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  1. Origin of the giant Allard Lake ilmenite ore deposit (Canada) by fractional crystallization, multiple magma pulses and mixing

    Charlier, Bernard; Namur, Olivier; Malpas, Simon; de Marneffe, Cédric; Duchesne, Jean-Clair; Vander Auwera, Jacqueline; Bolle, Olivier


    The late-Proterozoic Allard Lake ilmenite deposit is located in the Havre-Saint-Pierre anorthosite complex, part of the allochtonous polycyclic belt of the Grenville Province. Presently the world's largest Fe-Ti oxide deposit, it had a pre-mining amount in excess of 200 Mt at grades over 60 wt.% hemo-ilmenite. The main ore body is a funnel-shaped intrusion, measuring 1.03 × 1.10 km and 100-300 m-thick. Two smaller bodies are separated by faults and anorthosite. The ore is an ilmenite-rich norite (or ilmenitite) made up of hemo-ilmenite (Hem 22.6-29.4, 66.2 wt.% on average), andesine plagioclase (An 45-50), aluminous spinel and locally orthopyroxene. Whole-rock chemical compositions are controlled by the proportions of ilmenite and plagioclase ± orthopyroxene which supports the cumulate origin of the deposit. Ore-forming processes are further constrained by normal and reverse fractionation trends of Cr concentration in cumulus ilmenite that reveal multiple magma emplacements and alternating periods of fractional crystallization and magma mixing. Mixing of magmas produced hybrids located in the stability field of ilmenite resulted in periodic crystallization of ilmenite alone. The unsystematic differentiation trends in the Allard Lake deposit, arising from a succession of magma pulses, hybridisation, and the fractionation of hemo-ilmenite alone or together with plagioclase suggest that the deposit formed within a magma conduit. This dynamic emplacement mechanism associated with continuous gravity driven accumulation of Fe-Ti oxides and possibly plagioclase buoyancy in a fractionating ferrobasalt explains the huge concentration of hemo-ilmenite. The occurrence of sapphirine associated with aluminous spinel and high-alumina orthopyroxene (7.6-9.1 wt.% Al 2O 3) lacking exsolved plagioclase supports the involvement of a metamorphic overprint during the synchronous Ottawan orogeny, which is also responsible for strong textural equilibration and external granule of

  2. Recent lake acidification and recovery trends in southern Quebec, Canada

    A total of 51 lakes in southern Quebec, Canada, were sampled between 1985 and 1993 to study changes in water chemistry following reductions in SO2 emissions (main precursor of acid precipitation). Times series analysis of precipitation chemistry revealed significant reductions in concentrations and deposition of SO42- from 1981 to 1992 in southern Quebec as well as reductions in concentrations and deposition of base cations (Ca2+, Mg2+), NO3- and H+ in the western section of the study area. Reductions in atmospheric inputs of SO42- have resulted in decreased lakewater SO42- concentrations in the majority of the lakes in the study, although only a small fraction (9 of 37 lakes used in the temporal analysis) have improved significantly in terms of acidity status (pH, acid neutralizing capacity - ANC). The main response of the lakes to decreased SO42- is a decrease in base cations (Ca2+ + Mg2+), which was observed in 17 of 37 lakes. Seventeen lakes also showed significant increases in dissolved organic carbon (DOC) over the period of study. The resulting increases in organic acidity as well as the decrease in base cations could both play a role in delaying the recovery of the lakes. 42 refs., 5 figs., 4 tabs

  3. Carbon dioxide and methane annual emissions from two boreal reservoirs and nearby lakes in Quebec, Canada

    M. Demarty


    Full Text Available The results of dissolved GHG (CO2 and CH4 measurement campaigns carried out in Quebec (Canada during the open-water periods and under-ice in a newly created reservoir (Eastmain 1, a 25 year old reservoir (Robert-Bourassa and in three reference lakes are presented. While CO2 partial pressures varied with season with a net increase under the ice cover, CH4 partial pressures did not. We were able to extrapolate the highest CO2 partial pressures reached in the different studied systems just before ice break-up with high spring emission period. We then estimated the springtime CO2 fluxes and compared them to annual CO2 fluxes and GHG fluxes. Thus we clearly demonstrated that in our systems CH4 fluxes was of minor importance in the GHG emissions, CO2 fluxes representing around 90% of the annual fluxes. We also pointed out the importance of springtime emissions in the annual budget.

  4. Forensic fingerprinting and source identification of the 2008 Lake Temiskaming (Quebec) oil spill

    Many of the advances that have occurred in recent years in chemical fingerprinting of petroleum and hydrocarbons for environmental forensic processes have followed advances in petroleum geochemistry. This paper presented a practical case study which demonstrated the utility of detailed and integrated multi-criterion analytical approaches for fingerprinting, correlating and identifying suspected spills. In particular, the source of a waterborne oil spill of unknown origin on Lake Temiskaming, Quebec was identified by combining forensic fingerprinting and data interpretation techniques to characterize the chemical compositions of the spill. The product type was first identified by recognizing distribution patterns of bulk hydrocarbon groups such as oil n-alkanes and unresolved complex mixtures. Biomarker and extended suite of parent and alkylated polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbon (PAH) compounds were then quantified and their distribution profiles were compared. The conclusions were verified by determining several diagnostic ratios of source-specific marker compounds, in particular diagnostic ratios of target biomarker compounds. The input of background pyrogenic PAHs to the suspected spill source samples were identified. It was concluded that some water and soil samples were contaminated by a heavy diesel type fuel. The differences in fingerprints were attributed to weathering effects and input of pyrogenic PAHs. 37 refs., 6 tabs., 8 figs

  5. Anthropogenic Pb accumulation in forest soils from Lake Clair watershed: Duchesnay experimental forest (Quebec, Canada)

    Mineral soil horizons (Ae, Bhf1, Bhf2, Bf, BC and C) were carefully collected from two podzolic soil profiles in the Lake Clair watershed (Quebec) in order to assess anthropogenic trace metal accumulation. Petrographic and selective analyses were performed to establish the soil mineralogy and properties. Furthermore, a complete sequential extraction procedure has been applied to help understanding the complex chemical speciation of Pb in forest soils. Chemical speciation of Pb showed a strong vertical gradient: 85% of this metal is mainly partitioned in refractory minerals in the C-horizon whereas in the upper Bhf1 and Ae-horizons, less than 50% of Pb is associated with this fraction. In the Ae-horizon, for example, 35%, 30% and 12% of total Pb, respectively, is associated with the exchangeable, labile organic matter and amorphous Fe-Mn oxides fractions. The distribution of Pb and Cr in the studied forest soils mainly reflects progressive contamination of the watershed by anthropogenic atmospheric sources. The anthropogenic source is indicated by elevated Cr and Pb concentrations in the topsoil (Bhf and Ae) horizons and by strong negative correlation between 206Pb/207Pb ratios and total Pb concentrations. According to these isotopic values, penetration of anthropogenic Pb does not exceed 10 cm in both soil profiles. Below this depth, both Pb concentrations and isotopic ratios remain nearly constant and similar to values observed in pre-anthropogenic sediments from Lake Clair. These values are interpreted as the natural geochemical backgrounds of the watershed. Based on that behaviour, calculated anthropogenic Pb net inputs amounted to between 1.24 and 1.8 g/m2

  6. Magnetization of exsolution intergrowths of hematite and ilmenite: Mineral chemistry, phase relations, and magnetic properties of hemo-ilmenite ores with micron- to nanometer-scale lamellae from Allard Lake, Quebec

    McEnroe, S.A.; Robinson, P.; Langenhorst, F.;


    shows thermal unblocking similar to 595 -620 degrees C, was acquired during final exsolution in the two-phase region canted antiferromagnetic R(3) over bar c hematite + R (3) over bar ilmenite. Hysteresis measurements show a very strong anisotropy, with a stronger coercivity normal to, than parallel to...

  7. Climate and Physiography Predict Mercury Concentrations in Game Fish Species in Quebec Lakes Better than Anthropogenic Disturbances.

    Lucotte, Marc; Paquet, Serge; Moingt, Matthieu


    The fluctuations of mercury levels (Hg) in fish consumed by sport fishers in North-Eastern America depend upon a plethora of interrelated biological and abiological factors. To identify the dominant factors ultimately controlling fish Hg concentrations, we compiled mercury levels (Hg) during the 1976-2010 period in 90 large natural lakes in Quebec (Canada) for two major game species: northern pike (Esox lucius) and walleye (Sander vitreus). Our statistical analysis included 28 geographic information system variables and 15 climatic variables, including sulfate deposition. Higher winter temperatures explained 36 % of the variability in higher walleye growth rates, in turn accounting for 54 % of the variability in lower Hg concentrations. For northern pike, the dominance of a flat topography in the watershed explained 31 % of the variability in lower Hg concentrations. Higher mean annual temperatures explained 27 % of the variability in higher pike Hg concentrations. Pelagic versus littoral preferred habitats for walleye and pike respectively could explain the contrasted effect of temperature between the two species. Heavy logging could only explain 2 % of the increase in walleye Hg concentrations. The influence of mining on fish Hg concentrations appeared to be masked by climatic effects. PMID:26825460

  8. Quebec's Toxic Pollution Concern.

    Mingie, Walter

    The best solution to the problems of increased pollution of Quebec lakes and rivers with toxic wastes and increased incidence of pollution related diseases is to educate children, to make them aware of the environment and man's interrelationship with it. Attitudes of concern, based on knowledge, must be developed so that as adults, they will take…

  9. The Black Lake (Quebec, Canada) mineral carbonation experimental station: CO2 capture in mine waste

    Beaudoin, G.; Constantin, M.; Duchesne, J.; Dupuis, C.; Entrazi, A.; Gras, A.; Huot, F.; Fortier, R.; Hebert, R.; Larachi, F.; Lechat, K.; Lemieux, J. M.; Molson, J. W. H.; Maldague, X.; Therrien, R.; Assima, G. P.


    Passive mineral carbonation of chrysotile mining and milling waste was discovered at the Black Lake mine, southern Québec, 10 years ago. Indurated crusts were found at the surface and within waste piles where mineral and rock fragments are cemented by hydrated magnesium carbonates. A long-term research program has yielded significant insight into the process of CO2 capture from the atmosphere, and how it can be implemented during mining operations. Laboratory experiments show that the waste mineralogy is crucial, brucite being more reactive than serpentine. Partial water saturation, circa 40%, is also critical to dissolve magnesium from minerals, and transport aqueous CO2 to precipitation sites. Grain armoring by iron oxidation induced by dissolved oxygen prevents further reaction. Two experimental cells constructed with milling waste and fitted with various monitoring probes (T, H2O content, leachate) and gas sampling ports, have been monitored for more than 3 years, along with environmental conditions. The interstitial gas in the cells remains depleted in CO2 indicating continuous capture of ambient atmospheric CO2 at rates faster than advection to reaction sites. The energy released by the exothermic mineral carbonation reactions has been observed both in laboratory experiments (up to 4 °C) and in the field. Warm air, depleted to 10 ppmv CO2, vents at the surface of the waste piles, indicating reaction with atmospheric CO2 deep inside the piles. A thermal anomaly, detected by airborne infrared and coincident with a known venting area, was selected for locating a 100 m deep borehole fitted with sensor arrays to monitor active mineral carbonation within the pile. The borehole has intersected areas where mineral carbonation has indurated the milling waste. The borehole will be monitored for the next 3 years to better understand the mineral carbonation process, and its potential to yield recoverable geothermal energy in mining environments.

  10. Hydro-Quebec 2005 annual report : people with energy

    Hydro-Quebec generates, transmits and distributes electricity mainly produced by renewable energy sources. Its sole shareholder is the Quebec government. This annual report reviewed the operations of Hydro-Quebec, and provided data on energy sales, production and details of the utility's environmental programs. Information on Hydro-Quebec subsidiaries in 2005 was presented in the following separate sections: Hydro-Quebec Production; Hydro-Quebec TransEnergie; Hydro-Quebec Distribution; Hydro-Quebec Equipement; and the Societe d'energie de la Baie James. In 2005, Hydro-Quebec Distribution signed contracts for an initial block of 990 MW of wind power and issued a tender call for an additional 2000 MW of wind power. A generator balancing service was created and authorized by the Regie de l'energie. Hydro-Quebec customers have achieved energy savings of nearly 450 GWh in 2005. The commissioning of Toulnustouc generating station was achieved 5 months ahead of schedule. The 526 MW facility will generate 2.7 TWh annually. Work at the Chute-Allard and Rapide-des-Coeurs sites has continued, as well as construction at Mercier and Peribonka and Eastmain-1. Income from continuing operations came to $2.25 billion, a $124 million increase that was attributed to a rise in domestic sales and net short-term exports. The income was offset by higher pension expenses, depreciation and amortization, as well as by cost of supply on external markets and financial expenses. All other operating expenses were lower than in 2004. Capital spending for the transmission system reached its highest level since 1997, with $793 million invested, including $336 million to meet growth. Data on the company's financial performance, executive changes and reorganization were provided. Financial statements included a review and analysis of financial transactions, an auditor's report, as well as customary notes to the consolidated financial statement including balance sheets, assets, liabilities and

  11. Comparison of plant and animal diversity on new reservoir islands and established lake islands in the northern boreal forests of Quebec

    Species diversity of passerines, small mammals and woody plants were studied in new islands of the La Grande-3 hydroelectric reservoir in the northern forests of Quebec and compared with that of natural islands in two neighbouring lakes. Contrary to predictions that species diversity would be reduced on reservoir islands because of their relatively recent creation, in fact species animal diversity, richness and composition were similar in both island groups. Richness of woody plants on reservoir islands exceeded that on lake island, although the mean age of trees on lake islands was significantly higher than that on reservoir islands. It was suggested that the creation of reservoir islands may change insular pattern of wild fires, and that differences in plant diversity between island groups may have resulted from differences in fire cycle rather than from isolation alone. Animal communities composition, too, might be influenced after a fire, because of the differences in the colonizing capacity of plant and animal species. 42 refs., 4 tabs., 3 figs

  12. More damnation in Quebec

    The controversy over Hydro-Quebec's plan to divert eight more rivers to generate more electricity for export to the United States was discussed. Hydro-Quebec would like to proceed with the projects in order to capitalize on the recently deregulated American energy market. Hydro-Quebec currently produces more electricity than it requires to service domestic demand. Therefore, the majority of the newly generated power will likely be exported. Hydro-Quebec's strategic plan states that it intends to undertake diversion projects in the James Bay region. Critics of the plan argue that developing all of the province's remaining hydroelectric potential would jeopardize the environment and the aboriginal communities of the region. On the other side, Hydro-Quebec maintains that hydroelectric development has not upset the ecological balance in northern Quebec. Several secondary impacts of hydroelectric development were also described. Quebec's newly created Energy Board (Regie de l'energie) will encourage discussions between consumers, industry and environmentalists to debate Quebec's energy issues, as well as oversee and regulate retail prices, exports, investments and investment priorities

  13. Quebec's electricity exports

    In 1987 Hydro-Quebec exported over 16 TWh to New England and New York and it plans to export 3,500 MW of firm power, not interruptible, by the early 2000s. It estimates that the northeast US market has an additional potential of 9,000 MW. The export market has become more difficult than anticipated. The federal/state regulatory framework for electricity generation was changing - it encouraged small scale generation, cogeneration and conservation which decreased demand. Demand for power imports has also been influenced by pricing judgements and avoided costs. Environmental concerns and Native protest have become increasingly important factors affecting future export sales and hence the proposed James Bay developments. Regulatory changes affecting supply and pricing, concerns about continental impacts, about further development of electrical sources together with Native requirements will further complicate the Quebec-US electricity trade. (author)

  14. Hydro-Quebec is profitable

    The pros and cons of the potential privatisation of Hydro-Quebec were discussed. A brief review of charges of less than competent management, low profitability and the corporation's recent administrative restructuring was presented. The general thrust of the argument was that Hydro-Quebec plays a crucial role in the economic development of Quebec, it can be made to be more profitable and that for the good of Quebec it should continue as a public corporation under the control of the provincial government

  15. Doyon report clears Quebec NUGs

    McArthur, D.; Salaff, S.


    In mid-1995 the Parti Quebecois, then in opposition, claimed evidence of influence peddling, international drug money laundering, kickbacks and fraud in Quebec`s independent power program. It also claimed evidence of irregularities at Hydro-Quebec in its procedures for approving hydropower projects. The Liberal Quebec government of the day ordered a public inquiry, led by Quebec superior court judge Francois Doyon. He submitted the Commission`s final report in April 1997. The report exonerated Hydro-Quebec and the province`s independent power industry of any criminal wrong doing regarding their respect for legal and regulatory directives and the `ethical norms and practices` of sound business management. In its 600-plus page report, the Doyon Commission found that while there was a certain lack of administrative rigor which allowed certain Hydro-Quebec executives to put themselves in questionable conflict-of-interest situations, their actions were not illegal. The current Parti Quebecois Government accepted the report and its recommendation concerning tightening conflict-of-interest guidelines. The current Liberal opposition in the National Assembly charged that the conclusions of the Commission were a foregone conclusion since the demand for the inquiry was politically motivated right from the beginning.

  16. Energy in Quebec. 2002 ed.

    Essential statistical information concerning the energy sector in Quebec is presented in this document which offers reliable, recent and operational data with highlights of the most significant trends of the past year. The first part of the document is devoted to the Quebec energy sector as a whole. The data and statistical information make it possible to measure the evolution of total energy demand, its breakdown per consumption sector, and the percentage of each form of energy in the Quebec market. The document also includes a comparison of the energy balance of Quebec with that of other jurisdictions in Canada and other countries of the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD). The evolution of energy prices and an evaluation of economic impacts of the energy sector was included. Special effort was made to include a balance sheet regarding investments in the energy sector, the contribution of the energy industry to the Quebec economy, and the energy intensity gains made. Two indicators related to the environmental effects of energy use, namely the quantity of carbon dioxide and volatile organic compounds emitted in the atmosphere in Quebec through the use of fuel, were included. Only conventional energy sources such as electricity, natural gas and petroleum were considered in the first section of the document. The second part of the document dealt with industries of the energy sector, grouped according to the form of energy used (electricity, petroleum, natural gas and unconventional energy sources). A table depicting their activities, from production to consumption, was provided. Updated figures for global installed wind power energy, hydroelectricity, and electricity consumption were included in this section. The evolution of petroleum production of major producing countries, as well as the evolution of petroleum processed in refineries in Quebec, Ontario and Canada were examined. Finally, a comparison of energy expenditures per household

  17. Hydro-Quebec's environmental policy

    Hydro-Quebec established a new environmental policy on August 1, 1996. A summary of the policy was presented. According to this policy statement the utility undertakes to recognize the environmental implications of its activities and assumes responsibilities for these implications by integrating them into its corporate decision-making processes. The following general principles and means of implementation have been highlighted: (1) sustainable development, (2) strict, responsible environmental management, (3) environmental research, (4) enhancement of activities and facilities, (5) information, consultation and dialogue, and (6) environmental responsibility of Hydro-Quebec personnel, subsidiaries and business partners

  18. Lake

    Wien, Carol Anne


    The lake is blue black and deep. It is a glaciated finger lake, clawed out of rock when ice retracted across Nova Scotia in a northerly direction during the last ice age. The lake is narrow, a little over a mile long, and deep, 90 to 190 feet in places according to local lore, off the charts in others. The author loves to swim there, with a sense…

  19. Hydro Quebec sustainability report 2004 : moving forward

    This report presents Hydro Quebec's environmental, social and economic performance information for 2004. The report discusses the energy needs of Quebec including growth in electricity demand and renewable energy sources, hydroelectricity, major projects in progress, and diversification of generating options. Several sustainable development projects including Eastman-1 project; energy efficiency plan 2005-2010, Ottawa River Watershed, and Fortuna Hydroelectric Development are discussed in greater detail. The report also discusses wind power, thermal generation, nuclear power, cogeneration and biomass, improvements to Hydro Quebec's transmission systems since the 1998 ice storm as well as how Hydro Quebec promotes energy efficiency to curb demand. Lastly, the report discusses Hydro Quebec's responsible actions in the community, its ties with partners, contribution to public wealth and presents Hydro Quebec's compliance with the Global Reporting Initiative (GRI) in a concordance table. tabs., figs

  20. Energy in Quebec. 2001 ed.

    This document gathers the most essential statistics concerning the energy sector in Quebec. The data is recent, reliable and operational. All data is accompanied with analysis that allow the reader to recognize the most significant trends of the past year. The first part of the document covers the energy sector as a whole. The reader finds data and statistics on the evolution of the total energy demand and its distribution by sector of consumption, in addition to the role it represents for Quebec's entire energy sector. A comparison of the energy balance of the province of Quebec and the rest of Canada as well as selected countries from the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development was included, along with the evolution of energy prices and an evaluation of the economic impact of the energy sector. Two indicators related to the environmental effects of energy use, the quantity of carbon dioxide and volatile organic compounds emitted in the atmosphere as a result of energy use, are included in the section devoted to energy consumption. The first part of the document only discusses conventional energy sources, such as electricity, natural gas and petroleum. The second part of the document examines the different industries of the energy sector, divided by the type of energy used, namely electricity, petroleum, natural gas and non-conventional energy sources. An attempt to depict the entire sector accurately is made by discussing the activities concerned, from production to consumption. Some statistical evaluations on non-conventional energy sources are included in this section. Data on the evolution of electric power available by energy source and the power installed by Canadian province is included. Three maps illustrating the total solar radiation in the province of Quebec in June, September, and December for the years 1998, 1999, and 2000 appear in this section. refs., 78 tabs., 83 figs

  1. Photovoltaic energy potential of Quebec

    Results are presented from a study concerning the potential of photovoltaic (PV) energy in Quebec to the year 2010. The different PV applications which are or will be economically viable in Quebec for the study period are identified and evaluated in comparison with the conventional energy sources used for these applications. Two penetration scenarios are proposed. One considers little change at the level of policies established for commercialization of PV sources, and the other considers certain measures which accelerate the implementation of PV technology in certain niches. While the off-grid market is already motivated to adopt PV technology for economic reasons, it is forecast that all encouragement from lowering costs would accelerate PV sales, offering a larger purchasing power to all interested parties. Above all, lowered PV costs would open up the network market. Photovoltaics would have access to a much larger market, which will accelerate changes in the very nature of the industry and bring with it new reductions in the costs of producing PV systems. 5 refs., 1 fig., 7 tabs

  2. Proceedings of the 2. Quebec electricity forum

    Industry leaders from Boralex, Gaz Metropolitain, Hydro-Quebec, SNC-Lavalin, NB Power and others discussed topics related to the electric power industry with particular emphasis on calls for tenders, the impact of the Kyoto Protocol on the electric power industry, the transmission network, environmental impact studies, and the marketing of electricity generated in Quebec. Special guests, including the Quebec Minister of Natural Resources (Energy) and the Vice-Chair of the Ontario Energy Board, also presented the views of their organizations. Twenty-one presentations were made, of which six were indexed separately for inclusion in this database. refs., tabs., figs

  3. Quebec leaps forward with 2 wind projects

    Two 50 MW wind plant projects on the Gaspe Peninsula in Quebec have been rescued by the private production division of Hydro-Quebec, after Kenetech Windpower filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy in the spring of 1996. Hydro-Quebec announced a total expected investment of $360 million, with 2000 jobs. The government wants Hydro-Quebec to study the possibility of offering consumers a special green power rate for wind generated electricity. The project will be built, financed and operated over 25 years in a manner consistent with the plans originally drawn up by Kenetech. If and when completed, the project will be the largest Canadian wind plant and one of the largest in the world

  4. Evaluation Of Organizational Resilience: Application In Quebec

    Catalan, Caroline; Robert, Benoît


    Resilience is a new trend in the field of risk management, especially since the Hyogo Conference of 2005. In Quebec, an initiative was launched to increase the resilience of the essential systems. The four-step methodology developed by the Centre risque & performance is intended to be applied to the essential systems in Quebec. The first two steps have been partially realized and the results have been illustrated. From these results, a first representation of resilience is presented.

  5. Shakespearean dramaturgies in Quebec Shakespearean dramaturgies in Quebec

    Lois Sherlow


    Full Text Available “It is just this which characterizes translation: the fact that it must be perpetually redone. I feel it to be an image of Art itself, of theatrical Art, which is the art of infinite variety. Everything must be played again and again, everything must be taken up and retranslated.” An Interview with Antoine Vitez, “The Duty to Translate.” Since 1980, the theatre of the province of Quebec has been in thegrip of a passion for Shakespeare. During this period, Shakespeare’s texts have often been retranslated and have also been vehicles for radical challenges to theatrical conventions. Best known among these experiments internationally are the productions of director Robert Lepage, among them his Shakespeare cycle (Coriolan, Macbeth, La Tempête performed in Mauberge, France (1992, Japanese versions of Macbeth and The Tempest staged in Tokyo (1993, and, above all, his A Midsummer Night’s Dream (with its infamous ‘mudwrestling’ scenes at the National Theatre, London (1993. “It is just this which characterizes translation: the fact that it must be perpetually redone. I feel it to be an image of Art itself, of theatrical Art, which is the art of infinite variety. Everything must be played again and again, everything must be taken up and retranslated.” An Interview with Antoine Vitez, “The Duty to Translate.” Since 1980, the theatre of the province of Quebec has been in thegrip of a passion for Shakespeare. During this period, Shakespeare’s texts have often been retranslated and have also been vehicles for radical challenges to theatrical conventions. Best known among these experiments internationally are the productions of director Robert Lepage, among them his Shakespeare cycle (Coriolan, Macbeth, La Tempête performed in Mauberge, France (1992, Japanese versions of Macbeth and The Tempest staged in Tokyo (1993, and, above all, his A Midsummer Night’s Dream (with its infamous ‘mudwrestling’ scenes

  6. Quebec-USA electricity export contracts

    Electricity exports from Hydro-Quebec to utilities in the USA significantly affects the economy and environment of Quebec. These exports may be arranged under interconnection agreements to sell excess capacity and production during off-peak periods or under firm sales contracts. Hydro-Quebec exports could also replace power plants that would otherwise be needed in the USA. The economic environment for Hydro-Quebec exports to the USA is reviewed along with the regulatory environment applicable to international trade (General Agreement on Tariffs and Trade, Canada-USA Free Trade Agreement, North American Free Trade Agreement), Quebec (Canadian federal and provincial law), and the USA (federal and state law). A jurisdictional analysis of power export contracts is then presented, citing examples of contracts already signed by Hydro-Quebec with utilities in New York and New England. Contract law and contract provisions are discussed, including common clauses and particular clauses. Suggestions are made for new clauses that would improve the electricity trade. 215 refs., 13 figs., 3 tabs

  7. Diglossie au Quebec, limites et tendances actuelles (Diglossia in Quebec, Its Limits and Tendencies)

    Chantefort, Pierre


    This article shows that the language situation in Quebec cannot be characterized as a diglossic one (as defined by Ferguson) because of the links existing between Standard Canadian French and "joual." Due to political factors, Quebec is moving toward a mixed standard language. (Text is in French.) (CDSH/CLK)

  8. Hydro-Quebec and Quebec society: fifty years of shared history

    An historical overview of Hydro-Quebec, the giant electric utility, and its influence on Quebec society was provided on the occasion of the Corporation's fiftieth anniversary. Its role in Quebec's economic nationalism, especially since the 1960s, and its role and achievements in research through IREQ, the Quebec electricity research institute, were explained. The challenges facing the Corporation in the years to come in terms of meeting growing demands for power, in meeting expectations in terms of their role as the engine of Quebec's economic well-being, environmental concerns, and no less importantly, dealing with native peoples' opposition to further development of lands they claim as their own, were briefly discussed. 6 refs., photos

  9. Quebec in action against climate change; Le Quebec en action contre les changements climatique



    Quebec's commitment to the obligations of the Kyoto Protocol and the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCC) was discussed. Quebec has shown leadership on the Canadian and international scene by making a firm pledge to reduce its share of atmospheric emissions while contributing to the world effort. In 1995, Quebec published its first action plan for the implementation of UNFCC. The action plan focused mainly on stabilizing greenhouse gas emissions (GHGs) in Quebec through the adoption of voluntary measures. Thereafter, in 2000, the government of Quebec set up a second more ambitious action plan to control and reduce its emissions of GHGs. In 2001, Quebec adhered to the New England Governors and Eastern Canadian Premiers Climate Change Action Plan, a concerted gesture by states and provinces to address the climatic change issue.This plan includes all branches of industry and provides a regional base on which participating governments can collaborate. This report described Quebec's performance in the transportation sector. Use of public transit increased by 8 per cent in 5 years, despite a strong competition with cars. Quebec is also a leader in hydroelectricity. As a result, Quebec produces nearly half the GHGs per capita than the Canadian average. In addition, it can offer its citizens stable electricity prices which are amongst the lowest in North America. This report also discussed Quebec's adoptions of energy efficiency measures, wind energy, and GHG reduction technologies that include recycling carbon dioxide; biofuels; electric cars; the Ouranos initiative on climate change and climate change monitoring stations in the Arctic. figs.

