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Golfers among those who may practise their sports during COVID-19

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Photo: The Golf Channel

Golfers, get your clubs ready for May 20. That is the date when Isabelle Charest, Quebec’s junior minister of education and minister for the status of women, announced that golf, and several other sports, will be allowed to be played as the first step in reviving sports activities throughout the province.

Quebec’s Jakob Pelletier wins the Frank J. Selke Trophy

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Photo: Vincent Ethier/QMJHL

Quebec City’s Jakob Pelletier, who currently plays for the Moncton Wildcats of the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League, has been named the 2019-2020 winner of the Frank J. Selke Trophy, awarded to the league’s most sportsmanlike player.

Baseball movies to watch while the major leagues are on hold

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Photo: imdb.com

Normally, at this time of year, Major League Baseball is almost two months into the season, and fans have started to fill in the ballots for the upcoming All-Star game in mid-July.

Plenty of Rainbows in the Avenue James-Lemoine area

Photos by Cassandra Kerwin

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A Post-it Note rainbow brightens a window in the Avenue James-Lemoine area in Sillery.

 

Window shopping for rainbows in Quebec City

Photos by Shirley Nadeau

At the QCT we’re always on the outlook for crafty rainbows. These two are not what you might call “homemade” but they certainly are eye-catching and get the message across that “Everything’s going to be all right!”

 

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The Four Indian Kings

DVENTURES IN GENEALOGY

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Photo: Wikimedia Commons-Public Domain

Many of us have delved into hobbies since the “stay-at-home” policy has been in place. My hobbies include researching our family origins and having our DNA analyzed to discover who we are descended from.

MEMORIALS AND THINGS OF FAME

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Photo: Wikimedia Commons - Public Domain

May 11, 1820 – The Quebec Gazette
The New Sovereign

The story behind Rue Hérelle

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Photo: Wikimedia Commons - Public Domain

This street is named in honour of bacteriologist Félix-Hubert d’Hérelle (1873-1949). He was born and died in Paris, but lived in Montreal for a number of years. His work contributed to the advancement of research on infectious diseases.

Basically a self-taught scientist, he had only a high school education in Paris, and attended a few lectures at the University of Bonn in Germany.

Alberta oil not ‘dead,’ just taking the long way to market

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Everyone liking those dirt-cheap gas prices? Bargain rates at the pump are on the lengthy list of things you never thought you’d see – all thanks to a nasty virus.

LETTER TO THE EDITOR

Dear Editor,

I wish to inform you and your readers of an unacceptable situation here in Quebec City.

Crisis management over videoconference: Lightbound looks back on historic spring

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Photo: House of Commons website

From the COVID-19 pandemic to the devastating mass shooting in Nova Scotia, the spring of 2020 has brought some of the darkest moments in Canadian history – and mobilized sweeping and innovative responses from all levels of government and from Canadians.

School back in session for CQSB elementary school students

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Photo: Cassandra Kerwin

All Central Québec School Board (CQSB) elementary schools were expected to reopen on schedule May 11, according to CQSB chairperson Stephen Burke. Burke is confident that schools will be able to abide by social-distancing guidelines and hygiene measures when they reopen.

Quebec City-Lévis ferry back on schedule

On May 11, the Quebec City-Lévis ferry returned to its regular schedule. From now on, ferries will depart from each side of the river every 60 minutes from 6 a.m. to 2:20 a.m., increasing to every 40 minutes during rush hour.

Let the sunshine in! QAC to hold auditions for Hair musical

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Let the sunshine in!”

That’s what the Quebec Art Company (QAC) is planning to do next spring with a production of Hair, the fabled “American Tribal Love-Rock Musical.”

Initial auditions for principal roles and ensemble will be held in early July. Dates, times and details on roles and audition requirements will be released shortly.

Scrapbooks are keepsakes to enjoy again and again…

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Photo: Lise Lafond

Almost all of my grandchildren’s birthdays are celebrated in November and December, so just as we finish with the birthday parties, cakes and presents, Christmas is right around the corner.

