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Former Liberal to seek local Conservative nomination By Fred Sherwin The Orléans Star Former Liberal Party organizer and one time leadership candidate David Bertschi plans to run for the local Conservative nomination for next fall’s federal election. The Orléans lawyer and long time community activist will file his nomination papers to run for the candidacy in Orléans this week. The only other people to so far put their names forward are Gerry Potter and Will Hickey. Should Bertschi get the nod as the Conservative nominee, he would contest the seat occupied by Liberal incumbent Andrew Leslie, the man he was pushed aside for in the run-up to the 2015 General Election. His conversion to the Conservative cause was much easier than most people would think. In fact, he’s returning

to the fold. When the native Montrealer first came to Ottawa to pursue a law career in the late 70s, he was a Bill Davis supporter. It wasn’t until the mid-80s after Davis’ exit that Bertschi began to support the federal Liberal Party thanks to Don Johnston whom he saw as being both fiscally responsible and socially progressive. He also worked for local Liberal candidate Albert Roy in the 1984 General Election. Twenty-seven years later, he ran for the Liberals in the 2011 General Election against Conservative incumbent Royal Galipeau. He lost thanks in large part to a strong showing by the national NDP campaign. However, he still managed to amass the fifth highest voter tally among Liberal candidates in the country. CONTINUED ON PAGE 2


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He was hoping to run again in 2015, but was blocked from doing so by the Liberal Party hierarchy at the 11th hour, allowing Andrew Leslie to run for the local Liberal nomination unopposed. Although some cynics may say that Bertschi wants to run for the Conservatives just to spite the Liberals, his motivation is to shed light on the “flawed policies” which the Trudeau David Bertschi government has adopted during their time in office. “My decision was precipitated by seeing what’s happening in Orléans and in the country. It was about over-taxation, wanton and reckless spending and lastly an attempt to invade the privacy of all Canadians,” says Bertschi. “When I watched Andrew Scheer and the front bench of the Conservative Party, I saw a principled, grass root driven group of MPs and they were right. They were standing up for small- and medium-sized businesses and the real Canadian middle class which frankly, the silver spoon establishment in the Liberal Party and their leaders don’t care or have a clue about.” As the senior partner in a law firm that employs almost 20 people, Bertschi believes he is more in tune with small business owners and the average man and woman on the street than the current MP. (Andrew Leslie is a career military man and a former Lieutenant-General in the Canadian Armed forces.) Among the issues, Bertschi wants to focus his campaign on are standing up for public service employees who are still dealing with the Phoenix pay issue after more than three years; promoting fiscally responsible decision-making; defending the rights and needs of the middle class and small and medium business owners in particular; and ensuring Canada’s veterans are properly looked after. Fluently bilingual, Bertschi has also been a strong defender of francophone rights and the riding’s multi-cultural component as an active and engaged member of the community for more than 30 years.


GoFundMe effort launched for local man waiting for lung transplant By Fred Sherwin The Orléans Star Friends and relatives of an Orléans man waiting for a life-saving double lung transplant have launched a GoFundMe campaign to help the family make ends meet as he waits for the procedure in Toronto. Jonathan Oldroyd, 34, was diagnosed with Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) last year. According to his respirologist there’s no reason his lungs should be so bad, the entire family is being tested as carriers of the alpha-1 antitrypsin deficiency known to cause the disease. Jonathan, or “Jonny” as he is known to his friends and family, is on oxygen 24 hours a day at 8 litres per minute while waiting for a transplant. He is currently preparing to move to Toronto along with his mother, who also suffers from COPD, and his father who will take care of them. The reason for the move is so that he can be in close proximity to the hospital should a pair of donor lungs become available and he can undergo the transplant. While he is in Toronto, his fiancée Amanda must remain in Ottawa to look

after their 14-month-old son Ryder while also working as an Early Childhood Educator to make sure the bills are paid. Unfortunately, rent in Toronto is extremely high and the family has limited resources. It is for this reason than Oldroyd’s sister Erin Stone recently launched a GoFundMe campaign. The goal is to raise $10,000 to cover the cost of rent and other expenses for at least four months. “He’s just so worried about his family,” says Stone, who lives in Campbell River, B.C. “I just think this could take a huge burden off of him.” As of Saturday night, over $1,500 had been raised in just five days which has boosted the spirits of everyone involved and especially Oldroyd’s. “It’s given him a bit of his spark back,” says Stone. “He’s just so amazed that people care about him, and I knew they would.” Despite some medical challenges very early on in his life, Oldroyd grew up relatively healthy. It wasn’t until 2014 that things started to take a turn for the worse. One day while walking across a parking lot he had to stop and lean on a tree to catch his breath. After

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David vs Goliath Well, well, well, what a tangled web we weave. They say politics makes strange bedfellows and there’s none stranger than David Bertchi and the federal Conservatives. Bertschi, as you might have already read, is a former Liberal supporter and organizer who ran for the Liberal leadership against Justin Trudeau et al in 2013. He eventually dropped out of the race to focus on his candidacy for the Liberal nomination in Orléans only to be disqualified by the party to clear the way for Andrew Leslie’s acclamation. The rest, as they say, is history. Leslie went on to win his seat as part of a Liberal landslide the following year and Bertschi filed a lawsuit against the Liberal Party leadership which was settled out of court on mutually agreeable terms in June 2016. At the time the Liberal Party issued a statement referring to Bertschi as a “hard-working” and respected lawyer in Ottawa. His decision to switch sides and join the Conservative Party and possibly run against Leslie in next fall’s General Election is based on a deep desire to get a few things off his chest and point to some of the more moderate positions he feels the party has abandoned to pursue a more progressive leftist agenda. Primary among the issues is what he and other like-minded individuals refer to as the Liberals “attack” on local business, that started with changes to small business tax policies in 2017. Bertschi sees it as an abandonment of promises made to help small business during the 2015 election. He also wants champion the federal public service employees caught up in the Phoenix fiasco and veterans who thinks should be better taken care of. But more importantly, he wants the stage that was taken from him in 2015. It was a bitter period in local Liberal politics. Bertschi was cruising to an easy nomination win, having sold hundreds of memberships, but at the 11th hour Leslie was parachuted into the riding and Bertschi was unceremoniously shown the door. The move still sparks bitter debate among local Liberals, both current and former. But it is what it is. The Liberals held on to the riding and Leslie is currently the parliamentary secretary to the Minister of Foreign Affairs. For Bertschi to defeat Leslie will take nothing short of a minor miracle. It is truly a David vs. Goliath scenario. Pardon the pun. On the other hand it’s not without precedent. The late Royal Galipeau traded in his Liberal membership card for a Conservative one in 2005. He won the nomination and than squeaked past the Liberal incumbent, Marc Godbout, in the 2006 General Election thanks in large part to a strong NDP showng in the riding. Galipeau would go on to serve in the House of Commons for nearly 10 years. Bertschi is hoping history will repeat itself. If so, he may need his slingshot. - Fred Sherwin, editor

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Program gives Canadians a chance to thank veterans with a valentine Canada’s Veterans have selflessly served our Veterans even display their cards for weeks after country and protected our freedom for over a Valentine’s Day. century. The courage and valour of those who This Valentine’s Day, I want to encourage all served is still reflected in the continued tradition Orléans residents to join me in showing Veterans of service by today’s Canadian your gratitude for their sacrifices Armed Forces. and achievements in serving our The Valentines for Vets procountry by creating a hand-made gram encourages youth, individvalentine. Let’s all honour those uals and organizations across the who have served our country and country to express their appresacrificed for it by bringing joy to a ciation for those who served, Canadian Veteran this Valentine’s Commons Corner and send messages of thanks to Day. Veterans on Valentine’s Day. Canadians who want to send a valentine to a Valentines for Vets began in 1989, when the late Veteran in a long-term care facility should mail newspaper columnist Ann Landers encouraged their cards by February 1. For those valentines that her readers to create special valentines for Veterans don’t arrive in time, Veterans Affairs Canada will throughout Canada and the United States. Though keep them to distribute next year. All valentines Ann Landers passed away in 2002, Veterans Affairs should be sent to: Canada is committed to continuing her legacy of honouring Veterans. Valentines for Vets Since 1996, Veterans Affairs Canada has reVeterans Affairs Canada ceived and distributed these cards to Veterans in Commemoration, Distribution Unit Canadian long-term care facilities. Every year, 125 Maple Hills Avenue Veterans Affairs Canada receives thousands of Charlottetown, PE C1C 0B6 handmade cards. In 2018, Veterans Affairs Canada distributed approximately 19,000 valentines to more The Valentines for Vets program is only a sucthan 5,400 Veterans in 1,371 Canadian facilities. cess because of the continued participation of Valentines for Vets provides an opportunity Canadians. For more information, please do not for Canadians to thank our Canadian Veterans hesitate to reach out to my office or visit https:// for their service. The personal touch of handmade www.veterans.gc.ca/eng/remembrance/getvalentines brings smiles to their faces – some =involved/valentines-for-veterans/.

