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Enjoy some Christmas trivia food for thought with your turkey

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Photo: Wikimedia Commons - Public Domain

You think your holiday dinner has a lot of food? Consider this – in 1377, King Richard II of England hosted a Christmas feast at which 300 sheep and 28 oxen were consumed.

Canadians love Christmas. Consider place names like Christmas Island, N.S., Holly, Ont., Noel, N.S., Snowflake, Man., and of course Turkey Point, Ont.

Junior hockey teams have an early holiday break

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Photo: Quebec Remparts

The Quebec Major Junior Hockey League (QMJHL) has advised its 18 teams, including the Quebec Remparts, that all activities have been put on hold until Jan. 3, 2021.

Capitales start their Christmas shopping early

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Photo: website

The Québec Capitales of the Frontier Baseball League (FBL) started their Christmas shopping early this offseason, despite the COVID-19 pandemic.

One of their main recruits is catcher Ruben Castro, 24, from Puerto Rico.

Peley, Gélinas to manage Alouettes, Diamants in 2021

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Photo: Luc Lang

Quebec City’s two junior baseball teams will have new managers in 2021, and both of them once played for the Québec Capitales.

The Charlesbourg Alouettes have all but completed the contract details and are ready to hire Josué Peley as their new field boss.

It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas in Quebec City

Photos by Cassandra Kerwin


A Christmas tree stands tall in Place Royale next to the bust of Louis XIV in front of Église Notre-Dame-des-Victoires. 


Merry moral contract: A COVID Christmas Carol


Photo: Wikimedia Commons - Public Domain Illustration by John Leech 1843

The virus was not dead: to begin with.

Ebenezer Legault was busy in his accountability house, keeping an eye on his humble finance clerk Girard, shivering in his dismal little cubicle trying to balance the ledger.

Into the office with a tinkle of a bell came two gentlemen, representatives of the tavern-keepers’ and gym-owners’ benevolent societies.

Humaniti development replaces Le Phare on Boul. Laurier

Photo: Image courtesy of COGIR

It’s lights out for the huge and controversial Le Phare project at the west end of Boulevard Laurier. Its replacement, revealed last week, is a somewhat scaled-down version, called Humaniti.

Former Valcartier commander Fortin heads national vax operation

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Photo: Canadian Forces

The man tapped to lead an unprecedented nationwide vaccination campaign is a former commander at Canadian Forces Base Valcartier who is originally from Montmagny.

The story behind Place Jean-Pelletier


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Photo: Shirley Nadeau from QCT archives

This park is named in honour of Jean Pelletier (1935-2009), the 37th mayor of Quebec City (1977-89).


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Photo: Wikimedia Commons - Public Domain

December 4, 1820 – The Quebec Gazette
Cure For Tooth Ache

To a table spoonful of any kind of spirits, add the same quantity of sharp vinegar, and a tea spoonful of common table salt – mix well together; hold the liquid in the mouth that it can enter the cavity or hollow in the tooth; it will give almost instantaneous relief, without any pain.

Elections for English-language school boards postponed

To ensure that school board elections during the COVID-19 pandemic take place in a safe manner, and to respect the moral contract proposed by Premier François Legault, the Ministère de l’Éducation announced that the school board election process and the vote that was to take place on Dec. 20 have been postponed.

The CAQ listens to reason: school board elections on hold


As you all know by now, the Coalition Avenir Québec government has listened to reason and has put all elections in Quebec’s nine English-language school boards on hold for an indefinite period. The government’s response came on Nov. 26.

We moved just in time . . . for COVID-19


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Photo: Bill Cox

One year ago, my wife Denyse and I moved into a lovely seniors’ assisted-living residence in Sainte-Foy. We had all winter to participate in activities such as billiards, indoor pétanque and card games monitored by energetic and motivating young men and women.

Support the Community Christmas Hamper Campaign online

Photo: Community Christmas Hamper Campaign

Due to COVID-19, all fundraising events for the Community Christmas Hamper Campaign are taking place online this year. Here are a few initiatives you can support:

Chocolate chip cookie and mac ’n cheese recipe ingredients in Mason jars are on sale, a joint initiative of SNACS and Rise. The deadline to order is Dec. 10.

Winter Carnival spreads magic to seven locations

Photo: Cassandra Kerwin

Snow, ice, cold weather…. There’s magic in the air of Quebec City. A giant snowman wearing a red toque, a ceinture fléchée (arrow sash) and a face mask was recently spotted in Lower Town.

