The waterways of the Pontiac: new tourist trail to launch in June

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Kate Aley

Sharp-eyed road sign readers will have noticed these new additions to our highway, this one opposite Chemin Wilson in Luskville. They have been erected in preparation for the launch of a new historical tourist initiative, Chemins d'Eau, on June 19.

The 278 km route will stretch from the Chutes Coulonge in Ft. Coulonge in the east, passing through Pontiac and Buckingham to Montebello in the west, including a loop up to Wakefield and Chelsea. It was designed by Tourisme Outaouais to help promote the history of the great rivers of the area and the communities that they created.

Emerson Velasco, development advisor for Tourisme Outaouais, says the route is intended to grow and develop to benefit the towns along its length. "The theme of the route is explain how these rivers have helped shape history," he said. "The signs will help guide the drivers. The launch in June will be followed by a publicity campaign and the publishing of an on-line and paper map. After this, we will work to add partners and attractions that fit with the theme."

The new Chemins d'Eau tourism route travels through three MRCs: Pontiac, des Collines-de-l'Outaouais and Papineau. Each center will host it's individual opening event, the Pontiacs' expected to be at a historic site near Ft. Coulonge. More information on the official launch will be released soon.

 

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Slipping back: background facts

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Kate Aley

Welcome back. While I wait for my file on the accident (December 4) to be retrieved by the MRC des Collines police, I placed calls to two local people, experts on the trucking of manure. For those who are coming in late to this, see my previous "slippery" stories archived here.

Slippery story: the update

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Kate Aley

On Monday December 4, a serious accident was caused by some kind of slippery fluid being splashed all over the highway in Luskville. Many people commented on the unexpectedly deep puddles, the effort it took to stay on the road and the horrible stink of it. There was so much, a snow plow was called in to strip it off the road. What was that stuff? Where did it come from? I managed to find someone to talk to from the MTQ within two days. But as yet, my attempts to get information about this incident from the MRC des Collines police have been unproductive. 

Warming up for Christmas at the Santa Claus Parade

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Kate Aley

Once more the Quyon Lions' Club Santa Claus Parade, held Saturday December 9, was a great success. Warmly-dressed families lined the streets to enjoy the decorated floats, horses and of course, St. Nick himself. As the Beach Barn is conspicuously absent this year, the parade's normal route was reversed, with participants gathering at the Ste. Marie's Catholic church parking lot and walking down the hill to the intersection with Clarendon. From there, the parade continued to the Onslow Elementary School gym where hot food and drinks were served as kids lined up to speak to Santa about a few important matters.

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.

Christmas House Tour lights up the night

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Kate Aley

The houses on the Quyon Pastoral Charge Christmas House Tour warmly received 150 visitors this year. Five family homes in Quyon and Luskville were decorated to perfection to the appreciation of all. Above, the Draper homestead in Luskville.

Scheer in Pontiac: We shouldn’t let the politics of envy divide one group of Canadians against another

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Thomas Soulière

SHAWVILLE — The leader of the Conservative Party of Canada spent the first day of December visiting the federal riding of Pontiac with stops in Campbell’s Bay, Fort Coulonge and Shawville to speak to farmers, small business owners and voters about the CPC’s position on the Liberal government’s tax policy and to show the Conservative’s strong support of supply management.

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