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Farewell to a hero

Pallberers carry the casket of Eric Smith out of St. Mary’s Anglican Church in Navan following his funeral service on April 6. FRED SHERWIN PHOTO

By Fred Sherwin The Orléans Star The family and friends of Eric George Smith filled St. Mary’s Anglican Church in Navan on April 6 to pay their final respects to a member of Canada’s greatest generation and someone who was respected and loved by everyone who was honoured to have known him. Smith passed away at the age of 98 on March 29. He is survived by his wife Dinah, his daughter Erin, son-in-law Bob Zintel and granddaughters Sarah and Kristen. During the service, Mr. Zintel described meeting his future father-in-law for the first time. “Knowing about his military service in the air force, I had done my research and was ready for any conversation on the subject,” said Zintel, who was 21 at the time. “But after our initial introduction the conversation quickly turned to my family name which

actually originated in an area of the Ukraine that at various times was in Poland and Germany. So when he asked me where my family was from, in a deep desire for this well-decorated military hero and a deep desire for he and his wife to like me, I stammered Austria.” “He went on to ask me everything about my family. Who they were? Where they all came from? Now one could understand as a father, that this line of questioning for a boy who would later in life ask for his daughter’s hand in marriage would be a way of sizing up the boy if you will. But actually he was showing a genuine interest in me as a human being. Finding a way to bridge our two communities so that we can become one community. This was Eric. Making human connections and building bridges.” Former Cumberland mayor and personal friend Brian Coburn also spoke about how CONTINUED ON PAGE 2

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well respected Smith was by the community and how proud he was of his family. “He was the type of person that made you feel comfortable and was generally interested in you and what you were Eric Smith doing,” said Coburn. “He was indeed a people person.” Eric Smith was born in Navan and he grew up on the family farm near the corner of Milton and Smith Roads which is named after the Smith family. His father George Smith served in the artillery during the First World War. Eric studied to become a teacher, but after one year in the profession he enlisted in the air force at the age of 20. He would end up flying 58 missions over Europe as a member of a mosquito squadron based in England and earned a Distinguished Flying Cross. After the war, Eric served as a flight instructor, but when the Korean War broke out he volunteered as an exchange pilot with a U.S. Air Force squadron, flying 50 missions over the Korean peninsula in a Sabre jet. When Eric retired from the RCAF in 1968, Eric and his wife Dinah bought a farm near Kemptville and he became a successful real estate agent. He eventually retired for good in 1991. Ten years later they sold the farm and moved back home to Navan where he was an active member of the Navan Curling Club well into his late 80s. He was a regular attendee at the local Remembrance Day ceremony including last year’s ceremony and he was a frequent guest of honour at the Orléans Legion’s RCAF anniversary dinner. Those who knew Eric often talk about his humble nature, his extraordinary memory and his love of storytelling. But most of all, they talk about his generosity, especially when it came to his willingness and genuine desire to spend time with people and get to know them. He had time for everybody and he will be deeply missed but never forgotten.

Orléans MPP introduces bill to end Daylight Savings Time By Fred Sherwin The Orléans Star Marie-France Lalonde is on a mission to save Ontario’s sunshine. On April 12, the Orléans member of provincial parliament introduced a Private Member’s Bill entitled the “Sunshine Protection Act”, that if passed, would make Daylight Savings Time permanent and give Ontario residents an extra hour of daylight year round. Port Arthur, Ontario was the first city in the world to enact Daylight Savings Time, doing so on July 1, 1908. Orillia followed suit from 1911-1912. The first two countries to enact DST notatio nal wide were Germany and Austria-Hungary during the First World War. The move was aimed at conserving coal consumption. Great Britain, France and several other European countries also adopted DST during the First World War for the same reason. Most of the provinces in Canada did not adopt DST until the late ’60s when they aligned the practice with the same dates south of the border. The dates were adjusted again in 2005 after the Americans passed the Energy Policy Act of 2005.

The lone exception is Saskatchewan which never adopted DST, but instead observe Central Standard Time even though they are in the Mountain Zone. In introducing her Bill, Lalonde cites a number of potential advantages to making the move including a potential reduction in crime and motor vehicle accidents, an increase in productivity and an improvement in the general state of mind of residents owing to the extra hour of daylight during the winter. When asked why she is pushing to make Daylight Savings Time permanent, Lalonde answers with two simple words – “Why not?” “When I speak to people about this they ask me why are we still doing it,” says Lalonde. “People are happier when there is more daylight. You see a decrease in robberies and you see a decrease in deathrelated incidents. When you start digging into it, you come up with the same answer – why not. Why not look at this and have the conversation with Quebec and Manitoba about moving this forward together?” What Lalonde is referring to is the reluctance of the bill’s detractors for Ontario to adopt DST year round unila-

Marie-France Lalonde (centre) was at the grand reopening of the Eye Care For You dental centre on April 13 along with Ottawa mayor Jim Watson, Innes Ward councillor Laura Dudas and Orléans Ward councillor Matt Luloff. Eye Care For You owner Dr. Jenna Bender is pictured second from the left. STAFF PHOTO terally when it’s neighbours would still be on a combination of EST and DST, especially here in the nation’s capital where people commute back and forth to work across the Ottawa River every day. Lalonde is hoping to get support from a majority of Conservative and NDP

members for the bill to become law which remains to be seen. For now, Ontario residents can enjoy an extra hour of daylight until Nov. 3 when they will have to set their clocks back an hour in time for the arrival of Old Man Winter.

