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2km light display brightens Wesley Clover Parks BY MEGAN DELAIRE mdelaire@metroland.com

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Gift of Lights to operate daily throughout December static and animated displays and culminates in a 30-metre light tunnel. It will run from 5 to 10 p.m. daily until Jan. 1. Grant Reeve, CEO of Fun Guys LLC, the company that manages Gift of Lights, said if the attraction drums up enough interest in Ottawa, it could return in other years, expanding each time. “There’s always room for more lights,” Reeve said. For now, Reeve is expecting 300 to 400 cars to drive through each night. “We’re hoping for 10,000 cars first year,” Reeve said. Wesley Clover Parks office manager Nathalie Levasseur said the course was designed and built with input from park staff to help avoid the potential challenges posed by directing hundreds of cars per night through the park’s campground. “Wesley Clover Parks and Gift of Lights have worked together to set up a really good course,” Levasseur said.

Admission is charged by the carload, at rates of $20 for cars, $40 for limos and $100 for buses, with a portion of ticket proceeds going to the Ottawa Senators Foundation. The park is located at 411 Corkstown Rd., between Moodie Drive and Eagleson Road. For more information about Gift of Lights, visit giftoflights.com/locations/ ottawa-on/

the park each year since 2014. “They are an annual tenant of ours and so they’ve brought this new initiative up to Canada and we were fortunate enough to partner up for their inaugural year,” Levasseur said. “They’re a wonderful group to work with.” The park is promoting Gift of Lights as a family-friendly attraction, perfect for people of all ages. Levasseur said the display takes about 20 minutes to drive through.

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Ottawa RedBlacks bring home Grey Cup to adoring fans BY ERIN MCCRACKEN AND MICHELLE NASH BAKER erin.mccracken@metroland.com

Ottawa RedBlacks general manager Marcel Desjardins hoisted the Grey Cup in his hands, walking closer to the more than two-dozen fans waiting to welcome the team home to the Ottawa International Airport. As he approached, their cheers grew louder, giving the team and the trophy the homecoming welcome befitting their newfound championship status. “That’s why we do this,” Desjardins said of the enthusiastic reaction by fans waving flags and proudly wearing red and black. “Some of these people have been waiting a long time.” Ottawa hasn’t experienced a Grey Cup win in four decades. For Desjardins, the feeling of bringing the trophy back to the nation’s capital was difficult to describe. “To come to fruition is hard to put into words,” he said. RedBlacks quarterback Henry Burris, whose participation actually came into question before the start of the game when he suffered a knee injury while warming up, went on to

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Ottawa RedBlacks general manager Marcel Desjardins gives fans the chance to look at and touch the Grey Cup after the championship team touched down at the Ottawa International Aiport on Nov. 28. help secure the team’s victory after he threw a clutch 18-yard touchdown pass to receiver Ernest Jackson in overtime. Burris, who was named the game’s most valuable player, didn’t travel home to Ottawa by air with his teammates on Nov. 28, instead opting to

travel by train with his family to the nation’s capital. But Jackson was on hand to revel in the homecoming moment. “It’s breathtaking to be the winner,” he said. “We’ve been the underdog all year and everyone doubted us and to come into this game and

come out victorious in overtime is just amazing.” Head coach Rick Campbell agreed it is surreal how everything came together at the right time for the team. “We thought we had the makings of a good team and we won some big games late in the season,” he said. “Our guys were very good all week, very focused, and I think going to the cup last year helped too, just going through that whole process. “Our guys knew what to expect,” Campbell told reporters at the airport. “Good on our players for finding a way to get it done.” The underdog label the RedBlacks team was given in the lead-up to the championship game was “overplayed,” he added. While Calgary is a good team and deserved the credit they were given, he said the Ottawa club knew it would be a close game. “We thought we could hang with those guys. It’s a huge win,” Campbell said. “For the people that weren’t there at the stadium in Toronto last night, it was like Ottawa had taken over Toronto for the night. It was awesome.” The RedBlacks were also welcomed the same day at TD Place by a

horde of elated fans, who began lining up in front of Gate 3 as early as 11 a.m., chanting and cheering “RedBlacks.” Nepean residents Alex Laurie and his one-and-a-half-year-old daughter Mila played hooky from work and daycare to be a part of the excitement. “I’m a die-hard fan,” Laurie said, adding he watched the nerve-racking game on the edge of his seat. “I’m just so ecstatic. I’ve waited a long time for it and it doesn’t get better than this,” Laurie said. Fellow Nepean resident Paul Craig also made the trek to Lansdowne to celebrate. “I was dancing around at the end,” he said of watching the televised game. “I’ve been waiting 40 years for this and they finally did it.” The long-time fan, who joked about following Ottawa football back when there were $1 end-zone tickets, said he has already purchased Grey Cup tickets for next year. Campbell was was first off the bus when the team arrived at the stadium. The head coach hoisted the cup over his head before walking through the crowd, letting fans touch the trophy.

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Barrhaven Santa Claus parade grounded by weather Logistics of planning means no chance of alternate date BY MEGAN DELAIRE mdelaire@metroland.com

For the first time in 20 years, the Barrhaven Santa Claus parade was grounded on Nov. 20. Parade organizer Nick Dean and Barrhaven BIA director Andrea Steenbakkers were forced to make the tough call that morning due to a weather forecast calling for high wind. It was not an easy decision to make, Dean said, but with the safety of the parade’s volunteers and spectators in mind, he felt it was the right one. “It’s terrible that we had to cancel it, but at the end of the day it’s all about safety,” Dean said. “And with those high winds that we had, almost 70 kilometres per hour, we can’t take a chance with stuff flying off

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Barrhaven’s Santa Claus parade was grounded on Nov. 20 for the first time in 20 years due to high winds that threatened wreak havoc on parade floats. floats or hitting kids.” Dean said. Because the BIA announced the cancellation on Twitter by 10 a.m., Dean said organizers were able to avoid having crowds of would-be spectators

turn out for a cancelled parade. “We got everything out through social media,” Dean said. “And I think most people found out very quickly that it was cancelled.”

