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West Edition Serving Britannia, Carlingwood, Westboro, Island Park and surrounding communities Year 1, Issue 43 August 18, 2011 | 24 Pages RE-ROUTED As major bus route changes are poised to sweep Ottawa, the city is urging residents to check their route. 6 KITCHEN SCRAPS Photo by Laura Mueller St. Joe’s Supper Table is leading the charge for area meal programs to go green with organic waste diversion. 11 OPA! CELEBRATING GREEK CULTURE The junior Hellenic Community Dancers, including Costa Grillas and Sia Vourkoutiotis (at front), performed during the second night of Greekfest, which runs from Aug. 10 to 21 at the Hellenic banquet centre and Virgin Mary Greek Orthodox Church at 1315 Prince of Wales Dr. Bus route changes weigh on Para Transpo ULTIMATE CHAMPS The Capitals women’s frisbee team brought the combined strength of Ontario together to win the Ultimate Championships. 22 For many of the seniors living at 31 McEwen Dr., the only solution to their transit woes will be to take Para Transpo. The door-to-door service is meant for people with severe physical limitations who cannot use regular transit. The problem is, until Sept. 4, most McEwen residents were perfectly capable of taking the #156 bus that stopped in front of their building. But come fall, service to the area will be reduced on a new route, the special #2, and seniors will be forced to walk up a hill if they need to make a trip at a time other than the infrequent special #2 runs. Cooler Nights? Warm up the Patio Instead, they are being advised to find other ways of getting where they need to go, including using ride services like the grocery bus offered by local community centres (such as the Old Forge and Pinecrest-Queensway Community Health Centre in the McEwen Drive area), getting rides from friends or family and signing up for Para Transpo. Those were some of the options presented to vexed seniors during a follow-up meeting on Aug. 10 with Bay Coun. Mark Taylor and OC Transpo representatives. The residents staged a protest on Aug. 3 to protest bus route changes that will make it difficult for many of the mobilitychallenged seniors in the building to get to their destinations. And 31 McEwen Dr. residents are just the beginning. A key part of the city’s “route optimization” plan asks riders to walk a little bit farther to get to their bus stops – up to 800 metres at non-peak times. But for many people, that is a tall order. Winter is a particularly difficult time for anyone with a physical limitation such as a knee replacement, but humid summer days are equally trying for those who have asthma or chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), said Kathy Reilly, OC Transpo’s sole accessible transit specialist. See PARA TRANSPO on page 17 Patioflame with Patioflame granite table REG $899.00 SAVE $50.00 491216 LAURA MUELLER Two Locations to better serve you 2755 Carp Rd. Ottawa 613-831-5056 DREAM FIRES 855 Industrial Ave. Ottawa 613-248-1400

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