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Tweaks are being made to the city’s temporary traffic-calming program that some councillors hope will reduce a “bottleneck” of requests and speed up the installation of yellow flex stakes, planter boxes, road markings, signage and speed-display boards to slow down vehicles. “Staff have a new strategy and more resources. I think they were just overwhelmed this term of council with the requests across all the wards for trafficcalming initiatives,” said River Coun. Riley Brockington, who complained about the time it has been taking to install these measures. “It just created this massive bottleneck of requests and so getting service in River Ward has been slow,” he said. “It hasn’t been handled well.” The changes, decided

COUN. RILEY BROCKINGTON late last year, include more proactively meeting with councillors and giving them a better idea when measures can be implemented, and having a fixed-term standing offer in place so that batches of speed boards and flex stakes can be purchased and installed more quickly. As well, two staff members will be hired in mid to late January, doubling the size of the office. The newcomers will pri-

marily be responsible for collecting data from some 90 speed boards and conducting speed surveys by monitoring traffic with a radar gun. “Because we have so many locations we had to do, it was a challenge to get the data collected and also get the (measures) in place,” said Phil Landry, the city’s director of traffic services. Staff must check each location where change is requested and ensure the sites are the right fit for yellow flex stakes, for example, or review if these removable posts should be returned to the same locations after the winter months. “We just found because of the numbers that we had, that we were doing in the 23 wards, that it would be a lot more effective to have those (existing) people focus on the design part of it and working with the councillors,” said Landry. See TWO, page 2

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The traffic services department fielded about 40,000 requests in 2015, most related to speeding, primarily from April to November. Of those, 5,000 to 6,000 were traffic-related investigations, many of them prompted by speeding complaints, he said. Gloucester-South Nepean Coun. Michael Qaqish said the implementation of traffic-calming measures has been slower than he’d like, which is why the addition of extra staff is welcome. “It’s pretty time-consuming and from what I understand we had one person do one part of the city (east end) and another person do another part (west end), and that’s a lot of territory to cover,” he said. “So I’m happy that we’re going to be investing in that because … one of the biggest things we hear about is traffic complaints. “I’m optimistic that it will improve things a bit and get us what we need faster in the community.” Councillors and residents should be able to see a difference, said Knoxdale-Merivale Coun. Keith Egli, who met with staff over the issue in his role as chair of the city’s transportation committee. “With the additional resources we’re getting in with the streamlined process we should be able to get those fixes out to people more quickly,” he said. “That’s the intent.”

The changes are, in part, a response to the popularity of the program. “The demand for this, I think, exceeded in some ways our expectations,” said Egli. “(Councillors) were getting a lot of good ideas from their community, whether it was individuals or community associations or parent councils, and they wanted to get the work out faster.” It is also a reflection of engaged residents, who make requests for these measures through their councillors, who then pass them along to traffic services, Egli said. Each councillor has $40,000 a year to spend on traffic calming. Any unused dollars can be rolled over to the next year. “There’s now a dialogue about what we’re going to do,” he said of residents coming forward with concerns and ideas. The changes are also a reflection of a learning process that has been underway. When the program was piloted in 2013-14, flex stakes were installed in one location per ward, making it impossible for staff to know at the time how long it would take to order and install products across the wards, said Landry. “We have a better understanding of how long it takes to get things done,” he said. “This is all new, as well as we’re trying to learn things. What we’re proposing here is another enhancement.”


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“I’ve been very lucky to have some cool moments,” said Barnett, a former Findlay Creek resident who recently moved to Embrun. But after realizing that many children and teens can’t afford to enjoy Comiccon, the insurance broker-by-day came up with the idea to ask people to chip in $10 to $25 to buy tickets for the ‘littles,’ as the kids in the Big Brothers Big Sisters program are known. The idea gained support from friend Lisa Cooper, of Riverside South, who has recently come to enjoy the fan experience at Ottawa Comiccon thanks to Barnett. Cooper, who is a real estate agent, has a background in charity and

non-profit work. They also have a third partner, Saqib Dareshani, of Barrhaven, who is promoting the project on his website at clubify. com/youth. The project is also at facebook.com/theyouthexperienceproject. So far, their successful fundraising efforts have surprised even them. They were given a table at the inaugural Ottawa Comiccon holiday market at the EY Centre in late November. Barnett brought his personal (and expensive) Star Wars light sabre set and allowed the public to try them out and have their photos taken with the sabres in exchange for a donation. The table drew about 600 people. “We wanted a fun way to get people engaged,” said Barnett,

adding it also served as the project’s public launch, helping to spread the word about their non-profit plans. “People there really love the idea of sending kids to Comiccon,” said Cooper. “You’re preaching to the right audience.” Between that event and another, they raised almost $1,000 towards their $5,000 to $6,000 goal to send 200 people to Comiccon for a day. “When you think about (three) young professionals trying to put something like this together it’s amazing, because they want to give back to kids,” said Susan Ingram, executive director of Big Brothers Big Sisters of Ottawa. “We appreciate it and our kids appreciate it.”

The organization focuses on providing kids and adult mentors across Ottawa with lowcost, no-cost activities they can enjpy together. “But for something like this, a Comiccon, that’s out of reach for most, and it’s out of reach even for the mentors,” said Ingram. “Not everyone can do those types of experiences. “And to be able to experience something like this together is really impactful on the relationship that they’re building,” she said, adding that the Youth Experience Project is also helping by spreading the word about what Big Brothers Big Sisters of Ottawa is doing and how others can lend their support. “They really understand about the importance of men-

toring and why Big Brothers Big Sisters is an important organization for young kids in need,” she said. The Youth Experience Project partners plan to make the Comiccon excursion an annual event for Ottawa youth. The hope also is to partner with other sponsors, especially those wanting to provide longterm support, and charities in the hopes of pairing more kids with additional unique experiences. Already, some businesses have expressed interest in providing an experience, while a number of charities have come forward to ask what the project can do for them. “We’ve gone beyond, ‘This is the core experience we want to provide’ and it’s gone to ‘How

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

The organizers behind the Youth Experience Project are hosting a fundraiser on Feb. 16, beginning at 6 p.m. at the Red Lion Pub in the ByWard Market. People can have their photos taken with cosplayers and try out virtual reality headsets and green screen technology. Admission is free, though donations will be accepted.

