January 29 2020 Edition

Highlanders and friends gather to celebrate the birthday of Scottish bard Robbie Burns

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Photo: Lorie Pierce

In 1801, five years after the death of Robbie Burns, nine of his friends gathered in Scotland to give testament to the poet’s life and works. Since then, annual gatherings take place on Jan. 25, the anniversary of Burns’ birth in 1759.

A pioneer of the Romantic movement in literature, Burns was celebrated last Saturday night at the Garrison Club in Old Quebec.

Some sober second thoughts on the Senate in Canada and U.S.

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Say, for instance, a prime minister of Canada dispatched his (or her) personal lawyer to meet with top officials of a foreign government and threatened to withhold vital aid money unless that government made a public commitment to investigate alleged wrong-doing by the prime minister’s main political opponent.

Shinny action never stops on city’s outdoor rinks

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Photo: Peter Black

Notwithstanding last weekend’s wacky weather, outdoor rinks across town have been welcoming shinny players night and day since before Christmas.

Whereas this winter’s lack of snow has been an issue for creating and maintaining ski trails, relatively consistent cold temperatures have made outdoor ice-making less of a challenge so far.

The story behind Rue Françoise-Aubut


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Photo: Screenshot from Google maps

This street is named in honour of Françoise Aubut (1922-1984), an organist and music teacher who was born in Saint-Jérôme. She was the great-granddaughter of Calixa Lavallée (1842-1891), who is best known for composing the music for “O Canada,” which officially became Canada’s national anthem in 1980.


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Photo: Wikipedia Commons - Public Domain

January 30, 1820 – The Quebec Gazette
Imports and Exports

How prepared are we to face an epidemic?

Be afraid. Be very afraid. A new killer virus has health officials around the world quaking in their boots.

Every now and then, someone comes out with a list of possible end-of-the-world, or at least end-of-civilization-as-we-know-it scenarios. The list always includes a deadly mutant virus.

A full house and stage for an amazing concert at the Grand Théâtre

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Photo: Shirley Nadeau

The stage of the Grand Théâtre was filled to capacity on Jan. 22 and 23 as the Orchestre Symphonique de Québec, augmented for the first time by Les Violons du Roy, presented Igor Stavinsky’s Le Sacre du printemps (The Rite of Spring) – a revolutionary work in the history of music and dance. The monumental work required the presence of an impressive number of instruments on stage.

Happy Groundhog Day!

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Groundhog Day – Feb. 2 – hints at spring. It’s not here yet, but it soon will be. The days are getting noticeably longer, and there’s something in the air.

In Europe, it was thought to be the day when hibernating creatures began to emerge from their dens – something worth celebrating at a time of year when food was scarce and a chubby groundhog might become a nourishing stew.

Zero-waste food store opens in Sainte-Catherine-de-la-Jacques-Cartier

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Photo: Photo by Lise Lafond

Zero-waste food stores are opening up all around the Quebec City area. Sainte-Catherine-de-la-Jacques-Cartier is following the trend and residents now have their own zero-waste food and health store.

It’s a wrap for another successful Christmas Hamper Campaign

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Photo: Katherine Burgess

Thanks to the efforts of 186 volunteers, the 24th annual Community Christmas Hamper Campaign (CCHC) is coming to a successful close. We extend our thanks to all of the volunteers – members of the organizing committee, and community members who picked up the donations of non-perishables from various points around the city, sorted these donations, packed the boxes and, finally, delivered them.

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