Dear Residents of the Pontiac,
As the nice weather is now upon us, it is very important to continue practising our social distancing and hygiene measures.
Earlier this week, provincial officials announced that outdoor gatherings with a maximum of 10 people are permitted effective today under the following conditions:
- Gatherings should be limited to a maximum of 10 people from no more than three households;
- The minimum distance of 2 metres must be maintained;
- Wearing a mask or face covering is strongly recommended;
- Any large gatherings above this number will continue to be monitored by the SQ and are subject to fines.
When fishing and boating, only members of the same household should be permitted in one boat. All other safety precautions should be observed in order to avoid an influx of calls to our emergency services.
After receiving complaints and concerns, we passed a resolution during our TNO council to enforce the closure of Lac Dumont beach (located within the TNO of the MRC Pontiac) near the Municipality of Cayamant. All large gatherings are still prohibited at this time due to COVID-19 and we cannot have people congregating on beaches in large numbers. This decision was made in conjunction with the Mayor of Cayamant, the Warden of Vallée-de-la-Gatineau, the MNR and the MFFP. It will be enforced by the SQ.
During our Regional Council of Mayors meeting this week, we passed a resolution to send a request to the Minister of Tourism to have funding expressly for the promotion of the MRC Pontiac. The current practice is that funding is distributed through Tourisme Outaouais in Gatineau. A concern I share with the wardens of MRC Papineau and Vallée-de-la-Gatineau, is that most of the funding is spent in urban centres and the rural areas do not receive as much attention. All three MRCs have put in the same request to the minister.
It was brought to the attention of the Regional Council that there is a shortage of forestry work for our local labourers. We are working, through the Forestry Committee and Regional Council, on a short-term plan to create more work for this season.
You can continue to look for daily updates on my Facebook page and the MRC Pontiac website. Thank you again for your strong determination and have a great weekend!
Keep Safe, Together Pontiac!