The city will lead an economic development mission to Japan in July 2011. A proposal from the Quesnel Community and Economic Development Corporation suggests the city should work with industry, education, tourism and other regional stakeholders to develop a seven – 10-day trade mission.
The itinerary could involve visits with industries such as primary and secondary wood manufacturing and various agricultural ventures. Council approved the mayor, one councillor, a city staff person and a representative from QCEDC to go on the mission.
All costs for the city’s contingent will be covered by a $25,000 grant the city received from the provincial government to support Asia-Pacific Twinning Initiatives and funding from the Northern Development Initiative.
As this year marks the 30th anniversary of the city’s sister city relationship with Shiraoi, Japan, the mission is scheduled to coincide with a trip already planned by the Shiraoi Twinning Society.
Quesnel and District Leisure Services will start A History of European Art DVD series, showing at the Arts and Recreation Centre’s Artrium, Feb. 6, 1 p.m.
Every Sunday the series will survey the great monuments of European painting, sculpture and architecture from the age of Charlemagne to the onset of World War II.
The major works by the greatest visual artists of a millennium of Western civilization will be examined, including extensive considerations of such important artists as Giotto, Michelangelo, Leonardo de Vinci, Caravaggio, Rembrandt and Monet. These artists and their masterpieces will be placed in the political, religious and social context of their time.
The DVD lecture series is presented by Professor William Kloss, an independent art historian and lecturer for the Smithsonian Institute‘s seminar program. He has delivered hundreds of courses and lectures around the world on a range of European and American art to such prestigious universities and institutions as the University of Virginia, The Art Institute of Chicago and Sotheby’s Institute.
Everyone is welcome to attend this free lecture series; no registration is required. The Artrium, housing Quesnel’s permanent art collection, is located in the Quesnel and District Arts and Recreation Centre at 500 North Star Rd.
• Several members of the Communities in Bloom Committee presented Council with the city’s five-bloom certificate. The city competed for the first time in the international competition, scoring five blooms and receiving special mention for the Fraser River Footbridge restoration.
• Mayor Mary Sjostrom has been appointed to the Forest and Range Practices Advisory Council. The PAC provides advice and recommendations to the Minister on issues including forest and range practices, policies and legislation.
• Council welcomed a delegation of international students to Chambers. The students attend Correlieu Secondary School’s sister school in Shanghai, China.