ACS Memo November 11, 2013 / Mémo de l’AEC, 11 novembre 2013

We learned last week that Bill C-49, aiming to change the name of the Canadian Museum of Civilization to the Canadian Museum of History, was passed. There was, and still is, much debate about this change, mostly because museums are quite an important source for historical knowledge. Indeed, ACS research in 2011 and 2013 shows that museums continue to be Canadians’ most trusted and popular source.

In 2011, we asked Canadians whether or not they agreed about the trustworthiness of different sources of historical information. 83.5% of Canadians declared agreement with the trustworthiness of museums, followed by history books (75,6%) and witnesses from the past (72,7%). In 2013, the question was, instead, to choose one historical source over another. In that case, 60,2% of Canadians chose museums as their preferred way to learn about history, followed by historic sites (16.2%) and both oral histories and real artifacts at 6.9%.

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Nous avons appris la semaine dernière que le projet de loi C-49, visant à changer le nom du Musée canadien des civilisations pour le Musée canadien de l’histoire, a été adopté. Ce changement a causé, et cause toujours d’ailleurs, beaucoup de débats, surtout parce que les musées représente une source très importante de connaissances historiques. En effet, des recherches de l’AEC effectuées en 2011 et 2013 démontrent que les musées continuent d’être la source la plus fiable et la plus populaire auprès des Canadiens.

En 2011, nous avons demandé aux Canadiens d’identifier leur niveau d’agrément quant à la fiabilité de différentes sources d’information historique. 83,5% des Canadiens ont convenu les musées étaient une source fiable pour apprendre l’histoire, suivis par les livres d’histoire (75,6%) et les témoins du passé (72,7%). En 2013, la question était plutôt de choisir une seule source historique. Dans ce cas, 60,2% des Canadiens ont choisi les musées comme leur moyen préféré pour apprendre l’histoire, suivis par les sites historiques (16,2%) et les histoires orales et objets réels à 6,9%.

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ACS MEMO, October 28, 2013 / MÉMO de l’AEC, 28 octobre 2013

The annual conference on the teaching and disseminating of history, this year organised in collaboration with AQEUS and titled Identités et engagement, has come and gone.

The conference was a great success, with over 400 people who came to visit us in Bromont, QC. Teachers from across the country were able to share their experiences and challenges. We also had the chance to hear Graham Fraser and Michel C. Auger, two fascinating speakers, and to laugh with the talented Boucar Diouf.

We thank everyone who participated, who provided advice and who made this success possible. A special thanks to everyone at AQEUS for making this collaboration a thoroughly enjoyable experience!

We hope to see you all next year, November 21-22, 2014, in Charlottetown, Prince-Edward Island.

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Le congrès annuel sur l’enseignement et la diffusion de l’histoire, organisé cette année en collaboration avec l’AQEUS et intitulé Identités et engagement, s’est conclu le 18 octobre dernier.

Le congrès a été un vif succès, avec plus de 400 personnes qui sont venues nous rendre visite à Bromont, QC. Des enseignants de partout au pays ont pu partager leurs expériences et leurs défis. Nous avons également eu la chance d’entendre Graham Fraser et Michel C. Auger, deux conférenciers fascinants, et de rire avec le talentueux Boucar Diouf.

Nous remercions tous ceux qui ont participé, nous ont aidé et conseillé et qui ont rendu ce succès possible. Un merci tout spécial aux gens de l’AQEUS, qui ont fait de cette collaboration une expérience mémorable!

Nous espérons vous revoir l’année prochaine, les 21 et 22 novembre 2014, à Charlottetown, à l’Île du Prince Édouard.

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ACS Memo / Mémo de l’AÉC
September 16 2013 / 16 septembre 2013

Since yesterday was the annual Terry Fox Run, we thought we would share some 2010 survey results about Terry Fox.

