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Inside Moms looking NEWS to revive Pineview association Events, play groups, facility wanted for area Michelle Nash michelle.nash@metroland.com

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News - The third time might just be the charm when it comes to trying to start up a community-wide association for Pineview. Not that there hasn’t been an association in the east-end neighbourhood tucked beside the Pineview Golf Course and Cyrville Road before. Three years ago, resident Joe Sabb announced he was reviving the community association which had been dormant for more than 20 years. But it was a tall order for just one man, and the events and plans were few and far between. Again, in 2011 another resident, Paul Francoeur, wanted to start the Pineview East Community Association to bridge the gap between two sides of the neighbourhood. Now, two neighbourhood moms, Lynn Lau and Heather Scott, are hoping to work with these individuals and revive

the community association. “I think it’s a really nice thing to have in a community,� Lau said. “It can improve the quality of life. I have been here for three years without one and things are OK, but could be better.� Lau and Scott actually met eight kilometres away from their homes at the Canada Aviation and Space Museum. Chatting at first because their sons were the same age, Lau said it eventually came up that they both lived in Pineview. “It was almost serendipitous,� Lau said. “The fact that we both live near each other and wanted to have local events we discussed the great things about Pineview and the things that lack and ways to get our neighbours interested in events.� Lau and Scott have connected with Sabb through their area councillor, Beacon Hill-Cyrville Coun. Tim Tierney. See SURVEY, page 19

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Catching Air Skiers and snowboarders stayed away from the hills and instead flocked to the Glebe on Feb. 8 to take part in The Glebe Rail Jam Ski & Snowboard Competition, held at the corner of Bank Street and Glebe Avenue. Presented by the Glebe Business Improvement Association, the event allowed participants the opportunity to show off their moves, while spectators got to take in a very Canadian winter tradition

Assumption School students plan Earth Day art show Students want to encourage community members to participate Michelle Nash michelle.nash@metroland.com

Former Centretown health centre president is running for city council. – Page 11

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room? If that’s the case, a group of Grade 6 students at Assumption Catholic School are working on hosting just the art show for you. It’s early days for the students of Amy Howe’s Grade

6 class and their upcoming art show, but they’ve already reached out to local artists and begun brainstorming types of art they will be creating for the big event. Planned for Earth Day, the students have decided to tie

the theme to environmentsavvy art pieces. Howe said it was her students who decided on the idea of hosting a community art show. The students are still hashing out the details of how to get the community participating, but one thing is for sure – they want Vanier to be in-

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Organization wants more public washrooms in the city Gotta go! campaign looking for resident feedback on locations, needs, ideas for new project Michelle Nash michelle.nash@metroland.com

News - What happens when you are out shopping or playing in the park and you have to go? One local organization is looking to make public washrooms more accessible and available for anyone who has to go. The Gotta go! campaign started a couple of months ago with one thing in mind -- creating a network of safe,

accessible, free, clean and environmentally responsible public toilets and water fountains at parks, major transit stops and key public spaces to meet the needs of residents and tourists in Ottawa. Campaign organizer Marianne Eriksson informed Lowertown residents at a Feb. 10 meeting about the campaign at its monthly meeting on Feb. 10. According to Eriksson, one of the first things the organization is doing is gathering information,

ideas and comments from residents. “We want to know where you think would be a good place, concerns or ideas,” Eriksson said. “Sometimes we are simply talking about putting in one public toilet in a location that could have a beneficial impact.” According to the campaign, the Crohns and Colitis Foundation surveyed their members in 2008 and found that more than 85 per cent of them have been caught needing a toilet in a hurry and although the city does have public restrooms in large parks or community spaces, use is limited to the hours it is open to the public and some are

seasonal. “There have been complaints that people use laneways in the market,” Eriksson said. She said the group is also compiling a list of current public washrooms to best identify the ideal spots for public washrooms. Concerns about cleanliness, she added, could be addressed by having self-cleaning washrooms. “We are looking at what other capital cities are doing, as well as looking at design capabilities for the washrooms,” she said. Not an inexpensive endeavor, the organization plans to help off-set any start-up costs by making advertising

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space available for businesses. Lowertown Community Association board member Elizabeth Bernstein told Eriksson that a recent walkability audit the association conducted in the summer collected some information about public washroom needs and offered to share the information with the campaign. “(Going forward) we can share with you and help build the research rather than work separately,” Bernstein said. To find out more information, send comments or ideas, contact the Gotta go! campaign at gottagocampaign@gmail.com

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Cancer society launches quit smoking campaign Buddy system to help smokers quit Michelle Nash michelle.nash@metroland.com

News - Ready to butt out once and for all? According to the Canadian Cancer Society, there is no time like the present with the chance to win a brand new car on the line. On March 1, the Cancer

Society launches its 2014 Driven to Quit challenge across the province and here in Ottawa, Barbara Hollander, regional coordinator for the Smokers Helpline, said the contest is a great way to encourage smokers to quit. “Our main thing is to encourage people to make an attempt to quit,� she said.

