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Last updated May 22, 2024

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ORLEANS FARMERS MARKET from 11 am to 4 pm in the parking lot at the Ray Friel Recreation Centre on Tenth Line Road. Shop the freshest seasonal produce, meat and dairy, baked goods, prepared foods, crafts and more while getting to know the folks who grew and made it.

BLACKBURN FUN FAIR OPENING DAY 4-10 PM – Mojo Magic Show 5:30 pm; Craft Beer Night 5-10 pm; Soul Motion on stage 7-10 pm. Visit for a complete schedule of all the activities and events.

BLACKBURN FUN FAIR – Pancake breakfast from 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. Fun Fair parade 10 am to 10:30 am. Inflatable rides 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Fun Fair games outside the arena from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. BBQ 11 am to 3 pm. Ray's Reptiles, 11 am to 12 pm and 1-2 pm. Bouncy Castle inside the arena 11 am to 4 pm. Main stage entertainment 11 am to 5 pm. Beer Garden 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. and from 7 p.m. to 11:45 p.m. Cake cutting at 1 p.m. 7:00 pm – 11:45 pm: Musical act Fake McCoys followed by Mothership 7-11:45 pm. Fireworks show at 10 p.m. Visit for a complete schedule of all the activities and events.

ST. HELEN’S FINE ART FAIR from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at St. Helen’s Anglican Church, 1234 Prestone Dr., Orléans. This year’s art fair is supporting the Young Artists Initiative. You can view the artists’ galleries at and follow on Facebook at

CUMBERLAND FARMERS MARKET from 9 am to 1 pm at the Cumberland Arena, 1115 Dunning Rd. in Cumberland Village. Farmers, bakers, artists, crafters, gardeners, chefs and friends. For more information

GARAGE SALE – 1062 and 1049 Deauville Cres and others 8 am to 4 pm. Rain date Sun. June 2, same hours.. 100s of artist’s tools, canvases, easels, brushes, portfolios etc Household items, children’s books, puzzles, toys and treasures!



Queen's Park Corner

Blessed are our children for they shall inherit these massive debts

I recently debated the 2024 budget in the provincial legislature. The current Government is running massive deficits and the ratio of program spending to GDP is the highest it has ever been in Ontario’s history. Our children will be paying for these deficits the rest of their lives.

And what is all this spending buying us?
• 2.2 million Ontarians without a family doctor;
• Emergency rooms that are closing;
• Hydro prices higher than they’ve ever been;
• and universities on the verge of bankruptcy.

Whether it’s the federal government or the provincial government, we have strayed from the mid-1990s when Prime Minister Chrétien in Canada, Bill Clinton in the United States, and Tony Blair in the United Kingdom were true fiscal conservatives and responsible stewards of the public purse.

Here in Ontario, our government just released its budget and spending is 35% more than the previous Ontario government. This year’s budget contains the highest level of spending in the history of Ontario.

The Ontario government projects that program spending will equal 17.89% of GDP, edging ahead of the 17.87% figure in 2010 when the province was at the height of the great financial crisis and the bail out of the auto industry.

The Premier’s spending will outdistance not only that of two previous premiers, but both Premiers who served through the 1990s. (The rules of the Legislature do not allow me to state their names or their political parties, but many will remember of whom I speak, representing all three major parties in Ontario).

The latest Budget announced the deficit will be $9.8 billion. This is the highest non-COVID budget deficit since 2014.

Furthermore, under this provin-cial government, Ontario’s debt has climbed by more than $100 billion to $462 billion, which is the largest debt of any subnational jurisdiction in the world.

There is a case for any government to take on debt, which is no different than any of us taking on debt to purchase a home, repair our home, or emergencies. But all of us know bad debt can significantly set you back for a long-time and force tougher measures to be enacted later on.

For all of this spending, is health care getting any better? Two million Ontarians are without a family doctor. Imagine, this is the same as having no doctor in the combined cities (2021 Census) of Ottawa, Windsor, London, Kingston, and Guelph.

In addition to two million Ontarians not having a family doctor, more than 215,000 Ontarians are waiting to get surgery and hospital emergency rooms are closing for days on end in many parts of the province, including here in Ottawa and eastern Ontario. At the same, time universities and colleges in Ontario remain grossly underfunded and the housing crisis is getting worse, not better.

So what is all that additional spending buying us? It’s a good question that deserves an answer.




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