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Inside this edition: • A MAN IS CHARGED WITH DISTRIBUTING CHILD PORNOGRAPHY AFTER AN ORLÉANS HOME IS RAIDED PAGE 11

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More than 800 helped by food bank’s Christmas program nity Resource Centre’s food bank. this year,” Perras said. “It’s their donations that There were 802 people from 246 families in to- we’re just passing along so (other) families can brier.dodge@metroland.com tal who received food for Christmas through the also enjoy Christmas.” Orléans families provided more than enough resource centre, said Nicole Perras, food bank donations to feed just over 800 people this Christ- coordinator. “The community has been very generous again mas through the Orléans-Cumberland CommuSee COMMUNITY, page 2 BY BRIER DODGE

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As per Ottawa Food Bank standards, the food bank usually gives a three-day supply of food to families that are registered. At Christmas time, they get a seven-day supply, which includes a gift card to go and purchase meat, produce or extras to make Christmas dinner special. Instead of putting together a Christmas hamper, families come into the food bank and are allowed to select the items they would like. Items that are normally split up and portioned, such as sugar, aren’t at Christmas, so portions are generous. The gift cards are various sizes, but a family of four would receive a $75 gift card to purchase extra food at the grocery store to round out their Christmas food. “People are always grateful of whatever they are receiving, especially that they can actually select,” Perras said. It helps families who may

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Most of the year, food items are divided up. During Christmas, full items are available for families. only eat halal meat or have some sort of food allergy, for example, select foods that are the most suitable for their families. The number of families who used the food bank this Christmas are slightly up from last year, Perras said.

“We couldn’t provide this without the support of the community,” she said. There was also a successful toy donation program run through the resource centre to provide children in registered families with toys for Christmas.

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It’s the year to look for light rail funding from the feds and a whole host of events — including an outdoor hockey game — said east end politicians as they welcomed the new year. Politicians from the east end rang in the new year with a levee held on Jan. 4 at the Shenkman Arts Centre. Orléans MP Andrew Leslie took more than a couple of hints that city politicians are looking to see an early 2017 federal announcement for funding for LRT Phase 2 to Trim Road. “The spotlight is on Andrew, who is going to deliver to make sure we have LRT all the way here,” said Mayor Jim Watson, who added it would have been a much better commute in the cold weather to have hopped on LRT from city hall to Place d’Orléans instead of driving to Shenkman. “I was dreaming of taking the train, I would have been here in 20 minutes.” Leslie said he has heard the hints loud and clear.

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Dave Bonham-Carter, a 33-year-old man with Orléans roots, was a driving force behind the production of the first ever Google Streetview skydive, which took place in Nelson, New Zealand. Bonham-Carter, a Carleton University grad who attended Fallingbrook and Trillium elementary schools, moved to New Zealand in 2012. The self-described “adrenaline junkie” had only been working at his new employer, Skydive Abel Tasman, for a few weeks in mid-December when he got a call out of the blue proposing they film a skydive to add to Google Street View.

“When the door of the plane opens, and you look out and see 16,000 to 18,000 feet of air, everything gets real.”

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Valid concerns raised about policing

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olicing is changing in Ottawa. In fact, organizational changes have already been rolling out behind the scenes and publicly for some time as part of something called the Service Initiative program that aims to improve how police serve and protect us. Senior brass at the Ottawa Police Service are now preparing to introduce you, the public, to its new “frontline deployment model” on Jan. 23, which they say “is aimed at improving community safety by making it easier to move resources across the city to where they are needed. The new model will also have more streamlined processes for partners and the public to access services.” Three meetings are taking place in Kanata, Nepean and Orléans later this month to unveil the final new component of the initiative. You’ll learn that community police officers will no longer be assigned to a specific area of Ottawa. Rather, their assignments will be based on areas in need, mirroring that used by school resource officers, who are assigned to specific schools ranked according to need. A remodelling of community policing sparked concerns last spring. Residents, business owners, organizations, the police union and city councillors expressed concern about the potential consequences for public engagement and

