Election 2017: Jean Côté

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Our last profile is of Jean Côté, who is running for the position of councilor of Ward 1. It proved impossible to interview Mr. Côté in person. Our gratitude to him for emailing his answers to us.

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

Challenges for the municipality and ward include improving infrastructure and roads and increasing business growth. A solid infrastructure is a prerequisite to increase business growth.  As well, there may be a need for municipal subsidies or incentives to entice businesses to the Pontiac. An industrial park, rezoning discussions and looking into provincial and federal programs for their assistance would be required.  There would be a need to identify what would best suit all parties (the municipality and businesses) and how they can work together to get things started. There are possibilities on the tourism front (a marina, museum, etc.), in the arts (local artisans and music), as well as other opportunities yet to be studied, such as an IT Centre, ski resort or outdoor center. The possibilities could be endless if we keep an open mind and are willing to discuss and research the potential. This could alleviate loss of our youth to the cities.

What would be your first priority if elected?

My priority [would be] infrastructure and roads. The rash of floods has devastated some people and properties and we must take measures to deal with this. Considering the bulk of the flooding is caused by things that are beyond our control, we could look at options such as discussing water dam management with the proper authorities and seeing if there are things that could be addressed at that stage (such as water release schedules). We need to research and identify problem areas in order to determine if preventative measures could be put in place, if only on a seasonal basis, such as shoring up certain areas in the fall in preparation for spring. A proper study of problem areas would also give us an opportunity to see if some form of diversion could be put into place where two waterways exist, in order to lessen the impact.  There is also a discussion that needs to take place concerning known flood areas and building permits for said areas, as well as outlines of responsibilities for both homeowners and the municipality.

What do you see here that is going well?

What is good now [is that] some roads are being done, and the Quyon Beach Barn/Community Centre is being addressed. The municipality of Pontiac is a rich and diverse multi-cultural area, with lineages of First Nations, Irish, English and French descent, to name a few.  As well, it is an area that abounds in talent, such as on the arts and crafts as well as music front. We have a distinct history in our contributions to industry in southern Quebec with the Ottawa River linking our area to others and facilitating transport of goods and people. These are things that we want to highlight and maintain as they are our history and our identities. It is a primarily rural area with an abundance of forests and lakes that also distinguishes the Pontiac from urban centers, as well as a beautiful place to live.

What makes you a good choice as councilor for your ward?

I am willing to work hard and am recently retired. I am bilingual, with prior experience (over nine years) as a church board member dealing with assisting in running and maintaining a church. I have experience as a supervisor and team lead within Federal Government which entails good people and leadership skills and working as a group with a specific goal in mind, i.e. client service. I think [council needs] to handle issues in an informed and logical fashion. 

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A Tale of Two Approaches

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Sheila McCrindle and Kevin Brady

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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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Kate Aley

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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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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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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