Low Down to Hull and Back

Speed demons

6 September 2017 - 3:14pm
While heading along one of our lovely country roads to pick up our farm share, we found ourselves behind two vehicles. The one at the front was a school bus. The second one was a car. The car tried to overtake the school bus – several times, on a curvy, rural road with a solid […]

The Hills by the numbers

30 August 2017 - 2:55pm
More Hills residents than ever before are living in sin, having fractionally smaller families, and getting divorced, according to the latest information released by Statistics Canada. From Chelsea to Kazabazua, couples in common-law relationships are becoming the norm while the number of people getting married grows at a far slower pace. Average household sizes dropped, […]

Court case against R2T dropped

30 August 2017 - 2:52pm
Chelsea Communities Preservation Association chair Tim Kehoe has dropped his ongoing court case against the Municipality of Chelsea. Kehoe, who launched the case to block the municipality from removing the rails and ties from the railway corridor in early July, told the Low Down he wouldn’t be proceeding with the interlocutory injunction against the municipality […]

Off-beat art thrives at Ta Da!

30 August 2017 - 2:47pm
Performing artists both local and from away will soon be taking their place in the spotlight in Wakefield. The TaDa! Performing Arts Festival is setting up for its fifth iteration in celebration of all things creative from Sept. 8 to 10. There will be plenty to watch and see and do: with eight theatre companies, […]

It’s all about the cheese and C02

30 August 2017 - 2:42pm
Running a grocery isn’t everyone’s idea of a good time, but for the Charles family, it’s a calling that has ensured we have access to really good cheese and a crazy selection of craft beer. Back in the very early 1980s, the family’s store on Hwy 105 in Farm Point wasn’t much more than your […]

Winds of change blowing through Chelsea

30 August 2017 - 2:18pm
By Sylvia Shawcross Chelsea is becoming urbanized. The opportunity to change that has come and gone. It was a huge battle at the time. This new generation ‘handles’ debt rather than live within their means. It’s their nature. It’s how they do things. Managing debt has become the norm. Sometimes that’s okay because a debt […]

It’s not about just planning and recreation

30 August 2017 - 2:13pm
The Editor, Councillor Joubarne’s letter (Aug. 16) brought to mind a 2013 invitation John Trent had extended to me along with former councillors Céline Brault and Josh Moon – to meet with newly elected councillors Barbara Martin and Elizabeth Macfie to share our municipal experience with them. The matter of governance and committee work was […]

Up the creek with a paddle – or not

30 August 2017 - 2:10pm
The Editor, Right now, the federal government is reviewing the Navigation Protection Act – that’s the law that should give all Canadians the right to paddle up and down this land’s waterways. That right is very important to me. In recent years, 99 per cent of Canada’s waterways lost navigation protection under the act. Unless […]

Congregation alive and well throughout the Hills

30 August 2017 - 2:07pm
The Editor, As the new minister at Grace United Church, I was glad to have the chance to talk with the Low Down’s Shauna McGinn. I do want to make one clarification about the article ‘Millennial leading the flock at Rupert church’ (Aug. 23 edition). The congregation of Grace United Church are indeed worshipping in […]

Bidding adieu to Back Roads Barry

30 August 2017 - 2:04pm
The Editor, There may have been a party to honour him, but to my knowledge Barry Schwerdfeger has left our village without appropriate acknowledgement. I hope he will see this letter and be aware that we miss him and appreciate the contributions he made to Wakefield over so many years. What does one think of […]

Not dead yet

23 August 2017 - 3:59pm
On-demand transit service staves off the axe Transcollines’ on-demand volunteer service has been saved from the chopping block – for now. The service, which has volunteer drivers pick up and drop off anyone in the Transcollines service area, mostly for medical appointments, looked like it was doomed when the Ministère des Transports, de la Mobilité […]

After 25 years, Chez Eric resto closes down

23 August 2017 - 3:49pm
Bistro Chez Eric, once a community hub where scones and pita pockets reigned supreme, it was not uncommon for servers to deliver food in bare feet, and customers helped themselves to cappuccinos behind the bar, has shuttered its doors after almost 25 years. Wakefielder Rosanda Bellaar-Spruyt was on the kitchen team in the very beginning […]

Shining a light on disability for decades

23 August 2017 - 3:42pm
By Shauna McGinn The logo for La Lanterne – a day program for adults with intellectual disabilities – depicts a light being shone over a group of people in a darkened area; the rays of the lantern cut through one side of the box they’re standing in, opening it up. It depicts, La Lanterne’s director […]

Local is not necessarily best

23 August 2017 - 3:35pm
The Editor, I noted in the Low Down online a preliminary call for expressions of interest in work required to develop and renovate the public amenity of the Wakefield waterfront. Bravo. Good use of public funds. But to add that, ‘preference will be given to local suppliers’ is dangerously shortsighted and redolent of the worst […]

Opening the door to transparency and due process

23 August 2017 - 3:33pm
The Editor, You might think an election was coming up in November by the sound of Councillor Joubarne’s letter last week (Aug. 16), so full of righteous indignation in attacking me, but failing to address my call (Aug. 9) for all council meetings to be open to the public, including the small working group looking […]

A Liberal dose of caffeine and mimicry

23 August 2017 - 3:30pm
The Editor, In his letter of Aug. 9, Benjamin Woodman points out that the Member of Parliament for the Pontiac, Will Amos, with a salary of $172,000 from the people of Canada, still finds it necessary to bill them for his coffees. That leads me to wonder if Mr. Amos and his fellow Liberal MPs […]

Appreciation for sticking to the principles

23 August 2017 - 3:27pm
The Editor, Councillor Joubarne’s letter to the editor (Aug. 16) compels me to write. I think (but I’m not certain) that this is at least the second time he’s written a letter to the Low Down criticizing the councillor for the Ward in which I live. I just want to indicate, publicly, to Barb that […]

We expect more from elected officials

23 August 2017 - 3:25pm
The Editor, It is difficult to keep up to date with municipal affairs, so I am always most grateful to Councillor Barbara Martin for her letters in the Low Down, shedding light on various municipal matters in a friendly, democratic way. I find them always well written, informational, and without personal insults. Which brings me […]

Spare the (golden) rod

23 August 2017 - 3:23pm
By Paul Hetzler Late summer brings us an amazing array of wildflowers: pale-blue chicory blossoms, stately Queen-Anne’s lace, brilliant oceans of mustard-yellow goldenrod. At the same time, hay fever symptoms in the Hills are ramping up. As goldenrod becomes the dominant wildflower, an increased pollen load is making life miserable for those who suffer from […]

So long, Eric, and thanks for all the fish

23 August 2017 - 3:19pm
Back in 1992, there weren’t many choices for getting a nosh in Wakefield. It was the era of Sandy’s pizza (which was always undercooked) and the Alpengruss with Ruth and Wolfgang at the helm (you can only eat so much schnitzel). Café Pot au Feu was always good, but closed for two months come winter. […]