Low Down to Hull and Back

Seeing Red

1 hour 59 min ago
By Paul Hetzler We need to figure out how to get Amazon to deliver the weather. Whatever service Ma Nature contracts with seems to be falling down on the job. I don’t believe she intended to give us a record-setting wet summer; I just think the good weather probably got misplaced on a loading dock […]

Chelsea heading for trouble

2 hours 1 min ago
The Editor, Chelsea sits in the top five per cent of Quebec’s most indebted municipalities. Based on the $35,010,460 (debt at large, plus sectoral debt), the actual debt per taxpayer is $8,897 (Chelsea has 3,935 taxpaying properties). Considering the 6,900 residents in Chelsea, the debt amounts to $5,074 for each adult and child, or $20,295.96 […]

Switching tactics to gain control

2 hours 3 min ago
The Editor, Greg Marshall’s letter in the Low Down (Sept. 12) advocated for a change in the composition of Chelsea’s council. He based his plea on information that cannot stand scrutiny, being composed of mostly false allegations and half-truths, with the addition of one or two facts as a pretence to an objective assessment of […]

The devil is in the details

2 hours 5 min ago
The Editor, After reading Greg Marshall’s letter last week, it looks as though almost everyone in Chelsea who had been claiming the conversion of the railway corridor was going to be an environmental/financial/social catastrophe is now in favour. Great. I guess it’s never too late to rally to a cause that you previously condemned, especially […]

Man found hanged: provincial watchdog called in to investigate

13 September 2017 - 5:10pm
An independent police watchdog is investigating after a 29-year-old man who was being held in detention was found hanging by a blanket at the MRC des Collines Police station in Wakefield. According to the Bureau des enquêtes indépendantes, the incident took place around 9:30 a.m. Sept. 11. A BEI press release states the MRC officers […]

Wet weather didn’t dampen business

13 September 2017 - 5:09pm
Businesses across the Hills have proved to be a resilient bunch, telling a far brighter story than this year’s dreadful summer weather. With Environment Canada reporting July to be the wettest on record, and Hills folks seeing more wet weekends than dry ones, one would be mistaken for thinking local commerce suffered. The Low Down […]

PAF and the studio tour: a love story

13 September 2017 - 5:02pm
There’s nothing more beautiful than watching two local artists’ organizations fall in love. The Chelsea Wakefield Studio Tour is back in the Gatineau Hills for its 29th year, introducing art lovers to the people behind the canvas/marble/kiln, and this year, it’s shining a light on its new partners at the Place des Artistes de Farrellton. […]

For the birds

13 September 2017 - 4:59pm
Wild Turkey Number 1: Did you hear about the chickens on Stevenson Road? Wild Turkey Number 2: Nope. What about them? WT1: Apparently, we’re being blamed for some of them disappearing. WT2: You don’t say. WT1: Yup. Rumours are flying. We’re supposedly into chicken-napping. WT2: Chicken-napping? Is that a thing? WT1: It would seem so. […]

The economy of colour

13 September 2017 - 4:57pm
Paul Hetzler All of a sudden, it seems, harbingers of fall abound: honking geese are on the wing, back-to-school sales are in full swing, and the occasional spray of early fall colour greets us from roadsides and the water’s edge. The reason that some trees turn colour ahead of their compatriots has more to do […]

The conflict is over, but problems remain

13 September 2017 - 4:55pm
The Editor, We have read that residents are enjoying the rail corridor now that the tracks are going. I’m happy to see neighbours enjoying all that our community has to offer. Which makes this an opportunity for some clarity on the topic. A review of letters to the editor, articles, and questions at council show […]

Keep the rails – they get my vote

13 September 2017 - 4:37pm
The Editor, As the Hendrick’s Farm and Chelsea Creek housing developments proceed, Chelsea is fast becoming a ‘bedroom’ community. Households will be commuting to work. The Moose consortium is seeking to solve this; it needs the rails. It’s a municipal election year; the rails have my vote – at least from Chelsea to Gatineau and […]

Moving forward, beyond the growing pains

13 September 2017 - 4:36pm
The Editor, Since November 2013, Chelsea residents have had their share of ups and downs. The municipality’s growth has given the community a solid foundation to prosper, within its means. A new look for the centre-village, well equipped now with sewers and water to service residents, the community centre, schools, businesses, and new developments, should […]

History of food should be reviewed

13 September 2017 - 4:33pm
The Editor, Regarding ‘Where does it come from? Fairbairn explains food’ (Sept. 6 edition), this project should more aptly ask the question, ‘Where does “cultivated” food come from?’, referring thus to the European ‘settlers’ in the Hills. After all, it cannot be denied that earlier Aboriginal peoples did, in fact, eat, and had been eating […]

New beds for Masham seniors’ care centre

6 September 2017 - 4:04pm
Masham’s long-term seniors’ care facility is gaining 24 beds in a brand new $5.4 million expansion. The Centre d’hébergement et de soins de longue durée (CHSLD) is located above the CLSC in Masham. It currently has 32 beds for seniors with diminishing autonomy and the expansion will increase that number to 56. The announcement was […]

Fire claims livestock in Low

6 September 2017 - 3:59pm
Tom Townsend woke up on Sept. 4 to a “boom.” Still half asleep at 4 a.m. and in a daze, he quickly realized the orange glow outside of the window was a signal to get his family out of the house. “I ran upstairs yelling…waking everyone up as best I could,” said Townsend. As his […]

Wading into the spin-offs from weed

6 September 2017 - 3:44pm
Don’t be fooled by Chelsea’s newest business – just because the soon-to-be hanging sign outside reads ‘Northbud’ doesn’t mean you can stop by to fill up your medical marijuana prescription, or, come July 1, bring home some weed for your dinner party guests. Northbud Capital Holdings is a cannabis investment company and the latest venture […]

Happy trail to us

6 September 2017 - 3:31pm
The Editor, I have just returned from a run on our new community trail. As a member of a Cascades Club competitive dragon boat team for the past eight years, I have made that run along the tracks to the waterfront two, three, or four times a week during our summer season. Well, it was […]

Making social media productive

6 September 2017 - 3:29pm
The Editor, Having witnessed the behaviour of people on Facebook, if these thoughts were considered it may lead to more constructive dialogue. The following is counterproductive to enlightening discussions: forcing people to take one side or another; not being friends with someone because they disagree with you; offering an opinion without substantial thinking or facts; […]

Calculating the costs – revisited

6 September 2017 - 3:25pm
The Editor, How I wish our “water woes” were in fact “fixed”, as your headline (Aug. 30) implied. Part of the problem is indeed fixed by the new table defining the “units” which determine tax bills for the capital costs of the water and sewer system. This is very welcome. But two significant problems remain. […]

Not just for breakfast any more

6 September 2017 - 3:19pm
By Paul Hetzler “Never eat anything bigger than your head.” So goes Bernard Kliban’s nugget of wisdom. Certainly, you should not eat anything that big without chewing it first. But if you like mushrooms, you can find wild ones that are, in fact, much larger than your head. The giant puffball, Calvatia gigantea, appears in […]