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By Fred Sherwin The Orléans Star Ottawa residents can expect to see a three per cent increase in their property taxes next year, along with a 2.5 per cent increase in OC Transpo fares and other user fees. Those are the targets established by city staff under the direction of Mayor Jim Watson as they set out to put together a draft budget for 2019. A third of the revenue raised by the three per cent increase, or $9.8 million, will be used to tackle the city`s $70 million infrastructure renewal funding gap. The rest of the money will be used to cover growthrelated expenditures. A three per cent tax increase equates to an extra $100 for the average property assessed at $350,000. The OC Transpo fare increase won`t come into effect until July 1. How it
will be applied across the transit service’s fare and pass structure will be revealed when the draft budget is tabled next month. The city had planned to eliminate the infrastructure renewal funding gap over the next 10 years, but after hearing residents’ concerns about the deteriorating state of Ottawa’s roads and other infrastructure, the former council directed staff to come up with ways to cut the timeline in half. One of those ways was to add one per cent to the tax rate in 2019 which will flow through to subsequent years, generating an additional $9.8 million a year for the foreseeable future Although the money is currently earmarked to repair the city’s aging infrastructure, it can eventually be used to pay for other expenditures if so directed by council. CONTINUED ON PAGE 2
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New Year’s Eve Comedy Night coming to the Shenkman Centre ORLÉANS – For the eighth year in a row, the annual New Year’s Eve Comedy Night will bring top-notch Canadian comedians to the Shenkman Arts Centre. Audience members will be able to laugh away the final hours of 2018 and ring in the New Year. This comedy extravaganza salutes the calendar ahead by rounding three of the most talented comedians this country has to offer for a night of merriment. This year’s line up includes Gilson Lubin, Andrew Chapman and Nour Hadidi. A limited number of tickets are still available and can be purchased by visiting the Shenkman Arts Centre box office or online at www.shenkmanarts.ca.
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Council on Aging launches 2019 Snow Mole campaign OTTAWA – The Council on Aging of Ottawa (COA) recently launched their 2019 Snow Mole campaign to help improve walking conditions during the winter months for Ottawa’s senior population. Snow Moles are volunteers who go out and report on what it’s like to walk outside on a winter day in Ottawa. The information they gather is used by the Council on Aging to inform its members and others on the walkability of Ottawa’s sidewalks. The information is also helpful iin making the city officials aware of areas where improvements can be made. Anyone can be a Snow Mole, but seniors and people with mobility issues are especially helpful in gathering the information and informing the community at large. To volunteer to be a Snow Mole visit the Council on Aging of Ottawa website at www.coaottawa.ca/snowmoles.
Jr. Grads minor midget team visits Ottawa Union Mission ORLÉANS – The Cumberland Jr. Grads minor midget team recently paid a special visit to the Ottawa Mission to learn about homelessness and the work they do at the Mission to help make life a little more bareable for people in need. While at the mission the players donated some of their personal money along with snack bags containing inspirational notes. They ended up donating enough funds to supply over 100 meals to those less fortunate.
City to launch road database in February Continued from page 1 Closing the infrastructure renewal deficit has been the goal of Beacon Hill, Cyrville Ward councillor Tim Tierney who has also been pushing for the creation of an online data base that residents could access to get information on the city’s 6,000 km of roads. “With the database you be able to go on the City of Ottawa website and find out when your street was built and what work, if any, has been done on it,” explains Tierney. The database is scheduled to be ready sometime in February. Tierney is hoping it will show where the money has been spent in the past where it should be spent in the future. “Over the past couple of years, we have spent $500 million on three different roads, while roads in serious need of repair elsewhere in the city have continued to deteriorate. The database should level the playing field,” says Tierney. The $70 million figure put forward by staff stands in stark contrast to a report released in 2012 which indicated that 25 per cent of the city’s $11.2 billion road network was in poor to very poor condition. While some of those roads many have been worked on in the four years since the report was released, Tierney is convinced their is still a lot of work to be done. “When I went door-to-door during the election campaign, transportation and roads was the number one issue. Everyone had a
Tim Tierney story to tell about the condition of the roads and they wanted to know what was being done about. The frustrating part is that I couldn’t say anything, because I didn’t know. We have a situation where some streets are getting repaved that don’t necessarily need repaving, while other streets which do need repaving are being ignored,” says Tierney. “The database should help is avoid that situation in the future.” Members of the finance and economic development committee, which includes the chairs of the various standing committees will now work with staff to develop the draft budget over the next six weeks. The document will then be tabled on Feb. 6, followed by a public consultation process and committee review. The final budget will be approved on March 6.”
