December 2 2020 Edition

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.

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.

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.

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.

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