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Moffatt plans positive 2012
By Emma Jackson
The City of Ottawa currently offers a variety of sports programs for people of all ages. – Page 2
The spirit of giving Take a look back at some of the top Manotick stories that made headlines in 2011. – Pages 3 & 4
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Manotick Public School Grade 5 students proved the spirit of Christmas is all about giving. The students worked hard promoting, collecting, tallying, boxing and loading 1,745 items that included more than 200 kilograms of non-perishable food items and toiletries such as soap, toothpaste, toothbrushes, and toilet paper that teacher Karen Bowness dropped off to the Vanier Community Centre on Dec. 22.
Osgoode home places close second in ‘Best Christmas lights’ contest By Dosi Cotroneo
EMC News - Many a passer-by could not help but notice the spectacular Christmas light display created by Matt and Tracey Nesrallah at their home on Main Street Osgoode. Boasting 6,992 lights, ﬁve inﬂatables, a 12-foot Christmas tree of light on top of the house and Clark Griswold himself hanging by lights, it’s no surprise that the Nesrallah’s home is Osgoode’s favourite Christmas house. All of this energy and effort was put out by the Nesrallahs this year for a good reason -the Y101 Country FM and Warmth Insulation Christmas Lights Contest. The house that received the most votes online dur-
This Osgoode home, belonging to Matt and Tracey Nesrallah, placed second in the recent Y101 Country FM and Warmth Insulation Christmas lights contest. ing the week leading up to Christmas would win the grand prize of $500 to
be donated to their favorite charity. The Nesrallah’s chose
the Osgoode Youth Association (O-YA). As families enjoy driving through neighbourhoods all over the city to take in all of the beautiful Christmas decorations over the holiday season, Y101 and Warmth Insulation wanted to encourage residents to get out there and share their holiday warmth with their neighbours and the community by showcasing their homes in their Christmas Lights Contest. Once the last vote was cast and the numbers were tallied, the Nesrallahs learned that they placed an incredibly close second. Visit www.y101fm/contests to view all of the homes that participated.
EMC News - Rideau-Goulbourn ward councillor Scott Moffatt has big plans for his ward in 2012, even though he said he doesn’t really believe in new year’s resolutions. In Manotick, Moffatt said his priority is to start ﬁxing the intersection of South River Drive and Bridge Street, which has been a problem intersection for many years because of increased trafﬁc at rush hour. “I want to get it at least started, because you’re talking about residents being promised something for 20, 30, 40 years and it only gets worse,” he said. “I’m hoping to ﬁnd the solution that is the long term solution. Not something that’s ok for a couple of years and then we develop new issues, I want to get a solution that’s done.” Moffatt said he will also be watching to make sure the road work approved for the ward in the 2012 budget actually gets done. “I want to see those go out to tender and commence and ﬁx some major road projects in the ward,” he said. As a matter of personal improvement, Moffatt said he wants to get back to residents’ requests faster. He said some questions and requests have taken two or three months to get a response because he gets distracted with other tasks if he doesn’t have the answer to a particular question right away. “If you send me an email and I know the answer, you’re going to get a response right away. But it’s when I don’t know the answer and I need to rely on someone else to get it for me, that’s where I sometimes fail, and I need to be better at that,” he said. Moffatt spent his Christmas in the Ottawa South area with his wife and three young children, including four-monthold Luke. He said his Christmas spirit has changed because of the kids. “Until I had kids, it was just another day. But now it’s different because you see their excitement,” he said.
