Better, brighter: NCC celebrates completed work at Luskville Falls

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Kate Aley

Members of the National Capital Commission (NCC), the Municipality of Pontiac (MoP) and the local community gathered on Nov. 15 to acknowledge the completion of renovations to the Luskville Falls trails and picnic area.

Above, speaker Patsy Lusk with Dr. Mark Kristmanson, CEO of the NCC (left) and Roger Larose, mayor of the Municipality of Pontiac

A number of projects were officially inaugurated, representing a total investment of $1.2 million by the NCC. The restoration and improvements to the access to rock climbing sites on the Eardley Escarpment cost $537,000. Work on the equestrian trail that follows the base of the escarpment as well as the construction of a metal and wood bridge over Chartrand Creek cost $276,000. Extensive rehabilitation of the Luskville Falls Trail, parking lot and interpretive panels cost $260,000. A slope at the Church Hill Picnic Area on Eardley - Masham Road was also stabilized, costing $190,000.

Chief Executive Officer for the NCC, Dr. Mark Kristmanson (above), thanked the assembled visitors, which included three members of the Pontiac Equestrian Association and their steeds.

“This represents a big investment in the park,” said the mayor of MoP, Roger Larose, addressing the crowd. “I am very pleased to celebrate the history of the Lusk family who have given their name to this area.”

Patsy Lusk (above) spoke next, thanking the MoP and the NCC for the new interpretive panel on the history of the Lusk family, which will be displayed at the Town Hall.

Also attending the event were Debbie Lusk, Linda Lusk and Bonnie Lusk. They recalled climbing the falls as students and being able to identify the various homes and farms of the people they knew.

From left, Debbie, Pat, Linda and Bonnie Lusk with the plaque recognizing the family's historic link to the area.

According to an NCC press release, the most recent Status Report on Gatineau Park Ecosystems concluded that most of the key ecological zones are in good health—an important achievement, given the increasing pressures of urbanization in areas surrounding the Park and the intensity of visitor use within the Park. The NCC’s ongoing priority is to maintain upkeep throughout Gatineau Park, particularly working of definition the official trails. “Our colleagues [at the NCC], the biologists, the directors, they all had a hand in this,” commented communications officer Jasmine Leduc. “They are proud to be part of this; we are really happy to work with and share this with the community.”

 

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Slipping back: background facts

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Kate Aley

Welcome back. While I wait for my file on the accident (December 4) to be retrieved by the MRC des Collines police, I placed calls to two local people, experts on the trucking of manure. For those who are coming in late to this, see my previous "slippery" stories archived here.

Slippery story: the update

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Kate Aley

On Monday December 4, a serious accident was caused by some kind of slippery fluid being splashed all over the highway in Luskville. Many people commented on the unexpectedly deep puddles, the effort it took to stay on the road and the horrible stink of it. There was so much, a snow plow was called in to strip it off the road. What was that stuff? Where did it come from? I managed to find someone to talk to from the MTQ within two days. But as yet, my attempts to get information about this incident from the MRC des Collines police have been unproductive. 

Warming up for Christmas at the Santa Claus Parade

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Kate Aley

Once more the Quyon Lions' Club Santa Claus Parade, held Saturday December 9, was a great success. Warmly-dressed families lined the streets to enjoy the decorated floats, horses and of course, St. Nick himself. As the Beach Barn is conspicuously absent this year, the parade's normal route was reversed, with participants gathering at the Ste. Marie's Catholic church parking lot and walking down the hill to the intersection with Clarendon. From there, the parade continued to the Onslow Elementary School gym where hot food and drinks were served as kids lined up to speak to Santa about a few important matters.

Slippery sh*t: unidentified effluent causes accident

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Kate Aley

A serious single-vehicle roll-over was caused early morning on December 4 by a deep slick of some kind of waste matter spilled on Highway 148 near Parker Road in Luskville. Pools of what appeared to be septic waste or liquid animal manure were at least two or three meters in length and possibly 4 cm in depth, according to witnesses.

Christmas House Tour lights up the night

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Kate Aley

The houses on the Quyon Pastoral Charge Christmas House Tour warmly received 150 visitors this year. Five family homes in Quyon and Luskville were decorated to perfection to the appreciation of all. Above, the Draper homestead in Luskville.

Scheer in Pontiac: We shouldn’t let the politics of envy divide one group of Canadians against another

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Thomas Soulière

SHAWVILLE — The leader of the Conservative Party of Canada spent the first day of December visiting the federal riding of Pontiac with stops in Campbell’s Bay, Fort Coulonge and Shawville to speak to farmers, small business owners and voters about the CPC’s position on the Liberal government’s tax policy and to show the Conservative’s strong support of supply management.

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