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guess is that the com­bined au­di­ence of CJMQ and CIDI, the lo­cal com­mu­nity English ra­dio sta­tions, is dead last in the rat­ings in the Town­ships.

That both ex­ist is proof that some­thing is amiss in the An­glo­phone com­mu­nity’s per­cep­tion of what they are. Sorry, but this is not Grav­el­bourg in Saskatchewan. There are at least ten English speak­ing Cana­dian ra­dio sta­tions avail­able here plus the same num­ber from the USA. And there are lit­er­ally hun­dreds of English tele­vi­sion sig­nals avail­able by cable or satel­lite.

CIDI, fresh from a bank­ruptcy, is an anom­aly that is un­ac­cept­able. That the CRTC has the gall to give a bilin­gual li­cense in Que­bec may please some in the An­glo­phone com­mu­nity who see that as a vic­tory for bilin­gual­ism; it is seen in the French com­mu­nity quite dif­fer­ently. That it went belly up is proof that it is a doomed con­cept.

What would make sense is a stronger CJMQ, us­ing both of its trans­mit­ters with a satel­lite op­er­a­tion in Cowansville. What would make even more sense is for the new Lib­eral gov­ern­ment to let the mi­nor­ity lan­guage as­so­ci­a­tions across Canada op­er­ate their pub­lic ra­dio and tele­vi­sion sta­tions in their own lan­guage with the as­so­ci­ated bud­get. With the CBC keep­ing the news op­er­a­tion.

Then the Toronto cen­tric CBC could get some orig­i­nal pro­gram­ming that would re­flect the re­al­ity of to­day’s English Que­bec. That would be a rev­o­lu­tion in it­self. Mind you, com­pared to Ra­dioCanada, the CBC looks like the most de­cen­tral­ized broad­caster on the planet.

On the ra­dio, the CBC does a rather good job. On TV, it is just a lit­tle less of a dis­as­ter than Ra­dio-Canada.

It is not as if we were in the 1950’s. To­day, a ra­dio sta­tion is noth­ing less than a mid-range com­puter with a bet­ter sound card and freely avail­able soft­ware run­ning the whole show. And a tele­vi­sion sta­tion runs on a higher end com­puter. Your smart­phone has a cam­era that is about 100 times bet­ter than a broad­cast cam­era a decade old. As a mat­ter of fact, that black and white cam­era of the 50’s can buy you a fully equipped tele­vi­sion stu­dio to­day. That’s how far $25,000 can go.

But this is the CBC/Ra­dio-Canada world. Give the money to the mi­nor­ity lan­guage or­gan­i­sa­tions across the coun­try and let’s see how far the same amount of money would go.

So com­ing back home. The Town­ship­pers’ must come to re­al­ize that hav­ing two com­mu­nity sta­tions is sui­ci­dal. Only by hav­ing ONE sta­tion and see­ing to it that it is well funded will en­sure its sur­vival. If not, we are afraid that CJMQ, which is do­ing a good job with the ex­ist­ing resources, will fol­low CIDI. From left to right: Trea­surer at the Fon­da­tion Estri­enne en En­vi­ron­nement and As­so­ciate at RCGT; Pres­i­dent of Ap­palachian Cor­ri­dor’s Board of Di­rec­tors; Mem­ber of the Na­tional As­sem­bly for Saint-François; and Mayor of Water­ville.

Cor­ri­dor dis­tin­guished it­self at the last Gala des prix d’ex­cel­lence of the Fon­da­tion Estri­enne en En­vi­ron­nement. The cer­e­mony took place on Oc­to­ber 27 at the Delta Sher­brooke with over 350 peo­ple from the en­vi­ron­men­tal sec­tor.

Cor­ri­dor was awarded a prize in the En­vi­ron­men­tal or Non-Profit Group cat­e­gory for its ef­forts pro­tect­ing bio­di­ver­sity and nat­u­ral ar­eas in the Ap­palachi­ans of South­ern Que­bec, more specif­i­cally for its work on the iden­ti­fi­ca­tion and pro­tec­tion of the re­gion’s eco­log­i­cal net­work, i.e. the large for­est blocks on our ter­ri­tory of ac­tion and nat­u­ral cor­ri­dors link­ing them. Th­ese nat­u­ral links be­tween large for­est blocks are cru­cial for wildlife move­ments and the sur­vival of many wild species in­clud­ing wide-rang­ing mam­mals such as Black Bear, Moose, Bob­cat or Fisher. “For the last 13 years, Ap­palachian Cor­ri­dor worked re­ally hard to pro­tect the East­ern Town­ships’ great­est trea­sures: our nat­u­ral ar­eas, bio­di­ver­sity and in­spir­ing land­scapes. It is a real hon­our to re­ceive this recog­ni­tion from our peers. Rest as­sured that we will con­tinue to work with the same pas­sion and en­sure fu­ture gen­er­a­tions will also ben­e­fit from this ex­cep­tional en­vi­ron­ment. “

More­over the late Terri Mon­a­han, co­founder of the or­ga­ni­za­tion, re­ceived posthu­mously an award for her per­sonal con­tri­bu­tion. Marie-José Au­clair, pres­i­dent of Ap­palachian Cor­ri­dor‘s Board of Di­rec­tors, paid trib­ute to Ms. Mon­a­han: “Vi­sion­ary and avant-garde environmentalist, Terri un­der­stood the im­por­tance of pro­tect­ing nat­u­ral ar­eas long be­fore we even talked about bio­di­ver­sity and cli­mate change. She was a hard worker, pas­sion­ate about na­ture and had an ex­tra­or­di­nary drive. With­out her, there is no way we could have pro­tected so many hectares of nat­u­ral ar­eas in the Green Moun­tains of South­ern Que­bec. On be­half of Ap­palachian Cor­ri­dor and its part­ners and on be­half of fu­ture gen­er­a­tions, I thank you very much Terri.” Ap­palachian Cor­ri­dor was proud to put for­ward Ms. Mon­a­han’s ap­pli­ca­tion to the jury.

Thanks to Ap­palachian Cor­ri­dor’s and its part­ners’ ef­forts, the ter­ri­tory cur­rently counts more than 12,500 hectares of pri­vate lands pro­tected in per­pe­tu­ity. Not only do th­ese habi­tats play a vi­tal role in the sur­vival of the plant and wildlife species that make up the ter­ri­tory’s bio­di­ver­sity, they also pro­vide es­sen­tial eco­log­i­cal ser­vices and host eco­tourism ac­tiv­i­ties such as hik­ing and wildlife watch­ing. Up un­til now, Ap­palachian Cor­ri­dor’s mis­sion had mostly been fi­nanced by pub­lic grants and do­na­tions from pri­vate foun­da­tions. To­day, our ac­tiv­i­ties have grown to the point that we need new fi­nanc­ing resources. Ap­palachian Cor­ri­dor is there­fore reach­ing out to in­di­vid­u­als, busi­nesses and other in­ter­est groups to pur­sue its con­ser­va­tion ac­tiv­i­ties. To con­trib­ute to our projects, visit cam­pagne.cor­ri­do­rap­palachien.ca.

De­nis Poirier, Marie-José Au­clair,

Nathalie Dupuis,

Guy Hardy,

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