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Many Ontarians still waiting Active holiday for important organ transplant choices – sports for all Special to the EMC
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EMC News - With the holidays fast approaching – why not think outside the box. Give the gift of an active and healthy lifestyle! Register someone special for a sports program and make it double fun by signing yourself up as well. Get a head start on that New Year’s resolution to get fit or try something new. Registrations are accepted year-round for our sports leagues and skills classes. Whatever your interests, from soccer and volleyball to dragon boating and hiking, City of Ottawa City Wide Sports ensures that nobody is left on the sidelines! Get in the game and play the real sport! Active opportunities for all ages The City of Ottawa’s City Wide Sports and Girls ‘n Women and Sport programs provide quality, FUN and safe opportunities for participation and development in sports and physical activity. We organize classes, leagues, tournaments, girls only, women only, boys only, co-ed and 50-plus activities throughout the City. Never played? Been a
while? Join our Never Too Late sport skill development classes. Learn new skills in a fun and social atmosphere. Get a group of eight or more friends or co-workers together and have a sport party! Girls n’ Women and Sport was endorsed after a 1983 survey determined that girls participated 60% less than males in group oriented activities and competitions. Since that day programs have flourished, giving sport opportunities to many young girls and women. We provide a safe place where girls can be girls, and have fun while getting active and fit. Over 6,000 females have participated in our affordable, accessible sport opportunities. We have a sport for you. The Active Living Club plans activities for men and women who are age 50 plus. Join the group for hiking in the Gatineau’s, cycling tours, snowshoeing and cross-country skiing outings. Make new friends keeping active and healthy at a comfortable pace while exploring our great city. Kidsport fundraiser – helping others have fun Make sure you mark
your calendar to have some sport fun in February. City Wide Sports partners with KidSport Ottawa to make after-school sports programs possible for disadvantaged children and youth. Grants and donations to KidSport ensure that ‘no kid is left on the sidelines’ by providing registration and equipment grants to qualifying children and youth to play organized sport. On Feb. 4 City Wide Sports will be hosting a women’s and co-ed indoor volleyball tournament, with prizes, treats, and fun times. Feb. 11, the second annual Polar Bear Hockey Tournament will take place on the City of Ottawa outdoor rinks. Both these tournaments raise money for Kidsport Ottawa, while sharing good times during our great Canadian winter! Visit citywidesportsottawa.ca to find sport program and league information or call 613-680-2854 and speak with our knowledgeable and friendly staff. Make 2012 your year to choose sport and activity with the City of Ottawa Parks, Recreation and Culture Services.
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EMC News –More than 1,500 Ontario families are hoping for only one gift this holiday season: the gift of life for their loved one. Ontarians are being asked to give the gift of life this holiday and register their consent to donate by visiting www.BeADonor.ca. Online registration only takes three minutes and can potentially save up to eight lives. People who are already registered are urged to speak to their family to inform them of their wish. Doing this helps improve the rate of successful donations. “A signed paper donor card doesn’t mean you are registered,” says Ronnie Gavsie, president and CEO of Trillium Gift of Life Network. “Ontarians should visit www.
BeADonor.ca to register their consent for organ and tissue donation or check to see if they are registered. By significantly increasing the number of registered donors in Ontario, deaths on the wait list can be eliminated and lives will be saved.” Krystina Henniker and her family have been hoping for a miracle since she was diagnosed with dilated cardiomyopathy and placed on the heart transplant list in May 2010. The 25 year-old is a Hamilton mother of four who’s own mother died of the same disease in 2000. “Waiting is very hard on the whole family,” explains Joanna Mitchell, mother of six-year-old heart recipient Ryley Mitchell and Krystina’s cousin. “Kids don’t understand why their Mommy can’t
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EMC News - According to the World Health Organization (WHO), more than 25 million people have died from HIV/AIDS since the onset of the epidemic roughly 30 years ago. By 2008, more than 33 million people across the globe were living with HIV/AIDS, including more than two million children under age 15. Though great strides have been made with regards to diagnosing and treating HIV/ AIDS, many feel there is still a significant way to go before this deadly disease can be defeated once and for all. One of best assets in the fight against HIV/AIDS is understanding the disease, which can lead to more effective prevention and a greater appreciation of what
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A look back at the highs and lows of 2011 January
No sooner was it time to head into the attic, garage or storage shed to face the daunting task of untangling, sorting and hanging the old Christmas lights, now it’s time to get back on the ladder, take down the Christmas lights, pack them up and head back into the attic, garage or storage shed, until it’s time to do it all over again next year. Sounds exhausting? It may be for some, but for those residents and business owners who participated in the Business Improvement Area (BIA)-sponsored Manotick Village of Lights contest, the entire production of lighting up Manotick was more than worthwhile. Now that the hustle and bustle of yet another holiday season is coming to a close, it’s time to look forward to a New Year ahead and, hopefully, time for some much-deserved fun and festivities outdoors with family and friends. The perfect antidote to the post-holiday stress, credit card statements, and customer
service fatigue, Shiverfest 2011 is already in the works and is set to take place on Jan. 28 and 29.
New business is new business and old business is old business for newly elected Rideau Ward councillor Scott Moffatt. Moffatt is anxious and ready to dive into the New Year as he pulls up his seat to the council table. While many are compiling that neverending list of New Year’s resolutions, Moffatt has two important items right on the top of his to-do list – the 2011 budget process and the sitting of the city’s newly formed standing committees. It was a lot longer than the average bus trip to the local hockey arena, but for the Ottawa Valley Silver Seven major bantam AA boys, the 10-hour bus ride to Sault Ste. Marie was well worth it. The perfect kick-off to the New Year, the Silver Sevens traveled to the Soo on Thursday, Jan. 6, but the long ride could not contain their excitement and enthusiasm as they were determined to come the victors. It wasn’t your typical birthday party, but then again, Anne Jarrett is not your typical human being. Having recently celebrated her 106th
birthday on January 10, Jarrett is not only unbelievable, but unstoppable.
