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The EOWC and FCM Urge Federal Government to Invest in Next Generation Infrastructure
02/29/2024
The member municipalities of the EOWC and the FCM are calling on the federal government to make meaningful and collaborative investment to support the infrastructure needed to service new and existing projects and to provide for our growing and aging population.
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The CEPEO and the UCPR Announce an Innovative Partnership!
02/07/2024
The CEPEO and the UCPR announced an innovative partnership between the école des adultes Le Carrefour and the Prescott and Russell Residence.
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A more prosperous Ontario demands a modern provincial-municipal fiscal partnership
01/31/2024
The EOWC joins the AMO in calling on the province to commit to reviewing the provincial-municipal fiscal framework as part of the upcoming provincial budget.
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From left to right: MPP Stephane Sarrazin, Glengarry-Prescott-Russell; MPP Laurie Scott, Haliburton-Kawartha Lakes-Brock; Warden Jamie MacDonald, United Counties of Stormont, Dundas and Glengarry; EOWC Vice-Chair, Bonnie Clark, Peterborough County; Minister Kinga Surma, Ministry of Infrastructure; MPP John Yakabuski, Renfrew-Nipissing-Pembroke; Chair Peter Emon, Renfrew County; Warden Pierre Leroux, United Counties of Prescott & Russell; MPP John Jordan, Lanark-Frontenac-Kingston; MPP Dave Smith, Peterborough-Kawartha; Warden Brian Ostrander, Northumberland County
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Peterborough County Warden and EOWC vice-chair Bonnie Clark, and Peter Emon, Renfrew County Warden and EOWC Chair
Eastern Ontario Wardens’ Caucus Appoints Chair and Vice-Chair for 2024
01/16/2024
During the annual EOWC inaugural meeting, Renfrew County Warden Peter Emon was re-elected as Chair and Peterborough County Warden Bonnie Clark was acclaimed as Vice-Chair for the 2024 term.
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PRDC and UCPR Launching Survey to Establish Business Priorities
01/11/2024
The Prescott and Russell Development Corporation, in partnership with the United Counties of Prescott and Russell have officially launched the 2024-2029 Economic Development Strategy Business Survey.
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Normand Riopel, Warden 2023 of the UCPR, with representatives of organizations receiving funds
Pierre Leroux Elected as the New Warden of the United Counties of Prescott and Russell
12/21/2023
The United Counties of Prescott and Russell (the “UCPR”) are pleased to announce that Pierre Leroux, Mayor of the Township of Russell, will be the Warden for the year 2024.
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Bonnie Clark, EOWC Vice-Chair, Honourable Graydon Smith, Peter Emon, EOWC Chair, and Meredith Staveley-Watson
Eastern Ontario Wardens’ Caucus at Queen’s Park to Share the 7 in 7+ Regional Housing Plan
12/08/2023
On November 23, 2023, the Eastern Ontario Wardens’ Caucus Chair, Peter Emon and Vice-Chair, Bonnie Clark, met with provincial officials at Queen’s Park in the City of Toronto.
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Improved Cell Service Now Available in 26 Eastern Ontario Communities
12/07/2023
The Eastern Ontario Regional Network, the Government of Canada, the Government of Ontario, and Rogers Communications announced on December 6, 2023, that Rogers 5G mobile services are now available in additional areas.
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The Albert Bélanger Bridge Reopens
12/01/2023
The United Counties of Prescott and Russell announce that the Albert Bélanger Bridge located in Lemieux is now reopened to traffic.
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Ontario Building More Affordable Housing in the United Counties of Prescott and Russell
11/24/2023
The Ontario government is providing close to $3 million to help create 18 affordable housing units in the UCPR that will support seniors.
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The UCPR Participate in the White Ribbon Campaign
11/22/2023
At the last meeting of the UCPR Council, which took place on November 22, 2023, Council Members participated in the Prescott and Russell White Ribbon Campaign.
