January 23 2019 Edition

Lifelong Learning launches spring 2019 program

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Photo: Shirley Nadeau

Some 40 Lifelong Learners attended a Welcome Tea held on Jan. 15 in the Valcartier Family Centre at its new address on 2630 Blvd. Hochelaga.

The gathering was an excellent opportunity to meet new members and hear about upcoming activities.

Let it snow, let it snow, let it snow . . . no more!



 Avenue Cartier on a snowy Sunday afternoon. Let the snowplow pass!

Photo by Peter Black


Funny, how Big Tobacco is quitting “ordinary” cigarettes


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Photo: Wikimedia Commons - Public Domain

Any Bob Newhart fans out there? Sure there are. The American comedian and actor, still performing occasionally at 89, is the master of the deadpan reaction. His specialty is one-sided telephone conversations, and perhaps his best-known bit is his transatlantic chat with Sir Walter Raleigh in the English colony of Virginia.

The story behind Avenue Calixa-Lavallée


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Photo: Screenshot from Google Maps

This street was named after Calixa Lavallée (1842-1891), best known for composing the music for “O Canada,” which officially became the national anthem of Canada in 1980.

Canada non grata in Saudi Arabia and China


On Jan. 12, Canada’s Minister of Foreign Affairs, Chrystia Freeland, welcomed 18-year-old Saudi refugee Rahaf Mohammed al-Qunun (who now goes by Rahaf Mohammed) at Toronto’s Pearson International Airport. The image of Freeland warmly embracing Mohammed, posing for the media, was as striking as it was diplomatically unwise.



January 23, 1819 – The Quebec Gazette

Teaching French

Musée de la civilisation puts rock art online

Photo: Cassandra Kerwin

It is now possible to see Indigenous stone engravings from all over Canada virtually, thanks to the exhibit on the website of the Musée de la civilisation de Québec (MCQ).

Wrapping up the Christmas Hamper Campaign – Thank you!

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Photo: CCHC

Thanks to the efforts of nearly 200 volunteers, the 23rd annual Community Christmas Hamper Campaign (CCHC) is coming to a successful close.

Magical, unsettling Zanzibar


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Photo: Ruby Pratka

Zanzibar. The word itself sounds almost mythical, like “Timbuktu” or “Siberia.” Shorthand for a place where legends come to life. I think I was about five the first time I heard the word, in a kids’ alphabet song where the singer had obviously had to do a bit of digging to come up with enough “Z” words.

Fifty-Fifty: the best of both worlds

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Photo: Dennis Cox

When I first arrived in Quebec City from Sherbrooke in June 2001, I immediately immersed myself in the activities of the English-speaking community. As a writer, one of the first contacts I made was Michèle Thibeau of the Quebec Chronicle-Telegraph, who took the time to outline activities available to English-speaking newcomers.

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