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Matthew Pedersen’s house is more than just a house. It’s home to his wife and newborn daughter. It’s a showroom for his business. It’s a challenge to himself, and the world. His family’s goal is to make it carbon-neutral. By creating as much energy as it uses, a carbon-neutral home would remove the need for traditional energy sources and the emissions that come with them. “I’ve taken a 45-year-old dilapidated home that was leaky and inefficient, run on oil, and I renovated it and upgraded it and added all this technology,” Pedersen said.

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St. Joseph Catholic High School students get into their work at a construction site in Chapman Mills. They’re taking part in the school’s construction focus program, a full-time, one semester program aimed at providing a first-hand understanding of the construction industry.

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ness as usual at one construction site-turned-classroom. Hammers were thumping and power tools growling all day at the site in Barrhaven’s Chapman Mills community, where students from nearby St. Joseph Catholic High School are building a house. They’re taking part in the school’s construction focus pro-

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“But we’re here because this is the reality … You don’t want to sell them a false bill of goods, that every construction day is a nice sunny day.” Now in its eighth year, the program partners with Minto Group to allow the students to build as much of a house as time and trade regulations will allow. “I’ll go up there and assess the quality of their work at the end, but really, they’re on their own,” Brown-Graham said. When the house is all done, he said, there’s no way to tell it apart from its professionally-built neighbours. “We are utterly meticulous on everything being done exactly right,” he said, showing off a bucket of bent nails, the ones which were pulled out for not being exactly right. The program epitomizes learning-bydoing, something local school boards celebrated last week with Experiential Learning Week, which ran Nov. 21 to 25. Experiential learning programs, said Brown-Graham, give students valuable experience and insight into real world industries. “Not every kid is able to sit in a seat all day long and learn,” he said. Some of the program’s students continue on to apprenticeships – the best first step, Brown-Graham said – and careers

in construction. Others pursue architecture, engineering, or other fields. “Not every kid wants to be a carpenter, but they’re all interested in this industry,” he said. CAREER GOALS Amelia-Ann Blackwell, 16, is there because she wants a career building buildings, and has for a long time. “I’ve always been the type of person who needs to be hands-on. I cannot sit still,” she said. “My dad has always been building things around the house and I’ve always been interested in helping him.” Roby Jimenez, 17, also plans to pursue a career in construction. The difference between this and regular school, he said, is clear when he talks to friends outside the program. He said he updates them on the house’s progress, on how they just put in joints and subfloors, and will soon be installing metal plates. “And they won’t even know what I’m talking about,” he said with a laugh. Jimenez said he looks forward to driving down Clearbrook Drive years from now, and passing the place where he stands. “I’m going to feel like, ‘Yo, that’s sick, I made that house!’”


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Fossil fuels unneeded if house runs on geothermal Top of that list of technology, he said, was a geothermal heating and cooling system. The system, he said, uses underground temperatures to regulate the household climate, and it has got all the neighbours knocking, wanting to check it out. Pedersen, whose company designs and installs these systems, is happy to oblige. Serving Eastern Ontario since 2007, Geothermal Experts makes systems that take advantage of the moderate temperatures underground: in summer, it’s cooler below ground; in winter, it’s warmer. Pedersen recently accepted the Green Award from the Greater Nepean Chamber of Commerce on behalf of Geothermal Experts Inc., of which he is owner and general manager. They drill holes almost 60 meters deep, and pump liquids – either coolant or water from an underground source – in a continuous loop through the household system. “Fifteen years ago, the hippies were buying (geothermal

systems) because it was green,” Pedersen said. “Today people are buying it because it’s a good return on their investment.” Depending on how much a home originally cost to heat, he said, installing a geothermal system could mean a 10 to 18 per cent return on investment for the homeowner. Within five to 10 years, the system should pay for itself. The systems are safer, too, he said. They run on electricity, at low temperatures and low pressure. There’s no risk of it exploding like a propane tank, he said, or leaking, like an oil tank. But for Pedersen, the most important selling point is what they don’t do: contribute to global warming. The systems require no fossil fuels at any stage, so they release no emissions. “The thing that makes me most angry in the world is seeing oil spills in the ocean,” he said. Fossil fuels are what our society relies most upon to heat our homes and run our transportation, he said. Yet these fuels are dangerous from the moment

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Matthew Pedersen, owner of Geothermal Experts Inc., recently accepted the Green Award from the Greater Nepean Chamber of Commerce. they’re pulled from the ground. Our lifestyle is destructive, he said, and Pedersen wants to

be leading the charge to change it. “Believe it or not, I live over

by Bayshore, and half the neighbourhood is still on oil,” he said. Hand-in-hand with changing our sources of energy is changing how much energy we use. In his family’s quest for carbon-neutrality, Pedersen is looking to LED light bulbs, high-efficiency appliances, and even clotheslines. Before long, he said, we will be able to turn our homes into their very own energy sources. It’s with that in mind that he’s looking forward to starting his third company in the new year: Solar Experts Inc. “Today on the average roof space, we almost can produce enough energy to run the average household,” he said. And, with a little time and tweaking, rooftop solar panels will be able to power both our homes and the electric cars we plug into them. “We’ve got scientists working on how we can reverse global warming … which could involve putting chemicals into the atmosphere to reflect the sunlight,” Pedersen said. “What? I’ve got an idea. Why don’t we just stop producing heat?”

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Police believe an organized group is burglarizing the homes of people in the South-East Asian community. Ottawa police Sgt. Cal Ghadban said 21 such homes have been broken into in Barrhaven and Kanata since May. “We’re seeing (the breakins) mainly in the afternoons,” Ghadban said. “They are taking jewelry, gold and passports, and

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leaving other stuff.” The police believe the cases may be related to a similar string of thefts in Toronto a few years ago. Ghadban said it’s possible the same people may be involved, or someone is copying the crimes. To date, there has not been any violence involved in the breakins. Police are asking residents to call police and report any suspicious vehicles or people in their neighbourhood. Investigators are asking anyone with information to contact Det. James Kusiewicz of the Ottawa police break and enter section at 613-236-1222, ext.2638, or Crime Stoppers at 613-233-8477.

