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A scam making the rounds again has prompted the Ottawa police fraud unit to warn residents to be careful when they pick up the phone and are asked to share their personal and banking information.

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A scam in which residents are being threatened with arrest is making the rounds again in Ottawa. One Ottawa resident was bilked of almost $10,000 in recent weeks in this way, said Const. Marc Soucy, Ottawa police spokesman. “It’s been seen in the past. It’s just that it’s more prevalent, that we’ve had more complaints,” he said of this particular scam. As a result, the Ottawa police organized fraud unit has issued a warning about “an emerging mass marketing scam/extortion” in which fraudsters are telephoning residents and threatening to arrest them and their families. “Messages have been left for victims to immediately call back a specific phone number or their family would be arrested and prosecuted,” police said in a statement issued May 11. The callers are actually after personal information, as well as credit card and bank account numbers and passwords, and threaten victims with arrest if they don’t share these details. “This is also how fraudsters confirm a victim’s identity,” police said. The callers have impersonated government agencies and lawyers, though there have also been instances in which they don’t provide a name. Some scammers have said they are calling on behalf of the Canada Revenue Agency and say, “‘If you don’t come up with the money, there’s people on the way to your house to arrest you,’” Soucy said.

Faced with such a threat, victims have offered to provide their credit card information, but the fraudsters insist they instead go to a store and purchase iTunes cards worth thousands of dollars. “Then they’ll stay on your cellphone with you (while you buy the cards) and then they get the pin number on the back of the card and cash them out,” Soucy said, adding there is no way to recoup the money once the pin is shared. Fraud officers are urging residents to be wary of callers asking for personal and banking information. Agencies such as the Canada Revenue Agency will not call you to ask for payment in this way, or threaten arrest, Soucy advised, adding that because it’s tax time right now these callers are trying to prey on people. The scammers may also attempt to represent telephone, cable, gas or hydro companies, he said. Soucy advises anyone who receives such a threatening call to do their homework and check into the caller’s identity by first searching online for the agency’s real telephone number and then calling to verify the claims that money is owed. “If they threaten to arrest you, it’s a scam,” said Soucy. Victims are urged to report suspicious calls or that they have been bilked of their money by calling the Ottawa police call centre by calling 613-236-1222, ext. 7300, or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477. For more details about marketing scams and fraud, visit the Canadian Anti-Fraud Centre.


Fight between two men may be gang-related: Ottawa police One man suffers possible stab wounds in altercation: police department Erin McCracken

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The Ottawa police guns and gangs unit is investigating after a fight broke out between two men on Station Boulevard near the Train Yards Shopping Centre. One man sought medical treatment at

hospital following the altercation on May 12 around 9:30 p.m. Ottawa Hospital staff reported the injuries to police. Reports indicate the man may have been stabbed. His wounds are not considered life-threatening. The other man left the scene after the fight, but was soon identified. He suffered

bruises. Neither man is co-operating with investigators, according to sources, who also reveal the incident and those involved may be gang-related. Both men, believed to be in their late teens or 20s, are known to police. No charges have been laid.

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Investing in our Schools As your community MPP I am pleased to share with you that the province is investing $7.5 million to help build the proposed expansion at St. Patrick’s Catholic High School. This year, planning will begin for a new addition at St. Patrick’s High School to help meet the needs of local students and accommodate changes to enrollment levels now and in the future. The new addition will accommodate over 250 students in grades seven and eight and support the closure & consolidation of students from St. Patrick’s Intermediate School. I am proud of our commitment to invest in a better education for our local students. This significant investment is good news for Ottawa South, for the Ottawa Catholic School Board and most importantly for our students. The eventual expansion at St. Patrick’s High School will bring grade seven and eight students closer to important resources, and improve their learning experience. By building up our local schools we are giving more students the enhanced learning environment they need while supporting local jobs and strengthening our economy. Giving students the best possible learning environment is part of the government’s economic plan to build Ontario up and deliver on its number one priority — growing the economy and creating jobs.

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Manconi said while the trains might not be leaving every eight minutes, train reliability has increased. “Now people are waiting on a warm train, rather than on the platform,” he said. Reliability is at 98 per cent, Manconi said, adding it may appear that there are more delays, but it’s only because they’re being communicated to the public more frequently. Ridership on the Trillium Line has also increased, he said. The Trillium Line expansion is part of the city’s Stage 2 light-rail project. Under the plan, the Trillium Line would extend to Riverside South. Deans asked staff to look at doubling the tracks for the entire length to improve the service. While Manconi said the addition would be expensive, but he said it is something the Stage 2 office could look into.


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or more than a decade, as a freelance journalist and consultant, I’ve done the bulk of my writing work at home. In theory, this has been an opportunity for me to have flexibility of time – appointments with clients in the morning, put dinner on mid-day, attend family appointments and be here to greet the kids after school. Although it seems ideal from the outside looking in, it has also meant working many evenings and weekends to try to make up for any lost time during the day. But there’s a single point in the day that has slowly started to chip away at me. About four years ago, I was determined to stop work entirely, when possible, 20 minutes before the kids rolled in the door. END DAY EARLY

I had found that working right up until I heard their footsteps on the porch made me feel like they were constantly interrupting my work flow. Instead, I timed out my day to end early, so I could shift gears and ideally be mentally prepared for their infinite after school demands – hunger, homework, complaints about social woes – whatever they can throw at me, really. I realized, however, that over the past six months, I’ve started to dread this point in the day. Rather than welcoming my kids with open arms – “how was your day?” And “here’s some hummus” – I feel agitated anticipating their return. Behavioural economics and psychology researcher, Dan Ariely, may have helped me put my finger on the problem. I have an aver-

BRYNNA LESLIE Capital Muse sion to idleness. “Staying put and doing nothing is much more annoying than being active,” writes Ariely in his 2015 book, Irrationally Yours. To explain this theory, Ariely summarizes a highly-efficient system implemented by an airline, whereby passenger luggage was automatically located to the carousel nearest the arrival gate.

“Staying put and doing nothing is much more annoying than being active.’” DAN ARIELY

“After the new system was implemented, the carousel was much closer and people would walk just a short distance, find the carousel, and wait a bit for their luggage,” he explains. Sounds great! But it turned out passengers hated spending time standing and waiting. Because the passengers arrived before their luggage in many cases, it also contributed to them worrying that their suitcases may have been lost. In the end, Ariely tells us, the airline ditched the “efficient algorithm” and found

passengers were much happier spending the time walking a longer distance, with a greater chance at finding their luggage waiting for them. Aversion to idleness: It’s the reason people take the gamble to walk to the next bus stop if transit is running late. And I’m sure it’s one of the many reasons we’re a culture obsessed with smartphones. At the very least, while stuck in traffic or waiting for a conference call to start, we can be checking and responding to email or Facebook witticisms, or scheduling a last minute appointment on our handsfree device.

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In actuality, there’s no reason for me to be idle at the end of my work day. Typically, prior to the kids’ arrival, my kitchen is full of dirty dishes from that morning’s breakfast. (Working from home has required me to set distinct limits on how much time I spend doing domestic chores during the day – typically zero). And there’s the hummus to prepare. Neither of those tasks are particularly desirable, but if Ariely’s theory holds true, I will be distinctly more calm if I engage in an activity at the end of the day, rather than stand and wait with a cup of tea by the window.

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he provincial government has used blackmail to get major centres in Ontario to use the province’s Metrolinx operated Presto payment system as the smart card system for transit fare payment in the province. So it is the province that must make sure that Metrolinx does not gouge municipal transit systems. This issue is top of mind for civic leaders such as Ottawa Mayor Jim Watson these days as the initial contract to use Presto comes up for renewal. Some media reports are even suggesting that Metrolinx is seeking as much as a 10 per cent commission on each Presto transaction. The contract with the company ends in October and at this time that contract requires a two per cent commission be paid on each fare. With the end of the contract will come an increase in the commission, and as Metroland Media reports, it’s just not clear how much that will be. The province must make sure there is a fair fare commission. While Watson said the system has been working well, he doesn’t want the city

to be treated as a cash cow by Metrolinx and Presto to fund their operations. “We think a reasonable fee schedule should be established and we’ve put forward proposals,� Watson said. The mayor noted he plans to travel to Toronto at the end of the month and will meet with several ministers – including Ontario Transportation Minister Steven Del Luca. “Sometimes these issues can be solved by staff, but sometimes they turn political,� he said. “We have let them know very clearly that we want to make sure Presto remains affordable for our passengers, first and foremost, and secondly, for the city.� Watson said the deal has had the effect of creating a monopoly. If OC Transpo doesn’t use the proprietary payment system, the city isn’t eligible for the millions in funding it receives annually from provincial gas tax transfers. What gas tax revenue has to do with a specific transit system fare payment system is anyone’s guess, but that is the blackmail the province has used to, in essence, create a provincial monopoly. Join up or you won’t get your gas tax money. If the mob did that it would be called a shakedown. When the province does it, it’s public policy.

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hese days a lot of attention is being paid in the news media to the problems of people finding a washroom appropriate to their gender. Much less attention is paid to the problem of people finding a washroom at all. You might be familiar with a recent study conducted by Carleton University Social Work students who looked at public toilets owned and operated by the City of Ottawa. The study unearthed accessibility problems and signage problems. But the most significant finding was that “45 per cent of the City of Ottawa public toilets were unavailable for access, either due to seasonal or daily closures.� That study, it should be added, was conducted during normal operating hours, 9 to 5. Let’s remember that people don’t all re-

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treat into their houses after 5. In fact, many of them come out to play. They come out to city parks, with their children, and you never know when a child has to go — or an adult, for that matter. Here’s a typical weekday evening in a typical city park. There are three baseball diamonds, two of them in use. That would involve, roughly, 50 players, plus coaches, plus parents, plus siblings and spectators — 100 people or more. They are in the park for a minimum of two hours. Fortunately,

there is a clubhouse building with washrooms. But the washroom doors are locked. Ridiculous things happen then. The mother of a player borrows a car and drives to the nearest McDonald’s to use the washroom. A child who can’t get to a restaurant pees in the bushes. The bushes abut someone’s back yard. The person whose back yard it is yells at the child. The child probably wasn’t the first to use those bushes. Oddly, toilets are available in some parks with no clubhouse buildings because a porta potty has been installed. There is no logic to it. You know why those washrooms aren’t open. They need to be staffed, it is felt, staffing costs money and the city is always looking for ways to save it. But this is one expenditure that

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might actually win votes. Not to sound like a broken record, but maybe some of the money allotted to the big 2017 celebrations could be diverted. Or maybe the city could come to an agreement with sports leagues or community associations. Whatever the solution, one is needed. The arguments in favour of more public washrooms open for longer hours hardly need repeating: the population is aging; the number of people with debilitating conditions who can’t be far from a washroom is growing. Beyond that, our aim should be to get both you and older people out of the house and more active, since that is essential both for physical and mental health. We don’t want people staying in who should be out. The Carleton study should help, that’s for sure. The city’s initial response has been to create a EDITORIAL MANAGING EDITOR:  5IFSFTB'SJU[ 

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‘Vegetation management’ a must to ensure rail safety: Via Rail Continued from page 1

Derby, whose home on Avenue P backs onto the corridor, watched in horror as work resumed and the trees were emoved the morning of Monday, May 16. She said the clearing is completely at odds with assurances the community was given last June that only dead vegetation would be removed for safety reasons, and that residents would be given advance notice of any future work. At the time, Via rep Pamela O’Leary told them much of the remaining trees and shrubs were interspersed with dead trees and needed to be taken out. “But the trees directly lining up to the fence, I’m told the good trees in there should stay,” O’Leary said last June during a community meeting (which Metroland Media reported on). At that time she also apologized to the group and promised to find out how Via staff planned to remove trees more selectively. But, as of Monday, Derby said any remaining greenery was obliterated, and shards of wood are everywhere. “There’s no rhyme or reason to it because they have left a tiny scrubby stupidlooking little tree,” she said.

