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First-ever medal at U Sports track and field championships for Université Laval

Photo: U Sports

The Université Laval Rouge et Or women’s track and field team has won its first medal ever at the U Sports national championship. The event took place on the campus of the University of Alberta in Edmonton on March 7.

Joan Holton

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Joan Holton (1933 - 2020)

Ms. Joan Holton, daughter of the late Mrs. Mabel Hanson and the late Mr. Thomas Bernard Holton, passed away at Saint Brigid’s Home on March 2, 2020, at the age of 87 years and 2 months. She lived in Quebec City.

Community Calendar

Thursday, March 12 at 7:30 p.m. – Open Book Intercultural Dialogues: Memory and Identity at the Morrin Centre, 44 Chaussée des Écossais in Old Quebec. During this panel discussion, authors Caroline Vu (That Summer in Provincetown) and Zalika Reid-Benta (Frying Plantain) will talk about their latest books and the theme of memory and identity with moderator Liani Lochner.

Get Out of the Red auction at the Wellness Centre

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Photo: Jeffery Hale Community Partners

On Feb. 28, staff at the Wellness Centre (Jeffery Hale Community Partners, Jeffery Hale – Saint Brigid’s and Voice of English-speaking Québec) got together for their annual Get Out of the Red auction.

Drivers dream at the International Car Show

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Photo: Cassandra Kerwin

Warmer weather and the March break can only mean one thing for local car enthusiasts – the Salon international de l’Automobile de Québec, the Car Show. More than 70,000 visitors entered the Centre de Foires at ExpoCité to see hundreds of vehicles and to dream about the luxury cars in the Silverwax Pavilion.

Get Out of the Red Auction at the Wellness Centre

Photo: Ludovic Gauthier
Last Friday, February 28th, staff at the Wellness Centre (Jeffery Hale Community Partners, Jeffery Hale - Saint Brigid's and Voice of English-speaking Québec) got together for their annual Get Out of the Red Auction. By donating and then bidding on lightly-used goods, the team raised $1042 for the Hamper Campaign. The Campaign is now only $1497 short of its fundraising objective of $30,000.

You Oughta Know! Alanis Morissette to headline FEQ

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Photo: FEQ

For music fans, it’s like Christmas morning on a February afternoon.

That’s because the folks behind the Festival d’Été de Québec (FEQ) have ripped the wrapping off a huge pile of gifts to thrill fans of just about every type of popular music.

Fun for all ages at the Pentathlon des Neiges

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Photo: Cassandra Kerwin

In Quebec’s harsh winters, learning to enjoy winter sports is a survival skill. The Pentathlon des Neiges offers amateur athletes the opportunity to test their skills in five sports: speed skating, snowshoeing, winter running, winter biking and cross-country skiing.

Canada fuelled Sanders’ burning quest for universal health care

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Photo: Westmount Examiner from archives

Say what you will about U.S. senator and presidential candidate Bernie Sanders, a serious contender for the Democratic Party’s presidential nomination – at least he’s been consistent.

The Surprises in a Pair of Ski

Sir Arthur Conan Doyle in McClure’s Magazine for March 1895

There is nothing peculiarly malignant in the appearance in a pair of ski [sic]. They are two slips of elm wood, eight feet long, four inches broad, with a square heel, turned-up toes, and straps in the centre to secure your feet. No one, to look at them, would guess at the possibilities which lurk in them.

The story behind Rue Georges-Dor


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This street honours musician Georges Dor (Georges-Henri Doré), who was born in 1931, the youngest of a family of 11 children of Irish ancestry. Dor worked in a factory in Drummondville from 1948 to 1952. He then studied for a year at the École du Théâtre du Nouveau Monde in Montreal. In the winter of 1953, he worked on the Bersimis Dam on the North Shore of the St. Lawrence River.


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Photo: Wikimedia Commons - Public Domain

March 4, 1820 – The Quebec Gazette

Coronavirus prevention advice from Health Canada

Human coronaviruses cause infections of the nose, throat and lungs. They are most commonly spread from an infected person by respiratory droplets generated by a cough or sneeze, or by close, prolonged personal contact, such as touching or shaking hands, or by touching something with the virus on it, then touching your mouth, nose or eyes before washing your hands.

Authors share their journeys at the Morrin Centre

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Photo: Ruby Pratka

The best books make readers travel along with the authors on journeys they won’t soon forget. On Feb. 27 at the Morrin Centre, authors Kaie Kellough and Rebecca Fisseha shared the journeys that led to their recent books, as part of the Morrin Centre’s Open Book discussion series.

Cadet Games about more than the military

Photo: Ruby Pratka

Normally, to be heard over the din of nearly 700 teenagers waiting for the beginning of a day of outdoor sports, one would have to scream. But Capt. Line Bourgeois didn’t have to.

“Are we going to have fun today?” she called into the silent gym at Collège des Compagnons in Sainte-Foy.
“Oui, mon capitaine!” the teens chorused, standing at attention.

