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Eastern Townships: August 2013 Archives

Disruptive behaviour during frosh week in Sherbrooke

While the beginning of the fall semester can be an exciting and promising time for university students, residents who live near the University of Sherbrooke say frosh week can become unbearable, because of excessive noise, disorderly behaviour and even thefts.

Peter Hernandez lives on Tétrault street in Sherbrooke, which happens to be a shortcut between a popular local bar, and the University of Sherbrooke campus.

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Drinking water from salty seawater using energy from the ocean's waves

Rendu bleu.JPGAccording to some estimates, two billion people on earth do not have access to sufficient drinking water on a daily basis. The irony is 60% of the earth's population actually live near the sea. So wouldn't the ultimate solution to the drinking water deficit be to find a way to turn some of that SALT water into potable water?

A group of students in the mechanical engineering program at Université de Sherbrooke think they've come up with a machine that can do that. Their project is called Projet Odyssée.

Equipe_Odyssee2_low_res.jpgDragan Tutic is part of this group of students and he joined me on the phone this morning live from Singapore (poor phone quality).

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Lac-Mégantic: a good step forward to quickly get businesses back on track

Day by day, the re-development plan for Lac Mégantic is becoming a bit clearer.

Yesterday, Premier Pauline Marois announced that $16 million of its emergency fund for the town will go towards constructing a new commercial centre. She also said that a new temporary railway line to serve the industrial park will built in the next few months.

Béland Audet is the president of Logi-Bel transport logistics in Lac-Mégantic, one of the many businesses hit hard by the July 6th disaster. He joined us this morning.

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