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We got frogs: welcome back WCF



Kate Aley

You can hear them as you cruise along with your windows down: the brisk "rrrk! rrrk!" call of the Western Chorus frog.

Considered a threatened species due to habitat loss, Pseudacris triseriata is a snazzy little fellow, all greeny-brown with 'go-faster' stripes; but you are never going to see one, no matter how quietly you creep up. They are astonishingly good at falling silent at the slightest footstep.

Update: Unidentified lying barrels



Kate Aley

Five metal 44-gallon drums, discovered dumped at the end of Ch. Therien in Luskville weeks ago, are still in place.

Update: On April 12, Jasmine Leduc, strategic communications advisor with the NCC, updated Pontiac2020 on the situation. NCC conservation officers have now visited the site to ascertain whether the barrels are in a suitable state to be removed, which they are.

The officers then worked to identify the contents, finding solvents, paint, oil and resins. Further investigation is needed to determine the specific type of resin, after which the barrels will be removed, at latest by the end of next week.

Consultation publique CCN / NCC Public Consultation 25-04-2016


NCC Consultations CCNLa CCN souhaite consulter les citoyens de la municipalité de Pontiac concernant un projet d’amé...

Posted by Municipalité de Pontiac / Municipality of Pontiac on Friday, April 1, 2016

This Omnivore's Dilemma: Pontiac Style


In my younger years I tried to be a vegetarian. I was embracing the back-to-the-land dream of self-sufficiency, earth sheltered houses, that sort of thing. I tried cooking my way through the Moosewood Cookbook and indeed there are delicious recipes in there that I still use. But inevitably I would go to my parents’ for dinner.

Deer Xing



Kate Aley

It's spring in the Pontiac and that means mud, maple and deer trying to get across the road at all times of the day and night.

For every amusing anecdote recalling a group of deer standing obediently at a stop sign looking left and right, there is the gory evidence of those who have evidently not checked for oncoming traffic. Hitting a deer is going to ruin your day, and his as well.

Terres à vendre


Faut-il s'inquiéter de l'intérêt des investisseurs pour les terres agricoles ?

Entrevue avec Charles-Félix Ross, économiste en chef, UPA.


Terres à vendre.Faut-il s'inquiéter de l'intérêt des investisseurs pour les terres agricoles ?Entrevue avec Charles-Félix Ross, économiste en chef, UPA.

Posted by RDI Économie on Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Predicting change: Polls vs. reality





Bulletin d'Aylmer

As I write this column, the October 19 election is pending, so I have no idea who Canada’s Prime Minister will be. At this point, polls indicate a Liberal minority government. However, polls are inconclusive – as are pundits’ predictions.

Intriguingly, pollsters primarily contact land line users: cell-phone and social-media polling is still in its infancy. This means that polls may not reflect opinions of a vast group of Canadians – and in particular, the youth vote.

It will be fascinating to see the denouement on October 19, when predictions morph into reality. Similarly, predictions concerning climate change are equally challenging.

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L’abolition de la gestion de l’offre menacerait 24 000 emplois, selon une étude



L’abolition intégrale du système canadien de la gestion de l’offre menacerait 4500 à 6000 fermes et pourrait faire disparaître jusqu’à 24 000 emplois directs au pays, avance une nouvelle étude commandée par Agropur.

Préoccupée par les négociations entourant l’accord de libre-échange du Partenariat transpacifique (PTP), la coopérative québécoise a mandaté le cabinet Boston Consulting Group (BCG) afin qu’il se penche sur les conséquences de ce scénario.

«On constate que jusqu’à 40 pour cent de la production laitière canadienne serait à risque advenant la fin de la gestion de l’offre et sans adaptation préalable», peut-on lire dans l’enquête de 56 pages.

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Local Clusters of Self-Reliance: The Key to Rural Prosperity


"If you’re a smart rural community, start with what your residents are already spending their money on."

Eardley Escarpment in the Municipality of Pontiac, Québec

By Michael H. Shuman

At a time when daily headlines bring worse and worse news about the plight of rural economies, it's worth reminding ourselves that success is possible.

Last autumn, Marian Burros of the New York Times wrote a piece about how the 3,000-person community of Hardwick, Vermont, has prospered by creating a new "economic cluster" around local food. Cutting-edge restaurants, artisan cheese makers, and organic orchardists turning fruit into exquisite pies are just some of the new businesses that have added an estimated 75-100 jobs to the area in recent years. A new Vermont Food Venture Center hopes to accelerate this creation of enterprises.

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Protéger les terres et défendre les droits des producteurs : un devoir pour l’Union des producteurs agricoles


L’Union des producteurs agricoles (UPA) et Hydro-Québec TransÉnergie ont récemment signé le protocole qui entérine la seconde révision de l’entente entre les deux organisations sur le passage des lignes de transport en milieux agricole et forestier.

