• 3 men arrested in Fort-Coulonge for drug possession

  • THE BODY OF A MAN WANTED BY POLICE HAS BEEN FOUND

  • CSHBO meeting at high school Sieur de Coulonge

  • Warehouse hangar burns in the municipality of Pontiac

  • SALTING WINTER ROADS COULD CAUSE LEGAL TROUBLE FOR MUNICIPALITIES

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3 men arrested in Fort-Coulonge for drug possession


On January 23, police officers of the Sûreté du Québec of the MRC Pontiac, arrested of three people near 501 Street Beaume in Fort-Coulonge, in connection with the possession of narcotics. The police operation occurred through a road safety where they discovered drugs in the vehicle. Officers seized nearly 700 Pills, a small amount of cannabis and a prohibited weapon.  A 24 years old man from Gatineau as well as 2 males from Cantley, a 19 year old and a 22 year old, were arrested and released on promises to appear in court. They are scheduled to appear on March 10 in Campbell’s Bay. They could face charges of possession of narcotics for the purpose of trafficking, and possession of a prohibited weapon. 

THE BODY OF A MAN WANTED BY POLICE HAS BEEN FOUND


The 33 year old Renfrew man who was being sought by police was found dead last night (Jan.26). The OPP say they found Jason Smith deceased and foul play is not suspected. Smith was wanted on charges of Careless Use of a Firearm, 2 counts of Dangerous Operation of a Motor Vehicle, Assault, and Flight from Police. The investigation is continuing.


CSHBO meeting at high school Sieur de Coulonge


Another important meeting will take place this week. The School Board des Hauts-Bois-de-l'Outaouais meeting will take place at École secondaire Sieur de Coulonge tomorrow at 7PM. This meeting should address issues related to educational resources and school organization, the School Board will meet at 250 chemin de la Chute, in Mansfield. 

Warehouse hangar burns in the municipality of Pontiac


The Fire Department of the municipality of Pontiac in Luskville where called in to fight the fire in a warehouse hangar on Sunday at 1927 highway 148. The building is used to store motorized vehicles such as automobiles, trucks, boats, as well as many others. The emergency call came in at 8.30 pm, Chelsea Fire Fighters aided the Luskville Fire Fighters put out the flames. The cause of the fire is still unknown at this time.  The municipality of Pontiac and the Sûreté du Québec of the MRC des Collines in the Outaouais is currently investigating the cause. The fire caused significant damage to the warehouse as well as to vehicles stored inside. Damages are estimated at several thousands of dollars. 

SALTING WINTER ROADS COULD CAUSE LEGAL TROUBLE FOR MUNICIPALITIES


Municipalities could be responsible for the damage road salt causes to private property. At least that is the decision in a recent Ontario Superior Court judgment in Sarnia, after a farmer was awarded over $100 000 in damages. While the case has not yet been heard by the Ontario Court of Appeals, it has most municipalities across the province sitting up and taking notice. Renfrew County uses salt on its roads and Public Works Director Steve Boland says this court case could have local implications.

He says the County and many local municipalities use a lot of salt due to the amount of ice we tend to get in this area. He insists it is the best option and says sand just doesn't do the trick.

Boland says they have received few complaints about the use of salt, but that could change, given this new court ruling. 

Snospree is coming to Pembroke.


With the End of January on the horizon, we know that Pembroke is gearing up for snow spree.  According to Jordan Durocher, there are many new events for everyone to participate in.

Jordan Durocher says refer to the city of Pembroke website to see the times and cost of the events; a lot of which are free. 

EARLY MORNING FIRE IN LAURENTIAN VALLEY CLAIMS A LIFE


One person is dead following an early morning fire today (Monday). According to the Upper Ottawa Valley OPP, they responded to a 911 call just after one am and arrived to find a residence on fire on Mud Lake Road in Laurentian Valley Township. Fire Departments from Pembroke and Laurentian Valley worked together to douse the blaze and following an investigation found a body. Currently we have no other information, but the OPP Forensic Identification Unit as well as the Fire Marshal's office are investigating. 

The mining company Sphinx invested in Pontiac


The MRC Pontiac seems to have mining potential that has peaked the interest of mining companies. The mining company Sphinx has shown the most interest as of late, who announced the signing of an agreement to acquire the Green Palladium project located in the MRC Pontiac.  Sphinx is said wants to mine such metals as the palladium, nickel, and copper ores.

The president of Sphinx Normand Champigny;

Nickel and copper were first found in 1951 in the MRC. In 1958, a sample was taken from a small blast pit. No new drilling was conducted after this geophysical survey.

The project has remained inactive until 2014. Last spring, three samples from the 1958 survey site were chosen for analytical purposes. During initial visits Sphinx thanked local residents of the Pontiac. Sphinx says the companies’ goal is making a discovery that could lead to the development of a palladium mine. It would help not only to improve the economy of the Pontiac, but would also contribute to global initiatives to improve the quality of air; the palladium is an essential catalyst for the reduction of toxic emissions in motor vehicles. 

FUNERAL SERVICE TODAY AT GARRISON PETAWAWA FOR RETIRED SOLDIER ERNIE HALL


Family and friends of the retired Petawawa Warrant Officer tragically killed in Pembroke two weeks ago will bid a tearful goodbye to him this morning (Monday). The funeral for 57 year old Ernie Hall will be held at Garrison Petawawa's St. Francis of Assisi Chapel at 10am, after which he will be buried at the Beechwood National Military Cemetery in Ottawa. Hall and two other pedestrians were struck by a vehicle on Sunday January 11th on Lake Street after leaving a Lumber Kings game. Hall died the next day in hospital. His colleagues described him as a dedicated soldier and a mentor to other officers.   He was also a dedicated Pembroke Lumber Kings fan and bought season tickets after retiring from the military last fall after 39 years. The team paid tribute to him after last Sunday's game. Hall leaves behind a daughter and a son.

http://pembroketoday.ca/default.asp?pid=5759510&wireid=01827_RAP_HALL_FUNERAL1_073833 

First meeting of the Council of mayors of the MRC Pontiac


Tomorrow the Assembly of the Council of mayors of the MRC Pontiac will have their first meeting of mayors in 2015 in Campbell’s Bay at 9AM.

Several issues are expected to be addressed. In the draft agenda include, the annual report of the representative of the MRC to the Board of Directors of Chutes Coulonge and a resolution bearing of the Centre local de développement (CLD).

The MRC should now offer services that were offered in the past by the Centre local de développement (CLD Pontiac), this meeting open to the public. 
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