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Couns. look back and ahead to 2017 BY MICHELLE NASH BAKER michelle.nash@metroland.com

Last year, east Ottawa councillors and residents grappled with issues around traffic, rising costs around the city, intensification, violence and community safety. In a year-in-review questionnaire, Couns. David Chernushenko, Mathieu Fleury, Tobi Nussbaum, and Tim Tierney weighed in on the year’s challenges, what they are looking forward to in 2017, budget highlights for their wards and personal goals throughout the year. BEACON HILL – CYRVILLE WARD

For Tierney, he calls 2016 a great year for growth in the ward. “Some major projects include the ongoing construction of the Blair and Cyrville LRT stations, the creation of art installations in the park on Jasmine and the renaming of the Pat Clark Community Centre,” Tierney said. See OPTIMISM, page 9

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It’s the year to look for light rail funding from the feds and a whole host of events — including an outdoor hockey game — said east end politicians as they welcomed the new year. Politicians from the east end rang in the new year with a levee held on Jan. 4 at the Shenkman Arts Centre. Orléans MP Andrew Leslie took more than a couple of hints that city politicians are looking to see an early 2017 federal announcement for

Councillors Tim Tierney, Bob Monette and Jody Mitic — Coun. Stephen Blais was ill — spoke about some of the big events they are excited to see for Canada’s 150th birthday to the crowd of community members who attended. There’s a “good chance” we’ll see an outdoor hockey game, said Monette, adding onto the list Watson gave which included the Juno DREAMING Awards, Grey Cup, and the up“I was dreaming of taking coming figure skating national the train, I would have been championship which begins here in 20 minutes.” Jan. 16 at TD Place. Leslie said he has heard the Beacon-Hill Cyrville Coun. hints loud and clear. Tim Tierney reflected on the funding for LRT Phase 2 to Trim Road. “The spotlight is on Andrew, who is going to deliver to make sure we have LRT all the way here,” said Mayor Jim Watson, who added it would have been a much better commute in the cold weather to have hopped on LRT from city hall to Place d’Orléans instead of driving to Shenkman.

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Fireworks brought in the new year on New Year’s Eve on Parliament Hill. death of MP Mauril Bélanger this year, and thanked Leslie and Ottawa-Orléans MPP Marie-France Lalonde for helping represent the constituents as they have been left without a

member of parliament in the Vanier riding. Ottawa-Orléans MPP Marie-France Lalonde reflected on the provincial government’s efforts in 2016 in her address,

including funding announcements for the health hub in Orléans and LRT Phase 2 to Trim Road. “We’re going to be celebrating hard in 2017,” Lalonde said.

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Crews prepare Rideau Canal for the 47th season of skating BY MELISSA MURRAY mmurray@metroland.com

These -10 C and below temperatures are exactly what’s needed to get the Rideau Canal Skateway open for its 47th season. Since late October, when the water levels in the canal were lowered, maintenance crews have been hauling out chalets, chairs, signs and installing plumbing and electricity in order to be ready for when the temperatures hit the sweet spot so the world’s largest skating rink can open. According to Cédric Pelletier, strategic communications advisor with the National Capital Commission, there needs to be about 10 days of -10 C weather to get to the 30 cm of ice that’s required to let people on the canal. Last year the skateway had its shortest season ever, with just 34 skating days. The year before, there were almost 60. “As you can imagine the weather decides the opening of the Rideau Canal Skateway,” Pelletier said. The latest skateway opening on record was the 2002 season, which opened on Feb. 2. About a week ago, NCC maintenance

crews started removing snow and flooding it in some areas to maximize ice growth. “The rain and the snow is kind of an enemy of the ice – the snow acts as a thermal blanket that prevents the formation of ice. So these are the two main challenges, it needs to be consecutive nights, so the coming week it’s looking good. It’s the type of freezing cold we are looking for,” he said. Until opening day though, Pelletier said people need to stay off the ice and leave it to the professionals. SAFETY

“The NCC urges everyone to keep personal safety in mind and is asking the public and skaters not to venture on the surface of the Rideau Canal right now.” It’s a message the Ottawa Fire Service and police are also emphasizing. In a release on Jan. 4, police advise that at least 15 cm of ice is needed for walking or skating alone, 20 cm is needed for skating parties or games, 25 cm is needed for snowmobiles and 35 cm is needed to support fishing huts. Factors such as water depth, currents and moving water, fluctuations in water levels and changing air temperature impact ice

thickness. Every week there are crews that venture on to the ice in pairs to check the thickness and determine which areas still need work. Pelletier said the crews are experts and drill small holes to establish the thickness. “The trick here is to do the work right and be safe,” he said. The work on the canal walls along Colonel By Drive, a multi-phase project being completed by Parks Canada, won’t impact the skateway this year, Pelletier said, adding the detour for the pathway will still be in place. On average over the past 20 years, about 20,000 skaters enjoy the outdoor skating rink each day it’s open. It costs about $1.4 million each year to operate the skateway. “It’s so magical depending on whether you skate on it at night or you do it during the day,” Pelletier said. “When it’s open it’s fabulous to see so many people coming together and having a lot of fun and enjoying a natural skating rink in our nation’s capital.” The public can check the ice conditions on the NCC’s website at ncc-ccn.gc.ca/skateway, by checking Twitter or Facebook, or contacting the NCC at 613-239-5000.