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A once tree-lined Via Rail corridor has been reduced to shards of twigs and stumps after Via Rail ordered tree-clearing work to continue in back of Eastway Gardens residents’ homes. Avenue P residents, including André Beauchamp and M.J. Beauchamp, say their pleas over the past year that not every tree be removed have fallen on deaf ears. “There’s another that’s bent over. The honeysuckle is gone. “(Via has) decided that they’re the boss and they are going to come in and do whatever they want,” Derby said. M.J. Beauchamp, who also lives on Avenue P, said the clearing doesn’t make sense since the corridor has essentially been left alone for the past decade. “They’re considering it

unsafe vegetation because it’s near the track,” she said. “It’s nowhere near the track. “I’m trying not to cry,” she said. “It’s just so frustrating that this destruction is taking place when it’s not warranted, when I see the distance between the track and these trees.” Equally upsetting is that calls for another community meeting with Via officials fell on deaf ears.

“You can’t do anything no matter how many emails and conversations and agreements,” Beauchamp said. Via said it understands their frustrations, which is the reason why the Crown corporation said it has listened to the community and tried to explain why the “vegetation management” measures are necessary. “What you’re trying to do is strike that balance be-

tween the needs of Via Rail to comply with the Transportation Act to make sure that the train can break at the required distance,” Jacques Fauteux, Via’s director of government and community relations, said in an interview. “Metal wheels on metal tracks create sparks and sparks with small brush could create fires, too.” Visibility of train signals at railway crossings is also a factor. Fauteux insisted that Via cares about its neighbours and that Via officials spoke during a community meeting and then went door-todoor in Eastway Gardens last year after residents expressed concern about initial tree-clearing measures. Mariam Diaby, a Via spokeswoman, said in an emailed statement that Via kept its promise to preserve any trees growing directly against the fence that weren’t deemed a safety hazard, and that “a few” residents accepted the corporation’s offer of tree vouchers to buy trees and plant them on their own properties. That is still an option for residents, Fauteux said, adding that Via is assessing the type of vegetation that could be planted within the corridor. But Derby said while

she and her neighbours have been told cedars will be planted in the corridor, these are insufficient because they draw mosquitos and won’t hide the rail corridor as the trees did over the past decade. Alta Vista Coun. Jean Cloutier acknowledged the upset in the community. “At the end of the day, Via is responsible for the safe operation of their trains, of the right-of-way,” he said. Following the initial round of clearing last spring, Eastway Gardens residents were then told in October that work would resume in the corridor, though Cloutier acknowledged that no date was given. More recently, he said he gave residents three days’ notice that work would resume. The councillor said he did not receive advance notice from Via about its tree-clearing plans this time around, though Via maintains otherwise. In the end, Cloutier said the city has little say in the matter and has no control over the federally-owned rail corridor, though he said he shared residents’ concerns with the train company. “I cannot say what is safe and what is not safe,” he said.

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Changes afoot in Paul Landry Park creating buzz in Hunt Club Erin McCracken

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New life is being breathed into the Hunt Club community’s Paul Landry Park. Tree planting recently began to replace last year’s removal of dead or infested ash trees, and now the park on Uplands Drive has been pegged to receive a new play structure and possibly other features. “The park has been neglected for far too long and it’s time for the community to take the park back,” said River Coun. Riley Brockington. “And that’s what we’re going to do.” The removal of trees was actually “a blessing in disguise” because it opened up the park and allowed residents to see “the vast piece of land” that it actually is there, he said. That is creating a buzz in the community. “People are aware that something is happening all around the park because we (reached out to) all the neigh-

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Christine Johnson, president of the Hunt Club Community Organization, says residents are getting almost everything they wanted for a revitalized Paul Landry Park. bours,” said Christine Johnson, president of the Hunt Club Community Organization. Locals have been enthusiastic about the changes, which include an infusion of 1,500 new trees, as well as the new playground equipment. “We’re going to get almost everything we asked for,” said Johnson. Residents had hoped that tree debris, left over in the park’s wooded area from the

cutting down of the ash trees, would be removed, but Brockington said this may not be done. Even with the new trees, the area will still appear more open than before, which Brockington said is important in order to improve safety for people walking through the park and woods, between Uplands Drive, the McCarthy Plaza and homes on Twyford Street. The tree removal actually

led to a move for the changes that are to come. In the budget approval process late last year, Brockington secured a promise of $300,000 to pay for new play structures in Paul Landry, and Alexandra Park in Carlington. He said the current structure at the Hunt Club community park is aging, small and inadequate. There may be opportunity for the city to partner with a local company that could be

willing to donate to the project and add to what the park could offer, Brockington said. The $300,000 pot will be split down the middle for both parks. “Of course, it’s not going to give us the range of play structures that we were hoping for, but … it’s a nice beginning,” said Johnson. The funds won’t be available until 2018, but Brockington wants to expedite the work by a year. “I will negotiate a deal with one of my (council) colleagues who have a very large cash-inlieu balance and they will lend me money for one year, and then the next year when my funds are allotted to me I will pay that councillor back,” he said. Brockington has not yet reached out to another councillor to make the financial swap, but said he is confident this can be achieved. Such a trade has been done before, he added. Community consultation on the park’s design will be done this fall, ahead of con-

struction next year, coinciding with Canada’s 150th birthday. Brockington wants to poll residents about the basketball court at the park, and see if there is appetite for other nets, maybe a tetherball, and painted lines for games. Attempts will also be made to secure a grant to paint a mural on a fence at the park, which is often tagged with graffiti. “When the graffiti is basically tagging it’s not very reassuring at all,” Johnson said. Last year’s tree cull proved to be a much-needed fresh start for the park. “That sort of peeled layer after layer off about other issues – safety, lack of adequate playground equipment, the need for the community to take over this park, if it felt neglected, why – and we just want to address those problems,” Brockington said. The Hunt Club Community Organization is organizing its inaugural clean-up and barbecue at the park for June 5, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Everyone is invited to pitch in.

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Commission looks to province to fund low-income transit pass Leiper calls for low-income transit options be included in June fare table Jennifer McIntosh

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The city’s transit commission will make a plea to the province to cover the cost of a discounted transit pass for low-income residents. The decision was made at the May 9 meeting, following the release of a staff report on the feasibility of a lowincome pass. The report says that 31,000 of the city’s transit users fall under the low-income cut off, which is 15 per cent of the city’s population, staff said. The city already offers discounted passes for students, people on disability and seniors. The discounts cost the city $16.3 million annually. The staff report estimated that 8,800 people are low income, but don’t fall into the categories, and therefore pay full price for their pass. Currently the full price is $103.75 a month, but the price is set to rise once the new fare table is rolled out next month. Trevor Haché, who spoke to the commission on behalf of the Healthy Transportation Coalition, said more than 2,400 people had signed their names to a petition in favour of a low-income pass. “It’s the right thing to do,” Haché said before the meeting. The commission was pre-

sented with two options; one would discount the pass by 24 per cent – similar to the student pass, but still more than $80. The cost for that would be in the neighbourhood of $1.6 million. Statistics Canada defines the low-income cut off as lower than $20,000 in annual income for a single person. The number rises with the size of the family unit. The second option is the one favoured by the coalition. It would give people of low income a discount of 62 per cent – roughly the same as the community pass for people on the Ontario Disability Support Program. That option would cost $3.3 million. “We have to think about what kind of city we want to live in,” said Heather Stecher, who spoke to the commission of behalf of the Association of Communities for Reform Now. “People of low income should be able to participate in all institutions.” Stecher said going grocery shopping could take as many as three days while she follows the sales; adding access to affordable transit is key to quality of life. As part of his pitch to the commission, Haché outlined some possible ways the city could find the funds to pay for a pass. The proposals included

road user fees and increase in the transit levy for homeowners. Haché said the options could be sent out to the public in the form of a ranked ballot. As a result of a motion by commissioner Blair Crew, the city will ask the province to fund the pass. General manager of community and social services, Aaron Burry support the move. “Transit is becoming an essential service and should be included in the basic needs, with shelter and food,” he said, adding the province is set to review the social assistance programs. Kanata North Coun. Marianne Wilkinson said there’s a will to have the pass, but the commission is unsure how to implement it. “Whichever route we choose, we don’t have the money,” Knoxdale-Merivale Coun. Keith Egli said. Kitchissippi Coun. Jeff Leiper put forward a motion directing staff to include options for a low-income pass in the fare table. The motion says the discount has to be between 25 and 60 per cent. Under Leiper’s motion, the money would come from adjusting other fares to make up the difference. Commission chair Stephen Blais took on the task,

but did balk at the suggestion that seniors be made to pay the cost of a low-income pass, when it was suggested that being a senior doesn’t necessarily make one low income. “So you want to take away discounts for seniors to pay for a low income pass?” he asked.

OC Transpo is set to release a new fare table next month, as part of the decision during the city’s budget process. General manager John Manconi also said they’d be doing a report to look at declining ridership levels. Manconi said transit ridership is down across the

country and can be attributed to a host of things – including weather, gas prices and downtown vacancy rates. He promised the report next month would be a “deep dive” that looks at all factors. “It’s about 90 per cent of what the target is,” he said.

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NOTICE OF APPLICATION FOR APPROVAL TO EXPROPRIATE LAND IN THE MATTER OF an application by the City of Ottawa for approval to expropriate the lands described in Schedule A attached hereto for the purposes of undertaking the extension of Brian Coburn Boulevard (the “Brian Coburn Boulevard Project”) from Navan Road to Mer Bleue Road, including facilitating the construction, use, operation, installation and maintenance of a new roadway, new storm sewers, a multi-use pathway, roundabouts, street lighting, pedestrian crossings, landscaping, grading and relocation of any utilities and all other improvements and works ancillary to the Brian Coburn Boulevard Project; The Property Sketches referred to in Schedule A forming part of this Notice, are available for viewing during regular business hours at the City’s Client Service Centre, 1st Floor, City Hall, City of Ottawa, 110 Laurier Avenue West. NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that application has been made for approval to expropriate the lands described in Schedule A attached hereto. Any owner of lands in respect of which notice is given who desires an inquiry into whether the taking of such land is fair, sound and reasonably necessary in the achievement of the objectives of the expropriating authority shall so notify the approving authority in writing, (a) in the case of a registered owner, served personally or by registered mail within thirty (30) days after the registered owner is served with the notice, or, when the registered owner is served by publication, within thirty (30) days after the first publication of the notice; (b) in the case of an owner who is not a registered owner, within thirty (30) days after the first publication of the notice. The approving authority is: The Council of the City of Ottawa 110 Laurier Ave. W. Ottawa ON K1P 1J1. The expropriating authority is: City of Ottawa 110 Laurier Ave. W. Ottawa ON K1P 1J1. Dated at Ottawa this 10th day of May, 2016. CITY OF OTTAWA Robin Souchen Acting Director, Real Estate Partnerships & Development Office Schedule A Those lands in the City of Ottawa described as follows: All right, title and interest in the following lands:

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OC Transpo GM John Manconi takes questions following the May 9 transit commission meeting.

