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Talk Like a Pirate Day held at Ruth E. JENNIFER MCINTOSH Photo by Courtney Symons

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Spectators donned their eye patches and sheathed their swords in preparation for a celebration of International Talk Like A Pirate Day at the Ruth E Dickinson Library on Sept. 19. The international holiday happened to coincide with the unveiling of a mural by local artist Julie Clement, who made a mural depicting an island pirate theme in the entrance way of the newly-renovated library. Clement, who had completed another mural in the library with a Finding Nemo theme, credited Barrhaven Coun. Jan Harder with swashbuckling sensation. “The pirate idea was hers, but I had a lot of fun,” Clement

SOAPBOX DERBY Seven-year-old Joshua Carriere guards his soapbox derby cart as he waits to race in Manotick’s first annual Soapbox Derby. The derby was part of Manotick’s annual Picnic in the Park event in Centennial Park, and took place down the hill on Beaverwood Road. Despite all the racing excitement, the highlight of the event for Joshua was getting to eat cotton candy twice in one day.

said. The piece sits on the wall near the entrance, circulation desk and children’s department. The library officially reopened in late August after the completion of a $550,000 facelift that included a new second floor entranceway, a new borrower services counter, additional exterior wall book drops, a new staff lunchroom and upgrades

to all the public washrooms to make them barrier free. Information desks and self-checkout units were also relocated to increase ease of use. The supplies for the new mural were funded by Harder. “I think it’s going to be a great way to greet everyone who comes in,” Harder said. The piece is mostly paint on canvas but does include some

mixed media, with a raised compass in the right hand corner, that Clement said was made with three beer mats from London, England. There are also threedimensional pieces in a treasure box and along the beach. “I not only wanted to paint, but I wanted to show the kids how you can use other materials to make things three dimensional,” she said.

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Algonquin College students will be breathing a sigh of relief following the news that a tentative deal has been reached between the Ontario Public Service Employees Union (OPSEU) and management. OPSEU and the College Employers Council reached an agreement on Sept. 18, which could see everyone going back to work as early as Sept. 20.

“Students are relieved to know the strike is over and applaud OPSEU and the Council for reaching an agreement,” said Brian Costantini, president of the College Student Alliance, in a press release. The details of the agreement won’t be released until a ratification vote by OPSEU members, but OPSEU president Warren (Smokey) Thomas said he was encouraged. “I applaud the tentative deal reached tonight by the negotiating teams,” he

said in a press release late Sunday night. “We said all along that a fair and just agreement was only possible when the two sides could sit across the bargaining table from each other and I am pleased to report that was the case.” Rod Bemister, chair of the OPSEU bargaining team, said that the union managed to secure key contract proposals it had brought forward and will recommend that members approve the deal. The 18-day strike saw 8,000 support

staff at colleges across the province walk off the job, causing long lines at registration and made attending school nearly impossible for a group of young mothers at Algonquin. Angela Scherr, a 23-year-old business administration student, who was left without day care for her two-year-old son, considered withdrawing from her final year. “We can’t do it without the day care, something has to be done,” she said, before the tentative deal was reached.

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Paramedics, firefighters respond to construction accident STAFF A 25-year-old construction worker was injured in Barrhaven when the front windshield of the soil digger he was operating fell on him. The accident occurred on the morning of Sept. 15. Ottawa paramedics responded to Strandherd Road and Fraser Fields Way shortly after 7:30 a.m. The man was operating a large soil digger at a construction site when the front glass of his cab gave way and fell onto him. The front windshield – which appears to be designed to tilt between horizontal and vertical positions – was constructed of heavy tempered glass which did not shatter when it struck the patient. The paramedic crew found the patient in

the cab of the device, unable to move. He was treated and extricated. Due to the height of the cab and instability associated with extrication, paramedics called for Ottawa fire services to assist. While the patient was being immobilized in a specialized extrication device by paramedics, the firefighters constructed a slide from two backboards so the patient could be smoothly and safely removed. Paramedics continued treatment en route to hospital. The man was listed in stable condition with non-life threatening injuries on arrival at the trauma centre. By 1 p.m., other workers on the site were seen working on the vehicle’s windshield.

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Last month, the City of Ottawa’s selective traffic enforcement program (STEP) laid 33 pedestrian safety-related charges to both motorists and pedestrians, with another 260 tickets issued to motorists for running red lights. Twenty pedestrians were charged with offences such as failing to use crosswalks. The remaining 13 charges went to motorists who failed to yield the right-of-way to pedestrians. The pedestrian safety initiative also had a large education component. Hundreds of information pamphlets were handed to both pedestrians and motorists listing important data on Ottawa’s pedestrian collision and traffic injury history and tips on how to improve pedestrian safety. Each month since 2004, STEP has enforced two initiatives that target specific traffic safety priorities.

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ARE YOU SUFFERING FROM THE FOLLOWING SYMPTOMS?