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Slash and burn

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When it comes to budgets winners and losers are usually in the eye of the beholder. Case in point, the latest provincial budget. Take the cuts to education for instance. The Ford government wants to increase high school class sizes from 22 to 28 students which will allow them to cut 3,475 teaching positions over the next four years, thereby saving $851 million. Beside saving money, their argument for increasing class sizes is that it will help make students more resilient. According to Education Minister Lisa Thompson, by increasing high school class sizes we are preparing students for the reality of post-secondary education as well as the world of work. Poppycock. So let’s get this straight. Increasing class sizes by 25 per cent which will decrease the amount of time the teachers can spend with their students, thus making them less effective, will better prepare the students for college and university. Students are already stressed out enough, as evident by the increasing number of students who are dealing with mental health issues such as depression and severe anxiety. The drop-out rate in math and sciences between Grade 11 and Grade 12 is already high enough. Increasing class sizes will only exacerbate the problem. If you want to help students succeed in university and in life you would bring back Grade 13, but that’s another topic for another day. The biggest impact the massive cuts in teaching positions will have will be on those aspiring teachers who are still in teachers college or were hoping to become teachers. I’m guessing this year’s convocation ceremony will be bittersweet. It reminds of the massive cuts the Harris government made to health care in the early 90s when hundreds of doctors and nurses had to go elsewhere to find work. Most went south of the border and Texas in particular, if my memory serves me correct. A lot of them came back when things improved under the Liberal government, but it led to years of upheaval. Slashing 3,745 teaching positions will provide a short-term gain in exchange for years of pain and its the students who will suffer most. And when the students suffer we all suffer. The situation could still end up being worse than many critics of the Ford government are predicting. Changes in the funding formula for kids with autism combined with the government’s desire to integrate autism spectrum students in regular classrooms could prove disastrous for everyone involved unless the necessary financial support and resources put in place. Whether that’s no more than wishful thinking only time will tell. - Fred Sherwin, editor

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is a member of the Cabinet and as such is charged with carrying out the policies and directives of the government. When Wilson-Raybould disagreed with Trudeau on how to handle the SNC Lavalin case, she must have known there would be repercussions, which is probably why she taped her phone conversation with Privy Council Clerk Michael Wernick during which he tried to convince her to follow through with the Prime Minister’s request. If she truly had the courage of her convictions, she should have resigned from Cabinet the day after Trudeau asked her to settle the SNC Lavalin case out of court. Inquiring minds would have wanted to know why she resigned and the story would have gotten out eventually. Instead, she wanted to make it a cause célèbre and the inevitable happened. So what type of effect will this have on next fall’s election? That’s a very good question. It certainly won’t help the Liberals chances, which were already pretty grim. Support for the Trudeau government was already hovering at 36 per cent at the beginning of the year with the Conservatives trailing three points behind. Since the SNC Lavalin scandal has come to light, their positions have reversed. According to the latest polls, Liberal support has dropped to 31.5 per cent and the Conservatives are


When it comes to the SNC Lavalin debacle the Liberal government has been trying to deal with for the past month or so, I have a somewhat different take on the subject than most. First of all, I would like to make it crystal clear that Trudeau should never have tried to intercede in the SNC Lavalin bribary and corruption case currently before the courts. It was a terrible idea to even suggest a plea bargain, let alone demand such from the attorney general. Even though the Prime Minister was technically within his rights to make the demand, political interference are two words you never want to see in a headline. Which brings me to Jody WilsonRaybould, the other antagonist in this drama. By way of appointment, Cabinet members are there to serve at the pleasure of the Prime Minister. In this case, the PM had every right to ask Wilson-Raybould to make the SNC Lavalin case go away. As a member of Cabinet, she had two options – carry out the Prime Minister’s directive or resign from Cabinet. She did neither. Instead she waited until after she was moved from Justice to Veteran Affairs in a mid-January Cabinet shuffle,