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Watson’s Mill in Manotick is bound to be a hive of activity in the months ahead. Here’s a peek at what’s going on. • The annual Christmas Market will be open on Saturdays and Sundays, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. It runs until Dec. 4. The market is a great place to kick off your holiday shopping, with products including handmade clothing, baking, and unique art. Meanwhile, next door in the Carriage Shed, the Manotick Art Association is holding an art show and sale. Swing by at 4:30 p.m. on Dec. 4 to enjoy carols at sunset, featuring the Manotick Brass Ensemble. • The Watson’s Mill Presents… lecture series continues on Nov. 30 with guest speaker Michael Oelck’s presentation, entitled Bio Energy in the 1970s. The

cost is $5 per person, or $2 for Watson’s Mill members. The event will be held in the Carriage Shed, from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. •The Raise the Roof concert on Dec. 3 promises to be a rocking time, led by acclaimed local musician Mike O’Reilly. The award-winning bluegrass entertainer will lead a group of local musicians at Manotick United Church in a fundraiser concert, to support the replacement of the mill’s 150-year-old roof. Tickets are available for $20 at Manotick Office Pro, Manotick United Church and Watson’s Mill. Call 613-692-6455 for more details. Light refreshments will be provided, and wine and beer will be available for purchase. • It’s not too late to buy the Watson’s Mill calendar. The calendar, which covers until December 2012, costs $15.

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The recent death of Kanata teen Jamie Hubley was on the minds of public school students and staff at the seventh annual Rainbow Youth Forum on Nov. 24. The one-day forum brought together students from grades 7 to 12 to discuss gay, lesbian and transgender issues, including homophobia and bullying. More than 300 students and a number of Ottawa Carleton District School Board staff packed the gymnasium of the Confederation Education Centre on Woodroffe Avenue for the day’s opening remarks. The annual forum was billed as a day “about us, for us and by us,” by the student emcees. Jennifer Adams, the board’s director of education mentioned the recent suicide of Jamie Hubley, the only openly gay student at his Kanata high school. “We’ve had some bumpy things happen this fall,” she said, adding that Jamie’s death has “encouraged lots of communication.” “All of you belong in our schools,” Adams said in welcoming the students and staff. She said the forum invited intermediate students – those in grades 7 and 8 – to take part this year because questions about sexuality come up before students are in secondary schools. Following a moment of silence for Jamie, one of his friends spoke. Stephanie Wheeler, a Grade 12 student at A.Y. Jackson Secondary School, said she knew Jamie for about seven years, including his two years at A.Y. Jackson. She said Jamie was bullied for being openly gay, and that she was briefly bullied when she stood up for him. “I don’t know how Jamie did it every day,” Stephanie said. “I used to say, ‘It will get better,’ but I was wrong. We have to make it better.” The forum provided students with the opportunity to choose from 16 workshops during the day, including sessions on homophobia in sports, how to help a friend, and coming out. Teachers also attended panel discussions and workshops.

chette said the number of students who attend has grown exponentially. “We have students from across the city and even some rural areas come out,” Pichette said. While Pichette said homophobia and bullying still exist, she is happy to see so many community groups pressuring the school boards to do better. Pichette said Pink Triangle and other organizations will always be there to support students who want to start rainbow alliances in their schools, but they have to know about the initiatives. “The boards have to allow them (all kinds of clubs) under the Safe Students attending the public board’s Rainbow Youth Forum on Nov. 24 were presented Schools Act,” Pichette said, add- with support and information from organizations across the city. ing that Pink Triangle youth services and other organizations are there to offer support to students experiencing bullying. “Jamie Hubley’s death was very $ public, but unfortunately it isn’t $90 UNLIMITED YOGA YOGA for the month of of UNLIMITED for the month that unique. There are still a lot December 2011. Valid December 1–31, 201 1 . of gay teens committing suicide,” Value $130. Prepay for your pass today or at your first class. Pichette said. Alex Thomas, Pink Triangle’s Trans-Action co-ordinator, led the workshop on transrealities and helped kids to break down gender Subscribe to our e-newsletter to receive barriers and learn some of the EXCLUSIVE coupons and deals. View Class schedule ONLINE terminology and thinking in the Follow the link at www.mountaingoatyoga.com trans community. www.mountaingoatyoga.com to start saving! Kids learned how to be supportOver 30+ drop-in classes/week ive of friends coming out. Mountaingoat YOGA Centres: “There are a lot more kids comKanata: 150 Katimavik (Food Basics Mall), 613-271-8998 ing out younger,” Pichette said. Nepean: 3350 Fallowfield @ Woodroffe, 613-823-3949 “Now kids in grades seven and eight are coming out and the sup- NO memberships - NO pre-registration - START TODAY! port has to be there.”

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Plan for dam removal under fire GEOFF DAVIES geoff.davies@metroland.com

A plan to remove a three-decade old dam-like structure on the Jock River is drawing fire from a Barrhaven community group. The Rideau Valley Conservation Authority held an open house on Nov. 21 to answer questions about the proposal to remove the Heart’s Desire Weir, located near Prince of Wales Drive, where the Jock and Rideau rivers meet. The open house focused on a report, prepared by Kilgour and Associates Ltd., which examines options ranging from cutting a hole in the middle of the concrete structure, to taking it

out entirely. Built in 1975 by the conservation authority, the weir – a small overflow dam – creates a pond about one kilometer long, with higher levels in summer when plywood boards are added. The weir was a product of the scientific thinking of the day, say Mike Yee, manager of biology and water quality with the conservation authority. By raising water levels, it was originally intended to improve fish and wildlife habitats, beautify the area, and serve as a water source for livestock and fire crews. “Some of the community members didn’t want the weir to go in: it would change what the river was like,” Yee said.

