The Journal of Eastern Townships Studies (JETS) / Revue d’études des Cantons-de-l’Est (RECE) is a bilingual, multidisciplinary, refereed journal published biannually. Since its creation in 1992, JETS/RECE has served to disseminate scholarly knowledge on the Eastern Townships region and its inhabitants to scholars and to a general audience interested in Townships issues. Our articles offer multiple perspectives on the past, present and future conditions within this unique area of the world from historical, sociological, environmental and scientific viewpoints.

The Journal of Eastern Townships Studies (JETS) is a refereed journal published by the Eastern Townships Resource Centre (ETRC). JETS is indexed in the Canadian Periodical Index, Canadian Index and CBCA. The journal is accessible online in Micromedia’s CBCA Fulltext database, Information Access Company’s Canadian Periodical Index database, and EBSCO Publishing’s America: History & Life with Full Text collection.

JETS 45 - Fall 2015

Quebec Past and Present

It is our collective privilege to present to you the fall 2015 issue of the Journal of Eastern Townships Studies (JETS), showcasing new interdisciplinary research focused on the Eastern Townships, Quebec, and the United States. In the following pages you will find four scholarly articles covering a range of compelling topics, and a very promising essay from an undergraduate student at Bishop’s. These papers were recently showcased as part of the third annual Bishop’s University-State University of New York College at Plattsburgh student-faculty “International and Domestic Colloquium on Quebec Studies.” The colloquium, jointly organized and convened by the
Eastern Townships Resource Centre (Bishop’s) and the Institute on Quebec Studies (SUNY Plattsburgh), was held at Bishop’s, March 27–28, 2015. Each of the contributions presented in this issue were subject to formal presentations, extended discussion, and multiple academic evaluative reviews. A central hallmark of the colloquium – expressly designed to examine original Quebec-focused research – is to serve as a decidedly intimate and constructive binational student-faculty forum in which participants present their work and receive informed, useful guidance to assist with the sharpening of their final efforts. What follows is the very best professional scholarship and undergraduate papers from the colloquium.

  • The Emergent Local Food System in the Eastern Townships / Darren Bardati 
  • Agritourism Marketing Strategies: A Comparative Study of Apple Orchards in Southern Quebec and Northeastern New York/Vermont / Lise Héroux
  • English-Speaking Quebecers: Identity at the Borders of Belonging / Cheryl Gosselin
  • Collective Impact in Progress: Collaborative Approaches to Addressing Minority Language Community Vitality in the Eastern Townships / Rachel Hunting
  • The James Bay Northern Quebec Agreement / Mackenzie Kirkey
  • Archives: The Jenks Family of Coaticook / Jody Robinson

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JETS 44 - Spring 2015

Higher Education in the Eastern Townships

Featured in this special issue are various reflections on the subject of higher education in the Eastern Townships. Student learning is of prime importance for educators committed to the pursuit of excellence in teaching. At the same time, student recruitment and retention are also important concerns for university administrators grappling with budget deficits and resource gaps. Set against the backdrop of Canadian universities faced with economic, technological, political and environmental challenges, the emerging terrain coming into view for our institutes of higher education betokens a bumpy ride as universities rearticulate the mission, vision and values they wish to carry into the future. Taking “big” perspectives, as a cherished colleague would say, calls for a greater understanding of “connectedness” and requires that the tracing of universities’ future trajectories take into account the complex relationship between community-level interactions and an ever-changing environment. Ecologically speaking, resistance and resilience are inherent responses by dynamic entities subject to periodic disturbances. How do we build university resilience and self-restorative capability in the face of financial, legislative, economic and governmental perturbations? Nurturing adaptive capacity in its human advocates is a start. Adaptive governance and academia, student engagement in learning, achieved through the cooperation and contributions of all university constituencies seem to be of paramount importance. Nested in beautiful south-east Quebec whose Eastern Townships universities are marked, as other Quebec institutions are, by government cuts to education and chronic university underfunding, the intellectual hatches of the issue’s contributors are presented as thoughtful ways of moving forward while universities, standing on shifting ground, revisit their raison d’être.

