Low Down to Hull and Back

Great food, great wine, great words at the Wakefield writers festival

3 May 2017 - 6:01pm
Wakefield and its environs have been a magnet for artistic-types for years, and writers are not immune to the village’s spell. Even the heavy hitters of Canada’s literary scene can’t resist a weekend in the Hills, and for the Wakefield Writers Festival des écrivains La Pêche, organizers have pulled in a selection of the finest […]

Come on over – look at my pecker

3 May 2017 - 5:54pm
It’s been the buzz on social media across the Outaouais, with people asking, “Was that a machine gun I just heard?” As it turns out, they should be asking, “Was that a machine gun I just heard, or are you just happy to see me?” Houses with steel roofs are the spring target of many […]

Persistent peeve on roadside trash

3 May 2017 - 5:51pm
The Editor, Re: ‘Try picking up trash yourself’ (Letters, April 26 edition): I appreciate Pam Jamison’s response to my letter of April 19 regarding trash in the Hills. The fact that she has been picking up roadside garbage on Carman and River Roads for nearly 20 years, in itself a commendable yet Sisyphean act, and […]

Words on the written word

3 May 2017 - 4:28pm
By Ilse Tursen We live in a time rife with challenges. Lies, propaganda, ‘alternative facts’, and marketing strategies abound. We’re bombarded with news, some of it fake. Is a celebration of the written word in the form of a writers’ festival relevant? My response: a resounding “Yes!” Literature contributes to the mental and emotional muscle […]

$1,400 insult

26 April 2017 - 3:26pm
A mere $1,400 is all the provincial government will put towards saving the historic steam train from the scrapyard. In a last ditch attempt to save the Hull-Chelsea-Wakefield Steam Train, the Compagnie de chemin de fer de l’Outaouais launched a crowdfunding campaign appealing for $50,000 from the public to move the locomotive to Wakefield to […]

Hills’ dog owners “devastated” by breed-specific legislation

26 April 2017 - 3:20pm
Marilyse Bisson and her partner didn’t want just any dog – they wanted a Rottweiler. After much research and deliberation, they decided the breed was right for them and their lifestyle, said the Wakefielder. But now that the provincial government has tabled legislation aimed at banning dogs deemed potentially dangerous, mostly targeting pit bulls but […]

Board: Wakefield centre still needs help

26 April 2017 - 3:16pm
The Centre Wakefield La Pêche is not in the hole, but is at the brink, according to Sally Swan, president of the centre’s board of directors. Swan addressed concerns in the community about the financial health of the centre by saying that no, they are not thriving, and they are in “survival mode.” They’ve been […]

No clothes indeed

26 April 2017 - 3:06pm
Donald Trump is clinging to his promises. He’s gonna build a wall. He’s dropping bombs. He may well be on his way to North Korea. And he’s taking back the lumber industry that he claims was stolen from his nation by whimpering, government-subsidized Canadians. Up in the Outaouais, this is an industry that has clothed, […]

The battle to manage radon

26 April 2017 - 3:01pm
By Scott Findlay Radon is a tasteless, odourless, radioactive gas that forms naturally through decay of a number of elements, including uranium. Uranium also occurs naturally and is found in rocks and soils. The Canadian Shield, on which many residences in Chelsea sit, may be particularly high in uranium. Radon is usually found in low […]

Increasing regulations will hurt small farmers

26 April 2017 - 2:58pm
The Editor, In a move started under the Harper government, the Canadian Food Inspection Agency is pushing forward a plan to increase the licensing and regulatory requirements on Canadian farms, including small farms that sell in neighbouring provinces. These regulations will have a negative affect on many small producers in our region. I’m a small, […]

What’s with water levels?

26 April 2017 - 2:55pm
The Editor, I live on Jacques-Cartier, which runs along the lower Gatineau River and I am one of the people affected by the high water that is flooding this community. It’s not just because of the Ottawa River, because there is high water all the way up to the Alonzo Wright Bridge. I recently contacted a […]

Try picking up trash yourself

26 April 2017 - 2:53pm
The Editor, I wish to respond to a letter to the editor complaining about garbage in the ditches (April 19). Yes, there are people who do lift a green finger to pick up garbage in our lovely Gatineau Hills. I have been picking up roadside garbage on Carman and River Roads for nearly 20 years. […]

Trolled but not deterred

19 April 2017 - 2:51pm
Wakefielder harassed on Twitter refuses to stay quiet Amanda Dexter has been living in Wakefield for more than 20 years. She gives plenty of her time to the community, serving as president on the Wakefield Activities for Youth board and volunteering with the Biblio Wakefield Library. She’s 54, with two kids aged 19 and 22, […]

SPOTTED: Trudeaus in Chelsea

19 April 2017 - 2:42pm
From the pages of Vogue magazine to the pews of St. Stephen’s Arguably Canada’s most famous and certainly most stylish couple, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and his wife Sophie Grégoire Trudeau, were spotted in Chelsea April 14 – but they weren’t dining at the swish eatery Les Fougères, or having the entire Spa Nordik closed […]

Theatre Wakefield heading Into the Woods with a splash

19 April 2017 - 2:05pm
In fairy tales and bedtime stories, the forest is a place of wilderness, darkness, and adventure. In the woods, we find witches and gingerbread houses, giants and gold, villains and princes. The woods is the place where the magic happens. And Theatre Wakefield wants to take you there. Scott and Éric Hébert-Daly are directing the […]

Whykea: Swedish for ‘you are here’

19 April 2017 - 1:58pm
People with environmental sensitivities would be wise to avoid going to Ikea. It stinks. There was a time when ‘Ikea’ was Swedish for ‘well-priced wood furniture’. Alas, almost everything at Ikea is now made of either plastic or particleboard and glue and comes from China. Added to this industrial bouquet is the scent of sticky […]

Resilience Forever

19 April 2017 - 1:51pm
By Bob Gibson A few weeks ago, Peter Gillies passed on a reference to the Guelph Resilience Festival, which was an eye-opener for me. Until then, my particular bubble had never included the idea of resilience as a concept related to climate change. Sad to say, Justin Bieber, cat hair sweaters, and gluten-free gluten were […]

Collective effort needed to clean up

19 April 2017 - 1:47pm
The Editor, Great coverage of Earth Day in the April 12 edition for Les Collines folk, with lots of useful suggestions, fun activities, and organized events. More progress would be made, however, should the collective effort be directed toward actually cleaning up our environs. The backwoods locals persist in tossing their trash along Maclaren Road, […]

Enter our Earth Day contest

13 April 2017 - 1:08pm
Fire-starter, birthday wrap, fly swatter – there are so many ways to reuse your copy of the The Low Down. Send us a picture and / or a brief write-up of what you do with yours – the most creative entry wins a $200 gift certificate to Les Serres Bourgeon Greenhouses (formerly McKenna Greenhouses) in […]

$15,000 fine for Hwy 5 contractor

12 April 2017 - 3:27pm
Remember the company that used a sand pit on Rockhurst Road without permission back in 2012 and 2013 when Hwy 5 was being built? Whatever happened to those guys? Couillard Construction has been slapped with a $15,000 fine, plus court fees, after pleading guilty to illegal use of the pit. The saga that stretched on […]