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Decisive victory sends Blais to Queen’s Park
Orléans MP Marie-France Lalonde lifts the arm of MPP-elect Stephen Blais after the Cumberland Ward councillor was declared the winner of the provincial by-election. FRED SHERWIN PHOTO
By Fred Sherwin The Orléans Star Heading into last Thursday’s provincial by-election, the Progressive Conservative and NDP candidates were hoping to make the campaign a three-horse race. As it turned out, that was wishful thinking on a historical level. Despite the best efforts of Conservative candidate Nathalie Montgomery and NDP hopeful Manon Parrot, Cumberland Ward councillor Stephen Blais ended up getting 55 per cent of the vote for the Liberals. That’s the largest plurality in the area since former Liberal MPP Gilles Morin received 64.1 per cent of the vote in 1987. The by-election was also history-making in that it garnered the lowest voter turnout for as far back as voter turnout has been recorded. Barely 23 per cent of the 110,519 eligible voters braved the blizzard-like conditions last Thursday to cast a ballot. By comparison, voter turnout for a general election usually
hovers between 60 and 65 per cent. In the end, Blais received 14,303 votes compared to 5,945 votes for Montgomery and 3,888 votes for Parrot. Green Party candidate Andrew West finished a distant fourth with 1,527 votes. One of the first people who congratulated Blais at a joint victory party for the city councillor and fellow Liberal Lucille Collard, who won the by-election in Ottawa-Vanier, was Orléans MP Marie-France Lalonde, the woman whose shoes he will be filling when he’s eventually sworn in as the new MPP. Until then, he has a lot on his plate. He has to officially step down from city council. (The Cumberland Ward office will remain open until a by-election is held, likely within the next 45-60 days.) He has to find an apartment and hire staff in Toronto. He has to move into his constituency office on Centrum Blvd. And he has to do it all in the heat of the Liberal leadership race. CONTINUED ON PAGE 2
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ORLÉANS – St. Peter High School student Kinsley Jura won’t have to worry about paying for her university tuition or her schoolbooks for the next four years – not after she beat out more than 5,000 other hopefuls to win one of 36 Loran Scholars Foundation scholarships for $100,000. Jura went through an exhaustive interview process before she was finally chosen among the 36 recipients from across Canada. The Loran awards are based on a mix of academic Kinsley Jura achievement, extracurricular activity and leadership potential. Jura plans to use her windfall to pursue a bio-medical or bio-science degree at McGill University next fall. Her ultimate goal is to become a pediatrician.
Blondin wins silver medal at World Allround Speed Skating Championships
ORLÉANS – Orléans native Ivanie Blondin added to her medal collection on the weekend by finishing second at the World Allround Speed Skating Championships in Hamar, Norway. The 29-year-old Garneau high school grad placed 8th in the 500-metres, 5th in the 1500, 2nd in the 3,000 and 4th in the 5,000 to become the first Canadian woman to finish on the podium at the Allround Championships since Christine Nesbitt in 2012. Her previous best result came in 2015 when she placed sixth overall. The silver medal comes on the heels of the gold medal she won in the Mass Start event at the World Single Distance Championships two weeks ago. Blondin won’t have much time to rest on her laurels, however, as she and the rest of Team Canada will be competing at the last World Cup event of the season in the Netherlands this weekend where she is the odds-on favourite to win the World Cup championship in the Mass Start. She will also likely win a medal in the 3000/5000 metres where she is locked in a battle for second place with teammate Isabelle Weidemann and she has an outside shot at reaching the podium in the 1500 where she is just nine points out of third place.
