Better management of PPJ needed

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Cottagers, campers and fishermen from outside the Pontiac made their way here
during the first long weekend of the summer season to enjoy our open spaces, clean air and water resources. We, as a region, have plenty to offer these part-time residents and tourists.

Cottagers, campers and fishermen from outside the Pontiac made their way here
during the first long weekend of the summer season to enjoy our open spaces, clean air and water resources. We, as a region, have plenty to offer these part-time residents and tourists.
In return for their leisure and pleasure, they leave us a portion of their disposable income to reinvest into the Pontiac. However, it is very disappointing that the one asset our MRC controls entirely in the tourism sector, the PPJ bike path, was found to be in neglect for the first long weekend of biking this year.
May 18 witnessed a storm that blew many trees across the PPJ. On one six kilometre section of the PPJ, seven trees were knocked down across the path. In order to clear these trees and continue on the path on a bike, one had to portage their bikes over or around them. It’s unacceptable in my view that such an asset that cost the taxpayers close to three million dollars wasn’t ready for tourists for the first long weekend of the biking season.
If we as a region want tourism to replace the forest industry as an economic driver, we need to up our game. We need to be both ready and welcoming when tourists come here. Knocked down trees that act as barrier, like on the PPJ path, provide neither a welcome nor enjoyment for tourists. As taxpayers, we deserve better management of this economic asset.

Todd Hoffman
CLARENDON