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Reaching Out To The Community EP 48Friday July 12, 2024 - 12:00:00 AM
Culinary workshops, musical performances, and a local ambassador unveiled at this year s edition of Bouffe ton Centro

Interviewee: Raphael Favreau      Interviewer: Derek Bullard

Bouffe ton Centro has unveiled its 2024 program, featuring culinary workshops, a special ambassador, and musical performances.

Rafael Favreau, the executive producer of the event, shared details: "We have over 50 exhibits and two music scenes planned." Favreau revealed that this year s edition would feature popular local chef, restaurant owner and ambassador, Suzy Rainville.

The singer songwriter Priscilla Quirion, known for her participation on the television show La Voix, will be performing for the audience s musical entertainment.

The event will include family-friendly activities, such as clowns, mascots, art installations and educational sessions.

Bouffe ton Centro and the community festivities take place in downtown Sherbrooke on Saturday, August 3rd, from 11 AM to 6 PM.

Reaching Out To The Community EP 47Thursday July 11, 2024 - 12:00:00 AM
Bleu Massawippi and Robonotic have partnered on an environmental project to monitor Lake Massawippi for zebra mussels, using an artificial predator to help with the task.

Interviewee: Laurence Renaud Langevin      Interviewer: Derek Bullard

Laurence Renaud-Langevin, the General Manager of the organization Bleu Massawippi since summer 2023, is leading this effort. She points out that this AI-driven technology is a major advancement in protecting water ecosystems because it is faster and more accurate than traditional methods. Renaud-Langevin stated that “This initiative marks a significant step in protecting aquatic biodiversity,”

Thanks to a close collaboration and support from government partners, the organization envisions that this technology can be used throughout the province of Quebec in order to guarantee early identification of invasive species and proactive conservation actions.

For anyone who are interested in helping the cause or gaining additional information, Renaud-Langevin recommends getting in touch with Bleu Massawippi or Robonotic directly.

Reaching Out To The Community EP 46Wednesday July 10, 2024 - 12:00:00 AM
Compton Restaurant Struggles Amidst Route 147 Construction

Interviewee: Corine Owner of Que du bonheur restaurant      Interviewer: Derek Bullard

Corine, the owner of Que du bonheur restaurant in Compton, shares her struggles due to ongoing construction on Route 147. The blocked road has severely limited access to her business, impacting even local residents.

Corine estimates a 70% drop in revenue, as her restaurant is in the most affected area. Despite her efforts to attract customers, she has found no effective strategies. Corine reached out to the Mayor of Compton for assistance but received no practical solutions.

The upcoming vacation period in Quebec could further delay the project, complicating the situation. Corine was not adequately informed about the construction beforehand and anticipates delays beyond the September 30th completion date.

Having already faced challenges during the COVID-19 pandemic, Corine remains hopeful and resilient, determined to persevere through this difficult period.

Reaching Out To The Community EP 45Friday July 5, 2024 - 12:00:00 AM
Memphrémagog Arts Circuit Celebrates 30th Edition

Interviewee: Celine Girard      Interviewer: Derek Bullard

The 30th edition of the Memphrémagog Arts Circuit is currently underway, offering visitors an immersive experience in the world of visual arts and crafts. The event started on June 29th and will run until July 7th, with the art exhibition continuing until July 27th.

President Céline Girard, who has been a painter in abstract art for over 20 years, shared insights about the event. She highlighted that 33 professional artists are participating this year, showcasing their work at the Centre d arts visuels de Magog and various studios and exhibition sites throughout the region.

Girard emphasized the high quality and diversity of the artworks on display, including painting, sculpture, and crafts. She encouraged visitors to engage with the artists, explore their studios, and even purchase unique pieces. Despite the professional level of the event, Girard assured that everyone, whether an art connoisseur or a novice, would feel welcome and enjoy the experience.

Reaching Out To The Community EP 44 Friday July 5, 2024 - 12:00:00 AM
Urgent Renovation Needs at Rock Forest Recreation Centre

Interviewee: Sherbrooke City Council      Interviewer: Derek Bullard

On Tuesday, July 2nd, the Sherbrooke City Council directed their focused to the Rock Forest Recreational Centre roof renovation project. Louis Nadeau, Director of Buildings for the city, presented the situation, detailing that the project, funded by a $5 million grant from the Quebec Games, encountered several issues during phase two.

