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    • By Nameless_1
      Le marché Atwater fait peau neuve
       
      D’importants travaux se déroulent au marché Atwater depuis le mois d’avril. Si, jusqu’à présent, les clients n’ont pas été témoins des différents chantiers, ils seront aux premières loges dès la semaine prochaine. La fin des travaux est prévue pour la mi-novembre.
       
      http://journalmetro.com/actualites/montreal/370057/le-marche-atwater-fait-peau-neuve/
    • By mtlurb
      Un Canada désuni pour un Québec fort?
       
       
      28/09/2007 14h12
      Ottawa est régulièrement critiqué par les Québécois pour ses tendances centralisatrices. La parade aurait été trouvée: partager le pouvoir entre les différents partis politiques.
       
       
      Et de trois! Après les élections fédérales puis provinciales qui ont toutes les deux porté au pouvoir des gouvernements minoritaires, voilà que les élections partielles de lundi dernier au Québec fragmentent à leur tour le vote et donc le pouvoir. Trois circonscriptions étaient en jeu et trois partis différents ont réussi à faire élire l’un des leurs, soit un bloquiste, un conservateur et un néo-démocrate.
       
      Pas de quoi envisager un raz-de-marée pour qui que ce soit lors de prochaines élections générales. D’autant que le Québec sort renforcé du partage des pouvoirs, les principaux partis cherchant à lui plaire.
      Le Winnipeg Sun l’a bien remarqué et refuse d’accorder trop d’importance à la victoire de Thomas Muclair et du NPD dans Outremont. «N’y voyez pas une transformation du paysage politique au Québec.»
       
      Le NPD pourrait pourtant prétendre à de nouveaux succès au Québec. C’est un parti de gauche, il a reconnu que le Québec formait une nation en 1960 et son droit à l’autodétermination en 1970. Néanmoins, «le NPD reste perçu au Québec comme centralisateur, personnalisant l’idée paternaliste qu'"Ottawa a raison".»
       
      Et c’est maintenant au tour des libéraux d’être mal reçu au Québec. Les élections de lundi l’ont confirmé et désormais on s’interroge sur les causes de leur déroute.
       
      «Plusieurs libéraux soulignent le mauvais effet toujours produit par le scandale des commandites. D’autres s’en prennent à Stéphane Dion et à Jean Charest», écrit The Gazette.
       
      Mais peu importe la cause directe, les libéraux ne font plus recette au Québec. Ils ne sont plus le parti à qui revient presque naturellement le pouvoir au Canada comme durant les 13 ans de l’ère Chrétien et Martin. Ils traînent eux aussi cette image de parti centralisateur. «Ils n’ont pas su changer leur image avec l’arrivée à leur tête de Stéphane Dion», affirme en substance Nik Nanos de l’institut de sondage SES Research, rencontré par The Gazette.
      Mais au-delà des problèmes d’images des uns et des autres, faut-il y voir une méfiance québécoise envers la concentration du pouvoir? Si oui, l’avertissement vaut pour tout le monde, les électeurs québécois ne sont pas prêts de voter en bloc pour un même parti.
    • By WestAust
      Soccer: le Canada veut le mondial féminin de 2011
       
      La Presse Canadienne
       
      Ottawa
       
      L'Allemagne et le Canada sont maintenant les deux seuls candidats à l'organisation de la Coupe du monde féminine de soccer en 2011.
       
      À moins de deux semaines de la désignation du pays hôte, la Fédération péruvienne a informé la FIFA qu'elle se retirait du processus de candidature.
       
      Les deux associations candidates délivreront une présentation de leur dossier devant les membres du Comité exécutif le lundi 29 octobre, au siège de la FIFA, à Zurich.
       
      Le lendemain, le Comité exécutif de la FIFA décidera du lieu de la prochaine Coupe du Monde féminine.
       
      Le nom du pays hôte sera communiqué au cours d'une conférence de presse prévue à partir de 14h00 le jour même au siège de la FIFA.
    • By begratto
      Un autre article intéressant du Telegraph de Londres. Ils publient régulièrement des articles touristiques sur Montréal et le Québec, toujours très flatteurs, d'ailleurs.
       
      Montreal: a thrilling collision of cultures
       
      Part French, part English and a lot more besides, Montreal is stylish, intriguing, and full of joie de vivre, says Kathy Arnold.
       