We asked Canadians whether they remembered what Terry Fox has accomplished and, perhaps unsurprisingly, close to 9 out of 10 Canadians do remember. While there are no significant differences between men and women, or between Francophones and Anglophones, we can notice that younger Canadians, aged 18-24 years old, seem a little less likely to remember at 81%. Albertans show the highest percentage of those who remember Terry Fox and his accomplishment, at 95%, and Quebecers are at the lowest mark, still at 85%.

In an open-question about what comes to mind when hearing the name Terry Fox , by far the most popular answer was “courage” (22%). Then hovering between 5 and 7% were the following answers, in decreasing order: “cancer”, “ran cross Canada”, “hero”, “determination” and “tenacity”.

http://www.acs-aec.ca/en/social-research/

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Puisque hier, c’était la course annuelle Terry Fox, nous avons pensé partager avec vous quelques résultats d’une enquête de 2010 sur Terry Fox.

Nous avons demandé aux Canadiens s’ils se souvenaient de ce que Terry Fox a accompli et, sans grande surprise, près de 9 Canadiens sur 10 se souviennent bien. Bien qu’il n’y ait pas de différences significatives entre les hommes et les femmes, ou entre francophones et anglophones, nous pouvons remarquer que les jeunes Canadiens, âgés de 18-24 ans, semblent un peu moins susceptibles de se rappeler, à 81%. Les Albertains montrent le plus haut pourcentage de ceux qui se souviennent de Terry Fox et son accomplissement, à 95%, et les Québécois affichent le plus bas pourcentage, tout de même à 85%.

Dans une question ouverte sur ce qui vient à l’esprit en entendant le nom de Terry Fox, de loin la réponse la plus populaire était le “courage” (22%). Ensuite, oscillant entre 5 et 7% étaient les réponses suivantes, par ordre décroissant: “cancer” , “a couru à travers le Canada”, “héros”, “détermination” et “ténacité”.

http://www.acs-aec.ca/fr/recherche-sociale/

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ACS Memo July 8, 2013 / Mémo de l’AÉC du 8 juillet 2013

ACS Memo / Mémo de l’AÉC
July 8 2013 / 8 juillet 2013

***la version française suit***

We at the Association for Canadian Studies are pleased to present the
inaugural issue of the ACS newsletter-a.k.a., the ACS Memo. As we are
currently celebrating our fortieth anniversary, what better way to mark this
significant occasion than to reach out to our contributors, readers and all
those interested in Canada’s history and in enhancing knowledge about Canada.

Henceforth, expect to hear from us every two weeks, with news about ACS, its
partners and collaborators. We will also use the ‘Memo’ to keep you
up-to-date with our initiatives, and keep you informed of ways to engage
with the ACS. Certainly do not hesitate to pass information on about your
own projects and initiatives; we’ll be glad to share them with everyone.

Most importantly, every two weeks you will get a link to our website to
download a free article by one of our collaborators to Canadian Issues and
the Canadian Journal for Social Research. We will share some of the
original and insightful texts written for the ACS during the course of our
40 years, by some of Canada’s leading thinkers.

Follow us on Twitter at @CanadianStudies, and make sure to visit our website
regularly at http://www.acs-aec.ca.

Thank you all for supporting the ACS in its mission to make Canada better
known to as many Canadians as we can!

Sincerely,

Jack Jedwab Julie Perrone
Vice President Executive Director

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Nous tous, à l’Association d’études canadiennes, sommes heureux de présenter le
premier numéro du Mémo de l’AÉC. Puisque nous célébrons cette année notre quarantième anniversaire, quoi de mieux pour marquer cette occasion importante que lancer un outil de communication destiné à nos contributeurs, lecteurs et tous ceux qui s’intéressent à l’histoire du Canada et à l’amélioration des connaissances sur le Canada.

Désormais, vous aurez des nouvelles de nous à toutes les deux semaines, que ce soit des nouvelles de l’AÉC, de ses partenaires ou collaborateurs. Nous allons également utiliser le “Mémo” afin de vous tenir au courant de nos initiatives et des multiples façons de communiquer et collaborer avec l’AÉC. Certes, n’hésitez pas à nous transmettre des informations sur vos propres projets et initiatives; nous serons heureux de les partager avec tous.

