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Inside Lowertown NEWS wins fight Council votes against demolition of Sussex homes Laura Mueller

An Ottawa yogi has created a yoga calendar to help raise money for Multiple Sclerosis Society of Canada. – Page 3


Gov. Gen. David Johnson officially launched the 2012 National Poppy Campaign at Rideau Hall. – Page 6


The Hospice at May Court will hold its annual fundraiser, Home for the Holidays, from Nov. 9 to 11. – Page 14

EMC news - The city’s planning committee shocked even heritage advocates by unanimously rejecting a plan to demolish two heritage homes on Sussex Drive. The houses, one of which was home to former governor general Adrienne Clarkson during her childhood, were proposed for demolition as part of a project to widen the road into a boulevard to complete the National Capital Commission’s Mile of History section of the ceremonial Confederation Boulevard. The change is needed to straighten out a curve and make the road safer for both motorists and cyclists, the city and NCC argued. That reasoning did not resonate with councillors who sit on the committee, who roundly rejected the plan and called on staff and the NCC to come up with a more creative solution. Council also rejected the demolition on Oct. 24. Even Innes Coun. Rainer Bloess, who has spoken against over-conservation of heritage buildings, didn’t support the demolitions. But he added that the city shouldn’t be “holier than thou” when it comes to criticizing the NCC, because it is the city’s road-design requirements that influenced the size and shape of the revised road. Kitchissippi Coun. Katherine Hobbs was the most passionate councillor to argue against the demolitions. She decried a plan to mark Canada’s history that requires the demolition of a home representing a compelling national story: a young refugee girl who would eventually move down the street to Rideau Hall to serve as the nation’s head of state. See REASONING, page 17


Tickles and treats Ten month-old Sunshine Wesley came out for candy and fun at the Wabano Centre for Aboriginal Health’s Spooktacular Halloween at Rideau High School on Oct. 24. The event welcomed families from the area to celebrate Halloween with treats, games and crafts.

Heartwood House moves to McArthur Avenue Charity organization purchases new home Michelle Nash

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Award winners Ron Dizy, President and CEO ENBALA Power Networks (Small Company of the Year); Laura Formusa, President and CEO Hydro One (Leader of the Year) and Bryce Conrad, President and CEO Hydro Ottawa.

Hydro Ottawa is thrilled to be recognized by its peers as the 2012 Large Company of the Year at the Ontario Energy Association Excellence Awards. The award recognizes Hydro Ottawa’s achievements in the energy sector in key business areas such as financial operations and management, customer service, distribution and environmental leadership. “These are all critical business areas, especially for an energy utility delivering an essential service to the nation’s capital,” said Bryce Conrad, Hydro Ottawa’s President and Chief Executive Officer. Hydro Ottawa’s accomplishments include strong financial results, with net income and dividends consistently exceeding expectations, and shareholder value increasing by $135 million over the past four years. During this time, Hydro Ottawa’s electricity distribution rates have been stable and among the most affordable in the province. At the same time, Hydro Ottawa has been one of the top performers in the industry in delivering supply reliability. These results have contributed to solid customer satisfaction scores recognized by the Electricity Distributors Association and most recently by Chartwell Inc. at its Customer Experience Conference in California, where finalists included major U.S. utilities Southern California Edison, San Diego Gas and Electric, PPL Electric and NIPSCO. “Consistently improving the customer relationship is a very strong focus for us. In addition to affordability and reliability, it is imperative that we also provide customers with ever-increasing value,” added Mr. Conrad. During his acceptance speech, Mr. Conrad acknowledged Hydro Ottawa’s employees as a major reason for the company’s continuing success. “They are highly skilled, dedicated, experienced, and engaged in achieving our goals. They are also community focused, generous with their charitable donations and quick to volunteer when we participate in community events,” he said. In thanking the Ontario Energy Association for sponsoring the award, Mr. Conrad promised that “Hydro Ottawa will do our best to be back on this podium in the future.”

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EMC news - The Boys and Girls Club of Ottawa is seeking help from the community to repair the McCann Boys and Girls Clubhouse. The club’s board of directors is looking for help from the community to help pay for the fixes, expected to cost an estimated $2 million. “Every little bit helps,” said Scott Bradford, executive director of the Boys and Girls Club of Ottawa. “This goal is more than a renovation; it is about the community and building a sense of pride and ownership to the kids who frequent this building. This is our opportunity to show them they are important.” The club hopes to complete the repairs over the next two years. More than 1,000 boys and girls use the McCann Boys and Girls Clubhouse on 430 McArthur Avenue. The high costs for renovating the building have been estimated in the millions because of its age. “It has been fixed as much as we can,” he said. “It is at the end of its lifecycle and

we want to upgrade the building.” Bradford said the clubhouse is in a high-need area and is integral to creating a strong community. It also provides a place to go for children and youth living in the area. With $222,000 already secured from a provincial grant, and another $1-million federal grant now under consideration. Bradford said the club is working hard at getting the funding, but there still remains almost $800,000 gap, which the club said it hopes the corporate community and Ottawa community will help fill. The Boys and Girls Club of Ottawa has served the Ottawa since 1923, reaching out to 4,500 children and youth each year through afterschool, weekend and summer programs that build selfesteem and help children develop stronger social skills. “We see this as a community hub, a community centre, more than just for kids programming,” Bradford said. “There is always something going on in the building.” Once the renovations are underway, the programming at the McArthur location would be moved. Bradford said the club would make sure programming would stay in the community with an aim to get the space from its partnering schools and centres. This is not the first time

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the Boys and Girls Club of Ottawa has undertaken major renovations to one of its clubhouses. Almost two years ago, the Britannia Boys and Girls Clubhouse reopened its doors after a $1.2-million renovation to the building. Bradford said the higher price tag for the McCann clubhouse renovations has to do with the amount of work which needs to be done, such as upgrades to the building and air conditioning. The fundraising team, as-

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The McCann clubhouse on McArthur Avenue welcomes more than 1,000 children a month for sports and afterschool programing, including its popular homework club. The building is in need of repair and the Boys and Girls Club of Ottawa is seeking help from the community to raise the $2 million it will cost to make those repairs. sembled with a slate of board members and local community members, including Senator Vern White and Robert McElligott will be working on fundraising events in the upcoming months. Bradford encourages the community to donate, stating every dollar counts to help the clubhouse reach its goal. The aim is to have the renovations complete by mid2014. Ambitious, Bradford admits, but a goal the club believes is possible.

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EMC news - The Centretown Community Health Centre has received a boost in funding for its diabetes care programs. The health centre announced on Oct. 20 it will receive $774,686 in funding from the Champlain Local Health Integration Network (LHIN) and the Ministry of Health and Long Term Care for its diabetes care programming. The centre has addressed diabetes prevention, education and care as a priority, and was pleased with the financial support. “When we can detect issues early, people receive timely appropriate care and can prevent complications, such as vision loss, amputation and other serious conditions,” said Simone Thibault, executive director of the Centretown Community Health Centre.

This funding is in addition to money the centre has received over the past two years from the health network and the provincial government for diabetes programming. The Centretown Community Health Centre has been working to improve health care for people living with diabetes in the community as part of the Ontario diabetes strategy. The program focuses on prevention and education, and helps reduce health-care costs related to living with diabetes and diabetes-related illnesses. The funding is said to add more support from nurses, dieticians, chiropodists and outreach workers. The announcement took place during the launch of the Champlain Diabetes SCREEN project, a program which provides screening of diabetes and related diabetes illnesses to high-risk immigrant communities.


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Ottawa yogis strike a pose for multiple sclerosis Mom, yoga teacher creates calendar to help raise awareness, money for disease

EMC news - From the moment Natalie Van Tassel found out her 23 year-old son had multiple sclerosis she made a vow to work every day to raise funds and awareness about the disease. Her first fundraising effort already displays her dedication to the cause. In four short months, the mother of two produced a calendar to sell with all the proceeds to go towards the Multiple Sclerosis Society of Canada’s Ottawa Chapter. The 2013 Yoga for Multiple Sclerosis calendar showcases yogis from across Ottawa in yoga poses. Van Tassel, who is Miss February in the calendar, is a yoga teacher. “Yoga is all about meditation and breathing; it slows down your nervous system and allows you to be mindful of the present moment. It helps keep them mobile, it offers them strength,” she said. Van Tassel reached out to the yoga community and asked her fellow yogis if they would be interested in posing for a calendar. She said the response was overwhelming,

with more available models than the number of the months in the year. The calendar is a result of the collaborations of Van Tassel and her friend and photographer Donna Sarazin. “She is very talented and wanted the exposure. I originally offered to pay her for her services, but Donna (Sarazin) said she wanted to volunteer her time for the cause,” Van Tassel said. Van Tassel and Sarazin scouted out areas and then booked times the other yogis could come to pose for the photos. The two of them spent their entire free time during the summer working on the calendar, to meet her October deadline. “It was important to have the project completed by October to give (us) time to sell them by the end of the year,” she said. The result is 12 photos of local yoga instructors posing in local venues, parks and streets. From Rockliffe Park to Westboro and Orléans to Aylmer, the eager yogis donated their time to the cause. “Each photo shoot would take about four to five hours,


