What a mess

Stanstead Journal - - FORUM - Ma­gog

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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