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CITY SPORTS NEWS: golf, baseball and freestyle skiing

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Photo: Luc Lang

Quebec City golfer Anne-Catherine Tanguay is heading back out on the Ladies Professional Golf Association (LPGA) tour.

The former CEGEP Champlain–St. Lawrence Lion had been taking some time off from the LPGA circuit since October 2019 to start a family with her husband and caddie, Jean-Hubert Trahan. The two now have a six-month-old daughter, Livia.

It’s time for Christmas shopping at the Grand Marché

Photos by Danielle Burns


Every Saturday and Sunday from now until Christmas, between 9 and 11 a.m., Santa will be on the big screen in the Grand Marché to chat with children and their parents who climb aboard his interactive sleigh.

Avenue Maguire is all dressed up for Christmas

Photos by Cassandra Kerwin


This nativity scene is located in front of Église Saint-Charles-Garnier.


Department store catalogues used to be what e-commerce is now

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I was the (untalented) bass player in a rock band when I was a teenager. Because we couldn’t afford the guitar model I craved, Paul McCartney’s Hofner 501 violin-style, we ordered a relatively inexpensive, no-name, made-in Japan version of the iconic guitar from the Eaton’s catalogue.

The story behind Rue Jean-Jacques Bertrand


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Photo: Wikimedia Commons - Public Domain

This street is named in honour of Jean-Jacques Bertrand, who was the 21st premier of Quebec from 1968 to 1970. A native of Sainte-Agathe-des-Monts, he was a member of the legislative assembly for the riding of Missisquoi from 1948 until his death in 1973.


December 18, 1870 – The Morning Chronicle
To the Editor of the Morning Chronicle

Memorial unveiled for victims of mosque shooting

Photos by Cassandra Kerwin


Survivors call for faster government action on gun control

On Dec. 6, 1989, a gunman walked into a classroom at the École Polytechnique in Montreal carrying a semi-automatic rifle. After ranting for a few minutes about “feminists” in front of the bewildered students, he started shooting. When his rampage was over, 13 students and one school administrator, all women, were dead, and 14 others were injured.

Les Violons du Roy offer a free Baroque Christmas concert

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Photo: Elias Djemil

To ring in the holiday season, Les Violons du Roy recorded Noëls baroques (Baroque Christmases) in November at the Palais Montcalm, under the direction of founding conductor Bernard Labadie.

Volunteering differently for the 2020 Hamper Campaign

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Photo: Lorna Gailis

Many of us have heard too many times over the past several months that things are different due to COVID-19. As of early December, that is still true for almost everything, and our beloved Community Christmas Hamper Campaign (CCHC) is certainly no exception.

Opposition to Laurentia terminal grows

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Photo: Port of Quebec

Final public consultations were scheduled last week for the Laurentia container terminal project proposed for the Beauport sector of the city.

The Impact Assessment Agency of Canada (IAAC) organized two virtual sessions, on Dec. 8 and 10, to provide information and take questions on the agency’s draft report on the huge project.

Saint-Sacrement housing advances; church demolition on hold

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Photo: Lokia Groupe

Construction of a large housing complex mainly for seniors is well underway on a prominent site behind Église du Très-Saint-Sacrement, at the corner of Chemin Sainte-Foy and Avenue Saint-Sacrement. Meanwhile, the future of the church building itself is uncertain.

The Dobell-Sewell Society Wedding of 1895


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Photo: Shirley Nadeau

In 1895, the wedding between “William Molson Dobell, son of R.R. Dobell, Esq. … and Constance May Sewell, the charmingly pretty and highly popular daughter of Dr. Colin Sewell” made headlines in the Quebec Morning Chronicle of Dec. 9, 1895 as “A Brilliant Society Event.”

Winners of the 2020 Quebec City Women’s Club Bursary announced

Photo: Quebec City Women's Club

The Quebec City Women’s Club (QCWC) awards bursaries to outstanding women from the Quebec City region. This year, the bursary committee is pleased to announce not just one, but two deserving bursary winners, namely Wan-Li Sun and Jamie McArthur.

Enjoy a winter experience at Place Jean-Béliveau

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Photo: Ville de Québec

Quebec City recently added more fun-filled activities to Place Jean-Béliveau at ExpoCité. Plein les yeux et les oreilles (Fill your eyes and ears) invites visitors to become artists and musicians while following a trail composed of three interactive luminous works of art.

