Low Down to Hull and Back

Chelsea sees first population drop in 20 years

16 February 2017 - 10:27am
The numbers are up for Kazabazua, Cantley and Low; but for Chelsea they’re down. The latest population stats for municipalities in the Hills show Kazabazua up 11.6 per cent, Cantley up 8.2 per cent and Chelsea falling behind with a one per cent drop in population, since 2011. Statistics Canada released the information from the […]

Taj Mahal for Larrimac tykes?

16 February 2017 - 10:22am
The smiles and laughter of children are priceless; but when insurance companies deem the jungle gyms and swing sets they’re using ‘unsafe,’ those smiles suddenly get a lot more expensive. Chelsea council has earmarked up to $106,400 to replace the play structures in Chelsea’s Radapaw Ridge Park, after the municipality’s insurance company deemed the structures […]

Driver acquitted in death of Cantley teen

16 February 2017 - 10:12am
The mother of a Cantley teen struck and killed by a motorist in 2014 has been left disappointed after the driver was acquitted of all charges. According to an article in the Feb. 10 edition of Le Droit, Judge Anouk Desaulniers acquitted Patrick Mailloux, 28, of fleeing the scene of a crime after his vehicle […]

Bill 122 a bad deal for all

16 February 2017 - 10:08am
There is a little-known bill on the table at Quebec City that if passed will have a big effect on all of us. Bill 122 aims to give municipalities more power. That could be a good thing, unless you happen to think that even as it stands now governments are not transparent enough. Currently Quebec […]

Keep Old Chelsea charming

16 February 2017 - 10:03am
Next time you swing through Old Chelsea village, pause where Padden Lane meets Old Chelsea Road, and imagine this looming behind Les Saisons: a three-storey apartment complex, reaching almost as high as the treetops. Seven commercial units, 28 apartments, and the necessary parking lots… all on less than two acres. Our planning bylaws clearly state […]

CISSO must take notice

16 February 2017 - 9:38am
The Editor, As many are aware, the CISSSO Board of Directors decided that the Shawville hospital must impose parking fees on visitors and workers in order to be standard with city hospitals. This pay-to-park scheme is to be implemented in the near future, despite the hospital being located in a rural area that offers free […]

This broken promise was different

15 February 2017 - 5:54pm
The Editor, Promises get broken. It’s true in life, and it’s especially true in politics. Sometimes we can even forgive it; we know that situations change, and that what’s said on the campaign trail shouldn’t necessarily be blindly followed once in office. But the promise of electoral reform was different. It was different because it […]

La Pêche does not own community centre

15 February 2017 - 5:52pm
The Editor, I appreciated your editorial, “On the waterfront” (Feb. 1 edition) where you appealed to the good sense of the community to limit protectionist walls for the good of all. It is clear that people in La Pêche benefit from numerous shared resources which, if left up to each little hamlet to provide, few […]

Meredith debate just partisan politics

15 February 2017 - 5:49pm
The Editor, There have been a number of letters to the Low Down questioning the legitimacy of the Meredith Centre and, by extension, other municipal community services. The underlying premises of these letters require examination. Some letters have referred to the 2009 referendum result of 53 per cent in favour of the Meredith Centre as […]

It’s an infrastructure project, and it needs facts

15 February 2017 - 5:47pm
The Editor, The debate in Chelsea about the train tracks is being framed as the community-minded, environmentally sensitive resident against his or her narrow-minded and fiscally-prudent neighbour. This is simplistic and unfair. The question for council is not whether the trail corridor is a “wonderful common asset for the community” but rather if that asset […]

Councillors should support health care in Chelsea

15 February 2017 - 5:44pm
The Editor, Health care services in Chelsea have been non-existent since 2015, when our CLSC lost its nurse to another CLSC in the Outaouais region. With no doctors in Chelsea, no primary care nurse to service our population, it was with great disappointment that I learned that three of our councillors did not support resolution […]

Council consensus on contentious issue

8 February 2017 - 4:18pm
A palpable tension hung over the Desjardins Hall at the Feb. 6 La Pêche council meeting. About 180 people – including two uniformed police officers – filled the room to watch council decide on the fate of the Wakefield waterfront infrastructure project. In one camp: the municipality needs to push forward and invest public funds […]

Old school to get new life

8 February 2017 - 4:10pm
After lying empty for a few years, the former Wakefield Elementary School will soon be tasked with a new purpose – as a vocational and language school. The West Quebec School Board sold the property on Caves Road last summer, but ownership was only officially transferred on Jan. 31. The new owner, a Toronto man […]

Tickets sting $340 harder in Quebec

8 February 2017 - 4:04pm
Compared to our Ontarian neighbours, Hills residents pay less for hydro, childcare, car insurance, and even beer – but let your car licence plate expire, and the fine’s going to cost you a lot more living on this side of the Ottawa River. It’s something former Wakefield resident Joel Harden found out the hard way. […]

A lot was at stake

8 February 2017 - 3:50pm
The fact that the cops were called in to observe La Pêche’s Feb. 6 council meeting says it wasn’t just us at the Low Down who thought the meeting to decide the fate of the Wakefield waterfront refurbishment project had the potential to get pretty heated. After all, what was at stake was a lot […]

To market, to market, to get a new space

8 February 2017 - 3:48pm
By Peter Andrée and Sean Butler Markets have so much to offer a community. Anyone who has travelled abroad knows that the heart of a city or village is often found at its market. It’s where we feel the pulse of the town, hear the latest news, savour a region’s terroir, speak with artisans, and […]

Committed to making Meredith crystal clear

8 February 2017 - 3:42pm
The Editor, There have been numerous articles about the Meredith Centre in the Low Down over the past weeks, months, and years; some good, some bad. They reflect people’s opinions, which everyone has the right to have, or raise concerns over the cost to operate the Meredith Centre. Having concerns and questions about costs that […]

Why ACRE supports the trail

8 February 2017 - 3:41pm
The Editor, Why does Action Chelsea for Respect of the Environment (ACRE) support the Chelsea rails to trails project? The question was posed in the Feb. 1 edition of the Low Down. We see many advantages to the proposal, including promoting green transportation to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, promoting a healthy lifestyle connected to nature, […]

Do the right thing

8 February 2017 - 2:40pm
The Editor, In 2015, our prime minister promised that the 2015 election would be the last held under our ‘first past the post’ rules. Something like two thirds of our country’s voters endorsed this promise by voting for parties that shared his view. Our MP, Will Amos, during his town hall on the subject and […]