Amos wins Grit seat

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by admin on October 29, 2014

Chelsea's Will Amos is congratulated by his son, Enrique Mateo, and wife, Regina, after winning the Liberal nomination on the first ballot Oct. 25. Mark Leahy photo

Chelsea’s Will Amos is congratulated by his son, Enrique Mateo, and wife, Regina, after winning the Liberal nomination on the first ballot Oct. 25.
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By Mark Leahy

Chelsea resident and lawyer Will Amos walked away the victor in the Pontiac Liberal nomination on Saturday, Oct. 25. Citing the concerns that have been raised throughout the riding, such as job creation, Amos said “We’re ready to win the election in 2015,” adding that the riding needs a “candidate with the ability to win and knows how to communicate in French and English.”

Activity at Gatineau’s Crowne Plaza Hotel exhibited a spirited display of the Liberal brand re-enlivened by the strong electoral prospects of leader Justin Trudeau – and Will Amos will be Trudeau’s Pontiac standard-bearer.

Led by an unusually electrified speech by former party leader and Liberal Environment Critic Stéphane Dion, who, like many in attendance, noted the unfortunate fact that the event took place outside the Pontiac riding, the five candidates took to the microphone to make their final speeches, each aiming to show themselves as the contestant ‘best suited to the candidacy’.

Of the estimated 2,700-2,800 Liberal members eligible to vote, final counts varied between 1,125 and 1,155 valid ballots cast, with some confusion being noted concerning how the numbers were arrived at – which was eventually cleared up by party officials. In the end, Will Amos’ tally showed he received 611 votes, thereby winning on the first ballot with the required 50 per cent plus one per cent required to take home the trophy of official Liberal candidate.

 

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Final cut for Low mill?

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by admin on October 29, 2014

Atlas Sawmill in Low employed 100 a decade ago, now down to just 11. Anastasia Philopoulos photo

Atlas Sawmill in Low employed 100 a decade ago, now down to just 11.
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A mere minutes after informing his staff of the newest round of layoffs, General Director Franck Chaboud confirmed Atlas Mill in Low would not be able to continue operations for much longer.

“In one year, that’s it,” Chaboud told an impromptu gathering of mill management, Low municipal staff, and Low Mayor Morris O’Connor.

On Oct. 24, Atlas Mill, which works exclusively with finished white pine, was forced to announce 12 employees would be laid off by December, leaving only 11 employees in total for its day-to-day operations. It’s one of the last sawmills still operating in the Outaouais.

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‘He said bystanders would be targets too’

October 29, 2014

Parliament shooting: Locals affected by horrifying attack By Tyler Dawson with files from Anastasia Philopoulos Mathieu Ravignat never did make to Parliament Hill on the day a shooter stormed into Centre Block. The member of parliament for Pontiac was on his way to work, driving his Suzuki SX4, before being locked up in traffic on […]

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Fiery race: more allegations come out against Amos

October 22, 2014

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 […]

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Erased? ‘Ridiculous’ signage omits villages

October 22, 2014

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 […]

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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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