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Jake White, a Grade 6 student, shaves off the moustache of Dave Lowthian, a parent of a student at St. Luke Catholic School in Barrhaven to celebrate the school’s Movember fundraiser. St. Luke students raised $1,000 through donations and buying mustache stickers for $1. Jeremy Grison, a special education teacher, Angelo Bruno, a grades 5 and 6 teacher and Lowthian grew their mustaches this fall, allowing students from the top fundraising classes to dye and shave their facial hair during a school assembly last week. The classes of Maureen Cooke, Sarah Crosby and Miriam Basten were the top fundraising classes. See more photos on page 29.

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The foundation helped establish and continues to contribute to Rogerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s House, located at the Childrenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Hospital of Eastern Ontario. That facility serves as a home away from home for families whose children are being treated at CHEO. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re very proud to be the charitable partner in this initiative,â&#x20AC;? said Danielle Robinson, president of the Sens Foundation. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Just because thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s not a lot of action on the ice right now doesnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t mean thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s not a lot of activity going on. Certainly, our foundation is working hard to continue the great things we do in the community and you canâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t do these kinds of things without partnerships like this.â&#x20AC;?

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From left Spartacat; Danielle Robinson, Sens Foundation president; Todd White, former Senators player; Bay Coun. Mark Taylor; Santa Claus and Bayshore general manager Denis Pelletier announced the Holiday Rejoice campaign at Bayshore Shopping Centre on Nov. 29.

Cityâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s open data on the menu for learning, hacking Dec. 8 event will help â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;data entrepreneursâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; prepare for new app contest Laura Mueller laura.mueller@metroland.com

EMC news - When it comes to crunching city-hall data, a local group wants to move beyond apps. Advocacy group Open Data Ottawa has held four events mainly focused on bringing citizens and soft-

ware developers together to create applications or â&#x20AC;&#x153;appsâ&#x20AC;? using city data for mobile devices, but its Dec. 8 event is looking to get a bit more creative. The ďŹ fth Open Data Ottawa Hackathon will have as much learning as it does â&#x20AC;&#x153;hacking,â&#x20AC;? said Mary Beth Baker, one of the organizers.

Organizers hope the event will discover how the city can see itself in new ways and how citizens can solve problems in creative ways using data. With another edition of the cityâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s open data app contest scheduled for the new year, the Dec. 8 Learn Hack YOW event is a good way to warm up, Baker wrote in an email. The event will begin at 10 a.m. in the Champlain Room of city hall at 110 Laurier Ave. W. Partnering with Ladies Learning to Code and the city, Open Data Ottawa will kick off the event with a series on hands-on tutorials to teach participants about data entrepreneurship, mobile web usability, information visualization, Google charts and Google fusion tables.

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In the afternoon, the group of entrepreneurial and techsavvy citizens will come together to create projects such as apps or new ways to view and interpret the information the city makes available as open data. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The city has released to citizens many rich data sets, encouraged us to see our city in new ways, and enabled us to solve problems in creative ways using data. Letâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s keep learning and hacking together,â&#x20AC;? Baker wrote in an email. The event is scheduled to wrap up at 5 p.m. Participants are encouraged to pre-register for free online at http://learnhackyow.eventbrite.com. For $11 participants can also sign up for lunch.

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EMC news – Y’s Owl Maclure is building a lasting legacy in Nepean. The co-operative centre nabbed a Spirit of Co-operation Award from the Ontario Association of Co-operatives on Nov. 30. Hugh Nelson, the co-operatives executive director, travelled to Milton, Ont. to accept the award. He said a legacy project to celebrate the organizations 30 years of service was responsible for netting them the award. The legacy project – called Pillar of the Community - was pipe will be decorated with mirrored tiles and marbles. The tiles represent adults and marbles represent the children. It was designed to introduce the organization to the community. Once completed, the “pillar” will have a permanent home at Morrison Park. The art commemorates the United Nations International Year of Co-operatives (IYC). It was made possible courtesy of a grant from the Community Foundation of Ottawa The co-operative centre provides support services for teens and adults with developmental disabilities. The support services include things like job placement and a social group for teens and adults with autism and Asperger Syndrome. The accolades are a result of the leadership role Y’s Owl Maclure has taken within the Ottawa co-operative cluster. “The project is a fitting tribute to Y’s Owl Maclure and IYC as it represents people as pillars of their communities and reflects the IYC theme of co-ops building a better world,” said nomina-

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Hugh Nelson, the executive director of Y’s Owl Maclure Co-operative Centre went to Milton on Nov. 30 to accept a Spirit of Co-operation Award. tor Cynthia Mitchell – who is also a member of the Ottawa co-operative cluster. Nelson said there have been huge developments in the organization over the 30 years since its founding. “I am proud to say that over this time our membership has grown from the initial 16 to 250 active members,” he said. “Y’s Owl Maclure continues, through it’s mission to work with our members towards their goals of inclusion, development of a strong co-operative business and building hopeful lives for our members.” The Ontario co-operative movement is composed of more than 1,300 co-ops with locations in 400 communities. Co-operatives employ 15,500 people and are supported by a network of 49,000 volunteers.

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Bridlewood musician Steve Gardiner is releasing his third full-length solo record, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Absence Makes the Heart Beat Faster,â&#x20AC;? after an eight-year hiatus. The album, available online, is set for a live release in the new year. includes Andrew Lamarche on drums, Dan Joseph on bass and Brent Miller on guitar. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s the first one Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve done myself,â&#x20AC;? said Gardiner. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I ran the show. The only thing I didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t do was mix and master it.â&#x20AC;? Working without a record label allowed Gardiner to spend time on each track.

â&#x20AC;&#x153;Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve been out (of the music scene) for so long; when this comes out it has to be great,â&#x20AC;? he said about his third album. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We did it on our own time; we did it the way we wanted it to sound.â&#x20AC;? Absence Makes the Heart Beat Faster is available online through iTunes and cdbaby. com.

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EMC entertainment - Absence Makes the Heart Beat Faster is a fitting title for Steve Gardinerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s first album in nearly a decade. The Ottawa musician is releasing his third full-length solo album after an eight-year hiatus. The record features 12 rock tracks with two bonus club mixes thrown in for good measure. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m just so excited about it; itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s been a while since my last release,â&#x20AC;? said Gardiner. â&#x20AC;&#x153;There was a big stretch where I didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t put anything out â&#x20AC;Ś I went through a lot of personal changes in those years. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I had done so much for so long â&#x20AC;Ś I just kind of stopped doing it for awhile.â&#x20AC;? Gardiner, who was a member of the bands In and Out and Thermocline, started tinkering around at his home recording studio again after helping another Ottawa band with a demo. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Like any musician, it flows through your blood,â&#x20AC;? he said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I kind of really got back into it again â&#x20AC;Ś I started writing some songs and it just started taking shape.â&#x20AC;? Gardiner spent the next two and a half years writing, recording and producing the tracks with his band â&#x20AC;&#x201C; which

Gardiner said he and the band are rehearsing now for live shows in the new year, including an official launch for the record in February. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I really believe itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s the best album Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve done so far,â&#x20AC;? said Gardiner. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I really want to get out there a promote it.â&#x20AC;? He added the band is planning to play as many festivals as possible over the summer. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll play somebodyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s basement if I have to, just to go out and promote the album,â&#x20AC;? he said. Hyperactive, the first single released from the album, is about Gardinerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s re-discovery of himself. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I just kind of felt that it was a heavy enough song; after not doing a record in so long you kind of define what your sound is and where itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s going,â&#x20AC;? said Gardiner. Although he enjoys some pop music himself, with so much of it saturating the market Gardiner said itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s an interesting time for rock musicians. â&#x20AC;&#x153;You kind of go, where does rock sit right now?â&#x20AC;? he said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I think thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a hole right now. Pop is really big but for those hardcore rock lovers, if they want to check out something new and Canadian, I would encourage them to check (the new album) out.â&#x20AC;?

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Barrhaven students have their say on junk food tax Editorâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s note: As part of the health class taught by Mr. Ross at Adrienne Clarkson Elementary School, the Grade 6 students considered the proposal to tax high-fat foods put forward by the Ontario Medical Association in October. The students were encouraged to form their own opinions and then wrote down their conclusions. Some of their thoughts follow. I love the idea of putting the fat tax on junk food. The warning labels are a great idea because some companys trick people into thinking the food is good for you. With more taxes on junk food and less people buying it there will be a less chance on heart attacks. Two-and-a-half billion is spent a year for obesity problems. Lots of people get diseases and type 2 diabetes from obesity. Thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s why I love the idea of the fat tax! Brian Armstrong

I agree with increasing the tax and putting warning labels on fat and unhealthy foods. This is because child obesity is getting out of hand. Ten year-old children are getting cholesterol which can cause them heart attacks and also high blood pressure. The rates of Type 2 diabetes is increasing. Soon enough a generation of children will suffer because of obesity and being over weight. Peter Damianakos

I do not agree that there should be warning labels on high fat foods. My reasons are because people have the right to eat what they want and not be told not to. Some healthy foods donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t always contain certain nutrients, while some high fat food may have some good nutrients. Instead of putting warning labels on all high fat foods they should just put the labels on the foods that will do the most damage to your body. If they do this they are just ruining kid lives who donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t eat some much junk food and take it only as a treat. Tessa Kahler

I agree with raising the tax and putting warning labels on high- fat food. I think itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a good idea because children at age of ten are having high blood pressure leads to a heart attack. Also people that eat high-fat food have a chance of getting diabetes type two. Now in Canada 32 per cent of children are overweight or obese, the number of overweight children has increased by six per cent since 1980. Hopefully the idea of increasing the taxes will help to decrease the number of overweight people in Canada. Liza Khodko

I do agree with the idea of fat tax and have warning labels on high-fat foods because too many people are eating junk food so they are getting

overweight. If people eat too much junk food you can get a heart-attack. It costs $2.5 billion for your health care system. Since a lot of kids eat junk food they will get overweight or obese, 32 per cent are overweight or obese. If people all around the world eat too much junk food they will all get type two diabetes (from high sugar). I think you should put warning labels and have fat tax. Isabelle Pottle

I agree with the fat tax and warning labels on fattening foods. If the prices on fattening foods are low people will continue to eat junk food because it will be cheaper than healthy foods. If people continue eating junk food they will get increasing cholesterol rates and that will lead to more health care costs. The health care system uses $2.5 billion to help people with high cholesterol. There will also be a higher chance of getting Type 2 diabetes if you eat a lot of junk food. Dylan Prust

I agree that there should be fat tax on food that is very unhealthy. First of all, already 32 per cent of kids in Canada are overweight or obese. If this keeps up more and more kids in Canada will become overweight or obese. Putting warning labels on cigarette packages worked because 30 per cent of the people that

smoked quit because they realized that smoking was very bad for them. It is unfair for the healthy kids and parents that there tax prices will raise because of the unhealthy kids who eat all the junk food with high cholesterol. Obesity costs the province $2.5 billion. Also if they donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t have fat tax too many kids will get Type 2 diabetes at a very young age. It is too late for the kids who get Type 2 diabetes because doctors havenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t found a cure for diabetes and they didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t know better since they were young. Companies like McDonaldâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s will lose a lot of customers which will lead to losing a lot of money but the health of the kids of Ontario is more important. Mithra Rathinapillai

I do agree with the fat tax here are some reasons why. My ďŹ rst reason is the more money parents have to pay for junk food the less likely parents will buy junk food. My second reason is the less money parents have to pay for healthy food the more parents will buy healthy food. My third reason is the less people eat junk food the less chance people have of getting a heart attack or type Two diabetes. My last reason is doing this will lessen the chance kids will become overweight or obese. Eric Simms

I agree with the idea to tax

and have warning labels on high-fat food. Now there are many healthy citizens in Ontario. Sometimes the taxes go up, because the health care clinics need to have enough money to care for the not so healthy people. Thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s not fair to the healthy people here. If the taxes, and warning labels on junk food go up, then not as many people would buy the junk food. Then not as many people would get sicknesses like cholesterol (which clogs the arteries causing heart attacks) and type 2 diabetes (when you are over weight and have too much sugar). That wold make the citizens of Ontario to not pay as much money or their taxes. Now companies would like to hire healthy people that come to work almost every day. The workers should choose the right food to eat, so they can come to work. If this proposal becomes a law, it would affect the food choices a lot, and most people would go for the healthy food, which makes them healthier. We have increased the taxes and warning labels with smoking, which caused 30 per cent decrease in the amount of smokers. Thanuja Sivaananthan

