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Lower North Shore: July 2013 Archives

Climate change affecting northern Quebec wildfires

Forest-FireNorth-CBC.jpgNorthern parts of the province have been affected by major forest fires over the past weeks. Residents of Eastmain had to be evacuated at the beginning of July, when the largest forest fire ever recorded in Quebec came within 4 kilometers of the town. That fire has burned over 625,000 hectares of forest. Weeks later, another large fire forced the evacuation of residents in the community of Baie-Johan-Beetz.

Summer host Shawn Lyons spoke to a Forestry research scientist about the increase of fires.  Martin Girardin is Research scientist for Natural Resources Canada in Quebec City and he joined us on the line from Rouyn-Noranda this morning. 

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Current Pakatan board member raises concerns

Members of the Pakatan Corporation that was overseeing the construction of the Highway 138 expansion project on the Lower North Shore still have questions about how the $100 million project was being run. The Corporation has been pushed aside by Transport Quebec, and the whole file turned over to the police anti-corruption for investigation. Darlene Rowsell-Roberts, administrator for the municipality of Côte Nord du Golfe Saint-Laurent, and administrator for Pakatan Meskanau.
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Former head of Pakatan denies mismanaging road project

The Quebec government has cancelled an agreement with the Pakatan Corporation overseeing the construction of the Highway 138 extension along the Lower North Shore. It has turned the entire file over to UPAC, the police Anti-Corruption Unit.
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