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Fighting cancer one calendar at a time By Fred Sherwin The Orléans Star When Gina Mertikas-Lavictoire was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2017, she was determined to beat it for no other reason than the fact that she had so much to live for, namely her three young children age 1, 4 and 5. After undergoing a double mastectomy and months of chemotherapy and radiation, the 36-year-old Orléans resident made a full recovery thanks to the efforts of the medical team at the Ottawa Hospital oncology department lead by Dr Mark Clemons. As determined as she was to beat her illness, she was equally determined to show her Avalon resident and cancer survivor Gina Meritkas has produced appreciation to her caregivers by giving a calendar with the help of her artist/mother Katerina Mertikas. back in some way. Enter her mother, Katerina Proceeds from the sale of the calendar will be used to help fund Mertikas, who is a celebrated Ottawa artist known for painting colourful, expressionist clinical trials of experimental cancer treatments. STAFF PHOTO
scenes of childhood. “I immediately thought of doing a calendar with my mother’s art, since I know her art is very popular,” says Gina. With her mother providing the artwork, Mertikas-Lavictoire produced the calendar which sold out in 24 hours largely through the use of social media. She also organized a pair of fundraisers at the Absolute Comedy club on Preston Street and all told she raised over $13,500 which she donated to help fund clinical trials of cancer treatments being developed by Dr. Clemons and his team. The calendar was so successful that Gina and her mother decided to produce another one this year. Sales have already topped 300 and they plan to keep selling them as long as there’s a demand.
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ORLÉANS – Yomi and Kelly Pratt have been recognized for their many years of community service. The Fallingbrook couple were presented with the City Builder Award prior to last week’s city council meeting by Ottawa Mayor Jim Watson. The Pratts were honored for the work they’ve done in running the Global Community Alliance for the past 11 years which recognizes outstanding achievement in the community while celebrating our diversity. The Global Community Alliance Gala and Award Ceremony is held every year on the final Saturday in February and traditionally brings Ottawa’s Black History Month celebrations to a close. The event doubles as a fundraiser with the proceeds going to a variety of worthy causes and charities. “I would like to take this opportunity to thank Moses and Kelly Pratt for their many contributions to our community, and for their strong commitment to promoting diversity and inclusion,” Mayor Watson said before presenting the couple with their award. After the ceremony, the Pratts said they felt honoured and humbled. “This award means a lot to us and it really energizes us to keep going on and doing what we are doing,” said Yomi Pratt who taught for many years at St. Francis of Assisi Catholic School and Lester B. Pearson High School before retiring in 2017.
Chapel Hill Park and Ride now open to commuters ORLÉANS – Residents living in the southern part of Orléans now have a park and ride lot to call their own following the official opening of the Chapel Hill Park and Ride lot at the corner of Brian Coburn Blvd. and Navan Road on Sunday. The park and ride lot will make it easier and more convenient for commuters to get to and from the Blair LRT Station thanks to series of shuttles that will run every 15 minutes during the morning and afternoon Mayor Jim Watson officially opens the rush hours. The park and ride can accomChapel Hill Park and Ride lot with modate up to 260 cars at no charge as well help from councillors Laura Dudas as 24 bicycles under a covered shelter that and Stephen Blais. STAFF PHOTO. is monitored by closed circuit camera. The lot is open 24/7 and is serviced by Route 34 and Connexion Route 225.
Mother, daughter join forces to fight cancer Continued from page 1 “When we started selling them last year, I couldn’t keep up with the demand. We were so happy with the response. So far this year we’ve sold over 300 calendars and we’re going to keep selling them as long as people want them. We’ll just keep printing more,” says Gina. One of the things that have made the new calendar so popular is the fact that the illustrations are replicas of original Katerina Mertikas paintings, and many people love her art. It also helps that Meritkas is a hugely popular artist with a huge following on Facebook. Her paintings can be found locally at Koyman Galleries as well as art galleries across Canada. Katerina says it took about two seconds for her to decide to join forces with her daughter. “To be honest I was totally honoured that my own daughter would want to
do this,” says Katerina. “She wanted to pay everyone back who helped her at the General and that is my daughter Gina. I would do anything for.” Besides providing the illustrations for the calendar, Katernia also helps with the delivery and mail-outs to people who have bought the calendar from all over North America. The twosome have also held several signings together, most recently at the St. Laurent Shopping Centre. One of the reasons Gina chose clinical trials to donate the proceeds to is the fact that clinical trials are not government funded, instead they rely entirely on donations and contributions from the general public, and her own oncologist is the driving force behind the reAct clinical trial program. The calendars, which cost $25 each, can be ordered by emailing Gina directly at email@example.com or by visiting the Ottawa Hospital Foundation website at ohfoundation.ca.
Members of the Cumberland Jr. Grads U18 AAA team present Melissa Bourdeau with a cheque for $1,040 they to raised during Breast Cancer Awareness Month in October. PHOTO SUPPLIED
U18 Jr. Grads pitch in to help off ice trainer battling breast cancer STAR STAFF – Every year, members of the Cumberland Jr. Grads U18 AAA hockey team have join together to raise money for breast cancer research as part of Breast Cancer Awareness Month. But this year their cause became personal when their off ice trainer Melissa Bourdeau was diag-nosed with breast cancer. Within short order they came up with
a fundraising slogan, “We are #Team Melissa”, and kicked off their efforts by dedicating their first game in October to Melissa, who is currently going through cancer treatment. On Sunday, they presented Melissa with a cheque for $1,020 which will be turned over to Breast Cancer Action Ottawa.
Orléans Legion Poppy Campaign in full swing By Fred Sherwin The Orléans Star You see them here, there and everywhere. They are the iconic poppy lepal pin, emblematic of the sacrifices made by our country’s military and those who paid the ultimate price to defend our freedom. While the Poppy Campaign is a national initiative of the Dominion Command of the Royal Canadian Legion, it is carried out by local Legion branches across the country. Last year, the Royal Canadian Legion Branch 632 in Orléans raised more than $103,000 in an age when fewer and fewer people carry loose change due to the advent of the debit card. The Legion is hoping to repeat that success this year. The Poppy Campaign is always launched on the last Saturday in October. This year’s campaign was launched at the Walmart store on Innes Road with the traditional “pinning” of the first poppy. For the second year in a row that honour was carried out by Jeannine St. Louis, who is a charter member of the Branch 632 Women’s Auxiliary and the widow of the late Ray St. Louis who held the honour for more than 12 years as a former two term president of Branch 632. St. Louis pinned this year’s first poppy
on Orléans city councillor Matt Luloff who is himself a veteran of the war in Afghanistan, having served in that country in 2008. “It’s wonderful to be here and to share in the launch of the Poppy Campaign,” said Luloff. “Showing our support for the men and women in uniform who put their lives on the line is so important. Having served myself I know how important it is to the members of our military and especially the veterans and their families who are the benefit from the Poppy Campaign.” The local Poppy Campaign chairperson is Wyn Fournier. She oversees the distibution of the poppies and the collection boxes which are located at dozens of banks and businesses across Orléans, and she sits on the committee which is responsible for allocating the funds. “The Poppy Campaign is the most important thing for our branch besides Remembrance Day itself,” says Fournier. “It allows us to help our veterans and their families directly.” In the past year the local Poppy Campaign donated $10,000 to Perley and Rideau Veterans Home to buy five highlow beds; they gave $5,000 to the Military Family Resource Centre; the 3018 Army Cadets and the 632 Air Cadets received
Jeannie St. Louis pins the first poppy of the 2019 Poppy Campaign on the lapel of Ottawa city councillor and Afghan War veteran Matt Luloff at the Innes Road Walmart on Oct. 25. FRED SHERWIN PHOTO a total of $15,000; Heroes Mending On The Fly Canada received $1,000 as did the Calabogie Peaks adaptive winter sports program for military veterans with disabilities. Other funds were used to help pay for medical aids such as hearing aids, wheelchairs or walkers for veterans or their widows or widowers or to help them out if
they find themselves in financial crisis. The local Poppy Campaign wouldn’t exist if not for the assistance of dozens of volunteers who help man the donation tables at Walmart, Canadian Tire, the Great Canadian Superstore and Place d’Orléans during the week and area Metro stores and Costco on weekends only.