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City grants Bayview buyer extension to finalize land deal Week In Review!

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Riverside Park residents chomping at the bit to learn the identity of the buyer of the vacant city-owned site where the former Bayview Public School once stood will have to rein in their curiosity for a little while longer. The buyer, whose identity will not be publicly disclosed until the sale is finalized and the land title changes hands, approached the city in late 2016 to ask for a three-month extension. The initial expectation was that the deal would be signed off by Dec. 31, 2016. March 9 is the new closing date, when the agreement of purchase and sale is expected to be finalized. The identity of the buyer of the 4.3-hectare parcel of land will be revealed publicly when the new ownership of the property is filed at the land registry office. “There are a bunch of conditions that we had to negotiate, which is typical for a transaction of this size and nature because they need to complete their due diligence process to go through the whole thing,” said Gordon MacNair, director of the city’s corporate real estate office. “When you’re buying a large tract of land for future development purposes, there’s a lot of stuff that you have to research in terms of the title,” he said, noting there is also research that goes into servicing and financing. “This is not unusual for somebody to come back and say: ‘Can I have an extension for a couple of months?’” he added. “This is a big transaction for the city.” It’s not unlike when you buy a house, just on a much larger scale, he said, adding that the city has been on the other side, requesting extensions for large deals. By granting the extension, the city secured the buyer’s agreement to provide additional monetary

Happy 2017! I hope that everyone had a pleasant holiday filled with plenty of time to relax with family and friends. I will be continuing to send out my weekly newsletter keeping subscribers up to date on upcoming events and current issues that will affect Osgoode Ward. It is a convenient way of keeping track of community events so you aren’t missing out! I also have a section that highlights the various events that took place over the past week, which makes it a great tool to see what I am involved with and what your community or village is up to! You can also submit a request to have your community event featured in the newsletter in order to help get the word out to over a thousand people! If you or someone you know would be interested in signing up for my Weekly Newsletter which is published every Friday, you can subscribe at www.georgedarouze.ca through the “subscribe to newsletter” tab. Metroland File Photo

The city has granted the buyer of the vacant Bayview parcel of land along Riverside Drive a three-month extension to finalize the deal. The closing date is now March 9. deposits, which are non-refundable. Two of three have already been provided. While the amounts are not being publicly disclosed, MacNair said they are “significant.” “It would have to be something dramatic that would happen for them not to close,” he said. “So we felt very comfortable giving them the threemonth extension in order to close,” said MacNair. “I know they’re very, very excited about moving forward with it and we feel very confident that this transaction is going to happen, and we’re very excited about it.” ‘DISAPPOINTING’

In learning of the extension, Craig Searle, president of the Riverside Park Community and Recreation Association, expressed disappointment. “Why does the city grant the buyer an extension but FEDCO would not grant a delay when asked by RPCRA in November to allow community consultation?” he said. See EXTENSION, page 6

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After a short break over the holiday, my Open Door Tuesday resumed this past week, and will continue every Tuesday between 1:00 pm to 5:00 pm in my Ward Office located at 8243 Victoria Street in Metcalfe. I see residents on a first-come-first-served basis and welcome any resident, new or old, to drop in to discuss issues that are important to them or simply to introduce yourself or catch up. Thank you to everyone who braved the weather this past Tuesday to come and speak with me. This is always one of my favourite times of the week and I look forward to welcoming many more people over the coming year! The outdoor skating rink in Andy Shields Park is receiving new boards, with installation beginning on Monday the 9th, and expected to be completed by Friday the 13th. I have shared in many of your disappointments that it has taken until now to have the new boards put up, however due to the holiday coupled with the high amounts of snow and freezing rain, there have been unexpected delays in opening various outdoor rinks across the city. This inevitably pushed back the time table in Greely as well. Maybe this was just Mother Nature’s way of encouraging us to free up our time and give all of our support to Team Canada at IIHF World Juniors? Now that we are officially in 2017, you will start to hear of more and more events being hosted to commemorate the 150th anniversary of Confederation. I know we are all looking forward to celebrating this historic milestone for our country. Despite the fanfare surrounding the anniversary I’m also really looking forward to a full calendar of events in Osgoode Ward in 2017! I don’t want to give too much away, but you can expect a number of community BBQ’s, Fairs, and a couple of new park openings! These will be on top of the annual events that we have like the Night at the Ottawa Champions, Halloween, the Comedy Night as well as my Irish Tea in March and Fall Tea in October. This is going to be a jam-packed year so keep your eyes peeled and your ears opened for the details!

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Extension disappointing, says community association president ing on Nov. 1 in which the city’s Coun. Riley Brockington’s reThe postponement was infinance and economic develop- quest that the sale be delayed un- tended to give residents a chance to review revisions made to a Searle is referring to a meet- ment committee rejected River til Feb. 2017. community concept plan approved by city council in 2009. “Sneaky politics,” Searle said after learning of the new sale closing date. “Disappointing and disturbing.” The revisions made to the concept plan include the removal of a fieldhouse (which some residents said would have served as a community centre), opting for a multi-use park rather than a sports field, scaling back the amount of space for that play area, and adding ground-floor commercial space. In response to Searle’s question, MacNair said the Bayview report only went before the finance committee because River Ward’s former councillor Marie McRae stipulated that the con-

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cept plan return to the appropriate standing committee if it was altered. “Normally we wouldn’t have done that. It would have all stayed confidential until we closed (the deal),” MacNair said.

