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Federal organization is ‘meddling’ in local projects: Watson A parking petition will be passed around to change limits near Lansdowne. – Page 3


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News - The frustration Ottawa and Gatineau face from dealing with the National Capital Commission has led to the mayors of both cities to call on the prime minister to make changes to the agency. Ottawa Mayor Jim Watson was joined by Gatineau Mayor Maxime Pedneaud-Jobin at Ottawa city hall on Jan. 29 to announce they were sending a joint letter to Prime Minister Stephen Harper calling for changes to the commission’s governance structure. The changes are needed to end the NCC’s stonewalling of projects and processes made by local elected officials, Watson said. He compared the “democrat deficit� of the NCC to the scandals plaguing the Senate. “Yes, we are the nation’s capital. It’s a banner we wear

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Giving kids a sporting chance Gov.-Gen. David Johnston and Justice Minister Peter MacKay warm up before the first annual Canal Classic supporting Jumpstart Charities. The friendly game of shinny played on the Rideau Canal on Jan. 30 aimed to raise money to help low-income children in Ottawa participate in sports and recreational activities by covering the costs of registration, equipment and transportation, with 100 per cent of the money raised to go towards the charity.

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with pride, but it doesn’t mean our residents and taxpayers deserve to be shut out of the conversation or pay a premium in their property taxes,� Watson said. Watson said he and Pedneaud-Jobin agree that the NCC has lost its focus. Aside from weighing in on major projects like the route for the city’s “Stage 2� light-rail project (which the city hopes to run through 500 metres of NCC land), the commission has a role in many other city initiatives. Ottawa must consult the NCC if it wants to make changes to city hall. The commission also “feels the need to dictate� details such as what kinds of shrubs the city should plant along Confederation Line, the first leg of the light-rail line, Watson said.

News - Skaters in Ottawa are asking people to ollie up some cash to help make this city’s first downtown skate park the best it can be. The redevelopment of Centretown’s McNabb Park will cost $1 million and once complete, it will feature a skate-

board area, a community garden and a new play structure. A total of 1,200 square metres of McNabb Park is available for the skate park, with a grand sum of $300,000 to spend. In an effort to create something to really be proud of, the Ottawa Skateboard Community Association is trying to raise an additional $100,000 to add

features skateboard shop owner and association member Aaron Cayer said all skaters want. Cayer explained that when the plans for the McNabb skate park were revealed, the association felt there were some key elements which were left out of the plan -- so the group decided to contribute to the project. Funny enough, one of the things the association is raising

the money for is as simple as making a flat surface, the other is to have low rails, or ledges, the height of benches for small jumps and tricks. “It’s about making sure there is enough space and places for everyone to enjoy, without having to wait around,� Cayer said. See GROUP, page 25





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Public meeting for Beausoleil, Chapel intersection changes Presentation to include reasons for change and plans Michelle Nash

News - Rideau-Vanier Coun. Mathieu Fleury will host a meeting next week concerning the proposed changes to an intersection in Lowertown. The meeting will take place on Feb. 12 in the basement of the Rideau Branch of the Ottawa Public Library at 6 p.m. and will allow members of the public to discuss the proposed configuration for the intersection of Beausoleil Drive and Chapel Street. There will be a presentation

ing in December 2013. Painting pedestrian crossing lines at the intersection is also part of the plans, which is aimed to be completed in the spring. “Our intention from the beginning was to improve that intersection,” Fleury said. “To force people to stop. We have had near misses and injuries in the past.” Fleury’s staff has been working closely with the province and reviewing the Ontario Highway Traffic Act to see what could be done about the intersection. According to Fleury, the volume of people crossing is not enough to warrant a signal light crossing, but putting in the stop sign is a step in the right direction. Other future options, Fleury said, could include creating a raised crossing.

on the reasons for the change, which will include installing a stop sign on Beausoleil and convert the opening of Chapel Street and Beausoleil into a cyclist access-only intersection. A dead-end street, Chapel was opened as part of the Rideau Street Renewal construction to offer detours for traffic last summer. According to a letter Fleury’s office sent out to residents, Fleury asked for the delay of the closure of Chapel to allow staff to analyze the opportunity to create a safe pedestrian crossing, mainly for students who attend York Street Public School, Sainte-Anne Catholic School and De La Salle High School. The cycling access-only proposal that will be presented is one that community members suggested at a meet-


A public meeting will be held for resident to view the proposed changes to the Beausoleil Drive and Chapel Street intersection.






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The Glebe Community Association’s traffic committee will be working with residents who live near Lansdowne Park to change parking hours on the street from three hours to one hour.

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News - In an effort to reserve residential parking spaces for those living in the area, the Glebe will start a petition calling on the city to change the hours for on-street parking near Lansdowne Park. Brian Mitchell, who leads the Glebe Community Association’s traffic committee, said the city will be assisting the community with the petition process for residents to request a reduction of parking times on streets closest to Lansdowne. Currently, parking is allowed for three hours on streets such as Holmwood Avenue and Fifth Avenue, which Mitchell reported could be reduced to one hour – if residents wish to do so. “We know that they want this,� Mitchell said at the

Glebe’s association meeting on Jan. 28. “The rationale for this change is to prevent those streets from becoming a free parking lot for Lansdowne.� He added the idea was strongly supported by area residents in a traffic survey conducted last year. Mitchell created the survey to better understand worries residents had ahead of the reopening of Lansdowne later this year. Mitchell used the results to create a report for the city and the Lansdowne Traffic Advisory Committee, led by Capital Coun. David Chernushenko.. According to Mitchell’s monthly committee report, a walkabout took place in January on Bank Street to explain to city staff problems with pedestrian signals. As well, the city also



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held a meeting to discuss the communityâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s recommendations for the Isabella-Elgin Street intersection to improve its efficiency, so it could become a better option for cars travelling from the west end of the city to use Queen Elizabeth Drive instead of using Bank Street or Bronson Avenue to access Lansdowne. Mitchell said the city has agreed to work with the Ministry of Transport to identify it as a preferred route for cars to travel to the park. The city also told Mitchell they would monitor traffic volumes and congestion on Isabella during events at Lansdowne. The process of a petition must be initiated by residents on the street by calling 311 and getting connected to a traffic assessment specialist. If the specialist determines

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Vanier Beautification group wins clean up award

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Community - If you have heard of the Vanier Beautification group, chances are you have heard they are awesome garbage pickers. And if you didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t already know that, now they have another award to prove it. The group, affectionately known as â&#x20AC;&#x153;busy bees,â&#x20AC;? is a neighbourhood committee bent on making Vanier the cleanest community in the city. As a reward for all their dirty work, the group recently won a Clean the Capital prize of $500 from the Graffiti Response Team and a $25 gift certificate from the Georgetown Pub. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I think the money should go back into the community,â&#x20AC;? said Suzan Proulx, co-chairwoman of the committee. The first large chunk of change the group has ever received, all members agreed with Proulx that the best idea is to put it back into the community. Proulx suggested the Vanier Community Church, which was recently hit by graffiti. Members in attendance at a recent

