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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,