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Arts - Students at St. Peter High School are learning the standard artistic skills of painting, weaving and sculpture-making – but with an added cultural infusion. Students in the Native Studies Arts class have been learning their skills the First Nations, Inuit and Métis communities. Other classes at the school may have a native studies focus for a certain unit, but this is the first time the school has ever offered an entire class on the subject. “I’m native, so I thought it would be cool to teach others about my culture,” said Grade 9 student Celeste Beauchamp. “And I’ve learned a lot about different cultures. There are several Aboriginal students in the class, said teacher Carol Bergeron, but the program is designed for students of all cultures. Several Aboriginal students that attend St. Peter, but aren’t a part of the class, have come in to speak or help with specific projects. St. Peter has the most self-identified Aboriginal students of Ottawa’s Catholic secondary schools. That means other schools could have more, but the 33 of St. Peter’s Grade 1,680 students in grades 7 to 12 are the most in the city who have identified themselves as being Aboriginal. Bergeron said she was happy to take on the course, because she “tries to include people who don’t always have a place to go, and celebrate who they are.” The school also has an after-school group for Aboriginal Grade 9 to 12 students.

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Amanda Bon, left, and Mélissa Roy from Orléans-based Tara Luz Danse perform contemporary dance at the Shenkman Arts Centre in Orléans on April 27. The dance company hosted a special by-donation workshop for the public, during which dancers performed and then invited spectators to join them on the dance floor.

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“It’s interesting to see how many people from all over Canada can end up at one school,” said Celeste. The arts class is hoping to promote more Aboriginal cultures, and started by hosting an Aboriginal Awareness Week last week. The week had different art projects displayed each day of the week in the school’s atrium. Bergeron said the class received a $1,000 Speak Up grant, which are to “actively advocate for a community.” Eventually, she’d like to see the week grow into a formal Aboriginal Awareness Month, celebrated like Black History Month. As well as displaying art throughout the school’s atrium for the week, students were also exposed to native prayers. The first piece of art displayed was a medicine wheel, a pinwheel made of cross-stitched felt. The four colours, black, white, yellow and red, are the traditional colours that are used in both northern and southern Nations, said student Molly Lencewicz. They represent several non-tangible things, such as the four seasons, or four fathers. “I was really interested in learning more about Native culture in our community,” Molly said. “And what we could do to raise more awareness.” Another artist in the group that made the medicine wheel, Andrea Ramsay, said she signed up for the course because it was something different and new at the school. In another project, students from all grades are working on an archway that will be displayed in the art department for the remainder of the school year. It has a variety of cultures represented on it, including St. Kateri Teckakwitha, the first Aboriginal saint. Celeste said she hopes that course stream can continue to highlight different cultures at the school. “A lot of cultures are expressed proudly throughout our school,” she said. Didn’t get your

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Arts – The Shenkman Arts Centre announced their 2014-15 season of English stage performances on May 1. Tickets go on sale to the general public on May 13. It’s the fifth anniversary season for Orléans arts centre. The theme for the season is “What Will You Discover?” and performances include live music, illusion, comedy, Submitted theatre, dance and family performances. Jonas and The Massive Attraction will perform in the 2014-15 season at the Shenkman Arts Centre. “(It) reminds audiences of the energy that is shared and the senses that are aroused through live performance in an age where the convenience of digital media consumption too often trumps the real experience,” said the press release. Highlights include be a performance by the Toronto Jazz Orchestra with guest vocalist Emilie-Claire Barlow, and a double bill of Orléans Tara Luz Danse and Halifax’s Mocean Dance. The annual New Year’s Eve comedy night will feature Evan Carter, Judy Croon and David Merry. Other shows will include collaborations with the National Arts Centre Orchestra and the Great Canadian Theatre Company and Arts Court Theatre. Musical performances will feature Classic Albums Live, Jarvis Church, Jonas and The Massive Attraction, John McDermott, Celtic Tenors and Fevers. For the families, The Arrogant Worms, Outerbridge, and Sharon and Bram will be appearing in Orléans for the upcoming season. Altogether, there will be over 200 shows. The primary presenter of French shows is MIFO, who also announced their 2014-15 programming last week. The shows at Shenkman are offered by local and national, community and commercial presenters.

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Bike to Work month kicks off News - The message for this year’s Bike to Work month is that anyone can cycle to work for at least part of their commute. Even if people live a bit farther away from their place of work, they could still hop on a bicycle for part of the distance, to reach a transit stop or carpool meeting point, said Kathleen Wilker, who is helping co-ordinate Bike to Work month with the city on behalf of EnviroCentre. The average commute in Ottawa is 7.8 kilometres and a third of workers travel less than ďŹ ve kilometres to work, but only two per cent of people commute by bicycle. Bike to Work month is an effort to promote and encourage cycling as an active and efďŹ cient mode of commuting. It’s not only healthier for individuals who bike, it’s healthier for the planet, according to EnviroCentre. If people who could bike to work in 30 minutes or less chose that mode most of the time, it would save an estimated 13.1 million vehicle kilometres each year. As part of the month-long event, Right Bike, an enterprise of the


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Bylaw officers must crack down on those who fail to stoop and scoop To the editor: Re: Stoop-and-scoop this spring, editorial, April 24, Orléans News. I live in the Pineview community and walk the paths daily for exercise. The issue of un-scooped dog poo is an all-year one, not one for spring only. We see even greater deposits on and along walking paths in winter as both owners and animals avoid the off-path deep snow. The park is a dog latrine, seriously curtailing its wider use as a picnic/recreation site. Your call for more education and peer

them on and along the pathways. It would be a lesser evil if they were to leave the poo where it was deposited. I believe the situation is such as to warrant deterrent measures now. It has been very bad for years. I believe also that only the recalcitrant and irresponsible miscreants should be targeted, fined and made to pick up the poo. They blatantly disregard the posted signs. I am advocating two measures to this end: the vigilance of the bylaw enforcement agents and the use of cameras. Your editorial states that bylaw enforcement officers “have better things to do than stake out parks on the off- chance a bad

pressure from responsible owners who pick up after their pets is reasonable. However, these measures are ignored by habitual offenders. Point out the posted signs for pets to be leashed and to stoop and scoop and you are met with threats and belligerence. The scale of the problem is immense; all sizes of animals are involved as the deposits show. There is also an interesting bit of pet owner behavior as there seems to be a number of owners who pick up their pets’ poo in plastic bags but instead of taking the bagged deposit away or even placing them in the available garbage bins, they drop

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License all dogs To the editor: The vicious mauling of a 14-month-old child on Sunday, April 27, in Nepean will again raise many issues and concerns about aggressive dogs, and rightfully so. One solution to reducing dog attacks resides in the licensing of all dogs. All dogs kept in the city, and, in-fact, in all municipalities across the province, must have a valid dog license. However, it is estimated only about 20 per cent of dogs in this city are licensed.And unlicensed dogs are less likely to be spayed or neutered, critical factors in preventing aggression. Spaying and neutering not only helps eliminate behavioural problems, but also prevents many medical issues. The large number of unlicensed dogs in Ottawa poses, as the record clearly reveals, a threat to public health and safety.

It would be easy to argue that unlicensed animals pose as much a threat to public health as second hand smoke. The reason the city’s anti-smoking bylaw worked is because it was enforced. Failure by the city to enforce this bylaw constitutes blatant discrimination against those responsible owners who do choose to license their dogs - and smacks of poor governance. The animal control bylaw must be enforced or it will not achieve its purpose. The challenge resides with the city to enforce this bylaw. Providing the resources to enforce animal control regulations will help this community protect its residents from aggressive dogs and their irresponsible owners. Can we expect this to happen? Emile Therien, Public health and safety advocate Ottawa

CITY OF OTTAWA NOTICE OF A PROPOSED OMNIBUS AMENDMENT TO THE OFFICIAL PLAN In accordance with Section 22(6.4)(a) of the Planning Act and Section 11.(1) of Ontario Regulation 543/06, notice is hereby provided that an official plan amendment proposal is being considered by the Planning and Growth Management Department at the City of Ottawa. LANDS SUBJECT TO THE PROPOSAL This official plan amendment applies city-wide. PURPOSE AND EFFECT OF THE PROPOSED AMENDMENT This Official Plan amendment is proposed as an Omnibus Amendment as it comprises a number of diverse changes to the Official Plan summarised as follows: 1. Corrections to policy changes made by OPA No. 150 and other technical changes OPA No. 150 included a number of administrative and other minor errors that are being corrected by this amendment. Other technical changes correct references to other documents or legislation, such as, Provincial guidelines for stationary noise sources. 2. Source-water Protection, Noise and Interpretation Policies and Schedule K A new Schedule K was previously circulated for comments and will now be incorporated into this amendment with new text that is proposed for Section 4.8.2 Wellhead Protection. The Environmental Noise policies in Section 4.8.7 have been updated to remove outdated references and in Section 5.4 the Interpretation policies for the Plan will identify the City’s “settlement areas”. 3. Transportation changes Changes to the City’s Transportation Master Plan occurred after adoption of OPA No. 150 which now necessitates the replacement of Schedules C and J. In addition, recent Environmental Assessments for major roads have recommended different rights-of-way widths and additional changes that could not be included in OPA 150, which now need to be reflected in Annex 1 of the Official Plan. FURTHER INFORMATION To view the application or any information or materials related to the application, please contact the undersigned planner, or go to the City’s Website opomnibus. SUBMISSION REQUIREMENTS

St. Peter High School students, from left, Ryan Boudreau, Brooke Houle and James Parker, and bottom row, Cie Negeoseak and Daniel Okpatauyak, hope to fill empty boxes with cans of food. The students, are part of the Futures program at St. Peter High school who co-ordinated the food drive. Students are collecting food from the community until May 8. The annual Canley Cup walk to the food bank was scheduled for that day as well.

