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Quebec City’s Medicago in race for COVID-19 vaccine

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Photo: Medicago

A Quebec City company is a serious contender in the race to develop a vaccine to combat COVID-19. Medicago, a biopharmaceutical company founded in 1999, has already produced a virus-like particle (VLP) that mimics the new coronavirus now wreaking havoc in the world.

Spring is here and our geese are back!

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Photo: Lise Lafond

Spring has arrived and with it the return of our pair of Canada geese.

We have had the privilege of welcoming these beautiful birds back to our property for many years. This week they arrived with five friends, who rested a while and then flew away. But our geese stayed.

What a relief! “Five-cent pieces” aplenty to ease corona crisis

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Historians, generally a disputatious bunch – although they would dispute that – probably agree on one thing.

Visit the museum of your choice anywhere in the world

We are now almost three weeks into Premier François Legault’s directive to close schools and public areas and to practise social distancing. People have been asked to stay home in order to prevent the spread of COVID-19.

The story behind Rue Gigault


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Photo: Library and Archives Canada

This street is named in honour of Georges- Auguste Gigault (1845-1915) who was a notary, public servant and political figure in Quebec.

Born in Saint-Mathias de Rouville, the son of Pierre Gigault and Marguerite Wait, he was educated at the Séminaire de Saint-Hyacinthe. Gigault went on to study law in Montreal and was licensed as a notary in 1867. In 1870, he married Isabella Dillon.


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Photo: Photo from QCT archives

March 30, 1820 – The Quebec Gazette

Every little box (of masks) helps provincial, national COVID response

The provincial and federal governments are making unprecedented calls on colleges, CEGEPs, vocational training centres and universities to contribute supplies and expertise to the fight against COVID-19.

SLC Lions to join new Division I hockey conference in 2020-21

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Photo: SLC Lions

The CEGEP Champlain–St. Lawrence (SLC) Lions men’s hockey program will move up to a new RSEQ (Réseau du Sport Étudiant du Québec) Division I hockey conference in 2020-21.

In a telephone interview last week, Vincent-Jean Dubé, student affairs counsellor at SLC, confirmed that the Lions will be one of 13 teams in the new division.

QHS Blazers basketball teams forced to cancel their seasons

Local high school sports teams fell victim to the COVID-19 virus, and the Blazers from Quebec High School were not immune.

In a school that has 330 students, the Blazers fielded seven basketball teams in 2019-20. “This is great, considering the size of QHS,” wrote Danny Weston, the school’s athletic director, in an email interview.

Wait Until Dark fans must … wait

For the first time in its nearly 40-year history, the Quebec Art Company (QAC) has been forced to postpone a show in the works. The reason is the ongoing uncertainty caused by the COVID-19 crisis.

QAC president Cheryl Rimmer says the production of the thriller Wait Until Dark, which had been slated for May, will now be staged at the end of November.

Wellness Centre working to protect your health and safety

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On March 12, following instructions from local health authorities, Jeffery Hale Community Partners (JH Partners) suspended all Wellness group activities at all of its sites, including the Jeffery Hale, Saint Brigid’s Home, McGreevy Manor, the Gatehouse and elsewhere.

Volunteer and support community during pandemic

The Minister of Labour, Employment and Social Solidarity, Jean Boulet, is calling on all Quebecers to lend a hand to community organizations in their area, in order to help support vulnerable community members during this pandemic.

Day 10 - Social Distancing


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So I still can’t totally control the iPad but my skills have improved A LOT over 10 days of social distancing. Yes, I went out and bought the toilet paper and the Kleenex, but today [March 23] I felt resentful about being a victim. I’ve had it and it’s time to strike back. How? With balloons!

School’s out! How to stay sane and keep kids busy learning

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Photo: Photo by Danielle Burns

On March 22, the Legault government confirmed that schools would be closed until May 1, a tentative return date that might again be postponed, depending on the course of the COVID-19 outbreak.

Spring has arrived to lift Quebecers’ spirits

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Photo: Cassandra Kerwin

Quebecers love winter and embrace it by taking part in many activities: skiing, skating, sledding, building snowmen and having snowball fights. We even celebrate it with an annual winter carnival. Nevertheless, there is something about March and the spring equinox that makes everyone want to step outside and applaud the warmer weather.

