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A fundraiser cooking competition has been launched in Vanier. – Page 2

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A 10-unit renovation for Centretown’s westend gets city’s OK. – Page 7

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City to get its Celt on this New Year’s Eve. – Page 12

vie to form new BIA for Rideau City hall to lay out rules for rival organizations Laura Mueller laura.mueller@metroland.com

News - A battle over the long-forgotten eastern leg of Rideau Street is playing out at city hall. Two – potentially three – local groups want to compete to form or expand a business improvement area to include the portion of Rideau Street between King Edward Avenue and the Cummings Bridge. Such a merchants’ group, called a BIA, would lobby on behalf of all the businesses along the street and co-ordinate efforts such as beautification, area marketing and neighbourhood cleanups. The groups are funded through a mandatory tax levy charged to each business within the boundaries and the businesses must agree to form the BIA and pay the levies as part of the process. Rideau-Vanier Coun. Mathieu Fleury said the recent rebuilding of the street has focused attention of potential redevelopment of the area, which is mostly populated by corner stores, shwarma eateries, small shops including a pawn broker, as well as a Loblaws grocery store, the Bytowne Cinema and a number of offices. See ENGAGED, page 11

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Spreading Christmas cheer Laïla Anakeu-Ekassi and Eliora Kouadro enjoy dinner at the Carson’s Community House Christmas Dinner at Samuel-Genest High School on Dec. 12. Organized by the Rideau-Rockcliffe Community Resource Centre, the annual event welcomes families in the area to enjoy a turkey dinner, meet Santa Claus and receive a gift.

AEFO Vanier development on hold indefinitely Lack of tenants makes Montreal Road project difficult, teachers’ association says Michelle Nash michelle.nash@metroland.com

News - A shining example of what was to become of Vanier’s future will have to wait, as plans for a seven-storey building at 250 Montreal Rd. have been put on the back burner.

The owners of the property, the Association des enseignantes et des enseignants franco-Ontariens, the teacher’s association for the French public school board, announced its decision to put the project on hold at the start of the month, citing a lack of tenants for the new building.

“We left no stone unturned,� said Carol Jolin, president of the association. “We’ve been working on this project, to fill those floors for a good two years.� He added the project is not dead, just on hold for now. The plans for the building were originally announced in February 2012. The sevenstorey building included six floors of office space, a green roof terrace, a community

room and main floor retail. Dubbed Place Dupuis-Édifice AEFO, the association said it had hoped to create a neighbourhood social hub with its glass and red concrete facade, and by bringing streetlevel shopping and eateries for the area. Originally, the project envisioned around 500 workers using the building. See EXCESS, page 14

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Cité Collégiale’s culinary arts and culinary management co-ordinator Wayne Murphy and the Ambassador of Spain Carlos Gomez-Mugica Sanz launch the second edition of the National Capital Culinary Competition at the official launch on Dec. 9.

Culinary competition to give community services a boost Second edition names Spain as main sponsor Michelle Nash michelle.nash@metroland.com

News - A special cooking competition aims to help out low-income families in the Vanier area in 2014. Eight chefs from across the region will participate in the second edition of the National Capital Culinary Competition, an event that will raise money for the Vanier Community Service Centre. “This event is a great endevour that benefits many local families,” said Michael McLellan, vice president of the centre’s board of directors. Partnered with Cité Collégiale’s culinary arts and culinary management programs

and the Sheraton Hotel Ottawa, members of the service centre, the college and the ambassadors officially launched the event on Dec. 9. Money raised from the March 4, 2014 event will help out the centre’s family support services program and the school readiness program, HIPPY. The inaugural event partnered with the Belgian Embassy, offering a Belgianinspired menu and raising $12,000 for the centre’s programs, as well as providing money for two Cité bursaries. The college plays a large role in the event, as two students get the opportunity to work with one of the eight participating chefs. The other students enrolled in the culinary programs help cook the meal for the main event. This year, Belgian Ambassador Bruno Van der Plujm

passed the torch to the Embassy of Spain and Ambassador Carlos Gomez-Mugica Sanz The college’s co-ordinator for the culinary program, Wayne Murphy, said choosing Spain as the host country was in part inspired by that country’s interesting dishes. “When we discussed which embassy we hoped we could have partner with us, we discussed it would be great to have Spain,” Murphy said. “This year was all about the cooking. And we thought, Spain is on the cutting edge when it comes to its dishes.” The Spanish embassy was happy to oblige. “We just wanted to help,” Gomez-Mugica Sanz said. “It’s also a way for us to show our culture.” More information about the cooking competition and the programs the event is raising money for is available at cscvanier.com.


