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December 2012 Archives

Best Songs of 2012 with Said the Gramophone

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What are your favorite songs of 2012? 

Sean Michaels is a music journalist and founder of the popular music blog Said the Gramophone. Every year he compiles a list of his favourite 100 songs. 

We invited Sean into studio to talk to us about a few of those notable tunes. 

You can find the full list of Sean's top one hundred songs of 2012 on his website here. 

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New Year's Eve traditions from around the world

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What will you be doing on New Year's Eve?
 
Maybe you'll be at a party singing Auld Lang Syne at the stroke of midnight. Or you'll stay home and watch the ball drop in Times Square or the "Bye Bye" on Radio-Canada.  Whatever it is, you'll probably mark  the New Year in a special way.
 
That seems to be the case around the world too.
Host Elizabeth Robertson called up a few Quebeckers with roots in Germany, Portugal, Venezuela and Haiti to find out how the New Year is rung in elsewhere.

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Tourism Quebec: Sunday

Micheline Lachance from Tourism Quebec joined host Elizabeth Robertson with further suggestions on how to get active at this time of year: 

Glissades des Pays d'en Haut: toboggans, tubes, luges and more. 

Les Super-Glissades de Saint-Jean-de-Matha: cross-country skiing, horse-drawn sleigh and wagon rides, etc. 

Village Vacances Valcartier: ice skating, toboggans, tubes, etc.

For further details on activities, making accommodation reservations or receiving brochures visit the Bonjour Quebec web site. 
 
Or contact them Toll free at 1 877-Bonjour (1-877-266-5687)

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Holiday movie suggestions

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After the chaos of the holidays is over, there's nothing quite like curling up on your couch, wrapping yourself in your favorite blanket and watching movies--but how do you choose the perfect holiday movie from the millions of titles out there? 

Kevin Jagernauth is the managing editor of the film blog "The Playlist". He joined host Elizabeth Robertson in studio with these suggestions: 


Classic: Gone with the Wind, Doctor Zhivago 

Comedy: What About Bob? 

Animated: My Neighbor Totoro

Suspense: Take Shelter 

Television Series: Freaks and Geeks 




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New Year's Eve hors d'oeuvres with Derek Bocking


warm brie canapes.jpgSo you're hosting a New Year's Eve party. But after all the cooking and baking and entertaining over the last couple of weeks, you might be running out of ideas, not to mention energy. But don't worry! Our favorite cook Derek Bocking is here to help.

Derek is the man behind the food blog "Derek's Kitchen". He's also the sous-chef at the Montreal restaurant Ma Grosse Truie Chérie.

And more importantly, he's the guy we call when we're wondering how to feed 50 people at a New Year's Eve party without breaking a sweat. 
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Ski Report with Kevin Gasior

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Kevin Gasior is the Ski Banff-Lake Louise Sunshine ambassador to the Province of Quebec. He brings us the latest ski news, events, stories and deals - as well as the ski conditions across the province.

This week Kevin talks about Learning to Ski programs and what's happening on the slopes for New Year's Eve.  
 
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Tourism Quebec: Saturday

Have you eaten too much turkey and trimmings during the holidays? Micheline Lachance from Tourism Quebec has some suggestions for how to get active outside: 


Pohénégamook Santé Plein Air: ringuette, cross-country skiing, tubing and more 

Domaine de la forêt perdue: ice fishing and feeding deer! 

Montreal regional parks: obstacle courses, treasure hunts, pilo polo

For further details on activities, making accommodation reservations or receiving brochures visit the Bonjour Quebec web site. 
 
Or contact them Toll free at 1 877-Bonjour (1-877-266-5687)

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Winter greenery: how to keep healthy indoor plants this season

poinsettia.jpgBright red poinsettias are the most popular plants to bring home at this time of year.  But there are a number of festive plants to make Christmas greener in our homes  or to offer to our hosts over the holidays.

Sébastien Cliche is a horticulturist with the Dorval tropical plant importer, Planterra.
He spoke with Sonali Karnick about what is available and how to keep those plants alive.


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Gifts to help Canadians in emergency situations

Canadian Red Cross.jpgThe Canadian Red Cross has a selection of "gifts" that will help Canadians going through all kinds of disasters such as house fires and power failures.