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East end rookies get nod for key roles as deputy mayors By Fred Sherwin The Orléans Star Christmas came early for east end rookie city councillors Matt Luloff and Laura Dudas last week, as both of them were confirmed as deputy mayors during their first term in office along with Osgoode councillor George Darouze. The role of the deputy mayor is largely ceremonial. They are called upon to represent the Mayor at events which he cannot otherwise attend on a rotating basis. At the same time, it increases their profile outside their respective wards and across the entire city. Councillors Mark Taylor and Bob Monette served as deputy mayors during the last term of council. The biggest advantage to being a deputy mayor is that the position automatically comes with a seat on the city’s influential 12-member finance and economic development committee, which is akin to a cabinet post inside the confines of Ottawa City Hall. Besides the finance committee, Dudas was also appointed to the community and protective services committee, the transportation committee and the planning committee, all areas where residents expressed concerns during the recent election. “I have heard loud and clear from
residents that increasing and strengthening the local economy in the east, and improving our road infrastructure and transit networks are significant priorities,” says Dudas. “In these roles, I will be a strong and active voice for Innes Ward and Ottawa’s east end.” Luloff will serve on both the community and protective services and transportation committees with Dudas. He will also sit on the Ottawa Library Board where he plans to push for the expansion of a pilot project that allows library members to borrow musical instruments. He is also pleased that both he and Dudas will have a voice on the finance and economic development committee. “I made a lot of promises during the campaign in terms of fostering economic development in Orléans, so being on the committee is pretty important,” says Luloff. Fellow east end councillor Stephen Blais will also be on the finance and economic development committee as chair of the city’s transportation committee. The Cumberland Ward councillor was also appointed to the community and protective services committee, the Hydro Ottawa Board and the South Nation Conservation Authority.
As chair of the transportation committee, Blais will lead the discussion surrounding the formulation of an updated Transportation Master Plan. The Transportation Master Plan identifies and prioritizes the transportation facilities, services and policies the city will implement during the next 15 years. “The Transportation Master Plan will help guide our walking, cycling, transit and road networks for years to come,” says Blais who chaired the Transit Commission during the last term of council. “I want to bring the same work ethic and enthusiasm to the transportation committee.”
The committee will also oversee the infrastructure renewal program and it will oversee the proposed extension of Brian Coburn Boulevard west of Navan Road, a fact that is not lost on the veteran city councillor. “As a city councillor who represents rural and suburban areas, I want to continue to ensure that our local road networks are repaved in real-time,” adds Blais. “I also want to ensure that Brian Coburn Boulevard gets extended further west to alleviate traffic on Innes Road.” Council will begin budget deliberations in the New Year.
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Orléans pair devoted to Christmas illumination By Fred Sherwin The Orléans Star They are the wizards of wonder, the titans of twinkle and the deans of outdoor Christmas illumination. They are the people who spend hundreds of hours stringing lights, blowing up inflatable characters and creating handmade animations for others to enjoy every holiday season. They are people like Bryon Getson who started creating his front yard Christmas managerie shortly after Hallowe’en. “It takes us three to four weeks to set everything up,” says Getson, who first started decorated his Deavy Way home in Queenswood Heights in 2003. “The goal is to always have them ready the same day as the Parade of Lights. This year we had four or five cars parked on the street waiting for me to turn the lights on.” Although he gets some help from his wife Tracy, the Christmas display is largely his responsibility while she takes care of all the Hallowe’en decorations. “She was a bit upset this year because we had some trick-or-treaters came by the house and the first thing they ask is if when are the Christmas lights going up,” chuckles Getson. When he first started putting up Christmas lights, the couple’s son, who
is now 40, had already moved out on his own. In those early years, Getson drew inspiration from a young girl who lived down the street. “She was about two years old the first time I put up some Christmas lights and she just loved them,” says Getson. “Then the next year she asked me if I was going to light my house up again and so I went out and bought more lights and have been building it up every since.” The little girl has long since moved away, but Getson still spends hours on his set-up which updates every year with new elements. At the centre of it all is a very large inflatable of Santa’s sleigh with Santa perched on top. It’s being pulled by four brightly lit reindeer surrounded by candy canes and multi-coloured lollipops. He does it for the joy it brings other people and for his own love of the Christmas season. “A lady stopped with her children one year and handed me a card and a box of chocolates. Apparently they she had been out driving around with her kids looking at all the different houses and they liked my place the most. That’s the type of thing that makes it all worthwhile,” says Getson. Getson’s love of all things Christmas and especially Christmas lights and out-
Bryan Getson stands in front of his Deavy Way home surrounded by his Christmas light display. FRED SHERWIN PHOTO door decorations is shared by Taylor Pacey who moved into his Valin Street home with his wife Melissa two years ago. Shortly afterwards, their daughter Parker was born. Like the Getsons, the Paceys divvy up the decorating duties between Hallowe’en and Christmas. The outside of their home is festooned with lights as well as several inflatables and cut outs.
