The Orléans Star March 7, 2019

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March 7, 2019 Volume 33, No. 21

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City reveals plans for LRT Phase 2

Patrick Lokic played the lead role of Horton the Elephant in the Sir Wilfrid Laurier Secondary School production of Seussical the Musical on March 1. See story on page 12. FRED SHERWIN PHOTO

By Fred Sherwin The Orléans Star The City of Ottawa revealed the proposed plan to build the second phase of the LRT system which, among other things, will see the Confederation Line extended from Blair Station to Trim Road by 2024 and include a series of six stations at Montreal Road, Jeanne d’Arc Blvd., Orléans Blvd., Place d’Orléans and Trim Road. The plan also calls for the Confederation Line to be extended westward from Tunney’s Pasture to Algonquin College and Moodie Drive; and for the O-Train to be extended southbound to South Keys where it will split off into two spurs – one going to the airport and the other to Riverside South. East West Connectors has been chosen

as the preferred builder to do the work on the Confederation Line and TransitNext is the preferred builder to do the work on the O-Train extension which will be called the Trinity Line. Work on both extensions is scheduled to begin later this year should council approve the plan at a special meeting this week. The projected cost of Phase 2 has ballooned from $3.5 billion to $4.66 billion. That is alarming enough, but even more alarming is the fact that city taxpayers will be on the hook for the full amount of the additional cost. That’s because the provincial and federal governments have each promised to contribute $1 billion to the project leaving $2.66 billion to be financed by the city. CONTINUED ON PAGE 2

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We go beyond creating the band environment – our students play real gigs. Our bands have played at Grey Cup week, Ottawa Senators games, Hope Beach Volleyball, plus many school and local fundraisers where students get to show their chops in front of their peers. We start rockers as young as 2 with our Little Wing program. From there they move into Rookies (ages 6-7) where students start to move towards an instrument that they would like to master. After Rookies comes Rock 101 (ages 7-11) where students have picked their instrument and begin weekly rehearsals as a band. Our Performance program, for ages 11-17, also combines a weekly rehearsal with weekly private lessons and a mind-blowing season ending show every four months or so. For those students who want even more, the School

of Rock House Band plays events like the Capital Fair – where they performed daily for an entire week! To top it off we even have boot camps for adults – proving that you are never too old to rock! In addition to all the year round programs mentioned above, we are offering a one week camp in March plus 5 one week camps in July. For 7-11 year olds, think of the camps as a mini Rock 101 program. We combine group plus 1:1 instruction, lots of other rock and roll activities and a “concert” at the end of the week. The cool thing about School of Rock programs, and music in general, is that no experience is needed. The team approach ensures that new students are welcomed and encouraged by current students and as the student grows in ability they are offered more prominent parts in their songs. Our instructors are the best in the city, bar none, and we are proud of our facilities. With two rehearsal studios, six individual lesson rooms and all the gear, for those who may have never picked up an instrument before or are seasoned pros, we are sure to be able to satisfy your thirst for music. So check us out online (locations., come by for a tour at 2003 St Joseph, like us on Facebook ( SoROrleans) or call us at 613-841-8118. We are so confident that you will be enthralled that we offer a free first lesson with no additional obligation!

Artists’ renditions of two of the five stations which will be built along the eastern extension of the Confederation Line. COURTESY OF THE CITY OF OTTAWA

LRT Phase 2 cont’d Continued from page 1 That amount, which would be the biggest debt the city has ever taken on, has a lot of councillors nervous. Some are even considering delaying a decision on the project to allow further input from residents, but staff have indicated that any delay could result in an even higher price tag. The city’s director of planning for the LRT, Chris Swail, says the increase in the projected cost is due the “increased scope” of Phase 2, which added $700 million to the tab, and “market pressures” which resulted in another $500 million. The estimates provided by the bidding companies are only guaranteed until the end of March. If city council were to delay their decision past the end of the month, the two companies would be entitled to resubmit their bids which would undoubtedly be higher. Gloucester-Southgate ouncillor Diane Deans is leading the call for further public consulatation. She has reservations about

the ballooning estimated cost and the fact that SNC Lavalin is the company chosen to complete the Trinity Line. “It can’t be LRT at any cost,” Deans recently told the Ottawa Citizen. “It has to make financial sense and we have to be able to pay the bill at the end of the day.. and I think we need to ask the taxpayers if they’re still on board. After all, they’re footing the bill for this.” But Mayor Jim Watson says that any thought of delaying Phase 2, or cancelling it altogether, is “absolutely asinine”. He expects that council will approve staff’s recommendation at this week’s council meeting because the residents of Ottawa are “very much on board” with LRT and expect it to be completed in its entirety. There is no doubt it will be a gamechanger for the residents of Orléans who will have access to five stations along the Confederation Line which will run down the middle of Hwy. 174.