I think the OMA should not tax junk food. They should not raise taxes on junk food because the person has the right to decide to eat a chocolate bar or not (be obese or not obese). Also if someone picks

up a chocolate bar and starts eating it they donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t need to see a disturbing image or a warning sign. If the idea passes the commercials and signs could but some of the biggest businesses out of business. That is why I think they have the right to choose what the want to eat, not the OMA. Joshua Smith

I disagree with the idea to tax and have warning labels on junk food. The reason why I say that is that kids will still buy their candy. Another reason why I disagree is that no one wants to see a gross warning label when they are shopping. It will make people leave the store and the store will not get good business. Kids also need to make their own choices. Also doing this will make companies go out of business. Jared Wardle

I strongly agree with making the idea of fat tax because this will help children become healthier. The families that are poor canâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t afford a high nutritional food. 32 per cent of children in Canada are obese and that isnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t very good. Also, children can get type 2 diabetes a very young age. Another reason why we should make fat tax is it cuts down the health bills. In 1 year Canadaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s health cost was $2.5 billion. Aryan Zaman

More Ontarians encouraged to get screened for Cancer EMC news - Cancer Care Ontario has launched Time to Screen, a call to action for at least 100,000 additional residents to screen for breast, cervical and colorectal cancer over the next six months. Time to Screen also encourages Ontarians to have open conversations with their family and friends about getting screened, as cancer screening will help save countless lives by enabling earlier diagnosis and treatment. Included in the initiative are creative e-cards about can-

cer screening for Ontarians to share with their loved ones. Residents are also encouraged to talk to their healthcare provider about being screened or visit the Time to Screen tool to ďŹ nd out the right time to be screened. Time to Screen speciďŹ cally encourages: â&#x20AC;˘ Average-risk men and women, 50 to 74 years of age, to screen for colorectal cancer every two years using the fecal occult blood test. â&#x20AC;˘ Average risk women 50 to 74 years of age to screen for

breast cancer every two years with mammography. â&#x20AC;˘ Women 21 to 70 years to screen for cervical cancer every three years with a Pap test. Women 30 to 69 years of age who have been identiďŹ ed as being at high risk for breast cancer should have a screening mammogram and MRI every year. â&#x20AC;&#x153;There is strong evidence that screening for colorectal, breast and cervical cancers can reduce mortality,â&#x20AC;? said Dr. Linda Rabeneck of Cancer Care Ontario.

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jelly. It just wouldnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t feel like the holiday season without them. Craft fairs are festive events that bring together hundreds of people who find unique ways to celebrate the holiday season. They attract all who love the holiday season â&#x20AC;&#x201C; everyone from closet Martha Stewarts

searching for the perfect wreath to match the paint of their front door to all-out Griswolds embarking on their annual quest to turn their homes into the equivalent of a 20,000-volt explosion of Christmas lights. Most of us, thankfully fall somewhere in between. Craft fairs simply burst with creativity. Every year, just like clockwork, dozens of communities across the nationâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s capital schedule shows during the

weeks leading up to Christmas. You see them in churches. You see them in schools, housing co-ops, apartment buildings, health centres, community centres â&#x20AC;&#x201C; in some cases they even shut down streets so residents can check out their wares. Looking for a macramĂŠ Christmas elf or a Santa Claus made from macaroni? Thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a craft fair near you â&#x20AC;&#x201C; somewhere â&#x20AC;&#x201C; with the gift to satisfy your holiday yen.

Ornaments, tree decorations, felt elf slippers, cereal box houses, twine snowmen, clothesline wreaths, Christmas tree bunting, a quilted advent calendar â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Christmas trees made out of everything from felt and fabric to yarn and recycled magazines. The variety is astounding, representing an explosion of ideas, a fermenting of pentup creativity. Every year our reporters are treated to literally hundreds of craft fairs, ranging from a small event

held in the lobby of an apartment building to the megasales that fill the hallways, lobbys and gymnasiums of Ottawa schools. This month one of our reporters visited the 39th annual Craft Christmas Gift Sale at the Nepean Sportsplex, which featured more than 140 artists, designers and food vendors at the unique community shop. We witnessed the work of Tom Reasbeck, a self-taught artist, who creates hand-

carved wooden Santas and other festive items. Another artist, Ria Smith, the founder of Simply Perfect, showed us her homemade bird baths. Craft fairs are a wonderful venue for the hundreds of artists in our city, ranging from the professional painters, sculptors and watercolourists to the amateurs, who enjoy spending a few weeks of the year making unique crafts. They are also a great opportunity for people to load up on decorations for their homes or simply a pleasant way to while away an afternoon with the kids. Isnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t that the true meaning of Christmas?

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Not a slam dunk, but it could work baseball in Ottawa, there were major league teams down the highway in either direction and there was a high calibre of ball being played at the Triple-A level here. There was a friendly and well-designed stadium. In the long run, none of that was enough. What would be enough? Well, hockey succeeds here because itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s the best hockey in the world and Canadians breathe hockey. Plus, the team wins, but even when they stop winning the fans still turn out. Another factor worth mentioning, though, is the extent to which Senators players have involved themselves in the community, partly by making themselves visible in charitable activities, partly by being residents and neighbours. The same formula was at play in the most successful years of the Rough Riders. Before the age of mega-buck contracts, the players lived here throughout the year and were active in the community. So the city felt, as it does now with the Senators, that the team belonged. That wasnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t true in later years, nor was it true with the Lynx. Even in this sophisticated age where we have no end of entertainment options, we still like the idea of a team being our team, not just a group of well-paid mercenaries who happen to perform here and leave as soon as the season is over for warmer climes. Despite beginning play at the remote Scotiabank Place, a venue far too cavernous to be ideal for basketball and too remote for many potential fans, the new basketball team does have an opportunity to capture the cityâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s heart. One odd advantage is that the player salaries will not be high. So this will not be a group of guys who jet in and jet out. It appears also that at least part of the team will consist of people who have played here at high school or university level. That will help. Friends and relatives buy tickets too. It probably doesnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t make much difference one way or the other that basketball was invented just down the road in Almonte. What does matter is that basketball is a game that is growing in popularity the world over. Handled properly, it could work here.

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here is no shortage of gifts being showered on us and Christmas is still weeks away. The latest offering is the promise of a professional basketball franchise for the city. For many of us, basketball is never a bad idea. As has been noted in the coverage of Ottawaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s franchise in the National Basketball League of Canada, there will be lots of sports competition in the city. In addition to the National Hockey League, there will be a DoubleA baseball team, a professional soccer team and a new Canadian Football League franchise. Thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s good for us. This may be a hockey town, but it was once a football town and could be again. Remember, though, that in the last few years of the Rough Riders and Renegades in the CFL, fan support was less than overwhelming. Similarly, baseball flourished in the early years of the Ottawa Lynx then somehow faded away. We are a sports town, but we can be a fickle town too. Basketball hasnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t really been tested. Carleton and University of Ottawa games are well-attended and Carletonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s incredible success in recent years has probably created many new basketball fans. The university championships, when they were held at Scotiabank Place, drew good crowds. Hundreds of men and women, boys and girls either play or have played basketball in high school. You notice that whenever you attend a game in the city: there are more tall people in the crowd than usual. None of this adds up to surefire success. There were a lot of people who had played

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Time to burst bubble on consumer debt troubles BRYNNA LESLIE Capital Muse sity in Hamilton and bubble expert. Deaves says the tricky thing about bubbles is that people don’t recognize when they’re in the middle of one. Human nature being what it is we’re far more likely to find ways to justify overpriced stocks or exorbitant growth in housing prices than we are to look at it objectively. Just before the housing bubble burst in Florida, for example, real estate agents blamed demographics – specifically, baby boomer demand – for driving

prices to unprecedented levels and they saw no end in sight. In other words, people trick themselves into believing values will climb forever and when the bubble is about ready to burst? Well, Deaves likens it to musical chairs. “When the music stops, everyone rushes to the exits at the same time,” he says. The result, of course, is a plummet of values and often recession in the market where the bubble occurred. Deaves and his col-

leagues have done a number of experiments on bubbles to examine conditions that perpetuate them. One of the most interesting findings is that people who have access to borrowed funds are likely to buy things at a higher value than they’re actually worth. Put simply, having access to loans, lines of credit and mortgages causes people to purchase things at higher amounts than they would if it were their own money. And under what condi-

tions are people most likely to borrow rather than save? When interest rates are low, of course. You can hardly turn on the TV or radio these days without hearing federal Finance Minister Jim Flaherty at the Canada Club or a Bay Street luncheon lambasting Canadians for taking on big mortgages and running up consumer debt. But, frankly, delivering this punishing message while supporting The Bank of Canada’s pro-

longed low-interest rate policies is like telling your kids they’re too fat, while offering them freshly baked chocolate chip cookies. If experiments in behavioural economics are anything to go by, Canada’s fiscal policies may have created the perfect conditions for a bubble in the Canadian economy. Let’s see if Flaherty and the next bank governor can offer up something other than empty rhetoric to keep it from bursting.

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s we bid farewell to Bank of Canada governor Mark Carney last week, Canadians across the land celebrated a man who has steered our fiscal ship well in rough waters. Despite the near collapse of the global economy, Canada and Canadians have been sitting pretty. Our unemployment rate is stable. Inflation is stable. House prices are on the up and up. But perhaps we popped the champagne cork too soon. For one thing, Carney won’t take up his new post as governor of the Bank of England until the summer. For another, consumer debt being what it is, Canadians may not have seen the worst of this financial cycle. In fact, if experiments in behavioural economics are anything to go by, Canada may be in a bubble in more ways than one. Earlier this fall, I interviewed Richard Deaves, a professor of finance and economics at McMaster Univer-

Human nature being what it is we’re far more likely to find ways to justify overpriced stocks or exorbitant growth in housing prices than we are to look at it objectively.

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New space to relax, get away for CHEO families CHEO and Ronald McDonald House unveil new family room Eddie Rwema eddie.rwema@metroland.com

EMC news - Parents of children receiving critical care at CHEO can now get away from the hospital without leaving their children, thanks to a new family room unveiled on Nov. 27. The room, which was funded by the Ronald McDonald House charity, is a large lounge on the fifth floor that has been fully renovated. Families of children being treated at CHEO can use the room as their special place of respite, relaxation and privacy within the walls of the hospital. “These family rooms create just a little bit of normalcy and comfort at a very difficult and uncomfortable time,” said Alex Munter, the hospital’s CEO. Munter said the room will give parents an opportunity to have a bit of a break without the need to go far away. “Families are here at some of the toughest moments of their lives with so much anxiety and stress and to be able to (retreat) from that, even if it is only for a few minutes or a few hours, into a comfort-

able space, is refreshing,” said Munter. Ronald McDonald House Ottawa said it cost about $265,000 to revamp the room and a separate space with beds near the intensive care unit. “Parents will have an opportunity to somewhat just relax, calm down a bit after a pretty stressful and hectic time when their child is being treated here at CHEO,” said Carol Houston, executive director at Ronald McDonald House Ottawa. The eight Ronald McDonald Family Rooms across Canada are equipped with qualified staff and volunteers who take care of the day-today essentials of running a room, so families don’t have to worry about them. Each year, the 14 Ronald McDonald Houses in Canada provide 10,000 Canadian families with a place to stay during their most difficult times, but many have to turn families away due to lack of space. By 2014, Ronald McDonald Houses expects to be able to accommodate 465 families each night – more than twice what was available in 2010.

