December 19 2018 Edition

Community Christmas Hamper Campaign delivers the goods

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Photo: Shirley Nadeau
After months of meetings, weeks of recruiting volunteers and collecting food and monetary donations, plus days of sorting and packing, members of the English-speaking community of the Quebec City area delivered Christmas hampers (boxes of groceries and vouchers) to 205 households on Dec. 15. 

Ho ho or holy: Christmas songs full of mixed messages

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Curiously, one of the movies that makes the usual Christmas faves lists is Tim Burton’s A Nightmare Before Christmas – no, it’s not about last-minute Christmas shopping.

Diplomatic crisis made in China

The current Sino-Canadian diplomatic crisis is serious and the stakes are extremely high. At the heart of the matter is national security. Huawei, a Chinese tele-communications behemoth with 180,000 employees worldwide and nearly $100 billion in revenue, is in the United States’ crosshairs and Canada is being forced to pull the trigger.

Memorials and Things of Fame

December 22, 1868 – The Morning Chronicle

The Ice: During Saturday night and Sunday morning large quantities of new ice formed into a batture, which now extends over a hundred feet from the wharves in the Lower Town. This early forming of a solid batture is a sure indication of an ice-bridge.

A nice time to make ice

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Photo: Peter Black

It’s a nice time to make ice. Recent cold weather has allowed crews to get to work flooding the dozens of outdoor rinks throughout the city. This one is at the Parc du Musée. On the nearby Plains of Abraham, the large oval made with refrigerated ice started welcoming skaters last week.

The story behind Rue Christmas

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Photo: from Wikipedia - Common Domain
Rue Christmas is named in honour of the annual festival commemorating the birth of Jesus Christ, observed primarily on Dec. 25 as a religious and cultural celebration among billions of people around the world. It is a time for love, gift giving and family gatherings.

“All I want for Christmas is …”

We asked several well-known people in Quebec City how they would answer the question “What do YOU want for Christmas?” After the usual “Peace on Earth, health, and happiness” replies, here’s what they had to say:

Hôtel de Glace offers a warm welcome in Valcartier

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Photo: Shirley Nadeau

Here’s a cool idea for a winter sleepover – spend the night in one of the 42 cozy, snowy and icy bedrooms at the Hôtel de Glace (ice hotel) in Valcartier, just 35 km from downtown Quebec City.

An “elf-made” man visits children at local library

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Photo: Danielle Burns
Children in the Limoilou area didn’t need to go to the North Pole to get into the silly elf spirit on Dec. 14.

Birdwatching: observing our beautiful winter birds

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Photo: Lise Lafond
Feed the birds in winter; in return, they will feed your soul with the look of gratitude!” - Mehmet Murat Ildan, contemporary Turkish novelist and playwright.
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