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.

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.

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.

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?

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).

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?

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.

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