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Mr.Normand Riopel on stage at the 2023 Warden's Banquet
The Community Honours Warden Normand Riopel
11/18/2023
It was during the annual Warden’s Banquet that Mr. Normand Riopel, the 2023 Council Warden of the UCPR and Mayor of the Township of Champlain, was recognized by his colleagues, his family, and members of the community.
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Rehabilitation work on the Albert Bélanger Bridge in October 2023
Construction on the Albert Bélanger Bridge Continues
11/06/2023
The United Counties of Prescott and Russell would like to provide an update on the rehabilitation work that is underway on the Albert Bélanger Bridge, located on County Road 8 in Lemieux, which should reopen at the beginning of December.
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Back row left to right: Mayor Steve Ferguson, MP Jamie Schmale, MP Michelle Ferreri, Warden Ron Vanderwal, MP Chad Collins, Mayor Doug Elmslie, Warden Normand Riopel, Warden Tony Fraser, Warden Peter Mclaren, MP Eric Duncan, MP Michael Barrett, Warden Bob Mullin, Warden Nancy Peckford, MP Ryan Williams Front row left to right: MP Francis Drouin, Vice-Chair Bonnie Clark, Chair Peter Emon, Minister Filomena Tassi, Senator Rob Black, MP Shelby Kramp-Neuman, Senator Bernadette Clement
The EOWC Goes to Parliament Hill to Share the 7 in 7+ Regional Housing Plan
10/18/2023
On October 17, 2023, the Eastern Ontario Wardens’ Caucus (EOWC) held a successful meeting on Parliament Hill in the City of Ottawa, sponsored by Member of Parliament, Francis Drouin.
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Shape Your Community’s Future by Getting Involved on the UCPR Planning Advisory Committee!
10/17/2023
The United Counties of Prescott and Russell are looking for motivated and dedicated members of the community interested in sitting on the Planning Advisory Committee.
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Together to End Gender-Based Violence
09/28/2023
The United Counties of Prescott and Russell (UCPR) are joining Interlude House and the Prescott-Russell Coalition to End Violence Towards Women in urging the province of Ontario to declare that gender-based violence and intimate partner violence are an epidemic.
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Rehabilitation work on the Albert Bélanger Bridge in October 2023
Reopening of the Albert Bélanger Bridge Scheduled for November 2023
09/27/2023
The United Counties of Prescott and Russell wish to update the population on the rehabilitation work currently underway on the Albert Bélanger Bridge, located on County Road 8 in Lemieux, which should reopen on November 17, 2023.
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Four Students Launch Their Small Business with the Support of the Summer Company Program
09/26/2023
The Prescott and Russell Entrepreneurship Centre (PREC) and the United Counties of Prescott and Russell, with the collaboration of the Ministry of Economic Development, Job Creation and Trade, have helped four students launch their business in 2023.
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The Friendship Agreement: The Commitment Between the Three Partners Continues!
08/31/2023
Elected Officials from the MRC de Papineau, the MRC d’Argenteuil, and the United Counties of Prescott and Russell (UCPR) gathered on Tuesday, August 29, 2023, at Kenauk Nature to reflect on the future of the Friendship Agreement.
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Ongoing work on the Albert Bélanger Bridge.
Albert Bélanger Bridge Rehabilitation Work Update
08/19/2023
The United Counties of Prescott and Russell wish to update the population on the rehabilitation work currently underway on the Albert Bélanger Bridge, located on County Road 8 in Lemieux.
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2023-2028 Regional Economic Development Strategy
08/18/2023
The Prescott-Russell Community Development Corporation in partnership with the United Counties of Prescott and Russell is launching their call for tenders for the development of the new 2023-2028 regional economic development strategy
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Eastern Ontario Wardens’ Caucus Participating in AMO 2023 Conference
08/17/2023
Wardens and Mayors of the Eastern Ontario Wardens’ Caucus will join more than 2,000 participants at the 2023 AMO Conference.
