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Plans to build a new fire station on Portobello Boulevard are moving forward, as the city has received the site plan application. During a July 14, 2016, public meeting held next-door to the proposed new site at the François Dupuis Recreation Centre, community members heard the existing station on Charlemagne Blvd. can’t reach nearby houses within targeted response times. Deputy fire chief Kim Ayotte said response times are not one size fits all – there are different target times for first on scene and different numbers of firefighters and trucks based on the type of structure and risk – but overall, the new station is needed to properly serve the community. See STATION, page 3

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Changes coming to east end bus routes as of Dec. 25 BY BRIER DODGE brier.dodge@metroland.com

Regular users of bus routes 30, 130, 20A, 120 and 35 will see some changes to their bus routes this Christmas. As of Dec. 25, several Orléans routes are being consolidated and renumbered to avoid duplication of routes and provide buses more frequently. “East residents have consistently identified public transit, especially LRT, as a key priority for commuting purposes,” said Cumberland Coun. Stephen Blais, who also serves as the transit commission chair. “The changes we continue to make are resulting in improved service for transit riders by simplifying the current system and preparing the city for LRT.” Route 30 is being combined with route 130 into a revised route 30, which will run all day between Millenium and Blair Stations, and be extended to and from downtown during peak periods. The capacity will increase by 11 per cent in the morning rush hour, and 15 per

cent during the evening rush, Blais said. Routes 20A and 120 are being combined to become a new route 33. Route 120 will still include school trips to GisèleLalonde and afternoon trips from St. Peter, but will not include a morning trip to St. Peter anymore due to low ridership. Route 35 will become the new route 235 and will have a routing change westbound in the morning to connect with the park and ride at Place d’Orléans. Full maps of all the new routes are available on the OC Transpo website, but final schedules were yet to be released as of press deadline. Blais said the new routes will add capacity for Orléans transit users. Beginning Jan. 1, express passes will no longer be needed as the regular and express passes will merge into one. The new price for an adult monthly pass will be $113.75. A youth pass will be $87.75 and a senior pass for those 65-years and up will be $42.25.

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“Everybody can make the community better by just pitching in a little bit,” Sauve said. “If you’ve ever been on the fence about volunteering, give it a shot. You may find it rewarding, and slightly addictive.” LaFrance thanked Sauve for his work as president, and touched on what some of his goals will be during his term as the community association’s president. The association plans to compete the process to incorporate as a not for profit,

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Defibrillator used at Orléans gym BY BRIER DODGE brier.dodge@metroland.com

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Never beyond hope in Haiti

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

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

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

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

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

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You could travel a few blocks south and find no parking allowed anywhere at any time, because a hospital was somewhere in the near distance. Is there fairness in this? Perhaps. Somebody must have thought so at some point. And maybe we could bring ourselves to agree if somebody could explain the logic behind any of it. Is there logic? Or is it just a case of some influential people howling about parking in front of their houses. You could forgive the public for thinking that. Maybe, as a first step, somebody who understands the logic, probably somebody at city hall, could explain it to the rest of us. Why is it one hour here but two hours there and no hours somewhere else? Why are some places unlimited and some places off limits. Why are there meters here but not there? Yes, yes, we shouldn’t be having these problems. We should be walkEDITORIAL: MANAGING EDITOR: Theresa Fritz, 613-221-6225 theresa.fritz@metroland.com NEWS EDITOR: Brian Dryden, brian.dryden@metroland.com, 613-221-6162 REPORTER/PHOTOGRAPHER: Brier Dodge brier.dodge@metroland.com 613-221-6241

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

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

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till reeling from the outcome of the U.S. election, many of us find ourselves talking about the great middle class. Which party is really fighting for the middle class? What are they doing to create tax breaks and jobs for the middle class? Politicians always seem to talk about the great middle class and how they can help them. In the 2015 federal election in Canada, the Liberal Party was indeed successful due to its appeal to the socalled middle class. A year later, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is criticized for being the opposite of Robin Hood — robbing from the poor to give to the rich. And rightfully so. In the budget earlier this year, for example, the Liberals introduced a new Child Care Benefit. Families making up to $195,000 per year are eligible to receive some of the funds. A household with a total

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

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

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million Canadians currently living below the poverty line. A report released in late November, to mark the 26th anniversary of Canada’s pledge to eradicate child poverty by 2000, is a sobering reminder that, by subsidizing wealthy citizens, we are failing the most vulnerable among us. Since the pledge to eliminate child poverty was made in 1989, the child poverty rate has jumped to 18.6 per cent from 15.6 per cent in a single generation. For children under six, the number is 20 per cent. Nearly one in five Canadian children are living in poverty. The statistics are far more dire among Canada’s indigenous populations. In Nunavut, 45 per cent of children are in poverty. In Saskatchewan, nearly 70 per cent of children living on reserves are in poverty. As politicians poise themselves as the defenders of the great middle class, it’s time they redefine precisely who

and the poor – the 90 per cent of Canadians earning less than $89,000 per year. Even if you’re not a

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‘Trudeau’s Liberals are neglecting families that could truly use a leg up. This includes the real middle class and the poor – the 90 per cent of Canadians earning less than $89,000 per year.’ socialist at heart, there’s a good economic argument for eliminating tax benefits to the rich to target subsidies where they’re most needed. The poor will spend the money, because they have to, in order to put food on the table. Keeping Canadians out of poverty and encouraging spending would offer a much bigger boon to the economy than giving handouts to Canada’s wealthiest to help them pay off their massive consumer debts.

