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Somerset Inside House NEWS legal battles resolved A group of residents in New Edinburgh are standing united against the city’s plan to reopen an area laneway. – Page 2


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Settlement clears the way to restore heritage building Laura Mueller

EMC news - The owner of the historic Somerset House at Somerset and Bank streets will pay the city $650,000 in a legal settlement, ending years of litigation over the property. The money represents the city’s costs for fire, police and legal services related to unauthorized restoration work on the 100-year-old building. “This is the owner paying us the amount of money the court settled on, so our costs are now covered,� said Somerset Coun. Diane Holmes. “We’ve come to an amicable agreement that he is not going to take us to court for the $2 million and we are not going to follow up with any other court proceedings.� Plans for the property remain unclear. Calls to the building’s owner, Tony Shahrasebi of TKS Holdings Inc., were not returned before this newspaper’s deadline. A motion to city council reads: “the parties have expressed a joint desire to have the proposed development at Somerset House proceed as quickly and efficiently as possible,� and the city will waive its encroachment fees “as a sign of goodwill and to further motivate TKS Holdings Inc. to act as quickly as possible in developing this site.� See COURT, page 17


Holiday cheers and tears Vanier Beautification co-chairwomen Tina Delaney, left, and Marguerite Beaulieu hold onto Francine Demers, longtime Crime Prevention Ottawa secretary for the group, centre, along with Stefan Cherry, Vanier Community Service Centre community liaison officer, and Vanier Beautification member Lucie Marleau. Demers will no longer be attending the meetings as the organization has shifted its focus to other Ottawa neighbourhoods. The group held its holiday party on Dec. 18.

Outcry prompts changes to parking lot plan No more construction zone on Lees Avenue Laura Mueller

EMC news - Public opposition to a temporary parking lot on Lees Avenue is already sparking changes from the city: a construction staging area for the light-rail system has been removed. But plans for a 360-space paved parking lot remain and around 75 resident who came

to a community meeting on Dec. 19 were not happy about it. The parking lot is needed to fulfill the city’s obligation to replace parking it will take away from the University of Ottawa’s main and Lees campuses in order to construct the light-rail system, said Matt Eason, the community liaison for the city’s light-rail office. He explained that the


city has been listening to residents’ concerns since the plans came to light two weeks ago and they have shifted the proposed lot to the front of the property in order to retain the back of the field near Springhurst Park and the Rideau River. Residents said they appreciated the gesture, but were still dismayed to learn their major green space will be taken up by a parking lot. The remaining space at the back of the lot isn’t well kept or

suitable for sports teams that use the area, such as the Ottawa Wolves Rugby Football Club and an ultimate Frisbee team. “I’m concerned about the social justice aspect,� said Andrea Chandler. “I’m unsure of the impact and whether downtown kids’ opportunities to play outside are decreasing as opportunities for suburban kids are increasing.� See MORE, page 5

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New Edinburgh residents to fight laneway opening proach to dealing with lanes, particularly since adopting new infill design guidelines earlier this year that encourage builders to use lanes for vehicle access rather than frontyard parking. Approximately 30 residents gathered in a church hall on Dec. 20 to discuss the issue and hear from city staff. The new home’s owners, Tobias Lütke and Fiona McKean, were not at the meeting, but they sent a letter for Mennier to read aloud. In the letter, the couple wrote that they knew their two-storey house likely wouldn’t be wellreceived by current residents, but they are looking forward to moving in and they will be good neighbours. “We made a conscious decision to not push the limits of what’s allowed,” the letter stated. “We can’t make everyone happy, but we can promise to be good neighbours.” Alain Miguelez, program manager for zoning, intensification and neighbourhoods in the city’s planning and growth management department, said the city is in a “rather unique situation” with this issue. Miguelez has been working on a broader laneway policy for the city, but it’s not quite ready so he couldn’t comment on what the policy will include, but he said there is a need to create a framework for how the city deals with these

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EMC news - New Edinburgh residents insist the city should be forced to inform them if it plans to re-open a long-unused laneway behind their homes, a position put forward during a community meeting on Dec. 20. Residents in the block bounded by Ivy Crescent, Bertrand Street, Vaughn and Putnam avenues only discovered there was a plan to re-instate their overgrown city laneway when they encountered surveying crews assessing the boundaries of the lane recently. After tracking down more information, they found out that the new owner of 169 Ivy Cres. had been issued a building permit that allows them to use the backyard lane for vehicular access to the property. The news that the city legally has to allow access through the laneway came as a surprise to residents on the block, many of whom have fences and mature trees in the laneway as encroachments to the rear of their backyards. “It was only by sheer accident that we found out about this,” said Martha Markowsky, who owns a rental building on Vaughn. “It really aggravates me that I’m paying taxes and I don’t have a right to know.” The issue has highlighted the complexity of the city’s ap-


Approximately 30 residents attended a community meeting on Dec. 20 to discuss the issue of a laneway between Vaughn Street and Ivy Crescent being re-opened to cars. situations. “Really, what we’re looking at are the owners of this new home making a private driveway,” said Lori Brethour, who lives in a building on the corner of Bertrand Street and would be affected by the laneway. Ivy Crescent Adrian Di Giovanni said re-opening the laneway would likely create a “conduit” for petty thefts and robberies. Miguelez said there is no hard data to show a correlation between backyard lanes and crime. An alternate opinion is that activity in the lane helps deter crime more than isolated,

protected backyards. The Dec. 20 meeting was organized by Vaughn Avenue resident Dave Mennier, who also conducted a questionnaire by polling block residents. Seventy-five per cent of people who responded to his survey said they also knew there was technically a lane in their backyards. No one was informed it could be re-opened at any time. Ninety per cent said they were opposed to re-opening the lane. But only 37.5 per cent of people said they would be interested in considering pur-

chasing the sliver of laneway that connects to their property if the city were to close the lane. More than half the residents did not respond to that question. All residents on the block completed the questionnaire except the new owners of 169 Ivy Cres. and their next-door neighbour on the corner of Bertrand. Mennier said residents have generally agreed to fight the laneway re-opening and they’ve been looking at a few different options. Step one will be gathering signatures of property own-

ers on the block to apply for a laneway closure. But during the meeting, Miguelez said that won’t be possible. “We can’t withdraw a building permit that was issued based on existing conditions,” Miguelez said. Another possible avenue is the environmental impact, Mennier said. A resident in the area said he believes there is a protected species of woodpecker living in one of the trees that would have to be cut down to re-open the lane, so pushing for some kind of environmental impact study is another option. A last resort would be looking into the legal options of enforcing “squatter’s rights” based on the city’s neglect of the laneway for so long, Mennier said. Besides fighting the reopening, Mennier expects the residents will also write a joint letter to politicians and bureaucrats at city hall requesting changes to the public notification and consultation process in similar situations regarding untraveled laneways. “We understand it’s a building-permit issue, but to us, it’s not,” said resident Mary Grainger. “It’s changing the fabric of the neighbourhood.” “The spirit of the responsibility of the city hasn’t been fulfilled in a larger sense here,” Mennier said.


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EMC news - Ottawa’s best known jesters will unveil a season of foolishness at the Company of Fools annual Twelfth Night Celebration. The event will take place at the National Arts Centre on Jan. 5. Over the course of the

evening, the company plans to reveal three upcoming productions as well as offer highlights of this past year’s 10th anniversary celebrations, where it presented its Torchlight Shakespeare production. The company will also be raising money throughout the evening, aiming to collect $5,000 to support the Fools’

winter season. As a tease to draw people to the Twelfth Night Celebration, the company has released a few details about the three productions. • One of the shows will require 18 cast members, but will have no director. • Two of the shows will require the same key character, to be played by Chris Ralph. • All three shows will be at the “pass the hatâ€? price tag. The pay-what-you-can price for this year’s productions will commemorate the

Torchlight Shakespeare’s anniversary. According to the Fools, frolic, feasting and merriment are planned to help loosen purse strings at the NAC show. The evening stars core Fools Al Connors and Scott Florence, with guests Margo MacDonald, Catriona Leger and Chris Ralph to name a few.Tickets are available through NAC box office for $25. For more information about the show, please contact the Company of Fools at 613-863-7529.

Opera Lyra sees improved results in past year

EMC news - After a rocky close to its 2011 season, Ottawa’s professional opera company has announced a happy ending to 2012. Director general John Peter Jeffries announced at a meeting on Nov. 20 that the company was now showing a $200,000 surplus on its books. The good news was attributed to the company’s move to cancel shows in the 2011 season and cut back administration costs.Jeffries said he found the surplus a positive example of the company’s ongoing efforts. “We are moving forward rapidly in our renewal program,â€? he said. “Our autumn season featured a great production of La BohĂŠme, with critical acclaim and terrific box office results.â€? The company’s touring

educational production of Cinderella also achieved good results this year. “We are just delighted with these results.� Jeffries said. Outgoing chairman Malcolm McCulloch was also pleased. “Our turnaround is being achieved in a hundred different ways, with so many helpful people,� he said. “Donors, funding agencies, audiences, performers and the staff have been marvelous.� A new board of directors was elected at the meeting, including new chairman Victor Rabinovitch. “Our renewal process has begun very well,� Rabinovitch said. The former chief executive of the Canadian Museum of Civilization and the War Museum added that Opera Lyra is working on audience outreach and marketing, as well as keeping the company’s budgets under control.

