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Father Costello criticised by French Imperative

DAVID TULLOCH Equity Reporter The Holy Name of St. Mary’s Catholic church in Quyon has come under fire from the French Imperative recently for not having catechism available in French. Fr. Michael Costello, who has been in the priesthood for more than 50 years, received a call from a couple inquiring about a French-language catechism …

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Water plant funding creates confusion

DAVID TULLOCH Equity Reporter Residents of the municipality of Pontiac (MoP) came out to a public council meeting last week to voice their dissent towards the recent decision to have the entire municipality reimburse money taken from the rolling fund to finish payments on the Quyon water treatment plant. In 2010, the municipality began the …

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St. Anne’s School swears in new student ministers

DAVID TULLOCH Equity Reporter In what was perhaps the most well-behaved session of Parliament in this nation’s history, 11 new ministers were sworn into office to preside over their riding – St. Anne’s School. Jocelyne Lance, Grade 5 and 6 teacher, runs the school’s Primary Parliament (Parlement au Primaire) program, a provincial initiative that seeks …

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Gingerbread house construction industry strong in Thorne

HAMISH McKILLOP Equity Reporter Generations stand strong in Ladysmith as evidenced by the level of family participation at the annual Children’s Christmas Party held at the Thorne Community Recreation Association (TCRA) last Sunday. Shawn Pulley came to the Christmas party as an 11- year-old in 1988. This year, he attended the Christmas party with his …

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CLSC program helps senior citizens stay autonomous

DAVID TULLOCH Equity Reporter Helping senior citizens retain their autonomy can be crucial in ensuring their overall physical and mental wellbeing. Participants in the CLSC’s Stand Up! course were awarded with certificates and a meal at the Norway Bay Golf Club last Thursday. Stephanie Bèrubé, a physical therapist who helped lead the program, feels that …

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Another blow to Pontiac

DAVID TULLOCH Equity Reporter With Bill 10 looming over the province like a spectre, some may feel that the Liberal government’s austerity measures couldn’t possibly cut any more funding. However, the recently-adopted fiscal pact for 2015 paints a very different picture. Rémi Bertrand, executive director of the MRC Pontiac, described the fiscal pact as having …

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