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he city is waging a war of words with Via Rail over recent malfunctions at Barrhaven rail crossings and, unfortunately, the fallout is public safety. Via fired the latest broadside last week, sending out a press release that accused two OC Transpo buses of failing to stop at rail crossings on April 25 and 28, and in one instance, damaging a crossing gate. The accusation caught the city off guard, leaving council scrambling for more information about the two alleged incidents. Diane Deans, the chairwoman of the city’s transit commission, said it was the first time anyone at city hall had heard about it. The city later met with representatives from Via and Railterm to review both alleged incidents and concluded that while the Fallowfield crossing did go into fail-safe mode on April 28, the incident wasn’t caused by the crossing gate making contact with an OC Transpo bus, according to a letter written by Mayor Jim Watson on April 29. A statement released by Via on May 1 concurred with that assessment, but maintained that the buses in both incidents “stopped beyond the stop line,� and indicated that “these types of breaches are unacceptable.� It’s a little disturbing that the city first learned about Via’s findings through the media, but hardly

surprising, considering the history between the two following a collision between an OC Transpo bus and a Via train at a Barrhaven crossing last September, which resulted in the deaths of six people. Over the ensuing months, the city received reports of major issues with signals at six Via crossings in Barrhaven. Frustrated by the number of signal malfunctions, council soon started criticizing Via, with the mayor threatening to ask the Ministry of Transportation to intervene and force Via to do its job. What we have here is failure to communicate. The mayor said both sides need to stop playing the blame game. A good start would be for the city to find ways to enforce its bylaw requiring bus drivers to stop at signalled rail crossings, instead of pointing accusatory fingers at Via. That this is an election year and council is spooked over the potential for legal fallout from the collision seem to only fan the flames of councillors’ desperation to avoid being caught in the fallout. For its part, Via must get its act together and fix the signals at rail crossings in Barrhaven, and not spend so much effort seeking a scapegoat. Both sides must find ways to improve communication -- we all end up losing by playing the blame game.


Is it time to take a stand against sitting?


itting is the new smoking, we’ve been reading. Incessantly we’ve been reading it. So incessantly that “sitting is the new smoking� is the new annoying cliche. Still, there’s no denying it. Expert after expert tells us, through our helpful news media, that excessive sitting -- which is to say, the sitting that we all do -- is responsible for such things as sore backs, elevated risk of heart disease, diabetes and cancer. Hence, sitting being the new smoking. Most of us fall into the at-risk category. According to Statistics Canada, in a study quoted by Canadian Press, only 15 per cent of adults in Canada are getting the recommended guidelines of 150 minutes of physical activity a week. The sad irony of this is that virtually the entire history of our civilization involves a struggle to allow us to sit more. When farmers produced surplus food, it enabled more people to live in towns and cities, where they could take jobs that enabled them to sit instead of walk around fields. When industrialization and mechanization produced machines and assembly lines, it took fewer people to make the products we needed. So the others could sit, becoming lawyers and journalists and image

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able to mute Don Cherry without getting off the couch! Imagine being able to look up the proper spelling of “achieve� without having to lift that heavy dictionary off the shelf. The parallels with smoking are not exact, as we shall see, but there is one here. The generations of heavy smokers who were our parents and grandparents were told that smoking would make them more sophisticated and desirable and that, far from being associated with health risks, cigarettes were smoked by doctors. Similarly, no one told us there was anything wrong with sitting. In our modern society, we associated sitting with working hard at our desks and working hard was a good thing. Where the parallel is not exact is in the fact that, so far, no social stigma attaches to smoking. Beginning about 25 years ago, smokers became pariahs, banished from workplaces, public spaces and people’s living rooms. That has not happened to sitters -- so far. But it is an intriguing possibility. Imagine the chairs disappearing from people’s living rooms, much as the ashtrays did. Imagine the chairs vanishing from the office, so that people who want to sit have to have to go outside for chair breaks. Anti-sitting zealots will demand non-sitting

zones in public places and at major events (we have already had a preview of this in the recurring debate about lawn chairs at music festivals in the city). From there it is a short step to sitting-cessation programs, the marketing of stop-sitting aids and a debate about second-hand sitting. We will also have to be prepared to deal with the invention of electronic sitting. It may work. Sitting may become a thing of the past. But we have to be ready for the consequences of that. Can Canada accommodate all the new non-sittings? More specifically, does Ontario have a place to stand?

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ollowing a recent column I wrote about the need for a national childcare strategy, I received some mail. That’s always great. I love getting mail. There were some people who agreed wholeheartedly that the lack of quality, subsidized childcare was keeping women out of the workforce and that that is a bad thing. There were others, naturally, who don’t believe subsidies for childcare are appropriate, because it’s better for young children to be raised at home with their mothers. There was one comment in particular along those lines that really grabbed me from someone in the latter camp: “I would argue the only reason it requires two incomes to support the average family these days is because enough two income families exist to push the housing prices (and other prices) out of reach of most families who want to be single income.” And then it struck me: People actually believe that the idealistic representation of the 1950s family, where dad goes to work and mom stays home with her apron (think Leave it to Beaver) – existed at some point in our history. It’s this kind of misunderstanding of that serves to undermine feminism. It’s very easy for conser-

BRYNNA LESLIE Capital Muse vatives who are resistant to the idea of women in the workplace to say that a single income was sufficient historically and therefore should be good enough now. It’s almost a clean way to mask pure sexism. Unfortunately, the idea that one income was once enough to support most Canadian families is, frankly, a lie. As one of Canada’s foremost historians on women and family, Bettina Bradbury, noted in a 1975 essay on the topic, “At most periods in Canadian history, working-class families have, at some point in their lifecycle, relied on more than one

worker ... children’s earnings were fundamental to the family economy of all but the most skilled workers in nineteenth century Canadian cities.” Bradbury, a feminist, herself, was always ahead of her time. Nearly 40 years ago, she had the foresight to examine the “real” history of the working-class, rather than that which was represented by official statistics. But women are not well represented in wage-earning statistics over the last 150 years. The nature of their contributions was thus largely ignored in the first half of the twentieth century literature. And even now, there is little discussion of it in mainstream curricula. “To understand how the working-class survived and reproduced itself, all kinds of work must be considered,” wrote Bradbury, “not simply wage labour but non-wage labour, self-employment, home

production and domestic labour, involvement in formal and informal economies.” Bradbury goes onto examine exactly what that second income may have looked like. Married women outside of formalized wage labour contributed to the family income in a number of different ways – running laundries, working as domestics, even prostitution. “Behind the male rhetoric about the need to support their families must have been the uneasy realization that few men could always support a wife and family at home on their wages alone,” writes Bradbury. Even by the 1950s, a single income was not enough for most families. This is supported by modern historical literature, and I’m sure most people have an historical anecdote in their own families which would expose the “Leave it to Beaver ideal” as a lie.

For my own grandparents who immigrated to Canada after the Second World War, (and many like them), surviving on a single income was far from the norm. Between them, they always earned a double income. Sometimes, my grandfather would work two jobs. But for the better part of 35 years, my grandfather worked days and my grandmother worked evenings or nights. She also helped reduce their rent by taking in the landlord’s child along with her own five children during the day. They had to make a lot of sacrifices and never relied on “strangers” to care for their children. It would be nice to think, however, that as we have moved forward as a society to respect the real and necessary contributions of women in the workplace, we could also consider policies that would work to support rather than undermine them.


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Connected to your community opinion LETTER Columnist’s vision of universal child care not suitable

To the editor: Re: Universal childcare is an economic issue, column, April 24 Columnist Brynna Leslie begins reasonably by stating how much she values the care only she, as the mother, could provide to her children, and I completely agree there is no one on Earth more suited to raising her children. When parents plan to have children they must decide how they will handle the time and financial responsibilities of giving birth and two decades

of financial support. A decade later, however, she decides that her children are no longer the top priority and that her job is more important, so third-party child care would be better. The problem is that “affordable” is just a euphemism for using the force of the government so she wants to make someone else pay. This would absolve her of the responsibility she took on voluntarily as a parent, making anyone except her responsible for her choices. Leslie incorrectly states that parents are often forced

Since almost half her household income is taken in taxes of myriad types, she is prevented, by force from being able to select from among the various priorities she may have in life, including parenting. She is forced to pay for water and bus monopolies at the municipal level and electricity, education and food monopolies at the provincial level. These are but a few examples of the thousands of interventions by government force that prevent free choice by citizens, prevent costs from being lower and prevent the proper functioning of the economy. Leslie is in this sense partially correct that her choices are restricted (parenting versus employment) but it is the very concept she wishes to use against others those financial pressures so all that is the cause of the kids can have the opportunity to problem. She does not get in the game.” realize it, but she has met the enemy and it is her

to make a choice between family and their careers. This is a clear misuse of the term “force”, which means the initiation or threat of physical harm to another person. If force was defined according to Leslie’s usage, it would mean force is applied in any situation where a human being is required to choose between alternative actions. In this situation, Leslie clearly made a completely voluntary choice before having children, knowing that as parents’ priorities must be set and that you cannot have something just by wishing for

it. No one forced her to have a child, much less three of them. Babies do not simply “arrive” as she states, but are planned. The fact she had very little net take-home pay after working at home and making childcare arrangements is a direct consequence of her choice to have three children and wanting to work at the same time. It is also a consequence of the fact that a large portion of her family earnings are taken by force and used to pay for the wishes of others, often on things Leslie’s family would neither want or need, never mind agree to voluntarily.

Let’s bring back play this summer Spring is finally here and with it, the sounds of laughter and kids playing are in the air once again. Bike rides, shooting hoops and playground fun are just some of the ways kids get active in the spring and summer months. It’s a good thing too, because recent reports show that Canadian kids just aren’t getting enough exercise. According to the Canadian Society of Exercise Physiology, kids should get at least 60 minutes of moderate to vigorous physical activity every single day. Unfortunately, for many children that simply isn’t the case.

Help bring back play in your community this May by supporting the Jumpstart Red Ball campaign. Head into your local Canadian Tire, Mark’s, Sport Chek, Atmosphere or • Increase selfesteem National Sports store and and self confidence donate $2 in exchange for • Develop leadership skills your own Jumpstart Red Ball, • Improve academic representing the gift of play performance you are giving to a deserving • Teach healthy lifestyle habits child. One hundred per cent “As important as physical of your donation helps kids in activity is for our young people, your community. To learn more the reality is that 1 in 3 families about how Jumpstart is making in Canada can’t afford to enrol an impact in your community their kids in organized sports or to make a donation, visit or physical activity programs,” continued Rubletz. “Charities like Jumpstart remove some of

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own ideology. The worst statement in the column is when she says “we need all working age people to stay in the workforce, to continue to build our economy and pay taxes to support social programs”. The direct implication here is that the purpose of having children and of people living and working is to support the collective, the lives of others, specifically the elderly. What a demeaning vision of the purpose of human life. Brynna Leslie’s vision of universal child care is not proper in a free society. It is a vision suitable for a country run by the ideas of Karl Marx. We have seen such societies and are moving in the direction of becoming one - a society where individual rights are erased and groups struggle for the levers of political power until one of them achieves total power.