Pacey actually comes by his love of outdoor home illuminations naturally. His father used to set up a massive display on the front yard of their Ste. Thérese Lane home in Convent Glen every year and a young Pacey would help. “To tell you the truth, I can’t remember a year when I didn’t help him,” says Pacey. CONTINUED ON PAGE 16
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A good first step Last week, the newly sworn in Ottawa city council approved a potential three per cent increase in municipal taxes, one per cent of which will go to fix the city’s current infrastructure deficit, which according to city staff, sits at $70 million. The extra one per cent in municipal taxes equates to $9.8 million. When combined with the current level of funding earmarked for maintaining the city’s roads, sewers, bridges and buildings, the extra money should allow the city to eliminate the infrastructure deficit in five years. And if you believe that, I have some land in the Mer Bleue Bog you might be interested in purchasing. I’ve driven on a lot of roads in Ottawa over the years and many of them are in dire need of repair – and I’m not talking about the main arterials like Innes Road, St. Joseph Blvd. or Montreal Road. I’m talking about some of the streets in older neighbourhoods like Blackburn Hamlet, Beacon Hill and Queenswood Heights In 2012, city staff developed the Comprehensive Asset Management Program, the goal of which was to eliminate the city’s infrastructure deficit. Sound familiar? At the time, staff estimated the city would need to spend $124 million a year over a 10-year period to keep up with its deteriorating assets. In fact, they reported that 25 per cent of the city’s $11.2 billion road network was in poor to extremely poor condition, meaning it would cost $2.8 billion to bring them up to standard. That’s a far cry from $70 million. So which figure are we supposed to believe? I’m no engineer, but I am pretty sure the city hasn’t blown $2.73 billion on resurfacing roads over the past six years unless they’re paving them in gold. In 2007, the council of the day passed a 2.5 per cent infrastructure surcharge aimed at bringing in an extra $20 million a year. Unfortunately, the same group of councillors scrapped the surcharge prior to the 2010 election in one of the most boneheaded, short-sighted moves in recent memory. The money generated by an extra one per cent hike in the municipal tax rate is a far cry from what is really needed to make a significant impact on the infrastructure deficit, but at least it’s a start. Speaking of good starts, the city also plans to produce a database of the city’s road network which residents will be able to access on the Internet. The data base will list when the road was built what work, if any, has been done on it. The initiative is the brainchild of Beacon Hill-Cyrville Coun. Tim Tierney, who is hoping it will show just how bad the infrastructure deficit is, especially when it comes to the city’s roads, which would be another good start. - Fred Sherwin, editor
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Government initiatives, free trade agreements fueling economic growth Canadians were treated to some welcome news ing steadily to achieve a key goal – securing trade last week: Canada’s unemployment rate has fallen opportunities that can make Canada the most globto 5.6 per cent, the lowest unemployment rate in ally connected economy in the world. over 40 years. November was a Those efforts have already record month of job growth, with delivered results: thanks to the 94,000 jobs created in one month. Canada - United States - Mexico Our Liberal government was Agreement (CUSMA), the Canadaelected on a platform to grow our European Union Comprehensive economy and our middle class. Economic and Trade Agreement Our plan is working – since com(CETA), and the Comprehensive Commons Corner ing into office, Canadians created and Progressive Agreement for over 800,000 net new jobs. That’s nearly twice as Trans-Pacific Partnership (CPTPP), many as the previous three years under the Harper Canada now has comprehensive free trade agreegovernment. More Canadians are working, wages ments with countries representing two-thirds of the are up and our economy is strong: Canada boasts world’s total gross domestic product, and is the only the fastest growing economy in the G7. Group of Seven (G7) country that has trade agreeThe Government is enhancing confidence in ments with all other G7 nations Canada by taking actions that create an environTo build on this success, the Government of Canment where businesses can better compete and suc- ada is also taking steps to improve access to new ceed in a globally complex world. markets for Canadian exports. With the Fall Economic Statement, we have The Fall Economic Statement proposes an introduced several new measures to increase com- Export Diversification Strategy aimed at increasing petitiveness including new tax incentives that Canada’s overseas exports by 50 per cent by 2025, will support business investment in Canada and a with a focus on three key components: investing modernization of federal regulations to make it in infrastructure to support trade; investing to help easier for business to grow. These measures will Canadian businesses export and grow; and enhanchelp attract business investment to Canada, cre- ing trade services for Canadian exporters. ate and protect jobs in Canada, and ensure that Our government will keep investing in CanadiCanada remains competitive in light of the U.S. tax ans to keep our economy strong and grow the midreform. dle class. With the lowest unemployment rate in Since 2015, the Government has been work- over 40 years, we’re on the right track.
