Québec’s first-ever policy against homophobia was released in December 2009 by Kathleen Weil, Minister of Justice, Attorney General and minister responsible for the fight against homophobia. In her words, “The policy released shows, once again, that Québec society is a leader in the field of sexual minority rights.”
On the heels of his recent debut success with New York City’s Metropolitan Opera, Québec maestro Yannick Nézet-Séguin will lead the London Philharmonic Orchestra, of which he is the principal guest conductor, this February.
The first day of the new year was clouded in Montréal by the death at just age 37 of Lhasa de Sela. The Mexican-American singer made an indelible mark on the world music scene over the past decade.
The Government of Québec is offering its services at three multiservice help centres reserved for Quebecers affected by the earthquake that hit Haiti on January 12. Multiservice help centres can be reached every day from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. at 1 888 YO HAITI (1 888 964-2484).
Negotiations were held in Brussels this week. The second round of negotiations for a broad economic partnership agreement between Canada and the European Union took place in Brussels from January 18 to 22.
The Government of Québec's U.S. Strategy was unveiled on January 14 by the Minister of International Relations and Minister responsible for La Francophonie, Pierre Arcand, with several members of the Cabinet in attendance. One of the strategy’s purposes is to position Québec favorably within the North American economic space.
A Belgian mission will take part in the XIIIth International Winter Road Congress, to be held in Québec City from February 8 to 11, 2010. It will be composed of Claude Van Rooten, member of the Executive Committee of the World Road Association (PIARC) and Director General of the Road Research Centre (RRC); Jean-Claude Moureau, President of the RRC and Director General of Bruxelles-Mobilité; and Etienne Scherpereel, Vice-President of the RRC and President of the Fédération belge des entrepreneurs de voirie.
The Regulation respecting greenhouse gas emissions from motor vehicles, the standards of which are equivalent to those adopted in California, come into effect in mid-January. Québec thereby becomes the first Canadian province to apply North America’s strictest standards.
The United Nations has declared 2010 to be the International Year of Biodiversity. The Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity, located in Montréal, will oversee the worldwide biodiversity-protection awareness campaign deployed throughout the year.
Premier Jean Charest and Pierre Arcand, Minister of International Relations and Minister Responsible for La Francophonie, wish to offer their condolences to the family of Philippe Séguin, first president of France’s General Accounting Office (Cour des Comptes), former speaker of the National Assembly and former French government minister, who passed away on January 7 in Paris.
Seven photographs depicting Québec heritage sites are featured in an exhibition of the winning entries from the International Monument Photography Experience (EPIM), in which young people from some 60 countries and regions from around the world took part.
Every year, French language organizations from France, Switzerland, Québec and the French Community of Belgium meet to review their cooperation activities, develop new initiatives and discuss topics of common interest during a symposium.
Organized jointly by the Council of Europe, the European Commission and the Government of Québec, a conference called “Interacting in diversity for social cohesion” was held in Strasbourg on December 7 and 8.
Europe and the world are changing, and public institutions have to meet growing user demand for adapted services.
Premier Jean Charest and Line Beauchamp, Minister of Sustainable Development, Environment and Parks, outlined the initiatives undertaken by Québec at the 15th Conference of the Parties to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change.
Québec Premier Jean Charest took the floor during the Climate Leaders Summit convened by The Climate Group on December 15 in Copenhagen. The Summit was the largest meeting of heads of federated states and regions ever held during a Conference of the Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (COP). The participants, who also included industry leaders, all agreed on the need to implement a global agreement on climate change.
Over 150 people, mostly university students, participated in the La Francophonie Day of Discovery at Waseda University in Tokyo on December 13. This was the first event organized by the Council for the promotion of the Francophonie in Japan, an initiative encouraged by the Québec Government Office in Tokyo earlier this year.
The Minister of International Relations and Minister responsible for La Francophonie, Pierre Arcand, was delighted with the outcome of the work accomplished at the 25th Ministerial Conference of La Francophonie (CMF), which ended on December 16 in Paris.