Newsletter September 2016 [fr]
Dear compatriots and friends of France in Ontario and in Manitoba:
- Lettre d’information septembre 2016 - Newsletter September 2016
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It is with great pleasure that I reach out to you again as the summer of 2016 comes to a close. I hope that this newsletter and those that will follow in the months will provide you with a window into France’s dynamic projects in Ontario and in Manitoba.
Before I get to the densely-packed schedule of events on the agenda for this time of year, it is only fitting that we look back on the summer of 2016. On July 14th, the day that we celebrate France’s national holiday, France was once again struck by a terrorist act. Once more, the reaction from the French community in Ontario and Manitoba attested to the incredible way that these communities can come together in such situations. And once again, we experienced the solidarity of our Canadian friends: the Consulate received many messages of sympathy, bouquets of flowers, and both Canadian and French flags…
Just days before these events, on Sunday, July 10th, the French community in Toronto celebrated Toronto Bastille Day. More than 4,000 people took part in the celebrations: the Minister responsible for Francophone Affairs and the Toronto City Councillor for Wychwood Barns attended as representatives of the provincial and municipal governments. I would like to extend my sincere thanks and congratulations to all of the members of the organizing committee for their dedication. This wonderful dynamic must continue into the next year with the cooperation of French and Francophone associations. Starting this month, I will invite them to come together and to start envisaging the future of this committee.
Traditionally, September is the month of the Toronto International Film Festival. As is the case every year, French cinematography, one of the jewels of our cultural industry, will be represented by many different French productions and co-productions. For the second consecutive year, the “Shoot the Book” event will provide an opportunity for French literary publishers to present a project from their catalogue to international producers in order to pursue potential screen adaptations.
And because culture continues to reinvent itself in the digital age, the Canadian Film Centre Media Lab (CFC Media Lab) and the Cultural Service of the Embassy of France in Canada, in partnership with the Forum d’Avignon, are organizing an event called Enterprising Culture on September 28–29, which will be the first international forum between France and Canada meant for start-ups in the creative and cultural sectors.
On September 29th, I will have the honour of hosting a charity dinner in support of the Canadian NGO Dignitas. Taking place at the Toronto French School, this musical and culinary event will be an opportunity to raise funds for the fight against diabetes, particularly for First Nations people in the Sioux Lookout region of Northern Ontario. There are still tickets available if you would like to support a noble cause and to enjoy the evening’s events!
To our readers residing in the Ottawa region, I would like to confirm that a consular visit to the Embassy will take place in late September or very early October. More precise information regarding these dates will be provided in the very near future.
To conclude, though I will return to this point before the end of the month, in early October, I will have the honour of hosting a delegation of some fifty heads of French companies, led by Jean-Pierre Raffarin, former Prime Minister of France and President of the French Senate’s Committee for Foreign Affairs, Defence and Military Forces; and Marc Laffineur, Member of the National Assembly and President of the Association France-Canada. They are coming to attend the second France-Canada summit on investment and business that we are organizing with Toronto’s business community.
Happy reading and all the best for the new season,
Your Consul General,