The Way We Were Compiled by Bonnie Chevrier

May 12, 1993

25 Years Ago

Pontiac doctors lead the way: Local doctors innovations in the medical profession have put Pontiac on the map – literally.
On April 29 and 30, 100 doctors from all across Canada attended a seminar on rural medicine in Montreal. On the map in front of them, Pontiac was highlighted to draw their attention to the spot where the idea for the program originated.
“It was hatched here in this office,” admits Shawville’s self-effacing Dr. Keith MacLellan, who saw that Canada’s rural doctors could make their jobs easier and more effective through an exchange of information.
Calls to Ottawa could soon be local: If all goes according to plan, long distance charges on calls to Ottawa could soon be a thing of the past.
This extended service, however, will not be free. Before the change can be implemented, a majority of Shawville subscribers must approve. The change would mean that the basic monthly charge for a residential phone would increase from $12.95 to $20.70; a business phone would go from $37 to $65.

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