crime reduction. Many appealed to the Ottawa Police Services Board not to change how beat cops, community police and district traffic officers will be deployed. Those concerns are justified. The new frontline model seeks to fill gaps in staffing due to high crime rates. It’s not really concerned with the proactive policing that community officers do, which is why there is concern. Having a point of contact – a community police officer assigned to a specific geographic area – has helped reduce the number of calls for service in problem-plagued neighbourhoods, critics say. Police brass counter, saying the overall changes are needed to reduce demands on officers and improve the efficiency and coordination of front-line police resources. At this point, with just days to go before three “information meetings” are held, the changes are a done deal, though each meeting will feature a 45-minute discussion and 45 minutes allotted for a question and answer period. Time will tell just how well and how long this new frontline system will roll out starting Jan. 23. When it comes to changing frontline deployment, coming on the heels of 2016 – which saw the highest homicide rate in many years at 24 dead – people are right to be wary of change when it comes to safety and security in the city.

Challenge for the new year: smart car meets dumb street

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hen you look at the early headlines of 2017 you can be forgiven for thinking that this year might not be much of an improvement over the last one. In Florida, a family was attacked by a dog when they tried to make it wear a sweater. In Florida. In Thailand, a French tourist decided to have her picture taken beside a crocodile. She then fell on top of the crocodile, which proceeded to bite her. No one was fatally injured in either of these instances. But our pride in being members of the human race took a bit of a hit. After all these decades of rising educational levels, we sometimes don’t seem to have a lot to show for it. If you doubt this, please note that one of the big selling Christmas toys last year was a toy

CHARLES GORDON Funny Town truck which makes lip gloss for its lucky recipients. It goes without saying that there have been irrational developments in world elections lately, but it shouldn’t be any surprise, given that we are the electorate. Despairing of our failure to develop much in the way of lasting intelligence, human beings have focussed their hopes in recent years on computers, with decidedly mixed results. Computers seem intelligent enough when telling us who the original members of the Monkees were, but not terribly smart when we try to order tickets

to anything. In desperation we turn to our cars, which have lately been showing signs of dependability and have even learned, some of them, to operate without keys and to tell you what the temperature is outside. Research proceeds apace and the so-called smart car is, we are told, just around the corner. Already many of these creatures, also known as self-driving cars, are on the streets and most of them do not have accidents. At last, we dare to hope, a machine that will save us from our own stupidity and steer us away from crocodiles. It would take a long time to enumerate the many gifts that smart cars are claimed to bring us, but they include less crowded streets, fewer accidents, lowered pollution levels and an end to circling the block looking for a

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parking spot. It might be asking too much to hope smart cars will be intelligent enough to avoid drive-thrus, but the progress made so far is encouraging. The smart car, however, has yet to meet its ultimate challenge — the complete street. Here in Ottawa we have been doing everything we can think of to make our streets friendlier to things other than cars. Pedestrians and bicyclists would fall into this category. There are bicycle lanes and all sorts of humps and bumps and cutouts and symbols painted onto the pavement. Portions of some streets are painted a nice shade of green. These are called complete streets. We will be seeing lots of them and will eventually understand how to behave on them. The big question is what happens when a driverless car lands on one. Will it be smart enough to EDITORIAL: MANAGING EDITOR: Theresa Fritz, 613-221-6225 theresa.fritz@metroland.com NEWS EDITOR: Brian Dryden, brian.dryden@metroland.com, 613-221-6162 REPORTER/PHOTOGRAPHER: Brier Dodge brier.dodge@metroland.com 613-221-6241

figure out what’s going on and what the green pavement means and why there are posts in the road where the right lane was just a minute ago? Or will it just give up and decide to make lip gloss?

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Are you up for the Canada 150 fitness challenge?