“Fast forward to now and you’re getting the same sort of argument. They’re used to a weir being in place and they enjoy the higher waters.” RIVER MANAGEMENT The authority is behind taking out the weir, Yee said, because the principles of river management have changed. Today, he said, river management emphasizes removing manmade obstacles as much as possible, the thinking being that a natural river works best. With the weir where it is, Yee said, there is reason to believe it interferes with fish migration and spawning, and that it alters the water’s temperature and

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chemistry. “What we’re trying to do is bring it back to a more naturally acting river,” Yee said. There are also additional reasons, he said. First, he said, the operating costs of installing and removing the plywood boards run about $6,000 each year, with additional costs stemming from replacing the boards every five years. The weir also creates safety concerns for recreational users. A canoeist drowned there in 1986, and the weir was found to have contributed to that death. Since then some safety features have been installed. The report lays out cost estimates for different scenarios. The “notching” scenario –

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creating a gap in the middle – is estimated to cost about $270,000, while total removal of the weir would cost about $700,000. Additional costs, estimated at $120,000, would come from working with adjacent landowners to rehabilitate the vegetation on the shoreline, Yee said. If the conservation authority’s board approves the move, the question of who would pay for work on the weir has yet to be answered, he said. DRAWING FIRE Heart’s Desire is the community closest to the weir, and its community association has been engaged in discussions with the conservation authority since removing the weir was first proposed in 2007. Mac Prescott, who chairs the Heart’s Desire Community Association’s land development committee, says they’re not convinced it’s the right course of action. “Ultimately what it comes down to is this general planning principle” that it’s better not to interfere with rivers, Prescott said. “There is no research that says the weir is doing damage.” Prescott said his group’s position is they would prefer to keep the weir, but would support its removal if there was scientific evidence to back that move. “All we ask for was research that demonstrated why it should come out,” Prescott said. “When they do provide research, it’s extremely poorly done, or incompletely done, or they take the research that’s been done and make statements that go way beyond what they actually discovered. Prescott said experts living within the community have examined the conservation authority’s report, and as a result the community association takes issue with several claims. Among these claims, he said, was that the weir contributes to high bacteria levels and algae blooms upstream, that it interferes with fish migration, and that the higher water levels in summer contribute to the erosion of the banks. “Somebody is consistently not telling the full story here and that’s not acceptable,” Prescott said.

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lons on Dec. 3, from 7 to 11 p.m., along with Latin Breeze. The night is a fundraiser for the Stop the Bullying campaign. “We need to get the parents involved,” Hawkins said. The Fighting for our Dignity concert is part of the celebration of the International Day for Persons with Disabilities.

Hawkins hopes the performance will provide the seed money to hold a Family Fun! Day in each ward in the city. “They would be free events with each (city) councillor holding one in their ward,” she said. During a recent presentation to the city’s equity and diversity committee, Hawkins suggested

a family event such as a fun day is a way to get the anti-bullying message to both parents and children. Tickets for the concert are $10 or two for $15. The Nepean Sportsplex is located at 1701 Woodroffe Ave. For information, visit www.stopthebullying.ca or call 613-292-1283.

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n a bid to increase transparency at city hall, one worries if Ottawa will actually end up stifling democracy. A proposed lobbyist registry is ruffling some feathers at city hall, but perhaps community advocates should be the ones with their guard up. This shouldn’t be the reaction to a policy meant to tell us who is influencing decisions at city hall, but in trying to come up with a comprehensive way to track who is lobbying political decision makers, the city is on its way to crafting a draconian version of a lobbyist registry that could discourage regular citizens from calling up their councillor about a neighbourhood issue. The registry would distinguish between different types of lobbyists, paid and unpaid, but all would be required to list their names. Councillors would have to record each contact with those designated as lobbyists, whether it’s a casual curbside conversation about snowplowing or a business lunch about an upcoming development application. That distinction makes Ottawa’s proposed registry “the most sweeping in the country”

according to the Lobbying Law Bulletin. “It is no exaggeration to say that, if adopted in its current form, the bylaw would alter the role of citizen engagement and neighbourhood activism in Ottawa’s democratic, political process,” writes Guy Giorno, whose study on the topic is cited in the City of Ottawa report recommending the lobbyist registry. In other jurisdictions, “lobbying” is defined as a paid relationship. Not so in Ottawa, if this registry is adopted. In a move that’s “radically different” from any other jurisdiction, Giorno writes, volunteers working on behalf of non-profit organizations and community groups would also be considered lobbyists. While communities should be celebrating a victory in government openness, they may instead be finding ways to cope with the additional complexities of revealing how often they speak to their councillor, and about which topics. Mayor Jim Watson has the right idea: Transparency should be paramount. But not at the expense of engaged, grassroots community members.

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retired guy’s life needs some excitement now and then, which is why I decided to take a ride on a city bus. The bus has been the main topic of conversation in the newspapers and on the radio and TV. If you were looking for drama, the bus was the place to find it. When I worked downtown, I used to take the bus all the time. This was a few years ago, before there started to be drama and tension on the bus. The way I remember it, I got on the bus in the morning, usually got a seat after the high school kids got off, read the paper for awhile, got off at my stop and walked the rest of the way to work. It was decidedly lacking in drama. The bus drivers were nice, although none of them sang. The passengers behaved themselves. Occasionally someone would have his headphones turned up too high so that a tinny whine leaked out. But that was it. I figured the real drama was happening in the cars, from what I heard from my colleagues who drove to work. They had tales of delays, traffic jams, crazy drivers on the Queensway, road rage and such. My time on the bus couldn’t com-

CHARLES GORDON Funny Town pete with that. Nothing much happened. The same thing going home. I might have to wait a bit, but that wasn’t too dramatic. I might have to stand for awhile, but there were worse things in life. The bus might take half an hour instead of 20 minutes if the traffic was bad but I had a book to read. The thing I liked best was that I arrived home in a decent frame of mind, unlike the car drivers, who had those veins in their necks bulging from trying to keep from screaming. Obviously, from reading all the reports, times had changed. The bus had become a combination of Blackboard Jungle and Saturday at the Opera. I had to see it. But something went horribly wrong.

