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Easter egg hunt a short hop from Chocolats Favoris

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Photo: Danielle Burns

A giant Easter egg hunt is taking place in the Charlesbourg borough of Quebec City, starting at the Moulin des Jésuites (an 18th-century flour mill turned museum) and the nearby parks, houses and yards in the Trait-Carré district. The colourful eggs can be found on trees, houses and sign posts until April 5.

No-access road

Photo by Peter Black


Racism makes no sense

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Photo: Ruby Pratka

The recent murders of eight people in Atlanta drew attention to the anti-Asian violence that has been simmering throughout North America since the COVID-19 pandemic first began.

The novel coronavirus was called the Chinese or Wuhan flu early in the pandemic, and later on, former American president Donald Trump referred to it as the “kung flu.”

Fine dining in a bubble

Photo by Peter Black


Legault and Labeaume reach deal: Tramway back on track

Photo: Ville de Québec

Quebec City’s ambitious tramway project is back on track after the city and the Quebec government appear to have resolved differences that derailed the plan for months.

Mayor Régis Labeaume proclaimed an “understanding” on March 17 after a 75-minute meeting on Parliament Hill with Premier François Legault and ministers involved in the file.

The old ‘cannonball tree’ is going … going . . . gone!

Photos by Shirley Nadeau


Starting on March 16, tree removal experts slowly and carefully cut off and removed the upper branches of the famous “cannonball tree” at the corner of Rue du Corps-de-Garde and Rue Saint-Louis in Old Quebec.

People get out and about on the first day of spring

Photos by Cassandra Kerwin



And now for some good news about the greenhouse effect


Photo: Wikimedia Commons - Public Domain

Our neighbourhood hardware store switched up the signs in the window last week. Out with the sign announcing the skate sharpening service; in with the one announcing that McKenzie seeds are now in stock.

STREET VIEWS: The story behind Rue Le Mercier

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Photo: Screenshot from Google Maps

This street in the Pointe-de-Sainte-Foy district of Quebec City is named after François-Marc-Antoine Le Mercier (1722-1798), a French artillery officer who first arrived in Canada in 1740 as a cadet in the colonial regular troops. In 1743, after studying engineering and gunnery, he was appointed second ensign and attached to the service of the commissary of artillery.


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Photo: Wikimedia Commons - Public Domain

March 25, 1871 – The Morning Chronicle

Baie de Beauport park improvements planned next to terminal

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Photo: Port of Québec

Promoters of the huge Laurentia container terminal project on the Beauport waterfront are mounting a public relations offensive with the announcement of improvements for the neighbouring beachside park and the mass distribution of a brochure to households in the city.

'Le Sang du pélican' at Cinéma Le Clap


Photo: Les Distributions Netima and Productions Dionysos

The QCT does not normally review French-language films, but Le Sang du pélican is an outstanding exception. It will be playing at Cinéma Le Clap in Ste-Foy as of March 26.

Valcartier Elementary School holds mini St. Patrick’s Day parade

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Photo: Leigh-Anne Fischer-Fiset

Valcartier Elementary School (VES) held a mini St. Patrick’s Day parade for members of the Golden Age Club and residents of the Habitations Communautaires in Saint-Gabriel-de-Valcartier on March 17. Students and staff decided that everyone needed a boost and St. Patrick’s Day would be the perfect time.

Up and coming entertainment


'887' takes Robert Lepage home

Photo: Érick Labbé

Robert Lepage’s one-man autobiographical play 887 doesn’t make the audience feel like he’s alone on stage at all. With the use of state-of-the-art technology and low-tech props, many characters come to life in the miniature apartment building at 887 Avenue Murray, the setting of Lepage’s childhood in the Montcalm district of Quebec City.

Imagine a virtual Imagination Writers’ Festival at the Morrin Centre

Due to the ongoing pandemic and restrictions on large indoor gatherings, the Morrin Centre will be holding the 2021 Imagination Writers’ Festival online from April 6 to April 11.