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New exhibit promises to shine Earth gallery boasts best samples of Canadaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s minerals Michelle Nash michelle.nash@metroland.com

EMC news - The latest gallery at the Canadian Museum of Nature invites patrons to don a minerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s cap, dream of diamonds or shake things up with an earthquake or two at the sparkling new Vale Earth Gallery. The museum officially opened its mineral and geological exhibit on Nov. 30, offering the opportunity to learn about Earth and its minerals presented as a journey through time. According to museum president Meg Beckel, this latest gallery collects both the museumâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s best geological and mineral specimens and pairs them with new content and engaging interactive activities. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Visitors will get the chance to learn first hand about the Earth,â&#x20AC;? Beckel said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;... the museum has made minerals and geology real and relevant.â&#x20AC;? Vale, a Sudbury-based mining company, donated $1 mil-

lion in 2009 to help make this exhibition possible. Cory McPhee, vice president of corporate affairs at Vale, attended a preview of the exhibition on Nov. 28. â&#x20AC;&#x153;On behalf of Vale we are pleased to be a part of this new exhibit,â&#x20AC;? McPhee said. Renovations were made to the original mineral and geology exhibition to make the new, larger gallery possible. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We are extremely grateful for Valeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s support, which has allowed us to complete this project that will inspire and connect visitors with our collections and the mineralogy research of our scientists,â&#x20AC;? Beckel said. The exhibit is filled with 14 oversized mineral specimens, crystals, gems and diamonds among others. The gallery boasts many of Canadaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s best samples of minerals and crystals. There is also the chance to see a meteorite that is almost as old as Earth - 4.57 billion years old. Children and parents alike can build a volcano, control a two-metre diametre animated globe, cause an earthquake or explore a limestone cave, if they can brave the depth and all the bats in the cave. McPhee said he was

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Nigel Bowers of Eastern Museum Services places a titanite crystal into the crystals case at the new Vale Earth Gallery on Nov. 28. The gallery opened on Nov. 30 and features many Canadian cut crystals and gemstones as well as a minerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s hall of fame and a limestone cave. surprised at the realism and attention to detail with the limestone cave. A piece of Saskatchewan is also on display. A replica of a sedimentary rock face with embedded fossils from around 65 million years ago is in the middle of the gallery. There is also a Mining Hall of Fame, which features

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Open for the pass Young players from all over the city came to Louis Riel public school’s soccer dome on Dec. 3 to participate in a recruiting showcase for the Montreal Impact Academy. If players are selected, they would move to Montreal to board with families and play for the 12 and under age group team. Here, Johnny Priori, a player with the Ottawa Fury, looks for an open player to pass to during the start of the session.

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Doing good deeds Twelve children from Ottawa enjoy a special evening thanks to Ottawa Senators owner Eugene Melnyk. The children – aged five to 15 – watched the recent Justin Bieber concert from Melnyk’s suite. The children were selected by the Children’s Wish Foundation, CHEO and Roger’s House. Melnyk also arranged Christmas gift bags for his special guests and arranged a surprise visit by Santa who took time away from his busy elves to welcome the children.

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EMC news - Despite an attempt to put more money into planning parks and cycling facilities, the city’s 2013 budget was unanimously accepted with no major changes on Nov. 28. The council vote means the owner of an average $314,500 home in the urban area will pay about $67 more in taxes a year, while rural homeowners will pay around $50 more per year. The 2.09 per cent municipal tax levy increase for urban homeowners and 1.98 per cent for rural residents are the smallest tax hikes in six years, Mayor Jim Watson said. The only somewhat substantial change made to the draft version of the budget came from the community and protective services department, which transferred $250,000 from a daycare fund to pay for service for Ottawa’s neediest citizens. The city had already tried to shore up a $7-million reduction in provincial social services funding by finding $4.5-million. The extra quarter million shifted away from daycare was in response to residents who came out to argue the city should try to do more to lessen the impact of

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Canal from Fifth Avenue in the Glebe to Clegg Street in Old Ottawa East. There was little discussion on the issue, but several councillors, including Stephen Blais (Cumberland), Rainer Bloess (Innes), Jan Harder (Barrhaven), Allan Hubley (Kanata South), Bob Monette (Orléans) and Doug Thompson (Osgoode), asked to have their dissent recorded for the bridge spending. After the meeting, Bloess explained that he’s wary of going down a road towards

spending a projected $17 million on a new bridge when the city has a long list of smaller cycling projects that should be completed first. “I’m a big fan of linkages … But this is setting the first stage for an unknown expense,” Bloess said. “Two million for just the (environment assessment study) is way too rich for my blood. I think we should take care of the current needs in our cycling network first.” Two new city plans approved last year – the older adult plan and the arts, heritage and culture plan – will get $500,000 and $1 million respectively towards their implementation. Community design plans promised for areas around future light rail stations are being funded to the tune of $300,000. The city will boost funding to fight the emerald ash borer by $975,000, bringing annual funding for pesticide treatments and replanting to $1.8 million. There is also money for 16 new crossing guards.

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A Zoning By-law Amendment Application was received by the City in July of 2011 for 3102, 3112, 3120, and 3130 Woodroffe Avenue to rezone these properties from DR to R4Z to allow for 154 townhouse and stacked townhouse units. If you live in the area I am sure you recall. At that time several residents submitted comments back to the City concerning density, height, traffic and drainage. Based on the public’s reaction to the proposal, the applicant decided not to move forward with the rezoning (currently “on hold” status). Some of those property owners are now offering their properties for sale on an individual basis. Over 70 homeowners attended a Planning Forum hosted by myself with support from General Manager Planning and Growth John Moser and Senior Planner Colin White on Saturday March 3rd at the Walter Baker Sports Centre. At that time Mr. Moser suggested a mini design review be held to discuss potential uses/zoning for these properties with potential developers, the homeowners and the engaged public. Fast forward to today and I can advise that Councillor Desroches and I have requested that a Focused Zoning Study be undertaken by the Zoning Consistency Team to examine the proposed rezoning of these properties, as well as properties at 3150, 3162 Woodroffe Avenue and 15, 23, 33, 39 Deerfox Drive, in the context of consistency with the Official Plan. We are asking this study be done in a comprehensive manner to provide clear direction to residents and developers in the future. I urge you to plan to attend this meeting and to ask your neighbours to join you. If you would like to contribute your thoughts regarding what you would like to see at this location in the future, please note there will be a Public Information Session on Wednesday, January 16, 2013 at the Walter Baker Sports Centre, Food Court (100 Malvern Drive) from 6-8 pm. The more input and discussion we have about any future development to take place in your area, the more the final result will be to everyone’s benefit. At the information session there will be a presentation at 6 p.m. followed by discussion until 8 p.m. As this is expected to draw quite a few people to the already always buzzing Walter Baker Centre please plan to arrive early or carpool to avoid parking congestion. If you can’t go to the meeting but would like to share some feedback please send your comments and questions to Kersten Nitsche, Planner , City of Ottawa’s Zoning, Intensification and Neighbourhoods Unit at 613-580-2424, ext. 16616 or kersten.nitsche@ottawa.ca. Following the session and once staff have completed the study and made their recommendations, a report will go forward to Planning Committee and City Council in early 2013. We look forward to working with you. http://www.janharder.com

As always, I welcome your feedback. Contact me at jan.harder@ottawa.ca or 613-580-2473, and visit my webpage at www.janharder.com. 16 Nepean-Barrhaven EMC - Thursday, December 6, 2012

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EMC sports - Two local skaters delivered podium finishes at a figure skating competition earlier this month. Brooklyn McCormick and Lucas Nguyen, both members of the Glen Cairn Skating Club, finished in the top two at the eastern Ontario Skate Canada Sectionals, held in Kingston, Ont., from Nov. 9 to 11. Stittsville resident Brooklyn placed first in the under14 juvenile womenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s free program. With a final score of 26.19, she beat out second place TĂŠodora Skiljevic, of the Nepean Skating Club, by 0.22 points.

Brooklyn, an 11-year-old Jean Paul II French Catholic elementary school student, has been with the Glen Cairn club for three years. Lucas, a Britannia resident, placed second in the pre-juvenile menâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s free program with a final score of 14.71, 4.36 points behind first-place finisher Alec Guinzbourg from the Quinte Figure Skating Club. Lucas, 11, attends Terredes-Jeunes French Catholic elementary school and has been with the Glen Cairn club for three years. Glen Cairn Skating Club member Ysabele Rivard nabbed a 16th place finish at the sectionals with a final score of 16.23.

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CCWR to host hay-raising event Arts and craft fair boasts local vendors on Dec. 8 Jessica Cunha jessica.cunha@metroland.com

Creating Jobs and Economic Growth The number one priority for our Conservative Government remains economic growth and job creation. Canada emerged from the global recession in a better economic position than most countries. However, we face a potential skilled-labour shortage of up to 1,000,000 unďŹ lled jobs in the next decade due to an aging workforce. Our government is taking decisive action to minimize the impact of this shortage on our economy in the years to come. A key component of long-term economic prosperity is immigration. We are committed to creating an immigration system that works for all Canadians. The aim of our sweeping immigration reform is to ensure that Canada welcomes the hardworking skilled workers our economy requires, while at the same time excluding those who try to abuse the system. For example, we are introducing reforms to the Federal Skilled Worker Program, Canadaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s largest economic immigration program. In order to be selected, newcomers now need to pass an updated screening system that rewards education, work experience and ofďŹ cial language abilities. Research has consistently shown that these factors are important in ensuring successful integration into Canadian society. We are also creating a new skilled trades category. For too long, it has been nearly impossible for hardworking tradespeople, whose skills are increasingly in demand in Canada, to navigate our skilled worker program with its outdated requirements. Citizenship and Immigration Canada is currently ďŹ nalizing details for the new category, and is expected to start receiving applications in early 2013.

EMC news - The Constance Creek Wildlife Refuge is hoping to spread a little holiday cheer and raise some much-needed funds to buy hay for its rescue animals. The Dunrobin sanctuary, which is home to a number of goats, ponies, alpacas, pigs and other animals, will host an arts and crafts fair at the Dunrobin Community Centre on Dec. 8. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I just really want to be able to provide for all the animals,â&#x20AC;? said Lynne Rowe, who runs the refuge. â&#x20AC;&#x153;They give so much joy to the people who visit.â&#x20AC;? Rowe said sheâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s hoping to raise enough money to allow for a bulk hay purchase, which will cut down on driving costs to pick up small bales. Because of the summer drought, there is no hay available within the area. â&#x20AC;&#x153;This last week I spent literally about six hours doing two trips to go an hour away (to) load up the pickup truck â&#x20AC;&#x201C; which is 20 years old â&#x20AC;&#x201C; with hay and come home,â&#x20AC;? she said, adding if the sanctuary can raise a couple thousand dollars she can purchase a larger quantity and have the bales delivered. Hay is the refugeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s biggest expense, with the farm animals going through about 50 bales a week. CRAFT FAIR

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The Constance Creek Wildlife Refuge is hoping to spread a little holiday cheer and raise some much-needed funds to buy hay for its rescue animals, such as Rico the alpaca. The sanctuary will host an arts and crafts fair at the Dunrobin Community Centre on Dec. 8. of the group, will be on hand as â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Great Jasminiâ&#x20AC;? to read the fortunes of attendees. The groupâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s co-founder, Grace Dixon, will also be on hand at the fundraiser, said Rowe. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The whole group is planning to have a day where theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re going to make crafts that we can sell. So itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s great to have them pitch in and help us out,â&#x20AC;? said Rowe.

Our Conservative Government also introduced the Canadian Experience Class (CEC), now the fastest-growing economic immigration program. It offers a pathway to permanent residency for international graduate students and skilled workers who have already demonstrated that they can succeed in Canadaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s economy.

A number of local vendors and artists will be in attendance, selling such items as wooden magic wands, handmade soaps, toys and jewelry, artwork, items for the furry friends on the holiday list and preserves and baked goods. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I love arts and crafts fairs at Christmas,â&#x20AC;? said Rowe, adding a few of the animals will be in attendance. â&#x20AC;&#x153;You can get something really

unique and special for the people in your life.â&#x20AC;? There are still a few tables left for interested vendors. For information, email info@ ccwr.ca or call 613-2224719. The craft fair will be held from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. The community centre is located at 1151 Thomas Dolan Pky. For details, visit ccwr.ca.