Mayor Jim Watson has some questions of his own for provincial election candidates. From funding for the Ottawa River Action Plan to light-rail transit and affordable housing, the mayor and council are asking all local candidates to weigh in on provincial issues that could effect the city. “These are questions that our council feels are of vital importance to the future of our residents and our city,” Watson said in a press release. The questionnaire also asks candidates if they will support the province’s agreement to upload the cost of providing some social programs, which municipalities are budgeting for. Watson has criticized the Progressive Conservative Party for refusing to commit to the remainder of the agreement because the mayor says the money is needed to avoid larger property tax increases. Watson signed the uploading deal while he served as a provincial Liberal cabinet minister. The mayor’s history in provincial politics led some to question his motives in sending out the questionnaire. That’s what Ottawa Centre Green candidate Kevin O’Donnell said he has been hearing, but it’s not something he was personally concerned about. “It didn’t occur to me that there is this secondary conversation about whether it is going to be partisan, is it going to be used to manipulate the election,” O’Donnell said. “Yes, the mayor is an ex-Liberal but he was also a mayor of Ottawa before that.” Incumbent Liberal Ottawa Centre candidate Yasir Naqvi, however, applauded the idea. “I am excited that he has asked questions which are very important to the community so that we can be on record on what we’ll do for Ottawa if elected on October 6,” Naqvi

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Mayor Jim Watson has some questions of his own for provincial election candidates said. Another question on the survey asks if the candidate would support the city’s pilot project to put 20 gaming tables at the Rideau Carleton Raceway.

The answers Watson receives will be released on Sept. 29 and posted to ottawa.ca. Ontarians head to the polls on Oct. 6. With files from Eddie Rwema.

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The city should buckle down on mileage claims, parking passes and the use of city vehicles, according to an auditor’s report. Among the 18 reports from the city’s auditor, Alain Lalonde, said Ottawa could have saved $106,000 in 2010 if it had better controls over its vehicles and mileage. But overall, the city has made progress in implementing his recommendations, Lalonde said. The problem with mileage is that each manager has his or her own practices, and in some cases, de-

tailed mileage reports simply don’t exist, Lalonde said. “It’s very hard to monitor when you don’t have the exact information,” he said. In one case, an employee racked up $20,000 in mileage by travelling 40,000 kilometres in his or her own vehicle. That person should have been shifted over to a city-owned vehicle to cut down on costs, Lalonde said. Another concern included the $56,000 cost of keeping a trained paramedic on call to perform a job that should have been done by an IT support person. Bylaw services manager Susan

Jones agreed that the paramedic’s skills would be better used on the front lines and assured reporters that another employee was being trained to take over support for the scheduling tool. While the city’s fraud and waste hotline has been around for six years, 2010 was the first full year that the public could make reports to the hotline (previously it was available to employees only). Most of the complaints – 62 per cent – came from the public, with 38 per cent originating from city employees. There was a total of 215 complaints to the hotline last year. The hotline can be reached by calling 1-866-959-9309.


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New moniker for Christmas Exchange A new name for a well-known local charity is reminding people that it offers assistance throughout the year. The Christmas Exchange, a fixture in the Ottawa charity scene since 1915, has become the Caring and Sharing Exchange. The new name reflects that the organization’s mission includes more than just handing out gifts during the holiday season. Some donors may have found it confusing that the Christmas Exchange was soliciting donations of school supplies, said the group’s executive director, Mari-

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lyn Matheson. “We have adopted an umbrella name for the organization in order to better describe all the programs that we provide all year round,” she said. The organization will still run the Christmas Exchange program, which was conceived during the First World War to provide gifts for children of families affected by the war. Last year, the Christmas programs helped 25,000 people. The Caring and Sharing Exchange will also continue to run its Student Success program and co-ordinate donations amongst 300 community organizations.

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ONTARIO ELECTION UNDERWAY Ontario Liberal leader Dalton McGuinty joined Ottawa-area Liberal candidates Phil McNeely (Ottawa-Orleans), Megan Cornell (Carleton-Mississippi Mills), Madeleine Meilleur (Ottawa-Vanier) and Yasir Naqvi (Ottawa Centre) to address the media after speaking at the mayor’s breakfast series at the Ottawa Convention Centre on Wednesday, Sept. 14. McGuinty’s speech focused on the Liberals’ plan to continue uploading the costs of provincial services to reduce the burden on municipalities, a plan strongly supported by Mayor Jim Watson. Ontarians head to the polls on Oct. 6.

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Winning two Battle of the Bands competitions. Recording in a studio. Performing at the historic band shell at the Canadian National Exhibition in Toronto. Yes, it’s been quite a summer for the Fairest, a band with Barrhaven and Manotick connections. The band, formed only six months ago, has been receiving enthusiastic response not only from audiences but also from well-known musicians. Tyler Armes, bass player of the band Down With Webster, was the celebrity judge at Ex Fest, a Battle of the Bands competition at the band shell at the Canadian National Exhibition (CNE) in Toronto. He gave the Fairest a rave review.

“The Fairest are bringing back what made rock ’n’ roll fun in the ’80s and early ’90s, ” Dan Hay Band coach Dan Hay, the band’s coach, who has experienced his own success in the past with the band Fully Down and who plays festivals like Bluesfest with his current band Amos the Transparent, predicts a big future for the band. “The Fairest are bringing back what made rock ’n’ roll fun in the ’80s and early ’90s,” he wrote in an email about the band. He added that the band members have such a good time on stage that the feeling is infec-

tious, reaching the audience. “You can see it spreading as their fan base continues to grow with every show,” he wrote. Members of the Fairest include Carter Peak, 13, drums, a Grade 9 student at Mother Teresa High School in Barrhaven, and JA Slachta, 14, on vocals and guitar, a Grade 9 student at St. Mark High School in Manotick. The two other members are Connor Riddell, 14, on lead guitar, who attends Sacred Heart High School in Stittsville, and Evan Bunkis, 15, bass, who is also at Sacred Heart. The band members are committed to writing their own songs. To date they have five originals with a couple more to be completed soon. Their music is original and can best be described as classic rock with a contemporary flavour. This summer the Fairest has won two Battle of the Bands competitions, competing main-

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ly against adult bands. At the Barrhaven Battle of the Bands, the Fairest was up against 23 other bands. Victory earned the band the opportunity to play the main stage of the Canada Day celebrations in Barrhaven. The Fairest won the Road to Ex Fest Band Battle against eight other bands. This was followed by an online coast-to-coast vote for the opportunity to play at the historic bandshell at the CNE in Toronto. This ended up happening on Aug. 23, where the Fairest was on stage with all of the top unsigned acts in Ontario. At the bandshell, the band performed a 30 minute set, a performance which produced rave reviews from both the celebrity judges and the concert promoter. The band has won recording time and has been in the studio recently, working on a product that should be ready in the early fall.


