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Grand Défi Pierre-Lavoie doubles its 1,000,000-km goal

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Photo: Cassandra Kerwin

Nothing – not even a pandemic – was going to stop the 12th annual Grand Défi Pierre-Lavoie (GDPL) from happening. One way or another, physical fitness motivator Pierre Lavoie was going to encourage his fellow Quebecers to get up and move, despite COVID-19.

The story behind Rue Guillaume-Bresse


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Photo: Wikimedia Commons - Public Domain

This street is named in honour of Guillaume Bresse, born in 1833 in Saint-Mathias-sur-Richelieu. After primary school, he became a factory worker in Montreal. It is believed that Bresse learned the shoemaking trade while living in Massachusetts after emigrating there with numerous other Canadians.

Quebec Art Company holding auditions for Hair

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"Give me a head with hair!”


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Photo: Shirley Nadeau

June 25, 1870 – The Morning Chronicle

Patience and vaccine will be key to snuff out stubborn, pernicious virus

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At the current clip of “deconfinement,” as Quebec government leaders have taken to calling the relaxing of COVID-19 lockdown regulations, one might easily get the impression this pandemic thing is well on its way to becoming yesterday’s news.

1920: A wandering Czechoslovakian army ‘invades’ Quebec City

Photo: Public Domain

A century ago, on July 1, then known as Dominion Day, a military review was held at Camp Valcartier. At the beginning of the ceremony, Colonel Vuchterle of the Czechoslovakian army reported to Lieutenant-Governor Charles Fitzpatrick that the 475 officers and 9,300 soldiers under his command were ready for inspection.

City ponders shorter tunnel, fewer stations for the proposed underground tramway route

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Photo: Ville de Quebec

The underground section of Quebec City’s tramway line may be dramatically different, shorter and less expensive than earlier plans had envisioned.
In the latest in a series of announcements revealing more definitive plans for the $3.3-billion transit system, city officials laid out the vision of the tramway’s underground trajectory and where stations might be.

Quebec City terrasses are open for business

Photos by Cassandra Kerwin


Certain restaurants and bars, like the Fou-Bar on Rue Saint-Jean, have created terrasses on the sidewalks and streets of Quebec City to allow space for social distancing during the deconfinement period.


Historic Old Port converted into a huge open-air restaurant

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Photo: RDV Vieux-Port

As of June 18, certain streets in Quebec City’s Old Port area will be converted into a spectacular open-air restaurant for the Grande Tablée du Vieux-Port de Québec.

QCT Mystery Photo Contest: Who, what, where and when … ?

Photo: Shirley Nadeau

These large exotic statues, made of a synthetic resin and set on cement bases, can be found in four different locations in Quebec City.

Do you know where they are located (street address, if applicable), when they were installed, the names of the works of art, and who the artist is? Hint: There are small plaques on the sides of the four statues.

Capitales and Aigles won’t play in the Frontier League in 2020

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Photo: Luc Lang

The Quebec Capitales and the Trois-Rivières Aigles will have to wait until 2021 to play in the Frontier Baseball League.

When Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced last week that the Canada-U.S. border would remain closed until at least July 21, that was the last nail in the coffin for the 2020 season for both of the Quebec provincial baseball teams.

Harvey and Prémont inducted into the Quebec Sports Hall of Fame

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Photo: Canadian Olympic Committee

The Quebec Sports Hall of Fame recently announced that five athletes and two people in the “builders” category will be inducted for the year 2020. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the 30th gala ceremony will not be held until the fall of 2021.

Cross-country skier Alex Harvey and mountain biker Marie-Hélène Prémont were two of the five local athletes selected.

Freestyle skier Lewis Irving is training for the coming season

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Photo: Canadian Olympic Committee

Charlesbourg’s Lewis Irving is back training at the Centre AcrobatX, at Lac-Beauport, for the upcoming FIS Freestyle Ski World Cup season. Irving will be training during the hot summer months in preparation for the coming Olympic Winter Games qualifications. The Centre AcrobatX is also the national training site of Team Canada.

CQSB schools work toward full reopening

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Photo: Screenshot from Google Maps

Students, parents and school officials are preparing for an almost-normal school year after the Quebec government announced that all schools, CEGEPs, vocational training centres and universities would reopen in September.

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Morrin Centre library services are back

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Photo: The Morrin Centre

The Morrin Centre is excited to announce that the library is now lending books again!