First, the bus arrived on time, which wasn’t supposed to happen. Then the bus driver was friendly. Then there were no unruly passengers on board. Then the bus driver didn’t sing. Nor did he talk on a cell phone. It was too quiet, as they say in the movies, just before it gets noisy. Quiet was OK once I got used to it. I had a book to read. The bus hopped onto the Transitway and got downtown in a hurry. Getting across downtown was another matter, but nobody on the bus seemed to be impatient about it. No passengers yelled at the driver or vice versa. The bus got to the Rideau Centre and I got off, thinking: “That was weird.” Well, maybe there would be some drama on the ride back. I had lunch downtown, did a little browsing for this and that and then went to wait with lots of other people for the bus. Several pulled up, none of them mine, which was OK because I wanted to see if any drivers would walk off and refuse to go any farther. None did. Hmmm. Soon my bus arrived. I got on. The driver was friendly. I got a place to sit and read my book. The passengers minded their own business. The auto-

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mated announcing of the stops went well. The driver didn’t sing, nor did the passengers. I looked around for vigilantes with cell phone cameras but didn’t see any. Fortunately there was a fair amount of drama in the book I was reading because there wasn’t any on the bus. It didn’t arrive late, as far as I can tell. The passengers got off without insulting the driver. What to make of this experience? Maybe it was atypical. Or maybe it wasn’t. Just to make sure, I think I’ll try again. Even without drama, it sure beats paying for parking.

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STRIKE A POSE One of six models shows off the designs of Joanne’s Fashions during a fundraiser for Victoria Quilts Canada at the Barrhaven United Church on Saturday, Nov. 26. Victoria’s Quilts, which has chapters throughout the country, is an organization that makes handmade quilts for people with cancer. The group has to date has distributed 25,000 quilts to people with cancer across Canada. Victoria’s Quilts also served up dessert for the dozens of women who attended the event and also held a silent auction.

Kiwanis club fundraiser to benefit Do it for Daron JENNIFER MCINTOSH jennifer.mcintosh@metroland.com

Local teens will be hitting the high notes for charity at an annual Kiwanis fundraiser at the Villa Lucia Supper Club on Dec. 11. The annual event to raise money for Kiwanis Idol will be doing double duty this year, with a portion of the proceeds going to Do it For Daron – an initiative to transform youth mental health that started in response to the suicide death of 14-yearold Daron Richardson in 2010. Eldon Fox, a long-time member of the Kiwanis Club of Kanata and one of the organizers of Kiwanis Idol, said when the group was approached by the Royal Ottawa Foundation for Mental Health, they were happy to help. “Suicide is an issue that a lot of the kids are talking about,” Fox said. “Most of them are close to Daron’s age and have had experience with suicide through their

schools or issues with their friends.” Nine talented youth from across the city will perform at the supper, along with a band. Fox said the annual supper concert is the biggest fundraiser for Kiwanis Idol, which showcases musical talent from across Ottawa and the valley. In his 15 years with the Kiwanis Club, Fox said he has seen the event grow exponentially. “It’s really the only thing available for musicians in the city to see if they have what it takes,” he said. For the first time this year, the idol red carpet will be rolled out at Scotiabank Place, moving up from venues like Centrepointe Theatre and Carleton University. “We are pretty excited to fill the new space,” Fox said. For the Dec. 11 Christmas party, tickets are $40 and can be purchased by calling 613-831-9900.


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The hefty cost of landfills SECOND IN A THREE-PART SERIES BY DON CAMPBELL, THANA DHARMARAJAH NEVIL HUNT AND LAURA MUELLER Garbage in Ontario is a mess. Durham and York are building a controversial incinerator to burn 140,000 tonnes of garbage a year. On Nov. 7, the provincial Ministry of the Environment gave the go-ahead for Orgaworld — the facility that processes Ottawa’s organic waste — to accept diapers, dog waste and compostable plastic bags but the City of Ottawa has yet to give the green light. Simcoe County — a community that attracts vacationers and retirees — faces a dire situation with less than six years of life left for three of its four landfills. Communities are flailing as they try to manage waste within their own borders. Some are already sending garbage out of town. Some are still working on setting waste diversion targets. Others are revising them. And some like the Region of Waterloo don’t have waste diversion targets at all. At least six communities surveyed by Metroland (for this Special Report on provincewide Trash Troubles) have landfills that will run out of space within 10 years. The mountains of trash that Ontarians are throwing into the garbage instead of their blue boxes are forcing other communities to try to find more space in their already bulging landfills. But the Metroland report shows new landfills are difficult to build because government of Ontario approvals required to create new facilities are hard to get, lengthy and costly. “You can spend six, seven, eight years preparing and not get an approval at the end of the day,” said Adam Chamberlain, a Toronto environmental lawyer. “Approving a landfill in Ontario is not for the faint of heart.” In fact, the Ministry of Environment hasn’t approved a single new landfill site since 1999. During that time 147 small landfills have closed, leaving Ontario with 958 existing active landfills. But many of those are small and not classified as capable of taking on a major municipality’s trash. About 85 per cent of Ontario’s