  10. Tuberculosis in Quebec: a review of trends

    Alexander Klotz


    Full Text Available The aim of this research was to conduct a thorough review on the literature of tuberculosis in Canada and the Province of Quebec. To achieve this aim, an exhaustive literature review of tuberculosis in the Province of Quebec was undertaken. Data was collected with the goal of creating an epidemiological and public health evidence base to forecast the spread of tuberculosis. A keyword search strategy was used to find relevant articles from the peer-reviewed literature using the electronic search engine PubMed and a search of other relevant federal and provincial government databases. Twenty-nine peer-reviewed publications and twenty government reports containing information about the incidence or prevalence of tuberculosis in the Province of Quebec were included in the analysis. An analysis of the data revealed that while tuberculosis rates have been decreasing in both Canada and Quebec with an overall incidence below 3 per 100,000 of population in 2007, among immigrants and the Inuit communities in Quebec, the incidence and prevalence of the disease still remains high and reached 18 per 100,000 and 100 per 100,000, respectively in 2007. In general, while tuberculosis does not pose a significant burden to the general population, it does continue to affect certain sub-groups disproportionately, including select immigrants and Inuit communities in Quebec. Efforts to ensure that cost-effective healthcare interventions are delivered in a timely fashion should be pursued to reduce the associated morbidity and mortality of tuberculosis in the Province of Quebec.

  11. Radon gas management policy in Quebec

    In the absence of a provincial policy on radon, the 'Direction generale de la sante publique du ministere de la Sante et des Services sociaux du Quebec' (M.S.S.S.) gave the mandate to the 'Institut national de sante publique du Quebec' (I.N.S.P.Q.) to carry out the evaluation of this issue on a provincial scale. The formed working group had the main task to assess health risks associated to residential radon through a risk analysis approach. This article presents the principal aspects treated in the scientific report published in 2004 by this working group. It starts with the description of radon concentrations measured in residences in Quebec. Then it carries out a risk analysis based on one of the models designed by the B.E.I.R. VI Committee. According to this analysis, radon would explain approximately 10% of the deaths by lung cancer, that is approximately 430 of the 4 101 deaths associated each year to this type of cancer in Quebec. Thereafter, it glances at the various intervention strategies implemented throughout the world. It follows the analysis of intervention strategies which are possible for Quebec and the recommendations that the working group drew from this analysis, in particular two of them which were considered to be most promising: the adoption of preventive measures in the Quebec Code of Construction and radon screening in public buildings (schools, day care centres, etc). Lastly, it presents the work carried out at the federal level on the revision of the Canadian guideline which was fixed at 800 Bq/m3 since 1988. The Federal Radioprotection Bureau made a proposal to the Canadian Minister of Health to set the guideline down to 200 Bq/m3. This modification should be announced in the spring 2007. (author)

  12. Hydro-Quebec's Strategic Plan 2002-2006 : summary

    A corporate profile of Hydro-Quebec was presented and the strategy that the utility will adopt for the 2002-2006 period was summarized. The utility plans to maintain its service quality and sustain environmental quality while developing a world class enterprise. Quebec has adopted a heritage pool giving Quebec consumers access to a maximum of 165 TWh of electricity per year at an average commodity rate of 2.79 cents per kilowatt-hour, the lowest rate for such a large amount of energy in North America. Above that volume, supply for the Quebec market will be ensured through competitive bidding, leading to the signing of supply contracts based on market price. Hydro-Quebec's strategy reflects the business opportunities open to Hydro-Quebec given its traditional activities in the province, the restructuring of North American energy markets, and the emergence of Quebec as a major energy hub. The business opportunities come from the fact that demand for electricity in Quebec is growing and from the opening of markets close to Quebec. Investment outlook in hydroelectric generation and transmission also appears to be profitable. It is likely that investment will be needed to build infrastructure. Hydro-Quebec is also working with its qualified workforce to develop a world-class international activity base. tabs., figs

  13. Hydro-Quebec looks to integrated development of Quebec and its regions

    Hydro-Quebec's telecommunication system, the largest private telecommunications network in Canada, was discussed. The network was set up to assure safety and efficiency of the power plants and energy transmission and distribution lines. By the year 2000 Hydro-Quebec will need electronic links with all its industrial, commercial and residential customers in order to guarantee competitive service and full customer satisfaction. Investments of about one half billion dollars have been earmarked to boost the capacity of their telecommunications grid and meet steadily growing needs. As a result of the very difficult negotiations to resolve the native land claims issue, Hydro-Quebec was forced to adapt a strict and far-reaching environmental policy, which is now beginning to pay off not only in environmental terms, but also in terms of goodwill among actual and prospective customers. As a result of these huge infrastructure projects Hydro Quebec will be in a position to guarantee people access to energy at a price that is among the lowest in the world. Although demand growth could slow, demand itself will not wane. As part of this overall strategy, Hydro-Quebec plans to defer large-scale projects, instead, for the foreseeable future it will concentrate on smaller power plants, some of which could be built on rivers that have already been tamed

  14. Hydro-Quebec environmental performance report - 1997

    Hydro-Quebec recognizes the environmental implications of its activities and assumes responsibilities for these implications by integrating them into decision-making processes. This report reviews Hydro-Quebec's 1997 performance in the field of environmental protection and sustainable development. The following is a partial list of activities that received special mention: (1) decentralization of environmental expertise to business units, (2) start on implementation of an environmental management system throughout the Utility, (3) participation in IEA activities relating to hydroelectricity and the environment, (4) inauguration of the first two hazardous material recovery centres for the management of hazardous wastes, (5) organization, in collaboration with Bell Canada, of a seminar on internal environmental assessment, and (6) introduction, by the TransEnergie division, of new operating methods which entail conducting environmental and technical audits simultaneously. tabs., figs

  15. Human genetics: lessons from Quebec populations.

    Scriver, C R


    The population of Quebec, Canada (7.3 million) contains approximately 6 million French Canadians; they are the descendants of approximately 8500 permanent French settlers who colonized Nouvelle France between 1608 and 1759. Their well-documented settlements, internal migrations, and natural increase over four centuries in relative isolation (geographic, linguistic, etc.) contain important evidence of social transmission of demographic behavior that contributed to effective family size and population structure. This history is reflected in at least 22 Mendelian diseases, occurring at unusually high prevalence in its subpopulations. Immigration of non-French persons during the past 250 years has given the Quebec population further inhomogeneity, which is apparent in allelic diversity at various loci. The histories of Quebec's subpopulations are, to a great extent, the histories of their alleles. Rare pathogenic alleles with high penetrance and associated haplotypes at 10 loci (CFTR, FAH, HBB, HEXA, LDLR, LPL, PAH, PABP2, PDDR, and SACS) are expressed in probands with cystic fibrosis, tyrosinemia, beta-thalassemia, Tay-Sachs, familial hypercholesterolemia, hyperchylomicronemia, PKU, oculopharyngeal muscular dystrophy, pseudo vitamin D deficiency rickets, and spastic ataxia of Charlevoix-Saguenay, respectively) reveal the interpopulation and intrapopulation genetic diversity of Quebec. Inbreeding does not explain the clustering and prevalence of these genetic diseases; genealogical reconstructions buttressed by molecular evidence point to founder effects and genetic drift in multiple instances. Genealogical estimates of historical meioses and analysis of linkage disequilibrium show that sectors of this young population are suitable for linkage disequilibrium mapping of rare alleles. How the population benefits from what is being learned about its structure and how its uniqueness could facilitate construction of a genomic map of linkage disequilibrium are discussed

  16. The gasoline retail market in Quebec

    A comprehensive study of the current status of the gasoline market in Quebec was presented. The study includes: (1) a review of the evolution of the retail market since the 1960s, (2) the development of a highly competitive sales environment, (3) a discussion of governmental interventions in the retail sales of gasoline, and (4) a discussion of the problems associated with the imposition of a minimum gasoline price. The low increase in demand for gasoline in Quebec since the 1980s has led to a considerable restructuring of the gasoline market. Consumers have little loyalty to specific brands but seek the lowest prices or prefer the outlets that offer the widest variety of associated services such as convenience stores, fast-food and car washes. Gasoline has clearly become a commodity in Quebec. An econometric model of gasoline price adjustments for the Montreal and Toronto urban areas and a summary of government interventions in the retail marketing of gasoline in Canada and the USA are included as appendices. tabs

  17. Preliminary evaluation of a lake whitefish (Coregonus clupeaformis) bioenergetics model

    Madenjian, Charles P.; Pothoven, Steven A.; Schneeberger, Philip J.; O'Connor, Daniel V.; Brandt, Stephen B.


    We conducted a preliminary evaluation of a lake whitefish (Coregonus clupeaformis) bioenergetics model by applying the model to size-at-age data for lake whitefish from northern Lake Michigan. We then compared estimates of gross growth efficiency (GGE) from our bioenergetis model with previously published estimates of GGE for bloater (C. hoyi) in Lake Michigan and for lake whitefish in Quebec. According to our model, the GGE of Lake Michigan lake whitefish decreased from 0.075 to 0.02 as age increased from 2 to 5 years. In contrast, the GGE of lake whitefish in Quebec inland waters decreased from 0.12 to 0.05 for the same ages. When our swimming-speed submodel was replaced with a submodel that had been used for lake trout (Salvelinus namaycush) in Lake Michigan and an observed predator energy density for Lake Michigan lake whitefish was employed, our model predicted that the GGE of Lake Michigan lake whitefish decreased from 0.12 to 0.04 as age increased from 2 to 5 years.

  18. Hydro-Quebec : annual report 1998 : for today and tomorrow

    Hydro-Quebec is a publicly owned company with a single shareholder, the Quebec government. In 1998, the utility had over 31,400 MW in installed capacity, ranking it among North America's largest distributors of electrical energy. This report provides a review of progress and financial highlights including revenue, expenditure, financial expenses, net income, total assets, long term debt, shareholder's equity and the overall financial position of the utility. In 1998 sales totaled 161.4 TWh, with Quebec markets accounting for more than 88 percent and sales, outside Quebec accounting for 11.5 per cent. Three factors related to weather impacted the utility in 1998. The first was mild weather which brought down domestic and agricultural power consumption by 3 TWh compared with the average recorded in the past half-century. The second was low precipitation which caused Hydro-Quebec to turn to means other than hydroelectric generation to supply power to Quebec customers. These included start-up generation of the Tracy thermal generating station, reduction of sales on short-term markets outside Quebec, and electricity purchases on external markets. The third factor was the ice storm of January 1998, which caused significant damage to part of Hydro-Quebec's transmission and distribution systems. Throughout the year, Hydro-Quebec worked in reinforcing its power lines to prevent repetition of the devastation that occurred during the ice storm. In spite of the events of January 1998, the Utility remains committed to the growth and profitability orientations laid out in its Strategic Plan for 1998-2002. Significant progress was made in consolidating the Utility's position in international markets. Productive partnerships have been established with the Quebec Federation of Labour Solidarity Fund, and with Gaz de France. A network of international partners in a score of countries also has been developed. Hydro-Quebec has completed most of its preparations for Year 2000 readiness

  19. Management of the mercury issue at the La Grande hydroelectric complex, Quebec, Canada

    Mercury concentrations in all fish species was found to increase rapidly following the flooding of the reservoirs at the La Grande hydroelectric complex in northern Quebec. The mercury concentrations peaked after 5 to 9 years in non-piscivorous fishes, and after 10 to 13 years in piscivorous species. After that, mercury declined significantly and consistently. Peak concentrations were 3 to 7 times higher than in natural lakes. Nineteen years after flooding, the concentrations in the non-piscivorous species returned to the same levels as in natural lakes. For the piscivorous species, natural concentrations were reached between 20 and 30 years after flooding. This presentation described the success of a program that was initiated to reduce the health risks associated with mercury exposure in fish. The program included the James Bay Mercury Agreement; a study of the source and fate of mercury in northern Quebec; monitoring mercury levels in fish and of Cree exposure to mercury; public information campaigns; and, fish consumption advisories

  20. Using energy to build the Quebec of tomorrow : Quebec energy strategy 2006-2015 : summary

    A summary of Quebec's energy strategy was presented. The principal objective of the strategy is to strengthen energy supply security, while making better use of energy as a lever for economic development. The strategy prioritized the development of hydro-electricity, wind energy potential, hydrocarbon reserves, and the diversification of natural gas supplies. Greater communication between government agencies, local communities and First Nations groups was recommended. Energy efficiency measures were outlined. The strategy emphasized Quebec's future role as a leader in the sustainable development field. It was stated that electricity rates will be set at a level that promotes the interests of Quebec while ensuring proper management of resources, improved price signals and customer protection. Orientations and priority actions to achieve the strategy's objectives include: (1) resumption and acceleration of developing hydroelectric potential through a variety of new projects totalling 4500 MW within the next 5 years, (2) the exploitation of Quebec's estimated 4000 MW of potential wind power, (3) increasing the overall energy efficiency target by a factor of 8 compared to current targets to allow for $2.5 billion in annual savings for consumers, (4) supporting and promoting innovation financed through part of the levy garnered on all forms of energy with a particular priority on biomass energy development, (5) developing the oil and gas resources in the Gulf of St. Lawrence and estuary, and (6) responding more effectively to the predicament of low-income households.

  1. International Briefing 28: Training and Development in Quebec

    Foucher, Roland; Hassi, Abderrahman


    This briefing examines training and development (T&D) in Quebec, one of 10 provinces and three territories that make up Canada. Quebec has three distinguishing characteristics that encourage analysis of its T&D separately from that of Canada as a whole. First, it is the only North American region with a majority francophone population. Second,…

  2. [Psychiatry in Quebec. Then and now].

    Lalonde, Pierre


    This text narrates the evolution, since the 1960s, of different events that marked the history of psychiatry in the French-Canadian province of Quebec. From his personal experience, the author discusses. The evolution of the Départment de psychiatric de l'Université de Montréal fro where were issued more than 1000 psychiatrists who shaped clinical practice and research developments worthy of mention throughout the years. The evolution of diagnostic noselogy from the DSM-ii, very influenced by psychoanalysis, to the DSM-5 that is more atheortical, but that is still not based on objective data, which remains a challenge to the etiology of mental illness. The psychiatric drugs that we have learned to prescribe in the past 50 years in a more rational way thanks to a better understanding of their action mechanisms. In reality, there has been no discovery of new drug categories; rather it is the way we prescribe medication that evolved. The great adventure of the first textbook of Quebec psychiatry, which was first published in 1980, and is forthcoming in its 4th edition in 2015 in an improved and expanded format. The forthcoming version takes into consideration the developments in psychiatry. The creation of the Young Adults Clinic in 1988, providing treatment and rehabilitation to young adults in the early stages of schizophrenia, as well as psychoeducational support and information to heir family members. Through the years, this clinic had a considerable acknowledgement in Quebec and other French-speaking nations. PMID:26559212

  3. The development of the wind power industry in Quebec

    This analysis examined the current situation of wind power development in the province of Quebec and presented a qualitative assessment of the economic repercussions in terms of employment, investments and environmental and social impacts. The development of the wind power industry in Quebec gained momentum in 2003 when the provincial government expressed support for fast growth of wind power. In response, Hydro-Quebec launched an invitation to interested stakeholders to tender for 1000 MW of wind power projects to be installed between 2006 and 2012. The invitation was a great success, with more than 4000 MW of projects filed. The average price of the selected offers was 6.5 cents per kWh for 990 MW in 8 projects. The economic repercussions related to construction of wind farms in the Gaspe was discussed along with indirect and induced economic repercussions for suppliers and subcontractors in the entire province. It was noted that Quebec is already a leader in the field of electricity and wind energy consultation. Stimulated by these successes, the government of Quebec recently raised its target for wind power development to 2,500 MW. Therefore, taking into account the wind developments already supported by Hydro-Quebec, the installed wind capacity in Quebec is expected to reach more than 4000 MW by 2015, with an investment by the wind power industry of more than 5.8 billion dollars. The wind power industry is expected to generate 45,000 direct or indirect jobs for more than a 20 year period. Presently, the government of Quebec supports the establishment of a local wind market to promote free competition, energy diversity, and coexistence of key players. As its international support mechanism, Quebec chose to integrate regional economic development criteria with the price of electricity. In the long term, the wind industry could constitute a key element in Quebec's sustainable energy development plan. 9 refs., 1 tab

  4. Ambient air quality in Lower Town Quebec

    A municipal waste incinerator near Lower Town Quebec has been identified as a major source of air pollution, notably emissions of dioxins, furans, nitrogen oxides (NOx), volatile organic matter (VOC) and polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAH). Combustion fumes contain gases such as carbon monoxide (CO), carbon dioxide (CO2) and sulphur dioxide (SO2), as well as dusts, fly ash and particulate matter that is easily airborne. The risks associated with poor air quality have been evaluated along with the effects of pollutants on young children, pregnant women, senior citizens and those with cardiac problems. Some studies have reported that exposure to NOx may cause lung cancer and certain VOCs can irritate the respiratory tract system. Air quality tests have also revealed the presence of mercury. In combination, all these pollutants create smog. The concrete actions that have been taken to address smog issues were discussed. The distance between the incinerator and different residential areas within Lower Town Quebec have been measured along with air quality. Health risks were found to be higher in areas closer to the incinerator. Major modifications have been recommended in order to reduce pollution emissions from the incinerator. These include modernizing the equipment, installing proper scrubbers, and to ultimately the close the incinerator if it continues to underperform. refs., tabs., figs

  5. Hydro-Quebec and energy efficiency

    There is growing awareness that energy efficiency is both profitable and environmentally beneficial. In this year's Development Plan, Hydro-Quebec is proposing an Energy Efficiency Project made up of marketing programs designed for all markets throughout the final decade of the 20th century. This Project will have two aspects: energy efficiency and consumption management. Hydro-Quebec aims to reach an energy-efficiency level of 12.9 terawatt hours per year by 1999, fully 55% of its 23-terawatt hour potential. Over the next 10 years the utility intends to spend $1.8 billion for this purpose. Cumulative anticipated energy savings should be in the vicinity of 70 terawatt hours for the coming decade, and more than 130 terawatt hours for the first decade of the next century. Of the overall goal of 12.9 terawatt hours for Horizon 1999, energy savings of 9.0 terawatt hours should be the direct result of this year's proposed marketing programs, and will account for the bulk of anticipated investments. The remaining 3.9 terawatt hours will be gained as customers acquire better electrical appliance and accessory (household appliances, home insulation) buying habits

  6. Hydro-Quebec annual report 1995

    Progress in providing services, in financial and human relations management aspects, and future outlook for Hydro-Quebec was summarized in the 1995 annual report. Environmental policy of the Corporation was updated to reflect international concepts of sustainable development and environment management. A program was launched to remove, recycle and eliminate contaminants. Although generating systems will not be expanded between 1997 and the year 2000, existing generating facilities will be revitalized to improve their capacity and performance. As part of aggressive marketing of surplus capacity abroad, the creation during the past year of the first U.S. subsidiary, HQ Energy Services, was announced. Net income for the year was reported at $390 million, decreased by $277 million since 1994, due to financial pressure created by the commissioning of installations, including those at Phase II of the La Grande complex, and the slowdown in electricity sales in Quebec. A net income of close to $500 million was forecast for 1996. To achieve this target the Corporation announced plans to reduce operating expenses, an exercise which will include staff reductions and a wage freeze. tabs., figs

  7. Hydro-Quebec strategic plan 2006-2010

    Hydro-Quebec produces, transmits and distributes electricity through the use of renewable energy sources, particularly hydroelectricity. It also conducts research in energy related fields. This document listed the strategic plan for Hydro-Quebec's 4 main divisions: Hydro-Quebec Production, Hydro-Quebec TransEnergie, Hydro-Quebec Distribution and Hydro-Quebec Energy Society of Bay James. The 2006 to 2010 strategic plan continues to focus on 3 main priorities: energy efficiency; complementary development of hydroelectricity and wind power; and, technological innovation. Hydro-Quebec's objectives also include strengthening the security of Quebec's energy supply and making use of energy as a lever for economic development. The plan for Hydro-Quebec Production calls for accelerating the development of major hydroelectric projects and promoting other renewable forms of energy such as wind power and ensuring the efficiency and reliability of the generating fleet. The utility's objective is to reach 4.7 TWh in energy savings by 2010 and to work toward a target of 8 TWh by 2015. The plan also involves a portfolio of hydroelectric projects totaling 5,400 MW. The plan includes complementary development and integration of 4,000 MW of windpower by 2015. The plan for Hydro-Quebec TransEnergie calls for system reliability and becoming a world benchmark for quality and reliability in wind power integration and deployment of new technologies to enhance performance. The plan for Hydro-Quebec Distribution calls for more efficient use of electricity, increase customer satisfaction and meet electricity needs through the use of renewable energy sources. The utility has made a commitment for 2006 to 2010 to a net income of $2.5 billion per year for a total of $12.5 billion, and a capital investment of 19.4 billion. This paper outlined the contribution of each division to net income and listed the economic benefits for the 2006 to 2010 period. In 2006, the Quebec Energy Board authorized

  8. Perceptions of the Quebec population regarding the development of the electric power industry in Quebec

    In March 2000 the Association de l'industrie electrique du Quebec hired the strategic marketing firm of Leger and Leger to conduct a survey of the Quebec population with the following three objectives in mind: (1) to evaluate the general opinion of the Quebec population regarding the development of new hydroelectric projects, (2) to determine the public opinion regarding the exportation of electricity, and (3) to evaluate the public opinion regarding certain hydroelectric projects that were already underway. 1000 adults were polled. It was determined that a large majority (84.2 per cent) of Quebecers are in favour of new hydroelectric development in the province as long as certain conditions are respected, such as maintaining jobs and not incurring an increase in the price of electricity. It was also determined that Quebecers are under the impression that the province exports much more electricity than it actually does. 66 per cent of the population believe that the province is exporting more than 20 per cent of its electric power production outside of the province. In reality, the province exports on average 10 per cent of its production. 71.5 per cent of Quebecers agree to new projects of exportation as long as the projects do not decrease the capacity for the province to fulfill its own power needs. In terms of environmental perceptions, hydroelectric power is considered to be the second least polluting source of energy both from an air pollution and visual pollution point of view. 72.6 per cent of the people said that hydro produces less greenhouse gases than electricity produced by natural gas or coal. Also 83.4 per cent recognized that hydro is a renewable resource. In general, the people surveyed were also in agreement with the development of new transmission lines. 86.8 per cent agreed with the construction of a transmission line between the Laurentians and the Outaouais. The polls are accurate to 3.1 per cent precision 19 times out of 20. tabs., figs

  9. Hydro-Quebec MED (Diametric Expansion Measurement)

    This paper describes a method for measuring the diametral expansion of the pressure tubes at Gentilly-2 nuclear generating station. The aim is to describe the solutions, the calibration tools, and the analytical methods developed for the project. To measure the diametral expansion of the pressure tubes, Hydro-Quebec modified the SLARette device and integrated a new module called MED. The measurement system is made up of three parts: 1. An inspection head, the MED (Hydro-Quebec) module, which has five ultrasonic probes that determine the distance between the inspections head and pressure tube. Measurements are always done under water and they are used to determine the diameter and thickness of the pressure tubes. 2. Tomoscan III acquisition system by R/D Tech to scan the five probes and save the data in an A-scan file. 3. An Analytical software: LogaMED (Hydro-Quebec). The advanced delivery machine (ADM) equipped with a SLARette device is primarily an axial inspection system. The ADM and SLARette device are not capable of performing an axial/rotational inspection and have no centering system. However, measuring the diametral creep requires spiral scanning and a centered tool. A method that would allow the walls of the tubes to be measured in an uncentered way and to recalculate the diameters as if the device were centered has been designed. An automatic analytical software program (LogaMED) was designed to perform the calculation. LogaMED reads A-scan file data and provides the user with information on diameter and thickness. Two methods can be used to determine the diameter. The first consists in moving lengthwise through the tube. Several passes can be done at different angles and the results compiled in LogaMED. The second method is used to measure the diameter at every angle with an angular displacement (3600 rotation). Two of the main problems that had to be resolved were the calibration of the calculation parameters and the determination of measurement

  10. Quebec residential electricity demand: a microeconometric approach

    An economic analysis of Quebec residential electricity demand was studied by micro-simulation models. These structural models describe all components which lead to decisions upon durable holdings and electric appliance usage. The demand for space and water heating systems was evaluated. Recent price change in favour of energy sources other than electricity were taken into account. Price and income elasticity ratios were found to be low, as expected when estimating short term use. The role played by socio-economic variables on the choice of space-water heating systems and electricity use was also examined. Recent conversions have indicated a trend toward preference by households in favour of natural gas or oil over electricity. 18 refs., 5 tabs., 1 fig

  11. Electricity/natural gas competition in Quebec

    The evolution of energy market shares (electricity, natural gas and oil products) in Quebec's residential and commercial sectors in the 1980s shows that energy source relative prices have influenced consumer behavior as expected. A set of comparisons from space and water heating markets in these sectors with regard to prices paid by consumers and costs incurred by society in general is presented. For the residential sector, it is seen that consumers pay only a fraction of the cost for electric space and water heating; the same service could be provided at smaller cost by natural gas. For the commercial sector, the electricity and natural gas tariffs convey the appropriate message with respect to the cost incurred in providing the service. 6 refs., 7 tabs

  12. The implications of the nuclear option in Quebec

    Quebec depends on fossil fuels which come from outside Quebec for its energy supply. It has available significant hydraulic resources, but they should be totally harnessed within 30 years; therefore, other energy sources must be found. The nuclear route can provide a way for Quebec to meet its future needs. From the technical, economic, security of supply, and side benefit points of view, the recourse to nuclear seems reasonable and even advantageous. From a socio-political point of view, however, the risks inherent in the use of nuclear energy are extremely important and need well-informed public discussion. In the meantime Quebec ought to stress the other sources that are available (hydroelectricity) or likely to be available (Canadian gas) while these sources can still be used at a reasonable price

  13. Times are changing, Hydro-Quebec multiplies its assets

    Hydro-Quebec''s advance into the North American and world multi-energy market began with the purchase of an interest in the natural gas holding company Noverco, a commercial partnership with Gaz de France, and marketing agreements with Enron and Trigen in the United States. Hydro-Quebec, the world''s sixth largest electric utility, aims to become a multi-energy enterprise selling not only electricity, but also natural gas, oil and certain renewable forms of energy. Currently, Hydro-Quebec is licensed to make border sales of electricity at regulated prices. Through the US Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC), Hydro-Quebec will be able also to sell electricity through wholesale spot contracts with electricity marketers such as Trigen and Enron

  14. Financial profile of Hydro-Quebec : 1998-2001

    Hydro-Quebec is a publicly owned company with a single shareholder, the Quebec government. It is ranked among North America's largest distributors of green energy. This report provides financial highlights including revenue, expenditure, net income, total assets, long term debt, shareholder's equity and the financial position of the utility. Operating statistics are also provided. This includes electricity sold both in and out of Quebec, total installed capacity, peak requirements for winter, total number of customer accounts, and the number of permanent employees. Because of the January ice storm, Hydro-Quebec's major priority in 1998 was to reinforce its transmission and distribution system to meet customer expectations. From February to December 1998, about 3,000 km of line were built, rebuilt or consolidated. By 2001, the utility will have looped several of its high-voltage transmission systems. Plans are also underway to build four new high-voltage lines and an interconnection with Ontario, using advanced technologies. tabs., figs

  15. The secret of business success in Quebec : its transparency!

    The role of La Federation Canadienne de l'Entreprise Independante, a non-partisan, not public-funded organization was presented. Members of the Federation are from various economic sectors, covering all regions in Quebec. It participates in Quebec's La Regie de l'energie's review processes and activities, and raises questions as issues arise. Its role constitutes one of the better methods in supervising tender invitation process to ensure regulations are followed to achieve transparency. (author)

  16. Contribution to Quebec's economic development: Development plan 1993

    The activities of Hydro-Quebec are analyzed from the standpoint of their contribution to economic development and their support of regional development. The structuring effects of Hydro-Quebec's electricity supply activities are described, specifically the utility's role as an employer and an important agent of economic development by virtue of its purchasing power. The role played by research and development activities in the technological development of Quebec is discussed along with the contribution of those activities to new industrial developments. Finally, the impacts of electricity use on industrial development are considered. An analysis is presented of Hydro-Quebec's marketing activities and the options they afford. These marketing activities are aimed mainly at supporting economic development. The availability of reasonably priced electricity enhances the competitiveness of all industrial sectors, especially those for which electricity is a factor in siting. Furthermore, Hydro-Quebec can use its marketing activities to reinforce this comparative advantage. Hydro-Quebec can also support regional development by decentralizing operations, standardizing rates, and extending its marketing activities to the regions. 2 tabs

  17. Hydro-Quebec International : taking up the challenges of globalization

    With the ever increasing demand for electricity, it is estimated that the world''s electrical generating capacity will grow by about 1,000,000 MW over the next eight years. This represents a 40 per cent increase over today''s capacity. Hydro-Quebec is determined to stake its place in international markets and to maximize the profits from the strong expertise gained during the construction of Quebec''s major electric facilities. The venture into international markets is primarily a commercial strategy. To that effect, Hydro-Quebec plans to invest up to $300 million in international projects around the world so that after five years it can have major interests and assets totaling $12 billion or more. China, North Africa and the Middle East are some of the market that Hydro-Quebec wishes to enter in the years ahead. The Eastern European and Southeast Asian markets are also worthy of interest. It was pointed out that Hydro-Quebec is not the only large electric utility turning to world market to pursue its growth. French, Spanish and American companies are also presently investing billions of dollars in the world market

  18. Hydro-Quebec proudly celebrates 50 years of service


    The history of the electric utility Hydro-Quebec is reviewed from its creation in 1944 as the Hydroelectric Commission of Quebec. The utility inherited an installed capacity of 696 MW and it first went about standardizing electricity supply conditions and establishing equal rates in the Montreal area. It began major construction projects in the mid-1950s with the Bersimis and Carillon hydroelectric plants. By 1962, installed capacity reached 3,657 MW. In 1963, Hydro-Quebec bought 10 private electricity distribution companies, 45 cooperatives, and a series of private or municipal systems. In 1965, the utility commissioned the world's first 735-kV transmission line. In 1967, Hydro-Quebec opened its research institute, and another laboratory specializing in electrotechnologies was opened in 1987. The 1970s were noted for the James Bay hydroelectric projects, the development of which was eventually governed by the landmark James Bay and Northern Quebec Agreement of 1975. Electricity exports greatly expanded in the 1970s and early 1980s as larger hydroelectric projects came on stream. Challenges of the 1990s include service quality, environmental issues, energy efficiency, and conservation. Hydro-Quebec's Energy Efficiency Project has a target of annual savings of 9.3 TWh by the year 2000. Energy efficiency and power system upgrading are priorities for serving future customer needs. Hydro-Quebec continues to promote hydroelectric power as the cheapest, most environmentally benign form of energy and future generating stations in progress include phase II of the LaGrande complex (to be completed 1996). 2 figs.