It is not everyday people can make an enormous difference in the life of a family in need, particularly when that family needs a roof over its head, but for local couple Ken Dale and Cindy McDonald, proprietors of Manotick’s Double Decker Bus, they have made it their life’s mission. After traveling to the island of Roatan, off the coast of Honduras, the couple discovered a community in dire need of housing. This realization proved life-changing and Dale immediately committed to helping the people of Roatan. Over the past year, Dale has made numerous trips back to the island and has helped change lives by bringing people together, building friendships and much-needed homes.
Hair Day event took the school by storm as hundreds of students came to class coiffed with zany, crazy hairdos in all shapes, colours and sizes. Osgoode residents of all ages came out in droves to the O-YA Centre on Saturday, Feb. 5 to take part in the nowfamous, highly anticipated annual Snow Bowl event.
Inquiring minds want to know – is the emergency room at Winchester District Memorial Hospital closing, or is it just anther rumor run out of control? On Friday, Feb. 11, Nepean Carleton MPP Lisa MacLeod and deputy PC leader Christine Elliot travelled to Winchester to tear a strip off of the Liberal govern-
Longtime Osgoode resident, Dorothy (Dot) Brownrigg, was honored with an official presentation of the Silver Cross Medal through the Department of Veterans Affairs at the Osgoode Legion.
ment and the Champlain Local Health Integration Network (LHIN - Eastern Ontario’s health authority), accusing them of planning to shut down the community hospital’s emergency room. Provincial Conservative leader Tim Hudak went to the front lines and fired the first shot in the election battle for Local Health Integration Networks (LHIN). Speaking in the parking lot of the Champlain LHIN offices in Gloucester on Wednesday, Feb. 16 Hudak promised he would get rid of the LHINs if elected.
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Ottawa Public Library (OPL) will soon move to its new home. The last day of operation at the existing branch will be Saturday, March 5. It’s official. There will be a Shoppers Drug Mart store and a medical clinic opening up at the famous four-corners intersection in Manotick. It’s been ages since mention has been made of the proposed project to be constructed at Mitch Owens Drive and River Road, but as of Wednesday, Feb. 23, the City of Ottawa Agricultural and Rural Affairs Committee (ARAC) consented, without debate, that the proposal will proceed. See Manotick page 4
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For parents of young children preparing to start kindergarten this fall, the new full-day kindergarten programs may bring on a fury of mixed emotions. Convenient for some, anxiety-producing for others, no matter what the scenario, this Sept. 29 schools in the Ottawa Carleton District School Board and 17 schools in the Ottawa Carleton Catholic School Board opened their doors for full time kindergarten, both junior and
senior. In the Ottawa south rural communities, Greely Elementary School, Metcalfe Public School and St. Catherine’s Catholic School in Metcalfe were included in the new program. The ice at the Manotick Curling Centre was a sea of pink on Saturday, March 5, as women curlers from all across the city and the province came out to take part in the Women’s Invitational Bonspiel. Despite concern the ruling would open a “Pandora’s box” for future trail use, two
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city committees passed a policy allowing snowmobiles to use rural multi-use pathways last week. After 40 years in the health care industry, Trudy Reid, chief executive officer of the Winchester District Memorial Hospital, announced her retirement last week and effective June 30, 2011, she will have completed seven years at the helm of the Winchester District Memorial Hospital. Ontario Court Justice Célynne Dorval condemned Samira Daoud’s actions the day she struck and killed Alex Hayes, but that won’t bring comfort to the grieving community of Greely. Six years in prison versus a life sentence of grief and sorrow sums up the Canadian judicial system following Samira Daoud’s sentencing on Friday, March 18. The repeat drinking and driving offender may be out on the street in as little as three years, while a young life is forever gone and a mother’s sorrow continues into infinity. In an effort to cut $22 million from Ottawa’s Transit Services budget OC Transpo
officials have proposed the most drastic changes seen in the bus service’s history according to the chair of the Transit Commission.