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By Fred Sherwin The Orléans Star Residents on Hunter’s Run Drive in Chapel Hill have banded together to purchase and install an Automated External Defibrillator, or AED, on their street. The effort was the brainchild of Bruce O’Neill who got the idea from a news report about a similar device being installed on a street in Kanata. “We always had a defibrillator in our house because our son used to sell them,” says O’Neill. “So when I saw the article in the Citizen I thought why not have one on our street.” The O’Neills donated the defibrillator which cost $1,700. The housing and electrical hook up cost an additional $3,300. O’Neill managed to raise the money by going door-to-door and asking for donations from his neighbours, almost all of whom made a contribution. A training session was then set up at the Modern Sports Therapy Clinic on Jeanne d’Arc Blvd. with a representative from SaveStation, the company that markets the defibralator, and a member of the Ottawa Fire Service who taught the 25 residents who showed up for the basic CPR course.

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Rutting season Let’s face it, we here in the nation’s capital have a propensity for complaining, especially when it comes to the weather. It’s either too hot, too cold, too wet or too dry. We also love to complain about the city, or to be more specific, city services, like the abundance of potholes in the spring, or OC Transpo buses being too early or too late. But when the extreme weather leads to a breakdown in city services, say after a snowstorm, then that’s really worth complaining about. In particular, I’m referring to the mess that was recently created by a massive snowstorm followed by day of rain and then a sudden drop in temperature which left Grand Canyon size ruts on some streets and outdoor skating rinks at the end of others. No big deal if you drive a monster truck or an SUV, but a disaster waiting to happen if you drive something a little closer to the ground like a Chevy Cruze or Hyundai Elantra. Community Facebook pages have been inundated with photographic evidence of said ruts with each post trying outdo the last. And God help our local councillors who are getting inundated with the same photos and complaints that they need to do their jobs and clear the streets with seeming expectation that they should grab a shovel and a pickaxe and do the job themselves. I’m pretty sure getting 100 complaints a day from irate residents ready to take to the streets waving pitchforks and ice chippers was not what they had in mind when they ran for office four short months ago. But that’s Ottawa. Mother Nature doesn’t have a complaint department or an email address, but you local councillor does. The fact of the matter is that we live in a city that can have some wonky weather in January and February that includes freezing rain, rain and sudden changes in temperature. Streets are going to get iced over, ruts are going to form and puddles the size of Dow’s Lake are going to form at intersections where the stormwater drains are blocked by snow. City workers are going to do the best job they can to clear up the mess, but there is only so much they can do. They can’t be on every street in Ottawa at the same time. Yes it’s a hassle. Yes it’s a pain in the rear end and yes it can often be infuriating, but we live in Ottawa not Myrtle Beach. I read somewhere once that for some people complaining can be cathartic and even therapeutic. It can also be annoying if you are the target of the complaints. Hopefully, we have seen that last of Old Man Winter. According to the long range forecast, the first two weeks of March will be abnormally cold, but the last two weeks will see above average temperatures along with above average precipitation and potential flooding when the complaints will likely begin anew. - Fred Sherwin, editor