      On a sunny Saturday morning, we stroll through the Quartier Latin. Apart from a few dogwalkers and the occasional cyclist, the streets are quiet. We take a table at an outdoor café, order café au lait and read through La Presse, the local newspaper. It is all oh-so French, but when an American sits down nearby, the waitress slips effortlessly into English. We are in Montreal, the third-largest French-speaking metropolis in the world (after Paris and Kinshasa) – and one of the most intriguing cities I know.
       
      Montreal is proud of its Gallic roots. From its founding in 1642 until 1763, when the British took over, this island in the St Lawrence River was an important outpost of France. Down by the harbour, 19th-century banks and warehouses testify to the wealth generated by the port. It still ranks as one of the largest in North America, despite being 1,000 miles from the Atlantic.
       
      Traditionally, the Anglophones lived on the west side, the Francophones to the east. The dividing line was - and still is - the boulevard Saint-Laurent, referred to as “The Main” in English or “La Main” in French.
       
      The look of the city reflects this mixture of cultures, as if, in an architectural game of tit-for-tat, classic French designs are matched by traditional British. In front of the Hôtel de Ville, we crane our necks to look up at columns and porticoes as grandiose as any on a 19th-century town hall in France.
       
      By contrast, at Christ Church Cathedral, Anglican Gothic rules, from arches to spire. Then there are the street names: Saint-Jacques and Victor-Hugo share the map with Sherbrooke and Queen-Mary. And where else boasts a rue Napoléon and a rue Wellington?
       
      Canada’s second city may rest on European foundations, but its mirror-windowed skyscrapers are pure North America. So is the grid system of streets that spreads from the St Lawrence up to Mont-Royal, the hill for which the city is named. But unlike many US cities, Montreal is very walkable. We saunter along cobbled streets and lanes in the oldest part of the city, the Vieux-Port, where harbourside seediness has given way to galleries, trendy hotels and restaurants.
       
      Up the hill, in the Plateau area, we photograph the escaliers - the outdoor staircases that are a feature of the century-old duplex townhouses. Some insist that the curved steps reduced building costs; others say they created space for a front garden. Local lore suggests otherwise. “We are very Catholic,” a friend explains. “To ensure propriety, the church insisted on exterior entrances so everyone on the street could always see who was going in and out of each apartment.”
       
      Many Montrealers still live downtown, so the urban bustle continues after work and at weekends. Thanks to a passion for the arts, there is always plenty going on. Over the years, we have been to the Montreal Symphony Orchestra and the Grands Ballets Canadiens, enjoyed jazz and comedy at small clubs.
       
      And we have always eaten well. Like their cousins in the Old World, Montrealers love good food. As well as four busy, European-style markets, piled high with local produce, there is a huge range of well-priced restaurants. Some offer hearty Québec favourites such as smoked meat, tourtière (meat pie) and, thanks to the Jewish community, arguably the best bagels in North America. My favourite restaurants are those offering a modern take on traditional recipes; the most famous is Toqué!, whose chef, Normand Laprise, was in the vanguard of the foodie revolution. Still others reflect the influx of immigrants from Italy and Greece, Spain and China.
       
      These newcomers have spiced up the pot-au-feu that is Montreal: Vietnamese-run flower stalls look like mini-garden centres and red-shirted Benfica supporters celebrate the Portuguese club’s victory. Although locals still talk about the “French” and the “English”, meaning Francophone and Anglophone, Montreal today embraces so much more than just these two cultures. It all adds up to a city that is vibrant, confident and forward-looking, with a joie de vivre that is impossible to resist. As the franglais slogan for a local radio station puts it: “Plus de hits! Plus de fun!”
       
      Essentials
      Montreal is five hours behind UK time; the international dialling code for Canada is 001; the current exchange rate is C$1.88 to the pound.
       
      Where to stay
      Luxury
       
      The city is dotted with designer-cool hotels, such as the 30-room Hotel Gault at 449 rue Sainte-Hélène (514 904 1616, http://www.hotelgault.com; from £90), on the edge of Vieux-Montreal. Behind its elegant 1871 façade are bare brick and modern art.
       
      Traditionalists should opt for the Auberge Bonaparte at 447 rue Saint-François-Xavier (514 844 1448, http://www.bonaparte.com; £80), with its romantic ambience, excellent restaurant and 30 comfortable rooms. In fine weather, take in the views over Vieux-Montreal from the sixth-floor roof terrace.
       
      Mid-range
       
      The 60-room Hôtel XIXe Siècle at 262 rue St-Jacques Ouest (877 553 0019, http://www.hotelxixsiecle.com; from £70) scores for price and location – on the edge of Vieux-Montreal and an easy walk from downtown. The lobby and bar still have the high ceilings from the building’s origins as a 19th-century bank.
       