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New CHEO research centre to answer tough questions, drive mental-health changes Centre to officially open in September Erin McCracken

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Seventy-five per cent of children in Canada are suffering from mental-health issues, but aren’t receiving care, according to a Canadian psychiatry study. But why? ERIN MCCRACKEN/METROLAND A bid to answer that quesBill Gardner stands outside the doors to CHEO’s Research Institute, where the hospital is establishing a new centre known as the Centre of Mental Health Services and Policy tion and others will be part Research. The centre, which Garden now heads, represents a first for Ottawa and for the of what drives the work — and future change — at a new children’s hospital. research centre set to launch at CHEO this September, the hospital announced May 10. Experts at the CHEO Leitrim Development Area Research Institute, includUpdated Serviceability Report ing Bill Gardner, who was recently named director of Class EA OPA 76 Areas 8a, 9a and 9b the hospital’s new Centre of Open House Mental Health Services and May 25, 2016 Policy Research, have alFred G. Barrett Arena ready been hard at work to 3280 Leitrim Road (corner of Bank St. and Leitrim Rd.) develop health-care improve6:30 to 9 p.m. ments designed to help more By attending this meeting, residents will find out more about the Class Environmental Assessment (EA) kids get the care they need. process and updated serviceability for the Leitrim Development Area. Part of the focus already In 2012, as per Official Plan Amendment Number 76 (OPA 76), the City of Ottawa increased its urban has been on gaining a better envelope and part of that expansion occurred in the Leitrim Development Area (LDA). OPA 76 Areas 8a, understanding of children 9a and 9b (87.2 hectares) were added to the LDA as per Planning Committee Report Number 33 and teens coming into On(dated June 27, 2012). tario emergency rooms who The servicing of the OPA 76 lands is subject to the EA process. The Updated Serviceability Report is have harmed themselves or prepared following the integration with the Planning Act provision of the Class EA process recognizing that attempted suicide. integrating approvals under the EA Act and the Planning Act would meet the intent of the Class EA. “What I want to do is unTo fulfill the requirements of the Planning Act provision of the Class EA process, the upcoming open house derstand the epidemiology will address: and how it’s changed over • The addition of the 87.2 hectares of developable area to the analysis contained in the 2007 Final the years,” said Gardner, Serviceability Report, including a review of the impacts of the OPA 76 expansion lands on existing who is also a professor of water, wastewater and stormwater infrastructure epidemiology and senior sci• Phases 1 and 2 of the Municipal Class Environmental Assessment requirements to service the entist at the CHEO Research expansion lands • Recommendations on the overall LDA infrastructure system, including upgrades required to meet the Institute. City of Ottawa’s level of service requirements for build-out of future development within the LDA Studies will examine the resulting health-care costs, By participating at this meeting, you can discuss the project with the study team and provide feedback. Information on the Updated Serviceability Report for the LDA is available on ottawa.ca/publicconsultations. how patients are faring a few years after their first visit, Residents are encouraged to provide comments throughout the EA process. All comments received will be how often they have returned collected under the Environmental Assessment Act and, with the exception of personal information, will become part of the public record. to the ER, whether they have been diagnosed and if they Accessibility is an important consideration for the City of Ottawa. If you require special accommodation, have attempted suicide. please email joseph.zagorski@ottawa.ca no later than May 20. Information from provinFor further Information, and to be added to the study’s mailing list, please contact either: cial databases is now being M. Joseph Zagorski, P.Eng. Jim Moffatt, P.Eng. gathered with the goal of Senior Project Manager – Infrastructure Policy Associate / Manager, Land Engineering developing a clearer picture Planning and Growth Management Department IBI Group of child and youth mentalCity of Ottawa 400-333 Preston Street health services that are avail110 Laurier Avenue West Ottawa, ON K1S 5N4 Ottawa, ON K1P 1J1 Tel: 613-225-1311 able in the province, Gardner Tel: 613-580-2424, ext. 22611 Fax:613-225-9868 said. Fax: 613-580-2578 E-mail: jmoffatt@IBIGroup.com He and other researchE-mail: joseph.zagorski@ottawa.ca Website: www.ibigroup.com ers have been working over 12 Ottawa South News - Thursday, May 19, 2016

the past year with regional child mental-health agencies, including the Ottawa-based Youth Services Bureau, which have been given more responsibility in how mentalhealth dollars are spent. “So these agencies have a problem of trying to figure out what’s best for their community, how to plan the mental-health dollars they have,” Gardner said. Research would help them decide how much of the funds should be spent on prevention activities, such as drug education and suicide prevention, and what should go to such services as counselling.

“We’re going to help more people, no question.” BILL GARDNER, HEAD OF CHEO’S NEW CENTRE OF MENTAL HEALTH SERVICES AND POLICY RESEARCH

“There’s only so many public dollars,” said Gardner. “So we want to help agencies find ways to use data to give the most evidence-based and objective answers to these questions.” Thegoal is to turn that into more and better care for kids in need, said Gardner, a child psychologist and statistician, who will also serve as senior research chair of child and adolescent psychiatry at the centre. Video conferencing is already in use, but through research at the centre, a program is in the works that will show the benefits of teaming up city-based mental-health specialists with family doctors and nurse practitioners who are working in rural and

remote areas. “We have some ideas that we think are innovative,” Gardner said. CHEO recently announced it is rolling out a new mental-health care program designed to cut wait times for mental-health outpatient services, known as the Choice and Partnership Approach, or CAPA. The new centre’s researchers will be measuring the program’s success along the way. It’s about “trying to get evidence for whether it works or whether it doesn’t so that if it does work we can spread the approach to other organizations,” said Gardner. The need for help is clear. According to the Mental Health Commission of Canada, an average of one in five people in Canada suffers from a mental-health issue per year. “Nothing like that number ever, ever gets care,” said Gardner, adding there are many reasons, such as stigma to not enough services that pose a barrier to treatment. “There’s an enormous amount of suffering,” he said. The hope is that with more research and trying out a new model for care that more people will get help sooner. “We’re going to help more people, no question,” Gardner said. Gardner’s team will expand this September to include John McLennan, a child psychiatrist and healthservices researcher who is currently in Calgary working as an associate professor at the University of Calgary. As a CHEO research chair of child and adolescent psychiatry, McLennan will focus on the delivery of mentalhealth services in schools and getting services to hardto-reach children and teens who have disruptive behaviour disorders or have a combination of mental-health problems and intellectual challenges.


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Creative minds Above left: Brandon Mallory, of Brockville, shows off his cosplay talents as Kylo Ren, the villain in the newest Star Wars film, The Force Awakens, during the final day of the fifth annual Ottawa Comiccon on May 15. This year’s convention surpassed attendance in 2015, drawing more than 42,000 people to the EY Centre May 13 to 15. Above right: Marc Therrien, left, of Gatineau, Lianne Lemay, also from Gatineau, and Vanier resident Daphne Lachappelle attract plenty of attention at the convention on May 14. The friends are Larpers, who bring their knight and elven pirate characters to life in live action role-playing games.

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OLG says injunction about safety Jennnifer McIntosh

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An Ontario Lottery and Gaming Corporation spokesperson said that an injunction limiting the number of picketers at various Rideau Carleton Raceway Slots entrances was aimed at keeping people safe. Rui Brum, said picketers have been crowding the entrances to the building and preventing customers from accessing the site. “They would hold people up for as long as an hour,” he said. “That’s not acceptable and not in keeping with safe picketing practices.” Under the interim injunction – which the Ontario Superior Court will hear – limits the number of picketers in each of the four entrances. At the main entrance, there can be 16, at the other two larger entrances there can be 12 picketers and at the smallest entrance, there can be eight, Brum said. Since the move, customers are delayed under a minute, he said. “We are always concerned with the safety of everyone, including the game floor employees, picketers and customers,” Brum said. “We ask for caution from both parties.” Brum said the problem with extended wait times for customers has cropped up in the last six weeks.

The OLG presented another offer to the 120 employees that have been locked out since Dec. 15 on April 14, but the offer was roundly rejected. Workers have been without a contract since Jan. 1, 2014. Brum said the demands of the Public Service Alliance of Canada – the union that represents the workers – aren’t in keeping with their mandate from the government. “They’re asking for a combined 19.25 per cent increase over five years,” Brum said. “We are under a directive to offset expenses with other efficiencies.” He added most employees make more than $17 per hour and receive tips. But Brian Lancaster, a valet attendant who spoke at the May 5 meeting of the agriculture and rural affairs committee, said that non-union employees were given a 2 per cent raise that was retroactive, while unionized employees were quoted 1.75 per cent, not retroactive. “We are still pretty far apart,” he said. Brum said because the slots fall under the purview of the Alcohol and Gaming Commission of Ontario, they had no choice but the lock the workers out, once the union had reached a strike mandate. “We can’t have staff walk off the gaming floor,” he said. “The OLG has to always maintain care and control of the gaming floor,” Brum said.

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The Ottawa Public Library Board approved a plan for public engagement on May 10 over the development of a new main branch in the city’s core. The city has retained PACE – the same consultant the Ottawa Hospital used for its expansion plans of the Civic campus. The first round of consultations is set to take to take place on May 16 at city hall. Library CEO Danielle McDonald said the process was “sufficiently agile” to take staff through the citybuilding initiative. “We are continuing to build public trust in the process,” she said. The May consultations will speak to site criteria. “We will ask the public what’s important to them,”

McDonald said, adding public opinion will be weighted with best practices and expert opinions. Participants will be given two weeks to fill out a questionnaire following the consultation. The city has an ongoing call for sites, which is open until May 20. CONSULTATIONS

Two consultations will be held in June – one at city hall and one at the Library and Archives Canada, because staff are still doing a dual track process – preparing for a standalone facility and a joint one with Library and Archives Canada. Library board chairman Tim Tierney said he’s hoping the beginning of the public input period will help allay some of the concerns residents had about a fixed site

process. “I am a visual person, so now we can look ahead to the next marker,” Tierney said. When asked about the possibility of an international design competition, McDonald said it’s too early to say. “We want it to have all the programs and services we need and be beautiful and accessible,” she said. “That’s the objective. But how we get there, we will have to determine that.” A short list of potential sites will come back to the board on July 12. The board will have what McDonald called the decision package – the partnership, financing and project delivery method, including the site – in December and then they’ll make their recommendation to city council.


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Diane Deans Councillor/Conseillère Quartier Gloucester-Southgate Ward

Explore the City with Doors Open Ottawa The wildly popular Doors Open Ottawa event will be happening again this year with 19 new locations on June 4 and 5. This free event is to help residents and visitors explore more than 100 of the city’s historically, culturally and functionally significant buildings, many of which cannot be accessed by the general public during the year. Help celebrate Doors Open Ottawa’s 15th anniversary by visiting some of the incredible buildings on this year’s list with your friends or family. To plan your route, learn about disability-related accommodations, or suggest a new building for 2017, please visit Ottawa.ca or email doorsopen@ottawa.ca. OC Transpo Seeking Feedback on CCTV Cameras OC Transpo will be holding an online public consultation this month for riders and residents to share their views on the expansion of their Closed Circuit Television (CCTV) policy. With the introduction of the O-Train Confederation Line in 2018, there will be more stations, vehicles and facilities that require CCTV cameras and OC Transpo wants to know how residents feel about this. The consultation will be held from May 16 to 31 through an online feedback form available at OCTranspo.com. You can also request a form by mail, complete a form in-person at an OC Transpo Customer Service Centre, or call 613-842-3600. Apply for Ottawa 2017 Civic Events Funding To celebrate the 150th anniversary of Canada’s confederation, the City of Ottawa and Ottawa 2017 will be offering $200,000 to help local organizations plan unique celebrations throughout the entirety of 2017. This funding is geared towards local not-for-profit organizations, such as community associations, to provide one or two day community events that have a Canadian flavour and foster civic pride. Eligible organizations are Ottawa-based and serve the residents of the city, have good financial standing with the City of Ottawa, have been in existence for a minimum of two years, and are managed by an active Ottawa-based board of directors. Application forms will be posted on Ottawa.ca in the coming months and confirmations will be issued this Fall. In the meantime, you can brainstorm with your community and learn more about the requirements and eligibility at Ottawa.ca or by emailing rec-info@ottawa.ca.

