Quebec City – Celenire http://celenire.com/ Wed, 29 Jun 2022 10:00:36 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.9.3 https://celenire.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/07/icon-1-150x150.png Quebec City – Celenire http://celenire.com/ 32 32 Hydro-Québec is the best corporate citizen of 2022 https://celenire.com/hydro-quebec-is-the-best-corporate-citizen-of-2022/ Wed, 29 Jun 2022 10:00:36 +0000 https://celenire.com/hydro-quebec-is-the-best-corporate-citizen-of-2022/ Hydro-Québec has ambitions to be the “battery” of a network powered by renewable energy in northeastern North America, but its first task is closer to home: to ensure that the province can decarbonize its own economy with clean, reliable and affordable electricity. The provincial utility is pursuing two of the continent’s largest decarbonization projects, which […]]]>

Hydro-Québec has ambitions to be the “battery” of a network powered by renewable energy in northeastern North America, but its first task is closer to home: to ensure that the province can decarbonize its own economy with clean, reliable and affordable electricity.

The provincial utility is pursuing two of the continent’s largest decarbonization projects, which would provide hydroelectricity to Massachusetts and New York, displacing natural gas in those markets. In both cases, the transmission projects necessary to carry out the agreements have encountered local opposition that could derail Hydro-Québec’s export plans.

He is also involved in talks on a project called Atlantic Loop. The regional grid would bring hydroelectricity to the Maritimes to replace coal-fired power and obviate the need for new natural gas-fired power plants to supplement the growing supply of wind power.

If all parties can agree, new transmission lines would carry electricity from Quebec south and east to provide baseload power and to support intermittent renewable generation. They would in turn allow renewable energy producers in the United States and Atlantic Canada to sell to Quebec when there is a surplus of wind energy.

However, even as it seeks to increase electricity trade with its neighbours, Hydro-Quebec faces an enormous challenge to serve as the backbone of the province’s ambitious decarbonization plans, which could result in up to 50% demand for more electricity in 2050.

The utility’s original goal was to sell hydroelectric power to Quebecers and keep rates low for industrial and residential consumers in the province. While that core mandate remains, said Hydro-Québec CEO Sophie Brochu, the company is now committed to advancing regional cooperation on decarbonization while investing more in energy efficiency, energy wind turbine and new smart grid technologies.

The “North Star” for all power system operators and utilities in North America is to deliver the low-carbon energy transition at the lowest possible cost to their customers, Brochu says.
“We have a responsibility, obviously, to serve our respective markets,” she said. “We [also] we have a collective responsibility to see how we can work together with our respective infrastructures and means of production to access this North Star”.

For the third year, Hydro-Québec ranked first among the 50 best corporate citizens in Canada by Corporate Knights. Its ranking was based not only on the low-carbon nature of its huge power business, but also on water productivity, taxes paid, CEO salary vs. average worker, gender diversity in executives and boards of directors and own income.

Brochu herself is the personification of both Hydro-Québec’s progress and its deep ties to the province’s business culture. When she takes office in 2020, she becomes the first female CEO of Hydro-Québec. This appointment interrupted the sabbatical she had planned when she resigned after serving 12 years as CEO of Énergir, in Montreal, the former Gaz Métro.

Keep household fires clean

In March, Hydro-Quebec released its strategic plan for 2022 to 2026. It outlined challenges ahead and warned that pricing structures would need to change to encourage energy efficiency and conservation. In other words, if Hydro-Québec wants to succeed in its ambition to become the renewable “battery” of a large part of northeastern North America, it would have to raise its rates, especially at peak times, to that Quebecers stop wasting so much power.

Between 2020 and 2029, he predicted that Quebec’s own demand for clean energy would increase by 20 terawatt hours (TWh), or about 10% of current levels. By 2050, decarbonization efforts – including a dramatic increase in electric vehicles – would result in an increase of 100 TWh, or a 50% increase.

Brochu says they expect to meet that 2029 demand through an aggressive energy efficiency program; refurbishment of existing hydroelectric facilities; and the growth of wind energy, including up to 3,000 megawatts of capacity provided by a recently announced partnership between Hydro-Québec, Énergir and Borealis.

Even with this higher demand in Quebec, the utility is pursuing agreements to increase its exports by approximately 20 TWh annually to the United States under firm contracts. (For comparison, Nova Scotia’s electricity demand was 10 TWh in 2019.)

Consider expanding south

U.S. politicians and system planners – and a number of power sector analysts – are looking to Quebec to provide low-cost, low-carbon energy to help guide its own decarbonization plans. States. Hydro-Québec switches to two separate agreements: the 9.45 TWh New England Clean Energy Connect, to serve Massachusetts, and the New York City–bound Champlain Hudson Power Express, with a capacity of 10.5 TWh. The $4.5 billion project in New York was approved by state regulators in April, but further legal battles are possible.

A 2020 Massachusetts Institute of Technology study concluded that increased reliance on Quebec hydroelectricity offers the most cost-effective path to decarbonization for northeastern states, especially when paired with two-way trade. in which the Canadian province purchases excess renewable electricity when production is complete. high but demand is low.

In the longer term, Quebec could fulfill a battery function, recharging its reservoirs when there is a surplus of renewable energy and flowing hydroelectricity when intermittent renewables cannot meet demand, the Minister said. author of the MIT study, Emil Dimanchev, in an email.

Brochu says Hydro-Quebec is eager to expand the combined benefits of wind and hydroelectricity. However, the current agreements with Massachusetts and New York are for fixed capacity, which would flow regardless of the availability of wind power.

