Does transparency exist behind closed doors?

Added: Wed, 06/29/2016 - 10:07pm

The City of Ottawa defines transparency as conducting business in an
accessible, clear, and visible manner and having activities open to examination by
stakeholders. It’s a popular campaign buzzword that almost all candidates will claim they stand by in some form or other, but how does the term move from being simply a platform slogan to being put into action?  read more »

Was anyone really to blame?

Added: Wed, 06/15/2016 - 11:15pm

After the weekend of May 28, when the story of a young boy who climbed into a gorilla enclosure at the Cincinatti Zoo, ended with the gorilla shot by zoo staff to save the boy, the internet exploded with comments from people who were suddenly transformed into parenting specialists, psychics, animal psychologists and experts at running zoos. read more »

Give the lady a break!

Added: Wed, 06/01/2016 - 9:36pm

In an interview with the French read more »

Can ATV’s co-exist with pedestrians and cyclists?

Added: Wed, 05/18/2016 - 11:27pm

During April’s Council of Mayors meeting, a five-mayor committee was formed to look into the possibility of allowing ATVs to travel on both back roads and the shoulder of the PPJ trail; the group agreed to meet with stake holders in the issue such as the Pontiac Quad Club, the Ministry of Transport, the Sûreté du Quebec, and others to discuss the issue further. read more »

Celebrating the backbones of society

Added: Wed, 05/04/2016 - 11:26pm

This coming Sunday, May 8, people around the world will pay tribute to those we owe our very existence to – our mothers. Most people make a big deal out of Mother’s Day, as they should. Without them, where would we be? 
Mothers are the people who work in the background, occupying sometimes read more »

The Journal loves getting letters!

Added: Wed, 04/20/2016 - 8:47pm

Lately, I have been pleasantly surprised to receive more letters from the public to be printed in our “letters” section on page 5 of every issue. In fact, there have been instances where the letters had to be carried over to a second page, and sometimes to the next issue due to space constraints. This is the level of participation we like to see! read more »

Support local initiatives and reap benefits

Added: Fri, 04/08/2016 - 11:06am

In a recent edition of the Pontiac Journal (March 23, page 40), Pontiac Chamber of Commerce President Mireille Alary spoke about the problems the Chamber has been facing in terms of local business participation. In fact, they had to cancel a member’s general meeting earlier this year due to a lack of participants. read more »

A wise government decision

Added: Thu, 03/24/2016 - 12:10am

On February 29, Minister of Health Gaetan Barrette officially opened the new Maison de Naissance birthing centre in Gatineau in hopes of reducing the number of women going to Ontario to give birth (full story page 40). The new, larger facility will increase the number of midwives from 10 to 15 and consequently be able to increase the number of births they attend to 350 per year. read more »

Let them buses roll?

Added: Tue, 03/08/2016 - 11:02am

For the fifth time in less than a month, buses in the Renfrew County were
cancelled March 2; there were also county-wide cancellations February 15, 24, 25 and 29. Unsurprisingly, buses for the Western Quebec School Board (WQSB) were out as usual, but were cancelled on the 25th; this marks the first board-wide cancellation in years. CSHBO buses were also cancelled on the 25th. read more »

A heart-friendly community

Added: Wed, 02/24/2016 - 11:06pm

Every February, also known as Heart Month, a national campaign takes place to mobilize Canadians to rally together and raise awareness and funds for the prevention and treatment of heart disease and stroke. Today, heart disease and stroke take a life every seven minutes and 90% of Canadians have at least one risk factor.  read more »