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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.

QAC brings back old-time radio dramas with a modern twist

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Quebec Art Company (QAC), Quebec City’s foremost and longest-running English-language community theatre group, has taken a page from the glory days of radio to provide a unique form of entertainment during COVID-19 confinement.

Skaters take to the lake for spring break

Photos by Danielle Burns

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A subzero walk for fresh air and healthier lifestyles

FIRST PERSON

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Photo: Lise Lafond using tripod and timer

Open the door and just start walking! That seems to be what Pierre Lavoie had to say when he invited Quebecers to walk five kilometres on Feb. 20 or 21 for La Grande Marche Sous Zéro.

Edward David Ashe: an unusual president of the LHSQ

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Photo: Wikimedia Commons - Public Domain

Not many former presidents of the Literary and Historical Society of Quebec (LHSQ, better known as the Morrin Centre) have been astrophysicists or have their names on a map. Edward David Ashe, president of the society in 1866, 1867 and 1873, is recognized as the first astrophysicist in Canada and has a landmark in British Columbia named after him.

My year as a ‘Wasp’ playing hockey in England

FIRST PERSON

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Photo: courtesy of John Creary

With the encouragement of good friends from Quebec City, I decided to write about my year playing in the British Ice Hockey League.

I attended St. Patrick’s High School and then St. Lawrence College. I graduated from Université Laval in 1977, and was accepted for a 12-month master’s program in urban geography and planning at the University of Durham, England.

OBITUARY: David Everett BLINCO

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David Everett BLINCO

It is with profound sadness that the family of David Everett “Coach” Blinco announce his passing in Quebec City on Feb. 17 in his 90th year.

OBITUARY: Gary MONTGOMERY

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Gary MONTGOMERY

It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of Gary Montgomery at age 56, on February 11, 2021, at the Enfant-Jesus Hospital.
He leaves to mourn his loving mother Helen Montgomery and the late Ian Montgomery.
Gary is survived by his caring sisters Karen (Cliff Hicks) and Linda (Tracy Card).

A tribute to legendary QHS ‘Coach’ Dave Blinco

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Photo: Quebec High School Facebook page

The first time Quebec High School principal Warren Thomson met Dave “Coach” Blinco was 14 years ago. “He arrived the first month after I was hired, him and commissioner Marty Hicks.”

OBITUARY: Edith Veronica MacKAY

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Edith Veronica MacKAY
1927-2021

It is with heavy hearts that we, the family of Edith MacKay, announce her passing on February 10, 2021. Her children, Anthony, James, Hayes, Theresa, Patrick and Donald, join with spouses, children, grandchildren, the entire extended family and dear friends in loving gratitude to acknowledge a gracious and generous mother.

Quebec hockey fans mourn the passing of Joe Hardy

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Photo: California Golden Seals Facebook page

Former National Hockey League (NHL) and World Hockey Association (WHA) player and Quebec media personality Joe Hardy died on Feb. 19 at the age of 75. Hardy had a history of heart problems and passed away after suffering a stroke.

Remparts head to Chicoutimi with five straight wins

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Photo: Jonathan Roy/QMJHL

The Quebec Remparts are the hottest team in the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League (QMJHL), as they head to Chicoutimi with five straight wins after shutting out the Rouyn-Noranda Huskies 4-0 on Feb. 18 at the Videotron Centre.

Capitales sign their closer for the coming season

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Photo: Major League Baseball

The Québec Capitales of the Frontier Baseball League recently announced the signing of Canadian relief pitcher Andrew Case for the 2021 season. The Saint John, N.B. native, who was initially signed for the 2020 season, has let the Caps know that he plans to return this year.

Obituary for Edith Veronica (Hayes) MacKay, 1927-2021

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Obituary for Edith Veronica MacKay, 1927-2021

It is with heavy hearts that we, the family of Edith MacKay, announce her passing on 10 February 2021. Her children, Anthony, James, Hayes, Theresa, Patrick, and Donald, join with spouses, children, grandchildren, the entire extended family, and dear friends in loving gratitude to acknowledge a gracious and generous mother.

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The 67th Winter Carnival continues until Feb. 21

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Photo: Cassandra Kerwin

Like a blizzard, the 67th Quebec Winter Carnival has come and … actually, Carnival organizers recently announced that due to public demand, the ice towers and ice and snow sculptures in many Quebec City neighbourhoods can be enjoyed for another week.

