Em­ploy­ment rate sta­ble in July

Stanstead Journal - - NEWS - Vic­to­ria Vanier

most re­cent em­ploy­ment sta­tis­tics pub­lished by Sta­tis­tics Canada show that the Que­bec labour mar­ket is rel­a­tively sta­ble. We see a net im­prove­ment in the pri­vate sec­tor with the cre­ation of more than 26,000 jobs and a pro­gres­sion among young peo­ple aged fif­teen to twenty-four with a gain of al­most 11,000 jobs. The un­em­ploy­ment rate, dur­ing the month of July, was sta­ble at 8.1%.

“Dur­ing the com­ing years, the labour mar­ket will see growth in all the re­gions. Ac­cord­ing to the fore­casts by Em­ploiQue­bec, 725,000 po­si­tions will be avail­able from now un­til 2017 and more than half will be oc­cu­pied by work­ers less than twen­ty­five years of age who have not yet en­tered the work­force,” said the Min­is­ter of Em­ploy­ment and so­cial sol­i­dar­ity, Fran­cois Blais.

“We are con­fi­dent that the govern­ment’s con­certed ef­forts, com­bined with the eco­nomic re­cov­ery in the United States, will stim­u­late em­ploy­ment in Que­bec. All of our ef­forts are di­rected in this di­rec­tion, no­tably with the in­crease in in­vest­ment in in­fra­struc­tures, the re­duc­tion of bud­gets and a rig­or­ous con­trol of pub­lic fi­nances,” added the Min­is­ter of Fi­nance, Car­los Leitao.

“Our or­nitho­log­i­cal mu­seum is tak­ing flight!” In 1996, we do­nated our per­sonal or­nitho­log­i­cal col­lec­tion amassed over many decades (val­ued at over $125,000) to the Cen­tre de l’Oie Blanche in Mont­magny, Que­bec. Last Novem­ber, a friend in­formed us that the Fon­da­tion pour la préser­va­tion de la faune et de la cul­ture de Mont­magny (Cen­tre de l’Oie Blanche) had closed its doors with­out even no­ti­fy­ing us de­spite the con­tract link­ing our two en­ti­ties. An­dré and I have ar­ranged to trans­fer what is left to the Balu­chon Éco-Vil­lé­gia­ture of Saint-Paulin, nes­tled in the La Mauricie wilder­ness in North­ern Que­bec. With the help of our friends, we plan to re­build our or­nitho­log­i­cal mu­seum. Re­gret­tably, the most beau­ti­ful spec­i­mens, the rarest and dear­est pieces are all miss­ing---nowhere to be found: a 108 room purple martin bird­house of­fered by the Trapists Monks of Oka, pe­riod tre­buchets bird-trap, a col­lec­tion of bird eggs gath­ered by An­dré when he was 17 years old (75 years ago!) thanks to a spe­cial gov­ern­men­tal per­mit, and many other rar­i­ties...miss­ing...gone!

There was so much wealth in this col­lec­tion, and it sad­dens us to see in this day and age peo­ple who have no aware­ness of the im­por­tance of cul­tural

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