This podcast is all about life in the Mauricie and Centre-du-Québec regions of the province of Québec, and features interviews with interesting people who live or work here, discussions about bilingualism, and amazing but little-known stories about local history.
Season 3 Trailer
The third season of MCQ Views and Voices is coming up this fall! Listen in to hear what's in the works!
From Burton to Barton, Bonus Episode: The Remarkable Life of Jo Whitehead
Lesley Joy Whitehead, aka Jo Whitehead, was the eldest child of industrialist Charles Ross Whitehead of Trois-Rivières. Born in 1895, she led a most remarkable and unusual life, which has been all but forgotten in her home country of Canada until now. Over the course of her work researching the history of the Scottish Women's Hospitals' Serbian Units, Dr. Natasha Stoyce of the UK stumbled on clues which led her to bring the story of Jo Whitehead to the light. In this episode, Natasha tells host Julie Miller the amazing details that she's uncovered and continues to uncover about an apparently fearless woman who insisted on defining her own self, and who, if alive today, might have identified herself as a non-binary person.
From Burton to Barton, part 25: It's Been a Great Run!
In this very last episode of season two, hosts Julie Miller and François Roy talk a bit about more recent history in Trois-Rivières, discussing important international events such as the Grand Prix de Trois-Rivières and the poetry festival. François mentions some famous people from the city, and the two hosts talk about the life of Brian Barton, to come full circle with the season's title, From Burton to Barton. The episode includes some great music from Canadian bands and singer songwriters too, such as Jael Bird Joseph, from 3R.
From Burton to Barton, part 24: The Summer of '46
This week, Julie Miller and François Roy take a look at the summer of 1946, the first peacetime summer after the long and dark war years . People were picking up their lives and trying to get back to normal, but as often happens after momentous societal upheavals, life was never going to be the same again. The summer of 46 was special for a lot of reasons, and people in Trois Rivières had reason to cheer right through the summer and into the fall. In fact, as you’ll hear, it was uncanny how many news articles from the Saint Maurice Valley Chronicle that summer mirrored news stories from our own times...
From Burton to Barton, part 22: It's All His Fault...Or Is It?
Julie Miller and François Roy are back with another episode. This time they take a look at the controversial figure of Maurice Duplessis. As François says, everything bad that happened before 1960 in Québec always seems to be Duplessis' fault, but it was more complicated than that- history always is more complicated. When Duplessis, from an old Yamachiche family, was first elected in the 1930s, the Liberals had been around without any competition to speak of for a long, long time, protecting Big Business and ignoring the countryside. Duplessis built a new party and won election. Without trying to whitewash history, François tries to give some nuance and context to discussions of the Duplessis years. He also takes a look at how Duplessis related to the English community. Music in this episode will take us back to those times, with old tracks from Ovila Légaré, Alys Robi, and Oscar Thiffaut.
From Burton to Barton, part 23: Mobilizing for WWII
For Trois-Rivières and Trifluvians, World War II was very different from WWI. During the Second World War, the whole town was mobilized for the war effort, whereas in the previous war all the trouble had seemed far away for a lot of the population. Julie and François discuss the build up to the war, and many of the ways the city changed during the war. There were training grounds and POW camps; factories changed their productions; and the Cap de la Madeleine airport was converted for the war effort, drawing people from all over Canada. François also tells the story of an epic and legendary snowball fight that went on between two neighbourhoods in 3R. This episode has its share of surprising detail and local anecdotes about the war years.