Demolition of the Deschênes Rapids Dam: Associations’ Reactions

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February 16, 2017 — Québec’s Ministry of Transport, Sustainable Mobility, and Electrification of Transport (MTMDET – Ministère des Transports, de la Mobilité durable et de l’Électrification des transports) announced on February 14, 2017 their decision to remove the structure of the old dam at the Deschênes Rapids, Aylmer sector of Gatineau, for safety reasons.  In a meeting with the local residents’ association and two associations committed to heritage preservation, the Ministry noted that the Gatineau City Council had examined the project in two meetings, in March 2015 and November 2016.  The estimated cost of the project is between one and five million dollars.  A preliminary decision to remove the dam was made in May 2014, followed by the two City Council presentations, but the meeting of February 14 2017 was the first public announcement of the project. Read More

South of Des Allumettières: Gatineau buys 2 lots in Aylmer for one dollar

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Last July 5, 2016, the Municipal Council accepted the donation of 2 lots covering an 18-hectare area south of Boulevard des Allumettières, in the Deschênes District, for ecological integrity.

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In red and blue are the two lots bought by Gatineau for one dollar. Photo: Ville de Gatineau

Richard Bégin: “With this acquisition, we are preserving this exceptional space for natural conservation purposes. Parc Champlain residents will be happy to learn that two lots, south of Boulevard des Allumettières, will henceforth be protected from any real-estate development. The resident association and myself inquired on this file on a regular basis, since the beginning of my mandate, in 2013.”

For more information, read this article from Aylmer Bulletin, July 13, 2016:

Gatineau buys 2 lots in Aylmer for one dollar

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