Chelsea sees first population drop in 20 years

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by Ben Bulmer on February 16, 2017

20170209- Populations graphThe numbers are up for Kazabazua, Cantley and Low; but for Chelsea they’re down.

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Taj Mahal for Larrimac tykes?

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by Ben Bulmer on February 16, 2017

The Radapaw Park in Larrimac is about 2,500 square feet, but the municipality of Chelsea has earmarked $106,400 for a full-scale refurbishment of the playground.  Google Street View imagine

The Radapaw Park in Larrimac is about 2,500 square feet, but the municipality of Chelsea has earmarked $106,400 for a full-scale refurbishment of the playground.
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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.

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Driver acquitted in death of Cantley teen

February 16, 2017

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.

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Council consensus on contentious issue

February 8, 2017

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 […]

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Old school to get new life

February 8, 2017

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 […]

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Tickets sting $340 harder in Quebec

February 8, 2017

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. […]

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What now? Wakefield waterfront needs $50K referendum or bust

February 1, 2017

Democracy, according to La Pêche Mayor Robert Bussière, has spoken. A registry set up in the municipal offices to collect signatures calling for a referendum to the borrowing bylaw for the Wakefield waterfront project garnered 684 signatures on Jan. 25 – 184 more than the necessary 500.

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Have you seen Raphaëlle? Police consider her ‘at risk’

February 1, 2017

A desperate Wakefield mother is making an urgent appeal for information as to the whereabouts of her 18-year-old daughter.

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Boar and bannock: Wakefield’s latest eatery fuses French food with indigenous inspirations

February 1, 2017

Wapokunie Riel-Lachapelle offers me a drink almost as soon as I walk into her new restaurant, Nikosi Bistro Pub. The 34-year-old Métis restaurateur wants everyone who passes through her doors to feel relaxed and comfortable, whether it’s her mom, Justin Trudeau, or a reporter. She’s shooting for a specific vibe – laid back but professional, […]

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Opposition to Wakefield waterfront project rears its head at council

January 25, 2017

Although it still has many staunch supporters, the Wakefield waterfront beautification project is bringing out a growing contingent of those opposed to the financing model being used. After councillor Michel Gervais informed the public that he’s setting up a registry to collect signatures to put the project’s financing to referendum, potentially pushing back construction, some […]

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