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Bradley Cup tournament returns for another year
ORLÉANS – The Bradley Cup returns to the Navan Memorial Arena on Saturday, March 28, when six senior men’s teams from Orléans, Cumberland, Navan, Vars, Sarsfield and Embrun compete for one of the oldest challenge cups in Canada. The Bradley Cup was first won by a team from Navan in 1926 when they beat Vars in a two game, total goal series. The trophy was offered up twice more before the start of WWII. It was won by a team from Cumberland Village in 1929 and four years later, it was recaptured by Navan. The Bradley Cup then sat in the J.T. Bradley and Sons store until 1948 when it was dusted off for a rematch between Navan and Cumberland Village. The trophy changed hands over the next 10 years before it was retired once again in 1958. It wasn’t until 2016 that John Bradley resurrected the challenge cup concept to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the very first series and raise money for the Navan Lions Club and the Hannah Billings Foundation. This year’s honourary chair is Navanite Wyatt McWilliams who spearheaded the Hay West relief effort for western farmers during the drought in 2002 and has since hosted Food Aid every June on the grounds of City Hall to raise money for the Ottawa Food Bank. This year’s Bradley Cup tournament will kickoff at 9 a.m. and continue throughout the day. A hot lunch and pasta dinner will be available and a post-tournament pub will be held in the Navan Community Hall later that evening featuring The Derringer. Tickets for the pub are $10 per person and can be purchased at J.T. Bradley’s Country Convenience Store in Navan.
Blais’ ready to fill predecessor’s shoes Continued from page 1 On Thursday night, Blais was content to bask in his victory surrounded by fellow Liberals, friends and family. “This is amazing. It’s been a long six- or seven-month process...a winter campaign, which is always very tough... but the residents of Orléans have spoken very clearly tonight that the politics of negativity and the politics of divisiveness promoted by Doug Ford are not the politics they are looking for,” said Blais. “They’re looking for someone who will fight for their community and to get investments for the things that matter most for their families – things like health care, education and senior care.” Blais began his political career in 2006 when he successfully ran for a seat on the Ottawa Catholic School Board, defeating incumbent Des Curley in the process. He then pulled off a huge upset by
becoming one a select few number of people who have won a seat on Ottawa city council by beating an incumbent. Blais beat former Cumberland Ward councillor Rob Jellet in 2010. He was reelected in 2014 and again in 2018. During his first term in office, he suffered a heart attack on January 6, 2013 at the GoodLife Fitness Centre at Place d’Orléans. If not for the quick-thinking staff who applied CPR to him until the paramedics arrived, he very likely would have died. After being rushed to hospital he underwent emergency surgery and was kept in a medically induced coma for several weeks. It wasn’t until the end of March 2013 that he was allowed to go home to his wife Marta and their three-year-old son who is also named Stephen. The near-death experience seems like eons ago now as Blais looks forward to the next phase of his political career.
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Local teens recognized at Global Alliance awards By Fred Sherwin The Orléans Star The Global Community Alliance held its 11th annual awards gala on Saturday night and several local students were among this year’s Youth Achievement Award recipients. The awards, which are organized by Orléans residents Yomi and Kelly Pratt, are traditionally held on the final Saturday of Black History Month. This year’s gala was held at the downtown Sheraton Hotel with several VIPs in attendance, including Ottawa Mayor Jim Watson, Orléans MP Marie-France Lalonde, Orléans MPP-elect Stephen Blais, and Nigerian High Commissioner Adeyinka Asekun. Among the 13 Youth Achievement Award recipients were six local students including Katie Newlove from St. Peter High School; Mashkura Tathoye from Sir Wilfrid Laurier Secondary School; Nelson Odutola from Ashbury College by way of École secondaire Gisèle Lalonde; Showtell Brown from Cairine Wilson Secondary School; and Julia Vo and Kemely Pierre from St. Matthew High School. Katie Newlove was recognized for her achievements both inside the classroom and on the track where she’s represented her school at seven different the OFSAA
provincial track and field and cross country championships. After arriving in Canada from Bangladesh in 2014, Mashkura Tathoye learned English by participating in as many school club’s and initiatives as possible and was voted Student Prime Minister in her final year at middle school. Now in Grade 11, Mashkura is an active member of the Army Cadet program and a budding entrepreneur. After completing Grade 10 at GisèleLalonde, Nelson Odutola transferred to Ashbury College where he is currently enrolled in the International Baccalaureate program and is a member of the debating club several teams including the track and field team, the X-country ski team and the rowing team. He is also on the organizing committees for the Semaine francophonie and Black History Month. Showtell Brown was recognized for his work as a counselor at Christie Lake Kids where he has mentored young campers for the past four years. He is also well on his way to becoming the first person in his family to earn a high school diploma and eventually go on to university where he plans to study the social sciences and law. Julia Vo is an accomplished violinist and Honour Roll student at St. Matthew High School. As one of the oldest