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Road trip charges up the Trans Canada Michelle Nash michelle.nash@metroland.com

EMC news - One man is driving across the country in an effort to prove to Canadians that there is an option to driving a gas-guzzling car. By the end of Sun Country Highway president Kent Rathwellâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s trip, he will have travelled almost 10,000 kilometres in an electric vehicle. This initiative will commemorate both the milestones of Thomas Wilbyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s first motor car tour across Canada in 1912 and the opening of the Trans Canada Highway in 1962. But this trip is also about promoting electric cars and the companyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s free public access network of electric vehicle charging stations across the country. Sun Country Highway has close to 200 charging stations across Can-

ada, but Rathwell said he will reveal the actual total when he reaches Victoria on Dec. 21. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s all about announcing a new world when it comes to driving ... an electric world,â&#x20AC;? he said. Rathwell is driving a Tesla Model S Car roadster, a sports car that can go from zero to 100 kilometres per hour in 3.7 seconds. The reason he is making this trip in December? Rathwell said it is to debunk the number one myth he hears when it comes to electric cars. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I always hear that they donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t work in the winter,â&#x20AC;? Rathwell said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Well we are proving those people wrong.â&#x20AC;? The car is tiny and expensive at around $60,000, but so far Rathwell has driven close to 3,000 kilometres and it hasnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t cost him a cent and he has left no emissions in his wake.

While in Ottawa, Rathwell and his posse of electric cars stopped to get a charge at the new charging station at the Canada Science and Technology Museum on Nov. 29. Ellen Burack, general director of the energy initiative Letâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Talk Energy at the museum welcomed the travellers. Harry Smith, who owns the Tesla Model S sedan and Ottawa resident Doug George, who owns a red roadster, joined Rathwell at the museum.. â&#x20AC;&#x153;This is a great initiative and very similar to what the museum is trying to do to get people to think about their energy use,â&#x20AC;? Burack said. The program she works on showcases Canadianâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s relationship with energy, the environment and the economy. Museum exhibitions, workshops and online tools are used to teach the importance

of energy consumption and use. Burack said she finds the electric vehicle tour another great way to promoting the cause. Rathwell made a few more stops while in Ottawa. On Nov. 30 he visited Diffraction Limited on Grenfell Crescent and Algonquin College on Woodroffe Avenue. before heading west to Peterborough. The Sun Country Highway charging stations, including a new station at the museum, are free of charge for any electric vehicle owner. This is made possible because of partnerships between more than 80 businesses across Canada. The chargers charge most electric vehicles within 90 minutes. To follow Rathwellâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s journey or to find out more about electrical vehicles visit www. suncountryhighway.ca.

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New program launches to help home budgets Michelle Nash michelle.nash@metroland.com

EMC news - Understanding home budgets and the best way to stretch a dollar has become a little easier for Ottawa’s most vulnerable with the launch of a new organization dedicated to raising awareness about financial literacy. The Financial Literacy Action Network Ottawa celebrated its official launch at Entraide Budgetaire, Ottawa’s largest financial literacy organization, on Nov. 28. Helene Menard, executive director of Entraide Budgetaire Ottawa said she was extremely proud of the network and what it is accomplishing in the community. “The financial literacy resourcing is becoming increasingly vast, and it’s great to see everyone coming together and working as one. I would invite anyone from the community who is interested in financial literacy to join our network.” Financial literacy is the ability to understand one’s finances. This organization is the first network in Ottawa of its

kind and has brought together financial organizations and individuals from the community to help promote and educate people on household budgets and spending practices. The organization network will focus on helping low-income individuals and families in Ottawa and will act as a hub full of information and activities for those seeking help or education. Ursula Menke, the commissioner of the Financial Consumer Agency of Canada, Ted Gordon, ex-member of the task force on financial literacy, and Adam Fair, the chief executive of the Canadian Centre for Financial Literacy, attended the event. The centre is open to all organizations and community members who are involved in promoting financial literacy and will focus on strengthening the population’s understanding of financial choices to achieve measurable success. For more information on the new network, visit 300 Olmstead St. in Vanier or contact Entraide Budgetaire at 613746-0400 or online at www. ebottawa.org.

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EMC news - The Ministry of Natural Resources is asking motorists to be especially cautious on Ontario’s roads this fall because wildlife is on the move. Moose, elk and deer are particularly active in the fall, especially at dawn and dusk, as they search for mates and food. Deer and elk often travel in groups of two or more, so when motorists see one animal there may be more nearby. Drivers who see these animals along the road should slow down and sound their horns in a series of short bursts. At night, motorists should blink their headlights to warn the animals and give them a chance to move out of the way. Motorists should take extra care where: • Roads cross creeks or rivers. • In wooded corridors. • Where field edges run at a right angle to the road. • Where fences meet roads. • Where wildlife crossing signs are posted. For more information, visit mto.gov.on.ca/english/safety/ wildlife.shtml.

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EMC news - It’s been just a year since the first cancer survivorship centre opened in Ottawa, but survivors and patients alike are already singing praises of what they call a home-away-from-home. The Maplesoft Cancer Survivorship Centre helps people living with the disease and their families from diagnosis to survival. On Nov. 29, about 230 people gathered for

the second-annual breakfast fundraiser in support of the care-coaching program at the centre. By the end of the breakfast $176,000 had been raised, with more pledges still coming in. The Ottawa Regional Cancer Foundation, which supports the centre, hopes to raise $250,000 from that breakfast alone. In the midst of looking after her mother who had been diagnosed with cancer last

year, Kathy Dunn was referred to the regional screening program at the Ottawa Hospital – a specialized program available in Ottawa for family members of patients with cancer. Through a routine colonoscopy, Dunn learned that she also had cancer. “It came as a total shock and my message to all of you is that screening works,” said Dunn, as she offered her testimony on how the centre helped her through her treat-

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ers with similar experiences is invaluable,” said Dunn. The centre offers cancer coaching sessions, including pain management, nutrition, relaxation, and fatigue management. “The importance of nutrition and exercise is critical to a successful recovery and from my experience, I consider these as pillars of programming at the Maplesoft Centre,” said Dunn. Linda Eagen, president and chief executive of the Ottawa Regional Cancer Foundation, said the money raised will support cancer coaching programs. “This is the way that we directly impact the lives of people who are affected by cancer,” said Eagen.

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Kwanzza celebration, market together for first time Shopping, music all part of day-long community event Michelle Nash michelle.nash@metroland.com

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One principal of Kwanzaa is Ujamma, which translates to co-operative economics and represents the building and maintaining of community businesses. The Ujamma Market will open at 1 p.m. featuring local vendors from the African and Caribbean communities as well as local businesses. Solange Tuyishime, Miss

Galaxy 2011, will be the master of ceremonies with musical performances by local musicians. The first day of Kwanzaa celebrations begins on Dec. 16 at 5 p.m. with the lighting of candles. Food and drinks will be part of the Kwanzaa festivities. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Everyone can take part in this celebration, whether it is

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Tayo Olaf said the entire team at the non-profit organization Jaku Konbit has been working around the clock for this yearâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s market and Kwanzaa celebration on Dec. 16. to shop, meet new people or learn more about Kwanzaa,â&#x20AC;? Olaf said.

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EMC news - Members of the advocacy group ACORN Ottawa voiced their opposition to the Ontario government’s decision to remove certain social assistance benefits during a Nov. 30 protest. Holding banners and signs, the group assembled at the Employment Ontario service centre at 370 Catherine St. and made the cold march to the Ontario Disability Support Program offices at Preston Square. The focus of the protest was the decision made by the province earlier this year to remove the home repairs benefit and reduce the community start up and maintenance benefit by half starting in January 2013. The province has stated it intends to create an integrated program using combined funding from social assistance programs and other sources in order to deliver similar services. Members of ACORN, which stands for Association of Community Organizers for Reform Now, have said the start-up benefit helps 16,000 residents receiving Ontario Works or ODSP access stable housing if they need to pay first and last month’s rent to leave a shelter situation, to

connect with hydro or to add accessibility devices to their home. It also allows new shoes or clothing to be acquired for job interviews or employment. With the benefit ending at the end of the year, the members -- who have been fighting a number of provincial decisions in the past year -- don’t see a replacement option for users of this benefit. Kathleen Fortin, head of the ACORN board, uses a wheelchair and has made good use of the benefit in the past. “I used it to find employment a couple of years ago – transportation to find jobs, and shoes and clothing for interviews,” said Fortin. “We’re here to tell the provincial government we don’t want them to cut the community start up.” Fortin said by not having the benefits in place and by not reversing the social assistance rate cuts of the Harris government, Ontario Premier Dalton McGuinty is removing avenues that lead away from poverty. “People are stuck -- they can’t get out of the system because they can’t get out of poverty,” said Fortin, describing those who do find employment have to pay 50 per cent of their income back to the province, leaving nothing

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Members of Ottawa ACORN advocacy group marches from the Employment Ontario service centre at 370 Catherine St. to the Ontario Disability Support Program on Preston Street on Nov. 30 to protest provincial cuts to low-income benefits. The Ontario government voted to cut the community start up and maintenance benefit in half starting in January, meaning less funds for low-income or people with disabilities to finance moves, accessibility renovations, clothing for job interviews and apartment hunting. left for anything besides rent. “It puts you back into poverty – it’s called the ‘claw back.’ We want to recoup

what we’ve lost.” The group has also protested earlier alterations to the province’s special diet al-

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How do you wrap a goat? EMC news - It’s that time of year again when we struggle to find unique holiday gift ideas for everyone on our shopping lists. Giving a charitable gift through Plan Canada’s Gifts of Hope is a great way to give back during the holidays and help a family or community in need. Gifts of Hope support real projects that change lives in developing countries. Whether it is clean water for a family, a mango tree for a classroom to teach children gardening skills, or a goat that will provide milk, these gifts are perfect for anyone on your list: teachers, coworkers, friends and family, and even party hosts. The Plan Canada Gifts of Hope catalogue offers an assortment of more than 40 items for all budgets and includes choices for all faiths and cultures during the holiday season. But, how do you wrap a goat or a mango tree? When you purchase Plan Canada Gifts of Hope, you can also select a personalized gift card for the person you are honouring that includes a photo and description of the gift. Here are some additional ways to “wrap a goat” and add some fun to this gift-giving idea: • Goat ($75) What you’re really giving: A goat provides milk for a family: protein, nourishment and health. Just imagine what a herd could do for a commu-

nity. How to wrap it: Pair the gift card with luxurious goat’s milk soap and cream, or for the foodie on your list, a goat’s cheese, a cheese board and cheese knives. Alternatively, the herd of goats ($775) Gifts of Hope makes a fantastic group or office gift. • Newborn check-up ($12) What you’re really giving: This gift supports the important work of community health workers who visit moms and their newborn babies within the first three days of the baby’s birth - a critical time. How to wrap it: A great gift for new parents – the gift card can be paired with a baby bottle, receiving blanket, onesie or a bib. You could also present the Gifts of Hope Birth certificate ($25) the same way. • Mango tree ($15) What you’re really giving: When mango trees are planted as a key element in school garden programs, children learn useful gardening and agricultural skills while caring for them. Their juicy and nutritious fruit is shared among the students as an incentive to come to school. How to wrap it: Pair the gift card with a mason jar filled with tasty dried mangoes and top with festive holiday fabric. You could also give a jar of mango jam or chutney. • Classroom essentials for one child ($17) How to wrap it: Tuck the gift card into a journal with pens

and pencils or with a great new book. You could also use this gift-giving idea for the Gifts of Hope library in a box gift ($60) or classroom essentials for a whole class ($250), which is a great group gift. • Beekeeping kit ($55) What you’re really giving: This is the gift of an instant livelihood. How to wrap it: Give this gift with a jar of honey, beeswax candles or beeswax beauty products. • Clean water for a family ($75) What you’re really giving: For parents, this gift brings peace of mind that their family will have clean water to drink that won’t make anyone sick. For daughters, it means a day at school instead of an arduous journey to fetch water for their families. How to wrap it: Give this gift with a reusable water bottle that can be used all year round. Alternatively, have the whole family pitch in and consider giving either a Well for a class ($175), or Rainwater harvesting tanks ($500) as a group gift.

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Grade 1 student Ryan Swanson shaves teacher Jeremy Grison’s pink mustache while teacher Sarah Crosby looks on.

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Movember shave Justin Graham, a Grade 5 student, shaves off the moustache of Angelo Bruno, a grade 5 and 6 teacher at St. Luke Catholic School in Barrhaven, to celebrate the school’s Movember fundraiser. St. Luke students raised $1,000 through donations and buying mustache stickers for $1. Jeremy Grison, a special education teacher seen here in the middle, Dave Lowthian gets a shave from his son Bobby, a Grade Bruno, and parent Dave Lowthian grew their mustaches this fall, allowing students from the top fundraising classes to 6 student. dye and shave their facial hair during a school assembly last week.

