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Bridge Inside corridor news final choice delayed

The city reviews recommendations after the highway 174 sinkhole incident.

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Consulting firm lays out next steps for bridge crossing Michelle Nash

EMC news - The decision on where the next interprovincial bridge will go has been delayed until this spring. It has been two years since the National Capital Commission awarded Roche-Genivar the environmental assessment contract to determine which east-end corridor – Kettle Island, Lower Duck Island or McLaurin Bay – would have the least impact on area residents. The technically preferred corridor was to be announced by the firm at the end of 2012. Roche-Genivar’s project manager André Leduc said the delay is to ensure that all the reports are as extensive and accurate as possible. Leduc confirmed March will be when east-end communities will learn which of the three corridors has been selected. He attributed part of the delay to the large amount of information was provided at the well-attended consultations held in Ottawa and Gatineau in 2012. In an effort to ensure a balanced and informed evaluation can take place, a committee was created by the NCC and ministries of transportation from Ontario and Que8/27/56 10:49 AM Page 1 bec. See EVALUATION, page 3

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Luc Guertin adds a little extra clean snow to Waldo, his giant snowman. The smiling snow sculpture stands on Toulouse Crescent.

Waldo grows on Toulouse Crescent Nevil Hunt

EMC news - The cartoon Waldo is hard to find, but on Toulouse Crescent, Waldo is impossible to miss.

Luc Guertin put together his giant snowman in December thanks to a massive snowstorm. Instead of just plowing away the drifts, Guertin created a snow pile and then set to work making Waldo.

“I spent the best part of the day,” Guertin said. “I was up until 2 a.m.” Waldo sports a hat, scarf and smile made from housing materials Guertin had lying around. His buttons – as big as

your head – add a jaunty look. Guertin said his neighbours enjoy his snow skills and people who pass can’t help but smile back at Waldo. “They think it’s great,” he said.

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after collapsing at a gym in the mid-morning, said city spokesman Michael FitzPatrick. He was transferred to the Ottawa Heart Institute later that day and received surgery, Blais’ family said in a statement released by the city. “After suffering a heart attack while exercising this morning, Councillor Stephen Blais is on the mend at the heart institute, where he is receiving world-class care,” reads the statement, which was sent out on the evening of Jan. 7.


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Evaluation team poring over documents Reading for Ronald raises funds for kids Continued from page 1

Members on the committee were selected based on their knowledge of the corridors. In addition, as was announced last spring, an independent fairness auditor contracted by the NCC on behalf of the study partners confirmed that members of the evaluation committee have the skills and backgrounds identified as requirements for their selection. A total of 20 reports will be handed over to the evaluation committee in the next two months. “We are taking into account all the comments we received,” Leduc said. Roche-Genivar has been sending reports as they are completed to the evaluation committee, but larger, more elaborate reports such as the transportation report and the environment report which address human health impacts and truck traffic are taking longer than some others. “Those reports are very comprehensive; there is a lot of information that is being processed,” he said. Once all the reports are received by the committee, Leduc said a two-day evaluation period will begin. Roche-Genivar will host the evaluation, but Leduc said they will hire an outside facilitator to run the meeting. It will be at this meeting where committee members will select the preferred east-end crossing. The fairness auditor will participate in this process in addition to reviewing the entire Roche-Genivar assessment. Once a corridor is chosen, RocheGenivar will host another round of public consultations starting in late spring. Those consultations will explain why


Interprovincial bridge consultations took place last February, inclduing residents who live near each of the corridors being considered. Another round of public consultations will be announced this spring. the particular corridor was preferred and will take the next steps to develop a preliminary design and complete the environmental assessment for the technically preferred corridor. Leduc said the topics for the spring consultations will include mitigation methods for residents who will live near the corridor. The study will be documented and a fourth and final round of consultation will be held to solicit public comments on the preliminary design and final reports. According to Mario Tremblay, spokes-

EMC news - Five former students of Sir Wilfrid Laurier High School have helped organize a family event on Jan. 20 to promote literacy and raise funds for Ronald McDonald House. Reading for Ronald runs from noon to 4 p.m. at the Science and Technology Museum and includes: • Guest author of kids book reading for children. • Little Ray’s Reptiles. • Silent auction. • Literacy corner with games. • Art and crafts. • Facepainting. • Green screen photo booth. Rachael Boersma started planning for the event in the summer and as things grew, she discovered that her fellow

organizers also attended Laurier years ago. “It’s the first event I’ve ever really done,” Boersma said, adding the cause took shape as time passed and fellow organizers suggested different ideas. “I wanted to take on literacy, host an educational literacy event and raise money for a children’s charity.” She arranged the venue, food and sponsors. Admission is free with a ticket printed from Donations for Ronald McDonald House are welcome. Boersma said it should be a very family-friendly day. “Parents can come out and spend a day with their kids,” she said.

man for the NCC, the commission and federal authorities will make their decision following the release of the final reports. No commitments have yet been made regarding the implementation of the results of the study and no funding or commitment has been made to build a bridge. “The decision to build the bridge is beyond the scope of the study, however, the NCC board will be formally requested to make a decision to accept the results of the study,” Tremblay said.


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Moving Light RaiL FoRwaRd By Jim Watson

On December 18th 2012, our City Council voted 24-0 to finalize the light rail plan that has been so long in the making for Ottawa. Named the Confederation Line and stretching from Tunney’s Pasture in the west to Blair Station in the east, work is set to begin the first half of 2013 and the line will be completed and carrying passengers in 2018. We also hope to have the downtown stations opened for all to see on Canada’s 150th Birthday on July 1st in 2017. The Confederation Line will greatly increase the capacity of our city’s transit system easing travel for transit users and also pedestrians, bikers, and drivers. This project will benefit not just one neighbourhood but the whole city. Its success is in everyone’s interest no matter where you live or how you commute. More people on the Confederation Line means less people in cars and fewer buses on our downtown streets which is good news for everyone. This is a $2.1 billion project and as with any mammoth project of this kind there will be challenges along the road. But with the Rideau Transit Group, the worldclass consortium that is building the system, I have every confidence that disruptions will be limited as much as possible. There will be short-term pain but it is for significant long-term gain. Furthermore, Council signed a fixed-price contract meaning that the city is protected against any cost overruns. As we deliver on this Light Rail project, we will begin some exciting conversations about the future of our city. Compared to 2006, Ottawa’s population is projected to grow by up to 30 percent by 2031 and easily surpass one million residents well before then. We have to keep population growth and mobility needs uppermost in mind as we conduct the 2013 review our Transportation Master Plan. The review must maintain a steady eye on the future and give considerable effort to accommodate our further evolution as Canada’s capital and fourth largest city. The Confederation Line is the first step in what will eventually be a light rail system that spans all of Ottawa. Soon we will begin the process of planning how to extend the system to the east, west, and south of Ottawa. But before we do so, we must focus on the task at hand which is to build the Confederation Line on time and on budget and I am confident that we will do so.