  • Preaching What We Practice: How Institutional Culture Supports
    Quality Teaching / Jessica Riddell and Corinne A. Haigh / Commentary: Further Explorations of Institutional Culture / Julie Timmermans and Donna Ellis
  • La formation à l’enseignement à l’université : l’expérience du Microprogramme de troisième cycle en pédagogie de l’enseignement supérieur / Denis Bédard et Mélanie Cabana / Commentaire: Quelle place et quelle légitimité pour la pédagogie universitaire? / Jean Horvais
  • Plato and the Future of Education / Jamie Crooks / Commentary:
    Building Communities, not only Lives, of Faith and Love / Royal Orr
  • Archives: Trois grandes familles de parlementaires issues
    des Cantons-de-l’Est / Jacques Gagnon

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JETS 43 - Fall 2014

Quebec Past and Present

This special issue of the Journal of Eastern Townships Studies (JETS) showcases a range of new, rich interdisciplinary research focused on Quebec. Enclosed you will find four decidedly topical scholarly articles, and a pair of contributions from talented undergraduate students. This collective body of work emerged – following formal presentations, extended discussion, and multiple academic peer review – from the second annual Bishop’s University-State University of New York College at Plattsburgh student-faculty “International and Domestic  colloquium on Quebec Studies.” The colloquium, jointly organized and convened by the Eastern Townships Resource Centre (Bishop’s) and the Institute on Quebec Studies (SUNY Plattsburgh), was held on the Bishop’s campus March 28-29, 2014, and featured  thirteen essays, all committed to a fresh examination of Quebec issues. Scholars and undergraduate students, drawn from Bishop’s, SUNY  Plattsburgh, Concordia and McGill Universities and the University of  York, presented their work and received carefully crafted evaluative  commentaries, the purpose of which was to constructively assist each  and every colloquium participant in sharpening the focus of their
final effort.

  • Multicultural Common Spaces and the Negotiation of Belonging: The English-Speaking Communities of Quebec and the Integration of Newcomers / Cheryl Gosselin and Amanda Pichette
  • History is a Treasure Chest: Theorizing a Metaphorical Tool for Initiating Teachers to History and Opening up Possibilities of Change for English-Speaking Youth in Quebec / Paul Zanazanian
  • An Introduction to Ice Cider in Quebec: A Preliminary Overview / Christopher Kirkey and Tierney Braden
  • Municipal Political Reform in Quebec: The Myth of “Popular Finance” / Maxime Pelletier
  • Homeless on the Streets of Montréal: A Division of Capital and Habitus / Maigan Newson
  • Literary Influences of Negritude and of Decolonization on Quebec during the Nineteen-Sixties / Donald A. Clermont
  • Drop-in Family History Workshops at the ETRC / Jody Robinson

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JETS 42 - Spring 2014

Religious Freedom, Gender Equality and the Secular State

The current debate surrounding Bill 60, the Charter Affirming the Values of State Secularism and Religious Neutrality and of Equality between Women and Men, and Providing a Framework for Accommodation Requests, has caused much ink to flow. The debate is generating a massive amount of often divergent opinions based on social, religious, political and demographic issues, among others. The Eastern Townships Resource Centre (ETRC) deemed it useful to devote an issue of its Journal of Eastern Townships Studies (JETS) to this topic because universities are fertile grounds for enriching discussions on such issues. For content, we sent a call for papers to faculty and administrators at Bishop’s University and Université de Sherbrooke. This issue has been guest-edited by Michael Goldbloom, Principal of Bishop’s University and Luce Samoisette, Rector of Université de Sherbrooke. The articles published in this issue warrant careful attention as much for their diversity in approach as for the arguments they engender. They are not meant as an end but rather as a contribution to a debate which is far from over.

  • The Quebec Charter of Values: A Solution in Search of Problems / Trygve Ugland
  • Quand les femmes musulmanes interpellent le féminisme québécois – Débats, féministes, liberté religieuse et Vivre ensemble au Québec  / Michèle Vatz Laaroussi and Naoual Laaroussi
  • Égalité femme-homme, religions et laïcité : regards d’étudiantes de la Faculté de théologie et d’études religieuses de l’Université de Sherbrooke / Patrick Snyder
  • Saving Appearances: Religious Invisibility and State Secularism – The Myth of Gyges Revisited / Dale Stout
  • La Charte de la laïcité et la mission universitaire : une contradiction / Victoria Meikle
  • La Charte de la laïcité : une entrave au développement de l’Université de Sherbrooke / Sébastien Lebel-Grenier and Pierre Noël

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JETS - Fall 2013

The collection of essays that comprise this special issue of the Journal of Eastern Townships Studies (JETS) is the result of a decidedly rich interuniversity collaborative initiative between the Eastern Townships Resource Centre (ETRC) at Bishop’s University and the Institute on Québec Studies (IQS) at the State University of New York College at Plattsburgh (SUNY Plattsburgh). In the fall of 2012, a call for papers was issued to students and faculty at Bishop’s and SUNY Plattsburgh (with select submissions also welcomed from the larger Quebec university community) to participate in a scholarly colloquium dedicated to the presentation and examination of original research broadly focused on Quebec. Submissions, which were encouraged from all academic disciplines, were reviewed by an academic review panel. Thirteen papers, by a total of seventeen authors, were ultimately selected. The colloquium, titled “Quebec Past and Present: An International and Domestic Colloquium on Quebec Studies,” was convened at Bishop’s, March 14–16, 2013. In addition to presentations from members of the Bishop’s and SUNY Plattsburgh campuses, the colloquium also featured contributions from emerging and established scholars at Concordia University, Université Laval, École nationale d’administration publique (ENAP), and Université du Québec à Montréal (UQAM). Expert commentary on each paper was provided by senior scholars from Bishop’s, Université de Sherbrooke and Concordia.

