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EMC news – The high-tech industry’s push to find more software and app programmers has entered the classrooms of A.Y. Jackson Secondary School. A Grade 10 computer science class at the Glen Cairn high school recently celebrated the creation of 10 apps for the BlackBerry Playbook, teaching tools that were tested out on an enthusiastic group of grade 3 and 4 students at John Young Elementary School. The students held an apprelease party on Jan. 23, unveiling programs that taught math and geography while enjoying a lunch of pizza, soft drinks and juice. “It was an amazing feeling. The kids play with it and actually enjoy it,” said Melissa Manseau, who together with her fellow students Cameron Wissing and Justin Kim created The Fishygame, an app that teaches basic math schools. Brendan Marentette and Awalie Hassan produced the Animal Race Xtreme Edition, a game that teaches children basic math skills. “We talked to the kids and the kids were interested in

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making a race game with animals,” Marentette said. The computer science students started the course with no background in programming, first learning the basics of Turing and Flash, a graphic user interface and then moving on to Action Script 3, a coding program that allowed students to generate game mechanics. Matt Hodgson, a software developer at BlackBerry, formerly known as RIM, who has worked on Twitter applications for the older BlackBerry phones as well as an app for the new BlackBerry 10, visited the class an hourand-a-half each week last fall, helping the students pick up the basics of programming language and troubleshooting any coding problems. “I was blown away by the work they did,” said Hodgson. “I wasn’t expecting that much; this was their first programming class.” Cameron said he wants to one day get a job in the hightech industry. “I hope to follow in Matt’s footsteps, try to get a good job, something to do with coding,” he said. Helen Nowell’s Grade 3 and 4 class at John Young acted as the customers for the apps, giving the groups of Grade 10 students direction on what kind of apps they would like. “The kids told us what they wanted,” said Thao-Tran. “We just made that happen. Thao-Tran Le-Phuong’s group created an app called !Explosions!, a game where children are asked to match capital cities with provinces. “They wanted an explosions game,” she said. “There’s bombs and there’s provinces and you just kind of blow them up. “When we showed them our app, they said, ‘Oh, that’s cool.’” See PILOT, page 2


Hockey Day hijinks Logan Crosby, 4, gets giggly as he works on making a Valentine’s Day picture for his mom after his belly was full of pancakes at the Feb. 9 Hockey Day event in Westcliffe Estates.

Wild film festival hits screen Steph Willems

EMC news – Few things stir emotion better than well-written, well-shot documentary films, something the Ottawa Riverkeeper believes can also stir interest in conservation.

The Westboro-based group, dedicated to protecting and promoting the ecology of the Ottawa River Watershed, will be hosting the Wild & Scenic Film Festival at Library and Archives Canada on Feb. 21. Originating in California, this will be the first time the

festival has come to Ottawa. A total of seven films have been selected for screening based on their content, cinematography and storytelling. “This is more than a film festival – it is an opportunity See FILMS, page 9




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Pilot project now in 19 Ottawa schools Continued from page 1

The John Young students provided art work for the apps, which were scanned onto the computers and manipulated using Adobe Photoshop. “They needed to make company logos and they needed to make the idea for the game,” said Nowell. The grade 3 and 4 students also learned how to use scratch, an MITdeveloped graphical language designed for young people. “It was really neat,” said Nowell. “In the design of the program, a lot of the connection is supposed to be through art.” The children also visited A.Y. Jackson several times last fall and winter to see how the app programs were coming along. “I think they really enjoyed seeing their artwork turn up on the screen,” Nowell said. This year is Carla Kirby’s first time teaching the apps development program. “It surprised me how well it worked and how students were excited,” she said. “It was energizing just to be in the room watching those kids talk.” The Grade 10 Introduction to Computer Science teacher received training last spring on how to instruct the course. Starting last fall, Kirby divided her class into 10 groups to work on apps for eight Playbooks donated by RIM. “They know nothing at the beginning,” she said. “They go from nothing to making pretty amazing apps.” The students learned the meaning of deadlines, with many of them working to perfect their programs during lunch hours and at home. “You have to make deadlines, because if you don’t do it those Grade 3s don’t have a product,” Kirby said. “My kids would be letting down the Grade 3s if they’re not able to make the deadlines, which gave my kids a lot more motiviation.” Working with an industry mentor and creating a product under tight deadlines gives the students a connection to the “real world,” she said. Kirby, who teaches grade 10, 11


Brendan Marentette, 15, shows Animal Race Xtreme Edition, an app he created for the BlackBerry Playbook. Younger students have helped by trying out the software. and 12 computer science courses, said students will learn C++ programming in Grade 11 and develop more advanced apps in Grade 12. EXPANSION

This is the first year app programming has been offered at A.Y. Jackson, a course that falls under the umbrella program, a program designed to entice high school students into

considering a career in technology, was launched in 2007 by the Ottawa Centre for Research and Innovation, which has since changed its name to Invest Ottawa, and a cluster of hightech companies that hoped to boost the number of youth entering computer science programs at universities and colleges. The pilot project ran from 200711 in four Ottawa high schools: Earl of March Secondary School, Garneau Catholic high school, Mother

Theresa High School and All Saints Catholic High School. Last September, the program expanded to 19 high schools, which included A.Y. Jackson, with plans to grow to 25 over the next two years. “The really critical thing that came out of the pilot project was the recipe for success, which is having the high school students working with the elementary students, but also having the industry mentor visit the classroom,” said Maria Smirnoff,

a spokeswoman for the Ottawa Network for Education, a division of Invest Ottawa. The first year of the pilot-project, high school students visited hightech industries, such as IBM-Canada and Cisco Systems Inc., to experience the work environment. Over the next four years, the project evolved and became more hands on for the students, said Smirnoff. See SCIENCE, page 3

For example, when Hurricane Sandy devastated parts of the United States, Hydro Ottawa crews were the first to cross the border to help get the power restored in Connecticut and New Jersey. Hydro Ottawa crews also helped other utilities in Quebec and Ontario just before Christmas after a major storm. “Caring for our neighbours and our community is a really important part of our fabric as an organization,” said Parent-Garvey. At Hydro Ottawa, caring includes putting safety first and lending a hand to other communities in need.

For the fifth consecutive year, Hydro Ottawa has been named one of the National Capital Region’s Top Employers. Lyne Parent-Garvey, Hydro Ottawa’s Chief Human Resources Officer, says it is a culture of caring that the company has built up over the years that makes Hydro Ottawa a great employer.

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That caring is expressed in many ways by Hydro Ottawa’s 660 employees. They work closely with customers to help them use electricity efficiently and to save money on bills. They are quick to volunteer in the community, and are enthusiastic contributors to Hydro Ottawa’s United Way campaign, raising over a million dollars over the past decade. Employees are supported by an organization that recognizes achievements, encourages feedback, and that strongly promotes employee health and safety.

“We also care about a successful future and we want to be a sustainable organization. In the next 10 years, we will have a lot of people retiring, so we have many programs, including workforce and succession planning initiatives in place, to prepare our next generation of journeypersons, engineers and leaders,” added Parent-Garvey. Power up your future and join our team by visiting to view employment opportunities.

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Science camp offered to high school students Continued from page 2

Starting in the project’s second year, students worked on building small XO laptops, which were later shipped to schools in Third World countries. In 2010, Patrick Coxall, a Grade 10 computer science teacher at Mother Theresa High School in Barrhaven, suggested schools teach youth how to program apps for mobile devices such as Playbooks and iPads. “The teacher, on his own, created model teaching apps,” said Smirnoff. “We took the model and used it in other schools.” This year, the program received $961,000 in funding from the Federal Economic Development Agency for Southern Ontario to expand the TechU.Me program from

four to 25 high schools over the next three years. PARTNERS has four industry partners: IBM-Canada, Adobe, BlackBerry and Macadamian, which provided classroom space, Playbooks, Adobe Creative Suite licensing, and assistance monitoring the students’ development. also offers science summer camps for grades 6 and 8 students in the Ottawa area, teaching them how to build robots with Lego, social media, app development and website design. Enrolment in computer science programs at Canadian universities and colleges has gone up since the program started, said Smirnoff. “But the demand has grown,” she said. “A lot of

the partners we’re working with in the industry are saying, ‘We are desperate for talent.’” Smirnoff said aims to remove negative stereotypes associated with a job in high tech and encouraging high school students to consider a career in software programming and app development. The program is already seeing some success stories, said Smirnoff, such as that of Samira El-Rayyes, a Katimavik woman completing her second year in a bachelor of applied science at the University of Ottawa, where she is majoring in software engineering. El-Rayyes, 19, never considered a career in computer programming until she entered the TechU.Me program at Earl of March Secondary

School. In 2008, El-Rayyes was finishing Grade 9 and was certain she wanted to study chemistry in university, when she came across a Grade 10 computer science course. “It was really new to me,” said El-Rayyes. “I didn’t know anything about computer science or java or anything

like that.” The Earl of March student learned how to make games to put on XO laptops. “I was going into chemistry before that, but I switched,” said El Rayyes. “I really, really liked having a final product in the end.” This summer, El-Rayyes will be starting a paid intern-

ship with Nakima Systems, a company in Kanata. It helped that when she contacted the company to apply for the internship her industry mentor who taught her introductory programming at Earl of March answered the phone. “There’s a huge job market,” said El-Rayyes.

Friends seek new friends


The nominating committee wants to hear from people who are interested in improving the environment of the Jock River, who may be interested in environmental issues such as water quality and quantity, fisheries and riparian habitat restoration, and who may be interested in running for the executive. We would also like to hear from those with experience in finance, project management, and human resources. Please note that some of the previous executives have agreed to stay on in an ex-officio advisory capacity. The board meets once a

month on a weeknight. All available positions are elected for a minimum term of one year. For information on how to contact us, please see our website at www.jockriver. org. ACTIVITIES 1997 TO 2012

• Planted over 15,000 trees along the Jock River and its tributaries at the following sites: Stonebridge, Jockvale, St. Joseph High School, Half Moon Bay, Frazer-Clarke Drain (just upstream of Half Moon Bay), Moodie Drive, Monahan Stormwater Pond (near Eagleson and Hope Side Road), Twin Elm Bridge, Eagleson to Twin Elm Bridge, Richmond Conservation Area, and Richmond. • Installed one kilometre of fencing to keep cattle out of the Jock River, and provided well and pump for the cattle. • Participated in the development of a planting plan along the Stonebridge recreational path; • Participated in planning issues: Munster Hamlet forcemain sewer; Trail Road dumpsite leachate; Jock River reach 1 and 2 subwatershed studies; Barrhaven South community design plan; South Nepean Town Centre design plan; Richmond village plan; Riverbend Golf Course rezoning application; South Nepean collector sanitary sewer; Country Club Village and Canadian Golf & Country Club service road environmental assessment; Jockvale Road widening environmental assessment; urban natural areas environmental evaluation study; and zoning and site plan approvals for R.W. Tomlinson Stittsville quarry, Dibblee Bell quarry, Thomas Cavanagh Beagle Club quarry, Cavanagh Goulbourn quarry and Cavanagh

Henderson quarry. • Participated on the Richmond Conservation Area community advisory team. • Organized cleanups in the following areas: Richmond, Greenbank/Jockvale Road. • Initiated a request asking the RVCA to remove the Heart’s Desire weir. • Sponsored grants from HRSDC for summer student employment at RVCA. • Provided a car shuttle service for the Upper Jock River Race for several years. • Conducted a photographic contest to promote the Jock River. • Conducted annual spring canoe/kayak excursion into Richmond fen wetland. • Planned and installed a wildlife ramp at the Ashton dam. • Commented and lobbied on wetlands issues: Ashton Station wetland; designations of provincially significant wetlands in Goulbourn. • Assembled volunteer experts to survey stretches of the Jock River and King’s Creek following the Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources macro stream assessment protocol; data supplied for RVCA’s GIS databank. • Obtained funding from Goulbourn township, city of Nepean and RMOC for the installation by the RVCA of a permanent water gauge on the river at Franktown Road. • Conducted a multi-year water sampling program in support of the RVCA Jock River watershed plan 2001. • In a joint program with the Grenville-Carleton Conservation and Sportsmen’s Club and the Ontario MNR, walleye were implanted with radio transmitters and were tracked to determine migration patterns.


