"In October 2013, Drs. Tim Perkins and Abby van Den Berg of the University of Vermont’s Proctor Maple Research Center
, revealed the findings of a study at a maple syrup conference in New Brunswick, Canada that sent waves through the industry. In 2010, they were studying vacuum systems in sap collection operations. Based on the observation that one of the mature trees in the study that was missing most of its top was still yielding high volumes of sap, they hypothesized that the maples were possibly drawing moisture from the soil and not the crown. Previously, they had presumed that the sap dripping from tap holes was coming from the upper portion of the tree. But, if the tree was missing most of its crown then, they surmised, it must be drawing moisture from the roots. ... They realized that their discovery meant sugarmakers could use saplings, densely planted in open fields, to harvest sap. In other words, it is possible that maple syrup could now be produced as a row crop like every other commercial crop in North America.
" [more inside]
posted by Blasdelb
on Jan 23, 2014 -
RCMP eyed philosopher Jean-Paul Sartre during tense Quebec political upheaval. [theglobeandmail.com]
Canadian spies closely eyed existentialist philosopher Jean-Paul Sartre, tracking his planned trip to Quebec in support of people arrested during a crackdown on separatist threats, newly released documents show.
The declassified Royal Canadian Mounted Police dossier on Mr. Sartre also reveals that Mountie intelligence officers pored over translations of the French writer’s pronouncements, monitored his links to the peace movement and noted the academic rebel’s brushes with the law.
posted by Fizz
on May 22, 2012 -
In March, 2012, students in Montreal, Canada took to the streets to protest the Quebec Liberal government's intention to raise tuition by 75% over five years.
The red square
, a symbol of the last student strike, quickly became the symbol of this one as well. [more inside]
posted by Stagger Lee
on Apr 30, 2012 -
Timelapse Intersection Articulée à Montréal
In October, 2011, the Contemporary Museum of Monteral presented "Intersection Articulée", an interactive installation from Rafael Lozano-Hemmer. It was composed of 18 projectors of 10k watts each, visible from ~9 miles (15km) away. Here's some time lapse video results, with music.
posted by Goofyy
on Apr 6, 2012 -
Bacon-wrapped cupcakes: What could possibly go wrong? Well, try explaining your Internet-famous project (Epic Meal Time
) in English on Quebec’s most popular French-language talk show. Bonus difficulty points: You already are
from Quebec, but you don’t speak French well enough to swagger through an interview. Anglo journo Fagstein analyzes
the “controversy.” (The interview in question, from Tout le monde en parle
, on YouTube
posted by joeclark
on Apr 21, 2011 -
Montréal Mirabel Airport
was opened in 1975 at the cost of $2 billion adjusted. Ultimately its tarmac and runway areas alone were to take up 70 km2
) of space and would have made it the world's largest airport. The airport never got any busier than Boise Airport is today, and the passenger terminals are now abandoned shells (slideshow
). A key factor
in the failure was that for 22 years authorities banned all international flights from the much-closer, thriving Dorval Airport, heavily used by locals and business travellers. It didn't help that Montreal was already sliding into decline in the 1970s due to the growth of the Great Lakes and Toronto-based economies and uncertainties about Quebec's political
climate. Montreal is no stranger to alleged boondoggles: Olympic Stadium
, half-finished during the 1976 Summer Games, spiralled $1 billion
posted by crapmatic
on Nov 27, 2009 -
The Canadian Government’s Translation Bureau
recently made its French/English/Spanish technical terminology database, Termium
, free to access after over a decade as a subscription-based service. While off-the-cuff translations are often available from free services like BabelFish
, Termium focuses on technical terminology such as scientific, medical and legal terms. [more inside]
posted by Shepherd
on Oct 22, 2009 -
A recent series of posts on the web site of First Things magazine looks at what could be described as a reactionary moment on the part of some folk and roots musicians in Québec and around the world... and we're not talking The Goldwaters
). [more inside]
posted by Jahaza
on Jan 7, 2009 -
, an open-source community based in Québec, is suing the Québec government for buying Microsoft software
when free alternatives are available. Facil's press release
says, in part, "From February to June 2008, FACIL has noticed sales of proprietary software for more than 25 million dollars. These purchases were made for products offered by large multinational enterprises, with no regard to suppliers in Quebec. ... While most of the developed countries have started, a few years back, migrating their technological infrastructures to Free Software, Quebec's public administration is far behind." Some applaud
Facil's move. Others, not so much
posted by Marisa Stole the Precious Thing
on Aug 28, 2008 -
Quebec Margarine War Ends! For 21 years Quebec has regulated the colour of margarine, insisting it be distinctly lighter or distinctly darker than butter... The stated reason has been to protect consumers from unscrupulous restaurateurs selling margarine as butter. The real reason was to protect the province's politically influential dairy industry. [more inside]
posted by KokuRyu
on Jul 11, 2008 -
Results of tonight's election in Quebec are in.
The Quebec Liberal Party has managed just barely to hold onto power in that province, winning a minority government--the first time this has happened in la belle province
since...well...since the year the phonograph was first patented. But there's an even bigger story. And that's the apparent collapse of the separatist Parti Québécois
vote, in favour of the centre-right Action Démocratique Party
, surprising just about everybody other than those who actually live in the province.
Here's the breakdown in the vote as of 11:00PM:
Liberal (32.50%) - ADQ (31.19%) - PQ (28.48%).
What these results mean for Canada's federal parliament---also in a minority situation---is anyone's guess at this point. The smart money is on Prime Minister Harper calling an early summer election. These results tonight would certainly give him reason to think that Quebec voters are in the mood for change. But like spring weather in these parts, things are quite changeable these days.
posted by runningdogofcapitalism
on Mar 26, 2007 -
He's young, telegenic, bilingual, a Harvard grad... and now André Boisclair
, the youngest person
ever elected to a seat in Quebec's National Assembly, is the new leader of the Parti Quebecois
, the nationalist -- as in Quebec nationalist
-- left-leaning party founded
to take Canada's mostly french-speaking province out
of the federation. Oh, and he's gay
. And an admitted
(former) cocaine user (although that might be a good thing
.) Oh, and, according to the polls, the next Premier Ministre of Quebec.
posted by docgonzo
on Nov 16, 2005 -
a 13+ link whistlestop glance at something from all the provinces and territories...Alberta
, British Columbia
, New Brunswick
, Nova Scotia
. Not to mention the talk about
posted by edgeways
on Feb 15, 2005 -
Do you, Adam, take this man Steve, to be your lawfully wedded husband ... "... a panel of Ontario judges ordered Parliament to broaden its definition of marriage to include gay men and women, the first decision of its kind in Canada. "
Rulings on cases in BC and Quebec to follow.
Good news for the Canadian Tourist industry, at any rate. So far the only heartbreak in all this is the utter lack of Crate and Barrel, Williams Sonoma, and Pottery Barn stores in Canada for these people to register at.
posted by kristin
on Jul 14, 2002 -