  • Quebec’s Minority English-Speaking Population: Identity Formation and Affirmation through Institutional Vitality / Amanda Pichette and Cheryl Gosselin
  • Cross-Border Schooling and the Complexity of Local Identities in the Quebec-Vermont Borderland Region: A Historical Analysis / Anthony Di Mascio
  • The Architecture of Villégiature on Lake Memphremagog, 1860–1890 / Jody Robinson
  • Cherry River’s Wetlands: an Unintentionally Created Ecoscape / Caroline Beaudoin
  • Les effets de la francophilie sur les élites politiques canadiennes-françaises : l’exemple de la famille Marchand (1855–1942) / Alex Tremblay
  • Extra Border Security and its Impact on Canada-United States Trade and Investment: A Focus on the Quebec-Northern New York Corridor / Prem Gandhi and Neal Duffy

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JETS 40 - Spring 2013

Guest editor Lorraine O’Donnell and editor-in-chief Claude Charpentier are pleased to present this special issue of JETS featuring research on the history, culture and politics of the Eastern Townships including the English-speaking communities within and beyond its boundaries to the whole of Quebec. For the third time in as many years, we are pleased to publish conference proceedings resulting from a fruitful partnership between the Eastern Townships Resource Centre (ETRC) at Bishop’s University and Quebec English-Speaking Communities Research Network (QUESCREN), located at Concordia University. A joint initiative of Concordia and the Canadian Institute for Research on Linguistic Minorities, located in Moncton, QUESCREN is an alliance of researchers, community members and institutions dedicated to developing research capacity related to Quebec’s minority Anglophone communities. One of QUESCREN’s mandates is to organize research events and to this end, QUESCREN coordinator-researcher Lorraine O’Donnell co-organized with ETRC president Cheryl Gosselin (Bishop’s University) three conferences presenting the latest research on the subject. These events were part of the annual Association francophone pour le savoir (Acfas) congresses. Proceedings of the 2010 and 2011 events were published in JETS/RECE 36 and 38 respectively, and those of the 2012 conference are presented here. The 2012 conference, entitled “Linking research on Quebec’s English-speaking communities to policy & action”, took place in Montreal on May 7–8 at the 80e Congrès de l’Acfas.

  • What do “participation” and “action” really mean in participatory action research? Some observations from a community development project with minority English-speaking communities in Quebec / Mary Richardson, Joëlle Gauvin-Racine, Shirley Jobson, Nathalie Sasseville, and Paule Simard
  • Un patrimoine bâti identitaire. L’architecture religieuse protestante dans les Cantons-de-l’Est / Monique Nadeau-Saumier
  • In the know: results of a three-year study on the relationship between English-speaking, bilingual and ethno-cultural community groups and the Government of Quebec / Frances Ravensbergen and Sandra Sjollema
  • Bilan politique des Cantons-de-l’Est 2006–2012 / Jacques Gagnon
  • Beyond business: interactions between English and French through the archives of the Douglas Family, an overview / Jody Robinson
  • La collection de livres rares de la bibliothèque du Cégep de Thetford, un ensemble représentatif d’une époque / Stéphan Garneau

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Eastern Townships Resource Centre
Bishop’s University
2600 College Street
Sherbrooke, Quebec
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Cheryl Gosselin, JETS Guest co-editor
819-822-9600, ext. 2559

Christopher Kirkey, JETS Guest co-editor

We welcome articles relating to the Eastern Townships in all disciplines. Typescripts in English or French should be between 2000 and 7000 words and conform to the style guides used in the author’s field of study. Articles should be sent by email in a Word document to the Editor-in-chief. Articles and works in progress should be accompanied by an abstract, in both French and English, of approximately 100 words.

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The journal includes articles, research notes, criticism, personal accounts and descriptions of archival fonds in both English and French, according to the author’s linguistic affiliation. On occasion, the journal publishes the proceedings of conferences and colloquia that are relevant to the Eastern Townships.

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