January 20 2021 Edition

The first blizzard of 2021 hits Quebec City

Photo: Cassandra Kerwin

High winds and blowing snow wreaked havoc on Quebec City streets and highways on Jan. 16. Although only about 12 centimetres of snow fell, the winds made it very difficult to walk or drive. Many trees and branches were knocked down, causing power outages and property damage. Poor visibility necessitated the closure of sections of some highways.

It’s a ‘wrap’ for the 25th Community Christmas Hamper Campaign

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Photo: Shirley Nadeau

The 25th annual Community Christmas Hamper Campaign was very different from past years, but the organizing committee is just as pleased with the results. COVID-19 changed the way many things were done, but we were able to help 235 families and individuals.

Former spaceman and PM contender Garneau has new lofty mission

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Photo: Wikimedia Commons - Public Domain

For a guy who’s spent a total of 28 days in space, Marc Garneau seems pretty down to earth.

He’s also pretty grounded. Until his appointment on Jan. 12 as the minister of foreign affairs, Garneau had been Justin Trudeau’s minister of transport, ever since the Liberals strode so full of hope and purpose to be sworn in at Rideau Hall back in November 2015.

City takes another step toward expropriating Maison Pollack

Photo: Peter Black

The Ville de Québec says it has taken another step toward expropriating the badly deteriorating Maison Pollack on Grande Allée.

Machine de Cirque breathes new life into Limoilou church

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Photo: Danielle Burns

Saint-Charles-de-Limoilou Church may have peeling paint inside and piles of dead flies in the basement, but Machine de Cirque (MDC) co-founder, artistic director and CEO Vincent Dubé sees only “lots of possibilities!”


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Photo: Cassandra Kerwin from QCT archives

January 20, 1871 – The Morning Chronicle   Our Railways – A recent London journal commenting upon our system of railways gives the following description: – Quebec will soon be better provided with railways – those pioneers of commercial prosperity – than most of the British colonies.

The story behind Rue Jean-Carignan


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Photo: Wikimedia Commons - Public Domain

This street is named in honour of Jean Carignan (1916-1988), who was one of the greatest folk fiddlers of the 20th century and the leading exponent of the Celtic tradition in French-Canadian fiddling.

FEQ ‘studying scenarios’ for 2021 festival

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Photo: FEQ website

Despite the optimistic notice on the Festival d’Été de Québec (FEQ) website – “Next FEQ – July 8 to 18, 2021” – there is little certainty, perhaps even little hope, that the mammoth event will be staged this summer. At best, it might be a FEQ like none before.

COVID-19 forces the 67th Winter Carnival to adapt

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Photo: Cassandra Kerwin

The ongoing pandemic has forced Winter Carnival organizers to make some major changes and go mostly virtual for the first time in the event’s 67-year history. From Feb. 5 to 14, Carnival-goers can discover Quebec City’s iconic winter magic from the comfort of their homes on the Carnival YouTube channel, #ColdOrNot, I’m Going!

The B.O. stone is back at Chalmers-Wesley United Church!

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Photo: Dominique Lavigueur

An article in the Oct. 21, 2020 edition of the QCT reported that a historic boundary marker, known as a B.O. (Board of Ordnance) stone, was missing from the grounds of Chalmers-Wesley United Church on Rue Sainte-Ursule in Old Quebec.

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