Low Down to Hull and Back

Weather ‘out of control’

1 November 2017 - 2:27pm
For the third time this year, Gatineau Hills residents endured extreme rainfall that wreaked havoc across the region, causing evacuations, washing out culverts, closing roads, flooding dozens of basements, and leaving over 150 properties without power. Municipality of La Pêche Mayor Robert Bussière declared a state of emergency at 9 a.m. on Oct. 30, appealing […]

Farrellton widow loses $500K pension appeal

1 November 2017 - 2:19pm
The widow of Farrellton resident and former Carleton University professor George Rosme has lost her appeal against the university and has to pay back $500,000 in pension payments she received. Lynne Threlfall was appealing an earlier decision made Feb. 2, 2016 when the Hon. Justice Martin Bédard sided with Carleton University, instructing the widow to […]

Look beyond politics of division, get past agendas

1 November 2017 - 2:14pm
The Editor, To the electorate: Sunday, Nov. 5 is the day of the vote for your municipal council. Every four years you are called upon to exercise your democratic right to choose the person who will represent you and your neighbours. Those members of council and your elected mayor will establish direction, create bylaws, and […]

Don’t change the skipper

1 November 2017 - 2:12pm
The Editor, As the closing of this election campaign draws ever closer, where do we stand? At the start of the campaign, it appeared that the key election issue was the trail, but as each candidate unfolded their platforms it became apparent that, at least publicly, they appeared to all be saying almost exactly the […]

Grant application tells different story

1 November 2017 - 2:09pm
The Editor, I was stunned to read the details of a grant application made by the Municipality of Chelsea for funding for our community trail from the Federation of Canadian Municipalities (FCM). This application includes the following text: ‘This project (the trail) is part of the Outaouais Region Strategic Marketing and Sustainable Tourism Development Plan […]

Conflict of interest includes CCPA

1 November 2017 - 2:06pm
The Editor, Having attended the Chelsea Chamber of Commerce’s all candidates’ debate at Camp Fortune, I was struck by the negativity of certain candidates. Though everyone spoke of healing the divisions within the community, it was clear that the majority of the divisions came from one side – the opposition to the rails to trail […]

Short track record

1 November 2017 - 2:01pm
The Editor, A resident must live in a community for just one year to be considered a valid candidate for municipal office. In my opinion, this is insufficient – elected office is not a licence plate. It is essential to be a part of the community to have had both an opportunity to become involved […]

High taxes, no surprise

1 November 2017 - 1:49pm
The Editor, Tim Kehoe’s campaign flyer contained two graphs: ‘Chelsea debt highest in MRC’ and ‘Chelsea property taxes highest in MRC’. The data were sourced from MAMOT, so I assumed that they are accurate.Comparing our debt to that of ‘279 similar sized communities’ is not really valid. The population class of 2,000 to 9,000 can […]

Why only one vote for cottagers?

1 November 2017 - 1:23pm
The Editor, I went up to Low on Sunday with my wife to vote in the municipal advance poll. A couple of things struck me as odd. First of all, I was third in line when the doors opened at noon. It took me just over twenty minutes to cast my vote because there was […]

Interesting timing, Kehoe

1 November 2017 - 1:03pm
The Editor, At the Chelsea all candidates debate on Oct. 24, mayoral candidate Tim Kehoe said he regretted calling for the boycott of local businesses and claimed the decision to do so was “made in haste”. Think about this for a minute: Mr. Kehoe would have had to register a domain name “in haste”, research […]

Chelsea debate – from a 14-year-old’s perspective

1 November 2017 - 1:00pm
The Editor, I love where I live! I love Chelsea! So with the municipal elections right around the corner I decided I wanted to have a better understanding of the people who want to run for mayor. I thought, what better way to do this than to attend the debate? As a teen living in […]

State of emergency still in effect for La Pêche

31 October 2017 - 2:57pm
The Municipality of La Pêche has confirmed in a press release that the state of emergency remains in force. Forty roads closed yesterday because of sink holes, lands slides, and flooding. Municipal workers managed to get all but one back open by 8:30 p.m. yesterday, that exception being Chemin de la Montagne.  Work will be ongoing […]

Mayor calls state of emergency for all of La Pêche

30 October 2017 - 11:42am
Mayor Robert Bussière has declared the flooding and rains to be an official state of emergency for all of La Pêche as of 9 am Oct. 30, and is asking for the province to step in with help. At least five roads were shut down due to flooding, including McLinton and de la Montagne which […]

160 new housing units coming to Old Chelsea

26 October 2017 - 10:41am
Four apartment buildings slated for Old Chelsea’s newest development Eight months after Jacques Alary pulled the plug on his plan to build a 30-unit seniors’ specific apartment building in Chelsea, the businessman is back with a much larger project for the Old Chelsea site. Although currently just a proposal – the project still needs council’s […]

Hills bus drivers ignore ‘niqab’ ban

26 October 2017 - 10:31am
Transcollines bus service will allow anyone whose face is covered to ride its buses, regardless of the new controversial law forbidding it. Transcollines President Caryl Green told the Low Down the law “doesn’t fit with my values.” Bill 62, passed on Oct. 18, requires people to show their faces when they give or receive public […]

Waterfront project soon to start

26 October 2017 - 10:28am
By Nicole McCormick The Wakefield Waterfront Revitalization Project is underway after a lull over the summer, with committee members expecting to have shovels in the ground by December. The project’s steering committee submitted a formal request for authorization to Quebec’s Ministry of the Environment last week and is planning to begin construction on Phase II. […]

It’s always been a community trail

26 October 2017 - 10:20am
The Editor, Sentiers Chelsea Trails does not speak for all users of the trail. We are lifelong users and it has always been a community trail. My wife and I, at 88 and 92, have skied, walked, and loved it our entire lives. The rails were the spinal cord that connected all the communities along […]

Let’s get an ombudsman

26 October 2017 - 10:18am
The Editor, I take the opportunity of the coming election to propose that a job of ombudsman be created and maybe shared with other municipalities of the MRC des Collines. The appointed independent person or committee, as in Québec city, are often retired judges or lawyers ready to give their time on a volunteer basis. […]

He owes apology to all candidates

26 October 2017 - 10:11am
The Editor, Sean McAdam’s open letter in the Oct. 18 edition attacks the reputation and integrity of all candidates by insinuation. He then presumes to demand information on any property holdings they may have to supposedly identify potential conflicts of interest. Well, it doesn’t work like that. Just owning a piece of property beside a […]

McAdam’s ire should be directed at me

26 October 2017 - 10:09am
The Editor, Perhaps I might correct a possible misimpression left by Mr. Sean McAdam’s open letter in the Oct. 18 edition. In 1998, I was approached by then Mayor Judy Grant in response to citizens’ concerns (including mine, expressed strongly to anyone sufficiently forbearing to listen) about wetland loss. Mayor Grant requested that I work […]