November 30 2016 Edition

Willkommen to the German Christmas Market

Photo: Shirley Nadeau

Pretzels and bratwurst and gingerbread and glühwein - these are few of my favourite things - and they can all be purchased at the ninth annual Marché de Noël allemand in front of and beside Quebec City's Hôtel de Ville. 

Newcomers feel the winds of change

Photo: Cassandra Kerwin

Newcomers to Quebec City enjoyed an informal evening at the Jeffery Hale Pavilion on November 23, learning about adjusting to the city and its culture. The 20 or so attendees picked up valuable information at the free workshop called The Winds of Change: Finding Your Niche for Newcomers. The event was organized by Voice of English-speaking Quebec and Jeffery Hale Community Services.

Cathedral Turkey Supper a feast for the eyes and taste buds

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Photo: Shirley Nadeau

Last Saturday evening, Carter Hall was stuffed with about 100 people who enjoyed a delicious turkey supper with all the trimmings: mashed potatoes, peas, stuffing, gravy, cranberry sauce, bread and butter, and a spectacular finish of home-made pies and cakes, and tea, coffee or juice. The hard-working team of Cathedral volunteers certainly outdid themselves in the kitchen this year! 

Memorials and Things of Fame


The Morning Chronicle

Laval wins its ninth Vanier Cup in dramatic fashion

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Photo: Yan Doublet courtesy of U Laval

Université Laval's Rouge et Or football team fought back adversity, and took their ninth Vanier Cup with a come-from-behind 31-26 victory over the University of Calgary Dinosaurs at the Tim Horton's stadium in Hamilton, Ontario, on November 26. Winning nine titles of the 52 presentations of the Vanier Cup is a U Sports record.  

Re: Canada’s National Bird – the Whiskey Jack

I recently read that the Royal Canadian Geographic Society has recommended, not without controversy, that the Gray Jay or Whiskey Jack - from wisakedjak in Algonquin - be named Canada's national bird, winning out over the more popular Loon, Snowy Owl and Canada Goose. 

The story behind Côte de Sillery

Photo: Bill Cox

Côte de Sillery is named in honour of Noël Brulart de Sillery (1577-1640), a French diplomat who, upon renouncing worldly things and taking holy orders, donated his fortune to found a mission in New France.  

The circus comes to the symphony

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Photo: Shirley Nadeau

The circus was definitely "in town" last weekend. 

Piquing curiosities at the MNBAQ

Photo: Danielle Burns

The Family Gallery that opened in the central pavilion of the Musée national des Beaux-Arts du Québec (MNBAQ) on June 24 this year had what executive director Line Ouellet referred to as its first proper inauguration on November 23 with an installation called Les Curiosités

Roméo Dallaire launches "Waiting for First Light"

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Photo: Shirley Nadeau

Have you ever had recurring nightmares so terrible that you wished morning would come so you could wake up and never have those dreams again? 

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