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English/Welsh poet Zoë Skoulding will be appearing several times at the 38th edition of the Festival International de la poésie de Trois-Rivières. In this chat with host Julie Miller, Zoë talks about her fascination with translation, her interest in both soundscapes and landscapes, how a visit to Montreal galvanized her to begin speaking French, an…
 
This fall (2022) Anya Bussière-Filion entered her 3rd year of medicine at the University of Sherbrooke. In a chat with host Julie Miller, Anya talks about the program and what brought her to study medicine in the first place. Originally from Drummondville, Anya has grown up with both English and French, attending elementary and high school and also…
 
In this second episode about Trois-Rivières' poetry festival, we meet Beatriz Hausner. Beatriz has been to the Festival before, and she talks about what makes it special. Her conversation with host Julie Miller ranges from talking about poetry to how she discovered it, about freedom and what inspires her, and about why she writes in English althoug…
 
Before his visit to the Festival International de la Poésie de Trois-Rivières this October (2022), Jérôme Melançon gives us a little taste of his work by reading his poem, “Irregularities,” from his English-language chapbook poetry collection, Tomorrow’s Going to Be Bright, published by above/ground press in 2022. To read the poem for yourself, vis…
 
Jérôme Melançon is a bilingual professor from the University of Regina who is also a poet, a translator, and a philosopher. He thinks a lot about language, identity, minorities, and what it's like to be bilingual, living and moving between two languages in Canada. Jerôme is one of the poets invited to the 28th edition of the Festival international …
 
Just before the pandemic, Carole Jones and her husband moved to Drummondville from Ontario. She was surprised by just how many details and issues came up in moving from one province to another. And once she was here, the pandemic hit, and she found herself trying to adjust to a new town without being able to go anywhere. True to style, Carole found…
 
Singer-songwriter James Forest was born on the Magdalen Islands but he has made St Mathieu du Parc his home, when he is not travelling and playing his music around the globe. James released a new album called All Shades of Purple that came out during the Covid lockdown. In a conversation with host Julie Miller, James talks about the album's title, …
 
Michael McCall has recently moved to Trois-Rivières from Ottawa. He is no stranger to microphones, because he cohosts a podcast called FC13 all about Canadian soccer. Michael joins host Julie Miller not only to talk about why it's a great year to be a soccer fan, but also to chat about bilingualism, adapting to life in a new city, and what happened…
 
Trinity Mastine grew up on a farm in a little village in the Centre du Québec, and is now a student at McGill in the Speech Language Pathology Program. In this chat with host Julie Miller, Trinity talks about the village and farm where she grew up, and shares her experience of leaving home to study in Montreal - an experience which has opened up bo…
 
Lesley Joy Whitehead, aka Jo Whitehead, was the eldest child of industrialist Charles Ross Whitehead of Trois-Rivières. Born in 1895, she led a most remarkable and unusual life, which has been all but forgotten in her home country of Canada until now. Over the course of her work researching the history of the Scottish Women's Hospitals' Serbian Uni…
 
In this very last episode of season two, hosts Julie Miller and François Roy talk a bit about more recent history in Trois-Rivières, discussing important international events such as the Grand Prix de Trois-Rivières and the poetry festival. François mentions some famous people from the city, and the two hosts talk about the life of Brian Barton, to…
 
This week, Julie Miller and François Roy take a look at the summer of 1946, the first peacetime summer after the long and dark war years . People were picking up their lives and trying to get back to normal, but as often happens after momentous societal upheavals, life was never going to be the same again. The summer of 46 was special for a lot of …
 
For Trois-Rivières and Trifluvians, World War II was very different from WWI. During the Second World War, the whole town was mobilized for the war effort, whereas in the previous war all the trouble had seemed far away for a lot of the population. Julie and François discuss the build up to the war, and many of the ways the city changed during the …
 
Julie Miller and François Roy are back with another episode. This time they take a look at the controversial figure of Maurice Duplessis. As François says, everything bad that happened before 1960 in Québec always seems to be Duplessis' fault, but it was more complicated than that- history always is more complicated. When Duplessis, from an old Yam…
 
Charles Ramsay Devlin (1858-1914): during his own lifetime, he was a man impossible to ignore, but today his accomplishments have fallen into the shadows. A champion to some, a big headache for others, Devlin was a firebrand, a politician, a fearless campaigner, a defender of Catholics across Canada, a friend to Quebecers, a bilingual and charismat…
 