The company’s next opera will be La Traviata which will be presented in concert at the National Arts Centre in March 2013. Artistic director and conductor Tyrone Paterson will lead the production. The new board of direc-

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EMC news - Centretown groups need to tackle concerns about the area’s upcoming community design plan with a unified voice, said Somerset Coun. Diane Holmes. While the “final” version of the Centretown community design plan was released on Oct. 18, the consultant working on the project, George Dark, has been tasked with updating it again after a group of local developers submitted their own version of the proposal through Ottawa planning consultancy firm FoTenn. After more than two years of work and several delays, the completed community design plan was set to go to the planning committee for approval on Dec. 11, but it was delayed again after FoTenn made its submission to the city. Working on behalf of six or seven of Ottawa’s biggestname developers, such as Ashcroft, Claridge and Minto, FoTenn submitted a 75-page review of the city’s plan and a 25-page rewrite of the part of the city’s plan dealing with the downtown. The completed plan is now expected to be released in midJanuary and will be considered by the planning committee in February, Judy Forrest of the Centretown Citizens’ Community Association told board

members during a Dec. 18 meeting. There was some uncertainty over whether the plan would be changing. Holmes said planning committee chairman Coun. Peter Hume assured her the final draft community design plan wouldn’t change from the October version, but planning department chief John Moser told Holmes there would be changes. Dark wouldn’t say if – or how much – his final version would change. “My feeling is that the fundamentals of the plan to date are sound,” Dark wrote in an email. “The city has spent considerable time and resources on this plan and I endorse the time they are taking on revisions and editing to get it right.” The board also signed off on a letter to the city detailing the community group’s concerns about the plan. The community design plan has been in the works since May of 2010 and will replace the Centretown Plan that was drafted in the 1970s. UNITY

While a few new topics emerged on Dec. 18, Holmes said it is critical for the Centretown community association to align itself with her office and other groups like that Centretown Ottawa Community Housing Corporation to

The community association is also opposed to proposed height increases up to nine storeys in areas between Elgin and Bank streets. Also important to the community association are design guidelines aimed at creating liveable environments, large mandatory setbacks dictating how far away buildings must be from the street. FOTENN RESPONSE


Consultant George Dark presents parts of Centretown’s community design plan earlier in the year. speak with one voice. “We’re at the end of a very long process,” Holmes said during the Dec. 18 meeting. “This is a very complicated (community design plan) and councillors on the planning committee are not used to that. We need to simplify and we need to all be on the same page.” The councillor has three points she will be hammering on: the need to plan for more green space, her opposition to designating most of the core of Centretown between Kent and

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Others were concerned that the parking lot would be a stepping stone leading to construction of the controversial Alta Vista transportation corridor, which is supposed to run through the site. The city’s deputy manager of all infrastructure and planning projects, Nancy Schepers, said the city will be looking at rearranging its transportation priorities during the transportation master plan update next year and identifying which road projects need to remain on the books, or if new ones should be added. She wasn’t the only city official who hinted that the Alta Vista corridor may drop off the table next year. Residents said Eason has not been clear on whether the site at 160 Lees Ave. was the only option considered. “Really, this is the only viable option,” Eason said. He said staff looked at a few other sites in the area, but any other land is owned by other levels of government such as the National Capital Commission or Ministry of Transportation, making it complicated and unlikely that the city could get permission to use that land. Although the plans for a parking lot from 2015 through 2018 have been in the works since August, residents who

attended the Old Ottawa East Community Association-led meeting at the old town hall questioned why they and the councillor were only informed at the beginning of December. “I was not happy to find out about this proposal and have so little time to respond,” said Capital Coun. David Chernushenko. “This is the beginning of the consultation process,” Eason said. “I recognize that it feels sudden … we have to move quickly. We do strongly see this as the beginning of the consultation.” Residents didn’t share that impression and said the parking lot seems to be “fait accompli.” But Eason said a change has already been made to the format of the parking lot and with the removal of the staging area, so that shows the city is listening, he said. Eason said the information couldn’t be released any sooner because it was considered a confidential part of the bidding process before the city chose a preferred construction consortium: Rideau Transit Group. Once that decision was made, notice of the rezoning for the requested temporary lot was sent out immediately, he said. Residents have until Jan. 4 to submit comments to matt. Eason also fielded questions about why the city is providing

362 spaces when it is only taking 230 spaces away from the university. He said that number was arrived upon after negotiations with the university as a way to compensate for premium spaces being removed at the downtown campus. Local resident Rick Burrows was one of several people to ask if the city and university had discussed any other opportunities for compensation, such as discounted transit passes for students and staff as a way to get them them to take transit instead of driving. “I’m surprised that as an institution of higher learning they couldn’t have a more innovative plan,” said resident Jamie Girard. Others worried that students wouldn’t be interested in parking a 30-minute walk away from campus and waiting for a shuttle bus. Residents said they expect the lot to remain mostly empty and that Sandy Hill will be flooded with extra cars parking on the streets. University officials were aware of the meeting but weren’t invited. Patrick Charette, a spokesman for the university, refused to comment about other options. “The University does not comment on negotiations, other than to say both sides have approved the resulting memorandum of understanding,” he wrote in an email.

Elgin streets and her opposition to designating Somerset Street West as a “secondary mainstreet” between O’Connor and Elgin streets. Those concerns are shared by the community association in its letter, with a couple additions. Regarding Somerset Street, the community association says those two blocks of Somerset don’t have much in common with the rest of the stretch, which is more commercial. “But the two blocks from O’Connor to Elgin are very

different in character, and have more in common with the section of Somerset from Elgin to the canal – which is designated residential,” reads the letter. Designating much of the area between Kent and Elgin as mixed-use is “is a negative step that serves no purpose,” the letter states. The change will only result in residential buildings being converted into offices and new buildings having offices and retail on the ground floors, removing residents’ relationship with the street.

The community association also tabled a response to FoTenn’s submission. In it, the group flatly rejects most of the planning firm’s assertions that mixing commercial and office uses with residential dwellings on most Centertown properties is a sustainable form of development. The councillor also had nothing positive to say about the FoTenn submission, except that it gives the city advance notice about the types of things developers will be arguing when they inevitably appeal the community design plan to the Ontario Municipal Board. “George (Dark) is quite pleased (about the FoTenn submission) because it gives him something to take to the OMB and be prepared,” Holmes said, calling the submission “very weak” and “very transparent.”

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Capital Muse the biggest leap in green since the blue box program was introduced in the 1980s. A few weeks ago, I saw an interview with Jon Dwyer on TVOâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s The Agenda. The chief executive of Flax Energy in Toronto, Dwyer is another green entrepreneur who sees the value of not reinventing the wheel when it comes to making a transition to a green new world. Flax Energy makes about six different products out of flax seeds, everything from animal food to flax diesel. The beauty of it is you donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t need a special vehicle or a modified tank to use Flax Energyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s fuel product. Any vehicle that runs on diesel can use flax diesel instead of regular diesel. Dwyer said the goal was to find and manufacture a green alternative to petroleum without asking consumers to change the way they consume. That means selling the product from a privatelybased firm â&#x20AC;&#x201C; without government subsidies paid for by taxpayers â&#x20AC;&#x201C; and selling the product at the same price as

the product itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s replacing. Normally, when it comes to green, says Dwyer, â&#x20AC;&#x153;weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re asking people to change their habits. But if you really want something to be sustainable, it has to mimic the item itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s replacing. Our business is fundamentally predicated on the economics of oil. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s probably the best economic model in history,â&#x20AC;? he said. As Dwyer tells it, flax, like petroleum, has one input and multiple outputs. Thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s lots of it available. And when his company is harvesting, itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s using combines running on its own flax diesel, and shipping those seeds by trucks running on, you guessed it, flax diesel. The hardest thing in the world is to change human behaviour. Dwyer knows it, and Steve Kaminski at Terra20 knows it too. They want to change the world, but they know the only way that will happen is if they can encourage consumers to change without making them feel like they have to sacrifice something to get there.

EMC news - A new committee in Lowertown aims to look at all issues related to homelessness in the neighbourhood. Created with the support of Rideau-Vanier Coun. Mathieu Fleuryâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s office, the committee will focus first on homelessness in the community. The Lowertown Community Association first announced the move at its annual general meeting on Nov. 12. The committeeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s first event saw members meet with staff from the shelters in the neighbourhood. Fleury said the meeting was meant to inform, educate and have a dialogue with the community, something the councillor has been keen to participate in since was elected. Lowertown residents Dwight Burgess and Shannon Poole will head the committee. â&#x20AC;&#x153;This is the sort of the thing we needed from the community association to be proactive in the community and inform residents about the meetings and committeeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s results,â&#x20AC;? Fleury said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;In Sandy Hill we have the Town and Gown committee ... (and) we wanted to have something similar in Lowertown, but needed residentsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;

participation. Now we do, so it is good because we can have a broad discussion about the issues.â&#x20AC;? Association president Marc Aubin is happy the neighbourhood is participating. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We want to be a partner in looking at this issue,â&#x20AC;? he said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;It may be the city and the provinceâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s problem, but it is our community and we are living with it.â&#x20AC;? The larger scope of the committee, Aubin said, would be to address crime and other levels of poverty in the neighbourhood. But for now, it is all about gaining knowledge. â&#x20AC;&#x153;That is the number one thing: to inform ourselves and inform our residents,â&#x20AC;? he said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Then we will be able to talk about what more we can do. â&#x20AC;&#x153;It is something that residents have been mentioning the need for since I have been engaged as president.â&#x20AC;? What, if any, influence the association can have on the issue, Aubin said, is not necessarily the point. Instead, it is to help where help may be needed. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I think ultimately we would like to be a partner at the table. We want to improve our communication with organizations in the community.â&#x20AC;? Fleury agreed, adding the



focal point for now remains on educating residents on the shelters and organizations at work in the neighbourhood. The Lowertown community has a number of homeless shelters and many crime prevention programs, including Lowertown Our Home. Run out of the Lowertown Community Resource Centre, the Crime Prevention Ottawa initiative focuses on youth and children in the Lowertown east neighbourhood. Fleury said this new committee is not to dismiss what that organization already does, but to create a wider discussion concerns in the neighbourhood. The committeeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s first meeting was very informal, Fleury said, with residents, a representative from the Ottawa police and the executive director of Sheppardâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s of Good Hope in attendance. In the new year, Fleury said the meetings will be about connecting with Crime Prevention Ottawa and Ottawa Community Housing. â&#x20AC;&#x153;But first, the meetings will be about education, and establish understanding before we can engage specific ideas,â&#x20AC;? Fleury said. Residents interested in joining the committee can contact Fleuryâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s office by calling 613580-2482.


