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Hate crimes forum flags challenges, potential solutions ERIN MCCRACKEN erin.mccracken@metroland.com

Two-thirds of all hate crimes committed in Ottawa go unreported. “That’s a problem for police because we don’t know the full landscape,” said Staff Sgt. Dave Zackrias, head of the Ottawa police diversity and race relations unit. “We need to know this.

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But the recommendation was by no means unanimous. Board member Kay Stanley was the lone dissenting voice on the committee evaluating the potential of each of the 12 sites. She said she preferred a location for the new campus across from its current site, combining two of the options and leaving out a research field. Stanley, a former member of the hospital’s board, said while people cried out about agricultural research, “nobody talked about health research.” She said the location would also be preferable because of the proximity of other health services along the Carling corridor. “We’ve all heard minutes count and I think that needs to be taken into consideration.” Stanley said she would abstain from the vote against the Tunney’s Pasture recommendation. “I have held a different view that I have held for over a decade,” she said. Board members Bob Plamondon and Brian Coburn also opposed the recommendation. Plamondon said he didn’t feel adequately informed to make a decision and Coburn was also looking for some answers to justify it. When the vote was called, there were three abstentions and two members voting against. With its approval, the board planned to send its final report supporting the recommendation to the minister of Canadian Heritage by the end of November. If approved by the minister, It is up to the hospital to decide if it would move forward with plans for that location. In a statement from the Ottawa Hospital released the same day as the board’s decision, the hospital noted the Tunney’s Pasture site was not among the top-ranked sites in the institution’s 2008 or 2016 reports. In the 2016 report, the hospital raised concerns about access delays due to traffic

on the already jam-packed Parkdale Avenue and concerns about the cost and timelines for demolishing what’s already located there. “We have not yet had an opportunity to review the NCC’s report released today. Over the coming weeks, we will work with our partners in the municipal, provincial and federal governments to plan a way forward. Until that review is complete, the hospital is not in a position to comment further.” Kitchissppi Coun. Jeff Leiper also raised similar concerns about Tunney’s Pasture following the announcement. “I will be pressing the hospital and federal government for details of how the challenges we’re certain to identify will be mitigated,” Leiper wrote in a post to his website. “While the site poses localized challenges, it’s important to note that there are some considerable advantages to preserving a hospital in Ottawa’s core, saving the research fields at the Central Experimental Farm, and reducing reliance on cars by locating on mass transit.” While some were questioning the decision to locate on the western edge of Tunney’s Pasture, for members of the coalition to save the experimental farm, they could finally breathe a sigh of relief. “The ideal situation was that the whole farm would remain intact, so for us this is fantastic,” said Paul Johanis, part of the coalition to protect the farm and Greenspace Alliance. “All we ever wanted was for the evaluation to take into account science, heritage and greenspace as important evaluation criteria,” he said. “We felt confident that if those were taken into account the people making the decision would protect the farm and find some alternative site that didn’t have those problems associated with it.” ‘LOUD AND CLEAR’

Ottawa Centre MP Catherine McKenna released a statement thanking the NCC for its work on the file. “I hear loud and clear from the residents of Ottawa Centre that they wanted the new site of the Ottawa Hospital’s Civic Campus to be in the downtown core and easily accessible by public transit, while also protecting the greenspace of the Experimental Farm,” the statement reads. “I’m happy to see that the recommended site meets all of these criteria.” Also in a statement, Conservative MP for Carleton Pierre Poilievre denounced the location, calling it costly and risky. He drew attention to the need to relocate public servants and demolish existing buildings on the site. “By far, the best option was a big open field right across the street from the current campus,” his statement reads. “By contrast, the hospital twice rejected Tunney’s Pasture.”


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Findlay Creekers pitch ideas to offset subdivision impact BY ERIN MCCRACKEN erin.mccracken@metroland.com

Findlay Creekers whose homes back onto cemetery lands that will one day be transformed into a residential subdivision have no shortage of ideas to minimize their loss of privacy. “We’re losing all that and we’re going to have a bunch of houses in our backyard,” said Doug Brousseau, who lives on Bulrush Crescent, one of two affected streets at the north end of the community. “My biggest concern ... is having a two-storey house in my backyard where I used to

have green space and coyotes and turkeys and deer. We don’t want people two-storeys up looking into our houses there and we were never told they would be there.” Homeowners recently sounded the alarm after learning the Catholic Archdiocese of Ottawa sold a vacant parcel of Hope Cemetery land to developer Tartan. The proposal currently working its way through the city approval process calls for the transformation of six hectares into 150 housing units, including 60 detached single-family homes and 90 townhomes. “We’re not going to stop it.

We all know that. The houses are going to be built,” Brousseau said. “We’d just like consideration (for) the mix of housing. Single-family homes is fine, but they should be bungalows against bungalows.” Melissa Côté, Tartan land use planner, said residents’ concerns have been heard. “And we are floating around ideas, things that we can do to kind of alleviate those concerns,” she told about 25 homeowners at a public consultation meeting at the Fred Barrett Arena on Nov. 23. See QUESTIONS, page 5


Questions raised over why homes built before roads widened Continued from page 4

Building mirror-image bungalows, putting in a buffer block and berm, planting tall trees close together, as well as increasing the distance between new homes and the existing property line are the preferred options pitched by those living on Bulrush and Mangrove crescents at the north end of Findlay Creek. “Some of those options are viable,” Côté said. “Some, I think, could be a little more challenging.” While the future homes backing onto existing single-family bungalow townhomes will be single-family dwellings, whether bungalows can be built will have to be discussed with Tartan and Tamarack builders, she said. “We are sensitive to this issue,” added Pierre Dufresne, vicepresident of land development at Tartan. Randy Ray, who lives on Bulrush, urged Tartan reps to consider homeowners as well as the future loss of green space and wild animals. He also pressed GloucesterSouth Nepean Coun. Michael Qaqish for an opinion on the

project and was told Findlay Creek is one of many suburban communities in Ottawa that is experiencing fast-paced growth. “The reality is we can say no to this at committee and council and (the developer) can appeal it at the (Ontario Municipal Board) and then we’d be spending our dollars on lawyers,” Qaqish said, adding that while he doesn’t like giving up green space, Findlay Creek is a suburban community seeing significant housing construction. The councillor then turned to Dufresne and asked whether he can commit to building bungalows behind about a dozen preexisting single-storey homes. Input from the community will be collected and options will be presented to the homebuilders, Dufresne said. Ray, who hopes 12-foot trees spaced close together can be planted, asked how realistic it would be to put in a tree line in back of affected homes. “We obviously didn’t plant in our backyards because no one was ever going to live behind us,” he said. “So now we’ve got nothing – no trees, nothing.” A landscape architect will have to be consulted, but Côté said “I

think doing enhanced plantings would be a viable option.” The new neighbourhood would be built at the same time as a 900-home subdivision proposed for a large swath of undeveloped land southwest of Bank Street and Leitrim Road. As part of the redevelopment, Kelly Farm Drive would be extended from White Alder Avenue to Leitrim Road, where a traffic signal will be installed. Phase one of the new neighbourhood to the west of Hope Cemetery, which will begin with the addition of sewers, utilities and a stormwater pond, would get underway in the fall of 2017 or early 2018. “I expect that you will be using that road some time in 2018,” Côté said. The discussion also saw the return of concerns over traffic headaches on Bank Street and Leitrim and Albion roads. “It’s great that you’re building roads within the complex, but we need the roads outside the complex built up,” said Barbara D’Amico, representing the Findlay Creek Community Association. “We’re completely surrounded by one-lane roads.” Dufresne said once a trans-

portation study is complete, area developers will discuss how to move forward. One resident suggested it doesn’t make sense to build residential neighbourhoods first before much-needed road infrastructure and other services. “I’ll start off by saying you’re absolutely right,” Dufresne said. “It would be wonderful to have the infrastructure in the ground, the parks built, the community centre built ... (but) it would be unachievable financially.” Development charges collected from new developments help fund city roads, which are expensive, and the reason they can’t be built at once. “It’s really just a cash-flow issue with the city,” Dufresne said, adding “it’s financially prohibitive for us to be able to come out to a site and say we’re going to build roads like that.” Qaqish agreed it is a backwards process, but said he has met with area developers to discuss whether they can pay to widen Bank Street in the short term and be paid back later by the city. No promises have yet been given. The four developers working in Findlay Creek don’t want to

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Findlay Creek residents discuss their concerns during a Nov. 23 public consultation meeting at the Fred Barrett Arena regarding a subdivision proposed for land that recently belonged to Hope Cemetery in the south Ottawa community. wait, and plan to look for solutions to alleviate congestion, said Dufresne. “We can’t just go out and build it because it’s a $20- to $22-million project,” he

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Police tactical boss shares good book with Charles Hulse kids BY ERIN MCCRACKEN erin.mccracken@metroland.com

