Archive - Aug 24, 2011 - News Article
The Union of Professional Technical Employees and the offices of Hydro-Quebec are estimating that more than 170 Hydro-Quebec employees in the Eastern Townships and MontĂ©rĂ©gie areas may lose their jobs if the company goes through with their plans of installing automatic meter readers in certain locations.
Twenty-one Sherbrooke police officers are packing their bags and heading to New York for a week to participate in the World Police and Fire Games.
In a press release distributed Wednesday, the Sherbrooke Police Service (SPS) announced their participation in the Games, which will be held from Aug. 26 to Sept. 5.
The annual event attracts more than 15,000 police and firemen yearly to participate in more than 60 sporting competitions, from ice hockey and soccer to dodgeball.
Sherbrooke police will be diverging from their routine patrols in the coming weeks in order to better deal with any issues that may arise with the influx of students returning to town for school.
According to a Wednesday press release, the Sherbrooke police service (SPS) will be increasing their presence in the areas surrounding both Bishopâs University and UniversitĂ© de Sherbrooke. An elevated presence of police around the schools, as well as around the student housing, will serve to avoid any problems that may have affected the tranquility of local residents, the release said.
The school year has begun at the Sherbrooke areaâs two CEGEPs, and admissions at Champlain College and CEGEP de Sherbrooke have gone in two different directions for the fall.
âWe are packed,â Champlainâs Dean of Students Nancy Beattie said. âAt this point weâre at 1,200 students.â
That figure represents a slight increase from 2010, when a total of 1,193 students registered in the fall. The numbers this year can of course still fluctuate based on late registration and any students who decide to drop out early.
Still, Beattie said the numbers have steadily grown over the last few years.
Hydro-Sherbrooke confirmed on Wednesday that the budget and timing of the reconstruction of the Frontenac dam will be respected as no delays or budget extensions are expected.
Many elements of the dam that were in need of replacement have already been taken care of.
Like many construction jobs, certain adjustments had to be made throughout the work process.
A citizen group called the Friends of the Huntingville Dam and the Ascot River was formed last week as a means of expressing a popular voice of concern in the community in relation to the proposed lowering of the dam.