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A feisty little paper

50 years of local journalism

A local paper that punches above its weight

(FOR 50 YEARS AND COUNTING)

Welcome to the Low Down to Hull and Back News (did you get the pun?), the feisty English-language newspaper of the Gatineau Hills, located in West Quebec.

As an independent, family-owned newspaper, we do not report to a corporate CEO in some far away city. Our dedicated team of passionate newsies is made up of locals who live and work in the community we serve and that’s why this newspaper really delivers. Over our 50-plus years we have built a strong relationship with the community and know the Gatineau Hills better than anyone else. Our locals recognize us as a trusted news source; our advertisers know our readers are highly engaged and paying close attention to every page. We deliver factual, researched, local news that cannot be found anywhere else.

The news industry is in crisis – that’s undeniable – but with our growing readership the Low Down is bucking the trend. (At least for now.) And that’s thanks to our loyal readers, supportive advertisers and connected community that understands the importance of their local paper.

Accolades

72 NEWSPAPER AWARDS SINCE 2009 INCLUDING:

NATIONAL AWARDS
Canadian Community Newspapers Association (CCNA)
Best Feature Series – 2009
Best Feature Series – 2012
Best Feature Story – 2018

PROVINCIAL AWARDS
Quebec Community Newspaper Association (QCNA)
Best Overall Newspaper – 2013, 2019, 2020
Outstanding Photojournalism Award – 2022
Best News Story – 2022

Our Team

Nikki Mantell

OWNER & PUBLISHER
CONTACT: nmantell@lowdownonline.com

Nikki Mantell is the owner and publisher of The Low Down to Hull and Back News. She got her start in the news business in 1973 at the age of one – the year her parents started the newspaper out of their house in Chelsea. Never one to shy away from child labour, they put her to work labelling newspapers, selling ads, and writing news stories. In 1998, at the age of 25, she bought her parents out and took over as publisher. Since then, she has published over 1,300 editions, gotten married, had two children and never missed a deadline.

Sara Hanlan

CLASSIFIEDS AND SUBSCRIPTIONS
CONTACT: classifieds@lowdownonline.com

Sarah has lived in Wakefield for 30 years and has raised two sons. Now that they’re all grown up, she has put her energy into managing the Low Down’s Classifieds and Subscriptions. Landing the coveted spot at the reception desk, she gets to meet and talk to all of Low Down’s interesting clients.

Heather Hopewell

GENERAL MANAGER
CONTACT: general@lowdownonline.com

Heather is the General Manager at the Low Down. She started in 2017 at the front desk and is now the dynamo at the centre, making sure everything at the Low Down runs smoothly. Heather is married with four kids, a cat, two dogs and a ball python. She lives in Masham.

Madeline Kerr

NEWS MANAGER
CONTACT: madeleine@lowdownonline.com

Madeline Kerr is a transplant to the Hills from a small town in southwestern Ontario where she grew up believing she was meant to live in the big city.  But after trying out a number of big cities, she proved herself very wrong and came hurtling back to village life and settled in Wakefield. Madeline discovered the Low Down her first day in town and promised herself she’d find a way to finagle a job writing for the paper. Since July 2023 she’s been living her dream as a Low Down reporter.

Jessica Valentini

MARKETING DIRECTOR
CONTACT: jessica@lowdownonline.com

Jessica Valentini is the Low Down’s Marketing Director and brings with her over 20 years of experience as an Advertising Executive and award-winning Producer, working with brands like Procter & Gamble, RBC, Toyota and the Canadian Olympic Committee. Jessica has a passion for community involvement; you’ll see her on the pitch coaching with the Soccer des Collines Club and volunteering at Chelsea Elementary School where her two kids attend.

Aden Seaton

ADVERTISING SALES DIRECTOR
CONTACT: sales@lowdownonline.com

Aden Seaton spent over a decade in the charitable sector and then, one day, while reading the classified section in … you guessed it … the Low Down, she saw her dream job listed. And BOOM, next thing you know, she became the newspaper’s Advertising Sales Director. Aden has been selling ads since 2019. That’s the magic of the Low Down classifieds section.

Trevor Greenway

EDITOR-IN-CHIEF
CONTACT: editor@lowdownonline.com

Trevor Greenway is an award-winning journalist and editor. He is currently the Editor-in-Chief at The Low Down to Hull and Back News and spent extensive time covering news, sports and features in Ottawa for Metro News and other publications. Trevor has won multiple awards through the Quebec Community Newspaper Association, the Canadian Community Newspaper Association, and his work has been recognized by the Canadian Association of Journalists. Trevor lives in Masham with his family.

Matt Harrison

COPY EDITOR
CONTACT: matt.harrison76@gmail.com

Matt Harrison is the Low Down’s Copy Editor and brings with him over 20 years of experience in journalism, including as an editor of Ottawa XPressOttawa Magazine, and Queen’s Alumni Review magazine. He has also managed the book publication of the award-winning The Bearded Lady Project: Challenging the Face of Science and Canadian Union of Postal Workers’ (CUPW) anniversary book, Pushing the Envelope: The Struggle Continues. He has a passion for history, cycling along the Voie Verte Trail (though he uses a bell and goes the speed limit), and cooking for his wife and two daughters in Edelweiss.

Phil Jenkins

ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT REPORTER
CONTACT: phil@philjenkins.ca

Phil has lived in the Gatineau Hills for over 30 years, most of them in a straw bale house. He works in the arts as an author, columnist, actor, storyteller and as a songwriting, recording and performing musician. He began working as the Low Down’s weekly arts reporter in July 2023.

McMillan Family

DELIVERY

Wakefielders Agnes and her son Odin McMillan have been delivering the Low Down since 1977. The Low Down couldn’t deliver the news without the people who actually deliver the news.

Susan Williams

ART DIRECTOR
CONTACT: design@lowdownonline.com

Susan Williams is the Low Down’s Art Director who has been working in the design industry since 2017. She has extensive experience with print advertising pieces, digital marketing, website design and branding. Susan’s approach to art direction and design – whether she’s designing a brand new Scandinavian/modern farmhouse, advertisements, or logo concepts for new and existing businesses – combines an unwavering eye for detail and simplicity.

Our Contributors

Mark Bourrie

COLUMN: FACTS AND FOSSILS
READ IT: MONTHLY
CONTACT: mbourrie@yahoo.com

Mark is an historian, journalist, and student-at-law who calls Chelsea his part-time home.

Tina Therrien

COLUMN: UP THE LINE
READ IT: MONTHLY
CONTACT: strawbus@auracom.com

Tina and her family are thankful for the tranquility of life Up the Line; the only horn honking around here is a friendly toot when the snowplow operator drives by.

Autumn Valiquet

COLUMN: SAVED BY THE BELL
READ IT: BI-MONTHLY

Autumn is a Grade 10 student at St. Mike’s High School and covers school happenings for the Low Down.

Ilse Turnsen

COLUMN: FROM THE GRASSROOTS
READ IT: MONTHLY
CONTACT: turnsen@gmail.com

Ilse Turnsen lives in Wakefield and is a member of the Transition écologique La Pêche / Coalition for a New Deal.

Gilbert Whiteduck

COLUMN: REFLECTIONS FROM AN ALGONQUIN ANISHINABE
READ IT: MONTHLY
CONTACT: gwhiteduck@hotmail.com

Gilbert W. Whiteduck is an Algonquin Anishinabe from the Kitigan Zibi First Nation community. He has held many positions in the community over the past five decades, including director of education, councillor and chief, among others. He was elected as president of the Gatineau Valley Historical Society. He remains true to his ancestral values and beliefs, as he remains connected to the lands and water.

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