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Baby it’s cold outside and climate change deniers are rejoicing Well, it’s the middle of January and the mercury has dipped below -20. Surprise, surprise. I can’t remember a January when we didn’t have a four- or five-day cold snap. The fun part has been watching the posts on my Facebook page. My favourite is the one my sister Gillian posted on Monday. She listed the three signs that it’s cold outside. 1) Social media is all abuzz with parents who are certain their children are going to die if they are outside for longer than five minutes. 2) Waking up a bit chilly because your geo-thermal heating works fantastic until it reaches about -20C outside. 3) Going to the garage and finding your car covered with frozen chunks of pop that exploded out of a 2L bottle. All three are very apropos. I have a couple of others. 4) High school students start wearing socks and – God forbid – winter jackets and boots. 5) Instead of filling up your gas tank you only put in $5 because it takes too long to add more. 6) You have a heated debate with yourself about whether it’s better to park the car and go inside the bank/Tim Horton’s/

Up Front Fred Sherwin McDonald’s or use the drive thru and have to roll your window down. In researching this column, I came across a website that also listed the top 10 signs its cold outside. Among the list were things like “your glasses fog up”, “the snow stops melting” and “you have to start wearing layers”. Upon further inspection, the website originated in Virginia. Go figure. It just goes to show that how we feel about the temperature is relative. Cold is as cold feels. Personally, I’ve never been much of a winter person. I hate the cold. And no, I don’t simply dislike it. I actually hate it. And the older I get the more I hate it. I can trace my attitude about winter and extremely cold temperatures to my youth and more specifically family trips to Camp Fortune. My dad used to be an avid skier. When

we moved to Ottawa from Nova Scotia, he bought a family season pass to Camp Fortune and he would take us skiing every weekend no matter what how cold it was. I can still remember skiing down the hill with a -35 wind chill factor. Talking Dad into letting us go in the lodge and have a hot chocolate was a major accomplishment. My hatred of the cold also goes back to my brief career in minor hockey. When I was 10 or 11 years old my Dad missed the deadline to sign me up for the Pinecrest Minor Hockey Association which plays their games in the friendly and relatively warm confines of the Barbara Ann Scott Arena. Instead he signed me up in the Parkwood Heights Hockey Association which played all their games outdoors. I can still remember sitting in my dad’s car after a game, desperately trying to warm my frozen feet. The burning sensation while they were thawing out was excruciating. I often marvel at the people who are out skating on the outdoor rinks that dot our community in -15, -20m and -25 weather. They are the heartiest of the hearty in my opinion, along with the brave souls who volunteer to operate the rinks every year. Perhaps I was born in Florida and

adopted as a baby. About the only ones who truly love the frigid temperartures besides my dad and those crazy folks on the outdoor rinks are climate change deniers. As soon as the temperature drops below normal they yell, “Look, I told you global warming was a hoax.” The fact of the matter is that global warming is real, Overall, our winters are more mild than they were 20 and 30 years ago with the odd exception and our summers are much hotter. But global warming also leads to periods of extremes – heat waves in the summer like the one we experienced last year and more severe cold snaps in the winter. But that’s cold comfort for people like myself. (Get the pun?) If I ever retire down to Florida, or the Dominican Republic, or Costa Rica, I’m going to make sure to come back to Canada at least once a year, but not during the summer. I’m going to come back in the middle of January to remind myself of why I escaped to the southern climes in the first place. For now, I’m going to put on my long johns and a pair of thermal socks, make a cup of hot chocolate and hide under my duvet until it’s safe to go outside again.

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Orléans ice warriors keep outdoor rinks in tip top shape By Fred Sherwin The Orléans Star They are some of Orléans most unsung heroes. They are the men and women who keep the communities’ outdoor rinks open and properly maintained through wind and snow and bitterly cold temperatures on a purely volunteer basis. The elder statesman of Orléans’ ice warriors is Al Tweddle. The 71-year-old Queenswood Heights resident has been maintaining the community’s two outdoor rinks for the past 50 years. In fact, he was responsible for creating the very first outdoor rink in he community in 1969. “There was a small rink where Rienedes-Bois school now is and we moved it to the current site behind the community centre. Hank Saunier, who was based at the air force base at Rockcliffe, got us the old set of the outdoor boards from there and Doug Wardle put in the poles and some lights,” says Tweddle, who also looks after the rink at Queenswood Ridge Park. Over the five decades that Tweddle has devoted to maintaining the community’s outdoor rinks, he has earned a reputation for creating the best ice in the east end, if not the entire city.

Fellow ice warrior Mark McGee has nothing but admiration and respect for Tweddle. “To be doing it for 50 years and at such a high standard is incredible,” says McGee, who has been maintaining five different rinks in Avalon for 11 of the past 15 years. Three of the rinks are small puddle rinks. The other two rinks, at Scala Park behind St. Theresa Catholic School and Portobello Park behind Avalon Public School, are large outdoor rinks with puddle rinks beside them. McGee helped form the Avalon Outdoor Rink Group in 2004 which built the first rink on Scala. He had two boys who were playing organized hockey and he wanted them to have a place to skate for free that was close to home. “I grew up on an outdoor rink in Toronto and it was great and I wanted my kids to have the same experience,” says McGee. The volunteer rink operators are responsible for creating the ice at the beginning of the year and maintaining it throughout the season. That means flooding the ice surface two or three times a week and clearing the rinks when it snows, either with a shovel or with a snowblower

depending on he amount of snow. Each operator is given an annual grant from the city which is based on the number of rinks they are responsible for. The majority of the money is used to pay students to supervise the rinks when the operators can’t be there. Whatever is left over is used to buy replacement shovels when they go missing, or repair the snowblowers many of which are 10 years old or more. There are over 250 outdoor rinks of various sizes across the city. “It’s the biggest municipal outdoor rink program in Canada. No one’s even close,” says McGee. While most of the outdoor rink operators do their job in relative anonymity, there is a group of people who appreciate everything they do – the individuals and families who use the rinks on a regular basis. “That’s what makes it all worthwhile, says Tweddle. “I have people who come here with their grandchildren who used to skate here when they were kids.” “In the last two years, I’ve never been thanked so many times. It’s always nice when people take the time to say thanks,” says McGee.

A lone skater glides by the door to the outdoor rink at Scala Park in Avalon. FRED SHERWIN PHOTO Both men should know that the entire community is grateful for all they do along with the dozens of other volunteer operators who keep the outdoor rinks open and in great shape.

