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Quebec slides into 2020 on a spectacular Toboggan ride

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Photo: Jonathan Letellier-Black

The first edition of Toboggan, Quebec City’s new year-end bash, was a smash.

So long, 2019 – a look back at the highs and lows

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Photo: Jonathan Letellier-Black

When I was 17, it was a very good year ...” Old Blue Eyes couldn’t have crooned it better. For people of approximately Frank Sinatra’s generation, it’s frightening to realize those who turned 17 in 2019 were born in 2002, the year after 9/11, when the world changed in an awful and dramatic way.

Céline, Charest and the knack for reinventing yourself

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Photo: Shirley Nadeau from QCT archives

I have a confession to make. I am now a bona fide fan of Céline Dion. Let me explain this late-blooming admiration for the superstar pride of Charlemagne.

QCT has cameo in cross-border comedy "Super Troopers 2"

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Photo: Peter Black

You’d have to be quick or lucky to spot it, but the Quebec Chronicle-Telegraph has a minor role in a popular comedy feature film that’s been streaming on the Crave movie channel.

MEMORIALS AND THINGS OF FAME

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Photo: Château Frontenac

January 5, 1820 – The Quebec Gazette

The story behind Rue Faucher

STREET VIEWS

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Photo: Wikimedia Commons - Public Domain

This street is named in honour of Narcisse-Henri-Édouard Faucher, who was born in Quebec City on March 24, 1848. He studied at the Petit Séminaire de Québec and at Collège de Sainte-Anne-de-la-Pocatière.

Whooooo made that owl?

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Photo: Shirley Nadeau

Every year for the past two decades, Miriam “Minum” Blair has added another animal to the nativity scene at the Cathedral of the Holy Trinity. In addition to a cow, a donkey, a camel, a sheep, a goose and a cat, there is now a wise old owl perched on the end of a choir bench watching over the Holy Family, along with shepherds, wise men and an angel that hovers above them.

St. Lawrence College sprouts a hydroponic garden

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Photo: St. Lawrence College

Under the mandate of the Environmental Committee Eco St. Lo, CEGEP Champlain–St. Lawrence now has an indoor hydroponic garden, a sustainable development initiative. St. Lawrence is the only CEGEP in Quebec City to have such a garden.

Savour L’Eggsquise in Eggsquis restaurants

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Photo: Photos by Shirley Nadeau

To highlight their 25th anniversary, Eggsquis, a popular local chain of breakfast restaurants, recently unveiled their new “olfactory logo” – an orange-citrus fragrance called (what else?) L’Eggsquise – soon to be vaporized into the air of branches of their restaurants in Quebec and Ontario.

Stalled in Skaramagas

POSTCARDS FROM EUROPE

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Photo: Ruby Pratka

The port of Skaramagas, on the outskirts of Athens, is an unexpectedly beautiful and welcoming place. People chat and eat falafel in heated tents a few feet from the blue-green waters of the Gulf of Elefsina, which flows out into the Aegean Sea. On the other side of the bay, purple-grey snow-capped mountains rise in the distance.

Crossing Canada: Haida Gwaii

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Photo: Britta Gundersen-Bryden

Now that winter has truly set in, many Quebecers will turn their thoughts to their coming summer vacation. This series usually features train travel. However, as a geographical bookend to a previous column about the Magdalen Islands, the focus this time is Haida Gwaii, the mystical islands (formerly called the Queen Charlotte Islands) off Canada’s West Coast.

Ste-Foy Elementary holds a Christmas bake-off

A Christmas bake-off took place at Ste-Foy Elementary School on Dec. 19. Families created baked goods that were brought in on the morning of the 19th to be judged later that day for the contest.

LETTER TO THE EDITOR

I recently read Peter Black’s commentary: First “Canadian” Christmas [published in the Dec. 18, 2019 edition]. I sincerely believe that it is a must read at this time of the year, for anyone who loves our city and the Plains of Abraham. Peter Black reminded us of the beauty and strength of the people who built our country.

A bizarre blizzard at the MCQ

Photo by Danielle Burns

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A “bizarre blizzard” blew through the Musée de la Civilisation de Québec over the holidays even though the weather outside was delightful. The Bellita productions play Bizarre Blizzard featured a singing cast of two and a big – and a small – prehistoric creature. Was it a yeti? An abominable snowman? The last presentation was on Jan. 5 and it's back to school for kids this week.

Carol (Potter) LEVIE

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Carol (Potter) LEVIE

Community Calendar

Thursday, Jan. 9 from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. – Traditional Japanese art techniques: Rieko Koresawa teaches calligraphy, ink painting and origami. The class is open to people aged 8 and over. Children must be accompanied by an adult. This series of eight free workshops runs every Monday and Thursday until Jan. 30 at the Jeffery Hale Pavilion, 1270 Chemin Sainte-Foy, room 1135.