Keeping our community Gloucester Emergency safe requires collaboration Food Cupboard turns 30 Our community is one we are proud The meeting also highlighted the to call home. It is where many of us are importance of ensuring our police officers raising our families and choosing to grow have the resources the need to keep our old. Our community is also one of the community safe. safest in the city. For 2019, the City Maintaining this eleapproved a net operating ment of safety requires a budget for the Police proactive and collaborService of $306.5 ative approach; one that million, an increase of involves police, local $12.2 million over the community organizations, previous year’s budget. Innes Ward 2 residents, and political This funding supports support. In the past month, the east end a greater focus on community policing, has experienced two shootings, both of traffic enforcement, and investigations into which are being actively investigated by gang activity and violence against women. the Ottawa Police Service. Although no Enforcement in isolation does not injuries were reported, it is incidents such prevent crimes from occurring; community as these that drive home the need for local outreach initiatives and fulsome support residents and the police to remain vigilant. programs, which deliver help to those Last week, I hosted an Innes Ward who need it most, are essential elements of community safety meeting in partnership community safety. with the Ottawa Police Service to address To that effect, the City continues to residents’ concerns in the wake of the support and partner with Crime Prevention shootings. The message that we all took Ottawa and local resource centres to away from the meeting was that we all ensure the proactive outreach measures are must play an active role in reporting crime in place that reduce crime and build safer to police. communities.

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The Gloucester Emergency Food Cup- winter to make sure that the residents of board recently celebrated its 30th year Ottawa were able to navigate throughout serving the community. our city. It is no easy task to tackle the The GEFC is one of Ottawa’s largest number of roads in our city, but our and busiest community contractors and staff did food banks. In 2018, they their best. Thanks for all supported over 3,500 that you do! of our neighbours when I would like to add they needed food, 46% that when you call 3-1-1 of whom were under the to report any issues perage of 18. They provide Beacon Hill-Cyrville Ward 11 taining to snow removal, four days of groceries grading, salting, potholes, about 2,000 times per month! Thanks to catch basins, etc. that we in fact do not get the support of our community, in addition those reports directly to our offices. to non-perishable food, they were able to This is something I have been trying to provide fresh fruits and vegetables, meats, work through for some time with the city eggs, milk and other healthy choices – because it is information that all councillors enough for over 300,000 meals! should have access to, to better serve their We will be acknowledging this mile- communities. Not to mention it would help stone with a multicultural gala event for steer resources to the issues needing greater which you can purchase tickets on Friday attention. April 26 at 7 p.m. Simply visit to You can always contact your city purchase your tickets or you can call the councillor’s office, either by e-mail or by phone to let us know of any problems you Food Cupboard directly at 613-749-4728. I would like to extend a huge thank you see on your street so that we can action to all our roads cleaning staff who worked them immediately. That is why we are here tirelessly throughout our record-breaking for you!


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list of outdoor decorating possibilities. How many times have you walked into a garden centre or nursery planning to pick up a couple of flats of flowers and ended up leaving with a car load of tomato plants, rose bushes and that spiral thingy you always wanted? The best advice is plan ahead. Fortunately, here in the east we have three garden centres that are more than happy to provide their professional advice when it comes to landscaping and gardening. There is Budd Gardens in Blackburn Hamlet, Les Serres

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ORLÉANS – The Orléans-Cumberland Community Resource Centre held its annual Volunteer Appreciation Lunch at Boston Pizza on Wednesday, April 10. The event was attended by about 30 volunteers, which is just the tip of the iceberg when you take into account that 269 people volunteered for the Resource Centre in one capacity or another in 2018 contributing a total of 10,689 hours. Volunteers helped out in 12 different OCCRC programs and more than 30 activities – from fundraising events to stocking shelves in the food bank. They also assist staff with the Community Kitchen, in the EarlyON Child and Family Centre and the Christamas Gift Program. “They are the backbone of the organization,” says volunteer program coordinator Rosanne Canzanella. “Without volunteers we wouldn’t exist.” Some of the people have been volunteering with the Resource Centre for over 20 years. To find out how you can lend a hand, visit and click on the Volunteer tab.

Rotary Club now accepting nominations for youth awards ORLÉANS – The Rotary Club of Orléans is now accepting nominations for the 5th Annual Young People of Character Awards. Any youth between the age of 14 and 18 can be nominated in 13 different categories Citizenship, Commitment to Excellence, Compassion, Courage, Creativity, Entrepreneurship, Honesty, Integrity, Leadership, Persistence, Positive Attitude, Resilience and Social Responsibility. The young person most be nominated by someone who can attest to their character and is not a relative. The deadline for nominations is April 30. Nomination forms can be downloaded at

Professional wrestling card returning to Orléans on May 5 ORLÉANS – After a putting on a successful show in front of a sold out audience at the MIFO Cultural Centre on March 31, the Orléans Wrestling Alliance (OWA) is already planning a return engagementt to be held on Sunday, May 5 featuring many of their most popular wrestlers including Lance Law and the Corporate Upstanding Men. The show will also feature the Orléans debut of “Black Eagle” and “The Deranged Sally”. To help get the crowd warmed up, a band from the School of Rock will perform prior to the opening bout and during the intermission, Ring side seats are $25 and general admission is $20 for adults and $15 for youth. Tickets can be ordered by calling 613-880-2999.