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Supperworks . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 8 Pantry Plus . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 8 Augustine Bater Binks LLP . . . . . . . . . . . . 9 Oakwood . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 9 Restaurante Caravela . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 10 Dr . Éric Caron . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 10 Car-On Auto . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 11 Bertschi Orth Solicitors and Barristers . . 11 S .G . Printing . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 12 Club gymnastique Les Sittelles . . . . . . . 12 Holiday Inn Express . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 13 Da Nona Bistro Italiano . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 13 Charlie Chan . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 14 Precision Automotive . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 15 180°Fitness Centre . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 15 Tumblers Gymnastics Centre . . . . . . . . . 16 The Riopelle Group . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 16 Magicuts Orléans . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .17 St . Mary Physiotherapy . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .17 Critter Jungle . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 18 DJW’s Furniture . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 18


Convenience the key for customers at SupperWorks SupperWorks has become known as a high-quality meal preparation business where customers can prepare meals using fresh ingredients. Once you take them home, you can store the meals in your freezer for cooking later and enjoying whenever you want. But did you know that SupperWorks will also prepare the meals for you? You simply pick them up or have them delivered right to your door. Now how’s that for convenience? You simply need to visit the SupperWorks website and order your meals using their online menu options. The staff will then prepare the ingredients, assemble them in portions and freeze them to be thawed out at a later date for cooking, serving and enjoying. You simply need to pick them up or have them delivered for a nominal additional charge. For added convenience, SupperWorks also sells pre-made family meals and meals-for-one that are stored in their freezer. The selection may vary, but that’s half the fun. Again you simply need to drop into the store at 2003 St. Joseph Blvd. (just east of Jeanne d’Arc) and see what’s available. No matter what you decide on, you know your meal has been prepared using only the freshest of ingredients with zero additives, so it’s not only convenient, it’s super healthy. Finally, you can always book an appointment at SupperWorks and assemble the meals yourself. The option is yours. Whether you prepare the meals yourself or have the SupperWorks staff do it for you, the best way to get started is to visit the website at www.SupperWorks.com and pick and choose from their online menu. Knowing that variety is the spice of life, the selections often change from month to month. So have fun deciding and bon appetit!

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Family-run health food store a St. Joseph Boulevard institution When Gilles and Lynda Chénier moved to Orléans with their two children from Sault Ste. Marie in 1991, their intent was on opening a bulk food store like the one they owned and managed back in the Sault for over seven years. After considering several locations along St. Joseph Blvd. he decided on a spot in a strip mall near Orléans Blvd. – and so Pantry Plus was born. Over the years the business has undergone a transformation from a bulk food store to a health food store, selling everything from supplements to organic groceries, including spreads and butters, herbal teas, enviromentally safe health and beauty products, and items for special diets, including keto products and an entire row of gluten-free items. But more importantly – and one of the main reasons customers keep coming back – is the vast knowledge of their staff who are constantly being trained on the latest products by their suppliers. “We have three Nutritionists as well as a Naturopathic Doctor, Dr. Émile Compan, in store. You are not able to find that type of expertise in a grocery store,” says Chenier’s Natalie Chenier daughter Nathalie. “Our reps are always coming in and educating the staff on the latest new products and trends and we’re always doing training in-store.” A knowledgeable staff is one reason for the store’s continued success. Selection is another. But their customer service is second to none. It starts with how the Cheniers treat their employees, many of whom have been there 10 years or more. “We truly are a little family here, which consists of our staff as well as our customers. When folks walk in, we want them to feel at home and at ease. We are not here to diagnose or treat any ailments, our business is helping customers on their journey to finding health and wellness. We give guidance, a listening ear and much of ourselves to our customers to make sure they are on the healthy path,” says Natalie. “We don’t sell products to customers to just sell something. We want to make sure that what they are purchasing is truly indeed what they need to make them healthy and happy.” “It’s not about making money,” Gilles adds. “It’s about helping people And if you treat your employees right, then they will treat the customers right and everyone will be happy and keep coming back.” Family businesses seem to be few and far between these days and it will be 28 years this December that this family run Health Food store first opened their doors. “We are the original owners, if you stop in you will most likely find one of the Chéniers working in the store! I have even started bringing in my own children, Noah and Chloé, start them young, just like my Dad did with me,” says Natalie with a smile. You can learn more by visiting www.healthfirstnetwork.ca/pantryplus.

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Deep community roots strengthen litigation law firm The law firm of Augustine Bater Binks LLP might have its offices in downtown Ottawa, but there is no denying its roots in Orléans run deep. Senior counsel Craig Bater is a role model for the firm’s younger lawyers on the value of community service. He was an active member of the Orléans Chamber of Commerce for many years, including serving as a member of its Board of Directors and three terms as President. Bater led the way and now other members of the small Craig Bater litigation firm are making their own marks in Orléans, where four of the firm’s seven lawyers live. “Thanks to Craig, we have more than 30 years of experience working with businesses and individuals in Orléans,” explains fellow Orléans resident and current partner Jonathan Richardson. An Orléans native, Richardson graduated from Gloucester High School and was a proud member of the school’s 1998 National Champion Reach for Amanda Hall the Top team. In 2016, he was nominated for an Orléans Business Excellence Award in the category of Non-Financial Professional of the Year and as the father of two young daughters, Richardson looks forward to forging even stronger connections in the community. In 2017, he was presented with the Gordon F. Henderson award for his significant charitable contribution to the welfare of the community through his work with Lawyers Jonathan Feed the Hungry. Richardson Fellow partner Amanda Hall also went to an east-end high school and calls Orléans home. Ms. Hall, a family lawyer has lived in Orléans since 1982 and currently serves as a director with the Tumblers Gymnastic Club, attended by both her children. Alison Southern, an associate with the firm, is a Captain with 632 Phoenix Royal Canadian Air Cadet Squadron, based out of Béatrice-Desloges secondary school. Community roots and the firm’s small size are real Alison Southern advantages, says Richardson. “Being a small litigation firm with deep connections to the community gives us a great deal of flexibility,” he says. “We can work individually with every client to meet their needs, but also to bring a flexible and cost-effective team approach.”

Designing and Building it right for Over 60 years “When my father started this business over 60 years ago it was a small carpentry and renovation company,” says John Liptak, OakWood’s President and CEO. The company grew progressively on the strength of customer referrals and requests. Today OakWood, a fourth generation family run business, offers the most comprehensive and innovative range of Design & Build services in the City. These include Architectural Design, Renovation Experts, Investment Properties, Commercial Services, Age-in-Place, and many others. “We specialize in well-designed, high performance solutions,” says Patricia Liptak, VP Operations. “That means offering homeowners John Liptak, President & Patricia Liptak-Satov, VP Operations

and commercial clients alike options for lowering their energy costs, adding relevant Smart Technology, ensuring a healthy hypoallergenic home or building, and eco-wise product and building options,” she adds. “Many innovative products are technically complex and have major implications for planning, designing, and building a major renovation such as an addition or a new custom home,” adds John Liptak. “For example, adding solar panels for energy efficiency or solutions for connecting, automating, and controlling devices, security systems, and appliances involve new structural, engineering, electrical, and complex process issues.” Many of these new products require highly specialized expertise to ensure they’re installed correctly and in full compliance with manufacturer warranties. Providing a turnkey, end-to-end Design & Build solution using the most innovative materials and technologies available today is what OakWood is all about. The epicenter for the company’s operations is the award-winning, 22,700 sq. ft. OakWood Design Centre, proudly located in Orleans, at Taylor Creek Drive.

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This is widely expected to be ranked as one of Canada’s highest LEED platinum buildings and it features unique one-of-a-kind, fully functioning displays and materials to fuel inspiration and creativity. For clients looking for a trusted contractor to take on smaller, fix-it projects, OakWood also offers HandManPRO. Services range from simple repairs and installations to painting, carpentry, and bringing electrical up to code. “We carefully screen all of our trade professionals to ensure they have the right skills for every project,” says Liptak. If a job is going to be done by OakWood, it’s going to be done right: high quality and on-budget.

