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Citizen’s groups drive progress

Recently, the pages of The Equity have featured announcements aimed at improving healthcare in the region.
As many people remember, healthcare in the Pontiac became a hot button issue in December of 2016 when the Centre intégré de santé et des services sociaux de l’Outaouais (CISSSO) decided to charge patients at the Shawville Hospital to park on the property.
Within days of the announcement, a Facebook group called Pontiac Voice popped up and before anyone knew it, the group had more than 3,000 members.
Those at the forefront of the Pontiac Voice movement put pressure on government organizations, reached out to the press and attended public meetings to voice their concerns.
Even a cynic would be impressed with what the many local efforts have been able to accomplish in just over a year.

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