March 17 2021 Edition

Is it spring yet?

Photo by Lise Lafond


Quebec commemorates the victims of COVID-19

Photo: Cassandra Kerwin

One year to the day after the World Health Organization declared COVID-19 a pandemic, March 11 was declared a National Day of Remembrance for victims of COVID-19. Flags on government buildings across Canada were lowered to half-mast and bells tolled for three minutes following a minute of silence.

Quebec City goes green for St. Patrick’s Day

Photos by Cassandra Kerwin, [email protected]


City Hall is all dressed up in green for St. Patrick’s Day. It seems some leprechauns left their top hats among the shamrocks as they hid their pots of gold around town.


Les Petits Chanteurs de Beauport sing at COVID memorial

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Photo: Louise Marie Pelletier

On March 11, during the COVID-19 commemoration ceremony in front of the National Assembly, the beautiful, clear voices of Les Petits Chanteurs de Beauport were heard via a YouTube recording as they sang “À la claire fontaine” which ends with the heart-wrenching refrain, “Il y a longtemps que je t’aime, jamais je ne t’oublierai.” (I’ve loved you for so long, I will n

The story behind Avenue Livernois

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Photo: Wikimedia Commons - Public Domain

Avenue Livernois, a residential street in the La Cité-Limoilou borough of Quebec City, is named in honour of three generations of famous photographers, the Livernois family.


Researched and compiled by Lorie Pierce, [email protected]

Photo: Wikimedia Commons - Public Domain

Breakthrough possible in CAQ-VdQ tramway route impasse

Photo: Ville de Québec

Quebec City Mayor Régis Labeaume and Premier François Legault may be meeting soon to announce an agreement on the route of the proposed tramway system.

Revived humour magazine finds funny side of pandemic

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Photo: Peter Black

This country has supplied English-language culture with boatloads of comedy for decades, from Rich Little to Lorne Michaels to Jim Carrey, Mike Myers, Eugene Levy, Martin Short, Russell Peters, Ivan Reitman, Catherine O’Hara, Seth Rogan, Jay Baruchel and Samantha Bee. Heck, we’ll even throw in the Ryans – Reynolds and Gosling – who have been in hit comedies. The list goes on and on.

Emblematic ‘cannonball tree’ in Old Quebec coming down

Photo: Shirley Nadeau from QCT archives

The Ville de Québec recently announced the stately old American elm tree with a cannonball lodged in its roots on Rue Saint-Louis is to be cut down due to its “declining health.”

Up and coming entertainment

Photo: Harald Hoffmann

• The Shannon Irish Show 50th-anniversary edition, recorded in 2016, was streamed live on March 13 on the Facebook pages of Voice of English-speaking Québec, the Quebec Anglophone Heritage Network and A Different Tune: Musical Heritage in English-Speaking Quebec. It and the following two shows will be archived on the A Different Tune YouTube channel as well as on Facebook.

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