LOCAL NEWS - MAY 31, 2021: BLANC-SABLON – Annual Walk to Raise Funds for MS
The annual walk for MS was held locally here in Blanc-Sablon on Sunday, May 30th. CFBS was speaking today with one of the organizers, Stefanie Beaudoin, who expressed great excitement on the success of this year's walk.
In total, 85 local walkers joined the event in the beautiful weather on Sunday, the temperature hovered at a comfortable 11 degrees Celsius. Walkers were able to select the distance that they wanted for their walk, such as:
- 10 km walk, from the arena to the airport road and back
- 5 km walk, from the arena to the blue moon and back
- 2 km walk, from the arena to rue Petit-Havre and back
Most impressive is that over $2000.00 was raised by the participants and passersby's, and that amount still climbing as online donations still pouring in! Bravo to all who participated, and to the event organizers and volunteers especially. Stefanie Beaudoin also extended thanks to JL Joncas for donating the water for participants, to the local Sûreté du Québec for patrolling the route, to the Junior Rangers for assisting and helping out, and to Candice Rogers for the use of the arena and set up.
Donations for the Blanc-Sablon team can still be made online by clicking here. Once again, congratulations to all who participated on another successful MS walk!
LOCAL NEWS - MAY 21, 2021: NORTH SHORE – CISSS PRESS BRIEF COVERAGE
A press briefing was held this morning by the Centre intégré de santé et de services sociaux de la Côte-Nord (CISSS de la Côte-Nord) regarding the COVID-19 situation on the North Shore. The press briefing by Zoom, was led by Dr. Richard Fachehoun, the Director of public health.
The epidemiological situation in the region keeps improving. As announced by the government, the North Shore will move back to a yellow alert level on Monday, May 24th.
Dr. Fachehoun reminds of the changes that come with a yellow alert level for the region. Gatherings in private homes will be allowed for people of two households, while respecting physical distancing. It is also recommended that you wear a mask during indoor gatherings. Telework is still recommended for employees who do administrative or office work. Starting on May 28th, thanks to the new relaxed measures, outdoor gatherings in private yards will be allowed for up to eight people.
Registration for vaccination of teenagers between 12 and 17 years old will start on May 25th. Vaccination will help protect them, their families and their school. With two doses, we can keep children in school and improve their learning situation. You can book your appointment through Clic Santé.
The CISSS de la Côte-Nord is also working with school service centers to offer vaccination in secondary schools in the week starting June 7th. For grade 6 students who are 12 years old, parents are invited to register them on Clic Santé. Parents will also be contacted to plan vaccination appointments. Communications will be sent to parents very shortly.
CFBS NEWS BLANC-SABLON - MAY 19, 2021 - Alert level changes come into effect for the region on Monday May 24th
After nearly 2 months of restrictions be tightened in the region, the North Shore will be returning to alert level 2 – Early Warning (yellow zone), on Monday May 24th, along with Abitibi-Témiscamingue, Gaspésie-Îles-de-la-Madeleine and Northern Quebec.
Here is a reminder of some of the measures for yellow zones that will come into effect on Monday:
For more information about yellow zone restrictions, and the measures in place, visit Québec.ca.
LOCAL NEWS - MAY 17, 2021: NORTH SHORE – Seniors keeping fit and staying active
There are significant health benefits seen in adults aged 65 years and older who participate in regular physical activity. Brisk walking, jogging, biking, dancing, and swimming are great forms of activity, but also moving around your home and doing daily chores can be considered important activity as well if you are able to do so.
Older adults should aim for at least 150 minutes of moderate-intensity aerobic activity each week, 75 minutes of vigorous-intensity aerobic physical activity each week, or an equivalent combination of moderate- and vigorous-intensity aerobic activity. When chronic conditions make it hard to achieve the 150 minutes each week, older adults should be physically active as their abilities and conditions allow.
CFBS was speaking today with Stephane Talbot, an activity advisor for Public Health, regarding the importance of physical activity for seniors. You can listen to my interview in English with Mr. Talbot, and in French with Becky Spingle, by clicking on the sound files below (click on the speaker icon next to the sound file and a media player will open up to hear the interview).