  19. Earthquake-induced liquefaction in Ferland, Quebec

    Detailed geological investigations are under way at a number of liquefaction sites in the Ferland-Boilleau valley, Quebec, where sand boils, ground cracks and liquefaction-related damages to homes were documented immediately following the Ms=6.0, Mblg=6.5 Saguenay earthquake of November 25, 1988. To date, results obtained from these subsurface investigations of sand boils at two sites in Ferland, located about 26 km from the epicentre, indicate that: the Saguenay earthquake induced liquefaction in late-Pleistocene and Holocene sediments which was recorded as sand dikes, sills and vents in near-surface sediments and soils; earthquake-induced liquefaction and ground failure have occurred in this area at least three times in the past 10,000 years; and, the size and morphology of liquefaction features and the liquefaction susceptibility of source layers of the features may be indicative of the intensity of ground shaking. These preliminary results are very promising and suggest that with continued research liquefaction features will become a useful tool in glaciated terrains, such as northeastern North America, for determining not only the timing and location but also the size of past earthquakes

  20. Mercury contamination in northern Quebec: State of the situation and role of the James Bay Mercury Committee

    The James Bay Mercury Committee has the responsibility of implementing the Convention on Mercury adopted by the Quebec Government, Hydro-Quebec, and the Cree people living in the area near James Bay affected by mercury contamination in Hydro-Quebec reservoirs. The Convention program includes activities which are reviewed in the areas of environmental research and monitoring, impact studies, and development of remedial measures. Environmental monitoring results obtained in 1992 show that in the LG-2 reservoir, mercury levels in most of the fish species captured remain higher than in the natural environment. Downstream from the LG-2 dam, lake whitefish and longnose sucker have higher mercury levels than those in the LG-2 reservoir. In more recently constructed reservoirs, such as Caniapiscau, mercury levels have stabilized in non-piscivorous fish but continue to rise in the northern pike. Environmental research conducted includes an experimental study of methylation in the Experimental Lakes Area (Ontario), an evaluation of health indicators of methylmercury exposure in mink, improvement of analytical methods, and modelling of mercury flux in reservoirs. In recent studies of mercury exposure among the Cree, mercury concentrations in hair have stabilized to levels having no risk for most people. The first phase of an epidemiological study of mercury toxicity among the Cree has been completed, indicating that a reference population of sufficient size exists at Chisasibi and Wemindji to determine the health consequences, if any, of long-term mercury exposure. A socioeconomic survey of Cree affected by mercury contamination was also conducted, and a mitigation program was established for communities affected by the LaGrade complex. 13 refs., 3 figs

  1. Nutrient signature of Quebec (Canada cranberry (Vaccinium macrocarpon Ait.

    Sébastien Marchand


    Full Text Available Fertilizer recommendations for cranberry crops are guided by plant and soil tests. However, critical tissue concentration ranges used for diagnostic purposes are inherently biased by nutrient interactions and physiological age. Compositional data analysis using isometric log ratios (ilr of nutrients as well as time detrending can avoid numerical biases. The objective was to derive unbiased nutrient signature standards for cranberry in Quebec and compare those standards to literature data. Field trials were conducted during 3 consecutive years with varying P treatments at six commercial sites in Quebec. Leaf tissues were analyzed for N, P, K, Ca, Mg, B, Cu, Zn, Mn and Fe. The analytical results were transformed into ilr nutrient balances of parts and groups of parts. High-yield reference ilr values were computed for cranberry yielding greater than 35 Mg ha-1. Many cranberry fields appeared to be over-supplied with K and either under-supplied with Mn or over-supplied with Fe as shown by their imbalanced [K | Ca, Mg] and [Mn | Fe] ratios. Nutrient concentration ranges from Maine and Wisconsin, USA, were combined into ilr values to generate ranges of balances. It was found that these nutrient ranges were much too broad for application in Quebec or outside the Quebec ranges for the [Ca | Mg] and the [Mn | Fe] balances, that were lower compared to those of high yielding cranberry crops in Quebec.

  2. Quebec energy development in a sustainable development context; Le developpement energetique du Quebec dans un contexte de developpement durable

    Laplatte, Benjamin; Bourque, Francis; Granger, Francois P.


    Quebec is a net importer of oil and it is clear that the reduction of its dependence with regards to hydrocarbons must be a main preoccupation. Moreover, the energy consumption per habitant of Quebec is higher than that of the majority of the other developed countries. This analysis looks at the choice on offer to the society of the province of Quebec, in terms of energy resources and technologies of today and tomorrow, in a context of sustainable development. [French] Le Quebec est un importateur net de petrole et il est clair que la reduction de sa dependance a l'egard des hydrocarbures doit etre une preoccupation de premier plan. De plus, la consommation energetique par habitant du Quebec est plus elevee que celle de la majorite des autres pays developpes. La presente analyse adresse les choix qui s'offrent a la societe quebecoise, en matiere de ressources et de technologies de l'energie d'aujourd'hui et de demain, dans un contexte de developpement durable.

  3. 16-hour call duty schedules: the Quebec experience.

    Dussault, Charles; Saad, Nathalie; Carrier, Johanne


    Since 1 July 2012, as a result of a labour arbitration ruling in the province of Quebec and the subsequent agreement negotiated by the Fédération des médecins résidents du Québec, all 3,400 medical residents training in Quebec have been on a 16-hour duty schedule for in-house calls. This is a major change within medical teaching sites, as well as a professional and educational challenge for physicians-in-training and their supervisors. The Quebec ruling now raises similar issues for all medical residents in Canada because of its legal basis, namely the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms. PMID:25559990

  4. Accredited shares for stimulating oil and gas exploration in Quebec

    Recent tax credits that were introduced in the 1996-1997 Quebec budget to stimulate oil and gas exploration in the province were summarized. The accredited shares program allows individuals who invest in oil and gas explorations ventures in Quebec to deduct 100% and 175% respectively, of their investments at the federal and provincial levels. The allowable provincial deduction was increased from 125% to 175% to further encourage investment in the geological, geochemical and geophysical exploration for gas and oil reservoirs in Quebec. Costs associated with drilling exploration, temporary road access development and well-head preparation will also be allowed. Geological studies have indicated four important sedimentary basins in the province that have high potential for hydrocarbon reservoirs. These are the St.Lawrence Lowlands, the Gaspesie district, the Anticosti district and the St. Lawrence Gulf. 1 tab., 1 fig

  5. Del miedo a la traducción en Quebec

    Sanz, Amelia


    El artículo estudia el papel de los diferentes productores de la traducción literaria (instituciones y políticas culturales, editores y traductores, exigencias del mercado) en la definición de la identidad del Quebec frente al desafío multicultural de las últimas décadas. A partir de métodos empíricos, basados en datos recogidos de las propias instituciones y entrevistas con los actores de las operaciones traductoras, se explica el escaso número de traducciones literarias en Quebec, los resul...

  6. Net greenhouse gas emissions at Eastmain-1 reservoir, Quebec, Canada

    Tremblay, Alain; Bastien, Julie; Bonneville, Marie-Claude; del Giorgio, Paul; Demarty, Maud; Garneau, Michelle; Helie, Jean-Francois; Pelletier, Luc; Prairie, Yves; Roulet, Nigel; Strachan, Ian; Teodoru, Cristian


    The growing concern regarding the long-term contribution of freshwater reservoirs to atmospheric greenhouse gases (GHG), led Hydro-Quebec, to study net GHG emissions from Eastmain 1 reservoir, which are the emissions related to the creation of a reservoir minus those that would have been emitted or absorbed by the natural systems over a 100-year period. This large study was realized in collaboration with University du Quebec a Montreal, McGill University and Environnement IIlimite Inc. This is a world premiere and the net GHG emissions of EM-1 will be presented in details.

  7. Fish habitat considerations associated with hydro-electric developments in Quebec region

    Alternative approaches for evaluating the effects of 2 large Hydro Quebec proposed facilities on fish habitats were presented. The proposed projects will convert long stretches of river into water reservoirs and reduce the flow in the rivers below the impoundments for parts of the year. Rivers will be transformed into water reservoirs upstream by the dams, and a moderately large river will be transformed downstream into a much smaller river with a regulated flow. Productive capacity of fish populations is difficult to measure in large water bodies, and complications in the evaluation process have posed problems in the application of a traditional no-net-loss policy. It was suggested that estimates of biomass and productivity should be obtained from established methods of electrofishing combined with maps of the river and stream characteristics. For lakes and reservoirs, biomass and production will be estimated from models using a morphoedaphic index and measures of lake reservoir areas. Productivity will be partitioned among species according to surveys of existing lakes and reservoirs. It was also proposed that mitigation and compensation should be considered on a case-by-case basis related to importance of impact on fish production; geographic range of the impacts; regional fisheries management objectives for commercial, recreational, and subsistence fisheries and biodiversity conservation. Special attention will be given to listed species such as Atlantic salmon and lake sturgeon. Additional field sampling was recommended in areas impacted by the developments. Concerns about the technical methods used in sampling and monitoring data were reviewed, as well as issues concerning protected and unprotected species. It was suggested that predictive models of fish population characteristics will need to be parameterized for temperature ranges associated with the projects. It was noted that habitat suitability index methods do not consider the ecological flexibility

  8. Quebec industry and climatic changes : Quebec Industry Working Group on Climatic Changes

    Global climatic change is a phenomenon greatly influenced by greenhouse gas emissions resulting from human activity and the natural greenhouse effect necessary to sustain life on the planet. Carbon dioxide emissions in the atmosphere now exceed the levels prior to the industrial revolution by 31 per cent. Half of this increase occurred during the past 30 years, while the average temperature increased by 0.3 to 0.6 degrees C. By using climate change models, scientists have linked this increase to the increase in the concentration of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere and predict that the average temperature will rise by 1 to 3.5 degrees C during the next century with increases of 5 to 10 degrees C being felt in certain parts of Canada. In an effort to curb the emissions of carbon dioxide, the Quebec Industry Working Group on Climatic Change was created to represent different sectors of the industry, including energy, metallurgy, aluminium, cement, environment, mines, plastics, petrochemicals, pulp and paper, and manufacturing. The group worked at meeting the following objectives: (1) to examine the possibilities of reducing greenhouse gases emissions in the industrial sector, (2) to propose and evaluate measures and initiatives for the reduction of greenhouse gases emissions including their cost, impact and potential timetable for implementation, (3) to identify new and promising technologies in the field of greenhouse gases reduction, (4) to identify business opportunities and risks for industry in Quebec, and (5) to recommend an implementation strategy for the Kyoto Protocol for each sector, in terms of reduction measures that would be economical and in agreement with the various plans in place at the federal, provincial and municipal levels. A total of 22 recommendations were proposed covering the entire spectrum of the mandate. 15 tabs, 2 appendices

  9. A Tale of Two Logics: Social Reproduction and Mobilisation in University Access in Quebec, 1945-2000

    Laplante, Benoît; Doray, Pierre; Bastien, Nicolas; Chenard, Pierre


    The 2012 Quebec students' protests against university tuition fees fostered a debate on access to higher education in Quebec, and specifically on the Quebec "educational lag". Using census data, we show that degree-holding is the same among Quebec French-speaking and Ontario English-speaking populations. Using event history analysis, we…

  10. Proposed Hydro-Quebec development plan, 1993: Proposal

    The Quebec government now requires Hydro-Quebec to submit a development plan every three years instead of annually, in order to permit more in-depth studies and a broader consultation with interested parties. In the first of such three-year plans, a series of plan proposals is presented which was developed after a year of consultation with various groups on four fundamental matters: energy efficiency, means of generation, electro-intensive industries, and electricity exports. Options for meeting future demand at Hydro-Quebec are assessed, including the construction of new generation and transmission facilities, rehabilitation of existing facilities, improving electrical energy efficiency, and conservation strategies. These options are considered while applying the principle of sustainable development that respects the environment. Hydroelectricity will continue to be emphasized as the main source of generation since hydroelectric facilities offer distinct advantages in terms of costs, environmental impacts, and economic spinoffs. The proposed plan also presents objectives and strategies for improving the quality of service and internal operations. Financial forecasts for Hydro-Quebec are proposed which take into account the forecast changes in the utility's cost and revenue factors and its self-financing requirements. 5 figs., 15 tabs

  11. Challenges of Literacy & Development in Rural Quebec. Chapter 17.

    Dionne, Hughes; Horth, Raynald

    Nearly half of Quebec's municipalities have fewer than 800 inhabitants and are struggling with conditions of economic decline, outmigration of youth, and political marginalization. In 1991, a regional coalition called Coalition Urgence Rurale was formed in the Lower Saint Lawrence area to support initiatives that promote community empowerment,…

  12. The potential for electricity market restructuring in Quebec

    Throughout the world, electricity market liberalization has taken place or is currently underway. However, in Canada, the province of Quebec has undertaken limited restructuring measures. Considerable debate as to the potential for further market restructuring has been ongoing. This article discussed the potential for future electricity market restructuring in Quebec where competition in electricity supply has resulted in 3 categories of supply distribution, including a block of energy and power known as the heritage pool. This article considered the political economy of the abolishment if the heritage pool requirement, which caps wholesale prices. The article presented a statistical overview of Quebec's electricity market and discussed the regulatory environment. It also identified the potential for market restructuring and the establishment of a competitive wholesale market. It was concluded that Quebecers could significantly benefit from any restructuring initiative that involved the elimination of the Heritage Pool requirement if the extra rents were properly redistributed and that production sector restructuring would be difficult. 37 refs., 3 tabs., 4 figs

  13. Study of the electricity industry in Quebec : Synthesis report

    This study was conducted to provide a better understanding and determine the economic importance of the production, transmission and distribution of electrical energy in Quebec. The study involved the following steps: to propose a definition of the electricity industry in Quebec which will identify its boundaries; based on this definition, to identify all the establishments and parties that form an integral part of this industry; and through a survey conducted with a sample of those establishments previously identified, to identify several economic indicators. The results of this study will allow the Association de l'Industrie Electrique du Quebec (Quebec Association of Electricity Industry) to gain an increased knowledge of the industry and increase its representation power. The first phase of the study consisted in the analysis of data and previous studies with the aim of proposing a definition of the industry. The following phase involved preparing an inventory of all the establishments comprised in the definition based on known inventories, the treatment and integration of name databases. Then, a survey of 2 901 establishments was conducted, via telephone, the names were filtered, and a sample of the 991 participating establishments was used to collect data on several economic indicators. The following parameters were considered in the determination of the importance of the economic indicators: the number of establishments by type of activity, the sales figures, jobs, services rendered, and products offered. The results were presented in several pie charts and graphs. 9 figs

  14. Two Related Occupational Cases of Legionella longbeachae Infection, Quebec, Canada.

    Picard-Masson, Marianne; Lajoie, Élisabeth; Lord, Judith; Lalancette, Cindy; Marchand, Geneviève; Levac, Éric; Lemieux, Marc-André; Hudson, Patricia; Lajoie, Louise


    Two patients with no exposure to gardening compost had related Legionella longbeachae infections in Quebec, Canada. Epidemiologic investigation and laboratory results from patient and soil samples identified the patients' workplace, a metal recycling plant, as the likely source of infection, indicating a need to suspect occupational exposure for L. longbeachae infections. PMID:27314946

  15. The implications of the nuclear option in Quebec

    Problems concerning the nuclear option as a component of the energy balance of Quebec are presented. The demand for electrical energy for the periods 1977-1985 and 1985-2000, the energy resources of Quebec, and an analysis of nuclear fission energy are considered. In 1978 65.5 percent of Quebec's energy needs were supplied by imported petroleum, 7.1 percent by imported gas, and 1.4 percent by imported coal. Hydroelectricity supplied 21.9 percent of the energy budget in 1976. According to projections electricity's share will be around 41 percent in 1990 after conservation, and approximately 50 percent in 2000, while petroleum and gas will have 44 percent, new energies 5 percent, and coal 1 percent. The acceptability of nuclear power can be broken down into six factors, for each of which a decision criterion can be recognized: technical feasibility, economic feasibility, security of supply, side effects for Quebec, human and ecological risks, and socio-political factors. The first four criteria are acceptable and even in certain cases desirable. The acceptability of risks is subjective and should be a collective decision, and therefore is policitcal. Even if Quebec does not need nuclear at the present or in the next decade, it is still a form of energy which it will be necessary to come to terms with eventually. Thus it is important to maintain the capacity to have recourse to it, and to start a program of public dialogue by setting up a 'Permanent Council for Energy Forecasting'. The democratic participation of a well-informed population in a neutral and objective nuclear debate is thus essential. (LL)

  16. Forecast electricity demand in Quebec: Development plan 1993

    Demographic, economic, and energy prospects are the determining factors in estimating demand for electricity in Quebec. In average scenarios developed for 1992-2010, the Quebec population will grow 0.5%/y and the gross domestic product will increase 2.6%/y. Firm electricity sales by Hydro-Quebec will grow to 197.9 TWh by 2010, or 2.2%/y. Sales in the residential and farm sectors should grow 1.3%/y and sales in the general and institutional sectors should rise by 2.2%/y. Electricity demand in the industrial sector, rising at an estimated 2.9%/y in 1992-2010, is chiefly responsible for the anticipated growth in Hydro-Quebec's overall sales. The nonferrous smelting, refining, chemicals, and paper industries will account for ca 60% of this growth. In the municipal services and public transportation sectors, demand should grow 3.3%/y, and over half the growth forecast in this sector can be attributed to the impact that new uses of electricity are expected to have after 2005. High- and low-growth scenarios offer alternative visions of demand growth based on different but equally valid assumptions about demographic and economic growth. In terms of firm electricity sales, the high- and low-growth scenarios differ by 50 TWh in 2010. Hydro-Quebec has retained two strategic orientations that will influence growth in electricity sales: the development of industrial markets and extension of the energy-savings objective of 9.3 TWh forecast to the year 2000. Taking these two orientations into account, the growth rate for electricity sales in the average scenario would be 1.8%/y rather than 2.2%/y. 25 figs., 81 tabs

  17. Marginal-cost pricing for Hydro-Quebec residential customers

    An option available to governments and to utilities such as Hydro-Quebec for responding to objectives of energy efficiency is the adoption of marginal cost pricing. Compared to currently used price structures, marginal cost pricing will allow improvement of price signals and assure an optimal utilization of the resource. That type of pricing could be economically beneficial but may not be desirable from the point of view of revenue distribution. Taking account of Hydro-Quebec's cost structure, pure marginal cost pricing would generate an income that would be strongly contested on equity grounds. For example, it would raise prices 60% for residential customers. Faced with this possibility, an analysis is presented of the impact of a peak-offpeak pricing (or pure marginal cost pricing) on Hydro-Quebec's residential customer energy bills. The marginal costs of Hydro-Quebec are calculated by the method of Bernard and Chatel (1985) and analysis of the results is based on Friedman and Weare (1993). A sample of 28,417 residential customers from a 1989 Hydro-Quebec survey is used in the study. Two scenarios are analyzed; the first allowing comparison of the energy bill only on the basis of marginal costs and of average costs, and the second allowing comparison of the impact of marginal cost pricing on the total bill. In the first scenario, the impact translates into a 31% increase in energy bills for the entire customer class considered; in addition, this impact is inversely proportional to the revenue class. In the second scenario, the increase is 24%. 33 refs., 10 figs., 53 tabs

  18. Study of the electricity industry in Quebec : Synthesis report; Etude sur l'industrie electrique au Quebec : Rapport synthese



    This study was conducted to provide a better understanding and determine the economic importance of the production, transmission and distribution of electrical energy in Quebec. The study involved the following steps: to propose a definition of the electricity industry in Quebec which will identify its boundaries; based on this definition, to identify all the establishments and parties that form an integral part of this industry; and through a survey conducted with a sample of those establishments previously identified, to identify several economic indicators. The results of this study will allow the Association de l'Industrie Electrique du Quebec (Quebec Association of Electricity Industry) to gain an increased knowledge of the industry and increase its representation power. The first phase of the study consisted in the analysis of data and previous studies with the aim of proposing a definition of the industry. The following phase involved preparing an inventory of all the establishments comprised in the definition based on known inventories, the treatment and integration of name databases. Then, a survey of 2 901 establishments was conducted, via telephone, the names were filtered, and a sample of the 991 participating establishments was used to collect data on several economic indicators. The following parameters were considered in the determination of the importance of the economic indicators: the number of establishments by type of activity, the sales figures, jobs, services rendered, and products offered. The results were presented in several pie charts and graphs. 9 figs.

  19. Les droits linguistiques et scolaires au Quebec et au Canada (Linguistic and Educational Rights in Quebec and Canada).

    Tetley, William

    A review of the language laws and conventions in Canada and the province of Quebec focuses on: Canadian constitutional law concerning education and language, including the 1867 constitution, the 1960 declaration of linguistic rights, and a 1969 law on official languages; the language of government and instruction in Manitoba; language usage in the…

  20. Quebec energy hearings unearth loads of interest and opinion

    Dorgan, M.


    Quebec`s energy policy review, suggesting what future energy options and strategies should be pursued, was discussed. Energy conservation was the area of greatest province-wide interest, although there was disagreement how this could be achieved. Hydro electric power was underscored by a large number of groups, but representations favouring small hydro dams were twice as numerous as those endorsing big dams. Wind was the most often mentioned alternative to hydro, followed by cogeneration, with nuclear a distant third. It was also proposed that photovoltaics be considered for grid-connected areas and remote sites. Solar access legislation and some building regulation changes were also mentioned. In addition to higher insulation levels, it was suggested that windows be recognized as solar collectors, and that buildings have ratings for energy consumption. The government`s new energy policy is due in the spring of 1996.

  1. Biomass energy: status and future trends for Quebec

    The current status of biomass energy in the Province of Quebec was reviewed. For electrical energy production uses, biomass combustibles include peat, forestry, agro-food and urban waste products. These materials are used directly as combustibles in the production of electricity, or are first processed through gasification, pyrolysis, anaerobic digestion or fermentation into combustible products. In Quebec, 176.2 MW of electricity is produced yearly from biomass materials, mostly waste products of the forestry industry. New biomass avenues are actively being explored, including bio- gases produced from municipal landfill sites, gasification of used automobile tires and combustion of demolition waste. Although their contribution is minimal, biomass materials can nevertheless contribute a few hundred megawatts of energy to the Province's overall energy budget. 2 figs

  2. Economic impact of Hydro-Quebec's nuclear activities

    Gentilly 2 nuclear power plant has benefited the regions of Becancour and Trois Rivieres, with spin-off at the provincial level. Gentilly 2 is Hydro Quebec's only nuclear plant. Its 675 MW provide nearly 3% of Hydro Quebec's production. Over 664 permanent jobs were created, 70% of them highly specialized and multi-skilled. In 1993, out of C$99 spent, 57.3 were for wages, 16.3 for equipment and supplies (including fuel and heavy water), 18 for professional services provided by AECL and others, and the remainder included fees, permits, contract work, and miscellaneous. Gentilly 2 has fostered technological development and inventions which are used at other CANDU stations. 7 ills

  3. Shared geographies, divided histories the Canada-Quebec impasse

    Armstrong, Warwick


    In the Canadian province of Quebec serious attempts to gain sovereignty are alive the third decade of this century allready. The nation-state status, aspired by the francophone community, was almost realized after the second referendum on that issue. In 1995 voters supporting the Canadian confederacy have, by a narrow margin of only 0.8% defeated eligible voters of the province seeking independence. The third referendum attempt, initiated by the PQ - the Party Quebecois, in year 2000, could r...

  4. Nutrient signature of Quebec (Canada) cranberry (Vaccinium macrocarpon Ait.)


    Fertilizer recommendations for cranberry crops are guided by plant and soil tests. However, critical tissue concentration ranges used for diagnostic purposes are inherently biased by nutrient interactions and physiological age. Compositional data analysis using isometric log ratios (ilr) of nutrients as well as time detrending can avoid numerical biases. The objective was to derive unbiased nutrient signature standards for cranberry in Quebec and compare those standards to literature data. Fi...

  5. The economic impact of wind industry development in Quebec

    The economic impact of current and future development of wind power in Quebec was discussed. Key events were outlined, beginning with Hydro-Quebec's request for bids in 2003 for 1000 MW of wind power development. More than 4000 MW of power were filed under this call, where 8 projects were selected totalling 990 MW. Both direct and indirect economic impacts were attributed to start-up factories in the Gaspe region and elsewhere across the province. Energy capacity was increased in 2006 by 2,500 MW and is expected to reach more than 4,000 MW by 2015. It was noted that since the government of Quebec chose a non-traditional call for tender to support its emerging industry, it is difficult to attach an exact price tof wind energy, as the bid price included economic development costs associated with regional and provincial requirements. The second part of this document addressed the economic impact of wind industry development from 1997 to 2005, and the anticipated development from 2006 to 2015. Although the economic impact of wind energy development was small for the period 1997-2006, it was important for energy development in the Gaspe region, and established the groundwork for future development and the involvement of local wind tower manufacturers, engineering consulting firms, and the growth of local wind-related businesses in the region. It is anticipated that wind energy development will be very significant in terms of job creation. In addition, Quebec universities are dedicating more resources to training skilled turbine personnel and research in leading-edge fields to improve wind turbine design. It is estimated that $10 million will be paid annually in royalties to municipalities and landowners. In conclusion, from an environmental perspective, it is expected that 4,000 MW of wind capacity will annually produce about 12 TWh of electric energy, and displace an estimated 4 million tonnes of greenhouse gases (GHGs) annually. 17 refs., 16 tabs

  6. Jets over Labrador and Quebec: noise effects on human health.

    Rosenberg, J.


    OBJECTIVE: To determine whether the noise from low-level flights over Labrador and Quebec is harmful to human health. DATA SOURCE AND SELECTION: Search of MEDLINE for articles on the effect of noise, particularly impulse noise associated with low-level flights, and a search of the references from identified articles. DATA SYNTHESIS: The noise levels from low-level flights could affect hearing acuity. However, the more important consequences appear to be stress-mediated physiologic effects, es...

  7. Trainees’ views of physician workforce policy in Quebec and their impact on career intentions

    Hallet, Julie; Saad, Nathalie; Rousseau, Mathieu; Lauzier, François


    Background The physician workforce in Quebec is regulated by a government-controlled plan. Many specialty trainees expressed concerns about securing a position. Our objective was to analyze physicians’ employment issues in Quebec and their impact on residents’ training in specialty programs. Methods We distributed a web-based self-administrated survey to all Quebec residents training in specialty programs to capture data about residents’ ability to find employment, career plans and perception...

  8. Hydro Quebec's multiterminal HVDC story

    Soulier, D.; Fesmire, R.


    Hydro Quebec's high voltage direct current (HVDC) transmission line between its Des Cantons station and the Comerford station of the New England Electric System, the first phase of an ambitious project to accommodate the power transfers required by an energy sales contract to New England for the delivery of 70 TWh over a 10-year period, is described. Although the project began in 1986, it is still today the world's largest multiterminal HVDC transmission system. The system consists of over 1,500 km of 450 kV HVDC lines stretching from Radisson in northern Quebec to Sandy Pond Station near Boston, with substations in between at Nicolet, Des Cantons, and Comerford. The article discusses the motivation behind the construction of, and the advantages inherent in HVDC transmission lines. The experience gained in this project makes Hydro Quebec a global authority on implementing HVDC systems, as evidenced by the number of calls for consulting and engineering services to utilities exploring HVDC in countries such as China, the Philippines, India, Australia and the U.S.A.

  9. A hopeful Quebec gets ready to produce gaz naturel

    Quebec's natural gas industry is poised to expand as a result of a breakthrough well drilled in the Utica shale gas play in February 2010. The well has produced more than 12 million cubic feet per day. The Quebec Oil and Gas Association (QOGA) was formed in 2009, and has lobbied the provincial government to keep royalty rates at between 10 to 12.5 per cent. A task force has also been deployed to ensure the development of a prompt regulatory process. It is hoped that increased investment will encourage more drilling activity in the province. Quebec consumes approximately 200 billion cubic feet of natural gas per year. Increased sales are expected to come from new residential construction, where 1 in 5 homes are now being equipped with gas-fired heating. The QOGA is currently designing a training program for potential rig workers. Studies have indicated that gas royalties collected by the provincial government could exceed $1 billion per year in the future. 1 fig.

