Bluebird Party coming to the Townships
After almost thirty years, the North American Bluebird Society ( NABS), the American conservation and research organization that promotes the recovery of bluebirds and other cavity-nesting birds, is returning to Quebec for their 38th Annual NABS Conference. NABS members will head to the Eastern Townships for a three-day event, from September 17th to the 19th, where they will be joined by local bird enthusiasts for wildlife and cultural tours, presentations by guest speakers and more.
Local ornithologists France and André Dion, who have been active for decades in promoting the return of bluebirds to Quebec, invited the American organization to come to the Eastern Townships for the conference. “In 1987, 28 years ago, we welcomed the members of the North American Bluebird Society for their 10th annual reunion. They enjoyed their visit to Quebec so much that in September they will be here, in Magog, for their 38th annual reunion,” commented France Dion.
The bird-loving visitors from south of the border will stay at Magog’s Hotel Etoile sur le lac and visit local tourist destinations such as St.Benoit-du-lac, Mont Orford and Bleu Lavande where experimental lavender-filled bluebird houses have been installed. Visits to Stanstead’s Granit Central and the Haskell Free Library and Opera House are also being planned. The weekend will end with a visit to the Dion’s bird garden, in Magog, where the focus this summer has been the practise of permaculture.
Speakers include André Dion, author of twenty-five books on the subject of birds, and Research Scientist Dr. Jean-Pierre L. Savard. All presentations and activities will be taking place in English, making this a unique opportunity for local English-speaking birding enthusiasts to take part in the fun and meet other bird watchers.
For more information about the conference or if you would like to attend any or all of the activities, call France Dion before September 9th at 819 8689094. Seen here are, from left to right: Claude Giguere, CRIFA director; Andre Couture, Farmer; the Honorable David Price; Marie-Claude Bibeau; the Honorable Stephane Dion and Gerard Carbonneau, CIARQ president.
Marie-Claude Bibeau makes clear commitments with respect to clean technologies and the agricultural management supply system. It was accompanied by the Honorable Stéphane Dion that Marie-Claude Bibeau firmly committed to support innovation in the agricultural sector and to defend the supply management system presently in effect in Canada.
During a brief visit to the Center for agricultural initiatives - Coaticook region, the Compton-Stanstead Liberal candidate committed to encourage agricultural producers to take the turn towards clean technologies thanks to a $200 million dollar fund which will be dedicated to strategies in environmental innovations notably in agriculture. “The increase in competitiveness of our agricultural producers will be through the integration, within agricultural practices, of technologies which combine performance and respect of the environment” affirms Marie-ClaudeBibeau.
Moreover, the Liberal candidate is convinced that the management supply system is the best way to ensure the durability of agricultural enterprises in Canada. Within the Trans-Pacific Pact (TPP), the conservative government has not even consulted the farming community and leaves hoveringa shadow of a threat that the management supply system could be abandoned. “I understand the farmers’ feeling of insecurity when they see the Harper government jeopardizing the survival of their farms and the maintaining of numerous jobs” adds Marie-Claude Bibeau.
The Honorable Stéphane Dion insures that farmers will be heard and their interests defended by a Liberal government. “The Liberal Party of Canada is determined to negotiate free-trade agreements beneficial for the Canadian economy while still presenting a clear position in the preservation of the management supply system. The will of the Liberal Party of Canada has always been to collaborate with the Government of Quebec and those of other provinces in this major issue” maintains the outgoing Liberal Member of Parliament for Saint-Laurent-Cartierville.
Production under the supply management system contributes close to 30 billion dollars to the GDP and in excess of 200,000 jobs directly or indirectly while allowing other countries access to Canada’s internal market.
“I consider that our party’s position and that of our leader Justin Trudeau is the one that best answers the expectations of the ComptonStanstead farmers and producers” concluded MarieClaude Bibeau.
Justin Trudeau, has chosen Marie-Claude Bibeau to be part of his solid economic team. The Liberal candidate for the county of Compton – Stanstead sees in this nomination a mark of confidence by her leader as well as recognition of her expertise in economic development. “For the past sixteen years I have been involved in the development of my region and job creation in the Compton – Stanstead riding. Justin Trudeau’s choice honours me” comments Marie-Claude Bibeau.