Look for our 3rd annual Mother’s Day contest in next edition of the Orléans Star ORLÉANS – The Orléans Star is once again running it`s annual Mother’s Day contest whereby kids are invited to write an e-mail about what makes their mother so special. Three $100 gift certificates will be drawn at random from the entries. Each certificate is redeemable at our sponsors place of business. Entries can be submitted beginning May 3.

Orléans Star Car Guide ’Tis the season to make that new car purchase By Fred Sherwin The Orléans Star Spring has finally sprung and so have visits to local car dealerships. According to the statistics, new car sales are at their highest in April and May. If you are among the thousands of Canadian car owners who are itching to trade in their old vehicle for something shiny and new, consider taking these steps before rushing off to the nearest showroom. The very first step is to consider what you can afford. Most people already have a car in mind and only vaguely know the price. They fail to factor in the additional cost of options, fees and charges. Most if not all vehicles are available in a variety of trim packages with different size engines. When you move up from one trim package to another you are usually paying for additional options. The trick is trying to figure out if those are the options you want. Rather than go for a more expensive trim package, you may want to pay for additional options piecemeal. Depending on the options, you may end up saving more, but it could just as easily end up costing more. The devil is in the details. Once you narrow down your list to three or four different cars, the fun part begins – test driving. Test driving a brand new car fresh off the factory floor is a rite of spring for many

car buffs. Sometimes it helps narrow down your decisions, but it could just as easily complicate things if you are one of those people who has a hard time making a decision. Once you’ve picked your dream car the next decision is financing. The number one factor in deciding how to finance your purchase is figuring out how much you can it into your monthly household budget. Just as a lot of people are house poor, there are just as many who are car poor after buying a car with payments that stretch their household budget to the breaking point. There are two ways to purchase a new car – financing or leasing. Leasing offers cheaper monthly payments, but you are restricted to the number of kilometres you can drive without risking a financial penalty at the end of the term. This is called the “buy back”. When you lease a car for three years or longer, it has a book value at the end of the term. That value is based on the number of kilometres put on the car and the physical condition of the vehicle. The value of the car at the end of the lease, minus the total number of lease payments that were made, is the “buy back” amount. There are many people who decided to lease a vehicle thinking they were saving money on their monthly

Local car dealers are primed and ready for what is traditionally the busiest time of the year for new car purchases in Canada. FILE PHOTO payments only to get dinged for thousands of dollars at the end. When you finance a car, either through your bank or the dealer, you own the car until you decide to sell it or trade it in. Under either scenario – leasing or financing – you have the option of making a downpayment, either in the form of cash or a trade in, to reduce your monthly payments. The amount of your monthly payment is also based on the term of the financial arrangement which can be as high as 60 months, or five years. If affordability is still an issue, you can

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Volvo’s entry-level crossover SUV is affordable, efficient and fun By Fred Sherwin The Orléans Star It’s no secret that Canadians are mad for SUVs. Three of the top selling 10 vehicles in 2018 were SUVs and two of them were compact crossovers. Volvo’s first foray into the compact SUV market was the 2018 XC-40 T5 AWD. For 2019, Volvo made some slight changes to the lines and the front seats were completely redesigned to offer the ultimate in comfort for both the driver and front passenger. Like it’s bigger brother, the midsize XC60, the XC40 T5 is powered by a turbocharged 2.0-litre engine that produces a prodigious 248 horsepower and 258 lb-ft of torque. The XC40 is 10 inches shorter that the XC60, with the difference sacrificed in rear leg room, and it’s slightly less tall. Other than that and several subtle styling differences, the two vehicles are near twins. The XC40 is currently available in two different trim packages – the entry level Momentum T5, which has a $40,300 base price; and the T5 R-Design, which comes with additional features such as premium leather seats, a power-adjustable front passenger seat, a voice-activated

navigation system, and 19-inch double spoke matte black diamond cut alloy wheels rather than the 18-inch silver wheels which come standard on the Momentum. The base price for the R-Design is $44,550. Both packages come with an integrated trash bin, door pockets that can hold a 15inch laptop, and neatest of all, a fold-up partition in the trunk with hooks that can hold those annoying plastic grocery bags so your groceries won’t spill out and roll all over the place – pet peeve eliminated. They also come standard with a 12.3inch full graphical instrument cluster in the centre console that can display navigation, media, phone and other information simultaneously. The Keyless Entry Remote has a memory function for the power-operated seat and mirror so you can reset your pre-programmed position every time you get in the car. Which brings us to one of the key reasons why you should consider purchasing an XC40. The compact SUV and its larger siblings the XC60 and the XC90, are the safest SUVs in their class, or any other class for that matter. And for that reason alone they deserve your consideration. Standard safety features include a

