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The fear pandemic: Survey indicates anglophones and allophones more worried about COVID than francophones

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Photo: Ruby Pratka

Anglophones and allophones are more worried than francophone Quebecers about the consequences of COVID-19, according to a survey released last week by the Association for Canadian Studies (ACS) and the Quebec Community Groups Network (QCGN).

“Even though the contagion itself is not biased, its effects have been quite uneven,” ACS president Jack Jedwab observed.

What to expect this summer at Quebec City’s lakeside playground

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Photo: Cassandra Kerwin

As summer approaches, Quebecers are hoping for a return to normal: going to the beach, being with family, doing summer sports, anything to escape this new reality. Will it be possible? To answer this question, the QCT spoke with Jean Perron in a phone interview on May 11. Perron is mayor of Fossambault-sur-le-Lac, a village northwest of Quebec City on the shore of Lac Saint-Joseph.

Fascinating flora found in the park

Photos by Shirley Nadeau

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This nosegay of purple crocuses tinged with white burst their way through the leaf litter on the grounds of the Domaine Cataraqui.

April showers bring May … snow?

Photo by Cassandra Kerwin

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The deep violet of the crocuses is a beautiful contrast to the white snow that fell on Quebec City during the night of May 11 to 12. Quebecers expecting spring with their morning coffee found winter.

Snow geese heading north for the summer

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A flock of snow geese takes flight at Baie de Beauport in mid-May. A welcome sight in Quebec each spring, these birds breed north of the timberline in Greenland, Canada, Alaska, and the northeastern tip of Siberia, and spend winters in warm parts of North America from southwestern British Columbia through parts of the United States to Mexico, according to Wikipedia.

IN MEMORIAM - BILLY DOUCET

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DOUCET, BILLY

Dec. 22, 1946-May 19, 2010

If tears could build a stairway and memories a lane, we’d walk right up to Heaven and bring you home again.

Love, your wife Verna & Family

Morrin Centre announces winner of poetry contest

On April 10, the Morrin Centre launched its first Society Pages Poetry Contest, which generated an immense amount of interest from community members and beyond. The contest received 47 entries in three weeks. Adults and children alike submitted poems, all of impressive quality. After two difficult rounds of elimination, a winner and three honourable mentions were chosen.

Livestreamed arts events enliven festival-less summer

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Photo: Ruby Pratka from QCT archives

This summer will be unlike any other for those who love music, art and theatre. There will be no big festival stage rising over the Plains of Abraham, the bars and music venues of Lower Town will almost certainly stay quiet and the outdoor music festivals that determine the road-trip plans of folk and rock fans around the province are off the calendar.

Homemade facemasks for sale

Photo by Shirley Nadeau

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While out for a stroll along Rue Champlain on May 16, I came across young Josephine Gingras. She was selling homemade facemasks made by her grandmother, Mariette Dion, for only $5 each. Josephine’s furry assistant Bizou (the black and tan Guinea pig on the table) kept a sharp eye on the money jar.

LETTER TO THE EDITOR

Let me tell you how much I enjoy looking at the colourful front page of the QCT every week. You and your colleagues have a way to bring other people’s creativity to us! I told you you were our eyes on the city, so I thank you for that. Of course, I read the rest of the paper with the same interest...

Lucie Bouchard
Quebec City

Quebec City streets pedestrian-only on weekends

The Ville de Québec recently announced that, as of May 16 until the end of the summer, on weekends, Rue Saint-Jean and Avenue Cartier will be open to pedestrians only. Both streets will be closed to automobile traffic.

The new pandemic-inspired back-to-school teacher’s outfit

Photo by Danielle Burns

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This Grade 1 teacher of Les Chevaliers (the Knights) class at École Saint-Fidèle in Limoilou chose her “pandemic” back-to-school outfit well. Her two-metre-long, pool-noodle sword was an excellent visual reminder for students to keep their distance.

The rainbow follows the storm

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Photo: Lise Lafond

Artist Christine Genest owns a gallery in Cap-Santé. With lots of time on her hands due to the COVID-19 social distancing regulations, she starts every day with a new drawing, and every day a new theme. The theme often reflects the news, for example, the reopening of the daycare centres, drive-in movie theatres, construction sites or barbecue season.

Quebec’s Jakob Pelletier wins the Frank J. Selke Trophy

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Photo: Vincent Ethier/QMJHL

Quebec City’s Jakob Pelletier, who currently plays for the Moncton Wildcats of the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League, has been named the 2019-2020 winner of the Frank J. Selke Trophy, awarded to the league’s most sportsmanlike player.

