Dear residents of the Pontiac,
As many of you are already aware, the Québec government announced earlier this week that masks or face coverings will be mandatory in all indoor public spaces starting July 18th. I strongly support this initiative and I believe that this decree should have come into effect months ago, but I recognize that there would have been a shortage of equipment for our health care workers. The MRC Pontiac is taking precautionary measures very seriously, and consequently, masks will be required to enter both the MRC and SAAQ offices in Campbell’s Bay as of Monday. If you show up to an appointment without a mask, one will be provided for you. Please inform our staff if you have an underlying health condition that prevents you from wearing one.
In other news, the Conférence des Préfets de l’Outaouais (CPO) is currently working on a plan to relaunch the economy in the Outaouais after COVID-19. Part of this plan is focusing a lot of attention on the forestry sector. One of the priorities of the MRC Pontiac is to relaunch forestry, and the CPO supports the project at Énergie Davidson. In my opinion, it is our best chance of relaunching forestry at this point.
We are currently waiting to hear the results for the Sports Loisirs funding for a few MRC Pontiac projects, as well as the not-for-profit group Piscine Pontiac. They have submitted an exciting application called Pontiac Aqua Gym. We are expecting to receive word about funding in September.
We hope to hear good news from the CRTC for our funding application submitted by Connexion Fibre Pontiac (CFP) by the end of the year. This application is to improve internet and cellular service in our region.
Last Friday, I was happy to attend the launch of a buy-local campaign called Choose Outaouais First. The project was created to make consumers aware of the importance of buying locally throughout the Outaouais region, in the short and long term, and to help local businesses get through the COVID-19 crisis. I feel that we have a strong Pontiac First component within this campaign, and I encourage all local businesses to sign up for this program. For anyone wishing to learn more about this initiative, you can get in touch with our Economic Development department at the MRC and/or the SADC Pontiac.
I understand that many of you are feeling very fatigued through the length of the COVID-19 pandemic. To prevent the second wave coming to the Pontiac, we need to keep vigilant and remain determined to protect ourselves and others. If we continue our strong prevention measures, we will once again be successful in keeping the virus out of the Pontiac. We are all in this together.