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News - Between sidewalks that suddenly cut off and cars drag racing down community roads, transportation was the hot topic at the Bradley Estates Community Association annual general meeting, held on April 24. “The city needs to come up with a better plan,” said Yasmine Fathers, the recently-elected BECA president. Because of the way the road network is set up, it’s more efficient for some Orléans residents travelling south to drive through the area to take Renaud Road to get to Anderson Road, sometimes cutting through subdivisions. But the increase in traffic doesn’t mesh well with residents who live in the area. “With sinkholes and water main breaks, people are forced to find alternate routes, and Renaud was discovered by other drivers,” Fathers said. “Ten thousand or more (cars) a day that travel along Renaud, and that is way beyond acceptable…but what other options do drivers in Orléans have?” It makes it difficult to use the roadways as pedestrians, especially to access Notre-Dame-des-Champs elementary school or walking trails. Fathers said that many of the resi-


Cars line up to drive through the Bradley Estates area. Vehicles either travel in a high volume, or a high speed in the area, said the ward councillor. dents looked at the community design plan, which planned for traffic to be reduced along the road, when they bought their homes. Instead, it got worse. She thinks the city’s proposed future road network won’t remove traffic. Members of the community association have suggested revisiting the design of the future Blackburn Bypass, to make it a more efficient way for drivers to take. They propose making the future extension directly link with Renaud

Road, closer to Anderson Road, to redirect traffic away from the residential areas. However, that would put the link in the Greenbelt, said Innes ward Coun. Rainer Bloess. “From a layman’s perspective, it’s not a bad proposal,” he said. “The problem is, it’s not in our transportation master plan, and no environmental assessment has been done. The NCC is very reluctant to see transportation corridors cutting up the greenbelt.” Bloess said he’s asked staff to look

at the original studies that were done when planning the Blackburn Bypass, to look at what other options were proposed, and why they were turned down. Traffic has gotten so bad in the area that a police officer needs to come in and direct traffic during peak periods, Bloess said. Bloess said he thinks once the road networks, like Brian Coburn, are finished, it will help divert some of the traffic. “But the final connection is still a couple of years away, and I know

these people don’t want to have to live through that for several more years,” he said. “I think traffic cutting down Renaud is a serious problem. I think volumes are high, and when volumes aren’t high, the speed is high.” Fathers agrees that when the roads are clear, vehicles don’t properly follow the rules of the road, and make it a dangerous area for pedestrians. “It’s like the land without law,” she said. “Someone’s going to get killed.” It affects the several developments around the Renaud and Navan road area. Fathers said it’s impossible to use Renaud Road as a walkway, because drivers speed. The roads also have several curves – leading to risky driving when pedestrians can’t be seen, and accidents. She said traffic issues plague all of Orléans, not just the Bradley Estates community, but the high speeds and dangerous drivers in the Navan and Renaud roads area scare her, especially around children. “My son was almost hit this winter,” she said. “And as I’m talking to you right now, I’m watching car after car fly through. It’s just a really aggressive, competitive area.” Bloess said there are several traffic calming measures underway, including a request for increased police presence. See ROADWAY, page 15

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“When a road is wide, it just gives you a feeling that you can drive faster,” he said. “Until they hit that S turn and then go into the ditch.” He said there are a series of signs being installed this month along Renaud Road, and a speed sign – which tells drivers how fast they are going – will be in this spring. A crosswalk would help pedestrians, but the type of crosswalk that would suit Renaud Road is currently disallowed under provincial legislation. If changes were passed in the fall, a crosswalk may be added, said Bloess. To make matters worse, there is a large gap in sidewalk along Renaud. Because the city is eventually building a roundabout in the area, there hasn’t been a rush to commit funding. The unpaved stretch

is another “thorn in our sides,” Fathers said, adding that the community’s safety should take priority. The stretch of about 200 metres between Pagé and Navan roads should have temporary sidewalks added once funds are found from the city. Temporary sidewalks have been previously used in the area as developments have been under construction in different stages. Residential home builders are responsible for some of the sidewalk development in the area, but there was a patch that fell to the wayside with no one mandated to take on the area. “I’ve committed to finding the funds. (The requests) are reasonable. They’re so reasonable, they should have been done already,” Bloess said. “People worry about their kids, and there is an obligation on us to try and fix it for them,” he said.

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Arts - Artists took to the stage in front of a jam-packed hall on April 30 to announce the 201415 MIFO programming. MIFO is a Francophone arts and culture group that presents a large portion of the Francophone shows at the Shenkman Arts Centre. They’ve been in the community for 35 years. “We are honoured to continue to provide magical moments between artists and the people at home,” said MIFO’s artistic director, Patrick Bourbonnais. Bourbonnais took to the stage at the Shenkman Arts Centre to talk about his excitement for the upcoming season, and introduce several of the artists. The announcement had a well-attended party before, with food and drink provided by sponsors on the lower-level of the arts centre. He said that this year’s range of performances is the most diverse in the organization’s history. More than 40 artists will be featured in the upcoming year of programming. The artists

who took the stage for the April 30 announcement included Stef Paquette, André Robitaille and bluegrass band Dylan Perron et Élixir de gumbo. Robitaille chatted with the crowd, and joked around, even jumping into the front row of the audience at one point. Artists performing with MIFO in the 2014-15 schedule include: Claude Dubois, Messmer, Laurent Paquin , Michel Louvain, Radio Radio, Louis-Jean Cormier, Sugar Sammy, François Bellefeuille, Philippe Bond , Philippe Laprise, Lynda Thalie, Marie-Eve Janvier and Jean-François Breau, Pierre Lapointe, Yao and David Marin. Four major theatre shows will also be included. There is also a youth series, composed entirely of FrancoOntarian artists, including Jojo, Improtéine and Créations In Vivowith 20,000 lieues sous les mers. There will also be a series of five classical music shows by local musicians. This year, MIFO will also present a series of small shows at a café in Rockland. For the full schedule, visit

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MARY COOK Memories And joy, oh joy, the navy blue fleece lined bloomers had one last washing on laundry day, and they too would be tucked away. Of course, they were no longer the deep navy of a few months ago when they were fresh out of the parcel ordered from Eaton’s catalogue. Now they had faded to a pale purple, attesting to the dozens of times they had been washed over the winter. The bloomers would join the suits of long underwear and undershirts helping to keep us warm on long walks to school, and they would be packed in the hump-backed trunk that sat under the west window in the bedroom I shared with my sister Audrey. Of course Father insisted on wearing his undershirt, long sleeves and all, under his work shirt long into the summer. He gave up this combination only when Mother snatched them off the chair by his bed when he was sleeping, and when the heat of the summer had the rest of us panting. There were no clothes closets in that old log house, and no storage cupboards, and no attic to store things away one season to the next, and

I was always amazed how Mother found space to tuck things away, sight unseen. Gradually winter outerwear would be hung on the clothes line, or thrown over the wire fence in the back yard to get a good airing, always a chore for a warm sunny day. Then each piece examined by Mother, buttons replaced, seams sewn and spots removed, would be packed into a big cardboard box scrounged from Briscoe’s General Store. Between each piece of clothing, Mother would tuck in a few mothballs. When the box was put in the boys’

And now the door was flung wide, the one window opened to get rid of the musty smell, and the house was ready for summer.

bedroom, the whole upstairs smelled of the mothballs. The Findlay Oval would yet be moved out into the summer kitchen. Father thought that idea was just about the craziest notion he ever heard in his life. And as soon as Mother got the itch to “turn the whole house upside down” as he called it, he began lamenting about the huge job ahead that took up the better part of a day,

712 St Laur time better spent on the back fields. “Three generations of Hanemans have lived with the cook stove in the kitchen 12 months of the year,” he’d lament. But Mother insisted E-Billing Now the big lumbering stove be moved to the summer kitchen, rolled out by every hand in the house on two logs, the stove pipes taken down, repainted and a smaller portion of pipe poked through a hole in the summer kitchen wall. But the biggest change to me, the one I looked forward to most, was when the parlour would be open for the summer. All winter the door which separated it from the kitchen was closed tightly, a thick braided rug jammed along the bottom of the door to keep out the cold air. You could see your breath in the parlour if you had to go in to get the Bible off the twig table, or the picture album. It was almost like the parlour was no longer part of the house. And now the door was flung wide, the one window opened to get rid of the musty smell, and the house was ready for summer. The last job was done. Spring was upon us, and soon the heat of the summer would penetrate the logs, and after working so hard to keep the house warm over the winter, Mother’s next challenge would be to keep the heat outside, and capture inside what cool air she could.


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Meet the candidate: Jody Mitic changes to the system that happened over the years happened because Alannah and I pushed them, for getting easier access to services. I’ve been helping my friend, (retired lieutenant-general) Andrew Leslie, who has been running for the federal Liberal candidacy in the area ... I’m friends with Pete McKay and other Conservative reps. My dad ran for the NDP in the ’80s, in Kitchener, provincially. On my Facebook I call myself a liberally conservative democrat.


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News - Police are investigating after a 12-year-old girl was inappropriately touched while waiting for the bus on April 29 in Chapel Hill. The girl was waiting at her bus stop in the Boyer Road/Hunter’s Run Gate area. She had seen, and spoken to, the man several times in the past. While she was waiting for the bus, he touched her inappropriately. She ran away as the bus came, and got on the bus. School staff and police were alerted and searched the area, but could not find him. The suspect is described as Caucasian, in his 60s, with white hair. He was wearing blue jeans, a black coat, brown shoes, a black hat and glasses. He spoke English, and was walking a medium-sized beige dog. On May 1, police said they had identified a person of interest in the incident. The investigation is ongoing. Anyone with information is asked to contact the Ottawa Police Service sexual assault/child abuse unit at 613-236-1222 ext. 5944.





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5. Laying the tiles Cover the subfloor with the tiles. Use your guidelines to ensure that the tiles are correctly positioned. The spacers will help you create even grout lines. Use the mallet to apply light pressure on any tiles that are higher than the others. Gradually remove the spacers before the cement dries. Leave to dry for 24 hours.

