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Former spaceman and PM contender Garneau has new lofty mission

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Photo: Wikimedia Commons - Public Domain

For a guy who’s spent a total of 28 days in space, Marc Garneau seems pretty down to earth.

He’s also pretty grounded. Until his appointment on Jan. 12 as the minister of foreign affairs, Garneau had been Justin Trudeau’s minister of transport, ever since the Liberals strode so full of hope and purpose to be sworn in at Rideau Hall back in November 2015.

Machine de Cirque breathes new life into Limoilou church

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Photo: Danielle Burns

Saint-Charles-de-Limoilou Church may have peeling paint inside and piles of dead flies in the basement, but Machine de Cirque (MDC) co-founder, artistic director and CEO Vincent Dubé sees only “lots of possibilities!”

City takes another step toward expropriating Maison Pollack

Photo: Peter Black

The Ville de Québec says it has taken another step toward expropriating the badly deteriorating Maison Pollack on Grande Allée.


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Photo: Cassandra Kerwin from QCT archives

January 20, 1871 – The Morning Chronicle   Our Railways – A recent London journal commenting upon our system of railways gives the following description: – Quebec will soon be better provided with railways – those pioneers of commercial prosperity – than most of the British colonies.

The story behind Rue Jean-Carignan


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Photo: Wikimedia Commons - Public Domain

This street is named in honour of Jean Carignan (1916-1988), who was one of the greatest folk fiddlers of the 20th century and the leading exponent of the Celtic tradition in French-Canadian fiddling.

COVID-19 forces the 67th Winter Carnival to adapt

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Photo: Cassandra Kerwin

The ongoing pandemic has forced Winter Carnival organizers to make some major changes and go mostly virtual for the first time in the event’s 67-year history. From Feb. 5 to 14, Carnival-goers can discover Quebec City’s iconic winter magic from the comfort of their homes on the Carnival YouTube channel, #ColdOrNot, I’m Going!

FEQ ‘studying scenarios’ for 2021 festival

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Photo: FEQ website

Despite the optimistic notice on the Festival d’Été de Québec (FEQ) website – “Next FEQ – July 8 to 18, 2021” – there is little certainty, perhaps even little hope, that the mammoth event will be staged this summer. At best, it might be a FEQ like none before.

Local athletes compete in international aerials, judo and speedskating

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Photo: Lewis Irving from QCT archives

Even though COVID-19 has led to the cancellation or postponement of major events in many sports, some competitions in individual sports have gone ahead during the second part of the 2020-21 winter season, giving local athletes opportunities to measure up against global competition.

Stroller-skating on the Plains of Abraham ice oval

Photo by Peter Black


This mother took her little one stroller-skating on the ice oval on the Plains of Abraham last week. With favourable weather and excellent ice conditions, thousands of residents are lacing up their blades. For information on COVID-19 regulations on the use of outdoor rinks, go to the Ville de Québec website.

Patrick Roy makes two trades as Remparts season restarts

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Patrick Roy, general manager and head coach of the Quebec Remparts, made two trades last week with the Baie-Comeau Drakkar as his team prepared to restart their 2020-21 season in Rimouski.

In the first trade, Roy acquired defenceman Alex Falardeau, 18, for a sixth-round draft pick in 2023, a draft pick that Baie-Comeau had traded to Quebec a few months earlier.