Beauty starts at Trade Secrets – and so does holiday shopping Trade Secrets is what owner Russ Arthurs likes to call, “a candy store for girls with lots of deals,” with a dazzling array of professional quality shampoos, conditioners, hair appliances, nail polish, makeup and hair accessories at prices lower than in a hair salon or spa But there’s something at Trade Secrets for everyone on your gift list – even dads, brothers, sons. “Men’s products are the fastest growing segment of the beauty industry right now,” said Russ Arthurs, owner of four Trade Secrets franchises in Ottawa. “Men are starting to use the good stuff.” At this time of year Trade Secrets is, of course, full of specially priced Christmas/holiday gift packs and stocking stuffers galore. “We have hand fizzies, they’re the hot new thing,” said Arthurs. “You slip them in water and they give you kind of a fizzy manicure on the spot. Then there are new tweezers, Sassy Dame Tweezers, shaped like a woman with different hair colours and outfits so you can buy one to match whoever you’re buying it for.” There are also false eyelashes with rhinestones, crystal nail files, “Healthy Hoof” for nails and cuticles, sunglasses, jewelled hair clips, OPI’s new Skyfall collection of nail polish colours celebrating the new James Bond movie…and much more. But the biggest sellers at Christmas are always the bigger ticket items. “The hot trend this year is the new curl wand or stick, but basically it’s a curling iron that’s pointed with no handle to clamp hair around the barrel,” said Arthurs. “The one that we promote

the most is our own, the GS, because it has the auto shutoff which is so important. It’s on for $100 right now, regularly $130.” Trade Secrets is competitive in pricing compared to on line or discount shopping, Arthurs stressed, because the company buys strategically. “There’s not too big of a gap,” he said. “When we see deals we scoop them up so we can offer competitive pricing to our customers.” Trade Secrets also offers in store promotions like a $25 Glamour Card to spend in January or February if you spend $125 before Christmas. “We tend to be quite busy in January when people come to spend their Glamour Cards,” said Arthurs. “Also, more and more nowadays, as people live farther away from family, grandparents tend to send cash and gift cards. In the past everything was bought before Christmas and now we see a lot being bought in January because the kids come to spend all the cash they’ve acquired at Christmas.” Trade Secrets in Barrhaven is still the chain’s top selling location in North American power centres (suburban strip malls) and Bayshore is the top selling location in the entire Trade Secrets chain, despite competition from the internet and cross-border shopping. The key, said Arthurs is service. “You can find top quality products on line for less, but it’s the expertise, the extra service we bring,” he said. “And it’s the convenience of being able to try before you buy, have the product physically in your hand, talk to real people about their experiences because our employees have tried out pretty

No need to panic with Christmas just weeks away. You can probably finish up your gift shopping at Trade Secrets in Barrhaven. much everything in that store. And it’s to collect hair appliances for women’s the warranty. We honour it in the store, shelters in Ottawa. you just bring it back, you don’t have “We think that in our community we to pay to mail it away and wait a month have strong, loyal support from people to get it back. People hate doing that.” who want to shop local,” said Arthurs. For all the success of his businesses, Russ Arthurs likes to say thank you Trade Secrets is located in the to the community. Every year Trade Chapman Mills Marketplace in Secrets is a major sponsor of the Unit #5 of Building J. Phone (613) Barrhaven Santa Parade of Lights, 843-1703 or e-mail barrhaven@ raises money for breast cancer tradesecrets.ca. For store hours and research, contributes to the Movember information on services offered, visit campaign for prostate cancer and www.tradesecrets.ca. sponsors the Give and Take program Nepean-Barrhaven EMC - Thursday, December 6, 2012

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Three Habitat volunteers receive Jubilee medals Volunteers honoured for helping break the cycle of poverty pean-area resident who is the president of Habitat NCR’s board of directors, serves as the CEO for Paul Ziebarth Electrical Contractors Ltd. Ziebarth, who has been involved with Habitat NCR since its inception in 1993, started out by personally wiring every Habitat home in the National Capital Region. As his company grew, he regularly committed as many as 28 electricians, who routinely volunteer their time to wire an entire house while supplying the electrical materials needed. Ziebarth’s solid understanding of the building industry and his extensive leadership experience make him an invaluable champion and resource for our organization. Cynthia Herman, an Orléans resident, has been a dedicated

volunteer at Habitat NCR for more than eight years. A faithful contributor at the affiliate’s main office for at least two days each week, Herman plays a vital role as administrative support, special events assistant and photographer. As an organization that routinely relies on volunteer assistance in the office, at events and on the build site, Cynthia’s work ethic, dedication, energy and cheerful attitude make her stand out in the crowd. Roger Short is a retired high school teacher who has been a valued volunteer with Habitat NCR for more than eight years. The Glebe-area resident has been involved with all aspects of Habitat NCR, including volunteering on 15 of our home builds and retrofits, serving in ReStores, contrib-

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uting to ReStore, volunteer and build committees and representing the organization as an official spokesperson. Short is a respected member of our volunteer contingent whose dedication, reliability, knowledgeable advice and quiet confidence have made an invaluable contribution to our organization. “The recipients who are honoured by this medal have made Canada better,” said Gov. Gen. David Johnston at the inaugural presentation ceremony of the Diamond Jubilee Medal. “Individually, they have improved the wellbeing of many in our communities, and together, they have helped to create a smarter, more caring nation. They represent a mosaic of individual experiences and accomplishments. Like Her Majesty, they inspire others to take up the call to service.”

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EMC news - Technical glitches aren’t the only issue plaguing OC Transpo’s Presto card system. With so many changes and new procedures resulting from bugs in the system, operators are having trouble keeping up. An overhaul of the drivers’ Presto display screens is set to hit buses at the beginning of January – only a couple of weeks before 10,000 more people are set to get Presto cards – meaning OC Transpo is getting ready to train all of its operators how to use Presto all over again. The cost of the retraining hasn’t been finalized, city spokeswoman Jocelyne Turner wrote in an email, but the tab will be picked up by Metrolinx, the provincially funded agency in charge of Presto. At a driver’s average hourly wage, sending all the operators back for an hour and a half of training costs about $65,000 said Craig Watson, the president of Amalgamated Transit Union Local 279. “We’re allowing them to go outside our contract and make a special concession to get all the operators in and retrained on Presto because there have been so many issues that have developed,” Watson said. “So yeah, there (are) some prob-

lems, but we’re going to move them out in a really fast process. All of the drivers are going to be brought in for training. Everybody needs it.” It’s not that the drivers didn’t get training the first time, Watson said. It’s that the system has changed so many times that the original training barely applies. When the Presto system more or less stopped working in the summer and the drivers didn’t use that knowledge, they lost it, Watson said. “The technology hasn’t worked,” he said. “When the drivers were trained, you’ve got to remember, they were trained a long time ago (in the spring). If the technology had worked right away, they would have been using it all the time. But when you don’t have it work for six months, you don’t remember how.” Not to mention, there was at least one error in the training program and it wasn’t discovered until almost all drivers had been trained, Watson said. ‘INFURIATING’

The issue came to a head for Capital Coun. David Chernushenko after he received error messages for the fifth day in a row while trying to board the bus. “It’s infuriating,” Chernushenko said. “It’s not living up to the

advertising,” he said. “I am not feeling good that it’s just a matter of a couple more tweaks.” The councillor was ready to give up on Presto entirely and advise OC Transpo to do the same, but he credits the transit agency for tracking down the issue and fixing it before he threw in the towel. Finding and fixing these sorts of problems is the reason an extended testing phase is a good thing, said transit commission chairwoman Diane Deans. The problem? A driver hit the wrong button to approve the balance on Chernushenko’s card the first time he used it, rendering his card always in the red. OC Transpo thought Chernushenko owed it money for the one “grace period” trip regular riders will be allowed, in case they forget to top up their card. The grace trip is deducted after the rider adds more money to their card. But Chernushenko never added money because he has a monthly pass, not a cash balance, so the Presto machine kept asking him for money. “In this case, it’s an ongoing training issue with our operators,” said OC Transpo’s manager of business and operational services, David Pepper, hinting at the complexity of keeping a workforce of 1,600 drivers up to speed with the

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Just like it’s taking a while for drivers to learn how the new system works, it’s going to take some time for riders to adjust. Presto will mark a sea-change in how we pay to ride the bus. For one thing, the passes are transferable, meaning you and a spouse, room-

mate or anyone for that matter, could share a card – as long as you don’t ride at the same time. The cards can be topped up online or at a service centre. Pepper explains the massive effort involved in explaining the nuances of the new card to a lineup of people at transit stations when they are handed out in small batches – never mind the 200,000-card dump

the city initially planned to do on June 10 for a Canada Day launch of the Presto system. Now, the full rollout has been tentatively delayed until May or June. Transit commissioners will decide in April whether the fixes and testing are enough to give them confidence to forge ahead with the smart cards. Despite the complications, to his knowledge, Pepper says no one has turned in their Presto card. Still, OC Transpo has no way of tracking how many people are actively using their cards. There are currently 2,000 cards in the hands of people like city councillors, OC Transpo staff and their families, but the transit agency can only monitor the number of taps – not how many cards those taps are coming from, Pepper said. With the planned release of an additional 10,000 cards in mid-January, Pepper says OC Transpo is hoping at least 50 per cent of them use the cards regularly. That lowball number is enough to give OC Transpo the kind of critical mass it needs to put the system to the test. And now that the Toronto Transit Commission has signed on to implement Presto in that city by 2016, all eyes will be watching Ottawa to see how it fares.

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Hush-hush temp jobs slammed by auditor general More than 600 temporary workers not approved by council cost Ottawa $58 million Laura Mueller laura.mueller@metroland.com

EMC news - A post-2009 bus strike deal giving OC Transpo the power to schedule drivers is â&#x20AC;&#x153;less efďŹ cientâ&#x20AC;? and â&#x20AC;&#x153;more costlyâ&#x20AC;?, according to the cityâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s auditor general. Despite claims made by the city and former transit chief Alain Mercier at the time, auditor general Alain Lalondeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s report indicates that the city was not on the winning side of the arbitration that ended the winter strike. OC Transpo expected to save between $3.1 million and $4.5 million a year after the strike, but that money didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t materialize, said Ray Kostuch, deputy auditor general. Craig Watson, president of the local transit union, was quick to say â&#x20AC;&#x153;I told you soâ&#x20AC;? at the tabling of the audit on Nov. 29, but he added that scheduling has improved since an OC Transpo-ATU Local 279 scheduling working group was established earlier this year. The audit also slammed OC Transpoâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s archaic system for booking bus drivers on routes. The booking is done four times a year and requires drivers to pile into a room

and manually write their selections on papers posted on the walls. The scale and complexity of booking for a large transit system demands a move to an online system, the report states. That would save around $350,000 per year. OC Transpo also got a slap on the wrist for its faulty notiďŹ cation system for letting riders know when buses have been cancelled. Auditor general staff signed up for text message, email and web alerts for all 141 routes for one week last November. Of the 55 actual bus cancellations during that week, audit staff received only seven complete and consistent notiďŹ cations. Although riders can sign up for alerts for all 141 routes, only 126 of them had actually been added to the system, meaning 15 routes that riders thought they would get updates for were never actually putting out notiďŹ cations. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The quality of OC Transpoâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s communications to its ridership makes an impression and inďŹ&#x201A;uence public perception of the systemâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s efďŹ ciency and effectiveness,â&#x20AC;? the report states. OC Transpo has already ďŹ xed the system to ensure alerts can be sent for all

routes, and the transit agency will continuously monitor to ensure the notiďŹ cations are consistent. The city could save approximately $800,000 per year by implementing all of Lalondeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s suggestions. Other

its books, even though no one has ďŹ lled those jobs for two years or more. Combined with positions still considered necessary even though staff was temporarily reassigned, the city has 123 vacant or unoccupied positions worth $10.5

You should be able to know exactly how many persons or (full-time equivalents) are working within a unit. Right now you donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t know that. You know how much the program is costing. ALAIN LALONDE AUDITOR GENERAL

audits included: the cityâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s corporate communications, procurement practices, occupational health and safety, human resources master plan, performance measurement and budgeting for growth. The reports are available on the auditor general section of ottawa.ca. GHOST STAFF