Natalie Van Tassel has made it her mission in life to help find a cure for multiple sclerosis. For the past four months, Van Tassel, a yoga instructor, worked on Yoga for Multiple Sclerosis, a calendar she aims to sell to raise $10,000 for the Multiple Sclerosis Society of Canada’s Ottawa Chapter. it was amazing the dedication everyone had,” Van Tassel said. Van Tassel’s son, Oliver had just graduated from university when his first multiple sclerosis attack occured. Van Tassel said she feared her son, who was only 23, could be suffer-

ing from MS, but had hoped she was wrong. Then Oliver suffered from another attack, with the symptoms again pointing towards MS. He was diagnosed with the disease in June. Van Tassel said she always thought MS affected people

in their 40s, not young children. What Van Tassel did not know and quickly learned is it affects people as early as 14 years old to 40 years old. Emotional when speaking about her son’s disease, Van Tassel admits the first few weeks were extremely hard


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and she was constantly angry and sad. The yoga calendar, she said helped her heal. “Grieving and being angry, that is easy to do. But that is not going to help anybody, and it is definitely not going to help my son,” she said. The project gave her a goal to reach to help her son and the organization she depended on in those first few months after Oliver’s diagnosis. “I will do whatever I have to do to help the society,” she said. Van Tassel’s son lives in Montreal with his father she said. The Quebec government’s ministry of health, covers his medical costs, which is around $30,000 a year. Although she misses her son, she said she is happy he is being looked after, but knows not everyone is so lucky to have their medical costs covered. “We still need a lot more money for research,” Van Tassel said. “We need to raise money and awareness so the research can continue and I will be working to do both until my last breath.” The cost of the calendar is $20. All the proceeds its sale will go towards the cause. The calendar is available for purchase online at

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EMC - The city won’t be getting a new Main library branch, but the library board is looking at spending $25 million to spruce up the existing building. On Oct. 24, the committee was presented with three options ranging from $6.3 million to $70 million in cost and chose the middle one. The plan is to “modernize� the aging branch by undertaking a comprehensive renovation. The more expensive option would have also included an addition to the Metcalfe Street building’s fourth and fifth floors. That idea was supported by library staff and the facilities planning committee for the library board, and the full board will discuss it on Nov. 19. But library board chairwoman Coun. Jan Harder cautioned that there is no money put aside for the work. “We don’t have any money for that now and I’m not going to pretend that we do,� Harder said, adding that if the plan gets approval, the board will look at forming a fundraising committee. Publicprivate partnerships would also be on the table, Harder said. “This is a board that knows we have to make changes at our main branch,� she added. Considering a structural engineer must be called in before a stack of books is moved, the news that the branch is structurally sound came as a surprise to library board members on Sept. 10. “I was surprised when I saw that report,� Harder said on Sept. 10. “It’s telling me that this place is in rough shape, it’s not pretty, but it’s not going to fall down on you,� Harder said. There was a push in the last decade to find a new location to construct a library to replace the Metcalfe branch,


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chitect to design an addition to the Metcalfe location and redesign the interior layout would be a good use of that money, she said. That proposal is included in the plan approved by the library facilities committee. “We need somebody with vision ‌ to look at this space with all this information and give us a ‘wow,’â€? Harder said. But some members of the board felt otherwise, including Jim Bennett, who asked to change the wording of the motion the board approved to accept the report. He wanted it to reference the possibility of a new library, but the board voted that down 7-5 on Sept. 10. “Clearly, there is a fraction on the board,â€? Harder said. Everyone on the board, which includes both city councillors and citizen members, loves libraries, Harder said. The difference is that some members are more attuned to the “realities of the fiscal environment.â€?

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Most fare hikes capped at 2.5 per cent in OC Transpo budget Laura Mueller


There are no big changes proposed in the draft 2013 transit budget, OC Transpo general manager John Manconi says.

EMC news - A 2.5 per cent cap on OC Transpo fare hikes wouldn’t apply to fares for the city’s most vulnerable citizens. Community pass holders are set to pay 9.4 per cent more for their passes. Ticket prices would also go up to $3. That’s not listed as a fare increase in the proposed 2013 budget because it was approved last year, but the fare hike was put on hold due to delays in rolling out the Presto smart-card payment system. A regular trip using tickets currently costs $2.70. For Para Transpo users who

have a community pass, those two increases combined will really add up for people like her, said Catherine Gardner, a former member of the defunct city advisory committee on accessibility issues. Gardner said she personally thinks the community pass increase is justified because it hasn’t gone up for a few years, but combined with pricier tickets, which are needed to top up the fare for a Para Transpo trip, it’s a hefty increase for people on limited incomes, Gardner said. Otherwise, the draft transit budget mostly holds the line. Ridership is projected to remain steady at 102.4 million trips over a 12-month period.

Riders experienced change last year with the “route optimization” exercise that will save OC Transpo $20 million a year, and more changes are on the horizon as construction of the light-rail line is set to get underway next year, so transit isn’t looking at big changes this year, said OC Transpo general manager John Manconi. The transit agency will see the full benefit of $8.9 million in annual savings thanks to the addition of 75 double-decker buses that started rolling out this year. After public consultations, city council is set to vote on the budget on Nov. 28.

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EMC news - Neighbourhoods can apply if they want up to $30,000 for local projects to build stronger, connected communities. Applications will be accepted until Nov. 27 for a chance to be one of three or four neighbourhoods selected to be part of the Better Neighbourhoods Program. The program is the first initiative of the new Neighbourhood Connection Office, which was announced by Mayor Jim Watson and planning committee chairman and Alta Vista Coun. Peter Hume during the city’s Planning Summit last spring. The office’s goal is to help residents build stronger communities by giving them tools – and money – to identify and implement local projects. Those projects could include making streets more walkable, revitalizing a park or even public art projects. The office’s first initiative will be a pilot project in the Woodpark and Woodroffe North neighbourhoods in Bay ward. Those communities are aging and changing, Bay Coun. Mark Taylor told the EMC in June. It’s a common refrain at city hall; many of Ottawa’s more popular urban neighbourhoods, especially those that are experiencing intensification, call for community design plans (CDPs) for their neighbourhoods.

“City terminology is confusing,” Taylor said at the time. “What they are really saying is, ‘We don’t want our community intensified.’ But the reality is that CDPs incentivize development.” For neighbourhoods that are already developed or developing, a plan created by the Neighbourhood Connections Office is a better idea, he said. While there is a lot of time and energy spent planning new subdivisions, the older urban neighbourhoods don’t have plans for how they will adapt, Taylor said. Communities selected for the program will work with city staff from the Neighbourhood Connection Office to use questionnaires, online campaigns and public meetings to identify opportunities and shortcomings in their areas. Residents will also be able to post ideas and then vote and comment on the suggestions. The funding of up to $30,000 per community will be allocated to three or four smaller projects. However, there is an opportunity to pursue larger projects, which would go through the city’s budget process. APPLICATION

Priority will be given to neighbourhoods that are not already actively involved in other city planning initiatives. To apply, a community must: • Have the support of its

ward councillor. • Have demonstrated volunteer capacity to work with city staff. • Be willing to enter into an agreement that clearly outlines human and financial resource expectations, roles and responsibilities for both the city and the neighbourhood organization that is applying. The types of projects that are likely to win support include pop-up projects: initiatives that are mobile and make creative use of public spaces. That includes a party in a local park, a community café, or events that could make use of vacant or underused space. Pilot projects are also encouraged. These experimental initiatives help the city evaluate whether a new idea works and whether it could be replicated in other neighbourhoods across the city. The application call lists ideas such as local economic revitalization, neighbourhood energy audits or urban-design measures to make areas more attractive to businesses, pedestrians and cyclists. Stock projects are also being encouraged. These types of projects have already been proven to work in other areas and could be expanded to a new neighbourhood. Examples listed are bicycle-share programs, local food markets and murals. More information about the project and application process can be found at ottawa. ca/en/city_hall/improveneighbourhood/connection.

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National poppy campaign officially launches Pin a poppy for remembrance, learn history at art exhibit Michelle Nash

EMC news - The 2012 national poppy campaign is ofďŹ cially underway. The poppy, a symbol of remembrance for more than 90 years now, launched the 2012 National Poppy Campaign on Oct. 24 at Rideau Hall. Gov. Gen. David Johnson and his wife Sharon were joined by the Royal Canadian Legion’s grand president Larry Murray and the dominion president of the Royal Canadian Legion Gordon Moore. “I ďŹ nd it hard to imagine a more appropriate cause,â€? Johnson said. Pinned with the ďŹ rst poppy of the campaign, Johnson said the campaign renews the solemn bond with veterans, past and present.

