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Company to build mixed retail, residential Michelle Nash

EMC news - The Minto Group confirmed last week the company will purchase the commercial property on Beechwood Avenue decimated by a fire in March 2011. Minto’s purchase and development plans for the property have long been the subject of rumour in the community, but owing to the length of time it’s taken for the current owner to settle an insurance claim, Minto remained silent. Last week, Rideau-Rockcliffe Coun. Peter Clark confirmed the insurance questions have been resolved and the site is set to be sold to Minto. The company will seek building approvals as soon after the sale is complete. “They are going to go as fast as the system will let them,” Clark said. Minto approached Clark with a proposal “a while ago,” but it couldn’t be made public until now because of the insurance claims, he said. Minto spokesperson Gwen Cox subsequently confirmed the company is currently working on plans for the site. Clark said the new owners will hold a community consultation, something the company is not required to do, once plans are finalized. “It doesn’t have to go to a public meeting, but it will,” he said. See RESIDENTS, page 19


Ryan Desgranges gets help from Ottawa 67’s players, Ottawa firefighters community members to help take down an Ottawa 67’s player in a demonstration about bullying at Robert E. Wilson Public School on Nov. 7. Desgranges and his classmates became leaders in a new Ottawa police pilot project to stop bullying in schools.

Grade school students work to stop bullies Six schools participate in police pilot project Michelle Nash

EMC news - A new pilot project launching at six Ottawa elementary schools aims to stop bullying in its tracks. Students gathered in Robert E. Wilson Public School’s gymnasium on Nov. 7 to participate in a new anti-bullying program where grade-4-to-6 students learned how to be-

come leaders for their fellow kindergarten to Grade 3 schoolmates. Robert E. Wilson is the first of the six schools to launch the program. Its school resource officer, Amanda Payette, has been trained to teach the students how to stop being bullied or becoming a bully. “It teaches the older kids to be role models and gives them an important role in their school and really I think that

is all kids want, to give them a sense of importance in their school and community,” Payette said. The new anti-bullying pilot program has two components. The grade-4-to-6 program is called LEADS, which stands for “look,” “explore,” “act,” “did it work” and “seek help.” This program teaches these grades to act as leaders for their younger schoolmates. The second portion of the program is WITS, which stands for “walk away,” “ignore,” “talk it out,” and “seek

help.” The program is aimed at teaching children from kindergarten to Grade 3 to use their wits when dealing with a bully. Payette officially gave the younger students their WITS badges as well as taught the older students the importance of helping the younger students. “Today they are just learning about it. Over the course of the program I think they will become more and more involved in it,” Payette said. See BOOKS, page 9

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Councillor pushing for a truck plan Saying council wants trucks off King Edward Avenue is not enough: Fleury Laura Mueller

EMC news – Rideau-Vanier Coun. Mathieu Fleury is unsatisďŹ ed with responses he is getting from staff about what the city can do to remove truck trafďŹ c from downtown streets if a new interprovincial bridge is built. Before January, the National Capital Commission is expected to announce its preferred option for a new bridge connecting Ottawa to Gatineau. Residents from each of the proposed corridors – Kettle Island, Lower Duck Island and Gatineau Airport/McLaurin Bay – have expressed concerns about the impact a bridge would have on their community. Heavy truck trafďŹ c is at the top of that list. “Once that interprovincial crossing goes in, we expect all the interprovincial trucks to be moved off,â€? Fleury said. “It’s clear. It’s not just this council now; it’s been previously stated as well.â€? What remains unclear is what the city is planning to do to ensure that happens, Fleury said. It’s important to him for that issue to be cleared up now,


before it’s too late, and so far he has had no luck getting a clear answer to his questions about truck routes. After an unsatisfactory response to a question he submitted to transportation committee at the beginning of October, Fleury is still hammering away at the question. He submitted another inquiry on Nov. 7 asking what the city can do to ensure all heavy truck trafďŹ c is removed from Chaudière Bridge and the King Edward Avenue, Rideau Street, Waller Street, Nicholas Street truck corridor and onto the potential new bridge. “I don’t care where it’s going to be. To me, it’s about providing a solution. It’s not taking the issues from the Macdonald-Cartier Bridge onto Chaudière Bridge. The new route should be deďŹ ned and it should remove the ability for interprovincial truck routes to use King Edward, Champlain and Chaudière (bridges).â€? Those results aren’t a given without conďŹ rming the city’s instructions for what it wants to see happen with truck routes. Fleury expressed frustration in having to re-ask the

Truck traffic Current daily truckvolume on interprovincial bridges: • Chaudière Bridge (Booth Street): 1,508 • Macdonald-Cartier Bridge (King Edward Avenue): 4,343 Truck volume if a new bridge is built and trucks are banned from Macdonald-Cartier Bridge: • Kettle Island option: 3,266 on Chaudière Bridge; 2,538 on the new bridge • Lower Duck Island option: 3,422 on Chaudière Bridge; 2,381 on the new bridge • Gatineau Airport/McLaurin Bay option: 3,579 on Chaudière Bridge; 2,224 on the new bridge


Rideau-Vanier Coun. Mathieu Fleury is pushing the city to define a plan for truck traffic if a new interprovincial bridge is built. same question. “It’s weird. So many people have spent so many resources and time and attendance at public meetings to discuss it, and it just hasn’t appeared to capture any changes,â€? Fleury said. “I’m hopeful with this I’m awaking at least the city’s piece (of) it. “Let’s get that component clamped (down),â€? he said. “If we just let it slide, we don’t get it ďŹ xed.â€? As the study drags on, Fleury said he thinks it’s important to keep pushing on certain issues. For him, that issue is truck trafďŹ c downtown. “It’s a fundamental question and it seems to be lost under six, seven other priorities. So I want to make sure that’s at the forefront of the report that comes out.â€?

Fleury isn’t the only one asking that question. On April 4, Innes Coun. Rainer Bloess took a swing at it by asking several pointed questions about truck studies ordered by council. Part of the response was a memo from the National Capital Commission that stated: “The degree to which the alternatives divert truck trafďŹ c will be an integral consideration in the evaluation process‌â€? when considering a new bridge location. That still doesn’t answer the question of how the city would put policies into place to remove the trucks, and that’s what Fleury wants answers for. With files from Michelle Nash.




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Minwaashin Lodge secures major funding Partnership between company, lodge to help clients Michelle Nash

EMC news - Minwaashin Lodge received a major boost in funding from a local consulting firm. The funds will help more women who use its programming get the skills and confidence they need to succeed in the workforce. Minwaashin accepted a grant of US$100,000 from Accenture, a management and consulting firm on Nov. 8. The money is expected to help fund three programs at the lodge, all of which are for aboriginal women who have been affected by violence. The company will also provide volunteer resources and programming for aboriginal women. “We are tremendously fortunate to have partners helping us improve supports for aboriginal women in our community,” said Irene Compton, program manager at Minwaashin. “Our clients appreciate the commitment by Accenture employees to offer their time, resources and skills to help them succeed.” Minwaashin provides support to First Nations, Inuit and

Métis women who are survivors of violence and the residential school system. Prior to the funding from Accenture, the lodge did run programming geared towards finding employment, healing circles, counselling and selfesteem and confidence activities. This funding will give the organization the opportunity to upgrade its employment program. TARGETING COMMUNITIES

The grant is part of United Way Ottawa’s targeted community investment fund program. The United Way worked in consultation with the Ottawa Aboriginal Coalition, an alliance of aboriginal organizations, which identified the Minwaashin Lodge as the agency for the grant. The United Way’s community campaign co-chairs, Rideau-Vanier Coun. Mathieu Fleury and Angie Poirier attended the event. “This is a great example of how United Way works with organizations to achieve their business and corporate social responsibility objectives to address a specific need in our community,” Fleury said. “We

create partnerships, mobilize support and combine efforts with partners like Minwaashin and Accenture to help make change happen in Ottawa.” The United Way will act as liaison between Minwaashin and Accenture, reporting the results of the partnership as well as oversee the funding investment on behalf of Accenture. Minwaashin client Kateri Miles heard about the lodge’s programs through a friend, and was eager to learn employment skills. She signed up for the employment readiness program. “I never thought I would be where I am today, it is a total gift,” Miles said. Since attending the program, Miles has decided to go back to school to become a social worker. “It’s great news,” Miles said. “For me, this is a very positive time. The fact that the lodge will be improving what it already has, making more programs available here, it is so positive.” In the past Accenture has participated in the United Way’s employee giving campaign. This new contribution will


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Community crime prevention crusaders honoured Laura Mueller


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community,” Beaulieu said. • Leadership Award: Paul Welsh Paul Welsh has been the executive director of Rideauwood Addiction and Family Services for 25 years. He said it is his personal wish to help as many people suffering from addictions – and their family members – as possible. “It affects many people directly or indirectly,” he said. “Families come to us and say, ‘Thank God, someone understands.’”


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Pinecrest-Queensway resident Roberta Della-Picca’s sons were approached to sell crack cocaine minutes after the family moved into their Pinecrest-Queensway area home. A decade later, DellaPicca’s contributions to community safety initiatives – as well as anti-racism, anti-bullying and anti-violence against women programs and aboriginal advocacy – were honoured. Through United Neighbours, Della-Picca and fellow volunteers have achieved a 27 per cent drop in crime between 2006 and 2011 – the largest drop in Ottawa and higher than the citywide average of 15 per cent. • Community Program Award: MAP (Mentorship, Aftercare and Presence) Reintegration MAP Reintegration works to help convicts return as productive members of their communities. The small staff works with 50 volunteer coaches to provide coaching and counselling to help released convicts find jobs, secure housing and avoid


Abdulkadar Mohamed Dualeh Abdulkadar Mohamed Dualeh left his home of wartorn Somalia to come to Canada alone at age 13 and immediately began volunteering at the Canterbury community police centre in an effort to become a police officer like his father. Both on- and off-duty, Dualeh has prevented two women from taking their lives and saved a barefoot toddler who was freezing in the snow. “When someone needs assistance, I will do anything possible to help them,” he said. • Ginsberg, Gingras and Associates Business Award: Canadian Tire Jumpstart charities Canadian Tire’s Jumpstart charities have helped children to access recreation and sport programs in Ottawa since 2005. During that time, Jumpstart has helped 40,000 children attend March break and summer recreation programs. The free program helps prevent kids from “falling into the wrong routines,” said Canadian Tire dealer David McClenahan,