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y vow to embrace everything winter has been put aside lately. I purchased a downhill ski pass for the first time in my life. Despite near record snowfall in December, I have yet to use it, opting instead for the comfort of my interior fireplace and evenings of lemon tea, cheese and card games. I established a rink in my backyard. But I was too cold and lazy to take advantage of the late November rinkbuilding weather and, as I write this in early January, I continue to monitor the massive, bumpy slush puddle in my yard without dedicating myself to its proper maintenance. I have yet to strap on a pair of skates. My gym membership mocks me every time a weekly donation is deducted from my chequing account. Although I did take my cross-country skis out for a spin or two over the holidays, and shoveled enough snow to

Canadians, individually or within their schools, teams and community associations, to tackle as many on the 150 list as they can by the end of the year. ParticipACTION, I accept your challenge. My plan is to recruit some neighbours and create a fitness team. Together, we will conquer the list! One activity that’s sure to be part of the 150 is curling. I have long wanted to try this for ward off major cheese weight write-in with their favourite two reasons: If I ever move to gain, I haven’t seen the inside Canadian fitness activities. a small town, my curling experof the gym in months. I am in This month the organization tise will certainly determine my full-on hibernation mode. will launch the ParticipACsocial life. It seems to me that With the end of the holiday TION 150 Play List, “a every town in Canada, no matseason, however, the cheese challenge to all Canadians ter how small, is within a half stock is slowly dwindling. But- to try out 150 unique physihour drive of a curling rink. toning up my snow pants with cal activities that define us as It also appeals to me to use great difficulty this morning, I Canadian.” Some preliminary a broom for something other decided it’s time to get serious suggestions included snow than spills on the kitchen floor. about my daily fitness routine, shoveling (because everybody This could be a legitimate ad yet again. I, of course, turned does it), canoeing (a traditional for curling clubs: “Fall in love to the Internet for inspiration. means of transportation) and with your broom again.” ParticipACTION is launch- basketball, (because, hey, it Last year, I thought I’d built ing a sesquicentennial project was invented in Canada). But up a solid daily gym routine. nationwide to get all Canathere will be others. But even after nine months on dians moving. Last year, the The group is challenging the elliptical, my habit died as organization asked citizens to

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‘I haven’t seen the inside of the gym in months. I am in full-on hibernation mode.’ though he was completely unaware of this intense, yet unspoken, competition). It also occurred to me how strange it is that we live in a society where we have to dedicate certain hours of the day to movement, even though we don’t actually get anywhere as a result. My daily trips to the gym, once a source of inspiration and greatness, began to trigger existentialist thoughts, the movie WALL-E a constant theme. So ParticipACTION is shaking things up. I don’t know yet what else will be on

yet it’s so easy to fall into a fireside, cheese-eating habit when the weather turns. Apparently, Canada is among the top countries in the world for investing in fitness infrastructure – arenas, gyms and the like – and yet fewer than 10 per cent of kids here are getting the 60 minutes per day of physical activity. At last check, nearly nine in ten Canadian adults weren’t getting the 2.5 hours of weekly fitness recommended. So, cheese be gone! I’m heading out to buy some snowshoes!

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A new trio of partners has come together to give more Ottawa kids a chance to accumulate some unforgettable memories in their young lives. “It’s the experiences that we have that we remember,” said Lee Barnett, one-third of a partnership behind the Youth Experience Project, which is now fundraising for their inaugural initiative – to send 100 kids with Big Brothers Big Sisters of Ottawa and 100 adult mentors to the sixth annual Ottawa Comiccon that will be held at the EY Centre in May. “You’ll never remember a date … unless something happened to you, good or bad. “We just want to give them a positive experience.” The idea emerged following a charity bowling event held last February for those in the youth mentoring charity. The fundraiser featured a super hero theme and many dressed in costume. “The kids were excited for it,” said Barnett. “I started wondering, ‘Could I merge my two passions?’”

