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.
5th edition of the Ottawa River Festival attracts more than 14,000 visitors Prescott and Russell, July 6, 2016 – More than 14,000 people participated in the various activities of the fifth edition of the Ottawa River Festival, which this year occurred during the long Canada Day weekend. Residents across Prescott and Russell appreciated the concept of the festival and demonstrated this once again by actively participating in various activities. Among other events, more than 1,000 people came to Rockland to experience the April Wine concert on Thursday, June 30 and more than 400 guests attended the dinner-show featuring Martin Vachon and Laurent Paquin on Saturday, July 2. Organized by the five riverfront municipalities of the United Counties of Prescott and Russell and their various partners, the Ottawa River Festival aims to showcase the river as a tourist attraction and offer a varied event program to both residents and visitors alike. The two activities linking the municipalities together – the Poker Run for high-performance boats and the Rockland Ford Classic Poker Run – also proved to be very popular with fans, with the participation of 20 boats and 108 performance cars. On different sites, festivalgoers attended lunches, BBQ, fairs, and community activities of all kinds in addition to attending various shows. The slightly cooler weather of Saturday, July 2 did not discourage festivalgoers, who participated with enthusiasm. A major activity of this kind would not be possible without its many dedicated partners, volunteers and sponsors. The organizers of the Ottawa River Festival sincerely thank those organizations and individuals that continue to support this activity. "For five years now, the Ottawa River Festival has continued to improve and offer more diverse programming to please our residents and attract visitors. I am convinced that this festival is becoming an important engine of economic development and tourism for our beautiful region,” said Mr. Guy Desjardins, Warden of the United Counties of Prescott and Russell. La Foire Gourmande, presented by the Eastern Ontario Agri-Food Network – and which joined the Ottawa River Festival for a second year at Du Moulin Park in Rockland – was once again very popular among festivalgoers. Nearly 1,200 people came to meet the 30 local producers. Cooking demonstrations provided by chefs of Le Cordon Bleu Institute as well as various performances, including that of Mélissa Ouimet, spokesperson for the Foire Gourmande, contributed to the success of the event. “This has truly become one of the best culinary events of its kind across the region, not to mention that the weather was on our side! We are very pleased with the success that this event has experienced, year after year,” said Réjean Ouimet, President of the Eastern Ontario Agri-Food Network.
First Service Decoration Ceremony held for UCPR Paramedics Hawkesbury, June 1, 2016 – Last Tuesday, May 24, the United Counties of Prescott and Russell (UCPR) held the very first Paramedic Service Decoration ceremony, in recognition of the years of service and exemplary conduct of its paramedics. This Paramedic Service Decoration ceremony is a first for the Emergency Services Department, but will become an annual event as of this year. The decoration is initially provided for 12 consecutive years of paramedic service, and then again after every 10 subsequent years. This year, the UCPR recognized 20 of its paramedics for 42, 32 and 22 years of service. “In order to celebrate National Paramedic Week, which took place this year from May 22 to 28, we wished to recognize the service of 20 paramedics that, combined, is equivalent to more than 600 years of service,” stated Michel Chrétien Jr., the Emergency Services Director for the UCPR. The original concept to receive the decoration comes from the Canadian Armed Forces. Although the reason for the 12 years is unknown, the rules mirror those that were established in 1949 by the Forces. “I wish to congratulate all the paramedics for the relentless duties that they perform every day, in order to help our residents in their most vulnerable moments. Their service and dedication, as well as their constant presence in our community, makes Prescott and Russell one of the greatest places to live,” added Pierre Leroux, Chair of the Emergency Services Committee and Mayor of Russell Township. At the top of the list, recognized for 42 years of service or more, is Paul Labelle, who has dedicated 46 years of loyal service to the community as a paramedic. Mr. Labelle began his career with the Noel Ambulance Service in 1969 and retired in December 2015. The paramedics recognized for 32 years of service and more are Daniel Cyril Villeneuve (40 years); Raymond Groleau (39); Gilles Lacroix (37); Michel Chrétien Jr. (35); Jeff Warnock (33); Louis Rathier (32); Daniel Leduc (32); Stéphane Huppé (32); and Yvon Leclair (32). The paramedics recognized for 22 years of service and more are André Jean (31); Daniel Lacelles (31); Sylvain Pelletier (30); Denis Dalrymple (29); Sylvain Veilleux (29); Patrice Brennan (28); Yves Larivière (28); Nancy Leduc (28); Claude Meloche (27); Alfred Baaklini (27); Mathieu Berthiaume (27); Marc-André Périard (26); Christophe Serano (26); Mario Périard (24); and Martin Gascon (24). It should be noted that Nancy Leduc was the only woman to be awarded during the ceremony. At the time of her hiring, she was one of few women to hold the position of a full-time paramedic. Today, more and more young women practice this profession.
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