April It was standing room only as Nepean-Carleton MP Pierre Poilievre officially opened his new campaign office at 2900 Woodroffe Ave. in the Earl Mulligan Plaza. Residents of all ages turned out for the event eager to hear a few words from Poilievre and to volunteer, request lawn signs, or donate money to the campaign effort. What good is a school playground if 200 young students cannot play on a safe structure during their recess and lunch times? This is the dire dilemma for staff and parents of the Greely Elementary School community. Last week, the City of Ottawa released the results of its public consultation meetings conducted over the past few months. According to the findings in the Ottawa Solid Waste Service Level Review report, the city’s recommended changes
to residential and curbside waste collection services are expected to save taxpayers $9 million dollars annually, or a 10 per cent reduction from the current tax bill associated with waste collection. The sight of vandalized campaign signs in Manotick, Greely, Kars, Metcalfe, Osgoode and South Nepean are of grave concern to local residents, and especially for Nepean-Carleton Federal Liberal candidate, Ryan Keon. A family night out on Friday, April 8, turned into tragedy for the Lucuik family of Manotick. More than 100 people gathered along Tighe and Dickinson streets as they watched flames engulf the family’s garage, before spreading to their home. It wasn’t your typical City of Ottawa public consultation meeting held at the Manotick Arena on the evening of Tuesday, April 19. More than 60 concerned Manotick residents attended the last of 14 public meetings the city has been hosting at rural villages throughout the region.
It was a double-dose of excitement for students and staff at Manotick Public School, as award-winning Ottawa author and Silver Birch nominee, Kate Jaimet visited students on Wednesday, April 20. For seven years, Father Joe Leclair stood at the pulpit of St. Leonard’s Catholic Church in Manotick, drawing in record crowds with his charisma and gifted storytelling. It was a shock and disappointment to his loyal congregation when he announced he was being relocated into the city, to Ottawa’s Blessed Sacrament Parish. Enthusiastic supporters at Greenfield’s Pub in Barrhaven cheered Conservative MP Pierre Poilievre as he arrived to celebrate his fourth consecutive win in Nepean-Carleton Monday night. The recent outdoor water ban affecting Barrhaven, Riverside South and Manotick is creating quite a storm. It was National Garage Sale for Shelter Day on Saturday, May 14 at Royal Lepage offices across Canada, and in Manotick, members of Royal Lepage Team Realty and Royal Lepage Gale Real Estate were out braving the rain as seasoned garage-sale-aholics turned out in droves to help support the cause.
June It had to have been one of the most exciting days in the history of North Gower. A dream for every Canadian hockey fan, the coveted Stanley Cup travelled to Danbury Way in North Gower, to the home of Kevin McNamara. Parents, friends, and neighbours of the Manotick Public School community are invited to attend the soonto-be 70-year-old school’s first annual spring fair on the school grounds on Saturday, June 18 from 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. This fun-filled family day is set to raise funds to replace two of the school’s playstructures. Between being sworn in as one of 28 parliamentary secretaries and attending his eighth Dickinson Day Parade, Nepean-Carleton MP Pierre Poilievre has had a very busy start to his first month of re-election. The accelerated work schedule on the Woodroffe Avenue water main replacement has yielded more good results, and news, allowing the outdoor water ban to end by the middle of July - two weeks earlier than the last revision. It was a happy day in Greely as local politicians were joined by City of Ottawa Public Library staff, members of the media and many book lovers during the official opening of the new Greely Library Branch.
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The first annual Manotick Public School spring fair took place on the school grounds on Saturday, June 18.
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Recalling the names making news in 2011 January
The local army cadet troupe has an unusual, but not unwelcome, problem. They are doing so well and becoming so popular they have outgrown their current space. “We’re kind of exploding,” said Capt. Tim McKee, leader of the 3018 Army Cadet Corps. While it’s a good problem to have, it’s beginning to become a less than ideal situation. East-end councillors are urging their constituents to have their voices heard on a proposal they all say they will not be supporting. City of Ottawa staff have laid out a proposal for weekly waste collection that would move green bin collection to a weekly schedule year round, have black and blue boxes collected together every week and see regular garbage collected on a bi-weekly basis – an option which has raised the hackles of local representatives. As the closure of the Cyrville Road bridge draws closer, plans are being finalized to help residents and business owners deal with a nearly year-long disruption. After a contract is awarded next month, construction is expected to being in March and the aging overpass will
be shut down for about 10 months while the Ontario Ministry of Transportation replaces the structure with a wider and longer version. The construction is part of a larger plan to expand Hwy. 417. Although there has been cause for concern in the past over the east end not receiving their fair share of investment, the new draft budget for the City of Ottawa may signal a change. “This is the best budget the east end has seen in a long time,” said Cumberland Coun. Stephen Blais. With a recommended tax increase of 2.45 per cent for the urban and suburban areas and 2.4 per cent in rural areas, the draft budget is almost “verbatim of (his) platform,” said Beacon Hill-Cyrville Coun. Tim Tierney. “Overall, I’m very happy with it.