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City looks to allow more corner stores Laura Mueller laura.mueller@metroland.com

News - Facing stiff competition from big-box stores and even drugstores with growing food sections, the formerly ubiquitous corner store is going out of fashion. In addition to business pressures from competitors, the disappearance of convenience stores is also due to city policy, said Alain Miguelez, the city’s program manager for zoning and intensification. Many of the shops are located in residential areas where land-use zoning doesn’t actually permit businesses to operate. “When a store closes, it can’t come back,” Miguelez said. The city wants to know if residents would like to see more mom-and-pop stores in their neighbourhoods. The city’s planning department is undertaking a study to see if there are appropriate locations in Ottawa’s urban residential areas where the

city should allow “low-impact businesses” to continue, or where new businesses should be allowed to open up shop. Miguelez said the city is looking to promote livable, walkable neighbourhoods that have services located where people live, whether it’s a convenience store, barbershop or laundromat. Chris Penton of the Vanier Community Association said the study will be especially beneficial for his neighbourhood, as the area is in need of more retailers. Having businesses located where people live will give them a reason to get out and walk around their community and perhaps meet a neighbour they wouldn’t otherwise encounter, Miguelez said. “But we’re not looking to create little main streets,” he added. Re-zoning entire residential streets for business use is not on the table, he said. Rather, his department is looking at small pockets, likely on high-visability corners, where

an entrepreneur could establish a successful small business that is supported by its surrounding neighbours. With cutbacks in government jobs, unemployed workers might look to entrepreneurship as the next stage in their careers, and starting with a small storefront would make that possibility more accessible to new business owners, Miguelez said. “That kind of micro retail opportunity could be a good incubator for people to take the plunge,” he said. You can let the city know what you think about the idea by visiting the public consultations page in the city hall section of the city’s website, ottawa.ca, and filling out an online questionnaire before Jan. 31, 2014. Questions include what you think about existing neighbourhood commercial uses and their locations, what kinds of businesses should be allowed in residential areas, how close they should be to main streets and the accessibil-

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Fundraiser gets permanent in the Market michelle.nash@metroland.com

News - A local shop in the ByWard Market wants people to get inked for a good cause. For $80, Living Colour Tattoo will permanently give interested individuals a way to remember giving to charity this year by way of a holidaythemed tattoo. The shop’s tattoo artist Jamie Kleinveld created the event in an effort to raise money for the Christmas Exchange Program, a program through the Caring and Sharing Exchange. “I think when it comes to charity, every little bit helps,� Kleinveld said. “It’s nice to give back to the community. They don’t take long to do and it feels good to help out.� This is not the first time the parlour has contributed to the community at Christmas time. Last year, Kleinveld offered a similar holiday tattoo promotion, with money raised being donated to Toy Mountain. In November, the tattoo artist inked seven tiny moustaches on Ottawa bodies to help raise money for prostate cancer. “For me, it’s a way to create art,� she said. “It’s not just about donating money to a cause. Like most tattoos, it can also help people commemorate something in their life too.� The themed tattoos include a snowman, Rudolf, a gingerbread man, a candy cane heart and a stocking. Kleinveld said her favourite is the candy cane heart. “I tried to include some images that were festive but still common enough that some people who might hesitate to get a Christmas tattoo would be able to enjoy as well, such as the dove, the snowflake and the

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The small tattoos, Kleinveld said, won’t take up much of her time, allowing all the proceeds of the fundraiser to go to the program.

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West Centretown group loses battle against two parking spaces Planning committee approves 10-unit renovation of James Street home Laura Mueller laura.mueller@metroland.com

News - The city’s last cash-in-lieu of parking application was bitterly opposed by neighbours, but in the end, the planning committee allowed the developer to buy his way out of two parking spaces. The application to reduce the parking requirement at 186 James St. by two spaces took up much of the morning during an all-day meeting of the committee on Dec. 10 and ended with members of a community group shouting from the audience that the architect proposed to make the building taller. Robert Martin, the architect, tried to quietly respond that the height and all other aspects of the proposed expanded building abide by the city’s zoning rules. Martin maintains that the 10-unit building would be a reasonable fit for the neighbourhood and that it represents appropriate intensification and a good example of reusing an existing building that has heritage value. The west Centretown proposal would have three parking spaces, but

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This image shows what a home at 186 James St. would look like if it expands to house 10 units – a proposal bitterly opposed by neighbours. The city absolved the developer, Jordan Tannis, of the one minor rule his proposal didn’t fulfill – the full parking requirement – on Dec. 10. under city rules, it should provide five. The area councillor, Diane Holmes, and an ad hoc community group called the Friends of James and Bay, which formed to oppose the redevelopment, argue the opposite. “It is quite literally off the chart,” nearby resident Robert Brando said to the planning committee about the level of intensification proposed. The home currently contains three units. Expanding it to 10 units will

provide reasonably sized bachelor, one- and two-bedroom apartments, Martin said. In fact, Martin could have designed the exact same building with six larger units – each containing more bedrooms – and not have to pay to get out of the parking requirement, even though that would mean around 14 people could inhabit the building. Brando said he would be fine with the proposal if it contained six units. Martin said his client, Jordan Tan-

nis, wants smaller apartments for singles and couples, rather than six large units shared by multiple roommates. Another resident, Heather McArthur, argued the city hasn’t done enough to address the underlying issue of intensification and predict what intensification will look like on James Street. “It’s character… not just the façade, but patterns of use and how people enjoy their neighbourhood,” she said. Brendan Hennigan, the spokesman

for the Friends group, said the group has spent hundreds of hours fighting the proposal, which is one of the smallest alterations to the rules that can be brought to the planning committee. “I am not opposed to development, I am not a NIMBY (not in my backyard),” Hennigan said. He sees the issue as one of “liveability, fairness and good government,” he said. Holmes’s argument got more to the core of the matter. She felt the city was shifting the responsibility to provide parking from the private realm (developers and homeowners) to the public realm (the city’s streets). She was also annoyed that comments from the city’s parking management group that advised rejecting the proposal weren’t included in the planning report. In the end, the planning committee unanimously approved the reduction in parking spaces and directed Tannis to donate his $8,558 cash-in-lieu of parking fee to the McNabb Park rehabilitation project instead of a citywide parking fund. That approval was also contingent on a legal agreement with the city that the design and site plan for the building won’t change again. In an email sent to supporters the next day, the Friends of James/Bay said the decision sends a “message to the community that our input is not important.”

