Sec­ond cam­paign for He­bert

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Dr.Re­jean He­bert, who is the Dean of Medicine at the

and the world-renowned re­searcher on ag­ing who de­vel­oped the widely used “SMAF”, a dis­abil­ity rat­ing scale, is run­ning for a sec­ond time in the rid­ing of St. Fran­cois for the Parti Que­be­cois. In the elec­tion of 2008 he lost by 1,300 votes.

Asked why he was run­ning in this cam­paign, Dr. He­bert com­mented: “Be­cause the same prob­lems that were there in 2008 are still in place. Our health sys­tem is not adapt­ing to our ag­ing pop­u­la­tion. The gov­ern­ment has been fo­cussing on hos­pi­tals when the so­lu­tions are out­side of the hos­pi­tals. We should pre­vent peo­ple from go­ing to the hospi­tal, they some­times go be­cause they have no ac­cess to doc­tors. If we fo­cussed on homecare, se­niors would have a bet­ter qual­ity of life and it’s cheaper. Other coun­tries that are fac­ing the same prob­lem of an ag­ing pop­u­la­tion are do­ing this. In Quebec we should do a ma­jor move right now.”

An­other is­sue that Dr. He­bert is con­cerned with is Quebec agri­cul­ture. “The gov­ern­ment is not pro­mot­ing lo­cal agri­cul­tural prod­ucts. In Quebec we con­sume only 30% of lo­cal prod­ucts and we’d like that to rise to 50%. Right now food prod­ucts are sent to Toronto and then they come back to our gro­cery stores. That’s bad for the en­vi­ron­ment and bad for our pro­duc­ers,” he ex­plained. He also spoke about a pro­gram to fa­cil­i­tate young peo­ple to take over the farms of their par­ents, the im­por­tance of main­tain­ing small vil­lages, and the build­ing of in­fra­struc­tures in small vil­lages for young fam­i­lies and for se­niors, such as se­nior hous­ing.

With such an il­lus­tri­ous med­i­cal ca­reer, Dr. He­bert was asked if he will be just as en­gaged in pol­i­tics if his party doesn’t win the elec­tion but he wins his seat. “Yes. If I will be at the Na­tional Assem­bly I would push the gov­ern­ment to do the right thing, but I would have less power. I would still rep­re­sent the cit­i­zens of St. Fran­cois.”

Yes­ter­day,at the Con­naught Home in North Hat­ley, a very spe­cial birthday party was held for five re­mark­able in­di­vid­u­als, all born well be­fore the First World War. The ages of the five ‘birthday girls’ ranged from 99 (turn­ing 100 in a few days) to 102 years and count­ing!

“Three of the women live right here at the Con­naught Home and two will be vis­it­ing us from the Grace Chris­tian Home in Len­noxville,” ex­plained Donna Barker, the ad­min­is­tra­tive as­sis­tant at the Con­naught Home, when in­ter­viewed ahead of time about the spe­cial event.

Old­est of these cel­e­brated Town­ship­pers is Daisy Houlzet at 102. With Pow­ers as her maiden name, she was born in the Gaspé re­gion and spent most of her life in Montreal. She has been liv­ing in North Hat­ley for the past three years. Althea Hans­ford (nee Bryan) will be 102 in Septem­ber. She was born in Coat­i­cook and spent most of her life there be­fore mov­ing to Len­noxville for ten years. The Con­naught Home has been her home for the past eight years. Eve­lyn Jack­son, who was also in­ter­viewed for this week’s ‘por­trait’ ar­ti­cle, will be turn­ing 100 at the end of the month. She lived in Ma­gog most of her life and has been liv­ing at the Con­naught Home for a few months.

Vis­it­ing from the Grace Chris­tian Home were Au­drey Lam­bert (nee Boivin), who turned 100 last month, and Florence Aldrich (nee Tay­lor) who turns 101 this fall. Mrs. Lam­bert was born in Quebec City and

The Cen­te­nar­i­ans who were cel­e­brated yes­ter­day at the Con­naught Home in North Hat­ley are (l. to r.) Au­drey Lam­bert, Daisy Houlzet, Eve­lyn Jack­son, Althea Hans­ford and Florence Aldrich.

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Dr. Re­jean He­bert Que­be­cois can­di­date.

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