Low Down to Hull and Back

Boar and bannock: Wakefield’s latest eatery fuses French food with indigenous inspirations

1 February 2017 - 2:18pm
Wapokunie Riel-Lachapelle offers me a drink almost as soon as I walk into her new restaurant, Nikosi Bistro Pub. The 34-year-old Métis restaurateur wants everyone who passes through her doors to feel relaxed and comfortable, whether it’s her mom, Justin Trudeau, or a reporter. She’s shooting for a specific vibe – laid back but professional, […]

On the waterfront

1 February 2017 - 2:04pm
As with any contentious issue, the slings and arrows that have taken flight over the Wakefield waterfront project are going in all kinds of directions, with targets in every corner. Look out, Hamlet et al. This is an initiative that could do wonders for Wakefield and beyond. The pro side cites a safer and more […]

Make Quebec a good home for seniors

1 February 2017 - 2:02pm
This week in Valley Voices, we are printing a letter addressed to Quebec Minister of Health Gaétan Barrette by Jacqueline Lambert-Madore, President of Des Collines Seniors’ Roundtable. Dear Sir, In response to your plea to hear from Quebecers on the matter of providing Quebec’s senior citizens the services they need, the following is our response […]

How to make sure nothing gets done

1 February 2017 - 1:56pm
The Editor, In the Jan. 25 edition of the Low Down, Mr. Pierre LeBel wrote that Wakefield should pay for its waterfront project alone. He justifies this position with a number of statements that are erroneous. This could have been avoided. Mayor Bussière and I offered to speak to the Comité des citoyens de La […]

Why does ACRE support trail?

1 February 2017 - 1:51pm
The Editor, Laissez les bons temps rouler. On the SentiersChelseaTrails website there is a link to a new petition supporting the conversion of the rail corridor to a bike path. I suppose the conversion must be free: no costs are mentioned therein. And look what you get: there is a beautiful photo of a rock-dust, […]

Racial stereotyping?

1 February 2017 - 1:48pm
The Editor, Is the headline in the Jan. 25 edition (‘Drunken Scotsman pleads guilty to impaired driving’) not the kind of racial stereotyping the Low Down purports to object to? I know I do. Linda Miller Wakefield, QC    

Open up budget talk for 2018

1 February 2017 - 1:46pm
The Editor, Thank you to Councillor Barbara Martin for a clear explanation of financial trends that are shaping Chelsea’s fiscal reality, in the near and long term (Letters, Jan. 25). The annual budget process is an important opportunity to engage citizens in discussing such trends and their impacts on municipal budget planning, as well as […]

Don’t sacrifice classic trails for skate skiing

1 February 2017 - 1:44pm
The Editor, The article about branches poking skiers in the eye on Trail 53 (Jan. 11 edition) has inspired me to write. I was one of many skiers who complained to the parking lot attendant, with a follow-up email to the NCC. The problem has largely been addressed, but it was fixed by skiers breaking […]

Opposition to Wakefield waterfront project rears its head at council

25 January 2017 - 2:25pm
Although it still has many staunch supporters, the Wakefield waterfront beautification project is bringing out a growing contingent of those opposed to the financing model being used. After councillor Michel Gervais informed the public that he’s setting up a registry to collect signatures to put the project’s financing to referendum, potentially pushing back construction, some […]

Montreal man faces charges for sexual assaults in spa

25 January 2017 - 2:02pm
A Montreal man has been charged with four counts of sexual assault after allegedly touching visitors at Spa Nordik-Nature without consent. Jean el-Dadhouh, 44, made his first appearance in court on Jan. 12 in Hull to face charges for one infraction dating back to Feb. 11, 2016 and three infractions dating from April 8, 2016. […]

Celebrating half a century of ‘Paddle to the Sea’

25 January 2017 - 1:58pm
It’s a chance to meet the pint sized star of a famous Oscar-nominated Canadian film, and it’s happening right here in the Hills. The iconic Bill Mason production ‘Paddle to the Sea’ celebrates half a century since its release; and in celebration of the 30-minute long film, Bill Mason’s family is holding a special evening […]

En Anglais, Justin

25 January 2017 - 1:45pm
Healthcare in the Hills is finally looking up. Wakefield has two new doctors, and after years of waiting, many are finally going to get the care they’ve been paying for with their tax dollars. And while measles and mumps and bumps and sprains will be getting more attention, there’s an area of healthcare that is […]

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 […]