Re: Warden Toller’s letter on forestry

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In her letter in the March 10 issue, Warden Toller fails to acknowledge the work previous wardens, Councils of Mayors and staff did to advance forestry files.

In her letter in the March 10 issue, Warden Toller fails to acknowledge the work previous wardens, Councils of Mayors and staff did to advance forestry files.
Following the closure of Smurfit Stone (2008), the MRC collaborated with community stakeholders to set a direction for the economic future of the Pontiac. This resulted in Vision 2020 (2009), which identified five main economic development areas to pursue; forestry was one.
Under Warden Mike McCrank, the MRC hired Pierre Vezina in 2011 as an industrial commissioner to pursue forestry files. He has extensive experience and is recognized and well respected as a forestry expert in Québec.
Under Warden Raymond Durocher, the MRC contracted Pierre Vezina as a forestry consultant to further pursue forestry files. He approached companies and examined the latest technologies as far away as Sweden and the United States. The MRC decided to pursue a Biomass Valorization Centre (CVB) at the Industrial Park in Litchfield in order to take advantage of, and solve the problem of excess pulp and biomass in the Pontiac.
Also during this time, the MRC created Fibre Pontiac, a non-profit corporation,
to apply for and secure grants to advance the CVB.
The efforts continued under Warden Toller. Pierre Vezina established, through National Research Council and Canmet Energy studies, that Renmatix has the latest and best “water based” technology. Rematix has visited the site and expressed interest in the Pontiac pending on-going studies. The availability of biomass, the cost of electricity and the value of the Canadian dollar work to our advantage.
Natural Resources Canada, the National Research Council and Canmet Energy have embarked on seven studies to establish the viability of the CVB and Biopark; three are complete, the fourth is almost done, and the last three will be done in 2021 and 2022. They plan to establish a demonstration project at the Pontiac Industrial Park.
The project was also recently featured in the world-renowned scientific Journal “Elsevier”; a definite feather in our cap. We’ve come a long way and studies are showing viability, but the journey isn’t over. The file is very well built. We have a strong base of information. Stay tuned!

Winston Sunstrum
MAYOR, L’ISLE-AUX-ALLUMETTES