• Mansfield is the next municipality to get a tax hike

  • The Joe Lance Band has relished their first album


  • No francophone magazines at the Metro in Mansfield


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Mansfield is the next municipality to get a tax hike

The Residents of Mansfield will see their municipal tax increase in 2015. This increase will be approximately 2% according to the Director-General of the municipality, Éric Rochon. That will even out to about $ 145 for the residents of the areas which will be affected by the treatment of biting insects. This tax hike follows the inflation average for the rest of Canada. 

The Joe Lance Band has relished their first album

The Joe lance band has relished their first album and according to front man Joe Lance from Rapides-des-Joachim the band is having difficulty defining what genera of country they are.

Their self title album is available at various locations in Renfrew County and the Pontiac

The Joe lance band is performing at an upcoming show at the best western on New Year’s Eve. 


Start the four lane expansion of Highway 17 from North Renfrew County and head east to meet the westward expansion near Cobden. That's the idea behind a resolution passed by Pembroke Council Tuesday night (Dec.16). The resolution states the Highway 17 corridor between Head, Clara and Maria and Whitewater Region serves over 10,000 civilian and uniformed personnel employed at Garrison Petawawa and Canadian Nuclear Laboratories, suggesting the area is in greater need of the expansion. It also asks the Ministry of Transportation initiate and expedite the process of assembling the right of way land for expansion from Petawawa to east of Pembroke. The resolution will be sent to Premier Kathleen Wynne and the Minister of Transportation Steven Del Duca among others. The Town of Petawawa passed a similar resolution back in mid November.


No francophone magazines at the Metro in Mansfield

For some time, more no francophone magazines are available at the Metro in Mansfield. Isabelle Nadeau, teacher at the elementary school Notre-Dame du Sacré-Coeur, finds it deplorable that francophones in the Pontiac have less access to Printed media. The problem is linked to the new distributor, Messageries Dynamiques, the company that distributes Quebecor magazines:

The situation is out of Metro’s Hands:

According to Mme. Nadeau, the Mansfield Metro is looking for a solution to this problem 


A 26 year old man is facing charges after a traffic stop on Pembroke Street East on Saturday (Dec.13). Police say the vehicle looked suspicious so they pulled it over. As a result, the 26 year old was charged with three counts of breach of probation and one count of possession of a schedule II substance.  



Remember to drive safe no matter where you are. That's from the OPP which has partnered with the Surete du Quebec and police services in New York, Vermont, Maine and New Hampshire for Safety Without Borders. Police are asking drivers to follow the laws-in-force when traveling outside their home territory, to drive courteously and increase their vigilance, given the increased numbers of drivers on the roads. According to Officer Kristina Rea there are 4 things the police are looking for.

Patrol officers will pay particular attention to speeding, failure to wear a seat belt, distracted driving and impaired driving. The OPP add that drivers can be part of solution by reporting dangerous and impaired driving when it is safe to do so. 


Operation Red Nose has been underway for the last 2 weekends

Operation Red Nose has been underway for the last 2 weekends. Over the last 3 years they have brought 2459 home safely through the help of 1614 volunteers. According Danielle Legault from Operation Red Nose Outaouais they can always use more volunteers.

Operation Red Nose Outaouais has taken over operations for the Ottawa operation red nose this year.

Operation Nez Rouge was started in 1984 in Quebec City by Jean-Marie De Koninck, who had two goals. He wanted to finance Université Laval's swimming team and he wanted to do something to fight driving under the influence. He knew that drivers leaving bars refused taxis to bring them home when intoxicated, not because of the cost, but because they wanted to have their own cars the next day. Thus came the idea to simply offer an escorting service. 

300 toy donations for the Pembroke Lumberkings and Eastway Collision

The Pembroke Lumberkings and Eastway Collision have received 300 toy donations during last Sundays. This was part of their Toys for tots Campaign. According to lumberkings operations manager Mary Ann Taman, better known as Mat, the fact that this was on redemption night where they would accept old unused tickets for any past lumber kings game was planned.

The Salvation Army will be distributing the toys. 

The Bryson 2015 budget foresee a tax increase of approximately 2%

This is what the mayor of the municipality, Alain Gagnon, said during an interview with CHIP 101.7:

Mr. Gagnon stated that in the last year, the municipal Council to makes every effort to reduce operating expenditures in addition to revaluate the cost of services offered to the residents.

For the future of its municipality, Mayor Gagnon, also spoke about wanting to update the water system:

Elected in November 2013, he said that what has been the most difficult for him has been tackling the records of the municipality and the MRC. 

We know now more about what awaits the education system in the Pontiac.

Diane Nault the President of the commission scolaire des Hauts-Bois-de - l'Outaouais favors a merger with the commission scolaire Portages-de-l'Outaouais,:

Mrs. Nault has made the announcement last Friday while it was already known that the commission scolaire des Portages-de-l'Outaouais was considering the option of 2 boards instead of the current 4 boards in the Outaouais region, a decision which would be beneficial for service to students and help employees:

The President of the commission scolaire des Hauts-Bois-de - l'Outaouais stressed that we must be vigilant so as not to lose our political autonomy in this important change announced by education Minister Yves Bolduc:

According to the commission scolaire des Hauts-Bois-de - l'Outaouais, a single commission for 47 thousand students would be too much to managed given the extent of the territory of the Outaouais.