Low Down to Hull and Back

Lobbing a ball in the right direction

9 August 2017 - 2:21pm
The Editor, After reading all kinds of nasty letters and accusations in the Low Down over the last few weeks, I thought I would cheer your readers up by delivering some good news from Chelsea. The good news is the Chelsea Youth Co-op. After postponing repainting the asphalt on my tennis court for the last […]

MP should fork out for coffee

9 August 2017 - 2:20pm
The Editor, A recent report on Member of Parliament expenditures highlighted that Pontiac Liberal MP Will Amos has some of the highest single hospitality expenditures out of all 338 MPs. Large dollar claims aside, Mr. Amos has also made smaller expense claims that I would consider unbecoming. Buried online is one such claim for $6.70, […]

A Summer… A Fair… A Hit

9 August 2017 - 2:07pm
The Editor, What a delightful afternoon for all at the performance of Ian Tamblyn’s play ‘A Summer… A Fair’ at the old St. Elizabeth Picnic Grounds in Cantley. The story captured 130 years of the St. Elizabeth Picnics and sprinkled in healthy bits of local history. Picture the challenges for the church ladies preparing meals […]

Fishing trip tragedy

2 August 2017 - 5:32pm
Pontiac man drowns in Lac Ramsay A peaceful Saturday morning of fishing on Lac Ramsay came to a tragic end when a small boat carrying two men capsized, casting both passengers into the cold waters. One managed to make it to shore, but the body of the second was found after more than 12 hours […]

CCPA loses court challenge

2 August 2017 - 5:29pm
Tim Kehoe, who filed an injunction on behalf of the Chelsea Communities Preservation Association to prevent Chelsea from removing the rails and ties from the municipality’s railway corridor, has lost the first stage in his legal battle. On July 28, Hon. Judge Suzanne Tessier ruled in favour of the Municipality of Chelsea, granting permission to […]

Butchers, beers, and baked goods on offer at new Cantley IGA

2 August 2017 - 5:25pm
It has a section dedicated purely to Cantley-made food, over 500 Quebec brewed beers on its shelves, five full-time butchers on staff, a lobster tank, and a section devoted to gluten free diets. The new 30,000-square-foot IGA Famille Charles in Cantley is set to open Aug. 17. The $8.5-million project will create close to 90 […]

You call that a spider?

2 August 2017 - 5:19pm
Who has eight legs, is covered with fuzz, and looks like it could swallow your cat? Lycosa (higher classification: wolf spider; phylum: Arthropoda; suborder: Araneomorphae; family: Lycosidae; a.k.a. the ‘true tarantula’). That’s who. One Will Daley of Chelsea was minding his own business, hanging out his hammock to dry, when a Lycosa-etcetera decided to land […]

Quebec should pass on natural gas

2 August 2017 - 5:17pm
By Andrew Henry You may have noticed a yellow pipe next to Hwy 5 – pipe that will eventually carry gas to Chelsea to heat the new homes being built there. This new pipeline is incredible folly. Quebec’s 2030 Energy Policy clearly supports the extension of the natural gas distribution network. One of its action […]

Check out those cheeks

2 August 2017 - 5:14pm
The Editor, As a second-wave feminist, I enjoyed the laugh that ‘Sun’s out, buns out’ (July 26) gave me. An attractive young woman in a bikini (bottom cheeks artfully displayed) and directly below that story: ‘Amos speaks feminism at the UN’. I must be getting old. This raised a genuine laugh of appreciation rather than […]

Floral tour a fabulous fête

2 August 2017 - 5:13pm
The Editor, The garden tour sponsored by the Friends of the Wakefield Library on July 23 was a remarkable event. The seven gardens were gorgeous, the greeters knowledgeable, the Icebana demonstrations inspiring, and the organization of the tour very professional. This was my first tour, but it certainly won’t be my last. The information contained […]

Aislin misses the mark

2 August 2017 - 5:12pm
The Editor, I am an unabashed fan of Aislin’s cartoons and invariably enjoy them every week in the Low Down. A further comment on the one published in the July 19 edition: I applaud Christopher Terry Mosher for his intention to make an interesting and timely point about the world’s religions. I appreciated his point […]

Trail will respond to community needs

2 August 2017 - 5:10pm
The Editor, I attended the hearing of the injunction request made by Tim Kehoe in the Superior Court of Québec on July 25 and the delivery of the decision by Judge Tessier on July 28. One particular statement stood out for me in the findings of the judge. There was an enumeration of the expert […]

What’s next after demolition?

2 August 2017 - 5:08pm
The Editor, I am the plaintiff (on behalf of many people in Chelsea) in the injunction to stop the municipality from tearing up the rails and ties. We believed that the 4-3 split vote on June 5 was premature and reckless. Why demolish when there are real risks? Phase I environmental studies confirm potential contamination. […]