decades it was a top selling game, build your own city and either see it prosper or go into oblivion. Towns come and go. Rock Island was, for a couple of years in its early existence, a tad bigger than Sherbrooke. Should we remind all that Rock Island was first named Kilborn’s Mills, in honour of one of the two men who bought land here, later Colonel Charles Kilborn along with Isaac Ogden. They built a canal, now completely covered, and the parcel of land that was formed rapidly changed its name to Rock Island.
Seems that the only remaining ‘souvenir’ of the time is the fact that Kilborn grew hemp for a while. Making rope.
When you play Simcity, you have to be careful: spend too much and be doomed, or too little and be doomed as well. Then outside forces set in and you can either boom or bust.
Let’s be honest, that the local supermarket downgraded its banner is not a positive sign. Neither is the latest decision by a formerly locally controlled financial institution to slim down to one location and that one remove one of the ATMs.
That we can no longer count for the full time services of a local economic development officer is not good either. This is a job that takes time to mature and some ‘money’. Both Burlington and Plattsburg seem to be spending more on promoting their town as a ‘gateway’ to the USA than all local budgets in Quebec put together. So we can guess that it would take a couple of years to know enough about the local industries, its manpower, the plusses and the minuses to be effective. This is not a short term endeavour; the real results are seen at a minimum on a five year timeframe. Guess what happened to the last one? Complete waste of money. When she was finally able to really start working, gone.
This towns needs more than pipe dreams, saviours coming here to redo our town from top to bottom, bringing back the glory days of Butterfield and Spencer. And why not, if only ’50 Shades of Grey’ could bring back the whip industry to its former glory, after all we were once the whip capital of the Commonwealth. Or maybe the federal government should mandate that all cars sold in Canada carry one, after all, Ottawa still uses horsepower as a measure.
This town and the whole region needs a reality check and fast. We are letting go to waste what we know best, dealing with the biggest market on earth. We are quite sure that if we were to explore seriously the ‘gateway’ option that in a couple of years we would have a couple hundred jobs in that sector. Not the best paying ones maybe, but steady employment at reasonable wages. That we don’t have a single call centre in town is a mystery that never ceases to amaze us.
So we need to act and fast. Budget wisely and for the long term, then if a subsidy is gone, the job is still there. Restarting the process is time consuming and unproductive. The stop and go approach is costing too much to be repeated.
Marchis Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month. The Canadian Cancer Society (CCS) would like to take the opportunity to press the government for the speedy implementation of the Programme uébécois de dépistage du cancer colorectal (PQDCCR), which was promised a few years ago. In the next few months, the CCS would like Minister Barrette to commit to presenting a clear timetable and confirm the continued funding of its implementation.
Colorectal cancer is the second leading cause of cancer-related deaths in Quebec. It kills more men and women than prostate and breast cancers combined. “Every day, 19 Quebecers are diagnosed with colorectal cancer and seven die from it. Between 230 and 275 lives could be saved each year if at least one in two Quebecers aged between 50 and 74 took a fecal occult blood test every two years. In 2010, the CCS welcomed the government’s decision to put in place the PQDCCR. Five years later, we are asking the government to guarantee timely access to the program because there is an urgent need to act,” says Suzanne Dubois, Executive Director, CCS – Quebec Division.
Over the past few years, important work was carried out in eight health institutions (pilot projects), which helped cut down the waiting lists for colonoscopy, standardize the practice and upgrade endoscopy units. The CCS wants pilot project evaluation reports to be made public so that we can assess where we are and what still remains to be done.
“The absence of an organized screening program for colorectal cancer is responsible for difficult treatments that could for the most part be avoided when the disease is detected early. Not to mention that screening can help prevent cancers even before they develop,” says Mélanie Champagne, Director, Public Issues, CCS – Quebec Division.
Apart from Quebec, all other Canadian provinces have colorectal cancer screening programs and in many cases, they are operational and offered to everybody in the target group. Currently, access to colorectal cancer screening is uneven for the 2 million Quebecers who could benefit from it. Without an organized program, a doctor’s prescription is required for a colorectal cancer screening test. But in a region like Montreal, three in ten people don’t have a family doctor.
“The CCS is worried that many Quebecers run the risk of being diagnosed with colon cancer too late. It hopes that the PQDCCR will be a reality in Quebec within the next few years,” adds Ms. Dubois. “Until then, the CCS encourages people aged between 50 and 74 to talk to a healthcare professional about undergoing a colorectal cancer screening test. It’s a move that could save lives.”
Every day, the Canadian Cancer Society works to save more lives. With the support of thousands of Quebecers, donors and volunteers, we fight to prevent more cancers, enable our researchers to make more discoveries and help more people touched by the disease. Let’s save more lives. Visit or call us at 1 888 939-3333.