Stanstead vig­or­ously bilin­gual

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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.

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