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Americans in Quebec City prepare for landmark election

Photo: Screenshot from Zoom

Barbara Blacker Bédard, a hairdresser who has lived in Quebec City for most of the last two decades, wanted to make absolutely sure she received her absentee ballot from her home state of Washington. She has voted in every presidential election, but this year was especially important.

We need to support our local businesses

Sometimes you just want to shake someone and shout, “Wake up!”

Take, for example, the people who grumble about every COVID-19 aid package announced by the federal or provincial government. Yes, debt is being incurred that will take years, if not decades, to repay. Yes, there will be important infrastructure projects and worthwhile social programs that will not be funded because of it.

The Charlevoix Earthquake of 1870


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Photo: Wikimedia Commons - Public Domain

On Oct. 20, 1870, a 6.5-magnitude earthquake, centred near Baie-Saint-Paul, was felt throughout eastern Canada and in the United States. The impact was felt as far west as Iowa and as far south as Virginia, over an area of more than a million square miles.

The Morning Chronicle provided extensive reports in the days that followed.

Sports to get $70 million in provincial aid

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The Quebec government recently announced it will inject $70 million into sports associations, federations and leagues after public health authorities paused most sports activities to slow the spread of COVID-19.

U Sports cancels national championships for winter sports

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After the cancellation of national championships for fall sports, U Sports, the national university sports organization that oversees the four regional associations, decided on Oct. 15 to also cancel the national championships for winter sports, due to COVID-19 restrictions in place across the country.

Auger-Aliassime drops final in Cologne; university football in the spring?

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Photo: Mathieu Bélanger, Université Laval

Félix Auger-Aliassime of L’Ancienne-Lorette reached the final of the Bett1 Hulks Cologne Indoors tennis tournament in Cologne, Germany on Oct. 18, but came out (almost) empty-handed.

Seeded third, Auger-Aliassime lost 6-3, 6-3 to top seed Alexander Zverev of Germany. Auger-Aliassime is still looking for his first career title. The Cologne tournament was his sixth career final.

Historic stone missing from Chalmers-Wesley property

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Photo: Dominique Lavigueur

A boundary marker dating from the 1770s, known as the B.O. stone for the two letters carved on it, is missing from the Chalmers-Wesley United Church grounds.

Working toward responsible consumption


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Photo: Lise Lafond

Oct. 19 to 25 is Waste Reduction Week. All across Canada, residents and companies are asked to participate in ways that will help change their habits and reduce their environmental footprints.

OBITUARY: Barbara Alice Davey MacMILLAN

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Barbara Alice Davey MacMILLAN

Barbara Alice Davey MacMillan, beloved wife of the late Cameron James MacMillan, died at Brome-Missisquoi-Perkins (BMP) Hospital in Cowansville, Quebec, on Oct. 4, 2020, at the age of 91. Loved dearly by her mother Alice and father Wilfred, she was predeceased by her brother John and her sister Katherine.

Côte de Sillery lookout now open for viewing

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Photo: Jonathan Letellier-Black

One of the more scenic hillside traverses in Quebec City now has a spectacular lookout.

City officials recently inaugurated the Belvédère de la Côte de Sillery, a project first announced two years ago. Perched on the curve of the steep road and sidewalk, the glass-fenced lookout offers what is described in a city press release as a view from “a hitherto untapped natural promontory.”

Echaquan’s death sparks reckoning on racism

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Photo: Florence Landry

Joyce Echaquan, a 37-year-old mother of seven and member of the Atikamekw Nation, died at the Centre hospitalier régional de Lanaudière (CHRL), in Joliette, on Sept. 23. The evening of her death, Echaquan recorded a video on Facebook Live. In obvious terror, she can be heard screaming and pleading for someone to come get her.

Prepare to be amazed by Halloween on the Plains of Abraham

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Photo: NBC

Ghosts from the past are awakening on the Plains of Abraham. From Oct. 1 to Nov. 8, greet them during mysterious Halloween activities sure to amaze young and old.

Visit the Halloween Garden in the Joan of Arc Garden and wander amid a spooky ambiance of legends and tombstones, reminders of the park’s history, from Oct. 1 to Nov. 1, daily (free activity).

Enter the QCT’s ‘Signs of Fall’ photo contest!

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Photo: Joanie Hicks Lévesque


CONTEST ENDED on Oct. 23. See the Oct. 28 edition for the list of winners! 