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It can shut down your organs, even kill you. And for those it doesn’t kill, it can rob you of your quality of life for years and cause post-traumatic stress disorder and depression. Septic shock is caused by a bug – in the form of a virus, bacteria or fungus – that enters the body, causing severe inflammation. “It is the most severe form of infection that we see in the intensive care unit,” said Dr. Lauralyn McIntyre, Ottawa Hospital intensive care physician, senior scientist and University of Ottawa associate professor. “It causes very high mortality rates in our patients. It’s associated with a death rate of 20 to 40 per cent.” It also accounts for 20 per cent of all admissions to hospital intensive care units across Canada. But the Glebe resident and her team of researchers, who are conducting a multi-site clinical trial on septic shock, are using stem cells to wage a war against the infection. That fight will continue thanks to a $1-million grant from Canada’s Stem Cell Network, which is providing a $9-million boost to 25 research projects and six clinical trials in Canada – three of those led by the Ottawa Hospital. Funding is key for clinical trials given the millions of dollars they require. “The funding from the Stem Cell Network was like a gift to our team

because we’re just so keen to start phase two,” McIntyre said of the next stage, in the trial which will likely get underway in the middle of next year and involve a larger patient sample. Her team’s work made the headlines earlier this year, long before the Nov. 24 funding announcement at the hospital’s General campus. Federal Science Minister Kristy Duncan, who was on hand for the grant announcement, highlighted the world’s first septic shock clinical trial in which a new cellular immunotherapy “is showing real promise.” Duncan referred to Charles Berniqué, of Hawkesbury, Ont., who was in critical condition when he was admitted to the Ottawa Hospital. His esophagus had burst, possibly because of severe food poisoning, leading to septic shock. After undergoing extensive treatment and surgery, he was placed in a coma. That’s when his wife agreed to enrol him in the inaugural trial. He received an intravenous infusion of 30 million mesenchymal stem cells. “In the three months that followed, he slowly recovered and today he is back at home with his family and back to work,” Duncan said, drawing applause from the large crowd of medical staff who gathered for the announcement. “I think his story is one of the many that demonstrate the enormous potential of stem cell therapies,” she added. The results of that trial, which wrapped in June, showed the stem

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WELCOMING THE WORLD TO OTTAWA 2017 By: Jim Watson Mayor of Ottawa As winter falls upon us and Canada’s 150th Birthday is only weeks away, I want to take this opportunity to wish you and your family a Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays. 2017 will be a historic year in the nation’s capital. We have worked hard to prepare Ottawa to welcome the world as host of these celebrations. I still remember the excitement of Expo ’67 during Canada’s centennial year. The whole nation rallied together to create a year of lasting memories and experiences that transcended generations, and we plan to do it once again during Canada’s upcoming sesquicentennial. It seems like yesterday that I announced the creation of the 2017 Bureau to begin preparations for Canada’s Big Year. Now with 2017 only weeks away and 12 full months of big, bold, immersive and moving experiences about to begin, we will soon enjoy the fruits of our labour. This is an exciting opportunity to not only commemorate the progress we’ve made as a nation, but it is a chance to look forward towards the future. The energy, excitement and investments generated by Ottawa’s 2017 celebrations will serve as a catalyst for long-term tourism growth. I encourage you to visit www.ottawa2017.ca and sign up for the newsletter to stay up to date and receive the latest news on the many upcoming events and celebrations. Here are just a few to look forward to, early in the New Year: • New Year’s Eve – December 31st – Ottawa2017.ca - Lighting of the Ottawa 2017 cauldron at Ottawa City Hall kicks off a familyfriendly New Year’s Eve celebration, leading to a national celebration on Parliament Hill with fireworks at 8:17pm (20:17) and midnight. • Canadian Tire National Skating Championships – January 16 -22 - skatecanada.ca • Red Bull Crashed Ice – March 3-4 - redbullcontentpool.com • JUNO Awards - April 1st – 2nd, 2017 - Junoawards.ca Canada is a diverse country, and we will host an equally diverse selection of large signature events, such as the Canadian Video Game Awards, the Canadian Track and Field Championships, The Canadian Olympic Curling Trials - Roar of the Rings, the 105th Grey Cup and many more. We have also worked hard to ensure that residents and visitors alike can partake in many Ottawa 2017 celebrations at no cost: : the Underground Multi-media Experience, La Machine, Inspiration Village and Ottawa Welcomes the World are just a few of free signature events not to miss. Ottawa 2017 will be a once-in-a-lifetime celebration and I encourage you to get involved. If you would like to plan your own community even, volunteer or simply learn more, visit www.ottawa2017.ca.

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Federal Science Minister Kristy Duncan (left) listens to PhD student Caroline Brun explain the medical advancements being made in muscle stem cells at a lab at the Ottawa Hospital’s General campus on Nov. 24. The minister was on hand to announce that three Ottawa Hospital research teams will receive stem cell funding.

