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June 2012 Archives

Coping with Moving Day in Quebec City

Helpful parents moving their children to a new city and generous friends splitting the cost of renting a van by going in together. Those are just some of the people Quebec AM's Julia Caron heard from yesterday in the St. Jean Baptiste neighbourhood in Quebec City who were trying to get a head start on the moving day that can often translate into a headache.

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Former conservative MPs from Quebec oppose changes to EI

Five former conservative MPs from Québec say they cannot recognize themselves in the new party. Former Conservative MP for the federal riding of Manicouagan, Charles Langlois MP weighs in on why he thinks Harper's EI reforms are bad for his region.
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Dollard des Ormeaux School celebrate Canadian songs

Dollard des Ormeaux School in Courcellette held a special assembly that showcased songs celebrating Canada to wrap up their school year. Susan Campbell went out to meet some of the students who lent their voices and about what Canada means to them.

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Raising awareness about Lyme disease

During the last week of this session of Parliament, Elizabeth May introduced a private members bill to address some of the issues Canadians with Lyme disease face. Many Canadians have complained that they were not properly diagnosed and treated for this disease. It is transmitted by ticks.

Eline Brock-Sanheim was diagnosed with Lyme disease in 2009. She wants more people to know about the condition and she is holding a talk this Saturday night in Quebec City. She joined us in studio. We also hear from a specialist in Lyme disease, Dr. Nick Ogden.

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Questions still linger in response to court decision on TCE in Shannon

A disappointing court ruling for residents in Shannon is still having a ripple effect in town. The plaintiffs and defence haven't said whether they are appealing the decision. The CBC's Marika Wheeler went to Shannon yesterday to find out what people would like to see happen now.

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Laying the foundation for a film industry in the Gaspé

Over fifty people gathered in Percé last week for a two-day retreat on how to harness the talents and creativity of the region's cinematic artists. Quebec AM's Glenn Wanamaker was there and tells us about some of the ideas that were floated about.

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Communities in Quebec react to closing of Katimavik program

IMG-20120615-00030.JPGFor years volunteers with the Katimavik program have worked in communities across Quebec. But the last of those participants have packed up and gone home, and no more are following in their footsteps.

Quebec's Travelling Journalist Ainslie MacLellan brings us a look at what this means for organizations that rely on those volunteers in the town of Amqui.

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Tourism in Percé has gone high tech

Tourism in Percé has gone high tech. The tourism office just launched an audio tour for smart phones. It allows visitors to get a tour around town, accompanied by the voice of George Morris. Marie Leblanc heads the Perce tourist office and tells us more.

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A move to recognize traditional First Nations adoption in Quebec

A provincial aboriginal women's group is pleased with a adoption bill that was tabled. If the bill passes, traditional adoptions will be recognized by the province. President of the Quebec Native Women's Association Michelle Audet shares her thoughts on what the details of Bill 81 mean to First Nations communities in Quebec.
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Lac St-Charles residents prompted to disregard water preservation law

A new law prohibits people living around Lac St-Charles to groom their land to the water's edge. The lake is Quebec City's drinking water reservoir and officials are worried of blue-green algae. Someone has handed out anonymous pamphlets calling on residents to disregard the law. Susan Campbell speaks with resident Pierre Beaulieu to find out what he's planning on doing. 

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After her conversation with Beaulieu, Susan speaks with environmentalist Christian Simard from Nature Quebec for his take.

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Les Foreurs ownership dissolves and is handed over to Val d'Or

The City of Val d'Or has been given ownership of its expensive Q-league team, but it doesn't want to keep it. Officials hope local business people will buy it back soon to make sure Les Foreurs stay in town. Susan Campbell speaks with Céline Brindamour, a town councillor in Val d'Or.

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Psychotherapists now need a permit to operate in Quebec

It used to be that anyone in Quebec could say they were a psychotherapist and treat patients. But not anymore. A new provincial law now forces psychotherapists to hold a recognised licence. Susan Campbell speaks with the president of the Quebec Order of Psychologists about how this will help protect vulnerable people.