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For a true taste of Portugal, visit Restaurante Caravela Since it first opened a little over two years ago, Restaurante Caravela and its owners Fernando and Alzira Diniz, have earned a reputation for delivering healthy, hearty Portuguese cuisine that has earned the establishment a long list of repeat customers for which they are truly grateful. “We are very thankful to the Orléans community and the surrounding area for supporting our restaurant during the past two years,” says Fernando. “We have made a lot of good friends, many of whom come back two or three times a month.” The long list of regular diners is a tribute to the food and familyfriendly service delivered by Diniz and his staff starting with Chef Tom Moore, formerly of El Meson, and Chef Antonio Vidal from Montreal, who create the magic in the kitchen. Up front, the service staff is led by Henrique, who also worked at El Meson for many years. Fellow servers include the Diniz’s daughter Elizabeth, Susana, Tanisha and Matthew. Everyone who visits Portugal returns with three memories – the food, the people and the wine – and that’s what Restaurante Caravela is trying to deliver to every customer who passes through its doors. Dining at Restaurante Caravela is like dining at any quality restaurant in Porto, Lisbon, Fernando and Algarve or the Azores. Alzira Diniz “We often get compliments from people who have been to Portugal and they tell us that when they eat here they are immediately transported back to wherever they visited. It’s like reliving their memories all over again,” says Diniz. The menu includes such Portuguese staples as Cataplana, Alcatra, Grilled Octupus, and Salted Cod. Among the new additions are Shrimps & Scallops in a white wine sauce; Grouper fillet served with mussels, potatoes and asparagus; and Cod with onions and peppers topped with mashed potatoes. They also have an extensive lunch menu with 13 entrées on it which is served Monday to Friday from 11:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Restaurante Caravela is located at 3712 Innes Rd. in the mall near the Landmark Theatre.

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Improving people’s lives, one adjustment at a time With a fresh and modern approach to total body awareness and treatment, Orléans chiropractor, Dr. Éric Caron is eager to share his wealth of chiropractic knowledge and health care strategies with his patients. Since establishing his practice last year, Dr. Caron has already taken on a number patients in search of a path to wellness using the latest techniques, broader treatment approach and world-class research offered by Dr. Caron. A graduate of École secondaire Béatrice-Désloges, Dr. Caron earned his B.Sc. double major in Biology and HSS at the University of Ottawa. He then went on to study at the prestigious New York Chiropractic College (NYCC) where he earned his Doctorate of Chiropractic, with honours. NYCC is a leader in chiropractic medicine and Dr. Caron insisted on bringing the newest and most advanced care to his patients. “Where traditional family medicine often treats the symptoms,” Dr. Caron explains. “Modern Chiropractic care is a combination of corrective care, where pain is relieved by ensuring pressure is taken off pain points with the proper alignment of joints and spine, and preventative care which aims to maintain the body’s optimal functioning thereby avoiding the onset of symptoms such as headaches, backaches and joint/muscle pain. “Patients are now more informed than ever and I’m encouraged by the move towards wellness-based care rather than treating the pain only after the body screams at you. The human body is an organism that is designed to repair itself.” Dr. Caron’s approach to patient care is to combine the benefits of gentle and safe joint adjustments with soft tissue and muscle manipulations to ensure the body is equipped to heal itself. Study after study, has shown that patients often cover up symptoms for years with a cocktail of prescription drugs without ever really addressing the originating trigger. These root issues, left untreated, become life-altering impairments that often compromise your quality of life, not only today but is often amplified in later years. As a recent graduate, Dr. Caron has the benefit of all the latest information, medical research data and adjustment techniques to bring the best care to his patients. He is passionate about his practice and is eager to improve people’s lives one adjustment at a time.

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Car-On Auto makes owing a used car a lifelong experience Car-On Auto is not your average used car dealership. In fact, they are far from it. They are extraordinary in every single way, from their incredible inventory of vehicles – they are the largest pre-owned car dealership in Eastern Ontario – to their friendly and knowledgeable staff and after-sale service, which is second to none. Since starting the dealership in 1998, owner Pierre Caron has followed one simple concept – treat your customers like you would want to be treated yourself in every single aspect of the dealer/ buyer relationship. “Very few dealers treat customer service as passionately as we do, or care about the long-term relationship as much as we do,” says Caron. Car-On Auto reconditions every car before its put up for sale, a process that includes a detailed, multiple-point inspection and a thorough cleaning top to bottom and inside out. And they back up every car they sell. All sales come with a 30-day money back guarantee. If you’re not satisfied, bring it back. Each vehicle comes with a 3-month limited warranty and also qualify for a 10 year/200,000 km comprehensive warranty. All of which has earned Car-On Auto a solid reputation as one the most trusted used car dealerships in the region. That trust keeps customers coming back and referrals coming through the door. While many used car lots in Ottawa are shrinking or going out of business altogether, Car-On Auto is in full growth mode – a fact that customers are able to take full advantage of. Their large inventory means you can test drive different makes and models at the same time as opposed to visiting three or four different dealerships and having to deal with three or four different salespeople. At Car-On Auto, you can compare three or four vehicles side by side and make a decision. It truly is a one-stop shop for pre-owned cars. And they offer financing, as well, on terms that can suit most any budget. Whether you have great credit, OK credit or bruised credit, Car-On Financing will help you find the best possible terms and conditions “We call it cradle-to-grave service,” says Caron. “We’ll sell the car. We’ll finance the car. We’ll service the car. And we’ll take it on trade-in whenever you want a new car.” That type of commitment to customer service is rare in this day and age and one of the reasons customers have made Car-On Auto their first and only stop when looking for a pre-owned vehicle. Car-On Auto is located at 1700 Cyrville Rd., just north of Innes. You can find their website which contains over 300 pre-owned listings at www. caronauto.ca.

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Bertschi Orth Solicitors and Barristers LLP is an innovative boutique law firm specializing in Insurance and Commercial Litigation in both English and French. Big enough to handle the most complex juridical matters yet small enough to treat their clients as more than just case numbers, Bertschi Orth Solicitors and Barristers LLP provides the highest quality of litigation services in a professional and straightforward manner. From complex insurance coverage to personal injury, product liability, errors & omissions, educational malfeasance and commercial cases, their clients turn to them for professional and effective representation. Bertschi Orth Solicitors and Barristers LLP is defined by the motto Probity, Integrity, and Professionalism. Known for their skills and expertise, the firm’s highly successful and wellrespected team of lawyers are creative, forward thinking and passionate. Bertschi Orth Solicitors and Barristers LLP recognizes the importance of working with their clients as part of a team to understand their clients’ needs, from all perspectives, to achieve the most favourable results. Drawing on their wide range of experience, the firm’s litigators are able to make available the appropriate level of seniority and expertise required to handle complex and cutting-edge issues. In doing so, they are able to David Bertschi assure their clients that every matter referred to them is given the individual attention it deserves. At Bertschi Orth Solicitors and Barristers LLP they recognize the important role their clients play in the firm’s ongoing success. As such they embrace the opportunity to give back to the community in which they live and practice. Following the lead of senior partner David Bertschi, the firm is actively involved in community leadership, charitable giving, and community service both through the BOS Law Foundation as well as through local organizations like the Ottawa Hospital Foundation, The Children’s Hospital of Eastern Ontario (CHEO), the Resource Education Center for the Handicapped (REACH), and the Canadian Cancer Society. In 2018, Bertschi was honoured for his work both in his professional career and as a leading voice in the community when he was honoured by the Orléans Chamber of Commerce with their Business Leader of the Year award. For more information on the services provide by Bertschi Orth Solicitors and Barristers LLP please visit their website at www.boslaw.ca or call them at 613-749-4700.