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A civic wish list for the new year


ather than looking back at the year that was, letâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s look ahead to what lies in store for the city of Ottawa and its residents in the coming 12 months. Yes, there were significant events in the history of this city last year -- the Lansdowne Park court decisions and the approval of the light rail plan stand out as two of the biggest -- but with those things in the past, what does the turning of the calendar

year have in store for us? If we had our way, here are a few things that we think everyone living here can agree would be good things for the capital. With any luck, the Ontario Liberal party will wrap its leadership contest up in due course and recall the legislature as soon as possible in the new year, allowing the entire province to get on with the business of rejuvenating Ontario. Between labour conflicts, questionable

conduct by elected officials, troubled government agencies and a stagnant economy, there is too much that needs to be sorted out at Queenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Park for the prorogation to last much longer. Speaking of labour strife, we hope the Ministry of Education and teachersâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; federations can come to an agreement that allows for our children to receive the education they deserve under conditions that allow government to rein in the

deficit while respecting the collective bargaining rights of teachers. Thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a tough task considering the current climate, but itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s the challenge at hand. Closer to home, Ottawa needs to finally move forward with the Presto program or move on. A system that makes the most of existing technology to ensure maximum convenience for transit riders while minimizing cost and increasing efficiency for OC Transpo is

what we expect. If Metrolinx, the provincial agency behind Presto, canâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t deliver this type of system, the city needs to find someone who can. With the cityâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Official Plan up for review, now is the time to bring the preamalgamation patchwork of zoning bylaws under one roof, making planning easier for staff and the rules easier to understand for developers and residents alike. When it comes to transparency, the city needs to prove its commitment to openness by being upfront about projects such as the temporary parking lot on

Lees Avenue. Over the fiveplus years itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s expected to take to finish the LRT project this isnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t going to be the only temporary measure the city will need to take, but it can surely do so in a more transparent way. There are other things weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;d like to see, too: the return of professional hockey to the ice at Scotiabank Place, more work to make Ottawa one of North Americaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s most cyclingfriendly city and the genesis of planning for Canadaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 150th birthday in 2017. We accomplished much as a city in 2012. Letâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s keep up the good work in 2013.


A bit of perspective for 2012 CHARLES GORDON Funny Town


n the midst of all this seasonal joy and hilarity and sing-songing and retrospecting, there is a constant need for perspective, an imperative to bring us back to earth. With that in mind, this is exactly the right time to present the Worst Ideas of 2012, with a special emphasis on the National Capital Region. 1. A casino for downtown. What more needs to be said? Negligible contribution to the economy, if any, social problems galore. The truly classy cities of the world shun casinos. It would be nice if we could be among them. Think how it would improve the life, not to mention the image of the city, if downtown got a new library instead of a new casino. 2. Two-tier recess. This one might have gone unnoticed if not for coverage in the Citizen. Some elementary schools are adopting a plan under which special programs are available at recess for children whose parents fork over the money. Can you imagine any responsible educator even looking once at such a program? The kids with less money stand and watch the kids with more money have fun? The reason we have public schools is so that every child can receive the same level of education. If these programs are that good, the school boards should pay for them and make them available to all. Either that or ditch the idea altogether. 3. Robocalls, political or otherwise. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s bad enough that they have been allowed to intrude into elections, but even without that itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s bad. Why should machines be allowed to disturb us in our homes? Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s bad enough that telemarketers interrupt our dinners, but at least these are

human beings earning a meagre wage. Ban the robocalls. If we are to be called, let a human being do the dialing, for Peteâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s sake, and pay him some money. 4. Social media â&#x20AC;&#x201D; or, more precisely, talking about social media. Facebook, Twitter and whatnot are either going to survive or not. Who knows? But do the mainstream media have to be so fixated on them, as if they were as newsworthy as war, starvation or, more to the point, climate change? A related bad idea in the mainstream media is treating Twitter feeds as if they were news. Nobody cares about somebodyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 140 characters and, as weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve seen in recent tragic events, they are often horrendously wrong. 5. Siri. Hey, you can talk to you phone and tell it what to do. You can tell it to play you a samba or call your uncle. You can ask your phone where the nearest sushi is. What a contribution to mankind. Think of the useful products that could be coming out of our economic system, think of the serious problems our economic system could be solving if it wasnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t expending all its creative energy on phones. 6. Condos. Enough already. Our city needs at least some small houses, small stores. Weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re losing them every day as new condos rise, ever higher. The arguments for intensification are familiar to us all. But this is getting too intense. Since this a complicated world, we must take account of some ideas that are iffy. They may be good, they may be bad. Weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll just have to wait and see. In this category we would place such things as postal delivery changes, every-other-week garbage pickup and additional lanes on the Queensway. We shouldnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t omit thoughts of the best ideas of the year. There were some. As always, the NCC Christmas lights were gorgeous downtown, although perhaps a bit cut back, in the Scrooge-ish spirit of the times. The Rink of Dreams at City Hall is terrific. Check it out at night if you havenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t seen it. By yearâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s end it will have accommodated more skaters than the National Hockey League. And finally, hereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a good idea that not everyone expected: light rail.

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Yasir Naqvi, MPP

Looking back at the year that was

Improving Health Care In Our Community Earlier this year, our government proudly announced the Action Plan for Health Care. This strategy will transform the system so families get the best care when and where they need it. This plan is essential for highquality patient care while better managing our precious health care dollars. The Action Plan gives Ontarians better access to family doctors and health professionals, and shifts some routine procedures in hospitals to non-proďŹ t, community-based clinics. This means treatment is performed faster, under the same high-quality standards, for a lower cost. All this saves patients time, keeps them healthier, and reduces hospitalization. Offering residents more options for home and community care, so they live healthier and more independent lives, is a key component of the Action Plan. Recently, Ottawaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Local Health Integration Network (LHIN) announced an additional $11.1 million in annual funding for new community-based services. This will provide more home-care services such as nursing and personal support to local seniors, and improve services for people with mental health conditions. Investments like these help local residents, particularly seniors, stay out of hospital. It will help free-up hospital and long-term care beds, shorten emergency room waits and reduce the number of re-admitted patients. In addition, 90,000 more Ontario seniors will receive care at home, thanks to an additional three million personal support worker hours over the next three years. I am also pleased to report that in November we reached an agreement with the Ontario Medical Association (OMA). It protects and builds on the gains we have made for patients over the last nine years, and supports the systemâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s ďŹ scal sustainability for future generations.

Finally, we got the Hintonburg Hub! Our community tirelessly advocated for this project for several years, and I believe it is exactly what we need to improve primary care in our community. I was proud to join Somerset West Community Health Centre (SWCHC) and the Champlain LHIN in November to announce that the SWCHC has purchased a building at 30 Rosemount Avenue, with the LHIN providing $334,000 in annual operational funding to make the project a reality. This will greatly expand health care and social services to Hintonburg and Wellington West, serving 1,100 residents. I am very pleased that the SWCHC, the LHIN, and the Ministry of Health were able to come together on this innovative partnership. 1227.R0011832392

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A year has passed since Overbrook residents started up their neighbourhood watch program and while participation has been growing, organizers have said there is a long way to go before the entire community is covered by watchful eyes. Overbrook residents held their ďŹ rst neighbourhood watch meeting in January 2011 to generate interest in starting up a streetbased program.The group has much to celebrate: the creation of three fully-functioning watches, the registration of more than 100 members and the closure of a troubled back alley street. â&#x20AC;&#x153;A lot of the real beneďŹ t will be once we have a one-to-one, neighbour-to-neighbour-to-neighbour network of watchers,â&#x20AC;? said David Stambrook, Glynn Avenue neighbourhood watch captain. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Then we will have built a chain with enough people that you are covered from one street end to the other.â&#x20AC;? The next step for Stambrook is to keep the process going, including working with Vanierâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s neighbourhood watch to share ideas and strategies. The owner of a 100-yearold Centretown house watched ďŹ re crews douse a blaze at his home on Monday, Jan. 9, saying he was happy the ďŹ re was quickly contained and no one was hurt. Police ofďŹ cers patrolling the neighbourhood on bicycles spotted the ďŹ re at 179 Waverley St. and ďŹ reďŹ ghters were on the scene by 1:45 p.m. The two-alarm ďŹ re saw ďŹ&#x201A;ames busting through the second storey windows of the structure, but ďŹ reďŹ ghters


A house on Waverley Street still smokes after a fire started on the second floor of the three storey, 100-year-old home on Jan. 9. Police and Ottawa Fire Services were on the scene at 1:45 p.m. The second alarm fire had flames busting through the second storey windows but fire fighters had contained the fire to the second and third storeys of the home. The fire was extinguished by 2:54 p.m. quickly contained the blaze, which had spread to the third ďŹ&#x201A;oor and attic. The ďŹ re was extinguished by 2:54 p.m. Homeowner Tony Gariano was just glad no one was hurt. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I knew my wife was not home so I was not worried about here, but all the things up there, the furniture, all that can be replaced,â&#x20AC;? Gariano said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I am glad it wasnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t any worse.â&#x20AC;? The ďŹ re is believed to have started on the second storey and then spread to the third ďŹ&#x201A;oor and attic. The house has undergone a few renovations over the past few years, he said, but was not currently under construction. The damages to the building have been estimated

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Here is a look at some of the community stories we covered in the ďŹ rst half of 2012.

