Municipal electoral boundaries changed to reflect population

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Kate Aley

It was announced at June’s council meeting that the electoral boundaries had been changed for the Municipality of Pontiac (MoP). Pontiac 2020 asked MoP communications officer Dominic Labrie some more questions about the changes.

P2020: Why was it necessary to change the boundaries?

MoP: Under the Act respecting Elections and Referendums in Municipalities, the number of electors in an electoral district must not deviate by more than 25 percent from the average for municipalities with less than 20,000 inhabitants. The situation is this at the moment:  

So… two wards are problematic.

P2020: What parameters were used to decide how they should be changed?

MoP: The division of the territory for electoral purposes must respect a basic democratic principle: the effective representation of electors. The Act respecting Elections and Referendums in Municipalities provides for a number of rules making it possible to ensure effective representation. The equality of the votes of electors and respect for natural communities are the two criteria set out in this act.

P2020: How long did it take to decide on how to change the boundaries?

MoP: We had a meeting with a consultant [called] Innovision. Three scenarios were presented. After some back and forth, this scenario was adopted by the council (Dr. Amyotte was the only one to oppose).  After that vote, rate payers had 15 days to oppose. We did not receive any comments.  

P2020: Where are the areas where the greatest amount of change took place?

MoP: Here is the new distribution. As you can see wards are more balanced in term of voter distribution:

P2020: How will people be able to find out if their electoral district has been changed or not? Is there/will there be a detailed map (with street names, etc.) available on-line or will you send you personal letters to everyone informing if their district has changed?

MoP: The bylaws are now in front of the Commission electorale du Quebec for final review. We agreed that  we will publish the new map on the web site and in the newspaper.  If you have Google Earth installed on your computer, you can use the cool app in attachment, as all the wards are geo-localized.

P2020: Which ward is the largest in area now? Has that changed?

MoP: Ward one is smaller now but is still the largest.

P2020: When do the changes come into effect?

MoP: Changes will come into effect just in time for the next general election.

P2020: And when is the next Municipal election due?

MoP: November 2017.

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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.

100 Homes in Pontiac Hit by Devastating Tornado Plowing Across Outaouais Region

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Thomas Soulière

It was one minute after five o’clock on Friday afternoon when the tornado that made landfall 9 kilometers away in Dunrobin, Ontario crossed Route 148 in the Breckenridge sector of the Municipality of Pontiac.

A Tale of Two Approaches

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Sheila McCrindle and Kevin Brady

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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. 

Fun for all: new play equipment at Onslow Elementary

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Kate Aley

If you hear a higher pitch of childhood enjoyment coming from the Onslow Elementary School playground at break time, it's probably due to the exciting new playground equipment installed there last week. Pontiac2020.ca asked Home and School committee representative Stacy Johnston for some details.

Pontiac Community Gym hopes to open by end of year

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Kate Aley

Despite some setbacks and delays, work continues on the building on Clarendon Street that will house the Pontiac Community Gym. Coordinator Rachelle Dinelle gave Pontiac2020.ca an update.

Dedicated volunteer recognized with Governor General's medal

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Kate Aley

Luskville's Hélène Belisle (above) has been an extraordinary force for good in the Pontiac for decades. She has served as councilor for the Municipality of Pontiac, as a school board commissioner for the Commission scolaire des portages-de-l'Outaouais (CSPO), instigated and still facilitates the breakfast club at Notre Dame-de-la-Joie in Luskville, all while operating her own small business, Salon Chez Hélène. On September 11, Belisle was awarded the Sovereign's Medal for Volunteers, which recognizes exceptional volunteer achievements of Canadians through the office of the Governor General of Canada.

Lacing up for the 2018 Terry Fox Run

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Kate Aley

September brings many things, among them cooler weather, fall fairs and the Terry Fox Run.

Regional coordinater John Petty is once again chasing the elusive goal of having 200 participants at this years run on Sunday, September 16.

Petty, along with his late wife Betty and legendary friend Rick Valin, has been facilitating the run practically since there was one.

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