1. Check the condition of the subfloor The surface under the ceramic tiles has to be suitable for your project to be a success. If it hasn’t already been done, completely remove the old floor covering and any glue. Your floor should be straight and solid. If necessary, use self-levelling cement to obtain a smooth surface. 2. Establish your guidelines In a corner near the room’s entrance, or near another door, position one tile, then three on each side, for a total of seven tiles in an L shape. Use spacers to evenly space your tiles. Use the outside edge of the row of tiles to draw a line parallel to the wall with the chalk line. Repeat this exercise with the other row of tiles. Remove the tiles. To ensure that the lines are perfectly perpendicular (T-square), measure 91.5 cm along one line from the corner and mark it. Then mark the other line 122 cm from the corner. The distance between these two points should be 152.5 cm, making the long side of a right angled triangle. If that isn’t the case, correct the angle of one of the lines.

6. Complete the perimeter of the room You can now walk on the tiles. Decide how you’re going to cut the tiles for the perimeter of the room. Draw a line on a tile and place it carefully on the tile cutter. After cutting all the necessary tiles, you can lay them as you did for the uncut tiles. Leave to dry for at least 24 hours.

Lifestyle - Decorative bricks (or faux bricks) are more affordable than regular bricks and are gaining in popularity as a decorative element for homes. And best of all, you don’t have to be a qualified stone mason in order to lay them. Preparation

Decorative bricks are usually laid on plywood or plasterboard. Clean the underlying surface thoroughly and apply a primer if necessary. In some cases, the addition of a layer of wire mesh may be necessary. It goes without saying that the wall surface or floor should be level before you begin work. Installation

Spread the glue with a notched trowel over one small area at a time, starting at the bottom of the wall. Place the bricks, leaving an equal space between each of them and en­suring that the joints are offset from one row to the next. Check frequently to ensure that the row of bricks is level. Use a miter saw fitted with a ceramic blade for cutting the bricks at the end of the rows. Recuperate the remnants to start a new row. Brick corners, used to cover the corners of three dimensional objects, such as those on a mantelpiece, are also available on the market. Now all that’s left to do is to fill the joints with mortar according to the manufacturer’s instructions.


Decorative bricks and stones give a warm and authentic look to a home. Apart from the traditional red brick, many models and colours of decorative stones are available in stores. To find the best product for your project, as well as the appropriate installation technique, be sure to ask a professional for advice.

7. Apply the grouting Wet the tiles slightly with water before applying the grout. Pour and work the grout into the gaps with a grout float. Work section by section. Use a damp grout sponge to swiftly remove any excess grout, as it dries quickly. Add more grout until you’re pleased with the result. Leave to dry for 24 hours. 8. Apply a sealant Apply an appropriate sealant on the grouting. Avoid spreading it on the tiles. Wait for 30 minutes and repeat the application.

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Star Wars fans taking prisoners for charity Erin McCracken

News - Rob Murphy knows firsthand what it takes to make a stormtrooper cry. When wearing his homemade suit of armour, virtually identical to that worn by imperial troops in the Star Wars movie universe, the Hintonburg resident has struggled to rein in his emotions. He and other members of the Capital City Garrison of the 501st Legion, a worldwide Star Wars costuming group, find their passion for supporting children’s charities – all done on a volunteer basis – very emotional. “It’s heartwarming. It’s moving stuff,” said Murphy, one of almost 40 club members who construct their own movie-precise costumes on their own dime, some of which cost more than $1,000. Seeing the looks on kids’ faces, and knowing they are helping those in need is reward

enough, and has had the power to reduce a stormtrooper to tears. “That’s why I like wearing the mask,” said Murphy, who owns a mortgage brokerage. The Ottawa group has grown in popularity since its inception in 2003. Members attended nearly 60 events last year in their membership area, which extends from Kingston to Cornwall and north to the Quebec border. Though it is one of the smallest clubs that exist around the world, compared to other 501st Legion groups, it is one of the most successful at fundraising. By attracting large crowds, they indirectly helped charities generate $168,000 last year alone. They also raised $23,000 – including $10,700 at Ottawa Comiccon – in 2013 for the Make-A-Wish Foundation, their chosen charity. “We’re bad guys doing good,” said Orléans resident Kevin Presseault, who dresses











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as a stormtrooper. The comic convention, which they plan to participate in this weekend, from May 9 to 11, at the Ernst & Young Centre, is the group’s biggest event of the year. Upwards of 60 costumers will participate in their interactive exhibit, some of them from the Rebel Legion, a similar club of fans who dress as the good guys from Star Wars. In addition to showcasing their costumes, ranging from towering wookies and Darth Vader to stormtroopers and Jedi knights, this year they’ll be throwing people in jail. For a charitable donation, convention-goers can request that stormtroopers arrest a friend or relative during the event. “I have a feeling I’m going to be thrown in jail at one point,” said founding member and Carson Grove resident Luc Lavictoire, who plans to dress as a biker scout at the convention. Many events, including the

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Luc Lavictoire as Darth Vader uses the Force from behind bars on sandtrooper Rob Murphy, right, as stormtrooper and Orléans resident Kevin Presseault looks on from jail. Members of the Capital City Garrison of the 501st Legion will be taking prisoners at Ottawa Comiccon at the Ernst & Young Centre, from May 9 to 11. convention, require hours of standing in unforgiving costumes – they say it’s impossible to sit down in rigid stormtrooper armour – or being out in 40-degree heat or freezing temperatures. But they say their reward comes from the smiles on children’s faces. Adults also become just as excited, and

ask for photos and sometimes kisses. “You’re making life better for the little ones. That’s the reason to do this,” said Murphy. The appeal of Star Wars is universal, said Presseault. “Everyone loves Star Wars,” he said. “It’s timeless, it’s just a message that connects with our

hearts, and we’re wired to root for the good guys. “There’s just something about the endless story of good and evil.” For details on Ottawa Comiccon, visit ottawacomiccon. com. For information on the Capital City Garrison of the 501st Legion, go to


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Cancer Care Ontario finds thousands of cases caused by alcohol consumption News - As many as 3,000 new cancer cases each year in Ontario can be attributed to alcohol consumption, according to a report released by Cancer Care Ontario. The report, entitled Cancer Risk Factors in Ontario: Alcohol, is part of a series that examines cancer risk factors facing Ontarians. “Many people are unaware of the relation between alcohol consumption and cancer,” says

Dr. Linda Rabeneck, vice-president of prevention and cancer control for CCO. The findings of the report demonstrate that a substantial number of cancers diagnosed in Ontario could be prevented by reducing alcohol consumption in the population, but that more awareness is needed. According to recommendations from the World Cancer Research Fund/American Institute for Cancer Research, if alcoholic drinks are

consumed, the number of drinks should be limited to no more than two drinks per day for men and one drink per day for women. Drinking in excess of alcohol cancer prevention recommendations varied considerably across the province; it is clear, however, that Ontarians with higher incomes and those living in rural areas are more likely to exceed the recommendations than those with lower incomes.

“While many Ontarians drink without causing harm to themselves or others, there are significant health and social problems associated with alcohol consumption, including cancer,” said Dr. Catherine Zahn, president and CEO of the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health. “To support individuals to make healthy choices, alcohol regulations should be grounded in public health and safety principles.”

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Will a health crisis tarnish your golden years? Jennifer Bowman, Jessica Cunha and Tamara Shephard

News - Mary wouldn’t call them her golden years. At 75, the Ottawa widow lives tightly on $25,000 a year. Her condominium fees eats up most of her income. There is little cash left over each month after she pays for food, her car, insurance, Internet service and her phone. She receives no income supplement. “Save, save, save. Put money away,” says Mary, who asked not to be identified. She is embarrassed over her dire financial straits. “Save from the time you’re 20. I don’t care if it’s $10 a week. It adds up. It makes all the difference in the world.” She and her husband held down “decent” jobs and raised five children together. But neither had a university degree.

That put a ceiling on job and income opportunities, she said, and directly affected their ability to financially prepare for their retirement. Both worked until age 70. Mary is in good health. She receives two small pensions, from her job and her late husband’s work. Without them, she doesn’t know how she’d survive. Canada Pension Plan and Old Age Security (OAS) adds up to only $1,300 a month. “It never crossed my mind,” she said of her retirement. “You know it’s coming, but it’s a long way off. Then, all of a sudden, it’s there.” Mary’s retirement experience is a cautionary tale for Baby Boomers, the oldest of which are just turning 65, and for Generation Xers, those born starting in the mid-1960s on the


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heels of the boomers. Her financial distress in retirement is an all-too-common reality for many of Ontario’s 1.9 million seniors aged 65 or older. In fact, many Ontarians simply cannot afford to retire. Consumer costs, including health care and housing, compel them to work for wages and for health benefits. And in the next 20 years, Ontario’s population of seniors is expected to double. No one knows better how a health crisis can wreak havoc on retirement plans than Brampton’s Anne Mitchell, 67. Mitchell is gearing up for a second battle with cancer. Except, this time, Mitchell is scrambling to come up Brian Johnson/Metroland with $52,000 for chemother- Anne Mitchell is looking at a potential cost of $50,000 for chemotherapy drugs that OHIP apy treatment not covered by will not cover. OHIP. “I felt complete and utter scription costs, then $6.11 per “It will wipe out all of our cytic leukaemia. Mitchell cannot take Fluda- shock,” her husband John said, prescription under the governsavings,” Mitchell said. “This is a big financial burden. It rabine and Rituximab, two describing the reaction to the ment program. But many drugs are not covwill wipe out our whole re- very powerful chemotherapy hefty bill. Moving forward, the Mitch- ered and are shockingly exdrugs. She received only two tirement.” Mitchell, a former of- treatments before the regime ell’s say they don’t really have pensive, reported Susan Eng, fice manager for a construc- was abruptly stopped because a game plan to pay for the vice-president of advocacy tion company and her hus- of an adverse reaction to chemotherapy treatment other with CARP. “A lot of drugs are not covband John, 68, a steelworker, Fludarabine that nearly killed than drawing on their life savered in the plan and the ones ings and credit. worked in Canada for more her. “I have to make the pay- not covered are expensive. In Mitchell’s doctor has prethan 40 years and planned to fund their retirement with scribed Bendamustine, which ment somehow. I have to make Ontario, people could fall bethe payment to keep my wife tween the cracks,” she said. some retirement savings and a OHIP will not cover. “Biologics, for example, are On April 7, Mitchell used alive,” John said. government pension. Under Ontario Drug Benefit very, very expensive.” But no one plans for cancer. her American Express card to In 2009, Mitchell was diag- cover the drug’s $4,500 price coverage, seniors over age 65 pay the first $100 of their prenosed with chronic lympho- tag. See HEALTH, page 32

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Check out the summer adventures in your neighbourhood. Remember, the more camps you sign-up for, the more chances to win! For details, visit Preschool Half-Day Camps: Summertime fun for the little ones! Games, crafts, songs and special themes will give your preschooler lots of adventures in their own neighbourhood. Our well trained leaders organize imaginative and interesting activities where learning and socialization are enhanced. Morning and afternoon programs at a location near you. Join us for active and creative programs full of fun! In Your Neighbourhood! If finding summer activities close to home or work is your priority, we have camps throughout the city offering organized games, sports, crafts and special events. Themes ignite the imagination and offer a different program each week. Neighbourhood camps, fun clubs and park activities will keep your child active and involved while making new friends. A great way to spend the summer in our city! Water Fun for Everyone! If you want to be wet this summer, we have swimming lessons, water sports and aqua fun for all! Your aquatic adventures are rounded out with camp activities including games, crafts, sports, and special events.

