Spring road works in the Municipality

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Kate Aley

Two major on-going road repairs will make getting in and out of the Municiplaity of Pontiac a little slower over the next few months, according to Alain Bourgeois, Director of Infrastructures and Public Works.

Firstly, work on the Mountain Road will continue as soon as the 'half-load' period has passed and heavy trucks can travel again.

"The work will not begin before the thaw period is finished," Mr. Bourgeois told Pontiac 2020. "If we do these kinds of jobs before, it will cost more, much much more." The date for heavy traffic to resume on roadways is generally May 20.

Work on certain sections of the Mountain Road included clearing of ditches, altering drainage and replacing 14 culverts, installing asphalt, reconstruction of shoulders and entrances to residential driveways. The repairs, which were scheduled between October 19th and December 1st by Excavasphalte became delayed last year and were eventually halted when the road froze. Mr. Bourgeois feels sure the contractor will complete the remaining work within four weeks of the thaw restructions being lifted.

"There are penalties if the work is not complete in a certain time which were written into the contract," he said. 

Work is also resuming on the widening of the Hwy 148 near Terry Fox Road near the eastern border of Breckenridge and Aylmer. Bell trucks are beginning to move the telephone lines from the old poles to the new ones, which are a substantial distance away from the current roadway.

Both road work areas will have single lane restrictions while contractors are at work so remember to give yourself more time when travelling on those routes.

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Be sure to acknowledge the poor 'signalisation' guys as they control the one-way traffic flow. It must be one hell of a job...

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Nos autres nouvelles / Our other News

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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