May 20 2020 Edition

The fear pandemic: Survey indicates anglophones and allophones more worried about COVID than francophones

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Photo: Ruby Pratka

Anglophones and allophones are more worried than francophone Quebecers about the consequences of COVID-19, according to a survey released last week by the Association for Canadian Studies (ACS) and the Quebec Community Groups Network (QCGN).

“Even though the contagion itself is not biased, its effects have been quite uneven,” ACS president Jack Jedwab observed.

What to expect this summer at Quebec City’s lakeside playground

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Photo: Cassandra Kerwin

As summer approaches, Quebecers are hoping for a return to normal: going to the beach, being with family, doing summer sports, anything to escape this new reality. Will it be possible? To answer this question, the QCT spoke with Jean Perron in a phone interview on May 11. Perron is mayor of Fossambault-sur-le-Lac, a village northwest of Quebec City on the shore of Lac Saint-Joseph.

Fascinating flora found in the park

Photos by Shirley Nadeau

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This nosegay of purple crocuses tinged with white burst their way through the leaf litter on the grounds of the Domaine Cataraqui.

April showers bring May … snow?

Photo by Cassandra Kerwin

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The deep violet of the crocuses is a beautiful contrast to the white snow that fell on Quebec City during the night of May 11 to 12. Quebecers expecting spring with their morning coffee found winter.

Snow geese heading north for the summer

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A flock of snow geese takes flight at Baie de Beauport in mid-May. A welcome sight in Quebec each spring, these birds breed north of the timberline in Greenland, Canada, Alaska, and the northeastern tip of Siberia, and spend winters in warm parts of North America from southwestern British Columbia through parts of the United States to Mexico, according to Wikipedia.

IN MEMORIAM - BILLY DOUCET

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DOUCET, BILLY

Dec. 22, 1946-May 19, 2010

If tears could build a stairway and memories a lane, we’d walk right up to Heaven and bring you home again.

Love, your wife Verna & Family

Morrin Centre announces winner of poetry contest

On April 10, the Morrin Centre launched its first Society Pages Poetry Contest, which generated an immense amount of interest from community members and beyond. The contest received 47 entries in three weeks. Adults and children alike submitted poems, all of impressive quality. After two difficult rounds of elimination, a winner and three honourable mentions were chosen.

Homemade facemasks for sale

Photo by Shirley Nadeau

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While out for a stroll along Rue Champlain on May 16, I came across young Josephine Gingras. She was selling homemade facemasks made by her grandmother, Mariette Dion, for only $5 each. Josephine’s furry assistant Bizou (the black and tan Guinea pig on the table) kept a sharp eye on the money jar.

Livestreamed arts events enliven festival-less summer

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Photo: Ruby Pratka from QCT archives

This summer will be unlike any other for those who love music, art and theatre. There will be no big festival stage rising over the Plains of Abraham, the bars and music venues of Lower Town will almost certainly stay quiet and the outdoor music festivals that determine the road-trip plans of folk and rock fans around the province are off the calendar.

LETTER TO THE EDITOR

Let me tell you how much I enjoy looking at the colourful front page of the QCT every week. You and your colleagues have a way to bring other people’s creativity to us! I told you you were our eyes on the city, so I thank you for that. Of course, I read the rest of the paper with the same interest...

Lucie Bouchard
Quebec City

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