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.