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13-year-old Anthony Carriere from Greely and 12-year-old Stephan Rondeau from downtown Ottawa get ready to ride the cart their greatgrandfather built in 1968 in Manotick’s first annual Soapbox Derby on Sept. 18. Stickers on the back of the cart mark the victories the cart won while raced by their great-grandfather, and stickers on the side note the victories of the great-grandsons who have taken the cart out of retirement. The Soapbox Derby was part of Manotick’s annual Picnic in the Park event in Centennial Park, and took place down the hill on Beaverwood Road.

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Members of team “Squeak” from top left; Samantha, Melanie, Adam, Maggie, Foster, Kayley, Alex, Katrina and from bottom left; Taylor, Clare, Tommy, Erica participated in the first annual Soapbox Derby on Sept. 18 at the Manotick annual Picnic in the Park event in Centennial Park.

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Seven-year-old Joey Brower and 10-year-old Kacey Charland get ready to race in the first annual Soapbox Derby on Sept. 18 at the Manotick annual Picnic in the Park event in Centennial Park. Although Brower got stuck on the starting block, he came back to win the race that stretched down the hill on Beaverwood Road.

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EDITORIAL

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Be daring. Be cool. Be a voter.

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pathy isn’t cool and it certainly isn’t sexy. Anybody can do nothing. You, however, can do something. Look at it this way – how often do you have a two-term Liberal premier, whom you either love or hate, taking a third kick at the can? It hasn’t happened since 1990 and, either way you vote, you can make history – you can make Dalton’s day, or send him off to early retirement. There are plenty of editorials out there that are going to tell you it is your civic duty to vote, that if you don’t, you have no right to complain. These are all valid points – but they’re not necessarily fun ones. What is fun is this: you get to be like Donald Trump and fire people on Oct. 6. Or, at least deny people the chance to get a job. We all like to believe that people only vote for altruistic, civic-minded reasons. But you can also vote for petty, personal reasons too. Whatever your reasons for voting, as the sneaker ad says, just do it. You now have more time than ever to do it. After you’re finished reading this, you can fold our paper up and

march on over to a ballot box from now until Election Day and mark your X. You can also vote by mail, on campus, from your hospital bed, or at advance polls. Turnout during the last provincial vote in f 2007 was at an all-time low, with only 52.6 per cent of eligible voters casting their ballots, according to Elections Ontario. You’d have to go all the way back to the previous low set in the Jazz Age, 1923, for their contender of 54.7 per cent. (What a snooze the ’23 vote must’ve been.) But we shouldn’t be so smug. The October 2003 vote, which saw Ernie Eves’ Tories turfed after eight years of Eves/Harris rule, still saw low turnout at 56.9 per cent, and that was when people were riled up enough to throw a government out of office. Well, that was before the big crash of ’08. Boy, we certainly have a lot more on our plates now. Voting takes so little time and makes such a lasting impact. They’re mopping things up in Libya, Tunisia and Egypt and are eagerly awaiting their chance to vote for the first time ever. The worst we’ll have to contend with on our way to the polls is some traffic and lousy weather.

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aseball began to get interesting a month or so ago. The Blue Jays, although losing, were fun to watch and, locally, the Ottawa Fat Cats were marching through the playoffs. Plus it was warm and sunny outside. Baseball weather. So it seemed like a perfect time to buy a four-year-old his first baseball glove. A visit to Canadian Tire confirmed what anyone familiar with the retail world should have known: Baseball season is not the time to buy a baseball glove; the sporting goods sections are full of hockey equipment; retailers are a season ahead of you. Chalk it up to inexperience. A guy buys a baseball glove only a few times in his life. He forgets that the fall fashions are on sale in the summer and the best supply of bathing suits is available in the winter. If you want to buy a baseball glove, do it in hockey season. However, there were a few on the shelf, including a nice black and blue Rawlings glove that would fit a fouryear-old. His grandfather has a Rawlings baseball glove – a Dave Parker model, just to put it into historical perspective. Dave Parker, whatever his other eccentricities, did not wear a blue glove, but times have changed.