Generally, Dean said, people understood the decision was in the best interest of the organizers, crowds and businesses and organizations who have spent months designing and building their floats.

“The thing is you get all these people putting all this effort into all their floats and they’d get blown off the trailers by the wind,” he said. Many people, Dean said, seemed hopeful that organiz-

ers would reschedule the event. But it’s not in the cards this year. “People were wondering if we had a rain date, but it’s too difficult to have a rain date,” he said. “There’s so much involvement that goes along, and back up volunteers and marshals, that it’s almost impossible to have one.” The parade also doubles as a major food drive and fundraiser for the Barrhaven Food Cupboard each year. So on Nov. 21, the BIA’s Twitter page encouraged people who were planning to bring donations to the event to drop them off at several locations across Barrhaven. Dean, who also sits on the food cupboard’s board of directors, said he is looking at possible food drive and fundraising alternatives to the parade’s food drive. “We’re working on some things now,” Dean said, adding he expects to have a better idea of some potential alternatives “and if they’re going to come to fruition, in the next week or so.”

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Teen charged with hate graffiti offences BY MELISSA MURRAY mmurray@metroland.com

A young offender has been arrested and is facing several charges related to hate graffiti aimed at six religious institutions. According to Ottawa police Const. Chuck Benoit, the male young offender, who is around 17 years old, appeared in court on Nov. 21. As of Nov. 22, the suspect was still in custody and facing a long list of charges from all six incidents. He faces six counts of utter threats to cause death, six counts of mischief to religious buildings, six counts of breach of youth probation and two counts of dangerous weapons. Benoit said the investigation is still ongoing and more charges are possible. He was arrested in the area of Broadview Avenue. Benoit said surveillance helped in the investigation and police were fortunate to have visuals from several locations that assisted police. The investigation included members of the hate crime unit, general investigators and patrol officers, Benoit said. “We are very satisfied with the arrest,” he said. Swastikas and racial slurs were discovered at Parkdale United Church, in the Glebe on Rabbi Anna Maranta’s front door, at Kehillat Beth Israel congregation on Coldrey Avenue, at the Machzikei Hadas Synagogue in Alta Vista, the Ottawa Mosque on Northwestern Avenue and the Jewish Community Centre near Carling and Broadview. On Saturday, Ottawa residents gathered for a three-kilometre solidarity walk from Island Park Drive and Scott Street. Following news of the arrest, Andrea Freedman, president and CEO of the Jewish Federation of Ottawa released a statement thanking police. “The police made this investigation a top priority and it was their dedication to increasing patrols at religious institutions that led directly to this arrest. The safety and se-

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A young offender has been arrested and is facing several charges related to hate graffiti aimed at six religious institutions over the past week. curity of our community is always our top priority and we will continue to support the police in any way possible,” the statement reads. She also thanked the wider community for standing by them through a troubling week. “These attacks were directed not only against the Jewish community, but against all Canadians who share our core values of respect, tolerance and kindness. We will not allow ourselves to be threatened nor intimidated by such acts of cowardice. As a community, we will remain vigilant and continue to report anything suspicious to security officials. We will continue to fight antiSemitism and racism in all forms.” A chorus of public leaders denounced the hate crimes, including Ottawa Centre MPP Yasir Naqvi. “Today we learned that the police are investigating a third act of vandalism and antiSemitism against Ottawa’s Jewish community,” the attorney general wrote in a statement last week. “These acts of hates and intolerance are shocking, sad and absolutely unacceptable. It is deeply troubling that are happening in our community – a community that values

that diversity and inclusion.” The Glebe Business Improvement Area was quick to stand behind Rabbi Maranta. The association sent out a statement the same day she found the graffiti on her front door. “The Glebe Business Improvement Area is horrified by the appearance of hate graffiti on the home of a local resident,” the statement reads. “The symbols send a message of intolerance and hate to the entire community and we regard it as a sickening act.” The crimes prompted Crime Prevention Ottawa to organize a speakers series for Nov. 25. The event, entitled Addressing Hate Crimes: Creating a Safe City for All, planned to feature: • Bernie Farber, executive director Mosaic Institute • Reverend Anthony Bailey, Minister Parkdale United Church • Joanne Law, representing the Ottawa Trans Community, • Dave Zackaris, staff sergeant diversity and race relations for Ottawa police • Amira Elghawaby, communications director for the National Council of Canadian Muslims. With files from Jennifer McIntosh


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Check your privilege at the door: Redefining Canada’s middle class

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BRYNNA LESLIE Capital Muse household income of $90,000 is entitled to the full benefit of $5,650 annually, tax-free. But wait a minute. A closer looks shows the biggest misnomer here is the term middle class. The Liberals threw around a bunch of shady definitions – people worried about retirement, those worried about not having a job in 20 years (which is basically everyone in the new gig economy), families worried about putting their kids through post-secondary school. But as the old Scotia Bank commercials tell us, “You’re

richer than you think.” Canada’s middle class, as defined by the federal Liberals, are actually among the richest people in the country. Statistics Canada tells us that individuals who earned $89,000 per year or more in 2013 are officially in the top 10 per cent of income earners in Canada. Despite this, politicians are successfully appealing to them at every turn by redistributing wealth in their favour. And yet, there are 4.5 million Canadians currently living below the poverty line.