The head of the Ottawa police tactical unit stopped fighting crime for a half hour to read one of his daughter’s favourite storybooks. “I love doing this,� Staff Sgt. Paul Burnett said after reading The Day the Crayons Quit to Grade 1 students at Charles H. Hulse Public School students in the Ridgemont area on Nov. 25. The officer, father to a fouryear-old boy and seven-yearold girl, was invited by the Ottawa Network for Education to take part in the OttawaReads ERIN MCCRACKEN/METROLAND early literacy initiative. Staff Sgt. Paul Burnett, head of the Ottawa police tactical unit, reads to Grade 1 The Ottawa Police Service students at Charles H. Hulse Public School on Nov. 25. The Ottawa Network for Education’s plays a significant role in the reading program. About 25 OttawaReads program relies on volunteers to go into schools and read with children. uniformed officers regularly read to schoolchildren. “Exposing kids at this age to the police and the work that we do and that we’re just regular

people is helpful,� said Burnett, who also read to students at Roberta Bondar Public School in Hunt Club Park in recent weeks. “It’s a different side to what we do too.� As Burnett read to the Charles Hulse youngsters, they laughed and scooted closer until eventually they had surrounded the police officer, keenly watching as he turned the pages of the book. Lee-Ann Scott, director of volunteer programs at the Ottawa Network for Education, said the OttawaReads program is one of the network’s many school-based programs. Volunteers, such as Burnett, are trained to go into different schools across the city to read to the very young. “It’s usually one-on-one and it gives valuable time for a child to have a caring adult read to them, ask them questions, get to know them,� Scott said. “There’s magic in that relation-

ship. Having a volunteer come every week makes a child feel really special.� OttawaReads has been in existence since 2003. Each week, an estimated 130 readers volunteer their time in 31 elementary schools in the Ottawa-Carleton District School Board. Gloucester-Southgate Coun. Diane Deans is the most recent addition to the program. She will soon be reading to students at Robert Bateman Public School in Greenboro. “We have volunteers that have incredible backgrounds that are coming in every week,� said Scott, adding that Charles Hulse has two regular readers. The organization is in need of volunteers given the number of Syrian refugees and new Canadians who have settled in Ottawa over the past year. There are currently eight schools on the OttawaReads waiting list. To volunteer, go online to ottawareads.ca.

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But as the old Scotia Bank commercials tell us, “You’re richer than you think.” Canada’s middle class, as defined by the federal Liberals, are actually among the richest people in the country. Statistics Canada tells us that individuals who earned $89,000 per year or more in 2013 are officially in the top 10 per cent of income earners in Canada.

BRYNNA LESLIE Capital Muse ‘Trudeau’s Liberals are neglecting families that could truly use a leg up. This includes the real middle class and the poor – the 90 per cent of Canadians earning less than $89,000 per year.’ Despite this, politicians are successfully appealing to them at every turn by redistributing wealth in their favour. And yet, there are 4.5 million Canadians currently living below the poverty line. A report released in late November, to mark the 26th anniversary of Canada’s pledge to eradicate child poverty by 2000, is a sobering reminder that, by subsidizing wealthy citizens, we are failing the most vulnerable among us. Since the pledge to eliminate child

poverty was made in 1989, the child poverty rate has jumped to 18.6 per cent from 15.6 per cent in a single generation. For children under six, the number is 20 per cent. Nearly one in five Canadian children are living in poverty. The statistics are far more dire among Canada’s indigenous populations. In Nunavut, 45 per cent of children are in poverty. In Saskatchewan, nearly 70 per cent of children living on reserves are in poverty. DEFENDERS

As politicians poise themselves as the defenders of the great middle class, it’s time they redefine precisely who these people are. Hint: It’s not those making six figures who are apparently worried about putting their kids through university. If a family’s biggest concerns are whether to buy a second car, if junior can afford those expensive music lessons or “should we buy fair trade organic coffee this week?” they probably shouldn’t be receiving tax-free handouts from the government. By subsidizing the rich under the guise of “helping the middle class”, Trudeau’s Liberals are neglecting families that could truly use a leg up. This includes the real middle class and the poor – the 90 per cent of Canadians earning less than $89,000 per year. Even if you’re not a socialist at heart, there’s a good economic argument for eliminating tax benefits to the rich to target subsidies where they’re most needed. The poor will spend the money, because they have to, in order to put food on the table. Keeping Canadians out of poverty and encouraging spending would offer a much bigger boon to the economy than giving handouts to Canada’s wealthiest to help them pay off their massive consumer debts.

Week In Review! This week at city hall Osgoode Ward resident Gib Patterson received the prestigious Order of Ottawa from Mayor Jim Watson on November 17. Gib is known for various real estate initiatives having developed two family farms in the Hunt Club Road area into high-density housing developments and commercial properties. He owns three golf courses in the Ottawa area, is a founding member of the Ottawa-Carleton Plowing Association, and an active community supporter and long-time member of the Ottawa Rotary Club. He is a very familiar face and presence in the Ward with being so actively involved in many charities and fundraisers, including many with his family members. Congratulations Gib! Well deserved and I’m very proud to be not only your Councillor, but also your friend.

I only knew Carol Parker for a short time but I was thrilled to be asked to say a few words and be amongst family, friends and the community who cherished her, and knew first hand her selfless efforts and dedication in making the ward a better place. Carol’s enthusiasm and strong leadership skills brought so many ideas to life. She did all this while raising a family, performing as a church organist, teaching piano lessons and serving as a school board trustee and Chairperson of the Carleton Board of Education. For those of you who do not know, she was responsible for setting up the original library in Greely in the old fire department building. What better way to commemorate Carol with a room dedication in the Greely library, in the ward that she lived in for almost 40 years. The Norm Foster “Double-Double” two One-Act plays put on by the ITR theatre group in Osgoode was well done and hilarious, as expected! “My Narrator” and “The Death of Me” were so entertaining and well worth the drive out on a snowy afternoon! It certainly was a pleasure to see so many of the residents involved in theatre and displaying their talents on stage for the audience to enjoy after countless hours of rehearsing. The performances have been largely sold out, however there are still some remaining shows. Try to see one soon, you won’t be disappointed. The Annual 4H Carleton East Awards/Banquet night was one of the largest crowds to date! Close to 200 people joined in on the evening of great food, family and friends. Everyone had the opportunity to catch up and many groups received awards. A special feature of the evening were a few handmade “working farm” projects on display that were spectacular down to the very last details. How wonderful to see such great participation. A true grass roots organization and large part of the rural community. I was very happy to be able to attend, and appreciated being invited to speak as well.

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Councillor Allan Hubley hosted the last in a series of Ward comedy nights in Kanata this week. He had a very enthusiastic crowd and good comedians competing for a spot in the finals in February 2017 at TD place. All ticket proceeds went towards Mental Health Awareness. Just a final note, I still hold the record for attendance in the Crack Up the Capital comedy competitions held in the three Wards! Well done Ward 20! It was a sincere pleasure to spend some quality time with the Osgoode Guides speaking about my role in the City and its’ relation to the different villages in Ward 20. They were very interested and had plenty of questions that I was happy to answer. At the end, they presented me with a box of their famous chocolate coated Girl Guide cookies. Yum! On Wednesday over 40 students from Osgoode Public School made the trip down to City Hall to sit in on part of a Council Meeting, and tour the building. Besides the Chamber room they also saw the Sports Hall of Fame, the Mayor’s Office and last but not least, my office! These inspiring youngsters were focusing on what it means to be an active member of their city community, and had a particular interest in issues surrounding poverty and homelessness. I always enjoy meeting with students from Osgoode Ward! A quick stop at the Osgoode Youth Association ( O-YA) the other night was pretty special as they were the chosen location for the Youth Canada Music Tour to kickoff their cross country schedule for 2017. There were a wide variety of musicians on hand to give a taste of what can be expected from them as the tour through smaller and sometimes difficult to access communities. Cities were chosen based on youth population levels with an emphasis on places more prone to teen suicide. Bringing music into their lives is a way to encourage young people to deal with life’s problems in a positive way while also providing a creative outlet for them. What a great initiative by these talented musicians.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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REMINDER: Winter Overnight Parking Ban: Now in effect I would like to remind everyone that the winter overnight parking regulations are now in effect throughout the city. From November 15th to April 1st, there is no parking on city streets between 1:00 a.m. and 7:00 a.m. when 7 cm or more is forecast by Environment Canada in the Ottawa area. This includes any forecast for a range of snow of more than 7 cm (for example, 5 cm to 10 cm). Vehicles that remain parked on the street during an overnight parking restriction will be ticketed, towed and fined. On-street residential monthly parking permit holders are exempt from this restriction. Please note that overnight parking is not permitted at any time in City of Ottawa facility uncovered parking lots (for example hockey arenas, swimming pools, community centers, recreation complexes, etc. As previously noted city-owned parking garages however, will be made available during an overnight parking ban. For more information call 3-1-1 or visit www.ottawa.ca