waste goes to only 32 Ontario landfills classified by the ministry as “large.” The main reason trash is creating problems is that municipal landfills are filling up with garbage that should be recycled or reused, including cardboard, plastic bottles, milk cartons and paper. The biggest offender is plastic. A report by Stewardship Ontario shows that about 176,500 tonnes of plastics — including 30,906 tonnes of plastic bottles — were chucked into the garbage instead of the recycling box in 2009, the last year for which provincewide figures are available. That means three-quarters of all that plastic — including 44 per cent of plastic bottles — ends up in landfills. Another culprit is paper packaging, the cardboard boxes and milk and juice containers that could be recycled as well. About 34 per cent of that material, or 122,396 tonnes, ends up in landfills too. One Ontario landfill operator, Bob Beacock, regularly spots these recyclable items as they tumble out of the garbage trucks at the Brock site, east of Toronto. But he only has time to rescue the odd scrap metal or tire. “We can’t just get out of the machine and start picking out pop cans,” the Brock site operator said. “You just know you’d be here 16 hours a day. That’s the public’s obligation.” Like most municipalities, Ottawa is trying to send less trash to landfills. The key is diverting waste to other places – recycling and composting – and that requires residents’ involvement. Reducing the use of landfills can save taxpayers money because new landfills come with hefty costs. It’s up to cities and towns to convince residents that the cost-savings are worth the effort of recycling or composting, or that their efforts can have a positive impact on the environment. “Do we do it to save money on our taxes or do we do it because it’s the right thing to do?” asks Marie McRae, an Ottawa city councillor and chair of the city’s environment committee. McRae said the Trail Road landfill – which takes Ottawa residents’ solid waste – will be full at current rates by 2035. Use of the black, blue and green bins could extend that by years or even decades.

Starting in November 2012, Ottawa residents will see a change in pickups: • Green bin every week. • Black and blue bins on alternate weeks. • Other solid waste once every two weeks, although people can request weekly pickup in certain circumstances, usually when the home is producing diapers. McRae estimates the city and its taxpayers will save $9 million annually by going to biweekly garbage pick-up. She said biweekly garbage collection will trigger greater use of the green bin because it will offer residents a way to dispose of “yucky stuff ” every week. “Not everyone will participate,” she said, “and we expect

the people who are recycling and composting now are likely to do it more.” Marilyn Journeaux, the city’s manager of solid waste services, said the best case scenario would see residents reduce the current solid waste going into the Trail Road landfill; saving tax money and helping the environment at the same time. Today, Ottawa residents dump 200,000 tons of solid waste into the landfill. Journeaux said that number could be greatly reduced by sending 100,000 tons annually to Plasco for gasification, with another chunk sent to Orgaworld for composting. The city’s contract with Orgaworld costs taxpayers $7 million annually. While the contract allows the city to send 80,000 tons of organic waste for compost-

ing, last year residents only sent 55,000 tons for composting. Residents will need to have a clear understanding of what can go in the green bin when the city goes to biweekly garbage pickup. The city’s website can tell you which items go in which bin, and McRae said homes with children will have another source of information. “There are bins in the schools and the kids are the ones who know which bin to use,” she said. Almost anything can be composted or recycled today, but there is still some confusion. McRae said grocery store bags, Styrofoam or cling-wrap doesn’t belong in the blue bin and should be placed in the regular trash.


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Condors hockey expands from west to east jessica.cunha@metroland.com

The Capital City Condors have expanded. Now in its fourth year, the hockey team, which caters to youth with intellectual and physical disabilities, has grown to include a west team in Kanata and an east team in Rockland – and president Jim Perkins said they’re already looking for more ice in the city. With 39 players on the west team and 35 players on the east team, there are already at least 20 youths on the waiting list, said Perkins. “The issue is going to be ice again,” he said. “Ideally, our goal is to expand again. “We envision four teams eventually.” He said the Condors are looking at potentially expanding to Barrhaven or south Ottawa, as well as Gatineau sometime in the future. “We have people registering when their kids are three years old to make sure they have a spot,” said Perkins. NEW TEAM

RINK DREAMS Perkins said eventually he’d like to see a complex built with the purpose of serving those with physical and mental disabilities. “Our dream now is to put up a complex,” he said. The Condors have taken off in the four years since the team’s inception; although it caters to youth, there are

a number of young adults on the team who started in their teens. “We need a couple different levels of adult hockey,” said Perkins, in order to best serve those who play. He said he’d also like to see a place where people could play sledge hockey, which allows those with physical disabilities to play the sport on a sled. “If we ever had our dream (of a complex) we’d want two ice surfaces,” he said – one for ice hockey and one for sledge hockey. Eventually, Perkins said he’d like to see a partnership with the Soldier On program, which helps ill or injured Canadian Forces personnel to fully and actively participate in physical fitness. “So that’s kind of our dream right now,” said Perkins. “It just keeps growing.” For more information on the Capital City Condors, visit www.capitalcitycon-

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The new Rockland Condors team has a home base at the Canadian International Hockey Academy, a private hockey boarding school in the east end of the city. “We were obviously really fortunate to have met up with them,” said Perkins. “(The kids) love it.” The school was looking for ways to volunteer in the community, he said, and when they heard about the Condors it turned out to be a great fit. “The students help volunteer every week,” said Perkins.

With two Ottawa Condor teams, the hockey players now have a chance to face off once a month. The friendly games will alternate between the Rockland rink and the Jack Charron Arena in Glen Cairn where the west team has its home base. The Condors also get sporadic ice time in Carp. “Now they get to play,” said Perkins, adding before it was hard to set up game days. “This way they’ll get a game every month.” The east team will play in red jerseys, while the west team’s colour is black. “It’s more than just a hockey team,” said Perkins. “It’s a community.” The players look forward to hockey every week, he said, with many getting their gear laid out the night before. “For them to be part of a team it builds their self-esteem, their moral,” said Perkins. He said a number of the players have developed in terms of broadening their personalities and growing their socialinteraction skills. “I think we’re seeing some of the longterm benefits.” Perkins said the teams are still looking for more volunteers for one hour a week on Saturdays with either the west or east team.