A report released in late November, to mark the 26th anniversary of Canada’s pledge to eradicate child poverty by 2000, is a sobering reminder that, by subsidizing wealthy citizens, we are failing the most vulnerable among us. Since the pledge to eliminate child poverty was made in 1989, the child poverty rate has jumped to 18.6 per cent from 15.6 per cent in a single generation. For children under six, the number is 20 per cent. Nearly one in five Canadian children are living in poverty. The statistics are far more dire among Canada’s indigenous populations. In Nunavut, 45 per cent of children are in poverty. In Saskatchewan, nearly 70 per cent of children living on reserves are in poverty. As politicians poise themselves as the defenders of the great middle class, it’s time they redefine precisely who these people are. Hint: It’s not those making six figures who

are apparently worried about putting their kids through university. If a family’s biggest concerns are whether to buy a second car, if junior can afford those expensive music lessons or “should we buy fair trade organic coffee this week?” they probably shouldn’t be receiving

of Canadians earning less than $89,000 per year. Even if you’re not a socialist at heart, there’s a good economic argument for eliminating tax benefits to the rich to target subsidies where they’re most needed. The poor will spend the money, because

‘Trudeau’s Liberals are neglecting families that could truly use a leg up. This includes the real middle class and the poor – the 90 per cent of Canadians earning less than $89,000 per year.’ tax-free handouts from the government. By subsidizing the rich under the guise of “helping the middle class”, Trudeau’s Liberals are neglecting families that could truly use a leg up. This includes the real middle class and the poor – the 90 per cent

they have to, in order to put food on the table. Keeping Canadians out of poverty and encouraging spending would offer a much bigger boon to the economy than giving handouts to Canada’s wealthiest to help them pay off their massive consumer debts.

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Never beyond hope in Haiti

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aiti is a long way from Ottawa. For a community newspaper, an invitation to the small Caribbean nation at first seemed like it would not fit with our hyper-local focus. But then again, we are all people, and people from right here in Ottawa are trying to make a difference in Haiti. Metroland reporter-photographer Erin McCracken visited Haiti to see first-hand what challenges the people there face. It’s not a pretty picture, but it’s not beyond hope. You can find her reporting and photographs in our Ottawa papers and her video coverage at ottawacommunitynews.com. The small country was poor before dealing with a major earthquake, and more recently, a hurricane. The poorest country in the Western Hemisphere by almost any measure, it’s 11 million citizens include 10 million who need daily food assistance. Even if we are thousands of kilometres away, we can make a difference. We can donate funds to help rebuild, and we can ask our

elected representatives to make Haiti’s future a priority. The linguistic connection between our nations – French is the main language in Haiti – should make financial and infrastructure connections easier to build between us. Haiti can be reached in little more than five hours by jet. We can help our fellow man, woman and child, all of whom live no further away than the sunny beaches many of us travel to each winter. What we learned through our coverage is that there are newly linked Canadian partners working on rebuilding efforts. It may never be a wealthy nation or home to secret offshore bank accounts of the rich and famous (as some Caribbean islands are). But Haiti does not deserve to be written off. And in fact, we have learned there is an NGO – one with growing ties to Canada and Ottawa – with an operations network that is getting much-needed supplies directly to those in need. If you can help, www.foodforthepoor.ca will put donations to good use.

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arning: This column is definitely about First World problems. If you need to read about the troubles of people who are genuinely miserable, you should turn somewhere else. OK. Thanks to those of you who stayed and will now be treated to a rant about parking regulations in Ottawa. To begin with, what are they? The question arises, it goes without saying, from getting a parking ticket. It should not have been unexpected. The sign clearly said “one-hour parking” and the car was clearly there for longer than that. Other people at the same gathering got tickets too. They were equally surprised. We always parked there and never got a ticket. We figured we never got a ticket

CHARLES GORDON Funny Town because one-hour parking didn’t make much sense. It wasn’t a high-traffic street, it wasn’t near a hospital, it wasn’t a school zone. So we just assumed they weren’t really serious about it and enforcement wasn’t going to happen. Well, that was wrong. And you can say we got what we deserved, and we did. But we wouldn’t have if we’d parked on the same side street but on the other side of Wellington Street. There the signs said “twohour parking.” And why? The streets looked

the same. A little further south or a little further west and the streets would have had no signs on them at all. We could park there for days. On the other hand, a little further east and we would have seen signs saying, and I paraphrase loosely, “no parking Monday to Thursday between 2 and 4 p.m., but otherwise it’s one-hour parking except between Dec. 1 and April 15.” Now, it would have taken the reading of about three signs to get that information, all of which appeared to be No Parking signs but weren’t, exactly, when you read the fine print, which hardly anybody does. You could drive a bit further east and find parking machines. Those you can understand — assuming you can understand machines. What you can’t understand is why they are there and not here.

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You could travel a few blocks south and find no parking allowed anywhere at any time, because a hospital was somewhere in the near distance. Is there fairness in this? Perhaps. Somebody must have thought so at some point. And maybe we could bring ourselves to agree if somebody could explain the logic behind any of it. Is there logic? Or is it just a case of some influential people howling about parking in front of their houses. You could forgive the public for thinking that. Maybe, as a first step, somebody who understands the logic, probably somebody at city hall, could explain it to the rest of us. Why is it one hour here but two hours there and no hours somewhere else? Why are some places unlimited and some places off limits. Why are there meters here but not there? Yes, yes, we shouldn’t be having these problems. We should be walkEDITORIAL: MANAGING EDITOR: Theresa Fritz, 613-221-6225 theresa.fritz@metroland.com NEWS EDITOR: Nevil Hunt, nevil.hunt@metroland.com, 613-221-6235 REPORTER: Megan Delaire, megan.delaire@metroland.com, 613-221-6237 POLITICAL REPORTER: Jennifer McIntosh jennifer.mcintosh@metroland.com, 613-221-6220

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ing or taking the bus and not clogging the streets with our polluting vehicles. However, it’s going to take a few years (and a lot of construction) before we reach the stage where parking becomes irrelevant to us. In the meantime, maybe somebody could help make the parking rules make sense.

