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EMC news - A rare, lastminute agreement between the Centretown community association’s executive and a group of developers did not impress some residents – or the city’s planning committee. The committee approved a new community design plan for the area on March 26 that was three years in the making. After working alongside the planners charged with leading the study, the Centretown Citizens Community Association formed an unheard-of alliance with a handful of property owners and developers represented by prominent planning consultants from FoTenn to offer their agreement on proposed changes to the plan during the committee’s meeting. “I think we all recognize that the process hasn’t been perfect,” association president Jordan Charbonneu. “We tried to come up with something worthy of Centretown.” The 13-point, seven-page document outlines suggested changes to the plan, including more protection for “heritage clusters” and a proposal to include opportunities for small public open spaces on private land as part of developments. See AMENITIES, page 15

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Taking the timber test Geoff Derry, a Vanier Community Association board member, puts his back into sawing off a piece of lumber in the first of three challenges at the Maple Sugar Festival lumberjack challenge. Residents gathered at Richelieu Park for the challenge, which featured the association team was one of four to competitors.

Despite opposition, Glebe Annex condo approved New association not happy with decision Laura Mueller laura.mueller@metroland.com

EMC news - Despite opposition by Glebe Annex residents to an 18-storey tower at Carling near Bronson – a property the developer said is a “difficult site” to build a condo –the planning committee approved the project on March 26. Several residents and rep-

resentatives from community groups in the area repeatedly told the committee that the amount of intensification proposed is too much for what they describe as a low-rise neighbourhood. “(It shows) little regard for neighbours who have already chosen to make these neighbourhoods their own,” said Glebe Annex resident Brenda Quinlan.

Taggart Homes plans to put the 59-metre tall condo tower on a site that’s currently zoned for nine and four storeys. There is currently an eight-storey office building and surface parking on the site, which spans much of the block between Clemow and Carling at Bronson Avenue. Taggart originally suggested a 24-storey building before reducing it to 20 and then 18 storeys. The proposal includes a podium that’s four storeys tall at the street edge before

stepping up to the fifth, sixth and seven storeys, topped with the tower. Capital Coun. David Chernushenko didn’t support the proposal, particularly because it’s a one-off rezoning. “This is giving intensification the bad name it now has, and that’s unfortunate,” he said. “We have to distinguish on what streets and in what locations we are allowing density.” See PARKING, page 17


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Latest plans for Rideau St. condo tower revealed Michelle Nash michelle.nash@metroland.com

EMC news - Richcraft Homes showed off its latest plans for a condominium tower proposed for the corner of Rideau and Cobourg Streets at the monthly Action Sandy Hill meeting on March 25. “This proposal has many community focal points,” said Miguel Tremblay, a planning consultant for Fotenn working on behalf of Richcraft. The plans show a five-storey podium fronting Rideau and Cobourg streets, stepping back to 18-storeys at the highest point. An additional fourstorey building will front onto Besserer Street. Action Sandy Hill, along with other area community associations, met with Richcraft a few months ago to discuss the design and plans. At that time, the Action Sandy Hill planning committee asked representatives from the developer to meet with the community to discuss the proposal. This is the second time Richcraft has proposed a building

for the site. Back in late 2002, a nine-storey building was proposed and approved by the city. The decision was quickly appealed to the Ontario Municipal Board by Action Sandy Hill in 2003, on the grounds the project was taller than the current zoning height for the site. The appeal was rejected by the OMB in June 2004, but the lot remained undeveloped and no new plans were proposed until now. The new proposal, Tremblay told those at the meeting, offers what Richcraft feels is a better use of the property. “In the end, Richcraft can build a nine-storey slab, but I think the important thing to think about is that Richcraft is saying we can actually do this better,” he said. Richcraft is seeking amendments to the Official Plan and a zoning bylaw to build the mixuse development. The proposal will add 1207.74 square metres of retail space to Rideau Street with opportunities for patio space and a potential courtyard. The proposed number of units would be 226, with 210 bicycle spaces and 264 parking spaces, all below ground. Preliminary designs are simple, but Tremblay said the project architect is prepared to rework the facade to make it suitable for the neighbour-

hood. The proposal lacks a few elements, including amenity space, but Richcraft said the close proximity to MacDonald Gardens will make the lack of green space around the building less of an issue. Many residents who attended the meeting expressed displeasure for the height of the building, indicating the development could be just the beginning of a long line of tall buildings in the neighbourhood. “You are talking about one property, but the community is talking about the whole community,” said planning committee chairwoman Sophie Beecher. The association indicated a larger conversation on the vision residents have for Rideau Street needs to take place. President Christopher Collmorgen informed residents in attendance that Action Sandy Hill has no official position on the development yet. “This is a learning experience for us,” he said. The re-zoning and Official Plan amendments are subject to the approval of planning committee. Richcraft would then submit its site plan application, at which time Tremblay said another public consultation would take place to discuss more details of the project.

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Cycling crash test helps shed light on vehicle collisions Carleton, Algonquin students work with Ottawa police on project Michelle Nash michelle.nash@metroland.com

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Carleton engineering students set up a crash simulation at the National Research Council on March 25 with the help of the Ottawa Police Service. It took a few tries, but the students eventually managed to crash a ‘cyclist’ into a car, which was driving 30 kilometres an hour.

EMC news - It took a few tries, but eventually a 180 pound dummy crashed into a speeding car at the National Research Council on March 25, the culmination of joint study between Ottawa students and police. The simulated crash was part of an eight-month-long study conducted by Carleton University engineering students and Algonquin College toolmaking students, working in conjunction with Ottawa police to help better understand exactly what happens when a cyclist and car collide. “We have a number of theories and a couple of ideas of what the data will look like, but it all depends on how the dummy hits the car,” said project coordinator Brigitte Babin, a fourth year biomedical and mechanical engineering student. The simulation had a dummy “cyclist” ride down a track, as a sedan was speeding past - with the inevitable crash occuring between the two vehicles. After three failed attempts where the dummy sailed behind or in front of the car, the fourth attempt was a success, resulting in a crash of potentially deadly proportions. Babin’s classmates, all in students in Carleton’s department of mechanical and aerospace engineering, designed and built the electron-

ics for the crash, while Algonquin College’s mechanical techniciantoolmaking program handled the mechanical elements of building the dummy. The test involved multiple cameras located at every angle of the crash site as well as a camera on the cyclist’s helmet and the vehicle. Sensors built by the students were placed inside the dummy, in its head, chest and arms to help determine the impact of the crash. Ottawa police served as a resource for the students throughout the eight month study, which began last fall. Det. Alain Boucher of the police traffic unit participated in the study, offering up data, information and experience along the way. Babin said it has been this sort of help that has been crucial to the project and students’ success. “It has been a really great experience and the police have been a tremendous amount of help,” she said. On the day of the crash simulation, Boucher and the remainder of the traffic team, including the collision investigators, were present to reconstruct the crash between the sedan and the cyclist. The officers gathered the information as they would with any crash, but this time, the students had the data to back up the officers findings. It’s this kind of collaboration that Boucher said he believes will help

the police better understand accidents in the future. “We are interested in terms of the collision investigation,” Boucher said. “This is a training day for us. There is little information out there and no real world information on cyclist and vehicle accidents. This crash simulation brings us much closer to a real world situation.” According to the police, on average in Ottawa, there are more than 300 collisions reported involving vehicles and cyclists per year. With a number of bike paths crossing city streets, the segregated bike lane on Laurier Avenue and the city’s plans for expanding cycling routes and paths across the city, Boucher said collisions will be on the rise as cycling use increases. Between 2007 and 2011, there were 1,253 incidents where the cyclist was injured and a total of 12 fatalities. “We anticipate a rise in collisions (and) we are trying to be ahead of the gain,” Boucher said. “My hope is it won’t happen, but we will be prepared. We are just keeping our training up to snuff.” Ottawa paramedics, fire department and the National Research Council all helped the students on the day of the crash test. The results from the crash will be studied, and later presented by the students at the end of this semester.

