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.

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.

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).

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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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.

Taxes foncières agricoles : les producteurs ne sont pas dupes

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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.

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.

 

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.

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