Last month in this space I looked back at some of the things council has accomplished during the ďŹ rst three years of our term. Now that the holidays are far in the rear-view and people are back in their usual rhythms, I wanted to write this month about what 2014 has in store. This year marks the third year of our Ottawa On the Move project with 150 infrastructure projects across the city underway. Roads, sewers, sidewalks, bike paths, and more will continue to be upgraded to prepare our cityâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s transit infrastructure for the coming of Light Rapid Transit (LRT). SUBMITTED

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Jean-Michel Rousseau and Elvira Maria Diaz-Granados, two members dug by our three boring machines (Chewrocka, Jawbreaker, and of Vanier Beautification clean some graffiti in the neighbourhood. Crocodile Rouge as named by the Grade 4 students who won meeting agreed, stating a little help from the group could go a long way to help the church pay for the removal. The group agreed Beautificationâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s official graffiti buster, Allana MacIntosh, should be consulted on areas that could use a little extra elbow grease. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I think we should put on our thinking hats, maybe do a drive or

walk around and look at where is most needed,â&#x20AC;? said Tina Delaney, cochairwoman of the committee. The group officially accepted the Clean the Capital award at a reception at city hall on Jan. 29. At the ceremony, Mayor Jim Watson confirmed more than 80,000 people participated in 1,400 events in both the spring and fall clean-ups.

our naming competition). In January we passed the 10% mark of the 2.5km tunnel and the system remains on track to be fully operation by 2018. Opening in 2014 will be TD Place at Lansdowne Park as we WELCOME/TTAWASNEW#&,FRANCHISE THE/TTAWA2%$",!#+3 AND/TTAWA&URY&#TO/TTAWA4HISHASBEENALONGTIMECOMING and I am thrilled to see the results of councilâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s decisive action to move forward with redeveloping Lansdowne Park start to come to fruition this summer. Ottawa On the Move, LRT, and Lansdowne Park are the biggest infrastructure projects underway in 2014 but this year will also mark the beginning of some smaller but equally important projects as well including:

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NCC planning safe pedestrian crossing at key canal spots Fifth Avenue and Queen Elizabeth Drive up first Michelle Nash

News - Crossing the Queen Elizabeth Driveway at Fifth Avenue in the Glebe could soon become a little safer after new safety measures are installed. The National Capital Commission confirmed at the end of January that it would be moving forward with the planned improvements with work expected to begin in the fall. The decision to complete the safer crossing is a result of the Rideau Canal Corridor Pedestrian Crossings Study completed in 2011, based on community consultations held in 2010. The goal of the study was to identify key crossing points and develop solutions to allow for use of the area all year long and included input from community associations, special interest groups and representatives from both the city’s universities. According to NCC spokesman Cédric Pelletier, the NCC has completed other pedestrian crossings on Colonel By Drive behind Carleton University.


Skaters dodge traffic across the road at Fifth Avenue and Queen Elizabeth Drive. The crossing will become a little safer this fall after the National Capital Commission announced it would begin work on improvements to the site. The most recent crossing, designated a priority crossing because of its proximity to the university, was completed in late last year, at a cost of $300,000, which included four street lights and a pedestrian refuge island. A similar crossing completed in early 2013 at Dow’s Lake cost the NCC $350,000 and included a pedestrian crossing as well as improvement to the parking lot at Carleton

University and the nearby roadway. Pedestrian and cycling crossing signs were placed at both spots. A provincially-sanctioned alternative is pedestrian priority crossings with yellow signs and flashing lights, and distinct painted crossing which require a motorist to stop when a pedestrian is waiting to cross, but the city nixed the use of thos in Ottawa in 2002 because drivers weren’t stopping at them.

The alternative to the pedestrian priority crossing would be a signal light crossing, at a generalized city cost of $75,000 to $100,000 depending on needs at a particular site. But whether the crossing will be similar to those already implemented along the canal, or becomes a signal-light crossing has yet to be determined. According to Pelletier, the next steps for the NCC will be to work

on the design and establish what the cost for the new Fifth Avenue crossing will be. In addition, the NCC said it would create another safe crossing on the other side of the canal at Colonel By and Clegg Street. According to the NCC, work for that project would start as soon as funds are available. The NCC will move forward with the planned improvements at both road crossings ahead of any city plans to build a pedestrian footbridge over the canal at this location. The cost of the proposed footbridge is pegged at $17.5 million, but the city has no plans to build it until 2020 or 2021, said Capital Coun. David Chernushenko at a Jan. 28 Glebe Community Association meeting. As a result, the councillor said he would like to create a communityled fundraising campaign to get the bridge built sooner rather than later. The councillor said he is planning to hold a brainstorming session to discuss ways the community could fundraise for the bridge. “I want to get the momentum going,” Chernushenko said. “Maybe we can get it built earlier.” More information about the design and timeline for the footbridge is available on the city’s website,



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Notice to Owners/Residents Notice of Study Commencement and Public Open House Highway 417–Pinecrest Road Interchange Eastbound Transit Operational Improvements


A specific student-oriented development in Sandy Hill has motivated Action Sandy Hill to hire a professional planner to fight the proposal.

Action Sandy Hill votes to hire planner Michelle Nash

News - Action Sandy Hill will hire a profession planner to help them battle the latest development application proposed for the community. The development application in question is a purpose-built student housing building at the corner of Laurier Avenue and Friel Street proposed by Viner Assets and consists of 162 units, with the potential for 600 students to live in the building. Viner said the building would be professionally managed by a specialized student housing property manager from the United States, CA Ventures. The proposal was not well received by area residents, who came out in droves to a meeting back in November concerning the application. Many opposed the proposal, stating student housing should be built only on the University of Ottawa’s campus and not in their neighbourhood. Action Sandy Hill’s planning committee, which is also not in favour of the application, recently reached out to a professional planning consultant for advice and guidance. Association vice-president Chad Rollins reported back to the board at its monthly meeting on Jan. 27, proposing that the board hire a planner to help comment, consult and fight the application. “From my perspective, to spend a few thousand dollars on a few important files, I think we should do it,”

Rollins said. The board, which has already submitted comments concerning the application, will be consulting with this hired planner to see if there is anything more it could say or do to help change or shape the proposal. Association treasurer Kyle Simunovic said he felt as a precaution the board should make sure there is a cap on the spending process, but agreed with the idea. The motion, which was introduced by Rollins and seconded by fellow board member Jane Gurr, was for the board to approve spending to a maximum of $1,000 to hire a planner to assist with the Laurier/Friel proposal. Of the 14 current board members, eight were present, voting unanimously in favour of the motion. Rollins said the planner he has been speaking with figured he would need to work with the file for at least three to four hours, and will submit a report to the board. “We could look at this like an experiment,” he said. “Maybe it works, maybe it doesn’t, but then we will know.” Rollins suggested the board could approve this particular spending for the Friel proposal and any future applications would need separate board approval. Bob Forbes, the association’s other vice-president, said he felt the idea was a great one and added residents who lived near the proposed development would be in favour, and possibly help with future fundraising initiatives.