CHARLES GORDON Funny Town Only up to a point, however. The granddaughter, a couple of years younger, will have to wait for her glove until one is on sale in a colour other than pink. The present went over well and it was only when we put on our two Rawlings gloves for a game of catch that I noticed the new glove had a button marked ON/OFF. I pressed it a few times and nothing happened, but eventually somebody more technologically inclined discovered the glove had red lights that flashed when you caught the ball. At which point somebody remarked – it wasn’t I, but wish it was – “I thought catching the ball was supposed to be enough fun.” As it turned out, it was. The glove’s proud new owner was more interested

in catching the ball in the glove than in playing with the flashing lights on it, but it does make you wonder about the degree to which merchandisers think we need to be entertained. Try to find a bar without a television on. Try to find an elevator without music in it. Telling the glove story to a friend brought an interesting reply. “They have fishing rods like that now.” True? Unfortunately, yes. A fishing rod manufacturer has produced, in cooperation with the Disney Company, a series of rods with lights that flash. “This colourful kit featuring classic Disney images is sure to get kids fishing!,” says an online promo. “Each kit includes a 2’6” all-in-one rod and reel spooled with line; flashing lights that pulse when the thumb button is pressed; and a fun, safe casting plug.” Among the Disney images available are Spiderman, Princess, Lightning McQueen, Barbie and Mickey Mouse. I thought catching the fish was supposed to be enough fun. In order to avoid going completely old-fuddy-duddy on this issue, I will admit that this is not the first generation to grow up with brand names. Mickey Mouse and some of his col-

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The start of the new school year means the Ottawa Police Service’s 25 school resource officers have begun to renew their efforts to forge stronger relationships with students across the city. The school resource officer program looks to create positive relationships between youth and police. Sgt. Heather Lachine oversees the program that serves approximately 350 schools in the Ottawa region. A former school resource officer herself, Lachine understands how important it is for these officers to serve as positive role models who promote positive choices for students. “It is all about putting students in touch with the right resources and keeping a strong connection between the officers and the students,� Lachine said. Operating out of the youth intervention and diversion unit of the Ottawa Police, the program this year is focusing more and more on the positive engagements with students. The officers connect with the students and offer support to school administrators. Parents can also contact the officers through the schools for help or guidance concerning their child. Resource officers also deal with any criminal activity that occurs at their schools. To keep pace with the rapid changes amongst student populations, the

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Two dozen silver-haired cyclists biked from Kanata to Perth and back again to raise money for African grandmothers struggling to raise children orphaned by HIV/AIDS. The Grassroot Grannies put the pedal to the metal, raising over $30,000 and beating the goal they set for themselves during the Ride To Turn The Tide three-day, 270-kilometre bike ride in support of the Stephen Lewis Foundation. “We have definitely reached our goal,” said Nancy Hough of Stittsville, who organized the second annual ride. The final figure is still being tallied, which will go to the Grandmothers to Grandmothers Campaign to support African grandmothers. “What’s really important is that the money doesn’t go through any government agencies in the foreign countries, it goes directly to the grandmothers...It goes where it’s supposed to go,” Hough said. This year, the group consisted of 21 riders, four of them male. The group of grandmothers, grandfathers and grand-others rode into the parking lot of the Bushtukah store in Kanata on Sept. 9 to cheers and applause from other members of the Grassroot Grannies, as well as a sizable feast laid out over three tables. “(The bike ride,) it’s a challenge for some people but it’s over in three days – their challenge goes on forever,” said Hough of the grandmothers in Africa. “At the family level we help the grandmother to help the child to help the country.”

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Starting in Kanata last Wednesday, the riders pedaled through Ashton, Appleton and Almonte to Perth, and then back through Rideau Ferry, Merrickville, and Osgoode on Thursday. The Kanata Grassroot Grannies stopped for lunch at Merrickville United Church last Thursday, Sept. 8. Hough, a cycling enthusiast and grandmother of six, said she joined the Grannies because her family was lucky enough

to be born in a land of plenty. “It’s just doing something for people who aren’t so fortunate – by an accident of where they were born, they don’t have what we have,” she said. “I think it’s important to do things at home as well, but this is for the global community.” Each of the 21 riders pledged to raise at least $500 and the group eclipse last year’s $29,000 haul, bringing in over $30,000. The riders ranged in age from their late 50s to early 70s. The Grannies were joined by cyclists from the Kanata-Nepean Bicycle Club and Cross Canada Cycling Tours Society, which promotes physical activity among seniors. The tired yet enthusiastic riders pulled up to Merrickville United Church midway through the second and longest day of the ride. After an hour of rest and conversation with cheerful members of the Anglican and United church communities, the recharged cyclists again mounted their steel steeds and set off down the highway. A grateful Hough called the churches’ community involvement “really heartwarming and motivating. After resting their tired feet as houseguests of the Metcalfe Grannies, the group completed their cycling course on Sept. 9. The Kanata Grannies are one of 240 Canadian groups supporting the Stephen Lewis Foundation’s Grandmothers to Grandmothers Campaign. In five years, Canadians have helped the women Lewis calls “the unsung heroes of Africa” care for nearly 12 million orphans and raise awareness of the deadly toll HIV/AIDS is taking on sub-Saharan Africa. Since forming in 2006, the Grassroot Grannies have raised more than $90,000 and delivered many presentations in schools, churches and retirement residences. Aside from the Ride To Turn The Tide event, the Grassroot Grannies also host an annual plant sale and garden show in May, and its Books, Breakfast and Bijoux fundraiser and sale in October. To find out what these spirited seniors are up to next, visit www.grassrootgrannies.com.