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Ottawa police will launch a new front line deployment model on Jan. 23 and to prepare, three community meetings will be held in Kanata, Nepean and Orléans on the changes in service delivery. The model will make it easier to move resources across the city and streamline the process for those who need to access services, police said in a news release. The changes are part of a strategy called the service initiative program, which is designed to improve how police serve the community. “At the information sessions, residents will learn about their community police officers, how to access policing services, where to direct concerns about safety in their neighIn bourhood, and more,” police said in a news release.

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olicing is changing in Ottawa. In fact, organizational changes have already been rolling out behind the scenes and publicly for some time as part of something called the Service Initiative program that aims to improve how police serve and protect us. Senior brass at the Ottawa Police Service are now preparing to introduce you, the public, to its new “frontline deployment model” on Jan. 23, which they say “is aimed at improving community safety by making it easier to move resources across the city to where they are needed. The new model will also have more streamlined processes for partners and the public to access services.” Three meetings are taking place in Kanata, Nepean and Orléans later this month to unveil the final new component of the initiative. You’ll learn that community police officers will no longer be assigned to a specific area of Ottawa. Rather, their assignments will be based on areas in need, mirroring that used by school resource officers, who are assigned to specific schools ranked according to need. A remodelling of community policing sparked concerns last spring. Residents, business owners, organizations, the police union and city councillors expressed concern about the potential consequences for public engagement and

crime reduction. Many appealed to the Ottawa Police Services Board not to change how beat cops, community police and district traffic officers will be deployed. Those concerns are justified. The new frontline model seeks to fill gaps in staffing due to high crime rates. It’s not really concerned with the proactive policing that community officers do, which is why there is concern. Having a point of contact – a community police officer assigned to a specific geographic area – has helped reduce the number of calls for service in problem-plagued neighbourhoods, critics say. Police brass counter, saying the overall changes are needed to reduce demands on officers and improve the efficiency and coordination of front-line police resources. At this point, with just days to go before three “information meetings” are held, the changes are a done deal, though each meeting will feature a 45-minute discussion and 45 minutes allotted for a question and answer period. Time will tell just how well and how long this new frontline system will roll out starting Jan. 23. When it comes to changing frontline deployment, coming on the heels of 2016 – which saw the highest homicide rate in many years at 24 dead – people are right to be wary of change when it comes to safety and security in the city.

Challenge for the new year: smart car meets dumb street

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hen you look at the early headlines of 2017 you can be forgiven for thinking that this year might not be much of an improvement over the last one. In Florida, a family was attacked by a dog when they tried to make it wear a sweater. In Florida. In Thailand, a French tourist decided to have her picture taken beside a crocodile. She then fell on top of the crocodile, which proceeded to bite her. No one was fatally injured in either of these instances. But our pride in being members of the human race took a bit of a hit. After all these decades of rising educational levels, we sometimes don’t seem to have a lot to show for it. If you doubt this, please note that one of the big selling Christmas toys last year was a toy

CHARLES GORDON Funny Town truck which makes lip gloss for its lucky recipients. It goes without saying that there have been irrational developments in world elections lately, but it shouldn’t be any surprise, given that we are the electorate. Despairing of our failure to develop much in the way of lasting intelligence, human beings have focussed their hopes in recent years on computers, with decidedly mixed results. Computers seem intelligent enough when telling us who the original members of the Monkees were, but not terribly smart when we try to order tickets

to anything. In desperation we turn to our cars, which have lately been showing signs of dependability and have even learned, some of them, to operate without keys and to tell you what the temperature is outside. Research proceeds apace and the so-called smart car is, we are told, just around the corner. Already many of these creatures, also known as self-driving cars, are on the streets and most of them do not have accidents. At last, we dare to hope, a machine that will save us from our own stupidity and steer us away from crocodiles. It would take a long time to enumerate the many gifts that smart cars are claimed to bring us, but they include less crowded streets, fewer accidents, lowered pollution levels and an end to circling the block looking for a

