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2021 should see its share of sporting events, including Olympics

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Photo: Wikimedia Commons - Public Domain photo by Alex Groykhman

The year 2020 is now behind us, and in 2021, fans will get to see their share of sporting events. This will hopefully include the Summer Olympics in Tokyo, postponed due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Sports books that you must read, COVID-19 or not

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Photo: Penguin Random House Canada

With the local sports scene pretty quiet, now is the time to check local bookstores, libraries and websites for a good sports book that will keep you busy for a while.

Quebec Major Junior Hockey League modifies playoff format

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Photo: QMJHL

The Quebec Major Junior Hockey League (QMJHL) assembly of members voted unanimously on Dec. 22 to modify the format of the standings and the playoffs for this season, due to the consequences of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Discover the magic of Christmas in Charlesbourg

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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.

 

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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

STREET VIEWS

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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.

MEMORIALS AND THINGS OF FAME

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Photo: Wikimedia Commons - Public Domain

December 31, 1820 – The Quebec Gazette
Hydraulic Press

Anti-racism report receives mixed reviews

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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”

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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

COMMENTARY

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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.

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.

Medicago has new boss as vaccine trials progress

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Photo: Medicago

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.

The best Christmas present ever!

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Photo: Patrick Lachance (MCE), courtesy of MSSS

On Dec. 14, Gisèle Lévesque, 89, became the first person in the Capitale-Nationale region to receive the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine. As of Dec. 21, 4,831 doses of the vaccine have been administered in Quebec.

Report aims to build bridges between province, anglos

Just over a year after the Secretariat for Relations with English-speaking Quebecers concluded a monthslong round of consultations with English-speaking community groups across the province, takeaways from those consultations have been compiled into a publicly available report, entitled Building Bridges.

Bonus Episode: The Podcasters

GASPÉ TALES

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Photo: Gaspé Speaks Podcast Series via Facebook

Expatriate Gaspesians stuck far from the peninsula this holiday season will be able to have a bit of home in their headphones, thanks to a new podcast series launched by New Richmond-based historian Tom Eden in partnership with Vision Gaspé-Percé Now and Canadian Heritage.

Quebec City to welcome 2021 with virtual Toboggan

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Photo: Ville de Québec

As the countdown to Christmas continues, people are wondering how to celebrate the year-end festivities during the pandemic, in light of public health restrictions on gatherings.

‘Pour Moi, Pour Québec’ encourages public participation in COVID fight

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Photo: Jonathan Letellier-Black

On Dec. 19, the Centre intégré universitaire de santé et de services sociaux (CIUSSS) de la Capitale-Nationale held a press conference at Place d’Armes in Old Quebec, where Dr.

OBITUARY: Helen (Ellen) Payne LAFOND

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Helen (Ellen) Payne LAFOND
1927-2020

“Mother, you left us beautiful memories,
Your love is still our guide,
Although we cannot see you,
You are always at our side.”

Sports traditions remain on television during the holidays

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Photo: Tampa Bay Buccaneers

The holidays are here and with them come the usual Christmas and New Year’s Day traditions.

Although traditional holiday gatherings and visits are restricted during this holiday season, there are some TV traditions that remain and will hopefully bring cheer during these hard times.

Pee-Wee Tournament to build back bigger

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Photo: Luc Lang

The Quebec International Pee-Wee Hockey Tournament may be cancelled for 2021, but it will be back bigger and stronger in 2022.

That was the promise made by the tournament’s president, Michel Plante, and general manager, Patrick Dom, during a press conference at the Videotron Centre on Dec. 15.

In 2022, the tournament will grow by 24 teams, for a total of 144.

Year-end honours for COVID fighters

THE LUC-KY AWARDS

It has become a tradition, here at the QCT, that in the last issue of the year, we present the annual “LUC-ky” Awards, handed to the female and male athletes of the year, along with the best team.

Château Frontenac ‘decks the halls’ for Christmas

Photos by Cassandra Kerwin, [email protected]

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Place Jean-Béliveau resounds with musical lights

Photos by Cassandra Kerwin, [email protected]

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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

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The story behind Rue Jovette-Bernier

STREET VIEWS

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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.”

MEMORIALS AND THINGS OF FAME

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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.

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