April 1 2020 Edition

Somewhere over the rainbow . . .

Photos by Shirley Nadeau


Two rainbows in this window seem to be surrounding a COVID-19 “bug.” The message with the lower rainbow is bilingual: “It’s going to be okay” and “Ça va bien aller.”

We are with you, Italy!

Photo by Danielle Burns

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An Italian flag hangs from a third-floor balcony in Limoilou in solidarity with Italy, the country with the highest number of deaths to date from COVID-19.

Quebec City’s Medicago in race for COVID-19 vaccine

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Photo: Medicago

A Quebec City company is a serious contender in the race to develop a vaccine to combat COVID-19. Medicago, a biopharmaceutical company founded in 1999, has already produced a virus-like particle (VLP) that mimics the new coronavirus now wreaking havoc in the world.

Spring is here and our geese are back!

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Photo: Lise Lafond

Spring has arrived and with it the return of our pair of Canada geese.

We have had the privilege of welcoming these beautiful birds back to our property for many years. This week they arrived with five friends, who rested a while and then flew away. But our geese stayed.

What a relief! “Five-cent pieces” aplenty to ease corona crisis

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Historians, generally a disputatious bunch – although they would dispute that – probably agree on one thing.

Visit the museum of your choice anywhere in the world

We are now almost three weeks into Premier François Legault’s directive to close schools and public areas and to practise social distancing. People have been asked to stay home in order to prevent the spread of COVID-19.

The story behind Rue Gigault


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Photo: Library and Archives Canada

This street is named in honour of Georges- Auguste Gigault (1845-1915) who was a notary, public servant and political figure in Quebec.

Born in Saint-Mathias de Rouville, the son of Pierre Gigault and Marguerite Wait, he was educated at the Séminaire de Saint-Hyacinthe. Gigault went on to study law in Montreal and was licensed as a notary in 1867. In 1870, he married Isabella Dillon.


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Photo: Photo from QCT archives

March 30, 1820 – The Quebec Gazette

Every little box (of masks) helps provincial, national COVID response

The provincial and federal governments are making unprecedented calls on colleges, CEGEPs, vocational training centres and universities to contribute supplies and expertise to the fight against COVID-19.

SLC Lions to join new Division I hockey conference in 2020-21

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Photo: SLC Lions

The CEGEP Champlain–St. Lawrence (SLC) Lions men’s hockey program will move up to a new RSEQ (Réseau du Sport Étudiant du Québec) Division I hockey conference in 2020-21.

In a telephone interview last week, Vincent-Jean Dubé, student affairs counsellor at SLC, confirmed that the Lions will be one of 13 teams in the new division.

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