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Remparts, QMJHL and CHL fall victim to COVID-19

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Photo: Quebec Remparts

The COVID-19 pandemic continues to have an impact on the world of sports. The Canadian Hockey League (CHL) has announced that, for the first time in its 102-year history, the Memorial Cup won’t be played. And that cancellation has led to the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League (QMJHL) announcing that there won’t be any playoffs this spring.


from Susan Lukits

Dear Editor,

With the COVID-19 pandemic, we are certainly living in strange times. I didn’t realize how strange they were until I had my birthday on March 26 and had to go out grocery shopping. Much to my surprise, I experienced the following:

Question: What is a sign that you are having a birthday during the COVID-19 pandemic?


from Gail Benjamin

Thank you so much for your wonderful newspaper. I’m a small-town Alberta grandmother. My grandchildren and my beloved French family live in Lévis and I am fortunate enough to visit them in Quebec a few times each year.

Local charities weather COVID storm

The COVID-19 crisis has brought out the generous side of Canadians, particularly Quebecers, according to a recent report by Canada Helps, an online charitable giving platform. However, local nonprofits are worried about how their operations will continue as the pandemic drags on.

Ti Boeuf rock band is ready for the spotlight

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Photo: Ti Boeuf by Reloopstudio

Instead of lounging around during the COVID-19 lockdown, the members of Ti Boeuf have been making music from home in Saint-Raymond de Portneuf. The rock trio – brothers Derek Lee (guitar) and Landon Ra (bass) Dagenais, and their pal Olivier Cabot (drums) – recorded and produced their first EP, called Anderson I, earlier this year.

Somewhere over the rainbow . . .

Photos by Shirley Nadeau


Two rainbows in this window seem to be surrounding a COVID-19 “bug.” The message with the lower rainbow is bilingual: “It’s going to be okay” and “Ça va bien aller.”

We are with you, Italy!

Photo by Danielle Burns

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An Italian flag hangs from a third-floor balcony in Limoilou in solidarity with Italy, the country with the highest number of deaths to date from COVID-19.

Spring is here and our geese are back!

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Photo: Lise Lafond

Spring has arrived and with it the return of our pair of Canada geese.

We have had the privilege of welcoming these beautiful birds back to our property for many years. This week they arrived with five friends, who rested a while and then flew away. But our geese stayed.

Quebec City’s Medicago in race for COVID-19 vaccine

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Photo: Medicago

A Quebec City company is a serious contender in the race to develop a vaccine to combat COVID-19. Medicago, a biopharmaceutical company founded in 1999, has already produced a virus-like particle (VLP) that mimics the new coronavirus now wreaking havoc in the world.

What a relief! “Five-cent pieces” aplenty to ease corona crisis

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Historians, generally a disputatious bunch – although they would dispute that – probably agree on one thing.

Visit the museum of your choice anywhere in the world

We are now almost three weeks into Premier François Legault’s directive to close schools and public areas and to practise social distancing. People have been asked to stay home in order to prevent the spread of COVID-19.

The story behind Rue Gigault


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Photo: Library and Archives Canada

This street is named in honour of Georges- Auguste Gigault (1845-1915) who was a notary, public servant and political figure in Quebec.

Born in Saint-Mathias de Rouville, the son of Pierre Gigault and Marguerite Wait, he was educated at the Séminaire de Saint-Hyacinthe. Gigault went on to study law in Montreal and was licensed as a notary in 1867. In 1870, he married Isabella Dillon.


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Photo: Photo from QCT archives

March 30, 1820 – The Quebec Gazette

QHS Blazers basketball teams forced to cancel their seasons

Local high school sports teams fell victim to the COVID-19 virus, and the Blazers from Quebec High School were not immune.

In a school that has 330 students, the Blazers fielded seven basketball teams in 2019-20. “This is great, considering the size of QHS,” wrote Danny Weston, the school’s athletic director, in an email interview.

SLC Lions to join new Division I hockey conference in 2020-21

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Photo: SLC Lions

The CEGEP Champlain–St. Lawrence (SLC) Lions men’s hockey program will move up to a new RSEQ (Réseau du Sport Étudiant du Québec) Division I hockey conference in 2020-21.

In a telephone interview last week, Vincent-Jean Dubé, student affairs counsellor at SLC, confirmed that the Lions will be one of 13 teams in the new division.

