The RCMP is in town; will they get their man?

Stanstead Journal - - FORUM -

Thereis al­ways a time for learn­ing who the bad guys are, so our de­liv­ery man is now on the good guy list. The in­ci­dent is telling of how po­lice work and how it takes some time to know the pas­ture. Last Tues­day, as our pa­per was be­ing printed and our de­liv­ery man was tak­ing off to do his rounds, lights were flash­ing all around the pub­lisher’s man­sion as he moved his stuff from his truck to ours… Yes, the RCMP was al­most ar­rest­ing our man! Even hav­ing called the SQ for backup! Sus­pi­cious be­hav­iour we ad­mit. Why would some­one trans­fer a bag from one ve­hi­cle to an­other, less than one hun­dred yards from the Bor­der?

Ob­vi­ously, af­ter last Tues­day’s thumb of the nose to the Cana­dian au­thor­i­ties, af­ter the fact that hun­dreds of il­le­gals had crossed in Stanstead had been pub­lished and broad­cast world­wide, the min­is­ter ir­re­spon­si­ble for the mat­ter hav­ing been ques­tioned in the House of Com­mons, an­other dozen refugee claimants sped to Ma­gog to shop at the Wal­mart be­fore call­ing to be ar­rested. This was the last straw for the men in red who de­barked on Stanstead in at least three marked ve­hi­cles.

Since the news­pa­per’s ed­i­to­rial to be pub­lished the next day called for such a mea­sure, we can only ap­plaud that our tax­payer’s money in Ot­tawa is spent here a bit.

We are also re­al­ist: it will take some time for the RCMP to ad­just to this job and it is per­fectly nor­mal. What is sus­pi­cious else­where is per­fectly nor­mal here. And of­fi­cers will have to com­mit to the re­gion, not an ever chang­ing re­volv­ing door of men and women do­ing a turn here for a cou­ple of days.

Thurs­day night, an­other op­er­a­tion. Cruis­ers mov­ing back and forth, had they been able to get some in­for­ma­tion from the Ro­mas ar­rested days be­fore. Doubt­ful; cen­turies of per­se­cu­tion have hard­ened them. But since it is now as­sumed that they had tran­sited by Mex­ico, maybe some­one there had talked.

Since early this week, no pres­ence of RCMP marked ve­hi­cles in town. Yet the only way to stop the il­le­gals cross­ing is to make them vis­i­ble, twenty four hours a day. We be­lieve that if the RCMP, along with the SQ, are present in this town con­tin­u­ously, not spo­rad­i­cally, that our town will be more se­cure.

Some may be­lieve that we live in a vac­uum, but think for a minute of a shut­tered Haskell Li­brary. Im­pos­si­ble? Ask your­self the ques­tion: Will the Amer­i­cans tol­er­ate a cou­ple more ar­rests for gun traf­fick­ing and alien smug­gling at the Haskell?

Flower pots on Church Street were once por­trayed as an in­fringe­ment of our rights to live peace­fully to­gether and show how great we are as friends be­tween nations here in Stanstead. For­mer mayor Yates was laughed at when he first sug­gested the mea­sure. Se­na­tor San­ders came to the Li­brary to mod­er­ate a bi-na­tional town hall meet­ing where one could al­most weep hear­ing about the loss of our most cher­ished lib­er­ties if any hin­drance was erected be­tween Stanstead and Derby Line.

Since then the Church Street pots have be­come a tourist at­trac­tion, more so when both a US Bor­der Pa­trol and RCMP cruiser are side by side on the in­ter­na­tional line. Sim­ple mea­sure, high re­turns.

Bor­der Mi­nor Hockey As­so­ci­a­tion is fac­ing a cri­sis and we need the sup­port of the community to help us keep mi­nor hockey alive.

In a nut­shell, en­roll­ment has de­creased and costs are ris­ing. In the past three years we have lost 25% of our chil­dren specif­i­cally due to the ex­pense of reg­is­tra­tion fees. Last year alone our reg­is­tra­tion went down from 121 mem­bers to only 91.

We are faced with the fact that par­ents sim­ply can’t af­ford to pay the fees. We re­cently con­ducted a sur­vey at the two Stanstead el­e­men­tary schools and dis­cov­ered a stag­ger­ing 53 chil­dren would like to play hockey but can­not af­ford to.

We are try­ing hard to off­set costs by hav­ing sev­eral ma­jor fundrais­ers per year, which will help re­verse our down­ward spi­ral and en­sure that all chil­dren who want to play can play

Our first such fundraiser will be a Dance on Novem­ber 10 at the Pat Burns Arena. The Band for the evening is Black Dog. There will be Wine and Beer avail­able.

Tick­ets are only $5 and are avail­able at Stanstead Town Hall, the arena and through Bor­der Mi­nor Hockey As­so­ci­a­tion

We also started a pro­gram “spon­sor a child”. Any do­na­tion to the Bor­der Mi­nor Hockey As­so­ci­a­tion would be ap­pre­ci­ated, and a tax re­ceipt will be is­sued. More in­for­ma­tion will be avail­able at the Dance Novem­ber 10.

The re­wards of hav­ing a strong mi­nor hockey as­so­ci­a­tion are end­less – the life lessons the chil­dren learn, team­work, ethics, com­mit­ment, etc. It is cru­cial to keep the chil­dren off the street and en­gage them in healthy ac­tiv­i­ties. We owe it to our kids to have a safe and struc­tured en­vi­ron­ment so they can grow and learn.

We hope you will find it in your heart to help those chil­dren and give them a chance by sup­port­ing our fundrais­ing ini­tia­tives.

It would be un­for­giv­able for us not to be able to re­verse the down­ward spi­ral, for the chil­dren, for the community and quite frankly for Canada. Hockey de­fines us! Thank you for your sup­port.

David Dubois Pres­i­dent of Bor­der

Mi­nor Hockey

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