January 30 2019 Edition

Pentathlon des Neiges just around the corner

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Photo: Cassandra Kerwin

To the great pleasure of many sports enthusiasts, winter has arrived. Trails are being groomed all over Quebec City. Amateur and elite athletes are strapping on their snowshoes or skis, or lacing up their skates. Many are preparing for a popular, multi-sport event – the annual Pentathlon des Neiges, which will take place on the Plains of Abraham in less than a month.

Burns’ heart is in the Highlands … but his supper was in Quebec City

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Photo: Mary McCown

Bonnie lasses, Celtic music and, of course, haggis graced the Robbie Burns festivities at Château Laurier Québec. The 78th Fraser Highlanders, Fort St. Andrew’s Garrison, have been organizing Burns Suppers in Quebec City since 2002. On Jan. 26, they once again pulled off an amazing celebration.

Scottish culture celebrated at Habitations Valcartier

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Photo: Sarah Savill

Robert “Robbie” Burns once said, “There is no such uncertainty as a sure thing,” and to many Canadians this saying applies to our winters. We are sure the snow will fall, but not so sure about the road conditions. For this reason, the Burns celebration at Habitations Valcartier, arranged by Jayne Doddridge of Valcartier Elementary School, was postponed from Jan. 20 to Jan. 27.

Burns Night, Tanzanian-style!

POSTCARDS FROM AFRICA

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Photo: Ruby Pratka

 

Northern ties with Mexico get lost in U.S. trade noise

COMMENTARY

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Do you get the feeling that half of Quebecers have been to or are going to Mexico this winter? If so, it is not your imagination (fueled by envy).

A state of the union address for the people

POLITICAL COMMENTARY

Washington’s constant state of political infighting has produced a growing list of casualties. Sacred traditions that harken back to the founding of the United States of America are not exempt.

Quebec City gears up for 1894 Carnival

MORE NOTES FROM THE ARCHIVES

A continuation of last week’s article

In late December of 1893, the Quebec Morning Chronicle (QMC) continued its coverage of Winter Carnival preparations.

The story behind Rue du Campanile

STREET VIEWS

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Photo: Screenshot from Google Maps

Rue du Campanile is a private street that takes its name from the tall brick clock tower on a corner of the Faubourg Laudance business centre. The street has three restaurants, a bank, drugstore, grocery store, liquor outlet and several other commercial tenants.

MEMORIALS AND THINGS OF FAME

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Photo: Wikimedia Commons - Public Domain

January 30, 1819 – The Quebec Gazette

Arrived at Greenock [Scotland] from Quebec on the 19th November, the [ships] Jane and the Mars, both sailed from Quebec on the 16th October. The Rebecca Harvey, arrived at the same port on the 24th November, sailed from Quebec on the 23rd October.

January 28, 1869 – The Morning Chronicle

PM Trudeau setting the election table

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Photo: Peter Black

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau paid a visit to Quebec City on Jan. 25 as the pre-election ball gets rolling. He spoke at a luncheon hosted by the Chambre de commerce et d’industrie de Québec, and took questions from the audience in a session hosted by chamber president Julie Bédard.

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