Election 2017: Susan Lamont

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Kate Aley

Our next interview is with Sue Lamont, running for councilor for ward 4.

Candidate for councilor, Ward 4

Born, raised

Born in Ottawa, moved to Pontiac when married and has been a resident of Pontiac for 46 years.

Career

Almost 40 years working for a major supermarket; 15 years as a customer service manager working with approximately 80 employees.

What is the greatest challenge facing this municipality and your ward?

Economic growth by and for the community; this is the biggest challenge for the municipality as a whole. We have to get zoning in place so we can get affordable day care in our communities with government help to set up the businesses. I would like to see two in each area. It is a small business [and] any kind of small business needs development to hire local people and keep them in the community. They can go to university in 25 minutes from here; let them go to university and come back here and get some development going.

Young families are moving into our community because it is affordable. We are 20 minutes from town, but the young families don’t have day care; we have one day care in this area and what we have is full. We can hire people in this community to run those positions

Second, I am a senior now, [and so] my interest is […] in services to stay in the home. They did a wonderful 2011 survey; it touched on all the needs of the community but its six years later and they are still working on it. We need a list of handyman services, which [means] hiring people in our community. It does not need to be subsidized; we just need a list of services. Seniors rely on family, but if they knew that list was available they would be calling [...] we need to communicate this information. Meals on Wheels, there is zero in Municipality of Pontiac. We rely on Campbell’s Bay. I would like to develop that as a business, as we have an aging population; one of our community services could run it, senior citizens get to stay in their homes.

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

Because I am new [to council], I would get to know my fellow councilors and learn how the system works so I, as a councilor, can truly have an influence; that is what I want. We did well recently with economic and tourism growth here. The [UPA] Open Doors, the Luskville Falls, new ventures opening like Pontiac Hops. Artists and artisans; they are offering free lessons.  Let’s develop that. My back-of-the-mind plan is markets from the beginning of Terry Fox Road to Gold Mine Road: garden markets, craft markets, community gardens in each sector and they can sell the produce every weekend: tourists will come in especially for that. In winter time, let’s have some activities to bring people out of the cities: hot chocolate!

What is going right in this area?

Roads are getting done, [work on] the Highway 148 and Mountain Road. It opens us to tourism. Successful community activities; we have not seen stuff like that for 20 years. We have annual activities like the Luskville Country Fair, Venturing Hills, Christmas craft bazaars; it’s all about developing what we have in the Pontiac.The grist mill [in Quyon] could be developed but it is in real bad shape. How much money do we have to put towards developing special projects like that versus fixing the roads? It could be a tourist attraction; we need to develop stuff like that.

Why would you be a good representative for this ward?

Communications skills, people skills. I have a ton of energy for my age. I have vision, I am organized and I like to get things done right. “Cover the four corners”, that’s what I call it, and do it right. For me, honestly, you need to be one voice under a strong leader: everyone works on the same page to get things done. It has to be a priority; otherwise you are kibitzing all the time. When you have a small population, everything is tight. For me, we are all one community. Communication is a key factor if you are going to be successful. We have to know each other; we need to work as a team. All the rest is communication and coaching.

Nos autres nouvelles / Our other News

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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