Low Down to Hull and Back

Wakefield farmer loses home to blaze

24 May 2017 - 4:44pm
Jan Lis was working in his field on May 15 when he saw plumes of smoke billowing from his home not 100 metres away from where he stood. One moment, he was crouched over his crops of organic vegetables, but when he looked behind him, his house was in the early stages of a fire […]

Bad grades: local emergency rooms fall below provincial average

24 May 2017 - 4:41pm
In news that surprises no one, the quality of healthcare received in emergency rooms in the Outaouais lags behind provincial standards by many objective measures. A report by La Presse released on May 18 measured factors such as time patients spend on stretchers in emergency rooms and assigns a corresponding letter score. The average score […]

An Amazing Race to getting hitched

24 May 2017 - 4:35pm
Forget a diamond ring sitting at the bottom of a champagne glass at a fancy dinner – to Jeffrey McMillan, you only get one chance to propose to someone, so you might as well make a day of it. Hills’ residents may have noticed a vehicle cruising through the area emblazoned with what appeared to […]

94 reasons not to celebrate Canada 150

24 May 2017 - 4:08pm
On May 19, the Canadian Press reported that Prime Minister Trudeau will meet with Pope Francis in Rome on May 29 for the purpose of obtaining a formal apology from the Catholic Church for its involvement in the residential school system (it ran 64 of 140 schools). Getting the apology is just one of 94 […]

On the beaten path

24 May 2017 - 4:06pm
By Ken Bouchard National Trails Day is June 3 and we are calling all trail walkers, bikers, skiers, and snowshoers to come and celebrate our great good fortune of living next door to the wonderful Gatineau Park. Sentiers Wakefield Trails will be at the Wakefield Market on that day to present some exciting new developments. […]

Red tape, red herring

24 May 2017 - 4:04pm
The Editor, After reading Gary Martin’s terrific Valley Voices (May 17 edition), which eloquently argued for sensible housing in Wakefield, and convincingly illustrated the real issue facing friends and neighbours, I was seriously impressed at the level of dialogue in Wakefield. I was then immediately dismayed at the state of commentary on the facing page […]

Trails are nice, high taxes are not

24 May 2017 - 4:02pm
The Editor, Regarding ‘Seniors Want Rails to Trails’, Letters, May 17 edition: I know many of us are tired of reading one more letter about the rails to trails initiative, but I must question Suzanne Cayer’s declaration that “most seniors very much support Rails2Trails”. On what basis can she make such a sweeping statement? Was […]

Trail will mean escape from loneliness bubble

24 May 2017 - 4:00pm
The Editor, The rails-to-trails project is gaining momentum, and Chelsea residents are increasingly devoting time, energy, and money to making it happen. The benefits of a multi-purpose trail are many and varied – exercise, leisure, safe commuting, neighbourhood watch, economic revitalization – and examples of such successful projects can be found everywhere. Support for the […]

Whose ‘truth’ for Canada’s 150?

24 May 2017 - 3:57pm
The Editor, As July 1 approaches, plans are being made throughout Canada to celebrate an incorrect historical fact: the idea that Canada was founded by the British and French. It is an idea that is insulting and unfair as well as incomplete. We need legislation that will formally recognize the role indigenous peoples have played […]

Wakefield pirate told to abandon ships

18 May 2017 - 11:16am
The days of freedom and rebellion on the high seas of Wakefield Bay may soon be coming to an end for the village’s self-described pirate. The Municipality of La Pêche gave a legal mandate to the municipality’s lawyer to examine options to have Denis Tremblay remove his houseboats from the shore of the bay at […]

Grave consequences for Chelsea business

18 May 2017 - 11:09am
After almost 40 years in business, Hollow Glen firm Monuments & Lettrage Lapointe has been given 10 days notice by the Municipality of Chelsea to close down. Third-generation gravestone engraver Alex Lapointe received a letter dated Dec. 13 2016 from the municipality advising him his Hollow Glen Road property isn’t zoned for commercial use and […]

Where have you bin all my life?

18 May 2017 - 11:03am
Residents of La Pêche will soon need to upgrade their garbage bins to fall in line with new municipal guidelines – and may face a fine of $1,000 if they fail to do so; but not everyone thinks the new bins will make garbage collection cleaner. Linda Vanderlee lives in Rupert and she’s debating whether […]

Hills farmers’ markets ready for summer

18 May 2017 - 10:55am
With spring well underway and summer around the corner, it’s every socially and environmentally conscious person’s favourite time of year: farmers’ market season. Markets in the area are preparing for a busy season, and in Wakefield, the market’s continued growth over the years has earned it a reputation as one of the best in the […]

Stellar weekend for writers fest

17 May 2017 - 5:46pm
“Everyone has one book in them,” the saying goes. The Wakefield Writers Festival des écrivains La Pêche wrapped up a stellar weekend in celebration of poetry, fiction, non-fiction, and everything in between on May 14. This year’s fest was better than last year’s, which was better than the year before. Authors are known to prefer […]

Sensible zoning means sensible housing

17 May 2017 - 5:42pm
By Gary Martin I know a bunch of people with sketchy housing situations around here. There’s no question there’s a lack of decent, affordable rentals in the Hills. Many of us – young families, seniors, low-income folks and the like – can’t afford a big house on an acre of land. And here’s a dilemma: […]

Red tape, my eye

17 May 2017 - 5:38pm
The Editor, Re: ‘FOI request denied due to red tape’ (May 3 edition): Red tape, my eye. It wasn’t council that refused to release minutes of the Rail Conversion Ad Hoc Committee to David Stockwell – a Chelsea resident and taxpayer. Access to information requests don’t go to council. And a lack of transparency isn’t […]

Liberals need to wake up to reality of human trafficking

17 May 2017 - 5:36pm
The Editor, Re: ‘Mom fights Ottawa over human trafficking,’” May 10 edition: Ms. Grégoire must be commended on her campaign to confront human trafficking in this country. She now faces Bill C-38, whose objective is to give a fair shake to human traffickers. The pertinent section refers to consecutive sentencing for serial perpetrators, as follows: […]

Seniors want Rails to Trails

17 May 2017 - 5:32pm
The Editor, I was delighted to read about the May 1 Chelsea council meeting (May 3 edition). As an active local senior, I can tell you that most seniors very much support the Rails2Trails proposal, but our voices are so often silenced by the loud-spoken minority who oppose the trail. I dream of the day […]

Feds have dedicated funds for seniors housing

17 May 2017 - 5:27pm
The Editor, The construction of the seniors’ housing project in Farm Point is indeed great news for Gatineau Hills residents as highlighted by Melanie Scott’s April 12 editorial. However, one point in the editorial was unclear and begs clarification. Most Canadians are unaware that a significant portion of provincial housing budgets are secured through dedicated […]

Hills escapes flood chaos

10 May 2017 - 2:08pm
While horror stories came pouring in across the region of entire properties, streets, and neighbourhoods being swallowed up by water levels that seemed like they wouldn’t stop rising, the Gatineau Hills have, all things considered, stayed relatively dry. But for some, it was a matter of inches between them and messy, watery disaster. Maria Bettencourt […]