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Des appels automatisés pour joindre les aînés vivant seuls





Le programme d’appels automatisés pour aînés PAIR sauve des dizaines de vies par année, mais n’est pas disponible dans plusieurs secteurs de Montréal. Une situation à laquelle veut remédier la nouvelle ministre Marguerite Blais.

Atteinte de sclérose en plaques et d’arthrite rhumatoïde, Lise Pigeon, 62 ans, a déjà passé près de 44 heures seule sur le sol de son appartement dans Rosemont–La Petite-Patrie après une chute.

Incapable de se relever, elle doit sa découverte à une auxiliaire qui se rend chez elle une fois par semaine.

« Ça sonnait à la porte, mais je ne pouvais pas demander de l’aide parce qu’au fur et à mesure où j’étais, je devenais déshydratée. J’ai perdu la voix », raconte-t-elle.

Depuis cet accident, Mme Pigeon laisse des téléphones au sol pour se sentir plus en sécurité.

Selon elle, un service comme le programme PAIR – qui appelle automatiquement les aînés membres et contacte des proches ou la police si personne ne répond – aurait pu faire la différence.

Un téléphone sans fil est posé sur son socle directement sur le plancher d'un appartement à côté d'une étagère en bois.Lise Pigeon laisse des téléphones sur son plancher en cas de chute. Photo : Radio-Canada

Disponibilité limitée

Or, ce programme n’est pas disponible dans plusieurs secteurs de Montréal.

Au Québec, seulement 6000 personnes s’y sont abonnées, principalement en région.

« C’est la première fois que l’on me parle [de ce programme] », souligne Isabelle Portelance, directrice des programmes de déficience au CIUSSS de l’Est-de-l’île-de-Montréal.

L’objectif du programme est de rejoindre 100 000 abonnés d’ici trois ans, une initiative qui a l’oreille attentive de la nouvelle ministre responsable des Aînés, Marguerite Blais.

Par voie de communiqué, Mme Blais dit vouloir « bonifier les budgets pour le maintien à domicile » et dit considérer « l’utilisation d’appels automatisés ».

« C’est une mesure simple et efficace qui peut grandement contribuer à la sécurité des personnes qui vivent seules, souvent nos aînés », précise la ministre.

Selon le reportage de Sébastien Desrosiers


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‘Too soon to celebrate’ Ottawa’s low case count, says Etches





Ottawa Public Health (OPH) logged just 11 new cases of COVID-19 on Tuesday, the lowest daily total since Sept. 1.

Because of the lag between testing and reporting, the low number could simply reflect low turnout at the city’s testing sites on weekends — all month, new case counts have been lower on Tuesdays and Wednesdays. 

During a virtual news conference Tuesday, the city’s medical officer of health Dr. Vera Etches said she doesn’t read too much into a single day’s report.

“I don’t think we can make too much of 11. Actually, it could be a lot higher tomorrow — I would expect that, on average,” she said. “It’s too soon to celebrate.”

Provincewide, public health officials reported 1, 249 new cases Tuesday.

OPH also declared 62 cases resolved Tuesday, lowering the number of known active cases in the city to 462. Two more people have died, both in care homes currently experiencing outbreaks, raising the city’s COVID-19 death toll to 361. 

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Santa Claus isn’t coming to Ottawa’s major malls this year





Santa Claus may still be coming to town this Christmas, but he won’t be dropping by any of Ottawa’s major malls, thanks to the COVID-19 pandemic.

On Friday, Cadillac Fairview said Santa won’t be making an appearance at any of its 19 malls across Canada, including Rideau Centre in downtown Ottawa. On Tuesday, Bayshore and St. Laurent shopping centres confirmed they, too, are scrapping the annual tradition.

“Due to the evolution of the situation in regards to COVID-19, we have made the difficult decision to cancel our Santa Program and Gift Wrap Program this year,” Bayshore spokesperson Sara Macdonald wrote in an email to CBC.

Macdonald said parent company Ivanhoé Cambridge cancelled all holiday activities “due to the rising number of COVID-19 cases across the country.”

Macdonald said families that had already booked an appointment to visit Santa will receive an email with more information.  

Virtual visits with Santa

Rideau Centre said based on customer research and discussions with public health officials, its North Pole is going online this year.

“Children will be able to have a private chat with Santa,” said Craig Flannagan, vice-president of marketing for Cadillac Fairview. “You’ll also be able to join a 15-minute storytime with Santa over Facebook Live.” 

At Place d’Orléans Shopping Centre, visitors are invited to take a “selfie with Santa” — actually, a life-size cutout of Santa Pierre, the man who’s been playing Santa at the east end mall for years.

“We understand that this is not ideal, but in lieu of this tradition we will be doing what we can to maintain and encourage holiday cheer,” according to a statement on the mall’s Facebook page.

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Ottawa Bylaw breaks up two large parties in Ottawa over the weekend





OTTAWA — Ottawa Bylaw is investigating social gatherings of more than 10 people in private homes across Ottawa last weekend.

Mayor Jim Watson tells Newstalk 580 CFRA that Ottawa Bylaw broke-up two house parties over the weekend, with 20 to 25 people at each party.

“That’s the kind of stupidity that angers me, that’s where the bulk of the transmissions are taking place, if we exclude the tragedy of the long-term care homes; it’s these house parties with unrelated people,” said Watson on Newstalk 580 CFRA’s Ottawa at Work with Leslie Roberts.

“The message doesn’t seem to be getting through, particularly to some young people who think they’re invincible.”

In a statement to CTV News Ottawa, Bylaw and Regulatory Services Director Roger Chapman says, “There are still ongoing investigations from this past weekend that could result in charges.”

Chapman says recent investigations led to two charges being issued for social gatherings of more than 10 people in a private residence in contravention of the Reopening Ontario Act.

“In one case, up to 30 individuals were observed attending a house party in Ward 18 on Oct. 24,” said Chapman.

“The second charge was issued following a house party in Ward 16 on Oct. 31, where up to 16 individuals were observed to be in attendance.”

The fine is $880 for hosting an illegal gathering.

Alta Vista is Ward 18, while Ward 16 is River Ward.

Ottawa Bylaw has issued 24 charges for illegal gatherings since the start of the pandemic.

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