10 a.m., Jan. 9)
2018 was a year of change and new faces
By Fred Sherwin
2018 could be summed up in one word it would be “change”.
In the year that was, we saw the Progressive Conservatives
come to power under their newly elected leader Doug Ford
after spending the last 13 years in opposition. The Liberals,
meanwhile, were reduced to third party status.
Orléans MPP Marie France Lalonde was one of only six Liberal
members who managed to hold to their seats, while fellow
National Capital MPPs Bob Chiarelli and Yasir Naqvi were
unable to hold onto theirs and the formerly Liberal held
seat in Glengarry-Prescott-Russell was won by PC candidate
stand outside George and Sons Upholstery after
a fire broke out in the St. Joseph strip mall
on March 31. Fred Sherwin/Photo
was also the order of the day during the municipal election
in October as seven rookies were elected to Ottawa city
council, including Laura Dudas, who replaced Jody Mitic
in Innes Ward, and Matt Luloff who took over from outgoing
city council veteran Bob Monette.
local business community also went through monumental
change, or at least those which were members of the Orléans
Chamber of Commerce did.
about being isolated by efforts to merge the West Ottawa
Board of Trade and the Ottawa Chamber of Commerce, Orléans
Chamber members voted to join forces with the other two
organizations in August.
year got off to a relatively uneventful start, but it
didn’t take long for tragedy to strike when the news was
released that former Ottawa-Orléans MPP Royal Galipeau
had died after a lengthy battle with myeloma. He was 71.
months later, one of Galipeau’s predecessors, Eugène Bellemare,
passed away on July 6 at the age of 86. The Liberal MP
served in the House of Commons from 1988 to 2014.
with February, seeing impaired student Cassandra Boyer,
17, was denied from having her service dog Hero attend
classes with her at a local francophone high school. The
reason given was that the mild-mannered Labradoodle, which
are known for their hypoallergenic qualities, might disturb
the other students.
Boyer with her service dog Hero. In February,
the French language school board denied her
request to have Hero attend classes with her.
the same month, local blind and death athlete and advocate
Kevin Frost successfully lobbied Uber to accept ser-vice
animals in all their vehicles.
in February, the Tartan Pub closed it’s doors after 19
years in business. The traditional British-style pub was
a popular neighbourhood eatery and watering hole. Seven
months later, Moose McGuire’s opened in the same location.
March, the Orléans Chamber of Commerce held what would
end up being their last Business Excellence Awards Gala.
Among the evening’s big winners were Orléans lawyer David
Bertschi, who was named Business Leader of the Year, and
the Keynote Group which took home top prize as the Business
of the Year.
special Lifetime Achievement Award was also bestowed on
former executive director Peter Stewart.
month of March ended tragically when a fire which started
in George and Sons Upholstery on St. Joseph Blvd.destroyed
several businesses in the strip mall and forced several
others, including the Little Turkish Village restaurant
to close indefinitely. It would take four months before
the popular family-run restaurant could reopen for business,
while S.G. Printing was forced to relocate to the Canotek
April, Queenswood Heights pioneer Helen Tweddle passed
away at 78. She was remembered for her many years of community
service which included publishing the Newsliner bulletin
for more than 40 years, launching the Bookworm used book
store in the Cumberland Branch of the Ottawa Library,
and volunteering for the local Girl Guides and Brownies
as well as with the Queenswood United Church where she
and her family were members since the day it opened.
in April, Innes Ward Coun. Jody Mitic announced that he
would not be seeking re-election for personal reasons.
The Afghan War veteran had been dealing with issues of
depression and addiction to painkillers for some time.
He also admitted to having a problem with alcohol during
an interview on CFRA.
council voted to grant Mitic a paid leave of absence on
June 13. He had been absent from City Hall for several
weeks and did not return before the fall when Laura Dudas
was elected to replace him.
the same month, Progressive Conservative leader Doug Ford
made a campaign stop at the OCCO Kitchen restaurant on
Innes Road in support of local candidate Cameron Montgomery.
Ford would go on to lead the Conservatives to a landslide
victory over the Liberals, but Montgomery would be unable
to unseat local Liberal MPP Marie-France Lalonde.
May, Black Sheep Development announced plans to build
a multi-million dollar, 65,000 sq. ft. sports facility
in partnership with the Sports Training Academy at the
corner of Trim Road and Brian Coburn Blvd.
month of June began with news that thieves had stolen
the cast iron bell from the tower at Trinity Anglican
Church in Bearbrook. The only thing left behind was the
bell’s clanger and a large depression in the ground where
the bell had landed when it was dropped over the edge
of the tower. No trace of the bell has turned up since.
Lowe and Rev. Margo Whittaker, holding the
missing bell's clanger, stand in front of
Trinity Anglican Church in Bearbrook after
thieves stole the church bell in the middle
of the night on May 21. Fred Sherwin/Photo
the month of June was highlighted by the provincial election,
it was also noteworthy in that veteran east end councillor
Bob Monette announced his retirement after serving on
city council for 13 years.
Canada Day, the region was locked in one of the most extreme
heat waves in recent memory. With the temperature soaring
above 35°C, many residents elected to stay home rather
than venture out in the sweltering heat to festivities
on Petrie Island and on Parliament Hill.
in July, Little Ray’s Reptile Zoo announced plans to move
their operation to the former Home Hardware building in
Sarsfield sometime in 2019.
August, Amazon announced plans to build a distribution
centre near Carlsbad Springs. Construction of the one
million square foot warehouse started soon afterwards.
On August 7, area farmers welcomed the first heavy rains
in six weeks.
in August, a group of residents started a Facebook group
called “It’s your city, let’s all help make Orléans safe”
in the wake of several reported swarmings which led to
a public meeting during which members of the Ottawa Police
Service tried to allay their concerns. Two weeks later,
three teens were arrested in connection with a local swarming.
September 27, a series of tornadoes touched down in and
around Dunrobin causing extensive damage.
October, Afghan veteran Matt Luloff emerged from a field
of 17 candidates to win the city council seat in Orléans
Ward vacated by Bob Monette. At the same time Stephen
Blais was re-elected in Cumberland Ward and Laura Dudas
was elected to replace Jody Mitic. They were sworn in
with the rest of city council on December 1.
Dudas is joined by her family after winning
the city council seat in Innes Ward during
the municipal election on Oct. 22. File photo
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