André Fortin nominated as Liberal candidate for Pontiac

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Kate Aley

The auditorium of Onslow Elementary School was filled with supporters of MNA for Pontiac André​ Fortin on Saturday March 10. The gathering marked the re-nomination of Fortin to represent the Liberal party in the upcoming provincial elections. Community members, councilors for the Municipality of Pontiac and MRC Pontiac mayors and wardens, both past and present, were in attendance.

Preceding the announcement of Fortin's uncontested nomination, a number of speakers addressed the audience, including West Quebec School Board chairman James Shea, Quebec's Finance Minister Carlos Leitão and MRC Pontiac's warden Jane Toller. Video messages of support were sent by MP for Hull-Aylmer Greg Fergus, MP for Pontiac Will Amos and Premier of Quebec Philippe Couillard.

Fortin spent time before the meeting greeting members of the community.

Warden Toller remarked that Fortin "truly deserved the title 'Champion of the Pontiac'. He understands not only what we need and where we need to go but how to get us there".

First elected in 2014, André​ Fortin has been involved in many projects that directly affect the Municipality of Pontiac, including the addition to the Notre-Dame-de-la-Joie elementary school building in Luskville, the creation of a regional hops growers collective (Houblon Pontiac) and improvements to Highway 148 in Breckenridge. Permission for the construction of a slaughterhouse for locally grown meat was achieved this year. After many years of community and political effort, the hemodialysis unit at the Shawville hospital is expected to begin operation in September.

Fortin was appointed as Minister of Transport, Sustainable Mobility and Transport Electrification in 2017. 

"The community is well represented by ​André​​ Fortin in Quebec City," said Minister Leitão. "He reminds us to be well aware of the everyday needs and preoccupations and it is good for us to be reminded of that. To have someone of this generation actively representing you in Quebec City gives us a new sense of energy." Leitã​o went on to deny that the province is "on a downward slide to nowhere" under the Liberal party, as he claims the media suggests.

After his nomination was officially declared, Fortin addressed the gathering, specifically thanking his family and individual political supporters. 

To James Shea, who also acts as president of QCGN (Quebec Community Groups Network which works for English-speaking Quebecers as part of its mandate), Fortin stated, "you can be sure, damn sure Jim, no matter who is across the aisle from me [...], no matter whoever they are, nobody, when I am there, nobody will be allowed to trample on English language rights, on minority language rights."

Fortin expressed a positive view of the future for this region. "I would constantly hear the Pontiac is the poorest MRC in the province [...] and I heard it because it was true," he said. "But today we don't hear it anymore, it's not true anymore. We talk of positive initiatives, of new businesses setting up shop, of growth through economic development, we talk about [...] the possibility of a decent opportunity for our children, here at home in the Pontiac."

The presence of Fortin's two young daughters, dressed in fairy wings and snow boots, added to the light-hearted atmosphere of the event.

"Pontiacers still want to see their government, all levels of government, cooperate to foster all economic development," Fortin continued. "It's always been the number one issue here, the key to this region's prosperity and long-term success.

"Aylmerites want more services,they want a better, more targeted approach to education, they want proximity to healthcare services. Like many Quebecers, they want an improved, a modernized transport system that they can rely on, day in, day out. I still have many ideas on how to we can make Pontiac better, on how we can make Aylmer better, and how we can make government better and how I can do so by giving you just about every ounce of energy I've got while representing you in Quebec City, by being the representative that I hope you can be proud of, and by always putting forward the values that we share as Liberals. The Liberal party will always put economic development first, but will do so in order to achieve greater social justice."

Fortin's speech was met with a standing ovation. The Quebec provincial election will be held Monday October 1.

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Celebrating weeds (not weed)

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Look what I found in a particularly weedy part of my garden: the first Monarch caterpillar I've seen a very very VERY long time.

Please

let

your

milkweed

grow.

I found that chubby little fellow lurking on a blade of grass so I moved him to this leaf, where he lay like a slug for quite a long time. Then I saw that he'd done a neat u-turn. Then I saw he'd eaten a patch of the leaf and taken off like a maniac. No idea where went. Looked everywhere. So I assume he's out there.

Let your milkweed grow. 

Creative summer art classes

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Kate Aley

Get some colour into your life this summer with bright new art courses at the Pontiac School of the Arts in Portage du Fort. This year, classes include watercolour painting, printmaking, screen writing and floor cloths (a durable painted canvas mat). 

Now in it's 14th year, the Pontiac School of the Art's mission is to inspire creative discovery in everyone.

For Over 8 MONTHS We’ve Had NO Emergency Route

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Ashley Graveline

 


PHOTO: KATE ALEY

As someone who lives on Baie road and heads up to Quyon often, it really starts to hit how long Alary road has been washed out — and how annoying it is to detour around to head up to Quyon, Shawville etc.

The beginning of everything: "Origins" watercolour show opens

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Kate Aley

You are invited to an extraordinarily moving exhibition of new work by renowned Luskville painter, Ruby Ewen.

Entirely painted in watercolour, the pieces immerse the viewer into multiple magical realms of creationism, imagination and classic myth.

Show runs: Friday, June 22 (opening event, 6 -- 8 p.m.) to July 22, 2018

Site: Stone School Gallery, 28 Mill St., Portage du Fort.

Cooking meets trucking at new restaurant

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Kate Aley

After two years of extensive renovations, Au Coin du Camionneur, also known as Trucker's Corner, opened in Luskville on Sunday June 17. 

Owners Benoit Galipeau and Robert Bergeron have completely reconfigured the building at the corner of the Eardley-Masham Road and Highway 148. New lighting, comfortable seating and large windows that open onto a breezy patio create an inviting ambience.

Building a new future for Pontiac with slaughterhouse project

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Kate Aley

After five years of planning, construction has now started on the Les Abattoir les Viandes du Pontiac. Set on five acres on the outskirts of Shawville, the slaughterhouse is the brainchild of Quyon entrepreneur Alain Lauzon and three partners, Sofian Elktrousie, Ibrama Diagne and promoter Gilles Langlois.

“We are aiming to be open by end of October,” said Lauzon last week, as he watched forms being set for more concrete to be poured.

Turtle S.O.S.: Save Our Shells!

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Trouble in paradise.

It's June and that means those crazy turtles are once again roaming dirt side roads and busy highways alike; intent on finding mates, water and good nesting places as they have always done, paying no mind to the deadly wheels zooming past. I stop for a lot of turtles at this time of the year and so far we have all lived to fight another day. However I have never seen a turtle stuck in the bone-dry and baking-hot rink at the Luskville Community Centre before. Bad turtle terrain for sure.

Open letter to the Municipality of Pontiac recognizing the work of our municipal firefighters

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Sandra Barber

To whom it may concern:

Re: Recognition of volunteer Firefighters

While sitting at our dining table enjoying our first coffee of the day on Sunday, May 20 at 6 a.m., my husband and I both heard a very loud “thunk” and wondered what the heck it was. Curiosity motivated my husband to investigate further; he checked our basement, nothing amiss. Checked the living room located on a lower level, noticed a man sitting outside on the guard rail.

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