Pandemic advice from the library shelf

Photo from an unknown source

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If you can’t see the 27 book titles clearly, here’s how they read: The English Patient - Had - Caught - It - On the Beach. I Should Have Stayed Home - She Said. Now - She Was - In Quarantine - In the Dark - House of Splendid Isolation. Still - Hope Springs Eternal. With a Little Bit of Luck - Common Sense - AND - Personal Hygiene - The Corona Book of Horror Stories - Must End Soon.

What in the world is a “blunderbuss?”

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Photo: Wikimedia Commons - Public Domain

After learning the thrilling details of the origin of the words “balustrade” and “baluster” in a recent edition, one of our readers asked about another strange English word that we don’t very often hear – “blunderbuss.”

Newspaper reports of the Gavazzi riot at Chalmers Church

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Photo: MNBAQ

This is the second of two articles about the Gavazzi riot.

The first was published in the April 22, 2020 edition.

All the Quebec City newspapers reported on the Gavazzi riot of 1853 at Chalmers Free Presbyterian Church (now Chalmers-Wesley United).

COVID-19: Planning your next move during the pandemic

The Ville de Québec and the Office municipal d’habitation de Québec (OMHQ) have released several online search and planning tools in anticipation of the July 1 moving period. These tools aim to make life easier for residents searching for rental housing, temporary housing and storage space. The OMHQ also offers support services to residents who need them.

Héma-Québec reminds everyone of the importance of giving blood

Héma-Québec is working actively to pursue its mission during the COVID-19 pandemic.

The health of Héma-Québec’s donors, recipients, staff and volunteers, and the safety of the blood products and other biological products it supplies, are a constant concern. This vigilance has increased even more in the present situation.

OBITUARY: Mary Lou O’GRADY

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Mary Lou O’Grady
(March 3, 1933 – May 1, 2020)

It is with great sadness that the family of Mary Lou O’Grady announces her death in Quebec City at the age of 87 years.

St. Lawrence Lions receive many RSEQ awards

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Photo: St. Lawrence Lions Facebook page

Alexis Kayonga of the men’s basketball team at CEGEP Champlain–St. Lawrence (SLC) was named the 2019-2020 Most Valuable Player of the Réseau du Sport Étudiant du Québec (RSEQ) Division 2 section.

Capitales manager Scalabrini still looking to upgrade his team

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Photo: Luc Lang

Pat Scalabrini, manager of the Québec Capitales, is waiting at home for the start of training camp, instead of being on a baseball field.

Thanks for taking care of us!

Photo by Shirley Nadeau

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A CHSLD or nursing home in Upper Town bears a banner made by the family members of residents. “Merci à vous de prendre soins de nous” (Thank you for taking care of us) is their message for nurses and caregivers.

Central Quebec School Board Public Notice

PUBLIC NOTICE

Caution! Rainbow crossing!

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The rainbow crosswalk on Avenue de Salaberry adds a touch of whimsy to walking the dog on a sunny morning. All will be well! Photo by Cassandra Kerwin

SLC raises $3,820 for Leucan Shaved Head Challenge

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Photo: SLC Facebook page

For the 10th consecutive year, CEGEP Champlain–St. Lawrence (SLC) participated in the Leucan Shaved Head Challenge, despite the current COVID-19 enforced isolation. This year’s event was held on April 23.

Pursuing their usual success in fundraising, three students and a staff member collected $3,820 and had their heads shaved in front of a “virtual” cheering crowd via Facebook Live.

How we learned to stop worrying and love the deficit

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Chances are prior to the pandemic most Canadians would not have been able to identify Yves Giroux in a police line-up. Probably most still couldn’t put a face to the man who has been Canada’s Parliamentary Budget Officer (PBO) since September 2018.

Simons not rushing to open stores

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Photo: Jonathan Letellier-Black

While many merchants in Quebec were allowed to reopen their doors this week, others were in less of a rush to get back to business.

La Maison Simons, for one, won’t open its nine stores in Quebec until May 19. Retailers with exterior-door access were allowed to open on May 4.

Celebrating Mother’s Day

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Photo: Wikimedia Commons - Public Domain

Mother’s Day was first celebrated in the United States in 1908 on the second Sunday in May, when Anna Jarvis from Grafton, West Virginia, began a campaign to have it recognized as a holiday.

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