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We need to focus on our objective, not the alligators

Photo: Wikimedia Commons - Public Domain

There is a popular saying that when you are up to your ears (or other parts of your anatomy) in alligators, it is hard to remember that your objective was to drain the swamp.

Regarding COVID-19 vaccines, we feel as if the alligators are closing in as we become aware that Canada’s contracts with foreign suppliers may not be enough to hold our place near the front of the line.

Winter pleasures on the Plains of Abraham

Photos by Cassandra Kerwin



This artistic snowperson (maybe a ninja snow turtle) sits on a park bench by the Pavillon Pierre-Lassonde of the Musée National des Beaux-Arts du Québec.


Black artist who painted Biden gift influenced Canadian landscape

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Photo: McCord Museum collection

Though not on the epic scale of the performances of Lady Gaga, Jennifer Lopez and that amazing young poet, Amanda Gorman, shortly after their memorable outdoor inauguration on Jan. 20, U.S. President Joe Biden and Vice-President Kamala Harris attended the presentation of a painting by an artist with a remarkable Canadian, specifically Quebec, past.

Labeaume: Tramway delay ‘starting to bug me’

Amid reports of a dispute within the governing Coalition Avenir Québec (CAQ) caucus over the city’s ambitious tramway plan, Mayor Régis Labeaume has voiced his frustration, saying the delay “is starting to bug me.”

City delays tax bill payment schedule again

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Photo: Screenshot from YouTube

Municipal taxpayers are again being given a break on the payment schedule this year. Mayor Régis Labeaume announced at a Jan. 14 news conference that the first of four payments will be due June 3 instead of the usual March 3.

The three other payments will be due Aug. 3, Sept. 15 and Nov. 15. The schedule applies to 163,000 residential and 5,400 commercial rate-payers.

The story behind Rue Jolliet


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Photo: Wikimedia Commons - Public Domain

This street is named in honour of explorer Louis Jolliet (1645-1700), who was born in Beaupré, near Quebec City.


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Photo: Wikimedia Commons - Public Domain

Editor's note: Starting in December each year, winter weather led to ice building up on the St. Lawrence River, making navigation difficult. Until 1909 the river would completely freeze over between Quebec City and Lévis from mid-January to late March.

First virtual Robbie Burns Night held in Quebec City

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Photo: Screenshot from Facebook

Well, it had to happen. With everything else going virtual, why not the annual celebration of Robbie Burns’ birthday?

Seeing the light at the end of the tunnel

We are being told the end is near – the end of life as we have known it for the better part of the last year, that is. And not a moment too soon.

We have seen the light at the end of the tunnel, and for the first time in a year, it does not belong to an out-of-control freight train.

Stoneham and Mont–Sainte-Anne adjust to skiers’ demands

Photo: Cassandra Kerwin

Mont-Sainte-Anne (MSA) and Stoneham Mountain Resort found themselves with an avalanche of problems following the Jan. 15 snowstorm. Skiers with passes and tickets looking for a pleasant evening on the slopes faced packed parking lots and long lines for the chairlifts, and some were even turned away.