MNA André Fortin named as new Minister of Transport

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Following a cabinet reshuffle on October 11, Liberal member for Pontiac, André​ Fortin was named as provincial Minister of Transport, Sustainable Mobility and Transport Electrification, succeeding Laurent Lessard.

Above, André​ Fortin with Premier Philippe Couillard (standing behind him) at his swearing-in ceremony at the National Assembly in Quebec.

Pontiac2020.ca asked Fortin about his new role.

P2020.ca: André, were you aware or were you warned that there might be a cabinet shuffle planned?

Fortin: There had been public speculation about a possible cabinet shuffle for weeks but we did not receive confirmation until the day prior.

P2020: What will your new responsibilities be?

Fortin: It was an honour to be named Minister of Transport, Sustainable Mobility and Electrification of Transport. As such, I am in charge of the transportation system in the province of Quebec, of the upkeep and development of our roads and infrastructure, of the funding and prioritizing of new public transit projects and of promoting the electrification of our transportation system. I therefore also sit at the Cabinet table, which sets out the broader course of action for the Government of Quebec, while continuing to sit at the caucus table with all my fellow Liberal MNAs.

P2020: Will this affect how much or how often you will be able to deal with issues on behalf of your elected riding?

Fortin: This will certainly be an exercise in schedule management and prioritizing. But first and foremost, I will always be the representative of the people of Pontiac. Making their views known and advancing local files is my first order of business, every day. That being said, the position also allows me to make our local views known even more broadly, which is will be a plus for the people of this region.

Photograph courtesy of André Fortin.

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Free art classes for the municipality: meet the teachers

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Thanks to the generosty of the Municipality of Pontiac, four art classes are being offered to our community, absolutely free of charge. Details of the classes can be found in your fall activities bulletin, delivered in your mail box last week. Pontiac2020.ca interviewed the four teachers to find out more about the classes and the artists.

100 Homes in Pontiac Hit by Devastating Tornado Plowing Across Outaouais Region

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It was one minute after five o’clock on Friday afternoon when the tornado that made landfall 9 kilometers away in Dunrobin, Ontario crossed Route 148 in the Breckenridge sector of the Municipality of Pontiac.

A Tale of Two Approaches

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The MRC des Collines de Gatineau is comprised of 7 municipalities. The smallest Notre-Dame-de-la-Salette is small enough to be exempt from complying with the Provincial Residuals Strategy. The two most densely populated, Cantley and Chelsea, have respectively 83 and 60 people per square kilometre. These two municipalities also have the highest median household income by a considerable margin.

When you live in a place without curbs, does it make sense to have ‘curbside’ collection of compost?

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The Québec residual materials management strategy includes a progressive reduction and eventually a “ban” of organic material from municipal landfills by 2020.  Municipalities who comply with the policy are eligible for funding to help offset the costs.   The Municipality of Pontiac has responded by passing a resolution to initiate door to door collection with costs paid for by the residents. 

Fun for all: new play equipment at Onslow Elementary

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If you hear a higher pitch of childhood enjoyment coming from the Onslow Elementary School playground at break time, it's probably due to the exciting new playground equipment installed there last week. Pontiac2020.ca asked Home and School committee representative Stacy Johnston for some details.

Pontiac Community Gym hopes to open by end of year

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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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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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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.

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