be entered into a draw to win the choice between a Dodge Avenger or a Dodge Journey or one of seven regional prizes of $1,000 cash could help this time be the win a smoker needs, Hollander said. Registered participants will receive a confirmation email that includes a $4 discount coupon for either Nicorette or Nicoderm. Each participant is required to have a buddy, someone to offer support, hand holding, smoke-snatching and words of encouragement – anything the quitter needs, Hollander said. Buddies have the opportunity to win one of eight $100 cash prizes. Registration is currently open for anyone who has already quit or plans to quit by the end of the month at DrivenToQuit.ca or by calling 1-877-513-5333 or by visiting a Canadian Cancer Society Community office. New this year, participants can create a public profile online where they can share their journey with friends and family for support. The contest offers loads of support, Hollander said, with tips, tools and a help phone line for participants. “We offer you one reason to quit and three ways to help,� she said. Participants can call or text the free helpline, or visiting the website. According to the cancer society, tobacco use is the number one cause of preventable disease, death and disability in Ontario and is killing more

In some cases, Hollander added, it can take as many as seven tries to successfully quit. “People need to identify what their main motivation is. Sit down and say, “Why do I really want to quit?� It could be their health, or finances, or to get more physically active – but identifying the motivation is important.� Aside from personal motivation, the opportunity to

      

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News - Mayor Jim Watsonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s idea to name a yard between city hall and the courthouse after Nelson Mandela is up for public scrutiny. Watson revealed the idea during his â&#x20AC;&#x153;state of the cityâ&#x20AC;? speech to city council on Jan. 22. â&#x20AC;&#x153;It would be a small, but meaningful way to recognize the man who inspired people the world over,â&#x20AC;? the mayor said. The proposal is under consideration by the cityâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s commemorative naming committee, which is seeking the publicâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s feedback. If approved, the area in front of the city hall heritage building facing Elgin Street, in front of the Human Rights Monument, will be renamed.

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Residents who oppose the opening of Chapel Street and Beausoleil attend a public meeting on Feb. 12 to ask Rideau-Vanier Coun. Mathieu Fleury to close the street sooner, rather than later. a short (term solution) -- albeit long in your opinion, for it to be open, but itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s to get to a solution. I am sorry about the cars going thorough, but itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a shortterm solution to find a long-term answer.â&#x20AC;? Therese Goneau, a member of Ottawa-Vanier MPP Madeleine Meilleurâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s staff, also attended the meeting. Goneau, who had been working with Fleury on the issue, said Meilleur personally talked with staff at the Ministry of Transportation to try to find a solution for the intersection after becoming frustrated with the length of time it was taking to find a safe solution. City staff who attended the meeting also said that the timeline is incredibly tight in comparison to anything that has been done in the past. One of the popular potential solutions suggested by some in the community, creating a cycling-only stop sign for the intersection, is something that has not been done before in the city and presents its own problems. Regardless of the efforts being made, residents wanted both more and less. A request for the closure of the street came up

again and again, with some residents asking the councillor why they are â&#x20AC;&#x153;being held hostageâ&#x20AC;? to the school crossing issue and stating the longer the road is open, the bigger push will be for it to remain open. Johan Hamels, parent council president for De La Salle High School, referred to himself â&#x20AC;&#x153;one of the bad guysâ&#x20AC;? who wanted to street opened in an effort to help make the area safer. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We have had kids who have been seriously hurt,â&#x20AC;? Hamels said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;This is what we have advocated for some time and we think even a temporary solution to make it open for cyclists is an improvement over what it was.â&#x20AC;? Some agreed in part with Hamels, but added that the cost of cars coming through the community wasnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t necessarily the best tradeoff. Others agreed the most important fact was trying to keep children crossing the street safe. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We should keep in mind why this started,â&#x20AC;? said Sandy Hill resident Chad Rollins. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a pedestrian issue. I donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t understand all the anger -- we should

think about the students. Make it safe and deal with the cars.â&#x20AC;? Jennifer Cavanagh said she crosses the intersection with her five year old all the time, sometimes coming incredibly close to getting hit. She said she would like the intersection closed to cars, and also have more measures in general, like speed bumps on Beausoleil to ensure it becomes a safe crossing. Adding speed bumps can be expensive; Fleury said and can take a long time to implement. Lowertown resident John Woodhouse said he felt what everyone in the room was trying to tell Fleury and city staff is to fix the intersection. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s damn dangerous out there,â&#x20AC;? he said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Slow the cars down and if you canâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t, get rid of them.â&#x20AC;? The roadway will remain open, with the plan to close it to traffic and turn it into a cycling crossing as early as the spring. Painting pedestrian crossing lines at the intersection is also part of the plans, which can not be done in the winter and is aimed to be completed in the spring. 0220.R0012548683

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City to allow medical marijuana facilities in industrial areas Facilities must be 150 metres from homes and institutions Laura Mueller laura.mueller@metroland.com