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Meet your Nepean-Carleton candidates NDP candidate runs for sixth time JESSICA CUNHA jessica.cunha@metroland.com

New Democratic Party candidate for Nepean-Carleton Ric Dagenais is running for the sixth time. He continues to throw his hat in the ring because of the constituents and their passion for the issues facing the riding. “It’s because of the people. I can’t tell you how inspiring it is to go to the door and see the spirit, the community and the caring,” said the 59-year-old. The business analyst for the Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE) said MPP’s need to start working together instead of attacking each other. “You have to take the politics out sometimes. We’re ready to work with the other parties,” said the Manotick resident. “You see this nattering, bickering, everything is political and partisan – it doesn’t bode well for all of society. Everybody has some good ideas and

when you meld them together and hammer them out…it probably is (the best situation).” The late Jack Layton, former federal leader of the NDP, set a good example, he said. “A lot of people want to see their government get things done,” said Dagenais. “(Jack) left us a great message. It was about working for the people and getting things accomplished and doing the best we can.” Dagenais said he’s focusing on the issues of health care and public transportation during this election. He wants to start the ball rolling on a satellite hospital or a full-service community health centre. “I looked around and I cannot find any full-service community health centre in Nepean Carleton,” he said, adding he’d like to see more funding for home care for seniors. “It makes a difference of being able to stay in your house or not.”

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Dagenais said traffic congestion is also a large issue in his riding. “A lot of people need to go downtown for work,” he said, adding more money needs to be put into public transportation to make it a desirable option. Having a balanced budget and a more consistent budget is important to the married father of three. “Always spend the money like it’s your own; it has to make sense, it has to be justifiable,” said Dagenais.

Green candidate takes second shot NEVIL HUNT nevil.hunt@metroland.com

Gordon Kubanek is willing to approach politics with an eye on the long term. The Green party candidate in Nepean-Carleton says he understands complex issues that require long-term thinking don’t get voters’ attention when “short, snappy answers” can be delivered by career politicians. But that won’t stop him from running for office and delivering his message. Kubanek, 53, is taking his second shot at winning the riding. In 2007, he came in third. Today he is a hobby farmer, living between Manotick and Kars, raising bees and chickens on the land. He is married and has three daughters. A trained engineer, he now teaches math and science part-time at Brookfield High School. Kubanek says he has lived in Europe and in

the United States, and “caught the bug” to follow politics during frequent visits to Germany, back when the first Green party was forming. He says the international flavour of Green policies provides advantages other parties can’t offer. “We’re about ideals, not agendas,” he says, adding that ideas that may seem new in Canada have often been tried and tested in other countries. “We can learn from people around the world, all the best practices.” In the long-term, Kubanek says Ontario and Canada can benefit from a “carrot and stick” approach that rewards the production of green energy and charges the real cost of other forms of energy, including a carbon tax. He opposes the planned wind farm in North Gower because it has not been a democratic process, adding that it’s the number one issue in his email

Grit champions for change When Don Dransfield was a student at Carleton University, he switched from engineering to political science because he was concerned about what was happening in the provincial government. Now approximately 16 years later, he has gotten involved in politics for the same reason. Dransfield, who ran unsuccessfully in the 2006 municipal election for the council seat of Gloucester-South Nepean, said he is hoping for an upset in a riding that has voted blue for the last 16 years. “It’s tough running against any incumbent, but I am out there knocking on doors and hoping people will hear what I have to say,” he said. Dransfield said in 1995, when Mike Harris’ government was elected, he spoke out against things like enforced amalgama-

tuition credit for middle income families. While, he said he has promoted the party’s broader platform on the issues of education and sustainable energy, he said that locally there is a concern about infrastructure. “We need a government that can plan for the future and serve the needs of a growing community,” he said.

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inbox. He’d like to see the province’s Green Energy Act changed so wind, solar and other eco-friendly energy projects are owned by local communities, not multinational companies. Kubanek has made positive changes right in his own home, tapping geothermal energy to heat and cool his house. He said the cost was about $25,000 and that he expects to save “a couple of thousand” dollars each year. “It might take a decade to get payback,” he says.

tion and the downloading of social services. “Harris was also for things like work for welfare and now Hudak wants to have prisoners in chain gangs working in parks,” Dransfield said. “It’s bad and wrong for Ontario.” Dransfield said he offers his political science degree and experience running municipally as well as his work as one of the founding members of an industrial battery company. “I helped build that company from a few people to a major supplier to the alarm industry,” he said. Dransfield, who lives in Carlsbad Springs, said he has lived in the riding off and on for the last 30 years. He said residents should pay attention to the progress on apprenticeships to replace trades people who are retiring. He also made particular mention of the $30,000

Lisa MacLeod is getting to know Ontario like never before. MacLeod is seeking a third term in the riding and currently serves as the PC critic for revenue and government accountability. For part of the provincial election campaign, she will ride in a big blue RV, touring ridings across the province, trying to pump up the campaigns of individual PC candidates. That shows a sense of confidence about her re-election in NepeanCarleton, while allowing her to see the big picture. MacLeod said Ontarians have some issues in common. “One I hear all the time is affordability,” MacLeod said. She said the PCs would address the cost of living by removing two charges from each hydro bill: the provincial portion of the HST and the debt

retirement charge that is meant to address past hydro deficits. MacLeod estimates the average homeowner would save $275 annually if those charges are removed from hydro bills. The Tories are also pledging to cut income tax: taxpayers would see a five per cent reduction in the provincial portion of their taxes on the first $75,000 earned. Outside of purely fiscal questions, MacLeod said Ontarians want accountability. The Tory platform calls for expanded freedom of information legislation and the public disclosure of all government contracts over a certain threshold. The PCs also want an all-encompassing review of 630 provincial boards and agencies; what MacLeod sees as a great opportunity to make the government operate at lower cost. “Does it work?” MacLeod asked of the agencies the province operates.

