Got Milkweed?: natural resource to become local industry

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Kate Aley

Generally considered a pleasing wildflower at best and an annoying and insidious weed at worst, common North American Milkweed (Asclepias syriaca) is about to be reborn as a profitable, wild-harvested crop. What hasn’t changed is its indisputable role as the single food source for the incredible and tenacious Monarch Butterfly.

Bringing about this renaissance in the Outaouais is a new non-profit organisation, Nature Atout (NA), based in Wakefield.

Wild Parsnip: is this the one we are all supposed to be freaking out about?

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Kate Aley

In short, no.

The massive invasive toxic weed we are supposed to fear and loathe is Giant Hogweed (Heracleum mantegazzianum).Originally from eastern Europe and imported as a decorative garden accent, if you can believe it, Giant Hogweed grows to about five meters tall and is filled with noxious sap that burns skin deeply.

Shellback safety: please look out for turtles

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Kate Aley

It's the height of summer and turtles are getting all maternal. The Nature Conservancy of Canada (NCC) are raising awareness of these beautiful creatures' seasonal need to crawl around on the side of the road -- and occasionally lurch their way across it -- with their Carapace initiative. Visit carapace.ca to learn about how to report the sighting of a turtle - live or dead -- along the highway. The NCC uses this information to identify what kind of turtles live in the area and to plan ways to protect them. Pick up a sticker at your local depanneur and help educate your friends and neighbours.

Autobus Campeau plans smooth takeover over 148 route

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Kate Aley

Yves Lepin, general manager of Autobus Campeau in Gatineau, says the company is planning to make their take-over of the 148 route as trouble-free as possible.

"There will be no break in service, that is our goal," Lepin told Pontiac2020 today. "At this time, it's anticipated that Thom Transport will run its last service on August 5th and we will start service the next day. It is our goal that the customers are well served."

Rocking the recreation park

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Kate Aley

Last week, a series of large, gray boulders were placed along the perimeter of the road leading up the east side of the Luskville Recreation Park in an effort to keep cars in the parking lot and off the grass. A double row of boulders was also added on both sides of the driveway that enters the park directly from the Hwy. 148 across a small causeway. 

New company will take over Thom Transport bus route on 148

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Kate Aley

Late this afternoon, Pontiac2020.ca was able to verify that a new bus company will take over the Fort Coulonge to Ottawa route from Thom Transport Ltee. Thom had been forced to cancel the service when it was unable to maintain a profit, a move that caused distress for those using it travel the long distance from towns along Hwy. 148 to the city each day.

Municipal electoral boundaries changed to reflect population

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Kate Aley

It was announced at June’s council meeting that the electoral boundaries had been changed for the Municipality of Pontiac (MoP). Pontiac 2020 asked MoP communications officer Dominic Labrie some more questions about the changes.

P2020: Why was it necessary to change the boundaries?

The Maison de la Famille de Quyon: a garden in our midst

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Kate Aley

The Maison de la Famille Quyon (MdlFQ) held its Annual General Assembly on Wednesday, June 29 at 7 pm at their building on Clarendon Street in Quyon. As usual, director general Catherine Beaudet wrote a beautiful foreword to the AGM notes. Here it is in full.

Garden enemy number one: the rose chafer

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Kate Aley

The first time I saw a rose chafer flying past me, I was actually charmed. So small, so funny, bumbling through the air with an almost velvet-like olive coloured carapace contrasting nicely with comically splayed-out shiny orange legs. That was then.

 

Dine in style at Chez Sylvie

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Kate Aley

Snack shacks and highway burger joints can be dime-a-dozen so it takes something special to make one stand out. Fresh food and friendly staff are a great start. Add some cool 50's-themed decor and now you have Chez Sylvie in Luskville. Sylvie Biron and Mark Gricken, both of Luskville, have owned the Casse-Croute at 3000 Hwy 148 for nearly two years. 

Choisir d’exploiter la ferme laitière familiale, malgré les défis

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ICI Radio-Canada

Cette semaine, des producteurs de lait ont fait la route de Québec à Ottawa à bord de leur tracteur pour participer à une manifestation organisée devant le parlement fédéral. Dans le cadre de la série les Travailleurs du samedi, nous avons fait la route Ottawa-Luskville pour rencontrer un jeune producteur laitier.

Borrowing bylaw for new Beach Barn

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Kate Aley

At the May 17 council meeting, a draft bylaw was passed, proposing to borrow $1.5 million in order to finally replace the aging “Beach Barn”, the Lions Hall on Ch. Ferry in Quyon. 

Pontiac 2020.ca asked communications agent for the Municipality of Pontiac (MoP), Dominic Labrie some more questions about the bylaw and the amended plans for the much-needed community center.

1.5 MILLION — CENTRE COMMUNAUTAIRE A QUYON

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Chers contribuables,

Je vous envoie ce petit mot afin d’assurer que vous soyez informés du fait que le conseil municipal a voté en faveur d’un règlement d’emprunt de $1.5 million pour la construction d’un nouveau centre communautaire dans le secteur de Quyon (Règlement 05-16).

Cet emprunt vous coûtera $18 de plus en taxes pour chaque tranche de $100,000 d’évaluation de vote propriété. A prime abord ça ne semble pas beaucoup d’argent mais les dépenses s’accumulent; à l’automne 2015 un règlement d’emprunt de 2 Millions pour la préparation du chemin de la Montagne, en mai 2016 un règlement de 2 millions pour la réparation du ch. des Dominicains et autre divers chemins.  Si on additionne le tout, voici l’impact approximatif sur votre portefeuille:

High hopes for Pontiac Hops

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Kate Aley

Spring time means gardeners are busy planting, planning and pruning … and the employees of Pontiac Hops, based in Luskville, are no exception.

The business, owned by James and Anthony Nugent, is in its third year of operation and is currently preparing to add a new three-acre field to the farm. The first year the pair put in 3,000 plants; now the count is close to 8,700.

Manifestation à Ottawa : les producteurs laitiers reçoivent beaucoup d'appuis politiques

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ICI Radio-Canada

Les revendications des milliers de producteurs laitiers rassemblés sur la colline du Parlement jeudi, trouvent un écho du côté des partis d'opposition à la Chambre des communes.

A sad little tiny golden gift

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Alas, alas.

Our windows are festooned with hanging decorations on the inside (and smeared with eight months of filth outside) but neither of these visual cues stopped this little lovely from ending her life against the glass. I am so sad. She's a Yellow Warbler (Dendroica petechia) as far as I can tell. Larger birds have bumped into our windows, shaken their heads for a bit and flown away but I guess this golden tiny was too tiny. All I can do is share her perfection.

Family Centre cuts back hours to compensate for funding cutbacks

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Kate Aley

Everyone understands austerity: paring back luxuries and comforts to the bare essentials in order to make it through hard financial times.

But what does it mean when essential services that help some of our most vulnerable population must endure reduced funding?

People, get ready: planning for disaster as a community

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Kate Aley

We all know that being prepared for an unexpected emergency as individuals is vital. How to be prepared as a community seems less clear. I asked communications agent Dominic Labrie about what we now have in place to help keep the people of Pontiac safe.


Pontiac2020.ca: Does the Municipality currently have a disaster plan?

Municipality of Pontiac (MoP): Yes, right now it is in phase 1.

P2020: When was it created?

School starting to look cool

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Kate Aley

The construction of the extension to Notre Dame de la Joie elementary school in Luskville is coming along very nicely. The structure for the top story is complete and materials for the walls, windows and roof are being delivered. I hope there will be a grand opening. I love a good ribbon-cutting, as quite a lot of you know.

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