News - Growing medical marijuana will soon be allowed in certain industrial parks in Ottawa. The city’s planning committee approved new zoning rules to accommodate the federal government’s changes to the medical marijuana access program on Feb. 11. The city has already received nine notifications from local businesses who are interested in applying for a federal medical marijuana growing license on April 1. The facilities will be allowed in general and heavy industrial zones in both the urban and rural areas. But for some councillors and members of the public, the 150-metre separation distance between the facilities and residences or institutions was not enough. Orlans Coun. Bob Monette worried that children at daycares allowed to be located in industrial parks would be too close to the facilities. He dissented on the committee’s vote to approve the rules. “This use is no dirtier, to be blunt,

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The dark areas on the map show industrial areas where medical marijuana growing facilities will be allowed to operate in the city’s central area if on Feb. 26 city council approves zoning rules recommended by the planning committee. than any other use permitted in an industrial zone,” said Carol Ruddy, the city planner in charge of the study. She said the normal separation distance for an industrial use is 70 m. The largest distance she encountered for a marijuana growing facility setback was a kilometre, Ruddy said. Kanata South Coun. Allan Hubley said the city should be looking at the higher end of that setback distance range in order to protect nearby

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homes from things like fires at marijuana grow-ops. Lee Ann Snedden, manager of policy development and urban design, said growing marijuana isn’t considered to be a “sensitive land use” due to the tight federal regulations on how the facilities are designed. The only reason her staff supported a larger setback from residential areas was due to “perceived issues” with the facilities, she said.

Ruddy said increasing the separation distance would result in creating “dead zones” around the facilities. “This is lands we’ve set aside for employment uses… we need those lands, they are important,” she said. “Quite frankly the (planning) department’s position is (that larger separation distances) sterilize lands from a particular use,” Snedded added. Innes Coun. Rainer Bloess agreed, saying the city needs to protect eco-

nomic development opportunities on lands it has set aside for employment uses, like industrial parks. She added that federal regulations won’t’ allow any odours to escape from the facilities. “They must have sophisticated HVAC systems and (air) scrubbers,” she said. The federal laws for medical marijuana are far more strict than many other industrial use, many of which have unregulated emissions, Ruddy said. The facilities will require annual federal inspection, which is more frequent than other types of facilities, Snedden said. All production, storage and destruction of marijuana must be location inside the facility – no outdoor growing is allowed. No clients are allowed to access the buildings and delivery vehicles must enter inside the facility to pick up the product. The buildings must have outdoor surveillance equipment. If city councillors had rejected specific zoning rules for medical marijuana growing facilities, it would have been considered an agricultural use by default and therefore allowed in a number of rural zones, including agricultural, rural countryside, mineral aggregate and extraction zones, environmental protection zones and development reserve areas. Those land uses area allowed in approximately 75 per cent of the city’s rural land area.

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City, board earn failing grades

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ast week the city turned down a request from the Ottawa public school board to build a desperately needed school in Kanata. The board recently secured provincial funding for construction of the school, a process that could best be described as wringing water from a stone, judging by the long list of similar requests in other areas of the city, such as OrlĂŠans, Findlay Creek and Stittsville, communities that are still waiting for a goahead from the province. The money must be used in a limited time frame â&#x20AC;&#x201C; in essence a use-it-or-lose-it situation. The city has given the project a big thumbs down, arguing that a school doesnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t belong in an industrial area near companies like Nordion Inc., which creates medical isotopes using radioactive materials. Thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s no actual safety concern, but the city is concerned about a backlash from the public based on irrational and groundless public perception. Nordion says it doesnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t want the school as a next door neighbour in case it chooses to expand its business. But is this really a concern the city should seriously entertain? As for the issue of allowing a school in an â&#x20AC;&#x153;in-

dustrialâ&#x20AC;? area, there is precedent, says the board, referring to two schools in Ottawa as well as a French public school in Kingston. The board has already launched an appeal, as the city failed to meet the 120-day deadline to make a decision on zoning applications before the Ontario Municipal Board is allowed to take a hand. The boardâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s application was filed more than 200 days ago, but the city was forced to delay a decision as it had neglected to inform neighbouring businesses, such as Nordion, about the zoning request. According to Barrhaven Coun. Jan Harder, the lines of communication between the public school board and the city are poor at best. Kanata North Coun. Marianne Wilkinson has been working to fast-track the school at a pre-determined alternate location that is almost fully serviced (i.e. not yet fully serviced), saying it should fit the boardâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s time frame. The whole situation seems to be a comedy of errors. Whoever is to blame, the board and the city need to improve communication. Both will spend tens of thousands of dollars â&#x20AC;&#x201C; taxpayer dollars â&#x20AC;&#x201C; on fighting this out at the Ontario Municipal Board, a conflict that could have been defused with the help of a little goodwill and co-ordination.

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What will be the coffee shop of tomorrow?

