A plan for Ma­gog youth

Stanstead Journal - - FORUM - Ma­gog

The Regie de po­lice Mem­phrem­a­gog (RPM) along with the Es­pace Je­unesse com­mit­tee mem­bers have an­nounced some first steps that will be taken this sum­mer to re­spond to the needs ex­pressed by Ma­gog youth.

Guy Roy, the RPM Di­rec­tor, ex­plained: “The idea to cre­ate a com­mit­tee came nat­u­rally. Re­la­tions be­tween youth and the po­lice are not al­ways easy be­cause there is a cer­tain amount of mis­un­der­stand­ing when it comes to the needs of the youth and the role of the po­lice. Also, the youth in Ma­gog are hav­ing a hard time find­ing a place for them­selves. Fol­low­ing cer­tain com­plaints from res­i­dents and busi­ness own­ers, they feel like they are al­ways a nui­sance and that they have no of­fi­cial area where they can get to­gether.”

The com­mit­tee has al­ready met three times and cer­tain pi­lot projects have al­ready be­gun or will be re­al­ized this sum­mer. They are: long­boards and skate­boards will be per­mit­ted on the bike path be­tween the skate park and

MacDon­ald’s Restau­rant; the skate park will be open longer in the sum­mer, un­til 11:00 pm on Thurs­days, Fridays and Satur­days; a gath­er­ing place called the “Chill­ing Spot” will be tol­er­ated at Merry Point; the Equipe Ressources Re­lais will ad­just its hours to bet­ter serve its youth­ful clien­tele; the Ca­bana park­ing lot will be free to youth with Ma­gog cit­i­zen cards.

“Dur­ing the com­mu­nity’s strate­gic plan­ning ses­sion, sec­ondary 5 stu­dents were met with and many of them ex­pressed how they didn’t feel wel­come in Ma­gog and there was no “Chill­ing Spot” for them,” ex­plained Mayor Vicki May Hamm. “As a mother of four young adults, I know the re­al­ity of our youth. The time has come for us to find sim­ple so­lu­tions to send them a pos­i­tive mes­sage.”

Photo cour­tesy

A new com­mit­tee in Ma­gog has ini­ti­ated sev­eral pi­lot projects to make Ma­gog youth feel more wel­come.

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