Archive - Aug 2011 - News Article
Despite the school year being in full swing, nearly 300 support staff workers from the University of Sherbrooke have been picketing near the main entrance of the Sherbrooke campus.
The students have become directly affected by the strike, as the registrar employees currently picketing are responsible for such essential student needs as student cards, schedules and financial aid including loans and bursaries.
Lennoxville residents have voiced their disapproval to the Record of a residential development project currently underway in the Champigny and Beattie Street area of the borough. The City of Sherbrooke has recently begun cutting down trees in the area to begin work on the new Marjorie Donald Street which will be constructed, running from Willowdale to Champigny.
As of now, 32 lots have been purchased around the new street.
Across the Townships, students enrolled with the Eastern Townships School Board (ETSB) returned to class Wednesday and another year filled with studying and homework.
At Sherbrooke Elementary School (SES), staff and students were put back in the groove with a switched up program aimed at boosting the energy and enthusiasm.
Instead of telling the students which teacher they were assigned to, this year the school issued stickers with a shape and colour and had the pupils hunt out their new classes on the sports field.
This stage was erected in the parking lot of the UniversitĂ© de Sherbrookeâ€™s cultural centre in preparation for a special concert Wednesday night by internationally known electronic group Bran Van 3000. The concert is being put on by the Universityâ€™s student union, the FĂ©dĂ©ration Ă©tudiante de lâ€™UdeS, as part of this yearâ€™s entrance week for students. This year marks the 30th anniversary of the entrance week concert.
The Eastern Townships were hit in various places over the course of Sunday and different communities were forced to react to the storm as it came.
The 107 mm of rain on the region led to the St. Francis River overflowing, with water under the Aylmer bridge reaching a height of 22 feet, consequently leading to Champlain College closing down for the day Monday as well as one of the entrances to Bishops University and Panda Day Care.
Bishopâ€™s University will play home to 10 per cent more new students than last fall, according to a statement released on Tuesday.
When classes start Sept. 7, 925 new students will be calling the Lennoxville campus home.
â€śWe continue to attract students who are curious and ambitious, students who will push the limits and confront convention,â€ť principal Michael Goldbloom said of the entering class.
The blue-collar strike has affected the activities of many sports and social groups in the Sherbrooke community, but a church?
As a result of the on-going labour dispute, the evangelical church Ă‰glise LumiĂ¨re des Nations has had to pick up and move its congregation to a completely new location. Where they once had services at the Julien Ducharme Centre, now the church resides at Bishopâ€™s Universityâ€™s Centennial Theatre.
Rather than complain about the move however, the protestant churchâ€™s 200 or so regular members and pastor Matthieu Anku have embraced the change with open arms.
A press conference was held on Monday by the Fleurimont Chamber of Commerce to reveal their position on the City of Sherbrookeâ€™s plans to legislate the construction of office buildings over 30,000 square feet in size.
The City of Sherbrooke is currently planning to restrict all construction of buildings of that size to downtown Sherbrooke alone.
The conference was held after the subject had been brought up by many different members of the chamber as well as comments and concerns raised by citizens.
Tropical storm Irene arrived in Sherbrooke on Sunday and brought with her approximately 107 millimetres of rain, resulting in substantial flooding of a few areas located on the Saint-FranĂ§ois River.
Water levels rose steadily throughout the day Sunday and by early Monday morning the river had extended over its banks.
The water flooded the l'ĂŽle-Marie campgrounds, as well as College Road in Lennoxville. The entire campground and a few homes on that street were evacuated by the City of Sherbrooke on Sunday night as a preventative measure.
Tropical Storm Ireneâ€™s bark seemed worse than her bite but while the Townships continues to clean up, Lennoxville residents are still frustrated by the sluggish response of Hydro-QuĂ©becâ€™s crews to restore power.
While the whole borough is powered by Hydro-QuĂ©bec, only half of the borough, mostly on the south side of College Street, was left without power from around 1:30 Sunday afternoon until roughly 8 a.m. Monday morning.