      Budget
       
      When the Auberge Les Passants du Sans Soucy at 171 rue St-Paul Ouest (514 842 2634, http://www.lesanssoucy.com) opened as an art gallery-cum-b&b some 15 years ago, Vieux-Montreal had yet to be revived. Today, guests staying in this 1723 stone house are steps away from galleries, shops and restaurants. Nine rooms only, so book early; Daniel Soucy’s breakfasts are lavish.
       
      What to see
      Museums
       
      For a quick history lesson, visit Pointe-à-Callière, built right on top of the city’s first Catholic cemetery (1643-1654). Look down through glass to the graves of Iroquois Indians buried near people named Tessier, Thibault and Hébert, family names that are still in the local phone book. On the top floor, L’Arrivage restaurant has great views over the port (514 872 9150, http://www.pacmusee.qc.ca).
       
      As well as the obvious European Old Masters, the Musée des Beaux-Arts (514 285 2000, http://www.mbam.qc.ca) has fine Canadian works. Paintings by the renowned Group of Seven capture the ruggedness of the country in the early 20th century; more contemporary are Quebecois talents such as Jean-Paul Riopelle and Serge Lemoyne .
       
      The Olympic Park
       
      From the 1976 Olympic Stadium, the Montreal Tower rises 537 feet (164m) - at an incline of 45 degrees. Take the funicular up to the Observatory for spectacular views across the city. Another legacy of the Games is the pool. For £2, you can swim where David Wilkie of Scotland took gold in the 200m breaststroke, breaking the world record in the process (514 252 4737, http://www.rio.gouv.qc.ca).
       
      Then there is the velodrome, recycled as the Biodôme. Under a vast roof, this space is divided into four eco-systems, which are always in season. Sloths hide in the Tropical Rainforest, cod and salmon swim in the St Lawrence Marine Eco-system, beavers build dams in the Laurentian Forest, but the biggest crowd-pleasers are the penguins, which torpedo into the icy waters of the Antarctic (514 868 3000, http://www.biodome.qc.ca).
       
      Montreal Botanical Garden
       
      An easy walk from the Olympic Park is the city’s answer to Kew Gardens (514 872 1400, www2.ville.montreal.qc.ca/jardin). Within its 180 acres are 10 giant greenhouses and 30 themed gardens. Learn all about toxic and medicinal plants; compare Chinese and Japanese horticultural styles.
       
      Montreal Insectarium
       
      Across from the Botanical Garden is the Insectarium (514 872 1400, www2.ville.montreal.qc.ca/insectarium), a must for children. This is a world of creepy-crawlies, with dung beetles, stick insects, cochineals, bees and more. There is even a set of scales that registers your weight, not in pounds or kilos but in ants. A 10-year-old weighs in at about 1.5 million.
       
      What to buy
      Shopping
       
      With sterling riding high, shopping is a pleasure. All the international brand names are here, but most fun are the boutiques featuring the work of stylish local designers. Downtown, head for rue de la Montagne, between Boulevard de Maisonneuve and rue Sherbrooke; up on the Plateau, check out rue Saint-Denis, chock-a-block with shops, and the funky boulevard Saint-Laurent. The three big department stores are Holt Renfrew, La Baie (Hudson’s Bay Company) and La Maison Ogilvy, where noon is still marked by a kilted piper playing the bagpipes.
       
      Markets
       
      Join locals shopping for produits du terroir at the art deco Marché Atwater, with its cheeses and maple syrup, and, next to Little Italy, the Marché Jean-Talon, ringed with busy bistro tables. The Marché Bonsecours in Vieux-Montreal no longer sells fruit and veg: the handsome 1847 building is now devoted to arts and crafts.
       
      Where to eat
      Toqué!
       
      Back in the early 1990s, Normand Laprise startled locals with his flavour combinations and the dramatic look of his dishes. As inventive as ever, his seven-course, £45 “mystery menu” could include scallops marinated in strawberry and bell pepper jus and suckling pig with a curry glaze (900 Place Jean-Paul-Riopelle; 514 499 2084, http://www.restaurant-toque.com).
       
      La Porte
       
      At this family-run operation, Pascale Rouyé looks after front of house while her husband, Thierry, and their son cook. They do what the French do best (local ingredients, classic techniques), and the five-course, £22 menu would be hard to beat in their native Brittany (3627 Boulevard Saint-Laurent; 514 282 4996) .
       
      Olive + Gourmando
       
      Wood floors and chairs and young, cheerful staff make this a pleasant place to start the day with steaming café au lait and a blueberry brioche (351 rue Saint-Paul Ouest; 514 350 1083, http://www.oliveetgourmando.com).
       