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he big fuss over the 50th anniversary of the Beatles arriving in North America shows you that the Baby Boomers are still very much in control of the news media. Nobody else much cares. The Beatles story way overshadowed another recent anniversary â&#x20AC;&#x201C; the 30th birthday of the Macintosh computer â&#x20AC;&#x201C; which is of far more interest to a younger generation. By the time the Macâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 50th comes, the Boomers will be but a memory and the Mac can get all the attention it deserves, providing it hasnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t been replaced by something else, such as a little dot you can paste on your cheek that telephones people, plays movies and does spreadsheets. One of the things that is so striking about all this is how fast current affairs become ancient history. Most of the people who screamed when John, Paul, George and Ringo appeared on the Ed Sullivan show are now getting pensions. They will tell you it happened overnight. Most of the places the Beatles played are now parking lots, or, more likely, parking lots surrounding condos. We like to think that things last, but a lot of things donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t. The other day I was driving in Toronto and

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CHARLES GORDON Funny Town saw a lovely old bank building on a corner. There was a coffee shop in it. Once there was a bank on each of those four corners. Now there is a coffee shop on each of those four corners. And you know what? Someday soon coffee shops will become a memory too. People will say: â&#x20AC;&#x153;Remember 50 years ago when there were coffee shops?â&#x20AC;? That will be too bad, because the spread of the coffee shop, whether locally or internationally owned, has been one of the more encouraging developments in what is called progress these days. Coffee shops are way better than casinos, for example, much healthier than sports bars, less painful than tattoo parlours, less intrusive than condos. Coffee shops will probably last longer than sports memorabilia shops

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did, and probably longer than video rentals, too. But they will not be forever. Coffee will go out of fashion, replaced by some other beverage. Or people may decide, as many seem to be deciding already, that they donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t want to leave the house. They want to stay home and use their own fancy machine to make coffee, or whatever beverage replaces it. Meanwhile, what happens to those former bank buildings now occupied by coffee shops? Some kind of store, you might think, but isnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t it true now that shopping in stores is rapidly being replaced by shopping online (the revival, now that you think about it, of catalogue shopping)? Stores are over. The thing that replaces the coffee shop has to be something people will leave their houses to attend. Games could do the trick â&#x20AC;&#x201C; at one point you could get people out of their houses to go bowling or even play miniature golf. But they can do that at home on the Wii now. Same goes for bingo, although I did see what looked like a big game going on in a shopping centre the other day. It could be a restaurant, but there are already too many restaurants. The same goes for bars. Actually, what there are not enough

of are parking lots, but parking lots are decidedly out of fashion among urban planners and civic politicians these days. Maybe theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll come back. The fact is that we probably wonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t recognize what goes there. No one, 50 years ago, knew what a video store was. No one, 30 years ago, knew that people would line up to drink coffee flavoured with vanilla and containing soy milk. Thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s why planning for the future is not a walk in the park, as we would advise the new boss of the National Capital Commission, and probably why a lot of us would sooner spend our time thinking about 50 years ago.

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’m not sure what was going on last May, but there are a lot of babies in our midst. Between friends, family and acquaintances, I know four expected within a week. As any pregnant woman knows, people just love to give advice – most of which I’ve been too stubborn to accept over the years – but I have a few tips for you-momsto-be. It all starts in that first month – post-delivery. For one precious month, just slow down and do ‘nothing.’ We have images of superwomen in our midst – like the European member of parliament with her baby in a sling, or the corporate woman who returns to work within a month, pumping between meetings – these should not be our aspirations. The Chinese have a tradition they call the Golden Month – believing that mom and baby should just stay connected, and pretty much stay in bed, giving them a chance to bond and wait for mom’s body to recover – and probably a copious amount of time to watch television. If your pregnancy hasn’t already spelled this one out for you – prepare to let go of control. This starts with a baby who’s feeding and sleeping on demand and continues with preschool children who are toilet training, pinching fingers in cabinets and removing her clothing as fast as you’re putting it on, when you’re in a rush to get out the door. On the down side, this can make us frustrated, angry and feel like failure much of the time. On the flip side,

BRYNNA LESLIE Capital Muse however, children have this marvellous way of making time stand still. And when we take the time with them, offering flexibility in our schedules, choosing to enjoy the 20-minutes sitting on the potty waiting for the “tinkle sound,” and having meaningful conversations, life slows down for us, too, in a marvellous and meaningful way. Let other people help. If you are lucky enough to have friends and relatives nearby, let them visit you and baby on the condition that they stay for short periods – just enough time to fold a load of laundry. And if the baby falls asleep, be assertive and tell them it’s time for you to go lie down too. Resist the urge to stay up, exhausting yourself, making them tea and toast. Exercise can wait. Again with the superwoman theme, we all know these marvellous women who pop out a baby, deflate like a balloon and start working out like hell within a couple of weeks of the delivery. It’s oversold. In the first weeks, rest is the most important element. After that, if you feel like working out don’t train for a marathon or a Tough Mudder, just do some kegels. And that’s you, done your workout for the day!