Fullfilling your printing SG Printing/Stichco and embroidery needs move to new location

S.G. Printing and Stichco Embroidery have been fulfilling their clients printing S.G. Printing and Stichco Embroidery and embroidery needs since 1989. have a new home. After a fire forced From business cards and letterhead to full colour brochures and signs both them out of their St. Joseph Blvd. strip large and small. you can be certain you’ll get the best in quality design and mall on March 31, the local familyreproduction at competitive at S.G. Printowned businesses are nowrates located ing. The same is true for embroidered items at 5369 Canotek Rd. in the Canotek and promotional materials including polo shirts, Business Park. sports mugs, pensweeks mouse etc. It took several forpads Stéphane Since relocating to their new location in the and Angèle Gratton to move their Cantotek Business Park last spring, owners equipment – some of which had to be Stéphane and Angèle Gratton haven’t skipped refurbished after suffering excessive awater beat.damage They still offer same personal ser– to thethe new location, but they’ve up them and running and vice that hasbeen earned a loyal clientele. providing same personalized As local the business people with deep roots in Angèle and service they’ve the become known the community, Grattons arefor truly commitoverto29 years. their customers quality service Stéphane Grattton ted providing From business cards andtreat letterhead to cusfull-colour brochures and signs with a personal touch. “We all of our both large and small, you can certain get of thethe best quality tomers the same no matter whobe they are oryou’ll the size job.inNo job isdesign too big and competitive rates at S.G. Printing. The same is true for or tooreproduction small,” saysat Stéphane. embroidered items and of promotional materialsisincluding polo shirts, sports The continued growth the two companies largely due to referrals and the mugs, pens, mouse pads etc. couple’s commitment to providing quality workmanship. As local business people with deep roots in the community, the Grattons SG Printing and Stichco Embroidery and Promotions are located at are deeply committed to providing their customers quality service with a 5369 Canotek Rd. You can reach them by calling either 613-841-7867 or you personal touch. can visittreat theirallwebsite at www.sgprintinginc.com. “We of our customers the same no matter who they are or the size of the job. No job is too big or too small,” says Stéphane. The continued growth of the two companies is largely due to referrals and the couple’s to providing quality workmanship. Merci Thankcommitment you SG Printing and Stichco Embroidery and Promotions are at 5369 for your trust pourlocated votre confiance Canotekand Rd. You can reach them by calling either 613-841-7867 or you can et soutien! support! visit their websites at www.sgprintinginc.ca and www.stitchco.ca.

East end gymnastic club helps develop childrens’ bodies and character The Club de gymnastique les Sittelles offers recreational, pre-competitive and competitive artistic gymnastics and trampoline programs to children and youth aged 2 to 19 exclusively in French. The club’s dynamic coaching team is certified GO and the National Coaching Certification Program (NCCP). The club’s mission is to develop physical, personal discipline, concentration, collaboration and camaraderie in a positive, inclusive and safe environment where participants can develop their gymnastic skills in a Francophone milieu. Athletes enrolled with Les Sittelles develop an appreciation for gymnastics, good sportsmanship, and a willingness to adopt a healthy lifestyle. Besides artistic gymnastics and trampoline, the club also has instruction in tumbling. They also offer private lessons in both French and English, as well as birthday parties, and an extensive summer camp program. Les Sittelles is located in the Taylor Creek Business Park at 785 Taylor Creek Drive. Their website can be found at www.sittelles.ca.

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Your home away from home while visiting Ottawa East Orléans For a comforting stay that feels like a relaxing oasis, try the Holiday Inn Express & Suites Ottawa East Orléans. With Place d’Orléans next door and downtown Ottawa just 20 minutes away, our guests can explore the city right outside of the front door. Holiday Inn offers rooms that have everything you need for a comfortable stay, including cozy bedding, a 42inch HDTV, supplies for tea and coffee and plenty of space. Our rooms come with heating and air-conditioning controls, fully equipped private bathrooms, and many other amenities that will make your stay worth it. Guests have access to a pillow menu to ensure that you sleep well, no matter what kind of sleeper you are. Holiday Inn is the perfect place for productivity, whether you’re visiting for work or you’re trying to relax. We offer free Wi-Fi, a specialized work area in your room, and a business centre for copies, faxing and support. Our guests wake up to a complimentary hot buffet breakfast with a variety of options. We also offer accommodations for our guests’ leisure needs. We have a heated indoor pool and complimentary fitness centre that comes equipped with elliptical machines, free weights, treadmills and stationary bicycles. Holiday Inn is minutes away from shopping, dining and entertainment destinations. Our staff is proudly dedicated to making your stay as comfortable as possible. We ensure that our rooms are clean and tidy and that your needs are met. Visit the Holiday Inn Express & Suites Ottawa East Orléans today and experience the service that Holiday Inn’s guests have appreciated for over 60 years. Williams Hotels is a family owned and operated company operating since 1979. We pride ourselves in taking care of the customers leading by caring staff. The only thing we like better than saying Welcome is Welcome Back.

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Keeping Orléans motorists on the road for nearly 25 years

Whether you are planning a ski vacation to the Laurentians, the Green Mountain region of Vermont or just the Gatineaus you should consider taking your car in to Precision Automotive on Vantage Drive for a winter check up. With 10 bays, four licensed technicians and two apprentice technicians, Precision is the largest service centre in Orléans. They also have the expertise to service any make and model of vehicle. While many people will opt for an oil change at one of a myriad of places that specialize in quick oil changes, the people who normally work at those establishments do not have the type of mechanical expertise that Precision’s technicians have, to give your car a thorough inspection. Technicians at Precision will check all your fluid conditions and levels, tire condition and pressures as well as all your drive belts and hoses. There is nothing more annoying than losing a drive belt or blowing a hose in the middle of nowhere. Not only is it inconvenient, but it can cost you valuable vacation time, not to mention a potentially expensive towing bill. Besides belts, hoses and tires, a Precision technician can also inspect your brakes, suspension, exhaust and even your air conditioning systems. All these things can interfere with the best laid vacation plans. Providing peace of mind for you and your family is what Precision Automotive is all about. Owner Rob Brouwer and his staff have been providing peace of mind, along with honest service and honest value for nearly 30 years. They offer an industry leading 2 year/40,000km warranty on most newly installed parts and labour. Why not take advantage of their expertise and have your vehicle checked out today to avoid the chance of a potential headaches tomorrow? Nothing has the potential to ruin your best laid travel plans like an unexpected mechanical failure that could have been easily prevented by a trip to Precision Automotive. Precision Automotive is located at 385 Vantage Dr, behind the McDonald’s restaurant at Innes and Tenth Line. You can also check out their web site at www.theautopros.ca or call them at 613-841-5550. Happy Motoring!

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Finally, finally finally….it’s here! After 12 years of helping clients achieve incredible results through the 180ºFitness center we are now spreading our wings and venturing online. The vision of this membership site and platform is to one day offer all the incredible programs we run here at 180ºFitness but online so people just like you can experience similar results to what has been happening inside the walls of 180ºFitness. Our popular transformation system formally known as Biggest Loser Ottawa has been running for over eight years. We typically run three live programs a yearnd the results have been simply incredible. There is a lot to this program and I guarantee you will NOT find anything like this on the planet. You will progress through this program alongside the clients participating live. You will be placed inside our secret Facebook group so you can get the hands-on experience just like the clients participating in person would. The secret groups offer a place to share in the victories and challenges that will come in this journey. Welcome to your extended family. The Program will become available to you as you progress. Week-to-week and day-to-day different modules will become available just like you were participating live. There will be a specific start and end point along with video modules to coach you along the way. Inside this one program you will get over 50 workouts, all videotaped and professionally edited. Complete with PDF downloads. Warm up and Cool Down videos are also found on the inside. Minimal equipment is required. The majority of the exercises can be completed in the comfort of your own home although access to a local gym would be beneficial. You’ll experience HIIT training, Tabata training, Energy System Training, Peripheral Heart Action training etc. Please note that modifications for exercises will be provided. Keep in mind that our transformation system was built around the understanding that you have 30-70+ lbs to lose. Nutritionally, we have six separate meal plans offered as PDF files, as well as a grocery tour guide, meal prep & planning workshop, along with a special dining out video series. Giving you all the best tips and strategies to help you dine out healthy. The third major component of the program are the bi-weekly Mindset Workshops & Seminars, which will give you a better understanding as to why you do what you do. In these mindset modules our goal is to help you understand yourself on a deeper level. The goal here is to allow you to dissolve poor habits and choose to adopt and apply the tools we lay out for you to better manage your mind. Our intention is to get you on track to being the very best version of yourself in both Mind and Body. The online program starts on Feb. 3 and we are currently looking for 10 Beta-Testers to be the first to use this exciting new intiative. For details you can visit our website at www.180fitness.ca or call me personally at 613-859-2633. Ultimately, our main objective with everything we do here at 180ºFitness is to assist you achieve your true potential through Education: Empowerment: Enrichment and eventual Enlightenment. I welcome you to this journey and can’t wait to work with you.