“Disappointing and disturbing.” CRAIG SEARLE, PRESIDENT, RIVERSIDE PARK COMMUNITY AND RECREATION CENTRE

The councillor’s request to delay the agreement “was outside the purview of where we were,” he said. “All we were there to talk about was the revised concept plan and how it was consistent with what council originally approved.” He also offered up a reminder

that “this project would be treated like any other development in terms of the public consultation that is done” at different points in the planning process. The site will need to be rezoned and the site plan and subdivision applications will require approval. Back in November, MacNair said the planning process could begin in mid-2017, but that construction wouldn’t get underway until at least 2018, pending the approval process. The three-month extension won’t change that. “We’re only talking three months here,” he said. “This isn’t really unusual.” Brockington also previously said he intends to form a community advisory team and work with its members as the development plans move through the application phase.


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

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

Challenge for the new year: smart car meets dumb street

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

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

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

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

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

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jah Robert, who is in Grade 10 at St. Francis Xavier Catholic High School in Riverside South, won the top prize of $1,000 from Hydro Ottawa for his reflection on the past 50 years through the eyes of his maternal grandparents and his hopes for the next five decades. “I wanted to have my voice heard,” the 15-year-old said of entering the contest. “Writing essays is not my favourite thing, but when I saw the subject on this I thought I knew exactly what I wanted to say.” Just a few weeks before entering, he did a history project about his grandparents, Pamela and Dennis Rebello, who emigrated 50 years ago – in 1967 – from India to the U.S. and then to Winnipeg, where they still live. He learned from them much of what Canada has achieved and how it has changed. “And I really want to see more (changes) over the next 50 years,” said Elijah. He wrote in his essay that he wants to follow his grandparents’ lead by working toward racial equality and becoming involved in environmental initiatives at the community level. And just as his grandparents

witnessed many technological advancements, Elijah wrote that he too will witness enormous change to come, such as the opening of the Confederation light-rail transit line. His winning entry was a source of pride for his grandparents, who have been in Ottawa visiting during the holidays. “We were excited and of course teary-eyed too for our grandson would be able to remember the importance of history and build on it and how to extrapolate all our experiences for the future,” said Pamela Rebello. “The important thing is if they are willing to take the torch forward,” said the retired high school teacher who still owns a dance school. Her husband is a Fulbright scholar and a retired math and science high school teacher. “You never know the impact you will have on the (next) generation. “It’s a rewarding feeling (knowing that) whatever sacrifices and however difficult it may have been that another generation is willing to build on your legacy,” Pamela said. See CONTEST, page 11

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Hunt Club resident Jayceegabrielle Calderon, who attends Grade 10 at St. Patrick’s Catholic High School, was awarded $500 from Hydro Ottawa for his second-place essay. He delved into the technological advancements that will benefit society, but also the need to ensure ecological change becomes a priority beyond tree planting, recycling, and solar and wind energy. The 16-year-old wants to engage with society as a whole, possibly as an entrepreneur. He hopes to one day give back by opening a school where students can benefit from specialized learning. “I understand as a student the issues we face,” said Jayceegabriel whose high school English teacher inspired him to enter the contest. He hopes his essay will inform adults about what his generation is thinking and feeling. “A lot of people think young people are just crazy and do wild things,” he said. “But for me it’s different because I actually just want to do something good in the future and now as well.” Upper Hunt Club resident Tara McMahon, 17, who is a Grade 12 drama student at Canterbury High School in Alta Vista, won third place for her essay, which focused on the future benefits of high-tech advancements, such as energy efficient homes, driverless vehicles and clean energy. “It’s really important, especially for our future. Being young, we’re going to be here for

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Gloucester-Southgate Coun. Diane Deans announced the winners of her second-annual essay contest during her New Year’s open house at the Greenboro Community Centre on Jan. 8. First place was awarded to Blossom Park resident Elijah Robert (left), second place went to Hunt Club resident Jayceegabriel Calderon (far right) and Tara McMahon, of Upper Hunt Club, received third place. a while,” said Tara, who took home a prize of $250 from Hydro Ottawa. The next generation is already adept at using technology in their everyday lives, having grown up immersed in it. “We’ll be able to affect the changes that we can,” she said. In her vision of what life will be like in 50 years – in 2067 – Tara wrote of Ottawa’s LRT system and her hope that Canada will have

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I am pleased to announce that three winners have been chosen for my Vision for 2067 student essay contest for high school-aged youth living in Gloucester-Southgate Ward. We received many creative, thought-provoking entries from young people all over the community, which were judged by representatives from Hydro Ottawa and the South-East Ottawa Community Health Centre. The first place winner is Elijah Robert, second place winner is Jayceegabriel Calderon, and third place winner is Tara McMahon. Thank you to our winners, generous sponsors, judges, and all those who submitted an essay. Stop by my ward office located at the Greenboro Community Centre, 363 Lorry Greenberg Drive, to view the winning entries . Register for March Break Camps with the City With March Break (March 13-17) fast approaching, the City of Ottawa is opening registration online for its popular March Break camps starting January 18 at 9 p.m. From dance to sports, aquafun to leadership, kinder kamp to outdoor adventures, children of all ages can experience a week of fun with Parks, Recreation and Culture camps. Visit Ottawa.ca to view the March Break Camps 2016 brochure and to register online. City of Ottawa Notifies Residents of Frozen Pipes During typical winters in Ottawa, some homes and businesses experience a frozen service pipe that prevents water from the watermain from reaching their internal plumbing. To minimize this, as many as 2,500 out of 220,000 homes across Ottawa receive annual notifications from the City. This year, the City will issue notices to homes that have experienced frozen water services in the past, providing residents with advance notification of a potential repeat frozen service event, how to avoid it, and what to do if your pipes freeze. Please call 3-1-1 for more information and to report a frozen service pipe.

