One Month After The Legalization of Cannabis

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After more than a month following the legalization of cannabis in Canada, many observations can be made. The cannabis shortage affecting many of the SQDC branches have forced the government to reduce store hours. The bold intentions of reducing the reach of the black market and increasing the quality of the distributed substances have been… Read more »

Alcohol and Drug Use: The Ongoing Issue of Prevention

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Governments and organizations are being pressured to find effective means of dealing with substance abuse problems and prevention is seen as a key factor in achieving that goal.   The Importance of Alcohol and Drug Use Prevention Among Youth Alcohol and drug use at a young age often herald addiction problems later on. A major study conducted… Read more »

The Users’ Committee and its Quizzzz!

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Have you heard of the Portage Users’ Committee? This small group of fierce residents from Portage centres located in the Montreal area meet several times a year since 2010 to discuss the best way of spreading the good news: Yes,  ladies and gentlemen, residents do have the right, in fact the duty, to voice their… Read more »

Portage and Bell Unite to Overcome Mental Illness and Addiction

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Portage was invited to give a presentation on its services at Bell headquarters on Wednesday October 3, 2018 as part of Mental Illness Awareness Week. Entitled Taking back control: overcoming mental illness and addiction, the presentation focused on Portage’s MICA (mentally ill chemical abusers) program for men and its new program for women. Antonio Maturo,… Read more »

Montreal Canadiens Children’s Foundation Donates $8,120

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don Fondation Canadiens pour l'enfance

Thanks to an $8,120 donation from the Montreal Canadiens Children’s Foundation last May, Portage was able to buy new hockey equipment for its Lac Écho residential centre for youth in Prévost, Québec. Portage bought the new hockey gear to replace worn-out equipment and ensure the safety of the centre’s young residents. With the Foundation’s generous… Read more »

An Evening at the Theatre for Lac Écho Residents

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Four female residents and two counsellors from the Lac Écho Program for Adults attended a showing of the play « Of Mice and Men » on Tuesday November 6th thanks to a special invitation from Hydro-Québec. Through Hydro’s sponsorship, the Théâtre Duceppe launched a new program in August of this year to make the theatre more accessible… Read more »

The Willie O’Ree Fundraising Dinner – Celebrating a Fredericton Legend!

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The Willie O’Ree Fundraising Dinner – Celebrating a Fredericton Legend – was held at the Fredericton Inn on September 21, 2018. The event was sponsored by the Lions Nashwaaksis Club and raised $75,300 in support of Portage Atlantic. The fundraising dinner was a celebration of Mr. Willie O’Ree’s achievements in the sport of hockey as… Read more »

Portage Atlantic Recognition Celebration 2018

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On September 16, 2018, Portage Atlantic paid tribute to 25 youth who completed the residential phase of their rehabilitation treatment program, and 11 who have maintained a positive lifestyle since they graduated a year ago. These new graduates have come a long way and now have the tools and confidence to live a positive lifestyle… Read more »

Portage Atlantic Receives Financial Contribution for its Peer Support Group

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On behalf of the Fredericton youth and families who are helped by Portage Atlantic, we thank the Fredericton Community Foundation for their investment in the Portage Atlantic Peer Support Project program. Once the residential component of the drug addiction rehabilitation treatment program is completed, youth receive Aftercare support for up to two years, through regular… Read more »