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The Aran sweater: the original Irish sweater

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Photo: Lise Lafond

The classic Aran sweater is the original Irish fisherman’s sweater. These hand-knit sweaters have quite a tale to tell. A staple in fishermen’s wardrobes for over 100 years, an Aran sweater keeps the wearer warm while braving the wind, fog and harsh weather on the unforgiving North Atlantic Ocean, which ranks as one of the most dangerous oceans in the world.

Trio celtique presents The Craic Sessions for St. Patrick’s Day

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Photo: the Trio celtique

Zita Bombardier-Touret and Vanessa Bergeron, whom some readers may remember as “the two Marys” in the Quebec Art Company’s 2018 production of Jesus Christ Superstar, along with guitarist Antoine Bensoussan, together known as the Trio celtique, have recorded The Craic Sessions, a special show for St. Patrick’s Day. It will be broadcast online over three days, March 12, 13 and 14.

St. Patrick’s Day trivia

St. Patrick’s Day is one of those special days that, while celebrated across the country, doesn’t quite warrant public holiday status in Canada – except in Newfoundland and Labrador.

Sale of DND land last piece of merged English school project

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Photo: Image from Google Earth

An understated Feb. 23 media release communicated the announcement, but the sale of less than a hectare of Department of National Defence (DND) land in Sainte-Foy to the Quebec ministry of education is huge news for Quebec City’s English-speaking community.

Shannon and Valcartier St. Patrick’s Day festivities go virtual

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Photo: Allison Kirkwood

This time last year, the town of Shannon was buzzing. Parents were sewing sequins onto dance dresses and rehearsal rooms were vibrating with the distinctive sound of hard shoes. The curtain was just about to rise on the 54th edition of the Shannon Irish Show.

In wake of pandemic, do music festivals need to be estival?

COMMENTARY

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To everything, there is a season,” goes the song “Turn! Turn! Turn!” – a big hit for the Byrds in 1965, written by Pete Seeger in the ’50s, and taken almost verbatim from Ecclesiastes 3:1-8, circa 450 BC. Some scholars consider that chapter, of uncertain authorship, to be a literary masterpiece of the Good Book.

STREET VIEWS: The story behind Rue Lapointe

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Photo: Wikimedia Commons - Public Domain

This street is named in honour of Hugues Lapointe (1911-1982) who was a lawyer, member of Parliament and lieutenant governor of Quebec.

MEMORIALS AND THINGS OF FAME

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Photo: Wikimedia Commons - Public Domain

March 1, 1821 – The Quebec Gazette
Earthquake
A recent shock of earthquake was felt on Tuesday morning last, about four o’clock, at Valcartier, distant about 18 miles to the north-west of this city. It was accompanied by a rumbling noise resembling that of distant thunders.

March 2, 1871 – The Morning Chronicle

CQSB’s Burke lauds ‘hard work’ for new high school project

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Photo: Screenshot from Google Maps

"History is great, but the future is better.”

So declared Central Québec School Board (CQSB) chair Stephen Burke upon the Feb. 23 announcement of the “final piece of the puzzle which will allow us to move forward in building a 21st-century high school in Sainte-Foy to replace the aging buildings of Quebec High School [QHS] and St. Patrick’s High School [St. Pat’s].”

Sylvia Melanson launches her first book

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Photo: supplied by Sylvia Melanson

Local author Sylvia Melanson had her first children’s book, Square-Eyed Raccoon: Home Sweet Home!, published in December 2020.

Ludovica Miniland: creating worlds one block at a time

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Photo: Cassandra Kerwin

What do you do if you have a passion for construction and architecture, a creative imagination and a pile of plastic interlocking bricks? Gilles Maheux and his son Steven have turned their passion into a career and created Ludovica Miniland, now located in the Laurier Québec shopping centre.

Tycho crater makes quite an impact on the moon

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Photo: Lise Lafond

“It was a full moon and,
shining on all the snow,
It made everything almost as bright as day.
Only shadows were rather confusing.”
~ C.S. Lewis

The full moon that rose on the evening of Feb. 27, 2021 was the full snow moon, and a “snow” moon it was, since no one in Quebec City really saw the moon with all the snow that was falling.

Remparts close out February with two straight losses to Chicoutimi

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Photo: André Émond/QMJHL

The Quebec Remparts might want to burn the videos of their last two games against the Chicoutimi Saguenéens in Quebec Major Junior Hockey League (QMJHL) action.

Quebecers mourn the passing of a sports giant

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Photo: Rimouski Océanic via Facebook

On Feb. 25, one of Quebec City’s biggest sports boosters, furniture entrepreneur Maurice Tanguay, died at his residence in Lévis, at the age of 87.

Another Blue Jay product hits the field with the Capitales this season

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Photo: Connor Panas via Twitter

The Québec Capitales announced an important signing on Feb. 26: outfielder Connor Panas will be returning to the team in 2021.