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For one Nepean Raider, the hockey player’s ultimate dream of came true earlier this month. Mac Weegar, the Raiders high-scoring rookie defenceman, got to don the redand-white of Team Canada. Weegar, a student at Barrhaven’s St. Joseph Catholic High School, was selected to play for Canada East at the World Junior A Challenge. Held Nov. 7 to 13 in Langley, B.C., the international tournament culminated in Canada facing-off against itself. “It was like the Battle of Canada,” said Weegar, who scored a point in the game, which ended 4-2 in favour of Canada West. “It’s weird getting a point against your own country, but when you’re going against another team, you just forget

about it,” he said. The 17-year-old was one of three Raiders who made it to the Canada East selection camp, along with defenceman Ryan Johnston and left-winger Keenan Hodgson. Raiders coach Peter Goulet said the team is happy to have Weegar back, silver medal and all. “Mac’s got a lot of tools that are turning a lot of heads,” Goulet said of the blue-liner. “He’s got great vision, he’s a great skill set, he’s just a complete hockey player.” Weegar currently leads the Central Canada Hockey League’s rookies in scoring, Goulet said. He was also named the league’s Player of the Month in both September and October. After 24 games played this season, Weegar boasts six goals and a total of 21 points.

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Five cyclists mowed down on March Road. Commuter killed on Queen Street. Compelled not only by these cycling deaths in Ottawa during the past few years but also the near misses they see every day, more than two dozen cyclists gathered on Saturday, Nov. 26 to come up with recommendations to submit to the Ontario coroner for an upcoming report. Organized by Mike Powell, chairman of the city’s roads and cycling advisory committee, the Saturday morning session sought to gather input from the cycling community and other concerned citizens on the topic of cycling safety. The cyclists at the session raised ideas ranging from better enforcement of the rules of the road, to creating a more consistent and meaningful accident report-

ing process, to the implementation of a province wide cycling safety awareness campaign. The session was in response to an invitation by the Office of the Chief Coroner of Ontario for the public to submit comments and recommendations to be considered as part of a review of cycling deaths across the province from 2006 to 2010. Powell was encouraged by a session that produced some productive discussions about cycling safety. “The overwhelming consensus of ideas here today were reasonable ones,” he said. “We’re not talking about crazy things or banning cars or anything like that. I think there’s a recognition here that – most people here are motorists as well – that there’s a give and take needed and different situations require different things.” See CYCLISTS, page 13

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More than two dozen Ottawa cyclists gathered at city hall on Saturday, Nov. 26 to talk about cycling safety and contribute a series of recommendations to a Ontario coroner’s review of cycling deaths across the province.

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The responses gathered at the session, Powell said, would be translated into a combined submission to the coroner’s office on behalf of all those in attendance. Split into smaller working groups of six or seven people, the cyclists spent four 20-minute sessions addressing four different questions: • What are your biggest cycling safety concerns? • What changes, if any, would you suggest be made to built cycling infrastructure? • What changes would you make to cycling awareness and education? • Are there any legal changes that can make cycling safer? Diane Dupuis, secretary of the Kanata Nepean Bicycling Club, said it was a worthwhile event and was pleased to see cycling safety issues catching the attention of officials at the provincial level. “I think it will have a greater impact than if it was done at the municipal level,” she said. “Hopefully the recommendations won’t get buried in the report, they will get implemented and some good can come out of this so that we can prevent cyclist deaths in the future.” Another cycling advocate at the session, Citizens for Safe Cycling president Hans Moor, said he was impressed by the constructive nature of the dis-

cussions. “I’m always nervous that it becomes a bit of a bashing against drivers, but you could hear a lot of positive feedback,” he said. “I think it was very important that people recognize that cyclists are not holy either, that they make a lot of mistakes. It was good to see that cyclists are actually worried about other cyclists’ behaviour.” While he agreed with Dupuis that it was important the issues are being discussed at the provincial level, he said the impact of the review would inevitably be less immediate than local initiatives. “You know that things move very slowly, so I think we’re looking probably five to 10 years before you’ll start to see things implemented,” he said, adding that if a few of the recommendations from the review see the light of day, it would be regarded as a success. Led by Toronto west regional supervising coroner Dr. Dan Cass, the review will look to identify common factors that may have played a role in cycling deaths that occurred in Ontario from 2006 to 2010, and where possible, will make recommendations to prevent similar deaths. The review is expected to wrap up in spring of 2012 and a report will be issued afterwards. To view the joint submission generated from the Ottawa session, visit www.yourottawaregion.com

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Schools, food banks win big at Santa Claus Parade GEOFF DAVIES

They also gave the award for Best Parade Entry to City View Centre for Child and Family Services, whose float’s theme was Mrs. Claus’ Kitchen. Each winner was awarded a plaque, said Lion George Kennedy, interviewed right after returning from present the local Re/Max office with theirs. “You’d think Santa Claus had just arrived in the office, they were so tickled pink,” Kennedy said. The Re/Max float was easy to spot, based off the movie Shrek, with a hot air balloon burner blasting flame out of the chimney of Shrek’s house. “It’s a lot of work making these floats, you know. They’re big floats. It’s not Mickey Mouse stuff.” Kennedy, who has been a parade organizer for each of the 15 events, said more than 1,800 kilograms of food and $50 in donations was collected for the Family Services Association of Churches. More than $2,000 was also raised for the Barrhaven Food Cupboard. Those donations have dipped slightly from previous years, he said, so it’s important for residents to remember that supporting food banks and community groups has always been the parade’s primary goal since its inception in 1997. Kennedy said praise is due to all the organizers and volunteers who made the parade possible. “The unsung heroes are the ones out there working at the back end of churches and the back end of shopping mall getting these 18-wheelers decorated,” he said.