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EMC news - The site of the Beechwood Avenue ďŹ re is set to become home to a new building after the planning committee approved an eightstorey retail and condo structure. But New Edinburgh residents still worry that the 27-metre tall structure clad in light-coloured brick and glass wonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t ďŹ t into their neighbourhood or offer the mix of small shops they came to rely on at the former retail strip. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We are very grateful to Minto for their interest in the site,â&#x20AC;? said David Sacks, the president of the New Edinburgh Community Alliance. â&#x20AC;&#x153;But in an effort to close the deal, has the city been willing to give away too much?â&#x20AC;? Calling the property just east of the St. Patrick Bridge a â&#x20AC;&#x153;focal point in the community,â&#x20AC;? another community member, Catherine Lindquist, also worried that the developer, Minto, is only planning for around three larger retail spaces in the building. Before a devastating ďŹ re destroyed the previous building in March of 2011, it housed 10 retailers, including a local food service, watch repair shop, dry cleaners, barber shop, diner and a Home Hardware store. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I canâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t tell you how much people are missing that marketing, especial-

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in the corner of the building at Beechwood Avenue and MacKay Street that will serve as a patio, Jain said. Other residents were concerned about the trafďŹ c and parking issues the new complex would create. Minto plans to provide 157 below-ground parking spaces for the 157 residential units and ďŹ ve visitor

parking spaces. There would be an additional 26 above-ground spots for the retail uses and 88 spaces for bicycles. Julie Cliffe told the planning committee that the visitor parking is a problem because it would be full even if two of the 157 homes hosted a dinner party on the same night. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Under-providing parking for residents would be great, but not the short term-parking,â&#x20AC;? said Cliffe, adding that would be a preferable way to encourage the residents to use active forms of transportation. Lindquist worried that Vaughn Street would become a trafďŹ c-clogged bypass for people trying to get in and out of the building. The buildingâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s design shows eight storeys with a partial ninth storey for a total of 27 metres â&#x20AC;&#x201C; just under the limit imposed by the federal view plane between the Parliament Buildings and Poetâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Hill at the Beechwood cemetery. Members of the public who presented to the planning committee on March 26 said they hoped Minto would consider dressing up the building with red brick and materials and massing that reďŹ&#x201A;ect the district, as called for in a community design plan. Building on the site would not be complete until late 2015 to early 2016.

       

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Eco Equitable holds fabric fundraiser Sale to help raise money for new Heartwood House space in Vanier Michelle Nash michelle.nash@metroland.com

EMC news - A local charity is challenging fellow sewing and craft fanatics to grab as much fabric as they can, all while raising much needed funds for the organization. Eco Equitable program is a non-profit organization which started as a women’s sewing co-operative which uses donated and recycled material to help teach its clients how to sew and build a sewing business. The fill a bag fundraiser on April 6 at 153 Chapel St. will help Eco Equitable raise money for renovations at its new location at 404 McArthur Ave. in July. “Its whatever you can get into the bag, we will have every type of fabric you can imagine and whatever you can fit into that into that bag, what ever you can do its all for a good cause,” said executive director Tara Templin. Everything in its current fabric boutique is for sale, including all kinds of fabric and a selection of buttons, zippers and other notions. Regularly priced fabric for $2-5 a metre and

there will also be baked goods to purchase. All the money will go towards renovation costs at the new location. The new space will be double what the organization currently has at its current address at 153 Chapel St. The new space will help the quickly growing organization spread its wings, with a new fabric boutique, sewing classroom and production space.

It’s huge, we expect this to create all sorts of opportunities to increase programming space and awareness. TARA TEMPLIN, EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR

“It’s huge, we expect this to create all sorts of opportunities to increase programming space, and awareness for us,” Templin said. The charity is one of the 18 charities which run out of Heartwood House, a charity co-op currently located on Rideau Street, but will be

moving to its own building on McArthur this spring. “Each organization is responsible for outfitting their space, the renovations are quite costly so this is Eco Equitable first attempt at fundraising,” Templin said. Templin said the fundraiser will help the charity raise $10,000 to cover renovation costs associated with moving into the new location. The programming at the charity has grown over the past two years, with almost double the amount of participants and their current space in the basement on Chapel Street is tight. Eco Equitable’s new digs will have a new store front, street access and new offices. “This move presents all kinds of opportunities,” Templin said. “Revenue generation possibilities, people will be able to sign up, there will be easy access for the community, and you don’t have to go through the maze of Heartwood House to find us, we really envision this new space to become a multi-cultural hub for sewing.” Moving further east is also something the director sees as a positive, as she said she believes it will help expand further into the francophone community. The sale begins at 10 a.m. Plastic bags will be provided.

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n the play Macbeth, Shakespeare describes life as â&#x20AC;&#x153;a tale told by an idiot, full of sound and fury signifying nothing.â&#x20AC;? He just as easily could have been referring to the cityâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s planning process: endless meetings filled with talk but often devoid of discussion. It is a process that is frustrating for the public, frustrating for city staff, and, at times infuriating for the developers. The element of conflict is baked into the recipe of site plans and rezoning applications â&#x20AC;&#x201C; a development proposal never meets everyoneâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s vision of the character of the surrounding neighbourhood. But conflict should be an opportunity for rational discourse and a little constructive give-andtake, resulting in a compromise. Instead, it often turns into a standoff between two diametrically opposed camps. It drags on for months at community consultations and at city hall before finally (in worst case scenarios) landing at the feet of the Ontario Municipal Board. Too often we witness members of the public show up at consultation meetings armed only with emotional arguments. Bitter words are often exchanged, but little else.