Recalling warm memories of Christmases past Is it Christmas already? Seems like only yesterday, I was taking down the Christmas lights and putting away the decorations. The years go by so fast now it seems like a blur. That’s why it is always good to take a moment and take stock of the moments that formed lasting memories in this journey we call life. My first memory of Christmas is from growing up in the Lakefront Apartments in Dartmouth, Nova Scotia. Our grandmother on my mother’s side always stayed with us during the holidays. We lived in a small three bedroom apartment and my brother and I slept in a bedroom at the end of the hall while my grandmother stayed in my sister’s bedroom halfway between our bedroom and the living room where the Christmas tree stood. No matter how softly we tried to tippytoe down the hallway to see if Santa had already arrived, grandma would always hear us and yell “I hear you,” or, “Go back to bed.” It was uncanny. We figured she could feel the vibrations travel through the hardwood floor and up her bed post, because she was stone deaf most of the time. One of my favourite Christmas memories is the year I learned that Santa was
Up Front Fred Sherwin real despite what all my friends said. We were still living in the Lakefront Apartments with my brother Mike and I sharing a room together. We always hung our stockings at the end of the bed and swore to stay awake as long as it took to catch Santa Claus stuffing them with goodies. Most of the time we fell asleep with stockings still empty, only to wake with them filled to the top. But this one year we managed to stay awake long enough to hear someone slowly walking down the hallway. Mike and I both closed our eyes so that we could only see through our eyelashes. The room was dimly lit by the ambient light radiating from the lap post across the street and there was a light snow falling outside. Suddenly, a figure walked into our room. I could only make out the person’s
silhouette, it seem that he was rather portly – at least more so than our father. The figure went about filling our stockings and then quietly left the room the same way he came. We were frozen in position under our covers for what seemed like an eternity terrified to give away the fact that we were still awake. As soon as the figure left the room I asked my brother, “Hey Mike, did you see that?” He responded that he did but that it must have been dad. Thinking we might be able to catch our father off guard we raced down to our parents’ bedroom, only to discover they were both fast asleep. Just to make sure we woke them up and proceeded to grill dad about his whereabouts for the past 20 minutes. He assured us he had never left the bed and was sleeping the whole time and so my belief in Santa was suitably reinforced that year. Another favourite memory is the time my Aunt Dot and Uncle Robert hosted a Christmas family reunion at their country estate just outside Tavistock near London in 1992. I remember it for two reasons – first because everyone on my dad’s side of the family was there; second for the sheer amount of presents that fanned out from the tree and completely covered the
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into a Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur theme park? Or having a countdown clock at Costco complete with chocolate calendars during Ramadan? These ludicrous examples are not meant to be disparaging or offensive. On the contrary, they are meant to honour the fact – at least in this scribe’s estimation – that Judaism and Islam (the other two great monotheistic religions of our world) have somehow managed to keep their traditions immune from gross commercialization. Yes, on this issue I am very opinionated and I’m sure many will disagree with my Scrooge-ish assessment. But instead of complaining which is too easy, here’s how yours truly silently but deliberately pushes back and if you only remotely
agree with my assessment, my Christmas wish as that a few of these ideas inspire you as well. First up, and surely no surprise, is charity. As Orléans residents, overwhelmingly we have one of the highest median family income ratings in Ontario and rank in the top 25 or so neighbourhoods in Canada. Yet we have neighbours who are struggling to put food on their tables, parents just scraping by to meet the weekly budget, and a host of local service organizations that could use your help. This is especially true this year, given the postal disruptions that are still working themselves out and several direct-mail appeals from local groups have not met their objectives. A great resource for a list of organizations that could use your help can be found at www.orleansonline.ca if you are inclined to help. Next is the gift you should consider giving yourself: reflection and isolation that can lead to renewal. Don’t worry, I’m not going all Zen or spiritual swami-yogi on you. Rather, use the holidays as a real opportunity to build better habits and learn to disconnect from your iPhone or
being a slave to the dings of incoming texts and gmail. Being more in the moment for yourself will make you more valuable and more in tune with others and surely this is what your family and friends need more of… you, you unfiltered, you engaged, and you invested in them. Finally, one of the easiest ways to push back against the insanity and craziness of the holiday season is to deliberately go slow while others are racing at the speed of light. If someone is frazzled and anxious in the book store lineup, let them slide in front of you. Holding the elevator door or letting the OC Transpo driver know that someone is running for the bus is also simple enough. And if someone asks you how you are, tell them you are doing great and that any concerns you have are essentially First World problems. Then smile, and wish them an amazing day. For Christians, Christmas is the light that came into the world in the form of baby Jesus. And regardless of your faith or even if you are an atheist, be your own light for others. And with that, Merry Christmas and see you in 2019.
