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Labeaume leaving city hall after 14 years: ‘I want a normal life’

Photo: Screenshot by Shirley Nadeau

The stars aligned for Quebec City Mayor Régis Labeaume to announce on May 5 that he will not seek a fifth term in the November municipal elections.

May flowers bloom in front of the National Assembly

Photos by Cassandra Kerwin


Tulip gardens were blooming in front of the National Assembly, around the Tourny Fountain and at Place de L’Assemblée-Nationale.


For many Quebec mayors, there is political life beyond city hall

The notion of “never say never” certainly was never on the mind of Régis Labeaume when he announced his exit last week as mayor of Quebec City come November, after a 14-year run. Rarely has a politician been so emphatic about putting an indelible X on their political career.

Leaders of English-speaking community laud Labeaume

Photo: Shirley Nadeau from QCT archives

He’s had many detractors, political foes and constituents put off by his style of leadership, but departing Mayor Régis Labeaume seems to have made friends in Quebec City’s English-speaking community.

The QCT contacted some community leaders for their reaction to the pending retirement of the man who has ruled city hall for 14 years.

Old Age Security increase targets older seniors’ higher risks

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Photo: Government of Canada website

Budget 2021 has helped to strengthen the financial security of Canadians later in life. It announced two important measures. In August 2021, a one-time $500 payment will be issued directly to seniors aged 75 and older as of June 2022.

The story behind Rue Louis-Hémon


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Photo: Wikimedia Commons - Public Domain



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Photo: Tony Webster from Wikimedia Commons - Public Domain

V for Vaccination: Give it your best shot!

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Photo: Mary Jane Gray

For the past month we have encouraged readers to take a photo of themselves, flashing a V for vaccination, as a symbol of our community’s victory over the virus. Thank you to everyone who participated. The names of those who sent us their photos were put into a hat for a draw to win a QCT coffee mug, and the winner is . . . *drum roll* . . . Mary Jane Gray!

The story of a storyteller at the Morrin Centre

Photo: Screenshot by Danielle Burns

The woman behind Saturday morning storytimes at the Morrin Centre since September 2020 has a story of her own to tell. If Caroline Prévost-Levac’s life were classified under the Dewey Decimal System, it might be placed in the adventure or travel section, with a few Bill Bryson-esque humorous facts thrown in.

Protect pollinators with a green and yellow lawn


Photo: Lise Lafond

Driving through Quebec at this time of the year, we notice homes with lush green lawns, many embellished with bright yellow flowers.

Please sign this petition to help Champlain–St. Lawrence

On behalf of our business program teachers, students and the local business community, we invite you to sign the following petition on the National Assembly website before May 28 to help us save our business program!


The Globe and Mail has ceased to deliver to Quebec City. It is gone. Not only is there no home delivery, it is not available in hotels or at newsagents. It’s not available by mail either.

Naval Museum of Québec welcomes new director

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Photo: Naval Museum of Québec

The Naval Reserve of the Royal Canadian Navy is pleased to welcome Vincent O’Neill as the new director of the Naval Museum of Québec. In this role, O’Neill will highlight combatants’ firsthand accounts and the stories behind their artifacts to reveal the history of the Naval Reserve and the St. Lawrence River.

Welcome back to the MNBAQ!

Photo: Shirley Nadeau from QCT archives

The Musée national des beaux-arts du Québec (MNBAQ) will reopen May 14. To celebrate, the museum administration has decided to offer a gift to the public: access to the museum will be free until June 6.

Marie-Pier Champagne wins Academic Merit Trophy

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Photo: Screenshot by Luc Lang

Université Laval basketball player Marie-Pier Champagne was named the recipient of the Jean-Marie de Koninck Academic Merit Trophy at the 70th Rouge et Or Gala, held virtually on May 6.

Champagne, who still has one year of playing eligibility, is completing a doctorate in territorial planning and regional development. She maintained a 4.33 GPA in her first session last fall.

Remparts on the brink of elimination against Chicoutimi

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Photo: Jonathan Roy/QMJHL

After sweeping the Drummondville Voltigeurs in the first round of the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League (QMJHL) playoffs, the Quebec Remparts have fallen behind 2-0 to the Chicoutimi Saguenéens in the quarterfinal.

