12 p.m., Sept. 23)
Bob Monette roasted to benefit Paroisse St-Joseph renovation
By Fred Sherwin
Monette has been in politics for over 30 years now. For
the past 10 of those years he has served the residents of
Orléans Ward as their city councillor.
Mayor Jim Watson roasts deputy mayor and Orléans
Ward councillor Bob Monette as the guest of
honour looks on during a fundraising event
in support of the Paroisse St-Joseph Building
Fund on Thursday evening. Fred Sherwin/Photo
Thursday, he celebrated the past decade in politics by
getting raked over the coals by his friends, colleagues
and family members at a roast in his honour to benefit
the Paroisse St-Joseph repair and renovation project.
the guest roasters were Ottawa Mayor Jim Watson, council
colleague Shad Qadri, former councillor Doug Thompson,
Monette's former campaign manager Eric Lamoureux, and
his daughter Joanne.
led off the proceedings by joking about the mustache Monette
had when he first ran for Cumberland town council in 1985,
saying that he looked like a "70s porn star".
also joked about the number of times Monette's pictured
has appeared in the Orléans Star over the asking,
asking if he owned the paper and gripping about the fact
that it's the only newspaper in Ottawa in which the local
councillor's picture is in the paper more than his.
the jibs, Watson read off a laundry list of Monette's
accomplishments over the last 10 years including bringing
the first hotel to the community; blowing the whistle
on sewage outflows which resulted in the Ottawa River
Action Plan; ensuring fair and equitable funding for east
end projects; and championing the redevelopment of Lansdowne
Park and the return of baseball to the former Lynx Stadium.
the time he had ended, Watson's speech sounded more suited
for a campaign kickoff than a roast. He ended by expressing
his hope that the guest of honour will stick around for
one or two more terms.
Qadri spent his turn at the mic joking about Monette's
passion for Ottawa's sports teams and in turn presented
him with a mini hockey stick, a seat cushion, a mini football
and a noisemaker.
he pulled out a cow hat in reference to Monette's defence
of the cow that stood on top of the Cheddar Etc store
in the Crown Point Plaza at Trim and Watters. When the
Ottawa bylaw office threatened to fine the owners for
having an illegal sign, Monette started a petition garnering
thousands of signatures and earning him the nickname Bob
"Moo"-nette among his fellow councillors.
Lamoureux used his turn at the mic to tell a story about
how Monette almost got into fist fight with former Glebe
councillor Clive Doucet during closed door meeting about
the future of Lansdowne Park. Lamoureux then ended his
speech with the chant "four more years".
daughter Joanne talked about what it was like growing
up as the daughter of a politician and having to "volunteer"
for his election campaigns along with her two brothers
Ron and Rick. One of whom now has grandchildren who have
already learned how to "fake campaign smile".
of the best lines of the night was delivered by former
Osgoode councillor Doug Thompson who joked about arriving
would have been here on time but we got stuck in that
double round-about. It took 20 minutes to get out of the
damn thing," Thompson quipped, referring to the St.
Joseph Blvd. traffic circle which Monette first supported
and then was against.
it was his turn to take the mic, Monette fired a few jabs
back at his roasters and then thanked the many people
who helped make it happen including developer John Ruddy
and the Trinity Development Foundation which was the title
sponsor and donated $50,000 to the Paroisse St-Joseph
Building Fund. He also thanked longtime supporter Lionel
Laurin from Ace Body Shop for organizing the event and
Qamar Masood from Dewan Catering who donated all the meals
to the cause.
he reminded everyone how important if was for the entire
community, both anglophone and francophone, to support
the Paroisse St-Joseph renovation project and preserve
Orléans most recognizable landmark.
the very heart of Orléans. It's part of our heritage.
How many other heritage buildings do we have in Orléans?
So yes, it's something we all need to support," said
for all the talk about four more years and whether or
not he will run again in 2018, Monette was as noncommittal.
job is fun. I love it. But no, I don't know what I'm going
to do in two years. There's still plenty of time before
I'll make that decision," he told the room most of
whom would be happy to help make up his mind for him.
now Monette will focus on the task or tasks at hand including
making sure Phase 2 of the LRT goes all the way to Trim
Road and and seeing the final stage of the Ottawa River
Action plan go into service and eliminate once and for
all any sewage outflows into the Ottawa River.
story was made possible thanks to the generous support
of our local business partners.)