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Try picking up trash yourself

26 April 2017 - 2:53pm
The Editor, I wish to respond to a letter to the editor complaining about garbage in the ditches (April 19). Yes, there are people who do lift a green finger to pick up garbage in our lovely Gatineau Hills. I have been picking up roadside garbage on Carman and River Roads for nearly 20 years. […]

Trolled but not deterred

19 April 2017 - 2:51pm
Wakefielder harassed on Twitter refuses to stay quiet Amanda Dexter has been living in Wakefield for more than 20 years. She gives plenty of her time to the community, serving as president on the Wakefield Activities for Youth board and volunteering with the Biblio Wakefield Library. She’s 54, with two kids aged 19 and 22, […]

SPOTTED: Trudeaus in Chelsea

19 April 2017 - 2:42pm
From the pages of Vogue magazine to the pews of St. Stephen’s Arguably Canada’s most famous and certainly most stylish couple, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and his wife Sophie Grégoire Trudeau, were spotted in Chelsea April 14 – but they weren’t dining at the swish eatery Les Fougères, or having the entire Spa Nordik closed […]

Theatre Wakefield heading Into the Woods with a splash

19 April 2017 - 2:05pm
In fairy tales and bedtime stories, the forest is a place of wilderness, darkness, and adventure. In the woods, we find witches and gingerbread houses, giants and gold, villains and princes. The woods is the place where the magic happens. And Theatre Wakefield wants to take you there. Scott and Éric Hébert-Daly are directing the […]

Whykea: Swedish for ‘you are here’

19 April 2017 - 1:58pm
People with environmental sensitivities would be wise to avoid going to Ikea. It stinks. There was a time when ‘Ikea’ was Swedish for ‘well-priced wood furniture’. Alas, almost everything at Ikea is now made of either plastic or particleboard and glue and comes from China. Added to this industrial bouquet is the scent of sticky […]

Resilience Forever

19 April 2017 - 1:51pm
By Bob Gibson A few weeks ago, Peter Gillies passed on a reference to the Guelph Resilience Festival, which was an eye-opener for me. Until then, my particular bubble had never included the idea of resilience as a concept related to climate change. Sad to say, Justin Bieber, cat hair sweaters, and gluten-free gluten were […]

Collective effort needed to clean up

19 April 2017 - 1:47pm
The Editor, Great coverage of Earth Day in the April 12 edition for Les Collines folk, with lots of useful suggestions, fun activities, and organized events. More progress would be made, however, should the collective effort be directed toward actually cleaning up our environs. The backwoods locals persist in tossing their trash along Maclaren Road, […]

Enter our Earth Day contest

13 April 2017 - 1:08pm
Fire-starter, birthday wrap, fly swatter – there are so many ways to reuse your copy of the The Low Down. Send us a picture and / or a brief write-up of what you do with yours – the most creative entry wins a $200 gift certificate to Les Serres Bourgeon Greenhouses (formerly McKenna Greenhouses) in […]

$15,000 fine for Hwy 5 contractor

12 April 2017 - 3:27pm
Remember the company that used a sand pit on Rockhurst Road without permission back in 2012 and 2013 when Hwy 5 was being built? Whatever happened to those guys? Couillard Construction has been slapped with a $15,000 fine, plus court fees, after pleading guilty to illegal use of the pit. The saga that stretched on […]

Curling club to sweep into Chelsea for 2018

12 April 2017 - 3:22pm
Curlers soon won’t have to ‘hurry hard’ through city traffic to throw their rocks, now that the province has guaranteed a $1.7 million grant to the building of a curling club in Chelsea. Curling des Collines director general Roger Smith told the Low Down the club received confirmation of a $1,693,000 provincial grant April 9, […]

Learn to live green at the Earth Day fair

12 April 2017 - 3:13pm
Its aim is to educate, inform, and inspire, and to be a lot of fun. The traditional Earth Day events annually held in Wakefield and Chelsea have joined forces this year, combining what were two separate events into Earth Weekend in the Hills. “The vision is to make it more of a celebration and a […]

Aches and pains and shots

12 April 2017 - 3:02pm
Anyone who has seen the 2012 film ‘Amour’ will understand how aging can be a poignant, deeply moving, and difficult experience. As the boomer generation moves ever closer to the moment when we’ll all be well past middle age, the notion that we will no longer live the way we want creeps into our consciousness. […]

A right to passage

12 April 2017 - 2:56pm
By Carolyn Callaghan Imagine for a moment that you are a bobcat, whose home is the Gatineau Park. You feel most comfortable in the forest; open areas frighten you. Each night you roam your territory. You know the lay of the land – where to find prey and how to avoid danger. As you move […]

Where does the hospital foundation’s money go?

12 April 2017 - 2:27pm
The Editor, I have nothing but the greatest respect for the professionals who work for the Wakefield Hospital, the Collines Health Foundation, and for the volunteers who support them. I have long been, and will continue to be, a donor. However, the story in the Low Down of April 5, ‘Revenues down for hospital health […]

Some suggestions for Wakefield rails

12 April 2017 - 2:24pm
The Editor, I have been a member of the North American Railcar Operators Association for many years and I would look like to offer a suggestion. The track winding its way through the town of Wakefield is so nice and is pretty rare and should be preserved. There is so much history associated with this […]

Friend-turned-surrogate helps family grow

5 April 2017 - 1:49pm
When Jessica Séguin gave birth for the third time, she wasn’t the first person to hold the baby. As she lay in a delivery room in the Ottawa Hospital on March 6 after nine and a half hours of labour, she had no problem allowing another woman to take the child she had just delivered. […]

Gatineau Park booming

5 April 2017 - 1:41pm
It seems as if word has got out. Hills residents know well the beauty of the Gatineau Park, but now, so do a lot of other people. Statistics released by the National Capital Commission indicate 27,000 daily passes were bought for the park, a whopping 82.8 per cent increase over the previous year. Season passes […]

Skating triumph wraps up first season

5 April 2017 - 1:37pm
After three months of skaters bundling up against the cold, afternoons spent gliding among the trees, cups of hot chocolate sipped by the fire, selfies taken against a snowy backdrop, countless nights spent making the ice perfect, about a dozen interviews with the media, and even a handful of marriage proposals, the Patinage en forêt […]

Memories of St. Andrews

5 April 2017 - 1:27pm
By Debbie Cross Driving through the village recently and noticing the ‘sold’ sign outside St. Andrews Church and reading last week’s Low Down article on the church got me to remembering. My grandparents were elders of this church. They attended every Sunday, all of their lives, and were heavily involved in church activities, particularly the […]

Did we getcha?

5 April 2017 - 1:18pm
April Fools is the Low Down’s favourite holiday of the year. It’s the only time we can report fake news (unlike thousands of other media outlets these days). But we were a tad perplexed that we received very little feedback for some of the tricks we pulled out of the hat. First up, our editorial […]