposed to have relaxed its iron grip on Quebec. From Boxing Day until the week after New Year’s when the streets become littered with the corpses of Christmas trees, we, the hardy people of this land, were treated to relentless extreme cold temperatures with the only respite a day-long break for a howling blizzard.

A year of 125th anniversary celebrations at the Château Frontenac

Photo: Photo provided by the Château Frontenac
On Dec. 18, 1893, the Château Frontenac welcomed its first customer. The famous hotel is therefore presently in the midst of its 125th year of operation. The management has decided to make this entire 365-day period an opportunity for celebration.

Memorials and Things of Fame

1868 – The Morning Chronicle

The story behind Rue des Zouaves

Photo: Wikipedia Public Domain
The Zouaves were a class of light infantry regiments of the French army that served in North Africa between 1830 and 1962. Along with the indigenous Travailleurs Algériens, the Zouaves were the most decorated units of the French Army.

A Viennese New Year celebration at the Grand Théâtre

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Photo: Shirley Nadeau

Quebec City music lovers filled the Grand Théâtre on the second day of 2018 to hear the Orchestre Strauss du Québec present a concert that paid homage to the magic of Viennese New Year celebrations.

78th Fraser Highlanders invite you to a Burns Supper

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Should auld acquaintance be forgot, and never brought to mind? Should auld acquaintance be forgot, and auld lang syne?”

Most people will recognize the opening lines to “Auld Lang Syne” but how many know that the song was composed in 1788 by Scotland’s national poet Robert “Rabbie” Burns?

Ross Cottage on the move

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Photo: Mark Lindenberg

Living in close proximity to Ross Cottage at 1244 Chemin Sainte-Foy, where it intersects Avenue Ernest-Gagnon, my wife and I couldn’t help but notice the steep-roofed, yellow-sided, red brick, arts and crafts-style house. It was dark and empty, but not quite derelict.

Who owned it? Did anybody live there? We wondered.

Americans rescued after car gets stuck in Canadian wilderness

Photo: Adam Perone
Adam Perone and his fiancé Angela Velardi of New Jersey definitely took a wrong turn while driving through Quebec in late December. After visiting Montreal and Quebec City, they decided to head towards James Bay by way of Lac Saint Jean (Mistassini) in hopes of seeing the Northern Lights. Perone explained, “We wanted to start our New Year off by escaping to the north.” 

Christmas Eve in Valcartier

Photo: Bruce Kirkwood
An ecumenical Christmas Eve service was held at St. Andrew’s United Church in Valcartier, led by Rev. Katherine Burgess and Bishop Bruce Myers.

Cocktails, beds and circus dreams at the Ice Hotel

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Photo: Cassandra Kerwin
The Ice Hotel at Village Vacances Valcartier is now open to visitors and overnight guests. As of Jan. 7, only 15 rooms have been completed, while workers and artists continue to create and build the remaining rooms and halls. With only the main hall, the bar and the chapel completed, the hotel opened on Dec. 23, 10 days earlier than expected.  


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It is with great sadness and heavy hearts that the family of Ralph Noseworthy announce his passing on December 26, 2017, at his home in Stoneham.

The funeral service was held on Saturday, January 6, 2018, at 1:30 p.m. at St. Peter’s Anglican Church, 251 St. Peter’s Road, Stoneham-et-Tewkesbury, QC.


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Mrs. Marcia Louise Theriault passed away in Quebec City on December 17, 2017, after a short illness. She was 81 years old. She grew up in Hanover, New Hampshire, and loved to swim and figure skate. Her career as an educator, translator and reviser in the U.S., France, New Brunswick and Quebec spanned over 47 years after graduation in 1957 from Gould Academy at Hood College.

Holy Trinity to host benefit for shooting survivor, family

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Photo: Ruby Pratka

Generations of Quebecers will remember where they were when word first began filtering out that shots had been fired at the Centre Culturel Islamique de Québec. On the evening of Jan. 29, a gunman entered Quebec City’s largest mosque at prayer time and opened fire, killing six men and injuring eight. Suddenly, the eyes of the country and the world were on Quebec City.