EMC news - Volunteers from across the city sent a message of collective responsibility for neighbourhood safety during Crime Prevention Ottawa’s annual awards on Nov. 5. Eight groups and individuals were honoured for their contributions to making Ottawa a safer place during the Community Safety Awards. The real-life stories of people who received awards illustrate the importance of crime prevention, said Chantal Bernier, CPO board member and president of the International Crime Prevention Centre. Stories like that of Embellissement Vanier Beautification, winner of the Volunteer Program Award, capture the attention of audiences around the world when she speaks, Bernier said. A recent audience was “truly marvelling” at the reduction in crime in Vanier, Bernier said. “That example shows how Ottawa has the potential, the stature, to be a model for the world.” That kind of mobilization of citizens is key to safety and crime reduction, Bernier said. “Crime prevention is not the best solution; it is the only solution,” she told the crowd gathered at city hall. “A truly safe community is one that has a targeted effort towards crime prevention.” Awards handed out during the ceremony included: •Youth Leadership Award: Peiman Soltani For the past five years, 24year-old Peiman Soltani has worked with at-risk youth. Through his citywide Ottawa Community Centre Basketball League for Youth and the West End Motivators, Soltani said he tries to “be an older brother” to the youth he works with, like his mentors were for him. “To see this change, it really motivates me more to get




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City buys in to community ‘rinks of dreams’ program Laura Mueller

EMC news - A “rink of dreams” in Jules Morin Park is set to become a reality. The plan for a new, National Hockey League-sized outdoor rink in the Lowertown park has been in the works since early 2011, when the Ottawa Senators Foundation announced its intention to help build the community rinks. Now, the city has committed to the program by putting $200,000 in management costs towards helping the foundation develop a number of the rinks around the city. In addition to Lowertown, the foundation is already looking at other areas like Bayshore, Overbrook/McArthur,


City councillors, representatives from the Sens Foundation and dignitaries gathered to officially open the Rink of Dreams at city hall on Jan. 26. The Sens Foundation is now building on the initiative by constructing neighbourhood ‘rinks of dreams.’ Ledbury Park (Herongate/ Ridgemont), Centretown, Navan and Cumberland. Work on Jules Morin Park is already underway and is expected to continue into the new year.

The upgrades will include an asphalt base with paint markings, rink boards, endzone fencing and nets. In the summer, the court lines painted on the asphalt

could be used for other sports such as basketball, lacrosse and ball hockey. The foundation expects it will cost $250,000 to build each rink. That would mean a total of $2 million in new park infrastructure, so the city’s contribution of $200,000 represents 10 per cent of that commitment. Contributing that money is part of the foundation’s goal of promoting physical activity, recreation and social development in local communities, according to a city report. “Those kids in those neighbourhoods, they really don’t have a lot of additional funding within their families to get out and participate in sport and reaction opportunities,” Danielle Robinson, president of the

foundation, said last year. “The idea around this is to provide a facility and the resources to make it much more accessible to make it much more accessible.” The city hopes to partner with other local organizations, such as Canadian Tire’s I Love to Play Hockey and I Love to Skate initiatives, to offer programs, lessons and special events such as tournaments and carnivals at the new rinks.

Special events involving the Ottawa Senators are also planned, including visits from the players, skating and hockey events, clinics and practices. The community rinks are the second part of the foundation’s Rink of Dreams project, which began with a $2-million refrigerated rink at city hall. The city contributed $250,000 towards building that rink. The community rinks will not be refrigerated.

City signs on to new slots contract Laura Mueller

EMC news - The city stands to gain more than an extra million dollars from a new slots revenue sharing agreement with the Ontario Lottery and Gaming Corporation. While city staff said the new money-sharing formula is simply an extension of the existing agreement the city has with OLG, at least one councillor approached it cautiously. In the context of an ongoing debate over a location for a possible new casino in Ottawa, Konxdale-Merivale Coun. Keith Egli asked if approving the agreement would “box us in” for a new casino that could be located in Ottawa. The answer from the city’s top lawyer, Rick O’Connor, was no, and that satisfied the finance and economic development committee on Nov. 6. The committee unanimously approved the agreement. One question that O’Connor couldn’t answer was how the funding formula would apply to the possible addition of table

games at the city’s only current gambling facility. “If the Rideau Carleton Raceway is the proposed casino location, does this impact on our ability to gain revenue from the addition of gaming tables in addition to slot revenue?” Egli asked. While O’Connor said he didn’t know the answer yet, but would be asking OLG about that, representatives from OLG have already confirmed to media that the revenue-sharing agreement only applies to slots and money made from gaming tables would not be shared. Over the past five years, the city has received between $4.3 and $4.4 million annually from 1,250 slot machines at the raceway.The new agreement would add $1.3 million more a year to the city’s coffers if slot revenue remains the same. The agreement means the city gets 5.25 per cent of first $65 million of net slot revenue, three per cent on the next $135 million, 2.5 per cent of the next $300 million and half a per cent of the remainder of net slot revenue.



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ouncil is selling a plan to offer businesses a â&#x20AC;&#x153;tax holidayâ&#x20AC;? to locate in OrlĂŠans and along part of Carling Avenue as a way to stimulate economically depressed areas in the city. Letâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s call it what it really is: a bribe. Businesses who cash in on this offer will split an estimated $20 million in property tax refunds over five years. Innes Coun. Rainer Bloess

says the city isnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t â&#x20AC;&#x153;shovelling cash at anyone,â&#x20AC;? adding that itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s difficult to justify transit and infrastructure investment in an area with no business development growth. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a chicken-and-egg problem, he said. The councillor has chosen the correct metaphor, but drawn the wrong conclusion. If council wants to encourage business development in the city, it should provide good transit and infrastructure, build communities that

allow residents to live, work and play without a commute. That doesnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t mean forfeiting $20 million in potential tax revenue. Thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s property tax money which should help the city pay for services and infrastructure in the area. Councilâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s $20-million plan offers a temporary tax deferral, but no other tangible and permanent inducements that businesses value. If the city wants to encourage economic development in

the east end, it should consider fast-tracking construction of light rail to OrlĂŠans. The pilot program put before council last week was light on details. There was no accompanying eligibility criteria â&#x20AC;&#x201C; just the names OrlĂŠans and Carling Avenue. The project was snuck in front of the cityâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s finance committee, buried in a mound of other reports. Using Bloessâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; chickenand-egg analogy, which

should come first? A decision to forfeit $20 million in property taxes or a sound plan based on study and sober discussion? To be fair, council has done a lot to encourage economic development in Ottawa this term. It transformed OCRI into Invest Ottawa and created a plan to encourage entrepreneurship. But over the past two weeks it has come up with two ill-conceived and unfair

economic development plans. Last week, council agreed to offer special treatment to larger businesses that set up shop in Ottawa â&#x20AC;&#x201C; basically putting small businesses at a comparative disadvantage. Councilâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s tax holiday has the same effect, pitting ward against ward. A plan that bribes businesses to locate in a particular ward is unfair, unwise and ill-conceived. Coun. Diane Deans called the plan the start of a slippery slope, suggesting economic development should be market driven. Taxpayers would likely agree.


War against progress continues be full of iconic Canadian images and iconic Canadian politicians, not all of them Conservative. The passports will also have the inevitable chip in them, electronic rather than edible. The chip will have an antenna, which isnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t as alarming as it sounds. You can still put it in your pocket, but you can also wave it at a scanner which will then know everything about you. Apparently the scanner wonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t know more about you than a person could, from reading whatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s printed on the passport, but in our society we now like our machines to know as much as possible. People less so. Thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s why the Ontario government put machines in most of the shopping centres, allowing you to do such things as renew your car registration without having to be in contact with a human being. Those machines were actually quite efficient and enabled you to skip long lineups. For some reason there werenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t long line-ups at the machines. The lack of a lineup might have been due to more people doing their government business online. Still, it is worth keeping in mind that when you deal with a human being rather than a machine you might be helping human beings stay employed. Speaking of which â&#x20AC;&#x201C; and apologies for the lame transition â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Queen Elizabeth is more fully employed on the new $20 bill than she was on the old one. The bill, issued last week, has her image on it three times, compared to the old billâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s one. Thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s the big portrait on the front of the bill and smaller images peering out from those metallic strips front and back. On the new $50, which was issued in March, the three images are of Mackenzie King, so this one is definitely an improvement. Six Queens will get you a new passport, which you can wave at a scanner and it will know everything about you. Is life great or what?



he pace of change is exhausting. Theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re changing the passport, changing the $20 bill, closing the ServiceOntario machines and starting Christmas music later at Shoppers Drug Mart. So much to learn, so little time. Letâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s start with the last one. An unanticipated wave of common sense swept over the business community, resulting in a decision by a major retail chain to hold off on the Christmas music until at least after Remembrance Day. You might not even have noticed that it was missing in the days after Halloween. But maybe you did. Maybe you were walking through the drugstore with an odd little feeling that something was just a bit off. Then you realized, right there in the razor blades aisle, that the song playing was Raindrops Are Falling on My Head, not Jingle Bell Rock. Somehow you resisted the urge to complain. When you learned the reason why, you might even have applauded. Christmas music, particularly the cheery commercial kind, can wait until after we have had time to think about the costs and sacrifices of war. Who knows, maybe the idea will catch on, more businesses will adopt this practice next year and we can be spared Frosty the Snow Man until there is actual frost. Meanwhile, there are gains and losses in the war against technology. Example: fancy new passports coming which will

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How should the city encourage growth in job-depressed areas?

What does observing Remembrance Day mean to you?

A) Offer businesses a â&#x20AC;&#x153;tax holidayâ&#x20AC;? to set up shop in job-poor wards such as OrlĂŠans.

A) Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a time to pay tribute to those who have given their lives for our country.

B) Invest in transit and infrastructure to

B) Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a day to remember family


attract businesses.

members who fought for Canada.

C) Offer citywide incentives â&#x20AC;&#x201D; council shouldnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t favour individual wards.

C) Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a chance to honour our service men and women.


D) Do nothing. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s up to the market to determine economic activitiy.

