Low Down to Hull and Back

Anguished mom feels let down by police

1 March 2017 - 3:30pm
A Wakefield mother whose 18-year-old daughter went missing Jan. 27 is frustrated with what she feels is a lack of action by the authorities. On top of the anguish and despair caused by the disappearance of her daughter, Anouk-Michelle Grégoire said she’s had to take on the challenge of trying to get the Ottawa, Gatineau, […]

CISSSO unveils four-year public health plan

1 March 2017 - 3:22pm
The Centre Intégré de la santé et des services sociaux de l’Outaouais has unveiled a plan of action for the next four years in the region, but not everyone is convinced that it can bring the regional health system up to snuff. The 150-page document was rolled out to the public on Feb. 22, and […]

Top cop suspended

1 March 2017 - 3:19pm
A police officer with the MRC des Collines has been suspended with pay for a week. Sylvain Tanguay, chief inspector for the Criminal Investigations Division and assistant director for public security, has been forbidden from returning to the police station on Edelweiss Road until an internal investigation has been completed. According to Robert Bussière, prefect […]

Where’s the beef? Ask your local dealer

1 March 2017 - 2:36pm
Dateline: somewhere in a dark alley … no, wait, somewhere in a field in La Pêche. Dealer: Pssst … hey! Customer: Who dat? Dealer: Listen, I got a line on some rump. Organic. Grass fed. My boys tell me you might be, ya know, interested. Customer: Oh yeah? How much? Dealer: Ten per pound. Customer: […]


1 March 2017 - 2:34pm
By Gary Martin Not long ago, I taught a course on urbanism at Carleton University. Semester-end feedback from students included a challenge. I quote: “I am still not fully sure why [the prof] hates cars so much if he relies on one every day to commute: isn’t it just a tad hypocritical?” Yup. It is. […]

A thank-you to the community

1 March 2017 - 2:32pm
The Editor, It is difficult to find words in such terrible circumstances. Washishkun vanished from our lives in a few seconds, in a car accident on February 3rd. She was a sweet, loving and wonderful person to all who knew her, and a truly outstanding mother to her two children, Nee-an and Tshiuetin. Her death […]

The low down on the lofts

1 March 2017 - 2:25pm
The Editor, On behalf of Chelsea council, I would like to establish the facts concerning the Padden Road project, in response to the letter entitled ‘Heritage at High Risk’ (Feb. 22 edition). The mixed-use residential and commercial project proposed by local developers on Padden Road was conceived, from the design stage, to be in full […]

$1.7 million for a non-project?

1 March 2017 - 2:23pm
The Editor, If you’re a taxpayer in Chelsea and are concerned about the lack of transparency in budget meetings, here is a budget revelation that should concern you. Council has committed a total of $1.7 million dollars of your money to a project in Chelsea that currently does not exist – so says Mayor Green, […]

Loft plans should be revisited

1 March 2017 - 2:09pm
The Editor, I would like to add my voice to others who have expressed concern about the proposed loft development in Old Chelsea’s Centre Village. A large, three-storey development consisting of 28 lofts on top of seven commercial units is planned for the treed lot on Padden Lane. This project is far too big for […]

Good – but not good enough

1 March 2017 - 2:05pm
The Editor, At last, Chelsea has a serious proposal for senior’s housing, as reported in the Feb. 22 edition. This is very good news and an excellent beginning. But as this is the first project of its kind in Chelsea, we should take it one step at a time. A dialogue with the community is […]

Seniors suites proposed for Chelsea

23 February 2017 - 8:23am
Much needed seniors’ accommodation could soon be going up in Chelsea if the municipality gives a proposed seniors’ residence the green light. Although just a proposal at present and subject to change, the 15,000 square foot building would be located on a two-acre site on Old Chelsea Road west of Cecil Road and south of […]

Wakefield water front project funding gets green light

23 February 2017 - 8:16am
La Pêche now officially has two new borrowing bylaws that will likely mean the Wakefield waterfront project can move forward. At the La Pêche municipal council meeting on Feb. 20, council adopted two borrowing bylaws, one for $200,000 from the general budget and one for $149,000 from the Ward 6 budget and the parks budget. […]

Husband and wife snag medals

23 February 2017 - 8:08am
They say that those who play together, stay together, and Chelsea couple Karl Saidla and Megan McTavish are proving the saying right, even if you throw a healthy bit of competition into the mix. The couple, who live in Kingsmere, both took third place in the men’s and women’s categories of the highly competitive 51-kilometre […]

Two sides to the coin

23 February 2017 - 8:00am
The Editor, Regarding ‘Teachers’ unions against finance courses’ (This Province This Week, Feb. 15 edition): This peculiar education update indicates a forthcoming struggle between this province’s Ministry of Education and the teachers’ unions over a matter of curriculum. In this case, it pertains to a proposed mandatory course for Grade 12 students in what is […]

Do the right thing

23 February 2017 - 7:56am
The Editor, Chelsea is so small that folks can be on opposite sides of their own causes. Case in point: ACRE’s support for the conversion of the railway to a bike path. Are supporters of the bike path project (a project now firmly established to be expensive and damaging to the natural environment) masquerading as […]

Where there’s water there’s ice

23 February 2017 - 7:35am
The Editor, It is water pressure that enables a small plant to burst through asphalt, and it is ice pressure that destroys pontoons, floating docks, and inadequate supports for anything built over the river. Add to this changing river levels, and you’ve got a very difficult engineering challenge. Water expands by nine per cent when […]

Heritage at high risk

23 February 2017 - 7:31am
The Editor, The heart of Old Chelsea’s village character is at risk due to a projected gigantic building development in the narrow Padden Lane. The project goes against the minimal density allowed in the zone, the provincial Cultural Property Act, the Ministry of Municipal Affairs, Regions and Land Occupancy, the MRC-des-Collines land use development document, […]

Residents ‘early adopters’ of tourist attractions

22 February 2017 - 5:32pm
The Editor, For the past several weeks, Outaouais Tourism has been following the discussions in La Pêche about the waterfront project in the village of Wakefield. As you know, the Chelsea-Wakefield-La Pêche-Gatineau Park corridor is one of the main anchors of Outaouais Tourism’s strategic plan. The intent of this letter is not to interfere in […]

Small is beautiful, and so is broccoli

22 February 2017 - 5:28pm
If you’ve ever driven in and around Manotick on the other side of the river, you may have noticed a bevy of mansions. The term ‘McMansion’ is now part of the lexicon, and it usually means big, beige, and beastly. These residences – and as of this writing, there are no fewer than 50 for […]

Then and now

22 February 2017 - 5:24pm
When we first bought the Chelsea Pub almost 10 years ago, it needed a lot of love. I remember the persistent smell of cigarette smoke, and, as a woman, being uncomfortable sitting alone at the bar. I am proud of the work we’ve done since then. I’m proud to see women sitting at the bar […]