Nadeau divided the center into four zones, identifying problems like damaged metal cladding, ineffective air sealing, and low thermal performance. Zones one and two showed metal cladding and air sealing issues, while Zone three faced significant problems with structural rust and an inadequate roofing system. Zone four, the gymnasium, had water infiltration issues and an inappropriate roofing system.

The council discussed three budget-friendly solutions prioritizing different zones. Council member Claude Charron emphasized maintaining Zone four’s sports-oriented purpose, while Annie Godbout highlighted the need for a relocation plan for community organizations. The council agreed on addressing immediate roofing issues and devising a clear strategy for the building’s future use.

Reaching Out To The Community EP 43Thursday July 4, 2024 - 12:00:00 AM
Council Unveils Comprehensive Development Plan for Bois Beckett Park

Interviewee: Sherbrooke City Council      Interviewer: Derek Bullard

n a recent Council meeting held on Tuesday, July 2nd, significant plans for the future of Bois Beckett Park were discussed. The meeting highlighted the park s historical and ecological importance, with Council President Rais Kibonge emphasizing its role in biodiversity and community activities. Established in 1963 and spanning 75 hectares since 2009, Bois Beckett Park is set to undergo a transformative 10-year action plan focusing on protection, conservation, education, and recreation.

Key proposals include developing the northern part of the park, which has remained largely untouched. This area will see the creation of rustic trails and the installation of interpretive signage. Enhancements in the southern part will include improved signage and urban furniture. Valériane Noel and Nathalie Bourgeois, members of the Bois Beckett Action Group, stressed the importance of preserving the park s natural beauty and enhancing visitor accessibility, noting a 250% increase in park visitors since 2004. Public involvement and community attachment to the park remain strong, guiding these ambitious development plans.

Reaching Out To The Community EP 42Saturday June 29, 2024 - 12:00:00 AM
Women from La Passerelle of Haut-Saint-François mobilize against housing crisis

Interviewee: Women of the Centre des femmes du Haut Saint Franc      Interviewer: Derek Bullard

The women of the Centre des femmes du Haut-Saint-François La Passerelle are mobilizing to address the severe housing crisis in their region. Recently, they staged a three-week occupation outside the office of provincial deputy François Jacques to draw attention to the issue and pressure the government to act.

Housing prices in Haut-Saint-François are high, similar to those in larger cities like Sherbrooke, but the region lacks adequate services and public transportation. The shortage of housing options, particularly social housing, disproportionately affects vulnerable groups such as single mothers and victims of domestic violence.

La Passerelle is advocating for measures including an apartment register, limits on annual rent increases, and significant investments in social housing. These initiatives aim to alleviate the housing crisis and support the community.

Reaching Out To The Community EP 41Thursday June 27, 2024 - 12:00:00 AM
Too Good To Go app partners with Couche-Tard in Sherbrooke and launches "Look, Smell, Taste" initiative

Interviewee: Nicolas Dot      Interviewer: Derek Bullard

Too Good To Go, a mobile app combatting food waste, has announced a partnership with Couche-Tard to include its stores on the platform. This expansion will enable Sherbrooke residents to purchase surplus food at a reduced price, furthering efforts to reduce food waste.

CJMQ spoke with Quebec PR spokesperson for Too Good To Go, Nicolas Dot, who highlighted the importance of this partnership and the benefits it brings to the local community.

In addition to this partnership, Too Good To Go has introduced the "Look, Smell, Taste" initiative. This program encourages consumers to use their senses to evaluate food quality before discarding items, aiming to decrease household food waste. Labels with the "Look, Smell, Taste" guidance will soon appear on various food products, promoting awareness and responsible consumption.

Reaching Out To The Community EP 40Thursday June 20, 2024 - 12:00:00 AM
Alarming rise in domestic violence cases impacting children in Eastern Townships revealed

Interviewee: Stephanie Jette      Interviewer: Derek Bullard

Stephanie Jetté, director of la Direction de la Protection de la Jeunesse Estrie, presented concerning findings at a recent press conference on Tuesday, June 18. The report highlighted that in the 2023-2024 period, there were 9,126 reports to Youth Protection Services in the Eastern Townships, marking a 2.4% decrease from previous years, the first decline since 2011.