NCC AND THE CITY By: Mayor Jim Watson

I have long been an advocate for reform at the National Capital Commission (NCC). Since being elected Mayor in 2010 it has become more apparent to me that change is required or else risk hindering the progress of our great city. Until recently, most of the NCC’s board members were neither from the National Capital Region nor chosen by its residents, and that should not be the case. As a first step, in 2014, Gatineau Mayor Maxime Pedneaud-Jobin and I wrote the federal government to make the case for better municipal representation on the National Capital Commission (NCC).

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On April 11, 2016, we signed the Declaration which welcomed the Mayor of our respective Councils, to participate as non-voting Staff members on the NCC Board of Directors. I was delighted to be able A shift in Selena Gomez’s timeline for a show at the to bring my voice to the table, and it is my hope that this change Air Canada Centre in Toronto will change plans for Otwill lead to stronger federal-municipal collaboration towards our tawa fans. common goal of building an even better national capital region. Because the Toronto Raptors advanced to the NBA Eastern Conference Finals, the pop star’s show in ToOn April 28, we attended our first Board meeting, during which the ronto slated for May 22 will be shifted to May 25. Board voted on the LeBreton Flats proposal. The highest ranked And that means her show at the Canadian Tire Cenbid was revealed and it was selected by unanimous decision. tre – which would have been on May 25 – is now being IllumiNATION LeBreton, by the Rendezvous Lebreton Group, was moved up to May 22 as part of her North American tour. chosen. RendezVous Lebreton will feature an impressive Events Singers Tyler Shaw and Bea Miller will now be perCentre, which will also be the new home of the Ottawa Senators. forming alongside Gomez on the rescheduled date in It will also include a large residential component with affordable Ottawa. Bea Miller and DCNE will open the show for Gomez housing, four-season accessible public spaces as well as commercial, in Toronto on May 25. office and retail spaces. The proposal offers important community benefits, while maintaining historical features and our strong culture. RendezVous Lebreton will be accessible by two LRT stations, Bayview and Pimisi, and promotes connectivity with its surrounding, including the City of Gatineau. The City of Ottawa is very pleased to work with the National Capital Commission on this very exciting development. My recent appointment to the NCC Board of Directors will facilitate a crucial partnership which will this monumental project become an iconic staple in the City of Ottawa. Amongst many others, topics which were discussed during the Board meeting included the approval of federal land use on which the Memorial to Victims of Communism will be built on, as well as updates on NCC’s initiatives for Canada’s 150th Anniversary in 2017 such as Red Bull crashed Ice, which will see Cross Downhill world champions crash and glide through the Château Laurier, Rideau Canal locks beside Major’s Hill Park. My first NCC Board meeting was an exciting, positive and fruitful one, and I look forward to continue building an open dialogue with the NCC and a better City for residents, visitors and tourists alike.

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It was standing room only as Robbie Waisman told his story about living in Buchenwald, a concentration camp in Germany, when he was only 11. With ambassadors and other survivors in the crowd you could have heard a pin drop as Waisman told the group about life before the Holocaust, during and after. He was the keynote speaker at the Jewish Community’s annual Holocaust Commemoration at the Soloway Jewish Community Centre on May 3. “Imagine being a 14-year-old boy. Imagine having been in hell and back,” Waisman said to open his address. “Being hungry, starved, emotionally exhausted, physically weakened and deprived of every human emotion. Being so brutalized and dehumanized that you begin to believe you

are no longer human and in spite of it all, never lost hope of being reunited with family.” Waisman was born in Skarszysko, Poland, about two hours south of Warsaw, in 1931. He was the youngest of six – with four brothers and one sister. Only he and his sister survived the Holocaust. “There was no place for thoughts and feelings, we existed for the moment and every effort was made to survive,” he said, not realizing the home he longed for was no more and the family he loved “had been brutally murdered.” Of his memories, Waisman said some are good, others horrific. Waisman was the youngest of his brothers and sister. “It was wonderful. I was spoiled and very much loved – I took advantage of it,” he said to soft chuckles throughout the Holocaust room. man, who See PAINFUL, page 21

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A convicted offender wanted by police after he walked away from his Kingston halfway house has turned himself in to authorities. In a unique twist, Jeffery Daniel Iahtail, who was wanted on a Canada-wide arrest warrant, is now back behind bars after he called police for help. The parolee was apprehended after he called Toronto police on May 13 just after 1 a.m., said Det.-Const. Steve Sermet, with the OPP’s Repeat Offender Parole Enforcement Squad. Iahtail had been on the run since May 7, and the province’s ROPE Squad asked the public to keep an eye out for the 39-year-old Attawapiskat man, possibly in Ottawa, Barrie, Toronto and Sudbury. Anyone who happened to spot him was urged to contact police rather than approach him, given his “unpredictable behaviour” and “violent history,” Sermet said after the arrest warrant was issued. After police said he skipped out on his halfway house, the ROPE Squad went to Kingston to look for him, to no avail. And because Iahtail didn’t have any money on him at the time, it was thought he might try to hitchhike out of Kingston. It’s not known how Iahtail made his way to Toronto. “He was on King Street West ... and called because he needed help and wasn’t feeling well,” Sermet said told Metroland Media via email. “He was taken to the hospital and then to the Toronto South Detention Center,” he said. A parole officer planned to interview Iahtail at the maximum-security institution the week after he was detained. Iahtail was serving a four-year sentence for criminal harassment and for not abiding by a court order. He had been living in halfway houses after he was paroled in 2013. This isn’t his first re-arrest for disobeying parole conditions. He was arrested in Toronto in January and then released in late April and assigned to stay at a Kingston halfway house.

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Painful memories shared Continued from page 17

He remembers the joys of Fridays and wishing he were older to join his siblings in their adventures. “Those impressions are profound and everlasting.” Waisman confessed to the crowd he had a crush on his brother’s girlfriend. “I was eight years old and in love with her,” he said to laughs. Then in 1939, when the war broke out, everything changed drastically. Waisman went from a ghetto to a munitions factory with his father and two older brothers. One brother contracted typhoid fever and could no longer work. He was loaded onto a truck by Nazi soldiers. “Our eyes met,” Waisman said, adding he moved to run to his brother, but someone held him back. “Never will I forget the love and tenderness I felt for my brother at that particular moment. “He knew as our eyes met that I shouldn’t be with him.

It meant certain death and he knew it.” Waisman said he will never forget the crackling sound of machine gun fire or his feeling of devastation as he watched the truck return empty. In the munitions factory, his father worked the opposite 12-hour shift and Waisman would see him in passing and spend time with him on Sundays – the only day they did not work. “After my brother’s death, that first Sunday I looked at my dad and I noticed a broken man, completely dejected, the change was so drastic. I could not believe my eyes,” he said. “The strength that was always there was gone.” Waisman later learned his father knew his mother was killed in the gas chamber at the Treblinka concentration camp, located in Poland. A few days later, Waisman didn’t see his father between shifts. “I often wondered how he died. Did he run up to the electric fence like so many did who

could no longer tolerate the pain of it all? Was he simply shot when he didn’t walk fast enough or did he die of a broken heart?” he said softly. “My father believed in humanity – how devastating all this must have been to him.” He considers April 11, the day the camp was liberated, his birthday. At the time the camp was liberated, the enormity of the Holocaust wasn’t known. Waisman kept his story a secret for more than 35 years, but when teachers started telling their students the Holocaust never happened, he knew he had to share his story. Since then, he’s spoken to thousands of people. After the Holocaust, Waisman said, leaders pledged it would “never happen again.” “There are a number of situations that have tested the world’s resolve in Cambodia and the former Yugoslavia, in Rwanda and Darfur – so many places still all over the world that people continue to be victims of genocide.”

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Watson says Presto payments could become political issue Contract negotiations could see rise in fees for city Jennifer McIntosh jennifer.mcintosh@metroland.com When questioned about the possibility of a hike in the cost of using the Presto payment system on city buses, Mayor Jim Watson said

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The city’s 10-year contract with the company ends in October and requires a twoper cent commission be paid on each fare. With the end of the contract, will come an increase in the commission, it’s just not clear how much.

“We think a reasonable fee schedule should be established and we’ve put forward proposals,” Watson said. Watson said he plans to travel to Toronto at the end of the month and will meet with several ministers – including Ontario Transportation Minister Steven Del Luca. “Sometimes these issues

can be solved by staff, but sometimes they turn political,” he said. “We have let them know very clearly that we want to make sure Presto remains affordable for our passengers, first and foremost, and secondly, for the city.” Watson said the deal has had the effect of creating a monopoly. If OC Transpo

‘Break Free’ protest garners small crowd Jennifer McIntosh

A small crowd of protesters gathered at the Dow’s Lake Pavilion on May 15 to join a global protest movement. The group, part of Greenpeace Ottawa, hit the water in canoes and kayaks in an attempt to raise awareness around a global protest of big carbon projects.

Julia Levin, from Greenpeace, said each global event was aimed at protesting a project that was close to home. “We are protesting the Energy East pipeline, because that hits home for us,” she said. Just the day before, hundreds of protests gathered around the Kinder Morgan facility in Burnaby, B.C. Protestors aregue that fos-

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Playground plans at Mooney’s Bay comes out of the blue: residents Erin McCracken

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Plans by the city to construct what is being billed as Canada’s largest playground at Mooney’s Bay Park have caught some Riverside Park residents by surprise. The city announced May 13 it is partnering with production company Sinking Ship Entertainment to build the 4,600-square-metre Canada-shaped playground, which will feature 10 mini parks representing Canada’s provinces and territories. The construction of the company’s 42nd playground — and its largest at more than an acre — will be filmed and then aired in 10 episodes in the spring and summer of 2017 as part of the fourth season of Giver, a TVO children’s television series. Kids from across Canada will be recruited to star in the show and cameras will follow them as they help build the playground with Michael Lagimodiere, a contractor and designer.

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More than a dozen trees have been felled at the north end of Mooney’s Bay Park ahead of the July construction of what is being touted as Canada’s largest playground. The $2million project, which is a partnership between the city and Sinking Ship Entertainment, has spurred the launch of a petition calling for a new location for the playground. For some Mooney’s Bayarea residents, the plans are a welcome surprise, but for others the announcement raises more questions than answers, including why there was no advance public consultation. A petition calling for the play-

ground to be built elsewhere was also launched within days of the city’s announcement. Members of the Riverside Park Community and Recreation Association found out about the project at the same time as the rest of the public.

