En­vi­ron­ment Min­is­ter tours Town­ships

Stanstead Journal - - NEWS - Vic­to­ria Vanier

Que­be­cen­vi­ron­ment Min­is­ter David Heur­tel ( Devel­oppe­ment durable, de l’En­vi­ron­nement et de la Lutte con­tre les change­ments cli­mac­tiques) was in the Eastern Town­ships last week where he met more than 200 peo­ple from five dif­fer­ent rid­ings as well as the mem­bers of six en­vi­ron­men­tal or­ga­ni­za­tions.

“This tour of the Estrie was inspiring. I was im­pressed by the in­no­va­tion of its cit­i­zens. All th­ese projects and ini­tia­tives go­ing on in the re­gion play an im­por­tant role at a time when we must favour sus­tain­able devel­op­ment in the econ­omy. I salute the in­volve­ment of the peo­ple who we have vis­ited. The en­vi­ron­men­tal chal­lenges that we must face are big. Ev­ery ges­ture is im­por­tant. To­gether we can make a dif­fer­ence and build a healthy and sus­tain­able planet for our chil­dren,” com­mented Min­is­ter Heur­tel.

At the be­gin­ning of the tour, in the of­fice of Or­ford MNA Pierre Reid, the Min­is­ter met with the As­so­ci­a­tion pour la pro­tec­tion de lac Parker, MRC rep­re­sen­ta­tives, Bo­re­alis di­rec­tors and the As­so­ci­a­tion pour la preser­va­tion du lac Ma­gog.

In the af­ter­noon, it was the stu­dents of du Tri­o­let who hosted the Min­is­ter along with Sher­brooke MNA Luc Fortin and St. Fran­cois MNA Guy Hardy. The stu­dents pre­sented their “Planter de l’air pur en Estrie” project.

In Coat­i­cook, The Min­is­ter vis­ited the Res­sourcerie des fron­tieres and spoke with the or­gan­is­ers of that valu­able ser­vice which was a fi­nal­ist for the Phenix de l’en­vi­ron­nement award in 2014. This so­cial econ­omy busi­ness shows how it is pos­si­ble to rec­on­cile sus­tain­able devel­op­ment and eco­nomic stim­u­la­tion by con­tribut­ing to the re­duc­tion of waste ma­te­rial go­ing to the dump and cre­at­ing sus­tain­able em­ploy­ment.

The Min­is­ter fin­ished his tour in Lac Me­gan­tic.

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