Reports specifically related to children exposed to domestic violence surged by 17%, indicating heightened awareness and reporting of these distressing cases. Jetté underscored the profound impact of domestic violence on children, citing increased risks of psychological issues like depression, anxiety, and PTSD.

The conference also emphasized collaborative efforts among local partners including police, schools, and community organizations to establish a safety net for affected children. Gaëlle Simon, director of General Services, stressed the collective responsibility of society in safeguarding these vulnerable youths. Jetté further highlighted a new intervention program aimed at mitigating severe separation conflicts, promoting co-parenting, and enhancing child safety.

Reaching Out To The Community EP 39Wednesday June 19, 2024 - 12:00:00 AM
Banque alimentaire Memphrémagog plans expansion to meet increased demand

Interviewee: Judith Marois Jones      Interviewer: Derek Bullard

Banque alimentaire Memphrémagog is grappling with a notable increase in demand for its services, reporting a 44% rise in food aid requests across the 17 municipalities they serve over the past year.

Judith Marois-Jones, Communications Officer, highlighted economic challenges such as escalating grocery prices, housing shortages, and higher interest rates as primary factors driving this surge in food insecurity within the community.

To meet these escalating needs, the food bank plans to expand its facilities to enhance storage and distribution capabilities. They are also actively recruiting additional volunteers to support their operations, leveraging social media and community networks for outreach.

Financially, Banque alimentaire Memphrémagog depends heavily on donations from individuals and corporations. They aim to secure an additional $200,000 through a forthcoming fundraising campaign to fund their expansion efforts throughout the year. Community members are encouraged to contribute by donating funds or non-perishable items, or by volunteering their time to support the food bank’s mission.

Reaching Out To The Community EP 38Monday June 10, 2024 - 12:00:00 AM
Ministry of Environment recommends hunting to control deer population in Beckett Woods

Interviewee: Anais Gasse      Interviewer: Derek Bullard

In a recent Sherbrooke Public Plenary Committee meeting on June 4th, concerns arose over the surging white-tailed deer population in Beckett Woods. A collaborative helicopter survey with the Ministry of the Environment tallied 119 deer, with 102 in Beckett Woods, resulting in a dense 11.3 deer per square kilometer, double the healthy rate. Anaïs Gasse, a biologist with the ministry, assured that though not critical, the situation warrants action, citing potential car accidents and ecosystem imbalances due to vegetation consumption.

Gasse proposed hunting as the primary control method. Gaetan Drouin, Deputy General Manager of Sherbrooke, outlined the city s proactive measures, including promoting hunting in surrounding areas and engaging property owners. Information sessions will educate residents on coexisting with deer. Through collaborative efforts, the community aims to mitigate the deer population s impact and maintain ecological equilibrium.

Reaching Out To The Community EP 37Thursday June 6, 2024 - 12:00:00 AM
Temporary Closure of Kingsbury Hiking Trail Due to Attacks by American Goshawk

Interviewee: Jean Sebastian Guenette      Interviewer: Derek Bullard

In response to recent reports of hikers being attacked by an aggressive bird, Les Sentiers de l Estrie have closed a trail in Kingsbury until July 15th. To provide insight into the situation, we interviewed Jean Sebastian Guénette, biologist and executive director of

Guénette clarifies that the bird responsible, formerly known as the Northern goshawk, is now recognized as the American goshawk. This bird, known for its aggressive behavior, particularly during the breeding season, vigorously defends its territory and nests.

Guénette advises hikers to heed warning sounds emitted by the bird and to retreat immediately to avoid potential attacks. The closure of the Kingsbury trail is deemed significant by Guénette, as it protects both the public and the birds during the breeding season.

While there are no specific projects monitoring the goshawk population, citizen science initiatives like eBird and iNaturalist are utilized., a nonprofit organization, focuses on promoting bird watching and conservation efforts, particularly for species at risk.