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Saint Nick has been and gone, but the winning floats from last week’s Barrhaven Lions Club Santa Claus Parade have just been announced. Judges from both the Lions Club and Ross’ Your Independent Grocers recognized outstanding floats from the parade, held Nov. 20 along Strandherd Drive. Ross’ Your Independent Grocer judged entries from local schools, awarding $1,000 each to two school entries. The awards go to St. Luke School, and to a joint entry from Farley Mowat Public School and St. Andrew School. The theme of the joint entry from Farley Mowat and St. Andrew schools was inspired by the ice rink that sits between the two schools, said vice-principal Anna Lyall. The two schools are splitting the $1,000 prize, and are looking into spending it on extra helmets, skates and other equipment for their students, said Lyall. St. Luke’s float had a Night Before Christmas theme, said Liz O’Neill, the principal. Students there are very excited to have been recognized for their float, which was an initiative led by the parent council, she said. O’Neill said they haven’t yet decided how they will spend the prize money. Judges from the Lions Club gave awards of merit to the floats entered by Re/Max Real Estate and the West Barrhaven Community Association.

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A discussion about a city policy on whether buses should pull over into their own bays turned into an impasse between urban and suburban councillors last week. The issue of whether bus bays save time for all road users was already debated at transportation committee, but sparks flew when the item came up during a Nov. 22 council meeting. The new policy outlines calculations that would be used to decide whether a bus bay would make sense at a particular location. It’s in response to the city’s more recent practise of removing bus bays because they are seen to waste more time than they save, because buses have a hard time re-entering traffic. The new policy is a more formal framework to help make those decisions and it takes into account

the time savings for both drivers and transit users. It means the city will no longer “favour” transit users, like the former regional strategy did, said top OC Transpo planner Pat Scrimgeour. That frustrated Diane Holmes, councillor for Somerset Ward, who said despite reams of city plans and policies that state that pedestrians, cyclists and transit users should be considered first, the city was again doing the opposite. “It’s another example of motherhood statements meaning nothing,” Holmes said. She pointed out that bus bays in urban areas often lead to buses being trapped in the offshoot-lanes meant to take buses out of traffic as they drop off and pick up passengers. Cars are supposed to yield to buses re-entering traffic, but that often doesn’t happen, Holmes said. But the situation is the

opposite in the suburbs, Barrhaven Coun. Jan Harder shot back. Different areas of the city have “different sensitivities,” she said. The city does a good job of accommodating urban and rural issues, she said, adding “But we do jack for our suburbs in the process … (and) that’s something those of us in the suburbs are working on.” Harder said bus bays work in the suburbs, and their arbitrary removal was a “travesty.” Suburban residents are busy with new families and careers and often don’t have as much time to be engaged in community issues, Harder said, so they end up reacting to decisions, such as when bus bays are removed before anyone has a chance to oppose it. The new policy was unanimously endorsed by council, to which Mayor Jim Watson commented: “What a surprise.”


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Tools 4 School numbers add up JENNIFER MCINTOSH jennifer.mcintosh@metroland.com

Nepean, Rideau and Osgoode Community Resource Centre (NROCRC) staff helped to outfit 284 children in their catchement with the Tools 4 School this year, according to the program co-ordinator Kim Ethier. The total was announced at an annual thank you breakfast held for the program’s supporters at NROCRC’s Merivale Mall office on Nov. 25. The resource centre also donated 50 empty backpacks to Nepean Housing. The program’s total cost was $7,100, including the cost of the supplies, staffing and empty backpacks. NROCRC first partnered with the Child and Youth Friendly Ottawa initiative in 2008 – fielding requests for 40

backpacks. Since that first year, demand has steadily increased, prompting calls to the school boards to provide the necessities to every child.

“LSI Systems donated 130 backpacks alone,” Brad Spooner “If we can get the school boards to provide things like the pencils, the paper and the notebooks, it allows us to focus on getting the more specialized items, like: geometry sets, inside shoes and backpacks,” said Brad Spooner, a program manager at the centre.

Spooner said the success of the program is due to local residents and businesses that turned out in support of the program. “LSI Systems donated 130 backpacks alone,” Spooner said while handing out plaques. Jacob Noble, a student at Franco-Cité Catholic Secondary School volunteered his time to help out, along with Nicole Ethier and Lil Laviolette. A fundraising barbecue held at the mall in August also helped to raise $600 for the program. Ethier said that the OttawaCarleton District School Board did a study that found 146 students were prepared for school thanks to NROCRC’s work. “Every single child we helped got a backpack filled with everything on their class list,” she said.

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Kim Ethier, the program co-ordinator for Nepean, Rideau and Osgoode Community Resource Centre’s Tools 4 School program, is pictured with a bouqet at the annual thank-you breakfast on Nov. 25.

Community Calendar Our Community Calendar is offered as a free service to local non-profit organizations. We reserve the right to edit entries for space and time considerations. E-mail your events to news@yourottawasouth.com or news@yourbarrhaven.com. Deadline is Monday 9 a.m.

• DECEMBER 1 Nepean Seniors Recreation Centre’s Christmas Dinner offers a musical evening with Bob Gagnon at Capone’s, Richmond Room, inside the Nepean Sportsplex, 1701 Woodroffe Ave. Cocktails at 5 p.m., dinner at 6 p.m. Cost is $40 for members and $46 for non-members. Parking is free. Purchase tickets at Nepean Seniors Recreation Centre by cash or cheque only before Nov. 25. If you have any special dietary needs please inform staff when purchasing tickets. Vegetarian menu is available. For information, call 580-2424, ext. 46657.