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Rev. Anthony Bailey, the spiritual leader of Parkdale United Church which was targeted by hate-filled graffiti, said new communication strategies must be developed to foster respect. “We are all in this together, as it were,” said Bailey, who also advocates for a change in language. He resists using the word tolerant. “I think it’s the bare minimum,” he said. “When you tolerate somebody, you put up with them. I think we need to aspire to something greater, which is respect. “Respect engages us in the other and invests us in their well-being.” Joanne Law, representing Ottawa’s transgender community, is hoping federal laws will be enacted to give transgender people the human rights they deserve. While there have been improvements, she said she still can’t board a plane without outing herself as a transgender woman and without a letter from her doctor. “Legally, I’m still male. Am I safe if I show this document to a figure of authority?” Law said, before appealing for support and acceptance for her community. Transgender people are at risk of losing their jobs, they are not permitted to live in public housing, and those who are incarcerated face violence, she said. As well, many transgender youth are abused at school. “Transgender youth are filling our drop-in centres,” Law said. “Here’s a stat you’re not going to like – 40 per cent commit suicide

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Community concert ushers in start of Christmas season in Alta Vista Concert takes place Dec. 11

the Ottawa Hospital’s Heart Institute in the west end. As well, the Kanata Choral Society and the Ottawa Wind Ensemble, which includes musicians from across Ottawa, will also be returning to perform at the church, located in the Riverview Park community of Alta Vista. The Ottawa Catholic School Board Chamber Choir, whose vocalists are in grades nine to 12, will also serve as a youthful addition to the show.

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The contributions of Canada’s premier poet, singersongwriter and artist will soon be honoured in Alta Vista. “He’s one of the greatest Canadian poets and artists that we had,” Francine Brisebois, director of the Immaculate Heart of Mary Church Choir and the church’s annual Christmas concert, said of Leonard Cohen, who passed away on Nov. 7 at age 82. One of Cohen’s songs – Brisebois said the selection will be a surprise – will be performed during the highly anticipated concert, an annual showcase that will once again feature a tenor, three choirs and an orchestral group from several different Ottawa communities, on Dec. 11. “I approached one group and at the last minute we changed our selection to include a tribute to him,” said

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The memory of Canadian singer-songwriter, poet and novelist Leonard Cohen will be honoured during the annual Immaculate Heart of Mary Christmas Concert in Riverview Park on Dec. 11. Brisebois, an Orléans resident who established the concert 25 years ago. In addition to the performers who will take to the stage, audience members will once again get the chance to join in

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Involving groups from different communities is key to the concert’s success. “For the first 15 years or so it was very community church choir-based,” Brisebois said of the concert’s early years. However, the format of the show evolved to include community, high school and university choirs. “But it always kept the same objectives of providing an opportunity for people to come and put themselves in the spirit of Christmas as well as fundraising for a char-

ity, which has always for the past 25 years been the Heron Emergency Food Centre,” the choir director said of the food bank, which serves thousands of residents in need in Alta Vista, Riverview Park, Riverside Park, Herongate, Fairlea and Albion-Heatherington. Funds raised through the concert help the centre replenish its shelves with non-perishable items and refrigerators with fresh food at a time when it is facing growing demand with the settlement of many new Canadians and refugees in the area. ANNUAL HIGHLIGHT

Riverview Park resident Helen McGurrin has performed with the church choir almost as long as the 30 years she has enjoyed being a member of the Catholic parish. The concert is the largest event her church puts on every year, drawing about 300 people, she said. Many of those who fill the church pews come year after year. See CONCERT, page 16

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“As we’re parading out for the last song when the Ottawa Wind Ensemble plays “Sleigh Ride,” I’ll see people in the aisles and they wave and everything,” said McGurrin. “There’s a lot of familiar faces and there’s a lot that come from out of the parish.” Many come from as far as Kanata and Orléans “because the Ottawa Wind Ensemble, they come from all over the place,” she said, adding that Mark Rocheleau, the director of the 35-member orchestral group, also hails from Orléans. Many concert-goers enjoy being part of the show. As the different choirs rotate on and off

stage, the audience fills the gaps by singing Christmas carols. And then the finale will see the orchestral group and choirs come together. Upwards of 100 voices will fill the church.

where refreshments and Christmas cookies will be served. That serves as a kind of reunion for many of the singers and musicians who will relish in mingling with one another after

“It’s like you’re on cloud number nine.” FRANCINE BRISEBOIS, CHOIR DIRECTOR

“It’s like you’re on cloud number nine,” Brisebois said of the experience. In addition to the concert, spectators, choir members and musicians also can look forward to the post-show reception held in the downstairs parish hall

all their effort. “It’s an incredible feeling,” said Brisebois. “I just can’t describe it. It’s a great feeling.” For those taking part in the annual performance, the months spent rehearsing are well worth the result, McGurrin agreed.

“You work hard to do it, but it is so gratifying,” she said. “And it always feels like this is the start of the Christmas season.” EVENT DETAILS

The Christmas concert is at the Immaculate Heart of Mary Catholic Church, located at 1758 Alta Vista Dr., on Dec. 11 at 3 p.m. Doors open at 2 p.m. Ample parking will be available onsite. Admission is free though freewill cash or cheque offerings will be accepted in support of the Heron Emergency Food Centre. Tax receipts for donations of more than $25 will be provided.

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WELCOMING THE WORLD TO OTTAWA 2017 By: Jim Watson Mayor of Ottawa As winter falls upon us and Canada’s 150th Birthday is only weeks away, I want to take this opportunity to wish you and your family a Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays. 2017 will be a historic year in the nation’s capital. We have worked hard to prepare Ottawa to welcome the world as host of these celebrations. I still remember the excitement of Expo ’67 during Canada’s centennial year. The whole nation rallied together to create a year of lasting memories and experiences that transcended generations, and we plan to do it once again during Canada’s upcoming sesquicentennial. It seems like yesterday that I announced the creation of the 2017 Bureau to begin preparations for Canada’s Big Year. Now with 2017 only weeks away and 12 full months of big, bold, immersive and moving experiences about to begin, we will soon enjoy the fruits of our labour. This is an exciting opportunity to not only commemorate the progress we’ve made as a nation, but it is a chance to look forward towards the future. The energy, excitement and investments generated by Ottawa’s 2017 celebrations will serve as a catalyst for long-term tourism growth. I encourage you to visit www.ottawa2017.ca and sign up for the newsletter to stay up to date and receive the latest news on the many upcoming events and celebrations. Here are just a few to look forward to, early in the New Year: • New Year’s Eve – December 31st – Ottawa2017.ca - Lighting of the Ottawa 2017 cauldron at Ottawa City Hall kicks off a familyfriendly New Year’s Eve celebration, leading to a national celebration on Parliament Hill with fireworks at 8:17pm (20:17) and midnight. • Canadian Tire National Skating Championships – January 16 -22 - skatecanada.ca

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Hunt Club residents to review best Paul Landry Park options the revamped park that is now in place, the councillor said. erin.mccracken@metroland.com Local residents and the Hunt Club ComThough playtime at Paul Landry Park in the munity Organization have been advocating Hunt Club community is winding down with for change at Paul Landry Park, which they the arrival of winter temperatures, things are say is aging and requires a complete overhaul. Brockington agrees it is past its prime. heating up behind the scenes. He secured $300,000, half of which is earArea residents are invited to drop in to marked for Paul Landry Park, and the rest for shop for features they’d like to see added to the green space to reinvigorate it as a children’s a Carlington park in the west end of the ward. But the funds play area. weren’t expected River Coun. Rito be available unley Brockington is til 2018, so Brockhosting an open ington secured house on Dec. 14 an advance from that is designed to another councilgarner a commu- “... If you don’t like a piece of a play lor’s cash-in-lieunity vision for a fu- structure we can replace it with of-parkland fund, ture play structure which will be paid at the park, located something else.” back in 2018. along Uplands RIVER COUN. RILEY BROCKINGTON “It has hapDrive south of Paul pened in other Anka Drive. wards,” Brocking“The city is going ton noted. to present three opFeedback from tions, which aren’t all binding, because if you don’t like a piece of the upcoming consultation meeting will be a play structure we can replace it with some- reviewed and shared with residents and the thing else,” said Brockington, who will join a association. Next steps would be a second city planner at the meeting to listen to what round of consultation “so that we get the comresidents like and don’t like. “And then you can munity buy-in and then give the green light to the planner to go ahead and procure and prosort of customize your own play structure.” A similar consultation process was held last ceed,” Brockington said. The park revamp will be a 2017 project and year to improve Owl Park, also in Hunt Club. Different options were presented on placards the goal is to see it finished next year. Brockaround the room and residents were able to ington said he doesn’t know when construcbrowse for their favourite designs, leading to tion will begin. BY ERIN MCCRACKEN

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A Carleton University student has won a national award for his ability to communicate his studies in energy transitions and the cultural history of oil. Ian Wereley is a doctoral candidate at Carleton. He was recognized as one of the final five selected in the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC) of Canada’s Storytellers Challenge, presented in Ottawa on Nov. 22. Wereley, 29, was announced as one of the 25 finalists in April through the annual challenge. He had to demonstrate in three minutes, or 300 words, how SSHRC-funded research impacts Canadians. Each of the 25 finalists was awarded $3,000 and was able to compete in the Storytellers Showcase in the spring at the University of Calgary. Wereley presented his three minute speech about

his academic work at the 2016 Impact Awards at the Ottawa Conference and Event Centre along the four other winners. “Canadians are feeling the stresses of a world moving away from fossil fuels,” he said at the start of his speech. He explained how the shift could be similar to the energy transition Great Britain went through in the early 1900s when it moved from using coal to oil. His research focuses on that abrupt and controversial shift, he said, aiming to demonstrate how history can offer important lessons in the energy industry. “It didn’t benefit all people equally and had social consequences Canadians should avoid,” he said. “We can create more equitable energy policy that will benefit a variety of Canadians and ensure the post oil economy is within our reach.” His doctoral dissertation is funded by the SSHRC.