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“Many new businesses opened their doors in our ward this year, including Dunn’s on Shefford Road, Gabriel’s on Montreal Road, Inovo Medical on Labrie and the new Shoppers and Beer Store at Shoppers City East.” One of his biggest concerns, Tierney said was the string of violence on Jasmine Crescent. “Three senseless deaths in less than 12 months, along with several shootings and stabbings led residents to band together in April to take back their community,” he said. Born from tragedy was the Jasmine Safety Committee, which has been meeting every month since then. Tierney said work has come a long way since the committee was first launched in the spring, but adds, there is still more to be done. “That’s why in 2017, I’ll be requesting staff to look into the feasibility of launching a pilot project for CCTV on Jasmine Crescent and at whether a community centre could be built at Jasmine Park,” he said. Looking forward to 2017, Tierney said the ward will see a lot of new stuff in the next year, including repaving work on Eastvale, Casey and Loyola and the construction of new condo buildings at City Park and the redevelopment of Shoppers City East. The councillor adds that next year the Shefford multi-use pathway will be completed and similar pathways will also be built on Cyrville and Ogilvie. There will also be a new off-leash dog park that will also be opening in the spring of 2017 on Shefford behind the Blair Animal Hospital. Construction for a new fire station, Fire Station 36 on Cyrville Road, will also begin. The current Station 36 on Industrial and Station 55 on Blair Road will be consolidated into the new facility near Innes and will be opening in 2018. CAPITAL WARD

Chernushenko highlighted four ward specific accomplishments he’s proud occurred in 2016 – the Ottawa Salus apartments with support for residents grappling with mental illness, the opening of the O’Connor bike lane, Main Street renewal close to completion, and getting funding in place for the initial design for a midtown Canal Footbridge to finally connect Old Ottawa East and the Glebe. For an urban councillor, Chernushenko said one of his challenges this year was trying to achieve some semblance of control over infill development that supports the character of the neighbourhood and street. “I continue to feel like I am fighting a losing battle on most projects, where they come in too high, too massive and with too much loss of trees and greenspace,” he said. “Urban infill for “stuff the sausage” residential projects that are designed to squeeze in the maximum number of unrelated tenants, often with insufficient room for waste receptacles, bicycles, etc.” He added, traffic congestion related to the Main Street Renewal project, and ongoing Light Rail Transit and other infrastructure renewal also kept him challenged throughout the year. Looking towards 2017, Chernushenko said he is excited to see the official re-opening of Main Street and the redesign of Bank Street from Riverside Drive to Ledbury Avenue as a calmer, more inviting street. He is also looking forward to seeing Greystone Village in Old Ottawa East take shape. New challenges ahead will continue to be infill related, he added. “The infill challenge and pressures to build towers along Bank Street and in the Bronson/Carling area will continue,” he said. “The biggest new challenge is to help the city as a whole make the exciting transition to the low-carbon, energy-efficient economy needed to tackle climate change, and generate new jobs and economic ac-

tivity in this way. “My biggest goal is to complete work on our renewable energy transition strategy — ‘Energy Evolution’— with the support of council and city staff, and to launch it as the positive, exciting opportunity to build a better, smarter, more resilient city that I believe it can be. I also want to help guide the development of a renewal plan for Brewer Park and its recreation facilities, with more greenspace, consolidate parking and a showcase example of a ‘net-zero energy’ rink and pool.”

brook. Nussbaum stated road safety and speeding continues to be one of his top concerns, adding access to affordable transit service is another concern that affects people in his ward. Looking ahead to 2017, Nussbaum said there is a lot to look forward to in the new year.

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Plans to make McArthur Avenue safer for all road users will be moving forward, planning for Montreal Road reconstruction aimed at boosting transit service efficiency in that corridor and traffic calming initiatives will continue. A challenge he said he will continue to work on is the Combined Sewage Storage Tunnel, which will begin in 2017. “I will continue to work with the New Edinburgh Community Alliance to reduce and mitigate the impacts on the community,” he said. “My goals will continue to be focused on five priority areas: transportation safety and choice, liveable mainstreets, thriving neighbourhoods and civic participation, with an overarching goal of environmental sustainability.” RIDEAU-VANIER WARD

Fleury points to a number of high-

lights in his ward – from the ByWard Market renewal, cycling along Beechwood Avenue, the Stewart Street rain gardens and the revitalization of Optimiste Park. Fleury said he’s proud to have worked with the community on those projects. Looking ahead, the councillor said he will be keeping an eye on the changes that are coming to community policing. “There is so much unknown,” Fleury said, adding he would like to expand the foot patrol in areas such as the market. Fleury said he is also making funding for the environmental assessment for a truck tunnel a priority for 2017. And reforming the way payday loan companies operate in the city is another item he said he is looking at for his ward. Items he said will remain a challenge, but ones he’s interested in taking on, are finding the remaining $9 million to complete the ByWard Market renewal, stating a public-private partnership might be

