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Number 19 has more ties to Quebec City than COVID

Photo: LBJEQ

The number 19 has been associated with the novel coronavirus since the start of the pandemic that will change the rest of our lives.
On the local sports scene, the number 19 is also associated with many great athletes who have represented Quebec City. From the Nordiques to the Capitales and the Rouge et Or, here are some athletes who proudly wore the number 19 for local sports teams.

Virologist asks why rapid COVID-19 tests aren’t being used

Photo: Danielle Burns

Alex Culley is an associate professor in the department of biochemistry, microbiology and bioinformatics at Université Laval. A virologist by day, he’s also a father of two school-age children and the son of elderly parents.

Quebec City residents awaken to Halloween horror

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Photo: Sécurité publique de la ville de Québec via Facebook

Quebec City residents awoke on Nov. 1 to the horrifying news that two people had been killed and five others injured within the walls of Old Quebec on Halloween, by a man wearing a medieval costume and wielding a samurai sword, who apparently attacked randomly.

City unveils plan to link rivers in huge park

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Photo: Image courtesy Ville de Québec

City officials last week unveiled an ambitious plan to connect the city’s five main rivers into a sweeping network of parks to be called the Parc des Grandes Rivières.

Charlesbourg hosts a frightfully good Hall’auto-ween party

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Photo: Cassandra Kerwin

A full blue moon on a cool Saturday evening and an extra hour in the day … sounds like a perfect Halloween. Something spooky, however, was happening in the Charlesbourg borough of Quebec City.

Ghouls, zombies, witches, clowns and mad scientists haunted the parking lot of the Polyvalente de Charlesbourg after sunset on Oct. 31. It was the first edition of Hall’auto-ween.

Spat with China raises questions about port expansion project


Whatever has Canada done to cheese off China so? It’s a bit inscrutable why exactly China is blowing up what used to be a pretty comfortable relationship with Canada over a dispute with the United States.

Canadian students use data science to prevent plastic pollution

Kids Code Jeunesse (KCJ) is launching the #kids2030 Challenge, an annual global learning experience that teaches young people digital skills by addressing the UN’s sustainable development goals (SDGs).


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Photo: Wikimedia Commons - Public Domain

November 1, 1870 – The Morning Chronicle
Weather – On Sunday, the sudden fall of the barometer forboded [sic] a rapid change in the weather, and early yesterday morning, the snow began to fall, bringing with it an immediate diminution of the cold of the preceding day. Near Lorette, the snow drifted on the roads to a depth of three feet making sleighing difficult.

The story behind Rue Jean-Brillant


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Photo: Wikimedia Commons - Public Domain

This street honours Jean Baptiste Arthur Brillant (1890-1918), who was born in Routhierville in the Lower Saint Lawrence region. One of the bravest Canadian officers during the First World War, Brillant was awarded the Victoria Cross (VC), the most prestigious award for gallantry that can be awarded to British and Commonwealth forces.

A tribute to Lawrence A. Christopher, Able Seaman, Royal Navy

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Photo: The Christopher family

My grandad, Lawrence A. Christopher, was born in Quebec City on Aug. 2, 1925. He was baptized at St. Matthew’s Church on Rue Saint-Jean and grew up on Rue Scott. In 1931, after a family separation, he went to live with his paternal grandparents in Southampton, U.K.

Much-reduced Remembrance Day ceremony to be held in Quebec City

Photo: Cassandra Kerwin from QCT archives

This year marks the 75th anniversary of the end of the Second World War. In normal years, large crowds gather at war memorials on Remembrance Day to honour members of the Canadian Armed Forces who made the ultimate sacrifice and veterans who served in the First and Second World Wars, as well as the Korean War and other military conflicts.

Métis-sur-Mer Remembrance commemorations keep the faith

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Photo: Heritage LSL

Remembrance Week – not just Remembrance Day – is a very important time for many people in the Lower Saint Lawrence. In the 1942-1944 Battle of the St. Lawrence, German U-boats sank 23 ships (one off Métis-sur-Mer), killing hundreds.

Remparts still inactive; no European waltz for FAA

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Photo: Remparts file photo

Even though practices on home ice are ongoing, the Québec Remparts and other Quebec Major Junior Hockey League (QMJHL) teams located in Quebec public health red zones will remain inactive until further notice. The Remparts played only two games this season before play in red zones was suspended.

