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Nouvelles Local dans la Municipalité de Pontiac - Local news in the Municipality of Pontiac

UPDATE - McCann Off Council

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Thomas Souliére

As of 4pm on May 11th, Pontiac2020.ca has learned that Edward McCann has been removed from serving as councilor in Quyon ward in the Municipality of Pontiac.  McCann, who previously served as a councilor and mayor of Pontiac up to the election in 2013, had won a by-election in ward 2 after councilor Denis Dubé was forced to resign to focus on personal family matters.  McCann served since his election to the ward until today's judgement.

This leaves ward 2 in Pontiac's historic Quyon without a representative for the second time since 2014 and will most certainly force yet another by-election for one of Pontiac's important areas.

I heard it through the grapevine: new winery in Pontiac

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Kate Aley

Not just a line from a song: at long last, much-anticipated bottles from Quyon's Domaine de Pontiac Village's first vendage (harvest) are on sale now.

Owners Maude-Emmanuel Lambert and Pavel Kohl planted their first vines on their 50 acre property on Ch. Cemetary in 2007 and have been adding plants and varieties since then. The vineyard now covers approximately three and a half acres. 

Transport Canada to inspect sunken trailer in Ottawa River

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CBC News | Ottawa

Transport Canada says it will inspect a sunken trailer in the Ottawa River to determine whether it qualifies under law as an "obstacle," but the question of who will remove it remains open.

The abandoned camper trailer was used as an ice fishing hut last winter, but became mostly submerged when the ice melted. 

The top of the trailer can be seen from the end of Chemin Terry Fox, which separates Gatineau from the Municipality of Pontiac. It sits about 100 metres from shore, roughly on the border between the two jurisdictions.

Have your say: planning for housing subdivision by Luskville falls

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Kate Aley

Approximately 15 people gathered at the Luskville Community Centre on April 29th to take part in a public consultation meeting regarding the future Domaine des Chutes subdivision.

And chickens for all: poultry for hire makes small-scale farming even easier

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Kate Aley

Nothing comes without it's own set of unique complications. Take owning chickens for example. How will you feed them? How will you house them? How will you stop the first passing fox from making a pleasant meal of them? Enter Dave Rene de Cotret, who believes that the joys and benefits of having chickens in your garden does not have to be a traumatic experience.

Playing ball to benefit park

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Kate Aley

Twenty teams took part in a three-day fundraising ball tournament at the Luskville Recreation Park on April 22, 23 and 24.

Made up of players from across the region who use the ball fields thoughout the playing season, the event was created to help the Municipality of Pontiac maintain and improve the park.

Mysterious barrels have been removed

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Kate Aley

As of about 4 p.m. Friday, April 22, I can confirm that the five unidentified barrels left on a slope at the end of Ch. Therien in Luskville have been removed, along with the two unmarked wooden barriers that implicitly restricted access to the area. 

It's simply quackers: Quyon Lionettes duck race tickets now on sale

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Kate Aley

So ask yourself: do you feel ducky? Well, do you?

If so, find yourself a member of the Quyon Lionettes who can sell you a ticket for the annual Duck Race, to be held on June 5th.

MTQ describes Eardley-Masham Rd. closure as "indefinite"

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Kate Aley

The small but deep sinkhole discovered on the Eardley-Masham Road in Luskville on Friday April 15 will keep that thoroughfare closed for an indefinite length of time, according to a spokesperson from the Quebec Ministry of Transport (MTQ).

Sinkhole Closes North-South Link in Municipality of Pontiac

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Thomas Soulière

A vital north-south artery connecting highways 148 and 366 linking the municipalities of Pontiac and La Peche was closed down last Friday after a sinkhole opened up on the north-bound lane of chemin Eardley-Masham.

Wakefield Earth Day program offers green development insights

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Wakefield Earth Day has an interesting program this year for those interested in green development. It takes place Friday, April 23rd and Saturday, April 24th at Wakefield Centre, 38 chemin de la Vallée de Wakefield.

Some highlights (courtesy of Mari Wesche):

Friday, April 23:

5:30 - 7 p.m. -  Discussion of green development in Wakefield South by C. Minnes and architect D. Cardinal

7 - 9 p.m.  -  WIFF screening of Avi Lewis' (+ Naomi Klein's) film, This Changes Everything, plus discussion with local green entrepreneurs. (Tickets available on-line, $10)

Saturday, April 23:

We got frogs: welcome back WCF

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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.

En état d’ébriété, il cause un accident sur la 148

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Urgence 07 — 15 avril, 2016

Secteur Luskville – Les services d’urgence furent appelés pour un accident avec blesses, survenu vers 18h50, face au 3000 Route 148, dans la municipalité de Pontiac. Le conducteur d’un camion de type «pick up» serait entré en collision avec un motocycliste qui s’apprêtait à effectuer un virage.

Pontiac2020.ca est honoré d'annoncer...

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... l'ajout de Kate Aley à l'équipe en tant que rédactrice en chef!

