8:30 a.m., May 9)
Blais returns to City Hall four months after suffering
near fatal heart attack
By Fred Sherwin
councillor Stephen Blais returned to city hall on Wednesday,
four months after suffering a near fatal heart attack
at the Goodlife Fitness Centre in Place d'Orléans.
Coun. Stephen Blais receives a Senators pin
from Osgoode Coun. Doug Thompson as Kanata
South Coun. Allan Hubley loohs on. Fred Sherwin/Photo
received a standing ovation from his fellow councillors
after taking his seat at the start of the city council
meeting. Although he entered the chamber with the aid
of a cane, Blais looked exceptionally healthy given the
fact that just four months ago he was fighting for his
being acknowledged by Mayor Jim Watson, Blais choked back
tears as he publicly thanked his staff for holding the
fort during his absence.
like to take the opportunity to thank my staff. Stephanie,
Josh, Luke and Jason, um, I'm going to cry. They held
the fort down, they took the calls, they took the emails,
they took care of my wife. Thank you," said Blais.
returned home only a week ago after going through extensive
rehabilitation to regain his strength.
been climbing the walls for the last week or so, but it's
nice to be with my colleagues again and get bacl to work
for my constituents." said Blais.
the heart attack it was discovered that Blais had a 90
per cent blockage in one of the atteries in his heart.
There is also a history of heart disease on both sides
of his family.
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