Team includes Orléans-area stem cell tranplant physician Dr. Harold Atkins The funding awards represent a success story for the national Stem Cell Network, which funds Canadian stem cell projects and clinical trials, but which almost ceased to exist. Created in Ottawa in 2001 by the federal government’s National Centres of Excellence, it had 14 years of guaranteed funding. “That program had to sunset. They could not renew us,” said Blackburn Hamlet resident Dr. Michael Rudnicki, chief executive of the network and a senior scientist at

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Port-au-Prince, Haiti — A convoy of vehicles zips along the streets of Port-au-Prince, Haiti, teeming with afternoon traffic. A truck packed with police SWAT officers, who grip automatic guns and hide their identities behind black balaclavas, races ahead, closing off roads to ensure a safe and unobstructed escort. In Haiti’s crowded capital city people struggle through their day. The realities of extreme poverty are everywhere in this nation, considered the poorest in the Western Hemisphere. As the convoy heads deeper into the city, people sell their wares along side streets — shoes and other goods are laid out for sale on the hardpacked dirt. Tires are propped against a tree waiting for an interested buyer. A man is seated within a tarped enclosure on the sidewalk getting a haircut. Piles of garbage dot city corners, festering in the 30-degree heat. Food is scarce. Most is

imported, forcing up food prices. The water is undrinkable in this country of about 11 million people. Of those, 10 million require daily food assistance. The average daily income is $1 to $2. The vehicles slow as they enter a guarded compound, home to Food for the Poor Haiti, one of the largest nongovernmental organizations in this Caribbean nation. Several Haitian and Canadian dignitaries are welcomed into the headquarters building, arriving ahead of a large shipment of much-needed emergency supplies they accompanied from Montreal on Nov. 15. SHOW OF SOLIDARITY

Today’s humanitarian aid mission is a signal of progress, the cornerstone of which is Canadian assistance. “It’s a real show of solidarity with the people of Haiti,” said Elmvale Acres resident Robert Ready, who joined the mission in his role as vicechair of Food for the Poor Canada. For the first time, Food for the Poor Canada, Air Transat and Health Partners International of Canada partnered to ship 16 skids of medical supplies, such as cholera medicine and antibi-

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Paula Caldwell, Canada’s ambassador to Haiti, was among those dignitaries who welcomed the shipment and its escort in Port-au-Prince. The arrival was only made possible “because of the generosity of Canadians” and “a good, a strong and solid partnership,” she said. “This is all about Canada and Canadians getting together and helping Haiti and that’s what we’ve done for many, many years.” Following a tour of the Food for the Poor Haiti’s warehouse, where everything from bags of rice and bottled water to finishing nails and folding tables will soon be shipped out to impoverished villages, the vehicle convoy returns to even busier city streets. Men and women stand at paltry stalls made of tarps. One man pushes a wheelbarrow laden with a menagerie of goods to be sold, while another sells sliced fruit laid out in the hot sun. The sights are sad here, agreed Haitian-born and Montreal-based Air Transat pilot Hans Obas during the drive back to the airport. But there are also signs of hope. “At least they stopped the fighting,” he said. “People are working together to bring this city in the right direction.” Even with the severe poverty, Haitian pride and feelings of unity have returned. “With these two things we can’t do a miracle, but at least we can start doing the real work,” said Obas. Though the aid mission was a success and the trio of new partnerships is a signal that efforts by Food for the Poor Canada are gaining momentum, Mahfood doesn’t yet consider it mission accomplished. On the return flight to Montreal, she was asked how Canadians can help Food for the Poor Canada. “Talk about your experience today,” she replied. “Talk about Food for the Poor. Ask people to donate to Food for the Poor Canada so we can do more.” Given the high profile of the unique mission, Ready considers it a success. He also added 80 pounds of stuffed toys to the emergency relief supplies that had been donated by his family. “This was a new experience for me to actually go down with a shipment of supplies that’s going to have that kind of impact,” he said after arriving back in Montreal. “It gives you a warm feeling just to be part of it.” Daniel Rouzier, president of Food for the Poor Haiti, said in the aftermath of Hurricane Matthew, the relief and development organization has

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Workers load and unload relief supplies in Food for the Poor Haiti’s warehouse in Portau-Prince. extended its network even further into Haiti given the urgent need for help. The not-for-profit is helping with rebuilding efforts. About 20 coastal fishing villages require repairs, while another 13 need replacing. “The water went up by six or seven feet and on top of that we had 15-foot waves,” Rouzier said. “The homes that were there were just levelled.” In addition to providing food and mentoring in farming and animal husbandry, the organization will also supply seeds to try and jumpstart food production. “Basically everything we had harvested for the summer was put in silos or warehouses that were destroyed,” Rouzier said, adding that crops that were to be harvested in October were also lost. “Essentially what we have is a three-month shortage of food that needs to be addressed quickly,” he said. “Until these (seeds) can be harvested, the people need to be fed.” For Rouzier, the shipment signals Canadian generosity. “It means there is still a good deal of love in this world,” said the entrepreneur and philanthropist. “It means that even though Canada is far away, we’re physically still close to the Canadians.” A vibrant Haitian diaspora in Canada is helping. “I think we’re seen a tremendous show of love and solidarity,” Rouzier said, adding it demonstrates what can be accomplished “and really give a hand up and not just a hand out.” For related coverage, see pages 26 . For a photo gallery and video, visit ottawacommunitynews. com.