Tumblers Gymnastics, building better athletes

Want your child to be a better baseball or hockey player? You might want to try gymnastics. Some people think of gymnastics as an elite and somewhat puzzling sport that grabs their attention every four years when the Olympics roll around and suddenly super-humans are performing unbelievable crimes against gravity on their tv screens. What most people don’t realize is that gymnastics is a foundational sport that can help any athlete develop all of the elements of athleticism—agility, balance, flexibility, strength and speed. In gymnastics, kids develop a good sense of body awareness, what Gymnastics Canada refers to as “physical literacy.” The optimal development period for physical literacy is up to age ten. Chris Schwarz, strength and conditioning coach for the Ottawa Senators, says that kids who over-specialize early miss valuable opportunities to develop foundational skills, and cites gymnastics skills as an important first step in developing a top athlete in any sport. https://ottawacitizen.com/ news/local-news/senators-strength-coach-alarmed-over-declining-youthathletic-skills Tumblers Gymnastics offers quality recreational and competitive gymnastics as well as trampoline, power tumbling and parkour. Our professional coaching staff know how to help each child develop the skills, confidence and physical literacy to tackle any challenge, regardless of where their sports passion takes them.

Riopelle Group offers peace of mind With real estate booming in Orléans, selling your house or hunting down your dream home can become a full-time venture, but locking down the best law firm to handle your transaction is only a phone call away. Over the years, Riopelle Group Professional Corporation has forged a solid reputation in its ability to provide excellent legal services for residential real estate transactions, specifically purchases, sales and refinancing. It’s easy to get overwhelmed by finances when buying or selling a home. Legal costs, taxes and disbursements must be factored into budgets – but Riopelle Group takes the unknown out of the equation by providing no-surprise, all-inclusive pricing while keeping clients involved and informed throughout the process. “Our unique pricing structure has our clients in mind,” said Robert Riopelle, senior partner. “It gives them peace of mind knowing they will stick to budget when making the biggest purchase or sale in their lives.” Although residential real estate services are the bulk of their workload, the lawyers at Riopelle Group can also counsel you on matters of business law, family law, wills and estates. Dealing with sensitive issues such as a divorce or making sure your family and business are protected according to your wishes in case of death is never easy. That is why calling upon an objective and knowledgeable lawyer is always a wise move. Riopelle Group office is located near the Place d’Orléans Shopping Centre at 2888 St. Joseph Blvd. They can be reached at 613-834-4800. For information on their all-inclusive residential real estate pricing go to www.rglaw.ca.

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Styling and profiling at your convenience In need of a new hairstyle for a special event? Looking for a daring new do? Hoping to get a simple trim around the ears? Then Magicuts has you covered with two salons located in Orléans. But don’t let the fact that you will walk into a franchise fool you. This locally owned and operated franchise is squarely focused on providing the best hair services to their valued customers, thanks to highly trained stylists who, in many instances, have spent over a decade crafting their skills with Magicuts. With such an experienced workforce, Magicuts can boast that it can provide you with all the services you need to create and maintain your personal style, whether it is a perm, texturing, colouring, or highlights, just to name a few. And, although they provide great services, your budget won’t be stretched, as their rates are reasonable and affordable. “If people request a beautiful colour service, they will save up to 40% off the cost of the higher-end places and yet we use some of the highest quality products on the market,” says owner Philip Weaver. While “location” is the keyword in real estate, “convenience” is the one best suited for this hair salon. With hectic schedules now the norm, finding the time to do simple tasks, such as booking hair appointments, can become a hassle. Luckily, Magicuts’ downloadable mobile app allows you to book an appointment with your preferred stylist a couple of weeks in advance. A simple, effective, and modern tool that is sorely lacking in some competing salons. Stylists are ready to welcome you at both the Innes Road Plaza (3890 Innes Rd.) and Charlemagne Plaza (4-470 Charlemagne Blvd.) locations.

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Why let aches and pains become the bane of your daily life when a simple and affordable solution is easily accessible? For a decade, St. Mary Physiotherapy has helped people deal with a multitude of physical problems, from generic soreness to chronic illness and even post-surgery recovery. The clinic’s friendly and compassionate staff, which includes Physiotherapists, Kinesiologists and Massage Therapists, are highly experienced as their practice range from six to 25 years across various fields. The majority of the staff is bilingual and can provide services in English, French and/or Arabic. The clinic’s physiotherapists strive to continuously expand their knowledge base through regularly partaking in education courses and staying updated with field’s academic journals. Their vast expertise allows the therapists to comfortably use many therapeutic modalities, such as spinal decompression, acupuncture, orthotic fittings, lymphatic drainage and shockwave therapy. Thanks to diverse tools, equipment and knowledge, the therapists of St Mary Physiotherapy are able to completely individualize each patient’s treatment to ensure it is best for their diagnosis and demographic. As soon as you set foot inside the clinic, you will feel at ease, as the staff works tirelessly to create an exceptionally welcoming environment by striving to develop relationships and mutual trust with their patients. This stress-free culture continues during billing, which can be sent directly to the majority of insurance plans allowing for easy and hassle-free reimbursement of treatment sessions. With maintenance being key to a healthy body and lifestyle, do not waste another minute and arrange your assessment at St Mary Physiotherapy by calling 613-570-7453 today. You will be surprised at how quickly you will be able to book your first consultation, often within 24 hours of your initial phone call. Your body will thank you!

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The Critter Jungle family knows your pet is family too

Critter Jungle is an Ottawa, born and bred, family-run pet store which specializes in old-fashioned knowledgeable, personal and friendly service where you – and your pet – will feel like you’re part of the family. Established in the city’s west end in 1986 by the Stanke family, the business expanded to Orléans in 2015 with a second location in the Orléans Gardens Shopping Centre at Jeanne d’Arc Blvd. South and Orléans Blvd. The key to their success has been their ability to combine exceptional service with quality products. Many of Critter Jungle’s staff have been with them for a dozen years or more, showing how committed the owners are to their staff, their customers and their customers’ pets. As for the product, Critter Jungle is well known for offering many unique brands of both canned and dry food, raw pet food and dehydrated and freeze dried food. They have some organic and all-natural options available as well. The owners’ philosophy is simple, if they won’t feed it to their own pets, then they won’t carry it for their customer’s pets. In an age of big box stores, Critter Jungle is a refreshing change where service is paramount and prices are on par with the big boys, mostly because they don’t have the same overhead. Critter Jungle offers a frequent buyer program for their cat, dog and small animal customers. Purchase the required number of bags and receive one free. When you sign up for this free program, you will be sent an e-mail with a link to your personal, virtual frequent buyer cards where you can monitor your progress towards your free bag, while keeping up with their current promotions and news events. Besides great service, knowledgeable advice and quality product, Critter Jungle is also a passionate supporter of animal rescue. Space is provided at both stores for cats from local rescues and small animals as part of the P.A.L. Humane Society Program. The store is open Monday to Friday from 9:30 am to 9 pm, Saturday from 9:30 am to 6 pm and Sunday from 9:30 am to 5:30 pm. For more information, visit www.critterjungle.com.

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Orléans furniture boutique puts the focus on you, the customer

Daniel Daigle has been in the furniture business most of his adult life. For the better part of 17 years, he worked at Décorleans before the popular store closed its doors in 2015. All the while he dreamed about one day opening his own business based on the twin philosophies of providing high quality Canadian-made furniture with excellent customer service. Those dreams became a reality in September 2016 when he opened DJW’s Furniture on Lacolle Way in the Taylor Creek Business Park. DJW’s features beautifully manufactured, high quality Canadian furniture that will stand the test of time, both in terms of its design and its durability. Customers can pick and choose the type of wood, stain and fabric for pieces that are truly made-toorder. And if you are unsure of which pieces will

look best in your home, or want to do a floor-toceiling makeover, DJW’s has access to a number of experienced interior designers who will be happy to provide you with their expertise. But DJW’s superior service doesn’t stop there. Daigle provides his personal expertise when it comes to the delivery and set up of your new purchase. Another advantage of buying your Canadian-made furniture at DJW’s is the ability to match wood stain and fabrics when you add to your collection down the road. The quality of service and products that you will find at DJW’s far surpasses that of anything you will find in any of the big box stores. Daigle is always open to discuss his client’s furniture needs and providing them with the help and advice they need to make purchases they will be

happy with for years to come. And DJW’s excellent service doesn’t end in the store. Daigle is commited to providing superior service and expertise when it comes to the delivery and set up of each and every purchase. It is this personal service that separates DJW’s from the other furniture stores. So why not drop by the DJW’s Furniture showroom and have a chat with Daniel about your next furniture purchase? You will be glad you did. The store is open 3 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Tuesday to Thursday; 2 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. on Fridays; and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday. They are closed on Sundays and Mondays. You can also visit the DJW’s Furniture website at www.djwsfurniture.com.