Il faut rappeler que les producteurs agricoles et forestiers bénéficient depuis 1986 d’une entente négociée entre l’UPA et Hydro-Québec. Cette entente vise à optimiser la localisation des lignes de transport d’électricité et des postes sur les terres, à réduire les impacts lors de la construction de ces infrastructures et lors des travaux d’entretien, et à compenser équitablement les désagréments et pertes de récolte occasionnés par l’implantation d’un projet donné sur les propriétés.

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Avis Public Quartier 4 - Public Notice Ward 4



Monsieur le maire Roger Larose et votre conseillère Madame Inès Pontiroli vous invitent cordialement à une rencontre.

Cette rencontre a pour but de réunir tous les citoyens du quartier, à se rencontrer et échanger dans une atmosphère conviviale et informelle avec leur maire et leur conseiller.

Venez partager avec nous vos besoins, demandes, idées ou suggestions pour le développement et le mieux-être de notre beau quartier.

Centre communautaire secteur Luskville (2024 Route 148) le jeudi, 26 juin 2014 à 19:30 heures


The mayor, Mr. Roger Larose and your councillor Mrs Inès Pontiroli, cordially invite you to a meeting.

The purpose of this meeting is to gather the citizens of ward 4 to meet and exchange ideas with their mayor and councillor in a friendly and informal atmosphere.

Come share your needs, requests, ideas or suggestions for the development and welfare of our beautiful community.

Luskville community centre (2024 Route 148) at 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, June 26th 2014


Academics Review: Selling the Fear of Organic Marketing


Rob Wallbridge

It’s been a little over four years since I joined Twitter and a year since I started blogging. What I originally considered a way to share information about my farm has evolved into something that feeds my passion for informed discussion and logical debate. The farmers, scientists and bloggers I’ve encountered have radically altered the way I view the world and certain issues, GMOs in particular. Yet every once in a while, I am reminded that to be human is to be subjective, and that bias can lead people to accept flaws in one argument that they would not tolerate in another.

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Walmart and Organic Food: Help or Hype?


by Rob Wallbridge
The Fanning Mill

According to a news release published yesterday and widely parroted around the web, Walmart is poised to takes its “lowest price is the law” approach to some of its organic offerings, promising to make organic food “affordable” to all. According to their own research, 91% of its shoppers would buy organic food if the price were the same. By partnering with the Wild Oats organic food brand, they plan to introduce a line of organic products priced the same as non-organic equivalents.

On the surface, it sounds do-able. As I’ve pointed out before, the organic premium is largely a factor of economies of scale in transportation, processing, marketing, and distribution, as well as the laws of supply and demand that allow all players in the food chain to earn a little extra along the way (whether they’ve incurred all that extra cost or not). This also means that the premium paid to the grower is rarely directly reflected in the retail price.

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Flood fears lead to close monitoring of Quebec's rivers


Water levels and temperatures no cause for alarm at the moment
CBC News

The spring thaw is settling in and communities around Quebec are on guard against possible flooding.

So far, officials are cautiously optimistic that this spring will not witness scenes similar to those along the Richelieu River in 2011, when communities bordering the water experienced some of worst flooding in more than century.

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Une fausse cheminée pour sauver les martinets ramoneurs


Charles Thériault
Le Droit

Deux professeurs de l'école pour adultes McDowell, à Shawville, organisent une campagne de financement afin d'amasser 25000$ pour construire une fausse cheminée dans laquelle iront vivre 200 martinets ramoneurs, au printemps.

Claire Charron et Deborah Powell s'inquiètent du sort de ces oiseaux qui passent leurs étés dans les cheminées d'édifices et qui migrent aussi loin qu'en Amazonie, en hiver.

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The Pathless Wood: Luskville Falls


The Luskville Falls trail leads up to the top of the Eardley Escarpment, which contains the richest and most fragile ecosystem in Gatineau Park. The Escarpment forms the dividing line between the rock of the Canadian Shield and the St. Lawrence Lowlands. It rises 270 metres from the floor of the Ottawa Valley and extends more than 30 kilometres. The waterfall is only a short hike from the parking lot, and is most spectacular in the spring when runoff from the melting snow increases the volume of water cascading down the face of the escarpment...

Y a-t-il des titres miniers sous votre maison?


voir aussi Acheter des titres miniers pour protéger sa propriété

La plupart des Québécois ignorent qu'ils ne sont propriétaires que de la surface de leur terrain. Certaines compagnies peuvent détenir à leur insu des droits sur les ressources contenues dans le sous-sol. Souvent, les citoyens l'apprennent au moment où une compagnie vient leur demander si elle peut entreprendre des travaux dans leur cour. Le reportage de Claude Bouchard.


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