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Breaking the debt cycle


f youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re in debt, youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll probably read this headline, turn the page and go Christmas shopping at the mall with your credit card. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s human instinct to ignore things that make us uncomfortable. Moreover, our imperfect psychology often leads us to do precisely the opposite of what we should. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s the reason those disturbing Health Canada ads on cigarette packs make addicts smoke more. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s the reason we fail to read the calorie count on the pack of a two-bite brownie before taking 10 bites and itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s why we turn the channel off when we see those infomercials about children starving in Africa and head to the local Chinese food buffet instead. But we are a nation in debt. And chances are, even if youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve managed to read this far, you are carrying some sort of debt. So please, read on. In mid-October, the average debt-to-income ratio of Canadian households hit an all-time high of 163 per cent. That means for every dollar we earn in a year, we owe an average of $1.63. To put it simply, if your household income is $100,000 and you carry a mortgage of $163,000, or if your household income is $50,000 and you owe $81,500 on your credit card and loans, you fit the debt profile of the average Canadian. As a result of this news, finance ministers across the country went all nanny-state on us: â&#x20AC;&#x153;Whatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s wrong with you people? Get your fiscal houses in order.â&#x20AC;? Indeed, every few weeks or so, federal Finance Minister Jim Flaherty finds it prudent to stand behind a podium to at some posh event and

BRYNNA LESLIE Capital Muse collectively slap the wrists of Canadians for being so careless with their funds. But heâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s hardly leading by example. Despite inheriting a massive surplus from his Liberal predecessors, Flahertyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s government racked up the biggest deficit in Canadian history in a move to â&#x20AC;&#x201C; guess what? -- boost consumer spending in the wake of the recession. In other words, governments tell us to spend one week and then reprimand us for doing so the next, all the while committing the sin of overspending themselves. Of course, governments like to couch their overspending in terms like â&#x20AC;&#x153;investing for the future.â&#x20AC;? The problem is the future never comes, so they just leave mammoth debt balances for the next generation without any accountability whatsoever. As a result -- for governments and the citizens they govern -- money has taken on a rather mythical quality. We live in a time where the value of money has become meaningless for most people. With credit readily available, most mid-thirties professionals I know carry student loans in the tens of thousands of dollars, along with mortgages and lines of credit balances. And frankly, they donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t give a damn as they hand over their gold cards to â&#x20AC;&#x153;payâ&#x20AC;? for that delectably over-priced glass of red wine at after-work drinks. Because they have lost any

sense of reality as it pertains to the value of a dollar. Never mind the fact that half of Canadians would likely find themselves in a food bank line should they miss a single paycheque. Just as thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s always another squeeze of toothpaste in the bottom of the tube, it seems thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s always more money available in the credit line -- or what I like to call, the pot of gold at the end of the rainbow. Has it always been this way? I donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t know. Part of the problem is that numbers like that 163 per cent are relatively meaningless to most of us. And we are not wired to think about the future value of money. A more simple fix is to think about money this way: What comes in each month must be greater than what goes out. Chances are if youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re in debt, you didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t read past the first sentence of this column. But if youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve made it this far, Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;d like to offer up the first step to ending the cycle of debt: Keep your receipts ... for everything. Stuff them in a shoebox in your front closet and have a look at the end of the month. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s the only way to find out what youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re really spending and the first step to becoming debt-free. Of course, if psychological theory is anything to go by, youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll probably take one look, burn the box and go Christmas shopping at the mall with your credit card.


Robert E. Wilson students meet their community partners at an anti-bullying assembly on Nov. 7. The school will be participating in an anti-bullying pilot project this year.

Books, school supplies, teach how to fight bullying Continued from page 1

The five other schools participating are Bayshore Public School, Chapman Mills Public School, Osgoode Public School, Pinecrest Public School and Riverview Alternative School. Each month teachers and the students from both the WITS program and the LEADS program read from an anti-bullying book and follow the lesson plans provided by the program. Payette said she approached all of the 18 schools she works in to participate in the WITS program. Robert E. Wilson, which was identified by the school board as high-needs, couldnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t afford the programâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s books and other materials so they were donated by the

school board. Payette said she hopes this program will make a difference. â&#x20AC;&#x153;It canâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t just always be about coming in after the fact, there needs to be intervention,â&#x20AC;? Payette said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We would like them to grow up with this. We are giving them the tools to ask for help.â&#x20AC;? The assembly welcomed support from community members, including Ottawa 67â&#x20AC;&#x2122;s hockey players Richard Mraz, Keegan Wilson and Mike Cajkovsky, Ottawa firefighters, and police officers. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I think this program is great. It puts the children on the right track,â&#x20AC;? Wilson said. The WITS program is not new. It began in Victoria, B.C. in 1993 at Lampson Street Elementary School to provide



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violence prevention program for children and youth. Shortly after the WITS program was created, the founders began working on the older youth program LEADS. In 1997 a charity called Rock Solid Foundation was launched to help fund the WITS and LEADS programs. Today the program is in more than 150 schools across Canada and the United States. Payette received her program training through an online tool found on the WITS website at Any teacher, parent or community member can take the online training course. Payette said she hopes the pilot project becomes a permanent one and the number of schools participating in Ottawa grows.


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Ottawa’s Health is in Your Hands.

Get Your Flu Vaccine. Each year, 5-10% of Canadians are affected by influenza, or what is commonly referred to as “the flu”. This disease causes missed days at school and work, and may require increased visits to the hospitals. The Ontario Ministry of Health and Long Term Care offers influenza vaccines at no cost to everyone who is six months of age and older and who lives, works or attends school in Ontario. Influenza can be a serious respiratory disease - not to be confused with the common cold. Influenza spreads rapidly through sneezing and coughing and through direct contact with objects that have come into contact with the virus. Symptoms include fever, headache, cough, aches and extreme fatigue. Weakness can be moderate to severe and last up to one month. Children and seniors are most at risk of getting influenza. Complications include pneumonia and/or worsening of medical conditions. The most effective way to avoid getting the flu is to be vaccinated. Each year, the World Health Organization (WHO)

recommends which strains of influenza should be included in the vaccine. It is very safe and cannot give you the flu because the vaccine contains only dead virus. The most common side effect is a sore arm for one or two days. Some people develop a fever and muscle aches. These symptoms are usually mild and can easily be managed with rest, extra fluids and mild pain medication. It takes about two weeks after receiving the vaccine to be protected against influenza. To remain protected, you need to get vaccinated every year. While children and seniors are most at risk of getting the flu, healthy people should also get the vaccine to protect themselves and those who are at risk in the community. The vaccine is safe for women who are pregnant or breastfeeding. Children under nine years old need two doses, given at least four weeks apart, if they have not had an influenza vaccine before. Ottawa Public Health offers influenza vaccine clinics all over the city. For clinic details, visit or contact

Ottawa Public Health Information at 613-580-6744. The influenza vaccine is also available through physician offices and some pharmacies.

Preventing falls:

Enjoy your home as long as possible As we enter into our senior years the In the bathroom: premium we place on independent living • Install grab-bars in the shower, tub increases. Unfortunately, 40 per cent of and toilet areas. all nursing home admissions occur as • Use a bath-seat and a hand held a result of a fall, but aging in your own shower in your tub if you have trouble home is possible. Prepare your home so it standing. will be safe for you as you age. • Use a long rubber mat in your tub To keep your home safe: and place a bath mat with a rubber • Ensure floors are dry and slip-free. backing outside of the tub. Clean up water spills right away and • Use a raised toilet seat if you have avoid using wax or cleaners on the trouble getting on and off the toilet. floor. In the kitchen: • Remove clutter and other items you • Keep items you use often within can trip on such as extension cords, reach. shoes or mats. • Keep heavier items in the bottom • Consider using a cordless phone. cupboards. • Ensure there is bright lighting in and Outside your home: around your house by: • Ensure outdoor stairs and paths do not • Using a minimum of 60-watt bulbs in have holes or loose stones on them. all light fixtures. • Remove items you can trip over like • Using nightlights in bedrooms, garden tools and hoses. hallways and bathrooms. • Clear snow and ice from stairs as soon • Installing motion sensitive lights in as possible after a snowfall. the entrance outside your home. • Use lots of sand or salt on your outdoor • Minimize the risk of falling down your stairs and driveway in the winter. stairs by installing sturdy handrails Making a few small home improvements the full length of all staircases and and adjustments to daily habits can create removing loose carpeting. a safer environment, where the risk of

falling down is much lower. The short amount of time it takes to make these changes might help to lengthen the time a senior can enjoy living in their own home. For more information on how to make your home safer, call Ottawa Public Health Information at 613-580-6744, TTY: 613-580 9656 or visit health. You can also connect with Ottawa Public Health on Twitter and Facebook. Adapted from: Smart Moves, Information about fall prevention for older adults, SMARTRISK, 2004.


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LHIN boosts funding to local health providers Steph Willems

EMC news - Health care in the Ottawa area is about to get a $11.1 million boost aimed at community-level services. The money is meant to address the increased need for home support services due to the aging population and the many health issues that come with it. As well, attention will be paid to those with mental health and addiction issues. The announcement by the Champlain Local Health Integration Network, which is funded through the Ontario Ministry of Health and Longterm Care, was made at the offices of VHA Health and Home Support – one of the many local providers that will see a financial boost. Calling it “wonderful news,” Champlain LHIN chief executive officer Chantale LeClerc said: “Today’s announcement is about transforming health care as we know it.” The $11.1 million in funding will carry over annually and is expected to reduce pres-


Champlain LHIN CEO Chantale LeClerc announces new funding for community-level health services in Ottawa on Nov. 7. sure on hospitals in terms of wait times and available beds. The Ontario government estimates that the number of residents over age 65 will double within 20 years. LeClerc said the funding will allow 3,000 more people to be served by community-level health services in the Ottawa

region and an enable providers to offer an additional 65,000 hours of health service. “As a former home-visiting nurse, I’ve had the privilege of witnessing how valuable these services are to people,” said LeClerc. “It makes the difference between going to the hospital and

being able to stay in your own home.” Ottawa-Orleans MPP Phil McNeely, parliamentary assistant to health Minister Deb Matthews, mentioned the “pressing need to find and support new ways of delivering health care,” citing the need to make the tax dollars

of Ontario residents go further in this regard. This view was echoed by Ottawa-Centre MPP Yasir Naqvi, who was on hand for the announcement. The largest portion of the funding, $7.15 million, will go towards the Champlain Community Care Access Centre, which helps seniors transition from a hospital to their home through a variety of supports. The remaining funds will be divided amongst a long list of seniors’ service providers, disability support providers, addiction treatment centres and mental health centres and programs stretching from Hawkesbury to Barry’s Bay. Valerie Bishop, executive director of VHA Health and Home Support, spoke of the fear felt not just by the elderly faced with health issues, but by their middle-aged children. “When suddenly you can’t perform (the basics of domestic living) and have a whole number of obstacles to overcome, your independence is threatened,” said Bishop. “As a daughter of aging parents, their health and happiness is a

constant concern.” To illustrate the impact such services can have on a real family, Gweneth Gowenlock of Mechanicsville spoke of her difficulties in caring for her husband following his diagnosis of dementia five years ago. “I didn’t know where to turn at first,” she said, detailing how she was eventually connected with a host of services that allow both her and her husband to live a better life. A personal support worker aids them in their home life, while a support program allows her husband to have two stimulating day trips each week. The time allows Gowenlock to recharge her batteries and accomplish domestic duties. “We’ve been really fortunate to have support; without it I don’t know what kind of a pickle we’d be in,” she said. “For us it really means he can stay at home longer…and in the meantime he is happy to be at home and we are happy to have him at home. With help and support we can carry on and have a reasonable quality of life.”

