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July 2014 Archives

Revisiting Quebec in "1987"

1987.jpgSurviving your teenage years is rarely an easy thing to do. Doing it in Quebec in the 1980s adds a whole new level of kitsch. Director Ricardo Trogdi is releasing the second of his autobiographical films set in the era of bad perms and pastel coloured polo shirts. Jean-Carl Boucher is the actor who plays the lead role of Ricardo in the new film 1987. He joined Susan in studio to talk all things hair metal. Listen here.

Sutton's new Baby Drop-In

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The challenges of being a new parent can be overwhelming, even when you have the support of friends and family. That's part of why the team at the Sutton Volunteer Centre decided to create an event designed to support parents who just need to get out of the house and spend time with other new mothers and fathers. As we hear when our Holly Bailey stopped by, this community support is even more welcome to anglophone moms who live in primarily French-speaking towns. Listen here

Nineties with a Smile

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For the past two years, Barry Le Blanc in the Baie des Chaleurs has made it his mission to make people over the age of 90 laugh... and snap a picture of them while he's at it. Barry tells us more about this series of portraits he has called "Nineties with a Smile." We also meet one of his subjects, 92-year-old Rosaire Bujold, who lives in Maria. The series will be on display at the Cascapedia River Museum from July 31st until August 12th. Listen here.

Families Wanted

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Heather and Mario Clibbon-Côté opened their home to three foreign homestay students over the past two years and got bigger rewards in return than what they could have hoped for. Now they're helping find families to host teenagers from around the world. They joined Susan in studio to talk about their experiences. Listen here.

For more details on how you can host students, click this link.

Minnie Grey remembers Dr. Éric Dewailly

dewailly400.jpgBack in June, we first heard of the tragic death of Dr. Eric Dewailly, who died while on vacation with his family at l'Ile de la Réunion. For the first time since his death, the research community sat down to recognize and remember his contributions. His longtime colleague Minnie Grey, joined us to talk about his life and his work. Listen here.

Dealing with identity theft over 8 years later

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When Marie-Ève Aubry lost her wallet eight years ago, she could not have anticipated that she would still be dealing with the consequences today. Her life has been turned upside down, and she's calling for an end to the bureaucratic obstacles that stand in the way of identity theft victims getting their lives back. Listen here.

Healing nature retreat for veterans in Quebec

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The Wounded Warrior Project organizes a handful of different physical activities for veterans returning from combat zone. The group will bring together 55 Canadian veterans and their family members in Lac-Delage this weekend. The retreat is the first of its kind in Quebec and the fifth in Canada. Dan Fontaine and Gervais Jeffrey are two of the organizers of this event and joined us in studio.

More than 50 veterans and their families came together this weekend for a retreat at Lac Delage. Our reporter Catou MacKinnon was there, and spoke with Retired Brigadier-General Christian Barabé, former base commander at Valcartier, and now regional director of Wounded Warriors. Listen here.

Public hearings on service cuts to regional bus routes

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Proposed changes to Orléans Express bus services in the Gaspé are on hold until September. The Quebec Transport Commission announced a series of public hearings about the changes will be held in August. We talk to Marc-André Varin of Orléans Express about the proposed cuts and the upcoming hearings. Listen here. 

Ottawa under fire for fighting Aboriginal claims

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Former UN special rapporteur James Anaya called attention the Canadian government's "adversarial approach" when it comes to Aboriginal and Treaty rights back in 2013. Now, NDP MP Romeo Saganash is trying to find out exactly how much money is being spent in that "adversarial" spirit. He joins our host Shawn Lyons to talk about what steps he has taken so far, and why he is taking his concerns to the Auditor General. Listen here.

Expensive water hook-ups for Harrington Harbour residents

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Residents in Harrington Harbour will now have access to clean water from the town's new water facility. But it could cost them up to $5,000 for their home hook-ups. The town's administration is currently working out the details. Darlene Roswell-Roberts, administrator for the municipality of Côte-Nord du Golfe Saint-Laurent, explains how much longer residents will have to wait until they have safe drinkable water flowing out of their taps. Listen here.