The Red Cross also has its own line of products where proceeds from the sale go to helping the organization.

Sonali Karnick spoke with Gwen Eamer at the national headquarters for the Canadian Red Cross.


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Holiday story, by Krisha Suresh

Dec 23 Krisha Suresh 9 yrs old edited.jpegAll through the month of December we are bringing you stories from kids who entered
our holiday story contest.

Today's story is about one cold first Christmas, in Canada.

The story is by 9-year-old Krisha Suresh.

 

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UNICEF's "Survival Gifts"

SurvivalGiftsHomepage_03.jpgThe Christmas catalog is still here, even in this online era. The old classic Sears Christmas Wish Book goes back to the 1930s, and it still gets sent out to homes every fall.


But there's a newer kind of catalog for gift-giving: gifts to charity for everything from protecting animals to the environment to the less fortunate.

UNICEF is one of the charities with an annual catalog for what they call "survival gifts".  You can choose things like anti-infection tablets, water purification kits, milk, soccer balls and storybooks and they go out to families in 72 countries. Some of them cost as little as $10 - the price of a stocking stuffer.

Sonali Karnick spoke with Sharon Avery, the director for development at UNICEF Canada.


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Tourism Quebec: Sunday

Micheline Lachance from Tourism Quebec has some holiday-themed suggestions for today:

Who is the Real Santa Claus? exhibit at Pointe-à-Callière Museum (Montreal)

QuébecAdabra! event (Quebec City)
Through January 2nd

Noël au Château (Rivière-du-Loup, Bas-St-Laurent)
Through December 31st

For further details on activities, making accomodation reservations or receiving brochures, go to http://www.bonjourquebec.com, or call toll-free 1 877-Bonjour (1-877-266-5687).

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Les Pee Wee, Quebec's first 3D film - about hockey!

Poster, Pee-Wee 3D.jpgThe new Quebec hockey film Les Pee-Wee 3D: l'hiver qui a changé ma vie opens in theatres this weekend. It's about a pee wee hockey team heading to Quebec City for the biggest tournament of their young careers. 

The story begins with a young boy moving to town after the death of his mother. The local pee-wee hockey team's female goalie invites him to play on the team. But he's not a welcome addition for some of the other players.

Eric Tessier is the director of Les Pee-Wee 3D, and the actress who some say steals the show as the girl goalie, is Alice Morel-Michaud. 

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Stefano Faita: cooking at ho-ho-home for the holidays

Stefano's Panforte.jpgWith the holidays almost upon us, there's some serious cooking and baking to be done.

So we invited Stefano Faita back to our studio to get his expert advice - as well as some of his energy and passion to get us through this!

Stefano is the host of In the Kitchen with Stefano Faita, weekday at 3:30 on CBC TV. He's also the author of three best-selling cookbooks.

(Above, Stefano's Panforte: click here for the recipe, as well as others from his holiday menu.)

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Holiday story by Marnie Epstein-Atkinson

Dec 22 Marnie Epstein Atkinson 8 yrs edited.JPGAll through the month of December, we have been bringing you stories from kids who entered
the CBC holiday story contest.

Today's story is about what one family calls their 'Christma-kah".

It's by 8-year-old Marnie Epstein-Atkinson (left).

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Ski Report with Kevin Gasior

Thumbnail image for Thumbnail image for Thumbnail image for kevin gasior edited 2.JPGKevin Gasior is the Ski Banff-Lake Louise Sunshine ambassador to the Province of Quebec. He brings us the latest ski news, events, stories and deals - as well as the ski conditions across the province. (This snowy weekend, he's probably quite gleeful.)

Today, Kevin will also tell us about the life of the ski instructor...

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Tourism Quebec: Saturday

Village Québecois d'Antan for Christmas (Centre-du-Québec)
Through december 31rst

Notre-Dame du Cap Shrine illuminations (Mauricie)
Through January 6th

Luminothérapie, Quartier des spectacles (Montreal)
Through February

For further details on activities, making accomodation reservations or receiving brochures, go to http://www.bonjourquebec.com, or call toll-free 1 877-Bonjour (1-877-266-5687).

