Imagine the future: planning begins for new seniors housing co-op project

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Kate Aley

Gathering to help the dream become reality, a group of approximately 17 people met at the Luskville Community Centre on May 9. The meeting was a starting point for planning new housing for seniors in the Municipality of Pontiac (MoP).

The 'imagination session' was led by Meghan Lewis, the municipality's community development officer, and two representatives from Coopérative de développement régional​ (CDR) Outaouias- Laurentides, development counselor Joelle Ritchie and assistant general manager Claudine Lalonde.

Since introducing it's official seniors policy and becoming a Senior Friendly Municipality last year, the MoP's next step on the action plan is investigating new affordable housing for seniors. Seated in front of large sheet of cardboard and an array of coloured sticky notes, participants were asked to consider a number of questions.

Where is the best place for a housing co-op to be built in this area?

What community resources already present can help to develop the project?

What are the challenges for the project; what are the greatest hopes?

What kind of services or businesses could be integrated to help the project be more viable?

"A co-op is a group of people with a common need, and because of this they have a common vision to find a way to share spaces and services," explained Mme. Ritchie. "There are many ways we can imagine this co-op."

After the people at each table had come up with some ideas, each plan was presented to the whole group and explained. Later, individuals marked ideas they especially liked with stickers. The results will be given to the MoP's new Senior's Committee to work with.

"When people get together to work out what they want, it's very exciting," remarked Mme. Lalonde, watching the busy creative process taking place.

For more information or to give your opinion on the senior's housing co-op plans, contact Meghan Lewis at the Town Hall.

819 455 2401 ext. 135.

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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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