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.

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Kate Aley

Slippery driving and chilly weather did not deter participants from attending the annual craft bazaar and breakfast event at the Luskville Community Centre on Sunday, November 19th.

To Paris with paint: Luskville artist invited to French Salon

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Kate Aley

Taking part in any art exhibition can feel exciting yet challenging, But to be part of an international exhibition takes those emotions to a whole new level. Luskville painter Linda Bergeron Baril will be flying to France next month to show three paintings at the Carrousel du Louvre at a show hosted by the Société​ Nationale Des Beaux Arts from December 7 to 10.

Above, Linda Bergeron Baril with the three paintings selected to be in the exhibition.

Le jour du Souvenir 2017 au cénotaphe de Quyon

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Kate Aley

translation: 

Guy Faubert

Malgré les pluies torrentielles, les habitants de Pontiac ont gardé un silence respectueux lors de la cérémonie du jour du Souvenir au Cénotaphe de Quyon le 5 novembre.

Not Lyme: woman struggles to recover after tick bite

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Kate Aley

Two months ago, Ottawa high-school teacher Julia Brown* was a healthy woman enjoying a summer day at a riverside cottage. Yet a bite from a tick nearly took her life. But it was not Lyme disease; it was something worse. Brown and her family were visiting a friends’ cottage on the waterfront in the south of Luskville, along Ch. Pins on Black Bay in mid-August.

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