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It was through the children’s home that Hudicourt learned they also receive help from a local organization that builds schools and helps feed Haiti’s poor. “It just so happens that Food for the Poor Haiti provides most of the food for this orphanage and also helps with construction,” he said, referring to one of the largest non-governmental organizations operating on that island nation. It was then Hudicourt learned how small the world really is – that his childhood friend Daniel Rouzier is president of that NGO. Fast forward to late September when Hurricane Matthew hit. It is said to be one of the largest storms to blow through Haiti in about a decade. Air Transat president JeanFrançois Lemay approached Hudicourt with the offer of an airplane to assist relief efforts, since Haiti is a weekly destination for the airline’s customers. A flurry of emails and phone calls began circulating on Oct. 1, and Hudicourt – who was working from Spain at the time – reached out to Rouzier on Facebook after seeing his posts of aerial footage of the damage caused by the storm. “The first thing he did was he chartered a helicopter to fly over all the areas that were affected, to really see what the devastation was,” Hudicourt said. “(Food For The Poor Haiti) was on the ground from Day One. They hit the ground running.”

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Air Transat pilot Gilles Hudicourt helps push a load of donated goods in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, on Nov. 15. The Haitian-Canadian volunteers his time with other Air Transat employees. The longtime pilot contacted Rouzier with the offer of the plane, who then contacted Torontobased Samantha Mahfood, executive director of Food for the Poor Canada, with a list of urgently needed supplies. Mahfood and Hudicourt connected and, with the offer of cargo space, Mahfood reached out to Health Partners International of Canada, which then asked for and received donated medicine and medical supplies, such as gloves, from 19 pharmaceutical and health-care companies in Canada. Hudicourt also hoped the high profile humanitarian aid mission, which was made possible thanks to the inaugural collaboration among the three new partners, will draw even more attention to the work Food for the Poor Canada is doing. “Food for the Poor Canada is not well known in Canada,” he said, but noted that its Haitian counterpart has deep roots, and its U.S. fundraising arm is very strong.

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But the need is still great. In the wake of the superstorm, wells were flooded with seawater. “(People) started drinking from other sources and right away cases of cholera started cropping up left and right,” he said, referring to an infectious disease that leads to severe dehydration. Political and economic trouble and natural disasters have plagued Haiti over the years, and it all too often seems as though it’s one step forward, two steps back for the beleaguered Caribbean nation. “It’s extremely frustrating,” Hudicourt said on the recent aid flight to Port-au-Prince. But with this recent three-way coming together, he said he hopes Canadians will come to the aid of Food for the Poor Canada and know that their cash donations directly help those who most urgently need the help. “It’s not being diverted. It’s not being stolen. There’s no overhead,” said Hudicourt. “This is the message we want to send.”

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NCC chooses Tunney’s Pasture for future Civic campus BY MELISSA MURRAY mmurray@metroland.com

Out of a review of 12 sites, the National Capital Commission will recommend Tunney’s Pasture for the location of a new Civic campus for the Ottawa Hospital. The recommendation was presented at the board’s Nov. 24 meeting. “The committee strongly agreed, with one minority position, that Tunney’s Pasture is preferable and that clearly it is the ideal site for the Ottawa Civic hospital campus,” said NCC CEO Mark Kristmanson, adding the hospital wouldn’t see patients at a new location for 15 to 20 years. He added long-range planning and urban intensification plans support the recommendation. “We focused on future needs and future conditions and as such Tunney’s Pasture emerged as the most suitable campus for the city.” The committee used 21 criteria to determine the most suitable location. It determined the key strengths of the site to be the shape and size, proximity to LRT, city-building potential, proximity to the urban core and access to roads and the highway and it limits the impact on the natural environment and agricultural lands.

The site’s weaknesses include the potential cost to the federal government, displacement of offices, requirement to reconsider Tunney’s Master Plan and costs of demolition. But the recommendation was by no means unanimous. Board member Kay Stanley was the lone dissenting voice on the committee evaluating the potential of each of the 12 sites. She said she preferred a location for the new campus across from its current site, combining two of the options and leaving out a research field. Stanley, a former member of the hospital’s board, said while people cried out about agricultural research, “nobody talked about health research.” She said the location would also be preferable because of the proximity of other health services along the Carling corridor. “We’ve all heard minutes count and I think that needs to be taken into consideration.” Stanley said she would abstain from the vote against the Tunney’s Pasture recommendation. “I have held a different view that I have held for over a decade,” she said. Board members Bob Plamondon

and Brian Coburn also opposed the recommendation. Plamondon said he didn’t feel adequately informed to make a decision and Coburn was also looking for some answers to justify it. When the vote was called, there were three abstentions and two members voting against. With its approval, the board planned to send its final report supporting the recommendation to the minister of Canadian Heritage by the end of November. If approved by the minister, It is up to the hospital to decide if it would move forward with plans for that location. In a statement from the Ottawa Hospital released the same day as the board’s decision, the hospital noted the Tunney’s Pasture site was not among the top-ranked sites in the institution’s 2008 or 2016 reports. In the 2016 report, the hospital raised concerns about access delays due to traffic on the already jam-packed Parkdale Avenue and concerns about the cost and timelines for demolishing what’s already located there. “We have not yet had an opportunity to review the NCC’s report released today. Over the coming weeks, we will work with our partners in the municipal, provincial and federal governments to plan a way forward.