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Road Work Notice
Paving Work on County Road 17
08/17/2023
Paving work is underway on County Road 17, from Rollin Road to Landry Street and from Chamberland Street to Carmen-Bergeron Street, in the City of Clarence-Rockland.
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2023 JP St. Pierre Award Now Open!
08/16/2023
The United Counties of Prescott and Russell are inviting the public to submit nominations for the 2023 JP St. Pierre Award.
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Permanent Suspension of the PR Transpo Service
06/29/2023
The United Counties of Prescott and Russell have announced the permanent suspension of the PR Transpo Service.
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A Fun Game for a Great Cause!
06/23/2023
Warden Normand Riopel’s Golf Tournament, held last Friday, was a great success.
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PR Transpo Service Interruption Update
05/31/2023
PR Transpo Intermunicipal Transit Service, which was due to resume on June 5th, will remain interrupted until further notice.
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Eastern Ontario Wardens’ Caucus Releases Refresh of Paramedic Services Regional Report
05/25/2023
The Eastern Ontario Wardens’ Caucus (EOWC) is proud to release the Partial Refresh of the 2019 EOWC Paramedic Services Situation Overview Report.
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Eastern Ontario Wardens’ Caucus Releases Refresh of Paramedic Services Regional Report
05/25/2023
The Eastern Ontario Wardens’ Caucus (EOWC) is proud to release the Partial Refresh of the 2019 EOWC Paramedic Services Situation Overview Report.
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The UCPR Create a Buzz on Bee Day
05/20/2023
On Bee Day, the United Counties of Prescott and Russell (UCPR) acknowledge the vital role that pollinators play in maintaining biodiversity.
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Notice of Obstruction (Casselman) – Principale Street and County Road 3
05/15/2023
Enbridge operates a natural gas pipeline which is located on the Principale Street/County Road 3 Bridge at the north end of Casselman.
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Massive Cleanup to Celebrate Communities Coming Together!
05/13/2023
Ottawa Riverkeeper and the regions of the Friendship Agreement celebrated three years of partnership and community-led water protection with a massive joint cleanup in Hawkesbury on May 13, 2023!
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Regional Solidarity Following the Events in Bourget
05/11/2023
In recognition of the bravery of Sergeant Eric Mueller, who died in the line of duty, and in solidarity with all those affected by the tragedy that occurred earlier this morning in Bourget, the United Counties of Prescott and Russell (UCPR) have lowered the flags of the Administrative Office in L'Orignal to half-mast.
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The UCPR Highlight National Caregiver Day
04/04/2023
On National Caregiver Day, the United Counties of Prescott and Russell (UCPR) acknowledge the invaluable role that caregivers play in the healthcare system and communities. According to United Way East Ontario, caregivers provide approximately 75% of the care in Ontario by supporting family members, friends, or neighbours who are in need.
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Featured left to right: Warden Ron Vandewal, Warden Nancy Peckford, Warden Bob Mullin, Warden Peter McLaren, Warden Henry Hogg, Warden Mandy Martin, Mayor Doug Elmslie, Mayor Steve Ferguson, Warden Tony Fraser, EOWC Chair Peter Emon, EOWC Vice-Chair Bonnie Clark, Warden Liz Danielsen. Missing from photo: Warden Normand Riopel.
Eastern Ontario Wardens’ Caucus Sets Priorities for 2023
03/22/2023
The Eastern Ontario Wardens’ Caucus (EOWC) met on March 9 and 10, 2023 in the County of Lennox and Addington for their annual strategic priority setting meeting to set Caucus priorities for the year ahead.
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Albert Bélanger Bridge Closing Down Due to Major Rehabilitation Work
02/17/2023
The United Counties of Prescott and Russell wish to issue a reminder that a complete closure of the Albert Belanger Bridge, located on County Road 8 in Lemieux, is scheduled to take place from February 21, 2023, until the fall of 2023, due to major rehabilitation work.