  10. Advisory panel on the proposed New Brunswick - Quebec electricity transaction

    NB Power was faced with major financial and technical challenges in generation that would lead to significant rate increases over several years to come. In 2009, the governments of New Brunswick and Quebec proposed an agreement whereby Hydro-Quebec would acquire most of the assets of NB Power and provide a guaranteed electricity supply at a set price to the province. The proposal involved the sale of NB Power's hydro generation facilities, 2 diesel peaking plants and the Point Lepreau nuclear generating facility. It also included a guaranteed bulk electricity supply of 14 Terawatt-hours per year by Hydro-Quebec at a blended rate of 7.35 cents per kilowatt-hour. The new Brunswick government would retain ownership of the fossil-fuelled power plants, the NB Power transmission assets and the NB Power distribution assets and customer sales. A 6-person independent panel was asked to examine the proposal. This report addresses the proposed agreement as presented to the Panel up to January 26, 2010. The panel conducted an independent and objective examination of the financial implications; long-term effects on electricity rates; New Brunswick's control of energy policies; environmental impacts; short-and long-term risks and avoided risks; and benefits and costs to the provincial economy. The Panel drew its conclusions and recommendations on the basis of available information. The Panel concluded that the benefits to New Brunswick contribute to real and positive value to New Brunswick over business as usual. tabs., figs.

  11. The petrochemical industry in Quebec : from yesterday to today

    A historical account of the development of the chemical industry in Quebec from the year 1800 to the present was presented. The emphasis was on the development of the petrochemical industry after 1945. The earliest signs of chemical manufacturing in Quebec appeared in 1800 with the opening of the Wadsworth and Lyman pharmaceutical laboratories followed by several manufacturers of soap, paint, sugar, rubber, cement and explosive products. In 1900 the acetylene-based carbon chemistry industry was established in the Shawinigan region. The petrochemical industry in Quebec was born in 1952 with the opening in Montreal of a cumene and phenol plant by Shawinigan Chemicals and British American Oil, peaking in 1976 with six producing refineries in east Montreal. At that time, Montreal represented the largest refining centre in Canada with a combined capacity of 600,000 barrels per year. Since then, four of these refineries have closed but the province remains an important centre particularly in the manufacturing of oil-derived plastic products. Tables and maps showing the development and distribution of petrochemical manufacturing and the location of oil pipelines in the Montreal area, at various times since 1946, are included. 11 figs

  12. Defense plan of Hydro-Quebec for extreme contingencies

    In the last years, Hydro-Quebec it undertook an important program to improve the dependability of their net of energy transport. They concentrated the efforts on increasing the capacity of the net resist in the event of carries to an extreme contingency caused in general by multiple incidents or for successive disconnection of the lines of energy transport. To neutralize these contingencies, Hydro-Quebec it adopted a series of special measures that are contained under the general title of Plan of Defense for Extreme Contingencies. The objective of this plan is to detect the incidents that surpass the capacity of the net. It is completely automatic and it is based mainly in: A system of automatic disconnection of generation and tele-shot of loads; A system of automatic maneuver (opening and closing) of inductances shunt of 735 kw; A system of disconnection of loads for low voltage; A system of disconnection of loads for low frequency. The present document summarizes the orientations that there is taking Hydro-Quebec to protect its net in the event of extreme contingencies and it describes the different automatism that they are adopts, in particular the system automatic disconnection of generation and tele-shot of loads (RPTC) that is one of the main components of the defense plan. The system RPTC detects the simultaneous loss of several lines directly in 15 substations of 735 kw. It understands four places of automatic disconnection of generation and a centralized system of tele-shot of loads

  13. Strategies for the development of Quebec`s petrochemical industry: education and environment

    O`Connor, J.A. [Canadian Chemical Producer`s Association (Canada)


    One of the key challenges not only for the Quebec but for the Canadian petrochemical industry will be the challenge to increase the number of students pursuing science or engineering as fields of study. According to this author, there is a crisis in science and technology education in Canada. The ability of Canadian students to compete with their peers around the world is steadily diminishing as a result of the undue emphasis on student attitudes and self-esteem in Canadian schools, as opposed to European and Asian schools which focus on conveying specific skills. He advocates a shift in attitude away from simply more money spent on education towards concern with what and how well students are learning. It was suggested that the educational system must take into account the demands of the market place in fashioning the curricula. If students are to function in the real world where performance is evaluated, the educational system will have to change to reflect the fact that the market and society reward people in proportion to their contribution. The relationship between environmental concern and education was also explored, and the inclusion of environmental issues in the classroom curriculum was recommended. As a topic for curricula, the environment is subject to broad-ranging and often conflicting views regarding its problems and their causes, effects and remedies. Nevertheless, it is not a transient issue to be dismissed as a fad. Rather, it is an issue here to stay, hence it should play a more formalized role at all levels of the curriculum from primary schools to colleges and universities.

  14. Portrait of rural emergency departments in Quebec and utilisation of the Quebec Emergency Department Management Guide: a study protocol

    Fleet, Richard; Archambault, Patrick; Légaré, France; Chauny, Jean-Marc; Lévesque, Jean-Frédéric; Ouimet, Mathieu; Dupuis, Gilles; Haggerty, Jeannie; Poitras, Julien; Tanguay, Alain; Simard-Racine, Geneviève; Gauthier, Josée


    Introduction Emergency departments are important safety nets for people who live in rural areas. Moreover, a serious problem in access to healthcare services has emerged in these regions. The challenges of providing access to quality rural emergency care include recruitment and retention issues, lack of advanced imagery technology, lack of specialist support and the heavy reliance on ambulance transport over great distances. The Quebec Ministry of Health and Social Services published a new version of the Emergency Department Management Guide, a document designed to improve the emergency department management and to humanise emergency department care and services. In particular, the Guide recommends solutions to problems that plague rural emergency departments. Unfortunately, no studies have evaluated the implementation of the proposed recommendations. Methods and analysis To develop a comprehensive portrait of all rural emergency departments in Quebec, data will be gathered from databases at the Quebec Ministry of Health and Social Services, the Quebec Trauma Registry and from emergency departments and ambulance services managers. Statistics Canada data will be used to describe populations and rural regions. To evaluate the use of the 2006 Emergency Department Management Guide and the implementation of its various recommendations, an online survey and a phone interview will be administered to emergency department managers. Two online surveys will evaluate quality of work life among physicians and nurses working at rural emergency departments. Quality-of-care indicators will be collected from databases and patient medical files. Data will be analysed using statistical (descriptive and inferential) procedures. Ethics and dissemination This protocol has been approved by the CSSS Alphonse–Desjardins research ethics committee (Project MP-HDL-1213-011). The results will be published in peer-reviewed scientific journals and presented at one or more scientific

  15. Reasons for Hope: Canadian Breast Cancer Research Conference, Le Concorde Hotel, Quebec City, Quebec, Canada, 3–5 May 2001

    Roskelley, Calvin


    Canadian breast cancer researchers and international colleagues met recently to present and discuss their latest data. The conference, which was sponsored by the Canadian Breast Cancer Research Initiative, was held in Quebec City, 3–5 May 2001. The Research Initiative was founded in 1993 and is a unique partnership of groups from the public, private and non-profit sectors committed to funding a broad spectrum of breast cancer research. From this meeting, and others like it, it is becoming inc...

  16. The role of governments in the Quebec energy market: Opening of the export market in Quebec's electricity: Reality or a mirage on the horizon?

    One of the principal goals of Hydro-Quebec is to be recognized as a world-class utility that produces and distributes electricity in Quebec, North America and in the international market. A review of electricity export by Hydro-Quebec and the impact of FERC order 888 was presented. Opening the electricity market in North America has meant that consumers now have a greater choice of power producers. With electricity prices being set by the market, Hydro-Quebec expects to have a price advantage over their competitors. In 1996, 7.8 per cent of Hydro-Quebec electricity was exported to Ontario, New Brunswick, New York, and the new England States. According to Hydro-Quebec's strategic plan for 1998-2002 opportunities exist to expand the volume of export to the American market, and with it realize sizable increases in profits. Two factors that might limit the profitability of exporting electricity to this market, namely institutional barriers forcing lower tariffs based on average transportation costs, and the peculiarity of Quebec's practice of tariffs favoring the domestic market more than the export market, have been highlighted. 15 refs., 2 tabs

  17. The new national energy story : analysis of Hydro-Quebec's promotional speeches from 1964 to 1997; Le nouveau roman de l'energie nationale : analyse des discours promotionnels d'Hydro-Quebec de 1964 a 1997

    Perron, D.


    This book examined the relationship between nationalist speeches in Quebec and the creation of the Crown corporation of Hydro-Quebec. According to the author, Hydro-Quebec has emerged as a cultural phenomenon and as a national identity of the residents of Quebec. The utility enjoys a cultural status that is unique in Canada. Television archives have revealed that public slogans and inaugural speeches empowered the utility to exploit hydroelectricity through a collective political orientation. refs., tabs., figs.

  18. Les benefices et les couts economiques de l'exploitation des gaz de shale au Quebec

    Gonzalez, Patrick


    Ce texte presente une esquisse des elements quie devrait inclure une analyse couts-benefices de la pertinence de developper la filiere de l'extraction du gaz de shale au Quebec. This article offers a sketch of the components that should include a costs-benefits analysis of developing or not a shale gas industry in Quebec.

  19. Private company adds new wrinkle to Hydro-Quebec export hearings

    A private company backed by a Toronto-based investment banking firm has added a new wrinkle to National Energy Board (NEB) hearings underway in Montreal to explore Hydro-Quebec's plans to export $25 billion worth of electricity to the United States - it wants to build a nuclear generating station on the shores of the St. Lawrence River in Quebec

  20. No ESL in English Schools: Language Policy in Quebec and Implications for TESL Teacher Education

    Winer, Lise


    In this article, various aspects of official language policy in Quebec are seen as interacting with contested and contesting ideologies, as experienced by novice teachers in teaching English as a second or other language within the majority French school system. The context of TESL training in Quebec is described, focusing on legislative policy…

  1. Comparison of Value Orientations of Quebec and American Teachers: A Cultural Difference?

    Banville, Dominique; Desrosiers, Pauline; Genet-Volet, Yvette


    Compared priorities given to various value orientations by Quebec secondary school physical educators and their U.S. counterparts. Surveys of 266 teachers indicated that overall, Quebec teachers prioritized value orientations differently than did U.S. teachers, giving high priority to subject matter and low priority to social skills. The opposite…

  2. Hydro-Quebec 2004 annual report : growing strong

    This report provides a consolidated review of the operations of Hydro-Quebec, with a focus on energy production, energy sales, and environmental commitment. Hydro-Quebec is a major producer, transmission provider and distributor of electricity, conducting research and promotional activities in energy and energy transformation and conservation. The Quebec government is its sole shareholder. The company is divided into six divisions and now competes freely with other power producers, while its transmission and distribution remain regulated. Sales totalled $10.7 billion, up 1.8 per cent over 2003. Net income rose to $2.4 billion, up $497 million over 2003, the increase being largely due to lower financial expenses and the disposal of interests in Noverco. Dividends declared amounted to $1.3 billion, or 55 per cent of net income. Cash from operations totaled $4.0 billion, Sources of revenue also included the sale of interests in Noverco, and investment in Meiya Power Company, with the consequent repayment of nearly $1 billion in debt. Major projects of 2004 included the start of operations at the Rocher-de-Grand-Mere generating station as well as work proceeding on Eastmain-1, Peribonka, Toulnustouc and Mercier. Other projects included a partnership with the Crees of Eeyou and the filing of the Energy Efficiency Plan 2005-2010. This annual report presented the company's financial performance, executive changes and reorganization. Financial statements included a review and analysis of financial transactions, the auditor's report as well as customary notes to the consolidated financial statement including balance sheets, assets, liabilities and capital. tabs., figs

  3. Optical ground wire for Hydro-Quebec`s telecommunication network

    Ghannoum, E.; Chouteau, J.P.; Miron, M.; Yaacoub, S. [Hydro-Quebec, Montreal, Quebec (Canada); Yoshida, K.


    An extensive telecommunication network of 6,000 km of Optical Ground Wire (OPGW) is currently planned by Hydro-Quebec for progressive installation from 1992 to 2004. By 1994, about 1,600 km of OPGW have already been purchased and installed mostly on new 735 kV lines. This document provides information relative to the OPGW selection, characteristics, design, fabrication, and testing. Other sections are devoted to the installation experience, description of current and future R and D OPGW projects, and Authors` biography.

  4. Papers of the International Research Institute conference : Energy restructuring in Quebec (phase 2) : Impacts and opportunities of deregulation in Quebec's energy industry

    Papers, collectively providing an overview of how Quebec's energy industries are dealing with the North American trend of deregulation and restructuring are presented. Fourteen presentations regarding the impacts and opportunities of deregulation on the consumer, distributor and power producer are included. Predictions on what to expect in Quebec with respect to emerging competition, cogeneration possibilities, and electricity exports to the United States are the principal topics addressed by the contributors. Tabs., figs

  5. Dianchi Lake

    Gipouloux, François


    This photo is taken in Dianchi lake of Kunming city. After 1970, the industrial zones and farmland areas around Kunming evacuated waste water into Dianchi Lake, resulting in a significant growth of cyanobacteria and serious eutrophication in Dianchi Lake. Although the Kunming city government has been actively trying to solve the problem of pollution in Dianchi Lake, in order to significantly improve water quality, the lake is still at a pollution level far below the level of drinkable water.

  6. Analysis and inventory of sales in Quebec of substances depleting the ozone layer for 1993 to 1996; Analyse et bilan des ventes au Quebec de substances appauvrissant la couche d`ozone



    Quebec`s regulation on ozone-layer depleting substances requires that all distributors of chlorofluorocarbons (CFCs), hydrochlorofluorocarbons(HCFCs) and bromofluorocarbons (Halons) in Quebec provide an annual report of the quantities of these substances sold or distributed in the province. The inventory of these substances for the years 1993 to 1996 is presented. Included in the inventory are 16 different CFC, HCFC or Halon compounds. The contribution of these substances to the destruction of the ozone layer is estimated as well as their influence on global warming. Analysis of the data indicates that Quebec`s consumption of ozone-layer depleting substances is constantly decreasing. 3 tabs., 16 figs.

  7. [Determining a level of immigration for Quebec: why and how?].

    Gagne, M; Baillargeon, M; Benjamin, C; Audet, B


    In the late 1960s, Quebec demonstrated its willingness to influence migration by creating a Ministry of Immigration. The goal of the Ministry changed over the course of a decade from assuring harmonious integration of immigrants to obtaining a greater role in recruitment and selection as well as in reception and establishment. In the early 1970s the Canadian government undertook a significant revision of its immigration policies. The most significant change was probably the requirement of an annual estimate of the number of immigrants judged opportune to admit during a particular time period. to be preceded by consultations with the provinces concerning demographic needs and the labor market. A 1978 agreement between Quebec and the Canadian government gave Quebec a greater role in immigrant selection and recruitment, and in effect allowed it to develop its own immigration policy. Ability to absorb potential immigrants became the primary criterion in setting quotas for Quebec. The approach of the federal government has not changed greatly since the new policy came into use. The extent of annual net immigration judged desirable has changed from about 75,000 persons initially to about 55,000 more recently. The federal government has always viewed immigration as a possible solution to labor market problems, but estimates of manpower needs became very volatile in the late 1970s with the general rise in rates of unemployment, and survey results lost importance as a source of guidance. The government estimated that 20 to 25 thousand immigrants selected to fill specific manpower needs could be accomodated annually in the 1980s, but the collapse of the labor market following the economic crisis caused a downward revision in estimates for 1982-83 to 8000 to 10,000 workers with jobs already in hand. In order to participate in planning of immigration, Quebec had to develop a research program desinged to identify its capacity to absorb immigrants each year. The 1st step was to

  8. Toward a 20 per cent wind power supply in Quebec by 2020 (10,000 MW)

    Canada has established high targets for future wind energy production. Quebec's target for 2015 is 4,000 MW. This presentation questioned the feasibility of meeting this target from both a technical and political point of view. The author cautioned that if the current energy strategy in Quebec is not updated, the wind industry will not have a future in the province for the next 20 years, primarily because hydroelectric power development will supply new demand for the period 2015 to 2025. This presentation included a series of graphs depicting historical sales and forecasts of electricity demand in Quebec; new nuclear, hydro and wind generation projects from 2015 to 2025; net electricity exports in Quebec; Hydro-Quebec expected supply and demand from 2005 to 2025 without any new wind power; and, the Hydro-Quebec generation mix anticipated for 2015 to 2025. Solutions for wind power after 2015 were presented. It was concluded that a 20 per cent wind power supply in Quebec by 2020 is feasible, particularly if the energy strategy in the province improves in terms of exports, electricity policies and new approaches for source comparison and choice. refs., tabs., figs

  9. Anaphylaxis cases presenting to primary care paramedics in Quebec.

    Kimchi, Nofar; Clarke, Ann; Moisan, Jocelyn; Lachaine, Colette; La Vieille, Sebastien; Asai, Yuka; Joseph, Lawrence; Mill, Chris; Ben-Shoshan, Moshe


    Data on anaphylaxis cases in pre-hospital settings is limited. As part of the Cross Canada Anaphylaxis Registry (C-CARE), we assessed anaphylaxis cases managed by paramedics in Outaouais, Quebec. A software program was developed to prospectively record demographic and clinical characteristics as well as management of cases meeting the definition of the anaphylaxis. Univariate and multivariate logistic regressions were compared to assess factors associated with severity of reactions and epinephrine use. Among 33,788 ambulance calls of which 23,486 required transport, 104 anaphylaxis cases were identified (anaphylaxis rate of 0.31% [95%CI, 0.25%, 0.37%] among all ambulance calls and 0.44% [95%CI, 0.36%, 0.54%] among those requiring transport). The median age was 46.8 years and 41.3% were males. The common triggers included food (32.7% [95%CI, 24.0%, 42.7%]), drugs (24.0% [16.4%, 33.6%]), and venom (17.3% [10.8%, 26.2%]). Among all reactions, 37.5% (95%CI, 28.4%, 47.6%) were severe. Epinephrine was not administered in 35.6% (95%CI, 26.6%, 45.6%) of all cases. Males were more likely to have severe reactions (Odds ratio [OR]: 2.50 [95%CI, 1.03, 6.01]). Venom-induced reactions and severe anaphylaxis were more likely to be managed with epinephrine (OR: 6.9 [95%CI, 1.3, 35.3] and 4.2 [95%CI, 1.5, 12.0], respectively). This is the first prospective study evaluating anaphylaxis managed by paramedics. Anaphylaxis accounts for a substantial proportion of the cases managed by paramedics in Outaouais, Quebec and exceeds prior reports of the proportion of Quebec emergency room visits attributed to anaphylaxis. Although guidelines recommend prompt use of epinephrine for all cases of anaphylaxis, more than a third of cases did not receive epinephrine. It is crucial to develop educational programs targeting paramedics to promote the use of epinephrine in all cases of anaphylaxis regardless of the specific trigger. PMID:26734462

  10. Hydro-Quebec's survey on outage cost in industries

    In 1989 Hydro-Quebec completed a survey on the cost of power interruptions to its industrial customers. A total of 11,000 firms formed the base of the survey, which was reduced to 1,647 for analysis purposes. The questionnaire was designed around the concept of representation of knowledge. The costs of various situations were inferred for every enterprise on the basis of knowledge obtained through the surveys. The results of the survey describe the variation in costs of interruption as a function of time of occurrence, duration and advance notice. These costs are expressed in terms of a reference case by the equivalent hourly cost. The magnitude of the cost of the reference interruption is designated the reference cost of undelivered energy. This paper describes the methodology of the survey but does not include survey results. 4 refs., 2 tabs


    Petre GÂŞTESCU


    Full Text Available Limnology is a border discipline between geography, hydrology and biology, and is also closely connected with other sciences, from it borrows research methods. Physical limnology (the geography of lakes, studies lake biotopes, and biological limnology (the biology of lakes, studies lake biocoenoses. The father of limnology is the Swiss scientist F.A. Forel, the author of a three-volume entitled Le Leman: monographie limnologique (1892-1904, which focuses on the geology physics, chemistry and biology of lakes. He was also author of the first textbook of limnology, Handbuch der Seenkunde: allgemeine Limnologie,(1901. Since both the lake biotope and its biohydrocoenosis make up a single whole, the lake and lakes, respectively, represent the most typical systems in nature. They could be called limnosystems (lacustrine ecosystems, a microcosm in itself, as the American biologist St.A. Forbes put it (1887.


    Petre GÂŞTESCU


    Limnology is a border discipline between geography, hydrology and biology, and is also closely connected with other sciences, from it borrows research methods. Physical limnology (the geography of lakes), studies lake biotopes, and biological limnology (the biology of lakes), studies lake biocoenoses. The father of limnology is the Swiss scientist F.A. Forel, the author of a three-volume entitled Le Leman: monographie limnologique (1892-1904), which focuses on the geology physics, chemistry a...

  13. Experimental waterfowl breeding population survey Maine, the Maritime provinces, and Central Quebec: 1997

    US Fish and Wildlife Service, Department of the Interior — This report summarizes the Waterfowl Breeding Population and Habitat Survey for Maine, the Maritime provinces, and Central Quebec during 1997. The primary purpose...

  14. Lyme Disease: Knowledge and Practices of Family Practitioners in Southern Quebec

    Cécile Ferrouillet


    Full Text Available BACKGROUND: Public health authorities in Quebec have responded to the progressive emergence of Lyme disease (LD with surveillance activities and education for family physicians (FPs who are key actors in both vigilance and case management.

  15. Memoir of the energy sector in Quebec : context, issues and questionings

    This document provides a progress report on the directions and means taken by Hydro-Quebec to achieve its goals and fulfill its mission established in its strategic plan according to three areas of activities: distribution, transport and production of electricity. The document examines the safety and effectiveness of renewable energy sources such as hydroelectricity and wind. It discusses projects that are currently under development, advantages of the hydroelectricity, how to maintain the reliability of the grid system; how to ensure the availability and capacity of networks, and risk management connected to hydraulics. It examines Hydro-Quebec's contribution to economic development and creation of value for shareholders including its investment plan, partners and leadership efforts, the beneficial effects of purchasing wind power, safeguarding the competitive position of electricity, growing Quebec's exports of electricity, and how hydroelectricity provides important sources of value creation for shareholders and Hydro-Quebec. 2 figs., tabs., 5 appendices

  16. Flow-through shares to sustain petroleum and gas exploration in Quebec

    On March 25, 1997, the Quebec government announced tax advantages related to petroleum and natural gas exploration expenditures incurred in Quebec. The government introduced flow-through shares which allow a tax deduction of up to 175 per cent. This incentive was created to promote investment in the province. This pamphlet summarizes the treatment of the capital gains and shows the tax deductions applicable for the 1998 taxation year

  17. Ilot de Chaleur a Quebec: Cas d'hiver

    Leduc, Richard; Jacques, Ghislain; Ferland, Michel; Le Lièvre, Claude


    This paper describes the urban heat island in Quebec City on a typical clear winter night. This is a follow-up to a study made on a summer night in August 1980; the reader will find a detailed description of the region in Leduc et al. (1980). On February 25, 1980 at 21:30 EST, nearly 200 measurements of temperature were taken at preselected points by 17 mobile observers; a mini-sonde was launched near the Duberger meteorological tower while upper air data were obtained from a sonde launched at Valcartier CFB. Additional data were available from the five regular climatological stations in greater Quebec City and from 2 other thermographs in order to evaluate cooling rates. On the day of the 25th, a developing low pressure area over the eastern coast brought cold air from the northwest toward Quebec City. On that day, the maximum temperature was - 1 °C while the minimum on the following night dropped to - 19 °C. At the time of the experiment, the sky was clear and the winds were westerly at 1.5 m s-1 at the surface and northwesterly at 6 m s-1 at 122 m. A strong inversion was present in the lowest 200 m while upper inversions were noted on the upper air sounding. As noted in the summer experiment, cooling rates, according to the Oke et al. (1972) criteria, reflected a rural behaviour at all stations equipped with a thermograph. It is to be noted that no data on cooling rates are available for the highly urbanized sectors. One notes a relatively warm zone in the downtown area where temperature reached - 8 °C; there is also a cold zone, at the same location as during the summer experiment. The mean temperature gradient between the urban and rural sectors was 5 °C, which is comparable with that observed in August 1979 (6 °C). Thus, the urban heat island does not seem to be more intense in winter than in summer. Relatively large areas of uniform temperature were detected at places where the summer experiment indicated sharp spatial contrasts; this could be

  18. Inventory of greenhouse gases in Quebec 1990-2000

    The inventory of greenhouse gas emissions in Quebec for the period 1990-2000 resulting from human activity was discussed. Added to the emissions that occur naturally, the emissions contribute to disrupt the equilibrium of the global system, resulting in global warming. The greenhouse gases selected for this inventory are those covered by the Kyoto Protocol, namely carbon dioxide, methane, nitrous oxide, sulphur fluorides, polyfluorocarbons, and some hydrofluorocarbons. The emissions of greenhouse gases were at 86,36 metric tonnes carbon dioxide equivalent in 1990, and rose to 88,34 metric tonnes carbon dioxide equivalent in 2000, representing an increase of 2.3 per cent. In 2000, the energy sector was responsible for the largest quantities of greenhouse gas emissions (62.64 metric tonnes carbon dioxide equivalent), of which 33.56 metric tonnes carbon dioxide equivalent resulted from transport activities. For the year 2000, the emissions generated by the energy sector represented 70.91 per cent of greenhouse gas emissions in Quebec., followed by industrial processes with 12.05 metric tonnes of carbon dioxide equivalent and 13.64 per cent, and agriculture with 8.37 metric tonnes carbon dioxide equivalent and 9.48 per cent, wastes with 5.16 metric tonnes carbon dioxide equivalent and 5.84 per cent, the use of solvents and other products with 0.11 metric tonne carbon dioxide equivalent and 0.13 per cent. the land use and forestry sector was not included in this inventory, as data was not available. The largest increase in emissions originated from the energy sector for the period 1990-2000, for an increase of 5.3 per cent. For the same period, the emissions from the industrial processes sector decreased by 4.1 per cent. This sector does not include the emissions resulting from the combustion of fossil fuels, as they were included in the energy sector figures. For the agriculture sector, the increase was 1.9 per cent, and the waste sector decreased by 13.3 per cent. The

  19. Methodology developed to make the Quebec indoor radon potential map

    Drolet, Jean-Philippe, E-mail: [Institut national de la recherche scientifique, Eau Terre Environnement Research Centre (ETE-INRS), 490 de la Couronne, G1K 9A9 Quebec (Canada); Martel, Richard [Institut national de la recherche scientifique, Eau Terre Environnement Research Centre (ETE-INRS), 490 de la Couronne, G1K 9A9 Quebec (Canada); Poulin, Patrick [Institut national de santé publique du Québec (INSPQ), 945 avenue Wolfe, G1V 5B3 Quebec (Canada); Dessau, Jean-Claude [Agence de la santé et des services sociaux des Laurentides, 1000 rue Labelle, J7Z 5 N6 Saint-Jérome (Canada)


    This paper presents a relevant approach to predict the indoor radon potential based on the combination of the radiogeochemical data and the indoor radon measurements in the Quebec province territory (Canada). The Quebec ministry of health asked for such a map to identify the radon-prone areas to manage the risk for the population related to indoor radon exposure. Three radiogeochemical criteria including (1) equivalent uranium (eU) concentration from airborne surface gamma-ray surveys, (2) uranium concentration measurements in sediments, (3) bedrock and surficial geology were combined with 3082 basement radon concentration measurements to identify the radon-prone areas. It was shown that it is possible to determine thresholds for the three criteria that implied statistically significant different levels of radon potential using Kruskal–Wallis one way analyses of variance by ranks. The three discretized radiogeochemical datasets were combined into a total predicted radon potential that sampled 98% of the studied area. The combination process was also based on Kruskal–Wallis one way ANOVA. Four statistically significant different predicted radon potential levels were created: low, medium, high and very high. Respectively 10 and 13% of the dwellings exceed the Canadian radon guideline of 200 Bq/m{sup 3} in low and medium predicted radon potentials. These proportions rise up to 22 and 45% respectively for high and very high predicted radon potentials. This predictive map of indoor radon potential based on the radiogeochemical data was validated using a map of confirmed radon exposure in homes based on the basement radon measurements. It was shown that the map of predicted radon potential based on the radiogeochemical data was reliable to identify radon-prone areas even in zones where no indoor radon measurement exists. - Highlights: • 5 radiogeochemical datasets were used to map the geogenic indoor radon potential. • An indoor radon potential was determined for

  20. Evaluating the SWAT's snow hydrology over a Northern Quebec watershed

    Troin, M.; Caya, D.


    The snowmelt is an important component of the Soil Water Assessment Tool (SWAT[1]) model's hydrology when applied in snowy watersheds where spring flows are dominated by snow melting. However, little is known about its performance in modeling Nordic environments and its accuracy with respect to operational snowmelt models because most studies were conducted in rainfall-runoff catchments. To fill this gap in SWAT's knowledge, we aim to evaluate its performance for simulating a snowy Nordic catchment streamflow with comparison to the Streamflow Synthesis and Reservoir Regulation (SSARR[2]) model. SSARR is one of the selected operational models by the Snow Hydrology Guide as valuable tool for snowmelt runoff simulation (Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources, 1989). In the Côte Nord region of Quebec, most of the streamflow come from snowmelt in watersheds. Understanding the interactions among snow accumulation, snowmelt and streamflow generation is a challenge for water resources management in Quebec, since this province is the Canada's leader in hydroelectric energy production. The selected snow-covered watershed, namely the Outardes Basin, presents extreme climatic conditions. Few examples of model calibration in this Nordic environment exist because of the scarcity of reliable data. The basin has the interest of being well instrumented providing a comprehensive dataset to implement SWAT over this Nordic watershed. The evaluation indicates that SWAT has a good performance in simulating the daily, monthly, seasonal and annual mean discharges with low volume biases over the calibration and validation periods. The predominantly spring snow-melting generated streamflow is simulated with a good accuracy for both its magnitude and its timing. Seasonal snowpack plays an important role in defining the hydrologic regime where the accumulated snowmelt runoff contributes to 64% of the annual runoff. When we compared SWAT's results to SSARR, comparable performances in

  1. Lake George

    Mafabi, P.


