Hops is tops: celebrating Pontiac's new crop

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Kate Aley

A hops party, hosted by Pontiac Hops in Luskville, gave visitors a chance to learn a little more about this successful new commercial enterprise.

Above, Pontiac Hops co-owners Anthony (right) and Jimmy Nugent.

Last Saturday, July 29, local farmers and community members toured the hops yards and also enjoyed a taste of some of the beer made with Pontiac Hops produce. Representatives of both Mill Street and Big Rig breweries had visited the farm that morning, leaving a generous amount of samples for the party.

"We had over 100 people at the event," Anthony Nugent said. "The party was held at Bradley Road with a BBQ and band in the afternoon. The people from Big Rig and Mill Street really enjoyed the visit and will come back to take part in the harvest."

Nugent explained that Big Rig are a major buyer of produce from Pontiac Hops. "They were making a brew to mark Canada's 150th and so wanted to use all Canadian products," he said.

Nugent credits the rising number of craft breweries as the reason for the development of hops farms in the area. "We got a lot of interested reactions [from the visitors]," he said. "A couple of people approached us to ask more about the work involved [in setting up a hops yard]. More and more breweries are opening; since we started [Pontiac Hops], there have been another five to six breweries have opened up in the Ottawa Valley, and that's just the ones I know about."

Pontiac Hops was founded in 2014 and currently grows Centennial and Cascade varieties. Learn more at pontiachops.ca

Photographs courtesy of Pontiac Hops

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Work continues on Quyon Community Centre

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Kate Aley

Everyone is watching the beautiful new Quyon Community Centre nearing completion with equal amounts of impatience and excitement. Final touch-ups on paint and drywall were being done as of last week, including finishing the stairs to the Mezzanine level.

Perfect waste management

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Sheila McCrindle

There is an old saying among environmentalist “Don’t let the perfect be the enemy of the good.”  This applies whenever solutions to environmental problems are being devised. Especially solutions involving human behaviour.  It means that just because a solution is not perfect does not mean it is not good.  Dealing with household organic waste is just such an example.

Free art classes: meet the teachers part 3

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Kate Aley

Believe it or not, all of us have a naturally creative streak and these free art classes, hosted by the Municipality of Pontiac, are the perfect opportunity to dig into it. Next in our roster of Get Art teachers is Tanya McCormick who will be teaching on Saturday, October 27th at the Luskville Community Centre.

She's presenting flexible, intense alcohol-based inks swirled onto a crazy plastic kind of surface called Yupo paper. It's quite the art form!

Free art classes: meet the teachers part 2

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Kate Aley

Get Art, the travelling art school based in the Pontiac, is fortunate to be able to offer all-ages classes again this year. Thanks to funding from the Municipality of Pontiac, the four classes across our three communities are absolutely free of charge for residents. 

Today we meet Luskville's Chantal Dahan who will be teaching printmaking in Breckenridge on Saturday, October 20th.

Free art classes for the municipality: meet the teachers

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Kate Aley


Thanks to the generosty of the Municipality of Pontiac, four art classes are being offered to our community, absolutely free of charge. Details of the classes can be found in your fall activities bulletin, delivered in your mail box last week. Pontiac2020.ca interviewed the four teachers to find out more about the classes and the artists.

A Tale of Two Approaches

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Sheila McCrindle and Kevin Brady

See Also: When you live in a place without curbs, does it make sense to have ‘curbside’ collection of compost?

The MRC des Collines de Gatineau is comprised of 7 municipalities. The smallest Notre-Dame-de-la-Salette is small enough to be exempt from complying with the Provincial Residuals Strategy. The two most densely populated, Cantley and Chelsea, have respectively 83 and 60 people per square kilometre. These two municipalities also have the highest median household income by a considerable margin.

When you live in a place without curbs, does it make sense to have ‘curbside’ collection of compost?

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Sheila McCrindle and Kevin Brady


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The Québec residual materials management strategy includes a progressive reduction and eventually a “ban” of organic material from municipal landfills by 2020.  Municipalities who comply with the policy are eligible for funding to help offset the costs.   The Municipality of Pontiac has responded by passing a resolution to initiate door to door collection with costs paid for by the residents. 

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