EMC news - The Friends of the Jock River will hold its annual general meeting on Feb. 21, at 7 p.m. at the Barrhaven Loblaws on Greenbank Road, near Strandherd. The Friends of the Jock River is a charitable non-profit organization established in 1996 to provide leadership in improving the health of the Jock River watershed ecosystems. We have been active over the past 17 years. In 2012, most of the current board had been in place from the beginning and believed it was time to pass on the torch. Unfortunately, the membership failed to elect a new executive for 2012 and voted to place the organisation into dormancy with two provisional caretaker executives and a requirement to test the waters again in 2013. At the upcoming annual general meeting, we will try again but this time, if a minimum slate of key executives, namely, president, treasurer and secretary, cannot be chosen, the organization will cease to exist. We need your help to keep the organization going.

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Legion hands out awards for poems, posters and essays Michelle Nash michelle.nash

EMC news - The Royal Canadian Legion announced the winners of its 2012 Remembrance Day poetry, essay and poster contest during a ceremony at the Eastview branch on Feb. 9. The Vanier legion handed out awards to local students in the black and white poster, coloured poster, essay and poem categories in four age groups: senior, intermediate, junior and primary. According to the members of the executive who reviewed the entries, deciding on the winners was incredibly difficult and in some cases came down to one tenth of a point. “The judges were all veterans,” said Rick Major, youth committee chairman. “They chose from the heart.” Colonel By Secondary School student Bo Yu Huang accepted three awards, the black and white poster, coloured poster and essay categories. She said she decided to participate because she felt it was important. “I didn’t really understand what Remembrance Day was and why it was important,” Huang said. “My essay was about learning the importance - I learned that it is not just about one person, because some of us may not know someone who was in the war. I wrote that it’s important to remember what our soldiers did for our country.” Shawn Taillon, the Ottawa dis-

trict youth education officer, said Huang’s attitude is exactly what the legion hopes to foster through its annual contests. He added the legion was pleased to see so many families, teachers and students in attendance at the ceremony. “We appreciate all the support for what we are doing with this contest.” Participation from Ottawa students has increased for the contests, but Taillon said the legion would always like to see more and more students take part in the contest and encouraged any eager students to sign up next year. “The winners receive a monetary award too – and that is for you to keep – not for your parents,” he said. Last year, the Eastview district had 1,500 entries and the Ottawa district had 7,255 entries. Patti O’Toole, an elementary teacher from John Paul II Public School attended the ceremony. “It is important to teach the students that Remembrance Day can be more than just the one day on the calendar,” she said. O’Toole added the contest helps promote discussion in the classroom. “The students are learning about who we are as Canadians,” she said. Three of O’Toole’s students were honoured at the ceremony. “When the class found out we had winners everyone was really excited for them,” O’Toole said. “It was wonderful.”


Some of the young winners of legion awards they received for their creativity. All the contest winners will have their work displayed in their schools as well as on the legion’s main website, BARRHAVEN

Jessica Bernadette Mendoza, Mother Teresa Catholic High School, second place in the senior poem category, second place for the senior coloured poster category Abinaya Sureshkumar, Longfields-Davidson Heights Secondary School, third place in the intermediate poem category Robyn Anez, St. Luke Catholic Elementary School, third place in the junior poem category

Edward Chan, Mother Teresa Catholic High School, second place in the intermediate black and white poster category, second place in the intermediate coloured poster category, Madeline Quang, Adrienne Clarkson Elementary School, first place in the junior black and white poster category Selena Quang, Adrienne Clarkson Elementary School, first place in the junior coloured poster category BELLS CORNERS

Samantha Adeli, Bell High Schoo, first place for the senior essay category

Gabriel Chau, Sir Robert Borden High School, second place in the senior black and white poster category Chanel Hepworth, Frank Ryan Catholic Elementary School, third place in the intermediate essay category Samantha Lin, Knoxdale Public School, third place in the junior essay category Joseph Ferri, Redeemer Christian High School, first place in the senior poem category Genevieve Theberge, Redeemer Christian High School, first place in the intermediate essay category Stewart Travers, D. Aubrey Moodie, first place in the junior essay category Jasmine Rose Young, Frank Ryan Catholic School, third place in the intermediate black and white poster category Grace M-Brynaet, Knoxdale Public School, second place in the junior black and white poster category. Linden Lukeassen, Lakeview Public School, third place in the primary black and white poster catergory Kim Bartnik, Sir Robert Borden High School, third place in the senior coloured poster category Enming Bill Liu, Greenbank Middle School, first place in the intermediate coloured poster category. Afifa Inam, Bayshore Public School, second place in the junior coloured poster category Manaal Inam, Bayshore Public School, first place in the primary coloured poster category


Correction In an article titled “Scientist awarded for flashy work” that appeared in the Feb. 7 edition of the Ottawa East EMC incorrectly stated that University of Ottawa professor Paul Corkum was awarded the King Faisal International Prize for

exceptionally serving Muslims and Islam and providing research resulting in scientific advances. He was only honoured for his scientific work. The EMC apologizes for any inconvenience the error may have caused Mr. Corkum.


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ecently, the Liveable Ottawa plan for rebooting the city’s major master plans was unveiled at city hall, revealing a vision for the capital for years to come. Mayor Jim Watson and Alta Vista Coun. Peter Hume, the planning committee chairman, pledged the review, particularly of the city’s Official Plan, would provide much needed “certainty� to what can often be the chaotic world of development.

This exercise, accompanied by reviews of plans for pedestrians, cycling, transportation and infrastructure, will go a long way towards aiming all the city’s efforts in the same direction, towards a more sustainable city, which is exactly where Ottawa needs to be headed. As Hume said during the Jan. 29 launch of the Liveable Ottawa project, the refreshed Official Plan “will be more prescriptive than ever before in terms of where the vision

for height and density is in this city.� This will provide clear rules governing where intensification will go in the city, removing much of the fuzziness that causes a great deal of angst among residents living in transitional neighbourhoods across the city. Many of the decisions during this process will undoubtedly raise concerns among residents in places like Centretown, Lowertown, Westboro and Vanier. Those residents worry intensifi-

cation will only serve to bring the burden of added population and traffic to their neighbourhoods. But that need not be the case, as the Liveable Ottawa project offers the city an excellent opportunity to align the other master plans with the Official Plan. This, if done with care and consideration, will insure the intensified neighbourhoods of Ottawa’s future provide the infrastructure needed to accommodate denser popula-

tions. But there’s the rub: Liveable Ottawa needs to be done well if the city is to be sustainable for generations to come. Intensification is the new normal for cities, as suburban sprawl has proven to be unsustainable, but that doesn’t mean creating density for density’s sake is an easy task. It will take a considerable amount of input from city staff, councillors, developers and residents to come up with a plan that will provide for the sustainable city we all desire. This means it is incumbent upon both the members of the development community and

residents to get involved with this process -- the official and master plans will be much better for their efforts. It will also require those two groups, often at odds with one another, to see things from the others’ perspective. Change is difficult, but it is made easier when reasonable people are considerate and accommodating of views that might not be their own. Ottawa is already a quite liveable city, one of the best places to live in North America, if not the world. Engagement in the Liveable Ottawa process by all who hold this city dear will keep it that way.


Chocolate for groundhogs groundhog thing? So we can enjoy being silly? There are lots of ways of doing that without bothering innocent rodents. So here’s an idea. Valentine’s Day could use some silliness. The kissing and chocolate are good, but sometimes it gets a bit solemn, particularly in those television commercials for jewelry. Also, there is no predictive value in Valentine’s Day: nothing that happens that day tells us anything about when spring is coming. The next step is obvious -- combine Valentine’s Day and Groundhog Day as part of Winterlude. That injects a bit of new life into all three events. It could work in many ways, but one might be that if the Ice Hog comes out on Feb. 14 and sees a heart-shaped chocolate, that means six more weeks of winter. This could all be done on the canal, if there is ice on it. If the Ice Hog comes out on the canal and sees water, it means that the Ice Hog had better learn to swim pretty fast. That makes sense. Six weeks from Feb. 14 takes us just about into April, where spring is an actual possibility. Canadians would actually be glad to think of only six more weeks of winter and their happiness might induce them to purchase more chocolate, take their sweetie out to dinner and support the local economy. Then, just to make it interesting, there could be a possible down-side to the Ice Hog’s prediction. The Wiarton Willie thing is boring because the worst thing that can happen is you get spring in mid-March. What if the Ice Hog comes out on Valentine’s Day, doesn’t see chocolate and that means no spring until May? That would put a little juice into it. It could even create some betting opportunities at our new casino. Having rejuvenated Valentine’s Day, put some spark into Winterlude and some logic into Groundhog Day, there remains only the task of giving this new wonderful event a catchy name. This will not be easy because we know that the federal government will want to name it, as it wants to name everything, after Sir John A. Macdonald. However, that is not a very good name for a groundhog.



o one would ever dare argue that Valentine’s Day is a meaningless ritual, since it involves kissing and chocolate. Still, it wouldn’t hurt to inject some new life into it, to keep it from getting stale. Then there is Winterlude, an Ottawa institution by now but one that is constantly challenged to find ways of coping with changing times and unpredictable weather conditions. It’s not a meaningless ritual, but it could use a new twist or two. If you want a meaningless ritual, take Groundhog Day. What a waste of time, both for people and for groundhogs. In Punxsutawney, Pa., 35,000 people turned out for it. In past years there have arrests for drunken rioting and such. Over a groundhog. In Wiarton, Ont., the status of Wiarton Willie’s shadow has been turned into a three-day festival. There is probably a half-time show. More groundhogs are getting into the act, since it appears that groundhogs seeing shadows, or not, are good for tourism. There’s Balzac Billy in Alberta and Winnipeg Willow in Manitoba. For what it’s worth, none of these guys saw their shadows, which is supposed to mean that spring is less than six-weeks away. Really? In Canada? Groundhog shadow or no, of course there are going to be six more weeks of winter in Canada. Six weeks from Groundhog Day takes you to mid-March. Maybe in Punxsutawney it is reasonable to hope for spring in mid-March, but not anywhere in this country, outside of British Columbia. So what is the point of doing this whole



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for our community to come together to celebrate nature and what can come from working together,” said Ottawa Riverkeeper executive director Meredith Brown. The films to be screened are as diverse as the ecology depicted within them, and each have a focus on freshwater. White Water, Black Gold delves into the environmental impact of the Athabaska Oil Sands, while films like The Craziest Idea and Weed War

depict examples of positive outcomes from human intervention. BEARING

The content of the films have a bearing on the Ottawa River, explained Brown, as the challenges and issues they explore are also being felt throughout the Ottawa River watershed. Damming, invasive species and pollution are all issues the members of Ottawa Riverkeeper are trying to

mitigate. “These award-winning films are a powerful way to remind us that our wild and scenic spaces are valuable, fragile and threatened, but through individual and collective action we can protect them,” said Brown. “Our own wild and scenic Ottawa River means a great many things to a great many people, and I hope the festival inspires our audience to protect it.” Festival-goers have the opportunity to win prizes donated from supportive businesses

while enjoying beverages provided by Mill Street Brewery and Sugarbush Vineyards. Proceeds will go towards Ottawa Riverkeeper’s many initiatives, including the purchase of water quality testing kits for its volunteer-driven Riverwatch Program. Tickets can be purchased online at ottawariverkeeper. ca or in person at Mountain Equipment Co-op or Trailhead.A full list of films is also available on the Ottawa Riverkeeper’s website. R0011911217


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any people are also taking notice of Dymon’s latest facility under construction on Carling at the Queensway. “We are really excited about our Carling site,” offers Steve Creighton, Senior Vice President with Dymon, “it is going to be our flagship facility with our head office located on the top floor. We have some new outstanding features that are going to make this our best facility yet.” Another Dymon facility is also being built at Greenbank at Hunt Club, with six more facilities planned for Ottawa.


