Slippery sh*t: unidentified effluent causes accident

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Kate Aley

A serious single-vehicle roll-over was caused early morning on December 4 by a deep slick of some kind of waste matter spilled on Highway 148 near Parker Road in Luskville. Pools of what appeared to be septic waste or liquid animal manure were at least two or three meters in length and possibly 4 cm in depth, according to witnesses.

The black, oily, foul-smelling puddles were in the west-bound lane of the highway from near the Recreation Park to opposite Nugents' Trucking, where the accident occurred. Smaller piles of drier material were found scattered across the road for kilometers towards Quyon.

Even hours later, the waste material was still extremely slippery and smelly.

A blue mini-van traveling west lost control and rolled over into the ditch just after 7 a.m. The lone occupant, deeply shaken, was attended to by a member of the municipal fire department who, by complete coincidence, happened to be the first on the scene. He was later transported to hospital by ambulance. The vehicle was completely destroyed.

The scene of the accident.

Workers from the Ministère​ de Transport (MTQ) were subsequently called to the site: Robert Erwin Transport, that has the contract for snow removal on this stretch of the road, was ordered to use a snow plow to push the matter to the site of the road and put down a layer of sand to improve traction and absorb the moisture. The greasy grey material is still quite obvious in the right-hand lane heading west, even after a solid day of rain on Tuesday.

Intersection of Hwy 148 and Ch. Pilon.

Denis Levasseur, Gatineau's chief of operations for the MTQ, told Pontiac 2020.ca that the ministry had tried to locate the truck that had spilled the waste but without success. While acknowledging that any unsecured load contravenes the Highway Safety Code, Levasseur said that the ministry would not continue to seek the transgressor nor to enforce charges, adding that this was now a matter for the police.

Pontiac2020.ca in is communication with the MRC des Collines police. When the police report on the accident is produced, this story will be updated.

 

 

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Inès Pontiroli  (Ward 4)

During the last mandate I noticed that it happened that we lost sight of the projects that were underway because there is a lot of moving pieces happening in the Municipality. 

I would like to see is implementation of a Project Management System which will track all the projects that are underway.  We’ll be able to see exactly what the status is, what are the issues going on with each of the projects, have a bit of control of the costs and the risk management aspect of it.

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Pierre Gervais (Ward 5)

As stated earlier, my number one priority is to provide a voice to the residents and ensure that there issues are brought to council.  Just as important is communicating back to them the final outcome.

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Bill Twolan (Ward 6)

First of all, to encourage economic growth and development would be to encourage new businesses to set up in the Pontiac.  It’s very difficult right now with the way its set up for commercial property; there’s some in Quyon, there’s a little patch here, and a little patch there.  What we need is an industrial park in the east end, closer to the nucleus of Gatineau and Ottawa.  This is very important also for our population - our young people - to get jobs and find long-term employment.

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James Eggleton (Ward 4)

Hello everyone, my name is James Eggleton.  I’m here to represent Ward number 4. 

It’s been since ’79 that I’ve been coming to this area and I think it’s an absolute gem.  It reminds me of my youth.  I always lived in Québec, my family took off to Ontario.  I seemed to be the only one to really appreciate the culture that comes with Québec.

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Un message de Eddie McCann

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Bonjour à tous.

Je suis fier de présenter ma candidature afin de me faire réélire en tant que maire de cette municipalité. Au cours des deux termes précédents, nous avons effectués d’énormes gains quant à l’avancement de cette région et en faisant de cette municipalité un endroit où les gens sont heureux de vivre et d’élever leurs familles dans un contexte rural.

Je me suis présenté au conseil pour la première fois en 1980, et la présente élection revêt une importance particulière, dû au fait que les contribuables doivent cette année répondre à une question déterminante. 

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