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June 13, 2019

30 mai 2019



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

THE WONDERFUL WIZARD OF OZ presented by the Ottawa School of Theatre at the Shenkman Arts Centre. This is an all ages production. Showtimes June 7 at 7 p.m. and June 8 and 9 at 2 p.m. Tickets $17.50 for adults and $12.50 for children and students. For more information visit

ORLÉANS OUTDOOR MARKET from 12 noon to 6 p.m. in the Ray Frield Centre parking lot on Tenth Line Road. Come meet local vendors and artians from across the east end.

4 p.m. to 10 p.m. at the Shenkman Arts Centre on Centrum Blvd. Food trucks, music, live perfomances, dancing and hands on activities for the whole family.

CARIVIBE BLOCK PARTY from 2 p.m. to 10 p.m. in the Orléans Festival Plaza on Centrum Blvd. featuring an All-Star International D.J. Lineup, Caribbean food, dancers and the Kids Carnival Village. Visit the Latin Street Party stage and enjoy Bachata, Kizomba, Salsa Romantica and Latin Dance Workshops, brought to you by A.S.A Dance Production. Advance tickets $15.00. Kids 12 and under FREE. Tickets can be purchased by visiting


(Posted 8:30 a.m., Sept. 16)
Innes Ward hopeful hopes second time’s the charm
By Wade Morris

When Innes Ward candidate Laura Dudas lost to Jody Mitic in the race to replace former city councillor Rainer Bloess in the 2014 municipal election, she had no idea that she would get a second chance just four years later, but that’s the position she found herself in when Mitic announced in the spring that he would not be seeking reelection for personal reasons.

The Blackburn Community Association president is considered one of the favourites to replace Mitic if for no other reason than the success she had the last time around when she finished second to Mitic with 19.5 per of the vote.

Her nearest rival was François Trépanier who’s also running again. Trépanier finished 561 behind Dudas. The other two candidates in the race are former Bloess assistant Donna Leith-Gudbranson and Tammy Lynch who has been Mitic’s assistant for the past four years.

Dudas says she would be “absolutely honoured” should the voters of Innes Ward elect her to represent them on the next city council. Her main motivation for running is to help the ward achieve its full potential as a community.

“I love the east end,” says Dudas. “I’m incredibly passionate about where we could go and the opportunities we have.”

Among those opportunities is repairing roads, supporting job growth and enhancing greenspaces.

“We need to repair our deteriorating roads, and we need to improve transit,” Dudas told the Orléans Star during a recent interview.

Dudas hopes to extend Brian Coburn Boulevard to Renaud Road; widen Ottawa Road 174; and ensure that LRT stations are equipped to handle users’ needs.

If elected Dudas says she will work with the mayor and other like-minded councillors to keep property tax increases capped at two per cent or less, and hold annual budget meetings to collect input from Innes Ward residents.

“Our property taxes need to be kept reasonable and affordable,” says Dudas.

She also wants the east end to see more economic growth, saying that it would reduce traffic congestion, increase property values, and benefit existing businesses.

Also included in Dudas’ platform is promoting community safety. She hopes to ensure that police are equipped with sufficient resources to keep Innes Ward safe. Additionally, she would add traffic calming and speeding enforcement mea-sures on residential streets.

Dudas explains that greenspaces are “essential to maintaining the quality of life” in Innes Ward. As councillor, she would ensure that greenspaces are considered in residential and retail developments, and that waste diversion initiatives are supported.

After working in the City of Ottawa’s communication department for the last seven years, Dudas says she has both the knowledge and the experience to get things done.

“I’ve been able to see how the city operates from the inside,” she says. “I have the unique experience of knowing how the city functions and how it can do better.”

As president of the Blackburn Community Association for the past eight years Dudas says she’s played a key role making the community a better place to live, work and play.

“I represented residents, worked with other community associations, and deliv-ered services and projects to the east end,” she says.

Dudas has been involved with various community activities. For example, she was the chair of the Harvest Moon celebration, an outdoor farm-themed event held last September in Barrington Park. She has served as a member of both the Orleans Branch of the Royal Canadian Legion and the Good Shepherd School’s Parent Council.

According to Dudas, participating in these community projects has given her the opportunity to learn about the concerns and priorities of Innes Ward residents.

Ottawa voters will head to the polls on Oct. 22. A special advanced poll will be held from Oct. 4 to Oct. 9 at the François Dupuis Recreation Complex on Portobello Blvd. between 10 a.m. and 8 p.m. A second advanced poll will be held on Wednesday, Jan. 23, at various locations in the ward.

(This story was made possible thanks to the generous support of our local business partners.)




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