Community News

Vaccination clinic injects a sense of community

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Photo: Amanda Heath

The current COVID-19 situation means uncertain times for everyone, especially for families with young children. Routine things have become a big challenge for parents, like making a doctor’s appointment for a baby or following the recommended schedule of vaccines.


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Photo: BANQ, P546 - Photo by F. Wurtele

May 5, 1820 – The Quebec Gazette

English school boards want to reopen on their own terms

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Photo: CQSB website

Quebec’s English school boards have told the provincial government that they plan to make their own decisions with regard to the planned reopening of elementary schools later this month.

No graduation ceremonies for high schools, CEGEPs or universities

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Photo: Cassandra Kerwin

On April 28, Premier François Legault announced that children attending elementary schools and daycare centres would be making a gradual return to class, starting on May 11.

St. Lawrence Lions hand out annual sports awards online

Photo: St. Lawrence Lions Facebook page

The COVID-19 pandemic changed the whole world – including sports – this spring. Like other colleges and universities, CEGEP Champlain–St. Lawrence (SLC) had to find a different way to honour its student-athletes.

Pro-Am Gagné-Bergeron, tennis and cycling events on hold

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Photo: Luc Lang

The organizers of the 12th annual Pro-Am Gagné-Bergeron, which was to take place at the Videotron Centre on Aug. 6, have officially cancelled the event for 2020.

In light of the COVID-19 pandemic, and with the Quebec government’s ban on large-scale events until Aug. 31, there was no possible way this popular fundraising hockey game could be held.




In memory of the Nova Scotia victims

Photo: Shirley Nadeau

On April 24, at 5 p.m., a small but devoted group of people gathered in the close of the Cathedral of the Holy Trinity to pay tribute to the 22 people who lost their lives on April 18 and 19 in a 12-hour-long shooting spree carried out by one person in the usually peaceful Nova Scotia countryside.

Original rainbows continue to cheer up folks in Quebec City


This rainbow is made entirely of individual dots. “Ca va bien aller!” Photo by Shirley Nadeau 

City unveils market, movie and bike plans to boost spring spirits

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Photo: Peter Black

City officials have rolled out a series of measures to boost the morale of a citizenry worn out by a winter of pandemic lockdown and isolation. Among the initiatives “to provide citizens with a green spring” are the opening of the Sainte-Foy public market, an improved bicycle path network, and the resumption of horticultural activities and community gardens.

Thank you all for your service: Canadian military personnel summoned to help health warriors

This old world keeps spinning ’round, though much of the frenzied activity of its human occupants has been put on hold thanks to a rampant rogue virus.

QHS Trivia Night held online this year

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Photo: Shirley Nadeau from QCT archives

So, this is what the pandemic has led us to. Playing trivia games online instead of in the comfort of the Quebec High School gymnasium. And on an app called Kahoot, of all things!

COVID or not, spring is here!


Crocuses open in the warm spring sunshine, accompanied by dainty pink scilla. Photo by Shirley Nadeau


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Photo: Public Domain image from Toronto Library website

April 30, 1870 – The Morning Chronicle

Reaction to a Street View


After the QCT published Bill Cox’s Street Views column of April 15 featuring the story behind Parc Gilles-Lamontagne, the writer’s daughter Maureen Cox, who is a colleague of Lamontagne’s son, Michel, received the following message (in French) from him.

Jeffery Hale Community Partners thank volunteers

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Photo: Jeffery Hale Community Partners

At this time of year, we usually host an up-beat happy hour to celebrate all our volunteers, for having given time to the community Wellness Centre. This annual get-together is our opportunity to express our humble thanks for the contributions they’ve made to our dynamic community.

The rise of homemade bread: where’s the yeast?

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Photo: Lise Lafond

Are flour and yeast replacing toilet paper madness, and are basic baking ingredients becoming the most difficult items to find at the grocery store?

Phyllis Alexandra (née Young) THOMPSON

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Phyllis Alexandra (née Young) THOMPSON

It is with profound sadness that we announce the passing of our much-loved Mother, Grandmother and Great-grandmother. Phyllis was born in Quebec City on January 10, 1931 and passed away on April 5, 2020 in Scarborough, Ontario.

Fighting Irish Seniors committed to RSEQ Division 1 football

Photo: St. Patrick’s High football team

The St. Patrick’s High School football program is producing more and more players who are being recruited by CEGEP football teams in the province of Quebec. The players all want to follow in the footsteps of Edward Godin, who currently plays for the BC Lions of the Canadian Football League.

Lights, camera, movies? Maybe!

Photo: Rachel Collet from QCT archives

When Mayor Régis Labeaume proposed the possibility of free drive-in movies at three sites around Quebec City at a press conference on April 22 (see Peter Black’s article on page 2), the city’s entertainment-starved press and public jumped on the idea. However, the business community and public health authorities still have some reservations.

Rainbow messages reflect hope for the future

Photos by Shirley Nadeau


Andrà tutto bene. “Everything will be fine!” reads the message in the window of an Italian grocery store on Avenue Cartier. 

Ça va bien aller rainbows light up Quebec City buildings

Photos by Cassandra Kerwin


The Industrial Alliance building on Grande Allée goes from white to rainbow at night to add colour to people's lives in Quebec City.

Bilingual Muslim community group lends a hand

Photo: Raza Shah

As quarantine and self-isolation drag on for a growing number of Quebecers during the COVID-19 pandemic, a local Muslim group is building bridges between volunteers and people in need across the city.

Stay tuned for news of Beethoven’s 250th birthday celebrations

Photo: Wikimedia Commons - Public Domain

The 250th birthday of composer and pianist Ludwig van Beethoven was to have been celebrated this year in his home town of Bonn, Germany, and in Vienna, Austria, where he really made his career. All plans, however, have been put on hold indefinitely until the COVID-19 pandemic is under control.

The story behind Chemin Gomin

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Photo: Screenshot from Google Maps

This street was named in honour of Anet Gomin, a surgeon and herbalist in Quebec during the French regime. The place and date of his birth are unknown.


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Photo: Wikimedia Commons - Public Domain Photo by Charles J. Sharp

April 23, 1870 – The Morning Chronicle
Ballast and the River
(To the Editor of the Morning Chronicle)

Candy stores and ‘dreaded’ homes: Coronavirus contradictions

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One doesn’t want to be a pandemic pooper here, but since when is a candy store an essential service? I like a jaw-breaker, licorice twister or jellybean as much as the next guy (not really), but I honestly think I could get by without a bonbon buzz until the virus darkness lifts.

Looking back at the Gavazzi riot in Chalmers Church

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Photo: Chalmers-Wesley United Church archives

With so many activities cancelled and facilities closed at present due to the coronavirus, it seems a good opportunity to turn toward the past for something to write about.

Let’s take time to reconnect with nature

Photo: Lise Lafond

With time on my hands and subjects all around, I decided to take out my camera gear and tour the land around the house.

Balustrade missing on Dufferin Terrace

Photo: Shirley Nadeau

While strolling along Dufferin Terrace recently, I noticed a section of the balustrade was missing. Then I spotted the sign on the temporary protective fence that was preventing people from falling over the cliff down to Rue du Petit-Champlain below.

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