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?

This summer, the Maison de la Famille Quyon (the Quyon Family Centre) is closing one day per week for the month of June to handle some serious funding cutbacks. The Centre will be closed on Mondays, leaving staff and patrons to manage with a four-day work week.

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?

MoP: It was adopted by the municipal council in February 2016.

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.

Add a Q to the PPJ? ATV group hopes to gain access to bike trail

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Kate Aley

Since it's inception, the Pontiac Pacific Junction (PPJ) trail was a place bikes and hikers could travel with no fear of meeting another kind of vehicle, not even a horse. But now a group of Quad Clubs are asking for that to change.

A series of petitions have been placed at depanneurs across the MRC Pontiac - including some in the Municipality of Pontiac - asking residents to express approval of the proposal: could ATVs, Quads and other small motorized vehicles have access to the PPJ, as well as other municipal back roads?

Sunny smiles at summer craft stall

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Kate Aley

Kimberly Kraft is selling First Nations-themed crafts, herb planters and jewelry at her stall outside Depanneur Pontiac, at the intersection with Hwy. 148 and Ch. Curley/ Eardley-Masham Road this summer. 

Kraft created the planters and some of the crafts herself, including these unusual feather head dresses made with safety pins.

Young trees, sure to please

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Kate Aley

Two hundred trees were given away at the Town Hall on Friday, May 20 to mark tree-planting month. Or something like that.

Red pines, red oaks and sugar maple saplings were on offer, grown by the Ministry of Natural Resources and sourced by the MRC des Collines. Director Ben Kuhn (pictured here with a tray of pines ... it was very bright that day) and communications officer Dominic Labrie were on hand to hand out the free trees. 

Eardley-Masham Road ready to reopen

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Kate Aley

 

Rejoice! Today, the Quebec Ministry of Transport reported that the Eardley-Masham Road should be officially re-opened by tomorrow afternoon, Friday May 20.

Martine Therriault, communications officer for the MTQ, confirmed that repairs on the sinkhole-prone area of the road, approximately 11 km from the intersection with the Hwy. 148, would be complete this week. 

Lettre ouverte du Maire Roger Larose

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   Comme vous le savez, le conseiller du District 2 (Quyon) a été jugé inhabile à siéger au conseil municipal par un juge de la Cour supérieure du Québec en raison d’infractions à la Loi électorale du Québec.

Shoulda Asked Sheila: the fishy issue

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Sheila McCrindle and Kate Aley

Shoulda Asked Sheila, Number 2

The burning food issues of the day chopped up, hashed over and served back hot and satisfying.

By Sheila McCrindle and Kate Aley

Kate asked: Sheila, how on earth are we supposed to know what is ethical and sustainable when it comes to buying fish? Once it seemed that farming fish was going to be the answer to depleted ocean stocks, but now it seems aquaculture is actually a sign of the impending apocalypse…

Lambs are leaping at JAE Farm

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Kate Aley

If there's ever been a true symbol of spring, it's the newly-born lamb and the newly-hatched chick. Ferme JAE Farm in Beechgrove, halfway between Luskville and Quyon, currently has plenty of both.

New lambs are arriving on schedule for the flock of North Country Cheviot x Suffolk and Rideau Arcott sheep owned by Andrea Goffart and Jozsef Veres.  

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.

UPDATE - McCann Off Council

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Thomas Souliére

As of 4pm on May 11th, Pontiac2020.ca has learned that Edward McCann has been removed from serving as councilor in Quyon ward in the Municipality of Pontiac.  McCann, who previously served as a councilor and mayor of Pontiac up to the election in 2013, had won a by-election in ward 2 after councilor Denis Dubé was forced to resign to focus on personal family matters.  McCann served since his election to the ward until today's judgement.

This leaves ward 2 in Pontiac's historic Quyon without a representative for the second time since 2014 and will most certainly force yet another by-election for one of Pontiac's important areas.

If I can't see you, then I'm not there

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Thomas Soulière

In 2013, the Municipality of Pontiac’s council voted to install stop signs in the north and south directions of Terry Fox road at chemin Lavigne near the location of a steep hill in order to slow motorists as they travel a stretch of road which has no sidewalks.  Shortly afterwards, the signs were vandalized and removed by persons unknown, leading drivers to believe that they were no longer required to stop at the intersection.

Imagine the future: planning begins for new seniors housing co-op project

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Kate Aley

Gathering to help the dream become reality, a group of approximately 17 people met at the Luskville Community Centre on May 9. The meeting was a starting point for planning new housing for seniors in the Municipality of Pontiac (MoP).

The 'imagination session' was led by Meghan Lewis, the municipality's community development officer, and two representatives from Coopérative de développement régional​ (CDR) Outaouias- Laurentides, development counselor Joelle Ritchie and assistant general manager Claudine Lalonde.

I heard it through the grapevine: new winery in Pontiac

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Kate Aley

Not just a line from a song: at long last, much-anticipated bottles from Quyon's Domaine de Pontiac Village's first vendage (harvest) are on sale now.

Owners Maude-Emmanuel Lambert and Pavel Kohl planted their first vines on their 50 acre property on Ch. Cemetary in 2007 and have been adding plants and varieties since then. The vineyard now covers approximately three and a half acres. 

Transport Canada to inspect sunken trailer in Ottawa River

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CBC News | Ottawa

Transport Canada says it will inspect a sunken trailer in the Ottawa River to determine whether it qualifies under law as an "obstacle," but the question of who will remove it remains open.

The abandoned camper trailer was used as an ice fishing hut last winter, but became mostly submerged when the ice melted. 

The top of the trailer can be seen from the end of Chemin Terry Fox, which separates Gatineau from the Municipality of Pontiac. It sits about 100 metres from shore, roughly on the border between the two jurisdictions.

Alain David: giving the gift of life, literally

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Kate Aley

We frequently hear about lives saved by organs from deceased donors, but far less about a quiet but remarkable group: live donors. 

Breckenridge’s Alain David is in his first week of recovery after having his left kidney removed and given to a total stranger whom he will never meet. This decision to undergo the operation was not a spontaneous one.

Have your say: planning for housing subdivision by Luskville falls

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Kate Aley

Approximately 15 people gathered at the Luskville Community Centre on April 29th to take part in a public consultation meeting regarding the future Domaine des Chutes subdivision.

And chickens for all: poultry for hire makes small-scale farming even easier

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Kate Aley

Nothing comes without it's own set of unique complications. Take owning chickens for example. How will you feed them? How will you house them? How will you stop the first passing fox from making a pleasant meal of them? Enter Dave Rene de Cotret, who believes that the joys and benefits of having chickens in your garden does not have to be a traumatic experience.

Sending your love and board games to Attawatpiskat

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Kate Aley

Small stuff for us, big stuff for them.The Ottawa Presbytery of the United Church of Canada is seeking supplies and household goods and materials to send to the northern reserve of Attawapiskat, and I am sure I don't need to remind you how desperate and bleak things are up there.

A list of requested items, compiled by leaders and teachers from the community, is reproduced here. Those with an asterisk (*) are those which are especially needed.

Items can be new or gently used

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