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Frank O'Dea

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I watched Frank O'Dea on the news today:

In 1971 he was living in a flophouse, and buying wine with his buddies for 99 cents.  They would sit on their stoop and talk about how things would be different tomorrow.  They never were.

Today he is known as the co-founder of Second Cup.   He has a new book out "Do the Next Right Thing"

Sounds like an interesting read.

Here's a link to his webpage

http://www.frankodea.com/

 

Winter

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So, what kind of winter do you think we are going to have?  More snow and colder temperatures.  David Phillips of Environment Canada thinks it will be that way.  The Farmer's Almanac says a mild winter (???) and with less snow (??? again)

I'm going with more snow and colder temps.

 

Merry Christmas Pontiac!

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Thomas Soulière

In the Municipality of Pontiac, we are blessed to have such an amazing place to call our own.  Along with the beautiful scenery, we are also blessed by the scores of great people who call the Municipality of Pontiac their home.  The incredible history of this area, not well known to many, is an endowment that we today must protect and defend.  In the Pontiac, we serve as an example of linguistic and cultural harmony to not only the rest of Québec and Canada, but to the whole world.  Sounds lofty, but I will endeavor to demonstrate that very fact in 2014!

The traditions and heritage of this area are something I have come to understand flow from the people of this area and those who came before.  My own combined family history has my ancestors coming from all parts far and wide within the Outaouais Region, all the way to the tip of the Gaspé Peninsula around 400 hundred years ago.  An entire country was forged by the character of the people who built the Ottawa Valley and the Outaouais, . . .

Noël 2013 — Naissance d'une nouvelle tradition

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Bruno Alary

À l'approche du temps des fêtes, les usines géantes outre-frontières fonctionnent à pleine vitesse afin d'offrir aux Québécois des piles monstrueuses de produits bon marché fabriqués au détriment de la main-d'œuvre canadienne.

Cette année sera différente. Cette année, les Québécois doivent penser aux leurs, penser à tous les Québécois. Il n'y a plus d'excuse...

Language wars: Quebec unions share ‘horror stories’ of civil servants who used bilingualism to help citizens

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by Graeme Hamilton
Published 12/03/13 8:13 PM ET

MONTREAL — As hearings began Tuesday into Quebec’s proposed tightening of its language law, the main union representing provincial civil servants had some horror stories to share about life on the frontlines.

The details were so shocking that employees’ names and workplaces were withheld to protect them from possible repercussions, the Syndicat de la fonction publique et parapublique du Québec (SFPQ) wrote in a brief tabled at the National Assembly.

There was the perfectly bilingual clerk at Revenue Quebec who frequently meets people who are more at ease discussing their tax questions in English. The clerk prefers to go along rather than turn “a tax problem into a language debate” and possibly spark a complaint.

Ici, chez nous

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I l y a des gens qui, en décembre dernier, ont lancé l'idée de créer un «quartier francophone» à Vanier. Un peu comme le quartier chinois et le quartier italien qu'on retrouve au centre-ville d'Ottawa.

Ces gens étaient mal avisés, c'est le moins qu'on puisse dire. Et je ne me suis pas gêné l'an dernier pour leur dire rapidement ma façon de penser dans une chronique.

Have the amalgamation discussions gasped their last, dying breath?

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Since February of this year, every issue of the (Pontiac) Journal has published something on the topic of the MRC Pontiac’s study on the possibility of amalgamating some of its municipalities. Whether in the countless articles, letters to the editors, advertisements, and editorials, no other single topic in the Journal’s history has occupied as much newsprint space.

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