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April 5, 1821 – The Quebec Gazette


Dear Shirley,

My sister just sent me your review of the film Le Sang du pélican. It’s a beautiful testimony [to the Ursulines] and surely gives us the urge to see the film.

It appears that you have a special interest in the Ursuline Monastery. It represents a treasure in the history of Quebec City and your writing is filled with the richness of this heritage.

Protesters sound the alarm for the public sector

Photo: Danielle Burns

On March 31, as the Quebec government was preparing a 5 p.m. announcement to turn Quebec City and other regions including Lévis and Gatineau from orange zones to red, public sector workers were protesting in front of the National Assembly and in front of Premier François Legault’s office.

Quebecers rally for domestic violence prevention

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Photo: Sylvie Lemelin

On April 2, thousands of people in more than 20 cities and towns across Quebec took part in rallies to denounce domestic violence and call on the provincial government to invest more in shelter space for women and families fleeing violence and in violence prevention programs. Several hundred people gathered in front of the National Assembly.

René-Lévesque group demands transparency on tramway plans

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Photo: Ville de Québec

A group calling itself Tronçon 9 is demanding the city provide more information on plans for the tramway line along Boulevard René-Lévesque.

SLC student Virginie Ruest selected as Morehead-Cain Scholar

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Photo: Champlain-St. Lawrence

CEGEP Champlain–St. Lawrence (SLC) was pleased to announce on April 1 that Virginie Ruest, a second-year health science student and member of the Lions’ track and field team, was selected as a Morehead-Cain Scholar at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Fewer than four per cent of candidates will become members of the Class of 2025, placing Ruest among a strong and select group.

Chaudière Falls shows signs of spring

Photos by Danielle Burns


On Easter weekend, visitors could observe this frozen phenomenon caused by the mist off the waterfall at the Parc des Chutes-de-la-Chaudière, on the Lévis side of the Pierre-Laporte bridge.

COVID-19 delays the start of the QMJHL playoffs

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Photo: Sabrina Gagné - QMJHL

The Quebec Major Junior Hockey League (QMJHL) has suspended the activities of five of its Quebec-based teams, including the Quebec Remparts and the Gatineau Olympiques, which have players who have tested positive for COVID-19.

Season or not, Capitales still getting major league talent

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Photo: Wikimedia Commons - Public Domain

Baseball fans in the Quebec City region may not have seen the Capitales play in 2020, but they must surely be crossing their fingers for a 2021 season in the Frontier League.

SPORTS ROUNDUP: hockey and judo

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Photo: Chad Goddard/Hockey Canada

Hockey Canada announced its roster for the upcoming 2021 International Ice Hockey Federation (IIHF) Under-18 World Championship that will be played in the cities of Frisco and Plano, Texas, from April 26 to May 6.

Canada will play in Pool A along with Sweden, Belarus, Latvia and Switzerland.

Easter traditions: collecting Eau de Pâques or Easter water

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Photo: Lise Lafond

Where were you on Easter morning, before sunrise? Most of you will respond, “In my bed, sleeping.” But for a few, the answer could be, “Beside a river or stream, collecting Eau de Pâques, or Easter water.

‘Too early’ to know if Labeaume will run again

Photo: Screenshot by Shirley Nadeau from RDI program

Mayor Régis Labeaume resisted a prime time opportunity to declare whether he plans to run for another term.

There was media speculation that Labeaume would follow the example of his friend and former Montreal counterpart, Denis Coderre, who announced his intention to seek another term as Montreal mayor on the popular Radio-Canada program Tout le monde en parle on March 28.

V for Vaccination: Give it your best shot

Photo: Lorie Pierce


Kids are going to need a lot of help

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For the past year, school has been … complicated.

Forget “reading and writing and ‘rithmetic” – the important words have been “pandemic, symptomatic and disinfect.” The pandemic golden rule is “distance!”

Community Calendar of Events

• The Quebec Art Company held an online reading of The Visitor on March 28. Monthly QACStage Pass performances of vintage radio plays are uploaded to the QAC YouTube channel on the last Sunday of every month and can be viewed free of charge anytime thereafter. For more information, visit

More money for anglos in CAQ pandemic budget

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Photo: QCGN

Organizations representing Quebec anglophones say they are pleased with the increase in funding for the English-speaking minority contained in the provincial budget tabled on March 25.

