Low Down to Hull and Back

Paramedics heading out on strike

8 March 2017 - 2:58pm
The Fraternité des paramédics de l’Outaouais has officially decided to go on strike. According to a press release from the Fédération des employés du préhospitalier du Québec (FPHQ), of which the Outaouais paramedics union is a member, all FPHQ members across the province will be striking as of 12:01 a.m. on March 9. The release […]

Chelsea gets character from people, not buildings

8 March 2017 - 2:54pm
The Editor, Regarding the Padden lofts project, I find it curious when people who want to preserve the “charm” of Chelsea pay more attention to older buildings than older people. I think a community primarily gets its character from the people who live there, and so I’d like not to force aging community members out […]

Dialogue important for growth

8 March 2017 - 2:50pm
The Editor, It is most disappointing that the proponent for the seniors’ housing project on Old Chelsea Road has decided to withdraw his project. His project was warmly welcomed, but there were questions that needed answering and some adjustments needed. Given what we have learned from this experience, it is even more important for Chelsea […]

Calling all authorities

8 March 2017 - 2:47pm
The Editor, Reference is made to recent articles in the Low Down by André Fortin, MNA, and the former Pontiac MNA, Charlotte l’Écuyer, who stated that, “the reorganization of the healthcare network undertaken in 2015 is not working out.” The latest article says that ClSSSO representatives state there are many needs. It appears to me […]

Lost opportunity for Chelsea seniors

8 March 2017 - 2:40pm
The Editor, There was a project on the table submitted by Jacques Alary to build 30 apartments for seniors on Old Chelsea Road. This project was recommended by the Planning and Sustainable Development Advisory Committee. I know that this type of accommodation is not for every senior (an apartment without a full kitchen) but it […]

I’ll take the hot plate

8 March 2017 - 2:37pm
An infrastructure project is once again stirring up the heat in Chelsea. This time, it’s all about hot plates. Long-time builder Jacques Alary put forward plans to create a multi-purpose development in Chelsea that would have included reasonably priced apartments for seniors, among other things. He’d been noodling on this idea for quite a while, […]

Condos instead of seniors’ housing in Chelsea

8 March 2017 - 2:31pm
By Jacques Alary In response to the letter from Councillor Barbara Martin (March 1 edition), I wish to clarify some of the information provided that we consider incomplete. As part of her councillor’s duties, Ms Martin requested that we provide her with information to help council at its working session held on Feb. 27. The […]

Anguished mom feels let down by police

1 March 2017 - 3:30pm
A Wakefield mother whose 18-year-old daughter went missing Jan. 27 is frustrated with what she feels is a lack of action by the authorities. On top of the anguish and despair caused by the disappearance of her daughter, Anouk-Michelle Grégoire said she’s had to take on the challenge of trying to get the Ottawa, Gatineau, […]

CISSSO unveils four-year public health plan

1 March 2017 - 3:22pm
The Centre Intégré de la santé et des services sociaux de l’Outaouais has unveiled a plan of action for the next four years in the region, but not everyone is convinced that it can bring the regional health system up to snuff. The 150-page document was rolled out to the public on Feb. 22, and […]

Top cop suspended

1 March 2017 - 3:19pm
A police officer with the MRC des Collines has been suspended with pay for a week. Sylvain Tanguay, chief inspector for the Criminal Investigations Division and assistant director for public security, has been forbidden from returning to the police station on Edelweiss Road until an internal investigation has been completed. According to Robert Bussière, prefect […]

Where’s the beef? Ask your local dealer

1 March 2017 - 2:36pm
Dateline: somewhere in a dark alley … no, wait, somewhere in a field in La Pêche. Dealer: Pssst … hey! Customer: Who dat? Dealer: Listen, I got a line on some rump. Organic. Grass fed. My boys tell me you might be, ya know, interested. Customer: Oh yeah? How much? Dealer: Ten per pound. Customer: […]


1 March 2017 - 2:34pm
By Gary Martin Not long ago, I taught a course on urbanism at Carleton University. Semester-end feedback from students included a challenge. I quote: “I am still not fully sure why [the prof] hates cars so much if he relies on one every day to commute: isn’t it just a tad hypocritical?” Yup. It is. […]

A thank-you to the community

1 March 2017 - 2:32pm
The Editor, It is difficult to find words in such terrible circumstances. Washishkun vanished from our lives in a few seconds, in a car accident on February 3rd. She was a sweet, loving and wonderful person to all who knew her, and a truly outstanding mother to her two children, Nee-an and Tshiuetin. Her death […]

The low down on the lofts

1 March 2017 - 2:25pm
The Editor, On behalf of Chelsea council, I would like to establish the facts concerning the Padden Road project, in response to the letter entitled ‘Heritage at High Risk’ (Feb. 22 edition). The mixed-use residential and commercial project proposed by local developers on Padden Road was conceived, from the design stage, to be in full […]

$1.7 million for a non-project?

1 March 2017 - 2:23pm
The Editor, If you’re a taxpayer in Chelsea and are concerned about the lack of transparency in budget meetings, here is a budget revelation that should concern you. Council has committed a total of $1.7 million dollars of your money to a project in Chelsea that currently does not exist – so says Mayor Green, […]

Loft plans should be revisited

1 March 2017 - 2:09pm
The Editor, I would like to add my voice to others who have expressed concern about the proposed loft development in Old Chelsea’s Centre Village. A large, three-storey development consisting of 28 lofts on top of seven commercial units is planned for the treed lot on Padden Lane. This project is far too big for […]

Good – but not good enough

1 March 2017 - 2:05pm
The Editor, At last, Chelsea has a serious proposal for senior’s housing, as reported in the Feb. 22 edition. This is very good news and an excellent beginning. But as this is the first project of its kind in Chelsea, we should take it one step at a time. A dialogue with the community is […]

Seniors suites proposed for Chelsea

23 February 2017 - 8:23am
Much needed seniors’ accommodation could soon be going up in Chelsea if the municipality gives a proposed seniors’ residence the green light. Although just a proposal at present and subject to change, the 15,000 square foot building would be located on a two-acre site on Old Chelsea Road west of Cecil Road and south of […]

Wakefield water front project funding gets green light

23 February 2017 - 8:16am
La Pêche now officially has two new borrowing bylaws that will likely mean the Wakefield waterfront project can move forward. At the La Pêche municipal council meeting on Feb. 20, council adopted two borrowing bylaws, one for $200,000 from the general budget and one for $149,000 from the Ward 6 budget and the parks budget. […]

Husband and wife snag medals

23 February 2017 - 8:08am
They say that those who play together, stay together, and Chelsea couple Karl Saidla and Megan McTavish are proving the saying right, even if you throw a healthy bit of competition into the mix. The couple, who live in Kingsmere, both took third place in the men’s and women’s categories of the highly competitive 51-kilometre […]