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the way to go. “Lansdowne Park is a huge success,” Fleury said, adding that he wonders why it’s harder to sell people on making the market renewed and great again. Creating more housing and making ridership for OC Transpo work for his ward – which doesn’t necessarily benefit from the light rail transit. “I’m looking at how we can be ready for 2018,” he said, adding that he would like to be able to demonstrate to riders in his ward that changes made to the current system are aimed at making the routes faster in the long run. “We have to build incentive to build ridership,” Fleury said. Fleury is also looking ahead to Montreal Rd. renewal, with meeting with constituents and discussing the needs for the street. A member of Ottawa 2017, he also can’t wait for 2017 events to roll out, including his favourite – an interprovincial picnic on Alexandra Bridge.

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Plans to make Comiccon an annual event for Youth Experience Project BY ERIN MCCRACKEN erin.mccracken@metroland.com

A new trio of partners has come together to give more Ottawa kids a chance to accumulate some unforgettable memories in their young lives. “It’s the experiences that we have that we remember,” said Lee Barnett, one-third of a partnership behind the Youth Experience Project, which is now fundraising for their inaugural initiative – to send 100 kids with Big Brothers Big Sisters of Ottawa and 100 adult mentors to the sixth annual Ottawa Comiccon that will be held at the EY Centre in May. “You’ll never remember a date … unless something happened to you, good or bad. “We just want to give them a positive experience.” The idea emerged following a charity bowling event held last February for those in the youth mentoring charity. The fundrais-

er featured a super hero theme and many dressed in costume. “The kids were excited for it,” said Barnett. “I started wondering, ‘Could I merge my two passions?’” The avid supporter of Big Brothers Big Sisters is also a major fan of Ottawa Comiccon, an annual showcase of comic books, movies and television shows focused on science fiction and pop culture. Barnett has a unique reputation when it comes to the convention. He’s known for being the first in line to ask unique and engaging questions of celebrity panellists, such as William Shatner and a bevy of other iconic stars. “I’ve been very lucky to have some cool moments,” said Barnett, a former Findlay Creek resident who recently moved to Embrun. But after realizing that many children and teens can’t afford to enjoy Comiccon, the insurance

broker-by-day came up with the idea to ask people to chip in $10 to $25 to buy tickets for the ‘littles,’ as the kids in the Big Brothers Big Sisters program are known. The idea gained support from friend Lisa Cooper, of Riverside South, who has recently come to enjoy the fan experience at Ottawa Comiccon thanks to Barnett. Cooper, who is a real estate agent, has a background in charity and non-profit work. They also have a third partner, Saqib Dareshani, of Barrhaven, who is promoting the project on his website at clubify.com/youth. The project is also at facebook. com/theyouthexperienceproject. So far, their successful fundraising efforts have surprised even them. Erin McCracken/Metroland They were given a table at the inaugural Ottawa Comiccon Lee Barnett and Lisa Cooper are part of a trio of partners behind the new Youth Experiholiday market at the EY Centre ence Project, which strives to provide children and teens in Ottawa with unique experiin late November. ences. For their first major initiative, they are fundraising to send 100 kids and 100 menSee YOUTH, page 12

tors from Big Brothers Big Sisters of Ottawa to attend Ottawa Comiccon in May.

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Barnett brought his personal (and expensive) Star Wars light sabre set and allowed the public to try them out and have their photos taken with the sabres in exchange for a donation. The table drew about 600 people. “We wanted a fun way to get people engaged,” said Barnett, adding it also served as the project’s public launch, helping to spread the word about their nonprofit plans.

“People there really love the idea of sending kids to Comiccon,” said Cooper. “You’re preaching to the right audience.” Between that event and another, they raised almost $1,000 towards their $5,000 to $6,000 goal to send 200 people to Comiccon for a day. “When you think about (three) young professionals trying to put something like this together it’s amazing, because they want to give back to kids,” said Susan Ingram, executive direc-

tor of Big Brothers Big Sisters of Ottawa. “We appreciate it and our kids appreciate it.” The organization focuses on providing kids and adult mentors across Ottawa with low-cost, no-cost activities they can enjpy together. “But for something like this, a Comiccon, that’s out of reach for most, and it’s out of reach even for the mentors,” said Ingram. “Not everyone can do those types of experiences. “And to be able to experience

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term support, and charities in the hopes of pairing more kids with additional unique experiences. Already, some businesses have expressed interest in providing an experience, while a number of

