Love­fest for Or­ford

Stanstead Journal - - FRONT PAGE - Staff, MRC Mem­phré­m­a­gog

Since this news­pa­per can­not keep count of the love­fests that Mount Or­ford has held over the years, the lat­est had an in­ter­est­ing twist to of­fer. Ex­cept for Pot­ton, all mu­nic­i­pal­i­ties have gone aboard the sink­ing ship that the ski re­sort has be­come, this time with mu­nic­i­pal taxes and MRC devel­op­ment funds to be used as lever­age to get more gov­ern­ment money.

So as is al­ways the case, a group was called in to muz­zle the press, which apart from this news­pa­per is gaga on the lat­est scheme as it was for the last cou­ple by the way. Notably ab­sent this time was any ref­er­ence to Jay Peak, this news­pa­per won­der­ing why as the Ver­mont ski re­sort, now un­der bank­ruptcy pro­tec­tion, was al­ways men­tioned as one of the main rea­sons why Or­ford was to be given money to com­pete against it.

The pri­vate sec­tor was notably ab­sent as it has been for the last cou­ple of years since the Le­spérance dis­as­ter that led to a re­volt in the Charest cabi­net and the de­par­ture for Ottawa of well-known so­cial­ist Lib­eral en­vi­ron­ment min­is­ter, Thomas ‘Tom’ Mul­cair for the NDP.

This time, tagged rapidly at the end of the love­fest was an ad­mis­sion that the moun­tain wants to light its fa­cil­ity. Mé­gan­tic will be happy to hear this as will the In­ter­na­tional Dark Sky As­so­ci­a­tion. Dark sky hav­ing been the sub­ject of nu­mer­ous tele­vi­sion and news­pa­per ar­ti­cles over the last year.

So once again, a slight in­crease on our mu­nic­i­pal tax bill will go a long way to cre­ate sea­sonal jobs in Ma­gog.

Photo Stanstead Jour­nal

Ma­gog mayor, Vicky-May Hamm, MRC’S prefect Jac­ques De­mers and Or­ford mayor Jean-Pierre Adam.

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