Defending the indefensible

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…
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The best laid plans of mice and men go often awry – Robert Burns, Scottish poet (paraphrased) If there’s one
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It’s the start of a new year and there are plenty of new and exciting things to look forward to,
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Well that’s it, back to the salt mines. Another holiday season is in the books and now it’s back to
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In the first throne speech following the federal election, the government laid out their plans for the upcoming . .
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It seems like only yesterday that Canadians were up in arms about the issue of freedom of expression. All it
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The year is 90 per cent over and for many, this final season is more depressing than usual. The trees
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I set out with the intention of writing an editorial. I really did. Every week I have the (un)enviable position
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Last week, an audience of millions took in what passes for political discourse in our country, in two televised . . .
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Last week, youth from Fort Coulonge, Montreal and the rest of the world took to the streets to advocate for a more . . .
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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…