If the city wants to encourage rational discourse and limit pointless debate and time spent wasted arguing lost causes at the OMB, it must start by educating the public. We sympathize with the publicâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s confusion about the planning process, with the city still trying to harmonize its zoning rules â&#x20AC;&#x201C; something which hopefully will fall into place during the review of the Official Plan. It starts and ends with education. The city already offers planning primer courses throughout the year, explaining how planners evaluate development proposals, zoning rules, how secondary plans fit with the cityâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s official plan and a discussion about how the OMB works. More people might take advantage of this set of courses if they were offered throughout the city â&#x20AC;&#x201C; instead of just at city hall â&#x20AC;&#x201C; and working in conjunction with the various community associations that pepper the municipality. Developers, for their part, can also participate in the process, by participating in or speaking at some of these courses. Providing a forum for rational debate meets the needs of everyone â&#x20AC;&#x201C; developers, the city and the public included.

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ess than a week after the tabling of his governmentâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s budget, Stephen Harper went to Toronto to meet two pandas arriving from China. The news pictures coming out of that event were much nicer than the news pictures coming out of the budget because there were no pandas involved in the budget. Stephen Harper knew that. He didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t get where he is by not understanding such things. Everybody looks better standing with a panda and everybody sounds better talking about pandas, even when what they say is absurd. For example, hereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s what the prime minister said at the Toronto airport: â&#x20AC;&#x153;Over the coming years these pandas will help us learn more about one another while serving as a reminder of our deepening relationship, a relationship based on mutual respect and growing collaboration.â&#x20AC;? This will come as quite a surprise to the pandas, who figured that all they had to do in their lives was stay in the cage, eat bamboo, breed and get used to people in Toronto Maple Leafs caps waving at them. Now they find out they are supposed to help Canadians and Chinese learn more about each other, as well as serve as a reminder of a deepening relationship.

CHARLES GORDON Funny Town What a job description for a panda. But what a great coup for the prime minister to be at the centre of this happy event, surrounded by more photographers than ever show up at, say, the opening of a new prison. This is because pandas are cuddly â&#x20AC;&#x201C; not that youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;d ever want to try to cuddle one because they are big and have sharp teeth and probably donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t understand English or French very well just yet. At a safe distance, however, pandas are more cuddly, even, than dogs. We know this because of developments in the Pooch CafĂŠ comic strip in the Citizen, where the dogs are deeply concerned that their capacity to be adored by people is being undermined by cute pandas. All of this is to say the prime minister Published weekly by:

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chose wisely. It also suggests one of large problems confronting Canadian politicians is a shortage of pandas. All of them would like to be seen next to one and be able to make speeches about how they serve as reminders of deepening relationships. Imagine Jim Watson, mayor of Ottawa, being able to talk about pandas instead having to say something, one way or the other, about casinos. That would be such an improvement for him. Even if he had bad news to announce, such as the decision to locate a casino on the lawn of the Supreme Court, having a panda beside him when he made the announcement would make it so much more palatable. Similarly, having a panda present at the announcement of each new 23-story building in Ottawa would make the looming shadows over residential neighbourhoods so much easier to take. The panda, not the building, would be in the shot. Put a panda on the west lawn of the Museum of Nature when you announce that it is going to be a parking lot. Put a panda in front of CIDA when it closes. Hey, how about the Ottawa Pandas as the name of the new CFL team? Who could object? Sadly, there are simply not enough pandas

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to go around. Already in short supply, they donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t breed as enthusiastically as they might (maybe they just like to cuddle). So just to get two to come to Canada is a pretty great thing. In the absence of pandas, the hunt is on for creatures of significant cuddliness who could serve politicians as an acceptable substitute. Our customary national symbols, the beaver and the Canada goose, have enemies. Penguins, also celebrated in Pooch CafĂŠ, would find our climate too warm. Clever politicians have already found a substitute: hockey players. Wasnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t Barack Obama posing with some of them just the other day?

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hereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s something about money. We love it and need it, but it also scares the hell out of most of us most of the time â&#x20AC;&#x201C; especially at tax time. And itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s not just those of us who may have to remit funds to the government this month. Even friends who are expecting a windfall this April are feeling nervous about having a lump sum dropped into their bank accounts. Why? According to a new book released by Money Coaches Canada founders Karin Mizgala and Sheila Walkington, weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re scared when we lack control. Unstuck: How to get out of your money rut and start living the life you want, offers a ground-up guide to uncovering how you feel about money, what you should and want to be doing with it and assessing what you already know. Unfortunately, the statistics suggest most of us havenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t got a clue. â&#x20AC;&#x153;People have lost the ability to look at the value of money,â&#x20AC;? says Judith Cane, with Money Coaches Canada in Ottawa. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve forgotten what the

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Preparing for your Baby We have all seen the ads. A pregnant woman glowing with a happy face, and round belly, watching kids play on the swings while she sips her decaf latte. She warmly lays a hand on her unborn child. The sun is shining. The birds are tweeting. You may ask: is this the reality of being pregnant? It looks simple! While pregnancy is a special time, it can also have emotional and physical ups and downs. While the sun is shining, and the birds are tweeting, what you do not see in the ad is what the woman is thinking. Some common thoughts of parents-to-be are: • “How am I going to prepare for this baby?” • “How do I get ready for breastfeeding?” • “How do I keep my baby safe and healthy once he/she is here???” Prenatal classes are a great way to obtain answers to many of your questions and more. Ottawa Public Health (OPH) offers online prenatal education with free companion classes for parents-to-be and those looking for a refresher. The course includes three in-person sessions, each 2 hours in length. Classes are in the evening or on Saturday mornings at four library sites. Sites include Nepean Centrepointe, Ruth E. Dickinson (Barrhaven), Alta Vista and Cumberland. These classes can:

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• help pregnant women and their partners feel more confident about the upcoming birth; • feel better prepared for breastfeeding and; • help parents make informed decisions about labour, birth and the care of their baby. The classes are led by a public health nurse. They provide pregnant women and their partners with expert information and the chance to meet with other expectant families. Katie Souliere, a pregnant woman, recently took the OPH prenatal class at the Cumberland branch. Her and her husband said that “after participating in the prenatal classes [they] felt better prepared for baby’s arrival in terms of what to expect before, during and after the labour. [They] now feel more confident about bringing baby home…”. Katie says that while there is a lot of information available online, she and her husband “…weren’t aware of the amount of resources available in the community to support [them] with postnatal care such as breastfeeding and postpartum depression support groups.” So, grab your decaf latte, take a seat in the sun, open your computer and go to www.ottawa.ca/ prenatal. Enroll in our free prenatal classes. It will provide you with the confidence, knowledge and breastfeeding information for your new baby.

Prevent the Spread Written by public health nurse Ginette Smith

vomiting, weight loss, pneumonia, brain damage and in rare cases, death. Older children and adults may experiencemilder symptoms but nevertheless, can still spread the infection to others. Every year in Canada, whooping cough kills 1 to 3 infants who did not receive or follow the proper vaccination schedule.

Pertussis is a highly contagious infection that affects the respiratory system and spreads easily in the air when an infected person coughs, sneezes, and talks. Symptoms are initially mild (similar to the common cold) but as the weeks progress, the mild cough may turn into a severe, violent cough, lasting weeks to months. Babies and young children are at the greatest risk of serious complications, such as breathing difficulties, choking spells,

The first dose of the pertussis vaccine is given at 2 months of age; however, babies are not fully protected until they receive all the doses of this vaccine. During this time, babies and young children are surrounded by parents, older siblings, grandparents, friends, caregivers and others who unknowingly may be infected with pertussis, and can transmit it to the child.