The spreading of the holiday spirit continued last week as the Gloucester North Lions’ Club presented their portion of Christmas cheer. The Lions gifted the Ottawa Children’s Treatment Centre (OCTC) with the $5,000 they raised from last yearís Magical Village display. “We can’t say enough,” said Lori Raycroft, director of finance and facilities planning at the OCTC. “This is a significant amount for us.”
said John Shea, OrléansCumberland trustee for the Ottawa Carleton District School Board (OCDSB). At their Jan. 25 meeting, the public board included a school on the south side of the Blackburn Bypass on the report sent to the Ministry of Education. The $14-million project would see a 500-pupil school built for 2013. Blackburn Hamlet residents are being asked to keep an eye out for unusual people or activity after a rash of breakand-enter incidents, according to the Ottawa Police Service (OPS). The thieves are targeting established, single-family homes north of Innes Road on Bearbrook Road and Eastpark Drive. Since last June, police have noticed approximately 16 of these particular crimes they would classify as related, said Sgt. Mike Noonan of the east divisionís break-andenter team. Years of self-confidence and self-promotion have paid off for an Orléans-based real estate agent who now finds himself preparing to shoot the second season of a successful television show. The W Network has tapped All For Nothing? – produced by Ottawaís own Mountain Road Productions – for 26 new episodes; double the
order for the first season. The show, which pits two sets of homeowners against each other to raise the market value of their houses in two weeks, is co-hosted by eastend resident Paul Rushforth and award-winning interior designer Penny Southam.
A project designed to ease pressures on hospitals and provide local medical services for east-end residents got another charge of forward momentum after a city vote last week. Azoning by-law amendment for the land slated to house the new Orléans Health Hub was approved by city council in a Feb. 23 vote. Despite concern the ruling would open a “Pandora’s box” for future trail use, two city committees passed a policy allowing snowmobiles to use rural multi-use pathways last week. The March 3 joint meeting of the Agriculture and Rural Affairs and Transportation committees was a lengthy affair that saw almost 20 public delegations speak about who should be able to use the trail system. Ottawa students are officially the most generous cuddlers in the world, according to an international record organization.
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Two new elementary schools in Avalon are among the top projects for the English school boards, according to their recently approved lists of capital priorities. “This is exciting news,”
Long-time library advocate Lori Nash was recognized last week by having a meeting room at the Cumberland branch of the Ottawa Public Library (OPL) named in her honour.
Last week, the Ottawa Catholic School Board (OCSB) received their certificates from the Guinness World Record for having the worldís largest bear hug. In May 2010, 15 schools participated in Bear Hug III for a total of 10,554 huggers along the Rideau Canal. The original bear hug, held April 23, 2004, was held in Orléans in honour of a former St. Mattís student who passed away from cancer.
The east end will have a new face to get to know in the community, now that a vacancy in local policing has been filled. Following Const. Henri Lanctôt’s move from to the media relations department of the Ottawa Police Service (OPS) in January, the OrléansCumberland community police centre has been looking for a new officer to fill his shoes. That person is Const. Caroline Tessier, who began as the new community police officer three weeks ago.
Local hockey players met their northern match last week when a former Ottawa Senator brought his crop of young athletes to town. Former NHL player and Olympian Joé Juneau spent a week in Ottawa over the March Break with 12 female hockey players from the northern Quebec region of Nunavik.
The city has taken another step to further the improvement of experience of east-end commuters.
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As a new year begins, it is time to reflect on the triumphs and challenges of 2011 in Orléans and area. Read on and refresh your memory of some of the stories that made the headlines.
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culminated in a surprise win in a recent ﬁtness competition. Orléans resident Brigitte Dompierre walked away with second prize in the ﬁtness model category during the Ultimate Fitness Experience Chaos competition held in Montreal May 14. It was her ﬁrst competition.
last week. A near-capacity crowd packed the Harold Shenkman Hall April 21, to hear statements from, and ask questions of Liberal candidate David Bertschi, Conservative candidate Royal Galipeau and Green candidate Paul Maillet. NDP candidate Martine Cenatus did not participate.
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Last week, the Transportation committee unanimously carried a motion put forward by Cumberland Coun. Stephen Blais to partner with the provincial government to initiate an environmental assessment (EA) to expand Highway 174 to six lanes between the split at Highway 414 and Trim Road.