“If it’s broken, fix it. If we don’t need it, get rid of it.” The Ontario Power Authority and local health integration networks are top of the review list, and the Tories have already pledged to shut them down if they form the next government. MacLeod said cost-savings will be key if the province’s budget is to be brought under control. “These are austere times,” she said. “Are government bureaucrats going to have to tighten their belts? Yes they are.”


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Before the economic downturn in 2008, Roger Toutant would have described himself as a card-carrying conservative, but as the market place began to crumble, he said he found himself looking at things in a different way. “Once you start studying economics, it leads you to politics,” he said. “And I realized there was virtually no difference between Ontario’s two major parties.” As far as Toutant is concerned big, centralized government is killing Ontario’s ability to be competitive. He would like to see an end to what he calls “government monopolies,” on things like energy and healthcare. “Anytime you have a monopoly, it works out to be the most expensive and inefficient way of doing things,” he said. Toutant, who moved to Ottawa in 2000 to work for Nortel as an electrical

engineer, is seeking the Nepean-Carleton seat in the provincial legislature as a Libertarian candidate. He said besting incumbent conservative Lisa MacLeod would be tough, but wants to raise awareness. “But I have been out in the riding and there are a lot of members of the OLS (Ontario Landowners Association) and their ideals are pretty closely aligned with the Ontario Libertarian Party,” he said. Tourant said in the U.S. there are Libertarians schools and institutions, but the party hasn’t made that many gains north of the border. The party’s platform says that the only proper functions of government are national defence, police and the courts. “The government in Canada has much too much power,” he said, adding the concept of a big centralized government has only gained popularity in the last

couple of centuries. Tourant said he has nothing against the government providing a service, just as long as they have competition. “Can you imagine if Loblaws was able to make it against the law to open a Sobeys?” he asked. Tourant said he doesn’t pretend to know how the changes in government would happen to improve competition and citizen participation in things like taxation, but that it needs to happen to prevent bankruptcy. “We are going to end up like Greece,” he said.

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‘It takes a village to raise a child’ Know the warning signs and where to go if you know a teen who needs help BLAIR EDWARDS blair.edwards@metroland.com

obile Crisis kicks ass! The message is scribbled in a scrapbook kept in the war room of the Youth Services Bureau of Ottawa’s 24-hour crisis hotline. The hotline staff call it the cookie jar. It’s a collection of thank-you notes and messages of hope scribbled or pasted on each page of the scrapbook written by the staff. None of the notes come from the clients, the dozens of youth and parents who call the centre every week and receive help from the social workers who man the hotline. But that’s a good thing, said Ted Charette, the co-ordinator of the bureau’s Mobile Crisis and Intake Services. “A lot of the time we don’t know the impact we have, because we don’t bring them here for too long,” he said. Staff at the crisis line field more than 6,000 phone calls every year and assist youth ages 0 to 18. If necessary, a crisis worker can jump in a car and visit a youth at their home. The hotline is often the city’s first stop for children wrestling with mental health issues or parents seeking help for their troubled teens. The staff is trained to deal with emergency situations and then, if needed,

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WARNING SIGNS Adults need to look for the warning signs and take action early, says Ted Charette, the co-ordinator of Youth Services Bureau of Ottawa Mobile Crisis and Intake Services. Some include: • A sudden drop in marks at high school • Changes in sleeping and eating habits • Loss of enjoyment in what used to be favourite activities • Low energy and poor concentration • A personality change • Outbursts of anger or rage • Neglect of personal appearance

OUT OF THE DARKNESS A series about youth suicide Part 2: How to detect if your child needs help and what resources are available for assistance. refer teens and children to youth mental health services in Ottawa. But it all boils down to making that first contact, said Charette. “I don’t think there’s a difficulty making a connection,” he said. “It’s getting a hold of them.” A teenager lacks the experience and knowledge to cope with mental illness and often feels no one can help them, Charette said. “The first person a teenager will speak to when they feel challenged is going to be another teenager.”. PARENTS ARE KEY Parents can play a key role in their child’s mental health, said Charette. The first step is maintaining an open line of communication. Keep the conversation going with open-ended questions, such as, “Anything interesting happen at school today?” Charette said. “Connect with the kids,” he said. “Make the time.” If they notice signs of depression and are worried their children are having suicidal thoughts, parents should call the 24-hour crisis line: 613-260-2360, said Charette. Youth can also visit the walk-in clinic, located at 2301 Carling Avenue, the second floor, which is free for youth ages 12 to 20 and parents and open every Thursday from noon to 8 p.m. “A lot of our calls are initiated by parents and not youth,” he said. “We’re a very good option for a first phone call. “We have incredible success once we can get our hands on them – it’s just getting them,” said Charette. “Because they don’t reach out, we need adults.” Children attempt suicide for a variety of reasons, said Dr. Ian Manion, a clinical psychologist and the executive director for the Ontario Centre of Excellence for child and youth mental health at CHEO. Acute stressors include relationship loss, bullying, embarrassment and aca-

