Build it and they will come: Luskville recreation area make-over plans



Kate Aley

Eight people representing various user demographics gathered at the Luskville Community Centre on Nov. 5 to discuss ways the recreation area on Hwy. 148, (#3206) could be refurbished and improved. Led by the Municipality of Pontiac’s (MoP) community development officer Meghan Lewis, the group defined ways in which the area could be come more accessible and useful to the people of the municipality. asked Lewis to summarize the ideas brought to the meeting.

P2020: How many parks are there in the MoP?

Lewis: There are currently six parks: five neighborhood parks and one municipal park, [that] being the Luskville Recreation Park. The recreational park in Quyon is not owned by the Municipality. The Luskville recreation park is the only central and multipurpose municipal park in the MoP.

P2020: What does it currently host?  

Lewis: Right now, it is comprised of a children’s play area, skating rink, skate park equipment, two baseball diamonds, a petanque (bocce) area and a soccer field as well as a small service building.

P2020: What are some current issues with the park?

Lewis: Although it is widely used by residents of all ages all year round, it is in great need of repair and renovations. With respect to its Age-Friendly Municipality policy and action plan, as well as its imminent Municipal Family Policy, the MoP wishes to develop a vision of how the park should be upgraded.

P2020: What was the goal of the focus group meeting?

Lewis: The consultation regarding the Luskville Recreation Park, led by the Municipality in partnership with Loisir-Sport Outaouais (, aims at including citizen’s ideas and opinions in building a vision of how the park should be developed. The goal [was to] to pinpoint the areas and infrastructures that need upgrading to better meet the needs of Pontiac residents and also to include ideas that will allow the park to be a safer, more welcoming and multifunctional community space.  

P2020: How have people added their ideas to the list?

Lewis: As a first step, an online survey was published and 120 respondents across the Municipality were generous is sharing their ideas and needs with regards to the Park. Then on Nov. 5, a Focus-Group comprised of eight residents of all ages participated in a workshop to re-design their “ideal” park. Some children also participated and were able to also contribute their ideas.

P2020: When will a decision be made about what to do next?

Lewis: The next step will be for council members to prioritize which ideas will be taken into account in the next budget.

P2020: Is there a deadline for suggestions?

Lewis: Although the consultation period is over, if residents have any further ideas or wish to express their needs concerning the park, they can contact me at the municipality.

Contact Meghan Lewis at the MoP office (819 455 2401, ext. 135) with any further ideas.







Nos autres nouvelles / Our other News

Celebrating weeds (not weed)


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.






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



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



Ashley Graveline



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



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



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



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!


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



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.