Wednesday Feb. 21, 2024

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Upcoming events

TAPROOM 260 presents Keener and their eclectic mix of high energy classic and alternative rock favourites live and in concert at 260 Centrum Blvd. in the Centrum Plaza starting at 8 p.m. For more information visit

FREE FAMILY SKATE – The Orléans PC Riding Association will be hosting its 2nd Annual Free Family Day Skate on from 2-4pm at the Ron Racette Arena at the Ray Friel Recreation Complex on Tenth Line Road, Free hot beverages served and prize giveaways too!

THE ORLÉANS BREWING CO. presents Oyster Wednesdays every Wednesday from 6-9 pm. The Orléans Brewing Co. is located at 4380 Innes Rd. near the Innes Road McDonalds.

STRAY DOG BREWING CO. presents The Whiskey Ghost live in their taproom located at 501 Lacolle Way in the Taylor Creek Business Park. For more information visit

THE QUEENSWOOD HEIGHTS COMMUNITY ASSOCIATION presents its annual Winter Festival from 1-4pm in Queenswood Ridge Park on Kennedy Lane East. Enjoy sliding, snow-based games, face-painting and a variety of activities on the outdoor rink.

THE STRAY DOG BREWING COMPANY AND PANDAMONIUM PRODUCTIONS present Nature Pleads Revenge, The Cosmic Crypt, Don’t Tell Sarah and Under The Influence live in their taproom located at 501 Lacolle Way in the Taylor Creek Business Park. Tickets $20 in advance through Eventbrite. For more information visit



Councillor's Corner

Ottawa welcomes new women’s hockey league with open arms

Earlier this month, in front of a sold-out TD Place, the Professional Women’s Hockey League (PWHL) skated into the pages of history and played the first-ever professional women’s hockey game in Ottawa.

I cannot even begin to tell you how exciting it was to tune in the game with my family (my daughters were particularly excited!) to watch this watershed moment unfold.

It made me think of all the young female players who join the amazing local Ottawa teams and hone their skills playing games of shinny on our outdoor community rinks, now having a professional destination for their hockey dreams. And to see Ottawa as one of the teams at the forefront, is even more special.

Hockey goes hand in glove with Ottawa. It’s where incredible local minor hockey associations play and compete to the cheers of their parent and spectators. There is many a time you will find me and my kids in the stands at the Lois Kemp Arena cheering on the Stingers as a fun, family activity. Whether it’s at the amateur or professional levels, sports attract visitors and support our local economy. Not to mention the bonus of having easy access to sporting opportunities for kids and adults alike!

The launch of the PWHL is a historic moment for professional sports, and for female Ottawa athletes. Women can now live the dreams of their childhoods, play professional hockey at the highest level, and earn a living doing what they love. .

Freestyle skiier making a name for himself on the world stage

Happy New Year Orleans and fellow Eastenders! I want to start this year with a local good news story. Allow me to introduce you to Beacon Hill resident and rising star in Canada in freestyle skiing, Matthew Lepine.

Happy New Year Orleans and fellow Eastenders! I want to start this year with a local good news story. Allow me to introduce you to Beacon Hill resident and rising star in Canada in freestyle skiing, Matthew Lepine.

Last winter, when he was just 14 years old, he was off to the Canada Winter Games in PEI where he placed 5th in big air and 9th in slopestyle for Team Ontario.

Fast forward to September, and Matthew is now skiing for Team Canada at the Junior World Championships in New Zealand where he won silver in the ‘big air’ category and places 12th in ‘slopestyle’.

This young man’s success continued when he won gold in ‘Big Air’ at the first event of 2023-2024 Canada Cup series in Whitehorse on Dec. 1. Then on Dec. 22, the Canadian Youth Olympic Committee and Freestyle Canada announced that Matthew will be one of nine athletes who will compete in freestyle skiing for Team Canada at the upcoming 2024 Winter Youth Olympic Games (YOG), in Gangwon, South Korea.