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demic performance. “It could be a variety of things,” Manion said. “A moment in time could be overwhelming for young persons.” Youth have limited problem-solving skills and emotional maturity, he said. Parents can bring their children to CHEO if they express suicidal thoughts. “You are seen,” said Manion. “You’re not put on a waiting list.” DARON Ever since the parents of Daron Richardson publicized the details of their 14-year-old daughter’s suicide on Nov. 15, 2010, the issue of suicide and youth mental health has caught the country’s attention. During a press conference following his daughter’s death, Ottawa Senators assistant coach Luke Richardson, said he and his wife talked about difficult subjects with their daughter such as alcohol and drug abuse and sex, but they never discussed mental health. “I wish we did talk about it before,” he said. “But we just didn’t think it was there.” Manion said many parents won’t go

for help because of the stigma of mental health issues. “That’s a huge barrier in mental health in general,” he said. “That’s where we have to do a better job in supporting parents.” It’s important to educate people about mental health issues and identify the resources available in the community, he said. The sooner the better when dealing with mental health problems, said Manion. Suicide is the second leading cause of death for youth ages 10 to 24, according to recent numbers from Statistics Canada. In 2007, 508 youth killed themselves, with many more attempting it. “Even more importantly, studies show a significant percentage of adolescents contemplate, plan or attempt suicide without seeking or receiving help,” said Cheryl Vrkljan, a Hamilton-based program consultant for the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health. Anyone can help, said Vrkljan. “What people do need to know is the right way to help,” she said. See JUST, page 15


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he two jumbo couches are past their prime, but they’re comfy enough to swallow you whole. Twenty teens are stretched out on them, in the converted factory that is home to Perth’s Youth Action Kommittee. Artwork overlooks the main room and there’s a drum set in the corner. It’s shared with a kitchen where youth learning to cook churned out 2,800 home-cooked meals last year. The youth centre has a range of programs and welcomes drop-ins, but those on the couches are from YAK’s Skills Links programs in Perth and Smiths Falls. They are deemed “high-risk” youth, and range in age from 16 to 24. The program gives them six months of full-time training, a $332.50 stipend, and a chance to overcome what stands between them, a job, or going back to school. A fly on the wall would get a crash course in the issues plaguing Ontario’s rural youth. Those here today represent some of Eastern Ontario’s unhealthiest youth. In Lanark, Leeds and Grenville, teens have some of the region’s highest rates of smoking, drinking, obesity, unemployment and stress, as reported by the Child and Youth Health Network of Eastern Ontario’s recent study. They’re talking about youth suicide. Many are all too familiar with it, and the discussion flows for about an hour before the drum roll of toes gets too loud to ignore. Time for a smoke break. Several of them have helped a friend struggling with thoughts of suicide. Some have struggled themselves. All around, the opinions are varied and strong. Marcy Vincent remembers hearing her friend, then seven-months pregnant, say she was thinking of killing herself. Immediately, with a ride from her parents, Marcy drove over. “I stayed up with her for three days straight. There was no way I could go to sleep and leave her feeling that way,” recalls Marcy. In the end, her friend revealed her struggle to her parents, who hooked her up with a psychologist. “Nothing was scarier than those three nights.” YAK’s gem is its open doors. The fact kids are drawn to them on their own

accord is the real value of the centre. For many of the nearly 600 youth who came to YAK in 2010, it was an essential support. Hailing mainly from Perth and its neighbouring townships, the YAK’s following grew by more than a third last year. “Hope is a huge issue for young people, because they don’t see it as something that dominates their life,” says YAK’s executive director, Darinka Morelli. A lack of “corporate appeal” has long plagued YAK and others serving youth, Morelli says. Not little and cute, the teens they help are rougher around the edges. It’s easier to tell them no. Now, after 14 years of operation, the future of YAK’s lifeblood funding appears as tenuous as ever. They need guaranteed funding to have access to government grants. From Service Canada, these account for about 80 per cent of their funding, but are locked into the Skills Link program. In recent years, Lanark County has funded all five of its youth centres with an annual $40,000 grant, earmarked for staffing costs. For “bricks and mortar” funding, YAK relies on the Town of Perth and the townships of Tay Valley and Drummond/North Elmsley. Earlier this year, as municipal governments went through budget deliberations with a shakey economic backdrop, both wells got a little drier. At the Town of Perth, grants have gone up and down in recent years. YAK asked for a repeat of $12,000 for 2011, and walked away with $10,000. Councillors debated further cuts. As the centre’s financial books show, Tay Valley’s contributions have held steady at about half that amount, while provincial grants have dwindled to the triple digits. The past three fiscal years show no contribution from Drummond/North Elmsley, though Morelli says the township has contributed $1,000 for 2011. Meanwhile, at the county level, councillors decided to cut their grants program entirely. YAK will still get funding for now, from the social services budget, but has been asked to develop a plan to wean themselves off county funding over the next three years. “I think most definitely, if the taxpayer doesn’t support the youth centre, it will not sustain itself,” says Morelli. Instead, she says, they have to ask themselves a tough question: do you

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The Youth Action Kommittee in Perth is an invaluable resource for teenagers, and can be a place they turn to when they are in crisis. Donations help keep it afloat. want their services or not? Always planning ahead, Morelli said she’s been looking at one day starting a side-business, a tutoring service, to help the centre survive. With one pot of money and competing interests, funding has always been a real struggle in the children’s services field, says Nicki Collins, founding executive director of Doors for Lanark Children and Youth. They’re a non-profit organization backed by the provincial government, providing free counselling services for kids up until their 18th birthday. By intervening early to help youth and their families with issues ranging from depression to sexual abuse and beyond, they hope to solve mental health problems before they get more serious. But, like youth centres, Open Doors is not a mandated service, and struggles as