Quebec’s proposals to increase electricity exports to Ontario have long failed to materialize, in part because Hydro-Quebec wants to sell firm capacity and its neighbor wants more flexible power purchases to support renewable energy. The Quebec utility could face a better reception in the United States if it “reframes” the New England and New York projects “on the model of the battery concept by bundling the new transmission with a large-scale expansion scale of renewable energy in the United States,” said Sundayv.

Opposition to US expansion plans is brewing

As things stand, Hydro-Québec faces fierce opposition to the massive transmission projects needed to conclude the American agreements.

In Maine, voters rejected a US$1 billion transmission plan to bring electricity from Quebec in a nonbinding referendum last November. The Hydro-Quebec contractor is continuing with some construction as the utility and its partners seek a court ruling that would allow completion.

Several groups unsuccessfully opposed the New York transmission line that would be buried under the Hudson River. Among them is the environmental group Riverkeeper, which submitted a brief claiming that Quebec’s hydroelectricity is not as low-carbon as Hydro-Quebec claims and that the utility is failing to address Indigenous concerns.

Building dams and flooding large areas can cause methane and carbon dioxide to be released as vegetation dies. Hydro-Quebec argued that Riverkeeper analysts selected the data, in part by focusing on short-term effects, while for the life of the project, its hydropower has one of the lowest carbon intensities. in the world.

Riverkeeper’s brief included statements from a handful of Indigenous representatives, who complained that Hydro-Quebec hydroelectricity damaged their traditional territory.

Brochu acknowledges that Hydro-Quebec has long-standing problems recognizing and responding to Indigenous concerns, but says the utility is working to address its shortcomings.

“Things need to get better, and we’re making it better,” she says, adding that there are many different perspectives within Indigenous communities. Brochu recently participated in a ceremony marking the anniversary of Hydro-Québec the commitment to bring power in the village of Kitcisakik, the last Aboriginal community not connected to the network. “It’s as exciting to bring electricity to Kitcisakik as it is to [bring it to] Queens in New York,” she said.

Hydro-Québec is also working with a Mohawk community that wishes to become involved as a partner in a transmission line that crosses its traditional territory towards New York. However, Hydro-Quebec faces a myriad of lawsuits and other challenges from Indigenous groups due to its long history of damming rivers across the province and in Labrador dating as far back as the development of Churchill Falls. in the 1960s and 1970s.

Indigenous complaints have so far not derailed Hydro-Québec’s export plans.

Pierre-Olivier Pineau, an energy expert at Montreal’s HEC business school, says rejecting Quebec electricity would only hurt American consumers. At the same time, the loss of export sales would mean less pressure on supply and lower prices in the domestic market, he says.

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A TikToker Tried 50 Quebec Poutines in 7 Days, Gained 8 Pounds, and Ranked in the Top 5 https://celenire.com/a-tiktoker-tried-50-quebec-poutines-in-7-days-gained-8-pounds-and-ranked-in-the-top-5/ Mon, 27 Jun 2022 21:21:18 +0000 https://celenire.com/a-tiktoker-tried-50-quebec-poutines-in-7-days-gained-8-pounds-and-ranked-in-the-top-5/ The clicks of your favorite waitress’s heels, Marie-Angélique, announce her arrival. She darts from behind just as you impatiently turn your head to see her. The madness of a novice. You are blinded by the acrid vapor. The aroma stings the eyes. It is a good sting, like the burning sting of divine inspiration. The […]]]>

The clicks of your favorite waitress’s heels, Marie-Angélique, announce her arrival. She darts from behind just as you impatiently turn your head to see her. The madness of a novice. You are blinded by the acrid vapor. The aroma stings the eyes. It is a good sting, like the burning sting of divine inspiration. The fog dissipates. A tear falls. In front of you: a tantalizing mound of crispy fries, gooey gravy and cheese curds. “Welcome”, proclaims Marie-Angélique. Welcome to Paradise. You ordered a classic Quebec poutine.

Most Quebecers can experience this rapture only once (per month). Twice if they’re lucky. But for seven happy days, it was a TikToker’s entire life.

Niko Atsaidis, 26 years old, (niko.atsaidis on TikTok) spent a full week between July 18 and 25 trying 50 poutines across the province, spending over $1,225 (food and gas) and earning a total of eight pounds while walking between Beauharnois, Blainville, Drummondville , Granby, Huntington, Île-Perot, Lac-Supérieur, Lachute, Laval, Longeuil, McMasterville, Mercier, Montreal, Mont-Tremblant, Saint-Jérôme, Saint-Georges, Trois-Rivières, Quebec, Victoriaville, Yamachiche — a pilgrimage of potatoes, cheddar and fatty sauces.

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The poutine enthusiast documented each experience on TikTok, culminating in the reveal of his top five. In descending order: Cantine Annie in Victoriaville, Cantine La Fringale in McMasterville, Restaurant Labelle in Lachute, Restaurant Grégoire & Fils in Mercier and, at the top of the list, Les Couleurs De La Terre in Yamachiche.

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“It was a lot of fun, I love eating and traveling,” Atsaidis told MTL Blog. “This experience allowed me to learn a lot about poutine, what makes an authentic poutine, and all the important elements of a good poutine. It may seem simple but to perfect it, it takes expertise. “

When asked how he felt at the end of the trip, Atsaidis replied “incredible”.

“I needed to diet for a few days, but now I feel great!”