While this may sound like a contradiction, given the content of this column, I offer this last tidbit of wisdom: shut your ears to all the advice from around you. We have so much access to conflicting information and everybody, from the teenager across the street to the bachelor that works at the convenience store, has an opinion about how you should feed, sleep and discipline. We live in a time where motherhood has been scrutinized and, in a weird way, professionalized. Despite everyone’s best efforts, however, we have yet to determine how to raise the perfect child, which I can only presume to be the ultimate goal. So it’s best to just ignore everyone. Motherhood is a very personal venture. Allow your instinct to take hold. As long as you’re following safe practices, you get to choose whether to breastfeed or bottle feed, whether to use a stroller or a sling (or both), if the baby sleeps in a cot or in your arms, and whether you play classical music or classic rock to lull baby to sleep. Paradoxically, it may be the most control and the least control you have over any situation in your life. Make the most of it! And welcome, precious babies!

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Tackling a new sport Rideau-Vanier Coun. Mathieu Fleury, right, gets tackled by Ottawa south’s Charles Bernard during a game of Australian Rules Football with the Ottawa Swans on Feb. 12 at the RA Centre. It was part of Fleury’s 52 sports in 52 weeks program, where he plays a variety of different sports with Ottawa clubs and teams.

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News - Jeff Morrison wants to enhance local engagement. The former president of the Centretown Community Health Centre, president of Gramercy Place condominium board and current director of government relations with the Canadian Pharmacists Association, said he believes he will be able to have stronger conversations and enhancing partnerships for Somerset Ward. Morrison and his partner both live in Centretown and the 43-year-old first moved to Ottawa 24 years ago to attend the University of Ottawa, and has lived downtown for the past 12 years. Q: Why are you running for city council in Somerset Ward? A: Two things: every single person I have talked to, particularly as my role as president of the Centretown Community Health Centre, feels that we are a good community that could be more. I think there is a cry for change and we don’t’ want someone who can change, we want someone who has a track record to make change. I think I have that track record. Q: Detail your past political experience or activism, whether it’s volunteering, campaigning, donations or employment at any level of government or political party. A: In late 2012, I led a campaign to redevelop the Somerset House property. It was getting more and more

worn down and our current councillor wasn’t able to get the job done ...Within three months, the owner said enough is enough and settled the lawsuit and the work on that site should start this year. Last year, regarding the downtown casino debate in March, I assembled nine community health centres to say ‘No, it’s wrong.’ That was at a time when nobody was opposing it. Within just a few months, we not only managed to sway the opinion, the final motion that was passed included measures to mitigate problem gambling. We won that hands down. In December 2013, after a year and a half of lobbying for an expansion of the Centretown Community Health Centre, we got the funding. I don’t just talk about change – I want to make it happen. Q: How are you going to fundraise for your campaign? A: You reach out to friends, family, to supporters, you try to inspire people – and that is already happening and if you can inspire people, that is a great fundraising strategy. Q: Do you have any potential pecuniary interests or a financial or family conflict of interest? A: I don’t think so. For eight years I did work for the Canadian Construction Association and lobbied for billions of dollars for construction in the 20062007 budget ... Through that I know a lot of construction leaders, but I think that is a plus to the role of councillor. I think it’s important to have

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Q: What do you think the biggest issue was in Somerset Ward this term and how was it handled? What will be the big issue next term? A: Last term the biggest issue was transit. Of course there was a lot of controversy of how it was going to be handled. I think it’s been handed well. This time, I believe its improving the viability of Centretown. That needs to change. The last movie theatre moved out of Centretown – why can’t we have these types of services?

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I think rather than focusing on the built environment and how can we create a livable environment we need to ask how do we make our current public spaces, like Bank Street, Preston Street, the canal more livable. This stereotype that Ottawa is the city that fun forgot needs to change ... People move downtown because they want the convenience, the amenities and when these services, business, or lack of use of public spaces disappear people become disillusioned. I think this notion of livability and vibrancy is going to be key issue. There are four themes I would like to focus on: partnerships, the notion of vibrancy, try to better engage people and have those discussions on difficult subjects and bring innovations like a bylaw that requires green roofs on certain properties, we need to not just doing things the same things.

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The program encourages students to build a business and raise money for local charities. Administered by the Learning Partnership, it connects public school classes with local business to teach the students how to run a successful business. In order to have a greater understanding of what artists can create, the class invited local Vanier artist Geoff Derry to their class on Feb. 10 to teach them about other art mediums. â&#x20AC;&#x153;It was great, he really inspired them that art is more than just one type of concept,â&#x20AC;? Howe said. She said the goal now is for each student to create one piece of art and to help decide the set-up for the show, which will include a series of art stations available for guests to have the opportunity to engage in

their own artistic activity. Themes for stations will include things like splash paint, sculpting, drawing, and plastic bag art. The goal is to have a few local artists aid in running stations. The class has involved their schoolmates in the project as well. Grade 2 students will be creating a piece of art based on egg cartons and students in grades 3 to 6 will focus on using plastic bags as their main material to create. The money raised will help send the Grade 6 class on its graduation trip to St. Brigidâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Camp in Quebec. Howe said as the showâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s date gets closer, more help may be needed. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Its early stages right now,â&#x20AC;? Howe said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;But our arms are open and we will need a lot of support.â&#x20AC;? To stay updated on the project, or how to become involved, contact Howe at Assumption Catholic School by phoning 613-746-4822.


