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Funny, how Big Tobacco is quitting “ordinary” cigarettes


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Photo: Wikimedia Commons - Public Domain

Any Bob Newhart fans out there? Sure there are. The American comedian and actor, still performing occasionally at 89, is the master of the deadpan reaction. His specialty is one-sided telephone conversations, and perhaps his best-known bit is his transatlantic chat with Sir Walter Raleigh in the English colony of Virginia.

Canada non grata in Saudi Arabia and China


On Jan. 12, Canada’s Minister of Foreign Affairs, Chrystia Freeland, welcomed 18-year-old Saudi refugee Rahaf Mohammed al-Qunun (who now goes by Rahaf Mohammed) at Toronto’s Pearson International Airport. The image of Freeland warmly embracing Mohammed, posing for the media, was as striking as it was diplomatically unwise.

The story behind Avenue Calixa-Lavallée


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Photo: Screenshot from Google Maps

This street was named after Calixa Lavallée (1842-1891), best known for composing the music for “O Canada,” which officially became the national anthem of Canada in 1980.



January 23, 1819 – The Quebec Gazette

Teaching French

Musée de la civilisation puts rock art online

Photo: Cassandra Kerwin

It is now possible to see Indigenous stone engravings from all over Canada virtually, thanks to the exhibit on the website of the Musée de la civilisation de Québec (MCQ).

Wrapping up the Christmas Hamper Campaign – Thank you!

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Photo: CCHC

Thanks to the efforts of nearly 200 volunteers, the 23rd annual Community Christmas Hamper Campaign (CCHC) is coming to a successful close.

Magical, unsettling Zanzibar


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Photo: Ruby Pratka

Zanzibar. The word itself sounds almost mythical, like “Timbuktu” or “Siberia.” Shorthand for a place where legends come to life. I think I was about five the first time I heard the word, in a kids’ alphabet song where the singer had obviously had to do a bit of digging to come up with enough “Z” words.

Fifty-Fifty: the best of both worlds

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Photo: Dennis Cox

When I first arrived in Quebec City from Sherbrooke in June 2001, I immediately immersed myself in the activities of the English-speaking community. As a writer, one of the first contacts I made was Michèle Thibeau of the Quebec Chronicle-Telegraph, who took the time to outline activities available to English-speaking newcomers.

Quebec City gears up for 1894 Carnival


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Photo: Wikimedia Commons - Public Domain

One hundred and twenty-five years ago, barely a year after the opening of the Château Frontenac, Quebec City was preparing for Winter Carnival. Held intermittently since then, the Carnaval de Québec, as we now know it, has been celebrated annually since 1955, the year that Bonhomme Carnaval, the mascot of the festival, made his first appearance.

Community Calendar

Wednesday, Jan. 23 at 10 a.m. – Teleconference on Community Palliative Caregiving with social worker Zelda Freitas at Saint Brigid’s Home (Foundation Room), 1645 Ch. Saint-Louis, Sillery. Reserve your place by calling Jan Anderson, community organizer with the Wellness Centre, 418-684-5333, ext. 1539.