EMC news - In some African countries an insecticide-treated mosquito net can be the difference between life and death. A contest started by TV host Rick Mercer aims to spread the word so that volunteers can spread the nets to help people in danger of contracting malaria. Students in Algonquin College’s police foundations program are hoping to make a difference with their fundraising campaign called Spread the Net. The campaign is part of Mercer’s larger Spread the Net campaign which challenges students across the country to raise money for the initiative. The school that raises the most money will have Rick Mercer come to campus and film part of his CBC TV show. For the first week of the winter term – Jan. 7 to 11 – students were out in the halls of the college selling lollipops to raise money. At the launch of the campaign on Jan. 4 the fundraising total was already at an unofficial $2,000. “It has grown really fast,” said David Carlucci, the student chair of the fundraising campaign. “It was an idea a few of us in the program had a few weeks ago and already I was speaking before 500 people.” Aside from the sweets, Carlucci said students and staff would participate in a Spread the Net Walkathon on Jan. 31. The fundraising goal is $15,000 before the campaign ends on Feb. 28. “It should be fun, there will be people walking with nets covering them,” he said. “We hope to get a lot of pledges.” According to the World Health Orga-

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City agrees with sinkhole recommendations Laura Mueller

EMC news - Four months after a large sinkhole closed the Jean D’Arc off-ramp of highway 174, the city is agreeing with five recommendations to prevent similar incidents in the future. On Sept. 4, 2012, a storm sewer underneath the off-ramp collapsed during rush hour. A section of the road was closed for repairs for several days. An independent engineering report on the road collapse was scheduled to be presented to and discussed by the city’s environment committee on Jan. 15. A statement released by the city says the municipal government agrees with all the findings and recommendations and has already begun to take steps to implement the five suggestions. In the statement, city manager Kent Kirkpatrick said the city recognizes the “seriousness” of the sinkhole event and it will continue to strengthen protocols to help prevent similar incidents. “The city is committed to doing everything in its power to protect public safety,” Coun. Maria McRae, chairwoman of the environment committee, said in a city press release. “This report along with the city’s new comprehensive asset management program will help to ensure that staff implement necessary measures so that our roads are safe and to ensure that residents can keep travelling on them without worry,” Orléans Coun. Bob Monette said in the statement. He was referring to a document city council approved in October that outlines the condition and a maintenance schedule – with costs – to repair and replace things such as roads, pipes and bridges.


The recommendations were released in December and the city’s response was posted in advance of the Jan. 15 meeting during which the environment committee was to discuss the findings. BMRoss concluded the root cause of the sinkhole was that the degree of risk was not identified and acted on before it began to degrade. While a crew was inside the pipe throughout the day using an excavator and a skid-steer loader to install lights and remove rocks and debris, the review found there was no way to determine if those activities accelerated the pipe’s collapse. It was already known the collapse was possible or imminent – that’s why the repairs were scheduled – but it is possible the timing of contractors working in the pipe the day before it collapsed is simply a coincidence, the report concludes. A video shot inside the pipe on Aug. 17 showed the pipe was in very poor condition, the report says. Within a day, city staff had expanded the type of work to be done on the pipe, but the city should have gone further, BMRoss’s report states. “In our opinion, the immediate need for a more robust assessment of the pipe was not

understood, identified or communicated,” the report reads. Part of the reason the condition of the pipe wasn’t considered more of an emergency is because there was no prior inspection to compare

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The city has received recommendations to avoid infrastructure failures like the sinkhole on highway 174 that occurred in September.

Added to that will be more inspections and monitoring in situations where the city identifies a pipe that needs replacement so it can be fast-tracked. Those steps include talking with the Ontario government about establishing province-wide inspection requirements for critical sewers, similar to what Ottawa is doing with its new asset management practices. The city’s approach prior to the sinkhole incident is similar to what cities of a comparable size do, the report found. The five recommendations offered by independent engineering firm BMRoss are: • To expand the definition of a high-risk storm sewer to include the probability of a pipe’s collapse and its consequences • To examine all “high-risk” storm sewers as soon as possible and have the examinations reviewed • To asses the quality of the data used to inform the city’s asset inventory and obtain better data where necessary • To use in-person inspections to supplement the video inspections the city already does • To include a discussion of the consequences of not proceeding quickly on capital projects in reports

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Provincial funding to add 2,200 operations annually Eddie Rwema

Céline Bourgon - seen here receiving her certificate from David McKendry, Hydro Ottawa’s Director, Customer Service - is the winner of five ENERGY STAR® appliances, the grand prize of Hydro Ottawa’s Customer Value Contest.

Hydro Ottawa customers are taking advantage of convenient online services. The utility held a contest last fall encouraging customers to signup for paperless, self-serve programs. More than 9,000 entries were received, making it one of Hydro Ottawa’s most successful customer service promotions ever. Hydro Ottawa’s online services include: the MyHydroLink customer portal; e-billing; and preauthorized payment. “By signing up for these online services, customers help reduce paper use, waste and administrative costs. This promotion was truly a win-win for customers and the environment,” said David McKendry, Director, Customer Service at Hydro Ottawa. Hydro Ottawa customer Céline Bourgon was awarded the grand prize – a suite of five ENERGY STAR® appliances. Secondary prize winners James Best, Kathryn Bunn, Janet Flanders, Paige Knudson and Eric Marion were also awarded a computer tablet. In all, more than 85,000 customers have signed up for MyHydroLink, 44,000 receive e-billing and 41,000 are registered for pre-authorized payment.

EMC news - The Children’s Hospital of Eastern Ontario will soon be able to perform 2,200 additional operations each year, thanks to new provincial funding. On Jan. 8, Premier Dalton McGuinty announced that the Liberal government will spend close to $10-million to renovate and expand the day care surgery and post anaesthetic care units at CHEO. “We do everything we can, stretch as far as we need, make every sacrifice that is necessary to ensure that our children receive the best possible care,” said McGuinty. The renovations, expected to be completed in 2015, will allow CHEO to reduce patient travel and transportation within the hospital, improve patient safety and infection control, and increase the flexibility of surgical operations. “The demand for operating services continues to grow,” McGuinty said. “We need to build more capacities when it comes to surgeries in particular. This will help us get going in the right direction.” Although CHEO has been able to increase the number of surgeries performed annually by 16 per cent since the fall of 2009, the waiting list has also increased during that time. “This is important because waiting for treatment of any kind is a bigger burden for kids and can, in some cases, have a significant effect in their developments and wellbeing,” said Dr. Carrol Pitters, CHEO’s chief of staff.

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now is a fact of life when you live in Ottawa between November and April. Or October and May. Depends on the year. When two big snowfalls hit the city inside a week, snow removal crews were kept running at full speed to keep traffic moving and they did an admirable job. That hasn’t prevented some citizens from complaining about the aftermath.

Yes, some sidestreets didn’t get cleared over and over again as the snow fell and wind blew cleared snow from the edges of roads back into the travel lanes. Some multilane streets were reduced to single lanes. But safety never suffered. If drivers adapt to the conditions – or just stay home when storms hit their peak – snowy roads work just fine. Those people who proclaimed side streets as the

worst they’d ever seen should check and see if they survived. The sky did not fall. City taxpayers foot the bill for snow clearing, so maybe we shouldn’t wish for even greater snow-clearing capabilities. The city administration seems to have discovered the right amount of resources to throw at Mother Nature when she sends multiple snowstorms at us in a short period of time.

