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November 2012 Archives

Businesspeople concerned about 117 bypass of Labelle

New Bypass.JPGTransport Quebec has built a nearly seven kilometer bypass of the town of Labelle in the Laurentians. People living there say it's a welcome break from traffic, but business owners are concerned they'll lose too many clients.  Marika Wheeler brings us the report. 
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Damien Robitaille is "Omnipresent"

IMG_3702.JPGDamien Robitaille was born on a rugged outcropping of the Canadian shield that juts into Georgian Bay. He is a hockey fanatic. He is quite possibly the only popular musical artist to make a dance video dressed in a snowsuit and riding a ski-doo. He's resolutely Canadian.

So when it came time to make a new album, where did he head? To Miami. Damien Robitaille joined Susan in studio to give us a taste of his new sound.
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Environmental health depart looking into red dust in Limoilou

An update about the efforts of a Quebec City couple to get an analysis of the red dust that blanketed parts of the Limoilou neighbouhood one month ago. Two government departments are now involved - Renée Levaque is the Public Health ministry's regional coordinator of environmental health and she spoke to us about these concerns.
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Cricket coming to RDS sports network in January

IMG_3690.JPGOn those long, dark nights of the NHL lockout, hockey fans are going to need something to keep them occupied. So RDS thinks cricket just might be the ticket.

Luckily, the network will be able to count on a pro to explain the game to us. He's Senyo Nyakutse, a former cricket player in Zimbabwe and the co-founder of Cricket Montreal.

There also seems to be no shortage of cricket fans in Quebec. Andrew Greenfield, a big-time cricket fan, joined us in studio.
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Collection of images from 1840 to 1910 donated to Quebec City archives

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Fascinated by the 3-D visuals of this early form of photography, Pierre Lavoie spent 6 years collecting stereograms of Quebec City from around the world. Each one shows a rich snapshot of history of the oldest city in North America.

This week he donated his collection of over 840 stereograms to the Quebec City archives. Quebec AM's Julia Caron met with archivist Jérôme Bégin and collector Pierre Lavoie to take a look at their treasures.
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Sebastien Sasseville back from grueling seven-day Sahara Race

After participating in four Iron Man competitions and reaching the summit of Mount Everest, Sebastian Sasseville has taken on a 7-day race in the Sahara Desert. We spoke to him just before he left, and now he's back to tell us all about it.
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Toutoune, elephant at Granby Zoo, passes away

205600_10152298662240512_44837133_n.jpgA big death in the community of Granby this week: Toutoune, the elephant who has been at the Granby Zoo since 1985, passed away late Sunday night. Marie-Josée Limoges, head of veterinary services at Granby Zoo, was Toutoune's doctor for almost a decade.
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Hydro pole in middle of route 251 removed

croppedpole.JPGA utility pole that ended up in the middle of route 251 made headlines around the country this week. Our Townships reporter Sarah Rogers swung by Tuesday to find out more about the pole's short life.
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Reaction to the Parti Québécois' budget

The budget's been tabled - let the politics begin. The Opposition parties say they'll vote against the PQ's budget, but will they trigger another election by doing so? National Assembly reporter Rhéal Séguin and Bernard Beaudreau, economics prof at Université Laval join us in studio to tell us what's at stake.
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Zafiro Marine new owners of Davie Shipyard in Lévis

The landmark Davie shipyard in Lévis was given a new lease on life yesterday. After the short, unhappy experience of the Upper Lakes Group and SNC-Lavalin, the shipyard's hopes now rest with Zafiro Marine, a European-based company that builds and operates specialized vessels for the oil and gas industry.

Zafiro has created a new company, ZM Industries Canada, and promises to get down to work very quickly. Alex Vicefield is the chief executive officer and James Davies the chief financial officer of Zafiro, and they joined Susan in studio.
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Assaulted Kativik officer wants compensation

denise_robinson.JPGAlmost three years after she was raped by a fellow officer of Nunavik's Kativik Regional Police Force, Denise Robinson is speaking out. A former member of the Kativik Regional Police Force is now serving out an 18-month jail sentence, after he pleaded guilty to sexually assaulting Robinson.

Although Robinson is still technically employed by the force, she hasn't worked in Nunavik for more than two years. Instead, she says she feels betrayed by her employer, who put her on a mandatory medical leave without pay. She spoke with our Eastern Townships reporter Sarah Rogers, who joins us live this morning.
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Daycare providers in remote areas not satisfied with government subsidies

According to the current Marois government, all families will have a subsidized daycare spot by 2016. But daycare providers in remote areas are not satisfied. Michelle Letemplier is the director of a Blanc Sablon childhood center will let us know what's wrong with the current criteria the governement is using.
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Community of Chevery concerned about potential gas shortage this winter

The lower north shore community of Chevery is worried about running out of gas this winter. The gas station's tanks are no longer up to code and need to be replaced. Julie Chislett is part of a local committee that wrote a report on possible solutions to the gas shortage in town.
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Highway extension in Lennoxville delayed