The avid supporter of Big Brothers Big Sisters is also a major fan of Ottawa Comiccon, an annual showcase of comic books, movies and television shows focused on science fiction and pop culture. Barnett has a unique reputation when it comes to the convention. He’s known for being the first in line to ask unique and engaging questions of celebrity panellists, such as William Shatner and a bevy of other iconic stars. “I’ve been very lucky to have some cool moments,” said Barnett, a former Findlay Creek resident who recently moved to Embrun. But after realizing that many children and teens can’t afford to enjoy Comiccon, the insurance broker-by-day came up with the idea to ask people to chip in $10 to $25 to buy tickets for the ‘littles,’ as the kids in the Big Brothers Big Sisters program are known. The idea gained support from friend Lisa Cooper, of Riverside South, who has recently come to enjoy the fan experience at Ot-

tawa Comiccon thanks to Barnett. Cooper, who is a real estate agent, has a background in charity and non-profit work. They also have a third partner, Saqib Dareshani, of Barrhaven, who is promoting the project on his website at clubify.com/youth. The project is also at facebook. com/theyouthexperienceproject. So far, their successful fundraising efforts have surprised even them. They were given a table at the inaugural Ottawa Comiccon holiday market at the EY Centre in late November. Barnett brought his personal (and expensive) Star Wars light sabre set and allowed the public to try them out and have their photos taken with the sabres in exchange for a donation. The table drew about 600 people. “We wanted a fun way to get people engaged,” said Barnett, adding it also served as the project’s public launch, helping to spread the word about their nonprofit plans. See PLANS, page 13

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Plans to make Comiccon an annual event for Youth Experience Project experience we want to provide’ and it’s gone to ‘How many experiences can we provide,’” Barnett said. “We have so many things on the go. It’ll be great once we have the long-term sponsors in place so we can start branching out.” “We’re aiming to be more like a foundation in that we gift to established charities, but we do the fundraising and the leg work,” Cooper added. In addition to offering kids a day of fun the kids will never forget, Cooper said the objective is to also incorporate learning into the adventures that are added to the roster in the future. She has a goal of providing opportunities for young girls to learn about the world of entrepreneurship and business. “It started as Comiccon and fun, happy experiences,” Cooper said. “That’s awesome, but I think it’s grown now to include, as well, life skills because experiences should be a learning experience too.”

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“People there really love the idea of sending kids to Comiccon,” said Cooper. “You’re preaching to the right audience.” Between that event and another, they raised almost $1,000 towards their $5,000 to $6,000 goal to send 200 people to Comiccon for a day. “When you think about (three) young professionals trying to put something like this together it’s amazing, because they want to give back to kids,” said Susan Ingram, executive director of Big Brothers Big Sisters of Ottawa. “We appreciate it and our kids appreciate it.” The organization focuses on providing kids and adult mentors across Ottawa with low-cost, no-cost activities they can enjoy together. “But for something like this, a Comiccon, that’s out of reach for most, and it’s out of reach even for the mentors,” said Ingram. “Not everyone can do those types of experiences. “And to be able to experience something like this together is really impactful on the relationship that they’re building,” she said, adding that the Youth Experience Project is also helping by spreading the word about what Big Brothers Big Sisters of Ottawa is doing and how others can lend their support. “They really understand about the

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time she opened her purse, she smelled like the perfume counter at Ritza’s Drug Store in Renfrew. Of course, these hankies were never used for their original purpose ... no, that was when the square patch of white linen came into use. It was Aunt Lizzie from Regina whose hankies gave me the most interest. Of course, hers were of the finest linen, and not one was just a plain hankie. They were edged in lace, were bigger than the one’s Mother had, and were as white as the driven snow, and many had fine coloured embroidery on the corners. But it was what she did with them that interested me more. Aunt Lizzie was what Mother called “well endowed” which took me ages to figure out. She too kept her hankies well sprinkled with toilet water. Which meant you always knew where she was. Even if she walked by the back of your chair, you caught the scent of the toilet water. Lacking a place to put her hankie if she wasn’t going anywhere in particular, she would plunge it down the front of her dress into good-

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OCDSB trustees vote on rollout plan for gifted program review Timeline, direction and process established for review, set to wrap up in one year BY MEGAN DELAIRE mdelaire@metroland.com