“This small, scarlet ower speaks volumes about the sacriďŹ ces of Canadian soldiers and veterans, and it starkly reminds us of the tragedy of war,â€? Johnson said. Murray, who thanked the Gov. Gen. for his ongoing support for the Canadian Forces, and his personal engagement in the campaign, noted the importance of wearing a single poppy over one’s heart. “Whether World War I, World War II, Korea, the many peace support operations since including the war in Afghanistan and the recent conict in Libya, survivors and fallen heroes alike may take comfort in our efforts to remember,â€? Murray said. The event welcomed veterans from the Second World War and the Korean and Afghanistan wars.


Gov. Gen. David Johnson officially launched the 2012 National Poppy Campaign at Rideau Hall on Oct. 24. Johnson and his wife Sharon greeted and offered poppies to their guests, including Second World War veteran John Mosley. “That the First World War wasn’t, in fact, the last war speaks to the fact that our

veterans and their loved ones have continued to make sacriďŹ ces in the decades since,â€?

he said. “In war and in peacetime, members of the Canadian Forces have been stead-

fast in their service to our country.� Johnson personally welcomed and handed out poppies to some of the Second World War veterans in attendance, taking the time to speak to each person individually. The governor general also encouraged everyone to visit the national honours exhibit, located at 90 Wellington St. The exhibit, From Far and Wide: Honouring Great Canadians opened in May and showcases Canada’s national honours and the contributions of Canadians. Sharon, Murray and Moore all received a poppy at the launch, with poppies becoming available to the general public beginning on Oct. 26. The symbol of the poppy was adopted in 1921 recognizing the 117, 000 Canadian men and women who gave their lives during military service around the world. Each year, 18 million poppies are distributed across Canada.



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Adoption is an Option for Children and Youth in Care Last year, approximately 80 children and youth were adopted through the Children’s Aid Society of Ottawa (CASO).


Ontario Progressive Conservative Leader Tim Hudak says he is open to all possible options to put the legislature back to work.

Hudak holds townhall in Ottawa South Eddie Rwema

EMC news - Some Ontario Progressive Conservative part members have blasted their leader for not being tough enough to force the Liberal government to put the Ontario legislature back to work. While PC Leader Tim Hudak insisted that there was no reason why MPPs can’t be at work now focusing on jobs and balancing the books, his followers urged him to be more aggressive and proactive at a town-hall meeting in Premier Dalton McGuinty’s riding of Ottawa South on Oct. 24. “What I think needs to happen ... is: let’s take him to court and sue him for the illegal closure of legislature...” said one man at the meeting. “Look like you are proactive in trying to get it back. Not

these talks because this is not going to bring the legislature back,” he said. Hudak fired back saying he is doing everything possible to put the legislature back in session. “We are not going to let them go away with this,” he said. The prorogation issue dominated the meeting that was held at Ottawa’s RA Centre. Hudak added his party is doing everything it legally can to get the legislature opened again, but noted that prorogation is at the discretion of the premier. “Just because they are hiding under their desks doesn’t mean they are going to get off the hook on this,” said Hudak. In a surprise move after nine years in power, on Oct. 15, McGuinty announced he was stepping down as pre-

mier.His announcement came amid opposition accusations that he misled the legislature over power plant cancellations that will cost taxpayers upwards of $230 million and pressure from teachers’ unions over his efforts to freeze their wages and take away their ability to strike. But McGuinty cited party “renewal” and the opposition’s blocking of a publicsector wage freeze bill as his reasons for stepping aside. Hudak said the prorogation was wrong, especially at a time when there is so much at stake in Ontario. “We are at a crucial tipping point and we are losing jobs. Ontario is in trouble and people are losing hope,” he said. “We are not just opposing; we are proposing bold ideas like cutting taxes, and balancing the books and bringing more

trades in the province – a bold agenda that will see Ontario lead this great country again.” While Hudak was addressing his party members, a handful of demonstrators staged a rally outside the RA Centre, protesting Bill 115 legislation, that freezes teachers’ wages, bans strikes for two years and prevents them from banking sick days. “We are here because the Conservatives not only supported the bill, but they want to make even (more) drastic cuts. They are going after unions and we’ll not stand for it,” said Elizabeth Kettle, member of the Ottawa Carleton Elementary Teachers’ Federation. “Our message to Tim Hudak: you need to stop now, do the right thing, get back to the legislature and repeal Bill 115.”

What does this mean? It means that these children and youth are part of a family. It means they have a place to call home. It means they have a greater chance at success. It’s the beginning of a new adventure – a positive one. Adoption through CASO is referred to as a public adoption. Individuals interested in adopting are provided with access to training, support services pre and post adoption, as well as additional on-going assistance. CASO places a lot of importance on finding the best match for the children and youth in their care and welcome diversity in adoptive parents – including people who are single or partnered, from all cultural, racial, ethnic and religious backgrounds and are financially able to manage the additional family member(s). Most importantly, CASO looks for people who are willing to commit to a permanent lifetime relationship with a child or youth. The children at CASO range in age from infants to teens and have been placed in care for a variety of reasons. The majority of these children however, are school aged or in a sibling group. No matter what age a child, everyone deserves a family – a place to call home. If you or someone you know may be interested in adopting, please call the Children’s Aid Society of Ottawa at 613-742-1620 ext 2 or visit www.casott.


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Smart development is planned development


or the most part, the suburbs have gotten off relatively easy as the city pushes for intensification â&#x20AC;&#x201C; plans intended to prevent, or at least allay, urban sprawl. So when a developer comes forward with a proposal for a large-scale commercial development â&#x20AC;&#x201C; a plan that allows for high density residential buildings â&#x20AC;&#x201C; it makes no sense to throw up roadblocks. The Kanata Town Centre lands are a perfect fit for

high-density housing, says Kanata North Coun. Marianne Wilkinson. We couldnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t agree more. Urbandale Corp. is asking the city to rezone 10 hectares of land north of Highway 417 and east of the Kanata Centrum and is looking to create roughly 111,000 square metres of commercial space as well as hundreds of housing units. Last week, more than 80 members of the community packed a meeting room at

the Kanata Seniors Centre for the councillorâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s monthly ward council meeting â&#x20AC;&#x201C; many of them concerned about the Urbandale proposal. We can certainly sympathize. Over the past decade, communities across the city have been hit with a slew of spot rezoning requests from developers seeking permission to build highrises and midrises not in keeping with the various neighbourhoodsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; character. For instance, a current plan

to build a midrise in Beaverbrook has many residents up in arms, saying the building doesnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t fit in with the community. One of the leaders of those opposing the Beaverbrook midrise, Bill Teron, has repeatedly suggested the Kanata Town Centre lands as a perfect spot for a midrise or highrise. Thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s why the land was set aside for future retail, office and high-density development by planners with the former city of Kanata.

If not the Kanata Town Centre lands, where? The area will eventually have two Transitway stations on its doorstep, and runs along an eight-lane highway. If Kanata â&#x20AC;&#x201C; or any other suburb â&#x20AC;&#x201C; is to incorporate intensification and large-scale commercial development, this is the way to do it. If the city rejects proposals such as this it inflates the argument that people are NIMBYs whenever they oppose developments that donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t fit the

character of their neighbourhoods. Development has to go somewhere. Better it go where pipes, schools, bus routes, garbage collection and other city services already exist, so we donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t have to pay for more. This isnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t a rubber-stamp process â&#x20AC;&#x201C; the development applications must keep in line with the areaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s designated zoning. But going big next to a highway and transit is smart development.


