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Stanstead Journal - - FROM PAGE ONE - Vic­to­ria Vanier Water­ville

Water­ville’s main will be the build­ing of the new water fil­tra­tion sys­tem which will cost $8.3 mil­lion, 67% of which is cov­ered by a pro­vin­cial government grant. “They be­gan putting in a spe­cial through the golf course; I be­lieve they were fin­ish­ing that work on Fri­day. They need to get that work done be­fore the golf­ing sea­son be­gins,” said Water­ville

Work to en­large the pump ex­pected to be­gin at the end of March and the mark­ers where the fil­tra­tion plant is to be built in Water­ville have been put up. “We’re putting in a nano-fil­tra­tion sys­tem which will fil­ter out cyano-bac­te­ria. We were pro­tected from that be­fore me­tres deep, but the government is tight­en­ing the norms.”

An­other main project in the mu­nic­i­pal­ity also re­volves around water: the im­prove­ment of the water sys­tem in the hous­ing project known as Earl­stown, is a water distri­bu­tion prob­lem.

The town fi­nal­ized its Strate­gic Plan last Au­gust fol­low­ing an ini­tial, wellat­tended town meet­ing. The main pri­or­i­ties that the new com­mit­tee will work on are: pre­serve and high­light the ter­ri­tory’s nat­u­ral, ru­ral char­ac­ter; im­prove qual­ity of life; in­crease the town’s vis­i­bil­ity; make Water­ville a “Sher­brooke sub­urb of choice”; cre­ate a dy­namic ur­ban cen­tre; eco­nomic devel­op­ment; and de­velop Water­ville as a tourist des­ti­na­tion. “Res­i­dents said

they’d like a place where they can walk near the river and we have a project to fin­ish paint­ing the water tower,” men­tioned Mrs. Bruun about some spe­cific changes that some res­i­dents would like.

Mrs. Bruun was happy to an­nounce that the Me­dieval Camp will be re­turn­ing to the Val Estrie lo­ca­tion in June. “Lots of vol­un­teers from the town worked hard on this, al­most the whole town got in­volved. We had over two thou­sand vis­i­tors last year and we’re hop­ing to dou­ble the at­ten­dance this year.”

A grow­ing mu­nic­i­pal - dences were built, some in the vil­lage and oth­ers along the high­way. A group of de­vel­op­ers are also look­ing into build­ing a new devel­op­ment of en­vi­ron­men­tally friendly, LEED cer­ti­fied homes in Water­ville.

Although she’s en­joy­ing her ten­ure as mayor of this mu­nic­i­pal­ity, Mrs. Bruun will not be run­ning “Be­cause of my age, I’ve de­cided not to run; four years is a long time to com­mit,” com­mented the mayor who plans to re­tire from mu­nic­i­pal pol­i­tics, con­tinue with her vol­un­teer work with such or­ga­ni­za­tions as the hospi­tal in Coat­i­cook where she sits on the Board of Direc­tors. “I was a coun­cilor for many years but as the mayor you’re closer to ev­ery­thing – it’s very in­ter­est­ing and re­ward­ing. You can’t get ev­ery­thing done that you want…And now that we have a Strate­gic Plan, it’s hard to leave things as they are just be­gin­ning to hap­pen. But some­one else will take over.”

A School held the open­ing cer­e­mony for its an­nual Model Par­lia­ment, yes­ter­day, in front of stu­dents, par­ents and mem­bers of the com­mu­nity in the li­brary. Model Par­lia­ment is a com­po­nent of the school’s En­riched Cana­dian Stud­ies Pro­gram which gives stu­dents the op­por­tu­nity to learn how par­lia­ment works and learn about im­por­tant is­sues of the day which are in­tro­duced, through the tabling of bills, and then de­bated on by the stu­dents.

It must have been an es­pe­cially mean­ing­ful edi­tion for re­tir­ing His­tory teacher Mor­gan Quinn, who has worked on this - tive for 27 years. “I spoke about this pro­gram and where it came from. It was be­gun by Cameron Roger and, soon af­ter, Janet An­grave joined in; she taught me the ropes. I’ve ac­tu­ally worked with six dif­fer­ent English teach­ers on this project over the years. It’s been a plea­sure for me to carry it on,” said Mr. Quinn in an in­ter­view with the Stanstead Jour­nal.

“We had a spec­tac­u­lar open­ing cer­e­mony that went tremen­dously well,” con­tin­ued Mr. Quinn. Dr. John Ber­tram, a former teacher who holds sev­eral univer­sity de­grees year in a row. Dr. Ber­tram de­liv­ered the Speech from the Throne which was writ­ten for him by the stu­dent play­ing the role of Prime Min­is­ter: Court­ney Burn­ham. The other stu­dents who have taken on the main roles for this ex­er­cise in par­lia­men­tary pro­ce­dure and democ­racy were Kyle Tye, play Jas­mine Aldrich play­ing the Lib­eral leader. With fe­males in two of the three top po­si­tions in this pseudo par­lia­ment, one can only won­der if it is an in­di­ca­tion of what the fu­ture might hold. Be­sides his speech, Dr. Ber­tram spoke about why Model Par­lia­ment is im­por­tant and, in­ter­est­ingly enough, how many of the words used in par­lia­ment come from the French lan­guage.

Con­sta­ble Kevin Richard, of the was a spe­cial guest and spoke to the crowd about how he ben­e­fit­ted from the Model Par­lia­ment pro­gram and how it was in­stru­men­tal in his ca­reer choice. He also spoke about the Cana­dian Char­ter of Rights and Free­dom.

Stanstead MP, Jean Rousseau, was an­other spe­cial guest who spoke to the stu­dents about how im­por­tant it was to learn about pol­i­tics and how that was part of be­ing a re­spon­si­ble cit­i­zen. “It was an hon­our to be with th­ese young peo­ple who are ready to learn about how par­lia­ment works; in my youth we didn’t have any op­por­tu­ni­ties like that. They will be able to ap­ply what they learn here to work they might do in their com­mu­ni­ties, also,” com­mented Mr. Rousseau af­ter yes­ter­day morn­ing’s ses­sion. He spoke to the stu­dents about the chal­lenges in front of them: a world econ­omy in tran­si­tion; the de­cline of democ­racy; the re­tir­ing of the baby boomers; and en­vi­ron­men­tal is­sues. “You are the fu­ture and I’m op­ti­mistic about the fu­ture be­cause of you,” he told them, echo­ing the late Jack Lay­ton’s words that with “Love, hope and op­ti­mism, maybe we can change the world.” “I hope they will in­vite me again to Model Par­lia­ment and that this tra­di­tion con­tin­ues. It’s very help­ful for our youth to un­der­stand the world to­day; pol­i­tics is ev­ery­thing.” The stu­dents of this en­riched English/ His­tory course will be Mr. Rousseau’s guests at Par­lia­ment Hill for two days in April.

The ses­sions of Model Par­lia­ment will con­tinue for this class un­til the Easter break, one bill be­ing pre­sented and de­bated in each class. “The is­sues be­ing de­bated this year are re­lated to the en­vi­ron­ment, de­fence, for­eign af­fairs, na­tives and jus­tice,” con­cluded Mr. Quinn who teaches the English/His­tory course along with Jeanne Clavel.

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