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Sorry, Farmers, You’re Soon to Be out of a Job. Urban Shepherd, Anyone?


I don’t mean to alarm you, farmers, but your job is in danger.

Career Cast, a job-hunting site, recently released its “Most Endangered Jobs for 2014” with the role of farmer listed in the No. 2 position, faring only slightly better than the much-beleaguered mail carrier. Two things: this is not shocking, nor necessarily negative. Let me explain.

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Canada's performance in business investment per worker relative to its peers is sliding, led by dismal performances in Quebec and Ontario, according to a new C.D. Howe Institute report. In "Capital Needed: Canada Needs More Robust Business Investment," authors Benjamin Dachis, William B.P. Robson.

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The Ferry Between Quyon, Quebec, and Mohr's Landing, Ontario, Resumes Service


Government of Canada/Public Works — July 10, 2014

QUYON, QUEBEC--(Marketwired - July 10, 2014) - Gordon O'Connor, Member of Parliament for Carleton-Mississippi Mills, on behalf of the Honourable Denis Lebel, Minister of Infrastructure, Communities and Intergovernmental Affairs and Minister of the Economic Development Agency of Canada for the Regions of Quebec, and the Honourable Gary Goodyear, Minister of State for the Federal Economic Development Agency for Southern Ontario (FedDev Ontario), today celebrated the official re-opening of ferry operations between Quyon, Quebec, and Mohr's Landing, Ontario.

The Government of Canada allocated up to $2,818,000 to the Mohr's Landing & Quyon Port Authority for the construction of the two ferry docking terminals. Of this amount, Canada Economic Development provided $1,518,000, while FedDev Ontario provided $1,300,000, both non-repayable contributions.

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UPDATE: Highway 148 Detour Progress



Thomas Soulière

Luskville Sector — Ministry of Transport Québec officials are hopeful that the bypass road being built alongside the washed-out portion of Highway 148 will be ready to go into service later this afternoon, relieving local residents and visitors to the Municipality of Pontiac from the one-and-a-half hour plus detour in effect since Tuesday afternoon.

The bypass lane will accommodate one lane of traffic at a time, alternating directions by way of temporary traffic lights that will be put in place on each end of the newly created bypass lane.

Mayor Roger Larose and Pontiac’s MNA André Fortin were both onsite monitoring the MTQ’s progress and speaking to concerned citizens.

The Ministry of Transport Québec officials advise motorists to monitor the MTQ website for the exact time of the bypass lane opening.

MTQ Website in English
Site web du MTQ en français

Affaissement de la 148 : une voie de contournement sera complétée aujourd’hui


ICI Ottawa Gatineau

Transports Québec devrait terminer vendredi l'aménagement d'une voie de contournement autour du trou de 10 m de diamètre sur la route 148 près de Luskville.

Le nouveau chemin de déviation sera beaucoup plus court que celui que devaient emprunter les automobilistes jeudi, un détour de près d'une heure.

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AstroPontiac aims to build astronomy park in Pontiac


Ottawa Citizen
Andrew Nguyen

Stephan Paape remembers seeing the twinkle in his daughter’s eye after she discovered the bumpy surface of the moon through a telescope lens.

To peer into the “inky black background of space really puts our own place and the Earth’s place in the universe into perspective,” he said.

Paape, the president of the not-for-profit AstroPontiac, hopes to raise $12,500 by mid-August to build one of the first astronomy parks in the national capital region. The park is expected to be located in Pontiac, Que., roughly a 30-minute drive northwest of Ottawa.

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