Stepping inside a Dymon facility, you will quickly realize that Dymon Storage is not your traditional type of storage business. “Before the arrival of Dymon, storage in Ottawa was really nothing more than single storey buildings with garage doors. These facilities were typically located in industrial parks or rural locations, that offered minimal security, no climate or humidity controls, and there was very little focus on customer service,” explains Steve Creighton. “We recognized there was a demand for quality storage in Ottawa, but there was virtually nothing available”. Dymon quickly recognized a business opportunity, but wanted to create a unique “made in Ottawa” solution. Before getting started back in 2006, Dymon did extensive research across the U.S. and Canada by visiting dozens of facilities, and quickly determined the attributes of the best performing facilities across North America. Taking these ideas and introducing a few unique offerings of its own, Dymon put together a “best of breed” business model. Arguably, right here in Ottawa Dymon has built the very best that self storage has to offer anywhere in the world.

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“At the end of the day, your stuff is likely better off stored with Dymon than at your home or business” adds Creighton. From the outside, Dymon’s facilities are architecturally attractive and don’t look anything like storage buildings. “We have moved self storage into the mainstream by locating our facilities in easy to access, highly visible sites, usually adjacent to big box retail” says Creighton, “and with our attractive exterior look we wanted the marketplace to understand that we represented a new and totally different storage solution”.

WHAT DOES “BEST OF BREED” MEAN? Dymon’s facilities have many distinctive features that differentiate them from anything else in the Ottawa marketplace. By integrating leading technologies, Dymon has created the safest and most convenient way to store your excess stuff. Starting with its complete and total humidity and climate controlled environment, Dymon’s facilities ensure no mould, mildew or bugs. Its advanced security features ensure your possessions are safe – besides having extended retail hours, Dymon also has a 24/7 Customer Service Command Center which monitors all of its facilities with personnel who can respond to customer issues at anytime, day or night. Dymon’s unique drive through bays (which are like airport hangars) provide complete protection from the weather and allow you to load and unload your stuff in comfort. Dymon even offers a free truck and driver at the time of move-in for your added convenience, taking away the hassle of renting and driving a large truck. Dymon’s facilities have

luxury boardrooms, mini-offices, as well as a vault and mailbox service. And in a short period of time, Dymon has become a leading retailer of boxes and moving supplies – you should drop by the facilities just to see their unique box displays! And the list goes on and on. But perhaps Dymon’s biggest asset is its relentless focus on delivering an exceptional customer experience. “Our highly trained staff regularly go above and beyond to help our customers deal with the stress of moving and storage,” says Creighton. “And time and time again we receive compliments on how helpful and professional our staff are.” With everything that Dymon has to offer, is it any wonder that Dymon Storage has taken the Ottawa market by storm? Dymon’s first facility on Coventry Road opened in 2006 and filled in

“and we continue to listen to our customers for new ideas on what they want to see from us”. is its latest environmentally focused business that offers customers the oppor tunity to rent or buy eco-friendly storage bins ideally suited for moving and storage. “This is an incredibly convenient service for our customers,” says Jonathon Dicker, Regional Manager at Dymon, “renting the eco-friendly storage bins is cheaper than buying traditional cardboard boxes and includes free delivery and pick-up.”

just 5 months, and has remained full ever since. Because , location is currently undergoing a 30,000 sq ft expansion Dymon’s Coventry facility was certainly no flashin-the-pan – Dymon’s second location at Prince of Wales and Hunt Club was filled in only 6 months. Each subsequent facility has also experienced a rapid fill. Dymon’s Kanata Centrum facility, adjacent to Canadian Tire, is the largest self storage facility in Canada. Residential and business customers in Kanata / Stittsville / West Carleton are now enjoying everything Dymon has to offer.

SO WHO IS YOUR TYPICAL DYMON CUSTOMER? The reasons why people need storage are endless. For example, people selling their homes use Dymon. It has been proven that a decluttered, well staged home will sell more quickly and at a higher price. Dymon is also great if you are downsizing or if you simply have too much stuff and need to make room in your home. Many customers also use Dymon to store their possessions while their homes are undergoing renovations, or to clear out their garage in the fall to make room for their cars. Interestingly, the majority of Dymon’s customers are women. According to Creighton, “Women are the primary decision maker when it comes to storage, so we have taken particular care to

design our facilities to be attractive to the female consumer.” Dymon does this through its highly focused customer service, security, convenient access, and ultra clean facilities – all factors many women demand. “Women appreciate the quality that Dymon offers – they know their stuff will be safe and secure.” Dymon’s storage facilities are also very attractive to business operators. With free on-site board rooms, a parcel acceptance service, and flexible yet affordable storage leasing options, Dymon offers the perfect solution for a variety of busi nesses. “Currently about 25% of each facility is made up of commercial customers,” reports Creighton. “Dymon is perfect for business to store bankers’ boxes, excess merchandise, spare office furniture or work equipment, and seasonal inven tory. We even have some business customers who use their storage unit as their own mini-ware house instead of renting a larger building with much higher fixed overhead.” With the flexibility of month-to-month leases, business operators see Dymon as a great storage solution. Dymon is also preparing to launch a new convenient document storage, retrieval and shredding business ideally suited for all types of business. “These additional services represent another natural evolution of our business as we continue to serve our business customers better,” concludes Creighton.

Dymon even assists you if you want to sell any of your stuff. DymonMine.comoffers its customers the chance to sell things in a totally secure and convenient fashion. Dymon will photograph, describe and upload items to its website where potential buyers can view them or they can drop down to the facility and have a look. And just recently introduced its new offer/ counter offer system where buyers and sellers can negotiate by e-mail, totally anonymously. The new process is fun, simple, and effective. When items are sold, Dymon issues a cheque to the customer, “Many Dymon customers were saying they wanted to sell some of their excess stuff, but they were frustrated that there weren’t really many convenient sales options available to them,”explains Dicker “ venient, hassle-free way for customers to sell and buy stuff.”

You should take the time to drop by one of Dymon’s convenient locations across the City – they really are unlike anything you have ever seen before. If you have too much stuff and need to declutter, and we all face that situation from time to time, Dymon should definitely be the place you end up.

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ccording to a recent article in Maclean’s magazine, 20 per cent of heterosexuals and 60 per cent of homosexuals claimed to have met their mates online in 2009. The article goes on to quote experts who believe that online dating – while great for helping people meet others outside their networks – is altering our traditional cultural goal of finding a mate for life. I believe it. The question is whether we’ll allow this trend to continue. I tried online dating just once when mass use of the Internet was in its infancy, circa 2001. Just out of a long relationship, I checked out a local dating website in Ottawa. Most of the entries -there were only about 75 men on there -- were laughable. But there was this one guy. He was a soccer player. He was tall, had great legs, worked in a sports shop. He was very good looking. And based on our online chat sessions over a few weeks, he was dumb as wood. Perfect! We went on a date. It was

BRYNNA LESLIE Capital Muse nice. I didn’t have to talk about anything intelligent. We flirted over the table, went for a walk after dinner, he kissed me at the front door. This was definitely a guy I’d like to call again, and not, you know, for conversation. I dreamed about his legs for approximately 72 hours. The following weekend, however, I met my nowhusband on a camping trip in Gatineau Park, and Mr. Soccer Legs never got a call back. The thing is great legs are great. But they’re not the type of thing to sustain a relationship long term. The recent Maclean’s piece highlighted growing doubt that algorithms used to match people online according to similar tastes, hobbies and interests mimic what people look for in the

real world, particularly in a lifelong mate. This point was brought home when I met my husband. One of the first things that impressed me about him was his ability to cut grapefruit with precision. It’s not the kind of skill one would note in a dating profile, nor is it something I would actively seek. Of course, most of us realize that online dating is really just a massive public relations’ exercise. People put their best selves forward and in return, dating sites promise you’ll meet your “soul mate” with just a click of a button. When your match turns out to be less than desirable, it’s easy to move on and find your next “soul mate.” Sure, in some cases, online dating turns to marriage and the


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EMC news - Three years after a massive earthquake devastated Haiti, the Red Cross continues to help earthquake survivors rebuild and recover. Efforts have shifted from immediate life-saving assistance to long-term recovery to ensure communities can build a stronger and healthier future. “The Canadian Red Cross is committed to sharing expertise and resources with the Haitian Red Cross and providing communities with programming that best fits their needs,” says Conrad Sauvé, secretary general and CEO of the Canadian Red Cross. “This includes facilitating projects dealing with shelter, health, violence and abuse prevention, and helping to reduce the risk of future disasters.” The Canadian Red Cross has helped improve lives thanks to Canadian donations. To date, the Canadian Red Cross has: • Provided over 7,500 families with homes that meet or exceed standards for an earthquake zone and over 19,000 families with safe shelter solutions. • Reached more than

300,000 families with cholera prevention information. • Supported 2,089 families with cash grants for rental accommodations. • Provided “train the trainers” first aid workshops to 90 Haitian Red Cross volunteers. • Treated over 1,500 patients at a cholera treatment centre. • Trained over 420,000 people on how to prevent and mitigate interpersonal violence. Last spring, the Canadian Red Cross was pleased to announce that it has completed its important shelter program, providing over 7,500 families in Jacmel and Leogane with a new home. Work in Haiti will continue for years to come. “Canadians can be very proud that their donations are having a lasting and meaningful impact in the lives of earthquake survivors in Haiti,” adds Sauvé. The Canadian Red Cross continues to help build stronger, safer communities in Haiti through several projects, including the decongestion of camps in Port-au-Prince for over 2,000 families and an integrated health program.

Ed Schelenz, President, Barrhaven Branch Royal Canadian Legion Ed served with distinction in the Canadian Armed Forces and is currently the President of the Royal Canadian Legion in Barrhaven. He has led community efforts to support various local charities, including youth groups, food banks and hospitals.

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people live happily ever after. But in the virtual world, as in the real world, this may be a statistical anomaly. In most cases, the point of online dating isn’t to find Mr. Right, but Mr. Right Now. Not only that, but the Internet makes the dating marketplace so much bigger, notes Maclean’s author Katie Engelhart, that it’s contributed to an increase in philandering. Engelhart says the logic goes something like this: “Why settle down when a better match is just a click away?” Only the future will tell if the majority of us will allow this to become a societal norm. Funny enough, about five years after my first and only online dating experience, the subject came up at a ladies’ drinks’ reunion with some of my university colleagues. Turns out, we’d all dated Mr. Soccer Legs within six months of each other. Mr. Soccer Legs may have appeared dumb as wood, but we’d underestimated him. In fact, he was the only person to achieve his goal with that primitive dating website. We were all looking for a mate. Silly, in hindsight. Because there was really nothing about that picture of his legs to suggest he was looking for a wife.

Vanier Museopark Sweet activities happening at the Sugar Shack: bird-feeder, taffy and butter making workshops. March 11, 13 & 15. 10:00 a.m., $2/activity

Marcel Moncion, Owner, Moncions’ Your Independent Grocer An award-winning businessman in Riverside South, Mr. Moncion is an active supporter of seniors and local schools. He sponsors a wide range of community events and fundraisers, including tree plantings, school events, minor hockey and Canada Day celebrations. Charles Goodfellow, Owner, Goodfellow Cleaners Inc, Barrhaven and Riverside South A nominee for the Nepean Chamber of Commerce 2012 Businessman of the Year, Charles is a strong entrepreneur with an A+ rating by the Better Business Bureau. He is active in his community and through his business he accepts and dry cleans donations of children’s winter clothes for local charities. The Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal is meant to honour individuals who have made a significant contribution to Canada and their local community and are part of the worldwide celebrations in honour of Her Majesty the Queen’s sixty years on the throne. Recently, the City of Ottawa named a community park in Ward 22, Diamond Jubilee Park to help celebrate this important anniversary for Canada and the Queen.

Watson’s Mill Join us for Circus Camp March 12. Watson’s Mill gets goofy with all things Disney on March 14. 9:00-4:00, $25/child and $20/member

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City finalizes village land-use changes Updates to Manotickâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s plan to come later this year Laura Mueller

EMC news - The city is putting teeth behind its new community design plans and secondary plans for rural villages. On Feb. 7, the cityâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s agriculture and rural affairs committee approved zoning rules that will enable the city to enforce those new policies. The changes arose from last yearâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s rural review, which

outlined policies aimed at supporting appropriate economic development in villages and encouraging growth and redevelopment in village cores, rather than spread throughout the countryside. While Manotickâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s community design plan process is set to kick off later this year, plans for Carp and Constance Bay were completed last year and the city also outlined amendments to general policies for land use in rural wards.


