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Group looks to save Byron Park from light rail Report reveals top west corridor options

A Fisher Heights resident has won an award for his work on cycling advocacy in Ottawa. – Page 3


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EMC news - As the city narrows down routes for a western extension of the future light-rail transit line, a new group of residents who want to protect Byron Park is forming. The Friends of Byron Park held their first meeting coincidently the same day the city released an interim report on preferred route for LRT between Tunney’s Pasture westward to Lincoln Fields and continuing on to Baseline Station. The report indicates that city staff have narrowed the top options down to four – a list that does not include the contentious (and popular among many Westboro-area residents) Carling Avenue route. The preferred options were narrowed down from 15 to the following four: • Richmond Road/Byron Avenue via Churchill Avenue • Ottawa River Parkway • Richmond/Byron via Ottawa River Parkway • Richmond/Byron via Rochester Field The 15 options examined

for a rapid LRT corridor range in cost from $562 million to $2.5 billion and the four preferred options were the most financially feasible of the bunch, according to a city report. The emphasis on the Richmond/Byron corridor – a former tramway that was converted into a linear park – troubled Trevor Jones, who called the first meeting of the Friends of Byron Park on May 30. Around 50 people came to the meeting, both those opposed to light rail on Byron/ Richmond, as well as a contingent who support that option, Jones said. Part of the problem is that it is unclear where people in McKellar Park, Westboro and Westboro Beach stand on the issue. Jones is a board member of the McKellar Park Community Association, which has already come out in support of the Byron/Richmond options. So for people like Jones who want to see the boulevard remain a park, creating a separate group is the best way to make their voices heard, Jones said. See FRIENDS, page 12

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Hintonburg resident and triathlete Naomi Gilker took the opportunity to return to action in an activity she loves – running – and contribute to a cause that’s close to her heart when she participated in the Brain Tumour Foundation’s Spring Sprint event. To read the full story, turn to page 15.

Tega reduces height of proposed condo tower Kristy Strauss

Teens living in Britannia Woods were honoured recently for dedicaiton to their community. – Page 17

EMC news - Following a proposal by Tega Homes to build a 36-storey tower in the heart of Hintonburg last summer, the developer has come back to the community with a revised proposal featuring a building half the height of the original. Residents, however, still aren’t convinced the develop-

ment would be good for the community. “They’re proposing to put this 18-storey tower on a block that’s next to single family homes, next to Parkdale Park,” said Jeff Leiper, president of the Hintonburg Community Association. “We’re deeply disappointed.” Leiper said Tega Homes met with the community on May 1 and presented a rough

plan that included an 18-storey tower on the Hamilton Avenue frontage of a site bounded by Spencer and Armstrong streets and Parkdale and Hamilton avenues. The proposal also featured an eight-storey tower on the Parkdale Avenue side. The whole block, except for the Carleton Tavern, is to be included in the development. Leiper said the community

association has concerns with the visual impact of the building from Parkdale, and has questions over the building’s “architectural excellence.” “There’s nothing about this proposal that gives the community any benefit that would justify going higher than what the CDP proposes,” said Leiper, referring to the neighbourhood’s community design plan that was passed

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EMC community - Jamie Hughson doesn’t take all the credit for being one of the recipients of the 2012 Capital Educators’ Award – he believes Woodroffe High School, the school’s principal and students deserve to give themselves a pat on the back. “We’ve done a lot of growth,” said Hughson. “It’s an acknowledgement of the direction we’re going in as a group.” Hughson, who is a special education teacher at the west end high school, was one of the recipients of the award. Last year, he had nominated his educational assistant, Cathy Gravelle, for the same award and this year the school’s principal Renald Cousineau put forward his name. “Renald Cousineau deserves recognition,” Hughson said, adding that educators from Woodroffe High School have won the award three years in a row because of Cousineau. “Certain people go unheralded and it’s important our principal gets a little mention.” Hughson knew he wanted to be a special education teacher when an opportunity came up at Woodroffe. He


Jamie Hughson of Woodroffe High School, left, has been awarded 2012 Capital Educators’ Award. said the job is almost like doing social work in some ways and some of his students are at Woodroffe for seven years. “When they come to us, they’re as fragile as any other 14-year-old,” Hughson said. “But they also have the additional challenge of a cognitive disability.” Hughson said he tries to emphasize independence among his students and encouraging them to give back to the community. “Students recognize service in the community as having a value and it’s not just a one-way street,” Hughson said.

He said that if a regular classroom teacher wants to make the transition to teaching special education, they should consider a few things. “Open up the possibility of collaborating with the special education class in your school and collaborate,” Hughson said. “Collaborate in the sense that you bring lots of different things to your class and open opportunities – whether a physical education class, or invite members of the special education classes into a lab. It could be anything. It lets you have a glimpse that these kids are a lot more capable than people give them credit for.”

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Woodroffe North community gives back to seniors

EMC community - A history book on the Woodroffe North neighbourhood has not only become a hit with the community, but it’s also contributed to a nearby community centre. With proceeds from the book River, Road and Rail – Woodroffe Memories, the Woodroffe North Community Association has donated $1,500 to the Olde Forge Community Centre that will help seniors who use the fa-

cility. “We were so honoured to receive it,” said Anita Bloom, the executive director of the Olde Forge Community Resource Centre. “Fifteen-hundred dollars goes a long way.” The book was made for the community and includes photos and stories by the community, featuring a history of the neighbourhood. The community association said it has sold more than 75 per cent of the 1,650 books printed last November, and it was time to give back to the

community. In particular Wayne Jackson, a community association member who was involved in the book’s production, said the community association wanted to help seniors living in the area. “We felt it was very appropriate for this community,” Jackson said. “For me personally, it seemed like the right thing to do and there seemed to be a common feeling amongst our team to help seniors. And Olde Forge is big in the community and do a lot.”

Bloom said the money will help seniors through their various programs, which include luncheon programs, day programs, foot clinics, a friendship club and even helping seniors grocery shop once a week. Bloom said she’s honoured the community centre has been the recipient of the generous donation, especially because of all the hard work the association put into making and selling the book. “You can see the love that was put into making this book


together,” she said. “There was real heart in it.” Dave Grosvenor, president of the Woodroffe North Community Association, said the donation was going to be the first of two and plans to give again once more books are sold. He added that he sees the need at the centre first-hand as a volunteer. “They have a good program that supports a lot of people in that area,” Grosvenor said. Jackson also said the fact the community association was able to donate proceeds from the book shows how popular and successful it has been in the community. “It reflects all the interest and all the support that we got for this project,” Jackson said. “It’s a wonderful book, and quite an amazing project.”

EMC news - Students from Regina Street Public School will help build a Flanders Field Mosaic Memorial at Britannia Park thanks to a $19,495 grant from the federal government. Veterans Affairs Minister Steven Blaney and John Baird, minister of foreign affairs and MP for Ottawa West-Nepean, recently announced the funding, which will be provided through the community war memorial program. “It is our sacred duty to remember and honour our veterans and the brave men and women in uniform who

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Fisher Heights cycling advocate honoured Laura Mueller

EMC news - When Hans Moor moved from the Netherlands to Ottawa in 1998, one of the first things he noticed was the legion of Lycra-clad road warriors who composed Ottawa’s cycling community. It was a cultural shift for Moor, whose previous home of Berkel en Rodenrijs in Holland was built with bicycles in mind, and where everyone from toddlers to grandmothers cycled into the town center for groceries. Cars were an afterthought. But in Ottawa, the car ruled, and Moor rarely saw anyone on a bicycle who wasn’t a trim, Spandex-clad athlete. On his eight-kilometre bike commute from Fisher Heights to his job at the Dutch embassy downtown, Moor would pass maybe four other cyclists, all of whom looked liked they were ready to compete in the Tour de France. Now, he sees around 30 cyclists of all stripes. The city’s first experiment in segregating cyclists from cars on Laurier Avenue lead to record use of that bike lane last month. And the City of Ottawa thinks Moor played a key role in making that happen. Moor was honoured with

the Bruce Timmermans Award on June 2. Named after a founding member of Citizens for Safe Cycling (CFSC) – of which Moor is currently president – the award recognizes advocates committed to promoting cycling in Ottawa. In the three years that Moor has been intensely involved in cycling advocacy, there have been many shifts Ottawa became the first city in Ontario to construct a segregated or protected bicycle lane in its downtown core, and another is on the way at Wellington Street and the Portage Bridge. In less than a year, the segregated bike lane has likely boosted Ottawa’s Laurier Avenue to the third most used bikeway in the country, Moor said. Cycling was too niche, too sport-focused when Moor first arrived in Canada. He didn’t see a role for himself in cycling advocacy until 11 years later, when he attended a bike summit hosted by Ottawa Centre MP Paul Dewar. He became a member and vice-president of CFSC, and not long afterwards he found himself as the default president after the group’s leader, Zlatko Krustliche, was hired by the city as a transportation

planner. After suddently “inheriting” the group, Moor said he put a lot of effort into defining the voice of the organization and its membership. Did they want to promote cycling as exercise? Or as transportation? Who was the target audience? Moor quickly found that there were more people who saw cycling as an efficient form of transportation, contrary to his first impression that Ottawa cyclists see themselves mainly as athletes. “Our message is a bit more moderate than in the past – it appeals to more people,” Moor said. When CFSC stopped offering CanBike education courses, that left a lot of the members’ energy available for other activities, Moor said. Moor has also been spreading his message as a motivational speaker across North America. It began three years ago when the National Capital Commission requested a speaker from Holland to talk about cycling, and the ambassador jokingly appointed Moor the official Director General for Bicycles. “I took up the challenge and started to learn more about cycling, because frankly I didn’t

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Fisher Heights resident and president of Citizens for Safe Cycling Hans Moor, is seen with his bicycle at the Laurier Avenue bike lane last week. Moor was honoured with the city’s Bruce Timmermans Award for his cycling advocacy work on June 2. know much about it,” Moor said in his acceptance speech. Now, Moor has around five speaking engagements each

year, and just gave the keynote address at Walk Cycle Waterloo Region. His message is the same





when he speaks in other cities as it is in Ottawa: we need to improve connections to make cycling on our roads easier. Education is also paramount, Moor says. Children should be taught proper cycling technique in phys-ed, and drivers should be required to understand how to operate a vehicle around cyclists. To that end, CFSC has been asked to advise on the Ministry of Transportation’s next driver’s manual. And finally, making Ottawa known for its abundant cycling opportunities is an untapped marketing tool Moor has asked Mayor Jim Watson to include as part of a local tourism boost. From the NCC’s Sunday Bike Days along the canal to the Laurier bike lane and the Bixi bike share program, there is a lot happening in Ottawa that we can let the world know about, Moor said. We’re almost there, he says. The morning he received his award, a large Dutch daily newspaper featured an article entitled Ottawa’s New Vibe. It said Canada’s capital is “cool,” and “looking for the urban experience,” Moor said. “I believe cycling will play a large role in Ottawa’s urban experience.” he said.


