The tension was evident at the Ark’s residence in Sainte-Anne-de-la-Pérade today. The day after the emergency closure, an argument occurred between the two owners. Whoever decided to close the doors of the dwelling broke the silence.
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Sûreté du Québec (SQ) was recalled after an alleged assault on the owner’s ex-husband, Jean-Claude Hivon, sparked a dispute between the owner and Mr Hivon. The latter is also, according to the Registraire des entreprises, the official in l’Arche’s residence.
The owner, Marilyn LaChance, dumped her heart on everything that led to the establishment’s closure.
“I don’t do it from the bottom of my heart,” she said. By the way, it was the dream of my life. I give myself seven days a week, 24 hours a day, for eight years. It’s been a year since the world said I’m broke, that CIUSSS runs, and there it is, today [mardi]I’m closing because it was supposed to be an RPA, but there was funding for residences like ours, unfortunately.”
The owners were already out of breath, in 2019, after complying with new safety standards, particularly with regard to the installation of sprinklers. The work, whose costs exceeded $120,000.
“It is CIUSSS’s fault for ‘adjusting’ the system to their regulations, insurances which have increased by 13,000 more annually,” added Ms. LaChance.
Since buying a senior citizen’s home has its share of challenges, buyers are rare and the landlord will have to sell the empty building.
You remember that my dream in life. It breaks down and that’s my business.”
Crisis management continues at Arche’s residence, while nine residents had to be moved as quickly as possible.
The CIUSSS de la Mauricie et du Centre-du-Québec guarantees that three of them have already found a place in another residence. As for the other six residents, the living environments have been determined for each of them. While awaiting their transition, CIUSSS MCQ teams remain on site to provide them with care and services.
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