50th anniversary of the October Crisis - Part 3


The Quebec Chronicle-Telegraph (QCT) continued its coverage of the ongoing crisis following the murder of Pierre Laporte on Oct. 17, 1970.

Discovering the International Appalachian Trail


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Photo: Ruby Pratka

At the eastern tip of the Gaspé Peninsula, inside Forillon National Park, a short, steep walk from the lighthouse in what was once the village of Cap-Gaspé, there’s a lookout platform known as le bout du monde (the end of the world). For Simon Bourk, the end of the world was the beginning of a very long journey.

Sharing good fortune a great way to celebrate Christmas 2020

Despite all the gloom and doom, many of us have managed to weather the pandemic fairly well, so far.

We have kept our jobs (or have pension income) and still have a decent place to live and a social life, even if it is mostly electronic. Best of all, we, and those close to us, have remained reasonably healthy.

Meet the marvellous Madame Labriski

Photo: Shirley Nadeau

Mériane Labrie, better known as Madame Labriski, is the fascinating local baker behind all those sugar-free baked goods now available at IGA grocery stores. With her thirst for innovation and her vision of changing the eating habits of the world, she proudly wages war against refined sugar with recipes using date purée.

'Clematis virginiana' has a new look for each season


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Photo: Lise Lafond

Walking in the forest, I noticed a tree that seemed to have little snowballs sitting on its branches. Intrigued, I cleared a path through the dense shrubs and branches to get a better look. Up close, these little snowballs resembled a cluster of beautiful white feathers floating in the wind.

Sigouin’s solid performance nets another Remparts win

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Photo: Jonathan Roy - QMJHL

Goaltender Thomas Sigouin blocked 19 of 20 shots from the Gatineau Olympiques, including 12 in the third period, to lead the Quebec Remparts to a 2-1 victory on Nov. 26.

It was the team’s last game in the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League (QMJHL) bubble. Sigouin’s solid performance earned him the first star of the game.

Diamants manager Dominik Walsh leaves team

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Photo: LBJEQ website

The Diamants de Québec announced on Nov. 26 that manager and general director Dominik Walsh is leaving the organization after eight seasons at the helm.

Walsh, who played for the Diamants from 2002 to 2007, guided the team to four championships in the Ligue de Baseball Junior Élite du Québec (LBJEQ).

Mayor Labeaume vetoes hosting 2030 Olympics

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Quebec City will not host the 2030 Winter Olympic Games. Local entrepreneur Mark Charest recently made public a study exploring the possibility of an Olympic bid, but Mayor Régis Labeaume quickly nixed the idea.

Charest’s project became public when FM93 sports reporter Pierre Vézina first aired the story on Nov. 23.

German Christmas Gardens open at City Hall

Photo: Cassandra Kerwin

In spite of the cancellation of the Marché de Noël allemand de Québec (Quebec City German Christmas Market) this year, the team behind the event has found a unique way to bring the spirit of a German Christmas back to the Old City.

The Place d’Youville skating rink is now open

Photos by Cassandra Kerwin


Labeaume mulls exit: Not ‘irreplaceable’ but maybe inimitable

Photo: Régis Labeaume via Facebook

Since forever – OK, since the 1930s – being mayor of Quebec City has been a long-term job.

Not since 1938 has a chef of La Vieille capitale ruled the sceptred town for less than 12 years, or three terms. Sainte-Foy suburban warrior Andrée Boucher was the tragic exception that proved the rule in recent history.

Facing opposition to project, city unveils designs for tramway cars

Photo: Ville de Québec

Into a mirror, darkly. Quebec City Mayor Régis Labeaume didn’t exactly use that biblical quote to describe the look of the tramway cars that he hopes will be gliding along city streets six years hence.

St. Michael’s Memorial Hall renovations move ahead

Photo: Jonathan Letellier-Black

Work is well underway on the repair and renovation of Memorial Hall, next to St. Michael’s Anglican Church on Chemin Saint-Louis.

Concrete steps have been removed from the entranceway and there’s been excavation around the foundation on the east side of the building.


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Photo: Wikimedia Commons - Fair Use

November 26, 1870 – The Morning Chronicle

The story behind Jardin Jean-Paul-L’Allier


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Photo: Wikimedia Commons - Public Domain

It is a garden rather than a street that honours the memory of Jean-Paul L’Allier (1938- 2016), the 38th mayor of Quebec City from 1989 to 2005.

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