January 23 2019 Edition

Quebec City gears up for 1894 Carnival


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Photo: Wikimedia Commons - Public Domain

One hundred and twenty-five years ago, barely a year after the opening of the Château Frontenac, Quebec City was preparing for Winter Carnival. Held intermittently since then, the Carnaval de Québec, as we now know it, has been celebrated annually since 1955, the year that Bonhomme Carnaval, the mascot of the festival, made his first appearance.


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On Tuesday, Dec. 25, 2018, Robert “Bobby” Norman Brown passed away peacefully at his home in Kelowna, B.C. surrounded by his family after a short battle with cancer. Robert was born on May 21, 1954 to Norman and Rolande (Guillot) Brown in Quebec City, Quebec.


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After a brave 28-year struggle with Lyme disease and Parkinson’s, William James Robertson died peacefully on January 16, 2019 at Saint Brigid’s Home, Quebec.

William was born in Winnipeg, Manitoba on November 28, 1941. He grew up in Whitehead, Nova Scotia; Aylmer, Quebec; and Ottawa, Ontario, before settling in Quebec City, where he lived for 50 years.

Community Calendar

Wednesday, Jan. 23 at 10 a.m. – Teleconference on Community Palliative Caregiving with social worker Zelda Freitas at Saint Brigid’s Home (Foundation Room), 1645 Ch. Saint-Louis, Sillery. Reserve your place by calling Jan Anderson, community organizer with the Wellness Centre, 418-684-5333, ext. 1539.

Pee-Wee Tournament celebrates 60th with book, Bobby, Guy and Hanson Brothers

Photo: Peter Black

In 1960, the 28 teams entered in the first edition of what has become one of the world’s most prestigious youth hockey tournaments played their games in two Quebec City arenas, both of which are now defunct.

Mega fun at the Mega Parc amusement centre

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Photo: Jonathan Letellier-Black

After a year of work, the revamped Mega Parc at Les Galeries de la Capitale opened in mid-January and welcomed throngs of fun-seekers.

The mall park features 18 rides and attractions, including several new ones. Four of the original rides were restored, including the spectacular Italian-made carousel, situated in the centre of the reconfigured skating patinarium.

Bonhomme Carnaval’s Dream under construction


 Bonhomme Carnaval’s Dream is becoming a reality in Zone Loto-Québec Royal Court, Place George-V, where a ship, a giant owl and a miniature Château Frontenac are being carved out of snow. Bonhomme’s Royal Court and Ice Palace are directly in front of this sculpture. Photo by Cassandra Kerwin

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