A bridge too low CHARLES GORDON Funny Town


he other day there was a house moving down the Queensway, west to east, going slow, as houses do. That was a good thing because not much damage was done when the top part of the house couldnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t get under an overpass. Now, you might say: â&#x20AC;&#x153;What a foolish thing to drive a house down the Queensway without making sure about how tall it was and how high the overpasses were!â&#x20AC;? And I might say: â&#x20AC;&#x153;Well, at least they were trying, and least they were making the effort to get from one place to another.â&#x20AC;? Which brings us, inevitably, to how little the people who run this city are trying. There was a story last week about the central library. Library planners are proposing that there be a modernization, as opposed to a renovation â&#x20AC;&#x201D; not a particularly big modernization, but one that will, in the inevitable words of someone, bring the library into the 21st century. Plans for something more ambitious were rejected, and we know why. There is next to no chance that the city will pony up the money. The same goes for the thrilling idea, widely discussed a few years ago, of building a brandnew library downtown. Youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll remember that this was seen as an exciting opportunity not only to re-energize the downtown but also to bring the library maybe even into the 22nd century. Proponents looked longingly at such examples as the Vancouver Public Library, which is a fine library, a great meeting place and an adornment to its downtown. We could have that here. Alas, no. A low bridge was glimpsed in the distance, the bridge of tight budgets and

grumpy voters. No way a new library was going to get under that one. And so, as with many projects that might benefit the city, the project never hit the road. You may also remember that one of the sites considered for the new library was the Government Conference Centre, the old railway station or, as the government likes to call it, Building Number 054533. Since 1966, when it ceased being a railway station, the building has mainly just sat there, playing host to the occasional event. It had a brief brush with fame in the â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;70s and â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;80s as the site for federal provincial conferences, but since then, nothing. To the federal governmentâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s credit, it has not torn the building down and replaced it with a condo. Also to the governmentâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s credit, has turned down proposals ranging from a sports hall of fame to an aquarium. But still, hereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a gorgeous historic building at the very heart of downtown Ottawa that simply demands to be put to some creative use and no one is doing it. There are cities that would salivate at the opportunity to take advantage of such a building, such a site. Ottawa is not one of them. This is why so little has happened here in recent years. Most development has been by default â&#x20AC;&#x201D; the city saying yes to one condo builder after another. We will get a casino the same way â&#x20AC;&#x201D; not because anybody particularly wants one but because not enough politicians have the heart to say no. Many will say our inertia on things such as the library is due to an absence of money. In part, perhaps, but it is also due to an absence of political gumption. Politicians at all levels are convinced that they will be punished by voters for thinking big, if thinking big means spending money and spending money means not keeping taxes low. Maybe itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s true, maybe itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s not. The idea hasnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t been tested for some time. Certainly people seem to be quite proud of the War Museum, Ottawa City Hall, the Shenkman Centre and other recent examples of thinking big. Wouldnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t it be worth a try again? The bridge may be higher than we think (measuring first).

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Columnist on a homework strike


f youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll forgive me, I havenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t slept much in the past few weeks. My three-month-old, like her siblings before her, is consistently sleeping in 10-hour stretches. My sixyear-old, on the other hand, is suffering night terrors â&#x20AC;&#x201C; a condition that affects approximately six per cent of kids in his age group, thought to be caused by stress and fatigue. When heâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s thrashing about uncontrollably in the dark, heâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s screaming, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m not doing the homework. No! No! No!â&#x20AC;? Now, I donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t know if this is the only thing thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s playing on his little unconscious brain. Six-year-olds have a lot on their minds these days. But certainly, the daily battles over his one hour of Grade 1 homework is having some negative impact. Last week, I wrote about some of the creative ways we were going to tackle homework. We have failed. Weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re as stressed and frustrated as ever about homework. And apparently, weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re not the only ones. The value of homework has been widely debated in the media these past few weeks, in the wake of French President Francois Hollandeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s call for a nationwide

BRYNNA LESLIE Capital Muse ban on the practice. The head of the French Parents Association, Jean-Jacques Hazon, summed it up well in a clip interpreted on CBCâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s The Current on Oct. 18: â&#x20AC;&#x153;Forcing (children) to read the same page over and over is useless and it puts inherently fragile children under enormous pressure. It stresses kids out, turning them against school forever, and they bring all that stress home.â&#x20AC;? A 2008 study out of the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education at the University of Toronto appears to afďŹ rm these assertions. The authors of â&#x20AC;&#x153;Homework Realities: A Canadian Study of Parental Opinions and Attitudesâ&#x20AC;? surveyed more than 1,000 caregivers of 2,072 children across the province. The majority of parents surveyed said they believe homework puts undue stress on children and families, takes away from family time and forces kids to be

sitting still when they should be out running around. Moreover, the study found that the more homework children are exposed to in the early years of school, the less likely they are to approach it with enthusiasm in later grades. To its credit, in the wake of the study and another similar study of teachersâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; opinions on homework, The Toronto District School Board all but banned homework for

primary school children, excepting special projects and daily reading. Other school boards have mandated what is widely known in education circles as â&#x20AC;&#x153;the 10-minute ruleâ&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x201C; take the grade level of the child and multiply it by 10. But timing out the homework may not be the only answer. One of the problems with the 10-minute rule, as noted by one of the studyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s authors, Dr. Linda Cameron, on CBCâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s The Current last month, is that teachers frequently miscalculate the time it takes various children to do the assigned homework. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We had parents saying, as young as kindergarten, children were taking hours to do what was assigned,â&#x20AC;? Cam-

eron told the CBC. And as author Annie Murphy Paul noted in the New York Times last year, â&#x20AC;&#x153;the quantity of studentsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; homework is a lot less important than its quality.â&#x20AC;? True. And perhaps this is why I donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t necessarily support an all-out ban on homework. Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve witnessed homework that works well and homework that doesnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t. As proponents of the practice suggest, homework that is well-designed and time-limited can have a positive impact on autonomous learning and the development of time management skills. Plus, parental involvement in school work helps children to see that what goes on in the classroom all day is important and

valid in everyday life. But my six-year-old? Despite his love of literature and the fact that he is among the strongest readers in his class, it takes him an hour to read through the list of monosyllables each evening. (And probably another half-hour to whine about it). When asked what heâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;d rather be doing, he answers â&#x20AC;&#x153;read real books.â&#x20AC;? He simply has too much homework. And in my mind, it doesnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t meet the quality standard. So weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re ofďŹ cially on a homework strike. OK, maybe itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s more of a â&#x20AC;&#x153;workto-rule.â&#x20AC;? He reads 10 minutes of monosyllables per day and then we close the homework books and open the real ones.


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Mayor has no plans to leave city hall Laura Mueller

EMC news - Jim Watson has marked the halfway point in his new term as mayor, and if he has his way he won’t be leaving anytime soon. One of the biggest carrots of his political career was dangled in front of him last week: the possibility of leading the provincial Liberal party, for which he served as a cabinet minister in the 2000s. After Premier Dalton McGuinty announced he was stepping down from that role, Watson immediately and flatly rejected a leadership bid. “I’m very, very happy here. I’ve worked on Parliament Hill and served at Queen’s Park and I’ve been at city hall, and by far the most fulfilling for me, and where I think I can contribute the most, is at city hall,” he said. Municipalities are the most productive level of government, Watson said, because they “don’t get bogged down in the name calling and pettiness of politics.” “When I see what goes on on Parliament Hill and at Queen’s Park – all of the divisiveness, rancor and arguing, I don’t’ miss those,” he said. “I find that those two levels of government have become overly or hyper-partisan.” While Watson supported

reducing the size of city council and re-drawing the ward boundaries – a bid his councillor colleagues rejected earlier this year – he does not support term limits for politicians. “We have term limits. It’s called the voters,” he said. Watson will again be looking to voters to support his vision for a “more co-operative, collaborative approach” at city hall when he runs for re-election in 2014. The restoration of decorum and collaboration amongst city councillors is the achievement Watson has consistently listed as his top accomplishment since his re-election as mayor on Oct. 25, 2010 with 48.7 per cent of the vote. That stability and co-operation extends into the public service, too. Relations with OC Transpo workers and their union, The Amalgamated Transit Union Local 279, have never been better, Watson said, pinning the credit directly on his newly appointed OC Transpo general manager, John Manconi, who took over after former GM Alain Mercier was fired in February. “It’s just a world of difference what was there even two year ago to what’s there today in terms of what John Manconi has brought to the table and the transit commission,” he said. All of the major labour union agreements for the city

No new cops proposed for two years: police Laura Mueller


Mayor Jim Watson looks through his binder of campaign promises last year. have been settled with increases at or below the rate of inflation, Watson said. Watson recently checked approvals for the Lansdowne reconstruction project off his to-do list, and by the new year, he and city council will have chosen a builder for the first phase of the city’s light-rail line running under the downtown. Both projects have been in discussions for more than a decade in various forms, and

now Watson is happy to count them among the 85 per cent of election promises he’s already completed, with half of his term still to go. The next two years will be about “staying the course,” and living within our means, the mayor said. “The easy part is voting on these big projects. The tougher part is implementing them to make sure they are on time and on budget,” Watson said.

EMC news - Ottawa’s population is growing, but the size of its police service won’t be for the next two years. The police service has no plans to add new officer or civilian positions until 2015 as the Ottawa Police Service tries to hold the line on increasing costs and corresponding tax hikes. As it stands this year, an average homeowner can expect to pay an additional $13 a year on their tax bill for police services. The police budget is going up by $9.5 million: $4 million from tax assessment growth from new homes and businesses, and $5.5 million from existing taxes. That amount represents the 2.5 per cent increase set by council. The city’s population continues to rise, but the number of police officers isn’t increasing in step, said Chief Charles Bordeleau. That ratio will start to catch up with us in 2015 and 2016, when the service plans to add 23 new members (both sworn and civilian) in each year. The police service is able to hire officers to make up for those retiring by finding cost savings elsewhere. A major one announced last month was the new collision reporting centre, which will open in 2013 and bring $600,000 in

new revenue that year. That will rise to $800,000 in 2014. But most of the $2 million in savings the police found this year would come from a reduction in a stepped-up training program that was needed after amalgamation, when around 50 officers were retiring each year. The Just in Time program was started to ensure that new officers were ready to hit the ground as soon as officers retired, but that number has now dropped to 30 officers retiring each year. As a result, the police service plans spend $1.1 million less on that training program in 2013. As always, the top cop cost is staff compensation; it comprises 83 per cent of the police budget. The city will have to spend $9.5 million more on its civilian and sworn employees in 2013. After public consultations, city council is set to vote on the budget on Nov. 28. A new police station near Carleton Lodge long-term care facility is on the horizon. When it was first announced in 2010, the city expected to finish building the station by the end of this year. It was pushed back, but there is $30 million set aside to get that project underway in 2014. The whole project is expected to cost $50.3 million.