Somewhere over the rainbow

Photos by Cassandra Kerwin


One end of the bright rainbow seems to touch the roof of the Château Frontenac.



School board elections on hold; Burke stays as CQSB chair

Stephen Burke has decided to postpone his planned retirement as chair of the Central Québec School Board (CQSB). The change of plan is a direct result of the second wave of the COVID-19 pandemic, which compelled the Quebec government to postpone school board elections.

The story behind Rue Jacques-Parizeau


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Photo: Harvey Majo from Wikimedia Commons - Public Domain

This street is named in honour of Jacques Parizeau (1930-2015), the 26th premier of Quebec. Born in Montreal, he was the son of Gérard Parizeau, who built one of Quebec’s great fortunes and one of the province’s largest financial firms from a brokerage he established in the 1930s.


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Photo: Wikimedia Commons - Public Domain

October 15, 1895 – The Quebec Morning Chronicle

50th anniversary of the October Crisis, Part 2


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As the 1970 October Crisis unfolded, the Quebec Chronicle-Telegraph (QCT) kept its readers informed.

As second wave hits, why are Quebec infection numbers still so distinct?

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There are an awful lot of things that make Quebec a distinct society, to use the term former premier Robert Bourassa popularized. Mind you, when he most famously used the phrase, in June 1990 upon the failure of the Meech Lake Accord, “distinct society” became a code word for the quasi-independence of Quebec.

QAC holds annual general meeting online

The Quebec Art Company (QAC) held its annual general meeting (AGM) via Zoom on Oct. 4. The AGM is normally held in person in the spring; COVID-19 forced the postponement and the decision to hold the meeting online. Twenty members attended, including a few from distant locations such as Ottawa and Métis.

Hidden English history can be seen in Rivière-du-Loup


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Photo: Ruby Pratka

On the Rue du Domaine in Rivière-du-Loup, perched on a steep hillside, sits a timeworn blue-grey church, inside a peeling wrought-iron fence, surrounded by gravestones bearing English names. Closer to the bottom of the hill sits a stately brick home with a wraparound veranda.

COVID-19 forces Remparts, QMJHL to stop activities

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Photo: Photos courtesy QMJHL

It was only a matter of time until the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League (QMJHL) would be hit by Quebec’s public health restrictions or by the coronavirus.

SLC Lions basketball teams latest COVID-19 victims

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Five members of the CEGEP Champlain–St. Lawrence (SLC) Lions men’s basketball team and one member of the women’s team tested positive for COVID-19 at the end of September, Radio-Canada reported.

Tramway project prompts René-Lévesque archeological digs

Photo: Jonathan Letellier-Black

The future construction of the tramway line on Boulevard René-Lévesque has prompted the city to dig into the past.

Archeological digs are underway on two stretches of the busy street where the vestiges of structures dating back to the 1700s are thought to be located.

Balcony ballads by Robbob

Photo: Danielle Burns

Limoilou musician Robert Rebselj, known as Robbob, has been using his third-floor balcony on 8e Rue (between 3e and 4e Avenues) as a stage on Wednesday and Saturday afternoons. As opportunities to perform in front of live audiences are rare now, he and his various guest musicians have performed free shows to the applause of neighbours on surrounding balconies and passersby.

Public Service Announcement

AGM of Jeffery Hale – Saint Brigid’s Users’ Committee postponed

The annual general meeting of the Jeffery Hale – Saint Brigid’s Users’ Committee has been indefinitely postponed. If you would like to read about the engagements of both the Jeffery Hale and the Saint Brigid’s Residents’ committees, the three annual reports are available online at

We need to take control of the second wave

The late-September jump in the number of COVID-19 cases, within weeks after school resumed, has triggered panic.

Helping seniors overcome social isolation

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Photo: Lise Lafond

Oct. 1 of each year is National Seniors Day, which coincides with the United Nations International Day of Older Persons.

OBITUARY: Barbara Alice Davey MacMILLAN

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Barbara Alice Davey MacMILLAN

An apple a day keeps the doctor away

Photos by Danielle Burns


The Casse-Croûte de Neuville has a magnificent view of the St. Lawrence River. The house specialty, a hamburger, includes Angus beef, ketchup, fries, onion rings, cheese curds and cheddar cheese.


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