In a nutshell, you get the services you are willing to pay for. We could have gold-plated plows and teams of snowremoval technicians with shovels on every street to catch the flakes before they hit the ground. Your street could be buffed and blown dry by morning. Not only would that be costly, but what would happen to all the snow removal equipment during a winter when

there is little snowfall? That very expensive equipment would sit around city yards rusting and depreciating. School boards face a parallel situation. Schools could be built with enough classrooms to hold every child, without a single portable in the yard. But what makes more sense over the lifetime of a school is to construct buildings for the average student population and use portables to deal with a handful of years when

enrolment peaks. The city’s snow removal strategy strikes a similar balance. We have enough plows to get us through a string of storms, but not enough to make every road look like it’s summertime within a day or two of a blizzard. That’s sensible spending. If global weather continues to become less predictable – maybe with warmer winters or snowier ones – city council may need to reconsider the snow removal budget and buy or sell equipment. Until then, our snow removal people should get a pat on the back and keep on truckin’.


Cultural fall out from dropping the puck CHARLES GORDON Funny Town


f you read the papers and listen to the radio you know our life is about to get way better because NHL hockey is back, after having stayed away for almost half a season and creating a huge gap in our lives. The sports pages are filling up with actual hockey stories about actual hockey players and whether they have a nice touch around the net. There is speculation about trades and line combinations. This already makes life better for sports page readers, who got really tired of reading about the players and the owners negotiating or not negotiating or not even talking about negotiating. This might have been the worst reading in the history of sports journalism. Anything is an improvement on that and reading actual game stories about the Ottawa Senators and their hated opponents will be a great improvement still. Those whose needs are greater will find satisfaction in the sports talk shows on the radio, where line combinations are examined in even greater depth. Now it begins again and not a moment too soon for many of the experts on our culture, who keep saying that hockey defines us as a people. Of course there’s something in that. Many of us play or have played hockey, many more watch hockey or listen to it on the radio. But hockey doesn’t define everybody. Even in Ottawa. Look how long we went without an NHL team. The previous Senators vacated the premises in 1934; the current Senators didn’t arrive until 1992. That’s a 58 years with no NHL team to define us. And yet we survived somehow as a city, as a city of Canadians who

are supposed to be defined by hockey. This must mean that there are things other than hockey that occupy space in the hearts of people in the National Capital Region. It may also mean that there are people among us who, even now, define themselves as something other than Senators fans. In fact, amazing as it may seem, they may not even think of hockey when it comes time to define themselves. They may define themselves in terms of their jobs. They may define themselves as runners, guitar players, readers, grandparents, hipsters, foodies, Presbyterians, skateboarders, gardeners or even baseball fans. Yet here they all are living in this country that’s defined by hockey. And hockey season is starting. Which means that all those skateboarders, guitar players and grandparents are going to be living, whether they like it or not, in a world of line combinations, plus-minus statistics and rumors of impending firings of general managers. It behooves those who live happily in Hockey World to be respectful of those who choose other pursuits. They think they have reason to fear us, and no wonder. Slap Shot was on TV the other night and those who live in Hockey World always tune in for at least part of it. It seems quite Canadian, although it’s a Hollywood movie. But is it really Canadian, all that enthusiastic brawling and blood on the ice? It’s what many hockey fans deplore yet, at the same time, we somehow identify with it in a way that American moviegoers cannot. One of the things that defines us, in other words, is our enjoyment of a movie about hockey brawls. This gets a bit scary and it is probably just as well that in real hockey, as opposed to movie hockey, there are referees and brawling is at least officially frowned upon. So, as the real hockey starts, try to be sympathetic towards those of other tastes, remembering that, to some Canadians, condominium height, garbage pickup and light rail are as important as defence pairings and face-off percentages. As they say, it takes all kinds.

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Re: “Forum for Young Canadians,” Orleans EMC, Dec. 27. What an inspiring story. I always appreciate reading about the great initiatives of youth in our community. However, I would point out that Zac should not be considered a “future leader.” With his responsibilities and involvements, I see him as no less than a current community leader. I am equally pleased to learn of his political ambitions. I find the current state of political affairs to be in a very sad state. People have every reason to feel cynicism and not believe in the process, of feeling that they are not being heard. Of feeling disconnected. That’s why it is refreshing to see that there are some in the younger generation who still believe in what an elected official should be and could do. I salute Zac and encourage him to continue working hard in the causes he believes in.  It is through actions that dreams are realized and that change can take place.

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n a recent edition of the Globe and Mail, 35-year-old Ottawa resident Michael Read admitted he’d lost 90 pounds just by increasing his daily walk to the bus stop. “The introduction of a new bus pass in Ottawa meant my bus became overcrowded before it arrived at my usual stop,” Read told the Globe in a Jan. 9 article. “So it would often skip my stop because it was too full. Suddenly, walking was quicker than waiting for a bus to stop.” Within three months, Read says he was two sizes smaller, his suits falling to his ankles. Although I haven’t made any New Year’s Resolutions this year, I was inspired by Read’s story. Forget boot camps and running races, walking daily is one of the easiest ways to get and keep fit. Yet, between sitting at our desks, sitting in our cars or on public transit and sitting watching television, many

BRYNNA LESLIE Capital Muse of us still can’t seem to find the time for a simple walk each day. I’ll admit, even I have fallen prey to my sedentary work once again. With multiple January deadlines looming, I have found myself frequently sitting at my desk from 5 a.m., staring at the computer screen, reading things online, sipping my cup of joe, typing up articles, editing text. The next thing I know, it’s mid-morning. Sometimes I think about walking at this time, but then I realize I have nowhere to go, or it’s time to feed the baby, or I should be making that evening’s dinner instead. There always seem to be a million excuses

to stay still and then return to my desk – and stay still some more. But as I’ve written in these pages before, hypertension is a killer. Many authors in 2012 cited long days of sitting as the number one contributor to everything from heart disease to cancer, worse than smoking a pack of cigarettes per day. Despite the sitting epidemic in North American work culture, the solution is often simpler than we realize. Last winter, a video called 23 1/2 hours went viral. The 10-minute long, animated lecture presented a number of studies that proved thirty minutes of exercise each day can improve stress levels,

heart health and overall fitness. The film’s message went something like this -- there are 24 hours in a day – even if you spend 24 sitting on your bum, couldn’t you find at least 30 minutes to exercise? A study conducted last year by the University of Copenhagen found that 30 minutes of cardio per day is as effective as a one-hour workout in reducing obesity and improving overall health. In fact, the study subjects that worked out for half an hour per day lost more weight on average over a three-month period than those who did a full 60-minute workout. tough resolutions

I haven’t made New Year’s resolutions because I generally find New Year’s resolutions tough to maintain. And I’m never quite sure it’s a good idea to resolve to change at the same time as everyone else, especially when there is so much evi-

dence to suggest most of us fall off the wagon sometime around mid-February. But as I sit and type this – it’s 5:30 a.m. – I’m suddenly thinking about the pressure around my ankles. I’m thinking about the conversation I had with two editors yesterday, who are decades older than me and can barely walk some days due to back problems. I’m barely into my mid-thirties. If I continue this way, I likely won’t make it another five years. It’s not about weight loss for me,(although who wouldn’t love to shed an extra 10 pounds six months after having a baby)? But if Mike Read can shed 90 pounds just by walking a little longer to the bus stop each day and if all those study subjects in Denmark can improve their health with just 30 minutes of cardio per day, it’s time I resolve to get myself moving. After all, it really only takes a good pair of good shoes. And a will to live.