Until that review is complete, the hospital is not in a position to comment further.” Kitchissppi Coun. Jeff Leiper also raised similar concerns about Tunney’s Pasture following the announcement. “I will be pressing the hospital and federal government for details of how the challenges we’re certain to identify will be mitigated,” Leiper wrote in a post to his website. “While the site poses localized challenges, it’s important to note that there are some considerable advantages to preserving a hospital in Ottawa’s core, saving the research fields at the Central Experimental Farm, and reducing reliance on cars by locating on mass transit.” While some were questioning the decision to locate on the western edge of Tunney’s Pasture, for members of the coalition to save the experimental farm, they could finally breathe a sigh of relief. “The ideal situation was that the whole farm would remain intact, so for us this is fantastic,” said Paul Johanis, part of the coalition to protect the farm and Greenspace Alliance. “All we ever wanted was for the evaluation to take into account science, heritage and greenspace as im-

portant evaluation criteria,” he said. “We felt confident that if those were taken into account the people making the decision would protect the farm and find some alternative site that didn’t have those problems associated with it.” Ottawa Centre MP Catherine McKenna released a statement thanking the NCC for its work on the file. “I hear loud and clear from the residents of Ottawa Centre that they wanted the new site of the Ottawa Hospital’s Civic Campus to be in the downtown core and easily accessible by public transit, while also protecting the greenspace of the Experimental Farm,” the statement reads. “I’m happy to see that the recommended site meets all of these criteria.” Also in a statement, Conservative MP for Carleton Pierre Poilievre denounced the location, calling it costly and risky. He drew attention to the need to relocate public servants and demolish existing buildings on the site. “By far, the best option was a big open field right across the street from the current campus,” his statement reads. “By contrast, the hospital twice rejected Tunney’s Pasture.”

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Despite Philip Shalka’s autism, and inability to communicate verbally, he holds a remarkable talent, in conveying his knowledge through his many written works, including a new philosophical story about his “encounter” with Aristotle called That Place of Knowledge. Shalka is a 15-year-old teenager. Unlike other teens, rather than devoting time towards social media networks, or engaging in more ‘digitized’ hobbies, Philip finds interest in books, and enjoys thinking deeply of life, as well as writing. Philip, an Orléans resident, attends Grade 10 at St. Peter High School. “It’s a way for me to express what I am thinking. I have been inspired by philosophy to think more deeply. I spend a lot of thinking about life. Writing is my way of expressing those questions and thoughts about life,” said Philip of his writing. Philip answered Metroland Media’s questions with the help of modern technology through a text editing application on his Apple iPad, since he can’t actually speak. That Place of Knowledge stars his autism assistance canine friend, Sabre, who acts as a narrator in a fantasy trek to an enchanting city in Ancient Greece. Although Sabre was assigned to a non-verbal autistic boy — like Philip himself —he has a cunning and adventurous personality, eager to join his adventurous and keen companion.

In the story, one summer afternoon, Philip and Sabre take an unusual swim in their backyard pool, which sends them through a portal to Ancient Greece. “The pool is a portal to a place of knowledge. It symbolizes a fun way to go somewhere where you feel you belong. I feel that I belong in a place where I can learn,” explained Philip to Metroland Media. ATTENTION ONLINE

Accompanied by Sabre, Philip is introduced to Aristotle, as well as satisfies his curiosity in many of the libraries, math, and science laboratories scattered across the vast city they visit. That Place of Knowledge has already gained attention on the Internet. A blogging website called “City Girl Moves To The Country!” has written a review. “Philip Alan Shalka is one of a kind, and that is not because he was diagnosed with autism. This young 15-year-old has more insight than most adults three times his age,” states the blog post. “Autistic individuals have a lot to teach. Shalka is able to express his written thoughts in a unique and complex manner. I believe we must change the antiquated mindsets of the past and start to look upon these unique individuals with hope and admiration, as they have a very bright future.” For Philip, writing allows him to express himself. “Writing is my way of expressing those questions and thoughts about life,” said Philip. From a young age, Philip de-

veloped a fascination with literature. He enjoyed listening to stories, and doing his own thinking about “life”. He also enjoyed creating his own ideas. “When I was younger I never knew I would write something like this. But my mind is constantly thinking. I love listening to stories being read to me because they inspire my mind to come up with my own ideas,” said Philip. Considering much of Philip’s writing leans towards his creative side of thinking, Philip thinks of himself as a “logical thinker.” His interest in pondering life’s creations also allows him to think of places that don’t actually exist. “I consider myself to be mostly logical. That’s why philosophy interests me. You have to think logically. But I also like to think creatively. I enjoy thinking about places that don’t exist,” said Philip. Philip hopes to make a career as a writer, and provide his readers a glimpse into his own thoughts and perceptions. He wants to counter any negative perceptions about autism, and focus on the positive. As well, he wants to encourage people to think philosophically, and delve deeper into existence and nature of life. So far. he’s doing a pretty good job of accomplishing his goal. Philip’s short story That Place of Knowledge is available for download through any Kindle device, as well as at goo. gl.cv0uSq.