Reaching Out To The Community EP 36Sunday June 2, 2024 - 12:00:00 AM
Controversy Surrounds Well South Staircase Project in Sherbrooke

Interviewee: Sherbrooke City Council      Interviewer: Derek Bullard

At the May 21st council meeting in Sherbrooke, the approval of the Well South parking lot s exterior staircase and metal facades project, estimated at $3.65 million, sparked significant debate. Several council members opposed the investment, citing budget concerns and priority mismanagement. Paul Gingues voiced his disapproval, saying, We have reached a ceiling and must stop investing in this parking lot. Claude Charron also dissented, emphasizing the need to allocate funds to other pressing projects.

Conversely, Fernanda Luz supported the staircase, highlighting the importance of providing public access and enhancing safety. Considering all the money injected into the sector, it is crucial to complete the finishing of the project, she argued. Joanie Bellerose advocated for using wood instead of aluminum for the facade, promoting environmental benefits despite its shorter lifespan. Despite the opposition, the council approved the project by a majority, moving forward with the staircase and facade enhancements.

Reaching Out To The Community EP 35Sunday May 26, 2024 - 12:00:00 AM
Sherbrooke Implements New $34 Vehicle Registration Tax

Interviewee: Sherbrooke City Council      Interviewer: Derek Bullard

Sherbrooke City Council has decided to impose a $34 vehicle registration tax starting in 2025. This decision, made by a narrow majority after weeks of debate, has sparked diverse opinions among council members.

Councilor Danielle Berthold argued that it is too early for such a tax, citing that the services of the Sherbrooke Transit Corporation (STS) are not yet sufficiently attractive and efficient. Similarly, Hélène Dauphinais stated that the tax arrives too quickly. Paul Gingues also voiced concerns, saying citizens are weary of the accumulating taxes and prefer a lower rate of $12 to ease the financial burden.

Despite these objections, the council voted in favor of the $34 tax, thanks to support from members like Claude Charron, who remarked that $34 is the first step and that anything less would not suffice. Laure Letarte-Lavoie expressed optimism, stating this first step would allow them to develop public transport in Sherbrooke and move away from the status quo.

Reaching Out To The Community EP 34Monday May 20, 2024 - 12:00:00 AM
Revitalization Project for Stanstead s Historic Border Theatre

Interviewee: Stanstead Mayor Jody Stone      Interviewer: Derek Bullard

Mayor Jody Stone of Stanstead discusses the revitalization project for the historic Border Theatre, a cultural landmark dating back to 1912. Originally built by the Haskell family, the theatre is set for transformation thanks to local and federal support. Montreal businessman Gabriel Safdie and his wife Eva have invested significantly, donating the theatre to the non-profit,Centre des arts de Stanstead, to renovate it for community use.

A $2.1 million federal grant will fund the renovation, emphasizing environmental sustainability. However, additional local support and funding are still needed. The project aims to modernize the exterior while preserving the historic dome interior. Situated near the Vermont border, the theatre s revival is expected to boost tourism, making Stanstead a cultural hub.

Mayor Stone believes this initiative will attract more visitors and spark further investment in Stanstead s downtown, revitalizing the area and celebrating its rich cultural heritage.

Reaching Out To The Community EP 33Wednesday May 15, 2024 - 12:00:00 AM
Stanstead s Pursuit of Del Monty Hotel Revival

Interviewee: Jodi Stone      Interviewer: Derek Bullard

In Stanstead s quest to revive the once-vibrant Del Monty Hotel, Mayor Jody Stone recounts its storied history, tracing back to the 1920s when the Del Monte family took ownership. Despite its rich heritage, the hotel has remained abandoned for about seven years due to unpaid taxes, prompting the town s intervention. Now facing structural challenges, Stanstead seeks a committed buyer to rejuvenate the iconic building. Mayor Stone acknowledges its historical significance while emphasizing the pressing need for practical solutions to address its deteriorating condition. Preservation, though acknowledged, takes a backseat to the town s openness to various development proposals, especially those centered around housing initiatives. While no official deposits have been made, Mayor Stone reveals significant interest from potential developers, with the town offering flexibility in the sales process. With hopes high, Stanstead eagerly anticipates the hotel s revitalization as the deadline approaches.