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Orléans residents invited to take part in free tax clinics February was a very eventful month for our ridThrough my office in collaboration with MP ing. February is host to two important occasions that Andrew Leslie, I will be hosting FREE tax clinics are observed in our riding and beyond; they include throughout the month of March and April. Black History Month and Pink The tax clinic will be provided Shirt Day, a day to stand against for individuals and families who Queen’s otherwise have limited access to tax bullying. It is important that we recognize the many contributions filing institutions due to financial Park made by the black community. strain. Additionally, thank you to the At 206-250 Centrum Blvd, from Corner over 400 attendees that were able 9 a.m. to 12 p.m on March 9 and 16 join our Family Day Bowling Marie-France Lalonde and April 6 and 27. event, which was co-hosted with At the RAFO, 3349 Navan Rd, MP Andrew Leslie. The event was a great opportu- from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. on April 11 and April 25. nity to see many generations come together from all Registration is mandatory; please call my office at across the riding to enjoy time with their loved ones. 613-834-8679 to book an appointment. Always a pleasure to see you all. With such cold weather it might be easy to forAs Member of Provincial Parliament, it brings me get that spring is around the corner. This spring we great joy to host my annual International Women’s will welcome the first trains into Blair Station. The Day Breakfast on March 8th. During the breakfast, LRT will serve as a strong economic force for our I am always pleased to see how the event pulls to- community connecting commuters to their jobs and gether leaders to celebrate and acknowledge the great the city. I am working hard to ensure construction on work women do in our community. The event hosts LRT Phase II – through Place d’Orléans and on to women from diverse backgrounds and generations, Trim Station – starts as planned this year. which always results in listening to inspiring converAs I speak to residents throughout our riding, I sations. am proud to announce that the Orléans Health Hub Shortly after the breakfast, I am recognizing over is now very close to having shovels into the ground. 20 recipients for my new award the Orléans Leading Recently, the Montfort Hospital shared progress Women and Girls Recognition! I am a firm believer regarding the project to the Champlain LHIN Board. in providing opportunities and highlighting strong We now understand fully the model of care that will female community members. Thank you for putting be delivered, building operations and set to welcome forward nominations. a developer this year.

Proceeding with Phase 2 of the LRT is a no brainer Normally, I wouldn’t get on a train, or a plane, or even a bus for that matter, unless I knew how much it was going to cost to reach my destination. But there are some exceptions to that rule, say in the case of a family emergency, or the guarantee of something to make it worth my while at the end of the line. Phase 2 of the LRT is a lot like the latter with the lone exception that we now know the cost, or should I say the estimated cost. So the analogy is more like finding out that the cost of your trip has increased 25 per cent after you have already pre-purchased your ticket. Would you still get on the train, or let it leave the station without you? Again, it’s a matter of whether or not the end justifies the means. Or to be more accurate, does the destination justify paying the additional cost? In the case of Phase 2 of the LRT it’s a resounding, if not reluctant, YES! (ALL CAPS and exclamation point added for dramatic effect.) First, there was no sense building Phase 1 of the LRT, if you had no intention of building Phase 2. The Mayor is absolutely right when he says that to not proceed with Phase 2 would be asinine. The question then is one of timing and cost. I’m no expert on mega projects, but I do know that the longer you take to do

Up Front Fred Sherwin something the more it’s ultimately going to cost – it doesn’t matter whether it’s fixing your roof or building a state-of-the-art transportation system. Trim Road is a perfect example. When the former Cumberland town council first approved a plan to realign and widen Trim Road in 1997, it included an interchange at Hwy. 174 and a route all the way to Innes Road where it was to be linked up with Frank Kenny Road, all for the low, low price tag of $35 million. When the project finally began 10 years later, the $35 million could only pay for the section from Hwy. 174 to Cardinal Creek Park with a pair of roundabouts thrown in for good measure. No interchange. No extension to Frank Kenny Road. Just what we now have. If there was a lesson to be learned it’s that delays cost money and often lots of

it. To delay construction of Phase 2 of the LRT would be irresponsible and would only lead to a much higher price tag down the road. I’ve always argued that Phase 2 should itself be built in phases with the eastern section from Blair to Trim Road done first. But the only way to get Phase 2 through city council was to promise a little some-thing to everyone. So that meant doing the whole kit and kaboodle in one shot. Which also meant a massive price tag, much of which will have to be borrowed. It’s the way she goes. If you believe that Ottawa should take it’s rightful place among the other capitals of the world, or even that Ottawa should take its rightful place in the 21st century, then you have to support light rail in its entirety – east, west and south – and you have to accept the fact that it’s going to come with a pretty hefty price tag. But it has to be done. We’re on the path of no return. The train has left the station and there’s no getting off until it’s reached its destination. How the city pays for its share of the project is another debate entirely. I happen to agree with Ottawa Citizen columnist Marc-André Roy who believes the city should implement a $2 daily levy on

downtown parking spots during peak periods. This wouldn’t apply to on-street metered parking, but to spots in outdoor and underground parking lots. It’s estimated that such a levy could yield as much as $50 million a year which would go a long way in helping to pay down the debt incurred by building the next phase of LRT which staff wants to amortize over the next 30 years. A parking levy would also have the effect of encouraging more people to take the LRT to avoid the having to pay the additional charge while freeing up spaces for those who don’t mind. Of course there is the argument that we should all pay for the LRT because we are all going to pay for it. A billion dollars amortized over 30 years at five per cent a year would require a scheduled repayment of $60 million a year. That’s the equivalent of a six per cent tax increase on your property tax bill, which would only have to be implemented once if the revenue created by such an increase was dedicated to debt repayment year after year for the next 30 years. That might be a tough sell, so a combination of the two – downtown parking levy plus a property tax increase – may be the way to go.

