Smoke signals: fire signs come down across MoP

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Kate Aley

So.

I was driving from Shawville to Quyon recently and noticed that the fire danger sign at the intersection of Clarendon St. and Hwy. 148 is gone. Not just taken down for repairs. It's gone, gone, gone for good.

The sign at the intersection of Terry Fox and the 148 was obliterated by a sliding driver last winter, so I knew that one was out of commission, but had assumed it'd be reinstalled at some point before actual fire danger became a real risk.

I emailed Communications Officer for the Municipality of Pontiac, the long-suffering Dominic Labrie, and asked when I might see the sign restored.

He told me: "In fact, those signs are not mandatory. See Chelsea for example: [they have] no sign and frankly [they are] not useful: [the] information is available on our webpage or on [the] SOPFEU web page. We don’t have the resources to update them on a daily basis. I’m told [the] MRC fire chiefs will have a discussion soon about the MRC bylaw and the SOPFEU system."

What do you think? Personally, as a pyrophobic Australian, I need to see a fire danger safety sign outside each small rural town. It makes me hope that people might be sightly discouraged from having a 20-foot high bonfire when they see a 20-foot high sign with a big bloody arrow pointing to RED. But maybe I'm a pathetic Luddite and I need to be compulsively checking the online SOPFEU designation every eight minutes. Maybe, just maybe, I am over-thinking this. 

In other sign news, there is a lovely new Lions Club sign at the highway intersections of Ch. Clarendon coming from the west and Ch. Murray from the east, acknowledging the remarkable good works our Lions Club does for this community.

Rock on, Lions Club. Don't host any bonfires.

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Regrettable

The Internet is a poor substitute for those signs. I am somewhat dismayed that this is not more widely understood.

Mr. Labrie is correct however in that the current signs were inaccurate and cumbersome to manage.

In the digital, wireless age, modern synchronized signs could serve as a visual reminder when starting a fire of any kind is a bad idea.

We can't relegate that important task to the Internet in the hope that people have the presence of mind to check the SOPFEU app. Tourist and day trippers most assuredly will not.

Ironically, we have all the resources here in the Municipality of Pontiac to be a ground breaking leader in this regard if we so chose.

The unimaginable result of one careless fire getting out of control in this area littered with brush is too far great to leave it to people in this hyper-paced world to take the time to check a smartphone app in areas with no coverage to guard against the risk of making a fire at the wrong time.

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Pontiac Community Gym hopes to open by end of year

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Kate Aley

Despite some setbacks and delays, work continues on the building on Clarendon Street that will house the Pontiac Community Gym. Coordinator Rachelle Dinelle gave Pontiac2020.ca an update.

Dedicated volunteer recognized with Governor General's medal

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Kate Aley

Luskville's Hélène Belisle (above) has been an extraordinary force for good in the Pontiac for decades. She has served as councilor for the Municipality of Pontiac, as a school board commissioner for the Commission scolaire des portages-de-l'Outaouais (CSPO), instigated and still facilitates the breakfast club at Notre Dame-de-la-Joie in Luskville, all while operating her own small business, Salon Chez Hélène. On September 11, Belisle was awarded the Sovereign's Medal for Volunteers, which recognizes exceptional volunteer achievements of Canadians through the office of the Governor General of Canada.

Lacing up for the 2018 Terry Fox Run

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Kate Aley

September brings many things, among them cooler weather, fall fairs and the Terry Fox Run.

Regional coordinater John Petty is once again chasing the elusive goal of having 200 participants at this years run on Sunday, September 16.

Petty, along with his late wife Betty and legendary friend Rick Valin, has been facilitating the run practically since there was one.

The story of a story teller: the Joan Finnigan musical

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Kate Aley

Joan Finnigan, daughter of Shawville's Frank Finnigan, poet and author of 28 books, died in 2007. Now her legendary stories of life in the Ottawa Valley are brought to life in I Come From the Valley, a new musical by Stone Fence Theatre.

The cast of I Come From the Valley: standing from left, Phil Goden, Luna Nordholdt, Nigel Epps and Jocelyn Smith. Fran Pinkerton, seated, plays Joan Finnigan. Photo courtesy Stone Fence Theatre.

Exhibit featuring close-up paintings of Gatineau Park

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In collaboration with painter Ruby Ewen, we have organised an exhibit featuring close-up paintings of Gatineau Park!

Visiting the exhibit is free and, if you buy a painting, 50% of the proceeds will go to our Cameron-Purenne fund for research with which we fund scientific research in or about the Park!

Come and see these beautiful paintings inspired by our Park!

Where? At the Gatineau Park Visitor Centre.
When? During the Visitor Centre opening hours.

Exposition de peintures présentant le parc de la Gatineau en gros plans

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En collaboration avec l'artiste Ruby Ewen, nous avons mis sur pied une exposition de peintures présentant le parc de la Gatineau en gros plans!

Visiter l'exposition est gratuit et si vous achetez une peinture, 50% des revenues iront à notre fonds Cameron-Purenne avec lequel nous finançons des projets de recherche scientifique dans le Parc ou à propos du Parc!

Venez voir ces belles peintures inspirées par notre parc!

Online Survey: Benefiting from Nature in the Pontiac

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Do you spend time outside enjoying nature?  If so, McGill University PhD student Dalal Hanna would love to hear from you in an anonymous online survey.  She is conducting a research project on the diverse ways people living in the regions of Bristol and Pontiac benefit from nature, and how they would ideally like to benefit from nature in the future. Dalal does this research because it generates information that can help society come up with improved ways to manage the diverse benefits we get from nature. The project seeks to improve knowledge and is purely academic.

The summarized and anonymous findings of the project will also be shared with your community in December 2018 at a gathering, and made available publicly online and to local land use planners.  

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