Dring dring, scammers calling

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Looks like the old "tax fraud" scam is headed around the region one more time. Yesterday, a neighbour described to me a long phone call she'd just had with some especially insistent men from Revenu Quebec* who claimed that she had not paid enough income tax and so the police were coming to take her to prison.

Now, we are all big grown-ups who have watched copious episodes of Law and Order, plus we know our rights as Canadians, so all of this is patently ludicrous.

But my neighbour got scared anyway. They were very, VERY insistent and, what is more, they called multiple times.

After finally ridding herself of these hoods, she called her accounting firm, Revenu Quebec and the police, in that order.

Of course it is a scam. But my neighbour didn't know; seems she had not heard about it anywhere, ever.

Please, everyone, mention this nonsensical but somehow effective scam to those in your circle of senior friends and relatives.

Although this tired old ploy is almost as well known as the fabled Nigerian princes who just need to borrow your bank account for a week or two, there are evidently those in our midst who are still vulnerable.

*... Correction: they said they were from the Canada Revenue Agency (CRA). Apologies.

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Perfect waste management

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Sheila McCrindle

There is an old saying among environmentalist “Don’t let the perfect be the enemy of the good.”  This applies whenever solutions to environmental problems are being devised. Especially solutions involving human behaviour.  It means that just because a solution is not perfect does not mean it is not good.  Dealing with household organic waste is just such an example.

Free art classes: meet the teachers part 3

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Kate Aley


Get Art teacher Tanya McCormick, wearing some of her unique copper jewelry

Believe it or not, all of us have a naturally creative streak and these free art classes, hosted by the Municipality of Pontiac, are the perfect opportunity to dig into it. Next in our roster of Get Art teachers is Tanya McCormick who will be teaching on Saturday, October 27th at the Luskville Community Centre.

Free art classes: meet the teachers part 2

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Kate Aley

Get Art, the travelling art school based in the Pontiac, is fortunate to be able to offer all-ages classes again this year. Thanks to funding from the Municipality of Pontiac, the four classes across our three communities are absolutely free of charge for residents. 

Today we meet Luskville's Chantal Dahan who will be teaching printmaking in Breckenridge on Saturday, October 20th.

Free art classes for the municipality: meet the teachers

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Kate Aley


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.

A Tale of Two Approaches

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Sheila McCrindle and Kevin Brady

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

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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Sheila McCrindle and Kevin Brady


Image: Wikimedia Commons

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. 

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