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Health care costs loom largely over retirement planning Biologic drugs are used to treat a wide variety of diseases, particularly conditions that affect seniors, including cancer, rheumatoid arthritis, multiple sclerosis and diabetes. It’s expected the use of biologics among seniors will grow by approximately 20 per cent in the next decade, the Canadian Generic Pharmaceutical Association reports. Across Canada, dental and vision care are major health costs for seniors, together accounting for more than 75 per cent of their health care spending. They also need funds to pay for other professionals such as chiropractors, massage therapists, physiotherapists and podiatrists. If a senior is retired or works at a job without health insurance benefits, many health costs come directly outof-pocket. One option for retirees is to purchase private insurance, but even that is prohibitively expensive. Blue Cross health insurance coverage for a 65-year-old Ontario man who is a nonsmoker costs $85 a month for basic coverage. That monthly fee jumps to $117 for regular coverage and $147 for extended coverage. Basic coverage includes ambulance service, nursing care, dental work and partial payments towards sessions with a registered podiatrist, physiotherapist, massage therapist and chiropractor. Blue Cross does not cover prescription drugs after age 65 because seniors in this province qualify for the Ontario Drug Benefit. A dental exam and diagnosis costs $65, according to the Ontario Dental Association’s 2014 fee schedule. Need dental X-rays? A complete set of 12 images costs $123. Cleaning and polishing your teeth costs a minimum of $55. If a senior has a crown that needs to be restored, the suggested cost is $685. Root canal therapy begins at $441. Dentures start at $751 for the upper palate and $956 for lower teeth.

Seniors 65 and older pay just under $50 for an eye test. Should a senior need a chiropractor, massage therapy, physiotherapy or a podiatrist, those costs are not paid by OHIP. Seniors must pay for those services out-of-pocket or through private insurance. A visit to the chiropractor costs up to $140 for a 40-minute session, the 2014 Ontario Chiropractic Association Fee Schedule suggests. A detailed exam can cost between $140 and $280.

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A massage delivered by a registered massage therapist costs $38 for 15 minutes and $102 for an hour. Seniors 65 and older may be eligible for publicly funded physiotherapy with a doctor’s referral, the Ontario government’s health services branch reports. A single senior with a yearly net income less than $16,018 or a senior couple whose combined net annual income is less than $24,175 or a senior on Ontario Works or the Ontario Disability Support Program, living in long-term care or receiving home care pay no deductible and only $2 per prescription filled. Ensuring Ontarians have access to drugs they need regardless of cost is one of 169 recommendations contained in a 2012 report entitled “Living Longer, Living Well,” that’s intended to inform a Seniors Strategy for Ontario. “(We) have to start thinking about how to develop fairer and sustainable financing systems that can still allow us to ensure all Ontarians can access the pharmaceutical therapies they need, regardless of their ability to pay for them,” stated the 198-page report by Dr. Samir Sinha, director of geriatrics at Mount Sinai and the University Health Network

hospitals. Ontarians need to consider health care planning in their retirement preparations, advised Bob McGaraughty, a financial security advisor with Freedom 55 Financial in Ottawa. Plan on retiring on 70 per cent of your pre-retirement earnings, he said. “Your health is a big issue. If you’ve got your health, then your costs are stabilized. If your health deteriorates quickly ... that’s a big (cost),” he said. “If you can’t pay for your medicine, then what do you do?” Then there is the matter of how Ontarians will afford their care as they age. According to Statistics Canada, the median after-tax income for seniors over the age of 65 in 2010 was $26,185. Besides medical expenses, this money must also cover costs such as housing, food, transportation, social events and communication. Some 92 per cent of Canadian seniors aged 65 and older live in private dwellings, Statistics Canada’s 2011 Census reported. In doing so, this often requires the added costs of installing accessibility aids or hiring a live-in housekeeper. To minimize costs, some seniors choose to open their home to another person in exchange for light household chores and cheap rent. Seniors living in subsidized housing pay either 30 per cent of their income (rent geared to income) or 20 per cent below market rent (affordable housing), depending on the housing arrangement. What their maximum income can be and how they apply varies by district and municipality throughout the province. In Muskoka, seniors applying for a subsidized one-bedroom unit must be living on less than $29,700 per year. And the cheaper cost comes at a price. There’s a wait list. In Muskoka it’s three to five years, but in Peel, it’s 20 years. Some areas have senior-only subsidized housing which may reduce the wait time, some do not. See HOMES, page 34

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Mother’s Day means something special at museums When the spring flowers start to make their appearance each year, we know it’s time to roll out the red carpet and treat all moms to something special. On Mother’s Day, Sunday, May 11, the City of Ottawa’s five museums have planned special events and programs where families can spend the day together and have some fun while celebrating with mom.

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Though there are connections to England’s Mothering Sunday, Canada’s Mother’s Day is more closely tied to the tradition of the American holiday pioneered in 1908 by West Virginia’s Anna Jarvis in memory of her own mom. She felt so strongly that mothers deserved a special holiday in what she thought was a calendar dominated with holidays for men that she spent six years campaigning for a national day of recognition. It is pretty impressive that even without the advantages of crowd-sourcing and online push notifications, Anna’s grassroots message resonated so much that Mother’s Day has been an honoured tradition since 1914! On May 11, City Museums will continue that tradition. Choose from one of our tea services surrounded by heritage flowers and serenaded by Victorian music, or get your hands a little dirty and show off your green thumb with our gardening activities. Maybe playing lawn games, exploring her artistic side, or trying out our Art Nouveau photo booth is more your mom’s speed? We’ve got that too. From Cumberland to Dunrobin and points in between, our City Museums provide a perfect setting to celebrate Mother’s Day. Make sure to visit or our Facebook pages to find out about the activities offered at each museum or historic site. Choose the event and location the best suits your mom’s interests. Times and Long term care home rooms can cost more than $2,000 a month. admission costs vary. • Billings Estate National Historic Site – • Cumberland Heritage Village Museum – • Fairfields Heritage House and Nepean Museum – • Pinhey’s Point Historic Site –

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quire more intensive care than a live-in caregiver can provide, many opt to move into a long-term care home (LTC). A LTC home provides 24-hour services and care and is often where seniors will live out their life. Rates at the homes are regulated by the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care at $1,707.59 a month for a basic room with subsidies available from the government. Semi-private or private rooms cost more. In 2011-12, the median time to be on a wait list for a long-term care room was 98 days. Fred’s wife, Doris, moved

into a private room in a LTC home last December in Bracebridge, Ont. It costs $2,275 a month. Fred lives next-door in subsidized housing at $650 per month plus utilities. Multiple times a day, Fred joins his wife for meals paid for by the home. How can Fred and Doris afford their care? Fourteen years ago, the couple who will have been married 55 years in June sold an apartment building they’d owned for a decade for approximately $700,000. Fred still owns property in Huntsville: “We’ve still got that to sell if need be,” he said.

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Others choose to spend their golden years in a retirement home. There are 700 such facilities in Ontario, from townhouses to apartments, providing a variety of services and lifestyles for seniors from living with no assistance to in-home care. At an average cost of $3,204 per unit per month, it’s an expense that’s well above an entire monthly budget of $2,182 for those living on $26,185 or less per year. When seniors are no longer able to live on their own or re-

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News - Ontario and the Ontario Provincial Police are reminding people to take simple precautions this spring to prevent attracting black bears as they come out of hibernation. The potential for human-bear conflicts increases when there is little natural food available for bears. If this happens, black bears will search for other food sources, such as garbage and bird feed, which can draw bears to populated areas. Follow these simple instructions to minimize the chances of attracting bears: Store garbage in waste containers with tightfitting lids. • Put out garbage only on the morning of pickup. • Put away bird feeders. Seed, suet and nectar also attract bears. • Pick fruits and berries as they ripen—don’t let them rot on the ground. • Clean outdoor barbecue grills after each use, including the grease trap underneath. Bears will be drawn by smells from great distances, including grease and food residue on grills. 

Bears that enter a populated area aren’t necessarily a threat to public safety. Public safety is at risk when a bear poses an immediate threat to your safety. The Ministry of Natural Resources and OPP have agreed on the roles and responsibilities for both organizations to help the public understand which organization to contact when they encounter a bear. If a bear is posing an immediate threat to public safety by exhibiting threatening or aggressive behaviour, call 911 or your local police. At the request of police, during daylight hours the Ministry of Natural Resources will respond to emergency situations to assist. For non-emergencies, the Ministry of Natural Resources operates the toll-free, 24/7 Bear Reporting Line (1-866-514-2327) and the Bear Wise website to provide the public with information and advice. Since 2004, Ontario’s Bear Wise program has been educating people about bears, how to avoid attracting bears and how to prevent human-bear conflicts.