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Arts - Chilly pedestrians on Bank Street are wrapped up in scarves and toques, unaware that a slice of the South Pacific is just steps away. The Bytown Ukulele Club is tuning up. At least once a month, dozens of ukulele players fill the basement room at the Clocktower Brew Pub at Bank and Pretoria Avenue in the Glebe, sharing their love for one of the simplest musical instruments to learn. Sue Rogers is the group’s selfconfessed “facilitator for life.” Before the evening’s playing begins, she zips around the room welcoming newcomers and catching up with some of the group’s 400-plus members. Her enthusiasm for the tiny ukuleles is infectious. Rogers said she was hooked the moment she saw a ukulele performance at the Ottawa Folk Festival.

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“It was just so easy,” she said. “Within two weeks I was singing away and strumming.” She said the ukulele draws people in because it’s fun to accompany yourself on songs and because players find it easy to move from beginner to intermediate. “Some people can learn in less than an hour,” Rogers said, adding she’s taught some of her co-workers to play over their lunch hour. First-timers are welcome at every regular BUG meeting. “That’s how you learn; being surrounded by it,” she said, adding all ages can take part. “Some of our youngest are eight and nine years old and you can see them playing next to their grannies.” LYRICS AND CHORDS

The four strings of a ukulele need only be strummed with one hand to make a sweet sound. The other hand takes care of chords, but thankfully for newbies, there are many songs that require just two or three chords. The Clocktower’s big screen TVs show no sports – members can in-

stead follow along as chord diagrams and lyrics are shown for the players. At some of the pub’s tables, music stands have been replaced with iPads, each holding thousands of songs. All the players are welcome to join in and sing as they play. The room – which holds a maximum of 90 uke players – is bedlam at 6:45 p.m. as everyone tunes up or finishes their dinner. The harmony begins promptly at 7 p.m. And if a pub isn’t your thing, you may see BUG members out in the community, playing farmers markets and the like. “All our events are interactive so people can try out the ukuleles,” Rogers said. You can look for dozens of BUG players at the Vernon Canada Day celebration. Along with the small size of the instruments comes a small price tag: another reason for the instrument’s continuing popularity, in addition to portability. Players can start out with ukuleles – they come as soprano, concert, tenor or baritone – that cost less than $50 at city music stores, although you can spend more than $1,000 on one hand made in Hawaii. What’s also striking about ukuleles is that their tiny size bears little relation to how much fun they deliver, both for players and listeners. During a recent beginners night at the Clocktower, there were few smiles while songs were played as the budding musicians concentrated on TV screens and their finger placement to create the chords. But as the final note of each song was played, faces would light up and the smiles and laughter were unstoppable. If the contrast between full-size adults and pint-size ukuleles make you laugh, head to the Internet and search for “Israel” and “Ukulele” to watch the late Israel Kamakawiwo’ole play his favourite instrument. And should you catch the ukulele bug, visit bytownukulele.ca for meeting information and lots of free advice on playing the instrument.

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Top: Break time at a Bytown Ukulele Group session may include a cold drink. Right: Carolyn Carrothers smiles after wrapping up a song at a BUG beginners night on Feb. 5 at the Clocktower Brew Pub on Bank Street Far right: Most beginning ukulele players can’t manage a smile while concertrating on their fingers and chord changes. Ottawa East News EMC - Thursday, February 20, 2014

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Lau said meeting with Sabb made them all the more excited to get things started. Right now, the two women have launched a blog, pineviewcommunity.wordpress. com, a Facebook page, facebook.com/PineviewCommunity and a Twitter account, @ PineviewOttawa to spread the word. Lau, who moved to the area from Edmonton said she was a part of a community association in her old neighbourhood and it was the easiest way to make friends, join groups and host events. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Here there is nowhere for anyone to run into each other and simply make friends,â&#x20AC;? Lau said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;An association is an easy in to get to know your neighbourhood and community.â&#x20AC;? Both moms would like to see local play groups or local classes, perhaps initiated by the association. Currently, the two have frequented other communities to fill the gap they feel is currently at play in Pineview, including attending playgroups in Blackburn Hamlet and going to the Gloucester North Branch library â&#x20AC;&#x201C; a 45 minute walk from

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Lynn Lau, right, and Heather Scott with her daughter, ChloĂŠ stand at the edge of Pineview. The two mothers are looking to revitalize a community association in the neighbourhood. their home. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We just want to have something close that we can walk,â&#x20AC;? Scott said. The two launched an online survey at surveymonkey.com/ s/577B535 to help figure out what their neighbours would like in a community association, in events and how residents feel about living in Pineview. There are still a few hurdles, Lau said, to take a successful run at starting a community association, including finding community space to host meetings. Tierney said he wants to offer support