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Hudak has much to prove


hereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s something peculiar in the wind blowing across the province since the turn of the calendar year. While many might hope for the sweet smell of spring, theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll be disappointed to learn itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s only the stale odour of a provincial election, which threatens to extend Ontarioâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s long winter. News from Queenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Park is flying thick and fast, with both the ruling Liberals and opposition Progressive Conservatives ramping up the rhetoric in advance of what will surely be an election this April or May. From Premier Kathleen Wynne pledging to raise the minimum wage to PC leader Tim Hudak promising to bring more than a million jobs to the province, our leaders are suddenly bursting with plans to make our lives better than they have been for much of the past six years. Six years. Thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s how long itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s been since world financial markets melted down, plunging the global economy into a tailspin it is just now showing signs of pulling out of, at least in a manner that most of us would notice. That recovery isnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t extending to everyone in equal measure, however. Here in Ontario, the jobless rate still exceeds the national average. Kickstarting the economy needs to be top priority for the premierâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s office, no matter who occupies it.

Which brings us to Hudak. After more than 10 years in power, what provincial Liberals have to offer has been on display for quite a while, even after a year under Wynneâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s leadership. If NDP leader Andrea Horwath has anything to contribute outside of support for the Liberals, sheâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s keeping it to herself. So it falls largely to Hudak to offer the province a new way forward. What has he proposed? Through a combination of balanced budgets, lower energy costs and taxes, and â&#x20AC;&#x153;right to workâ&#x20AC;? legislation, he plans to put the open for business sign back in the front window. Unfortunately, he offers little detail on how heâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll get this done. Yet that formula would lead to drastic changes from what Ontarians have been used to over the past 15 years. Are we prepared for that? Balancing the budget can certainly be accomplished, but cuts would need to be particularly deep if they are to facilitate both getting back into the black and lowering taxes. Lowering hydro costs is also far from easy: the hole dug on the energy file by the Liberals is very deep â&#x20AC;&#x201C; getting out of it wonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t come without further cost, let alone smaller bills for consumers and businesses. Hudak needs to better explain how he intends to accomplish his goals if voters are to feel confident offering their support when the writ is dropped.


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art of being Canadian involves bragging to people from warmer climes about how cold it is up here. Another part of being Canadian is wanting to get out of the cold. So, now this will be interesting â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Winterlude and the Olympics at the same time. One is trying to get you out of the house; the other is tempting you to stay in. How you resolve that is up to you, but the choice says something about the way we winter in this country. Half of our national make-up glorifies our climate and takes pride in getting out there and conquering it. The other half says: â&#x20AC;&#x153;Turn up the heat, close the doors and whatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s on TV?â&#x20AC;? Now, itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s entirely possible that whatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s on TV will drive you outside. Much as everyone enjoys watching the skiing, the skating, the hockey and the luge, much of the TV coverage of the Olympics is not about skates, skis, hockey sticks and luges. It is about the networks that are carrying them. We know that from their advance commercials. This is their chance to shine, they all figure, and their big-name personalities will be featured at length and maybe weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll get to watch some Olympic events, too, between all the grinning and cheerleading.

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CHARLES GORDON Funny Town A few hours of TV and radio self-obsession might impel you out the door to check out what Winterlude has to offer. Now, Winterlude has had a mixed history. It began its existence as something that clogged up the Rideau Canal ice with horses and TV personalities and corporate sponsors so that no one could have a decent skate. No less a person than former NCC chairman Douglas Fullerton, the father of canal skating, went public with the idea that the â&#x20AC;&#x153;rink,â&#x20AC;? as he called it, was for skating, not for standing around and watching stuff. But eventually, the Winterlude people got a handle on that, moved many of the events off the ice, got more and more local businesses involved, reached out to the arts community and created a bigger, yet somehow better festival.

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One difference this year is that the National Capital Commission, which initiated Winterlude and has run it for decades, is no longer doing so. Now itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s the Department of Canadian Heritage. A message from the minister in the program announces that this yearâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Winterlude will be highlighting the 100th anniversary of the First World War, not exactly a fun time, and the 150th anniversary of the Charlottetown and Quebec Conferences. A Winterlude celebration of constitutional conferences: thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s an ice sculpture challenge for you. And thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s maybe another reason to rush home and turn on the tube. And there, back at the Olympics, we will notice how the politicians, the broadcasters and the sports bureaucrats always find a way to get in the way of the athletes. To that, we can now add the security services. Occasionally the cheerleading will be interrupted by traditional laments for the demise of the purity of sport. This will give us the opportunity to remember that sports must, at one time, have been pure, and try to think what that would have looked like. Before the bureaucrats, the corporations, the broadcasters, the politicians, the security services and drug testers got in the way, Olympic sport was about the individual athlete. It was

not about the individual athleteâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s nationality. But then countries began keeping score and all of a sudden nationalism was added to the Olympic movementâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s many problems. Canadians, of course, are among the worst offenders. When our hockey teams are on the ice, nothing can keep us from cheering on our country, not even a Winterlude celebration of the 150th anniversary of the Charlottetown Conference. We know that this isnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t really what the Olympics is supposed to be about, but we canâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t help ourselves. Maybe we should get out of the house more. Except that itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s winter.

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It’s February – time to start thinking taxes


here’s nothing like February to get all you anxious, depressed people thinking about something even more depressing – tax filing. But if you’re the type who likes to wait until that April 30 deadline, don’t. A little bit of upfront preparation will save you a lot of stress and anxiety down the road. The first place to start is by looking at your assessment from last year because the deadline to make tax-sheltering contributions to registered retirement savings plans is March 3. If you find yourself in a 46 per cent tax bracket, it’s best to make the maximum contribution possible, even if that means taking out an RRSP loan. But what if you’re in a low income tax bracket? If you’ve got the money to save right now, it may still worth making the contribution, says Ottawa Money Coach Judith Cane. “Let’s say you have money to contribute, and you don’t make that much money, but you know your income will be higher in five years or so,” says Cane with Money Coaches Canada. “You can make the contribution now, but save the tax shelter and use it for a later tax year when you’re making more money.” If you’re consistently lowincome says Cane, RRSPs may not be your best savings option, but it’s a good idea to talk to a money coach or a financial adviser about other investment options like taxfree savings accounts so that you have some money growing for retirement. For people who aren’t already making automatic


