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(Posted 10:30 a.m., April 2)
Councillor Blais announces Canada 150 initiatives in Navan

By Fred Sherwin
OrleansOnline.ca

Stephen Blais (centre) joins Wyatt McWilliams (left) and John Bradley for Friday's announcement. Fred Sherwin/Photo

The Village of Navan will be joining towns and villages across Canada this spring in celebrating the country's 150th anniversary.

Cumberland Ward Coun. Stephen Blais was in Navan on Friday to meet two prominent members of the community and announce three separate Canada 150 events that will take place on June 17 and 18.

J.T. Bradley's Country Convenience Store owner John Bradley is the man behind the Canada 150 Navan Street Dance which will take place on the Navan Fairgrounds on June 17, and Wyatt McWilliams is one of the co-organizers of the "Blood, Sweat and Gears" parade that will take spectators on a journey through time, showing the evolution of transportation and farm machinery over the past 150 years.

Bradley organized the very first Navan Street Dance in 2001 to raise money for the 2001 International Plowing Match, while McWilliams, along with his father Willard, were the driving force behind the World Record 50-Horse Hitch that took place in 2011 to celebrate the community's 150th anniversary.

The third event planned for Navan is a bike rally being organized by the Navan Lions Club for Sunday, June 18, which is also Father's Day. Cyclists will be invited to cycle on the Prescott multiuse pathway ending with a BBQ. There is no charge and cyclists are encouraged to show pride for our nation.

All three events will be receiving a Canada 150 Civic Grant from the City of Ottawa, thanks in large part to Blais' support.

"The 2017 Civic Events Funding Program is a great way to ensure that villages such as Navan are able to celebrate Canada's 150th anniversary in the same spectacular fashion that other Ottawans will be doing on Parliament Hill," says Blais. "It is great to see that rural areas are getting the support they deserve to organize an unforgettable Canada Day this year."

Information about other Canada 150 events in and around Ottawa can be found at www.ottawa2017.ca.

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