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he announcement that Canada Post will end home mail delivery in the next five years is the beginning of the end for mail service in this country. Reduced service and a higher cost is a death knell for any company. The cutbacks will no doubt be a self-fulfilling prophecy as cuts to service in turn cut into the current level of demand. Maybe the real plan is to sell off Canada Post. And itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s rather sad that the federal government would announce this just as MPâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s leave on their Christmas break, leaving no chance for debate. The change will mean a great deal to seniors and folks with any disability that makes a trip to a community mailbox tricky. This will likely be an election issue in the future as seniors take their right to vote very seriously. Beyond delivery of letters, mail carriers do provide social interaction for people who may feel isolated. Carriers can also check in on seniors who live alone, and they act as the eyes of the community because they know residents and can report suspicious people. In the U.S., the postal service is legally required to deliver six days a week. In Britain, the Royal Mail has been privatized, although citizens can still

expect minimum standards will be met. Canada has geographic challenges unlike those countries â&#x20AC;&#x201C; greater distances and fewer people and pieces of mail. If the cutting of home delivery is carried out as planned, we may be headed for a private delivery service in the not-too-distant future. If Canada Post has no monopoly, we could see more delivery trucks from competing firms on our streets; not a good deal for the environment when one carrier can do the job. As the price of a stamp goes up and up, eventually those private companies may see their chance. The cost of postage will rise to $1 for an individual stamp next spring, meaning next time the holidays roll around, postage may cost more than the Christmas card inside the envelope. Our federal government is creating conditions for Canada Postâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s failure. The die has been cast, so make your voice heard. If home mail delivery is valued by Canadians, why should we not accept that the system may run at a loss? Thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s what our tax dollars are for: to deliver basic, important services to all. If you care about home delivery, tell your MP. It might be nice to send your thoughts in a letter. While you still can.

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t was a nice seasonal touch on Canada Postâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s part to tell you that youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve received your last Christmas card. It was beyond grinchy and a lot of us Whos down in Whoville donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t like it that much. Beginning next year, some five million of us, living in cities, arenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t going to get mail delivery at the door any more. So why would we send Christmas cards to anyone living in cities? And why would any of them send cards to us? True, there is something faintly heartening about never again having to pick up a pen and scrawl 100 or so times that nothing much different happened this year and hope to see you next year. But thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s not the point, is it? Nor is it the point that this will increase the number of people telling us in electronic greeting cards that nothing much different happened this year. Leaving seasonal aspects aside, the point is that voodoo economics has made victims of us once again. Canada Post has decided, first, that it doesnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t make enough money and, second, that the way to make enough money is to make itself irrelevant. That doesnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t usually work. We have seen this pattern, although less dramatically, in OC Transpo, where the

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CHARLES GORDON Funny Town response to economic difficulties has traditionally been to raise the fares and reduce the routes, thus creating a self-fulfilling prophecy of doom. Because Canada Post is selling fewer stamps it proposes to raise the cost of them. See the logic? At least OC Transpo never proposed to eliminate buses altogether. A couple of bad assumptions are at the root of all this. The first is that, in these changing times, door-to-door mail service is no longer needed and that people can happily walk to the community mailbox or whatever it is. Well, some people cannot walk happily anywhere. As we are constantly being reminded, the population of Canada is rapidly aging, providing us with even more people who donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t walk happily. Nice timing, Canada Post.

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As for changing times, they do not affect everyone the same way. Yes, there are people who do all their correspondence and all their bill-playing electronically. Yes there are people whose cheques are deposited automatically. Yes, those people probably donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t need mail delivery at the door. But not everyone is like that, not even in cities. This is where the decision makers make the common mistake of assuming that the people on their street are the same as the people on every street. Just because everyone you know has several computers and WiFi in their homes doesnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t mean everybody else does. Further, even some of the people who are comfortable with computers are not comfortable entrusting their financial dealings to the Internet. That may be an overly cautious view but, heaven knows, years of reading about Internet fraud, identity theft and various other boondoggles has created a healthy skepticism. The second bad assumption is even more profound -- it is that Canada Post has to make a profit. Who says? For many years, the consensus was that if itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a public service and people need it, thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s no reason it needs to make money. The postal service was like the educational system.