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Executive, cell tower big issues covered at Crystal Beach community meeting BY MEGAN DELAIRE mdelaire@metroland.com

The Crystal Beach Lakeview Community Association re-elected association president Peggy McGillivray and several other members of the executive during the association’s annual general meeting on Nov. 22. It remains unknown who will fill the role of vice-president. “We asked for five new

“We felt like the workload carried by the executive needs a full complement of 11 individuals.” PEGGY MCGILLIVRAY COMMUNITY ASSOCIATION PRESIDENT

iew area, has one of the highest demographics for seniors. So evening is a problem because they don’t like to drive at night and weather is a factor.” McGillivray used the meeting as an opportunity to update members on her work

over the year to address issues including: • Changes to the city’s transportation master plan for the Crystal Beach Lakeview area that could result in a level crossing at Holly Acres Road for OC Transpo buses over the

bridge preferred by community members, a smaller noise berm where Holly Acres Road meets the Transitway, and an increase in the number of buses crossing Holly Acres Road. See ADVOCATES, page 10

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people to fill five positions, because six people from the previous administration had said they would stay on,” McGillivray said. “But we felt like the workload carried by the executive needs a full complement of 11

discuss issues of concern to area residents. The audience was more than three times the size of the original 2016 AGM, which was scheduled to take place in October. That meeting was cancelled because of the lack of attendance, which association president Peggy McGillivray attributed to poor weather conditions. “Weather seems to be a big factor,” McGillivray said. “Because the west end of Ottawa here, the Crystal Beach Lakev-

individuals.” McGillivray said three people have expressed an interest in filling the role of vicepresident, but none of them attended the meeting. “Our next serious meeting is in January,” she said. “So I have until then … to talk to these people and see if one will fill the vice-president’s position.” The meeting drew more than 30 members of the community association to Lakeview Public School on Nov. 22 to elect executive members and

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Advocates discuss potential effects of Aero Drive cell tower Continued from page 9

• Development plans for a storm water holding pond on the former site of St. Thomas Elementary School, at 9 Leeming Dr. The main issue discussed at the meeting though, other than that of filling the community association’s executive, was the wireless communication tower recently installed by Rogers at 2 Aero Dr.

Concerned about the potential health effects of having the tower operate within the community, McGillivray invited Dr. Jennifer Armstrong and Meg Sears, advocates with backgrounds in environmental medicine and cell phone radiation research, to share their research into cell phone radiation. Although she admitted it’s too late to prevent the construction of the Aero Drive

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Students soon to receive shareable Ottawa 2017 postcard invitations BY ERIN MCCRACKEN erin.mccracken@metroland.com

Marie-Curie students in Elmvale Acres got the chance to rub shoulders with some of Ottawa’s movers and shakers in a bid to bring attention to Ottawa 2017’s postcard initiative. Ottawa students in grades

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Subsidized housing not limited to women living in shelters Continued from page 19

“All of these women essentially are looking for housing, for affordable housing,” said Lawery. “We want women to know that they don’t have to face this issue on their own. We have people who have expertise in housing. There’s some information they might not be aware of that can secure them great housing options.” PRIORITY STATUS

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Patrick White of the Ottawa 67’s was all packed and ready to head back to Sarnia to play with the Sting of the Ontario Hockey League at the end of the summer when he got a call from his agent. The 20-year-old was told that he could unpack his bags and stay put at his Orléans home – he’d been traded to the Ottawa 67’s. “It all happened so quick, I was just in awe at the time,” he said. “I didn’t believe it at first, to be honest. Then I was just so surprised, and kind of speechless to actually be coming home, staying home.” White played minor hockey with the Gloucester Rangers, and then moved up to the AAA level with Ottawa 67’s affiliated bantam and midget teams. He played Junior A with the Gloucester Rangers, before joining the OHL’s major junior level Sarnia Sting

in 2013. While in Orléans, he attended the sport study program at Louis Riel high school. He said he had been thinking it would be nice to be closer to home – Sarnia is about a seven hour drive from Ottawa – to finish his final year in the OHL. “It’s home, so it’s a lot more comfortable,” he said, “My parents get to see all our home games, as opposed to just watching on TV, so it’s a lot more special.” His parents are in the stands for the games, so there are some extra fans to impress when White takes the ice for the team he grew up watching. The team has had a rocky start to the season, giving up game-losing goals in the last few minutes of the third period. Losing those games has been a struggle, White said. “Losing those games where we’d be in the lead going into the third, and they’d score two

quick goals and we’d lose – that’s the tough part. It hurts,” he said. The 67’s were fourth in the OHL’s Eastern Conference with an 11-11-2 record as of Nov. 24. White said the team has been getting better, and the relatively young squad has started to gel and become more comfortable with each other. He was made an assistant captain with this season’s team, which is the final year that he is eligible to play in the league. After he finishes with the OHL at the end of this season, he said he’d love to go pro like “any kid” but he’s been looking into joining a Canadian university team for next season. The 67’s were scheduled to play at home on Nov. 25 and 26 (after press deadline), against the Windsor Spitfires and White’s former team the Sarnia Sting.


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WELCOMING THE WORLD TO OTTAWA 2017 By: Jim Watson Mayor of Ottawa As winter falls upon us and Canada’s 150th Birthday is only weeks away, I want to take this opportunity to wish you and your family a Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays. 2017 will be a historic year in the nation’s capital. We have worked hard to prepare Ottawa to welcome the world as host of these celebrations. I still remember the excitement of Expo ’67 during Canada’s centennial year. The whole nation rallied together to create a year of lasting memories and experiences that transcended generations, and we plan to do it once again during Canada’s upcoming sesquicentennial.

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It seems like yesterday that I announced the creation of the 2017 Bureau to begin preparations for Canada’s Big Year. Now with 2017 only weeks away and 12 full months of big, bold, immersive and moving experiences about to begin, we will soon enjoy the fruits of our labour. This is an exciting opportunity to not only commemorate the progress we’ve made as a nation, but it is a chance to look forward towards the future. The energy, excitement and investments generated by Ottawa’s 2017 celebrations will serve as a catalyst for long-term tourism growth. I encourage you to visit www.ottawa2017.ca and sign up for the newsletter to stay up to date and receive the latest news on the many upcoming events and celebrations. Here are just a few to look forward to, early in the New Year: • New Year’s Eve – December 31st – Ottawa2017.ca - Lighting of the Ottawa 2017 cauldron at Ottawa City Hall kicks off a familyfriendly New Year’s Eve celebration, leading to a national celebration on Parliament Hill with fireworks at 8:17pm (20:17) and midnight. • Canadian Tire National Skating Championships – January 16 -22 - skatecanada.ca • Red Bull Crashed Ice – March 3-4 - redbullcontentpool.com • JUNO Awards - April 1st – 2nd, 2017 - Junoawards.ca Canada is a diverse country, and we will host an equally diverse selection of large signature events, such as the Canadian Video Game Awards, the Canadian Track and Field Championships, The Canadian Olympic Curling Trials - Roar of the Rings, the 105th Grey Cup and many more. We have also worked hard to ensure that residents and visitors alike can partake in many Ottawa 2017 celebrations at no cost: : the Underground Multi-media Experience, La Machine, Inspiration Village and Ottawa Welcomes the World are just a few of free signature events not to miss. Ottawa 2017 will be a once-in-a-lifetime celebration and I encourage you to get involved. If you would like to plan your own community even, volunteer or simply learn more, visit www.ottawa2017.ca.

