What a mess
We are the only newspaper covering municipal politics in the old-fashioned way: showing up at meetings once in a while and not only when called to promote some beef with City Hall by ‘concerned citizens.’ Most being close friends of whoever reports the story.
We would have missed last Monday’s Stanstead farce if the coin had flipped to North Hatley! We have limited resources, as you all know.
As in all farces, the funny ones are those who end. This one is not.
First things first: The museum is not an example of transparency. We will let others discuss governance and administration. The Stanstead Journal is a communications business and never in the history of this newspaper have we ever received a press release advising us of the date of a board meeting or the annual assembly. Nor were we advised of the election of one Phillipe Dutil as president of the not for profit organisation.
We write ‘one Phillipe Dutil’ because the same human being is also the Mayor of Stanstead.
And we don’t care. We would not even care if he defended the Museum and its entities at the council table. As long as doesn’t preside it.
In a radio interview, the mayor admits to a conflict of interest, again we don’t care.
We don’t care because apart from the obvious glory of being the President of the Museum, something to be so proud of that the Museum didn’t see fit to send a press release to the media, the ‘one Phillipe Dutil’ will not benefit one wee bit in any way, shape or form, from the office. Well, we guess that he goes in free; let’s call UPAC.
What we care about is a semblance of following well-established rules of parliamentary behaviour. We are not asking that a mayor be like the Speaker of the House of Parliament, unable to utter any opinion on any matter. We know the difference between ‘de facto’ and ‘de jure’. In the latter, a mayor cannot even present a motion!
The sorry fact is that we were not able to ascertain who chaired that meeting. The ‘one Phillipe Dutil’ or ‘Phillipe Dutil mayor’? A fact brought up by this newspaper twice during the brouhaha that passed as a democratic exercise.
For us it is clearly a case of once too often putting a shadow on the almost quarter of a century of services of Phillipe Dutil. There is nothing shameful about expressing his regrets on the mess that he created and that threatens a worthwhile project, located where it is now or better elsewhere. Circling around the issue as he did on Sherbrooke’s Cogeco radio station is not the style that we have seen him put forward over the years. He should take notice, now.
Memphremagog Conservation Inc’s lake patrol began its summer patrols on Lake Memphremagog. The patrol is on the lake 7 days a week from May to September to monitor water quality. They can be reached by telephone, text or video message at 819-620-3939 or by email at patrol@memphremagog. org.
Anaïs Messier, patroller in 2014 and 2015, returns as coordinator of the patrol this year. Anaïs completed her Bachelor’s degree in Environment at the Centre for Environment and Sustainable Development at the University of Sherbrooke in 2014. The other team members are Mr. Santiago Doyon, student in Biology at the University of Sherbrooke, and Mr. Louis- Philippe Cyr, final year student in the Bachelor of Environment program at the University of Sherbrooke.
The patrol is at the service of the area population for all questions related to the environment. As well as educating residents on proper lakeside environmental practices, they will be monitoring the lake, shoreline and tributaries for blue-green algae, excessive sedimentation, erosion, work on the shore, tree cutting, etc. They also carry out a number of water sampling campaigns for the provincial environment
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