Saint Brigid’s COVID-19 outbreak over; hospital cases cause concern

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Photo: Screenshot from Google Maps

The coronavirus outbreak that claimed more than 30 lives at Saint Brigid’s Home in November and December is officially over. Starting in late December, the home recorded 14 days without a new COVID-19 case.

Skiing and snowboarding more popular than ever during COVID-19

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Photo: Cassandra Kerwin

Once the snow begins to pile up, skiers are eager to hit the slopes, even during a pandemic. Ski resorts throughout Quebec are prepared for a record-breaking season this year. Not even a provincewide curfew has stopped people from strapping on their skis and snowboards.

Vandal leaves tache on Taché statue in new location

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Photo: Jonathan Letellier-Black

A statue of a father of Confederation displaced from a prime riverside location got a golden welcome from a vandal in its new, more discreet spot.

Who is decorating the trunks of the alder trees?


Photo: Lise Lafond

Walking in the woods, I often pass by the Rivière aux Pommes that cuts through a piece of our land. Alder trees (Latin name Alnus, which means “close to the river”) grow on both sides. The alder is a deciduous tree, meaning it sheds its leaves in fall, and is a member of the birch family. There are many species of alder, including the speckled alder, which is native to Quebec.

Remparts return to action on Jan. 23 in Rimouski

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Photo: QMJHL

After a month-and-a-half layoff, the Quebec Remparts will get back in action along with the other 17 teams of the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League (QMJHL) starting on Jan. 21.

The league’s Quebec teams will be in four different protected playing environments, similar to the one put in place at the Videotron Centre in late November.

A special season awaits NHL players, teams and fans in 2021

The 2020-21 season of the National Hockey League (NHL) got underway on Jan. 13 with five games, including the first of 10 meetings between the Montreal Canadiens and the Toronto Maple Leafs.

The late start was due to the completion of the Stanley Cup playoffs last fall and the disruption caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.

Exploring the origins of Mittens Alley in Limoilou

Photo: Jean-François Caron

Alleys, or ruelles as they are known in French, are very important to the culture and lifestyle of Limoilou.

In a 2010 article titled “Les Ruelles de Limoilou: mythes, obligations et animation!” on, Erick Rivard said the alleys “belong to no one and are everyone’s!”

We must protect French – but not at the expense of Quebec’s English-speaking communities

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Photo: QCGN

At the dawn of 2021, English-speaking Quebecers are witnessing the relative language peace we have enjoyed for many years fade.

OBITUARY: Winnifred (Crawford) McCARTNEY

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Winnifred (Crawford) McCARTNEY
December 20, 1924 – December 24, 2020

Embracing the outdoors during COVID-19

Photos by Lise Lafond

Get out and visit our Belle Province. The winter scenery will surely lift your spirits, but don’t forget to get back home before the 8 p.m. curfew.




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