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Notice: date change to the Committee of the Whole – September 2016 Take notice that the Council of the Corporation of the United Counties of Prescott and Russell has advanced the date of the Committee of the Whole meeting of September 2016 and all related committee meetings to Tuesday, September 13, 2016.   This change is related to the Ontario East Municipal Conference, being held from September 14 to 16, 2016.
The UCPR invites the public to nominate candidates for the JP St. Pierre Award L’Orignal, August 15, 2016 – The United Counties of Prescott and Russell (UCPR) invites the public to nominate candidates for the Prescott and Russell JP St. Pierre Award, up until the deadline of October 31, 2016, inclusively. The JP St. Pierre Award is bestowed upon deserving individuals residing in the UCPR. This high municipal distinction aims to celebrate the exceptional contributions of individuals in the many areas of life within the UCPR, including arts and culture, business and professions, charitable work, health, education, public service, media and communications, sports, agriculture, the environment, or other areas contributing to the well-being of the UCPR’s citizens. A maximum of two awards will be presented on an annual basis. This award was created in 2015 in memory of Mayor Jean Paul St. Pierre, who served as Mayor of the Township of Russell before passing away suddenly in 2014. A resident of the Village of Russell for more than 40 years, he had also previously held the positions of municipal councillor as well as Trustee for the Village of Russell Police. In 2014, Jean Paul St. Pierre, in addition to his role as the Mayor of Russell, also served as Warden of the UCPR as well as Chair of the Eastern Ontario Wardens’ Caucus (EOWC). “Jean Paul was a man loved by all, inclusive, attentive and energetic. Through his actions and his presence, he touched the hearts and lives of the residents of Prescott and Russell,” expressed Guy Desjardins, 2016 Warden of the UCPR. Any resident of the UCPR who, as part of their professional duties or otherwise has made a significant contribution to the community, is eligible for this award. A description of categories is available in the document below, or by calling 613-675-4661, extension 2002, or by e-mail to prix-jpstpierre@prescott-russell.on.ca. Nominations made by family members, self-nominations, and posthumous nominations will not be accepted. In 2015, the award’s recipient was Charles Leduc, a businessman based in Alfred for several years as well as the first francophone chair of the Ontario Plowmen’s Association (OPA) in its 104 years of history. The prize was bestowed to him by Jocelyn St. Pierre, widow of the late Mr. St. Pierre. Description of Categories Nomination Form
Level 2 Drought Conditions in South Nation Watershed With the continued lack of rainfall across the region, South Nation Conservation (SNC) has increased the drought conditions from minor (Level 1) to moderate levels (Level 2), effective July 7. Since issuing a minor drought warning at the end of May, SNC reports that it has not seen conditions improve over the last month. Little rainfall received in June has been sporadic and not enough to improve soil moisture, creeks and groundwater. Environment Canada climate stations in Cornwall, Ottawa, and Brockville, indicated less than 60% of normal precipitation in the last 3 months. SNC continues to receive reports of dry wells from residents across the jurisdiction. Many small streams are beginning to dry up increasing algae growth, with longtime residents commenting that they have never seen water levels so low in June. Agricultural representatives on the SNC Water Response Team noted that they are already seeing impacts of drought conditions on crop yields. Prolonged drought conditions can also adversely affect tree health and newly planted seedlings. Residents, businesses and other industries throughout the jurisdiction can help by reducing their water consumption by 20%, and limiting non-essential uses (e.g. lawn watering, car washing, etc.). Landowners should be aware of their municipality’s water and fire By-laws.  SNC’s Water Response Team, created under the Ontario Low Water Response program, consists of representatives from provincial and municipal governments, agriculture and other special interest groups. SNC will continue to monitor watershed conditions and will provide updates as required. Landowners, businesses, and industries are encouraged to contact SNC if they are experiencing any unusual water-related problems.
Mailing of the Department of Social Services cheques and statements resumes after pausing for potential Canada Post strike Mailing of the Department of Social Services cheques and statements resumes after pausing for potential Canada Post strike Mailing was briefly paused when it seemed possible that a Canada Post strike would disrupt mail service. Earlier this week, Canada Post announced that service would continue as usual while the corporation and its workers proceed with negotiations. The United Counties of Prescott and Russell Ontario Works, Housing Services, and Child Care Services offices in L'Orignal, Casselman, and Rockland are therefore mailing out any statements, letters, and cheques that were not picked up in person during that period.
Prescott-Russell Residence 100% compliant with Accreditation Canada standards Hawkesbury, July 8, 2016 – The Prescott-Russell Residence received confirmation this week that it was granted a perfect score by Accreditation Canada, in its Accreditation Primer Program. Members of the Accreditation Canada program validated the high level of satisfaction among residents and families over the course of their visit on June 20, 21 and 22. Accordingly, the accreditation report confirmed that the Residence had complied with 100 per cent of the 78 criteria related to the six areas of quality identified by the accrediting body. Accreditation Canada is an independent not-for-profit organization that, since 1958, has provided national health-care organizations an external review process conducted by expert peer reviewers, in order to evaluate and improve the services offered to patients and clients, according to standards of excellence. There are currently 869 organizations accredited across Canada. “The report highlights that in recent years, the management team, supported by the administration committee, carried out major developments in quality management within the institution,” explained Louise Lalonde, Administrator of the Prescott-Russell Residence. “Furthermore, it was noted that management showed great concern for the safety of residents, that a safety plan is in place, and that the Residence has made important strides towards the prevention and control of infections.” This success is also a testimony to the excellence of the care and services provided, as well as the consolidated efforts to ensure compliance of the Residence’s mission: to provide specialized care, ensure safety and security, improve the quality of life and well-being, and help maintain the independence of persons with reduced autonomy. “My sincere congratulations on this enormous success, which speaks to the outstanding work provided on a daily basis by every employee of the Residence,” said Gary J. Barton, Mayor of Champlain Township and Chair of the Prescott-Russell Residence Committee. “This accreditation confirms the determined commitment of the Residence’s many services, to work with compassion and to continually excel in community service.” Made stronger by this experience and its successes – as well as the commitment, competence and perseverance of all its employees, physicians, healthcare professionals and partners – the Residence is prepared to achieve the next level of accreditation, being Qmentum.
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