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Manotick, which includes the pictured Watsonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Mill, will undergo a community design plan process later this year. minor variances and rezonings that result in a piecemeal approach to rural development. Village plans for North Gower and Richmond are not affected by the new consolidated plan because they were completed within the last ďŹ ve years and are up-to-date. Greelyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s plan was reviewed, but didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t require any changes, Ruddy said. There are some zoning changes that affect all 26 villages, including Manotick, North Gower, Richmond and

Greely. Klaus Beltzner, president of the Manotick Village and Community Association, had hoped to convince councillors to amend the report to include context about the status of reviews of Manotickâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s plans, but the best he got was city planning manager John Moser declaring on the record that the review is scheduled to begin in the third quarter of 2013. A minor zoning issue in Carp Hills was identiďŹ ed during the meeting, when proper-

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City plans to tackle demolition by neglect Changes might be too late to save historic Lowertown school Laura Mueller

EMC news - Even before an engineers report revealed a former girls’ school on Cumberland Street was at imminent risk of collapse, Coun. Mathieu Fleury and the mayor’s office were working to prevent similar hazards. The vacant heritage building at the corner of Murray and Cumberland streets stands as a monument of something local heritage advocates have long railed against: demolition by neglect. Poster-covered hoarding around the building obscure the graffiti and paint-covered walls. Right in the downtown core, where property values and condo development have reached a fever pitch, the site remained suspended in time, slowing fading and becoming more derelict. It’s one of an estimated 100 properties in a similar state across the city. About 15 of them are considered “problematic,” several of which are located in Fleury’s Rideau-Vanier ward. It’s a sore spot for Lowertown residents, so Fleury reached out the Groupe Claude Lauzon, which counts the school at 287 Cumberland St. in its portfolio of properties. For months, Fleury and Mayor Jim Watson have been discussing options for Lauzon’s vacant properties, including 287 Cumberland St. There was finally a glimmer of willingness to address the derelict state of the school, but then, on Feb. 1, an engineering report commissioned by Lauzon revealed the building was at imminent risk of collapse.

and did not return subsequent phone calls. The press release outlines the back-and-forth: Lauzon requested a building permit in 1996 to restore the school, but the city denied the request. The company was locked in a legal battle with the city for six years City planning manager John Smit said the city issued a building permit for the 1996 application, but it was rescinded when Lauzon’s contractor did exterior work beyond what was allowed. The permit was re-issued after the court settlement, but the company never picked it up. By the time a settlement was reached, the roof and floor framing had collapsed. Lauzon asked the city for permission to tear it down. See DERELECT, page 18


After decades of neglect, a former girls school at 287 Cumberland St. in Lowertown had to be reinforced last week when it became clear it was at imminent risk of collapse. The issue is highlighting a need for the city to address demolition by neglect.







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That set off the latest chapter in the troubled relationship between Groupe Claude Lauzon and the city. The city ordered barricades be put up to keep pedestrians and traffic away from the building in case it fell down. A press release was issued and emphasized that Groupe Claude Lauzon would be charged for the cost associated with the barricades – a couple thousand dollars at an absolute minimum – and that the company would have to follow the proper process to get the necessary permit to demolish a designated heritage building. Days later, Lauzon issued a press release through the company’s lawyer. “According to (law firm) Vincent Dagenais Gibson, since 1981, Groupe Claude Lauzon Ltée has been dealing with the city to restore the school, but has faced unfair obstacles at each step,” the statement reads. The Lauzon family canceled an interview with the EMC scheduled before the collapse

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Derelict buildings to be targeted with enforcement Continued from page 17

It’s no excuse, Fleury said. It is not exactly a surprise that property owners such as the Lauzons would want to demolish a building after leaving it to crumble with no upkeep for decades, he said. “If they’re not interested to upkeep the properties, don’t buy heritage property,” Fleury said. These situations could be prevented if the city strengthened and enforced its bylaw outlining the level of upkeep necessary for vacant buildings, Fleury said. “That’s not the city we want to build,” he added. Finally, that’s in the works. City staff is drafting a proposal that would have tighter wording, allowing the city to enforce property standards above the very minimum. Staff is looking to places like Hamilton, Kingston and Toronto for direction particularly regarding upkeep of vacant heritage buildings, which make up half the approximately 100 vacant properties in Ottawa. A proposal will come forward in the coming weeks or months, Fleury said. “We don’t understand why elsewhere in the province, you can go into cities and you can

see the site is vacant, but it doesn’t appear to be as vacant as it does here in Ottawa,” Fleury said. It’s a big issue for residents in Sandy Hill, so when community association Christopher Collmorgen caught wind of the proposed changes to property standards, he sent an email to Action Sandy Hill members. “The city has historically refused to enforce its own Bylaws on vacant and derelict properties, resulting in a sanctioned double standard that has allowed vacant and run-down properties to fester between well-cared for properties,” Collmorgen wrote. “It appears that the City of Ottawa is finally recognizing that it has an obligation to enforce the property standards bylaw on vacant properties!” Enforcement has been a tricky thing in Ottawa. The wording of the bylaw has led to bylaw officers enforcing only the bare minimum, Fleury said. “To be honest, we haven’t done our job there,” he said. “We’re going to clamp down and modify property standards and expect staff to really clamp down.” The city doesn’t want to see any properties in the core

vacant, Fleury said, but if they are vacant, they must be kept to a good standard. “A lot of these properties don’t have roofs, don’t have windows. People access in and out and do drugs in there,” he said. “They are not just eyesores. They become an area for crime.” When it comes to encouraging redevelopment of vacant sites, Fleury said everyone involved needs to come to the table. “There won’t be one element that will solve all issues,” he said. “It’s a combination of multiple angles that will bring the owners to the table, bring the community to the table and actually talk about solutions.” All sites have restrictions, whether it’s a heritage designation or simply zoning rules. It shouldn’t matter whether the blame should rest with the city because its rules are too restrictive, or with the property owner because they are unwilling to work within the parameters of the site they bought, Fleury said. There needs to be a proposal on the table to open a dialog between the city and the developer. “Put a proposal together and let’s have a discussion,” Fleury said.


Barricades went up around the former school at Cumberland and Murray in Lowertown to protect passresby from possible falling debris.

Scotiabank in Barrhaven can help you sleep like a baby By Bev McRae want to get out of debt. Our sales officers are trained to help you get out of that hole. For instance, are the interest rates you’re paying all right or can we save you money that way? Are the payments okay? If I get a tax refund back, what should I do with it?” The banking officer may suggest a consolidation loan to pay off all your consumer debts at once, with one monthly payment instead of many. “We have an equity plan so you can borrow against your house,” said Voteary. “It’s the cheapest way to go, the lowest interest rates. We can give you up to 80 per cent of the value of your equity.” While you are at the bank, don’t be surprised to find an opportunity to help the Barrhaven Food Cupboard, the branch’s key charity in Barrhaven. This bank has a big heart. “We try to give them money every year, money we’ve raised in the bank,” said Voteary. “We’ve just finished doing penny drives for them and we’ve done book sales and things like that with our customers and we have donation jars. When I first came here we had food drives for the Barrhaven Food Cupboard but I think it’s sometimes better to give them cash. At Christmas we do two of the Food Cupboard’s hampers to help two families. Scotiabank is also a major sponsor of the Barrhaven Santa Parade of Lights and the Barrhaven Run for Rogers House. “We like to give back to the community, but we make sure our employees are a part of it and I never have any problem getting volunteers to help out,” said the community banking manager. Scotiabank employees don’t always wait to be recruited for a major fundraising event, according to Voteary. “If an employee is on a board or volunteers for

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“Not only does Scotiabank care for its customers in Barrhaven, it cares for the community. (L to R): Nepean-Carleton MP Pierre Poilievre, David Sereda from the Barrhaven Food Cupboard, Scotiabank Community Banking Manager Mary Voteary, Scotiabank Vice-president Jeff Darwin and Barrhaven Food Cupboard board members Ken Ross, Valerie Rochon and Ken Lee celebrated the bank’s most recent donation to the Barrhaven Food Cupboard last month.”

a charity – for instance, I have one gentleman who works with the Boy Scouts – they can submit a request to head office for funding to that charity,” she said. “The maximum is $1,000 if the employee has contributed 50 hours of service in a 12-month period. Easy as that. It’s called the Scotia Employee Volunteer Program. We also have the Team Scotia Community Program that allows the bank to match funds raised by an employee. So if I go to a golf tournament and I work the registration desk, we’ll match whatever I sell in tickets, or whatever I sell in tickets for a charity here at

the bank.” You can reach Mary Voteary at the Scotiabank in Marketplace Mall, 3701 Strandherd Dr., phone 613-825-3077.


If you are on edge after reading reports that Canadian consumer debt has reached record levels and national economies around the world are struggling, go see Mary Voteary at Scotiabank. She’ll help you sleep like a baby. “We have three financial advisors at this branch who deal in financial planning and offer free second opinions and free financial plans,” said Voteary, community banking manager at Scotiabank in Chapman Mills Marketplace, Barrhaven who also oversees Scotiabank’s branches on Woodroffe Ave. in Barrhaven and in Richmond. When you walk into any of the branches you will see big ads that advise, “Richness is sleeping like a baby. See the difference a second opinion makes.” Your second opinion from one of the bank’s financial advisors will likely recommend an RRSP contribution. “Our Scotia RSP Catch-up™ Line of Credit is very popular because it provides customers with a line of credit at a low, low interest rate that they can use to put money into an RSP,” Voteary pointed out. “March 1 is the deadline. Then when they get their tax return back they can plop their refund on to the line of credit. The maximum is $22,000 and the interest rate is prime plus one which is four per cent.” Scotiabank’s payment deferral option allows you to defer for three monthly payments while waiting for your tax refund. Even if you feel like your financial position is so precarious that you can’t afford an RSP contribution this year, Scotiabank may be able to help. “We have 16 sales officers who deal with that every day,” Voteary said. “They sit down with customers and talk to them about their goals. Some want to save for retirement, others just


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Mayor and his deputies field 4,800 requests for appearances in 2012 Laura Mueller

EMC news - A deluge of almost 5,000 event invitations landed on the mayorâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s desk last year. Now, the city is preparing to hire a new staffer with an annual salary of $52,000 to handle an inďŹ&#x201A;ux of requests. Whether a second scheduler for Mayor Jim Watson and his two deputy mayors, Gloucester-South Nepean Coun. Steve Desroches and West Carleton-March Coun. Eli El-Chantiry, is a good use of tax dollars was the main question that arose from a mid-term governance review report that was considered by the cityâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s ďŹ nance committee last week, said deputy clerk Leslie Donnelly. The mayor, who is known to joke that he will attend the opening of an envelope, received a staggering 4,800 requests to appear at events such as openings of new businesses in 2012. Although he couldnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t provide a number for past requests, city clerk Rick Oâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;Connor said there has been a marked increase in invitations for Watson compared to previous mayors. And there is work to be done even when the mayor and deputy mayors cannot attend, Donnelly said. The scheduler must sort, prioritize and respond to all requests and in some cases, certiďŹ cates of congratulations or other documents must be prepared instead.


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The question of whether having a city ofďŹ cial at local events is an essential service plagued the clerkâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s ofďŹ ce, Donnelly said.

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Clerk staff looked into the matter and determined that the Municipal Act states that elected ofďŹ cials â&#x20AC;&#x153;shallâ&#x20AC;? represent the municipality at of-

ďŹ cial functions. â&#x20AC;&#x153;In our view, this is a core function of the municipality,â&#x20AC;? Donnelly said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We can tell you that these events are extremely important to the individuals organizing them â&#x20AC;Ś You make city hall more accessible and get more people interested in city hall.â&#x20AC;? The new staffer handling requests would be in addition to the mayorâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s existing scheduler, who works in the clerkâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s ofďŹ ce. The new employee approved by the ďŹ nance committee on Feb. 5 would mainly handle the schedules of the two deputy mayors. The city is budgeting $75,000 for the position based on additional costs associated with beneďŹ ts and equipment for the job, such as a computer. The salary would be $52,000. Council must still give ďŹ nal approval to create the new position.







