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March 2015 - Volume 2015, No.3

Editorial

Identity and immigration: the Lebanese in Quebec

By Sari Madi, Ph.D. candidate

Coming from a rural background, the first Lebanese immigrants to Canada turned to trade as a more promising way to make a living. They worked mainly as peddlers at first then wrote, each in his own way, their success stories. In the following paragraphs we will focus on two particular success stories in Quebec: that of Annie Midlege, and that of the Lawand family[1].

After a short stay in New York City, Annie Midlege arrives in Ottawa around 1895. The  30 years old Lebanese widow seized all job opportunities at hand. Then she started her own business targeting primarily Native Americans; she learned their language, whereas she didn’t learn French nor English, and exchanged her goods for their fur. Within ten years, Ms. Midlige had established her first trading post, and was competing with the oldest company in North America, the Hudson’s Bay[2].

Another Lebanese pioneers’ successful integration story is that of the Lawand family. In the first half of the 20th century, they played an important role in the movie culture in Montreal, as Najeeb and Amine Lawand start up their company: the Confederation Amustments. Between 1909 and 1938, the company managed various theaters, including one specialized in Egyptian films. These pioneers paved the way for many Lebanese who, for over 125 years now, have been influencing the soci-cultural life of the French-speaking province of Quebec in many ways.

Since the 1970s Canada has moved from a process of assimilation of immigrants into the majority group to a quest for a pluralistic society. The goal is to eliminate any existing ethnic hierarchy within society[3]. This multicultural policy allows new Canadians to maintain and enhance their cultural and religious heritage.

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Story of the Month

    The Story of the Lebanese in Vermont and the Spanish Influenza in 1918.

    Spanish Flu Grips Vermont’s Young Lebanese, 1918 (by Margorie Stevens)...Our research has found no record of Jerry Jr., Annie, Emmaline, and Josephine Mike Shadea after 1918. It is possible they were sent back to Lebanon to close family members or their names were changed.

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Quote of the Month

    Gratitude unlocks the fullness of life. It turns what we have into enough, and more. It turns denial into acceptance, chaos to order, confusion to clarity. It can turn a meal into a feast, a house into a home, a stranger into a friend.

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Little Gazette!

    Gibran’s Women, By Mónica López Velarde Estrada

    In his personal creative mansion, Gibran Kahlil Gibran had a long history of women: Kamileh Rahme, his mother; Marianna and Sultana, his sisters; Mary Haskell, his friend and benefactress; Josephine Preston Peabody, his muse; Gertrude Barrie, Charlotte Teller, and Emilie R. Michel, (“Micheline”)…

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Here, There and Yonder

Here
  • Join the Lebanese canadian Society of BC ( WLCU Vancouver chapter ) to learn the Untold story of the Lebanese abroad the TITANIC
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  • First message from Mrs Carla Zarifeh, the newly elected president of the Lebanese Canadian Society of British Columbia ( WLCU Vancouver Chapter).
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There
  • The Lebanese NGO Train-Train relies on the Council of the State
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  • UAE to deport 70 Lebanese: WHY?
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Yonder
  • Matta Makhoul from Kefraya, is one of Lebanon’s last basket weavers.
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  • Famous Lebanese-Dominican Teacher FARIDA DINA, Founder of STUDIO DINA d' EDUCATION MUSICALE.
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Interviews & Profiles

  • Learn more about the Lebanese American author Nancy Chedid,a physician from Harvard Medical School, and a musician (Boston Symphony Orchestra), and environmental activist.
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  • International Press Interview with the famous lebanese Artist Bernard Renno
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Culture & Multiculturalism

  • The Metrolina Phoenician Club sponsored the Opening Reception of "Cedars in the Pines: The Lebanese in North Carolina".
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  • From the publication of Soumaya Museum in Mexico city: For Kahlil by Patricia Jacobs Barquet.
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  • Second International Symposium of the LATIN AMERICAN CENTER FOR LEBANESE STUDIES – CLEIBAL in Bogota, Colombia.
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  • Snow on the Barbecue And other wonders of Everyday life in Lebanon, a book by Nancy Chedid
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  • To WLCU Chapters: to explore the possibilities of screening "HERITAGES", Philippe's latest movie release .
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Economy in Lebanon

  • "Era of banking secrecy is over and an era of transparency has begun,”said the Swiss banker Jacque de Saussure, chairman of Banque Pictet & Cie
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  • MENA Citizens Living Abroad: World Bank Survey to Foster Economic Development and Knowledge Transfer in their Home Country
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Lebanese Emigration

  • The Lebanese community in Quebec – First immigrants of the White Mountain (part 1). By Sami Aoun and Sari Madi
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  • The Lebanese community in Quebec – First immigrants of the White Mountain (part 2). By Sami Aoun and Sari Madi
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  • The Lebanese community in Quebec – The quest for freedom and the pursuit of excellence. By Sami Aoun and Sari Madi
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  • The numbers of Lebanese immigrants in the world, according to " Moise A. Khayrallah Centre for lebanese Diaspora studies"
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Roots and Wings

  • Dr. Edward Alam, appointed by Pope Francis as a Consultor on The Pontifical Council for Culture.
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  • Lebanese Canadian Former Bloc MP Maria Mourani to run for New Democrats in Montreal riding
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  • Lebanese- French peacekeeper visiting the graveyard of his grandparents in Naqoura, South Lebanon.
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  • Lebanese Brazilian Driver Felipe Nasr crossed the line in fifth at the end of his F1 debut in Australia.
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  • Brazilian Ambassador to lebanon originated from Zahle: Jorge Geraldo Kadri
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Various Publications

  • Reflection on Fundraising at the 'CSR in Action - 2015'
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  • DESA News March 2015 New ASG Lenni Montiel, Sustainable data, 600 million jobs
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  • CEDAR LEAF MARCH
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  • Khayrallah Center February Newsletter
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WLCU Archives

  • WLCU 2011 Youth report from Argentina: New elected board of the JUCAL ( The Youth of the Lebanese Argentinian Cultural Union )
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  • World secretary General, lettre to WLCU in Argentina, on 12 April 2011, concerning the organizational General meeting and election of a new National council of WLCU in Argentina.
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United Nations(UN) News

  • United Nations International Civil Aviation Organization inspects Beirut airport.
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  • Meet the new WLCU ECOSOC representative, Hana Rustom Archbold, from San Francisco.
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  • Requesting support from the United Nations (UN) for attaining women’s rights in Lebanon the Middle East as adopted in the Beijing Platform, By Hana Rustom Archbold
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