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.


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Roberta (O’Hara) BRANION

OBITUARY: Frank (Francis William) HABERLIN

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Frank (Francis William) HABERLIN
1949 - 2021

It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of Mr. Frank Haberlin at age 71, on Jan. 27, 2021, at his home in the Montcalm neighbourhood, Quebec City. He was the son of the late Ettie (Brigid) Bowles and the late Leo G. Haberlin and brother of the late Ralph Haberlin. Frank was retired from the Papiers Stadacona company.

OBITUARY: Patrick Michael Joseph HUTCHINGS

Patrick Michael Joseph HUTCHINGS

Patrick, son of Charles Hutchings and Mary Bryson Hutchings, both deceased, died on January 22, 2021, at 68 years old, after a courageous battle with cancer.

Patrick was predeceased by his wife, Nicole Gagnon.

Shelters walk a fine line during pandemic

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.

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.

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