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Alberta oil not ‘dead,’ just taking the long way to market

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Everyone liking those dirt-cheap gas prices? Bargain rates at the pump are on the lengthy list of things you never thought you’d see – all thanks to a nasty virus.

LETTER TO THE EDITOR

Dear Editor,

I wish to inform you and your readers of an unacceptable situation here in Quebec City.

Crisis management over videoconference: Lightbound looks back on historic spring

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Photo: House of Commons website

From the COVID-19 pandemic to the devastating mass shooting in Nova Scotia, the spring of 2020 has brought some of the darkest moments in Canadian history – and mobilized sweeping and innovative responses from all levels of government and from Canadians.

School back in session for CQSB elementary school students

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Photo: Cassandra Kerwin

All Central Québec School Board (CQSB) elementary schools were expected to reopen on schedule May 11, according to CQSB chairperson Stephen Burke. Burke is confident that schools will be able to abide by social-distancing guidelines and hygiene measures when they reopen.

Quebec City-Lévis ferry back on schedule

On May 11, the Quebec City-Lévis ferry returned to its regular schedule. From now on, ferries will depart from each side of the river every 60 minutes from 6 a.m. to 2:20 a.m., increasing to every 40 minutes during rush hour.

Let the sunshine in! QAC to hold auditions for Hair musical

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Let the sunshine in!”

That’s what the Quebec Art Company (QAC) is planning to do next spring with a production of Hair, the fabled “American Tribal Love-Rock Musical.”

Initial auditions for principal roles and ensemble will be held in early July. Dates, times and details on roles and audition requirements will be released shortly.

Scrapbooks are keepsakes to enjoy again and again…

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Photo: Lise Lafond

Almost all of my grandchildren’s birthdays are celebrated in November and December, so just as we finish with the birthday parties, cakes and presents, Christmas is right around the corner.

Pandemic advice from the library shelf

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If you can’t see the 27 book titles clearly, here’s how they read: The English Patient - Had - Caught - It - On the Beach. I Should Have Stayed Home - She Said. Now - She Was - In Quarantine - In the Dark - House of Splendid Isolation. Still - Hope Springs Eternal. With a Little Bit of Luck - Common Sense - AND - Personal Hygiene - The Corona Book of Horror Stories - Must End Soon.

Newspaper reports of the Gavazzi riot at Chalmers Church

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Photo: MNBAQ

This is the second of two articles about the Gavazzi riot.

The first was published in the April 22, 2020 edition.

All the Quebec City newspapers reported on the Gavazzi riot of 1853 at Chalmers Free Presbyterian Church (now Chalmers-Wesley United).

What in the world is a “blunderbuss?”

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Photo: Wikimedia Commons - Public Domain

After learning the thrilling details of the origin of the words “balustrade” and “baluster” in a recent edition, one of our readers asked about another strange English word that we don’t very often hear – “blunderbuss.”

COVID-19: Planning your next move during the pandemic

The Ville de Québec and the Office municipal d’habitation de Québec (OMHQ) have released several online search and planning tools in anticipation of the July 1 moving period. These tools aim to make life easier for residents searching for rental housing, temporary housing and storage space. The OMHQ also offers support services to residents who need them.

Héma-Québec reminds everyone of the importance of giving blood

Héma-Québec is working actively to pursue its mission during the COVID-19 pandemic.

The health of Héma-Québec’s donors, recipients, staff and volunteers, and the safety of the blood products and other biological products it supplies, are a constant concern. This vigilance has increased even more in the present situation.

Mary Lou O’Grady

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Mary Lou O’Grady
(March 3, 1933 – May 1, 2020)

It is with great sadness that the family of Mary Lou O’Grady announces her death in Quebec City at the age of 87 years.

Capitales manager Scalabrini still looking to upgrade his team

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Photo: Luc Lang

Pat Scalabrini, manager of the Québec Capitales, is waiting at home for the start of training camp, instead of being on a baseball field.

St. Lawrence Lions receive many RSEQ awards

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Photo: St. Lawrence Lions Facebook page

Alexis Kayonga of the men’s basketball team at CEGEP Champlain–St. Lawrence (SLC) was named the 2019-2020 Most Valuable Player of the Réseau du Sport Étudiant du Québec (RSEQ) Division 2 section.

Thanks for taking care of us!

Photo by Shirley Nadeau

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A CHSLD or nursing home in Upper Town bears a banner made by the family members of residents. “Merci à vous de prendre soins de nous” (Thank you for taking care of us) is their message for nurses and caregivers.

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Caution! Rainbow crossing!

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The rainbow crosswalk on Avenue de Salaberry adds a touch of whimsy to walking the dog on a sunny morning. All will be well! Photo by Cassandra Kerwin

SLC raises $3,820 for Leucan Shaved Head Challenge

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Photo: SLC Facebook page

For the 10th consecutive year, CEGEP Champlain–St. Lawrence (SLC) participated in the Leucan Shaved Head Challenge, despite the current COVID-19 enforced isolation. This year’s event was held on April 23.

Pursuing their usual success in fundraising, three students and a staff member collected $3,820 and had their heads shaved in front of a “virtual” cheering crowd via Facebook Live.

How we learned to stop worrying and love the deficit

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Chances are prior to the pandemic most Canadians would not have been able to identify Yves Giroux in a police line-up. Probably most still couldn’t put a face to the man who has been Canada’s Parliamentary Budget Officer (PBO) since September 2018.

Simons not rushing to open stores

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Photo: Jonathan Letellier-Black

While many merchants in Quebec were allowed to reopen their doors this week, others were in less of a rush to get back to business.

La Maison Simons, for one, won’t open its nine stores in Quebec until May 19. Retailers with exterior-door access were allowed to open on May 4.

Celebrating Mother’s Day

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Photo: Wikimedia Commons - Public Domain

Mother’s Day was first celebrated in the United States in 1908 on the second Sunday in May, when Anna Jarvis from Grafton, West Virginia, began a campaign to have it recognized as a holiday.

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.

MEMORIALS AND THINGS OF FAME

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Photo: BANQ, P546 - Photo by F. Wurtele

May 5, 1820 – The Quebec Gazette
Commerce

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

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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.

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In memory of the Nova Scotia victims

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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.

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