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Capital Muse weekly or monthly RRSP contributions, February is also a good time to set this up. “If you’re one of these people that wait until the end of the year to do your RRSP contribution and you find yourself taking out a loan every year to do this, it may give you fewer headaches to have those regular contributions come out of your account with your biweekly paycheque,” says Cane. If you have more money to contribute this year, based on a salary or inflation increase, and you’re already having those regular contributions come out, February can be a great time to up the amount you’re putting into your RRSP, even if it’s just a few dollars per week. Beyond RRSPs, Cane says people need to work on gathering receipts for anything that may give them some tax credit or relief. “You can get a tax credit for using public transit,” says Cane. “But the most common question clients get from Canada Revenue Agency is, ‘where are the receipts?’” If you’re a regular OC Transpo user, now’s the time to start looking through old handbags, shoeboxes, wherever you typically keep those receipts and get them all in one place. If you have medical ex-

penses that aren’t otherwise covered by insurance, you can get some credit for those as well. And you may not realize – I didn’t – that you get a bigger tax deduction for charitable contributions in excess of $200 per year. “If you have over $200 in donations, then you jump to a 44-per cent tax savings,” says Cane. “A lot of people don’t realize you can accumulate the receipts and save them over a number of years. For married couples, they can be attributed to the highest income earner.” Families have a few more write-offs: children’s sports and arts programs (even summer camps), along with childcare receipts, can help you save some coin come tax time. But find those receipts. If you’re like me and you own a small, unincorporated business, there are a lot more options – writing off portions of property tax, home and car insurance, and household bills. But Cane has some firm advice for home business owners like us. “Keep everything for your personal and business separate, bank accounts too,” she says. “It’s a lot easier if you ever get audited, but it’s also the only way to know whether or not your business is actually making money.”

DEVELOPMENT APPLICATIONS / AMENDMENTS UNDER THE PLANNING ACT NOTICE OF PLANNING COMMITTEE MEETING Tuesday, February 11, 2014 – 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

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Are you worried about a senior in your community? As the manager of RBC’s Carlingwood branch, Sue Danahy has regular contact with many older clients. For many seniors who visit the branch, a bank teller may be the only person they see during their day. That is why Sue knows it’s important to help link her clients to the services and supports they may need to stay safe and independent in their homes. Recently, the staff at RBC Carlingwood took part in a 30-minute Lunch and Learn training session with Ottawa Public Health’s Community Connect program.

adults in Ottawa live alone and To help seniors you know stay safe want to remain in their own homes and independent, remember to: for as long as they can.


Ottawa Public Health (OPH) offers free training to businesses, • Look for a change in their health or well-being, like a change in community groups or volunteers how they act who have regular contact with older adults. Employees of businesses • Listen and ask questions like, such as hair salons, banks and “How do you spend your day?” grocery stores are trained to spot signs of isolation in seniors and • Connect with a nurse at Ottawa Public Health how to connect them to community supports and services. Since the spring of 2013, OPH has trained more than 2,300 people in 70 The Community Connect program organizations and businesses. To learn more about the helps seniors in declining health or Community Connect program to the Community living conditions to access services Thanks and how you can help someone in the community. There are Connect program, the staff of RBC in need, call Ottawa Public currently more than 10,000 older Carlingwood can identify if an older adult needs support. Public health Health at 613-580-6744 adults in Ottawa who are isolated nurses provide assessment and (TTY: 613-580-9656) or visit us and have little support from family referral services for older adults to or friends to act on their behalf. online at Approximately one quarter of older connect them with the support they may need.

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Building proposed for legion site divides community Laura Mueller

News - Presentations made to the planning committee on a proposed four-storey apartment building in Old Ottawa East exposed a deeply divided neighbourhood. More than a dozen speakers came out to the committeeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s meeting on Jan. 28 both in support of and opposition to a proposed eight-unit building to be erected at 99 GreenďŹ eld Ave. â&#x20AC;&#x201C; the site of the former legion branch. The proposal was approved by the committee in the end, with dissent from Stittsville Coun. Shad Qadri, but not before residents aired grievances with each other. Even some residents from Kingâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Landing, a neighbouring complex that almost surrounds the unusually shaped legion lot, were strongly in support of the proposal, while others were bitterly against it. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I strongly support the development as itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s proposed,â&#x20AC;? said Dr. Jim Lunney, who lives nearby on Echo Drive. He said the building, which is intended to be accessible, would be a perfect place for aging residents to move to if they wanted to stay in the community as they downsize. Kathleen Lundgren said a suggestion that the new building would â&#x20AC;&#x153;ruinâ&#x20AC;? the privacy of Kingâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Landing


Old Ottawa East residents are bitterly divided over this proposed four-storey residential building on Greenfield Avenue, which the planning committee approved on Jan. 28. residents is preposterous. She and several other delegates from Kingâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Landing complained that their interests were inaccurately represented at a prior meeting of the cityâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s ďŹ nance and economic development committee, when the committee agreed to close an unused road allowance and sell it to the legion

propertyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s owner to increase the size of the lot. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Everyone who wanted to be part of this could have and was,â&#x20AC;? said Capital Coun. David Chernushenko, who represents the area. The presentations dumbfounded Coun. Peter Hume, chairman of the planning committee.

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â&#x20AC;&#x153;This, once again, is another example of spot zoning,â&#x20AC;? said John Dance, president of the Old Ottawa East Community Association. Dance said the raft of variances needed for the project to go ahead prove that it doesnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t meet the objectives of the cityâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s plans for the area. The variances are necessary due to the awkward, wedge shape of the lot, said Katherine Grachuta, a planner from FoTenn working on behalf of the developer. The variances would actually provide more privacy for neighbouring residents by allowing balconies to be offset from Kingâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Landing units, she said. Anthony Bruni, the projectâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s architect, said he approached the design from how to best use the wedge of land. â&#x20AC;&#x153;This does not seem to be as tightly squeezed as some of the other buildings in the area. It seems to ďŹ&#x201A;oat quite well,â&#x20AC;? he said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I think itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s important that it ďŹ ts in but stands on its own and engages the public realm.â&#x20AC;? Dance pointed out that the lot is 14 per cent too small to allow a 14.5metre-tall building. But planning manager John Smit said the property has always carried the rights to a building that tall because it has R4 residential high-density zoning. The building will provide eight parking spaces in its garage.

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Ottawa South says goodbye to OSWatch Volunteers needed for new committees made in part to help tackle every development, zoning, traffic and safety issue and concern properly. â&#x20AC;&#x153;It seemed like the OSWatch meetings began to take a different approach and traffic was taking a lot of the time because of Lansdowne Park,â&#x20AC;? Hancock said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;It made more sense to have people who are interested in zoning working on zoning and people inter-

Michelle Nash

News - Ottawa South Community Association has disbanded its OSWatch committee in an effort to make sure development and traffic issues in Old Ottawa South each get the attention they deserve. The decision, said president Linda Hancock, was

ested in traffic working on traffic.â&#x20AC;? Now instead of separating time between reacting to a flood of development applications as they come in and responding to traffic issues and studies, the association voted to make the two separate, leading to the creation of a development and zoning committee and a traffic and safety committee. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We are looking to be more proactive for both areas,â&#x20AC;? Hancock said.