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Ontario’s top curler takes Tankard The fans knew it. The Barrie organizers hoped for it. Glenn Howard provided it. The Coldwater Curling Club’s rink is off to their eighth straight Brier having won in dramatic fashion at Sunday’s Dominion Tankard at the Barrie Molson Centre. In an all-Simcoe County battle, Howard faced off against Joe Frans and his Bradford Curling Club team in a match that saw the winning shot rely on a measure. Having taken a 6-3 lead in the seventh end, Howard’s faithful began the “Ontario” chants as they sensed another win by the local boy. Frans, having defeated Howard on Wednesday’s Draw 5 by a score of 8-3, was not going quietly. Strategically winning the small battles, Frans pushed the game into the 10th end with single points in the eighth and ninth. “You have to go into your next game with a clear mind,” said Howard. “Frans was fantastic the last time we played, but that doesn’t mean it carries over to the next. We knew we had to play near perfect to

top their rink.” The Tankard trophy sat waiting on the awards table as a blue and yellow stone lie even with each other on the button. Frans would attempt to place his last rock in an unhittable spot, but Howard would use his final shot to

We had a great week and played Howard tough each time we played him JOE FRANS

move it out and leave the only rocks that mattered waiting for a measure. As Wayne Middaugh of Howard’s rink and Ryan Werenich of Team Frans handled the measuring, a packed BMC waited quietly and anxiously. Middaugh would extend his hand, signaling the end and a 7-5 Coldwater victory. With the arena cheering,

Howard explains what it’s like to win in his own backyard. “We always want to win, everywhere we go, but winning in Barrie was special,” said Howard. “Our families were in attendance as were our friends and this place was loud. Kudos to all those that put it on and the fans for coming out.” Frans will head back to the drawing board and know that his Bradford rink is able to be the toast of Simcoe County after hanging with the best. “We had a great week and played Howard tough each time we played him,” said Frans. “I’m glad we could show we could compete at this level and we were one break away from putting the boots to him.” See RAJALA, page 23

Bryan Cochrane in black and Howard Rajala in background duel it out during their Wednesday Draw 5 meeting where Rajala won 9-5. SHAWN GIBSON R0011910474

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Baby boomers need to get fit or face sickness, disability EMC news - Canadian baby boomers have big aspirations for their golden years, but their current lifestyle choices could keep them from making these dreams a reality. The Heart and Stroke Foundation’s 2013 report on the health of Canadians titled Reality Check warns that without immediate action, baby boomers may spend their last years in sickness, disability and immobility. Although Canadians are living longer, on average, there’s

a 10-year gap between how long we live and how long we live in health. This gap is mainly due to heart disease, stroke and other chronic conditions. A new Heart and Stroke Foundation poll found that while almost 80 per cent of Canadian boomers think their doctors would rate them as healthy, their self-reported lifestyle choices show otherwise. A huge majority of boomers reported not eating enough vegetables and fruit (85 per

cent), more than 40 per cent are not getting enough physical activity each week, one in five (21 per cent) smoke, and one in 10 (11 per cent) are heavy drinkers. While the large majority of boomers said they feel stressed at least sometimes, almost 30 per cent say they are often or always stressed. Despite these lifestyle habits, more than a quarter of Canadian baby boomers don’t feel concerned about how healthy they will be later in life. And

Rajala comes up short in Barrie Continued from page 21

Team Howard, which includes Victoria Harbour’s Middaugh, Shanty Bay’s Brent Laing and Kanata’s Craig Savill, will represent Ontario at the 2013 Tim Hortons Brier in Edmonton during the week of March 2 to 10. Howard Rajala of the Rideau Curling Club and Bryan Cochrane from the City View CC were the Ottawa representatives and did not have the tournament they hoped for. Rajala finished the week with a 2-8 record with one of the wins being Wednesday’s Draw 5 against Cochrane in a 9-5 final.

“We weren’t as sharp as we’d hoped to be, but all in all we really enjoyed the week,” said Rajala. “Anytime you can play at the provincial level, it is special and this is something you carry with you and plan for next year.” As far as the upcoming Brier, there is no doubt in Rajala’s mind who he’s cheering for. “You had to know Glenn and the boys would be in the final of the Tankard and now we have to get behind Ontario and hope they bring it home.” Cochrane finished slightly better with a 4-6 record and believes that it’s only a matter of time before Ottawa is

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on top of the nation’s curling mountain. “We had a wonderful time and only wish we could have had a better result,” said Cochrane. “It won’t be long though until you see a team from around here make it big. We have so many great rinks, there is no doubt in my mind that this city will produce a top team that will compete every year.” Next year’s Tankard takes place in Smiths Falls, which will be a lot closer for Ottawa curling fans to get to and cheer on their favourite teams. For more information, contact the Smiths Falls Curling & Squash Club at 613283-4700.


Canadian boomers are planning full lives for their later years. The survey showed 61 per cent feel the quality of the time they spend living is more important than the length of

time. Half of boomers (54 per cent) want to travel and be active around the house, 38 per cent want to be involved grandparents, 36 per cent want to take up a new hobby and a quarter (27 per cent) would like to winter somewhere warm and sunny. “We typically think teenagers are the ones who live like they’re invincible, but boomers seem to forget their mortality too,” says Heart and Stroke Foundation CEO David Sculthorpe.

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EMC news - Students in the University of Ottawa’s law program put down their books and picked up a microphone to have a few laughs and help raise a little money for a good cause at the same time. A comedy night to raise money for Ottawa ACORN, an organization that fights for social justice for low-income families across Canada, was held on Feb. 7 at the Draft Pub. Some of the university’s law students volunteer for ACORN, including Michael Currie, who helped organize the event. He said the students just wanted to help the local association. “It’s a great feeling to know that we can use the law to help others,” said Currie, who does stand-up comedy when he’s not hitting the books. “We look forward to raising some

much-needed funds to keep Ottawa ACORN’s initiative going.” Currie and six other law students and one law professor braved the stage, with some of them taking their first stab at stand up. “Everybody did great,” he said. “The audience was pumped up and we sold out very quickly.” Jill O’Reilly, an organizer at ACORN Ottawa, reached out to law students in early 2012 to match the soon-to-be lawyers with low-income families who needed assistance in landlord and tenant matters. “Many of our members endure horrible conditions, such as cockroach infestations, mouse infestations, flooding, mould, and so on, even though they pay their rent every month,” O’Reilly said. “The law students, including Michael (Currie), volunteer their time to fight for our members and help provide them with tools to deal with their disputes.” Currie said the program has helped these families understand their rights as tenants and has provided himself and the other students valuable experience. This is the second time Currie has organized a comedy event for a cause and this year the jokes that rang through the pub during the evening involved personal experience,

some law jokes and observations. “I think a lot of people don’t believe that I do stand up and am in law school – like you can’t do both,” Currie said. “I think also there are a lot of parallels with comedy and law - just having that confidence and comfort and connecting with other people - you have to do the same whether it is

I think also there are a lot of parallels with comedy and law - just having that confidence and comfort and connecting with other people - you have to do the same whether it is law or stand up. MICHAEL CURRIE LAW STUDENT AND EVENT ORGANIZER

law or stand up.” As of last Friday, the group had raised $1,800, doubling what they raised at last year’s event. All the proceeds from the evening were donated to ACORN. Currie indicated the event may become an annual affair..


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The big chill Community leaders sleep in extreme cold to help raise youth homelessness awareness Michelle Nash

EMC news - Extreme cold and frostbite warnings didn’t stop some Ottawa community leaders from sleeping outside to help raise awareness for youth homelessness. The Youth Services Bureau held its first Sleep Out for Youth Ottawa in partnership with the John Howard Society, Operation Come Home and Ottawa Salus on Feb. 4 to 5 at city hall. Joanne Lowe, the executive director of the Youth Services Bureau, was one of the brave individuals who took to the cold for the cause. “It was great, it was cold, but you know the turn out was fantastic,” Lowe said. “The goal was to raise awareness, and raise funds. One of the

interesting things was that it was a broad range of people that came out, from high school and college students, families with young children and community leaders. It was heartwarming to see the range of people come out to support this mission.” From 5 p.m. to 8 a.m., Lowe and other community leaders, including police Chief Charles Bordeleau and Mayor Jim Watson, spent time in the cold. “There are 1,000 homeless youth living on Ottawa streets,” Bordeleau said prior to the event. “This disturbing data provided serious incentive for community leaders to demonstrate our support for this youth initiative.” As the sun began to rise on Feb. 5, the group learned they had managed to raise $35,000 for the cause. The money will be split between the four organizations with around $15,000 going directly towards funding the Youth Services Bureau’s shelters and drop-ins. Lowe added she felt the event’s main goal of creating the awareness, systems and supports that young people need to move beyond the streets was achieved. “The message went out in a number of different mediums and I think it has really made people talk about it,” Lowe said.

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Members of the community take part in the city’s first Sleep Out for Youth Ottawa organized by the Youth Services Bureau, John Howard Society, Operation Come Home and Ottawa Salus on Feb. 4 and 5. The event aims to help raise awareness and money to prevent youth homelessness. The idea for the fundraising event came from a Youth Services Bureau donor, Mike Weider, who wanted to see his family’s contribution help youth on the streets. Lowe said the Weiders’ donation helped fund the event, helping collect more money for street youth. Lowe recounted all the warm clothing, sleeping bags and items, such as hand warmers to keep the cold at bay for her and all the other participants during the evening. She said the group discussed how different their evening could have been if, like the youth they were fighting for, they only had a minimum amount of clothing to stay warm. “We had tons of warm options and we all felt so fortunate for having all these things

to keep us warm,” Lowe said. “Most youth on the street don’t have that. We made the choice to go outside, but in many cases youth on the street don’t get to make that same choice.” The Youth Services Bureau serves at-risk youth in the city and has 20 locations across Ottawa that run a number of programs and services. Its services range from mental health and addiction counselling, housing, youth justice and employment services. According to Lowe, the bureau has recorded a 75 per cent success rate in helping youth who use its services. Visit for more information about the organization or to donate to help end youth homelessness.

EMC news - A defunct Manotick lawn care company has been fined $17,000 after its owner ignored orders to pay employees more than $10,000 in outstanding wages. Ryan Langtry, owner of the now-closed Langtry Lawn Care on Mitch Owens Road, was fined for violations of the Employment Standards Act on Jan. 25. Between May 2009 and January 2011, the Ministry of Labour received claims from 13 employees for unpaid wages. An employment standards officer determined that the employees were owed a total of $10,450.90 and issued 13 orders to pay. Langtry did not comply with the orders, according to the ministry. During the trial on Jan. 25, Langtry was fined $17,000 and ordered to pay back the wages still owed. Langtry will also pay a 25 per cent victim fine surcharge, as required by the Provincial Offences Act. The surcharge goes to a special fund to assist victims of crime. Langtry said the outstanding wages were from 2007, but are only being dealt with at the ministry now. He said the legal problems - includ-

ing another $5,000 fine in 2009 for dumping demolition material at what he thought was an abandoned property stemmed from tough times for the company, which he said has been shut down for several years. “In 2007 I ran into some problems and some money was owed,” he said. “It went to the Ministry of Labour and it’s just coming up now.” Langtry, 29, said the fine and the outstanding wages will be paid as soon as his home in Greely is sold, hopefully by the end of this month. “Obviously it’s going to get paid. I don’t want to avoid it, I just want to get it behind me,” he said, noting that he was young and disorganized when his business was in trouble. “I was 24 or 25. I wasn’t the most organized by any means. I wasn’t trying to do bad.” Langtry’s former business has had five complaints in the past three years through the Better Business Bureau. One was for billing and collection issues and four were categorized as “problems with the product or service.” The business has a failing grade with the bureau because the company failed to respond to the bureau’s complaints.

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ale le a happy happ happ ha ppy 20 ppy 013 3 I want to wish Knoxdale-Merivale 2013 n oppor ortu tuni nity ty tto o and I hope everyone has had an opportunity enjoy some of the many outdoor activities happening in our communities. With all these fun winter festivities taking place across our city, it is important we remember: for those individuals without food and shelter, the winter months can be especially difficult. With this in mind, on February 14 I held my 3rd annual Councillors Feed the Hungry event at The Ottawa Mission. Eighteen of my Councillor Colleagues and Mayor Jim Watson contributed towards the cost of the meal, which we then helped serve. This event is always a great way to give back to the community and meet some very interesting and inspiring people in the process. Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m always humbled by the staff and volunteers who do so much at The Ottawa Mission. Open House Feb. 21 Next Thursday, February 21, from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. at the Nepean Sportsplex Halls C/D, 1701 Woodroffe Ave, I will be hosting my first community open house of 2013. We will have staff from Infrastructure Services on hand who will provide an overview on the third and final phase of the Meadowlands Sewer Reconstruction Project, representatives from the Accessibility Office will discuss city-wide programs/initiatives and Karin Montague, one of Knoxdale-Merivaleâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Community Policing Officers, will take questions related to policing issues. I hope to see you there.