Committee puts Bronson safety changes on hold till spring Laura Mueller

EMC news - City councillors want to put a proposed reduction in the speed limit on Bronson Avenue on hold – at least for now. Following the Oct. 18 death of Carleton University student Krista Johnson, who was killed as she cycled northbound in the southbound cycling lane on Bronson, Capital Coun. David Chernushenko called for something to be done to address longstanding safety concerns on the street. The wide section of Bronson Avenue south of the Rideau Canal has become a speedway, Chernushenko said, proposing the speed limit be dropped to 50 kilometres per hour, down from the current limits of 60 and 70 km/h.

But councillors on the city’s transportation committee weren’t convinced that a speed-limit change in isolation would make any difference and instead decided to put off a decision until February or March, when the committee expects to receive a comprehensive report about safety conditions on that stretch of Bronson Avenue. The review is already in the works and Gloucester-Southgate Coun. Diane Deans said the report will help city staff and the committee fix the problems “in a comprehensive way.” Piecemeal changes can have the unintended consequence of making the road less safe, Deans said. Rideau-Rockcliffe Coun. Peter Clark said lowering the speed limit alone “is not the answer” because without

enforcement, there is nothing prompting drivers to slow down to the speed listed on the sign. While the committee awaits the full report, the city will boost speed-limit enforcement on Bronson Avenue, where vehicles travel an average speed of 84 km/h despite the 60 and 70 km/h limits, said Phil Landry, manager of traffic management and operational support. Enforcement measures would include adding an electronic board that displays drivers’ speeds over periods of one or two weeks. Chernushenko said he never meant his suggestion to reduce the speed limit to be an isolated solution, but he’s OK with the temporary compromise of adding more enforcement. “We have a street where

speeding is common, red light running is common,” Chernushenko said. “(Bronson Avenue) would be an efficient place to cycle and walk, but people are choosing not to use them and that’s mostly a factor of speed.” It’s easy to see the call for change as a “knee-jerk reaction” to the recent death, Chernushenko said, but the issue is actually a longstanding one. Bronson Avenue has seen more than 600 collisions and a handful of deaths over the past decade, Chernushenko said. Some councillors were not in favour of reducing the speed limit. Orléans Coun. Bob Monette said he would rather see alternatives discussed, rather than reducing the speed limit. “I do have a feeling that there are ways we can make it

a safer environment for cyclists and pedestrians, and reducing the (speed) is not always the solution,” he said. Speeding really is the main issue on Bronson, said transportation committee chairwoman Coun. Marianne Wilkinson, but she blamed the issue on a street that changes from a narrower four-lane road lined with homes to a wide, straight, six-lane speedway. “People don’t transition well,” she said. Beacon Hill-Cyrville Coun. Tim Tierney expressed concern the city’s departments don’t seem to work well together when it comes to planning for cycling improvements when road projects are already planned. “We’re spending a hell of a lot of money on Ottawa on the Move,” Tierney said, refer-

ring to a $340-million program to fix city roads over the next couple of years. “We’re ripping up the road but not looking at opportunities for cycling.” Oglivie Road is a prime example of a location that could have used more though towards cyclists before it was rebuilt, he said. Local community associations and Carleton student groups have already sent letters in support of making changes to increase safety on Bronson, Chernushenko said. The next step in the public consultation will be a survey of local residents as part of a city staff review. That will happen over the next couple of weeks and a working group of local residents, staff and Chernushenko will consider those results and look at making recommendations.



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New art exhibit showcases Centre 507 talent Michelle Nash

EMC entertainment - An upcoming art exhibition at Centretown United Church offers an example of whatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s possible when someone is given a little help. Centre 507 will hold its ďŹ rst art exhibit on Nov. 21 to 24 in the churchâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s sanctuary, 507 Bank St. The show, Artistic Expressions Studio Art Exhibition, will showcase Centre 507 artistsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; work. The show is a direct result of a joint project from Centre 507 â&#x20AC;&#x201C; drop-in centre for people living with poverty, addictions and mental illness â&#x20AC;&#x201C; and Centretown United Church. Centre 507 and church board member, Linda Pollock describes the Studio as a place where the artists have a safe, equipped studio space. â&#x20AC;&#x153;There has been a lot of interest from the Centre 507 clients,â&#x20AC;? Pollock said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;It is great to watch them all get ready for this show.â&#x20AC;? The program received a one-time grant from the Watkins Fund for Innovative Ministries, through the United Church Foundation to organize the exhibit. All the Centre 507 artists have made submissions which will be on display. Frequent Centre 507 patron, Jul Liboiron said she has been working around the clock on her pen and ink pieces. â&#x20AC;&#x153;It is taking a lot out of me, I am constantly trying to get the work done,â&#x20AC;? Liboiron said. Some of Liboironâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s art pieces will also be available to purchase as gift cards. Liboiron has leaned on the two professional Ottawa artists, Glebe painter, sculptor and teacher Lisa Thomas, and Ginger McCoy, painter,

ceramic artist, who volunteer at the studio twice a month to offer workshops and mentor the artist-members. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I have fun with all of the artists, and they give back to me as much as I give to them,â&#x20AC;? Thomas said. The church is converting its sanctuary room into a gallery for the event, after the show, the space will be available for the program on a regular basis. Thomas said this new space is desperately needed. The current space the artists use for the program and to get ready for the exhibit is the churchâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s preschool room. Thomas and McCoy must set up and tear down each time the group uses the shared space. â&#x20AC;&#x153;It will be great to have a more permanent space, where everyone can just drop in and get started,â&#x20AC;? Thomas said. Pollock said the churchâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s goal is to make the room a community space, available for whatever the community needs. Regardless of the amount of space available, most of the artists say they come because the program is enjoyable. Barrhaven resident, Nirmolak Saggu said he makes the trek to the centre for the two hours every other month because it allows him to opportunity to express his creative side. â&#x20AC;&#x153;When I am at home, maybe I could get more time to spend on my art, but here, I get to focus and learn new things,â&#x20AC;? Saggu said. Sagguâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s strength is pencil sketching. He said he was afraid of using colour until he attended some of the workshops on colour at the centre. Now everything he creates is full of colour.

The artists who attend the program vary. Some are shy, others are living with mental illnesses, homelessness, or some simply come to the centre because of its multiple activities. All of them however credit the studio art program as a way to both express themselves and grow as individuals. The exhibit will welcome different guests each evening throughout the event, including speaker Ed Broadbent on Nov. 21 at 7 p.m., pianist William Blais on Nov. 22 at 7 p.m. and the Shout Sisters Choir on Nov. 23. After each guest appearance, the audience is invited to view the artwork. The show is open from 7 to 9 p.m. from Nov. 21 to 24.


The artists at Centre 507â&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Studio Art program are getting ready for its first art show, Artistic Expressions Studio Art Exhibition thanks to a grant from the Centretown United Church. From left, Glebe artist and centre volunteer Lisa Thomas, Centre 507 artists Jul Liboiron, Nirmolak Saggu and Centre 507 and church board member Linda Pollock.


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Public weighs in on Bronson public art proposals Steph Willems

EMC news - Judging by the turnout at an open house at the Bronson Centre on Nov. 8, interest in public art in Ottawa is growing. A number of artists answered the cityâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s call last summer for submissions for the public art component of the Bronson Avenue Renewal project, a $30-million road reconstruction project expected to wrap up in 2014. Those proposals were on display at the open house, with the public encouraged to provide feedback for the selection process. Two sites have been chosen for art installations: the entrance to the Bronson Centre and the southern fenceline at the lawn bowling club by the intersection with Gladstone Avenue. The proposals were split between those vying for either project, though two of the seven artists were submitting for both. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The chainlink fence around the lawn bowling club will be replaced with an art fence,â&#x20AC;? said Melissa Black, project co-ordinator of the cityâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s public art program. â&#x20AC;&#x153;It could be the whole fence or just a part of it.â&#x20AC;? Both sites were chosen for their busy pedestrian traffic,


Artist Andrew Oâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;Malley and his submission for the Bronson Avenue Renewal public art competition. A group of seven shortlisted artists displayed their ideas at an open house at the Bronson Centre on Nov. 8. high visibility and current state of appearance. Most would agree that the current

look of both sites isnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t likely to get hearts pounding. One of the artists vying for

the Bronson Centre site was Andrew Oâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;Malley, whose scale model gave a taste of

what heâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;d like to see adorning the entranceway. Glowing, translucent figures depicting

a cross-section of the population â&#x20AC;&#x201C; and the clientele of the centre itself â&#x20AC;&#x201C; would alternate in colour, synching up once an hour. â&#x20AC;&#x153;There would also be seasonal colour palates,â&#x20AC;? said Oâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;Malley, who has been shortlisted before in a public art competition. Detlef Gotzens, who has 45 years of professional artistic experience under his belt, brought his love for glass to his proposal for the fence. He envisions a aluminum fence â&#x20AC;&#x201C; two metres tall and 20 metres long â&#x20AC;&#x201C; topped with pieces of thick, coloured glass. The wispy aluminum component is meant to look like grass moving in the wind. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The idea was to create something dynamic; a cheery accent that you wouldnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t expect as part of a fence,â&#x20AC;? said Gotzens, adding, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Glass is a very unique material. There are so many things you can do with glass.â&#x20AC;? The cityâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s art selection committee was to review public feedback following the open house and return a verdict by Nov. 14. The two proposals chosen will be based on several criteria, including creativity, ability to address the site characteristics, production methods, durability and maintainability.

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From broken guitars to alumni awards Hospitial emergency room wait times down: province

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EMC news - When Dave Carroll first sang about an airline that broke his guitar, he admitted he never thought it would resonate with people across the world. From the initial success of that song, the musician has grown to become a customer service advocate, writer and businessman, but it is a recent award from Carleton University that has Carroll smiling from ear to ear. “This is a huge deal,” Carroll said. “For me it’s a full circle as I started my music career at Carleton.” The Carleton University Alumni Association presented the A.D. Dunton Alumni Award of Distinction, Carleton’s highest alumni honour to Carroll on Nov. 7. Carroll, a singer, performer and entrepreneur, became a YouTube sensation when his song United Breaks Guitars, depicting a real-life incident where the airline broke his Gibson guitar went online. The video has more than 12 million views and Carroll has toured the world discussing the incident. The award honours Carroll’s contributions as a musician as well as his recent advocacy work for customer service relations. “It became a traditional media and social media frenzy and it wasn’t until I noticed people were commenting and having conversations for hours about customer service that it really resonated with me I could make a difference,” he said. Carroll has since written a book and created a company, Gripevine, a customer service

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Musician, performer and writer Dave Carroll accepts the A.D. Dunton Alumni Award of Distinction, Carleton’s highest alumni honour on Nov. 7. resolution tool that aims to save time for customers and companies when complaints arise. He also has a new album out, Rain Coat in Vegas, available online at Prior to singing about broken guitars on the Internet, Carroll attended Carleton University in 1987 for his undergraduate degree. Carroll credits the school for preparing him for his professional life. “It’s where I first picked up a guitar and picking it up (while at) Carleton ended up changing my life -- all the great things that have happened to me, started here,” he said. Carroll graduated with a political science degree in 1993. Originally from Timmins, Ont., he said the extended

community of the school is what made him feel at home. “My brother Don and I played out first gig at the Breeze (a campus pub) ... we built our whole reputation and brand as good entertainers here,” Carroll said. A lot of their time was spent at Paddy’s Pub in Old Ottawa South. “My brother and I went there so much that it made me want to perform and it was actually my first off-campus gig,” he said. Since those early days hanging out in Ottawa, Carroll pursued a career in music and moved to Halifax for its vibrant music community. Nearly a decade later, Carroll has won multiple Nova Scotia Music Awards and two East Coast Music Awards.