Panas, who completed the 2019 season with the Capitales after playing with Team Canada at the Pan-Am Games in Lima, had a batting average of .271 with one home run and 10 RBIs in 24 games.

Portneuf’s Irish “tambourines” have centuries-old resonance

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Photo: Louise Ste-Marie

Gaétan Morissette comes from a long line of musicians, and plays several instruments, including the harmonica, the fiddle and the accordion.

OBITUARY: Hélène (Lafleur) WHITE

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Hélène (Lafleur) WHITE
August 23, 1937 – February 6, 2021

OBITUARY: Elizabeth Allyce (née Doherty) DAWSON

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Elizabeth Allyce (née Doherty) DAWSON

Elizabeth Allyce Dawson (Doherty) slipped away peacefully on Wednesday, February 17, 2021, at home, in her 95th year, with her family by her side.
The eldest daughter of 13 children, she was born to Allyce Wilson Doherty and William Doherty on June 22, 1925 in Quebec City.

OBITUARY: Joyce (born Turner) BENDER

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Joyce (born Turner) BENDER

On February 21, 2021, Mrs. Joyce Turner passed away at the age of 96 in L’Orignal, Ontario. She was the wife of the late Claude Bender and daughter of the late Sidney Turner and the late Bertha Raff of England.
She is survived by her children Mark (Suzanne Houde), David (Hélène Bastien), Paul (Rosemary Kerwin), Gérald and Jacques.

Winter wonderland in the Parc du Bois-de-Coulonge

Photos by Cassandra Kerwin

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A glowing sunrise brightens the landscape in the large city park.

 

Federal cabinet minister Jean-Yves Duclos taking medical leave

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Photo: Government of Canada website

A Canadian Press article reported on Feb. 23 that Liberal cabinet minister Jean-Yves Duclos has stepped aside temporarily due to illness. 

The Village Nordik is ‘fishing’ for business

Photos by Cassandra Kerwin

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Ice fishing at the Village Nordik requires specialized tools: a perforated stainless steel ladle to clear ice fragments from the fishing hole, a fishing rod and a rod holder, which is useful while waiting for the fish to bite.  

What if Quebec was truly ‘free and capable’ to bolster use of French?

It may be foolish to draw an existential political lesson from a rather superficial sitcom, but anyway, here goes.

Searching the QCT archives for John Williams

BLACK HISTORY MONTH

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Photo: Screenshot from Google Maps

Recent research by local historian Jean-François Caron has turned attention to a certain John Williams during Black History Month. Born in Quebec City in 1834 to Thomas Williams, a Jamaican, and Catherine Quinn, who was of Irish heritage, Williams was a successful local businessman who operated a barbershop in Old Quebec with his brother James for 50 years.

MEMORIALS AND THINGS OF FAME

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Photo: Wikimedia Commons - Public Domain

February 26, 1821 – The Quebec Gazette
A comet was distinctly visible on Saturday night, in a north-westerly direction from this city – the tail was large but the light faint.
Note from Lorie: The parabolic comet C/1821 B1 (Nicollet-Pons), identified in 1821, was most likely the comet referenced in this notice. (Source – NASA.gov)

STREET VIEWS: The story behind Rue Lavigueur

STREET VIEWS

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Photo: Wikimedia Commons-Public Domain

A street, a stairway and a bridge are named in honour of Henri-Edgar Lavigueur (1867-1943), who served as the 27th and the 32nd mayor of Quebec City. Born in Quebec City, he was a co-founder of the Lavigueur and Hutchison Company, which sold sewing machines and musical instruments.

The MCQ reopens with the magic of 'Special Effects!'

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Photo: Cassandra Kerwin

Who hasn’t wondered how Keanu Reeves dodged bullets in The Matrix, or how Andy Serkis transformed into Gollum in The Lord of the Rings? How long have special effects been a part of cinematography?

Local entrepreneur builds businesses and builds community

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Photo: Courtesy of Michelle Osbourne

When Michelle Osbourne first arrived in Quebec City seven years ago to live with her partner, she felt like a fish out of water. She left behind a thriving business and a circle of friends in Toronto and arrived in la Vieille Capitale speaking no French, relying on her partner for basic errands and wondering what she was doing.

Liberal critic for capital region defends outsider status

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Photo: Quebec Liberal Party

The newly named Liberal critic for the Capitale-Nationale region has quickly found herself in the fray over the city’s proposed tramway project. She is also unabashed that the Liberal watchdog for Quebec City should be an MNA from Montreal.

APPELE-Québec urges Quebec government to extend mail-in voting

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The Alliance for the Promotion of Public English-Language Education in Québec (APPELE-Québec) welcomes the Quebec government’s proposal to expand the use of mail-in ballots during November’s municipal elections, but wants the government to go further.

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