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March 21, 2019

March 7, 2019



SING-ALONG WITH THE F.R.O.G.s (Fully Rely On God) at St. Mary’s Church Hall, 1171 Smith Rd. in Navan. Enjoy some much loved favourites as well as some Christian music followed by a selection of sumptuous soups and baked breads. Tickets $15. Call 613-841-6248.

OPERA CANDY presents The Gourmet Adventures of Hansel and Gretel in the Richcraft Theatre at the Shenkman Arts Centre. Showtime 3 p.m. This delectable introduction to opera and lyrical singing is a treat for the eyes and ears! Tickets $20 for adults, $15 for children, and family of four $16 per person. A special workshop will be held before the show from 1:30 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. Come before the show to meet the artists and immerse yourself in a world of vocal experiences. You can even learn a tune and choreography so that you can sing and dance like Hansel and Gretel. Cost $15. Visit

FRIENDS & FAMILY NIGHT hosted by the Bytown Beat Chorus. Come see what the Chrous is all about and enjoy some live entertainment from guest quartet “Key Rings” and the Ottawa Puppet Troupe at the Orléans United Church, 1111 Orléans Blvd. starting at 8 p.m. RSVP a member if you plan to attend.

120TH ANNIVERSARY OPEN HOUSE at J.T. Bradley’s Country Convenience Store in Navan from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. Join us for coffee and cake. and live entertainment. to celebrate our 120th burthday in the lead up to this year’s Bradley Cup hockey tournament on March 30.



February 21, 2019

Sorry to be so crass, but what the bleep? The Peel Regional Police received dozens of complaints from residents who were upset that their lives were interrupted by an Amber Alert for a 11-year-old girl who had been reported missing by her mother.

The Amber Alert was issued at 11:36 p.m. and broadcast over the Bell and Rogers television and cell phone networks. She was soon found deceased in a Brampton residence after being murdered by her father.

The Amber Alert was called off at 12:01 a.m. That didn’t stop dozens of people from calling and e-mailing the Peel Police Department complaining that the Amber Alert had woken them up and disturbed their sleep.

Who are these people? How insensitive and uncaring must you be to complain about an Amber Alert for a missing child? Seriously. I was watching TV when the Amber Alert came across my cell phone and television screen. I saw that it was for a missing child in Brampton and hit the cancel button, but not before I felt a sense of concern for the poor girl’s family.

It’s called empathy and apparently it is a rare commodity among a certain segment of the population who don’t give a crap about their fellow man, especially between the hours of 11 p.m. and 9 a.m. or whenever else it’s deemed “inconvenient”.

To which I say, “Imagine if it was your child who had gone missing late at night, or was suspected of being kidnapped?”

Who are these people?

Const. Akhil Mooken of the Peel Police Department summed up his own feelings this way. “I can’t even begin to describe how disappointing and upsetting it is to read the comments, e-mails and calls to our communications bureau complaining about receiving an Amber Alert late at night,” he said in a tweet.

“Disapponinting and upsetting” is perhaps the understatement of the year. How about infuriating and nauseating?

Would these people feel the same if the Amber Alert was about a possible tornado, or a terrorist attack? “Sorry to inconvenience you but there is an extreme likelihood that a tornado will touchdown in your vicinity in the next three to four hours.”

“Sorry, not now, I’m trying to get some sleep.”

When I first heard of the reaction to the Amber Alert, I immediately thought of the U.S.A., because it was the type of reaction I would expect from our neighbours to the south. But it wasn’t. It was from Canadians. People who live in a country that prides itself on being a caring, nurturing and empathetic nation.

We are the anti-thesis of America, or at least I thought we were. But perhaps that was just a romantic notion. A nostalgic remembrance of what we once were and are no more. That was until I started seeing the reaction of other ordinary Canadians who were just as upset as I was and it began to restore my faith in my fellow countrymen.

Perhaps we’re not all self-indulgent, self-possessed cretins. Perhaps we really go give a crap about our neighbours, even those we don’t know by their first name or who don’t necessarily live beside us. Perhaps we don’t mind being awakened by an Amber Alert at 11:36 at night. Perhaps we care.




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