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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.

Tourist industry plots post-COVID future

Photo: Ruby Pratka from QCT archives

In a normal year, the first groups of tourists would already be wandering through Old Quebec and Petit-Champlain, cameras and phones at the ready for pictures. Marjolaine De Sa, Simon Jacobs and their colleagues would be interviewing staff, organizing repairs and quickly and methodically preparing for the inevitable influx of tour groups.

So close and yet so far: Pandemic stops refugee travel to region

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Photo: Action Réfugiés Montréal

Refugees bound for the Quebec City area have been stopped in their tracks due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Jeffery Hale Hospital still epicentre of QC coronavirus cases

Jeffery Hale Hospital continues to be the epicentre of COVID-19 cases in the Quebec City region. As of April 20, public officials reported a total of 16 deaths related to the virus at the Jeff.

Shooting spree in Nova Scotia leads to at least 19 deaths

Photo: RCMP Nova Scotia

On the afternoon of April 19, local and national media reported that a lone gunman on a wild shooting spree had been apprehended by police in Enfield, N.S.

COVID-19 Self-care Guide distributed in French only

The Government of Quebec determined it was a public health imperative that a detailed 24-page guide providing Quebecers with critical information on best practices in dealing with the coronavirus (COVID-19) public health emergency be delivered to every household. This was done, at substantial cost, because every Quebecer needs to have this information.

Québec Capitales have different scenarios for the 2020 season

Photo: Luc Lang

The Québec Capitales baseball team, along with the other 13 teams in the newly expanded Frontier League, are looking at different scenarios for the 2020 season, which has been delayed by the COVID-19 pandemic.

During a telephone interview with the QCT on April 18, team president Michel Laplante said the league is looking at June 15 to start the season.

Quebec City athletes nominated for SPORTSQUÉBEC awards

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Photo: QMJHL

The COVID-19 pandemic has claimed another sports victim – the 47th annual SPORTSQUÉBEC gala.

Sports movies – a good way to replace live events


At this time of year, sports fans usually have lots of games to choose from, both on television and online.

Samuel de Champlain wonders, “Where have all the people gone?”

Photos by Shirley Nadeau


Samuel de Champlain must be wondering where all the tourists have gone!


The Easter Bunny visits the Old City

Photos by Cassandra Kerwin


The Easter Bunny’s first stop to deliver some chocolate eggs in Old Quebec was on Dufferin Terrace, in front of the Château Frontenac.

Fiddling around with Super(star) rainbows

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Photo: Lucie Bouchard

Lucie Bouchard, the Quebec Art Company’s wardrobe mistress, put her talents to work on a different cause when she created this gorgeous rainbow using remnants of fabric from the troupe’s costume department.

Unimaginable: COVID-19 kills FEQ 2020, Fête nationale on Plains

Photo: Halsey Facebook page

When Premier François Legault took a stroll on the Plains of Abraham a few Saturdays ago, the possibility – perhaps inevitability – of a summer deprived of public gatherings in the city’s spectacular park must have been on his mind.

What are you doing to keep busy during COVID-19 isolation?

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Photo: Lise Lafond

QCT journalist and photographer Lise Lafond says . . . “I’m keeping busy with spring cleaning both inside and outside the house, plus the barn. It feels pretty strange to stay at home. My car hasn’t been out of the yard since March 13.”


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Photo: Wikimedia Commons - Public Domain

April 15, 1895 – The Quebec Morning Chronicle
Owing to the recent heavy rain the water in the rivers on the north bank of the St. Lawrence rose very rapidly, breaking up the ice and carrying it down to the St. Lawrence. At Portneuf several bridges were swept away; also a pier above the Paper Mills of J. Ford & Co.

Pandemic 2020: A social-distancing space odyssey

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(With apologies to speculative fiction writers everywhere.)

"What did you do in the pandemic of 2020, Grandpa?”

