Low Down to Hull and Back


26 July 2017 - 3:36pm
Cantley among Canada’s best places to raise kids With childcare costs of $179 per month and a family median income of just over $100,000, Cantley rates ninth in Canada in MoneySense magazine’s best places to raise children in 2017. While Vancouver and Toronto are nowhere to be found in the top 100, eight places in […]

Consensus reached

26 July 2017 - 3:32pm
R2T study: majority concerned about impact of trail  Whether residents are for or against Chelsea’s proposed community trail, 75 per cent of those who took part in the recent social impact study said that quality of life and the impact on people living next to the tracks are significant concerns. And according to the firm […]

Sun’s out, buns out

26 July 2017 - 3:22pm
The hottest months of the year are here, which can only mean one thing: sun’s out, buns out. Chelsea business Soulstice Swim just celebrated its second anniversary as a swimwear company for girls and women in their mid-teens to mid-20s. They’re trading in swim fashions that are still rare in this part of the world: […]

User pay principal – it’s the fair thing to do

26 July 2017 - 3:18pm
By Barbara Martin Last November, Chelsea council adopted an interim tax regime to pay the debt for the water and sewer system. It was made clear that the regime would be revised and tax bills would be adjusted retroactive to January 1. As we are past the halfway point in the taxation year, it’s time […]

A matter of time

26 July 2017 - 3:13pm
The idea of a time capsule is both intriguing and creepy. Intriguing, because you wonder what future generations will think of the current generation when they crack open the case. Creepy, because we’ll all be worm food by the time that happens. The Youth Welfare Association of Rupert is putting together a capsule created out […]

Setting a bad example

26 July 2017 - 3:07pm
The Editor, The letter ‘Media Ban an example of tyranny’ (July 19 edition), Mayor Green is compared to “the likes of Trump, Putin and other tyrants…” As much as I disagree with the media ban at a public meeting, I find that this new escalade in the rhetoric around the R2T debate is troubling (and […]

Mayor erred in banning media

26 July 2017 - 2:47pm
The Editor, Regardless of where you stand on the Rails to Trails issue, Mayor Green errs when excluding the media from a public consultation (‘Media got the boot at citizens’ request’, July 19). The media is the public and excluding the media is denying the citizens of Chelsea a basic right, as enshrined in the […]

Righting an injustice? Or just greedy?

26 July 2017 - 2:45pm
The Editor, Re: ‘Cop taking MRC to court’ (July 19 edition), the perspective of a litigator, in this case Mr. Pepper, makes this article less of a human interest story than a tale of revenge (‘We are going to hammer them’), the climax being the pot of gold at the end. We have recently read […]

Weird indeed on the trail

26 July 2017 - 2:40pm
The Editor, In reading Richard D. French’s letter to the editor (July 12 edition), and specifically his quote of Hannah Arendt and reference to human rights, Hunter S. Thompson’s words came lyrically to me: ‘When the going gets weird, the weird turn pro’. Like you, Mr. French, I suffer from the oppression of the tyranny […]

Built for beauty, not speed

26 July 2017 - 2:37pm
The Editor, It’s a Toonerville Trolley fantasy to propose a commuter rail line between Wakefield and Gatineau along the existing abandoned corridor (Valley Voices July, 19). Right now, a public transit bus can take you from Wakefield to Gatineau in less than 35 minutes. How can you beat that on a rail line full of […]

Cop taking MRC to court

19 July 2017 - 4:32pm
Former senior Hills cop Sylvain Tanguay, who was fired in June, is suing the MRC des Collines-de-l’Outaouais for “millions of dollars” in damages, claiming he was unlawfully let go, according to the law firm representing him. Pepper and Associates partner John T. Pepper Jr told the Low Down a motion was filed at the Gatineau […]

Seniors transport service to be axed

19 July 2017 - 4:19pm
For Marie Sloan, medical and emotional support may become inaccessible. The 71-year-old Val-des-Monts resident often needs to visit Wakefield and Masham for medical appointments for her 76-year-old husband and for support group meetings for herself. She doesn’t like to drive very far on her own, and she can’t leave her husband by himself – a […]

Growing pains for Mont Cascades

19 July 2017 - 4:04pm
Mont Cascades owner Rick Hunter promised that any new development to his Cantley ski hill would not resemble a mini-Mont Tremblant, telling the audience several times during a July 13 public consultation, “no-one loves the Hills more than me.” The Ottawa-based businessman and former La Pêche resident reiterated his plan to grow his business “incrementally” […]

And the seniors on the bus…get off

19 July 2017 - 4:01pm
Get out of the car. Hop on your bicycle. Lace up those hiking boots. And if you’re a senior looking to get to a medical appointment, give Transcollines a call. No, wait. Don’t. Because the Ministère des Transports, de la Mobilité durable et de l’Électrification announced that it will no longer compensate volunteer drivers for […]

The rails are ours – not just Chelsea’s

19 July 2017 - 3:57pm
By Denise Giroux Rails-to-trails advocates point to other trails, like the ‘Petit train du nord’ in the Laurentians, as proof of the wisdom of their view. Some councillors and Chelsea’s mayor rely upon the forever-loss of the steam train to suggest the rails are little more than a nuisance and to support their “need” to […]

Setting the facts straight on cheating

19 July 2017 - 3:54pm
The Editor, In response to the letter to the Low Down entitled ‘Reader witnesses bullying behaviour at R2T meeting’ (July 12 edition), we’d like to clarify a few things about the public meeting that was part of the social impact study for the rail conversion. Tim Kehoe’s wife was caught cheating during the exercise and, […]

Calling out the bullies

19 July 2017 - 3:52pm
The Editor, I feel the need to respond to a letter published in the Low Down: ‘Reader witnesses bullying behaviour at R2T meeting’ (July 12 edition). How appalling that the author would choose to attack my wife, Tammy Scott, in such a vicious, personal way. I won’t even begin to address the multiple lies in […]

Media got the boot at residents’ request

19 July 2017 - 3:40pm
The Editor, I would like to explain the municipality’s decision to limit access to members of the press during the recent social impact consultations. The organizing committee, composed of staff from the Communications department, the Recreation, Sports, Culture and Community Life department, and the consultants from BC2 Group, received several requests from residents asking that […]

Media ban an example of tyranny

19 July 2017 - 3:38pm
The Editor, I attended the R2T consultation meeting July 6 at Farm Point. I did not realize until reading the following week’s Low Down that the mayor had banned the news media from the meeting. Why? Supposedly a few people wanted their views to remain confidential. A meeting attended by a few hundred people, with […]

Transparency and ‘hyper local’ shared message about trail

19 July 2017 - 3:37pm
The Editor, I am pleased, and so are many other residents I spoke with, that our municipality has finally undertaken public consultations on the controversial community trail project and that it recognized publicly in a communiqué that doing so proved to be “extremely positive and constructive”. Why it was not done before is still something […]