April 20-27, 2013, is World Immunization Awareness Week. Take this time to talk with your health care provider to see if you and your family are up-to-date. Immunization In Ontario, there were 230 cases of pertussis in 2011, and 792 cases in 2012. In Ottawa, saves lives! Protect your loved ones; there were 48 cases of pertussis in 2012 alone. get vaccinated. This is the highest number of pertussis cases reported in our city since a local outbreak occurred in 2003 . Better vaccination rate in all age groups will help control this preventable disease.

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Babies and young children are routinely immunized with selected vaccines when they are 2 months, 4 months, 6 months, and 18 months. This early vaccines protect against five different diseases, including pertussis, commonly known as whooping cough.

As of August 2011, all adults from 19 to 64 years of age in Ontario who did not receive one as a teenager are eligible to receive one publicly funded dose of the tetanus, diphtheria and pertussis (Tdap) vaccine to better protect adults against pertussis and importantly, to decrease the transmission of the infection to young children.

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EMC news - Spring was barely in the air on March 22, let along summer, but Westfest organizers were all looking forward to four special days in June. Westfest, Westboro Village’s “festival of music, art and life,” returns from June 6 to 9 for its 10th year with a large lineup of musical acts, street performers, vendors and activities. Details on the lineup and sponsors were given by founder and artistic director Elaina Martin at a launch event held Friday morning at the Clocktower Brewpub on Richmond Road. “This is a big deal. I’ve been thinking about the 10th anniversary of this festival since about the fifth anniversary,” said Martin. This year the lineup includes: Jane Siberry, Holly McNarland, Elliot Brood, Skydiggers, Fiftymen, Amanda Rheaume, along with many more diverse Canadian acts. Resident DJ Lakes District will be providing music between each act on all nights of the festival. Many of the acts are returning favourites from past years. “I‘m really, really proud of this,” said Martin. “For our 10-year anniversary, being able to do a retrospective of the last 10 years like this is really fun, for one, but it is also like a little reunion.” Headlining and supporting musical acts will again take to the Domicile main stage, which brought with it more seating space when it moved to the grassy area by Byron and Kirkwood Avenues two years ago. More than just a one-stop

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Ottawa mayor Jim Watson presents Westfest founder, producer and artistic director Elaina Martin with a certificate marking 10 years of the popular and growing music and arts festival. Westfest launched their 2013 lineup on March 22 at the Clocktower Brewpub in Westboro. music festival, Westfest boats 10 blocks of food, performers and activities, as the whole Westboro strip (closed to traffic) gets in on the action. Among the family-friendly satellite activities are the Dovercourt Funzone, Scotiabank Kidzone, Megan Mormon’s Ottawa Super Bingo, the Avenues Garage Band Alley and the cheekily-named BF Vacuums “This won’t suck community stage”. Information on the festival can be found at www.westfest. ca. Ottawa mayor Jim Watson was on hand at the launch to present Martin with a certificate for her efforts in building the festival. “She is amazing,” Watson told the crowd. “When this festival started 10 years ago … they had 20,000 people in one night.

Now it has expanded (to) four nights (with) so much great Canadian entertainment. I’m very, very proud of this festival. You built it up, working with the BIA, the city and the merchants and the private sector.” Martin began by thanking the long list of sponsors who keep the festival afloat. “I can’t go on about our sponsors enough. As some of you know or may not know, the budget for this festival is just under a million dollars. It’s completely, 100 per cent funded by sponsorship … Without them, this festival wouldn’t be free and without them, this festival wouldn’t be.” Multiple Westboro-based businesses are among the names of Westfest’s sponsors, joining larger sponsors like the Government of Canada, Scotiabank, Minto and the CBC.


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Michaela Hawdur and Chelsea Frake hang out with a couple of characters from the Star Wars series of films at the Canada Aviation and Space Museum on March 20. The museum launched its summer exhibition, Star Wars Identities, which will open on May 10.

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EMC news - The space museum has gone out of this world to find its summer programming this year. The Canada Aviation and Space Museum announced Star Wars Identities: The Exhibition on March 20. A museum showcase will feature the characters from the famous film series, including Darth Vader, R2-D2, Chewbacca, Yoda as well as Anakin Skywalker’s full-sized Podracer, offering both old and new fans of the films the chance to explore what forces shape the person or species you become. Created by Montreal’s X3 Productions in collaboration with Lucasfilm Ltd., the exhibition first appeared at the Montreal Science Centre in the spring of 2012. It has since travelled to western Canada, and will move to the capital starting on May 10. “We are extremely happy to host this wonderful exhibition, which asks fascinating questions about how identities are developed,” said Denise Amyot, the chief executive of the Canada Science and Technology Museums Corporation. “We are certain it will prove to be extremely popular with the National Capital Region’s residents and visitors. It will be a wonderful complement to

our fascinating exhibitions on aviation and space travel.” The museum invited a group of students from Georges Vanier Catholic School to meet some of the characters of the series, including Darth Vader and a few Stormtroopers. Student Rachael Mombourquette said her family has all the movies at home, but she admitted she was never really interested until now. “I think I will go home and watch them, it seems really cool,” Mombourquette said. X3 Productions collaborated with the Montréal Science Centre’s team of experts in a variety of fields to build the exhibition. Jacques-André Dupont, president and executive producer of X3 Productions, said the teams’ knowledge and expertise have shaped the exhibition’s structure and their input has been essential in developing its scientific and educational content. “This exhibition offers a fresh perspective on the beloved characters of Star Wars,” Dupont said. “We get a deeper understanding of their identities, and, at the same time, we get a deeper understanding of our own ... . It’s a characterdriven adventure into identity.” Exploring the complex notion of identity in both the real world and in the films, X3 Productions hopes shed light on each of the components of

identity. The exhibition will divide the study of the characters from the movies identity into three major themes: the origins of the characters, the influences that shape them, and the choices they make during their life. It’s by looking at these characters’ identity that patrons will have the chance to learn about the components which make up their own human identities, such as species, genes, parents, and culture. The museum promises many fun aspects to the new exhibit including a making-of featurettes which explore the stories behind the development of many iconic Star Wars characters and explain how they became who they are, and how different creative choices could have made them different characters altogether. There are interactive identity quests, scientific content and the chance to follow Luke and Anakin Skywalker through their journey. Online ticket sales for the exhibition opened on March 23, with opening day beginning on May 10. Visitors can also begin their identity adventure online at www.starwarsidentities.com. Adult tickets are $23 and children are $13.25. The exhibition will run until Sept. 2. For more information about the new exhibition, visit www. aviation.technomuses.ca.

