November 4 2020 Edition

Virologist asks why rapid COVID-19 tests aren’t being used

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Photo: Danielle Burns

Alex Culley is an associate professor in the department of biochemistry, microbiology and bioinformatics at Université Laval. A virologist by day, he’s also a father of two school-age children and the son of elderly parents.

Quebec City residents awaken to Halloween horror

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Photo: Sécurité publique de la ville de Québec via Facebook

Quebec City residents awoke on Nov. 1 to the horrifying news that two people had been killed and five others injured within the walls of Old Quebec on Halloween, by a man wearing a medieval costume and wielding a samurai sword, who apparently attacked randomly.

City unveils plan to link rivers in huge park

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Photo: Image courtesy Ville de Québec

City officials last week unveiled an ambitious plan to connect the city’s five main rivers into a sweeping network of parks to be called the Parc des Grandes Rivières.

Charlesbourg hosts a frightfully good Hall’auto-ween party

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Photo: Cassandra Kerwin

A full blue moon on a cool Saturday evening and an extra hour in the day … sounds like a perfect Halloween. Something spooky, however, was happening in the Charlesbourg borough of Quebec City.

Ghouls, zombies, witches, clowns and mad scientists haunted the parking lot of the Polyvalente de Charlesbourg after sunset on Oct. 31. It was the first edition of Hall’auto-ween.

Spat with China raises questions about port expansion project

COMMENTARY

Whatever has Canada done to cheese off China so? It’s a bit inscrutable why exactly China is blowing up what used to be a pretty comfortable relationship with Canada over a dispute with the United States.

Canadian students use data science to prevent plastic pollution

Kids Code Jeunesse (KCJ) is launching the #kids2030 Challenge, an annual global learning experience that teaches young people digital skills by addressing the UN’s sustainable development goals (SDGs).

The story behind Rue Jean-Brillant

STREET VIEWS

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Photo: Wikimedia Commons - Public Domain

This street honours Jean Baptiste Arthur Brillant (1890-1918), who was born in Routhierville in the Lower Saint Lawrence region. One of the bravest Canadian officers during the First World War, Brillant was awarded the Victoria Cross (VC), the most prestigious award for gallantry that can be awarded to British and Commonwealth forces.

MEMORIALS AND THINGS OF FAME

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Photo: Wikimedia Commons - Public Domain

November 1, 1870 – The Morning Chronicle
Weather – On Sunday, the sudden fall of the barometer forboded [sic] a rapid change in the weather, and early yesterday morning, the snow began to fall, bringing with it an immediate diminution of the cold of the preceding day. Near Lorette, the snow drifted on the roads to a depth of three feet making sleighing difficult.

A tribute to Lawrence A. Christopher, Able Seaman, Royal Navy

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Photo: The Christopher family

My grandad, Lawrence A. Christopher, was born in Quebec City on Aug. 2, 1925. He was baptized at St. Matthew’s Church on Rue Saint-Jean and grew up on Rue Scott. In 1931, after a family separation, he went to live with his paternal grandparents in Southampton, U.K.

Much-reduced Remembrance Day ceremony to be held in Quebec City

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Photo: Cassandra Kerwin from QCT archives

This year marks the 75th anniversary of the end of the Second World War. In normal years, large crowds gather at war memorials on Remembrance Day to honour members of the Canadian Armed Forces who made the ultimate sacrifice and veterans who served in the First and Second World Wars, as well as the Korean War and other military conflicts.

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