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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Kickin' it: Pontiac youth get into soccer

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Kate Aley

Some might say that young people are glued to their screens all day and all night. But that's harder to say when so many bright young people are running, kicking, playing and laughing in Luskville every Monday evening.
Community soccer classes started up on Tuesday, May 1st at the Luskville Recreational Park. The two- to four year-olds play in the softball field. The older group, aged five and up, play on the soccer field to the north.

How do rural communities comply with Quebec's Organic Strategy?

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Kevin Brady

Current Situation:

The Québec residual materials management strategy includes a progressive reduction and an eventual a 'ban' of organic material from municipal landfills by 2020. Municipalities that comply with the policy are eligible for funding to help offset the costs. As with the Municipality of Pontiac, many municipalities have chosen to pass resolutions to initiate door-to-door collection, with costs paid for by the residents.

Get ready, get set, get out: disaster preparedness in a bag

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Kate Aley

Remember this?

As the Pontiac watches epic levels of flooding in both New Brunswick and B.C. and considers our own possible return to inundation, it's time to let paranoia rear its helpful head and get ready to get out of the house. The concept behind having a so-called Go Bag is to have ready everything you might need to survive, out-of-doors, for about 72 hours... until help arrives or the zombies get you.

Salon Chez Hélène celebrates 40 years in business

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Kate Aley

Hélène Belisle, owner of Salon Chez Hélène in Luskville, summarizes her work career as “forty years of doing what I like.”

Born and raised in Luskville, Belisle trained and gained work experience in Hull before opening her own salon in her home in 1978. However, her experience in hairdressing dates back to her childhood.

Pontiac Community Players put on fundraising play

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Kate Aley

A hilarious one-hour play called Maid to Order was presented in Shawville April 13 and 14 by local theatre troupe, the Pontiac Community Players (PCP). Sold-out on both evenings, the profits will go towards the Pontiac High School restoration project to update lighting, sound and add a 20-foot electronic screen to be used for both school and community movie screenings. Further improvements to seating and ventilation are planned.

Above, hapless police officers Craig Young (left) and Neil MacIntosh (right) ask the slightly-shady Charles Cambin (Richard Armitage) to explain himself.

Another community hub lost: Depanneur Poirier closes down

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Kate Aley

Depanneur Poirier, at the intersection of the highway and Ch. des Pères-Dominicains, has closed. The last day of business was Thursday 22 but the owners, Janet and Jack Deschenes have been emptying shelves for weeks.

Bunny fun: Luskville playgroup celebrates Easter

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Kate Aley

Spring is here we're told, but it's still so gray and cold outside. Where can you take your under 5's when you have exhausted all the DVD options? To the free playgroup in Luskville, of course.

Above from left, Comité 0-5 animator Lisa Corrigan with personal friend Helga the rabbit and an ardent admirer at the Luskville playgroup's Easter event.

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