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An empty lot at the corner of Ogilvie Road and Cummings Avenue may not remaining empty for long. A new proposal for 85 townhouses plans to move ahead this year.

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EMC news - The days are numbered for an overgrown and underdeveloped lot at the south-west corner of Ogilvie Road and Cummings Avenue, as a proposal to build approximately 85 townhomes on the site moves closer to a reality. The Cyrville area currently has few homes but many empty lots, office buildings and retail garages. The area is part of the city’s larger transitoriented development study, which calls for intensification along the new light-rail line. The study, approved by city council in November has been appealed to the Ontario Municipal Board, but the development at Ogilvie and Cummings is exempt. The transit oriented development study examines how pedestrian-oriented land use can best be implemented near a rapid-transit station. “That site is exempt because the developer plans on staying within the designated R3 zoning (Residential Third Density Zone), they didn’t want to hold up development,” said Beacon Hill-Cyrville Coun. Tim Tierney. The townhome development will be a stone’s throw away from Cyrville station.

In an email, city planner Simon Deiaco confirmed the Ogilvie/Cummings site and another site, 1080 Ogilvie Rd/1113-7 Cyrville Rd. - a new car dealership - are both going ahead as planned. “The proposed development is taking advantage of the planning policy regime that encourages dense, well designed, transit-oriented development that advances the strategic direction of the city,” Deiaco wrote. He added the new community is a great example of an underdeveloped and underutilized parcel in the city evolving alongside the expansion of transit. The councillor agreed. “I have had many complaints over the years that this area is an eyesore, but this will change that. It will be a real gateway and clean it up,” Tierney said. The 12.5-kilometre eastwest rail system, dubbed the Confederation Line, will run from Tunney’s Pasture in the west to Blair Road in the east and include a tunnel downtown between Bronson Avenue to a location just east of the Rideau Centre. The Ogilvie/Cummings site is owned by a numbered company, 6770967 Canada Inc. and Barry J. Hobin and

Associates Inc. is the architect. Tierney said he loves the proposal. “It is gorgeous. For an area that really could use some development, it’s fantastic,” he said. Tierney added his office has not heard of any opposition to the development. “This development is so close to the transit system. It’s a prime location,” Tierney said. The townhouses will have a separate entrance off Cummings Avenue. There, pockets of six to 10 units will be developed on small, private streets. A play structure is planned within the development and a new park will be constructed on the south corner of Cummings Avenue. Tierney said the park is integral for the development. “The park is very important and needed for the area,” he said. Across the road from the new development is an eightstorey apartment building; down the road is a condominium development, Place de Governeurs. Tierney said he sees this new townhouse development and the planned proposal for the car dealership on Cyrville as the start of a new era for the neighbourhood.

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EMC lifestyle - Lamb is fresh, lean, tender, mild and easy to cook. It’s an excellent source of protein, iron and B vitamins and because lamb isn’t marbled like beef, health-conscious cooks can easily trim off the fat. This is a fabulous idea for fancy dinner or a quick yet elegant meal. Ask your butcher to remove extra fat and chine the bones (meaning to sever the backbone). Serve with roasted root vegetables. Preparation time: 15 Minutes. Cooking time: 16 to 18 Minutes. Baking time: 30 to 35 Minutes. Servings: Four. Ingredients

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• 15 ml (1 tbsp) olive oil • One clove garlic, minced • 125 ml (1/2 cup) chopped tomato • 50 ml (1/4 cup) chopped roasted red peppers • 50 ml (1/4 cup) chopped olives • 25 ml (2 tbsp) chopped capers Tapenade preparation: In small saucepan, heat oil over medium-high heat; saute garlic, tomatoes and red peppers

until softened, for about five minutes. Add olives and capers; cook for three minutes to blend flavours. (Tapenade can be refrigerated in airtight container for up to three days; rewarm to serve.) In large bowl, combine oil, mustard, rosemary and garlic; rub over meaty parts of lamb. Reserve any remaining oil mixture. In large heavy-bottomed skillet, brown each lamb rack on all sides over high heat, about one minute each side. Place in shallow roasting pan; top with any remaining oil mixture. Cover exposed bones with foil to prevent burning. Foodland Ontario

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Gallery exhibits Winter Tapestry Newest hanging will feature Dunrobin artist

during winters in Canada, our colours are very muted.”

EMC news - Dunrobin’s Janis Miller Hall is the feature artist for the Kanata Civic Art Gallery’s newest exhibit, running from Jan. 9 to Feb. 10. The hanging, entitled “Wintery Tapestry,” is special because it’s the last exhibit before the Beaverbrook library closes for renovations. Both organizations are located in the Mlacak Centre but the gallery and other services offered will remain open to the public during construction. “The library closes mid February and it will affect the gallery significantly,” said Hall, adding less people will visit the centre. “We have to constantly remind people that we’re still there and still open.” At least half a dozen of Hall’s work will be on display during the exhibit, which feature wintery scenes both at home and abroad. “Even though the show coming up is called Winter Tapestry, a few of the paintings will be of winter in the south,” said Hall, who lived in the Bahamas for three years. One of her favourite pieces is a large painting entitled Escape the Blues and features a beach in Mexico during the winter months. “There’s a peacefulness to it,” said Hall, adding she tends to go south every winter. “It’s the lighting that’s different; the quality of the light,” she said of why she enjoys painting the sea. “And just the colours, the colours are so intense; all the aquas and the turquoises of the sea. Whereas here, especially


Hall, a member of the Kanata gallery since its inception, mainly uses oils and pastels but also enjoys working with mixed media, encaustics, landscapes and figures. “I started working with pastels mainly because I love to draw. I am a realist artist so drawing is really important to me,” she said, adding pastels lend themselves to lots of colour. “Oils I like because the feel of them … it’s almost like painting with butter. They have a very luscious feel and they’re really rich and intense. They have a look, a more luminous look

career choice. She attended the University of Toronto for fine arts and took the creative arts program at Sheridan College in Oakville, Ont. Aside from creating art, Hall teaches classes at Wallack’s Art Supply in Bells Corners and works part time on the sales floor. “It’s very helpful working for a company that works in art supplies,” she said, adding she enjoys teaching her classes. “It’s so much fun. I probably get as much from them as they get from me. The enthusiasm, a lot of people in the class tend to be retired people … their enthusiasm when they achieve something, they’re just thrilled.” Hall is also a member of the Kanata Artists Studio Tour, which invites the public to visit artists in their homes

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Janis Miller Hall is the feature artist for the Kanata Civic Art Gallery’s newest exhibit, entitled “Winter Tapestry” running from Jan. 9 to Feb. 10. She poses with one of her favourite paintings, titled “Escape the Blues” in her Dunrobin home studio.

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hat day, my sister Audrey was taken out of school. Because I was much younger and refused to go to school without her, I too was allowed to stay home. Audrey was needed in the kitchen, as it was the day Mr. Briscoe would arrive with his circular saw mounted on a flat-bottom sleigh for a day of cutting wood. The gang of neighbours who would arrive early in the

MARY COOK Mary Cook’s Memories morning, in cutters or sleighs, would have to be fed their dinner. They were sometimes 15 to 20 men with big appetites and Mother needed all

the help she could get. It would have taken many weeks for Father to bring the cut trees out of the bush and stack them in the barn yard.