If highway trafﬁc has commuters down, there is another way to travel from the east end to downtown. Last week, city councillors Bob Monette and Rainer Bloess, along with members of the Ottawa Police Service and east end Pathway Patrol volunteers, marked the opening of a recently completed stretch of paved pathways. These paths, which were paved between Résidence St. Louis to 10th Line Road, join with National Capital Commission paths create a fully paved connection between Petrie Island and Parliament Hill.
An overwhelming majority of council approved the move to twice-monthly garbage pick up and even those who voted against, hinted they were voting with the will of their constituents as opposed to what they thought was best for the city. In an 18 to 4 vote, the City of Ottawa agreed to waste services changes that include twice-monthly garbage pick up during the Wednesday, April 13 council meeting. The planned changes, which include an increased pick up of green bins containing organic waste, will save the city an expected $9 million per year over the next six years.
A couple of weeks worth of friendly competition has led to a substantial haul for a local food bank.
The candidates running for the federal Ottawa-Orléans seat not only faced each other, but also a passionate crowd at the Shenkman Arts Centre
The students and staff at St. Peter Catholic High School wrapped up their annual Canley Cup last week. The
The opening weekend of the month was a busy couple of days in the east end with both the second annual Orléans Festival and the long-running Blackburn Hamlet Fun Fair. Here, Loyal Kigabiro entertains the crowd at the main stage outside of the Shenkman Arts Centre. While a proposal for a Habitat for Humanity development was mainly met with support, there were some concerns from future potential neighbours. Last week, the national capital region branch of the housing charity met with residents to discuss their upcoming application to build 11 homes at 2129 Nantes St. “We wanted to talk to the community before a big billboard goes up saying an application has been made,” said Murray Chown, senior project manager with Novatech Engineering Consultants.
food drive has run for at least a decade and this year, the goal was to bring in 35,000 cans. By the time the school’s roughly 1,800 students delivered the food, walking from their Charlemagne Avenue school to the Centrum Boulevard food bank, they had brought in 41,744 items. Despite sweeping changes made to the national political landscape, the local races suggest a desire to stay the course. According to Elections Canada results, incumbent Conservative MP Royal Galipeau reclaimed his Ottawa-Orléans seat in the House of Commons Monday, May 2.
A local woman’s mission to get back in shape after the birth of her second child has
A provincial investment prevented an infrastructure project from becoming a “road to nowhere.” Last Friday, the provincial government announced a new $22 million contribution to complete the Hunt Club Road extension at Hawthorne Road to Highway 417, where a new interchange will be built. A local group of musicians didn’t strike out, but rather struck gold with their entry for a recent competition. Orléans-based Black Cherry took the top prize in a contest to compose an original theme song for the Ottawa Fat Cats baseball club. The Fat Cats, which opened their season May 8, opened the ﬁeld to local musicians to create a new jingle for the team to use in the stadium and in promotional materials.
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frequently frustrated by the congestion on Highway 417 were given a glimmer of light at the end of the tunnel with the announcement by the provincial government of funding to expand the roadway. Ontario Premier Dalton McGuinty paid a visit to the city’s east end last week to announce up to $200 million to widen Highway 417 from Nicholas Street to Highway 174. Construction is expected to start next year for completion by 2015. The work of an energetic parents’ council and a little boost from the city means students at Alain-Fortin Catholic Elementary School will have a new place to play. Only a year after opening, the French school has raised enough money to order both junior and senior playstructures for their yard ñ a project with a total cost of about $55,000. Very few new schools are built with playstructures, explained Cumberland Coun. Stephen Blais. This time next year, almost 80 seniors will have an affordable new place to call home in the city’s east end after four years of planning.
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Winter woes are here once again EMC Editorial – Christmas has come and gone. Now, if only winter would do the same. Perhaps we shouldn’t be too critical of the coldest, sloppiest and most uncomfortable season of the year considering we made it through November and most of December with mild temperatures and little to no snowfall. The 10-plus centimetres experienced late last month, however, was just enough of an inconvenience to reinforce our opinion that winter, for the most part, is nothing short of a royal pain in the butt. Our apologies to those of you who look forward to and actually find winter enjoyable. We’re by no means ignorant to the fact that many popular activities such as skiing, skating, snowmobiling, hockey, tobogganing and simple snowman building would be impossible without winter. It should also be noted that we are in no way condemning anyone who participates in these and other winter-related pastimes. Perhaps we simply view these activities as expendable if the sacrifice were to lead to warm, sunny skies 365 days of the year. Before we go any further, we know what many of you are likely thinking. This is Canada, winter comes with the territory, so learn to live with it and stop complaining. We get it. We know winter is unavoidable when you live in this part of the world. But, that doesn’t mean we have to like it. Don’t even get us started on freezing rain. Winter is a reality that rears its ugly head every time we have to postpone the start of our daily routine to shovel a mountain of the white stuff and brave the bitter winds while rescuing our vehicles from the prison of ice and snow. Once we’ve accomplished this and finally take to the roads, a typical morning commute can often transform into Death Race 2000. If you’re not careful, you could end up in the ditch, could damage your vehicle, suffer an injury – or worse. During a recent winter storm, more than 70 collisions were reported throughout the city in a seven-hour time period. Obviously many of these were probably avoidable if more motorists used common sense and drove accordingly. On the other hand, it’s also obvious there would not have been so many collisions if it was a clear, summer day. The truth of the matter, however, is winter is upon us and it’s going to be here for a while. We might as well make the most of it ... but it isn’t going to be easy.