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How to get kids moving


very day I look forward with a mix of excited anticipation and dread to the three o’clock school bus pick-up. My two boys – now six and seven-years-old – are wonderful, but they alight from the bus exhausted and antagonistic. They’re so tired that a run around the park becomes fraught with petty arguments and avoidable injuries. They’re so hostile that getting them to sit still and do their homework is a gargantuan task. The problem is one I often face myself after sitting at a computer all day: They’re brains are tired, but their bodies are filled with a kind of nervous energy. It’s the result of being pent up all day in class, on the bus and standing in lines in the hallway. Under current guidelines, children in Ontario schools are only guaranteed 20 minutes in each 6.5 hour school day of physical activity. It’s a

BRYNNA LESLIE Capital Muse number that has deteriorated over the past two decades. Despite the multitude of studies showing a link between lack of physical activity and poor academic performance, the province has continued to relegate gym time and outdoor recreation to the margins. But with the number of overweight and obese children on the rise – about 25 per cent of children in Canada are overweight -governments are looking for ways to tackle this problem. In Ontario, a panel has been charged with reducing the number of obese children by 20 per cent over the next

five years. It’s an ambitious public health goal. The appointees will have to examine everything from genetics to diet. But perhaps the simplest measure is at their fingertips. Currently, just seven per cent of school-aged children get the 60 minutes of recommended daily exercise. Kids spend more than 35 hours each week at school. Surely five of those hours each week could be devoted to the gym. If the school schedule is accurate, my children are given access to the gymnasium once or twice every 10 days. By comparison, the community summer camp my

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EMC news - A Nepean man raised more than $1,500 for CHEO Foundation during Ottawa Race Weekend. Brian Hoyt ran the half marathon to raise money and awareness for congenital diaphragmatic hernia research, which took his daughter’s life. Hoyt covered the 21.1-kilometre course as part of Team Ella-Rose. He ran the race in memory of his daughter who passed away at nine days old due to the rare disorder, referred to as CDH. The proceeds raised will go towards research to find a cure for CDH and to help support the children and families affected by the disease. “It is always hard to move on after losing a child,� said Hoyt in a press release following the half-maraton. “My goal is to try and make sure no parent has to ever go through what I did. That is why I have been raising money in any way I can to help the nurses and doctors trying

to cure CDH.� Hoyt and his family have already raised close to $20,000 for CDH research through a variety of community fundraising initiatives. “There is a wide range of severity and outcomes for CDH,� said Sylvie Corbeille of the CHEO Foundation. “In the best cases, some infants do very well with routine treatment after birth. In the


good exhaustion. They sit on the sofa together and read books, play Lego quietly and contribute intelligently to conversations at the dinner table. As educators struggle to be a partner in finding solutions to Canada’s childhood obesity epidemic, maybe it’s time to flip the entire 19th century education model on its head: Instead of trying to incorporate physical activity into a day packed with learning, why not try to fit some learning into a physically active day? The kids, their parents and our overburdened health care system will be thankful for it.





Nepean man raises funds to combat rare disorder

children attend is full of both educational and recreational activities. They’re so active, they learn without realizing they’re learning. The day begins with free time in the gymnasium for up to an hour, after which the facilitators tell me they have no problem getting the kids to sit for 45-minutes to do a craft. Then it’s a 40-minute, round-trip walk to the swimming pool, where they learn all kinds of song lyrics en

route and swim for an hour. A bit of lunch with a story, some down time to play Lego and they’re back outside for a game of soccer or a trip to the local marsh to learn about reptiles and birds. The day winds up with a review and for the kids on late pickup, some extra gym time. What always surprises and pleases me is just how much the children learn in the course of a day. One would think a full-day seemingly focused on the use of gross motor skills would take away from the capacity to learn. But quite the opposite is true. And when they return in the evening, exhausted, it’s a

worst cases, some will not survive no matter how hard we try.� Corbeille said CDH is a very rare disorder with limited research and resources allocated to it. “What Brian is doing is really helping the doctors here at CHEO get the resources they need to try and prevent this fatal disorder,� she said.

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No guarantees in life, including our pensions


he journey from birth to old age is littered with well intended promises. Many are kept, but many vanish in a puff of smoke or in the battle against a life threatening disease and lately, in the destruction of a pension fund. There are few guarantees in life, but socially, we in Canada have been raised to believe that at the very least our final days will be supported, hopefully, in a

minimum way by some kind of pension. The ability to grow a private pension may be out of reach at the moment for many Canadians, so the Canada Pension Plan along with Old Age Security for many Canadian workers is all that there is. Of course if you start putting away a few dollars each month starting just a few minutes after you are born you may or may not have enough money stashed away

when you turn 65 to get by. News that the Conservative government was ready to tweak OAS created quite a stir. Many experts shouted at the government to leave well enough alone, that OAS was and continues to be in great shape. Others applauded the government for being brave enough to tinker with a Canadian icon of tremendous popularity and importance. Old age security and CPP are

pension icons, we as Canadians believe them to be part of the intricate Canadian weave. Using the example of dire economic situation in Europe and the failing pension funds there is at the very best a mistake. It is like comparing apples and oranges. The federal government has chosen a path of austerity for all of us in its latest budget, but that does not mean it is a perfect path. It is all about choices and the ones that have been made for

us regarding OAS may be a mistake. Part of the government’s recipe for economic stability in the future includes several strategies including tinkering with pensions. But they are fragile, just like the citizens they are designed to help. Canada has a very different economic reality compared to Europe. While no one in Canada is completely safe from economic disasters and employment glitches, such as the recent

plan to downsize thousands of public service jobs across the land, these kinds of strategies are problematic. We in Canada have a little more wiggle room than our European cousins, but not all that much. Saving money by extending the age when the OAS kicks in, according to some experts is folly, unnecessary and politically dangerous. Comparing our pension reality with those enjoying a pension in Greece is silly.


History alive and well in small towns CHARLES GORDON Funny Town


was out in Glengarry a couple of weekends ago for the 50th anniversary of the Glengarry Pioneer Museum at Dunvegan. It was a great occasion, beautiful day, sun shining on the flowers and grass around the preserved old buildings that make up the museum, a few people dressed up in period costume, a cake made to resemble the oneroom schoolhouse that is a recent addition to the museum. What was most striking was to see how a group of people in a community, in a county, have embraced their history and made it part of their present-day life. It’s something that we may not see so much in cities, although each city has its history buffs and history projects, many of them quite impressive. But cities are made up largely of people who did not grow up in them, whereas there is a much greater continuity in smaller rural communities. Mind you, some of the most enthusiastic supporters of the Glengarry museum are from away too. They arrive, instantly immerse themselves in the area’s history and hurry to take part in it too. Once you are exposed to it, you realize that much of what we know about life in an earlier Canada is from the work of amateur historians, the ones who toil away for the sheer love of it. These are the the ones who keep track of their ancestors, who make a point of knowing who the pastor was in 1888, when the hotel opened, when it closed and when the school was moved from this patch of land to that one. Along with the amateur historians are the

preservationists, if you can call them that, those who keep the old books, the old farm implements, the old kitchen utensils. These show up in the local museums and give people a sense of what people once did day to day. The professional historian, the academic historian can give you a sense of the big picture – the wars, the political issues, the major social and economic trends. But we owe the amateur, the local historian and the local museum for our sense of what it was like to be alive back then. Hey, the doorways were narrower, the ceilings lower, the church didn’t always have an organ and all those stumps had to be got of the way somehow before any work could be done in the fields. Never mind the wars in Europe. Never mind who was king of England at the time. We can also thank the fiction writers of the day, of whom there were far fewer than there are now. Here it is time for the full disclosure that the guy who wrote Glengarry School Days was my grandfather, which is one reason for me being in an old one-room school house in Dunvegan. In that book and others of the turn of the century and earlier, the stories reveal much about community and family life, the attitudes toward education and religion, the way children played and grown-ups worked. People, as we discover from reading the old books, went through the same range of emotions and problems as we do now but their surroundings were vastly different, their challenges both more and less daunting. Keeping warm was a lot more difficult in those days. Staying addiction-free was a lot easier. Kids probably took a lot more physical risks back then. But they live in a riskier environment now. In any community, large or small, there are some who are closely connected to their history and try to keep it alive. Everybody else is on Twitter apparently. Some day that may wind up in a museum too, but for the moment we should give thanks to the countless volunteers across the country who live in the past and keep it alive.