“It would have been nice as a citizen … even as an association to be pre-warned about it, or even consulted,” said Craig Searle, speaking as an association member. The Riverside Park resident questioned why there was no

community consultation over the playground as there was for the future redevelopment of the city-owned former Bayview school lot just across the street. “It feels like it’s being fasttracked … especially if construction is going to start soon to meet next year’s deadline,” Searle said. As well, given the scope of the playground and the number of people it will draw to Mooney’s Bay Park, he said it raises the question about whether the park’s facilities will be able to accommodate an additional influx of parkgoers. Parking is limited and the park’s washrooms are “abysmal,” Searle said, adding he also wonders how the city will deal with all of the goose poop at the park since the playground will draw even more children. “I was kind of stunned the city would allocate a big part of the park to something like this,” said David Hutchinson, president of the Riverside Park Community and Recre-

ation Association. “I think they should have talked to us,” he said, and echoed Searle about the need to improve park facilities. “They can’t do any more without fixing the bathrooms.” The playground was also news to longtime Riverside Park resident and former city councillor George Brown. Though he said the playground is good news, there should “absolutely” be community consultation on the project. “I don’t think the city needs to ask, ‘should we do it.’ I have no problem with them saying, ‘we’re going to have this amazing new park,’” said Brown. However, at one time there was a Mooney’s Bay Park advisory committee, and Brown said given the playground plans, the city should consider resurrecting it “so the users — the community association, the festivals — can be part of this discussion.” City staff insist consultation will be part of the process. See PROJECT, page 28

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Project prompts call to resurrect park advisory committee Continued from page 27

“Consultation will be done through the children and volunteers who will participate in building those areas,” Dan Chenier, the city’s general manager of parks, recreation and cultural services, said in an email. “This reflects the concept and approach taken by Giver for their projects across the province,” he said. When asked why the city did not inform the public about the plans ahead of the May 13 announcement, Chenier said “the city could not disclose the idea and design of the project broadly, as it is proprietary information that belongs to Sinking Ship Entertainment.” City staff are planning to consult with the community “about some of the park amenities around the installation” of the playground, Chenier said, but did not elaborate. “In addition, the Sue Holloway fitness area is at the end of its useful life and will be replaced in 2017, after consultation with residents and users as to design and location in the park.”

Prep work has already been underway at the north end of the park. First steps included removing shrubs and cutting down 16 trees at the site. Some of the trees will be replaced, River Coun. Riley Brockington told Metroland Media in a previous interview. Three aging and condemned footbridges at the north end will be removed this spring, as will be the aging Sue Holloway Fitness Park. Brockington has said the community will be consulted on a design and new location for the fitness park. The city is contributing $1 million to the playground from the citywide cash-in-lieu-of-parkland fund “in recognition of the citywide scope and appeal of the playground,” Chenier said, noting that the city’s contribution will leverage “similar investments from other funding sources. The Giver TV show has set up a gofundme.com page to raise $150,000 for playground equipment, family travel costs and lunches and refreshments for participants. The production company hopes

the playground will set a Guinness World Record for having the longest set of continuous monkey bars in the world. Also noted on the show’s website is that the playground, when built, will actually be the largest outdoor playground ever constructed in North America. It is being built to coincide with Canada’s 150th birthday next year and will be officially opened on Canada Day in 2017. In a statement, Mayor Jim Watson, Brockington and GloucesterSouthgate Coun. Diane Deans, who chairs the city’s community and protective services committee, all touted the benefits of the new playground. “The scope of this project promises to create a destination in River Ward,” Brockington said in the statement. “As a landmark attraction within the city, the playground will make this beloved park an even more vibrant community hub.” Families and children have until May 27 to apply to take part in the construction project at giver150.com.

Volleyball fest in ‘holding pattern’ amid Mooney’s Bay playground plans Erin McCracken erin.mccracken@metroland.com

The number of people sounding the alarm over the lack of community consultation around plans to construct the nation’s largest children’s playground at Mooney’s Bay Park continues to grow. Holly Tarrison, executive director of Hope Volleyball SummerFest, an annual event that draws 40,000 people to the park every July, only learned about the project through the festival grapevine, and had to push the city for a meeting in her quest for answers just days before the project was announced May 13 Even then, she said, too many details were left up in the air. “It’s hard to put on a fun, safe event when there are too many ‘what ifs’ and ‘we don’t knows,’” said Tarrison. “And someone must know.” The city is partnering with TV

production company Sinking Ship Entertainment to construct a $2-million 4,600-square-metre playground at the north end of the park. The build will involve children and will be filmed for the Giver television series, starting July 15 – the day that set-up begins for Hope. The Hope festival takes place the next day. “That’s assuming they’ll be on time too because they were saying that shovels would be in the ground already and nothing’s being done right now, other than they took out the trees,” Tarrison said, referring to the recent removal of 16 trees at the north end of the site. She got a look at the playground site map the day before the city announced the project. The Canadashaped playground will be built in proximity to Hope’s backstage concert area. See WORRIES, page 29

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Worries mount over work schedule, lack of consultation Continued from page 28

Now organizers are seeking answers to ensure there will be enough room for the backstage concert area, safety vehicles and the main entry gate. It’s not that festival organizers are against the plans. The concern is around the lack of consultation and advance notice. “We weren’t really acknowledged as somebody this would affect,” Tarrison said. “All we needed was information so we could adapt.” River Coun. Riley Brockington, whose ward includes Mooney’s Bay, agrees the lack of consultation is problematic. “I think the whole process stinks. There was not an opportunity taken before the public announcement was made on May 13 to fully make the community aware,” he said. He has since told the city solicitor and the parks and recreation department manager that change is in order. “While I understand the confidentiality between the city and the proponent and the proprietary nature of this particular project … there had to be and there has to be going forward a mechanism in place where more details can be released to make sure the community’s aware of what the city’s engaged in,” Brockington said. But John Brooman, president and chief executive of the Tim Hortons Ottawa Dragon Boat Festival, said the city has has kept him in

the loop about the playground plans since midFebruary. “Do I want it to happen? There’s a fair bit of stress involved,” he said. This year’s festival holds special significance since a delegation from China and the Philippines will be coming to survey the event. “At the end of the day, 2016 is very important for us to look good,” Brooman said. The hope is the delegates will agree to send 600 paddlers to participate in the 2017 festival to make Canada’s birthday celebrations in Ottawa extra special. Festival officials have assurances from the city that prep work at the park ahead of the playground’s construction will wrap by end of day June 16. That would give the festival team the six days it needs to prepare for the largest fundraising festival in the city, from June 23 to 26. The city has said it will provide festival organizers with sandbags to secure 82 team tents on top of a ground covering that is necessary ahead of work on the playground. That membrane can’t be staked with tent pegs. “The bottom line with this is if everybody does what they say they’re going to do, we’ll be fine,” Brooman said. “What 2017 looks like, we don’t know, 2017 is a whole different ballgame because we have to redesign the whole site around this thing,” he said “Those (82) tents will need to go somewhere.”

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Councillor’s pitch to expand photo radar pilot project rejected at council Jennifer McIntosh jennifer.mcintosh@metroland.com

An attempt by River Ward Coun. Riley Brockington to expand the city’s proposed pilot program for photo radar failed at council on May 11. Brockington called the plan to petition the province for a pilot project that would place photo radar in some school zones and allow councillors to request speed limits be decreased from 50 kilometres per hour to 40, a watered-down compromise A compromise was exactly what Mayor Jim Watson was looking for with the plan, which would also direct revenues from photo radar tickets be placed in a special account to be used solely for road safety initiatives. “People are concerned about it being a cash grab, or used as a way to finance the budget,” Watson said. “This way we have a targeted area that we can look at again after the pilot.” Brockington said limiting the pilot project to school zones, doesn’t really address the issue of student safety. “I have four schools off of Walkley (Road),” Brockington said. “The pilot will be on the residential streets the schools are on, but there isn’t a problem with speeding on those streets.” Capital Ward Coun. David Chernushenko said he has the same problem in his ward – except it’s Bank Street instead. Rideau-Rockliffe Coun. Tobi Nussbaum said one of his children bikes about 700 metres to school, both in school zones and out. He said that Brockington’s motion was a practical way of respecting the fact that there’s

a reluctance to go “whole hog.” College Ward Coun. Rick Chiarelli said he worried about the potential for Brockington’s motion to be a gateway to having photo radar on every street. “It’s like a bag of potato chips, you say you’re going to have only one and then the whole bag is gone,” he said. Chiarelli said to change the behaviour of drivers – which is the ultimate goal – the best tool is police presence. “Seeing someone pulled over is the best way for people on the road to slow down,” he said. “Not a ticket in the mail four weeks later.” Chiarelli also said police officers have expertise that you don’t get from a camera. He used the example of an officer detecting alcohol on a driver’s breath, or finding evidence of a major crime in a random traffic stop. Michael Powell, from Safe Streets Ottawa, who made a pitch for the project at the transportation committee, said while he’d like to see it expanded, he’d rather the limited version than nothing. “It’s a good idea to have photo radar everywhere,” he said. “I am confident the pilot will show the value of enforcing speed where it is set up.” Watson said there’s no money in the city’s coffers to put photo radar on every street. Even though council approved the original motion for a limited to school zones application of photo radar, ultimately it is up to the province as the city needs provincial approval to be allowed to utilize photo radar in a pilot project

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The Porsche 911 model, Carrera Coupe is a fun little sports car to drive. Full of power and comfort, this little $120,000 car is definitely a once-in-a-lifetime car. One of eight Porsche available to take for a spin at Porsche Cars Canada’s 911 Grand Tour on May 14 at the Canadian Tire Centre, Mark Motors Porsche organized the event, which included an hour-long street drive and a mini auto slalom race track.

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For one day the Canadian Tire Centre’s parking lot turned into an miniature auto slalom Porsche race track and living out a small, but exciting dream to be a race car driver, I had the opportunity to test my skills. The engine purred, as I got ready to take on the course. Seated beside me was my coach – former Porsche

race car driver Kees Nierop – and so with a thrust of the throttle I lurched forward and hugged the corners and there it was, one quick boot around the course and in this car – a Porsche 911Carera 4 Coupe – I immediately felt like I could take on any race car driver. Laughing, Nierop said I probably needed a few more times around the track, but what does a former racer who has been driving Porsches since the 1979 know more than a

first-time eager driver would? Next up I sat myself down in the 911 Carrera’s more powerful sister, the 4S and took on the track again. I would like to say I could hang up my press hat and notpad and move on to racing full time … but it’s more probable that Nierop is right and the hat and notepad should remain the tools of my trade. BRAVE COACHES

Nierop and fellow Ottawa native Travis Hill were the two brave coaches whoon May 14 took 12 lucky individuals, myself included,

out on the town with eight Porsche 911s. The event is part of Porsche Cars Canada’s 911 Grand Tour, a nation-wide drive event. The event will travel across Canada to various Porsche Centres to promote the brand and the new Porsche 911 models – the Carrera Coupe, Carrera Cabriolet, Carrera S Coupe, Carrera S Cabriolet, Carrera 4 Coupe, Carrera 4S Coupe, Targa 4 and the Targa 4S. Here in Ottawa, Mark Motors Porsche located in Vanier organized the event which offers people the test drive chance of a lifetime – an hour-long street drive and of