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New food bank to help meet community needs By Fred Sherwin The Orléans Star Area residents who find themselves in financial distress have a new agency to turn to with the opening of the Community Compassion Centre located inside the Community Pentecostal Church on St. Joseph Blvd.. The Centre can dispense 3-4 days’ worth of emergency food supplies for those who find themselves in a crisis situation and they can only get food once per month. Director Marlene Tosh says the intent of the facility is to make access to emergency supplies easier for residents living in the west end of Orléans – only residents living in the K1C area are eligible to use the Compassion Centre food bank. The Centre will work in concert with the Gloucester Emergency Food Cupboard on Jasmine Crescent and the OrléansCumberland Community Resource Centre food bank on Centrum Blvd. The Centre will be fully dependent on cash and food donations from the general public as well as fresh produce and dairy items from the Ottawa Food Bank. Since opening on Sept. 14, the food bank has already served the needs of 29 families. “This is such an exciting day to see the
launch of the Centre. A few months ago it was the space was an open coat rack area. There was brick all over the walls and an old chandelier hanging from the ceiling. Thanks to our team of volunteers, it’s been transformed into a warm and inviting place for our neighbours to gather, to socialize and to make new friends while getting some food to help feed their families,” Tosh said at the grand opening on Oct. 25. The space was donated by the Community Pentecostal Church in the spirit of their mission statement which includes the words to “love your community”. “The Community Compassion Centre food bank is totally staffed by volunteers and we all recognize how important it is to support our neighbours in meeting their nutritional needs as well as building relationships of trust and understanding so we can make a difference in their lives and the K1C community,” said Tosh. Ottawa Food Bank CEO Michael Maidment was on hand at the grand opening to reinforce the need for a food banks in a community that is one of the wealthiest in the National Capital in terms of its average household income. “We know that 39,500 people turn to a food bank every month yet over 50,000 people face food insecurity, so we know
(L to r) Ottawa Food Bank CEO Michael Maidment, Orléans Coun. Matt Luloff, Community Compassion Centre chairperson Melissa Williams, director Marlene Tosh and CPC lead pastor Jeff Hillier. FRED SHERWIN PHOTO we have to invest in facilities like this that improve the accessibility for those in need to who have a hard time going father afield for their food needs.” Orléans Ward councillor and KIC resident Matt Luloff reinforced the need to ensure that no one in the community gets left behind.
“Living in a beautiful and prosperous community like Orléans comes with a responsibility that we don’t leave people behind who may require a bit of hand,” said Luloff. “What this Centre provides is dignity and after food, dignity is something we all require as human beings to be able to pick ourselves up and live our lives.”
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The red storm Now that the federal election is over, can we finally put to bed the idea that Orléans is a competitive riding? It’s not. In the past 120 years, it’s only elected one Conservative candidate to the House of Commons. And the last time a Conservative member represented the riding in the provincial legislature besides Brian Coburn, who I will get to in a minute, was 1981. Coburn was an anomaly. He was an incredibly popular mayor in Cumberland and he ran when the Harris government was at the height at its popularity. He lost his seat in 2003 to Phil McNeely in the same election the Liberals swept to power under Dalton McGuinty. The riding has been red provincially ever since. The only Conservative to represent Orléans in the House of Commons federally in the past 120 years was Royal Galipeau, but he was an anomaly also. His win in 2006 can be chalked up to a stronger that usually performance by the NDP candidate that year. The NDP traditionally get 10% of the vote in Orléans. In 2006, Mark Leahy got 15% of the vote. The NDP’s gain came at the expense of the Liberals. Leahy got 3,000 votes more than the NDP candidates who ran in the federal elections before him and after him. Keep in mind that Marc Godbout, who was the Liberal incumbent at the time, lost to Galipeau by just 1,200 votes. If any other person had of run for the NDP other than Mark Leahy in 2006, Godbout would have won and the Liberal monopoly on the riding would have continued unabated. In hindsight, David Bertschi never had a chance against MarieFrance Lalonde in the last election, not because of any flaws in his own campaign, but because the NDP failed to put forward a candidate who could have eroded the Liberal vote sufficiently enough to put the riding at risk. So what about the future? Is there any hope that the riding will turn blue anytime soon? The answer is not likely. The Liberals have traditionally been able to count on the overwhelming support of the francophone community, which votes in proportionally larger numbers than the anglophone community, and more recently they’ve enjoyed a disproportionate amount of support among new Canadians and visible minorities which gives them a huge advantage from election to election. The only way for the Conservatives to improve their odds is to nominate an individual who has an existing amount of gravitas in the community and is a francophone. Even if a potential candidate covers those two bases, they would still need a strong NDP candidate in the race to even have any chance of unseating Marie-France Lalonde. Let’s face it. Orléans voters stuck with the Liberals and elected Lalonde to the provincial legislature in 2018 in an election that reduced the Liberal Party to just six seats. The Liberals will next test the riding’s loyalty in the future byelection to replace Lalonde at Queen’s Park. Judging by the recent past, you would be a fool to bet against them. – Fred Sherwin, editor
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Proper line up etiquette is a life skill shared by very few There we were (my wife and your loyal scribe) on Thanksgiving Day to cast our ballots on the last day of advance voting in the federal election, and sigh, there was a 10-person line-up for our polling station. To top it off, some folks in front of us did not have their ID ready when it was their turn to get a ballot. While line-ups are an unavoidable fact of life, the loss of precious minutes from our finite lives because of the inconsiderate and/or ignorant and/or I-haveno-clue-or-consideration whatsoever actions of those in front of us can be downright and quasi road-rage infuriating. Sadly, line-up etiquette is neither taught as a life skill in school nor are refresher courses offered in the workplace but have no fear, the next 313 words and suggestions are hopefully helpful. Hey mom or dad in the Timmie’s line-up on a Saturday morning with 22 people behind you, please take the eight minutes while you are in line to figure out your dozen doughnuts, muffins or Timbits order with your child. And for you, yeah you, at the front of the Starbuck’s line, please put your call on hold while give your double chai, half whip, lactose-free whatever order to your barista and not the other way around. And heads up to folks in line at the LCBO, the grocery store or anywhere else, please have your
cash/credit/debit/digital device payment method and any affinity cards ready as fumbling at the cash after standing for more than 120 seconds is simply rude and unnecessary. Line-up etiquette is also essential for driving, especially merging. Fyi, there is nothing wrong with the driver beside you entering the roadway and going to the end of the merge lane and sliding in … it’s called the zipper merge and 80% of the time, it is best for traffic flow. Where things get tricky is in food courts or at office cafeterias so the proper thing is to go with the flow – observe, follow and fit-in. If you are unsure, politely ask unless you are a male where you will try to figure it out, even if you are so wrong. Sorry ladies, it’s in our DNA. As for other places where line-up etiquette and decorum is sadly missing, think of restaurant lineups, buffets, and airport security screening. And in the same order, make sure someone in your party is attuned for when your table is ready, observe the buffet flow and don’t be a Budinski and for the love of mother Mary and you know who ... please get rid of liquids from your carry on, remove all jewellery/metals and ensure electronic devices are ready for screening. As for complaints about this column, the line forms to the left.