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The Bite Burger House is not your average burger joint By Fred Sherwin The Orléans Star Normally, I would say the headline says it all, but in truth at the newly opened Bite Burger House, located in the Fallingbrook Shopping Centre, the burgers can speak for themselves. In fact, you would be hardpressed to find a better burger anywhere else. As their motto suggests – they really do take burgers to a whole new level. Each burger starts with eight ounces of 100 per cent gluten-free ground chuck and are served on a fresh brioche bun, which can also be ordered gluten free for an additional dollar. Different versions include the Nana’s Fav, which is served with smoked bacon, jalapeño cream cheese and swiss and cheddar cheese; the FunGuy, which is served with smoked portabello mushrooms, goat cheese and truffle; and the Mac Daddy, which is served with Panko mac and cheese, double smoked bacon and cheddar whiz. One of their most popular burgers actually has no meat at all. The Gard(e)ner vegan burger starts with a patty made from black bean and beet and topped with Bermuda onion, Bib lettuce, aioli, tomato and lettuce.

If burgers aren’t your thing, Bite Burger House also has some of the best nachos you will find anywhere, including Pork Nachos that are topped with espresso BBQ pulled pork, pineapple salsa and cheddar whiz; and the Chicken Nachos that are topped with morsels of grilled Buffalo chicken, cheddar whiz, the house pico de gallo salsa and fresh lettuce. The menu also includes several varieties of poutine; the house chili; a Cobb Salad; and something called Lamb Cigars which are made from ground New Zealand lamb wrapped in and deep-fried in wonton and served with cooling yogurt dip. Everything at Bite Burger House is made with the freshest, locally sourced ingredients and served in a classic environment with a unique and everchanging selection of craft beers, fine wines and specialty cocktails. For those who like to have a little wine with their meal, Bite Burger has BYOW every Sunday night with no corkage fee! The delicious food aside, Bite Burger House is truly a cut above the rest. You simply need to pass through their doors and take in the incredible aroma of smoked pork and grilled burgers to ignite your appetite. The bar and dining area are

The Orléans Bite Burger House is owned and operated by Bettina Klims and Glen Klepsch (inset). STAR PHOTO impeccable and remind one of an upscale gastro-pub in Toronto or New York City. The brains behind the Bite Burger House experience are owners Bettina Klims and Glen Klepsch. Born and raised in Ottawa, the couple has been in the restaurant business for years. They decided to open their own

place together to give patrons a truly unique burger experience. They opened their first restaurant, the Must Wine Bar, in the Byward Market in 2008. Six years later, they opened the first Bite Burger House on Murray Street. You can find their website at www. biteburgerhouse.com.

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Winter: Do you escape or embrace that which cannot be changed? Complaining about the weather is just something we do. Right now, we gripe that it’s too cold, too windy or too icy. In six months, it will be too humid, too hot or too dry. There is nothing we can do to change the weather, but grumbling about it seems to make us feel better. Not for a minute do I want to diminish the human and material cost of what seems to be increasingly ferocious weather events around the world. But,one has to see the irony, for example, in Montréal’s snow festival, Fête des neiges, being cancelled January 20 due to the extreme cold and winter storm warning. Too much winter! And what’s not to love about Ottawa achieving the dubious honour last weekend of being the coldest capital city in the world? That’s a title that usually goes to Ulan Bator, the capital of Mongolia. Wouldn’t it be nice if snow only fell on backyards, sliding hills and ski trails, and left our driveways, streets and sidewalks snow-free? I might not love winter as much as some, but I also wouldn’t want to live where there are no seasons; only the monotony of a never-ending summer. I was disappointed over Christmas

A Seniors Moment by Heather Jamieson while our granddaughter was visiting that the snow in our backyard crusted with a layer of ice. She and her Dad occupied themselves by making an ice wall on the back deck for the cat. Of course, the fun, sticky, snowman snow came the day after they left. My tolerance of snow does not extend to freezing rain – the potentially deadly scourge of winter – and the weather event most likely to ruin the best laid plans. I have written previously about parkrun – a free 5km Saturday morning walk/run along the Ski Heritage East trail. There have been 13 runs over the 17 weeks since the inaugural run on Sept. 29. Three weeks in a row, the walk/run had to be cancelled due to icy conditions and freezing rain warnings. Last Saturday, it was cancelled due to the extreme cold. The Kanata parkrun

went ahead with its event, but only five runners participated compared to their average of more than 22. The average weekly turnout for the Orléans parkrun is nearly 35 and in the 13 completed events, the group has collectively run or walked the equivalent of 12 days, six hours, one minute and five seconds and covered a cumulative distance of 2,255 kms. Pretty good! Winter is a time when many people travel to either embrace the snow by going to ski resorts or escape it by traveling south to the sun. Wherever you go, there are things you can do to make your travel easier. Let me say unequivocally, that traveling without insurance isn’t worth the risk. I would never have predicted the food poisoning that flatten me and forced us to cancel our mid-October trip to southern Italy. But, insured, I received a full refund. I’ve already written about some of the great travel hints I received from some of my frequent traveller friends. If you are traveling in a group and the passports are kept together, attaching different coloured paper clips to each cover can quickly differentiate them, without having to open it

to the photo. Still on passports, we always take a photocopy of ours and keep it separate from the original. One of my informal “travel advisors” suggests also having pictures on your phone of the passport’s important pages, so they are handy if you misplace the real thing. Speaking of photocopies – and this is the voice of personal experience – if you do make photocopies of any of your travel documents, passport or cash/credit cards, DO NOT leave the originals in your photocopier. Another suggestion is if you try to nap on a plane and cover yourself with a blanket or your sweater, buckle your seat belt over it so the cabin crew can easily see that you are buckled in without waking you up to ask! One of my favourite suggestions is from a Scottish-born friend who travels often. “My best tip before a transatlantic flight, especially the late night to Heathrow, is at least two glasses of bubbles at the Tulip Bar at the Ottawa Airport.” And perhaps the wisest advice: “Getting to the airport in plenty of time is a big stress reliever”.

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St. Peter Shrek production a musical theatre master class By Fred Sherwin The Orléans Star One of the local theatre highlights of the year has always been the St. Peter High School musical theatre production, which in the past have included such memorable performances as Shrek the Musical in 2014, Tarzan the Musical in 2015 and last year’s Sister Act. This year, St. Peter`s musical theatre instructor Bernard Leger decided to stage a reprisal of Shrek the Musical, but not just any reprisal. Instead of a standard set up with an elevated stage, a live orchestra kept out of sight in an orchestra pit and elaborate props and back drops, Leger and company decided to produced a striped-down version that’s much more dependent on the performances of the actual players and especially the vocals. Instead of an elevated stage and an orchestra pit, the St. Peter production took place in the intimate confines of the Richcraft Theatre at the Shenkman Arts Centre. Instead of elaborate backdrops, an easel was situated at either side of the stage on which drawings of different still lifes were placed depending on the scene. One of the drawings was a forest, another a castle tower and so on. Another change from past productions was the sound. Instead of outfitting all of the main players with wireless headsets, there was one lone microphone stand at centre stage and two microphone stands on risers at each side of the stage in the background. The set up was used during the opening scene when Shrek, played by Jason Kokkovas, took centre stage while Shrek’s parents used the microphones on the risers.

