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German Christmas Gardens open at City Hall

Photo: Cassandra Kerwin

In spite of the cancellation of the Marché de Noël allemand de Québec (Quebec City German Christmas Market) this year, the team behind the event has found a unique way to bring the spirit of a German Christmas back to the Old City.

The Place d’Youville skating rink is now open

Photos by Cassandra Kerwin


Labeaume mulls exit: Not ‘irreplaceable’ but maybe inimitable

Photo: Régis Labeaume via Facebook

Since forever – OK, since the 1930s – being mayor of Quebec City has been a long-term job.

Not since 1938 has a chef of La Vieille capitale ruled the sceptred town for less than 12 years, or three terms. Sainte-Foy suburban warrior Andrée Boucher was the tragic exception that proved the rule in recent history.

Facing opposition to project, city unveils designs for tramway cars

Photo: Ville de Québec

Into a mirror, darkly. Quebec City Mayor Régis Labeaume didn’t exactly use that biblical quote to describe the look of the tramway cars that he hopes will be gliding along city streets six years hence.

St. Michael’s Memorial Hall renovations move ahead

Photo: Jonathan Letellier-Black

Work is well underway on the repair and renovation of Memorial Hall, next to St. Michael’s Anglican Church on Chemin Saint-Louis.

Concrete steps have been removed from the entranceway and there’s been excavation around the foundation on the east side of the building.


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Photo: Wikimedia Commons - Fair Use

November 26, 1870 – The Morning Chronicle

The story behind Jardin Jean-Paul-L’Allier


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Photo: Wikimedia Commons - Public Domain

It is a garden rather than a street that honours the memory of Jean-Paul L’Allier (1938- 2016), the 38th mayor of Quebec City from 1989 to 2005.

Enter VEQ’s Ugly Christmas Sweater contest

In support of the Community Christmas Hamper Campaign, Voice of English-speaking Québec (VEQ) is organizing an ugly sweater photo contest. The rules are simple. Donate at, dig that ugly Christmas sweater out of storage, snap a selfie or get someone to take a picture of you wearing that abomination, and send the photo to [email protected] by Dec. 4.

Jazz en Juin pays homage to jazz greats

The Festival Québec Jazz en Juin recently announced a series of virtual concerts in honour of jazz legends, called Hommage aux grands du jazz. Supported by the Ville de Québec, in collaboration with Les Foyers Don-Bar, the concerts will be streamed online from Nov. 28 to Feb. 27, 2021. Nine groups, made up of 35 renowned Quebec musicians, will pay homage to the greatest names in jazz.

Work underway on Jardins du Corps-de-Garde in Old Quebec

Photo: Jonathan Letellier-Black

Work is now underway on a new public park in Old Quebec two years after the plans for the park were first revealed (see article in Sept. 19, 2018 edition of the QCT).

CAQ’s double standard imperils school board elections


Photo: Central Québec School Board

On Nov. 19, Premier François Legault, accompanied by the minister of health, the minister of education and the province’s director of public health, announced that there might be a way for families and friends to celebrate Christmas.

Everybody deserves a little holiday goodness … especially this year

Photo: Graphic by Markus Spiske

Let’s face it; our lives are crazy busy. Day after day, we do our best to work hard – be a good parent or grandparent and a loving spouse, eat well, stay informed, implement projects, stay active, be mindful and meditate – and maybe even pay it forward.

Finding Private Francis Joseph Burke Fitzgerald: 1923-1945

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Photo: Barbara Mullally

On Aug. 18, Shirley Nadeau of the Quebec Chronicle-Telegraph contacted Irish Heritage Quebec (IHQ) about a request the newspaper had received from Piet Smink of Hoogland in the Netherlands.

How to stay fit during the pandemic

Stay safe, stay well and stay fit,” was the advice given to 112 participants across the province in a Zoom talk by kinesiologist Christina Weiss, conditioning floor supervisor at Concordia University’s PERFORM Centre, which promotes better health through prevention.

Mary McCown launches 'Wigglesworth in Lutinland'

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Photo: Mary McCown


Frances Moore KELLY

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Frances Moore KELLY

It is with a heavy heart that we announce the peaceful passing of Frances Moore Kelly on November 17, 2020, at the Hôtel-Dieu de Lévis, Soeurs de la Charité de Saint-Louis care unit, with her family by her side. She was 79 years old.

The seventh MondoKarnaval will be as vibrant as ever

Photo: Danielle Burns from QCT archives

The team behind MondoKarnaval presents MondoNuméris: Découvertes culturelles à travers le monde, a digital multicultural celebration broadcast live from LaScène Lebourgneuf, as a show of our shared resilience and solidarity with the artists and with the world at large.


