Greenhouse gripes hit the stage

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by Nicole McCormick on November 15, 2017

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From left to right: Mara McCallum, Jill Rick, Nelson Oser, Christian Ouellet. the actors rehearse a scene from John Hardie’s upcoming Theatre Wakefield production, ‘What’s Eating You?’

While some of his past productions focused on local history, this time around, playwright John Hardie has a personal connection to ‘What’s Eating You?’. His latest play draws inspiration from anecdotes provided by his wife, who spent 25 plus years working at a greenhouse.

“When you work at a local business like that, you inevitably pick up all kinds of stories,” said Hardie. [click to continue…]

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Separatist mayor? Rumours ain’t true

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by Nicole McCormick on November 15, 2017

La Pêche's new mayor Guillaume Lamoureux will have to steer a council comprised of almost entirely new councillors

La Pêche’s new mayor Guillaume Lamoureux will have to steer a council comprised of almost entirely new councillors

La Pêche’s new mayor, Guillaume Lamoureux, wants to clear the air and make it known that he is 100 per cent not a separatist, despite recent speculation that has suggested otherwise.

When asked about the validity of rumours of his involvement with the Parti Québécois, Lamoureux flatly denied the claims, stating that while he has heard rumblings himself, he has never had any involvement with federal or provincial politics, with the exception of a brief period with the NDP many years ago. [click to continue…]

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Best in class: Philemon Wright still best public school in the region

November 15, 2017

Philemon Wright High School has retained its ranking as the top public high school in the region, even though it slipped 20 places down from last year. Masham’s Des Lacs High School climbed up the ranks, taking itself out of the bottom 10 per cent of schools in the province. According to data released by […]

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La Pêche election shocker

November 9, 2017

By Nicole McCormick It’s hard to tell who is more surprised by the results of the La Pêche election, half of the area’s voters, Robert Bussière, or newly elected mayor Guillaume Lamoureux. “I thought I was going back to work today,” Lamoureux told the Low Down the morning after the election.

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Voters give mayor another ‘Green’ light

November 9, 2017

It’s a vote for trails, development, debt and an already well established path to move Chelsea forward. Incumbent Chelsea Mayor Caryl Green won the Nov. 5 election by a landslide taking 63 per cent of the vote against Tim Kehoe’s 25 per cent and Edmund Hétu’s 11 per cent. Those thinking the race would be […]

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Province makes money available for flood victims

November 9, 2017

Gatineau Hills residents whose property suffered damage from the floods that wreaked havoc across the region Oct. 29 and 30 will be eligible to apply for money from the province. Minister Responsible for the Outaouais Stéphanie Vallée announced the General Financial Assistance Program for Real or Imminent Disasters at a press conference in Chelsea Nov. […]

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State of Emergency status lifted for La Pêche

November 3, 2017

La Pêche  issued a press release Nov. 2 to say the state of emergency for the municipality due to heavy rains has been lifted. Roads have been reopened, with the exception of de la Montagne, which may take up to two weeks to fix. Other work to repair roads and culverts around the municipality is […]

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Bully on the force? Grave allegations against fired MRC police second in command

November 1, 2017

By Nicole McCormick After a series of break and enters in his Val-des-Monts neighbourhood, former MRC des Collines deputy police chief, Sylvain Tanguay, heard a noise outside of his home and emerged with his service gun, forcing it into the mouth of the potential ‘intruder’ and threatening to pull the trigger the next time he […]

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Weather ‘out of control’

November 1, 2017

For the third time this year, Gatineau Hills residents endured extreme rainfall that wreaked havoc across the region, causing evacuations, washing out culverts, closing roads, flooding dozens of basements, and leaving over 150 properties without power. Municipality of La Pêche Mayor Robert Bussière declared a state of emergency at 9 a.m. on Oct. 30, appealing […]

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Farrellton widow loses $500K pension appeal

November 1, 2017

The widow of Farrellton resident and former Carleton University professor George Rosme has lost her appeal against the university and has to pay back $500,000 in pension payments she received. Lynne Threlfall was appealing an earlier decision made Feb. 2, 2016 when the Hon. Justice Martin Bédard sided with Carleton University, instructing the widow to […]

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