• Municipality of Pontiac school gets 6 class expansion

  • MRI Pembroke

  • Pontiac Journals 3rd annual readers choice award


  • Rapides-des-Joachims celebrated its 60th

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Municipality of Pontiac school gets 6 class expansion

Pontiac MNA André Fortin has announced an investment of $21.49 million for two projects, a 6 class room expansion of École Notre-Dame-de-la-Joie in the municipality of Pontiac and Gatineau construction of a primary school in Aylmer.

The financial assistance announced today has been granted under the measure titled Ajout d'espace pour la formation générale from the Ministry of Education, Higher Education and Research. Accompanied this year by a budget of over $400 million, this measure is part of the 2015-2025 Quebec Infrastructures Plan and will enable French and English school boards to carry out over 50 school construction and expansion projects as well as acquire buildings or equipment across Quebec. 

MRI Pembroke

A special 12,000 pound delivery was made to the Pembroke Regional Hospital on Tuesday (aug.13). PembrokeToday.ca.The MRI was delivered, and Vice-President of Patient Services Sabine Mersmann says it was quite exciting.

The MRI was lowered into the new MRI suite, which is now part of the hospital's diagnostic imaging department. Mersmann says they will soon start to take referrals.

The MRI campaign is not over yet, there is still $240,000 left to rise. Mersmann wants to thank everyone who has donated so far to make this project a reality, as the advanced technology will benefit patients from across the region. 

Pontiac Journals 3rd annual readers choice award

The 3rd addition of the Pontiac Journals Readers choice awards is on and accepting nominations. Among the new categories this year include, best soup, best new business and best notary.

Clarification on the nonprofit organization categories had to be giving, General manager of the Bilingual newspaper Lynne Lavery explains.

To discourage people from voting for the same business over and over again, the paper is offering an incentive for those who fill out the majority of the categories.

There are 33 categories this year to vote for. Fill out the form in the Pontiac Journal or go to www.pontiacjournal.com. Voting deadline is September 9th. 


A new recycling contract will begin in Deep River starting October 1. On Wednesday (Aug. 12), council approved a three year contract with Beaumen Waste Management Systems for $410,400, with an option of two extra years. The option will allow the town the opportunity to align both garbage and recycling contracts in October of 2018. Deep River's current recycling service is provided by Canadian Waste Management but they did not attend a mandatory site visit on July 28. 


Rapides-des-Joachims celebrated its 60th

Last Saturday Rapides-des-Joachims celebrated its 60th anniversary, with lots to do at the celebration, it was a good time for all. Ontario Power Generation which operates the hydro electric dam on that part of Ottawa River was open to the public for the first time in a long time, Director General of the municipality, Sylvain Bégin says that the tours went well.

Kids had fun with bouncy castles and water games organized by the Maison des Jeunes. The adults got to enjoy Joe Lance.

Over 200 people attended the celebration, a good turnout considering the population is only 131 people. 


The Reeve of Head, Clara and Maria does not want the provincial government to sell shares in Hydro One Networks. Jim Gibson says the sale of shares will spell bad news for rural Ontario.

He told Pembroketoday.ca that he is not alone in the thought that his township will not get the same service under private ownership as they do now under public ownership. According to a report from the county's Development and Property Committee, if 60% of the company's shares are sold, it will generate $9 billion in profit with the goal of lowering operating costs for customers. The report also includes the Association of Municipalities of Ontario's take on the possible sale. They stress the result of this initiative must be to drive down costs while continuing to invest in electrical system improvements. 


Municipalities want stringent standards for the protection of potable water

More than 250 municipalities of Québec, including Fort-Coulonge, have partnered to get stricter standards on protecting drinking water sources near oil or gas drilling sites.

These municipalities believe that the standards imposed by the Couillard Government are insufficient.

Municipalities want their standards to supersede provincial standards.

They will file a formal request to that effect on August 20th and meet with the Government in September. 


In the ongoing effort to four-lane Highway 17 through Renfrew County, the Development and Property Committee has developed a revised business case for the accelerated extension of the highway. Pembroketoday.ca reports that Warden Peter Emon says that although this is a slow moving process, this will allow the county to move forward.

Emon says the business case provides the rationale, data, information and analysis to demonstrate there is an urgent need to accelerate the continued extension. The case urges the government to allocate funding to continue the expansion from Scheel Drive to the Town of Renfrew and move forward with the tender process so it can realistically be completed in the next 10 years. 


Fire in Norway Bay

A fire completely destroyed a cottage and a shed on Cemetery Road in Norway Bay on Sunday afternoon. According to an article in this week’s Equity, neighbors called emergency services at 12:31 p.m. after noticing the flames. Smoke could be seen from as far away as the hospital in Shawville. Despite having 4 pumpers and tankers from the Shawville Clarendon Fire Fighters, the building still burnt to the ground. The fire was so powerful that it burned pines up to 30 meter away from the scorching cottage without wind. The Sûreté du Quebec is conducting an investigation. 

The candidate of the Bloc Québécois in the Pontiac is expected to be announced next week

Pontiac is one of 5 ridings in Quebec without a Bloc Québécois candidate. Well the Bloc confirmed by there is an official candidate to represent the party in the Pontiac. The party will make an official announcement later this week about who will be running.

Of the 78 Federal ridings in Quebec, 5 are without Bloc candidates.