Plus important encore, toutes les deux semaines, vous obtiendrez un lien vers notre site web pour télécharger un article gratuit rédigé par l’un de nos collaborateurs à la revue Thèmes canadiens ou à la Revue canadienne de recherche sociale. Nous allons partager avec vous certains des textes les plus originaux et perspicaces qui ont été écrits pour l’AÉC depuis 40 ans, par certains des plus grands penseurs du Canada.

Suivez-nous sur Twitter à @CanadianStudies, et n’oubliez pas de visiter régulièrement notre site Web au www.acs-aec.ca.

Merci à tous de soutenir l’AÉC dans sa mission d’accroître les connaissances des Canadiens sur le Canada!

Cordialement,

Jack Jedwab Julie Perrone
Vice-Président Directrice générale

OUR FREE ARTICLE THIS TIME / NOTRE ARTICLE GRATUIT CETTE FOIS-CI
To Exceed Ourselves: Towards a Smarter, More Caring Canada, by His Excellency The Right Honourable David Johnston

http://www.acs-aec.ca/en/free-downloads/

Se dépasser pour un Canada plus averti et bienveillant par Son Excellence le Très Honorable David Johnston

http://www.acs-aec.ca/fr/telechargements-gratuits/

Upcoming events / Événements à venir
Identities and Engagement. National Conference on the Teaching of History.
Partnership between ACS and Association québécoise pour l’enseignement en univers social (AQEUS)
October 17-18, 2013. Château Bromont, Bromont, QC

http://www.acs-aec.ca/en/events/biennial-conference-on-teaching/identities-engagement/

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Identités et engagement. Congrès national sur l’enseignement de l’histoire.
Partenariat AÉC et Association québécoise pour l’enseignement en univers social (AQEUS)
17-18 octobre 2013. Château Bromont, Bromont, QChttp://www.acs-aec.ca/fr/evenements/conference-biennale-enseignement/les-identites-lengagement/

Canadians and the ACS / L’AÉC et les Canadiens
A recent survey by the ACS show that 3 in 10 Canadians have heard of the Association for Canadian Studies. The highest proportion of them are among the 25-34 age group.
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Un récent sondage de l’AÉC montre que 3 Canadiens sur 10 ont déjà entendu parler de l’Association d’études canadiennes. La plus grande proportion d’entre eux se trouve chez les 25-34 ans.

Latest ACS Research / Recherches récentes par l’AÉC
ON FOUNDING EVENTS: A majority of the Canadian population select 1867 as the founding event. However there is an important difference between francophone Quebec and the rest of Canada as regards the question with a significant percentage of the former choosing 1608. Indeed a majority of francophones did not pick 1867 (although it is the most popular choice). In the rest of Canada, 1812 fares relatively well as the choice of nearly one in five English Canadians and amongst allophone Canadians some one in eight have chosen the 1982 Constitutional Act.

http://www.acs-aec.ca/en/social-research/

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SUR LES ÉVÉNEMENTS FONDATEURS: Une majorité de la population canadienne a sélectionné 1867 comme événement fondateur. Cependant, il y a une différence importante entre le Québec francophone et le reste du Canada puisqu’un pourcentage important des Québécois ont plutôt identifié 1608 comme événement fondateur. En effet, une majorité de francophones n’ont pas choisi 1867 (bien que c’était le choix le plus populaire). Dans le reste du Canada, 1812 fut le choix de près d’un cinquième des Canadiens anglais, tandis qu’environ un Canadien allophone sur huit a choisi la Loi constitutionnelle de 1982.

http://www.acs-aec.ca/fr/recherche-sociale/

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Quebec Elections 2012: Are There Winning Conditions?

Analysis by Jack Jedwab
Executive Director
Association for Canadian Studies
August 1, 2012

As expected, today Premier Jean Charest called a provincial election with over one year left in his government’s mandate. The Premier is betting that a late summer election campaign will pay dividends for an administration that has suffered from a high rate of dissatisfaction amongst the population. At this juncture, if Quebec had some equivalent of Las Vegas bookmakers they would probably receive more bets on a Parti Quebecois victory and many would likely wager on a minority government were that option made available. But too many observers have made the mistake of betting against Jean Charest as the Premier has shown an uncanny ability to beat the odds and leave many a pundit scratching their heads.

