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Quebec City prepares for the 67th Winter Carnival

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Photo: Cassandra Kerwin

This year, due to the pandemic, Bonhomme Carnaval and his team of busy “snowflake” workers decided to divide his usual large Ice Palace into smaller ice towers, located in six districts of Quebec City. Twelve routes lined with ice and snow sculptures leading to each of the towers have also been created. During the weeks leading up to the official opening on Feb.

Pet adoptions break records during COVID-19 – but buyers beware

A WALK ON THE WILD SIDE

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Photo: Lise Lafond

The Société protectrice des animaux (SPA) in Quebec City had a 100 per cent adoption rate in 2020. With over 2,400 animals adopted, it is nice to think that all these animals have found good forever homes. According to many local media reports, the pandemic is partly responsible for this high adoption rate.

125 years ago the city boomed with modern progress

FROM THE ARCHIVES

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Photo: Wikimedia Commons - Public Domain

The More Salient Features of Quebec City Improvements During the Last Two Years

It’s Super Bowl time for Laval graduate Anthony Auclair

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Photo: Screenshot from Zoom

Former Université Laval Rouge et Or football player Anthony Auclair will have a chance to duplicate what McGill alumnus Laurent Duvernay-Tardif did last year – win a Super Bowl.

Patrick Roy sets a QMJHL record with his 408th win

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Photo: Iften Redjah / QMJHL

Quebec Remparts general manager and head coach Patrick Roy set a new Quebec Major Junior Hockey League (QMJHL) record with his 408th victory behind the Remparts’ bench. Roy got the milestone win when he guided his team to a 3-1 defeat of the Baie-Comeau Drakkar on Jan. 30 in Rimouski.

IOC committed to holding the 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games

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Photo: Greg Martin/IOC

During a virtual press conference held on Jan. 26, International Olympic Committee (IOC) president Thomas Bach declared that the 2020 Olympic Summer Games and the 2020 Paralympic Games will take place in Tokyo this summer.

How was your Groundhog Day this year?

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Photo: Cartoon by Patrick LaMontagne

Thousands of years ago when animism and the worship of the spirits of nature were prevalent, people in what is now Germany believed that the badger had the power to predict the coming of spring. Thus, they watched the badger to know when to plant their crops.

Sunrise and sunset along the frozen St. Lawrence River

Photos by Cassandra Kerwin

QCT photojournalist Cassandra Kerwin set out early in the morning of Jan. 30 to capture these gorgeous photos of the ice-choked St. Lawrence River. The interplay of light on the ice floes on the river and along the shore makes frozen works of art.

Kerwin even went back at the end of the day to capture a beautiful sunset over the river and the bridges that span it.

 

Laval’s ‘Nordic Campus’ offers antidote for pandemic idleness

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Photo: Jonathan Letellier-Black

The Université Laval campus has been transformed into a winter sports park. As the adage from that baseball movie goes, “Build it and they will come.” What the university built was a “Nordic Campus,” featuring a skating oval and trails for cross-country skiing, snowshoeing and hiking. Since the campus opened on Jan. 25, winter sports enthusiasts have been flocking to the new facilities.

Shelters walk a fine line during pandemic

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Photo: Photo by Ruby Pratka from QCT archives

Since last March, Éric Boulay, the director of Lauberivière, a nonprofit which operates Quebec City’s largest homeless shelter, has walked a delicate line. He and his staff and volunteers have had their hands full keeping the coronavirus out and dealing with the economic and psychological fallout of the crisis.