November 18 2020 Edition

Remembrance Day ceremony held at Cross of Sacrifice

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Photo: Cassandra Kerwin

The sun rose in a glorious red sky on Nov. 11, a harbinger of the unusually warm fall day and the Remembrance Day ceremony that followed.

Although this year marks the 75th anniversary of the end of the Second World War, the military and civilian ceremony held at the Cross of Sacrifice on Grande Allée in Quebec City was greatly reduced in size, due to the pandemic.

Residents walk in silence to ‘reclaim’ the Old City

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Photo: Cassandra Kerwin

Two weeks after the Oct. 31 stabbings in Old Quebec, which killed two people, injured five and caused widespread panic, Rev. Christian Schreiner, dean of the Cathedral of the Holy Trinity, invited people to join him on a silent and peaceful walk through the Old City.

COVID-19 measures ground usual snowbird migration

Photo: Cartoon by Patrick LaMontagne

It is one of the mysteries of nature why some birds migrate and others don’t. In some cases, the answer is obvious. Hard to imagine a skinny blue heron surviving in the ice and snow; same for the hyperactive hummingbird. But why do sparrows and cardinals stay put while robins and juncos high-tail it south each fall?


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Photo: Screenshot from Google Maps

November 20, 1820 – The Quebec Gazette

STREET VIEWS: The story behind Rue Jeanne-Sauvé

Photo: Canadian Stamp News

This street is named in honour of Jeanne (née Benoit) Sauvé (1922-1993), who was the 23rd Governor General of Canada from 1984 to 1990. Born in Saskatchewan, she studied at the University of Ottawa and worked for the federal government as a translator in order to pay her tuition.

Memories of Max Gros-Louis

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Photo: Michael Bilodeau from QCT archives

Max Oné Onti Gros-Louis was a remarkable trailblazer for his Huron-Wendat nation, leading them to reconnect with, stand up for and honour their ancestral culture. In so doing, he became a legend in his own time.

Quebecers mourn the death of Max Gros-Louis

Photo: Marc Lautenbacher from Wikimedia Commons - Public Domain

It is with sadness that the QCT learned of the passing of Max Gros-Louis, grand chief of the Huron-Wendat First Nation for 33 years, on Nov. 14, at age 89.

Drive-in Toy Parade at ExpoCité delights families

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Photo: Cassandra Kerwin

Six weeks before Christmas, Santa Claus made an appearance at ExpoCité. On Nov. 14, over 4,000 vehicles entered the site, each filled with excited children. The new concept of this 19th edition was declared highly successful.

Métis-sur-Mer unveils Remembrance monument

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Photo: Heritage Lower St. Lawrence

In a normal year, the Métis-sur-Mer Remembrance Day ceremony attracts 250 people – veterans, students, and others – from around the region. This year, COVID-19 restrictions limited attendance to 25.

The Forillon expulsions, 50 years later


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Photo: Ruby Pratka

Turning off Route 132 outside the town of Cap-aux-Os, paying a day pass fee at the toll booth and slipping into Forillon National Park via a footpath, hikers could be forgiven for thinking they’ve entered a primeval forest. The noise of passing cars is replaced by the wind in the branches of the towering trees and the occasional chattering of birds or bantering of people setting up tents.

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