That changed, 30-some-odd years ago, when governments began to be run by people who hated government. Many of todayâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s big thinkers grew up with Margaret Thatcherâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s picture on the wall of their rooms in the fraternity house. If it didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t make a profit, they learned, it shouldnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t exist. So there goes Canada Post. It will be interesting to see how this is received politically. At first glance, the decision appears to be a gift for opposition parties. They are fighting to see who can be first to stand up for Canadaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s seniors. At least in the next election there will be one issue people can understand.

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BRYNNA LESLIE Capital Muse friends, neighbours and paid services to get their milk, clean their homes and get them to doctors’ appointments. It seems unfortunate that they may have to outsource mail collection as well. She’s wrong about the job killing though. Canada Post will eliminate 8,000 positions in the restructuring, but 15,000 of its employees are slated for retirement in the next five years anyway. Before we get too caught up in ideology, we need to look at the reality.

Canada Post – like many of its global counterparts – has been bleeding money for years. In the digital era, the majority of people no longer rely on mail service for routine transactions like bill payments and income cheques. The same is true across the western world. As one pithy publisher I know said, if we lose doorto-door service, it’s our fault. Don’t decry the loss of a service we don’t use. It’s like people mourning the death of hard copy newspapers, even though they haven’t

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purchased one in a decade, or those who protest the closure or reconfiguration of schools, despite the declining numbers of young people in this country. Yes, we need a postal service. But we don’t need a fat postal service, running on a 20th century business model propped up by our tax dollars. And let’s be clear about one falsehood touted by critics – centralized pick-up for mail is not unprecedented in this country. Many Canadians have never had the privilege of door-to-door service and they’re probably wondering what all us urban foxes are whining about. When I was a kid, my family moved from the city to a small town. It became part of our daily routine to stop by the local post office to collect envelopes from

behind lock-and-key. Some people didn’t have a box, so they had to time their visits to match post office hours, which in those days was pretty limited. This still represents the reality in small towns across Canada. New housing developments have long been relying on centralized mailboxes. Those living in condominiums have to go to the main floor of their buildings to see what treasures await them behind lock-and-key. It’s not that big of a stretch to take this precedent into urban centres, especially if the cost-saving measures help us to maintain Canada Post’s status as a Crown corporation. Make no mistake, Canada Post had to cut back or be cut out entirely. Britain’s Royal Mail – with a much longer and richer history than our own postal service – was

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News - Special postcards will be delivered to men at the Ottawa Mission this holiday season thanks to Ottawabased Kissy Post. The postcard company will host a homelessness information session and fundraiser on Dec. 24 in the ByWard Market, part of an effort to raise awareness and cheer this holiday season. Organizer and owner of Kissy Post, Kaitlin McNamara said she decided to hold the event to help herself and others become better informed about the issue. “I don’t know enough about homelessness in my own city,” McNamara said. “I’ve never been the type of person to give money to someone on the street. This is my way of contributing; by words of encouragement, and helping out an organization that provides food, shelter and other accommodations.” The event allows anyone who wishes to send a special message to someone at the Ottawa Mission to come down to Blue Bird Coffee on Dalhousie Street to donate a minimum of $5 to write a message on one of the company’s post cards. McNamara will hand-deliver the messages and any additional funds following the

privatized this year. While it was viewed as an enviable option by some in Ottawa, I personally think it’s crude to privatize what is still, for some, for the moment anyway, an essential service. Taxpayer-funded organizations are not purely about supply-and-demand, revenue and profits; they exist to level the playing field, to fill gaps in private-sector offerings. At the same time, it doesn’t make sense for taxpayers to fund services at last century’s levels for the sake of nostalgia. Canada Post has made a bold decision. But in my mind, it’s a good one. And, at the end of the day, maintaining its status as a leaner Crown corporation, rather than privatizing, will likely serve to protect thousands of unionized jobs in this country.

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anada Post announced this month it will phase out door-to-door delivery in urban centres. Instead, consumers will be forced to collect their mail from a locked box in a centralized location. Many people were up in arms about the announcement, suggesting it was an affront to our democracy, a slight against the elderly and the disabled and an unprecedented move. “Conservatives are destroying Canadians’ longtreasured postal services,” said NDP Transport critic Olivia Chow in a statement. “These job-killing and service-cutting measures will isolate seniors, the poor and the disabled living in urban areas.” On the one hand, I agree with Chow. I know many seniors who already rely on

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The Bytown is about to get a little frightening this holiday season, with three haunted walks scheduled to end at the cityâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s oldest stone building.

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News - If you are looking for a way to shake in your winter boots this holiday season, take a ghostly walk to the Bytown Museum. Haunted Walk Ottawa and the Bytown Museum will host Nightmare Before and After Christmas this month, offering brave souls the opportunity to hear a few Christmas-themed ghost stories on Dec. 21, 2728. â&#x20AC;&#x153;This is just a fun, overChristmas-time event at the museum,â&#x20AC;? said executive director Robin Etherington. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The building is known for ghosts, we donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t go that way with our programming and thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s why we partnered with Haunted Walk, they have the freedom to do that.â&#x20AC;? The Bytown and Haunted Walk Ottawa have co-hosted a Halloween walk for the past 10 years. This will be the second year the two will partner for a holiday scare. The majority of the tour will take place inside the museum, starting first on Sparks Street walking towards 1 Canal Lane. Sandy Trueman, operations manager for the museum, said she is excited for the event, as there are often many visitors in town for the holidays who are looking for something to do. New to the museum herself,

