Spencer Van Dyk


Spencer Van Dyk is the Eastern Townships correspondent for CBC Quebec. Follow her on Twitter @spencerlynne.

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Quebec City officials say shutdown is necessary to curb 'exponential' spread of COVID-19

The region reported 261 new cases today, and regional Public Health Director Dr. André Dontigny said people can expect even more tomorrow in what he called an “exponential” growth situation.

Moose on the loose in Sherbrooke takes a dip in backyard swimming pool

The officers sedated the moose and pulled it from the pool and onto a gurney, before loading it onto a trailer. It is being relocated to a nearby forest. 

King of Cheer says pandemic has pushed him to find new ways to spread joy

Cameron Hughes has worked more than 1,500 events, including two Olympic Games, five NBA Finals, two Stanley Cup Finals, and the Just for Laughs comedy festival — but the pandemic has him spreading joy while housebound. 

Quebec farmers relieved government will exempt temporary foreign workers from hotel quarantine rules

Temporary foreign workers are now exempt from the federal government’s mandatory hotel quarantine rules, meaning they can spend their 14 days in isolation at the farms where they’ll work. 

Being vaccinated means Listuguj students can finally return to school in N.B.

About 100 students from Quebec have been barred from crossing the border to attend school in Campbellton N.B., since October, when an agreement between the two provinces — which allowed Listuguj and Pointe-à-la-Croix to be part of the Atlantic Bubble — collapsed.

Relieved to be reverting to yellow, 3 Quebec regions ready for more freedom

Starting March 26, people from two households will be able to gather, bars and casinos can open with some restrictions, venues such as cinemas and performance halls can host up to 250 people, and more sporting activities will be allowed.

'It was incredible': Barefoot runner does half-marathon on frozen Quebec lake

Karim El Hayani appears to have broken a world record for an event that most of us would avoid at all costs: running a half-marathon barefoot on a frozen lake.

The pandemic has young Quebecers moving from city centres to rural regions

The COVID-19 pandemic is giving people cooped up in city centres the chance to make a change, and escape to some wide open spaces. 

Ain't no toboggan hill high enough: Knowlton Academy finds a way to keep kids outside

A group of volunteers, led by the school’s garden project coordinator, spent weeks clearing the hill behind the school to build five huge toboggan runs for the kids.

Leonardo da Vinci, the 100-pound pot-bellied pig, finds new forever home in Farnham, Que.

It’s not just dogs and cats that have found forever homes during the pandemic; a pig named Leonardo da Vinci is also getting settled in with a new owner after the SPCA Montérégie featured him as its pet of the week.