The performer said the award from Carelton will definitely be placed in a spot where he will always get to see it, as a reminder of his past accomplishments and the school where his dream to perform was born. “Music has been the foundation and cornerstone of my life thanks to my political science degree from Carleton. I truly think it helps me articulate myself better than if I hadn’t gone to school,” he said. The award is named in memory of Carleton’s fourth president, Arnold Davidson Dunton, who served the university from 1958 to 1972. At one time he was head of the CBC and co-chairman of the Bilingualism and Biculturalism Commission.

EMC news - Emergency room wait times at Ottawaarea hospitals have gone down over the past four years. Wait times across the province have been reduced on average by 1.2 hours, and 86 per cent of patients are receiving treatment within target time frames, according to a press release from the Ontario government. In Ottawa, between 70 and 94 per cent of patients are assessed and treated within the target wait time. In 2009, Ontario set emergency room length-of-stay targets of four hours for patients with minor conditions and eight hours for patients with complex conditions. At CHEO, time spent in the emergency department has decreased by 27.6 per cent over the last four years, the release said. About 94 per cent of people received treatment within the target period. Yasir Naqvi, MPP for Ottawa Centre, said CHEO’s emergency room is making good progress in improving performance so they can treat patients better and faster. “I am proud of what our government is doing to help them (CHEO) keep achieving their goals,” said Naqvi. Other hospitals in Ottawa have also seen a significant decrease in wait times. At the Monfort Hospital, time spent in the emergency

Yasir Naqvi, Ottawa Centre MPP. room has decreased by 52.6 per cent, 19 per cent at the Ottawa Hospital’s General campus and 7.4 per cent at the Queensway-Carleton Hospital. On Nov. 16, Naqvi announced the province will provide area hospitals with $6.5 million to improve emergency room performance, adding that the government was building on its emergency room success to support hospitals facing the biggest challenges. According to Deb Matthews, minister of Health and Long-Term Care, Ontarians requiring medical attention are now being seen faster and spending less time in emergency rooms. “This is part of our commitment in the Action Plan for Health Care to ensure people receive the right care, in the right place, at the right time,” Matthews said in a press release.

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here was a price to pay for being the youngest in the family. I was given, I thought, more than my share of chores, all because Mother thought they were easy jobs and ones I could handle. All because I was the smallest of the five children, but also the youngest. It was my chore to keep the wood box in the kitchen filled. It was a job I hated because never once did I carry in the wood from the summer kitchen that I didn’t end up with splinters in my hands and often in my arms. But Mother thought it was an easy chore and one of which I was quite capable of handling. Another job that fell on my shoulders was making sure the water under the ice box accumulated in a white granite basin, was emptied. Only once I remember forgetting about it, and having it overflow all over the kitchen floor. That meant I had to get down on my hands and knees and mop the entire kitchen floor. I never forgot to check the basin for melted ice after that. Making the toast for breakfast was another job Mother thought I was quite capable of handling. Of

MARY COOK Mary Cook’s Memories course, there was no electricity on the farm back then, so a wire rack was placed over the fire in the Findlay Oval. It held four slices of bread and I couldn’t take my eyes off it for a second or the toast would burn. The penalty for this error in judgment was my having to eat the burnt toast. The fact that my hateful brother Emerson did everything in his power to have me burn the bread, had me so nervous, I was a complete wreck by the time everyone had their toast. As soon as I got home from school, and had changed into my play clothes, I was also expected to go out to the hen house and gather the eggs. I used a wicker basket and had to be very careful to handle the eggs carefully, because many of them would be sold in Renfrew on the Saturday. Large eggs sold for 15 cents a dozen, but if they were cracked, you were lucky to get a nickel.

My sister Audrey, older than I by about 11 years, often didn’t use the basket. Like Mother, Audrey would bunch up the bottom of her apron and carry the eggs that way. And never once do I ever remember her cracking an egg. I tried it one day with my apron, but with disastrous results. I had to go out behind the hen house and get ride of the ones I managed to break before Mother saw what I had done. It was back to the basket for me! There was a job, however, I felt very privileged to be given. After the milking was done at night, the milk was moved by stone boat, in big milk cans, into the summer kitchen. It was my job to place a square of clean cheese cloth over each can and then sink on the lids tightly. I could never figure out why we used the cheese cloth, but it was a necessary

part of the job. The next morning, before my chore with the toast began, I would take the big brown baking bowl and the little tin strainer out to the summer kitchen to one of the milk cans. Using the strainer, I would skim off the cream that would settle over the night to the top, and put it into the bowl, so that everyone would have a helping of rich cream for their porridge. I liked this job because Mother and I had a ritual that never varied all the time we lived on the farm in Renfrew County. I would bring the bowl of cream into the kitchen and say to Mother, as I did every morning, “A miracle happened overnight, Mother. Last night that milk was white, and this morning it is the colour of gold. It’s a miracle Mother.” And I would wait for the answer that never varied. “It’s not a miracle Mary… that’s just good old fashioned Renfrew County magic.” We would both laugh, never tiring of the ritual that went on day after day, every morning of my life as the youngest in the family, on that farm in Northcote.


Rideau-Rockcliffe Coun. Peter Clark confirmed the sale of the fire site on Nov. 6.

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“It would go to a public meeting to inform them (the community) what is going to happen,” Clark said. “There is interest in getting something done.” Cox said no public consultation has been scheduled yet. The fire, which ultimately destroyed five businesses, started in the basement of the Home Hardware on the morning of March 16, 2011. Since then the site has remained empty and boarded up. At a Beechwood Village Alliance meeting held on

Oct. 29, many of the residents enquired about what would become of the site. Residents expressed their desire to have the Home Hardware back at the alliance meeting, and Clark confirmed the land would remain zoned for main street-style commercial developments at street level with condos or rental units on top. Clark said he believes the maximum height will be eight storeys. The councillor wouldn’t comment on whether he likes or supports the proposal. “It’s not a final proposal yet,” he said.

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Valour Road medals united at Canadian War Museum Steph Willems

EMC news - Nearly a century after they were awarded, three Victoria Cross medals â&#x20AC;&#x201C; the highest award for courage in the British Commonwealth â&#x20AC;&#x201C; have made their way to the Canadian War Museum. The medals were awarded to three young Canadian soldiers â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Sgt.-Maj. Frederick William Hall, Lt. Robert Shankland and Cpl. Lionel B. Clarke â&#x20AC;&#x201C; for their bravery during some of the fiercest fighting of the First World War. What makes these medals unique among the 71 VCâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s awarded during that war was that all three men lived on the same block of the same street in Winnipeg. Subject of a CBC Heritage Minute, the brave actions of the men â&#x20AC;&#x201C; two of whom did not survive the war â&#x20AC;&#x201C; led their community to pressure Winnipeg city council to rename Pine Street to what is now Valour Road. The medals and a synopsis of each manâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s actions are now contained within the museumâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Royal Canadian Legion Hall of Honour. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We decided to put the display in this section because weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re focusing not just on the men and the medals, but

also on how Winnipeg commemorated their valour,â&#x20AC;? said MĂŠlanie Morin-Pelletier, First World War assistant-historian at the museum. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a study of a city honouring its citizens.â&#x20AC;? By the outbreak of the First World War in 1914, Winnipeg had recently undergone a population boom, and many young labourers were quick to enlist for military service. Hall, born in Ireland, was a shipping clerk before enlisting at the onset of war. He was killed by rifle fire at the Second Battle of Ypres in 1915 as he left his trench to rescue a wounded comrade. Clarke, a railroad surveyor when the war broke out, singlehandedly defended a section of captured trench at the Somme front from a counterattack by 20 enemy soldiers, and was wounded in the process. He was killed by shellfire a month later, in October 1916. Shankland was a cashier at a creamery before the war. He was commanding a company of men during the Battle of Passchendaele in October 1917 when heavy fire caused a neighbouring battalion to withdraw, leaving him and his men dangerously exposed. In order to summon reinforcements, Shankland made



the dangerous journey back to Allied lines to report the situation before returning to his men to await reinforcements. He survived the war and even re-enlisted as a non-combatant officer during the Second World War. While the death toll on all sides during the First World War was staggering, the residents of the working-class Winnipeg neighbourhood didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t want the service of their neighbours to be forgotten. In 1925, the city of Winnipeg erected a plaque declaring the street would henceforth be named Valour Road. With the 100th anniversary of the start of the First World War less than two years away, the new display ends a threeyear initiative by the museum to gather the Valour Road Victoria Cross medals in one place. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Our collections people worked closely with the donors, making sure they were comfortable with the idea of donating the medals,â&#x20AC;? said Avra Gibbs-Lamey, media relations officer for the museum. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The medals themselves will be lent to a Manitoba museum for the centenary in 2014, but their home is now the (Canadian) War Museum.â&#x20AC;?


Marching in memory Cadets with the Governor Generalâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Foot Guards march in the Strathcona Legionâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s annual parade down Main Street last week. Several cadets helped dignitaries lay wreaths at the monuments at Beckwith Road. Ottawa South MP David McGuinty, Ottawa Centre MP Paul Dewar, Ottawa Centre MPP Yasir Naqvi, River Coun. Maria McRae and Capital Coun. David Chernushenko all laid wreaths during the ceremony.