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By Mike Beasley The Orléans Star Canotek Park gym owner Adrian Delorey is happy to be alive after surviving a harrowing experience on the second highest peak in the state of New York. The owner of 180 Degree Fitness had planned to climb Algonquin Peak in the Adirondacks on Dec. 9 as a warmup for a future trip to Mt. Danali next summer. In preparation for the Adirondack climb, he bought a slew of equipment including a portable power source for his cell phone and a compass. Unfortunately, as things would turnout, he never bothered to acquaint himself with his new gear, especially the compass. The climb was supposed to be a fairly simple threeand-a-half hour ascent and then another three and a half hours back down the mountain to his car. Things started out well enough. The weather at the bottom of the trail was sunny and calm and the first threehour hike through the treeline was relatively uneventful. It wasn’t until he crossed paths with a couple of climbers who had decided to turn around before making the submit due to high winds, that he started to have second thoughts. “But then I met two more climbers who were heading back down who said it was pretty windy, but they still managed to make the submit,” explains Delorey, whose confidence was renewed by the second encounter. It wasn’t until he exited the treeline and began the final ascent up the rock face that he realized the challenge ahead of him. The gale force winds had created knee deep
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Harrowing experience Continued from page 19 The only problem is that the compass had a design flaw that made reading the directions practically impossible. The other more pressing issue was his phone. It wasn’t taking a charge from the portable power source because the cord had frozen. The Forest Ranger dispatcher stayed on the phone with Delorey until it eventually died at 7:30 p.m. He would have to wait another two hours before they eventually found him, thanks to a set of strobe lights he had activated on the portable battery pack. “I was pretty relieved to say the least,” says Delorey. The Forest Rangers helped guide him back to the tree line under his own power and after taking on some fluids and energy bars, they brought him down to the parking lot. It wasn’t until he got back to his hotel that the whole experience began to sink. “It was rough. I went through every emotion you can imagine,” says Delorey. “from frustration and anger to fear and panic. It was a constant battle with my own mindset which I teach all the time.” To say the ordeal was a humbling experience for the usually self-assured Delorey is an understatement, but it was also a learning experience from which he has gained a tremendous amount of personal growth. “It won’t deter me from other challenges, but I’ll be 100 per cent more prepared and not so naive to think I can do it on my own again,” says Delorey. “It was a very humbling and powerful experience that I will never forget.”
Fundraising event honours memory of former D’Arcy’s owner By Fred Sherwin The Orléans Star When he was alive, Jim Morrison was the highly respected and much beloved co-owner of D’Arcy McGee’s Irish Pub on Centrum Boulevard. He was also a dedicated fundraiser whose charities of choice were the Children’s Wish Foundation and Variety of Ottawa – and the charity event he was most proud of was D’Arcy’s Angels. D’Arcy’s Angels was formed in 2011 by a group of D’Arcy McGee’s regulars along with Morrison, who collected raffle prizes and silent auction items for the event which is held every December. During the first seven years, they raised over $40,000 for families with a child or children suffering from a life-threatening disease such as cancer, and are also struggling to make ends meet. In many cases, the recipients are single-parent families. The organizers work closely with the Children’s Hospital of Eastern Ontario’s oncology unit in finding recipent families who get $1,000 in gift cards. Morrison passed away on October 6 after a lengthy battle with cancer. Before he died, one of his last wishes was for
D’Arcy’s Angels to carry on. Fully committed to grant their friend his wish, they began organizing this year’s event during the reception following his funeral service. Although the restaurant had undergone a makeover and a name change in September, Morrison’s former partner Andrew Quincy made it clear that they would continue to host the event in Jim’s memory. So with the full support of the management at Taproom 260, the plans were set in motion for the Christmas Angels benefit event which took place last Saturday, Dec. 15. Chief organizer Pat Lowell opened the event, as he has every year, with the band The Beer Nuts. They were followed on stage by the folk rock duo Wayne and Stephen and, finally, the Rockphiles who brought the evening to a close. By the time it was all said and done they had raised $12,000, including a $5,000 cheque from Variety Ottawa. Between sets, an emotional Lowell tried to put into words what it meant to keep the event alive after Morrison’s passing. “It means everything,” said Lowell.
