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A matter of time

26 July 2017 - 3:13pm
The idea of a time capsule is both intriguing and creepy. Intriguing, because you wonder what future generations will think of the current generation when they crack open the case. Creepy, because we’ll all be worm food by the time that happens. The Youth Welfare Association of Rupert is putting together a capsule created out […]

Setting a bad example

26 July 2017 - 3:07pm
The Editor, The letter ‘Media Ban an example of tyranny’ (July 19 edition), Mayor Green is compared to “the likes of Trump, Putin and other tyrants…” As much as I disagree with the media ban at a public meeting, I find that this new escalade in the rhetoric around the R2T debate is troubling (and […]

Mayor erred in banning media

26 July 2017 - 2:47pm
The Editor, Regardless of where you stand on the Rails to Trails issue, Mayor Green errs when excluding the media from a public consultation (‘Media got the boot at citizens’ request’, July 19). The media is the public and excluding the media is denying the citizens of Chelsea a basic right, as enshrined in the […]

Righting an injustice? Or just greedy?

26 July 2017 - 2:45pm
The Editor, Re: ‘Cop taking MRC to court’ (July 19 edition), the perspective of a litigator, in this case Mr. Pepper, makes this article less of a human interest story than a tale of revenge (‘We are going to hammer them’), the climax being the pot of gold at the end. We have recently read […]

Weird indeed on the trail

26 July 2017 - 2:40pm
The Editor, In reading Richard D. French’s letter to the editor (July 12 edition), and specifically his quote of Hannah Arendt and reference to human rights, Hunter S. Thompson’s words came lyrically to me: ‘When the going gets weird, the weird turn pro’. Like you, Mr. French, I suffer from the oppression of the tyranny […]

Built for beauty, not speed

26 July 2017 - 2:37pm
The Editor, It’s a Toonerville Trolley fantasy to propose a commuter rail line between Wakefield and Gatineau along the existing abandoned corridor (Valley Voices July, 19). Right now, a public transit bus can take you from Wakefield to Gatineau in less than 35 minutes. How can you beat that on a rail line full of […]

Cop taking MRC to court

19 July 2017 - 4:32pm
Former senior Hills cop Sylvain Tanguay, who was fired in June, is suing the MRC des Collines-de-l’Outaouais for “millions of dollars” in damages, claiming he was unlawfully let go, according to the law firm representing him. Pepper and Associates partner John T. Pepper Jr told the Low Down a motion was filed at the Gatineau […]

Seniors transport service to be axed

19 July 2017 - 4:19pm
For Marie Sloan, medical and emotional support may become inaccessible. The 71-year-old Val-des-Monts resident often needs to visit Wakefield and Masham for medical appointments for her 76-year-old husband and for support group meetings for herself. She doesn’t like to drive very far on her own, and she can’t leave her husband by himself – a […]

Growing pains for Mont Cascades

19 July 2017 - 4:04pm
Mont Cascades owner Rick Hunter promised that any new development to his Cantley ski hill would not resemble a mini-Mont Tremblant, telling the audience several times during a July 13 public consultation, “no-one loves the Hills more than me.” The Ottawa-based businessman and former La Pêche resident reiterated his plan to grow his business “incrementally” […]

And the seniors on the bus…get off

19 July 2017 - 4:01pm
Get out of the car. Hop on your bicycle. Lace up those hiking boots. And if you’re a senior looking to get to a medical appointment, give Transcollines a call. No, wait. Don’t. Because the Ministère des Transports, de la Mobilité durable et de l’Électrification announced that it will no longer compensate volunteer drivers for […]

The rails are ours – not just Chelsea’s

19 July 2017 - 3:57pm
By Denise Giroux Rails-to-trails advocates point to other trails, like the ‘Petit train du nord’ in the Laurentians, as proof of the wisdom of their view. Some councillors and Chelsea’s mayor rely upon the forever-loss of the steam train to suggest the rails are little more than a nuisance and to support their “need” to […]

Setting the facts straight on cheating

19 July 2017 - 3:54pm
The Editor, In response to the letter to the Low Down entitled ‘Reader witnesses bullying behaviour at R2T meeting’ (July 12 edition), we’d like to clarify a few things about the public meeting that was part of the social impact study for the rail conversion. Tim Kehoe’s wife was caught cheating during the exercise and, […]

Calling out the bullies

19 July 2017 - 3:52pm
The Editor, I feel the need to respond to a letter published in the Low Down: ‘Reader witnesses bullying behaviour at R2T meeting’ (July 12 edition). How appalling that the author would choose to attack my wife, Tammy Scott, in such a vicious, personal way. I won’t even begin to address the multiple lies in […]

Media got the boot at residents’ request

19 July 2017 - 3:40pm
The Editor, I would like to explain the municipality’s decision to limit access to members of the press during the recent social impact consultations. The organizing committee, composed of staff from the Communications department, the Recreation, Sports, Culture and Community Life department, and the consultants from BC2 Group, received several requests from residents asking that […]

Media ban an example of tyranny

19 July 2017 - 3:38pm
The Editor, I attended the R2T consultation meeting July 6 at Farm Point. I did not realize until reading the following week’s Low Down that the mayor had banned the news media from the meeting. Why? Supposedly a few people wanted their views to remain confidential. A meeting attended by a few hundred people, with […]

Transparency and ‘hyper local’ shared message about trail

19 July 2017 - 3:37pm
The Editor, I am pleased, and so are many other residents I spoke with, that our municipality has finally undertaken public consultations on the controversial community trail project and that it recognized publicly in a communiqué that doing so proved to be “extremely positive and constructive”. Why it was not done before is still something […]

Local business needs a boost, not a boot

19 July 2017 - 3:32pm
The Editor, I’ve known of Marc Meunier since we first settled down in Farm Point a few years ago. He was the ‘plow man’ and a hero on those frigid mornings with blizzards and sleet. I’m appalled about this abrupt decision to not negotiate the renewal of his contract (‘Suing Chelsea for defamation’, July 12). […]

Simple can be beautiful: make trail but don’t remove ties

19 July 2017 - 3:30pm
The Editor, Two recent meetings organized by the firm contracted to do a social impact survey of the rails-to-trails conversion went relatively smoothly. Gone was the heckling that the non-trail proponents were subjected to at previous council meetings. And it was nice to hear the views of neighbours. But the whole thing was flawed from […]

Many owners doing a good job beautifying

19 July 2017 - 3:27pm
The Editor, A recent letter (“Not a pretty picture”, June 21, 2017) pointed out that some properties in Wakefield Village are not being properly maintained. While this may be the case for a handful, the Chambre Wakefield-La Pêche Chamber would like to recognize the efforts of the many businesses that have put time and money […]

Trail increases home value

19 July 2017 - 3:24pm
The Editor, In the July 5 edition, a letter from Elyse Piquette raises an important point about property values and proximity to trails. The perception that trails will lower property values is a very common community concern, but according to a large body of research, the opposite is true. Studies on this indicate houses in […]