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Late-night Lansdowne work approved results, he said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The way the project has been designed requires these long pours,â&#x20AC;? he said. Related concrete ďŹ nishing work will also be allowed to go on until 1 a.m. and that type of work will happen three or four times each month, Manconi said. That type of work wonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t be too obtrusive, he said. Once workers and equipment are on site, the work itself wonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t continue to create noise into the night.The exemption is important to ensure Lansdowne work stays on schedule, said Coun. Steve Desroches, who introduced the motion. Chernushenko was the only councillor to dissent on the noise exemption approval, which he did â&#x20AC;&#x153;out of solidarity for the big picture.â&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x153;Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s important to put it into full context,â&#x20AC;? Chernushenko said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re approaching a year of work â&#x20AC;Ś itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s important to recognize the impact on people.â&#x20AC;? Chernushenko said he asked Manconi to promise that work will not be done at night unless it is an absolute necessity.

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EMC news - Glebe residents will have to put up with occasional construction noise at night as workers begin to pour concrete at Lansdowne Park. City council OKed a noise exemption to allow concrete work to carry on until 1 a.m. every night as necessary for the remainder of construction at the site, which is expected to last until 2015. Residents will be notiďŹ ed of the exception and then prior to each instance when work is expected to go late. Notice will be sent to residents and posted on the cityâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s website, ottawa.ca.But Capital Coun. David Chernushenko said itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s high time the city looked at offering hotel rooms for residents who are continuously bombarded with late-night construction noise approved by council. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We canâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t continue to say â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s just one more time,â&#x20AC;&#x2122; â&#x20AC;? said the councillor, adding he intends to pursue options for getting council to support his hotel-room plan. Marco Manconi, the manager in charge of the Lansdowne project, said late-night concrete pouring would likely only be done a total of two or three times. The parking garage, stadium and towers require large amounts of concrete that must be poured continuously â&#x20AC;&#x201C; sometimes for as long as 24 hours â&#x20AC;&#x201C; for the best

The community-developer agreement also suggested jettisoning a plan to allow height exemptions for landmark city-deďŹ ning buildings. But two Centretown residents waited throughout the day to tell the planning committee that the â&#x20AC;&#x153;agreementâ&#x20AC;? reached by the association and developers was done in secret and doesnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t reďŹ&#x201A;ect residents views or their three years of participation in reďŹ ning the Centretown plan. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Nothing more than a private deal reached between developer interests and self-appointed negotiators,â&#x20AC;? said Centretown resident Deborah Hanscom. The deal was never publicized or endorsed by the community associationâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s members, including herself, Hanscom said â&#x20AC;&#x201C; only the executive board. Neither councillors nor those in charge of drafting the cityâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s plan saw the agreement until a day or two before the committee met. Planning committee chairman Coun. Peter Hume said the association-developer plan and other suggestions made by delegates at planning committee will be reviewed by staff and councillors could choose to put those ideas to council as amendments when full council votes on the plan next month. The development of Ottawaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s downtown will follow a unique path due to the federal governmentâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s restrictions on blocking the view of the Parliament buildings, said George Dark, the consultant in charge of the plan. Instead of buildings reaching the tallest heights in the and getting

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Where to locate density in Ottawa is a challenge, said planning committee chairman Peter Hume. That’s because Ottawa has so many areas of single-family homes in its downtown. Robert Bell of the Dow’s Lake Residents’ Association said his group and community associations for the Glebe and Glebe Annex appreciated discussions with the developer on issues like parking and traffic. Those talks led to good improvements, like a commitment to route traffic directly onto the arterial streets rather than through the smaller, residential streets, as well as parking.

“It’s desperate right now,” Bell said of the parking situation in the area. Taggart committed to including as much parking in the tower as the market dictates, which will probably be around one parking space per unit, Bell said. Nick Busing, one of the people who works in the eightstorey Fitzsimmons Building next door, was also concerned about parking. Tenants of his building will have to share parking with the new condo, which will make it hard to find a space, he said. Not to mention, the tower would shadow its shorter neighbour, Busing said. It would have retail on the ground floor, even though it’s a “harsh” environment for a

store to try and succeed, said Ted Fobert, a consultant from FoTenn working on behalf of Taggart. The new building is likely to add 47 more cars per hour during the morning traffic peak and 43 more vehicles per hour in the evening peak time. Chernushenko wondered how the city measures the cumulative impact on factors like traffic when it approves a series of rezoning applications in a neighbourhood. “The area might be able to handle this, but what about the next one?” asked the councillor, who was not in support of the project. “Is there a point at which we would or could say, ‘No, the infrastructure can’t handle any more?”

place to reign in the ways the city will evolve. “We would tell you if the area is over capacity for things like transportation … that’s part of the recommendation,” he said. Council always makes the

Planning boss John Smit said the city studies the traffic impact of each rezoning application and has strategies in

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uring the day, the outhouse held little terror for me. It was at night, when it was pitch black outside, that I dreaded the small clapboard building that sat like a sentry behind a cluster of cedar trees in our back yard. Mother hated the outhouse for an entirely different reason. After living in New York for 18 years, she thought going outside to the bathroom was right up there with drinking tea from a saucer or wearing a soiled apron when company came to the back door. “Uncivilized. That’s all it is, just plain uncivilized,” was her constant lament. Well, we had no choice out there in the back woods of Renfrew County. Our chances of having a flush toilet, like my little friend Joyce had in her brick house, were absolutely nil. We had no running water and there was no electricity or telephone. The very thought of having a flush toilet in the house was like dreaming the Depression wasn’t happening! For the longest time when I was very little, I remember our outhouse having only one

Mary Cook’s Memories hole. But eventually, after Mother complained endlessly, a new one was built by Old Herman, who was considered an outhouse authority out there in Northcote for reasons which escaped me at the time. It was after the second hole was built that my sister Audrey pointed out the bevelled seat Old Herman was famous for. Well, the bevelled seat did little to endear the outhouse to Mother and did less for me, who still dreaded going out once night had settled in. Old Herman had put a latch on both the inside and outside of the door too, which was a vast improvement over the stone on the floor that you shoved with your foot to keep the door closed once you got seated. Yes, the new outhouse was an improvement, but Mother

still lamented daily about how it was “an uncivilized way of life” which she never quite got used to. My friend Joyce also had a store-bought roll of real toilet paper in her indoor bathroom. It hung on a wire holder on the wall and even when I didn’t have to go, I never failed to use the bathroom when I visited her house. I would reef off a piece of that store-bought toilet paper, just to witness the sheer luxury of the whole experience. Our toilet paper was the no-longer current issue of the Eaton’s catalogue. Father would drive a spike through the upper left corner of the thick book and feed a piece of heavy binder-twine through the hole, and hang it on a nail on the inside near the door. An entire page was never fully torn out, and by the time the

out emptying my bladder was all it took to create an urgent need. This was when I would beg Audrey to come with me. She thought I was old enough at five or six to go on my own, so I would ask her to light the lantern even thought it had yet to get absolutely dark out. I would go through the summer

the bush. So going out to the outhouse became a constant challenge for me once it got dark at night. There was always the Johnny pot under the bed, but to use it before we retired was out of the question. It was there for emergencies, Mother said. I couldn’t think of a more

Emerson, whose mission in life seemed to be to scare the living daylights out of me, would always warn me to stay clear of the coyotes or the big black bear he assured me would like nothing better than to haul a young girl off to the bush. kitchen and then the wood shed, a long-about way of getting there, because that way I was under cover for most of the trip. My brother Emerson, whose mission in life seemed to be to scare the living daylights out of me every chance he got, would always warn me to stay clear of the coyotes or the big black bear he assured me would like nothing better than to haul a young girl off to

dire emergency than forcing a young terrified girl out in the dark at night to go to the privy. Like the silos that were on every farm, the tin mailboxes at the end of the lanes, the hay lofts, the pumps over the wells in the middle of the yards and piles of manure at the back of every barn, the outdoor privy was very much a sign of the times during the 1930s. Each very much a necessity for our very survival.