He promised more adventures to come on his channel.

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Islanders prospect William Dufour scores four goals for Saint John Sea Dogs https://celenire.com/islanders-prospect-william-dufour-scores-four-goals-for-saint-john-sea-dogs/ Sun, 26 Jun 2022 01:05:11 +0000 https://celenire.com/islanders-prospect-william-dufour-scores-four-goals-for-saint-john-sea-dogs/ Breadcrumb Links NHL Hockey The Quebec City product scored four goals for the host Saint John Sea Dogs in a 5-3 win over the Shawinigan Cataractes at Harbor Station Arena on Saturday William Dufour (28) of the Saint John Sea Dogs reacts in the third period against the Shawinigan Cataractes during the 2022 Memorial Cup […]]]>

The Quebec City product scored four goals for the host Saint John Sea Dogs in a 5-3 win over the Shawinigan Cataractes at Harbor Station Arena on Saturday

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SAINT JOHN, NB — There was a reason William Dufour was named the QMJHL Most Valuable Player, and he’s also arguing to be named the 2022 Memorial Cup Most Valuable Player.

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The Quebec product scored four goals for the host Saint John Sea Dogs in a 5-3 win over the Shawinigan Cataractes at Harbor Station Arena on Saturday.

Dufour, 20, had a natural hat trick in the second period to erase a three-goal deficit, and added a fourth in the third to send the Sea Dogs straight to the final on Wednesday. Jérémie Poirier scored the Sea Dogs’ other goal, while goaltender Nikolas Hurtubise made 26 saves.

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“After the first period we talked in the locker room and we had to kill a penalty to start the second and we went from there,” said Dufour, who had 15 shots on goal. “I missed a breakaway and I thought I couldn’t miss more chances like that.

“I managed to score a goal right after that and then another shortly after a face-off and it was just amazing to draw the crowd.”

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With the loss, the Cataractes will face the OHL champions, the Hamilton Bulldogs, in the semifinals on Monday. The Bulldogs finished third in the four-team standings with a win over the Edmonton Oil Kings on Friday. The Oil Kings, WHL champions, were eliminated.

“It was a dynamic game,” said Cataractes head coach Daniel Renaud. “We played a great first period, generated a lot of scoring chances, managed the puck well. But we took too many penalties in the second period. We took six penalties for what we saw tonight.

Loris Rafanomezantsoa, ​​Olivier Nadeau and William Veillette scored for the Cataractes, who took a 3-0 lead in the first period and appeared to have the competition under control.

Rafanomezantsoa opened the scoring after just 49 seconds on the Cataractes’ first shot. He moved a shot from the blue line that passed Hurtubise.

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Nadeau deflected a shot from defender Zachary Massicotte 14 minutes into the game to make it 2-0, moments after Mavrik Bourque was robbed by Hurtubise.

Nadeau threw a back pass to Bourque in front of the net, but Hurtubise managed to slide in to make an exceptional save.

While the fans were still cheering for the save, the puck came back to Massicotte on the blue line and his shot was deflected by Hurtubise by Nadeau.

The Cataractes took a 3-0 lead with 43 seconds left in the period as Veillette recovered the remains on a run from Xavier Bourgault and fired a backhand shot past Hurtubise.

“We had a pretty good first period, but in the second period we took too many penalties,” said Bourgault. “They have a very good power play and they showed it tonight. We have to stay outside the box against this team.

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In the second period, Dufour took over and single-handedly brought the Sea Dogs back. He scored two minutes into the period by blowing a one-timer past Coulombe from the left face-off circle on a pass from William Villeneuve.

Dufour scored against 21 seconds later, recovering the puck in the same face-off circle and catching a shot over Coulombe’s glove.

The New York Islanders prospect completed the hat trick just over six minutes later, smashing the net with his own backhand shot and stuffing the rebound past Coulombe.

The three goals in 6:36 was the second fastest at the Memorial Cup in more than 20 years. Only Dale Mitchell of the Windsor Spitfires in 2009 scored three goals faster, scoring a hat trick in 3:33.

Saint John took the lead 14 minutes into the second, as Poirier fired a shot from the point and passed Coulombe.

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“I always say we all have special women in our lives; our grandmothers, our mothers and our wives, I have a daughter, I have sisters, but the key to success tonight is the lady who is called Lady Mo,” said coach- leader of the Sea Dogs, Gardiner MacDougall. “Miss Lady Momentum, sometimes she is hard to find, you never know how long she will stay with you and we were lucky to have found her tonight.

“She stuck with us for a while and all the credit goes to the crowd for introducing Mo to our team and we found a way to use her to get a positive result.”

The Sea Dogs extended their lead two minutes into the third period as Dufour scored his fourth goal of the game, rushing in a shot from the high slot and blasting it past Coulombe on the power play.

“Big players show up in big moments, and Douf was very important to us tonight,” Sea Dogs center Josh Lawrence said. “One that he had that first one, we knew he was going to keep going, which was really good.”

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The Sea Dogs were eliminated in the first round of the QMJHL playoffs and suffered a 38-day layoff before opening the tournament with a win over the Bulldogs on Monday.

Saint John also changed coaches around this time, bringing in legendary University of New Brunswick head coach Gardiner to replace Gordie Dwyer.

MacDougall won seven national championships in 22 seasons with UNB and will return to the program after the Memorial Cup.

“We’re hanging out,” Gardiner said. “Maybe a month ago, some people thought we shouldn’t be here, and others said we weren’t going to last long.

