Review of the AGM of the Caisse populaire Desjardins de Fort-Coulonge

The Caisse populaire de Fort-Coulonge held its Annual General Meeting last Monday night at the parish hall of Fort-Coulonge.  

Members welcomed the most recent numbers from the Caisse. The President of the local financial institution Madeleine Vallières says that over 100 people came to the meeting:

The closure of Laurentian Bank branches in the Pontiac has also effected the meeting as the Caisse Desjardins de Fort-Coulonge is currently experiencing growth in its client base as a result. Director General Stéphane Labine says that they are adjusting the numbers and may add more staff and services to accommodate those new clients:

It should be noted that the member dividend should be paid in the coming weeks. For more details, you can listen to the interviews with Madeleine Vallières and Stéphane Labine available at under the French audio section. 

The return of the bazaar to Fort-Coulonge

The Pontiac and particularly the residents of Fort-Coulonge / Mansfield will be able to reconnect with the tradition of the bazaar, but this time through the Knights of Columbus. They want to bring back this tradition that is firmly rooted in the community. Knights of Columbus, Gaëtan Viau says that the bazaar will be as people remember it:

The event will be held on Father's Day weekend, the weekend of June 17 and 18. 

New Thai restaurant in Shawville

A new restaurant has opened its doors in Shawville, an establishment named Chez In, serving its customers authentic Thai cuisine. CHIP’s own Marie Gionet went there and says that it’s located at one of the entrances to the town in a building with the red roof where many pizzeria have come and left.

The restaurant is open six days a week from Tuesday to Sunday, to hear Marie Gionet impressions on this new restaurant in the Pontiac, visit under the French audio section. 

20th National Organ and Tissue Donation Week

This week, until April 29, is the 20th national organ and tissue donation week. In 20 years, Quebec has come a long way, but there is still work to be done since despite all progress, there are still 850 Quebecers waiting for an organ donation. Louis Beaulieu, CEO of Transplant Québec, says that during the 6 last year and lots has been done, and that the number of donors is up 60% with 300,000 people now registered as donors in the province:

Patients who need a transplant are on a list and each donor can help many lives. It is important to sign your health card, but more importantly, to talk to your family, because loved ones can still oppose a transplant after death. 

2nd degustation Vegas de Leucan

Leucan is organizing its second Vegas Tasting degustation; A wine, cheese and chocolate benefit evening for children with cancer in the Outaouais region. Bianca Paquette from Leucan Outaouais says that it’s the second edition of the event:

The formula of the event has been revamped this year. 200 guests are expected for this evening. There are still tickets available for $ 75 each. Just contact Leucan Outaouais to reserve your seats. For more details, listen to the interview with Bianca Paquette in the French audio section of 

Compensation Programs: Information Evening for Flood-Affected Residents

The Municipality of Pontiac will host an information evening on compensation available for residents affected by flooding. The Mayor of the Municipality of Pontiac, Roger Larose says that transportation is available for those who need it, they just have to contact the municipality:

Mayor Roger Larose raises concerns over the consumption of drinking water since the river water can contaminate well water:

MNA André Fortin also visited the area last Friday saying that those who live in the hard hit region deserve a pat on the back, he also emphasised that residents who want finical assistance must register for it:

Last Friday, the Municipality of Pontiac declared a state of emergency for the areas hardest hit by the floods. 

$ 1,275,000 Investment for Cégep de l'Outaouais

Last week, the Government of Canada and the Government of Quebec confirmed the investment of $ 1,275,000 in infrastructure for the Cégep de l'Outaouais. This investment will enable the Cégep de l'Outaouais to set up a research and innovation center with a business incubator. The director general of the Cégep de l'Outaouais, Frédéric Poulin says that this centre will allow for the unitisations of all the expertise of the Cégep:

Pontiac MP Will Amos is delighted with this project, which he believes will have positive impacts in the Pontiac:

The project could be launched as soon as 2018. 

Beginning of the Health Care Facility Assistant Course at the CFP Pontiac

The Centre de formation professionnelle du Pontiac (CFP Pontiac) has confirmed the beginning of the DEP courses in the field of vocational education and training for Health Care Facility Assistant on May 8th. The hiring rate of the most recent cohort at the DEP in Pontiac health Care facility assistant was 90% and the Pontiac CFP indicates that demand is still growing. Space for this training is always available, simply contact the Pontiac CFP. Concerning the cooking course, the CFP Pontiac continues to move forward with the ministry to obtain authorization. 

$ 1.1 million for the CSHBO

The Government of Quebec announced several investments in schools in the Outaouais, including some elementary schools in the Pontiac. MNA André Fortin says that 3 schools will have significant renovations projects in the region:

In total, the Commission scolaire des Hauts-Bois-de-l’Outaouais will receive $ 1.1 million to renovate or upgrade their facilities. 

Financial assistance for flood victims

Financial assistance will be distributed to the flood victims following the waters that have raged throughout Quebec, including here in the Pontiac.  

An information evening will be held on Wednesday, April 26 at the Luskville Community Center. The information session in English will take place at 6pm, and in French at 7:30pm.  

The municipality of Pontiac declared a state of emergency last Friday following the floods.