50 years of friend­ship

Les Nouvelles Saint-Laurent - - LOCAL NEWS - SARA KING-ABADI sara.king-abadi@tc.tc

EX­CHANGE. The 50th an­ni­ver­sa­ry of the lon­gest- run­ning Ca­na­dian twin ci­ty part­ner­ship is just around the cor­ner, and the mu­ni­ci­pa­li­ties plan to com­me­mo­rate the long- las­ting friend­ship with an art ex­change.

A Que­be­cois ar­tist will be se­lec­ted to make a work of art for Le­th­bridge, Al­ber­ta’s Hen­der­son Lake Park, and a piece of art from Le­th­bridge will be ins­tal­led in the fu­ture 375th an­ni­ver­sa­ry place pu­blique near Côte-Ver­tu me­tro sta­tion, in Saint-Laurent.

The sculp­tors will be se­lec­ted through a com­pe­ti­tion pro­cess with a nine-mem­ber ju­ry in conjunc­tion with the Pu­blic Art Bureau. Th­ree fi­na­lists will present mo­dels of their pro­po­sed sculp­tures, that should re­flect the friend­ship bet­ween the two mu­ni­ci­pa­li­ties. The same pro­cess will take place in Le­th­bridge.

Since the twin­ning was ori­gi­nal­ly ar­ran­ged for Ca­na­da’s cen­ten­nial and the 50th an­ni­ver­sa­ry is in line with Ca­na­da’s 150th bir­th­day, the bo­rough has ap­plied for a fe­de­ral grant to co­ver the cost of the pro­ject, but will pur­sue the com­pe­ti­tion whe­ther or not they re­ceive fe­de­ral fun­ding. The to­tal cost is ex­pec­ted to be $250,000 for each town, and the pro­jec­ted is ex­pec­ted to be com­ple­ted in 2017.

BFFS

Ra­ti­fied on Ju­ly 27, 1967, the Saint-Laurent, Que. and Le­th­bridge twin­ning came about as part of the na­tion’s cen­ten­nial and was ai­med to fos­ter and pro­mote cultu­ral re­la­tions.

The friend­ship has stood the test of time, with sum­mer ex­changes bet­ween the two ci­ties and a sha­ring of culture and ideas.

Each yeah the mu­ni­ci­pa­li­ties al­ter­nate hos­ting groups of stu­dents or se­niors from their twin towns, where the bo­rough or ci­ty foots the bill for trans­por­ta­tion and the ci­ti­zens host in each other’s homes.

(Pho­to: Cour­te­sy - Ar­chives de la Ville de Saint-Laurent, P31)

At the 1967 si­gning of the twin ci­ty agree­ment bet­ween Saint-Laurent, Que­bec and Le­th­bridge, Al­ber­ta.

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