 

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Kosher Jokes for the Halaladays

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The Comedy Nest presents its annual show Kosher Jokes for the Halaladays with a hysterical lineup of Jewish and Muslim comedians. Everyone, whether or not they can eat pork, is welcome to come along and laugh.

 Eman, a former guest of All In A Weekend as well as a performer at Just for Laughs in Montreal and comedy clubs across the country is in the lineup.

Also in the comedy showcase is Ryan Wilner, a comedy veteran on stage, radio and television, including the Just for Laughs and Halifax Comedy festivals as well as his own TV specials.  They spoke with Sonali Karnick about their experience with the craziness of  Christmas.

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Wrebbit3D's new puzzles:Taj Mahal, Hobbits

WREBBIT HOBBIT PUZZLE.JPGThe 3D puzzles that were pioneered by the Quebec company Wrebbit in the early 90s are back.

From 1991 to 2005,  Wrebbit's 3D puzzles made a billion dollars in retail sales worldwide.

Then the company's assets were sold to the American toy company Hasbro and the puzzles pretty much disappeared from the market.

Paul Gallant, the founder of Wrebbit and the inventor of the puzzles, died last year. But his former right-hand man, Jean Théberge, believed 3D puzzles still had potential and he fought to get back the patents.

Now he's the president of the new Wrebbit3D, and there's a whole new line of 3D puzzles: from a 3D Taj Mahal to puzzles based on the upcoming film trilogy The Hobbit (above, the Hobbit village; photo courtesy of Wrebbit3D). And they're no longer made in China: they're entirely made in Quebec and Ontario.

Jean Theberge spoke with Sonali in studio.

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Holiday story: Alesia-Ida Marzili

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All through the month of December, we are bringing you stories from kids who entered the CBC holiday story contest.

Here is today's story, from grade 6 student Alesia-Ida Marzili.


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Wild foods from Gourmet Sauvage in Laurentians

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Gourmet Sauvage deals in specialty food products that are all harvested, gathered and picked in the wild. The company is based in Ste-Adèle in the Laurentians-and that's where the CBC's Marika Wheeler met up with the founder and owner, Gérald Le Gal.
Marika joins Sonali from CBC's Quebec City studio to talk about it.
 

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Tourism Quebec: Sunday

Micheline Lachance of Tourism Quebec has more Christmas markets and a fun scavenger hunt on her list of things to do in the province.

Christmas on the Avenue (Mont Royal Avenue, Montreal)
Through December 31st

Sherbrooke Christmas Market (Eastern Townships)
Through December 31rst

GeoRally of the holidays  (Quebec City)
Through January 2nd

For further details on activities, making accomodation reservations or receiving brochures you may visit: http://www.bonjourquebec.com
Or call Toll free at 1 877-Bonjour (1-877-266-5687)

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Ecomuseum breakfast with the animals

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There are no chipmunks at the Ecomuseum in Ste-Anne-de-Bellevue, at the western tip of the island of Montreal. But there are lots of animals that you can become better acquainted with there-you can actually have breakfast with them!

Sunday morning, you can dine with the otters. And at the end of the month, the wolves (check in later for a ticket give-away!)

Hélène Caron is the zoologist and education coordinator for the Ecomuseum. Sonali spoke with her about what's it like to get up close to animals in the wild.



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Cookbook Club with Serafina and Bo Lin

Back to Baking cookbook.jpgFrom cookies to cakes to caramel, members of our Cookbook Club Serafina Gagliardi and Bo Lin Chan tested out Anna Olson's Back to Baking cookbook.

Serafina Gagliardi is from Sherbrooke. Serafina tried out the baked goods on her family and her cooking club. Bo Lin Chan is from Montreal. She tried her recipes on her family and friends, too.

Both of them came into studio to talk with Sonali about some of the treats they've made from the book.
  

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Holiday story: Rafal Alblowi

Dec 15 Rafal Alblowi 9 yrs old 51902 edited.JPGAll through the month of December, we are bringing you stories from kids who entered the CBC holiday story contest.

Here is today's story by Grade 4 student Rafal Alblowi.