Breaking barriers between Cree patients and non-aboriginal doctors

A new partnership between the CSSS des Premières Nations du Québec et Labrador, Native friendship centres and Quebec medical schools is allowing medical students from McGill and Université de Montréal to live and work in Native communities across the province for four week periods. The students are there to gain an enhanced understanding of aboriginal culture as it relates to medical practice. Student Harrison Saulnier explains they hope to bring back more sensitive care to Native people when working in multicultural urban clinics back home. Listen here.

Faubourg St-Jean-Baptiste celebrates locally grown food

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According to most producers at the St-Jean-Baptiste farmer's market in Quebec City, more and more consumers want fresh local produce. Those same consumers also love getting to meet and speak with the people who grew their carrots, kale, and coriander. 

Our Julia Page went down to the market on a sunny Sunday afternoon, as farmers were packed up their produce after a long day of picking, driving, marketing and entertaining customers. Listen here.

Judge rules town of St. Augustin must help build landing pad

In 2012, Quebec's ferry authority, the Société des Traversiers replaced a local airboat service in the Lower North Shore community of St. Augustin with a provincially run hovercraft. But the STQ needs to build a landing terminal for the boat. Superior Court Judge has now ruled that the town cannot stop that from happening. Simon Clément is the Attorney for the STQ in this court case. Listen here

Bringing military history in Lévis to life

CampMilitaire1893.jpgWhen you stroll by rue du Mémorial in Lévis today, the vast public park may easily be mistaken for a simple lovely green space, with a nice fountain and some memorial statues. But the park has a storied past, one that reminds us of the days of military strategy and adventure. This weekend, a special event hopes to transport you back to the days of the military camp, from the Battle of the Plains of Abraham, to the Second World War. Julia Caron met with one of the volunteers spearheading la Renaissance du Camp Lauzon, Richard Garon. Listen here.

Eco-friendly cottages in the Eastern Townships

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Le Vertendre is a residential and cottage development which specializes in building energy-efficient homes.
The ZOOBOX is a small cottage unit, which is hidden out in nature and is almost entirely self-sufficient.
Our Townships reporter Alison Brunette visited the ZOOBOX prototype to found out more about living outdoors sustainably.  

Life inside the Israeli-Palestinian crisis

cbc map.jpgExchanges of rocket fire are continuing between the Israeli army and Palestinian militants in and around the Gaza Strip.
Meanwhile civilians are having to deal with the stress and consequences of living on the edge of a war zone.
Sharon is a Canadian-born venture capitalist who has lived and worked in Israel for the past 20 years. She spoke to us from her home near Tel Aviv. Listen here.
We also reached former Concordia graduate Mohsen Abu Ramadan who lives in Gaza City with his family. 

The universe in a bubble

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People in the Eastern Townships will be able to take a trip through space this summer. Astronomer Ghislain Chagnon has set up his giant portable planetarium in the small village of Ulverton, where our Townships reporter Alison Brunette met him for an astronomy lesson.


Potton moves forward with controversial project

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The municipality of Potton has just voted to add a ''conditional usage'' to a private property beside a large nature reserve and land trust. It will allow for two motorized sporting events to take place there every year. Mayor Louis Veillon and Frédéric Allali, a member of the group ''Les Amis des Montagnes Vertes'',  explain their take on the controversial project. Listen here.

East Angus businesses react to Cascades closure

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People in the village of East Angus are still in shock after learning  that their main employer, the Cascades Paper Mill, is shutting down. The imminent closure of the paper plant is a source of worry for other businesses, like Cmi Adlyar's family owned restaurant Le Moulin. She spoke with our host Shawn Lyons. 

