Taxes foncières agricoles : les producteurs ne sont pas dupes

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L'Union des producteurs agricoles

Dans son discours sur le budget 2016-2017, le gouvernement du Québec a annoncé qu’il procéderait à une réforme administrative du Programme de crédit de taxes foncières agricoles (PCTFA) et qu’il en transférerait la gestion à Revenu Québec. Le gouvernement a aussi annoncé qu’à compter du 1er janvier 2017, les terres agricoles exploitées par un producteur enregistré au ministère de l’Agriculture, des Pêcheries et de l’Alimentation du Québec (MAPAQ) seront admissibles à une aide financière correspondant à 78 % de la valeur des taxes municipales. Selon le gouvernement, ce pourcentage équivaut globalement au niveau de soutien présentement accordé aux bénéficiaires du programme. Or, rien n’est plus faux.

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Playing ball to benefit park

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Kate Aley

Twenty teams took part in a three-day fundraising ball tournament at the Luskville Recreation Park on April 22, 23 and 24.

Made up of players from across the region who use the ball fields thoughout the playing season, the event was created to help the Municipality of Pontiac maintain and improve the park.

"There was an entry fee to participate and we are selling food and drinks today," explained one of the organizers of the tournament, Dave Hickey. "After paying expenses, the profit from the event goes straight to the park.'

Pontiac frogs get thumbs-up from NCC

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Kate Aley

National Capital Commission (NCC) students Karine Labelle (left) and Valerie Bertrand were assessing the population of Western Chorus frogs along Ch. Pilon in Luskville this week. The two University of Ottawa biology students have the enviable task of travelling around the region to visit known breeding grounds, listening for the calls of 10 types of amphibians, including the Wood frog and American toad.

 

Mysterious barrels have been removed

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Kate Aley

As of about 4 p.m. Friday, April 22, I can confirm that the five unidentified barrels left on a slope at the end of Ch. Therien in Luskville have been removed, along with the two unmarked wooden barriers that implicitly restricted access to the area. 

Interpreting the evidence of the marks of wheel tracks and the barrel bottoms, I would assume that the offending items were hauled, with some effort, up the soft and steep grassy slope, lined up at the end of the road and subsequently loaded onto a vehicle to be removed.

CHELSEA : MOTOCYCLISTE RECHERCHÉ

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Le service de la Sécurité publique de la MRC des Collines-de-l’Outaouais cherche à identifier un motocycliste téméraire qui samedi le 16 avril dernier, à 11 h 40, a doublé à une vitesse extrême une voiture de patrouille sur l’autoroute 5 nord. Il est à noter qu’au moment du dépassement, les gyrophares de la voiture patrouille étaient en fonction, ce qui n’a pas dissuadé le motocycliste d’effectuer sa manœuvre.

Shoulda asked Sheila: A Winter Tomato tale

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Sheila McCrindle and Kate Aley


Shoulda Asked Sheila takes your burning food issues of the day, chops 'em up and serves 'em hot and satisfying

Kate asked: Sheila, what is with these tomatoes? The seeds have germinated inside the fruit! Ugh!

Sheila replied: Yikes, where did that come from? Did you buy those?

It's simply quackers: Quyon Lionettes duck race tickets now on sale

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Kate Aley

So ask yourself: do you feel ducky? Well, do you?

If so, find yourself a member of the Quyon Lionettes who can sell you a ticket for the annual Duck Race, to be held on June 5th.

One thousand ducks will be launched in spectacular style from a front-end loader off the Egan Street bridge at 2 p.m. and the winner named at the Clarendon Street bridge approximately 30 or so minutes later, depending on water levels. There will also be a fun day event at the soccer field, according to Lionette Joan Belsher.

MTQ describes Eardley-Masham Rd. closure as "indefinite"

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Kate Aley

The small but deep sinkhole discovered on the Eardley-Masham Road in Luskville on Friday April 15 will keep that thoroughfare closed for an indefinite length of time, according to a spokesperson from the Quebec Ministry of Transport (MTQ).

MTQ communications agent Marie-Chantal Baguia explained that specialists have investigated the site of the sinkhole and will be able to give more information about the damage and it's cause when the studies are complete.

Danger, stranger

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As an Australian, the fire danger safety sign is a holy and unquestionable symbol of authority that stands between the community and unspeakable devastation.

Did you know that, as a result of a number of particularly deadly fires, the state of Victoria now has a 'black' rating?

Red denotes 'extreme'. So, the level of danger the colour black designates?

Sinkhole Closes North-South Link in Municipality of Pontiac

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Thomas Soulière

A vital north-south artery connecting highways 148 and 366 linking the municipalities of Pontiac and La Peche was closed down last Friday after a sinkhole opened up on the north-bound lane of chemin Eardley-Masham.

Wakefield Earth Day program offers green development insights

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Wakefield Earth Day has an interesting program this year for those interested in green development. It takes place Friday, April 23rd and Saturday, April 24th at Wakefield Centre, 38 chemin de la Vallée de Wakefield.

Some highlights (courtesy of Mari Wesche):

Friday, April 23:

5:30 - 7 p.m. -  Discussion of green development in Wakefield South by C. Minnes and architect D. Cardinal

7 - 9 p.m.  -  WIFF screening of Avi Lewis' (+ Naomi Klein's) film, This Changes Everything, plus discussion with local green entrepreneurs. (Tickets available on-line, $10)

Saturday, April 23:

We got frogs: welcome back WCF

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Kate Aley

You can hear them as you cruise along with your windows down: the brisk "rrrk! rrrk!" call of the Western Chorus frog.

