Low Down to Hull and Back

Tickets sting $340 harder in Quebec

8 February 2017 - 4:04pm
Compared to our Ontarian neighbours, Hills residents pay less for hydro, childcare, car insurance, and even beer – but let your car licence plate expire, and the fine’s going to cost you a lot more living on this side of the Ottawa River. It’s something former Wakefield resident Joel Harden found out the hard way. […]

A lot was at stake

8 February 2017 - 3:50pm
The fact that the cops were called in to observe La Pêche’s Feb. 6 council meeting says it wasn’t just us at the Low Down who thought the meeting to decide the fate of the Wakefield waterfront refurbishment project had the potential to get pretty heated. After all, what was at stake was a lot […]

To market, to market, to get a new space

8 February 2017 - 3:48pm
By Peter Andrée and Sean Butler Markets have so much to offer a community. Anyone who has travelled abroad knows that the heart of a city or village is often found at its market. It’s where we feel the pulse of the town, hear the latest news, savour a region’s terroir, speak with artisans, and […]

Committed to making Meredith crystal clear

8 February 2017 - 3:42pm
The Editor, There have been numerous articles about the Meredith Centre in the Low Down over the past weeks, months, and years; some good, some bad. They reflect people’s opinions, which everyone has the right to have, or raise concerns over the cost to operate the Meredith Centre. Having concerns and questions about costs that […]

Why ACRE supports the trail

8 February 2017 - 3:41pm
The Editor, Why does Action Chelsea for Respect of the Environment (ACRE) support the Chelsea rails to trails project? The question was posed in the Feb. 1 edition of the Low Down. We see many advantages to the proposal, including promoting green transportation to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, promoting a healthy lifestyle connected to nature, […]

Do the right thing

8 February 2017 - 2:40pm
The Editor, In 2015, our prime minister promised that the 2015 election would be the last held under our ‘first past the post’ rules. Something like two thirds of our country’s voters endorsed this promise by voting for parties that shared his view. Our MP, Will Amos, during his town hall on the subject and […]

What now? Wakefield waterfront needs $50K referendum or bust

1 February 2017 - 2:53pm
Democracy, according to La Pêche Mayor Robert Bussière, has spoken. A registry set up in the municipal offices to collect signatures calling for a referendum to the borrowing bylaw for the Wakefield waterfront project garnered 684 signatures on Jan. 25 – 184 more than the necessary 500. Bussière said the next step for council is […]

Have you seen Raphaëlle? Police consider her ‘at risk’

1 February 2017 - 2:47pm
A desperate Wakefield mother is making an urgent appeal for information as to the whereabouts of her 18-year-old daughter. Anouk-Michelle Grégoire’s daughter, Raphaëlle Gregoire-Mayer, went missing Jan. 28; she was last seen at the Rideau Centre mall in Ottawa. As of December, she was living in the Belvedere shelter in Gatineau. Raphaëlle grew up in […]

Boar and bannock: Wakefield’s latest eatery fuses French food with indigenous inspirations

1 February 2017 - 2:18pm
Wapokunie Riel-Lachapelle offers me a drink almost as soon as I walk into her new restaurant, Nikosi Bistro Pub. The 34-year-old Métis restaurateur wants everyone who passes through her doors to feel relaxed and comfortable, whether it’s her mom, Justin Trudeau, or a reporter. She’s shooting for a specific vibe – laid back but professional, […]

On the waterfront

1 February 2017 - 2:04pm
As with any contentious issue, the slings and arrows that have taken flight over the Wakefield waterfront project are going in all kinds of directions, with targets in every corner. Look out, Hamlet et al. This is an initiative that could do wonders for Wakefield and beyond. The pro side cites a safer and more […]

Make Quebec a good home for seniors

1 February 2017 - 2:02pm
This week in Valley Voices, we are printing a letter addressed to Quebec Minister of Health Gaétan Barrette by Jacqueline Lambert-Madore, President of Des Collines Seniors’ Roundtable. Dear Sir, In response to your plea to hear from Quebecers on the matter of providing Quebec’s senior citizens the services they need, the following is our response […]

How to make sure nothing gets done

1 February 2017 - 1:56pm
The Editor, In the Jan. 25 edition of the Low Down, Mr. Pierre LeBel wrote that Wakefield should pay for its waterfront project alone. He justifies this position with a number of statements that are erroneous. This could have been avoided. Mayor Bussière and I offered to speak to the Comité des citoyens de La […]

Why does ACRE support trail?

1 February 2017 - 1:51pm
The Editor, Laissez les bons temps rouler. On the SentiersChelseaTrails website there is a link to a new petition supporting the conversion of the rail corridor to a bike path. I suppose the conversion must be free: no costs are mentioned therein. And look what you get: there is a beautiful photo of a rock-dust, […]

Racial stereotyping?

1 February 2017 - 1:48pm
The Editor, Is the headline in the Jan. 25 edition (‘Drunken Scotsman pleads guilty to impaired driving’) not the kind of racial stereotyping the Low Down purports to object to? I know I do. Linda Miller Wakefield, QC    

Open up budget talk for 2018

1 February 2017 - 1:46pm
The Editor, Thank you to Councillor Barbara Martin for a clear explanation of financial trends that are shaping Chelsea’s fiscal reality, in the near and long term (Letters, Jan. 25). The annual budget process is an important opportunity to engage citizens in discussing such trends and their impacts on municipal budget planning, as well as […]

Don’t sacrifice classic trails for skate skiing

1 February 2017 - 1:44pm
The Editor, The article about branches poking skiers in the eye on Trail 53 (Jan. 11 edition) has inspired me to write. I was one of many skiers who complained to the parking lot attendant, with a follow-up email to the NCC. The problem has largely been addressed, but it was fixed by skiers breaking […]

Opposition to Wakefield waterfront project rears its head at council

25 January 2017 - 2:25pm
Although it still has many staunch supporters, the Wakefield waterfront beautification project is bringing out a growing contingent of those opposed to the financing model being used. After councillor Michel Gervais informed the public that he’s setting up a registry to collect signatures to put the project’s financing to referendum, potentially pushing back construction, some […]

Montreal man faces charges for sexual assaults in spa

25 January 2017 - 2:02pm
A Montreal man has been charged with four counts of sexual assault after allegedly touching visitors at Spa Nordik-Nature without consent. Jean el-Dadhouh, 44, made his first appearance in court on Jan. 12 in Hull to face charges for one infraction dating back to Feb. 11, 2016 and three infractions dating from April 8, 2016. […]

Celebrating half a century of ‘Paddle to the Sea’

25 January 2017 - 1:58pm
It’s a chance to meet the pint sized star of a famous Oscar-nominated Canadian film, and it’s happening right here in the Hills. The iconic Bill Mason production ‘Paddle to the Sea’ celebrates half a century since its release; and in celebration of the 30-minute long film, Bill Mason’s family is holding a special evening […]

En Anglais, Justin

25 January 2017 - 1:45pm
Healthcare in the Hills is finally looking up. Wakefield has two new doctors, and after years of waiting, many are finally going to get the care they’ve been paying for with their tax dollars. And while measles and mumps and bumps and sprains will be getting more attention, there’s an area of healthcare that is […]