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Ski Report with Kevin Gasior

Thumbnail image for Thumbnail image for kevin gasior edited 2.JPGOur ski columnist Kevin Gasior is the Ski Banff Lake Louise Sunshine ambassador to the Province of Quebec. And he brings us the latest ski news, events, and deals - as well as the ski conditions on hills across the province.

This week, we'll hear about Freestyle Quebec, a birthday at Mount Sutton and Le Massif's Christmas ski promotion.  

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Tourism Quebec: Saturday

Micheline Lachance of Tourism Quebec has this weekend's roundup of Christmas markets where children can make their own decorations and other activities for the family:

Sutton Christmas Market (Eastern Townships)
Through Sunday

Trois-Rivières Christmas Market (Mauricie)
Through Sunday

Old Montreal Extravaganza(Christmas Tree Exhibit)
Through January 5th

For further details on activities, making accomodation reservations or receiving brochures you may visit Tourism Quebec's web site : http://www.bonjourquebec.com
Or call Toll free at 1 877-Bonjour (1-877-266-5687)



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Downton Abbey comes to Montreal

dta3.jpgFor those of us who haven't seen it yet, Downton Abbey is the award-winning British period drama about the upstairs-downstairs life of a Yorkshire country estate.

In 2011, it was the most-watched television series on both Britain's ITV and PBS in the United States and was showered with Emmy nominations, 27 of them. An all-new season - the third - airs on PBS in January. The fans are thrilled.

So PBS is doing a fundraiser across the border, here in Montreal -- a big Downton Abbey-style feast at the beautiful Rialto Theatre on January 5th.

We've got a Downton Abbey fan on the line - who just happens to work for Mountain Lake PBS. Jennifer Kowalczyk spoke with Sonali Karnick from Plattsburgh, New York.

(Photo, above, courtesy of Mountain Lake PBS)

 

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Holiday story: Marlee Bickerdike

Dec 8 Marlee Bickerdike 9 yrs.jpgGrade 4 student Marlee Bickerdike has a holiday story about a trip to Quebec City that made her Christmas the best ever.


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Chanukah home cooking

sufganiyot.jpgThose little friend potato pancakes are symbolic and delicious.  Latkes are a must for Chanukah but there are other traditional Jewish foods that make for a perfect dinner during the 8-day Festival of Light.

Marcy Goldman is the author of A Tradition of Jewish Holiday Baking as well as several other cookbooks and she has an online baking magazine called Better Baking. She spoke with Sonali Karnick about how to make the perfect latke and other tasty treats for Chanukah while preparing for her own feast with family and friends.


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Erin Balser: Best of 2012 books

Here are some favourite books from 2012, chosen by our book columnist, Erin Balser of CBC Books:

Best Novels

Indian Horse by Richard Wagamese
Juliet Stories by Carrie Snyder

Best Short Story collections

Mad Hope by Heather Birrell
Siege 13 by Tamas Dobozy

Best Non-fiction

Straphanger by Taras Grescoe
A Geography of Blood by Candace Savage

 

Tourism Quebec: Sunday

Micheline Lachance from Tourism Quebec brings us more holiday activities for the weekend:

Les Choralies (Bonsecours chapel, Old Montreal)
Saturdays and Sundays through December 23rd

Santa's House (Girardville, Saguenay-Lac-St-Jean)
Through early January

Marché des traditions (Longueuil, Montérégie)
Through December 23rd, weekends only

For further details on activities, making accomodation reservations or receiving brochures, go to http://www.bonjourquebec.com or call toll-free, 1 877-Bonjour (1-877-266-5687).

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Midnight Madness in Knowlton

midnight Madness 2010 3.JPGThe bilingual village of Knowlton in the Eastern Townships is one of the province's prettiest - and at this time of year, they pull out all the stops.

They are extra-Christmas-sy today for an annual event they call Midnight Madness. Everything's open 'til midnight. The light's are up. The carollers are out. There are sleigh rides and bonfires by the pond. And the stores are open for pre-Christmas sales.

Lucy Hoblyn, the co-owner of Brome Lake Books, is one of the organizers.

