• Current crop insurance insufficient


  • The Green Party Selects a Candidate

  • EntourElle is celebrating international day of women

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Police are on the lookout for a man missing from the Pontiac. 41 year old Sylvain Thibault hasn't been seen since February 13th in Otter Lake. He's described as five foot 8, weighing about 221 pounds with black hair and blue eyes. Anyone who knows of his whereabouts is asked to call the Sûreté du Québec.


Current crop insurance insufficient

An early crop frost devastated the immature grain crops across the Pontiac last September. In some places in the region the temperature fell to -4 for eleven hours. After dismissal, yield farmers discovered that that their crop insurance taken out through la Financiere Agricole Du Quebec did not adequately cover their losses. Mr Val Tassel Vice President of the Fédération des producteurs de cultures commerciales du Québec says that the problem with the current insurance is how they calculate the losses and the percentage that is removed from the amount farmers would get.

Mr Val Tassel said that the FPCCQ is trying to talk to la Financière Agricole Du Quebec to get him to improve the insurance.

For the full interview with MR Val Tassel Vice President of the Fédération des producteurs de cultures commerciales du Québec, go to chipfm.com in the audio section. 


Several municipalities in Renfrew County are cashing in on the Ontario Community Infrastructure Fund. The Ontario government announced grants for projects across the province on Wednesday, including five in the Ottawa Valley. Arnprior is being awarded $450 000 to replace a combined sewer/storm main with separated mains. The new mains are expected to reduce contamination in the river ways. Bonnechere Valley Township is being given $1.7 million to make upgrades to sections of Highway 41. The Township of Killaloe, Hagarty and Richards will receive up to $267 000 toward road upgrades which will reduce road congestion. In Renfrew, council will receive just under $2 million to reconstruct a section of Highway 60 in town. Improvements to existing sidewalks are also part of the project. Finally, the County of Renfrew will receive up to $1.2 million for the reconstruction and resurfacing of a section of County Road 19. That project is expected to increase pedestrian and bike safety.     


The Green Party Selects a Candidate

With Elections being held in a few months and the majority of the candidates were chosen by the Major and minor parties in the electoral district of Pontiac.

The Green Party of Canada is the latest of the Big five to choose a candidate. Colin Griffiths was chosen by the members of the Party on February 12th.

He has a background in computer science and since his retirement, he has been involved in several projects and volunteer initiatives including being member of the Board of Directors for a charity.

Will Amos will represent liberal conservatives are represented by Woodman Benjamin and now Colin Griffiths for the green party. MP Mathieu Ravignat will be running for reelection represent under the NDP banner. 

EntourElle is celebrating international day of women

EntourElle will celebrate in its own way international women's day on 8 March.

For the occasion, several beauty and relaxation treatments will be given to women who are interested.

Kim Laroche, speaking for EntourElle :

Kim Laroche says that EntourElle offers a wide range of services for women in the region,:

The complete interview is found on our website at the www.CHIPFM.com in the french audio section. 


A house fire on Dombroskie Road in Whitewater Township has taken a life. The deceased has been identified as 57-year-old Karen Dombroskie. She lived alone in the home and a post mortem examination has been ordered.

Fire Chief Wayne Heubner explains that it may be several days before an official announcement on how the fire may have started but police do not suspect foul play. He says that the OPP and Ontario Fire Marshall's Office investigators are on the scene - working with Whitewater crews to determine exactly what happened. 


Author Tristan Demers was in Mansfield

Author and cartoonist Tristan Demers was in Mansfield last Monday to share his passion for drawing.

The author took the time to give some workshops on his art to different students from École secondaire Sieur de Coulonge and he was also there to boost interest in his profession:

Mr. Demers will also be at the book fair of the Outaouais region which will be held at the palais des Congrès de Gatineau from February 26 to March 1:

Tristan Demers is known for having created the comic Gargouille which he created at the age of ten. 


ALLUMETTE ISLAND’s first Polar Bear Plunge will be held on Saturday, February 28th at 10:00AM.  This event is a fundraising activity organized by the Winter Carnival committee for the benefit of the Heart & Stroke Foundation of Canada.

This is the first edition of the event and according to Brittany Morin from the Winter Carnival committee there are plenty of safety precautions taken for sake of the polar plungers.

For a minimum donation of $50, participants will put on their bathing suits and take a plunge into a freezing cold water of the Ottawa River for a very good cause. 


The town of Petawawa is clarifying its request made to residents earlier this week, which asked people to leave their cold water taps running at a trickle until further notice to prevent pipes from freezing. The town issued a correction this morning, saying that it's important to note that this order was for people on town water only, and does not apply to residents on a well system. Officials are advising people who are on septic systems to DIVERT water streams so as not to fill septic systems. This can be done using a garden hose, directed away from the home's foundation. Meanwhile those on town water should continue to run their cold water taps as directed. 


Mansfield Fort-Coulonge 2015 carnival starts tonight

Tonight is the start of the Mansfield Fort – Coulonge 2015 carnival. According to Veronique Lamoureux Vice President of the carnival planning committee, the first event will be a talent show to choose the queen of the carnival.

The Queen will then be crowned on Friday and there is a two dollar entry fee. Although some of the events have a fee, Veronique Lamoureux told CHIP that it’s all going to a good cause.

One of the highlight of this year's events will be the Sunday hockey game of one of the areas oldest teams against the Ottawa Senators Alumni at the Fort – Coulonge arena on March 1.