One time federal contender enters Liberal nomination race By Fred Sherwin The Orléans Star It’s been 12 years since Rachel Décoste raised a number of eyebrows by finishing second to Marc Godbout in the 2007 Liberal nomination race in Orléans as a 29-year-old. The difference was less than 20 votes and Godbout was just one year removed from having been the incumbent. Since then, Décoste has made a name for herself as a media analyst and commentator. She’s also remained deeply involved with the Liberal Party as a volunteer at both the provincial and federal levels. In 2008, she traveled south of the border to help with Barack Obama’s first presidential campaign. She went back in 2012 to work on his re-election. She would In 2015, she moved to Washington D.C. where she worked as graduate assistant at George Washington University before becoming the director of the Congressional App Challenge for the Internet Education Foundation, a bipartisan congressional group. After moving back to Ottawa last February, Décoste picked up where left off as a Liberal operative and orgainizer. She lent a hand in the last minute campaign of fellow Haitian Canadian, Jean-Claude Dubuisson, in the federal nomination race in Orléans won by Marie-France Lalonde. When Décoste found out that local city councillor Stephen Blais was poised to win the provincial Liberal nomination in Orléans unopposed, she immediately filed her nomination papers with the Liberal Party of Ontario. Fearing that the Conservative government might call a snap by-election in Orléans, the Liberals are rushing to nominate a candidate.
They limited the timeline the two candidates could recruit new members to just three weeks. The deadline was last Friday, giving the candidates just one week to rally potential votes before the nomination meeting which is scheduled for this Saturday at 1:30 p.m. although a location for the meeting had not yet been chosen as of press time. Décoste says she is running for the nomination to give local Liberals a choice. She also believes that the Liberal caucus, which was whittled down to just seven members in the last election, could use a strong women of colour in their ranks. “I don’t think Doug Ford could handle questions coming from a woman who looks like me,” says Décoste, who speaks six different languages including French, Spanish and Italian. “Orléans residents have encouraged me to run based on my years of community involvement. Orléans was a village when I moved there in 1981. The area has blossomed into a bastion of bilingualism and diversity. Orléans residents want an MPP who represents the Orléans of today.” Among her many credentials is her past involvement with SOS Montfort, the Black Canadian Scholarship Fund and the Children’s Aid Society. She knows she is the underdog in a head-to-head contest with Stephen Blais who is being endorsed by a number of prominent Liberals including former OttawaVanier MPP Madeleine Meilleur, former Orléans Chamber of Commerce executive director Jamie Kwong and current Orléans Ward councillor Matt Luloff, but she is nonetheless hopeful that local Liberals will chose her over the veteran city councillor.
Rachel Décoste “I don’t have a big machine behind me. I’ve been calling as many people as I can rallying as much support as I can and I will keep going right up until the nomination. After that we’ll see what happens. You never know,” says Décoste.
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Beacon Hill-Cyrville councillor pushing to reopen 417 on-ramp I have heard from many residents in Because of this I submitted an inquiry Beacon Hill Cyrville and in the east end at city council requesting that we, the City about the Hwy. 417 east bound ramp on of Ottawa, contact the MTO asking: What St. Laurent Blvd. heading is the rational for this north. This ramp had closure? Will this closure been closed around the will be re-assessed in the same time as the ramp future? Are there are any at the 174 and the Split, plans for modification in and I know many were the future? expecting this ramp to Beacon Hill-Cyrville Ward 11 I hope to get a clear open back up once LRT answer for residents on construction was done. Unfortunately, this the future of this ramp, so please stay tuned isn’t the case. as we wait for more from the Ministry of More than four years ago the Province Transportation. of Ontario, through the Ministry of TransOn the local front, I’m very excited to portation, had indicated that this east confirm that a project to bring new lights bound ramp access would be permanently to both the hockey rink and tennis court at closed to regular traffic, leaving it open Combermere Park is moving ahead! This is to emergency vehicles only. This has a project I have been pushing for and I’ve now caused new problems on St Laurent also received lots of positive feedback on forcing north bound drivers that want it when I’ve discussed it in the community. access to the east end. If you would like to see a rough timeline Some people are opting to use roads of the work or what you can expect to see like Ogilvie and Innes instead, but many happen during the installation, please visit drivers are simply taking a U-turn onto my website at TimTierneyOttawa.ca south bound St. Laurent and accessing the I hope you’re all as excited as I am ramp on the other side of the street which to see this much deserved upgrade move creates traffic issues. forward. I can’t wait to see you on the ice!
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Calling all fans of legendary 1970’s Country-Rock group “The Eagles”!! On Friday, November 22nd at 7pm, the music of The Eagles will be celebrated at the Shenkman Arts Centre in Orleans with a new, international touring show called “Take It Easy: The Story of The Eagles”. Direct from Canada’s premier producer of musical tribute shows, Bill Culp Productions, “Take it Easy” is comprised of some of Canada’s leading session musicians, who will perform all of the classic hits from the Eagles extensive
career with amazing accuracy. The evening will start with the songs from the album “Eagles Greatest Hits 19711975” including “Take It Easy”, “One of These Nights”, “Tequila Sunrise”, and “Desperado” amongst the audience favourites.
