As announced at the recent Grammy awards ceremony, the complex housing the new Grammy Museum has been named the Pierre Cossette Center. Located in downtown Los Angeles, the museum pays tribute to the biggest names in music and has a special section dedicated to Mr. Cossette, a Québec native.
Québec Premier Jean Charest travelled to Boston on February 23 to give a speech as part of the Canada Seminars series organized by Harvard University’s Weatherhead Center for International Affairs. The Premier took part in the seminar at the invitation of sociologist Gérard Bouchard, currently a guest professor at the prestigious research centre.
The day after President Obama visited Canada, the Minister of International Relations and Minister Responsible for La Francophonie, Pierre Arcand, was in Washington to promote Québec’s interests among key figures in the U.S. capital’s political, economic and institutional communities.
Québec was on board when the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) launched the IBUKI satellite on January 23. A team of specialists from ABB Analytical in Québec City developed a major component, crucial for the success of the space research project. At the request of NEC-Toshiba, the project’s main supplier, the team designed and perfected an interferometer. Valued at $10M, the contract is a boon for one of Québec’s high technology sectors.
The Americana 2009 International Environmental Technology Trade Show is a world class event that promotes technical, scientific and commercial exchanges in the various environmental sectors. Nearly 10,000 participants from Europe, the Americas, Africa, the Middle East and Asia are expected to attend the Show’s 8th edition taking place from March 17 to 19 at Montréal’s Palais des congrès.
Québec films have an increasing presence in the movie capital of the world. In December 2008 the San Francisco Film Society, which for over fifty years has organised the longest-running film festival in the US, showcased the first ever Québec Cinema Week in the United States, presented with the support of the Government of Québec. Eight productions from established filmmakers, such as Academy Award Winner Denys Arcand, and talented newcomers like Stéphane Lafleur (Continental, a film without guns) were screened, often in front of sold-out crowds.
The Minister of Sustainable Development, Environment and Parks, Line Beauchamp, is pleased by U.S. President Barack Obama's decision to set new federal standards for passenger vehicle fuel consumption. On January 26, President Obama also announced his intention to grant a request by California and other states to adopt and impose greenhouse gas emissions standards for passenger vehicles that exceed U.S. federal requirements.
In collaboration with the National Assembly of Québec, the International Association of Québec Studies (IAQS) is once again this year offering a student from outside Québec the opportunity to complete an internship in that institution. The goal of this internship is to allow a foreign student to apply the knowledge and skills acquired in his or her studies and improve his or her knowledge of Québec, its parliamentary institutions and its democratic practices.
Christine St-Pierre, Minister of Culture, Communications and the Status of Women, took part in a cultural mission to New York from January 8 to 10. She was very pleased with the success of her mission and returned with a renewed belief that assistance programs in support of performing art exports are essential.