(L to r) Showtell Brown, Nelson Odutola, Mushkura Tathoye, Julia Vo, Katie Newlove and Kemely Pierre. FRED SHERWIN PHOTO members of Orkidstra, she has played at countless events including Canada 150 on Parliament Hill and the 2019 WE Day event. Julia also helped organize her school’s Multicultural Kaleidoscope Fashion Show and is a member of her school’s basketball, volleyball, badminton, touch football and track and field teams. Last, but by no means least, Kemely
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A reason to worry Depending on where you get your information from novel COVID-19, better known as the coronavirus, is either the worst pandemic to strike mankind since the black plague, or simply an influenza copycat that will disappear as quickly as it appeared, or so says Donald Trump. The latter is just as ridiculous as the former. The coronavirus is just that: a virus, albeit a virus that is highly contagious. In less than five weeks, it has spread from a city no one ever heard of in southern China to 62 different countries on six different continents. As of midnight Monday, there were 85,000 cases reported in the world. The vast majority of which were in China. There are 43 cases in the United States and 27 in Canada. Those numbers will likely explode exponentially over the coming weeks and months. That’s the bad news. The good news is the death rate is less than two per cent. Although the reported death rate is two per cent, most of those deaths occurred in China where the health care system is not what it is in the United States and here in Canada. Also many of the people who died were diagnosed when the virus was in its latter stages. The death rate for the flu is much less at 0.1 per cent, but incidents of the flu are also much lower thanks to the flu vaccine. There is no vaccine for the coronavirus and likely won’t be for at least a year. Do the math and you can see the problem. If 100,000 people contract the flu you can expect 100 deaths. But if 10 times that number contract the coronavirus because there is no vaccine you can expect between 1,000 and 2,000 deaths. Still pretty low unless you or a loved one are among the dearly departed. The biggest fallout, beyond the death rate, is the impact the coronavirus will have on our health care system and seniors. Our health care system because, as panic over the coronavirus spreads as it inevitably will, emergency departments and urgent care clinics will be overrun. Walk-in clinics and emergency departments are busy enough during the flu season, imagine if 10 times the number of concerned citizens show up thinking they have the coronavirus. As for seniors and senior care facilities, they will very likely be under a lockdown for who knows how long. Like the flu virus, the death rate for seniors who contract the coronavirus is much higher than the rest of the population. But the really scary part is that no one yet knows if the coronavirus is seasonal, like the flu, or is a year-round epidemic. Seniors currently have the option of being vaccinated against the flu, there is no such protection against the coronavirus. So what should the government be doing about it and how can the mainstream media help? First, the government must be prepared to hire additional nurses and nurse practitioners to staff temporary triage stations in order to alleviate the strain on hospitals and walk-in clinics, and second, the media has a responsibility to provide accurate information to an anxious public. – Fred Sherwin, editor
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MPP, MP offices to host free tax clinics from beginning March 21 February was a very eventful month for our Canada Summer Jobs 2020 (CSJ) – Coming riding. Last month saw the celebration of two im- soon! Thanks to everyone who attended our portant occasions: Black History Month, where we recognize the numerous contributions made by information session, and for signing up for the CSJ Program. All Canathe black community and Pink da Summer Jobs funded Shirt Day, a day where we positions will be posted on stand together against bullying the Job Bank website at in all its forms. jobbank.gc.ca. I want to congratulate Orléans Francophones Stephen Blais, our new MPP recognized for Orléans. I know that he I would like to take this will be a strong voice for our Marie-France Lalonde opportunity to congratulate community at Queen’s Park and I am excited to get to work in collaboration several outstanding individuals recognized by L’Association des communautés francophones with him. Additionally, thank you to the nearly 500 d’Ottawa (ACFO) for their engagement and their attendees that were able to join us for our Family role in promoting Francophonie in Ottawa, at the Day Bowling event again this year. It’s a fantastic 20th Prix Bernard Grandmaître Gala held on Febopportunity to see many generations come togeth- ruary 20th. Félicitations aux récipiendaires d’un Prix Laurier Yasmine Zemni et Louis Patry ainsi er to enjoy time with their families and friends. I would also like to say how much I appreciated qu’aux finalistes Élise Goulet Pederson (Laurier) the non-perishable food items that were donated. et Trèva Cousineau finaliste du PBGM. Your generosity really does go a long way for our Free Tax Clinics – (Registration Required) In collaboration with our MPP-elect Stephen local food banks. Blais, our offices will be hosting FREE tax clinics Recognizing Women and Girls from our throughout the month of March and April. These community I am pleased to inform you that I will be rec- clinics will be provided for those who would otherognizing 45 local women for the 2020 Orléans wise have limited access to such assistance due to Leading Women and Girls Recognition Awards at financial strain. The clinics will be held from 9 a.m. to noon at a special event this Friday. I believe in providing opportunities and highlighting strong women from 250 Centrum Blvd, Unit 206 on March 21, April 4, our community. Thank you for your nominations. April 11 and April 18.