According to Hancock, both are looking for volunteers to head up each committee and members to help manage community concerns and issues as they come forward. For more information about the committees or to volunteer, email Hancock at president@oldottawasouth. ca or visit the website at


City staffer Kyle Carson speaks with Old Ottawa South residents about the updated plans for the Riverdale Avenue and joining streets traffic management plan.

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Glebe BIA to host Winterlude event or snowboarders to compete or, for those more comfortable in the stands, spectators to see an impressive array of tricks. Executive director of the BIA, Andrew Peck, said the event garnered rave reviews last year, so the organization decided to host it again. There will also be lessons from snowboarding coaching company the Akademy, who will have demo snowboards and skis available for children.

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News -There is no need to head to the hills this weekend - the ski hills are coming to the heart of the Glebe. The Glebe Business Improvement Area and the Carleton University Ski and Snowboard Club will host the second annual Ski and Snowboard Rail Jam competition on Feb. 8. The event invites avid skiers

The event is free for spectators and itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s $20 to register for the competition. The coaching sessions will cost $15. Free hot beverages will be offered by Davidâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Tea. Registration begins at 9 a.m., lessons begin at 10:30 a.m. and the contest starts at 1 p.m. For more information about the event, please call the BIA at 613-680-8506 or email info@

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PC Leader addresses hydro rates and jobs plan

News - The rising hydro rate is just another jobs killer, says PC party leader Tim Hudak, and it’s already affecting small businesses, like the Electric and Plumbing Store in Bells Corners. Hudak discussed rising energy costs at a media address at the store on Jan. 24, which is owned by the Bells Corners BIA Chair, Jim Sourges. A letter, circulated by the Bells Corners BIA about the rise in hydro rates, is what originally attracted the party leader’s attention. But Hudak was quick to include the issue of hydro rates with his “Million Jobs Plan.” “Our taxes are too high; our energy rates are going through the roof. I’ve got a comprehensive plan to turn that around,” said Hudak. The plan is to create a million jobs within eight years. That would require creating 40,000 more new jobs each year than Ontario creates in an average year. However, Hudak was cagey on exactly how he would accomplish this. But it was clear he sees rising hydro rates as the enemy. After several questions asking how he might generate a million jobs, Hu-

dak explained, “I just believe that if you get a province that spends within its means, that balances its budget, gets energy under control and taxes down, we are going to say ‘We are open for business’ and hire people again.” While he admits the goal is ambitious, he said he’s helped do it before. The PC’s last government brought 1.1 million new jobs to Ontario between 1995 and 2003, said Hudak. However, whether or not Hudak can deliver was of no concern to Sourges. The point of the visit was addressing rising hydro rates, he said. “I think that small business is an important part of our community, and I was quite happy that hydro rates were being addressed at a very high level and the fact that it happened on my site was great.” Though the Million Jobs Plan pitch came as a surprise to Sourges, he said the hydro rate issue is a growing concern. The problem is the global adjustment payment tacked onto hydro bills, he said. “There was a time when the global adjustment was about half of the cost of the actual hydro,” he said. “Over the last six to eight months, it’s been double the cost of hydro.”

Because his store deals in electrical and lighting, it is hit even harder by hydro rate increases. And while families can ration their energy usage by being aware of peak time rates, that’s not an option for businesses. “I can’t just shut the lights off, because that’s what people are here to buy,” said Sourges. Right now, the hydro bill for Sourges’ building is about $10,000 a month. “That’s already now about $1,500 a month more than it was even six to eight months ago,” he said. Hydro rates are expected to continue to rise almost 50 per cent in the next three years. Sourges worries that the rise could ruin his business. “The problem is that now that you can buy things on the Internet, people with warehouses who have the lights shut off and only one guy working now have an advantage over us. “So we are talking about the 40 people I employ between my two stores. That’s being put in jeopardy when we are talking about increasing my hydro rate by potentially 40, 50 per cent over a relatively short period.” Right now, Sourges said he is able to match online prices, but with continued increases, that could change.


Ontario PC arty leader Tim Hudak, centre, speaks with owner of The Electrical and Plumbing Store on Northside Road, Jim Sourges, second from left, after making an address to media alongside NepeanCarleton MPP Lisa MacLeod, right, and Ottawa West-Nepean nominee Randall Denley on Jan. 24. “If we get to that point where (power bills are) 50 and 60 per cent higher than now, then it will affect the actual viability of the business.” These are just some of the concerns that were voiced at a round-table discussion with area BIA’s, Hudak and Nepean-Carleton MPP Lisa MacLeod before the media address.

Changes in Ontario energy are not all bad though, said Sourges. He said he likes the government’s move to clean energy, but the problem for him is not a moral one, but an economic one: “The idea is a good one and a legitimate one. The problem is that you can go bankrupt on your ideals.”


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News - With the western segment of the city’s LRT plan not yet set in stone, frustration was in the air during a Jan. 22 meeting between the city and NCC board members. The city wants to use a narrow portion of the federal land that contains the John A. Macdonald Parkway to bring the LRT line from Dominion Station to the future Cleary Station near Richmond Road, a decision that has raised past objections from the NCC. The federal body claims the use of a 1.2-kilometer stretch of its land (near the inner border) for a partially buried transit line would impede access to the riverfront and spoil views. The city wants the budget for segment between Tunney’s Pasture and Baseline Station to remain under $1 billion, with the cost currently standing at $980,000 following alterations to an earlier plan that saw a larger portion of the stretch placed below grade. Deputy City Manager Nancy Shepers spoke on behalf of the city, but the NCC members quickly discovered they wouldn’t be getting all the information they hoped for. Specifically, what the cost would be for burying the entire length of the 1.2-kilometer stretch west of Dominion station. Shepers didn’t have that number, stating that an environmental assessment for the corridor was ongoing. The city, she said, is also looking at combining the Dominion-Baseline project with the Pinecrest-to-Bayshore LRT leg identified in its 2013 Transportation Master Plan (which was passed last November). The stretch to Bayshore

is meant to eliminate OC Transpo buses on the Queensway, and would cost $396 million. Board member Kay Stanley called this move a form of ‘bait and switch’ – a “ploy to gain something favourable” by drawing attention elsewhere. “We were dealing with apples before, and now we’re dealing with apples and oranges,” said Stanley, adding that the architects of the pro-

vincial environmental assessment might not be well versed in the federal laws that apply to the land in question. “This is not new - the only section that’s new is the extension out to Bayshore,” replied Shepers, adding that modifications to the plan for the Lincoln Fields transfer station were made to minimize impacts to the corridor. “WE believe that by working with the NCC we can respect the (funding) en-

veloper…it’s going to be a challenge and we’re going to have to be resourceful.” Shepers said the city’s goal for the project was to minimize impacts on the landscape and the experience of transit users. Board member Jason Sordi attempted to tone down some of the frustration in the room by highlighting what he saw as positives. “In spite of all the issues raised, there’s a lot of good

