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.

P2020: What is the current status of the Gym?

RD: We just finished the period of accepting submissions by building entrepreneurs. The decision will be taken and confirmed this week. Hopefully renos will start in the weeks to come. We need to make sure that everything is up to code so that in the future we won't get any surprises.

The current interior of the building 

P2020. What still needs to be done before it can open?

RD: Renovations need to be completed and the finishing touches such as decoration. Purchasing the fitness equipment and hiring staff will be the next steps before the grand opening.

P2020: How can people help?

RD: We are looking to cut the cost of the renovations. I will be soliciting businesses this week to ask for donations of construction materials. We are looking for paint, left-over "floating" laminate flooring and ceramic tiles. We also need two interior doors. We are looking for some round tables and chairs, some mirrors and carpeting.
Donations of other things like fitness DVDs, a DVD player and yoga mats would be very welcome.

P2020: Will there be a grand opening when it is ready?
RD: If everything goes well, we hope to open by November but we are still not sure of the date. A lot of the citizens are a little disappointed that it's not open yet. Once we have a fixed date for the opening, it will be announced everywhere, on the Quyon Family Center Facebook page and on also the gym's official page: Centre de conditionnement physique communautaire de Pontiac / Pontiac Community Gym. It will be a party!

If you have materials to donate to the Pontiac Community Gym, contact the Maison de la Famille Quyon at 819 458 2808 or email Rachelle Dinelle at rachelle.mfq@gmail.com

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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.

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. 

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.

How do rural communities comply with Quebec's Organic Strategy?

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Kevin Brady

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The Québec residual materials management strategy includes a progressive reduction and an eventual a 'ban' of organic material from municipal landfills by 2020. Municipalities that comply with the policy are eligible for funding to help offset the costs. As with the Municipality of Pontiac, many municipalities have chosen to pass resolutions to initiate door-to-door collection, with costs paid for by the residents.

Another community hub lost: Depanneur Poirier closes down

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Kate Aley

Depanneur Poirier, at the intersection of the highway and Ch. des Pères-Dominicains, has closed. The last day of business was Thursday 22 but the owners, Janet and Jack Deschenes have been emptying shelves for weeks.

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