Election 2017: Susan McKay

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Kate Aley

Our next interview is with Susan McKay, running for Ward 2.

Born, raised

Born in Shawville, grew up in Quyon.

Profession

Worked in customer service at CTC for ten years; before that in logistics and freight forwarding, often working with government agencies.

What is the greatest challenge facing your ward?

We need to get involved in revitalization. It is a beautiful community, a beautiful municipality. It has so much potential and there’s so much coming down the pipe. We need people involved and for their voices to be heard. We need someone on council that can be a voice. We’ve had no-one [on council] from the Quyon ward for so long.

We have a big ferry bringing people into town and there’s boots on Hydro lines and we look like a 'hood'. The people I’ve talked to want to be more involved. They want what I want as a ratepayer--- the way this place looks, it affects us all.

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

The people in the ward are my team. I’m going to be part of that team and I want to work with that team, for the best of this region; the Pontiac. I am one person, [but] I can bring that voice to council. From what I have heard, they [people here] don’t want anything on a great scale; they don’t want a huge industry. They’ve lived here all their lives, they know it’s a small little town. Some want more tourist stuff, a place for the campers to camp by the river, to draw people in that way, create more amenities to attract tourists. There’s so much potential down there, not yet able to be developed. I want to see Quyon beautiful again; it’s a pretty little town, it needs a little bit of love.

What is going right in this area?

I think we are heading in the right direction on the sports fields, with [that] community interaction. The kids down there playing soccer and ball, that’s amazing. Quyon used to be booming; we had three grocery stores and four gas stations. It’ll never get back to that, but if we could only get a third of what we had back. The beautiful grist mill: let’s turn that into a museum, let’s turn it into restaurant, it’s on the river, what a view and the history. Keon’s Store, it was a general store: that’s a building just waiting for someone to open the front door and say, what about a little café? The people [would] come off the Grant Beattie, turn up the main street and there [would be] a beautiful little shop there. The ferry is amazing, that’s what we have that no-one else has. Get the people who have a dream of making Quyon beautiful again and give them help to do it. We are ‘lifers’ here; we’ve all grown up here and we live here for a reason, it’s home.

Why will you be a good representative for the Ward?

I can do the job because I have passion. I want to be the voice of [Ward 2]. I want people to know that when they talk to me about something, I will take things as far as I can possibly can. I can’t guarantee anything but I’m a ballplayer: I’ll go to bat for you. Everyone [who] has seen this place in its heyday, they love it, but they don’t love what it has become. But it is home. We have to bring something back here.

 

 

 

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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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