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EMC news - An Ottawabased brewery is basking in the rich, amber glow of success after winning a gold medal at the 2012 World Beer Championships. Kichesippi Beer Companyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 1855 brew took the top position in the amber ale category at the annual event, held in Chicago last month. The name of the beer pays tribute to the national capital; 1855 being the year Ottawa was incorporated as a city, shedding its original name of Bytown. The award is a major feather in the cap of the Kichesippi brewery. After less than three years in business, it has already amassed considerable acclaim for its original brew, Natural Blonde. That beer took home bronze

in the World Beer Championshipsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; golden ale category, having also won bronze at the Canadian Brewing Awards held in June. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re up against a category at the championships,â&#x20AC;? said co-owner Paul Meek. â&#x20AC;&#x153;When your product scores 90 to 94 points, thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s considered gold. Over 95 is considered platinum, though theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve only ever awarded three platinums. This year, we were the only beer to hit gold in the amber ale category.â&#x20AC;? The 1855 brew was created as a one-off batch to celebrate Kichesippiâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s ďŹ rst anniversary on April 29, 2011. However, those who tasted it liked it a lot and the crew at Kichesippi realized they had a winner on their hands. â&#x20AC;&#x153;It quickly took off,â&#x20AC;? explained Meek. â&#x20AC;&#x153;People liked it, and we made it a full-time beer. Our customers have also said how much they like it, so

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EMC news- Residents in Vanier engaged with city officials and staff, neighbours and their city councillor to discuss what their community needs to become one of the most desirable places to live in the city. The very first Vanier Community Forum was held on Nov. 3 at the Richelieu Vanier Community Centre. The registered event welcomed about 60 residents, business owners and partners to discuss the needs of Vanier. Linda Cristina, of the city’s planning and growth management department, worked with Quartier Vanier, the Vanier Community Association and Vanier Beautification to organize the day. “This is a way residents and the city can participate in an open discussion about their neighbourhood,” Cristina said. The purpose of the forum was to connect and collaborate; something many of the residents who attended agreed was accomplished. Rideau-Vanier Coun. Mathieu Fleury also agreed. The councillor said it was an excellent opportunity for everyone who came out and participated. “It offered a place for an open discussion with the city,” Fleury said. Funding for the forum came in part from a Heritage Canada grant, which has also been instrumental for the community to fund its first community-wide event, C’est Chill on Dec. 1. Fleury’s staff and city staff not only attended the meeting, but participated in the table discussions with residents. Those discussions,


Residents participate in an all-Vanier forum on Nov. 3. Concerns surrounding development, walkability, park revitalizations and transportation were discussed at Vanier’s first Neighbourhood Connections Office forum. which each lasted 45 minutes, included a look at parks, recreation, safety concerns, sustainable transportation, economic development and community partnerships. After every discussion, a representative from each table presented their notes to the rest of the group. Ideas suggested for the area included a dog park, more businesses developed in Vanier, more street lights, art in the windows of businesses, and better neighbourto-neighbour connections to build strength in the community. Overbrook Community Association president Sheila Perry came to the event to learn from Overbrook’s closest neighbours. “We share a lot of the similarities and it’s important to learn from one another,” Perry said. The Overbrook association has in the past extended its reach to Vanier for multiple issues, events and guidance,

including a recent business improvement area meeting where Quartier Vanier executive director Suzanne Valiquet attended to speak on how the Overbrook community can build its own BIA. “It’s natural to keep the dialogue open between the two communities,” Perry said. One of the most interesting aspects of the forum was the work of artist, Jennifer Shepherd. Shepherd, who runs a company called Living Tapestries, was hired by the city to re-create the conversations taking place into a graphic image. Throughout the meeting, Shepherd took notes and created a four-panel canvas drawing of what occurred. “Capturing the conversation through a drawing gives everyone who participated in today’s event validity that what they said was heard,” Cristina said. “It’s something concrete the residents get to take away and it shows a commitment that these are

your thoughts and they are recorded.” Fleury agreed. “It’s a fantastic way to illustrate the discussions which were taking place,” he said. As for what will happen with all the ideas, concerns and notes made at the forum, Fleury said his office will develop some short-term priorities, including improving pedestrian transportation. Some of the broader and more general ideas - including improving the neighbourhood’s streetscape - will be something his office will consider for a long-term project. “Our goal is to make it (Vanier) the best community,” Fleury said. Fleury thanked residents who came out to the forum and those who have been working hard for the past few years at making Vanier a great place to live. “It is easy to work in Vanier, because the residents make it so. They are very engaging,” he said.

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Ottawaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s heritage hangs in the balance Urban, rural plans invite input Michelle Nash

EMC news - From heritage homes in the Byward Market to farmhouses in the south end, Heritage Ottawaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s latest forum aims to bring all of Ottawa residents together to help promote and preserve heritage in the city. Heritage Ottawa will host the 2012 Ottawa Heritage Forum on Nov. 17 at DominionChalmers Churchâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Woodside Hall in Centretown. This will be the second forum of its kind; the ďŹ rst was held in New Edinburgh in October 2011. The organization credits the groupâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s desire to hold an annual heritage event to the success of that ďŹ rst meeting. Heritage Ottawaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Nancy Oakley is one of the organizers for the event. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We realized a forum is a needed and valuable to all the communities who participate,

to share ideas and discuss heritage concerns,â&#x20AC;? Oakley said. Members of New Edinburgh Community Alliance co-hosted the event in 2011 and part of the day involved taking the participants on a walking tour. Oakley conďŹ rmed this yearâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s forum will also take a break, to walk around Centretownâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s heritage district. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The walk really seemed to help people get an idea of what is going on in a heritage district and that is what we hope will happen this year too,â&#x20AC;? she said. The day will be divided into three parts: guest speakers, a look at the importance of a communityâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s role in saving heritage and table discussions. â&#x20AC;&#x153;This format allows us and the participants to have a proactive approach,â&#x20AC;? Oakley said. Heritage Ottawa will also


Ottawa-area residents attend Heritage Ottawaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s first forum in New Edinburgh at St. Bartholomewâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Church in October 2011. discuss issues the group has been following, which include the ďŹ ght against the National Capital Commissionâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s desire to demolish three homes in Lowertown, on Sussex Drive. The request to demolish those homes was recently turned down by the cityâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s planning committee. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We have won the battle

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Tax-holiday plan prompts concerns Laura Mueller


Lighting up for safety Centretown resident Christopher Marin gets outfitted with a new light and bell from Shane Noris of Hintonburgâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s bike sharing group Right Bike. Right Bike, the Citizens for Safe Cycling, Ottawa police and Safer Roads Ottawaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s blitz on Nov. 6 at the Corktown Footbridge in Centretown helped raise awareness and encourage Ottawa cyclists to use proper lights while cycling in the early evening and at night.

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EMC news - Business groups see a new tax-holiday plan as a way to boost job creation in OrlĂŠans and on Carling Avenue, but some councillors worry the strategy could put other areas of the city at a disadvantage. As part of a broad update to the cityâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s economic development strategy presented to the finance committee on Nov. 6, the cityâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s director of economic development and innovation, Saad Bashir, revealed a plan to provide tax incentives for businesses to come to areas that need economic stimulus or redevelopment. While these â&#x20AC;&#x153;community improvement plansâ&#x20AC;? were pitched as a new citywide policy, some councillors were troubled that city staff had already chosen OrlĂŠans and part of Carling Avenue to benefit from the program before outlining the selection criteria or details about the way the program would work. Kanata South Coun. Allan Hubley dissented on the report because he felt the plan to defer taxes for business that set up in OrlĂŠans would disadvantage other areas of the city, including his ward. â&#x20AC;&#x153;When I meet with businesses, how can I convince them to come to Kanata if we are paying them not to?â&#x20AC;? he asked. Hubley wanted to defer the report until Bashir could give more details about the eligibility criteria, but the committee voted against a delay. Mayor Jim Watson had a short speech prepared to speak in favour of the plan. He said the idea is â&#x20AC;&#x153;a good experimentâ&#x20AC;? to try, and something the city has never done before.

While it would be nice to give incentives for the whole city, itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s not practical to have community improvement plans everywhere, Watson said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We have to focus on areas that need help,â&#x20AC;? he said. Gloucester-Southgate Coun. Diane Deans also expressed concerns about the plan. Still, she voted in support of the report. â&#x20AC;&#x153;This is a slippery slope,â&#x20AC;? she said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t like where this is goingâ&#x20AC;Śmaybe the market should be the driver.â&#x20AC;? Deans said the criteria used to choose the areas that get a community improvement plan â&#x20AC;&#x153;will be its success or failureâ&#x20AC;? and supporting the program without seeing those criteria made her uncomfortable. Kitchissippi ward resident Kevin Oâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;Donnell ran down to city hall during the meeting to speak because he was so opposed to the â&#x20AC;&#x153;tax holiday.â&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x153;The city should be focused on ensuring all businesses have a chance to prosperâ&#x20AC;Śbut whether they prosper or fail is up to the market,â&#x20AC;? he said, adding itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s not appropriate for the city to â&#x20AC;&#x153;be in the business of picking winners.â&#x20AC;? The city should invest in things that really attract businesses to invest here, such as a good transit system and infrastructure, Oâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;Donnell said. Gloucester-South Nepean Coun. Steve Desroches made the same point. â&#x20AC;&#x153;If weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re giving away money for taxes, are we going to have enough to provide the stuff that really incents businesses to come here, like transit?â&#x20AC;? he asked. Innes Coun. Rainer Bloess said the city isnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t â&#x20AC;&#x153;shovelling cash at anyoneâ&#x20AC;? and added that it is difficult to justify investing in transit and infra-

structure if there is no business development happening in an area. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a chicken-andegg problem, he said. Community improvement plans are permitted by the provincial government and have been used in Hamilton, Kitchener, London, Niagara Falls and Windsor. There are two types proposed for Ottawa: plans that foster urban revitalization through grants for businesses that repair or rehabilitate existing employment areas, and employmentrelated plans that help create jobs in areas where residential growth has outstripped job creation. That is the case in OrlĂŠans, where the ratio of jobs to households is 0.5 â&#x20AC;&#x201C; far lower than the citywide target of 1.3 local jobs per household. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s unclear why OrlĂŠans has lagged behind, said Jamie Kwong McDonald, executive director of the OrlĂŠans Chamber of Commerce. She said the east-end community has a lot to offer, including an educated, bilingual workforce. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Very few people actually stay in OrlĂŠans and work there,â&#x20AC;? she said. The two proposed locations would be part of a five-year pilot project, but Bashir said he would likely be ready to expand the program to different areas after observing how it works in OrlĂŠans and on Carling for six months. Information on the Carling plan â&#x20AC;&#x201C; including the boundaries of the area â&#x20AC;&#x201C; is sparse. It will be an urban revitalization plan, and more information is â&#x20AC;&#x153;forthcoming,â&#x20AC;? according to a city report. Bay ward Coun. Mark Taylor has been working towards an economic development plan for the area by meeting with local businesses for the past several months.

