Low Down to Hull and Back

Setting the facts straight on cheating

19 July 2017 - 3:54pm
The Editor, In response to the letter to the Low Down entitled ‘Reader witnesses bullying behaviour at R2T meeting’ (July 12 edition), we’d like to clarify a few things about the public meeting that was part of the social impact study for the rail conversion. Tim Kehoe’s wife was caught cheating during the exercise and, […]

Calling out the bullies

19 July 2017 - 3:52pm
The Editor, I feel the need to respond to a letter published in the Low Down: ‘Reader witnesses bullying behaviour at R2T meeting’ (July 12 edition). How appalling that the author would choose to attack my wife, Tammy Scott, in such a vicious, personal way. I won’t even begin to address the multiple lies in […]

Media got the boot at residents’ request

19 July 2017 - 3:40pm
The Editor, I would like to explain the municipality’s decision to limit access to members of the press during the recent social impact consultations. The organizing committee, composed of staff from the Communications department, the Recreation, Sports, Culture and Community Life department, and the consultants from BC2 Group, received several requests from residents asking that […]

Media ban an example of tyranny

19 July 2017 - 3:38pm
The Editor, I attended the R2T consultation meeting July 6 at Farm Point. I did not realize until reading the following week’s Low Down that the mayor had banned the news media from the meeting. Why? Supposedly a few people wanted their views to remain confidential. A meeting attended by a few hundred people, with […]

Transparency and ‘hyper local’ shared message about trail

19 July 2017 - 3:37pm
The Editor, I am pleased, and so are many other residents I spoke with, that our municipality has finally undertaken public consultations on the controversial community trail project and that it recognized publicly in a communiqué that doing so proved to be “extremely positive and constructive”. Why it was not done before is still something […]

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 […]