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Barrhaven Legion 2016 Poppy Campaign and Remembrance Activities Through the generosity of the Barrhaven community the campaign raised just over $60,200 in support of Veterans in need and veteran and local community programs. We would like to take this opportunity to thank Walmart, Metro, Loblaws, Ross’ Independent and Sobeys for partnering in our in-store poppy distribution campaign. We would also like to thank the 100 local businesses for having poppy boxes installed in their establishments. These efforts afforded us the opportunity to ensure a wide distribution of poppies within our community. Barrhaven’s November 11 Remembrance Day ceremony at John McCrae Secondary school was well attended, with representation from all walks of life including veterans, serving military, police, firefighters, scouts, cadets, Legion members, government officials and the general public to name a few. It was heartwarming to see so many residents and families come out on such a chilly day to observe this Act of Remembrance. As usual the faculty and students of John McCrae outdid themselves with providing the cenotaph and accoutrements. Thank you to Sobeys, Boston Pizza, and Jenin Catering for donating food for the Walter Baker Centre and Branch 641 receptions. Thank you to Bart’s catering for supplying the catering equipment. For more information about the Barrhaven Legion, please go to our website, www.rcl641.ca, our Facebook page “Barrhaven Legion 641,” or call us at 613-843-8691.


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we have succeeded our goal,” Moroziuk said. “We do know that this may be our last Christmas together, but are hopeful to move forward together.” This is not the first time Rideau High has been on the chopping block, five years ago the community banded together to keep the school open. Moroziuk said she is hopeful the community will be successful again in keeping the school operating.

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ate program, as the program may also operate in the city’s western area. With the consultation process already underway on the proposed closure of Rideau, Moroziuk said she is proud there is continued school spirit in the halls of Rideau and in the neighbourhood. “The community support shown through this endeavor by RHS Council has been inspirational and this year

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combination of classes at different academic levels can’t be offered. And the lack of variety can easily spill over into the extracurricular programs. The school board report said Rideau and Gloucester are having problems offering certain classes students are interested in or need – so they may be only offered every other year, for example. Many of the students in Rideau’s catchment area choose not to go to Rideau. Fewer than 40 per cent of the English public school students, and 20 per cent of the high school aged population actually attend Rideau. A second consultation on the closure plan will be held on Jan. 11 at Gloucester High School, 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. A final staff report will be completed on Jan. 27, 2017. The school board’s committee of the whole will discuss that staff report on Feb. 15, 2017, and school board trustee vote on whether to close Rideau High School is expected to be held on March 7. Regardless of the impending closure, the school’s spirit remains high, Morozuik said, adding the school’s

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As the convoy heads deeper into the city, people sell their wares along side streets — shoes and other goods are laid out for sale on the hard-packed dirt. Tires are propped against a tree waiting for an interested buyer.

A man is seated within a tarped enclosure on the sidewalk getting a haircut. Piles of garbage dot city corners, festering in the 30-degree heat. Food is scarce. Most is imported, forcing up food prices. The water is undrinkable in this country of about 11 million

people. Of those, 10 million require daily food assistance. The average daily income is $1 to $2. The vehicles slow as they enter a guarded compound, home to Food for the Poor Haiti, one of the largest non-governmental organizations in this Caribbean nation. Several Haitian and Canadian dignitaries are

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Vendors and shoppers congregate along a busy sidewalk in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, on Nov. 15. The need is great in the Caribbean nation, but with the help of Canadians many more people are able to receive urgently needed supplies in the wake of Hurricane Matthew, which blew through in late September. in Canada about the fact that we have one of the best Haitian organizations on the ground,” Mahfood said, referring to Food for the Poor Haiti’s 300 employees, a trucking fleet, six distribution centres around the country, and the warehouse that officials and journalists toured together. “I want Canadians to know about it so that they don’t doubt their money is being used well,” she said. DIRECT ACCESS

It’s that direct line of access that drew the Montreal-based Health Partners, which has its warehouse in Oakville, Ont., to the partnership. The organization only works with trusted partners on the ground to distribute medicine to clinics and hospitals, said president Denis St-Amour. “Being assured the product gets to where it’s intended to go is

also very important,” he said. “When you’re dealing with extreme poverty, when there’s been an infrastructure breakdown there’s also the chance for corruption, for product going where it shouldn’t be going.” Last year, the 26-year-old Canadian organization delivered medical treatments to one million people in 52 countries thanks to its network of industry partners. “In the developing world, things that are here (in Canada) we could so easily handle, become major challenges for countries like Haiti that don’t have a good infrastructure, they don’t have a good transportation system,” he said. “So even getting help to them is never an easy task.” Franz Liautard, Haiti’s Ottawa-based ambassador to Canada, said he has known for some time the work being done by Food for the Poor. “I personally know what Food

for the Poor has done in Haiti for a long time,” said Liautard, who attended the aid mission’s sendoff in Montreal. “They get, at a minimum cost, directly to the people who need it. To me that’s a benchmark.” Paula Caldwell, Canada’s ambassador to Haiti, was among those dignitaries who welcomed the shipment and its escort in Port-au-Prince. The arrival was only made possible “because of the generosity of Canadians” and “a good, a strong and solid partnership,” she said. “This is all about Canada and Canadians getting together and helping Haiti and that’s what we’ve done for many, many years.” Following a tour of the Food for the Poor Haiti’s warehouse, where everything from bags of rice and bottled water to finishing nails and folding tables will soon be shipped out to impover-

