Thursday Oct. 17, 2019

Oct. 17, 2019

17 oct, 2019

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CommuniTree CONFERENCE from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Just Food Farm, Big Red Barn, 2nd floor - 2391 Pepin Court in Blackburn Hamlet. Check in and registration at 8 a.m. The Conference will include various panels, a networking break and a tour of a Community Food Forest. This is an opportunity for community members to share tree-related stories, data and projects and provide attendees with new ideas, information and resources to carry out tree-related initiatives in their communities.

HALLOWE'EN HIJINX from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Cumberland Heritage Village Museum. A day of family-friendly Halloween fun at the museum! Wear your costume and explore the origins of Halloween traditions as you collect some yummy treats along the way. Complete a scavenger hunt, create your own masquerade mask and more! Cost: $19.75 per family (2 adults + children); $7.75 adults; $5.50 seniors, children and students. Children 5 and under are free.

THE GLOUCESTER HISTORICAL SOCIETY will present a talk by military historian Captain Steven Dieter entitled “From Normandy to the Scheldt.” This will take place at 2 p.m. at the Beechwood National Memorial Centre, 280 Beechwood, and will include a guided tour of the National Military Cemetery for those who wish to take it. Admission is free.

ORLEANS COMMUNITY SPAGHETTI SUPPER AND SILENT AUCTION hosted by the Orléans Lions Club from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. in the basement of St. Joseph Church, 2757 St. Joseph Blvd. Tickets: Adults $13 ; Children under 12 $5 available at th door or in advance from members or by sending an e-mail to (or call Lion Jean Paul at 613-830-7035). Tickets include spaghetti and freshly made sauce with buns, dessert, tea and coffee. Cash bar. All profits to support Camp Banting, a summer camp for kids with diabetes.


EDITORIAL: An educated vote

Oct. 17, 2019

In four days, folks in Orléans and across Canada will be heading to the polls to vote in the federal election. Some will vote along party lines, some will vote for the candidate who impressed them the most without regard to party affiliation and some will cast their ballot based on a particular issue. Unfortunately, thousands will vote without any regard to the respective party’s platform or not vote at all.

Several years ago I was invited to be a panel member at a symposium on western democracy and the Canadian electoral process. I was one of nine speakers at the event as a representative of the media.

One of the audience members asked for our opinion on mandatory voting. I was the last of the nine speakers to respond.

After all eight of the previous speakers whole-heartedly supported the concept of mandatory voting it was my turn. “Absolutely not,” I responded. “The problem is not that not enough people vote. The problem is that too many of the people who do vote have no idea what they’re voting for.”

This is especially true in municipal elections, where most people automatically vote for the incumbent, or the first name on the ballot. It’s also the reason why I don’t like referendums.

The only people who benefit from mandatory voting are the incumbents.

We don’t need more people voting. We need more people casting an educated vote.

If you are one of the thousands of people out there who are still undecided, my suggestion is to do some research. Peel yourself away from Facebook or YouTube long enough to visit the respective parties’ websites.

If you have a particular issue that is important to you, try e-mailing each of the local candidates for their respective positions on that issue. Some will get back to you sooner rather than later and some may not get back to you at all. Judge them accordingly.

If a candidate cares enough about your vote they will get back to you. How long it takes largely depends on how busy they are, but it also may be an indication of how organized or unorganized they are. A well organized campaign will assign a staffer or volunteer to monitor the incoming emails and ensure any questions from voters are responded to in a timely and satisfactory manner.

Finally, there’s a lot to be said about voting for a candidate without regard to their party affiliation. First, of all there is no guarantee that the candidate’s party will form the next government, and in the case of the NDP and Green Party, the candidates almost certainly won’t.

If you are trying to decide which candidate to vote for consider which one would be the most effective if you have a federal issue that needs to be addressed like a passport issue, or a federal pension or EI issue etc. And do your homework.

– Fred Sherwin, editor




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