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Connexions hosts seminar on Alzheimer’s in Shawville

23 May 2024 à 3:29 pm

On May 23, Connexions Resource Centre held a seminar at St-Paul’s Anglican Church in Shawville on the subject of Alzheimer’s disease, the most common form of dementia. Connexions is a non-profit organization with the goal of promoting health and well-being for the English-speaking community in the Outaouais. The speaker was Dr. André Moreau, a specialist […]


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Fortin requests provincial health commission meet in Outaouais, address staffing crisis

14 May 2024 à 2:58 pm

Pontiac MNA André Fortin is calling on the provincial health and social services commission to meet in the Outaouais, so they can get a close up look at the staffing crisis in local health facilities. Several high-ranking doctors within the regional health authority CISSSO have recently issued public appeals for aid, anticipating there will be […]


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Mental health patient advocates seeking input on potential changes to involuntary hospitalization law

10 May 2024 à 1:20 pm

Updated on 10 May 2024 à 3:33 pm

A non-profit that advocates for people with mental health challenges is holding a public consultation next week in light of the provincial government reviewing law P.38.001, which regulates when and how someone can be hospitalized involuntarily if they are perceived to be a danger to themselves or others. Mélodie Pelletier, a councillor with Droits-Accès de […]


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Pontiac pool preliminary drawings shown at AGM, committee seeking $8 million grant

6 May 2024 à 1:31 pm

Updated on 6 May 2024 à 3:29 pm

The Piscine Pontiac Pool committee held their annual general meeting on May 2 at the Fort-Coulonge municipal hall, with about 20 people in attendance. While there have been efforts to build a pool in the region in the past, the current iteration of the project was spearheaded by MRC Pontiac Warden Jane Toller in 2017, […]


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New bursary for Pontiac nursing students thanks to family donation

30 April 2024 à 2:54 pm

A new bursary to help retain local nursing students is now available thanks to a sizable private donation to the Pontiac Community Hospital Foundation. The MacLachlan  family recently donated $100,000 to the foundation in order to support the hiring and retention of new nurses, one of the local health service’s biggest challenges at the moment.  […]


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CISSSO head doctors sounding alarm about future breaks in service, launch petition

25 April 2024 à 4:16 pm

Several high-ranking doctors in the regional health authority CISSSO are calling on the provincial government to immediately address the pay disparities between health care workers in Ontario and the Outaouais, following the recent announced departure of several technicians for jobs across the river. Earlier this week, CISSSO’s head of emergency care, Dr. Christal Dionne, penned […]


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Another health warning for products from Pontiac Abattoir

25 April 2024 à 2:31 pm

Updated on 25 April 2024 à 3:36 pm

Another health warning has been issued for products from the now-shuttered Abattoir les Viandes de Pontiac. The Ministry of Agriculture (MAPAQ) is warning the public to not consume that the following products, as they were slaughtered without respecting the inspection process: Beef (various cuts and ground meat): All products packaged between March 7 and 11, 2024 […]


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TransporAction Pontiac sees increase in usage for 2023, in need of volunteers

25 April 2024 à 1:36 pm

Updated on 25 April 2024 à 3:41 pm

Local public transportation non-profit TransporAction Pontiac held their annual general meeting on April 25 at their office in Campbell’s Bay. The group has busses and vans that make regular runs as well as a host of volunteer drivers who take individuals to their appointments, known as adapted transport. Director Sylvie Bertrand explained that they’d seen […]


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Boil water advisory in effect for Shawville

11 April 2024 à 1:45 pm

As of noon today (April 11) the Municipality of Shawville is asking residents to boil their drinking water for one minute before consuming it. Mayor Bill McCleary said that the measure was precautionary, as there had been some maintenance done on equipment regulating the level of the water tower. By law, two consecutive water samples […]


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Baby basket now available for Pontiac’s new mothers

25 March 2024 à 2:32 pm

New mothers in the Pontiac region will now have access to a baby basket full of essentials thanks to two local service groups teaming up. Manon Gervais of Bouffe Pontiac explained that the new program is a collaboration with Les Amis du Pontiac, a local charity group. She said that they had been discussing the […]


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