Cork & Fork Festival to take place Nov. 8 & 9 STAR STAFF – The first ever Cork & Fork Festival is coming to the Shenkman Arts Centre on Nov. 7 and 8 with more than 25 wine, beer, spirits and food vendors on hand. Chief organizer Kevin Hurtubise is promising the festival will expose area residents to a wide variety of wine, craft beers and cider combined with delicious food. The Cork & Fork Festival should help fill the void left by the Ottawa Wine & Food Festival which has been cancelled for the second year in a row. The inaugural event will have a local flavour to it with many of the wine and beer vendors coming from the Ottawa area and Eastern Ontario such as Domaine Perrault in Navan; Vignoble Clos du Vully in Leonard; and the Stray Dog Brewery and the Orléans Brewing Co. from right here in Orléans. Other wineries that will be on hand include Chateau des Charmes and the Strewn Winery from Niagara; Huff Estates, Casa-Dea Estates Winery, Trail Estates Winery and Sandbanks Winery from Prince Edward County; the KIN Winery from Carp and the Scheuermann Winery from Westport.
Afficiandos of a good glass of beer or cider will appreciate the additional presence of Broadhead Brewery, the Clocktower Brew Pub, the Whiprsnapr Brewing Company and the Burst Cider Co. The food vendors include Meatings Catering, OCCO Kitchen, Soul Stone, Café Latte Cino and La Trappe À Fromage. The festival is following the same concept as the Wine & Food Show with three sessions being held over the two days. The Friday night session runs from 6:30 p.m. to 11:30 p.m.; the Saturday afternoon session is being held from 12:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. and the Saturday night session goes from 6:30 p.m. to 11:30 p.m. General admission tickets for all three sessions can be purchased on line for $24.63 including fees and taxes. You can also upgrade your ticket to include a wine tasting with Riedel Glasses during all three sessions, or a beer and food paring. Once inside you will need to purchase tokens which can be redeemed for samples of the wine, beer and spirits. Leftover tokens from the Orléans Caraft Beer Festival will also be accepted. For more information and to purchase tickets visit www.orleansfestivals.ca.
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By Fred Sherwin The Orléans Star The City of Ottawa and the Torgan Group have released the revised plan for a mixed use high rise building at the southwest corner of St. Joseph Blvd. and Duford Drive. The Toronto-based developer had initially proposed a 13 storey building accommodating 144 apartment dwellings on top of a ground floor designated retail and commercial, but during a public meeting held in January 2018, a number of comments from area residents forced the developer and their architect to go back to the drawing board. What they came up with is a new design with a much thinner profile, however, they have added an additional two storeys and 21 apartment uints. The land where the tower is being proposed has been zoned Arterial Mainstreet which allows for a nine storey building with a maximum height of 25 metres. The developer has applied for a a variance to allow for a 16-storey building with a height of 52 metres. Queenswood Heights residents living on top of Duford Drive have voiced concerns about the proposed height of the building and the impact it will have on their view of the Ottawa River and the
additional traffic it will produce on St. Joseph Blvd. Most of the comments posted on the Queenswood Heights Community Association Facebook page either ask why other sites on St. Joseph Blvd. aren’t being considered for the apartment tower, or they voice their support for demands that some of the apartment units be designated for affordable housing and/or dwellings for seniors. Orléans Ward councillor Matt Luloff fully supports the development. During last year’s municipal election he campaigned on bringing more residential and mixed use development to Orléans’ unofficial “Main Street”. “We need to attract business back into our core, ensure our seniors have a place to downsize and provide affordable, convenient housing close to transit, all while redesigning and modernizing our main street,” Luloff wrote in a recent post. “We need transformative change and 3030 St. Joseph represents the beginning of this change. I like the new designs and feel that they represent exactly what we need to accomplish.” Area residents will be able to comment on the revised project at an information session on Nov. 16 from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at the Ray Friel Centre
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VW ready to role out first all-electric vehicle summer and autumn. All-weather tires, on the other hand, all good in all four seasons.) One thing you should consider when contemplating the purchase of an allwheel drive vehicle is the extra cost which can be anywhere from $2,000 to $4,000 depending on the vehicle. Then there are the hidden costs. Allwheel drive decreases fuel economy by roughly four to 10 per cent and they require the oil to be changed in the differential more often than vehicles without all-wheel drive. If you are considering an all-wheel drive vehicle, probably the most important thing you should be aware of is that allwheel drive does not allow the operator to drive in the snow or rain as easily as they would in dry conditions. All-wheel drive only helps with acceleration and traction in those types of conditions. Braking distances and handling will be the same as with a regular two-wheel drive vehicle. Which brings us to our original question – is all-wheel drive worth the extra expense? The answer is, it depends. It depends on how often you think you are going to drive in slippery conditions. It depends on how much you think its going to snow this winter and the winters to
All-wheel drive SUVs like the Volkswagen Atlas pictured above are more than capable of dealing with Ottawa’s snowy winters. FILE PHOTO come. And it depends on the type of tires you have on your vehicle. In many cases and situations a good set of snow tires can often make just as much difference in handling for the average car as all-wheel drive. In almost every case, having a good set of snow tires is more important and more consequential than having all-wheel drive which can sometimes lead to a false
sense of security. You need to be just as vigilant and just as cautious when driving in slippery conditions no matter what you drive. So be forewarned, when it comes to driving in inclement winter weather, the vehicle is only as good as the person driving it, no matter whether it’s equipped with AWD, 4WD or 2WD.