Important changes are coming on October 29 1. Bi-weekly garbage collection. Household residual garbage will be collected every two weeks.

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3. Green bin pickup.

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No big new promises in draft city budget Laura Mueller

EMC news â&#x20AC;&#x201C; The City of Ottawaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s â&#x20AC;&#x153;stay the courseâ&#x20AC;? draft budget means the average homeowner in the urban area would pay an extra $67 on the municipal portion of their tax bill next year. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s the smallest tax increase in six years and at 2.09 per cent, it falls below city councilâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s commitment to keep tax hikes at 2.5 per cent each year. As the mayor indicated before the budget was released, itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a plan that mostly sees city services maintained and the continuation of existing projects, but not a lot of new spending. â&#x20AC;&#x153;There are many items contained in budget 2013 that will assist citizens in each and every ward and each and every neighbourhood right across this wonderful city,â&#x20AC;? Mayor Jim Watson said during his lengthy speech to council before tabling the budget. Community design plans promised for areas around future light rail stations would be funded to the tune of $300,000. Two new city plans approved last year â&#x20AC;&#x201C; the Older Adult Plan and the Arts, Heritage and Culture Plan â&#x20AC;&#x201C; will get $500,000 and $1 million respectively towards their implementation. The city plans to boost funding to ďŹ ght the emerald ash borer by $975,000, bringing annual funding to $1.8 million. There is also money for 16 new crossing guards. After public consultations, city council is expected to approve the budget on Nov. 28. TRANSPORTATION

Of course, the major transportation project in 2013 will be the start of construction on the ďŹ rst section of the cityâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s

$2.1-billion light-rail transit system, including a tunnel under downtown. The city is proposing to sprinkle $4.9 million worth of trafďŹ c-signal changes around the city. There will be some new signals and alterations to existing lights, and additional audible signals for the vision impaired. Capital Coun. David Chernushenko said he was very pleased to see design money for a proposed pedestrian and cycling bridge spanning the Rideau Canal from Fifth Avenue in the Glebe to Clegg Avenue in Old Ottawa East. That money wasnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t a given, and itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s extremely important to the transportation plans for Lansdowne, Chernushenko said. The timing is tight, but including design work in the 2013 budget means the link could be open around the time the Lansdowne redevelopment project is completed. Chernushenko sees the bridge as a key transportation component of the massive Lansdowne project, especially because it will connect Lansdowne closer to the rapid transit station at Lees. Other transportation projects include: â&#x20AC;˘ Final design work for the Donald/Somerset bridge over the Rideau River from Sandy Hill to Overbrook. â&#x20AC;˘ Construction of a pedestrian/cycling corridor along the O-Train route west of Preston. â&#x20AC;˘ Design work for the Hickory Street O-Train crossing between Carling Avenue and Beech Street connecting to an existing multi-use pathway to the east at Adeline Street. â&#x20AC;˘ Construction of a new parking lot on city land in the Glebe at 170 Second Ave. â&#x20AC;˘ Road rebuilds in Old Ottawa South, including Aylmer

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The city has to grapple with a â&#x20AC;&#x153;dark cloud on the horizonâ&#x20AC;? when it comes to social services, the mayor said. Thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s because the provincial government is clawing back $7.15 million for discretionary beneďŹ ts and the Community Start Up fund. That money goes towards a number of services for the most vulnerable residents of

the city, including glasses and funerals for people on disability or ďŹ nancial assistance and emergency hydro and rent payments to prevent people from becoming homeless. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m concerned and Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m also not happy about it,â&#x20AC;? Watson said. While the city did receive an additional $5 million from the provincial government this year thanks to ongoing â&#x20AC;&#x153;uploadingâ&#x20AC;? payment to reclaim the costs of social programs at the provincial level, that money basically had to be redirected to make up for the discretionary funding shortfall, Watson said. SAVINGS

A lot of budget savings will continue to come from the Service Ottawa project, which aims to consolidate city services. In 2013, that will mean $8.8 million in savings from putting more services online, such as permit applications. City treasurer Marian Simulik applauded the cityâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s ability to slash another 139 full-time positions from its payroll, but later clariďŹ ed that only 42 of the cityâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 14,489 jobs were cut this year. The rest were eliminated previously, but were tracked in terms of dollars, meaning the jobs themselves remained on the books. Still, the last two years have marked the ďŹ rst time since 2002 that the city actually eliminated jobs to save money â&#x20AC;&#x201C; $3.5 million this year.

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Grilled chicken and asparagus Transit backtracks on cuts pasta toss a tasty meal Laura Mueller

EMC lifetstyle - On a fall evening, a dish that lets you still enjoy the great outdoors will be very welcome. Serve this simple yet delicious family pleaser with mouth-watering focaccia warmed on the grill. What could be better? Preparation Time: 15 minutes. Cooking Time: 20-25 minutes. Servings: 4 to 6 INGREDIENTS:

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•1/3 cup (75 ml) olive oil •1/2 tsp (2 mL) salt


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•2 boneless skinless Ontario chicken breasts (or 12 oz/375 g boneless thighs) •Olive oil •1 tsp (5 mL) dried Italian

Whisk in vinegar, pepper and sugar. Slowly whisk in remaining olive oil.

Cut top quarter off garlic head; peel off some papery skin. Rub with oil and microwave in a small dish, loosely covered, at Medium (50 per cent power) for two minutes. Wrap with foil and place on grill over medium heat for 15 to 20 minutes or until soft when squeezed. Let cool; squeeze cloves into bowl. Add salt and mash with fork.

Meanwhile, trim excess fat from chicken; lightly brush with oil and sprinkle with Italian seasoning. Break asparagus stalks; discard ends and toss with olive oil. Place chicken, asparagus and yellow pepper on greased grill over medium heat; cook until chicken is tender and juices run clear and vegetables are tender-crisp, 10 to 15 minutes. Keep warm on upper rack. Cook pasta until tender, drain (don’t rinse) and place in large bowl. Slice chicken and pepper into strips; cut asparagus into pieces. Add to pasta with tomatoes and basil. Pour dressing over top and toss well; serve warm. Tip: Italian seasoning is a blend of marjoram, thyme, rosemary, savory, sage, oregano and basil. Courtesy Foodland Ontario

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tified as being … disproportionately affected by the route optimization,” Manconi said. Manconi kept the changes under wraps after revealing the study as part of the draft 2013 budget on Oct. 24, but a memo sent to councillors the next day outlined the changes: • Hospital access from the downtown will be improved by adding weekend service on Route 106. • Four additional weekend round trips will be added to Route 116 to serve the commercial/employment areas at Hunt Club Road and Riverside Drive. • For seniors, a new Route 153 will increase service between Lincoln Fields Station and Carlingwood via McEwen, Ambleside, and Woodroffe. That route replaces Route 2X trips in the area. OC Transpo will add two trips a day (seven days a week) on Route 87 to connect St. Patrick’s Home and other locations near Mooney’s Bay with Transitway stations at Billings Bridge and Hurdman. • For youth, weekend trips will be added to Route 171 in central Barrhaven to provide better access to the rest of the transit system. The changes will go into effect in the last week of December and the first week of

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Routes 14, 30, 35, 38, 60, 62, 68, 76, 77, 85, 87, 93, 96, 101, 102, 111 and 118 will be getting a reduced number of trips to account for the higher-capacity double-decker buses that have been added to those routes. Riders will have to wait two to three minutes longer for a bus. In early 2013, double-decker buses will also be added to routes 20, 21, 31, 34, 41, 61, 66, 70, 71 and 93. OTHER CHANGES

Changes will be made to routes 99 and 170 to improve reliability. Early morning service will be provided on Route 262 and part of Route 144. Route 633 to Lester B. Pearson High School will be changed to follow the same streets as the all-day Route 127. OC Transpo is canceling some early morning or late evening trips on routes 18, 127, 132, 143, 161, and 170 because measurements showed they were regularly carrying no customers during those hours. Full changes will be posted at

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A.Y. Jackson homeowner invites residents home for the holidays Emma Jackson and Michelle Nash

EMC community â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Step inside the almost-hidden 1950s cottage on Manotickâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Highcroft Drive, and youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll ďŹ nd a home as dedicated to art as it was when A.Y. Jackson built it. The house is part of the popular Homes for the Holidays tour in support of the May Court Hospice. The updated home is certainly modern â&#x20AC;&#x201C; its owner is an interior designer â&#x20AC;&#x201C; but the charms of the Group of Seven painterâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s ďŹ nal house still shine through. Paintings from all genres adorn the walls, and sculptures, decorative urns and glass plates dot the naturally-lit studio where Jackson once painted. A zebra-skin rug pops against the original woodburning ďŹ replace and built-in bookshelves, where Jackson kept his art supplies and reference materials. A drafting desk sits where he once satâ&#x20AC;&#x201C; its owner Irene Staron designs there in his stead. Staron and her husband Allan Smith have lived in the compact house since 2006, and is what Staron calls â&#x20AC;&#x153;a perfect ďŹ t.â&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x153;It allows me to live true to my core. I bring art into my work and encourage people to surround themselves with real art,â&#x20AC;? she said.