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Three levels of government are complicated enough already, the mayor said, without the added “intrusion” of another agency on long-term city-building initiatives. Other municipalities don’t have to deal with another agency “meddling” in their affairs, the letter states, and in most cases, the federal government and its agencies appear to facilitate and expedite local improvements to reflect decisions made by local representatives. The letter also states that the NCC’s “micromanagement and second guessing” of the

city’s long-term plans, particularly for light rail, are inconsistent with the commission’s duty to assist in the region’s long-term development. “We ask the Prime Minister, is this really what the NCC should be focused on?” Watson said. “We don’t need a fourth level of government.” The day after the mayors’ press conference, NCC chairman Russell Mills fired back that it’s important for the agency to balance local interests with national interests. “We are accountable to Canadians, as we should be,” he said. “Anything that would undermine the role of the NCC is unlikely to produce better

results. We need to retain that authority to stop bad ideas for federal land like a railroad along the riverfront.” The NCC only has jurisdiction over about 10 per cent of the land in the capital region, Mills said. He added that conflict between local politicians and the NCC is “just on the surface” and the agency has a deep working relationship with city staff. Adding local politicians to the NCC’s board of directors would be a first step to making the commission more accountable and representative of the area it serves, Watson said. He suggested the two mayors

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would be a natural fit to sit on the NCC’s board. “I think it would help the NCC,” he said. “I think they would be given greater credibility by having the elected representatives from the two cities to sit on the board and share information and act as a much more formal liaison than what we have now.” Increasing the number of local representatives on the commission’s board would make it more accountable, Watson said. Currently, the 14-member board is required to have a majority of eight members from outside the capital region. “I don’t believe that a visitor from the Northwest Territories or New Brunswick who sits on the board should cast the deciding vote on an important local, municipal issue,” he said. Local representation on federal boards is the norm on airport and port authorities. Ottawa deserves that same treatment, the mayor said. Ottawa West-Nepean MP John Baird, the minister in charge of the NCC, was unaware of the proposed letter to the Prime Minister before the two mayors held a news conference on Jan. 29. Watson


Ottawa Mayor Jim Watson, left, and Gatineau Mayor Maxime Pedneaud-Jobin met on Jan. 29 for the first time since Pedneaud-Jobin was elected in November. said he told board the mayors would be meeting to discuss issues, including the NCC. Rick Roth, a spokesman for Baird, said previous governments have dismissed the idea of adding local representation to the commission’s board. “I think the fact the Prime Minister has had a local minister responsible these last eight years is an enhancement,” he wrote in an email, noting the commission has a “pan-Canadian mandate.” Watson said he and Pedneaud-Jobin also discussed other common interests and

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also have to be meat for this meal. No supper was ever complete without meat. Often it would be salt pork simmering on the back of the stove in another big fry pan, or Mother would have a cookie sheet of homemade sausages baking in the oven with sliced apples around them. Father said the apples spoiled the taste of a good sausage. But Mother said if he was going to make German sauerkraut, then she would serve apples with the sausages, since that was a French custom she learned from her own mother. And so the two nationalities would come together at the Findlay Oval. Even though Mother often tried to duplicate Fatherâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s way of frying the sauerkraut, it never quite tasted the same. Before Mother moved to the backwoods of Renfrew County to marry a farmer of German heritage, she knew little of the foods


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s far as Father was concerned, he was the only one who knew how to properly cook sauerkraut. He said, getting a dig in at Mother about her heritage which was far removed from his German ancestry, you had to have good German blood running in your veins to turn out edible sauerkraut. I had no idea what blood had to do with it, but I had to admit I liked Fatherâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s sauerkraut better than Motherâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s. It all came from the same barrel, but whatever Father did, when it was ready we all ate it with great gusto. That is, all except my cousin Ronny who visited regularly from Montreal. He hated sauerkraut regardless who cooked it, and he took to hiding it all through the house, even prying off a bedroom baseboard one time to stash it away. But for the rest of us, when Father worked his magic at the Findlay Oval, there wasnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t a scrap left over for another meal.

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Sports - Rachel Homan got a workout on Jan. 28 at the Ottawa Sports Awards, getting called up to the stage several times for some big awards. Homan, originally from Orléans and living in Kanata, took home the top female athlete of the year honours, and the curling award. Then, joined by teammates Emma Miskew, Alison Kreviazuk, Lisa Weagle, she accepted the female team of the year awrd. “Ottawa has always been so supportive,” said Homan. “I’m greatful to live in this city.” It was a similar scene on the men’s side of the major awards. Basketball winner Philip Scrubb also won the male athlete of the year award, and made a second trip up to the stage along with teammates to accept male team of the year for the Carleton Ra-

vens basketball squad. The Ravens were male team of the year for the third year in a row. Scrubb, who hails from Vancouver, also acknowledged the city residents for hometown support. “I want to thank the community of Ottawa for supporting my team,” he said. “And (thank) my team for pushing me on and off the court and making me a better person.” Cheyanne Farquharson, from the Rideau Canoe Club - currently spending the winter coaching in New Zealand – took home coach of the year. The Rideau Canoe Club had many athletes at the award, as did the Ottawa Lions, who cheered on Nepean’s Glenroy Gilbert in winning male coach of the year. Gilbert coaches the men’s national 4-by-100metre relay team. The Mayor’s Cup for outstanding contribution in sport


The Glebe Collegiate Institute Gryphons girls cross country team accepts an award at the ceremony on Jan.28. The team includes Keili Shepherd, Cassidy Grimes, Kendall Saravanamutto, Anna Larkin, Anna Welburn, Clara MacKay, Katherine Marshall, Ali Pouw, Erika Rupar, Kate Millar, Katherine Greene, Hanna Smith, Claire Smith, Alexa Livingstone, Emma Barrett, August Sibthope, Nastasha Wong, Kendra Ridley and Kirk Dillabaugh (head coach). Claire Smith also won an individual award for cross country running. went to Ed Laverty from the Ottawa Nepean Touch Football League. The lead coach for the national Paralympic track and field team, Hugh Conlin, won the Brian Kilrea Lifetime Achievement Coaching Award. Because of the strong program with the Ottawa Lions, many Paralympic athletes have moved to Ottawa to train