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Grandparents’ arrival inspires top winner City Councillor/Conseiller Municipal River Ward/Quartier Rivière 3071 Riverside Drive Update Canoe Bay Developments Inc is the tentative new owner of the 10-acre parcel of land at 3071 Riverside Drive, which is the former location of the Bayview PS. The entire deal is expected to close in early March 2017. Once I have had an opportunity to meet the new owner, I will encourage them to host a public open house to allow local residents an opportunity to learn more about their vision and proposal for the development. If you are not already on my email list for this matter, please contact my office. Baseline Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) On February 1, the City’s Transportation Committee will be asked to approve the functional design for the Baseline Road Bus Rapid Transit corridor. The proposed Baseline Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) travels along the Richmond-Baseline-Heron corridor is a strategic transit project that will expand and connect Ottawa’s existing and planned Transitway and Light Rail Transit (LRT) network. It will be a cross-town transit facility that bypasses the downtown. The recommended plan features median bus lanes for most of the 14km corridor which will provide separation of Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) from other traffic. It will improve transit travel time and offer a reliable service that is not susceptible to traffic delays or congestion. The 24 new transit stations will provide opportunities for land use intensification and will enable continued travel growth in future as the corridor redevelops and ridership increases. The plan maintains two lanes in each direction for general traffic. It also includes 23 km of sidewalks, 22 km of cycle tracks, 4 km of Multi-Use Pathway (MUP), and 1.5 km of on-road/shoulder bike lanes to encourage walking and cycling and enable an accessible, safe, and comfortable travel environment along the corridor. There will be a landscaped “Shelterbelt” along the Central Experimental Farm’s frontage which will provide a specific arrangement of trees and shrubs to reduce the effects of snow-drift and erosion on the Farm’s fields. The cost estimate for the Bus Rapid Corridor from Heron Station to Baseline Station is $138 million.

BY ELIJAH ROBERT

When my grandparents visit Ottawa and we pass by the iconic Parliament Building, each and every time they recount how this landmark reminds them of the undeniable opportunity they were given in 1967. Interestingly, especially with recent events, although they came to the United States to study, they chose to live in Canada because of its beauty, its technological advances, and its ability to celebrate diversity. It is through the eyes of my grandparents exactly fifty years ago that I see how far we have come, and now, with my equally eager lenses, how much further we can still go in the next fifty years. Some of my grandparents’ fondest memories of Canada in 1967 was its fresh air, clean, expansive spaces, and towering trees. Within the last 50 years, Canada has worked very hard on developing renewable energy, reducing pollution and by finding more energy efficient ways of living. By 2067, I hope to see further advancements in renewable energy, and pollution-free electric cars. I also aspire to help my community become litterless,

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If you have specific comments that you would like to share with, please do so prior to the February 1 Transportation Committee meeting. Ottawa Police to Ticket Stop-Sign Runners During the month of January, the Ottawa Police’s Traffic Enforcement Units will be focusing their attention on stop-sign runners. Between 2011 and 2015, there were 3,172 collisions involving drivers who failed to stop at stop signs. These collisions resulted in 1,002 injuries and 6 fatalities. The Police will also focus on drivers who follow too close. During the same time period, drivers who followed too close caused 13,823 traffic collisions, resulting in 3,179 injuries and 2 fatalities. Please help keep River Ward safe and drive responsibly. Invite Your Councillor to Speak I would be honoured to join your church group, girl guide troupe, Civics class, seniors forum or any other local association in the ward to discuss local issues and the City’s priorities for 2017. I remain accessible and available to all groups in the ward, contact me any time.

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ting edge of many technological advancements. Their instincts were correct as they witnessed the inventions and developments of the CanadArm, a prosthetic arm, the IMAX movie system, and the infamous Blackberry smartphone, to name a few. That is, in the past 50 years, we’ve seen great advancements in transportation, communication, health, and safety. As a youth, I can already predict the improvements in technology that will make living in my community even better. New and efficient ways to traverse the city, such as the ‘Confederation Light Rail Line’, would make it an affordable and convenient way to explore my community. I expect to see smartphone apps that will provide transportation, tourism, and community events information at the touch of a screen. I also hope to be part of youthgeared boards and committees to ensure better, more inclusive, and more advanced methods of communication, so that I can get my voice heard in affairs that are happening in my community. Truly, my grandparents chose Canada for its ability to thrive amongst the diversity of its people. That is what they saw then, and what they have encouraged and participated in over the last fifty years. I want to follow in their footsteps and continue to promote multiculturalism and racial equality. It was a policy Pierre Elliott Trudeau declared, and now fifty years later under the leadership of his son, a way of life for me within my community. In the next 50 years, I hope to see more community buildings and programs where people can share and learn about each other’s cultures. I see the importance of storytelling, cultural awareness groups in schools, and support for new Canadians as they arrive to our city. Volunteering to help immigrants settle, support and assisting at food banks, being part of new cultural programs through the community and in school are all ways youth can continue to enjoy our multicultural city and nation. When I visit our beloved Parliament building in 2067, I hope to put my arm around my grandchildren and reflect on how life was in 2017 and how I was part of the growth and development that they are living at that time. I hope through the life I have led in the city that I call ‘home’, my children and grandchildren will embody the love of the environment, the quest for progress, and the passion for diversity that my grandparents saw so many years before.