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Canada’s top dogs compete in Ottawa More than 100 K9 officers attend seminar and Iron Dog competition in Kanata Adam Kveton

News - With tails wagging and fur flying, one of the largest police dog seminars in Canada ended with a K9 competition to find the country’s top dog. The Ottawa police service hosted the largest Canadian Police Canine Association seminar in the group’s history, with more than 100 of North America’s top dogs attending on May 1. The seminar, which aimed to have K9 units across the country share their training and experience, took place over four days at the Bonnenfant Centre in Dunrobin. The seminar wrapped up with the Iron Dog competition – an intense obstacle course for dogs and their handlers which took place at the Connaught Range and Primary Training Centre

in Kanata. Dozens of dogs and their partners waded through muddy water, crawled through pipes and made their way over various other obstacles, often with handlers having to lift and coax their canine counterparts through some parts of the course. But all of that is part of the daily routine for K9 unit officers and their dogs, said Ottawa police Sgt. Jamie Soltendieck, Ottawa’s K9 program coordinator and one of the main organizers of the seminar. “It’s a fun event that we put on usually at the end of the week so the dogs can get out and burn up some energy,” he said. “It’s all stuff that you encounter on a daily basis when you are working in operations with your dog.” Though competition is friendly, Soltendieck said everyone there is out to be “top

dog.” The Canadian Police Canine Association is the largest police canine group in Canada, though its base tends to be in western Canada, said Soltendieck. Holding the largest seminar in the association’s history in Ottawa was a big step in bringing more central and eastern Canadian K9 units into the fold, he said. “The CPCA has a strong base in western Canada. It’s always been that way. We’ve had some agencies from Ontario in it over the years, but we wanted to work hard to try to bring it further out east, to Ontario and beyond, so I think by all accounts it looks like we’ve been affective at doing that.” The seminar was likely a success thanks to the instructors who came out, said Soltendieck. While instructors from across the country came to lend a hand, many from the U.S. came as well. The seminar offered several training opportunities including medical training for major canine trauma, the use of newly developed camera technology for police dogs, narcotics

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use their dogs more safely and more effectively in their home cities. As for the winners of the Iron Dog competition, Solten-

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Jr. A draft picks Orléans player Thomas Stevenson, third from left, was the first overall draft pick, chosen by the Cumberland Grads coaching staff, pictured with him, in the annual Central Canada Hockey League draft. It was held at the Earl Armstrong Arena in Gloucester. The CCHL is the Jr. A league. A total of 126 players were drafted in 10 rounds on April 29. Stevenson played with the Ottawa 67s club team.

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Above, the Gloucester Rangers picked Stittsville’s Adam Johnston as the sixth overall draft pick in the annual Central Canada Hockey League draft.

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News - The Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission has announced that video relay service will be made available in Canada for users of American Sign Language and Langue des signes québécoise. When it launches, the service will facilitate conversations between people who are deaf, hard of hearing and speech impaired and other Canadians. An operator facilitates the conversation between the two parties by relaying the conversation between sign language and spoken language. Although video relay service will be offered at no charge, users will need their own high-speed Internet service and an Internetconnected device, such as a computer, smartphone, tablet or videophone. Additional services, such as voicemail and call display, will be billed at rates similar to those charged for corresponding voice services. Funding to support video relay service in Canada will be drawn from the National Contribution Fund, and will be capped at $30 million annually. This fund was created in 2001 to subsidize local telephone service in areas where the cost of providing this service is

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Via accuses city bus of damaging rail crossing City, company trade barbs over cause of safety-gate malfunction Laura Mueller

News - City officials were caught off guard on April 29 when Via Rail sent out a press release accusing two OC Transpo buses of failing to stop at rail crossing signals and damaging the gate. The alleged incidents happened on April 25 and April 28.

But after Via met with city officials, Mayor Jim Watson called on the company to correct what he said was misinformation Via put out to the media. Via said the second incident caused damage to the gate when it lowered onto the bus, sending the signal into fail-safe mode. But “new information” determined that the bus did not

make contact with the rail crossing gate, Watson wrote in a letter to Via CEO Steve Del Bosco on April 29. The fail-safe mode was triggered because another crossing gate at the same intersection was stuck out of position because it made contact with the device’s windbreak – one of the reasons given for re-occurring signal malfunctions when Via gave an update to the city the week before. Via conceded on May 1 that the bus may not have caused the signal malfunction



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on April 28, but in a press release the company insisted a video shows the north gate at Fallowfield Road hitting the bus, which had stopped beyond the stop line. The video then shows the bus backing up to the stop line, Via said. Via’s April 28 press release said it has written to Watson and OC Transpo general manager John Manconi asking them to investigate the incidents and “take appropriate measures to avoid their reoccurance.” On May 1 Via re-iterated that it is “unacceptable” for buses to breach the stop line at rail crossings. OC Transpo began investigating the incidents after they came to light through the news media, but it’s the first time anyone at the city had heard of them, said Coun. Diane Deans, chairwoman of the transit commission. “OC Transpo in now investigating these claims,” she said on April 29. “It’s very important to us that we secure all the facts.” After expressing hope about

improvements in communication between Via and the city last week, when Via officials came to Ottawa to give a briefing about the causes of ongoing signal malfunctions in Barrhaven, Deans said the way the bus incidents were communicated was a bit of a setback. “I’m just going to view this as a hiccup to our communications and move on,” she said, adding that Via officials agreed to meet with representatives from the city on May 30. “The people of Barrhaven don’t need a spat between the city and Via,” she said. “What they need is a real solution to a major safety concern they have.” There was no suggestion of OC Transpo buses contributing to rail signal malfunctions last week during the highly anticipated technical briefing with Via and it’s signal contractor, RailTerm. Aaron Branston of RailTerm said the key reasons for the ongoing and increasing number of malfunctions at six crossings in Barrhaven were: shifting of the tracks due to

excessive water and salt accumulation in the gravel bed they sit on; vibrations from passing trains causing the signals to re-engage after a train passes through; and interference from an increase in electrical loads on nearby hydro lines. Final results from a review provided by an independent engineering firm were expected to be delivered to Via on April 30. Two weeks ago, Transport Canada lifted the safety order it had placed on four of the six Barrhaven rail crossings that have been malfunctioning. Employees are still stationed at crossings at Woodroffe Avenue and the Transitway and train speeds are still lowered there. Transport Canada’s Rail Safety Week began on April 27. This year, Transport Canada’s grade crossing improvement program will provide $9.2 million for improvements at more than 600 railway crossings across Canada.

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Lansdowne stadium, but little else, will open on July 18 Laura Mueller

News - When TD Place opens for the first RedBlacks game on July 18, up to 2,400 fans will be left wanting for a place to grab a bite or beverage before or after the game. With 1,100 workers busy on the site, the stadium will be ready in time for kick-off, said Bernie Ashe, the Ottawa Sports and Entertainment Group, which operates the club. But almost nothing else will be done. Still, sports fans will be excited to stroll through the commercial plaza and see the initial results of the $290-million redevelopment, Ashe said. The city and OSEG partnered to redevelop the city-owned site, which used to house a partially dilapidated stadium, an OHL arena and convention centre, as well as two heritage buildings. The exterior of the new shops will be done, but they’ll be empty, Ashe said. “We have some plans that we’re going to be able to create some pre-game entertainment and welcome fans in the retail area, however, the retailers themselves are not going to be open until the fall,” Ashe said. There will be “music and fun” outside in the retail area before and after games, Ashe

said. But if people want to get food or drinks before or after the game, they can head to Bank Street, he said. The park, with its large field almost the size of the lawn in front of Parliament Hill won’t quite be ready, either. The hard-surface plaza with trees and benches in front of the Aberdeen Pavilion will be open on game day, Ashe said, but the “great lawn” won’t be open until August. The park will eventually have a play area, water feature with a tall “beacon,” a skateboard park, outdoor refrigerated ice rink and an apple orchard, but the whole thing won’t be finished and polished up until next year, said Marco Manconi, the city staffer in charge of overseeing the project. There will be 800 trees planted – including the trembling aspen city councillors planted on April 29. Six different varieties of apple trees will be planted in the orchard in the centre of the shuttle bus drop-off near the east side of the site. People who live in the Glebe might be relieved to hear that OSEG plans to “going fairly slow” on hosting outdoor concerts at the site. “We’re looking for outdoor concerts for this summer. We don’t have anything at this

time,” Ashe said. “The site will probably come alive in terms of more outdoor events sometime next year, in 2015,” he said. That’s also when people will begin moving into the 285 condo units Minto is building at Lansdowne. Ashe said Minto is reporting the units are selling well and are about 80 per cent presold. That’s about the same tenancy rate as the commercial buildings, Ashe said. Although some people have questioned whether the stores and restaurants will make Lansdowne a unique retail destination, as spelled out in the agreement with the city, Ashe defended the businesses OSEG has announced have signed on: Whole Foods, GoodLife Fitness, Sporting Life, Cineplex, JOEY restaurant, South St. Burger Company, Local Lounge and Grill and Milestones. “We’re very proud of our retail mix,” Ashe said. “We think it’s going to prove to be a very successful retail mix for what we have to do and how we have to attract people to the Glebe.” The businesses that have signed on, particularly TD, were very keen on the site’s historic attributes such as the views of the Aberdeen Pavilion, Ashe said.

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Tulip festival activities continue to grow this year Fireworks, free shuttle part of festival this year Michelle Nash

News - The Canadian Tulip Festival will celebrate this year with a bang. The 63rd annual festival begins on May 9 with fireworks at the festival’s main site at Dow’s Lake. It will be one of the three evenings that the festival organizers have planned to have fireworks. “The plan is this year we want to preview what’s to come,” said spokesman Dave Shaw. “The idea is to make it a signature part of the festival so that when people think of the festival they think of fireworks.” The goal, Shaw said, is to have fireworks every night during the festival in the future. Fireworks will also take place at Dow’s Lake on May 14 and 17. “We plan on it being pretty spectacular,” Shaw said. The tulip festival was established in 1953, years after tulips were being donated from the Netherlands to Canada in 1945, when the Dutch royal family sent 100,000 tulip bulbs

to Ottawa as a way of saying thank you for hosting Dutch Princess Juliana and her daughters in exile during the Second World War and for Canada’s role in the liberation of the Netherlands. Each year the Netherlands send 20,000 bulbs. This year’s festival will take place from May 9 to 19 and while spring has come late this year, Shaw said there will be at least half a million tulips on display during the festival. Aside from fireworks, there will be music, dance and cuisine attractions, tulip cycling trips, a circus, an international pavilion, swordplay and an art display representing the Afghan Mission. In recognition and commemoration of Canada’s military mission in Afghanistan, May 9, 2014 has been declared a National Day of Honour by Royal Proclamation. According to the Department of National Defence’s website, a national ceremony will occur on Parliament Hill with veterans of all branches of the Canadian Armed Forces and families. This will be an occasion to pay tribute to the fallen, the sacrifices of the wounded and the special burden borne by military families. Shaw said the tulip festival will honour veterans by hosting an invite-only event for veterans and their families on the second floor of Lago Bar and Grill. The main floor will be

The Canadian Tulip Festival officially will begin on May 9 with fireworks at Dow’s Lake. open for the public. TULIP SHUTTLE

New this year, a free hop-on, hop-off shuttle service will be made available from Commissioner’s Park to Confederation Square, with stops in the Glebe and Little Italy, thanks

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The Glebe BIA has also ordered 1,000 tulips to be planted along Bank Street. On Mother’s Day, May 11, the Glebe will host a Mad Hatter Tea Party from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and crafts and activities will take place at the corner of Fourth Avenue and Bank Street Mother’s Day weekend.


