"Good vision is not a luxury": discount glasses for Pontiac residents

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Kate Aley

Life becomes limited if you can't see properly.... Can't see the chalkboard, can't cross the street, can't read warnings, can't drive a car.

With this in mind, Catherine Beaudet, Director General of la Maison de la Famille Quyon, has organized a visit from a team of optometrists working with Bonhomme a Lunette, a Montreal-based organization specializing in low-cost eye ware.

"I heard about this in my social studies classes," she explained. "I saw what they do and said, that's amazing! I called and they were open to the idea of coming here, especially after I explained how far Quyon is from Gatineau, where they do have clinics already."

Clients of the Bonhomme a Lunette only need to bring an updated optical prescription and their health care card. No proof of income will be necessary.

Eye exams are always free for people aged under 18 and over 65 and for most welfare recipients.

The optometrists will help clients choose and pay for a suitable pair of glasses, which will be delivered in about two weeks, according to the website.

Although the greatest price reduction will be for those on welfare, Beaudet stresses that the service and the savings are available to everyone. "However much it costs, it will a lot less than going to the shop," she said. "The mission is to help everyone see better. Good vision is not a luxury, it is a necessity."

Beaudet expects to be able to set a date with the Bonhomme group  - probably a Thursday evening - in about two months time in order that clients have enough time to get an updated prescription. Interested people should call the Maison on 819 458 2808 to make an appointment.

Beaudet hopes the Bonhomme a Lunette may be able to make the Pontiac a regular destination. "I am always looking for a way for the Maison to help people, and to help people help themselves," she said.

Go to www.bonhommealunette.org for more information on how the program works and for answers to frequently asked questions.

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Slipping back: background facts

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Kate Aley

Welcome back. While I wait for my file on the accident (December 4) to be retrieved by the MRC des Collines police, I placed calls to two local people, experts on the trucking of manure. For those who are coming in late to this, see my previous "slippery" stories archived here.

Slippery story: the update

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Kate Aley

On Monday December 4, a serious accident was caused by some kind of slippery fluid being splashed all over the highway in Luskville. Many people commented on the unexpectedly deep puddles, the effort it took to stay on the road and the horrible stink of it. There was so much, a snow plow was called in to strip it off the road. What was that stuff? Where did it come from? I managed to find someone to talk to from the MTQ within two days. But as yet, my attempts to get information about this incident from the MRC des Collines police have been unproductive. 

Warming up for Christmas at the Santa Claus Parade

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Kate Aley

Once more the Quyon Lions' Club Santa Claus Parade, held Saturday December 9, was a great success. Warmly-dressed families lined the streets to enjoy the decorated floats, horses and of course, St. Nick himself. As the Beach Barn is conspicuously absent this year, the parade's normal route was reversed, with participants gathering at the Ste. Marie's Catholic church parking lot and walking down the hill to the intersection with Clarendon. From there, the parade continued to the Onslow Elementary School gym where hot food and drinks were served as kids lined up to speak to Santa about a few important matters.

Slippery sh*t: unidentified effluent causes accident

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Kate Aley

A serious single-vehicle roll-over was caused early morning on December 4 by a deep slick of some kind of waste matter spilled on Highway 148 near Parker Road in Luskville. Pools of what appeared to be septic waste or liquid animal manure were at least two or three meters in length and possibly 4 cm in depth, according to witnesses.

Christmas House Tour lights up the night

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Kate Aley

The houses on the Quyon Pastoral Charge Christmas House Tour warmly received 150 visitors this year. Five family homes in Quyon and Luskville were decorated to perfection to the appreciation of all. Above, the Draper homestead in Luskville.

Scheer in Pontiac: We shouldn’t let the politics of envy divide one group of Canadians against another

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Thomas Soulière

SHAWVILLE — The leader of the Conservative Party of Canada spent the first day of December visiting the federal riding of Pontiac with stops in Campbell’s Bay, Fort Coulonge and Shawville to speak to farmers, small business owners and voters about the CPC’s position on the Liberal government’s tax policy and to show the Conservative’s strong support of supply management.

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