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Funding disparities in the classroom The first of a three-part series looks at the inequities in educational opportunities throughout Ontario By Kristen Calis, Jessica Cunha and Rosie-Ann Grover


n an affluent neighbourhood in the nation’s capital, a school that the prime minister’s children once attended is flush with cash. The money comes from serious fundraising that brings in $60,000 just in pizza lunches and a well-attended book fair. Rockcliffe Park Public School – a kindergarten to Grade 6 school with a large proportion of children from area embassies – does not disclose the total it brings in through fundraising by its heavily involved parents, students and teachers. But school council minutes show it had more than enough to spend $12,000 on hip-hop and drumming sessions for the arts program, a cricket skills tune-up and new equipment for the gym. Funds from the book fair covered the $5,000 for this year’s author workshop. It brings writers such as Alphabeasts sensation Wallace Edwards, a Governor General’s Award winner, to the school for – as the website puts it – “the extraordinary experience to have the opportunity to converse with an author of a book you have just read and loved!” Five kilometres away, at Queen Mary Street Public School, celebrated author meet-ups just don’t happen. This school, where the majority of students are from homes where English is a second language, is lucky if it raises $500 in a year, says Chris Ellis, who sits on four Ottawa school councils. Any fundraising proceeds that do come in go to the deficit-ridden milk program or to subsidize field trips for families struggling on an average parent income of $29,000, compared with $155,000 at Rockcliffe Park (figures from the Fraser Institute). An Arabic- and Somali-speaking multicultural liaison officer comes to Queen Mary twice a week. “Most of the schools that I’m directly involved with are schools that all struggle to raise funds,” Ellis says. “They’re dealing with communities that don’t have the capacity to raise funds, which is the irony of it; the schools that are most challenged – and you could arguably say

have the greatest need for additional resources – are the very schools that find it hard to raise funds.” Similar disparities exist across Ontario, where the top 10 per cent of fundraising schools bring in the same amount of money as the bottom 75 per cent combined, according to People for Education’s 2012 report on Ontario’s publicly funded schools. “You can see in that way how big the gap is,” says Annie Kidder, executive director of the parent-led organization. Society, not just parents, needs to be concerned with the gap.

How much money do Ontario schools fundraise? Many boards don’t want to say. Metroland surveyed 28 English public and Catholic school boards across Ontario and found more than half were reluctant to provide financial information. Fundraising is a sensitive issue, especially when disclosure of inequities is possible. In Waterloo, a public school board representative declined to provide a breakdown of funds raised, saying it would allow the public to see disparities. In Hamilton’s public board, teachers and principals were given scripts on how to respond to Metroland reporters. Only 11 of the 28 school boards surveyed provided their fundraising total. Fundraising in those boards pumped $26 million into their 788 schools. The re-

Fundraising is defined in this report as an activity in the school community conducted by parents, students and/or staff to raise funds for the benefit of the school and students. “It’s the next generation of society that’s being educated,” she says. “It will have an impact on everybody.” It means that schools with the ability to raise large sums can significantly enrich their students’ education with hightech learning aids such as laptops and SMART Boards. But in many schools, fundraising isn’t just for the frills. It’s for classroom basics such as air conditioning and books or breakfast programs. A survey of 28 school boards for this Metroland Special Report turned up fundraising gaps as large as half a million dollars between schools in the same board. It also underscored how firmly money from bake sales, car washes and other fundraising has become entrenched in the education system. Concern is growing about the overuse of fundraising – and the disparities it creates – at a time when public money is tightening under the McGuinty government’s austerity drive. And despite the province’s introduction last month of the first-ever guidelines for fundraising, there still are no formal rules, in the form of province-wide regulations, to govern the vast amounts of money collected.

maining 17 boards provided only a broad figure that includes fundraising but is mixed in with other revenue (see chart). In boards that provided school-by-school breakdowns, there are significant gaps in money raised. In Halton’s public board, half a million dollars separates White Oaks Secondary in Oakville, which raised $511,000 last year, from Acton District High School, which took in just $8,000. There’s a significant difference in the size of the schools (2,100 at White Oaks; 546 in the small community of Acton) but the Acton school took in proportionally less. In York, more than $125,000 separates two elementary schools within the same board. St. Clare Catholic School, located in a wealthy Woodbridge neighbourhood, brought in $131,000. In a less affluent area in Markham, St. Francis Xavier Catholic Elementary School raised just $4,000. At Hamilton’s St. Joseph Catholic elementary school where parent involvement is high, the school took in $192,000. Five kilometres away in the north end of the city, St. Lawrence elementary brought in $9,800. Critics, school associations

and parents say the need to fundraise is the result of inadequate funding, making it necessary for schools to bulk up on private dollars, sometimes even for the basics. “Fundraising is so political. It’s basically a fallout. It’s a symptom of a bigger issue in public education,” says Catherine Fife, president of the Ontario Public School Boards’ Association, which has been calling for a funding model review for a number of years. Education Minister Laurel Broten says Ontario increased education funding to $20.3 billion in the 2010-11 school year, an increase of $6.5 million – or 45 per cent – since 2003, excluding capital programs. “Fundraising proceeds

should only be used to complement dollars of public investment to the schools and to the education system,” Broten says. “The Ministry of Education funds directly many programs and investments where we seek to ensure we have an equitable education system; our results are demonstrating that.” NDP education critic Peter Tabuns says students attending schools with the ability to fundraise large amounts will likely have better music and art classes, more computers and school trips. “You’ll see a richer educational experience for the children, and for the schools that have no money, things will be tighter,” Tabuns says. “They will have less access to computers, to textbooks,

what we see as integral or important parts of a good, solid education.” Fundraising inequities have been building for more than 20 years, says Kidder, of People for Education. “It’s really important to remember that kind of the fundamental premise of public education is to crassly provide a level playing field for kids or to overcome intergenerational cycles of poverty,” she says. “All children should have a fairly equitable chance for success and if you start to entrench fundraising as a core component of the funding for education, the danger is that you actually increase the inequity rather than narrow it.” To read the full text, visit

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Take Charge of your Health 2

By: The Seniors Health and Caregiver Support team, Ottawa Public Health

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what you should know about Protect your hearing: noise-induced hearing loss By: Injury and Substance Misuse Prevention Team Ottawa Public Health

Symptoms of damage include: distorted or muffled sound; difficulty understanding speech or a ringing, buzzing, roaring or rushing sound in the ear. If this happens to you, speak to your doctor.

Every day, you are exposed to sounds that can affect your hearing. Some of these sounds can cause permanent loss of hearing. Knowing how to protect your ears will help make sure hearing loss doesn’t happen to you.

Sound is measured in units called decibels (dB). Sounds that humans can hear are measured on a scale from 0 to 140. Sounds at or above 85 dB can damage your ears and 140 db causes sudden permanent damage.

Noise-induced hearing loss (NIHL) is hearing damage caused by loud sounds. It can occur as a result of a one-time exposure to an excessively loud sound or by ongoing exposure over a longer period of time. Loud noises can originate from a number of different sources such as power tools, outdoor power equipment, music at festivals, concerts or bars or music through speakers or headphones.

NIHL occurs in two stages. In the first stage, the individual will experience a brief decrease in hearing. • Wear properly fitted hearing protection devices such as earplugs At this point the damage is not permanent and can • Sit or stand away from the source of loud noise be reversed with rest. If this temporary damage like speakers at concerts or loud machinery repeatedly occurs or is not given time to heal, it will • Help your ears recover after being exposed to eventually result in permanent damage. loud noises by spending time in a quiet place • Limit time spent around excessive noise

Common Sources

Here are some ways to protect your ears:

Typical Sound Level (dB)

Rustling of leaves Noisy office

20 60

Busy traffic intersection


Loud shout, Power Mower


Wood Shop, Snowmobile


Chain Saw, Rock Concert


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Rideau Park United Church 2203 Alta Vista Drive

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429 Parkdale at Gladstone Ministers Rev. Dr. Anthony Bailey Barbara Faught - Pastoral Care Melodee Lovering - Youth and Children Worship Service - 10:30 am 613-728-8656 Sunday School for all ages Nursery Available

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Worship 10:30 Sundays

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2203 Alta Vista Drive

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Rideau Park United Church

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715 Roosevelt Ave. (at Carling at Cole) Pastor: Rev. Marek Sabol Visit: • (613) 296- 6375

The Redeemed Christian Church of God

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Dominion-Chalmers United Church Real God. Real People. Real Church.

Join us Sundays at 10:30

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St. Timothy’s Presbyterian Church

2400 Alta Vista Drive (613) 733 0131 Sunday Worship at 10:00 a.m. Anglican Church of Canada Sunday School; Ample parking; OC Transpo route 8 A warm welcome awaits you. Minister: Alex Mitchell Come Cometogether together Sundays Come together at atat Sundays Sundays 10am Choral Eucharist with10am Sunday School & Nusery Choral Eucharist with Sunday School & Nusery Sundays Confederation High School invites you to experience

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All are welcome without exception. All are welcome without exception.

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Every Sunday 9am to 11am

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KNOX PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH “A friendly church with a warm welcome”

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Friends of Byron Park launched in response to west LRT talks From RAIL, page 1

“I’m not sure if the community speaks as one voice yet,” he said. One of the first tasks of the new group will be to conduct a survey of residents in the area to try and get a grasp on where people stand, Jones said. The only common thread that’s emerged so far is that no one wants rail on the Byron path, Jones said. The group is so new that 12

Jones said there still need to be discussion before the Friends of Byron Park can issue a definitive position on the light rail issue, Jones said. The group was set to meet on June 3 to craft a position. Jones said there seems to be a general consensus that LRT won’t be of much benefit to the residents in Westboro and surrounding areas, because they already have access to

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the Transitway and a quick trip into the downtown. “This is rail passing through our community,” Jones said. “It’s not going to do anything for our community … We’re doing a favour for the rest of the city by hosting it.” Trying to get LRT onto the National Capital Commission’s Ottawa River Parkway, which is where Transitway buses currently operate, would make a lot of sense to some of

the people at the Friends of Byron Park meeting, Jones said. There is already another group opposing that option, called Save the Parkway. CARLING OFF THE TABLE

Jones said he would prefer to see light rail on Carling Avenue, where it might spur more development around transit hubs.

Carling Avenue isn’t included as one of the four top options for that leg of light rail. Carling has long been included in city plans as a secondary rail line and it will likely stay that way, according to a memo the city’s planning chief John Moser sent to councillors. Switching it to make Carling a primary rail corridor would likely mean that the O-Train would have

to terminate at Carling, eliminating the possibility of a connection north to Gatineau. But the memo to city councillors states “the Carling Avenue corridor has not been ruled out.” More work to assess the Carling corridor is planned and city staff will be asking for direction during the June 6 transportation committee meeting to study Carling in more detail.


