Mayor Larose's open letter

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Unedited version of Mayor Larose's open letter published in this week The Equity

 

  

As you know, the Councillor of district no. 2 (Quyon) was deemed ineligible to sit on the municipal Council by a Superior Court of Quebec judge, because of infringements to the Quebec Elections Act.
I would like to review this issue in order to clear the air and ensure that, together, we may all stay focused on what really matters: the improvement of municipal administration and the living conditions of residents.
It is important to understand that this Court decision occurred as a result of an investigation by the Chief Electoral Officer of Québec. It is difficult to claim that this is a political vendetta when a judge and an institution that is responsible for ensuring the Elections Act is complied with, agree that our electoral system has been openly disregarded and that the offence is serious enough to be liable to a 4-year disqualification penalty.

Furthermore, it is necessary to specify the municipality’s role in this matter. As you undoubtedly know, municipalities are responsible for organizing the elections at a local level and to ensure compliance with the rules. This is why, after having received a notice of ineligibility from the Chief Electoral Officer, the municipality took steps to have this decision validated by a judge.
Like you, I deplore the waste of time and energy caused by Mr. McCann’s stubbornness to be a candidate despite the numerous warnings he received from the Chief Electoral Officer.
As mayor of the Municipality of Pontiac, I find it deplorable that certain people are using the Superior Court’s judgement to stir up old resentments and try to make the misfortune of a man, the misfortune of the village.
Mr. McCann was the author of his own misfortune. He must now face the consequences of his actions.
It’s time to turn the page and continue to move forward to further develop the village and our municipality.
Since the beginning of my mandate, several major projects in Quyon were put in place.

We have in particular:
• relaunched the study on the Boulet real estate development project;
• proceeded with the first diagnostic of our water and sewer infrastructures in order to take advantage of a program to upgrade our pipes;
• launched a cooperative housing project for your senior citizens;
• worked toward ensuring the sustainability of the Quyon Ensemble property ;
• and we have relaunched the community centre project in Quyon, in agreement with the Quyon Waterfront Revitalization Committee to present a project that better meets our needs and more likely to be achieved in the short term.

All of this within 2 years.

All of this, because I am more interested in building our community, than being in pictures and giving handshakes.

All of this, because I am present at the Town Hall on a full-time basis in order to ensure that our community’s development is done in a fair manner, in all districts.

My fellow citizens, let us not get distracted. There is much work to be done.

Roger Larose

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Pontiac Community Players put on fundraising play

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Kate Aley

A hilarious one-hour play called Maid to Order was presented in Shawville April 13 and 14 by local theatre troupe, the Pontiac Community Players (PCP). Sold-out on both evenings, the profits will go towards the Pontiac High School restoration project to update lighting, sound and add a 20-foot electronic screen to be used for both school and community movie screenings. Further improvements to seating and ventilation are planned.

Above, hapless police officers Craig Young (left) and Neil MacIntosh (right) ask the slightly-shady Charles Cambin (Richard Armitage) to explain himself.

Another community hub lost: Depanneur Poirier closes down

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Kate Aley

Depanneur Poirier, at the intersection of the highway and Ch. des Pères-Dominicains, has closed. The last day of business was Thursday 22 but the owners, Janet and Jack Deschenes have been emptying shelves for weeks.

Bunny fun: Luskville playgroup celebrates Easter

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Kate Aley

Spring is here we're told, but it's still so gray and cold outside. Where can you take your under 5's when you have exhausted all the DVD options? To the free playgroup in Luskville, of course.

Above from left, Comité 0-5 animator Lisa Corrigan with personal friend Helga the rabbit and an ardent admirer at the Luskville playgroup's Easter event.

Walk right in: renovations to Family Centre ensure better, safer service

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Kate Aley

Better than a new welcome mat, a shining floor now greets visitors to the Maison de la Famille in Quyon, thanks to funding from the Ministère de la Famille. A new epoxy surface was poured last week, creating a seamless floor running though out the reception area, the Clothing Counter, kitchen and laundry.

André Fortin nominated as Liberal candidate for Pontiac

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Kate Aley

The auditorium of Onslow Elementary School was filled with supporters of MNA for Pontiac André​ Fortin on Saturday March 10. The gathering marked the re-nomination of Fortin to represent the Liberal party in the upcoming provincial elections. Community members, councilors for the Municipality of Pontiac and MRC Pontiac mayors and wardens, both past and present, were in attendance.

Community coffee: church offers warm drinks and warm reception

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Kate Aley

It is indisputably still cold outside, baby.  Éric Hébert-Daly, the new student minister at Quyon United Church, has a new idea to warm all of us up. 

On Monday 12, and on every Monday from now, Hébert-Daly will be opening the doors of the church at 1088 Clarendon Street in Quyon (next to the Post Office) between 7 p.m. and 9 p.m. to offer warm drinks at no charge.

Riding in style: massive upgrade to Pontiac bus route

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Kate Aley

It's smooth and it's quiet with internet access, a 36" flat screen TV and reclining seats and it leaves Allumette Island at 10 minutes to 5 am every day. This is the new coach that runs Route 148 and you can be on it. This week, riders taking the Campeau Bus Line to the city were treated to a brand-new luxury coach, a demonstration vehicle in service before the permanent vehicle becomes available in about a weeks time.

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