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

MARY COOK Mary Cook’s Memories about keeping our feet warm. This sounded great to me, because our old log house had no foundation, and our feet froze on the cold floors. Aunt Bertha ordered me to stand up on top of the table, right at the edge where the green material was placed, and I was in my stockings, with a pair of my father’s wool socks over them. Aunt Bertha ripped the wool sock off, and without further ado, took a pair of scissors out of her pocket and began cutting the material, which she called felt, just slightly larger than the shape of my feet. She helped me off the table, and cut two longer pieces and set them aside. She sent Mother for shoes belong-

ing to everyone in the house, and did the same thing with them: cutting their shapes out of the felt, and matching them with the strips. I had no idea what she was doing, but anything that added a bit of excitement on a Saturday morning was fine with me. Setting aside the piles of cut felt, she took a ball of red wool and a big darning needle out of another pocket, laid one of the flat pieces on top of one of the shapes of my feet, and began to blanket-stitch the two pieces together. And right before my very eyes, and before could say “Jack Robinson”, Aunt Bertha had created what I knew was going to be a pair of slippers to wear over our

stocking feet to help ward off the drafts of the cold floors. “Now, Mabel, Audrey can do the rest. All she has to do is blanket-stitch those matching pieces together, and everyone will have a pair to wear when they take their gum rubbers and boots off at night.” And she was gone. Out the door, into the cutter, and across the 20-acre field and home. Well, Audrey was as excited as I was, and she spent the entire afternoon, sewing the felt pieces together so that by the time supper was over, and we were into the evening, everyone had a pair of blanketstitched felt slippers to put on over their wool socks. Everyone, that is, except Father, who went into his usual ranting about “living on this here farm for my entire life...a farm that has been in our name for more than 100 years, and we never had to put any danged pieces of felt sewn together to keep our feet warm before. So don’t expect me to start now.” Well,

the rest of the family put the felt slippers on, praising Aunt Bertha for her brilliant idea, and giving Mother the felt, and not asking for any money either. “Wonderful neighbour...just wonderful,” Mother kept saying. I couldn’t ever remember of having such warm feet on a cold winter’s night. And wearing our wool socks inside, kept the slippers from sliding off too. As usual, Father was in his rocking chair beside the Findlay Oval, with his stockinged feet on a cushion on the opened oven door, and it wasn’t long until we could hear the soft snores, see his pipe come to rest on his chest, and the Ottawa Farm Journal slip to the floor. When Father fell asleep, Mother said only an explosion would waken him up. We were all deadly silent, as we saw Emerson take the slippers made for Father and quietly tiptoe over to the stove, and as gentle as a lamb, ease one foot and

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

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Cockburn to host 2017 JUNO Songwriters’ Circle Any budget ideas? STAFF

The Canadian Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences announced Nov. 22 that Ottawa native, 12-time JUNO Award winner, Canadian Music Hall of Fame inductee, and music legend Bruce Cockburn will host and perform at the 2017 JUNO Songwriters’ Circle, to be held in the NAC Theatre at the National Arts Centre on April 2, 2017, from noon to 2 p.m. JUNO Songwriters’ Circle is an intimate and interactive concert benefiting MusiCounts, Canada’s music education charity associated with CARAS that works to

keep music alive in schools and communities across Canada. Co-presented by SOCAN and Yamaha Canada Music, in association with the Canadian Music Publishers Association, this event is considered the “jewel of JUNO Week,� and will feature some of Canada’s most talented songwriters, performing their songs and sharing the stories behind them. Tickets to the 2017 JUNO Songwriters’ Circle went on sale on Nov. 24 at www.ticketmaster.ca, the National Arts Centre Box Office or by phone at 1-888-991-2787. Tickets are available for $49.50 and $59.50 (plus taxes and service fees), with proceeds supporting

MusiCounts. “I’m honoured to have been asked to host the Songwriters’ Circle during JUNO Week 2017 in Ottawa. This one-of-a-kind showcase will offer people a unique look into the raw emotions and art of storytelling that come with songwriting,� said Cockburn. “I’m also pleased to participate in an event that supports MusiCounts and the work they do for school music programs across the country. “These programs have a huge impact on fostering our future artists and developing a creative youth within Canada.�

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Ottawa Public Health has launched a public awareness campaign to draw attention to the risks associated with illicit fentanyl. Reports of illicit or bootleg fentanyl have been increasing across Canada. These products, which are produced and sold on the street and have a variety of names, are much more toxic than pharmaceutical-grade opioids.

In Ontario, illicit fentanyl has been detected in heroin, cocaine, crack, in counterfeit pills manufactured to resemble prescription opioids and in other pills including ecstasy (MDMA). The presence of illicit fentanyl, which has recently been found in Ottawa, alone or mixed in other drugs, significantly increases the risk of overdose. Even a small amount of illicit fentanyl the size of two grains of salt can be fatal. Naloxone is a medication that

can temporarily reverse the effects of an overdose related to an opioid such as fentanyl, heroin and morphine. Being able to quickly recognize the signs and symptoms of an overdose and having a naloxone kit available can save a life while waiting for paramedics to arrive. Ottawa Public Health and its partners are urging the public to seek out information from the new web resource: StopOverdoseOttawa.ca.

     

            

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Sold out event draws attention to culture of self-loathing BY MELISSA MURRAY mmurray@metroland.com

A sold out event had the audience of about 600 people thinking about moving away from self-loathing to self-loving. The Royal hosted the Girlfriend’s Guide to Mental Health on Nov. 3 with keynote speaker Sophie Grégoire Trudeau. Grégoire Trudeau offered her own advice to women, girls and even men who suffer from low self-esteem. When she was suffering from bulimia, she said her path to recovery was anchored in trusting others with her story. “The only way to recovery is if we share our stories,” she said to thunderous applause. “That takes vulnerability and it takes tenderness, it takes love.” Grégoire Trudeau added that today’s culture is one of self-hatred. “What is the conversation everyone in this room has with herself or himself in silence when no one is looking?” She said most are looking for something to change. “Whether it’s fake nails, fake breasts, fake hair, fake everything –

you name it it’s being done. We are being sold a message that the way we come to life is not right.” She said it’s no wonder that people suffer from mental illness or eating disorders. ‘THAT’S HUGE’