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Residents get glimpse of Centretown’s future Community design plan weighs in on building height restrictions, need for additional space for parks Kristy Strauss

EMC news - Centretown residents filled a room at the McNabb Community Centre on May 30 to hear more about what their community could look like in the coming years. For the majority, it was their first time attending a meeting on the area’s community design plan process. “There’s been a great interest in this topic,” said Jordan Charbonneau, president of the Centretown Citizens Community Association, as he opened the meeting. The community association hosted the public forum which drew close to 200 residents. The community design plan, or CDP, is a document that will serve to guide future development in the community and residents heard from lead consultant on the project George Dark about the plans. “Centretown is such a wonderful place to live and work,” said Dark of Urban Strategies Inc. “It’s the urban place in Ottawa. It has fabulous transportation and a major Canadian university at its heart.” As part of the plan, Dark said he’d like to see Centretown’s streets more “livable” for pedestrians and cyclists He also said he’d like to see a greener Centretown. “We talked about green space, and you can count the number of public parks in the centre of Ottawa on one hand,” Dark said. He’d also like to see one way streets converted to two-

way, tree-lined streets as well as making improvements to Jack Purcell Park. When it came to building heights, Dark said currently the tallest buildings are in the north end of the community, and it’s important to have a transition from taller to shorter buildings. “In our height discussions, there’s also a desire to really design the transition,” Dark said. “Instead of a tall building wall, (have) a very elaborate height transition down into Centretown to clearly understand how those tall buildings go forward.” Dark also touched upon heritage buildings, which have come up in past discussions with the community, and said it would be important to make these historic sites more recognizable. Additionally, Dark following a trend happening in Toronto and Vancouver, where tall buildings are built in residential areas, but with houses or townhouses built alongside them. “When you go to Vancouver, they built these tall buildings, but the streets have an interesting residential feel,” Dark said. Judy Forrest, association board member and co-chairwoman of its planning and development review committee, also presented the community association’s position on the proposals Dark brought forward. “As you can see, it’s a complex document full of wonder-

ful things, and we want to get it approved,” said Forrest, who’s been working on the initiative for the past three years. “We want to get the plan approved because we need a framework that will be respected going forward.” She said the community association is happy with most Dark’s vision of what Centretown should look like in the future, including design guidelines for taller buildings and greening of the community. However, the community

association said some ideas will need more study, such as Dark’s idea to convert oneway streets to two-way, which would be difficult for roads like Metcalfe Street. “Before that can happen, there needs to be extensive traffic count studies,” Forrest said. She said she thinks some potential heights are too high in some areas, which could go as high as 27 storeys. The community association would like to see other areas with lower height, such as the

areas around city hall east of Elgin Street, Forrest added. “We don’t want that area to be a solid 21 storeys,” she said. “It’s too close to a lower profile area.” Additionally, Forrest said the proposals have too much of an emphasis on mixed-use properties particularly in the mid-Centretown area. “The community association feels that should remain residential,” Forrest said. Overall, she said the attention to detail in the potential CDP is “impressive” and that

the community submitted comments to the city when the plan was first released in December. “We’re not sure what’s going to happen to those comments, whether there will be further changes made to the plan or whether the plan will go forward as it is now,” she said. “The community association is community to working to get this approved.” For more information, visit the community association’s website at centretowncitizens. ca.

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West-end communities first up for neighbourhood connections

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EMC news - Woodpark and Woodroffe North are first in line for a new project that plans to make Ottawa neighbourhoods more livable. The new Neighbourhood Connections Office is gearing up to start work after its creation was announced during the city’s Planning Summit on April 26. The two adjacent Bay Ward neighbourhoods have long been asking for community design plans, but Coun. Mark Taylor says the new option of creating a neighbourhood plan will likely address concerns of former outer urban neighbourhoods – like Woodpark and Woodroffe North – better than a CDP. It’s a common refrain at city hall; many of Ottawa’s more popular urban neighbourhoods, especially those that are experiencing intensification, call for CDPs for their neighbourhoods. “City terminology is confusing,” Taylor said. “What they are really saying is ‘We don’t want our community intensified.’ But the reality is that CDPs incentivize development.” For neighbourhoods that are already developed or developing, a plan created by the

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“pocket” parks is also on the list, he said. Despite the neighbourhood’s name, there is only one large park in Woodpark, so the community would like to find spots for some smaller green spaces. If local residents want to get involved in the Woodpark/Woodroffe North livability project, they can contact the community associations directly. When work gets underway in earnest, Taylor said there will be broad community consultation by his office and the community association through door-to-door campaigns and public meetings. While Woodpark and Woodroffe North are first on the list, other communities will soon have a chance to get neighbourhood liveability projects of their own. “While the staff of the Neighbourhood Connections Office have begun work on the Bay Ward neighbourhoods as the first item of business for their new office, the complete work plan for the department has yet to be brought before the planning committee for approval,” Taylor said in an email. “We anticipate that will happen soon and will trigger the process of determining subsequent neighbourhoods that will receive their attention.”

Neighbourhood Connections Office is a better idea, he said. Woodpark Community Association president John Blatherwick agreed. “It’s pretty much built now,” he said. “For neighbourhoods like this, I agree with (city) staff. The idea is to refocus.” While there is a lot of time and energy spent planning new subdivisions, the older urban neighbourhoods don’t have any plans for how they will adapt. Taylor compares the initiative to using a “scalpel instead of a broadsword.” “The focus is going to be narrowed,” Blatherwick added. The basic question Blatherwick wants to address is: “What completes your community?” It enables the community to drill down and advise the city on little changes that can improve life in that neighbourhood, whether it’s adding new sidewalks or coming up with a plan to include storm sewers on local streets. Woodpark had a project looking at getting storm sewers before amalgamation derailed the initiative, so in many ways, the neighbourhood will be picking up where it left off, Blatherwick said. Finding space for new


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Kristy Strauss

EMC community - After surviving intense surgery to remove a brain tumour and having to spend her 30th birthday in the hospital, Naomi Gilker is still smiling. “Always look on the bright side of life,” said Gilker. “There’s always someone who has it worse. Focusing on what’s going well and having a positive outlook goes a long way to recovery. Be grateful for the little things.” While the ordeal hasn’t spoiled the Hintonburg resident’s positive outlook on life, it also hasn’t taken away her love of running and triathlons. Recently, Gilker participated in the Brain Tumour Foundation of Canada’s annual Spring Sprint event, where she raised money for the same foundation that helped her not feel so alone after her surgery. Doctors found Gilker’s brain tumour after she felt sick in January of 2010, so much so that she could barely get out of bed. “I stopped being able to swim and run and we noticed something was seriously wrong,” said Gilker. “At the time I was living about a minute walk from work and it was torture. I had blurred vision, severe headaches and I was getting what I thought was food poisoning.” At the time, she and her family had no idea what was wrong. When she had a CT

The Chaudière Generating Station No. 2 was open to the public as part of Doors Open Ottawa. Kristy Strauss

Naomi Gilker, a Hintonburg resident and Ottawa triathlete, survived a brain tumour and remained dedicated to her athletic life. She recently participated in the Brain Tumour Foundation of Canada’s annual Spring Sprint event. scan done in December of that year, doctors found it was a brain tumour that was affecting her not only physically, but mentally due to the pressure it was putting on her brain. “They wouldn’t let me off the CT scan bed,” Gilker remembered, adding that she was sent to the emergency room right away and spent a week in hospital before she got the tumour removed. When she was first told she had the brain tumour, Gilker said she had mixed emotions. She was relieved that there was a name for what she had, but that quickly turned to fear. “I watch too much Grey’s Anatomy and I thought the worst would happen,” she said. “I felt too young to have a brain tumour. To me, it wasn’t something that happened to young people.”

But Gilker fought with the support of her friends and family around her, and two days after her surgery, she celebrated her 30th birthday in the hospital. “I don’t remember a lot of it, but my friends and family were there,” she said. “And, I remember cheesecake.” After her surgery, Gilker said she needed something to focus on and aim towards. Five months later, she ran a 10 kilometres during the Ottawa Race Weekend and this year ran a half marathon. Now that her skull is healed from the surgery, she’s also starting to swim again. “I consider myself to be very fortunate,” Gilker said. “It’s not that easy for most people.” When she heard about the Brain Tumour Foundation of Canada’s annual Spring Sprint event, she knew she wanted to

get involved. On June 3, she took part in the race and wanted to bring awareness to the issue and give back to the foundation that helped her through her ordeal. “They’re a community of people, and you realize there are others going through it,” Gilker said. “It’s helpful to sort of have that in your life. That was really helpful to get through that emotional phase and I started focusing on other goals.” She said having the foundation’s support allowed her move on in her life and focus on the things she’s most passionate about, like athletics. “I don’t have issues talking about it, but it’s not a part of my life anymore,” Gilker said. “I’ve put it behind me and moved forward. I focus on the positives and good parts of life.”

Hydro Ottawa provided a rare glimpse inside Canada’s oldest operating run-of-the-river hydroelectric generating station on June 2 and 3rd. Hundreds turned out for free tours of the historic generating station. The facility was open to the public as part of Doors Open Ottawa. Brought to the community by the City of Ottawa, it is the city’s largest heritage and architectural event. It gives visitors a rare opportunity to visit inside some of Ottawa’s most prestigious buildings and facilities. “Chaudière Falls is in the heart of Canada’s National Capital and has great historical significance,” said Bryce Conrad, President and CEO of Hydro Ottawa Holding Inc. “It fueled the industrial explosion of the mid 1800s by providing the water power for the vast complex of lumber mills that generated electricity that drove railroads and factories in the area after 1885.” Hydro Ottawa owns and operates three generating stations at Chaudière Falls. The Generating Station No. 2 was originally built in 1891 by industrialist E.H. Bronson. The Bronson family was a leader in lumber-related industry in the Ottawa Valley. In 2001, the station was completely rebuilt. All of the generators were rewound, the turbines were replaced, the channels and dam structures were rehabilitated and the station was completely automated. All heritage elements of the station were preserved, with the equipment looking as it did 100 years ago. “It’s a unique opportunity to share the history of this site with the community. Together our three generating stations at Chaudière Falls produce enough power to supply approximately 13,000 homes,” said Conrad. “Not only did visitors get to tour this historic building, but they also learned how hydroelectricity is produced.”