The compact T5 AWD XC40 is Volvo’s latest addition to its crossover SUV lineup that includes the XC60 and XC90. PHOTO SUPPLIED rear view camera and Front Collision Mitigation Support which utilizes automatic steering assistance to help avoid collisions with oncoming vehicles. If you cross a lane marking in the way of an oncoming vehicle, your car automatically steers back and warns you. The optional Vision Package can further enhance driver and passenger safety by utilizing a 360-degree surround view camera; a blind spot warning

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Highly anticipated 2019 Arteon now at Taylor Creek VW By Fred Sherwin The Orléans Star If you are into cars like I am your favourite time of the year is the spring when many automakers unveil their latest models. It’s one thing to see them in a magazine, it’s quite another to see them in a showroom or actually get to take them for a test drive. This past week Taylor Creek VW on Trim Road took delivery of the all new Volkswagen Arteon sedan which is truly a beauty to behold. With it’s exquisite lines and refined profile, the Arteon is unlike anything the German automaker has ever produced before. The car has already drawn rave reviews from critics in Europe and south of the border. Now I can add my own voice to the chorus of platitudes. Honestly, it was love at first sight. With apologies to the next generation 2019 Volkswagen Jetta, with which I had a brief flirtation last fall, the Arteon is on another level altogether in design, driving experience and available features. As VW’s tagline suggests it is truly “Art in motion”. Now, I should temper my comments by first stating that the Arteon is currently

only available in Canada in the Execline trim package which has a base price of $47,995. The Execline is notable by its twotone Nappa leather upholstery, a leatherwrapped multi-function steering wheel with paddle shifters, a 12-inch digital display, heated front and rear seats and aluminum pedals. The Execline is also equipped with autonomous emergency braking, hill start assist, pedestrian monitoring with reactive hood, adaptive cruise, dynamic cornering headlights, and a rear-view camera. For those who are so inclined, Volkswagen offers a Driver Assistance Package that adds park assist, lane assist, and a 360-degree area view for an additional $2,095. The Arteon has a 111.7 inch wheelbase which is long for a mid-size sedan, allowing for ample legroom for your passengers. The cockpit is well-formed and the digital dash display and centre console are designed with functionality in mind. VW’s Car-Net app smartphone connectivity technology with Apple CarPlay, Android Auto and MirrorLink is also standard. The 12-inch touchscreen (8-inch on the other models) detects

The all-new 2019 Arteon has arrived at the Taylor Creek VW dealership amid a remendous amount of fanfare. STAFF PHOTO an approaching finger and expands the bottom row to display more options. The Execline comes standard with 4MOTION all-wheel drive and is powered by a 2.0-litre turbocharged four cylinder motor producing 268 hp and 258 lb-ft of torque. Equipped with an eight-speed automatic transmission, drivers can chose between Comfort, Normal and Sport

drive modes, allowing for the suspension to go from soft to firm. The all-wheel drive combined with the normal suspension setting is perfect for those snowy Canadian days. The all new Arteon is destined to make a major impact on the mid-size sedan market. You can get your first look at the Arteon at Taylor Creek VW on Trim Road just south of the 174.

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Price-reduced 2018 Jaguar XE a joy to drive All three models come standard with an eight-speed automatic transmission. The two diesel-powered XEs are the last available. Jaguar has discontinued the diesel engine for 2019. The XEs are equipped with power windows and locks, air conditioning, and cruise control. Standard and available features include Jaguar’s InControl infotainment system with a standard eight-inch touchscreen or a larger 10.2-inch unit, navigation, a Meridian premium audio system, a rearview camera, head-up display, heated and ventilated front seats, leather upholstery, adaptive HID headlights, a sunroof, keyless entry/start, alloy wheels and heated seats. After taking a Prestige 30T out for a test drive, I was impressed with the ability to switch between Normal, Eco and Dynamic driving modes on the fly. The Dynamic mode was especially handy when passing slower traffic. And if you start to get bored driving in automatic, you can switch to S-mode which allows you to manually switch gears using the paddles mounted on the steering wheel. Among the new 2018s for sale is a 35T AWD R-Sport equipped with heated

By Fred Sherwin The Orléans Star ’Tis the season to buy a 2018 Jaguar XE. Jaguar of Ottawa has number of new and pre-owned 2018 XEs remaining on their lot priced as low as $19,000 off the origin-al retail price. The XE is Jaguar’s midsize sports sedan that’s available in three different trim packages – the Premium, the Prestige and the R-Sport. Both the Premium and the Prestige can be purchased with either the 25T turbocharged 2.0-litre four cylinder gas power plant that delivers 247 horsepower, or the 30T which can produce an additional 49 horses. A third engine option is the 20d 2.0-litre four cylinder diesel power plant which produces 180 horsepower but with much better fuel economy. The diesel engine has an EPA rating of 7.8 L/100km in the city compared to 9.8 L/100km for the 25T and 10.7 L/100km for the 30T. Both the Prestige and the Premium can be equipped with either front-wheel drive or all-wheel drive. The R-Sport comes standard with the 35t supercharged 3.0-litre V6 engine that can produce an eye-popping 380 horsepower.