The audit identiďŹ ed the city still has the equivalent of 21 full-time positions with salaries totaling $1.8 million on

million on its books. That money is often reallocated to pay the salaries of temporary employees who work on short-term projects. At the time of the audit, there were 1,065 temporary positions that councillors had not been made aware of, 684 of which were ďŹ lled at an annual cost of $58 million. Salaries for about half of temporary workers are paid by the federal and provincial governments, city manager Kent Kirkpatrick said, and city managers have authority

to authorize how money is spent in their departments. That in itself isnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t a problem, Lalonde said, but the issue is that itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s not clear to elected ofďŹ cials how often temp positions are created and ďŹ lled, in which departments and why it is necessary. â&#x20AC;&#x153;You should be able to know exactly how many persons or (full-time equivalents) are working within a unit,â&#x20AC;? Lalonde told councillors. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Right now you donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t know that. You know how much the program is costing.â&#x20AC;? This isnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t the ďŹ rst time the issue of the city budgeting for vacant jobs has come up recently. While introducing the budget on Oct. 24, city treasurer Marion Simulik applauded the cityâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s ability to slash another 139 unďŹ lled full-time positions from its payroll, but later clariďŹ ed that only 42 of the cityâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 14,489 jobs were cut this year. The rest were eliminated previously, but were tracked in terms of dollars, meaning the jobs themselves remained on the books. FRAUD AND WASTE

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Crowdsourcing campaign targets Support charities through west-end improvement ideas search engine Residents can submit ideas until Dec. 9 Steph Willems steph.willems@metroland.com

EMC news - Residents living in the Woodpark and Woodroffe North neighbourhoods have until Dec. 9 to put their community improvement ideas into writing. An online “crowd sourcing” campaign, organized by the city’s Neighbourhood Connections Office and IT solutions provider Ideavibes, wants to know what residents would like to see happen in their community. When the most popular ideas are drawn from the responses, the city will fund as many as three small-scale projects up to a total of $30,000 The Woodpark and Woodroffe North surveys are the first to be held under as part of an online ideas campaign, a pilot initiative of the Neighbourhood Connections Office. The new department chose Ideavibes after the city had used their crowd sourcing services for their 2011 Have A Say campaign, with pleasing results. “(The city) got a better response than they were hoping for,” said Paul Dombowsky, chief executive of Ideavibes. “It’s an approach to citizen engagement that makes it

easier to get the word out.” Residents of those west end neighbourhoods can log on to ottawa.ca/neighbourhoods to offer their ideas on what improvements their communities could benefit from.

“It’s really tailored to focus on the little fixes, strategic things that can be addressed to make the community better.” MARK TAYLOR BAY WARD COUNCILLOR

Dombowsky said the approach is becoming more popular given the wider range of people who can be reached electronically, leading to a greater response than what can be achieved through a public meeting. The main themes of the online ideas campaign were guided by an earlier questionnaire. It found the main themes to be streets and parks, social and recreational opportunities, community

beautification and development issues. While the potential funding available to the projects isn’t that significant, Bay Coun. Mark Taylor said the process is valuable in that it serves to identify issues that could be corrected by other city departments. “It’s really tailored to focus on the little fixes, strategic things that can be addressed to make the community better,” said Taylor. “This (process) will help us in older neighbourhoods who don’t benefit from a community design plan, like in a new neighbourhood in South Nepean. “ Taylor said he had been in talks with city staff for the past year about this new process, which is why Bay Ward communities were quick to get their name on the waiting list for the online ideas campaign. Like this one, subsequent campaigns will run for a three week period. Already, residents from the Pinecrest-Queensway community have applied, as well as Queensway Terrace North. Based on feedback, projects for Woodpark and Woodroffe North will be decided upon over the course of the winter and implemented next spring.

Police to focus on speeding, impaired driving EMC news – Ottawa police will focus on drivers who speed and those who drive impaired in December as part of its ongoing commitment to keeping Ottawa’s roads safe. Speeding or not slowing down for road and weather conditions took its toll on Ottawa roads between 2007 and 2011. It was related to 16,231 reportable collisions with 70

fatalities, 4,709 injuries with 253 of those being considered serious. IMPAIRED DRIVING

Between 2007 and 2011, there were 1,818 impaired driving-related collisions with 34 fatalities, 764 injuries with 97 of those being considered

serious. Eighty per cent of the impaired drivers were male and 30 per cent were between the ages of 16 and 24. These initiatives support the larger Safer Roads Ottawa program, a partnership between the city’s fire, paramedic and police service, and Ottawa Public Health and the Public works department.

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EMC news - A new online search engine will donate a portion of its advertising revenue to Canadian charities. Bigheartedsearch.com is a free search engine designed to donate 80 per cent of its sponsored search revenue to selected Canadian charities and nonprofit organizations. Local non-profits, large or small, can request to be added to the list of participating organizations by providing a valid charitable registration number. “Big hearted search provides fast and accurate search results, but with the little extra

twist of making a donation to Canadian charities,” said the search engine team in a press release. People who use bigheartedsearch.com have the opportunity to select a specific charity to support or they can help one of the eight causes listed on the website: • Breast cancer. • Prostate cancer. • Heart disease. • Children’s health. • Environment. • Sports. • Community and education. • Arts. “Giving back to the community isn’t always as easy as

it sounds,” said the team. “The latest Canada survey of giving, volunteering and participating by Statistics Canada, proves that idea by showing that 72 per cent of Canadians say they would like to give more to charities, but simply cannot afford it.” According to the Interactive Advertising Bureau, online search advertising revenues reached $1.1 billion in Canada in 2011. “Bigheartedsearch.com believes that even if only a tiny portion of this money could be redirected to charities, it could have a huge impact on communities across the country,” said the team.

Giving tree Two-year-old Chelsea Mowat and mom Julie check out the new giving tree at the Township of Osgoode Care Centre on Nov. 29 during its unveiling. The tree is part of the care centre’s campaign to raise $500,000 to upgrade the not-for-profit chronic care facility.

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St Catherine of Siena Catholic Church

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December 17th through 23rd: 5:30 pm Contemplative Vespers December 24th: Family Christmas Service 4 pm Carol Singing 9:30 pm Christmas Eve Choral Eucharist 10 pm December 25th Choral Eucharist 10 am â&#x20AC;&#x153;All are welcome without exceptionâ&#x20AC;? 760 Somerset West

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City View United Church 6 Epworth Avenue, Nepean (613) 224-1021 www.cityviewunited.org Ministers: Rev. Neil Wallace Margie Ann MacDonald

Sunday Worship 10:30 am Blue Christmas Dec 9th 7:00 pm

St. Timothyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Presbyterian Church 2400 Alta Vista Drive (613) 733 0131 Sunday Worship at 10:00 a.m. Sunday School; Ample parking; OC Transpo route 8 A warm welcome awaits you. Minister: Alex Mitchell sttimothys@on.aibn.com www.sttimsottawa.com

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All are welcome to come hear the good news in a spiritually uplifting mix of traditional and forward looking Christian worship led by the Reverend Richard Vroom with Sunday morning services at 8:30 and 10.

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Ministry: Rev. Andrew Jensen, BA, MDiv 25 Gibbard Ave., Ottawa, Ont. K2G 3T9 Near Knoxdale & Greenbank (613) 829-2266 www.magma.ca/~knox Sunday Worship: 10 a.m. (Nursery Available) Tuesday Craft Group: 9:00 a.m. Youth Group: every second Sunday evening Dec. 2 White Gift Sunday 10:00 am Dec. 9 Family Christmas party and potluck 4:00 pm Dec. 16 Childrenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Musical: The Journey 10:00 am Dec. 23 Lessons and Carols service 10:00 am Dec. 24 Christmas Pageant 6:30 pm and 8:00 pm Christmas Eve Candelight and Communion Service 10:00 pm Dec. 30 Informal Service 10:00 am

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Pastor: Rev. Kelly Graham Knox church ofďŹ ce: 613-692-4228

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Christmas Tree elves Manotick Kiwanis volunteer Rich Wilson is a happy helper on Tuesday, Nov. 27, as the Kiwanis prepare for their annual charity tree sale. About 20 volunteers, including a handful of volunteer firefighters and Rideau-Goulbourn Coun. Scott Moffatt, gathered to set up the trees, which range from one to four metres. The tree sale is the Kiwanisâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; major fundraiser of the year, and the group hopes to sell about 1,100 trees. Last year the group raised about $18,000 throughout the Christmas season, which was distributed to organizations and charities in the area.

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Spread cheer with Be a Santa to a Senior Jessica Cunha jessica.cunha@metroland.com

EMC news - People can spread some joy to the world by providing isolated seniors with a special holiday surprise. The Home Instead Senior Care organization launched its annual Be a Santa to a Senior program on Nov. 19, which provides gifts and companionship to older adults throughout the city without family or loved ones. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re truly alone on Christmas,â&#x20AC;? said Lesley Sullivan, owner of the Home Instead Senior Care office located in Kanata. â&#x20AC;&#x153;(Be a Santa) is probably the only Christmas contact that they have.â&#x20AC;? The senior care organization partners with local charities, agencies and community resource centres to identify isolated seniors who are in need of some holiday happiness. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Many seniors are faced with having to spend the holidays alone,â&#x20AC;? said Sullivan. â&#x20AC;&#x153;As one gets older social circles become smaller, health concerns become greater and many seniors become isolated.â&#x20AC;? The program isnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t necessarily for financially needy seniors, Sullivan said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s for seniors who have no one to share Christmas with.â&#x20AC;? The organization has set up Christmas trees at four locations throughout the city where people can choose an ornament with a seniorâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s name and a gift idea from the tree: â&#x20AC;˘ Carlingwood Shopping Centre. â&#x20AC;˘ Shoppers Home Health Care 420 Hazeldean Rd. â&#x20AC;˘ Shoppers Home Health Care 1309 Carling Ave.

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The Home Instead Senior Care organization launches its annual Be a Santa to a Senior program, which provides gifts and companionship to isolated seniors throughout the city. â&#x20AC;˘ Shoppers Home Health Care 1675 Tenth Line Rd. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The public is encouraged to pick up (an ornament), purchase a gift and leave the gift under the tree, unwrapped,â&#x20AC;? said Sullivan. Last year saw 650 gifts provided to seniors throughout Ottawa, said Sullivan. This yearâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s numbers are expected to be about the same. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Be a Santa to a Senior is another way to say thank you to the many seniors who have made such important contributions to our community throughout the years,â&#x20AC;? Sullivan said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Helping a needy

older adult can bring fulfillment to the giver as well as the receiver â&#x20AC;&#x201C; it does make a difference.â&#x20AC;? Dymon Self Storage in Kanata has volunteered space to store the gifts, as well as space for the gift wrapping party, which will take place on Dec. 17 from 1 to 4 p.m. Home Instead Senior Care will deliver the wrapped gifts to the agencies, which will then give the presents to the clients. Those interested in volunteering to wrap gifts can call 613-599-6906. For information see beasantatoasenior.ca.

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Inflammatory bowel disease rates rising in children EMC news - There are about 233,000 Canadians living with inďŹ&#x201A;ammatory bowel disease: 129,000 with Crohnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s disease and 104,000 with ulcerative colitis. To kick off November as Crohnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s and Colitis Awareness Month, the Crohnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s and Colitis Foundation of Canada is launching a report and recommendations about the disease. The Impact of InďŹ&#x201A;ammatory Bowel Disease in Canada 2012 report was developed to raise awareness and under-

standing of IBD in Canada, ultimately leading to new research opportunities and improved quality of life of people with IBD. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We had hoped that our research efforts into ďŹ nding the cures for Crohnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s and colitis would have paid off long ago, giving our patients the freedom to move ahead with their lives and careers,â&#x20AC;? said Dr. Kevin Glasgow, the foundationâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s CEO. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re getting closer to the cures â&#x20AC;&#x201C; and deďŹ nitely seeing the beneďŹ ts of

better treatments â&#x20AC;&#x201C; but weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re not there yet.â&#x20AC;? Key ďŹ ndings include: â&#x20AC;˘ One in every 150 Canadians has IBD. â&#x20AC;˘ An estimated 5,900 Canadian children have IBD. â&#x20AC;˘ More than 10,200 new cases of IBD are diagnosed each year (5,700 with Crohnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s disease, 4,500 with ulcerative colitis). â&#x20AC;˘ The incidence of IBD in Canada has been rising, particularly since 2001, and signiďŹ cantly so in children under the age of 10.