(Above, shoppers gather at the bookstore for Midnight Madness 2011; photo courtesy of Lucy Hoblyn)

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Nourishing Friends: healthy eating

Nourishing Friends.jpgThe holidays are full of rich and sweet foods. But it's probably a good idea not to give up healthy meals altogether.

Here's a little inspiration for us. A new local cookbook called Nourishing Friends: Recipes for a Healthy Life offers whole foods & Mediterranean recipes, with an emphasis on disease prevention.

It's got the backing of three medical specialists in Montreal and testimonials by celebrities like CFL star Anthony Calvillo, Lise Watier, and Celine Dion. All of the proceeds from the cookbooks go to the McGill University Health Centre and Anthony Calvillo's charity for families dealing with cancer.

Nourishing Friends is the third fundraising cookbook project by author and fundraiser Karen Dubrofsky. Her co-author is Gigi Cohen, who is originally from Israel. She currently runs Juicy Lotus Vegetarian Restaurant on Montreal's Monkland Boulevard and teaches organic cooking there. They join Sonali Karnick in studio.

 

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Holiday stories: Roberto Lato

Dec 9 Roberto Lato 10 yrs.jpgAs he tells us in this weekend's holiday story, Grade 4 student Roberto Lato took advantage of his uncle's hotel one Christmas. 

For Roberto, escaping the cold was a pretty good Christmas present!

 

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The Ski Report with Kevin Gasior

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Throughout the ski season, Kevin Gasior will be here every Saturday at 7:45am with ski news and hill conditions.

Kevin has been working as the Ski Banff Lake Louise Sunshine ambassador to the Province of Quebec for over a decade. 
He works with ski shops and ski areas and supports the development of ski athletes across the province.

This week, more ski offers - and what some of the ski hills are investing in.

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Westmount Youth Orchestra: Peter and the Wolf

WYO 1.jpgDozens of young musicians are getting in their last rehearsal before the big show.  The Westmount Youth Orchestra presents Peter and the Wolf at Oscar Peterson Concert Hall. The Orchestra is made up of kids between the ages of 5 and 25. For some, this is their first musical performance in front of an audience.

Sonali Karnick met up with artistic director Jean McCrae and three members of the junior string group at Victoria Hall.

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Tourism Quebec: Saturday

Micheline Lachance from Tourism Quebec brings us another holiday round-up for this weekend:

Assomption Christmas Market (Lanaudière)
Through december 23rd

Salon des métiers d'arts (Place Bonaventure, Montréal)
Through December 22nd

Christmas celebrations at Mont Tremblant resort (Laurentides)
Through January 5th

For further details on activities, making accomodation reservations or receiving brochures, click on: http://www.bonjourquebec.com or call toll-free at 1 877-Bonjour (1-877-266-5687).

 

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Phaneuf Guide: best bubbly for the holidays

champagne.jpgChampagne and sparkling wines can take the holiday celebrations up another notch. We invited Nadia Fournier into studio this morning to help us navigate the world of bubbly. She's the author of the 2013 Phaneuf wine guide and has some sparkling wine suggestions for any occasion.

You can check them our at the Bonsecours Market in Montreal today at La Fête des Vins.

Click on "Read More," below, for Nadia's top picks for the Holiday season.


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Fan behind Dickens Fellowship

Charles_Dickens_3.jpgWhen she was 14 years old, Ellie Clavier Rothstein picked up her first Charles Dickens novel.

Forty years later, she has more than 500 Dickens novels. And Dickens memorabilia.

And a family that teases her for being so obsessed.

Dr Ellie Clavier Rothstein became a psychiatrist, but her love of Dickens never went away.

So this year, she opened up a Montreal branch of the International Dickens Fellowship.

It's Christmas so of course, the Dickens fellowship has sponsored a reading of A Christmas Carol in Montreal (December 7th, 7:30pm at the Atwater Library).

 We'll find out about that, but first, Dr Rothstein tells Sonali Karnick about her obsession.

 

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Tourism Quebec: Sunday

Micheline Lachance from Tourism Quebec has more holiday activities for the family today:

Christmas in the Park / Noël dans le parc  (Parc Lahaie, Outremont, Montreal)
 Through december 25th

Orford Express Christmas train (Eastern Townships)
 Friday, Saturdays and Sundays through December  30th

Santa's Village (Laurentians)
 Weekends until december 16th ; everyday from December 21st through January 6th


For further details on activities, making accomodation reservations or receiving brochures, go to : http://www.bonjourquebec.com , or call toll-free at 1 877-Bonjour (1-877-266-5687).

