Thursday Oct. 17, 2019

Oct. 17, 2019

17 oct, 2019

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CommuniTree CONFERENCE from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Just Food Farm, Big Red Barn, 2nd floor - 2391 Pepin Court in Blackburn Hamlet. Check in and registration at 8 a.m. The Conference will include various panels, a networking break and a tour of a Community Food Forest. This is an opportunity for community members to share tree-related stories, data and projects and provide attendees with new ideas, information and resources to carry out tree-related initiatives in their communities.

HALLOWE'EN HIJINX from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Cumberland Heritage Village Museum. A day of family-friendly Halloween fun at the museum! Wear your costume and explore the origins of Halloween traditions as you collect some yummy treats along the way. Complete a scavenger hunt, create your own masquerade mask and more! Cost: $19.75 per family (2 adults + children); $7.75 adults; $5.50 seniors, children and students. Children 5 and under are free.

THE GLOUCESTER HISTORICAL SOCIETY will present a talk by military historian Captain Steven Dieter entitled “From Normandy to the Scheldt.” This will take place at 2 p.m. at the Beechwood National Memorial Centre, 280 Beechwood, and will include a guided tour of the National Military Cemetery for those who wish to take it. Admission is free.

ORLEANS COMMUNITY SPAGHETTI SUPPER AND SILENT AUCTION hosted by the Orléans Lions Club from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. in the basement of St. Joseph Church, 2757 St. Joseph Blvd. Tickets: Adults $13 ; Children under 12 $5 available at th door or in advance from members or by sending an e-mail to (or call Lion Jean Paul at 613-830-7035). Tickets include spaghetti and freshly made sauce with buns, dessert, tea and coffee. Cash bar. All profits to support Camp Banting, a summer camp for kids with diabetes.


Bertschi wins federal Conservative nomination in Orléans
By Fred Sherwin
May 29, 2019

David Bertschi is the nominee-elect for the Conservative Party in the next federal election.

The Orléans lawyer and former Liberal beat out two other candidates to win the nomination during a nomination meeting at the Shenkman Arts Centre Tuesday night.

He won the nomination largely based on his ability to bring recruit fellow disenfranchised Liberals to support him.

Bertschi broke from the Liberal Party after having a falling out with the Liberal leadership and the direction he felt the Party was taking under Prime Minister Justin Trudeau. The final draw for him was the SNC Lavelin affair.

In accepting the nomination Bertschi thanked his supporters who included former Conservative nominee Walter Robinson and Royal Galipeau's widow Anne Palascio. Bertshci also used the moment to fire up the troops as he plans to hit the ground running by starting his door-to-door campaign the very next day.

"Orleans is for the taking but we need to work together. I think this riding does believe in Conservative values we just have to remind them how important they are for survival and benefit of our country," said Bertschi.

Although he doesn't know who is running against yet, Bertschi says his opponent is irrelevent. He plans to run on the Conservative platform on on his own record of activism in the community.

"As you know I have been very active in the community for years and I've always maintained my values which more closely align with the Conservative Party right know," says Bertschi.

The Orléans lawyer ran for the Liberal Party against Galipeau, who was also a former Liberal, in 2011 and lost. He then put his name forward as a candidate for the Liberal nomination in the riding prior to the federal election in 2015 but he was disqualified by the Liberal Party, thus allowing Andrew Leslie to win the nomination unopposed.

Asked if winning the Conservative nomination this time around was vindication in any way, Bertschi said that vindication was never his goal.

"I'm not looking for vindication," sais Bertschi. "My running for the nomination was about our community having quality good representation and I'm honoured to have been selected to represent the Conservative Party of Orléans. Now it's time to get to work and win the election."

The Liberal nomination, left vacant by the retirement of Andrew Leslie, is being contested between Orléans Liberal MPP Marie-France Lalonde and Liberal Riding Association president Khatera Akbari. A date for Liberal nomination meeting has yet to be set.

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



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