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By Fred Sherwin The Orléans Star With Old Man Winter lurking just around the corner, it might be time to replace that tired old family car, SUV or minivan with something newer, shinier and safer. My father used to always buy his cars in the fall to take advantage of dealers looking to clear space on their lots for the next year’s models. Most automakers and car dealers are offering discounts and price reductions to entice people to make that new car purchase before the snow flies. If you are one of the people that fall into that category than you should consider purchasing a vehicle with all-wheel drive (AWD) which provides improved traction in slippery conditions such as on snow and ice. Better traction means better handling and better acceleration as the traction is provided by all four tires working in concert with each other. Keep in mind this is only true with winter or all-weather tires. If you have worn out or even semiworn all-season tires, AWD will only make things worse. (All-season tires is actually a misnomer. Truth be told, all-season tires are essentially three season tires – spring,
When it comes to the Jaguar F-Pace the ‘F’ stands for fun By Fred Sherwin The Orléans Star I love my job. Getting to test drive the latest Volvos, VWs, Range Rovers and Jaguars and then writing about them is a car lover’s dream come true. That’s especially true when it comes to cars like the 2019 Jaguar F-Pace Prestige. The British car manufacturer describes it’s mid-sized SUV as a luxury performance vehicle built with driver in mind. I would describe it as an SUV built with a sports car mentality – it’s both practical and a thrill to drive, perfect for any couple looking for the best of both worlds. The Prestige is the entry level F-Pace, however, you can purchase it with either the 20T 2.0 litre, four-cylinder turbocharged engine that delivers 247 hp, or the T30 power plant which will get you an additional 49 horses. If you want to get really crazy you can opt for the S model which comes with a 3.0 litre, six-cylinder supercharged engine that delivers 396 horsepower. Believe or not they also have a model that’s a step above the S. The F-Pace SVR comes with an eight-cylinder supercharged engine that can deliver an eye-popping 550 hp and can go from 0-100 km/h in 4.3 seconds. Having driven the base model with the T30 engine, I can’t imagine what
it would be like with an extra 250 horses under the hood. Getting back to the F-Pace Prestige, I have to say that I was impressed the minute I laid eyes on the vehicle. Despite the fact that it’s an SUV, it looks fast with it’s distinctive F-type front grill. Although the interior is relatively understated by Jaguar standards, it still comes with all the comforts you would expect from a luxury SUV, including heated front seats and a heated steering wheel; a panoramic sunroof; 10-way electric front seats with 4-way electric lumbar adjust and driver memory; a Meridian sound system; and a 10-inch Infotainment display with InControl Touch Pro (SSD) Navigation, Apple CarPlay and Bluetooth connectivity. All of which is very nice, but let’s get back to what sets the F-Pace apart from other mid-size SUVs. The F-Pace can be driven in four different modes – Normal, Eco, Dynamic, and Snow/Wet mode. The latter gives the F-Pace even more traction when combined with all-wheel drive. In Eco mode the on-board computer modifies the interior comfort and audio settings to reduce energy consumption and the accelerator pedal response is softened to maximize fuel economy. Dynamic Mode is, well, dynamic. It
Now is the time to take advantage of the dealer discounts available on the 2019 Jaguar F-Pace at Jaguar Ottawa on Michael Street. STAFF PHOTO makes passing slower traffic a breeze and cornering The Dynamics system adjusts the suspension damping according to the drive mode and your driving style, resulting sports car-like feel. And if you get bored you can switch the transmission over to S-mode which let’s you toggle through the eight-speed transmission using the paddles on the steering wheel like a Formula 1 driver.
On a practical note, the F-Pace has plenty of leg and head room in the rear seats and more cargo space than most other midsized SUVs on the market. And if all that isn’t enough to make you drive over to Jaguar Ottawa on Michael Street to take an F-Pace for spin, consider the fact that all 31 vehicles they have on the lot are available at a considerable discount between $6,000 and $9,000.
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Volkswagen Tiguan is an affordable, functional SUV By Fred Sherwin The Orléans Star If you are shopping for a compact SUV, the Volkswagen Tiguan is definitely worth consideration for a variety of reasons, including its driveability, safety features and its affordable price tag, all of which have made the Tiguan Volkswagen Canada’s best selling vehicle over the past two years. The Tiguan comes in three different trim packages. The base model is the Trendline which starts at $29,255. The mid-trim package is the Comfortline which starts at $34,675 and the fully loaded model is the Highline which starts at $39,575. All three models are powered by a 2.0 litre, four-cylinder, turbo-charged engine that generates 184 hp which allows the Tiguan to accelerate up to highway speeds well enough, but high-speed passing power is modest unless you select the eight-speed automatic Sport mode. While the Trendline is very much a bare bones SUV, the Comfortline comes standard with a number of attractive features including heated front seats; a push button start; rain detecting wipers; 8-way power-adjustable seats; and a user-
friendly 8-inch touchscreen infotainment interface, on which you can access Apple CarPlay and Android Auto apps. The Comfortline also comes with a number of driver assist functions such as automatic emergency braking, pedestrian monitoring, blind spot detection and rear traffic alert. With the Highline you also get Park Assist and a 360-degree backup camera. Both upgraded trim packages also come standard with Volkswagen’s 4MOTION AWD system. As for the ride, the Tiguan feels firm, and controlled in normal conditions, while the suspension is forgiving enough to easily cope with Ottawa’s cracked and pothole strewn streets. On the highway, the 2.0 litre fourcylinder engine delivers high marks for gas mileage (8.1L per 100 km) although it suffers when trying to pass slower traffic. Inside the Tiguan is extremely comfortable, offering plenty of head room and ample leg room in the rear seats. Cargo space is limited, however, but then again it is a “compact” SUV. Additional cargo space can be found by folding down the rear seats.
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2019 XC60 R-Design puts the XC in exciting By Fred Sherwin The Orléans Star The XC60 is Volvo’s midsize SUV positioned between the compact XC40 and the full-size XC-90. The R-Design is the middle trim package for the XC60 priced at $56,550 – that’s $3,300 more than the Momentum with the same T6 power plant and $1,650 less than the Inscription. Outside, the R-Design has a much sportier look than the Momentum with an attractive grill; 19-inch alloy wheels, rather than 18-inch wheels; front and rear glossy black skid plates; integrated dual tailpipes; fog lights; and bending LED active headlights with cornering lights. Inside the R-Design is loaded with leather accents; heated seats that warm up in under a minute; a cushion extension on both front seats to better support your legs; and a futuristic touch screen LED centre console display that’s incredibly userfriendly as is the gear shift knob. And did I mention the R-Design also comes with a panoramic sunroof? All of the trim packages come with the same state-of-the-art safety features including a Lane Keeping Aid that will gently steer your car back into the lane
if you’re about to cross a lane marking without using the indicator; Hill Start Assist and Hill Descent Control as well as Whiplash Protection in which the entire front backrest and head restraint moves with the occupant in the event of a collision . The vehicle also comes standard with the Sensus GPS Navigation System. (Interestingly enough, the system warns you when you are approaching an intersection with a red light camera, only it’s referred to as a “safety camera”.) The XC60 can also be purchased with the Premium option package which includes Blind Spot Detection; a power tailgate; heated rear seats; headlight washers; an inductive charging station for your Smart Phone; a heated steering wheel and heated wiper blades for an additional $1,750. The R-Design is powered by Volvo’s T6 2.0 litre, four-cylinder turbo- and supercharged engine with AWD. Once you’re on the road you can choose from four different driving modes – Comfort Mode in which the XC60 responds gently and to your commands; Eco Mode which adjusts the powertrain to allow for maximum fuel efficiency; Off-Road
The XC60 Volvo XC60 R-Design is sporty, eye-catching and a thrill to drive in all seasons and in any conditions. STAFF PHOTO Mode which can only be activated at speeds under 40 km/hr; and my favourite, Dynamic Mode which turns the compact SUV into something akin to a sports car. The throttle goes hair-trigger, the revs are kept higher for quicker access to the turbo, and peak torque output is always within striking distance. The steering, which already has an
extremely small radius, becomes even tighter and more responsive. Of course, the vehicle’s fuel efficiency suffers slightly in Dynamic Mode but the smile it will put on your face will be well worth the modest expense. To test drive the 2019 XC60 for yourself visit St-Laurent Volvo at 1300 Michael Street.