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EMC community - It’s just after school on a Thursday afternoon, and Britannia Woods Community House on Ritchie Street is flooded with kids of all ages. Christine Verhulp, the community house’s interim executive director, takes a breather before another child knocks on her office door. One of the kids is looking for tape. He’s holding a fundraiser the following Saturday night for his friend’s family, whose house had extensive damage after a fire and he’s putting up posters to make sure the community knows about it. This is just one story that makes Verhulp especially

proud of her kids, and she feels it’s important they are recognized for their work in the community. Recently, five of them were recognized at an awards ceremony to thank them for their hundreds of combined hours of service. Daniel Jean-Charles, 15, Sephora Kabuika, 17, Christelle Jean-Charles, 14, Hibo Hirard, 14 and Dana Belance, 14, were honoured by the community house for completing more than 130 hours of volunteer service each. “They’re leaders in the community,” said Verhulp. “I’m just so proud of them.” She tears up as each teenager talks about why they

donate their spare time to the community – which includes taking part in summer programs for the community’s younger children. “I sort of grew up here, so I saw people helping me when I was younger,” said Dana, who also volunteered with the community house’s afterschool programs. “I have a lot of spare time, so I’m helping people.” Each of the teens has a dream of pursuing a career that involves helping others. Sephora, Daniel and Christelle all hope to be nurses. Dana would like to be a social worker or pursue her passion of photography, while Hibo would like to be a teacher someday.

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Aggressive drivers top concern: police survey Laura Mueller

EMC news - Many Ottawa residents correctly believe

crime in the city is staying stagnant, according to the results of a recent survey. Conducted by the Ottawa

Police Service, the survey showed that 47 per cent of Ottawa residents believe crime levels have broadly stayed the

same in the past three years. The finding was one of many that came to light after the results of the survey were made public at a meeting of the police services board on May 28. AGGRESSIVE DRIVING TOP CONCERN


For the first time, the top concern on the annual survey was the same no matter if people are thinking about their own neighbourhood or the entire city: speeding cars and aggressive driving. Sixty-four per cent of respondents said that’s the top issue of concern in their neighbourhood, while 76 per cent it’s the most pressing issue for police citywide. That has been the top concern for people within their own neighbourhoods in the last three surveys, but in previous years, residents were more worried about drugs (80 per cent in 2008) and youth crime (79 per cent in 2006) when it came to the city as a whole. Drugs are still considered a major citywide issue, with 74 per cent of respondents citing drugs as their top concern. Of interest, people who responded to the survey were more concerned about crimes in the city as a whole than about crimes in their own neighbourhoods.

Most people – 57 per cent – felt crime had stayed the same in their neighbourhood, 22 per cent thought it increased in their neighbourhood and while 20 per cent felt it had decreased. For the portion of the survey in which people could put their own suggestions, the most frequent ideas related to boosting visibility of police officers, improving enforcement of traffic violations and increasing interactions with

People who responded to the survey were more concerned about crimes in the city as a whole than about crimes in their own neighbourhoods. local people. The survey also showed that the proportion of respondents who believe crime is increasing was at its lowest ever: 33 per cent. That’s down from 54 per cent of residents who thought crime was increasing in 2006. While almost 100 per cent of people reported feeling safe in their homes and neighbourhoods during the day, that number dropped to 81 per cent

for those who feel safe during the day downtown, with only 35 per cent saying they would feel safe downtown at night. Bike paths and trails are also considered unsafe at night; only 20 per cent of people say they would feel safe at night, and 73 per cent would feel safe on pathways during the day. Public transit numbers were lower: 68 per cent would feel safe during the day and 26 per cent at night. Seventeen per cent of people who took the survey said they had been victims of crime in the past three years. More than half – 55 per cent – of them said they were satisfied or very satisfied with the police response, while 20 per cent were dissatisfied. Satisfaction with the local police service is rated as “very high,” with 81 per cent of respondents indicating they are satisfied and only four per cent responding that they are dissatisfied. Sixty per cent of residents who responded said they have “high or utmost” confidence in the Ottawa Police Service, and 33 per cent have “moderate confidence.” The survey is the city’s sixth since 1995. This year, a total of 3,147 citizens participated in the online survey between Feb. 10 and April 8, representing a response rate of 20.4 per cent (15,464 mailed notifications were sent out).



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Community group to review United Way Ottawa report Michelle Nash

EMC news - A community action group is organizing a meeting on June 14 to review a recent report which looks at how the United Way Ottawa allocates donor money. The investment and impact

review committee, created by United Way Ottawa’s board of directors, recently issued a report on how the organization distributes its money. The report is a response to criticism of the United Way’s new funding criteria, established in 2011, which left what

some agencies, service providers and donors felt were gaps in the funding process. Ottawa Community Action, a coalition of community groups and agencies, raised a motion at the United Way annual general meeting in June 2011, calling for a review of


the funding processes, investments and its progress toward goals and priorities. Stakeholders, agencies and donors formed the investment and impact review committee in August 2011 and the completed report was released in April. Ottawa Community Action is holding the meeting to discuss the report ahead of this year’s United Way annual meeting. Ottawa Community Action member Chris Ellis is organizing the event. Representatives from the United Way have been invited to attend the meeting. “The implication is for service agencies and donors to understand what is in the report before the AGM and how we can move forward in a positive way,” said Ellis. “It is also an opportunity for service agencies to come out and share the impact of gaps in funding.” In total, 37 recommendations are identified in the report. The United Way has already implemented some of the recommendations in the report, including setting aside a transition fund of $811,000 this year to continue to help ease the transition for agencies no longer funded. In the weeks leading up to the annual general meeting, the organization aims to meet with different agencies to review and explain the committee’s report. The board of directors is

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After a call for proposals, the United Way Ottawa announced $27 million worth of investments in programs across the city on April 30. A community coalition will be holding a meeting on June 14 to discuss a United Way report on the process of how funding is allocated. also in the process of completing an organizational plan to address all the recommendations over the short-, mediumand long-term.  On April 30, the United Way announced $27 million worth of investments in programs across the city, which will see 116 programs receive funding. There is high demand from a number of organizations and agencies, and at the United Way’s annual funding announcement on April 30, Jeffery Dale, head of the proposal selection, said it was extremely hard to make the choice of one program over another. Dale’s committee sifted

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ByWard Market intoxication issues overblown, BIA says Report from student ambassador group noted a significant increase in substance abuse in the market Laura Mueller

EMC news - An analysis of activity observed by “ambassadors” in the ByWard Market last summer shows staggering percentage increases in the amount of drug and alcohol use observed, but the numbers don’t come as a surprise to the area’s merchant association. Every summer since 1997, the city’s Market Management group and the ByWard Market Business Improvement Area hires a group of post-secondary students to fan out across the tourism and entertainment district to help out visitors, pass out information, network with merchants and keep track of “nuisance” behaviour. Last summer, the 11 ambas-

sadors saw a marked increase in substance abuse: observed drug use went up 1,100 per cent, while the ambassadors saw a 433 per cent increase in people consuming alcohol in the ByWard Market. But when you look at the hard numbers, the behaviour isn’t much of a change, said Jasna Jennings, executive director of the BIA. While only four instances of drug use were observed by ambassadors in the summer of 2010, that number jumped to 48 in 2011 – but that is still a relatively low number, Jennings said. Thirty-two incidents of open alcohol consumption were recorded in 2011, compared to six in 2010. “…Public drug use and alcohol consumption were


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teractions in the market – everything from conversations with tourists to calling the paramedics to treat a dehydrated person – will include a category to identify intoxicated people the ambassadors observe, not just the acts of drinking or doing drugs. “You may not have seen them ingest it, but their behaviour certainly indicates they are under the influence of something,” Jennings said. “They didn’t have any way to track that before.” The report includes some anecdotal “notable incidents,” including one description of an intoxicated man who became physically violent with a market vendor employee, escalating into a physical struggle between several people that ended with the intoxicated man being arrested. While the ambassadors identified public drug use and intoxication as an issue, Jennings says member businesses and tourists she has spoken to say “nothing” about the matter. “We don’t have people running to the hills saying ‘Oh my God, I saw an intoxicated person and the whole place is falling apart,’ ” Jennings said. “We’re really not hearing that.” The ByWard Market’s issues with homelessness, substance abuse and mental health challenges are well documented, Jasna said, but it doesn’t mean they are increasing. “These are people whose job is to try and observe that stuff,” Jennings said. “If they saw five people in a month, take that by 10 hours a day and 30 days in a month.” Aggressive panhandling is still the most frequently observed negative behaviour tracked by the ambassadors. Despite the more striking increases in intoxication and substance use, the vast majority – 87 per cent – of the ambassadors’ interactions were with tourists. The group’s most frequently provided service was responding to inquiries about local restaurants and retailers.


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The boats for Tim Hortons Ottawa Dragon Boat Festival arrived and were launched in the Rideau River at Mooney’s Bay on June 4. Nic Deek helped paddle one of the boats from the bay to the Rideau Canoe Club.