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hen I asked my older and much wiser sister Audrey how people knew where the next Saturday night house party was being held without being asked, she said it was very simple. The central switchboard operator just got on the switchboard and called everyone in Northcote, and told them where it was, and she also told them not to forget to bring something for the lunch. Well, that all made perfect sense to me. That Saturday, it was being held at Aunt Bertha and Uncle Alec’s home, just across the 20-Acre Field, so that meant the place would be fair jumping. With their large family, our five and goodness knows how many other kids from the Northcote area, it would be a rip roarin’ night. I asked Audrey, who I thought was the smartest girl in Renfrew County, if she thought it would be another night of magic. The magic I was talking about was a secret between my sister and me. “It could be,” she said with a grin. As soon as the evening chores were done, a hurried supper eaten, and our nextto-Sunday best clothes put on, we headed across the field in the flat-bottom sleigh. We were the first to arrive. Within minutes the yard was full of sleighs and cutters, and Aunt Bertha’s usually immaculate kitchen was full of boots, and outerwear piled in a heap in a corner. Aunt Bertha and Uncle Alex had one of the largest kitchens in the Northcote area, so there was still lots of room for tables for euchre, and a place for the fiddlers and guitar players to sit when it came time to change from cards to square dancing. I knew without asking that out in the summer kitchen, 11-quart baskets would be sitting wrapped in clean

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one of her tales, and Cora might sing. And that’s when the magic would happen. I had no idea it was even talking place, and it would take some time for me to realize it had. But I would waken, and the sun would be pouring in the window. Just like magic, I would be back in my own bed, in the very room I shared with my sister Audrey in our old log house across the 20-Acre Field. How did it happen? How could I possibly fall asleep in an upstairs bedroom at Aunt Bertha’s, right between my two best friends, Joyce and Velma, and waken the next

How did it happen? How could I possibly fall asleep in an upstairs bedroom at Aunt Bertha’s, right between my two best friends, Joyce and Velma, and waken the next morning in my own bed? The bedrooms were large at Aunt Bertha’s, much larger than ours across the field. But like ours, the beds were made up of soft downy feather ‘tickings,’ puffy and inviting. Upstairs we could hear the laughter and the tables being slapped when someone yelled “Euchre!” It would be a late night. Much later than we younger ones were used to. And it didn’t take long for one after the other of us to crawl onto one of the downy beds – just to rest a bit, as Joyce would say. There were so many of us that we had to lay cross ways on the beds, so that everyone had a place. Beatrice, who was a great story teller, would start into

morning in my own bed? I would go downstairs and look for my sister Audrey, and once again we would share my secret question. “How did it happen, Audrey? How did I fall asleep at the Thoms with the music playing downstairs, and then wake up in my own bed?” Audrey would say the same words she said every time I asked. “It’s just Renfrew County magic, Mary, just Renfrew County magic.” It would be many years before I would know that it was my father who would wrap me in a blanket after the Saturday night party came to an end, and carry me to the sleigh and tuck me into my own bed. Magic indeed!


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Planting roots in Blackburn Hamlet News - Forget dreaming in technicolour, residents of Blackburn Hamlet are dreaming in a different colour: green. The community association held a meeting on Feb. 6 to talk about tree planting in the hamlet. The goals of the tree planting initiatives are to increase the number of trees planted, and give the city input on where trees are best placed. The city is already undergoing its own tree planting program in areas where trees have been lost because of the Emerald Ash Borer infestation that has affected most of Ottawa. But by the community undergoing their own planting days with volunteer labour, the neighbourhood can beneďŹ t from more trees. Barb Sweazey from the community association spoke with the residents who attended about the placement of trees, and where Blackburn Hamlet could use them. Getting feedback helps the association give feedback to the city about where trees are best planted in the community. The city forestry department will listen to community feedback and take it into consideration when planning their own planting projects.

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INVITATION First Church of Christ, Scientist in Ottawa is celebrating its centenary!

Dear friends, The weekend of February 22nd and 23rd marks 100 years since the first service in our edifice. In recognition of this milestone, we extend a warm and special invitation to those who have attended our church or Sunday School over the years and also to the wider community of Ottawa to join us in the following events.

A Talk Does Christian Science really heal sickness and sin? A public lecture by Christian Science practitioner and teacher, John Q. Adams from New York, New York.

Sports - A trendy new fitness and dance style with roots in the circus is popping up throughout Ottawa, including Barrhaven, where a hoop dance enthusiast has just begun offering classes. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s huge,â&#x20AC;? said instructor Ileana Grgic of the new trend, but youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re forgiven if youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve never heard of it. Though hoop dance has experienced a surge in interest over the last few years, it is still only known in certain circles. Nonetheless, many who try it end up hooked, said Grgic. She is certainly one of them. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I just love it so much and love spreading the joy of it,â&#x20AC;? she said. Hoop dance is a more sophisticated version of hula hooping, with the goal being self expression, self-confidence, fitness and fun. â&#x20AC;&#x153;When we say â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;hooping,â&#x20AC;&#x2122; the first thing that probably pops into peopleâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s minds is that you stand there and you hoop around your waist, and â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Doesnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t that get boring?â&#x20AC;&#x2122; But itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s really way more than that,â&#x20AC;? said Grgic. Hoop dancers aim to give expression to music by rotating specially made hoops around any and all parts of their bodies in a rhythmic, spinning motion. In Ottawa, the dance originated with a circus act in 2004, and subsequently with classes being

