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