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said. People interested in becoming a volunteer facilitator have their applications reviewed by a Crown lawyer and must pass a police records check prior to being trained, McHard said. If the application is approved, they receive two days of training before becoming an observer. They then spend time observing sessions and attending monthly facilitator meetings before tackling their own cases, McHard said. The program currently handles between 50 and 60 cases per year throughout the county and more facilitators are needed, she said. “It’s a bit of a challenge covering all of our cases right now,� McHard said. “We have an exceptional group of volunteers, but we need more people to keep it going.�

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A program that aims to help heal the damage caused by crime within the community, rather than through the court system, needs more volunteers, organizers say. The Lanark County community justice program is a community-based organization that brings those accused of crime together with the victims and supporters for a face-to-face meeting that focuses on ways to “repair the harm,â€? said executive director Joellen McHard. The meetings give both the accused and the victims a chance to talk openly about what happened, said McHard. “The accused gets the chance to give an apology,â€? she said. “I think there is so much power in an apology. In court, you don’t get that.â€? Victims also get the opportunity to exMORE ABOUT THE PROGRAM plain how the crime affected their lives. For example, McHard said if a youth was The program is funded through the accused of breaking into an elderly person’s home, the person would get a chance Ministry of the Attorney General. The to tell the youth of the fear they have lived agreement requires the organization and with since the incident. The youth would the steering committee which is made up then have a better understanding of the of local justice partners and chaired by far-reaching consequences of criminal the Crown, to train volunteers to become facilitators. Volunteers must pass a crimactivity. “They don’t get what an impact that inal records check, be approved by the would have,â€? McHard said. “In our pro- ministry, take an oath of confidentiality and sign a memorandum of understandgram, they find out.â€? The group then determines ways the ac- ing with the ministry. cused can compensate the victim. For example, if someone stole a wallet, that person might agree to do all the paperwork to replace identification and other items the wallet had contained, McHard said. The agreement must be unanimously approved by everyone involved and is legally binding. Once an agreement is reached and the terms are completed, officers and lawyers are informed that it is no longer necessary to pursue charges. If the accused does not comply with the agreement, their case is sent back to the court system, McHard said. Individuals accused of a crime can be referred to the program if their lawyer speaks to the Crown attorney involved in the case and gets approval. If the case gets referred, forum co-ordinator Sheri Halladay then contacts the 1',!# victims of the crime and asks  if they want to participate in a meeting, said Christine Peringer, In 3 Easy Steps... board treasurer and a facilitator MAKE YOUR of 10 years. COMMERCIAL QUALITY If they agree, Halladay then WINES AT OUR PLACE assigns the case to a team of fafor as per batch (yields 29 btls) little as cilitators. Two facilitators and an observer co-ordinate and conOR Save even more & duct a meeting between all parMake Your Own Beer & Wine at Home ties, including their supporters and other community members 1*#-,,-5 who were affected by the crime, 435 Moodie Drive, Bells Corners 613-721-9945 957 Gladstone Ave. W., Ottawa 613-722-9945 Peringer said. 2030 Lanthier Drive, Orleans 613-590-9946 “It’s about healing the harm done to the community,â€? she ABC>I@LTFKBP@LJ

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Captain Hooper’s ‘daughters’ install new president Beverly Shepley takes over reins from two-term president Donna Kerry STAFF CARLETON PLACE – Donna Kerry, who has had the help of president of the Captain Hooper branch of the IODE (Imperial Order of the Daughters of the Empire) for two terms, has handed the gavel over to incoming president Beverley Shepley at a chapter meeting at the start of the new year. The new slate of officers was installed at the annual meeting, and Shepley expects the members’ support, and will continue to work for the betterment of the community and beyond, as they have done in the past. The local chapter, one of the oldest charitable organizations in Carleton Place, answers many requests for financial help during the year. Treasurer Hilda Docker points out just a few of the causes the IODE works for; • Annual bursary awards to the Notre Dame Catholic High School, Almonte and District High School and Carleton

Place High School. • Support to an adopted school in Makkovik in Labrador. • The Caldwell Street School nutrition program. • Children’s Aid snowsuit fund. • Carleton Place and District Memorial Hospital. • Fairview Manor. • Lanark County Food Bank. • Sending children with special needs to the Children’s Aid Summer Camp. Monies are raised throughout the year through various events, including fashion shows, craft fairs, bonspiels, and a yearly luncheon bridge. The IODE has an open membership policy, with only one meeting per month, and encourages anyone who has an interest in helping to better their community to attend one of the meetings or talk to any member about the purpose and aims of the chapter. President Beverley Shepley can be reached at 613-253-1799 and treasurer Hilda Docker can be contacted at 613-2531516.

Non-urgent patients get a boost in the MRI waiting game Nicolas Ruszkowski Nicolas Ruszkowski VP, Communications Ottawa Hospital It has been a year since an old friend, Ron Guirguis, left Ottawa for New York City. I’m thinking of him because he would have liked the announcement made last week by Ottawa-Centre MPP Yasir Naqvi and new Champlain Local Health Integration Network CEO Alex Munter that the Ontario Government would invest $506,500 to increase access to MRI scans in Ottawa until March 31, 2011. Ron played football in high school and university, for a total of almost 6 years. The impact on his knees was terrible. While he remains active, he is limited in the kinds of sports he can undertake.

emergency, they are considered non-urgent, and they wait for MRI scans an average of 170 days, with some waiting as long as 220 days. 4,000 such patients await an MRI scan right now. For almost 3,000 of these patients, last week’s announcement represents a big relief. The funding will allow The Ottawa Hospital, The Queensway Carleton Hospital and the Montfort Hospital to make a signiďŹ cant dent in region’s MRI waiting list. As Paula Doering, The Ottawa Hospital’s VicePresident, Clinical Programs responsible for Diagnostic Imaging said on behalf of the three hospitals, “staff have risen and accepted the challenge of picking up these necessary shifts. In addition to that, our radiologists have assured us that they will adjust their schedules to meet the increased volume and ensure timely reports are available.â€? The team effort builds on an increasingly aggressive approach to providing MRI services, with hospitals operating their scanners between 16 to 18 hours a day.

He plays touch football with a massive knee brace. He can no longer play hockey or skate. He takes on other activities knowing his knees may not withstand the effort.

Until 2008, the Champlain LHIN had the longest MRIs wait times in Ontario, up to 294 days. Since then, two new MRI machines have been added, for a total of 8, which has been a major factor in the region’s improved performance.

Others patients have an even harder time. Their knee, back, hip, ankle or other joint pain is chronic. Since they don’t, however, face a medical

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