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Highlanders and friends gather to celebrate the birthday of Scottish bard Robbie Burns

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Photo: Lorie Pierce

In 1801, five years after the death of Robbie Burns, nine of his friends gathered in Scotland to give testament to the poet’s life and works. Since then, annual gatherings take place on Jan. 25, the anniversary of Burns’ birth in 1759.

A pioneer of the Romantic movement in literature, Burns was celebrated last Saturday night at the Garrison Club in Old Quebec.

Some sober second thoughts on the Senate in Canada and U.S.

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Say, for instance, a prime minister of Canada dispatched his (or her) personal lawyer to meet with top officials of a foreign government and threatened to withhold vital aid money unless that government made a public commitment to investigate alleged wrong-doing by the prime minister’s main political opponent.

Shinny action never stops on city’s outdoor rinks

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Photo: Peter Black

Notwithstanding last weekend’s wacky weather, outdoor rinks across town have been welcoming shinny players night and day since before Christmas.

Whereas this winter’s lack of snow has been an issue for creating and maintaining ski trails, relatively consistent cold temperatures have made outdoor ice-making less of a challenge so far.

The story behind Rue Françoise-Aubut

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Photo: Screenshot from Google maps

This street is named in honour of Françoise Aubut (1922-1984), an organist and music teacher who was born in Saint-Jérôme. She was the great-granddaughter of Calixa Lavallée (1842-1891), who is best known for composing the music for “O Canada,” which officially became Canada’s national anthem in 1980.

MEMORIALS AND THINGS OF FAME

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January 30, 1820 – The Quebec Gazette
Imports and Exports

How prepared are we to face an epidemic?

Be afraid. Be very afraid. A new killer virus has health officials around the world quaking in their boots.

Every now and then, someone comes out with a list of possible end-of-the-world, or at least end-of-civilization-as-we-know-it scenarios. The list always includes a deadly mutant virus.

A full house and stage for an amazing concert at the Grand Théâtre

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Photo: Shirley Nadeau

The stage of the Grand Théâtre was filled to capacity on Jan. 22 and 23 as the Orchestre Symphonique de Québec, augmented for the first time by Les Violons du Roy, presented Igor Stavinsky’s Le Sacre du printemps (The Rite of Spring) – a revolutionary work in the history of music and dance. The monumental work required the presence of an impressive number of instruments on stage.

Happy Groundhog Day!

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Groundhog Day – Feb. 2 – hints at spring. It’s not here yet, but it soon will be. The days are getting noticeably longer, and there’s something in the air.

In Europe, it was thought to be the day when hibernating creatures began to emerge from their dens – something worth celebrating at a time of year when food was scarce and a chubby groundhog might become a nourishing stew.

Zero-waste food store opens in Sainte-Catherine-de-la-Jacques-Cartier

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Photo: Photo by Lise Lafond

Zero-waste food stores are opening up all around the Quebec City area. Sainte-Catherine-de-la-Jacques-Cartier is following the trend and residents now have their own zero-waste food and health store.

IHQ offers condolences to the Kerwin family

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Irish Heritage Quebec has lost a faithful member and friend in Terry Kerwin who passed away on January 25. Terry Kerwin served as president of the Défilé de la Saint-Patrick de Québec. He also served on the Board of Trustees of St. Patrick’s Parish. He recently chaired the Board of Governors of Champlain Regional College which includes the Lennoxville Campus, the St.

It’s a wrap for another successful Christmas Hamper Campaign

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Photo: Katherine Burgess

Thanks to the efforts of 186 volunteers, the 24th annual Community Christmas Hamper Campaign (CCHC) is coming to a successful close. We extend our thanks to all of the volunteers – members of the organizing committee, and community members who picked up the donations of non-perishables from various points around the city, sorted these donations, packed the boxes and, finally, delivered them.

200 years of boat people

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Photo: Ruby Pratka

If you ever go to Dublin, extricate yourself from touristy Temple Bar. Cross one of the many bridges over the River Liffey, turn right and pass the Customs House. You should see them by then – half a dozen sculptures of a family, in tattered clothes, as thin- and weak-looking as dead trees, confronting the viewer with a haunting, hunted gaze.

Community Calendar

Jan. 22 to Feb. 5, 1:15 to 3:15 p.m. – Crochet or knit an amigurumi, and learn the Japanese art of making a small, stuffed yarn creature such as a penguin or a unicorn. The next free classes are on Jan. 29 and on Feb. 3 and 5 at Shannon Hall, 75 Chemin Gosford, Shannon. To register, contact Catherine at 418-683-2366, ext. 224, or [email protected].

Cookshire’s Pine Hill Farm: The land, the people by Winston C. Fraser

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Photo: Photo of book cover by Shirley Nadeau

Winston Fraser has done it again! His latest book about his family’s history of settlement in the village of Cookshire in the Eastern Townships, launched in early December 2019, is a tale of determination and continuity that dates back to thousands of years before his ancestors settled on the land, then inhabited by First Nations people.

Is that a CEGEP or a Cégep?

Have you ever wondered why the QCT uses both “CEGEP” and “Cégep” in front of the names of the various colleges we often report on, especially in sports articles? Is there a difference?

