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Willkommen to the German Christmas Market

Photo: Shirley Nadeau

Pretzels and bratwurst and gingerbread and glühwein - these are few of my favourite things - and they can all be purchased at the ninth annual Marché de Noël allemand in front of and beside Quebec City's Hôtel de Ville. 

Newcomers feel the winds of change

Photo: Cassandra Kerwin

Newcomers to Quebec City enjoyed an informal evening at the Jeffery Hale Pavilion on November 23, learning about adjusting to the city and its culture. The 20 or so attendees picked up valuable information at the free workshop called The Winds of Change: Finding Your Niche for Newcomers. The event was organized by Voice of English-speaking Quebec and Jeffery Hale Community Services.

Cathedral Turkey Supper a feast for the eyes and taste buds

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Photo: Shirley Nadeau

Last Saturday evening, Carter Hall was stuffed with about 100 people who enjoyed a delicious turkey supper with all the trimmings: mashed potatoes, peas, stuffing, gravy, cranberry sauce, bread and butter, and a spectacular finish of home-made pies and cakes, and tea, coffee or juice. The hard-working team of Cathedral volunteers certainly outdid themselves in the kitchen this year! 

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Laval wins its ninth Vanier Cup in dramatic fashion

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Photo: Yan Doublet courtesy of U Laval

Université Laval's Rouge et Or football team fought back adversity, and took their ninth Vanier Cup with a come-from-behind 31-26 victory over the University of Calgary Dinosaurs at the Tim Horton's stadium in Hamilton, Ontario, on November 26. Winning nine titles of the 52 presentations of the Vanier Cup is a U Sports record.  

Re: Canada’s National Bird – the Whiskey Jack

I recently read that the Royal Canadian Geographic Society has recommended, not without controversy, that the Gray Jay or Whiskey Jack - from wisakedjak in Algonquin - be named Canada's national bird, winning out over the more popular Loon, Snowy Owl and Canada Goose. 

The story behind Côte de Sillery

Photo: Bill Cox

Côte de Sillery is named in honour of Noël Brulart de Sillery (1577-1640), a French diplomat who, upon renouncing worldly things and taking holy orders, donated his fortune to found a mission in New France.  

The circus comes to the symphony

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Photo: Shirley Nadeau

The circus was definitely "in town" last weekend. 

Piquing curiosities at the MNBAQ

Photo: Danielle Burns

The Family Gallery that opened in the central pavilion of the Musée national des Beaux-Arts du Québec (MNBAQ) on June 24 this year had what executive director Line Ouellet referred to as its first proper inauguration on November 23 with an installation called Les Curiosités

Roméo Dallaire launches "Waiting for First Light"

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Photo: Shirley Nadeau

Have you ever had recurring nightmares so terrible that you wished morning would come so you could wake up and never have those dreams again? 

OVO, an eggcellent Cirque du Soleil

Photo: Danielle Burns

The Cirque du Soleil's OVO celebrates the natural world, a world teeming with insect life in all its glorious colours and shapes. OVO delighted its audience on opening night, November 23, at the Videotron Centre. 

Snow White, the Russian ballerina and the Quebec pianist

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Photo: Cassandra Kerwin

The Grand Théâtre was filled with young families and little girls dressed as princesses and fairies. Magic sparkled throughout the building on November 27, even before the Ballet de Québec took to the stage for the first of two performances of Blanche-Neige et les sept nains. 

Kwahiatonhk! A journey along the indigenous writing trail

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Photo: Juanita Craig

Wendake's fifth First Nations Book Fair,  Kwahiatonhk!, dominated the events calendar in the community last weekend.  

Local filmmakers screen their first movie

Photo: Cassandra Kerwin

The Clap Cinéma was the place to be on November 25 when it showed the black and white movie Harry: Portrait d'un détective privé. In this film, director Maxime Desruisseaux, lead Nick Theodorakis and cameraman Thony Jourdain created a "mockumentary" about a film crew examining Harry Houde, a charismatic yet unethical private detective from Quebec.

Yard Clean Up and tribute in memory of former staff member

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Photo: Jason Enlow

On Wednesday November 9, 2016, Ste-Foy Elementary School held our yearly yard clean up. Students and staff also gathered to have a memorial to celebrate SFE school psychologist, Mr. Roger Taillefer's life.

