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The Mother of Inventions

9 August 2017 - 2:32pm
William Morris, that master of design and all things domestic, once said, “Have nothing in your house that you do not know to be useful, or believe to be beautiful.” He was so very right, and his words are apt in an age rife with cheap stuff that doesn’t look nice or work very well. […]

Seeing Spots

9 August 2017 - 2:29pm
By Paul Hetzler Whether wild or domestic, berries are icons of the season; bright, mouth-watering gems with which we stuff our faces, piecrusts and canning jars. Berries are a pastime, a passion, and for produce growers, a paycheque. Sadly, they are under attack by a new invasive pest. In 2008, an Asian fruit fly called […]

Meetings should be open and accessible to all

9 August 2017 - 2:24pm
The Editor, I was struck by two letters in the Aug. 2 edition of the Low Down – one hailing the beginning of work to lift the rails and ties in the old railway corridor before the results of environmental and geotechnical studies are known; and the other noting the ongoing efforts of a council […]

Lobbing a ball in the right direction

9 August 2017 - 2:21pm
The Editor, After reading all kinds of nasty letters and accusations in the Low Down over the last few weeks, I thought I would cheer your readers up by delivering some good news from Chelsea. The good news is the Chelsea Youth Co-op. After postponing repainting the asphalt on my tennis court for the last […]

MP should fork out for coffee

9 August 2017 - 2:20pm
The Editor, A recent report on Member of Parliament expenditures highlighted that Pontiac Liberal MP Will Amos has some of the highest single hospitality expenditures out of all 338 MPs. Large dollar claims aside, Mr. Amos has also made smaller expense claims that I would consider unbecoming. Buried online is one such claim for $6.70, […]

A Summer… A Fair… A Hit

9 August 2017 - 2:07pm
The Editor, What a delightful afternoon for all at the performance of Ian Tamblyn’s play ‘A Summer… A Fair’ at the old St. Elizabeth Picnic Grounds in Cantley. The story captured 130 years of the St. Elizabeth Picnics and sprinkled in healthy bits of local history. Picture the challenges for the church ladies preparing meals […]

Fishing trip tragedy

2 August 2017 - 5:32pm
Pontiac man drowns in Lac Ramsay A peaceful Saturday morning of fishing on Lac Ramsay came to a tragic end when a small boat carrying two men capsized, casting both passengers into the cold waters. One managed to make it to shore, but the body of the second was found after more than 12 hours […]

CCPA loses court challenge

2 August 2017 - 5:29pm
Tim Kehoe, who filed an injunction on behalf of the Chelsea Communities Preservation Association to prevent Chelsea from removing the rails and ties from the municipality’s railway corridor, has lost the first stage in his legal battle. On July 28, Hon. Judge Suzanne Tessier ruled in favour of the Municipality of Chelsea, granting permission to […]

Butchers, beers, and baked goods on offer at new Cantley IGA

2 August 2017 - 5:25pm
It has a section dedicated purely to Cantley-made food, over 500 Quebec brewed beers on its shelves, five full-time butchers on staff, a lobster tank, and a section devoted to gluten free diets. The new 30,000-square-foot IGA Famille Charles in Cantley is set to open Aug. 17. The $8.5-million project will create close to 90 […]

You call that a spider?

2 August 2017 - 5:19pm
Who has eight legs, is covered with fuzz, and looks like it could swallow your cat? Lycosa (higher classification: wolf spider; phylum: Arthropoda; suborder: Araneomorphae; family: Lycosidae; a.k.a. the ‘true tarantula’). That’s who. One Will Daley of Chelsea was minding his own business, hanging out his hammock to dry, when a Lycosa-etcetera decided to land […]

Quebec should pass on natural gas

2 August 2017 - 5:17pm
By Andrew Henry You may have noticed a yellow pipe next to Hwy 5 – pipe that will eventually carry gas to Chelsea to heat the new homes being built there. This new pipeline is incredible folly. Quebec’s 2030 Energy Policy clearly supports the extension of the natural gas distribution network. One of its action […]

Check out those cheeks

2 August 2017 - 5:14pm
The Editor, As a second-wave feminist, I enjoyed the laugh that ‘Sun’s out, buns out’ (July 26) gave me. An attractive young woman in a bikini (bottom cheeks artfully displayed) and directly below that story: ‘Amos speaks feminism at the UN’. I must be getting old. This raised a genuine laugh of appreciation rather than […]

Floral tour a fabulous fête

2 August 2017 - 5:13pm
The Editor, The garden tour sponsored by the Friends of the Wakefield Library on July 23 was a remarkable event. The seven gardens were gorgeous, the greeters knowledgeable, the Icebana demonstrations inspiring, and the organization of the tour very professional. This was my first tour, but it certainly won’t be my last. The information contained […]

Aislin misses the mark

2 August 2017 - 5:12pm
The Editor, I am an unabashed fan of Aislin’s cartoons and invariably enjoy them every week in the Low Down. A further comment on the one published in the July 19 edition: I applaud Christopher Terry Mosher for his intention to make an interesting and timely point about the world’s religions. I appreciated his point […]

Trail will respond to community needs

2 August 2017 - 5:10pm
The Editor, I attended the hearing of the injunction request made by Tim Kehoe in the Superior Court of Québec on July 25 and the delivery of the decision by Judge Tessier on July 28. One particular statement stood out for me in the findings of the judge. There was an enumeration of the expert […]

What’s next after demolition?

2 August 2017 - 5:08pm
The Editor, I am the plaintiff (on behalf of many people in Chelsea) in the injunction to stop the municipality from tearing up the rails and ties. We believed that the 4-3 split vote on June 5 was premature and reckless. Why demolish when there are real risks? Phase I environmental studies confirm potential contamination. […]


26 July 2017 - 3:36pm
Cantley among Canada’s best places to raise kids With childcare costs of $179 per month and a family median income of just over $100,000, Cantley rates ninth in Canada in MoneySense magazine’s best places to raise children in 2017. While Vancouver and Toronto are nowhere to be found in the top 100, eight places in […]

Consensus reached

26 July 2017 - 3:32pm
R2T study: majority concerned about impact of trail  Whether residents are for or against Chelsea’s proposed community trail, 75 per cent of those who took part in the recent social impact study said that quality of life and the impact on people living next to the tracks are significant concerns. And according to the firm […]

Sun’s out, buns out

26 July 2017 - 3:22pm
The hottest months of the year are here, which can only mean one thing: sun’s out, buns out. Chelsea business Soulstice Swim just celebrated its second anniversary as a swimwear company for girls and women in their mid-teens to mid-20s. They’re trading in swim fashions that are still rare in this part of the world: […]

User pay principal – it’s the fair thing to do

26 July 2017 - 3:18pm
By Barbara Martin Last November, Chelsea council adopted an interim tax regime to pay the debt for the water and sewer system. It was made clear that the regime would be revised and tax bills would be adjusted retroactive to January 1. As we are past the halfway point in the taxation year, it’s time […]