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Orleans teen enjoys dream day Contest winner meets Governor General and police chief after winning career contest Nevil Hunt

EMC news - Thousands of Grade 9 students in Canada took part in Take Our Kids to Work Day on Nov. 7, but it’s likely that Isaac Lockert had the most memorable of all of them. The 14-year-old’s day didn’t include a trip to an office building or a factory. Isaac instead started out at Rideau Hall, swung by the Ottawa police headquarters to meet the police chief and wrapped things up with an introduction to Parliamentarians. Isaac won a national contest designed to inspire kids to think about their future and their dream job. His career plan is to become a police officer. “Hopefully you can be a hometown cop and work right here in Ottawa,” police Chief Charles Bourdeleau said to Isaac as the Orleans teen visited the Elgin Street station. “It’s a tremendous career.” From the chief’s office, Isaac and his father Jeff were whisked off to meet members of the Ottawa police tactical team, where Isaac was loaded up with bulletproof gear and a helmet. Isaac is a member of the 632 Phoenix air cadets squadron in Orleans, but his time spent firing a .22-calibre air rifle didn’t prepare him for hoisting a heavy rifle

– unloaded – that the officers use on their calls. “It’s heavy,” Isaac said of the gun and gear, “but you feel safe.”

Hopefully you can be a hometown cop and work right here in Ottawa...It’s a tremendous career. CHIEF CHARLES BOURDELEAU


Earlier in the day, Isaac met Governor General David Johnston at Rideau Hall to receive congratulations on winning the Ultimate Dream Job Contest. The contest is an initiative of the Learning Partnership, a charitable group that also organizes the annual Take Our Kids to Work Day, which sees thousands of Grade 9 students shadow a parent or friend for a day so they can experience a career. Following the visit to the police station, Isaac and his father were scheduled to lunch with MP Royal Galipeau on Parliament Hill. Galipeau was expected to rise in the House and introduce Isaac as the winner of the national contest to all MPs.


Isaac Lockert takes a seat in Ottawa police Chief Charles Bourdeleau’s chair during his tour of the Ottawa police station on Elgin Street.

Canal season to remain intact in 2013 Shortened hours, increased fees could offset operating costs Emma Jackson

EMC news - The Rideau Canal will be open for its full season from Victoria Day to Thanksgiving in 2013, according to an announcement from Environment Minister Peter Kent on Oct. 18. Shortened hours and increased user fees will likely be enforced to offset operating costs, although the full details of those changes have not yet been announced.

In April, a Parks Canada memo outlined the need for drastic changes to the Rideau Canal’s operations, including cuts to season length, operating hours and staffing, to make up for a $29.2 million budget cut. It was unclear at the time when or how those changes would take affect. A Parks Canada spokesperson said at the time that locks services at Parks Canada canals have remained virtually unchanged for the past 25 years, while usage has dropped by about a third. Local representatives immediately spoke out against the changes, citing loss of tourist dollars in towns along the Rideau Corridor. Merrickville Mayor Doug Struthers said the “message was clear” that cutting the season would

damage local, regional and national economies – and the federal government listened, he said. “In terms of the elect representatives, we saw our opportunity to meet and discuss and influence those who give direction to Parks Canada,” he said. “The powers that be recognized the value of having a comprehensive assessment, which clearly took place through the consultation process (in the spring and summer).” Struthers said the shortened hours and potentially higher user fees will not impact businesses nearly as much as a lost or shortened season would have. “What we’re hearing from users of the system is that it’s not necessary to have 12 hours a day to utilize the system,” he said. “These were opportunities to look at mitigating

not just the cost of operations, but mitigating a negative impact on the usage of the canal.” The 2012 season’s hours ranged from six hours per day in off-peak times to 11 hours per day during the busy part of the summer. In 2013, Parks Canada will continue providing “upon arrival” services throughout the peak summer period, and offer a modified service seven days a week through scheduled lockages in the spring and fall period. It will also “align its hours of operation and personal service offer to better reflect patterns of use, offering between seven and nine hours of service per day,” according to a statement. It is not clear what the long-term plan is past 2013. Gord Brown, MP for Leeds-Grenville, applauded Kent’s announcement. “This is an extremely important announcement for our riding. A shortened season could have been

economically devastating for our region,” Brown said in a statement. “I am pleased to note that those consultations bundled in the report that was sent to the minister and discussed with the prime minister, helped maintain the full operating season on the Rideau.” Kent thanked stakeholders for their feedback while the department considered how to move forward. “With this decision, the canals and the surrounding communities will continue flourishing as a vibrant centre of our regions,” Kent said following Question Period on Oct. 18. “The government appreciated the constructive feedback we received from the public, and was pleased to work with the local members of Parliament, mayors, business leaders and stakeholders to determine a workable schedule going forward that is affordable while minimizing the impact on the local economies and visitors.”

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Grannies gather to support generic drug bill Groups want red-tape changes to make cheaper HIV/AIDS drugs available to Africa Emma Jackson

EMC news - Grandmothers gathered on Parliament Hill last Thursday hoping to change how Canada sends generic drugs to sick people in the developing world. The Grandmothers Advocacy Network (GRAN) organized the Nov. 8 rally, which included participants from 27 Ottawa region Grandmothers to Grandmothers fundraising groups as well as area religious groups, social advocates and politicians. The group was asking the Canadian government to pass Bill C-398, which would reform Canada’s Access to Medicines Regime passed in 2004 to allow the sale of generic drugs to developing countries. That bill proved too full of red tape, and only one shipment of life-saving drugs has ever left our shores since it passed. Bill C-398 would clear the way to an easier administrative process so that more medicine, such as drugs for managing HIV/AIDS, can leave Canada and help curb the acute public health problems in Africa and other developing regions.


Despite rainy weather, Nepean resident Jo Hopkins joined approximately 100 supporters of grandmother -to-grandmother campaigns on Parliament Hill on Nov. 1 to rally for a bill to amend Canada’s access to medication legislation. Hopkins carried the flag of the Yukon, the territory she recently moved to Ottawa from. The reform bill has already passed the House of Commons once, but died in the Senate when the Conservative government prorogued Parliament in 2011. R0011740513

Organizer Bonnie Johnson said in the short term they want the House to approve sending the bill to committee for review, which could take up to two years. If it doesn’t go to commit-

tee soon, the bill could die in 2015 when another election is called. “In the meantime, two thirds of the kids in sub-Saharan Africa won’t have access to drugs,” Johnson said.

The original bill was passed in 2004 in response to the World Trade Organization’s ruling that generic versions of brand-name drugs can be manufactured without the patent holder’s permission for export to countries where they can’t manufacture the drugs themselves. Johnson said there has been a lot of misinformation about the Access to Medicines Regime, regarding its cost to taxpayers. “It’s a no-tax bill,” she said. “The country buys the drugs and they get the funding from the Global Fund (charitable organization). They can’t afford the (brand-name) prices.” Johnson said it’s not clear where the Conservative government stands on the bill, despite it passing with a majority before the last election. The bill was tabled by NDP MP Hélène Laverdière. The Grandmothers Advocacy Network and the Grandmothers to Grandmothers campaign - two separate groups who often work together – have grown from Canadian advocate Stephen Lewis’ realization that grandmothers are carrying the burden of Africa’s AIDS epidemic. Millions of people died of AIDS, leaving grandmothers to bury their adult children and then raise as many as 15 grandchildren by themselves. Lewis brought some of these grandmothers to Canada to share their stories, and the Canadian grandmothers were moved to action. “Once the connection was made ... doing nothing is not an option,” Johnson said.


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Singles club raises money for Ottawa Humane Society Gabrielle Tieman

EMC news - Ottawa’s largest singles club raised more than $1,000 for the Ottawa Humane Society on Nov. 3 during the club’s 12th Meet Your Match Singles Mixer. The annual dinner and silent auction has raised more than $13,000 since it began in 2000 and has helped many local animals with adoption, according to the Ottawa Humane Society. The Single Gourmet, a social club for professional singles looking to meet other singles in their community, has been a supporter of local charities since coming to Ottawa in the early 1980s, said owner George Esper. Created as an innovative way to socialize without the pressure, Esper says the club is not a matchmaking service. “It is a wonderful way to meet people,” said Esper. “We simply act as the icebreaker. We try to match people by their age and create events that help people mingle. We provide a form for it – the rest is up to them.” Mary Smith, a member of Single Gourmet, said the event not only raises money for the cause, but shows people some of the animals that need homes. “Not everyone’s soul mate is a human,” said Smith. “You are more likely to visit a shelter when you have the face of an animal in need in your mind. So we used


Heather Ray, left, a volunteer with the Ottawa Humane Society and Single Gourmet Patrick Imai, right, discusses his soapstone carvings with guests. member Mary Smith, right. pictures of pets up for adoption instead of table numbers to really get the faces into everyone’s thoughts.” With the potential to raise quite a bit of money every year, Esper said the club enjoys keeping the tradition alive. “You have a good dinner, you make good friends, and you have a good time,” said Esper. “If you meet your soul mate in the process, then you’re lucky.” For more information on future Single Gourmet events and fundraisers, visit their website at


Arts alive EMC news - Hundreds of people came out for the AOE Arts Council’s 25th anniversary bash at the Shenkman Arts Centre on Nov. 8, and enjoyed watching art being created right before their eyes The evening was also a fundraiser for the ARTicipate endowment fund which has provided $183,000 in grants to support arts and arts activities at the Shenkman Centre since 2010.

At right, Stephane Guertin towers over guests at the AOE anniversary gala. Guertin, the creative director at Creations In Vivo, acted as the evening’s MC.

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Copper is a neutered male, tricolor German Shepherd and Labrador Retriever, who is about one year and 11 months old. He was brought to the shelter as a stray on September 6 and is now available for adoption. Copper loves to be very active, both physically and mentally. This will help him be more relaxed in your home when it’s time for a rest. He has a super social disposition and loves to meet and greet everyone he sees. Copper needs a patient owner who will teach him all of the skills he need to be the best dog he can be! Copper is a really wonderful boy who just needs a bit of direction!

Mom is a spayed female, brown and white tabby Domestic Short Hair cat, she is about one year and 3 months old. She was brought to the shelter as a stray on August 29 and is currently available for adoption. Mom needs a home that will allow her to be independent all the while giving her some cuddling time! She tends to be vocal, and would love a home in which she can have endless conversations with you, or another cat!

