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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.


Local Green candidate committed to the cause
By Fred Sherwin
Oct. 3, 2019

Even by their own admission, Green Party candidate Michelle Petersen and NDP candidate Jacqui Wiens have little to no chance of getting elected to the House of Commons.

Both are running in Orléans against Liberal hopeful Marie-France Lalonde and Conservative candidate David Bertschi.

Petersen is a single mother with a five-year-old son, who launched a new business in April, while Wiens is a full-time student at the University of Ottawa.

Both are campaigning on shoestring budgets, while Lalonde and Bertschi have tens of thousands of dollars at their disposal.

During the General Election in 2014, former Conservative MP Royal Galipeau spent $126,975 on his campaign while his successor Andrew Leslie spent $186,398. By comparison, the NDP candidate spent $9,314 and received eight per cent of the vote and the Green Party candidate spent $3,260 and only garnered 1.8 per cent of the vote.

In fact, the most votes a Green Party candidate has ever received in Orléans is 3,833 when Paul Maillet ran in 2008.

The most successful run an NDP candidate had was in 2006, when Mark Leahy received 9,399 votes good enough for 15 per cent of all the ballots cast. Not exactly earth-shattering.

So why do they do it? Why spend hours campaigning when you have a slim chance of winning? The answer is simple. They do it because they believe in their party's respective platforms and they feel it's important to spread the word.

Petersen says she has always been a Green Party supporter. She was initially attracted to the party because of their position on the environment, but her support was bolstered when she learned more about their social platform which among other things calls for free tuition, the development of a national seniors' strategy and a national mental health strategy, and the establishment of a national living wage.

"I'm a single mom with a five-year-old son and I am someone who has always been deeply concerned with the environment," explains Petersen, who has spent 15 years working in the community and social services sector.

"I initially thought about getting politically involved when I got older, but the older I get the greater the sense of urgency I feel. I couldn't wait four more years, the issue of climate change is too important."

Having to split her time between running her fledgling business and raising her five-year-old son, Petersen can't spend as much time going door-to-door as the Liberal and Conservative candidates who are running full-time campaigns. Instead she relies on a dedicated team of close to 30 volunteers to help get the word out.

"It's funny, but most of my volunteers are seniors. People think our core support are millennials, but we are getting a lot of support from seniors who are worried about the type of future their grandchildren will have," says Petersen.

To find out more about the Green Party candidate and their platform you can visit For more information about Jacqui Wiens visit

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




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