Accounting firm prepares St. Lawrence students for bilingual jobs

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Photo: Cassandra Kerwin

On Feb. 25, CEGEP Champlain–St. Lawrence and the insurance and accounting firm BDO Canada paid tribute to the 25 students who completed a French-language accounting course. Binder Dijker Otto (BDO) is an international network of public accounting, tax, consulting and business advisory firms.

St. Lawrence theatre troupe flies over the cuckoo’s nest

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Photo: Cassandra Kerwin

From Feb. 27-29, the iA Financial Group Auditorium was transformed into a psychiatric ward. The CEGEP Champlain–St. Lawrence theatre troupe members were either patients or medical staff in Ken Kesey’s classic psychological thriller One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest.

Club Musical de Québec announces magnificent upcoming season

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Photo: Club musical de Québec

Classical music fans can look forward to a series of world-class concerts with the Club Musical de Québec over the coming year. Club Musical de Québec director Marie Fortin announced the 2020-2021 program at the Palais Montcalm on Feb. 26.

Black History Month celebrates the past, embraces the future

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Photo: Ruby Pratka

Victor Dzomo, Florent Tchatchaoua and their collaborators at the Conseil panafricain de Québec (COPAQ) planted 29 trees to mark the 29 days of Black History Month. But the roots of the African presence in Quebec City stretch down deeper than the roots of all but the oldest tree.

OBITUARY: Patricia (Kirouac) Audet

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Patricia (Kirouac) Audet

Patricia Kirouac, wife of Bernard Audet, died at 100 years old on Feb. 20, 2020 at Jeffery Hale Hospital. She was the daughter of the late Albert Kirouac and the late Catherine Hughes. She lived in Quebec City.


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DODDRIDGE, Nancy (Dawson)

Mrs. Nancy Dawson died peacefully at Saint Brigid’s Home, on Feb. 28, 2020, in her 90th year. She was the wife of the late Elwin Russel Doddridge and the daughter of the late Emma Billingsley and the late Archibald Dawson. She lived in Quebec City.

Community Calendar

March 3 to 7 – Morrin Book Week: a March Break full of activities for children of various age groups: Let’s improvise! Let’s code! Book Week Olympics! Paint with Roxy Russel! And a Saturday morning Storytime presented by Bravi Productions! We’re heading into space! For further information, please contact Azanie Roy at [email protected] or visit

CBC Quebec team hits the ice with listeners in Shannon

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Photo: Lise Lafond

CBC Quebec team members Peter Tardif, Spencer Van Dyk, Cassandra Leader, Kim Garrity, Glenn Wanamaker, Julia Caron, Karl Vincent and Susan Campbell hosted a community skate at Shannon Winterfest on Feb. 29.

The comfortable weather was ideal for skating on the ice path that meanders through the woods near the Chalet des Sports. The path was lined with snow-covered trees on both sides.

Laval women’s hoops team captures second RSEQ banner

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Photo: Mathieu Bélanger, Université Laval

For the second year in a row, the Université Laval Rouge et Or women’s basketball team are the champions of the Réseau du sport etudiant du Québec (RSEQ). They defeated the Citadins from Université du Québec à Montréal (UQAM) 62-54 in front of over 1,600 boisterous fans at Amphithéâtre Desjardins on Feb. 29.

Lions to open RSEQ hockey playoffs against Thetford

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Photo: Champlain-St. Lawrence Lions via Facebook

The CEGEP Champlain–St. Lawrence Lions hockey team, which finished third overall in the Réseau du sport étudiant du Québec (RSEQ) regular season standings, will play the Filons of Cégep de Thetford in the second round of the playoffs this weekend.

Sports briefs: AAA Midget Hockey, Laval football, Remparts

Photo: QMJHL-Jonathan Roy

The 2019-20 regular season of the Quebec AAA Midget Hockey League is now complete. The playoffs started March 2, and will end in mid-April, with the champions winning the Jimmy Ferrari Cup and a spot in the Telus Cup, Hockey Canada’s national championship for the midget division.

Olympic volleyball team to stop at PEPS

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Photo: Luc Lang

After the visit of the 2019 NBA champion Toronto Raptors, Université Laval announced that Canada’s Olympic men’s volleyball team would stop at the university in early May for three days of training as they prepare for the 2020 Olympic Games.

Record number of athletes at Pentathlon des Neiges

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Photo: Cassandra Kerwin

The Pentathlon des Neiges returned to the Plains of Abraham with a record-breaking number of participants. From Feb. 22 to March 1, this unique multi-sport event has attracted 6,000 athletes ready to run, bike, snowshoe, cross-country ski and/or skate. Since 2005, the pentathlon has encouraged people of all ages to discover, practise and enjoy winter sports.

What would the ‘New World’ be like without Cartier’s ‘miracle’?

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What’s more fun for amateur historians than the endless possibilities of alternate histories?


Welcome back to Canada, Ruby!

I found out in your recent Postcards from Europe that you’re now back safe and sound in our country. I hope it’s not too cold for you....

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