Election 2017: Scott McDonald

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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.

 

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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.

The story of a story teller: the Joan Finnigan musical

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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.

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