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February 12, 2014



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Building Bonhomme’s Ice Palace

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Photo: Ruby Pratka

Growing up in Quebec City, Marc Lepire dreamed of building Bonhomme Carnaval's ice palace. When he was 11, Marc began helping his father, Michel Lepire, build decorative sculptures for Carnaval. Every year he would watch the legendary Gaston Fortier and his team build Bonhomme's palace, first at Place d'Youville, then opposite the National Assembly and finally on the Plains of Abraham.

Quebec City Women’s Club Bursary Program

The Quebec City Women's Club's Bursary Program aims to encourage higher education among women by awarding bursaries to women of the Greater Quebec City area.

Michel Pleau, Canada’s Parliamentary Poet Laureate

Photo: Photo courtesy of Michel Pleau

For Michel Pleau, it all began with the whisper of the wind in the trees. The Quebec City poet says a childhood trip to a cabin in the Laurentians with his family awakened his eight-year-old self to the wonders of nature.
"I was a little guy from Basse-Ville; I played in a cement courtyard and saw the sky in squares," recalls the good-humoured writer.

Musées de la civilisation à Québec given an exceptional donation

On February 6, Michel Côté, executive director, and Margaret Margaret Delisle, chair of the board of directors of the Musées de la civilisation in Quebec City, held a press conference to promote an exhibit of precious artworks that are part of a donation made by Eastern Township collectors and philanthropists Pierre and Véronique Riverin.

Random Acts of Kindness at Ste-Foy Elementary School


At our school, Ste-Foy Elementary, we decided to host an activity during the month of February. We are collecting the random acts of kindness we see. We write the acts of kindness on a piece of paper and them we put them on a red string all through the front hall. We hope to encourage people to be kind to each other.

CQSB Parents’ Committee proud of their children’s accomplishments

As parents whose children attend schools of the Central Québec School Board, we are very proud of our children's accomplishments and of the fact that we are one of the top school boards in the province. Here are a few 2012 statistics that support us being at the top:
- CQSB successful graduation rate: 85.9% (10% higher than the provincial rate)

The Barefoot Professor ... Any Footprints? at the Morrin Centre


Dr. William Buck was born in Missouri in 1933 during the Great Depression into a family who lived modestly on a farm.

Celebrate 250: Community Essay Competition

Perhaps you're not the type to write a Letter to the Editor but have an insightful point of view you want to share. Or maybe you wonder whether the Letters to the Editor section has enough room to print all your opinions.

Volunteers sought to help us celebrate our 250th in style

We're gearing up for a jubilant 250th anniversary celebration in June, and would like to share some of the fun. We are looking for a handful of motivated QCT readers who are interested in volunteering on our anniversary committee.

St-Hubert Derby: eleven years running

Photo: Bethann G. Merkle

For eleven years running, Carnival fans have been cheering from the sidelines as horses drawing sleighs race through snowy obstacle courses. This year, on February 8 and 9, the races, known as the St-Hubert Derby, took place in Place George V, between the National Assembly and the Manège Militaire.

Bears of Legend: singing in a secret language

Photo: Danielle Burns

Carnival festivities needn't be limited to daytime events for the family: Bears of Legend played a high-energy double-header with Dylan Perron & Élixir de Gumbo at the Petit Champlain Theatre on the evenings of February 7 and 8.

Ice sculptures a must for Quebec Winter Carnival

Photo: Danielle Burns

It's "the very busy season" for Laurent Godon - the ice-sculpting businessman from Mont-Tremblant who is also a pilot, boat enthusiast and former Guinness World Record holder for fastest ice sculptor. At previous carnivals, Godon made three, five, and eight sculptures for the occasion.

The Ice-Canoe Races and the Coupe des Glaces

Photo: Shirley Nadeau

The Carnival Ice-Canoe Races began and ended in the Bassin Louise of the Port of Quebec this past Sunday. For the first time this year, the racers could be watched live on two giant screens, one on the Quebec side of the St. Lawrence and the other in Lévis.

International Snow Sculpture Competition

Moroccan sculptors honour Lac-Mégantic

Photo: Ruby Pratka

Two weeks ago, Lidrissi Moulay Hicham had never touched snow.
Hicham is a Moroccan painter based in Nice, France. He had no plans to come to Quebec until late January, when the phone rang. His old friend Omar Gammaoui was on the line from Montreal. Gammaoui, the captain of Team Morocco for the upcoming TELUS International Snow Sculpture Competition in Quebec City, needed a hand.

Valentine’s Tea in honour of our caregivers

Are you providing care for family members or friends, either nearby or far away?
Perhaps you prepare meals, taxi loved ones to medical appointments, ensure their medication is taken as prescribed, assist them with their finances or simply provide a listening ear. If so, you are doing the important work of caregiving, a job that can be both rewarding and challenging.

Team Canada marches proudly at the opening ceremony of the Sochi 2014 Olympic Winter Games

Photo: Mike Ridewood

The Canadian Olympic Team walked onto the world stage on February 7 dressed in the Hudson's Bay official parade uniforms. Led by Hayley Wickenheiser, Canada's flag bearer, the Canadian athletes make up the third largest contingent at this year's Games.

James McPherson Le Moine’s memoirs launched at the Villa Bagatelle

Photo: Terry Kerwin

Last Sunday, at Villa Bagatelle, the Presses de l'Université Laval launched Souvenirs et réminiscences/Glimpses & Reminiscences de James McPherson Le Moine. During the nineteenth century, Le Moine was one of Quebec City's most respected and well-known personalities.

Audrey Robichaud determined to have fun at second Olympics

Photo: Canadian Ski Federation

For one horrible moment, Audrey Robichaud thought it might be all over. During a World Cup qualifying event in Calgary in January, the Quebec City skier partially tore a knee ligament.﹘ a potentially devastating blow for the skier who had placed eighth at her first Olympics in 2006 and just missed qualifying for the 2010 Vancouver Games.

Memories of the Sillery Junction

Photo: Shirley Nadeau

Editor's note: At the suggestion of reader Michel Leclerc, we requested information about the Sillery Junction/La Jonction de Sillery in the January 22, 2014, issue. Joe Lonergan was more than happy to provide us with the following.
The building on the northwest corner of Avenue des Érables and Boulevard René-Lévesque was constructed in 1952.

Memorials and Things of Fame

The Morning Chronicle
We are informed that a considerable number of our citizens have been mulcted in the sum of seven cents [$1.00 in 2014] in order to pay postage for circulars which

P.M. Stephen Harper drops by to see Bonhomme Carnaval

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Photo: Shirley Nadeau

Prime Minister Stephen Harper visited Quebec City on Thursday, February 6. In the morning he dropped by the Winter Carnival site on the Plains of Abraham and was given a tour by Mayor Régis Labeaume and Bonhomme Carnaval.

Practising English with the QCT

Photo: Shirley Nadeau

For over ten years a group of retired Quebec City Francophones have been meeting twice a week to maintain and improve their English-language skills. Some of them originally met while taking English-Second-Language classes at the Université du 3e ge de Québec (UTAQ) at Université Laval.

Fire prevention is high priority at Jeffery Hale – Saint Brigid’s

After the tragic fire in L’Isle-Verte, some residents and their families may be worried about this type of event happening at the Jeffery Hale Hospital or Saint Brigid's Home.
We would like to take a moment to reassure them.  Jeffery Hale – Saint Brigid’s (JHSB) is a public institution and, as such, both of our residences meet the highest fire prevention standards.


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