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Original rainbows continue to cheer up folks in Quebec City


This rainbow is made entirely of individual dots. “Ca va bien aller!” Photo by Shirley Nadeau 

Thank you all for your service: Canadian military personnel summoned to help health warriors

This old world keeps spinning ’round, though much of the frenzied activity of its human occupants has been put on hold thanks to a rampant rogue virus.

City unveils market, movie and bike plans to boost spring spirits

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Photo: Peter Black

City officials have rolled out a series of measures to boost the morale of a citizenry worn out by a winter of pandemic lockdown and isolation. Among the initiatives “to provide citizens with a green spring” are the opening of the Sainte-Foy public market, an improved bicycle path network, and the resumption of horticultural activities and community gardens.

QHS Trivia Night held online this year

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Photo: Shirley Nadeau from QCT archives

So, this is what the pandemic has led us to. Playing trivia games online instead of in the comfort of the Quebec High School gymnasium. And on an app called Kahoot, of all things!

COVID or not, spring is here!


Crocuses open in the warm spring sunshine, accompanied by dainty pink scilla. Photo by Shirley Nadeau


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Photo: Public Domain image from Toronto Library website

April 30, 1870 – The Morning Chronicle

Reaction to a Street View


After the QCT published Bill Cox’s Street Views column of April 15 featuring the story behind Parc Gilles-Lamontagne, the writer’s daughter Maureen Cox, who is a colleague of Lamontagne’s son, Michel, received the following message (in French) from him.

Jeffery Hale Community Partners thank volunteers

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Photo: Jeffery Hale Community Partners

At this time of year, we usually host an up-beat happy hour to celebrate all our volunteers, for having given time to the community Wellness Centre. This annual get-together is our opportunity to express our humble thanks for the contributions they’ve made to our dynamic community.

The rise of homemade bread: where’s the yeast?

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Photo: Lise Lafond

Are flour and yeast replacing toilet paper madness, and are basic baking ingredients becoming the most difficult items to find at the grocery store?

Phyllis Alexandra (née Young) THOMPSON

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Phyllis Alexandra (née Young) THOMPSON

It is with profound sadness that we announce the passing of our much-loved Mother, Grandmother and Great-grandmother. Phyllis was born in Quebec City on January 10, 1931 and passed away on April 5, 2020 in Scarborough, Ontario.

Fighting Irish Seniors committed to RSEQ Division 1 football

Photo: St. Patrick’s High football team

The St. Patrick’s High School football program is producing more and more players who are being recruited by CEGEP football teams in the province of Quebec. The players all want to follow in the footsteps of Edward Godin, who currently plays for the BC Lions of the Canadian Football League.

Lights, camera, movies? Maybe!

Photo: Rachel Collet from QCT archives

When Mayor Régis Labeaume proposed the possibility of free drive-in movies at three sites around Quebec City at a press conference on April 22 (see Peter Black’s article on page 2), the city’s entertainment-starved press and public jumped on the idea. However, the business community and public health authorities still have some reservations.

Beliveau, Gilbert “Bill”

1945 - 2020


Beliveau, Gilbert “Bill”
1945 - 2020

It is with great sadness that the family of Gilbert Beliveau "Bill" announce that he has passed away peacefully on April 22, 2020, at the age of 75 years with his family by his side.

Ça va bien aller rainbows light up Quebec City buildings

Photos by Cassandra Kerwin


The Industrial Alliance building on Grande Allée goes from white to rainbow at night to add colour to people's lives in Quebec City.

Rainbow messages reflect hope for the future

Photos by Shirley Nadeau


Andrà tutto bene. “Everything will be fine!” reads the message in the window of an Italian grocery store on Avenue Cartier. 

Bilingual Muslim community group lends a hand

Photo: Raza Shah

As quarantine and self-isolation drag on for a growing number of Quebecers during the COVID-19 pandemic, a local Muslim group is building bridges between volunteers and people in need across the city.

Stay tuned for news of Beethoven’s 250th birthday celebrations

Photo: Wikimedia Commons - Public Domain

The 250th birthday of composer and pianist Ludwig van Beethoven was to have been celebrated this year in his home town of Bonn, Germany, and in Vienna, Austria, where he really made his career. All plans, however, have been put on hold indefinitely until the COVID-19 pandemic is under control.

The story behind Chemin Gomin

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Photo: Screenshot from Google Maps

This street was named in honour of Anet Gomin, a surgeon and herbalist in Quebec during the French regime. The place and date of his birth are unknown.


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Photo: Wikimedia Commons - Public Domain Photo by Charles J. Sharp

April 23, 1870 – The Morning Chronicle
Ballast and the River
(To the Editor of the Morning Chronicle)

Candy stores and ‘dreaded’ homes: Coronavirus contradictions

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One doesn’t want to be a pandemic pooper here, but since when is a candy store an essential service? I like a jaw-breaker, licorice twister or jellybean as much as the next guy (not really), but I honestly think I could get by without a bonbon buzz until the virus darkness lifts.

Looking back at the Gavazzi riot in Chalmers Church

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Photo: Chalmers-Wesley United Church archives

With so many activities cancelled and facilities closed at present due to the coronavirus, it seems a good opportunity to turn toward the past for something to write about.

Let’s take time to reconnect with nature

Photo: Lise Lafond

With time on my hands and subjects all around, I decided to take out my camera gear and tour the land around the house.

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.

The Wolfe Monument is going “topless”

Photo by Shirley Nadeau


The Wolfe Monument in front of the Musée National des Beaux-Arts du Québec is temporarily “topless” while the helmet and sword that normally cap the top of the famous column undergo restoration work by the National Battlefields Commission.

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.

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