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The Prescott and Russell Residence Accredited with Honorable Mention by Accreditation Canada
02/08/2023
Following a rigorous assessment process, Accreditation Canada, the country's leader in health care accreditation, has concluded that the Prescott and Russell Residence exceeds the requirements of the Qmentum program and excels in improving the quality of its provision of services.
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Extension of the Interruption Period for PR Transpo’s Intermunicipal Transit Service
01/31/2023
The temporary interruption of PR Transpo’s intermunicipal transit service, which was scheduled to end on February 12th, will now be extended until June 5, 2023, inclusively.
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Impacts of the HGH Emergency Department Closure on the UCPR Emergency Services
11/30/2022
Following the announcement of the Hawkesbury and District General Hospital (HGH) Emergency Department closure between December 30, 2022, and January 3, 2023, the United Counties of Prescott and Russell (UCPR) Emergency Services would like to inform the public of possible impacts on its paramedic service.
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Mayor Normand Riopel appointed as Warden of the Council of the UCPR for 2023
11/23/2022
During the annual swearing-in ceremony held earlier this evening, Mr. Normand Riopel, Mayor of the Township of Champlain, was acclaimed Warden of the United Counties of Prescott and Russell (UCPR) for the year 2023. On the same occasion, the Mayors from the region were sworn in as Members of the Council for the 2022 to 2026 term.
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Daniel Lafleur recognized at the 2022 UCPR Warden’s Banquet
11/19/2022
Daniel Lafleur, 2022 Warden of the United Counties of Prescott and Russell (UCPR), was recognized by his colleagues, his family, and members of the community during the 2022 Warden’s Banquet held yesterday evening at the J.R. Brisson Complex in Casselman.
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Temporary Interruption of the Electronic Health Record Management System
11/17/2022
The United Counties of Prescott and Russell (UCPR) Paramedic Services have been informed that their electronic health record management system has been voluntarily and precautionarily shut down as a result of a cybersecurity incident within the IT infrastructure of their Service Provider.
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The Application Period for the Starter Company Plus Program is Back for Businesses in Prescott and Russell
09/26/2022
The Prescott and Russell Entrepreneurship Centre (PREC) is proud to launch the application period for the Starter Company Plus financial assistance program for SMEs in Prescott and Russell. This program offers grants, training, and mentoring to entrepreneurs wishing to start, grow, or purchase a small business. Interested parties can apply now for this program which will start in November 2022.
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The Annual Nomination Period for the JP St. Pierre Award Is Open!
09/13/2022
For the eighth consecutive year, the United Counties of Prescott and Russell (UCPR) are inviting the public to submit nominations for the JP St. Pierre Award before 4:00 p.m. on October 21, 2022.
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The Friendship Agreement: A Decade of Success and Collaboration!
08/30/2022
Elected Officials from the MRC d’Argenteuil, the MRC de Papineau, and the United Counties of Prescott and Russell (UCPR) gathered today at Le Chenail Cultural Centre to celebrate the 10th anniversary of the Friendship Agreement, an innovative interregional partnership.
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Appointment of a New Administrator at the Prescott and Russell Residence
08/10/2022
During a special meeting held this morning, Council Members of the United Counties of Prescott and Russell (UCPR) confirmed the appointment of Mr. Eric Larocque as Administrator of the Prescott and Russell Residence
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The 2022 UCPR Warden’s Golf Tournament: A Record-Breaking Edition
06/17/2022
The United Counties of Prescott and Russell Warden Daniel Lafleur’s Golf Tournament was held today at the beautiful Casselview Golf and Country Club where 178 golfers took part in this annual benefit event.
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A Second Edition of Expressions of Our Municipalities
06/01/2022
This morning, the Prescott-Russell Arts Council (CAPRAC), in collaboration with the United Counties of Prescott and Russell (UCPR), unveiled the works of art that are part of the second edition of the Prescott and Russell Artists' Outreach Project entitled Expressions of Our Municipalities. Eight artists were selected from all the municipalities that make up the United Counties of Prescott and Russell to exhibit one work each on the walls of the UCPR Council Chambers for one year.
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