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Repair cafe organized at the Museum of ingenuity J. Armand Bombardier in Valcourt, Téléjournal Estrie, November 10, 2018.

Giving a second life to everyday objects is a way to help reduce waste. Everywhere, initiatives are emerging, such as repair cafes, where visitors learn how to repair their defective devices. Some even put their handyman skills to good use to help the less fortunate, as evidenced by our archives.

According to the Bureau d'audiences publiques sur l'environnement (BAPE), in 2019, the quantity of residual materials eliminated per inhabitant annually reached 724 kg. To fight effectively against the production of waste, the BAPE is categorical, it is necessary to focus first and foremost on reduction at source and reuse.

For the sake of the environment, but also for the sake of economy, patching up and repairing defective devices is not new.

On January 6, 1997, a team from the show Enjeux made up of journalist Lynda Baril and director Alain Saulnier met Roméo Huot, nicknamed the Maytag repairer of the poor.

Report by Lynda Baril on Roméo Huot, a retiree who repairs free appliances for people in need in Beauport. Directed by: Alain Saulnier.

Since his retirement in 1979, Mr. Huot has been repairing household appliances for the poorest people every day on a voluntary basis.

“At 73, this former construction worker travels daily through the suburbs of Quebec with his two toolboxes. He repairs nearly 500 appliances a year for free. »

— Lynda Baril

The family economy counter refers anyone who needs help to her and pays for essential parts for repairs.

Because he himself experienced poverty and his parents instilled hope and generosity in him, Roméo Huot decided to pay it forward.

Inspirational character, Roméo Huot died on October 3, 2009.

November 10, 2018 at Téléjournal Estrie, journalist Jean Arel goes to the Repair Café at the J. Armand Bombardier Museum of Ingenuity in Valcourt.

People meet there to repair objects and fight obsolescence.

Report by Jean Arel on a Repair Café organized at the J. Armand Bombardier Museum of Ingenuity in Valcourt. People meet there with the aim of repairing objects and combating obsolescence.

That year, the repair café attracted around fifty people.< /p>

Seated side by side, Manon Hubert and Mariette Bombardier put in order a sewing machine found at a garage sale the previous summer.

Mariette Bombardier is a volunteer at the Repair café in Valcourt. She talks about the pride people take in repairing things themselves.

“If people start to maintain, repair, they will be valued. They will be proud of themselves and at the same time, they will reduce the amount of their waste. »

— Mariette Bélanger, Repair café volunteer

By repairing her sewing machine and learning how it works, Manon Hubert intends to patch some clothes and maybe even create some itself one day.

Chairs, lamps, kettles come back to life thanks to the work of volunteers.

“People are going to be like, yeah, but it's just $25. I don't mind, but this object would have been scrapped and it works.

—Repair Café Participant

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