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EMC news - Tech-savy high school students from across the city were honoured for their hard work in developing smart phone and tablet applications as part of the AppJam Contest on May 29. The contest, created to showcase projects created by senior students, saw 15 finalists from grades 11 and 12 gather at the Ottawa Convention Centre to present their applications for the chance to win $1,000 and summer jobs. Before the final awards were for the contest, run by the Ottawa Network for Education, the network’s chief operating officer, Kathy McKinlay, congratulated the participants for their hard work. “I think that all these folks have in common they all learned there are lots and lots of exciting opportunity in the tech industry in Ottawa,” said McKinlay. Seven projects were awarded the top prize of a summer job and $1,000. The students, some working as a team, started developing applications, commonly referred t as “apps,” two months ago. One of the winning apps

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Krista McCormick and Melanie Lapointe’s Rocket Launch curriculum quiz game was one of the seven student smart phone and tablet applications projects awarded at technology contest hosted by the Ottawa Network for Education on May 29. was created by Krista McCormick and Melanie Lapointe, students at All Saints Catholic High School. Both said they knew nothing about app technology going into the project, nor had they wanted to pursue a career in the field. But following their contest win, the girls both agreed software development

was a career they were interested in. Lapointe credited the presentation about, a program operated by the Ottawa Network for Education, for changing her attitude. “It was horrible, we didn’t know what we were doing, it took a lot of tries to get it to work,” Lapointe said. “At the

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end of the project, I was happy it was over, I never thought about going into this kind of career, but now, it sounds so interesting.” The program was created to encourage students to pursue careers in technology through educational programming and events in Ottawa schools. Students work with industry mentors and their products are designed for younger students in their schools. And like in the real world, the students had to consult with their clients on the design and the application details. McCormick and Lapointe’s app, called Rocket Launch, was designed for Grade 7 students as a curriculum quiz game. “They (the Grade 7 class) really wanted to have a rocket in the app, so we put it in.” McCormick said. “If they get all the questions correct, they get to launch a rocket into a tree.” The goal of the program, McKinlay said is to get students interested in technology at a young age. A number of the industry partners came out to the event to play with the students apps and to help hand out the awards. Patrick Mollins from Research In Motion gave all the students who made apps for the company’s tablet, the BlackBerry Playbook, with a device to keep. Mollins also handed out Playbooks to the other participants, to encourage all the students to make apps for the tablet’s platform in the future. McCormick and Lapointe’s app was designed to work on the Playbook and the girls said they were pleased with the additional tablets. The Ottawa Network for Education currently has 12 schools participating in the program, but said there is no cap on the number of schools who can participate. For more information on the program or the organization, please go to www.onfe-rope. ca.


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Crab cakes can serve as appetizer or main course


hese crab cakes are delicious and can be served either as an appetizer or a main


• 1 tbsp. olive oil or vegetable oil • 1/4 cup celery, finely diced • 3 slices onion, finely diced • 1/3 cup mayonnaise (I used lowfat mayonnaise and it was fine) • 1/8 tsp. dry mustard • 1/4 tsp. paprika • a tiny sprinkle of garlic powder • 120 gram can of crabmeat, drained and rinsed • 2/3 cup plus 1 tbsp. of finely crushed cracker crumbs such as

Food ‘n’ Stuff Club or Toppable crackers • 1 1/2 tbsp. olive or vegetable oil for cooking the crab cakes In a non-stick medium frying pan, heat the first amount of oil. In this, cook the celery and onion just until the onion is transparent. Remove the pan from the heat, but don’t wash it. You’ll use it again to cook the crab cakes. In a medium bowl, combine the cooked celery and onion with the mayonnaise, seasonings and crab. Stir in 1/3 cup plus 1 tbsp. of the cracker crumbs. Mix just enough to combine the ingredients. The crab mixture is moist and messy, so wear latex gloves for the next step. Spread the remaining 1/3 cup of cracker crumbs on a large plate. Using a 1/4 or 1/3 cup measure, scoop out enough mixture for each crab cake.

Shape the crab mixture into 10 small cakes for appetizers, or into six cakes five to 7.5 centimetres in diametre for a main course. The crab cakes should be just under 2.5 centimetres thick. Cover both sides of the crab cakes with the crumbs, and set them aside. In the same frying pan that you used for the celery and onion, heat the 1 1/2 tbsp. oil over medium-low heat. Use a spatula to transfer the crab cakes to the pan so that they don’t fall apart. The larger ones particularly have a tendency to do this. Cook on medium-low until the bottom of the crab cakes is golden brown. Turn them over, and continue cooking until the second side is nicely browned. Watch that they don’t burn. This makes 10 appetizer servings, or six main-course servings, enough for two to three people.


course. Although the ingredients are very basic, they taste quite rich. If you plan to serve them as a main course, keep the rest of the meal simple. In working out this recipe, I discovered the best crackers to use are those called Club crackers, Toppables or butter crackers. The name varies with the brand. This type of cracker adds more flavour than plain soda crackers and because they are not highly seasoned, their own taste doesn’t over power the other ingredients. You’ll need about 15 crackers, finely crushed, for the recipe.




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Singer takes anti-bullying message to schools Kristy Strauss

EMC community Maria Hawkins wants children to get help when it comes to bullying – whether they’re the victim, bully or just a bystander. “I’ve been working with children for 25 years and as those years progressed, I saw that children needed more and more motivation,” said Hawkins, right before taking the stage at Dr. F. J. MacDonald Catholic School in the west end on May 29. Hawkins, a local singer and motivational speaker, performed at the school to continue her Stop the Bullying Campaign. By the end of the year, she will have performed at 55 schools. Hawkins said she saw the need about five or six years ago, when she ran a program for children being bullied in Merrickville. “That was when I first realized how deep-seated it was,” Hawkins said. “I decided that I was going to not just motivate, but also see if I could offer support and dialogue, and some way of helping those who are in that situation fund their way to a better place.” She said she wanted to find help for the bully, the victim and the bystander. “The bully obviously needs help, and you need to help the

bystanders not just be bystanders,” Hawkins said. “In standing there just watching, you’re contributing.” She said with television shows and easy access to videos on YouTube, it’s easy for children to learn this kind of behaviour. “We need to get back to a morally-based character development education,” Hawkins said, adding she wants to support teachers who do so much for their students. “I don’t profess to know all the answers, but I do know as a mother and as a grandmother who worked in schools for 25 years, we need to empower the bystanders, get help for bullies and get help for the victims.” Hawkins also said she wanted to focus on the age group from kindergarten to Grade 8 since it’s such an impressionable age. “It’s just giving them that gentle push, that reminder that their teachers are there for them and they can reach out to their teachers,” Hawkins said. “Sometimes having that different voice (helps), and that’s where my music comes in.” She also said she’s received positive feedback from students, and even received a warm welcome from students at Dr. F. J. MacDonald as she unloaded her gear in prepara-

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Maria Hawkins, a local singer and motivational speaker, performs a music-driven, motivational presentation to students at Dr. F. J. MacDonald Catholic School in the west end on May 29. tion for the performance. Hawkins said she’s even received letters from students who said they didn’t know

they were a bully and that her performance helped them understand a bit more. “This is my life. Every time

you read about some child going to that next degree, that next level, it just breaks my heart,” Hawkins said. “My

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Titanic musical hits Centrepointe stage Jennifer McIntosh

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EMC entertainment - The Orpheus Musical Theatre Society is commemorating the 100th anniversary of the Titanic tragedy with a performance of the musical by Peter Stone and Maury Yeston. The show, Titanic the Musical, opened at the Centrepointe Theatre on June 1 and will run until June 10. Maureen Speer said the musical is the story of the real passenger of the ship, which took more than 1,500 lives with it when it sank in April 15, 1912. “There will be no Jack, no Rose, no one singing Celine Dion songs,” Long-time member of Orpheus Speer said. The cast included some amalgamations on people who were actually on the ship. Speer plays a first-class passenger Edith Corse-Evans, who was an American citizen travelling back to the U.S. with her aunt after touring Europe. Speer said the records show her character was on a lifeboat with another woman when they were told that there was only room for one. “She said to the woman, ‘You have four children you go, I will catch the next one,’ and she never did catch the

next one,” Speer said. Speer said she also plays a third-class character, but it wasn’t hard to step into their shoes because they are real people. “You can go on Google and actually look up my character,” she said. “It was a little hard to emulate the entitlement and snobbery of the upper class.” Speer said the show is meant to be a symphony, with each character being a piece of the larger ensemble. Rehearsals took place as often as five times a week in the months leading up to the show, but Speer said it was important to bring together such a large cast. Speer said the show is a personal, behind-the-scenes look at the famous tragedy. There is also a love story between two third-class passengers. Speer said the scenes that were the most difficult to practice and perform were the ones where the characters were dying. “The scenes are very personal and you feel a sense of loss. They are very heart wrenching,” she said. During the run, show times are in the evenings at 7:30 p.m. The last show is at 2 p.m. on June 10. Tickets are available at


Jennifer Gabel, an 18-year-old athlete will play ringette against some of the best in the world after securing a spot on the country’s junior national team.

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from 59 to 22. She said she wasn’t surprised to be picked. “I played really well,” she said. “I was really on the top of my game.” She said she knew some of the girls at the athlete camp because she had been called up to play for the Cambridge Turbos during the 2010 nationals.

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The City of Ottawa will be hosting an open house to present alternative concept plans from the above studies. The Byron Avenue Area Traffic Management Study aimed to address traffic concerns along the section of Byron Avenue, between Island Park Drive and Holland Avenue. The Byron-Tyndall-Gladstone Cycling Corridor Improvement Study is intended to improve cyclist visibility and comfort in moving between Byron and Gladstone. Interested members of the public are invited to drop in anytime between 6:30 and 8:30 p.m. to review the concept plans and provide comments. Comment sheets will be available to fill out or take away for submission at a later date. Please provide your comments by Wednesday, July 11, 2012. For more information, please contact:

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A “Walking Open House” has been scheduled on Tuesday, June 19. It will depart at 6:30 p.m. from the multi-use pathway just east of the Carling Transitway Station (at the top of the stairs that come up from the O-Train platform). Background information and alternative solutions will be presented, as well an opportunity to provide comments to the study team. Please RSVP to by June 15 so that you can be notified if the event is re-scheduled due to inclement weather.

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team the AA Nepean Ravens, went to the athlete identification camp from May 17 to 21 in Toronto. “It was tough,” Gabel said. “We were on the ice up to three times a day, including playing intersquad games.” Gabel said the Sunday was the first cut, with the number of girls being whittled down

Gabel will play centre on Team Canada East there is also a team composed of athletes from the western part of Canada. Both teams will participate in the 2012 U19 World Ringette Championship in London, Ont., from Dec. 28 to Jan. 3. The championships will see Canada take on the likes of Finland and Sweden. Gabel has been playing since she was four or five and said she feels like she has been playing her whole life. At the age of six she had to decide between ski racing and ringette and said she doesn’t regret her decision. Over the years she has missed birthday parties and weekend hangouts because she has been away at tournaments. “Growing up I had one friend whose birthday is on Jan. 11 and every year I would have a tournament to go to and miss it,” she said. “But people know after a while that you go pretty hard from October to February.” She said that she has made lifelong friendships playing ringette. “You go away together, you win and lose together,” she said. “You get really close with your teammates.” Gabel just finished her first year of studies in neurosciences at Carleton University and earned a research job for the summer. She said it was tough going, but she is proud of her marks and her success in ringette. “All in all I think I did pretty good,” she said.