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

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

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Autistic teenager communicates through his fantasy stories BY PHILIPP RAKU

In January, our government introduced a rate freeze for hospital parking lots and I am pleased to talk about another step we are taking. Effective October 1, Ontario is reducing a financial burden on patients and their loved ones by requiring hospitals that charge more than $10 per day for parking to offer discounted passes that effectively cut the daily maximum rates for frequent visitors by at least 50 per cent.

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

Lowering parking costs by offering discounted parking passes will help people in their everyday lives by saving money for those who need to go to a hospital often, such as for a series of treatments, or to visit friends or family members who are in hospital for an extended stay. Hospitals with a daily maximum rate of more than $10 are now providing 5-, 10- and 30-day passes that are: • Discounted by at least 50 per cent off the daily maximum rate • Transferrable among patients, caregivers and their vehicles • Equipped with in-and-out privileges throughout a 24-hour period • Valid for consecutive or non-consecutive days, at the choice of the pass user • Good for one year from the date of purchase. We heard from patients and their families that the cost of parking at some hospitals was becoming so expensive that it was a barrier to receiving care, or visiting loved ones when they need us most. This is an especially welcome saving in the middle of what can be a stressful time for families. We expect 900,000 patients and visitors per year across Ontario, including 135,000 seniors to benefit from reduced parking fees.

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

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Philip Shalka, 15, and his dog Sabre at his Orléans home. questions and thoughts about life,” said Philip. From a young age, Philip developed a fascination with literature. He enjoyed listening to stories, and doing his own thinking about “life”. He also enjoyed creating his own ideas. “When I was younger I never knew I would write something like this. But my mind is constantly thinking. I love listening to stories being read to me because they inspire my mind to come up with my own ideas,” said Philip. Considering much of Philip’s writing leans towards his creative side of thinking, Philip thinks of himself as a “logical thinker.” His interest in pondering life’s creations also allows him to think of places that don’t

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Riverside South Community Association – Toy Mountain Parade Last year the Riverside South Community Association (RSCA) held their first ever Toy Mountain Parade, it was such a tremendous success that they will be doing it again this year. On Dec 3rd 2016 at 1:00pm the parade will begin, leaving from St. Jerome Catholic Elementary on 4330 Spratt Rd. The parade will travel through the neighbourhood collecting new, unwrapped toys for the Salvation Army’s Toy Mountain. If you are not able to make it out to the parade, toys can be dropped off at the RSCA Pancake Breakfast with Santa, Moncions Your Independent Grocer, My Toy Shop in Manotick and many others. For more details and to see the parade route, please visit riversidesouth.org. Riverside South and Findlay Creek Community Associations Present Breakfast with Santa A reminder that The Riverside South Community Association (RSCA) and the Findlay Creek Community Association (FCCA) will both be hosting a Pancake Breakfast with Santa this weekend. For the RSCA, the event will be hosted Dec 3rd 2016 and there will be two sittings, one at 9 am and one at 10:35 am. Participants are encouraged to bring an unwrapped toy for the Toy Mountain toy drive. Tickets are selling out fast, so please visit riversidesouth.org for more information and to purchase tickets. The FCCA will be hosting their event the next day, Dec 4th for more information, please visit findlaycreek.ca. Both events always have a great turn out and are a fun time to be had by all. I look forward to seeing you there. Winter Overnight Parking Regulations Winter overnight parking regulations are in effect throughout the city from November 15 to April 1. There is no parking on city streets between 1- 7am when 7 cm or more is forecast by Environment Canada in the Ottawa area. This includes any forecast for a range of snow of more than 7 cm (for example, 5 to 10 cm). Vehicles that remain parked on the street during an overnight parking restriction will be ticketed towed and fined. On-street residential monthly parking permit holders are exempt from this restriction. Please note that overnight parking is not permitted at any time in City of Ottawa facility parking lots (for example hockey arenas, swimming pools, community centers, recreation complexes, etc. As previously noted city-owned parking garages however will be made available during an overnight parking ban. Ottawa Public Library Economic Benefits Study The Ottawa Public Library recently undertook an economic benefits study which assessed both the direct and indirect benefits of the public library system on our community. The study found that the city receives $179.1M in direct benefits and another $76.9M in indirect benefits. Broken down further, the benefits per household in Ottawa are equivalent to $635 or $266 per citizen. That’s why I’m working so hard to bring a new public library branch to Ward 22 so that our community can also benefit from these services. To that end, $500K has been allocated to architectural designs for a new library branch in Riverside South in the 2017 budget. To find out more about this economic benefits study, you check out their interactive site online at https://biblioottawalibrary.ca/en/impact. Mayor’s Annual Christmas Celebration This weekend Mayor Jim Watson will be hosting the 16th Annual Christmas Celebration on Saturday, December 3rd from 2-6pm at City Hall. This fun-filled celebration will include ice skating on the Sens Rink of Dreams, hot chocolate and BeaverTails, roasting marshmallows, maple taffy on snow and horse-drawn wagon rides on Marion Dewar Plaza. Inside City Hall, meet Santa and Mrs. Claus, make a craft in Santa’s Workshop, enjoy live performances and indulge in chocolate treats from Lindt and fresh fruit from Farm Boy. This is a great event for the whole family!

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A candlelight vigil at the Western Ottawa Community Resource Centre in Kanata will mark the 27th anniversary of the Montreal Massacre. The date is recognized as the National Day of Remembrance and Action of Violence Against Women.

Annual vigil to commemorate all murdered, abused women Dec. 6 marks 27th anniversary of the Montreal Massacre shooting BY JESSICA CUNHA jessica.cunha@metroland.com

An annual candlelight vigil at the Western Ottawa Community Resource Centre on Dec. 6 will mark the 27th anniversary of the Montreal Massacre. The event honours the 14 women killed at École Polytechnique, and all other women and children who have been murdered and abused. “We want to show our remembrance of the event and for the women,” said Terry Longhorn, a peer supporter in the violence against women program at the resource centre. “And for all women who have lost their lives.” Fourteen female engineering students were killed by a psychologically disturbed gunman at École Polytechnique on Dec. 6, 1989. He claimed he was “fighting feminism” and shot 28 people, killing the 14 women, before turning the gun on himself. “The whole original event

on what is and is not acceptable behaviour. “You see so many relationships where people are just not nice to each other,” said Longhorn, adding a healthy relationwas the first time in Canada that ship is characterized by respect women were targeted because of and equality. “I think it’s just a matter of their gender” and made headletting the public know, (creatlines, said Longhorn.

“It needs to be kept at the forefront, it needs to be kept in peoples’ minds.” TERRY LONGHORN, PEER SUPPORTER

Since then, Dec. 6 is recognized as the National Day of Remembrance and Action on Violence Against Women, to honour the victims and raise awareness that violence against women is still an issue. “It needs to be kept at the forefront, it needs to be kept in peoples’ minds,” said Longhorn. The VAW peer support program spends time in local schools talking about healthy relationships and educating youth

ing) awareness … It’s nice to have that contact, to be out in the public and saying ‘It still is an issue.’” VIGIL

The vigil is an opportunity for people to come out and show their support, said Longhorn, and everyone is welcome. Members of the Kappa Sigma fraternity at Carleton University have attended the vigil for a

number of years now. “The boys come out in full force to show their support,” said Longhorn. Cathy Jordan, executive director of the resource centre, will emcee the event this year. It’s her last before her retirement in the new year. A guest speaker is planned for the event. Past speakers have talked of their experiences with abuse and how they left violent relationships. During the vigil, fourteen candles will be lit in memory of the female engineering students – Geneviève Bergeron, Hélène Colgan, Nathalie Croteau, Barbara Daigneault, Anne-Marie Edward, Maud Haviernick, Maryse Laganière, Maryse Leclair, Anne-Marie Lemay, Sonia Pelletier, Michèle Richard, Annie St-Arneault, Annie Turcotte and Barbara KlucznikWidajewica – while a 15th flame will honour all the unnamed victims. Following the outdoor portion of the ceremony there will be an indoor reception. The vigil begins at 5 p.m. on Dec. 6 at the resource centre, located at 2 MacNeil Crt. For details, visit wocrc.ca.