In this episode, co-hosts Julie Miller and François Roy look at the Irish and bilingual history of Sainte Brigitte on the south shore, going back to the first settler in the 1830s, John O'Sullivan. This episode focuses on some of the women of the parish, but Julie starts by going back even further to tell the story of the saint in whose honour the …
 
In this episode, Julie Miller and François Roy look beyond black and white definitions to talk about three women who lived outside of the box, in a "grey zone," with a foot in at least two worlds, sometimes more. Whether it was because of their family origins or through their own choices, these three individuals had the courage to define themselves…
 
In this episode, hosts Julie Miller and François Roy talk about World War I and its impact on Trois-Rivières. The Armoury was built in 1905, but it became a kind of private club for the local Liberal party. François will reveal what Sam Hughes, the minister of munitions for the federal Conservative government, had to say about that. You'll also hea…
 
This week hosts Julie Miller and François Roy are talking about industry - about a few specific industries in particular. Did you know that 3 generations of the Bradley family operated a business in Red Mill, a hamlet near what is now Cap de la Madeleine, and that they produced red ochre powder for Canada Paint, and other companies, for almost a hu…
 
This week’s episode is a little bit longer than other weeks, but that is what happens when you hop into a canoe to explore rivers and waterways. You just never know where you are going to end up. And that’s also what happens when you start to explore history: one story leads to different story, one place leads to another place. Hosts Julie Miller a…
 
In this edition hosts Julie Miller and François Roy discuss the Crimean War. Although it was fought far away in Europe, it was a significant war for Trois Rivières, and for the rest of Quebec, for a very particular reason. You’ll hear about an event in 1855 which turned the tides for French Canadians when a ship docked in Trois Rivières with an unu…
 
How did organized sport start developing in Trois Rivières? That’s the subject of this episode. Hosts Julie Miller and François Roy cover a lot of bases –they'll talk about baseball, horse racing, canoeing, snowshoeing, skating, tennis, and so much more. There was even a cricket club once upon a time in TR! And as François likes to point out, you c…
 
One of the titles we also considered for this episode is "Religions and Royal Visits." In this week's somewhat eclectic episode, our topics range from a very awkward Franciscan preacher to the passage of the Queen of England a century and a half later. You’ll also hear about some of the religious diversity that existed in Trois-Rivières in the late…
 
In lucky episode number 13, hosts Julie and François compare the very different life paths taken by two Loyalist families who first arrived in Trois Rivières as refugees after the American Revolution. You’ll hear about an attorney general and about martial law; about who sympathised with the Patriotes in 1838 and who did not; and you’ll also find o…
 
This week, Julie and François get down to business. Literally. This episodes picks up in the 1870s and 80s in Trois Rivières. François has lots to say about the businessmen of the time, and what they did to get organized and develop the area economically. The hosts also talk about the development of trade unions, or the lack of them, in the early d…
 
In this episode. Julie and François take a look at the Patriote rebellions of 1837-38, and at its effect on people in Trois Rivières, both during the events themselves and in the aftermath. You can’t really talk about this time without discussing the general climate of the province. This is a period marked by growing tensions, by abuse of power and…
 
This episode is about two women who insisted on the right to self-determination, although they would have called it the right to "follow the guidance of their own heart." One was a silversmith's daughter whose tale would be shocking even today; the other was the daughter of a prominent seigneur who had the temerity to fall in love with a lowly (and…
 
This episode is about the second wave of immigration of English speakers to Trois-Rivières, from about 1775 to the 1840's. It was an age of industrialization and colonization. We'll talk about the appearance of steam machines on George Davison's Lanton Farm. We'll also hear about Matthew Bell's business savvy, as the longest-serving director of the…
 
This episode takes a look at the winter of 1775-76, when 3R was evacuated because of an advancing army. Did the Americans wreak havoc on Trifluvian life, or were they more of a ragtag army? Why did the French Canadians call it, "La guerre des autres?" Who was General Riedesel, and what tradition did his charming wife Charlotte introduce to Québec? …
 