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EMC entertainment The visual arts students at Merivale High School got a chance to shine at an annual showcase held at the school on June 1. The showcase offered examples of work in everything from ceramics to a giant poster of Daniel Alfredsson that made an appearance at the Senators game against the New York Rangers on March 8. Merivale’s art department offers all the standard visual arts options, but also includes courses in photography, ceramics and graphic design. The school also offers a communication and design focus program, which provides students outside of Merivale’s catchement area the chance to build up their portfolio before college. Elizabeth Nichols, who hails from West Carleton Secondary School, attended the program for her Grade 11 year. “We take four art courses and really focus on this (graphic design) as a career,” she said. “It was amazing. I always knew I was interested in art. Now I know for sure this is a career I want to pursue.” While she toured the art

show, Nichols pointed out examples of coursework, from animated shorts to film photography. “We learned the basics of exposure and lighting before we went to digital photography,” she said. They also do a piece on design work for local service and community groups. “A graphic designer has a responsibility to give back to the community they work and live in,” is a well known mantra by arts department head Irv Osterer. Joy Knowles, who is a student in a senior visual arts course, said she wants to be a writer and may pursue a career in communications, but she enjoys visual arts as well. “My grandfather is an artist so maybe I get it from him,” she said. One of her favourite projects over the year was the creation of a Canadian comic book hero. Knowles said she likes comic books so it was challenging to create one of her own. The character, Canis Lupus, was bitten by a wolf and now shares some of their powers. “Sort of like a werewolf,” Knowles said. The same art class made a stamp commemorating late NDP leader Jack Layton. Knowles said she was happy

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Joy Knowles, a Grade 11 student at Merivale High School, is pictured at the Merivale Art Show on June 1 with her project: a Canadian comic book superhero. with her work on that one. “We tried pen and ink, acrylic and watercolour. I really like how that one turned

out,” she said pointing to a watercolour cameo of Layton. Both Nichols and Knowles

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the year, but to see what other students had come up with. “There’s some pretty amazing stuff,” Knowles said.

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Ottawa City Councillor — Bay Ward MOTHER’S DAY TEA A GREAT SUCCESS Thank you to everyone who attended my Second Annual Mother’s Day Tea on May 10th. I was pleased to welcome over 250 seniors to the Ron Kolbus Lakeside Centre for a wonderful afternoon of tea and coffee, cake, live music and lots of fabulous prizes. I want to recognize Bayshore Shopping Centre, Bayshore Home Health and The Westwood by Revera for sponsoring this event. We could not have done it without you.

BAYSHORE SHOPPING CENTRE REDEVELOPMENT On May 25th, I joined the management of Bayshore Shopping Centre to break ground on their $200-million redevelopment. Expanding Bayshore Shopping Centre will create over 400 new, permanent jobs in Bay Ward. Economic development in Bay Ward is one of my top three priorities and adding these 400 new jobs continues the growth of our local economy. Bay Ward has seen more than its fair share of job creation since I took office, including Bayshore’s redevelopment, the Fairlawn Plaza redevelopment at Carling and Fairlawn Avenue, and my continued work to revitalize Carling Avenue between Pinecrest Road and Bayshore Drive. Bayshore Shopping Centre will remain open throughout construction, which is scheduled for completion in 2015. For more information, visit

EMC sports - Melanie McCann recently finished in seventh place at another World Cup competition in China, her best-ever result in modern pentathlon. While she has to work hard on all five events - pistol shooting, epee fencing, 200 metre freestyle swimming, show jumping and three-kilometre cross-country running - McCann said she’s put in a lot of work on swimming and running over the winter. Several weeks ago, she recorded a ninth place finish in Hungary at a World Cup event. McCann’s previous top finish in a World Cup event was 15th, something she’d recorded three times. Heading into the 2012 Olympic Games in London, the 22-year-old said her placing gives her a lot of confidence. “It means that whatever my coaches and I have been doing over the winter has obviously been working,” she said. “We can just keep moving forward without changing a lot on the training end of things.” McCann, originally from Mount Carmel, Ont., returned to Canada after a week of fencing training in Paris, where she worked on some specific actions to improve her tactics. “Paris is one of the best cities in the world for fencing, so

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Melanie McCann, who lives in Ottawa’s Central Park neighbourhood, is a member of Canada’s modern pentathlon team. McCann has been selected to represent Canada at the 2012 Olympics in London. I thought it would be a good training camp for me,” she said. “It was good. I was able to work really hard without worrying about resting for any sort of competition.” Now she’s back in Ottawa, where she lives when she’s not competing, focused on training with coach John Hawes. “I moved to Ottawa in 2010 to be closer to my coach,” she said, adding that she trains at Carleton University and the RA Centre unless she is travelling for competitions. McCann, who is home after the three worlds competitions, said she has seven or eight

weeks to start training for the Olympic Games in London. “I want to work on getting faster and fitter for my running,” she said, adding she is also planning on tweaking her fencing technique. “I usually get the most points in fencing so I think it’s important to focus on that,” she said. However, over the past year McCann said her biggest improvement has come in shooting. “I’ve been shooting consistently quite well,” she said. “There’s still room to bring my time down a little more,

VOLUNTEER FOR YEAR 2 GIVE Join one hundred volunteers on Saturday, June 16th to beautify the Blair Court community – an affordable housing development near the intersection of Riverside Drive and Industrial Boulevard. Year 2 Give, an award winning volunteering organization created by my wife Christine Taylor, is looking for help painting, mending fences and other outdoor work to make Blair Court a better place to live. Sign up now at or e-mail

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Our Bay Ward community office in the Foster Farm Community Centre celebrated its first anniversary on May 18th. During the 2010 municipal election campaign, I pledged to open an office in Bay Ward and fulfilled that promise a few months after taking office.

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Having an office in Bay War means residents don’t have to go downtown to see their Councillor. It also means I get to spend more time in the community I represent. As always, I am eager to hear about your thoughts and suggestions for our community and city. My door is always open and I look forward to seeing many of you over the coming summer months. Sincerely,

Mark Taylor Ottawa City Councillor, Bay Ward


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but I’m able to be competitive now with the rest of the field.” McCann came into modern pentathlon from a swimming and running background, which she said is different than most Canadian pentathletes. “I took up riding rather late in my pentathlon career,” she explained. “A lot of other Canadians come from a pony club background where they grow up riding.” Despite her late start, show jumping has been a strong event for McCann this season, recording one of the top three rides in each competition. It’s been a successful year so far for McCann, who qualified for the Olympics after a fourth-place finish at the Pan Am Games in Guadalajara, Mexico, in October. She also captured the provincial and national senior women’s titles and was named the top modern pentathlete at the Ottawa Sports Awards in January. “Pentathlon is so, so unpredictable though,” she explained. “You never know how the next event will go, but I’m enjoying every minute of it.” As for future plans, McCann said she’d like to compete for another four years and continue on to the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, noting she’ll rest and re-evaluate after London. But for the coming Olympics, McCann said a medal is a realistic possibility. “In pentathlon you can see anyone from the top 15 shoot to the podium,” she said. “It’s definitely realistic, but I’ll have to take it one event at a time before I can think about that.”


EMC events - Liver health will be promoted at Britannia Park as the Canadian Liver Foundation hosts its 7th annual Stroll for Liver and volleyball tournaments on June 17. The event runs from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. and will feature two- and five-kilometre family walks, barbecue, Indian food, live music and performance, face painting, auction, family photos and several prizes. According to the Canadian Liver Foundation, liver disease affects one in 10 Canadians and takes 100 known forms. Proceeds from the event will benefit the Ottawa chapter of the Canadian Liver Foundation’s commitment to liver health research, education, and will help support families living with the disease in the community. The event will take place at Ron Kolbus Lakeside Centre in Britannia Park and is open to everyone. Registration takes place online and for more information, please contact Annette Martin at or 613489-5208.


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First car a diamond in the rough


other often wondered if we got a bargain when Father traded many loads of gravel for the old Model T, our first car. The deal was made with a neighbour who needed gravel for a washed culvert: we had the gravel pit and he had the car. Not a penny changed hands. Just a handshake in the back yard on a spring day in the 1930s, the way most deals were done back then. We children were thrilled beyond belief. Imagine: a car, our first. It certainly wasnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t much to look at. In an attempt to fix up a battered front fender, the first owner had painted it green. Of course, the rest of the car was black. Mother thought the paint was from leftovers from painting a pump or old lawn furniture, which seemed to be the colour everyone used back then. Father said the odd fender gave the car a nice touch. When we got the car, one back door was missing. The farmer said it was somewhere in a ditch along the Northcote Side Road and he was pretty sure we could find it on one of our trips into Renfrew. He said it flew off one day when he hit a rut. Sure enough, Earl spotted it hidden in the long grass just after Briscoeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s farm about three kilometres up the road. Father tied it on with binder twine, which meant it could never be opened. It stayed forever tied to the frame of the old Model T. The brothers just climbed in over the top of it. It wasnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t a big car and it was a never-ending challenge for us five kids, Mother and Father to all get in. It meant that someone had to sit in the front seat between Mother and Father and the rest of us had to pile into the back, with one of us crouched down on the

MARY COOK Mary Cookâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Memories floor. You would think none of us wanted this floor spot, but to me it was the best place in the entire Model T. Thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s because there was a hole in the floor as big as a saucer and you could sit there and watch the road go by. In fact, we often fought over the spot. So Mother, in her usual organized manner, drew up a chart and whose turn it was depended entirely on that list. Apart from making it easier

Road, just like the missing door. It too was discovered on the way home from wherever we were going that day. I lived in constant dread that one day Father was going to lose an arm cranking the car. More often than not, the car balked when he was cranking it and his arm would fly towards the sky with such a force that it is a wonder it wasnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t wrenched from its socket.

