City will try to keep lake clean

Stanstead Journal - - NEWS - Sher­brooke

The City of Sher­brooke, the Di­rec­tion de la sante publique Estrie and the Jean-Per­reault wa­ter-ski­ing school will be tak­ing mea­sures aimed at pre­serv­ing the wa­ter qual­ity of the lac des Nations. For sev­eral years, the beach of the Lu­cien-Blan­chard park has been tested for wa­ter qual­ity. On sev­eral oc­ca­sions, the beach was closed ei­ther be­cause of the re­sults of wa­ter sam­pling or after heavy rain­fall. The same mea­sures will be in place this sum­mer.

Sev­eral times in 2014 and 2015, the pres­ence of fe­cal co­l­iforms was de­tected in suf­fi­cient quan­ti­ties to halt wa­ter sport­ing ac­tiv­i­ties. This year, the sur­veil­lance has been in­creased: more test­ing sta­tions; sam­ples will be taken Mon­day to Thurs­day; lac des Nations will close after heavy rain­fall; wa­ter­ski­ing will be sus­pended when nec­es­sary. The City is also col­lect­ing data on the work done in the area, re­search­ing and correcting im­proper sewage lines, and con­trol­ling the pres­ence of aquatic birds.

The ex­hi­bi­tion Ul­ti­mate ter­ri­to­ries by artist René Der­ouin was in­au­gu­rated at the Musée des beaux-arts de Sher­brooke on June 18, 2016. It will present un­til next Septem­ber 25. In Ul­ti­mate ter­ri­to­ries, the public is in­vited to dis­cover a piv­otal ex­hi­bi­tion in Der­ouin’s ca­reer. With works on pa­per and wood re­liefs pro­duced be­tween 2000 and 2013, it touches on the main stages in a cre­ative jour­ney that has taken the artist ever far­ther from his stu­dio, be it to Mex­ico City or Barcelona, Pue­bla or Percé, or Baie-Jo­han-Beetz on Que­bec’s North Shore. The first decade of the 2000s and the beginning of the next formed an im­por­tant turn­ing point in Der­ouin’s work, as he re­turned to black and white while delv­ing deeper into the art of pa­per cutouts, both a Ja­panese and a Mex­i­can tra­di­tion that made a pow­er­ful im­pres­sion on him dur­ing his stays in those two coun­tries. lti­mate ter­ri­to­ries will travel to three im­por­tant re­gions of Que­bec: Eastern Town­ships, Ou­taouais mov­ing on to Ga­lerie Mont­calm in the city of Gatineau from Oc­to­ber 13 to Novem­ber 20 and then to Abitibi to the Cen­tre d’ex­po­si­tion de Rouyn-No­randa from De­cem­ber 2 to March 5, 2017. The book Ul­ti­mate ter­ri­to­ries, launched to co­in­cide with this trav­el­ling ex­hi­bi­tion, ex­plores the ques­tions raised by the artist’s cre­ative process, as re­vealed in in­ter­views at his Val-David stu­dio. Pro­duced with the col­lab­o­ra­tion of art his­to­rian Gilles La­pointe and graphic de­signer Gianni Cac­cia, the pub­li­ca­tion pro­vides valu­able in­sight into Der­ouin’s prac­tice, ex­pressed in the words of this man who sees him­self, through his trav­els and ob­ser­va­tions, as a ve­hi­cle for a mem­ory of the Amer­i­cas. René Der­ouin was born in Mon­treal in 1936 and lives in Val-David, in the Lau­ren­tians. For over fifty years, the ex­plo­rations of this mul­ti­dis­ci­plinary artist have taken him on suc­ces­sive jour­neys in which he has probed the con­ti­nen­tal iden­tity of the Amer­i­cas, from North to South.

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