Sherbrooke-Trucks.JPGPeople who live, study or work in the Sherbrooke borough of Lennoxville were looking forward to the completion of a highway extension, scheduled to open near the community shortly. At the moment, large trucks and heavy traffic runs through the town. Now Quebec's transport department says the portion of the highway that would curb some of that traffic won't open until 2015. Lennoxville borough president David Price joined us in our Sherbrooke studio to tell us more.
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Via Rail President Marc Laliberté on changes to passenger service

Via Rail passenger service is undergoing some more change - improved service on some routes, less on others. Via's President Marc Laliberté joined us to talk about the strategy and the obstacles.
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Renewed calls for public inquiry into police actions during the student strikes

The fight against the proposed tuition hikes last spring lead to some of the largest protests Quebec has ever seen - and sometimes resulted in massive arrests and cases of police brutality. Over 50 groups are calling on the Parti Québécois government for a public inquiry into police actions during the student strikes, in the hopes of preventing these situations from happening again and restoring citizen's trust in the police force. 
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Making cities liveable for pedestrians, cyclists and motorists

gil-penalosa-bio1.pngCities are faced with figuring out how all those people can get from point A to point B in an efficient, eco-friendly way. Gil Penalosa is the Executive Director of 8-80 Cities. He was in Quebec City to deliver the keynote address for the Canadian Urban Transit Associaiton Fall Conference, "Sustainable Cities." He makes it his business to make cities liveable, bikeable and walkable. Quebec AM's Julia Caron met up with him next to a busy street to find out how his ideas might apply to Quebec City.
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Fisheries and Marine Science library at the Maurice Lamontagne Institute closing

Quebec.jpgThe only French-language documentation centre in Canada specializing in the marine sciences is bring moved from Mont-Joli to Halifax next year. Benoît Thibault is the president of the regional council of the Public Service Alliance of Canada, which represents staff at the Maurice Lamontagne Institute, and he told us what it means for the research community.
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New help line to assist stressed out caregivers

A new help line launched by L'Appui in Quebec encourages caretakers to take care of themselves, while taking care of others. Guy Lacoste is a caregiver in Lachine, Quebec. He has been taking care of his wife who was diagnosed with Alzheimers in 2004 and tells us what impact a help line like this offers people in his situation.
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New book celebrates history of Quebec City Bulldogs

232_CoupeQuebec_427_12nov2012.jpgJoe Malone, Paddy Moran and Joe Hall. Their names are all in the hockey record books. Now the Stanley Cup-winning Quebec City Bulldogs are the subject of a new history. Marc Durand joins us to tell us about his new book La Coupe à Québec - les Bulldogs et la Naissance du Hockey.
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Blockade of road leading to Hydro Quebec's La Romaine project

More rumblings of discontent on the North Shore over who's getting the benefits from Hydro Quebec's La Romaine project. And this morning, a blockade of the site is in the works. Théo-Harris Ganas, President of the Association des gens d'affaires de la Minganie, joins us on the line from Havre St. Pierre to tell us more.
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Neptune Technologies and staff still reeling from explosion's aftermath

Neptune_plant2.JPGNeptune Technologies met with employees of its Sherbrooke plant yesterday, following a massive explosion and fire there last week. Our Townships correspondant Sarah Rogers tells us how the company plans to move forward.
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Members of Royal Canadian Legion in Danville share their stories

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On Remembrance Day, we observed a moment of silence yesterday to remember our veterans of war. Quebec AM's Sarah Rogers spoke to some members of the Canadian legion in Danville in the Eastern Townships about their experiences.
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Wapikoni Mobile receives new funding from provincial government

WM_large.jpgWapikoni Mobile is known as the studio on wheels that offers an opportunity for Native youth to create short films and music. In 2011, they were struggling from a nearly half a million dollar grant cut. New funding was just announced last week makes up for those cuts. Cassandre Perusse is the coordinator of funding and partnerships for Wapikoni Mobile, and tells us more about what this means.
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More women taking up hunting in Quebec

One out of every four new hunters in Quebec is female. Kim Garritty spoke to several female hunters and one young aspiring hunter about what it is they love about the forest.
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Remembrance Day play at Richmond Regional High School

Richmond_regional.JPGAs we look towards Remembrance Day this weekend, a group of students in the Eastern Townships is teaching others how easy it is to take the time to remember. Students at Richmond Regional High School are performing in a play tonight called "Just a Little Time." The story, written by one of their teachers, is set around the battle of Vimy Ridge, as it marks its 95th anniversary this year. Our Townships correspondant Sarah Rogers brings us a sneak peek.
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Deadly explosion at Sherbrooke bio-tech plant

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Two people are dead and another 19 injured after a violent explosion at a Sherbrooke bio-tech plant yesterday afternoon.The blast sparked a fire at the site that burned into the evening. Our Eastern Townships correspondant Sarah Rogers was there and brings us the latest.
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Canada Post mailbox charge frustrates some homebuilders

As of January 2013, Canada Post will begin charging home builders a fee for the installation of community mailbox. Some developers aren't too happy about this change. Allison Van Rassel has the story and will join us in studio.
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Parti Québécois proposes fixed election dates

