No money for Hills schools

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by Tess Allen on August 24, 2016

La Pêche mayor Robert Bussiere is "really disappointed" a Masham school has not been included in an $80.1 million provincial school investment. File photo

La Pêche mayor Robert Bussiere is “really disappointed” a Masham school has not been included in an $80.1 million provincial school investment. File photo

La Pêche Mayor Robert Bussière is “really disappointed” by the omission of a Masham school in a provincial packet of $80.1 million being handed over to the Commission scolaire des Portages-de-l’Outaouais (CSPO).

On Aug. 18, Minister of Education Sébastien Proulx made the announcement alongside Minister Responsible for the Outaouais Stéphanie Vallée that the provincial government would be investing $553 million in schools across the province, $80.1 million of which would be put toward building three new school infrastructures in the Outaouais region. The schools are likely to be built in Aylmer, Plateau, and west of Plateau.

Bussière believes the announcement represents a lack of consideration for École Au Coeur-des-Collines in Masham, which is currently housed in two separate buildings. Last September, CSPO voted to amend a previous request to the government for six new classrooms and a gym to a brand new school at a cost of $12 to $15 million. The Municipality of La Pêche pledged $600,000 towards the project. Earlier this summer, building inspectors gave the school a clean bill despite an anonymously sought report claiming the school contains mould. [click to continue…]

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Stripping down (and saving up) in Wakefield

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by Tess Allen on August 24, 2016

Jill Rick of Chelsea poses with Mojo, a 17 foot reticulated python, for her Nudes of Wakefield photograph. Photo Franziska Heinze

Jill Rick of Chelsea poses with Mojo, a 17 foot reticulated python, for her Nudes of Wakefield photograph. Photo Franziska Heinze

Jill Rick is no stranger to playing dress-up. At countless events in the Gatineau Hills – depending on the theme – the Chelseaite has shown up adorned with everything from light bulbs and bowler hats to body paint and tutus.

But even Rick admits her latest effort is perhaps her most outlandish.

As Miss December for this year’s Nudes of Wakefield calendar, Rick posed with a sword, a set of metal undergarments, and a 17-foot reticulated python named Mojo.

“At one point she started hissing, and it’s a real hiss!’” said the Theatre Wakefield vet of her 70 lb modelling partner, who was on loan courtesy of Paul Goulet of Little Ray’s Reptiles. “It was pretty cool… I’m known for my weird costumes, so although I haven’t posed nude, I’ve posed in many other forms. But this does take the cake. It’s pretty epic.” [click to continue…]

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Who needs a train when you can have a rail bike?

August 24, 2016

Folks could soon to pedalling along the railway corridor – not on a $3 million community trail, but on a $15-a-trip rail bike. Lake Bernard resident Claude Bertrand is proposing to bring rail bikes to the Hills, running them along the railway tracks from Wakefield to Chelsea. The four-wheeled bikes seat two to four passengers […]

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$2.2M for longterm home-care in the Hills

August 17, 2016

The province is investing roughly $2.2 million in long-term home care in the Outaouais region, it was announced Aug. 15. “We’re putting in new money for the Outaouais to provide better home care for residents that have a handicap or a health issue but want to stay at home,” said Minister of Justice and Minister […]

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Binge drinking in the Hills: cultural rite of passage or serious social problem?

August 17, 2016

By Nicole McCormick Intense nausea mixed with guilt and shame instantly hit me head-on like the defunct steam train as I woke up in my Danford Lake cottage the morning after my very first alcohol binge. They say you never forget your first time, and sure enough, I didn’t. It was a beautiful summer day […]

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Weekend Wakefest to ‘surprise’ all involved

August 17, 2016

Wakefield’s train turntable is getting a makeover, courtesy of a handful of local artists at this year’s ninth annual Wakefest Arts Festival. This is just one of the new events – among those that have become staples over the last eight years – set to dazzle, delight, and even surprise both the public and event […]

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Chelsea sees the light

August 10, 2016

Let there be light; that was the message from Chelsea council in its U-turn decision on proposed lighting restrictions for the municipality.

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Cantley ski club gets big bucks

August 10, 2016

Nakkertok officials are “on Cloud 9” following the announcement that Cantley’s non-profit cross-country ski club will benefit from a whopping $250,000, courtesy of Kraft Heinz Project Play. Nakkertok’s funding application was selected from a pool of 821 organizations across the country, each vying for a grand prize of $250,000 to improve or upgrade their recreational […]

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Careless campers cause island fire

August 10, 2016

  By Sheri Johnston At 6:30 p.m. on Aug. 4, two canoeists from Ottawa observed an island fire while paddling on the Gatineau River in the Manitou area. Thick towering clouds of smoke alerted the canoeists of the severity of the blaze that was spreading feverishly due to extremely dry conditions and a large number […]

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Mysterious train man offers more mysteries

August 3, 2016

The mysterious American train investor Matt Armitage revealed his plan for the Wakefield Steam Train before promptly disappearing in much the same way as he had appeared, seemingly out of nowhere. Considered by some to be the last hope for keeping the iconic steam train in the region, Armitage laid out his plan to run […]

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