After the flood: the Quyon Community Centre



Kate Aley


Guy Faubert

The flood last month took its toll on many riverside properties and the Lions Club hall on Ferry Road in Quyon was no exception. Indeed, the parking area of the hall frequently goes underwater in early spring. Now, pending the demolition of the building and the construction of a new one, asked the very busy Dominic Labrie, communication agent for the Municipality of Pontiac, three quick questions about the matter.

P2020: Is there a date for the demolition of the Lions Club?

Labrie: Not yet. A geotechnical study must be completed this week to better understand the structure of the ground. Phase 2 of an environmental study must also be conducted to make sure the soil is not contaminated. The first phase of the environmental study and the asbestos testing went well, which was no surprise.

P2020: When do we expect construction of the new Community Center to start?

Labrie: The plans are done. We need to get the geotechnical study before going to tender as it could have a important impact on the cost.

Flood damage to the fence by the picnic area facing the river at the Lions Club.

P2020: Does the new building HAVE to go exactly where the old one was?

Labrie: At the last Council meeting in May, Mayor Larose said it is important that the new Community Center resist flooding. In times of crisis, this center is set to become a disaster relief center. We must be able to count on it.

That being said, we must note that the Lions Club Hall did resist an unprecedented flood. There was no water inside. Of course we must see if we can ensure its accessibility in times of flood. We have had discussion with the Ministry of the Environment about this issue.

If we are not allowed to protect the new parking lot and the new Community Center, Mayor Larose will certainly considered other options: i.e. finding another spot in Quyon.

Debris from the high water still litters the fences around the Lions Club park.

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Online Survey: Benefiting from Nature in the Pontiac


Do you spend time outside enjoying nature?  If so, McGill University PhD student Dalal Hanna would love to hear from you in an anonymous online survey.  She is conducting a research project on the diverse ways people living in the regions of Bristol and Pontiac benefit from nature, and how they would ideally like to benefit from nature in the future. Dalal does this research because it generates information that can help society come up with improved ways to manage the diverse benefits we get from nature. The project seeks to improve knowledge and is purely academic.

The summarized and anonymous findings of the project will also be shared with your community in December 2018 at a gathering, and made available publicly online and to local land use planners.  

Sondage: profiter de la nature dans le Pontiac


Est-ce que vous passez du temps à apprécier la nature ? Si oui, une étudiante au doctorat à l’Université McGill, Dalal Hanna, a un sondage web anonyme à vous proposer. Elle fait présentement de la recherche sur les diverses façons dont les gens des régions de Bristol et de Pontiac profitent de la nature, et comment ils aimeraient idéalement profiter de la nature dans le futur. Dalal fait cette recherche parce que ça génère de l’information qui peut aider la société à développer des meilleures façons de gérer l’environnent. Son projet cherche à améliorer les connaissances, et est purement académique.

Un sommaire anonyme des résultats sera partagé dans votre communauté en Décembre 2018, ainsi que disponible en ligne.

Si ce projet vous intéresse, s’il vous plait visitez le sondage en ligne ici :

Le sondage prend environ 30 minutes à compléter.

Si vous avez des questions, n’hésitez pas à contacter Dalal Hanna par courriel ( Vous pouvez aussi contacter son superviseur de doctorat, Elena Bennett (

Merci énormément pour votre temps !

Early Morning Blaze Destroys Barn in Luskville



Thomas Soulière reader Nina Lépine-Forget alerted us to the fire and sent us this image of the blaze taken just before the arrival of firefighters to the scene

An early morning fire completely destroyed a barn on a farm located at 2002 route 148 (chemin Eardley) in the Luskville sector in the Municipality of Pontiac Monday.

Le tour des jardins et cadeaux du Pontiac


Le tour des jardins et cadeaux du Pontiac est une visite auto-guidée de neuf jardins champêtres. L’accent porte sur les méthodes écologiques, les aménagements favorisant la biodiversité et les plantes indigènes. Des artisans du Pontiac seront sur place pour vous faire découvrir leur art, livres et cartes. Les jardiniers vous proposeront quant à eux, des légumes écologiques, des semences et des plantes, ainsi que des tisanes, paniers et différents produits de leur terroir.

Great gardens and gorgeous gifts on tour


Pontiac Gardens and Gifts is a self-guided garden tour featuring nine country gardens in West Quebec’s beautiful Pontiac region. The focus is on organic techniques, wildlife-friendly designs and native plants. In addition, regional artists and artisans will sell their art, books and cards. Some gardens will be selling nursery stock and seeds, organic produce, herbal products and more.