The story of IDA Québec: the early years– by Rémi Lacasse, founding member and first President of IDA Québec –
Amateur and professional astronomers have always sought to avoid light pollution as it significantly affects their observation of the Universe. In the ’90s, a Dark Sky Committee was created within the Fédération des Astronomes Amateurs du Québec (FAAQ) and aimed at reducing light pollution.
However, the main mission of the FAAQ is not the awareness of the harmful consequences of light pollution. Moreover, this committee has had practically no activity, while the problem has accentuated. The Federation thus decided, in the fall of 2003, to form a Quebec chapter of the International Dark-Sky Association. This section operated as a committee of the FAAQ, thus representing the Federation and raising awareness to reduce light pollution in Quebec.
At the founding meeting, we had the honor to welcome Dr. and Mrs. David L. Crawford, the president (and co-founder) and the treasurer of IDA International respectively. The founding members, Chloé Legris, Germain Gauthier, Richard