The Easter Bunny hops around town delivering chocolate eggs

Photos by Cassandra Kerwin


The Easter Bunny stopped by City Hall to deliver chocolates to Mayor Régis Labeaume and city councillors in the flower pots by the main entrance.


Coins may be antiquated, but can we trust cryptocurrency?


Few people are travelling for pleasure or business these days. Before the pandemic hit, when folks could travel wherever time, money and a visa would allow them, they would inevitably bring back purses or fanny packs jingling with foreign currency. This essentially worthless metal treasure would then be squirreled away in drawers and closets around the family home.

STREET VIEWS: The story behind Rue Le Pailleur and Avenue Colonel Jones

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Photo: Screenshot from Google Maps

These streets in the Pointe-de-Sainte-Foy district of Quebec City are named after Charles Hugh Le Pailleur (Jones), who was born in Montreal on May 1, 1876, the son of Charles Goode and Maria (Barker) Jones.


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Photo: Public Domain photo from Flickr

March 30, 1871 – The Morning Chronicle

Major construction for tramway set to begin in Saint-Roch

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Photo: Ville de Québec

The massive tramway project will soon get very real and probably chaotic as major construction work is set to begin in the Saint-Roch district.

With an official deal yet to be signed for the $3.3-billion system, city officials last week revealed plans to alter two key streets in the busy district to accommodate the tramway route.

Supersized Aussie bunnies enjoy their first time in snow

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Photo: Danielle Burns

Australian artist Amanda Parer’s illuminated art installations have visited almost 100 cities (usually with her in tow), but this Easter, she is lending her white rabbits to Manif D’Art and the Ville de Québec as part of their activités réconfortantes program, and she isn’t chaperoning them.

Hiking the trails of Mont Wright


Photo: Lise Lafond

When arriving in Stoneham from the south via Boulevard Talbot or the Laurentian Autoroute (Highway 73), Mont Wright comes into view on the right, about two kilometres past the turnoff onto Avenue Tewkesbury.

Snow crab craze hits Quebec City

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Photo: Cassandra Kerwin

In the week prior to delivery, Quebec City fishmongers were asked one question: when does the snow crab arrive? On March 26, a long line of people waited in the rain to get their hands on the precious snow crab from Les Pêcheries Raymond Desbois. The next day, the line formed about 30 minutes before opening. Snow crab season is here.

Up and coming entertainment

• The Quebec Art Company held an online reading of The Visitor on March 28. Monthly QACStage Pass performances of vintage radio plays are uploaded to the QAC YouTube channel on the last Sunday of every month and can be viewed free of charge anytime thereafter.

Historical Views includes a wealth of stories of English-speaking Quebec

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Photo: QAHN

The Quebec Anglophone Heritage Network (QAHN) is pleased to announce the publication of a new anthology, Historical Views: Selections from Quebec Heritage News 2000-2020, in honour of its 20th anniversary.

Quebec City hockey players get bursaries from the Montreal Canadiens

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Photo: Cégep Limoilou Titans Facebook page

Three Quebec City student-athletes were among the 25 hockey players who will each receive a bursary of $2,000 from the Montreal Canadiens Bursary Program of the Foundation for Athletic Excellence.

Regular QMJHL season ends as teams prepare for the playoffs

The Quebec Remparts ended their 2020-21 regular season with a pair of games in the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League (QMJHL) protected environment in Baie-Comeau.

Quebec played the Baie-Comeau Drakkar on March 31 (score not available at press time) and will end the season on April 1 against the Rimouski Océanic.

Scalabrini gets major league coaching help as season approaches

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Photo: Québec Capitales

Québec Capitales manager Patrick Scalabrini hit a home run without touching a bat or a ball when former Montreal Expos and Miami Marlins bullpen coach Pierre Arsenault was hired as his assistant for pitching.

SPORTS ROUNDUP: football, hockey, tennis and Olympics

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Photo: International Olympic Committee

FOOTBALL: Glen Constantin, head coach of the Rouge et Or football program at Université Laval, was hoping to organize a tournament that would have included six of the best teams in the country.

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