Thursday Oct. 17, 2019

Oct. 17, 2019

17 oct, 2019

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CommuniTree CONFERENCE from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Just Food Farm, Big Red Barn, 2nd floor - 2391 Pepin Court in Blackburn Hamlet. Check in and registration at 8 a.m. The Conference will include various panels, a networking break and a tour of a Community Food Forest. This is an opportunity for community members to share tree-related stories, data and projects and provide attendees with new ideas, information and resources to carry out tree-related initiatives in their communities.

HALLOWE'EN HIJINX from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Cumberland Heritage Village Museum. A day of family-friendly Halloween fun at the museum! Wear your costume and explore the origins of Halloween traditions as you collect some yummy treats along the way. Complete a scavenger hunt, create your own masquerade mask and more! Cost: $19.75 per family (2 adults + children); $7.75 adults; $5.50 seniors, children and students. Children 5 and under are free.

THE GLOUCESTER HISTORICAL SOCIETY will present a talk by military historian Captain Steven Dieter entitled “From Normandy to the Scheldt.” This will take place at 2 p.m. at the Beechwood National Memorial Centre, 280 Beechwood, and will include a guided tour of the National Military Cemetery for those who wish to take it. Admission is free.

ORLEANS COMMUNITY SPAGHETTI SUPPER AND SILENT AUCTION hosted by the Orléans Lions Club from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. in the basement of St. Joseph Church, 2757 St. Joseph Blvd. Tickets: Adults $13 ; Children under 12 $5 available at th door or in advance from members or by sending an e-mail to (or call Lion Jean Paul at 613-830-7035). Tickets include spaghetti and freshly made sauce with buns, dessert, tea and coffee. Cash bar. All profits to support Camp Banting, a summer camp for kids with diabetes.


EDITORIAL: Nooooooooo

May 16, 2019

Just when I was about to write an editorial on the impact further delays in the launch of Ottawa’s LRT system is having on commuters (the latest odds are on late July) I happened to read this week’s column by Orléans MP Andrew Leslie’s on the 2019 Federal Budget.

In it, he mentions the fact that the budget contains funding for first time homebuyers. There’s over a billion dollars to cover the costs of renovations to make homes more energy efficient. There’s a rebate program to provide up to $5,000 toward the purchase of electric cars that cost less than $45,000. There’s an increase in the Guaranteed Income Supplement for Seniors. All of which are good things. There’s even money in the budget to replace the Alexandria Bridge and rehabilitate the Chaudière and MacDonald-Cartier bridges, all three of which are long overdue.

But when I read the part about the need for an interprovincial crossings study led by the NCC, I instantly broke out into a cold sweat an April Fool’s joke. Are you kidding me!@#? We need another interprovincial crossing study like I need a hole in the head.

Now, I’m fully aware of the fact that the last interprovincial crossing study was done under the auspices of the former Harper government, but it was as thorough and complete as it could be. It also cost more than $4.5 million and my head started throbbing. If it was April 1, I would have immediately chalked it up as and was one of the most controversial and divisive studies in the city’s history, basically pitting the communities of Vanier and Orléans against each over the potential location of a bridge.

The study initially looked at 13 potential options for an interpro-vincial crossing and then narrowed the list down to three – Kettle Island connecting with the Vanier Parkway; Duck Island connecting with Hwy 174 near Canotek Park; and McLaurin Bay which would have taken the bridge precariously close to Convent Glen North.

In the end, the preferred location turned out to be Kettle Island, which has been the preferred location of every single interprovincial crossing study ever done. The only problem was that the politicians wouldn’t go along with the findings and the study was mothballed and placed in a dark room with all the others that preceded it.

You do not need another study. You do not need to waste another $2.5 million coming to the exact same conclusion as all the other studies. All you need is the political will to build a bridge at Kettle Island, or failing that, tons of money to build a tunnel under the Ottawa River connecting Gatineau to King Edward and Hwy. 417. Pick one and be done with it and spare us all with having to relive another pointless waste of time, money and energy.

The answers lie in an interprovincial inquiry and the sooner its undertaken the better.



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