Council needs to chill

At this month’s MRC meeting on May 15, the subject of public cannabis consumption was broached, with an eye to the warmer weather and the various outdoor “activities” it might bring. Officials have consulted with local police since legalization took place last year and have agreed to make any bylaws…
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Obscene is probably the only word that captures the cruel absurdity of a situation that’s playing out in Pontiac and across the province. While the provincial power-brokers in Quebec City quibble about . . .
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Once again, an armada of boxy, yellow torpedoes will be making their way through the streets at dawn, transporting legions of young people to . . .
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Well, it’s that time of year again, and the countdown to the Shawville Fair is on. In just a few dozen hours, the gates will open and for just a moment, the fairgrounds will be the centre of . . .
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The Eardley-Masham road that connects the Municipality of Pontiac to Masham is still closed after this spring’s flooding, and it’s not shocking. If you’ve spent any amount of time on Quebec . . .
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Like the classic Joni Mitchell tune intones, people often take their most precious resouces for granted, and it’s only in their absense that their value is fully realized. This lesson has hit close to home for residents of this fair region over the past few months, as . . .
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The provincial government has taken its latest step towards becoming the most restrictive province when it comes to using legal cannabis. While the federal government plans to legalize . . .
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Last week it was discovered that the Pontiac Community Hospital (PCH) would likely experience an interruption to their obstetrical services at the end of this week, lasting approximately a month. The reason is that there just aren’t enough nurses available to adequately staff the department. Accor…
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Last week, the Quebec government finally decided to avoid the hypocrisy argument that has plagued its attempts at banning religious symbols by taking down the crucifix that has hung in the legislature since the 1930s. For years the cross was described as a “cultural” or “historical” artifact. An arg…
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The Coalition Avenir Quebec (CAQ) is still in the infancy of it’s first time leading the provincial government, and does it ever show. On June 17, the province revealed a revised map of the flood plains throughout the province, which was instantly panned. To top things off, the government recessed f…
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In the last couple of years, the refrain “Enemy of the People” has become a common one from those who wear their distrust of the media like a badge of honour. Even here in the Pontiac, THE EQUITY has been accused of publishing “fake news,” even though the claim couldn’t be backed up with proof. With…
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Residents of Allumettes Island and the Municipality of Pontiac had a chance to vent their frustrations about a lack of responsiveness in the wake of the floods that have pummelled the Pontiac over the last three years. The first meeting took place in the Municipality of Pontiac (MoP) with representa…
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While most people in this province were out enjoying the summer weather this past weekend, Quebec’s elected officials were busy debating two highly contentious bills during a marathon session that delayed the legislature’s summer recess. Bill 9, which would restructure Quebec’s immigration system, …
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Every year, staff members from English language newspapers throughout Quebec gather to celebrate the best local news of the year. The Quebec Community Newspaper Association hosts the awards gala each year that gives journalists a chance to pick each other’s brains and other staff members a chance to…
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While the water levels of the Ottawa River are creeping back to normal, those by the shore are not out of the woods yet. Many folks who have been hit by flooding are still waiting on insurance companies to process their claims before starting the hard process of cleaning up the mess that Mother Natu…
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The MRC Pontiac council of mayors recently passed a motion asking for an independent inquiry into Ottawa River dam management and its impact on the flooding in the region. The MRC council is responding to the requests of residents who have seen pictures on social media of low water levels at reservo…
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The local powers that be have decided that it’s in our county’s best interest to investigate whether the PPJ trail, which is currently designated as a cycling path, can accommodate ATVs in the summer months. A committee of five mayors was appointed to study the subject at the last MRC council meetin…
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Though there weren’t too many events left on the calendar, there is no way that you could characterize these past seven days as a slow news week. It makes choosing the topic for an editorial much more difficult. Should the column inches be used to lambaste the dolts in Fort Coulonge who recklessly…
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With the Pontiac facing its second 100-year flood in three years, many residents are wondering if this kind of flooding is going to be the new normal. The flood of 2017 brought with it water levels that hadn’t been seen in a generation. Roads washed away under the force of the water, residents were …
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It’s relatively common knowledge that many communities rely on the work of volunteers to keep local residents active and involved in local issues. From organizing local sports leagues to community dinners and caring for shut-ins, there is a lot of work that goes unpaid and unrecognized. For every v…
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The Pontiac Sorting Centre was hit with a $40,000 fine last week for non-compliance with provincial environmental regulations. The infractions ranged from storing asphalt shingles outside to failing to waterproof the sorting area with concrete slabs. But one infraction jumps out more than the rest: …
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On Feb. 8, Quebec City mosque shooter Alexandre Bissonnette was sentenced to life in prison without the eligibility for parole for 40 years. Quebec Superior Court Justice François Huot declared that any sentence of 50 years or more would be unconstitutional because it could be considered cruel and u…
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Last Tuesday, Nova Scotia’s Premier Stephen McNeil introduced new legislation that will make organ and tissue donations in the province automatic, a policy known as ‘presumed consent.’ Instead of filling out paperwork that comes with driver’s licenses or health cards, citizens will all be considered…
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While spring is usually a time of relative upheaval and disarray, from melting snowdrifts and rainstorms to the first flower shoots poking their heads out of the ground, this year’s transition has been especially tumultuous at THE EQUITY. The newsroom has been shuffled. This is the first edition of…
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Last week, former Attorney General Jody Wilson-Raybould testified that the Prime Minister and his minions exerted inappropriate pressure on her to intervene in a federal corruption case against the Montreal-based engineering firm SNC Lavalin. While disagreeing with Wilson-Raybould’s characterization…
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Business owners in the Municipality of Pontiac are venting their frustration after council announced a commercial property tax increase of at least 40 per cent this year. Because of the increase, some businesses will have to pay an additional $1,500 on their tax bill. Mayor Joanne Labadie tried to j…
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It would appear that Quebec’s government of the day is continuing its quest to solve problems that don’t exist. On Thursday, Coalition Avenir Quebec (CAQ) Immigration Minister Simon Jolin-Barrette tabled Bill 21, “An Act respecting the laicity of the State,” which would ban certain public servants …
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A couple of weeks ago, Pontiac MNA André Fortin rose in the Legislative Assembly to give an impassioned defence of recently fired CISSSO CEO Jean Hébert. It was a puzzling choice by the opposition health critic to target one of the least popular bureaucrats in the region. Keep in mind, Hébert was ap…