As a rule of thumb in Quebec politics it is generally held that the electorate favours a change of government following two consecutive mandates. A fourth electoral victory for Jean Charest would be quite the accomplishment as no Quebec Premier has enjoyed such success since Maurice Duplessis’ Union Nationale won four consecutive majorities in the 1940’s and the 1950’s (though one of Premier Charest’s victories was a minority government). .
Despite certain observers forecasting a Parti Quebecois victory, at this stage the results of the 2012 election are extremely difficult to predict. There are several imponderables in a late summer election. To begin with, the campaign is unlikely to generate a lot of excitement. Over the first two to three weeks more Quebecers will probably be tuning in to Olympics and not concentrating on the electoral campaign. Perhaps, the Liberals are counting on a relatively disengaged population to quell the hostility directed at the government this past spring by sometimes unruly protesters. On the other hand a campaign that only captures the public’s attention in the final ten days may not allow the Premier to showcase his fierce campaign style. Electoral participation will be extremely important and the respective party’s ability to bring out their voters will undoubtedly play a role in the outcome. How the Coalition pour l’Avenir du Quebec splits the votes in various ridings will make a big difference in the electoral fortunes for the Liberals and the Parti Quebecois. Quebec Solidaire and the fledging Option Nationale are likely to have only a minor impact on the prospects of the Parti Quebecois.

In 2008 the Liberals won the majority of Quebec’s 125 seats (66) with 42% of the popular vote compared with 35% for the Parti Quebecois (51 seats) and 16% for the now defunct Action Democratique du Quebec (7 seats). Quebec commentators are generally quick to point out that francophone voters ultimately determine provincial election results. In 2008, the Liberals had an estimated 32-34% of Quebec’s francophone vote, the Parti Quebecois with 36-38% and the ADQ had approximately 20% of the majority language group.

Conventional wisdom suggests that a six point lead in overall public opinion is needed by the Liberals to secure a majority of seats in the Assembly. Polling conducted in June and July does not give the Liberals that margin and seems to put the PQ closer to minority territory despite being near even with the Liberals in total support. The last July CROP poll suggested that 36% of the francophone vote was with the PQ, 28% with the CAQ and 22% for the Liberals. A previous CROP poll suggested that the PQ’s francophone base was disproportionately larger in greater Montreal and in the South Shore, smaller in the Quebec City region and a number of other parts of the province. All that makes for a high degree of unpredictability.

On August 4th we will likely see the election of either a minority Liberal or Parti Quebecois government. In part, that forecast is based on the average support as reflected in the last three public opinion polls and the results of the 2008 provincial election notably with a focus on the margin of victory in the ridings. Where that margin of victory is large for any of the parties it is safe to assume that the incumbent will hold the seat. I think it is also safe to assume that the overwhelming majority of non-francophones will vote for the Liberals guaranteeing them a certain number of sears. The Parti Quebecois also has a certain number of guaranteed seats in those parts of the province with large numbers of voters that are committed to sovereignty. I assume that the there will be no NDP like wave in public support for either the Parti Quebecois or the CAQ. Neither Pauline Marois nor Francois Legault possesses the charisma of the late Jack Layton that contributed to the stunning sweep of the Federal New Democrats in Quebec. While both leaders will insist they represent change, a highly cynical electorate is not likely to be persuaded by such claims. Failing any major gaffes on the part of the party leaders, the two major parties should be entering the campaign confident that they each can hold 45 seats, the CAQ about eight seats and Quebec Solidaire with one seat. That leaves about 25 seats that for the time being might be described as too close to call. It is those seats that will be determine which of the two major parties will be in a position to form the next government and the role played by the CAQ in a balance of power situation.

