Fermières get $1000
The Cercle des Fermières is a century old institution in Quebec. Like the Women’s Institute, it was formed to empower women in rural areas. It’s a Canadian invention that spread to England in 1915 at the same time that the first Quebec chapter of the Cercle was founded.
They were mostly invisible in Stanstead till last fall when the building that housed them was sold for $10,000 (no typo) by the MRC. Their small, tranquil world was set upside down. They would have to pay a rent from now on. All Cercles in Quebec are hosted for free by their municipalities. So they came to council to get some money. They first offered $200! Then receded into caucus to come back with a $500 offer. Well, the ladies know that in Deal or No Deal, the bank can always offer more. So another caucus and they came back with an offer of $1,000. That they accepted. Per Capita this is lower than what Odgen and Stanstead East is giving.
While not talked about at the meeting publicly, it should bring council to reflect on the real amounts given to various organisations in town. Most of the sports organizations need huge infrastructures that are not accounted for in the money given to them, while the Cercle and others’ infrastructure costs are not accounted for. All municipalities should start thinking along these lines.
The Cercle’s saga was the high point of the evening. A slew of resolutions will see tariff hikes next month, including charges for the town pins and various permits. And dog and cat owners will see their pet’s licenses getting more expensive. The mayor cut short a discussion on when raccoons and squirrels will have to be licensed, after all, there are a lot more of them than canines and felines. Even if in the Beebe sector of town there seems to be a lot of stray cats.
Speaking on behalf of the Cercle des Fermières: Marcelle Gaudreau.
And finally Councillor Nicholas Ouellet has his name in front of him.