Stanstead vigorously bilingual
Stanstead’s town council took a vigorous position at Monday night’s monthly meeting to protect the town’s bilingual status, going as far as to rebuke the mayor’s position on the resolution. He wanted to remove the word ‘vigorously’ from it. All councillors voted for the motion which will see the town send a letter to the Quebec government asking that Stanstead be forever exempted from the proposed amendment to Bill 101 that will be studied by the National Assembly in the spring.
Twice the subject of a health co-op surfaced. First, when the CLD agent, Joanne Lajeunesse McKay, presented the results of the recently conducted survey, where participants are in favour of one, and again when the Pierce building’s condition was addressed, some suggesting that the Co-op could be housed there. It seems that news travels either at hyper-speed or slower than molasses in today’s temperature in Stanstead. In this case, the latter being in order as the Health minister is adamantly opposed to the concept as are the major players being consulted right now by him.
You will be pleased to know that the SQ can now ticket you as the Parking ordinance was adopted. We should know, in 2014, the amount of fines that the men and women in green will bring in ticket revenues; surely a lot less than the small raise in pay that the town employees are getting at eight tenth of one percent, the inflation rate. When asked by this news--
paper what was the total percentage of raises on the salaried mass if the bonuses voted for last year are included, we got the answer that only two employees had the prerequisite number of years of experience this year.
The town also released the list of organisations that will receive tax payers money this year, it totals over $50,000. We would have been happy to publish the names of the recipients but we did not receive it in a format that would have permitted us to do so easily.
Finally, with the nomination of two women firefighters yesterday, half of those hired, Stanstead will now have three firewomen.