Second place writer has designs on embracing change BY JAYCEEGABRIEL CALDERON

In 2067, our community and city has blossomed into a more beautiful and friendly environment that accepts and embraces diversity. While our community has always been a place full of different kinds of people and a variety of infrastructure, I feel that our country will advance in many technological and ecological ways that will reflect the diverse makeup of our nation. In my vision of 2067, I am able to play a substantial role in the changes I want to see in our world. To begin, I see the country changing technologically such as in the field of medicine where medical technology will help advance and support the lives of those in need. Furthermore, ecological change is a priority for not just our community but also, the world at large. We have more environmental engineers to help the population understand how we can better our world beyond just planting more trees, recycling, and switching to solar or

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wind power as much as we can (which helps maintain but does not fix the ecological problems we face). In addition to a growth in technology and ecology, Canada has changed socially as well, with an emphasis on people becoming more accepting and understanding towards one another. My 2067 has a general population that

are educated and celebrate diversity allowing for us to overcome such social inequalities as homelessness and hunger. What’s more, I will personally do my best to make a large impact on our community and to help make it as successful as possible; I will strive to set an example and become a role model who welcomes change, helping to advance our amazing country and society into something even greater in the next 50 years. In 2067, I am an entrepreneur and business owner, which allows me to help our economy. I believe in communities and as such, I build houses, community centres, schools and parks that are affordable and help families purchase their first home and establish roots within a positive community. With these kinds of buildings, we are able to help our future generation advance and set them up for a successful life while instilling in them a sense of charity and community. See PROUD, page 15

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Proud to be a Canadian, now and in the future Continued from page 13

Ultimately, all of these changes that will happen in the next 50 years will positively impact our society because I know that they will help to aid our society and community in being the best it can be. These changes will help us discover that we should not discriminate others for their differences, culturally, physically or mentally. Instead, we must work better together in order to help our society as a community and, moreover,

as a country. I picture a world that is successful, encourages advancement in the technological field and promotes equality. Overall, I think our country, city, and community especially, will be a welcoming place for all kinds of cultures and people. I envision 2067 as a place where Canada works together as a family to make our nation the most multicultural country in the world, a country that is constantly trying to better itself and a place where everyone feels welcome. In my 2067, I am as proud to say I am Canadian as I am in 2016.

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The year 2017 marks Canada’s 150th anniversary. In the years since 1867, many things have changed; our fashion, our provinces, our technology. As a country, we have proved our strength and independence through our work ethic, and our ability to be a forward thinking country that any nation can look up to. If we look back at the past 50 years, the innovations are innumerable. Canada has grown so much in such a short amount of time, and through looking to the past, it is easy to imagine how much we can do in the years still to come. By 2067, I foresee many things changing in my community. For example, fifty years into the future all cars will be self driving. Already, new technology is being developed to make these driverless cars accessible, and I am sure that they will be a part of my community and daily life not too far in the future. I think that this innovation will be able to save many lives and money for communities, as there will be an absence of things such as driving while intoxicated, speeding, and other things that make driving unsafe for people. In 50 years, every house in my neighborhood will be energy-efficient. We will all have solar panels on our roofs and small windmills to create clean energy that will help prevent climate change. Conscious life news wrote an article that states that the average house-

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hold in North America puts out 2,700 lbs of air pollution per year, but if we all had solar technologies we could prevent 2,437 lbs of sulfur dioxide, and 1,364 lbs of nitrogen oxides from entering the air (consciouslifenews.org). Having been involved with organizations such as Free the Children and Me to We, I truly believe that we can all help each other as a community to grow. I hope that by this time, I will be in a line of work that allows me to be front and center in making these changes happen, such as policy writing, so that I can truly put my ideas in place. Implementing these changes in our energy sources is something small that I think we will all have done by 2067, in my community

and in communities all over the country, as a way to come together and prevent climate change and promote clean energy. In the year 2067, Ottawa will be one of the main cities in the world, on par with New York, Toronto, London, etc. We have already started to expand our city, and make the downtown area more accessible with the LRT that opens in 2018, and I think this addition will make our city more popular with tourists and people who live on the outskirts of Ottawa. I believe that by 2067, the world will be a global community and people will look to Ottawa, our Nation’s Capital, as a symbol of prosperity and progressiveness, as Canada is becoming increasingly

well- known for our openness and respect towards the world. I hope that in the next 50 years, we will have been able to open our arms to other countries and share our Canadian values with the world, as I truly believe that we can have a positive impact on society by showing everyone how full of love we are. Canada, over the next 50 years, will only continue to grow and change, and I for one am excited to see what we, as a country, will be able to accomplish moving forward. I believe that everyone can help make a difference, and I for one will work my hardest to push our country forward into the future; a bright future for all of us.

Ottawa Police Hosts Information Sessions On Service Delivery Changes The Ottawa Police Service (OPS) is hosting a series of public information sessions for residents to learn more about changes to its service delivery model. These changes are part of a strategy called the Service Initiative (SI) Program, which is designed to improve how the OPS serves the community. At the information sessions, residents will learn about their Community Police Officers, how to access policing services, where to direct concerns about safety in their neighbourhood, and more. Three sessions are being hosted across the city, the closest being on Monday January 16th from 7-8:30pm in Halls C and D at the Nepean Sportsplex, 1701 Woodroffe Ave. If you would like more information or if you would like to register, please visit ottawapolice.ca/serviceinitiative. Ottawa 2017 Festivities Begin The year we have all been waiting for is finally here! As we celebrate Canada’s 150th birthday, the Ottawa 2017 Bureau has been hard at work planning a year full of engaging, immersive and transformative events taking place in our nation’s capital. Throughout the next 12 months, a wide range of events from Redbull Crashed Ice to Ottawa Welcomes the World will be taking place. For more information on all 2017 events, please visit ottawa2017.ca. Be here for Canada’s big year!

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Christmas Card Winner Congratulations to Chelsea in Mme Hall’s grade 4 class at St. Emily School who was this year’s winner of my annual Christmas Card Contest! Chelsea provided a beautiful design for my Christmas card and was able to join me at City Hall recently to meet with the Mayor as a thank you for her creative submission. Thank you to all the schools in the Ward who participated!

