Getting to know the common merganser

Photo: Lise Lafond

It’s daybreak, and still sleepy, you get warmly dressed and put on your rubber boots to slowly and silently walk to the nearest water source, whether a river or lake. Migratory birds are passing through at this time of the year, and you hope that some have settled on the lake to rest for the night and that they have not yet left to continue their journey.

Maritime author shares memorable journey to Quebec City

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Photo: Sheree Fitch

At the beginning of 2020, a few months before the words “social distancing” and “Atlantic bubble” became part of the collective vocabulary, Nova Scotia-based author Sheree Fitch travelled to Quebec City with her husband, Gilles Plante, on an unusual and poignant language-learning journey.

Team Quebec to replace Capitales, Aigles, and Titans in Frontier League

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Photo: Luc Lang

The Frontier Baseball League officially announced on April 17 that the Québec Capitales, the Ottawa Titans and the Trois-Rivières Aigles won’t play in 2021.

QMJHL playoffs: Remparts, Voltigeurs set to start playoffs

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Photo: QMJHL

The Quebec Remparts and the Drummondville Voltigeurs are set to begin the 2021 Quebec Major Junior Hockey League (QMJHL) playoffs. League officials announced on April 19 that the first game of the series will be played on April 27. Game 2 will be the next night. The complete series will be played at the Centre Marcel-Dionne in Drummondville.

FAA stumbles in Monte Carlo; Auclair hopes to make it big in Texas

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Photo: Houston Texans/Kevin Sabitus

Tennis player Félix Auger-Aliassime of L’Ancienne-Lorette did not have a great tournament at the Monte Carlo Masters Open in Monaco.

Hello! Anybody home?

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Photo: Wikimedia Commons - Public Domain

Remember when, not so long ago, before COVID-19, we could walk up to the door of a friend’s house, knock, and someone would answer, “C’mon in!”

You probably won’t get the same reply now, because you’re wearing a mask and the friend can’t recognize you. Besides, you’re not allowed to enter that friend’s family bubble.

Part 2: My year as a ‘Wasp’ playing hockey in England

Photo: Logo courtesy of John Creary

So began my 1977-1978 season with the Durham Wasps A team.


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33rd Anniversary
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.
Your memory is our keepsake


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Maureen Dinan BUTEAU
1931 – 2021

It is with deep sadness that we announce the sudden death of our mother, Maureen Dinan Buteau, at the CHU-CHUL in Quebec City on April 7, 2021, at the age of 89 years and 10 months. She was the wife of the late François Buteau and daughter of the late Katherine Askin and the late James Dinan. She lived in Quebec City.

Parks Canada sign hit with language complaint

Photos by Danielle Burns



One side of this normally bilingual Parks Canada sign in the Cartier-Brébeuf National Historic Site in Limoilou was defaced by a vandal.

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