COVID-19 crisis won’t stop marine radio and traffic operations

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Photo: Luc Lang

The COVID-19 pandemic has seemingly stopped the world, except for the essential services that are needed 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

Services available at Jeffery Hale Hospital

The emergency room at Jeffery Hale Hospital has been converted to a “Designated Evaluation Clinic” (DEC) during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Celebrating Easter in the rainforest

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Photo: Allison Blair

As borders closed and flights were cancelled due to the COVID crisis at the end of March, hundreds of thousands of Canadians scrambled to catch the last flights home. Allison Blair, visiting friends in Cambodia, was one of them – at first.

Quebecers adapt to the COVID-19 reality

Photo: Cassandra Kerwin

As of April 12, there were 444 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the Capitale-Nationale region, and numbers are increasing daily. It’s a different life, and Quebecers are adapting to the new reality.

Happy Easter, from our self-isolated home to yours

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Photo: Dorothy Marcil

Better safe than sorry, Bunny! Dorothy Marcil and Douglas Renfroe, who spend their winters in Florida, have this delightful bunny keeping guard outside their door. Be sure to wash your paws before entering.

Remparts players on NHL Central Scouting final list

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Photo: Jonathan Roy, Remparts

Three players from the Quebec Remparts hockey team made it onto the final list of the Central Scouting Bureau of the National Hockey League (NHL). In total, 37 players from the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League (QMJHL) are on the list for the NHL’s upcoming draft, which will be held online.

Desgagnés and Forteza named Rouge et Or Athletes of the Year

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Photo: Université Laval

For the first time in 69 years, the annual Université Laval Rouge et Or sports gala was not a big, busy human event held on campus. This year, because of the COVID-19 pandemic that has everyone isolated at home, the event had to be held online.

Over 500 student-athletes wore the red and gold colours of Université Laval sports teams in 2019-2020.

City plans relief for small-business owners

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Photo: La Maison des 100 Thés, from QCT archives

Relief could be coming for some Quebec City small-business owners thanks to a series of new programs administered by the city government with funds from the province.



32nd Anniversary
November 21, 1907 -
April 21, 1988

We thought of you with love today, but that is nothing new.
We thought about you yesterday, and days before that too.
We think of you in painful silence; we often speak your name to somehow ease the pain.
Now all we have are memories and your picture in a frame.
You memory is our keepsake with which we will never part.

The water rises on Rue Dalhousie

Photo: Hélène Paré

On April 9 and 10, the combination of high tides and high winds forced the water of the St. Lawrence River to flood the quays of the Old Port. As a result, Rue Dalhousie was closed to traffic between Rue Saint-Paul and Rue du Petit-Champlain. The water receded with the tides on Thursday and Friday afternoon but rose again in the evening.

IHQ announces donation to Moisson Québec

Joe Lonergan, president of Irish Heritage Quebec (IHQ), sent out the following message to IHQ members on April 11:
“On behalf of the Board of Irish Heritage Quebec, I wish you all a Happy Easter and call your attention to the following resolution, which was adopted by the Board of Directors of Irish Heritage Quebec on April 10, 2020.”

Donation to Moisson Québec

Joyce Gallant (nee Kiley)

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Joyce Gallant (nee Kiley)
Grande-Digue, New Brunswick

50 years ago: Apollo 13 in Trouble


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Photo: Wikimedia Commons - Public Domain

NASA’s Apollo 13 mission will be forever known as the trip that ultimately didn’t make it to the surface of the Moon. Fifty years ago, on April 14, 1970, the Quebec Chronicle-Telegraph published the details of the unfolding crisis.

Virtual motorsports aid in the race to cure COVID-19


As people of the world find creative ways to stay connected while doing their part to combat COVID-19, veteran race car driver Bertrand Godin will use his talent to fight the virus in a unique way. Godin will be behind the wheel of car No. 77, sporting the colours of Groupe à l’infini.

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