Saturday July 2, 2022

June 23, 2022

23 juin 2022


Upcoming events

ORLÉANS FARMER’S MARKET from 11 am to 4 pm in the parking lot at the Ray Friel Recreation Complex on Tenth Line Road featuring local food vendors and producers.

ST. HELEN’S ANGLICAN CHURCH ART FAIR returns to the Navan Fair Grounds from 10 am to 3 pm with more than 140 fine works of art created by 16 local artists. You can preview the art for sale at St, Helen’s Church is located at 1234 Prestone Dr. in Queenswood Heights.

ROYAL OAK DAY PATIO BBQ at the Royal Oak Orléans located at the corner of St. Joseph Blvd. and Jeanne d’Arc. Come out and celebrate Royal Oak’s anniversary while supporting the Orléans-Cumberland Resource Centre food bank. Lots of items to bid on in the silent auction. Make a cash donation or bring a non-perishable food item! Live entertainment provided by Garden Variety.

THE ORIGINAL NAVAN MARKET returns to the Navan Fair Grounds from 10 am to 5 pm with more than 150 local vendors and artisans. Come and see why the Original Navan Market has become on of the most popular outdoor markets in Eastern Ontario.Visit

BLACKBURN FUN FAIR returns to Blackburn Hamlet with a carnival style midway, music, local vendors, a used book fair, beer garden and fireworks. For more information visit


Blais holds on to seat amidst big blue wave province-wide
Fred Sherwin
June 2, 2022

On what was a disappointing night for the Ontario Liberal Party, Orléans MPP Stephen Blais was among eight Liberal candidates who managed to stem the big blue tide that swept across the province last Thursday night and win their respective ridings.

Despite their optimism heading into the election, the Liberals only managed to gain one seat in the provincial legislature, while the Conservatives increased their majority from 67 to 83 seats mostly at the expense of the NDP which held on to its status as the official opposition despite losing seven seats.

The inability of the Liberal Party to pick up more than one seat and the NDP losses have resulted in the resignations of both party’s leaders – Liberal leader Steven Del Duca after just two years and Andrea Horvath who has led the NDP since 2009.

Blais was among six Liberal incumbents and two newcomers who did get re-elected. Only one Liberal incumbent failed to hold on to their seat. Amanda Simard lost to her Conservative opponent, Stéphane Serrazin, in Glengarry-Prescott-Russell by less than 1,500 votes.

Simard was elected in 2018 as a member of the PC party, She crossed the floor to join the Liberals just over a month later after Doug Ford eliminated the province’s French-language services commissioner and cancelled plans for a new French language university.

Blais was first elected to the legislature in February 2020 in a by-election to replace Marie-France Lalonde who successfully ran to replace Liberal Andrew Leslie as the federal MP for the area.

Prior to winning his seat, Blais served as a school trustee for the Ottawa Catholic School Board from 2006 to 2010 and city councilor for Cumberland Ward from 2010 to 2020.

He will now work with his fellow Liberal MPPs to continue to rebuild the Ontario Liberal Party, but first they must chose an interim leader.

For his part, Blais plans to continue to hold the Conservative government accountable for their actions and work hard to ensure the residents of Orléans gets their fair share of investments.

“(The results) are disappointing to be sure. We were hoping to do better. We have to understand what happened tonight and understand what worked and what didn’t work.

“Unfortunately, (the results) give Doug Ford the time and the mandate to cut education, to cut health care, and to really drive our province backward.

“I’m going to work really hard for the next four years to ensure issues like the 174 and the expansion of MIFO are brought front and centre.



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