Shrek is a wonderful story to begin with, but brought to life by a wonderfully talented cast who can sing their butts off, accompanied by an equally talented student orchestra, it is pure magic. The original Shrek the Musical was adapted from the book for the Broadway stage by playwright and lyricist David Lindsay-Abaire in collaboration with composer Jeanine Tesori. For the most part the St. Peter production stayed true to the script, but the cast was allowed to add a little of their own personalities to the mix with the odd improvisation. As for the performances themselves, let’s just say that Leger has once again been blessed with some ridiculously talented students, starting with Sydney Maloney who played Fiona. The Grade 12 senior was one of the standouts in last year’s production of Sister Act. Her return to the stage in this year’s production of Shrek is nothing less than a revelation. Simply put, she’s brilliant. If Disney is looking for a princess in one of their theme parks, they should look no further Miss Maloney. Kudos as well to Kokkovas, who also performed in Sister Act, as Lt. Souther. The Grade 11 student has an incredibly powerful voice which was ideally suited to the intimate staging of this year’s production. And then there’s Donkey, played by Jamie Elliot, who is extremely talented in her own right and perfectly cast as Shrek’s traveling buddy. It should be noted that Miss Elliot is a she and not a he. Yes, I am aware that Donkey is a male character, and Elliot plays him as such which is a

The St. Peter High School production of Shrek the Musical featured Sydney Maloney as Fiona and Jason Kokkovas in the lead role as Shrek. STAR PHOTO credit to her tremendous talent. She is also very funny and plays off Kokkovas’ Shrek to near perfection. She also has an excellent voice. CONTINUED ON PAGE 22

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Biggest Loser program helps transform participant’s mind, body and spirit By Fred Sherwin The Orléans Star Sometimes in life timing is everything. For Karola Ignacz, a random popup ad that kept popping up on her computer screen while she was playing online Scrabble with her friends couldn’t have appeared at a better time. Ignacz had just got out of a toxic relationship with a roommate during which she gained more than 30 pounds and was in a dark place in her life. “The ad was for 180ºFitness and I kept trying to delete it, but it kept popping up so I finally clicked on it and I checked out the website and decided to give them a call,” recalls Ignacz. After a lengthy conversation with 180ºFitness owner Adrian Delorey, the two of them decided that she should enter the gym’s Biggest Loser program which aims to transform the members’ mindset and outlook on life, as well as their bodies. When Ignacz started the program her goal was to lose 20 pounds. As the 12-week program went on and Ignacz started losing the weight, her goal changed. She wanted to win the title of

the Biggest Loser and one-year free gym membership that went with it. “I’m 5’9” so as soon as I tip the scale at 200 lb. it’s a big deal for me and I was up to 212 when I started with Adrian, so I was very highly motivated,” says Ignacz. “And when I get motivated I just throw myself into it. I get pretty focused and then the competitive side in me comes out.” The Biggest Loser program combines group workouts with nutrition classes, mindset seminars. Everyone in the group motivates each other because they are all working towards the same goal. “The other people in my the group were amazing. We all pushed each other. I know they inspired me to give 100 per cent every time I went,” says Karola who not only met her initial goal of losing 20 lbs., but accomplished her personal goal of 30 lbs, which was 13 per cent of her total weight going into the program – enough to win the title and the membership. More importantly, she finished the 12week program with a whole new outlook on “It’life and a heightened s been a total transformation,” sayssense of her own self esteem. “It’s been a total transformation,” says

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Beat the winter blues at the Fête Frissons STAR STAFF –They City of Ottawa is once again inviting local residents to celebrate the winter season with the annual Fête Frissons. Co-presented by MIFO and the Heart of Orléans BIA on Saturday, Feb. 2, the winter festival features plenty of live music, arts and crafts, circus performers, dancing and outdoor fun in the snow. Stay a while and enjoy a delicious $6 mac and cheese or taco prepared by Orléans’ very own Meatings Barbecue and treat yourself to a Canadian classic – maple taffy! The whole thing gets underway at 10 a.m. and wraps up at 2 p.m. Among the many organizations and performers taking part is the Ottawa School of Theatre, the Ottawa Art School, the Ottawa Stilt Union, the Galitcha Indo-Canadian drummers and Bollywood dancers, and hoop dancer Rhonda Doxtator. Admission and most of the activities are complimentary. To find out more visit www.shenkmanarts.com and click on the Fête Frissons banner where you will find a complete schedule for the event.

St. Peter ‘Shrek’ cont’d Continued from page 21 As for the remainder of the cast, they are a number of vocal performances that stood out including Kinsley Jura, who plays the dragon, Manoha Jean Baptiste as Pinocchio, Calista Guy as Gingy and Kayle Bernier as the wicked witch. Some of my favourite moments of the production were the ensemble performances which include “Story of My Life”. “Freak Flag” and The Monkees hit, “I’m a Believer”. which brings the roduc-

tion to a close. I’m still trying to figure out who performed as Lord Farquaad, who was represented on stage by a diminutive puppet. At times his lines were delivered by Josh Sharma and at other times they were piped in through the PA while Sharma moved the puppets mouth. Despite being slightly confusing, it did not take away from the overall experience which was on par with past St. Peter productions.

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COMMUNITY BILLBOARD FRIDAY, JAN. 25 TONY TRUE will be performing from 6:30 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. at the Orléans Legion, 800 Taylor Creek Dr. for your listening and dancing pleasure. Buffet dinner served from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. For reservations call 613-590-7227. CELEBRATE ROBBIE BURNS DAY at the Royal Oak, 1981 St. Joseph Blvd. Watch the piping of the Haggis. Enjoy traditional Scottish fare and drink specials in celebration of Scotland’s most famous bard. FRIDAY, FEB. 1 ANNE MINER will be performing from 6:30 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. at the Orléans Legion, 800 Taylor Creek Dr. for your listening and dancing pleasure. Buffet dinner served from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. For reservations call 613-590-7227. GLOUCESTER MUSIC CLUB RECITAL at Orléans United Church from 7 p.m. Tickets available at the door.

SATURDAY, FEB. 2 FETE FRISSONS from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Shenkman Arts Centre. Activities include live music, arts and crafts, circus performers, dancing and outdoor fun in the snow. The majority of the activities are complimentary. Co-presented by the City of Ottawa, the Heart of Orléans BIA and MIFO. For more information, including a full schedule, visit www. shenkmanarts.ca. NEWFIE GROUNDHOG DAY PARTY from 6:30 p.m. to 1 a.m. at the Orléans Legion. Potluck dinner and dance. Live music. This is a fundraising event for the Dementia Society. Tickets $20 each. For advance tickets e-mail newfieparty@ gmail.com. BEST FIT CAR SEAT CLINIC from 10 a.m. to 4 p,m. at Myers Orléans, 1875 St. Joseph Blvd. organized by the Ottawa Safety Council. The clinic gives area residents the opportunity to have their child

seat properly installed by a certified technician. To preregister you must visit www. ottawasafetycouncil.ca and click on the BestFit Car Seat tab in the top navigation bar. Once on the web page you must select the site and a time slot. The cost is $26.95. A second clinic will be held at Myers Orléans on Saturday, Feb. 16.

Simone Tardif, 86 Passed away on January 17, 2019 Sr Claudette Larocque, 78 Passed away on January 17, 2019

SUNDAY, FEB. 17 GREATER AVALON FAMILY FUN DAY from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. in Aquaview Park, 318 Aquaview Dr. There will be free horse-drawn wagon rides, taffy on snow, face painting, hot chocolate and cookies, and a glow-in-the-dark skating rink! Bring your skates, hockey sticks, sleighs and your smiling faces to join in the fun. The Community Hall will be open to warm you up however please note that this is a weather-dependent. Presented by the Greater Avalon Community Association.

Jacqueline Brunet Rancourt, 90 Passed away on January 16, 2019 Jacqueline Robert, 76 Passed away on January 13, 2019 Shane Jonas, 27 Passed away on January 12, 2019

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