Onslow Elementary prepares to Say It With Flowers

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Kate Aley

 


Above, Onslow Home and School coordinator Stacey Johnston, [in black, center] explains the bulb planting process to eager helpers. 

It takes more than mud to deter a good gardener and the afternoon of October 16 proved it. Approximately 30 students, parents, teachers and community members assembled to help plant 1,000 red and white tulip bulbs in a new bed created on the front lawn of Onslow Elementary in Quyon. The garden will bloom as part of Canada's 150th celebrations next year.


Onslow principal Grady Robson gets his hands in the dirt. 

Stacey Johnston of the Onslow Home and School committee applied to be one of the 150 communities across Canada chosen to host a celebration garden. Two big boxes of free bulbs were happily pressed into pre-dug holes by many eager hands including MNA for Pontiac, Andre Fortin. "It's so nice that everyone in the community wants to be part of the [centennial] celebration," said Fortin. "We have a tradition of doing Canada Day well in Quyon!  This a special day today and [it will be] a nice moment for the kids when the bulbs come up."


Despite the rain, people love to plant.

Johnston added that the Home and School organization would plan another event when the flowers came up, including a visit from a Dutch parent to explain the significance of tulips in Canada and the special link with the Netherlands formed during WWII.


Blooming beauties Madi Ream [left] and Maddy Belland.

For now, the garden is large square of dirt but it would seem that excited anticipation for the coming celebratory year has been well planted in the Onslow students' imaginations.


Proud to take part, from left: Municipality of Pontiac's mayor Roger Larose, Pontiac MNA Andre Fortin and councilor Nancy Draper-Maxsom.


The finishing touches are put on the garden by, from left, Alvin Johnson, Ricky Belland and Chris Dowe.

Thanks to Mountainview Turf Farm for the equipment, transport and topsoil.

Nos autres nouvelles / Our other News

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
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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.

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


Get Art teacher Tanya McCormick, wearing some of her unique copper jewelry

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.

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

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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.

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