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FREE FAMILY BUDGETING WORKSHOP hosted by the Community Pentecostal Church /Christians Against Poverty(CAP), 1825 St Joseph Blvd. at 6:30 p.m. Learn how to save and pay off your debts workshop. For more information call 613-837-3555.


FIRST CHOICE will entertain from 6:30 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. at the Orléans Legion, 800 Taylor Creek Dr. for your listening and dancing pleasure. Buffet dinner served from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. For reservations call 613-590-7227.


COMMUNITY FUNDRAISER hosted by the Royal Oak Pub Orléans in support of Habitat for Humanity from 1 p.m. to 11 p.m. Community BBQ with live bands and a silent auction...The action starts at 1 p.m. with the first musical act. House band Mandie & JF and the Chris Evans Band will take to the stage starting at 7 p.m.!! Come have some fun and show your support!!


COMMUNITY GARAGE SALE hosted by the Greater Avalon Community Association from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Plenty of bargains to be found as the residents of Avalon take part in this annual community event.


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 www.orleansfestivals.ca.

 

Light rail launch dealt another delay
By Fred Sherwin
March 8, 2019

East end commuters waiting to get on board the light rail train will have to wait another two months after the consortium responsible for building the system recently informed the City that it wouldn't be able to reach it's March 31 target.

The reason for the delay, according to the Rideau Transit Group (RTG), is the need for further testing. If all goes well, the system will be operational by the end of June.

The delay will cost RTG a further $1 million in penalties. When work began in 2015, the initial target date for completion was May 24, 2018. Various issues, including a massive sink hole near the Rideau Centre, made meeting the target date impossible. A second deadline was set for November 2, but that too was missed so a third deadline was set.

The latest delay was deemed necessary in order to conduct additional testing to limit the potential for problems when it becomes operational. The LRT will need to accommodate thousands of communters almost overnight. The plan is to eliminate the existing OC Transpo Express routes and to shuttle riders from Orléans to the Blair LRT station instead where they will board the LRT trains for the trip downtown.

When the Confederation Line is in service, 30 of 34 train cars will be on the tracks at peak service, in 15 sets of double cars. (The last four vehicles are reserved for backup.) The City has said it won’t takeover the LRT system until all the vehicles have been approved for use and have passed a 12-day, “flawless” end-to-end trial run, simulating how the train will operate once it begins carrying riders.

The system will be put to its first real test during the first few rush hours. Many commuters are skeptical the transition from bus service to light rail will be smooth and problem free, despite the City's assurances to the contrary, but all the delays don't exactly instill a great dealy of public confidence.

In other news, city council endorsed the next phase of LRT, along with the $4.66 billion price tag, during a special meeting on March 6. Despite a long list of concerns, the vote to proceed with Phase 2 passed by a vote of 19-3. The three dissenting votes were cast by councillors Rick Chiarelli, Diane Deans and Shawn Menard.

While a number of details still have to be worked out betweent he City and the successful bidders, work on Phase 2 will begin later this year. Part of the plan calls for the LRT line to be extended from Blair Station to Trim Road down the centre median of Hwy. 174. The work will include the creation of five stations at Montreal Road, Jeanne d'Arc Blvd., Orléans Blvd., Place d'Orléans and Trim Road. Completion is scheduled in 2024.

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

 

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Missoula Children’s Theatre returns to Orléans

Sir Will production of 'Seussical the Musical' hits all the right notes

Orléans Old Players present pair of comedy short stories


NCAFA, Jr. Gee-Gees form elite minor football program

Les Sittelles hosts first annual Brian Leblanc gymnastics meet

Orléans native to play for Great Britain at World Hockey Championships

 
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VIEWPOINT: SNC Lavalin affair puts Liberal majority in jeopardy

 

WALTER ROBINSON: Summertime in Orléans offers plenty to see and do

 

HEATHER JAMIESON: Pre-planning some end of life arrangements has many benefits

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