Due to COVID-19, however, the Morrin Centre is reopening gradually in accordance with Government of Quebec health guidelines, and has begun by offering limited library services. The library remains closed to members at this time, but book orders are now being accepted.

Here are the current lending rules:

OBITUARY: Violet KIRKWOOD (née Sharp)

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Violet KIRKWOOD (née Sharp)
May 11, 1923 - June 15, 2020

On Monday, June 15, 2020, Violet “Vi” Kirkwood (née Sharp), our beautiful mother, grand- and great-grandmother, left us peacefully in her sleep. She was 97 years of age.

Buzz is growing around gardening

Photo: Ruby Pratka

At the offices of Les Urbainculteurs, an urban gardening nonprofit headquartered at the Grand Marché, the phones have been ringing off the hook for weeks. After toilet paper and flour and yeast, seeds and gardening supplies have become the new must-haves for riding out the pandemic.

Montmagny’s rainbow of hope welcomes everyone

Photo by Lise Lafond


Forty years ago … Terry Fox Marathon of Hope flashback

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Photo: Quebec Chronicle-Telegraph archives

While digging through some old, mostly black-and-white, photos in the QCT archives, we came across this photo of Terry Fox with his brother Darryl and friend Doug Alward. The picture was taken in Lévis on June 15, 1980, when Fox made a stop there during his attempted cross-Canada Marathon of Hope for cancer research.

Violet Kirkwood (nee Sharp) May 11, 1923 - June 15, 2020


On Monday, June 15, 2020, Violet “Vi” Kirkwood (nee Sharp), our beautiful mother, grand and great-grandmother, left us peacefully in her sleep. She was 97 years of age.

City unveils tramway plans for Limoilou-Charlesbourg

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Photo: Ville de Québe

Residents of the Limoilou and Charlesbourg districts got a clearer picture last week of the major and multiple changes the city’s tramway project will bring.

Mayor Régis Labeaume and other city officials unveiled the final plans for the tramway route along 1re Avenue from 4e Rue in Vieux-Limoilou to the Charlesbourg terminus hub at the intersection of 76e Rue and Boul. Henri-Bourassa.

It’s Groundhog Day … again!

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Photo: Danielle Burns

Some people may be feeling like every day is Groundhog Day during the COVID-19 pandemic, especially if kids are still out of school and parents out of work. With no dinners with friends, barbecues or birthday parties, is there anything in life these days to help us tell the difference between a Wednesday and a Saturday?

Touring Québécois ‘staycation’ destinations

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Let’s just face facts: This will be a summer like no other. To use an expression more familiar to misbehaving teenagers, this province has been grounded. No big parties, no big music festivals, no big outdoor or indoor sports events, no big public gatherings of any kind.

City invites residents to hold festive street parties

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Photo: Peter Black

In a summer deprived of the usual giant parties such as the Festival d’Été de Québec, thanks to the coronavirus fear, the city is inviting citizens to make their own parties in neighbourhoods and parks.

A rainbow shines through the raindrops

Photo by Lise Lafond


Just a few drops of rain on a cloudy day, but the sun managed to shine through the clouds to paint this colourful rainbow over Lake Témiscouata.

Local filmmakers bring Rohingya journey to life

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Photo: Mö Films.

For much of their lives, filmmakers Mélanie Carrier and Olivier Higgins have been on the road, whether biking across Central Asia (Asiemut, 2007), paddling from Lac Saint-Jean to Quebec City (Rencontre, 2011), discovering a Rohingya refugee camp (Wandering: a Rohingya Story, 2020) or documenting the first day of school in Haiti (Ce que le monde porte en soi, expected in 2022).

Travelling the Trans-Canada Highway this summer

Photo: Lise Lafond

Have you ever wondered about the history of the roads you travel? While touring Quebec this summer, you may find yourself on the Trans-Canada Highway (TCH), on the way to your destination. Here are some facts about the TCH, parts of which are still under construction in certain areas of Quebec.

Preserving Quebec’s heritage and securing its future

The Quebec Anglophone Heritage Network (QAHN), a province-wide network of organizations and individuals that works to promote the preservation of the heritage of the province’s English-speaking communities, welcomes the conclusions and recommendations of Quebec’s Auditor General Guylaine Leclerc with regard to heritage policy in her latest report.

A special International Archives Day for Canada

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Photo: Wikimedia Commons - Public Domain

June 9 is International Archives Day.

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