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Outstanding Youth Awards announced By Fred Sherwin The Orléans Star
The Orléans Star is proud to announce the recipients of this year’s Orléans Outstanding Youth Awards. The youngest recipient is just five years old and the oldest is 18. The list includes a gifted pianist, an environmental activist, a recipient of the Bernard Grandmaître Youth Laureate Award, and a record breaking ringette player. The Orléans Outstanding Youth Awards were first launched in 2005 as a way to recognize the many accomplishments and selfless endeavours undertaken by young people in Orléans and the surrounding area. They were suspended in 2016 for logistical reasons and are being reinstated after a fouryear hiatus.
The awards are open to anyone 18 and under as of Sept. 1. They are unique in that there are no specific categories, instead individuals can be nominated for their achievements in a given area in a combination of areas. For instance, they may be doing well academically while engaging in other pursuits such as volunteering, environmentalism or music. The Orléans Star received 36 nominations in total. Each submission was individually vetted by a panel of six judges who were each asked to select their top 10 candidates. The lists were then collated and the 20 nominees with the most judges’ selections were chosen to receive the award. This year’s judges were retired Citizenship Court judge and children’s entertainer Suzanne CONTINUED ON PAGE 2
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NAVAN – Wyatt McWilliams from Navandale Farms near Navan organized an old school food drive through the village on December 20 using a pair of horse-drawn wagons. Volunteers managed to collect hundreds of non-perishable items for the Ottawa Food Bank which has been hard-pressed keeping up with the demand during the COVID-19 pandemic. PHOTO SUPPLIED
Pinel, city councillors Matt Luloff and Laura Dudas, former French public school board principal Pierre Campeau, Orléans MP Marie-France Lalonde and Orléans Bengals president Qasim Khan. This year’s recipients are... - Breanna Sirois - Jenna Lemay - Yasmine Zemni - Maya Howard - Ava Butts - Brooke Colman - Adriana Suuronen - Anita Suthakaran - Mashkura Tabassum Tathoye - Alice Yang - Arden Beanblossom - Karson Hulbert - William Janus - Caelan Monkman - Kyle Leonard
- Sabia Irfan - Adan Rizwan - Sydney O’Donnell - Bryson Moore and Owen Redmond Jenna Lemay was the only nominee to be selected by all six judges. Five other recipients received five votes – Yasmine Zemni, Arden Beanblossom, Kyle Leonard, Anita Suuronen and Mashkura Tabassum Tathoye. Because of the ongoing pandemic, there will be no formal award ceremony this year. As a result, each recipient will receive their trophy along with several copies of the commemorative program by special delivery. The Orléans Outstanding Youth Awards would not have been made possible without the generous support of presenting sponsors Collège La Cité, Collége Boréal; Université St. Paul and gold level sponsors MarieFrance Lalonde and Orléans MPP Stephen Blais; and more than a dozen individual award sponsors.
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New COVID cases more than double in latest OPH report By Fred Sherwin The Orléans Star After three straight periods of decreases, the number of new cases of COVID-19 in the east end’s three wards has taken a dramatic turn for worse. According to the latest data released by Ottawa Public Health, the east end registered 132 new COVID-19 cases between Dec. 14 and Dec. 28. That’s more than double the previous two-week period when only 56 new cases were reported among the three east end wards. More than half of the new cases reported between Dec. 14 and Dec. 28 were in Cumberland Ward where the numbers more than tripled – going from 24 new cases between Nov. 30 and Dec. 14, to 80 new cases between Dec. 14 and Dec. 28. The number of new cases in Orléans Ward doubled from 10 to 20 between Dec. 14 and Dec. 28, and the number of new cases in Innes Ward rose from 24 to 32. The increase in new cases in the east end between Dec. 14 and Dec. 28 mirrored the increase in new cases city-wide during the same two-week period . According to the Ottawa Public Health
COVID-19 dashboard, there were 646 new cases in Ottawa between Dec. 14 and Dec. 28, up from 588 new cases during the previous two-week period. During the two weeks covered by the latest data, the positivity rate ranged from a low of 0.7 per cent on Dec 21 to as high as three per cent on Dec. 25. Since then it has risen to 3.4 per cent. Another leading indicator of the impact of the COVID-19 virus is the number of hospitalizations it has caused. In Ottawa, the number of people being treated for the coronavirus has been on a steady decline since Dec. 3 when there were 32 cases being treated in area hospitals. As of Jan, 1, only 12 cases were receiving hospital treatment. Furthermore, there has never been more than three cases receiving intensive care during the entire month which was also the case on Jan. 1. The low numbers had many restaurant owners and other non-essential businesses hoping the provincial government would end the current lockdown in Ottawa on Jan. 9, but the number of new cases rose throughout last week making that scenario highly unlikely.
