Sustainable Development in the Memphremagog MRC
Recently,the Memphremagog MRC published its list of achievements for the year 2013 under its Plan d’action en environnement 2011-2015 and its Plan de gestion des matieres residuelles (PGMR) 2013-2018.
The actions covered many themes such as the protection of the environment, sensitizing citizens and the treatment of waste material. “By their innovative nature, some of the projects drew attention to the MRC,” commented Lisette Maillé , the mayor of Austin and the president of the MRC’s sustainable development committee. “Worth mentioning was Operation papier carton, whose second phase included both a tour of elementary school classes in the region and a virtual Holiday greeting card contest,” added Ms. Maillé.
The committee’s president also highlighted the work to revise the PGMR, begun in March of 2012. “As recently announced, our revised PGMR is the first to come into effect in Quebec. I am particularly proud of the sustained efforts of the team and of the leadership,” she said.
The following is a resumé of different projects realized by the MRC during the last year.
Water Samples from Tributaries: Samples were taken at fifty stations during the summer of 2013. Two new creeks were studied: a tributary of lake Stukely (the mountain creek) and the Grass creek in St-Etienne de Bolton, a tributary of the Missisquoi North River.
Distribution of shrubs: For a seventh year, the MRC coordinated two orders of shrubs. Five kinds of hardy and beneficial species were offered to be planted along waterside properties. Eleven municipali-
TheRendez-vous: emploi et formation activities that took place in the Memphremagog MRC between April 2nd and the 16th were a success, attracting almost 600 participants to the job salons and workshops etc.
The panel of employers and job seekers and the job seekers breakfast were two wellappreciated activities with 44 and 25 participants respectively. With its new formula, the Salon de l’emploi had 275 people visiting the 20 kiosks on site or checking the Mur de l’emploi where 100 CV’s were collected. During the Salon, about thirty people attended the conference called Comment reprendre du pouvoir sur sa recherche d’emploi, presented by CORE. During the Rendez-vous activities, 22 people received training about preparing CV’s and preparing for an interview as well as taking part in fieldwork with the City of Magog and the CSSS Memphremagog. The conference about mental health in the workplace, for employers in the region, was attended by eighteen employers. There were a few bilingual or English language activities like practice interviews, an English panel of employers and a bilingual ‘5 a 7’.
All these activities had as their goal to invigorate training and employment in the Memphremagog MRC. “This year, we had two weeks of activities instead of a month and the formula worked well. There were about the same number of participants as last year. The variety of proposed activities was helpful for job seekers or those looking for schooling or training to learn about the services available for them,” commented the director of Carrefour Jeunesse-Emploi Memphremagog (CJE), Josee Boily.
The activities were an initiative of the CJE Memphremagog, in collaboration with Emploi Quebec Estrie and the CLE of Magog, the town of Stanstead, the SARCA of the CS des Sommets, the Centre d’orientation et de recherche d’emploi de l’Estrie (CORE), the Memphremagog CLD, the City of Magog, CEDEC, the Table de developpement social Memphremagog, Trav-Action, Job Links, and the Township of Potton.
ties took part and 2,927 shrubs were distributed in 2013. Citizens interested in ordering shrubs this year can contact their municipalities now.
Information pamphlets: Three French language pamphlets were published in 2013: La plantation de feuilles nobles, Les animaux sauvages et domestiques – Visiteurs impromptu, and Nettoyer sans polluer. Copies of those can be found on the internet site of the MRC and through town halls.
Repertoire of local food producers: To promote buying locally, a list of more than sixty local food producers can be found at mrcmemphremagog.com/repertoire.
Invasive species and protecting waterways: An information session was organized to raise awareness about the dangers or invasive species and the importance of boatwashing and other activities.
Information Kiosks: For the third year in a row, of team of environmental counsellors travelled the territory during the summer participating in municipal events and meeting and speaking with more than 950 people.
Operation papier carton: Information about recycling and consequences related to the consumption of paper products.
School tours: An animator visited 40 classes to talk to children about recycling and reducing paper and cardboard consumption. The students were also invited to create a piece of art from recycled materials for a contest.
Guide for managing waste materials: A document, found on the MRC’s website under Matieres residuelles, was created to help people manage their household wastes more effectively.
A panel of employers spoke with job seekers during the job/training salon.