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City Councillor/Conseiller Municipal River Ward/Quartier Rivière Bank Street Renewal – Public Meeting The City of Ottawa has developed a preliminary design for the renewal of Bank Street between Riverside Drive and Ledbury Avenue which will be unveiled at a public meeting on December 6 from 6-8pm at the Jim Durrell Recreation Centre, 1265 Walkley Road. The project will include full road, watermain and sewer replacements. Public feedback is sought on components such as: bicycle tracks, sidewalk width, transit priority measures, intersection designs, additional medians, new traffic control signals. For additional information please visit www.Ottawa.ca/bankstreet New Playstructure – Public Consultation Preliminary plans are underway to build a new playground in Paul Landry Park (off Uplands Drive) in 2017. I will be hosting a public Open House at the Hunt Club Riverside Park Community Centre on December 14, from 4-7pm to solicit feedback on various playground components and designs. Simply drop in and share your thoughts. A park planner will also join me to answer your questions.

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BRIER DODGE/METROLAND Two counts of first-degree murder Police remained on the scene of a double homicide on Appledoorn Avenue on Nov. 29. have been filed in a double homicide in Carleton Heights, after police re- Police performed a wellness check on the occupants the day before when they found two bodies on the property. A 22-year-old man is in custody in relation to the homicides. ceived a tip from Montreal police. Ottawa police received information that prompted a wellness check of the occupants at 1614 Apeldoorn Ave. on Nov. 28 after 9:30 p.m. On arrival, police found the bodies of Dave Rogers, 69, and Merrill Rogers, 63. Ottawa police Staff Sgt. Bruce Pirt, who is part of the major crime unit, said the bodies were found on the property and “had been there a while.” A 22-year-old man is in custody in Montreal, Pirt confirmed. “That’s all we’re talking about right now until we piece this together and let forensics do their work,” Pirt said. According to Const. Marc Soucy, detectives were en route to Montreal on Nov. 29 to bring the suspect back to the city where he’ll be facing charges. He said he would not comment on the relation of the suspect to the A FRESH MEAL EVERY TIME** victims until formal charges are laid. Other media outlets have reported that the suspect is the son of the victims. Police and forensics remained on the scene, Soucy said, until the investigation is concluded. The section of road directly in front of the house was closed to traffic early Nov. 29. Soucy wasn’t aware of when autopsies are scheduled. The deaths are the city’s 18th and 19th homicides of the year. Anyone with information is asked to call the Ottawa police’s major crime unit at 613-236-1222, ext. 5493. Anonymous tips can be submitted through Get this coupon* and more at www.save.ca/coupons Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 (TIPS). *Coupons subject to availability.

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Daniel Peritz, spokesperson for Devcore Canderel DLS, takes questions from the media following the NCC’s vote to make RendezVous LeBreton its preferred proponent and enter into formal negotiations on Nov. 24.

NCC moving forward with LeBreton Flats negotiations BY MELISSA MURRAY mmurray@metroland.com

The National Capital Commission is “cautiously optimistic” about moving forward with the proponent for the redevelopment of LeBreton Flats backed by the Ottawa Senators. At its Nov. 24 board meeting, NCC board members voted to make RendezVous LeBreton the preferred proponent, meaning they can enter into formal negotiations on the purchase and development of the site. Further negotiations are expected to take about a year. Over the summer, the NCC and RendezVous met 22 times to discuss preliminary issues, including the financial terms of the proposal, determination of fair market value of the land, remediation of the land, progress with stakeholders, phasing and ownership of public components, timing of land transfers and approvals and universal acceptability. Being a preferred proponent does not mean the NCC approves of terms submitted by RendezVous LeBreton in October. Marco Zanetti, director of real estate with the NCC, said he’s optimistic because there has been progress on the preliminary issues, but is feeling cautious because there’s so much more left to negotiate.

“The NCC believes that sufficient clarification and progress has been made with respect to preliminary issues to warrant RLG granted preferred proponent status,” Zanetti said during the meeting. Board members questioned just what the move to having a preferred bidder meant for runner-up group Devcore Canderel DLS, and what the NCC’s options are if talks fall through. Zanetti said Devcore is expected to remain in the process until there is a successful proponent. If negotiations stall or there is the possibility agreement with RendezVous LeBreton can’t be reached, the NCC can open up negotiations with the other bidder. It could even engage in talks simultaneously. “We have options,” Zanetti said. NCC board member Kay Stanley said she was delighted things have been progressing. “I think that it bears repeating that the people of this region have been waiting 54 years for something to happen on LeBreton Flats and it looks like we are getting closer to it,” she said. “I think the glass is half full, maybe a little more than half full and I would prefer it to be maybe a little fuller, but I’m content to leave the negotiations up to our team and wish them well.” But whether Devcore Can-

derel DLS will wait for its turn from the bench, spokesperson Daniel Peritz isn’t saying. “We have to reflect on what we heard today we have to digest it and make a determination with our partners about what we’re going to do, if anything,” he said. “We would have like to have heard otherwise today, but we respect the decision of the NCC.” Following the meeting, the commission’s CEO, Mark Kristmanson, said the project is complicated and expensive and negotiations will be lengthy and detailed. He said he didn’t know where talks would be in year. “But I do hope we have an agreement in a year and can move ahead with this incredible city-building initiative.” The Sens-backed pitch includes an 18,000-seat event centre that will act as hockey rink, an abilities centre – for athletes, including those with disabilities – and a community-use facility housing two ice rinks, called the Sensplex. The proposal also includes multimedia installations, exterior holograms, commercial spaces, an affordable housing component and five distinct neighbourhoods. Proponents estimate that the anchor tenants – the event centre, sportsplex and abilities centre – would attract more than five million visitors annually to the site.

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RedBlacks bring home Grey Cup to adoring fans Fans offer warm welcome at airport BY ERIN MCCRACKEN AND MICHELLE NASH BAKER erin.mccracken@metroland.com

Ottawa RedBlacks general manager Marcel Desjardins hoisted the Grey Cup in his hands, walking closer to the more than two-dozen fans waiting to welcome the team home to the Ottawa International Airport. As he approached, their cheers grew louder, giving the team and the trophy the homecoming welcome befitting their newfound championship status. “That’s why we do this,” Desjardins said of the enthusiastic reaction by fans waving flags and proudly wearing red and black. “Some of these people have been waiting a long time.” Ottawa hasn’t experienced a Grey Cup win in four decades. For Desjardins, the feeling of bringing the trophy back to the nation’s capital was difficult to describe. “To come to fruition is hard to put into words,” he said. Luc Belisle of Gloucester brought his German pointer dog, Ginger Okley, to the Esso

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Above left: Ottawa RedBlacks receiver Ernest Jackson smiles after he and his teammates - and their Grey Cup prize - were welcomed home at the Esso Avitat at the Ottawa International Airport on Nov. 28, the day after they secured their championship 39-33 win against the Calgary Stampeders. At right: Gloucester resident and Ottawa RedBlacks fan Luc Belisle and his dog Ginger Okley proudly wear their plaid at the Esso Avitat where the Ottawa RedBlacks Grey Cup champions were warmly welcomed home. Avitat hangar at the airport to greet the champs. Both wore lumberjack plaid in honour of the team’s accomplishment. “I remember the Rough Riders and J.C. Watts and the Renegades,” he said. “I want to just … let the players know the city is proud of them.”