ished villages, the vehicle convoy returns to even busier city streets. Men and women stand at paltry stalls made of tarps. One man pushes a wheelbarrow laden with a menagerie of goods to be sold, while another sells sliced fruit laid out in the hot sun. The sights are sad here, agreed Haitian-born and Montrealbased Air Transat pilot Hans Obas during the drive back to the airport. But there are also signs of hope. “At least they stopped the fighting,” he said. “People are working together to bring this city in the right direction.” Even with the severe poverty, Haitian pride and feelings of unity have returned. “With these two things we can’t do a miracle, but at least we can start doing the real work,” said Obas. Though the aid mission was a success and the trio of new partnerships is a signal that efforts by Food for the Poor Canada are gaining momentum, Mahfood doesn’t yet consider it mission accomplished. On the return flight to Montreal, she was asked how Canadians can help Food for the Poor Canada. “Talk about your experience today,” she replied. “Talk about Food for the Poor. Ask people to donate to Food for the Poor Canada so we can do more.” Given the high profile of the unique mission, Ready considers it a success. He also added 80 pounds of stuffed toys to the emergency relief supplies that had been donated by his family. “This was a new experience for me to actually go down with a shipment of supplies that’s going to have that kind of impact,” he said after arriving back in Montreal. “It gives you a warm feeling just to be part of it.” Daniel Rouzier, president of

Food for the Poor Haiti, said in the aftermath of Hurricane Matthew, the relief and development organization has extended its network even further into Haiti given the urgent need for help. The not-for-profit is helping with rebuilding efforts. About 20 coastal fishing villages require repairs, while another 13 need replacing. “The water went up by six or seven feet and on top of that we had 15-foot waves,” Rouzier said. “The homes that were there were just levelled.” In addition to providing food and mentoring in farming and animal husbandry, the organization will also supply seeds to try and jumpstart food production. “Basically everything we had harvested for the summer was put in silos or warehouses that were destroyed,” Rouzier said, adding that crops that were to be harvested in October were also lost. “Essentially what we have is a three-month shortage of food that needs to be addressed quickly,” he said. “Until these (seeds) can be harvested, the people need to be fed.” For Rouzier, the shipment signals Canadian generosity. “It means there is still a good deal of love in this world,” said the entrepreneur and philanthropist. “It means that even though Canada is far away, we’re physically still close to the Canadians.” A vibrant Haitian diaspora in Canada is helping. “I think we’ve seen a tremendous show of love and solidarity,” Rouzier said, adding it demonstrates what can be accomplished “and really give a hand up and not just a hand out.” To view a related photo gallery and video, please visit ottawacommunitynews.com.

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The people are the ‘key’ at Queensway Carleton Hospital Denis Binette first came to Queensway Carleton Hospital as a student, completing part of his clinical rotation for the Respiratory Therapy Program at Algonquin College. He liked the hospital so much, he never left. Eighteen years later, Denis is now the Manager of Diagnostic Imaging, a position he was promoted to earlier this year. “When I came to the Queensway, it was just a really good fit for me. I liked the people, I liked the hospital, I liked what we were doing. This was the place to be.” It’s those people that Denis has met over the years that he really loves working with. “It’s a great atmosphere, a great environment, and even though we grow every single year, there are still a lot of faces that you know in the hallways. That’s the key to this place: the people.” Denis spent about ten years doing shift work as a Respiratory Therapist, before being promoted to Senior RT. “Doors just opened after that. I think when you show some initiative, and

you feel like you’re part of something bigger, those things help with your progression at the hospital. I’ve been Manger of Cardiopulmonary Services for the last two and a half years, and now this opportunity to be the Manager of Diagnostic Imaging came up. It’s perfect.” What was memorable to Denis is not a specific moment, but an overall feeling he has about the hospital itself. “One of my favorite aspects of any job I’ve had here is the chance to show this place off,” Denis starts. “We’ve seen an incredible amount of growth over the years, and the one thing that always resonates whenever I’m showing students, staff or patients around is how proud I am to be a part of it. Diagnostic Imaging, Cardiopulmonary and Respiratory Therapy have all benefited from expanded facilities and technology.” Within the last decade the Diagnostic Imaging department has benefitted from a new MRI machine, which was brought in through the roof in 2004. “When I look back at the space each

Denis Binette stands by the CT scanner in the Diagnostic Imaging department.

of these groups had to work with ‘back in the day’ it seems a distant memory to recall just how little space we had.” Denis believes that this hospital stands true to its mission statement to be the hospital of choice. “I think that in itself says so much because this really is the place that you want to be in. We’re open and accepting, and we’re trailblazers in many fields. This is absolutely the hospital of choice to work at.” His time at QCH has taught him

countless lessons, many of which are really important to him. “Standing up for what you believe in, having integrity, doing what you say you’re going to do. We’re accountable to each other to be able to do something when you say you are. That’s really important, to be there, be present and be able to help out.” When he began as an RT, Denis formed relationships all over the hospital very quickly, from the ICU to

Emergency, because he had to be so many places as part of his job. “In every aspect of this organization, you touch other people’s lives every day. So I think it’s the people around here that make that difference.” Choosing one word to describe Queensway Carleton Hospital was easy. “It’s family,” Denis states, explaining the word he chose. “I really think that we are. We work closely with each other, and we rely on each other.” Denis has certainly noticed this with the people he’s worked with over the years as he’s gotten to know them, both professionally and personally. “Being able to go to them, be it professionally or at other moments, and have that relationship already established, is important when working as a team.” His eighteen years at Queensway Carleton Hospital have been a great big piece of his life. “It’s been incredibly rewarding professionally. From a personal point of view, I’ve had my child here. I wouldn’t want to be anywhere else.”