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Members of the United Way Ottawa campaign show off its community fundraising total at an event on March 25. funding of those priority goals fell short in the end.McCracken explained this is in part because unrestricted donations continue to decline. The United Way appealed to donors at the announcement to help raise the remaining shortfall of $800,000 before the campaign is officially complete on March 31. The campaign volunteers were taking to the phones to call previous donors who had yet to give. Campaign co-chairs Mathieu Fleury, councillor for Rideau-Vanier and Angie Poirier, a Majic 100 and CTV Ottawa Morning Live host, were on hand to celebrate the total and reflect on the campaign. Fleury said he enjoyed the opportunity to meet organizations and people in a different setting than through the city lens. “You think you know your community, until you go out there,”

Fleury said. “With United Way it’s a different perspective, people are more open, conversations are much different... . It gives you a different insight.” Fleury and Poirier were dubbed leaders of the next generation of donors and made it their personal goal for this year’s campaign to take to social media to help promote the campaign. “Your heart and your spirit have made such a difference,” McCracken said. “You have given light to the role each of us can play in improving the lives of others and to the power we have collectively to improve our community in the long term.” More than 1,000 workplaces were involved in the campaign. Innovapost and PCL Constructors Canada Inc. attended the event, highlighting their own successes in the campaign.

have shown that the current antibiotics resistance observed in humans is the direct result of the use of growth hormones and medications given to cattle and pigs raised for slaughter. This is just one of the reasons why organic food is increasingly popular among consumers. An organic product does not contain any more vitamins than a similar non-organic product. A carrot is still a carrot, whether it’s organic or not. Choosing to buy organic is based solely on ecological and social reasons. Buying an organic carrot means knowing exactly what is on your plate. Even better, buying locally produced organic foods means encouraging local producers and reducing the amount of greenhouse gases produced by the transportation of food over long distances. What a great way to contribute directly to the good health of our country and make the most of Mother Nature’s bounty. Newspaper Toolbox

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EMC news - The United Way Ottawa announced the official tally for its 2012-13 fundraising campaign on March 25, revealing it had surpassed its goal. The United Way raised $30,334,000 as part of its latest efforts, exceeding the $30 million goal the United Way set in September. United Way board chairman Jamie McCracken took the opportunity to congratulate donors and campaign volunteers for their efforts. “This is an amazing total for this year’s campaign,” he said. The organization changed the way the way it allocates money raised from its annual campaign more than two years ago, crafting priorities and funding criteria in order to appeal to donors. Although the campaign was extended for the first time this year, adding 10 more weeks for donors to contribute, the amount raised for the

EMC lifestyle - The organic food and drink industry has expanded rapidly, experiencing an average growth of 20 per cent per year on a global scale. What motivates people to buy organic foods? Health, wholesomeness, and respect for the environment are sure to be found at the top of the list. An organic-certified food is produced without the use of any chemical products. The difference between organic and non-organic foods is the absence of all chemical pesticides, herbicides, and preservatives. Eating organic, like our ancestors did, is the only way to avoid the involuntary consumption of substances that are potentially hazardous to our health. Did you know that over time, the ingestion of many food industry chemical substances can lead to a weakening of the immune system and have harmful effects on the mental, cognitive and physical development of children? In addition, numerous studies

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EMC community - With the busy spring season quickly approaching, the Friends of the Central Experimental Farm are hard at work preparing events at the urban agricultural space. On Saturday, April 20, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. the Friends will be holding a craft and bake sale at their location in Bldg. 72, of the Arboretum, located off of Prince of Wales Drive. A few weeks later on May 12 the group will be holding a rare and unusual plant sale from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. People will be able to buy plants for their gardens from many local specialty growers and nurseries that gather for the event. Master gardeners will also be on hand and available to answer questions. The sale will be held in the parking lot beside the Neatby Building at Carling Avenue and Maple Drive. The Friends of the Farm will

also be holding a Master Gardener Lecture Series that is open to both members and non-members of the organization. Individual lectures can be attended by members for $12 or $15 for non-members. The lectures will be held April 9, April 23, May 14 and September 10. The April 9 lecture, titled Big Bold and Beautiful Plants!, will focus on growing larger plants and will feature a talk by master gardener Nancy McDonald. The April 23 lecture, Container Gardening-Design Made Simple, will be presented by Catherine Disley Engler and will focus on gardening using containers. Catherine will talk about choosing appropriate containers for medium sized specimens, plant selection and seasonal options. The third instalment will be called Savy Choices for Spring 2013 and will be presented by Edythe Falconer and Stephanie Sleeth will take place May 14. It will feature ideas to help plan your garden and tips for

plant shopping and getting the most out of your plants. The final lecture will be on Sept. 10, and is called You Are Not Done Yet! Tasks to Do Now to Improve Your Garden Next Year and will be presented by Mary Reid. It will focus on fall planning and gardening. The Friends of the Farm will also be hosting a native plant sale at Fletcher Wildlife Garden on June 1 from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Native plants grown in the area that are adapted to local conditions and climate will be up for sale. Volunteers and growers will also be on hand to answer questions and make suggestions. Guided tours of the peony beds will be offered at the Central Experimental Farm on June 8 from 9 a.m. to noon and a workshop on roses will be held June 15 at the Heritage Rose Garden from 1 to 3 p.m. The Friends of the Central Experimental Farm is a non-profit volunteer organization dedicated to

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Activities will be plentiful at the Central Experimental Farm this spring, with plant and bake sales and a gardening lecture series planned. protecting and preserving the Experimental Farm and arboretum. For more information on The