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at $450,000 with content damages estimated at $200,000. The newest cadet troop in the east end hosted an open house on Jan. 16 to encourage more students aged 12 to 18 to come out and join their fun. The 3018 Cadet Troop is only three months old and currently has 12 members. Troop leaders are looking to expand the group to about 25 members and the open house at Ashbury College was an opportunity for students to meet the troop. â&#x20AC;&#x153;It is a great way to learn about leadership and there are a bunch of opportunities once you are in the troop,â&#x20AC;? said Jeff Mierins, one of the troopâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s organizers. FEBRUARY

A new community-driven shadow city council is being created to ensure Ottawa residents can voice their concerns about the environment to their municipal government. The initiative, brought forward by Ecology Ottawa, was organized and created through existing members. The concept is to have a committee which stands as an alternative city council on the environment. Janice Ashworth, community organizer for Ecology Ottawa said the shadow council will be made up of 12 to 15 Ottawa residents who will consolidate and advocate environmental issues. There are 90 neighbourhoods identiďŹ ed inside the city limits by Ecology Ottawa Ashworth said. The goal is to have every neighbourhood represented and involved in the shadow council, but the council will move forward now, even if some neighbourhoods arenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t in the mix yet. A new pilot project starting up in Sandy Hill will bring university students and home owners together to create a better community dynamic after years of disputes between transient renters and hom-

eowners. The constant problem of noise, garbage, parking and poor property standards in Sandy Hill made residents ďŹ nally say enough is enough. Christopher Collmorgen, president of Action Sandy Hill, the community association began to investigate what happens in university neighbourhoods in other cities to shed light on some best practices currently in use. Working with residents, students, university staff, city staff, police and a representative from Rideau-Vanier Coun. Mathieu Fleuryâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s ofďŹ ce, the committee will address everything from garbage to parties to 311 calls and police calls. In a neighbourhood where residents have become more and more frustrated by calling the police or the city or even the university with complaints and seeing no permanent resolution to the problems, Collmorgen said he believes the town and gown committee will result in action. A new seven-storey building will soon occupy an empty lot on Montreal Road in the heart of Quartier Vanier. The property at 250 Montreal Rd., purchased by the Franco-Ontarian Teachers Association, is a vacant lot at the corner of Dupuis Street and Montreal Road. A portion of the property is currently a temporary parking lot. The association announced their plans to build a seven-storey retail space on the lot during a meeting in Vanier on Feb. 13. Place DupuisĂ&#x2030;diďŹ ce AEFO will be a glass and red-concrete building with pedestrian-friendly shops and eateries. The timeline for the building is moving rather quickly, with calls for proposals from construction companies starting in April and plans to break ground in June. The association plans on moving in by December 2013. See BRIDGES, page 11


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A five-year plan to build a school play structure at Assumption School will now take place in a single day thanks to the Police Chief Vern White. White announced the good news at Assumption School in Vanier on Feb. 24. Principal Luce Paradis had invited the chief to the school to thank him for all the help he has given for their fundraising campaigns this past year and to wish him well when he takes his place in the Senate. White took this opportunity to deliver the good news. “You will be getting a new playground structure and it will be built all in one day,” White said. When the students heard the news about the playground structure, everyone cheered. The structure, as White announced, will be built all in one day in June 2012. The goal now is to get the community ready for what lies ahead. Paradis said everyone with a hammer will have to be ready for the big day. As residents begin to prepare for the next round of interprovincial bridge consultations, the consultants working on this stage of the project held impromptu meetings throughout February to directly define corridor segments for each

potentially affected community. The upcoming assessment study will help determine the best place for a bridge across the Ottawa River, which will add another link from Quebec to Ontario and help re-route trucks from the downtown core. But despite a series of public consultations, many east end residents remain uncertain of the National Capital Commission-led process that will decide the future location of the bridge. The February meetings asked residents to help define their particular corridor and the types of mitigation needed to make each proposed corridor a viable option. Residents from each of the proposed areas have expressed concerns about the impact the bridge would have on the community. A public consultation for a proposed Vanier development saw residents from several east-end communities debate the merits of vital community growth and view corridors from Beechwood Cemetery. Residents from Vanier, Rockcliffe Park and Lindenlea filled a small, hot room on March 19, voicing their concerns at the consultation hosted in Vanier by Rideau-Vanier Coun. Mathieu Fleury’s office to discuss a development proposed for 222 Beechwood Ave. Domicile Developments Inc. presented their proposal

for a building at the site of an existing Esso gas station that would feature four-stories along Beechwood, but with a 10-storey setback. The Vanier Community Association sees the proposal as an opportunity to beautify their neighbourhood but residents living on the north side of Beechwood are concerned about the height of the proposal, which is four storeys higher than the area’s community design plan allows for. For the development to move forward, Domicile is requesting an amendment to the existing zoning bylaw. Rideau-Rockcliffe residents also voiced their concern of the potential infringement of the protected sightlines running from the cemetery to Parliament Hill. Domicile said the view is protected, as the front portion of the new building is only four storeys high and set at an angle which does not obstruct the view. Residents, however, were not ready to take this at face value.


The Ottawa Inuit Children’s Centre has been nominated for a Great Grants Award from the Ontario Trillium Foundation. The centre, which opened its doors in 2007, has been progressively offering services for Inuit families in Ottawa, providing everything from daycare to full-day kindergarten to after school programs.


A major reconstruction project scheduled for a section of Sussex Drive in Lowertown has put the future of several Lowertown houses, including former governor general Adrienne Clarkson’s first Canadian home, in doubt. See ROCKCLIFFE, page 12


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Rockcliffe parent council money goes missing council and an investigation was initiated. MAY

A Glebe resident with a keen interest in the area’s heritage will have the chance to document that history thanks to a grant from an Ottawa advocacy group. Andrew Elliott was recently awarded the $1,000 Gordon Cullingham Research and Publication Grant by Heritage Ottawa, which he’ll use for expenses related to his proposed heritage research project in the Glebe. He is enlisting members of the Glebe Community Association heritage committee to help him with the project, which will examine the histories of nearly 135 buildings in an area between Monkland and Clemow avenues from the Rideau Canal to Bronson Avenue. Elliott is looking forward to getting his neighbours interested in the history of the area. Lowertown residents had the opportunity to view the latest plans for a major city project to revitalize the oldest urban park in Ottawa during a public consultation on April 23. See FINAL, page 14

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Katherine Chartrand and her daughter Keesha O’Drane moved into their new apartment at 245 Crichton St. in February. The mother said she and her six-month-old are enjoying their new space and took some time to hang out with fellow New Edinburgh residents at a community barbecue on June 6.

The city is planning to widen and add cycling lanes along Sussex, a project that would see National Capital Commission-owned houses at 273, 275, 277 and 279 Sussex Dr. demolished. One of the houses, located at 277 Sussex Dr., holds a small place in Canadian history, as it would become the first home in Canada for a future governor general. Adrienne Clarkson and her family lived there when they first arrived in the country in 1942, when she was three years old. Her family arrived as refugees, fleeing the Japanese occupation of Hong Kong and lived in the home until 1945. Clarkson vividly recalls the old furnace in the basement and how hard her family worked to fix up the old apartment. It would take more than 50 years for Clarkson to return to the area, taking up residence at Rideau Hall – located at 1 Sussex Dr. – as the 26th governor general of Canada. “It was full of memories,” Clarkson said of the much more modest home in the working-class neighbourhood of Lowertown. “I have always thought it was quite a miracle that it was still there.” But that miracle is currently living on borrowed time.

Police are investigating after the school council at Rockcliffe Park Public School reported more than $70,000 missing from its bank account, posing a threat to a number of programs. The problem is particularly acute for an after-school daycare program which will cease operating unless it receives payment by April 20. “I think it is fair to say no one ever thought we would be in this position,” said Julie Vanderschot, a council member. The school gym was standing room only on April 10 for the school council meeting as the news of the missing funds left parents both shocked and angered. The council is responsible for money generated by a number of programs for students at the school, including milk and a pizza lunch program. The money helps fund things such as school trips and the afterschool homework club. The missing funds were brought to light when Bettye Hyde, the provider of the after-school daycare program, notified parents the program had not been paid since December 2011 and the council had an outstanding balance of $35,000. It was in late March that police were contacted a second time by the

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Established in 1852, Jules Morin Park, once known as Anglesea Square, became the first piece of land the city of Ottawa set aside for public use. Currently the park is two tiered; with two baseball diamonds and a field house on one level, and a playground structure and wading pool on the other. The plan is to make the park all one level with a new field house and sports field. Speaking at the consultation, Rideau-Vanier Coun. Mathieu Fleury said it is important for the park to remain an urban public space accessible to all. A number of Lowertown’s parks have received upgrades in the past few years. Starting in 2009, residents rallied to renew

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Bordeleau Park and Bingham Park. Now it is Jules Morin Park’s turn. Debts owed by the Rockcliffe Park School Council will be paid off in part by using the school’s book fair money following the discovery that more than $75,000 went missing from the council’s bank account. The council’s board of directors is responsible for money generated by a number of programs for students at the school, including milk and a pizza lunch programs. The money helps fund things such as school trips and an after-school homework club. After discovering more than $75,000 was missing from their bank accounts in late March, the council spent the month of April trying to sort through accounts owing and sought to secure a loan to cover any liabilities. At a May 8 meeting, the council announced the payment plan to parents. JUNE

