Councillor’s Corner

June is festival season in Orléans

This month I would like to start off by thanking our incredible volunteers who donated time, money and meals to combatting the Ottawa River Flood over the past month. My wife Laura and I spent some time on my birthday helping Councillor Blais fill sand bags at the Cumberland museum and I was so heartened by the community support for those in need.

The Petrie Island clean-up has begun as the water recedes. City staff are dealing with the problems posed by contamination and the island remains closed to the public. Please stay away from the water, as it still poses a risk.

Due to the closure, CariVibe on June 15 has been relocated to Centrum Plaza. I’m looking forward to the festival and can’t wait to see you down there!

The Shenkman Block Party will be held the day before CariVibe on June 14. Come out and celebrate 10 years of arts and culture in the heart of Orléans! There will be lots of activities for the kids too!

For the adults, the Orléans Beer Fest will be held on Centrum Blvd. from June 6-8. With the Orléans Brewing Company officially open and Broadhead moving to Lacolle Way, along with local favourites Stray Dog Brewing Company, we are quickly becoming a destination for great beer. If you plan on attending don’t drink and drive.

Congratulations to Stray Dog for bringing home a gold trophy from the Canadian Brewing Awards for their Jagged Little Pilsner. With an Alanis Morissette reference like that, you couldn’t be more local, or make us more proud!

Ottawa is on the lookout for a new police chief. If you have ideas on who you would like to see in the top job, make sure to share your comments with us.

Finally, I will be hosting our annual Senior’s Bingo on June 21 from 9 a.m. to noon on Centrum Blvd. Presented by Tamarack Homes, Brandon and Megan’s No Frills and dozens of incredible local businesses. Hope to see you there!

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