The Remparts lost their second game in the best-of-five series 3-2 on May 9. Results of the third game on May 10 were not available when the QCT went to press.

Rouge et Or players drafted and signed by CFL teams

Photo: Université Laval (Mathieu Bélanger)

Two student-athletes from the Université Laval Rouge et Or football team were selected in the 2021 Canadian Football League (CFL) draft, held online May 4.

The first player to be called was fullback Félix Garand-Gauthier, who was selected 37th overall (first pick of the fifth round) by the Hamilton Tiger-Cats.

Looking forward to a normal-ish future

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For the past several months, many of us have been waiting for that magic potion that will make COVID-19 disappear – poof! – never to be seen again.

Vaccines are not magic. Those of us who have been immunized are still wearing masks and distancing. That return to normal is not going to happen anytime soon. What we can expect is a gradual return to normal-ish.

Prix Hommage Aînés will honour exceptional seniors

On May 3, Marguerite Blais, minister responsible for seniors and informal caregivers, launched a call for nominations for the 2021 edition of the Prix Hommage Aînés. Nominations will be accepted until June 11.

Community Calendar of Events

Quebec Art Company QACStage Pass performances of vintage radio plays are uploaded to the QAC YouTube channel on the last Sunday of every month and can be viewed free of charge anytime thereafter. The Vengeful Corpse is slated for May 30. For more information, visit

Opera de Québec presents 'The Barber of Seville' in concert

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Photo: Louise Leblanc, courtesy of the Opéra de Québec

To celebrate the arrival of spring with lightness and humour, the Opéra de Québec presents Gioachino Rossini’s The Barber of Seville in a concert version that will delight lovers of lyrical art.

A ‘pink’ supermoon appears over Quebec City

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Photo: Cassandra Kerwin

On the evening of April 26, people looking toward the southeastern sky saw the rising “pink moon,” the first of two supermoons of 2021. This moon appears no different from the average full moon to many observers, and is more orange (when near the horizon) or white (as it rises higher in the sky) than pink.

Mothers (and Ken Dryden) nurtured Canada’s advances in child care

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It’s not just because of a possible playoff matchup between the Toronto Maple Leafs and Montreal Canadiens that Ken Dryden’s name is in the news.

Tramway on a roll: Call for tenders made, alternate routes proposed

Photo: Ville de Québec

Quebec City’s tramway project picked up serious momentum last week with the call for tenders to build and maintain the system, and the announcement of possible routes and stations for the tram lines.

Following official approval by the Quebec government on April 7, the city can now invite bids on the project contained in a 3,000-page proposal prepared by the tramway project office.

The story behind Rue Luc-Pelletier


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Photo: Wikimedia Commons - Public Domain

Luc Pelletier (1859-1944) was born in Saint-Roch-des-Aulnaies (Lower Saint Lawrence) and was an entrepreneur who played a key role in the development of the Notre-Dame-des-Laurentides municipality, today a part of the Charlesbourg borough of Quebec City.


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Photo: Wikimedia Commons - Public Domain

May 5, 1821 – The Quebec Gazette
School Master Wanted

Get prepared during Public Safety Awareness Week

May 2-8 is Public Safety Awareness Week in Quebec. Throughout the week, posts will be published on the social media accounts of the Ministry of Public Security to remind the public, especially young families, of the importance of being prepared for emergencies, particularly for prolonged power outages.

V for Vaccination: Give it your best shot!

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Photo: Ann Paré

As of this writing, nearly 3.3 million doses of COVID-19 vaccines have been administered around the province, to more than 3 million Quebecers. Are you one of them? As of May 5, anyone 40 or older can now schedule their own vaccination online at and on May 7, people aged 35-39 will be eligible.

Ste-Foy Elementary students reach OSEntreprendre finals

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Photo: Mélissa Breton

Karen Cormier, a teacher at Ste-Foy Elementary School (SFE) contacted the QCT in mid-April to share some good news about the Cycle 1 students’ “Endless Friendship” project.

Ageism: an age-old form of discrimination

Photo: Danielle Burns

The Jeffery Hale Wellness Centre, in conjunction with the Observatory on Aging and Society (OAS) based in Montreal, conducted a one-hour videoconference to promote ageism awareness on April 29. The event marked the launch of the Wellness Centre's new Well 50+ programming series.

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