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or personal interview that left me eager to get back to my computer, consult my inner lexicon and carefully decide which words to use to describe the experience. A friend attending school in Toronto recently sent me a Facebook message remarking on the number of times he saw Barrhaven listed in online news coverage. That’s something to say for a suburban community in Ottawa, especially coming from someone residing in the Centre of the Universe. In the journalism world, hours are often long and accolades in short supply, to the point where friends might ask why you put up with it. That’s where the public service part of the equation comes in. Reporters, like artists, keep doing what they’re
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Uncle Jack’s dress suits made for wonderful sewing creations EMC Lifestyle – Mother admitted that she wasn’t much of a sewer. And yet her old treadle singer machine was used almost daily. She made many of the clothes we wore, and it never occurred to us to criticize her for the job she did. She did the best she could. And I know now that it mustn’t have been an easy task to turn bleached flour bags into middy blouses, bloomers, and school dresses. But she learned early that sewing was something she had to master. As well as the flour bag fashions, Mother sometimes was able to afford an odd piece of print from Walker’s Store in Renfrew. It came on big fat bolts, and sold for 25 cents a yard. She would buy a yard when money permitted, and the bright print would offer a welcomed relief to the stark white of the bleached flour bags. We’d end up with a band of colour around our bloomer legs, or in the collars and cuffs on our blouses and dresses. And if there was enough left over, Mother would make big floppy bows which sat across the top of my sister’s and my head like a folded newspaper. We thought the bows were wonderful.
And always in the handme-down boxes that came twice a year from Aunt Lizzie in Regina would be one or two of Uncle Jack’s well-worn but still good dress suits. Uncle Jack was a conductor on the CPR and we thought he and Aunt Lizzie must surely be the most wealthy people in Regina to send us so many clothes that they or their two sons no longer fancied. And because Uncle Jack was short and stocky, and my three brothers were tall and lean, the dress suits never fitted anyone. They probably would have fitted father if Mother knew how to alter them down. But she didn’t. And besides Father was as short as Uncle Jack but he was as slight as a reed. And he always thought the suits were much too grand to wear to the Lutheran church which was just about the only place Father ever considered important enough to wear something other than his bib overalls. But that doesn’t mean for a minute that the suits weren’t put to good use. Mother would take every last stitch of sewing out of the suits until there was just a pile of pieces. The buttons would be put in
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the button box, and the lining handled with the same care as the suits themselves. Audrey and I were often pressed into service, and it was a job neither of us minded. Mother would use the big cutting scissors, Audrey the barbering sheers, and I would use the little cuticle scissors which I was not allowed to touch at any other time. Once the entire suit was taken apart, and all the pieces examined closely to see that there were no holes anywhere. Mother would order Audrey to set up the ironing board. This was simply a wide board which Father tapered at one end, and Mother padded with old long underwear and the whole thing covered with a flour bag case. The ironing board was set on the backs of two kitchen chairs, and I don’t think we ever owned one that stood on its own until long
after we moved from the farm. Mother would dampen a tea towel and every piece of the suit would be pressed flat on the wrong side to get rid of all the wrinkles and seams. And what she ended up with, was a pile of material that no longer resembled Uncle Jack’s suit which had come in the handme-down box from Regina. I’m sure there were store bought patterns available, but I never knew Mother to have any. Instead she used big pieces of heavy brown paper that come into the house with our weekly supplies. She would take an old skirt we had worn until it was threadbare, and placing it out flat on a piece of Uncle Jack’s suit, she would cut all around it until she had a reasonable resemblance to the original skirt. I don’t think she did much pinning. If the old skirt fit us, she was sure the new one would
fit just as well. Audrey and I longed for a zipper in the side. But I don’t ever recall having a zipper in anything all the time we lived on the farm. Instead, Mother would flap the side piece over, cut out a hole for the button, dig out a button from the button box, turn up the hem, and we were usually able to wear the skirt the next day. She never used the right side of the material, and for that Audrey and I were grateful. Because Uncle Jack had a passion for wide striped suits, and both my sister and I knew that anything made from wide striped woollen material back in the 30s would immediately point to a hand-me-down. For some reason the pattern of the material seemed to be only on one side. And so the finished garment was always plain black or navy blue...and once I remember I had a jumper that was brown, and if I turned it inside out, it would be plain to see that Uncle Jack had parted with a brown and beige tweed suit. So Audrey and I were always grateful that Mother elected to use the inside of the material in our makeovers. There was never enough material to make pants for my
