Québec Premier Jean Charest paid tribute to 50 individuals for their outstanding contribution to the development of Québec society. In the 1960s, at a time when Québec was undergoing fundamental changes, these women and men helped bring about political, economic, cultural and social changes whose effects are still being felt today.
As part of the 40th anniversary celebrations for the International Francophone Organization (OIF), the Francophone Institute for Energy and the Environment (IEPF) and the Francophone Demographic and Statistical Observatory (ODSEF) recently organized a panel discussion at Laval University addressing the theme of “Sustainable development and value added for La Francophonie”.
On mission to Italy until October 19, Minister of International Relations and Minister responsible for La Francophonie Monique Gagnon-Tremblay will travel to L’Aquila, Rome and Milan where she will hold a series of meetings to strengthen institutional and economic ties between Québec and Italy. She will also go to the Vatican to represent the Québec government at the canonization ceremony of Brother André.
A UNESCO Chair of Marine Sciences was inaugurated on October 1 at the University of Québec at Rimouski (UQAR. Focusing on the integrated analysis of marine systems, the Chair will draw on specialists in the areas of oceanography and marine resource management.
Two awards sponsored by the Ministère des Relations internationales and the Consulate General of France in Québec City were presented to researchers from Québec and France at the 66th Annual Gala of the Association francophone pour le savoir (Acfas) held on October 7 in Montréal.
The city of Sherbrooke is hosting an impressive French delegation primarily from Montpellier and the Languedoc-Roussillon region for a week of discussions on France and Québec. Focusing on academic affairs, science, politics and tourism, the activities will begin on October 4 and 5 with the 3rd meeting of professionals responsible for university cooperation between France and Québec.
Québec Premier Jean Charest attended the opening ceremony of the 37th Session of the Assembly of the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO), which was held on September 28. The Assembly, which brings together 1800 delegates from 190 countries, ends on October 8.
The 2010 Rapsat-Lelièvre award, which pays tribute this year to an artist from Wallonia-Brussels, has been presented to the Brussels-based folk-rock group BaliMurphy for its album Poussière (Dust). The group will officially receive the award at a ceremony in Montreal on November 8 in conjunction with the Coup de Cœur Francophone festival.
A symposium entitled “Hector Fabre and France/French Canada/Québec Relations, 1882-1960” was held in Québec City on September 16-17. Some 25 speakers took part in the event, which brought together former members of parliament and history specialists. Monique Gagnon-Tremblay, Minister of International Relations and Minister Responsible for La Francophonie, was the special invited guest.
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.
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.
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).
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.