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to discuss this condition with your veterinarian. Meet Comet (ID# A070935), a sweet seven-year-old male cat who is hoping to spend the chilly February nights curled up in his new forever home. He’s a gentle kitty who loves getting pet but also likes his alone time. Comet enjoys hunting bugs and scratching on his scratching post. Comet is a special needs adoption because he has been diagnosed with a heart murmur. Many animals (and (A070935) (A163637) humans) with heart murmurs go on to live happy and healthy normal ’ there, h though h h he h is i very laidl Bart is a happy little dog looking you hhe’s for a retirement home. This ten-year- back and not at all demanding. Bart lives! Comet’s condition will warrant old Pekingese mix would prefer to would be suitable to a home with kids discussion with your veterinarian be the only dog in the home – he is ages five and older. He would prefer and together you will decide how to so sweet and affectionate that he to live in a detached home. Bart is a manage it best. To meet Bart, Comet and all the will fill your home with love all on special needs adoption because he his own! Bart loves people and is has elevated liver enzymes. Mildly other animals available for adoption, always pleased to be by your side. elevated liver enzymes are fairly visit the Ottawa Humane Society at 245 He graciously accepts affection and common in older dogs and may or West Hunt Club Rd. or view the animals will give you a little nudge to remind may not be significant. You will need online at

with the club and Conlin. The Mark Lowry Memorial Award for lifetime achievement for a sports volunteer or administrator went to John Smith from the Bel-Air Copeland Lions and Norsemen Football Club. And Lee MacKay, a teacher at St. Paul Catholic High School, won the lifetime achievement award for techni-

cal official for his work coaching and officiating wrestling. Two local organizations received $500 at the sports awards: Ottawa Street Soccer and the Crystal Bay Centre for Special Education. Besides the major awards, all teams and athletes who won provincial or national titles were honoured on stage. A winner was chosen for ev-

ery sport played in the city as well. “Thank you all,” said Mayor Jim Watson, addressing the athletes, coaches, support staff, families and parents in the audience. “You are the heart and soul of amateur athletes in the city.” A full list of award winners can be found at




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look at our mature cats and dogs: adopters who bring home a cat or dog aged five and older in February will be entered to win a gift certificate from Supply and Demand, voted one of Canada’s top restaurants by enRoute magazine. Qualifying adopters will also take home some heart-shaped pet treats and get 20 per cent off at the OHS Buddy and Belle Boutique on the day they adopt, excluding food. Adopt a featured animal and get a pet bed for dogs or carrier for cats and a heartshaped toy. Information about the featured pet is available at the OHS.


with you. He has tan-coloured fur, big brown eyes and is 10 years young. Comet would like nothing more than to spend cozy evenings curled up on the couch with some snacks (tuna treats, please) and a good movie. He’s a gentle fellow who will happily listen as you recount all the details of your day, occasionally chiming in with a “meow.” He’s a middle-aged guy looking for a lifetime commitment. There are many animals like Bart and Comet at the OHS. To help these pets find that special match in the month of love, we’re giving adopters even more reason to take a second

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Second chance at love Some of these single pets have spent too much time at the OHS waiting for that forever home, watching families pass them over for younger versions of themselves – a kitten, a puppy. But these older pets aren’t jaded. They’re hopeful that February will be their month, that it will finally be their turn at a forever friend. Could one of these dogs or cats be the right match for you? Bart is keeping his paws crossed that you’ll stop by to say “hi.” He’s a happy-go-lucky sort of guy who wants to spend his golden years going for long walks in the neighbourhood


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St. Pius sledge hockey player heading to Sochi little more complicated, and more physical, in my opinion,” said Delaney. “I liked the challenge.” Being the youngest on the team, Delaney said he has spent a lot of time at the gym to help compete alongside – and against – older, larger

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Sports – While his fellow students at St. Pius X High School are deep into exams, this week will see 17-year-old Ben Delaney fly to Calgary to train in advance of the 2014 Paralympic Winter Games in Sochi, Russia. The Grade 12 student, who lost a lower leg to bone cancer at age 12, is the youngest member of the Canadian Paralympic sledge hockey team. Playing forward, Delaney’s thirst for competition saw him transition to sledge hockey four years ago, after years of playing hockey before his ordeal with cancer. Delaney got the phone call he had been waiting for on Jan. 15, but had to keep quiet to friends and classmates until the official roster was announced by Team Canada the following weekend. “It was a huge relief,” he

players. On-ice training took up much of the remainder of his free time. Training for the Paralympics while juggling a full course load in his final year of high school has been another challenge, but Delaney said his teachers at Pius X have been

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Ben Delaney is seen following his team’s win at the Four Nations Sledge Hockey Tournament in Sochi, Russia in 2013. said. “This has been a big goal of mine – the biggest part of my life for the past four years. I’m super pumped.” Delaney has been busy as of late. During his first season with Canada’s national team in 2013, Delaney helped the team net gold at the World Sledge Hockey Championship and the Four Nations Tournament in Sochi. He had joined the national development team in 2012. Following his surgery, Del-

aney said he had planned to start skating again, but felt the need for a new direction. “To go from being pretty speedy on the ice to starting all over … I wanted to try something new,” said Delaney. That led him to try sledge hockey and he has never looked back. “I loved it – I loved it more than when I played stand-up.” The more complex nature of sledge hockey was what he liked most. “It’s a little more tricky – a

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Nowhere to go Camille Musuakala of De La Salle, left, tries to get past a Samuel Genest defender during a senior boys OFSAA Division basketball game on Jan. 28. De La Salle won the game 6856 giving both teams a 3-5 record with two games left in the season.

Sports - Karen Butcher has spent her life on or around rinks. Butcher, who hails from Greely, started skating competitively with the Nepean Skating Club as a teen and got on a plane headed for Sochi Feb. 3 to be a judge in the 2014 winter Olympics. “When I was a teen my dad thought it would be a good idea for my sister and me to volunteer as amateur coaches,” Butcher said. “Many years later – after many more exams – I was promoted… and qualified to be a world judge.” Butcher said the qualification process has many steps. She is one of the 15 to 20 Canadians qualified to judge at the Olympic level. The exams, which are administered by the International Skating Union, are held once a year in Oberstdorf, Germany. In September during the Olympic trials, countries drew for the right to be able

to send judges. Canada was able to send someone to judge dance, pairs, team event and ladies, but not men’s. The team event is making its debut at this year’s Olympics. In the opening round, one skater per country does a short program in each of the four disciplines: men’s, women’s, pairs and ice dance. The top five countries then move on to the medal round, where skaters do a long program in the four events. Countries can make up to two roster changes between rounds. Butcher said Canada’s team ranked second at the ISU event in Tokyo earlier this year. “I think we are in a good position to win gold,” Butcher said. Butcher said while she feels pride for Canada, there’s no temptation to weigh the scales in the nation’s favour. “After the scandal in Salt Lake City, the rules about judging figure skating have become much stricter,” she said referring to the controversy over Russia’s gold

in 2002. “Obviously I hope Canada does well, but at the end it comes down to what they do on the ice.” Butcher said judging has both objective and subjective marks. There are the technical points for common jumps like a double axel. “Every skater can do a double axel, so they would get a mark for that, but then there’s marks for the way they execute it, which can be more subjective,” she said. Program scores would include things like transitions between jumps and interaction with the audience, Butcher said. Butcher said the Olympic organizing committee pays for her meals, travel and accommodation, but she will take a leave from her job at the Canada Revenue Agency to travel to Russia. “All judges are volunteers,” she said. While Butcher hung up her skates years ago, she said she will continue to judge because it keeps her connected to a sport she loves.