ELAN offers a Penny for your thoughts in Three Pines

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Photo: Bobbi Jo Hart

Louise Penny, author of the award-winning series of murder mysteries featuring Chief Inspector Armand Gamache, delighted her YouTube audience with a rare and intimate chat on Feb. 12, during the first Author Conversations episode of We’re All In This Together, a series of online events organized by the English Language Arts Network (ELAN).

Freedom of speech being questioned on many fronts

Someone in our household is receiving emails from a notorious figure in Donald Trump’s insurrection escapade. Such unsolicited missives would normally go straight to spam, but somehow the messages from Senator Josh Hawley (R-Missouri) are getting through.

CAQ government yet to get on board with tramway project

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Photo: Ville de Québec

Chances are when Quebec City Mayor Régis Labeaume announced his grand tramway plan in March 2018, he didn’t imagine that his biggest obstacle would turn out to be political, rather than engineering.

The story behind Avenue Juchereau

STREET VIEWS

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Photo: Wikimedia Commons - Public Domain

Avenue Juchereau is named in honour of Antoine Juchereau Duchesnay (1740-1806), the sixth seigneur of the Manoir de Beauport and the son of Antoine Juchereau Duchesnay and Marie Françoise Chartier de Lotbinière.

MEMORIALS AND THINGS OF FAME

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Photo: Wikimedia Commons - Public Domain

February 15, 1821 – The Quebec Gazette
Quebec Harmonic Society

'Turner and the Sublime' finally arrives at the MNBAQ

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Photo: Shirley Nadeau

Much to the delight of art lovers, the Turner and the Sublime exhibit, originally scheduled to open at the Musée national des beaux-arts du Québec (MNBAQ) last October, is finally open. The delay, predictably, was caused by the pandemic.

'Xin Nian Kuai Le' – Happy Chinese New Year!

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Photo: Danielle Burns

Anyone who thinks the Christmas holidays are long has never celebrated Chinese New Year! The Spring Festival, or Chinese New Year, has a different date every year according to the lunar calendar. The festivities to welcome the year of the Ox start with a feast on Feb. 11 and last for two weeks, ending with the lantern festival on Feb. 26.

Snow basketball - a new Winter Olympic sport?

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Photo: Peter Black

Basketball might not immediately come to mind as an outdoor winter sport, but this young man found a snow-friendly ball with which to shoot hoops in Parc Victoria last weekend.

Lost and found fence features missing winter foot and finger wear

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Photo: Peter Black

Missing a glove, a mitten or a boot? This impromptu array of lost and found winter wear was spiked on a fence along the Plains of Abraham. It seems to be a winter tradition in the city for people to display lost items in the hope that they might be reunited with their owners.

Straight from the horse’s mouth

A WALK ON THE WILD SIDE

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Photo: Lise Lafond

No one really likes to go to the dentist; some people get nervous just thinking about their next visit. Even if going to the dentist is not the most popular rendezvous, these visits are necessary to maintain our oral health.

OBITUARY: Yvonne ZATULOVSKY

Yvonne ZATULOVSKY
February 18, 1941 - February 1, 2021

It is with great sadness that we announce the peaceful passing of Yvonne Zatulovsky (née Martel) at her home in Barrhaven, Ont. She was the beloved wife of the late Theodore Zatulovsky.

Pee-Wee hockey tournament put ‘on ice’ for this year

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Photo: Jonathan Roy courtesy Quebec International Pee-Wee Hockey Tournament

Normally, mid-February would have the peewee hockey world in a frenzy. Teams from over 15 countries would be in town for the 62nd annual Quebec International Pee-Wee Hockey Tournament and the “Pee-Wee! Pee-Wee!” song would echo before each game at the Videotron Centre. This year, the arena is empty, and Simon and Garfunkel’s “The Sound of Silence” would be a more appropriate song.

Remparts make it three in a row with victory over Gatineau

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Photo: Jonathan Roy/QMJHL

Cole Cormier and Mikaël Huchette scored two goals each, while Théo Rochette picked up three assists, guiding the Quebec Remparts to an impressive 5-2 victory over the Gatineau Olympiques on Feb. 13 at the Videotron Centre.

Regional athletes shine on the world stage

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Photo: Rafal Oleksiewicz/Speed Skating Canada

It was a week to remember for many Quebec City-area athletes.

Long-track speedskater Laurent Dubreuil, 28, won the gold medal in the 500-metre event at the World Championships in Heerenveen, Holland, on Feb. 12. Dubreuil finished the race with a time of 34.39 seconds, 0.14 seconds ahead of Russian skater Pavel Kulizhnikov.

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