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Even though the event offers the chance to take on a track, it is not an event to improve personal driving skills – Porsche has specific training schools for that if you’re interested in Montreal – but instead, according to Porsche, the driving sessions are developed to make the experience of the Porsche 911 model range memorable. The event is centered on presenting the new models and all that they can do for the average, city/country driving Porsche owner. An unbelievable experience, and one not likely to happen outside of my job — the base Carrera 4 model starts at $120,000 and with multiple features — rear-mounted 370-horsepower 3.0-liter, twin-turbo six-cylinder engine with the S models make up 420-horsepower, the option to choose a manual or optional dualclutch automatic transmission (both 7-speeds) as a coupe, convertible, or Targa and the option to choose 2-wheel or all-wheel drive — that price climbs up to almost $200,000 PHOTOS BY MICHELLE NASH BAKER/METROLAND — this is not just any car. One of eight Porsche 911s available to take for a spin at Porsche Cars Canada’s 911 Grand But for the lucky few that had a Tour on May 14 at the Canadian Tire Centre, Mark Motors Porsche organized the event, chance to test drive it, you quickly which included an hour-long street drive and a mini auto slalom race track. see that it is also not just any other sports car. Maybe it was the opportunity to drive in a mini-gang of Porsches, a fleet of eight in total taking over the outskirts of Ottawa, but this car has power. And it has pizzazz. Founded 60 years ago because a man named Ferdinand Porsche couldn’t find the sports car he wanted so he decided to build his own, Porsche has continued to create the quintessential sports car that conTraditional and hard to understand investment stantly offers more for less – smaller engines with more horsepower. fees could be costing you up to 30% of Currently there are 16 different 911 your potential wealth.* models available, but as Nierop explains it, when all said and done, with the ability to custom-build Learn why your very own model, there will be Canadian are close to 26 models not all the same on the road this year. changing the way ment I come from a sports car loving they invest our their family. I have had a few other lucky sports car driving opportunities in money. the past. My dad’s 1975 Corvette; his 1979 Bricklin – that thing was a powerhouse. Then there was a brother-inlaw’s Honda Prelude. That too had Visit nestwealth.com power – but who are we kidding. Nothing really compares to those Porsches So if you have an extra $200,000 kicking around, it’s definitely worth it. Just for the turbo engine alone. It definitely will make getting that milk run in the middle of the night worth it. I promise you.

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Former Afghan journalist settles in Ottawa after refugee claim Zahori rode bicycle across Canadian border from U.S. Melissa Murray

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Having been in Ottawa for only two months, Habib Zahori takes a seat at a table as the sun streams inside city hall. His eyeglasses, which transition from clear seeing glasses to sunglasses in the light, stay a dull shade of grey from the sunlight he sits in. “I like the sun,” Zahori said. “Where I come from, we get about 300 days of sun each year.” Zahori grew up in Kabul, Afghanistan. He has already experienced the brutal cold that Ottawa has to offer, including those days this February when temperatures hit -17 C, but felt like -30 C. But those cold days were nothing compared to the challenges of his journey here. Zahori was going to school in Denver, Colo., and his visa was set to expire. He had scheduled his flight home for Christmas Day. But his family had run into some

security problems, so Zahori decided to try his luck and claim asylum in Canada. At first, he wanted to cross the border from Washington State into British Columbia, but the forecast was calling for weeks of rain. Instead, he headed to Maine. All he knew about Canada was Toronto, Ottawa, a handful of pop singers and Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, he didn’t even know there was a place called New Brunswick. It wasn’t as though he had bad experiences in the United States, but he had friends that were questioned in airports. “I never had that experience, but there was this feeling, just something. I felt this bubble of tension around me,” he said. He had a friend drive him to the border, and he crossed into New Brunswick on a bicycle through the snow. It was Jan. 2 and it was snowing. “I’ve never felt that cold,” Zahori said. The roads were covered in snow; he could barely see where he should be travelling. His GPS

wouldn’t register his location. “Nothing works there. It was like somewhere on the moon. There are trees and just one road and every few kilometres there’s a house.” He was aiming to make it to a bus depot for a 12 a.m. bus to Montreal, but after 45 minutes of cycling, just outside of Woodstock he was stopped by two police officers. He had only 10 minutes to go. “To tell you the truth, I was so ready to be arrested. I was cold, and I was so miserable. I thought, I don’t care if they arrest me and just send me back to Afghanistan,” Zahori said. He was taken to a detention centre and questioned by two intelligence officers. He was offered a blanket, food and water and they asked him, “What do you want?” His answer: to claim asylum. “I was desperate. When you are desperate, you do whatever comes to your mind first. I was desperate to cross the border and that’s what I did,” he said. Zahori made his way to Wolfville, N.S. Then, on March 2, he flew to Toronto for his court hearing for his asylum claim. See OTTAWA, page 35

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Habib Zahori has settled in Ottawa after cycling across the Canadian border from Maine on Jan. 2. At his court hearing in March, Zahori was granted conventional refugee status because of his work in Afghanistan as a journalist and interpreter.

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The judge found him to be a conventional refugee, someone outside of his or her home country, who is unwilling to return because of a fear of persecution. Zahori qualifies because in Afghanistan he worked as a journalist and he is also in danger because of his mere association with foreigners. A report released by Human Rights Watch, in January 2015, documents “harassment, intimidation and attacks on journalists.” According to an Afghan media advocacy organization, called Nai, attacks on journalists went up 64 per cent in 2014 - the most violent year on record. Journalists are threatened with imprisonment or death. Initially an interpreter for foreign media outlets, Zahori eventually became a “fixer”, someone who schedules interviews and arranges transportation, before becoming a freelance reporter. Zahori speaks four languages – English, Hindi, Persian and Pashto. When Zahori finished his undergraduate degree in medicine in 2009, he planned to be a doctor, but at the time he was financially responsible

for his family and the money as an interpreter was much better. “I could make just 50 a month, or I could work as an interpreter with these foreign media outlets and make enough money to look after the family,” Zahori said. So he made his choice, translating interviews for the Christian Science Monitor, Wall Street Journal, BBC, New Yorker, Time and Washington Post. He would travel for weeks, out on assignment with foreign correspondents, to some of Afghanistan’s most dangerous and most newsworthy places. “My parents were not happy

about it. You know when you are desperate you do anything and that was the job, the profession that I put so much time and effort to learn. And I enjoyed it, especially when we would go after big people in the government or the insurgency,” he said. “When I left, things were slowly getting out of control. I could not travel to places I had gone to six months ago.” Luckily, Zahori had something to leave for. He received a scholarship for a two-year international relations masters program in Denver Colo. in international relations.

Of up to 3,000 applications, Zahori was one of 75 chosen. “I thought I needed a proper education,” he said, adding his dream job is to work for a human rights organization. His goals and ambitions have led him to Ottawa – he’s living in Westboro. “I haven’t seen much of the city yet, but I think it’s beautiful,” Zahori said, glancing out the window. “I think it will take me a while to get used to.” He has applied for his permanent residency, which normally takes about a year to a year-andhalf to get, he said, and also applied for a work permit. “I’m planning to stay here and look for jobs here,” he said. “I’m

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What’s in a name? Planning staff took some heat from Kanata South Coun. Allan Hubley on May 10 over the fact that there are still a number of roads that need to be renamed as a result of the amalgamation of Ottawa and the surrounding municipalities. Acting general manager of the planning department, Michael Mizzi, said the process requires a lot of back and forth between the ward councillor and the community. College Ward Coun. Rick Chiarelli outlined the hullabaloo around the name change for Robertson Road in Bells Corners in 2011. Almost 2,000 people voiced concerns about the change, he said. “Some people didn’t understand the need to change confusing duplicate street names,” Chiarelli said. Committee chair Jan Harder said the fault isn’t entirely

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College Coun. Rick Chiarelli says the city’s street renaming program is necessary in order to eradicate confusion over duplicate names. He is helping spearhead a bid to have streets renamed after trailblazing women. with staff. She said some councillors may delay a name change because of concern over how residents will react. Frank Bidin, chief building official for the city, said the work should be done in the first quarter of 2017.

There were 150 street names to be changed last year. Bidin said there are about 45 where the city has yet to start the process. Chiarelli said it may be difficult for residents to understand the reasons for doing it, which in turn has slowed the process.

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Chiarelli said the delay may be a good thing because now the streets can honour trailblazing women. In the fall, GloucesteSouthgate Coun. Diane Deans and Chiarelli submitted the names of 11 women who they deemed to be trailblazers. The names have been vetted and pre-approved through the city’s commemorative street naming process. Any street names in Deans’ or Chiarelli’s wards that need to be changed due to name duplication can now be renamed in honour of an accomplished Canadian woman, considered “innovative, determined and historically important,” the councillors said in a joint press release on Oct. 27. TRAILBLAZERS

The names of women trailblazers that have since been selected represent important firsts for women in many different fields: • Josephine Dandurand, vice-president of the National Council of Women of Canada. • Leone Norwood Farrell, a key figure in the mass production of the polio vaccine. • Allie Vibert Douglas, the first female Canadian astrophysicist. • Elsie Knott, who became the first Canadian woman First Nation chief. • Agnes Macphail, the first female MP. • Elizabeth Muriel Gregory MacGill, the first woman in the world to become an aircraft designer. • Maud Menten, one of the first women to earn a medical doctorate. • Lady Mary Pellatt, the first chief commissioner of Girl Guides of Canada. • Hilda Ranscombe, leader and creator of Canada’s most famous women’s hockey team, the Preston Rivulettes. • Jennie Kidd Trout, the first Canadian woman to become a licensed medical doctor. * Eileen Vollick, the first Canadian woman to become a licensed pilot. -With files McCracken

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Fifty years after Captain James T. Kirk first took the helm as commander of the starship U.S.S. Enterprise, William Shatner strode confidently back onto the bridge and claimed his post once again. The Montreal native, known for many TV and film roles but adored by legions of Trekkies around the world for his lead role on Star Trek, briefly sat in the commander’s seat for photos during an evening gala event on May 12. Just a few minutes earlier, Shatner took the stage as the keynote speaker before a sold-out crowd of 1,000 people inside the museum for the world premier launch of the Canada Aviation and Space Museum’s new exhibit, Star Trek: The Starfleet Academy Experience. “For the first time on this planet the future has come to Ottawa, alright?” he said to cheers. “I always thought this meant Jus-

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Fifty years after Captain James T. Kirk first took the helm as commander of the starship U.S.S. Enterprise, William Shatner strode confidently back onto the bridge and claimed his post once again, along with his wife, Elizabeth, during the May 12 gala launch of the Canada Aviation and Space Museum’s new exhibit, Star Trek: The Starfleet Academy Experience. tin Trudeau,” he quipped. Shatner wasn’t the only Star Trek star to shine on stage. John de Lancie, who starred on various Star Trek TV series as the character “Q,” and René Auberjonois, who portrayed Chief Security Officer Odo on Star Trek: Deep

Space Nine, also made brief appearances, much to the delight of the crowd. Attendees also included a number of politicians, including Mélanie Joly, minister of Canadian Heritage, who took the stage to speak about government funding

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He recounted the call he received from Star Trek creator and producer Gene Roddenberry, who wanted Shatner to play the lead role of captain for a second attempt at a Star Trek pilot. “It was great. It had heroes and villains and aliens and beautiful women in green paint in tiny bikinis —everything I’m interested in,” Shatner joked. The pilot sold and the show ran for three years “barely hanging on,” and was eventually cancelled. “And then slowly it was being replayed on stations … and people began to see the show the way we had hoped from the beginning it would be seen.” “Gradually it became popular again, and 50 years later …” he said, his voice trailing off as cheers filled the museum. “Unimaginable that a show lasts. I mean, people don’t last 50 years. I’m having trouble lasting 50 years,” the 85-year-old quipped. “The show has gone on to become a phenomenon in show business. Or as Donald Trump would say, ‘It’s huge.’” To further mark the milestone anniversary, the Royal Canadian Mint struck a new $10 coin that depicts Shatner as Kirk when he first brought the character to life on the small screen. The coin was unveiled during the gala ceremony.

