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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.

CCHC volunteers prepared to deliver the goods

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Photo: Shirley Nadeau from QCT archives

After months of meetings, weeks of recruiting volunteers and collecting food and monetary donations, and hours of scheduling, members of the Community Christmas Hamper Campaign (CCHC) are prepared to deliver hampers to over 200 households on Dec. 21.

OBITUARY: Tomas FEININGER

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1935 – 2019

Tomas Feininger, husband of Johanne Piché, son of the late Gertrud Hägg and the late Andreas Feininger, died at Saint-Sacrement Hospital on Nov. 26, 2019 at the age of 84 years and two months.

OBITUARY: Barbara Lois JACK (née Rooney)

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January 10, 1922 – December 8, 2019

On the morning of Dec. 8, 2019, Barbara L. Jack (née Rooney) left her life on Earth, with her family by her side, one month short of her 98th birthday. She had been a resident of Saint Brigid’s Home since 2010.
She was predeceased by her husband Doug in 1972, her sons John in 1966 and Russel in 2007, as well as many beloved but long-lived pets.

2019 LUC-ky sports awards are back

OK folks, it’s time to reveal the winners of the 2019 LUC-ky sports awards. No money is attached to these awards, no trophies or plaques, no letters in the mail saying “congratulations” or “too bad, so sad.” Only here, in the QCT, do you get the glory. So get your scissors out to cut and frame this article, as this is your trophy.

Fighting Irish U17 hockey team now in first place

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Photo: Luc Lang

The St. Patrick’s High School Under 17 (U17) Major hockey team have themselves an early Christmas present. The Fighting Irish are going into the holidays in first place in their division in the Ligue de Hockey Préparatoire Scolaire (LHPS).

SLC Lions teams have great expectations for 2020

After a magnificent sports season in the fall of 2019, the CEGEP Champlain–St. Lawrence (SLC) Lions teams can look forward to even more success starting in January 2020.

Community Calendar

Dec. 17 and 18 – YES Business Coaching: YES Montreal, in partnership with Voice of English-speaking Québec, offers professional business coaching services in person or online. To book an appointment, call 418-683-2366, ext. 225, or email us at [email protected].

20th Ice Hotel under construction at Village Vacances Valcartier

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Photo: Cassandra Kerwin

Quebecers are always happy to share their love of winter with the world. And what better way for visitors to experience the magic of snow and ice than to spend a night at the Hôtel de Glace (Ice Hotel)? This upcoming edition promises to be more magical than ever. It is all about celebrating 20 Years of Enchantment.

IHQ honours Patrick McKenna for his book on the history of St. Patrick’s High School

Photos by Cassandra Kerwin

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OBITUARY: Donald DACRES

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Donald DACRES
1934-2019

It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of Donald Dacres, in Québec City, on December 5, 2019. Loving husband to Claudette Nicole Dacres, he was the son of the late Beatrice Ward and the late Albert Dacres. He lived in Québec City.

The family will receive condolences on Saturday December 14, 2019 at 11:30 a.m., at

Joe Malone to be honoured with a statue at Place Jean-Béliveau

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Photo: Shirley Nadeau

Members of the media gathered at City Hall on Dec. 5 to witness the unveiling of a model of the work of art honouring Quebec Bulldogs hockey player Joe Malone (1890-1969).

VEQ Holiday Happy Hour sparks generosity for Hamper Campaign

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Photo: Adrian Glanvill

Voice of English-speaking Québec (VEQ) spread festive cheer at the annual Holiday Happy Hour held on Dec. 4 at the Morrin Centre in partnership with the Literary and Historical Society of Quebec.

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