Low Down to Hull and Back

Greenhouse gripes hit the stage

15 November 2017 - 3:23pm
While some of his past productions focused on local history, this time around, playwright John Hardie has a personal connection to ‘What’s Eating You?’. His latest play draws inspiration from anecdotes provided by his wife, who spent 25 plus years working at a greenhouse. “When you work at a local business like that, you inevitably […]

Separatist mayor? Rumours ain’t true

15 November 2017 - 3:13pm
La Pêche’s new mayor, Guillaume Lamoureux, wants to clear the air and make it known that he is 100 per cent not a separatist, despite recent speculation that has suggested otherwise. When asked about the validity of rumours of his involvement with the Parti Québécois, Lamoureux flatly denied the claims, stating that while he has […]

Best in class: Philemon Wright still best public school in the region

15 November 2017 - 2:43pm
Philemon Wright High School has retained its ranking as the top public high school in the region, even though it slipped 20 places down from last year. Masham’s Des Lacs High School climbed up the ranks, taking itself out of the bottom 10 per cent of schools in the province. According to data released by […]

Top 5 going forward

15 November 2017 - 2:37pm
The election results are crystal clear: Mayor Caryl Green won by a landslide and the majority of residents are on board with her program. This is a good thing for Chelsea: a close 50-50 split would have meant four more years of divisive arguing. The notion of a silent majority who want a complete overhaul […]

Forget about reforestation

15 November 2017 - 2:30pm
By Paul Hetzler “Squirrels have been criticized for hiding nuts in various places for future use and then forgetting the places. Well, squirrels do not bother with minor details like that. They have other things on their mind, such as hiding more nuts where they can’t find them.” Unfortunately, that succulent passage was penned in […]

It may become even more complicated

15 November 2017 - 2:17pm
The Editor, Regarding the letter ‘Bill 62 a huge error in judgement’ (Nov. 8 edition): The wearing of the niqab is a controversial issue within both Muslim and non-Muslim societies. The intention of my earlier letter was to address the implications of this practice for our bus drivers in adhering to Bill 62 when a […]

Letter in poor taste

15 November 2017 - 2:11pm
The Editor, Is it just me, or did David Beattie’s couplet (Nov. 8 edition) symbolize everything that was perverse about Chelsea’s elections? Innuendo, sarcasm, distortion, incivility, and just plain nastiness. Sorry, not funny. How do we expect good people to run for public office when the local media condone this kind of behaviour? Marilyn Stuart […]

Not just men who support Bill 62

15 November 2017 - 2:09pm
The Editor, In the Nov. 8 edition of the Low Down, Carol Faulkner named and, in my opinion, shamed three men who expressed their support of Bill 62. She did this by bringing attention to their sex and stating that “we too live in a male dominated culture.” Also, her condescending tone of “I would […]

La Pêche election shocker

9 November 2017 - 11:04am
By Nicole McCormick It’s hard to tell who is more surprised by the results of the La Pêche election, half of the area’s voters, Robert Bussière, or newly elected mayor Guillaume Lamoureux. “I thought I was going back to work today,” Lamoureux told the Low Down the morning after the election. The newcomer and virtually […]

Voters give mayor another ‘Green’ light

9 November 2017 - 10:58am
It’s a vote for trails, development, debt and an already well established path to move Chelsea forward. Incumbent Chelsea Mayor Caryl Green won the Nov. 5 election by a landslide taking 63 per cent of the vote against Tim Kehoe’s 25 per cent and Edmund Hétu’s 11 per cent. Those thinking the race would be […]

Province makes money available for flood victims

9 November 2017 - 10:49am
Gatineau Hills residents whose property suffered damage from the floods that wreaked havoc across the region Oct. 29 and 30 will be eligible to apply for money from the province. Minister Responsible for the Outaouais Stéphanie Vallée announced the General Financial Assistance Program for Real or Imminent Disasters at a press conference in Chelsea Nov. […]

Drivers need to follow rescue workers’ directions

9 November 2017 - 10:35am
The Editor, This is an open letter to Gatineau Hills citizens. We, your local fire and rescue crews, are honoured to serve our communities, our neighbours and visitors here in the Hills. I’m sure we can all agree that it’s been a difficult and trying few weeks on everyone, and we on the fire service […]

A short election history

9 November 2017 - 10:32am
The Editor, The lean machine of Caryl Green, Gave Timby Kehoe the old heave-ho. David Beattie Chelsea, Qc  

Kudos for stepping up

8 November 2017 - 5:47pm
The Editor, Sunday was truly a fine exercise in democracy in Quebec. Municipal elections have concluded, and our region featured a number of close races for many elected positions. Election campaigns always create debate, and sometimes the resulting discourse can venture into less congenial territory. With the election concluded, it is time now to come together […]

Merci Robert Bussiére

8 November 2017 - 5:45pm
The Editor, This is just a short note to say thank you to Robert Bussière for his dedication and enviable record of success over the past 20 years of local public service. You took over as mayor a community divided. Indeed, I recall it was as dysfunctional as any I could imagine…with Wakefield bearing the […]

Bill 62 a huge error in judgement

8 November 2017 - 5:43pm
The Editor, Three men who I know and respect, (John Trent, Mike Scapillato, and André Vallière) have recently written to the Low Down expressing considered support of Bill 62, Quebec legislation that requires women to remove their niqab for identification in order to deliver or receive various government services. Although much progress has been made […]

An Ill Wind

8 November 2017 - 5:42pm
By Paul Hetzler There are probably few warm fuzzy feelings toward recent high winds that knocked out hydro in the Outaouais and beyond. The saying “It’s an ill wind that blows no good” is meant to remind us that in the midst of adversity we often find hidden gifts. However, a good wind is sometimes […]

Didn’t see that coming

8 November 2017 - 5:38pm
Gobsmacked. Shocked. What other words are there to describe the ‘slap-your-forehead-in-disbelief’ reaction to the La Pêche election. No one saw it coming, not this paper, not Robert Bussière, not even the guy who won the election, Guillaume Lamoureux. It seemed a foregone conclusion that a Bussière, a 20-year veteran, would win easily against an unknown […]

State of Emergency status lifted for La Pêche

3 November 2017 - 7:27am
La Pêche  issued a press release Nov. 2 to say the state of emergency for the municipality due to heavy rains has been lifted. Roads have been reopened, with the exception of de la Montagne, which may take up to two weeks to fix. Other work to repair roads and culverts around the municipality is […]

Bully on the force? Grave allegations against fired MRC police second in command

1 November 2017 - 2:43pm
By Nicole McCormick After a series of break and enters in his Val-des-Monts neighbourhood, former MRC des Collines deputy police chief, Sylvain Tanguay, heard a noise outside of his home and emerged with his service gun, forcing it into the mouth of the potential ‘intruder’ and threatening to pull the trigger the next time he […]