A more fulsome review of the English public school board’s gifted program will take another year, trustees have decided. Board trustees voted at a Dec. 20 meeting on the timeline, direction and process they will follow with staff in 2017 to decide on changes to the board’s gifted program by next December. The meeting was a continuation of the Dec. 13 meeting in which public delegations and public school board trustees and staff hashed out proposed changes to the board’s gifted program for several hours before coming close to making a decision about the next steps for the program review. “We achieved a lot on Tuesday night and I think that this is the board at its best, working on important policy issues,” board chair Shirley Seward said of the Dec. 20 meeting. “We were able to come together after hearing trustees’ and others’ reviews on the staff report, and clearly there was a desire for a much more

details with options.” Public consultation was a major focus of debate among trustees, with trustees divided on whether to seek more public input. The consultation measures outlined in the school board staff ’s previous reports about the gifted program review were the staff ’s own consultations, not official board-wide consultations. “Typically they do that kind of thing in advance of producing the first report that we see,” Seward said. “So that’s not uncommon. But it didn’t go to the formal board consultation where the trustees approve a consultation.” Among the trustees who opposed board-wide public consultations, some argued that the consultation process could draw the issue out and create deeper divisions within the board and among its school communities. Some argued that a broad consultation would be essentially pointless, since the majority of parents with children in the board’s schools have no direct experience with the gifted program. “If we go out and we consult with

the parents of our 70,000 children, most of them don’t understand what the congregated or the gifted program is,” said Christine Boothby, trustee for the zone located within the Kanata North and Kanata South wards. “Because if you’re not one of the parents of the 2,000 children, how do you have an opinion about that?” Trustees who favoured consultation felt that everyone in the board’s school communities deserve to be informed about the issue and have an opportunity to shape the outcome. “Any time we’re talking about a program that has resource implications it does affect the entire district,” said Donna Blackburn, trustee for the zone located within the Barrhaven and Knoxdale-Merivale wards. “And I think it’s a bit arrogant to suggest that people who do not have gifted children should not partake in such discussions.” Ultimately, trustees voted to host board-wide public consultations in 2017. As they establish a public consultation plan, digest staff ’s reports over the next year, and prepare to make a final decision on changes to the gifted program, trustees will be under pressure to follow a strict timeline, voting on the final recommendations no later than December 2017.

This timeline is in place to ensure that any changes to the gifted program line up with its shift into the board’s geographic model. Since 2013, the board has worked on shifting specialized programs into a new delivery model based on geographic catchment areas. The geographic model maps out a designated school in each zone for each exceptionality – a pattern of strengths or needs common to a group of students – so that students with special education needs can rely on service at schools close to their community. Their anticipation of this move prompted board staff to conduct a review of the gifted program, since incorporating the program into the geographic model would require changes to its delivery model. With that in mind, Olga Grigoriev, the board’s superintendent of learning support services, reminded trustees that eventual changes to the gifted program should be made in conjunction with the implementation of the geographic model, in order to avoid changing the structure of the gifted program more than once. To implement the geographic model and then, later, implement staff recommended changes to the gifted program would unnecessarily create extra transitions for students

in the program, Grigoriev said. In the end, trustees voted to continue the review process in 2017 under the following conditions: • That staff work with the board’s special education advisory committee and an advisory group to expand the options to will be presented during public consultations, in order to improve the effectiveness of services for gifted students and increase equity of access for under-represented groups. • That the congregated gifted program transitions to a specialized class location model using geographically defined catchment areas. • That staff bring forward an interim report on the development of the options by the end of May 2017 and a final report including a plan for the geographic model transition, including costing, no later than the end of December 2017. • That staff bring forward a report with a plan, including costing, of implementing a universal screening tool, once the Ministry of Education has released the new Gifted definition, or no later than end of October 2017. • That staff bring forward a plan including costing for professional development and coaching support for school based staff working in the regular class with elementary gifted students no later than March 2017.

