Rachel Garber

World Clean-up Day is past, and in its wake is the second edition of Greenpeace’s brand audits to see who the Top 5 plastic polluters are in Canada.

Our Top 5 were, in this order:

  1. Nestlé, the world’s largest food company and producer of 1.7 million tonnes of plastic every year.
  2. Tim Hortons, one of Canada’s most iconic plastic polluters.
  3. Starbucks, making its debut in the Top 5 list this year.
  4. McDonald’s, a repeat offender.
  5. The Coca-Cola Company, also among the Top 5 offenders worldwide.
    Each year, these brands churn out billions of single-use plastic packages: coffee cups and lids, pop/water bottles, bottle caps, chip bags and candy bar wrappers. They produced a whopping 46% of the garbage assessed.

    The only real solution, Greenpeace suggests, is to find alternatives to single-use packaging. For a petition asking these corporations to do this, visit

    FLEA MARKET, 2nd
    A Flea Market for the benefit of the Lawrence Community Centre is at 449 Lawrence Road, Newport, on Saturday, November 2, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. A dinner of lasagna, shepherd’s pie, tea, coffee, and desserts is to be served starting at 11 a.m. Info: 819-875-5227.

    A community supper in Saint-Mathias-de-Bonneterre, at 2035 Route 210, is on Saturday, November 2, starting at 4 p.m. A meal of vol-au-vent, tortières and desserts is to be served, followed by bingo. Adults: $15. Ages 5 to 12: $7. Toddlers: Free.

    The Little Christmas Bazaar of Newport is Saturday, November 2, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., at the Municipal Community Hall, 1452 Route 212, Island Brook.

    Jim Robinson will be in concert on Sunday, November 3, at 1:30 p.m., at the Trinity United Church, 190 Principale West, Cookshire, launching his new album, Nick Dean’s Barn. This well known singer and songwriter grew up in Bulwer and went to school in Cookshire.
    Tickets: $15. Proceeds for the support of the Trinity United Church. Light refreshments. Info: Don Parsons, 819-875-3796.

    The Bury Branch 48 of the Royal Canadian Legion plans two bilingual Remembrance Day services on Saturday, November 9. The first is at 10:30 a.m., at the cenotaph in front of the Scotstown Town Hall, 101 Victoria Street. Next, in Bury a ceremony is at 2 p.m. at The Armoury Community Centre, 563 Main Street. After the ceremonies, Branch 48 will offer refreshments, catered by the United Cultural Center. All are welcome. Info: Valerie MacLeod, Poppy Campaign Chair for Branch 48, 819-872-3642.

    The Sawyerville Legion Branch 165 plans a series of bilingual Remembrance Day services on Monday, November 11. The first ceremony is slated for 11 a.m. at the Sawyerville cenotaph at 6 Principale North. The second is at about 11:45 a.m. at the East Clifton cenotaph in front of the United Church, Route 253, between Clifton Road and Store Road.

    Another service is at 2 p.m. at the cenotaph in front of the Cookshire Elementary School, 95 Park Avenue, and the last one is at 2:45 p.m. in Island Brook, at the cenotaph in front of the Newport Municipal Hall, 1452 Route 212. Info: Legion president Jack Garneau, 819-889-2989.

    TIM BRINK & THE SSO, 21st
    Our very own Tim Brink is to be a soloist with the Sherbrooke Symphony Orchestra on Thursday, November 21, at 8 p.m. Tim is one of three rock musicians participating in this Symphony-Rock Gala. The other two soloists are Rick Hughes and Yvan Pedneault, also from Quebec. All three singers have powerful voices, international acclaim, and are former contestants on La Voix.

    The 50-member Orchestra will be directed by Stéphane Laforest in this edition of the Symphonic Pop series. The music? It’s by renowned rock groups Styx, Supertramp, Queen, Genesis, Phil Collins, Led Zeppelin and The Rolling Stones. Info:

    The Cookshire-Eaton branch of the Association féminine d’éducation et d’action sociale has something new to offer. (In English, AFEAS is the Women’s Association for Education and Social Action.)
    AFEAS surveyed three generations of women, who said they needed a place where they could gather to “chill,” to have discussions, do activities, play games, have a coffee, or learn things. And the AFEAS has just such a rendez-vous or “meet up” place in its meeting room located in the lower floor of the Cookshire-Eaton Town Hall. So the group is opening its space, hoping to bring people together and alleviate solitude and loneliness.

    The meet-up time is every second Tuesday of the month, beginning November 12, from 1 to 3 p.m. All are welcome; it is free of charge; no reservations needed. To get there, enter the Cookshire-Eaton Town Hall building by the entrance in the parking lot, via La Source Street. Info: Diane Mathieu, 819-875-3057 or

    The exhibit of work by painter and printmaker Kittie Bruneau at the Galerie Cookshire Eaton, 25 rue Principale W., continues on Sundays, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., until December 29.

    Bruneau’s work is an energetic dance, gesturally extravagent, rich in form and colour. She spreads her canvases on the floor as she works, sometimes walking over them. Her work shows strains of surrealism and automatism, and an affinity with dream and poetry.

    Anglican. Sunday services are at 9:30 a.m. at St. Paul’s in Bury, and at 11 a.m. in Cookshire: on November 3, in the Manoir de l’Eau Vive theatre, and on November 10, at the St. Peter’s Church. Info: 819-887-6802.
    United. Sunday services are in Cookshire at 9:30 a.m., and in Sawyerville at 11 a.m. Info: 819-889-2838 (listen to message).
    Baptist. In Sawyerville, the Sunday worship service is at 9 a.m. in French, and 11 a.m. in English. Sunday school is at 10 a.m. in English and French. Info: 819-239-8818.
    Do you have news to share? Call 819-300-2374 or email by November 4 for publication November 13 and by November 18 for November 27.
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