Low Down to Hull and Back

Local business needs a boost, not a boot

19 July 2017 - 3:32pm
The Editor, I’ve known of Marc Meunier since we first settled down in Farm Point a few years ago. He was the ‘plow man’ and a hero on those frigid mornings with blizzards and sleet. I’m appalled about this abrupt decision to not negotiate the renewal of his contract (‘Suing Chelsea for defamation’, July 12). […]

Simple can be beautiful: make trail but don’t remove ties

19 July 2017 - 3:30pm
The Editor, Two recent meetings organized by the firm contracted to do a social impact survey of the rails-to-trails conversion went relatively smoothly. Gone was the heckling that the non-trail proponents were subjected to at previous council meetings. And it was nice to hear the views of neighbours. But the whole thing was flawed from […]

Many owners doing a good job beautifying

19 July 2017 - 3:27pm
The Editor, A recent letter (“Not a pretty picture”, June 21, 2017) pointed out that some properties in Wakefield Village are not being properly maintained. While this may be the case for a handful, the Chambre Wakefield-La Pêche Chamber would like to recognize the efforts of the many businesses that have put time and money […]

Trail increases home value

19 July 2017 - 3:24pm
The Editor, In the July 5 edition, a letter from Elyse Piquette raises an important point about property values and proximity to trails. The perception that trails will lower property values is a very common community concern, but according to a large body of research, the opposite is true. Studies on this indicate houses in […]

Black and white and red all over

13 July 2017 - 9:57am
Nothing is ever as simple as it seems. Witness the continuing rails-to-trails debate in Chelsea. Our readers are tired of it. Our reporters are tired of it. Surely, Chelsea residents and council and the mayor have had enough. Which brings us to this week’s editorial. On July 6, a public consultation on R2T (let’s just […]

Ensuring the future health of the Gatineau River

13 July 2017 - 9:51am
Submitted on behalf of FOG By Steve Ferguson The Friends of the Gatineau (FOG/ARG) has concerns about development plans for Mont Cascades and sees some opportunities to create a conservation zone along the Gatineau River shore. The MRC land use and development plan is being revised to allow the development of housing and additional recreational […]

Chelsea businessman plows ahead with lawsuit

13 July 2017 - 9:46am
After 20 years of serving the Municipality of Chelsea as a snowplower, former volunteer firefighter and lifelong resident Marc Meunier is suing the municipality for defamation, claiming his business has been destroyed. Meunier is accusing Mayor Caryl Green of implying in comments she made to the Low Down that he had acted “deceitfully” in his […]

Rails to trails: No holds barred (the media are an exception)

13 July 2017 - 9:41am
The first public consultation held at the Farm Point Community Centre July 6 to discuss Chelsea’s proposed rails-to-trails project finished early for this reporter after being told members of the media could not stay after the short introduction. Barred from the consultation being run by the firm Groupe BC2 as part of its research into […]

New lease on development

13 July 2017 - 9:34am
The Chelsea Creek development is getting a new lease on life, having recently been bought by a developer determined to finally get shovels into the ground. The development has been in the cards since the late 2000s, and is now slated to be complete within five years, according to the site’s new owners, Gatineau-based Multivesco. […]

Why didn’t Wakefield fight to keep train?

12 July 2017 - 5:56pm
The Editor, I agree whole-heartedly with John Zeitoun (‘Call me crazy’, June 28). How every business in Wakefield didn’t fight tooth and claw to get that engine on display on the turntable in Wakefield is a colossal mistake. It would draw people from far and wide to the town. A small group of people could […]

R2T: can’t ignore reasonable concerns of those impacted

12 July 2017 - 5:54pm
The Editor, The project that the mayor of Chelsea wanted to be non-divisive continues to divide cruelly. It is hard to acquit her of some large measure of responsibility. The debate seems to be: Who is in the majority, those who want a ‘community trail’ or those who do not? I think this is a […]

Don’t condemn Chelsea to car dependence

12 July 2017 - 5:50pm
The Editor, As a long-time owner of two properties bordering the overgrown and unusable train corridor, it’s clear that nothing Chelsea could do would more significantly improve our quality of life (and property values) than establishing a community trail. Lost in the verbal onslaught from the small but vociferous anti-cycling, anti-walking, drive-everywhere-forever lobby are some […]

Meet made for some ‘lively exchanges’

12 July 2017 - 5:47pm
The Editor, The recent consultation on the social impacts of building a community trail on the railway corridor, conducted by Groupe BC2, was extremely positive and constructive. It was wonderful to see residents actively participating as they discussed their ideas in small groups, a process that allowed everyone the chance to voice their opinions. The […]

Reader witnesses bullying behaviour at R2T meeting

12 July 2017 - 4:31pm
The Editor, I went to last week’s rail conversion meeting for several reasons: dissatisfaction about the lack of process so far, uncertainty about what’s proposed, objections over the premature decision to remove the tracks, and real worries about the cost and tax impact of all of this. I was glad to see many citizens showing […]

Kudos for a meeting well run

12 July 2017 - 4:28pm
The Editor, I participated in the consultation meeting held in Farm Point on July 6 to look at the social impact of the proposed community trail on the railway corridor. A large group of residents was led through a useful discussion that sought to assess the social impacts, potential benefits, and potential issues with the […]

Let others enjoy river view

12 July 2017 - 4:26pm
The Editor, It is disheartening the lengths to which a few Chelsea folks will go to prevent their fellow residents from accessing public property. They have raised every conceivable and fallacious argument they can dream up, harassed and interrogated the mayor, removed indicators of support from posters at the consultation meeting, and fought for an […]

Rails to trails heads to court

5 July 2017 - 3:32pm
Opposition group heads to court to fight removal of rails Chelsea Communities Preservation Association chair Tim Kehoe has filed a legal application against the Municipality of Chelsea on behalf of the CCPA in an effort to stop the immediate removal of the rails and ties from the railway corridor. CCPA’s lawyer, André Gingras, filed the […]

$10M for Cantley community centre

5 July 2017 - 3:25pm
Cantley is beginning to lay the groundwork for its nearly $10 million community centre. At a public consultation on the municipality’s plan to build a centre on June 28, the municipality laid out the math: Cantley residences will have $44.78 added onto their annual tax bill over the next 20 years, an amount not affected […]

Dance like a dandelion for social justice

5 July 2017 - 3:20pm
By Shauna McGinn For many young girls, the bright lights, mirrors, and ballet outfits in a dance studio can be intimidating; a recipe for magnifying insecurities. But Dandelion Dance, a studio and performance company based in Ottawa, is turning that notion on its head by making dance a safe space for girls from all walks […]

Re-connecting young brains through outdoor play

5 July 2017 - 3:11pm
By Dominique Larocque The morning school routine has been replaced by summer camps and holidays. I learned back in 1997, as a student in eco-psychology, that human beings are socialized to spend 98 per cent of their lives indoors. Imagine! That statistic had me alarmed and made me retire from international level racing, sell my […]