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Eastbound Transit Operational Improvements Highway 417 / Pinecrest Road Interchange Notice of Submission – Design and Construction Report THE STUDY The City of Ottawa has retained MMM Group Ltd. to complete the detail design for eastbound transit operational improvements at the Highway 417 / Pinecrest Road interchange. The study area is identified on the map below. The objective of this project is to improve transit service by removing the requirement for eastbound transit vehicles to merge with highway traffic between Pinecrest Road and the Southwest Transitway. The scope of the project includes modifications to the S-E directional ramp and relocation of existing utilities and signage to accommodate ramp modifications. The design of these improvements takes into consideration the ultimate cross-section of Highway 417, which will incorporate four lanes of traffic in each direction. THE PROCESS While this is a City of Ottawa project, the work is being carried out within the Highway 417 corridor and is following the approved environmental planning process for Group ‘B’ projects under the Ontario Ministry of Transportation’s Class Environmental Assessment for Provincial Transportation Facilities (2000). The purpose of this notice is to inform the public that a Design and Construction Report (DCR), documenting the detail design, has been prepared and will be available from May 8, 2014 to June 7, 2014 for a 30day public review period. The DCR can be reviewed at the following locations during normal hours of operation: Ottawa City Hall Info Desk 110 Laurier Avenue West Ottawa, ON K1P 1J1

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Kidney Foundation to host golden anniversary dinner Jennifer McIntosh

News - The Kidney Foundation of Canada’s Eastern Ontario chapter is celebrating its golden anniversary on May 14. The chapter’s territory covers Pembroke, Hawkesbury, Cornwall and Ottawa and was started in 1964. The foundation’s largest fundraiser is the annual Kidney Walk that takes place every summer, but executive director Bruce Hill said he thought it was important to mark the occasion by celebrating the milestones in the treatment of kidney disease. The keynote speaker at the event will be Dr. John Dossetor, the physician who co-ordinated the first twin transplant in the commonwealth. Moira Johnston was admitted to the Montreal Neurological Institute in 1958 with uremic hypersensitive seizures. She was 15. The transplant worked for 29 years until Moira passed away and the donor -- her sister Nola -- is still alive and will be attending the foundation’s dinner. The dinner is called the Celebration of Hope and will be at the Hampton Inn. “We want it to be a gathering of anyone whose life has been impacted by kidney disease -- patients or donors,” Hill said, adding the executive director of the National Kidney Foundation will


come from Montreal to participate in the event. Canadian comedian Mike MacDonald will perform at the event. The iconic comedian had a liver transplant in 2013 after a two-year battle with hepatitis C. Rabbi Reuven Bulka, well known for founding the annual Kindness Week hosted by United Way and chairman of the Trillium Gift of Life Foundation, will be the MC of the event. Hill said the eastern Ontario branch of the foundation has donated millions to research and support programs for patients in the Ottawa area. Kidney disease is a life sentence he said, often meaning trips to the hospital several times a week for dialysis. “There are five stages to kidney disease, but most people don’t find out they have it until the last stages,” he said. “Then it’s not just a pill to fix it.” The wait list for a new kidney is a long one, and being on dialysis during the wait can have a huge financial impact on patients and their families. Hill said he hopes to raise money for research during the Celebration of Hope dinner. “It’s going to be a fun event, with live and silent auctions, as well as the speakers,” he said. Tickets are $85 and include dinner and wine. They can be purchased at

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Pupil’s pit stop St. Matthew High School student Alec Hogerland races against time to change two tires on a car during the 19th Annual CAA Student Auto Skills competition at Algonquin College on May 1. The competition brought in nearly 60 high school students from the Ottawa area to compete in a series of timed auto repair events.

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BEECHWOOD OPERATES AS A NOT-FOR-PROFIT ORGANIZATION, unique within the Ottawa community. In choosing Beechwood, you can take comfort in knowing that all funds are used for the maintenance, enhancement and preservation of this National Historic Site. That’s a beautiful thing to be a part of and comforting to many. BEECHWOOD IS ONE OF A KIND. People enjoy our botanical gardens, including our annual spring display of 35,000 tulips and our spectacular fall colours. Others come for historic tours or to pay tribute in our sections designated as Canada’s National Military Cemetery and The RCMP National Memorial Cemetery. School groups visit Macoun Marsh, our unique urban wetland. Concerts are hosted in our Sacred Space. Beechwood truly is a special place.

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Charges for new homes on the rise Laura Mueller

News - Adding a few thousand dollars onto the cost of building a new home in Ottawa is what’s necessary to serve a growing city without burdening taxpayers, says Alta Vista Coun. Peter Hume. “Quite frankly I don’t think it’s fair to existing taxpayers,” said the planning committee chairman, who made the case for hiking development charges. If approved, the increased fees would represent between three and seven per cent of the cost of a new house, up from 2.5 and six per cent, depending on the type of home and whether it’s located in an urban, suburban or rural area. Development charges pay for the cost related to growth in an area – increased pressure on roads and infrastructure for everything from sewers to parks. It’s usually tacked onto the price of new houses by developers. Transit expansion is a large portion of the development charge, Hume said, adding the city “left no stone unturned to ensure transit projects got the most funding possible.” Developers raised the most concerns about the way money is allocated to transit projects. The city wants to use development charges to fund transit projects in the same way it funds

roads, Hume said. “In the long term, growth of the city, in terms of treating roads the same as transit, was of benefit,” he said. Community representatives wanted transit money to be allocated on a local basis. That would make the development charge very high and unaffordable for construction inside the Greenbelt, Hume said. Since transit is concentrated in the city’s core, under a local-charge scheme, downtown residents would be burdened with most of the cost of expanding the system, even though suburban residents put a demand on the service, too. Another change will be made to the city’s approach to exempting some developments from fees. Since 2009, when development charges were last reviewed, the city wrote off $53 million in development charges, which isn’t recoverable, said planning manager John Moser. Now, the city will have to find other ways to make up that loss in development-charge revenue if it grants an exemption – such as getting money from property taxes. “We need to put that money back in. If you don’t have development charges to meet the growth, your projects are in jeopardy,” Hume said. PARKS, CHILDCARE, SOCIAL HOUSING

As previously reported, another

change would see developers take over the responsibility of building most new parks in new communities starting Oct. 1. Instead of the city collecting development charges after homes are built and using the money to build parks, developers can build them as soon as they start constructing homes. The parks will still be designed to city standards and large district parks, of which there are four of in the city’s plans, would still be built by the city. The city is also suggesting putting a freeze on collecting development charges for childcare and social housing reserves. There is currently $3.4 million and $1.7 million respectively in those funds now, but the city hasn’t spend the money because of limitations on how it can be used. The province requires the cash to be spent on projects the city builds, owns and operates, which would create a tax burden to maintain and operate the facilities. The city is looking into whether it could use the money to create social housing to be operated by Ottawa Community Housing. Until the legality of different options is determined, the money won’t be spent and the fee won’t be charged. If the city wanted to re-instate that portion of the development charge, it would need to conduct another background study and city council would have to approve


Proposed increase in development charge: • Home inside the Greenbelt: $5,068 increase ($21,959 total) • Home outside the Greenbelt: $5,517 ($30,832 total) • Rural home (serviced): $3,603 increase ($19,685 total) • Rural home (unserviced): $3,374 increase ($17,254 total)


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the additional fee. The same process would apply if councillors wanted to pursue areaspecific development charges for neighbourhoods that are seeing a huge increase in population, such as Little Italy, Coun. Diane Holmes suggested. Coun. David Chernushenko said it might be something to look into for Old Ottawa East, which has a large institutional property slated for redevelopment. Hume said homebuilders said the plan to collectively appeal the changes due to the “magnitude” of the development charge increase.

Could you be the right match for Otis (A166398), a pug / Chihuahua mix who makes fast friends with everyone he meets? This super-social guy loves to meet and greet everyone he sees – he is endlessly entertaining and enjoys having an audience. Otis would rather not be a couch potato, so he will be well-matched with a companion who can take him on multiple daily walks to help him achieve a slim and trim figure! Otis lived with cats in his previous home and really enjoys the company of other dogs. He will be right at home in a household with kids older than five and dogs that will appreciate his spunky personality.

For more information on Otis and all our adoptable animals, stop by the OHS at 245 West Hunt Club Rd. Check out our website at to see photos and descriptions of the animals available for adoption.

Ottawa Humane Society: Readying animals for happily ever after

Please note: The Ottawa Humane Society has many other companion animals available for adoption. Featured animals are adopted quickly! To learn more about adopting an animal from the Ottawa Humane Society please contact us: Website: Email: Telephone: (613) 725-3166 x258

When they’re ready for forever homes, OHS adoption staff work to make sure adopters are matched with the right pet for them – and for the animal. The OHS follows up with adopters and offers community programs to help strengthen the bond between the owner and their new pet, such as dog obedience classes. The journey from arrival at the OHS to your doorstep is a comprehensive process with the goal of a happy and healthy life for your pet in its new forever home – with you.

Brighteyes Brighteyes (aka Kitty #2) is our 8 month old kitten that we rescued from the Ottawa Humane Society. We named her Brighteyes after her friend Lua but also because of the way her beautiful eyes sparkle in the sunlight. She is definitely our fit, athletic kitten who’s quite the acrobat – you should see the way she contorts her body while laying down for a nap. Brighteyes loves to sit in windows to get some sun, but especially to watch the birds go by. She unfortunately taught her adopted brother Sushi to countersurf, but normally stays out of trouble while we are around. We’re ecstatic to have Brighteyes in our lives and couldn’t imagine our family without her! Do you think your pet is cute enough to be “THE PET OF THE WEEK”? Submit a picture and short biography of your pet to find out! Simply email to: attention “Pet of the Week” Orléans News EMC - Thursday, May 8, 2014

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conditions and will provide life-saving medicine as needed. They spay or neuter the animal. It’s vaccinated and microchipped. A specialist temperament assesses dogs before they’re ready for forever homes, ensuring the best match possible for a successful, permanent placement. Some animals spend time living with OHS foster volunteers before they’re ready for adoption. These animals may be recovering from surgery or may be nursing kittens and puppies or pregnant cats or dogs.


