• Financial assistance for flood victims

  • Connexion Fibre Picanoc Applies for Financial Assistance

  • A Poetry Night evening full of emotion

  • Stephen Sondheim’s Broadway show Into the Woods is coming to the Theater Wakefeild


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Financial assistance for flood victims

Financial assistance will be distributed to the flood victims following the waters that have raged throughout Quebec, including here in the Pontiac.  

An information evening will be held on Wednesday, April 26 at the Luskville Community Center. The information session in English will take place at 6pm, and in French at 7:30pm.  

The municipality of Pontiac declared a state of emergency last Friday following the floods. 

Connexion Fibre Picanoc Applies for Financial Assistance

A press release issued last week indicated that Connexion Fibre Picanoc filed applications for financial assistance for the "Québec Branché" and "Branché pour Innover" programs last Friday morning for a total of $ 10 million.  

The objective behind these applications are to connect approximately 5,000 residences in the Pontiac and the Gatineau Valley with high-speed Internet.  

Also in this release, the Wardens of the two MRCs affected by these applications, Raymond Durocher and Michel Merleau, stated that they created Connexion Fibre Picanoc with the School Boards in 2006 and that the company now serves about 2,000 customers. They add that the company's infrastructure is no longer able to serve the desired customer base.  

The purpose of this application is creating fibre optic connections for homes that have limited access to an internet connection. 

A Poetry Night evening full of emotion

Last Saturday night, a poetry evening at the Cultural George Bryson House was held. The evening's theme was the fantastic with 11 poets who presented themselves in front of a crowded room during the lively evening full of emotion.  

James Azola of Grand-Calumet Island was the musical entertainment of the evening.  

One of the organizers and host, Louis Harvey, was pleased with the event.  He is already thinking about the next edition, which will be the 10th anniversary of the event. 

Stephen Sondheim’s Broadway show Into the Woods is coming to the Theater Wakefeild

The theatre troupe at the Theatre Wakefield is no stranger to challenging productions. On the eve of Theatre Wakefield’s 15th anniversary, the troop has decided to put on their most ambitious play to date; Stephen Sondheim’s Into the Woods. According to the Producer for the Theatre Wakefield production Jeffrey Ferguson, the directors of the troupe have wanted to put on this show for a long time:

Into the Woods will be at the Wakefield Centre on Friday, April 28th at 7pm; Saturday, April 29th at 1pm and 7pm; Friday, May 5th at 7pm; Saturday, May 6th at 1pm and 7pm; Tickets are 23$ and can be purchased online at theatrewakefield.ca or in person at the Wakefield Centre during their hours of operation. 


Crime Stoppers and the Renfrew Detachment of the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) need your help to solve a theft from a business in Arnprior.  

On Wednesday March 22, 2017 at noon two women entered the Home Hardware in Arnprior. The two females were seen placing various items from the store into their baby carriage that did not have any infant inside.  Three toilet seats, one bathroom fan, and one register cover were stolen. Prior to the exit, one of the females distracted the clerk while the other one made the exit. Both were seen entering a dark coloured newer SUV leaving the location.   

The women are described as females approximately thirty years of age, Asian, 160 cm (5' 2") in height. They were wearing black winter jackets with fur around their hoods, black and white died hair tied in a bun at the back of their heads.       

Crime Stoppers Pembroke/Renfrew County believes that someone may have information that could assist police in solving this crime. If you have information on any criminal offence that results in charges being laid, you qualify for an award of up to $2,000.00. Call Pembroke/Renfrew County Crime Stoppers at 735-8477 or toll free at 1-800-222-8477. You could help solve a crime. All tips remain anonymous and you will not have to attend court. Crime Stoppers does not subscribe to call display. The telephones are answered 24 hours a day.  Please visit the website www.valleytips.ca.  

Waterway levels monitored closely

The status of the rivers in the area, including the Ottawa River and the Coulonge River, are being  closely monitored by the authorities. So far residents have been struggling with flooding in their basements. In the Municipality of Pontiac, several municipal staff members and Mayor Roger Larose are monitoring the situation. Firefighters have been going door to door on rue Waterfront, Dion and Creek yesterday to evacuate residents. Other operations are expected to take place today.  

For more details on this subject, please consult the Ottawa River regulation Planning Boards website at ottawariver.ca 

James Shea says the WQSB not in competition with French school boards

There has been a lot of perceived tension as of late between the Western Quebec School Board and their French counterparts. The Chairmen of the Western Quebec school board James Shea explains that the WQSB is not in competition with the French school boards:

Mr. Shea also stated that in the end the amount of money the school board receives does not change.

The full interview with the Chairmen of the Western Quebec School Board James Shea is available on chipfm.com under the audio section 

Public meeting of the Amalgamation Committee May 25

The Amalgamation Committee has confirmed the organization of a meeting this spring to answer various questions that residence have regarding a municipal merger between Mansfield and Fort-Coulonge . This meeting will be held at the Pontiac Conference Center on Thursday, May 25th.  

One of the objectives of the meeting will be to raise awareness of the what’s at stake and to transmit the information that the committee considers relevant for decisions to be taken by residents in November’s municipal elections.  

More details on this information evening will be available in the coming weeks.  

The committee submitted an application for a study analyzing the possibility of an amalgamation between Mansfield and Fort-Coulonge. The municipality of Mansfield has already quashed the possibility of this study a few times, as mentioned in a press release issued last February. 

The MRC Council revises its donation and sponsorship policy

Organizations applying for donations or sponsorships to the MRC will now have to complete an application form and comply with the new transparency requirements.  

The Economic Development Branch will receive and review all applications and make recommendations to Council for approval.  

The objective of this review of the MRC’s donation and sponsorship policy is to make the process more transparent. 

Pontiac MRC seeks development commissioner

The MRC Pontiac is seeking someone  to fill the position of Development Commissioner. You can consult the MRC website to get all the details related to this job. Potential candidates who wish to apply have until May 5 to do so.