Dear residents of the Pontiac,
This week, Premier Legault made an announcement in regards to the COVID-19 vaccine rollout across Quebec. As of Feb. 25th, all people who are 85 years of age and older will be able to schedule their vaccination appointment. A person who accompanies someone who is 85 or older to a vaccination appointment may get the vaccine at the same time only if the following criteria are met:
- They are 70 years of age or older
- They provide support to their loved one more than 3 days a week
There are two options for making an appointment: you can visit http://xn--qubec-csa.ca/covidvaccine or you can call 1-877-644-4545. The vaccination process will take many months and they are hoping to have everyone vaccinated by September. I am very proud of the fact that the Pontiac has done so well in keeping our cases low, which in large part is due to the vigilance of our residents in following the restrictions and wearing masks. I really encourage everyone to get a vaccination when it is available because it will guarantee a safer region for all and hopefully a return to normal as soon as possible.
This month at the MRC, we have made some significant progress on our territorial marketing project for the Pontiac. We are working with a firm called Visages Régionaux and they are doing an exceptional job so far. This project is moving along quickly and we are very excited to reveal this plan to our residents. We will be marketing to both investors and new residents and will be targeting people in Ottawa/Gatineau, Montreal, Quebec, and the GTA.
Another exciting project that we are working on is the relaunch of the Ottawa River Waterway, a boat lift service available from Ottawa to Mattawa. This service offers the option of detouring dams and natural water obstacles to those wishing to explore our beautiful region. Mayor Donald Gagnon and I recently made a presentation to the County of Renfrew and the City of Pembroke to promote our relaunch plan and to ask them to invest. The reaction was very positive. In recent years, we have noticed a significant increase in boat traffic along the Ottawa River. This relaunch is a wonderful opportunity to promote tourism in the Pontiac and to attract people to visit our municipalities and support our local businesses.
This week I was delighted to have the opportunity to present the Lise Waters Prize to the family members of Sensei Tim Sullivan, who sadly passed away last year. In September 2005, he founded the Chapeau Karate Club with the objective of giving to his community, especially the children, the opportunity to learn karate. Under his leadership, the club experienced many triumphs. Together, they participated in the Canadian National Championship, from where not only his students brought back awards, but he himself left with the prizes for exceptional Sensei and exceptional dojo. The award was presented by myself and Mayor Winston Sunstrum to Mr. Sullivan’s wife and daughter, Joanne and April, and the club’s current Sensei, Paul McGuire.
Due to the fact that March break is fast approaching, we thought it would be best to postpone our Virtual Municipal & Regional Information Forum from March 8th to March 22nd from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. We are hoping to encourage more people to register. You will find the registration form on the MRC website at the following link: http://www.mrcpontiac.qc.ca/en/registration-virtual-municipal-regional-information-forum/
It is my hope that everyone has a chance to enjoy the warm weather during the upcoming March break. There are so many wonderful outdoor activities to take advantage of in the Pontiac. The Maisons des Jeunes are offering COVID-friendly activities for families and children, and many municipalities are offering snowshoe and ski rentals as well. Please continue to keep the health of the Pontiac in your thoughts and prayers.