Red Cross prepares for second stage of flood relief



Kate Aley

By coincidence or possibly serendipity, this week was the Canadian Red Cross's emergency preparedness week.... And we are all very grateful for the help from Red Cross.

As of this afternoon, (May 10), over $1.7M was raised by the public via the Red Cross to support those affected by this years flooding. spoke to Quebec's regional vice president of the Red Cross, Pascal Mathieu. 

"Two thousand six hundred people have been evacuated in the last few days and the number is still rising," said Mathieu. "Although the water level is stabilizing, people are now starting to look for accommodation through the Red Cross. They've been staying with family members for a few days, sleeping on couches, but now they need to find something else. Now the money is going towards the next step."

As the flood waters finally begin to recede, people are beginning to return to their homes... to face the terrible consequences of their valued possessions and house structure soaking for days in filthy river water.

"As the water goes down, families will be facing harsh times," said Mathieu. "We expect a lot [of them] to be not covered [by flood insurance]. Sometimes families were coping with their budget, but now they will find they can't cope with this. The money we are raising is to help them through this stage; to make sure, in this difficulty, no-one goes without."

According to Mathieu, Red Cross volunteers are trained not only to provide practical help but also provide empathy in the face of extreme personal loss and despair. 

"We have 5,000 volunteers in the region," he said. "They are trained to cope with every kind of disaster, including 1,000 house fires a year. They are able to bring comfort to someone experiencing personal disaster. When you see the Red Cross volunteer, you see a person who took the day off to help someone else in need." 

The Red Cross website offers advice for all kinds of disaster scenarios including earthquakes, floods, forest fires, thunderstorms and heat waves.

According to the Red Cross website, two-thirds of Canadians say they have not taken steps to prepare in the event of a disaster, despite the fact that nearly half of them having personally experienced some kind of disaster. Downloads on the site include a 72 Hour Guide to Emergency Preparedness and the Canadian Disaster Database.

"Thousands of people will need our help soon," said Mathieu. "The Red Cross will do what we can to be there."

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Nos autres nouvelles / Our other News

Celebrating weeds (not weed)


Look what I found in a particularly weedy part of my garden: the first Monarch caterpillar I've seen a very very VERY long time.






I found that chubby little fellow lurking on a blade of grass so I moved him to this leaf, where he lay like a slug for quite a long time. Then I saw that he'd done a neat u-turn. Then I saw he'd eaten a patch of the leaf and taken off like a maniac. No idea where went. Looked everywhere. So I assume he's out there.

Let your milkweed grow. 

Creative summer art classes



Kate Aley

Get some colour into your life this summer with bright new art courses at the Pontiac School of the Arts in Portage du Fort. This year, classes include watercolour painting, printmaking, screen writing and floor cloths (a durable painted canvas mat). 

Now in it's 14th year, the Pontiac School of the Art's mission is to inspire creative discovery in everyone.

For Over 8 MONTHS We’ve Had NO Emergency Route



Ashley Graveline



As someone who lives on Baie road and heads up to Quyon often, it really starts to hit how long Alary road has been washed out — and how annoying it is to detour around to head up to Quyon, Shawville etc.

The beginning of everything: "Origins" watercolour show opens



Kate Aley

You are invited to an extraordinarily moving exhibition of new work by renowned Luskville painter, Ruby Ewen.

Entirely painted in watercolour, the pieces immerse the viewer into multiple magical realms of creationism, imagination and classic myth.

Show runs: Friday, June 22 (opening event, 6 -- 8 p.m.) to July 22, 2018

Site: Stone School Gallery, 28 Mill St., Portage du Fort.

Cooking meets trucking at new restaurant



Kate Aley

After two years of extensive renovations, Au Coin du Camionneur, also known as Trucker's Corner, opened in Luskville on Sunday June 17. 

Owners Benoit Galipeau and Robert Bergeron have completely reconfigured the building at the corner of the Eardley-Masham Road and Highway 148. New lighting, comfortable seating and large windows that open onto a breezy patio create an inviting ambience.

Building a new future for Pontiac with slaughterhouse project



Kate Aley

After five years of planning, construction has now started on the Les Abattoir les Viandes du Pontiac. Set on five acres on the outskirts of Shawville, the slaughterhouse is the brainchild of Quyon entrepreneur Alain Lauzon and three partners, Sofian Elktrousie, Ibrama Diagne and promoter Gilles Langlois.

“We are aiming to be open by end of October,” said Lauzon last week, as he watched forms being set for more concrete to be poured.

Turtle S.O.S.: Save Our Shells!


Trouble in paradise.

It's June and that means those crazy turtles are once again roaming dirt side roads and busy highways alike; intent on finding mates, water and good nesting places as they have always done, paying no mind to the deadly wheels zooming past. I stop for a lot of turtles at this time of the year and so far we have all lived to fight another day. However I have never seen a turtle stuck in the bone-dry and baking-hot rink at the Luskville Community Centre before. Bad turtle terrain for sure.

Open letter to the Municipality of Pontiac recognizing the work of our municipal firefighters



Sandra Barber

To whom it may concern:

Re: Recognition of volunteer Firefighters

While sitting at our dining table enjoying our first coffee of the day on Sunday, May 20 at 6 a.m., my husband and I both heard a very loud “thunk” and wondered what the heck it was. Curiosity motivated my husband to investigate further; he checked our basement, nothing amiss. Checked the living room located on a lower level, noticed a man sitting outside on the guard rail.