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Orléans Ward councillor Cumberland councillor seeks residents’ input looks forward to new role We are going through exciting times We have already begun improving our together in Orléans. infrastructure and, this summer, we As you know, my priorities for this will be resurfacing St. Joseph Blvd and term are building our community, build- improving its sidewalks. ing our economy and We are (finally) seeing building support for those completion of LRT who serve us. Stage 1, which will I have already hit drastically increase the the ground running on reliability of our local these priorities and I transit service. While expect to be able to share I have some concerns Orléans Ward 1 very exciting news very about the plans for LRT shortly on how we will better support Stage 2, I am actively working with my the arts, improve our recreation facilities colleagues, the Mayor and city staff to and improve transit. Furthermore, I will address these concerns. continue to support our city staff, first I want to make sure that our stations responders and you by speaking openly are easily accessible by foot, by bike, by and honestly about mental health. car and especially by those with mobility This year, Council embarks on devel- challenges. oping a new vision for our city through The Orléans Star is an indispensable the Official Plan and I encourage you, paper in our community. It connects, engaged reader, to dream big and share informs and inspires. But above all, it your vision with me and the city. fuels discussion and produces ideas for a We will work to reduce commute better Orléans. times and improve our road, transit I look forward to providing you, the and active transportation infrastructure reader, with additional information in through the Transportation Master Plan. future articles.

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After a successful term as Chair of the In the interim, our road crews have Transit Commission where fares for rush done a phenomenal job working to keep hour travellers were reduced and service our roads clear this winter. For a second, increased for Cumberland Ward residents, ponder that it has snowed in Ottawa for I am thrilled to take on the 615 hours since Nov. 1. responsibility of Chairing That’s more than 25 full the Transportation Comdays of non-stop snowing. mittee. While this new We’ve surpassed 20-year role will have its chalaverages for both snow lenges, as the only city and rain and regrettably councillor who represents still have several weeks Cumberland Ward 19 a rural and suburban area, of winter left. my unique experience and work ethic will I am also excited to continue my bring a new perspective to the post where efforts to enact photo radar in school and no community will be left behind. community safety zones. For those who One of the most important issues to east may question and say this is a nanny-state end residents has long been commuting to approach, I will kindly remind you that far and from work whether it be by public too often, careless drivers speed by schools transit or using arterial roads by vehicle. and parks without regard for children. If In this term, the City will embark on a new deploying photo radar in these sensitive Transportation Master Plan that will help areas to catch these culprits offends you, guide our walking, cycling, transit and it’s a price worth paying to help keep our road networks for years to come. This Plan kids safe. What if it was your child? will help us identify transportation facilYou can check back for future columns ities, services and policies to serve pro- from me but in the meantime, please feel jected population of 1.14 million people free to stay up to date or reach out for by 2031. But more on that is to come. assistance by visiting

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One-time patient takes over newly renovated Eye Care For You clinic By Fred Sherwin The Orléans Star It’s a story that’s right off the pages of a novel. When a young Jenna Bender first started seeing optometrist Dr. Linda Kwasnick as a four-year-old, she had no idea that she would not only become an optometrist herself one day, but eventually take over the practice. Inspired by Dr. Kwasnick, Jenna would on go to study optometry at the Université de Montréal and eventually become Dr. Jenna Bender. “I remember having an appointment with Linda and thinking, ‘This is a really fun exam.’ I felt like I wanted people to want to come and see me and that’s why I picked optometry.” Eager to return to Orléans, Dr. Bender, who is fluently bilingual, joined her mentor at the Eye Care For You clinic on Jeanne d’Arc Blvd. in Orléans Wood in 2010. Through the years she has gained a reputation for her thorough examinations, and her attentiveness and dedication to her patients. When Dr. Kwasnick announced her pending retirement early last year, it seemed a natural transition for Dr. Bender to take over the practice. Over the past eight months, she has