Reaching Out To The Community EP 32Thursday May 9, 2024 - 12:00:00 AM
Le Hatley Achieves a Five Diamond CAA/AAA rating

Interviewee: Jason Stafford      Interviewer: Derek Bullard

Restaurant Le Hatley at Manoir Hovey in North Hatley, situated on Lake Massawippi, has achieved one of the highest culinary honors in America—a prestigious five-diamond rating. This recognition follows a recent assessment by an anonymous inspector from the CAA/AAA Diamond Program, positioning Le Hatley and its chef Alexandre Vachon among a highly selective group in North America.

Jason Stafford, the director of Manoir Hovey, shed light on the significance of this rating, highlighting the rigorous standards and the reflection of exceptional service and quality. Stafford speaks of the rich history of the manor, a family-owned establishment since 1979, emphasizing the core values of personalized service and hospitality.

Stafford also shared details about the recent phases of expansion at Manoir Hovey, including the completion of a world-class thermal spa and the ongoing construction of a new lakeside pavilion.

Reaching Out To The Community EP 31Wednesday May 8, 2024 - 12:00:00 AM
Sherbrooke implements a temporary new vehicle registration tax to fund public transportation

Interviewee: City Council Members      Interviewer: Derek Bullard

Sherbrooke recently deliberated five scenarios during the Plenary Committee meeting on implementing a new tax for funding public transportation. Annual fees for motorists ranged from $34 to $185, with the Executive Committee recommending a $74 annual tax to be paid in 2020 upon registration renewal. This initiative aims to boost the Sherbrooke Transportation Society s service offerings by 3 to 5 per cent annually, potentially generating over $8 million considering the city s vehicle count. Mayor Evelyne Beaudin emphasized the need for genuine discussions regarding the future of STS, supported by unanimous council approval. However, not all proposals received unanimous support, with Councilor Geneviève La Roche highlighting the challenge of financing a more efficient transportation network. Councilman Paul Gingues expressed concerns about taxing individuals for services perceived as suboptimal, stressing the importance of meeting citizens s needs. At the committee s conclusion, it was agreed to implement a temporary $12 annual tax per passenger vehicle, subject to further discussions and a formal vote. Feel free to contact your local council member for comments or opinions on this topic until September.

Reaching Out To The Community EP 30Tuesday May 7, 2024 - 12:00:00 AM
Study from the University of Sherbrooke showing harmful effects of pesticides even at low concentrations

Interviewee: Luc Gaudreau      Interviewer: Derek Bullard

Derek Bullard

A recent study released April 29, 2024, conducted by the University of Sherbrooke sheds light on the alarming effects of pesticides, even at low concentrations, prompting an in-depth discussion with Luc Gaudreau, a seasoned professor in the university’s Biology department with over two decades of expertise.

The professor talks of his research journey, exploring the intricate mechanisms of gene regulation and the impact of pesticides on cellular processes since 1998. He highlights the critical need to scrutinize the health effects of pesticides present in minimal concentrations, challenging conventional toxicity testing methods.

Gaudreau elucidates the potential risks of pesticide exposure, particularly in regions with intensive agriculture, emphasizing the urgent necessity for further research and stringent testing protocols.

Gaudreau advocates for public awareness and informed decision-making regarding food safety and sustainability, urging individuals to question and seek information amidst pervasive misinformation.

Reaching Out To The Community EP 29Thursday April 25, 2024 - 12:00:00 AM
A surprising season for the Sherbrooke Phoenix despite adversity

Interviewee: Sherbrooke Phoenix      Interviewer: Derek Bullard

The Sherbrooke Phoenix recently concluded their season, and despite facing challenges, the team’s management remains proud of their performance.

At a press conference held less than 24 hours after their elimination by the Drummondville Voltigeurs, team president Denis Bourque expressed surprise at the team’s achievements, emphasizing their tenacity and resilience.

Head coach Gilles Bouchard highlighted the hurdles faced due to injuries but praised the players’ determination.

General manager Philippe Sauve discussed plans for the offseason, including adding value to the roster and exploring draft options.

Director of operations Sylvain Poissant celebrated the exceptional fan support throughout the season, with over 110,000 spectators attending games.