Every little box (of masks) helps provincial, national COVID response

The provincial and federal governments are making unprecedented calls on colleges, CEGEPs, vocational training centres and universities to contribute supplies and expertise to the fight against COVID-19.

Wait Until Dark fans must … wait

For the first time in its nearly 40-year history, the Quebec Art Company (QAC) has been forced to postpone a show in the works. The reason is the ongoing uncertainty caused by the COVID-19 crisis.

QAC president Cheryl Rimmer says the production of the thriller Wait Until Dark, which had been slated for May, will now be staged at the end of November.

Wellness Centre working to protect your health and safety

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On March 12, following instructions from local health authorities, Jeffery Hale Community Partners (JH Partners) suspended all Wellness group activities at all of its sites, including the Jeffery Hale, Saint Brigid’s Home, McGreevy Manor, the Gatehouse and elsewhere.

Volunteer and support community during pandemic

The Minister of Labour, Employment and Social Solidarity, Jean Boulet, is calling on all Quebecers to lend a hand to community organizations in their area, in order to help support vulnerable community members during this pandemic.

Day 10 - Social Distancing


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So I still can’t totally control the iPad but my skills have improved A LOT over 10 days of social distancing. Yes, I went out and bought the toilet paper and the Kleenex, but today [March 23] I felt resentful about being a victim. I’ve had it and it’s time to strike back. How? With balloons!

School’s out! How to stay sane and keep kids busy learning

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Photo: Photo by Danielle Burns

On March 22, the Legault government confirmed that schools would be closed until May 1, a tentative return date that might again be postponed, depending on the course of the COVID-19 outbreak.

Spring has arrived to lift Quebecers’ spirits

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Photo: Cassandra Kerwin

Quebecers love winter and embrace it by taking part in many activities: skiing, skating, sledding, building snowmen and having snowball fights. We even celebrate it with an annual winter carnival. Nevertheless, there is something about March and the spring equinox that makes everyone want to step outside and applaud the warmer weather.

No shortage of inspirational words in time of virus crisis

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In these difficult times, we seek comfort and inspiration from various sources, from political leaders to Hollywood stars.

Telephony – New Invention Is On Its Way


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Photo: Wikipedia Commons - Public Domain

Forty-five years after the telephone was invented by Alexander Graham Bell, an article written by Italian inventor Guglielmo Marconi was published worldwide, including in the March 25, 1920 edition of the Quebec Chronicle. In his writings, Marconi made this bold prediction.

The story behind Rue Gérard-Morisset


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Photo: Wikipedia Commons - Public Domain

This street is named in honour of Gérard Morisset (1896-1970), an art historian and writer, who was born in Cap-Santé. He was an important figure on Quebec’s cultural scene for almost 50 years. He was educated at Université Laval and became a notary, but devoted much of his life to the conservation and study of Quebec’s artistic and architectural heritage.


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Photo: Wikipedia Commons - Public Domain

March 22, 1820 – The Quebec Gazette
The Princess of Wales

Quebec connection to women’s right to vote in the U.S.

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Photo: Priscilla Wigington

The QCT’s longtime assignment editor, journalist and copy editor Shirley Nadeau is “showing her stripes” as an inspirational woman in a rather unusual and distinctive place. Nadeau is one of 36 women whose portraits former QCT journalist Bethann Garramon Merkle included on a stripe of a massive American flag (18 feet by 26 feet).

Keep busy with your life despite social distancing or isolation

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Photo: Photo by Lise Lafond

You’re at home, because of the COVID-19 pandemic voluntary isolation, and looking for things to do. After you’ve done all your personal filing, cleaned the house (again) and watched all that Netflix has to offer, how about getting an early start on Christmas gifts?

Rainbows in windows: a message of hope during dark times

Photo: Danielle Burns

According to a recent article from the BBC, it’s thought that the rainbow with a positive message trend started in Italy (Andrá Tutto Bene), but has rapidly caught on in other countries including the U.S. (#Rainbowhunt), Spain (Todo Irá Bien) and the U.K. (#Spreadhope).

Online services keep local church communities together

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Photo: Screenshot from Facebook page

On the fourth Sunday of Lent, Rev. Katherine Burgess expected to be standing before her congregation in Kirk Hall of St. Andrew’s Presbyterian Church in Old Quebec. Instead, with in-person gatherings in churches banned as part of Quebec’s effort to fight the COVID-19 pandemic, she read a sermon from her home, seated in front of a mobile phone and a single lit candle.

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