She will introduce her own collection of real art â&#x20AC;&#x201C; by deďŹ nition, â&#x20AC;&#x153;what speaks to you,â&#x20AC;? she said â&#x20AC;&#x201C; to as many as 2,500 people who are expected to take part in the tour. Homes for the Holidays, a charity house tour event, helps support palliative and end-oflife care programs at the Hospice at May Court. Now in its 10th year, Jana Rand, manager of fund development for the organization noted the fundraiser aims to raise $150,000 for the hospice, only a small fraction of the $1.3 million the organization needs to raise to run its programming. â&#x20AC;&#x153;It is our largest fundraiser of the year,â&#x20AC;? Rand said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We need the funding to help keep our doors open.â&#x20AC;? Seven homes across Manotick, the Glebe and Rockcliffe Park have been chosen for the tour this year, which allows residents to visit the special homes all dressed up for Christmas while supporting the Ottawa South palliative care centre. The tour, Rand added, asks a lot of the home owners, who since March have had multiple visits to their home, to help get ready and plan for more than 2,000 visitors to walk through. Staron said supporting the hospice is important to her because it provides a place for people to live and die with dignity.


Irene Staron, who lives in painter A.Y. Jacksonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 1950s cottage, will open her home to the public during the Homes for the Holidays tour in support of the May Court Hospice. Her own mother died 14 years ago, and she wished at the time that her motherâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s last days were spent somewhere other than a grim hospital ďŹ lled with medical smells and bleak decor. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I was very impressed (with the hospice). Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s in a natural setting, and the scale of the building is human. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s not institutional, itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s comfortable.

People can feel very much at home,â&#x20AC;? she said. To help things run smoothly, nearly 300 volunteers to help the hundreds of visitors ďŹ le through the homes. The homes are decorated with ďŹ&#x201A;owers from local ďŹ&#x201A;orists, all of whom donate their time and their products to the cause. The Mill St. Florist will

provide the Christmas decorations and ďŹ&#x201A;owers for 1176 Highcroft. For the past 10 years, an embassy has been included in the tour. To mark the 50th anniversary of Korea-Canada diplomatic relations this year, the Korean Ambassadorâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s home, at 540 Acacia Ave. ,will participate. One of the Glebe homes on the tour, 196

Glebe Ave., features a garden designed by Oprah Winfreyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s resident gardener. The second Manotick home on the tour this year is located at 5572 Carrison Dr. off Potter Road. It is a French country style home designed by American architect Jack Arnold. The three-day event begins on Nov. 9 at 10 a.m. and unlike most of the homeowners, Staron will be in the home during the tours to share some of her knowledge about the artist and the house. On Friday, Nov. 9, she will have artist Kathy Haycock in the cottage as a guest of honour as well. Haycock painted an enormous rendition of the house in winter for Staron, which hangs above the ďŹ replace. Visitors can meet the artist while touring the home. The May Court Club of Ottawa, located in front of the hospice will also take part in the tour, offering a pit-stop for ticket holders, to grab a coffee or tea, or a dessert. Rand said the May Court Club boutique will sell jams and jellies and crafts throughout the weekend. Tickets for Nov. 9-11 are $40 and can be purchased at the hospice, at 114 Cameron Ave., online at or at one of the organizationâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s fundraiserâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s partners, listed on the hospiceâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s website. C 1 ER 20 M D SU R N WA O C EA IC O








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Watsonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Mill adds historic flare to annual Womenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Day Emma Jackson

EMC news â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Watsonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Mill is taking retro to a whole new level with a vintage womenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s fashion exhibit in honour of Manotickâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Womenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Day on Nov. 3. The display will showcase womenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s fashions from 1700s France all the way to 1940s North America over two weekends in November. Along with items from Watsonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Mill, the exhibit will include original and reproduction outďŹ ts from Nepean Museum, Vanierâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Museoparc, Goulbourn Museum, Osgoode Township Museum and the Rideau Township Historical Society. At least one original wedding dress from the late 1880s will be on display from the Osgoode Township collection. Museoparc will also supply six reproductions of French dresses from the 1700s, which were made in 1984 for Vanierâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s city council to wear in an Ontario centennial parade. The exhibit will be open in the Millâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Carriage Shed the weekends of Nov. 3 and 4 and Nov. 10 and 11, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. each day. Mill manager Isabelle Geoffrion said the exhibit is the museumâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s way of participating in the villageâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s annual â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;girlsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; day outâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;. Womenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Day


Staff from community museums across the city come together to plan their outfits â&#x20AC;&#x201C; that is, their mannequinsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; outfits â&#x20AC;&#x201C; for a new fashion exhibit at Watsonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Mill. From left: Goulbourn Museumâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Tracey Donaldson, Rideau Township Historical Societyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Barb Barkley, mill manager Isabelle Geoffrion, Osgoode Township Museumâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Robin Cushnie, Nepean Museumâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Michele LeBoldus and Museoparcâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Janik Aubin-Robert. is organized by Manotickâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s business improvement area every fall and includes special in-store deals, free samples and entertainment throughout the village as women check out the many boutiques and restaurants.

â&#x20AC;&#x153;Since weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re open and this is happening, I thought â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Letâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s do something kind of fun to participate in Womenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Day,â&#x20AC;&#x2122;â&#x20AC;? Geoffrion said. The exhibit will double as a donation centre for used clothing, which will be passed

on to a womenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s shelter yet to be determined. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Since (women are) going to be adding things to their closets, we thought why not make some room ďŹ rst, to pare down and pass on some of those older pieces of cloth-

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Day lineup is a perfect ďŹ t. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I think it showcases the uniqueness of the historic village. Weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re so fortunate that we have Watsonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Mill because it just helps round out what Manotick is about and how weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve preserved the quality of our history,â&#x20AC;? Smith said. Also new this year, two roaming musical groups will entertain on the streets of Manotick while the women shop and eat. Sax Appeal, a saxophone quartet, and Peter Voithâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s acoustic trio will roam the village at different times providing music that Smith hopes will add to the festive feel. Business owners will have deals, giveaways and samples, and Smith said the ďŹ rst 800 women who arrive at the event will receive a gift bag of manicure supplies, makeup brushes and a makeup bag. But in the end, Smith said she hopes the women take away something even more important â&#x20AC;&#x201C; a good impression of the village. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The day is to have the ladies come out and have a good time, and give an opportunity for businesses to showcase themselves and show all the unique, great things they have to offer,â&#x20AC;? she said. For more information visit


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St. Laurent library celebrates 50 years Olivier Bergeron, 2, sorts through the many books he picked out during his visit to the Claude B. Aubry room at the St. Laurent branch of the Ottawa Public Library. Olivier is the son of library board member André Bergeron.


“Who is drinking whose Kool-Aid?” she asked. Orléans Coun. Bob Monette was straightforward in his opinion: “I don’t know how we could vote to tear a building down with this kind of history.” The ward’s councillor, Mathieu Fleury, has drawn criticism from Lowertown residents for his refusal to take a side on whether to save the buildings. His reluctance continued even after the planning committee vote. “Heritage is not something I’m super knowledgeable about,” he said. “I thought they (planning committee members) did a good job. I could have intervened if clarification was needed.” When pressed for an opinion on whether the homes are worth saving, Fleury said: “Who would say no? … The community has made a fair argument on why the houses should be saved, and the committee has said, ‘Yes, we agree with you.’ I am not in favour or opposed to that,” Fleury said. “I say, ‘Good.’ There was an agreement with community members, so they must be right.” Committee chairman and Alta Vista Coun. Peter Hume scolded councillors and delegates for speaking about the transportation issues associ-

ated with the project, because it is outside the purview of the planning committee, but he also voted against the demolition. Rideau-Rockcliffe Coun. Peter Clark, who will sit on the future heritage subcommittee, argued that the transportation reasoning is flawed. The road could accommodate cycling lanes and still keep the heritage homes, Clark said, calling the road straightening an “excuse” to get rid of the homes. “You could probably do 120 (km/h) around there right now,” he said. “Frankly, we just don’t honour our predecessors very much.” Stittsville Coun. Shad Qadri asked if widening the road on the west side, across the street from the homes, was considered. The NCC’s project manager on the file, Richard Daigneault, said the NCC considered that option but determined it wouldn’t work. Likewise for an offroad multi-use pathway: Qadri asked the question and Daigneault said it wouldn’t work. College Coun. Rick Chiarelli was concerned that the NCC didn’t have good answers for challenges that residents and heritage advocates brought to the meeting. Transportation issues are


On Oct. 23, Lowertown residents and heritage advocates protested against demolishing heritage homes on Sussex Drive – the last surviving residences on that stretch of the street. now at the top of Fleury’s mind, because he says there is “no question” the suggested changes would have made the area safer for cyclists. Ensuring any design changes still offer those safety improvements will be Fleury’s focus. He said he would like to examine the possibility of segregating the bicycle lanes from vehicle traffic, if the city decides to move forward with additional separated bike lanes following a review of the Laurier Avenue pilot project.

