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The story behind Rue Gérard-Morisset

STREET VIEWS

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Photo: Wikipedia Commons - Public Domain

This street is named in honour of Gérard Morisset (1896-1970), an art historian and writer, who was born in Cap-Santé. He was an important figure on Quebec’s cultural scene for almost 50 years. He was educated at Université Laval and became a notary, but devoted much of his life to the conservation and study of Quebec’s artistic and architectural heritage.

MEMORIALS AND THINGS OF FAME

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March 22, 1820 – The Quebec Gazette
The Princess of Wales

Keep busy with your life despite social distancing or isolation

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Photo: Photo by Lise Lafond

You’re at home, because of the COVID-19 pandemic voluntary isolation, and looking for things to do. After you’ve done all your personal filing, cleaned the house (again) and watched all that Netflix has to offer, how about getting an early start on Christmas gifts?

Quebec connection to women’s right to vote in the U.S.

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Photo: Priscilla Wigington

The QCT’s longtime assignment editor, journalist and copy editor Shirley Nadeau is “showing her stripes” as an inspirational woman in a rather unusual and distinctive place. Nadeau is one of 36 women whose portraits former QCT journalist Bethann Garramon Merkle included on a stripe of a massive American flag (18 feet by 26 feet).

Rainbows in windows: a message of hope during dark times

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Photo: Danielle Burns

According to a recent article from the BBC, it’s thought that the rainbow with a positive message trend started in Italy (Andrá Tutto Bene), but has rapidly caught on in other countries including the U.S. (#Rainbowhunt), Spain (Todo Irá Bien) and the U.K. (#Spreadhope).

Online services keep local church communities together

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Photo: Screenshot from Facebook page

On the fourth Sunday of Lent, Rev. Katherine Burgess expected to be standing before her congregation in Kirk Hall of St. Andrew’s Presbyterian Church in Old Quebec. Instead, with in-person gatherings in churches banned as part of Quebec’s effort to fight the COVID-19 pandemic, she read a sermon from her home, seated in front of a mobile phone and a single lit candle.

Good cheer hard to find on St. Patrick’s Day

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Photo: Cassandra Kerwin

This year, Saint Patrick’s Day was grey, gusty, snowy and rainy – not very conducive to celebrating. For the first time in memory, most local Irish pubs were empty, even closed. The few pedestrians outside on March 17 commented on how Quebec City was a ghost town since self-isolation had been recommended by the federal and provincial governments days prior due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

SPRING is in the air, but so is the COVID-19 bug . . .

Spring officially began at 11:49 p.m. EDT on Thursday, March 19, but here in Quebec City, much as we’d love to be out and about enjoying the nice “almost-but-not-quite-spring” weather, most people have hunkered down, obeying government instructions to avoid picking up and spreading the COVID-19 bug.

Community Calendar

Due to COVID-19 government restrictions, which are changing almost daily, many events have been CANCELLED or POSTPONED until further notice. For more information, please check with the organizations involved.

Hockey and rugby teams affected by cancellations

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Photo: Luc Lang

On March 16, Quebec AAA Midget Hockey League president Yannick Lévesque announced the cancellation of the remainder of the 2020 playoffs. “Even though the Telus Cup was cancelled, we hoped to finish the playoffs as we were in the middle of the quarterfinals,” said Lévesque.

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