For Marie-Claude Hamelin, the virtual return to school of her children Étienne and Daphnée (our photo) has been disorganized. (Photo: Le Soleil de Châteauguay – Archives)
A few days before the return to class, scheduled for January 17, the virtual return to school was synonymous with disorganization for a mother residing in Châteauguay.
Parents had to work at home, support their children in their schooling and manage school planning all at the same time. For Marie-Claude Hamelin, one more week was one week too long.
While acknowledging the efforts of staff in the schools, Ms. Hamelin had underlined the information received drop by drop from the Center de services scolaire des Grandes-Seigneuries. The organization’s spokeswoman, Hélène Dumais, had indicated that she would communicate the information as soon as possible without “giving the fine details” hitherto unknown.
The Center said it received the instructions from Quebec almost at the same time as they were released to the general public. The members of the Lignery Teachers’ Association (FSE-CSQ) were well aware of this issue, mentioned the president of the organization, Martine Provost. Being informed of the new measures through the media constituted “a lack of respect” for Quebec, according to the teachers.
In addition to school at home, COVID-19 has caused a load shedding in health establishments. Stéphanie Noiseux, a woman from Châteauguay awaiting surgery at the LaSalle hospital, was among the victims. An operation planned for January 21 to curb cancer of the cervix in the lady had been canceled. Due to multiple sclerosis, Mrs. Noiseux would have to stay in an intensive care unit after the procedure. However, the unit was operating at full capacity, explained the spokesperson for the CIUSSS de l’Ouest-de-l’île-de-Montréal, Hélène Bergeron-Gamache.
At the same time, Dr Félix Le-Phat-Ho, president of the local table of family doctors of the RLS Jardins-Roussillon, testified on video of the situation in the health sector. The doctor, working in the family medicine clinic and in the COVID hospitalization unit at the Anna-Laberge Hospital in Châteauguay, considered the experience “very trying for the caregivers” and the families.
Other big news in January
Temporary closure of the ecocentre in Châteauguay
The ecocentre in Châteauguay temporarily closed its doors on January 6. The City did not renew the agreement with the Container Giant, at the end of the mandate on December 31, 2021, since the firm no longer appeared in the Register of companies authorized to contract or subcontract, mentioned the general manager of the City of Châteauguay, Karl Sacha Langlois.
From January 6 to June 30, Chateauguay residents have turned to the Beauharnois ecocentre to dispose of their property. At the start of the summer, the City of Châteauguay awarded a $3.5 million contract for three years, with an option to extend for two additional years, to E360S Environnemental 360 Solutions, the new owner of the company’s facilities. the Container Giant.