In a letter, the Sherbrooke Phoenix thanked fans, partners, volunteers, and employees for their unwavering support and looked forward to delivering another thrilling season in 2024-2025

Reaching Out To The Community EP 28Wednesday April 24, 2024 - 12:00:00 AM
Orford Express eyes spring 2025 comeback

Interviewee: Nikolai Ray      Interviewer: Derek Bullard

The Orford Express, a scenic tourist train parked in Magog since 2019 is set for a comeback. Their goal is to reintroduce the train to service by Spring 2025, following its hiatus since it s official closure in 2020.

Nikolai Ray, co owner of the Orford Express, emphasizes the extensive government support received, including grants from provincial and federal levels and endorsements from municipalities.

The project extends beyond borders, with positive receptions from officials in neighboring U.S. states. While challenges persist in coordinating efforts and timing, Ray expresses optimism fueled by widespread enthusiasm for the endeavor.

The revival of the Orford Express promises to be more than a restaurant on rails and a collaborative effort spanning governmental and private sectors.

Reaching Out To The Community EP 27Thursday April 18, 2024 - 12:00:00 AM
New Humor Festival

Interviewee: City council members       Interviewer: Derek Bullard

In a recent council meeting, Sherbrooke elected members committed the city to financially support a new humor festival proposed by Christelle Lefebvre.

The festival, set to take place at the end of the summer in Parc Jacques-Cartier, promises to be unlike traditional events, featuring street entertainers alongside stand-up comedians.

Despite initial concerns from some councilors, the council approved a $230,000 investment in the festival. Councilor Berthold, satisfied with the investment, highlighted the potential return in television publicity valued at $500,000.

Councilor Gingues emphasized the need for an evaluation, especially given the change of TV networks from TVA to Noovo for the four television broadcasts.

The production, managed by Groupe Entourage, expects to host over 80 comedians and performers, including Jean-Pierre Beaudoin, a former organizer of the Fête du lac, serving as the local executive producer.

Reaching Out To The Community EP 26Friday April 12, 2024 - 12:00:00 AM
Tensions Fly High at City Council

Interviewee: Various City Councilors      Interviewer: Derek Bullard

Tensions escalated at the recent city council meeting over a controversial pool tax proposal. Councillor Laure Letarte-Lavoie drew attention by attending with her newborn to participate in the heated debate. As discussions intensified, the vote eventually passed with a narrow margin of 8 to 7. However, comments made by councillors about Letarte-Lavoie s presence stirred further controversy, leading to the resignation of Council Executive President Danielle Berthold, citing pressure and a lack of respect among members. Mayor Beaudin addressed the issue, emphasizing the importance of Letarte-Lavoie s participation and condemning disrespectful remarks.

26th Fine Art Graduating Students ExhibitionFriday April 12, 2024 - 12:00:00 AM
Flows of Change Exhibition

Interviewee: Juliana Frassetto      Interviewer: Maureen Dillon Teasdale

Juliana Frassetto, Student Curator for the 26th Fine Arts Graduating Exhibition at the Foreman Art Gallery, talks about the exhibition and her experience as the curator.

26th Fine Art Graduating Students ExhibitionFriday April 12, 2024 - 12:00:00 AM
Flows of Change Exhibition

Interviewee: Juliana Frassetto      Interviewer: Maureen Dillon Teasdale

Juliana Frassetto, Student Curator for the 26th Fine Arts Graduating Exhibition at the Foreman Art Gallery, talks about the exhibition and her experience as the curator.

Reaching Out To The Community EP 25Tuesday April 9, 2024 - 12:00:00 AM
Viewing The Solar Eclipse at Jacques Cartier Park in Sherbrooke

Interviewee: Selected People       Interviewer: Derek Bullard

In our latest episode of "Reaching Out to the Community," CJMQ witnessed the anticipation and dedication surrounding a solar eclipse. Thousands gathered at the Parc Jacques-Cartier in the Eastern Townships, some even camping out overnight in their vans for the perfect view. Meet Tyler McBride, who journeyed from Maryland for this celestial spectacle, and Vivian and Larry, who changed plans last minute to witness it from Sherbrooke. Their stories showcase the passion and lengths people go to for such events. From seasoned astrophotographers to hobbyists, each person brings a unique perspective. As the eclipse reached its peak, the atmosphere was filled with wonder as the crowd marveled at the cosmic phenomenon.

