Sherbrooke denounces Charlie Hebdo shootings
TheCity of Sherbrooke was flying its flag at halfmast last week, in reaction to the horrific shootings at the headquarters of France’s satirical magazine, Charlie Hebdo.
“As a democratic government, we cannot stay silent when faced with the gravity and atrocity of such a gesture. This act of extreme barbarism against the press and the freedom of expression goes beyond understanding,” commented the president of the City’s executive committee, Serge Paquin.
“In the name of mayor Bernard Sevigny, the members of the municipal council and the Sherbrooke population, I’d like to express our complete indignation as well as our complete solidarity towards the people of France and the families who have been affected,” he added.
A vigil took place at Cathedrale St-Michel on Saturday evening, in Sherbrooke, following a request by France’s Honorary Consul in the Estrie, Francois Gitzhofer, and Robert Groulx who was representing Canadian Veterans. The inter-faith service was conducted by Mgr. Luc Cyr along with representatives from other religions.
People who attended the event were able to sign a public registry of condolences and about four hundred candles were handed out by local Veterans.
Workis progressing well on the Massawippi Valley Health Centre, the health cooperative located in downtown Ayer’s Cliff which is expected to open in the spring. “The physical space is almost complete. We have a reception area, a central area with a secretary and six examination rooms. There is also a corridor that goes to a seminar room,” said Carol Mooney, a member of the volunteer committee working