Cats get a free life (for a year)

Stanstead Journal - - NEWS - Staff Stanstead Town­ships

In a ‘rene­go­ti­a­tion’ of the con­tract be­tween the SPA and Stanstead Town­ship, cats will get a free li­cence, with a medal, for the first year, then half price for the sec­ond and will have to pay the full bur­den on the third year. Dogs, who seem to have been bark­ing up the wrong tree, will get no such dis­count and will have to pay the full amount start­ing this year. And all of this will be done vol­un­tar­ily as cit­i­zens will have to re­port their an­i­mals to the SPA them­selves af­ter they re­ceive a let­ter from the SPA.

While this didn’t to­tally sat­isfy those who are against the de­ci­sion to con­tract with the SPA, it paci­fied most of them. But chances are that the con­tract will, once again, come un­der fire when it goes to re­newal in less than a year.

Af­ter years of ser­vice as Fire Chief, Mr. Alex Ber­nais will re­tire. He has been with the force in var­i­ous ca­pac­i­ties for around 30 years. The mu­nic­i­pal­ity will hon­our him some­time this fall. This brought ques­tion­ing from the au­di­ence who won­dered why a com­mit­tee of Coun­cil will choose the next chief. “Why not let the fire­men chose their own chief?” asked a cit­i­zen.

Speak­ing with this news­pa­per af­ter the meet­ing, a coun­cil­lor won­dered why the cats and dogs got most of our at­ten­tion while the ex­cel­lent fi­nan­cial state of the Town­ship barely was men­tioned. Our an­swer was sim­ply that we had not wit­nessed so much emo­tion over our years of stew­ard­ship of this news­pa­per. And emo­tions are much more in­ter­est­ing than sta­tis­tics; they are a much truer re­flec­tion of a com­mu­nity than bare num­bers, ex­cel­lent as they may be.

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Dogs and cats were, once again, on the agenda at Stanstead Town­ship’s last coun­cil meet­ing.

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