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Counties support cellphone service project


for Eastern Ontario would help createmore than 3000 full-time jobs over the next 10 years and also more than $240 million in private sector business revenue. The Cana- dian Radio and Telecommunications Corp. ruled last year that both fixed and mobile broadband should be classed as essential basic telecom services. The EOWC and EORN have preliminary estimates of about $10.1 million for an im- proved cell network and about $14.2 for both improved cell and PSBN. What they propose is that all municipal/county governments

in Eastern Ontario provide an equal share of the cost. That would total $440,921 for improved cell or $619,145 for cell and PSBN. These figures could change depending on the final project design and any senior-level government or other sources of funding aid which might become available. All the mayors on UCPR council indica- ted support for the EOWC/EORN proposal. Counties administration will prepare an official resolution for the mayors to vote on during the regular UCPR council meeting later in May.

Over the past few years a joint effort to improve Internet access for the Eastern Ontario region has seen significant and critical success. Now a similar partnership is pulling together to do the same for cell- phone service with emphasis on making sure ambulances and other emergency services do not fail to receive calls for help. The United Counties of Prescott-Russell council (UCPR) gave unanimous support during its May 10 committee of the whole to supporting the latest project of the Eastern Ontario Wardens Caucus (EOWC) and the Eastern Ontario Regional Network (EORN). The two agencies want to eliminate the “cel- lular gap” that still exists in many parts of Eastern Ontario for mobile phone broad- band access. «We have become so dependent on cell- phones,» said Gary Barton, UCPR warden, «and there are ‘dead’ spots in our area.That is not good for our first-responders. We need to support this.» In its own five-page brief outlining the mobile broadband improvement project, the EOWC stated that this project is now «the number one economic development priority for the region.» The EOWC noted that most people and many businesses in EasternOntario use and rely on mobile phones and tablets to both keep in touch with others and also conduct

Une résidente de Rockland reconnue pour son courage

business. «Mobile broadband is an essential tool to grow local businesses and generate jobs,» the EOWC stated. «The EOWC also reco- gnizes the critical need for a dependable and secure communications network for emergency services, usually called a public safety broadband network (PSBN).» The EOWC’s own economic analysis indi- cates that improvingmobile network access Des plans sont en cours pour améliorer le service de téléphonie mobile pour l’ensemble de l’est de l’Ontario.

France Lavergne de Rockland s’est vu remettre le Certificat du courage durant la cérémonie du Service de police d’Ottawa et de la collectivité 2017 à la Place Ben Franklin d’Ottawa, le 8 mai dernier. En effet, l’ambulancière paramédicale était parmi les récipiendaires à recevoir cet honneur à la suite d’une situation dangereuse où elle a dû aider à désarmer des individus. Le Certificat du courage est décerné pour un acte d’une bravoure exceptionnelle ou de service hautement méritoire, accompli pour venir en aide à autrui ou à un membre du Service de police d’Ottawa. On la voit (au centre) en compagnie de l’agent du service de police d’Ottawa, Earle Cook, le maire d’Ottawa, Jim Watson, le membre de la Commission des services policiers d’Ottawa, L.A. (Sandy) Smallwood, le procureur général d’Ottawa Yasir Naqvi ainsi que le chef de police d’Ottawa .Charles Bordeleau. —photo fournie

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Flood recovery plan

The City of Clarence-Rockland’s Flood Re- covery Plan was hand-delivered to flood victims over the May 13 weekend. Copies of the plan are available also on the city website. The Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Housing announced that the City of Cla- rence-Rockland is one of themunicipalities targeted for the Disaster Recovery Assistance Program. Go to the city website to find the link for information on how to apply for flood relief aid from the province. Tomlinson Construction has begun sand- bag removal operation as of May 15. Please do not touch sandbags used as part of flood barricades or dispose of them as they are now considered contaminated. Tomlinson Construction crews will follow HAZMAT procedure for removal of the sandbags and take them away for proper disposal. Electricity will be restored to certain flood affected areas like Voisine Road and Old Highway 17, as soon as houses in those areas pass the Electrical Safety Authority (ESA) inspection. In order to be considered for eligibility to access recovery support from the Red Cross, people affected by the floods need to register by filling out the registration format the Red

Chip wagon licensing review Clarence-Rockland council approved a pro- posal for a review of the bylaw dealing with the licensing of chip wagons and other mobile refreshment vehicles. Part of the review will deal with guidelines for location of such businesses and also the number of such operations feasible within a particular location. – Gregg Chamberlain Residents affected by the flooding who wish a tetanus shot can go the Eastern Ontario Health Unit office, 2229 Laurier Street. Office hours are May 16, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.; May 17, 1:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.; May 18, 1:15 p.m. to 3:45 p.m.; May 19, 1:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. Cross contact facility at the Clarence Creek Arena and at the Treatment and Information Centre in the TSC parking lot of the Rockland Plaza. The centre’s hours are from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Paramedics are on site for 12-hour periods to assist people. A nurse practitioner will be on site Saturday and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Psychological counseling aid, courtesy of the Hawkesbury General Hospital, will also be available on site Satur- day and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. The Red Cross will also have staff on site.

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