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tawa is doing and how others can lend their support. “They really understand about the importance of mentoring and why Big Brothers Big Sisters is an important organization for young kids in need,” she said. The Youth Experience Project partners plan to make the Comiccon excursion an annual event for Ottawa youth. The hope also is to partner with other sponsors, especially those wanting to provide long-

charities have come forward to ask what the project can do for them. “We’ve gone beyond, ‘This is the core experience we want to provide’ and it’s gone to ‘How many experiences can we provide,’” Barnett said. “We have so many things on the go. It’ll be great once we have the long-term sponsors in place so we can start branching out.” “We’re aiming to be more like a foundation in that we gift to established charities, but we do the

fundraising and the leg work,” Cooper added. In addition to offering kids a day of fun the kids will never forget, Cooper said the objective is to also incorporate learning into the adventures that are added to the roster in the future. She has a goal of providing opportunities for young girls to learn about the world of entrepreneurship and business. “It started as Comiccon and fun, happy experiences,” Cooper said. “That’s awesome, but I think it’s grown now to include, as well, life skills because experiences should be a learning experience too.” The organizers behind the Youth Experience Project are hosting a fundraiser on Feb. 16, beginning at 6 p.m. at the Red Lion Pub that is in the ByWard Market. People can have their photos taken with cosplayers and try out virtual reality headsets and green screen technology. Admission is free, though donations will be accepted.

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Passerby spots Greely garage fire BY ERIN MCCRACKEN erin.mccracken@metroland.com

A Boxing Day fire at a Greely home caused an estimated $160,000 in damages, but fire officials say it could have been much worse. A passerby in the area called 911 on Dec. 26 at 6:21 p.m. to report a shed on fire at 7001 Marco St., which is just southwest of Bank Street and Mitch Owens Road. The passerby also alerted the family inside the home. When fire crews from Osgoode, Greely, North Gower, Metcalfe and Riverside South arrived on scene, the fire had spread from a garden shed to a garage, and then a deck. “It is very close proximity. There is a wood deck so again fire spread could have happened

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A more fulsome review of the English public school board’s gifted program will take another year, trustees have decided. Board trustees voted at a Dec. 20 meeting on the timeline, direction and process they will follow with staff in 2017 to decide on changes to the board’s gifted program by next December. The meeting was a continuation of the Dec. 13 meeting in which public delegations and public school board trustees and staff hashed out proposed changes to the board’s gifted program for several hours before coming close to making a decision about the next steps for the program review. “We achieved a lot on Tuesday night and I think that this is the board at its best, working on important policy issues,” board chair Shirley Seward said of the Dec. 20 meeting. “We were able to come to-

gether after hearing trustees’ and others’ reviews on the staff report, and clearly there was a desire for a much more details with options.” Public consultation was a major focus of debate among trustees, with trustees divided on whether to seek more public input. The consultation measures outlined in the school board staff ’s previous reports about the gifted program review were the staff ’s own consultations, not official board-wide consultations. “Typically they do that kind of thing in advance of producing the first report that we see,” Seward said. “So that’s not uncommon. But it didn’t go to the formal board consultation where the trustees approve a consultation.” Among the trustees who opposed board-wide public consultations, some argued that the consultation process could draw the issue out and create deeper divisions within the board and among its school

communities. Some argued that a broad consultation would be essentially pointless, since the majority of parents with children in the board’s schools have no direct experience with the gifted program. “If we go out and we consult with the parents of our 70,000 children, most of them don’t understand what the congregated or the gifted program is,” said Christine Boothby, trustee for the zone located within the Kanata North and Kanata Metroland file photo South wards. In a committee meeting on Dec. 20, public school board trustees voted on the timeline, “Because if you’re not one direction and process they will follow with staff over 2017 in order to decide on changes of the parents of the 2,000 chilto the board’s gifted program by next December. dren, how do you have an opinion about that?” Barrhaven and Knoxdale- prepare to make a final deci- worked on shifting specialized Trustees who favoured con- Merivale wards. sion on changes to the gifted programs into a new delivery sultation felt that everyone in “And I think it’s a bit ar- program, trustees will be under model based on geographic the board’s school communities rogant to suggest that people pressure to follow a strict time- catchment areas. deserve to be informed about who do not have gifted chil- line, voting on the final recomThe geographic model maps the issue and have an opportu- dren should not partake in mendations no later than De- out a designated school in each nity to shape the outcome. zone for each exceptionality – cember 2017. such discussions.” “Any time we’re talking This timeline is in place to a pattern of strengths or needs Ultimately, trustees voted to about a program that has re- host board-wide public consul- ensure that any changes to the common to a group of stusource implications it does af- tations in 2017. gifted program line up with its dents – so that students with fect the entire district,” said As they establish a public shift into the board’s geograph- special education needs can Donna Blackburn, trustee for consultation plan, digest staff’s ic model. rely on service at schools close the zone located within the reports over the next year, and Since 2013, the board has to their community.