“Unimaginable that a show lasts ... The show has gone on to become a phenomenon in show business. Or as Donald Trump would say, ‘It’s huge.’” WILLIAM SHATNER

As an immigrant, he said the character resonated with him. The android knew he was different though he looked human, and he tried his best to fit in and learn how to be a good person. “He tried to figure out how things worked,” said D’costa. CAREER DAY

The public now has the chance to figure out how things worked as recruits at a Starfleet Academy career day — the exhibit’s premise — working their way up from recruit to pilot. The experience is designed to offer a window into “the science behind the science fiction” of Star Trek and share lessons in how the show influenced real-life technologies, including a functional tricorder, lasers and teleporters, said Shatner. “So the Star Trek Academy experiences uses the Star Trek franchise as a springboard to teach visitors about science and technology,”

Shatner said. Visitors will learn about various Starfleet careers, pilot a starship and face the challenging Kobayashi Maru, which will test their character. Visitors are welcomed to the 930-square-metre exhibit inside a reserve hangar next to the museum, by signage in three languages — English, French and Klingon — before they turn a few corners and feast their eyes on a large model of the Enterprise. There are also models of other iconic vessels, along with gadgets, characters from the show and props, such as costumes. This summer, kids will also have a chance to fall in love with the exhibit. Week-long Starfleet Academy Junior Cadet camps will offer a variety of adventures, from learning the Klingon language to taking a real flight in a Cessna aircraft. The Star Trek exhibit will remain at the museum until Sept. 5. For exhibit details, visit starfleetacademytour.com.

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Case in point, Sherry Boucher and her husband Jason Dubeau, of Greenboro, attended the gala dressed as Vulcans and had their photos taken with Shatner and enjoyed the evening spectacle, which included glow-in-the-dark sticks with cotton candy, photo-ops with costumed characters and live entertainment, including shows by aerial acrobats. Tanya Harrison and her friend Gaelan D’costa didn’t have the opportunity to travel at warp speed, and so spent much of the day leading up to the celebration on the road. “I drove nine hours to get here,” said Harrison, who came in from London, Ont., picking her friend, D’costa, up in Toronto on the way. For D’costa, the gala was an excuse to dig out his Klingon mask, which he last wore more than 20 years ago in middle school. Despite his penchant for Klingons, his favourite Star Trek character is Data, the endearing android from the Next Generation television series. “I identified a lot with Data as a kid,” D’costa said.

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The Mayor’s Annual Canada Day Celebration for Seniors Mayor Jim Watson and Ottawa Senator Chris Phillips, in centre holding Ottawa4FortMac sign, are joined by city councillors on May 11 to announce a city fundraising event in support of the Alberta city. The fundraiser, called Ottawa4FortMac, will be at the Aberdeen Pavilion on June 8.

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Ottawa is going western in support of Fort McMurray. Mayor Jim Watson and Ottawa Senators defenceman Chris Phillips, who grew up and has family in Fort McMurray, announced a beer and pizza night aimed at raising funds to help rebuild the city after devastating forest fires caused the Alberta city to be completely evacuated in the largest mass scale evacuation in Canadian history. The Ottawa4FortMac fundraiser will be held at the Aberdeen Pavilion, 1000 Exhibition Way, on June 8 from 6:30 to 10:30 p.m. The event will have a western theme, with live country music, pizza and craft beer. “Every little bit helps,” Phillips said, adding that all the funds will go to the Red Cross to help relief efforts in Fort McMurray. Watson said that now that the immediate threat to that city from the fires has eased, the real work begins. “It’s going to take a lot to rebuild,” he said. “There are fundraising efforts going on in individual neighbourhoods, but we thought it was important to do one as a city.” Watson said that while there is no set fundraising goal, organizers are hoping to raise tens of thousands of dollars for the relief efforts. Tickets for the fundraiser will be available early next week. The city isn’t the only one pitching in to help out. Ottawa Race Weekend director

John Halverson announced May 10 that participants will be able to send their race funds to the Red Cross and their Alberta Fires campaign. The province of Ontario announced May 11 that it would be contributing $500,000 to the relief efforts in Alberta. Ontario has also provided emergency management personnel to support local firefighting efforts. As of May 11, 60 firefighters, three strike team leaders and 16 incident management and supervisory staff from Ontario are on the ground in Alberta, according to a press release. “The devastating losses from the wildfires in Alberta have touched the hearts of people across Ontario,” Premier Kathleen Wynne stated in the release. “Community does not stop at our provincial borders. As fellow Canadians, we stand together with the people of Alberta in their time of need by supporting relief efforts through the Red Cross and sending firefighting crews to help battle the fires,” she said. “Our thoughts and prayers are with all of those affected by this disaster.” William Mauro, Ontario's minister of natural resources and forestry, said the province’s fire program is recognized around the world. “We will continue to provide the appropriate personnel and support to the people of Alberta throughout this disaster,” Mauro said. “Our deepest gratitude goes out to the firefighters who continue to battle this wildfire.”

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• 2 cups (500 mL) chopped strawberries • 2 tbsp (25 mL) granulated sugar • 2 tbsp (25 mL) cornstarch • 1-1/2 tsp (7 mL) vanilla • 1 sheet (225 g) frozen butter puff pastry, thawed • 1 egg yolk • 1 tbsp (15 mL) water • 1/4 cup (50 mL) icing sugar • 1 tsp (5 mL) milk • Pinch ground cardamom PREPARATION

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School board braces for influx of students despite budget pressures Jennifer McIntosh

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Proposed job cuts won’t hinder the public school board’s ability to handle the influx of Syrian refugees starting in the 2016-2017 school year, says board chair Shirley Seward. The Ottawa-Carleton District School Board was faced with a budget shortfall at the beginning of their annual budgeting process that amounted to $14.4 million. The first phase of cuts, which dealt with in house programming, led to increased fees for before and after school child care and a change in French instruction. Those changes represented approximately $3.9 million. In March, the board approved a series of job cuts that saved another $8.9 million. Which means there’s still a $5.4 million shortfall. The staff report says the budget is part of a three-year effort to get spending more aligned with funding levels

from the Ministry of Education. The last round of cuts will mean a loss of five nonunionized administrative positions for a total savings of $680,000. A rejigging of learning support services will include the increase of two full-time equivalent speech and language pathologists to support the 50:50 English and French kindergarten program. Another two full-time educational assistants will be added to support the new kindergarten program. CUTS

The cuts will include the reduction of three educational assistants, the loss of almost the equivalent of one full-time social worker, the loss of a psychologist and a general reduction of 13 fulltime educational assistant positions. There will also be a decrease of five full-time positions, but the report says six new custodial positions will

be added. “Staff has carefully considered the needs of students and changing demands upon the department as we continue to implement changes to our service delivery and geographic model. There will be some impact on caseloads in social work and psychology but student needs will be met,” the report reads. The job cuts are just the latest in a slew of planned cuts for next year’s budget. The board approved cutting 73 positions in March. Nancy Akehurst, the president of the education support bargaining unit of the Ottawa Secondary School Teachers’ Federation, said that support staff is already cut to the bone. “These cuts will have a huge impact on the students and the community,” she said. Akehurst said that while the numbers don’t seem that bad, the changes could be more widespread based on the nature of the employees. “A cut of 22.5 full-time

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Proposed job cuts won’t hinder the public school board’s ability to handle the influx of Syrian refugees starting in the 2016-2017 school year, says board chair Shirley Seward. equivalent positions could mean as many as 75 members are changing positions,” she said, adding some staff are part-time, or cover off more than one position and split their hours. And it’s not just social workers and education assistants Akehurst is worried about. She said that cuts to office administration positions will have an impact as well. She expressed concern about staff being moved around to accommodate the cuts and support new students. Despite the influx of refugees to the city, staff recommended cutting four ESL staff in March. Akehurst said that the new students will have a slate of needs that will require the work of psychologists and social workers, but those are among the positions being cut. Donna Blackburn, the trustee who represents parts of Nepean and Barrhaven, said that the board will still be able to give students a good education. “Any time we cut I find it’s problematic and maybe some of those positions will be saved, but I’m confident moving forward we can continue to give our students a good education,” she said. Despite this, she said some

of the cuts could have been avoided. “In my personal opinion, we wouldn’t be cutting as much if we hadn’t made wrong-headed decisions earlier in the year,” she said. “For instance, when we threw out the staff recommendation about the before and after care … had we gone with the staff recommendation we would have had $400,000 more in revenue from the before and after care program. So when you take $400,000 you translate that into what we’re looking at, that’s eight educational assistants.” ESTIMATES

But Seward said the board has the option of rehiring those positions if they find they can’t meet demand once the new students start. She also said staff have built in an extra 100 students into estimates. “I am confident we are prepared,” she said. Seward said the Syrian students are set to go to their home schools. Carson Grove Public School, which already has 62 and is processing applications for another 62. General Vanier Public School will also get the new students. When asked if the influx of students may cause some of the smaller schools to

reach capacity, Seward said staff would start a city-wide process of looking at boundaries and student populations. Formerly known as the accommodation review committee, the process aims to deal with overpopulation in some areas and under-utilized schools in other areas. The province recently changed the guidelines – and called them pupil accommodation review guidelines. Seward said the changes should make the rather cumbersome process more streamlined. “Staff will provide us with information and we will determine which part of the city we start to work on,” she said. “But the goal is to do the whole city.” Seward said the board has been working on the accommodation review process for the past four years, in preparation for changes to provincial guidelines. Ottawa still has a lot of school boundaries that are a result of preamalgamation municipal boundaries. Seward encouraged the public to come to the board meetings on May 30 and June 6, so that they canhave their say on the budget. “We will plan for two days, but may increase that if there’s need,” she said.


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FLOOR PLAN 2016 The snow is long gone, warmer weather is upon us and you find yourself in the market for a new home. Where should you turn? There are so many factors to consider in what can seem to be a confusing selecon process, but we’re here to bring a lile clarity to the situaon. This is the third edion of Floor Plan 2016, a monthly supplement to your Metroland Media community newspaper. We are fortunate here in Oawa to be home to some of this country’s top home builders. This brings a level of comfort to prospecve homeowners, whether starng on their search for the first me or looking to upgrade on what they have now, but that’s just to begin. There’s really no substute for doing your homework, invesng the me to ensure you wind up with exactly what you envision. Perhaps a condominium is in your future. Or maybe a single-detached is more to your liking. Would you prefer a bungalow or split-level home? So many decisions to make when considering what’s likely the most significant investment of your life. We are excited to offer you Floor Plan 2016 in your May 19 paper. Once again, we introduce you to some of the city’s finest builders, the wide array of services they offer, as well as addional informaon to assist you in your new home purchasing venture. And look for more ideas in our next supplement inside your Metroland newspapers Thursday, June 16.

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FIVE PLANTS that grow anywhere Every region in North America has its own specific weather quirk, whether it’s freezing winters, scorching summers or heavy rainfall. It can be a daun ng task to plan a garden when Mother Nature is so unpredictable, so here are some plants that will survive every season’s tests.

