December 16 2020 Edition

Place Jean-Béliveau resounds with musical lights

Photos by Cassandra Kerwin, [email protected]


Château Frontenac ‘decks the halls’ for Christmas

Photos by Cassandra Kerwin, [email protected]


Christmas cards for Christmas hampers

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Photo: Andrew Johnston

Students at Ste-Foy Elementary School are bursting with Christmas cheer. The Cycle 3 students are once again creating greeting cards to add to the boxes of groceries put together by the Community Christmas Hamper Campaign, which will be distributed to families in the Quebec City area on Dec.19.

‘Videos from the North Pole’ are a real FUNraiser

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Photo: Mrs. Claus

It is unlikely to surprise anyone to learn that the Coronavirus Grinch prevented Santa from dropping by the Jeffery Hale Hospital this year for the HO! HO! HO! Here We Go Again children’s Christmas party that usually takes place in the Coin Soleil. This annual get-together for English-speaking parents and their young children has become a holiday tradition for many families in our community.

Tourny Fountain under wraps for the winter

Photo by Shirley Nadeau


The story behind Rue Jovette-Bernier


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Photo: Wikimedia Commons - Public Domain

This street is named in honour of Jovette-Alice Bernier (1900-81), a journalist and writer, born in Saint-Fabien-de-Rimouski. Because of the extensive exposure she received in print media and on the radio, she was often referred to simply as “Jovette.”


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Photo: Musée National des Beaux-Arts du Québec

December 26, 1870 – The Morning Chronicle

COVID outbreak at Saint Brigid’s claims lives

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Photo: Cassandra Kerwin from QCT archives

Saint Brigid’s Home in Quebec City is currently enduring the worst COVID-19 outbreak in a long-term care facility in the Capitale-Nationale region, according to data provided by the ministry of health on Dec. 13, with 58 total cases among residents and staff and 20 deaths.

Report reveals systemic failures in long-term care

Quebec ombudsperson Marie Rinfret didn’t mince words when releasing her office’s interim report on the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic in long-term care homes. She concluded that residents of many long-term care homes, despite the at times heroic efforts of health-care workers, were victims of “dereliction of duty” by the health care system.

Vaccine offers hope for future Christmases

Christmas came early, with approval by Health Canada for at least one vaccine against COVID-19. It marked the official start to what will become the largest vaccination campaign in Canadian history.

As a general rule, the first to get the vaccine will be residents of long-term care homes and the health-care professionals who look after them – the groups hit hardest by the pandemic.

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