After the British conquest of 1760, the English began to settle in Québec. Many former naval and army officers bought land. Many of the seigneuries in the Trois-Rivières/Bécancour/Nicolet area now had British owners, with names like Hart, Munro, Chandler, Cuthbert, and Gugy. In this episode, Julie and François also talk about different waves of ref…
 
The Harts were a very important family in the history of Trois-Rivières, from Aaron Hart and his wife Dorothea Judah, to their sons Moses and Ezekiel, one of whom was famous, the other, infamous. There were several Jewish families in Trois-Rivières after 1760, and of these the Harts were the most prominent. Aaron Hart is considered a founding membe…
 
This episode covers more stories from the early days of an English - and protestant! - presence in Trois-Rivières. Julie Miller and François Roy talk about Frederick Haldimand: who was he and why did he need a bilingual secretary? Who was Conrad Gugy, and who was the enigmatic woman he lived with: was she a woman of ill-repute, or a wealthy woman o…
 
Our second season is devoted to a special series on the history of English speakers in Trois-Rivières: "From Burton to Barton." In this introductory episode, host Julie Miller and this season's special guest, historian François Roy, give an overview of what's to come. Who were the first English speakers? Where did they come from, and what did they …
 
This episode explores the early days of a consistent English presence in 3R. Host Julie Miller and this season's special guest, historian François Roy, discuss the Royal American and Fraser's 78th regiments, and François introduces us to the Ralph Burton referred to in the series' title, From Burton to Barton.…
 
Barry Husk is back for another chat with Julie Miller in this fourth episode in our series about the history of Drummondville. Things really began to change at the end of the 1800s when Southern Canada Power chose to build a power plant in Drummondville. It was an intense period: the town grew from a place that made axes and wooden spools and not m…
 
John Husk has a special story about how he first decided to get involved in municipal politics 12 years ago at only 27 years of age. He hasn't looked back since. This fall, John will be retiring as a city councilor in Drummondville as a new chapter opens in his life, but he will continue to be a champion for the environment. He talks about growing …
 
In this episode in our mental health series, hosts Emily Vidal and Julie Miller meet Pauline Meunier of the Mental Health Commission of Canada. Pauline was a paramedic for many years before becoming a master trainer for the Mental Health Commission's workshops and sessions. She's become a passionate spokesperson for the commission and has been invo…
 
At the beginning of the pandemic, Montreal-based mental health support and advocacy group, Ami-Quebec, put their services online. This meant that English speakers from outside the metropolitan area can now have access to their programs - and this includes people in the Mauricie and Centre du Québec. In this episode, hosts Emily Vidal and Julie Mill…
 
In this fourth episode in our series about mental health and stigma, Julie Miller and Emily Vidal speak with Victoria Kuczynski. Victoria is a counsellor who works with the Montreal organization, Friends for Mental Health. We talk about the impact of the pandemic on youth based on Victoria's experience over the past year. Do we have unrealistic exp…
 
What's your coping style? We all have one style that predominates, but generally we have a range of coping styles, depending on our age and stage in life and the situation. In this 3rd episode in a series about mental health and breaking the stigma that surrounds it, co-hosts Emily Vidal and Julie Miller welcome back Mirella Castrechini to talk abo…
 
In this episode, Julie Miller speaks with Vickie Schnieders about her many years of involvement with the Amnesty International group in Trois-Rivières. She shares some of the stories that inspired her to get involved and to keep motivated over the years in what she calls "her favourite cause." Vickie also tells us how she came to live in Quebec, an…
 
This is the second episode in our series on breaking the stigma that surrounds mental health. This week, co-hosts Emily Vidal and Julie Miller are joined by special guest, Mirella Castrechini. Mirella is a trained Life Coach and a healthcare management consultant. Recently she gave some trainings on the different components of building resilience. …
 
In this episode, Karine Gauthier, a lecturer at UQTR, talks with host Julie Miller about her approach to teaching, and about where she grew up, how she became bilingual, the importance of laughter, her involvement in MEES, and her contribution to the list of suggestions for newcomers of the best places to discover in and around the Trois-Rivières a…
 
This episode is the first in a series on mental health by hosts Julie Miller and Emily Vidal from Case-MCQ. The goal of the series is to reduce the stigma surrounding mental health by helping to bring more awareness to it. This particular episode delves deep into the shifts that have taken place in our perception of mental health and the varying at…
 
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