Now is the perfect time to buy a new or pre-owned 2018 Jaguar XE at the Jaguar of Ottawa dealership on MIchael Street. STAFF PHOTO front and rear seats, a 360-degree surround camera system, adaptive cruise control, blind spot assist and park assist for $7,080 off the original retail price of $62,996. Besides the nine new vehicles on their lot, Jaguar of Ottawa also has several nearly new XEs for sale at greatly reduced prices. For instance, they have a 2018

diesel powered AWD Prestige with only 4,792 kms for $19,058 off the original retail price of $65,038 and it comes equipped with heated and cooled front seats, heated rear seatsand a long list of safety features. To check out the complete line of new and used 2018 XEs, visit Jaguar of Ottawa at 1300 Michael Street.

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Spring is the perfect time to give your car a check-up STAR STAFF – Before winter hits, many people get their oil changed, tires checked and other pre-winter maintenance completed. But winter takes a heavy toll both inside and outside your car, often causing hidden damage that could be costly or dangerous. Now is the time to make sure your car is road-ready for spring by taking it to a reputable service centre to have it thoroughly inspected. Too many people take the easy route by taking their vehicle to one of the centres that will quickly change your oil and have you on your way, which is convenient most times of the year, but the technicians at those places don’t have the same experience and knowledge as a certified licensed mechanic. Any spring inspection should include the front and rear brakes and the brake fluid lines; all of the fan belts, hoses and filters; the battery; the heating and cooling system, including the air conditioning; the fuel injection system; and the suspension system. The spring is also the perfect time to change your wiper blades, top up your wiper fluid, change your cabin air filtre,

check your tire pressure and get your wheels properly aligned. Ottawa is notorious for potholes. And potholes are notoriously bad for car’s suspensions and especially your alignment. Bad wheel alignment can cause uneven wear on your tires and greatly reduce your mileage. It’s also the one area most motorists ignore unless their car is shimmying so bad they need their spine realigned. As much as people focus on their car’s mechanics every spring, it’s also just as important to take care of your car’s interior. Winter can wreak havoc on your car’s upholstery and carpeting which can wreak havoc on its resale value, or cost hundreds of dollars if you lease. The best way to get everything spic and span, especially in all those nooks and crannies, is to take your vehicle to a professional detailer. A detailer will vacuum and stream clean your upholstery and carpet. They can clean and treat your dashboard and other interior molding. And they can they can thoroughly clean and treat the exterior, including the underbody. Last,

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We write as parents, educators, labour leaders, and taxpayers who are dedicated to protecting and enhancing publicly-funded education. Ontario has built one of the best education systems in the world. It has seen significant improvements resulting in better outcomes for our students and province. On March 15, 2019, the Minister of Education Lisa Thompson, unleashed what Doug Ford and his government are calling their New Vision for Education. Their Plan puts all the advancements we have made at risk. Their Plan is a failure to support and meet the needs of the students of Ontario. It is a decisive move to undervalue our children, their futures and our economic well-being. Their Plan will increase class sizes, directly limiting the time teachers, educators and support staff have to work with your child.

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Their Plan will force your child to take a minimum of four online courses, further reducing the time your child has to engage with educators and peers. From Full-Day Kindergarten to Grade 12, education is an investment that pays significant dividends down the road with better jobs, higher incomes and a healthier province. The Ford government’s proposed cuts to school boards add an increased burden on the publiclyfunded education system. This means specialized programs like those leading to trades, the arts, special education and other important programs (i.e. International Baccalaureate, Advanced Placement, gifted, and outdoor education) will be at risk of cancellation.

• Less time for teachers to spend in and out of class supporting students who require extra help and guidance • Fewer courses available for students to choose from as they move through the system • Reduced access to guidance counsellors, educational assistants, therapists, psychologists, social workers, early childhood educators, and other important members of the education team • Fewer professionals in schools available to volunteer their time for extra-curricular programs, clubs, and teams • Fewer professionals available to support students with special needs True fiscal responsibility means investing in educating our students. True fiscal responsibility means ensuring our education system is able to provide all students the opportunity to find success. It means investing in, not cutting from, public education funding. We are here for students. We know you are too. Visit our website at While there, take a moment to send a message to your MPP—tell them that you do not support increases to class size and a reduction in programs. Harvey Bischof, President Ontario Secondary School Teachers’ Federation (OSSTF/FEESO) Sam Hammond, President Elementary Teachers’ Federation of Ontario (ETFO) Rémi Sabourin, President Association des enseignantes et des enseignants franco-ontariens (AEFO) Liz Stuart, President Ontario English Catholic Teachers’ Association (OECTA)

