Oct. 5 - Oct. 11, 2011
All aboard for steam train meeting Quebec transport ministry officials met with the owners of the railway right of way Sept. 30 to discuss the future of the HullChelsea-Wakefield Steam Train that is currently off the tracks. Gatineau MNA Stephanie Vallee said solutions are on the table, but it’s too early to reveal details. “The general feeling is that it’s important to keep the train and keep the train in its location,” she told the Low Down. The Compagnie de chemin de fer de l’Outaouais (CCFO), the company that manages the railway, presented its financial study to engineers from Transport Quebec. The director of Tourisme Outaouais, a municipal representative from La Peche, Chel-
sea Mayor Caryl Green and a representative from the council of Outaouais elected officials (CREO) were present. The HCW Steam Train has not chugged up the line since heavy rainfall June 23-24 caused washouts at several spots. The CCFO recently announced the train will likely stay off track for the 2012 season. Repairs will cost an estimated $7 million. Vallee said the Outaouais tourism industry also lost $7 million in revenue since the train stopped running. “We understand the economical impacts, not just for the Outaouais, but for the businesses,” she said. Vallee said more studies will be done before any more government money is handed out.
The Wakefield steam train has been sidetracked since June storms washed away portions of the railbed in Chelsea and Gatineau. File photo
CSSS to push health minister for more home-care funding By Lucy Scholey
The demand for home care is high, and the Centre de sante et services sociaux des Collines board of directors says the CSSS needs more funding to pay for it. Last year, the CSSS spent $525,914 in funding for caregivers and direct cheques to individuals for the service, also known as in-home or at-home care. According to figures released at the CSSS board meeting Sept.
28, the organization went $87,000 over budget, meaning they had to make up the shortfall from elsewhere in the allocated total. This year, they’re expecting a $50,000 shortfall for home-care funding. “We will review all of the file and ask the (health) minister for more money,” said Andre Desilets, director-general of the CSSS board of directors. Last year, the CSSS provided home care for 70 people. In addition, 36 people who are intellec-
tually or physically disabled, senior-aged or in need of palliative care received direct funding, in the form of cheques to pay caregivers. Currently, there are 49 individuals waiting for home-care funding. In one year, that number of people would cost $16,650 to the CSSS. Those in need of palliative care are prioritized. At the meeting, Michel Charbonneau, a community representative on the board, called the
waiting list “unacceptable.” “We are obliged to give care to everyone,” he said. BREASTFEEDING POLICY SET Mothers with newborns will be given space to breastfeed at the Wakefield Hospital after the CSSS board of directors adopted a breastfeeding policy at the Sept. 28 meeting. It’s in line with a UNICEF code to encourage breastfeeding
newborns, rather than administering artificial milk. The new policy includes promoting and educating new moms on breastfeeding their children from age six months to two years. Although breastfeeding does not work for all mothers, the policy does recommend providing alternative solutions, but with costs and risks. “We know that the mother’s milk is the better milk for the child,” said Andre Desilets, the CSSS board of directors head.
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