During the May 9th committee of the whole session the United Counties of Prescott-Russell council approved a recommendation that local operators of subsidized housing in the Prescott-Russell region will get a bit of extra financial compensation for their services. The recommendation from administration was for a one-dollar increase for each person living in a designated subsidized housing unit. The association represents 34 of subsidized housing facilities in the region, whose clients are mostly seniors and others living on fixed incomes. The per diem subsidy provided through the counties social services department helps cover the cost of rent and services for the clients.
The Plantagenet Public School building is now up for sale with a potential buyer. The Upper Canada District School Board closed the elementary school last September and transferred all its student population to Rockland Public School as part of a district-wide efficiency review of its school and maintenance facilities. The money from the salewill go into the UCDSB’s building fund for present and future improvements at other district facilities.
Michel Chretian the director for Prescott-Russell’s emergency services is presenting a legal challenge to the provincial government to solve the growing crisis situation for the regional ambulance service. He is demanding that the province places limits on the number of outside calls that a regional ambulance service must answer, hoping that this will force Ottawa to train more paramedics for its own ambulance service.
St. Patrick Catholic School in Clarence-Rockland raised $6,770.75 from their annual walkathon, held on May 10. Some of the money raised will be given to Defeat Depression, a national fundraising and awareness campaign raising funds for local mental health programs. The other half will be donated to CHEO, in support of a St. Patrick school student diagnosed with leukemia.