Revera communities in Orléans set to open their doors Special to the Orléans Star Revera Retirement Living will be opening their doors to the general public next month as they hold a pair of Open Houses at both the Portobello Retirement Residence in Fallingbrook and the Queenswood Villa Retirement Residence in Queenswood Heights. The Open Houses will be held on Saturday, May 4 between 1 p.m. and 4 p.m. The event is the perfect opportunity for the public to tour the two facilities, meet the staff and learn about the many amenities and activities they provide their residents. Located at 691 Valin Street, Portobello is a fully bilingual retirement residence with a warm and elegant feel. They offer a variety of 111 independent living suites and 21 assisted living suites. An equal number of English- and French-speaking residents makes for a lively and sociable atmosphere. Options include private balconies, patios, kitchenettes and an array of addon services. Meals are prepared fresh by the highly skilled culinary team of professional chefs using high-quality ingredients. Meals and drinks can be enjoyed in either the dining room, the pub or the 24-hour café. Among the many amenities at Portobello are a recreation hall with games, a ping pong table, a puzzle table, and a piano. There is also a computer room with access to a webcam for when the residents want to enjoy some face time with their

loved ones, a craft room, a library and a billiards room with a billiards table, darts and card games. The Queenswood Villa, located at 370 Kennedy Lane East, is a cozy, bungalowstyle retirement residence located in the heart of historic Orléans, The home offers comfortable living with a friendly, intimate atmosphere designed for active and independent-minded seniors. Established in 1992, the Queenswood Villa features 56 independent suites in a variety of attractive styles. The home is close to a number of services, including the Place d’Orléans shopping centre, restaurants, medical services, recreation facilities and public transit. As is the case at their sister residence, the residents at Queenswood Villa enjoy fresh, chef-made fare that’s prepared daily in their on-site kitchen. The culinary team is more than happy to take special requests to suit any special dietary preferences and restrictions of the residents. The staff at both the Queenswood Villa and the Portobello Retirement Residence take great pride in offering a wide variety of activities and outings aimed at keeping their residents both physically and mentally active. Both retirement residences also offer short-term and respite visits. To find out more about the Portobello Retirement Residence and the Queenswood Villa, you can visit the Revera Retirement Living website at www.

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Making the retirement home decision is not a sign of weakness Her answer makes so much sense. I’d asked Joan O’Brien, a spry and engaged 80-year-old resident of Symphony Senior Living, why she moved from her Wendover home three years ago. “I wanted to move into a retirement home while I could still enjoy everything it had to offer,” she says. “I think that people are often forced to move into a home because they are sick, or something happens. I wanted to make the decision myself and not have it made for me.” Originally from Toronto, Joan has lived in and around Ottawa since entering the convent at 16. After eight years, she left the convent, got her Grade 11 and Grade 12 credits in less than a year and pursued a nursing career: first qualifying as a Registered Practical Nurse, then as a RN and finally earning her Bachelor of Science in Nursing at the age of 45. A few years before her retirement from nursing at age 65, Joan moved into a twobedroom house in Wendover and 20 years later she decided to downsize. A friend suggested Symphony on Lumberman Way in Orléans . After one visit, she didn’t look anywhere else and speaks of the facility

A Seniors Moment by Heather Jamieson and its staff in glowing terms. She first moved into a one-bedroom apartment in one of the three independent living buildings in the complex. She prepared her own meals and quickly became an active participant in a myriad of activities, from yoga to Euchre, the knitting club and, her favourite, the weekly Bingo and monthly Super Bingo. “It was the best move I ever made because I didn’t have the responsibility of a house and everything that goes with it, but I was still independent,” she says. While still physically and mentally able to live independently, she recently moved into a one-bedroom apartment in the main Symphony residence, which is 95 per cent dedicated to assisted living. Her move was made possible by a major change in the financial situation of her daughter Eileen,

who lives in British Columbia. Joan is touched that her daughter’s priority was to make life easier for her mother. She laughs that the best thing about moving into assisted living is she doesn’t have to cook. “When you don’t have to cook, everything tastes good!” She no longer has to buy groceries or clean her apartment. But, Joan isn’t using her extra time just to pursue her own interests. Two mornings a week she volunteers answering the residence’s phones and another morning she volunteers in the Tuck Shop. She will be missing a few volunteer shifts after Easter while she is on a two-week vacation with six friends that includes an Alaskan cruise. Joan knows how fortunate she is to be still active, able to travel and volunteer. The financial security to move into an apartment with a higher level of service is a bonus, as is not having to walk outside if it is slippery. Most of all, she has the peace of mind knowing “if anything happens to me, I am here. I don’t have to worry about moving somewhere else.” Rachelle Vroom, executive director of

Symphony Senior Living, echoes Joan’s belief in the importance of making a decision about retirement living sooner rather than later. The time to “find a home that fits and feels right is before a crisis,” she says. “During crisis, the choice will be taken out of your hands. It will be wherever Joan O’Brien there’s a spot and the fastest place that can take you in,” she says. She sees firsthand the value of seniors having “more access to activities, entertainment and social networking”. Joan stresses that it is not “a sign of weakness” to move into a retirement home. “You can enjoy life without having the burden of owning a home and all that entails.” Future columns will explore the cost of retirement home living compared to staying in one’s own home, as well as the daunting task of downsizing.

