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  1. http://www.wintercities.com/ On Facebook https://www.facebook.com/WinterCitiesInstitute Those who live and work in northern cities recognize the need for better planning and design. The sustainability of winter cities requires a creative approach that addresses the problems of snow and cold while enhancing the advantages, opportunities and beauty of the winter season. A positive approach benefits the attitudes of residents, and bolsters the community’s ability to attract new business and residents. The Winter Cities Institute was organized in 2008 to identify, promote and share the positive attributes of winter living, new concepts in architecture and urban design, and success stories from those places that are thriving in the north. The Institute was founded by Patrick Coleman, AICP, recognized for his work with the Livable Winter Cities Association (WCA). From 1982-2005, the WCA organized conferences, published books and the quarterly magazine “Winter Cities”. A totally volunteer staff made the WCA difficult to sustain and in the end it struggled with its mission. As Coleman incorporated winter enhancement strategies in his planning practice with multi-disciplinary design firms in Alaska and northern Michigan, he found enthusiastic reception to the idea of making winter a better time of year. “People are looking for answers to common winter problems and issues”, he said. “I experienced firsthand and heard from many the need for a source of information, networking and resources, and decided to launch the Institute as a web-based network and resource sharing project”. The Winter Cites Institute offers a place for those looking to improve the quality of life in wintertime and need information on what is being done in other northern places. Our members are from around the world and include: cities and towns architects planners engineers parks and recreation professionals economic development and tourism officials Welcome to the resources available on this site and consider joining the network to get even more benefits.
  2. (Courtesy of The Guardian UK) I wonder if anyone from the PQ or BQ heard or read about this Probably not seeing they dislike the English language. So I guess Canadian / Quebec history is safe for now, until one of them comes out of their narrow-minded shell and sees this
  3. Toutefois, le chef du gouvernement Silvio Berlusconi s'est déclaré optimiste quant à la possibilité d'une solution positive. Pour en lire plus...
  4. Avec un autre trio de très mauvaises nouvelles économiques – les indices ISM manufacturier et des services, de même que les statistiques d’emploi – l’indice S&P 500 a terminé la semaine avec une séance positive (+3,7%), vendredi. Pour en lire plus...
  5. Quebec exports to jump 9% in 2015: EDC economist FRANÇOIS SHALOM, MONTREAL GAZETTE More from François Shalom, Montreal Gazette Published on: November 27, 2014Last Updated: November 27, 2014 8:00 AM EST The U.S. housing market will spur export growth in Quebec, says Peter Hall, chief economist of Export Development Canada The U.S. housing market will spur export growth in Quebec, says Peter Hall, chief economist of Export Development Canada AFP/Getty Images SHARE ADJUST COMMENT PRINT Smile wide, Quebec exporters. Peter Hall, chief economist of Export Development Canada, says that two key ingredients will brighten your lives for the next year or three: the U.S. economy and the weak Canadian dollar. “These two things are coming together to make this year and next very positive for Quebec exports,” Hall said in an interview. “The reason it’s a particularly good story is that Quebec does not have a very strong internal economy. Consumption is going to be weak because of high indebtedness levels.” The good part of the EDC forecast, made public Thursday, is that just as household debt is cutting into the consumption economy, the trade sector is taking over and is set to boom, compensating — and then some — for the spending shortfall. “So we’ve got to be the luckiest people on Earth,” Hall said. Traditional resource sectors like mining and forestry as well as aerospace will be key drivers of the export resurgence. And that resurgence will in turn be driven principally by the U.S. housing market, which has mounted a remarkable comeback from the ominous recession of 2008. “The rate of (U.S.) housing construction has doubled where it was during the crisis,” said Hall. “And the best is yet to come. They’re building now at the rate of 1 million (housing) units a year. But the economy itself is generating (demand for) 1.4 million new households every year. They’re 400,000 units a year behind where they need to be just to keep pace with basic demand.” “So the very minimum you can expect over the next two or three years of growth inside this market is 40 per cent.” “That’s very good news for Quebec lumber firms and for everything else that goes into houses being built — copper piping, wiring, 2-by-4s, asphalt, OSB (particle board used for flooring, roofing and walls) — you name it.” “And it doesn’t stop there. Once the house is completed, there’s all the stuff that goes into it; washers, dryers, stoves, fridges, floorings, furnishings.” Again, he noted, a major opportunity for metal producers, notably Quebec aluminum smelters. It all adds up to a projected eight-per-cent jump for Quebec exports this year and another nine per cent in 2015, he said. Aerospace exports will surge 10 per cent next year, thanks to the weak Canadian dollar and good demand internationally. “Quebec’s Bombardier is the major beneficiary of these positive international trends, and with their CSeries line expected to enter into service in late 2015, it will be a huge boon for Quebec’s aerospace industry for years to come,” said Hall. He praised Quebec’s comprehensive overhaul of government spending under Premier Philippe Couillard as vital to the future of the province’s economy. “It’s essential to ensuring competitiveness for the future. If you don’t have fiscal sustainability, it means a higher future tax liability and an uncertain policy environment. “We’ve long learned that this is very, very positive for the future economy. :thumbsup::thumbsup:
  6. Jeudi 29 Novembre 2007 Un sondage réalisé par Léger Marketing pour le compte de la Communauté métropolitaine de Montréal révèle que 83 % des résidants du Grand Montréal sont fiers de leur région. De même, 91 % d'entre eux estiment que la région a une image positive à l'étranger. Lorsqu'interrogés sur les premiers mots qui leur venaient en tête pour décrire le Grand Montréal, les citoyens de la région ont parlé d'une grande ville (16 %) accueillante (18 %) et, surtout, cosmopolite (41 %). Selon eux, c'est ce même aspect cosmopolite qui constitue la plus grande force du Grand Montréal (29 %), suivi de sa culture (14 %), de sa gastronomie (12 %) et de son caractère chaleureux et accueillant (12 %). Dans l'ensemble, plus de 8 résidants sur 10 de la région métropolitaine se sont dits d'accord que les éléments suivants constituent des forces pour le Grand Montréal, notamment par rapport à d'autres grandes villes : la vie culturelle (92 %), le mélange des cultures américaine et européenne (88 %), la variété des activités de loisir (88 %), le multiculturalisme (88 %), l'ouverture d'esprit (86 %), le français (83 %) et le bilinguisme (82 %). " L'importance de doter Montréal d'une image de marque a été réitérée lors de l'événement Montréal, métropole culturelle - Rendez-vous novembre 2007, rappelle M. Massimo Iezzoni, directeur général de la CMM. Après avoir consulté la population, les élus et les leaders du Grand Montréal pour connaître leur perception de la région et les attributs qu'ils souhaitent mettre de l'avant, nous pouvons véritablement affirmer que le projet est bien lancé! "