“But the group has become something really special for the city and for the league, and we hang around and it was important for us to have a great emotional game like this.”

Email: dvandiest@postmedia.com

Twitter: @DerekVanDiest

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Statement by the Prime Minister on the Fête nationale du Québec https://celenire.com/statement-by-the-prime-minister-on-the-fete-nationale-du-quebec/ Fri, 24 Jun 2022 13:01:27 +0000 https://celenire.com/statement-by-the-prime-minister-on-the-fete-nationale-du-quebec/ Prime Minister Justin Trudeau today issued the following statement on the occasion of the Fête nationale du Québec: “Today, my family and I join millions of Quebecers in marking the Fête nationale du Québec and celebrating our identity and our heritage. “As Quebecers, we can be proud of our history and our beautiful French language. […]]]>

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau today issued the following statement on the occasion of the Fête nationale du Québec:

“Today, my family and I join millions of Quebecers in marking the Fête nationale du Québec and celebrating our identity and our heritage.

“As Quebecers, we can be proud of our history and our beautiful French language. These are the roots of a unique culture that unites us, from Rimouski to Val‑d’Or, from Montreal to Sherbrooke. To keep this identity alive and allow it to grow, the Government of Canada has established a invoice in March to modernize Official Languages ​​Act and achieve real equality between our official languages. This law will allow the government to strengthen, protect and promote the French language throughout the country.

“Quebec has been an integral part of the history of Canada since its founding. When it comes to equality, justice and democracy, Quebec is often a leader. Today, Quebec talents in fields ranging from sports and cinema to artificial intelligence are the pride of all Canadians.

“This year, we will once again be able to enjoy the festivities on the Plains of Abraham in Quebec, in the Quartier des Spectacles in Montreal and with our loved ones throughout Quebec.

“On behalf of the Government of Canada, Sophie and I wish all Quebecers a wonderful Fête nationale du Québec. Let’s be proud of who we are and what we have achieved, and let’s continue to work together to build a fairer, greener and more prosperous society.

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The Cree Nation of Chisasibi will launch the first investigation into the grave of a residential school in Fort George, Quebec https://celenire.com/the-cree-nation-of-chisasibi-will-launch-the-first-investigation-into-the-grave-of-a-residential-school-in-fort-george-quebec/ Tue, 21 Jun 2022 16:23:00 +0000 https://celenire.com/the-cree-nation-of-chisasibi-will-launch-the-first-investigation-into-the-grave-of-a-residential-school-in-fort-george-quebec/ The Cree Nation of Chisasibi will conduct the first investigation into the graves of two residential school sites in Quebec. The two boarding schools (one Catholic and one Anglican) operated from 1933 to 1981 at Fort George in the National Territory, located near the eastern shore of James Bay along the Grande River. Children were […]]]>

The Cree Nation of Chisasibi will conduct the first investigation into the graves of two residential school sites in Quebec.

The two boarding schools (one Catholic and one Anglican) operated from 1933 to 1981 at Fort George in the National Territory, located near the eastern shore of James Bay along the Grande River.

Children were taken from their families in Chisasibi, Whapmagoostui, Wemiddji, Waskaganish and a dozen other communities to attend school.

Soil penetrations will be made on the five sites where the buildings existed.

“We will conduct this research on the ground, knowing that the answers will be difficult for many inside and outside of Eeyou Istchee,” said Chief Daisy House of Chisasibi. “Our missing children never returned home. Where they are is sacred ground – it is up to us to bless it in their memory.”

The Chisasibi (translated as Great River) Cree (Eeyouch) briefly lived in Fort George before being relocated in 1979-1980. House said the search would be tricky given the field sites.

“Fort George was our community home until we moved in 1979, and the sites were not maintained in the years that followed,” she said. “We know of some graves and cemeteries, but there will be many challenges unique to this search that are not present in other situations.”

The Fort George schools were the first residential schools opened in Quebec, followed by those of Sept-Îles, Pointe Bleue and La Tuque. Boarding schools also operated in Amos, George River, Port Harrison, Payne Bay, Mistassini and Great Whale River.

Indian day schools also operated in Indigenous communities throughout the province, including Kahnawake on the South Shore of Montreal.

Pope Francis will visit Quebec in July. Indigenous leaders and representatives who traveled to the Vatican for the Pope’s apology in April requested the visit, which Assembly of First Nations Quebec-Labrador (AFNQL) Regional Chief Ghislain Picard hopes will make more of archives available.

“We also demand that the Catholic and Anglican Churches release all records relating to these residential schools so that the truth fully emerges from this unique and complex process,” Picard said.

The community of Chisasibi decided to move forward with the project after extensive consultations with community members, including residential school survivors.

“We must do what we can to protect our future generations from this pain. The Eeyouch are resilient people,” House said.

“We will heal together and welcome these loved ones home with the knowledge we wanted to know about their plight. We miss them and the life they once led. They deserved better. It’s our responsibility – our duty to the earth and to our ancestors – to find the truth.”

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About 80 families evacuated north of Quebec due to risk of landslide – Terrace Standard https://celenire.com/about-80-families-evacuated-north-of-quebec-due-to-risk-of-landslide-terrace-standard/ Sun, 19 Jun 2022 19:41:00 +0000 https://celenire.com/about-80-families-evacuated-north-of-quebec-due-to-risk-of-landslide-terrace-standard/ Nearly 200 people in Saguenay, Quebec have been forced to leave their homes and belongings as the area faces a high risk of landslides. Municipal authorities declared a state of emergency on Saturday and asked residents of 53 residences in the borough of La Baie to evacuate before 7 a.m. Sunday. The order came after […]]]>

Nearly 200 people in Saguenay, Quebec have been forced to leave their homes and belongings as the area faces a high risk of landslides.

