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50th anniversary of the October Crisis - Part 3


The Quebec Chronicle-Telegraph (QCT) continued its coverage of the ongoing crisis following the murder of Pierre Laporte on Oct. 17, 1970.

Discovering the International Appalachian Trail


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Photo: Ruby Pratka

At the eastern tip of the Gaspé Peninsula, inside Forillon National Park, a short, steep walk from the lighthouse in what was once the village of Cap-Gaspé, there’s a lookout platform known as le bout du monde (the end of the world). For Simon Bourk, the end of the world was the beginning of a very long journey.

Sharing good fortune a great way to celebrate Christmas 2020

Despite all the gloom and doom, many of us have managed to weather the pandemic fairly well, so far.

We have kept our jobs (or have pension income) and still have a decent place to live and a social life, even if it is mostly electronic. Best of all, we, and those close to us, have remained reasonably healthy.

Meet the marvellous Madame Labriski

Photo: Shirley Nadeau

Mériane Labrie, better known as Madame Labriski, is the fascinating local baker behind all those sugar-free baked goods now available at IGA grocery stores. With her thirst for innovation and her vision of changing the eating habits of the world, she proudly wages war against refined sugar with recipes using date purée.

'Clematis virginiana' has a new look for each season


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Photo: Lise Lafond

Walking in the forest, I noticed a tree that seemed to have little snowballs sitting on its branches. Intrigued, I cleared a path through the dense shrubs and branches to get a better look. Up close, these little snowballs resembled a cluster of beautiful white feathers floating in the wind.

Sigouin’s solid performance nets another Remparts win

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Photo: Jonathan Roy - QMJHL

Goaltender Thomas Sigouin blocked 19 of 20 shots from the Gatineau Olympiques, including 12 in the third period, to lead the Quebec Remparts to a 2-1 victory on Nov. 26.

It was the team’s last game in the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League (QMJHL) bubble. Sigouin’s solid performance earned him the first star of the game.

Diamants manager Dominik Walsh leaves team

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Photo: LBJEQ website

The Diamants de Québec announced on Nov. 26 that manager and general director Dominik Walsh is leaving the organization after eight seasons at the helm.

Walsh, who played for the Diamants from 2002 to 2007, guided the team to four championships in the Ligue de Baseball Junior Élite du Québec (LBJEQ).

Mayor Labeaume vetoes hosting 2030 Olympics

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Quebec City will not host the 2030 Winter Olympic Games. Local entrepreneur Mark Charest recently made public a study exploring the possibility of an Olympic bid, but Mayor Régis Labeaume quickly nixed the idea.

Charest’s project became public when FM93 sports reporter Pierre Vézina first aired the story on Nov. 23.

German Christmas Gardens open at City Hall

Photo: Cassandra Kerwin

In spite of the cancellation of the Marché de Noël allemand de Québec (Quebec City German Christmas Market) this year, the team behind the event has found a unique way to bring the spirit of a German Christmas back to the Old City.

The Place d’Youville skating rink is now open

Photos by Cassandra Kerwin


Labeaume mulls exit: Not ‘irreplaceable’ but maybe inimitable

Photo: Régis Labeaume via Facebook

Since forever – OK, since the 1930s – being mayor of Quebec City has been a long-term job.

Not since 1938 has a chef of La Vieille capitale ruled the sceptred town for less than 12 years, or three terms. Sainte-Foy suburban warrior Andrée Boucher was the tragic exception that proved the rule in recent history.

St. Michael’s Memorial Hall renovations move ahead

Photo: Jonathan Letellier-Black

Work is well underway on the repair and renovation of Memorial Hall, next to St. Michael’s Anglican Church on Chemin Saint-Louis.

Concrete steps have been removed from the entranceway and there’s been excavation around the foundation on the east side of the building.

Facing opposition to project, city unveils designs for tramway cars

Photo: Ville de Québec

Into a mirror, darkly. Quebec City Mayor Régis Labeaume didn’t exactly use that biblical quote to describe the look of the tramway cars that he hopes will be gliding along city streets six years hence.


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Photo: Wikimedia Commons - Fair Use

November 26, 1870 – The Morning Chronicle

The story behind Jardin Jean-Paul-L’Allier


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Photo: Wikimedia Commons - Public Domain

It is a garden rather than a street that honours the memory of Jean-Paul L’Allier (1938- 2016), the 38th mayor of Quebec City from 1989 to 2005.