Trueman said she has yet to experience anything too spooky in the building, but has heard ghost stories from fellow employees. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s always a little spooky here,â&#x20AC;? Trueman said. Haunted Walk manager Jim Dean said the Bytown is the cityâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s oldest stone building, and with age, he added, comes a little ghost-related history. â&#x20AC;&#x153;There are some tour guides who refuse to do tours in the museum,â&#x20AC;? he said. The perpetrator is a ghost named Duncan McNab, a former store keeper at the Bytown. McNabb, Dean said, was known as a trickster and when it comes to haunting, McNabb is known to be the trickiest of them all. â&#x20AC;&#x153;One time I was in the Bytown, setting up for one of the Halloween walks,â&#x20AC;? Dean said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;As I was walking up the staircase I heard the sound of footsteps behind me, I turned, and there was no one behind me so I continued up the stairs and heard it again only this time it seemed to be right behind me. I donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t get scared too easy, but that had me scared.â&#x20AC;? Many of Ottawaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s oldest buildings are thought to be haunted, Dean said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We forget that in the early days of Ottawa it was one of the most dangerous cities,â&#x20AC;? Dean said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;There were upper town and Lowertown gangs

and lots of violence. Murders were very common, the history was a violent one and a lot of the ghost stories we hear, whether itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s from the Bytown, the old jail or one of the other old buildings -- they connect to that history.â&#x20AC;? Not getting into too many scary details, Dean added that one time a group of tour guides holding a meeting at the Bytown late at night all ran from the building. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s one of the most haunted buildings, there is often a real sense of fear,â&#x20AC;? he said. When it comes to any type of haunting during this walk, Dean said, it will be more about spreading a different kind of holiday magic. â&#x20AC;&#x153;It is almost like Halloween has its own feel, as does the holiday season,â&#x20AC;? he said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Christmas has its own magic -- there is already this sense of magic and wonder and our walk will play into that.â&#x20AC;? The walk will include ghost stories and frightening tales of holiday traditions from around the world. The 75-minute tour departs at 8:15 p.m. on Dec. 21, and 27-28 from 46 Sparks St. Tickets are $15.75 for adults, $13.75 for students, $9.75 for children age six to 12 and children under six are free. To find out more information about the walk or to purchase tickets please visit hauntedwalk.com or call 613-232-0344.

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The competition over the area is the first time such a situation has happened, and it’s forcing the city to come up with a new policy for how to choose which group will get to pursue a study and organizational effort to establish a business improvement area. The Downtown Rideau Business Improvement Area that represents businesses along the street between George Street and King Edward is one logical choice that could expand to include the rest of Rideau Street to the east. “It’s just bringing the resources of the BIA to the whole street,” said Donna Holtom, chairwoman of the Downtown Rideau group’s board and owner of Santé Restaurant and Holtz Spa. The merchants’ association has been working on expanding eastward for several years – at least since 2010 – and has undertaken an “extensive review” and consultation on the costs and benefits of expanding east, Holtom said. But now, there is a new kid on the block looking to do the same thing.

Sharon O’Sullivan, a Sandy Hill resident and business professor from the University of Ottawa, has gathered a steering committee to push for a new BIA for Sandy Hill that would include the eastern section of Rideau Street. O’Sullivan didn’t want to talk on behalf of the 12-person group, which is just getting established, and wouldn’t say what boundaries it would want the new BIA to have or how many businesses have expressed support. “We’re excited about it,” said O’Sullivan, who teaches in the Telfer School of Management. She got started on the campaign in August because she said Sandy Hill is a “wonderful heritage neighbourhood” with unexploited business opportunities. Before she began approaching merchants, the businesses had never talked to each other, she said. Unifying the voices of neighbourhood businesses at city hall and beautifying the streetscapes in the area are priorities for her, O’Sullivan said. Bytown Cinema own-

er Bruce White said he’d give O’Sullivan kudos for at least approaching local businesses to ask if they’d like to get involved, but he said he and other merchants he’s spoken to have yet to hear from the Downtown Rideau group. “It’s like saying you’re engaged before you’ve asked the girl,” he said. White said he’s unlikely to get involved with efforts to establish a BIA because of the high level of disinterest

the BIA is small and has a correspondingly small budget. His business is already a unique destination in the city, so it would likely benefit the least. Fleury’s motion approved by city council on Dec. 10 directs the economic development and innovation department work with the Downtown Rideau BIA, O’Sullivan’s group as well as the ByWard Market BIA, which might also take an interest, to assess the

options. That study will take a year and then city staff will present a recommendation on which group should get the green light in the first few months of 2015. “The city is kind of at odds to say who deserves it,” Fleury said. The councillor doesn’t have a preference who leads the efforts, he said. “I just want something that functions.”

