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Pandemic 2020: A social-distancing space odyssey

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(With apologies to speculative fiction writers everywhere.)

"What did you do in the pandemic of 2020, Grandpa?”

Services available at Jeffery Hale Hospital

The emergency room at Jeffery Hale Hospital has been converted to a “Designated Evaluation Clinic” (DEC) during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Celebrating Easter in the rainforest

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Photo: Allison Blair

As borders closed and flights were cancelled due to the COVID crisis at the end of March, hundreds of thousands of Canadians scrambled to catch the last flights home. Allison Blair, visiting friends in Cambodia, was one of them – at first.

Quebecers adapt to the COVID-19 reality

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Photo: Cassandra Kerwin

As of April 12, there were 444 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the Capitale-Nationale region, and numbers are increasing daily. It’s a different life, and Quebecers are adapting to the new reality.

Happy Easter, from our self-isolated home to yours

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Photo: Dorothy Marcil

Better safe than sorry, Bunny! Dorothy Marcil and Douglas Renfroe, who spend their winters in Florida, have this delightful bunny keeping guard outside their door. Be sure to wash your paws before entering.

Remparts players on NHL Central Scouting final list

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Photo: Jonathan Roy, Remparts

Three players from the Quebec Remparts hockey team made it onto the final list of the Central Scouting Bureau of the National Hockey League (NHL). In total, 37 players from the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League (QMJHL) are on the list for the NHL’s upcoming draft, which will be held online.

Desgagnés and Forteza named Rouge et Or Athletes of the Year

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Photo: Université Laval

For the first time in 69 years, the annual Université Laval Rouge et Or sports gala was not a big, busy human event held on campus. This year, because of the COVID-19 pandemic that has everyone isolated at home, the event had to be held online.

Over 500 student-athletes wore the red and gold colours of Université Laval sports teams in 2019-2020.

City plans relief for small-business owners

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Photo: La Maison des 100 Thés, from QCT archives

Relief could be coming for some Quebec City small-business owners thanks to a series of new programs administered by the city government with funds from the province.

Lena SHEEHAN

IN MEMORIAM

32nd Anniversary
Lena SHEEHAN
November 21, 1907 -
April 21, 1988

We thought of you with love today, but that is nothing new.
We thought about you yesterday, and days before that too.
We think of you in painful silence; we often speak your name to somehow ease the pain.
Now all we have are memories and your picture in a frame.
You memory is our keepsake with which we will never part.

IHQ announces donation to Moisson Québec

Joe Lonergan, president of Irish Heritage Quebec (IHQ), sent out the following message to IHQ members on April 11:
“On behalf of the Board of Irish Heritage Quebec, I wish you all a Happy Easter and call your attention to the following resolution, which was adopted by the Board of Directors of Irish Heritage Quebec on April 10, 2020.”

Donation to Moisson Québec

The water rises on Rue Dalhousie

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Photo: Hélène Paré

On April 9 and 10, the combination of high tides and high winds forced the water of the St. Lawrence River to flood the quays of the Old Port. As a result, Rue Dalhousie was closed to traffic between Rue Saint-Paul and Rue du Petit-Champlain. The water receded with the tides on Thursday and Friday afternoon but rose again in the evening.

Joyce Gallant (nee Kiley)

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Joyce Gallant (nee Kiley)
Grande-Digue, New Brunswick
1950-2020

50 years ago: Apollo 13 in Trouble

FROM THE ARCHIVES

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Photo: Wikimedia Commons - Public Domain

NASA’s Apollo 13 mission will be forever known as the trip that ultimately didn’t make it to the surface of the Moon. Fifty years ago, on April 14, 1970, the Quebec Chronicle-Telegraph published the details of the unfolding crisis.

Virtual motorsports aid in the race to cure COVID-19

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As people of the world find creative ways to stay connected while doing their part to combat COVID-19, veteran race car driver Bertrand Godin will use his talent to fight the virus in a unique way. Godin will be behind the wheel of car No. 77, sporting the colours of Groupe à l’infini.

Take a trip around the world by Postcrossing

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Photo: Lise Lafond

Trip cancelled due to COVID-19? Here is another way to travel the world in the safety of your own home – Postcrossing.

Rainbows continue to encourage us in Quebec City

Photos by Shirley Nadeau

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“Ça va bien aller !”

 

Jeffery Hale Hospital coping with major COVID-19 outbreak

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Photo: Screenshot from Google maps

The Jeffery Hale Hospital earned the unfortunate distinction last week of recording the first death related to a COVID-19 outbreak in a health-care institution in the Quebec City region.

Coronavirus can be beaten: Fighting another stubborn Big C

Cancer can be beaten.”

That’s the headline from an article in the April 15, 1948, edition of Maclean’s magazine. The lengthy story, by noted author and naturalist C. Fred Dodsworth, begins with the description of 2,000 purebred mice being transported 3,000 feet down a mine in Northern Ontario to “Canada’s first underground laboratory for cancer research.”

The times they are a-changin’

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Photo: Danielle Burns

We are going into our second month since the World Health Organization (WHO) declared the Coronavirus pandemic on March 11. Since then much has changed: schools are closed, most businesses are shut and people are trying to balance childcare and homeschooling with working from home, if they are still lucky enough to have a job.

The Queen addresses the people of the U.K. and Commonwealth

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Photo: Screenshot from CTV Newsfeed

In the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic, on April 5, Queen Elizabeth II spoke to her subjects in the United Kingdom and Commonwealth countries around the world. Here are some excerpts from her address:

St. Lawrence campus “virtually” transformed

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Photo: Cassandra Kerwin

To “flatten the curve” of the COVID-19 pandemic, Premier François Legault ordered the closing of all educational institutions in Quebec on March 13. Four weeks later, the pandemic continues with no end in sight. Working with the Ministère de l’Éducation et de l’Enseignement Supérieur (MEES), some schools have created online virtual classes.

MEMORIALS AND THINGS OF FAME

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Photo: Wikipedia Commons - Public Domain

April 11, 1870 – The Morning Chronicle
Opinions Of The People
(To the Editor of the Morning Chronicle)

COVID-19 halts St. Pat’s dreams of winning regional titles

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Photo: St. Patrick’s High Fighting Irish

The COVID-19 pandemic has dashed the dreams of two of St. Patrick’s High School’s seven basketball teams. The two had hoped to win a Réseau du Sport Étudiant du Québec (RSEQ) banner for the 2019-2020 season, in the Québec–Chaudière-Appalaches conference.

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.

LETTER TO THE EDITOR

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?

LETTER TO THE EDITOR

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

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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.

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