Belisle stayed home to watch the Nov. 27 championship game on television and nervously bit his nails as he watched the game go through several ups and downs. And given the RedBlacks win, he said it was a no-brainer showing up to welcome the

players home. “You’ve got to root for your home team otherwise you don’t deserve a home team,” he said. RedBlacks quarterback Henry Burris, whose participation actually came into question before the start of the game when he suffered a knee

injury while warming up, went on to help secure the team’s victory after he threw a clutch 18-yard touchdown pass to receiver Ernest Jackson in overtime. Burris, who was named the game’s most valuable player, didn’t travel home to Ottawa

by air with his teammates on Nov. 28, instead opting to travel by train with his family to the nation’s capital. But Jackson was on hand to revel in the homecoming moment. See FANS, page 32

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“It’s breathtaking to be the winner,” he said. “We’ve been the underdog all year and everyone doubted us and to come into this game and come out victorious in overtime is just amazing.” Head coach Rick Campbell agreed it is surreal how everything came together at the right time for the team. “We thought we had the makings of a good team and we won some big games late in the season,” he said. “Our guys were very good all week, very focused, and I think going to the cup last year helped too, just going through that whole process. “Our guys knew what to expect,” Campbell told reporters at the airport. “Good on our players for finding a way to get it done.” The underdog label the RedBlacks team was given in the lead-up to the championship game was “overplayed,” he added. While Calgary is a good team and deserved the credit they were

given, he said the Ottawa club knew it would be a close game. “We thought we could hang with those guys. It’s a huge win,” Campbell said. “For the people that weren’t there at the stadium in Toronto last night, it was like Ottawa had taken over Toronto for the night. It was awesome.” TD PLACE FANDEMONIUM

The RedBlacks were also welcomed the same day at TD Place by a horde of elated fans, who began lining up in front of Gate 3 as early as 11 a.m., chanting and cheering “RedBlacks.” Season-ticket holder Angie Webb drove from Riverside South with her two children to catch a glimpse of the champions. A mother of four children, ages eight years to two months, she said she and her husband have made watching the game their date night. “We need it with four kids,” she said. Webb and her family drove to Toronto to watch the game, which she said was an amazing

experience. “We believed they could do it,” she said. “I think because they were the underdogs, Calgary thought they had it in the bag.” Ottawa will host the 2017 Grey Cup and Webb said the momentum is just getting started. She believes if the RedBlacks make it again next year, Ottawa will have a dynasty on its hands. “It would be so amazing,” Webb said. Nepean residents Alex Laurie and his one-and-a-half-year-old daughter Mila played hooky from work and daycare to be a part of the excitement. “I’m a die-hard fan,” Laurie said, adding he watched the nerve-racking game on the edge of his seat. “I’m just so ecstatic. I’ve waited a long time for it and it doesn’t get better than this,” Laurie said. Fellow Nepean resident Paul Craig also made the trek to Lansdowne to celebrate. “I was dancing around at the end,” he said of watching the televised game. “I’ve been waiting 40 years for this and they finally did it.”

The long-time fan, who joked about following Ottawa football back when there were $1 endzone tickets, said he has already purchased Grey Cup tickets for next year. Campbell was was first off the bus when the team arrived at the stadium. The head coach hoisted the cup over his head before walking through the crowd, letting fans touch the trophy. Fans cheered as the team disembarked from the two buses, approaching players to sign hats, T-shirts and other memorabilia. Bernie Ashe, chief executive of Ottawa Sports Entertainment Group, watched the fandemonium from the sidelines. “I’m so happy,” Ashe said, adding that watching the fans react is truly the best part. “It’s such a cool sight.” Ashe, who has been managing the group since the beginning, said the idea of winning the Grey Cup only three seasons in was something they had hoped would come true. “It was all about getting the foundation, but it all came together quickly,” he said.

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Season ticket holder Angie Webb drove from Riverside South with her daughter Breanna on Nov. 28 to TD Place to catch a glimpse of the RedBlacks Grey Cup champions. Ashe said the pressure is on “We will be going into 2017 as for 2017, but added that it’s good the defending champions, holdpressure. ing the cup – that is cool.”

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Ottawa 67’s assistant captain happy to be playing on home ice BY BRIER DODGE brier.dodge@metroland.com

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

school. He said he had been thinking it would be nice to be closer to home – Sarnia is about a seven hour drive from Ottawa – to finish his final year in the OHL.

“I was just so surprised, and kind of speechless to actually be coming home, staying home.” PATRICK WHITE

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

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

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Rideau High to host craft fair Dec. 11 Even though a school closure is hanging over their heads, Rideau High School’s community spirit continues to stay strong. The school’s parent council will be hosting its second annual Christmas at Rideau High School Craft Fair on Dec. 11 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. The craft fair has been organized in an effort to raise funds for the school’s concert band to attend the Music Festival in Montreal next year. According to parent council chair Jennifer Moroziuk the organizing committee has already raised $1,600 for the cause. The money Moroziuk said would help the band with its trip, as well the students might purchase grocery gift cards for the school’s food cupboard. The school’s craft fair, which in its infancy has both grown and gained interest from the community as a whole, could end up being be its last. Faced with addressing issues of overcrowding in some schools and underutilization of others, public school board staff worked through the sum-

mer to draft recommendations for west Ottawa schools, and for Rideau High School, Gloucester High School and Colonel By Secondary School in the city’s urban east end. The school board proposal is to close Rideau High and move the students to Gloucester. The only change Colonel By will see is a reduction of the catchment area for its international baccalaure-

we have succeeded our goal,” Moroziuk said. “We do know that this may be our last Christmas together, but are hopeful to move forward together.” This is not the first time Rideau High has been on the chopping block, five years ago the community banded together to keep the school open. Moroziuk said she is hopeful the community will be successful again in keeping the school operating.

“The community support shown through this endeavor by RHS Council has been inspirational.” JENNIFER MOROZIUK PARENT COUNCIL CHAIR

ate program, as the program may also operate in the city’s western area. With the consultation process already underway on the proposed closure of Rideau, Moroziuk said she is proud there is continued school spirit in the halls of Rideau and in the neighbourhood. “The community support shown through this endeavor by RHS Council has been inspirational and this year

“Considering (we were) facing similar challenges six years ago,” Moroziuk said. “Rideau never loses.” If the closure moves ahead, students would move to Gloucester as early as Sept. 2017. According to the board, the urgency comes from the lack of programming that can be offered with small student populations. Without enough students, the right

combination of classes at different academic levels can’t be offered. And the lack of variety can easily spill over into the extracurricular programs. The school board report said Rideau and Gloucester are having problems offering certain classes students are interested in or need – so they may be only offered every other year, for example. Many of the students in Rideau’s catchment area choose not to go to Rideau. Fewer than 40 per cent of the English public school students, and 20 per cent of the high school aged population actually attend Rideau. A second consultation on the closure plan will be held on Jan. 11 at Gloucester High School, 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. A final staff report will be completed on Jan. 27, 2017. The school board’s committee of the whole will discuss that staff report on Feb. 15, 2017, and school board trustee vote on whether to close Rideau High School is expected to be held on March 7. Regardless of the impending closure, the school’s spirit remains high, Morozuik said, adding the school’s

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efore I tell you this week’s story, allow me to right a wrong. Sometimes when you have to edit for length, you leave out crucial parts. You don’t always realize they are integral to the story until later. Like when three people tell you they are upset that you weren’t more sympathetic towards the cows when their babies were taken to market. Here’s the thing. Most people who have been reading this column for years know that I have a deep concern and affection for all the animals on the farm. But cows bawling for a time after separation from their young is just part of life on the farm. It also happens when one loses a calf. I talk to

Vitor gets to run around the yard unsupervised. He doesn’t even consider wandering down the lane to freedom and won’t venture out of the range of light after dark. He can chase squirrels and terrorize cats to his heart’s content. Only he knows that he would never hurt them if he caught one – he has an older cat at home and just loves to wrestle with him every day. But my cats don’t know that, so they spent the twelve days he was here hiding under furniture. Every morning they scoped out the situation, peeking and sniffing around corners. If the coast was clear they would pussyfoot down the hall and up the stairs as fast as they could go, to take refuge under a bed or in an open closet for the day. Vitor occasionally would catch a glimpse of a passing tail and take off after them, digging his

DIANA FISHER The Accidental Farmwife This past week we had a houseguest while my daughter was in Costa Rica. Vitor the Great stayed with us once again and his presence filled the farmhouse, much to the cats’ chagrin. Vitor is a Rottweiler-Shepherd mix and he is a city dog. He is accustomed to being inside except for when his owner takes him for runs in the park beside their house, three times a day. On the farm,

them, give them a rub if they will let me, and let them know I understand. I have been faulted for caring too deeply for the animals, giving them names and writing stories about them. I’m sorry if I upset some of you by ending my column with “Those cows bawled all night.” Don’t worry – I am neither cold nor heartless and every animal on this farm is well cared for.

claws into the hardwood for traction. My floors will never be the same. During the day as I did my writing assignments at the computer Vitor would bring one toy after another and place them at my feet. When all of his toys – the tug-of-war ropes, fetching balls, Frisbee and soccer ball were amassed, I would take a break and go outside with him for some exercise. He napped in his crate all afternoon and slept soundly all night. He is a very well-trained dog, but I didn’t realize how much energy he has when I watched him last because that was July and he was outside most of the time. These are all good things to consider and I remind the Farmer to think about that when he is campaigning for a new farm dog. A new golden retriever pup

is a lot more work than our beloved geriatric Cody was for the last ten years of his 17-year life. It didn’t take the cats long to reclaim their territory after Vitor went home. They were back up on the couch and tucked onto the kitchen chairs under the table just a few hours later. No more wild eyes and peering around corners. Once again they rule the roost. I wonder if they think they somehow forced Vitor out. Yessir, Sheila thinks, as she struts down the hall and sniffs the spot where Vitor’s crate once stood. I got rid of him and that’s that. The next thing to invade their territory will be a Christmas tree. dianafisher1@gmail.com theaccidentalfarmwife.blogspot. com