Maintenance at Wabush airport complicates commute for fly in/fly out workers

Many mines in Northern Quebec rely on fly-in fly-out workers to operate, and many transit through the Wabush airport in Newfoundland, on the way.

As of next summer, Transport Canada plans to close the airport during the day in order to carry out work on the runway. Gilles Ayotte, staff representative for the United Steelworkers in Sept-Iles, explains why mine workers are worried about the impact of having to switch flight schedules for supplies and passengers. 

Digging up the past in Coaticook

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There are many activities happening in Coaticook for the town's 150th anniversary, and this week they include digging up part of the past. The Beaulne Museum is the site of an official archaeological dig this week. Archaeologists are on site, along with members of the public who want to help out. They're looking for signs of a long lost hotel. Our Townships Reporter Alison Brunette stopped by the site were some young helpers were searching for clues. Listen here.

Connecting new Quebecers through sport

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Several recent studies have cited sport as a key driver of integration for immigrants, especially school-age immigrants. But that's not surprising to Motivaction Jeunesse, which has been operating on that assumption for more than a decade. They recently finished a six-day-long cycling trip around Lac St-Jean with 60 youth and 12 adults. For most of the youth participants, it was their first time in a rural area. For many, it was a life-changing experience. Listen here. 

The fate of the Musée National des Beaux-Arts du Québec

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After budget shortfalls in the spring, the Musée National des Beaux Arts du Québec was confronted with even more cuts with last month's provincial budget. It has some asking whether or not Quebec's national museum of fine arts can continue to fulfill its mandate. One of the co-authors of the letter is Dominic Hardy. He's an art historian and professor at UQAM, and he has also spent nearly 20 years working in museums in Ontario and Quebec. Listen here.

Tremplin 16-30 set to close in September

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For more than a decade, le Tremplin 16-30 on South Wellington Street has offered affordable housing along with a series of programs to help young people get their lives back on track. But recent budget cuts are forcing the organization to reduce services, and they may close their doors in September. I t is looking to the community for help. Our Townships Reporter Alison Brunette visited le Tremplin 16-30 and met with Zachariah Standish, one of the many people who say le Tremplin 16-30 helped change his life. Listen here.

Refugee claimants access to health care

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Being stuck in a foreign country with no health care is a scary reality for some refugee claimants. The federal government declared in 2012 that refugee claimants waiting for a decision could only receive healthcare if they posed a threat to public health. Earlier this month, a federal court ruled against the cuts, calling them inhumane. Dr. Isabelle Leblanc is president of Médécins québécois pour le régime public, and talks about the impact of these changes. Listen here.

Villemaire-Poulin Family on impact of Lac-Mégantic disaster

Thumbnail image for lac-megantic-anniversary.jpgAs the one-year anniversary of the derailment and explosion in Lac-Mégantic approaches, we'll revisit some of the people we've met to find out how they are grieving and rebuilding their lives and their community.  Our Marika Wheeler joins us with an update on a Villemaire-Poulin family. The two youngest children stuggled with nightmares and post-traumatic stress disorder after the derailment in that town. Listen here

Pika Family in Sherbrooke facing separation

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A family in Sherbrooke are on the verge of being separated because Canadian authorities want to deport the mother of three and her eldest daughter to the Congo. Sarah-Maggali Namoutiri and her 7-year-old daughter face deportation to the Congo, while the rest of her family is struggling to find a way to stay together (photo courtesy of Solidarity Across Borders). Our Alison Brunette met with Sarah-Maggali to find out how they are fighting this. Listen here

On Thursday, Namoutiri found out how the court ruled in regards to her appeal. Listen to an update here.

Alder Buckthorn forces clear cutting in Townships

clearcut.JPGAn invasive species called the Alder Buckthorn is causing concern in parts of the province. In the hopes of managing the threat of the brush, more than three hectares of forest was clear cut on a public road in the Eastern Townships. Some residents there say that's unacceptable.  CBC's Alison Brunette finds out the municipality responsible says it had no choice. Listen here.