Sus­tain­able De­vel­op­ment in the Mem­phrem­a­gog MRC

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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 mr­cmem­phrem­a­­toire.

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.

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