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EMC news - The demolition of smaller structures could pose a health risk to neighbours if proper measures arenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t taken, according to a report commissioned by one community group. Thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s the basis of a presentation made to the cityâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s planning committee on March 26 by members of the Champlain Park Community Association, which initiated the report last summer detailing the possible risks. When talking about intensiďŹ cation in Ottawa, the focus is usually on large-scale developments by highproďŹ le builders, but small-scale inďŹ ll occurs all the time on residential streets. Old or derelict properties are routinely torn down to make way for duplexes or other small-scale developments, but the materials contained within those buildings can pose a risk if they get airborne. Asbestos was used in a number of products related to home construction until the 1980s, and are almost deďŹ nitely present in older homes undergoing demolition. The provincal legislation demands home builders take steps to prevent exposure to such designated substances, but Lynne Bankier and Heather Pearl, co-chair-

women of the association say the city isnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t ensuring builders are complying with those measures. â&#x20AC;&#x153;There is a potential for exposure if we donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t have proactive identiďŹ cation of hazardous substances,â&#x20AC;? said Bankier prior to the committee presentation. Last July, the association requested Kitchissippi Coun. Katherine Hobbs inquire on their behalf why the city doesnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t require a designated substances report when a demolition permit is approved. Responses to a number of related questions are contained in the report. The cityâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s building code services branch responded that no legislative gap exists that warrant it to take on new responsibilities with regards the issue. The branch enforces building code laws, but hazardous substances fall under provincial legislation such as the Occupational Health and Safety Act, meaning the Ministry of Labour would be the regulatory body to deal with the issue. In addition to the presentations, letters sent to the committee outlined the concerns and position of the association. A number of small-scale inďŹ ll projects popped up in Champlain Park in recent years, similar to those occurring in other older, urban neigh-

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sue,â&#x20AC;? said Bankier. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The only way to be sure would be to have (the substances report) shown to those who approve the demolition control application.â&#x20AC;? Bankier said there are three levels of measures taken to ensure safety on job sites with respect to hazardous substances. In many cases, it is as simple as having a water truck on site to dampen down any dust that

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City looks to crack down on fake charity clothing bins laura.mueller@metroland.com

EMC news - The city is cracking down on messy donation bins that appear to be collecting clothes for charity, but are actually run by businesses. Bins on private property will have to display whether the operator is a registered charity, (along with the registration number), a non-profit organization or a for-profit business, under a proposal that will be voted on by council on March 27. The sign will also have to display contact information for the operator, as well as the pickup schedule. There will also be rules to ensure the property owner keeps the area surrounding the bin clean and debris free. “This is a very good, made-inOttawa solution to a problem,” said Kanata South Coun. Allan Hubley, who asked the city to tackle the issue. “We’re getting what I wanted out of this, which is residents having the information so they can make an informed decision about where to do-

nate, and also for property owners before they make a decision to take a box. These people will have to tell them upfront where the clothes are going.” Other Ontario municipalities, including Hamilton, have expressed interest in following Ottawa’s lead in regulating donation bins. Last spring, city council decided it would only allow bins on city property if the operator is a registered charitable operation. They are required to get a licence agreement from the city. Hubley began his campaign to tackle the issue in the first year of his term in 2011. At that time, the Jubilee Donations bins – especially one at Jack Charron Arena – were of particular concern to his residents, Hubley said, because they are not emptied regularly and it’s not clear if Jubilee is a registered charity. Hubley said he called the phone number listed on the box and determined that Jubilee is a storage company. “This is like storage wars. They are coming and taking these clothes, putting them in storage lockers and

auctioning them off for their own profit. There is no benefit to the community,” he said. Bags of clothes that are left to pile up around the untended donation boxes are sometimes torn open. “So it becomes a burden on the employees of the city to have to clean this thing up,” Hubley said. The bins sometimes attract thieves who try to break into them, according to the city report. There are also issues with bins blocking sightlines and creating safety hazards for traffic or undesirable activity. There are benefits to the bins, a city report says. They divert unwanted clothes from landfills and they sometimes assist charitable efforts. Sending city staff to remove bins that aren’t allowed could ramp up city staff costs so it’s not recommended. While it could be offset by the fee associated with donation-bin licences, there are also issues of perceived interference, the staff report says. The new bylaw will come into effect June 3 if it gets council’s approval this week.

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Proving that small gestures change lives Organization aims to help others through acts of kindness Jessica Cunha jessica.cunha@metroland.com

EMC news - Roger Collins turned his life around thanks to a number of small gestures by people who believed in him. The young Bridlewood man is now using his experiences to help other people with his organization Small Gestures Change Lives. “I was going down a really bad path as a younger kid,” said Collins, who was criminally charged as a youth. “Now, I’m trying to give back.” He was charged with two criminal offenses as a 16year-old but thanks to the persistence of the people around him, he managed to get himself on the right track. A big turning point in his life came when he was selected to travel to Solio, Kenya, with Finding Life to hike Mount Kenya and build classrooms when he was a student at Holy Trinity Catholic High School. Finding Life was founded by Elia Saikaly as a way to engage students to create positive change in the world. The non-profit organization uses adventure, technology, film and charitable organizations to inspire others to find a meaningful life. Saikaly said Finding Life is a journey of self discovery. “In Kenya, Roger Collins spent his time saving goats, building classrooms, connecting with hundreds of Kenyan kids by bringing joy and laughter into their hearts and being an inspiring responsible leader and role model,” said Saikaly. Collins personal transformation was evident on many levels, Saikaly, shown through his daily actions and gestures and his blogs. “If our Finding Life project ignited a spark of positive change then we certainly achieved our goal. He changed people’s lives. Including his own,” he said. Collins is a young man with a huge heart and incredible potential, said Saikaly. “He (may have made) some poor choices in the past, as we all have, but today he remains in my eyes a young man who has the potential to lead, inspire and make a difference in the world.”

After Collins returned from Africa, he said he didn’t want to stop making a difference. He tried to volunteer with local organizations, but having a criminal record kept many of those opportunities out of his reach. “I realized how much my record affected my life,” said Collins. “I wanted to start doing volunteer work on my own but I didn’t know how.” He thought about the small gestures of kindness and encouragement he received as he worked to turn his life around – from a school chaplain, a teacher, his mother and Saikaly – and turned that into a model that could be applied to others. “Some people put it upon themselves that they need a really big act to change something,” said Collins. “But it’s the small gestures. “We’re trying to start a movement; small things are the biggest thing.” With the help of five friends – Glen Cairn resident Kerry Brezynskie, Michael Paul Robinson of Stittsville, Roxanne Ibrahim a resident of east Ottawa, Stittsville’s Alex Potvin and Katie Saikaley from Alta Vista – they brought Small Gestures Change Lives to life. “I love helping people,” said Brezynskie, who also graduated from Holy Trinity. “It’s something I really, really enjoy.” The young Glen Cairn woman had more than 400 hours of volunteer service when she graduated from high school and is now studying nursing at the University of Ottawa and Algonquin College. She said one of the hardest aspects of starting Small Gestures Change Lives is making people realize that young people can make a difference. “I think there’s a lot of judgment sometimes towards youth,” she said, adding many people can be mistrustful. The team is hoping to partner with a local school, church or organization that will accommodate the plans for fundraising activities, and is looking for more members of all ages to become a part of the summer fundraising committee. Their goal this year is to

