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