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Rothwell Heights speed skater qualifies for World Single Distance Championship Weidemann locks in spot on world championship team Skating Canada press release after the race. “My lap times were consistent, but overall, my time wasn’t brier.dodge@metroland.com fast. I’m disappointed with that. Isabelle Weidemann is off to the I’ve got a lot to work tactically and world championships for speed technically in the coming weeks. skating after posting a gold-medal Still, my time was good enough to BY BRIER DODGE

“My lap times were consistent, but overall, my time wasn’t fast. I’m disappointed with that. I’ve got a lot to work tactically and technically in the coming weeks. Still, my time was good enough to qualify me for the world championships.” ISABELLE WEIDEMANN

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Isabelle Weidemann (left), Ivanie Blondin and Brianne Tutt took the top three spots in the 3,000 metre race at the long track speed skating national championship on Jan. 3 in Calgary, Alta.

New year, same podium spot for Blondin BY BRIER DODGE brier.dodge@metroland.com

Speed skater Ivanie Blondin is the Canadian national champion in the women’s 3,000 metre long track race. She reclaimed the title in the event on Jan. 3 on the first day of the Canadian Single Distance Championships held in Calgary at the Olympic Oval. She was already qualified for the 2017 ISU World Single Distance Championship in South Korea in February because of her wins at

World Cup events in late 2016. “I had a hard time today finding motivation because I’ve prequalified for the World Championships, and I did not necessarily have any pressure on my shoulders,” said Blondin. “Usually, the more pressure I have, the better I skate. This time, I had a harder time finding the fire within me. It’s good to have these different scenarios in races where I can really get to know myself better.” Isabelle Weidemann, who also grew up skating at the same Orléans

speed skating club as Blondin, tied for second in the race with Airdrie, Alta.’s Brianne Tutt. She will have to wait for a decision from Speed Skating Canada’s Long Track High Performance Committee to decide if Weidemann or Tutt will take the other Canadian spot in the distance at the world championships. The Canadian competition was underway until Jan. 6 and can be watched online on the Calgary Olympic Oval YouTube channel, available at www.youtube.com/TheOlympicOval.

winning time in the women’s 5,000 metre long track event at the national championship on Jan. 4 at the Calgary Olympic Oval. The 21-year-old skater, who grew up in Gloucester’s Rothwell Heights neighbourhood, now lives in Calgary where she trains with the national team. Weidemann defended her national title in the event with a 7:13:28 time, finishing more than five seconds ahead of second-place skater Victoria Spence of Kamloops, BC. Weidemann skated with the Orléans-based Gloucester Concordes until she moved to Calgary to train. “I have mixed feelings about today,” Weidemann said in a Speed

qualify me for the world championships, which was the ultimate goal after my poor performance in the 3,000 m (race on Jan. 3). I’m looking forward to the rest of the season. I’ve got a lot to improve on to be ready for the worlds!” Weidemann tied for second in the 3,000 m event and was waiting to see if she would be selected to race in that event as well as the world championships, which will be held in Korea in February. Orléans’ Ivanie Blondin will be Canada’s other skater at the world championship in both the 3,000 m and 5,000 m events after pre-qualifying at world cup events in the second half of 2016.

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Crews prepare Rideau Canal for 47th season of skating BY MELISSA MURRAY mmurray@metroland.com

These -10 C and below temperatures are exactly what’s needed to get the Rideau Canal Skateway open for its 47th season. Since late October, when the water levels in the canal were lowered, maintenance crews have been hauling out chalets, chairs, signs and installing plumbing and electricity in order to be ready for when the temperatures hit the sweet spot so the world’s largest skating rink can open. According to Cédric Pelletier, strategic communications advisor with the National Capital Commission, there needs to be about 10 days of -10 C weather to get to the 30 cm of ice that’s required to let people on the canal. Last year the skateway had its shortest season ever, with just 34 skating days. The year before, there were almost 60. “As you can imagine the weather decides the opening of the Rideau Canal Skateway,” Pelletier said. The latest skateway opening on record was the 2002 season, which opened on Feb. 2. About a week ago, NCC maintenance crews started removing snow and flooding it in some areas to maximize ice growth. “The rain and the snow is kind of an enemy of the ice – the snow acts