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Remembrance Day Honouring our greatest generation about serving in the infantry during the First World War, Eric had no desire to join the army. He wanted to be an airman. After helping his family out on the farm near Navan during the rest of the summer, Eric reported to basic training in Toronto on August 27. A year later, he received his wings and was commissioned to be a flight instructor. After 18 months teaching other recruits how to fly, Eric asked to be assigned to an operational unit. His request was granted on Dec. 1, 1943. A year later, he was assigned to Squadron 107 based in Lasham, England. The mosquito squadron flew daylight solo missions over Europe, attacking targets such as trains, motor convoys, fuel depots etc. The squadron lost one or two pilots every week, usually due to enemy fire, or the occasional flying accident. Eric recalled his own brush with potential disaster during one of his 58 missions. “One time we were flying along in the clouds and it started to get a little brighter so I asked my navigator where we were. The next thing I know we drop out of the clouds and we were right in the middle of a balloon field. Well those things are designed to make it impossible to fly in. All I could do was fly straight, hope for the best and make myself feel as small as possible. The old drops were dripping off the armpits during that one,” Eric recalled during an interview with the Orléans Star. When the war ended, Eric remained
Eric Smith photographed in front of the Navan Cenotaph, November 2011. in the air force as a flight instructor, eventually teaching young pilots how to fly the new Sabre jet fighter. He would fly 50 missions over Korea as an exchange pilot with the U.S. Air Force. Eric eventually traded in his wings for a career in real estate. He and his wife Dinah were married for more than 65 years. Their daughter Erin and son-in-law Bob live down the street in Navan and they have two granddaughters Sarah and Kristen. Eric was among the last of his generation along with Herb Deavy, I.F. “Bus” Kennedy and Angus Wilson. There
are still a handful of surviving World War II veterans still among us, but their ranks are growing thinner and thinner. My buddy Sid Davey, who served in His Majesty’s Special Forces during the Second World War is still kicking at 94, but he is the last of his regiment. When we gather for Remembrance Day ceremonies this year we should take an extra moment’s silence to remember these brave, heroic men who served in the Second World War along with those who followed in their footsteps in Korea and Afghanistan.
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By Fred Sherwin The Orléans Star When Remembrance Day ceremonies are held in Navan on November 11, they will be significant for the absence of the community’s last surviving veteran of the Second World War. Squadron Leader Eric Smith (ret.) passed away on March 2. He was predeceased by fellow Navan resident and World War II veteran Herb Deavy on July 9, 2007; double Distinguished Flying Cross recipient Irving Farmer Kennedy on Jan. 2011; and Angus Wilson on Aug. 27, 2013. The last two men both resided in Cumberland Village. I was blessed to have known all four men. I first met Eric in 2004. He agreed to be interviewed for a story I was doing on Remembrance Day. He was gracious, witty and sharp as a tack. He was also among a small group of men who had flown 50 or more missions in both the Second World War and the Korean War. That’s right, Eric was a bona fide member of our country’s greatest generation, although he would strongly disagree with that distinction. To Eric, his father’s generation, who served during the First Great War, was the greatest generation this country has ever produced. He and his comrades were just following in their fathers’ footsteps. Eric enlisted on July 13, 1941, at the age of 20. Having heard his father’s stories
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Holiday season heats up at the Shenkman STAR STAFF – Don’t look now, but the holiday season is upon us. At least it is at the Shenkman Arts Centre where the November line-up includes a Christmas concert by The Men of the Deeps; the Baz’Art Holiday Arts Market and the Ottawa School of Theatre production of A Christmas Carol. The Men of the Deeps coal miners chorus from Cape Breton will be performing songs from their Christmas In The Mine album on Tuesday, Nov. 26. Tickets are $55 for adults and $20 for students. The Baz’Art Holiday Arts Market makes its annual return to the Shenkman Arts Centre on Nov. 23 and 24. This is an opportunity to shop for a variety of unique, handmade items created by local and regional artists and artisans. You’ll find ceramics, jewellery, wearables, painting, photography and other surprises in a seasonal setting. The Ottawa School of Theatre production of A Christmas Carol is the perfect opportunity to get into the Christmas spirit. This all ages presentation will take place in the Richcraft Theatre on Nov. 22, 23 and 24. The month kicks off this weekend with a pair of performances by Quebec super-star Marie-Mai. A winner of no fewer than 10 Félix Awards, Marie-Mai has reinvented herself with a new formula and new music infused with pop and electro sounds that is more captivating and artistic than ever. A limited number of tickets can still be purchased by visiting shenkmanarts.com. If the November lineup can be summed up in one word – eclectic. Besides tribute shows to Pink Floyd (Nov. 14), Carole
King (Nov. 15) and the Eagles (Nov. 22), the schedule includes a performance by The Sons of Scotland Pipe Band (Nov. 16) and a special Matinée Café performance of love songs and world music by Miguel de Armas and Cristina Sayén on Nov. 20. Speaking of eclectic, the SHHH!! Ensemble duo of Edana Higham on piano and Zac Pulak on percussion bring their innovative avant garde stylings to the intimate confines of the Richcraft Theatre on Nov. 7. Their varied repertoire ranges from classical transcriptions to cutting edge new music. Tickets are $25 for adults and $15 for students and seniors. The November lineup is rounded out by the Théâtre du village Orléans production of Léda ou le cheval qui rêve on Nov. 14, 15, 16 and 17; Formidable ! Aznavour – The History of a Legend which tells the story of Charles Aznavour’s incredible career through his great songs; and an a capella performance by the francophone quartet QW4RTZ on Nov. 23. For a complete breakdown of all of the Shenkman Arts Centre live performances, including ticket sales, visit shenkmanarts. com. Looking ahead to December, tickets are currently on sale for A Quartette Christmas featuring Canadian singer/ songwriters Cindy Church, Gwen Swick, Caitlin Hanford and Sylvia Tyson on Dec. 2; the Ballet Jörgen production of The Nutcracker on Dec. 11 and 12; and The Sultans of Strings Christmas Caravan concert with special guests Lynn Miles, Rebecca Campbell, Kellylee Evans, Kristine St-Pierre and Twin Flames on Dec. 19.
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Lise was born and raised in Ottawa. She is a proud mom of two daughters and one son, and has 5 wonderful grandchildren. They are her pride and joy...her reason for living. As a young woman, Lise first worked as a map compiler for National Defense. However, her favourite employment was being a receptionist at the International Student Office at the University of Ottawa. When students came off the plane from abroad, one of the first friendly faces the students would come across was Lise’s. It gave her great pleasure to help these students begin their transition on Canadian soil. Lise worked at the university for many years, and retired from there feeling thankful and content as it was a very rewarding career. Lise is easygoing, doesn’t like to complain, enjoys life to the fullest and her special message to all her friends, family, and fellow residents: “Count your blessings, be thankful for the good things in your life”. Living in the same neighbourhood as Symphony Orléans, Lise and her family were aware of our community and knew of other residents who called us “their home” It wasn’t a difficult adjustment for the family, as Lise was still nearby and close to her parish. Lise enjoys everything about Symphony Orléans, the food, the care, the services and especially the friendly demeanor of the staff.
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Unfortunately, Lise lost her husband at a young age and had to step up providing not only as motherly figure for her children, but she became the sole provider for her daughters and son.
