Canada: QUEBEC: The New Laval

For nearly 300 years, Laval University had been almost as grim and ascetic as its founder, François de Montmorency-Laval de Montigny, first bishop of Quebec. The bishop wore a hair shirt, watered his soup, slept on wood. The university, which De Laval started as a seminary in 1663, was cramped into narrow, grey stone buildings in Quebec City's huddled Quartier Latin. Its curriculum concentrated on theology, law and medicine. For diversion, students were expected to turn to religious reading or take meditative walks in the walled courtyard of the university.

Last week. Laval University made plans for a big change....

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