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Penguins and a presidential visit highlight

Prof. Johnson’s Antarctic mission

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Photo: Ladd Johnson

You never know who you’ll meet in Antarctica. You might cavort with penguins one day and the next day shake hands with the president of Chile.

Such was the case for Université Laval biology professor Ladd Johnson, who spent a month on the massive “white continent” as part of a research project supported by the Chilean Antarctic Institute.

Shedding light on slavery

POSTCARDS FROM AFRICA

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Photo: Ruby Pratka

The lush garden of St. Monica’s Lodge is one of Zanzibar’s most serene spots. However, the tourists who pass through the wood-panelled halls of the guest house and take tea on its elegant balcony soon learn about the grisly stories that played out where the guest house now stands.

Health Job Fair held at Jeffery Hale Hospital

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Photo: Peter Black.

Jeffery Hale–St. Brigid’s Home care institutions are seeking bilingual candidates for a multitude of jobs. On Feb. 9, representatives from a number of traditional English facilities hosted a job fair in the lobby area of Jeffery Hale hospital. The Eastern Quebec Learning Centre, which offers several health-care training programs, was there, with Cindy McKinney, right, on hand to explain.

Community Calendar

Feb. 13 to 24 – Quebec International Pee-Wee Hockey Tournament. For details, visit tournoipee-wee.qc.ca/en. The RTC is offering free shuttle bus (navette) service to the Videotron Centre from Feb. 22 to 24. Visit rtcquebec.ca/navettes.

Some Quebec parks to allow access to dogs by spring

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In light of the results of the pilot project conducted since 2016, the Société des établissements de plein air du Québec (Sépaq) will allow visitors accompanied by a dog in certain sectors and under certain conditions in most Quebec provincial parks as of May 17, 2019.

Laval and St. Lawrence basketball updates

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Photo: Yan Doublet, U. Laval

The Université Laval Rouge et Or women’s basketball team dominated the second half and easily handled the Citadins from the Université du Québec à Montréal (UQAM), 64-50 at the Amphithéâtre Desjardins, on Feb. 16.

The Rouge et Or women are now unbeaten in 14 games and could possibly finish the season with a perfect record for the first time in the program’s history.

Quebec women get their first taste of championship curling

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Photo: Luc Lang

Four young women from the Quebec City area are currently taking part in the 2019 Scotties Tournament of Hearts being held in Sydney, Nova Scotia from Feb. 16 to 24. It’s Curling Canada’s women’s national championship.

Château Frontenac/Le Soleil team wins race … again!

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Photo: Cassandra Kerwin

Bonhomme Carnaval waved the green flag and the ice canoers were off! On Feb. 10, under warm sun and a bright blue sky, 60 teams of racers plied through the open waters and strong currents of the St. Lawrence River to Lévis and back. Halfway through, they encountered slushy, thick ice, not a problem for experienced rowers.

Single income tax form for Quebec a sticky issue

To put a spin on Benjamin Franklin’s truism: Nothing is certain in life except death, taxes, and federal-provincial disputes over taxes. Franklin, incidentally, knew a thing or two about intergovernmental relations, having helped set up the postal service. He served as deputy postmaster-general in British North America in the 1750s, well before the Boston Tea Party and all that.

Toilets among the biggest household water guzzlers

SAVING THE PLANET ONE WEEK AT A TIME

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Photo: Lise Lafond

As a healthy daily habit, people use the toilet an average of three to five times a day, but did you know that this habit accounts for 25 to 30 per cent of all the water used in your home? On average, 65 to 100 litres of water per person are flushed down the drain daily from older toilets (manufactured before 1996).