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‘Not in my litter!’

5 April 2017 - 1:13pm
The Editor, Yes, indeed, the proposed solution (‘Purr-fect solution to political bickering’, March 29) is rife with challenges as cats are known to retreat to their corners, claws bared and meowing loudly, NeeIMmmmLoauuuuuoooo (for those who do not speak Cat, it means ‘not in my litter!’). They can be very demanding about the services they […]

Stop pumping millions into fossil fuel

5 April 2017 - 1:08pm
The Editor, The 2017 federal budget reduced some of the subsidies to the fossil fuel industry but still allocates hundreds of millions of dollars to the industry. Subsidizing the fossil fuel industry undermines actions being taken to fight climate change, including the many initiatives supported in this budget. The budget included some important steps toward […]

Timmy Ho! Spring is here

5 April 2017 - 1:05pm
The Editor, I am happy that the snow’s finally melting and exposing the colourful shoulders and ditches of our local roads. I am, in fact, so thrilled that I wrote a poem: Need a fix, off to Tim‘s large double double in a (paper and plastic) bucket crank the caffeine, rrrroll up the rrrim, roll […]

Marshmallow madness

5 April 2017 - 1:01pm
The Editor, I am once again dismayed by the sloppy work and lack of attention to detail of the Low Down. I was taking care of my grandchildren this weekend so I thought I would try Gaye’s Marshmallow Moose recipe. My five-year-old granddaughter will be traumatized for life having watched in amazement as the cream […]

A full 180: Provincial government greenlights Farm Point seniors’ housing

29 March 2017 - 2:37pm
A U-turn decision by the provincial government will see the long awaited Farm Point seniors’ housing project become a reality. In a letter dated March 15, the Société d’habitation du Québec (SHQ) confirmed its approval of a $865,000 grant to the Chelsea Housing Corporation (CHC), giving the green light to the seniors’ apartments project that […]

Suspect in Low hit and run arrested

29 March 2017 - 2:33pm
Lynn Fleury’s life has not been the same since she was the victim of a hit and run in Low in November 2016. Her injuries were so extensive that even now, nearly five months later, she still hasn’t fully recovered. At 65, she’s not sure if she ever will. The man who was allegedly driving […]

Drunk driving cop demoted

29 March 2017 - 2:24pm
An Ottawa Police officer has been demoted for three months for drunk driving following an incident that saw him arrested by the MRC des Collines Police, who found him asleep behind the wheel of his car. Ottawa Police Officer and Wakefield resident Jarrid Foley pleaded guilty to drunk driving. He was found guilty and demoted […]

Paper chase

29 March 2017 - 1:48pm
As the deadline to file one’s tax return looms, it seems an announcement from Revenue Quebec went under the radar in recent days. As of 2019, the Ministère des Finances and responsable de l’Administration gouvernementale et de la Révision permanente des programmes et président du Conseil du trésor et revitalisation de la rationalisation économique will […]

An elephant in the room

29 March 2017 - 1:43pm
The Editor, Public consultations are the foundation of good governance, yet in Chelsea they are almost non-existent. So when I received an invitation to attend a public consultation for “those directly impacted” by the revitalization of the Radapaw Ridge playground, I jumped on it. It was the most bizarre two hours I have experienced in […]

The hard work paid off

29 March 2017 - 1:42pm
The Editor, The Corporation d’Habitation de Chelsea announces that the Société d’habitation du Quebec (SHQ) has given its approval for the seniors’ residence in Farm Point. After more than eight years of discussions, meetings, and negotiations, the work of the committee has finally paid off. The new 12-unit facility will mean that some of our […]

CISSSO needs to scrap paid parking permanently

29 March 2017 - 1:40pm
The Editor, March 20th saw representatives of the Centre intégré de santé et de services sociaux de l’Outaouais (CISSSO) descend upon Pontiac for a public meeting on health care. Over 120 people attended, which featured strong representation from municipal leaders, health care professionals, and union representatives. The pay-to-park scheme that was tentatively set to be […]

A granny’s work is never done

29 March 2017 - 1:38pm
The Editor, Many of your readers may already know of the South African government’s withdrawal of funding for numerous social programs. This has had a huge impact on our Gogos and their families in Alexander Township as well as in Asimbonge near Pietermaritzburg. Our grandmother and child led families have not received their food subsidies […]

The train is gone, it’s time to get on board

29 March 2017 - 1:36pm
The Editor, Almost every week, there’s a letter in the Low Down either for or against the transitioning of the former railway corridor in Chelsea to an all-season community trail. In those letters, I’ve seen some valid concerns expressed, some misconceptions, and, I dare to say, one or two outright falsifications. As a base line […]

CISSSO to bring in 92 new workers

22 March 2017 - 5:38pm
Long-term care homes in the Outaouais are about to get a much-needed influx of healthcare professionals to help tend to the region’s elderly citizens. At a press conference on March 20, the Centre Intégré de la santé et des services sociaux de l’Outaouais (CISSSO) announced that it would be creating 92 brand new positions for […]

Milk that weed

22 March 2017 - 5:32pm
There’s milkweed in them thar hills. About 100,000 kilograms of it. Louise Marchildon, the director general of the CLD des Collines-de-l’Outaouais, said the milkweed harvesting season for the fall of 2017 is going to escalate the growing local practice of picking milkweed from fields in the area. Milkweed harvesting is poised to become a bona […]

Parents play nice at park meet

22 March 2017 - 5:23pm
  Chelsea maybe known for its strong voices and passionate disagreements during public meetings, but according to one Chelseaite, the public consultation regarding the refurbishment of Radapaw Ridge Park was an example of constructive, open dialogue and common sense. Larrimac resident David Sachs told the Low Down he was very happy with the consultation and […]

Damn good job in one tough industry

22 March 2017 - 5:19pm
There are the days when pelting snow and freezing rain make driving your clunker down the highway a life-threatening adventure, but the story, like the weather, is breaking. There are the nights when council meetings go on for hours, and you stick it out, hoping someone will get on with it and wrap things up […]

In praise of a community anchor

22 March 2017 - 5:13pm
By F. Joan Garnett With the sale of Wakefield’s St Andrew’s United Church building, it is time to acknowledge the multi-faceted role that the church has played in our village. For many years, the United Church was the hub of Wakefield social activity. Besides serving a large congregation, it welcomed to its sanctuary and its […]

Who’s to blame?

22 March 2017 - 5:11pm
The Editor, Regarding the story ‘Personal Attack’ (March 15): Grown men having tantrums and taking their toys and going home because someone questioned their project? Hardly the response of an adult or an honest-to-god developer, which makes me think the man never had any intentions of doing this project in the first place. Was he […]

Show some respect and do your homework

22 March 2017 - 3:31pm
The Editor, I was among the Chelsea residents who wrote to the mayor and councillors welcoming a proposal for a senior’s residence, but lamenting the lack of public information and consultation on it. Leaving it all to the planning committee and glibly saying that the committee is “open to the public” is not acceptable, particularly […]