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Got Milkweed?: natural resource to become local industry

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Kate Aley

Generally considered a pleasing wildflower at best and an annoying and insidious weed at worst, common North American Milkweed (Asclepias syriaca) is about to be reborn as a profitable, wild-harvested crop. What hasn’t changed is its indisputable role as the single food source for the incredible and tenacious Monarch Butterfly.

Bringing about this renaissance in the Outaouais is a new non-profit organisation, Nature Atout (NA), based in Wakefield.

Wild Parsnip: is this the one we are all supposed to be freaking out about?

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Kate Aley

In short, no.

The massive invasive toxic weed we are supposed to fear and loathe is Giant Hogweed (Heracleum mantegazzianum).Originally from eastern Europe and imported as a decorative garden accent, if you can believe it, Giant Hogweed grows to about five meters tall and is filled with noxious sap that burns skin deeply.

Shellback safety: please look out for turtles

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Kate Aley

It's the height of summer and turtles are getting all maternal. The Nature Conservancy of Canada (NCC) are raising awareness of these beautiful creatures' seasonal need to crawl around on the side of the road -- and occasionally lurch their way across it -- with their Carapace initiative. Visit carapace.ca to learn about how to report the sighting of a turtle - live or dead -- along the highway. The NCC uses this information to identify what kind of turtles live in the area and to plan ways to protect them. Pick up a sticker at your local depanneur and help educate your friends and neighbours.

Autobus Campeau plans smooth takeover over 148 route

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Kate Aley

Yves Lepin, general manager of Autobus Campeau in Gatineau, says the company is planning to make their take-over of the 148 route as trouble-free as possible.

"There will be no break in service, that is our goal," Lepin told Pontiac2020 today. "At this time, it's anticipated that Thom Transport will run its last service on August 5th and we will start service the next day. It is our goal that the customers are well served."

Rocking the recreation park

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Kate Aley

Last week, a series of large, gray boulders were placed along the perimeter of the road leading up the east side of the Luskville Recreation Park in an effort to keep cars in the parking lot and off the grass. A double row of boulders was also added on both sides of the driveway that enters the park directly from the Hwy. 148 across a small causeway. 

New company will take over Thom Transport bus route on 148

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Kate Aley

Late this afternoon, Pontiac2020.ca was able to verify that a new bus company will take over the Fort Coulonge to Ottawa route from Thom Transport Ltee. Thom had been forced to cancel the service when it was unable to maintain a profit, a move that caused distress for those using it travel the long distance from towns along Hwy. 148 to the city each day.

Municipal electoral boundaries changed to reflect population

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Kate Aley

It was announced at June’s council meeting that the electoral boundaries had been changed for the Municipality of Pontiac (MoP). Pontiac 2020 asked MoP communications officer Dominic Labrie some more questions about the changes.

P2020: Why was it necessary to change the boundaries?

The Maison de la Famille de Quyon: a garden in our midst

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Kate Aley

The Maison de la Famille Quyon (MdlFQ) held its Annual General Assembly on Wednesday, June 29 at 7 pm at their building on Clarendon Street in Quyon. As usual, director general Catherine Beaudet wrote a beautiful foreword to the AGM notes. Here it is in full.

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