    Uganda ratified the Ramsar Convention in 1988, and designated Lake George a Ramsar site. Located astride the equator, the lake and associated wetlands support a wide variety of biological resources. The reasons for this are varied, ranging from the good climate to shallow stratified waters (average 2.4m) which allow for a thorough mixing of the different layers, and a high alkalinity and photosynthetic activity. The status of Lake George is varied with most of the wetlands fringing the Lak...

  2. Evolution du francais au Quebec au cours des vingt dernieres annees (The Evolution of French in Quebec Over the Past Twenty Years)

    Darbelnet, Jean


    This is a survey of the evolution of Quebec French over the last twenty years away from anglicizations and toward a modernization which has a tendency to lessen the gap between it and International French. Examples are given of recent "refrancizations"; and reasons for, and obstacles to, this phenomenon are discussed. (Text is in French.) (AM)

  3. Advocacy coalitions and wind power development: Insights from Quebec

    This article addresses the issue of wind energy acceptance in the Canadian province of Quebec and, in particular, the impact of different models of wind power development on the degree of social acceptance. We show that the dominant advocacy coalition, which favors a hard path energy development in general, enforces a large-scale development of wind energy. Two other coalitions - a soft path coalition and a nationalist coalition - oppose this development, but not wind energy per se. We argue that difference in belief systems explains their opposition rather than planning issues or NIMBY concerns. We also contend that, despite its predominance over (wind) energy policy, the hard path coalition is willing to learn and make concessions towards the soft path coalition, but not towards the nationalist coalition. - Highlights: → We address social acceptance of wind energy. → We illustrate the interaction of advocacy coalitions. → Different advocacy coalitions support different models of wind energy development. → Models of wind energy development influence the degree of social acceptance. → Opposition is not aimed at wind energy per se, but at the hard path model.

  4. Hydro-Quebec inspection robot RIT-LRG

    Hydro Quebec's Research Centre (IREQ), has developed a variety of inspection tools over the years. The Metar bracelet for the feeder tubes, the REC robot for the heat exchanger and the RIT robot for the Delayed Neutron system just to name a few. This paper discusses with the successful deployment of the Camera Probe Positioning robot for Visual Inspection of the sample lines of the delayed neutron system of CANDU power plants. This RIT robot has three possible configurations (Face, Cabinet and LRG configurations) and has remained a prototype version although it has been used over the years in many outage inspection campaigns since 1997. The main advantages of using this robot are: the significant reduction in radiation exposure, the high quality of the data collected and the archiving of inspection data for further analysis and reports. In 2007, Gentilly-2 (G-2), decided to industrialize the LRG configuration of the RIT robot and to designate it the standard tool for the inspection of the Delayed Neutron System. An improved RIT-LRG robot, along with its control box and command station was developed. The software had to be rewritten requiring an ergonomics analysis of user tasks, work station and interface display. These issues included both physical and cognitive requirements aspects. The two principal topics of this paper will be on the Inspection Robot Technology developed and highlights of the 2008 outage inspection campaign. (author)

  5. Strontium isotope characterization of wines from Quebec, Canada.

    Vinciguerra, Victor; Stevenson, Ross; Pedneault, Karine; Poirier, André; Hélie, Jean-François; Widory, David


    The (87)Sr/(86)Sr isotope ratios were measured on grape, wine and soil samples collected in 13 commercial vineyards located in three major wine producing areas of Quebec (Canada). The soils yield Sr isotope ratios that are intimately related to the local geology and unambiguously discriminate the different producing areas. A strong relationship exists between the (87)Sr/(86)Sr isotope ratios of the wine and the grapes. This suggests that the vinification process does not alter the overall Sr budget. Although the Sr isotope ratios of the grapes do not show a strong correlation with the bulk Sr isotope composition of the soil, they do correlate strongly with the Sr isotope composition contained in the labile fraction of the soil. This indicates that the labile fraction of the soil represents the Sr reservoir available to the plant during its growth. This study demonstrates that the Sr isotope approach can be used as a viable tool in forensic science for investigating the provenance of commercial wines. PMID:27211629

  6. Higher profits, lower bills : a new electricity strategy for Hydro-Quebec

    Quebec is the fourth largest producer of hydro-electricity in the world, and has among the lowest electricity rates in North America. In 2008, 89 percent of the electricity produced by Hydro-Quebec was sold in the province, and the remainder was exported. In 2009, the electric utility released its strategic plan for 2009 to 2013. Hydro-Quebec's net profits are forecast to decline by 24 percent by 2013 and electricity rates are forecast to rise by 8.5 percent. Since Hydro-Quebec has already developed all of the province's low-cost hydroelectric resources, it can no longer increase profits and lower rates by building new hydropower production stations. In order to continue to prosper, the utility will invest in energy efficiency and better coordination of its power system with Ontario's. Increased electricity exports from Hydro-Quebec will help both Ontario and the United States reduce their greenhouse gas emissions by displacing fossil power generation. 25 refs., 2 tabs., 3 figs.

  7. Opening new horizons, building new synergies : 1998 annual report of Hydro-Quebec International

    Hydro-Quebec International (HQI) was established in 1978 as a wholly owned subsidiary of Hydro-Quebec. Its mission is to contribute to Hydro-Quebec's growth and profitability by investing in energy partnerships and by selling Hydro-Quebec expertise internationally. This annual report presents highlights of the company's operations, balance sheet, financial position, and investments. 1998 proved to be a year of market development and prospecting which yielded promising results. The expanded scope of the company that now includes investment and infrastructure construction was already generating $ 26 million in economic spinoff for Quebec. The report highlights HQI's involvement in Europe, the Middle East, Africa, and Asia. Great strides have been made also in ensuring the most rigorous practices possible to assess and manage risk and to bolster the company's ability to take unforeseen events in stride. On the investment side, in 1998, the first year of its involvement as an investor, HQI initiated investments amounting to $137 million. Plans are to double that figure in 1999. tabs., figs

  8. Actes des Journees de linguistique (Proceedings of the Linguistics Conference) (13th, Quebec, Canada, March 25-26, 1999).

    Kavanagh, Eric, Ed.

    Papers on language research in this volume include the following: Pour une comparaison des voyelles nasals du Quebec et du Haut-Jura: observations, methodologie et outils infomatiques (A Comparison of Quebec and Haut-Jura's Nasal Vowels: Observations, Methodologies, and Instrumentation) (Vincent Arnaud and Claude Paradis); Le negociation du sens…

  9. Hydro-Quebec: research and development highlights 1998

    1998 confirmed once again that any planning in R and D must take into consideration unforeseen events. Actions are measured against their profitability, and R and D must contribute to increasing a company's competitive edge by providing it with new sources of revenue, by ensuring that it benefits from real savings and coming up with the best possible solutions to its technological problems. Hydro-Quebec's results attest to the fact that R and D is an investment that contributes to the utility's profitability. Whether trying to reduce maintenance costs through robot systems or cameras, improving injection methods for repairing dams, developing monitoring systems or new devices aimed at increasing the availability of equipment or reducing the environmental impact of its installations, the company's R and D projects have helped maintain its position as a world leader in the generation and transmission of hydroelectric power. The company is counting on technological innovation to boost the revenues of th e utility's business units. Examples include the work done to optimize the management of energy reserves, increase the network's load-flow capacity and flexibility, generate an electrical supply that meets international standards, and offer alternative distribution system solutions. Other projects involve improving turbine efficiency by modelling fluid flow, devising methods for forecasting natural inflows, analyzing losses in saturation transformers, developing the intelligent power system, and studying transient stability in real time, load frequency control, and customized power quality. Further projects are aimed at developing technologies and services that increase client loyalty and expand the client base such as research into energy management for low income clients, use of geothermal energy, new applications for electrotechnologies, electromagnetic compatibility, drive power and applications of lignin

  10. The dental care pathway of welfare recipients in Quebec.

    Bedos, Christophe; Brodeur, Jean-Marc; Boucheron, Laurence; Richard, Lucie; Benigeri, Mike; Olivier, Marie; Haddad, Slim


    IN Quebec (Canada), the utilization of dental care services varies greatly from one social class to another: whereas the well-to-do visit the dentist often for check-ups, those most in need demonstrate a "wait-and-see" attitude. The objective of our research was to describe the dental care pathway of the underprivileged when confronted with symptoms, and to understand how this pathway might be interrupted and possibly lead to tooth extractions. We arranged 16 one-on-one interviews with adult Montrealers who had experienced a dental problem during the 12 months preceding the interview. These participants, 9 women and 7 men aged between 30 and 48, lived in great poverty: all were welfare recipients, and as such, enjoyed the benefits of a government programme that entitled them to free basic dental care. During the interviews, the interviewers asked the participants to describe their latest dental problem and their subsequent behaviour. The dental care pathway of our participants was characterized by a strategy of adapting to the symptoms. This process of adapting, which can last several months, is essentially an individual process in which the individuals often resort to self-medication to soothe their pain. They decide to visit a dentist when the pain is too great and self-medication is no longer effective. Once this decision is made, their dental care pathway may nevertheless be interrupted in two ways: first, in the failure to find a dentist, and second, later, in the failure to complete treatments that are not covered by the welfare program, such as endodontic treatment. The fragmented character of these dental care pathways refers us to two features of accessibility: financial accessibility and acceptability. With regard to financial accessibility, our study shows that the public coverage intended for welfare recipients presents major gaps. As for acceptability, our participants are strongly critical of the dental profession, and develop a culture of rejection

  11. Public participation in strategic environmental assessment (SEA): Critical review and the Quebec (Canada) approach

    It is widely accepted that public participation must be a part of strategic environmental assessment (SEA) procedures, and yet few studies have been conducted on the implementation of SEA public participation procedures. Accordingly, the theoretical and practical aspects of public participation in SEA remain research priorities for environmental policy-making. This paper presents a review of the Quebec (Canada) model of public participation in SEA through an evaluation of six public hearings on proposed directions and policies concerning, respectively, hazardous waste, forest protection, residual materials, energy, water management and pig farming. First, the authors examine the theoretical dimensions of SEA and public participation in the process. Second, they give a summary of the lessons that can be learned from the few Canadian and international experiences. Third, they outline the Quebec experience. Finally, they conclude by evaluating the opportunities and limitations of the Quebec experience and make some recommendations to improve its application.

  12. Proposed Hydro-Quebec development plan, 1990-1992: Horizon 1999

    The supply and demand for electric power in Quebec are reviewed and forecasts of future demand are established, using various scenarios of demographic, economic, and energy development. Options for meeting future demand at Hydro-Quebec are assessed, including the construction of new generation and transmission facilities, rehabilitation of existing facilities, improving electrical energy efficiency, and conservation strategies. These options are considered while applying the principle of sustainable development that respects the environment. In addition, objectives and strategies are presented for improving the quality of service and internal operations. Financial forecasts for Hydro-Quebec are proposed which take into account the forecast changes in the utility's cost and revenue factors and its self-financing requirements. 36 figs., 54 tabs

  13. Emerging Visions of Another world? Tensions and Collaboration at the Quebec Social Forum

    Pascale Dufour


    Full Text Available The Quebec Social Forum (QSF took place 23-26 August 2007 in Montreal. It attracted about 5000 people from across Quebec. Both organizers and observers viewed the event as an unqualified success. In this article, we seek to describe and document this historic gathering and to understand it in its Quebec context, against the larger organizing process which produced it. We also situate the Social Forum, both as event and process, within the longer history of social mobilization in Quebec. Historicizing the Social Forum in this way helps us interpret its cleavages and conflicts more adequately and apprehend its larger significance. We argue that the conflicts that have plagued the organizing of the Quebec Social Forum are a reprise of those that appeared in the movement in the late 1990s and came to a head in the 2001 massive demonstrations against the Free Trade Agreement of the Americas in Quebec City. The chasm then was widely perceived as one over tactics but we argue, then and now, it is more substantive than that. It is about the clash of profoundly different ethics, practices and theories of democracy and, beneath them, different horizons of hope and visions of transformation. The organizing of the Social Forum is the occasion for this debate, which may say something about the significance of the Social Forum more generally and the challenge it poses to established cultures and practices of politics on the left. The cleavage is generational but not only or simply. It signals a struggle and transition but the outcomes are not yet clear and are certainly not pre-ordained.

  14. Hydro-Quebec adoption and deployment of the integrated Zetec technology platform

    Steam Generator inspection systems can be integrated using individual technologies from multiple sources or from a single developer. Faced with a significant reduction of the inspection window in 2008, Hydro Quebec required a doubling of its inspection equipment fleet. This paper describes the evaluation of new technologies that led to the decision by Hydro Quebec to set aside their traditional multiple source inspection system in favour of a fully integrated single source inspection system. The paper also describes the qualification and first deployment results as well as performance improvement metrics. (author)

  15. Survival advantage of siblings and spouses of centenarians in 20th-century Quebec

    Robert Bourbeau


    Full Text Available Longevity runs in families, either through genetic or environmental influences. Using Quebec civil registration and historical Canadiancensuses, we compared the longevity of siblings and spouses of 806 centenarians to a group of controls, all born in Quebec at the turnof the 20th century. Our results show that siblings of centenarians, who share half of their genes and a common childhood environment,lived 3–4 years longer than their birth cohort. However, husbands and wives of centenarians lived 4 and 2.5 years longer than theircounterparts of the same sex, respectively, suggesting that longevity is also modulated by shared environment in adulthood.

  16. Quebec Seeks Solutions: An Economic Development Agency's Role in Local Open Innovation

    Alexandra Berger Masson


    Full Text Available This article offers an economic-development perspective on a new method for local companies to find innovative solutions to their most challenging business problems: local open innovation. Quebec International, the economic development agency for the Quebec City area, contributed to the development of the Seeking Solutions approach to local open innovation, which included the hosting of problem-solving conferences with local research centres, economic development actors, and companies. Looking back on our experiences and outcomes since 2010, this article shows how the development and introduction of this new approach to local open innovation has changed the rules of the game in the region.

  17. Playa Lakes

    Kansas Data Access and Support Center — This digital dataset provides information about the spatial distribution of soil units associated with playa lakes. Specific soil types have been designated by the...

  18. Lake Ponkapog



    @@ Thirty years ago,Lake Ponkapog in Hartwell,New Jersey,was full of life.Many birds and animals rived beside the water,which was frill of fish.Now there are few birds.animals and fish.The lake water is polluted(污染的).It is in a colour of dirty brown,and it is filled with strange plants.

  19. Black carbon characterization in Quebec black spruce forests

    Soucemarianadin, Laure; Quideau, Sylvie; Wasylishen, Roderick; MacKenzie, M. Derek


    Black carbon (BC), an important component of the global soil carbon pool, is a major by-product of wildfires in Quebec black spruce forests. However, BC characteristics vary depending on the environmental conditions under which it is formed and this may further affect its resistance to degradation. The objective of this study was to characterize the chemical and physical properties of BC formed under variable fire severity to assess its potential for recalcitrance as a passive carbon pool. Samples (n = 267) of BC produced by early season wildfires in 2005-2007 were collected from the surface of black spruce forest floors to cover the range of severity encountered in these fire-affected forests. Representative samples (n = 33) were then analyzed using elemental analysis, solid-state 13C nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR) spectroscopy, scanning electron microscopy and surface area analysis (BET method). Properties of BC sampled in the field were compared with those of samples produced under a range of controlled formation conditions in the laboratory. The NMR spectra of the BC collected on sites affected by low fire severity showed a distribution of total intensity between the different spectral regions very similar to those of unburned fuels, and were dominated by peaks indicative of cellulose, while spectra for BC from higher fire severity sites were dominated by a broad peak assigned to aromatic carbons. Atomic H/C and O/C ratios decreased along the fire severity gradient, confirming that increasing severity was associated with an increase in condensation. By comparing field- to laboratory-produced samples, we concluded that the temperature of formation in the field ranged between 75 and 250 ° C. In all analyzed BC samples, the fraction of aromatic carbon:total carbon was low, suggesting that the freshly produced BC in this boreal forest environment may be susceptible to rapid physical alteration and chemical degradation. Nevertheless, it is important to highlight

  20. Lake Victoria: the Changing Lake.

    Mwirigi, P.; Rutagemwa, D.; Gikuma-Njuru, P.; Njuguna, H.; Matovu, A.; Waya, R.; Mwebaza-Ndawula, L.; Ssenfuma-Nsubuga, M.; Kinobe, J.; Abuodha, J.; Hecky, R


    Water quality monitoring activities were carried out on physical-chemical parameters, water chemistry and biotic indices at selected littoral and pelagic stations along north-south and east-west transects over an annual cycle between 2000 and 2005. The activities were aimed at collecting baseline information and data for use to define the current lake conditions and make a water quality assessment of the lake in relation to nutrient/ pollutant loadings as a basis for future monitoring surveys...

  1. Crossing the Line in Quebec and Catalonia: The Consequences of the Linguistically "Mixed" Marriage.

    O'Donnell, Paul E.


    The linguistically mixed marriage stands at he crossroads of important factors in the future of French in North American and Catalan in Europe: reversing language shift. While Quebec and Catalonia appear strikingly similar, strong evidence indicates that demographic, linguistic, socioeconomic, and even lifestyle factors may make linguistic exogamy…

  2. List of realizations of French and Quebec towns; Repertoires de realisations de villes francaises et quebecoises



    The aims of this list is to offer to the local governments information on realizations concerning the energy efficiency, in order to allow the identification of operators and technical solutions and methodologies, in relation with the sites where they are implemented. It increases also the knowledge on experiments and allows the comparative evaluation between French and Quebec realizations. (A.L.B.)

  3. Ethics Education Seen through the Lens of Habermas's Conception of Practical Reason: The Quebec Education Program

    Bouchard, Nancy; Morris, Ronald W.


    This paper examines the Quebec Education Program (QEP), particularly the new course in ethics and religious culture (ERC), in the light of Habermas's conception of the moral and ethical uses of practical reason. Habermas's discursive theory of morality is used to assess the program's understanding of what it means to be competent in moral matters.…

  4. The 12th 735-kV transmission line project: Hydro-Quebec network

    Hydro-Quebec is proposing to construct a 735-kV transmission line from the Chissibi station near the LG3 hydroelectric power plant to the Jacques-Cartier station near Quebec City. The width of the right-of-way will generally be 90 m and it is intended to install the line in two stages. The Chissibi-Chibougamau section should enter service in 1993 and the Chibougamau-Cartier section in 1994. The cost of the line is estimated at $1.21 billion, of which $900 million is for line construction and $310 million for station equipment. Prospective corridors for the line route have been selected, portions of which enable twinning with Hydro-Quebec's existing 9th 735-kV line. A series of hearings on the environmental and other impacts of the power line project was held by the Bureau d'audiences publiques sur l'environnement and results are summarized along with the views of the Bureau. The summary describes the justification for the project, the choice of the transmission line route, the evaluation of the impacts of the project on the natural and human environments, health effects due to magnetic fields, and effects on the economic development of northern Quebec. Recommendations are given for mitigating the impacts of the project. 13 refs., 8 figs., 2 tabs

  5. Completed Suicides Among Quebec Adolescents Involved with Juvenile Justice and Child Welfare Services

    Farand, Lambert; Chagnon, Francois; Renaud, Johanne; Rivard, Michele


    In the Province of Quebec (Canada), adolescents involved with the child welfare and juvenile justice systems committed at least one third of all completed suicides in their age group in 1995 and 1996. Their risk of suicide, standardized for age and sex, was five times that of the general adolescent population, and female juvenile delinquents had…

  6. A/Political Education: A Survey of Quebec Students' Perceptions of Their Citizenship Education

    Fournier-Sylvester, Nicole


    This survey of 370 recent high school graduates reveals that history and citizenship courses in Quebec focus on cultural and religious viewpoints, favour a transmission approach to learning, and fail to connect the political process to students' concerns and interests. Without a clear conception of citizenship as a reference point, this curriculum…

  7. Shunning the Bird's Eye View: General Science in the Schools of Ontario and Quebec

    Hoffman, Michelle


    This paper considers the adoption of general science courses in two Canadian provinces, Ontario and Quebec, during the 1930s. In Ontario, a few science teachers had followed the early general science movements in the United States and Britain with interest. During the 1930s, several developments made the cross-disciplinary, applied thrust of…

  8. Problemes et methodes de la lexicographie quebecoise (Problems and Methods of Quebec Lexicography).

    Cormier, Monique C., Ed.; Francoeur, Aline, Ed.

    Papers on lexicographic research in Quebec (Canada) include: "Indications semantiques dans les dictionnaires bilingues" ("Semantic Indications in Bilingual Dictionaries) (Johanne Blais, Roda P. Roberts); "Definitions predictionnairiques de 'maison, batiment, et pavillon'" ("Pre-dictionary definitions of 'house, building, and pavillon'") (Helene…

  9. Digitization of a geologic map for the Quebec-Maine-Gulf of Maine global geoscience transect

    Wright, Bruce E.; Stewart, David B.


    The Bedrock Geologic Map of Maine was digitized and combined with digital geologic data for Quebec and the Gulf of Maine for the Quebec-Maine-Gulf of Maine Geologic Transect Project. This map is being combined with digital geophysical data to produce three-dimensional depictions of the subsurface geology and to produce cross sections of the Earth's crust. It is an essential component of a transect that stretches from the craton near Quebec City, Quebec, to the Atlantic Ocean Basin south of Georges Bank. The transect is part of the Global Geosciences Transect Project of the International Lithosphere Program. The Digital Line Graph format is used for storage of the digitized data. A coding scheme similar to that used for base category planimetric data was developed to assign numeric codes to the digitized geologic data. These codes were used to assign attributes to polygon and line features to describe rock type, age, name, tectonic setting of original deposition, mineralogy, and composition of igneous plutonic rocks, as well as faults and other linear features. The digital geologic data can be readily edited, rescaled, and reprojected. The attribute codes allow generalization and selective retrieval of the geologic features. The codes allow assignment of map colors based on age, lithology, or other attribute. The Digital Line Graph format is a general transfer format that is supported by many software vendors and is easily transferred between systems.

  10. Tensions between Teaching Sexuality Education and Neoliberal Policy Reform in Quebec's Professional Competencies for Beginning Teachers

    Parker, Dan; McGray. Robert


    This research draws into question the effects that neoliberal policy reforms--with an emphasis on individual and measurable "competencies"--has on new teachers teaching sexuality education in Quebec. While we examine professional competencies that teachers can use to define their mandate for teaching sexuality education as a beginning…

  11. "Quand Je Sors D'Accueil": Linguistic Integration of Immigrant Adolescents in Quebec Secondary Schools

    Steinbach, Marilyn


    This article describes the social, linguistic and academic integration processes of immigrant students in an area of low-density immigration in Quebec, Canada. Interviews were conducted with 15 secondary school students who had been in the country for 2 months to 4 years, in order to get a wide sampling of their experiences of the process of…

  12. Quartz OSL dating of late Holocene beach ridges from the Magdalen Islands (Quebec, Canada)

    Remillard, A.M.; Buylaert, Jan-Pieter; Murray, Andrew;


    Quartz optically stimulated luminescence (OSL) dating has been applied to sandy beach ridge systems from the Magdalen Islands in the center of the Gulf of St. Lawrence (Quebec, Canada) to provide the first chronological framework for these features. Nineteen beach ridges (22 samples) from four di...

  13. Community-Based Occupational Therapy Services for Children: A Quebec Survey on Service Delivery

    Cotellesso, Annie; Mazer, Barbara; Majnemer, Annette


    Community-based occupational therapy (OT) services are intended to promote social integration and minimize disability. The objective of this study was to describe community-based OT services for children in the province of Quebec, Canada. Specific aims included (a) to determine the proportion of Centres Locaux de Services Communautaires (CLSCs)…

  14. [The influence of sociodemographic characteristics on the beginning of married life of Quebec women].

    Belanger, A; Turcotte, P


    Family structure has been evolving in Quebec for approximately 30 years. This second demographic transition is especially characterized by the marked growth in the number and proportion of unmarried couples. Data from the 1995 General Social Study (ESG) were used in a study of the beginning of married life for Quebec women. The first union is particularly important in a person¿s life cycle because it often takes place at the same time as one¿s formal studies are concluding, entrance into professional/employed life, and departure from the parental home. The authors explored the relative importance of free unions in Quebec. A multivariate analysis provided a measure of the influence of demographic and socioeconomic characteristics upon the risk that Quebec women run of either entering an open union or formal marriage when they begin their lives with a partner. Schooling level and activity are used to empirically evaluate the theory of independence, while the authors also measure the effect of characteristics such as generation, the presence of a child, place of birth, maternal language, and religious practice. The analysis considers the stability of the family of origin. PMID:12349519

  15. Impact of climate change on operations and planning of Hydro-Quebec's generation system

    Studies that are underway at OURANOS indicate that some of the probable climate change scenarios in the coming years will have an effect on Quebec's watersheds hydrology and on temperatures. For Hydro-Quebec, who draws more than 95% of its generation from hydraulic resources and whose electricity loads depend pretty much on temperatures, such climate changes will definitely have a significant impact on many aspects of the planning and operations of its system. Our presentation will be divided into three parts. First, to bridge the gap between climate change scientists and water managers, we will present a list of the types of parameters needed from the scientists in order for the water managers to assess the impacts of climate changes on a hydroelectric system such as Hydro-Quebec's. These parameters will include changes in annual and seasonal distribution and variability of natural inflows and, most importantly, the timing of the changes in the coming years. The second part will focus on the types of adaptive decisions and strategies that will have to be taken ahead of time in order to implement the changes on a hydroelectric generation system such as Hydro-Quebec's. They will cover different areas such as generation planning, operations planning and optimization, refurbishment and replacement of infrastructures, dam safety, flood control and protection, maintenance planning and reliability. Finally, we will present more specific results of the impact of some climate change scenarios on Hydro-Quebec's overall generation system, showing differences between regions, and a case study on one of its river systems. (author)

  16. HLA-A, B and DRB1 genetic heterogeneity in Quebec.

    Buhler, S; Nunes, J M; Sanchez-Mazas, A; Richard, L


    Recent studies have shown that under specific conditions such as high sample sizes and Hardy-Weinberg equilibrium, bone marrow donor registry data can be used to describe HLA molecular variation across a specific geographic area, thus providing excellent data sets to infer human migrations history. The province of Quebec is known to have experienced a complex history of settlement, characterized by multiple migrations and demographic changes. We thus analysed the data of more than 13 000 unrelated individuals acting as volunteer bone marrow donors who were molecularly typed for HLA-A, B and DRB1 polymorphisms in the Héma-Quebec registry. HLA allelic and haplotypic frequencies were estimated and compared among regions. The results indicate that, despite an overall low genetic diversity in Quebec, genetic variation is correlated with geography, compatible with isolation-by-distance across the province. However, some localities also harbour contrasting genetic profiles, that is a highly diversified genetic pool in the two main urban centres (Montréal and Laval) and a more pronounced genetic divergence of two specific regions characterized by a peculiar peopling history (Saguenay-Lac-St-Jean and Gaspésie-Îles-De-La-Madeleine). In agreement with other independent molecular markers, the observations based on HLA data thus account for the main demographic mechanisms that shaped the genetic structure of the present day Quebecer population. In addition, the detailed analysis of the Héma-Quebec registry provides key genetic information on which an efficient bone marrow transplantation recruitment strategy can be settled. PMID:25639978

  17. Snowpack and snowmelt modeling of a subarctic catchment in northern Quebec, Canada, using an energy and mass balance approach

    Oreiller, M.; Rousseau, A. N.; Minville, M.


    There is a growing interest in modeling snowpack evolution and spring runoff in northern Quebec, Canada, where there are several large-scale hydropower complexes. This region (49th to 55th degree north), characterized by boreal forest, lakes and wetlands, is highly remote and snowpack observations are very sparse. The objective of this study is to improve the snow module of HYDROTEL, a distributed continuous hydrological model currently used to predict inflows to large hydropower reservoirs of the region, with the help of continuous in-situ measurements of snow water equivalent. Up to now HYDROTEL has relied on a mixed degree-day/energy balance method to simulate accumulation and depletion of the snow cover. This approach has the advantage of requiring a small number of input data, but under changing climate conditions such as those recently experienced unusually high temperature in late winter or rain-on-snow events it has a tendency to generate unreliable results. We thus implemented a completely physically-based snow module, CROCUS, and try to determine whether HYDROTEL could benefit from an energy and mass balance approach. CROCUS, originally developed for snowpack simulations in the French Alps, has been adapted to the specific environmental characteristics of the boreal region. The simulation can now be validated with snow water equivalent collected by a GMON sensor, which evaluates absorption of the natural ground gamma radiation by the snowpack. The number of input data required by CROCUS is more important (seven meteorological variables on an hourly basis instead of two on a daily basis for the current version of HYDROTEL's snow module) which makes it more complex to use and at this points too complex to be implemented directly as a subroutine in HYDROTEL. However, this study shows that HYDROTEL is much more effective at predicting winter and spring runoff when using CROCUS as the snow module.

