• 30th annual general meeting of the Western Quebec Literacy Council

  • Ontario is in municipal election mode

  • This Friday will be the Pontiac chamber of commerce Business Excellence awards

  • A new Mayor for Sheenboro

  • Two unrelated child porn and abuse arrests in the Valley

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30th annual general meeting of the Western Quebec Literacy Council


The Western Quebec Literacy Council had their 30th annual general meeting last weekend and executive director for the organization Marilee DeLombard says that one area that is growing within the Western Quebec Literacy Council is the use of computers as an educational tool.

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According to the president of the Western Quebec Literacy Council, Deb Powell, the organization is looking to fill one board seat with someone interested in literacy and the community.

This year 17 people attended the annual general meeting compared to the 18 who attended last year. 

Ontario is in municipal election mode


Ontario is in municipal election mode.

Each municipal has their own set of priorities and problems that should be dealt by the council. According to mayoral Candidate, Andy Thompson, from the town of Renfrew the number one issue is the roads.

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In Deep River advanced voting is being utilized as 922 residents have cast their votes by internet or telephone. According to town officials, it is the older, 50-plus demographic which has been voting early electronically. Their choice for Mayor is in between incumbent David Thompson or Joan Lougheed. Municipal elections In Ontario are on October 27th. 

This Friday will be the Pontiac chamber of commerce Business Excellence awards


The Pontiac chamber of commerce Business Excellence awards are being held this Friday.

Benjamin Younge spoke on behalf of Tom Orr Cartage Construction and said that the key to their success is safety.

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Tom Orr Cartage Construction was nominated in the medium business category. 

A new Mayor for Sheenboro


This weekend, Doris Ranger became the first female Mayor of Sheenboro.

Doris got 146 votes while Carole Nevills only had 57 votes. A total of 204 electorates showed up to vote on Sunday representing a voter turnout of 72%.

The director general of the municipality, Fernand Roy must wait four days before Doris Ranger can be officaly proclaimed as the mayor of Sheenboro. 

Two unrelated child porn and abuse arrests in the Valley


A Pembroke man has been charged with child sex offenses following an investigation by the OPP's Child Exploitation Unit, the Upper Ottawa Valley Detachment and the US Department of Homeland Security. 37-year-old Derek Clayton Joyce of Pembroke stands accused of one count each of possession of child pornography and of making arrangements or agreements to commit a sexual offence against a child.  

The raid this week at Joyce's home allegedly netted police electronic images of child sexual abuse. Joyce appears in Pembroke Court on November 4th. Meanwhile in a separate case, the search of a Petawawa home on Oct 16 has led to two charges of possession of child pornography and one of accessing child porn. 32-year-old Oliver Andre Larouche of Petawawa was taken into custody and is appearing in bail court in Pembroke. Police say they seized a computer and related equipment that allegedly contain images and movies of child sexual abuse. 

Mathieu Ravignat was keeping busy during his stay in the MRC


Member of Parliament for Pontiac, Mr. Ravignat, took the opportunity to speak with specialists in agricultural financing. One of the financers hopes that the acquisition of agricultural land will be ease: 

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Mr. Ravignat says that Thorn also could have great achievements economically: 

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Annual business ACHIEVEMENT awards this Friday


This Friday the Pontiac chambers of commerce are inviting people to get together and to celebrate their annual business ACHIEVEMENT awards. This year there was 10 categories.  Jane Taller has been nominated for the New Business Award. Her advice to for anyone trying to start a new business in the Pontiac is to make sure your business is fulfilling a need and emphasises the importance of hospitality.

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2014 BUSINESS ACHIEVEMENT AWARDS are taking place at Auberge Mont-Blanc in Portage-du-Fort with tickets costing 70$ 

Sheenboro Mayoral Election


On Sunday sheenboro will be going to the polls to elected the next mayor of the municipality.

The voters will have the choice between two candidates Dorris Ranger and Carole Nevills. The election will take place in between 10 AM and 8 PM on October 19 at the parish hall 57 Chemin de Sheenboro.

103 of the 285 Residents have already voted during last Sundays advanced polls representing 36.14 percent of the population. 

End to fire prevention week


Last week was fire prevention week. The Shawville-Clarendon Fire Chief Lee Laframboise speaks out about what he thinks is needed to prevent fires.


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The Shawville-Clarendon fire fighters protects 4000 residents and 140 square miles. 

Information session for seniors in Luskville


An information session on programs and services available for seniors will be held in Luskville next week. This is an ideal opportunity for those caring for a loved one to come together to find a way break the loneliness that can occur with the elderly. The information session is taken place from 1 PM to 3 PM at the Luskville community centre on Wednesday, October 29th. For more information, please contact the project manager, Tamy Boucher at 819-457-2121 Ext. 242. 
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