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Meet Pete! This neutered male, white Maltese is about six years old. He was surrendered to the shelter by his owner on October 10. Pete loves to take daily walks around the neighbourhood and would benefit from regular trips to the groomers!

He will need an experienced owner to show him the ropes, and to make sure he knows he doesn’t rule the world! Pete would not be well-suited to apartment living, as he likes to share his opinions on many subjects, which the neighbors may not wish to hear.

If you think you have found your next companion animal in the Adoption Centre, please contact our Customer Service Supervisor at 613-725-3166 or The Ottawa Humane Society Adoption Centre is open weekdays 11:00 – 7:00 and Saturdays 10:00 – 5:00.

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posted within 24 hours of admission, and the site is updated every hour. We will do our best to help with your search, but as the owner, you are ultimately responsible to look for and identify your pet. Make sure you have up-to-date photos of your pet so that you can put up posters in your neighbourhood. Make fliers that include the lost date, description and any unique markings, a picture and your phone number – a reward motivates people!

Be specific when describing your lost pet. Example: A large 6-year-old domestic short-haired cat, all black with white paws, neutered and declawed, friendly with people, answers to the name Newton Or: A 3-year-old medium size dog, 25 to 30 pounds, black and tan, shepherd mix, female, spayed, a little timid – answers to the name Shadow. Place a lost ad in the newspaper and check the Found section. Have your pet microchipped so that it can be scanned at a local vet clinic or at the OHS, and make sure to update microchip information if you move. Keep identification tags up-to-date with your phone number and address. A City of Ottawa License will also help identify your pet.

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Sometimes our furry friends escape, but there are steps to take to ensure this scary and stressful time goes smoothly and your pet gets home safe and sound as quickly as possible. The most important thing to do if you have lost an animal is to fill out a Lost Animal Report with the Ottawa Humane Society at, and email us a photo of your pet. The OHS receives thousands of lost animals every year. Submitting a complete Lost report will help us to quickly identify your pet, if it is brought to us. Submitting a Lost Animal Report is not a substitute for visiting the municipal animal shelter to look for your animal – visit the OHS at 245 West Hunt Club Road to check if your pet has been brought in. Be aware that your animal could be almost anywhere. Exploring dogs have travelled as much as 20 kilometers in a single day. Do not limit your search to your neighbourhood only. If you have lost your cat, search the area at dusk and dawn – be cautious around cars and garbage cans. Inform your neighbours and ask them not to feed your cat. Placing kitty litter outside may be enough to entice a nervous or shy cat to return to a site that smells familiar. Photos of most stray cats recently admitted to our shelter are posted online at Pictures are







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other had a thing about clean ears and necks. We never once went out the door in the morning, on the way to the Northcote School, that we weren’t subjected to a close look at both. Heaven forbid that we might get run over with a horse and buggy, end up at old Doctor Murphy’s or the Renfrew Hospital, and have someone see that we had dirty ears and necks! Every night before we went to bed, each of us had to give ourselves a sponge bath. And we had to pay special attention to our ears and necks, knowing full well they would be scrutinized the next morning. We pretty much ignored the rest of our bodies, since it wasn’t likely Mother would be examining us after we were fully dressed. My sister Audrey said she was quite sure we had the cleanest ears and necks in the entire Renfrew County.

MARY COOK Mary Cook’s Memories One year, the Lapointe cousins were again with us well into the fall, and Father said he doubted very much if Uncle Herby had any intention of taking them back to Montreal before the spring thaw! Ronny was a force to be reckoned with, while his younger brother Terry was as meek as a mouse. And any time Uncle Herby and Aunt Helen could send the boys out to the farm at Northcote, they did. It didn’t matter if it was the middle of the winter, or during the dead heat of the summer, we never knew when to expect the two cousins. I was always thrilled when

they came to stay. They added much to our quiet life out there on the farm, and I loved when the cousins were with us, even though Ronny was constantly in trouble, if not at home, at Northcote School. Back then, it didn’t seem to matter where you came from, or why you were in the school. If you were of school age, you just went.Terry was too young, even for primer book, so he stayed home with Mother. But Ronny, close to my age, made the threeand-half-mile trek with the rest of us. All that was needed was an extra bag of lunch. Well, Ronny hated having his

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“It was quite stressful,” Moloughney said. “We had invested a significant amount here, but we understood the step the congregation made and so we began talking about what to do.” The organization consulted with the 18 charities who share the space about a new location. “We wanted to stay in the

community, that was important,” she said. The answer was a 2,415square-metre space at 400-412 McArthur Ave. The space is larger, and Moloughney said the organization is excited about the potential it offers. “We have room to grow,” she said. Moloughney explained most low-budget charities do not have a lot of options. The desire was to move as

an entire community, but the move east was not right for everyone. As a result, three charities which had shared space on Chapel Street will not make the move to Vanier. The Ottawa Capital Mission moved down the road at Coburg and Rideau streets. The Aphasia Centre of Ottawa has moved to 2081 Merivale Rd. and Results Canada has moved to Gatineau, at 40 Promenade du

ears examined every morning. He didn’t complain about the neck, but for some reason he went through a routine that never varied when Mother was ready for her examination. He would bend his head onto his shoulder as far as it would go, screw up his face, and let out a howl much like our old Collie dog did when he thought something was attacking our hen house. Mother gave him no sympathy. He also didn’t have much use for the nightly sponge bath. And I know for a fact he often just wet the face cloth and put it right back in the basin of water, stood for as long as he thought a reasonable time, and announced he was finished. And of course, the ears were rarely touched. Well, one morning Mother took a hold of one of his ears, and said “Ronny Lapointe, you could plant potatoes in there. Get over to the bench and I’ll give those ears a clean out.”

Well, for some reason that morning, Ronny took his punishment like a man. But I could tell the wheels were turning in his head. There was no howling, and he didn’t even bend his head to his shoulder when the other ear was being washed. Something was up with Ronny, I could tell. He was deep in thought. The next morning, we all lined up for the usual examination. Mother thought, since Audrey was in Senior Fourth, she didn’t have to have her ears and neck examined. She was old enough and quite capable of looking after her own cleanliness. I couldn’t wait until I reached that magic age. Well, then it was Ronny’s turn. He stood ramrod straight – again, very unusual for Ronny. Mother bent to have a look. She got close to his ears and then hauled him over to the window so she could get a better view. “Ronny Lapointe! What

have you got in your ears?” Ronny looked up at Mother and said, “Aunty, you said yesterday I could plant potatoes in my ears. Well, I thought I could maybe help it along if I put a bit of gravel in there. I sure would like to see a potato grow in my ears. Boy, wouldn’t I have something to tell the guys back in Montreal when I get home.” I had no idea if he thought seriously that he could plant a potato in his ear by putting in a bit of dirt, or if, as usual, he just wanted to cause a bit of commotion in that old log house out in Renfrew County! Father was just coming in the back door from the barns and he saw the entire performance. He lit his pipe, squinted his eyes half shut, as he always did when he saw or heard something he couldn’t believe, and said, “It’s going to be a long winter. I’ll tell you, I’m afraid they’ll be here until the spring run-off!”

