Still slipping: something like progress

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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

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. 

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.

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.

Bunny fun: Luskville playgroup celebrates Easter

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Kate Aley

Spring is here we're told, but it's still so gray and cold outside. Where can you take your under 5's when you have exhausted all the DVD options? To the free playgroup in Luskville, of course.

Above from left, Comité 0-5 animator Lisa Corrigan with personal friend Helga the rabbit and an ardent admirer at the Luskville playgroup's Easter event.

Walk right in: renovations to Family Centre ensure better, safer service

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Kate Aley

Better than a new welcome mat, a shining floor now greets visitors to the Maison de la Famille in Quyon, thanks to funding from the Ministère de la Famille. A new epoxy surface was poured last week, creating a seamless floor running though out the reception area, the Clothing Counter, kitchen and laundry.

André Fortin nominated as Liberal candidate for Pontiac

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Kate Aley

The auditorium of Onslow Elementary School was filled with supporters of MNA for Pontiac André​ Fortin on Saturday March 10. The gathering marked the re-nomination of Fortin to represent the Liberal party in the upcoming provincial elections. Community members, councilors for the Municipality of Pontiac and MRC Pontiac mayors and wardens, both past and present, were in attendance.

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