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COVID-19 curfew puts many outdoor activities on ice


During the first weekend of curfew, pick-up hockey was popular at the Anse-à-Cartier park along the St. Charles River. Photo by Danielle Burns


Family hockey bubble

Photo by Peter Black


Five members of the Patenaude family picked up sticks and laced up for a little early-morning shinny on the rink in front of the Musée national des beaux-arts du Québec on Grande Allée. Under the latest COVID-19 restrictions, only family “bubbles” are allowed to play hockey on the city’s outdoor rinks.

Quebec imposes curfew hoping to curb COVID-19

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Photo: Screenshot from Facebook

The decision of the Quebec government to impose a curfew became real for most of the population at about 6:30 on Saturday, Jan. 9. At that time, security alerts on cell phones began sounding the warning that the curfew would take effect at 8 p.m that night.

Banking on an all-Canadian hockey division: personal cheques for body checks

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Good thing we’ve got NHL hockey to keep us indoors after 8 p.m., eh?
No, we’re not going to talk about the curfew here. What is there to say besides yet another chorus of pandemic-inspired WTFs (where the F, kids, stands for “fudge”)?

No, let’s talk hockey, eh! Canadian hockey, eh! A brand new and temporary all-Canadian division, eh! Eh?


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Photo: Wikimedia Commons - Public Domain

Couperin Concerts going for baroque online

The Couperin Concerts are back (online) and are “going for baroque” with baritone Hugo Laporte and lutenist, theorbist and guitarist Charles Galipeau.

The concert consists of excerpts from baroque operas and solos for theorbo and lute, and includes works by Dowland, Purcell, Handel, Corbetta, Visée, Lambert, Lully and Couperin. Several arrangements are by Galipeau.

Skiing and snowboarding more popular than ever during COVID-19

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Photo: Cassandra Kerwin

Once the snow begins to pile up, skiers are eager to hit the slopes, even during a pandemic. Ski resorts throughout Quebec are prepared for a record-breaking season this year. Not even a provincewide curfew has stopped people from strapping on their skis and snowboards.

Saint Brigid’s COVID-19 outbreak over; hospital cases cause concern

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Photo: Screenshot from Google Maps

The coronavirus outbreak that claimed more than 30 lives at Saint Brigid’s Home in November and December is officially over. Starting in late December, the home recorded 14 days without a new COVID-19 case.

Vandal leaves tache on Taché statue in new location

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Photo: Jonathan Letellier-Black

A statue of a father of Confederation displaced from a prime riverside location got a golden welcome from a vandal in its new, more discreet spot.

Who is decorating the trunks of the alder trees?


Photo: Lise Lafond

Walking in the woods, I often pass by the Rivière aux Pommes that cuts through a piece of our land. Alder trees (Latin name Alnus, which means “close to the river”) grow on both sides. The alder is a deciduous tree, meaning it sheds its leaves in fall, and is a member of the birch family. There are many species of alder, including the speckled alder, which is native to Quebec.

A special season awaits NHL players, teams and fans in 2021

The 2020-21 season of the National Hockey League (NHL) got underway on Jan. 13 with five games, including the first of 10 meetings between the Montreal Canadiens and the Toronto Maple Leafs.

The late start was due to the completion of the Stanley Cup playoffs last fall and the disruption caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.

Remparts return to action on Jan. 23 in Rimouski

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Photo: QMJHL

After a month-and-a-half layoff, the Quebec Remparts will get back in action along with the other 17 teams of the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League (QMJHL) starting on Jan. 21.

The league’s Quebec teams will be in four different protected playing environments, similar to the one put in place at the Videotron Centre in late November.

We must protect French – but not at the expense of Quebec’s English-speaking communities

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Photo: QCGN

At the dawn of 2021, English-speaking Quebecers are witnessing the relative language peace we have enjoyed for many years fade.

Exploring the origins of Mittens Alley in Limoilou

Photo: Jean-François Caron

Alleys, or ruelles as they are known in French, are very important to the culture and lifestyle of Limoilou.

