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Chelsea mayor casts deciding vote to tear out tracks

7 June 2017 - 5:36pm
Chelsea Mayor Caryl Green cast the deciding vote to rip up the railway tracks in what appears to many as giving the green light for the proposed rails-to-trail conversion. A tense hush filled the standing-room only council chamber, as the mayor deliberated on her vote that would break a three-three tie at Chelsea’s June 5 […]

It’s all over, steam train fizzles to end

7 June 2017 - 5:35pm
“The steam train will not be moved to Wakefield.” It’s a nine-word epitaph confirming the end of the iconic train after over a century in the Gatineau Hills. There was no official statement declaring the Wakefield steam train was finally dead, no outcry of protest from its die-hard fans, just a simple sentence written on […]

$2.5M milkweed centre coming to La Pêche

7 June 2017 - 5:34pm
The milkweed scene in La Pêche is about to be kicked up a notch. Michel Leclair, owner of Eco-Odyssée, is set to build and operate a 7,000-square foot milkweed processing centre on his Edelweiss property. The project, which will take about $2.5 million to get off the ground, still needs about $500,000, said Leclair; so […]

Let ‘er rip

7 June 2017 - 5:22pm
Why? Why would Mayor Caryl Green take the powder keg issue that is the rails-to-trail conversion and drop a little match in it like she did Monday night? At best the motive is naive optimism, at worst a cunning calculation in an election year. Without a doubt, the proposed multi-use trail has been the single […]

Enough fighting – bring on the trail

7 June 2017 - 1:31pm
By Derek Medland It is the morning the day after the latest Chelsea Council meeting. By now, I am certain that the opposition’s vocal and angry few are busy pounding keyboards and working their latest voodoo on some type of nuance in the council’s proceedings. The opposition is quick to call the Rails2Trails Coalition and […]

Chelsea should have waited to decide on rails

7 June 2017 - 12:43pm
The Editor, Chelsea already has a community trail on the rail corridor. Years ago, it was decided that it was for non-motorized use, excluding the train. It has been used in the winter for skiing and in the summer for walking. However, large stones and weeds have made this uncomfortable. So, there is an understandable […]

Residents again mislead about rails

7 June 2017 - 12:10pm
The Editor, Once again Mayor Green and company have shown all residents of Chelsea how our municipal council operates. Taxpayers have once again been manipulated and misled by the recent decisions by Chelsea council to fund removing the rails and ties from the rail bed in Chelsea, the first step in the construction of a […]

Pirate boats must go

7 June 2017 - 12:04pm
The Editor, Thank you for your editorial (Ahoy Matey, boats need a home, May 31 edition) about the use of municipal land to dock the pirate boats. This is indeed a difficult issue that goes to the heart of several public concerns. Wakefield has a unique character and it is important to respect this in […]

Plan released to widen Alonzo Wright Bridge

31 May 2017 - 6:50pm
If you’ve ever tried to get home from the city via Hwy 105 at peak traffic hours, you know the pain of sitting in bumper-to-bumper traffic as you approach the junction to the Alonzo Wright Bridge. But a proposed $40 million plan to widen the bridge could have Hills commuters breathing a sigh of relief […]

Fidget spinners: helpful or harmful?

31 May 2017 - 6:48pm
  A worldwide phenomenon and Internet sensation has finally come to the classrooms of the Gatineau Hills: fidget spinners. The spinning toy, which claims to offer therapeutic effects to children who need to occupy their hands in order to concentrate, has become so ubiquitous that the École secondaire des Lacs and École au Coeur-des-Collines in […]

Chelseaite to capture the Canadian story in 150 days

31 May 2017 - 6:45pm
Canada’s vastness and diversity, both social and geographical, means that the core identity of the nation has defied definition. How can the spirit of a country so huge and varied as ours be contained in a single idiom or identity or anthem? How could the real Canadian story ever be told? One Chelseaite has planned […]

Kaz retirement home so close to reality

31 May 2017 - 6:32pm
The Editor, The Gatineau Valley Retirement Village, Phase 1 in Kazabazua will provide affordable rental housing for seniors and disabled persons who wish to remain in their community. This project was officially proposed in 2010, and has received very good support and funding from all levels of government. The Société de Habitation de Québec gave […]

Mayor’s spin doctor should respect Access to Info

31 May 2017 - 6:29pm
The Editor, He calls it “red tape” but it was the “red herring” that smelled fishy. That odour was Brendan Denovan’s Letter to the Editor in the Low Down last week (Red tape, red herring, May 24 edition). As the reputed spin doctor for Mayor Caryl Green, he should have more respect for transparency and […]

Make the 150 a start to full reconciliation

31 May 2017 - 6:25pm
The Editor, Thank you for your very well articulated editorial (May 24 edition) drawing your readers’ attention to the need for Canada to mark this 150th anniversary as an opportunity to start putting to right the extensive wrongs done over the last 150 years to Canada’s indigenous peoples. I came to Canada from the UK […]

Chalk River nuclear waste proposal needs input

31 May 2017 - 6:21pm
By Will Amos I take seriously my responsibility to enhance public dialogue regarding the proposed Near Surface Disposal Facility (NSDF), which is part of a private-sector plan to deal with the legacy waste at the Chalk River Nuclear Site. There is no doubt this is a file of significant regional and national interest. It merits […]

Ahoy matey, boats need a home

31 May 2017 - 6:17pm
Ahoy matey, these boats need a home Our recent story about the municipality giving the pirate boats the heave ho out of the Wakefield Bay (‘Heave ho: Wakefield pirate told to abandon ships,’ May 17 edition) stirred some debate among readers. As it should; it’s one of those issues that marks another turn in the […]

Wakefield farmer loses home to blaze

24 May 2017 - 4:44pm
Jan Lis was working in his field on May 15 when he saw plumes of smoke billowing from his home not 100 metres away from where he stood. One moment, he was crouched over his crops of organic vegetables, but when he looked behind him, his house was in the early stages of a fire […]

Bad grades: local emergency rooms fall below provincial average

24 May 2017 - 4:41pm
In news that surprises no one, the quality of healthcare received in emergency rooms in the Outaouais lags behind provincial standards by many objective measures. A report by La Presse released on May 18 measured factors such as time patients spend on stretchers in emergency rooms and assigns a corresponding letter score. The average score […]

An Amazing Race to getting hitched

24 May 2017 - 4:35pm
Forget a diamond ring sitting at the bottom of a champagne glass at a fancy dinner – to Jeffrey McMillan, you only get one chance to propose to someone, so you might as well make a day of it. Hills’ residents may have noticed a vehicle cruising through the area emblazoned with what appeared to […]

94 reasons not to celebrate Canada 150

24 May 2017 - 4:08pm
On May 19, the Canadian Press reported that Prime Minister Trudeau will meet with Pope Francis in Rome on May 29 for the purpose of obtaining a formal apology from the Catholic Church for its involvement in the residential school system (it ran 64 of 140 schools). Getting the apology is just one of 94 […]

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