My projections riding-by-riding:
PLQ – Parti Libéral du Québec / Quebec Liberal Party

Bonaventure, Gaspe, Kamouraska-Témiscouata, Charlesbourg, Chauveau, Jean-Lesage, Jean-Talon
Louis-Hébert, Vanier, Laviolette, Trois-Rivieres, Chutes de la Chaudiere, Montmagny-L’Islet, Orford, Richmond, Sherbrooke, Brome-Missisquoi, La Pinière, Laporte, Vaudreuil, D’Arcy-McGee, Marguerite-Bourgeoys, Mont-Royal, Notre-Dame-de-Grâce, Outremont, Saint-Henri–Sainte-Anne, Verdun, Westmount–Saint-Louis, Acadie, Bourassa-Sauvé, Jeanne-Mance–Viger, Laurier-Dorion, Viau, Anjou, Lafontaine, Jacques-Cartier, Marquette, Nelligan, Robert-Baldwin, Saint-Laurent, Chomedey, Chapleau, Gatineau, Hull, Papineau, Pontiac, Frontenac

PQ – Parti Québecois

Iles de Madelaine, Matane, Matapedia, Rimouski, Chicoutimi, Dubuc, Duplessis, Jonquiere, Lac St. Jean, Rene Levesque, Roberval, Charlevoix, Taschereau, Champlain, Maskinonge, Saint-Maurice, Johnson, Borduas, Chambly, Iberville, Richelieu, Saint-Hyacinthe, Saint-Jean, Verchères, Beauharnois, Chateauguay, Marguerite-D’Youville, Marie-Victorin, Taillon, Vachon, Gouin, Sainte-Marie–Saint-Jacques, Bourget, Hochelaga-Maisonneuve, Pointe-aux-Trembles, Rosemont, Laval Des Rapides, Berthier, Joliette, L’Assomption, Masson, Bertrand, Blainville, Labelle, Mirabel, Prévost, Abitibi-Ouest

CAQ – Coalition Avenir Québec

Riviere de Loup, La Peltrie, Montmorency, Levis, Lotbiniere, Shefford, Rousseau, Deux-Montagnes, Drummond

ON/QS – Option National & Québec Solidaire have a non-aggression pact in place, and so won’t run candidates against one another where there’s a clear favourite.

Mercier

Too close to call:

Arthabaska, Beauce-Nord, Beauce-Sud, Nicolet Yamaska, Megantic Compton, Saint-Francois, Huntingdon, Soulanges, La Prairie, Cremazie, Fabre, Portneuf, Mille-Îles, Vimont, Argenteuil, Abitibi-Est, Rouyn-Noranda–Témiscamingue, Ungava, Groulx, Terrebonne, Bellechase

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Call for Papers – the Geographies of Alice Munro


Alice Munro – not the work of the author.

Not an ACS/AEC call for submissions, but hey, we’re glad to keep the conversation going.

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Call for Papers
The Geographies of Alice Munro

44th Annual Convention, Northeast Modern Language Association (NeMLA)
March 21-24, 2013
Boston, Massachusetts
Host Institution: Tufts University

This session will explore the geographies of the fiction of Alice Munro, winner of the 2009 International Man Booker Prize. While literally her fiction has explored the Canadian landscape, Munro’s fiction has likewise explored the lives of women and girls, as well as the possibilities of the short story. Please send brief abstracts in the body of an email to
Elizabeth Abele

NeMLA 2013 also includes the following Canadian sessions:

Adapting Classical Myths and Themes in Canadian Literature
Canadian Urban Identities

Transnational Canadian Writing

Details: http://nemla.org/convention/2013/cfp_canadian.html

Deadline: September 30, 2012
Please include with your abstract:
Name and Affiliation
Email address
Postal address
Telephone number
A/V requirements (if any; $10 handling fee with registration)

Interested participants may submit abstracts to more than one NeMLA session; however, panelists can only present one paper (panel or seminar). Convention participants may present a paper at a panel and also present at a creative session or participate in a roundtable. http://www.nemla.org/convention/2013/cfp.html

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