Winter fun enjoyed at Pointe-aux-Lièvres

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Photo: Jonathan Letellier-Black

Winter fun activities are in full swing along the St. Charles River in Quebec City. The Société de la Rivière Saint-Charles, a non-profit organization, manages a wide-ranging program of recreational pursuits for all four seasons.

St. Andrew’s Presbyterian Church signs an agreement with special events company Kamaï Événements

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Photo: Shirley Nadeau

In mid-December, 2019, the board of managers of St. Andrew’s Presbyterian Church in Old Quebec signed an unusual agreement with Kamaï Événements.

Clarendon Hotel reopens after 12 months of major repairs

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Photo: Hotel Clarendon

The Clarendon Hotel is open again, after being closed for the past 12 months. Co-owners Michel Côté and Marc-Olivier Côté were delighted to welcome their first guests, just in time for the 150th anniversary of Canada’s oldest hotel.

More than 40 American teams at the Pee-Wee Hockey Tournament

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The 61st edition of the Quebec International Pee-Wee Hockey Tournament will feature teams from over 20 countries at the Videotron Centre from Feb. 12 to 23.

Of the 120 teams that will be playing at five different levels, 40 of them, or 33 per cent, will be from the United States. Even though the number of teams is quite impressive, it is still down from 42 in 2019.

St. Lawrence Lions basketball and hockey action

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Photo: SLC Lions

The CEGEP Champlain–St. Lawrence Lions basketball team got back on the court on Jan. 24, when they played the Jeannois from Collège d’Alma in their first game since the holidays.

However, the match-up the Lions are anxiously awaiting is the game on Jan. 31, when they host the Dynamiques from Cégep de Sainte-Foy. Tip-off is at 8 p.m. at the Lions’ Den.

2020 Quebec ice canoe racing season is up and running

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Photo: Cassandra Kerwin

The 2020 Circuit Québécois de Canot à Glace racing season was well and truly launched last week, starting with a press conference held on a cold and windy Jan. 15 at the Auberge Saint-Antoine.

This year, nearly 400 ice canoers will participate in the seven races scheduled from Jan. 18 to March 7 at different points along the ice-covered St. Lawrence River.

Ukrainian Flight 752: We pray that sanity prevails

The new year got off to a violent, tragic and profoundly frightening start with the shooting down of Ukrainian Flight 752 shortly after takeoff from Tehran, killing all 176 people aboard. Among those who died were 57 Canadians.

Asbestos changing its name to shed its toxic image

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How attached are we to place names? For example, would the citizens of the settlement at the narrowing of the St. Lawrence River think differently of themselves if it were named Ludovica, rather than Quebec City?

The story behind Avenue Fabre

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Photo: Screenshot from Google maps

This street is named in honour of Louis-Roch-Hector Fabre (1834-1910), a lawyer, journalist, diplomat and senator born in Montreal. He was admitted to the bar in 1856 but practised law only occasionally, opting instead for journalism.

MEMORIALS AND THINGS OF FAME

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Photo: Archives of the Soeurs du Bon-Pasteur and encyclobec.ca

January 20, 1820 – The Quebec Gazette
Quebec Harmonic Society

Les As de Choeur Chez Mamma

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Photo: Shirley Nadeau

To highlight their fifth anniversary, the members of Les As de Choeur presented a “collective musical creation” that included excerpts from Broadway classics such as The Sound of Music, Les Misérables, Chicago, and a few Beatles favourites, in the Salle D’Youville of the Palais Montcalm on Jan. 17 and 18.

Université Laval agriculture students share their passion with the public

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Photo: Lise Lafond

The 45th edition of the Semaine de l’Agriculture, de l’Alimentation et de la Consommation (SAAC) took place at ExpoCité from Jan. 17 to 19. This very interesting weekend is an eagerly anticipated occasion where agriculture students from Université Laval share their passion with the public.

Berlin’s history of welcome

POSTCARDS FROM EUROPE

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Photo: Ruby Pratka

In 2015, Germany found itself at the centre of a storm unprecedented in recent history, when tens of thousands of refugees from the Middle East, mostly from war-ravaged Syria, streamed into the country. Chancellor Angela Merkel famously told Germany and the world, “Wir schaffen das!” (We can do this!) For Merkel, integrating the refugees was a “national duty.”

Teams from 20 countries highlight the 61st Pee-Wee Tournament

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Photo: Luc Lang

The 61st edition of the Quebec International Pee-Wee Hockey Tournament will bring teams from a record 20 countries to the Videotron Centre from Feb. 12 to 23.

Patrick Dom, general director of the Pee-Wee Tournament, announced, “This year, we added teams from Croatia and South Korea to the tournament. We’re breaking the 2019 record of 19 countries.”

QHS and St. Pat’s basketball teams get busy

The basketball teams of Quebec High School and St. Patrick’s High School got off to a busy start as the 2019-20 season resumed in the Québec-Chaudière-Appalaches region of the RSEQ (Réseau du Sport Étudiant du Québec). Sixteen games were played by the two schools, with more games to come in the next few weeks.

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