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OHH CANADA KIDS FESTIVAL JEUNNESE ORLÉANS from 11 am to 5 pm at Millennium Park on Trim Road. Obstacle Course, Face Painting, Scavenger Hunt, Bike Rally and lots of other surprises! Canada Day Birthday Cake at 1 pm  Food trucks and BBQ.

CANADA DAY BBQ at the Orléans Legion, 800 Taylor Creek Dr. from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. .Open tro all members and non-members. BBQ from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. by Prestige Catering and Food Services. 8 choices to choose from at $15 each. Live entertainment provided by the Taylor Creek Band and the Parsons Duo. Bar specials from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.

FREE CANADA BBQ from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Petrie Island in the Steumer Park picnic area, hosted by the Orléans PC Riding Association.

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.

TAPROOM 260 presents the Jamie Douglas live from 8-11 pm. Located on Centrum Blvd. in the Orléans Town Centre. For more information visit https://taproom260.com/events/.

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 facebook.com/cumberland.f.market.

THE ORLEANS BREWING CO. presents James Leclair live from 8-11 pm. $5 cover. The Orléans Brewing Co. is located at 4380 Innes Rd. near the McDonalds. For more information visit https://orleansbrewing.com.

 

 


VIEWPOINT: Defunding Tulip Festival part of a much bigger problem
By Fred Sherwin
May 9, 2024

For those of you who don’t know, I organized the Canada Day celebrations on Petrie Island for 12 years from 2005 to 2017 and one of the biggest challenges in putting the event together was in trying to get support from the City of Ottawa.

Prior to amalgamation in 2001, there were two major Canada Day celebrations in Orléans, one in Fallingbrook organized by the Fallingbrook Community Association and one in Chapel Hill organized by James Locke and Bruce Murdock.

Both events had a considerable amount of support from their local municipalities, which back then were Cumberland and Gloucester. In both cases the support was not so much financial as it was in the form of material and services.

Prior to amalgamation, it was not uncom-mon for local municipalities to provide stuff like picnic tables, garbage cans and generators to volunteer run community events. Municipalities felt they had an obli-gation to do so. And that support was not just limited to Canada Day events. Prior to amalgamation there were all kinds of community events in Orléans, organized and run by community associations and service clubs like the local Lions Club.

All that began to change after amalgamation. “Cost recovery” replaced “help facilitate” as the policy of the day.

Prior to amalgamation it was standard practice for members of the local police service to be present at events without the event organizers getting a bill in the mail a couple of weeks later.

The first year I organized the Greater Orléans Canada Day Celebration on Petrie Island, the newly amalgamated Ottawa Police Service told me it would cost $15,000 to provide an adequate amount of policing at the event, to which I responded, “Okay, well there won’t be an event then.” Thankfully, then Orléans Ward city councillor Herb Kreling, who also happened to chair the Police Services Board at the time, stepped in and quickly rectified the situation.

From that point we never paid for polic-ing, which we never should have. After all the event was for the residents of Orléans, all of whom pay taxes to the City of Ottawa. It was also pointed out to the Ottawa Police Service that if the police officers weren’t on Petrie Island they would be assigned to the festivities happening downtown. In other words, there was no additional cost to the city in having them at Petrie Island, it was just an attempted cash grab from a community event organized and put on entirely by volunteers.

But that wasn’t the worst of it. Before amalgamation, community events would not only get materials such as picnic tables and garbage cans from the local municipality, they would be delivered and picked up free of charge by municipal workers.

After amalgamation, the picnic tables and garbage cans were still free, but the events were expected to pay for delivery even though the workers doing the delivery were still on the clock with the city. In order to avoid the extra costs, events such as the Greater Orléans Canada Celebration started doing all the work themselves.

As time passed, the City of Ottawa, started charging rental fees for those very same picnic tables and garbage cans that were already bought and paid for by the same taxpayers who were going to the event. Lunacy.

I bring this all up after hearing the news that the City of Ottawa is in the process of pulling its financial support of the Tulip Festival over the next two years. It’s going from $100,000 to $50,000 this year and nada next year.

The Tulip Festival is THE signature festival in Ottawa. In brings in thousands of tourists every year who inject millions of dollars into the local community. The $100,000 provided by the taxpayers of Ottawa is returned tenfold and more. Cutting the funding is not only short-sighted financially, it is further evidence of the erosion of municipal support for community events in this city dating back to amalgamation.

It’s not too late for council to reverse its decision and reinstate the funding. Just like it’s not too late for city council to go back to the days when the city used to help facilitate volunteer-run community events rather than discourage them by ever shrinking hoops for them to have to jump through.

If they did, you would see a lot more family-friendly community events and this city would be a lot better off for it.

(If you wish to comment on this or any other View Point column please write to Fred Sherwin at fsherwin@orleansstar.ca)

 

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