New provincial statistics show that about one in three teens will experience mild to severe anxiety. “That’s huge,” she said. Dr. Ameneh Mirzaei, a psychiatrist with the Royal’s mood and anxiety disorders program, discussed the emotional and psychological consequences of low self-esteem and strategies to improve it. She said negative self-esteem is a cycle that needs to be broken. “The only way to break the cycle is to start addressing the negative selftalk,” she said. With the pressure to keep up to images in magazines and on TV, boys feel the pressure to build muscle, while women look to lose weight. A decade ago, models weighed about eight per cent less than the average woman, and they now weigh about 23 per cent less, Mirzaei said. According to a University of

Washington survey, by age 13, 53 per cent of American girls are unhappy with their bodies and by age 17 that increases to 78 per cent. At the same time about 50 per cent of girls and 30 per cent of boys take steps to lose weight. “Kids can’t keep up and it effects self-esteem,” Mirzaei said. The consequences of low self-esteem can be mental illness, depression, anxiety or eating disorders. Mirzaei added it can also make youth vulnerable to alcohol and substance abuse. She suggested a few practices to help rebuild self-esteem, including writing down things you appreciate about yourself to challenge your own negative beliefs, and breaking from the habit of comparing yourself to others. “Be your own best friend, have the same unconditional love for you that you have for your children,” Mirzaei said to the gathering. Some other advice: get sleep, challenge your fears, set goals, be selfish sometimes and surround yourself with positive people. “Improving your self-esteem is a lifelong journey and a process,” she said.

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Using 1 tbsp (15 mL) butter, generously butter heatproof bowl and sides of high-sided heavy-bottomed 4 quart (4 L) pot; set bowl aside. In large pot, combine maple syrup, granulated and brown sugars, whipping cream, baking soda, 2 tbsp (25 mL) butter and vanilla; cook

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Cumberland’s de Haître takes team gold Blondin second in “gong BY BRIER DODGE brier.dodge@metroland.com

Cumberland’s Vincent de Haître was part of the Canadian team that won a gold medal in the team sprint event at the long track speed skating World Cup event on Nov. 19 in Nagano, Japan. He raced alongside Quebec skaters Laurent Dubreuil and Christopher Fiola to finish the race in 1:20:52. “We won by a lot, by seven tenths of a second,

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end and I feel I’m getting more consistent. I did see a few things I need to work on, like my stability in the corners and my top speed, but I think it will come with a little bit more practice. I’m glad I had my fastest opener of the season. It gave me some confidence going in the team sprint, knowing I would be able to have a strong start and that I would not have to chase my teammates down.” On Nov. 20, he went on to finish 10th in the 1,500 metre race.

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Ottawa 67’s assistant captain happy to be skating on home ice Louis Riel grad says it’s special to take the ice in front of family BY BRIER DODGE brier.dodge@metroland.com

Patrick White of the Ottawa 67’s was all packed and ready to head back to Sarnia to play with the Sting of the Ontario Hockey League at the end of the summer when he got a call from his agent. The 20-year-old was told that he could unpack his bags and stay put at his Orléans home – he’d been traded to the Ottawa 67’s. “It all happened so quick, I was just in awe at the time,” he said. “I didn’t believe it at first, to be honest. Then I was just so surprised, and kind of speechless to actually be coming home, staying home.” White played minor hockey with the Gloucester Rangers, and then moved up to the AAA level with Ottawa 67’s affiliated bantam and midget teams. He played Junior A with the Gloucester Rangers, before joining the OHL’s major junior level Sarnia Sting in 2013. While in Orlé-

ans, he attended the sport study program at Louis Riel high school. He said he had been thinking it would be nice to be closer to home – Sarnia is about a seven hour drive from Ottawa – to finish his final year in the OHL.

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“It’s home, so it’s a lot more comfortable,” he said, “My parents get to see all our home games, as opposed to just watching on TV, so it’s a lot more special.” His parents are in the stands for the games, so there are some extra fans to impress when White takes the ice for the team he grew up watching. The team has had a rocky start to

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

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

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

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

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When buying a PC, you are faced with a lot of choices, laptop or desktop, dual or quad core processor, AMD or Intel, how big a hard drive, how big a monitor, is it better to buy a faster processor or more memory ... Chris Taylor, President of the Ottawa PC Users’ Group will help sort out the choices so you can buy the computer that is right for your needs. To attend this

free presentation, please register with the Ottawa Public Library. At the Blackburn Hamlet Branch.

Dec. 2

Terri Bennett entertaining 6 to 10 p.m.. at the Orléans Legion, 800 Taylor Creek Dr. for your listening and dancing pleasure. Buffet dinner available from 5 - 7 p.m. call 613-590-7227 for a reservation. For further info

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Dec. 3

Seventh Annual Fundraising Breakfast with Santa Cumberland Lions Club, Maple Hall, 2552 Old Montreal Rd. from 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. Special Christmas breakfast menu Adults: $8 Children (12 and under) $5 or free with the donation of a gift, marked for boy or girl, and age range. Non-perishable food items will also be

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Black Cherry Band presents a celebration of film and music at 8 p.m. Please help us support the Ovarian Cancer Walk of Hope at a Christmas show/CD release Party on Dec. 03, at the Shenkman Arts Centre at 254 Centrum Blvd. Silent auction, gifts, lots of fun with film and live music. Tickets are $20 and can be purchased on line at: http:// shenkmanarts.ca/ Annual Christmas Market, organized by the Cumberland Farmers’ Market on Dec. 3 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Everything you need to get ready for the holidays! Wide variety of foods and hand made artisan goods. More than 80 local producers at 4 locations in Cumberland Village; 1115 Dunning Rd, 2620 Market St., 2557 Old Montreal Rd. and 2655 Old Montreal Rd. Free parking and free admission. Information: info@cumberlandfarmersmarket.ca or call 613-833-2635.