Concerns over the behaviour of residents at an Ottawa Community Housing-owned complex in Old Ottawa South has reached a tipping point for one area resident. Over the past year, Muthanna Subbaiah has become troubled by the number of incidents caused by residents living at the complex at 507 Riverdale Ave. The street has been anything but quiet according to Subbaiah, who is among several residents to raise concerns about the issue. The latest incident involved a man urinating on a shared fence on Subbaiah’s property, which prompted him to write to his local politicians and the chief of police. Subbaiah brought attention to a number of other concerns in his letter: drinking, threats, thefts and fights. He also indicated suspicions of drugs being sold on the premises. Subbaiah said he moved to his home on Cameron Avenue in 2008. He has two young children and said he loves the neighbourhood. He said he is hoping his letter would encourage elected officials to make change happen at the problem address. Residents have one month left to voice their concerns about the preferred options for the proposed east-end interprovincial bridge. It has been a year since the National Capital Commission awarded Roche-Genivar the environmental assessment contract to determine which of the three east-end bridge corridors, Kettle Island, Lower Duck Island and McLaurin Bay, would have the least impact on area residents and surrounding environment. See SPLASH, page 16


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The final public open house, held on June 12 at the Shenkman Arts Centre in Orleans drew hundreds of interested residents. “It is extremely important for residents to comment - it is why we are here - and the community groups work with us,” said Christopher Gordon, project manager for Roche-Genivar. “But to ensure we haven’t missed anything, we need to get the general public out. The more we understand, the better we are able to present the best option.” Children of all ages will finally have the chance to cool off at the Brewer Park splash pad if the much-delayed project is completed by June 29, the latest completion date given by the city. A project to improve the upper lever of the Brewer Park water play area was initially announced in April 2011. At the time, the city planned to have the play area complete for the summer of 2011, but the project was later rescheduled to open in the

spring of 2012. That date was subsequently pushed ahead again and the project is now scheduled to be completed just before Canada Day weekend. In an email, city spokesman Barre Campbell said the delay has been because of challenges with a water slide, which will be a main feature for the renovated play area. On June 7, the Ottawa South Community Association posted an update from the city on its website concerning the water play area, stating technical issues with the custom-designed slide and railings for the ramp had caused delays. The update indicated the play area was set to open on June 22. Capital Coun. David Chernushenko said the delays have been very disappointing, adding he is sympathetic with residents who are disappointed.“When it doesn’t open when we are told it will open, well, it feeds into the skepticism about the city’s contracts,” he said. “With delays with bridges, Presto cards, unfortunately, the public starts to wonder if anyone in the city knows how to manage a contract.”


John Brooman, executive director of the Tim Hortons Ottawa Dragon Boat Festival helped sturdy a boat after it was launched into the Rideau River at Mooney’s Bay on June 4. After being launched, the boats were ferried across to the Rideau Canoe Club. The festival will take place on June 22 to 24 with more than 200 teams competing.

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EMC news - Calling the vote a historic moment for the city, Mayor Jim Watson and the rest of city council voted unanimously in favour of a $2.13-billion contract to build a light-rail system. The Dec. 19 vote marks Ottawaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s growth into a truly â&#x20AC;&#x153;big city,â&#x20AC;? said Alta Vista councillor and planning committee chairman Peter Hume. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re about to graduate to a big city,â&#x20AC;? Hume said during the Dec. 19 council meeting. Other councillors, including transit commission chairwoman and Gloucester-Southgate Coun. Diane Deans, said it is votes like this that remind her of the weight of her office. â&#x20AC;&#x153;There are few days in the life of a municipal politician that mean this much,â&#x20AC;? Deans said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We are changing the direction of the cityâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s future.â&#x20AC;? The 12.5-kilometre eastwest rail system, dubbed Confederation Line, will connect Tunneyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Pasture and Blair Road and include a tunnel downtown between Bronson Avenue and east of the Rideau Centre. The only new information about the project was the chosen construction consortiumâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s

commitment to double the number of bicycle parking spaces to 600. The additional 300 spaces will not be weather protected, but 240 of the original planned spaces will have protection from the elements. Councillors criticized the small number of planned bike parking spaces when they debated the project as committee of the whole on Dec. 12. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We understand the importance of cycling amenities in this city and we hope that this gesture will be well received by Ottawa cycling advocates, Ottawa city council and the general public,â&#x20AC;? a letter from the Rideau Transit Group consortium reads. Local advocacy group Citizens for Safe Cycling did not respond to a request for comment before this newspaperâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s deadline. The consortium and city staff have also said they would ensure space is identified for future bike-parking expansions, as necessary. Kitchissippi Coun. Katherine Hobbs also asked for a review of cyclist and pedestrian safety for roads that will be used as bus-detour routes when the bus Transitway is being converted to a rail line to the east and west of downtown. Rideau Transit Groupâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s


Councillors and the mayor gather in council chambers after the Dec. 19 vote to approve the light-rail contract. quick action on councilâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s bikeparking criticism is a good sign for the companiesâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; working relationship with the city, said Knoxdale-Merivale Coun. Keith Egli. Orleans Coun. Bob Monette said he was happy to support the light-rail contract even though his wardâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s residents will have to wait for a later phase before the trains come to them. â&#x20AC;&#x153;You have to start somewhere,â&#x20AC;? Monette said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We need to rectify the downtown core before we go elsewhere. You cannot build a transportation network without building the foundation.â&#x20AC;? Somerset Coun. Diane Holmes, whose ward will be home to the tunnel and four of the stations, said it is essential that the city move quickly to give Queen Street a facelift, as envisioned in a study called

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Downtown Moves. The tunnel will run under Queen Street, so many transit users are expected to flood that street when they emerge from the underground stations, and the sidewalks and street must be able to handle that, Holmes said. Rideau-Vanier Coun. Mathieu Fleury made a similar request about funding and options for streetscaping the section of Rideau Street between Sussex Drive and Dalhousie, where Rideau station will be. Holmes also formally requested that staff investigate the possibility of a covered pedestrian connection between the Ottawa Convention Centre/ Rideau Centre and the National Arts Centre at Confederation Square. Informal discussions about the link have been ongoing. Construction and tunnel digging will start next year.

A shell of the Somerset House has stood at 352 Somerset St. W. on the Centretown corner since the fall of 2007, when TKS Holdings was working on the underpinnings of the buildingâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s foundation without a permit. On Oct. 19, 2007, the building partially collapsed, closing off parts of Bank and Somerset streets until Dec. 19, 2007. That road closure wasnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t cheap and the cityâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s costs mounted as the chief building official issued a demolition order because she worried the building could collapse at any moment. Shahrasebi obtained a court order to have the demolition done in stages to save part of the building, as long as it was in a safe condition, but much of the structure save for the façade and a side wall were torn down. The once-vibrant building has remained that way â&#x20AC;&#x201C; covered with graffiti and open to the elements â&#x20AC;&#x201C; for four years because the city and Shahrasebi were locked in a court battle. In a legal decision in January of 2012, TKS Holdings was ordered to pay the city 75 per

cent of what the municipal government said it cost to carry out the demolition, road closures and other work as a result of the emergency work order. Shahrasebi appealed the order and filed a separate $5-million lawsuit against the city, according to city documents. The $650,000 settlement resolves all litigation between the city and TKS Holdings. The January decision prompted surrounding business owners to hope restoration work would begin quickly. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s an eyesore,â&#x20AC;? Eli Hanna, manager of Gabrielâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Pizza, said last January. His restaurant faces the building from the north side of Somerset Street. He said customers frequently ask him what is happening with the decrepit building across the street, but Hanna has no answers. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t know what to tell them,â&#x20AC;? he said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t even know who owns it.â&#x20AC;? Hanna said the heritage style of the building is attractive and it would be nice to restore it, but even if itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s torn down and something else is built in its place, Hanna would be happy. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Just do something,â&#x20AC;? he said.


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EMC news - Even in these lean times it seems the gift of giving hasn’t lost its lustre. Ottawa’s annual United Way Campaign passed the $24 million mark last week on its way towards a $30 million fundraising goal. The number is significant, considering that for the past two years monies raised have fallen just shy of the campaign goal. Help meet that goal, the United Way has extended the campaign period to the end of March, the first time in its history it has gone beyond the traditional 10-week period. As well this year, an online store was launched where people can donate in someone’s name as a gift, while the service

sends them a personalized message. “This is a great idea for those people you know who have everything,” said RideauVanier Coun. Mathieu Fleury, a campaign co-chairman, of the new Gift of Change system. “You give them a chance to make a difference in someone’s life.” Fleury, who shares his duties with Angie Poirier of Majic 100 and CTV Morning Live, was thrilled to able to take on the responsibility associated with the high-profile campaign. He’s pleased with the progress so far. “To hear how far we have come, it is amazing,” said Fleury. “$24 million is a lot of money … but the need is much greater, even greater than the goal we have set.”

grab two spoons, one of the Beam boys would tune up his guitar and someone would call for a square. The youngest of us would

put into my bed. I would be wearing the same clothes I had worn that evening. The only thing missing would be my galoshes, so I often didn’t have to get dressed for church the next morning. When the party was at our house, I always hoped there would be some cookies or slab cake left to be enjoyed on Sunday, but there wouldn’t be a crumb of left. By Sunday morning, everything in the kitchen would


