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SATURDAY BREAKFASTS AT THE ORLEANS LEGION have been canceled until further notice under the nation wide state of emergency to combat the spread of COVID-19.

THE OTTAWA SCHOOL OF THEATRE has postponed its 30th birthday celebration, originally scheduled for April 4 to a later date.

THE BYTOWN BEAT CHORUS has canceled it’s planned Open House scheduled to take place on March 23.

MIFO has canceled the following productions: “Les Fabulateurs - La légende de Barbe d’Or” scheduled for March 19; “Flip Fabrique - Blizzard” scheduled for March 28; and “Laurent Paquin et Simon Boudreault - On va tous mourir” scheduled for April 4 due to the COVID-19 outbreak.

THE ‘BEAUTY AND THE BEAST, OPERA FOR CHILDREN’ scheduled to take place at the Shenkman Arts Centre on March 28 has been postponed.


Dapo Fun Day celebrates legacy of Blackburn teen
By Fred Sherwin
Aug. 22, 2019

The Agoro family recently got together with a few of their friends, members of the Ottawa Police Service and local dignitaries to celebrate the legacy of their son and brother Oladapo Agoro, who was stabbed to death while trying to break up a fight in a downtown dance club in June 2012.

Agoro was just 19 at the time and had just bought a new suit for his graduation dance at Lester B. Person Catholic High School.

A talented soccer player, he was considered by many of his friends and the Lester B. Pearson staff as a peer counsellor and a peacemaker.

It was that desire to keep the peace that spurred him to try and break up a fight between a friend and a young man at a Rideau Street dance club on June 8, 2002.

Another man, seeing that his friend was outnumbered, entered the scene with a knife and stabbed Agoro four times, causing his death.

Agoro's murderer was sentenced to 12 years in prison after being found guilty not once, but twice, after being granted a retrial in 2008.

Following his tragic death in 2002, Dapo's family organized the very first Dapo Fun Day in Blackburn Park.

A year later they formed the Dapo Agoro Foundation for Peace which promotes non-violent conflict resolution and gives out a bursary ever year to the student at Lester B. Pearson who best exemplifies the traits espoused by Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., which Dapo tried to live up to each and every day during his short life.

A little bit of rain failed dampen the spirits of this year's participants. When the skies opened up they simply moved the festivities inside the Blackburn Community Hall and when the sun popped out again the party was moved back outside where everyone enjoyed barbecued hot dogs and hamburgers while listening to music provided by a live DJ.

The opening ceremonies were attended by Orléans MPP Marie-France Lalonde and Innes Ward Coun. Laura Dudas

The Dapo Fun Day is held every year on the third Saturday in August in the Blackburn Park on Glen Park Drive.

For more information about the Dapo Agoro Foundation for Peace visit

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



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