School Tax 2017 – School board switching, an ethical move ?

Coeur des Vallées School Board Tax rate

The Coeur des Vallées school board 2017-2018 school tax bill rate is $0.31/$100 of valuation for Lac Gagnon property owners who pay their taxes to that board, up 7% from last year’s rate of $0.29/$100.

Western Quebec School Board Tax Rate

The tax rate at the Western Quebec board ( is $0.137/$100 of valuation. The difference between the two school boards is significant (230% more). For example, for a Lac Gagnon property valued at $250,000, it is $437.

For property owners who are able to do so, i.e. they have no school-aged children, there are very attractive financial reasons for switching. The Western Quebec School Board even has an on-line form for this purpose. In a letter included in this year’s tax bill, the Coeur des Vallées school board explained that it had to increase its rate because some 3,000 taxpayers have elected to change school boards. The rate gap can only be expected to increase.

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New Energy and Natural Resources Ministry Policies Allow Municipalities to Determine Their Mining-Incompatible Territories

In January 2017, the Quebec Energy and Natural Resources Ministry published its new mining sector policies in a document (French only) titled ‘’Pour assurer une cohabitation harmonieuse de l’activité minière avec les autres utilisations du territoire’’ .
Pour assurer une cohabitation harmonieuse de l’activité minière avec les autres utilisations du territoire (Ensuring harmonious cohabitation between mining and the other uses of the territory). You can also visit the English version of the government site for more information.
Municipalities are now able to withdraw certain parts of their territory from mining activities to prevent new mining rights on these areas. Existing rights, such as those for Lac à la Loutre, are considered to be grandfathered. Read More …

The municipality of Duhamel declared disaster zone

The municipality of Duhamel has been declared a disaster zone in the wake of the flooding caused by exceptionally high water on and around April 20th. Citizens who had to evacuate their principal residence are eligible for emergency disaster assistance. The municipality is eligible for financial assistance to repair damaged infrastructure such as the roadways. Read More …

Volunteers needed for a study on the presence of non-native plants in Lac Gagnon

The Municpality of Duhamel, in collaboration with the OBVRPNS* (Organisme de bassins versants des rivières Rouge, Petite Nation et Saumon), is planning to undertake a study to identify aquatic plants in lakes in our region, including Lac Gagnon, in order to prevent the introduction of invasive plants and maintain the water quality. Lac Gagnon will be evaluated between July 17 and August 8, 2017 over a seven-day period. Read More …

Tree Distribution – 2017

As part of the MFFP (Ministère des Forêts, de la Faune et des Parcs) “Mois de l’arbre et des forêts” , the Municipality Of Duhamel will make 2000 trees avaiable to its citizens at no charge on May 20 between 10:00 .am. and 3:30 p.m. at the municipal library located at 1899 rue Principale.

The MFFP cannot guarantee the tree species. Therefore, the Municipality will not be taking orders or reservations. The Municipality looks forward to seeing you on May 20th.
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Lake Level

(April 16, 2017) The water level, as measured on April 15th, is 20 cm higher than it has been in the past four years. (lake level). This trend seems to indicate the level will rise even higher. Rain is expected for the coming week which could increase even higher the level of water.

(April 19, 2017) Update: Today, the water level reached 172 cm. That is 42 cm higher than it has been in the past four years. The level is approaching dangerously the record level (200 cm) observed in 2008. Water flooding may occur at some places.

(April 20, 2017) Update: Today, the water level reached 175 cm.
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