as a thermal blanket that prevents the formation of ice. So these are the two main challenges, it needs to be consecutive nights, so the coming week it’s looking good. It’s the type of freezing cold we are looking for,” he said. Until opening day though, Pelletier said people need to stay off the ice and leave it to the professionals. “The NCC urges everyone to keep personal safety in mind and is asking the public and skaters not to venture on the surface of the Rideau Canal right now.” It’s a message the Ottawa Fire Service and police are also emphasizing. In a release on Jan. 4, police advise that at least 15 cm of ice is needed for walking or skating alone, 20 cm is needed for skating parties or games, 25 cm is needed for snowmobiles and 35 cm is needed to support fishing huts. Factors such as water depth, currents and moving water, fluctuations in water levels and changing air temperature impact ice thickness. Every week there are crews that venture on to the ice in pairs to check the thickness and determine which areas still need work. Pelletier said the crews are experts and drill small holes to establish the thickness. “The trick here is to do the work right and be safe,” he said. The work on the canal walls along Colonel By Drive, a multi-phase proj-

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Rideau Canal Skateway maintenance crews perform frequent checks on the ice to determine its readiness for skaters. The skateway needs at least 10 days of -10 C weather to get the right thickness so that it can open for the season. ect being completed by Parks Canada, won’t impact the skateway this year, Pelletier said, adding the detour for the pathway will still be in place. On average over the past 20 years, about 20,000 skaters enjoy the outdoor skating rink each day it’s open. It costs

about $1.4 million each year to operate the skateway. “It’s so magical depending on whether you skate on it at night or you do it during the day,” Pelletier said. “When it’s open it’s fabulous to see so many people coming together and

having a lot of fun and enjoying a natural skating rink in our nation’s capital.” The public can check the ice conditions on the NCC’s website at ncc-ccn. gc.ca/skateway, by checking Twitter or Facebook, or contacting the NCC at 613-239-5000.

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The Streets are No Place for a Cat The Ottawa Humane Society is witness to the toll life on the streets exacts from our feline friends. It’s tragic. Cats can often be seen wandering the sidewalks alone, dodging cars and scurrying under bushes. All too often, someone rushes in carrying a cat hit by a car, arriving to the OHS for help that will come too late. It’s outrageous and completely unnecessary. Disease, traffic, and attacks from other cats or other animals are too common. The intentional infliction of injury by humans also ranks high. There are voices out there that argue cats are happier and healthier when they’re allowed to roam free, just like their wild ancestors. It’s what grandma did with her cat, then mom. Now it’s what we’re

teaching our kids. But now that we know better, we should be doing better for our cats. The cats around today are fully domesticated. They depend on their human caregivers. There’s simply no kind of evolution that will prevent the senseless suffering of a cat on the street; we see the consequences when they arrive at the OHS emaciated after weeks lost on the streets or frozen solid from a cold winter night. The streets are hell for a cat. A similar debate raged about dogs in the middle of the last century, with some arguing that since dogs descended from wolves, they needed to run free! I’m not sure that anyone now thinks that dogs would have longer, healthier lives if they were allowed to roam our streets. This is just as true for cats. So why is this happening? Like most animal welfare crises in our community, the root cause is human behaviour — specifically irresponsible behaviour. The sad reality is that ultimately, this is so widespread that it leads to the conclusion that it’s not simply a number of individuals causing a terrible situation but rather a community problem stemming from the fact that cats are simply not valued, certainly not to the same degree as our vaccinated, sterilized, collar-wearing, leashed canine friends. For tips on making life indoors attractive to your kitty, visit our website: www.ottawahumane.ca/your-pet/animal-tips/.

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Meet Bijou, an easygoing, affectionate kitty looking for her purr-fect match. Bijou loves to cuddle and spend time with her human friends. When she’s not curled up beside you for pets, you can find her perched on her favourite cat tree. Bijou gets along with other cats here at the shelter and could live in a home with other calm and friendly felines. Are you the one Bijou has been waiting for? For more information on Bijou and all the adoptable animals, stop by the OHS at 245 West Hunt Club Rd Check out our website at www.ottawahumane.ca to see photos and descriptions of the animals available for adoption.

