Taking advantage of an official trip to Spain, Pierre Arcand, Minister of International Relations and Minister responsible for La Francophonie, will underline the tenth anniversary of the opening of the Québec government office in Barcelona.
From August 2-5, three members of Québec’s National Assembly, Stéphane Billette (representing the riding of Huntingdon), François Ouimet (Marquette) and François Rebello (La Prairie) played an active role in the annual meeting of the Eastern Regional Conference of the Council of State Governments (ERC-CSG), which was held this year in Burlington, Vermont.
The International Organization of La Francophonie (OIF) recently unveiled the names of the 10 finalists for the eighth edition of its Prix des cinq continents [Prize of the Five Continents]. The finalists include two Québec authors: Jean Barbe, nominated for Le Travail de l'huître [The Work of the Oyster], and Catherine Mavrikakis, nominated for Le Ciel de Bay City [The Sky of Bay City]. A total of 93 works were eligible.
The Minister of International Relations and Minister Responsible for La Francophonie, Pierre Arcand, met with the Consul General of Mexico in Montréal, Edgardo Flores Rivas, on July 28 to reaffirm the importance and extent of relations between Québec and Mexico.
On July 26, 27 and 28, the Minister of Economic Development, Innovation and Export Trade, Clément Gignac, will travel to St. John's, Newfoundland and Labrador, in order to participate in the third meeting of the Southeastern United States–Canadian Provinces Alliance (SEUS-CP). He will be accompanied by business professionals and representatives from the research industry in Québec.
On July 21, singer/songwriter Ariane Moffatt was awarded the 2009 Rapsat-Lelièvre Prize during the Francofolies music festival held in Spa, Belgium. The award is designed to promote use of the French language and to encourage the production and distribution of recordings in French. It also seeks to foster artistic creativity by strengthening exchanges between singers/songwriters in Québec and Wallonia/Brussels.
The mineral sector is a driving force for the economic growth of Québec and its regions. Québec’s very first mineral strategy, recently unveiled by the Minister for Natural Resources and Wildlife, Serge Simard, is primarily intended to ensure Quebecers their fair share of benefits from mineral mining.
Québec and Manitoba will be the first two North American subnational governments to join the Territorial Approach to Climate Change, a new initiative promoted by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP). The announcement was made in Brussels on June 26 by Québec Premier Jean Charest during his official visit to Europe.
At the invitation of Montréal’s twin city Shanghai, a group of Quebecers will be attending the 2009 Shanghai International Sister Cities Youth Camp from July 19 to August 1. The event will provide a unique opportunity to gain familiarity with Chinese culture and to educate young people from around the world about Québec.
On May 27, the Québec Health Research Fund (FRSQ) announced that it would be entering into a partnership (effective June 1, 2009) with one of the European research networks (ERA-Net) as part of the European Union’s seventh Framework Program.
In early July, Dr. Rhonda Medows, Commissioner of the Georgia Department of Community Health, visited Montréal and Québec City to familiarize herself with the provincial healthcare system. At a meeting with Yves Bolduc, Minister of Health and Social Services, discussions focused on the similarities and differences between Québec’s and Georgia’s systems and on bilateral public health challenges.
The Sûreté du Québec (SQ) is celebrating ten years of cooperation with the Belgian police this year. In 1999, SQ representatives met Belgian police representatives during an international forum on security and democracy held in Naples. In 2000, as part of its preparations for the Summit of the Americas, held in Québec City, the SQ decided to call on international expertise in law enforcement. Among other experts, it contacted the Belgian police officers met the previous year.
For the 400th anniversary of Lake Champlain in Burlington, Vermont, the Minister of International Relations and Minister responsible for La Francophonie, Pierre Arcand, unveiled the sculpture given by the Québec government on July 10 to the Governor of the State of Vermont, James H. Douglas, and the Mayor of Burlington, Bob Kiss.
Earlier this week, the City of Montréal welcomed the Mayor of Phoenix, Phil Gordon. The Mayor’s entourage included representatives of the Canada Arizona Business Council and the Greater Phoenix Economic Council, the organizations behind the mission to Montréal.