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Community - People from across Ottawa are invited to get a little Hogmanay-wild at city hall to celebrate the arrival of 2014. TD Hogmanay â&#x20AC;&#x2122;13 is a free Scottish-styled New Yearâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Eve party taking place at city hall, starting at 6 p.m. The event, complete with haggis, whisky and a whole lot of Scottish music and dancing, promises to offer a good time for the whole family. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We wanted to bring a ďŹ&#x201A;avour of modern Scotland to Ottawa,â&#x20AC;? organizer John Ivison said of last yearâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s inaugural event. â&#x20AC;&#x153;People really took to it.â&#x20AC;? Back again this year, the volunteerdriven event is aiming to surpass the 7,500 people who took part last year, Ivison said.. The party kicks off with a social gathering complete with dancing and music, Scotch tasting and skating at the Rink of Dreams. Back by popular demand, there will also be Braveheart face-painting.

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John Ivison, one of the founders of Ottawaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Hogmanay, and his daughter Fiona ring in the New Year at city hall during the first edition of the event in 2012.

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â&#x20AC;&#x153;This is a unique opportunity for Canadians of all backgrounds to come together in a moment of fun and celebration â&#x20AC;&#x201C; in both typical Canadian and Scottish style,â&#x20AC;? said Kevin MacLeod, chairman of the Scottish Society. The evening will include a Scotland time zone countdown at 7 p.m., and it wouldnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t be a Scots New Year celebration without a little ďŹ re, so at midnight, ďŹ reworks will light up the sky over city hall. Scottish folk-rock legends Wolfstone, local band Ecosse and a Celtic band from Hamilton, Ont., Poor Angus, will each perform during the night. Fiona Hyslop, cabinet secretary for culture and external affairs with the Scottish government, said Scotland and Canada have strong links reaching back through history and these bonds continue to grow and thrive today. â&#x20AC;&#x153;This Hogmanay event will help celebrate our shared history and recognize Scotlandâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s achievements and ambitions in the 21st century,â&#x20AC;? Hyslop said. OC Transpo service will be free after 8 p.m. and parking at City Hall is also available for free, making it easy to make the trip downtown for the event.

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News - A local group is looking to create suicide prevention â&#x20AC;&#x153;gatekeepersâ&#x20AC;? in two local high schools. Students and staff at Glebe Collegiate Institute and West Carleton Secondary School will be the first to benefit from three years of Ontario Trillium Foundation funding in the amount of $183,000 for Ottawaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Community Suicide Prevention Network to provide a high school peer support program. The goal is to build schoolsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; capacities to address mental health concerns and prevent suicides. The network will tackle that goal in three different ways. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s about building shepherds, not necessarily identifying weaknesses,â&#x20AC;? said Joanne Lowe, executive director of the Youth Services Bureau and cochairwoman of the suicide prevention network. Young people are talking to each other about mental health issues and suicide, so arming them with useful information on how to react and how to connect their peers with resources is critical, Law said. First, the program will involve youth leaders in schools by training them to deliver mental-health programming to fellow students with a special focus on inclusion for gay, lesbian, bisexual, two-spirited and questioning students. Young people will also have access to Source of Strength training, which provides instruction for student leaders on how to engage and connect with their social networks to promote the idea of seeking help and

The snow is falling and the holiday cheer is in the air. As children and adults are on vacation, now is a great opportunity to get outside and enjoy many of the activities available around our community. You can spend an evening skating on the Rink of Dreams at City Hall, followed by dinner in one of our great local restaurants. You can walk around downtown sipping hot chocolate while enjoying the lights in Majors Hill and Confederation Parks. You can take a horse-drawn carriage ride through the ByWard Market and pick up your decorations from the vendors. The opportunities are endless. The houses along our community streets are also decorated, and I encourage you to take a walk and see the beauty of our neighbourhoods this time of year. With the closing of 2013 upon us, we would like to take this opportunity to thank you for all your encouragement and support over the last year. 2014 will bring many exciting projects and opportunities to our community. We look forward to updating you on the progress towards realising these goals. We wish you and your family a happy, safe and relaxing holidays and New Year.        this time of the year: Sucre a crème! Ingredients 1 cup sugar 1 cup brown sugar 1 cup 35% cream

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News - The group tasked with building Phase 1 of the cityâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s LRT system is planning to use Scott Street for Transitway buses for up to two years, while members of the neighbouring community want the buses somewhere else. Thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s the short version of the drama that played out at the Tom Brown Arena during a heated Dec. 3 meeting on the controversial issue. Representatives from the Rideau Transit Group joined city staff in explaining the timeline of the project and the associated road work that would attempt to mitigate service disruptions and address safety concerns. Work on converting the Transitway to LRT between Tunneyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Pasture and Lebreton Station would occur between June 2016 and June 2018, with the diversions split into two phases. Buses would be re-routed down Scott and Albert streets between Merton and Empress streets starting in January 2016, while the stretch of Scott from Tunneyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Pasture to Merton would begin accepting buses in June of that year. Buses would be given a designated east and westbound lane on Scott, which would be repaved and widened along the northern roadway edge. An extension of Preston Street north of Albert will give buses mobility during the oneyear shutdown of Booth Street, during which an overpass will be built for the LRT line. That detour would last from January 2015 to June 2016. Albert will be widened to the north starting in spring 2014, to allow the replacement of water and sewer infrastructure near the southern edge of the roadway, while the widening of Scott would begin the next year. The rerouting, which was part of the Rideau Transit Groupâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s plans when it was selected and approved as the projectâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s contractor by the city in December 2012, was done â&#x20AC;&#x153;to assure continued service,â&#x20AC;? said Rob Orchin of the cityâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s rail implementation office. The inclusion of the Scott Street diversion in that plan was reported on by the Ottawa West News at the time. During the procurement process, he said, emphasis (and incentives) were placed on keeping the flow of transit moving between Tunneyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s, Bayview and Lebreton stations. â&#x20AC;&#x153;(The goal was) to retain transit in the Transitway as long as possible, with minimized disruptions to the Transitway corridor,â&#x20AC;? said Orchin. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Staff were (then) directed to take a pedestrian/cycling safety review during the design stage.â&#x20AC;?