Rideau River ice breaking begins February 10, 2014 Rideau River flood control operations begin the week of February 10th with the cutting of the keys, weather permitting. Ice breaking operations, including blasting, are set to begin the week of March 1st, weather and ice conditions permitting, on the Rideau River between Rideau Falls and Hog’s Back.

A Reminder to Parents and Teachers Ice breaking operations will create open water. Children should be supervised at all times around water and should be warned of the dangers of open water. The City, in partnership with the Rideau Valley Conservation Authority, undertakes ice breaking operations each year to alleviate possible spring flooding in floodprone areas. Once started, these operations will be carried out daily, weather and ice conditions permitting.

All residents are asked to keep away from the river until operations are completed.



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Feb. 8 The Glabar Park Community Alliance will be hosting a winter fun day on Feb. 8 from 12 p.m. to 3 p.m. at Kingsmere Park. Come one, come all -- bring the kids for a funfilled afternoon of skating, games, a barbecue and marshmallow roasting over the bonfire. The Ottawa Valley Rock Garden & Horticultural Society will feature “Succulent Karoo Flora,” a presentation by Louis Jordaan, who will discuss the plants of this semi-desert region near Oudtshoorn in the Little Karoo, South Africa. The event takse place at 1:30 p.m. on Feb. 8 at the Westboro Masonic Hall, located at 430 Churchill Ave. Members of the public are welcome -- the event is $5 for non-members or an annual membership can be purchased for $20. For more information, visit

Feb. 11 Join the members of the Ottawa West Christian Women’s Club for a GoodLife Fitness presentation on Feb. 11 from 9:15 to 11 a.m. Singer Alice Kelly & speaker Valerie Kettles will also be on hand to entertain on this winter morning. Admission is $5 or $2 for first timers. The event

takes place at 225 McClellan Rd. (Arlington Woods Hall) includes childcare, light refreshments and door prizes. To reserve a seat, call 613-721-1257 or 613-829-2063.

Feb. 12 Central Christian Women’s Club invites you to a special presentation on Nordic pole walking, presented by certified instructor Gary Hayball. Music will be provided by vocalist Shannon Gagnon and speaker Irene Williams will share a talk about“A Love That Never Lets You Go.” The cost is $8 or $4 for first timers. The event takes place at 1 p.m. at the Calvin Christian Reformed Church, located at 1475 Merivale Rd. Please RSVP by calling 613-692-6290.

Feb. 15 Join us for Music with a Story, a concert by the Parkdale United Church Orchestra led by music director Angus Armstrong. The event takes place on Feb. 15, 7:30 p.m. at Parkdale United Church, located at 429 Parkdale Ave. Admission is $15 adults, $10 seniors/students, free for ages 12 and under. The program will include performances of Prokofieff’s Suite from Lieutenant Kije and Piano Concerto #1 in D

minor by Brahms featuring soloist Pierre-Richard Aubin. For more information 819-778-3438.

Feb. 16 Members of the St. Ignatius Martyr Parish will be hosting at brunch/card party on Feb. 16 at 11:30 a.m. at 518 Donald St. The event will feature a delicious brunch, cards, a 50/50 draw, board games, and prizes. Tickets are $10 and are available at the door. For information, contact Sonia at 613-745-7324.

Feb. 17 The Gloucester Horticultural Society is hosting its annual forced bulbs and preserves show at 7:30 p.m. on Feb. 17 at Top Generation Hall, located at 4373 Generation Ct. Admission is free, but pre-registration is recommended. Call 613-749-8897 to RSVP or visit site.php/glouster/about/meetings/ for more information.

Feb. 20 IODE Walter Baker Chapter will meet Feb. 20 at 1 p.m. at 229 Colonnade Rd. South. Women of all ages are invited to attend and learn about volunteer work. For more informa-

tion, please visit our website at or call Alia at 613-864-6779. Interested in Gardening? Come join the Nepean Horticultural Society! Our Feb. 20 meeting will feature guest speaker Mary Reid from the Green Thumb Garden Centre, who will be discussing lawn care and maintenance. The meeting takes place at 7:30 p.m. at City View United Church, located at 6 Epworth Ave. Everyone is welcome - admission for non-members is $4. Light refreshments will be served. For more information call 613-7212048.

Feb. 20-21 The Elmdale Public School Bookfest 2014 will take place on Feb. 20 from 3:45 to 8:30 p.m. and Feb 21 from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m., in the school gymnasium at 49 Iona St. As always, there will be a huge selection of well-organized books and lots of popular titles priced from 50 cents to $3. Funds raised go towards new library books and educational resources for classrooms. Do you have books to donate? We will pick them up! Please contact bookfest@ to make arrangements.

Feb. 22 The Iona Park Winter Carnival will take place on Feb. 22 from 4 to 6 p.m. Come join your neighbours for an afternoon of skating, activities, warm food and chatting by the campfire. Everyone welcome!

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March 10 An open house for all survivors of polio is being held on March 10 from 2 to 4 p.m. at Woodroffe United Church. Parking is available on site and the church is located near several major bus routes. For more information call Eileen Lavigne at 613-7296307. A warm welcome awaits you.

March 15 Join us at Southminster United Church, located at Bank Street and Aylmer, for a concert production of the Jules Massenet’s opera Werther. The performance, produced by Toronto company by Opera by Request, will feature children from Christ Church Cathedral, Jean-E. Hudson, Jeff Boyd, Norm Brown and Erinne-Colleen Laurin. For more information, contact Norm Brown at Norman_E_Brown@ or Jean-E. Hudson at 613-724-2889.

Ongoing Ovarian Cancer Canada offers a free presentation, Ovarian Cancer: Knowledge is Power, about the signs, symptoms and risk factors of the disease. To organize one for your business, community group or association, please contact Lyne Shackleton at 613-488-3993 or The Westboro Nursery School will be staying at the Dovercourt Recreation Centre for the 2013-2014 year and registration is in full swing. To avoid disappointment, download and fill out your registration forms today. Our play-based curriculum is led by early childhood education-registered teachers and includes introduction to French, sign language, school readiness, music, daily outdoor play and more. Visit westboronurseryschool. ca or email for details. R0022525738-0206

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