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MRC Vaudreuil-Soulanges considers offering 2-1-1 information service


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The MRC de Vaudreuil-Soulanges is considering introducing the Quebec 2-1-1 telephone and internet service which will provide residents with information regarding community, public, and parapublic services throughout its territory by early 2018.

The Municipalité Régionale de Comté (MRC) de Vaudreuil-Soulanges announced it is looking into the possibility of introducing the Quebec 2-1-1 telephone and Internet service which will provide residents with information regarding community, public, and parapublic services throughout its territory by early 2018, said MRC Communications Advisor Simon Richard.

The service which is already operational on the Island of Montreal, Laval, and the Quebec City region including the MRC Haute-Yamaska and Chaudière-Appalaches, will allow users to obtain detailed information regarding health, human and social services through the 2-1-1 service that can be accessed by telephone or the internet.

Internet users, for example, will be able to click on one of 18 icons that represent different topics which are displayed on the 2-1-1 homepage. The diverse choices include community action, education, government services, health, mental health and addictions, physical disability, psychosocial support, seniors, and sports and recreation.

When a topic is selected, a new page is opened which provides users with a list of additional sub-categories they can choose from which will allow people to get specific information related to their queries, said Simon.

2-1-1 popularity increasing

“This is something that is becoming more popular and it’s something the MRC wants to be a part of,” Richard told Your Local Journal. “Montreal has the service already and that’s what inspired us. It’s a Communauté métropolitaine de Montréal (CMM) initiative and we feel it’s a good idea to extend the service into Vaudreuil-Soulanges.”

To join the service, the MRC is required to submit a Letter of Intent to the CMM advising them that Vaudreuil-Soulanges would like to participate in the program and to take care of any legal matters before the service is introduced in the region.

Compensation offer rejected

The MRC rejected an environmental compensation proposal made by the provincial Ministry of Transport (MTQ) to create a fish spawning ground at the site of the former Petit pouvoir hydroelectric dam along the Soulanges Canal bicycle path and trail in Les Cèdres.

The project would involve reconfiguring and opening up a portion of the land next to the dam to accommodate the fish and it would also involve the removing of century-old trees around the facility. While the MRC isn’t opposed to the MTQ project, Richard said another location would make more sense because of the historical importance of the officially designated provincial heritage site.

“The mayors of Coteau-du-Lac and Les Cèdres are against the proposal because there’s a lot of potential in turning the dam and surroundings into a permanent attraction for locals and visitors,” said Richard.

The Les Cèdres hydroelectric power station is a unique architectural structure that was built in 1899 and is the only building in Vaudreuil-Soulanges that features a medieval facade. MRC executives have also been trying to sway the provincial government to provide assistance into restoring the waterway into a functional canal similar to the ones that are prevalent in some European cities.

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