Rouyn-Noranda — City — City of Rouyn-Noranda - Ville de Rouyn-Noranda
Motto: "Fierté, Solidarité, Savoir"
("Pride, Solidarity, Knowledge")
Coordinates: Coordinates: Country Canada Province Quebec Region Abitibi-Témiscamingue Founded 1926 Merged 1986 Electoral Districts
Provincial Rouyn-Noranda—Témiscamingue Government – Mayor Mario Provencher Area – Total 6,435.64 km2 (2,484.8 sq mi) – Land 5,991.06 km2 (2,313.2 sq mi) Population (2006) – Total 39,924 (ranked 112th) – Density 6.7/km2 (17.4/sq mi) – Change * +0.8% – Dwellings 18,921 * Change from 2001 census Time zone Eastern (EST) (UTC-5) – Summer (DST) EDT (UTC-4) Postal code(s) J9X, J9Y Area code(s) 819 Access Routes Route 101
The city of Rouyn-Noranda is coextensive with a territory equivalent to a regional county municipality (TE) and census division (CD) of Quebec of the same name. Their geographical code is 86.
The city of Rouyn (named for Jean-Baptiste Rouyn, a captain in the Royal-Roussillon regiment of Montcalm) appeared after copper was discovered in 1917. Noranda (a contraction of "North Canada") was created later around the Horne mine and foundry. Both were officially constituted as cities in 1926, then merged in 1986.
The population tends to increase or decrease dramatically depending on the economic situation. The city's population dropped by 5 per cent between the 1996 and 2001 census, before increasing slightly by 0.8 per cent for the 2006 census. This more closely parallels the demographic patterns of Northern Ontario than those of Quebec during this period. Rouyn-Noranda also has other cultural affiliations with Northern Ontario, being the only municipality in Quebec that holds a membership in the Francophone Association of Municipalities of Ontario.
The Roman Catholic diocese of Rouyn-Noranda was established on November 29, 1973, with Mgr. Jean-Guy Hamelin as its first bishop. It is part of the Metropolitan Province of Gatineau. Mgr. Dorylas Moreau was appointed as bishop on November 30, 2001, replacing Mgr. Hamelin. On September 15, 2003, a decree moved the cathedral from Saint-Michel-Archange church to Saint-Joseph church.
In the municipal reorganizations of January 1, 2002, Rouyn-Noranda amalgamated with the municipalities of the former Regional County Municipality of Rouyn-Noranda, including Arntfield, Bellecombe, Cadillac, Cléricy, Cloutier, D'Alembert, Destor, Évain, Lac-Montanier, Lac-Surimau, McWatters, Mont-Brun, Montbeillard, Rapides-des-Cèdres and Rollet.
Federally, Rouyn-Noranda is part of the Abitibi—Témiscamingue riding. Its MP is currently Christine Moore of the New Democratic Party. Provincially, Rouyn-Noranda is part of the Rouyn-Noranda—Témiscamingue riding, which is currently represented by Daniel Bernard of the Quebec Liberal Party.
The city's mayor is Mario Provencher.
Rouyn-Noranda is also a territory equivalent to a regional county municipality (TE) and census division (CD) of Quebec, coextensive with the city of Rouyn-Noranda. Its geographical code is 86.
Rouyn-Noranda is the seat of the judicial district of the same name.
The Rouyn-Noranda Huskies have played in the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League since the Saint-Hyacinthe Laser relocated to the town in 1996. Rouyn-Noranda has produced a high amount of NHLers for its size with former NHL stars Pierre Turgeon, Sylvain Turgeon, Dale Tallon, Pit Martin, Jacques Laperrière, Jacques Cloutier, Dave Keon and Kent Douglas,both members of the 1967 Stanley Cup Champions. Réjean Houle and Éric Desjardins all hailing from the city. Marc-André Cliche played in his first NHL game in 2010.Also played in the NHL are the Bordeleau Brothers, Christian, Jean Paul and Paulin.
Since 1982, the city has been host to the International Cinema Festival of Abitibi-Témiscamingue and since 2003, the host of the Emerging Music Festival in Abitibi-Témiscamingue.
Rouyn-Noranda is known as "La Capitale Nationale du Cuivre" (or the National Copper Capital) for its extensive copper deposits and mining/smelting activities.
Notably, since 2005 the small mostly francophone town has had the Festival des guitares du monde en Abitibi-Témiscamingue" (translating to Festival of World's Guitars in Abitibi-Temiscamingue) which featured world renowned guitarists. It is now being whispered amongst the artist community to be a must-perform-there town.
Rouyn-Noranda is also known as a "Capital of Metal" since the metal scene is very active and popular. Many metal bands played in Rouyn-Noranda, like Behemoth, Sonata Arctica, Kreator, Napalm Death, Cryptopsy, Cephalic Carnage, Cannibal Corpse, Quo Vadis, Deeds of Flesh, Disgorge, Mortal decay, Kataklysm, 1349, Anonymus, Vader, Martyr and Neuraxis. Descend Into Nothingness, Abitabyss, Archons, Cryptik Howling, Decrepity, Chaotic Insurrection and many other metal bands from Rouyn-Noranda have great success in the metal scene.
The city is served by the Rouyn-Noranda Airport and has a small public transit system of four bus routes serving the urban area..
Almost all media in Rouyn-Noranda and the nearby city of Val-d'Or serves both cities. Although the cities are far enough apart that radio and television stations in the area serve the cities from separate transmitters, almost every broadcast station in either city has a rebroadcaster in the other city. The only nominal exceptions are the cities' separate NRJ stations, although at present even these stations share the majority of their broadcast schedule.
References and notes
- ^ a b Ministère des Affaires Municipales et Régions: Rouyn-Noranda
- ^ a b 2006 Statistics Canada Community Profile: Rouyn-Noranda, Quebec
- ^ Official Transport Quebec Road Map
- ^ Gourd (1988), p. 1890.
- ^ Territorial Division Act. Revised Statutes of Quebec D-11.
- ^ "Contact Us." Propair. Retrieved on November 4, 2010. "Rouyn-Noranda Headquarters 30, rue Pronovost Rouyn-Noranda airport Rouyn-Noranda (Québec) J9X 5B7 CA ." Address in French: "Rouyn-Noranda Siège social 30, rue Pronovost Aéroport de Rouyn-Noranda Rouyn-Noranda (Québec) J9X 5B7 CA "
- Gourd, Benoit-Beaudry. "Rouyn-Noranda", in The Canadian Encyclopedia, Volume 3. Edmonton: Hurtig Publishing, 1988.
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