overseen an extensive renovation which will allow the clinic to better serve their patients. “Our patients will still enjoy the personable service they’ve come to know and love, but in a new, larger, rejuvenated space,” says Dr. Bender who looks forward to welcoming all generations to the clinic which has been in existence for more than 35 years. Many of the clinic’s patients have been coming to get their vision checked and eyewear needs served for most of their lives. They are even seeing second and third generation patients, as well as young families who have recently moved to the area. Dr. Bender specializes in treating older patients who are at a high risk of vision complications due to diabetes and hypertension. “We can not only detect ocular conditions, but systemic conditions like diabetes, hypertension, cholesterol and many others. It’s a privilege to be able to monitor, educate and treat all this in our patients,” says Dr. Bender who prides herself on taking a very empathetic approach to her patients and taking the time to properly explain things to them. Besides vision exams, the Eye Care

Dr. Jenna Bender and the staff at the Eye Care For You clinic on Jeanne d’Arc Blvd. North are busy preparing for their official Grand Re-opening on April 13. FRED SHERWIN PHOTO For You clinic also carries a full line of eyewear and contact lenses including children’s frames. With the renovations, Dr. Bender plans to recruit a second optometrist so the practice will be able to serve two streams of patients. Dr. Bender and her staff plan to celebrate the completion of the renovations

and her officially taking over the practice during a Grand Re-opening event on April 13 where there will be door prizes, giveaways, smoothies and huge discounts on frames and lenses. The Eye Care For You clinic is located at 7778 Jeanne d’Arc Blvd. just west of Champlain Blvd. You can visit their website at

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Missoula Children’s Theatre returns to Orléans By Fred Sherwin The Orléans Star The Missoula Children’s Theatre traveling road show made its annual stopover in Orléans last week to stage a production of The Snow Queen at the Shenkman Arts Centre with the help of 60 young actors from the local community. The Missoula Children’s Theatre company is based in Montana. Every year they send out more than 40 teams of directors and instructors to stage children’s productions across North America including Orléans where they have been coming for more than 20 years. The entire production takes less than a week to stage, starting with auditions on the Monday and culminating with a pair of performances six days later. More than 80 children between the ages of five and 17 showed up for auditions this year, making the task of selecting the 60 member cast extremely difficult. The younger cast members were given the supporting roles of Snow Chickens and woodland animals, while the older kids were given the lead roles or assigned to the chorus. Scripts were handed out to the successful cast members immediately

after the auditions and rehearsals began after school the following day. The Snow Queen is based on Danish fairytale about a girl named Gerda whose friend Kay has been placed under a spell by the Snow Queen and taken to her icy palace. Determined to find her friend, Gerda embarks on a quest that takes her to strange lands where she meets a variety of characters including a group of robbers led by the Old Robber Woman and the Little Robber Girl; a Finnish gardener who tries to place Gerda under her own spell; and a pair of crows who help her find the palace where Kay is being held captive. Gerda eventually frees her friend when her tears melt the palace and break the spell. The Missoula production was a wonderful experience for the young cast who had to learn their parts in less than a week with the help of their Missoula instructors Justin Kline and Daniel Boughton who did double duty as the director and the narrator respectively. As for the play itself, considering the shortened time frame they were working under, it was surprisingly entertaining. The young cast members were adorable as the Snow Chickens, as were the snow

The Missoula Children’s Theatre Orléans production of The Snow Queen included Aidan Scheiman as the Yeti, Tyson Grant as Kay and Miriam Pereira as the Snow Queen. PHOTO COURTESY OF KIMBERLY MCRAE animals and the team of robbers. My favourite were the hobgoblins who had to double as trees, a river, a bridge and a castle throughout the play. The lead role of Gerda was given to local children’s theatre veteran Taylor Smith who was her wonderfully talented self. Kay was played by Tyson Grant and the part of the Snow Queen was played

by Miriam Pereira. The rest of the lead roles were played by Aidan Scheiman, Jenna Stevenson, Zoe Tessier, Eden Baker, Anick Williams, Zachary Everett, Olivia Paul, Aydriad Martin, William Baker and Cadence Everett. To find out more about future Missoula productions e-mail




