Tuesday Dec. 5, 2023

Nov. 23, 2023

9 novembre 2023


Upcoming events

THE CUMBERLAND COMMUNITY SINGERS present "Peace & Joy" from 7:30 p.m. at Orleans United Church, 1111 Orléans Blvd.. Come and join us for an uplifting evening filled with songs of peace and joy. This concert will feature new interpretations of traditional hymns and some newer less well known pieces that celebrate the beauty of Christmas. Bring the whole family - kids are free! Tickets available at  https://bit.ly/CCSPeaceandJoy.

STATION 71 LITE THE NITE event at 7 p. m. at the Navan Fire Station, 1246 Colonial Rd. Come out to enjoy some yummy hot chocolate and cookies while listening to Christmas carolers and watching Sparky light our Christmas tree. You can also bring a toy for the Help Santa Toy Parade.

CUMBERLAND CHRISTMAS MARKET from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at four different locations in Cumberland Village. Over 100 LOCAL ARTISANS at 4 different locations – the R. J. Kennedy Arena, the Baitun Naseer Mosque at 2620 Market St., the Lions Maple Hall at 2557 Old Montreal Rd., and the Da Artisti Studio & Gallery at 2565 Old Montreal Rd.

BREAKFAST WITH SANTA FUNDRAISER hosted by the Cumberland Lions Club from 8 a.m. to 12 noon at the Lions Maple Hall in Cumberland Village. Special activities, and gifts, for the children throughout the morning, plus a visit from Santa. Admission at the door $15 for adults and $10 for childen 12 and under. Donations will also be accepted on site for the Orléans-Cumberland Community Resource Centre's Christmas Program for families in need.

DOMAINE PERRAULT HOLIDAY MARKET from 10:30 a.m to 3:30 p.m. at the Domaine Perrault Winery, 1000 Perrault Rd. just south of Navan.  Get ready to indulge in a festive atmosphere filled with local vendors, live music, kids craft station, a visit from Santa and of course, incredible wine. Whether you're searching for unique gifts or simply want to treat yourself, this event has something for everyone.

ORLÉANS HOLIDAY CHRISTMAS ART MARKET – Celebrate the festive season the Orléans way. From the Heart of Orléans, unique gift ideas are brought to you by creative, local vendors. No need to rush - the market will be open for two days, Saturday, Dec. 2 from 12 noon to 8:30 p.m. and Sunday, Dec. 3 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.




Brian Coburn Extension inches closer to reality
By Fred Sherwin
The Orléans Star
Sept. 21, 2023

A proposal to extend Brian Coburn Boulevard to Renaud Road and thus provide a bypass for the Bradley Estates sub-division may be one step closer to becoming a reality.

According to a recent memo from City of Ottawa transportation planning staff to city council, efforts to get the necessary approvals to extend Brian Coburn Boulevard are being made; however, they are being made at a snail’s pace.

The argument to extend Brian Coburn Blvd. to Renaud Road began shortly after it was extended from Mer Bleue Road to Navan Road and dates back to 2012 when a sinkhole on the eastbound Hwy. 174 near Jeanne d’Arc Blvd. forced the highway’s closure for nearly a month. As a result, east end commuters had to find alternative routes to get points west of Orléans. One of those alternative routes was Renaud Road to Anderson Road and then either downtown using Innes Road or the south end using Walkley Road.

After the sinkhole was repaired, a number of motorists continued to use Renaud Road, significantly increasing traffic through Eastboro and Bradley Estates.

Pressure from the Bradley Estates Community Association led to plans to alleviate the traffic situation not only along Renaud Road, but Innes Road as well.

Several options were considered, before the City settled on what is referred to as Option 7, which would see Brian Coburn Boulevard extended to Renaud Road, which would then be widened to four lanes. A two-lane transitwayfor buses and a future light rail line would be built beside it.

The City’s plan also called for the further widening of the Blackburn Bypass to six lanes from four lanes, with the two extra lanes to be designated as High Occupancy Vehicle, or HOV lanes.

The problem is that both plans need the approval of the NCC and the NCC’s board of directors in particular, because they involve the use of NCC land.

According to the memo, the NCC’s board of directors is opposed to Option 7 for reasons that were not outlined in the document, and prefers a second option instead. Option 1 eliminates the need for the Brian Coburn extension and instead would widen the Blackburn Bypass and build the rapid bus transitway beside it. Unfortunately, that would mean Renaud Road would remain unchanged.

During discussions between city staff and NCC staff, an alternative has been suggested which would see Brian Coburn Boulevard extended to a two-lane Renaud Road.

At the same time, Renaud Road would be decommissioned between the Prescott Russell Trail and the extension, eliminating the two 90 degree turns and returning that section of Renaud Road to its natural state.

Although this interim alternative plan still needs the approval of the NCC’s board of directors, city staff are proceeding with the final stage of the Environmental Assessment which will include a 30-day public consultation period.

The other issue is the cost. According to the memo, widening the Blackburn Bypass would cost $27 million and the Brian Coburn Extension/Renaud Road Realignment would cost $50 million. There is currently no fund-ing source for either project.

By comparison, the estimated cost of Option 7 is $400 million, while the estimated cost of Option 1 is $610 million.

At some point in time, the City will have to make a presentation to the NCC’s board of directors on whatever course of action city council agrees to. The board of directors will then vote yea or nay on the City’s proposal When the presentation and vote will take place is still anybody’s guess, but it’s likely to take at least another year.



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