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Living with dementia and those making a difference A friend of nearly 50 years is struggling with the care and complicated family dynamics of having a mother in her 90s, with advanced Alzheimer’s, still living at home. Even with support, looking after her is mentally and physically exhausting. My friend shares Power of Attorney for Personal Care with another family member and cautions that, if practical, an odd number of people should share POA to avoid any painful and divisive deadlock. Another friend’s dementia is advancing rapidly and before long will require a significant life-style change. His wife is coping better than most, but is feeling the burden of being responsible for, well, virtually everything. She has to be constantly vigilant that he doesn’t heat up a can of corned beef in the microwave or put the wrong password into the computer so many times they get locked out. Worse is when he misplaces something like his keys and, with dementia-driven paranoia, accuses her of stealing them. His decline on gerontologist-administered cognition tests is striking and depressing. It used to be drawing the clock that defeated him. Now, he isn’t sure where he is; what day, month or year it is; and shown pictures of a giraffe, rhinoceros and bear, the only animal he can identify is the bear.
A Seniors Moment by Heather Jamieson Another friend and her husband moved into independent living in a private retirement residence; until his vascular dementia forced them to be separated - she remains in independent living and he has moved to the residence’s secure memory care unit. “And really wants to die,” his wife says with immeasurable sadness. Those three families, within my own close circle of friends, who are struggling with the harsh reality of dementia highlight for me the depth of the crisis more than any statistics. But stats there are. In announcing Canada’s first national strategy on dementia last June, the federal health minister spoke of the “significant and growing impact” of dementia in Canada: more than 419,000 Canadians aged 65 and older are living with dementia. As our population ages, that number will only increase. I am happy to champion the work of
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Orléans’ Resurrection Lutheran Church (RLC) and its efforts to make a difference. Since January 2018, it has operated an Adult Day Program in its spacious Gaultois Avenue church. I was reminded of their work by Sig Sigurdson, an active member of their congregation, who let me know that a fundraising Oktoberfest Dinner raised $3,000. I had first written about the program in April of 2018 and am impressed that the congregation, with the support of Carefor Health and Community Services, has been able to keep their program going without significant government funding, although their lobbying efforts continue. I have written about memory care services offered at some local private retirement residences, but adult day programs fill an essential need in the continuum from a diagnosis of dementia to the need for specialized care within a controlled environment. All three of my friends living with dementia have taken advantage of a day program at some point in their journey. The RLC program can host 14 clients each week and has 23 people on its waiting list. “It is an essential resource in Orléans, which is underserviced compared to the rest of Ottawa,” explains Carol Fairbrother, chair of RLC’s church council. “The waitlist
for this program, and the two other English programs in Orléans extend for several months,” she adds. These programs provide social, recreational and personal support services to their participants and offer vital respite for caregivers, explains Beth Monaco, Carefor program manager. “The demand for dementia care services is increasing steadily.” That is why it is so important that a community group, like the RLC congregation, steps up and selflessly keeps its program operating through fundraising, donations and volunteering. The church receives no compensation for running the program. Community support is essential to the success of their fundraising. Kudos to the about 50 people who attended the Oktoberfest event and the local businesses who supported it. Among them, Orléans Fruit Farm donated apple cider for the event and Money Advisors covered the cost of the sausages. Mastermind Toys and Vezina Opticians were among the businesses which donated prizes for the evening’s raffle. Bridge 21 Duplicate club lent the church tables and chairs. Looking after our most vulnerable is a team effort.
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the final minute of the half would cut the Panthers lead to 24-20 at the break. The two teams exchanged a pair of touchdowns in the third quarter to make the score 40-36 heading into the final eight minutes of the game. Cumberland’s touchdowns were scored by Elisha Mufuta and Jaxson Wilson. The fourth quarter turned out to be all Panthers as they outscored the Stallions 16-6 on touchdowns by Pranschke and Oren Pearce-Teed to win the game 56-38. The mosquito game between the Panthers and the Nepean Eagles was a none contest as Shilogh Mukendy ran roughshod through the Eagles defence time, time and time again. In fact he did it six times in scoring the Panthers first six touchdowns, all in the first half, to give Cumberland 38-0 lead. (He also kicked a two-point convert. In the second half Mukendy was able to show off his throwing arm with a pair of touchdown passes to Isaiah Wallace and Hayden Dayak. Another two-point convert by Mukendy would make the score 52-0. CONTINUED ON PAGE 22
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down during the A-Cup Tyke semi-final against the Kanata Stallions. Pranschke
By Fred Sherwin The Orléans Star This year’s NCAFA A-Cup championships will have a distinctive Cumberland Panthers flavour to them after the east and football club managed to secure berths in three of the four games. The Panthers’ tyke, mosquito and bantam teams all won their semi-final matchups on the weekend. The only team that didn’t manage to advance was the peewee team which lost a hard fought see-saw affair against the Nepean Eagles. All four semi-finals were played at Millennium Park. In the first game the tyke team jumped out to a 16-0 first quarter lead over the Kanata Stallions thanks to a pair of touchdowns by Jacob Pranschke and Gabriel Gauthier. Kanata would eventually get on the scoreboard with a converted touchdown early in the second stanza only to have the Panthers respond on the very next series with another touchdown by Pranschke followed by Gauthier’s third two-point conversion of the game. A pair of touchdowns by the Stallions in
Speedskating duo win four gold Sir Wil runner wins silver at at long track championships HS X-country championships STAR STAFF – The east end speed skating duo of Ivanie Blondin and Isabelle Weidemann won four gold medals at the Canadian championships in Calgary earlier this month, demonstrating that they are ready to take on the rest of the world on the eve of the 2019-2020 speed skating season. Blondin won gold medals in the 1500 and 3,000 metres as well as the mass start, while Weidemann set a new national record on her way to winning the gold medal in the 5,000 metres. Blondin also won a pair of silver medals in the 1,000 and 5,000, while Weidemann added a silver medal in the 3,000 and a bronze in the mass start. The two Gloucester Concordes members will form the core of Canada’s national women’s team along with Valerie Maltais from Quebec and Kaylin Irvine from Alberta who won gold in the 500 sprint and the 1,000 metres. They will also anchor the ladies pursuit team. Both ladies are hoping to improve on their final World Cup rankings in 20182019. Blondin finished fourth in the mass start and fifth in the 3,000 metres, one spot back of Weidemann. The highlight of Blondin’s season was
a silver medal performance in the mass start event at the World Single Distance Championships, while the highlight of Weidemann’s season was her first ever World Cup gold medal which she won in the 3,000 metres in Nogata, Japan. The two girls also competed at the 2018 Winter Olympics in South Korea where they finished 6th and 7th respectively in the 3,000 metres and 5th and 6th in the 5,000 metres. Weidemann will start the new campaign with a massive boost in confidence after besting Cindy Klassen’s 13-year-old record in the 5,000 metres by two seconds. The World Cup season gets underway on Nov. 14 in Minsk, Belarus.
