The Estrie is an administrative region of Quebec, Canada that overlaps mostly (not entirely) the Eastern Townships. Estrie, a French name, was coined as a derivative of est, "east."
The region has a land area of 10,209.4 km² (3,941.87 sq mi) and a 2006 census population of 298,779 inhabitants. Its largest population centre is the city of Sherbrooke. The township portion of it is lying between the former seigneuries south of the Saint Lawrence River and the United States border. Its northern boundary roughly followed the Logan Line, the geologic boundary between the flat, fertile St. Lawrence Lowlands and the Appalachian Mountains.
Asbestos (2006 population 6,819; UA population 7,017) is a town in southeastern Quebec, Canada on the Nicolet River and is the seat of the Les Sources Regional County Municipality or MRC des Sources, formerly the Asbestos Regional County Municipality or MRC d'Asbestos. The town covers an area of 29.67 square kilometres (11.46 sq mi). It is located in the centre of a square formed by the cities of Drummondville, Sherbrooke and Victoriaville, and the Nicolet River to the North. It is the site of the Jeffrey Mine, the world's largest asbestos mine, which has long been the town's largest employer, and of the now-closed Magnola magnesium refinery. It was the site of the famous 1949 Asbestos Strike. Despite this some townspeople support changing the town's name due to the negative connotations asbestos has.
Mack Sennett (January 17, 1880 – November 5, 1960) was a Canadian-born American director and was known as the innovator of slapstick comedy in film. During his lifetime he was known at times as the "King of Comedy". His short "Wrestling Swordfish" was awarded the Academy Award for Best Live Action Short Film in 1932 and he earned an Academy Honorary Award in 1937.
Born as Mikall (or Michael) Sinnott in Danville, Quebec, Canada, the son of Irish Catholic immigrant farmers. His father was a blacksmith in the small Eastern Townships village. When he was 17 years old his family moved to Connecticut.
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