Reaching Out To The Community EP 24Friday March 15, 2024 - 12:00:00 AM
10th edition of La Console qui Console brings gaming fun to Centre de Foires with charitable focus

Interviewee: Hubert Pelletier      Interviewer: Derek Bullard

From March 15th to the 24th in Sherbrooke, it is gaming week, offering various gamin related activities throughout the city. An event called La Console qui Console is set to take place at the Centre de foires de Sherbrooke on March 23rd and 24th.

Reaching Out To The Community EP 23Wednesday March 13, 2024 - 12:00:00 AM
Sherbrooke is considering implementing a vehicle registration tax

Interviewee: Sherbrooke Municipal Council      Interviewer: Derek Bullard

During the Council meeting on Tuesday, the city of Sherbrooke expressed interest in implementing a tax on each registered vehicle within its jurisdiction to fund public transportation, mirroring a practice adopted by the greater Montreal area.

Reaching Out To The Community EP 22Thursday March 7, 2024 - 12:00:00 AM
Lennoxville City Pledges $18,950 for the Transformation and Management of Queen Square

Interviewee: Andre Blais      Interviewer: Derek Bullard

During the Plenary Committee Meeting of the Borough of Lennoxville on February 27th, a significant announcement regarding the future of Queen Square was made. André Blais, the director of the City of Lennoxville, revealed plans to transform Queen Square into an urban space on private land at the corner of Queen and Samuel Gratham streets. This initiative, led by Entreprendre Sherbrooke, aims to replace the longstanding Lennoxville Street Festival with ongoing animation and management activities. The Lennoxville town has pledged financial support of $18,950 for the year 2024 to facilitate this transformation. However, formalizing the utilization of the private land is subject to a written agreement between Entreprendre Sherbrooke and the property owners. City councillors emphasized the importance of maintaining Queen Square s appeal to citizens and visitors while supporting local businesses downtown.

Reaching Out To The Community 21Thursday February 29, 2024 - 12:00:00 AM
Sherbrooke city council calls for 30 km/h speed limit in urban areas

Interviewee: Annie Godbout & Others      Interviewer: Derek Bullard

Amidst divisions, the City Council of Sherbrooke engaged in a heated debate over the adoption of a resolution on Tuesday night, February 21st. The resolution requested Quebec to amend the Highway Safety Code, proposing a default speed limit of 30 kilometers per hour in urban areas, unless otherwise indicated. Despite some councillors favoring a compromise of a 40 kilometers per hour limit, the resolution advocating for 30 kilometers per hour prevailed. Efforts to table or remove the resolution from the agenda were unsuccessful, leading to its adoption with a vote of 9 in favor and 6 against.The resolution now moves forward, potentially reshaping the city s road safety regulations.

Reaching Out To The Community 20Thursday February 22, 2024 - 12:00:00 AM
Total solar eclipse on April 8: Astronomical event in the Eastern Townships

Interviewee: Andrew Retchless      Interviewer: Derek Bullard

During the interview with local weather enthusiast Mr. Andrew Retchless, we explored the significance of the upcoming total solar eclipse on April 8th, 2024, for the Eastern Townships. Mr. Retchless provided valuable insights into the rarity of such celestial events and explained the differences between total, partial, and annular eclipses. He emphasized the once-in-a-lifetime nature of this event and discussed its varying durations across different regions. Mr. Retchless also highlighted the importance of eclipse viewing safety and cautioned against the dangers of observing the event without proper eye protection. Furthermore, he mentioned potential community viewing events and educational opportunities associated with the eclipse. Wrapping up, Mr. Retchless shared a historical anecdote and provided a glimpse into the projected weather forecast for April 8th, offering hope for optimal viewing conditions in the Eastern Townships.

Reaching Out To The Community 19Friday February 16, 2024 - 12:00:00 AM
Downtown Parking Issues in Sherbrooke

Interviewee: Claude Charron      Interviewer: Derek Bullard

In the latest episode of "Reaching Out to the Community," CJMQ s Derek Bullard leads a comprehensive discussion on downtown parking issues in Sherbrooke, featuring insights from special guest Claude Charron, Borough President of Lennoxville and Sherbrooke City Councilman. The episode looks into the potential implementation of eco-taxation, concerns about shifting tax burdens, and the challenges of balancing environmental responsibility with economic considerations. Charron emphasizes the importance of progressive taxation measures and community consultation, highlighting the need for careful planning and collaboration between stakeholders to ensure a balanced approach that prioritizes both accessibility and urban vibrancy. The conversation also addresses potential strategies to address parking shortages and the delicate balance between reducing parking spots and supporting local businesses. Charron reflects on past investments and future initiatives aimed at creating a vibrant urban experience, inviting listeners to engage further with questions or concerns.