  18. Archean crustal evolution in the central Minto block, northern Quebec

    The central Minto block contains three volcano-sedimentary successions. Near Lake Qalluviartuuq, an isotopically primitive (2.83GaεNd +3.8 to +2.3) 2.83 Ga volcano-plutonic sequence comprises depleted tholeiitic basalts, anorthositic gabbro, and diorite-granodiorite that is unconformably overlain by 2.76GaεNd +1.8) calc-alkaline sequence of pillow basalts, andesites, and peridotite cut by 2.73 Ga diorite. To the west, and in inferred tectonic contact, the sediment-dominated Kogaluc sequence includes both isotopically evolved calc-alkaline rocks (2.76GaεNd +1.6 to -0.1) including 2.78GaεNd Nd 2.725GaεNd - 1. 6). (author). 19 refs., 4 tabs., 5 figs

  19. Koontz Lake

    Zebell, Dennis A; Medors, Sky K; Delgado, Dan G


    A case study of the SR 23 replacement at the Koontz Lake Dam will be presented. The dam replacement, road re-alignment, and labyrinth spillway will be discussed. The design criteria and processes associated with each of those items will be discussed as well as the coordination with and expectations of the multiple owners involved with the project.

  20. The recovering Dian Lake

    Ai, Chi-Han


    Dian Lake, also known as Kunming Lake, is the largest freshwater lake in Yunnan Province. However, the value of tourism isn't a perpetual blessing for Dian Lake. Since 1980, due to the rapid urbanization in China, water pollution in Dian Lake has worsened year by year.

  1. Proceedings of the wind energy industry conference : develop, innovate, export : held in conjunction with Quebec's first wind energy industry gala

    This conference was dedicated to the wind energy industry and business opportunities in Quebec, the rest of Canada and abroad. It was held in conjunction with Quebec's first wind energy industry gala which highlighted the organizations and individuals that have made outstanding contributions to the wind power sector in Quebec over the past three years. The entire conference focused on current and future requests for proposals in Quebec, innovation, and exports. Some fifteen reputed speakers shared their knowledge and experience regarding technological development and technical support available in Quebec. It was intended to clarify current and future issues affecting the wind power industry and to build key relations with leading wind energy players. The sessions of the conference were entitled: the wind energy industry in Quebec and Canada; issues surrounding requests for proposals; the players involved in the request for proposals; visual impacts of wind farms; data transmission during wind farm construction; innovating to move ahead of the crowd; innovation in practice; exporting as a means of development; and, exports in practice. A tour of the Baie-des-Sable wind farm was also provided. The conference featured 24 presentations, of which 2 have been catalogued separately for inclusion in this database. refs., tabs., figs

  2. Seasonal development of an invasive exotic species, Contarinia nasturtii (Diptera: Cecidomyiidae), in Quebec.

    Corlay, Favio; Boivin, Guy


    The seasonal development of the swede midge Contarinia nasturtii Kieffer was studied in Quebec in 2004 and 2005 using pheromone traps, emergence cages, and visual inspection in relation to degree-day accumulations (DD7.2 degrees C). Peak emergence of overwintering adults occurred between 344 and 731 DD7.2 degrees C (second half of June) during both seasons. The swede midge had three to four overlapping generations in Quebec based on adult captures in pheromone traps and abundance of larvae in the field. The level of infestation was higher in late transplants than in early transplants, with cauliflower and broccoli being more susceptible to damage than white or red cabbage under high pest population. PMID:18801256

  3. Locked on course: Hydro-Quebec's commitment to mega-projects

    Large organizations often escalate their commitments to mega-project development, even after evidence becomes available of adverse environmental consequences or lack of economic feasibility. This escalation of commitment transcends both sectorial and national boundaries. Preeminent examples include controversial nuclear projects in the US, hydroelectric projects like the Three Gorges Dam in China, and transport projects like the Chunnel and the Concorde. In this article, the authors examine the experience of Hydro-Quebec with the Great Whale Project. They argue that Hydro-Quebec escalated its commitment even after serious questions emerged about its environmental impacts and economic feasibility, because of (1) its earlier success with large projects, (2) its engineering culture''s norms for consistency, and (3) its role in the government''s desire for economic and cultural autonomy. Finally, they discuss the changes that are necessary to break commitments to such projects

  4. Contribution of maternal age to preterm birth rates in Denmark and Quebec, 1981-2008

    Auger, Nathalie; Hansen, Anne V; Mortensen, Laust Hvas


    OBJECTIVES: We sought evidence to support the hypothesis that advancing maternal age is potentially causing a rise in preterm birth (PTB) rates in high-income countries. METHODS: We assessed maternal age-specific trends in PTB using all singleton live births in Denmark (n = 1 674 308) and Quebec (n...... = 2 291 253) from 1981 to 2008. We decomposed the country-specific contributions of age-specific PTB rates and maternal age distribution to overall PTB rates over time. RESULTS: PTB rates increased from 4.4% to 5.0% in Denmark and from 5.1% to 6.0% in Quebec. Rates increased the most in women aged 20...... increased among women aged 20 to 29 years, but their contribution to the overall PTB rates was offset by older maternal age over time. Women aged 20 to 29 years should be targeted to reduce PTB rates, as potential for prevention may be greater in this age group....

  5. Hydro-Quebec's 'Econo-Confort' program. A unique energy-conservation measure

    In December 1993, Hydro-Quebec launched an ambitious direct installation program known to the public as Econo-Confort. The program is aimed at reducing electricity consumption by residential customers. In the period 1994-1997, Econo-Confort representatives will visit Quebec's 2,8 million homes individually and offer to install energy-saving products such as electronic thermostats and low-flow shower-heads, at no charge to customers. The program's objectives are astronomical: 8 million thermostats and 800,000 shower-heads will be installed in 1.1 million households, for total energy savings of 2,010 GWh. Planning such an extensive operation demanded an equally extensive performance analysis, covering the technology, consumer behaviour and commercial strategy aspects. (author)

  6. Developing an ‘integrated health system’: the reform of health and social services in Quebec


    The Quebec health care system, founded in 1970 as a public, single payer, state run system had by 2004 reached a turning point. Rising costs, working in silos, difficulty accessing physicians, increased waiting time for diagnostic imaging and surgical intervention led policy makers and politicians to propose a new model for the organisation and delivery of care. Based on populational responsibility and the clear distinction between a community primary care and specialised services a new model...

  7. Prevalence of feline blood groups in the Montreal area of Quebec, Canada

    Fosset, Fabrice T.J.; Blais, Marie-Claude


    The feline AB blood group system has clinical significance because type B cats have natural alloimmune anti-A antibodies which can cause isoerythrolysis of the newborn and life-threatening transfusion reactions. In the United States, the prevalence of type B blood is estimated to be 1% to 2%. This study determined the prevalence of feline AB blood groups among 207 potential blood donor cats that included 178 domestic cats, in the Montreal area of Quebec, Canada. Blood typing was performed usi...

  8. Implementing Key Strategies for Successful Network Integration in the Quebec Substance-Use Disorders Programme

    Fleury, Marie-Josée; Perreault, Michel; Grenier, Guy; Imboua, Armelle; Brochu, Serge


    Background: Fragmentation and lack of coordination often occur among organisations offering treatment for individuals with substance-use disorders. Better integration from a system perspective within a network of organisations offering substance-use disorder services can be developed using various integration strategies at the administrative and clinical levels.This study aims to identify integration strategies implemented in Quebec substance-use disorder networks and to assess their strength...

  9. Fee Increases and Target Income Hypothesis: Data from Quebec on Physicians' Compensation and Service Volumes

    Contandriopoulos, Damien; Perroux, Mélanie


    Recent years have witnessed important public investments in physicians' compensation across Canada. The current paper uses data from Quebec to assess the impact of those investments on the volumes of services provided to the population. While total physician compensation costs, average physician compensation and average unit cost per service all rose extremely fast, the total number of services, number of services per capita and average number of services per physician either stagnated or dec...


    Vincent Geloso


    Full Text Available This paper tackles the issue of the institutional decisions made by the British when they conquered the French colony of Quebec in 1760 by examining why toleration was the chosen policy course. Past experiences and the dire state of British public finances pushed the British government to adopt toleration of Catholics and of French legal institution in the colony as a policy designed to preserve the empire financially and strategically.

  11. Descriptive Epidemiology of Primary Biliary Cirrhosis in the Province of Quebec

    Villeneuve, Jean-Pierre; Fenyves, Daphna; Infante-Rivard, Claire


    Primary biliary cirrhosis (PBC) is a rare disease, but is usually recognized because of the characteristic clinical picture and the diagnostic specificity of antimitochondrial antibody (AMA) determination. Information on the epitlemiology of PBC is limited. The authors have examined the incidence and prevalence of PBC in the province of Quebec, where all short term hospitals are required to classify discharge summary diagnoses according to the International Classification of Diseases. Code 57...

  12. Public health impact assessment of a proposed cogeneration plant in the Quebec city metropolitan area

    Lajoie, P.; Bolduc, D.; Gauvin, D.; Guerrier, P.; Gauthier, R. [Quebec Public Health Center, Ste-Foy (Canada); Laflamme, P. [Laval Univ. (Canada). Dept. of Preventive Medicine


    In 1994, public hearings were held in Quebec city concerning a 120 megawatt (MW) gas cogeneration project that was to be coupled with an already existing pulp and paper mill in the downtown area. Cogeneration plants are often described as highly beneficial from the point of view of local environment. It is well known that the burning of natural gas emits far less sulfur dioxide (SO{sub 2}) and particulate matters (PM) than the combustion of oil or coal. The proposed plant would use high pressure vapour from a nearby incinerator plant and natural gas to produce low pressure vapor for the paper mill industry as well as electricity. The cogeneration plant would allow the paper mill to stop burning heavy oil. By using natural gas instead of heavy oil, the new cogeneration-paper mill complex (CPC) is expected to reinforce the recent trend and willingness towards improving downtown air quality. On the other hand, the CPC would emit more CO{sub 2}, due to the production of additional electricity. According to the Rio de Janeiro Agreement ratified in 1988, Canada is committed to stabilize its greenhouse gas emissions by the year 2000. Nevertheless, the cogeneration file is a new option considered by the Quebec Provincial Governement in its last energy triennal plan. However, it must be specified that the Province of Quebec contributes to less than 15 % of the total Canadian CO{sub 2} production although it represents more than 25 % of its population. Furthermore the maximum production of electricity by this file has been set to 250 MW. It is a very small fraction of the total production of electricity in Quebec, which is 200 TW

  13. A Survey of Trichinella spiralis in Wild Carnivores in Southwestern Quebec

    Bourque, Michel


    In 1982-1983, 144 muscle samples from 11 different species of wild carnivores from southwestern Quebec, Canada, were examined for the presence of Trichinella spiralis larvae, using direct microscopic examination and the peptic digestion method. Two red foxes (Vulpes vulpes) (out of 29) and one pine marten (Martes americana) (out of 56) were found positive, giving a 2.1% prevalence for the whole sample.

  14. ISO 14001 Certification and Environmental Performance in Quebec's Pulp and Paper Industry

    Barla, Philippe


    This paper tests whether adopting the international norm ISO 14001 significantly impacts environmental performance in Quebec's pulp and paper industry. Using monthly data collected from 37 plants between 1997 and 2003, we show that: i) ISO certification does not lead to a reduction in total suspended solid emissions or the total quantity of rejected process water; ii) discharge of biological oxygen demand appears to be significantly lower in the first year following certification; iii) this l...

  15. Antimicrobial Stewardship in Acute Care Centres: A Survey of 68 Hospitals in Quebec

    Vincent Nault


    Full Text Available BACKGROUND: Antimicrobial stewardship programs (ASPs and quantitative monitoring of antimicrobial use are required to ensure that antimicrobials are used appropriately in the acute care setting, and have the potential to reduce costs and limit the spread of antimicrobial-resistant organisms and Clostridium difficile. Currently, it is not known what proportion of Quebec hospitals have an ASP and/or monitor antimicrobial use.

  16. Geographical variation of Crohn's disease residual incidence in the Province of Quebec, Canada

    Lowe Anne-Marie; St-Onge Laurie; Michel Pascal; Bigras-Poulin Michel; Brassard Paul


    Abstract Background Crohn's disease (CD) is clinically expressed as a chronic affection of the gastrointestinal tract currently known to have a multifactorial etiology involving a complex pathophysiological host response modulated by genetic susceptibilities, demographic determinants and environmental factors. With more than 20 cases per 100,000 person-years, the province of Quebec, Canada is among regions of the world with highest reported occurrence of CD in relation to other places where c...

  17. The glocalization of responsible investment: Contextualization work in France and Quebec

    Gond, Jean-Pascal; Boxenbaum, Eva


    This study investigates the institutional work that underlies the diffusion of responsible investment (RI) and enhances its adaptation to local settings. Building on institutional theory and actor-network theory, we advance the concept of contextualization work to describe the institutional work that sustains RI glocalization. Empirical data from two case studies highlight how entrepreneurial actors imported the notion of RI from the US to France and Quebec. Our findings uncover three types o...

  18. Anxiety about food supply in cree women with infants in Quebec

    Willows, Noreen D.; Iserhoff, Rose; Napash, Lily; Leclerc, Lucie; Verrall, Tanya


    Objectives. The objectives were to document the prevalence of maternal anxiety about food supply in Cree women who had 9-month-old infants, and to understand maternal and infant characteristics associated with anxiety. Study Design. The design was descriptive and combined both cross-sectional and retrospective analyses. Methods. The study took place in nine Cree communities in northern Quebec. Data on maternal characteristics in pregnancy (age, parity, anemia, smoking status) and infant chara...

  19. Quebec's Green Future: The Lowest-Cost Route to Green Gas Reductions

    Jean-Thomas Bernard; Jean-Yves Duclos


    The authors say Quebec’s efforts to reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions must face some key facts. First, the possibilities of an effective reduction of GHG emissions through the substitution of one energy source for another are limited in Quebec. Second, Quebec’s era of low-cost hydroelectric production is finished. And third, low domestic electricity prices favour heavy usage and limit Quebec’s capacity to export clean hydroelectricity. This Backgrounder is also available in French.

  20. Bathymetry of Lake Ontario

    National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, Department of Commerce — Bathymetry of Lake Ontario has been compiled as a component of a NOAA project to rescue Great Lakes lake floor geological and geophysical data and make it more...

  1. Designated Wildlife Lakes - points

    Minnesota Department of Natural Resources — This is a point shapefile of Designated Wildlife Lakes in Minnesota. This shapefile was created by converting lake polygons from the Designated Wildlife Lakes...

  2. Bathymetry of Lake Michigan

    National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, Department of Commerce — Bathymetry of Lake Michigan has been compiled as a component of a NOAA project to rescue Great Lakes lake floor geological and geophysical data and make it more...

  3. Bathymetry of Lake Huron

    National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, Department of Commerce — Bathymetry of Lake Huron has been compiled as a component of a NOAA project to rescue Great Lakes lake floor geological and geophysical data and make it more...

  4. Hydrography - Lakes Assessments - Attaining

    NSGIC GIS Inventory (aka Ramona) — This layer shows only attaining lakes of the Integrated List. The Lakes Integrated List represents lake assessments in an integrated format for the Clean Water Act...

  5. Bathymetry of Lake Superior

    National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, Department of Commerce — Bathymetry of Lake Superior has been compiled as a component of a NOAA project to rescue Great Lakes lake floor geological and geophysical data and make it more...

  6. Great Lakes Bathymetry

    National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, Department of Commerce — Bathymetry of Lakes Michigan, Erie, Saint Clair, Ontario and Huron has been compiled as a component of a NOAA project to rescue Great Lakes lake floor geological...

  7. The Evolution of beliefs and opinions on matters related to marriage and sexual behaviour among French-speaking Catholic Quebecers and English-speaking Protestant Ontarians

    Miller, Caia; Malherbe, Paskall; Laplante, Benoit


    EnglishThe authors argue that the important changes in behaviour related to family andsexual life that were seen in Quebec during the second half of the 20th centuryare a consequence of a major transformation of the foundation of the normativesystem shared by the members of Quebec's main socio-religious group, French speakingCatholics. Using data from Gallup polls, the authors compare theevolution of the opinions of French-speaking Quebec Catholics and English speakingOntario Protestants on m...

  8. Impact of climate change on operations and planning of Hydro-Quebec's generation system

    Hydraulic resources currently account for more than 95 per cent of Hydro-Quebec's generation capacity. Hydro-Quebec also plans to purchase more wind power in the future. However, the utility wind and hydroelectric resources will be affected by climatic change in the future. This paper outlined research needed by hydroelectric and water resource managers in order to accurately determine the impacts of climatic change. Parameters included changes in annual and seasonal distribution as well as changes in the variability of natural inflows. The research will be used to determine the configuration of new projects as well as the refurbishment and replacement of existing infrastructure. Load profiles for the future indicate that electricity use will change, with less heating needed in winter, and more air conditioning required in summer months. The Delta method was used to determine impacts of future inflows and hydrological regimes. A case study of climate change impacts and management strategies for the Outardes River system up to the year 2050 was presented. The study showed that higher inflows are expected to produce more energy. Maintenance planning and flood control techniques were also discussed. The study showed that the effects of climate change on each of Hydro-Quebec's systems is expected to follow a similar pattern to the Outardes system. tabs., figs

  9. Vaccination practices of Quebec family physicians. Influenza vaccination status and professional practices for influenza vaccination.

    Milord F


    Full Text Available OBJECTIVE: To assess influenza vaccination status and influenza vaccination practices of family physicians in Quebec. DESIGN: Mail survey of a random sample of 1000 family physicians. SETTING: Family practices in the province of Quebec. PARTICIPANTS: Of 1000 Quebec family physicians sent questionnaires, 550 responded. After excluding physicians who worked only in institutions, had no patients older than 65 years, or did clinical work less than 20% of the time, 379 respondents were eligible for the study. MAIN OUTCOME MEASURES: Vaccination status of family physicians in 1996 and professional practices based on six clinical and administrative activities pertaining to influenza vaccination. RESULTS: Prevalence of vaccination was 35.5% (95% confidence interval 30.8% to 40.4% among responding physicians and was higher among those 60 years and older, those with a chronic condition, and those perceiving high peer pressure to get vaccinated. Most respondents frequently assessed the current influenza vaccination status of their patients, risk factors for influenza-related complications, and contraindications to the vaccine. They also frequently provided education about influenza and its vaccine, recommended vaccination, and administered the vaccine. Only a few reported assessing prior influenza vaccinations or recording vaccination status regularly. Finally, vaccinated physicians recommended the vaccine more frequently to their patients than unvaccinated physicians did. CONCLUSION: Promotion programs focusing on peer influence could increase vaccination of family physicians. This could in turn improve vaccination coverage of elderly patients.

  10. The energy saving problem in cold regions. The case of Quebec

    Many recommendations concerning the environment have been put forward over the past few years; but when it comes to saving energy, there seems to be a certain amount of confusion as to what to do. This article compares measures related to three uses of energy in the home (lighting, refrigeration, water heating) in Quebec and in an area without heating. For each of these uses the authors analyze the existing equipment and possible alternatives, from a technical viewpoint. They then estimate the energy consumed per unit and make a cost analysis. Finally, they evaluate the energy saved. One conclusion is that any energy savings program should consider behavior patterns just as much as technical and economic parameters. Others are that the incentives are paltry, as the gains that can be expected are minimal; and that the special problem situation of Quebec should be underscored, as it is quite different from regions at lower latitudes. That is, one effective program in Quebec that produces savings during the cold months concentrates on how energy is used, rather than how it is produced. And as far as concerns the development of large power facilities, it seems that the debate should first center on evolving trends in the demand for electricity. 12 refs; 4 tabs

  11. Quebec and climate change : 2006-2012 action plan first year results

    This brochure was released by the Quebec government in order to provide the first year results of the Quebec and Climate Change Action Plan. The plan implemented 24 actions for the reduction of greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions. The measures are expected to reduce emissions by 10 megatonnes by 2012. A federal government grant of $350 million is also being used to reduce GHGs by a further 3.8 megatonnes. A $1.2 billion budget has been financed through a duty levied on fossil fuels. The plan included a comprehensive energy efficiency and new technologies program; programs to encourage marine transport as well as a program to develop innovative public transportation initiatives. The plan also included the creation of an industrial research chair in cellulose ethanol as well as 2 demonstration plants for the production of cellulose ethanol. A program has also been introduced to support municipalities who wish to adopt bylaws prohibiting vehicle idling. A draft regulation has also been prepared concerning the mandatory reporting of releases of contaminants into the atmosphere. The plan will include awareness raising and assistance activities. Funding has also been given to the development of local climate models. It was concluded that the Quebec government is preparing to meet the environmental challenges of the future. 4 figs

  12. The burgeoning field of transdisciplinary adaptation research in Quebec (1998–: a climate change-related public health narrative

    Gosselin P


    Full Text Available Pierre Gosselin1–3, Diane Bélanger1,3,4, Véronique Lapaige1,5,6, Yolaine Labbé11Quebec National Public Health Institute, Quebec, 2Laval University, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Social and Preventive Medicine, Quebec, 3National Institute of Scientific Research, Water-Earth-Environment Centre, Quebec, 4Research Centre of the Quebec University Hospital Centre, Quebec, 5University of Montreal, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Psychiatry, Montreal, 6Fernand-Seguin Research Centre, Montreal, QC, CanadaAbstract: This paper presents a public health narrative on Quebec’s new climatic conditions and human health, and describes the transdisciplinary nature of the climate change adaptation research currently being adopted in Quebec, characterized by the three phases of problem identification, problem investigation, and problem transformation. A transdisciplinary approach is essential for dealing with complex ill-defined problems concerning human–environment interactions (for example, climate change, for allowing joint research, collective leadership, complex collaborations, and significant exchanges among scientists, decision makers, and knowledge users. Such an approach is widely supported in theory but has proved to be extremely difficult to implement in practice, and those who attempt it have met with heavy resistance, succeeding when they find the occasional opportunity within institutional or social contexts. In this paper we narrate the ongoing struggle involved in tackling the negative effects of climate change in multi-actor contexts at local and regional levels, a struggle that began in a quiet way in 1998. The paper will describe how public health adaptation research is supporting transdisciplinary action and implementation while also preparing for the future, and how this interaction to tackle a life-world problem (adaptation of the Quebec public health sector to climate change in multi-actors contexts has progressively been

  13. Groundwater Resources Evolution in Degrading Permafrost Environments: A Small Catchment-Scale Study in Northern Quebec, Canada

    Molson, John; Lemieux, Jean-Michel; Fortier, Richard; Therrien, Rene; Ouellet, Michel; Barth, Johannes; van Geldern, Robert; Cochand, Marion; Sottas, Jonathan; Murray, Renaud; Banville, David


    A two square kilometre catchment in a discontinuous permafrost zone near the Inuit community of Umiujaq on the eastern shore of Hudson Bay in Northern Quebec, Canada, is being investigated to determine the impact of permafrost degradation on groundwater resources. The catchment, which became deglaciated about 7500 years ago, lies in a valley which includes about 30-40 m of glacial-fluvial and marine Quaternary sediments. Permafrost mounds at the site extend from a few meters below ground surface to depths of about 10-30 m. Instrumentation has been installed to measure groundwater levels and temperature, as well as groundwater and surface water geochemistry, isotope signatures (including δ18O and 3H) and stream flow. Preliminary groundwater isotope data reflect depleted δ18O signals that differ from expected values for local groundwater, possibly representing permafrost thaw. In addition, stable water isotopes indicate evaporation from shallow thermokarst lakes. Meteorological conditions including air temperatures, precipitation and snowpack are also being monitored. Near-surface geophysical surveys using electrical resistivity tomography (ERT), induced polarization tomography (IPT), georadar and seismic refraction tomography have been carried out to characterize the catchment and to build a 3D geological site model. A numerical model of coupled groundwater flow and heat transport, including thermal advection, conduction, freeze-thaw and latent heat, is being developed for the site to help develop the conceptual model and to assess future impacts of permafrost degradation due to climate warming. The model (Heatflow/3D) includes nonlinear functions for the temperature-dependent unfrozen moisture content and relative permeability, and has been tested against analytical solutions and using benchmarks developed by the INTERFROST modelling consortium. A conceptual 2D vertical-plane model including several permafrost mounds along a 1 km section shows dynamic seasonal

  14. Longevity of Lake Superior lake trout

    Schram, Stephen T.; Fabrizio, Mary C.


    The age structure of mature lake trout Salvelinus namaycush from the Wisconsin waters of Lake Superior increased following a population recovery that has taken place since the 1960s. As the population aged, it became apparent that scales were unreliable aging structures. Beginning in 1986, we examined both scale and sagittal otolith ages from tagged fish with a known period at liberty. We found large discrepancies in scale and sagittal otolith ages of mature fish, such that scale ages were biased low. We estimated lake trout living up to 42 years, which is greater than previously reported from Lake Superior. Investigators studying lake trout population dynamics in the Great Lakes should be aware that lake trout can live longer than previously thought.

  15. The regional climate model as a tool for long-term planning of Quebec water resources

    'Full text': In recent years, important progress has been made in downscaling GCM (Global Climate Model) projections to a resolution where hydrological studies become feasible. Climate change simulations performed with RCMs (Regional Climate Models) have reached a level of confidence that allows us to take advantage of this information in long-term planning of water resources. The RCMs' main advantage consist in their construction based on balanced land as well as atmosphere water and energy budgets, and on their inclusion of feedbacks between the surface and the atmosphere. Such models therefore generate sequences of weather events, providing long time series of hydro-climatic variables that are internally consistent, allowing the analysis of hydrologic regimes. At OURANOS, special attention is placed on the hydrological cycle, given its key role on socioeconomic activities. The Canadian Regional Climate Model (CRCM) was developed as a potential tool to provide climate projections at the watershed scale. Various analyses performed over small basins in Quebec provide information on the level of confidence we have in the CRCM for use in hydrological studies. Even though this approach is not free of uncertainty, it was found useful by some water resource managers and hence this information should be considered. One of the keys to retain usefulness, despite the associated uncertainties, is to make use of more than a single regional climate projection. This approach will allow for the evaluation of the climate change signal and its associated level of confidence. Such a methodology is already applied by Hydro-Quebec in the long-term planning of its water resources for hydroelectric generation over the Quebec territory. (author)

  16. Genomic characterization of a large outbreak of Legionella pneumophila serogroup 1 strains in Quebec City, 2012.

    Simon Lévesque

    Full Text Available During the summer of 2012, a major Legionella pneumophila serogroup 1 outbreak occurred in Quebec City, Canada, which caused 182 declared cases of Legionnaire's disease and included 13 fatalities. Legionella pneumophila serogroup 1 isolates from 23 patients as well as from 32 cooling towers located in the vicinity of the outbreak were recovered for analysis. In addition, 6 isolates from the 1996 Quebec City outbreak and 4 isolates from patients unrelated to both outbreaks were added to allow comparison. We characterized the isolates using pulsed-field gel electrophoresis, sequence-based typing, and whole genome sequencing. The comparison of patients-isolated strains to cooling tower isolates allowed the identification of the tower that was the source of the outbreak. Legionella pneumophila strain Quebec 2012 was identified as a ST-62 by sequence-based typing methodology. Two new Legionellaceae plasmids were found only in the epidemic strain. The LVH type IV secretion system was found in the 2012 outbreak isolates but not in the ones from the 1996 outbreak and only in half of the contemporary human isolates. The epidemic strains replicated more efficiently and were more cytotoxic to human macrophages than the environmental strains tested. At least four Icm/Dot effectors in the epidemic strains were absent in the environmental strains suggesting that some effectors could impact the intracellular replication in human macrophages. Sequence-based typing and pulsed-field gel electrophoresis combined with whole genome sequencing allowed the identification and the analysis of the causative strain including its likely environmental source.

  17. Hydro-Quebec REC system: probe positioning system for heat exchanger inspection

    In 2002, Hydro-Quebec's Gentilly-2 (G2) Nuclear Power Plant commissioned the Hydro-Quebec Research Institute to integrate its SCOMPI technology into their Eddy Current heat exchanger inspection setup. The purpose of this project was to develop an automated, fast, precise, and reliable positioning device, which would be adaptable to several heat exchangers, including steam generators. Hydro-Quebec's SCOMPI robot is a portable, six axes robot, developed in 1992 for the repair and maintenance of turbine runners. Given the name 'REC System', the integrated SCOMPI robot was first used during the 2003 moderator and shut-down cooler heat exchanger inspections. In 2005, the REC System replaced its SCOMPI technology with that of the newer Mini-SCOMPI, and was afterwards used to inspect two G2 steam generators. The Mini-SCOMPI is a smaller version of the SCOMPI which allows one-man, quick and easy installation. Both the 2003 and the 2005 campaigns were successful, with the REC system integration proving to be nearly transparent to the inspection process. No failure or time losses occurred during these inspections and all of the heat exchangers' tubes were accessible. In addition, probe positioning was very efficient thanks to the Mini-SCOMPI and the vision system. In 2005, half of the tubes belonging to Steam Generators 1 and 2 were inspected from the inlet side. In the future, all heat exchanger inspections with the REC System will be performed using the Mini-SCOMPI. The 5th CNS International Steam Generator Conference provides us with an excellent forum for presenting the successful integration of a new technology into an existing system for the inspection of various types of heat exchangers. (author)

  18. SYGIVRE : the Hydro-Quebec real time icing events management system

    The problem of ice accumulation on electric power transmission cables was discussed. This presentation introduced Hydro-Quebec's real time icing event management system, entitled SYGIVRE. Components of the system, including sensing probes, telecommunications, data processing, icing alarms, icing situation follow up, storm analysis and statistical analysis, were described. The process used in icing event analysis was summarized. Future developments of the system will include a new icing rate meter, improved communications, improved expert systems and new follow up actions. 2 tabs., 10 figs

  19. CEA power quality measurement protocol. A major step in Hydro-Quebec power quality strategy

    Hydro-Quebec's strategy for reducing short-term power interruptions and voltage fluctuations in an effort to improve their competitiveness was described. Current problems with power quality and control were outlined. Significant steps toward total power quality were described, including participation in the National Power Quality Survey since 1991, development of the Power Quality Measurement Protocol, and development of measurement equipment and diagnostic tools for measuring power quality. Continuing efforts and medium term plans directed towards total power quality were also described. 5 figs

  20. The Impact of Mad Cow Disease in Quebec: What to Do with Animal Carcasses?

    Bergeron, Nancy; Gagnon, Marie-France


    In recent years, after the bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE, or mad cow disease) crisis in Europe, and after the first case of BSE was found in Alberta, both regulation and producers’ initiatives have lead to an ever smaller demand for meat meal and animal fat used in animal feed. Meat meal and animal fat were produced in great part from the rendering of carcasses, i.e., animals that died on the farm due to disease or accident. In Quebec, agricultural producers used to sell the carcasses...

