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

Nos autres nouvelles / Our other News

The beginning of everything: "Origins" watercolour show opens

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Kate Aley

You are invited to an extraordinarily moving exhibition of new work by renowned Luskville painter, Ruby Ewen.

Entirely painted in watercolour, the pieces immerse the viewer into multiple magical realms of creationism, imagination and classic myth.

Show runs: Friday, June 22 (opening event, 6 -- 8 p.m.) to July 22, 2018

Site: Stone School Gallery, 28 Mill St., Portage du Fort.

Cooking meets trucking at new restaurant

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Kate Aley

After two years of extensive renovations, Au Coin du Camionneur, also known as Trucker's Corner, opened in Luskville on Sunday June 17. 

Owners Benoit Galipeau and Robert Bergeron have completely reconfigured the building at the corner of the Eardley-Masham Road and Highway 148. New lighting, comfortable seating and large windows that open onto a breezy patio create an inviting ambience.

Building a new future for Pontiac with slaughterhouse project

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Kate Aley

After five years of planning, construction has now started on the Les Abattoir les Viandes du Pontiac. Set on five acres on the outskirts of Shawville, the slaughterhouse is the brainchild of Quyon entrepreneur Alain Lauzon and three partners, Sofian Elktrousie, Ibrama Diagne and promoter Gilles Langlois.

“We are aiming to be open by end of October,” said Lauzon last week, as he watched forms being set for more concrete to be poured.

Turtle S.O.S.: Save Our Shells!

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Trouble in paradise.

It's June and that means those crazy turtles are once again roaming dirt side roads and busy highways alike; intent on finding mates, water and good nesting places as they have always done, paying no mind to the deadly wheels zooming past. I stop for a lot of turtles at this time of the year and so far we have all lived to fight another day. However I have never seen a turtle stuck in the bone-dry and baking-hot rink at the Luskville Community Centre before. Bad turtle terrain for sure.

Open letter to the Municipality of Pontiac recognizing the work of our municipal firefighters

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Sandra Barber

To whom it may concern:

Re: Recognition of volunteer Firefighters

While sitting at our dining table enjoying our first coffee of the day on Sunday, May 20 at 6 a.m., my husband and I both heard a very loud “thunk” and wondered what the heck it was. Curiosity motivated my husband to investigate further; he checked our basement, nothing amiss. Checked the living room located on a lower level, noticed a man sitting outside on the guard rail.

Kickin' it: Pontiac youth get into soccer

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Kate Aley

Some might say that young people are glued to their screens all day and all night. But that's harder to say when so many bright young people are running, kicking, playing and laughing in Luskville every Monday evening.
Community soccer classes started up on Tuesday, May 1st at the Luskville Recreational Park. The two- to four year-olds play in the softball field. The older group, aged five and up, play on the soccer field to the north.

How do rural communities comply with Quebec's Organic Strategy?

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Kevin Brady

Current Situation:

The Québec residual materials management strategy includes a progressive reduction and an eventual a 'ban' of organic material from municipal landfills by 2020. Municipalities that comply with the policy are eligible for funding to help offset the costs. As with the Municipality of Pontiac, many municipalities have chosen to pass resolutions to initiate door-to-door collection, with costs paid for by the residents.

Get ready, get set, get out: disaster preparedness in a bag

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Kate Aley

Remember this?

As the Pontiac watches epic levels of flooding in both New Brunswick and B.C. and considers our own possible return to inundation, it's time to let paranoia rear its helpful head and get ready to get out of the house. The concept behind having a so-called Go Bag is to have ready everything you might need to survive, out-of-doors, for about 72 hours... until help arrives or the zombies get you.

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