LOCAL NEWS - MAY 13, 2021: NORTH SHORE – CISSS PRESS BRIEF COVERAGE
A press briefing was held this morning by the Centre intégré de santé et de services sociaux de la Côte-Nord (CISSS de la Côte-Nord) regarding the COVID-19 situation on the North Shore. The press briefing by Zoom, was led by Mr. Claude Lévesque, interim president and CEO, and Dr. Richard Fachehoun, director of public health.
The CISSS de la Côte-Nord representatives stated that the vaccination campaign is going well in the region. This is great news if we want to have a nice summer, but to achieve that, we really need every resident of the North Shore to do their part and get vaccinated.
The epidemiological situation of the North Shore is improving. Last week, the number of new cases was 60% lower than it was at the peak of the third wave. The rate of positive tests also went down by 50%, going from 2% to 1%. We owe these improvements to the efforts of the population.
Vaccination helps us protect our schools, our daycare centres and our workplaces. It is important that we keep our schools open, and we need your collaboration to achieve that.
In elementary schools, here is a list of protection measures:
The next step will be vaccinating teenagers aged between 12 and 17 years old.
Meanwhile, the public health of the North Shore believes that it will be only a matter of days before the change back to a yellow alert level. At today's press briefing, the regional director of public health, Dr Richard Fachehoun, confirmed that the recommendation for the change of alert level was already submitted.
Our teams have been working on recommendations on the change of bearing since last weekend, he told reporters.
Breaking the Silence on Sexual Violence, and Speaking Freely to Heal, CFBS speaks with Interveners from Programme Empreinte
LOCAL NEWS - MAY 11, 2021 - Programme Empreinte interveners visit schools on the Lower North Shore to speak about Sexual Violence against girls
Sexual violence is a serious social problem affecting thousands of people every year in Quebec. It is mistakenly believed that the perpetrator of sexual violence does so out of impulse, but it is more often the expression of an underlying desire for power and domination of the victim.
Sexual violence has many faces: sexual assault (rape), incest, sexual harassment and abuse by a professional are just a few manifestations. The shame, guilt and fear that surrounds sexual violence are still very much present among victims and often keep them in social isolation.
Breaking the silence, speaking freely, is a first step towards healing, and Programme Empreinte is aiding students, families, friends and school staff in the process.
CFBS was speaking today with Laurie Boulianne and Alexandra Paradis, Interveners for the Programme Empreinte, a program designed to give support to victims of sexual violence, and anyone else affected by giving tools in order to cope while respecting the confidentiality of all involved. This program is through Lumière Boréale Calacs in Baie-Comeau, a community organization founded in 1990 specifically dedicated to the problem of sexual assault.
This center for help and the fight against sexual assault in Baie-Comeau helps women aged 14 and over and those around them. If you are a victim of sexual violence, there is support available to you, and it is confidential. You do not have to bear the burden of the situation alone.
Lumière Boréale Calacs in Baie-Comeau
For 24/7 Emergencies after hours, please call 1-888-933-9007
Listen to my interview in English with Laurie Boulianne, and in French with Becky Spingle and Alexandra Paradis, by clicking on the sound files below (click on the speaker icon next to the sound file and a media player will open up to hear the interview).
LOCAL NEWS - MAY 4, 2021 - Lower North Shore is soon to have the 2nd dose of Moderna vaccine administered
In February, all adults in Minganie, the Lower North Shore and the MRC of Caniapiscau who wanted to be vaccinated, received the 1st dose of the COVID-19 vaccine from the Moderna company. And now, four months later, residents of the Lower North Shore will be in line to receive the 2nd dose of the vaccine within the next two weeks.
CFBS was speaking by email with Pascal Paradis, Communications Advisor of the CISSS de la Côte-Nord, requesting some information regarding the next round of vaccinations in the region.
The 2nd dose of vaccine is being offered this week in some communities of the Lower North Shore, it is the Moderna vaccine that is being administered. A first part of the vaccinations will take place this week, and another part is scheduled for the week of May 16.
In the first part of the Lower North Shore vaccinations, the 2nd dose will be administered in: La Tabatière, St-Augustin, Chevery, Harrington Harbour, Kegaska, Rivière St-Paul, and La Romaine. The other vaccinations will take place during the week of May 16.
Anyone who refused the first dose of vaccine, but would now like to be vaccinated, can call Santé Publique at 1-877-644-4545 to say that they want to be vaccinated. They will be contacted as soon as possible with an appointment. Currently 82% of the Lower North Shore population (aged 18 years old and over) have received the first vaccine.
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