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  • Trevor Greenway

All we want for Christmas is…

What do you most want to find under the tree this year? New socks? A new sweater? A regifted Christmas candle?

It’s a bit different at the Low Down. The things we want won’t come in a stocking; Santa won’t bring our wishes down the chimney, and a couple of weeks off won’t fix the problems plaguing this province and region.

So here is the Christmas list we’re sending to our local politicians this year.

Affordable and seniors housing

It’s been over 10 years since The Chelsea Housing Corporation began its journey to build a 12-unit seniors home in Farm Point, and they haven’t even purchased a shovel yet. Numerous delays have plagued the project, and many of the seniors on the original waiting list a decade ago have died. The $4.1 million facility won’t solve the issues, but it’s a start. There are just 162 private and social housing units for seniors in the region, and with close to 6,400 residents over the age of 65, the need for a housing strategy is now. Chelsea does not have a seniors home, but it does have a $7 million trail that they keep sinking money into.

More healthcare money

A lot more. This province has a healthcare crisis, especially in the Outaouais, where doctors and nurses are leaving in droves for greener pastures. A 2018 Institute for Socioeconomic Research and Information (IRIS) report found that the Outaouais was underfunded by $250 million compared to similar regions in Quebec. A child from the Outaouais had to be airlifted to Quebec City last month because there were no facilities to intubate him here. Legault spent $3.8 billion enticing voters with his $400 inflation cheque promise. How many doctors or nurses could that money have hired?

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