Is Hull trying to swallow Chelsea?

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by Tyler Dawson on March 25, 2015

This map, screen grabbed from the Elections Quebec website, shows the proposed chan

This map, screen grabbed from the Elections Quebec website, shows the proposed changes to the Gatineau riding. The pink outline is the current riding boundaries, and the yellow boundary shows what it will become. In the bottom left corner, Chelsea has been severed and is marked as a part of Hull. Web file

The Municipality of Chelsea may – gasp – be moved to the provincial riding of Hull, and severed from its current place as part of the rural Gatineau riding, if proposed provincial electoral boundary changes go through.

“At a first glance, I don’t think it’s a good thing for Chelsea. We’re now being grouped with the city of Gatineau and we’re being taken out of the rural (riding),” said Chelsea Mayor Caryl Green. “I’m quite surprised by the change. I’ve spoken with our director general and we have a lot of questions.”

Elections Quebec is modifying some of its electoral divisions in light of the Electoral Act, which stipulates that there be no fewer than 36,290 voters per riding and no more than 60,484 voters per riding (with a 25 per cent margin).

At the moment, Chelsea is part of the Gatineau riding, which is represented by Liberal MNA Stéphanie Vallée. Hull is also a Liberal riding, represented by Maryse Gaudreault.

“Right now, it’s only a proposition that was made. It’s going to be studied and analyzed, so…it’s a bit too early to comment,” said Vallée’s spokesperson Jolyane Pronovost when the Low Down asked for comment.

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A crate of raw milk. Photo courtesy Patty Chevalier

A crate of raw milk. Photo courtesy Patty Chevalier

In order to get their fix, raw milk enthusiasts in the Outaouais must head out on daring cross-border trips to Ontario, and bring back their precious cargo.

Well, it’s not really like that, but at least half of that is true.

“It’s not like a midnight operation where nobody can know anything about it,” said Patty Chevalier, whose family drinks raw milk, and who journeys into the neighbouring province to score some of the white stuff.

So, it’s not particularly daring, but yes, the milk is precious to the drinkers, and yes, it requires a cross border trip.

For those that don’t know, raw milk is simply unpasteurized milk: straight from the udder to your larder. As a result, the government heavily restricts its sale. Store-bought milk is heated to kill off any bacteria, and nutrients are added before it is sold.

Chevalier, who’s a member of a small cadre of milk enthusiasts centred in Wakefield, says the reason they must go across the border is that there isn’t anyone locally who will sell raw milk. The reason: the legality, or illegality, of raw milk. Nobody seems to know which it is.

“The Quebec farmers have no idea what happens if they potentially get caught selling it,” explained Chevalier.

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