Election 2017: Josée Graveline Davis

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Kate Aley

Our next candidate is Josée Graveline Davis, running for the position of councilor for Ward 4. Due to the lack of available time, Mme. Graveline Davis has kindly emailed in her own answers for her profile. This is not an interview.

Born, raised

I was born and raised in Gatineau (Aylmer sector) and now live in Breckenridge.

Profession

I work as an Events Coordinator at the Strategic Enrollment Management Office of the University of Ottawa, overseeing large recruitment events and leading various projects. I also acquired some rural municipal experience working as a Director General Assistance and a Building Inspector at both Thorne and Otter Lake municipalities.

What is the greatest challenge facing the municipality?

Finding effective ways to communicate the municipality's vision to all residents and clearly explaining the action plan, which includes issues to be addressed, the timeline when the work will be done, cost and budget constraint, resources allocation and the level of priority for short, medium and long-term goals. It is important for transparency to occur in the next mandate to inform residents of the direction of the municipality.

[We need to] look at all the on-going priorities from all six districts, review the past public consultation results and start working on the big picture for our community to prosper. If I tell you, "Follow me", your natural answer would be, "Where to?"  It is important to have a clear vision and develop a strategic plan to communicate how we, the municipality, envision a desire future for our next generations.

If elected, what is the first thing you would like to do?

I would be interested in opening a dialogue with residents from district 4 to elaborate on issues they mentioned during my campaigning visit. Their list of concerns, just to name a few, include the condition of the roads (Père Dominicain and Tremblay), tolerance road bylaw and concerns of residents/associations and helping residents with unresolved issues due to last spring’s flood.

They also wish to find opportunities to increase recreational activities in Luskville for our youth and/or negotiate a partnership with surrounding cities for our residents, research and apply for grants for cultural, arts, recreational for youth, parents and elder, focus on revitalization of the municipality to bring a sense of pride to the community and evaluate the impact of pesticides on well water.

I want to develop a plan for economic growth [by] identify the zoning for this growth, build on existing assets and attract potential investors.

My next step would be to create an action plan and prioritize the concerns with the help of residents.  These priorities would be included in the strategic plan and the action plan, which I would be interested in developing with councilors and mayor. This plan is necessary for our municipality to prosper and reach its goal. It would also help prevent any sidetracking that may occur and would be beneficial to monitor its progress.

I would also like to create a forum for discussion on a regular basis for residents to express their on-going needs, their concerns and their innovative ideas, potential solution to arising problems.  

What is going right in this area?

The desire of our residents for the Municipality of Pontiac to prosper and to protect our rural landscape. It is up to each and every one of us to make a difference! Working together and building a strong alliance will make us stronger.

Why will you be a good representative for your ward?

My goal is to encourage on-going communication with citizens and work with them to find viable solutions. My interest is to give back to my community and make a difference! Working together in a team environment, you can accomplish so much more; I have experienced it so many times! I am a team player, a great listener and a problem solver with a vast experience in finding win/win solutions.


 

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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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