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Sir Wil’s Seussical the Musical hits all the right notes fact, he’s one of the best male vocalists I’ve seen in a high school production in a long, long time. His solo performance of Solla Sellew in the second act of Seussical was one of the many highlights of the this year’s play. But it wasn’t the only highlight. Lukic was surrounded by a chorus of wonderful voices starting with Alyssa Rama who played Gertude McFuzz. Rama’s two solo numbers, Notice Me, Horton and All For You, were especially strong. Other performances that stood out included Jordan Mason as the Cat in the Hat, Kelsie Smith as Mazie LaBird and Michael Danso, who was a sheer joy as Jojo and shone brilliantly during his solo, It’s Possible, and in a duet with Lukic in singing Alone in the Universe. The 32-member cast shone brightest during the ensemble numbers like Oh The Thinks You Can Think, the repises of How Lucky You Are, The Who’s Christmas Pageant and Green Eggs and Ham which brought the production to a close. But for my money the most entertaining number was The People vs. Horton the Elephant which brought everything together. Kudos to drama director Sonya

By Fred Sherwin The Orléans Star In a radical departure of past efforts like Phantom of the Opera, Annie and The End of the World (With Prom to Follow), the folks in the theatre department at Sir Wilfrid Laurier Secondary School decided to tackle something slightly less dramatic this year and instead staged the wonderfully whimsical Seussical the Musical. Seussical the Musical is based on the Dr. Seuss story of Horton Hears a Who! with the addition of characters like the Cat in the Hat, Gertrude McFuzz, Maysie LaBird, the Grinch and others. It’s also chock-a-block with catchy tunes like Alone in the Universe, How Lucky You Are, Oh The Thinks You Can Think and Havin’ A Hunch. The production has 32 numbers in all, which means you need a talented cast with some excellent vocalists to pull it off. Fortunately, this year’s group is blessed with a wealth of talent starting with Grade 11 student Partrick Lukic who plays Horton. I remember being blown away by Lukic who played the Phantom in last year’s Sir Wil production of Phantom of the Opera. He’s even better as Horton. In

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Cumberland United soccer club merges with Capital United under Ottawa TFC banner By Fred Sherwin The Orléans Star The Cumberland United Soccer Club and the Capital United Soccer Club have merged to become Ottawa TFC in partnership with the Toronto FC Major League Soccer team. Toronto FC will support Ottawa TFC as a regional satellite club, providing professional technical player and coaching development at the youth level. Ottawa TFC joins Windsor TFC and London TFC as exclusive youth affiliate clubs of the Toronto club. Under the partnership, Toronto FC and Ottawa TFC will work in collaboration to enhance all technical programming, including coaching development, sports science, methodology, curriculum development and provide a direct pathway for the highest achieving athletes to join the professional player pathway at TFC Academy. The partnership will include development programs for players, with TFC coaches making multiple trips per year to Ottawa to provide coaching instruc-

tion and technical training. Ottawa TFC coaches will also make a number of trips per year to Toronto FC’s BMO Training Ground to observe and learn best practices from TFC’s staff. Former Cumberland United technical director and now Ottawa TFC general manager Pavel Cancura says the partnership gives area players a potential pathway to the MLS. “It has become a very real pathway for them,” says Cancura. “It gives both the opportunity and the responsibility that we can look the kids in the eye even at the youngest ages and say if you work hard enough and if you do the right steps there’s no barrier to keep you from actually fulfilling your dreams.” As for the impact the partnership will have on area soccer players, it will be minimal. The recreation program will see very little if any change. While the academy program will benefit from the combined resources of the former Cumberland and Capital United soccer clubs and Toronto FC, the players will have to go through the same tryout process for the


Young soccer players line up to get an autograph from Toronto FC player Aiden Daniels during the official launch of Ottawa TFC. FRED SHERWIN PHOTO competitive teams as in the past. News of the merger comes on the heels of last week’s announcement that plans for a future dome at Millennium Park has entered the Request for Proposal (RFP) stage.


The RFP is expected to attract several proposals from the private sector to build and operate the dome. Cumberland Ward Coun. Stephen Blais, who has spearheaded the project, says construction will likely take place in 2020.