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The neighbours would start to arrive early and get right to the job at hand. It was one of my most favourite days: I would plant myself in the kitchen window on a chair, making sure I had cleared a spot of frost from the middle pane, so that I could watch the men at work. It took several men to feed the logs into the circular saw, another few to catch the flying wood, and still another few to throw them onto our waiting sleigh or stone boat, whichever was handy. The cut pieces were hauled to the back door of the shed, and tossed in a heap. It would be my brothers’ chore, over several Saturdays, to stack the cut wood into neat and high rows in the shed. The wood was then close at hand to the kitchen wood box, which I had to keep filled for the Findlay Oval cook stove, a job I hated with a passion. The bake table would be full of pies, mostly raisin or apple. Mother would have been up late the night before baking them to free the oven for the dinner the next day. Early in the morning, into the Findlay Oval would go a roast of pork or beef, enough to fill the largest roast pan we owned. Sitting in big aluminum pots would be enough pota-

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toes to feed half of Renfrew County and pots of turnips and carrots would be cooked and ready for mashing just before the men came in for their meal. Of course, white porcelain pots would be simmering with green tea on the back of the stove. It was my job to set the kitchen table and another small table that usually held baking pans and extra cutlery. The red-checked oilcloth had to be wiped and dried and the big white cups and saucers, the ones we got free in bags of puffed wheat, set beside each plate. While the men filed into the kitchen, my sister Audrey would already be filling bowls with potatoes and vegetables, and big platters of sliced meat would be put at the ends of the tables. By the time the last man had washed up in one of the two basins of hot soapy water on the bench at the back door, the water was black. There wasn’t much thought given to germs back then. Rich brown gravy was poured from milk jugs, and it didn’t take long for the men to wipe their plates clean with slices of home-made bread. The pies were cut in four and without benefit of clean plates, the men slid a whopping piece onto their dinner plates and it wasn’t unusual for second helpings

all around. Most of the day would be spent by the time the last log was fed into the circular saw and it was time for the men to head back to their own farms for the evening chores. Wood sawing day continued up and down the Northcote Side Road until every farm had been tended to. It was the neighbourly thing to do back in those Depression years. Then my three brothers would be home from school, and after getting out of their school clothes and into their work clothes, they headed right for the barn and the chores. Father’s overalls would be covered with sawdust and splinters of wood, but there was no changing for him until he was finished in the barns. It always amazed me how he could sit right down at the supper table and pile his plate high with whatever was left over from the noon meal, just like he hadn’t eaten in days. The next day I would wander over to where the sawing had taken place and wade through the pile of sawdust that had been left behind. Long before recycling and reusing were common phrases, the sawdust was carried over to the ice house and added to the sleighloads brought from the saw mill, covering the blocks brought up from the frozen Bonnechere weeks before. It was an era when nothing was wasted.



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Pedestrians have role in road safety: city Ottawa’s medical officer of health calls for provincial funding for walking safety education Laura Mueller

EMC news - Efforts to prevent collisions that kill or injure pedestrians must be targeted at both drivers and walkers, the city’s health board heard at a recent meeting. Pedestrian safety advocates came to city hall on Dec. 5 to discuss the findings of the

Ontario coroner’s review of pedestrian deaths in the past five years. The deaths number about seven annually, with another 65 hospitalizations and 360 emergency rooms visits in the province each year. But city councillors avoided putting the blame squarely on drivers, noting that there is a need for pedestrians to be educated on how they can protect themselves when they are out on the sidewalks. “There are two sides to every story,” said RideauRockcliffe Coun. Peter Clark. “The reality is … pedestrians take risks and make mistakes, too.” No driver wants to run over a pedestrian or cyclist, Clark said. Education and enforcement of the law is just as important for pedestrians and cyclists as it is for drivers, he said. Somerset Coun. Diane Hol-

mes, who helped kick-start the launch of a new pedestrian advocacy group called Walk Ottawa last year, agreed with Clark. “It is a whole cultural change we need here,” she said, adding that educating pedestrians about safety is just as important as providing infrastructure like crosswalks. About a dozen people came to speak to the transportation committee about the report on Dec. 5. Michelle Perry of Walk Ottawa said the city must adopt a “complete streets” philosophy. The design approach gives equal important to all street users, including pedestrians and cyclists. It’s something that’s gaining popularity in cities like Waterloo, Ont., which has already adopted a complete streets policy. “Complete streets approach is a fundamental change that

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Sparks street to get a splash of colour Michelle Nash

EMC news - A new opportunity to spread art in the city’s core has the Ottawa arts community buzzing. The Sparks Street Artist Alley will offer a space for local artists to display and sell their works in the shadow of Parliament Hill. Artists Preston and Agata Zaborowski are responsible for collecting submissions from interested artists, who will be chosen to participate in the project by a jury. “We are looking for unique artists that will represent Ottawa’s diverse talent,” said Agata Zaborowski. “We are open to all mediums and all levels, including students. Originality would be the main focus when making a decision in selecting artists.” The two artists see this new project as a chance to create an art destination in the capital. “We couldn’t be more excited about the buzz it’s creating within the Ottawa artist community,” she said. “Finally there is a place for artists to sell and display their artwork.” Zaborowski said that although the capital has many galleries and a number of art festivals throughout the year,

it does not have a regular public space for artists. This project could change that. “The idea behind the project is to have a permanent place for artists to call their own and to have the freedom to express artistically for all to appreciate and to create a spectacular original outdoor gallery that will represent Ottawa’s most original and finest artists,” she said. Zaborowski said she is most excited about the location. “Historic Sparks Street is the perfect place for artists to sell and display their work. The restaurants, cafes, shops and ambiance of Sparks Street speaks for itself,” she said. “There is no vehicle traffic, only a steady stream of people strolling the street.” Zaborowski said this project is part of the larger Sparks Street revitalization project, launched by the Sparks Street Mall Business Improvement Area The outdoor pedestrian mall hosts numerous events over the course of the year, including a New Year’s celebration. As part of Winterlude treasure hunts will be held on the street on Feb. 2 and Feb. 18, offering participants the chance to win a $500 Sparks Street shopping spree. The outdoor mall is also taking part in the celebrations

of the 200th anniversary of craft brewing in the National Capital Region with Winter Brewed on Feb. 16 and 17. There are two deadlines associated with the Artist Alley project. Artists who submit an application before Jan. 31 will be eligible to display and sell their original artwork in specific indoor locations throughout the Sparks Street business district prior to May’s outdoor opening. All other submissions for the ongoing Artist Alley project are due March 15. Sparks Street Artists Alley will officially open in May and run until October. Sparks Street was built in the early 1800s and named for Nicholas Sparks. It was the street where federal politician D’Arcy McGee was assassinated in 1868. In 1961 the city closed the street to vehicles and Sparks Street became North America’s first permanent outdoor pedestrian mall.

