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.