Municipal authorities declared a state of emergency on Saturday and asked residents of 53 residences in the borough of La Baie to evacuate before 7 a.m. Sunday.

The order came after 21 households were evacuated in the region north of Quebec earlier this week, following a landslide that swept away an empty house on Monday.

Saguenay Mayor Julie Dufour told reporters on Sunday that families forced to flee could be out of their homes for weeks or even months. She said they would get help from the city to move.

“As mayor, it warms my heart that everyone is alive,” Dufour said. “We were able to avoid a disaster.

Officials said the ground beneath the evacuated area is unstable and it could lead to a massive landslide similar to the Saint-Jean-Vianney disaster.

Hundreds of residents of Saint-Jean-Vianney, also in the Saguenay region, were left homeless in May 1971, after a massive landslide swept through the community, killing 31 people.

“Right now, anything is possible,” Dufour said, warning against scaring residents with such a comparison.

“Will there be houses that cannot stay there? Housing that will remain but with a stabilizing renovation? Others without? It is too early to tell.

The priority is to evacuate as quickly as possible, Saguenay Fire Department Chief Carol Girard said at a news conference on Sunday.

While the risk of a landslide was “imminent”, he said further analysis of the terrain was needed in the coming days to determine if more people needed to be moved.

Andrée Laforest, Quebec’s municipal affairs minister, said at the same news conference that Geneviève Guilbault, the provincial public safety minister, was considering whether the province would also declare a state of emergency.

Meanwhile, 30 housing units have been made available to evacuated residents and support and accommodation services have been set up with the Red Cross, Saguenay and the Ministry of Public Security, Laforest added.

Campsites have offered accommodations, as well as seniors’ residences and other places may be made available in the future, she said.

“It’s a shock, but locals can see we’ve avoided the worst.”

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Is the Rouge et Or du Québec the best triathlon club in the country? https://celenire.com/is-the-rouge-et-or-du-quebec-the-best-triathlon-club-in-the-country/ Fri, 17 Jun 2022 00:19:35 +0000 https://celenire.com/is-the-rouge-et-or-du-quebec-the-best-triathlon-club-in-the-country/ Mention the Rouge et Or, and most sports fans will think football. With 10 Vanier Cup titles to its credit since its debut in 1996, the Université Laval team is the most successful university football team in Canada. The Rouge et Or is the emblematic name of all the sports teams that train at the […]]]>

Mention the Rouge et Or, and most sports fans will think football. With 10 Vanier Cup titles to its credit since its debut in 1996, the Université Laval team is the most successful university football team in Canada.

The Rouge et Or is the emblematic name of all the sports teams that train at the PEPS, the physical education and sports pavilion on the university’s vast campus in Quebec City. This includes the Rouge et Or triathlon club which is quietly training some of the most promising triathletes in Canada.

Think of Alexis Lepage, who made his Olympic debut at Tokyo 2020 in the first mixed team relay. Think of Charles Paquet, who in 2016 finished second at the world junior championships in Cozumel. Now 24 and studying business administration at ULaval, Paquet established himself as one of Canada’s most promising triathletes on the international circuit last year, placing sixth in Karlovy Vary in the Czech Republic and seventh a week later in Hamburg, Germany, followed in late October by a silver medal at the Americas Cup in St. George, Utah. This year, Paquet finished fourth at the Sarasota-Bradenton Americas Triathlon Cup and 17th at the Arzachena Triathlon World Cup.

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“It feels so good to have done such good races after the pandemic and to have trained alone all winter,” said Paquet, by the PEPS pool just days before his departure for Utah. last October. As a top athlete, Paquet had been allowed access to the pool during the worst days of Covid, but staying focused on his goals had been difficult. “There were no races and I had no idea where I was going. I just tried to train, hoping that one day it would pay off.

Pierre-Yves Gigou on the swimming pool deck. Photo: Loreen Pindera

When Covid restrictions were eased last fall, it was hard to imagine Paquet swimming lap after lap alone in his lane, no coach on deck and no one in the lane beside him. That Saturday, there were 18 junior and elite athletes in the water, while a group of development athletes, in masks, warmed up on the sidelines as they waited for their training session to begin. The head coach of the Rouge et Or, Pierre-Yves Gigou, as well as the assistant coach Nicolas Proulx-Bé, surveyed the bridge. In the leftmost lanes, junior triathletes Léo Roy and Mathis Beaulieu went head-to-head. Roy and Beaulieu are among the best junior triathletes in Canada, and that weekend they were preparing for the world junior championships in Quarteira, Portugal, where they would face off. Until Roy came out of the junior class this year, he and Beaulieu were rivals in every race, but also close friends. There’s an atmosphere here that’s really, really great,” said Roy, who moved to Quebec City in September to train. with the Rouge et Or de Gigou after a few years of working with Amélie Kretz at her home base in Montreal. “Everyone helps each other. We all improve together, as a team. I really like that.”

Noémie Beaulieu, left, wins the 2019 Ottawa Super League event ahead of Colette Reimer.