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Skaters to take to the ice with Olympic champion Elizabeth Manley and Friends event raising funds for youth mental health Jessica Cunha

EMC news - Six skaters from the Glen Cairn Skating Club will join forces with Olympic figure skater Elizabeth Manley on Jan. 26 to raise funds for two organizations in memory of Jamie Hubley. Jamie was a top-10 provincial figure skating competitor and the local skaters were chosen to take part in the event because they trained with him, said Sylive McCormick, who has a daughter in the club. “James Hubley meant a lot to so many people. When he had passed away it was a very hard time for us all,” said 15year-old Taylor Abbas, one of the six local skaters who will take to the ice. The Grade 10 student at A.Y. Jackson Secondary School said it’s important to raise awareness and money for mental health. “I hope no one has to go through the pain I had to go through,” she said. “Jamie, I’ll love you forever and always.” Jamie, the son of Kanata South Coun. Allan Hubley, took his own life just over a year ago after being bullied for his sexual orientation. Taylor, along with McKayla MacDonell, 13, Alesi ZitoLaRose, 15, Eliza Moore, 17,

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The event, Elizabeth Manley and Friends, will include a “star-studded” ice show at Scotiabank Place on Jan. 26 with proceeds going to the Do It For Daron foundation and the Youth Services Bureau of Ottawa. On Jan. 25, a fundraising dinner will be held at the Brookstreet Hotel. Performers scheduled to participate in the show include: • Joannie Rochette • Elvis Stojko • Nancy Kerrigan • Megan Duhamel and Eric Radford • Kaitlyn Weaver and Andrew Poje • Jozef Sabovcik • Shawn Sawyer • Gladys Orozco. • Allie Hann-McCurdy and Michael Coreno • Nathan Haller • Ericka Hunter “I’m very excited to be part of the Liz Manley show to represent the love we have for the sport and for James,” said Victoria, a Grade 10 student at A.Y. Jackson. For more information on the event, visit

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Resource centres ramping up rural work Jennifer McIntosh

EMC news - Some of the city’s community resource centres are coming together to develop a strategic plan to serve rural residents. Community resource centres that serve eastern Ottawa, Nepean, Rideau, Osgoode, Orleans, Cumberland and western Ottawa are putting a call out for a consultant to guide a strategic plan for rural areas. Sandy Wooley, the executive director of the Nepean, Rideau and Osgoode Community Resource Centre – which serves Nepean and as far south as North Gower – said there are particular challenges with offering services in rural areas that need to be addressed. “Doing community development

work in Parkwood Hills is significantly different than doing it in a place like Manotick,” Wooley said. Wooley said the resource centre is currently working on an advisory committee composed of parents whose children are dealing with fentanyl addictions issues. “We are looking to link those people with services and provide them with the supports they need,” Wooley said. The request for proposals sent out by the four community resources centres would provide a cohesive strategy to serve the entirety of Ottawa’s rural communities. The plan was inspired by the Western Ottawa Community Resource Centre’s rural community development project that serves areas such as West Carleton. Wooley said with limited staff and

funding, one of the ways to address the needs of the centre’s diverse catchment is to work with partners. The request for proposals says the project would take six months to complete a report. It would include consultations with community groups and a review of community development literature and best practices. The final report would identify key issues, strategies opportunities and recommendations for next steps. “It would be like a road map,” Wooley said.

for a documentary to highlight the features of the neighbourhood. If the centre is able to secure funding then a new project would be a video documentary highlighting the neighbourhood. Next on the horizon is the centre’s annual income-tax clinic. “There is also work to be done,” Wooley said, adding she is excited about the mix of initiatives for the coming year.


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Old electronics help Habitat for Humanity projects Eddie Rwema

EMC news - Donating your old electronics could help Habitat for Humanity reach a goal of helping low-income families realize a dream of owning a home. The organization holds a yearround electronics collection at its two-Restore locations in Ottawa. All e-waste collected by Habitat for Humanity is recycled in Ontario by Sims Recycling Solutions through the Ontario Electronic Stewardship program. “Everything is recycled in an environmentally friendly and secure way,” said Myrna Beattie, director of retail operations with Habitat. “It doesn’t go on a truck to the U.S. or in a container to a Third World country somewhere. It is all done within Ontario. Beattie said every purchase made at their Restores and the e-waste collected under OES programs supports Habitat for Humanity in the capital region as it helps local families achieve the dream of home ownership. “All the proceeds from the Restores go towards supporting pro-

grams of Habitat for Humanity,” said Beattie. Ottawa residents can drop off old computers, monitors, televisions, cellphones and other electronics for recycling at Habitat ReStores on either Enterprise Avenue or Walkley Road. The service is free and open to the public. “The message we would like to get out to the general public is there is a lot of other people doing recycling, but ask your recycler where does the product go, and if they can’t tell you then you can be sure it is not recycled in a way that we all should be wanting our electronics to be recycled,” said Beattie. Besides helping build homes for low-income families, Habitat for Humanity is also concerned about the environment, said Beattie. “Everything that you see here would be in a landfill if they weren’t here,” she said. “For sure our mandate is to build homes but we are also very concerned about our world and the environment and we would like to make our contribution as much as we can.” For more information, visit www.

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From left, Uwe Foering, Myrna Beattie and Allan Avis at the Habitat for Humanity Restore location on Walkley Road. The organization holds a year-round electronics collection at its two-Restore locations in Ottawa.


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EMC news - Kim Kilpatrick isn’t hemmed in by her blindness. It’s the refusal of others to see what she is capable of doing that she finds frustrating. Kilpatrick applied for a grant from the Canada Council of the Arts to create a 90minute story telling program to talk about growing up blind. She wanted to break down some of the misconceptions about blindness. She has been a storyteller for 10 years, but wanted to expand her programming and allow for costs of things like publicity. “I like the medium of storytelling,” Kilpatrick said. “Unlike movies and plays there’s no visual component, you’re free to just listen.” Kilpatrick garnered the grant in the spring of 2011 and has performed at various locations in Ottawa and the valley. The downtown resident will appear on the National Arts Centre’s fourth stage on Jan. 17 to perform as part of the Ottawa Story Tellers Speaking Out, Speaking In series.

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Kim Kilpatrick, pictured at the Ottawa Story Tellers office on Murray Street on Jan. 9, will perform her one-woman show Flying in the Dark at the National Arts Centre on Jan. 17. Because storytelling is an oral tradition, Kilpatrick said she doesn’t work from any kind of prepared notes. She rarely has props. The show is her story and her life. Funny and irreverent, Kilpatrick finds material in her daily life, much like a standup comedian – difference is she finds the material just as fun-

ny as the audience does. At the Ottawa Story Tellers office on Murray Street, Kilpatrick recounted being led across the street by well meaning people despite the fact that she wasn’t planning to cross. “It happens less now that I have a guide dog,” she said, stroking her constant compan-

ion Tulia. “But I would sometimes stop to get my bearings at a street corner and someone would come and lead me by the elbow across the road. Then you have to cross back.” Kilpatrick said she hopes her shows help people ask the questions of her they may be afraid to in other settings. When she isn’t hitting the

stage at the NAC, Kilpatrick participates in workshops at area schools through an organization called Multicultural Arts School Council. “It’s great because kids will ask you anything,” she said. Kilpatrick said she also hopes being out in the community and giving public talks will help people to learn about blindness. “I know some people don’t feel they should have to be advocates because of their disability,” Kilpatrick said. “But I want people to feel comfortable around me.” Kilpatrick said some people assume she isn’t mentally capable because of her blindness, or that she is hard of hearing. “I will be in a meeting or something and people will ask whoever is accompanying me what I want for lunch,” Kilpatrick said. “Or in the same conversation where someone is asking me if I have super hearing because I am blind, they are shouting.” Caitlyn Paxson, a public relations officer for Ottawa Story Tellers, said she has worked with Kilpatrick for five years and was initially taken aback

