January 22 2020 Edition

2020 Quebec ice canoe racing season is up and running

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Photo: Cassandra Kerwin

The 2020 Circuit Québécois de Canot à Glace racing season was well and truly launched last week, starting with a press conference held on a cold and windy Jan. 15 at the Auberge Saint-Antoine.

This year, nearly 400 ice canoers will participate in the seven races scheduled from Jan. 18 to March 7 at different points along the ice-covered St. Lawrence River.

Asbestos changing its name to shed its toxic image

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Photo: Wikimedia Commons - Public Domain

How attached are we to place names? For example, would the citizens of the settlement at the narrowing of the St. Lawrence River think differently of themselves if it were named Ludovica, rather than Quebec City?

Ukrainian Flight 752: We pray that sanity prevails

The new year got off to a violent, tragic and profoundly frightening start with the shooting down of Ukrainian Flight 752 shortly after takeoff from Tehran, killing all 176 people aboard. Among those who died were 57 Canadians.

The story behind Avenue Fabre

STREET VIEWS

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Photo: Screenshot from Google maps

This street is named in honour of Louis-Roch-Hector Fabre (1834-1910), a lawyer, journalist, diplomat and senator born in Montreal. He was admitted to the bar in 1856 but practised law only occasionally, opting instead for journalism.

MEMORIALS AND THINGS OF FAME

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Photo: Archives of the Soeurs du Bon-Pasteur and encyclobec.ca

January 20, 1820 – The Quebec Gazette
Quebec Harmonic Society

Les As de Choeur Chez Mamma

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Photo: Shirley Nadeau

To highlight their fifth anniversary, the members of Les As de Choeur presented a “collective musical creation” that included excerpts from Broadway classics such as The Sound of Music, Les Misérables, Chicago, and a few Beatles favourites, in the Salle D’Youville of the Palais Montcalm on Jan. 17 and 18.

Université Laval agriculture students share their passion with the public

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Photo: Lise Lafond

The 45th edition of the Semaine de l’Agriculture, de l’Alimentation et de la Consommation (SAAC) took place at ExpoCité from Jan. 17 to 19. This very interesting weekend is an eagerly anticipated occasion where agriculture students from Université Laval share their passion with the public.

Teams from 20 countries highlight the 61st Pee-Wee Tournament

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Photo: Luc Lang

The 61st edition of the Quebec International Pee-Wee Hockey Tournament will bring teams from a record 20 countries to the Videotron Centre from Feb. 12 to 23.

Patrick Dom, general director of the Pee-Wee Tournament, announced, “This year, we added teams from Croatia and South Korea to the tournament. We’re breaking the 2019 record of 19 countries.”

Berlin’s history of welcome

POSTCARDS FROM EUROPE

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Photo: Ruby Pratka

In 2015, Germany found itself at the centre of a storm unprecedented in recent history, when tens of thousands of refugees from the Middle East, mostly from war-ravaged Syria, streamed into the country. Chancellor Angela Merkel famously told Germany and the world, “Wir schaffen das!” (We can do this!) For Merkel, integrating the refugees was a “national duty.”

QHS and St. Pat’s basketball teams get busy

The basketball teams of Quebec High School and St. Patrick’s High School got off to a busy start as the 2019-20 season resumed in the Québec-Chaudière-Appalaches region of the RSEQ (Réseau du Sport Étudiant du Québec). Sixteen games were played by the two schools, with more games to come in the next few weeks.

QHS hoops

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