Church Services KNOX UNITED CHURCH Welcomes You

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other and Aunt Bertha were sitting at the kitchen table over a pot of green tea and oatmeal cookies. Being a Saturday, I was home from school, and as always was delighted when someone came to pay a visit. Although she wasn’t an aunt, we called her aunt, because it was considered very bad manners for any child to call an adult by her first name. She came across the 20-acre field in the horse and cutter and had a bag with her that looked to be crammed full with material in a very dark green colour. Mother seemed to be as curious as I was, but then Aunt Bertha was always trying to help her become a good farm wife, and she no doubt had another idea to help Mother along. She took the big wad of green out of the bag, and spread it out on the kitchen table. She was telling Mother about keeping our feet warm. This sounded great to me, because our old log house had no foundation, and our feet froze on the cold floors. Aunt Bertha ordered me to stand up on top of the

MARY COOK Memories table, right at the edge where the green material was placed, and I was in my stockings, with a pair of my father’s wool socks over them. Aunt Bertha ripped the wool sock off, and without further ado, took a pair of scissors out of her pocket and began cutting the material, which she called felt, just slightly larger than the shape of my feet. She helped me off the table, and cut two longer pieces and set them aside. She sent Mother for shoes belonging to everyone in the house, and did the same thing with them: cutting their shapes out of the felt, and matching them with the strips. I had no idea what she was doing, but anything that added a bit of excitement on a Saturday morning was fine with me. Setting aside the piles of cut felt,

she took a ball of red wool and a big darning needle out of another pocket, laid one of the flat pieces on top of one of the shapes of my feet, and began to blanket-stitch the two pieces together. And right before my very eyes, and before could say “Jack Robinson”, Aunt Bertha had created what I knew was going to be a pair of slippers to wear over our stocking feet to help ward off the drafts of the cold floors. “Now, Mabel, Audrey can do the rest. All she has to do is blanket-stitch those matching pieces together, and everyone will have a pair to wear when they take their gum rubbers and boots off at night.” And she was gone. Out the door, into the cutter, and across the 20-acre field and home. Well, Audrey was as excited as I was, and she spent the entire afternoon, sewing the felt pieces together so that by the time supper was over, and we were into the evening, everyone had a pair of blanketstitched felt slippers to put on over their wool socks. Everyone, that is, except Father, who went into his usual ranting

about “living on this here farm for my entire life...a farm that has been in our name for more than 100 years, and we never had to put any danged pieces of felt sewn together to keep our feet warm before. So don’t expect me to start now.” Well, the rest of the family put the felt slippers on, praising Aunt Bertha for her brilliant idea, and giving Mother the felt, and not asking for any money either. “Wonderful neighbour...just wonderful,” Mother kept saying. I couldn’t ever remember of having such warm feet on a cold winter’s night. And wearing our wool socks inside, kept the slippers from sliding off too. As usual, Father was in his rocking chair beside the Findlay Oval, with his stockinged feet on a cushion on the opened oven door, and it wasn’t long until we could hear the soft snores, see his pipe come to rest on his chest, and the Ottawa Farm Journal slip to the floor. When Father fell asleep, Mother said only an explosion would waken him up. We were all deadly silent, as we saw Emerson

take the slippers made for Father and quietly tiptoe over to the stove, and as gentle as a lamb, ease one foot and then the other, into the felt slippers. When Father finally wakened, he looked down at his feet, wiggled them around a bit, saw the felt slippers and slowly got out of the rocker. He went to stoke the Findlay Oval, poured himself a cup of green tea from the pot that sat continuously on the back of stove and was still wearing them when he headed into the bedroom. He would never admit the slippers were a good idea, but every night, like the rest of us, they went on over his work socks when his boots came off. Like she did many times over, Aunt Bertha was there to help ease Mother into life on a farm, and to give a lending hand whenever it was needed. Interested in an electronic version of Mary’s books? Go to https://www.smashwords.com and type MaryRCook for e-book purchase details, or if you would like a hard copy, please contact Mary at wick2@sympatico.ca.

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Hi our names are Mia and Bella. We love cuddling and chewing on everything including mom and dad.

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Surprise Your Kids This Holiday Season With a Pet and Make a Homeless Animal’s Dreams Come True Imagine a holiday season where you not only fulfill your children’s holiday wishes but make a homeless animal’s dreams come true too. That’s the idea behind the Ottawa Humane Society’s Holiday Delivery Program, a festive way to surprise a loved one with a furry friend during Hanukkah or on Yuletide morning. From kittens and rabbits to dogs and hamsters, the OHS is seeking families interested in having volunteer elves drop by with their new four-legged family member on Dec. 25 or any night of Hanukkah. Regular adoption procedures still apply, which means parents would come in to the shelter in advance to

fill out an application form, be matched with the right pet, and speak with an adoption counsellor. The delivery program is busting the myth that pets should not be adopted during the holidays. If you’ve been thinking about adding a pet to your family, this may be the right time to do it, said Bruce Roney, OHS executive director. “Less travelling, smaller families, and time off during the holiday can make this the perfect time of year to bond with a new pet for many people,” Roney said. There are limited holiday delivery spaces available so contact the OHS soon to sign up by phone at 613-725-3166 ext. 258, or visit the shelter at 245 West Hunt Club Rd. Pet of the Week: Emmie and Lila (ID# A195912 and A195910) Meet Emmie and Lila, two rabbits looking to hop into their forever home. Sisters Emmie and Lila can’t imagine their lives without each other. They’d love a new home where they can have lots of fun exploring and playing together. Rabbits are social and intelligent animals that make great pets. Do you have room in your heart and home for these two sisters? For more information on Emmie, Lila and all the adoptable animals, stop by the OHS at 245 West Hunt Club Rd Check out our website at www.ottawahumane.ca to see photos and descriptions of the animals available for adoption.