Considered a threatened species due to habitat loss, Pseudacris triseriata is a snazzy little fellow, all greeny-brown with 'go-faster' stripes; but you are never going to see one, no matter how quietly you creep up. They are astonishingly good at falling silent at the slightest footstep.

En état d’ébriété, il cause un accident sur la 148

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Urgence 07 — 15 avril, 2016

Secteur Luskville – Les services d’urgence furent appelés pour un accident avec blesses, survenu vers 18h50, face au 3000 Route 148, dans la municipalité de Pontiac. Le conducteur d’un camion de type «pick up» serait entré en collision avec un motocycliste qui s’apprêtait à effectuer un virage.

Breakfast Club: the most important part of your day

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Kate Aley

Luskville's elementary school, Notre Dame de la Joie, needs your help. The daily Breakfast Club (organised by the non profit organsiation Club des Petits Dejeuners) requires more volunteers to help prepare and serve breakfast to 95 students at the school every morning.

Under the exceptionally dedicated direction of Helene Belisle, volunteers cut up fruit, toast bagels and waffles and pour glasses of milk or juice for the children. They then help serve and clean up the meal. 

Pontiac2020.ca is honoured to announce...

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... the addition of Kate Aley to the team as Editor-in-Chief!

Kate is well-known as a dedicated community volunteer in Pontiac, a talented artist and an engaged writer.

Her infectious enthusiasm and seemingly endless energy have left their mark on the municipality. She is dedicated to preserving and promoting Pontiac’s rich history and cultural diversity.

Kate’s indubitable spirit can already be felt at Pontiac2020.ca, as she works to keep our community up-to-date on important current affairs.

Got news? Contact Kate at editor@pontiac2020.ca

Thomas Souliere
Publisher

La municipalité de Pontiac adopte un plan d’implantation et d’intégration architecturale pour le Domaine des Chutes

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Le conseil municipal de Pontiac a adopté mardi une première, soit l’imposition d’un Plan d’implantation et d’intégration architecturale (PIIA) afin de réglementer l’aspect général du projet immobilier du Domaine des Chutes dans le secteur Luskville.

Update: Unidentified lying barrels

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Kate Aley

Five metal 44-gallon drums, discovered dumped at the end of Ch. Therien in Luskville weeks ago, are still in place.

Update: On April 12, Jasmine Leduc, strategic communications advisor with the NCC, updated Pontiac2020 on the situation. NCC conservation officers have now visited the site to ascertain whether the barrels are in a suitable state to be removed, which they are.

The officers then worked to identify the contents, finding solvents, paint, oil and resins. Further investigation is needed to determine the specific type of resin, after which the barrels will be removed, at latest by the end of next week.

Falls trail will close again this summer

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Kate Aley

According to Jasmine Leduc, media spokesperson for the National Capital Commission, the Luskville Falls trail will close again for three months this summer. Although many improvements to the car park, picnic area and trail were completed both last year and this spring, work still remains to be undertaken on the trail itself.

The carpark and picnic area will remain accessible during the summer months, but the trail will be officially closed to the public.

Importations de lait diafiltré

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Importations de #laitDiafiltré : Marcel Groleau nous résume le cri du coeur lancé par les producteurs laitiers lors d'une conférence de presse qui s'est tenue aujourd'hui à Montréal.Le front commun de l’industrie laitière pour qu’Ottawa agisse était représenté par le ministre de l’Agriculture, de l’Alimentation et des Pêcheries du Québec, Pierre Paradis, le président de l’Union des producteurs agricoles (UPA), Marcel Groleau, le président des Producteurs de lait du Québec, Bruno Letendre, et le président d’Agropur coopérative laitière, Serge Riendeau. Tous ont réclamé que le fédéral mette fin au laxisme et fasse respecter les normes fromagères.

Posted by L'Union des producteurs agricoles on Tuesday, April 12, 2016

La Pêche : Violent braquage à domicile (Mise à Jour)

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Urgence 07

Secteur Masham – Le bureau des enquêtes criminelles du service de la Sécurité publique de la MRC des Collines-de-l’Outaouais est à la recherche de trois (3) suspects qui, vendredi le 8 avril vers 21 h 20, ont commis un braquage à domicile dans une résidence du chemin Victor- Robert à La Pêche secteur Masham (Camping des Bons Vivants). Lors de l’événement, le résident âgé de 52 ans, fut violement tabassé et a dû être transporté par ambulance afin de soigner des blessures sérieuses mais qui ne mettent pas sa vie en danger.

Consultation publique CCN / NCC Public Consultation 25-04-2016

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NCC Consultations CCNLa CCN souhaite consulter les citoyens de la municipalité de Pontiac concernant un projet d’amé...

Posted by Municipalité de Pontiac / Municipality of Pontiac on Friday, April 1, 2016

New Little Free Library: books are worth a look

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Kate Aley

For some time, there has been a plastic tray of old books on a shelf under the Lotto table, just to the left of the coffee machine at the Luskville Depanneur, number 3000 on Hwy. 148.

I've taken one or two novels from it myself in the past. But now, with the gracious permission of proprietor Elaine Goulet, that tray of books is now a Little Free Library (LFL).

NCC falls trail improvements close to completion

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Kate Aley

I ducked under the locked gate and walked to the Luskville Falls trailhead the other day, before the Return Of The Snow. The new gravel in the car park is lovely and deep and, although there are barriers at the stop of the first step of steps going downhill, they are pushed to one side.

Spring road works in the Municipality

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Kate Aley

Two major on-going road repairs will make getting in and out of the Municiplaity of Pontiac a little slower over the next few months, according to Alain Bourgeois, Director of Infrastructures and Public Works.

Firstly, work on the Mountain Road will continue as soon as the 'half-load' period has passed and heavy trucks can travel again.

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