â&#x20AC;˘ The economic costs of IBD are conservatively estimated is $2.8 billion per year, which is more than $11,900 per person every year. There are direct medical costs and indirect costs dominated by long and short-term work losses. â&#x20AC;˘ Quality of life for people with IBD is low across all aspects of health, compared to the general population. PEDIATRIC RATES RISE

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ďŹ ndings from the 2012 report is the prevalence of pediatric IBD. The numbers were higher than expected and have been increasing signiďŹ cantly. Today, an estimated 5,900 Canadian children have IBD, experiencing symptoms of agonizing pain and countless bowel movements a day. While further research is required to answer the big question of â&#x20AC;&#x153;why?â&#x20AC;? researchers believe that this ďŹ nding is related to undetermined environmental factors, or due to

patterns of migration. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The rising rate of IBD in children under 10 is very concerning,â&#x20AC;? says Dr. Eric Benchimol, a pediatric gastroenterologist at CHEO. the University of Ottawa and the Institute for Clinical Evaluative Sciences. â&#x20AC;&#x153;This increase in children living with IBD will lead to more long-term complications of the disease such as short stature, osteoporosis and the psychosocial effects of having a chronic disease.â&#x20AC;?

Young Ontario adults more likely to smoke cannabis than drink before driving EMC news - Most Ontario adults are drinking responsibly, and fewer are smoking or using illicit substances, but several areas of concern were found in a survey of substance use trends released by the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health. â&#x20AC;&#x153;More young adults are reporting that they drive within an hour of using cannabis â&#x20AC;&#x201C; even more than those who report drinking and driving,â&#x20AC;? says Dr. Robert Mann, CAMH senior scientist and lead researcher. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Yet the risks of doing so are signiďŹ cant.â&#x20AC;? Nine per cent of 18- to 29year-olds report driving after cannabis use, versus six per

cent in this age range who report drinking two or more drinks and driving. The 2011 CAMH Monitor survey, which included 3,039 adults aged 18 or older from across Ontario, is the longest ongoing survey of adult substance use in Canada. MARIJUANA AND ALCOHOL

Cannabis users are also aging, the survey found. Those aged 50 or older now account for 16 per cent of all adult users of cannabis, which is ďŹ ve times higher than in 1977. Most Ontario adults report drinking alcohol in the past year (81 per cent), but the

majority does not drink excessively. Alcohol use is a concern when there are harmful drinking patterns, which occur in certain groups. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Women are drinking more than in the past,â&#x20AC;? says Mann. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Several key drinking indicators show an increase among women.â&#x20AC;? Six per cent of women reported a pattern of drinking daily in 2011, compared to three percent in 1998. About eight per cent of women were drinking in ways that were hazardous or harmful, up from ďŹ ve per cent in 1998. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Binge drinking also remains high, particularly among 18- to 29-year olds,â&#x20AC;?

says Mann. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Overall, nine per cent of Ontario drinkers consume ďŹ ve or more drinks at one time each week, which represents 691,700 people.â&#x20AC;? The survey also showed that the average number of drinks consumed weekly has increased, as has the number of drinkers overall who report daily drinking. OPIOID USE

There was some good news, with the reduction in non-medical use of prescription opioids, which has been a concern in recent years. Use dropped by half between 2010 and 2011, down to four per cent in 2011.

This decline may be the result of Ontarioâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s narcotics strategy as well as other policy measures to reduce the non-medical use of these powerful, addictive drugs, Mann suggests.

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Pony preschool launches in Sawmill Creek Emma Jackson emma.jackson@metroland.com

EMC news - Many kids ask for a pony for Christmas, but a lucky few will get to visit ponies every day once a new

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nce a year, farmers from far and wide converged on the town of Renfrew for what they all hoped would be a prosperous day â&#x20AC;&#x201C; the turkey fair. Ideally, all the fowl would be sold and that would mean a brighter Christmas at a time when money was scarce. Of course it wasnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t only turkeys that were taken into town: geese, eggs, butter, fresh cream and always on our big flat bottomed sleigh would be Motherâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s sticky buns, which were usually the first to be sold. Turkey fair day was also on a Saturday, so there were many hands to help with getting everything loaded on the sleigh, preparing a hearty lunch and making sure everyone had gone to the outhouse at the last minute and was well wrapped up for the long, freezing day ahead. There was no sleeping in on turkey fair day. We were roused before dawn, because Father wanted to claim a good spot on the main street. Sales depended on where you parked the sleigh. Too far down Raglan, in either direction, meant you would be lucky to get rid of everything you had brought in from Northcote. The people who lived in town werenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t about to walk beyond the main business core. Once we claimed our spot, Father would unhitch the team and walk it down to the drive shed at the south end of town and we were ready for business. The stores opened early that day, which delighted my sister Audrey and me because we didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t want to hang around the sleigh, we wanted to start at one end

MARY COOK Mary Cookâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Memories of the street and work our way through every store. We went into stores we would never dream of entering any other time. Who could afford a store like Fraserâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s? Just the rich people of Renfrew, thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s who. So Audrey and I would go in and the store always smelled of lemons for some reason and of the newness of clothes and there was always a big bowl of peppermints on the counter by each register. wThese candies were little round discs, dusty with peppermint powder and my sister and I always grabbed one each after we had circled the store looking at the beautiful clothes. At the â&#x20AC;&#x153;rich peopleâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s stores,â&#x20AC;? as Audrey and I called them, they seemed to know we werenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t there to buy anything, because no one ever came up to us to offer help. That suited us just fine. By the time noon rolled around, we were ready for lunch and ready to head over to the Canadian Pacific Railway station to go to the bathroom. I never saw Mother or Father eat. I have no idea if they did, but we five kids were each handed a brown paper bag (saved of course from a purchase at Briscoeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s General Store) just as the town clock struck noon. Through the generosity of one of the townâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s restaurants, we were allowed to eat our lunch in one of the booths

inside where it was warm. After we had eaten our plain jelly sandwich, we were more than ready to visit the station to use its facility. This was the one point in the day I dreaded. Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m sure it was my imagination, but I always thought the station master didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t approve of us farm children coming in just to use the bathroom. He wore a cap with a green celluloid piece in the front and he peered out from under it, scowling. We tried to be as quiet as possible and stomped the snow off our feet when we went in so as not to leave a wet mark on the floor. The whole place was painted a sickly green and smelled of

if everything she had brought in on the sleigh had sold. But I could usually tell from the look on her face. Everett would be sent to bring the horses from the drive shed and Father would hitch them up to the sleigh and we would pile onto the blankets, which had been laid out over a straw bed. They would be covered with white flour bag sheets at the start of the day so that everything offered for sale would look its best and look meticulously clean. Audrey would fold up the sheets and with Mother and Father on the one seat on the sleigh, and we five crowded onto the bed, we would head out for Northcote. It didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t take long for the sun to fade and by the time we reached the Northcote Side Road the daylight would be gone. Father would light a lantern and hang it on the post at the front of the sleigh. Only then would Mother tell us what kind of day it had been. If it was a

Only then would Mother tell us what kind of day it had been. If it was a good one, we would sing all the way home. If things hadnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t gone as well as expected, we were all very quiet. strong disinfectant. Audrey and me used the bathroom as quickly as possible, so that we could head back to the main street. My sister always went to the counter and said thank you, but the station agent never raised his head. That afternoon, the turkey fair was coming to an end. I was too scared to ask Mother

good one, we would sing all the way home. If things hadnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t gone as well as expected, we were all very quiet. But whatever was realized at the turkey fair, it was enough to tide us over for another spell and Mother would say â&#x20AC;&#x153;itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s more than we had yesterday.â&#x20AC;?

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  Dear Neighbours, Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m sure many of you are busy planning for the holidays as yet another year is quickly drawing to an end. I often ďŹ nd myself contemplative this time of year; looking back at what I have accomplished and wondering what lies ahead for the coming year. As your City of Ottawa Councillor I can tell you this, as I reďŹ&#x201A;ect on 2012 and what we have achieved here in Bay Ward, I am very proud. We opened a new Splash Pad in Whitehaven, we ensured our streets are safer as we held a number of slowdown campaigns and lowered speed limits on some streets, we listened and worked with City staff to secure a pedestrian crossing signal at Holy Acres Road, we are keeping the lines of communication open between residents of Queensway Terrace North and the CMFO to make sure the old Grant School development is a good ďŹ t for the community and we assisted and are currently assisting a couple of communities with their Better Neighbourhoods Initiative applications. These are just a few of our accomplishments together, there were many more, too many to list. As I look to 2013 I am excited by what we have planned. BRITANNIA PARK & RON KOLBUS CENTRE: We will continue our work on the renewal of Britannia Park & Ron Kolbus Lakeside Centre. We listened to you, our residents and the many user groups of Ron Kolbus and have asked the planning department to re-work their initial concepts. We will hold another open house in early spring to unveil the revised plans. CARLING AVENUE ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT: Carling Avenue from Pinecrest Road to Bayshore Drive will evolve and renew through our economic development plan. The Community Improvement Plan for Carling Avenue will encourage new businesses to set up shop and entice current businesses to refresh their properties. I see Carling Avenue as the piece that connects families to renewed parks and young people to fulďŹ lling local jobs. INFRASTRUCTURE: 2013 will see one of the larger Ottawa on the Move Projects be rolled out in Bay Ward as we renew Carling Avenue from Carlingwood Mall to Pinecrest Road. Residents will be left with the infrastructure they deserve to have serving them. Additional projects are planned on Woodroffe North and other streets. WINTHROP COURT: By next summer the children of Winthrop Court and the surrounding neighbourhood will have a brand new park to play in. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s the ďŹ rst park to be built in Bay Ward in over two decades. Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m looking forward to the grand opening and knowing that the kids in the community will no longer have to play in a parking lot. The residents of Winthrop Court have worked hard to make the park a reality and soon it will be. MICHELE PARK: Michele Park is an integral part of the community and it will see some beautiďŹ cation enhancements along with a new paved path which will assist and ensure residents have an easy and safe pathway to Carling Avenue. These are just a few of the plans we have for our community in the coming year. I hope you are as excited about them as I am. As always, please feel free to contact me at our City Hall or Community ofďŹ ce, or reach out to me on social media. Bookmark and visit our website to learn much more about our community and to stay up to date on whatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s new. As we say goodbye to 2012, from my family to yours, I want to wish you all a safe and Happy Holiday season and may 2013 be a year of good health and happiness. Sincerely,

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From all of us at the EMC a big thank you goes out to all the readers that supplied fabulous recipes for the Summer Recipe Book, making this years book a huge success. We also want to say a Special Thank You to our Advertisers and to those businesses that supplied the prizing to make this once again a huge success.