Election season not over yet for Cumberland Ward voters Hey you voters in Avalon, Notting Hill Fallingbrook South and Summerside, election season ain’t over yet. Now that Stephen Blais has been elected to replace Marie-France Lalonde at Queen’s Park, a by-election will have to be held to find his replacement in Cumberland Ward within the next 81 days. According to the Ontario Municipal Act, city council must declare Blais’ seat vacant at their next meeting which doesn’t take place until March 26. At that time, they must decide between appointing someone to fill his seat or calling a by-election within 60 days of the meeting. With two years still left in the current term, a by-election is a certainty. The last time a by-election was held in these parts was in 2005 when Bob Monette was elected to replace Herb Kreling in Orléans Ward after Kreling was appointed a justice of the peace. At that time, seven other people were in the running, including former public school board trustee Sheryl MacDonald. Monette won by 860 votes. Voter turnout was a shade under 24 per cent. It won’t be much higher for the Cumberland Ward byelection. With city council expected to set a date for the vote sooner rather than later,
Up Front Fred Sherwin several hopefuls are already waiting in the wings including Catherine Kitts, who finished second to Matt Luloff in the 2018 municipal election in Orléans Ward; Robert Paiement, who is a former executive director of Team OttawaOrléans and one-time special assistant to former Ottawa-Orléans MPP Phil McNeely; and Pat Uguccioni, who is the current managing editor of the Community Voice newspapers. A number of other names have been rumoured to be considering taking a shot at the job, including former Orléans Chamber of Commerce executive director Jamie Kwong and community activist Rachel Decoste, but both have since said they don’t plan to run. There will likely be others who will throw their hat into the ring, but the big three for now are Kitts, Paiement and Uguccioni.
Of the three, Kitts is the only one who lives in the riding. Paiement is a resident of Queenswood Heights and Uguccioni lives in Convent Glen. Not that it matters, the last two Cumberland Ward councillors didn’t live in the ward – at least not when they ran. Blais lived on Fortune Drive in Convent Glen when he was first elected (he later moved to Avalon) and Jellet lived in Fallingbrook. Kitts, who is a former editor of this paper, has the advantage of having run a successful campaign in the 2018 municipal election. She ended up finishing second to Luloff by just 264 votes in a 17-horse race. Her other advantage is that she is has a personal connection to the Bakker family in Navan. That connection could get her 200300 votes alone. Robert Paiement has deep connections in the francophone community in Sarsfield and Vars as well as a network of friends in the business community. His links to the Liberal establishment in Orléans should help him as well. Uguccioni is probably the most knowledgeable of the trio when it comes to the issues and the inner workings of municipal government having once worked in the communications department at city hall. At the end of the day, the difference
between winning and losing will come to the holy triumvirate of running a municipal election campaign – time, money and volunteers. What you lack in one you must make up for with the other two. Since the campaign will likely be limited to 30-45 days, having the necessary free time to go door-to-door and meet as many people as possible will be key, but not as key as having a dedicated group of volunteers, especially on voting day. Since the voter turnout will likely be around 25 per cent, it will be paramount for the candidates to identify their supporters and make sure they get to the polls and that takes volunteers. Between Kitts, Paiement and Uguccioni, Kitts is likely to have the greatest number of volunteers thanks to her network of friends and her experience in the last election. Paiement should have no problem recruiting volunteers as well and Uguccioni cannot be under-estimated, he’s been around too long. Keep in mind, I’m basing this all on rumours. The only one I’ve heard from first-hand is Kitts. The idea of having two newspaper people running against each other is intriguing, especially to another newspaper person. The only thing that would be more intriguing would be if three newspaper people were running... naawh.
