Low Down to Hull and Back

Two sides to the coin

23 February 2017 - 8:00am
The Editor, Regarding ‘Teachers’ unions against finance courses’ (This Province This Week, Feb. 15 edition): This peculiar education update indicates a forthcoming struggle between this province’s Ministry of Education and the teachers’ unions over a matter of curriculum. In this case, it pertains to a proposed mandatory course for Grade 12 students in what is […]

Do the right thing

23 February 2017 - 7:56am
The Editor, Chelsea is so small that folks can be on opposite sides of their own causes. Case in point: ACRE’s support for the conversion of the railway to a bike path. Are supporters of the bike path project (a project now firmly established to be expensive and damaging to the natural environment) masquerading as […]

Where there’s water there’s ice

23 February 2017 - 7:35am
The Editor, It is water pressure that enables a small plant to burst through asphalt, and it is ice pressure that destroys pontoons, floating docks, and inadequate supports for anything built over the river. Add to this changing river levels, and you’ve got a very difficult engineering challenge. Water expands by nine per cent when […]

Heritage at high risk

23 February 2017 - 7:31am
The Editor, The heart of Old Chelsea’s village character is at risk due to a projected gigantic building development in the narrow Padden Lane. The project goes against the minimal density allowed in the zone, the provincial Cultural Property Act, the Ministry of Municipal Affairs, Regions and Land Occupancy, the MRC-des-Collines land use development document, […]

Residents ‘early adopters’ of tourist attractions

22 February 2017 - 5:32pm
The Editor, For the past several weeks, Outaouais Tourism has been following the discussions in La Pêche about the waterfront project in the village of Wakefield. As you know, the Chelsea-Wakefield-La Pêche-Gatineau Park corridor is one of the main anchors of Outaouais Tourism’s strategic plan. The intent of this letter is not to interfere in […]

Small is beautiful, and so is broccoli

22 February 2017 - 5:28pm
If you’ve ever driven in and around Manotick on the other side of the river, you may have noticed a bevy of mansions. The term ‘McMansion’ is now part of the lexicon, and it usually means big, beige, and beastly. These residences – and as of this writing, there are no fewer than 50 for […]

Then and now

22 February 2017 - 5:24pm
When we first bought the Chelsea Pub almost 10 years ago, it needed a lot of love. I remember the persistent smell of cigarette smoke, and, as a woman, being uncomfortable sitting alone at the bar. I am proud of the work we’ve done since then. I’m proud to see women sitting at the bar […]

Chelsea sees first population drop in 20 years

16 February 2017 - 10:27am
The numbers are up for Kazabazua, Cantley and Low; but for Chelsea they’re down. The latest population stats for municipalities in the Hills show Kazabazua up 11.6 per cent, Cantley up 8.2 per cent and Chelsea falling behind with a one per cent drop in population, since 2011. Statistics Canada released the information from the […]

Taj Mahal for Larrimac tykes?

16 February 2017 - 10:22am
The smiles and laughter of children are priceless; but when insurance companies deem the jungle gyms and swing sets they’re using ‘unsafe,’ those smiles suddenly get a lot more expensive. Chelsea council has earmarked up to $106,400 to replace the play structures in Chelsea’s Radapaw Ridge Park, after the municipality’s insurance company deemed the structures […]

Driver acquitted in death of Cantley teen

16 February 2017 - 10:12am
The mother of a Cantley teen struck and killed by a motorist in 2014 has been left disappointed after the driver was acquitted of all charges. According to an article in the Feb. 10 edition of Le Droit, Judge Anouk Desaulniers acquitted Patrick Mailloux, 28, of fleeing the scene of a crime after his vehicle […]

Bill 122 a bad deal for all

16 February 2017 - 10:08am
There is a little-known bill on the table at Quebec City that if passed will have a big effect on all of us. Bill 122 aims to give municipalities more power. That could be a good thing, unless you happen to think that even as it stands now governments are not transparent enough. Currently Quebec […]

Keep Old Chelsea charming

16 February 2017 - 10:03am
Next time you swing through Old Chelsea village, pause where Padden Lane meets Old Chelsea Road, and imagine this looming behind Les Saisons: a three-storey apartment complex, reaching almost as high as the treetops. Seven commercial units, 28 apartments, and the necessary parking lots… all on less than two acres. Our planning bylaws clearly state […]

CISSO must take notice

16 February 2017 - 9:38am
The Editor, As many are aware, the CISSSO Board of Directors decided that the Shawville hospital must impose parking fees on visitors and workers in order to be standard with city hospitals. This pay-to-park scheme is to be implemented in the near future, despite the hospital being located in a rural area that offers free […]

This broken promise was different

15 February 2017 - 5:54pm
The Editor, Promises get broken. It’s true in life, and it’s especially true in politics. Sometimes we can even forgive it; we know that situations change, and that what’s said on the campaign trail shouldn’t necessarily be blindly followed once in office. But the promise of electoral reform was different. It was different because it […]

La Pêche does not own community centre

15 February 2017 - 5:52pm
The Editor, I appreciated your editorial, “On the waterfront” (Feb. 1 edition) where you appealed to the good sense of the community to limit protectionist walls for the good of all. It is clear that people in La Pêche benefit from numerous shared resources which, if left up to each little hamlet to provide, few […]

Meredith debate just partisan politics

15 February 2017 - 5:49pm
The Editor, There have been a number of letters to the Low Down questioning the legitimacy of the Meredith Centre and, by extension, other municipal community services. The underlying premises of these letters require examination. Some letters have referred to the 2009 referendum result of 53 per cent in favour of the Meredith Centre as […]

It’s an infrastructure project, and it needs facts

15 February 2017 - 5:47pm
The Editor, The debate in Chelsea about the train tracks is being framed as the community-minded, environmentally sensitive resident against his or her narrow-minded and fiscally-prudent neighbour. This is simplistic and unfair. The question for council is not whether the trail corridor is a “wonderful common asset for the community” but rather if that asset […]

Councillors should support health care in Chelsea

15 February 2017 - 5:44pm
The Editor, Health care services in Chelsea have been non-existent since 2015, when our CLSC lost its nurse to another CLSC in the Outaouais region. With no doctors in Chelsea, no primary care nurse to service our population, it was with great disappointment that I learned that three of our councillors did not support resolution […]

Council consensus on contentious issue

8 February 2017 - 4:18pm
A palpable tension hung over the Desjardins Hall at the Feb. 6 La Pêche council meeting. About 180 people – including two uniformed police officers – filled the room to watch council decide on the fate of the Wakefield waterfront infrastructure project. In one camp: the municipality needs to push forward and invest public funds […]

Old school to get new life

8 February 2017 - 4:10pm
After lying empty for a few years, the former Wakefield Elementary School will soon be tasked with a new purpose – as a vocational and language school. The West Quebec School Board sold the property on Caves Road last summer, but ownership was only officially transferred on Jan. 31. The new owner, a Toronto man […]