Parrywinkle, June 29, 2017


PHOTO BY JAMES PARRY

Ted Poulin waits for news on an elderly man he followed to the corner of Cameron and Main after calling police.

So let's kick off this week's column with a story quite out of the ordinary. A little Hudson vignette, you might say, that could have had much bigger and more serious repercussions this past week.

I was passing by the corner of Cameron and Main Thursday morning when there was obviously something going on at one of the commercial buildings on the lake side there. Two Sûreté du Québec cars and an ambulance with lights flashing, traffic piling up, and rubberneckers gathering. And being the nosy parker that I am - er, make that in-depth investigative reporter - I hurried over to check it out.

“What's up?” I asked long-time Hudsonite, Ted Poulin, a talented local musician, former investigator until his retirement with the Régie de l'assurance maladie du Québec (RAMQ), and a resident of the new apartment building further west on Main who just happened to be standing outside with a worried look on his face. “Ah, it's a sad story James,” he sighed. And this is what he told me.

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A TAXING SITUATION - “Over the past few days, I have twice found a man who moved in there recently and who is in his 80s unconscious and obviously heavily intoxicated,” he explained. “I got him back into his room and called the police and ambulance.

“But as he refused to go to hospital for treatment and he had done nothing illegal, there was little the police could do. Except to tell me that if I ever saw the guy getting into his car to call them right away. Which I did this morning before following him in my own car to the intersection where he parked at Place Cameron and crossed the road to the tax office.

“Right now, I'm just waiting to see how it all turns out before going back to his apartment to check that all is okay there. But it's sad. It's obvious that this guy needs help. And there is just no way that he should be driving a car in his condition. He could have killed someone!”

Added Ted, “I really believe that all of us living in Hudson, or anywhere else for that matter, have a responsibility to do whatever we can do to make the community a better and safer place. I did what I could and I just hope that this guy gets the treatment he really needs.”

I later learned that the man, who was last seen being wheeled out to the ambulance on a gurney complete with oxygen mask, had gone to the office to pick up his income tax return files and that staff there called for emergency assistance when they realized that he was really not well.

And Ted, however it turns out, take solace in the fact that you did what you could. And for that we should all be thankful!

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CELEBRATING CANADA DAY - And now on to this Saturday, July 1, when Hudson once again will be hosting Canada Day celebrations for folks from far and wide - for the first time in the field behind St. Thomas School, 393 Main Road, as opposed to Thompson Park in previous years - and this time around celebrating 150 years of Confederation. For the complete program and line-up culminating with fireworks at 10 p.m. at Jack Layton Park, go to www.hudson.quebec. And hope to see you there!

Meanwhile on that very same day, some 17 latter day voyageurs who departed in their two canoes from Hudson early Monday morning, June 26, will be arriving in Ottawa to join three other 'brigades' as they are called at Victoria Island (Asinabke) which has been a traditional meeting place for First Nations for over 5,000 years at the foot of the Parliament Buildings.

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PRAISEWORTHY PROMOTION - And in other news, I just learned that Padre Lieutenant Commander Carol Bateman, who served with distinction as Minister at both St. James Anglican Church and St. Mary's last year and is now stationed at Base Borden in Ontario, will be promoted in August to the full rank of Commander and will be attached to the 4th Canadian Division Chaplain in Toronto that very same month.

Congratulations Carol on behalf of your former parishioners and many friends here in Hudson!

And that's a wrap!

E-mail: creation@videotron.ca

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