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National Popcorn Day Thursday, January 19th, 2:00pm Celebrate this beloved snack with a popcorn party and a movie in our big-screen V!VAplex theatre.

Robbie Burns Day Wednesday, January 25th, 3:00pm With live musical entertainment and a reading of the classic: “Address to a Haggis”.

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KEY RESPONSIBILITIES: Reporting to the Manager of Quality & Regulatory, the incumbent will perform a wide variety of functions supporting the Quality & Regulatory activities. Responsibilities include: • Primary responsibility for maintaining over 1700 documents in accordance with ISO certified Quality System • Participates in ALL Quality System audits including ISO, FDA, Health Canada, CNSC, USNRC • Maintains master procedures database and spreadsheet • Maintains repository of all electronic procedures including controls/issues numbering, maintaining standard template for all procedures and the preparation of all draft(s) procedures and ensures all other processes such as approvals, signatures, notifications, security are maintained • Primary responsibility for preparing and submitting Sealed Source Export Permit applications and supporting material to CNSC and maintaining electronic and hard copies of Export Permits • Liaise with CNSC for Export Permits • Maintains training database and training records and responsible for follow-up • RSO backup for Sealed Source Tracking (CNSC reporting) • Maintains office supplies for various departments, Company forms for various departments, Company telephone directory and backup reception area SKILLS AND QUALIFICATIONS: • University or College graduate plus 3 – 5 years related experience preferred • ISO certified Quality System training and experience is highly desirable • Experience with ALL Quality System audits including ISO, FDA, Health Canada, CNSC, USNRC and Nuclear industries is highly desirable • Records management and information control experience would be an asset • Must possess advanced skills and be highly proficient in Microsoft Office Suite (Word, Access and Excel) • Excellent interpersonal and verbal/written communication skills essential • Excellent organizational skills and ability to handle multiple priorities and meet strict deadlines • Must have effective time management skills and be able to be self-directed All applicants should apply in writing to Human Resources: Email: jobs@theratronics.ca or Fax #: (613) 591-2176 NOTE: Only successful candidates shall be contacted for interviews. CLR729690_0112

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Much ado about linen hankies

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iss Crosby, as always, was at school by the time the first one of us arrived in the morning. My brother Emerson once suggested he wouldn’t be a bit surprised if she slept there all night. The Christmas holidays were over, and we were right back into the usual routine at the Northcote School. And every morning I looked for the special gift I had given Miss Crosby the night of our Christmas concert. And then, just after we had been back a few days, there it was. The white hanky I had given her, tucked into the cuff of her dress, with one corner sticking out just far enough that I could see the red rose that had been embroidered on it. Miss Crosby, ever cautious not to single one pupil out, gave no sign that she was wearing my gift. But I knew it was the one I had given her, and that was all that mattered.

MARY COOK

Memories ‘That day in school, when I let my mind wander, I thought too of Mother and her hankies. She had several fancy hankies, one of which she always carried in her purse.’ I had a hard time paying attention to my lessons that day, and wanted so badly to tell everyone that the hanky, which had cost 19 cents at Walker’s Store in Renfrew, was now tucked neatly into the cuff of my teacher’s dress sleeve. And as often happened to me, my mind wandered that

day. With my work done and my scribbler closed, I thought a lot about hankies. Girls and women called them hankies, whereas boys and men called them handkerchiefs. Father’s weren’t fancy or white like Uncle Lou’s. Father’s were either navy or red with dots and squares.

He wore his tucked into his back pocket, and it served many purposes besides being used to blow his nose. It cleaned pieces of machinery, wiped the toes of his Sunday shoes, and polished his pipe. My sister Audrey and I had what we called school hankies, which were plain white squares, and then we had one special one which we took to church on Sundays. A plain white hankie held every cent I owned. This is where young girls tied the few pennies they had into a corner of the hankie, and of course, it was tucked away for safe keeping, out of sight in case a brother decided to help himself to a penny or two. That day in school, when I let my mind wander, I thought too of Mother and her hankies. She had several fancy hankies, one of which she always carried in her purse. And before going into town, or to visit, she took her bottle of “Evening In Paris” cologne, and gave the hankie a good dash so that every

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

ness knows where. And when she needed it, she wasn’t the least bit embarrassed to reach in, grab it out, use it, and cram it back into the cavity from where it came. There was a lot to think about when it came to hankies. And so that day after Christmas, when Miss Crosby had my present tucked into the sleeve of her dress, I hoped that she would do something to show that she liked what I had given her at the Christmas concert. And then, just before school was let out at the end of the day, she pulled the hankie out of her sleeve, gently patted the end of her nose, looked down at the 18 of us waiting to be dismissed and her eyes rested on me and a faint smile came to her lips. And then she tucked the hankie back into her sleeve. That was all I needed. Interested in an electronic version of Mary’s books? Go to https://www.smashwords.com and type MaryRCook for ebook purchase details, or if you would like a hard copy, please contact Mary at wick2@sympatico.ca.

Pet Adoptions

Bijou (ID# A088972)

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

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

Pet of the Week: Bijou (ID# A088972)

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

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

Website: www.ottawahumane.ca Email: Adoptions@ottawahumane.ca Telephone: (613) 725-3166 x258

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ESKO

Hi, my name is ESKO! I am a 3-year-old Maltese/Yorkshire terrier mix. I live in Kanata, where I enjoy exploring the many trails and green spaces in the area. I am particularly fond of Alice Wilson Woods. As you can see I am an avid Ottawa Senators fan and always “paws” to watch their games on T.V. Although I am a loyal Sens fan, my favourite player in the NHL is Jay Beagle of the Washington Capitals.


