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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.

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?

SFE students spread joy throughout the community

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Photo: Andrew Johnston

Have you heard about the Christmas spirit at Ste-Foy Elementary School (SFE)? Well, we have lots of it!

The return of The Philanthropist multimedia theatre presentation

Photo: Normand Brassard

The QCT recently learned that The Philanthropist, the multimedia theatre presentation about the life of Jeffery Hale that took place in August, 2017, will be back for two encore performances at Champlain–St. Lawrence Campus in early February, 2018. We sat down with playwright Mike Boden to ask him a few questions.

QCT: Was it in the original plan to have another string of presentations?

OBITUARY: Robert BEATON (1955-2017)

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With heavy hearts, we announce the passing of Robert Beaton (born May 18, 1955) of Quebec City. After a valiant battle with cancer, he passed away at Hôtel Dieu Hospital, Quebec City, on December 14, 2017, at the age of 62.

The OSQ choir sings Christmas carols on Avenue Cartier

Le Choeur de l'OSQ chante Noël sur l'avenue Cartier

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Photo: Shirley Nadeau

The OSQ choir sings Christmas carols on Avenue Cartier

Welcome to my kitchen

Not everything sweet is a dessert

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Photo: Joanne Kyvetos

I guess by this late date in December your shopping is finished, the gifts are wrapped and under the tree or still hidden in the basement cupboard. The house is clean and the Christmas groceries are just waiting to dance together in the pot.
No? I know the feeling. It’s my life’s story as I write these lines.

SLCSA pitches in for the Christmas Hamper Campaign

Photo: Vincent-Jean Dubé

We would like to sincerely thank everyone at CEGEP Champlain–St. Lawrence Campus who donated money and non-perishable goods but also those who also gave their time in volunteering for the packing and delivery of hampers for the Community Christmas Hamper Campaign.

Did you see the Christmas halo around the sun?

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Photo: Lise Lafond

On Saturday, Dec. 16, about 2:40 p.m., a beautiful ring appeared around the sun, then the light became very bright and it seemed as if the sun had twins. This spectacle was seen all around the Quebec City area.

VEQ Holiday Happy Hour a holly, jolly success

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Photo: Shirley Nadeau
A Holiday Happy Hour was held at the Morrin Centre on Dec. 6. People started to gather in College Hall at 5 p.m. and by 6, there was quite a jolly crowd there. 

The Halifax Explosion

Remembering Canada’s worst disaster – 100 years later

Photo: Paul Mackey
A crowd of people huddled under a sea of umbrellas at Fort Needham Memorial Park in Halifax on Dec. 6 to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the Halifax Explosion.

Memorials and Things of Fame

Memorials and Things of Fame

Canadian malls buck trend of doom in America

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The modern world of consumerism is divided into two groups: Those who love shopping in malls and those who loathe it. Me, I have mixed feelings: awed by the spectacle, horrified by the excess. However you feel about malls, they have shaped the lives of most Canadians.

Taking the first step for youth in politics

Q&A with Alicia Despins

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Photo: Natalie Keller
Alicia Despins, newly elected city councillor for Vanier-Duberger, is proving that age truly is just a number. At 23, Despins is the youngest-ever elected city council member.

The story behind Avenue Turnbull

Photo: Bill Cox
In 1911, Avenue Turnbull was named in honour of Lieutenant-Colonel Ferdinand Turnbull. His wife, Elizabeth MacKenzie Turnbull, was a major benefactor of the second Jeffery Hale hospital built on Boulevard Saint-Cyrille, now known as René-Lévesque, near the corner of Avenue Turnbull. Mrs.

Seniors on the hunt for Christmas lights

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Photo: Lorie Pierce

It was a cold, rainy night when a dozen explorers left McGreevy Manor by bus to seek out those wonders that appear only at this time of year – colourful displays of Christmas lights.

Mark Lindenberg joins QCT team

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Meet Mark Lindenberg, the latest addition to the QCT’s roster of freelance journalists.

Violons du Roy present an all-Schubert concert at Palais Montcalm

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Photo: Shirley Nadeau

Five musicians of the Violons du Roy held a concert in the cozy Salle d’Youville of the Palais Montcalm on Dec. 7. They presented the same concert in the Salle Multi at the Musée National des Beaux-Arts du Québec the previous evening.