by some of the things that would happen when they were out together. “We would be in a store and a clerk would ask me if I think she would like an item,” Paxson said. “I would say, ‘She’s right there.’” But whatever she lacks in sight, Kilpatrick makes up for in humour, often bursting out laughing as she recalls awkward encounters with wellmeaning sighted people. Growing up in Ottawa, Kilpatrick has the support of her family, who always pushed her to live life to the fullest despite her disability. “When I was a kid I would try and say that I couldn’t clean my room because I was blind, but my mom wasn’t having any of it,” she said. She also recalled pretending to be unable to find candles and matches during power outages and trying to convince her siblings to play cards in the dark. Kilpatrick’s show includes stories like this and more. Tickets are $20 and the doors open on Jan. 17 at 7 p.m. Tickets are available at the NAC box office or at


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Meet Casper, a neutered male, white Domestic short hair cat, Meet Pablo! This green Budgie, unaltered female, is 1 year and who is about 4 years old. He was brought to the shelter as a stray 1 month old. She was surrendered to the shelter by her owner on on October 3, but is now available for adoption! Casper loves to December 8, but is now available for adoption! This small parrot play with cat ball toys, the sponge ones are his favourite. Casper makes a delightful pet. She is looking for a home where she can is looking for a home in which he will he be kept indoors. Casper entertain and bond with all family members. If you think either of is available for adoption at the Pet Valu at the Innes location. Call these animals are the right pet for your family, contact the Ottawa (613) 590-7814 for more information on Casper. Humane Society today! Visit the OHs website at to see photos and descriptions of all of the animals available for adoption. stop by the Adoption Centre, weekdays 11:00am-7:00pm and saturdays 10:00am-5:00pm.

Should you adopt a pet if you have allergies? A combination of approaches — medical control of symptoms, good housecleaning methods and immunotherapy — is most likely to succeed in allowing an allergic person to live with pets. If you do not currently have a pet and are considering one, and know you, or a family member, are pet-allergic, be sure to consider carefully whether you can live with the allergy before you bring a new pet home. Pet allergies can range from very mild to very serious. Too many allergic people obtain pets without thinking through the challenges of living with them. Too often, they end up relinquishing pets — a decision that is difficult for the owner and can be traumatic for the pet. If you have allergies and have decided to live with an animal, it is important to find an allergist who understands your commitment to living with your pet. Also, find out just how severe your allergy is. You can begin to determine how allergic you are to animals by spending time with friends who have pets. Trying to cope with allergies to your pet? You’re not alone. Many people suffering from animal allergies choose to share their lives with a pet. Don’t assume that because you’re sniffling and sneezing, a pet is the cause. See an allergist for testing.

An estimated one-third of North Americans who are allergic to cats live with at least one cat in their household. For many owners, the benefits of pet companionship outweigh the drawbacks of pet allergies. But don’t assume that a pet is the source of sniffling and sneezing. Many household particles, such as dust and mould, can cause allergic reactions. See your doctor or an allergist for allergy testing before assuming you are allergic to your pet. Animal allergies are caused by glands in the animal’s skin secreting tiny allergy-triggering proteins, called allergens. Allergens are present in flakes of dry skin (dander) and the animal’s saliva and urine. The allergens may circulate in the air after saliva dries on the animal’s fur. For people who are allergic to animals, most animals, and all cats and dogs, are allergenic (or, allergy-causing). Cats and rabbits tend to be more allergenic than dogs for allergic people, although some people are more sensitive to dogs than cats. Contrary to popular belief, there are no “non allergenic” breeds of dogs or cats; even hairless breeds may be highly allergenic. There are some breeds of cats and dogs that are considered hypoallergenic, which means they are generally less allergycausing than other breeds. R0011859386-0117

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

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

Jan. 18, 25 and Feb. 1

The Leonard Women’s Institute invites you to their first euchre parties of 2013 Our friendly gathering to play cards, or enjoy visiting with friends will be held at the Bearbrook Community Centre, 8720 Russell Rd. at 8 p.m. on the above dates. Sandwiches, desserts, coffee and tea will be available. There will be prizes for players and a door prize for all. Fee to play cards is $5 per person.

Jan. 20

Ottawa Running Club 2013 training officially starts at 8:30 a.m. with learn to run, 5K and 10K groups at the Wellington Bridgehead and half-marathon and marathon groups at the Westboro Bridgehead on Golden Avenue. The club helps to lower personal bests while raising over $10,000 a year for charity. Full details, including online registration, at

Jan. 24

Our Lady of Mount Carmel School Council hosts an information night for parents on children’s mental health.

CHEO psychologist Dr. Phil Ritchie will deliver a presentation focusing on warning signs and practical tips to support children’s mental health for parents. Panel discussion and Q&A with experts. Starts at 6 p.m. at the school, 675 Gardenvale Rd. Free admission and free caregiving services available. Complimentary pizza and refreshments to be served at 5:30 p.m. Please register by emailing or leave a message at 613-745-4884 by Jan. 18.

Through Feb. 2

The Table Restaurant presents SOULSCAPES, an art exhibition by Margaret Chwialkowska at 1230 Wellington St. Meet the artist on Jan. 20, from 2 to 4 p.m.

Through March 29

Catch up on the latest with your local EMC.


The Ottawa Pub Dart League plays from October to April at various venues in the city. If you are interested in joining or venue sponsorship, please visit Discover the unique thrill of singing four-part harmony with a group of fun-loving women who enjoy making music together. Regular rehearsals on Monday nights from 7 to 9:30 p.m. at Orléans United Church, 1111 Orléans Blvd. For information call Muriel Gidley at 613-590-0260 or visit www.

Tuesdays and Fridays

Attention graduating students. The Orleans Legion is offering bursaries to graduating students toward their post-secondary education. For eligibility and more information go to pdf. Application forms can be downloaded or picked up

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at the Orleans Legion, 800 Taylor Creek. All applications must be received at the Orleans Legion by March 29.

Tai Chi at Roy Hobbs Community Centre, 109 Larch Cres. on Tuesdays, except first Tuesday of each month, for beginner/intermediate levels 10:45 a.m. to noon. Fridays for intermediate/advanced levels 10:45 a.m. to noon. Drop in or contact Lorne at 613-8246864 for details.


632 Phoenix Royal Air Cadet Squadron meets every Wednesday evening 6:15 to 9:30 p.m. at St. Joseph school, 6664 Carriere St. Open to youth age 12 to 18. No registration fee to join, however fundraising is required. Visit for more information.


Five-pin bowling league encourages senior citizens over the age of 50 to participate in an activity that provides regular moderate exercise. There is no registration fee. The league is a fun, non-competitive league; experience is not required. Bowling takes place each Friday afternoon between 1 and 3 p.m. at Walkley Bowling Centre, 2092 Walkley Rd. Participants are placed on mixed four-person teams. To register, please call Roy or Jean Hoban at 613-7316526.