Dealing aces Above, Ottawa Senator Stephane Da Costa, who was recently called up from the Binghamton Senators, deals a game of blackjack to teammate Mika Zibanejad at the Sens Soiree on Feb. 4. The annual gala is the teamâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s major fundraiser for the Sens Foundation, and this yearâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s event raised $255,000 to support the charityâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s initiatives with youth mental health and addictions, pediatric healthcare programs and outdoor community rink construction projects. Members of the hockey team mingled with more than 700 guests and manned the game tables at the Hilton Lac-Leamy conference centre.

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no injuries. On Feb. 2, a 32-year-old Gatineau man was arrested and is charged with single counts of robbery and possession of weapons dangerous to the public. Anyone with information with respect to this robbery, or any other robbery, is asked to contact the Ottawa police robbery unit at 613-236-1222, ext. 5116 or Crime Stoppers at 613-233-8477.

EMC news - Ottawa police have laid charges in a January retail robbery. On Jan. 30, at about 4 a.m., a lone male had entered a convenience store situated along the 1000 block of Merivale Road. The male claimed to be armed with a handgun and demanded money. The suspect ďŹ&#x201A;ed the premises with an undisclosed quantity of cash. There were

Building a Liveable Ottawa 2031 On January 29 the City of Ottawa launched Building a Liveable Ottawa 2031; a city-wide review of policies and projects that will influence how our neigourhoods grow and how we will travel around the city in the years to come. We are currently looking for public feedback on the policy proposals to update the Official Plan, Transportation Master Plan, Infrastructure Master Plan and Cycling and Pedestrian Plans. To review the preliminary proposals and participate in the online survey please visit The survey will be posted until March 1. You can also follow the conversation on Twitter @ottawacity #liveableottawa. To collect local feedback Coun. Harder, myself and other councillors will be participating in a coffee house on February 23 at the Walter Baker Sports Centre, 100 Malvern, from 10 a.m. until 12 p.m. in the front lobby.

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Flood of memories just what they need Conservation authorities to update floodplain maps Emma Jackson

EMC news - Three conservation authorities are hoping memories will come flooding back - and into their mailboxes - as residents consider floods of the past. The Rideau Valley Conservation Authority, South Nation Conservation and Mississippi Valley Conservation are teaming up with the City of Ottawa to update their flood risk maps inside the city’s boundaries over the next five years. The city recently launched its official plan review and it recognized that updating flood risk maps is necessary to ensure appropriate zoning and classification for properties across the city. Most maps haven’t been updated since the 1990s and two city drains near Greely have never been mapped at all. An important part of the project is public feedback, in the form of photos, clippings and memories about floods of the past, said water resources engineer


Sandra Mancini. Any and all information can help confirm the authorities’ calculations and mapping processes, she said. Members of the public can share their memories until the end of March, she said, and more information sessions will be held once the technical work is complete to gather even more feedback. Mancini added it’s in the residents’ best interest to provide any information

“Floodplain mapping is a preventative exercise.” SANDRA MANCINI WATER RESOURCES ENGINEER

they have. “Floodplain mapping is a preventative exercise,” she wrote in an email. “It’s designed to foresee sensitive areas in maximum flood conditions to protect people and property.” The John Boyce Drain located just

north of Greely and flowing east from Bank Street to Ramseyville Road, and the Osgoode Garden Cedar Acres Drain flowing east from Stagecoach to John Quinn Road, have never been mapped before. Flood maps for Findlay Creek, the Monahan drain between Barrhaven and Kanata, parts of the Rideau River and parts of the Ottawa River will be updated, as well as several areas in the Ottawa Valley. The resulting flood risk maps will identify areas along the river that are vulnerable to flooding and where new development is to be restricted or prohibited in accordance with provincial planning policies. The $150,000 funding for 2013 is being split between the city and the three conservation authorities. For more information or to provide memories or information, contact Mancini with South Nation Conservation at 1-877-984-2948 ext. 223 or smancini@, Daley Mikalson with Rideau Valley Conservation Authority at 1-800-267-3504 ext. 1150 or, or Doug Nuttall with Mississippi Conservation Authority at 613-259-2421 ext. 258 or dnuttall@

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Group aiding children’s education in Thailand Steph Willems

and it was out of this need that I was presented with a place where I could begin to heal the immense hole in my heart and the never-ending desperation. A place where I could offer the love I could no longer give to Jenny. Oddly enough, it was through Jen’s work and kindness that I came to what has now been a 10-year healing journey with the courageous Karen people.” HERE IN OTTAWA

Having attained charitable status late last year, Karen Learning and Education Opportunities also assists the 300 or so Karen refugees residing in Ottawa, providing them with support and help in accessing beneficial services and programs. The sup-

port group formed an English summer school for Karen residents in 2007 and its programming continues to expand. One young Karen woman helped by the support group’s efforts is Suneesa, a young woman who graduated from Jen’s House last spring and returned to her village to start a small business after studying sewing and design in university. She was one of 10 students who have gone on to post-secondary education following their time at Jen’s House. Suneesa recognized the

intricate sewing and weaving skills of the local populace and, with the help of the support group, is organizing a group of local women to bring their unique wares to market. The Ladies of Nong Tao was created to foster not just local business, but also to advance opportunities and education among the villagers. An education fund is among the ideas Suneesa and her friends are planning. Karen Learning and Education Opportunities member Nancy Maddams, like Scott,

sees hope and inspiration in stories like Suneesa’s. “It’s so great to have a Jen’s House graduate return to her village to help,” said Maddams, noting that another graduate is studying pharmacology. “It’s heartwarming to see how the results have paid off with these young people.” More information about the support group, including information on how to volunteer, can be sound on the group’s website at


EMC news - The hard work performed by members of a Westboro-based charity is already paying off in the mountains of northern Thailand. A group of 20 Karen students – refugees whose families escaped political strife and genocide in neighbouring Myanmar – recently graduated from the Jen’s House secondary school, located one hour from Chiang Mai, and many are now planning careers. These youth are the first graduating class from the schoolhouse built by members and volunteers of Karen Learning and Education Opportunities support group, a non-profit group started by six Ottawa women and led by

founder and director Coleen Scott. The school includes a residence capable of housing 24 students who live communally while performing their studies. Jen’s House, constructed in 2009, is a living memorial to Scott’s daughter Jen, who died suddenly of an illness while teaching in a remote Karen village in 2003. Scott wanted to do something to help improve the lives of the people her daughter was so passionate about, forming the support group soon thereafter. “The essence of the work that is now KLEO began after Jen’s passing in 2003,” said Scott. “It was through my search for healing that I was brought back to the people Jen loved, the Karen. Their need was vast


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Hillary’s Cleaners – The First in Ottawa Ottawa, Ontario – January 14, 2013 -

Hillary’s Cleaners is the first dry cleaner in Ottawa to implement a new dry cleaning system, called System K4 , that eliminates the use of older cleaning solvents and uses a NEWER environmentally friendly combination of solvents with strong and unique cleaning power. With some states in the United States banning the use of the most common dry cleaning chemical, because of its environmental concern, Hillary’s found a cleaning system in K4 they could be proud of and that will save the environment while still providing clients with a highly effective cleaning solution.

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President, John Murray, of Hillary’s Cleaners explains, “We have found a system that will benefit the environment while still offering our clients the same, if not better, cleaning results. This is our way of reinvesting in the future of our community and world as a whole. I am very proud to be the First in Ottawa with the K4 system and I am confident our customers will see great results.” “

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Economy grows as incomes lag for bottom 90% Reports show richest 1% significantly outpacing other workers

Alternatives (CCPA) did an analysis of recent Statistics Canada data that showed the income gap between the richest 1 per cent and the rest of Canadians continues to grow. The rich take in almost $180,000 more today than 30 years ago (adjusted for inflation). The bottom 90 per cent saw income gains of just $1,700. Usually the presumption is that rural folks are worse off than those in cities. But when it comes to the countries three largest cities, the bottom 90 per cent actually make less today than in 1982. They’ve seen drops of between $224 and $4,300. The top one per cent have seen gains between $162,000 and $297,000, according to the left-leaning think tank. CCPA senior economist David Macdonald is concerned that workers may begin to lose faith in the unwritten social contract. “If the bottom 90 per cent are not sharing in prosperity, then you have reached a crisis,” Macdonald said. “You begin to ask if the system is fair. That idea that if you work hard, can you still get ahead?” He said the top one per cent in Ottawa made an average $237,000 in 1982. Today it’s $394,000, an increase of 67 per cent. The bottom

way to achieve growth that benefits all,” Lafleur said. “It is very hard for the child of poor parents to do well (if costs continue to escalate).” WORST POVERTY RATE

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EMC news – The federal government continues to trumpet Canada’s growing economy even as two more reports point to growing inequality and poverty. Finance Minister Jim Flaherty and other Conservatives have said for years that Canada’s economy is doing relatively well. They point to the growing gross domestic product (GDP) as proof. But the GDP benefits investors more than working people. They point to an unemployment rate hovering just more than seven per cent. But many jobs created since the 2008 financial collapse are not the good-paying, union jobs in manufacturing; more and more jobs created today are in the low-paying service industry. It has created a startling income gap examined in reports by two national think tanks. The right-wing leaning Conference Board of Canada issued a

report card saying the country’s potential and reputation are falling when it comes to societal issues like inequality and poverty. It gave Canada a “B” – good for a seventh place ranking out of 17 developed countries, a middle-ofthe-pack ranking that leaves room for improvement. Social democracies such as Denmark, Norway, Sweden, and Finland top the rankings; countries with lax financial regulations - Japan and the U.S. – got a “D” ranking. Inequality – both income and gender - was the primary reason for Canada’s ranking, according to the report. The top 10 per cent have enjoyed a 34 per cent rise in income over the last 30 years (about the time trickledown economics was introduced), while the bottom 10 per cent have seen their earnings rise just 11 per cent, according to the report. The report’s author, Brenda Lafleur, is concerned about inequality in education most of all. “Better education is a powerful

Canada has the dubious distinction of having the highest poverty rate among the 17 countries the report looked at. The child poverty rate is 15.1 per cent, up from 12.8 per cent in the mid-1990s. Only the U.S. ranked lower. Working-age poverty is 11.1 per cent, up from 9.4 per cent in the late 1990s, good for a tie with the U.S. and Japan. The Conference Board said without government benefits and taxes, poverty rates would jump to 23 per cent, compared to the current 12. Lafleur said Canadians self-identify as a compassionate country, but only because they compare the country with the U.S. Of the positives for Canada, acceptance of diversity, life satisfaction, and lower rates in homicides and burglaries were better than most of the other 17 countries. RICH GETTING RICHER

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90 per cent saw an increase from $32,000 to $37,000 or a 14 per cent trickle up. Macdonald said one of the solutions is to tax the top one or two per cent more. Critics say they are the job creators and will simply move elsewhere if taxes become too burdensome. Macdonald doubts that will happen. There are still ultra rich living in heavily-taxed jurisdictions like the Nordic countries. The rich were taxed at much higher rates in Canada, too, between the 1930s and 1970s. That’s when the middle class was strongest. “They can afford to give a little more,” he said. Canada’s most equal province, according to the CCPA report, is Prince Edward Island. The most unequal place is Calgary, by far. The top one per cent of Calgarians saw a $570,000 pay increase since 1982. The bottom 90 per cent saw an increase of just $2,000. “This new data shows how extreme income inequality has become in places like Calgary,” Macdonald said. “It also reveals for the first time how the bottom 90 per cent of those in Canada’s biggest cities of Toronto, Vancouver, and Montreal actually make less today than they did in 1982.”


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Last week we said goodbye to the penny. For small business owners and retailers, pennies have consumed too much time for very little return. They have also cost taxpayers more than they are worth, at 1.6 cents per coin to produce.


