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Upcoming events

THE OTTAWA SCHOOL OF THEATRE presents an all ages production of Treasure Island in the Richcraft Theatre at the Shenkman Arts Centre. Showtimes Thursday, April 18 and Friday, April 19 at 6:30 p.m. and Saturday, April 20 and Sunday, April 21 at 1:30 p.m. Tickets $20 for adults. Students and youth 25 and under $10. To purchase visit / ottawaschooloftheatre?

TAPROOM 260 presents Michael Ben-Shalom live from 8-11 p.m. at 260 Centrum Blvd. For more information visit

TAPROOM 260 presents The Underground live from 8-11 p.m. at 260 Centrum Blvd. For more information visit

CLASSIC PIANO RECITAL – Orléans pianist Emily Hou will be performing works by Chopin, Mozart, Rachmaninov and Liszt at Kanata United Church as part os the Beaverbrook Community Concert Series. The recital will start promptly at 3 p.m. Kanata United Church is located at 33 Leacock Dr. in Kanata. For more information visit 2024/03/24/april-21-emily-hou.

THE ORLÉANS BREWING CO. Trivia Night from 7:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. Call (613) 834-9005 to reserve your spot. The Orléans Brewing Co. is located at 4380 Innes Rd. near the Innes Road McDonalds.

GRANDMAS AIDING GRANDMAS 10th Annual Card Party from 12:30p.m. to 4 p.m. at St. Helen’s Church, 1234 Prestone Dr. Tickets $35 includes lunch, door prizes, raffle and market. Call Barbara at 613-824-3524 or Sue at 613-834-4706.


EDITORIAL: Long term care crisis

By Fred Sherwin
March 28, 2024

Miracles really can happen. On Feb. 28, Ontario Premier Doug Ford came to town to unveil the province’s “New Deal for Ottawa”. Among other things, the new deal included a three-phase plan to upload responsibility for Hwy. 174 back to the province, something I’d never thought I’d see happen in my lifetime.

Hwy. 174 between Canaan Road and Hwy. 417 was downloaded to the municipality in 1998 along with dozens of other highways across Ontario as part of a number of recommendations put forward by the “Who Does What” panel established by the Harris government in 1996.

The “Who Does What” panel also set the ball rolling for municipal amalgamations in Hamilton-Wentworth, Kitchener-Waterloo and the Nation’s Capital, but I digress.

The argument to download these highways was that they served a primarily local service, but that was back in the day when Clarence-Rockland was barely a blip on the radar. As Clarence-Rockland and points further east grew, so did the amount of traffic on the 174 and so did the argument the highway served a much greater purpose than merely being a local artery.

Since the province downloaded the 174, the City has had to cover the annual maintenance costs to the tune of tens of millions of dollars.

Local councillors have been arguing for the province to take the highway back ever since the city was amalgamated in 2001. Stephen Blais was one of the most vocal and has remained so ever since he was elected to the provincial legislature in 2020.

Former Orléans Ward councillor Bob Monette also championed for the highway to be uploaded by the province. As have the current contingent of east end city councillors – Tim Tierney, Catherine Kitts, Laura Dudas and Matt Luloff. The assumption has always been that those pleas were largely falling on deaf ears – until now.

It appears that at least one person on city council had the ear of Doug Ford. As it turns out, Ottawa Mayor Mark Sutcliffe, has been lobbying the premier for months to establish “A New Deal for Ottawa” which includes a whole list of expenditures and funding, including the maintenance costs of Hwy. 174. The agreement provides up to $3 million a year for maintenance costs over the next three years and a capped capital contribution up to a maximum of $47 million over the same period.

Detractors of the three-phase plan argue that the provincial government can still opt out anytime it wants. I would argue that it would be easier said than done, although it is not out of the realm of possibility.

The deal does leave several lingering questions, such as what will the city do with the savings? Will they be reinvested into transportation improvements in the east end? Will the same standards of maintenance be maintained once the province takes over full responsibility.

But those questions are all secondary to the fact that the province has finally agreed to upload the 174 and that is good news indeed.




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