By Gordon Lambie
Sherbrooke’s Ecole Sainte-Anne on Ontario Street was the site one of 28 protests for road safety in school zones across the province on Tuesday morning. The Sherbrooke protest, which drew a large gathering of parents and concerned members of the community for the morning drop off period, was one of only three events coordinated through the “Pas une mort de plus” (not one death more) movement outside of the Montreal and Quebec City metropolitan area, and the only one of its kind in the Eastern Townships.
“We are really happy with the number of people who turned up,” said Julie Martin, parent to a child in the school and one of the organizers of Tuesday’s protest. “I think that people are conscious of the fact that these problems have been around for a long time.”
The “Pas une mort de plus” movement has rallied around the cause of school zone safety in recent weeks following the death of a seven-year-old Ukrainian refugee who was walking to school in Montreal in December. Each participating protest group, however, was invited to rally around concerns at their own particular school.