Thursday, October 2, 2008

Marie-Rose Turcot

Journalist, author

1887-1977; moved to Ottawa circa 1907.

Born in Laurierville, Quebec.

Worked in the civil service and became one of the first female journalists in French Ontario.

Published in the daily newspaper Le Droit, as well as in several other weekly and daily publications in Ottawa and Montreal, sometimes using the pseudonym Constance Bayard.

Worked in broadcast journalism for the French radio station CKCH in Hull, Quebec.

Turcot was the author of a novel, several collections of short stories, and poems, and was a pioneer in collecting and publishing Franco-Ontarian folk tales.

There is a plaque in her honour on the north side of Rideau Street between Nelson Street and Friel Street in front of the Rideau Branch of the Ottawa Public Library.

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