Golfers among those who may practise their sports during COVID-19

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Photo: The Golf Channel

Golfers, get your clubs ready for May 20. That is the date when Isabelle Charest, Quebec’s junior minister of education and minister for the status of women, announced that golf, and several other sports, will be allowed to be played as the first step in reviving sports activities throughout the province.

Baseball movies to watch while the major leagues are on hold

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Photo: imdb.com

Normally, at this time of year, Major League Baseball is almost two months into the season, and fans have started to fill in the ballots for the upcoming All-Star game in mid-July.

Plenty of Rainbows in the Avenue James-Lemoine area

Photos by Cassandra Kerwin

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A Post-it Note rainbow brightens a window in the Avenue James-Lemoine area in Sillery.

 

Window shopping for rainbows in Quebec City

Photos by Shirley Nadeau

At the QCT we’re always on the outlook for crafty rainbows. These two are not what you might call “homemade” but they certainly are eye-catching and get the message across that “Everything’s going to be all right!”

 

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MEMORIALS AND THINGS OF FAME

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Photo: Wikimedia Commons - Public Domain

May 11, 1820 – The Quebec Gazette
The New Sovereign

The Four Indian Kings

DVENTURES IN GENEALOGY

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Photo: Wikimedia Commons-Public Domain

Many of us have delved into hobbies since the “stay-at-home” policy has been in place. My hobbies include researching our family origins and having our DNA analyzed to discover who we are descended from.

The story behind Rue Hérelle

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Photo: Wikimedia Commons - Public Domain

This street is named in honour of bacteriologist Félix-Hubert d’Hérelle (1873-1949). He was born and died in Paris, but lived in Montreal for a number of years. His work contributed to the advancement of research on infectious diseases.

Basically a self-taught scientist, he had only a high school education in Paris, and attended a few lectures at the University of Bonn in Germany.

Alberta oil not ‘dead,’ just taking the long way to market

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Everyone liking those dirt-cheap gas prices? Bargain rates at the pump are on the lengthy list of things you never thought you’d see – all thanks to a nasty virus.

LETTER TO THE EDITOR

Dear Editor,

I wish to inform you and your readers of an unacceptable situation here in Quebec City.

Crisis management over videoconference: Lightbound looks back on historic spring

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Photo: House of Commons website

From the COVID-19 pandemic to the devastating mass shooting in Nova Scotia, the spring of 2020 has brought some of the darkest moments in Canadian history – and mobilized sweeping and innovative responses from all levels of government and from Canadians.

School back in session for CQSB elementary school students

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Photo: Cassandra Kerwin

All Central Québec School Board (CQSB) elementary schools were expected to reopen on schedule May 11, according to CQSB chairperson Stephen Burke. Burke is confident that schools will be able to abide by social-distancing guidelines and hygiene measures when they reopen.

Quebec City-Lévis ferry back on schedule

On May 11, the Quebec City-Lévis ferry returned to its regular schedule. From now on, ferries will depart from each side of the river every 60 minutes from 6 a.m. to 2:20 a.m., increasing to every 40 minutes during rush hour.

Scrapbooks are keepsakes to enjoy again and again…

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Photo: Lise Lafond

Almost all of my grandchildren’s birthdays are celebrated in November and December, so just as we finish with the birthday parties, cakes and presents, Christmas is right around the corner.

Let the sunshine in! QAC to hold auditions for Hair musical

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Let the sunshine in!”

That’s what the Quebec Art Company (QAC) is planning to do next spring with a production of Hair, the fabled “American Tribal Love-Rock Musical.”

Initial auditions for principal roles and ensemble will be held in early July. Dates, times and details on roles and audition requirements will be released shortly.

Pandemic advice from the library shelf

Photo from an unknown source

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If you can’t see the 27 book titles clearly, here’s how they read: The English Patient - Had - Caught - It - On the Beach. I Should Have Stayed Home - She Said. Now - She Was - In Quarantine - In the Dark - House of Splendid Isolation. Still - Hope Springs Eternal. With a Little Bit of Luck - Common Sense - AND - Personal Hygiene - The Corona Book of Horror Stories - Must End Soon.

Newspaper reports of the Gavazzi riot at Chalmers Church

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Photo: MNBAQ

This is the second of two articles about the Gavazzi riot.

The first was published in the April 22, 2020 edition.

All the Quebec City newspapers reported on the Gavazzi riot of 1853 at Chalmers Free Presbyterian Church (now Chalmers-Wesley United).

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