To us five kids, the car was like a status symbol. Other neighbours had newer cars, but our first car, to us, meant that we had moved out of the horse and buggy age and into a modern world. to get into the car, the running board served the purpose of carrying an overload. It seemed we never went anywhere without boxes, chickens in crates and an extra gas tank tied to the running board. Although the old Model T was supposed to make our lives easier on the farm, it had several drawbacks which became the bane of Fatherâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s existence. Getting it started was one of them. It had to be cranked. The crank was kept under the driverâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s seat ... well, it was supposed to be there, but one time we neglected to take it out of the spot where it was used to start the car, and we lost it on the Northcote Side

Of course, Father would let out a spew of words in German, which thankfully no one could understand, but from the look on his face, I knew he wasnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t reciting a verse from the Bible. Someone had to sit behind the steering wheel while this was going on, to work the gas lever or the choke, whichever Father ordered from the front of the car. And once the motor caught, that person, usually my brother Everett, would fly out of the car, crawl over the tied-on door, and be ready to take off with the rest of us. Flat tires were expected every time we left the lane and hit the Northcote Side Road. It wasnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t unusual to have three

or four during the 20 kilometre trip into Renfrew. Father always carried a little kit with him and was always able to fix the tire in jig time and have us back on the road before you could blink an eye. One time, we actually lost an entire wheel. The car came to an abrupt halt as the shaft holding the wheel dug into the dirt road. The three brothers exited the car the same way they got in, over the door,and hoisted the car, with Mother, Audrey and I still in it. Father slammed the wheel back on, screwed the bolts tight, and we were again on our way. Driving the Model T at night was a challenge. The two headlights were useless. All they really did was alert other drivers that we were on the road. So Father rigged up a lantern which could be anchored to the radiator at the front of the car, which was a great improvement over the carâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s lights. The Model T was certainly a step up from the horse and buggy. Mother doubted it got us into Renfrew any faster, though. With the expected flat tires and various other problems we always seemed to encounter with the car, even going flat out, Emerson figured we were only going about 40 kilometres per hour. But to us five kids, the car was like a status symbol. Other neighbours had newer cars, but our first car, to us, meant that we had moved out of the horse and buggy age and into a modern world. Even though Mother often questioned if we got a bargain by trading many loads of gravel for the car, there was no doubt in the minds of five youngsters out in Renfrew County, that we got the best of the deal â&#x20AC;&#x201C; all through a simple shake of a hand.



Getting his hands dirty


Gloucester-South Nepean Coun. Steve Desroches tried his hand at milking a cow during the annual Food Aid Day festivities at city hall on June 1. Other participants who helped launch the beginning of the Food Aid Day fundraiser included Laureen Harper, local radio personalities and city councillors.






In late May, I was very pleased visit the Queensway Carleton as the new 9,000 pound MRI magnet was lowered by crane through the hospitalâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s roof. The MRI will be operational in June. This new machine will be the second MRI at the QCH, adding more than 2,100 scans per year to benefit west-end Ottawa residents. That means shorter wait times and better care, close to home. Since 2003, the McGuinty government has increased the number of MRIs in Ontario by more than 50 per cent. In our region, the number of MRI machines has grown from just three in 2003 to 11 this year. There is a lot of buzz on the Queensway Carleton campus. The hospital is in the midst of a $126 million expansion, including the construction of a brand new wing that will be home to three new operating rooms and 15 more dialysis stations. I am proud that the McGuinty government has invested over $100 million in this project.

Together, weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re making a real difference for people in our community. As always, please do not hesitate to contact my constituency office at 613-721-8075 or at with any questions or comments you may have.


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Bob Chiarelli, MPP Ottawa West-Nepean




I am excited to announce that a new MRI machine is being installed at the Queensway Carleton Hospital (QCH). A cornerstone of our community, the Queensway Carleton has been providing top-notch health care to the residents of western Ottawa and beyond for over thirty-five years.

We are adding more than three million more hours of personal support worker care, helping 90,000 more seniors get the care they need to live comfortably in their own homes. Thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s good for families, and it helps our health care system by taking pressure off hospitals, long-term care homes and emergency rooms.




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

• June 6 - 7

Agincourt Road Public School is holding its annual bargain book blowout. Thousands of gently used books, CDs, and DVDs will be available at bargain prices. The event takes place at 1250 Agincourt Rd., off Maitland. On June 6 the event runs from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. and on June 7 from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. For further information visit: agincourtbookblowout@

• June 8 - 10

Westfest, Westboro’s annual free music festivalnNow in its 9th year, kicks off on Friday June 8 with the traditional drumming circle lead by Dr. Lee Percussion in the community green space behind

the Real Canadian Superstore (Richmond & Kirkwood). Headliners from Friday to Sunday include: The Hidden Cameras, Steven Page, and The Cooper Brothers. This fully accessible and inclusive festival features on-the-street multidisciplinary arts and entertainment Saturday and Sunday, with 14 blocks of Richmond Road closed to traffic. More info is available at

• June 9

Guided tours of the Peony Beds will be offered on the Central Experimental Farm from 9 a.m. to noon by donation. Get tips on what would work best in your garden and ways of keeping your peonies happy. Location: Peony

Beds, Ornamental Gardens, C.E.F. Park at the Canadian Agriculture Museum, south of Prince of Wales Traffic round-about. For more information call 613-230-3276 or visit: www.friendsofthefarm. ca. Queen of the Most Holy Rosary Parish, located at 20 Grant Street in the Parkdale Market area, is holding a barbecue and bake sale from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Come and join us.

• June 10

Explorer Rose Tour takes place at 1 p.m. by donation. The Friends of the Farm rose team will be available to answer your questions. Information on the collection will be available to help you with a self-guided tour of the roses. Park at the Canadian Agriculture Museum, south of Prince of Wales round-about, follow signs. For more information call 613-230-3276 or visit: www. Come, see and participate in the demonstration of modern square dancing. You too can experience the fun of dancing in the company of friends. The event takes place during Westfest from 3 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. in front of All Saints Westboro Anglican/First United Church, 347 Richmond Road, Ottawa. For more information contact Harold Hedley 613731-6538 or Marilyn Collins 613-820-9084.

• June 12

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Programs Summer 2012 will have its How to Use the Library’s Digital Media Collection event at 2 p.m. Sign up for a 30 min one-on-one tutorial on how to access library e-books with your own device. Bring your Kobo, Sony, Blackberry Playbook, Android device or iPad to the Carlingwood branch, and library staff will assist you in setting up your device to use with library e-books. (Note: Kobo users should also bring their laptop computer if possible.) Please review the list of compatible devices and note that the Kindle is not compatible with library ebooks in Canada. Additional sessions will be held Tuesday, June 26 and Thursday, August 23.

• June 13

Christian Women’s Central Club invites you and your friends to a “Splash of Colour” Dessert Buffet, featuring internationally acclaimed artist Kevin Dodds, Art Gallery-Arnprior Ontario, his paintings with the Lang Company, calendars, cards and gifts. Music will be by talented soloist Sharen Dean. The speaker is Carol Rodgers of Cambridge, Ontario who will be speaking on “Letting Your Life Become Your Legacy.” The admission is $6 and for first-timers it’s $2. The event starts at 1 p.m. at St. Paul’s Church. RSVP by calling 613-228-8004. All women are welcome. Carlingwood Branch Adult Programs Summer 2012 will have its Reading Group #2 at 2 p.m. Share the enjoyment

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• June 16 to June 17

India, Bangladesh and Tibet in China. Tickets are adults $60, children $30. Contact Linda Uhryniuk at 613730-5412 or Child Haven at 1-613-527-2829 or visit

• June 23

In support of Friends of the Farm, there are thousands of books to buy at Books for Blooms. The event takes place from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Building 72, C.E.F., east off Prince of Wales roundabout. For more information call 613-230-3276 or visit the website:

The McEwen Terrace tenants’ association will be hosting a spring bazaar from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at 31 McEwen Ave. The event will take place in the lounge located on the fourth floor and will feature furniture, books, cook books, baked goods, jewelry and figurines. For more information, contact Alice at 613828-5603.

• June 17

• June 24

The Alterna Ultimate Run for Men’s Cancers takes place at Carleton University’s Anniversary Park, with registration opening at 6:30 a.m. The run has become one of Ottawa’s favourite Father’s Day traditions, breaking all records in 2011 raising more than $580,000 with 2,222 participants. The event has raised over $2.5 million for research, prevention and equipment for all men’s cancers.

• June 20

OAPWS, Ottawa Association of People Who Stutter self-help group, meets to share issues of common concern at Lakeside Gardens Centre, Britannia Park, 102 Greenview Ave, from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. Drop-ins welcome. For information, visit http://, email admin@ or call Norm at 613-226-7001.

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of good books in a relaxed atmosphere. Join us for a discussion of The Bishop’s Man by Linden MacIntyre. Reading Group #2 will resume in September. Check the library website for more information in August!

Child Haven International is hosting its 27th annual fundraising dinner in Ottawa at 6 p.m. at the Tudor Hall, 3750 N. Bowesville Rd. Child Haven operates homes for over 1,000 children and assists 150 women in Nepal,

A variety of musicians within the Ottawa region are banding together to raise funds in another fund filled event . All proceeds will go directly to The Westboro Legion branch 480 in Ottawa. This fundraiser will be held from 2 p.m. to 7 p.m. at the Westboro Legion Hall. Admission is $5 at the door. For more information, call 613-5929433 or e-mail ldaley@

• June 28

Join MPP Bob Chiarelli for the annual Canada Day Seniors’ Tea at the Ron Kolbus Centre, Britannia Park, 102 Greenview Ave. The event runs from noon to 2 p.m., and RSVP is required. Back by popular demand is the Grey Jazz Big Band. Contact 613700-2707 or chiarelli.mpp@ for more information or to RSVP.

• June 29

Get a Job Workshop takes place at Ottawa Public Library’s Carlingwood branch. The workshop will include resume, interview and job search tips for summer jobs. It is open to ages 13 to 19, and takes place from 2 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.








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