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Follows the ABCs for a GREAT PAVING JOB From the driveway to the area around the backyard pool, different types of paving abound. For an overview of the most decora£ve to the supremely func£onal, read on to discover what sort of paving is best for your project.

Asphalt.

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Ottawa-based Rimikon pioneers new 24V commercial standard to meet global demand for low energy LED lighting Rimikon Inc., which developed the most energy efficient, cost-saving LED lighting solutions on the market for local sustainability leaders such as Zibi, Saint Paul University, Tamarack Homes, and Minto Developments, is ready to grow into the commercial sector with the first of several eco-friendly products—a 2’x2’ (0.6m2) LED panel light that requires only 24V of DC power, lasts up to 50,000 hours, and is 100 per cent recyclable. To further validate the efficiency of its extra low voltage LED lighting products, Rimikon is planning to install and test its products at the Canadian Centre for Housing Technology (CCHT) facility. Constructed in 1998 and jointly operated by the National Research Council of Canada (NRC), Natural Resources Canada and the Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation, the CCHT serves as a platform to accelerate the market acceptance of innovative technologies. As part of infrastructure upgrades announced in May 2015, NRC is building a semi-detached smart-home to evaluate and showcase low energy solutions and technologies for the multi-unit market. Suzanne Cyr, Rimikon’s new CEO, says, “Compared to traditional compact fluorescent lights (CFLs), LEDs produce a higher light output per watt, consume 454Floor PlanSouth - Thursday, 19, 2016 Ottawa News - May Thursday, May 19, 2016

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Create a SAFE HAVEN with a FENCE Whether it’s for safety, privacy or simply for the look, fencing your yard can add instant curb appeal to your home. A fence keeps children and pets inside the enclosure while safeguarding the house and yard. It also adds an interesng visual element to your property.

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Keeping animals out of flower beds a challenge Does it seem as though all the neighbourhood cats are spending their free time lurking in your flower beds? In addition to chewing on your favourite plants, some cats could be using your yard as a giant litterbox and digging up your seedlings when they kick the dirt around. It makes you seethe just to think about it! Instead of battling it out with the local cat population, here are some simple tips for discouraging them in a humane way. It’s a well-known fact that most cats don’t like water. If you look around the stores, you’re sure to find a sprinkler that is acvated by a moon sensor. The sensor will detect a cat moving around your garden and the sprinkler will turn on. You’ve never seen a cat clear out so fast! This method has

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the advantage of being safe, and it works just as well for dogs and other wild animals. If you’re bothered by a cat that’s digging holes in your flowerbeds, you could put up some chicken wire or plant rows of small scks. Plasc forks are also supposed to be effecve when planted in the ground, nes up, and there’s no risk of injury either. Mulch, stones and twigs are other ways of deterring animals that like to make holes. Squirrels, woodchucks, raccoons and skunks are other animals that could invade your yard. Horcultural professionals can give you ps on how to discourage them in a nice way. Lastly, if you choose to use a repellent product, be sure it’s non-toxic and follow the manufacturer’s instrucons.


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REPURPOSING Be creative and green at the same time It is easy and fun to rescue all kinds of objects desned for the landfill and modify their purpose for your home. What a great way to renovate, all while being eco-friendly at the same me! “Repurposing” entails standing in front of a feature of your home that you no longer want and asking yourself what else you could do with it. Finding the answer means truly seŒng aside its inial purpose; you have to forget about its original form and role in order to give free rein to your imaginaon. It is a great creave exercise for your brain, one that can give some interesng results. Here are a few repurposing projects: • transform a door into a low table • convert glass bo‡les into light fixtures

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It’s time to grab your baskets! Summer is by far the best me to take advantage of all the tasty treats nature has to offer. And with such a delicious selecon, how could we refuse? Plus, what could be more enjoyable than spending a beauful summer’s day with a basket in hand picking fresh, juicy berries. Aer all, these berries with their gorgeous scents, colours and flavours are within hand’s reach! So what are you waing for? Get picking! Picking fresh berries is a popular summer acvity that can be shared with friends and family. In fact, most people spend this me laughing

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here was no such thing as “show and tell” at the Northcote School. There was no room for something as frivolous as bringing something from home to talk about in front of the rest of the pupils. Once we settled in our seats, our whole day, except for a 15 minute recess, one in the morning and one in the afternoon, and of course our hour for lunch, we were stuck to our seats like flypaper. The truth of the matter was none of us had much to show off, even if there was something called ‘show and tell’. With the exception of bad Marguerite, of course.

MARY COOK Mary Cook’s Memories If it wasn’t brand new hair ribbons laying across her Shirley Temple curls like a folded up Renfrew Mercury, it was ankle sox with real lace on the cuffs. And then one day, just before Miss Crosby came out on the stoop to ring the big brass bell, in rolled Marguerite on a brand new bicycle. No one ever rode a bicy-

cle to the Northcote School, not even cousins Two or Three Mile Herman, who came all the way from the Barr Line. The Northcote Side Road, like a washboard and full of ruts, meant that anyone who would even attempt to ride a bicycle on it would be hard pressed to get to school before the nine o’clock bell. And there was bad Mar-

guerite who lived just a spit away, riding a brand new bicycle. It was bright green and it had wide tires, which my brother Emerson called balloon tires, and it had a little bell on the handlebars, which Marguerite kept ringing all the way into the schoolyard. IMAGINE!

My best friends Joyce and Velma and I just stood there like stone. A new bicycle!! Imagine!! We were taught at the Lutheran Sunday school that envy was a mortal sin, but that day I came close to breaking that commandment. Marguerite leaned the

bicycle against the side of the stoop, wiped the fenders with the cuff of her sweater, and made it clear to all of us standing gawking at it, that it would be curtains for anyone who laid a hand on it! Even Miss Crosby’s eyes were like saucers, but of course she said nothing, ever careful not to show favouritism to any one pupil. Marguirite asked, during the morning, if she could go to the windowsill and sharpen her pencil. We knew perfectly well there wasn’t a thing wrong with her pencil. What she wanted to do was take a peek outside to have a look at her bicycle! All went well into the

day. Morning recess passed. No one mentioned the new bicycle. Our lunch was eaten outside, and still no one talked about the bicycle. Marguirite was plenty annoyed, you could tell just by the way she was tossing those hateful store-dyed curls around. I could see my brother Emerson and his pal Cecil snickering over by the back fence, but they never went near the bicycle either.Afternoon recess came and went. Cecil put up his hand, with two fingers, which meant he had to use the outside privy, and it would take longer than if he only held up one finger. See BIKE’S, page 69

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Bike’s balloon tires end up being as flat as pancakes continued from page 67

Miss Crosby nodded, and Cecil got up from his desk, nodded at Emerson, and went out the door. DISMISSED

Finally, the big CPR clock on the wall showed it was four o’clock, and Miss Crosby said we were dismissed. Emerson and Cecil were the first to get out the door, and they headed right for the gate, where they looked like they had just robbed a bank. Marguirite wasn’t far behind. She took one look at her bicycle and her scream could be heard in Admaston! Velma, Joyce and I ran to see what all the com-

motion was about, and there were those two big balloon tires, as flat as pancakes. “Must have a slow leak,” Cecil said, as he wandered over from the gate. “Happens all the time on our old Model T,” Emerson offered. “Guess you’ll just have to push and drag it home.” When I last saw Marguirite and her bicycle she hadn’t gone more than a few hundred yards. The bicycle was big and heavy, the road was full of ruts, and even though she lived close to the school, and we were three and a half miles, Velma guessed we’d beat her home. 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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Local events and happenings over the coming weeks — free to non-profit organizations Fax: 613-723-1862, E-mail: Ottawasouth@metroland.com The deadline for community event submissions is Friday at noon. Email your events to ottawasouth@metroland.com.

Until May 31

Blair Court Community House in the Riverview Park community has launched its inaugural fundraising initiative to help support summer camp programing at the centre. Sunshine pots, which are gift-wrapped, doit-yourself potting kits with flower seeds, soil, bamboo pots and a misting bottle, will be for sale until May 31. Call 613-736-5058 or email

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hot dogs and drinks with all proceeds going to their camping events this summer. To find out more about this event or how to join Scouts, Yvonne by email at gc@137thottawascouts.com or sunshine137th@hotmail. ca, or by phone at 613-5261434.

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The 137th Ottawa Scouts Group is hosting a Scouts Canada Open House on May 19, from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at the Greenboro Pavilion, 14 Tapiola Cres. Bring the whole family and begin the adventure. Come meet the leaders, play fun games & activities and learn all about Scouts. Our Venturer Scouts will be selling popcorn,

The fifth anniversary Race for a Cure for Huntington Disease, featuring a fun night of races and a dinner buffet, takes place May 19 at 5:30 p.m. at the Rideau Carleton Raceway. The event will raise funds for cutting-edge

research into the genetic disorder and community support services for families in need. Sponsors are needed as are donations for the silent auction. Email sharon.haig@ symptico.ca or call her at 613-739-4446.

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A free chronic autoimmune diseases education and information session for patients and their families on May 25, from 7 to 9:15 p.m. at the Ottawa Hospital’s Riverside campus in the lower floor auditorium. The session will provide rheumatology research updates with Dr. Doug Smith and special guest speaker, Lakshmi Sundaram, who will address how patients can achieve best outcomes in their medical treatment plans. For additional information and free parking contact lupusottawa@rogers.com. A climate change townhall takes place on May 25, from 7 to 9 p.m. at the Canterbury Community Centre, located at 2185 Arch St. Ottawa South MP David McGuinty and Ottawa South MPP John Fraser will speak to the government’s plans to address climate change. The public can participate in round-table discussions to express their concerns and

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dren ages five to 12 eat for $10 and those under the age of five eat for free. Proceeds will support the church’s refugee fund. For more details, please see rideaupark.ca.

The Harmony Club for seniors, 60 years old and up, will meet on May 25, from 1 to 2 p.m. at Rideau Park United Church, located at 2203 Alta Vista Dr. Allison van Diepen, a local author and teacher, will speak about, “The Real Story Behind the Books.” All seniors in the community are welcome. Prior notice is not required. The church is wheelchair accessible and parking is free. This will be the final meeting of the season. For more details, call 613-733-3156 ext. 229.

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May 27

A coronation chicken dinner accompanied by a variety of delectable salads, with strawberry shortcake for dessert, will be served at Rideau Park United Church, located 2203 Alta Vista Dr., May 27 at 6 pm. While at dinner, place a bid on a variety of intriguing items at a silent auction, which will end shortly after dinner. For tickets, please call 613-733-3156, ext. 229, or come to the church office Monday to Friday, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Adults pay $18, chil-

Rideau Chorale, conducted by Roland Graham, along with Matthew Larkin on organ and the Baroque Orchestra, present two performances of George Frederic Handel’s Coronation Anthems, together with Handel’s Organ Concerto in F major, on May 28 and June 3. For these two performances, the professional 25-piece orchestra recreates Handel’s full, original orchestration, which includes strings, bass, winds, organ and harpsichord. The May 28 performance takes place at 7:30 p.m. at Southminster United Church, located at 15 Aylmer Ave.

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The Eastway Gardens Community Association is participating in a fundraiser by selling Perth Classic Theatre Festival tickets in support of the neighbourhood’s Cecil Morrison Park. Tickets for the play, An Inspector Calls by J.B. Priestley, on Aug. 27 at 2 p.m., are $34 and are available by calling Kim at 613-741-1283.

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