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Champions 10 times over

They have done it again! On Saturday last, the Laval University football team capped off a perfect season by winning the Vanier Cup, Canada’s collegiate national championship. They beat the Mustangs of the University of Western Ontario, 34-20, in an impressive offensive display orchestrated by senior quarterback Hugo Richard. The Rouge et Or victory was …

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Cheese matters

Have you heard the news? Last month, in Madison, Wisconsin, a panel of connoisseurs at the World Championship Cheese Contest awarded the prize for the best camembert on the planet, and the winning cheese comes from…you guessed it! The best camembert in the world is made in Saint-Hyacinthe, Québec. Made by the dairy cooperative Agropur, L’Extra …

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Battlefields

I walk across two battlefields every day on the way home from the Old City. As I walk west, I first cross the Plains of Abraham, where, on the 13th of September, 1759, French and British troops faced off in a short but frenzied struggle for control of Québec City. Fighting for king and country …

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From the Ashes

In 2008, a fire broke out at Québec City’s Drill Hall, known to locals as the Manège Militaire. As it burned overnight from the 4th to the 5th of April, Québecers turned out by the thousands to watch firefighters’ efforts to stem the inferno. The neighborhood was illuminated by the high flames and dark smoke …

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Elvis de Québec

Elvis de Québec Have you seen Elvis? No, not that Elvis, our Elvis. Québec’s Elvis. His name is David Thibault and he does Elvis Presley like no one else. Not only does he have a voice exactly like the King, he looks like him too! Elvis – I mean, David – was “discovered” just over a month ago now when he sang in …

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First Snow

It is the first snow of the season this morning in Québec City. In Québec, snow is good. Snow means skiing at Mont Sainte Anne. It means snowshoeing on the Plains of Abraham. It means winter carnival, cozy restaurants, and skating on the Place d’Youville under tiny white lights that make the most of the …

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