Will Amos is seeking the Liberal nomination.  File photo

Will Amos is seeking the Liberal nomination. File photo

By Melanie Scott

At the Pontiac Liberal all candidates meeting held in Low on Oct. 20, Will Amos talked about friendly“positive politics”, but behind the scenes, Amos seems to be pushing his weight around.

The Low Down was contacted on Oct. 17 by Jae Truesdell, a former resident of Chelsea who, at one time, considered seeking the nomination to represent the Liberal party in the riding of Pontiac (he is now living in Ontario). Truesdell had become aware of allegations made against Amos by Rihanon Banner (Low Down, Oct. 1 edition) and came forward to state that he, too, had received an offer of a similar nature – a favour in return for support. Following a riding association meeting last spring, Amos approached Truesdell and said that if he had Truesdell’s support, it would be treated like a transaction: they could mutually agree on a favour somewhere down the road.

Truesdell responded by stating that the nomination isn’t about favours, telling Amos that if he were the right person, Truesdell would support him. Amos pushed the issue, alluding to having connections to “people in higher places”. Truesdell says the connections were vague, but their meaning, to him, was clear.

“There was no mention of retribution,” said Truesdell. “It was more along the lines of: if I can get your support, I’ll pay you back.”

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Erased? ‘Ridiculous’ signage omits villages

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by Anastasia Philopoulos on October 22, 2014

While the villages of Masham and Wakefield have been written out of existence by the Ministry of Transportation (replaced by La Peche), the tiny hamlet of Tenaga has its own exit off Hwy 5.Tyler Dawson photo

While the villages of Masham and Wakefield have been written out of existence by the Ministry of Transportation (replaced by La Peche), the tiny hamlet of Tenaga has its own exit off Hwy 5.
Tyler Dawson photo

La Pêche councillor Claude Giroux calls the new Hwy 5 signage completely ridiculous.

“It erases any mention of the various parts of the La Pêche mosaic,” Giroux told the Low Down.

Both the southbound and northbound exits for the roundabout above Valley Drive read ‘La Pêche Route Principale’, and while signage at the roundabout does read Wakefield, Masham is nowhere to be found.

“It’s like Masham has been erased from the face of the world,” Giroux said, adding he was surprised Wakefield even made it onto the roundabout signage. “It was not evident the [Ministry of Transportation] was going to do it.”

According to Ministry of Transportation (MTQ) communications officer Karine Sauvé, on Quebec highways only the names of municipalities can be indicated on signs, not what she calls ‘areas’, which is why drivers only see La Pêche on the new Hwy 5 signage.

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Roadwork detour snarls business

October 22, 2014

By Tyler Dawson Area businesses are fuming after roadwork choked off access last week for customers and deliveries, and raised concerns about whether or not fire trucks would have been able to reach them in the case of fire. One lane has since been re-opened on Hwy 105, which was closed between Carman and Rockhurst […]

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McGarry feud puts chokehold on Wakefield crematorium

October 15, 2014

By Oona Woods Brian McGarry is determined to save the Wakefield Crematorium one way or another. Speaking with the Low Down, he says if legal action does not work he will buy the crematorium to save it from closure. “Even though I am 71 I would buy it,” he said. “We’ll keep it somehow.” Brian […]

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Highway highjinks? Who cares! Hwy 5 finally open

October 15, 2014

The biggest news to hit the hills this fall came as a bit of a surprise to those who found themselves unknowingly driving on said news. Without much warning, on Oct. 10 Hwy 5 opened to public traffic, with more than a few drivers not even realizing they were driving onto the brand spanking new […]

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Bakery reacts to damning report

October 15, 2014

By Nikki Mantell and Anastasia Philopoulos Come in and take a look for yourself. Jennifer Nesbitt has an invitation for anyone with doubts about her Wakefield bakery following a damning article that appeared last month in the Journal de Montreal. She says if the bakery posed a health risk to consumers, it would be shut down […]

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It’s time for the Hwy 5 celebratory jig

October 10, 2014

  It’s finally here. Low Down publisher Nikki Mantell and reporter Anastasia Philopoulos took a drive along the newest leg of Hwy 5, opened Oct. 10. Right in time for the Thanksgiving long weekend, we’re pretty sure there will be many happy folks driving in the Gatineau Hills this weekend. Happy commuting everyone!

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Hwy 5 Southbound open?!

October 10, 2014

I guess reporting all the rumours worked? It appears that section two of Hwy 5 southbound is now open. There are unofficial reports that the northbound lane will be opening in about 30 minutes. LD team will post more news throughout the day. Check us out at Facebook.com/TheLowDownNews or on Twitter @LowDownNews

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Vallée says health proposal still on table

October 8, 2014

Despite the fact there has been no official answer concerning the Des Collines health board’s business proposal to expand health services in the territory, Stéphanie Vallée maintains she’s “working on it.” At the inauguration of a brand new school in Cantley, the Minister of Justice and for the Outaouais put aside a few minutes to […]

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A song to evoke the echoes of the past

October 8, 2014

By Oona Woods Twenty years ago, Carol Anne Goodman fled on foot – driven by a powerful instinct to protect her unborn daughter. A few years later, her beloved aunt was murdered by a Montreal serial killer. Goodman’s instinct to protect women from violence is still running strong. Having just completed filming a video at […]

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