Candidate for Conservative Party leader visits Quyon

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Kate Aley

 

Vying to lead the Conservative Party, Erin O'Toole visited the Canadian Legion in Quyon on April 12. O’Toole has been the MP for the riding of Durham, (Ont.) since 2012 and was re-elected at the 2015 general election. He previously served as the Minister of Veterans Affairs and Parliamentary Secretary for International Trade.​

When asked why he had chosen Quyon as one of his stops on the campaign trail, O'Toole was direct.

"I am here to earn the trust of the Conservative members of the of Pontiac in my bid to lead the party," he said. "I have a few friends here tonight who  I've served with in the military and I know Ben Woodman who ran for us here last time and has worked in Parliament. Since I entered this race in mid-October, I have traveled to more ridings and have spoken to more members of the party that anyone else in this race. This is the time for our members to decide who should lead us going forward and I need to meet them and earn their trust."

O'Toole said he chose Quyon as a campaign stop for its' place in a large riding. "It's a central spot," he explained. "The riding association uses this region for their AGM. I thought, let's have it somewhere central, don't just keep it close to Ottawa."

This is O'Toole's first time in the Pontiac. "As a veteran, I have been to many many Legions and now I can add another one," he said.

Although O'Toole represents communities in Ontario, he sees similarities in the challenges facing the rural areas of both provinces.

"I know the big challenge of this region [is] not being well served by Quebec health system; I've heard that loud and clear," he said. "I am also a supporter of supply management and my agricultural policy is the best developed of any other [candidate]. My policies, in terms of job creation and supporting young people, apply everywhere. In many ways, there's areas of this part of Quebec that are similar to parts of Ontario, [which] have been struggling in the years after mill closures and manufacturing jobs moving out. We have to make sure we empower small businesses; if we can get every small business to hire one more person, that's much bigger across the country then a new plant or a car coming off the line or a new pulp mill opening up."

O'Toole is determined to lower the tax rate and bring in several measures to help facilitate hiring for small businesses, including less tax regulations.

"The biggest thing we have to do is small business creation," he stressed. "A lot of people are leaving [school] with high debt load and little opportunity. We want to free up and make sure they pay no tax in the first few years of their career. They can use that to pay down debt or start a new business."

He also considers support of supply management, and for family farms, as paramount for this region.

"People that promise corporate money for some company to relocate, often those jobs will leave when the payments from government end," he said. "We really need to foster a resurgence in small business hiring. I tell you, that's what helped us coming out of the global recession: small business."

Fourteen candidates are in the running to be the new leader of the Conservative Party of Canada. The election will be held in May 2017.

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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.

Kickin' it: Pontiac youth get into soccer

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Kate Aley

Some might say that young people are glued to their screens all day and all night. But that's harder to say when so many bright young people are running, kicking, playing and laughing in Luskville every Monday evening.
Community soccer classes started up on Tuesday, May 1st at the Luskville Recreational Park. The two- to four year-olds play in the softball field. The older group, aged five and up, play on the soccer field to the north.

How do rural communities comply with Quebec's Organic Strategy?

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Kevin Brady

Current Situation:

The Québec residual materials management strategy includes a progressive reduction and an eventual a 'ban' of organic material from municipal landfills by 2020. Municipalities that comply with the policy are eligible for funding to help offset the costs. As with the Municipality of Pontiac, many municipalities have chosen to pass resolutions to initiate door-to-door collection, with costs paid for by the residents.

Get ready, get set, get out: disaster preparedness in a bag

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Kate Aley

Remember this?

As the Pontiac watches epic levels of flooding in both New Brunswick and B.C. and considers our own possible return to inundation, it's time to let paranoia rear its helpful head and get ready to get out of the house. The concept behind having a so-called Go Bag is to have ready everything you might need to survive, out-of-doors, for about 72 hours... until help arrives or the zombies get you.

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