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‘Dangerous situation’ in city as red zone reimposed

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Photo: Screenshot from Radio-Canada

After less than a month under relaxed “orange zone” COVID-19 restrictions, the Legault government threw residents of Quebec City, Lévis and Gatineau back into the red zone, for a minimum of 10 days and on barely a day’s notice.

Mother Nature pulls a prank on April Fools’ Day

Photos by Cassandra Kerwin

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After weeks of warm weather, the city was blanketed with snow on April Fools' Day.

 

Memories still vivid of Summit of the Americas madness in Quebec City

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Photo: Wikimedia Commons - Public Domain

My souvenir riot puck may be somewhere in the house or lost over the boards. The mini-disc recorder a masked Black Bloc thug stomped to pieces with his army boot stayed in a bag in my office drawer for years before finally being chucked out.

STREET VIEWS: The story behind Rue du Corps-de-Garde

STREET VIEWS

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Photo: Screenshot from Google Maps

This short dead-end street in the Old City that runs off Rue Saint-Louis has been very much in the public eye lately, as it is where the iconic “cannonball tree” used to stand. A footpath and stairs lead toward the fortified walls of the Parc du Cavalier-du-Moulin.

MEMORIALS AND THINGS OF FAME

Researched and compiled by Lorie Pierce, [email protected]

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Photo: Wikimedia Commons - Public Domain

April 5, 1821 – The Quebec Gazette
Steam-boats

LETTER TO THE EDITOR

Dear Shirley,

My sister just sent me your review of the film Le Sang du pélican. It’s a beautiful testimony [to the Ursulines] and surely gives us the urge to see the film.

It appears that you have a special interest in the Ursuline Monastery. It represents a treasure in the history of Quebec City and your writing is filled with the richness of this heritage.

Quebecers rally for domestic violence prevention

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Photo: Sylvie Lemelin

On April 2, thousands of people in more than 20 cities and towns across Quebec took part in rallies to denounce domestic violence and call on the provincial government to invest more in shelter space for women and families fleeing violence and in violence prevention programs. Several hundred people gathered in front of the National Assembly.

Protesters sound the alarm for the public sector

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Photo: Danielle Burns

On March 31, as the Quebec government was preparing a 5 p.m. announcement to turn Quebec City and other regions including Lévis and Gatineau from orange zones to red, public sector workers were protesting in front of the National Assembly and in front of Premier François Legault’s office.

René-Lévesque group demands transparency on tramway plans

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Photo: Ville de Québec

A group calling itself Tronçon 9 is demanding the city provide more information on plans for the tramway line along Boulevard René-Lévesque.

SLC student Virginie Ruest selected as Morehead-Cain Scholar

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Photo: Champlain-St. Lawrence

CEGEP Champlain–St. Lawrence (SLC) was pleased to announce on April 1 that Virginie Ruest, a second-year health science student and member of the Lions’ track and field team, was selected as a Morehead-Cain Scholar at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Fewer than four per cent of candidates will become members of the Class of 2025, placing Ruest among a strong and select group.

Chaudière Falls shows signs of spring

Photos by Danielle Burns

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On Easter weekend, visitors could observe this frozen phenomenon caused by the mist off the waterfall at the Parc des Chutes-de-la-Chaudière, on the Lévis side of the Pierre-Laporte bridge.

Season or not, Capitales still getting major league talent

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Photo: Wikimedia Commons - Public Domain

Baseball fans in the Quebec City region may not have seen the Capitales play in 2020, but they must surely be crossing their fingers for a 2021 season in the Frontier League.

COVID-19 delays the start of the QMJHL playoffs

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Photo: Sabrina Gagné - QMJHL

The Quebec Major Junior Hockey League (QMJHL) has suspended the activities of five of its Quebec-based teams, including the Quebec Remparts and the Gatineau Olympiques, which have players who have tested positive for COVID-19.

SPORTS ROUNDUP: hockey and judo

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Photo: Chad Goddard/Hockey Canada

Hockey Canada announced its roster for the upcoming 2021 International Ice Hockey Federation (IIHF) Under-18 World Championship that will be played in the cities of Frisco and Plano, Texas, from April 26 to May 6.

Canada will play in Pool A along with Sweden, Belarus, Latvia and Switzerland.