  1. Genetically Modified Grain Corn and Soybeans in Quebec and Ontario in 2000 and 2001

    Hategekimana, Bernard


    This report focuses on the changes in the area of genetically modified (GM) grain corn and soybeans, comparing the year 2001 with 2000. In the 2001 growing season, total GM area increased significantly for both GM grain corn and soybean crops in Quebec and Ontario. The number of large farms seeding GM crops rose considerably, while the number of small- and medium-sized farms growing GM crops was quite unchanged. The increase in GM soybean area was higher than that of GM grain corn. Farms grow...

  2. An overview of Hydro-Quebec's implementation of ISO14001 - principles and success factors

    Reasons for Hydro-Quebec to have an environmental management system are described. It is said to form the basis of the new 'hands-off' governance, empowerment and accountability regime, it supports expansion of the electricity market, demonstrates effectiveness of environmental management, implements a systematic approach to environmental management, and most of all, because it makes good business sense. The principles of implementation such as embedding responsibility for environmental management system implementation and maintenance into the mission of individual unit, thus recognizing the different needs and rates of implementation by the 1800+ sites and activities of the Corporation, success factors, and the current state of implementation are also reviewed

  3. Incidence Rate and Epidemiological and Clinical Aspects of Kawasaki Disease in Children of Maghrebi Origin in the Province of Quebec, Canada, Compared to the Country of Origin.

    Gorrab, Arbia Abir; Fournier, Anne; Bouaziz, Asma Abed; Spigelblatt, Linda; Scuccimarri, Rosie; Mrabet, Ali; Dahdah, Nagib


    The incidence of Kawasaki disease in Maghreb countries is apparently low, unlike those living in the province of Quebec, Canada. This retrospective study compared Maghrebi children living in Quebec to the countries of origin, Morocco, Algeria, and Tunisia. The annualized incidence rate in Quebec (18.49/year/100 000 children under 5 years of age) was 4 to 12 times higher than in Tunisia, Morocco, and Algeria (0.95, 4.52, and 3.15, respectively). The prevalence of incomplete diagnostic criteria was higher in Quebec at 39%, Morocco 43%, and Tunisia 39% compared to Algeria at 8%, with minimal delayed diagnosis (7%) only in Quebec compared to 30%, 35%, and 62%, respectively (P countries of origin seems due to underdiagnosis, which represents a public health concern in those countries. PMID:27336001

  4. Uraniferous pegmatites of the Sharlot Lake area, Ontario

    Reconnaissance airborne gamma ray spectrometric data covering the southern Grenville Province clearly indicate four anomalous zones, namely Mont Laurier and Huddersfield Township in western Quebec, and the Bancroft and Sharbot Lake areas in eastern Ontario. These surveys show that the Sharbot Lake area has a distinctly higher average eU/eTh ratio compared to the other Grenville pegmatite districts. Detailed surveys in the Sharbot Lake area have been particularly useful in providing a comprehensive picture of the pegmatite distribution. The majority of the pegmatites occur as conformable to semiconformable sill-like bodies ranging from bands less than 1 metre wide to bodies exceeding 500 by 50 metres. They are generally white to pale pink, massive to locally foliated and coarse grained. The principal radioactive mineral is uraninite commonly associated with biotite. Other radioactive phases include allanite, monazite, thorite, uranothorite, zircon and apatite. Average equivalent uranium concentrations measured by in situ gamma ray spectrometry range from a low of 3 ppm (averaging 36 ppm eTh) for pegmatites hosted by pink leucogranite gneiss to amphibolite-hosted pegmatite with an averge of 41 ppm (averaging 24 ppm eTh). Locally, equivalent uranium concentrations exceeding 5000 ppm may be found. Field evidence suggests that the pegmatites may have been developed by partial melting of Grenville Supergroup paragneisses. In places the pegmatites show evidence of mobilization and emplacement into adjacent granite gneisses and metasediments

  5. Bathymetry of Lake Erie and Lake Saint Clair

    National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, Department of Commerce — Bathymetry of Lake Erie and Lake Saint Clair has been compiled as a component of a NOAA project to rescue Great Lakes lake floor geological and geophysical data and...

  6. Life Cycle of the Golden Cyst Nematode, Globodera rostochiensis, in Quebec, Canada.

    Mimee, Benjamin; Dauphinais, Nathalie; Bélair, Guy


    In 2006, the golden cyst nematode, Globodera rostochiensis, was discovered in the province of Quebec, Canada. We report here the life cycle of G. rostochiensis under the climatic conditions of southwestern Quebec. Only one full generation was completed per year under these latitudes. On susceptible potato cv. Snowden, G. rostochiensis needed a minimum of 579 growing degree units (GDU) (base 5.9°C) to complete its life cycle and the first mature cysts were observed 42 to 63 days after planting (DAP). In soil, second-stage juveniles (J2) were first observed 14 to 21 DAP, whereas both white females on roots and males in soil appeared synchronously after 35 to 42 days. The duration of the life cycle was affected by temperature but not by soil type. A second wave of hatching systematically occurred later in the season and a second generation of males was observed during the 2011 growth season. No complete second cycle was observed before plant senescence. Climate change and later maturing cultivars/crops could allow the development of a full second generation in the future. PMID:26941456

  7. High daily doses of benzodiazepines among Quebec seniors: prevalence and correlates

    Moride Yola


    Full Text Available Abstract Background Use of high daily doses of benzodiazepines is generally contraindicated for seniors. While both patient and physician factors may influence the use of high daily doses, previous research on the effect of patient factors has been extremely limited. The objectives of this study were to determine the one year prevalence of use of high daily doses of benzodiazepines, and examine physician and patient correlates of such use among Quebec community-dwelling seniors. Methods Patient information for 1423 community-dwelling Quebec seniors who participated in the Canadian Study of Health and Aging was linked to provincial health insurance administrative data bases containing detailed information on prescriptions received and prescribers. Results The standardized one year period prevalence of use of high daily doses of benzodiazepines was 7.9%. Use of high daily doses was more frequent among younger seniors and those who had reported anxiety during the previous year. Patients without cognitive impairment were more likely to receive high dose prescriptions from general practitioners, while those with cognitive impairment were more likely to receive high dose prescriptions from specialists. Conclusion High dose prescribing appears to be related to both patient and physician factors.

  8. Practices of Disciplinarity and Interdisciplinarity in Quebec Elementary Schools: Results of Twenty Years of Research

    Yves Lenoir


    Full Text Available This article presents a synthesis of different research projects that have been carried out inthe province of Quebec, Canada over the past 20 years concerning the representations and practices ofelementary teachers regarding the relative importance given to subject matter and the use ofinterdisciplinarity in their teaching practice. The first section will explain the context of the Quebecschool system on a socio-historical and political level and review the emergence of the concept ofinterdisciplinarity in Quebec. The second section will present succinctly the different research projectsthat have been conducted since 1980 and the conceptual framework they were based on. The thirdsection will consider the main results of the various research projects from two angles: first, therepresentations and practices of the teachers regarding interdisciplinarity; secondly, the relativeimportance and role that the teachers give to interdisciplinarity. In the conclusion, we will highlightamong other things the central position teachers give to the role of socialization and their minimalconsideration for the teaching of disciplinary knowledge.

  9. Condition indexing of embankment dams : case studies from Manitoba Hydro and Hydro-Quebec

    Halayko, K. [Manitoba Hydro, Winnipeg, MB (Canada); Gervais, R. [Hydro-Quebec, Montreal, PQ (Canada); Chouinard, L. [McGill Univ., Montreal, PQ (Canada)


    Large inventories of earth embankment dams that require regular maintenance and repairs are managed by both Manitoba Hydro and Hydro-Quebec. A rational procedure was developed for the allocation of limited maintenance and repairs funds while still optimizing dam safety objectives. This paper describes a procedure based on the adaptation of the Condition Indexing procedure initially developed by the United States Army Corps of Engineers, which allows for the allocation of maintenance and repair funds to the components deemed the most important and in the worst condition. The application of the Condition Index procedure was illustrated by examining a sample of different embankment dams operated by Manitoba Hydro and Hydro-Quebec. The primary failure modes are correctly identified by the Condition Index procedure, and it prioritizes the most relevant repair and maintenance activities. This paper describes, and the presents the results of, studies on an embankment dam on limestone foundation, an embankment dam on a clay foundation, and an embankment dam on alluvial soils. 5 refs., 17 tabs.

  10. A microprocessor card software server to support the Quebec health microprocessor card project.

    Durant, P; Bérubé, J; Lavoie, G; Gamache, A; Ardouin, P; Papillon, M J; Fortin, J P


    The Quebec Health Smart Card Project is advocating the use of a memory card software server[1] (SCAM) to implement a portable medical record (PMR) on a smart card. The PMR is viewed as an object that can be manipulated by SCAM's services. In fact, we can talk about a pseudo-object-oriented approach. This software architecture provides a flexible and evolutive way to manage and optimize the PMR. SCAM is a generic software server; it can manage smart cards as well as optical (laser) cards or other types of memory cards. But, in the specific case of the Quebec Health Card Project, SCAM is used to provide services between physicians' or pharmacists' software and IBM smart card technology. We propose to expose the concepts and techniques used to provide a generic environment to deal with smart cards (and more generally with memory cards), to obtain a dynamic an evolutive PMR, to raise the system global security level and the data integrity, to optimize significantly the management of the PMR, and to provide statistic information about the use of the PMR. PMID:8591193

  11. [Fighting cholera in shanty-town. Successful experience of a Quebec project adapted to Peru].

    Fréchette, L; Peralta, M


    Originally designed in Quebec, the MOI project was a collaboration between two professors of social work from Quebec and two members of the Peruvian NGO called SUR in Villa de Salvador, one of poorest slum areas on the outskirts of Lima. The approach is founded on the notion that the body is the primary instrument through which a person can interact with the world around him or her, and that the physical and mental health of an individual exists within the context of healthy conditions of life that must include at least a basic social and health infrastructure as well as healthy hygiene practices on the part of individuals, families and the local community. Preschool children (ages 4-6), study a different part of the body and its proper care each week through classroom observation games. Parents' help is requested to modify unhealthy conditions, at the same time to enrich the children's experience and to mobilize the community to improve health conditions. During the 1991 cholera epidemic, not a single case was counted in the experimental district, despite its clearly socio-economically impoverished status, and despite the fact that the Ministry of Health recorded 86,650 cases in the Lima-Callao district, accounting for about 40% of the total number of cases in the Peru. The prior work made it easier to explain how cholera is spread and what special new measures needed to be taken in addition to the hygiene habits already taught.(ABSTRACT TRUNCATED AT 250 WORDS) PMID:7820377

  12. The testing workstation: A universal testing framework for Hydro-Quebec`s new SCADA/EMS

    Clermont, S.; Boule, R.; Brouillette, L.; Poulin, P.


    Hydro-Quebec is in the process of renewing its Energy Management System (EMS) and its SCADA. Part of this work involves the introduction of a new data acquisition architecture. The proposed architecture requires that many systems now in operation be modified. This article describes a specialized Testing Workstation (TW) which provides all the testing capabilities needed to validate the full operation of the systems in the new communications environment. These include RTUs, other acquisition systems and even the new SCADA/EMS itself. The TW offers an extensive set of tools: communications analyzer, application data monitor, automatic and script-based simulators, allowing full testing of any system using the communications protocol of the new SCADA/EMS. The testing can be either at the communications level or at the application level. Since the TW has full database capabilities for field data, it can act both as a client (SCADA) and as a server (e.g. RTU). For Hydro-Quebec, the TW offers the advantage of standardizing the testing process used during the development of the new systems. The use of universal test equipment facilitates the integration of all systems into the new SCADA/EMS environment.

  13. Ground Motion Characteristics of the 2011 Virginia and 1988 Quebec M5.8 Earthquakes

    Assatourians, K.; Atkinson, G. M.


    The largest two earthquakes in eastern North America (ENA) in the last 50 years are the 2011 Mineral, Virginia and the 1988 Saguenay, Quebec earthquakes, both of moment magnitude (M) 5.8. Both events were relatively well-recorded at regional distances (especially the Virginia earthquake) but have a disappointing lack of instrumental records at distances within 50 km, confounding interpretation of expected near-source motions for moderate-to-large ENA events. At regional distances (200 to 500 km), over frequencies from 0.5 to 10 Hz, the instrumentally-recorded motions from the Virginia and Quebec earthquakes show similar amplitudes and attenuation trends; in both cases the motions agree reasonably well with the trend lines suggested by recent ground-motion prediction equations (GMPEs) such as those of Atkinson and Boore (2011) and Pezeshk et al. (2011). At distances ground motions and attenuation using intensity data; intensity data have the advantage of being available at close distances where instrumental records are sparse. Intensities for the Virginia event were approximately 1 unit lower than those for Saguenay at close distances (bounce effects being seen in a different distance range. Both events had a mean radius for intensity 3 of about 600 km. The observed mean intensity of 3 at 600 km is in agreement with the intensity GMPE of Atkinson and Wald (2007); at close distances, the Virginia intensities are lower than predicted by Atkinson and Wald (2007), whereas the Saguenay intensities are higher.

  14. Developing professional values: perceptions of francophone occupational therapists in Quebec, Canada.

    Drolet, Marie-Josée; Sauvageau, Anick


    Objective Recent literature shows growing interest in the values displayed by occupational therapists. Yet, none of these writings has so far examined the factors that contribute to the development of occupational therapists' professional values. These factors are important, since values play a pivotal role in forging professional identity, which in the case of some occupational therapists remains somewhat ambiguous. This article proposes possible answers to the following question: What do Quebec Francophone occupational therapists perceive as the building blocks of their professional values? Methods Using a phenomenological qualitative method, the subjective experience of occupational therapists in Quebec, Canada was examined. Twenty-six occupational therapists took part in the study. Results As intended, their professional experience was varied. According to the participants, four factors contributed significantly to their professional values: professional experience, university training, personal experience, and professional development. However, fewer than 50% of the participants cited six other factors (workplace, family upbringing, personal development, personality and abilities, professional normative framework, and sociocultural background). Conclusions Most of these results are consistent with those documented in existing works. They point to the relevance of discussing professional values during university training and continuing professional development, as well as encouraging occupational therapists to become exemplars for their colleagues and interns. This study constitutes an initial step in understanding how occupational therapists' axiological identity is formed. PMID:26824179

  15. Mapping the Use of Engineered NM in Quebec's Industries and Research Laboratories

    Ostiguy, Claude; Emond, Claude; Dossa, Inès; Malki, Yasmina; Boily, Chantale; Roughley, David; Plavski, Anton; Endo, Charles-Anica


    Engineered NanoMaterials (NM) offer an opportunity to develop a wide variety of new products with unique properties but many studies have shown potential OHS risks specific to NM. Addressing these risks requires knowledge about release of NM into the workplaces. This research aimed to map the state of nanotechnology OHS practices in Quebec through a questionnaire following a first contact by telephone when possible and by compiling the type and volumes of NM used as well as gathering information related to the working conditions and OHS aspects. This survey was conducted among 1310 Quebec industries and 653 researchers working in different specialties potentially involved in the development/production/distribution/integration of NM and use of NM containing products. Overall, 90 questionnaires, including 51 from the industries, were completed. These showed that NM are mainly used into the powder form, in many different sectors and deserve a wide range of markets. The prevention measures implemented vary widely from a workplace to another but about one third of the participants report that they have implemented NP adapted prevention measures but they remain worried on some specific operations. More than 50% of the participants request more information about the safe laboratory/plant design, toxicity, regulation, good work practices and prevention measures, efficiency of personal protective equipment and environmental impacts.

  16. Neighborhood Characteristics Associated with the Availability of Alcohol Outlets in Quebec, Canada

    Ngamini Ngui, André; Apparicio, Philippe; Philibert, Mathieu; Fleury, Marie-Josée


    Objectives. The objectives of this study were to examine the spatial accessibility to alcohol outlets in Quebec and to assess the association between neighborhood level characteristics and availability of alcohol outlets. Methods. The Tobit Model was used to assess the association between neighborhood level characteristics and the availability of alcohol outlets within 500, 1000, 2000, and 3000 metres, respectively. Results. Alcohol outlets were found to be most available in the two largest metropolitan areas of the province of Quebec (Montréal and Québec City). Within 1000 metres, alcohol outlets are more available in neighbourhoods with the following characteristics: highest concentration of men, least materially deprived highest concentration of persons aged 20 years or more, and location either in a metropolitan area or in a small town. Finally, the number of bars with video lottery terminals increases with the level of social and material deprivation. Conclusion. In Québec, there is no rule governing the location of alcohol outlets. Thus, there is an abundant literature indicating that the regulation of alcohol outlet density could be an effective means of controlling risk attributable to alcohol consumption. PMID:25810946

  17. Positioning anaerobic digestion systems in the swine sector in Quebec : a technical and economic study

    Ricard, M.A.; Drolet, V.; Lachance, M.P.; Pouliot, F. [Centre de developpement du porc du Quebec Inc., Quebec City, PQ (Canada); Laflamme, C.B. [Hydro-Quebec, Shawinigan, PQ (Canada). Inst. de recherche LTE; Charest, C. [Fertior, Saint-Bernard, PQ (Canada); Forcier, F. [Solinov, Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu, PQ (Canada); Pelletier, F.; Godbout, S.; Lemay, S.P. [Research and Development Inst. for the Agri-Environment, Quebec City, PQ (Canada); Levasseur, P. [IFIP, Inst. du porc, Paris (France)


    This paper reported on a study that investigated on-farm anaerobic digesters using technical and economic analyses based on scenarios adapted to the regulatory and economic context of the swine sector in the province of Quebec. Three scenarios were chosen to represent operating conditions in the swine sector. An economic analysis was conducted to determine the profitability of each scenario. Preliminary results showed that this type of project under current conditions in Quebec generates little profit. If thermal use of biogas is considered, the challenge lies in producing biogas at a lower cost than that of natural gas. The best-case scenario in the present study showed a production cost of $0.65 per m{sup 3} of methane giving a 5-year payback. If biogas is used to generate electricity, the challenge lies in producing electricity at a cost lower than $0.0746 per kWh when it is used directly at the farm, or to obtain a price of $0.112 per kWh so it can be resold on the power grid.

  18. Lake Robertson hydroelectric project. Construction of a roller compacted concrete dam

    Labelle, M.; Robitaille, F. [Hydro-Quebec, Montreal, PQ (Canada)


    Construction of the Lake Robertson hydroelectric project on Quebec`s Lower North Shore was discussed in detail. The dam and powerhouse, located on the HaHa River, consists of a 134 m long concrete gravity dam, and a 21 MW powerhouse with two 69 kV transmission lines and four substations. The climate, terrain, and geography of the region, all of them characterized as severe, and the logistics of construction of the dam and power lines, aggravated by the isolation and severe conditions at the site, were described. The roller compacted concrete design and construction were noted, and justification for a concrete dam over an earth-fill dam was provided. Economics, properties, and composition of the roller compacted concrete (RCC) were examined, and control test results for the RCC concrete were provided. The use of RCC for the Lake Robertson development was described as successful in terms of the quality, watertightness, and completion time. The experience gained by the participants will make it possible to offer RCC as an alternative on various other projects. 2 figs.



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  20. National Lakes Assessment Data

    U.S. Environmental Protection Agency — The National Lakes Assessment (NLA) is a first-ever statistically-valid survey of the biological condition of lakes and reservoirs throughout the U.S. The U.S....

  1. DNR 24K Lakes

    Minnesota Department of Natural Resources — Medium scale lake polygons derived from the National Wetlands Inventory (NWI) polygons and MnDOT Basemap lake delineations. Integrated with the DNR 24K Streams...

  2. Didactics and Professional Practice in Preservice Teacher Education: A Comparison of the Situations in France and Quebec.

    Lacotte, Jacqueline; Lenoir, Yves


    Analyzes the role/function of didactics in preservice teacher education as presented in official texts from the ministries of education of Quebec and France. Demonstrates the vulnerable and limited position of didactics in teacher-education. Compares features of the two teacher education systems; notes differences relating to training in…




  4. Vitality and Ethnolinguistic Attitudes of Acadians, Franco-Ontarians and Francophone Quebecers: Two or Three Solitudes in Canada's Bilingual Belt?

    Sioufi, Rana; Bourhis, Richard Y.; Allard, Réal


    Do French-Canadian (FC) minorities in New Brunswick and Ontario remain as committed as majority Francophone Quebecers in developing their vitality within Canada's bilingual belt? FCs constitute host communities for interprovincial migrants of FC and English-Canadian (EC) background who can bolster or weaken the vitality of FCs. How FCs and ECs…

  5. Predicting the Use of Single Versus Multiple Types of Violence Towards Children in a Representative Sample of Quebec Families

    Clement, Marie-Eve; Bouchard, Camil


    Objective: The purpose of this study is to determine which factors best predict parental use of single versus multiple types of violence. Methodology: The study uses data from a Quebec telephone survey conducted with a representative sample of 2,469 mothers of children aged 0-17 years. The interview covered topics such as mother's attitudes and…

  6. Invisible and Visible Language Planning: Ideological Factors in the Family Language Policy of Chinese Immigrant Families in Quebec

    Curdt-Christiansen, Xiao Lan


    This ethnographic inquiry examines how family languages policies are planned and developed in ten Chinese immigrant families in Quebec, Canada, with regard to their children's language and literacy education in three languages, Chinese, English, and French. The focus is on how multilingualism is perceived and valued, and how these three languages…

  7. Incidence Rate and Epidemiological and Clinical Aspects of Kawasaki Disease in Children of Maghrebi Origin in the Province of Quebec, Canada, Compared to the Country of Origin

    Gorrab, Arbia Abir; Fournier, Anne; Bouaziz, Asma Abed; Spigelblatt, Linda; Scuccimarri, Rosie; Mrabet, Ali; Dahdah, Nagib


    The incidence of Kawasaki disease in Maghreb countries is apparently low, unlike those living in the province of Quebec, Canada. This retrospective study compared Maghrebi children living in Quebec to the countries of origin, Morocco, Algeria, and Tunisia. The annualized incidence rate in Quebec (18.49/year/100 000 children under 5 years of age) was 4 to 12 times higher than in Tunisia, Morocco, and Algeria (0.95, 4.52, and 3.15, respectively). The prevalence of incomplete diagnostic criteria was higher in Quebec at 39%, Morocco 43%, and Tunisia 39% compared to Algeria at 8%, with minimal delayed diagnosis (7%) only in Quebec compared to 30%, 35%, and 62%, respectively (P aneurysms was comparable however (11% in Quebec vs 4%, 10%, and 25%, in Tunisia, Morocco, and Algeria, respectively; P = .31). The higher incidence of Kawasaki disease in the Maghreb community in Quebec versus the countries of origin seems due to underdiagnosis, which represents a public health concern in those countries.

  8. Technologies for lake restoration

    Helmut KLAPPER


    Lakes are suffering from different stress factors and need to be restored using different approaches. The eutrophication remains as the main water quality management problem for inland waters: both lakes and reservoirs. The way to curb the degradation is to stop the nutrient sources and to accelerate the restoration with help of in-lake technologies. Especially lakes with a long retention time need (eco-) technological help to decrease the nutrient content in the free water. The microbial and...

  9. Paper presented to the Commission des transports et de l'environnement in the context of the general consultation concerning the implementation of the Kyoto Protocol in Quebec

    Climate change is a major issue facing Quebec's population and future generations. The scientific community generally agrees on the negative effects resulting from global climate change on human health, the environment and the economy. In 1997, the Kyoto Protocol was adopted by industrialized countries, whereby countries agreed to reduce their emissions of greenhouse gases (GHG) by a certain percentage, calculated from 1990 levels. In the case of Canada, this percentage was 6 per cent, for the first commitment period covering 2008-2012. Quebec's performance on the issue of GHG emissions compares favorably to that of other Canadian provinces, even to that of other industrialized countries. Canada ratified the Kyoto Protocol in December 2002. The Quebec National Assembly called for a parliamentary committee to meet on 18 February 2003 on the implementation of the Kyoto Protocol. Hydro-Quebec, since 1997, has favored the ratification of the Kyoto Protocol by the Canadian government. In this document, Hydro-Quebec makes its position known in the context of this debate and the commercial context of the electric power industry in 2003. The first section of the document was devoted to the favorable performance of Hydro-Quebec, on the retroactive and prospective aspects of GHG emissions with regard to the entire electric power industry in Canada. In the second section, an explanation was provided, in the context of deregulation of the electricity market in North America, on the implementation of the Kyoto Protocol in Quebec and in Canada and how it becomes a major commercial issue for Hydro-Quebec. The analysis was conducted in light of the mandate of Hydro-Quebec to provide a secure and reliable service to its customers. refs., 1 fig

  10. The Ne3LS Network, Quebec's initiative to evaluate the impact and promote a responsible and sustainable development of nanotechnology

    The spectacular progress made by nanosciences and nanotechnologies elicits as much hope and fear. Consequently, a great number of research and training initiatives on the ethical, environmental, economic, legal and social issues regarding nanotechnology development (Ne3LS) are emerging worldwide. In Quebec, Canada, a Task Force was mandated by NanoQuebec to conceive a Ne3LS research and training strategy to assess those issues. This Task Force brought together experts from universities, governments or industry working in nanosciences and nanotechnologies or in Ne3LS. Their resulting action plan, made public in November 2006, contained several recommendations, including the creation of a knowledge network (Ne3LS Network). In the following years, after consulting with numerous key players concerned with the possible impacts of nanosciences and nanotechnologies in Quebec, the Ne3LS Network was launched in January 2010 in partnership with the Fonds quebecois de la recherche sur la nature et les technologies, the Fonds quebecois de la recherche sur la societe et la culture and the Fonds de la recherche en sante du Quebec, NanoQuebec, the Institut de recherche Robert-Sauve en sante et en securite du travail as well as the University of Montreal. Its objectives are to 1) Foster the development of Ne3LS research activities (grants and fellowships); 2) Spearhead the Canadian and international Ne3LS network; 3) Take part in the training of researchers and experts; 4) Encourage the creation of interactive tools for the general public; 5) Facilitate collaboration between decision-makers and experts; 6) Involve the scientific community through a host of activities (symposium, conferences, thematic events); 7) Build multidisciplinary research teams to evaluate the impact of nanotechnology.

  11. Electricity trade and GHG emissions: Assessment of Quebec's hydropower in the Northeastern American market (2006-2008)

    Worldwide electricity sector reforms open up electricity markets and increase trades. This has environmental consequences as exports and imports either increase or decrease local production and consequently greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions. This paper's objective is to illustrate the importance of electricity trade's impact on GHG emissions by providing an estimate of the net GHG emissions resulting from these trades. To achieve this objective, Quebec hourly electricity exchanges with adjacent jurisdictions were examined over the 2006-2008 period. In order to associate a specific GHG emission quantity to electricity trades, hourly marginal electricity production technologies were identified and validated using the Ontario hourly output per power plant and information released in the Quebec adjacent system operator reports. It is estimated that over three years, imports into Quebec were responsible for 7.7 Mt of GHG, while Quebec hydropower exports avoided 28.3 Mt of GHG emissions. Hence, the net result is 20.6 Mt of avoided emissions over 2006-2008, or about 7 Mt per year, which corresponds to more than 8% of the Quebec yearly GHG emissions. When GHG emissions from all life cycle stages (resource extraction to end-of-life) are accounted for, the net avoided GHG emissions increase by 35%, to 27.9 Mt. - Research highlights: → Environmental benefits of hydropower exports are considerable. → Detailed GHG assessment of such electricity trade is missing from the literature. → Net GHG emissions estimate resulting from such trade is provided. → GHG gains are significant in the Northeast American electricity market due to such electricity trade.