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brothers, which they lamented about for years. Once Emerson insisted on trying on a loud plaid suit that had come in the box. He said it fitted him perfectly. Mother made him go upstairs in the hall to look in the mirror to see how ridiculous he looked with the legs almost to his knees and the sleeves ending at his elbow. At the time Emerson announced he hated Uncle Jack and said he belonged in a circus because he was so short. The things Mother made from Uncle Jack’s clothes never quite fitted us right. Mother had trouble getting the hems even so that they were either too short in the front, or too long in the back. The waist bands were bulky, and any attempt she made at creating anything as fancy as a pleat always ended up in a disaster. But to Audrey and me, our made over clothes were marvelous. We hid the waists with our sweaters, and hoisted the skirts in the front and tugged at the backs to make them even. It mattered not to us that the material had once be worn on a distant uncle’s back. To us the ill-fitting clothes were brand new and very much a symbol of the 30s.
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How to disinfect water in You can tell a good recipe case of an emergency from the spills on the page EMC News - When a weather emergency occurs, the effects can prove devastating. Natural disasters like hurricanes have turned cities upside down, ďŹ‚oods have caused the deaths of thousands and snowstorms have shut communities down for days. A weather emergency, be it a natural disaster or a heavy storm, can contaminate the local supply of drinking water and disrupt the wastewater disposal system. According to the Environmental Protection Agency, such a disruption or contamination can directly threaten a personâ€™s health. As a result, itâ€™s important for men and women to know how to disinfect their drinking water should an emergency occur and the supply be at risk. The easiest way to avoid health issues that arise from a contaminated water supply is to keep plenty of bottled water on hand and use as drinking water and when cooking. So long as the bottled water has not been exposed to ďŹ‚ood waters, it will be safe to drink. If an emergency strikes and you donâ€™t have any bottled water at home,
donâ€™t panic. Boiling water can help make the water safe, killing most types of disease-causing organisms that might be present. Boil water for one minute before allowing it cool and then store in containers for later use. In an emergency situation, the water could very well be cloudy. This is also not a cause for panic. Instead, ďŹ lter the water through clean cloths or just allow it to settle. When allowed to settle, chances are the cloudy water will clear up within minutes. Once it does, use the clear water when boiling. If thereâ€™s no means to boiling the water, you can use household bleach as a disinfectant. Bleach is effective at killing some, but not all, disease-causing organisms that might be in the water. If the water is cloudy, ďŹ lter it through clean cloths or allow it to settle before attempting to disinfect it. Once the water is clear, use this clear water for disinfection. When ready to disinfect the water, the EPA recommends adding 1/8 teaspoon (or roughly eight drops) of regular, unscented liquid household bleach for each
gallon of water. Do not use non-chlorine bleach to disinfect water. Once added, stir the bleach and water mixture well, then let it stand for 30 minutes before use. Once disinfected, store the water in clean containers with covers. The treated water should have a slight odor of chlorine. If it does not, repeat the process and allow the water to stand for an additional 15 minutes. After this step, if the treated water exhibits a strong odor of chlorine or tastes strongly of chlorine, allow the water to stand exposed to the air for a few hours or pour the water from one clean container to another several times. For those who rely on well water, in the case of a ďŹ‚ood have the water tested and disinfected once the ďŹ‚ood waters have receded. Should a weather emergency occur and the water supply be disrupted or contaminated, heed the advice of local health departments or public water systems. More information about disinfecting water and surviving a weather emergency is available at www.epa.gov.
EMC Lifestyle â€“ When you open a cookbook, you can always tell which recipes are the ones that get used a lot. Those are always the pages with the most drips, spots and spills on them. Thatâ€™s how I usually ďŹ nd the recipe for this oatmeal bread. There are enough spills on this page to make it stiffer than the other pages, a sure sign that we like the recipe. Made with oats, orange juice, orange peel and raisins, this bread machine loaf is great for an afternoon or
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