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I was recently honoured to be appointed I’d also like to take the opportunity to by my colleagues as the new chair of the highlight the meeting my eastern block transportation committee at City Hall. colleagues and I had with OC Transpo This is a super exciting opportunity staff earlier this month, where we disand I’m looking forward to taking a deep cussed new ideas to relieve congestion at dive into all of the items the Blair station. that are coming up for We discussed many review on this file. This options such as rearrangincludes critical pieces ing bus stops to more such as the refresh of geographic based groupour transportation master ings, replacing the plan, which will help current shelters on train Beacon Hill-Cyrville Ward 11 guide the city’s transporplatforms with a canopy tation network into the future. style covering and wind barriers, replacing I am also very excited to start a war the old decrepit elevator on the north side on potholes! I actually tried my hand at of the station with two new elevators to pothole filling on Innes Road this past improve accessibility; and potentially addweek and let me tell you that it is a real ing a new staircase on the southern side workout. I’d like to thank the men and which will improve connectivity between women that do this on a daily basis and the LRT and bus platforms while aiding to I ask everyone to please exercise caution disperse pedestrians. when you see the flashing lights on their Some of these items will be impletrucks so we can keep our city employees mented in the short term while others safe while they work to repair our roads. will be part of our long-term vision as we If you see any potholes, please continue to improve Blair station. REPORT, REPORT, REPORT. You can As always, if you have any questions do so by calling 311, using the City of or require assistance from my staff, e-mail Ottawa app, or visiting the city website Tim.Tierney@ottawa.ca, or call 613-580online at ottawa.ca. 2481.
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Online Expo’s Leadership in Health Award winners announced By Fred Sherwin The Orléans Star After a one year-absence, the Ottawa Health and Wellness Expo returned this year – online that is. Expo founder Dr. Nathalie Beauchamp decided to resurrect the event online after taking part in an online seminar for chiropractors and other health and wellness practitioners in October. The online concept appealed to her because people could attend and take part from anywhere in the world, there’s far less overhead and time involved and it isn’t weather dependent. “I really missed having the physical event, but it was a lot of work,” said Beauchamp, who took the time she saved last year to write a book. Little did she know when she decided to organize an online event how popular it would be. More than 2,400 people registered for the Expo and 5,000 people voted for the Health in Leadership Awards which were also held online. Over the course of the two-day event, 18 of Ottawa’s top health and wellness experts shared their expertise in a series of virtual seminars and workshops on how to become healthier in the mind, body and soul sticking with the Expo’s mantra Be Fit, Eat Right, Think Well & Go Green!
Among the experts was Ottawa nutritionist and certified health coach Anne Thibodeau, whose presentation was entitled “Meal Planning: The Busy Mom’s Solution to Conquering Dinner”, and natural healing and detox expert Maggie Maier whose presentation was entitled “Tired of the Anxiety/Depression Roller Coaster. Break the Cycle!” The winners of the Leadership in Health Awards were announced on the second day of the Expo. The winner of the Best Acupuncturist Award went to Kristin Jillian Shropshire who is the resident acupuncturist and holistic nutritionist at the Glebe Health House. The Best Athletic Therapist Award went to José Guerra from Avalon Performance Therapy which operates out of the François Dupuis Recreation Centre in Dr. Danika Sicard (Best Naturopathic Doctor) and Louise Groulx (Best Avalon and the Best Yoga Studio Award Reflexologist were among this year’s recipients of the Ottawa Health and went to Pure Yoga in Westboro. Wellness Expo’s Leadership in Health Awards. FILE PHOTOS Nicole Frampton from Align Massage Therapy was named Best Registered Rachel Lessard for Best Personal Trainer; Healthy Restaurant; Pilates Space for Massage Therapist; Orléans’ own Kathy Dr. Danika Sicard for Best Naturopathic Best Pilates Studio; Kardish Health Centre Smart was named Best Nutritionist and Doctor; Nandita Narula for Best Health/ for Best Health Store: Movati for Best Beauchamp was a double winner, picking Life Coach; Crystal Clement for Best Fitness Studio and Pure Lab Vitamins for up the top prize for Best Chiropractor Energy Healer; and Luis Ramirez from Best New Health Product. and Best Health Book for her publication the Greenboro Physiotherapy and Massage Dr. Beauchamp is already planning for “Hacking Your Health Habits”. Clinic for Best Physiotherapist. next year’s Online Health and Wellness Other individual award winners include Among the businesses that received Expo which will run over three days Louis Groulx for Best Reflexologist; awards were Pure Kitchen for Best instead of two.
