Poutines and pints

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by Anastasia Philopoulos on November 26, 2014

Yann Jodoin spent a year restoring the 101-year old building that boasts an impressive wood bar, oversized booths, and $3.75 pints. Anastasia Philopoulos photo

Yann Jodoin spent a year restoring the 101-year old building that boasts an impressive wood bar, oversized booths, and $3.75 pints.
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When Yann Jodoin was born in the tiny Quebec town of Howick, he was brought home to the pub – which is to say, the apartment above the bar that his parents owned.

When he was 16, Jodoin started bartending for his father, and when he was 18 he opened up a pub in Saint Martin with his brother.

“It’s in my blood. It’s natural for me to go back to it,” Jodoin said.

While Chelsea is the 37-year-old family man’s newest home, the pub remains a familiar one – an old favourite Jodoin can’t help but keep going back to.

On Nov. 27, Jodoin will open up Bistro Manchester, his take on the small town bar. “I’m not sure I would have opened up a place in Gatineau, or even Ottawa. It’s not what we’re about,” Jodoin said.

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$8 too much for a ride to Ottawa?

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by Tyler Dawson on November 26, 2014

Benoit Legros unveils the route map at Transcollines public consultation Nov.20. Tyer Dawson photo

Benoit Legros unveils the route map at Transcollines public consultation Nov.20.
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Many months before the Transcollines bus system is set to kick off, some of those who attended a public meeting to see what it’ll look like weren’t entirely impressed with pricing and route scheduling.

The new service will take people from Cantley, La Pêche, Chelsea, and Val-des-Monts to Gatineau, where they’ll hook up with the Rapibus system and then can head on to Ottawa. It should get people into the city a little more than 10 minutes faster than the current bus route.

Benoît Legros with Transcollines said the existing routes are staying the same in Cantley and Chelsea, but the frequency of trips will increase and new lines will be added.

“It’s going to be possible to go in town or come back from town in the middle of the day,” said Legros.

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Artists = cash

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Cuts are coming hard and fast across Quebec these days, yet artists in the Gatineau Hills say their economic value shouldn’t be underestimated. “For every dollar given to an artist or arts organization, the [MRC des Collines] gets $11 back. That’s something that’s been a fact for many years,” said Wakefield resident and co-founder of […]

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Wakefield mom shocked by crossbow hunter

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Gwen Smid recently got a taste of police work when she was forced to do most of the heavy lifting herself, proving to dismissive and uncooperative officers that illegal hunting was indeed happening within the village limits. The Wakefield woman says she was shocked by the flippant attitude a number of police officers took when […]

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Hwy 5 snafu: Mayor threatens to change sign himself

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  If the province won’t change the signs on Hwy 5, La Pêche Mayor Robert Bussière has said the municipality will do it itself. Municipal council decided to send a resolution to Stéphanie Vallée, the minister responsible for the Outaouais, and to the Ministry of Transport, asking them to accept modifications to the signs, at […]

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Whatever happened to Wakenet?

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    In the middle of building himself a house in Alcove, computer technician John Ryan couldn’t believe the fact that in this day and age, he couldn’t hook up to high speed internet. “I can get internet, but it’s cellular internet,” Ryan explained. “The problem with cellular internet is that it’s very expensive and […]

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Tiny St. Mike’s top in region

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By Tyler Dawson St. Michael’s High School in Low has schooled the competition. The high school has come out as the top academic public school in the Outauoais region in the Fraser Institute’s ranking of schools in the province. Debbie Picard, the principal of St. Michael’s, said it’s thanks to the hard work of teachers, […]

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Chelsea biologist calls BS on NCC’s wildlife plan

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In the span of just two weeks, Christopher Minnes has seen two bears, a buck, and a fox dead on the side of the highway. The hit list doesn’t even touch on the road kill he sees regularly: squirrels, cats, racoons, and skunks. “How is it that we can just keep going along thinking this […]

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Party times, they are a-changin’

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By Tyler Dawson My, how times have changed. Back in the day (well, not really that long ago, honestly) parties with young people consisted of bootlegged beer, stolen hard liquor, and a free basement while someone’s parents were out of town. Grad parties involved groups of people getting together in a field to get pie-eyed. […]

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Halloween party takes horrifying turn

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By Tyler Dawson Four. That’s the number of young women who were allegedly sexually assaulted at the Spookland party at Mont Cascades ski resort last weekend, which saw up to 1,000 partiers between the ages of 16 and 21 show up. Nine. That’s the number of people – six women and three men, all under the age […]

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