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

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

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

Bertha had created what I knew was going to be a pair of slippers to wear over our stocking feet to help ward off the drafts of the cold floors. “Now, Mabel, Audrey can do the rest. All she has to do is blanket-stitch those matching pieces together, and everyone will have a pair to wear when they take their gum rubbers and boots off at night.” And she was gone. Out the door, into the cutter, and across the 20-acre field and home. Well, Audrey was as excited as I was, and she spent the entire afternoon, sewing the felt pieces together so that by the time supper was over, and we were into the evening, everyone had a pair of blanketstitched felt slippers to put on over their wool socks. Everyone, that is, except Father, who went into his usual ranting about “living on this here farm for my entire life...a farm that has been in our name for more than 100 years, and we never had to put any danged pieces of felt sewn together to keep our

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

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

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Canada’s best power wheelchair hockey players are coming to Ottawa. The Ottawa Power Wheelchair Hockey League celebrated the fact that it will host the 2017 Canadian Electric Wheelchair Hockey Association Nationals on Aug. 4-7 at their regular Sunday game on Nov. 27. The organization, which formed in 2009, and operates out of the Greenboro Community Centre, has grown to four teams, with families driving in from as far as Kingston for the opportunity to play. Donna Haycock is chairperson of the organization and co-chair of the nationals organizing committee. “This is such an honour,” Haycock said. “And to have it during Canada’s 150th celebrations, where everyone attending can participate in all the other events that are happening in the city, is amazing.” The four local teams — the Gators, Bears, Wolves and the Sharks — feature players using power wheelchairs and have limited or no upper body strength and have limited or no mobility. According to the league’s website, players have different disabilities.The league is a co-ed, all-ages format, with the youngest player only seven years old. Players come from across the city to play in the league, and in many cases, families drive in from Kingston, Morrisburg and Kemptville to participate. The game is competitive, and very fast-paced. Every team member gets the chance to play. Coming in from Morrisburg, Ont., Judy Markell’s grandson Austin Merkley joined the league two years ago. For a boy who played hockey

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“It’s also, I think, a recognition shut down organs, of It thecan strengths on your the ground even kill you. And for those for Food for the Poor Haiti andit doesn’t kill, it can rob you of the ongoing partnership that your quality of life for years and we’re to have from cause going post-traumatic stressCandisada through ourselves, order and depression. through health partners hopefully Septic shock isand caused by a other NGOs and donors to keep bug – in the form of a virus, bacup there,” teriatheor good funguswork – that enterssaid the Ready, who firstsevere becameinflammaaware of body, causing Food tion. for the Poor when he served in Jamaica Canada’s “It is theasmost severeambassaform of dor to thatthat nation. infection we see in the inten“Itcare identifies relationships that sive unit,” said Dr. Lauralyn McIntyre, inexist here,” Ottawa he said.Hospital “It’s sometensive caregoing physician, senior scithing that’s to continue as entist andFood University Ottawa we grow for theofPoor in associate professor. “It causes Canada.” very highfor mortality rates Haiti’s in our Food the Poor patients. It’s associated with a 3,700-square-metre warehouse, death rate of 20 40 per of cent.” which receives antoaverage 100 It also accounts for 20 per cent cargo containers worth of food all admissions to hospital inaofmonth, will temporarily house tensive care units across Canada. the load of $1.3 million in surplus But the Glebe resident and medical before itwho is disher teamsupplies of researchers, are tributed to help 50,000 Haitians. conducting a multi-site clinical The goods were acquired by trial on septic shock, are using Health Partners from 19 against Canastem cells to wage a war dian healththe pharmaceutical infection. Thatand fight will care companies. continue thanks to a $1-million The from purification tablets, which grant Canada’s Stem Cell will producewhich 12.5 million litres ofa Network, is providing fresh water,boost were to purchased by $9-million 25 research Food forand the six Poor Canada and projects clinical trials in Canada – three of thosefor ledme by were “really hard-earned the Ottawa because we Hospital. don’t receive a lot is key for clinical triof Funding cash donations from the Caals givenpublic,” the millions of dollars nadian said Samantha they require.the Toronto-based Mahfood, “The funding from theforStem executive director of Food the Cell Network was like gift in to Poor Canada, which hasabeen our teamfor because we’re justThe so operation just eight years. keen to McNGO hasstart been phase at worktwo,” in JamaiIntyre said of the next stage, ca and the United States for more in the trial which will likely get than three decades. underway in the middle of next Butand she’s hoping to make a year involve a larger patient bigger sample. stamp by establishing high-profile Her team’spartnerships work made and the boosting name Caheadlinesthe earlier thisamong year, long nadians, Canadian before the Nov. 24corporations funding anand the Canadian nouncement at government. the hospital’s “My goal is to raise awareness General campus.

ished villages, the vehicle convoy returns to even busier city streets. Men and women stand at paltry stalls made of tarps. One man pushes a wheelbarrow laden with a menagerie of goods to be sold, while another sells sliced fruit laid out in the hot sun. The sights are sad here, agreed Haitian-born and Montrealbased Air Transat pilot Hans Obas during the drive back to the airport. But there are also signs of hope. “At least they stopped the fighting,” he said. “People are working together to bring this city in the right direction.” Even with the severe poverty, Haitian pride and feelings of unity have returned. “With these two things we ERIN MCCRACKEN/METROLAND Vendors and shoppers congregate along a busy sidewalk in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, on can’t do a miracle, but at least we Nov. 15. The need is great in the Caribbean nation, but with the help of Canadians many can start doing the real work,” more people are able to receive urgently needed supplies in the wake of Hurricane said Obas. Though the aid mission was a success and the trio Matthew, which blew through in late September. of new partnerships is a signal in Canada about the fact that also very important,” he said. for the Poor has done in Haiti for that efforts by Food for the Poor we have one of the best Haitian “When you’re dealing with ex- a long time,” said Liautard, who Canada are gaining momentum, organizations on the ground,” treme poverty, when there’s been attended the aid mission’s send- Mahfood doesn’t yet consider it accomplished. MCCRACKEN/METROLAND Mahfood said, referring to Food an infrastructure breakdown off in Montreal. “They get, ERIN at mission Onexplains the return to being Monfor the Poor Haiti’sMinister 300 employa minimum cost,Tabitha directly Rosembert to the there’s also (right) the chance for as corFederal Science Kirsty Duncan listens master’s student theflight work treal, she was asked howOttawa Canaees, a trucking fleet,cell six lab distribupeople who need it. ToDuncan me that’sannounced forHospital’s product going where campus done in a stem at theruption, Ottawa General on Nov. 24. that three dians can help Food for the Poor tion centresresearch around the country, a benchmark.” it shouldn’t becell going.” Hospital teams will receive stem funding. and the warehouse that officials Paula Caldwell, Canada’s am- Canada. Last year, the 26-year-old CaMinister nadian the inaugural trial. Hedelivered received bassador “The stem cells seem calm a success story your for the national “Talk about experience andFederal journalistsScience toured together. to Haiti, was to among organization Kirsty Duncan, who was on an intravenous infusion of 30 the immune response,” said Mc- today,” Stem Cell Network, which funds she replied. “Talk about “I want Canadians to know medical treatments to one million those dignitaries who welcomed hand for the grant announce- million mesenchymal stem cells. Intyre, who led the trial with Canadian stem cell projects and Food for the Poor. Ask people about it so that they don’t doubt the shipment and its escort in people in 52 countries thanks to ment, highlighted the world’s “In the three months that fol- Barrhaven resident Dr. Duncan clinical trials, but which almost donate to Food for the Poor their moneyshock is being usedtrial well,” network of industry partners. first septic clinical in its lowed, he slowly recovered and Port-au-Prince. Stewart, vice-president of re- to ceased to exist. Canada so can do more.” she said. The arrival was only made “In the developing world, which a new cellular immuno- today he is back at home with his search at the Ottawa Hospital. Created we in Ottawa in 2001 by high profileNationof the “becausedeath, of thethey generos(in Canada) therapy “is showing real prom- things family that and are backhere to work,” Dun- possible “They reduce im- theGiven federalthe government’s unique mission, Ready considity of Canadians” and “a good, a we could so easily handle, become DIRECT ACCESS ise.” can said, drawing applause from prove organ failure, and they al Centres of Excellence, it had it a success. He also added and solid partnership,” she ers challenges countries Duncan referred to Charles major the large crowd of for medical staff strong help clear the bugs faster from 14 years of guaranteed funding. poundsprogram of stuffed to the “Thisinisanimal all about Canada that don’t a good said. It’s that ofdirect line of access Berniqué, Hawkesbury, Ont., like whoHaiti gathered for thehave announcethe system models with 80 “That hadtoys to sunset. supplies Canadians getting together emergency they don’t have and that thecritical Montreal-based who drew was in condition infrastructure, ment. sepsis.” They could relief not renew us,” that said been donated byresident his family. helpingit Haiti and several that’s had transportation Health whichto has its a good when hePartners, was admitted the Ot“I think his story issystem,” one of andThough will take Blackburn Hamlet Dr. “This was a newchief experience for many,a many “Sothat evendemonstrate getting helpthe to what warehouse in Oakville, Ont., to he tawa Hospital. His esophagus thesaid. many morewe’ve yearsdone to develop treat- Michael Rudnicki, execuhadpartnership. burst, possibly because of them enormous potential stem cell years.” actually go and downa with a ment, this new round of funding for tiveme of to the network senior is never an easy of task.” the The organization severe food with poisoning, to therapies,” added. the work can of continue. scientist atofthe Ottawa Hospital. supplies that’s going Following a tour the Food shipment Franz she Liautard, Haiti’s means only works trustedleading partners septic The results ambassador of that trial, to roll up the to “Sohave we that werekind without means he of of impact,” the it’s Poortime Haiti’s warehouse, to for “So on the shock. ground to distribute medi- Ottawa-based undergoing extensive which wrapped in June, sleeveseverything and get going and get visible support.” after arriving back in Monfrom bags of said said he has showed known where cineAfter to clinics and hospitals, said Canada, treatmentDenis and St-Amour. surgery, he was for the stem from bethe rice the work done,”water said McIntyre. But“Itthe 2016 gives you federal a warm budget feeling and bottled to finish- treal. some cells time– taken the work president placed in aassured coma. the That’s when ing bone marrow of healthy adults “And I think get there.” offered promise to bethe part of it.” of $12 milnails and we’ll folding tables will just done by Food for the Poor.– ing “Being product his wife agreed to enrol to him showed promise. The represent lion in bridge funding over two Daniel Rouzier, president of befunding shippedawards out to impoverpersonally know what Food soon gets to where it’s intended go in is “I

