International Francophone Day (March 20) will have special resonance in Québec this year. Back in October 2008, Québec City welcomed 60 heads of state and delegations at the 12th Conference of Francophone Heads of State and Government. In Québec and around the world, a series of activities promoting the 2009 edition of International Francophone Day will serve to reaffirm Québec's commitment to La Francophonie.
Due to the overwhelming popularity of its fashion show at last year’s Fall/Winter Stylemax; MontréaL CollectionS has been invited again to present the 9th Edition of its renowned Fashion Show on Sunday morning, March 29, 2009 at 8:00 AM at the 8th Floor Special Events Atrium of the Merchandise Mart in Chicago. This eye-opener on the busiest day of the show will highlight more than 160 pieces from 31 edited lines direct from Canada’s Fashion Capital. Buyers will be treated to a sit-down, sumptuous Québec breakfast as models take to the runway.
The new Québec government elected in December 2008 has a mandate to "weather the storm currently sweeping the planet", said Premier Jean Charest in his speech to the National Assembly opening the new legislative session on March 10. Gauging the full impact of the crisis, which he called "unprecedented", he said that the economic action plan introduced in December would enable Québec to withstand the crisis and set it on the road to recovery. The Premier announced three priority action areas that will form the focus of the government's efforts over the next few years.
The 12th annual Grande Dictée de la Francophonie will be held again this year at Northwestern University. It is open to all francophones and francophiles in the region. There are four categories for participants: 1) high school students; 2) indivuduals 21 years of age and younger; 3) Senior-level amateurs ; 4) senior-level professionals (teachers, translators, etc).