Low Down to Hull and Back

Back track: La Pêche withdraws $20,000 pledge to the Wakefield steam train

10 May 2017 - 2:05pm
It really could be the end of the line for the Wakefield steam train. La Pêche council has withdrawn its $20,000 pledge towards the cost of moving the historic engine back to Wakefield, possibly signalling the end for the beleaguered locomotive. At the La Pêche council meeting May 9, a resolution was put forward to […]

Mom fights Ottawa over human trafficking

10 May 2017 - 1:40pm
To Wakefielder Anouk-Michelle Grégoire, protecting children from human trafficking is an obvious priority for any parent, and she’s pushing the Canadian government to create what she sees as a safer world for those vulnerable to manipulation. Grégoire was on Parliament Hill on May 3 with a contingent of like-minded demonstrators saying “Yes” to Bill C-452, […]

After the flood

10 May 2017 - 1:21pm
Natural disasters seem to bring out both the best and worst in people. As the waters of the Gatineau River rose, some of those at risk of having flooded houses cried foul, laying blame at the feet of local government and public services: sand bags were being hoarded; the response was too slow; there weren’t […]

R2T: a financially irresponsible project

10 May 2017 - 1:17pm
By Louis Gaetan While being an avid cyclist and cross country skier living in Chelsea, I was glad to see that so few residents signed the petition organized by the Coalition for the Chelsea Community Trail despite the fact that their propaganda in favour of it made no mention of the cost of the project […]

More support for Rails to Trail

10 May 2017 - 1:15pm
The Editor, At the May 1 council meeting, a cheque for $6,000 was presented by Chelsea Trails President Michel Gravel to the Municipality of Chelsea. This money was raised through donations by local residents and businesses who contributed towards the grooming of the 18km winter trail on the abandoned railroad corridor along the river. In […]

Reflection on relevance

10 May 2017 - 1:12pm
The Editor, Last week’s Valley Voices (‘Words on the written word’, May 3) featured a thoughtful affirmation of the relevance of the writers festival by Ilse Turnsen. Is it now appropriate to further consider that relevance in the light of the high waters and flood refugees? Art is indeed relevant, particularly when it illuminates a […]

A lovely lot of litter letters

10 May 2017 - 1:07pm
The Editor, Delighted to read the litter letters from La Pêche inhabitants (April 19, April 26, May 3). To which could be added commercial litter signage being attached to all manner of roadside convenience. Trees, hydro poles, fences, staked into the ground. Delighted to have met up with a fellow who has filled his trucks […]

Rails to trail petition shows strong support

3 May 2017 - 6:11pm
The silent majority have spoken, said Chelsea Ward 2 Councillor Pierre Guénard following a packed question period at the council meeting of May 1, with the jubilant crowd in attendance being almost exclusively in support of the proposed rails to trail project. It was standing room only as Coalition for the Chelsea Community Trail member […]

Stolen Vimy medal unearthed online

3 May 2017 - 6:05pm
In recognition of the 100th anniversary of the Battle of Vimy Ridge, Hills realtor John Macintyre posted a photograph on Facebook of a memorial stone that sits outside his Chelsea property; little did he know that the innocuous post would lead to the rediscovery of one of his grandfather’s WWI medals – missing for over […]

Great food, great wine, great words at the Wakefield writers festival

3 May 2017 - 6:01pm
Wakefield and its environs have been a magnet for artistic-types for years, and writers are not immune to the village’s spell. Even the heavy hitters of Canada’s literary scene can’t resist a weekend in the Hills, and for the Wakefield Writers Festival des écrivains La Pêche, organizers have pulled in a selection of the finest […]

Come on over – look at my pecker

3 May 2017 - 5:54pm
It’s been the buzz on social media across the Outaouais, with people asking, “Was that a machine gun I just heard?” As it turns out, they should be asking, “Was that a machine gun I just heard, or are you just happy to see me?” Houses with steel roofs are the spring target of many […]

Persistent peeve on roadside trash

3 May 2017 - 5:51pm
The Editor, Re: ‘Try picking up trash yourself’ (Letters, April 26 edition): I appreciate Pam Jamison’s response to my letter of April 19 regarding trash in the Hills. The fact that she has been picking up roadside garbage on Carman and River Roads for nearly 20 years, in itself a commendable yet Sisyphean act, and […]

Words on the written word

3 May 2017 - 4:28pm
By Ilse Tursen We live in a time rife with challenges. Lies, propaganda, ‘alternative facts’, and marketing strategies abound. We’re bombarded with news, some of it fake. Is a celebration of the written word in the form of a writers’ festival relevant? My response: a resounding “Yes!” Literature contributes to the mental and emotional muscle […]

$1,400 insult

26 April 2017 - 3:26pm
A mere $1,400 is all the provincial government will put towards saving the historic steam train from the scrapyard. In a last ditch attempt to save the Hull-Chelsea-Wakefield Steam Train, the Compagnie de chemin de fer de l’Outaouais launched a crowdfunding campaign appealing for $50,000 from the public to move the locomotive to Wakefield to […]

Hills’ dog owners “devastated” by breed-specific legislation

26 April 2017 - 3:20pm
Marilyse Bisson and her partner didn’t want just any dog – they wanted a Rottweiler. After much research and deliberation, they decided the breed was right for them and their lifestyle, said the Wakefielder. But now that the provincial government has tabled legislation aimed at banning dogs deemed potentially dangerous, mostly targeting pit bulls but […]

Board: Wakefield centre still needs help

26 April 2017 - 3:16pm
The Centre Wakefield La Pêche is not in the hole, but is at the brink, according to Sally Swan, president of the centre’s board of directors. Swan addressed concerns in the community about the financial health of the centre by saying that no, they are not thriving, and they are in “survival mode.” They’ve been […]

No clothes indeed

26 April 2017 - 3:06pm
Donald Trump is clinging to his promises. He’s gonna build a wall. He’s dropping bombs. He may well be on his way to North Korea. And he’s taking back the lumber industry that he claims was stolen from his nation by whimpering, government-subsidized Canadians. Up in the Outaouais, this is an industry that has clothed, […]

The battle to manage radon

26 April 2017 - 3:01pm
By Scott Findlay Radon is a tasteless, odourless, radioactive gas that forms naturally through decay of a number of elements, including uranium. Uranium also occurs naturally and is found in rocks and soils. The Canadian Shield, on which many residences in Chelsea sit, may be particularly high in uranium. Radon is usually found in low […]

Increasing regulations will hurt small farmers

26 April 2017 - 2:58pm
The Editor, In a move started under the Harper government, the Canadian Food Inspection Agency is pushing forward a plan to increase the licensing and regulatory requirements on Canadian farms, including small farms that sell in neighbouring provinces. These regulations will have a negative affect on many small producers in our region. I’m a small, […]

What’s with water levels?

26 April 2017 - 2:55pm
The Editor, I live on Jacques-Cartier, which runs along the lower Gatineau River and I am one of the people affected by the high water that is flooding this community. It’s not just because of the Ottawa River, because there is high water all the way up to the Alonzo Wright Bridge. I recently contacted a […]