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teaching our kids. But now that we know better, we should be doing better for our cats. The cats around today are fully domesticated. They depend on their human caregivers. There’s simply no kind of evolution that will prevent the senseless suffering of a cat on the street; we see the consequences when they arrive at the OHS emaciated after weeks lost on the streets or frozen solid from a cold winter night. The streets are hell for a cat. A similar debate raged about dogs in the middle of the last century, with some arguing that since dogs descended from wolves, they needed to run free! I’m not sure that anyone now thinks that dogs would have longer, healthier lives if they were allowed to roam our streets. This is just as true for cats. So why is this happening? Like most animal welfare crises in our community, the root cause is human behaviour — specifically irresponsible behaviour. The sad reality is that ultimately, this is so widespread that it leads to the conclusion that it’s not simply a number of individuals causing a terrible situation but rather a community problem stemming from the fact that cats are simply not valued, certainly not to the same degree as our vaccinated, sterilized, collar-wearing, leashed canine friends. For tips on making life indoors attractive to your kitty, visit our website: www.ottawahumane.ca/your-pet/animal-tips/.

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iss Crosby, as always, was at school by the time the first one of us arrived in the morning. My brother Emerson once suggested he wouldn’t be a bit surprised if she slept there all night. The Christmas holidays were over, and we were right back into the usual routine at the Northcote School. And every morning I looked for the special gift I had given Miss Crosby the night of our Christmas concert. And then, just after we had been back a few days, there it was. The white hanky I had given her, tucked into the cuff of her dress, with one corner sticking out just far enough that I could see the red rose that had been embroidered on it. Miss Crosby, ever cautious not to single one pupil out, gave no sign that she was wearing my gift. But I knew it was the one I had given her, and that was all that mattered.

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Memories ‘That day in school, when I let my mind wander, I thought too of Mother and her hankies. She had several fancy hankies, one of which she always carried in her purse.’ I had a hard time paying attention to my lessons that day, and wanted so badly to tell everyone that the hanky, which had cost 19 cents at Walker’s Store in Renfrew, was now tucked neatly into the cuff of my teacher’s dress sleeve. And as often happened to me, my mind wandered that

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He wore his tucked into his back pocket, and it served many purposes besides being used to blow his nose. It cleaned pieces of machinery, wiped the toes of his Sunday shoes, and polished his pipe. My sister Audrey and I had what we called school hankies, which were plain white squares, and then we had one special one which we took to church on Sundays. A plain white hankie held every cent I owned. This is where young girls tied the few pennies they had into a corner of the hankie, and of course, it was tucked away for safe keeping, out of sight in case a brother decided to help himself to a penny or two. That day in school, when I let my mind wander, I thought too of Mother and her hankies. She had several fancy hankies, one of which she always carried in her purse. And before going into town, or to visit, she took her bottle of “Evening In Paris” cologne, and gave the hankie a good dash so that every

time she opened her purse, she smelled like the perfume counter at Ritza’s Drug Store in Renfrew. Of course, these hankies were never used for their original purpose ... no, that was when the square patch of white linen came into use. It was Aunt Lizzie from Regina whose hankies gave me the most interest. Of course, hers were of the finest linen, and not one was just a plain hankie. They were edged in lace, were bigger than the one’s Mother had, and were as white as the driven snow, and many had fine coloured embroidery on the corners. But it was what she did with them that interested me more. Aunt Lizzie was what Mother called “well endowed” which took me ages to figure out. She too kept her hankies well sprinkled with toilet water. Which meant you always knew where she was. Even if she walked by the back of your chair, you caught the scent of the toilet water. Lacking a place to put her hankie if she wasn’t going anywhere in particular, she would plunge it down the front of her dress into good-

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Speed skater qualifies for World Single Distance Championship BY BRIER DODGE brier.dodge@metroland.com

Isabelle Weidemann is off to the world championships for speed skating after posting a gold-medal winning time in the women’s 5,000 metre long track event at the national championship on Jan. 4 at the Calgary Olympic Oval. The 21-year-old skater, who grew up in Gloucester’s Rothwell Heights neighbourhood, now lives in Calgary where she trains with the national team. Weidemann defended her national title in the event with a 7:13:28 time, finishing more than five seconds ahead of second-place skater Victoria Spence of Kamloops, BC. Weidemann skated with the Orléans-based Gloucester Concordes until she moved to Calgary to train. “I have mixed feelings about today,” Weidemann said in a Speed Skating Can-

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Supt. Steven Bell will replace Ed Keeley as Ottawa deputy police chief. Keeley is currently on leave and will retire at the end of January. The police services board announced Bell would take on the new role at a Dec. 22 meeting. Bell has a career that spans 21 years, with all but one year with the Ottawa police.

