August 30th, 2011
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.
(1945 - 2011) Passed away suddenly in Morrisburg, Ontario, Thursday, August 25 due to complications of lung disease at the age of 66.
While working at a basketball camp at the University of Vermont (run by Lennoxville native Lori Gear McBride) I watched a movie called Love and Basketball, an enjoyable semi-chick, semi-sport movie that follows the paths of two childhood friends who share a passion or basketball. Their relationship, plagued at times by individual desires to succeed on the court, has its ups and downs. In the end however, there is a typical Hollywood ending in which true love overcomes personal ambitions.
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.
The Estrie region was being represented in Japan this past weekend as Minister Monique Gagnon-Tremblay joined Quebec Premier Jean Charest on his mission to the Asian nation.
Gagnon-Tremblay, who is minister responsible for the Estrie region, minister responsible for La Francophonie and minister of international relations, used the opportunity to meet with the directors of Toyoda Gosei, the mother corporation of local manufacturer Waterville TG inc.
According to a press release, the minister reiterated the importance of the jobs Toyoda Gosei was providing Quebecers through its subsidiary.
In 1989, a strip of land approximately 90 feet by 9 km was sold to the Town of Brome Lake by the province for $1. At the time, it was seen as an offer the town just couldnâ€™t refuse â€“ a golden opportunity to develop the land for recreation purposes. Yet, after more than twenty years, two referendums and numerous political skirmishes later, the fate of the path along the old CP railway bed, between Douglass Beach and Foster, remains as unclear as ever.
The side wall of the Blackwood Dam in Knowlton collapsed as a result of tropical storm Irene.
The inaugural Eastern Townships Film Festival highlighted an edgy comedy to a packed house inside Knowlton United Church and two environmental films at Douglass Beach, under the stars, on a giant inflatable screen.
Another film was shown in Laugh-o-Rama where the audience was prepped to laugh hard throughout the film. Several audience members continued to laugh, even long after the film ended.