World War II veteran Sir Joe Sutcliffe

Photo: Shirley Nadeau from QCT archives

Sir Joseph Patrick "Joe" Sutcliffe, whose interview with Irish Heritage Quebec was covered in our November 16, 2016, edition, was among the Canadians who landed on the beaches of Normandy on D-Day, June 6, 1944. His group of 100 sappers were among the first to land. Their job was to detect and neutralize landmines, a horribly dangerous task done manually while under fire!

EQLC International Lunch and launch of Christmas Hamper Campaign

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Photo: Cassandra Kerwin

On November 23, the Eastern Quebec Learning Centre (EQLC) welcomed students, staff, family and friends to the International Lunch and the launch of the 21st Community Christmas Hamper Campaign. The meal this year was based on a recipe provided by the school's African students. The menu was Chicken Moambe, a national dish of Congo, with rice, salad and a variety of delicious desserts.

Walking through a winter wonderland to the Christmas markets

Photo: Rachel Collet

One of the absolute benefits of living in Quebec City during the winter season is the holiday atmosphere and the Christmas markets. Different themes, different locations. One could actually take a leisurely walking tour of the Old City and visit each market.

Walking through a winter wonderland to the Christmas markets

Photo: Rachel Collet

One of the absolute benefits of living in Quebec City during the winter season is the holiday atmosphere and the Christmas markets. Different themes, different locations. One could actually take a leisurely walking tour of the Old City and visit each market. 

OBITUARY: Mirrel John NEIL (1919-2016)

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Mirrel John NEIL (1919-2016) died peacefully on November 27, 2016 at Thorncliffe Place Seniors Residence, Ottawa, Ontario. Born in Kirriemuir, Alberta, the youngest son of John D. Neil and Rhoda E. Billing, Mirrel was predeceased by his beloved wife of 54 years, Hélène Lancop; his brother Willis (Rita), and his sister Olive.

78th Fraser Highlanders celebrate St. Andrew’s Day

Photo: Shirley Nadeau

Saint Andrew himself would have been impressed with the concert given in his honour by the Fort St.

St. Andrew’s International Supper a treat for all tastes


Members of St. Andrew's Presbyterian Church Guild hosted a tasty meal for all comers on Saturday evening in the Kirk Hall.

National contest is for the birds

Photo: Sandra and Frank Horvath courtesy of the Royal Canadian Geographical Society

For the first time ever, a cardinal became a frequent visitor in our backyard this summer, and he still occasionally stops by, announcing his presence with his trademark whoop-and-chirp call, one of four distinct tunes in his repertoire. Even his mottle-plumed missus shows up now and then to keep a keen eye on her flashy scarlet mate - we call him Cyprien, which is a little inside joke.

Career Day at Valcartier Elementary School

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Photo: Jayne Doddridge

On Friday, November 18, 13 wonderful women from our community were invited to have lunch with our Cycle 2 and Cycle 3 students for National Career Day 2016.  

QCGN discusses concerns with Premier Couillard

At a first-ever meeting with Premier Philippe Couillard at the National Assembly on November 8, representatives from the Quebec Community Groups Network (QCGN) had a frank and positive discussion about Quebec's support to its English-speaking minority community. 

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The story behind Rue Churchill

Photo: Bill Cox

Rue Churchill is named in honour of Sir Winston Leonard Spencer-Churchill, a British statesman and the Prime Minister of the United Kingdom from 1940 to 1945 and from 1951 to 1955. Churchill dominated the political scene of the U.K. during the first half of the 20th century. He was also an officer in the British Army, a non-academic historian, a writer (as Winston S.

Meet Dan Gilbert, the QCT’s newest journalist

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My journey to becoming a writer took shape in my teenage years, when I was involved with Quebec High School's student newspaper The Scoop.

Bob Walsh, bluesman, dead at 68

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Photo: Guy Bélanger

One of the Quebec City music scene's best-known voices has gone silent. Bluesman Bob Walsh died Tuesday at 68 of complications from a heart attack. 

Ross Murray launches A Hole in the Ground

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Photo: Cassandra Kerwin

On November 16, Livres Trois Canons bookstore welcomed guests to a special book launch to meet Canadian humorist and columnist Ross Murray as he launched his debut novel, A Hole in the Ground

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