Before Fluffy curls up on your windowsill or Fido plays ball in your backyard, these pets spent time at the Ottawa Humane Society getting the medical and other care necessary to live happy and healthy lives in forever homes. The furry friend you adopt into your family will have arrived at the OHS in one of many different ways: surrendered by a previous owner, rescued from cruelty, or brought in as a stray. The OHS never turns away an animal in need. OHS vets may treat the animal for broken limbs or for other serious

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

May 7 to 9

Giant rummage sale at Résidence Saint-Louis long term care facility, 879 Hiawatha Pk. This is a fundraising for the residents’ comfort. Everyone welcome.

May 8

Cardinal Creek Community Association annual general meeting from 6:30 to 9 p.m. at the South Fallingbrook Community Centre, 998 Valin St., next to Mapleridge Elementary School, to elect a new board of directors, acknowledge community volunteers and celebrate successes. From 6:30 to 7:30 p.m., the City of Ottawa will hold an open house for the Greater Cardinal Creek subwatershed management plan. There will also be a presentation by the Rideau Valley Conservation Authority about their Stream Watch program at 7:30 p.m. as they plan to sample Cardinal Creek this year. Visit for details. World Walking Day is a world-wide event that encourages people from all walks of life to gather and walk together. Registration is at 6 p.m. at Liam Maguire’s Restaurant, 1705 StLaurent Blvd, Ottawa. Free event and parking, choice of 5 or 10 km map walk , invitation to stay for refreshments after the walk. Contact: Benoît Pinsonneault at 613-746-9071 or see,

May 9

OYPTS’ Teen Musical students present an Alan Dean MacDowell and Andrea Cochrane

Canada’s first Miracle Field and accessible playground structure. Our guest speaker will be former Major League Baseball pitcher Mike Kusiewicz. This will be a family friendly event with refreshments, face painting, clowns and pictures with Homer our mascot. For more information see

original. May 9 at 7:30pm. Montreal. 1973. Tensions between the Anglophones and Francophones are running high....and so is the sibling rivalry in the Benoit household. Who will win the battle of the bands? Taking place at the Richcraft Theatre at the Shenkman Arts Centre. Tickets $10 for adults and $5 for children. Please call the office for tickets and information. 613-580-2764.

May 10

The Ottawa Voyageur Walking Club is holding a walk-a-thon in support of the Orléans-Cumberland Community Resource Centre on Saturday, May 10. Parking and registration is on the north side of the Shenkman Arts Centre, 245 Centrum Blvd., in Orléans. Registration opens at 10 a.m. and the walk begins at 10:30 a.m. For more information or to download a pledge form visit http://ottawa-voyageurs.wikidot. com/charity-walkathon. Spring flower show – Spring Is In The Air – presented by the Gloucester Horticultural Society from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Place d’Orléans shopping mall, main hall, 110 Place d’Orléans Dr. The show features spring bulbs, vegetables and beautiful decorative arrangements. Visit about/meetings for information. The goal of the Miracle League of Ottawa is for every child to play the game of baseball. Join us 2 p.m. at our new home, Notre Dames des Champs in Orleans, for an update on our exciting progress towards establishing

Queenswood United Church will be presenting their annual “Spring Fling Yard Sale” on Saturday May 10th at 8:30am - 2:00pm. There will be loads of treasures and great deals for those who are wanting to putter around all the items. We will also be having our famous bake table with lots of those yummy foods we all love! It’s that time of year you’re probably cleaning up your garden, so why not come and see our plant table and pick up a few perennials or annuals for your garden. We hope to see you there whether it’s raining or not! A few drops don’t stop us at Queenswood United! We are located at 360 Kennedy Lane East,
Orleans. Visit our website for contacts and/or directions:

May 10, 17, 24, 31

The Orléans Tennis Club is offering free introductory tennis lessons on May 10, 17, 24 and 31. at 9 a.m. for juniors and 10 a.m. for adults. We can provide racquets if needed. Give us a call at 613-837-2845 or email at to let us know you are coming!

May 13

The Gloucester Senior Adults’ Centre’s annual spring tea, quilt and art show at 2020 Ogilvie Rd. from 1 to 3 p.m. Come and enjoy a relaxing afternoon tea with goodies and feast your eyes on the work of our artists. Tickets are $5. Call 613-749-1974 to reserve your ticket or drop by weekdays from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

May 9

Coro Vivo Ottawa presents A Grand Night for Singing: 30 Years with CVO featuring memorable favourites of Coro Vivo Ottawa sung over the last 30 years. Guest musicians and reception at 8 p.m. at Orléans United Church, 1111 Orléans Blvd. Advance tickets at Leading Note, CD Warehouse and Compact Music or by calling 613-841-3902. Adults $25, children 14 and under free. Visit www.corovivoottawa. ca for information.

May 10

Rock & Roll Dinner & Dance at the Cumberland Lions Club, Maple Hall, 2552 Old Montreal Rd. Cocktails at 5:30 p.m. and dinner at 7 p.m. Limited number of $27 tickets and advance sale only. Contact Charlotte Kerluke at 613265-8299 or visit


May 10 and 17

The social justice committee at St. Margaret Mary Parish in Cumberland presents two showings of a movie about Mary the mother of Christ at 3752 Innes Rd. at 9 a.m. on both dates. Tickets at 613-841-0646. All net proceeds will go to the needy of our community, the greater community of Ottawa and the world.

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Miriam Centre invites you to its annual stamp sale on May 11 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., and May 13, from 4 to 9 p.m., at the centre, 2742

St-Joseph Blvd. Wide selection of world stamps for collectors of all ages. For information call 613-830-8623 or email

May 14

Why Leaders Lose Heart!, a one-day seminar with Terry Wardle at Grace Presbyterian Church, 1220 Old 10th Line Rd., from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Cost is $55 per person. Contact the Grace office at or 613824-9260 to register.

May 15

Ladies seventh annual RCL Branch 632 Ladies Memorial Golf Tournament at Nation Golf Course. Cost $ 60. Ladies sign-up at Branch 632, 800 Taylor Creek Dr. See www.rcl632. com for information. CHEO is turning 40 and we are inviting all past and present staff and volunteers to come share their memories! For more information call Ann at 613-737-7600, ext. 3786 or email . RSVP required.

May 15 to 18

Draw Close to the Fire! A time to rekindle your soul with guest speaker Terry Wardle, at Grace Presbyterian Church, 1220 Old 10th Line Rd. beginning at 6 p.m. A free will offering will be accepted. For more information, contact the Grace office at or 613-824-9260.

May 15

Ladies Seventh Annual RCA Branch 632 Ladies Memorial Tournament. Nation Golf Course. Cost $60. Ladies sign-up at Branch 632, 800 Taylor Creek Dr. For more information vist

May 15

CHEO is turning 40 and we are inviting all past and present staff and volunteers to come share their memories! A social gathering will be held on May 15, 2014. For more information please contact Ann Watkins in the Public Relations Department at 613-737-7600 x3786 or RSVP required.

May 17

East End Plant Sale, 2036 Ogilvie Road at North Gloucester Public Library, 9:00. Saturday, May 17. Plants provided by Gloucester Horticultural Society members include: shrubs, perennials, organic and heritage seedling vegetable plants, and vegetable plants for container gardening. Come early for best selection. Ample parking nearby.

May 23, 24

OYP Theatre School brings to the Richcraft stage in The Shenkman Arts Centre May 23, 24, Anne of Green Gables. 75 cast and crew of OYP Theatre School students and community members (aged 5 to 60) are working together to tell the Canadian favourite story. Starring Ottawa Musician Russell Levia, 75 cast and crew from age 6 to 60 plus, with a special vocal appearance by CBC Radio’s Alan Neal and Amanda Putz. Friday May 23 at 7:30 p.m. and Saturday May 24 at 2:30 and 7;30 p.m. The fundraiser concert is $10 for adults and $5 for children. Seating is limited: Please call the office for tickets and information at 613-5802764.

The minimum wage is going up. Here’s what you need to know: Current Wage Rates

Effective June 1, 2014

General Minimum Wage

$10.25 per hour

$11.00 per hour

Student Minimum Wage: Students under 18 and working not more than 28 hours per week or during a school holiday

$9.60 per hour

$10.30 per hour

Liquor Servers Minimum Wage

$8.90 per hour

$9.55 per hour

Hunting and Fishing Guides Minimum Wage: Rate for working less than five consecutive hours in a day



Hunting and Fishing Guides Minimum Wage: Rate for working five or more hours in a day whether or not the hours are consecutive



Homeworkers Wage: Employees and dependent contractors doing paid work in their home

$11.28 per hour

$12.10 per hour

May 14th is Children and Youth in Care Day On March 25th 2014, Honourable David Onley, Lieutenant Governor of Ontario, granted royal assent to Bill 53, An Act to Proclaim Children and Youth in Care Day. This day brings attention to the enormous contributions that children and youth in and leaving care make to the province, as well as the strength, bravery and resilience they demonstrate in the face of adversity. This is our opportunity to raise awareness about children and youth in care and to recommit to supporting them and helping them reach their full potential. This month, the Children’s Aid Society of Ottawa (CASO) is celebrating the strength and resilience of approximately 600 children and youth in care. CASO becomes involved with families in the community when there may be a concern that a child or youth is at risk of abuse or neglect. Though 90% of the time children and youth remain within their family home, there are circumstances that may prevent this. Situations may warrant that a child or youth be removed from their home for a short period of time until the environment is improved, some remain in care on an extended basis, and still others are adopted into new families. While their life paths are different than those of their peers, they face many of the same hurdles and challenges, and share the same hopes and dreams. The strength they have developed is admirable.

On June 1, 2014, the general minimum wage will increase to $11.00 per hour from the current rate of $10.25 per hour.

To find out more about how the new minimum wage guidelines affect employers and employees: 1-800-531-5551

Paid for by the Government of Ontario


Here more about our talented children and youth. Follow us on twitter @OttawaCas. Children’s Aid Society of Ottawa 613-747-7800 x2805


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