years. for Of that, $9 million to Food the Poor Haiti, went said in these new grants. the aftermath of Hurricane Mat“That money also leveraged thew, the relief and development a further $20 million from our organization has in extended its partners investing those projnetwork even further into Haiti ects,” Rudnicki said. given the urgent need forHospital help. Stewart’s Ottawa The not-for-profit is team will also receive $1 helping million with rebuilding to move forward efforts. with its About world20 fishing villages require firstcoastal clinical trial of a genetically repairs, while another 13 need for reenhanced stem cell therapy placing. heart attacks. “The water went will up by sixpay or The new dollars help seven feet and on of and that the we for additional trialtop sites treatment aboutRouzier 70 moresaid. pahad 15-footofwaves,” tients,homes over and the 29 al“The thatabove were there were ready treated in Ottawa. just levelled.” “Our patients our inspiraIn addition to are providing food tion mentoring and it is their courage and and and in farming commitment that motivates us animal husbandry, the organizaeveryday to develop new theration will also supply seeds to try pies jumpstart for devastating diseases,” and food production. said Stewart. everything we had “Basically A team for led by Hospiharvested theOttawa summer was tal stem cell transplant physician put in silos or warehouses that Dr. Harold Atkins, of the Orléwere destroyed,” Rouzier said, ans area, is receiving $216,000 adding that crops that were to be to investigate whether a stem harvested in October were also cell procedure can prevent orlost. gan rejection in liver transplant “Essentially havewill is patients. That what clinicalwetrial ainvolve three-month shortage of food 10 patients. thatAnd needs to be addressed quickJing Wang, an Ottawa ly,” he said. “Untiland theseuOttawa (seeds) Hospital scientist can be harvested, need professor, is partthe of people a SickKids Hospital-led to be fed.” team that will receive to continue For$500,000 Rouzier, the shipmentfindsiging ways to stimulate stem cells nals Canadian generosity. to “It repair thebrain. means there is still a good SteminCell Networksaid is dealThe of love this world,” working to secure continued the entrepreneur and philanthrogovernment funding beyond the pist. “It means that even though next twoisyears. Canada far away, we’re physiCanada wastothe country cally still close the first Canadians.” in A thevibrant world Haitian to creatediaspora a national in stem cell organization. Canada is helping. “I think we’ve And it has since become a seen a leader tremendous of love global in stemshow cell research and Rouzier said, and asolidarity,” nation of leaders and innoadding it demonstrates what can vators who are developing stem be “and really give cellaccomplished treatments for cancer, diaabetes handand upmultiple and notsclerosis, just a hand said out.” Rudnicki. “It’s in our DNA,” he said. To view a related photo sport, “If hockey is Canada’s gallery andresearch video, please visit stem cell is Canada’s sciottawacommunitynews.com. ence.”

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Keith Glass and a string quartet, at Manotick United Church, located at 5567 Manotick Main St., on Dec. 3, at 8 p.m. Doors open at 7 p.m. Tickets are $30 each or $80 for a family pack of two adults and children under 14. For tickets, go to the Manotick Office Pro at 5541 Manotick Main St., call the Manotick United Church 613-692-4576 or email Terry McGovern at mcgovet@rogers. com. You can also visit manotickunitedchurch. com. Continued on page 53

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Osgoode – Enjoy breakfast with Santa in Osgoode at the Osgoode Community Centre on Dec. 3 from 7 to 11 a.m. There will be a silent auction, and new this year there will be a family skate on the ice at the Stuart Holmes Arena and a winter wonderland in the Fred Alexander room with crafts and story time for the kids. That happens from 9 to 9:50 a.m. All proceedsw will support the Osgoode Co-operative Nursery School, which is organizing the events. Riverview Park – Emmanuel United Church at 691 Smyth Road is hosting Just Gifts on Dec. 3, from 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Just Gifts is a justice event that promotes fair trade, global partnerships, food sustainability - buying and giving gifts that are good for the producer, the giver and the receiver. For details, call 613-733-0437 or visit emmanuelunited.ca. Riverside Park – A Christmas Messy Church takes place at the Riverside Churches, 3191 Riverside Dr., on Dec. 3. Join us to hear the Christmas story. Explore our theme: “God has a Place for Everyone” through songs, crafts and drama,

between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. on Dec. 3 and 4. Ideas and craft supplies are on hand to make a special creation to bring home. Admission to the Greely – The Greely Players presents its fifth House and craft supannual musical variety plies are free of charge. Donations toward the Christmas celebration upkeep of the House are on Dec, 3 at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. at the Park- always welcome. way Road Pentecostal Church, 2775 Parkway Manotick – Dickinson House in the Mill Rd. in Greely. AdmisSquare in Manotick will sion is $15; seniors be open from 10 a.m. to and students pay $10; children five and under 4 p.m. every Saturday enjoy for free. For tick- and Sunday in Novemets, visit greelyplayers. ber, as well as Dec. 3 ca, go to Cooper Physio- and 4. As well as the therapy or at the door of regular exhibits, you can the church. For details, take in the 2016 Special call Heather at 613-501- Exhibition of Heritage Trades and Professions 0810. in Manotick. Dec. 3 and 4 will feature an opporManotick – The tunity to try your hand Manotick Santa Claus at traditional Christmas Parade takes place on Crafts, and take home Dec. 3 beginning at 1 p.m. It starts out at a present for someone the arena and proceeds special. As always, admission is free, and down Leach, Beaverwood, Scharfield, Maple donations toward the upkeep of the House are and Manotick Main Street, then on to East- welcomed. man before returning to the arena via Potter and Dec. 4 Leach. To volunteer, call Alta Vista – Ringing in 613-692-8266 or email Christmas: Start your Christmas season with krisandmikeschulz@ the handbell and chimes gmail.com. concert on Dec. 4 at 7 p.m. at Rideau Park Dec. 3 and 4 United Church, 2203 Manotick – Kids of Alta Vista Dr. All are all ages are invited to invited to attend. The Dickinson Square in annual concert features Manotick. Get a start the five handbell and on the holiday season chimes choirs from by creating a Victorian Rideau Park: Touch of Christmas ornament Brass, Grace Notes, at Dickinson House followed by a simple supper. All are welcome. For details, call 613 733-7735.

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Riverside Park – The annual Amnesty International Write-for-Rights East Nepean – The Ot- Write-a-thon will be held in Riverside United tawa Humane Society Church, 3191 Riverside Auxiliary will be sellDr., on Human Rights ing homemade baked goods and crafts at the Day, Dec. 10, from 9 a.m. until noon. All are OHS Christmas Open House Sunday Dec. 4 at welcome to come and 11 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. at write letters concerning the animal shelter, 245 Human Rights issues. West Hunt Club Rd. Admission and parking Dec. 7

Riverview Park – The Harmony Club for 60+ Seniors will meet on Dec. 7 at the Rideau Park United Church, 2203 Alta Vista Dr., from 1 to 2 p.m. for a musical program with a Christmas carol singalong, led by Stuart MacKinnon and accompanied by Dianne Ferguson. All seniors in the community are welcome. Prior notice is not required. The church is wheelchair accessible and parking is free. Meetings are held monthly. For details, call 613-733-3156, ext. 229.

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