While it will take time for the coin to disappear entirely, the Royal Canadian Mint has stopped distributing it. This is following through with a commitment our government made last year as part of the Economic Action Plan. With this change, taxpayers will be saving $11 million annually. This move means that Canada will join other countries, like Sweden and Australia, who got rid of their pennies long ago. As part of this penny-less reality, businesses will need adapt by rounding cash transactions to the nearest 5 cent increment. For example, if you purchase an item in cash at your local grocer for $5.57, the amount would be rounded to $5.55. It is important to remember that this change will only affect cash payments. Debit, credit and cheque payments will not be impacted in any way. Finally, the penny will retain its value indefinitely. Consumers will be able to use pennies for as long as they like with businesses that choose to accept them, or get full value if deposited at their local banking institution. Many local charities have launched penny drives in response to this development, so if you have pennies lying around, I encourage you to donate them to a local organization in need. Anyone with questions about this change can contact government at 1.800.O.Canada (1.800.622.6232).



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EMC news - The majority of Canadians are sending a clear message that a public registry of buildings containing asbestos, including private homes, is important and 78% say itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s the responsibility of the federal government to create one, according to poll results released by the Canadian Cancer Society. The Canadian Cancer Society and the Canadian Medical

Association have joined forces in urging the federal government to establish one central public registry of all buildings in Canada that contain asbestos. The registry should be free, easily accessible and include privately owned buildings, buildings on aboriginal lands and government-owned structures. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We know all forms of asbestos cause cancer and creat-

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EMC news - The commercial strip in Westboro won’t be getting paid parking yet, even though street parking is getting congested on a couple of blocks in the area. During a Feb. 6 meeting, the transportation committee agreed with staff that parking along the Wellington/Richmond corridor will stay free for the time being, but the topic left councillors questioning the city’s approach to parking studies and policies. Led by Coun. Mathieu Fleury, whose ward sees a lot of friction over parking issues in the ByWard Market, councillors questioned if the city should take a broader view when it comes to parking in commercial districts. “To me, there is no clear vision here, it’s piecemeal and it doesn’t make sense,” Fleury said. The city’s approach to parking studies is too narrow and doesn’t take into account that street’s role and impact on transportation and parking supply in a wider area, such as the entire urban core of the city, Fleury said. Capital Coun. David Chernushenko agreed. He said he often hears from shoppers who received parking tickets on Bank Street who threaten to take their shopping dollars to Westboro, where parking is free. “Consistency is the issue,” Chernushenko said.

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Richmond Road won’t be seeing parking meters yet, even though on-street parking is at a premium on some blocks as the neighbourhood’s commercial strip heats up. policy that addresses the situation of on-street parking in the core,” he said. Public works manager Larry O’Keefe agreed to do that and told councillors it’s already something that was on his radar to look at in 2013. The councillor for Westboro, Kitchissippi Coun. Katherine Hobbs, was pleased with the decision. Adding paid parking to only a couple of blocks would have angered businesses and created confusion for customers. “I think we need to change our expectations. We can’t just drive up and find a spot right out

front,” Hobbs said, adding that businesses have a role to play in identifying nearby parking lots for their customers. The reality is that residents and business groups don’t prefer paid on-street parking, Fleury said, but he thinks those groups might be more open to paid parking if they saw some of the benefits of the revenue. That could include upgrading street furniture such as benches or adding more greenery along sidewalks. “Could they share some of the revenue to invest back on the street?” Fleury said, adding that revenue isn’t the key point, but it’s some-

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Dave Donaldson, centre, receives a Queenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Diamond Jubilee Medal for his contributions to his country and community through his years of service to Ottawa Tourism, the Ottawa Chamber of Commerce and through education at Algonquin College. He is pictured with Mayor Jim Watson, left, and Coun. Steve Desroches. The Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal is meant to honour individuals who have made a highly significant contribution to Canada and their local community and are part of the worldwide celebrations in honour of Her Majesty the Queenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 60 years on the throne. The city recently named a community park Diamond Jubilee Park to help celebrate the anniversary.




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Plan for Carling-Preston revealed City staff report to follow

EMC news - An open house on Feb. 5 gave residents a clear view the commissioned development plan for the Carling-Preston area, though many factors criticized in earlier iterations still remain. A less-detailed vision of the final plan created by Torontobased planning consultant George Dark was released in early January and was met with concerns over several of its features, namely the addition of vehicle roads along the east side of the O-Train corridor, nine-storey buildings bordering some of that corridor and a row of 18-storey buildings along the west side of Rochester Street. The open house revealed the plan in greater detail, but those contentious elements remained. Following an overview of the plan by Lee Ann Snedden, the cityâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s manager of policy development and urban design, followed by updates on the separate Gladstone and Bayview district design plans, residents were able to view display boards and consult with city planners. A model showing the threedimensional layout of the plan was also on display. â&#x20AC;&#x153;This plan is the result of recommendations and work from (planning consultant) George Dark and we are here to hear your feedback,â&#x20AC;? said Snedden, stating that staff have already heard a significant amount of commentary on the issue. â&#x20AC;&#x153;(Staff) will summarize this feedback and will be making recommendations to planning committee based on comments we hear tonight.â&#x20AC;? The staff report, with residentâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s comments attached, will be sent to planning committee on March 26. Somerset Coun. Diane Holmes echoed the sentiment expressed by many before and during the open house. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We absolutely have to get rid of the Norman Street nine-storey application thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s in, and the news â&#x20AC;&#x201C; the street â&#x20AC;&#x201C; thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s running alongside our bicycle path,â&#x20AC;? said Holmes. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Why would we put in a bike/pedestrian path and then put a road beside it? Thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s absolute nonsense. We have light rail transit stations coming and we need people to walk or bicycle to those stations, so we definitely have to get rid of that piece of (the plan).â&#x20AC;? Holmes said she would like to see the height along Rochester Street reduced to â&#x20AC;&#x153;the nine-storey rangeâ&#x20AC;? as the lots along Carling would be better suited to tall buildings. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Carling height is pretty acceptable for most people and thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a good place to put height -- thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a lot of density capacity,â&#x20AC;? said Holmes, adding the federal government will soon offload large lots

east of Booth Street in the near future, which will offer additional opportunities for greater height. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The community and the business community are all in favour of that density on Carling,â&#x20AC;? she said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We have to keep the Little Italy piece â&#x20AC;&#x201C; the workerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s houses, the historical and cultural heart of Little Italy â&#x20AC;&#x201C; we have to keep those, because we have all this other capacity (for) extreme height and density.â&#x20AC;? Peter Eady, traffic committee chairman for the Civic Hospital Neighbourhood Association, disapproved of the new roadways paralleling the O-Train corridor. Despite the fact that the Dark plan shows five new pedestrian crossings over the rail tracks, Eady questioned whether a particular one â&#x20AC;&#x201C; the crossing at Adeline Street â&#x20AC;&#x201C; would remain solely for pedestrians. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re proposing that it remain a pedestrian bridge,â&#x20AC;? said Eady, adding, â&#x20AC;&#x153;We also asked that the north end of Champagne Avenue (just south of Beech Street) become an occasional traffic route.â&#x20AC;? The drawings provided with the Dark plan show that stretch of Champagne â&#x20AC;&#x201C; between Ev Tremblay Park and the adjacent parking lot of the Beechgrove Apartments â&#x20AC;&#x201C; as being a multi-purpose street, one which can be closed off for traffic to host outdoor events or markets. Dalhousie Community Association president Michael Powell said the lack of differences between the vision


Residents examine a model showing the George Dark-inspired community design plan for the Carling-Preston neighbourhood on Feb. 5. released a month ago and the final form of the Dark plan â&#x20AC;&#x153;was not totally surprising.â&#x20AC;? He said he hopes the concerns of residents expressed through feedback channels will make an impact on the staff reportâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s recommendations.

â&#x20AC;&#x153;Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m hoping that after having heard feedback they will adjust (the plan) accordingly,â&#x20AC;? said Powell, saying other neighbourhood associations in the area share their main concerns. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Right now it is key to make staff and the decision makers

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Do you have an opinion on how and where the city should grow, how we get around, how we can improve our city and how we can make it even more liveable and affordable for residents? We’ll you’re opportunity to have your say when it matters most is right now. Until March 1st residents are being invited to have their say online on the future of Ottawa with Building a Liveable Ottawa 2031 – a city-wide review of land-use, transportation and infrastructure policies that feed into the City’s Official Plan, Transportation Plan, Infrastructure Master Plan and the Cycling and Pedestrian Plans. The Official Plan serves as the foundation for planning and approval of public works (such as transportation projects, sewer systems, parks and pathways); creation of community design plans to guide development of neighbourhoods; the review and approval of development applications; and other municipal activities. The Planning Act requires a municipality to review its Official Plan every five years. The last such review occurred in 2008 and resulted in a comprehensive change to the Official Plan in 2009. The current review will inform the update to the Development Charges By-law in 2014. The Comprehensive Zoning By-law will also be updated to implement changes to the Official Plan, following Council approval of the Official Plan Amendment which will result from the review.


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The focus on Ottawa with Building a Liveable Ottawa 2031 project and public engagement goes beyond a visioning exercise. It deals directly with proposed solutions to 12 current planning issues, which are: Urban Land Issues; Rural Components Update; Urban Design; Intensification; Transit Oriented Development; Employment Land; Infrastructure Needs; Public Transit; Complete Streets; Active Transportation; Sustainable Transportation and; Affordability.Each of these issues is profiled on ottawa. ca/liveableottawa. The site also features a summary of each issue and each proposal, a video, and feedback mechanisms – including a survey that allows people to have their say on the proposals. Residents are urged to review the information before providing their survey responses. You can also get more information on the project by attending a Coffee House that my colleagues Councillors Chiarelli, Egli, Moffatt, Desroches and I will be holding with several other local City Councillors on Saturday February 23rd , 10am-12pm at the Walter Baker Sports Centre (main lobby). This will be a great opportunity to learn about the project; I will also have picture boards of the New Barrhaven Sports Recreation Complex. I hope to see you there.

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This update to the Official Plan and the accompanying Master Plans is the third since amalgamation. Previously, the plans underwent extensive visioning and established strategic principles and policies. These continue to inform the review of the Official Plan and Master Plans.

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Valentine’s culprit inspires blushes


other had emptied the big white envelope onto the kitchen

table. It had been crammed full with Valentines bought at the drug store in Renfrew. They were of the simplest kind and each one had a little flap at the bottom that could be bent to allow the Valentine to stand on its own. As always there was one larger Valentine, much more elegant than the others, for the teacher. There was usually a great argument who would get the teacher card, until Mother settled the issue by having the whole five of us sign the back of it. The entire packet wouldn’t have cost Mother more than a quarter. Valentine’s Day at Northcote School was something special. There was always a cake, we wore our next-toSunday best clothes and Miss Crosby crammed an entire day’s lessons into the morning, so that the afternoon could be given over to the celebration of Valentine’s Day.

MARY COOK Mary Cook’s Memories That year, when I was about six years old and still one of the youngest at Northcote School, I remember Valentine’s Day as if it were yesterday. The teacher always chose someone to be the mailman and as usual Marguirite was given the job. Miss Crosby took the lid off the big white mail box and handed Marguirite about five cards at a time. It wasn’t unusual to get a dozen or more Valentines that day. Most of them were signed by the sender, but some just had “from Guess Who” on them. These could be funny, or in some cases with the pupils in Senior Fourth, they bore words that bordered on romance. Of course, these were never signed and I could see my sister Audrey and her friends

look around the room, giggle, and try to guess who the sender was. Yes, there were great mysteries abounding on Valentine’s Day at Northcote School. My little friends Joyce and Velma, of course, had cards for me, signed “friends forever” which gladdened my heart. Then there was one card, the picture of which is as vivid in my mind today, as it was back then in the 1930s. In itself, it wasn’t out of the ordinary. There was a picture of a little girl and whoever sent it to me had taken a red crayon and coloured on masses of tangled red curls. They completely covered her head and cascaded down over her shoulders. She was quite a mess and of course I had flaming red hair. There was enough space

left at the bottom for the sender to print “I hate red hair.” That was bad enough to turn my face crimson and I quickly scanned the room to see who could be the culprit. Yet there was no sign of recognition. I turned the card over and there in bold printing, with the same red crayon were the words, “unless it’s on a cat!” Who could have done such a dastardly deed? Cecil! I just knew it had to be Cecil! But could it be? After all, most of the Briscoes had flaming red hair too! But Cecil was clever enough to know that would throw me off. Yes, it had to be Cecil and there he sat, the picture of innocence. He was on such good behaviour that day that I questioned if he in fact did send me the card. He didn’t even crack his toes in his gum rubbers or wiggled his ears one at a time when Miss Crosby wasn’t looking. No, it couldn’t have been Cecil. After we had all been given a piece of the Valentine cake, we were ordered to

wipe off our desks. Heaven forbid that there would a crumb left for the mice who came out of the woodwork every night. Joyce and I were given the job of sweeping up the crumbs and as we worked our way up and down the aisles, she with the dustpan and me with the broom, just as I was about to put the broom under Marguirite’s desk, there was a stub of a bright red crayon! Editor’s Note: Many times Mary has been asked if the people she writes about really existed. As she says, some names have been changed to protect the innocent. Others have graciously allowed her license to use their names in her stories. Such a person was Cecil, who Mary has written about for decades. With a heavy heart, Mary was informed on Feb. 5 that Cecil Brisco died that morning on the family farm at Northcote. Cecil’s family has agreed that he can still be very much a part of Mary’s memories of growing up during the Depression.

