Low Down to Hull and Back

Looking at the full picture

25 January 2017 - 1:42pm
By Bob Vandenberg The suggestion that the Municipality of Chelsea rent the Meredith Centre building to the Chelsea Foundation (‘Meredith Centre needs remedial action’, Jan. 11 edition) is curious. The building and the land it sits on belong to the municipality, not to the Chelsea Foundation. Should the municipality charge rent on its own buildings? […]

Lucky is in the eye of the beholder

25 January 2017 - 1:31pm
The Editor, As I read the article about the 2017 Chelsea budget and the municipality’s clarification of next year’s budget increase (Jan. 11, ‘Chelsea brings 1.8 per cent tax increase’), I was struck by the superlatives used to describe the increase. Then I became concerned when I read the “clarification” from the municipality painfully explaining […]

Didn’t we all pay for arena?

25 January 2017 - 1:29pm
The Editor, Michel Gervais is an intelligent person but his views on the financing of the waterfront project in Wakefield are very narrow-minded (Jan. 18 edition). He suggests a local tax similar to a sewage system tax. The sewage system, for the most part, is for personal use. The public is not able to access […]

Wakefield alone should pay for its waterfront project

25 January 2017 - 1:28pm
The Editor, In December 2016, the La Pêche municipal council voted for a borrowing by-law of $400,000 for the revitalization of the Gatineau River shore, a project championed by the Wakefield Chamber aiming at increasing access to the river for tourists visiting the Wakefield village and therefore attracting more tourists who will then spend their […]

Rural hospitals should have free parking

25 January 2017 - 1:25pm
The Editor, We only visit hospitals when we’re at our most vulnerable, emotionally and physically. Apparently, the Centre intégré de santé et de services sociaux de l’Outaouais (CISSSO) believes that this vulnerability should extend to the wallets of Pontiac residents. The CISSSO Board of Directors, appointed by the provincial Quebec government, has decided that the […]

Setting the ski record straight

25 January 2017 - 1:18pm
The Editor, Regarding an article published on Dec. 7 (‘More bollards on the way’), I would like to correct some information regarding the Gatineau Loppet, which was given $5,000 by the Municipality of Chelsea. Contrary to a comment by Councillor Barb Martin, the Gatineau Loppet is a non-profit organization and not a private company. The […]

Local emergency rooms exceed capacity, bar Wakefield

18 January 2017 - 2:38pm
Emergency rooms in the region are frequently beset by overcapacity, but the Wakefield Hospital has largely bucked that trend. Hospitals in Hull, Gatineau, and Buckingham suffer the most with emergency rooms that are operating at over 100 per cent capacity on a regular basis, said Gail Ryan, director of nursing for the Centre Intégré de […]

Wait list torn in half

18 January 2017 - 2:32pm
The list of patients waiting for a family doctor in the Hills is about to be halved, and the list should be history by 2018. Two new doctors are setting up practices in the Centre de Médecine Familiale de Wakefield. Dr. Emmanuelle Britton and Dr. Véronique Belanger began taking patients on Jan. 16 and, according […]

Putting the roar back into winter

18 January 2017 - 2:27pm
Dragons have been the subject of fascination for millennia, living at the centres of mythologies the world over. The dragon features in many cultures, from the Chinese to the Welsh, and soon, Wakefield’s own elusive dragon is soon to raise its snowy head to make its brief annual appearance. Marie-Pierre Wallace, coordinator for Dragonfest, said […]

Dialoguing with the Donald

18 January 2017 - 2:22pm
Low Down: I guess congratulations are in order, Mr. Trump. We’re a little surprised that you’ve decided your first official visit will be to the Outaouais, even before your inauguration. Can you explain? Donald Trump: I thought I might take Don Junior wolf hunting. Let’s face it, who starts a new job on a Friday? […]

High-speed access critical for growth

18 January 2017 - 2:20pm
By William Amos Across the Pontiac, people agree that Internet access is now an essential part of our everyday life. We go online for education, health services, entertainment, and almost everything else. Every Canadian should have access to high-speed Internet. It’s an absolute necessity if we want to compete in today’s digital and global economy. […]

Serious business at Meredith Centre

18 January 2017 - 1:21pm
The Editor, Thank you for continuing to publish letters about our community centre in Old Chelsea. As pointed out by David Stockwell (‘Let us see the details’, Jan. 11), Chelsea taxpayers support the Meredith Centre. Thousands of users who pass through the front doors, and many locals who happily volunteer there, love the facilities and […]

Others should be so lucky

18 January 2017 - 1:19pm
The Editor, I attended the 2017 Chelsea budget meeting on Jan. 9 and was impressed by the reasons given by the five councillors and the mayor for adopting the budget. The lone dissenting councillor explained why she could not vote for the 1.8 per cent increase in the tax rate. On the basis of her […]

Calling the kettle yellow

18 January 2017 - 1:14pm
The Editor, On behalf of myself (and I think I speak for the majority of the taxpayers/residents of the municipality of Low), I would like to apologize for the boorish attack on Ben Bulmer by Kevin Morris (‘When trumping the truth loses the real story’, Nov. 30). In all the years that I have attended […]

Clearing up the budget question

18 January 2017 - 1:09pm
The Editor, While Chelsea’s expenses increased from $14.8 million to $16.4 million in 2017, it is important to recognize that when a municipality invests in its infrastructures, in order to provide new services to its residents, an increase in its expenses is to be expected. Chelsea invested nearly $26 million in its new drinking water […]

One of the best

18 January 2017 - 1:06pm
The Editor, Thank you, Nikki, for your editorial of Dec. 21, ‘Gifts of Art Mantell.’ I had the honour and privilege of working for Art in the 1990s. It seems like forever ago, but also like yesterday. I only recently heard of Art’s passing, and it saddens me deeply. I can say without exaggeration that […]

Chelsea debt will hamper options

11 January 2017 - 2:27pm
In the Jan. 11 of the Low Down, a technical glitch resulted in the incorrect version of a letter to the editor being published in the print edition. Here is the corrected version. The Editor, A 1.8 per cent tax increase for Chelsea might sound reasonable, but it is not. That is why I voted […]

Tragic Kaz crash

11 January 2017 - 2:24pm
Firefighter paralyzed, community rallies Shawn Chamberlain didn’t realize at first that the man he was pulling from a car wreck on the night of Dec. 22 was one of his own firefighters. Chamberlain, chief of the Kazabazua Fire Department, was at the scene the night that Kaz firefighter Eric Villeneuve was involved in an accident […]

Police rescue pooch from polar depths

11 January 2017 - 2:16pm
When Sarah Swan’s dog, Louis, goes outside, he’s usually back within five minutes. Even when the two are visiting Swan’s father, who lives on Wakefield Heights with a property that backs onto the bay, he comes when he’s called. When Louis went outside and didn’t come back in, Swan and her father began to search […]

Chelsea budget brings 1.8% tax increase

11 January 2017 - 2:10pm
The average Chelsea homeowner will have to dig a little deeper into their pockets this year following a modest tax increase in the budget. Council adopted the 2017 document in a majority vote, with the only opposing vote coming from Ward 3 councillor Barbara Martin, on Jan. 9. The $16,417,725 budget, which is up from […]