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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


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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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