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CHRIS LOWREY PONTIAC June 3, 2020 The president of the Pontiac Conservative riding association has floated the idea of nominating former Prime Minister Stephen Harper as interim leader of the federal Conservative Party. Richard Hofer made the suggestion in . . .
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Promutuel Insurance Vallée de l’Outaouais is proud to support the Services de Répit du Pontiac organization with a donation of $5,000 on May 11 to help ensure its residents’ comfort and safety. The donation marks the . . .
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CALEB NICKERSON SHAWVILLE June 1, 2020 On Friday, the muicipality of Shawville announced a boil water advisory would come into effect on June 1 at 7 a.m. and lasting for at least a week. Shawville councillor Bill McCleary explained that the town is doing some work on the springs that . . .
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Our condolences to Sheila Stacey of Chapeau, Que. and the Groulx family on the passing of Gilles Groulx Sr. on May 27. Gilles and Sheila often attended Saturday evening mass in Sheenboro. Birthday greetings and . . .
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I hope that everyone is doing well these days. I have felt my spirits rising as the province continues to lift restrictions for COVID-19 and we start to experience a little of what the new normal is like. On Saturday, our family . . .
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Our heartfelt sympathy, thoughts and prayers are with Mary-Theresa Kidd-Lindley (nee Berrigan) of Chapeau, Que. and family in the recent passing of her dearly loved husband Trevor Lindley. Our heartfelt sympathy, thoughts and . . .
The Parents' Voice

During this pandemic, being home with the kids and having nowhere we need to be has made me think we could actually get a pet and have the time to train it. I personally love the idea of adding a pet to the family. It may be to give your child a pet as a companion, as a responsibility or . . .
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It has finally cooled down to more livable weather. People are starting to circulate more and we are seeing activity again. They keep telling us to keep our distance and wash our hands. With the freedom to move around more and restrictions lifted I find that people are not paying as . . .
Chris Judd

On the third week of May 2020, there was an extreme heat wave in the Pontiac that chased people inside, left dogs panting and cows distressed with the heat. Scott put a picture up showing cows . . .
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CALEB NICKERSON CLARENDON May 24, 2020 Despite the distancing measures put in place over the past few months, one charitable group from the area managed to hold the second iteration of their fundraiser for the Kidney Foundation of Canada. Sand Bay resident Randy Russell, who spearheaded the region…
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DARIUS SHAHHEYDARI PONTIAC June 3 2020 With the COVID-19 restrictions easing up, some Pontiac eaterys have changed some of their measures of operation set in place at the beginning of the shutdown. Crystal Dubeau, owner of . . .
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CALEB NICKERSON PONTIAC June 3, 2020 Police are warning the public, especially seniors, to be wary of a variety of scams and online extortion techniques that have been going on during the pandemic. In a press release put out on May 25, they state that citizens should be wary of online ads for thin…
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CALEB NICKERSONPONTIAC June 3, 2020 Cannabis, stolen property uncovered in Mansfield Police say a tip led them to carry out searches on multiple properties in Mansfield on May 28 that turned up several stolen off-road vehicles and also a sizable amount of cannabis. Four properties on . . .
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DARIUS SHAHHEYDARI PONTIAC June 3 2020 Campgrounds in Pontiac were given the green light to reopen on June 1 under measures and restrictions set to help prevent the spread of COVID-19. Parc Leslie, a campground in Otter Lake, is not open to weekend campers this year to avoid as much . . .
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DARIUS SHAHHEYDARI PONTIAC June 3, 2020 Member of the National Assembly of Quebec André Fortin sees some flaws in the way the province is undergoing its deconfinement plan for COVID-19, as well as the lack of statistics provided at the regional level. Police have been unable to provide . . .
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DARIUS SHAHHEYDARI PONTIAC May 27 2020 The Western Quebec School Board (WQSB) provided an update on how elementary and secondary students will be evaluated this year, following a statement by Education minister Jean-François Roberge on the same topic on May 6. In a press release issued on May 19, W…
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I made a mistake in last week’s column. I stated that Shirley Baudette had passed away. Her name is Shirley Gaudette and her husband’s name was Allan Gaudette. My sincere apologies for the error. Wow, what beautiful summer like weather we are experiencing. Several boaters are taking advantage of th…
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Get well wishes go out to Frances Picard who is currently in the Shawville Hospital. Our condolences to the Stallworth and McCrea families on the passing of Joann McCrea on May 11. She was the daughter of Joe and Madelyn McCrea of Chapeau, Que. Our condolences and deepest sympathies to Mary Teresa …
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Our deepest condolences to the Brown and Rebertz families in the loss of Mina on May 21 at the age of 91 years. Mina was the wife of the late Lee Holt and the late Dalton Rebertz. She was the mother of Judy (Sid Stephens), late Brian (Margaret), late Dwight, Dennis (Sue), Leonard (Joan), Eric (Donna…
The Parents' Voice

The allure of water during the hot months we’ve awaited all winter for can be very exciting. Cooling off just feels so good, even for little ones. With little ones, the excitement of swimming may be hard for them to hold back on, whether the situation is safe or not. Rules are extremely important a…
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Chris Judd

Our leaders were informed that this COVID-19 was a world-wide pandemic. A world-wide clamp-down on all our activities was highly recommended and then enforced. There were a couple of countries that chose not to, but later when infections and deaths spiked in their country they changed their plan. Ma…
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CALEB NICKERSON CAMPBELL’S BAY May 19, 2020 On Tuesday, the municipality of Campbell’s Bay issued a non-consumption and purge notice for the town’s water, after a potential contamination occurred. Mayor Maurice Beauregard explained in an interview on May 21 that the town’s water technician had ope…
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DARIUS SHAHHEYDARI PONTIAC May 27 2020 Elementary schools in the region have adapted to abide by physical distancing requirements due to COVID-19. Dr. S.E. McDowell Elementary School taped up their classrooms into nine or less two-metre by two-metre squares where each student will work at. “It lo…
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CALEB NICKERSON CLARENDON May 23, 2020 The Pontiac Farmers’ Market is up and running for the season, but in a new location due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Coordinator Ron Hodgins said that the market wasn’t able to rent out the hall on the fairgrounds where they are usually situated, and had to resor…