Blue­bird Party com­ing to the Town­ships

Stanstead Journal - - FORUM - Vic­to­ria Vanier

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.

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