Election 2017: Scott McDonald

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Kate Aley


Our next profile is of Scott McDonald, running for councilor of Ward 4. Due to time constraints, Mr. McDonald has kindly agreed to email his answer to us. This is not an interview.

Born, raised

Born in Winnipeg, grew up in Aylmer; resident of Ward 4 for the last 17 years

Career

Semi-retired; previously operated Scott's Rolling Bistro for 32 years

What are the greatest challenges you see for the municipality and/or your ward?

Developing and maintaining a good infrastructure and provide support to our elderly and their spouses and families. All along our municipality, we have waterfront on the Ottawa River and no public beaches or decent launching and docking facilities.  The Luskville Park still needs lots of work to accommodate a safe environment for the kids. As an example, there's a small building that could be fixed up and winterised and have some volunteer supervision. There isn't much for our kids to do, so we need more structured activities with the help of many volunteers to make this possible. We could involve our teenagers so they can develop their leadership skills. As for the elderly, it is possible to establish partnerships with developers to build affordable and elderly friendly housing. We also need a network of resources to help-out the caregivers on a regular basis.  

What would be your first priority if elected?

Chemin des Perès Dominican is in desperate need of repair and asphalt; it should be top priority. I will sit in and listen to what direction the association of tolerance roads (FRAPP) wants to take and work with them in achieving these goals. We have a lot of gravel roads in our ward. Calcium is essential and we need to budget for this. I haven't met with the executive of the FRAPP yet, but I've had conversations with the executive of various associations. At this point in time, there are many questions about the bylaw that was recently implemented. The biggest concern is the cost to the residents for the take-over of tolerance roads, as well as concerns about losing their funding for those that wish to remain independent.  The fundamental issue seems to be the lack of resources to take on the responsibility of maintaining these roads.   

What do you see that is going well?

Highway 148 and the Mountain Road are two critical access roads leading into our community and are finally taking shape. Their restoration will help attract more tourists and new residents.  We have beautiful scenery such as Gatineau Park, small businesses and friendly residents.  We need to attract people and show them the treasures the Pontiac has to offer.

What makes you a good candidate for your ward?

Through the years I have gotten to know many people and acquired good knowledge of the various issues that need to be addressed.This municipality has a lot of untapped potential that needs to be developed and I believe that we can succeed in becoming an outstanding place to live and visit. We have the Luskville Falls, the Outaouais River, Gatineau Park, unspoiled nature and lots of history. We need to promote our local treasures to attract more people. We need to sell this municipality as an urban/country community and attract young families or retirees in the area for this very reason. All over the Ottawa valley there are beautiful little towns that have managed to show their uniqueness. Pontiac can do the same.

I want the municipality to become a place where the people are empowered with the desire to volunteer and get active in the community. There is so much talent out there that we need to harvest. We can implement simple and effective ways to communicate what's going on in Pontiac today by tapping into our youth's knowledge of communication technologies.

 

Nos autres nouvelles / Our other News

The beginning of everything: "Origins" watercolour show opens

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Kate Aley

You are invited to an extraordinarily moving exhibition of new work by renowned Luskville painter, Ruby Ewen.

Entirely painted in watercolour, the pieces immerse the viewer into multiple magical realms of creationism, imagination and classic myth.

Show runs: Friday, June 22 (opening event, 6 -- 8 p.m.) to July 22, 2018

Site: Stone School Gallery, 28 Mill St., Portage du Fort.

Cooking meets trucking at new restaurant

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Kate Aley

After two years of extensive renovations, Au Coin du Camionneur, also known as Trucker's Corner, opened in Luskville on Sunday June 17. 

Owners Benoit Galipeau and Robert Bergeron have completely reconfigured the building at the corner of the Eardley-Masham Road and Highway 148. New lighting, comfortable seating and large windows that open onto a breezy patio create an inviting ambience.

Building a new future for Pontiac with slaughterhouse project

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Kate Aley

After five years of planning, construction has now started on the Les Abattoir les Viandes du Pontiac. Set on five acres on the outskirts of Shawville, the slaughterhouse is the brainchild of Quyon entrepreneur Alain Lauzon and three partners, Sofian Elktrousie, Ibrama Diagne and promoter Gilles Langlois.

“We are aiming to be open by end of October,” said Lauzon last week, as he watched forms being set for more concrete to be poured.

Turtle S.O.S.: Save Our Shells!

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Trouble in paradise.

It's June and that means those crazy turtles are once again roaming dirt side roads and busy highways alike; intent on finding mates, water and good nesting places as they have always done, paying no mind to the deadly wheels zooming past. I stop for a lot of turtles at this time of the year and so far we have all lived to fight another day. However I have never seen a turtle stuck in the bone-dry and baking-hot rink at the Luskville Community Centre before. Bad turtle terrain for sure.

Open letter to the Municipality of Pontiac recognizing the work of our municipal firefighters

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Sandra Barber

To whom it may concern:

Re: Recognition of volunteer Firefighters

While sitting at our dining table enjoying our first coffee of the day on Sunday, May 20 at 6 a.m., my husband and I both heard a very loud “thunk” and wondered what the heck it was. Curiosity motivated my husband to investigate further; he checked our basement, nothing amiss. Checked the living room located on a lower level, noticed a man sitting outside on the guard rail.

Kickin' it: Pontiac youth get into soccer

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Kate Aley

Some might say that young people are glued to their screens all day and all night. But that's harder to say when so many bright young people are running, kicking, playing and laughing in Luskville every Monday evening.
Community soccer classes started up on Tuesday, May 1st at the Luskville Recreational Park. The two- to four year-olds play in the softball field. The older group, aged five and up, play on the soccer field to the north.

How do rural communities comply with Quebec's Organic Strategy?

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Kevin Brady

Current Situation:

The Québec residual materials management strategy includes a progressive reduction and an eventual a 'ban' of organic material from municipal landfills by 2020. Municipalities that comply with the policy are eligible for funding to help offset the costs. As with the Municipality of Pontiac, many municipalities have chosen to pass resolutions to initiate door-to-door collection, with costs paid for by the residents.

Get ready, get set, get out: disaster preparedness in a bag

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Kate Aley

Remember this?

As the Pontiac watches epic levels of flooding in both New Brunswick and B.C. and considers our own possible return to inundation, it's time to let paranoia rear its helpful head and get ready to get out of the house. The concept behind having a so-called Go Bag is to have ready everything you might need to survive, out-of-doors, for about 72 hours... until help arrives or the zombies get you.

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