Roy’s sentiments are echoed by Noèmie Beaulieu (no relation to Mathis), another junior triathlete who burst onto the international scene last year with a seventh-place finish at the Junior European Cup in Banyoles, Spain. Spain. She surpassed that at the end of the season with a gold medal at the Triathlon of the Americas Championships in St. George. The 18-year-old from Gatineau moved to Quebec in 2020 to attend Collège Garneau, a junior college with a sports-study program that allows high-level athletes to adapt their class schedule according to their training.

“I really needed to find a group to train with at my level, and I knew it was here, in Quebec,” she said. “Everyone is really motivated. It’s cool.”

It helps that ULaval’s PEPS Sports Center offers the best facilities in Eastern Canada, all under one roof, with an airy, separate gymnasium where top athletes do their weight training and access to top-level kinesiologists, nutritionists and sports therapists. Not far away is a new 500m indoor race track – essentially the outer ring of Quebec’s new speed skating oval – and during the summer cycling season the hills and good pavement are just a stone’s throw away. short bike ride from campus.

“It would be great to make it a national training center, like they did in Victoria, to have a center on both ends of the country,” Roy muses. “I think that would be really great because we have such a great group of athletes to build on here.”

It’s a case Gigou has heard others make, and it’s tempting to dream of getting the kind of government funding it would take to turn the Rouge et Or club into a kind of Victoria East, but Gigou fears that turning this dream into reality would come at a high cost, both for the high performance athletes and for the recreational athletes who are an integral part of the club.

“As soon as you accept money from an agency like Own the Podium, it all comes down to how your best athletes perform, and in triathlon that means the last three or four years of an athlete’s career,” Gigou said. work on the development of an athlete over 10 or 12 years, in the perspective of his best years. You can’t put pressure on them to perform right away.

Gigou, originally from France, proved himself as a long-distance triathlete at a young age: he finished four times in Kona in his mid-twenties. He left a coaching job in Sherbrooke to become head coach of the Rouge et Or in 2016, when he was just 29 years old.

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“When I arrived here, there were already very talented athletes, like Alexis Lepage, who had just returned from two years at the national training center in Australia, and Charles Paquet had just become the first Canadian male to step onto the podium at a junior world championship. So as a coach it was a dream job. But my mandate was not just to coach elite athletes, it was to build the club at all levels, for everyone from recreational athletes to age groups.

In 2017, Gigou and his staff launched the Rouge et Or mini-triathlete program, taking a fleet of small-sized bikes to area elementary schools and summer day camps, featuring athletes like Lepage and l Rio 2016 Olympian Sarah-Anne Brault sharing her experiences with primary school children and leading them through a training session. For enthusiasts, there is a “triathlon school” all year round, for children aged 8 to 13, and a five-week triathlon day camp in the summer. From the age of 13 or 14, the most enthusiastic and promising triathletes are directed to the sports-studies program offered by three different high schools in the region associated with the Rouge et Or. Then there is the sports program -College Garneau studies for older students, varsity team, elite and junior teams – not to mention recreational triathletes. “The TriPeux” – a pun describing those who train for fun, but “, or very few – are those who get some exercise, while there is a separate program for age groups more competitive vying for spots at the Kona World or World Triathlon Championships.

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The club has 10 employees, including three full-time coaches. Since there is no official college triathlon circuit, like there is for swimming, soccer, or other sports, no real funding comes directly from the university. The vast majority of the budget comes from the contributions of the 260 athletes who make up the Rouge et Or each year.

“We have to finance ourselves,” says Gigou. “Our members pay to use the university sports center. We pay, yes, but I must say that we have excellent access to one of the finest sports facilities in Canada.

For college students like Paquet and Lepage, having a base on campus means it’s easy to juggle their training schedule with their college class schedule. And Gigou, who holds a master’s degree in exercise physiology from the University of Sherbrooke, pushes his athletes to perform well academically, regardless of their goals.

“For me, it’s a pride to know that at the end of my athletes’ triathlon careers, they will have a diploma in their pocket and a kind of other career choice awaits them,” he says. “I believe that work-life balance is essential.”

It’s an approach that clearly works, based on easy camaraderie between club members at all levels.

“It’s fun. It’s not too bad. I like being in contact with people in the age group, it’s just more real,” said Paquet at the end of a quick swimming training session. 3,400 meters.

“What I like is the spirit of the group, says Édouard Tétrault, a 20-year-old who moved from Drummondville to go to school in Quebec to train with the Rouge et Or. We all push each other. We all try to perform, but we do it together.

Loreen Pindera writes “The Age Group Mind” column for Triathlon Canada Review. This story appeared in the May 2022 issue of the magazine.

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Exfo Collaborates with Intel to Develop Breakthrough Cloud and Network Infrastructure Fault Detection Solution https://celenire.com/exfo-collaborates-with-intel-to-develop-breakthrough-cloud-and-network-infrastructure-fault-detection-solution/ Wed, 15 Jun 2022 08:00:00 +0000 https://celenire.com/exfo-collaborates-with-intel-to-develop-breakthrough-cloud-and-network-infrastructure-fault-detection-solution/ EXFO’s Adaptive Service Assurance Platform with Platform Observability by Intel Delivers a Better 5G Experience with Complete Visibility QUEBEC CITY, June 15, 2022 /PRNewswire/ – EXFO, the communications industry’s test, monitoring and analysis experts, today announced a groundbreaking solution, in collaboration with Intel, enabling 5G network operators to identify and correlate degradation of service. This […]]]>

EXFO’s Adaptive Service Assurance Platform with Platform Observability by Intel Delivers a Better 5G Experience with Complete Visibility

QUEBEC CITY, June 15, 2022 /PRNewswire/ – EXFO, the communications industry’s test, monitoring and analysis experts, today announced a groundbreaking solution, in collaboration with Intel, enabling 5G network operators to identify and correlate degradation of service. This solution supports automation for cloud-specific assurance whether failures originate from the network, service layers, or cloud-native network infrastructure.

