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September 2013 Archives

Building spruce bark canoes

P1060305.JPGUnlike birch bark canoes, spruce bark canoes are rare in this country.  Jacquie called up André-François Bourbeau in Chicoutimi to talk about his
canoe-building adventures, with fellow canoe enthusiast Billy Rioux.  Right down to the spruce gum and bear grease caulking, Bourbeau described the building process and a recent expedition in the James Bay.  [Photo: André-François Bourbeau] 

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New bridge on Highway 138 connects Kegaska to the rest of Quebec

Thumbnail image for Thumbnail image for Thumbnail image for Thumbnail image for Thumbnail image for Thumbnail image for Thumbnail image for Thumbnail image for WEB-breakaway-logo.jpgYesterday, people gathered for a ceremony to inaugurate the bridge linking the Lower North Shore village of Kegaska with the rest of Quebec via Highway 138.  The project was built on time and under budget by the Innu construction company Atik.  Jacquie spoke with Ruth Kippen, a Kegaska auberge owner, about what the bridge means for the community and the region. 

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Carlo Guillermo Proto on the jury at the film festival in Quebec City

BWY Proto.JPGLe festival de Cinéma de la Ville de Québec is coming to an end this weekend, and one of the guests in town was a big winner at last year's film festival in Quebec City.  Carlo Guillermo Proto won awards for his documentary, El Huaso.  This year, Proto was asked back as part of the festival jury.  Between screenings, our Rachelle Solomon sat down with the Montreal-based filmmaker.

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Studio Georgeville print evaluation event

Thumbnail image for Thumbnail image for Thumbnail image for Thumbnail image for Thumbnail image for Thumbnail image for Thumbnail image for Thumbnail image for WEB-breakaway-logo.jpgAs part of Studio Georgeville's month-long exhibition on printmaking, called "Limited Edition," the Townships gallery is hosting a print evaluation event.  Fine art dealer Yoannick Ysebaert will be assessing original prints, brought in by the public.  Jacquie spoke with Ysebaert as well as with the president of Studio Georgeville, Louise Abbott. 

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David Francey back in the Townships

Thumbnail image for Thumbnail image for Thumbnail image for Thumbnail image for Thumbnail image for Thumbnail image for Thumbnail image for Thumbnail image for WEB-breakaway-logo.jpgThe much applauded Canadian singer-songwriter David Francey is back in the Townships for a few days, meeting with old friends from his time working on construction sites in the region. Francey performs at the Piggery Theatre in North Hatley tomorrow, but first caught up with Jacquie while filming a music video for his song Rain, from his latest album, So Say We All

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Jean Charest's family donates island to Magog

Screen shot from Google Maps Ile Charest.JPGJean Charest and his family recently donated Île Charest to the City of Magog.  Our Rachelle Solomon spoke with the former Quebec premier who shared memories of summers, as well as his father's fondness for this island at the mouth of the the Magog River.  Rachelle also spoke with a past mayor of Magog, Paul-René Gilbert, whose council tried to buy the island in the 1980s.

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Remembering Mary Molson Iversen

Thumbnail image for Thumbnail image for Thumbnail image for Thumbnail image for Thumbnail image for Thumbnail image for Thumbnail image for WEB-breakaway-logo.jpgMary Molson Iversen, a matriarch of the Molson family, died in Montreal earlier this month. A loving obituary talks about how she grew up in the city, but Métis Beach, on the Lower St-Lawrence, was where she spent her summers. This afternoon, we listened back to part of a conversation from a few summers ago when Jacquie spoke with Mary Iversen, joined by Ann Coulson, in Métis-sur-Mer. 

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Roy Dupuis in L'Autre maison

Thumbnail image for Thumbnail image for Thumbnail image for Thumbnail image for Thumbnail image for Thumbnail image for Thumbnail image for Thumbnail image for WEB-breakaway-logo.jpgRoy Dupuis co-stars in L'Autre maison, a film about two brothers and the conflicts they have over the care of their aging father. This is the first feature film from director Mathieu Roy, who was influenced by his own father's suffering from Alzheimer's disease. L'Autre maison has a pre-screening tonight, as part of the Festival de Cinéma de la Ville de Québec. Jacquie met up with Roy Dupuis to talk about this latest role

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Drug makes paralyzed mouse walk

IMG_0111.JPGOne minute a mouse's legs are paralyzed, but after an experimental drug is injected - the mouse is walking.  Now, after 10 years of research, that drug - called Spinalon - is ready for human trials. Dr. Pierre Guertin is the lead researcher on the project. Our Peter Black met Dr. Guertin in his Quebec City lab to find out about how those trials will work, as well as about the potential and the limits of this experimental drug. 

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Parkland opening the film festival in Quebec City

IMG_0120.JPGA new film about the assassination of John F. Kennedy opens the Festival de Cinéma de la Ville de Québec tonight. Parkland is written and directed by Peter Landesman, who will be at the Quebec City pre-screening. Our Peter Black sat down with Landesman to talk about the first-time director's  vision of the events at Dallas' Parkland Hospital. The 50th anniversary of JFK's assassination is on November 22. 

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Young Townships Leader Award 2013

20130914_133636.jpgAndrew Boersen is the winner of this year's Young Townships Leader Award, as presented by the Townshippers' Association on Saturday, as part of Townshippers' Day in Lennoxville.  Jacquie met up with the 17-year-old from Melbourne, as well as with some very proud family members, to talk about Boersen's involvement in the community, activities that range from caring for calves to building robots. 

