Tuesday, December 2, 2014
And So It Goes
When we moved to the area about 30 years ago, the village had several businesses as well as being a stop on the main railway line between Montreal and Ottawa. Back then, a person could do most of their day to day affairs right in the village as there were two small groceries stores (one had a butcher, one had basic hardware), a clothing store with essentials like rubber boots and warm socks, two garages that sold gas and did repairs, and a bank. All these businesses have closed except for the post office and a small restaurant which will close soon, too. Just up the road a little, was a French elementary school. The school closed two years ago as enrollment had dropped to 12 students. During the summer months, baseball and soccer leagues used to be played at the local field.
Now, it seems the village is just full of old people. No urban sprawl in this neck of the woods.
It is a case of no jobs, and the young people needing to move to the city to find work. I know it's not just happening here. It's happening in most of rural Canada. Still I find it sad, the hollowing out of rural villages.