December 23 2020 Edition

Discover the magic of Christmas in Charlesbourg

Photo: Cassandra Kerwin

For those still searching for some Christmas magic, visit the Trait-Carré sector of Charlesbourg, where Santa’s elves are busy decorating homes or playing tricks. During the day, the elves are easy to spot, while in the evening, Christmas lights add warmth and charm to this neighbourhood.



Hôtel de Glace, Village Vacances Valcartier now open to visitors

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Photo: Cassandra Kerwin

Village Vacances Valcartier (VVV) offers visitors a reason to rejoice over the holidays with the opening of Canada’s largest winter playground on Dec.19, and the 21st Hôtel de Glace (Ice Hotel) on Dec. 24 (weather permitting). There is still plenty to do despite public health restrictions.

The Christmas Star: the great conjunction of Jupiter and Saturn

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Photo: Cassandra Kerwin

As 2020 comes to an end, people reminisce about the past 12 months and look forward to the new year. Now more than ever, they are searching for something to celebrate. NASA and astronomers have found a Christmas gift in the southwest night sky: the great conjunction of Jupiter and Saturn, referred to by some as the Christmas Star.

The story behind Avenue Joseph-Vézina


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Photo: Wikimedia Commons - Public Domain

This street is named in honour of Joseph Vézina (1848-1924), a conductor, composer, organist and music professor who was born in Quebec City. His first music teacher was his father, François Vézina, a house painter and amateur musician, who taught him to play the piano.


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December 31, 1820 – The Quebec Gazette
Hydraulic Press

Anti-racism report receives mixed reviews

Photo: Mbaï-Hadji Mbaïrewaye

On Dec. 14, the Groupe d'action contre le racisme (GACR), a committee of MNAs assigned by the Legault government in June to address racism in various aspects of Quebec society, presented its final report. The 54-page document contained 25 recommendations for future government policies aimed at reducing the impact of racism and improving living conditions for Indigenous people.

Scott Griffin recalls being spy novelist le Carré’s Canadian “pilot”

Photo: Griffin Poetry Prize

Of all the places John le Carré took readers in his two dozen or so spy novels, only once did he make an extended stop in Canada. That place was Espérance, a bustling gold mining town in Quebec’s Abitibi region.

Spelling out a true threat to the French language in Quebec


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The Quebec government wants to ring in 2021 by tightening language laws to shore up the perceived erosion of French usage. Instead of auld lang syne it will be, with apologies for flippancy, an old language whine, so to speak.

Medicago has new boss as vaccine trials progress

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Quebec City’s own coronavirus vaccine contender has a new boss. Medicago announced earlier this month that Takashi Nagao is taking over from Dr. Bruce Clark as president and chief executive officer of the company.

Local researcher tracks nationwide COVID data

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Photo: Samson Learn Photography, courtesy of Nora Loreto

As of Dec. 21, Canada had recorded 14,228 known deaths from COVID-19. At least 11,041 of those deaths (77.6 per cent) were among people living in long-term care facilities. That number doesn’t come from a federal government source, but from records manually compiled by Quebec City writer and podcaster Nora Loreto.

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