By June, a group of citizens from the MRC des Sources will present its recommendations on zones of mining exclusion in the regions. This citizen consultation is an initiative that takes place as part of the redesign of the RCM’s development and sustainable development plan.
The MRC des Sources has thus teamed up with the Applied and Collaborative Processes and Collaborative Research Group (GRAPPC) at ?douard-Montpetit CEGEP to conduct this special consultation.
In December 2016, the Qu?bec government granted new powers to the MRCs in connection with the Mining Act. Among these, the MRCs have been given the mandate to define territories that are incompatible with mining activity on their territory.
“Yes, it is about mines, but also the exploitation of sand pits and gravel pits or soil exploration,” explains Hugues Grimard, Prefect of the MRC des Sources, for whom citizen involvement was paramount in this area. situation. Through this consultation, we also want to protect certain existing companies that could be affected by mining activities.
The consultation will take place in four phases. First, there will be a recruitment period for the committee. For those interested, there will be an information session on March 15 in Asbestos or March 22 in Saint-Camille. The information is also available on the MRC website.
“The idea is to have a diverse committee, to have people from all the municipalities. We want men, women, young people, retirees … We want a range of concerns, “explains Yoselin Leunens, Project Manager for GRAPPC.
The ten chosen citizens will participate in three work meetings where they will raise various questions and may be enlightened by experts. GRAPPC will accompany the committee throughout the process.
“There will be a public meeting in June where the committee will explain its concerns to the public. The experts asked will also be present. Shortly after the meeting, a press conference will unveil the recommendations, “continues Yoselin Leunens.
The same initiative took place earlier in 2017 in the MRC de La Vall?e-de-l’Or. About twenty recommendations were then proposed. Although the realities of this region and the MRC des Sources are different, the GRAPPC stresses that the consultation process has proved its worth.
“Informed consensus consultation is based on listening. It’s a different concept. Citizens have the freedom to address the issues that concern them, it promotes trade, “says Leunens.
“Above all, it brings a new look, to raise elements that we had not thought. For some issues, there are already well established positions, so to bring people from outside, it can put things in perspective, “adds Ariane Lafortune, director of GRAPPC.