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The Year in Review – February

Flood prevention task force: Back in session
The flood prevention task force sat down on Jan. 25 for the first time this season to discuss and plan for the spring thawing and watch out for any irregularities in water levels.
On the agenda, the task force discussed the water levels and whether or not they were average. They also looked at the current reservoir levels, and lastly the amount of rain to be expected come spring.
Pictured above, high water at Quyon.

Still whimsical at 100
Soft-spoken, with a great sense of humor. and a sharp memory, Evelyn Duff McCredie, pictured right, spoke with gusto as she recalled moments from her life. On Feb. 6 she turned 100 years old, a major milestone. Slightly hard of hearing, but in great health nonetheless she smiled and laughed as she recalled memories from her youth.
*Evelyn passed away on November 29, 2022.

Pontiac Youth Circle are back in the Pontiac
After being unable to organize events, The Action Youth Group has announced the return of the Pontiac Youth Circle activities starting on Jan. 21.

Moose study in the area
Chances are residents have noticed a helicopter hovering overhead in several Pontiac areas last February. It was a part of the Ministry of Forests, Wildlife and Parks’ (MFFP) aerial moose inventory conducted between Feb. 4 and Feb. 25, 2022.
The results of this inventory permitted the MFFP to quantify the current moose population management plan for the province. This will enable them to adjust the procedures that will be in effect for the 2024 to 2031 hunting seasons if necessary.
The MFFP hopes this contributes to a continued abundant and vigorous moose population.
MRC Pontiac unveils new branding image campaign
The Pontiac’s MNA, Warden and several of its mayors were among those gathered at the Chutes Coulonge on Feb. 19 for the Pontiac MRC’s unveiling of a new brand image, pictured above.
The project, a two-year collaboration with the marketing consulting firm Visages régionaux, is an initiative to refresh and re-brand the area in an attempt to reflect the evolution, changing priorities and visions for the future growth and economic development of the county.
The “Pontiac 14,000 reasons” campaign was deployed on several communication tools. The website permits people to become familiar with the region’s 18 municipalities and provide a closer, more intimate look at the people, the culture and the unique components of life in the Pontiac.

Fortin tables petition for the reopening of Shawville Hospital’s obstetric unit
A petition to reopen the obstetrics unit at the Pontiac Hospital in Shawville was tabled by MNA André Fortin at the National Assembly on Feb. 16.
This petition was brought forward at the Nov. 24, 2021 MRC meeting by president of the Pontiac County Women’s Institute (PCWI) Beryl Smart.
“The main opportunity that comes from the petition is to remind the government that there are lots of people in the Pontiac who want and need this essential service and that they are willing to speak up about it,” said Fortin.

Jane Toller invites youth to voice their concerns
One of the ways to inspire the youth to get into politics is to have them voice their concerns according to MRC Pontiac Warden, Jane Toller when she spoke about the return of the Youth Council.
Toller believes young people involved in the council will allow the MRC to make informed decisions around youth issues and better understand what projects or initiatives they hope to see happen in their own communities.

Clarendon Family loses home in fire
A family of seven lost their home in Clarendon on Feb. 21 The family was unhurt but the four adults and three children were left with only the clothes on their backs.
One of the family’s cats reportedly died in the fire and another was injured.
The fire occurred on C 183 11th Concession.
“It was totally in flames when we got there,” says Chief Lee Laframboise of the Shawville-Clarendon Fire Department. “It was a bad day.”
While the family had a place to go, they lost everything, according to Laframboise.
The cause of the fire was not deemed criminal by the authorities.

Quebec government announces an investment of $65 billion for international nurse recruitment
Quebec Labour and Immigration Minister, Jean Boulet, made an announcement on Feb. 23 that the Quebec government is investing $65 million over a two-year period to recruit international candidates in an effort to alleviate the nursing shortages across the province.
The investment was made in order to attract, recruit, train and integrate 1,000 nurses to the areas where they are most needed: in the Abitibi-Témiscamingue, Côte-Nord, Bas-Saint-Laurent, Gaspésie, Saguenay–Lac-Saint-Jean, Baie-James and the Outaouais regions.

Local farm buys old MNR feed mill in Quyon
A local farm, La Paysannerie, has purchased the former M&R feed mill in Quyon.
The mill was purchased for $80,000, according to Pierre Said, Director General of the Municipality of Pontiac.
La Paysannerie plan to use the mill to produce flour for human consumption.

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