A packed house helped organizers raise over $12,000 at the Christmas Angels fundraising event at Taproom 260 on Saturday night. PHOTO SUPPLIED “I miss the guy so much. We were close friends and this was something he was incredibly proud of.” Lowell also heaped praise on the staff at the Taproom and especially the manager Julie Holtz. “There’s no way we could have done it without her. She’s been absolutely amazing,” said Lowell. One of the people in attendance at the
fundraiser was Morrison’s wife Karen, who said her late husband would have been thrilled at the turnout and the money raised. But it doesn’t stop there. Variety Ottawa director Mike Brennan used the event to announce plans for the first annual Jim Morrison Charity Golf Tournament on May 25. The goal is to raise $15,000 each for Variety of Ottawa and the Children’s Wish Foundation.
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Wrastlin’ makes triumphant return to Navan Memorial Arena By Mike Beasley The Orléans Star A year after staging its first professional wrestling card, the Orléans Wrestling Alliance, or OWA, returned to the Navan Memorial Arena on Sunday to crown its inaugural heavyweight champion. Over 150 wrestling fans packed the second floor of the arena for a card that included eight action-packed matches. Among the featured wrestlers were hometown heroes Magic Mario Bryant and Lance Law, who both hail from Orléans. Magic Mario, whose real name is Rich Leron, made it to the championship match where he fought The Immaculate Ray St. Jean for the championship belt. Despite being the runaway crowd favourite, Mario was the victim of shenanigans and skullduggery perpetrated by the immaculate one who ultimately won the match and left the ring with the belt around his waist. The co-main event pitted hometown hero Lance Law against his arch rival Michael “MVP” Van Payton in a street fight match. The no-olds-barred donnybrook spilled out of the ring and into the audience soon after they rang the opening bell.
Once outside the confines of the squared circle, the pugilists used whatever items they had at their disposal, including garbage cans, tables, condiments and a few chairs, as members of the audience cheered them on. The match was an entertaining exhibition provided by a pair of pro-wrestling veterans. In the end it was Law who emerged as the top cop after power-bombing MVP through a door panel laid across a pair of chairs and pinning him for the 1-2-3 count as the audience went wild. After the match, Law – whose real name is Denis Racine – spent close to 30 minutes signing autographs and posing for photos with his fans. Besides appearing on the card, Leron and Racine are partners in crime as the copromoters of the OWA. By day, Racine is a mild-mannered special constable with OC Transpo. He first started wrestling when he just 20. After taking a break to focus on his family and work, he got into the sport entertainment business again last year and teamed up with Leron to promote their first show. “We are character-based entertainment,” says Racine, “and through our characters we want to bring old school
Lance Law has his arm raised by special guest announcer Matt Luloff as his opponent, MVP, lies prone on a broken door panel. FRED SHERWIN PHOTO fun, family friendly character-based professional wrestling to Orléans.” Everyone who was at the show on Sunday night left the Navan Arena with a smile on their face and a deep desire to see the next card including 10-year-old Mikael Lampron who happens to be a huge Lance Law fan. “I really liked it a lot. The street fight was my favourite,” said Lampron.
Racine says the organization plans to stage a number of events in 2019. “We want to move around and get into some festivals. I want to do a show in Blackburn Hamlet. I want to do a show near Centrum. I want to even maybe do a show at Ribfest. Why not enjoy some ribs have a beer and watch the Orléans Wrestling Alliance?” Why not indeed.
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Father and son still buy each other lights every year, although Taylor has to work around a few restrictions imposed by his loving wife. “She won’t let me go to Canadian Tire anymore without supervision,” jokes Pacey. “I tried to go with my dad once, but she said she can’t trust either one of us.” When he put up the lights the first year, his daughter was enthralled by all the colours. “We would go around and check all the lights before bedtime. It was our little thing,” says Pacey. Like Getson, random people often leave thank you cards or boxes of chocolates in their mailbox as a token of their appreciation. “That’s why I do it It’s not just for us, it’s for all the people who drive by and enjoy it with their own kids. It makes it all worthwhile,” says Pacey, who has his own personal reasons for doing it as well. “I work at a body shop so some days can be pretty rough. But when I come home and all the lights are on it lights up my life. It sounds corny, but that’s the truth.,” says Pacey. Like his fellow home illumination enthusiast, Christmas is Getson’s favourite time of year. “It’s the one time of year when everyone comes together and shares the Christmas spirit,” he says, not realizing that he and Pacey and others like them are spreading Christmas cheer one sparkling light at a time.
