The curtains have finally closed on 2020, otherwise informally known as the worst year in modern history. Although COVID-19 updates in Quebec have taken over your news feed this year, the last 365 days have also been filled with other news — stories of hope and achievement, highs and lows.
No matter how you've chosen to spend the first day of 2021, we've rounded up some of the year's biggest, most amazing news stories that aren't about COVID-19.
Because even with a virus dominating almost every aspect of our existence, life goes on.
Happy New Year, Quebec!
This Québécois Footballer & McGill Grad Is Headed To The Super Bowl
When It Happened: January 2020
You may remember McGill's very own Dr. Laurent Duvernay-Tardif, the first active NFL player to become a doctor.
Duvernay-Tardif earned his degree from the Faculty of Medicine in 2018 and went on to win the Super Bowl with the Kansas City Chiefs in February of last year.
Wet'suwet'en Solidarity Protestors Form Human Chain To Block Traffic In Montreal
When It Happened: February 2020
Early last year, the Wet'suwet'en First Nation protested against a Coastal GasLink Pipeline being built on their community's territory in British Columbia.
In solidarity with the Wet'suwet'en people, Montrealers formed a human chain to block traffic in the city.
A Super Pink Moon Will Radiate Over Quebec's Sky Tonight
When It Happened: April 2020
A gorgeous 'Super Pink Moon' made headlines in early spring when Quebecers were able to witness it in all its glory. There were multiple super moons throughout 2020, but none seemed as bold, bright or beautiful as this one.
A Whale Was Spotted Swimming Past Montreal In The Saint Lawrence River
When It Happened: May 2020
A humpback whale was spotted swimming up the Saint Lawrence River in the spring of last year, first spotted near Montréal-Est before making its way to the Jacques Cartier Bridge.
Customers Have Emptied The Shelves At Winners & HomeSense Stores In QuebecEmily Roy
When It Happened: June 2020
June was a big month for Quebec news, with the first wave of COVID-19 appearing to slow and Montrealers flocking to their favourite spots as businesses began to reopen.
Quebecers totally cleared out Winners and HomeSense — infamous for their lack of online stores — in a frenzied rush of shopping.
Montreal Is Getting Its Own Black Lives Matter Street Mural On Ste-CatherineLëa-Kim Châteauneuf | Flickr
When It Happened: July 2020
Montrealers took to the streets to protest systemic racism in Quebec and around the world after the murder of George Floyd in late May.
Artists and community organizers would later paint a mural on Rue Sainte-Catherine in Montreal's gay village, reading "La vie des noir.e.s compte," or Black Lives Matter. The street mural was removed in October by the city.
An Actual Bat Flew Through A Montreal Hospital This Week & Shut Down 5 Operating Rooms
When It Happened: October 2020
In a display of peak 2020, a literal bat flew into a wing of Maisonneuve-Rosemont Hospital last fall, forcing hospital staff to shut down five operating rooms, as the province grappled with the strain of COVID-19 on Quebec's health care system.
The CIUSSS told MTL Blog that the dilapidated state of the hospital was most likely how the bat made its way in.