A fixed election date and new rules governing contributions to political parties - two new proposals introduced this week by the Marois government to cleanse Quebec politics. The minister responsible, Bernard Drainville, joins us to tell us more.
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Quebec government considering fixing book prices

During her inaugural speech last week, Premier Pauline Marois announced the creation of a committee to look at the pros and cons of setting book prices. David Homel is an author and President of the Quebec Writer's Federation. He has some personal experience of fixed prices, since his work is sold in France, where book prices are set by publishers. He tells us about some of the pros and cons of this proposed plan.
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Wild dogs in Granby may soon be up for adoption

granbydog01.JPGLast month, a pack of wild dogs threatened a neighbourhood in Granby. A Sherbrooke organization says the dogs that have since been captured could soon be up for adoption. Our Townships correspondant Sarah Rogers brings us that story.
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Americans living in Quebec react to US election results

Barack Obama's road to victory last night started in Vermont and was confirmed in California.
It wasn't easy, but along the way, he picked up the battleground states such as Ohio and Colorado that he needed. American voters outside the U.S. were among those closely watching the results, and we had three of them share their thoughts with us.

Bethann Merkle is originally from Montana, and has been living & working in Quebec City for the past two years. Noah Ward is a videogame designer here in Quebec City, and is originally from Washington. Hal Sharpe, spoke to us from his home state of North Carolina, also lives in Quebec City.
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Kevin McCoy's role in documentary-play about Matthew Shepard

leprojetlaramie.jpgLe Projet Laramie play begins this week at Le Trident Theater in Quebec City, and actor Kevin McCoy joins us to talk about his role in a heart-wrenching documentary-play about a 21-year old boy who was tortured and then murdered for being gay.
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North Shore businesses upset with Hydro-Quebec

People in Sept-Iles are pointing to reorganization at Hydro Quebec to explain why they are getting poor service.  Business owners and electricians are losing patience with the power provider.  Hubert Rioux, our Radio-Canada colleague tell us what he has learned.
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Arctic Fiber: high speed internet for the North

arctic_fibre.jpgQuebec AM hears about a plan that could change the way the world shares information, while offering Canada's North more affordable telecommunications. Doug Cunningham, president of Arctic Fibre, the Toronto-based telecommunications firm behind the plan.
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Opposition reacts to Montreal mayor resignation

Richard Bergeron, the opposition leader of Project Montreal reacts to Gérald Tremblay's resignation.
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Laval city council meets without mayor

If you thought municipal politics in Montreal was too crazy to be true, spare a thought for the citizens of Laval, Quebec's third largest city. There too, the mayor is under siege and the province's anti-corruption squad has its hands full. Quebec AM hears from, David de Cotis, a member of one of the city's opposition movements.
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Les Primitifs- learning wilderness survival skills in Québec

Matt&Laura.JPGTanning hides and fleshing pelts. That's what it means to be young for some North Americans these days. We tap into the primitive skills movement which has a presence here in Quebec as well. Kim Garritty brings us the story.
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Chaplain cuts in prisons cause concern

tim-smar.jpgClose to 50 part-time chaplains are slated to lose their jobs next March when federal cutbacks take effect. We finds out what that could mean from a former inmate now on parole and from the chaplain at the Cowansville medium security prison. Quebec AM's Sarah Rogers joins us with the feature report. 
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Golden Eagles in Quebec

P1080571.JPGThey're big, they're powerful, and in this part of North America, they're rare. Up until recently, biologists didn't know too much about them. We're talking about golden eagles. Quebec AM finds out what scientists, like Junior Tremblay, have found out as a result of a recent survey.
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Annual ombudsperson's report

The Quebec Ombudsperson has delivered her annual report, chock full of cases where government departments promised certain services to people in need, but failed to deliver. She joins Quebec AM.

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Postponed closure of the MRSC in Quebec City

The closure of the Marine Search and Rescue Centre in Quebec City looks like it has been pushed back again.  The federal government won't give a precise date, but Quebec AM checks in with the union that represents the employees to find out what it thinks the postponement means.
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Financial literacy in schools

With more than half of students holding down some kind of job, maybe it's time they learned a few things about handling money. That's the view of Jacques Ménard, a banker and long-time advocate of creative efforts to help students stay in school. He tells Quebec AM about a plan to create a new financial literacy course in high school classrooms.
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Canadian Conference for the Arts shuts down

Non-profit art groups and cultural organizations rely heavily on public funding. After nearly 70 years of practice, The Canadian Conference of the Arts has to shut down because of its federal funding being cut.  Le Ballet de Quebec's Vice-President José-Nicolas Binette tells Quebec AM about the impact the cuts will have on his organisation.
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Rivière-du-Loup mayor wants to limited number of terms

Some mayors in Quebec are opposed to the government limiting the lengths of mandates, but that's not the case in Rivière-du-Loup. Michel Morin is our guest. He tells us why he won't be seeking re-election in 2013.
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