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CISSSO to bring in 92 new workers

22 March 2017 - 5:38pm
Long-term care homes in the Outaouais are about to get a much-needed influx of healthcare professionals to help tend to the region’s elderly citizens. At a press conference on March 20, the Centre Intégré de la santé et des services sociaux de l’Outaouais (CISSSO) announced that it would be creating 92 brand new positions for […]

Milk that weed

22 March 2017 - 5:32pm
There’s milkweed in them thar hills. About 100,000 kilograms of it. Louise Marchildon, the director general of the CLD des Collines-de-l’Outaouais, said the milkweed harvesting season for the fall of 2017 is going to escalate the growing local practice of picking milkweed from fields in the area. Milkweed harvesting is poised to become a bona […]

Parents play nice at park meet

22 March 2017 - 5:23pm
  Chelsea maybe known for its strong voices and passionate disagreements during public meetings, but according to one Chelseaite, the public consultation regarding the refurbishment of Radapaw Ridge Park was an example of constructive, open dialogue and common sense. Larrimac resident David Sachs told the Low Down he was very happy with the consultation and […]

Damn good job in one tough industry

22 March 2017 - 5:19pm
There are the days when pelting snow and freezing rain make driving your clunker down the highway a life-threatening adventure, but the story, like the weather, is breaking. There are the nights when council meetings go on for hours, and you stick it out, hoping someone will get on with it and wrap things up […]

In praise of a community anchor

22 March 2017 - 5:13pm
By F. Joan Garnett With the sale of Wakefield’s St Andrew’s United Church building, it is time to acknowledge the multi-faceted role that the church has played in our village. For many years, the United Church was the hub of Wakefield social activity. Besides serving a large congregation, it welcomed to its sanctuary and its […]

Who’s to blame?

22 March 2017 - 5:11pm
The Editor, Regarding the story ‘Personal Attack’ (March 15): Grown men having tantrums and taking their toys and going home because someone questioned their project? Hardly the response of an adult or an honest-to-god developer, which makes me think the man never had any intentions of doing this project in the first place. Was he […]

Show some respect and do your homework

22 March 2017 - 3:31pm
The Editor, I was among the Chelsea residents who wrote to the mayor and councillors welcoming a proposal for a senior’s residence, but lamenting the lack of public information and consultation on it. Leaving it all to the planning committee and glibly saying that the committee is “open to the public” is not acceptable, particularly […]

Councillor should resign

22 March 2017 - 3:28pm
The Editor, Chelsea has been robbed of a much-needed housing project for seniors because of one misguided councillor. Barbara Martin has used the need for consultation as an excuse, this after eight years of public consultations resulting in two policy documents, formally adopted by council, confirming the pressing need for seniors’ housing in Chelsea. Barbara […]

Loss of project a blow to the community

22 March 2017 - 3:25pm
The Editor, The recently reported seniors’ residence project wasn’t “controversial.” Councillors’ frustrations over losing a much-needed 30-unit project – because it was politicized – are far more understandable and valid than the opposing voices. The majority of councillors understood that the Alary project was a long sought-after enhancement to centre-village development. It had been identified […]

‘Seniorsgate’ – if you can’t take the heat…

22 March 2017 - 3:17pm
The Editor, Frustration and disappointment boiled over at the March 9 Chelsea council meeting because the proposed seniors’ housing project was a winner, and it was lost. All the boxes were ticked; it had the support of staff, the planning committee, and a clear majority of elected councillors, and yet it was still lost. I […]

A decade in the making

22 March 2017 - 3:14pm
The Editor, A new Policy and Action Plan for Families and Seniors was adopted unanimously at the March 9 Chelsea council meeting. This report combines the recommendations of two separate advisory committees, and draws on more than a decade of consultations that identified ‘housing’ as the number one priority for Chelsea. To ensure implementation of […]

Snares found close to village

15 March 2017 - 4:18pm
Steve Powers doesn’t even want to consider the consequences of what would have happened if his dog had discovered the snare traps only a couple of hundred metres from his Wakefield property. “If he got his head stuck in it, it would be fatal,” said Powers. “My dog would have died.” Powers was alerted to […]

‘Personal attack’: tempers flare over lost seniors’ project

15 March 2017 - 4:07pm
Chelsea councillor Barbara Martin described her fellow councillors’ behaviour as “utterly disgraceful,” saying they had launched a “personal attack” on her during the municipal council meeting of March 9. In an unusual step, each councillor and the mayor made passionate speeches about a highly controversial seniors’ development, which had purposely been left on the agenda […]

One lucky pup: dog survives a week alone in the wilderness

15 March 2017 - 3:55pm
For at least a week in the end of February and the beginning of March, a five-month-old Australian Shepherd mix puppy wandered the Gatineau Park. Lonely and frightened, the puppy wandered the woods in temperatures as low as -20 C and biting winds. She spooked at the sight of people, but hungrily took proffered food. […]

Tasting Notes

15 March 2017 - 3:42pm
Arctic Bay Still Here For Now (Nunavut), 2009: Harvested from core ice samples, this is an accessible water that lingers. Hints of Arctic moss, aurora borealis, and vastness. Purchase several cases for laying down, as supply predictions are grim due to impending meltage. Best paired with raw char dipped in soy sauce at the end […]

It’s not just about kitchens

15 March 2017 - 3:35pm
By David Stockwell What a spectacle at Chelsea council on March 9. There was shouting, accusations, bullying, and threats. And there were “alternative facts” lacing the comments of those from whom we expect more. There was even a challenge to Chelsea’s bilingual culture. Some, who dared to speak up, were berated and humiliated. All this […]

More consultations, less ‘blame’

15 March 2017 - 3:33pm
The Editor, I would suspect that there will be lots of comments relative to the Chelsea council meeting which I attended on March 9. While there is a whole book to be written about the “discussion” on the now defunct first seniors’ housing project, suffice to say that the way many council members behaved, especially […]

Citizens deserve common courtesy from councillors

15 March 2017 - 3:30pm
The Editor, The March 1 and 8 issues of the Low Down bewildered me as I failed to understand why Mr. Alary had chosen to withdraw from his plan to construct a seniors’ residence, particularly since I felt the questions raised were worthwhile and required an answer. I learned a council meeting was scheduled for […]

Seniors’ housing axed by developer

8 March 2017 - 3:16pm
In an unpredictable turn of events, a proposed $5 million seniors’ residence slated for Old Chelsea Road is no longer in the cards. Developer Jacques Alary told the Low Down his proposed seniors’ project is no longer going ahead, “because of Barbara Martin’s comments.” Alary said a letter Chelsea Councillor Barbara Martin had published in […]

Province dishes out $8M for health care

8 March 2017 - 3:01pm
The Centre Intégré de la santé et des services sociaux de l’Outaouais has just received a substantial chunk of change from the provincial government to create new spaces in health care facilities and more jobs for healthcare professionals in the region. On March 3, provincial ministers announced $7,852,285 to create a total of 99 new […]