According to the latest joint research results from Heavy Reading and EXFO1, 81% of carriers surveyed expect 5G networks to be more difficult to troubleshoot than 4G networks. Similarly, 69% of operators agreed that outage detection and correlation is more difficult in cloud-native networks, with 74% citing a lack of cloud-specific assurance tools causing them to rely on on manual processes.

EXFO’s complete insurance solution uses Intel’s platform observability alongside EXFO’s existing Adaptive Service Assurance Platform (ASA) to bridge the visibility gap between cloud-native infrastructure and network layers and service. In doing so, it provides complete visibility across the entire operational reach of carrier networks. The solution enables operators to assess the operational state of the underlying cloud-native infrastructure from the chip level, allowing fault isolation or correlation across all areas of the network. Together, EXFO and Intel technology accelerates time to resolution and eliminates domain-specific fault denial.

Intel® Xeon Scalable Processorswith built-in AI and NFV accelerators, provide the foundation to propel 5G experiences and Intel® Platform Telemetry Overview provide a detailed view of cloud-native infrastructure operations. It allows operators to “see” directly into the heart of the platform’s core infrastructure and assess operational metrics including health, usage, congestion, power consumption and audits configuration. By adopting the CNCF’s OpenTelemetry project, Intel provides a standard implementation that allows the industry to benefit from infrastructure observability.

“Network virtualization is an evolutionary path that started with 4G and is now firmly established with 5G. But managing service level agreements in virtual and physical domains is much more difficult, especially when the infrastructure is not always owned by the operator. As part of our adaptive service assurance platform, EXFO’s comprehensive assurance solution ensures that operators can detect, correlate and resolve defects wherever they originate, significantly reducing the time resolution,” said Philippe MorinCEO of EXFO.

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1 Read Intensive: 5G Troubleshooting and Fault Finding Study, North America and Western Europe, March 2022

“While service assurance in mobile networks is relatively well understood, the added dimension of cloud-native infrastructure presents a new challenge for most operators. Given the ubiquitous adoption of solutions powered by Intel processors Xeon in the Core Network, Intel Platform Telemetry Insights with Open EXFO’s telemetry and ASA platform provide the lenses operators need to deliver comprehensive service assurance across their entire network infrastructure,” said Alex QuachVice President and General Manager of Intel’s Wireline & Core Network Division.

EXFO’s comprehensive assurance solution is driven by EXFO’s adaptive service assurance technology, which detects customer-affecting events from communications network infrastructure and services, and provides complete visibility into network layers 1 through 7. The solution orchestrates the real-time interworking of multiple performance data streams and dynamically collects and analyzes the right combination of system, monitoring, and telemetry data to perform real-time network monitoring and inform effective action. With the integration of the Intel Platform Telemetry Insights data stream, customers of EXFO’s data source-independent adaptive service assurance platform have instant access to critical infrastructure performance metrics.

EXFO’s complete insurance solution is now available for customer deployment.

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About EXFO

EXFO develops smarter test, monitoring and analytics solutions for the global communications industry. We are trusted advisors to fixed and mobile network operators, hyperscalers and industry leaders in manufacturing, development and research. They rely on us to deliver superior visibility and insight into network performance, service reliability, and user experience. Building on our 35 years of innovation, EXFO’s unique combination of equipment, software and services enables faster and more secure transformations related to 5G, cloud-native and fiber optic networks.

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Witnesses and relatives of Toronto van murders describe the devastation caused by the attack | Pickup incident in Toronto https://celenire.com/witnesses-and-relatives-of-toronto-van-murders-describe-the-devastation-caused-by-the-attack-pickup-incident-in-toronto/ Mon, 13 Jun 2022 17:06:00 +0000 https://celenire.com/witnesses-and-relatives-of-toronto-van-murders-describe-the-devastation-caused-by-the-attack-pickup-incident-in-toronto/ A Toronto court has heard devastating accounts from witnesses, victims and relatives of those killed in the 2018 van attack in which a self-proclaimed “incel” drove his vehicle onto a crowded sidewalk. Alek Minassian – who was motivated by hatred of women – was found guilty in March of 10 counts of first-degree murder and […]]]>

A Toronto court has heard devastating accounts from witnesses, victims and relatives of those killed in the 2018 van attack in which a self-proclaimed “incel” drove his vehicle onto a crowded sidewalk.

Alek Minassian – who was motivated by hatred of women – was found guilty in March of 10 counts of first-degree murder and 16 counts of attempted murder, after a judge found he had been driving a van white car on the sidewalk with the intent to kill.

During a sentencing hearing on Monday, a Toronto court heard testimony from those involved. Witnesses recounted the horror of the attack and their struggles with PTSD afterwards.

“My world has changed forever,” said Janet Zhang, after describing the mental pain she still experiences after her CPR efforts failed to save a victim.

First responder Charlene Mackay told the court she still has panic triggers and night terrors, which she manages by drinking and not eating well. “I don’t think he should have a normal life,” she said of Minassian.

Other victims detailed the serious and life-altering injuries they suffered in the attack, which they continue to struggle with.

