Alison Brunette

Alison Brunette is a reporter for CBC Quebec in Sherbrooke, in Quebec's Eastern Townships.

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Sherbrooke theatre sells off its 90-year-old seats, but saves 1 for 'George the ghost'

Sherbrooke's Granada Theatre sold off all of its 1929 wooden seats this month. All, that is, except for the one favoured by its in-house ghost.

This is what a recycling crisis in Quebec looks like

Sherbrooke’s recycling plant, Recup-Estrie is drowning in a sea of untreated plastic, paper and metal after a dispute with its sorting company shut down operations for nearly two weeks.

McGill University to offer bursary in memory of Quebec City mosque victims

McGill University will give $1,200 annually to two students who demonstrate "fostering the inclusion of Muslims" in Quebec and Canada, through a new award commemorating the lives of the Quebec mosque shooting victims.

Townships beekeepers lose nearly 90% of hives to invasive parasite

Liliane Morel and Stephen Crawford, owners of Three Acres apiary in Dunham, Que., are hoping for a helping hand from the crowdfunding community and perfect weather this summer to make up for a near-total loss of their hives.

Calèche ban on Plains of Abraham bad for horses, bad for tourism, operators say

The familiar clip-clopping of horses' hooves could be absent from the Plains of Abraham in Quebec City this summer because of a rule banning horse-drawn carriages from the national historic site — and that has calèche operators worried.

One of Quebec's only farm animal sanctuaries is fighting for survival

For the past two years, Catherine Gagnieux has been caring for farm animals destined for the slaughterhouse. But she's struggling to pay the bills.

Lac-Mégantic rail bypass jointly funded by Ottawa and Quebec but not all residents on board

Residents affected by the chosen route have posted protest signs around their homes. They found out this week that a new track to keep trains out of the downtown area has been approved, with Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and Premier Philippe Couillard announcing it officially in front of the train station this morning.

Lac-Mégantic's neighbours say rail bypass will have negative impact on their lives

Lac-Mégantic welcomes the news of government funding for a new rail bypass, but residents of neighbouring Nantes and Frontenac are furious to learn some home and business owners will be turfed from their land.

Bridge collapse imperils salmon sport-fishing season on Gaspé's Cascapédia River

Several fishing trips in Cascapédia-Saint-Jules have been cancelled after a bridge along Route 299 collapsed last week due to spring flooding, making the camps difficult to get to.

New railway track to bypass downtown Lac-Mégantic

After years of pressure from residents, the federal and provincial governments have confirmed an alternate train route will be built at a cost of $133 million to bypass downtown Lac-Mégantic.

Grosse-Île lobster fishermen say harbour no safer after spring dredging

Lobster fishermen in Grosse-Île say manoeuvring their boats in the harbour is dangerous because of a buildup of silt, and the Department of Fisheries and Oceans is not doing enough to fix it.

Lower St-Lawrence town reeling after volunteer firefighter killed

Carmel Moreault, 54, died from his injuries after he was struck by a water-filled ventilation pipe while fighting a fire at the Norampac cardboard plant in Témiscouata-sur-le-Lac.

Volunteers say no to running North Hatley beach after more than 50 years

For more than fifty years, volunteers with the North Hatley Recreation Society in the Eastern Townships have been running the waterfront in the summertime on the shores of Lake Massawippi — until now.

Province-wide school bus strike set for May 15

More than 2,100 of Quebec's school bus drivers will walk off the job on the first of six planned general strike days.

How a small Gaspé inn earned a perfect score

L'Auberge sous les arbres recently got a perfect score on a popular hotel booking website. It’s the only hotel in Canada to earn a score of 10/10, which is based on guest ratings.