Saturday July 2, 2022

June 23, 2022

23 juin 2022

Upcoming events

ORLÉANS FARMER’S MARKET from 11 am to 4 pm in the parking lot at the Ray Friel Recreation Complex on Tenth Line Road featuring local food vendors and producers.

ST. HELEN’S ANGLICAN CHURCH ART FAIR returns to the Navan Fair Grounds from 10 am to 3 pm with more than 140 fine works of art created by 16 local artists. You can preview the art for sale at St, Helen’s Church is located at 1234 Prestone Dr. in Queenswood Heights.

ROYAL OAK DAY PATIO BBQ at the Royal Oak Orléans located at the corner of St. Joseph Blvd. and Jeanne d’Arc. Come out and celebrate Royal Oak’s anniversary while supporting the Orléans-Cumberland Resource Centre food bank. Lots of items to bid on in the silent auction. Make a cash donation or bring a non-perishable food item! Live entertainment provided by Garden Variety.

THE ORIGINAL NAVAN MARKET returns to the Navan Fair Grounds from 10 am to 5 pm with more than 150 local vendors and artisans. Come and see why the Original Navan Market has become on of the most popular outdoor markets in Eastern Ontario.Visit

BLACKBURN FUN FAIR returns to Blackburn Hamlet with a carnival style midway, music, local vendors, a used book fair, beer garden and fireworks. For more information visit


EDITORIAL: East block

By Fred Sherwin
May 12, 2022

The race for next fall’s municipal election officially began on May 2 with the opening of the nomination process. Across Ottawa, there are eight open seats up for grabs on city council, plus the mayor’s chair thanks to a slew of retirements. Fortunately, here in the east end all four local councillors are running for re-election.

Change simply for the sake of change is never a good thing. It’s one of the reasons why term limits are a bad idea. While term limits may seem like a good idea when your elected representative is doing a bad job, it’s a terrible idea if you happen to have an effective representative who is doing a great job. As I always like to say when debating proponents of term limits – be careful what you wish for.

In Tim Tierney, Laura Dudas, Matt Luloff and Catherine Kitts, east end resident have four extremely effective city councillors who have the best interests of their constituents at heart and work together to get the east end’s fair share when it comes to city services.

One of the reasons why all four councillors are so effective is their respective staff – the people who work behind the scenes to help address issues brought forward by their constituents. All four incumbents in the east end are blessed with excellent executive assistants. A city councillor’s staff can often be taken for granted, but trust me, a good executive assistant is worth their weight in gold.

I’ve been covering municipal politics in Orléans for over 30 years now. I’ve seen a lot of city councillors and their staff come and go and I can honestly say that I have never dealt with a collection of staff who are better at their jobs than the group we have now.

This editorial is not meant to be an official endorsement of any of the current incumbents. It is merely an opportunity to acknowledge the job they have done in the past and continue to do, which is good enough to deserve another term. Any actual endorsement will have to wait until they articulate their position on the role of the Ottawa Board of Health and the Chief Medical Officer in future pandemics vis à vis city council.

During the past two years, city council has been silent on the subject of the pandemic. They had very little if any say in when or how the COVID restrictions were imposed in Ottawa. This was largely because of provincial legislation which allows the health boards and local health units to operate independently from city council. So much so that trying to get answers to even the simplest of questions left many city councillors wanting to pull their hair out. This has to change and it has to start with councillors demanding better.

Other issues that need to be addressed during the election are the future of the downtown core, the continued redevelopment of St. Joseph Blvd. and traffic, transit and transportation links needed to accommodate the growing population south of Innes Road.




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