Kate est une bénévole communautaire bien connue et dédiée au Pontiac, une artiste talentueuse et une écrivaine engagée.

Son enthousiasme contagieux et son énergie apparemment sans fin ont laissé leur marque sur la municipalité. Elle est dédiée à la préservation et la promotion du Pontiac et de sa riche diversité historique et culturelle.

L'esprit indubitable de Kate peut déjà se faire sentir à Pontiac2020.ca, car elle travaille fort pour garder notre communauté à jour sur les actualités importantes.

Pontiac2020.ca is honoured to announce...

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... the addition of Kate Aley to the team as Editor-in-Chief!

Kate is well-known as a dedicated community volunteer in Pontiac, a talented artist and an engaged writer.

Her infectious enthusiasm and seemingly endless energy have left their mark on the municipality. She is dedicated to preserving and promoting Pontiac’s rich history and cultural diversity.

Kate’s indubitable spirit can already be felt at Pontiac2020.ca, as she works to keep our community up-to-date on important current affairs.

Got news? Contact Kate at editor@pontiac2020.ca

Thomas Souliere
Publisher

La municipalité de Pontiac adopte un plan d’implantation et d’intégration architecturale pour le Domaine des Chutes

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Chip FM 101.7

Le conseil municipal de Pontiac a adopté mardi une première, soit l’imposition d’un Plan d’implantation et d’intégration architecturale (PIIA) afin de réglementer l’aspect général du projet immobilier du Domaine des Chutes dans le secteur Luskville.

Update: Unidentified lying barrels

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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.

Falls trail will close again this summer

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Kate Aley

According to Jasmine Leduc, media spokesperson for the National Capital Commission, the Luskville Falls trail will close again for three months this summer. Although many improvements to the car park, picnic area and trail were completed both last year and this spring, work still remains to be undertaken on the trail itself.

New Little Free Library: books are worth a look

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Kate Aley

For some time, there has been a plastic tray of old books on a shelf under the Lotto table, just to the left of the coffee machine at the Luskville Depanneur, number 3000 on Hwy. 148.

I've taken one or two novels from it myself in the past. But now, with the gracious permission of proprietor Elaine Goulet, that tray of books is now a Little Free Library (LFL).

NCC falls trail improvements close to completion

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Kate Aley

I ducked under the locked gate and walked to the Luskville Falls trailhead the other day, before the Return Of The Snow. The new gravel in the car park is lovely and deep and, although there are barriers at the stop of the first step of steps going downhill, they are pushed to one side.

Spring road works in the Municipality

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Kate Aley

Two major on-going road repairs will make getting in and out of the Municiplaity of Pontiac a little slower over the next few months, according to Alain Bourgeois, Director of Infrastructures and Public Works.

Firstly, work on the Mountain Road will continue as soon as the 'half-load' period has passed and heavy trucks can travel again.

TWO (2) MALES ARRESTED CAUGHT RED HANDED IN BREAK AND ENTER

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Sécurité Publique MRC des Collines-de-l'Outaouais

VLA PÊCHE, APRIL 4 , 2016 — This afternoon, around 13:15 hrs, two (2) 24 year old Gatineau men were caught red-handed as they were just leaving a residence they had burglered on Soulière Crescent, in the Municipality of Pontiac.

ARRESTATION DE DEUX (2) HOMMES EN FLAGRANT DÉLIT D’INTRODUCTION PAR EFFRACTION

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Sécurité Publique MRC des Collines-de-l'Outaouais

LA PÊCHE, LE 4 AVRIL 2016 — Vers 13 h 15 cet après-midi, sur le Croissant Soulière, dans la municipalité de Pontiac, deux (2) hommes de 24 ans de Gatineau furent pris la main dans le sac alors qu’ils venaient tout juste de quitter une résidence qu’ils venaient de dérober.

Foundation laid for new Notre Dame de la Joie classrooms

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Kate Aley

Construction is well underway for the new building that will house six classrooms at the Luskville campus of La Vallee de la Voyageur school -- Notre Dame de la Joie, situated on Ch. du Village opposite St. Dominique's catholic church.

UPDATE: Entrance to Luskville Falls restricted this spring

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Kate Aley

The access to the Luskville Falls is currently blocked for renovations to the picnic area, the car park, the climbing trail and the access road itself. According to the sign, these areas are actually closed to the public. However the day I was there, several cars were parked along Ch. Hotel de Ville: I assume the people had walked along the road to the falls regardless. In a related topic, the sound of water on rock right now sounds like a passing train.

*UPDATE: I called the NCC today -- third number lucky! -- and have this update. The rehabilitation of the trail is almost complete and  . . .

Pontiac Council Report: Growth Centre is Quyon

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Mo Laidlaw
Heritage Pontiac

PONTIAC – About 30 members of the public attended the regular council meeting in Quyon, March 8, as well as two police officers who were asked to attend in case of disturbances. Councillors Howard and Middlemiss were away as volunteer fire-fighters.

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