Jazz en Juin pays homage to jazz greats

The Festival Québec Jazz en Juin recently announced a series of virtual concerts in honour of jazz legends, called Hommage aux grands du jazz. Supported by the Ville de Québec, in collaboration with Les Foyers Don-Bar, the concerts will be streamed online from Nov. 28 to Feb. 27, 2021. Nine groups, made up of 35 renowned Quebec musicians, will pay homage to the greatest names in jazz.

Enter VEQ’s Ugly Christmas Sweater contest

In support of the Community Christmas Hamper Campaign, Voice of English-speaking Québec (VEQ) is organizing an ugly sweater photo contest. The rules are simple. Donate at, dig that ugly Christmas sweater out of storage, snap a selfie or get someone to take a picture of you wearing that abomination, and send the photo to [email protected] by Dec. 4.

Work underway on Jardins du Corps-de-Garde in Old Quebec

Photo: Jonathan Letellier-Black

Work is now underway on a new public park in Old Quebec two years after the plans for the park were first revealed (see article in Sept. 19, 2018 edition of the QCT).

CAQ’s double standard imperils school board elections


Photo: Central Québec School Board

On Nov. 19, Premier François Legault, accompanied by the minister of health, the minister of education and the province’s director of public health, announced that there might be a way for families and friends to celebrate Christmas.

Everybody deserves a little holiday goodness … especially this year

Photo: Graphic by Markus Spiske

Let’s face it; our lives are crazy busy. Day after day, we do our best to work hard – be a good parent or grandparent and a loving spouse, eat well, stay informed, implement projects, stay active, be mindful and meditate – and maybe even pay it forward.

Finding Private Francis Joseph Burke Fitzgerald: 1923-1945

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Photo: Barbara Mullally

On Aug. 18, Shirley Nadeau of the Quebec Chronicle-Telegraph contacted Irish Heritage Quebec (IHQ) about a request the newspaper had received from Piet Smink of Hoogland in the Netherlands.

How to stay fit during the pandemic

Stay safe, stay well and stay fit,” was the advice given to 112 participants across the province in a Zoom talk by kinesiologist Christina Weiss, conditioning floor supervisor at Concordia University’s PERFORM Centre, which promotes better health through prevention.

Mary McCown launches 'Wigglesworth in Lutinland'

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Photo: Mary McCown



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Frances Moore KELLY

It is with a heavy heart that we announce the peaceful passing of Frances Moore Kelly on November 17, 2020, at the Hôtel-Dieu de Lévis, Soeurs de la Charité de Saint-Louis care unit, with her family by her side. She was 79 years old.

The seventh MondoKarnaval will be as vibrant as ever

Photo: Danielle Burns from QCT archives

The team behind MondoKarnaval presents MondoNuméris: Découvertes culturelles à travers le monde, a digital multicultural celebration broadcast live from LaScène Lebourgneuf, as a show of our shared resilience and solidarity with the artists and with the world at large.


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Sadly, we say goodbye to Frances Armstrong (nee Johnston), beloved wife of Gerald Armstrong, who passed away suddenly but peacefully on Nov. 17, 2020 at Saint Brigid’s Home in Quebec City. She was 89.
Frances leaves behind her sister Wilma Mountain, and was predeceased by her brother Clifford Johnston, sister in-law Ruth Johnston and brother-in-law Hugh Mountain.

Remparts earn five points in first week in QMJHL ‘bubble’

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Photo: Jonathan Roy/QMJHL

Quebec Remparts goaltender Thomas Sigouin blocked all 26 shots from the Victoriaville Tigres and led his team to a 1-0 victory during the team’s third game in the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League’s protected environment “bubble” series at the Videotron Centre on Nov. 21. Sigouin was named the game’s first star.

St-Germain reaches for the top; Pelletier on Team Canada

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Photo: GEPA pictures

Laurence St-Germain, 26, from Saint-Ferréol-les-Neiges, started her 2020-2021 FIS Alpine Ski World Cup season in Levi, Finland, with two top-10 finishes.

On Nov. 21, St-Germain, who was seventh in the first run of the slalom event, excelled in her second run and finished sixth overall, just 1.42 seconds behind the winner, Petra Vlhova of Slovakia.

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.

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