Magog parking violators get early Christmas
The new regulation on night parking in Magog caused so much confusion when it came into force on November 15 that the Memphremagog Police (RPM) are canceling tickets handed out, even those given legally.
In total, twenty motorists received a ticket for about fifty dollars in the night of Nov. 14 to15. Targeted vehicles were in areas where snow clearing operations were being carried out.
According to the RPM, there were easily a hundred vehicles that were parked illegally in the street that night across the municipal territory. Police only handed out tickets to those complicating the work of road workers, however, such as in the Saint-alphonse Street area where snow banks had become dangerous.
Even though police intervened according to the rules, they quickly realized that there was a general misunderstanding. Obviously, the citizens had misinterpreted the new regulation, particularly with respect to its start time. Faced with such confusion and after discussion with the City of Magog, they chose to cancel the tickets and issued simple warnings.
The episode has served as a warning to the drivers as well as those who got wind of the situation and, apparently, the situation had improved almost entirely by the next day.
The new regulation forbids parking a vehicle on public roads after November 15 instead of November 1. However, until December 15, the ban can be lifted temporarily if conditions are favorable. To find out and avoid a ticket, citizens should consult the Municipality's website. Every day, the information is communicated from 4 pm for the night to come.
The city of Sherbrooke has a similar system of daily updates on the legality of night time street parking. To date, the night parking ban has been in effect only five nights since the 15th of November in the city, although more than 200 tickets have been issued as a result. The staff and board members of the Lennoxville and District Women's Centre welcomed the public into their new offices for an open house last Friday. The new office, across the hall from the riding office of Marie-claude Bibeau at 175 Queen Street, has been open to the public since mid-october but Friday's open-house marked the first public gathering in the space.
The Women's Centre opted to move from their former home in the Marguerite Knapp Building (257 Queen) following the news that unsustainable maintenance costs on the building were leading the Eastern Townships School Board to having second thoughts about renting the space out. Although the community hub was eventually given a cleaner bill of short-term health than expected, the LDWC went ahead with moving out of the building in favour of a space closer to the centre of town.