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Well, thank God that’s over. And with 2020 finally in our review mirror, we can finally look forward to the year ahead. While 2020 will forever be known as the year of COVID, 2021 will hopefully be known as the year we finally managed to get rid of it, or at least kept it at bay. Unfortunately, that may still take several months. In the meantime, very little will change. The virus will still spread, infecting even more individuals, people will still get sick and some will die. Many businesses will continue to struggle to survive and some will unfortunately go bankrupt. But with all that said, there is still a lot to look forward in the year ahead, starting with the COVID vaccine. 2021 will be all about the vaccine or vaccines, because for many people the year won’t start until the vaccine arrives. I am already making plans for when that day finally comes and I can burn my mask and go out for dinner and a movie. Just think – it may even be possible to go to a Redblacks game next fall, or attend a Senators game. God willing, when the vaccine arrives, the Shenkman Arts Centre will be able to reopen. When it does, I plan to be one of the first people in line at the box office, or at least online at their virtual box office. (Some precautions are going to be tough to break.) I won’t even care what the performance is, just as long as I can sit in the theatre with 800 other souls and enjoy the show. I’m looking forward to seeing live music again. Who knows, the vaccine may even get here on time for the Bluesfest, the Jazzfest or the Folkfest. I’m looking forward to covering high school sports again and going to the grocery store without worrying if I’m going the wrong way down the aisle. I’m looking forward to traveling again without worrying about having to quarantine for two weeks before I leave and two weeks when I get back. But most of all I’m looking forward to taking my 88-year-old father out to lunch again without having to worry about him getting infected or perhaps we’ll go to the Downstairs Club in Montréal again for smoked meat sandwiches followed by a night of live jazz music The possibilities and endless, but they don’t start until the government can begin a mass vaccination program. I still stand by my prediction that mass vaccinations will begin in the major population centres by the end of June. In fact, I’m counting on it, which means that I am counting on the provincial and federal governments to come through. Maybe I’m expecting a lot, but it is a New Year when hope springs eternal and hope is all we have until the vaccinations begin. – Fred Sherwin, editor
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Canada Summer Jobs program accepting applications until Jan. 31 Happy New Year 2021! I trust this new beginning will bring us what always comes with a new year – hope, light and joy. I hope you have had a restful, comfortable and a merry holiday season, and that you were able – whether it be safely in-person or virtually – to spend some memorable moments with your loved ones. We have a whole new year ahead of us and it is up to us to make of it what we want. I foresee a brighter year for us all, especially as vaccinations in Canada have now begun. This means we are starting to turn the page on the pandemic and its drastic changes to our way of living. Rest assured, every Canadian will have the opportunity to be immunized. Until then, we all need to continue to follow public health guidelines to limit the spread of COVID-19. We all have a role to play to ensure case numbers don’t continue to grow. Following public health guidelines, practicing physical distancing and downloading the COVID Alert app are few of the things we can do to do our part. As we reflect on a challenging year, one thing is certain – without the contribution of essential workers, Canada would be in far worse shape. All throughout 2020, essential workers delivered critical health care, stocked our shelves, delivered necessi-
ties, operated our transportation services and much, much more. As I have said before, I am grateful for their efforts and sacrifices. Thank you! Moreover, the application period for Canada Summer Jobs (CSJ) 2021 funding opened on Dec. 21, 2020 and will remain so until Jan. 29, 2021. I want to encourage our local employers to take advantage of this funding to hire youth, 15 to 30 years of age, and create valuable summer job opportunities that strengthen our local economy and our community. As you know a summer job is an important way for youth to earn money while gaining valuable work experience. Funded public and private sector employers are eligible to receive a wage subsidy reimbursement of up to 75 per cent of the provincial or territorial minimum hourly wage. Employers from the not-for profit sector will continue to be eligible for a wage subsidy reimbursement of up to 100 per cent of the provincial or territorial minimum hourly wage. For more information on CSJ, including the eligibility criteria and application guide, visit Canada.ca/ Canada-summer-jobs, a Service Canada Office or call 1-800-935-5555. As always, I invite you to reach out to my office should you have any concern or question. You can reach out to Marie-France. Lalonde@parl.gc.ca or at 613-834-1800.
