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Dear residents of the Pontiac,

As you know, we are currently going through the 4th wave of the COVID-19 virus in Quebec and across Canada. Throughout this pandemic, we have been very fortunate in the Pontiac to have kept our cases fairly low. I am very proud of our residents who have managed to protect our population by applying the recommended safety measures throughout this difficult and stressful time. I am happy to know that a large percentage of our population have already received one or two doses of the COVID-19 vaccine. If you have not received both doses yet, I highly encourage you to book your appointment online by visiting Quebec.ca/covidvaccine or by calling 1-877-644-4545. At this point in the pandemic, our best course of action in order to protect our most vulnerable citizens in our communities is for everyone who is able to receive a vaccination to do so as soon as possible.

On September 1st, the government of Quebec officially launched the COVID-19 Vaccination Passport system. With a vaccine passport, people aged 13 and up who are adequately protected can gain admittance to certain locations and non-essential activities where the risk of transmission is high. These include events and festivals, performance halls and sports arenas, casinos, cinemas, fitness centres, team sports, bars, restaurants, and certain extracurricular activities. This system does not apply to individuals who have a valid medical exception for the vaccine that has been approved by the local health unit. Any person who has an approved exception will also receive a valid QR code to gain access to the activities listed above. A vaccine passport is not required for access to essential services like education (primary, secondary, post-secondary), and employers are not able to require one as a hiring criteria. Wherever a vaccine passport is required, you need to show a QR code that contains your protection status as proof of vaccination against COVID-19. You can show proof in one of three ways:

Whichever method you choose, you must also show photo ID. If you have trouble downloading your proof of vaccination or using VaxiCode, please ask a friend or family member for help.

On August 18th, the Regional Council of Mayors held our first in person public council meeting since May 2020. It was great to get together face to face once again to take care of some very important files for the Pontiac. The next meeting of the Regional Council will be held on Wednesday, September 15th at 6:30 p.m. at the Bryson RA Hall. This meeting will be open to the public. I encourage any residents who to not feel comfortable to come in person to please use our online form to submit a public question to council. The form will be available as of Tuesday, September 7th at noon on the MRC website.

I would like to remind all non-profit organisations, cooperatives, band councils of aboriginal communities and municipalities that the Call for Growth Generating Projects under the Regions and Rurality Fund (FRR) is now open. All those interested in applying to this program are invited to contact the MRC Pontiac’s economic development department to schedule an appointment. You can do so by phone at 819-648-5689 ext.134 or by email our Director of Economic Development, Cyndy Phillips (c.phillips@mrcpontiac.qc.ca). Anyone looking for more information on this fund can visit the MRC website at this link: https://mrcpontiac.qc.ca/en/programs/regions-and-rurality-fund-rrf/growth-generating-projects/

Finally, I would like to congratulate the Shawville Fair Board and volunteers on successfully organizing some wonderful activities for this beautiful long weekend in the Pontiac. It is very encouraging to see their hard work finally come to fruition. I hope that everyone in attendance will have a wonderful and safe weekend. It is so nice to see some activities finally coming back to the Pontiac. I am also happy to announce that ‘’Les Journées de la Culture’’ festivities will be happening once again at the end of September. The details of all the culture events will be announced early next week so please keep an eye out on the MRC website, social media and in the local media for more details.

I hope that everyone in the Pontiac will have a chance to enjoy a safe and pleasant long weekend. Stay safe, and please keep the health of the Pontiac in your thoughts and prayers. Together Pontiac!

-Jane Toller

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