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they seemed to know they were expected to stay put, which always amazed me. Enough food would be brought to feed half of Renfrew County. Sandwiches filled 11-quart baskets which had been lined with spanking clean flour bag tea towels. These were of the simplest kind: roast pork, roast beef, egg salad -- canned salmon was unheard of. Anyone who wanted to be real fancy, brought bologna, which was my very favourite. Slab cakes and molasses cookies were taken out to the summer kitchen to keep chilled and covered with more tea towels. Before anyone arrived, Mother would have the big shiny kettle boiling and at least two white aluminum tea pots simmering with green tea on the back of the stove. Of course there were no clothes closets, so the coats were piled on the nearest bed and it always amazed me that no one went home wearing some else’s coat. Around the kitchen stove, galoshes and rubber boots were kept warm for the trip home. At our house, the baking table was moved into the parlour for euchre and another game was always going on around the old pine table in the kitchen. There was much pounding of fists, loud laughing, and frivolity at both tables and I often wondered if they took the game as seriously as I thought they did. Music filled the house. Uncle Alec Thom would bring his fiddle, Mother would take her mouth organ out of its blue velvet box, Father would

be upstairs in a bedroom playing Parcheesi or jacks and as the night wore on, it wasn’t unusual for five or six of us to stretch out crossways on a bed and fall asleep. When the Saturday night house party was at a neighbour’s home and I was one of the ones bedded down, it was a mystery to me how I would wake up the next morning in my own bed. I would have no recollection of being carried out to the sleigh, or of being


hat was left of the Christmas tree was dragged out to the back of the woodshed. Standing in the kitchen, in the farthest corner away from the Findlay Oval, was not enough to save the sprigs of the Spruce tree, most of which had been swept up and fed into the fire box. The decorations, loops of silver rope saved year after year, the clip-on candle holders which always terrified Mother, so sure was she the whole place would go up in smoke, and the few felt animals we attached to the branches, were finally wrapped in issues of the Renfrew Mercury and packed away for another year. The house was back to normal and a new year was beginning. It was time to get back to the Saturday night house parties. In the summer time, most of the community activities centred around the church, but in the winter socializing was done in the homes. I loved the Saturday night house parties. No formal invitations were necessary and it was beyond me how anyone knew where the party was being held. My much older and wiser sister, Audrey, said she was sure Central would simply start ringing everyone who had a phone and told them where the next party was taking place. At that time in my life, I thought that was a perfect explanation. When the party was at our house, everything movable was shoved against the kitchen walls to make way for the square dancers. Of course the house had to be cleaned from top to bottom too. Even the bedrooms upstairs had to be readied -- that’s where the youngest of us ended up. Neighbours started coming early in the evening. Horses and sleighs lined up in the yard. None had to be tied as

be back to normal. Mother and Audrey would have washed the dishes, and the furniture would all be back in place. The parlour door would once again be closed and a braided mat rolled up against it. There was no need to heat a room that was never used in the winter time except for the Saturday night house party. And so it went all winter long. As normal as going to church every Sunday or going into Renfrew to peddle chickens and butter, the Saturday night house party was a way of life back in those Depression years. The price was right too.

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Make food safety part of your holiday menu EMC lifestyle - Whether you are eating at home or at one of the city’s many restaurants, Ottawa Public Health is reminding residents to keep food safety top of mind during this busy and festive time of year. Residents can avoid foodborne illness by following safe food handling, storage and cooking practices at home, and by choosing restaurants that consistently meet safety guidelines. Health Canada estimates that there are between 11 and 13 million cases of foodborne illness in Canada every year. Food-borne illness –sometimes called food poisoning– usually results from eating food or drinking wa-

ter contaminated by diseasecausing bacteria or the toxins they produce. Here are some tips that will make this holiday season safer for you, your loved ones and your guests. PREPARATION, THAWING, STORAGE & SANITATION

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be thawed in the refrigerator and never at room temperature. • Be sure to cover and store raw meat or marinades on the bottom shelf of your refrigerator to avoid spilling liquids on ready-to-eat foods. • Wash, rinse and sanitize utensils, cutting boards and food preparation surfaces and be sure to use separate work areas to avoid cross-contamination of raw and ready-toeat foods. Remember, your hands can also transfer bacteria from raw to cooked foods. COOKING

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Free OC Transpo service extended on New Year’s Eve Ottawa East EMC staff

EMC news - OC Transpo is adding excitement to end of the year celebrations by announcing that free transit service will be available on New Year’s Eve to all residents after 8 p.m. A city release said the citywide campaign is provided through a partnership between OC Transpo, the city’s Safer Roads Ottawa program,

Canadian Automobile Association (CAA) North and East Ontario and the Ottawa Chapter of Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD). “Once again Ottawa residents have access to a world class transit service, free of charge, on New Year’s Eve,” Mayor Jim Watson said in a release. “When you’re making plans throughout the holidays, and making plans

for New Year’s Eve, please remember to plan for a safe ride home.” Free service will be available on all OC Transpo routes on Dec. 31 between 8 p.m. and 4 a.m. on New Year’s Day. The buses will operate on a regular Saturday schedule. This time, the free service is being offered three hours earlier than in previous years. Para Transpo will operate un-

til 1 a.m. on Jan.1. “The earlier start means more people will begin their evenings with public transit, which should result in more people ending their evening in the same way,” said Gloucester-Southgate Coun. Diane Deans, who is also the chairwoman of the transit commission. “Thanks to the support of our partners, in this season

of traditions, OC Transpo can once again fulfill its tradition of bringing increased safety and responsibility to Ottawa streets on New Year’s Eve.” In addition to the free bus service, the city encourages Ottawa drivers to also consider the use of designated drivers, taxi services or Operation Red Nose to ensure safe passage home throughout the holidays.

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“There are many options available to our residents to not drive impaired,” said Kanata North Coun. Marianne Wilkinson, chairwoman of the transportation committee. She added that the city’s goal is to have the safest roads in the world. “No matter how you choose to travel on New Year’s Eve, please stay safe.” For more information and travel planning assistance, contact OC Transpo at 613741-4390 or visit

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Library wants youth Awesome Authors to step up Annual writing competition seeks youth aged nine to 17 Steph Willems

EMC news - Youth in Ottawa with a penchant for storytelling are being asked to put pen to paper - or stylus to iPad - and enter the libraryâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s annual Awesome Authors contest.

The contest, which has been in existence for 18 years, continues to be a popular one. Last year the library received 365 submissions from aspiring writers, and 397 the year before. Putting amateur writing skills up for scrutiny can be intimidating for young authors, but past winners have realized the good things that can come from taking this big step.

The annual Ottawa Public Library competition is back and looking for youth age nine to 17 to submit short stories or poems. Participants stand a chance of having their winning works published in the bilingual anthology PotPourri.

workshops at three different branches on Jan. 19. Regestration for the workshops begins on Jan. 9 and the sessions will offer tips and advice from returning contest judges (and local authors) Michel Lavoie, JC Sulzenko and Brenda Chapman. The workshops will take place at the Carlingwood, Greenboro and St. Laurent branches. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The workshops are very

â&#x20AC;&#x153;Winners feel incredibly recognized and appreciated for their work,â&#x20AC;? said librarian Jessica Roy. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s always great to see them at the awards ceremony. For many, you can tell it is a life-changing moment.â&#x20AC;? The deadline for submissions is Feb. 11 and the only criteria are the writer must be a library member and the submitted work must be original. As part of the contest, the library will hold three

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Training for real emergencies Simulated birth showcases Ottawa Hospitalâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Skills and Simulation Centre Steph Willems

EMC news - The danger wasnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t real, but the situation presented at the Ottawa Hospital uOttawaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Skills and Simulation Centre happens all too often. On Dec. 19, media and select members of the public watched as physicians delivered a baby by emergency Cesarean section after detecting a slowing fetal heartbeat. The difference today was the baby â&#x20AC;&#x201C; and the mother delivering it â&#x20AC;&#x201C; were simulation mannequins. The exercise served to illustrate the tools and training that take place at the simulation

centre, located on the grounds of the hospitalâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Civic campus. The Ottawa Hospital Foundation is in the midst of raising $2.5 million to expand the centre and add state-of-the-art research tools and equipment. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The 21st century has brought with it great medical advances â&#x20AC;&#x201C; we know more about diseases then weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve ever known and our technology has really evolved to where we now do operations through incisions the size of buttonholes,â&#x20AC;? said centre director Dr. Viren Naik. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Unfortunately, our medical education hasnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t changed that much. The apprenticeship model is still the backbone of

how we teach doctors today. There are some problems with that apprenticeship model, in that with the exponential growth in (medical knowledge), there may be too much to learn in a ďŹ nite training schedule.â&#x20AC;? Naik said simulation centres allow doctors to further their knowledge of emerging technologies and new procedures. The star of Mondayâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s demonstration was the aptly-named Noelle, an anatomically-correct â&#x20AC;&#x153;advanced patient simulator mannequinâ&#x20AC;? that stands in for a live patient during training. These mannequins have the capability to talk, cry, sweat and go into shock.

