March 25 2020 Edition

Spring has arrived to lift Quebecers’ spirits

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Photo: Cassandra Kerwin

Quebecers love winter and embrace it by taking part in many activities: skiing, skating, sledding, building snowmen and having snowball fights. We even celebrate it with an annual winter carnival. Nevertheless, there is something about March and the spring equinox that makes everyone want to step outside and applaud the warmer weather.

School’s out! How to stay sane and keep kids busy learning

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Photo: Photo by Danielle Burns

On March 22, the Legault government confirmed that schools would be closed until May 1, a tentative return date that might again be postponed, depending on the course of the COVID-19 outbreak.

No shortage of inspirational words in time of virus crisis

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In these difficult times, we seek comfort and inspiration from various sources, from political leaders to Hollywood stars.

Telephony – New Invention Is On Its Way

FROM THE ARCHIVES

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Forty-five years after the telephone was invented by Alexander Graham Bell, an article written by Italian inventor Guglielmo Marconi was published worldwide, including in the March 25, 1920 edition of the Quebec Chronicle. In his writings, Marconi made this bold prediction.

The story behind Rue Gérard-Morisset

STREET VIEWS

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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.

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