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Reaching Out To The Community EP 26Friday April 12, 2024 - 12:00:00 AM
Tensions Fly High at City Council

Interviewee: Various City Councilors      Interviewer: Derek Bullard

Tensions escalated at the recent city council meeting over a controversial pool tax proposal. Councillor Laure Letarte-Lavoie drew attention by attending with her newborn to participate in the heated debate. As discussions intensified, the vote eventually passed with a narrow margin of 8 to 7. However, comments made by councillors about Letarte-Lavoie s presence stirred further controversy, leading to the resignation of Council Executive President Danielle Berthold, citing pressure and a lack of respect among members. Mayor Beaudin addressed the issue, emphasizing the importance of Letarte-Lavoie s participation and condemning disrespectful remarks.

26th Fine Art Graduating Students ExhibitionFriday April 12, 2024 - 12:00:00 AM
Flows of Change Exhibition

Interviewee: Juliana Frassetto      Interviewer: Maureen Dillon Teasdale

Juliana Frassetto, Student Curator for the 26th Fine Arts Graduating Exhibition at the Foreman Art Gallery, talks about the exhibition and her experience as the curator.

26th Fine Art Graduating Students ExhibitionFriday April 12, 2024 - 12:00:00 AM
Flows of Change Exhibition

Interviewee: Juliana Frassetto      Interviewer: Maureen Dillon Teasdale

Juliana Frassetto, Student Curator for the 26th Fine Arts Graduating Exhibition at the Foreman Art Gallery, talks about the exhibition and her experience as the curator.

Reaching Out To The Community EP 25Tuesday April 9, 2024 - 12:00:00 AM
Viewing The Solar Eclipse at Jacques Cartier Park in Sherbrooke

Interviewee: Selected People       Interviewer: Derek Bullard

In our latest episode of "Reaching Out to the Community," CJMQ witnessed the anticipation and dedication surrounding a solar eclipse. Thousands gathered at the Parc Jacques-Cartier in the Eastern Townships, some even camping out overnight in their vans for the perfect view. Meet Tyler McBride, who journeyed from Maryland for this celestial spectacle, and Vivian and Larry, who changed plans last minute to witness it from Sherbrooke. Their stories showcase the passion and lengths people go to for such events. From seasoned astrophotographers to hobbyists, each person brings a unique perspective. As the eclipse reached its peak, the atmosphere was filled with wonder as the crowd marveled at the cosmic phenomenon.

Reaching Out To The Community EP 24Friday March 15, 2024 - 12:00:00 AM
10th edition of La Console qui Console brings gaming fun to Centre de Foires with charitable focus

Interviewee: Hubert Pelletier      Interviewer: Derek Bullard

From March 15th to the 24th in Sherbrooke, it is gaming week, offering various gamin related activities throughout the city. An event called La Console qui Console is set to take place at the Centre de foires de Sherbrooke on March 23rd and 24th.

Reaching Out To The Community EP 23Wednesday March 13, 2024 - 12:00:00 AM
Sherbrooke is considering implementing a vehicle registration tax

Interviewee: Sherbrooke Municipal Council      Interviewer: Derek Bullard

During the Council meeting on Tuesday, the city of Sherbrooke expressed interest in implementing a tax on each registered vehicle within its jurisdiction to fund public transportation, mirroring a practice adopted by the greater Montreal area.

Reaching Out To The Community EP 22Thursday March 7, 2024 - 12:00:00 AM
Lennoxville City Pledges $18,950 for the Transformation and Management of Queen Square

Interviewee: Andre Blais      Interviewer: Derek Bullard

During the Plenary Committee Meeting of the Borough of Lennoxville on February 27th, a significant announcement regarding the future of Queen Square was made. André Blais, the director of the City of Lennoxville, revealed plans to transform Queen Square into an urban space on private land at the corner of Queen and Samuel Gratham streets. This initiative, led by Entreprendre Sherbrooke, aims to replace the longstanding Lennoxville Street Festival with ongoing animation and management activities. The Lennoxville town has pledged financial support of $18,950 for the year 2024 to facilitate this transformation. However, formalizing the utilization of the private land is subject to a written agreement between Entreprendre Sherbrooke and the property owners. City councillors emphasized the importance of maintaining Queen Square s appeal to citizens and visitors while supporting local businesses downtown.

Reaching Out To The Community 21Thursday February 29, 2024 - 12:00:00 AM
Sherbrooke city council calls for 30 km/h speed limit in urban areas

Interviewee: Annie Godbout & Others      Interviewer: Derek Bullard

Amidst divisions, the City Council of Sherbrooke engaged in a heated debate over the adoption of a resolution on Tuesday night, February 21st. The resolution requested Quebec to amend the Highway Safety Code, proposing a default speed limit of 30 kilometers per hour in urban areas, unless otherwise indicated. Despite some councillors favoring a compromise of a 40 kilometers per hour limit, the resolution advocating for 30 kilometers per hour prevailed. Efforts to table or remove the resolution from the agenda were unsuccessful, leading to its adoption with a vote of 9 in favor and 6 against.The resolution now moves forward, potentially reshaping the city s road safety regulations.

