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Meredith needs remedial action

11 January 2017 - 2:04pm
The Editor, On 14 June 2009, Chelsea taxpayers gave borrowing authority to council, thereby enabling the Meredith Centre to proceed. The referendum passed by a plurality of six voters, on the strength of a business plan tabled on Feb. 10, 2009, which forecast that: • ‘Debt repayment for the Meredith Centre will be approximately $60 […]

Let us see the details

11 January 2017 - 1:58pm
The Editor, I was surprised by Bob Vandenberg’s letter to the editor in the Dec. 21 edition of the Low Down (‘Christmas Grinch counts Meredith pennies’). The gent doth protest too much, methinks. Chelsea taxpayers support the Meredith Centre, so do those who use it and also Foundation members and volunteers. You don’t have to […]

Wish list

11 January 2017 - 1:35pm
Christmas has come and gone, which means it’s time to think of a few things that might be accomplished in 2017. First up is seniors’ housing in Chelsea. As reported in the Low Down over lo these many years, what should have been a no-brainer turned into a long, drawn-out drama. Our seniors deserve better. […]

We have a trail – let’s just use it

11 January 2017 - 1:30pm
By Honna Segel It’s 2017 and Chelsea council appears ready to spend an additional $400,000 of taxpayers’ money this year to study converting the railroad corridor to a ‘community trail’. Why study ‘conversion’? The tracks already serve as a multi-functional, year round, community trail – and have for many years. Why continue to mislead residents […]

We are on holidays!

23 December 2016 - 9:00am
Ho, ho, hold the news! The Low Down is taking a much-needed break. The office opens up again Jan. 4, 2107. Our next edition is Jan. 11. See you in the New Year!

The gifts of Art Mantell

21 December 2016 - 1:38pm
By Nikki Mantell My dad always said, make sure in the last editorial of the year you take the time to thank your readers and advertisers. Because I was brought up right in the newspaper business, I’ll do that right away. Everyone here at the Low Down, especially in these terrible times for newspapers, considers […]

Two solitudes, two pillars of strength

21 December 2016 - 1:37pm
By Will Amos   Canada’s diversity is one of its biggest strengths and has its roots in the co-existence of different cultures and languages in our country from its early days. It is reflected in the many sides of our rich national identity – an identity defined in large part by Canada’s bilingual character. As […]

Christmas Grinch counts Meredith pennies

21 December 2016 - 1:34pm
The Editor, In her letter of Dec. 14, Ms. Stuart-Major, this year’s Christmas Grinch, disputes the end-of-year financial report for the Meredith Centre, endorsed by the Chelsea Foundation Board and our accountant. She calls for “transparency please” and then states as fact that the cost to own and operate the Meredith Centre is $1.5 million […]

Those yellow pipe blues

21 December 2016 - 1:33pm
The Editor,   The yellow pipe lined up along Old Chelsea Road was hard not to notice. As someone who has spent time at the hind end of a backhoe swamping trenches on gas pipeline projects, the yellow of those pipes was very familiar.   Apparently, Chelsea is getting gas. From an economic perspective, it […]

Chelsea’s Red Couch hits the road

21 December 2016 - 1:22pm
To most, a couch might just be a piece of furniture. But Ela Kinowska sees something more than a mere assemblage of wood and fabric: she sees the stage from which we tell our stories. Kinowska is the mind behind the Red Couch Tour, which was officially launched on Dec. 16 at the Canadian Museum […]

Gatineau Hills makes map of Liberals’ $500M high speed internet program

21 December 2016 - 1:17pm
Hills residents hankering to watch funny cat videos on Youtube or download important work files, but who are hampered by a slow and spotty Internet connection, may soon see all that change. The federal government has launched Connect to Innovate, a project set to bring high-speed Internet to over 300 rural and remote communities around […]

Forest skate trail finally (almost) here

21 December 2016 - 1:29am
Pulling up to Dave Mayer’s property in Lac-des-Loups, one would never guess that a path through an enchanted wintery forest lay in his backyard. Mayer’s much-anticipated skating trail through the trees is very near completion. Since he began working on the project and spreading the news, the response has exploded. “If we go by the […]

$300K for 2nd study

14 December 2016 - 2:09pm
  The hotly anticipated environmental report assessing Chelsea’s proposed rails to trails project has been released, giving a solid recommendation to proceed with a second study. The 547-page report, conducted by Avizo Expert-Conseils, gives a geological and historical synopsis of the railway corridor as well as citing potential ground contamination in six locations. The report […]

Palliative care centre to open 2017

14 December 2016 - 2:05pm
The Gatineau Hills’ long-awaited palliative care facility is finally on its way. The Maison des Collines has garnered enough financial support to move forward on its project to bring an end-of-life facility to Wakefield. With all i’s dotted and t’s crossed, construction of the approximately 6,000-square-foot facility is set to begin in the spring of […]

Access to info: Low councillor baffled

14 December 2016 - 1:59pm
A Low councillor has allegedly been told to submit a freedom of information request for financial information she’s required to vote on – and is normally available at the click of a button. Municipality of Low Councillor Joanne Mayer said she requested the general ledger – a breakdown of each financial transaction for the years […]

A Hills Christmas Carol

14 December 2016 - 1:53pm
Ghost of Christmas Present: Scrooge! Scrooge: Whodat? GCP: It’s me. The ghost of Christmas present. Scrooge: Who? GCP: Never mind. I’m here to tell you to change your evil ways. Scrooge: What evil ways? GCP: You’re a greedy bastard. Scrooge: I am? Why? GCP: Because you’re stinking rich and all you do is buy stuff. […]

Why pave paradise?

14 December 2016 - 1:51pm
By Nancy Hall Outdoor enthusiasts in Chelsea and Wakefield are calling for the transformation of the old riverside railway line into a trail, possibly with a steam train component in the Wakefield sector. This has caused much debate and studies are underway to determine the future of this historic corridor. Flying well below the radar […]

Chelsea docs get behind rails to trails

14 December 2016 - 1:47pm
The Editor, As physicians, we spend much of our time advocating for and promoting healthy lifestyles for our patients. As residents of Chelsea, we support the Rails to Trails (R2T) initiative as a practical way to promote the physical, social, and environmental health of our community. Converting the rail bed into a linear park for […]

Conduct of Low mayor inspires apology

14 December 2016 - 1:44pm
The Editor, It is with profound sadness, regret, shock, and embarrassment that I read the article in the Dec. 7 edition regarding the resignation of Low firefighter, Seamus Montague, and the subsequent interview of Low Mayor, Morris O’Connor, by the Low Down’s reporter, Ben Bulmer. I was at the Dec. 5 council meeting and saw […]

Meredith surplus? Check the numbers

14 December 2016 - 1:41pm
The Editor, In ‘Meredith Surpluses’ (Dec. 7 Letters), Bob Vandenberg reports that the centre has a surplus. If only. The official record says otherwise: http://chelsea.ca/sites/default/files/conseil_odj_16-12-05.2.pdf The revenue projection for 2016 is $775,000. The projection for 2015 was $773,000; but audited receipts were $670,835. On the other side of the ledger, the projection for 2016 direct […]