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Panthers advance to tyke, mosquito and bantam finals Continued from page 21 In the peewee semi-final, the Panthers ran out of downs and time in a 35-32 loss to their Eagle counterparts despite another strong game by Hugo Djeumeni Kemeni (3 TDs) and first year linebacker Joshua Morbey. Unfortunately, Eagles running back Justin Rowe had an even better game scoring all five of his teams touchdowns including the go ahead TD with less than two minutes left in the game. In the final game of the day, the Panthers bantam squad built a 24-0 halftime lead on touchdowns by Nate Beauvais, Khalid Campbell and Logan Olsthoorn. Campbell’s touchdown was set up by Jefferson Desca’s second interception of the half, while Olsthoorn’s TD came on a 25-yard pass from Beauvais with 12 seconds left in the second quarter. A pick six by Henry Hollo in the third quarter and a Jake Henderson field goal would extend the Panthers lead to 33-0 heading into the final stanza. The icing on the cake was provided by Clark O’Connor whose fourth quarter rushing TD made the final score 39-0 in favour of the home team.
The A-Cup finals will take place at Minto Field at the Nepean Sportsplex next Sunday starting with the tyke championship game at 9 a.m. The Panther tykes will be in tough against an undefeated Cornwall Wildcats squad which beat them 60-14 in Week 7 of the regular season. The mosquito Panthers will take on their arch rivals from Kanata in the U11 A-Cup final. The Stallions have beaten the Panthers in both of their previous two meetings this season. They won their opening season match-up 27-25 and followed that up with a 38-34 victory in the regular season finale for both teams. The Panthers are hoping the third time will be the charm next Sunday and they’ll finslly be able to get over the hump and claim the title. The final game of the day will see the Panthers take on their traditional rivals, the Myers Riders, in the bantam championship. In their only other meeting this season, the Panthers beat the Riders 20-14 in a highly competitive affair. The Panthers are the defending A-Cup champions in the tyke, peewee and bantam divisions.
STAR STAFF – St. Peter High School runner Katie Newlove is heading back to the OFSAA provincial cross-country championships after finishing second in the senior girls division at the NCSSAA championship last week. Competing in her second race in less than five days – the East Division meet had to be moved to Monday, Oct. 21 due to weather issues – Newlove battled it out with her rival, Emma Betty from Lisgar Collegiate, over the 4km Hornets Nets course before ultimately finishing second by less than 13 seconds. Newlove, who finished fifth at last year’s city championship, is hoping to finish her high school running career with a Top 10 performance at the provincial championships. Newlove will be joined in Sudbury by Zoé Lortie from École secondaire Béatrice-Desloges, who placed fifth in the novice girls race; Tristan Trudel, also from Béatrice-Desloges, who finished third in the junior boys race; and Maxime Filion from École secondaire LouisRiel, who placed fifth in the senior boys division. Colonel By Secondary School will
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Honour. The unveiling will be done by LGEN (ret’d) Andrew Leslie and A/Commissioner (ret’d) Graham Muir RCMP and past Chief of police in Afghanistan. Service dogs are welcome. The bar will be open after the parade and complementary chili and baked beans will be served.
Show starts at 7 p.m. Tickets $20 each available in the church office. ST. HELEN’S CHRISTMAS BAZAAR from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at St. Helen’s Anglican Churh, 1234 Prestone Dr. Homebaking, pre-loved jewelry, attic treasures, Children’s Table, Baby Table, quilts and hand knit items. Refreshments and treats served at St. Helen’s Le Café.
FRIDAY, NOV. 8 ANNUAL CHARITY AUCTION from 7 p.m. to 11 p.m. at Good Shepherd Parish, 3092 Innes Road. Everyone is welcome. Come join the fun and get a jump on your Christmas shopping. The funds raised will be for food hampers for the needy in our community.
MONDAY, NOV. 11 REMEMBRANCE DAY CEREMONY 10:30 a.m. at Orléans Cenotaph, 800 Taylor Creek Road. Sandwiches and light refeshements to follow in the Orléans Legion.’ REMEMBRANCE DAY CEREMONY 11 a.m. at the Navan Cenotaph next to the Navan Memorial Arena. A reception will follow with sandwiches and light refreshments on the second floor of the arena.
SATURDAY, NOV. 9 MURDER MYSTERY DESSERT PARTY ‘A GHOST OF A CLUE’ hosted by Orléans United Church, 1111 Orléans Blvd. Doors open 6:30 p.m.
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6.2L V8 4X4, LEATHER, NAVIGATION, TOW PACKAGE, LOADED STK#190765
4.0L V6 4X4, LEATHER, NAVIGATION, SUNROOF, REAR VIEW CAMERA, HEATED SEATS, LOADED FORMER DAILY RTL
4X4 DIESEL, TOW PACKAGE, BLUETOOTH, REMOTE START, 83,000 KM STK#190696
$39,995 OR $257 B/W
APPLE CARPLAY / ANDROID AUTO
ONLY 16,000 KMs!
5.7L HEMI 4X4, TOW PACKAGE, 20” ALLOY WHEELS, FULL POWER GROUP, LOADED STK#190924
$29,256 OR $208 B/W
$30,986 OR $221 B/W
2019 Frontier PRO-4X
DIESEL 4X4, TOW PKG, TRUCK CAP, REAR VIEW CAMERA, HEATED SEATS/STEERING, BLUETOOTH, LOADED STK#190878
4X4, DIESEL, LEATHER, NAVIGATION, SUNROOF, LOADED STK#180287
$33,528 OR $214 B/W
EVERY POSSIBLE OPTION!
4X4 DIESEL, LEATHER, REAR VIEW CAMERA, HEATED/ COOLED SEATS, TOW PACKAGE STK#190946
FULL TOW TRUCK / LIFT EQUIPPED
2015 Canyon SLE
2015 RAM 1500 SLT
4X4, DIESEL, LEATHER, SUNROOF, NAVIGATION, LOADED STK#180985
5.7L HEMI 4X4, REAR VIEW CAMERA, TOW PACKAGE, FULL POWER GROUP, LOADED STK#190928
4X4, REAR CAMERA, FULL POWER GROUP, CLIMATE CONTROL, ALLOY WHEELS, LOW KMS STK#190576
2014 RAM 1500 Outdoorsman
4X4, DIESEL, UPGRADED SUSPENSION, PUSH BAR, , UPGRADED TIRES/ALLOYS, FULL POWER GROUP, LOADED STK#190771
5.3L V8 4X4, TOW PACKAGE, 20” ALLOY WHEELS, APPLE CARPLAY/ANDROID AUTO, LOADED STK#190919
2015 Silverado 1500 High Country
6.6L DURAMAX DIESEL / ALLISON TRANSMISSION
2014 RAM 1500 SLT
ONLY 62,000 KMs! STK#190208
2015 RAM 1500 Laramie
R e l l i v r y I 70 0 C