Sher­brooke ready for elec­tric cars

Stanstead Journal - - FRONT PAGE - Vic­to­ria Vanier

The­first elec­tric car charg­ing sta­tions be­gan oper­at­ing last Wed­nes­day at sev­eral Sher­brooke lo­ca­tions: Marché de la gare, La Gre­nouillere in the down­town area, Plateau Sylvie-Daigle and at the Rock For­est re­cre­ation cen­tre. The cost to recharge a car, re­gard­less of how long it takes, is $2.50. A to­tal of around fif­teen charg­ing sta­tions will be in­stalled even­tu­ally around the city.

The in­stal­la­tion of the sta­tions and the pur­chase of elec­tric cars, done to re­duce green­house gas emis­sions, was the project of the fol­low­ing Sher­brooke part­ners: the City of Sher­brooke; the Univer­sité de Sher­brooke; the CEGEP de Sher­brooke; Com­mis­sion sco­laire de la re­gion de Sher­brooke; the CHUS; and Bishop’s Univer­sity.

Driv­ers who use the prov­ince-wide Cir­cuit elec­trique can have 24 hour phone as­sis­tance, and help to find charg­ing sta­tions, through CAA-Quebec. There is also a web­site, www.lecir­cuit­elec­trique. com, where driv­ers can learn the lo­ca­tions of charg­ing sta­tions.

The­abor­tion de­bate must not be re­opened, said New Demo­crat MP Jean Rousseau (Compton-Stanstead), who re­it­er­ated his com­mit­ment to pro­tect women’s right to choose, as well as their right to ac­ces­si­ble and safe abor­tion ser­vices. That is why he is against the mo­tion tabled by a Con­ser­va­tive MP on this mat­ter.

“This de­bate is a thing of the past,” says Rousseau. “Women’s right to choose is not ne­go­tiable. I will al­ways op­pose any at­tempt to re­crim­i­nal­ize abor­tion.”

“The NDP is the only rec­og­nized party that will vote unan­i­mously against the Con­ser­va­tive mo­tion. Cana­di­ans fought with de­ter­mi­na­tion and courage for the right to abor­tion and we must re­spect this im­por­tant vic­tory,” con­cluded New Demo­crat Jus­tice critic Françoise Boivin (Gatineau).

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