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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By Dominique Larocque The morning school routine has been replaced by summer camps and holidays.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 […]

In the swing

5 July 2017 - 3:06pm
In the words of super golfer Raymond Floyd: “They call it golf because all the other four letter words were taken.” Yes, golf is a great way to get outside and socialize. Yes, the clubs are shiny and the shoes with those wee peg things are very outré. And yes, golf tournaments are a boon […]

Is the vocal minority going to get its way?

5 July 2017 - 2:25pm
The Editor, In the June 28 edition, Wakefield councillor Claude Giroux was quoted as saying, “I think there’s a lesson to be learned from what’s going on in Chelsea.” He was talking about the proposed idea to take up the tracks along the Wakefield/Chelsea corridor. He goes on to suggest that there is a lack […]

Stand up and be heard

5 July 2017 - 2:20pm
The Editor, I encourage as many of the 750+ property owners whose land borders the railway tracks in Chelsea to attend the July 6 meeting at Farm Point about the social impact of converting the rails to a cycling path. Those who can’t attend can fill out a survey being supplied by the municipality. These […]

Rip up the track: will Wakefield follow Chelsea with trail project?

28 June 2017 - 3:36pm
With the Wakefield Steam Train finally dead, the question now is: could Wakefield have its own rails-to-trails project? Hills resident Jen Bardell has set up a Wakefield rails-to-trails Facebook page aiming to ignite a conversation about a future community trail. Bardell told the Low Down she’s just trying to gauge interest. “I think the majority […]

Mont Cascades: not a mini Tremblant

28 June 2017 - 3:25pm
A proposed development for the Mont Cascades Ski Resort is back on the table, but don’t use the phase ‘mini Mont Tremblant’ to describe it. “Take that out of the vocabulary,” Mont Cascades owner Rick Hunter told the Low Down when asked if he’s proposing to build a mini Mont Tremblant. Hunter is adamant he […]

Senior cop gets the boot

28 June 2017 - 2:57pm
MRC des Collines deputy police chief Sylvain Tanguay has been fired. The chief inspector for the Criminal Investigations Division was originally suspended with pay in March this year and was permanently dismissed by the MRC at its formal meeting June 15. MRC des Collines prefect Robert Bussière and MRC des Collines Police Sergeant Martin Fournel […]

On writing about someone else’s history

28 June 2017 - 2:12pm
Canada’s 150th birthday is almost upon us. In this edition, we have four pages dedicated to the big day. And we have our biweekly flashback piece, 150 Years of History in the Hills – this time, we’re talking about those who lived in these hills well before the Europeans got here. We’d like to take […]

‘We’re all going to die’

28 June 2017 - 2:04pm
By Matt Harrison Some summers are of ‘love’, some of ‘69’, even of ‘Sam’ – I’m calling this one the summer of ‘seven hells, we’re all going to die!’ Case in point: I stepped out of the passenger side of the car and into some tall grass (you know where this is going). Well-attuned to […]

Things change, so let’s move forward

28 June 2017 - 1:53pm
The Editor, I would like to start by saying that I loved the train. The train is a romantic and powerful reminder of the history of Wakefield, of the Gatineau Valley, and of our country. I know that it is sad to think that it is never coming back, but I think it’s time to […]

Pipe dow, Chicken Little

28 June 2017 - 1:48pm
The Editor, The tone of the June 21 Valley Voices (‘Vying for Votes’) suggests imminent apocalypse, but at the moment I hear no more than Chicken Little. According to the author, our poor besieged mayor is in a state of “panic,” “scrambling” for votes due to “plummeting popularity.” Actually, the last time I spoke with […]

It’s about connecting communities

28 June 2017 - 1:42pm
The Editor, Following Brenda Brulotte’s Valley Voices (June 21 edition), I feel compelled, as President of Sentiers Chelsea Trails (SCT), to speak up for the value of connecting communities. SCT is not ashamed of our strong partnership with Chelsea Municipality or our shared interest in promoting active transport to plan and build trails in our […]

Let’s learn from others who have been there

22 June 2017 - 11:35am
The Editor, Re: Rails to Trails coalition: As a first-time attendee at a council meeting on June 5, I was quite taken aback by the tone of the opposing parties towards the municipal officials. It is unfortunate that people who are against the trail choose to make their case in such a severe and negative […]

Stop with the slander

22 June 2017 - 11:31am
The Editor, Greg Marshall’s interpretation of the “facts” (Letters, June 14) is a bombastic attack on the good work done by Derek Medland and many other Chelsea residents in support of the Rails to Trails coalition. The public consultation process has been thorough, open, and transparent, yet Mr. Marshall chooses to attack the mayor and […]

Due process was followed to the letter

22 June 2017 - 11:28am
The Editor, To begin, I would like to commend the Low Down for its article covering the engineering report that stated that removing the rails and ties in the Chelsea railway corridor will not destabilize the rail bed. This fact will alleviate the concerns of many. I attended council’s meeting of June 5 and I […]

A decade worth of fond memories

22 June 2017 - 11:26am
The Editor, As my second son puts away his elementary school books and graduates, I look back on the 10 years of memories for both my kids at Wakefield School and I am so grateful – for the quality of the teaching, the dedication of staff, the school spirit, the extra-curricular activities, the parent volunteers, […]