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By Fred Sherwin The Orléans Star A trio of athletes with local roots are about to test there skills at the next level after being selected in the first round of the OHL Under-18 Priority Selection Draft last week. Ryan Stansel was picked ninth overall by the Owen Sound Attach; goaltender Felix Schnell was selected 13th by the Guelph Storm; and Alexandre Frechette, was chosen in the 17th spot by the Soo Greyhounds. All three young men are 16 and from Orléans. They will attend their respective team’s training camps this summer. If they fail to crack the OHL roster they will return to their CCHL teams for next season. In Stansel’s case that’s the Hawkesbury Hawks. In Schnell’s case it’s the Ottawa Jr. Senators and in Frechette’s case it’s the Navan Grads. Stansel scored five goals and added five assists while manning the blue line for the Hawks Midget AAA team this past season.

The six foot, 195 lb. defenceman came up through the Cumberland Minor Hockey Association and played for the Jr. Grads before graduating to the Eastern Ontario Wild Minor Bantam AAA team in 2015. In 2017, he was selected in the fourth round and 34th overall in the CCHL draft by the Hawks. Schnell came up through the Orléans Minor Hockey Association and played at the RepB level until the 2016-2017 season when he made the Gloucester Rangers Major Bantam AA team as a backup. The year previous he had a 1.59 GAA in 16 games playing for the GloucesterOrléans Blues. In his first year with the Rangers, he had a 2.12 GAA in 16 games with two shutouts. In 2017-2018, he had a 2.74 GAA and three shutouts in 15 games while playing for the Rangers Major Midget AA team. After making the Ottawa Jr. Senators AAA Midget team this past season, Schnell had a 2.16 GAA in 23 games. CONTINUED ON PAGE 20

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Frechette came up through the Glouester minor hockey system and played for the Gloucester Rangers Minor Peewee AA team before graduating to the Ottawa Jr. 67s Major Peewee AAA team in 2014. He remainRyan Stansel ed with the Jr. 67s until he was drafted 55th overall by the Navan Grads in the 2017 CCHL Protected draft and placed on their AAA midget squad. All three players were passed over in last year’s OHL Priority draft. The Under-18 draft, often referred to as the “second c h a n c e ” draft, was established in 2017 to give midgetage players a second opportunity to move on to the next Alexandre level in light Frechette of the fact that some players develop later than others. Frechette is a perfect example. After scoring just seven goals and 15 assists in minor midget last season, he more than doubled his production this year with 29 goals and 27 assists. That level of offensive output is why the Soo Greyhounds have decided to take a flyer on him. The Guelph Storm have been scouting Schnell for Felix Schnell the better part of the past season. They picked the 6-foot-3, 200 lb. netminder based on his size and his abilities. All three players are hoping to beat the odds and turn their “second chance” into a lengthy stay in the OHL.

Orléans cheer team wins national championship gold By Fred Sherwin The Orléans Star Give me a G. G! Give me an O. O! Give mean an L. L! Give me a D. D? What does that spell? GOLD! What does that spell? GOLD! That’s the cheer that could be heard in Niagara Falls earlier this month after the Flyers All-Starz Starlight cheer team won the gold medal in the Youth Level 2 division at the Canadian Cheer Championships. The group of 19 five- to 11-yearolds were fourth after the first day of competition and then blew the judges away with their second routine on Day 2 to finish the competition in first place. The national championships brought together 360 teams from across Canada and the United States including 36 members of the Flyers All-Starz. Each routine is judged on five elements – stunts or stacking, jumping, tumbling, and overall performance. Besides the first place result, the Flyers also came home with a fourth place result, two sixth place results and a seventh place finish. Not bad for a little gym in Orléans. The Flyers All-Starz Cheer Gym is

owned by the Flyers All-Starz in Montreal which bought the facility on Vimont Court from Ottawa Cheer Elite in 2016. The gym has both a competitive and recreational program. They even have a cheer program for the moms. The students are as young as three and go right up to adults. The kids who come to the gym and enroll in the program come from a variety of different disciplines. Some have a gymnastics or a dance background, some come from figure skating or synchronized swimming, and some have no previous athletic experience at all. Flyers All-Starz manager Kelly Nightingale says most of the kids who try it out stick around for the camaraderie and the sheer fun of cheering. “The best part about cheer is that there’s always a place for you. If you’re not terribly proficient at tumbling you can fit in somewhere else. There’s always a place for you on the team and everyone supports each other,” says Nightingale. Team cheering is a combination of dance, gymnastics and fitness which requires a great deal of cardio. Cheering took a giant leap into the mainstream in 2016 when the

Members of of the Starlight cheer team from the Flyers All-Starz Cheer Gym in Orléans pose with their trophy after winning ther division at the National Cheer Championships in Niagara Falls earlier this month. PHOTO SUPPLIED

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