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A SPORTS DOME FOR ORLÉANS Orléans and the surrounding area will benefit from high-quality, state-of-the-art athletic facilities if the Conseil des écoles catholiques du Centre-Est (CECCE) gets approval to build its proposed sports complex, including a dome atop the École secondaire catholique Garneau football field. The highly anticipated dome would enable students and Orléans residents of all ages to enjoy a wide variety of athletic activities all year long no matter the weather. If the City of Ottawa gives the proposal the green light, the CECCE plans to offer something for everyone, from football, volleyball, soccer and pickleball to baseball, tennis, running, yoga and walking. The board will also provide access to outdoor soccer pitches and baseball fields within the sports complex. Several different teams and organizations will be able to hold practices and activities simultaneously outside school hours because the dome can be divided into sections to accommodate different sports. Keen interest from the board’s private-sector and not-for-profit partners will help the CECCE make this ambitious project possible.
Investing in our community Although the CECCE plans to build the dome on the grounds of École secondaire catholique Garneau, the infrastructure would benefit the entire Orléans community, not just Garneau students. Students from all east Ottawa CECCE schools, the Mouvement d’implication francophone d’Orléans (MIFO), sports association members and guests and, of course, residents of all ages in the Orléans sector would be welcome in addition to the general public.
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With a view to making more and better services available to residents outside school hours, the CECCE has partnered with organizations such as the MIFO, the Ottawa Sooners Football Club, the Orléans Bengals Minor Football Association, the Orléans Raftsmen Midget Football Club, Tennis Canada, the Maverick Volleyball Club and the Ottawa Pickleball Association. These partners are excited about this major project and eagerly awaiting it. “The MIFO believes that a sports dome at École secondaire catholique Garneau will be an asset to the entire Orléans community, which will benefit from access to a space where residents can enjoy a variety of sports and hold athletic events.” Trèva Cousineau, President of the Mouvement d’implication francophone d’Orléans (MIFO) “The Orléans Bengals Minor Football Association is delighted at the prospect of a new sports dome in Orléans. It will enable us to offer a broader range of programs for girls and boys and hold practices all year round.” George Zigoumis, President of the Orléans Bengals Minor Football Association
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“A training centre in the new dome will make Maverick Ottawa’s premier volleyball club by enabling us to enhance our programs and inspire our players to become top performers.” Kerry MacLean, President of the Maverick Volleyball Club
Listening to our community The CECCE knows that listening to families and the community is crucial to delivering a facility that is aligned with their needs and expectations, so it engaged in consultations with École élémentaire catholique Saint-Joseph d’Orléans and École secondaire catholique Garneau parents, members of the Orléans community, the City of Ottawa and the Chateauneuf and Chapel Hill North community associations. Following the consultations, the board made significant changes to the original plans. The revamped proposal is one the entire community, including local partners and sports organizations, can get behind.
Respecting our neighbourhood In response to suggestions from local residents, the CECCE’s new plan involves building the sports dome on Garneau’s football field rather than on the two baseball fields as initially envisioned.
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Site development would comply with City of Ottawa stormwater management standards. In addition, to preserve tranquility in the surrounding area, the CECCE will implement measures to minimize noise and comply with municipal standards. The board will also adhere to local zoning regulations regarding the height of the sports facility. If the City gives the go-ahead, the board will maintain existing green spaces and create new ones to mitigate the visual impact.