  12. Summer outdoor temperature and occupational heat-related illnesses in Quebec (Canada)

    Background: Predicted rise in global mean temperature and intensification of heat waves associated with climate change present an increasing challenge for occupational health and safety. Although important scientific knowledge has been gathered on the health effects of heat, very few studies have focused on quantifying the association between outdoor heat and mortality or morbidity among workers. Objective: To quantify the association between occupational heat-related illnesses and exposure to summer outdoor temperatures. Methods: We modeled 259 heat-related illnesses compensated by the Workers' Compensation Board of Quebec between May and September, from 1998 to 2010, with maximum daily summer outdoor temperatures in 16 health regions of Quebec (Canada) using generalized linear models with negative binomial distributions, and estimated the pooled effect sizes for all regions combined, by sex and age groups, and for different time lags with random-effect models for meta-analyses. Results: The mean daily compensation count was 0.13 for all regions of Quebec combined. The relationship between daily counts of compensations and maximum daily temperatures was log-linear; the pooled incidence rate ratio (IRR) of daily heat-related compensations per 1 °C increase in daily maximum temperatures was 1.419 (95% CI 1.326 to 1.520). Associations were similar for men and women and by age groups. Increases in daily maximum temperatures at lags 1 and 2 and for two and three-day lag averages were also associated with increases in daily counts of compensations (IRRs of 1.206 to 1.471 for every 1 °C increase in temperature). Conclusion: This study is the first to quantify the association between occupational heat-related illnesses and exposure to summer temperatures in Canada. The model (risk function) developed in this study could be useful to improve the assessment of future impacts of predicted summer outdoor temperatures on workers and vulnerable groups, particularly in

  13. Polymorphic haplotypes on R408BW PKU and normal PAH chromosomes in Quebec and European populations

    Byck, S.; Morgan, K.; Scriver, C.R. [McGill Univ., Montreal (Canada)] [and others


    The R408W mutation in the phenylalanine hydroxylase gene (PAH) is associated with haplotype 2.3 (RFLP haplotype 2, VNTR 3 of the HindIII system) in most European populations. Another chromosome, first observed in Quebec and then in northwest Europe, carries R408W on haplotype 1.8. The occurrence of the R408W mutation on two different PKU chromosomes could be the result of intragenic recombination, recurrent mutation or gene conversion. In this study, we analyzed both normal and R408W chromosomes carrying 1.8 and 2.3 haplotypes in Quebec and European populations; we used the TCTA{sub (n)} short tandem repeat sequence (STR) at the 5{prime} end of the PAH gene and the HindIII VNTR system at the 3{prime} end of the PAH gene to characterize chromosomes. Fourteen of sixteen R408W chromosomes from {open_quotes}Celtic{close_quotes} families in Quebec and the United Kingdom (UK) harbor a 244 bp STR allele; the remaining two chromosomes, carry a 240 bp or 248bp STR allele. Normal chromosomes (n=18) carry the 240 bp STR allele. R408W chromosomes are different from mutant H1.8 chromosomes; mutant H2.3 carries the 240 bp STR allele (14 of 16 chromosomes) or the 236 allele (2 of 16 chromosomes). The HindIII VNTR comprises variable numbers of 30 bp repeats (cassettes); the repeats also vary in nucleotide sequence. Variation clusters toward the 3{prime} end of cassettes and VNTRs. VNTR 3 alleles on normal H2 (n=9) and mutant R408W H2 (n=19) chromosomes were identical. VNTR 8 alleles on normal H1 chromosomes (n=9) and on R408W H1 chromosomes (n=15) differ by 1 bp substitution near the 3{prime} end of the 6th cassette. In summary, the mutant H1.8 chromosome harboring the R408W mutation has unique features at both the 5{prime} and 3{prime} end of the gene that distinguish it from the mutant H2.3 and normal H1.8 and H2.3 counterparts. The explanation for the occurrence of R408W on two different PAH haplotypes is recurrent mutation affecting the CpG dinucleotide in PAH codon 408.

  14. Summer outdoor temperature and occupational heat-related illnesses in Quebec (Canada)

    Adam-Poupart, Ariane [Department of Environmental and Occupational Health, School of Public Health, Université de Montréal, Montreal, QC (Canada); Smargiassi, Audrey [Department of Environmental and Occupational Health, School of Public Health, Université de Montréal, Montreal, QC (Canada); Institut national de santé publique du Québec (INSPQ), Montreal, QC (Canada); Busque, Marc-Antoine; Duguay, Patrice [Institut de recherche Robert-Sauvé en santé et en sécurité du travail (IRSST), Montreal, QC (Canada); Fournier, Michel [Direction de santé publique, Agence de la santé et des services sociaux de Montréal, Montreal, QC (Canada); Zayed, Joseph [Department of Environmental and Occupational Health, School of Public Health, Université de Montréal, Montreal, QC (Canada); Institut de recherche Robert-Sauvé en santé et en sécurité du travail (IRSST), Montreal, QC (Canada); Labrèche, France, E-mail: [Department of Environmental and Occupational Health, School of Public Health, Université de Montréal, Montreal, QC (Canada); Institut de recherche Robert-Sauvé en santé et en sécurité du travail (IRSST), Montreal, QC (Canada)


    Background: Predicted rise in global mean temperature and intensification of heat waves associated with climate change present an increasing challenge for occupational health and safety. Although important scientific knowledge has been gathered on the health effects of heat, very few studies have focused on quantifying the association between outdoor heat and mortality or morbidity among workers. Objective: To quantify the association between occupational heat-related illnesses and exposure to summer outdoor temperatures. Methods: We modeled 259 heat-related illnesses compensated by the Workers' Compensation Board of Quebec between May and September, from 1998 to 2010, with maximum daily summer outdoor temperatures in 16 health regions of Quebec (Canada) using generalized linear models with negative binomial distributions, and estimated the pooled effect sizes for all regions combined, by sex and age groups, and for different time lags with random-effect models for meta-analyses. Results: The mean daily compensation count was 0.13 for all regions of Quebec combined. The relationship between daily counts of compensations and maximum daily temperatures was log-linear; the pooled incidence rate ratio (IRR) of daily heat-related compensations per 1 °C increase in daily maximum temperatures was 1.419 (95% CI 1.326 to 1.520). Associations were similar for men and women and by age groups. Increases in daily maximum temperatures at lags 1 and 2 and for two and three-day lag averages were also associated with increases in daily counts of compensations (IRRs of 1.206 to 1.471 for every 1 °C increase in temperature). Conclusion: This study is the first to quantify the association between occupational heat-related illnesses and exposure to summer temperatures in Canada. The model (risk function) developed in this study could be useful to improve the assessment of future impacts of predicted summer outdoor temperatures on workers and vulnerable groups, particularly in

  15. Scuola, infanzie e culture in Quebec. Le politiche educative interculturali dal paradigma culturalista al paradigma civico

    Letizia Caronia


    Full Text Available Questo articolo propone un’analisi storica e una riflessione critica sui modi con cui il Quebec ha affrontato e costantemente riaffronta il problema della scuola pubblica in una società storicamente multiculturale, multietnica e plurilingue. In particolare, la riflessione riguarda il piano normativo e legislativo e le politiche scolastiche via via elaborate, per rispondere alla sfida di pensare e costruire una scuola pubblica capace di costruire una “infanzia quebecchese”. Una lettura del’curricolo ideale’ - si dirà - ci dice poco sulla ‘realtà’ educativa di un paese. Eppure, in Quebec come altrove, le politiche scolastiche costituiscono i segnali pubblici del modo con cui un paese – rappresentando pubblicamente e ufficialmente la sua scuola - rappresenta se stesso, i propri valori, le proprie concezioni di ‘infanzia’. Dopo un breve quadro storico inteso a tracciare l’origine multiculturale del Quebec (come di tutti gli stati nordamericani, par.1, saranno presi in esame la legge 101 (1977 che sancisce il francese come lingua ufficiale di insegnamento e il dibattito sempre vivo e lacerante che ha accompagnato questa legge e le sue successive modifiche (parr. 2-4. In secondo luogo, saranno presi in esame il recente processo di laicizzazione della scuola quebecchese sancito dalla legge 118 (giugno 2000 e le profonde implicazioni culturali, politiche e identitarie di tale processo (parr. 5-8. In un paese che storicamente ha fatto un uso a carattere esplicitamente identitario del riferimento alle religioni dei due gruppi maggioritari, che ha costruito su esso la propria organizzazione sociale, le identità dei gruppi e i loro rapporti di forza, la deconfessionalizzazione della scuola pubblica ha implicazioni e significati culturali del tutto peculiari. Infine sarà analizzata l’assunzione ufficiale della vocazione interculturale della scuola pubblica (parr. 9-11. L’incrocio di questi tagli prospettici fa emergere i

  16. Hydro-Quebec environmental performance report - 1998 : our commitment for today and tomorrow

    Hydro-Quebec's commitment to produce clean, renewable and safe energy was reviewed in this environmental performance report. In 1998, the utility's total installed capacity was 31,472 MW, 29,203 of which was hydroelectric. A total of 675 MW was generated by nuclear energy, and 1,594 MW was generated by thermal energy. The issue of atmospheric emissions from hydroelectric generating stations in comparison with other energy options was discussed. Hydro-Quebec takes environmental concerns into consideration at all stages in the life-cycle of its products, services and facilities, in order to meet environmental standards, prevent pollution, manage impacts at source, mitigate negative impacts and maximize positive impacts. The biggest environmental challenges facing the utility in 1998 was the January ice storm which left 40 per cent of all customers of the Distribution Division without power. More than 3,400 km of distribution lines were damaged. The system was completely restored by 1998. The main environmental consequences of the storm were spills of insulating oils, the impact on vegetation, the recovery of materials left in the field, and restoration of sites after the storm. Other highlights from 1998 include: (1) ISO 14001 implementation efforts, (2) adoption of a new environment policy, (3) participation by Hydro-Quebec in the founding of the Canadian Hydropower Association to promote the advantages of hydroelectricity to governments and the public, (4) the development of a series of measures to optimize certain generating facilities, (5) implementation of a program for evaluating the environmental compliance of all transmission substations, (6) the publication of a guide to ornamental trees and shrubs as part of the campaign to learn about the behaviour of overhanging branches which are the main cause of service interruptions on distribution lines, (7) the start up work to reinforce the transmission system, and (8) the recovery, reuse, recycling or energy


    André Jacob


    Full Text Available Normal 0 21 false false false ES X-NONE X-NONE MicrosoftInternetExplorer4 Au Canada et au Québec, traiter des questions liées à la diversité culturelle et au racisme a été un défi pour les gouvernements depuis les années soixante. Auparavant et jusqu'à présent, une grande partie des responsabilités en termes de développement ethnoculturel sensible des services publics (services sociaux, des programmes de formation en travail social, etc. ont été laissés aux mains d’organismes de charité non-lucratifs. Cependant, peu à peu, depuis les années soixante, le gouvernement fédéral et le gouvernement provincial, ont dû développer des politiques et des programmes d'action. Au Québec, le travail social a fait partie du débat face à deux grands courants politiques, l’un canadien basé sur le multiculturalisme, et l’autre québécois basé sur l'interculturalisme. L'article vise à donner une perspective historique sur la façon dont le travail social a dû faire face à des contradictions différentes. In Canada and Quebec, dealing with issues related to cultural diversity and racism has been a challenge for the governments since the sixties. Before and up to our days, a large part of responsabilities in terms of developping ethnocultural sensitive public services (social services, training programs in social work, etc. have been left in the hands of non profit and charity organizations. But, little by little, since the sixites then, both governements, federal and provincial had to develop politics and programs of action. In Quebec, social work has been part of the debate facing two mainstream politics, the canadian one based on multiculturalism and, in Quebec, on interculturalism. The article intends to give a historical perspective on how social work had to deal with different contradictions.

  18. Effects of acid precipitation on a boreal forest ecosystem. Ion budgets and changes in water chemistry for the Laflamme Lake watershed

    Papineau, M.


    Data on surface waters have been gathered at the Laflamme Lake Watershed in Quebec as part of an ion budget research program. This watershed was set up in 1980 to assess the effects of long range transport of airborne pollutants on a boreal forest ecosystem receiving moderate to high sulphate loading. Precipitation data indicates that between 1981 and 1984, the average pH of water falling onto the watershed was 4.4, that precipitation quality is cyclic and that loading is episodic. The main components of precipitation on an equivalent basis are sulfate, hydrogen, nitrate and ammonium ions. ALthough the sulphate to nitrate ration is 2:1 on a yearly basis, nitrate ions are more important than sulphates in January. Since water and pollutants build up in the snowpack, spring melt is a critical period during which concentrations in surface waters and exports from the watershed are modifed for many parameters especially hydrogen and bicarbonate ions. Lake water quality is characteristic of lakes that are very sensitive to acidification. High sulfate values seem to indicate that the watershed has been affected by atmospheric loading. The average pH of the lake (6.4) indicates that the lake is not yet greatly acidified. Important buffering occurs in the soil and surficial deposits of the watershed. Stream water is slightly less mineralized, slightly more acidic and shows more pronounced changes in water quality than lake water. Over the last five years, sulfate, conductivity and some heavy metal levels have increased in surface waters while no significant trends were seen for pH and alkalinity. In other Quebec monitoring lakes, trends of decreasing pH were seen during this period. When wet loading is compared to stream output, hydrogen and nitrate ions are seen to be retained in the watershed while Ca, Mg, Na, K, sulphate and chloride are lost. 63 refs. 31 figs. 32 tabs.

  19. Marriage and cohabitation: demographic and socioeconomic differences in Quebec and Canada

    Moyser, Melissa


    Full Text Available EnglishCohabitation has become so prevalent in Canada that it is now the most commonmode of entry into conjugality. Yet in drawing comparisons across Canadianprovinces, cohabitation is far more prevalent in the province of Quebec thanelsewhere. With this in mind, the purpose of the current paper is three fold. First,we set out to briefly situate the recent growth in the number of common-lawunions in Canada and Quebec into a broader historical and international context.Secondly, we review available information from the 2001 Census and the 1998General Social Survey on some of the key socioeconomic and demographiccharacteristics of persons who cohabit relative to those that marry. Thirdly, weconsider how these changes are important to public policy, and of direct interest to legislators andthe Canadian legal system. Major differences are documentedin comparing Quebec with elsewhere in Canada in terms of the education, laborforce participation, median income, income poverty and homeownership. Thedifferences documented between persons who marry relative to cohabiters arefound to be much less in Quebec than elsewhere, in a context wherebycohabitation has become far more widespread, an observation with directimplications for public policy.FrenchLa cohabitation est devenue tant prévalente au Canada qu’elle représenteactuellement le mode d’entrée dans la vie conjugale le plus répandu. Cependant,quand on compare entre les provinces canadiennes, la cohabitation est beaucoupplus prévalente dans la province de Québec que dans le reste du pays. En tenantcompte de ce fait, cet article a les trois buts suivant : Premièrement, nousdonnons un bref aperçu de la récente hausse du nombre d’unions de fait dansson plus large contexte historique et international ; deuxièmement, nous révisonsl’information recueillie par le Recensement de 2001 et l’Enquête socialenationale de 1998 au sujet de certaines caractéristiques socioéconomiques etd

  20. La gestion des gestionnaires de projets: Le cas de l'industrie aerospatiale au Quebec

    Petit, Marie-Claude

    This research focuses on the management of project managers (PMs) working in high technology organizations. In particular, it examines how these professionals are taken charge of from a human resources management (HRM) standpoint in firms within the aerospace industry in Quebec. The literature in the field of project management generally depicts PMs as entrepreneurs and resource managers, managing human resources (e.g. project team members) among other things. It also defines them as single-handedly responsible for managing their own career, stress and motivation. This profile suggests that once selected and assigned to projects, PMs receive little attention in terms of HRM from the organization. It is hardly conceivable, however, that PMs would move about completely on their own within the organization, let alone that they wouldn't represent any special challenge in terms of HRM, as the ones the literature so clearly underlines for project team members. The review of the literature also reveals that the subject of HRM as applied to PMs is poorly documented empirically, especially on the topic of what particular challenges the project context might bring up for the HRM of PMs. There is also little told about the actors involved in supporting and contributing to meet the challenges that arise out of managing PMs. This study sought to discern those challenges and the means put forth to address them. Also, it wanted to identify the actors of the HRM of PMs, their roles, their skills, and their relationships, among themselves and with the PMs, in order to efficiently take charge of them. This study also wanted to demonstrate the logic that ties the means put forth by the identified actors with the objectives PM-employing organizations want to reach. Finally, the study wanted to identify the impact of the HRM of PMs as it is occurring in organizations. The Quebec aerospace sector was chosen as the field of research primarily because the success of projects in

  1. An Experiment with Public-Oriented Knowledge Transfer: A Video on Quebec's Bill 10.

    Bélisle Pipon, Jean-Christophe; Lemoine, Marie-Ève; Laliberté, Maude


    When decision-makers are engaged in a polarized discourse and leaving aside evidence-based recommendations, is there a role for researchers in the dissemination of this scientific evidence to the general public as a means to counterbalance the debate? In response to the controversial Bill 10 in Quebec, we developed and posted a knowledge transfer video on YouTube to help stimulate critical public debate. This article explains our approach and methodology, and the impact of the video, which, in the space of two weeks, had more than 9,500 views, demonstrating the pertinence of such initiatives. We conclude with recommendations for other research groups to engage in public debates. PMID:27232235

  2. Bioeconomic modelling of raccoon rabies spread management impacts in Quebec, Canada.

    Shwiff, S; Aenishaenslin, C; Ludwig, A; Berthiaume, P; Bigras-Poulin, M; Kirkpatrick, K; Lambert, L; Bélanger, D


    Beginning in 2006, point infection control operations and aerial distribution of oral rabies vaccines along the US border were performed in Quebec, Canada, to control the potential spread of raccoon rabies. A benefit-cost analysis assessed the economic efficiency of this rabies control programme into the future. In this study, a mathematical simulation model was used to determine the potential spread of raccoon rabies from the 2006 index case, and incidence rates of human post-exposure prophylaxis (PEP), animal testing and human exposure investigations were calculated. Benefits were calculated as the potential savings from reduced numbers of human PEP, animal testing and human exposure investigations owing to control, which ranged from $47 million to $53 million. Programme cost scenarios were based on projections of total expenditures, which ranged from $33 million to $49 million. Economic efficiency was indicated for approximately half of the modelled scenarios, with the greatest benefit-cost ratios resulting from reduced future programme costs. PMID:22709550

  3. Environmental assessment and viable interdependence: the Great Whale River case in northern Quebec (First Nations)

    Mulvihill, P. R.


    This study is based on the belief that environmental assessment (EA) can be supportive of viable interdependence between regions and cultures. The central focus is on the scoping stage of the EA conducted for the proposed Great Whale hydroelectric project in northern Quebec. The evaluative framework consists of 16 criteria divided into three interrelated categories, i.e. substantive, general process-oriented and specific process-oriented. The specific process-oriented criteria constitute the primary analytical focus and are the subject of five separate sub-analysis, which reveal various strengths and weaknesses in the performance of the case study. It was concluded that environmental assessment in an intercultural setting is largely within the control of EA panels and the key shortcoming of the process, namely the lack of dialogue between the proponents and the intervenors, could be addressed by making public hearings more dynamic and interactive.

  4. Impact of pneumococcal vaccines use on invasive pneumococcal disease in Nunavik (Quebec from 1997 to 2010

    Jean-Baptiste Le Meur


    Full Text Available Background: In 2000, an outbreak of severe pneumonia caused by a virulent clone of serotype 1 Streptococcus pneumoniae was detected in the Nunavik region of Quebec. A mass immunization campaign was implemented in the spring of 2002, targeting persons ≥5 years of age and using the 23-valent pneumococcal polysaccharide vaccine (PPSV23. At the same time, the 7-valent pneumococcal conjugate vaccine (PCV7 was introduced into the routine immunization programme of infants, with catch-up for children up to 4 years of age. Objectives: To describe the epidemiology of invasive pneumococcal disease (IPD in relation to PPSV23 and PCV7 use. Study design and methods: Retrospective analysis of IPD cases identified by the Quebec public health laboratory during the period 1997–2010. Results: A total of 82 IPD cases were identified during the study period. In adults, serotype 1 incidence decreased following the 2002 PPSV23 mass campaign but breakthrough cases continued to occur. Following PCV7 use in children, there was a decrease in the incidence of vaccine-type IPD and replacement by other serotypes in adults. In children, a marked decrease in the annual incidence of serotypes included in PCV7 was observed following PCV7 introduction: 162/100,000 in 1997–2001 vs. 10/100,000 in 2004–2010 (p<0.01. Concomitantly, the incidence of IPD caused by serotypes not included in PCV7 increased from 29/100,000 to 109/100,000 (p=0.11. Conclusion: The mass immunization campaign using the PPSV23 in 2002 and the introduction of PCV7 for the routine immunization of infants induced important modifications in the epidemiology of IPD. IPD rates in Nunavik remain much higher than in the southern part of the province both in children and adults. More effective pneumococcal vaccines are needed to eliminate geographic disparities in IPD risk.

  5. Mercury accumulation in transplanted moss and lichens at high elevation sites in Quebec

    Evans, C.A.; Hutchinson, T.C. [University of Toronto, Toronto, ON (Canada). Inst. for Environmental Studies


    Mercury deposition was monitored at two mountain sites in Quebec using transplanted lichens and moss. The terricolous lichen species Cladina rangiferina, the epiphytic lichen species Hypogymnia physodes, and the feather moss Pleurozium schreberi were transported from a northern Ontario boreal site to the bases and summits of Roundtop Mountain and Mt. Tremblant in southern Quebec. After 12 months, transport of C. rangiferina sited at the base and summit of Roundtop mountain and the summit of Mt. Tremblant showed a significant increase in mercury concentration over controls (p {lt} 0.05). The largest difference occurred at the summit of Roundtop mountain where mercury concentration was 81.4 {+-} 10.9 ppb as compared to 45.6 + 10.6 ppb at the control site. No significant increases in mercury concentration in P. schreberi were seen after 12 months at any site although trends of increase were apparent. After 20 months, further significant increases in Hg content were observed in both the terricolous lichen and the feather moss at both the Roundtop Mountain Tremblant summit site. Over the length of the study the greatest mercury concentration increases were observed in the feather moss at the Roundtop Mountain summit site (with a 248.3 {+-} 30.0 ppb mercury concentration as compared to 108.3 {+-} 30.0 ppb in controls). No significant change in mercury concentration in the epiphyte H. physodes was found during the study. These data indicate that mercury deposition is occurring, especially to higher elevation sites. While mercury inputs at the summits may be increased by the effects of fog, increases in mercury at the base sites cannot be accounted for the same way, but may represent the importance of dry deposition processes. 30 refs., 5 figs., 1 tab.

  6. Masters of convenience: competition, including a rising star from Quebec, improves the service station breed

    Laverty Wilson, K.


    After a decade of extensive dismantling and reconstruction, changes in the downstream refining and marketing side of the petroleum industry have progressed to the point where downstream assets are once again considered to be among the strongest and most vital parts of the industry. Merchandising has become a way of life in gasoline service stations to the point where the service station of the 21. century will likely carry mass-consumption items from panty hose to sandwiches in addition to gasoline. Petro-Canada is in the forefront of rolling out the new-image service stations, while high traffic Esso locations are adding cafes serving doughnuts, muffins, bagels, soup and sandwiches in partnership with the Tim Horton's chain. In Canada, Quebec is way ahead of the other provinces in setting the high tone in the business of catering to consumers on wheels as demonstrated by the 1,932 retail sites of 'Couche-Tard', a name synonymous with gas pumps, fresh coffee and the myriad items offered in traditional convenience stores. With a total of 1,693 stores in Canada, 239 in the United States, 13,000 plus employees and more than 800 gas pumps (80 of them branded to in-house gasoline) Couche-Tard is the ninth largest convenience retailer in North America. The article describes the rise to prominence of the Couche-Tard empire, explains why circumstances in Quebec were ripe for this type of development, and offers a glimpse into the future of the likely further development of the retail gasoline market in the rest of Canada.

  7. Temporal trends of alcohol and drug use among Inuit of Northern Quebec, Canada

    Marilyn Fortin


    Full Text Available Background: Alcohol and drug use is a serious health problem for many indigenous populations across Canada, including Inuit. The literature on substance use in these populations is too sparse to devise public health interventions. Objective: The present article portrays alcohol and drug use among Inuit living in Nunavik (Northern Quebec between the 1990s and 2000s, and identifies socio-demographic characteristics related to substance use. Design: The Santé Québec Health Survey (1992 and the Nunavik Inuit Health Survey Qanuippitaa (2004 served as databases for this empirical work. Statistical comparisons were made of substance use variables in the 2 samples. Proportions were compared by chi-square tests (p≤0.05 with benchmarking of statistics for all of Quebec and, when available, all of Canada. Results: Alcohol and drug use among Inuit increased significantly between 1992 and 2004, particularly among young adults. Alcohol users consumed significantly more alcohol per drinking episode than other Canadians in both time periods. Considerable cannabis use was widespread. In 2004, no significant differences in frequencies of heavy drinking episodes were observed by gender, with 60% of drug users consuming alcohol on a regular basis. Conclusions: As in other populations from North America, this study profiles the increase in substance use among Inuit from Nunavik in the first part of the last 20 years. We observed distinct substance use patterns among them in comparison to other Canadians. Such findings, if replicated in the coming years, emphasize the need for major, culturally-relevant public health interventions in this population.

  8. Contagious comments: what was the online buzz about the 2011 Quebec measles outbreak?

    Jennifer A Pereira

    Full Text Available BACKGROUND: Although interruption of endemic measles was achieved in the Americas in 2002, Quebec experienced an outbreak in 2011 of 776 reported cases; 80% of these individuals had not been fully vaccinated. We analyzed readers' online responses to Canadian news articles regarding the outbreak to better understand public perceptions of measles and vaccination. METHODS: We searched Canadian online English and French news sites for articles posted between April 2011 and March 2012 containing the words "measles" and "Quebec". We included articles that i concerned the outbreak or related vaccination strategies; and ii generated at least ten comments. Two English and two bilingual researchers coded the unedited comments, categorizing codes to allow themes to emerge. RESULTS: We analyzed 448 comments from 188 individuals, in response to three French articles and six English articles; 112 individuals expressed positive perceptions of measles vaccination (2.2 comments/person, 38 were negative (4.2 comments/person, 11 had mixed feelings (1.5 comments/person, and 27 expressed no opinion (1.1 comments/person. Vaccine-supportive themes involved the success of vaccination in preventing disease spread, societal responsibility to vaccinate for herd immunity, and refutation of the autism link. Those against measles vaccination felt it was a personal rather than societal choice, and conveyed a distrust of vaccine manufacturers, believing that measles infection is not only safe but safer than vaccination. Commenters with mixed feelings expressed uncertainty of the infection's severity, and varied in support of all vaccines based on perceived risk/benefit ratios. CONCLUSION: The anti-vaccine minority's volume of comments translates to a disproportionately high representation on online boards. Public health messages should address concerns by emphasizing that immunization is always a personal choice in Canada, and that the pharmaceutical industry is strictly

  9. Greenhouse gas emissions from waste stabilisation ponds in Western Australia and Quebec (Canada).

    Glaz, Patricia; Bartosiewicz, Maciej; Laurion, Isabelle; Reichwaldt, Elke S; Maranger, Roxane; Ghadouani, Anas


    Waste stabilisation ponds (WSPs) are highly enriched environments that may emit large quantities of greenhouse gases (GHG), including CO2, CH4 and N2O. However, few studies provide detailed reports on these emissions. In the present study, we investigated GHG emissions from WSPs in Western Australia and Quebec, Canada, and compared emissions to WSPs from other climatic regions and to other types of aquatic ecosystems. Surface water GHG concentrations were related to phytoplankton biomass and nutrients. The CO2 was either emitted or absorbed by WSPs, largely as a function of phytoplankton dynamics and strong stratification in these shallow systems, whereas efflux of CH4 and N2O to the atmosphere was always observed albeit with highly variable emission rates, dependent on treatment phase and time of the day. The total global warming potential index (GWP index, calculated as CO2 equivalent) of emitted GHG from WSPs in Western Australia averaged 12.8 mmol m(-2) d(-1) (median), with CO2, CH4 and N2O respectively contributing 0%, 96.7% and 3.3% of the total emissions, while in Quebec WSPs this index was 194 mmol m(-2) d(-1), with a relative contribution of 93.8, 3.0 and 3.2% respectively. The CO2 fluxes from WSPs were of the same order of magnitude as those reported in hydroelectric reservoirs and constructed wetlands in tropical climates, whereas CH4 fluxes were considerably higher compared to other aquatic ecosystems. N2O fluxes were in the same range of values reported for WSPs in subtropical climate. PMID:27258617

  10. Carbon Sequestration and Carbon Markets for Tree-Based Intercropping Systems in Southern Quebec, Canada

    Kiara S. Winans


    Full Text Available Since agriculture directly contributes to global anthropogenic greenhouse gas (GHG emissions, integrating trees into agricultural landscapes through agroforestry systems is a viable adaptive strategy for climate change mitigation. The objective of this study was to evaluate the carbon (C sequestration and financial benefits of C sequestration according to Quebec’s Cap-and-Trade System for Greenhouse Gas Emissions Allowances (C & T System or the Système de plafonnement et d’échange de droits d’émission de gaz à effet de serre du Québec (SPEDE program for two experimental 10-year-old tree-based intercropping (TBI systems in southern Quebec, Canada. We estimated total C stored in the two TBI systems with hybrid poplar and hardwoods and adjacent non-TBI systems under agricultural production, considering soil, crop and crop roots, litterfall, tree and tree roots as C stocks. The C sequestration of the TBI and adjacent non-TBI systems were compared and the market value of the C payment was evaluated using the net present value (NPV approach. The TBI systems had 33% to 36% more C storage than adjacent non-TBI systems. The financial benefits of C sequestration after 10 years of TBI practices amounted to of $2,259–$2,758 CAD ha−1 and $1,568–$1,913 CAD ha−1 for St. Edouard and St. Paulin sites, respectively. We conclude that valorizing the C sequestration of TBI systems could be an incentive to promote the establishment of TBI for the purpose of GHG mitigation in Quebec, Canada.