No more gas in Chelsea

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by Veronique Hynes on May 27, 2015

Genevieve Rock stands outside the Epicure General du Parc's now shut-down gas pump. Veronique Hynes photo

Genevieve Rock stands outside the Epicure General du Parc’s now shut-down gas pump.
Veronique Hynes photo

The shutting down of Chelsea’s last gas pump is making it more difficult for Gatineau Hills residents to fill up close to home.Épicerie Générale du Parc on Old Chelsea Road has shut down its gas pump for good, said employee Geneviève Rock.

Chelsea is undergoing a massive construction project to make way for a new water and sewer system. The municipality of Chelsea said the pump had to go, and if the dépanneur wanted to re-install it afterwards, it would be a very long and complicated proces

“It just wasn’t worth it,” Rock said. “We tried to fight it, but nothing came of it and it has to go.”

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History burns in Chelsea

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by Veronique Hynes on May 27, 2015

A neighbour called the fire department at 11:30p.m. May 21, but flames had already engulfed the Meech Creek Valley house by the time they arrived. Photo courtesy MRC des Collines police

A neighbour called the fire department at 11:30p.m. May 21, but flames had already engulfed the Meech Creek Valley house by the time they arrived.
Photo courtesy MRC des Collines police

It is still too early to determine the cause of a fire that destroyed a 137-year-old heritage property in Chelsea on May 21, National Capital Commission officials say.

No one was injured in the incident, which decimated the William Cross homestead at 144 Cross Loop Road.

The National Capital Commission owns the property and is working with Chelsea’s fire department to determine the cause, said NCC spokesperson Cédric Pelletier.

“It’s very unfortunate to lose a house that has local historical significance. It’s a property that is really well known in the community,” Pelletier said.

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Taxes not fees

May 27, 2015

MP for the Pontiac Mathieu Ravignat plans to put the Gatineau Park at the forefront of a bill that would tweak the mandate of the National Capital Commission (NCC). The NDP MP led a question and answer session at the Meredith Centre as part of the process to draft the new bill. The goal of […]

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No school vote – no way

May 20, 2015

Anglophone school boards across Quebec are getting ready to put up a fight against what they’re calling an attack on their constitutional rights. In early April, Quebec Minister of Education Francois Blais announced that elections for both Anglophone and Francophone school boards would be eliminated due to poor voter turnout. But the Quebec English School […]

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Pickets come out at Grand Boisé

May 20, 2015

By Veronique Hynes Teachers at Grand Boisé elementary school are ramping up their strike action, due to contract negotiations with the Quebec government hitting a roadblock. Teachers at des Lacs High school and Coeurs-des-Collines elementary are also picketing. All teachers represented by the Syndicat de l’enseignement de L’Outaouais are encouraged to picket for 13.5 minutes […]

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La Pêche to stick with Digicom

May 20, 2015

By Veronique Hynes La Pêche may continue its relationship with Internet provider Digicom to cover other areas of the municipality. Mayor Robert Bussière said the municipality is considering signing a new contract to bring Internet to some of the areas that were not part of the initial contract with the Alma-based company, such as Lascelles, […]

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Wakefield group down – but not out

May 13, 2015

The frustration on Marc Fournier’s face is clear, but his words hit with calm resolve: the Wakefield Steam Train Group (WSTG) is not done. “We’re going to try and get the train back,” Fournier said. “We don’t want people thinking this is the end of the story. This was a no-brainer decision that should have […]

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Lower waters, higher beaver deaths

May 13, 2015

Sam Seymour wades into a shallow pond and slowly approaches what looks like a large dark rock. His two boys and dog watch silently from the shoreline as he turns the bloated body over to reveal two rectangular shaped teeth. It’s the fourth dead beaver to appear this spring in one of the two small […]

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Montebello chosen over Wakefield

May 13, 2015

After months of meetings, presentations, and political haggling, the Compagnie de chemin de fer de l’Outaouais (CCFO) has finally made the decision to move the historic steam train to Montebello. “It wasn’t an easy [decision], because I do think we have three good projects in hand,” said CCFO President Louise Boudrias. “We knew the decision […]

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Talking trash in Gatineau park

May 6, 2015

In the midst of swift action to clean up a heap of trash dumped in the Gatineau Park, one Chelsea man is asking why other dumpsites in the park are being overlooked. It was only a week ago that MRC des Collines police reported a mountain of trash had popped up almost overnight along Eardley […]

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