Archive - 2012 - News Article
On the Wednesday before Christmas, in the magical atmosphere of the holiday season, nearly 50 people passed through the enchanted kingdom that is the Cowansville Volunteer Center (CAB Cowansville) that was fully decorated for the occasion of their toy distribution day. The CAB acknowledges the valuable contribution of all of the sponsors who have donated in some way through gifts, donations or gift certificates.
As the annual flu season deepens, Sherbrooke area hospitals are facing a daunting task in dealing with the repercussions.
According to the lâAgence de la santĂ© et des services sociaux de lâEstrie, cases of influenza infection have continued to increase throughout the month of December, although the epidemic may be reaching its peak, but hospitals are facing some staffing problems as many employees are on holidays and others have themselves been hit with the flu. As a result, increased waiting times are expected over the upcoming weeks.
âOur Christmas in Samoa is usually spent on a tropical beach with coconut palms, a game of rugby or beach volleyball, snorkelling, canoeing and a yummy barbecue,â explained Zita Sefo Martel.
Guy Richard will have to wait a bit before regaining his freedom as the Crown has decided to add two new counts to the hit-and-run causing death charge he has faced since Pierrik Houle was discovered lifeless on Main Street in Sainte-PerpĂ©tue, December 21. The new charges include driving while impaired causing death and driving with over 80 mg of alcohol per 100 milliliters of blood.
The accused, a 41-year-old man from Notre-Dame-du-Bonconseil, was originally scheduled to undergo his bail hearing Thursday and Friday.
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Old Man Winter descended on the Eastern Townships in full fury, yesterday, dumping an estimated 40 cm. of snow in some areas, with winds and poor visibility making driving particularly hazardous. The SĂ»retĂ© du QuĂ©bec reported countless fender benders and vehicles in the ditch in the Townships, but by late afternoon had reported no serious injuries.
As prevention and a means to protect non-infected inpatients and staff, the management of the CHUS hospitals has imposed a limit on the number of visitors allowed in both its Fleurimont and HĂŽtel-Dieu institutions.
For the time being, only one healthy visitor per room will be allowed at any given time during regular visiting hours.
Unit staff will be instructed to ask any sick visitor to leave immediately to avoid the contamination of other patients. This decision reflects the early arrival of the flu season and its widespread impact.
A citizen petition has been started on the Quebec National Assemblyâs website demanding the creation of a parliamentary committee to study the issue of the fluoridation of drinking water.
Quebec Municipal Commission Administrative Judge Sandra Bilodeau ruled in favour of Town of Brome Lake over West Bolton in her decision handed down on December 14.
Using a âmixed formula,â Bilodeau essentially upheld TBLâs position concerning âfixed and variable costsâ as well as annual âadministrative feesâ for fire protection services provided by TBL to West Bolton.
At a special Brome Lake public meeting held Dec. 19 at Centre Lac-Brome, Mayor Gilles Decelles and Treasurer Gilbert Arel unveiled details of the 2013 budget. The total operating budget for 2013 has been pegged at $13,496,000 â up from $12,521,000 in 2012, an increase of $975,000, or 7.8 per cent.
The mill rates have been lowered for residential properties â from $0.77 to $0.68, per $100 of evaluation, due to âan average increase in the values of residential properties of 13.95 per cent.â
An updated master plan for the Town of Brome Lake may be adopted by council in early 2013 if all goes well, according to Councillor Patrick Ouvrard, responsible for zoning and the environment.
The last comprehensive update to the plan was in 2003.
The master plan is the general âblueprintâ for TBLâs future, guiding bylaw changes, land use policies, budgeting decisions, and the rest of the community decision making over the next five years.
The plan was expected to be adopted in the early part of 2012 but it was delayed due to âall the changesâ at town hall.