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Hoop dancer and instructor Ileana Grgic shows off her hooping abilities with two hoops at Mulligan Park. offered by Sophie Latreille in 2005. Now, many more classes have started, with the benefits of hooping including fitness, self confidence and even increased libido. Rather than the plastic, flimsy hoops of childhood, these hoopers use specially weighted, wider hoops that spin at a slower

speed, and are easier to keep up. While itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s not hard to keep the hoop going, there is plenty of skill involved in the dance. Grgic has been hooping for three-and-a-half years, and, like the origin of the dance in Ottawa, first got interested in it through the circus. While homeschooling her

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son, Grgic enrolled him in a circus school, which, among activities like unicycling and acrobalancing, included hooping. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Hooping caught my eye, and I didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t really think too much about it except to kind of throw it on my bucket list at that time,â&#x20AC;? she said. But it wasnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t long until she bought her own hoop and tried it out at weekly hoop jam at Strathcona Park. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I started hooping around my waist and watching all these people do all these cool things with the hoop and it totally inspired me,â&#x20AC;? she said. During years of classes, Grgic discovered the hoop dance community, including free jams at Strathcona Park and Ottawa city hall, classes in OrlĂŠans, the Glebe and Dovercourt, and the hoop pioneers in Ottawa like Sophie Latreille and Trish Stolte. Now, Grgic takes her hoops everywhere, including on vacation, where she enjoys explaining to the inevitable onlookers just what she is doing. In Barrhaven, she is now part of the growing hooping trend, starting her own classes this past fall at the Stronger You dojo at 3570 Strandherd Dr. under the name Hoopla. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s very exciting for me,â&#x20AC;? she said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Just opening up that world for people or the idea of that world for people is thrilling for me.â&#x20AC;?

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An Organ Concert featuring well known organist Mervyn Games on our fine Casavant organ from 11:00 to 12 noon following the service and release of a special centenary CD. An Open House in the Sunday School following the concert, with displays related to the churchâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s history. 12 noon to 2:00. And of course from 10:00 to 11:00, all are welcome to attend our regular service, and children to attend Sunday School!

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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. 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! Please bring a travel mug for coffee/hot chocolate and a pair of spare mittens for a meet your neighbour mixer! Mixer mittens will be donated after the event.

A Down East kitchen party and fundraiser for the Ottawa Foodbank is coming to Westboro. The event will feature live music and a Maritime menu on March 2 at the Westboro Legion, located at 389 Richmond Rd. For more information, call 613-725-2778. The doors open at 2 p.m., and the live music starts at 2:30 p.m.

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On March 4, the Church of the Ascension’s traditional Shrove Tuesday pancake supper will serve up from-scratch organic pancakes,

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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@ rogers.com or Jean-E. Hudson at 613-724-2889.

You’ll: t Explore how healing is possible through the practical application of scientific prayer. t Hear experiences that show people have put this prayerbased healing system into practice.

Does Christian Science really heal sickness and sin? Saturday, February 22nd at 2:00 pm First Church of Christ, Scientist 288 Metcalfe St. (at Gilmour) John Adams is an international speaker and practitioner and teacher of Christian Science healing. He originally moved to New York City from the Midwest to pursue an acting career, studying with Lee Strasberg and Herbert Berghoff. Adams was healed of a serious drug habit through his study of Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures by Mary Baker Eddy. This healing changed his life, bringing renewed commitment to his spiritual journey. He sold his businesses and in 1985 took up the full-time work as a practitioner of Christian Science healing.

This lecture is sponsored by First Church of Christ, Scientist in Ottawa

March 20 IODE Walter Baker Chapter will meet March 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 information, please visit our website at iodewalterbaker.weebly.com or call Alia at 613-864-6779.

Ongoing The Ottawa Newcomers Club is designed to help women new to Ottawa or in a new life situation acclimatize by enjoying the company of other women with similar interests. We have morning, afternoon and evening events such as skiing, Scrabble, bridge, fun lunches, book clubs, Gallery tours, dinner club, and crafts. For more information visit our website at www.ottawanewcomersclub. ca or call 613-860-0548.

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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 ME

March 8 Amethyst Ottawa is celebrating its 35th anniversary helping women in our community. In honour of International Women’s Day, Jennifer Clark & Associates are hosting a not-for-profit networking luncheon in support of Amethyst Ottawa at the R.A. Centre, 2451 Riverside Dr., on March 8 from 12 to 3 p.m. Guest speakers include Majic 100 radio, Algonquin medicine man Pete Bernard, and TV personality Kathie Donovan. Several lunch options are available. Tickets in advance ($45) include a donation to Amethyst Ottawa.

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