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Fluffy potato pancakes make tasty any-time meal Hearty dish a great way to make use of popular household staple EMC lifestyle - Potatoes are classified as long, round whites, round reds, or sweet. Long potatoes are the most popular. The interior is white, the skin varies from brown and rough (Russet Burbank, Russet Norkotah and Frontier Russet varieties) to buff-colored and smooth (Shepody). Round whites are usually large, round or oval with light to medium skin. The flesh is white (Kennebec, Superior and Cherokee) or yellow (Yukon Gold). Round reds have rosy red, thin, glossy skins, but other-

wise they’re similar to round whites. Popular varieties are Chieftain, Rideau, Norland and Sangre. Sweet potatoes (not to be confused with yams, which are sub-tropical) have sweettasting orange flesh. Beauregard, with reddish skin, and the smaller copper-toned Jewel are the major sweet varieties grown in Ontario. Potatoes are an excellent source of potassium, a good source of vitamin C and a source of fibre and folacin. Enjoy these hearty yet fluffy potato pancakes for breakfast

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EMC news - A recordbreaking 1,053 lifesaving organ transplants were performed in Ontario in 2012, an increase of 11 per cent over the previous year and the third year in a row the province has reported growth in the number of transplants performed. Over 250 deceased organ donors and their families gave the gift of life in 2012, an increase of 15 per cent over the previous year. Despite the increase in donors, lives are still being lost because only 22 per cent of Ontarians have registered their consent to organ and tissue donation. In 2012, 95 people on the transplant wait list died. A total of 196 families, in the absence of registered consent, declined to donate their loved

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Condominium Act review underway


Barrhaven Food Cupboard gets a hand Jeff Darwin, vice-president of Scotiabank’s Ottawa River District, was at Ross’ Independent Grocer where he presented a cheque to the Barrhaven Food Cupboard in honour of a recent food drive by Pierre Poilievre, MP for NepeanCarleton. From left, Poilievre, David Sereda from the Barrhaven Food Cupboard, Mary Voteary from Scotiabank, Darwin, Ken Ross from the Barrhaven Food Cupboard, Valerie Rochon from the Barrhaven Food Cupboard, Ken Lee from the Barrhaven Food Cupboard.

EMC news - Training and support for condominium board members. Better informed, more engaged owners. More effective communication and dispute resolution. Minimum standards and qualifications for condominium managers. These are some of the issues stakeholders from Ontario’s booming condominium sector have identified as priorities for an update of the province’s condominium legislation. Canada’s Public Policy Forum shared these and other findings in its report on stage one of a three-phase public engagement exercise that is informing the review of Ontario’s Condominium Act, 1998, the responsibility of the Ministry of Consumer Services. Through the fall of 2012, hundreds of condominium sector stakeholders – owners, developers, property managers, and others – met to talk about what changes they want to see in a modernized Condominium Act. The issues and solutions they identified can be grouped into six categories: governance, dispute resolution, financial management, consumer protection, condominium manager qualifications, and issues outside the act such as property taxes and insurance.

“Stage one of the review process was about providing a safe space for an important conversation,” said Don Lenihan, vice-president of public engagement at the Public Policy Forum. “We were encouraged to see such a remarkable degree of agreement among stakeholders on what the key issues are, and what needs to be done to solve them.” Since current legislation came into effect more than a decade ago, Ontario’s condominium sector has seen dramatic growth. Today, condominiums account for nearly half of all new homes built in the province, and about 1.3 million Ontarians call a condominium their home. Stage two will begin in March, when experts will review the stage one findings and develop options for renewing the act. In stage three, which will begin in the fall of 2013, the options will be reviewed and validated by condominium owners and other stakeholders, after which they will be presented to the government and the condominium sector. The public is invited to comment on the findings report by March 11 at For more information on the review, visit publications.


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A userâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s guide to keeping children safe online Jessica Cunha

ted to sexting. As well, children between the ages of 12 and 17 are the largest group of Internet pornography viewers. â&#x20AC;&#x153;You donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t need to feel shy about going in and checking,â&#x20AC;? said Taylor. â&#x20AC;&#x153;You pay for the phone â&#x20AC;Ś you pay for the (Internet).â&#x20AC;?



Experts suggest parents set clear guidelines for their children who go online. â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;You make that judgment call over how much access they have,â&#x20AC;&#x2122; says Colleen Taylor, a childrenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s community developer with the Western Ottawa Community Resource Centre.


The pervasiveness and immediacy of technology allows bullying to stem beyond the playground and follow children home. Thirty-five per cent of youth have been threatened online. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Now, children canâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t get away from all of this,â&#x20AC;? said Taylor. R0011915346

Signs a child may be the victim of cyber-bullying include becoming withdrawn and fearful, becoming upset after using the Internet or a lack of interest in using the computer when it was something they used to enjoy before. Children could be afraid of telling an adult theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re being bullied online because theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re ashamed or afraid they could lose their Internet privileges. â&#x20AC;&#x153;They might think nobody can help or nobody will help,â&#x20AC;? said Taylor. Children can now be suspended from school for cyberbullying thanks to the Safe Schools Act. As well, schools must report cyber-bullying and take it seriously. To report online bullying: â&#x20AC;˘ Set up a meeting with the

school. â&#x20AC;˘ Bring specific details in writing, such as text messages, screen shots and emails. â&#x20AC;˘ Ask about the schoolâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s procedures to keep children safe. â&#x20AC;˘ Change emails, screen names and phone numbers. â&#x20AC;˘ If itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s not taken seriously, bring it to the school board. â&#x20AC;&#x153;If it gets to a certain point, the police can be called,â&#x20AC;? said Taylor.

â&#x20AC;&#x153;They seem to think itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s quite innocent,â&#x20AC;? said Taylor. â&#x20AC;&#x153;These things go viral really quickly.â&#x20AC;? Twenty per cent of teenagers are engaging in sexting, said Taylor, adding 22 per cent are teenage girls and 18 per cent are teenage boys. However, 11 per cent of young girls between the ages of 13 and 16 have also admit-

With new technologies constantly emerging, parents need to know what sites their children are visiting. Twitter, Facebook, instant messaging systems and gaming websites can open up new worlds of possibility and danger. Taylor talked about a case study where a student set up a fake Facebook account and sent friend invitations to students sheâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;d never met. Within 24 hours, she had more than 149 friends, â&#x20AC;&#x153;nobody that she actually knew.â&#x20AC;? The fake account then had access to all the information available on her â&#x20AC;&#x153;friendsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;â&#x20AC;? pages. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s also important to point out that photos, comments and videos posted online never disappear completely once deleted. â&#x20AC;&#x153;So many children think once you delete it, itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s gone,â&#x20AC;? said Taylor. â&#x20AC;&#x153;What goes online stays online pretty much forever.â&#x20AC;? Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s important to â&#x20AC;&#x153;think before you click.â&#x20AC;? Online gaming can become an addiction, and with live chat options young children can become privy to explicit language. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Know what your children are using,â&#x20AC;? said Taylor, adding parents can check their browser history or ask their children to show them what sites they frequent. â&#x20AC;&#x153;You do have to be aware.â&#x20AC;?


Sexting is a form of sending sexually suggestive pictures or video. If a child under 18 engages in this type of behaviour or is the recipient of a message, they or their parents could result in child pornography charges.

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else.â&#x20AC;? Which is why itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s important for parents to have a discussion with their children and let them know if they come across anything disturbing or upsetting, or if theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re asked to meet someone they only know online, they can talk to an adult about it, said Taylor. â&#x20AC;&#x153;If they see something illegal, harmful, upsetting, they can talk to a safe adult.â&#x20AC;?


EMC news - Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s important that parents set guidelines for their children when it comes to using the Internet. Colleen Taylor, a childrenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s community developer with the Western Ottawa Community Resource Centre, spoke to a group of parents at W. Erskine Johnston Public School on Feb. 7 about how to keep children safe online. â&#x20AC;&#x153;You make that judgment call over how much access they have,â&#x20AC;? she said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Set some guidelines.â&#x20AC;? Parents need to talk to their children about the possible dangers of the Internet, including privacy, luring, cyber-bullying and the difference between healthy and unhealthy relationships. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Teach them to respect those instincts,â&#x20AC;? said Taylor. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Help set up the accounts with them. â&#x20AC;&#x153;You can make up a contract with them â&#x20AC;Ś so they know ahead of time what their privileges are and the consequences.â&#x20AC;? Of course, there are many benefits to the Internet as well, she said, citing the ability to research, complete homework and talk to family members living around the world. The biggest priority is â&#x20AC;&#x153;to keep our children safe online,â&#x20AC;? said Taylor. One way to do that is to keep the family computer in a public location, such as the den or kitchen, and collect cellphones and other devices before bed. Also, talk to them about the importance of keeping passwords private. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Half of them know each otherâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s passwords,â&#x20AC;? said Taylor, adding this can make hacking an account easy. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Remind them to keep this information private.â&#x20AC;? By age 10, about 89 per cent of children have access to the Internet. In 2005, one in seven children had been sexually solicited online, said Taylor. â&#x20AC;&#x153;With instant messaging you may not know who youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re talking to online,â&#x20AC;? she said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a great field for someone to impersonate someone



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Local events and happenings over the coming weeks — free to non-profit organizations Fax: 613-224-3330, E-mail:

Feb. 16 Ottawa Independent Writers Social Media Workshop for authors, editors and publishers from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Author and social media expert Caroline Risi of Ottawa will explain how Facebook, Twitter, Linkedin and other vehicles can help authors and others promote their projects, books and events. Cost is $45

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Feb. 21 IODE Walter Baker Chapter will meet at 1 p.m at the Ottawa Guide House at 453 Parkdale Ave. Women of all ages are invited to attend and learn about volunteer work. For more information, please visit iodewalterbaker.weebly. com or call Alia at 613-8646779. Interested in Gardening? The Nepean Horticultural Society hosts guest speaker Marc Ladouceur speaking on exotic plants for northern gardens at 7:30 p.m. at City View United Church, 6 Epworth Ave. Everyone welcome. Non-mem-

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March 7 Come set sail at 6 p.m. at the Britannia Yacht Club for A Pirate’s Wish for Me. You can dress up as a pirate, get your picture taken in pirate swag, consume a wee bit of rum, eat some of the captain’s grub, and bid on some treasures on the silent auction table, all while taking part in a thrilling murder mystery dinner theatre. The loot raised goes to the Children’s Wish Foundation . For more information visit Deadline for purchasing tickets is Feb. 20.

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Ham dinner at 6 p.m. and Irish music at 7:30 p.m. with Terry McCann and Paul. Tickets are $20/person and can be purchased from Verne Bruce or the church office at 613-828-6018. Ticket cutoff is March 6.

If you have recently lost a partner, you may find cooking for one as an adjustment. The easy, delicious, and healthy recipes demonstrated in Mike’s Kitchen will help you get back to taking care of yourself. The group will meet weekly from March 6 to April 17, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at St. Michael and All Angels Anglican Church, 2112 Bel-Air Dr.. Call 613-224-0526 to register.

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