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OBITUARY: Robert Vesey BOSWELL

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Robert Vesey BOSWELL
September 11, 1936 – January 7, 2021

It is with deep sorrow that we announce the passing of Robert Vesey Boswell, age 84, in Calgary, Alberta, on Jan. 7, 2021. He was born in Quebec City in 1936, to Col. James V. and Mrs. Beatrice (Hatch) Boswell.

Democracy has been challenged

American politics has provided us with a welcome distraction from COVID-19.
A good many of us viewed the presidential election, and its bizarre aftermath, with the detached amusement usually reserved for TV reality shows.

The events that unfolded Jan. 6 were not entertaining in the slightest; they were terrifying. We sensed it was not only the Capitol under attack but democracy itself.

The QCT remembers and honours Jay Ouellet

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Photo: Shirley Nadeau from QCT archives

 

 

Battle to beat COVID-19 could escalate war on cancer

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Here’s a thought to get 2021 started. If modern medical science can whip up an effective vaccine for a stubborn, elusive virus in a matter of months, couldn’t that same kind of burst of energy, funding and know-how eradicate, or at least tame, cancer?

To the Editor

We were pleasantly surprised that the Dec. 23 edition of the QCT arrived at our home on Thursday [Dec. 24]! The paper usually arrives on the Friday after publication or the following Monday. It was one of those things that made our day, especially during COVID. A Christmas miracle, considering the postal backup! Thanks to all the QCT staff for all your hard work!

Big year ahead for big projects in the city

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Photo: Peter Black

After a year of controversy, confusion and delay, 2021 promises to be a year of decisions and action for major infrastructure projects likely to affect Quebec City for many years to come. Here is a roundup of the current status of these major developments.

There’s a new critter in the crèche at the Cathedral

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Photo: Shirley Nadeau

Another creature has been added to the crèche scene at the Cathedral of the Holy Trinity, made by parishioner Miriam “Minum” Blair.

Goodbye 2020, you were a very different and difficult year

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Photo: Lise Lafond

“Hope is being able to see that there is light despite all of the darkness.”
~ Desmond Tutu

Did you observe the old Irish New Year’s tradition of opening the back door just before midnight to let the old year out, and then opening the front door to welcome the new year?

The story behind Rue Jordi-Bonet

STREET VIEWS

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Photo: Wikimedia Commons - Public Domain

This street and a nearby park are named in honour of painter, engraver, ceramist and sculptor Jordi Bonet (1932-1979), who was born in Barcelona, Spain.

At the age of seven, Bonet lost his right arm in an accident. Art then became his refuge. At age 20, he already owned his own studio and exhibited with much older artists.

OBITUARY: Dr. Jay Q. OUELLET, DC

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Dr. Jay Q. OUELLET, DC
(1954 - 2020)

It is with a heavy heart that I announce the passing of my brother Jay, who died in Quebec City on Dec. 27, 2020.

OBITUARY: Robert Edward MONAGHAN

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Robert Edward MONAGHAN
1932 - 2020

It is with heavy hearts that the family of Robert Edward Monaghan announces the peaceful passing of our devoted and cherished husband and father, on Dec. 20, 2020 at the age of 88, in Quebec City.

Given the current situation related to COVID-19, the funeral celebration will take place at a later date.

OBITUARY: Luis Fernando BOLARTE CERRATE

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Luis Fernando BOLARTE CERRATE
(1946 – 2020)

The next link in the chain: Reviving the music of Douglastown

GASPÉ TALES

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Photo: Screenshot from La Grande Chaîne trailer used with permission

As they packed up their equipment, the members of the Douglastown Dance Orchestra figured they had dodged a bullet. It was March 14, 2020.

How did you ring in the New Year?

If your New Year’s celebration included self-inflicted hypothermia, you’re probably a Canadian who takes an annual polar bear dip for charity.

2021 should see its share of sporting events, including Olympics

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Photo: Wikimedia Commons - Public Domain photo by Alex Groykhman

The year 2020 is now behind us, and in 2021, fans will get to see their share of sporting events. This will hopefully include the Summer Olympics in Tokyo, postponed due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Quebec Major Junior Hockey League modifies playoff format

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Photo: QMJHL

The Quebec Major Junior Hockey League (QMJHL) assembly of members voted unanimously on Dec. 22 to modify the format of the standings and the playoffs for this season, due to the consequences of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Sports books that you must read, COVID-19 or not

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Photo: Penguin Random House Canada

With the local sports scene pretty quiet, now is the time to check local bookstores, libraries and websites for a good sports book that will keep you busy for a while.