Edmonton hosts World Junior Championships

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Photo: Dany Germain - QMJHL

Canada will host the 2021 International Ice Hockey Federation (IIHF) Under-20 World Junior Championships from Dec. 26 to Jan. 5.

Community Christmas Hamper Campaign marks 25 years of delivering goodness

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Photo: Screenshot courtesy of the CCHC

Help us mark the 25th edition of the Community Christmas Hamper Campaign (CCHC), which will see many changes this year due to COVID-19. For example, we cannot accept any food donations, but you can still help us deliver some goodness by contributing to this wonderful community initiative before Dec. 19, in the following ways:

Influenza vaccination services offered in English

Anyone wishing to make an appointment to receive the influenza vaccine from English-speaking personnel may do so by calling 418-933-2070 from Monday to Thursday, between 9 a.m. and 11:50 a.m. or between 1 p.m. and 3 p.m.

Have your health insurance card ready before you call this number.


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David G. RYAN
1937 - 2020

It is with sadness that we wish to advise you of the death of David G. Ryan which occurred at the Montreal General Hospital on Sept. 28, 2020 at the age of 82 years and nine months.

Nothing can justify random killings


A series of gruesome murders in France, including two beheadings, one at a church, raised alarms around the world. Now a murderous rampage in Quebec City has left two dead and five injured.

Official languages report reveals “cracks” in crisis communication

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Photo: Sebastien Lavallee from OCOL website

Government communication in emergency situations has shown “serious and recurring shortcomings” for official language minority communities, according to a report released in late October by the Office of the Commissioner of Official Languages (OCOL).

Outdoor rinks to be built; hockey on hold for now

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Photo: Peter Black from QCT archives

The city will put up its many outdoor rinks as usual this season, but, due to the pandemic, how people use the rinks may be unusual.

City officials have not yet confirmed what regulations will apply for the number of skaters on the ice at one time, and what access there will be to changing rooms and rinkside shacks.

In search of the missing supply ships


Photo: Historisches Marinearchiv, public domain

As teenagers, Érik Phaneuf and Samuel Côté were both fascinated with secrets hidden underwater. Phaneuf became an underwater archaeologist; Côté became a shipwreck researcher and eventually an author and TV producer, piloting the Historia series Chasseurs d’épaves (Wreck Chasers).

A blue moon rises over Quebec on Halloween



There is a common saying that goes when the United States gets the flu, Canada coughs. It's not a difficult expression to explain, from the economy to the environment, we feel the effects of whatever decision the American government makes.

It's the end of Daylight Saving Time - set your clocks back one hour


Don't forget to SET YOUR CLOCKS BACK after you've finished your trick-or-treating, before you go to bed on Saturday, Oct. 31. Daylight Saving Time ENDS at 2 a.m. on Nov. 1. 

Halloween decorations at City Hall and on the Plains of Abraham

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Photo: Cassandra Kerwin

Colourful trees, falling leaves, colder weather and shorter days announce the arrival of spooky creatures and hauntings. Despite the pandemic, Quebecers are looking forward to Halloween. There is something to frighten and surprise everyone in the days leading up to Oct. 31.

Here are the winners of the QCT’s ‘Signs of Fall’ photo contest

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Photo: Gina Farnell

We received many wonderful photos of beautiful fall foliage and other signs of autumn. Nine QCT readers sent us a total of 18 photos to admire. It was a difficult choice for our judge (assistant copy editor Pauline Kerr) but the following people have been chosen to receive one of five $25 Tim Hortons gift certificates!

Opera de Québec Gala a virtual success

Photo: Screenshot from YouTube

Close to 5,000 people watched the online presentation of the Opéra de Québec Gala in celebration of World Opera Day during the afternoon of Oct. 25. Although the concert hall at the Grand Théâtre was empty, the stage was filled with over 60 musicians and singers.

Halloween decorations found throughout the city

Photos by Cassandra Kerwin

As Halloween approaches, residents of Quebec City decorate their homes. Here are a few examples from Sainte-Foy to the Old City.



The story behind Place Jean-Béliveau


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Photo: Wikimedia Commons - Public Domain

The large open area in front of the Videotron Centre is named in honour of hockey legend Jean Béliveau (1931-2014). Born in Trois-Rivières, he began his hockey career at age 15 with the Victoriaville Panthers. He was later recruited by the Citadelles de Québec and the As de Québec, where he became the incontestable star.

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