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Welcoming calving season with a little Holly

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alving season 2017 started a little early this year. Normally our cows give birth in late January to March. But the day after Boxing Day, one cow was hanging out in the barn by herself. When the Farmer went to check on her a while later, there was a tiny calf standing beside her. The calf was up and moving around but didn’t appear to be eating. The lack of selenium in our soil has led to a weak suckling instinct in both our sheep and our cattle. The Farmer gave the little heifer a quick shot of the miracle supplement and in just a few minutes she was up and under her mother, nursing away. We like to keep the new family in the barn for the first week or so, to ensure the baby knows who her mother is. Hopefully by the time they are released to the barnyard, they will have formed a strong bond and will be less likely to lose each other in the herd. Every morning we brought two pails of water from the pump to the inner reaches of the barn, where the new mother and baby were recuperating. We filled the feeders with hay and tossed some old straw on the pen floor to sop up some of the wetness. It gets pretty messy in there in a very short time. After a few days the new mother had had enough of the spa experience and was more

DIANA FISHER The Accidental Farmwife

‘The next day we tried again to let the animals outside. This time the pair sauntered as far away from the barn as they could go before hitting deep snow.’ than ready to get out of the barn for some fresh air and sunshine. Her little calf was running circles around her in the pen, ready to head out for a romp. We waited for a mild, sunny day to let the pair outside. The temperature was hovering right around the zero mark when I opened the door to the pen. Mama didn’t need much coaxing, and baby followed along with a little skip. I put some of the leftover hay outside in a spot that was sheltered from the wind. Cow and calf lay down for an afternoon nap. Within about half an hour, the sky had darkened and a blizzard blew in with a snow squall and biting winds. I worried about the little calf and hoped her mom would lead

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ParticipACTION, I accept your challenge. My plan is to recruit some neighbours and create a fitness team. Together, we will conquer the list! One activity that’s sure to be part of the 150 is curling. I have long wanted to try this for two reasons: If I ever move to a small town, my curling expertise will certainly determine my social life. It also appeals to me to use a broom for something other than spills on the kitchen floor. I don’t know yet what else will be on the list, but with 150 options to choose from, it should be easy to pick something different to try daily. It doesn’t take much to meet the minimum daily fitness requirements, but at last check, nearly nine in 10 Canadian adults weren’t getting the 2.5 hours of weekly fitness recommended.

her into the part of the barn where the cows take shelter from the weather. I stood at the window squinting my eyes, trying to see the little black dot in the snow against the barn. I worried she would be too cold, or get separated from her mom in the blinding snow. Just then the Farmer came in, sliding the patio door shut on the storm behind him. “I put them back in the pen,” he announced. He said he picked up the little calf and carried her back to the room she had just vacated. The weather was just too nasty for such a new little creature. Mom followed, if a little reluctantly. She was enjoying being outside, but wasn’t about to let her baby be taken away. The next day we tried again

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to let the animals outside. This time the pair sauntered as far away from the barn as they could go before hitting deep snow. They lay down together in the sunshine at the far corner of the field, as if to say, “we aren’t going back in that barn, thanks. We’re ok right here.” The little heifer spends her afternoons lying on the bed of spilled hay around the feeder. The bull stands protectively over her so that no one accidentally steps on her while feeding. We will have to keep a close eye on the rest of the cows to see if any others are planning a surprise birth. Betty is getting a little slower and she has a funny look in her eye. The other day she didn’t want one of the apples I was handing out, either: a sure sign that she isn’t feeling like herself. Soon we will have fat cows stuffed into all of the old lambing pens and even the horse stable will be full. One down, eleven to go. Calving season 2017 has begun, with a little heifer calf I named Holly. It would be ideal if the rest of them were born before we head to Jamaica at the end of February. Our house sitters aren’t much for delivering calves. theaccidentalfarmwife.blogspot. com dianafisher1@gmail.com

Helping People John and Make Informed, Project Stitch Healthy Food at CHEO Choices Last month, I had the pleasure

attending launch of is the Asofthe New Year the begins, Ontario making and reorganization it construction easier for people to make informed and of CHEO’s day care surgery and healthy choices about what to eat when recovery units. This undertaking, dining out or purchasing ready-to-eat meals fondly called Project Stitch, will to take home.

dramatically increase patient flow, improve patient privacy andfirst have Starting January 1, Ontario is the a direct impact on the quality of province in Canada to require food service care provided to young patients providers withI20 moreproud locations in the in Ottawa. amorvery that province — such as restaurants, coffee the Government of Ontario will shops, convenience stores, grocery stores be investing $8.6 million dollars in and movie theatres — to include the number Project Stitch.

ofCHEO caloriesprovides for each food the and highbeverage quality item oncare theirthat menus, labels or tags.want and all of us would expect for our children should they

Calories a measure of howalone, much over energy requireare surgery. In 2015 procedures were performed is7,700 in the food we eat. Knowing how many in the are operating rooms at CHEO, calories in our food can help us get the and CHEO surgeons spent over right amount of energy for our needs.

6,400 hours operating on children andservice youth.providers Project are Stitch helpto Food also will required improve our hospital’s surgical unit post an educational statement for customers and cut wait times for children and about average dailysurgery. caloric needs as youth needing

individual calorie needs vary depending on a I welcome and applaud Project number of factors, including activity level, Stitch, and I look forward to hearing age and gender. about its progress in the coming months.

Including information about calories on menus is part of Ontario’s plan to help people Are Here to Help inWe their everyday lives. Please feel free to contact me at

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Alta Vista – Enjoy toddlertime at the Alta Vista library on Thursdays, Jan. 12 to Feb. 16, from 10:30 to 11 a.m. Registration is not required. Toddlers aged 18 to 36 months and their parents or caregivers are welcome. The branch is located at 2516 Alta Vista. Dr.