Reaching Out To The Community 18Wednesday February 7, 2024 - 12:00:00 AM
Planned Obsolescence

Interviewee: Mr. Serge Langlois      Interviewer: Derek Bullard

Planned obsolescence has become a prominent issue in our lives, impacting our daily routines often without our awareness. Even the city of Sherbrooke has recognized its significance and is taking proactive steps to combat it. But what exactly is planned obsolescence, and how does it affect us? To shed light on this, CJMQ, reached out to Mr. Serge Langlois, the coordinator Entreprendre Sherbrooke. He provides valuable insights into this matter and discusses the initiatives taken by Sherbrooke and Café Reparation to address planned obsolescence.

Reaching Out To The Community 17Wednesday January 31, 2024 - 12:00:00 AM

Interviewee: Serge Fraser      Interviewer: Derek Bullard

In this episode of "Reaching Out to the Community," host Derek Bullard interviews Serge Fraser, the man behind Optimoule in Thetford Mines, discussing their collaboration with the Montreal-based consortium, Kollide, and their groundbreaking NFL helmet. Fraser, a professional engineer, explains Optimoule s role in the design and manufacturing process, emphasizing their contribution to reducing manufacturing costs and selecting materials for the helmet shell. The interview explores the innovative use of polymers in creating a lighter and more resilient helmet, addressing player protection concerns, especially related to concussions. Fraser also clarifies that while Optimoule was not involved in helmet testing, the final product has passed rigorous tests conducted in California. The conversation concludes with insights into Optimoule s involvement in other projects, including golf swing improvement tools and environmentally friendly plastic bricks for building houses.

Reaching Out To The Community 16Friday January 19, 2024 - 12:00:00 AM
Challenges Faced By The Eastern Townships Animal Protection Society

Interviewee: Alexane Begin      Interviewer: Derek Bullard

In a Conversation with SPA s Alexane Bégin, we explore the challenges faced by the Eastern Townships Animal Protection Society (SPA). The interview with spokesperson Alexane Begin unveils a concerning trend of rising animal abandonment, doubling veterinary expenses to $50,000 per month over the last three years.

Reaching Out To The Community 15Monday January 8, 2024 - 12:00:00 AM
Cut Subsidy For Sherbrooke Tenants Association

Interviewee: Mr Leo Boivin      Interviewer: Derek Bullard

In our latest episode of Reaching out to the community, we discuss a pressing matter affecting the Sherbrooke community. The city s decision to cut a substantial $38,000 annual subsidy to the Sherbrooke Tenants Association raises concerns about the future of vital community services. Mr. Leo Boivin, a board member of the association,sheds light on the far-reaching consequences of this funding cut. We explore the association s role, the impact on tenants, and potential plans for the future. Listen into this insightful conversation that unravels the layers of a critical issue within our community.

Reaching Out To The Community 14Thursday December 21, 2023 - 12:00:00 AM
Proximity Worker For Magog And Stanstead

Interviewee: Steve Cote      Interviewer: Derek Bullard

In the latest episode of "Reaching Out to the Community," we explore the collaborative efforts that led to the appointment of Steve Côté as the new proximity worker for Magog and Stanstead. Maison de la famille Memphrémagog, Centre de pédiatrie sociale Le Tandem, and Équipe Ressources Relais joined forces, backed by financial support from the Ministry of Family, to initiate a three-year project aimed at assisting vulnerable and isolated families. Steve Côté sheds light on his dynamic role, extending beyond conventional hours, and emphasizes the project s focus on addressing challenges, such as poverty, faced by families with children aged 0 to 5. Steve also discusses the crucial element of trust-building in his interactions, the variety of support and activities offered, and how individuals in need can connect with him. Additionally, Steve provides insights into the project s flexibility in addressing the needs of families beyond the Magog and Stanstead territories.

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