Please note: The Ottawa Humane Society has many other companion animals available for adoption. Featured animals are adopted quickly! To learn more about adopting an animal from the Ottawa Humane Society please contact us:

Website: www.ottawahumane.ca Email: Adoptions@ottawahumane.ca Telephone: (613) 725-3166 x258


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Legion Christmas Dinner – Royal Albert & the Collection. Get your tickets early for the Barrhaven Legion annual Christmas turkey dinner served from 6 to 7 pm. Members $15, Non-Members $20 includes tax and gratuities. Reserve your seats by Dec. 1 at 3pm through the bartender at 3500 Fallowfield Rd. or by calling the Legion during open hours at 613-843-8691. Public welcome

Dec. 3

Ukrainian Christmas Bazaar, 10 am to 2:30 pm. Perogies, cabbage rolls, borsht, desserts available for eat-in and for take-out at 952 Green Valley Cres. The General Burns Community Association free children’s party from 2 to 4 p.m. at General Burns Lodge, 86 Argue Dr. Kids can meet Santa, play games, do crafts and decorate cookies, while parents meet their neighbours and enjoy

refreshments. We are collecting non-perishable food donations for the Debra Dynes Food Bank. Parents must accompany their children. Info: www. generalburns.ca.

are $20 for adults (12 years and older); $10 for children (6-11 years); and free for children 5 years or younger. Proceeds will go towards paying for urgent repairs to the roof. Call 613829-1760 to get your tickets.

Dec. 4

Celebrate the holiday season with the animals at the OHS Critter Christmas Holiday Family Event with cookie decorating, holiday themed crafts and activities, photos with Santa, and OHS Auxiliary craft and bake sale from 11 a.m .to 2:30 p.m. at 245 West Hunt Club Rd.

The Barrhaven Community Concert Band Holiday Concert Sunday, at 3 pm, at Ottawa Torah Centre, 111 Lamplighters Dr. Tickets are $10. Free admission for children 10 and under. Info at www.BarrhavenBand.com. At Barrhaven United Church Come hear local church choirs sing Christmas music, and join in singing Christmas carols, at 7 pm at 3013 Jockvale Rd. A free will monetary offering will be gratefully received in support of Barrhaven Food Cupboard. Come enjoy a delicious family dinner at 5pm at St. John the Apostle Parish’s Main Hall (2340 Baseline Road). Tickets

Dec.6

6-8 PM, Centennial Branch, How to Buy a Digital Camera with Chris Taylor, Ottawa PC Users’ Group president. Please register with the Ottawa Public Library. Ottawa West Christian Women’s Connection Event at 9:15 a.m. Singer Stephanie Fukumoto and Speaker Julia

Francis, topic “From Darkness to Light.” Featuring: Janet Agulnik, “Finding the Artist in You” at Arlington Woods Hall, 225 McClelland Ave. Included in $5 and first timers $2 cost: fun, food, door prizes & childcare. Reserve: # 613-721-1257.

Dec. 8

Craft Sale, Ottawa City Hall (Elgin St at Laurier). Pottery, knitting, paintings, woodworking, jewelry, dolls, all natural skincare products and so much more… 9:00 am – 3:00 pm. A portion of the proceeds is donated to Ottawa Hospital Foundation Cancer Research. 613-225-6641

Dec. 9

Stairwell Carollers - “Adeste Fidelis” – 7:30pm at St Mark’s, 1606 Fisher Ave. An evening of choral music for the Yuletide season. Tickets: $15. Contact 613-224-7431 or stmarks@ stmarksottawa.ca or available at the door. The Ottawa Carleton Male Choir and guest choir Bytown Voices present a Christmas concert “Songs of Joy” on at 7.30pm at Julian of Norwich Anglican Church on Merivale Road.

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at 1pm. Admission is free. All are welcome. Further info: 613823-8118 or www.goodshepherdbarrhaven.ca.

Dec. 31

Get into the Christmas spirit with the Salvation Army’s Festival of Carols at Centrepointe Theatre at 3:30 pm and 7:30 pm at no cost to you. Reserve your tickets by contacting the Centrepointe Theatre box office at 613-580-2700.

Legion NYE Dinner and Dance Party – Rockphiles. Barrhaven Legion’s Annual New Years Eve Dinner/Dance Party being held on Saturday, December 31, 2016. Come at 6:00pm for Cash bar cocktails. At 6:30pm Roast Beef Dinner with Mashed potatoes, Yorkshire pudding, veggie, gravy, soup, salad, baked Alaska will be served. Tickets at 613-8438691. Public welcome.

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Ottawa Central Women’s Connection invites you and your friends to: Dancing With The Stars (Arise School of Dance) The Beautiful Christmas Music of Daphne Dykhuizen,Daphne will share her Faith Journey ~ “A Life Wrapped Up In Itself Makes A Very Small Package~ $8.00 at the door/first timers $2:00, Dessert Party New Website & Name rsvpministries.com 1:00.- 3:00pm, Calvin Christian Reformed Church,1475 Merivale Road RSVP: Kay 613-591-6326 or Lois 613-4212773. All women welcome.

Dec. 15

Ticket to Ride: Driving for Seniors. Join us as presenters from the CAA, share information on what seniors need to know about driving in Ontario, at Good Shepherd Church, 3500 Fallowfield Rd., Unit 5,

“Celebrate” a holiday group show presented by the Foyer Gallery artists. Small artwork for the season of giving. An exciting collection of paintings, fiber works, ceramics, glass works and jewelry by local artists. Foyer Gallery, Nepean Sportsplex, 1701 Woodroffe Ave. www.foyergallery.com

Jan. 1

Join the President and the Barrhaven Legion’s Executive for a New Year’s Levee on Sunday January 1st starting at 11:00am. Enjoy live music until 6:00pm and take in some famous Barrhaven Legion moose milk and great food. Enjoy Swingin’, Singing & Groovin’ to the Music of Noel Dimar on the piano from 11:00am to 1:30am this will be followed by dancing music from 2:00pm till 6:00pm with the music of Snap, Crackle & Pop.

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Naloxone is a medication that can temporarily reverse the effects of an overdose related to an opioid such as fentanyl, heroin and morphine. Being able to quickly recognize the signs and symptoms of an overdose and having a naloxone kit available

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StopOverdoseOttawa.ca. Take-home naloxone kits and training are available free of charge from OPH’s Site Needle & Syringe Program, many local pharmacies, The Ottawa Hospital and other community agencies.

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