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A look back at the deaths of two tourists on Phi Phi Island in 2009

The recent death of two sisters from Quebec on Phi Phi Island in Thailand still has officials in that country trying to figure out what happened. Their death comes after two other women were also found dead on the same island in 2009.  Susan Campbell speaks with Adam Skolnick, a free-lance writer who has co-authored books for Lonely Planet and who reported on the two women who died in 2009.
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Quebecer angry he must hire to paint his commercial building

Mike Weisel is upset he has to hire a contractor to paint or renovare his commercial building.  He tells Susan Campbell the Commision de la construction du Quebec (CCQ) would be forcing him to spend money he can't afford, so he's broken the rules and done the work himself.

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Later in the week, Susan speaks with Louis-Pascal Cyr, a councillor to the CEO of the CCQ. He explains why owners of commercial buildings have to hire contractors to do the work on their property.

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Man packs up home and zoo to make way for Hydro

The La Romaine hydro project is well on its way, but in order to make way for the multi-billion-dollar dam and transmission lines, some people are having to give up their land.
Ainslie MacLellan tells the story of one man on the North Shore who is packing up his home, and his zoo, to make ways for the mega-project.
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Last edition of the Political Panel until the fall

For the first time in months, the attention of the national assembly moved to issues other than the ongoing student unrest last week. Quebec AM's Political Panel made up of Le Soleil's Gilbert Lavoie, and The Globe and Mail's Rhéal Séguin join Susan Campbell one last time before the summer break.
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Possible new owners for Davie shipyard

The keys to the idle Davie shipyard have been turned over to the Quebec government. But another group of potential investors is knocking at the door. Susan Campbell speaks with former intelligence officer and CSIS agent Michel Juneau-Katsuya who is heading the group.

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New exhibition at the Musee National des Beaux Arts shines a light on surrealist women

3130.jpgMost of the artists that come to mind when you think of "surrealist art" tend to be men. Salvador Dali, Max Ernst and Andre Breton come to mind.

A new exhibit at the Musee National des Beaux Arts du Quebec is hoping to change that by shining a light on female surrealist artists whose work has often been overshadowed by their male counterparts.

Women like Frida Kahlo, Francesca Woodman and Remedios Varos.

Quebec AM's Julia Caron went to check it out yesterday, and gives us a tour.

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In Wonderland: The Surrealist Activities of Women Artists in Mexico and the United States runs from June 7th to September 3rd.

Habs fans react to re-hiring of Michel Therrien as coach

When it comes to their Montreal Canadiens, the fans know what they like and what they don't. Kosta Papoulias and Lynne Chlala are both Habs' fans & bloggers. They share their reaction to the new-old coach, Michel Therrien.
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Vice Rector of studies at Laval University on students returning to classes

As the student strike continues across the province against proposed tuition hikes, Laval University in Quebec City is seeing more and more students return to class. Many students are finishing their winter session... over the summer. After 6:30, we'll hear from the Vice Rector of studies at Laval University and how students and teachers are once again filling up classrooms.

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Nursing program at Cégep de la Gaspésie et des Iles experiencing major increase in applications

The Cégep de la Gaspésie et des Iles saw applications to its nursing program nearly triple. This is due in part to their new "télé-enseignment" system, which allows students in smaller towns to study long-distance. Student Sarah Harrison tells her about her own experience with this innovative program.

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Cuban cyclist defects while in Saguenay for Coupe des Nations competition

ruben_companioni_blanco_g.jpgRuben Companioni Blanco, a Cuban cyclist, skipped out on his team at the Coupe des Nations competition over the weekend in Saguenay, apparently for love. Bernard Noel, President of the Coupe des Nations and member of the Saguenay municipal council, tells us about what happened and the impact it might have on future events.
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Gabriel Nadeau Dubois' thoughts on student protests this summer

No talks. No agreement. No clear path towards a settlement of the conflict between students and the Quebec government. As the festival season approaches, organizers (especially those in Montreal) are worried about protests disrupting their events.

To get an update from one of the three key student voices in the conflict, this morning we have reached Gabriel Nadeau Dubois.

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Temporary worker camp in Port-Cartier

The mayor of Port-Cartier is defending a decision to allow a temporary worker camp to be built in the middle of town. Some people in town are upset that more than a dozen trailers have been installed in a lot in a residential neighbourhood.

Quebec's Travelling Journalist Ainslie MacLellan was there, and brings us that story.

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Online hacking group Anonymous threatens Grand Prix ticketholders

The hacking group Anonymous has published a list of Grand Prix ticketholders and sent them a threatening email. Anonymous watcher Parmy Olson shares her expertise on whether or not she thinks they'll act on these claims.
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