CISSSO to bring in 92 new workers

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by Mary Fahey on March 22, 2017

The Gatineau Hills will see seven new healthcare professionals from 92 new positions created by CISSSO. Creative Commons photo

The Gatineau Hills will see seven new healthcare professionals from 92 new positions created by CISSSO. Creative Commons photo

Long-term care homes in the Outaouais are about to get a much-needed influx of healthcare professionals to help tend to the region’s elderly citizens.

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Milk that weed

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by Mary Fahey on March 22, 2017

Milkweed harvester Geneviève LeGal-Leblanc picked milkweed in her first season five years ago with her six-month-old son Téo Butler on her back. Milkweed harvesting is set to become a booming industry in the Outaouais.  Photo courtesy Sean Butler

Milkweed harvester Geneviève LeGal-Leblanc picked milkweed in her first season five years ago with her six-month-old son Téo Butler on her back. Milkweed harvesting is set to become a booming industry in the Outaouais.
Photo courtesy Sean Butler

There’s milkweed in them thar hills. About 100,000 kilograms of it.

Louise Marchildon, the director general of the CLD des Collines-de-l’Outaouais, said the milkweed harvesting season for the fall of 2017 is going to escalate the growing local practice of picking milkweed from fields in the area. Milkweed harvesting is poised to become a bona fide industry in the Outaouais, and the CLD wants to be there when that business blooms.

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Parents play nice at park meet

March 22, 2017

  Chelsea maybe known for its strong voices and passionate disagreements during public meetings, but according to one Chelseaite, the public consultation regarding the refurbishment of Radapaw Ridge Park was an example of constructive, open dialogue and common sense.

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Snares found close to village

March 15, 2017

Steve Powers doesn’t even want to consider the consequences of what would have happened if his dog had discovered the snare traps only a couple of hundred metres from his Wakefield property. “If he got his head stuck in it, it would be fatal,” said Powers. “My dog would have died.”

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‘Personal attack’: tempers flare over lost seniors’ project

March 15, 2017

Chelsea councillor Barbara Martin described her fellow councillors’ behaviour as “utterly disgraceful,” saying they had launched a “personal attack” on her during the municipal council meeting of March 9. In an unusual step, each councillor and the mayor made passionate speeches about a highly controversial seniors’ development, which had purposely been left on the agenda […]

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One lucky pup: dog survives a week alone in the wilderness

March 15, 2017

For at least a week in the end of February and the beginning of March, a five-month-old Australian Shepherd mix puppy wandered the Gatineau Park. Lonely and frightened, the puppy wandered the woods in temperatures as low as -20 C and biting winds. She spooked at the sight of people, but hungrily took proffered food. […]

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Seniors’ housing axed by developer

March 8, 2017

In an unpredictable turn of events, a proposed $5 million seniors’ residence slated for Old Chelsea Road is no longer in the cards.

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Province dishes out $8M for health care

March 8, 2017

The Centre Intégré de la santé et des services sociaux de l’Outaouais has just received a substantial chunk of change from the provincial government to create new spaces in health care facilities and more jobs for healthcare professionals in the region.

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Paramedics heading out on strike

March 8, 2017

The Fraternité des paramédics de l’Outaouais has officially decided to go on strike. According to a press release from the Fédération des employés du préhospitalier du Québec (FPHQ), of which the Outaouais paramedics union is a member, all FPHQ members across the province will be striking as of 12:01 a.m. on March 9. The release […]

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Anguished mom feels let down by police

March 1, 2017

A Wakefield mother whose 18-year-old daughter went missing Jan. 27 is frustrated with what she feels is a lack of action by the authorities. On top of the anguish and despair caused by the disappearance of her daughter, Anouk-Michelle Grégoire said she’s had to take on the challenge of trying to get the Ottawa, Gatineau, […]

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