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Former Orléans couple planning the adventure of a lifetime The reality of soon not having a home in Ottawa has focused Judith Cane and Ian Fisher on exploring everything our city has to offer. Judith, a financial advisor well-known for her community volunteer work, and her husband of nearly 29 years, moved to Orléans in 2000 when Ian became operations manager for Place d’Orléans Shopping Centre. In 2014, they sold their Chateauneuf home and downsized into a comfortable house in the urban woods off Montreal Road. This past fall they decided to sell their home with plans to set off on a grand adventure when the sale becomes final on May 1. The couple’s new home will be a 37-foot RV with plenty of room for their Golden Retriever, Abby, and cat, Bob. Judith, an avid quilter, already has patterns and material ready to take. The current plan is to travel for at least 18 months, with their first destination being Ian’s home town of Sackville, NB, where their son Sam is in third year at Mount Allison. They will explore the eastern provinces throughout the summer and after an Ottawa wedding in September, they’ll drive west to eventually spend the
A Seniors Moment by Heather Jamieson winter in the more RV-friendly climate of Victoria. Despite living a nomadic life, they both intend to continue to work fulltime. Judith has already transitioned her “Canada’s Money Coach” business, with clients in six countries, to being exclusively virtual. Ian, now national director of real estate and facilities for the Canadian Red Cross, often works remotely and will have access to 120 locations across Canada if he needs office space. The decision not to wait for retirement to begin their adventure was significantly influenced by the heart-wrenching loss of close friend Peter Stewart in March of last year. Peter, perhaps best known for his years as executive director of the Orléans Chamber of Commerce, was only 54 when he died of an aggressive cancer.
“Peter’s death made us ask ourselves: ‘If this is something we want to do, why are we waiting for retirement? Why don’t we try it now, when we are healthy and active?’” Judith says. As Ian put it, the challenge is to find the balance between being young enough to enjoy it and old enough to be able to afford it. “We think we have hit it at the right point.” Both agree the biggest challenge has been deciding what should go in the RV, what should go into their limited storage space and what they can throw out or donate. (The beneficiaries of their professional attire will be “Dress for Success” and “Suits his Style” which support persons needing good quality clothes for an interview/work environment.) With a 28-year career as a financial advisor, Judith has a clear perspective on the financial implications of retirement. “It has nothing to do with money, it has to do with lifestyle,” she says. “So before you figure out how much money you need, you have to figure out what kind of retirement lifestyle you want.” Living out of an RV and touring the country is not a huge stretch for the couple, who Judith describes as having
“weekend country road adventurers.” When they were first married, she says, they would hop in the car on a Saturday, drive around until they found somewhere to hang out and then go home. “That’s the kind of travellers we are.” Of course, no longer having a house to go to remains somewhat daunting, Ian admits. He imagines locking the door of the house for the final time and realizing there is “no residential safety net. It’s not like you are camping and can go home if it rains.” Their Ottawa connections will be maintained as Judith’s mother lives in an Orléans retirement home and Judith plans on flying here to visit every six weeks. Meanwhile they are determined to make this last Christmas in Ottawa the best ever and to enjoy all the things Ottawa has to offer before they leave. “You can’t find a better tourist town than Ottawa. Every weekend, I try and find something for us to do,” she says. They will begin a blog in January to document their experiences, both before and after leaving. Once they hit the road, with a few exceptions, their focus will not be on their destination, but on the journey and the adventures to be found by following their noses.
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St. Peter Knights guard Christopher Valcin tries to penetrate the St. Patrick Fighting Irish defence during their senior boys match-up on Dec. 11 which the
Refusing to give up, the Knights battled back once again and eventually managed to narrow the deficit to seven points with 1:18 left to play. A couple of near misses down the stretch kept St. Pete’s from getting any closer and the game ended 63-55 in favour of the Irish. Musafiri ended the game with a team high 15 points. Michael Gouombas-Lussamaki added 14 points and was eight for 10 from the free throw line and Hughie Brooks scored 13 points including a pair of three-point baskets. In the end, however, the Knights were the masters of their own demise thanks to a combination of poor shot selection, an inordinate amount of missed putbacks and a disproportionate number of rebounds in favour of the Irish, To put it mildly, the Knights were horrible on the boards. But it was the slow start that really hurt St. Pete’s, especially against a team that has 16 players on its roster, eight of whom factored in their scoring. CONTINUED ON PAGE 24
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Fighting Irish won 63-55. FRED SHERWIN PHOTO