Hôtel de Glace, Village Vacances Valcartier now open to visitors

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Photo: Cassandra Kerwin

Village Vacances Valcartier (VVV) offers visitors a reason to rejoice over the holidays with the opening of Canada’s largest winter playground on Dec.19, and the 21st Hôtel de Glace (Ice Hotel) on Dec. 24 (weather permitting). There is still plenty to do despite public health restrictions.

Discover the magic of Christmas in Charlesbourg

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Photo: Cassandra Kerwin

For those still searching for some Christmas magic, visit the Trait-Carré sector of Charlesbourg, where Santa’s elves are busy decorating homes or playing tricks. During the day, the elves are easy to spot, while in the evening, Christmas lights add warmth and charm to this neighbourhood.

 

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The Christmas Star: the great conjunction of Jupiter and Saturn

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Photo: Cassandra Kerwin

As 2020 comes to an end, people reminisce about the past 12 months and look forward to the new year. Now more than ever, they are searching for something to celebrate. NASA and astronomers have found a Christmas gift in the southwest night sky: the great conjunction of Jupiter and Saturn, referred to by some as the Christmas Star.

The story behind Avenue Joseph-Vézina

STREET VIEWS

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Photo: Wikimedia Commons - Public Domain

This street is named in honour of Joseph Vézina (1848-1924), a conductor, composer, organist and music professor who was born in Quebec City. His first music teacher was his father, François Vézina, a house painter and amateur musician, who taught him to play the piano.

MEMORIALS AND THINGS OF FAME

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Photo: Wikimedia Commons - Public Domain

December 31, 1820 – The Quebec Gazette
Hydraulic Press

Scott Griffin recalls being spy novelist le Carré’s Canadian “pilot”

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Photo: Griffin Poetry Prize

Of all the places John le Carré took readers in his two dozen or so spy novels, only once did he make an extended stop in Canada. That place was Espérance, a bustling gold mining town in Quebec’s Abitibi region.

Anti-racism report receives mixed reviews

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Photo: Mbaï-Hadji Mbaïrewaye

On Dec. 14, the Groupe d'action contre le racisme (GACR), a committee of MNAs assigned by the Legault government in June to address racism in various aspects of Quebec society, presented its final report. The 54-page document contained 25 recommendations for future government policies aimed at reducing the impact of racism and improving living conditions for Indigenous people.

Spelling out a true threat to the French language in Quebec

COMMENTARY

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The Quebec government wants to ring in 2021 by tightening language laws to shore up the perceived erosion of French usage. Instead of auld lang syne it will be, with apologies for flippancy, an old language whine, so to speak.

Medicago has new boss as vaccine trials progress

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Photo: Medicago

Quebec City’s own coronavirus vaccine contender has a new boss. Medicago announced earlier this month that Takashi Nagao is taking over from Dr. Bruce Clark as president and chief executive officer of the company.

Local researcher tracks nationwide COVID data

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Photo: Samson Learn Photography, courtesy of Nora Loreto

As of Dec. 21, Canada had recorded 14,228 known deaths from COVID-19. At least 11,041 of those deaths (77.6 per cent) were among people living in long-term care facilities. That number doesn’t come from a federal government source, but from records manually compiled by Quebec City writer and podcaster Nora Loreto.

The best Christmas present ever!

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Photo: Patrick Lachance (MCE), courtesy of MSSS

On Dec. 14, Gisèle Lévesque, 89, became the first person in the Capitale-Nationale region to receive the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine. As of Dec. 21, 4,831 doses of the vaccine have been administered in Quebec.

Bonus Episode: The Podcasters

GASPÉ TALES

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Photo: Gaspé Speaks Podcast Series via Facebook

Expatriate Gaspesians stuck far from the peninsula this holiday season will be able to have a bit of home in their headphones, thanks to a new podcast series launched by New Richmond-based historian Tom Eden in partnership with Vision Gaspé-Percé Now and Canadian Heritage.

Report aims to build bridges between province, anglos

Just over a year after the Secretariat for Relations with English-speaking Quebecers concluded a monthslong round of consultations with English-speaking community groups across the province, takeaways from those consultations have been compiled into a publicly available report, entitled Building Bridges.

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