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Saying it with flowers for the past 65 years

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Photo: Danielle Burns

The fragrant air in Claude Audergon’s flower shop, Fleuriste José, is the first thing customers notice when they enter the shop in Limoilou the weekend before Valentine’s Day.

Opening weekend of 67th Winter Carnival an icy delight

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Photo: Cassandra Kerwin

The 67th Quebec Winter Carnival is now in full swing. Carnival-goers and the team behind the annual winter festivities were delighted to finally have a public event to attend after nearly a year of COVID-19 and 11 months of life in a partial lockdown.

City to reduce speed limits on most residential streets

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Photo: Screenshot from GoogleMaps

Motorists in Quebec City had best prepare themselves to slow down. On Feb. 4, city officials announced a plan to dramatically reduce speed limits in virtually all residential areas.

GG flap sparks talk of getting rid of the royals

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Photo: Wikimedia Commons - Public Domain

By the time you read this, Canada may have a new governor general ... but probably not. Given how a lack of proper vetting led to the Julie Payette fiasco, chances are authorities are now embarked on a thorough and intense hunt for any skeletons in the closets of potential candidates.

The story behind Rue Judith-Jasmin

STREET VIEWS

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Photo: Éditions Boréal

This street is named in honour of journalist Judith Jasmin (1916-1972), the first Quebec woman to become a grand reporter (special correspondent).

MEMORIALS AND THINGS OF FAME

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Photo: Ashe Family website ashefamily.info

February 12, 1821 – The Quebec Gazette

Black History Month emphasizes youth empowerment

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Photo: Screenshot from Zoom

On Feb. 1, the Table de concertation du Mois de l’histoire des Noirs de Québec (TCMHNQ) launched its sixth annual Black History Month event series. Unsurprisingly, due to the pandemic, all events are virtual. This year’s events focus on leadership, youth involvement, sustainable development and intercultural dialogue.

Jim Simons reminisces about his brief career with the QCT

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Photo: Jim Simons

The QCT was recently contacted by Jim Simons, who mentioned that he had once been a reporter for this newspaper.

The 17th Pentathlon des neiges goes virtual

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Photo: Cassandra Kerwin

Nothing can stop Quebecers from practising sports, not even a pandemic or a snowstorm. Streets and parks are filled with avid winter athletes. Some are preparing for the first virtual edition of the Pentathlon des neiges, to be held from Feb. 13 to 28.

Canadians mourn the passing of Christopher Plummer

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Photo: Wikimedia Commons - Public Domain

Canadian actor Christopher Plummer, legendary star of stage, screen and television, died at age 91 on Feb. 5 at his home in Connecticut. His wife of 50 years, actress Elaine Taylor, was at his side.

City launches on-demand minivan service for suburbs

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Photo: Ville de Québec

City officials have unveiled a new on-demand minivan service for outlying regions. The wheelchair-accessible, eight-passenger vehicles, called Flexibuses, are expected to be deployed as of August.

The service would operate much like taxis, where requests for a ride would be made in advance with a smartphone app. The city promises a maximum 15-minute wait for the ride.

Untidy with love

FIRST PERSON

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Photo: Needpix.com

I’m really bad at the accordion. I won’t even tell you some of the things my family has said about my accordion playing. Last fall, the only place I could practise was outside, and even there, only when there was no one for miles around.

Tricultural festival builds bridges by the bay

GASPÉ TALES

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Photo: Nesisieg/Nous Trois/We Three via Facebook

Singer-songwriter Marie-Lou Brière Berthelot was immediately intrigued when she was invited to a new festival in Pointe-à-la-Croix in the Baie des Chaleurs in June 2019.

Auclair gets Super Bowl ring; FAA waits for first ATP title

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Photo: Kyle Zedaker/Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Former Université Laval Rouge et Or student-athlete Anthony Auclair became the first graduate of the UL football program to win the Super Bowl when his team, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, crushed the defending champion Kansas City Chiefs 31-9 in the National Football League’s championship game on Feb. 7.

Capitales sign coveted starting pitcher Nicholas Economos

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Photo: Capitales de Québec/Sébastien Dion

The Quebec Capitales made their first signing of 2021 and landed a major prize.

Starting pitcher Nicholas Economos, a 6’6”, 25-year-old right-hander, was courted by many independent baseball teams but finally chose to sign with Quebec.

Remparts win four of six games in Rimouski

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Photo: Iften Redjah/QMJHL

Théo Rochette scored one goal and added an assist, while rookie defenceman Evan Nause added three assists to lead the Quebec Remparts to an impressive 5-2 win over the Baie-Comeau Drakkar on Feb. 7 in Rimouski. Cole Cormier, Thomas Caron, James Malatesta and Xavier Filion completed the scoring for Quebec.

