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Upcoming events

OHH CANADA KIDS FESTIVAL JEUNNESE ORLÉANS from 11 am to 5 pm at Millennium Park on Trim Road. Obstacle Course, Face Painting, Scavenger Hunt, Bike Rally and lots of other surprises! Canada Day Birthday Cake at 1 pm  Food trucks and BBQ.

CANADA DAY BBQ at the Orléans Legion, 800 Taylor Creek Dr. from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. .Open tro all members and non-members. BBQ from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. by Prestige Catering and Food Services. 8 choices to choose from at $15 each. Live entertainment provided by the Taylor Creek Band and the Parsons Duo. Bar specials from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.

FREE CANADA BBQ from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Petrie Island in the Steumer Park picnic area, hosted by the Orléans PC Riding Association.

ORLEANS FARMERS MARKET from 11 am to 4 pm in the parking lot at the Ray Friel Recreation Centre on Tenth Line Road. Shop the freshest seasonal produce, meat and dairy, baked goods, prepared foods, crafts and more while getting to know the folks who grew and made it.

TAPROOM 260 presents the Jamie Douglas live from 8-11 pm. Located on Centrum Blvd. in the Orléans Town Centre. For more information visit

CUMBERLAND FARMERS MARKET from 9 am to 1 pm at the Cumberland Arena, 1115 Dunning Rd. in Cumberland Village. Farmers, bakers, artists, crafters, gardeners, chefs and friends. For more information

THE ORLEANS BREWING CO. presents James Leclair live from 8-11 pm. $5 cover. The Orléans Brewing Co. is located at 4380 Innes Rd. near the McDonalds. For more information visit


EDITORIAL: Delaminated licence plates

By Fred Sherwin
July 18, 2024

Why are so many people still driving around with license plates that have completely peeled so that you can barely read them?

Delamination, as it is referred to by the Ministry of Transportation, first began to take on epidemic proportions with license plates issued in 2019. Car owners with license plates that were either partially delaminated, or fully delaminated, were given a grace period to have them replaced during the COVID pandemic. But the pandemic ended two years ago and there are still drivers out there with delaminated plates.

What makes this issue even more irksome is the ease with which those drivers can get them replaced, and at no cost. All they have to do is visit the Service Ontario office on St. Joseph Blvd., or any other Service Ontario office in the province, hand in their old plates and they’ll get a fresh new set of plates absolutely free as long as the plates are five years old or less. If the plates are older than five years then there’s a $59 fee.

That may sound like a good chunk of change for something that is basically a manufacturing defect, but it’s a lot better than a $110 fine and those owners with the newer delaminated plates have had five years to replace them. That’s more than enough time. But I’m not aware of a single person who has been fined for driving with delaminated license plates. In the meantime, I’ve been fined for driving through a photo radar zone 10-15 km/h over the speed limit. Why? Besides the obvious fact that I was speeding, it’s because the photo radar could take a clear picture of my plate. Meanwhile people with delaminated plates can drive through a photo radar zone with impunity.

This is about fairness and doing your civic duty. Get your dang plates replaced. As for the police, they should make it a priority to first issue a warning to drivers who still have delaminated and illegible plates, and than start issuing fines.

In May 2022, the Ontario Association of Chiefs of Police called on the provincial government to start allowing the police to seize illegible plates at the roadside. This seems a little much, if you ask me, but if you start issuing fines, word is going to get around pretty quick.

As for car owners who deliberately cover their plates with darkened visors, they should be fined immediately, with no warning issued. It’s a deliberate action and the only reason to do it is to avoid photo radar and red light cameras. And the fine should be a lot more than $110. Throw the book at them.

Laws are made not only followed, but enforced. We all have to do our part.




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