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Holiday stories: Mikayla Ovenden-Beaudry

Dec 2 Mikayla Ovenden Beaudry 11 yrs.jpgAll through the month of December, we are bringing you stories from kids who entered the CBC's holiday story contest.

Today, 11-year-old Mikayla Ovenden-Beaudry tells us her story about playing in a snow mountain.

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Robin Hood rides again in Geordie Productions

Robin_promo-4449.jpgYou may know Kevin Costner's Robin Hood.

Or Mel Brooks' Robin Hood: Men in Tights.

Or Rocket Robin the cartoon.

Or one of the many written versions of the story of the outlaw who robbed from the rich to give to the poor.

Stories about Robin Hood and his band of Merry Men in Sherwood Forest go back centuries.We can't seem to get enough swashbuckling.

So Geordie Productions is putting on what they call a 'new-ish' take on the story, a version by Paula Wing.

The play opens on December 7th.

Dean Patrick Fleming directs. Eric Davis plays Robin Hood. (That's him, wielding a bow and arrow in the photo.)

(Eric Davis as Robin Hood; courtesy of Geordie Productions).

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Holiday stories: Aaron Cordova

Dec 1 Aaron Cordova edited.jpegIt's December and we continue what's become a CBC Radio tradition -- the CBC children's winter holiday story contest.

For the next few weeks, we'll be bringing you some of these bilingual holiday stories. 

Today, a story from 10-year-old Aaron Cordova.

 

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Cookbook Club: Barry & Tracy test Fast Flavours

Fast Flavours cookbook.jpgThey've sliced, diced and sautéed for the last couple of weeks and now, they're here to give us the low-down.

All In A Weekend's Cookbook Club took on Chef Michael Smith's Fast Flavours.

Barry Hannah is from Dollard-des-Ormeaux and has three boys at home to cook for. Tracy Bieszez is the cooking instrcutor at Pierrefonds Comprehensive High School and tried out some of the recipes with her students.

From Sweet and Spicy Snowballs to fettucine with bacon carbonara, they've tested the recipes on some pretty willing subjects. Today, we get their verdict. 

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The Ski Report : Kevin Gasior

kevin gasior edited 2.JPGSkiers have already been buying up special packages for the slopes in Quebec for weeks and weeks. So it's definitely time to welcome back our ski columnist Kevin Gasior.

Throughout the ski season, he'll be here every weekend at this time - as he was last year - with ski news and conditions.

Kevin has been working as the Ski Banff Lake Louise Sunshine ambassador to the Province of Quebec, for over a decade. He works with ski shops, ski areas and supports the development of ski athletes across the province.

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Dr Réjean Thomas on World AIDS Day

Today is World AIDS day. It's estimated that 34 million people are living with AIDS worldwide, with about 18,000 people living with HIV in Quebec.
          
The good news is that once they're treated, more than 90 percent of them significantly reduce their risk of transmitting HIV. The not-so-good news is that less than half of them go for regular follow-up and treatment.

Dr.Réjean Thomas is the president and co-founder of Clinique Medicale L'Actuel which tests for and treats sexually transmitted diseases.  The Clinic recently opened a free, drop-in screening clinic in Montreal called L'Actuel sur rue.

Dr. Thomas spoke with Sonali Karnick about the stakes.

(Later today, he'll be taking part in a discussion about AIDS at Usine C. Click here, for more information on the event.)

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Tourism Quebec: Saturday

Micheline Lachance from Tourism Quebec brings us some Christmas and holiday events and activities in the province this weekend:

Christmas in New Richmond   (Gaspésie)
 Through January 1st

Fire on Ice (Old Port of Montreal)
 Saturday nights through January 5th

German Christmas market (Quebec City)
 Through december 9th

              
For further details on activities, making accomodation reservations or receiving brochures, go to: http://www.bonjourquebec.com , or call toll-free at 1 877-Bonjour (1-877-266-5687).

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