Spencer Van Dyk


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

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Townshippers voice concerns about influx of visitors over long weekend

Though typically accustomed to tourists, many Townshippers are growing concerned about a rising tourism tide, beginning on this long weekend and persisting through the summer months.

Quebec daycare workers scramble to prepare for regional reopening Monday

There has been a surge in demand for spots in most regions as businesses reopen and parents go back to work. Daycare operators need to figure out how to shuffle around the children of essential workers. 

'It's like a big family': At Manoir Stanstead seniors' home, staff have moved in to keep COVID-19 out

The home's 53 residents, many over 90, haven't had visitors for weeks. They're happy to have 13 new housemates — and a chihuahua named Bobo — and everyone is at less risk of catching the coronovirus or passing it on.

Parents of children with autism call on Quebec for more support during pandemic

Cavanaugh wants to see the province ensure that all health and social services on which special needs children rely are classified as essential, otherwise she says her son is at risk of experiencing significant long term consequences, and possibly years of regression.

How seniors' homes in the Eastern Townships are fighting the spread of COVID-19

Seniors' homes across the province are taking extra precautions to protect residents, who are at a greater risk of complications from the virus because of their age.

Sherbrooke CEGEP student from Syria wins prestigious $100,000 scholarship

Amar Farkouh, who came to Canada from Syria as a refugee four years ago, was awarded the Loran Scholarship, earned on the basis of character, service, and leadership.

Reducing love to its molecules: It really comes down to chemistry, after all

Université Laval chemistry Prof. Normand Voyer says the brain produces a cocktail of chemicals that take over the body when someone experiences love at first sight.

North Hatley residents raise concerns over lack of family doctors in the region

The Age-Friendly Municipality Committee in North Hatley, Que. hosted about 50 seniors for a Tea and Talk event to help answer questions from the community and equip people with tools to better navigate the healthcare system in Quebec.

After 40 years, Gaspé castle builder ready to retire

The Chateau Bahia, a 26-room bed and breakfast overlooking the Baie des Chaleurs, was a 16-year labour of love for Jean Roussy and his father, who began building it in 1983.

Mayors of Quebec City, Lévis welcome newest route for 3rd link: a tunnel linking cities' downtown cores

Lévis Mayor Gilles Lehouillier calls the proposed route connecting downtown Quebec City and Lévis "spectacular," while Quebec City Mayor Régis Labeaume is happy public transit has been incorporated into the latest plan.

Quebec agriculture minister concerned as American officials push for ban on Canadian seafood imports

The four elected officials in Maine want to see a ban on Canadian seafood imports, because they blame Canadian fisheries, specifically snow crab gear, for 14 right whale deaths.

Will the New Year bring good news for the North Atlantic right whale?

A decade ago, it was not uncommon to see 20 new calves a year. Only seven were born last year.

'Earn while you learn' language classes help Eastern Townships ski hill find staff for winter season

New hires at the ski hill were paid their salary during 10 weeks of intensive all-day French classes to get their language skills to a working level for the start of the winter tourism season.

Despite health and safety risks, many in Asbestos and Thetford Mines want asbestos waste repurposed

The question of how to manage the residue at the Jeffrey Mine is a critical one — so much so that more than 150 people packed into a hall in Asbestos for a four-hour, standing-room-only public consultation Wednesday evening.

Residents, business owners divided over Asbestos, Que. name change

At the Moulin 7 micro-brewery in Asbestos, Que., patrons are abuzz with talk of the town’s new name.