“Deputy chief-designate Bell is a highly motivated, forward-thinking law enforcement professional who brings creativity and enthusiasm to the job.” ELI EL-CHANTIRY

During his tenure he has served as a neighbourhood officer, with the drug and gangs unit, youth section, with professional standards, courts and temporary custody. He is currently the chief human resources officer overseeing the resourcing and development directorate. “Deputy chief-designate Bell is a highly motivated, forward-thinking law enforcement professional who brings creativity and enthusiasm to the job,” Eli El-Chantiry, chair of the police services board, wrote in a press release. Police Chief Charles Bordeleau said Bell’s experience is an asset. “His contributions will be invaluable as we continue to work on transforming the police service to address the needs of members and better serve the community,” he said. Bell is the president of the board of directors for the Rideauwood Addictions and Family Services. He’s also involved with the Kanata Minor Hockey Association. “I am extremely proud and honoured to take on this new role within the organization, and look forward to working with Chief Bordeleau and members of the police service, the board and community partners to continue to provide the highest level of safety and security in the City of Ottawa,” Bell said.

DEVELOPMENT APPLICATIONS / AMENDMENTS UNDER THE PLANNING ACT NOTICE OF PLANNING COMMITTEE MEETING Tuesday, January 24, 2017 – 9:30 a.m. The items listed below, in addition to any other items previously scheduled, will be considered at this meeting which will be held in the Champlain Room, City Hall, 110 Laurier Avenue West, Ottawa. To see any change to this meeting agenda, please go to Ottawa.ca. Zoning – 4789 Bank Street 613-580-2424, ext. 12585 – Wendy.Tse@ottawa.ca Zoning – 404 Eden Avenue 613-580-2424, ext. 22568 – Andrew.McCreight@ottawa.ca Zoning – 6219, 6227 Renaud Road (337 – 353 Melodie Street) 613-580-2424, ext. 15430 –Shoma.Murshid@ottawa.ca Zoning – 774 Bronson Avenue 613-580-2424, ext. 27889 – Steve.Gauthier@ottawa.ca Zoning – 770 Bronson Avenue 613-580-2424, ext. 27889 – Steve.Gauthier@ottawa.ca Official Plan and Zoning – 255 Kanata Avenue 613-580-2424, ext. 13923 – Mary.Dickinson@ottawa.ca Comprehensive Zoning By-law 2008-250 – Anomalies Q1 2017 335 St. Laurent Boulevard and part of 1191 Montreal Road – Former Rockcliffe Air Base Plan of Subdivision - Revision to zone boundaries, Part of 2405 Mer Bleue Road – Summerside West Subdivision and part of abutting unaddressed parcel – Removal of Flood Plain Overlay and Holding Symbol, 120 Den Haag Drive and 301 LeBoutillier Avenue – Removal of Heritage Overlay

BudgetSpeak and the city budget

On Oct. 13, 2016, I along with four council colleagues hosted BudgetSpeak, a consultation on the City’s 2017 budget. This year we focused on advancing the top three priorities residents identified from BudgetSpeak sessions hosted for the 2015 and 2016 city budgets. The priorities were: affordable transit, provision of social services and safe mobility for all modes of transportation. Residents came and heard from subject-matter experts on the priority areas and shared their feedback. A summary of the feedback is now available on my website. The city’s draft budget was tabled at Council on Nov. 9, 2016. Individual departmental budgets will be discussed at committee meetings over the coming month before the budget vote on Dec. 14. I will be approaching the Council and committee budget deliberation period with many of the ideas brought forward through the BudgetSpeak process in mind. I want to see a strong budget commitment to these residentidentified priorities in Ottawa’s 2017 budget.

How to participate in the 2017 budget process

I encourage residents to continue to share their thoughts with me on this year’s budget via email. You are also welcome to attend the committees where departmental budgets will be considered to learn more and speak to the issues that are important to you. Departmental budgets will be discussed on the following dates... • Planning Committee – Nov. 22, 9:30 a.m. • Agriculture & Rural Affairs Committee – Nov. 24, 10 a.m. • Ottawa Police Services Board – Nov. 28, 4 p.m. • Environment Committee – Nov. 30, 9:30 a.m. • Audit Committee – Dec. 1, 9:30 a.m. • Transit Commission – Dec. 5, 9:30 a.m. • Finance and Economic Development Committee – Dec. 6, 9:30 a.m. • Ottawa Public Health Board – Dec. 5, 5 p.m. • Ottawa Public Library Board – Dec. 6, 5 p.m. • Transportation Committee – Dec. 7, 9:30 a.m. • Community and Protective Services Committee – Dec. 8, 9:30 a.m. If you have any questions about how to sign up to speak at committee, please don’t hesitate to contact my office at 613 580 2483. www.TobiNussbaum.ca

