Red Cross prepares for second stage of flood relief

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Kate Aley

By coincidence or possibly serendipity, this week was the Canadian Red Cross's emergency preparedness week.... And we are all very grateful for the help from Red Cross.

As of this afternoon, (May 10), over $1.7M was raised by the public via the Red Cross to support those affected by this years flooding.

Pontiac2020.ca spoke to Quebec's regional vice president of the Red Cross, Pascal Mathieu. 

"Two thousand six hundred people have been evacuated in the last few days and the number is still rising," said Mathieu. "Although the water level is stabilizing, people are now starting to look for accommodation through the Red Cross. They've been staying with family members for a few days, sleeping on couches, but now they need to find something else. Now the money is going towards the next step."

As the flood waters finally begin to recede, people are beginning to return to their homes... to face the terrible consequences of their valued possessions and house structure soaking for days in filthy river water.

"As the water goes down, families will be facing harsh times," said Mathieu. "We expect a lot [of them] to be not covered [by flood insurance]. Sometimes families were coping with their budget, but now they will find they can't cope with this. The money we are raising is to help them through this stage; to make sure, in this difficulty, no-one goes without."

According to Mathieu, Red Cross volunteers are trained not only to provide practical help but also provide empathy in the face of extreme personal loss and despair. 

"We have 5,000 volunteers in the region," he said. "They are trained to cope with every kind of disaster, including 1,000 house fires a year. They are able to bring comfort to someone experiencing personal disaster. When you see the Red Cross volunteer, you see a person who took the day off to help someone else in need." 

The Red Cross website offers advice for all kinds of disaster scenarios including earthquakes, floods, forest fires, thunderstorms and heat waves.

According to the Red Cross website, two-thirds of Canadians say they have not taken steps to prepare in the event of a disaster, despite the fact that nearly half of them having personally experienced some kind of disaster. Downloads on the site include a 72 Hour Guide to Emergency Preparedness and the Canadian Disaster Database.

"Thousands of people will need our help soon," said Mathieu. "The Red Cross will do what we can to be there."

Donate online to the Red Cross at www.redcross.ca

 

 

 

 

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Free art classes for the municipality: meet the teachers

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Kate Aley


Thanks to the generosty of the Municipality of Pontiac, four art classes are being offered to our community, absolutely free of charge. Details of the classes can be found in your fall activities bulletin, delivered in your mail box last week. Pontiac2020.ca interviewed the four teachers to find out more about the classes and the artists.

100 Homes in Pontiac Hit by Devastating Tornado Plowing Across Outaouais Region

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Thomas Soulière

It was one minute after five o’clock on Friday afternoon when the tornado that made landfall 9 kilometers away in Dunrobin, Ontario crossed Route 148 in the Breckenridge sector of the Municipality of Pontiac.

A Tale of Two Approaches

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Sheila McCrindle and Kevin Brady

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The MRC des Collines de Gatineau is comprised of 7 municipalities. The smallest Notre-Dame-de-la-Salette is small enough to be exempt from complying with the Provincial Residuals Strategy. The two most densely populated, Cantley and Chelsea, have respectively 83 and 60 people per square kilometre. These two municipalities also have the highest median household income by a considerable margin.

When you live in a place without curbs, does it make sense to have ‘curbside’ collection of compost?

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Sheila McCrindle and Kevin Brady


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The Québec residual materials management strategy includes a progressive reduction and eventually a “ban” of organic material from municipal landfills by 2020.  Municipalities who comply with the policy are eligible for funding to help offset the costs.   The Municipality of Pontiac has responded by passing a resolution to initiate door to door collection with costs paid for by the residents. 

Fun for all: new play equipment at Onslow Elementary

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Kate Aley

If you hear a higher pitch of childhood enjoyment coming from the Onslow Elementary School playground at break time, it's probably due to the exciting new playground equipment installed there last week. Pontiac2020.ca asked Home and School committee representative Stacy Johnston for some details.

Pontiac Community Gym hopes to open by end of year

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Kate Aley

Despite some setbacks and delays, work continues on the building on Clarendon Street that will house the Pontiac Community Gym. Coordinator Rachelle Dinelle gave Pontiac2020.ca an update.

Dedicated volunteer recognized with Governor General's medal

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Kate Aley

Luskville's Hélène Belisle (above) has been an extraordinary force for good in the Pontiac for decades. She has served as councilor for the Municipality of Pontiac, as a school board commissioner for the Commission scolaire des portages-de-l'Outaouais (CSPO), instigated and still facilitates the breakfast club at Notre Dame-de-la-Joie in Luskville, all while operating her own small business, Salon Chez Hélène. On September 11, Belisle was awarded the Sovereign's Medal for Volunteers, which recognizes exceptional volunteer achievements of Canadians through the office of the Governor General of Canada.

Lacing up for the 2018 Terry Fox Run

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Kate Aley

September brings many things, among them cooler weather, fall fairs and the Terry Fox Run.

Regional coordinater John Petty is once again chasing the elusive goal of having 200 participants at this years run on Sunday, September 16.

Petty, along with his late wife Betty and legendary friend Rick Valin, has been facilitating the run practically since there was one.

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