Low Down to Hull and Back

Putting the roar back into winter

18 January 2017 - 2:27pm
Dragons have been the subject of fascination for millennia, living at the centres of mythologies the world over. The dragon features in many cultures, from the Chinese to the Welsh, and soon, Wakefield’s own elusive dragon is soon to raise its snowy head to make its brief annual appearance. Marie-Pierre Wallace, coordinator for Dragonfest, said […]

Dialoguing with the Donald

18 January 2017 - 2:22pm
Low Down: I guess congratulations are in order, Mr. Trump. We’re a little surprised that you’ve decided your first official visit will be to the Outaouais, even before your inauguration. Can you explain? Donald Trump: I thought I might take Don Junior wolf hunting. Let’s face it, who starts a new job on a Friday? […]

High-speed access critical for growth

18 January 2017 - 2:20pm
By William Amos Across the Pontiac, people agree that Internet access is now an essential part of our everyday life. We go online for education, health services, entertainment, and almost everything else. Every Canadian should have access to high-speed Internet. It’s an absolute necessity if we want to compete in today’s digital and global economy. […]

Serious business at Meredith Centre

18 January 2017 - 1:21pm
The Editor, Thank you for continuing to publish letters about our community centre in Old Chelsea. As pointed out by David Stockwell (‘Let us see the details’, Jan. 11), Chelsea taxpayers support the Meredith Centre. Thousands of users who pass through the front doors, and many locals who happily volunteer there, love the facilities and […]

Others should be so lucky

18 January 2017 - 1:19pm
The Editor, I attended the 2017 Chelsea budget meeting on Jan. 9 and was impressed by the reasons given by the five councillors and the mayor for adopting the budget. The lone dissenting councillor explained why she could not vote for the 1.8 per cent increase in the tax rate. On the basis of her […]

Calling the kettle yellow

18 January 2017 - 1:14pm
The Editor, On behalf of myself (and I think I speak for the majority of the taxpayers/residents of the municipality of Low), I would like to apologize for the boorish attack on Ben Bulmer by Kevin Morris (‘When trumping the truth loses the real story’, Nov. 30). In all the years that I have attended […]

Clearing up the budget question

18 January 2017 - 1:09pm
The Editor, While Chelsea’s expenses increased from $14.8 million to $16.4 million in 2017, it is important to recognize that when a municipality invests in its infrastructures, in order to provide new services to its residents, an increase in its expenses is to be expected. Chelsea invested nearly $26 million in its new drinking water […]

One of the best

18 January 2017 - 1:06pm
The Editor, Thank you, Nikki, for your editorial of Dec. 21, ‘Gifts of Art Mantell.’ I had the honour and privilege of working for Art in the 1990s. It seems like forever ago, but also like yesterday. I only recently heard of Art’s passing, and it saddens me deeply. I can say without exaggeration that […]

Chelsea debt will hamper options

11 January 2017 - 2:27pm
In the Jan. 11 of the Low Down, a technical glitch resulted in the incorrect version of a letter to the editor being published in the print edition. Here is the corrected version. The Editor, A 1.8 per cent tax increase for Chelsea might sound reasonable, but it is not. That is why I voted […]

Tragic Kaz crash

11 January 2017 - 2:24pm
Firefighter paralyzed, community rallies Shawn Chamberlain didn’t realize at first that the man he was pulling from a car wreck on the night of Dec. 22 was one of his own firefighters. Chamberlain, chief of the Kazabazua Fire Department, was at the scene the night that Kaz firefighter Eric Villeneuve was involved in an accident […]

Police rescue pooch from polar depths

11 January 2017 - 2:16pm
When Sarah Swan’s dog, Louis, goes outside, he’s usually back within five minutes. Even when the two are visiting Swan’s father, who lives on Wakefield Heights with a property that backs onto the bay, he comes when he’s called. When Louis went outside and didn’t come back in, Swan and her father began to search […]

Chelsea budget brings 1.8% tax increase

11 January 2017 - 2:10pm
The average Chelsea homeowner will have to dig a little deeper into their pockets this year following a modest tax increase in the budget. Council adopted the 2017 document in a majority vote, with the only opposing vote coming from Ward 3 councillor Barbara Martin, on Jan. 9. The $16,417,725 budget, which is up from […]

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 […]