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Councillor should resign

22 March 2017 - 3:28pm
The Editor, Chelsea has been robbed of a much-needed housing project for seniors because of one misguided councillor. Barbara Martin has used the need for consultation as an excuse, this after eight years of public consultations resulting in two policy documents, formally adopted by council, confirming the pressing need for seniors’ housing in Chelsea. Barbara […]

Loss of project a blow to the community

22 March 2017 - 3:25pm
The Editor, The recently reported seniors’ residence project wasn’t “controversial.” Councillors’ frustrations over losing a much-needed 30-unit project – because it was politicized – are far more understandable and valid than the opposing voices. The majority of councillors understood that the Alary project was a long sought-after enhancement to centre-village development. It had been identified […]

‘Seniorsgate’ – if you can’t take the heat…

22 March 2017 - 3:17pm
The Editor, Frustration and disappointment boiled over at the March 9 Chelsea council meeting because the proposed seniors’ housing project was a winner, and it was lost. All the boxes were ticked; it had the support of staff, the planning committee, and a clear majority of elected councillors, and yet it was still lost. I […]

A decade in the making

22 March 2017 - 3:14pm
The Editor, A new Policy and Action Plan for Families and Seniors was adopted unanimously at the March 9 Chelsea council meeting. This report combines the recommendations of two separate advisory committees, and draws on more than a decade of consultations that identified ‘housing’ as the number one priority for Chelsea. To ensure implementation of […]

Snares found close to village

15 March 2017 - 4:18pm
Steve Powers doesn’t even want to consider the consequences of what would have happened if his dog had discovered the snare traps only a couple of hundred metres from his Wakefield property. “If he got his head stuck in it, it would be fatal,” said Powers. “My dog would have died.” Powers was alerted to […]

‘Personal attack’: tempers flare over lost seniors’ project

15 March 2017 - 4:07pm
Chelsea councillor Barbara Martin described her fellow councillors’ behaviour as “utterly disgraceful,” saying they had launched a “personal attack” on her during the municipal council meeting of March 9. In an unusual step, each councillor and the mayor made passionate speeches about a highly controversial seniors’ development, which had purposely been left on the agenda […]

One lucky pup: dog survives a week alone in the wilderness

15 March 2017 - 3:55pm
For at least a week in the end of February and the beginning of March, a five-month-old Australian Shepherd mix puppy wandered the Gatineau Park. Lonely and frightened, the puppy wandered the woods in temperatures as low as -20 C and biting winds. She spooked at the sight of people, but hungrily took proffered food. […]

Tasting Notes

15 March 2017 - 3:42pm
Arctic Bay Still Here For Now (Nunavut), 2009: Harvested from core ice samples, this is an accessible water that lingers. Hints of Arctic moss, aurora borealis, and vastness. Purchase several cases for laying down, as supply predictions are grim due to impending meltage. Best paired with raw char dipped in soy sauce at the end […]

It’s not just about kitchens

15 March 2017 - 3:35pm
By David Stockwell What a spectacle at Chelsea council on March 9. There was shouting, accusations, bullying, and threats. And there were “alternative facts” lacing the comments of those from whom we expect more. There was even a challenge to Chelsea’s bilingual culture. Some, who dared to speak up, were berated and humiliated. All this […]

More consultations, less ‘blame’

15 March 2017 - 3:33pm
The Editor, I would suspect that there will be lots of comments relative to the Chelsea council meeting which I attended on March 9. While there is a whole book to be written about the “discussion” on the now defunct first seniors’ housing project, suffice to say that the way many council members behaved, especially […]

Citizens deserve common courtesy from councillors

15 March 2017 - 3:30pm
The Editor, The March 1 and 8 issues of the Low Down bewildered me as I failed to understand why Mr. Alary had chosen to withdraw from his plan to construct a seniors’ residence, particularly since I felt the questions raised were worthwhile and required an answer. I learned a council meeting was scheduled for […]

Seniors’ housing axed by developer

8 March 2017 - 3:16pm
In an unpredictable turn of events, a proposed $5 million seniors’ residence slated for Old Chelsea Road is no longer in the cards. Developer Jacques Alary told the Low Down his proposed seniors’ project is no longer going ahead, “because of Barbara Martin’s comments.” Alary said a letter Chelsea Councillor Barbara Martin had published in […]

Province dishes out $8M for health care

8 March 2017 - 3:01pm
The Centre Intégré de la santé et des services sociaux de l’Outaouais has just received a substantial chunk of change from the provincial government to create new spaces in health care facilities and more jobs for healthcare professionals in the region. On March 3, provincial ministers announced $7,852,285 to create a total of 99 new […]

Paramedics heading out on strike

8 March 2017 - 2:58pm
The Fraternité des paramédics de l’Outaouais has officially decided to go on strike. According to a press release from the Fédération des employés du préhospitalier du Québec (FPHQ), of which the Outaouais paramedics union is a member, all FPHQ members across the province will be striking as of 12:01 a.m. on March 9. The release […]

Chelsea gets character from people, not buildings

8 March 2017 - 2:54pm
The Editor, Regarding the Padden lofts project, I find it curious when people who want to preserve the “charm” of Chelsea pay more attention to older buildings than older people. I think a community primarily gets its character from the people who live there, and so I’d like not to force aging community members out […]

Dialogue important for growth

8 March 2017 - 2:50pm
The Editor, It is most disappointing that the proponent for the seniors’ housing project on Old Chelsea Road has decided to withdraw his project. His project was warmly welcomed, but there were questions that needed answering and some adjustments needed. Given what we have learned from this experience, it is even more important for Chelsea […]

Calling all authorities

8 March 2017 - 2:47pm
The Editor, Reference is made to recent articles in the Low Down by André Fortin, MNA, and the former Pontiac MNA, Charlotte l’Écuyer, who stated that, “the reorganization of the healthcare network undertaken in 2015 is not working out.” The latest article says that ClSSSO representatives state there are many needs. It appears to me […]

Lost opportunity for Chelsea seniors

8 March 2017 - 2:40pm
The Editor, There was a project on the table submitted by Jacques Alary to build 30 apartments for seniors on Old Chelsea Road. This project was recommended by the Planning and Sustainable Development Advisory Committee. I know that this type of accommodation is not for every senior (an apartment without a full kitchen) but it […]

I’ll take the hot plate

8 March 2017 - 2:37pm
An infrastructure project is once again stirring up the heat in Chelsea. This time, it’s all about hot plates. Long-time builder Jacques Alary put forward plans to create a multi-purpose development in Chelsea that would have included reasonably priced apartments for seniors, among other things. He’d been noodling on this idea for quite a while, […]

Condos instead of seniors’ housing in Chelsea

8 March 2017 - 2:31pm
By Jacques Alary In response to the letter from Councillor Barbara Martin (March 1 edition), I wish to clarify some of the information provided that we consider incomplete. As part of her councillor’s duties, Ms Martin requested that we provide her with information to help council at its working session held on Feb. 27. The […]