78th Fraser Highlanders invite you to the Burns Supper

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Should auld acquaintance be forgot, and never brought to mind? Should auld acquaintance be forgot, and auld lang syne?”

Most of us recognize the opening lines to “Auld Lang Syne” but how many know that the song was composed in 1788 by Scotland’s national poet, Robert Burns? “Robbie” or “Rabbie” Burns was also known as the Bard of Ayrshire and the Ploughman Poet.

My 2020 wish list for Quebec City sports fans

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Photo: Luc Lang

Now that 2020 is here, I feel that I should share my wish list of things that could be beneficial for sports in our capital city.

Remparts make major roster moves over the holidays

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Photo: Jonathan Roy - QMJHL

The Quebec Remparts of the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League (QMJHL) made some transactions over the holidays and, once again, shook up their lineup.

Gone are goaltender Carmine-Anthony Pagliarulo and captain Félix Bibeau (to Chicoutimi), defenceman Andrew Coxhead (to Rimouski), right-winger Édouard Saint-Laurent (to Val d’Or), and defenceman Félix-Olivier Chouinard (to Shawinigan).

Dawson Creek, the Alaska Highway and hockey

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In December 2019, QCT readers were made aware of your scribe’s trip to Dawson Creek, B.C., to be the public address announcer of the World Junior A Hockey Challenge, which was won by Russia in double overtime.

Chalmers-Wesley well project in Togo gets flowing

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The water is flowing in Lankui, central Togo. After more than a year of fundraising by Chalmers-Wesley United Church, a congregation-wide effort which netted more than $15,000, a well has been dug and a 12-metre water tower built to provide drinking water for residents of Lankui and two nearby rural communities.

The Quebec Chronicle-Telegraph Wishes All Our Readers a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

Photos by Cassandra Kerwin

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Santa Claus was spotted in Parc Félix-Leclerc in the Quartier Petit-Champlain. Children and adults in touch with their inner child shared their Christmas wishes with Old St. Nick.

EPIQ hosts a HO HO HO holiday party

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Photo: Danielle Burns

A jolly good time was had by all at the English-speaking Parents In Quebec City (EPIQ) group’s HO HO HO annual children’s party, held in the Coin Soleil room at Jeffery Hale hospital on Dec 14.

Santa did not disappoint, bringing books for girls and boys of all ages. The youngest guest was 10-day-old Amélia, who slept in the arms of her mother, Amanda Heath, for most of the party.

First “Canadian” Christmas was in the bombarded rubble of Quebec City

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Photo: Wikipedia Common - Public Domain

Walk around the streets in Old Quebec and you can’t help but marvel. Such an extraordinary collection of historical architecture, perhaps unique in the New World for its mélange of French, British and American styles – each building is a magnificent work of design and craftsmanship.

52 ways to save the planet one week at a time

I’ve been writing about Saving the Planet One Week at a Time for the past year. It’s your turn to continue, so here is a summary of what we have talked about this year and 52 eco-friendly steps – try one every week! – to help save Mother Earth.

1. Ban single-use water bottles; replace them with a reusable bottle, one for each member of the family.

The story behind Rue Fiedmont

STREET VIEWS

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Photo: Wikimedia Commons - Public Domain

Louis-Thomas Jacau de Fiedmont (c. 1723-1788) was a French-Canadian artillery officer, born on Île Royale (present-day Cape Breton, Nova Scotia). He joined the French army as a non-commissioned officer and became a cadet in 1743 in the gunners of Île Royale. He travelled to France and in 1748 was promoted to ensign. He returned to Canada in 1750.

MEMORIALS AND THINGS OF FAME

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Photo: Photo from Wikipedia Commons - Public Domain

December 24, 1869 – The Morning Chronicle
A Rare Visitor

Les Rhapsodes Christmas concert features brass and organ

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Photo: Shirley Nadeau

The Christmas concert by Les Rhapsodes at the Palais Montcalm on Dec. 14 was billed as Cuivres et orgue pour Noël, with music from Handel to Bing Crosby as “fireworks” for the holidays.

Dufferin Terrace slide hosts Grand Fête Hivernale

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Photo: Peter Black

You might say it was a thrilling and unique way to take the plunge into marriage.

Cirque’s ultra cool Axel is a rock show on ice

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Photo: Danielle Burns

For the second time, the Cirque du Soleil has created an on-ice show that mixes circus arts and acrobatics with skating (Crystal was the first Cirque show on ice). Axel is touring Canada and the U.S. and made its way to the Videotron Centre in Quebec City from Dec. 12 to 15.

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