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Rainbows in windows: a message of hope during dark times

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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.

Good cheer hard to find on St. Patrick’s Day

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Photo: Cassandra Kerwin

This year, Saint Patrick’s Day was grey, gusty, snowy and rainy – not very conducive to celebrating. For the first time in memory, most local Irish pubs were empty, even closed. The few pedestrians outside on March 17 commented on how Quebec City was a ghost town since self-isolation had been recommended by the federal and provincial governments days prior due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

SPRING is in the air, but so is the COVID-19 bug . . .

Spring officially began at 11:49 p.m. EDT on Thursday, March 19, but here in Quebec City, much as we’d love to be out and about enjoying the nice “almost-but-not-quite-spring” weather, most people have hunkered down, obeying government instructions to avoid picking up and spreading the COVID-19 bug.

Community Calendar

Due to COVID-19 government restrictions, which are changing almost daily, many events have been CANCELLED or POSTPONED until further notice. For more information, please check with the organizations involved.

Hockey and rugby teams affected by cancellations

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Photo: Luc Lang

On March 16, Quebec AAA Midget Hockey League president Yannick Lévesque announced the cancellation of the remainder of the 2020 playoffs. “Even though the Telus Cup was cancelled, we hoped to finish the playoffs as we were in the middle of the quarterfinals,” said Lévesque.

COVID-19 outbreak puts an end to Remparts regular season

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Photo: Vincent Ethier-QMJHL

The Quebec Major Junior Hockey League (QMJHL) has announced the end of the 2019-2020 regular season, as have the other members of the Canadian Hockey League (CHL), which includes the Ontario and Western Leagues.

Capitales and Frontier League games at the mercy of COVID-19

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Photo: Luc Lang

The Quebec Capitales and the Frontier Baseball League have both issued statements in recent days regarding the possible postponement of the leagues’ opening games due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Défilé de la Saint-Patrick de Québec 2020 cancelled

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Photo: Cassandra Kerwin

Irish eyes weren’t smiling in Quebec City when it was announced that edition 2020 of the Défilé de la Saint-Patrick was cancelled due to COVID-19. The Quebec City St. Patrick’s parade isn’t alone in being cancelled, however. In Montreal and a number of cities in the United States, and even in Ireland, parades won’t be held this year.

A look back at Shannon Irish Shows

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Photo: Cassandra Kerwin

There was no Shannon Irish Show this year, due to the COVID-19 restrictions, so we thought we’d treat you to a few favourite photos from past years.

Bon courage, Shannon, the Irish Show will “rise again!”

 

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FIS Cross-Country Skiing World Cup cancelled

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Photo: Cassandra Kerwin

After the terrible weather on Friday the 13th of March, Quebecers had a wonderful spring-like weekend. Despite strong government advisories to the public to “self-isolate,” many locals went out and enjoyed the gorgeous weather on the nearly empty Plains of Abraham.

Magnificent last concert at the Grand Théâtre

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Photo: Shirley Nadeau

On March 11, a full house was privileged – and fortunate – to attend what was likely the last concert to be held at the Grand Théâtre for the next 30 days, possibly longer, depending on the duration of the COVID-19 closures.

The story behind Rue du Général-Tremblay

STREET VIEWS

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Photo: Wikipedia Commons - Public Domain

Rue du Général-Tremblay is named in honour of Thomas-Louis Tremblay (1886-1951), who was born in Chicoutimi. He studied at the Royal Military College in Kingston, Ontario.

MEMORIALS AND THINGS OF FAME

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Photo: Wikipedia Commons - Public Domain

March 18, 1820 – The Quebec Gazette
Death of King George III
London – After the death of his late Majesty, who passed away on January 29th, had been formally announced, the following instrument was prepared and signed and read to the Prince Regent: –

Avoiding a plague: Canadians embrace bold response to virus scare

COMMENTARY

By the time you read this … well, who knows?