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Jan. 21

Clicking, flicking and tweeting: social networking controversy at the Cumberland branch of the Ottawa Public Library from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. The explosion of social networking websites such as Flickr, Facebook, blogging sites and Twitter has raised more than privacy

6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at the St. Laurent Branch. Windows 10 represents a considerable change from Windows 7 and an evolutionary refinement from Windows 8.1. Chris Taylor, President of the Ottawa PC Users’ Group, will talk about some of the important changes both visible and “under the hood”. If you find Windows 10 confusing, or just want to know more about what’s hidden, this session is for you. To attend this free seminar, please register with the The Church ladies of Christ Ottawa Public Library. Church Cathedral will be hosting the annual Burns Nite Dinner in the Great Hall beginning at 5:30 Through Jan. 31 p.m. This is the time when Scots Bytown Beat chorus ( Ottawa On and all those who would like to be Region 16 Sweet Adelines Intl.) Scots get together to celebrate the is a small chorus of enthusiastic, Immortal Bard, Robbie Burns. The performance-oriented, fun-loving piping in of the Haggis takes place women who are serious about their at 6 p.m. with Canon Bill Fairlie of musical goals. We are seeking a the RCMP Pipe Band and the toast Musical Director who has expeto the Haggis by Geoff Heintzman. rience in directing and who has The post supper cabaret will fea- strong and positive teaching skills. ture the father and son duo, David Applicants will have, preferably, an and Alasdair Campbell along with understanding of women’s 4-part Garth Hampson,singing favorite barbershop harmony or a willingsongs of Burns. There will also ness to learn this a cappella style. be a silent auction. This is a great Contact us at-BBDirectorSearch@ evening out with lots of Scottish gmail.com Deadline to submit retraditions, now in its third year. sumes or enquiries is Jan. 31. Tickets can be ordered by calling 613-236-9149. Christ Church Ca- Feb. 12 thedral is located at 414 Sparks St. The public is invited to an opening reception for Winter Medley - the latest show to be presented by Arteast. The reception will Jan. 26 On Jan. 26 the Ottawa PC Users’ take place on Sunday, February Group will host, Windows 10 - The 12th, from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. on the good, the bad, and the ugly from ground floor of the Shenkman concerns. Join the discussion with Chris Taylor and Jeff Dubois from the Ottawa PC Users’ Group. Jeff will describe the value of social media sites, while Chris will give the cautions about using these tools so that you don’t compromise your computer, your job, your identity, or worse. To attend this free seminar, please register with the Ottawa Public Library.

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Arts Centre, 245 Centrum Blvd. ARTEAST is pleased to present the diverse works of its members, comprising many subjects, styles and media. Its membership includes many talented local artists, as well as a good number from all over the world. Such a diverse group enriches Ottawa’s creative community with a wide variety of global viewpoints, training and experience. There is a story behind every unique artwork, and an artist willing to elaborate on that story. The works of art in this exhibition showcase the varied media that Arteast members employ and are representative of the high quality of work produced by its membership. Arteast is a highly active, not-forprofit visual arts organization in Eastern Ontario. Membership in Arteast is open to artists, both amateur and professional, and to all who enjoy and want to participate in the visual arts.

Feb. 16

The new Ottawa-based not-forprofit Youth Experience Project is hosting a fundraiser to help provide Ottawa children-in-need with unique experiences. The event takes place on Feb. 16, beginning at 6 p.m., at the Red Lion Public House, located in the ByWard Market at 47 Clarence St. Have your photo taken with a cosplayer, play with a VR headset and experiment with green-screen technology – all by donation. For details, visit clubify.

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Feb. 17

Schoolchildren are invited to spend their PD Day on Feb. 17 at the Alta Vista library branch. Come play games: roll the dice, pick a suit or grab a nunchuk. There will be card and board games as well as Nintendo Wii. The games session takes place from 2 to 4 p.m. The branch is situated at 2516 Alta Vista Dr. For details, call 613-580-2424, ext. 30426.

Ongoing

Muséoparc Vanier is looking to fill an on-going volunteer reception position. Interested applicants must be bilingual (spoken and written), good interpersonal skills and has a good sense of responsibility. Duties and responsibilities include, serve as host for guests of the museum, assuring a presence at reception, conduct all functions related to visitors’ admission, inform visitors/respond to question related to our exhibits and programs, perform a range of administrative tasks such as answering the phone, photocopying, filing and other tasks as occasionally required  and keep statistics related to admissions/attendance. Hours can vary based on availability. Please contact Nancy Penkala 613-842-9871 or email benevoles@museoparc.ca for more information or to apply.

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