Minassian’s actions cost the lives of Renuka Amarasingha, Betty Forsyth, Ji Hun Kim, Dorothy Sewell, Anne Marie D’Amico, So He Chung, Andrea Bradden, Chul Min “Eddie” Kang, Geraldine Brady and Munir Najjar.

An 11th person – Amaresh Tesfamariam – died from his injuries in October 2021. Minassian was not given an additional murder charge.

The Crown is asking that Minassian be sentenced to 10 life sentences – to be served concurrently – with the possibility of parole after 25 years.

The sentencing recommendation follows the Supreme Court of Canada‘s ruling last month, which found that consecutive periods of parole ineligibility were unconstitutional and should be considered cruel and unusual punishment.

The decision came after a legal challenge by Alexandre Bissonnette, the man convicted of six murders and six attempted murders in the 2017 Quebec City mosque shootings.

In his original conviction, Bissonnette’s parole ineligibility sentences were added consecutively, totaling 150 years – meaning he would die in prison.

Following the Supreme Court ruling in May 2022, he is now eligible for parole after 25 years.

Based on this decision, so will Minassian.

Judge Anne Malloy – the judge who oversaw the Toronto van bombing trial – delayed Minassian’s sentencing pending the Supreme Court’s decision.

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Healthcare system not ready for ‘tsunami’ of long COVID cases: experts https://celenire.com/healthcare-system-not-ready-for-tsunami-of-long-covid-cases-experts/ Sat, 11 Jun 2022 11:10:12 +0000 https://celenire.com/healthcare-system-not-ready-for-tsunami-of-long-covid-cases-experts/ Breadcrumb Links New Local News Canada reportedly lags other countries in disease preparedness and research Publication date : June 11, 2022 • 6 hours ago • 3 minute read • 13 comments Dr Anne Bhéreur developed long COVID after contracting the virus in the palliative care unit where she works. Photo by John Mahoney /Postmedia […]]]>

Canada reportedly lags other countries in disease preparedness and research

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Advocates, scientists, patients and others are warning of a coming tsunami of people with disabilities following a long COVID. And there are growing fears that the healthcare system is unprepared.

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“It is anticipated that COVID over the long term will have a substantial and lasting impact on our health care system,” Sen. Stan Kutcher said during a lengthy COVID awareness conference this week. “And let’s remember that this is a system that can currently be characterized as running on empty.”

Kutcher, a psychiatrist specializing in adolescent mental health who is an independent senator, has focused on issues such as vaccine misinformation since his appointment to the Senate. He calls for changes – including a focus on health system preparedness and better support for people with disabilities – to help those suffering from long COVID.

“Can we expect this broken system to now rally effectively to meet the needs of Canadians suffering from long COVID? He asked.

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“We need to start moving very quickly to make changes to our health care system to improve capacity because the long COVID will put additional pressure on the system and the people working in it,” he said.

He was speaking as part of a virtual town hall to mark National Long COVID Awareness Day in Canada. The event was organized by the group COVID-19 Resources Canada and featured researchers, doctors and patients.

Dr. Anne Bhereur, a Montreal family and palliative care physician, is both. Bheréur, who has long had COVID after contracting the disease in the palliative care unit where she works, struggled to catch her breath during her speech.

Organizers said Canada has work to do to even define and understand the scope of long COVID in the country.

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I’m homebound and exhausted, my beloved career I’ve worked so hard to build is gone and I can’t work.

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“Many countries in the World Health Organization have all created definitions. Canada has fallen behind and we urge health authorities to provide us with an appropriate definition and response,” said Dr. Yanet Valdez Tejeira, immunologist and BC COVID-19 lead. The lack of a standard definition is a barrier to studying and measuring the prevalence of the disease, she said.

The term COVID long refers to some 200 symptoms that can develop in people who have had COVID-19, including neurological, cardiac, respiratory and many others.

Ontario’s COVID-19 Scientific Advisory Table estimated earlier this year that between 57,000 and 78,000 people in the province had suffered from post-acute syndrome of COVID-19, another name for the long COVID. This range has probably increased.

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Public Health Ontario, in a review of long-COVID research it released in April, also warned of the need to prepare the health care system.

“In order to plan for a potential increase in the use of healthcare resources post-COVID-19, the healthcare system must understand PACS (post-acute COVID syndrome) in recovering patients. Knowledge of the risk factors associated with the development of PACS may be able to help track those at risk for additional morbidity and direct resources appropriately.

Public Health Ontario’s review found a prevalence of PACS ranging from approximately 51% to 80% of patients after COVID-19.

Awareness Day roundtable participants noted that long COVID occurs both in people who have had severe cases of COVID-19 and in those who have had mild or no symptoms. Audiences have heard from patients whose lives have been all but cut short by the long COVID.

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“I’m homebound and exhausted, my beloved career, which I’ve worked so hard to build, is gone and I can’t work. Long COVID has been really devastating,” said panelist Carrie Anna McGinn, a woman from Quebec.

“There is a tsunami of disability coming to Canada as a result of the long COVID,” she predicted.

Yale professor and researcher Dr. Akiko Iwasaki, who researched the long COVID, predicted a “chronic disabling event” in many people who do not recover from COVID-19.

Kutcher, meanwhile, said Canada lags behind other countries when it comes to preparedness and research into the many facets of the disease.

The federal government committed $20 million for extensive COVID research in its latest budget, but Kutcher said that’s far from what’s needed to better understand and treat it.

“There is a real urgency to get into this basic science and prepare for a long COVID.”

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