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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


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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