March 18 2020 Edition

Défilé de la Saint-Patrick de Québec 2020 cancelled

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Photo: Cassandra Kerwin

Irish eyes weren’t smiling in Quebec City when it was announced that edition 2020 of the Défilé de la Saint-Patrick was cancelled due to COVID-19. The Quebec City St. Patrick’s parade isn’t alone in being cancelled, however. In Montreal and a number of cities in the United States, and even in Ireland, parades won’t be held this year.

A look back at Shannon Irish Shows

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Photo: Cassandra Kerwin

There was no Shannon Irish Show this year, due to the COVID-19 restrictions, so we thought we’d treat you to a few favourite photos from past years.

Bon courage, Shannon, the Irish Show will “rise again!”

 

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FIS Cross-Country Skiing World Cup cancelled

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Photo: Cassandra Kerwin

After the terrible weather on Friday the 13th of March, Quebecers had a wonderful spring-like weekend. Despite strong government advisories to the public to “self-isolate,” many locals went out and enjoyed the gorgeous weather on the nearly empty Plains of Abraham.

Magnificent last concert at the Grand Théâtre

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Photo: Shirley Nadeau

On March 11, a full house was privileged – and fortunate – to attend what was likely the last concert to be held at the Grand Théâtre for the next 30 days, possibly longer, depending on the duration of the COVID-19 closures.

The story behind Rue du Général-Tremblay

STREET VIEWS

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Photo: Wikipedia Commons - Public Domain

Rue du Général-Tremblay is named in honour of Thomas-Louis Tremblay (1886-1951), who was born in Chicoutimi. He studied at the Royal Military College in Kingston, Ontario.

MEMORIALS AND THINGS OF FAME

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Photo: Wikipedia Commons - Public Domain

March 18, 1820 – The Quebec Gazette
Death of King George III
London – After the death of his late Majesty, who passed away on January 29th, had been formally announced, the following instrument was prepared and signed and read to the Prince Regent: –

Avoiding a plague: Canadians embrace bold response to virus scare

COMMENTARY

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Quebec budget strengthens English-speaking communities

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Voice of English-speaking Québec (VEQ) is very pleased with the allocation of $18.8 million in additional funds tabled for the English-speaking community in [the March 11] budget by the Government of Quebec.

South Shore English Network seeking new members

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Photo: Journal de Lévis

Laurence Allard, project co-ordinator of the South Shore English Network (SSEN), and Brian Gignac, executive director of the Megantic English-speaking Community Development Corporation (MCDC) located in Thetford Mines, welcomed the QCT to their office in the Saint-Romuald district of Lévis.

No time for paranoia

OPINION

Some of the precautions people are taking regarding COVID-19 make one wonder if there is a second pandemic going on, one that triggers weirdness.

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