A tribute to former QCT journalist Ralph Noseworthy

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Photo: Shirley Nadeau

We are saddened to learn of the death of former journalist and television reporter Ralph Noseworthy, whom I met in April 2015.

Born in Sydney, Nova Scotia, Noseworthy said that as a young man he had been a professional diver who worked for the government of Canada and participated in an excavation of the Fortress of Louisbourg National Historic Site.

International snowboarders compete at Le Relais

Photo: Cassandra Kerwin
International speed snowboarders raced down the slopes of Le Relais last weekend. The local ski resort is a regular stop on the NorAm (North American) competition circuit. 

Quebec Remparts back on the ice with new players

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Photo: LHJMQ-Steven Cadovius

Attention Quebec Major Junior Hockey League (QMJHL) fans – the end of the CEGEP and university terms marks the beginning of the trading period for all players in the 18-team league.

The Quebec Remparts are part of this. Gone are forwards Luke Kirwan and Derek Gentile, along with defenseman Gabriel Villeneuve.

High school basketball to resume activities after the holidays

The 11 basketball teams at St. Patrick’s High School (SPH) and at Quebec High School (QHS) will take a break over the holidays.

Memorials and Things of Fame

December 21, 1867 – The Morning Chronicle

Happy Hanukkah!


Members of Quebec City's Jewish community celebrated Hanukkah on Dec. 17. Known as the Festival of Lights, it celebrates the miracle of the temple oil lasting eight days after the reconsecration of the temple over 2000 years ago. The lighting of the candles is like the passing on of knowledge: you can pass it on without taking away from yourself. A true gift of giving!

OBITUARY: Malcolm JOHNSTON 1929-2017

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Malcolm Johnston, age 88, died at Saint Brigid’s Home, on December 14, 2017. He was the husband (first marriage) of the late Constance Hamilton and (second marriage) of the late Mary Kerr. He was the son of the late Roy Johnston and the late Annie Hicks. He lived in Valcartier.

The family will receive condolences at
Salon funéraire Lépine Cloutier
30, rue Albert-Trudel

Christmas Hamper volunteers deliver the goods!

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Photo: Shirley Nadeau
The English-speaking community of Quebec City really pulled its weight this past week and delivered some 660 hamper boxes to 131 homes on Saturday, Dec. 16. Another 70 people with special needs or unable to store and cook large amounts of food, received grocery vouchers to see them through the holiday season.

Jigsaw puzzle genius Ron Baker

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Photo: Shirley Nadeau

Ron Baker is a puzzling person… That is, he loves to do jigsaw puzzles!

The 89-year-old lives in McGreevy Manor with his charming little Siamese cat Angel, but spends part of every day next door at Saint Brigid’s Home doing jigsaw puzzles.

The story behind Rue Charles-Dickens

Photo: Wikimedia Common Domain
This street honours the memory of the famous English novelist Charles Dickens (1812-1870) who first became known for his stories of life in London. His chronicle The adventures of Mr. Pickwick that appeared in 1836 and 1837 made him a celebrity.

The first annual “LUC”-KY sports awards announced

Photo: courtesy of Champlain-St. Lawrence website
2017 is almost over and once again, we reflect on all that happened, good or bad, serious or funny.
Since this is our last issue for 2017, I thought it would be a great idea to start distributing some gifts. Mind you, these gifts are only in “words,” there are no plaques or trophies that come along with the first annual “LUC”-KY AWARDS.

Nation-shaping riot anniversaries coming in 2018

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Aren’t you glad you don’t have to say, hear or write “sesquicentennial” anymore? (Thank you, spell-checker, for surely more than the 150th time). Canada 1.5 soon will be history, and hey, wasn’t that a party! (Ask the disgruntled thousands who lined up in vain in the rain for the bash on Parliament Hill on July 1.)

So, let’s see… What milestone shall we celebrate in 2018?

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