Arthritis Society moves into new premises

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Photo: Mark Lindenberg

La Société de l’arthrite (Arthritis Society), which has had a presence in Quebec City since 1980, recently held an open house to show off its new premises in the Holland apartment and office complex on Chemin Sainte-Foy. The non-profit organization’s former offices on Rue Franklin were lost to a fire last June.

A journey of discovery through Indigenous films

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Photo: Ruby Pratka

Sometimes, only a few minutes is enough.

The short films by young Indigenous filmmakers presented at the Wapikoni Mobile Quebec City launch, held Dec. 4 at the Musée de la civilisation, were mostly less than 10 minutes long, but the stories many of them told were timeless – elegant pleas for cultural and environmental preservation, for self-belief and for simple respect.

Lévis art show reflects on race and belonging

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Photo: Ruby Pratka

An eye-opening exhibition by two English-speaking Quebec artists addresses sensitive questions of race and living in Quebec as a person of colour, while paying homage to previous generations.

The show, “Prête-moi l’oreille! / Lend me your ears!”, featuring artists Karen White and Florence Yee, is on until Dec. 17 at the Regart Gallery in Lévis.

Club Musical invites Janine Jansen and her guests

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Photo: Shirley Nadeau

The Club Musical invited Dutch violinist Janine Jansen and her guests to perform a truly stunning concert at the Palais Montcalm on Dec. 4.

CSN and Davie shipyards send Christmas card to federal Liberal MPs

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Photo: Conseil central de Québec–Chaudière-Appalaches (CSN)

On Dec. 8, the Conseil central de Québec–Chaudière–Appalaches (CSN)* mailed 40 Christmas cards to members of the caucus of the Liberal Party of Canada in Quebec.

“On the eve of Christmas, we wanted to personally challenge Liberal MPs about the fate of 800 workers at Davie shipyards in Lévis,” stated Ann Gingras, president of the Conseil central.

Diversity forum focuses on immigrant labour

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Photo: Ruby Pratka

The provincial government’s vaunted consultative forum on the place of visible minorities in Quebec society took place in Quebec City on Dec. 5. The day-long series of roundtable discussions was held at the municipal cruise terminal in Lower Town.

Maryse Goudreau first recipient of the Prix Lynne-Cohen

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Photo: Shirley Nadeau

The Estate of Lynne Cohen, in collaboration with the Musée National des Beaux-Arts du Québec (MNBAQ) and its foundation, recently announced that Maryse Goudreau was the recipient of the first Prix Lynne-Cohen. The new biennial award intended for Quebec artists seeks to support the practice of up-and-coming visual arts professionals whose approach encompasses photography.

OBITUARY: Harold “Harry” PIKE

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Harold “Harry” Pike died at Tidewell Hospice on Friday, December 8, 2017, at the age of 74. Beloved husband of 50 years to Judy Pike (nee McIntyre), father of Cathy Haun (Steve Haun), Susan Pike, Tara Pike and Jude Evans (Dave Evans); grandfather to Ashley, Meaghan, Steven, Michael, Grace, Charlotte and Avery; and great-grandfather to Nicole and Georgia.

Senior Blazers leading the way for QHS basketball teams

Photo: Luc Lang

If you are looking for some good basketball action, you might want to drop by Quebec High School’s gymnasium to take a look at this year’s senior boys’ division 2 team.

On Dec. 15, the Blazers will host the Cavaliers from École secondaire de La Seigneurie of Beauport, at 8:30 p.m.

The Scribbler hangs out with the chair of the CCHC

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Photo: S-Elfie by Shirley Nadeau

While enjoying the International Lunch at EQLC on Nov. 29, Shirley Nadeau, the chair of the Community Christmas Hamper Campaign, discovered the Scribbler, one of Santa’s elves, hanging around the beautifully decorated tree in the corner of the cafeteria.

“Let’s do a s-Elfie!” said Nadeau, “for the CCHC Facebook page!”

Jesus Christ Superstar fundraiser creates quite a buzz

Photo: Shirley Nadeau

Those who attended the Quebec Art Company’s gala at the Morrin Centre last Saturday evening to raise funds for the QAC’s April 2018 production of Jesus Christ Superstar are buzzing with excitement.

Quebec City–Montreal monorail? More of a Shelbyville idea

Philippe Couillard doesn’t look a bit like boater-hat-wearing huckster Lyle Lanley, but you can bet dollars to Homer’s donuts, many folks instantly thought of a famous episode of The Simpsons when the premier recently revealed his dream to see a high-speed monorail connecting Quebec City and Montreal.

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