Still slipping: something like progress



Kate Aley

The next episode in this rapidly aging story. Feel free to catch up on the backstory under the "slippery" titles

I've been away for a while and was mildly irritated yet unsurprised to NOT find the Access to Information document I had requested from the Des Collines police in the pile of mail awaiting me. However, the next day I received a phone call from them on the subject. A very kind but efficient lady informed me that, because I was in no way actually involved in the incident, I was not allowed to see the full report on it. Only someone named in the report, or the insurance company of someone in the report, can have access. "The Access to Information, it's so touchy, this law," she said, which is true.

I was, however, allowed to ask for a "confirmation of events" report, which would basically outline the time, date and place of the accident. This would cost me the same amount as the full report.

Acknowledging that this was not really what I wanted, she kindly offered to tear up my cheque. But I asked her to send it anyway, because you know, why stop now, right?

Then she said that she could not send it, that I had to come to the station to pick it up with proof of identity, for matters of security. She immediately acknowledged that this was obviously unnecessary and that she would send it the same day. 

She was able to add the the officer noted the "presence of animal manure". I asked how he knew it was animal; she said she could only assume that he knew the difference. There will be no future action by the police on the matter as it is the jurisdiction of the MTQ; their road, their law.

I'll post the report when I get it. Then I might have it framed.


Nos autres nouvelles / Our other News

Online Survey: Benefiting from Nature in the Pontiac


Do you spend time outside enjoying nature?  If so, McGill University PhD student Dalal Hanna would love to hear from you in an anonymous online survey.  She is conducting a research project on the diverse ways people living in the regions of Bristol and Pontiac benefit from nature, and how they would ideally like to benefit from nature in the future. Dalal does this research because it generates information that can help society come up with improved ways to manage the diverse benefits we get from nature. The project seeks to improve knowledge and is purely academic.

The summarized and anonymous findings of the project will also be shared with your community in December 2018 at a gathering, and made available publicly online and to local land use planners.  

Sondage: profiter de la nature dans le Pontiac


Est-ce que vous passez du temps à apprécier la nature ? Si oui, une étudiante au doctorat à l’Université McGill, Dalal Hanna, a un sondage web anonyme à vous proposer. Elle fait présentement de la recherche sur les diverses façons dont les gens des régions de Bristol et de Pontiac profitent de la nature, et comment ils aimeraient idéalement profiter de la nature dans le futur. Dalal fait cette recherche parce que ça génère de l’information qui peut aider la société à développer des meilleures façons de gérer l’environnent. Son projet cherche à améliorer les connaissances, et est purement académique.

Un sommaire anonyme des résultats sera partagé dans votre communauté en Décembre 2018, ainsi que disponible en ligne.

Si ce projet vous intéresse, s’il vous plait visitez le sondage en ligne ici :

Le sondage prend environ 30 minutes à compléter.

Si vous avez des questions, n’hésitez pas à contacter Dalal Hanna par courriel ( Vous pouvez aussi contacter son superviseur de doctorat, Elena Bennett (

Merci énormément pour votre temps !

Early Morning Blaze Destroys Barn in Luskville



Thomas Soulière reader Nina Lépine-Forget alerted us to the fire and sent us this image of the blaze taken just before the arrival of firefighters to the scene

An early morning fire completely destroyed a barn on a farm located at 2002 route 148 (chemin Eardley) in the Luskville sector in the Municipality of Pontiac Monday.

Le tour des jardins et cadeaux du Pontiac


Le tour des jardins et cadeaux du Pontiac est une visite auto-guidée de neuf jardins champêtres. L’accent porte sur les méthodes écologiques, les aménagements favorisant la biodiversité et les plantes indigènes. Des artisans du Pontiac seront sur place pour vous faire découvrir leur art, livres et cartes. Les jardiniers vous proposeront quant à eux, des légumes écologiques, des semences et des plantes, ainsi que des tisanes, paniers et différents produits de leur terroir.

Great gardens and gorgeous gifts on tour


Pontiac Gardens and Gifts is a self-guided garden tour featuring nine country gardens in West Quebec’s beautiful Pontiac region. The focus is on organic techniques, wildlife-friendly designs and native plants. In addition, regional artists and artisans will sell their art, books and cards. Some gardens will be selling nursery stock and seeds, organic produce, herbal products and more.