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Shining a light on disability for decades

23 August 2017 - 3:42pm
By Shauna McGinn The logo for La Lanterne – a day program for adults with intellectual disabilities – depicts a light being shone over a group of people in a darkened area; the rays of the lantern cut through one side of the box they’re standing in, opening it up. It depicts, La Lanterne’s director […]

Local is not necessarily best

23 August 2017 - 3:35pm
The Editor, I noted in the Low Down online a preliminary call for expressions of interest in work required to develop and renovate the public amenity of the Wakefield waterfront. Bravo. Good use of public funds. But to add that, ‘preference will be given to local suppliers’ is dangerously shortsighted and redolent of the worst […]

Opening the door to transparency and due process

23 August 2017 - 3:33pm
The Editor, You might think an election was coming up in November by the sound of Councillor Joubarne’s letter last week (Aug. 16), so full of righteous indignation in attacking me, but failing to address my call (Aug. 9) for all council meetings to be open to the public, including the small working group looking […]

A Liberal dose of caffeine and mimicry

23 August 2017 - 3:30pm
The Editor, In his letter of Aug. 9, Benjamin Woodman points out that the Member of Parliament for the Pontiac, Will Amos, with a salary of $172,000 from the people of Canada, still finds it necessary to bill them for his coffees. That leads me to wonder if Mr. Amos and his fellow Liberal MPs […]

Appreciation for sticking to the principles

23 August 2017 - 3:27pm
The Editor, Councillor Joubarne’s letter to the editor (Aug. 16) compels me to write. I think (but I’m not certain) that this is at least the second time he’s written a letter to the Low Down criticizing the councillor for the Ward in which I live. I just want to indicate, publicly, to Barb that […]

We expect more from elected officials

23 August 2017 - 3:25pm
The Editor, It is difficult to keep up to date with municipal affairs, so I am always most grateful to Councillor Barbara Martin for her letters in the Low Down, shedding light on various municipal matters in a friendly, democratic way. I find them always well written, informational, and without personal insults. Which brings me […]

Spare the (golden) rod

23 August 2017 - 3:23pm
By Paul Hetzler Late summer brings us an amazing array of wildflowers: pale-blue chicory blossoms, stately Queen-Anne’s lace, brilliant oceans of mustard-yellow goldenrod. At the same time, hay fever symptoms in the Hills are ramping up. As goldenrod becomes the dominant wildflower, an increased pollen load is making life miserable for those who suffer from […]

So long, Eric, and thanks for all the fish

23 August 2017 - 3:19pm
Back in 1992, there weren’t many choices for getting a nosh in Wakefield. It was the era of Sandy’s pizza (which was always undercooked) and the Alpengruss with Ruth and Wolfgang at the helm (you can only eat so much schnitzel). Café Pot au Feu was always good, but closed for two months come winter. […]

Explosion wracks off-grid Kaz home

16 August 2017 - 2:04pm
When Nicole Fortin returned to her Kazabazua home on the evening of Aug. 6 after a day of working and fishing, she found her patio door blown off. The scene she came upon when she entered her house looked like an earthquake had struck: the tops of her walls were blown out from underneath her […]

At 71 Chelsea woman sets off on 800km walk

16 August 2017 - 2:00pm
By Shauna McGinn Suzanne Cayer remembers the exact moment she knew she had to go on a long walk. It was about four years ago, when she was living outside of Sherbrooke. Cayer was reading the newspaper and noticed a short article about a local man who was embarking on an extensive walk through France […]

So what’s going to happen to the rails?

16 August 2017 - 1:52pm
As the heavy machinery makes its way slowly down the century-old railway corridor, the community is left wondering what will happen to the actual railroad itself. Based on the going rate of $155 per metric ton, the 22 kilometres of steel rails are worth a hefty sum. The $130,000 contract given to PNR Railworks Québec […]

The final frontier

16 August 2017 - 1:44pm
‘In space, no one can hear you scream.’ So goes the tagline from the Ridley Scott movie ‘Alien’, which he made before he got into Martians and gangsters. Every August in the Hills presents an excuse to lie on a dock and stare at the sky for hours on end. The dates vary a little, […]

Big-eyed cicadas: the sounds of summer

16 August 2017 - 1:40pm
By Paul Hetzler and Marie-Line Bourdy   Everyone has a sound they associate with high summer, but nothing says “hot” like the drone of a cicada. Cicadas are stout, ancient-looking bugs with bulging eyes and clear wings. While the largest species is about 7.6 cm long with a wingspan of nearly 18 cm, the ones […]

Councillor’s failure to show a puzzle

16 August 2017 - 12:42pm
The Editor, Following up on Councillor Barbara Martin’s letter (Aug. 9 edition) on issues of public access, I’d like to point out the large gap between the councillor’s public words and her follow-up actions. After complaining to the media and at council meetings about a perceived lack of openness of committees, and specifically pointing to […]

Teen web threat: Police see big internet problem now rearing its head in Hills

9 August 2017 - 2:54pm
Parents may think that letting their teenagers hang out in the park of an evening is a far more dangerous place for them to be than in their bedroom on the internet, but according to MRC des Collines Police Sergeant Martin Fournel, this simply isn’t the case. “It’s not true at all,” said Fournel. “It’s […]

Charity launched to raise $1M for R2T

9 August 2017 - 2:47pm
Raising $1 million for Chelsea’s proposed community trail may sound like a tough goal, but the group behind a new charity that has been set up to do just that believes it can be done. The charity Voie Verte Chelsea formed at the end of July with a mandate to help raise money for the […]

Seeing red over those yellow lines

9 August 2017 - 2:41pm
After years of asking for something to be done, Wakefielder Karen Bays is concerned the new crosswalk at the junction of Hwy 366 and Wakefield Heights could actually make crossing the road even more dangerous. The recently installed painted crosswalk does nothing to slow traffic, Bays told the Low Down, and she fears it may […]

The Mother of Inventions

9 August 2017 - 2:32pm
William Morris, that master of design and all things domestic, once said, “Have nothing in your house that you do not know to be useful, or believe to be beautiful.” He was so very right, and his words are apt in an age rife with cheap stuff that doesn’t look nice or work very well. […]

Seeing Spots

9 August 2017 - 2:29pm
By Paul Hetzler Whether wild or domestic, berries are icons of the season; bright, mouth-watering gems with which we stuff our faces, piecrusts and canning jars. Berries are a pastime, a passion, and for produce growers, a paycheque. Sadly, they are under attack by a new invasive pest. In 2008, an Asian fruit fly called […]

Meetings should be open and accessible to all

9 August 2017 - 2:24pm
The Editor, I was struck by two letters in the Aug. 2 edition of the Low Down – one hailing the beginning of work to lift the rails and ties in the old railway corridor before the results of environmental and geotechnical studies are known; and the other noting the ongoing efforts of a council […]