The independent newspaper “Autour de l’île” has been placed on notice by the City of Sainte-Pétronille.
Remember that the village of Sainte-Pétronille, on Île d'Orléans, is under the microscope of the Quebec Municipal Commission (CMQ). An investigation was opened after the Municipality sent a formal notice to around a hundred citizens as well as to the community newspaper Autour de l'île.
In December, around a hundred citizens who signed a petition received a formal notice from the Municipality. The petition asked the municipal council to re-evaluate the hiring process of the new general director, Nathalie Paquet, after it was discovered that the municipal council of Val-des-Lacs, in the Laurentians, where Nathalie Paquet worked at a similar position, had investigated him following serious misconduct, according to a letter dated March 30, 2022 and obtained under the Access to Information Act.
In January, a formal notice was also sent to the newspaper Autour de l'île, which intended to publish an article describing a particularly stormy municipal council.
According to the City, elected officials and general management were targeted by a smear campaign started by a group of citizens dissatisfied with the Municipality's decisions.
Mayor Jean Côté claims that this group creates an unhealthy climate that restricts the freedom of expression of elected officials, employees and other citizens who are afraid of being booed at municipal council meetings. p>