Enjoy some Christmas trivia food for thought with your turkey

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Photo: Wikimedia Commons - Public Domain

You think your holiday dinner has a lot of food? Consider this – in 1377, King Richard II of England hosted a Christmas feast at which 300 sheep and 28 oxen were consumed.

Canadians love Christmas. Consider place names like Christmas Island, N.S., Holly, Ont., Noel, N.S., Snowflake, Man., and of course Turkey Point, Ont.

Capitales start their Christmas shopping early

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Photo: website

The Québec Capitales of the Frontier Baseball League (FBL) started their Christmas shopping early this offseason, despite the COVID-19 pandemic.

One of their main recruits is catcher Ruben Castro, 24, from Puerto Rico.

Junior hockey teams have an early holiday break

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Photo: Quebec Remparts

The Quebec Major Junior Hockey League (QMJHL) has advised its 18 teams, including the Quebec Remparts, that all activities have been put on hold until Jan. 3, 2021.

Peley, Gélinas to manage Alouettes, Diamants in 2021

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Photo: Luc Lang

Quebec City’s two junior baseball teams will have new managers in 2021, and both of them once played for the Québec Capitales.

The Charlesbourg Alouettes have all but completed the contract details and are ready to hire Josué Peley as their new field boss.

It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas in Quebec City

Photos by Cassandra Kerwin


A Christmas tree stands tall in Place Royale next to the bust of Louis XIV in front of Église Notre-Dame-des-Victoires. 


Merry moral contract: A COVID Christmas Carol


Photo: Wikimedia Commons - Public Domain Illustration by John Leech 1843

The virus was not dead: to begin with.

Ebenezer Legault was busy in his accountability house, keeping an eye on his humble finance clerk Girard, shivering in his dismal little cubicle trying to balance the ledger.

Into the office with a tinkle of a bell came two gentlemen, representatives of the tavern-keepers’ and gym-owners’ benevolent societies.

Humaniti development replaces Le Phare on Boul. Laurier

Photo: Image courtesy of COGIR

It’s lights out for the huge and controversial Le Phare project at the west end of Boulevard Laurier. Its replacement, revealed last week, is a somewhat scaled-down version, called Humaniti.

Former Valcartier commander Fortin heads national vax operation

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Photo: Canadian Forces

The man tapped to lead an unprecedented nationwide vaccination campaign is a former commander at Canadian Forces Base Valcartier who is originally from Montmagny.

The story behind Place Jean-Pelletier


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Photo: Shirley Nadeau from QCT archives

This park is named in honour of Jean Pelletier (1935-2009), the 37th mayor of Quebec City (1977-89).


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Photo: Wikimedia Commons - Public Domain

December 4, 1820 – The Quebec Gazette
Cure For Tooth Ache

To a table spoonful of any kind of spirits, add the same quantity of sharp vinegar, and a tea spoonful of common table salt – mix well together; hold the liquid in the mouth that it can enter the cavity or hollow in the tooth; it will give almost instantaneous relief, without any pain.

Elections for English-language school boards postponed

To ensure that school board elections during the COVID-19 pandemic take place in a safe manner, and to respect the moral contract proposed by Premier François Legault, the Ministère de l’Éducation announced that the school board election process and the vote that was to take place on Dec. 20 have been postponed.

We moved just in time . . . for COVID-19


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Photo: Bill Cox

One year ago, my wife Denyse and I moved into a lovely seniors’ assisted-living residence in Sainte-Foy. We had all winter to participate in activities such as billiards, indoor pétanque and card games monitored by energetic and motivating young men and women.

The CAQ listens to reason: school board elections on hold


As you all know by now, the Coalition Avenir Québec government has listened to reason and has put all elections in Quebec’s nine English-language school boards on hold for an indefinite period. The government’s response came on Nov. 26.

Support the Community Christmas Hamper Campaign online

Photo: Community Christmas Hamper Campaign

Due to COVID-19, all fundraising events for the Community Christmas Hamper Campaign are taking place online this year. Here are a few initiatives you can support:

Chocolate chip cookie and mac ’n cheese recipe ingredients in Mason jars are on sale, a joint initiative of SNACS and Rise. The deadline to order is Dec. 10.

Winter Carnival spreads magic to seven locations

Photo: Cassandra Kerwin

Snow, ice, cold weather…. There’s magic in the air of Quebec City. A giant snowman wearing a red toque, a ceinture fléchée (arrow sash) and a face mask was recently spotted in Lower Town.

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