During the simulation, doctors and nurses assessed the condition of the mother and baby before wheeling the patient into another room to have the Cesarean section performed. All told, the exercise took slightly more than six minutes. Dr. Glenn Posner, obstetrics program director and lead instructor of ob/gyn simulation, said the exercise was an example of a â&#x20AC;&#x153;crash Cesarean sectionâ&#x20AC;? carried out if the babyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s life is in danger. â&#x20AC;&#x153;These are the reasons we walk around in scrubs all day,â&#x20AC;? said Posner, describing the need for staff members to be ready for medical emergencies


Medical staff at the Ottawa Hospitalâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Skills and Simulation Centre work perform an emergency cesarean section during a simulated birth training exercise on Dec. 19. at all times during their shift, even when on break. The value of the exercises carried out in the centre lie in the analysis carried out after-

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Pro hockey players pay visit to CHEO kids Senator Chris Phillips brings NHLers to brighten winter day for patients Brier Dodge

EMC news - There were some very happy little hockey fans at CHEO on Dec. 18 as players from the Ottawa Senators and other National Hockey League clubs visited children at the hospital. Ottawa Senator Chris Phillips organized a group of his teammates as well as Boston Bruin Chris Kelly and Winnipeg Jet Grant Clitsome, a Gloucester native, to spend some time at the childrenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s hospital with the patients and their families. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s so great to spend time with the kids and see them smile and laughing,â&#x20AC;? said Senators player Kyle Turris. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s nice. Weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re like one big family, everyone really comes out to spend some time with the kids.â&#x20AC;? Turris, Kelly, Clitsome, Phillips, and Senators players Peter Regin, Marc Methot and Eric Condra all made the trip to the hospital to visit the kids. Senatorsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; captain Daniel Alfredsson couldnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t make it, but sent some autographed cards with his teammates to

hand out to the kids. The players were presented with a giant Christmas card made by the patients, presented by Mariam Jolie, 7, from west Ottawa. The children signed the card, which said â&#x20AC;&#x153;Handmade with loveâ&#x20AC;? in large letters on the front. Mariam sat close to friends from her ďŹ&#x201A;oor Emily Ellerginton, 7, and Jennifer Burke, a Grade 12 student from Barrhaven. The trio had Spartacat dolls and hats for the players to sign, and smiled widely as the individual players made the rounds. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve never seen the Sens up close before,â&#x20AC;? said Emily, a Senators fan who said it was a good Christmas present. â&#x20AC;&#x153;It was really good. Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve never met them before either, so it was really fun,â&#x20AC;? said Jennifer, an Alfredsson and Phillips fan. She read the ofďŹ cial welcome from the patients to the players. Another of the children loudly cheered the name of each player and threw his hands in the air in excitement as they entered the room.


Three-year-old George Jacobs, who is at CHEO because of an infection from his dialysis tube, meets hockey player Chris Phillips during a visit to the hospital. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re really delighted that the Senators, on their own initiative, has organized this visit which really shows

their commitment to CHEO, and the kids at CHEO,â&#x20AC;? said CHEO CEO Alex Munter, who was present for the

event. The Senators always make an ofďŹ cial visit to CHEO over the holidays, but have been

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Scotiabank to host 100th figure-skating championship 2014 event to provide entertainment for skating fans, boost local economy

EMC news - The capital is set to play host to the 100th anniversary edition of the National Figure Skating Championships â&#x20AC;&#x201C; an event that began in Ottawa â&#x20AC;&#x201C; in 2014. Mayor Jim Watson and Skate Canada president BenoĂŽt Lavoie announced on Dec. 18 that the major event will take place at Scotiabank Place from Jan. 9 to 15, 2014. Skating is a popular pastime on neighbourhood rinks around Ottawa, Watson said, and bringing a premier professional sporting event to the city will provide entertainment for skating fans and a boost for the local economy. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Ottawa has a strong history of skating in this community,â&#x20AC;? Watson said, referencing past champions who call Ottawa home and were on hand for the event: Liz Manley, Lynn Nightingale, Debbi Wilkes and also Barbara Ann Scott, who recently passed away. Lavoie pointed out that some of the oldest archival

images of figure skating in Canada show skaters on the rink at Rideau Hall in Ottawa. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Skating has a strong history here,â&#x20AC;? he said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I canâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t think of a better place to spend our 100th anniversary. Letâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s make it a big celebration.â&#x20AC;? Watson thanked Ottawa clubs including the Minto Skating Club, which hosted the first championships, and the Gloucester Skating Club, for helping turn Ottawaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s young athletes into the champions of tomorrow. Some of them are likely to skate at the 2014 championships, which will be sponsored for the first time by Canadian Tire. The city is kicking in $50,000 towards hosting the championships. The event is also the final qualification opportunity for the Canadian Olympic team that will represent the country during the Sochi 2014 Games. The event is expected to draw thousands of people to the capital and generate close to $4 million in economic impact for the area.

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Ottawa last hosted the figure-skating championships in 2006. Tickets will go on sale in the spring of 2013. In addition to Scotiabank Place, competing athletes will also make use of the Bell Sensplex in Kanata as a practice facility. Watson pointed out that this is the latest event announcement in Ottawaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s strategy to host more major events and give the local tourism economy a boost. The city is also playing host to the International Ice Hockey Federation Womenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s World Championships and the International Triathlon Unionâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Duathlon World Championships next year, as well as the FIFA Womenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s World Cup soccer tournament in 2015. On Dec. 18, Canadian Tire also announced it will be sponsoring Skate Canadaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s CanSkate program, which is the only learn-to-skate program for Canadians of all ages. Each year the program teaches more than 125,000 Canadians how to skate. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Skating is a Canadian tradition and we believe there is power in sport to bring family, friends and communities together,â&#x20AC;? said Landon French, vice president of sport partnerships for Canadian Tire.

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THANK YOU FOR MAKING A DIFFERENCE THIS HOLIDAY SEASON “Last year, my son was 6 years old. One night, while he was brushing his teeth, he looked up at me and told me what he wanted for Christmas. He said that even though he didn’t believe in Santa anymore, he still wished for a toy car. It was one of those cars that climbs walls, turns over and just keeps going and going. He told me that he knew he wasn’t going to get it because we couldn’t afford it. I was devastated. My little boy wasn’t asking for much, but he was right; we didn’t have the means to get this for him”. This story is from a mother who has received help from the Children’s Aid Society of Ottawa. Due to external circumstances beyond her control, life wasn’t what she had envisioned for her children. When her worker found out about her situation, she immediately went to the volunteers who manage the Holiday Gift Program in search of this toy. After a few days, the toy was found and a call was made to Mom. Mom was in tears, because she finally got a chance to make her little boy’s wish come true. After the holidays, the worker received a voicemail explaining how this little boy, Christmas morning, opened his gift and started jumping for joy, squealing with excitement. Mom said when she tucked her little boy in that night, he thanked her, told her it was the best day ever and that now, he BELIEVED! This is just one example of how together, we can make a difference. If you could see the children’s faces light up when they open their gifts or the smile spread across their face from ear to ear, you would be witness to the magical moments the holiday season can bring. On behalf of the Children’s Aid Society of Ottawa (CASO) and the Children’s Aid Foundation of Ottawa (CAFO), thank you to all who have given their time, money and commitment to the children, youth and families of our community. This year, CASO received more than 9,000 gifts from over 140 organizations, businesses, schools and individuals. We’ve had approximately 10 volunteers donate over 850 hours collecting, sorting and preparing these gifts for pick-up. Year after year, we have the chance to see firsthand what your contributions mean to children, youth and families. We are humbled by your generosity.

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Dec. 27 - 30 Kanata Theatre’s Willy Wonka is a holiday production for the whole family. Showings will be held on Dec. 27 at 1 p.m. and 4 p.m.; Dec. 28 at 7 p.m., Dec. 29 at 1 p.m. and 4 p.m.; and Dec. 30 at 1 p.m. All tickets are $10. For tickets call the box office at 613-831-4435 or email BoxOffice@Kanatatheatre. com. For details, visit

Dec. 31 The Rideau and District Old Tyme Fiddlers Association is inviting you and your friends to our traditional New Year’s Eve dinner dance, Monday, Dec. 31 at the Alfred Taylor Community Centre in North Gower. Happy hour from 6 to 7 p.m., catered beef and turkey buffet and dessert. Bar service and party favours at 7 p.m., music from 9 to 1 a.m. by the renowned Dennis Harrington and Heritage Country Band. Reserved tickets only. For additional information please call Mary 613 489-2697, Irwin 613 258-2258 or Gerry 613 6924122. New Year’s Eve Dinner and Dance at the Greely Legion, Dec. 31. Cocktails start at 6 p.m. Roast beef dinner starts at 7 p.m. Featuring the W.R.D. band. Tickets are $40 before Dec. 21st and $50 between Dec. 21 and Dec. 31. For tickets call Linda Wyman at 613-822-0233, Arlene Preston at 613-822-1709, Doug Sinclair at 613-7443260 or the Greely Legion Office at 613-822-1451. For more information visit our website, www.greelylegion. ca. The Kanata Legion, 70 Hines Rd., hosts its New Year’s Eve Party. Reception starts at 6 p.m. with dinner at 7:30 p.m. Catered by Leatherworks, the dinner includes a roast beef buffet, southern fried chicken and much more. Music will be provided by DJ Bytown Boogie. Tickets are $35 and can be purchased at the branch. For details, call 613591-5570.

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Saturdays from 1 to 3 p.m. for refreshments if the rink is open and the temp is warmer than -20 C with wind chill. What’s for sale each week will vary but anticipate a selection that includes, soups/ chili and hot dogs as well as hot chocolate and cold drinks.

Jan. 9 The Christian Women’s Central Club invites you and your friends to its New Year’s Silver Dessert Buffet featuring SILPADA Sterling Silver Jewelry and special music and a talk by talented vocalist Daphne Dykhuizen. She will speak about “A life wrapped up.” $6 and first timers $2, 1 p.m., St. Paul’s Church, 971 Woodroffe. RSVP: 613228-8004. All women are welcome. Vanier Beautification invites you to join its efforts to beautify our community for its monthly meeting on Jan. 15 at 6:30 p.m. at Centre Francophone, 270 Marier Ave.

Jan. 16 Heritage Ottawa presents a free public lecture on the topic of: Adding Contemporary Layers to Historic Districts. This event will take place on Wednesday, Jan. 16 at 7 p.m. at the Ottawa Public Library Auditorium, 120 Metcalfe St. at the corner of Laurier Avenue West. After years of discussions, the French proposed a means to regroup contemporary interventions in historic districts using seven categories. The categories are: 1) Degree “0” of insertion, 2) integration, 3) contrast, 4) from the laughable to the precarious (temporary), 5) invisibility, 6) analogy, and 7) complex examples. Drawing on national and international experience and expertise in the heritage field, François LeBlanc will present and discuss examples from each category. This lecture will be in English. Details are available by email at, calling 613-230-8841 or by going online at www.heritage

The Crichton Community Council will host its annual Winter Carnival at Stanley Park at the Stanley Park Fieldhouse on Jan. 1 from 10 to 2 p.m. A New Year’s Day brunch, sleigh rides, skating games and more will be part of the days activities. Brunch is $2 per person.