YOG is the world’s largest multi-sport event for high-performance young athletes aged 15 to 18. Gangwon 2024 will begin on Jan. 19 and will end on Feb. 1, and feature 1900 athletes. Gangwon 2024 will be the fourth edition of the Winter YOG and the first in Asia. To watch the opening ceremonies on Jan. 19 and support this local athlete, visit

When he gets back from Gangwon, this Grade 10 Samuel Genest student will resume his competition season representing Canada on the North American Continental Circuit starting at Mammoth Mountain in California from Feb. 8-11.

There is little funding for athletes at this age and level. If you wish to make a tax-deductible donation that benefits him and the pursuit of his Olympic dream, you can do so at

Wishing the best of luck to you, Matthew, we’ll be cheering you on from Canada! As for all of you, have a safe and prosperous 2024!


East end councillor refuses to do the same over and over again

In her book Sudden Death, civil rights activist Rita Mae Brown writes – “Insanity is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results.” – a quote that is often wrongly attributed to Albert Einstein.

Every year, the east end receives a paltry list of investments representing a smaller and smaller slice of this city’s pie.

Despite the best inten-tions of some, including the Mayor and his team, we’re left with vague assumptions, underfunded promises, and another “maybe next year.”

This year, I said no. That’s not good enough. We deserve better. We deserve better than to come to a budget discussion with no substantial projects in our suburb to discuss.

We deserve better than getting zero out of 63 proposals to improve the aging infra-structure in our neighborhood, all of which were suggested by you over the past year.

So, I will not do the same thing over and over again. I will not support a budget that doesn’t add anything of real substance to the east end while we let the streets of Orléans fall apart.

We must not take a whole year to design a trail that already exists or carry out a geo-technical study for a street that’s in such poor condition it is beyond simply being resurfaced, even though staff have been telling me for five years that it’s fine.

We cannot allow our festival square to fall into such a state that the elderly can’t even walk down the street without tripping and falling, or continue to pretend that there’s nothing wrong with whole rows of lampposts being broken for over a year without any solution to improve safety, even temporarily.

We cannot invest nothing in vital infrastructure connections to support growth in south Orléans, or treat our rural village neighbors as second-class citizens, ignoring their infrastructure needs by transferring their property tax dollars to other parts of the city.

If I had supported this year’s budget, I’d be consenting to the east end being ignored yet again. I did not consent. And so I voted against it.


’Tis the season to learn about the city’s winter operations

In a marathon session, council successfully greenlit the $5.8 billion 2024 City of Ottawa Budget, maintaining a 2.5% cap on property tax increases despite persistent inflation.

My unwavering advocacy for Orléans South- Navan has yielded results, securing important investments for the ward.

Budget 2024 is invest-ing over $17 million intorevamping our ward’s roads including several sections of Innes Road, and the much-anticipated completion of Frank Kenny Road between Russell and Colonial. The city will also spend nearly a half million dollars on new multi-use pathways along Orléans Blvd., Pineglade, Esprit, and Brockstone, plus $1.9 million for bridge rehabilitation in our rural area.

Responding to my concerns after last year’s engineering review, the problematic intersection at Brian Coburn and Tenth Line is now included in the city’s 2024 Network Modification Program. Residents can expect to see improvements that will make the intersection safer and more efficient.

Parks are getting a decent slice of the pie too. There’s $1.3 million for kick-starting the François Dupuis Park, with an additional $8 million coming in 2025.

And another investment in our beloved Miracle League will expand the fully accessible playground at Notre-Dame-des-Champs Park.

While I’ll give credit where it’s due, I can’t help but think our rapidly growing ward needs more than our roads repaired and parks expanded. This budget, although seemingly balanced, could do more to tackle our pressing mobility issues. Positive chats with the Mayor and staff have given me confidence that a plan to balance transportation challenges with the breakneck pace of development in Ward 19 will be front and center for the city in 2024.

I consider budget consultations to be a year-round activity and want to thank you for your collaboration. Your engagement and ongoing feedback are crucial in shaping our community’s priorities. I look forward to the challenges and opportunities that lie ahead in 2024. Until then, I’m wishing you a very happy holiday and cheers to a New Year!






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