      Garde-Manger
       
      The disco beat gets louder as the evening progresses in this brick-walled restaurant. Get stuck in to ribs and platters piled with crabs, mussels and shrimp from Québec’s Iles de la Madeleine. Finish with maple-pecan pie (408 rue Saint-François-Xavier; 514 678 5044).
       
      Aszú
       
      In this basement oenothèque, David Couture’s modern cuisine is matched with 50 wines by the glass (212 rue Notre-Dame Ouest; 514 845 5436).
       
      Night owls
       
      During Prohibition, Americans escaped to Montreal for whisky and jazz. There is still no shortage of clubs and bars. Join the fun on rue Crescent, boulevard Saint-Laurent and rue Saint-Denis in the Quartier Latin. One of the best jazz clubs is The Upstairs (1254 rue MacKay; 514 931 6808, http://www.upstairsjazz.com).
       
      Getting there
      Canadian Affair has return flights from London Gatwick and Manchester to Montreal Trudeau International from £198; flights and six nights’ three-star accommodation from £396, based on two sharing (020 7616 9184 or 0141 223 7517, http://www.canadianaffair.com).
       
      Getting about
      No car is needed. The STM three-day tourist pass (£9) offers unlimited travel on the fast, safe metro and bus system. Metro stops are part of RÉSO, the network of cheerful, brightly lit underground walkways that stretches for some 20 miles, linking shops and apartment blocks, restaurants and museums.
       
      Getting in
      The Montreal Museums Pass gets you in to the 30 principal museums, and includes the three-day travel pass (£23, http://www.museesmontreal.org).
       
      More information
      Tourism Montreal: http://www.tourisme-montreal.org. At Tourism Québec, talk to a real person on 0800 051 7055 (http://www.bonjourquebec.com/uk).
       
      In the know
      Three of the best events on the city’s calendar include:
       
      Canadian Grand Prix, June 6-8 (http://www.grandprix.ca).
      International Jazz Festival, June 26-July 6 (http://www.montrealjazzfest.com).
      Just for Laughs Comedy Festival, July 10-20 (http://www.hahaha.com).
    • By Malek
      Trois secteurs porteurs au Québec
       
      Canada Industrie des télécommunications Informatique Véhicules et matériels de transport
       
      Francophone, proche de l'immense marché états-unien, proposant une fiscalité intéressante et une main d'oeuvre hautement qualifiée, le Québec a de quoi séduire les candidats à l'export... et à l'implantation définitive. Pour ceux que le rêve américain tente toujours, nous avons sélectionné trois secteurs parmi les plus prometteurs.
       
      L'aérospatiale et l'aéronautique
       
      Cette industrie « pèse » 12 milliards de dollars canadiens (CAD. Elle regroupe 42 000 employés et 235 entreprises.
      La présence de grands donneurs d'ordres, chefs de file mondiaux (Bell Helicopter, Bombardier, CAE, Pratt and Whitney…) dont les ventes représentent 70 % de l'ensemble de l'industrie, soit 8 milliards de CAD, explique en partie le succès de cette industrie qui regorge de marchés de niche. Par exemple, le Québec est une plateforme de premier choix pour pénétrer le très lucratif marché des avions légers aux Etats-Unis.
       
      Automobile et matériel de transport
       
      800 entreprises, 7,2 milliards de CAD de chiffre d’affaires : des chiffres élevés pour un pays qui ne construit aucune voiture ! Regroupant l’automobile, les véhicules commerciaux, les véhicules récréatifs et le matériel ferroviaire, cette industrie bénéficie d’une masse critique d’entreprises et d’une abondance de matières premières en particulier l’aluminium dont le Québec est le quatrième producteur mondial.
      Le marché des pièces détachées représente 75 % de la production dont la moitié est exportée aux USA.
       
      Multimédia
       
      Toute l’activité de production de contenus numériques interactifs est représentée au Québec : les jeux électroniques bien sûr, mais aussi les effets spéciaux, l’animation 2 et 3D, la publicité ou encore les services internet. La présence de grands éditeurs comme Ubisoft, Eidos (SCI), A2M ou encore Beenox Studios (Activision) y est pour beaucoup. Mais il faut aussi compter sur les 3000 diplômés par an en sciences informatiques. Une gageure pour un territoire qui ne compte que 7 millions d’habitants (dont la moitié à Montréal).
       
       
      Sophie Creusillet
      http://www.lemoci.com/node/15557
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