LETTER TO THE EDITOR

Thank you for the lovely tribute to Jay Ouellet in the first issue of 2021! We have been enjoying Jay’s great photos for so many years and had not known that he was a professional chiropractor, not a professional photographer. Also, we do the WONDERWORD crosswords and never guessed that WONDERWORD is a product of the Ouellets of Quebec City. The things you learn in the QCT!

Canada must not abandon its leadership on official languages

The government of Canada must not retreat from its legal and moral obligation to Canada’s linguistic duality, and support for our French and English linguistic minority communities.

What do you see when you look at those white fluffy clouds?

A WALK ON THE WILD SIDE

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Photo: Lise Lafond

Have you ever lain on your back on the green grass, looking at slow-moving white clouds, letting your imagination soar, trying to find animal shapes while the clouds pass across the bright blue sky?

Have you ever gone on a hike, gazed at a rocky mountain and seen a face appear? Or maybe, when in the woods, you’ve seen familiar shapes like a heart-shaped stone?

Two official language minorities in Canada, not just one

Canada’s Official Languages Act was established upon the principle that this country has two official languages, English and French, and that official language minority communities in Quebec (English-speaking Canadians) and elsewhere in Canada (French-speaking Canadians) must be treated equally – at least in terms of federal language policy and delivery of services and support.

Have you seen the Carnival yeti yet?

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Photo: Danielle Burns

Martin Ernst and Mathieu Fecteau are professional ice sculptors with a passion for life. When the weather dips below zero, they work as sculptors for the Hôtel de Glace (Ice Hotel) in Valcartier Village.

Entertainment is Zooming along!

With so many performance venues still closed due to public health regulations, entertainment organizers are becoming very creative with their programming. Here’s a brief list of who’s Zooming or YouTubing what.

Quebec City marks fourth anniversary of mosque shooting

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Photo: Screenshot from YouTube

Jan. 29 marked the fourth anniversary of the mass shooting at the Grande Mosquée de Québec, where six men were killed and many others injured in one of the deadliest acts of gun violence on Canadian soil. The I Remember January 29 Collective organized a ceremony to honour the victims and survivors, held outside the Centre culturel islamique de Québec (CCIQ).

Too soon? Will hope spring eternal as virus numbers drop?

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Are you a vaccine vial half-full kind of person? These days optimism is almost blasphemy. Perhaps a little perspective is required.

There is such a fog of bickering, whining and recrimination, much of it politically motivated, about when and how much COVID-19 vaccine will be shipped to Canadian provinces and territories in the coming months.

Morrin Centre virtual concert explores roots of Quebec music

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Photo: Screenshot from YouTube

Musicians Daniel Fréchette and Dominic Haerinck gave a 30-minute concert of Québécois and Celtic music on Jan. 29, pre-recorded in the library of the Morrin Centre and streamed on YouTube.

‘We’re All In This Together’ with ELAN

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Photo: Photo courtesy of ELAN

The English Language Arts Network (ELAN) recently announced that New York Times bestselling author Louise Penny will join them for their first online Author Conversations episode of We’re All In This Together on Feb. 12 at 6 p.m.

Discover winter fun and find the elves at the Domaine de Maizerets

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Photo: Danielle Burns

The Domaine de Maizerets is a large inner-city park spread out over 27 hectares with hiking trails throughout its natural and landscaped areas. A lookout tower near the Avenue d’Estimauville entrance gives visitors a 360-degree view of Quebec City, the Baie de Beauport and the park.

STREET VIEWS: The story behind Rue Jules-Dallaire

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Photo: Screenshot from Lépine/Cloutier website

This street is named after real estate entrepreneur Jules Dallaire (1938-2006), who was born in Sainte-Rose-de-Watford and established himself in Quebec City in 1956.

MEMORIALS and THINGS of FAME

Researched and compiled by Lorie Pierce, [email protected]

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February 1, 1871 – The Morning Chronicle

J.A. Moisan celebrates its 150th anniversary with new owners

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Photo: Shirley Nadeau

North America’s oldest grocery store, located in the heart of the Saint-Jean-Baptiste neighbourhood, has welcomed customers since 1871. J.A. Moisan reopened under new ownership on Jan. 11, just in time for its sesquicentennial.

It was most appropriate that a journalist from North America’s oldest newspaper, now in its 257th year, pay the new proprietor a visit.

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