Quebec's Michel Pleau Named Canada's New Parliamentary Poet Laureate

January 9, 2014

The order representing Quebec nurses asked the provincial government in June 2012 to make a baccalaureate in nursing mandatory for someone to practise the profession. The proposal raised the ire of unions representing health workers as well as the Quebec federation of junior colleges. In the end, the working group studying the order's proposal failed to reach a consensus on the topic. That means Quebec will not proceed with plans to make a university degree compulsory, said Health Minister Rejean Hebert. ''Yes, I think that's the conclusion,'' Hebert said in a telephone interview. ''There doesn't seem to be much of a consensus on having a mandatory bachelor's degree.'' There will be further analysis to determine which tasks should be performed by nurses with a university degree as opposed to work done by those with a college diploma. ''We've never done that kind of exercise to pinpoint how training programs should be modified or adjusted,'' Hebert added.

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Pleau, the sixth person to hold the post, replaces Fred Wah, whose two-year term expired at the end of December. The new poet laureate was recommended by a selection committee which included Graham Fraser, the commissioner of official languages, and Sonia L'Heureux, the parliamentary librarian. Pleau says he's delighted with the appointment. The Quebec City native also says he intends to continue his lifes work of helping others discover poetry. He won the Governor General's Award in 2008. Senate Speaker Noel Kinsella said Pleau has created an impressive body of work.

Quebec's acclaimed 'Gabrielle' seeks English audience after festival fanfare

The sovereignist party has promoted its proposed legislation, which would ban the wearing of conspicuous religious symbols by public sector workers, by way of strategic media leaks and a nearly $2-million ad campaign. The PQ has made no secret of its desire to use the charter as its warhorse in the next election, which may come as soon as this spring. Yet for all its hype, the charter legislation has only entrenched Quebecers into for and against camps in roughly equal numbers, according to successive polls. Whats more, despite how every Quebecer seems to have an opinion on whether government workers should be able to wear religious garb, few consider the matter as important as the PQ might like. A Leger poll last fall suggested only seven per cent of Quebecers thought such a charter should be a government priority. Quebecers, it seems, are far more interested in fighting corruption within government. Quebecs other obsession, which has taken a backseat to the charters sound and fury, remains a top priority in the province, after governmental spending and tax reductions, according to the same poll.

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Amid all the critical acclaim and early Oscar buzz that has followed her coming-of-age tale "Gabrielle," Archambault says her proudest moments have come from the heartfelt reactions of families and filmgoers who see themselves onscreen.THE CANADIAN PRESS/Ryan Remiorz TORONTO - Amid all the critical acclaim and early Oscar buzz that has followed her coming-of-age tale "Gabrielle," filmmaker Louise Archambault says her proudest moments have come from the heartfelt reactions of families and filmgoers who see themselves onscreen. The Quebec writer/director says she's blown away by praise from people coping with issues similar to those of her spunky heroine, a young woman with Williams syndrome who yearns for independence and a shot at love. "This week I was at the Palm Springs film festival and at the end a woman came to me and she has Williams syndrome and she looks like Gabrielle so much," Archambault said Wednesday during a stop in Toronto to promote the film's English Canada release. "And she was like, 'I cannot thank you enough to make that film, you really touched exactly the way I feel.' And then her family came a her brother and parents a and they were crying and laughing and ... the parents are like: 'It's our family that you've (captured) there.'" The francophone film stars newcomer Gabrielle Marion-Rivard a who actually has Williams syndrome, a genetic condition marked by a strong social personality and aptitude for music a as a gifted singer who develops a romantic relationship with a similarly challenged young man as their special needs choir prepares for a big concert. Their fellow choir members were drawn from a Montreal performing arts centre for those with special needs, who Archambault says brought a much-appreciated naturalism to the scenes.

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Much of ice wines allure stems not from its chemical composition but from Canadas humble, cold-weather cliche. As with balsamic vinegar from Italy and champagne from Champagne, the method by which the product is produced is often as romanticized as the product itself. Care is often taken to produce ice wines sweet, syrupy booze in much the same manner as it was developed in 1794. The widely held origin myth has German farmers contending with an early winter and, upon discovering the grapes had gone sweet with the frost, harvesting and pressing them. Though merriment and cheer no doubt ensued, the actual harvest would have been a brutal affair, with snowbound pickers plucking frozen grapes in sub-zero temperatures.

Quebec teen sings at Elvis Presley birthday party at Graceland

This brave and creative group of performers is blazing a creative path that no one has yet dared to explore, blending the arts and techniques of the circus and infusing them with the most picturesque facets of traditional Quebec folklore. Fueled by live Quebecois music, the troupe creates a colorful, energetic scene of agility and strength while they juggle axes, duck and dive between whirled-about saws, and execute daring handstands, balancing acts and acrobatic flips on stage. In collaboration with the performance of Cirque Alfonse: TIMBER! The Maine Historical Society will hold a film series at noon on Thursday, Jan. 23, with a showing of "Woodsmen and River Drivers: Another Day Another Era." A short film focusing on five individuals who worked for the Machias Lumber Company, and on the same day a showing of "In the Blood" will take place at 6:30 p.m. This Sumner McKane film is an illustration of the life, skills, and character of the turn-of-the-century Maine lumbermen and river drivers.

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Other guests at the Graceland party included television and radio personality Wink Martindale. He recalled the day nearly 60 years ago when Presley's first single, "That's All Right," played for the first time on the radio. It was July 8, 1954, and a fresh-faced Martindale was working as a disc jockey at WHBQ in Memphis. He was at the studio when legendary producer Sam Phillips brought by an acetate copy of the song Presley cut at Phillips' Sun Records. DJ Dewey Phillips no relation to Sam played the song on his influential "Red, Hot and Blue" radio show, and rock 'n' roll history was made. "It homepage was almost like an out-of-body experience," Martindale told Presley fans at Wednesday's gathering. "That was the beginning of Presley-mania." Bush Hager, Thibault and Martindale participated in the cake-cutting along with producer Knox Phillips, who is Sam Phillips' son and a member of the Memphis Music Hall of Fame.

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