Learn your rights while laughing out loud!

Everyone who receives care and services from a health and social services institution in Quebec has rights, a dozen of them to be exact. This autumn, Dominic St-Laurent is focusing on the funny side of healthcare to help Townshippers learn about theirs.

Presented by the Eastern Townships CIUSSS-CHUS User’s Committee, the free comedy show is a way to raise awareness across the general population about their rights when using any of the Centre intégré universitaire de santé et de services sociaux de l’Estrie facilities and services.

In the Estrie region, 14 user’s committees in the region working to protect the rights and ensure the quality of services for all individuals using the CIUSSS de l’Estrie – CHUS.

They are an important advocate for the users and residents of health care institutions, working to defend their rights, improving the quality of the living conditions and ensuring quality service, and providing tools to ensure users understand their rights and responsibilities. They may also be called upon to accompany and assist users in filing complaints.

Using humour as a health promotion tool, Dominic entertains with humour, singing, dancing, and music that will have you laughing until you cry during his 45-minute show. The young local comedian is currently touring from Granby to Lac-Mégantic with 17 comedy shows – 12 in French and four in English.

The next English language shows take place in Richmond, Sept 24, at 2pm (Salle communautaire de Richmond, 819 542-2777, ext. 55345), in Sherbrooke/Lennoxville on Sept 25, 7pm, (Bandeen Hall, Bishop’s University, 2600 College, 1 877 942-2383), in Stanstead, Sept 28, 7pm, (Haskell Free Library & Opera House 93 Caswell Ave., 819 843-2572, ext. 2639), and in Cookshire, Nov 2, 2pm, (Salle Guy Veilleux, 75 rue Castonguay, 819 566-4893).

Priority given to ticket holders. Get your ticket online at [click on the red ”JE RÉSERVE MES BILLETS”] or call your nearest user’s committee.  

Buying drugs online may put your health at risk

If you buy drugs online, you may be putting your health at serious risk, especially if you order prescription drugs without being examined in person by a health care practitioner. While some Internet pharmacies are legitimate, many offer products and services that are dangerous.

Health Canada reminds the public to not take any prescription drug that has not been prescribed for you by a health care practitioner who has examined you in person.

If are going to order drugs online, Health Canada says to not do business with a Web site that:

– refuses to give you a street address, telephone number, and a way of contacting a pharmacist;
– offers prescription drugs without a prescription, or offers to issue a prescription based on answers to an online questionnaire;
– claims to have a “miracle cure” for any serious condition, or
– sells products that do not have a licence number starting by DIN or NPN, issued by Health Canada.

A (DIN) Drug Identification Number lets you know that Health Canada has assessed a drug, and considers it safe and effective when used as directed on the label. It also provides a way to track adverse drug reactions.  

For more information about the risks of buying drugs online, please visit Health Canada’s website at

To report side effects to health products to Health Canada call toll-free at 1-866-234-2345.

For more on Townshippers’ Association and our activities, keep reading this weekly column in The Record and visit our website You can also follow us on Twitter @Townshippers and Connect with Townshippers’ offices in Sherbrooke at 100 – 257 Queen, 819-566-5717, toll-free: 1-866-566-5717, or Lac-Brome at 3-584 Knowlton Rd, 450-242-4421, toll-free: 1-877-242-4421.

Published: Keeping in Touch column, Sherbrooke Record, Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Photo Credit: Townshippers’ Association

Photo Caption:  Comedian Dominic St-Laurent is using humour to help a health and social services users learn about their rights and freedoms during a free comedy show that is currently touring the Townships with versions of the show in English and French.

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