Quebec budget strengthens English-speaking communities

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Voice of English-speaking Québec (VEQ) is very pleased with the allocation of $18.8 million in additional funds tabled for the English-speaking community in [the March 11] budget by the Government of Quebec.

South Shore English Network seeking new members

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Photo: Journal de Lévis

Laurence Allard, project co-ordinator of the South Shore English Network (SSEN), and Brian Gignac, executive director of the Megantic English-speaking Community Development Corporation (MCDC) located in Thetford Mines, welcomed the QCT to their office in the Saint-Romuald district of Lévis.

No time for paranoia

OPINION

Some of the precautions people are taking regarding COVID-19 make one wonder if there is a second pandemic going on, one that triggers weirdness.

COVID-19 closures

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Photo: Danielle Burns

From daycare centres to universities, Quebec’s educational institutions, like Cégep Limoilou pictured here, have been closed due to COVID-19 as Canada makes efforts to combat the spread of the coronavirus. Many people are working from home when possible and practising social-distancing. The situation has been changing rapidly in the past few days.

Songs to See By looks at Canadian art in a new light

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Photo: Aurian Haller

The Aurian Haller Band wants you never to look at Canadian art the same way again.

The 12 tracks on the Quebec City quartet’s latest album, Songs to See By, due out in late spring, were all inspired by famous works by Canadian artists.

Avenue Cartier overhaul will pose traffic challenge

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Photo: Peter Black

Motorists, commuters, pedestrians and merchants will face some challenges for several months beginning in May with major construction work on Ave. Cartier between Boul. René-Lévesque and Chemin Sainte-Foy.

Friday the 13th storm hits Quebec City

Photos by Cassandra Kerwin

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An Agropur truck did a 180-degree turn and fell on its side next to the 342-kilometre marker on Autoroute Félix-Leclerc, near exit 322, Boulevard des Chutes.

Outdoors show cut short by public events closure

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Photo: Lise Lafond

More than 260 exhibitors were present at the Salon Plein Air, Pêche et Camping de Québec, a show for outdoors enthusiasts, on March 12 at the Centre de Foire ExpoCité.

Meet Adrian Lovera, the new pastor of Quebec Baptist Church

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Photo: Ruby Pratka

Pastor Adrian Lovera welcomes visitors into his office at Quebec Baptist Church (QBC) with a big smile. It’s a cosy, tidy basement room with large windows, several chairs, and floor-to-ceiling shelves lined with books in several languages, many of them left by the office’s previous occupants.

Le Frigo à Perrault high school project builds community, one wilted vegetable at a time

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Photo: Ruby Pratka

You don’t expect to see a refrigerator in a school-yard, but when the students of École secondaire Joseph-François-Perrault had the opportunity to suggest renovations to their schoolyard last year, a fridge was at the top of the list.

La Galerie: more fondue than Happy Meal

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Photo: Danielle Burns

The opening show by the homegrown Quebec-based acrobatic company Machine de Cirque took place in Quebec City on March 3 at the dazzling Diamant theatre.

Community Calendar

Due to the COVID-19 government restrictions on places where people can gather, which are changing almost daily, many events have been CANCELLED or POSTPONED until further notice, or switched to online formats. For more information, please check with the organization involved.

Jellyfish hanging around the Grand Théâtre

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Photo: Shirley Nadeau

Règne artificiel IV (Artificial Reign IV) by Montreal artist Rosalie D. Gagné is a strange yet intriguing work of art recently installed in the lobby of the Grand Théâtre.

Wait until you see Wait Until Dark!

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Photo: Quebec Art Company

Rehearsals are well underway for the latest Quebec Art Company production, the edge-of-your-seat thriller Wait Until Dark. Written by British mystery-master Frederick Knott, the play is the story of a young blind woman matching wits against a trio of thugs plotting to get their hands on a doll stuffed with heroin hidden in her apartment.

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