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The Board of Directors of Cumberland Not for Profit Housing Corporation is looking for a board member volunteer. There are no special skills other than community interest needed. There are six meetings a year, of two hours each. Financial considerations for out of pocket volunteer expenses. There are a couple annual barbecues, dinner meetings, a Christmas dinner meeting, not to mention good company. To join us, contact Dave Lewis at cumbhous@ rogers.com with a short resume and reason for your interest.

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Throughout history, God has sent to humanity a series of divine Educators (Abraham, Krishna, Zoroaster, Moses, Buddha, Jesus, and Muhammad) whose teachings have provided the basis for the advancement of civilization. Bahá’u’lláh, the latest of these Messengers, explained that the religions of the world come from the same Source and are in essence successive chapters of one religion from God. Please join us on Friday, January 20th at 7:30 pm at the Lori Nash Room at the Cumberland Library Branch, 1599 Tenth Line (Ray Friel Complex) to explore the progressive nature of religion and Bahá’u’lláh’s vision for the future.

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New Year Open House - 7:30 p.m. - bring a friend and come try Modern Square Dancing with the Village Squares-Orleans Dance Club located at the Roy Hobbs Community Centre at the corner of Champlain Dr. and Larch Cr. No previous experience needed. For more information, please call 613-833-2601 and/or visit www.villagesquares.ca. “

who enjoy and want to participate don’t compromise your computer, Feb. 12 your job, your identity, or worse. To The public is invited to an open- in the visual arts. attend this free seminar, please regis- ing reception for Winter Medley ter with the Ottawa Public Library. - the latest show to be presented Through March 31 Attention Graduates: Bursaries by Arteast. The reception will take place on Sunday, February are available for your post-secondJan. 25, Feb. 22, March 8, April 19 Drop in to work on your family 12th, from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. on the ary education from the Orléans Letree! Genealogy specialists will be ground floor of the Shenkman gion, 800 Taylor Creek to eligible here to answer questions and help Arts Centre, 245 Centrum Blvd. students. To check your eligibility you get the most from library re- ARTEAST is pleased to present the go to the Orléans Legion homepage sources. Free program. Online reg- diverse works of its members, com- and scroll down to bursaries which istration with your library card. prising many subjects, styles and is under Youth Education. ApplicaInfoService 613-580-2940. https:// media. Its membership includes tion forms, are available on-line or in hard copy at the Orléans Legion, biblioottawalibrary.ca/en/program many talented local artists, as well deadline to submit applications to Cumberland branch of the Ottawa as a good number from all over the Orléans Legion is March 31, Public Library, 1599 Tenth Line the world. Such a diverse group 2017 enriches Ottawa’s creative commuRd., Computer lab nity with a wide variety of global viewpoints, training and experiJan. 28 VoIP 101 at the Cumberland ence. There is a story behind every branch of the Ottawa Public Li- unique artwork, and an artist willbrary from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 ing to elaborate on that story. p.m. Today’s internet has trans- The works of art in this exhibition form the telecommunications showcase the varied media that industry. Reasonable quality in- Arteast members employ and are ternet connections have served to representative of the high quality of facilitate the effective use of VoIP work produced by its membership. (Voice over Internet Protocol) as Arteast is a highly active, not-foran alternative to the traditional profit visual arts organization in landline telephone. Jeff Dubois, Eastern Ontario. Membership in Publicity Chair, Ottawa PC Us- Arteast is open to artists, both amers’ Group examines a number ateur and professional, and to all of free and low-cost options to replace or augment your existing CARRIER OF THE MONTH telephone service. To attend this free seminar, please register with the Ottawa Public Library.

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First Choice entertaining 6 - 10 p.m. at the Orléans Legion, 800 Taylor Creek Dr. for your listening and dancing pleasure. Buffet dinner available 5 to 7 p.m. for reservations call 613-5907227. For further information call 613-830-9984.

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