Québec has emerged as a place of choice for the international video game industry. According to a study conducted by the Digital Alliance (Alliance Numérique), an association of 20 local studios, Québec ranks sixth in the world for video game jobs.
iPad users throughout the French-speaking world will soon be able to tap into the wealth of Québec literature. Under an agreement signed by Apple and a Québec City company, De Marque, users will be able to buy digital books published in Québec in ePub format via Apple’s online iBookstore.
Thomas W. Gaehtgens, Director of the Getty Research Institute, visited Québec from September 6 to 9, 2010. The visit allowed this director of a major museum and research institute in the United States to discover Québec and explore possibilities for collaboration between Québec and the Getty Center, particularly in the areas of collections research, conservation and development.
In conjunction with the 21st World Energy Congress, the first-ever meeting of ministers of energy in the Francophonie took place on September 13 and provided an opportunity to debate the major issues of the energy sector.
Mexican Senator Eloy Cantú Segovia of the state of Nuevo León was in Québec from August 31 to September 2. Minister Gagnon-Tremblay met with the member of the Senate of the Republic of Mexico during his stay.
Québec Government Office in Rome recently unveiled a wide-ranging program of events for the 2010 Orizzonte Québec Biennial. From September to December, some 40 cultural activities involving Québec companies, artists and artisans will be held in major Italian cities, including Bologna, Milan, Rome, Turin and Venice
The Minister of International Relations and Minister responsible for La Francophonie, Monique Gagnon-Tremblay, is delighted by the appointment of Michel Robitaille as Québec Delegate General in Paris. Mr. Robitaille will begin his duties on October 4 and also act as the personal representative of the Premier with the Organisation internationale de la Francophonie.
From August 23 to 27, 2010, thousands of people came from approximately one hundred countries attended the 2010 World Youth Conference. The event provided a forum for dialogue on the role that future generations will play in achieving the Millennium Development Goals (MDG).The Conference was held in the city of León, in the Mexican state of Guanajuato.
Approximately 1,000 representatives of civil society organizations from around the world will be attending the World Assembly of CIVICUS: World Alliance for Citizen Participation, which will be held from August 20-23 in Montreal. The Government of Québec will be associated with this event, which is organized in partnership with the New World Institute (INM).
Québec Premier Jean Charest and Vermont Governor James H. Douglas recently took part in a round table on Québec-US relations. The event was part of the University of Sherbrooke’s summer school on North American integration and crossborder relations.
Close to 5,000 BIXI bikes have been rolling though the streets of London, England, since July 30. The Mayor of the British capital, Boris Johnson, launched the world’s latest BIXI franchise last Friday. London has opted for Montréal’s public bike-rental system on the heels of places like Boston, Melbourne and Minneapolis. The project means an investment of close to £140 million over a five-year period.
As part of the recent cabinet shuffle unveiled today in the National Assembly, Québec Premier Jean Charest appointed Monique Gagnon-Tremblay, MNA for Saint-François, as Minister of International Relations and Minister Responsible for La Francophonie. Ms. Gagnon-Tremblay will also retain her duties as Minister Responsible for the Eastern Townships region.
The summer school organized by the New World Institute (Institut du Nouveau Monde/INM) recently completed its seventh annual edition. From August 12-15, some 100 speakers and 500 young people aged 15 to 35 took part in four days of workshops and hands-on seminars.
Montreal-based conductors Kent Nagano, of the Montreal Symphony Orchestra (OSM), and Yannick Nézet-Séguin, of the Metropolitan Orchestra (OM), are among the 10. In addition to the two maestros, eight Gramophone Awards finalists selected by the prestigious magazine Gramophone in the “2010 Artist of the Year” category other renowned international artists are in the running:
Québec Premier Jean Charest and Vermont Governor James H. Douglas have unveiled the details of an electricity supply contract between Hydro-Québec, Central Vermont Public Service (CVPS) and Green Mountain Power (GMP). Announced at a press in the presence of representatives of all three public utilities, the 26-year contract (2012 to 2038) allows Vermont to buy 225 megawatts of electricity generated by large-scale hydro projects.