Portage. “We will really miss these charities, it is challenging to say goodbye,” she said. Although they have lost some members Ottawa ACORN and Ottawa Families Matter have joined the charity group. To make the purchase of the building possible, the organization has joined in partnership with the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Ottawa to purchase the building. The church will own 12.5 per cent of the property; Heatwood House will own the remaining 87.5 per cent. Moloughney said the partnership

works because both organizations have similar views and ideals. The Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Ottawa welcomes everyone to its Sunday services, under the concept of “shared ministry.” “Our missions are very much in harmony, we are a good match,” Moloughney said. The executive director added the new building is an exciting venture for Heartwood House, which has rented on Chapel since 2001. “We are looking forward to having a home of our own,”

she said. On Chapel Street, the jointcharity organization spent more than $200,000 in upkeep for its space. Now it needs to raise $400,000 for its new home. “We have already raised $400,000, we just need a bit more,” Moloughney said. The money will be for renovations to the new building, which currently is one large warehouse space. The goal is to move in by March 2013. Donations are being accepted on the Heartwood House’s website at

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Local events and happenings over the coming weeks — free to non-profit organizations Fax: 613-224-3330, E-mail:

Nov. 1-30

The Christmas Hamper Project of Ottawa is now signing up donors. Adopt a hamper for someone who will be alone during the holidays, or for a family. Contribute as an individual, a family, a department or workplace. For more information see www. Adoption deadline is Nov. 30.

Nov. 1-15

The Teen Zone of the Cumberland branch of the Ottawa Public Library is continuing its teen art exhibits. For the fall, it will display the works of local teen artist Chelsea Lambert.

Nov. 3

Tinsel Tea and Bazaar at the Gloucester Senior Adults’ Centre on Nov. 3 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Attractions include a tea room, bake sale, straw draw, crafts, quilts, knitting and crocheting, art gallery, grocery basket, Chinese raffle and a white elephant section. Tickets for the tea are $6. Admission is free for the bazaar. Do More Canada presents Rhythms for Change Acoustic Showcase at the Shenkman Arts Centre at 7:30 p.m., an event in Support of War Child Canada. Ticket information at or call 613-304-8133.

Christian Women’s League craft fair at the Good Shepherd Church, 3092 Innes Rd. in Blackburn Hamlet from 8:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. There will be craft tables and bake table. The café will offer coffee and a variety of muffins, homemade soups and sandwiches. Free parking and admission. Call 613-824-6290 for info. Scotland Tonight – an evening of Celtic excellence featuring the Sons of Scotland Pipe Band and guests including the Katharine Robinson School of Dance and the Ar n-Oran Gaelic Choir join the Sons for this wonderful show. The show also welcomes back comedian Johnny “Bagpipes” Johnston from British Columbia. Tickets are available at the door for $20. The doors open at 6:30 p.m. and the show starts at 7 p.m. at the Bronson Centre at 211 Bronson Ave. Free refreshments are available during intermission. Ticket holders have the chance to win the door prize, an overnight stay for two at the Lord Elgin Hotel. More information is available on the Sons of Scotland Pipe Band at

Nov. 3-4

You are invited to the sixth Annual Art Studio Tour and Fundraiser in support of the Ottawa Riverkeeper, to be held on Saturday and Sunday, Nov. 3-4., 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. at 195 Woodroffe Ave., Ottawa.

A portion of the proceeds from on-site sales and the silent auction will be donated to the Ottawa Riverkeeper, an organization dedicated to protecting, promoting and improving the ecological health of the Ottawa River.

Nov. 7

For the last 30 years, the Miniature Enthusiasts of Ottawa have been a meeting place for those interested in collecting and creating dollhouse miniatures. Join the group and explore the fine art of collecting and creating dollhouse miniatures. Woodworking, fibre arts, fine art and dolls in miniature. The monthly meeting will take place at the McNabb Community Centre on Wednesday, Nov. 7 at 7:45 p.m. No admission. Visitors and new members are very welcome. Refreshments will be served.

Nov. 15 to 18

Ottawa Guild of Potters Holiday Sale at Shenkman Arts Centre featuring unique pieces from over 50 area potters and juried exhibition. Thursday 6 to 10 p.m., Friday and Saturday 10 a.m. to 10 p.m., and Sunday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Donations from the sale of selected pieces will be directed to Harvest House. This event is wheelchair accessible; free admission and parking. For more information about the Ottawa Guild of Potters please visit www.ottawaguildof

Nov. 16 - Dec. 24

The Salvation Army is seeking volunteer bell ringers for its iconic red Christmas Kettle campaign which begins on Nov. 16 and runs until Dec. 24. Individuals, families and groups including corporations,

Fall Show & Sale Original handcrafted items

Fall Show & Sale

November 10 & 11, 2012 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. daily

Original handcrafted items Lester B. Pearson High School 2072 Jasmine Crescent (off Ogilvie), Gloucester

churches, service clubs and organizations are welcome to take part this Christmas season. Volunteering at a Christmas Kettle can mean as little as two hours and makes a lasting difference in your community. For more information or to sign up as a volunteer please go to www. or call Julie at 613-241-1573 ext. 233.

Nov. 17

Visit the popular Holly and Lace Bazaar at First Unitarian Congregation of Ottawa, located at 30 Cleary Ave. The event will feature a silent auction including valuable art, clothes, collectables, a flea market and home-made lunch. Great deals on gently-used clothes, books, and timeless treasures. For more information, visit www.firstunitarian St. Stephen’s Presbyterian Church will be holding its annual Food Bazaar on Saturday Nov. 17, from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. The event will feature deli and frozen foods, candy, baked goods, gift baskets, a coffee shop and a German food table. St. Stephen’s is located at 579 Parkdale Ave., at the corner of Sherwood Drive.

Nov. 22

The Salvation Army Hope in the City Breakfast will take place on Nov. 22 from 7:30 to 9:30 a.m. at the Ottawa Convention Centre. The Hope In The City Breakfast marks the start of The Salvation Army’s Christmas fundraising campaign which raises funds to support critical programs and services in our community. This year’s keynote speaker is social commentator and editorialist Rex Murphy. Tickets are $65; table of 10 is $500. To order tickets call 613-233-8428 ext. 221 or email nadia_ferrante@can.

Nov. 24

Nov. 17-18

The Friends of the Farm are hosting a craft and bake sale, with an incredible selection of items to choose from, Don’t forget to pick up some delicious baked goods. The sale takes place at at Building 72 at the Central Experimental Farm arboretum, located east off the Prince of Wales Drive roundabout from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Nov. 18

Foundation fundraiser on Sunday, Nov. 18, from 3 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. at the Dominion Chalmers United Church, 355 Cooper St. The afternoon will showcase Ottawa talents with performances include Julie Nesrallah, Dr. Fraser Rubens, Julian Armour and Singers, Suzart Productions, Polaris, Orpheus Choral Group and Canterbury High School. For more information, please contact Micheline Turnau at the Heart and Stroke Foundation by calling 613-265-9335 or emailing

Singing from Our Heart: For Our Heart, a Heart and Stroke

The Community Christian School will host its annual Christmas Craft and Gift Show on Nov. 24 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Community Christian School at 2681 Glen St. Metcalfe. The event features local businesses and artisans offering a wide array of fabulous gift items that are sure to please even the most discerning individuals on your gift list this Christmas. There will be a Christmas cookie decorating station for children, as well as a canteen serving a delicious luncheon and refreshments for your enjoy1025.R0011691267

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La-Z-Boy Furniture Galleries invites you to visit the Minto Dream Home and view the spectacular array of La-Z-Boy furniture on display. Enter for a chance to win a $1000 gift certificate from La-Z-Boy Furniture Galleries.


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ment. Parking and admission are free. The Ottawa Classical Choir presents an Enchanted Evening with Julie and Maria on Saturday, Nov. 24 at 7:30 p.m. at the Dominion-Chalmers United Church, 355 Cooper St. Tickets are available at CD Warehouse locations, Compact Music, Leading Note, Books on Beechwood and at www.ottawaclassicalchoir. com. Tickets for students are $25 and adults are $30 and for a reserved ticket the costs is $35. For more information email info@ottawaclassical or go to the website www.ottawaclassicalchoir. com.

Nov. 30

The Christmas Hamper Project of Ottawa is appealing to the community for donations of toilet paper, diapers, powdered milk and soup. Because some holiday wish lists are more basic than others, the Christmas Hamper Project of Ottawa is now signing up donors. Adopt a hamper for someone who will be alone during the holidays, or for a family. Contribute as an individual, a family, a department or workplace. For more information see www. Adoption deadline is Nov. 30, 2012.


Looking to learn conversational Spanish? Improve your Spanish speaking skills with Los Amigos Toastmasters. The group meets at Tunney’s Pasture Mondays from 4:55 to 6:30 p.m. For more information, contact Carole at 613-761-6537 or visit www.


The Hogs Back 50+ Club meets every Tuesday from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. in the front room of the Boys and Girls Club, 1463 Prince of Wales Dr. at Meadowlands and Hogs Back. Bring a bag lunch or come for cards, crafts, friendly chatter and camaraderie. Drop in and check it out. For more information call Shirley at 613-225-8089.


Ottawa Newcomers’ Club invites women new to Ottawa to join our activities and meet some new friends. Activities include: bridge, Scrabble, walks, luncheons and dinners, book club, Ottawa sights/ events, travel cafe and craft and chat. Please check out our website at: For more information call 613-860-0548 or email ottawanewcomers@

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