No shortage of inspirational words in time of virus crisis

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In these difficult times, we seek comfort and inspiration from various sources, from political leaders to Hollywood stars.

Telephony – New Invention Is On Its Way


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Photo: Wikipedia Commons - Public Domain

Forty-five years after the telephone was invented by Alexander Graham Bell, an article written by Italian inventor Guglielmo Marconi was published worldwide, including in the March 25, 1920 edition of the Quebec Chronicle. In his writings, Marconi made this bold prediction.

The story behind Rue Gérard-Morisset


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Photo: Wikipedia Commons - Public Domain

This street is named in honour of Gérard Morisset (1896-1970), an art historian and writer, who was born in Cap-Santé. He was an important figure on Quebec’s cultural scene for almost 50 years. He was educated at Université Laval and became a notary, but devoted much of his life to the conservation and study of Quebec’s artistic and architectural heritage.


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Photo: Wikipedia Commons - Public Domain

March 22, 1820 – The Quebec Gazette
The Princess of Wales

Quebec connection to women’s right to vote in the U.S.

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Photo: Priscilla Wigington

The QCT’s longtime assignment editor, journalist and copy editor Shirley Nadeau is “showing her stripes” as an inspirational woman in a rather unusual and distinctive place. Nadeau is one of 36 women whose portraits former QCT journalist Bethann Garramon Merkle included on a stripe of a massive American flag (18 feet by 26 feet).

Keep busy with your life despite social distancing or isolation

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Photo: Photo by Lise Lafond

You’re at home, because of the COVID-19 pandemic voluntary isolation, and looking for things to do. After you’ve done all your personal filing, cleaned the house (again) and watched all that Netflix has to offer, how about getting an early start on Christmas gifts?

Rainbows in windows: a message of hope during dark times

Photo: Danielle Burns

According to a recent article from the BBC, it’s thought that the rainbow with a positive message trend started in Italy (Andrá Tutto Bene), but has rapidly caught on in other countries including the U.S. (#Rainbowhunt), Spain (Todo Irá Bien) and the U.K. (#Spreadhope).

Online services keep local church communities together

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Photo: Screenshot from Facebook page

On the fourth Sunday of Lent, Rev. Katherine Burgess expected to be standing before her congregation in Kirk Hall of St. Andrew’s Presbyterian Church in Old Quebec. Instead, with in-person gatherings in churches banned as part of Quebec’s effort to fight the COVID-19 pandemic, she read a sermon from her home, seated in front of a mobile phone and a single lit candle.

Good cheer hard to find on St. Patrick’s Day

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Photo: Cassandra Kerwin

This year, Saint Patrick’s Day was grey, gusty, snowy and rainy – not very conducive to celebrating. For the first time in memory, most local Irish pubs were empty, even closed. The few pedestrians outside on March 17 commented on how Quebec City was a ghost town since self-isolation had been recommended by the federal and provincial governments days prior due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

SPRING is in the air, but so is the COVID-19 bug . . .

Spring officially began at 11:49 p.m. EDT on Thursday, March 19, but here in Quebec City, much as we’d love to be out and about enjoying the nice “almost-but-not-quite-spring” weather, most people have hunkered down, obeying government instructions to avoid picking up and spreading the COVID-19 bug.

Community Calendar

Due to COVID-19 government restrictions, which are changing almost daily, many events have been CANCELLED or POSTPONED until further notice. For more information, please check with the organizations involved.

Hockey and rugby teams affected by cancellations

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Photo: Luc Lang

On March 16, Quebec AAA Midget Hockey League president Yannick Lévesque announced the cancellation of the remainder of the 2020 playoffs. “Even though the Telus Cup was cancelled, we hoped to finish the playoffs as we were in the middle of the quarterfinals,” said Lévesque.

COVID-19 outbreak puts an end to Remparts regular season

Photo: Vincent Ethier-QMJHL

The Quebec Major Junior Hockey League (QMJHL) has announced the end of the 2019-2020 regular season, as have the other members of the Canadian Hockey League (CHL), which includes the Ontario and Western Leagues.

Capitales and Frontier League games at the mercy of COVID-19

Photo: Luc Lang

The Quebec Capitales and the Frontier Baseball League have both issued statements in recent days regarding the possible postponement of the leagues’ opening games due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

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