Benefits of a sports dome in Orléans The new dome will benefit both local residents and École secondaire catholique Garneau students. As the only high-end facility of its kind in Orléans, the new dome will result in enhanced sport-study program options for students and promote greater community involvement in physical activity and sports. It will also be a gathering place for the entire community and a place to enjoy indoor sports and recreation year-round, regardless of the weather. The Conseil des écoles catholiques du Centre-Est firmly believes that this sports complex will benefit a huge segment of the Orléans community and that the dome will become a central meeting place for residents, associations and sports teams.
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The Louis-Riel Rebelles pose with the championship trophy after beating the Nepean Knights 67-46 to win the NCSSAA senior boy’s AAA title on Monday. FRED SHERWIN PHOTO
By Fred Sherwin The Orléans Star The Louis-Riel Rebelles senior boys basketball team are city champs after beating the Nepean Knights 67-46 at La Cité Collegiale on Monday. After falling behind early in the AAA title game, the Knights battled back to take a 14-13 lead by the end of the first quarter. The Rebelles responded with a 15-4 run to start the second stanza and opened up a 10-point lead which they extended to 13 points by the halftime break. The offensive outburst included a pair of three-point buckets by Sacha Gauthier, who ended the first half with eight points, and a trés from Zacharia Hussein. The Rebelles continued their onslaught at the start of the second half, going on another 15-4 run to extend their advantage to 43-21 midway through the third quarter. By the end of the stanza they were up by 28 points. The Knights were able to narrow the deficit to 16 points in the fourth quarter before the Rebelles stopped the bleeding and coasted to a 21-point win.
The win was sweet redemption for the Rebelles, who suffered a hearbreaking loss in last year’s championship game. Trailing by a point with eight seconds left in overtime, Gauthier had the ball dribble off his foot and into the hands of a defender as time expired. Presented with a chance at redemption on Monday, Gauthier scored 10 points, second only to teammate Brandon Ali who score an even dozen. The Rebelles will now take their undefeated record to the OFSAA provincial championships in Burlington next week. Rebelles’ coach Jean-Guy Morin says his team has a real shot at a medal. “I’ve been coaching here for 12 years and this is the deepest team I’ve ever had and the starting five is very talented, but OFSAA is a whole different level. A lot of those teams have players with Division 1 scholarships in their pocket,” said Morin. “But we should be competitive.” Besides having a deep bench with loads of talent, the Rebelles also have speed to burn. More importantly, they know how to play as a unit, something past Rebelles teams have lacked.
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Béatrice-Desloges wins senior girls AAA V-ball crown By Fred Sherwin The Orléans Star The Béatrice-Desloges Bulldogs won the school’s first-ever senior girls AAA volleyball championship on Monday and they did so by knocking off the four-time defending champion Glebe Gryphons in straight sets. The Bulldogs went into the playoffs as the number one seed after finishing the regular season with an 8-0 record. In those eight games, they dropped just four sets – two against Franco-Cité and two against De La Salle. They had clean sheets in the other six games including a 3-0 sweep of the Gryphons on Jan. 9. After the Bulldogs won the opening set in Monday’s championship final in fairly convincing fashion, the Gryphons were able to keep the score close in the second set and at one point lead 10-8 before the Bulldogs went on a 14-3 run to go up 22-13. They eventually won the set by eight points. In the championship set, the Gryphons managed to get within two points of the lead at 22-20, but an errant serve followed by a pair of well-placed spike shots by the Bulldogs’ Karina Yelle and Emma Titley gave Béatrice-Desloges the 25-22 win and the title.
Yelle and Titley were a dynamic duo at the net, registering eight kills between them in the second set and blocking several strikes from the Gryphons. They had five more kills between them in the third set and captain Mégane Riopelle had a key block to put her team up 19-14, but it was Chloé Régimbald who delivered the winning spike shot to give the Bulldogs the championship. After the game, Bulldogs coach Joel Lavoie compared this year’s squad with some of the past teams. “We’ve had some pretty good teams the past six or seven years,” said Lavoie, “but these girls just have that little extra. They’ve jelled really well together and we’ve been more aggressive this year than any other year.” The team is also extremely talented. Titley and Riopelle both play competitive volleyball with the Ottawa Mavericks, as does Émilie Boileau. Although they don’t have a lot of height – Titley is the tallest player on the team at 5’9” – they are extremely athletic. That athleticism could prove to be a valuable asset when they take on some much taller teams at the OFSAA provincial championships in Chatham next week.