By Fred Sherwin The Orléans Star The St. Peter Knights went into their game against the St. Patrick Irish last week hoping to see how they measured up against one of the co-favourites to win the AAA senior boys hoops championships this year. Unfortunately, a slow start left them coming up short in what turned out to be an 11 point loss. The Knights trailed 10-2 before the contest was four minutes old. The hot-shooting Irish extended their lead to 14 points by the two-minute mark of the second quarter and by halftime they led 36-23. The Irish extended their lead to 16 points in the early moments of the second half before the Knights finally started to battle back. A couple of three-point baskets by Curtis Cunningham and Sam Musafiri in the third stanza would cut the Irish lead in half, but that would be as close as the defending city champions would get. By the end of the quarter, St. Pat’s had reestablished a 13-point advantage with one quarter left to play,
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The Knights’ inability to match St. Pat’s up-tempo game in the early going and the difficult situation it put them in was not lost on head coach Dan Lutfy. “We’ve consistently gotten off to a slow start this year and we need to change that.” Lutfy said after the game. “I’ve been happy that we’ve managed to come back in games, but we need to get off to a better start.” The one thing that works in the Knights’ favour is the fact that the season is still in the early days and there is plenty of time to right the ship before the playoffs begin in late January. The boys high school basketball season is unique in that it spans both the Christmas break and January exams. Lutfy remains confident the team will have its act together by the time the playoffs roll around. “I think we thought we were still a championship calibre team and we’re not there yet. We still have a lot of work to do,” says Lutfy. The road to the AAA city championship will eventually have to go through both St. Pat’s and Louis Riel, which is proving to be the cream of the crop. Last year’s OFSAA ‘A’ silver medalists have so far racked up an impressive record, winning their first four games by an average of 12 points per game including a 63-50 win over St. Pat’s on Dec. 6. Book for Annie’s Creative Hair Studio Christmas Fall in love with appointment. your hairstyle – custom-made for you!
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Weidemann off to great start to ISU speed skating season By Fred Sherwin The Orléans Star Orléans native Isabelle Weidemann is making her mark on the international speed skating circuit this season. After the first four World Cup events, the former Gloucester Concordes member sits on top of the World Cup long distance standings with one first place finish and two second place results including a silver medal performance in Heerenveen, Netherlands on the weekend. Weidemann started the season with a ninth place finish in the 3,000 metres in Obihiro, Japan. Since then, she has been the most consistent skater in the world over 3,000 and 5,000 metres. She won gold outdoors in the 3,000 in Tomakomai, Japan, a week later, which was her first World Cup medal of any colour, and then she placed second in the 5,000 metres in Tomaszów Mazowiecki, Poland, just a week ago. Despite winning silver and gold in the first three events of the year, Weidemann still sat in second place in the World Cup standings, trailing Esmee Visser of the Netherlands by three points. As fortune would have it, Visser placed fourth in Heerenveen on the weekend, a half second behind Weidemann and less
than three-tenths of a second behind the third place finisher, Martina Sáblíková from the Czech Republic. The difference in the final results leapfrogged Weidemann over her Dutch rival and into first place in the World Cup standings where she now has an eightpoint lead with two events left to go on the World Cup calendar. Fellow Orléans native and Gloucester Concordes alum Ivanie Blondin occupies the fifth place spot. The pair have also won a silver and bronze medal skating with Keri Morrison in the team pursuit Blondin also claimed the bronze medal in the mass start event in Tomakomai. Weidemann is a relative newcomer to the national senior team. The 23-year-old made the jump from the junior squad in the fall of 2015. She was ranked 16th in the world in the 3,000 metres in 2016 and 15th in the world at the end of the 2016-2017 campaign. In four World Cup events last year, her best result was a fourth place finish in the 5,000 metres in Stavenger, Norway. She also had a pair of ninth place finishes and a seventh place result over 3,000 metres. After qualifying for the Winter Olympics last year, she finished sixth in
Orléans native Isabelle Weidemann has moved into first place in the World Cup long distance standings after placing second in the 3,000 metres in Heerenveen, Netherlands on the weekend. SPEED SKATING CANADA PHOTO the 5,000 metres and seventh in the 3,000 in Pyongchang, Korea. By year’s end, her ranking in the 3,000 metres had improved to 10th. After a productive training camp, Weidemann came to the Speed Skating Canada’s World Cup selection meet in October stronger and quicker than ever. The result was a pair of personal best
results in the 3,000 and 5,000. She lowered her PB in the 3,000 with her silver medal skate in Heerenveen. The next World Cup event will take place in Norway at the end of January, followed by the World Single Distance Championships in Germany on Feb. 6-9 and the World Cup Final in Salt Lake City on March 8-9.
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TUESDAY, JAN. 1 NEW YEAR’S LEVEE – Orléans MPP Marie-France Lalonde and MP Andrew Leslie would like to invite you to their New Year Levee at the Resurrection Lutheran Church, 1325 Gaultois Ave. from 6 p.m. to 8p.m. Members of the public are invited to bring a non-perishable item for the local food bank.
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