Spencer Van Dyk


Spencer Van Dyk is the Eastern Townships correspondent for CBC Quebec. Follow her on Twitter @spencerlynne.

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Bishop's University overhauls labs to encourage culture of collaboration

The renovation project director says the $9.3-million upgrades will allow the facility to recruit top-notch scientists and drastically improve the research environment for students.

'The legacy is enormous:' hundreds mourn Dr. William Barakett

Barakett was known for his extensive work on addiction and chronic pain, but also as an outspoken advocate for rural patients.

Ditching plastic straws was just the beginning for Quebec's greenest restaurant

Maison Boire earned its certification from LEAF, which ranks restaurants based on criteria that includes energy use, building materials, waste and innovation.

Young leaders from Nunavik bring their stories of hope, loss to youth forum

“My people need help and somebody needed to voice that,” said 24-year-old Victoria Tarqiapik, from Kuujjuaq.

Nautical archaeologists searching for shipwrecks off Gaspé coast

Quebecer Carolyn Kennedy and her partner Chris Dostal — guided by local fisherman Rocky Annett — have been dragging remote sensing equipment off the back of their boat in the hopes of finding forgotten shipwrecks.

Young Quebec voters want answers on Indigenous affairs, diversity issues this federal election

Immigration and Indigenous issues were front-of-mind for young voters who took part in an election panel earlier this week at the third annual Bishop's Forum.

Quebec lumberjill fells the competition, takes top honours at national contest

Stéphanie Bélanger-Naud, a 24-year-old master's student, is the country's best female lumberjack — or lumberjill — having chopped and sawed her way to the top at last month's national championships.

Community rallies around local farmer whose husband died suddenly

Following the death of Chantale Gagnon's husband, community members are planning to work in shifts to help harvest her vegetables.

'Felt like a movie': Woman reunites with her dog after it was lost in northern Quebec for 3 weeks

Lauren Dunlop's dog Binou disappeared after a car crash in northern Quebec, but thanks to the help of strangers, they were reunited after nearly three weeks.

'The way it should be done': NYC mayor sends fact-finding mission to Indigenous communities in northern Quebec

Delegates from the New York City mayor’s office are on a 13-day tour, travelling to some of the most remote parts of the province to meet Cree, Innu and Inuit leaders, to better understand the social and environmental impacts of hydroelectric exports.

Vermont dump to no longer discharge treated waste water into Lake Memphremagog

The Coventry dump in Newport, Vt. has been given the green light on its 21-hectare expansion, but will no longer handle leachate — the liquid that percolates from trash in landfills — at the Newport treatment facility on the lake.

'People looked up to him': Byron Clark, pillar of Magdalen Islands, dies

The tight-knit, predominantly anglophone community of Grosse-Île mourns Clark, a retired fishery officer, historian and self-taught organist and notary, who died Saturday at the age of 86.

Quebec brewery lends its chimneys to a flock of feathered tenants

The Dunham Brewery in the Eastern Townships is home to more than just hops, kegs and bottles; it is a summer sanctuary for endangered chimney swifts who live in the old building's flues.

Kittens and cats scrapping for attention at crowded Quebec City animal shelter

The Quebec City Animal Protection Society is nearing its capacity to take in kittens and cats as the two heaviest intake periods — spring litters and moving day — coincided this year.

Sherbrooke family gifted keys to new adapted home for toddler

A year ago, people in Sherbrooke, Que., started a fundraising project called Une Maison Pour Èva, to raise half the $500,000 cost of a fully adapted home for the family of a three-year-old with a rare genetic condition. Èva and her family will soon move in.