Election 2017: Jean Côté



Kate Aley

Our last profile is of Jean Côté, who is running for the position of councilor of Ward 1. It proved impossible to interview Mr. Côté in person. Our gratitude to him for emailing his answers to us.


Retired as team lead, IT Program, Shared Services Canada

What are the greatest challenges you see for the municipality and/or your ward?

Challenges for the municipality and ward include improving infrastructure and roads and increasing business growth. A solid infrastructure is a prerequisite to increase business growth.  As well, there may be a need for municipal subsidies or incentives to entice businesses to the Pontiac. An industrial park, rezoning discussions and looking into provincial and federal programs for their assistance would be required.  There would be a need to identify what would best suit all parties (the municipality and businesses) and how they can work together to get things started. There are possibilities on the tourism front (a marina, museum, etc.), in the arts (local artisans and music), as well as other opportunities yet to be studied, such as an IT Centre, ski resort or outdoor center. The possibilities could be endless if we keep an open mind and are willing to discuss and research the potential. This could alleviate loss of our youth to the cities.

What would be your first priority if elected?

My priority [would be] infrastructure and roads. The rash of floods has devastated some people and properties and we must take measures to deal with this. Considering the bulk of the flooding is caused by things that are beyond our control, we could look at options such as discussing water dam management with the proper authorities and seeing if there are things that could be addressed at that stage (such as water release schedules). We need to research and identify problem areas in order to determine if preventative measures could be put in place, if only on a seasonal basis, such as shoring up certain areas in the fall in preparation for spring. A proper study of problem areas would also give us an opportunity to see if some form of diversion could be put into place where two waterways exist, in order to lessen the impact.  There is also a discussion that needs to take place concerning known flood areas and building permits for said areas, as well as outlines of responsibilities for both homeowners and the municipality.

What do you see here that is going well?

What is good now [is that] some roads are being done, and the Quyon Beach Barn/Community Centre is being addressed. The municipality of Pontiac is a rich and diverse multi-cultural area, with lineages of First Nations, Irish, English and French descent, to name a few.  As well, it is an area that abounds in talent, such as on the arts and crafts as well as music front. We have a distinct history in our contributions to industry in southern Quebec with the Ottawa River linking our area to others and facilitating transport of goods and people. These are things that we want to highlight and maintain as they are our history and our identities. It is a primarily rural area with an abundance of forests and lakes that also distinguishes the Pontiac from urban centers, as well as a beautiful place to live.

What makes you a good choice as councilor for your ward?

I am willing to work hard and am recently retired. I am bilingual, with prior experience (over nine years) as a church board member dealing with assisting in running and maintaining a church. I have experience as a supervisor and team lead within Federal Government which entails good people and leadership skills and working as a group with a specific goal in mind, i.e. client service. I think [council needs] to handle issues in an informed and logical fashion. 

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.