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Lecture. The guest speaker is Charlotte Gray (Does Heritage Pull History Out Of Shape?) and the free event takes place on Wednesday, Feb. 6, at 7 p.m. at the Ottawa Public Library Auditorium, 120 Metcalfe St. at the corner of Laurier Avenue West. How can creative non-fiction writers bring new readers to history while staying within the bounds of creative nonfiction? Gray will discuss the different demands made on the past by historians and heritage activists. An author of eight best sellers, the Ottawa-based writer will explore the challenges she faces as she brings history to life in her work, including Gold Diggers: Striking It Rich in the Klondike and her forthcoming true crime book, Carrie’s Case, which will be published in the fall of 2013. Lecture will be in English. Info: info@heritageottawa. org or 613-230-8841. www.

Mar. 20 Heritage Ottawa presents a free public lecture on the topic of Rediscovering Lowertown. This events takes place on Wednesday, March 20, at 7 p.m. at the Ottawa Public Library Auditorium 120 Metcalfe St. at the corner of Laurier Avenue West. Built on a swamp between the Rideau River and the Rideau Canal and north of the “Sandy Hill,” Lowertown and the Byward Market became a workers’ paradise as it matured in the 1920s, ’30s and ’40s. It was almost obliterated by ill-conceived urban renewal and transportation schemes in the ’60s and early ’70s, and continues to struggle to this day to survive despite being previously saved and designated as an important heritage area. Marc Aubin, a sixth generation resident of Lowertown and president of the Lowertown Community Association, along with fellow members, will share perspectives on the community’s successes and challenges in protecting and restoring the area’s heritage. Lecture will be in English. Questions are welcome in either official language. Info: info@heritageottawa. org or 613-230-8841, www.

Mondays The Ottawa Pub Dart League plays from October to April at various venues in the city. If you are interested in joining or venue sponsorship, please visit Discover the unique thrill of singing four-part harmony with a group of fun-loving

women who enjoy making music together. Regular rehearsals on Monday nights from 7 to 9:30 p.m. at Orléans United Church, 1111 Orléans Blvd. For information call Muriel Gidley at 613-590-0260 or visit

Tuesdays & Fridays Tai Chi at Roy Hobbs Community Centre, 109 Larch Cres. on Tuesdays, except first Tuesday of each month, for beginner/ intermediate levels 10:45 a.m. to noon. Fridays for intermediate/advanced levels 10:45 a.m. to noon. Contact Lorne at 613-824-6864 for details.

Wednesdays 632 Phoenix Royal Air Cadet Squadron meets every Wednesday evening 6:15 to 9:30 p.m. at St. Joseph school, 6664 Carriere St. Open to youth age 12 to 18. No registration fee to join, however fundraising is required. Visit for more information.

Fridays Five-pin bowling league encourages senior citizens over the age of 50 to participate in an activity that provides regular moderate exercise. There is no registration fee. The league is a fun, non-competitive league; experience is not required. Bowling takes place between 1 and 3 p.m. at Walkley Bowling Centre, 2092 Walkley Rd. Participants are placed on mixed four-person teams. To register, please call Roy or Jean Hoban at 613-7316526.

Ongoing In Harmony, a woman’s chorus, is welcoming new members. Practices are from 7 to 8:30 p.m. on Tuesdays. Call 613-722-0066. The Gloucester South Seniors Chess Club meets at 4550 Bank St. every Monday and Thursday at 7 p.m. Immediate openings available. Please contact Robert MacDougal at 613-821-1930 for more information. Want to meet new friends? Have a great workout? Come to The MET (Metropolitan Bible Church) every Wednesday from 12:15 to 1:15 p.m. for a free women’s fitness class with a certified fitness instructor. Includes a five-minute inspirational fit tip. Any questions? Contact the church office at 613-2388182.

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What are generic drugs? Why do they cost less? Are they as effective as brand name drugs? These are all good questions, now here are our answers. Youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re at the pharmacy getting a prescription reďŹ lled. To your surprise, the pharmacist tells you that he/she has replaced your brand name drug with a generic drug, explaining that it is exactly the same medication as the one prescribed, that it is just as effective and safe, but much cheaper. You accept the generic version but start having doubts when you get home, wondering if it really is just as effective as the original, or whether you will experience different side effects and should you have checked with your doctor before accepting a substitute. Same quality, better price The main difference between a generic and brand name drug is the price. Generics cost on average 40% less than brand name drugs. This not only beneďŹ ts customers, who see their prescription costs decrease, but also helps insurance companies and governments, which are always looking for ways to reduce drug consumption costs. After all, why pay more for a product of the same quality if itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s available for less? Is the generic equivalent as effective as the brand name? Besides the price, there is no, or very little, difference between brand name and generic drugs. The latter must respect the same standards and regulations as the brand name and contains exactly the same type and quantity of medication. Only the non-medicinal ingredients may vary slightly. These ingredients give the ďŹ nal product its appearance, form, colour and smell. If such differences do exist, they do not change anything in terms of quality, effectiveness and safety. Both the therapeutic and side effects are similar as well. Like any brand name drug, generics are subject to numerous studies and analyses before receiving approval from Health Canada. Substitution: a professional decision by your pharmacist Your pharmacist is not required to consult your physician before replacing a brand name drug with a generic drug. However, he/she must inform you and obtain your consent. Trust your pharmacist. If he/she is suggesting a generic drug, it is because he/she is sure this is the best treatment choice for you at the best possible price. Now, if your pharmacist suggest a generic drug instead of the brand name drug you usually take, you will be well-informed and reassured. If you have any other general questions about generic drugs or about the speciďŹ c generic replacement your pharmacist is suggesting, donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t hesitate to ask. Thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s what our pharmacists are here for. If you have any questions about generic drugs, do not hesitate to ask your pharmacist.

Fitness Depot: Dedicated to Your Fitness and Health by Brian Turner

As the old year ends and the new approaches, more than a few of us will take a look in the mirror and decide it’s time to shape up. Maybe we’ll join a gym, but many of us will look to purchase home exercise equipment as a more convenient, comfortable, and private alternative to fitness club membership. But where to turn? Which elliptical, treadmill, rower, or exercise bike to buy? It’s easy to get lost in the myriad of websites, media ads, and avalanches of flyers overflowing our mailboxes. It’s also very easy to choose the wrong piece of equipment, that no matter how often you use it or how well designed it is, won’t deliver the results you’re looking for. And of course there’s the risk of injury because you didn’t get the appropriate advice you needed before purchasing a piece of fitness equipment that your body or physical condition isn’t suited for. Fitness Depot has been providing solutions to all these problems and concerns for over 20 years in Ottawa and their long list of satisfied and physically fit clients provide strong testament to their customercentered way of doing business. First, all of the associates you’ll meet at either Fitness Depot location (499 Industrial Ave in the east or 255 Kanata Ave in the west) are experts on the products and accessories they offer. They have been specifically trained by North America’s major fitness equipment manufacturers and receive continual education and updates on new designs and features. They are all fulltime employees and were chosen because of their commitment to physical fitness and excellent customer service. Second, if you want to try any of Fitness Depot’s equipment or products before you buy, it’s as easy as riding a bike because they’re all set up in their comfortable and roomy facilities for demo purposes. There’s no guessing from looking at a picture on the box or at some video as to whether or not you’re choosing the right product. Fitness Depot’s staff also take the time to ask the right questions to make sure that what you buy is right for you and other members of your family who might use it, and for your home. There’s no use getting the perfect home gym system if it won’t fit in your family or exercise room. In fact in most cases the associate you first meet will be the one to guide you through choosing and purchasing the right equipment and accessories to accompanying the delivery truck to your home to ensure a done-right-the-first-time set-up and to make sure you’re completely comfortable with all the features and operations.

And since they’re a depot, they carry everything they offer in stock and can arrange most installations on a same-day basis. Why wait days or weeks when you want to start your new life now? Some us of will enter Fitness Depot for the first time after being gym or club members and will be pleasantly surprised to find the same reputable major brands that our fitness club uses. Fitness Depot’s equipment suppliers are very carefully chosen and only ship to specialty retailers. You don’t have to be a fitness veteran to recognize names like LifeFitness, Precor, or Octane just to name a few. And commercial gyms and clubs also purchase their equipment from Fitness Depot. So the same expert associates that local gyms rely on, are there to serve you as well. And they’re happy to handle special orders for those rare occasions when someone is looking for a hard to find item that isn’t normally stocked. More than a few of us have experienced (or know someone who has) the difficulty that can arise when a fitness machine requires service or repair. With purchases from some retailers, the only choice is to package it up and send it back. But Fitness Depot runs a complete service centre in Ottawa that’s as close as your computer mouse. And since they offer their own in-house extended service plans, affordable peace of mind comes along with professional technicians. Whether it’s a simple adjustment or minor repair, or part replacement, it’s all part of Fitness Depot’s A to Z white-glove customer service. For Ottawa’s truly largest selection of fitness equipment and gear at the guaranteed lowest prices, with service that’s as fit as a fiddle, there really is only one choice with two great locations: Fitness Depot. East end manager Paul Riley and west end’s Kevin DeForge and their very physical teams are on site and on track Monday through Friday from 9:00 am to 9:00 pm, on Saturdays from 10:00 am to 6:00 pm, and on Sundays from noon to 5:00 pm. You can reach them by phone at 613-247-8888 (East) or 613-591-8988 (West). Their website at has full details and specs on everything they sell. Good quality home fitness equipment means a long term relationship that brings much more value than flashy offers on unknown brands. With Fitness Depot, nothing’s holding you back from a fit future.

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