Reaching Out To The Community 20Thursday February 22, 2024 - 12:00:00 AM
Total solar eclipse on April 8: Astronomical event in the Eastern Townships

Interviewee: Andrew Retchless      Interviewer: Derek Bullard

During the interview with local weather enthusiast Mr. Andrew Retchless, we explored the significance of the upcoming total solar eclipse on April 8th, 2024, for the Eastern Townships. Mr. Retchless provided valuable insights into the rarity of such celestial events and explained the differences between total, partial, and annular eclipses. He emphasized the once-in-a-lifetime nature of this event and discussed its varying durations across different regions. Mr. Retchless also highlighted the importance of eclipse viewing safety and cautioned against the dangers of observing the event without proper eye protection. Furthermore, he mentioned potential community viewing events and educational opportunities associated with the eclipse. Wrapping up, Mr. Retchless shared a historical anecdote and provided a glimpse into the projected weather forecast for April 8th, offering hope for optimal viewing conditions in the Eastern Townships.

Reaching Out To The Community 19Friday February 16, 2024 - 12:00:00 AM
Downtown Parking Issues in Sherbrooke

Interviewee: Claude Charron      Interviewer: Derek Bullard

In the latest episode of "Reaching Out to the Community," CJMQ s Derek Bullard leads a comprehensive discussion on downtown parking issues in Sherbrooke, featuring insights from special guest Claude Charron, Borough President of Lennoxville and Sherbrooke City Councilman. The episode looks into the potential implementation of eco-taxation, concerns about shifting tax burdens, and the challenges of balancing environmental responsibility with economic considerations. Charron emphasizes the importance of progressive taxation measures and community consultation, highlighting the need for careful planning and collaboration between stakeholders to ensure a balanced approach that prioritizes both accessibility and urban vibrancy. The conversation also addresses potential strategies to address parking shortages and the delicate balance between reducing parking spots and supporting local businesses. Charron reflects on past investments and future initiatives aimed at creating a vibrant urban experience, inviting listeners to engage further with questions or concerns.

Reaching Out To The Community 18Wednesday February 7, 2024 - 12:00:00 AM
Planned Obsolescence

Interviewee: Mr. Serge Langlois      Interviewer: Derek Bullard

Planned obsolescence has become a prominent issue in our lives, impacting our daily routines often without our awareness. Even the city of Sherbrooke has recognized its significance and is taking proactive steps to combat it. But what exactly is planned obsolescence, and how does it affect us? To shed light on this, CJMQ, reached out to Mr. Serge Langlois, the coordinator Entreprendre Sherbrooke. He provides valuable insights into this matter and discusses the initiatives taken by Sherbrooke and Café Reparation to address planned obsolescence.

Reaching Out To The Community 17Wednesday January 31, 2024 - 12:00:00 AM

Interviewee: Serge Fraser      Interviewer: Derek Bullard

In this episode of "Reaching Out to the Community," host Derek Bullard interviews Serge Fraser, the man behind Optimoule in Thetford Mines, discussing their collaboration with the Montreal-based consortium, Kollide, and their groundbreaking NFL helmet. Fraser, a professional engineer, explains Optimoule s role in the design and manufacturing process, emphasizing their contribution to reducing manufacturing costs and selecting materials for the helmet shell. The interview explores the innovative use of polymers in creating a lighter and more resilient helmet, addressing player protection concerns, especially related to concussions. Fraser also clarifies that while Optimoule was not involved in helmet testing, the final product has passed rigorous tests conducted in California. The conversation concludes with insights into Optimoule s involvement in other projects, including golf swing improvement tools and environmentally friendly plastic bricks for building houses.

Reaching Out To The Community 16Friday January 19, 2024 - 12:00:00 AM
Challenges Faced By The Eastern Townships Animal Protection Society

Interviewee: Alexane Begin      Interviewer: Derek Bullard

In a Conversation with SPA s Alexane Bégin, we explore the challenges faced by the Eastern Townships Animal Protection Society (SPA). The interview with spokesperson Alexane Begin unveils a concerning trend of rising animal abandonment, doubling veterinary expenses to $50,000 per month over the last three years.

Reaching Out To The Community 15Monday January 8, 2024 - 12:00:00 AM
Cut Subsidy For Sherbrooke Tenants Association

Interviewee: Mr Leo Boivin      Interviewer: Derek Bullard

In our latest episode of Reaching out to the community, we discuss a pressing matter affecting the Sherbrooke community. The city s decision to cut a substantial $38,000 annual subsidy to the Sherbrooke Tenants Association raises concerns about the future of vital community services. Mr. Leo Boivin, a board member of the association,sheds light on the far-reaching consequences of this funding cut. We explore the association s role, the impact on tenants, and potential plans for the future. Listen into this insightful conversation that unravels the layers of a critical issue within our community.

Reaching Out To The Community 14Thursday December 21, 2023 - 12:00:00 AM
Proximity Worker For Magog And Stanstead

Interviewee: Steve Cote      Interviewer: Derek Bullard

In the latest episode of "Reaching Out to the Community," we explore the collaborative efforts that led to the appointment of Steve Côté as the new proximity worker for Magog and Stanstead. Maison de la famille Memphrémagog, Centre de pédiatrie sociale Le Tandem, and Équipe Ressources Relais joined forces, backed by financial support from the Ministry of Family, to initiate a three-year project aimed at assisting vulnerable and isolated families. Steve Côté sheds light on his dynamic role, extending beyond conventional hours, and emphasizes the project s focus on addressing challenges, such as poverty, faced by families with children aged 0 to 5. Steve also discusses the crucial element of trust-building in his interactions, the variety of support and activities offered, and how individuals in need can connect with him. Additionally, Steve provides insights into the project s flexibility in addressing the needs of families beyond the Magog and Stanstead territories.

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