A leader who wants to be!

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R. Denis Dubé

translation: 

Thomas Soulière


Français

It has been 15 months since the municipality's residents elected a new municipal council to represent them and manage the affairs of our community.

Where are we now?

We are still waiting to know in which direction the municipality of Pontiac is heading!  It must be noted that there was no presentation, no statement, not even a minimalist introduction to the 2019 budget.  It has been the practice for years for the Mayor to present his or her budget to tax payers in order to explain the direction chosen by elected officials for the business of the coming year.  But for a second consecutive year, there was no presentation.  Our head of council was conspicuous by her absence when the 2018 budget was adopted, having chosen instead to be at a meeting of the regional municipal council in the MRC des Collines-de-l'Outaouais, leaving the task to the rookie Pro-mayor. 

A question period during a public council meeting is not enough, and neither is it the way to present the municipality's budget.  There are no substitutes for a formal presentation to explain the choices and projects put forth in the budget that Council is about to adopt for the coming year.  Moreover, the 3-year program of capital expenditures is not — like the popular and mistaken belief of some of our elected officials — a "Wish List".  The plan is a commitment by Council to residents and shows the clear direction of priorities that council transmits to the administration and the public for the next three years.  Moreover, it is also an obligation prescribed by the Québec Municipal Code.

I will not make any judgments or throw the first stone; I am simply noting the great inexperience of five out of our seven elected officials on council.  I sincerely invite them to take the level of communication with their fellow citizens a step further.  They should try to be very attentive to the population rather than favouring discriminatory arguments.  Sometimes — or even for once — confess that an error or omission has been made, rather than to try and justify it or try to get around it with legal linguistic gymnastics.

Clear and simple communication does not create a multitude of questions: it enlightens and informs the collective interest and well-being of our municipality and its citizens.

A leader who wants to lead!  One can be a leader if the will and openness to serve the community is within them.

Nos autres nouvelles / Our other News

Can we Talk?

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by: 

Sheila McCrindle

Given the importance of resident engagement in civic life, I was saddened to read Lynne Lavery’s article in this week’s Pontiac Journal.  Residents have been expressing concern that articles in the Journal relating to the Municipality of Pontiac have showed a bias in favour of the current Mayor.

La mairesse de Pontiac: Informer le public de manière efficace et conforme avec un délai raisonnable est une «courtoisie» non pas une obligation

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by: 

Thomas Soulière

Lorsque ce fût signalé à la mairesse dans un autre courriel ; que le code municipal stipulait qu'un avis public devait être donné au moins 8 jours avant la réunion, tandis que l’avis affiché sur le site Web de la municipalité a été publié seulement un jour avant la réunion, la mairesse Labadie a répondu, «Le site Web n'est pas un avis public légal. C'est une courtoisie.»

CARNAVAL DU PONTIAC: 25, 26 ET 27 JANVIER 2019

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Vendredi 25 janvier à partir de 18h30 au centre communautaire: Concours de talents amateur et de lip-synch.

Vous aimez danser, chanter ou vous avez un talent caché, venez participer et vous amuser dans ce concours d’amateur pour tous âges. Prix de participation.


Samedi 26 janvier : Activité intérieure (Centre communautaire, 2024 route 148)

9h-11h déjeuner hivernal (levée de fonds Cercle Socio-culturel de Luskville) et une vente d’artisanat.
Coût: 3$/enfant, 7$/adulte. PMP organise un bricolage sur le thème de l’hiver et des jeux de société pour les enfants.
12h-16h Tournoi de sac de sable. Levée de fonds pour la Ligue de sac de sable de Luskville. Coût: 2$/enfant, 4$/adulte.
17h-Souper spaghetti familial (levée de fonds 6e année), tirage 50-50 et soirée dansante, bar sur place.


Dimanche 27 janvier : Activité extérieure (Patinoire Parc Récréatif, 3206 route 148.)

9h-16H - Patinage, hockey, glissade, raquettes, ski de fond, tour de traîneau tiré par des chevaux, peinture sur neige, concours de bûcheron, cours de zumba et plus!
* Nouveauté: une tour d'escalade et des concours de fabrication de bonhomme de neige et de la plus belle tuque décorée !!


Si vous souhaitez participer dans notre carnaval, contactez-nous, nous recherchons des bénévoles Info@gajluskville.com


CARNAVAL DE LEGO

PMP est heureux de participer au carnaval d’hiver de GAJ ! Venez construire avec nous une création hivernale! (Lego, Duplo et MégaBlocks fournis par PMP)
Date: Le dimanche, 27 janvier de 4:00-5:00pm
Âges visés: MégaBlock et Duplo pour les 2 et 3 ans Lego pour les 4 ans et plus.
(Les enfants de 4 ans et moins doivent être supervisé par un parent.)
Endroit:Centre communautaire de Luskville, (2024 route 148)
Coût: 2$

Pontiac Mayor: Informing Public in Efficient and Timely Manner “A Courtesy”

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Thomas Soulière

DISCLAIMER: Any information or details in this opinion article pertaining to the 2019 budget in the Municipality of Pontiac that are incorrect or misleading are the responsibility of the Municipality of Pontiac, its Council and administrative staff due to the lack of 2019 budget documentation released to the public at the time of its alleged passing into law and the publication of this article.

UPDATED: Quyon Community Centre

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●PUBLISHER'S NOTE: It was discovered after this update was published that the Municipality of Pontiac and the builder, Lalonde Cantin Construction (LCC), are locked in a dispute the full nature of which is unclear at this time. Despite multiple attempts to reach out to the Municipality, clarification of the causes of the dispute, as well as the dispute's influence on the completed project's delivery date or when the new community centre will open have not been forthcoming, and are therefore unknown. We continue to follow this story and we will bring you any updates as they become known.

Originally published on October 14th, 2018
under the headline
Work continues on Quyon Community Centre
by: 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.

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