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FREE FAMILY BUDGETING WORKSHOP hosted by the Community Pentecostal Church /Christians Against Poverty(CAP), 1825 St Joseph Blvd. at 6:30 p.m. Learn how to save and pay off your debts workshop. For more information call 613-837-3555.

FIRST CHOICE will entertain from 6:30 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. at the Orléans Legion, 800 Taylor Creek Dr. for your listening and dancing pleasure. Buffet dinner served from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. For reservations call 613-590-7227.

COMMUNITY FUNDRAISER hosted by the Royal Oak Pub Orléans in support of Habitat for Humanity from 1 p.m. to 11 p.m. Community BBQ with live bands and a silent auction...The action starts at 1 p.m. with the first musical act. House band Mandie & JF and the Chris Evans Band will take to the stage starting at 7 p.m.!! Come have some fun and show your support!!

COMMUNITY GARAGE SALE hosted by the Greater Avalon Community Association from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Plenty of bargains to be found as the residents of Avalon take part in this annual community event.

ORLÉANS CRAFT BEER FESTIVAL from 4 p.m. to 11 p.m. on June 6 and 7 and from 2 p.m. to 11 p.m. on Saturday, June 8 in the Centrum Blvd. Festival Plaza. Presented by Orléans Festivals and the Heart of Orléans BIA featuring craft beer from 29 different craft brewers. Food vendors will include Orléans own Meatings BBQ. Live music all three days. For more information visit



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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