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and make her less likely to use the post. Special products for training your cat are available at pet supply stores. If you are considering declawing your cat, consider this: declawing a cat doesn’t remove just the claws — it amputates the end digit from the paw, similar in scope to cutting off a person’s finger at the last joint. This procedure can cause substantial discomfort and complications after the operation. Declawed cats may become reclusive, irritable, aggressive and unpredictable, and may have a tendency to bite as they cannot scratch to give warning. While other, newer methods exist for declawing (for example, laser surgery), the end result is still undesirable for your cat as it prevents her from engaging in normal cat behaviour. The OHS does not support declawing. It should be considered as a final option after you have exhausted other alternatives to eliminate destructive behaviour. However, if you feel that you must either declaw your cat or give her up, the OHS would rather see your cat stay in her home. If you decide that it is absolutely necessary to have your cat declawed, only have the front paws done, so that the cat can still scratch an itch, climb and defend herself. If this is your decision, consult your veterinarian first and discuss having the surgery done at the same time your cat is spayed or neutered. Other tips If you catch your cat in the act, try making a loud noise (for example, use a whistle, shake a soda can filled with pebbles or pennies, or slap a wall or a table) or use a water-filled squirt bottle. Conversely, when your cat claws the scratching post instead of your couch, make sure you give your cat extra praise and affection. One reason cats scratch is to remove the dead outer layer of their claws. Regularly trimming your cat’s nails can help reduce scratching. You should clip off the sharp tips of your cat’s claws on his front feet every two weeks or so. More companion animal information is available at

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Scratching is normal cat behaviour, not a comment on your upholstery. Cats scratch in order to: remove the dead outer layer of their claws; rub their scent onto things to mark their territory; stretch; work off energy; and even to seek your attention when they want something. There are lots of ways to keep your feline friend from ruining the furniture. You can’t eliminate scratching behaviours: it’s a normal behaviour for your cat; it becomes a problem only when the object being scratched is an item of value to you. The goal is to redirect the scratching to an acceptable object, such as a scratching post. Provide objects for scratching that are appealing and convenient from your cat’s point of view. Observe the physical features of the objects your cat is scratching. Note their location, texture, shape and height. Substitute a similar object(s) for your cat to scratch (for example, rope-wrapped posts, corrugated cardboard, or even a log). Place an acceptable object (for example, scratching post) near an inappropriate object (for example, upholstered chair). Make sure the objects are stable and won’t fall over when she uses them. You can make these objects more attractive to your cat by spraying them with catnip periodically and hanging a toy from the post. If you cat is refusing to use a scratching post and prefers your rug, try covering a piece of plywood with carpet and spraying it with some catnip. Cover the inappropriate object(s) with something your cat won’t like, such as double-sided sticky tape, aluminium foil, sheets of sandpaper, or a plastic carpet runner with the pointy side up. Only remove the “unappealing” coverings (for example, double-sided sticky tape, aluminium foil, sheets of sandpaper) from the inappropriate object(s) when your cat is consistently using the appropriate objects. This will entice your cat to investigate the more appealing scratching post. Don’t take your cat over to the scratching post and position her paws on the post to show her what she’s supposed to do. This will likely have the opposite effect


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According to Statistics Canada, nearly 13.3 million Canadians volunteered over 2.1 billion hours in 2010. Volunteer Canada estimates that volunteers’ contributions to the Canadian economy are valued at $14 billion per year. Volunteers not only strengthen the organizations they assist, but their positive contributions are felt widely by Canadian society as a whole, and of course the people they volunteer with directly. Volunteerism is a means to build community by enhancing social networks and allowing volunteers to gain valuable skills and knowledge that can be used beyond the volunteer sector. During major crises in our country, volunteers have often been the first to step in and help those in need. Recently, I was delighted to recognize 30 active Canadian volunteers through the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee medal, including 11 recipients from the Westboro/ Wellington Street West/Somerset Street West area. The recipients’ hard work has greatly impacted Ottawa Centre and Canada in areas such as encouraging greater civic participation of youth, support to veterans, promotion of sustainable living, and peace building. The United Nations has recognized the importance of volunteerism as an essential part of a healthy and vibrant democracy. My colleagues and I share this sentiment and believe that more should be done to support volunteerism. New Democrats have recently introduced legislation, Bill C-399 An Act to Amend the Income Tax Act (Volunteers), to assist volunteers by introducing a tax credit to help with their travel costs. As my colleague, Mr. Jean-François Larose has said, “If the government were to take over for all the volunteers in the country, it would cost billions of dollars… [This bill] seeks to recognize the efforts of volunteers. It is a first step, but we must not stop there.” I look forward to continuing to support Bill C-399 as an initial step in providing volunteers with the support they need, and would like to offer my thanks to all volunteers in our community for their tremendous contributions. R0011740446


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

Nov. 8 - Dec. 24

Nov. 17

The Ottawa Neighbourhood Services Christmas Snowflake Sale is now on. There are lots of gift ideas, Christmas decorations, tree ornaments, toys and jewelry. There is also an in store auction starting at 11 a.m. at 250 City Centre Ave., unit 122. For more information about the sale please call 613-728-3737.

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 homemade lunch. Great deals on gently-used clothes, books, and timeless treasures. For more information, visit www.

Nov. 15-18

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.

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.ottawaguildofpotters. ca.

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, 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 or call Julie at 613-241-1573 ext. 233.

St. Giles Presbyterian Church at First Avenue and Bank Street will hold its Christmas Food Fair on Nov. 17, 9:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Home baking of all kinds, candy, soups, jams and jellies with deli items available and a soup and sandwich lunch with dessert. All welcome.

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 mturnau@hsf.

Nov. 21 Anaphylaxis Canada in collaboration with Health Canada will hold an Ask the Allergist session on Wed. Nov. 21, from 7 to 9:15 p.m. at the Lord Elgin Hotel, McDonald Room, 100 Elgin St. with keynote speaker Dr. Simon L. Hotte, pediatrician and allergist and clinical immunologist. Additional panelists include Health Canada and Anaphylaxis Canada representatives. For more details and to register please go to Anaphylaxis’ website,

Nov. 22

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

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. 1025.R0011691267

This time of year offers each of us a chance to stop and think about how we can improve our communities through volunteerism. Dedicated and passionate volunteers are often at the forefront of the work being done to address serious issues such as poverty, homelessness, and health and wellness.

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Nov. 24 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 enjoyment. 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 Tickets for students are $25 and adults are $30 and for a reserved ticket the costs is $35. For more information email info@ or go to the website www.

Nov. 29 Ottawa Independent Writers monthly meeting will take place on Nov. 29 on 7 p.m. at the Library and Archives Canada, Room 156, 395 Wellington St. The meeting will look at Humour in Writing - When and How to Use It; When to Avoid It. Author and current Ottawa East EMC columnist Charles Gordon will discuss the uses and abuses of humour in writing. Tickets for guests are $10. For more information please call, 613-731-3873 or

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. (613) 722-5437 or 1-877-562-5437


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Ottawa-East EMC - Thursday, November 15, 2012


Keep the heat in, and the cold out! Testimonials


“South-facing windows make for very warm rooms in summer so I was looking for a way to improve comfort and reduce cooling costs. I saw an ad for Krumpers Solar Blinds and started my research. This product (not to mention Diana and Yuri) are the cadillac of window coverings at a reasonable cost. With options to suit every window type, and a willingness to try different things to ensure happy clients, my experience was terrific. I love my Krumpers - summer and winter! Given the extremely hot summer we just had, I haven’t been able to do a perfect cost comparison - but my cooling costs did not go up with the higher temperatures - so that certainly tells you something!! Diana and Yuri keep in touch as well - making sure all of their clients know when the time is right to flip the blinds for the season. I would definitely recommend Krumpers to anyone!!” Susan Sheffield from Ottawa

Solar Blinds

“I had blinds put on the windows down the sides of the door and along the top, plus in two bedrooms, one of which was too hot in the summer and too cold in the winter. Not only are the blinds economical, they also provide some privacy. I was extremely happy with the whole process and the professionalism of the owners who personally did the initial assessment and measuring, along with the installation.” Kim McGuire from Ottawa



ith winter just around the corner, the reality of rising heating bills will be starting to set in. Energy-efficient solar blinds not only reduce these bills, but also block out harmful UV rays and keep the home comfortably Warm on cold winter days. Krumpers Solar Blinds sells and manufactures climate control solar window blinds. “The blinds protect you from UV rays, cold infiltration and heat loss in the winter, and heat gain in the summer, saving you money. Once the blinds are on glass, they are transparent,” says Diana Livshits, principal of Krumpers Solar Blinds. “You can enjoy the view, and have control over your home’s temperature.” Windows are the weakest link in any building, causing the greatest source of heat loss and heat gain. Krumpers Solar Blinds are a unique Canadian product, which allow for unobstructed view while the dual modular design allows for winter/summer climate control. The ability to reverse the system with the season makes Krumpers Solar Blinds unique, says Diana Livshits, Our blinds have 3rd party independent testing that demonstrates a reduction in heating and cooling costs by up to 41%. “Most product allow in some cold air, as well as heat loss. Krumpers blinds have three layers. Between the summer and winter sides you have a solid but clear film, which allows you to see outside while also keeping out winter drafts and actually generating heat in the winter while in the summer they reflect 72% of the heat back outside.” The Krumpers Web site has many testimonials from satisfied clients. “My apartment is 100 per cent heated with electricity and during the coldest months of the year my usage dropped by 45 per cent! Above and beyond the energy savings, the ongoing temperature comfort during cold periods and during heat waves is worth every penny of this truly “climate control” solution,” writes one client. The blinds cost $32 per square foot, including installation, and have a five-year fulll warranty. The blinds require only a wet cloth to wipe off dust and dirt. Krumpers also has engineered solutions for skylights. “People just aren’t aware of the options and how financially prudent solar solutions can be,” Diana Livshits says.


Diana Livshits of Krumpers Solar Blinds

“I live on a courtyard where other residents of my building frequently walk by. These blinds have given me daytime privacy and I can still enjoy the view. Not to mention that my heating/air conditioning costs are approx. $100/mo less. Yuri and Diana were delightful to deal with: pleasant, knowledgeable, prompt, easy to reach and great follow-up. They exemplify outstanding customer service to support the quality product they sell.. I recently had some renovations done that required the blinds be taken down. Even though it is a year since I purchased them, Yuri returned at no charge to re-install them for me. He even cleaned off the builder’s dust. In summary, Krumper’s Solar Blinds have been wonderful to deal with and their product has more than met my expectations” Lynne Avard in Ottawa

Climate Control Solar Blinds Made in Canada for the Canadian Climate, Climate Control Blinds regulate the temperature of your home year round to save on heating and cooling. Their effectiveness has been proven with independent laboratory tests and they come with a five year warranty.

How it works: In the Summer: • Keeps the cool air in by increasing your windows insulation value by up to R10 • Reflects sunlight, preventing it from heating up your home • Reduces need for air conditioning • Protects against sun damage by blocking up to 92% of harmful UV rays

• Reduces solar heat gain by 68% • Reduces glare whilst maintaining a clear view



In the Winter: • Absorbs sunlight and converts it into interior radiant heat • Protects against sun damage by blocking up to 92% of harmful UV rays • Keeps the warm air in by increasing your windows’ insulation value by up to R10 • Reduces ice build up, night time heat loss and up to 71% of cold air infiltration • Reduces glare whilst maintaining a clear view

To learn more, call 613-864-4921 or visit Ottawa-East EMC - Thursday, November 15, 2012

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November 15, 2012

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November 15, 2012