Fer­mières get $1000

Stanstead Journal - - FRONT PAGE - Staff Stanstead

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.

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Speak­ing on be­half of the Cer­cle des Fer­mières: Mar­celle Gau­dreau.

And fi­nally Coun­cil­lor Ni­cholas Ouel­let has his name in front of him.

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