• Three raids in the Outaouais

  • The farmers organisation called Équiterre want you to get adopted!

  • The Poupore Elementary school came in first place this year at the annual spelling competition for the third consecutive year.

  • Murder in Aylmer: Angela Distasio killed by a pointed object according to preliminary autopsy results

  • Transport Action Pontiac hopes to improve its services in 2014.

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Three raids in the Outaouais

As part of an operation surrounding the dismantling of domestic greenhouse cannabis on the territory of the Outaouais , three positive searches were conducted.

The Sûreté du Québec of the MRC raided three different locations which included one from the Pontiac area located at 130 Schwartz Street in Ladysmith.

During the three raids, police seized more than 700 marijuana plants, more than seven kilograms of cannabis in bulk, firearms and equipment used in the production of cannabis.

Three men and a woman were arrested. They could face, among other things, charges of production of cannabis.

The farmers organisation called Équiterre want you to get adopted!

The Equitterre organization aiming to promote good environmental practices, launched in Outaouais last week the campaign " Get adopted by a farmer ", which is to promote access to local organic agriculture.  According to the spokesperson of the organization, it is an interesting case for model farmers in the region:

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Unfortunately no Pontiac farmers are registered for the time being into the program in order to qualify as Equitterre farmer. The citizens of Pontiac interested in this program must rely on small farmers’ nation or near the city of Gatineau. This interview with Isabelle Gervais from the group Equiterre is available on our website at www.chipfm.com.

The Poupore Elementary school came in first place this year at the annual spelling competition for the third consecutive year.

Again this year, the crowd was waiting to support the students. They attended a very good quality presentation.

The competition was held in two sessions. Students grades one, two, three and four participated in the competition held on April 3, while those in Grades 5 and 6, as well as kindergarden , competed in the second meeting, held on April 9. In both cases, the competitions were both held at the Sieur de Coulonge hight School in Mansfield.

The competition was organized in collaboration with the Knights of Columbus and the primary school of Pontiac. The jury consisted of Gaétan Viau, Rose- Marie Bertrand, Charlotte Boucher and Mireille Francoeur.

Overall, the Poupore school of Fort-Coulonge came in first place, followed by St. Mary's School of Otter Lake in second place and the l’Envolée third.

A big thank you to all teachers for their involvement in the competition.
The list of winners is available on our website at www.chipfm.com 

Murder in Aylmer: Angela Distasio killed by a pointed object according to preliminary autopsy results

Three days after the murder occurred in Aylmer, the Gatineau Police Service is now able to confirm that Angela Distasio was killed using a pointed object.

The type of weapon used and the circumstances surrounding the death of the 42 year old victim however, will not be released until the end of the investigation.

Police are still present on Symmes street to try to advance the investigation. A search was also conducted at the second crime scene in Quyon.

Yesterday, Alain Gascon, 49, was formally charged with the premeditated murder of his ex-wife. 

Transport Action Pontiac hopes to improve its services in 2014.

Following the Annual General Meeting last week, the CEO of the organization, Sylvie Bertrand, argued that the proposal must be improved to meet the ever growing demand of the population:

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The organization founded in 2004 was the first in Quebec to receive permission from the Ministry of Transport of Quebec as a mass and parallel transportation service under the same roof.  It enables the Pontiac population, which is spread across an immense area, to travel and access particularly social and health services, but also those for leisure and education.

Last year, Transport Action Pontiac made ​​886 753 km for a total of just under 32,000 trips.

No fatal collision in Outaouais during the Easter break

The Easter long weekend is synonymous with increased police presence on the Quebec road network.

In the Outaouais region, no fatal collisions occurred while six collisions causing bodily injuries are to report, compared to three last year.  In addition more than 728 offense reports that have been issued by the police against 578 for the same period last year.

Five people were arrested for impaired driving last year, while seven were arrested this year.

Two arrested in Shawville related to drug trafficking

The Sûreté du Québec station of the Pontiac MRC conducted two raids and arrested two people last Thursday on Main Street in Shawville.

At the scene, police seized more than 25 grams of cannabis, about 10 grams of a substance that could be cocaine, firearms and items related to drug trafficking.

Two men 37 and 35 years old, both from Shawville, were arrested on the spot and then released on a promise to appear. They must return to court at a later date. They could face charges of possession of narcotics for the purpose of trafficking and trafficking.

This investigation has progressed thanks to information received from the public.

Gatineau murder : the former spouse is accused

Alain Gascon, aged 49, was charged with first degree murder of Angela Distasio yesterday morning at a Gatineau courthouse. The victim and the defendant were married and had recently separated.

Sunday, the 42 year old woman was found seriously injured in a housing located at 45, rue Symmes, in the Aylmer sector of Gatineau. Ms. DiStasio was transported to the hospital, where she succumbed to her injuries on the night of Sunday to Monday.
Mr. Gascon lives in Quyon, in the Pontiac. He was hospitalized after his arrest Sunday for psychological distress.

According to the Crown prosecutor Sylvain Petitclerc, the accused and the victim have five children and were a couple for 15 years. In addition, police are continuing their investigation and study two different crime scenes.

42 year old Angela Distasio, from Aylmer, murdered by her husband Alain Gascon

The husband of a 42-year-old mother of five who died after she was stabbed and beaten in her Aylmer apartment has been charged with first-degree murder.

Alain Gascon, 49, of Quyon, is accused of killing his wife, Angela Distasio, according to court records.

Gascon appeared in court for only a few minutes today and didn’t speak as he was remanded in custody until May 1. He has not yet entered a plea.

”A court order forbids Gascon from contacting a long list of possible witnesses, including his five children. Crown attorney Sylvain Petitclerc said he will oppose bail.“They were a long-term couple,” he said, until they separated about two weeks ago.

Police are investigating at least one other possible crime scene in the case, he said, but he wouldn’t explain where or why. Two people believed to be the victim’s brother and sister were in the front row of the courtroom. Gascon glanced at them briefly and looked away. They wouldn’t talk to reporters after the brief court appearance.

The homicide took place a short time after Distasio had left the home they shared and moved into her son’s apartment, according to her stepbrother, Serge Grandbois.“ She told him, ‘Enough is enough. I do not love you anymore. I’m leaving,’” Grandbois said.

Distasio was found Sunday with serious injuries after a 911 call came from outside Distasio’s Symmes Street apartment. Distasio was taken to the Gatineau Hospital where she was pronounced dead around 2:30 a.m.

Gascon was arrested nearby, although police said he wasn’t trying to escape.

Meanwhile, an autopsy on Distasio’s body was scheduled for today in Montreal.“We will wait for the autopsy results before confirming anything,” said Const. Pierre Lanthier of Gatineau police. 

The hunting and fishing association Club Mon Chez nous are awaiting an answer from the ministry

The Club Mon Chez Nous areeagerly awaiting a response from the Ministry of Sustainable Development, Environment and wildlife parks.

According to the president of the association, Robert Aubrey, the department must approve the engineer's plans for septic systems that should lead to a change in the lease.

The ministry had asked the campers of the Club Mon Chez Nous to dismantle all attachments fitted to trailers over the past few years.  A counter proposal by the association has been made ​​to the government.