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Residents attending a Dec. 3 meeting express disapproval for a plan to reroute buses on Scott Street during construction of the cityâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s LRT, a change that would take effect in 2016. Orchin said that other route options â&#x20AC;&#x201C; among them Carling Avenue, the Queensway, and the John A. Macdonald Parkway -- were not approved as they would lead to significantly increased travel times, less reliable bus service, and the possibility of transit users abandoning the system in favour of private vehicles. Scott emerged from the projectâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s environmental assessment process as the preferred option, due to its proximity to the Transitway, and the ability to keep existing stations in service through the use of temporary stops. Dominique Quesnel of the Rideau Transit Group spoke of the conversations had at meetings held with the Hintonburg Community Association in March of this year, as well as a public information session in June. Briefly shouted down by members of the gathered crowd, Quesnel then introduced responses to seven key issues raised by residents at the earlier meetings. In each direction, bus lanes would occupy the inner lane closest to the sidewalk, so that existing stops could be used. A 2.5-metre-wide buffer between the buses and the sidewalk would include a 1.5 metre wide bike lane. â&#x20AC;&#x153;(This is) to maximize available space to provide as much of a buffer as possible,â&#x20AC;? said Quesnel, before addressing noise concerns. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The road will be resurfaced with fresh asphalt before the bus detour â&#x20AC;Ś and inlet catch basins will be installed to avoid interaction with buses.â&#x20AC;? Don Stephens of the transit group touted the buffer zone as providing a continuous bike lane along Scott from Churchill Avenue to Bayview, where a temporary station will be built near the bridge over the O-Train tracks. Two options exist for continuing the pathway on the

north side of Scott through the O-Train area to points east, he said. On the subject on pedestrian safety, Stephens said new signals with highly visible crosswalks will be installed at Smirle Avenue and Merton, identical to ones near the University of Ottawa and its nearby Transitway stations. An ongoing vehicle speed monitoring program would be implemented, including the use of real-time speed displays installed along the roadway. There were about 120 residents at the meeting, and many went back to the microphone multiple times during the question and answer session. As the rerouting would see more than 100 buses per hour in each direction on the roadway at peak times, the impact on air quality of those living near to Scott was questioned by some, including Sylvester Fink, who lives in Walnut Court near the north end of Preston. â&#x20AC;&#x153;When doing the analysis for the re-routing, was a health assessment undertaken?â&#x20AC;? asked Fink, adding, â&#x20AC;&#x153;I want the city to seriously reconsider (the plan).â&#x20AC;? Deputy city manager Nancy Shepers responded by saying that the diversion is a temporary one, with the cityâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s bus fleet being amongst the youngest in the world â&#x20AC;&#x201C; implying that emissions would be less than in other cities. Jackie Wood, also of Walnut Court, wanted to know why the city couldnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t spread the buses out by using different routes. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We have a very familiar system to users of the system,â&#x20AC;? said Shepers, adding, â&#x20AC;&#x153;There are a lot of transfers that occur at Bayview and Lebreton.â&#x20AC;? The parkway was out of the question, said Shepers, because it couldnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t carry the volume of buses needed. Residents made a number of suggestions on where theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;d

like to see the Transitway buses go, including on Richmond and Wellington Street West, or sent to Hunt Club Road. Somerset Coun. Diane Holmes said, â&#x20AC;&#x153;I think itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s clear that the answer here is based on cost and on efficiency â&#x20AC;Ś for commuters,â&#x20AC;? referring to people to people taking the bus from points further west than Tunneyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s. Kitchissippi Coun. Katherine Hobbs countered that argument, saying, â&#x20AC;&#x153;I think itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s wrong to say itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s just commuters (using the system).â&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x153;In Kitchissippi Ward, there are origins and destinations,â&#x20AC;? said Hobbs. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We are also able to use this system.â&#x20AC;? Hintonburg Community Association safety committee chairwoman Cheryl Parrott, who lives close to Scott, said, â&#x20AC;&#x153;this will impact us incredibly,â&#x20AC;? and questioned the lack of information on the studies completed in advance of the project. â&#x20AC;&#x153;This is a sham, a total sham,â&#x20AC;? said Parrott. Speaking after the meeting, Hintonburg association president Matt Whitehead called the meeting â&#x20AC;&#x153;disheartening,â&#x20AC;? adding that the process that led to the plan was insufficient and skimped on public consultation. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I think right now we need leadership from our council representative and the mayor,â&#x20AC;? said Whitehead. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We need to make sure concerns are heard and changes are made.â&#x20AC;? Whitehead questioned why the sole objective of studies done to determine the best route centered around minimizing the impact on bus riders who use the Transitway. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We hear the plan is the cheapest, the easiest, and will effect bus riders the least,â&#x20AC;? said Whitehead. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The methodology used to make that decision is questionable. There will be pain to bear, and it will be awful for people living on Scott Street, and in Walnut Court.â&#x20AC;? Should alternate routes be explored, buses sent south to other east-west roads would have to travel down any number of north-south routes, the obvious ones being Churchill, Holland and Parkdale avenues, as well as Preston Street. While Whitehead said the Hintonburgâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s position is not to send that pain to other parts of the city, he pointed out the close proximity of many houses on Scott to the roadway, adding â&#x20AC;&#x153;I donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t think you have the same situation with Preston, Churchill or Holland.â&#x20AC;? Whitehead added that another thing not being considered is the impact the bus diversions would have on motorists from Hintonburg and Westboro who use Scott Street to commute to work downtown.


