ICRPS 2012: Day two

by Sam Christensen, 22/06/2012

Gooooood eveeening ICRPS crowd.

For all you that use Fahrenheit, Bill was referring to it being 33 degrees Celsius, which means we got up to 91 Fahrenheit. I would like to thank our amazing hosts’ from Concordia and Ramouski.

Today was a bit cooler, but still on the warm side.  Everyone must have been hungry because people were down for breakfast by 7:30…when breakfast was supposed to start at 8:30.  Dr. Reimer and Dr. Jean gave us a break down of the summer school framework, with only a few comments from audience.  Then all of the students had a chance to introduce themselves; such a diverse group of people and interests.  In the afternoon, we heard from David Tougas from the UPA (Quebec farmers’ union) and later on from Robert Valdmanis who is the director of Public Affairs from Rio Tinto.  Mr. Tougas was quizzed on the land-grab and what that might mean in Quebec, while Mr. Valdmanis fielded a variety of questions from environmental effects of Rio Tinto’s projects to the communities that are changed by their production.  Finally, we had our welcome barbeque, which served up a delicious array of fine cuisine.

After dinner, a contingent of institute members made a daring trip up to Mount Royal lookout…..we shall see who turns up tomorrow morning.  Thanks for checking in on ICRPS 2012 and keep checking in with us for updates.

Till next,


Photo by Eduardo Gómez