Employment rate stable in July
most recent employment statistics published by Statistics Canada show that the Quebec labour market is relatively stable. We see a net improvement in the private sector with the creation of more than 26,000 jobs and a progression among young people aged fifteen to twenty-four with a gain of almost 11,000 jobs. The unemployment rate, during the month of July, was stable at 8.1%.
“During the coming years, the labour market will see growth in all the regions. According to the forecasts by EmploiQuebec, 725,000 positions will be available from now until 2017 and more than half will be occupied by workers less than twentyfive years of age who have not yet entered the workforce,” said the Minister of Employment and social solidarity, Francois Blais.
“We are confident that the government’s concerted efforts, combined with the economic recovery in the United States, will stimulate employment in Quebec. All of our efforts are directed in this direction, notably with the increase in investment in infrastructures, the reduction of budgets and a rigorous control of public finances,” added the Minister of Finance, Carlos Leitao.
“Our ornithological museum is taking flight!” In 1996, we donated our personal ornithological collection amassed over many decades (valued at over $125,000) to the Centre de l’Oie Blanche in Montmagny, Quebec. Last November, a friend informed us that the Fondation pour la préservation de la faune et de la culture de Montmagny (Centre de l’Oie Blanche) had closed its doors without even notifying us despite the contract linking our two entities. André and I have arranged to transfer what is left to the Baluchon Éco-Villégiature of Saint-Paulin, nestled in the La Mauricie wilderness in Northern Quebec. With the help of our friends, we plan to rebuild our ornithological museum. Regrettably, the most beautiful specimens, the rarest and dearest pieces are all missing---nowhere to be found: a 108 room purple martin birdhouse offered by the Trapists Monks of Oka, period trebuchets bird-trap, a collection of bird eggs gathered by André when he was 17 years old (75 years ago!) thanks to a special governmental permit, and many other rarities...missing...gone!
There was so much wealth in this collection, and it saddens us to see in this day and age people who have no awareness of the importance of cultural