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Lori Mellor, left, the executive director of the Preston Street Business Improvement Area, along with Bells Corners BIA director Alex Lewis, deliver a letter to Ottawa West- Nepean MPP and Energy Minister Bob Chiarelli’s office on Carling Avenue on Dec. 11. The letter asks for a moratorium on rising hydro rates. Community festivals and Events subsidizes pensions they could never dream of through their hydro bill,” MacLeod said. “Someone has to take responsibility for that.” In question period Wynne said the government’s longterm energy plan takes costs out of the system and focuses on conservation. She said PC leader Tim Hudak doesn’t have any plans to lower the costs of electricity. “We came into office in 2003 and we have been cleaning up the energy mess that was left

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li would listen to the concerns of businesses in his riding and across the city. Chiarelli wasn’t immediately available for comment. “The rising costs of electricity are crippling to small businesses,” Lewis said. Ottawa businessman Jim Sourges, chair of the Bells Corners BIA and owner of the Electrical and Plumbing Store, said time-of-use rates have been costly for businesses that can’t control their usage because of their hours of operation. For his Northside Road location in Bells Corners, Sourges estimated that his electricity bill has risen by $1,500 per month over the last five years. Lisa MacLeod, energy critic and MPP for Nepean-Carleton, asked the Premier about rising rates during question period at Queen’s Park on Dec. 10. MacLeod said she had met with owners and investors in the agrifood sector in Southwestern Ontario. “The owners and investors have indicated they if they don’t get their energy prices under control as a result of your mismanagement of that sector they’re going to have to leave Ontario,” MacLeod said. “That’s 400 jobs.” MacLeod added that the business she spoke with paid $60,000 in January for the global adjustment on their bill – by September that amount was at $100,000. “Does the Premier think its fair for a business in Ontario to be paying $1 million towards the global adjustment when they are struggling to survive?” MacLeod asked. MacLeod said she hasn’t received an answer yet from the government about what they are going to do to reign in rates. She said the increased energy costs will mean higher costs for food production. “It’s going to make things more expensive, either because food producers will pass along their increased operating costs or they will move out of province and we will have to pay more for transport,” she said. MacLeod cited the auditor general’s report that named high salaries and pensions at Ontario Power Generation as some of the factors in rising costs. She said she planned to bring up the letter from the Ottawa council of BIAs during the Dec. 12 question period. “Residents are essentially

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Dec. 21 The Church of St. Columba, located at 24 Sandridge Rd. in Manor Park, is holding its annual holly, jams, jellies and baked goods sale at 10 a.m. on Dec. 21. Please contact the church office for further information at 613-749-5103.

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Jan. 25 The Sons of Scotland present Burns Night, the largest Robbie Burns event in Eastern Ontario. Celebrate the anniversary of the World-famous poet’s birth on Jan. 25 at the Delta Ottawa City Centre Hotel, 101 Lyon St. The event includes a traditional Burns supper with haggis, ballroom and scottish country dancing to the big band sound of the 7-Monterey, a cabaret show featuring Garth Hampson and Shawne Elizabeth and the Sons of Scotland Pipes and Drums. The event gets underway at 6 p.m. for cocktails, with dinner starting at 6:45 p.m. Tickets are $65 each. For reservations call, 613-521-5625 or email burnsargyle@gmail.com. Semi-formal or Highland attire.

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

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Tuesdays The Hogs Back 50+ Club meets every Tuesday from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. in the front room of the Boys and Girls Club, 1463 Prince of Wales Dr. at Meadowlands and Hogs Back. Bring a bag lunch or come for cards, crafts, friendly chatter and camaraderie. Drop in and check it out. For info call Shirley at 613-225-8089.

Fridays Five-pin bowling league encourages senior citizens over the age of 50 to participate in an activity that provides regular moderate exercise. There is no registration fee. The league is a fun, non-competitive league; experience is not required. Bowling takes place between 1 and 3 p.m. at Walkley Bowling Centre, 2092 Walkley Rd. Participants are placed on mixed four-person teams. To register, please call Roy or Jean Hoban at 613731-6526.

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