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WI Health Board ready for Covid 19

The Public Health Agency of Canada (PHAC) has determined that the risk of contracting Covid 19 is still low despite an infected patient identified in the province last week.

With the WHO preparing to declare Covid 19 as a pandemic, The Suburban reached out to Ariadne Bourbonnière, media relations officer for the West Island Health Board (CIUSSS) to find out protocols being taken to ensure the safety of patients and visitors to any area hospitals or clinics.

Should someone be diagnosed with Covid 19, the “hospitals of the CIUSSS de l’Ouest-de-l’Île-de-Montréal are not among the designated centres for managing confirmed cases requiring hospitalization,” Bourbonnière told The Suburban.

Adult patients would be sent to the Jewish General Hospital and the Quebec Heart and Lung Institute while Ste. Justine and Laval’s University Hospital would take care of pediatric patients should the need arise and any “confirmed cases requiring hospitalization will be transferred to one of these facilities.”

Santé Montreal is suggesting that preventative solutions like frequent hand washing for 20 seconds each time and coughing into your elbow and not someone’s face. Health Canada notes that there are 14 cases in Canada right now.

The West Island Health Board is part of a committee “led by the Coordinator of Emergency Measures and the Regional Public Health Department is regularly in contact with the Ministry of Health and Social Services (MSSS) to ensure information is shared promptly.

“Like all facilities of the health and social services network, the CIUSSS de l’Ouest-de-l’Île-de-Montréal is collaborating closely with the Regional Public Health Directorate of Montréal (RPHD) to ensure compliance with all infection prevention and control standards implemented to ensure the safety and wellbeing of our users and staff,” said Bourbonnière.

Specific steps taken at hospitals include, “...establishment of service corridors and shared protocols with all concerned. Instructions for triage in the Emergency Room and for the handling of suspected, probable and confirmed cases have been distributed to all of our facilities. All hospitals of the CIUSSS de l’Ouest-de-l’Île-de-Montréal are ready to receive users with or without symptoms.”

Bourbonnière also noted that “given past experiences in preparing for such situations (H1N1, SARS, Ebola), the health and social services network has developed effective protocols that are quickly implemented in such situations.”

Anyone with specific queries pertaining to Covid 19 are encouraged to call Info-Santé 811 anytime as well as following the CIUSSS de l’Ouest-de-l’Île-de-Montréal Facebook page for any developments regarding COVID-19.

Beaconsfield pays latest Agglo tax share under protest

“This is the first time that a payment is made under protest,” said Georges Bourelle.

The mayor of Beaconsfield was referring to the city’s latest tax instalment payment to the city of Montreal’s Agglomeration council and that the city, like the other demerged municipalities on the island, feel that it is overpaying its share of revenue without the same dollar value in services returned.

At the last city council meeting, the administration adopted a resolution to pay the tax share to the central city but under protest.

“The unfair and inequitable treatment of our residents must stop,” said the mayor. “Montreal turns a deaf ear to our claims because it benefits financially from the present situation and has the sole decisive power despite the serious prejudice to our tax payers.”

Bourelle also felt that “it has been demonstrated by all possible means that the quotes-parts paid to the Montreal Agglomeration have become surtaxes rather than taxes for services rendered.”

The city of Beaconsfield “absorb 18% of the expenses, but receive only 13% of the revenues and this year, Beaconsfield’s general Agglomeration share has increased by 11.3%, which is six times the inflation rate. This is all the more contradictory as the revenues from general Agglomeration shares have decreased by 2%! We can no longer tolerate such discrepancies.

“There are no reasons nor additional services for justifying the increases. This injustice is driven by the distorted system and Montreal’s lack of political will to address the issue. This can’t keep going on,” said Bourelle.

Face lift for CF Fairview Pointe-Claire

West Island’s central shopping hub, CF Fairview in Pointe-Claire is morphing into something even more special. “Going to the mall” is a typical outing in Montreal’s West Island for residents of all ages.

The vacant land adjacent to the mall will consolidate the STM bus terminal and the upcoming REM station side by side making it the soon to be central transit hub in the West Island’s central sector.

The $100 million renovations will include the construction of a new state of the art dining hall, modernizing and revitalizing common areas and shops, new restaurant additions and the addition of a new Simons store.

CF Fairview aims to complete the renovation project to coincide with the timing of the REM’s projected construction completion scheduled for 2021.

The mall has already installed charging stations for cell phones and tablets and added a ‘text message shopping’ service.

According to Laurent Bruneau, General manager of Fairview Pointe-Claire, the renovations began slowly in November so not to disturb the holiday movements in the mall and the project is now full force to reach completion by the scheduled date. “We are proud to be the best in class operators and the hottest retailers want to be at our mall.” Bruneau told The Suburban. “We renovate all of our malls regularly due to our high standards and now it is Fairview Pointe-Claire’s turn.”