How to survive the winter in the middle of a pandemic Walter Robinson Guest Column back-to-back-to-back Zoom or Teams calls, staying connected – safely – with friends, and its under-appreciated combination therapy of sunshine, fresh air and movement. For 2021, I am purposely blocking my schedule for daily (at a minimum) walks as walking is the new meditation. Chatting with folks who will be working home until July or later, a common complaint has been the blurring of lines with the workday starting earlier, think before 7am, after the eight second walk to the home office or projects, documents and clearing email backlogs invading those precious hours after dinner. Powering down and staying away can be difficult so your never humble scribe suggests you revert to the paragraph above. Go for a walk after dinner and crush this urge to slave over your keyboard.
Next up is the old-fashioned telephone call. Staring at a Brady Bunch, nine-box montage of faces with poorly lit or fake beach and Golden Gate bridge backgrounds can be fatiguing and monotonous. Connecting by phone can actually make for richer one-onone conversations and I guarantee that you won’t hear 2020’s most common phrase: “you’re on mute.” You may even discover that you like voicemails again, or not. Line-up etiquette and better spatial awareness. This could be something that does not fade from our memory and maybe, hopefully, sticks. From the grocery store to picking up a prescription to grabbing that Grande latte ordered on an app, physical distancing has forced us to be more polite, tolerant and aware of others in our immediate environment. And I cannot tell you the number of times I’ve seen people let elderly clients or young parents with restless kids go ahead or skip a few spots. Giving a stranger the gift of time saved is so noble and humbling – let’s keep this up in 2021. Finally, folks who know me can tell you that I am a goal setter, list keeper and am addicted to books like former Philippines first lady Imelda Marcos was addicted to shoes. In reviewing my fitness progress, financial
investments and learning (mostly by reading) new things list, 2020 was a banner year for books and I averaged one book every 10 days. For 2021, I’m aiming to complete more than a book a week, and mix it up between fiction and non-fiction. The clarity and calmness that comes from turning off the TV, putting the iPhone out of sight and diving into a good book (ideally the physical variety but if you love your e-reader, go for it) and getting lost for 20-minutes to an hour is heavenly. Coupled with a nice glass of wine and low volume background music, reading a book unrelated to your daily grind is the elixir to lower blood pressure, chase stress away and delay so many distractions that often, can resolve themselves. With new vaccines being approved and our public health folks slowly, agonizingly so, ramping up their community vaccination efforts, the sun will shine brighter this year. After Labour Day we should once again be able to start gathering in larger numbers, dream about and plan vacations beyond our borders, and hug those we hold dear more often and longer, much longer. Until then, I hope that one of more of these life hacks can help you through the weeks and months ahead. Be well.
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Throughout the pandemic, it has become I also want to recognize the work done abundantly clear that parks and outdoor by our own local Ski Heritage East, which recreational spaces are key for mental and maintains the trails lining the Ottawa River, physical wellbeing. As a City, we need who this winter, are extending trails further to continue to invest along Green’s Creek and and improve these westward. I look forward spaces, knowing they to strapping on my skis Laura will provide long-term once the trails are ready! Dudas benefits that outlast the When the Blackburn current health-related Arena expansion is restrictions. complete in the spring, Innes Ward 2 I am pleased to construction will also announce that in 2021, Chapel Hill Park begin on the long overdue splashpad in on Forest Valley Drive, will get a brand Blackburn Hamlet, which should be up and new gazebo/picnic area. I will be working running later in the year. with the community association and area We have seen that recent investments residents in the coming weeks to finalize in outdoor spaces have paid dividends and share details of this project that will throughout the pandemic, giving the provide a welcome outdoor amenity to this community improved parks and amenities popular City park. to safely enjoy. For instance, the completion Through my office’s Cash-In-Lieu Fund, of August Park, new play structures at I am also bringing a permanent Rink Chalet Ruisseau Park and Laurier Carrière Park, to Bradley Ridge Park this winter, providing a new park on Spring Valley Drive, and a heated space for the community to use. resurfacing the Blackburn Tennis Club Outdoor rinks are a vital part of our local courts, to name a few. In Innes ward, we are winter experience and it is important they blessed to have some of the best trails and continue to be supported. parks in the city. Furry friends welcome
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