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Ross Murray: Quebec's mid-life crisis

Thumbnail image for Thumbnail image for Thumbnail image for Thumbnail image for Thumbnail image for WEB-breakaway-logo.jpgWith the Quebec government proposing its new secular charter, some have suggested that the province is in the midst of a political crisis.  In this week's comedy column, our regular contributor Ross Murray points out, it may be a whole other kind of crisis altogether.  Perhaps la belle province is just feeling its age... 

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Talking politics at Townshippers' Day 2013

Thumbnail image for Thumbnail image for Thumbnail image for Thumbnail image for Thumbnail image for WEB-breakaway-logo.jpgTownshippers' Day was held on Saturday on the grounds of Bishop's College School, in Lennoxville.  At this, the 34th edition of the largest yearly cultural and heritage celebration for the Eastern Townships' English-speaking community, Jacquie spoke with three politicians about their hopes for the region's future:  David Price, President of the Borough of Lennoxville, Jean Rousseau, MP for Compton-Stanstead, and Pierre Reid, MNA for Orford. 

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Quebec City Film Festival 2013

Thumbnail image for Thumbnail image for Thumbnail image for Thumbnail image for Thumbnail image for Thumbnail image for WEB-breakaway-logo.jpgThe Quebec City Film Festival (Festival de Cinéma de la Ville de Québec), now in its third edition, is screening 151 movies this year, including previews like Peter Landesman's Parkland.  It opens the festival, with the writer-director in attendance, on Wednesday evening. Chistopher Lemonnier, the festival's programming director, joined Jacquie in studio to talk about this ever-growing celebration of film. 
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Nathaniel Parker stars as Louise Penny's Inspector Gamache

Thumbnail image for Thumbnail image for Thumbnail image for Thumbnail image for Thumbnail image for Thumbnail image for Thumbnail image for WEB-breakaway-logo.jpgAcclaimed British actor Nathaniel Parker stars in "Still Life: A Three Pines Mystery," that has its world premiere Sunday evening. Jacquie called him up in England to talk about taking on the role of Chief Inspector Armand Gamache, the complex and compassionate character who Louise Penny's internationally best-selling crime mysteries revolve around. Jacquie also spoke with the executive producer of this two-hour made-for-TV movie, Phyllis Platt.
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U.S. Consul General Peter O'Donohue: Part 2

20130910_112252.jpgThis afternoon, we continued our visit of the U.S. Consulate in Quebec City where Consul General Peter O'Donohue ends his three years posting at the end of the month, after much involvement in the community.  In this second part of Jacquie's tour, Mary Linklater joins her husband to talk about living in Quebec, including the cultural salons she organized, unique to any U.S. consulates in Canada. 

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Lire et faire lire: Intergenerational reading across Quebec

20130910_123335.jpgLire et faire lire is a province-wide program that promotes intergenerational reading, en français.  Based on a model in France, it matches volunteers, age 55-plus, with children between 4 and 8 years-old, and once a week they meet for an hour -- book in-hand.  At the International Conference on Age-Friendly Cities, which continues in Quebec City, our Rachelle Solomon met with volunteer reader and the president of Lire et faire lire, Colette Parayre.

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U.S. Consul General Peter O'Donohue retires

20130910_112446.jpgU.S. Consul General Peter O'Donohue is retiring from the foreign service, making Quebec City his last diplomatic posting.  He gave Jacquie a tour of the consulate in Old Quebec, while telling stories of his almost 30-year career in diplomacy.  Eight postings took O'Donohue around the world, including time in China, India, Cameroon, Bosnia and Kuwait, to the past three years in Quebec City. 

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Stornoway Diamond Corporation opens road in northern Quebec

Thumbnail image for Thumbnail image for Thumbnail image for WEB-breakaway-logo.jpgQuebec's diamond industry is on the road to reality - literally.  This week, Stornoway Diamond Corporation announced that the 240 km year-round road to its mine site in northern Quebec, north of Chibougamau, is now open.  We reached company president Matt Manson to find out more about how the road was built and what it means for resource development in the province. 
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Inaugural Highland Games in Quebec City

Athlete - Dirk Bishop.jpgCaber toss, stone put, and weight over the bar are some of the tests of strength and endurance that reach back thousands of years in the ancient Highlands of Scotland.  After a demonstration last year, as part of the Celtic Festival, the first official Highland Games competition will be held this weekend in Quebec City.  Jacquie caught up with the well-muscled Dirk Bishop, Highland Games champion. 

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Anne Stillman McCormick's legacy in the Mauricie

Thumbnail image for Thumbnail image for Thumbnail image for Thumbnail image for Thumbnail image for Thumbnail image for Thumbnail image for Thumbnail image for Thumbnail image for WEB-breakaway-logo.jpgIn 1936, Anne Stillman McCormick gave the Classique Internationale de canots de la Mauricie - the annual world calibre marathon canoe race - a generous scholarship to keep the sport afloat. At its 80th edition this past weekend, in the presence of some of her grandchilden, McCormick was inducted into the race's Hall of Fame. Jacquie spoke with McCormick's grandaughter Sharee Stillman Brookhart and biographer Louise Lacousière about the McCormick legacy in the Mauricie.

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Ross Murray: Honking horns

Thumbnail image for Thumbnail image for Thumbnail image for Thumbnail image for Thumbnail image for Thumbnail image for Thumbnail image for Thumbnail image for WEB-breakaway-logo.jpgThis time of year, there's lots of honking - and not just from geese headed south.  With increased vehicle traffic, as people get back to school and work, horns are getting a workout.  But there's a world of difference between a "beep" and a "blare".  Our regular columnist Ross Murray was back with us this afternoon and shared tips on how to interpret the meaning of horns. 

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