It’s time for some spring cleaning

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Photo: Lise Lafond

If you want to get rid of stuff,
you can always do a good spring cleaning.
Or you can do what I do … move.

~ Ellen DeGeneres

Now that spring is officially here, it’s time to open the windows to let in the crisp, fresh air, wash your curtains and start your spring cleaning.

Fond memories of Norm Wright and the 'Teen Club"

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Photo: Léo Roy

Many Quebecers will remember Norm Wright and Teen Club. The first time I met Norm was as a teenager on the show in 1965 while dancing with my girlfriend-to-be.


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It is with heavy hearts we announce that Glen Harriet passed away at the Institut universitaire de Cardiologie et de Pneumologie de Québec (IUCPQ) on March 5, 2021 following a sudden and brief illness at the age of 60.

Capitales sign an Aussie pitcher; FAA falters in Acapulco

The Québec Capitales went halfway around the world last week to sign a starting pitcher, right-hander Mitch Neuborn from Australia.

Manager Pat Scalabrini was impressed by Neuborn’s statistics in the Australian Baseball League last season. In six starts, Neuborn pitched 35.1 innings, struck out 38 hitters and allowed only seven earned runs for an impressive 1.78 ERA.

Remparts hope to close their Val d’Or trip with more wins

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Photo: Dany Germain/QMJHL

On March 20, Nathan Gaucher and Hugo Audette each scored two goals and added one assist as the Quebec Remparts easily beat the Rouyn-Noranda Huskies 7-1 at the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League (QMJHL) protected environment series in Val d’Or.

Laurie Blouin earns world championship gold in Aspen

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Photo: FIS

Snowboarder Laurie Blouin of Stoneham, the 2018 Olympic silver medalist, earned a second world title when she won the Big Air event at the 2021 FIS Snowboard and Freeski World Championship in Aspen, Colo., on March 16.

Is it spring yet?

Photo by Lise Lafond


Quebec commemorates the victims of COVID-19

Photo: Cassandra Kerwin

One year to the day after the World Health Organization declared COVID-19 a pandemic, March 11 was declared a National Day of Remembrance for victims of COVID-19. Flags on government buildings across Canada were lowered to half-mast and bells tolled for three minutes following a minute of silence.

Quebec City goes green for St. Patrick’s Day

Photos by Cassandra Kerwin, [email protected]


City Hall is all dressed up in green for St. Patrick’s Day. It seems some leprechauns left their top hats among the shamrocks as they hid their pots of gold around town.


Les Petits Chanteurs de Beauport sing at COVID memorial

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Photo: Louise Marie Pelletier

On March 11, during the COVID-19 commemoration ceremony in front of the National Assembly, the beautiful, clear voices of Les Petits Chanteurs de Beauport were heard via a YouTube recording as they sang “À la claire fontaine” which ends with the heart-wrenching refrain, “Il y a longtemps que je t’aime, jamais je ne t’oublierai.” (I’ve loved you for so long, I will n

The story behind Avenue Livernois

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Photo: Wikimedia Commons - Public Domain

Avenue Livernois, a residential street in the La Cité-Limoilou borough of Quebec City, is named in honour of three generations of famous photographers, the Livernois family.


Researched and compiled by Lorie Pierce, [email protected]

Photo: Wikimedia Commons - Public Domain

Revived humour magazine finds funny side of pandemic

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Photo: Peter Black

This country has supplied English-language culture with boatloads of comedy for decades, from Rich Little to Lorne Michaels to Jim Carrey, Mike Myers, Eugene Levy, Martin Short, Russell Peters, Ivan Reitman, Catherine O’Hara, Seth Rogan, Jay Baruchel and Samantha Bee. Heck, we’ll even throw in the Ryans – Reynolds and Gosling – who have been in hit comedies. The list goes on and on.

Breakthrough possible in CAQ-VdQ tramway route impasse

Photo: Ville de Québec

Quebec City Mayor Régis Labeaume and Premier François Legault may be meeting soon to announce an agreement on the route of the proposed tramway system.

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