March 25 2020 Edition

Good cheer hard to find on St. Patrick’s Day

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Photo: Cassandra Kerwin

This year, Saint Patrick’s Day was grey, gusty, snowy and rainy – not very conducive to celebrating. For the first time in memory, most local Irish pubs were empty, even closed. The few pedestrians outside on March 17 commented on how Quebec City was a ghost town since self-isolation had been recommended by the federal and provincial governments days prior due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

SPRING is in the air, but so is the COVID-19 bug . . .

Spring officially began at 11:49 p.m. EDT on Thursday, March 19, but here in Quebec City, much as we’d love to be out and about enjoying the nice “almost-but-not-quite-spring” weather, most people have hunkered down, obeying government instructions to avoid picking up and spreading the COVID-19 bug.

Community Calendar

Due to COVID-19 government restrictions, which are changing almost daily, many events have been CANCELLED or POSTPONED until further notice. For more information, please check with the organizations involved.

Hockey and rugby teams affected by cancellations

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Photo: Luc Lang

On March 16, Quebec AAA Midget Hockey League president Yannick Lévesque announced the cancellation of the remainder of the 2020 playoffs. “Even though the Telus Cup was cancelled, we hoped to finish the playoffs as we were in the middle of the quarterfinals,” said Lévesque.

COVID-19 outbreak puts an end to Remparts regular season

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Photo: Vincent Ethier-QMJHL

The Quebec Major Junior Hockey League (QMJHL) has announced the end of the 2019-2020 regular season, as have the other members of the Canadian Hockey League (CHL), which includes the Ontario and Western Leagues.

Capitales and Frontier League games at the mercy of COVID-19

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Photo: Luc Lang

The Quebec Capitales and the Frontier Baseball League have both issued statements in recent days regarding the possible postponement of the leagues’ opening games due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

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