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The team’s goal is to medal, no matter what the colour. Riopelle is just thrilled to be going to the provincial championships after not making it the past three years. “I’m really excited to finally get to go to OFSSA, we’ve been close many years but finally we’re here,” said Riopelle who
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The Bulldogs roster includes Mégane Rioplelle, Émilie Beaulieu, Emma Titley, Karina Yelle, Chloé Régimbald, Dominique Knight, Florence Servant-Dugas, and Valérie Sabourin. FRED SHERWIN PHOTO
Missoula Children’s Theatre production a lesson in teamwork
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By Fred Sherwin The Orléans Star The Missoula Children’s Theatre made it’s annual stop in Orléans last week, giving an opportunity for 60 young actors between the ages of five and 17 a chance to perform in their latest traveling production – “The Tortoise Versus The Hare”. As the name suggests, the Missoula Children’s Theatre Company is based in Missoula, Montana, and each year they send out more than 40 teams of actor/ directors who fan out to more than 1,100 communities across North America, where they are joined by their community hosts in staging a production from auditions to the an actual play in less than a week. No fewer than 60 kids turned out for this year’s auditions which took place on Monday, Feb. 24. All but three of them were cast in the play. Those who weren’t given a role were given jobs backstage. The five- and six-year-olds were cast in the chorus as members of the Curly Hare’s fan club, while the seven- and eight-year-olds were given roles as Curly Hare’s posse. The older kids were given the lead roles or they were assigned to the supporting cast. Rehearsals began 24 hours after the auditions and continued the rest of the week after school, culminating in a pair
of performances at the Shenkman Arts Centre on Saturday, Feb. 29. Leading it all was the MCT team of Courtney Brook Marks who directed the production and Calli McCarton, who played sportscaster Buddy Courts and Osgoode, the leader of the thespian group of actors which arrives in town on the eve of the big race. Missoula Children’s Theatre productions are known for delivering a social message to both the young cast and the audience alike. In “The Tortoise Versus The Hare”, which pits the mammals against the reptiles, the message is pretty clear – as a society, we are stronger when we work together then we are when we simply stick to our respective groups. When Little Bonnie Bunny gets lost during the big race, the mammals and the reptiles must join forces in order to try and find her. She’s finally found by Coach Shelly Bowlback in the middle of the race. When no other reptiles step up to challenge 40-time champion Curly Hare, Bowlback has to be brought out of retirement, 40 years after winning the original race. When Curly hears about Bowlback’s selfless act in rescuing Little Bonnie Bunny in the middle of the race he decides to wait so they can cross the finish line
Curly Hare and Shelley Bowlback cross the finish line together with Little Bonnie Bonny in the MCT production of ‘The Tortoise Versus The Hare’ FRED SHERWIN PHOTO together for the first ever tie. I am always amazed at the end result when so many kids have to learn a play in less than a week. And not just any play. The MCT productions are usually at least 45 minutes long and contain several musical numbers. This year’s cast included Evita Martin, Aidan Schieman and Tyson Grant as the TV crew covering the race; Clark Everett
as Curly Hare; and Mariam Pereria as Coach Shelly Bowlback. I can only imagine the scene backstage with such a large cast milling around waiting for their cues. The fact that they were able to deliver such an entertaining production with barely a hiccup is a testament to the abilities of the MCT team of McCarton and Marks. Bravo to everyone involved.
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A MUSICAL EVENING WITH SARAH SLEAN AND HAWKSLEY WORKMAN at the Shenkman Arts Centre. For the first time, two of the finest voices in Canadian music are set to share the stage. Sarah Slean and Hawksley Workman will perform songs from their respective musical repertoires, accompanying each other and singing as a duo. Expect the evening to be filled with unforgettable music, storytelling, and soaring voices. Showtime 8 p.m. Tickets $45 for adults and $20 for students available at shenkmanarts.ca or by visiting the Shenkman Arts Centre box office.
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