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Manotick – Join the Ottawa PC Users’ Group for a free seminar at the Manotick library branch on Jan. 14 from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. The session will focus on Flicking and Tweeting: Social

Vernon – Enjoy an adult drawing workshop on Jan. 14 from 1 to 3 p.m. at the Osgoode Township Museum. Discover the secrets behind perspective drawing techniques. This is the first in a series of monthly drawing workshops. Beginners are welcome. The cost is $25 per person and spaces are limited. To register, call 613-821-4062 or email education@osgoodemuseum.ca.

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Ramsayville – A flower-arranging demo will be held on Jan. 16 at 7:30 p.m. at the Gloucester Horticultural Society, located at 4373 Generation Crt. in Ramsayville. Florist Heidi Oeschger will present fresh ideas to try out at future horticultural society competitions. Admission is free by space is limited. Pre-registration is required by calling 613-749-

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Heron Park – The Strathcona Legion branch hosts a Robbie Burns dinner and party on Jan. 21. Hosts Katherine and Georges Winters are planning another Highlands-themed fling with all the highlights honoring the immortal bard. The traditional dinner will feature corned beef

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Heron Park – The Strathcona Legion branch is hosting the Ottawa Celtic Kitchen Park on Jan. 22,1 to 3 p.m. The music event is free. Call the Legion at 613-2361575. The branch is located at 1940B Bank St., near the Pizza Hut.

Edwards – Stanley’s Olde Maple Lane Farm, 2452 York’s Corners Rd. in Edwards, hosts Busting out the Brews Jan. 27, showcasing local breweries, wineries and restaurants. Tickets $40 and are available at Metcalfe Variety and Scotiabank Osgoode, or call 613-821-1034, ext. 248.

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Heron Park – Enjoy a chicken dinner, Caesar salad and dessert at the Strathcona branch of the Royal Canadian Legion on Jan. 13 at 5:45 p.m. Entertainment will feature Johnny Vegas and Eddie Bimm. The dinner costs $9 for members and $12 for non-members. Call the Legion at 613-236-1575 by Jan. 12 at 5 p.m. There is no cover charge for the music, which begins at 7 p.m. The branch is located at 1940B Bank St., near the Pizza Hut.

choir and nursery. The church is located at 4101 Stagecoach Rd. The evening will consist of courses on marriage, parenting and Bible teachings. Everyone is welGreely – The Greely Legion come. There is no cost and an opbranch hosts a euchre tourna- tional supper takes place at 5:45 ment on Jan. 14. Registration and p.m., which costs $5 for adults. a light lunch begin at noon. Play starts at 1 p.m. The cost is $15 per person and there will be prizes for Jan. 17 first, second and third place. The Alta Vista – A public presentabranch is located at 8021 Mitch tion will be held on the city’s plan Owens Rd. For details call 613- for a new central Ottawa Public 822-1451 or 613-826-6128. library on Jan. 17 at noon. The event, which is being hosted by Metcalfe – On Jan. 14, from 9 the Ottawa Council of Women, a.m. to 3 p.m., the 2951 branch will include a discussion by liof the Royal Canadian Army brary officials. It takes place at Cadets will be holding an e-waste the Rideau Park United Church collection at the Metcalfe Fair- at 2203 Alta Vista Dr. For details, grounds to raise funds for a trip call 613-731-2739. to Vimy Ridge this November.

Alta Vista - On Jan. 22 at 10 a.m., you are invited to join us for our annual “I Have A Dream” church service at Rideau Park United Church, 2203 Alta Vista Dr. For details, call 613-733-3156, ext. 229, or visit rideaupark.ca.

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8897. For details, visit gardenon- and cabbage, carrots and neeps tario.org/site.php/glouster/about/ and of course the Haggis will be meetings. served, followed by dessert. Entertainment will be by Paddy G Osgoode – Trinity Bible and the Minnie Men. The cost is Church hosts Thursday Fun only $20 and tickets are available Nights beginning Jan. 16 from at the legion. Call the Legion at 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. There will be indoor soccer, crafts, community 613-236-1575.

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Please email your events by Fri- Jan. 12 days at noon to ottawa_south@ Leitrim – The Ottawa South metroland.com. Women’s Connection “RSVP Ministries” will be hosting their next event on Jan. 12, from 9:30 to 11 a.m. at the Fred Barrett January Metcalfe – January spaces are Arena, 3280 Leitrim Rd. Our feature is “Celtic Cross Dancers” still available at the Metcalfe Cowith Laurie MacEachern. Barry operative Nursery School. The Francis will sing and Julia Frantoddler program for kids ages 18 cis will read a faith story. There months to two-and-a-half years will be refreshments, door prizes old happens Tuesday and Friday and childcare will be available. from 9 to 11 a.m. The preschool The group is about women conprogram for kids ages two-and- necting with God, each other and a-half to four-and-a-half takes the community. Admission is $6. place Monday, Wednesday and Contact 613-801-8758 for details. Thursday from 9 to 11:30 a.m. Extended childcare is available. For details, visit ruralfamilyconnections.ca or call 613-821-3196. Jan. 13 Alta Vista – Alta Vista branch 6908 of the Knights of Columbus will hold its next macaroni and bean supper for the public Until Feb. 13 Alta Vista – The Alta Vista li- on Jan. 13 at the Sainte-Genevbrary hosts babytime with stories, iève parish hall, located at 825 rhymes and songs for babies up Canterbury Ave. Doors open at to 18 months and their parents or 5 p.m. and dinner will be served caregivers on Mondays until Feb. at 5:30 p.m. The meal includes 13, 10:30 to 11 a.m. Registration beans and macaroni, bread and is not necessary. The branch is at butter, coffee, tea, onions in vinegar, and dessert. Cost is $8 for 2516 Alta Vista Dr. adults and children under 12 eat for free.

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