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Ottawa 67s Teddy Bear Toss 2016

David Pearce of the 67’s helps clear the ice while Santa Claus urges on the crowd after Ottawa’s first goal against the Oshawa Generals resulted in the annual Teddy Bear Toss on Dec. 10 at TD Place. (Patrick Doyle, Postmedia Network)

BY GORD HOLDER, POSTMEDIA NETWORK

FIRST POSTED: SATURDAY, DECEMBER 10, 2016 07:09 PM EST | UPDATED: SATURDAY, DECEMBER 10, 2016 07:14 PM EST

Santa himself was even on hand for the tree lighting. JULIE OLIVER / POSTMEDIA

Ottawa Citizen: December 2, 2016

With the help of Santa, a Grey Cup and an Ottawa Redblack, a massive Christmas tree was lit up in front of the Aberdeen Pavillion in Lansdowne Park, where the Christmas Market opened.

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Photo Credit: JULIE OLIVER / POSTMEDIA

Christmas fundraising campaign kicks off (Family and Children’s Services of Fron

One-year-old Nevaeh Oxbro-McDonald, in the arms of mom Krystal Oxbro, isn't quite sure what to make of the bearded guy in red who paid a visit to the kick-off on Thursday in Kingston of the annual Christmas fundraising appeal by the local family and children's services agency. (Michael Lea/The Whig-Standard)

www.thewhig.com/2016/11/03/christmas-fundraising-campaign-kicks-off

Tree of Hope 2016

The Tree of Hope is the annual Christmas appeal of Family and Children's Services. It helps more than 900 of the kids served by the Agency with toys, food, clothing and more at Christmas. It's also one of the oldest Christmas appeals in Southeastern Ontario. This is the campaign for kids who need Christmas the most.

EMAIL: treeofhope@facsfla.ca  PHONE: 613-545-3227 Ext 3324

Santa Claus

He started in his mid-teens, and his dream is to one day become a mall Santa

BY SHAAMINI YOGARETNAM., OTTAWA CITIZEN DECEMBER 24, 2012

During a particularly heartbreaking car ride with his then 10-year-old daughter Delphine, Marc Bertrand found himself explaining the spirit of Santa Claus to his young girl on the verge of adolescence.

"It's the gesture - it's how you treat others, it's how you learn to give without receiving, that's the message of Santa Claus," Bertrand told his not-so-little girl.

But Bertrand is also father to Jonathan, 7, whose unwavering belief in the spirit of St. Nick keeps him and thousands of other Santas-for-hire like him employed.