Magazine Editorial – March 2015

Magazine Editorial – March 2015

LiQ_Mag_Mar_2015_coverThis editorial first appeared in the March 2015 issue of Life in Québec Magazine.

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It is a huge honour for me to serve as editor for this issue of Life in Québec Magazine.

I’m a relative newcomer to the province, and the process of editing this issue’s articles has taught me a lot about the city, the province and some of the people who make their lives here.

Deciding to move here was a tough decision, and the process of integrating has been tougher still. But the longer I’ve stayed, the more determined I’ve become to find a way to make it work. As I talk to people and as I learn about the history of the province, the more I realize just how much this place has to offer to those who persevere – and through more difficult things than just the gruelling winter weather.

I believe the content in this issue really demonstrates that attitude.

As a recently retired professional cyclist, David Veilleux knows all about perseverance. From his early days in competitive racing to achieving his goal of competing in the Tour de France, our interview with him sheds light on what it takes to be a competitor not only in sports, but in life .

Mathieu Dechêne has endured a lot in his life. From homelessness and struggles with addiction, he now helps people in similar circumstances get back on their feet. With a campervan known as Le Marginal, stocked with donated food and willing volunteers, Dechêne and his colleagues help struggling people in Québec City when they need it the most.

LiQ_Mag_Sub_BannerWhile serving an entirely different community and set of needs than Le Marginal, the Québec Metro High Tech Park has endured a shaky economy to become an important hub for business in the region. Every day, the park is a second home for more than 5,200 entrepreneurs and workers who come together to launch new ventures and new technologies out into the world.

Technologies and ideas like those created at the park are becoming ubiquitous in our daily lives.

As a website that totals more than 174 million visits a month, Reddit is now a daily stop for many people making their rounds online. But what many don’t know is that a tiny little corner of the site has become an online home for Quebecers. Over the past several years, It’s become an online commons with its own unique culture that provides a forum to discuss news and ideas and helps people from across Canada and the world learn more about La Belle Province.

Just like Internet subcultures, tattoos have gone from niche interest to mainstream acceptance. An art form traditionally reserved for counterculturalists and rebels, tattoos are now accepted as pieces of artistic and personal expression.

As tattoos become more common, seeing inked-up arms in places of business has become commonplace We spoke with several people about the new acceptance of tattoos in the workplace. Some of them remember the times, not so long ago, when covering up their ink was critical to finding a job.

Québec City is a place that makes it easy to reminisce about history, thanks to its architecture and its many institutions committed to bringing history to life. Last September, the city’s heart stopped momentarily because a fire threatened to destroy a part of that history.

The Musée de la civilisation has offered glimpses into the past since 1989, and thanks to the quick action of museum officials and local firefighters who stopped the flames, it can continue to do so.

Continuing with the theme of history, our columnists Ross Murray and Peter Black each have some choice words about how the history and institutions of the province persist through time and affect us in the present day.

Finally, as a lifestyle magazine that started in 2012, Life in Québec continues to grow. We are now in our 8th issue, with 9,000 copies printed and distributed to over 335+ locations across the Québec City region, Montréal region, and the Eastern Townships.

We owe our continued growth to you, the subscribers, advertisers and readers. Thank you.

We hope you enjoy what we’ve put out there for you this time around.

Sincerely,

Mitch Vandenborn, Editor, Life in Québec Magazine

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