Easter traditions: collecting Eau de Pâques or Easter water

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Photo: Lise Lafond

Where were you on Easter morning, before sunrise? Most of you will respond, “In my bed, sleeping.” But for a few, the answer could be, “Beside a river or stream, collecting Eau de Pâques, or Easter water.

‘Too early’ to know if Labeaume will run again

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Photo: Screenshot by Shirley Nadeau from RDI program

Mayor Régis Labeaume resisted a prime time opportunity to declare whether he plans to run for another term.

There was media speculation that Labeaume would follow the example of his friend and former Montreal counterpart, Denis Coderre, who announced his intention to seek another term as Montreal mayor on the popular Radio-Canada program Tout le monde en parle on March 28.

V for Vaccination: Give it your best shot

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Photo: Lorie Pierce

 

Kids are going to need a lot of help

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For the past year, school has been … complicated.

Forget “reading and writing and ‘rithmetic” – the important words have been “pandemic, symptomatic and disinfect.” The pandemic golden rule is “distance!”

Community Calendar of Events

• The Quebec Art Company held an online reading of The Visitor on March 28. Monthly QACStage Pass performances of vintage radio plays are uploaded to the QAC YouTube channel on the last Sunday of every month and can be viewed free of charge anytime thereafter. For more information, visit quebecartcompany.com.

More money for anglos in CAQ pandemic budget

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Photo: QCGN

Organizations representing Quebec anglophones say they are pleased with the increase in funding for the English-speaking minority contained in the provincial budget tabled on March 25.

The Easter Bunny hops around town delivering chocolate eggs

Photos by Cassandra Kerwin

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The Easter Bunny stopped by City Hall to deliver chocolates to Mayor Régis Labeaume and city councillors in the flower pots by the main entrance.

 

Coins may be antiquated, but can we trust cryptocurrency?

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Photo: depositphotos.com

Few people are travelling for pleasure or business these days. Before the pandemic hit, when folks could travel wherever time, money and a visa would allow them, they would inevitably bring back purses or fanny packs jingling with foreign currency. This essentially worthless metal treasure would then be squirreled away in drawers and closets around the family home.

STREET VIEWS: The story behind Rue Le Pailleur and Avenue Colonel Jones

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Photo: Screenshot from Google Maps

These streets in the Pointe-de-Sainte-Foy district of Quebec City are named after Charles Hugh Le Pailleur (Jones), who was born in Montreal on May 1, 1876, the son of Charles Goode and Maria (Barker) Jones.

MEMORIALS AND THINGS OF FAME

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Photo: Public Domain photo from Flickr

March 30, 1871 – The Morning Chronicle

Supersized Aussie bunnies enjoy their first time in snow

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Photo: Danielle Burns

Australian artist Amanda Parer’s illuminated art installations have visited almost 100 cities (usually with her in tow), but this Easter, she is lending her white rabbits to Manif D’Art and the Ville de Québec as part of their activités réconfortantes program, and she isn’t chaperoning them.

Major construction for tramway set to begin in Saint-Roch

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Photo: Ville de Québec

The massive tramway project will soon get very real and probably chaotic as major construction work is set to begin in the Saint-Roch district.

With an official deal yet to be signed for the $3.3-billion system, city officials last week revealed plans to alter two key streets in the busy district to accommodate the tramway route.

Snow crab craze hits Quebec City

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Photo: Cassandra Kerwin

In the week prior to delivery, Quebec City fishmongers were asked one question: when does the snow crab arrive? On March 26, a long line of people waited in the rain to get their hands on the precious snow crab from Les Pêcheries Raymond Desbois. The next day, the line formed about 30 minutes before opening. Snow crab season is here.

Hiking the trails of Mont Wright

WALK ON THE WILD SIDE

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Photo: Lise Lafond

When arriving in Stoneham from the south via Boulevard Talbot or the Laurentian Autoroute (Highway 73), Mont Wright comes into view on the right, about two kilometres past the turnoff onto Avenue Tewkesbury.

Up and coming entertainment

• The Quebec Art Company held an online reading of The Visitor on March 28. Monthly QACStage Pass performances of vintage radio plays are uploaded to the QAC YouTube channel on the last Sunday of every month and can be viewed free of charge anytime thereafter.

Historical Views includes a wealth of stories of English-speaking Quebec

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Photo: QAHN

The Quebec Anglophone Heritage Network (QAHN) is pleased to announce the publication of a new anthology, Historical Views: Selections from Quebec Heritage News 2000-2020, in honour of its 20th anniversary.

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