a result, says Collins. “Every child has right to an education, we all have a right to health care, but…you don’t necessarily have a right to have children’s mental health services,” she says. Last year, Open Doors saw more than 1,000 young people at its Perth, Smiths Falls, Carleton Place and Lanark Highlands offices. While demand has steadily increased – up 40 per cent in 10 years – their funding from the ministry of children and youth services has hardly budged. In the 15 years Collins has been at the helm, she has seen their funding base increase by eight per cent. “We don’t get cost of living (increases), ever,” said Collins. It’s been a struggle to keep up with the need for services since the area saw a cluster of six youth suicides last year. Since 2008, the organization has had to cut three full-time counsellors, a management position, their after-hours service, and 80 percent of their psychological services, Collins said. Currently, there are nearly 100 people who have been on the wait-list for more than a month. Open Doors doesn’t treat anyone older than 18, but they’re not the only ones feeling the surge in mental health needs. Deborah Snow of Lanark County Mental Health says the staff she supervises at their Smiths Falls office has seen a significant increase in the number of “transitional-aged youth” – those not quite 18 but close enough – coming to them for help in recent years. Their answer: a youth skills group, modeled on the “psycho-educational groups” that have proved successful with adult patients. Unlike a support group, these group therapy sessions aim to build resilience, teaching youth the skills they need to cope, prevent and understand their symptoms. Offered last year for the first time, the group treatment option flopped, failing the required minimum of eight participants. This year they got 22. Maybe people have warmed to the idea of opening up to others, Snow says. Or maybe they’re looking for a way around the six- to eight-month wait-list for their preferred option, one-on-one counseling. “We do the best we can do with what we got,” says Snow, whose staff is at about half-capacity, with only two fulltime counsellors.

Just one caring person can make a world of difference From page 14 Know the warning signs, said Vrkljan – if you are completely unaware or think it will never happen to you or someone you know, think again. “Take all the warning signs seriously,” she said. “Talking about suicide will not encourage someone to try it.” Don’t agree to keep it a secret and tell the person they are not alone and that help is available, said Vrkljan; if there is an immediate risk call 911 and stay with the person.

“One caring person can make a difference,” she said. “We just have to be OK with asking the hard questions. Many times the person is in such pain they will be relieved you asked.” Youth aren’t seeking help because they don’t want to be different or marginalized, said Vrkljan. “Youth have never been taught the language skills they need to really express their emotions, and therefore keep it bottled up inside.” she said. Education is key, said Charette.

Three Ottawa institutions that help young people in crisis have agreed to pool resources and information to provide better services to youth and their families: CHEO, the Royal Ottawa Health Care Group and the Youth Services Bureau of Ottawa. The three organizations have partnered to allow nurses, psychiatrists and social workers to help youth in crisis. • The Royal Ottawa provides youth mental health services. • The Youth Services Bureau offers a

24-hour mental health crisis program. • CHEO provides an urgent care unit and emergency health care. The subject of youth mental health is taught in the schools, but Charette would like to see training provided for any adult who works with groups of children, such as minor league hockey coaches, girl guide and scout leaders. “Anyone working with a child should have some awareness of mental health issues,” said Charette. “It takes a village to raise a child.”

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• SEPT. 23 Jakes’ Gift, a play about a reluctant veteran’s return to Juno Beach. Presented at 7 p.m. at the Manotick Legion, 5550 Ann St. Tickets available at the Manotick Legion ($15) or Office Pro on Manotick Main Street. The play is written and performed by Julia Mackey. Proceeds are for the Soldier-On Fund. Fish fry supper and silent auction at Bells Corners United Church, 3955 Richmond Rd. at Moodie Dr. Full dinner including New Zealand cod, dessert and beverage, served 4:30 to 7 p.m., with takeout available. Tickets are $15 for adults and $8 for children under 12. Information and ticket sales at 613-820-8103.

• SEPT. 24 Barrhaven Family Resource Centre’s children’s used toy, equipment and clothing sale, from 9 a.m. to noon at Ecole Jean Robert Gauthier, 651 Chapman Mills. Cash sales only.

• SEPT. 29 Nurturing Children – They’re Worth It! series continues at Bells Corners United Church, 3955 Richmond Rd. at 7:30 p.m. when Alison Goss present the topic The Trouble with Bullies. Goss has 15 years experience in the Montessori community as a teacher and principal and is a coach in the coaching program at the Centre for Conflict Education and Research. To register, contact Tamara at 613-592-4575

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For the Love of the Farm fine art exhibition and sale from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Pieces of art by nine artists working in a variety of media. A free juried event. Building 72, Central Experimental Farm, east off Prince of Wales traffic circle. Call 613-230-3276 or visit www. friendsofthefarm.ca

The new Barrhaven Community Concert Band needs musicians. Rehearsals will be held Thursday evenings starting in September. Visit www.barrhavencommunityconcertband.com for details.

• OCT. 30 Greening Your Budget and Sustainable Finances workshop facilitated by Kristina Inrig at Barrhaven United Church, 3013 Jockvale Rd,, from 12:30 to 2 p.m. Suggested donation of $5 to cover presentation costs. Info at www.barrhavenunited.org

• 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.

• ONGOING Workshops will be held in Riverside South, to teach volunteers how to cut the outer milk bags from the four-litre packages, and crochet them into sleeping mats for needy families around the world. Using the milk bags for this purpose is keeping them out of our landfills, making this iniative a win-win for all. Even if you do not know how to crochet, you can participate and learn this simple project. Students can earn volunteer hours by helping with the cutting of the bags. For

• ONGOING The 2001st Nepean Rangers are currently accepting craft vendors to participate in A Window on Christmas craft sale at Walter Baker Sports Centre on Sat. Dec 3, from 10 a.m. 4 p.m. Tables cost $40. Please contact Cathy at 613-823-9012 for more info.

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