Are you between 13 and 17 years old? Come and join the Orleans Teen Ski Club this winter for some great

skiing and snowboarding. The Orleans Teen Skiing Club is a community based non-profit ski club run by volunteers for the benefit of our members. Check us out at for membership benefits and outings. Please contact Ed Geier at 613-604-0894 or Jim Yip at 613-830-6402 for more details. Ottawa Newcomers’ Club invites women new to Ottawa to join activities and meet some new friends. Please check the website at www.ottawanewcomersclub. ca. For more information call 613-860-0548 or ottawanew The Gloucester South Seniors’ Chess Club, 4550 Bank St., meets every Monday and Thursday at 7 p.m. Immediate openings. Please contact Robert MacDougal, 613-821-1930 for more information. Girl Guides of Canada offers programs locally for girls from five to 17 years of age. Meetings, camps, leadership and skills are all part of the opportunities provided. Visit

The Active Living Club invites active seniors and adults 50-plus to join us in the outdoor activities of hiking, cycling, canoeing, crosscountry skiing and snowshoeing. All outings start at 10 a.m., at different locations in Ottawa-Gatineau, and range from one-and-a-half to three hours. Call City Wide Sports at 613-580-2854 and press 1 for administration or email There is a Mom and Me Playgroup meeting at East Gate Alliance Church. It takes place the second and fourth Wednesdays of the month from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. More information can be found at www.eastgate or by contacting or 613-744-0682. Shout Sister Choir is looking for new members. Practices for the Ottawa centre group are Tuesday evenings from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. at St. Barnabas Church, 394 Kent St., Ottawa west practices take place on Thursday evenings from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. at the Woodroffe United Church, 207 Woodroffe Ave. More information is online at

Think twice before venturing onto the ice


EMC news - Last winter, the Ottawa fire department responded to 49 calls for help from persons in distress, lost or feared drowned. The Ottawa Drowning Prevention Coalition wants to remind residents that when the temperatures go down, awareness of the dangers of being on or around ice and open water needs to go up.

When water begins to freeze on rivers, lakes, the Rideau Canal and other open bodies of water it may look solid but is often still dangerous. If you want to go out onto the ice, remember the thickness should be: • 15 cm for walking or skating alone. • 20 cm for skating parties or games.

• 25 cm for snowmobiles. • 35 cm for fishing huts. As a guideline, clear blue ice is usually the strongest; white opaque or snow ice is half as strong as blue ice. Grey ice is unsafe. The greyness indicates the presence of water. Water levels this year are higher than usual and are accompanied by soft, slippery banks that are treacherous,

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particularly for young children, adults and the family pet. Before venturing onto the ice, check the Lifesaving Society’s guidelines for staying safe, and review guidelines by the Canadian Red Cross on what to do if you get into trouble on the ice. When in doubt, simply stay away from the ice, period.

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ARIES - Mar 21/Apr 20

LIBRA - Sept 23/Oct 23

TAURUS - Apr 21/May 21

SCORPIO - Oct 24/Nov 22

GEMINI - May 22/Jun 21

SAGITTARIUS - Nov 23/Dec 21

It will take fast action for you to get something accomplished this week, Taurus. If you blink, the opportunity may pass you by, so get moving. You may need to reconsider your purchasing power, Gemini. Your finances may not be what they seem at this moment, and you could need to play things conservatively.

CANCER - Jun 22/Jul 22

1. Tooth caregiver 4. Greek counterpart of Rhea 7. A numbered mail compartment (abbr.) 10. New Zealand parrots 12. Political action committees 14. Fringe-toed lizard 15. Reposes 17. Winglike structures 18. MacMurray of “My Three Sons” 19. Oprah’s Broadway show 22. Ceaser, egg and tossed 23. Oarlock 24. Agile, lively (nautical) 25. Skim or dart 26. And, Latin 27. Embodies CLUES DOWN

1. Danish krone (abbr.) 2. Insect repellents 3. Move sideways 4. October’s birthstones 5. __ Alto, California city 6. Mark of healed tissue 7. Somewhat purple 8. Egg mixture cooked until just set 9. Past tense of bid 11. Ancient stone slab bearing markings 13. 9th month (abbr.) 16. Thrown into a fright 18. A playful antic 20. “Waiting for Lefty” playwright

28. Gallivants 30. Hyperbolic cosecant 32. Rural delivery 33. Atomic #89 34. Opposite of wealthy 36. Imus and Knotts 39. Yellow ageratum species 41. Large tropical Am. lizard 43. Late Show star 46. Armor breastplate 47. “Death in the Family” author 48. Liquors from rice 50. Bread for a burger 51. Yeast 52. 100 = 1 tala in W. Samoa 53. Two-year-old sheep 54. Hyrax or cony 55. Engine additive 21. Ultrahigh frequency 28. Cutting gun barrel spirals 29. Youth loved by Aphrodite 30. Get by begging 31. Cleans by scrubbing vigorously 34. Bubonic calamity 35. Radioactivity unit 37. Bow (Sanskrit) 38. Legless reptiles 40. Thick piece of something 41. A distinct part of a list 42. Regarding (Scottish prep.) 43. Something that is owed 44. Mild exclamation 45. River in Spain 49. Variation of 17 down

Scorpio, when party planning is put into your hands, you are right in your element as a natural leader. You are bound to have all of the details perfect. Someone could require a pep talk this week, and you are the person for the job, Sagittarius. Figure out ways to downplay any struggles and point out all that this person has accomplished.

Cancer, there are a few obstacles you will have to overcome before you can move on to something more enjoyable this week. Make the hard work a priority and the rest will follow.

CAPRICORN - Dec 22/Jan 20

LEO - Jul 23/Aug 23

AQUARIUS - Jan 21/Feb 18

VIRGO - Aug 24/Sept 22

PISCES - Feb 19/Mar 20

Maintain the status quo this week, Leo. You may be tempted to do things differently, but going with the flow and not rocking the boat is the best approach this week.


Libra, if you find you have been falling behind on things or simply cannot seem to get organized, then it’s time to reconsider your approach.

Flexibility will be the key this week, Virgo. If you are able to bend, then you will be much more successful than if you are rigid in your opinions and actions.

Last week’s answers

You may find a turnaround in your financial situation has finally arrived, Capricorn. Just don’t spend all of that newfound money in one place. Put some into an account for later. Aquarius, you may need someone to light a fire under you this week. Welcome this effort because once you get going you will be able to accomplish anything. Pisces, it may be a challenge to balance work and home life responsibilities this week. Aim for a 60/40 split of requirements.

This weeks puzzle answers in next weeks issue

Fun By The Numbers Like puzzles? Then you’ll love sudoku. This mind-bending puzzle will have you hooked from the moment you square off, so sharpen your pencil and put your sudoku savvy to the test! Here’s How It Works: Sudoku puzzles are formatted as a 9x9 grid, broken down into nine 3x3 boxes. To solve a sudoku, the numbers 1 through 9 must fill each row, column and box. Each number can appear only once in each row, column and box. You can figure out the order in which the numbers will appear by using the numeric clues already provided in the boxes. The more numbers you name, the easier it gets to solve the puzzle!

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Aries, your domestic side will come out this week when you decide to play host or hostess to friends or family. You may reveal some surprising skills in the kitchen.


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