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Sadly, we say goodbye to Frances Armstrong (nee Johnston), beloved wife of Gerald Armstrong, who passed away suddenly but peacefully on Nov. 17, 2020 at Saint Brigid’s Home in Quebec City. She was 89.
Frances leaves behind her sister Wilma Mountain, and was predeceased by her brother Clifford Johnston, sister in-law Ruth Johnston and brother-in-law Hugh Mountain.

St-Germain reaches for the top; Pelletier on Team Canada

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Photo: GEPA pictures

Laurence St-Germain, 26, from Saint-Ferréol-les-Neiges, started her 2020-2021 FIS Alpine Ski World Cup season in Levi, Finland, with two top-10 finishes.

On Nov. 21, St-Germain, who was seventh in the first run of the slalom event, excelled in her second run and finished sixth overall, just 1.42 seconds behind the winner, Petra Vlhova of Slovakia.

Remparts earn five points in first week in QMJHL ‘bubble’

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Photo: Jonathan Roy/QMJHL

Quebec Remparts goaltender Thomas Sigouin blocked all 26 shots from the Victoriaville Tigres and led his team to a 1-0 victory during the team’s third game in the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League’s protected environment “bubble” series at the Videotron Centre on Nov. 21. Sigouin was named the game’s first star.

Remembrance Day ceremony held at Cross of Sacrifice

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Photo: Cassandra Kerwin

The sun rose in a glorious red sky on Nov. 11, a harbinger of the unusually warm fall day and the Remembrance Day ceremony that followed.

Although this year marks the 75th anniversary of the end of the Second World War, the military and civilian ceremony held at the Cross of Sacrifice on Grande Allée in Quebec City was greatly reduced in size, due to the pandemic.

Residents walk in silence to ‘reclaim’ the Old City

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Photo: Cassandra Kerwin

Two weeks after the Oct. 31 stabbings in Old Quebec, which killed two people, injured five and caused widespread panic, Rev. Christian Schreiner, dean of the Cathedral of the Holy Trinity, invited people to join him on a silent and peaceful walk through the Old City.

COVID-19 measures ground usual snowbird migration

Photo: Cartoon by Patrick LaMontagne

It is one of the mysteries of nature why some birds migrate and others don’t. In some cases, the answer is obvious. Hard to imagine a skinny blue heron surviving in the ice and snow; same for the hyperactive hummingbird. But why do sparrows and cardinals stay put while robins and juncos high-tail it south each fall?

STREET VIEWS: The story behind Rue Jeanne-Sauvé

Photo: Canadian Stamp News

This street is named in honour of Jeanne (née Benoit) Sauvé (1922-1993), who was the 23rd Governor General of Canada from 1984 to 1990. Born in Saskatchewan, she studied at the University of Ottawa and worked for the federal government as a translator in order to pay her tuition.


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Photo: Screenshot from Google Maps

November 20, 1820 – The Quebec Gazette

Quebecers mourn the death of Max Gros-Louis

Photo: Marc Lautenbacher from Wikimedia Commons - Public Domain

It is with sadness that the QCT learned of the passing of Max Gros-Louis, grand chief of the Huron-Wendat First Nation for 33 years, on Nov. 14, at age 89.

Memories of Max Gros-Louis

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Photo: Michael Bilodeau from QCT archives

Max Oné Onti Gros-Louis was a remarkable trailblazer for his Huron-Wendat nation, leading them to reconnect with, stand up for and honour their ancestral culture. In so doing, he became a legend in his own time.

Drive-in Toy Parade at ExpoCité delights families

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Photo: Cassandra Kerwin

Six weeks before Christmas, Santa Claus made an appearance at ExpoCité. On Nov. 14, over 4,000 vehicles entered the site, each filled with excited children. The new concept of this 19th edition was declared highly successful.

Métis-sur-Mer unveils Remembrance monument

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Photo: Heritage Lower St. Lawrence

In a normal year, the Métis-sur-Mer Remembrance Day ceremony attracts 250 people – veterans, students, and others – from around the region. This year, COVID-19 restrictions limited attendance to 25.

The Forillon expulsions, 50 years later


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Photo: Ruby Pratka

Turning off Route 132 outside the town of Cap-aux-Os, paying a day pass fee at the toll booth and slipping into Forillon National Park via a footpath, hikers could be forgiven for thinking they’ve entered a primeval forest. The noise of passing cars is replaced by the wind in the branches of the towering trees and the occasional chattering of birds or bantering of people setting up tents.

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