Regional Council of Mayors
Regular meeting held on December 16, 2020 AT 6:30 P.M.
Change from the orange zone to red zone on Quebec’s COVID-19 alert level system
Considering the announcement by the Québec government that the Pontiac region will move to the maximum alert level (red zone) as of midnight on Thursday, December 17, it was moved by Mayor Sandra Murray and resolved unanimously that the MRC Council of Mayors express its disappointment with the government’s announcement concerning the change of zone and the manner in which this information was delivered. It was also resolved that the Council highlight all the efforts that have been made in the Pontiac to keep Covid-19 cases at a low level.
Creation of the Flood Prevention Task Force
Amidst rising public concern over the high-water levels of the Ottawa River, it was resolved by council to form a working group on flood prevention. This group would be composed of the Warden, Mayors Gilles Dionne, Jim Gibson, Winston Sunstrum and Debbie Laporte. It was also resolved that council would invite representatives from the Ottawa River Regulation Board, Hydro-Québec, and people with other expertise to partake in future meetings.
Council supports resolution to move towards the decentralization of healthcare in the RSL Pontiac
It was resolved by council to ask the Ministry of Health and Social Services to consider the following initiatives for the decentralization of healthcare for the Réseau local de service (RLS) Pontiac:
- the reinstatement of a local administrator position (President and CEO);
- the re-establishment of a local Conseil des médecins, dentistes et pharmaciens (CMDP) or ‘Council of Physicians, Dentists and Pharmacists’;
- the re-establishment of a Table des chefs locale (‘local Chiefs’ Table’) bringing together all local department heads;
- the re-establishment of a small local Board of Directors (BOD);
- the attribution ofoperational powers to the above-mentioned bodies;
- the implementation of apilot project in the Pontiac over a period of 5 years to establish a salary structure for nurses and other health professionals at the Ontario level.
It was also resolved to ask the Conférence des préfets de l’Outaouais (CPO) to support the MRC Pontiac in its efforts.
2021 Calendar for the Sittings of the TNO Council & Regional Council of Mayors
It was resolved by the regional council to adopt the following calendar of meetings for the year 2021:
River Routes Development Project
As the MRC Pontiac had received a request to participate in a project to market and develop tourism paddling routes within its territory, it was resolved by council to authorize Mrs. Cyndy Phillips, Director of Economic Development, to sign an agreement with Art 2 0 Design for a River Routes development project.
Ski at School project
It was resolved by council to grant the Ski at School project (SASO) a one-time funding support of $10,000 to support a ski program in the schools of the MRC Pontiac during the winter season of 2020-2021.
Donations & Sponsorships
- Penguins Snowmobile Club – an exceptional donation of $1,000 to support the club during their 2020-2021 season
- Isolation 2020 Country Jamboree – an exceptional sponsorship in the amount of $1,800 to be granted to Mr. Cletus Ferrigan for the ‘Isolation 2020 Country Jamboree’ event to be held in August 2021
New fund to be created to help support the artist community of the MRC Pontiac
Whereas the MRC Pontiac wishes to encourage the practice of the arts in the Pontiac and the accessibility of arts and culture to the population of Pontiac, it was resolved by council to develop a new fund to support artists and artist-run centers in the MRC Pontiac.
MANAGEMENT OF TERRITORY
Council has adopted the MRC’s Action plan to reduce greenhouse gas emissions for 2020-2025
The MRC Pontiac has received a grant from the Federation of Canadian Municipalities (FCM) to support staff working on climate change in order to increase its capacity to adapt to the effects of climate change and reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions. The MRC is using this funding to assign staff to activities such as updating GHG emissions inventories, updating GHG reduction plans, and integrating climate change practices into ongoing municipal processes. Considering that the update of this GHG reduction action plan describes 13 actions projected in the short term, it was resolved that the MRC Pontiac adopt the action plan described in the report entitled “Action Plan for the Reduction of GHG Emissions of the MRC Pontiac 2020-2025”.
Adoption of draft by-law 269-2021 for the use of the former CN Railway Corridor
It was resolved by council to adopt draft by-law 269-2021 aiming at authorizing the use of snowmobiles and summer quads on the former Canadian National Railway corridor within the municipalities of Bristol, Clarendon, Litchfield, and Portage du Fort. The public comment period on this draft by-law will run from December 17, 2020 to January 10, 2021.
Development of forestry in the Pontiac (Lac à l’épaule 2021)
It was moved resolved that the Council of Mayors hold a ‘Lac à l’épaule’ on January 16 to further develop a Forest Strategy that unites the MRC Pontiac, and applies to the entire territory. It was further resolved to invite Forest Industry stakeholder, such as the Pontiac Wood Producers, to make presentations at the special working session.