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The Epiphany Anglican Church will have a not-forprofit Good Food Market and Community Christmas Crafts and Bake Sale on Dec. 3 from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m.

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Friends of the Ottawa Public Library (St. Laurent) Christmas Used Book Sale, Gift books include cookbooks, architecture, art books, DVD sets, CDs and Sci-fi/fantasy classics. The sale will take place at the St-Laurent Complex, 515 Côté St., 10 a.m to 3:30 p.m. (613) 744-0563. Cash, debit, credit is accepted. Christmas Melodies, A Concert with Tzeitel Abrego will take place on Dec. 3, 7 p.m. at Centretown United Church, 507 Bank Street. This is the perfect way to kick off your Christmas spirit. Admission is a donation to the Christmas Hamper Project. (Hosted by Centretown United Church, hampers will be delivered on December 23 to families and individuals referred by Centretown social agencies.) Further information available at tzeitelabrago.com and centretownunited.org/ xmashamperproject/

Dec. 4

The Cumberland Community Singers, for their 25th season, present “A Christmas Celebration”. The concert will be at the Shenkman Centre, Sunday Dec. 4th, at 2:30pm in the Richcraft Theatre. Tickets are $15 in advance and $20 at the door, children 12 and under free. For more information, call Lynne Stacey at 613-824-0828 or email info@CumberlandCommunitySingers.ca (note.

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Local events and happenings over the coming weeks — free to non-profit organizations Fax: 613-723-1862, E-mail: orleans@metroland.com Continued from page 40

Dec. 5

Learn how to more effectively tell the story of your travels through pictures. Also learn how to use light, foreground, people and framing to not only create a better picture but to enhance the sensation of “being there” when viewed by others. Presented by Lynda Buske and Chris Taylor from the Ottawa PC Users’ Group. To attend this free presentation, please register with the Ottawa Public Library. At the Cumberland branch.

Dec. 6

The only thing you can guarantee about your hard drive is that it will fail. And, when it does, you will wish you had a recent backup. Alan German, Treasurer, Ottawa PC Users’ Group

will show how to create full backups with disk imaging software, synchronize files and folders, and implement a real-time backup system for data files. Use one or all of these techniques and keep your data safe. To attend this free presentation, please register with the Ottawa Public Library. Orléans branch.

Dec. 10

The Ladies Auxiliary Branch 632 Orléans, 800 Taylor Creek Dr. are holding their Christmas Bake Sale Dec. 10 from 8:30 to 11:30 a.m. Also offered are a toy table and a Craft Table. Come early and enjoy breakfast 08:30am to 11:00am prepared and served by our friendly Legion Volunteers and assisted by our loyal Cadets. For your musical enjoyment we have the Sunshine Singers singing Christmas Carols.

Hope to see you there!

Dec. 11

Ottawa Voyageurs Walking Club Christmas lights walk on Dec. 11 starting between 5 and 6 p.m. There will be five and 10 kilometre trails. The group is meeting at Connors Irish Pub at 2401 St. Joseph Blvd. Free is $2. Join your fellow walkers for a meal or refreshments at the Pub following the walk.

Dec. 15

All are invited to a Community Carol Sing and Concert, Dec. 15, 7 p.m. Refreshments to follow. St. Aidan’s Anglican Church, 934 Hamlet Rd.. Freewill offerings will be gratefully accepted and divided between the Heron Emergency Food Centre and St. Aidan’s ministries. 613733-0102, www.staidansottawa.org

Dec. 16

MPP Marie-France Lalonde invites you to her free movie night on Dec. 16 at 7 p.m. at Cinéstarz, 250 Centrum Blvd For information and RSVP to 613-834-8679 or mflalonde.mpp.co@liberal. ola.or. The movie Storks will be played in English and French.

Dec. 17

Come and help us celebrate our 60th year of selling fresh holly at the St. Columba Church , 24 Sandridge Rd. (St. Laurent Blvd. N) on Dec. 17 at 10 a.m. Enjoy a piece of anniversary cake and coffee/tea while you shop for holly, jams and jellies, baked goods and crafts.

Through December 31 A show & sale of art by Orleans & Navan artists

at Country Moments Spa, 3470 Trim Rd. Navan. Handwoven scarves, sculptures using recycled materials, fibre art, paintings. Hours Tues to Thurs 10 a.m .to 6 p.m., Friday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Saturday 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Info www. navanarts.com

Mondays

The Cumberland branch of the Ottawa Public Library is hosting an ESL conversation group for beginners every

Monday evening at 6:30 p.m. Practice your English language conversation skills and meet new friends in a relaxed and friendly environment. The library is located at 1599 Tenth Line Rd. No registration required. For more information, contact: 613-580-2945. Every Monday play bridge at the Orléans Legion, 800 Taylor Creek 7 p.m. in the upstairs lounge. For more information call 613-8309984.

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