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Spiced pork with ginger strawberry sauce tasty, sweet recommended intake. It is also a source of riboflavin, niacin, vitamins B6 and B12, phosphorous, magnesium, iron and zinc. The following recipe offers a hint of Middle Eastern flavours complementing both the succulent pork and the sweet strawberries. Preparation Time: 12 minutes. Cooking Time: N/A. Grilling Time: 25 minutes. Standing Time: 10 minutes. Servings: four to six. INGREDIENTS

• 1 tbsp (15 ml) vegetable oil • 1.5 tsp (7 ml) each of ground cumin and coriander • 0.5 tsp (2 ml) ground cinnamon • pinch of cayenne pepper • 750 g pork tenderloin GINGER STRAWBERRY SAUCE

• 0.75 cup (175 ml) apple jelly • 2 tbsp (25 ml) lemon juice • 1.5 tsp (7 ml) grated fresh gingerroot (or 0.5 tsp/2 ml ground ginger)

• 2 cups (500 ml) sliced hulled strawberries PREPARATION

In small bowl, mix together oil, cumin, coriander, cinnamon and cayenne; brush all over pork tenderloin. Let stand for 20 minutes. Place on grill over medium heat; close lid and cook for 18 to 25 minutes or until just a hint of pink remains, turning halfway through. Remove to cutting board; let stand tented with foil for 10 to 15 minutes before diagonally slicing into one centimetre-thick slices. Ginger strawberry sauce: Meanwhile, in a medium saucepan, heat the jelly, lemon juice and ginger, stirring to melt the jelly. Turn off the heat and stir in the strawberries. Spoon some sauce onto plates and arrange the meat slices over top. Drizzle the remaining sauce over the meat. Tip: cook the meat to 160 F (70 C) on a thermometer. Courtesy Foodland Ontario

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EMC lifestyle - Pork is a wonder addition to any diet. All trimmed pork cuts, except ribs, qualify as lean or extra-lean. Lean cuts contain 10 per cent of fat or less. These include all trimmed fresh, cuts (excluding ribs), including pork chops, roasts, schnitzels, kabobs, cutlets, cubes and strips.Extra-lean cuts contain 7.5 per cent fat or less. These include pork tenderloin and cuts from pork leg inside round. Lean ground pork contains 17 per cent fat or less. Pork contains many nutrients recommended by Health Canada to build and maintain a healthy body, including six essential vitamins, four important minerals, protein and energy. An average 100 gram cooked, trimmed serving of lean pork provides 191 calories, 29 grams of protein and 7.5 grams of fat. Pork is an excellent source of thiamin: 100 grams provide 65 per cent of the daily

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Operating out of the Barrhaven Food Cupboard; the Barrhaven Christmas Hamper Program is focused on alleviating some of that stress. They work to pair Schools, Churches, Families, and Businesses that can provide a Christmas Dinner Hamper to a family who may need one! From Nov 1st to Dec 15th Barrhaven families who require assistance may call the Barrhaven Food Cupboard - Christmas Hamper Program at 613-825-4505. They will be asked to leave their name, telephone number and address, and will receive a call back within 48 hours to confirm their contact details etc. As calls are received, the dedicated volunteer team of 15 spend their time, dispatching calls, matching sponsors to families, and performing call backs. In some cases, this committed team actually shop, assemble and deliver the hampers if the Sponsor does not want to be involved. Their goal is to ensure everyone in our community can enjoy a holiday dinner! Over the past few years, the requests for Hampers have grown by approximately 20% per. The Hamper Team coordinated the delivery of more than 100 Christmas Hampers to families in need in 2011!

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The new 2012 Hamper Program Coordinator, Colleen Turner says; “We have an abundance of generous people and businesses in Barrhaven, so once again we are reaching out to the community to please call 613-825-4505 if you can donate a Hamper this year” “We want to ensure we can provide hampers to those families who might be experiencing difficulties this year, so that everyone can enjoy the Season!”

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EMC news - Ottawa police are warning residents of a letter scam. The “mystery shopper” fraud targets residents by sending them a letter containing a cheque from a well-known bank. The cheque is invalid and by the time the scam is realized, the recipient is held responsible for the outstanding funds. “The letter encourages the recipient to participate in a mystery shopper opportunity in return for cash,” said the police in a release. “The recipient is asked to cash the cheque and transfer a portion of it to another account – (the) account number provided by the company.” If a person follows the instructions, it makes them an accessory to the offence. The victim is encouraged to keep the remaining portion of the cheque as payment “for acting as a mystery shopper assessing the customer service received at the bank,” said police. At least two people in the Kanata area have reported the scam, said Const. Lori Fahey of the Kanata/Stittsville community police centre.

Fahey said people can report fraudulent letters to the Canadian Anti-Fraud Centre by calling 1-888-495-8501. “Be cautious of all unsolicited correspondence and sales,” she said. If a person has suffered a financial loss, then they are asked to file a report with police by calling 613-236-1222, ext. 7300. “Call it in,” Fahey said, adding sending an email to an officer isn’t the same as filing a report. Kanata North Coun. Marianne Wilkinson discussed the problem at her ward council meeting on Nov. 26. A resident reported receiving one of the letters. She said she and her husband contacted the bank listed on the cheque and were told it was a scam. “(The police) have had several complaints about it,” said Wilkinson. “If something seems to good to be true, it is too good to be true.” VIRUS

Fahey said she’s received complaints of another scam involving Internet providers, computer programs and virus detection. A caller pretending to be

from a well-known company with a call centre based in Asia or India will call people and tell them a virus has been detected on their computer. The caller asks the target to go to a website where they can download anti-virus protection software for $49 and asks for the target’s credit card information over the phone or through the website. “They’ve got your money and you don’t get anything,” said Fahey. “It’s very difficult to trace it.” She said it’s important to research all companies before doing business. “Do not provide personal information over the phone,” said Fahey. AGGRESSIVE

Fahey added there have been reports of insistent hot water tank rental representatives going door-to-door. “People are finding them very aggressive,” she said. “If you ask them to leave and they don’t, give us a call.” It can be intimidating to have a person like that at the door, but, “Your front door is yours so feel free to close it to unwanted solicitation,” said Fahey.

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Meet Clyde, a 1 year-old neutered male, gray tabby Domestic Longhair cat. He was brought to the shelter as a stray on November 8, but is now available for adoption. Clyde is looking for a warm and loving home where he can relax. He’s looking for a forever home where he can truly settle in!

If you think either of these animals are the right pet for your family, contact the Ottawa Humane Society today! Visit the OHS website at www.ottawahumane.ca to see photos and descriptions of all of the animals available for adoption. Stop by the Adoption Centre, weekdays 11:00am-7:00pm and Saturdays 10:00am-5:00pm.

Cold Weather Tips for Pets When adding antifreeze to your vehicle, pour carefully and clean up any spills that may occur. It’s also a good idea to check that your car isn’t leaking fluid. A quick look under the hood will help keep your own animals, and those in the neighbourhood, safe. If your pet does come in contact with antifreeze — either by ingesting it directly, or by licking exposed paws — you should be looking for signs of vomiting, diarrhea, weakness, unconsciousness, drooling and panting. If you suspect antifreeze ingestion, it’s important to act quickly, as the poisoning can cause kidney failure. Call your veterinarian immediately to avoid complications. You may want to consider a less toxic alternative to the ethylene glycol-based antifreeze that is most commonly used. There is new propylene glycol-based antifreeze available at many retail outlets that is safer for pets and humans alike. Entertain wisely: The winter season is a peak time for athome parties and other get-togethers. It may be a good idea to keep animals away from the bustle and noise during a party. If everyone does mingle together, keep an eye on your pets to make sure they don’t sneak any of the festive food and drink. Identification: Having an animal run away from home at any time of the year is troublesome, but especially during the winter season. Make sure your best friends are equipped with proper identification, including a collar, tag and microchip to ensure they have the best possible chance of finding their way back to you.

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Just because animals have built in fur coats doesn’t mean they are immune to the harsh realities of a Canadian winter. With a bit of thoughtful planning, your best friend will be warm and safe when the snowflakes fly. Here are some tips for animal care in cold weather. Limit exposure: When the mercury plunges, exercise caution and limit your pet’s exposure to the outdoors. Salt: While the salt used on roads and driveways is helpful in preventing spills, it can irritate the sensitive pads on the bottom of your pet’s feet. Keep a towel by your front door and wipe down your pooch’s paws after a walk so they aren’t tempted to lick them clean. Fresh water: If you keep any water bowls outside for your animals during the winter, be sure to check the supply a few times a day to ensure it isn’t frozen over. If you are unable to provide fresh, clean water regularly throughout the day you need to provide an insulated, heated water bowl in order to keep the water from freezing. Clean, fresh snow is not an adequate replacement for water for an animal. Car engines: Cats and wildlife are drawn to the heat generated by your car’s engine on cold days. Make sure you bang on your car’s hood to avoid injuring a sleeping creature. Antifreeze: The taste of antifreeze is tasty to many animals, and they’ll readily consume it if given the chance. But even a small amount of antifreeze can be harmful, or even fatal, to your pet.

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Dec. 1 to 24 The Royalâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 26th annual Christmas tree sale begins Saturday, Dec. 1 and runs through to Dec. 24 or until the trees are all sold. The trees are Nova Scotia balsam ďŹ rs, cut just before being shipped to Ottawa. All proďŹ ts are used to provide activities and experiences for clients and families at the Royal. The lot is located on the grounds of the Royal, 1145 Carling Ave., and will be open from 3 to 8 p.m., Monday to Friday and on weekends from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Dec. 7 to 16 Singing Christmas Tree presents The Gift of Christmas Dec. 7, 8, 9, 14, 15, 16 at 7 p.m. and matinees on Dec. 8 and 15 at 2 p.m. Free admission at Bethel Pentecostal Church, 500 Viewmount Dr. Call 613-226-1383 for information.

Dec. 8 Bake Sale at the Hungarian Community Centre, 43 Capital Drive.

Dec. 8, 2012, 11:00 to 14:00. Lots of yummy desserts, pastries, cakes. Authentic Hungarian Lunch for only $10: Goulash soup or cabbage rolls, crĂŞpes, coffee or tea. Contact: 613-225-8754, ottawamagyarhaz@gmail.com, www.ottawamagyarhaz.org

Dec. 9 The Music of Christmas concert will be presented by the choirs of Bells Corners United Church and guests, 3955 Old Richmond Rd. at 3 p.m. Refreshment to follow. Information at 613-820-8103.

Dec. 11 The Barrhaven Community Concert Band free Christmas concert at the Barrhaven Legion Branch 641 at 7:30 p.m. Please drop by the Branch and enjoy an evening of live Christmas music. There will be a donation box with all proceeds going to the Barrhaven Legion. Also, if you are able, a donation of a nonperishable food item for the Barrhaven Food Cupboard would be greatly appreciated.

Flirting with Christmas Flowers is featured December 11, 2012 at 9:15-11:00 am. 225 McClellan Rd (Arlington Woods Hall) . $5 or $2 ďŹ rst timer includes light breakfast and childcare as well as inspirational speaker and singer. RSVP: 613-721-1257 or 613-829-2063. Sponsored by Ottawa West Christian Womenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Connection.

Dec. 13 The Ottawa Womenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Canadian Club luncheon will be held on Dec. 13, at 12:30 p.m., in the Ballroom of the Fairmont Chateau Laurier. La Bell Ensemble, an adult handbell choir from Rideau Park United Church, will be performing. For tickets, please call Monique Bertrand at 613-737-6075 â&#x20AC;&#x201C; www. owcc.ca

Dec. 15 The Ewashko Singers celebrate Christmas with a Twist at 8 p.m. Special guest artist and rising star Jonathan Estabrooks comes home to Ottawa to join the choir and

jazz specialists the Pollcats in a beneďŹ t concert for the youth choral program at the First Unitarian Congregation, 30 Cleary Ave. Tickets are $25 in advance at The Leading Note, 370 Elgin, or from choir members, or $30 at the door. Students and seniors: $20 in advance or $25 at the door; children under 12 free. Christmas dinner and dance at St. Augustine Parish Hall, 1060 Baseline Rd. Dinner at 6 p.m. Hall is now accessible by elevator. Ham and turkey dinner followed by desserts. The event will include a cash bar, DJ and talented young singers. Tickets: $35.00 per person and must be purchased before Dec. 9 from St. Augustine parish ofďŹ ce (613-225-7388), Monday and Thursday 9-3 or by calling 613-823-0247. The Ottawa Carleton Choristers present No Time To Diet, a cornucopia of Christmas music at 7:30 p.m. at Woodroffe United Church. Special guests will be Canterbury HS singers. Admission is a goodwill offering, and a dessert

reception will follow.

Dec. 16 Come out and enjoy the lovely sounds of Christmas music on December 16, 2012 during the 10:00 a.m. Sunday service, when the senior choir of Barrhaven United Church, 3013 Jockvale Rd., Nepean, presents, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Let The Whole World Sing,â&#x20AC;? music by Joel Raney.

Dec. 19 Christmas banquet at noon at Bethel Pentecostal Church, 500 Viewmount Dr. Call 613226-1383 for information. Tickets $13. Includes Aged in Harmony, a menâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s singing group. Please call at least two days ahead to purchase your tickets.

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Thursdays Barrhaven Euchre. Held on Thursday nights at 7:30 p.m. Prizes, refreshments and fun. Held at the old Jockvale Schoolhouse at Strandherd Drive across from the Shoppers Drug Mart. For more information email Myrna at myrnaj@rogers.com or by phone 613-797-9442. Note: There will be no euchre on Dec. 20 or 27.

Tuesdays The TOPS (Take Off Pounds Sensibly) group meets every Tuesday at the Barrhaven United Church at 3013 Jockvale Rd. Check out our website at www.tops. org Established in 1948 to

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