raise awareness about Small Gestures Change Lives and $10,000 for Moving Mountains, a charity that helped the Finding Life expedition members when they travelled to Kenya. “They made it possible for us to climb Mount Kenya,” said Collins. “They support some of the most underprivileged in Africa.” All funds raised by Small Gestures Change Lives for Moving Mountains “will be used directly in Kenya to support the education of some of the most disadvantaged children and young people in the country,” said Michael Evans, co-ordinator of Moving Mountains, in a letter. The money helps fund schooling and the long-term development of communities. The Small Gestures Change Lives team is also working to help those closer to home. Recently, they put together nine care packages, filled with bottles of water, granola bars, pairs of jeans, sweaters, socks and personal hygiene items, and delivered them to people living on Ottawa’s downtown streets. As they gave out the packages, a lady who hadn’t seen what they were doing stopped the group and asked if they had an extra pair of socks. “Her teeth were chattering,” said Collins. They had one care package left, with a woman’s sweater and three pairs of socks inside. The woman was extremely grateful. “It’s like it was meant to happen,” he said. “Most people were really, really, really thankful.” The group also came up with the idea for a Free Hug Day as part of Kindness Week 2013. The team posted video footage of the day and people’s reactions on the Small Gestures Change Lives Facebook page. “Putting yourself out there is the first step,” said Collins. “It was amazing.” As for long-term goals, Collins said one would be to get Small Gestures Change Lives on the Ellen DeGeneres Show. “(We’ll) keep working on making a name for ourselves,” he said. “We’re trying really hard to do something good for the community around us.” For more information, search Small Gestures Change Lives on Facebook, follow them on Twitter @teamSGCL or email Collins at roger. sgcl@hotmail.com.

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April 5

Join us at the Britannia United Church for Mundell’s Fish Fry, which is taking place on April 5 from 4:30 to 7:30 p.m. The menu features New Zealand cod, fries, coleslaw, drinks and dessert. Tickets are $18 for ages 13 and up, $10 for ages 5 to 12 and free for children under 5. Tickets will be available before at the church – located at 985 Pinecrest Rd. – in advance of the event as well as at the door. For more information, contact Candice at 613-8286018 or visit britanniaunitedchurch.ca.

Yesterday, The Honourable Jim Flaherty, Minister of Finance, announced the presentation of the Economic Action Plan 2013, and the end April 5-7 Freshen your decor with a piece of original of pre-budget consultations. Minister Flaherty is art. Browse through what’s offered at the quoted as saying, “In the face of a fragile global Nepean Fine Arts League’s spring sale, where you can meet more than 40 local arteconomy, the Harper Government is preparing ists and see their work. There will be a wide for the upcoming budget with a focus on variety of styles and subjects to suit every taste. The sale takes place at the Ukrainian supporting economic growth and job creation Hall, located at 1000 Byron Ave., on April 5 and returning to balanced budgets by 2015”. We to 7. The opening is Friday from 6 to 9 p.m., are optimistic that there will be something for and continues Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 municipalities which will enable us to continue to p.m. and on Sunday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m Admission is free. For more information, support infrastructure. Stay tuned for March please visit nepeanfinearts.com. 21st!

Wi-Fi connectivity in City facilities is a common request from residents, and one that we hope to be able to deliver this year. Since there is no current budget allocation for installation or technical support for public Wi-Fi, a number of companies have expressed interest in providing Wi-Fi in City facilities and we are now issuing a Request for Proposal (RFP). Our primary goal is to offer free, robust and reliable public Wi-Fi service in select City buildings at no cost to the City (except for ongoing electricity costs and signage). To start, the City has identified 25 locations including major recreation complexes located across the city and City Hall. Additional locations will be added in future phases provided satisfactory performance is achieved. Wi-Fi service would be offered in specific zones of the buildings (e.g. lobby, waiting space, food service areas). RFP evaluation and award is expected by mid-May so we’ll be keeping an eye on this one!

Eco Equitable, a local charity and social enterprise, is holding its first ever “fill-abag” sale of recycled and unique fabrics at its headquarters at Heartwood House, located at 153 Chapel St., on April 6 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Come and fill a shopping bag for $10, or buy regularly priced fabrics for $2 to $5 per metre. All proceeds go to support Eco Equitable’s programs to support immigrant, marginalized and refugee women. Cash only. An evening of French and Spanish music featuring Julie Nesrallah and Parv Eshghi is the next concert in the 2012-13 MacKay chamber music series. It will take place on April 6 at 7:30 p.m. at MacKay United Church, located at Dufferin Road and MacKay Street. Enjoy exquisite, lyrical

April 9

The Ottawa West Christian Women’s Connection invites you to explore a better way with eco-friendly Terra 20 on April 9 from 9:15 to 11 a.m. at Arlington Woods Hall, 225 McClellan Rd. The cost is $5 per person, $2 for first-time attendees. Admission includes light refreshments, door prizes, and childcare. Daphne Dykhuizen will be the guest speaker and singer. Reservations are essential, and can be made by calling 613-721-1257 or 613-829-2063.

April 10

Christian Women’s Central Club invites you to a spring dessert buffet, featuring Bowring “Spring Splendor” from Carlingwood Shopping Centre. Music will be provided by the talented vocalist Sonja Milsom. Speaker Carolina Vadala, from Kingston, will be speaking about finding security in an insecure world. Admission is $6 - first timers are $2. The event takes place 1 p.m. St. Paul’s Church, 971 Woodroffe Ave. Anyone interested can RSVP by calling 613-692-6290. All women are welcome.

April 13

The Olde Forge annual book sale will feature a good selection of fiction including literature, mystery and romance as well as non-fiction, cookbooks and children’s books. The one-day sale will take place April 13, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at 2730 Carling Ave. Additional parking available at the old Grant School on Richmond Road. Please note we are still accepting donations of good quality books for this year’s sale.

MacKay United Church will host a wine and cheese gala fundraiser on April 13 at 7 p.m. Come and join us for a memorable evening. Sample fine wine and cheeses, participate in a spectacular silent auction while listening to live classical music and finish off the evening dancing to a great ’60s top 40 band. Tickets, which include three free wine samplings, cost $50 and may be obtained in advance from the church office, at at 39 Dufferin Rd., Monday to Friday in the morning. For more information, please call 613-749-8727 or visit mackayunitedchurch.com.

April 14

Area runners are being invited to put together a team for the 2013 Minto Run for Reach 5K Team Challenge on April 14. Benefits include custom T-Shirts (if registered by April 10), a pancake breakfast, race kit, prizes and bragging rights. Teams must consist of between four and five members who can be all men, all women, or mixed. Early Bird Rate ends March 14. Register online at www.runningroom.com or www.reach.ca.

April 18

The IODE Walter Baker Chapter will meet April 18 at 1 p.m at 453 Parkdale Ave. 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.

April 25

The Olde Forge Community Resource Centre is holding its first seniors information fair and lunch, April 25, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Ron Kolbus Lakeside Centre in Britannia. Tickets are $10 (including lunch) and can be purchased at the Olde Forge. Local business and service sector exhibitors will present products and information of value to seniors and persons with disabilities. For tickets and further information call The Olde Forge at 613-829-9777 or email info@oldeforge.ca.

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