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Figure skaters shine at Elizabeth Manley Classic By Fred Sherwin The Orléans Star More than 600 skaters from across the province gathered at the Bob MacQuarrie Recreation Conplex on Feb. 22, 23 and 24 to compete in the third annual Elizabeth Manley Classic hosted by the Gloucester Skating Club. There were almost as many reasons for competing in the Classic as there were skaters. Some of the skaters were hoping to post a score that would qualify them for next month’s provincial championships, while others who have already safely qualified at a previous Super Series event were there to fine tune their routine in advance of the provincials. The StarSkate program is a pre-competitive program for skaters at all levels. It runs from Star 1 to Star 10, but also includes the Gold; Diamond; Pre-Juvenile and Juvenile levels. The level a skater competes at is determined by their ability to successfully complete a pre-determined list of jumps, spins and other elements. The provincial championships start at the Star 5 U10, U13, and 13 and over age groups. One of the Gloucester Skating Club members who was hoping to move further up the provincial rankings was Emma Guo whose previous best result in the U13 prejuvenile division was 23.51 which had her ranked 22nd. On Sunday, she managed to improve her score to 23.81 which was good enough to win the event and move her up a notch to 21st in the provincial rankings. Fellow GSC member Madelyn Wensley improved her ranking by nine spots in the Star 10 division, moving from 33rd to 24th with a score of 25.75, and is now in

position to qualify for the provincial championships with two more Super Series events left on the schedule. Alexa Scully took full advantage skating on home ice, registering a score of 21.92 in the Star 6 division which was good enough for second place, but more importantly it improved her provincial ranking from 125th to 34th, just four spots out of the top 30 cutoff. With two events left before the provincial championships, she still has a chance to improve on her ranking. GSC members Monica Finlay and Ewa Kulik were among the skaters who were using the meet to fine tune their programs. The pair are ranked fourth and fifth respectively in the province in the Star 9 division. Neither one was able to improve on their existing scores, but they did gain valuable experience in finishing behind Toronto skater Holly Campbell who is the top ranked Star 9 skater in the province. Alicia Primiani was unranked heading into the competition, but a well-earned 29.46 now has her ranked 14th in the province in the Star 8 division. Clubmate Grace Elliot is also hoping to join Primiani at provincials, but a 26.73 was only good enough to move her from 35th to 34th in the rankings, less than half a point outside the top 30. Like Scully, she will be hoping to improve on her ranking in one of the two remaining Super Series events. Mila Marleau placed second in the Star 7 division on the weekend with a score of 20.75 which moves her from 17th in the provincial rankings to 10th. The StarSkate provincial championships will be held in Mississauga from March 7-10.


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game was relatively close through the first two quarters, but the Lions blew the game wide open with a 25-point third quarter. Next up was the Gisèle-Lalonde Titans senior boys team, but they too had to leave the floor in defeat after coming out on the short end of 71-61 final against the Franco-Ouest Falcons in the Tier 1 senior boys final. The Titans trailed 22-9 after the first quarter and never recovered. They did manage to narrow the deficit to seven points at the end of the first half, but by the end of the third quarter the Falcons had reestablished a 20 point lead. It was the same story for the St. Peter Knights junior boys team which was completely overwhelmed by the Nepean Knights in the first quarter of the Tier 1 championship game. By the time they knew what hit them they were trialing 28-8 with the game barely eight minutes old. The 20-point deficit proved too much for St. Peter to make up and they ended up losing by 36 points. The lone bright spot in the east end were the Carine Wilson Wildcats who beat the Hillcrest Hawks 61-58 to win the senior boys Tier 2 championship.


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The St. Peter Knights’ Nwike Osiagwu drives to the basket during the NCSSAA junior boys Tier 1 championship game on Feb. 28 at La Cité Collégiale. FRED SHERWIN PHOTO

By Fred Sherwin The Orléans Star February was a bleak month for high school basketball in the east end. What started out as a post season full of high hopes ended with only one team capturing a title while five others were left wondering what could have been after they came up short in their quest for a city championship. The Louis-Riel Rebelles had the first shot at a title, but they came up a point short in a heart-breaking overtime loss to the Longfield Davidson Heights Ravens in the senior boys AAA final on Feb. 21 despite a 21-point effort by point guard Sacha Gautheir. Collège catholique MerBleue suffered the same fate in a 60-57 loss to Notre Dame High School in the senior boys ‘A’ final. On Feb. 28, three more east end teams would have their shot at a city championship on the hardwood in the La Cité Collégiale gym, but all three would suffer the same fate as the Louis-Riel and MerBleue senior boys teams. First up was the Mer-Bleue junior boys squad which ended up losing 70-59 to the Earl of March Lions in the Tier 2 final. The

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