Low Down to Hull and Back

Not a pretty picture

22 June 2017 - 11:24am
The Editor, It is with sadness that I see how Wakefield village is looking today. By that I mean the current rundown appearance of many of its properties. Buildings recently sold along Riverside Drive lie vacant and untended. Add to that the unsightly state of the old Hamilton Garage property and its neighbouring vacant lots, […]

Vying for votes

22 June 2017 - 9:51am
The mayor of Chelsea’s defense for removing the rails to repair culverts was an insult to local residents. Her alleged concern for the safety of the homes along the track was particularly galling. Mayor Green has refused to meet with the very people who live along the rail corridor, so her sudden panic for our […]

Small is beautiful, especially in Low

22 June 2017 - 9:07am
Listen to almost any pundit who spews forth on the economy, and you’ll hear them use the word ‘grow’ as a verb, insisting that the only way to survive is to ensure things keep getting bigger. Bigger is better. Bigger ensures being in control. Bigger is the way we do things. Up in Low, the […]

Chelsea drowning deemed accidental

22 June 2017 - 9:05am
An early summer celebration ended in tragedy when an 11-year-old boy drowned in a pool in Chelsea on June 16. Around 8:45 p.m. that night, police were called to a residence on Héritage Road where about 15 adults and at least 30 children and youth were having a social gathering. First responders found at least […]

Homeschooling parents worried by proposed new law

22 June 2017 - 9:03am
Homeschooling parents around the Hills are viewing newly proposed provincial education laws with varying degrees of cautious optimism. They’re hoping the changes will have a positive effect on their right to homeschool – a right they feel is threatened. Bill 144, tabled in Quebec City June 9 by Education Minister Sébastien Proulx, clarifies certain grey […]

Chelsea faces legal action over rails to trails project

22 June 2017 - 8:50am
The Chelsea Communities Preservation Association is set to take legal action against the Municipality of Chelsea in an effort to stop the removal of the train tracks from the railway corridor. CCPA executive committee member Kensel Tracey told the Low Down on June 20 that the group had informed the municipality they had met with […]

$4M gym for St. Mike’s

14 June 2017 - 4:48pm
There were tears in the eyes of Principal Debbie Picard following the announcement St. Michael’s High School in Low is to get a new $4 million gymnasium. A jubilant crowd of over 100 people cheered as Minister of Justice Stéphanie Vallée announced the $3.94 million investment into building the gym at a hot and sticky […]

Riverbed blues

14 June 2017 - 4:44pm
By Chris Holloway The Gatineau Hills have been witness to the heaviest recorded rainfall since 1939 when Environment Canada began publishing statistics, with most of that falling over just two months. Water levels are up and saturation rates in the ground are at their maximum. April and May saw 323mm of rain, and when this […]

Dragon spices up village life

14 June 2017 - 4:39pm
By Shauna McGinn Acclaimed theatre artist Nadia Ross’s latest project gets its name from a quirky aspect of past village life. When a train full of tourists rolled into town back in the day, locals stayed inside, weary of the out-of-towners. But when it left the station, the villagers would emerge all at once – […]

Young minds need to meander

14 June 2017 - 4:31pm
By Harry Nowell Recently, my wife found me standing, motionless, on our back porch staring at the half-built play structure in our backyard. “What’s going on?” she asked. I was absorbed in the creative process of the development of our son’s play structure. While I had a loose plan in my brain, the design/build process […]

Thanks a bunch, Isaac

14 June 2017 - 4:28pm
According to a news source that now escapes memory, breast reduction surgery is on the rise. (The memory loss is due to the after-effects of general anaesthetic, administered during such a procedure, followed by several days of taking morphine). Women with large breasts are incredulous that women with small breasts want bigger breasts. They obviously […]

Empty pothole promises

14 June 2017 - 4:22pm
The Editor, I am writing to express my dissatisfaction with the deplorable condition of Kingsmere Road. When will action be taken to remedy the unacceptable condition of this major municipal roadway? The road is not only used by local residents but provides access to three (P5, P6, and P7) major NCC cross-country ski access points. […]

Rails vote a new low for Chelsea

14 June 2017 - 4:19pm
The Editor, After huge efforts to oppose the motions and after sound arguments against moving forward, on June 5 Chelsea’s mayor nevertheless issued the deciding vote to commence the destruction of the historic railway line that runs through Chelsea from Gatineau to La Pêche. Note that this decision was taken well before the ‎ongoing environmental […]

Let’s think future generations

14 June 2017 - 4:17pm
The Editor, I am a former and recently returned resident of Chelsea who recently became aware of – but has had no prior involvement with – the rails-to-trails issue. With initiatives of broad public interest, such as this one, it is normal that different stakeholders will seek different outcomes. One need not look too far […]

Let the ‘facts’ speak

14 June 2017 - 4:14pm
The Editor, Derek Medland’s Valley Voices of June 7 purports to provide the facts around the mayor’s unilateral start on bike path construction, yet provides a single statistic that is insufficient on its own to inform decision-making. A more serious issue is the lengths he will go to in order to win his point. He […]

Saying sorry when it’s too late

14 June 2017 - 4:12pm
The Editor, I attended the council meeting held on June 5 (re: debate and vote on removing rails and ties). At that meeting, I told council I am deeply concerned that they would move ahead on an actionable decision in advance of the data. There is no urgency to force such a decision ahead of […]

Affordable high speed – not so fast

14 June 2017 - 3:00pm
The Editor, Several months ago, I was initially excited to hear that the CRTC had announced that access to affordable high speed Internet is an essential service. Governments would follow up with funding to make this happen, as described in articles in the Low Down. Sounded great – and I was all for it and […]

Here’s to Chelsea council

14 June 2017 - 2:59pm
The Editor, Following the Chelsea council meeting of June 5, we would like to express our (and our families’) appreciation for council’s leadership on the advancement of the active transportation strategy and, specifically, the rails-to-trails initiative. While it was a close vote, our observation is that each council member put a great deal of consideration […]

Enjoy the river with safety in mind

14 June 2017 - 2:57pm
The Editor, We appreciate that a story about the Gatineau Riverfest ran in the June 7 edition, but there are few points we would like to clarify. This fundraising event is part of our outreach campaign to encourage people to appreciate our beautiful Gatineau River, while promoting safety and conservation. Registration and safety equipment are […]

Where was the process?

14 June 2017 - 2:54pm
The Editor, I was very surprised to learn that the former library/fire hall, which belongs to the taxpayers of La Pêche, had been sold without a public process. I am aware of two people who have made it known to the municipality that they had an interest in the building; both of them have offered […]