In a 2010 article titled “Les Ruelles de Limoilou: mythes, obligations et animation!” on, Erick Rivard said the alleys “belong to no one and are everyone’s!”

Embracing the outdoors during COVID-19

Photos by Lise Lafond

Get out and visit our Belle Province. The winter scenery will surely lift your spirits, but don’t forget to get back home before the 8 p.m. curfew.




OBITUARY: Winnifred (Crawford) McCARTNEY

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Winnifred (Crawford) McCARTNEY
December 20, 1924 – December 24, 2020


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Robert Vesey BOSWELL
September 11, 1936 – January 7, 2021

It is with deep sorrow that we announce the passing of Robert Vesey Boswell, age 84, in Calgary, Alberta, on Jan. 7, 2021. He was born in Quebec City in 1936, to Col. James V. and Mrs. Beatrice (Hatch) Boswell.

Democracy has been challenged

American politics has provided us with a welcome distraction from COVID-19.
A good many of us viewed the presidential election, and its bizarre aftermath, with the detached amusement usually reserved for TV reality shows.

The events that unfolded Jan. 6 were not entertaining in the slightest; they were terrifying. We sensed it was not only the Capitol under attack but democracy itself.

The QCT remembers and honours Jay Ouellet

Photo: Shirley Nadeau from QCT archives



Battle to beat COVID-19 could escalate war on cancer

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Here’s a thought to get 2021 started. If modern medical science can whip up an effective vaccine for a stubborn, elusive virus in a matter of months, couldn’t that same kind of burst of energy, funding and know-how eradicate, or at least tame, cancer?

To the Editor

We were pleasantly surprised that the Dec. 23 edition of the QCT arrived at our home on Thursday [Dec. 24]! The paper usually arrives on the Friday after publication or the following Monday. It was one of those things that made our day, especially during COVID. A Christmas miracle, considering the postal backup! Thanks to all the QCT staff for all your hard work!

Big year ahead for big projects in the city

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Photo: Peter Black

After a year of controversy, confusion and delay, 2021 promises to be a year of decisions and action for major infrastructure projects likely to affect Quebec City for many years to come. Here is a roundup of the current status of these major developments.

Goodbye 2020, you were a very different and difficult year

Photo: Lise Lafond

“Hope is being able to see that there is light despite all of the darkness.”
~ Desmond Tutu

Did you observe the old Irish New Year’s tradition of opening the back door just before midnight to let the old year out, and then opening the front door to welcome the new year?

There’s a new critter in the crèche at the Cathedral

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Photo: Shirley Nadeau

Another creature has been added to the crèche scene at the Cathedral of the Holy Trinity, made by parishioner Miriam “Minum” Blair.

The story behind Rue Jordi-Bonet


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Photo: Wikimedia Commons - Public Domain

This street and a nearby park are named in honour of painter, engraver, ceramist and sculptor Jordi Bonet (1932-1979), who was born in Barcelona, Spain.

At the age of seven, Bonet lost his right arm in an accident. Art then became his refuge. At age 20, he already owned his own studio and exhibited with much older artists.


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(1954 - 2020)

It is with a heavy heart that I announce the passing of my brother Jay, who died in Quebec City on Dec. 27, 2020.


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Robert Edward MONAGHAN
1932 - 2020

It is with heavy hearts that the family of Robert Edward Monaghan announces the peaceful passing of our devoted and cherished husband and father, on Dec. 20, 2020 at the age of 88, in Quebec City.

Given the current situation related to COVID-19, the funeral celebration will take place at a later date.



(1946 – 2020)

How did you ring in the New Year?

If your New Year’s celebration included self-inflicted hypothermia, you’re probably a Canadian who takes an annual polar bear dip for charity.

The next link in the chain: Reviving the music of Douglastown


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Photo: Screenshot from La Grande Chaîne trailer used with permission

As they packed up their equipment, the members of the Douglastown Dance Orchestra figured they had dodged a bullet. It was March 14, 2020.

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