• DECEMBER 3 The North Gower Farmers’ Market annual Christmas market from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the North Gower RA, 2300 Community Way. Homemade foods and baked goods. Many local artisans with great one of a kind creations. Breakfast and lunch served. Non-perishable food and cash donations for the North Gower Food Bank encouraged. Visit wwwngfarmersmarket.com or call 613-489-9794 for information. The 2001st Nepean Rangers present A Window on Christmas craft sale at Walter Baker Sports Centre from 10 a.m. 4 p.m. Please contact Cathy at 613-823-9012 for more info.

• DECEMBER 4 Join with Barrhaven and area churches and schools for their ninth annual choir and carol concert at Barrhaven United Church, 3013

Jockvale Rd. at 7 p.m. A goodwill offering will be received to support the work of the Barrhaven Food Cupboard. Authors present their new children’s books. Edie Batstone presents her book, How To Grow a Puddle, and Molly O’Connor has released Snow Business. Both writers will be at Manotick Office Pro, 5541 Manotick Main St. O’Connor from 10 a.m. to noon, and Batstone from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

• DECEMBER 10 The Barrhaven Lions Club Children’s Christmas Party at the Barrhaven Legion, 3500 Fallowfield Rd., starting at 10 a.m. Entrance will be permitted with a ticket only. Limited free tickets available at the Legion on a first come, first served basis. Artsy FM Sister Chicks are hosting a Christmas craft show from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Lunch served for $5. Artisans should call early to reserve a table: Linda 613-258-4463, $10. Hosted by North Grenville Community Church, 2659 Concession Rod., next to Kemptville Hospital.

• ONGOING Behind the scenes or in the forefront, you can make a difference in the lives of seniors in your community. Rural Ottawa South Support Services (ROSSS) has current volunteer opportunities that are created with volunteer flexibility in mind. The centre provides training and orientation. To become a volunteer, please call Bev Johnston at 613-692-4697. The new Barrhaven Community Concert Band needs musicians. Rehearsals will be held Thursday evenings starting in September. Visit www. barrhavencommunityconcertband. com for details.


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Community associations, advocacy groups and average citizens are some of the people who would have to register as “lobbyists” under proposed sweeping rules. In the draft version of the city’s new lobbyist registry, the only people who would be exempt from having to register as a lobbyist would be officials from other levels of government, or from other municipalities. The city’s new governance renewal subcommittee heard a report on the proposed registry during its first meeting on Nov. 18, but the committee won’t actually consider whether to approve the proposal until its Dec. 1 meeting. If the city goes ahead with the initiative, Ottawa would be only the second Canadian municipality to set up a formal framework for reporting lobbying. Toronto is the only city that has something similar. The registry is the first of a series of initiatives Mayor Jim Watson promised during the election as a means to bring more “accountability and transparency” to city government. The lobbyist registry would be a “very important cultural change” at city hall, said deputy city clerk Leslie Donnelly. “You can’t stop bad things from happening,” Donnelly said. “But you can

tell people who is influencing decisions.” The registry would require city council members, paid lobbyists and unpaid advocates to register all lobbying activities. Whether it’s a lobbyist paid to advocate in favour of a planned development, or a resident who wants a stop sign on his or her street, they would be seen as lobbyists under the registry (although it would distinguish between traditional lobbyists and community members). The proposed changes threw some councillors for a loop. Rideau-Goulbourn Coun. Scott Moffatt worried that some of his rural residents require his help when requesting land severances, and having to register as a lobbyist in order to do that would be an additional hindrance. In a ward with an abundance of community associations and politically active residents, Kitchissippi Coun. Katherine Hobbs said that type of activism might be discouraged if residents knew the topic of their meeting with the councillor would be made public. Others wondered how they would be able to separate lobbying from advice, and how they would determine a possible lobbyist’s connections. “You could hear from the same person three times in the same day, and how are you supposed to know whether

that is lobbying?” said Knoxdale-Merivale Coun. Keith Egli. “Some people wear multiple hats.” LOOPHOLE One major potential loophole to the registry was revealed during the Nov. 18 meeting. If a council member is the one to initiate a conversation, it wouldn’t be considered lobbying under the proposed guidelines, Donnelley said. That was in response to Cumberland Coun. Stephen Blais, who asked if it would be considered lobbying if he phoned a developer to ask him to build a 20-storey building instead of 12 storeys. “Ultimately, there will be 100 ways to get around the rule,” said Watson, who heads the governance renewal subcommittee. “It’s about accountability. When in doubt – register,” the mayor added. Councillors, particularly Kanata South Coun. Allan Hubley, raised questions about the amount of their office staff ’s time it would take to enter lobbyists’ names and a log of each time they lobby the councillor. Donnelly said the amount of work it would add to each councillor’s office would be negligible, but she said setting up the lobbyist registry will necessitate an additional full-time staff member in the clerk’s office.

STAFF City crews have won contracts to pick up trash in two of the city’s five zones starting late next year following the conclusion of a competitive bidding process. City crews were guaranteed to pick up at least one zone during the bidding process to determine who will collect garbage and recyclables from Ottawa homes when the city switches to biweekly garbage pick-up in November of 2012. In the end, the city and CUPE-503, which represents the city crews, partnered to be successful in snapping up two zones, while private companies will take care of the remaining three. Council has decided that a private company was to be used in at least one zone. The city’s crews will handle Zone C3, which includes the urban core, as well as Zone C5 for Orleans and the east end. GOOD PROCESS Zone C4, which contains Alta Vista, Osgoode and the city’s southeast area, will be served by Miller Waste Systems, which is based in Markham. Miller will also collect trash from Zone C2 for Nepean and the city’s southwest end, including Rideau-Goulbourn. Waterloo’s Waste Management will collect waste in Zone C1 for Kanata, West Carleton and Stittsville. A fairness commissioner said the city followed an appropriate process when granting the contracts.

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