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by Ben Bulmer on April 26, 2017

The Hull-Chelsea-Wakefield Steam Train sits disused and neglected near Deveault Road in Gatineau. With less than $5,000 left in the bank the CCFO is appealing to the community and has set up a crowdfunding campaign to raise much needed cash to move the engine and two carriages to Wakefield. The CCFO says it needs $50,000 to move the train to Wakefield and has only been given $1,400 from the province. Ben Bulmer photo

The Hull-Chelsea-Wakefield Steam Train sits disused and neglected near Deveault Road in Gatineau. With less than $5,000 left in the bank the CCFO is appealing to the community and has set up a crowdfunding campaign to raise much needed cash to move the engine and two carriages to Wakefield. The CCFO says it needs $50,000 to move the train to Wakefield and has only been given $1,400 from the province. Ben Bulmer photo

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 save it from the scrap heap. CCFO chair and La Pêche Mayor Robert Bussière told the Low Down that the office of the Minister Responsible for the Outaouais Stéphanie Vallée had originally promised $4,000 towards the project, but this has now been reduced to $1,400.

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Marilyse Bisson and her partner’s dog Meeka is a purebred one-and-a-half-year-old Rottweiler. Bisson said she did her homework before getting Meeka and she wouldn’t want any other breed, but if proposed provincial legislation passes, she wouldn’t be able to. Photo courtesy Marilyse Bisson

Marilyse Bisson and her partner’s dog Meeka is a purebred one-and-a-half-year-old Rottweiler. Bisson said she did her homework before getting Meeka and she wouldn’t want any other breed, but if proposed provincial legislation passes, she wouldn’t be able to. Photo courtesy Marilyse Bisson

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 including Rottweilers, Bisson is devastated to think that she might not be able to get another Rottweiler in the future.

“I couldn’t see another breed suiting my lifestyle and suiting us more than she does,” said Bisson of her one-and-a-half-year-old Rottweiler named Meeka. “And she’s so sweet. We socialized her a lot at a young age, so she’s super good with strangers and other dogs and young kids. She’s not a guard dog at all.”

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