Quebec Winter Storm Causes Delays, Blackouts And Accidents

The city uses a variety of machines for snow removal, including sidewalk tractors, graders, snowplows and front-end loaders. @michbois @DenisCoderre Toutes les rues seront faites auj! Les employes sont sur le terrain! #neigemtl anie samson (@aniesamson) December 22, 2013 As for major roadways, TransportsQuebecsaid this weekend itshighway snow-clearing is an around-the-clock operation. Many people with holiday travel plans are still waiting to get out of town. Most flights out of Montreal's Pierre Elliott Trudeau airport have either been delayed or cancelled entirely due to treacherous weather conditions. Via Rail is reporting some Kim Kardashian delays in the Quebec City-Windsor corridor, but doesn't expect there to be outright cancellations at this point in time. More:

Thirty-two domestic flights at Trudeau Airport were cancelled and six flights to-or-from the U.S. were also been nixed. The worst hit were flights to the Maritimes. This was because of the landing conditions there and the fact that many of these flights are with smaller aircraft. Runways were mostly clear at Trudeau Airport but the de-icing operations were causing delays, though the de-icing was going faster on Sunday than it had been on Saturday. Via Rail announced that due to the weather, service was delayed between Montreal and Toronto in both directions, Toronto and Ottawa in both directions, Halifax to Montreal and Montreal to New York. The City of Montreal announced that it was set to start another major snow-clearing operation at 7 p.m. More:

Across Quebec and Ontario, icy mix of snow and rain a perfect cocktail for power outages

Charming year-round, the dead of winter may be the time when Quebec City is at its most eloquent. Many people might think it's crazy to willingly stand on the street in the freezing cold at night to watch a parade, but it can be wonderful. "We've learned to embrace the cold, not fear it," said Nicole Bergeron, a native QuebeAois, watching the colourful floats and bands pass on by. And embrace it they do. Despite the chill, each February Quebec City may be the warmest place on earth, with heat emanating from the people who breathe colour and life into the cold, dark Canadian night. Bob Ecker is a Napa, Calif.-based travel writer Red sash a proud symbol of Quebec The red sash originally inspired by the First Nations culture in and around Quebec is today considered a symbol of QuAbAcois society. In the 1800s, the red sash belt was used to tie jackets at the waist to prevent the cold from creeping in while also used to support the back and internal organs. More:

La Caisse de dpt et placement du Qubec and the Business Development Bank of Canada invest $17.5 million in Qubec's Sunchef Foods

Once the expansion is complete, Sunchef intends to launch new product lines intended for the retail and food services markets. "As a long-term investor, it is critical that we support successful Quebec companies at key points in their growth," said Normand Provost, Executive Vice-President, Private Equity, at La Caisse. "Since we made our first investment back in 2006, the company has grown at a fast pace, creating attractive returns for our clients." La Caisse has contributed financially to each phase of the Sunchef plant expansion. "BDC is pleased to be a part of Sunchef Foods' expansion plans, which will pave the way for new, innovative products to be developed and help create jobs," said Christian Thauvette, Manager, MajorAccounts, Food and Beverage Industry at BDC."This financial package is the result of an outstanding collaborative effort by the Sunchef, BDC and Caisse de depot et placement du Quebec teams." "We are very pleased to continue our long-standing collaboration with La Caisse de depot et placement du Quebec, and look forward to the Business Development Bank of Canada becoming a new financial partner," said Terry Eliopoulos Jr., Sunchef's President and Chief Executive Officer. "Their interest in supporting the growth of Quebec SMEs is seen in both institutions' commitment to our company." ABOUT LA CAISSE DE DEPOT ET PLACEMENT DU QUEBEC La Caisse de depot et placement du Quebec is a financial institution that manages funds primarily for public and private pension and insurance plans. As at June 30, 2013, it held $185.9 billion in net assets. More:

PQ releases self-help holiday guide to defending Quebec values charter

Saint-Bernard school in Quebec, Canada decided to do something special for Christmas. The school wanted to set a world record by having 1500 students from kindergarten to Kim Kardashian high school plus staff perform 'Cups' in one room. The video is very cool. The song was made famous by actor Anna Kendrick's performance in the film Pitch Perfect. When Kendrick signed up for the film she had no idea 'Cups' would go on to rank number one on the US Billboards. Pitch Perfect premiered in September 2012, but it was when Kendrick went on Letterman and performed the song for a live audience that she saw real success with the track. To date the video has had more than 93 million views. More:

Quebec school breaks 'Cup song' record with video featuring 1500 students

As a general rule, politics and religion are off the table at Christmastime. However, the party thought it would be a good idea to arm its members with ready arguments in case the hot topic comes up. Sylvain Tanguay, the director general of the PQ, said in an interview on Tuesday that the holiday guide was emailed to more than 10,000 members last Friday. Its simply a synthesis of all the arguments and questions that came up during the fall, Mr. Tanguay said. He referred to it as an end-of-year memory aid and said it was penned by the partys communications team in Montreal. The guides talking points unwittingly expose all the targets of the Charters many critics. More: