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It’s been one year since the Laurier segregated bike lanes officially opened, marking the pilot project’s halfway point. – Page 3


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switches from idle to action Influx of activities part of effort to foster better use of Centretown space Michelle Nash

EMC news - Residents have the chance to shoe-step and toe-tap the time away in Centretown’s Dundonald Park this summer. For the entire month of July, residents who live near Dundonald Park have tons of options to fill their summer days. From art groups, morning bocce ball games and linedancing nights, the slew of activities are part of an initiative to foster better community use of the park. During the past few years Christina Marchant, director of community health promotion and early years at Centretown Community Health Centre, has been working with the Friends of Dundonald Park and 8-80 Cities to create a space for everyone in the community to use. “Really the idea is to bring people who may not talk to each other, to talk to each other,” she said. Dundonald Park is one of the eight parks in Ontario selected by 8-80 Cities as part of the Active Places, Healthy People initiative. It focuses on educating and empowering communities across the province to transform parks and public spaces into vibrant and active destinations which, in turn, promote social interaction and health and well-being. See DUNDONALD, page 7

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The Kanata Cubs played against the Carlingwood-Frank Ryan Cardinals during the Little League Ontario District 2 major playoffs at Scott Tokessy Field at Walter Baker Park in Kanata on Friday, July 13. The Cardinals won the game by a score of 11-6. Above, the Carlingwood-Frank Ryan Cardinals scored one run during the first inning.

Arts Court redevelopment strain kills foundation Laura Mueller

EMC entertainment - The Ottawa Arts Court Foundation is folding after a quarter century, just as the facility that houses the cultural organization is about to undergo a major renovation. The Arts Court revitalization project will be a boon for the community, but it’s also what spelled the fate of the

organization. “The additional responsibilities related to Arts Court’s capital development project, coupled with the burgeoning activity of a growing professional arts community, were more than the OACF’s limited human and financial resources could bear, resulting in the decision to close the organization,” according to a statement the foundation

sent out. Still, groups that use the Nicholas Street facility hope that despite the loss of the foundation, the changes will lead to a renewal for the local arts community. The city will be opening a competitive bidding process to determine who takes over the Arts Court Foundation’s responsibilities, but two groups have already stepped to the

forefront: the Ottawa Fringe Festival and the Ottawa Arts Council. Taking over operations at the Arts Court Theatre could make Fringe – an annual 10day marathon of performances – a year-long endeavour, something that excites Ottawa Fringe Festival chairman Ryan Anderson. See PROJECT, page 13

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west-end home started as a result of what the police called a “public complaint” on July 11. As a result police executed two search warrants – one for the home and one for a vehicle parked nearby.

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New connection added to Laurier bike lane Halfway through pilot project, use growing weekly

east-west “bikeway” network of bicycle lanes and connections between Manor Park and Hintonburg. Simpson said he is already blown away by the number of cyclists using the lane, with new record highs being hit almost every week. The latest record was 2,900 riders in one day on July 10 – the one-year anniversary of the lane. “It’s much better than I expected,” Simpson said. “I think it’s more than anyone imagined.” He expects the daily use will top 3,000 rides soon. That represents a 400 to 500 per cent increase in cyclists on Laurier Avenue compared to before the segregated lane was constructed last summer. Some people argue the number of cyclists isn’t actually increasing – there are just more cyclists on Laurier because they choose to use that

EMC news - Aside from lost on-street parking and accessibility issues, one of the bigger complaints of the Laurier Avenue segregated bicycle lane is its lack of connections to other bike lanes. But a year after the launch of the bike lane pilot project, that about to change. The city officially opened its first full-lane “bike box” on July 11, a day after the two-year Laurier Avenue pilot project hit its halfway point. The box – a green strip at the intersection of Bay Street and Wellingon Avenue – allows cyclists to wait in the box in front of other vehicles and exit the intersection before other vehicles can proceed. Motorists stopped at the intersection cannot turn right on a red light and must wait for bikes to get through the intersection before proceeding. The bike box provides a safer, easier ride for cyclists to connect from the Laurier bike lane to Bay Street and then on to Gatineau or west onto the Ottawa River Parkway paths.

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The Laurier Avenue segregated bicycle lane celebrated the one-year halfway point of its pilot project by hitting a new peak for ridership: 2,900 trips in one day. “It’s a great addition that really supports an important feeder line,” said Colin Simpson, a city transportation planner who is in charge of the Laurier segregated lane project. The addition of a bike box at that intersection should

further boost ridership on the well-used segregated lane, Simpson said. There are other plans in the works to improve connections to the Laurier lane, Simpson said. He is looking into putting a buffered bike lane along Bay Street, which would in-

volve a half-metre-wide section of hash lines painted to the left of the existing bike lane to provide more buffer space between cars and bikes. Bike boxes and buffered lanes could be coming to other areas of the city, too, especially as the city works on an

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lane instead of other routes. That’s not a bad thing, Simpson said. “If we know that everyone is coming to use that one route, we can focus maintenance levels more,” he said, such as winter plowing and pothole repair. The city will have a better idea of whether the Laurier bike lane is encouraging new cyclists to hope on a bike or simple rerouting them after the summer. That’s because the city takes a count of cyclists and vehicles at 175 locations throughout the city every two years to measure the Ottawa cycling index. It’s currently sitting at four per cent, but Simpson hopes to see a number closer to six per cent this year to prove there are actually more cyclists in the road , not just more cyclists rerouted to Laurier Avenue.


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Nepean couple wins $1.5M in CHEO lottery Jennifer McIntosh

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EMC news - Nepean resident Lisa Serres Crosby went to work on July 13 just like any other day, except that day she was $1.5 million richer. “When I got to work everyone was like, ‘What are you doing here?’” Serres Crosby said. She and her husband Lloyd Crosby were notified of their windfall courtesy of the Ottawa Hospital and CHEO’s We all Win Lottery on July 12.

She said they have been playing the annual lotto since its inception. “There were some issues when my daughter was born and we spent some time at CHEO,” Serres Crosby said. “And any time we were there for any of our kids we always had excellent service. So if I am going to support something it might as well be something I have respect for.” When the couple got the call from Kevin Keohane, the chief operating officer of the CHEO Foundation, they thought it was one of their

children playing a joke on them. “It was the kind of thing we would have all laughed at,” Serres Crosby said. When they found out that the win was real, they were thrilled, but things are business as usual for Serres Crosby, who reported for work with the federal government the next day. “I am going to be keeping my job. I love it and the people I work with,” Serres Crosby said. Since the win, the family has been fielding calls from

friends, family and well wishers. “We are still a little dazed,” Serres Crosby said. “We don’t really know what’s next.” The second grand prize winner is Irvin Hill, who won the pick your perfect home pack from Guildcrest Homes, which includes a $250,000 gift certificate from Guildcrest and $50,000 in cash, along with a $25,000 gift certificate to La-Z-Boy. Ticket holders can check their ticket numbers at as of 5 p.m. on July 13.


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Brush fire destroys 40 hectares of west-end nature trail Jessica Cunha and Blair Edwards

EMC news - A huge brush fire in the city’s west end burned more than 40 hectares of a nature trail south of Bells Corners last week. At its peak, 70 firefighters battled the blaze on the Lime Kiln Trail, between Moodie Drive and Richmond Road, which first flared up on the afternoon of July 12 and continued to spread over the weekend. On Monday, July 16, 45 firefighters remained in the area fighting more than 100 spot fires and flare ups, assisted by helicopters. “We need rain, that’s basically the bottom line,” said

Marc Messier, spokesman for the Ottawa fire department. “If Mother Nature could throw some rain, it could probably help us get a handle on all these spot fires in one shot.” Three firefighters were taken to hospital with heatrelated conditions. They were later released. Two bulldozers and an excavator were also used to cover hot spots. Eleven homes along Richmond and West Hunt Club roads were evacuated on July 12, several hours after the fire began. The Wild Bird Care Centre on Moodie was not evacuated, however, Messier added.

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When the fire started, firefighters travelled on foot and on ATVs and used water supplied by a brush truck to fight the blaze, said Messier. Two helicopters were also on the scene, one dropping water on the blaze and one surveying the area from the sky. The helicopter surveying the landscape landed on the road amid emergency vehicles before taking off again. “They’re a kilometre in (from the road) and they are reporting several spot fires as well as areas that are burning,” said Messier, adding he received reports of flames

“eight or nine feet high” that spread to cedar trees on the trail. “Everything’s dry,” he said. “Everything’s spreading quickly. It’s windy and that’s not in our favour. “The other issue we’re dealing with is heat.” Fire crews had to be cycled constantly to rehydrate and rest, he said. Both Richmond Road and Moodie Drive were closed to traffic between Fallowfield and Hunt Club roads on July 12 while crews battled the fire. Messier said the cause of the fire has not been determined. There were no reported injuries.

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A helicopter lands on Moodie Drive while helping coordinate fire crews at a major brush fire near Bells Corners on July 12. More than 70 firefighters worked in sweltering conditions to put out the fire, which burned more than 40 hectares of forest around the Lime Kiln Trail.


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Anne-Michele Alain-Noel, left, and Ryan Walsh race to the finish of the Cyclelogik Hintonburg Centennial 5K. Ryan won the under-13 category with a time of 19:57.5, good for 22nd place in the race overall.

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EMC community - One of the biggest highlights this year for Jeff Leiper was seeing the amount of volunteers who came out to the Cyclelogik Hintonburg Centennial 5K run on July 15. “It was an awesome event this year,” said Leiper, who organized the community’s annual five-kilometre run. “We had an incredible response from the community itself with respect to volunteering.” The sixth edition of the annual featured nearly 50 volunteers from across Kitchissippi Ward and more than 150 par-



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ticipants of all ages. The race started and finished at Parkdale Park and included a one-kilometre walk/ run for children. Leiper made special note of a 12-year-old named Ryan Walsh who won the under-13 category, running the five kilometers in less than 20 minutes. “The participants had a great time,” Leiper said. He said it was one of the biggest years for the race and that volunteers even had to start doubling up at intersections located across the course. “I’m really pleased with the

way it’s growing,” he said. The race started out as a fundraiser for the Hintonburg Community Association and Leiper said he’s not sure yet how much this year’s event raised. However, he said the event has become about much more than just raising money. “As we’ve introduced more ‘big race’ touches, the fundraising has become secondary to the community showcase,” Leiper said. “We’d do it even if we lost money.” For more information on upcoming events in Hintonburg, visit the community association’s website at: www.


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FestivAsia takes over Chinatown this summer Brier Dodge

EMC news - Chinatown comes alive on Saturday afternoons this summer as FestivAsia makes use of more than 20 Somerset West locations across the neighbourhood to create a huge street festival.

“What we wanted to do was bring the Chinese business owners together with families and younger people to gather together to have a celebration all summer long,” said Cindy Deachman, spokeswoman for the event. “It’s a way to bring everyone together.” The festival series will run Saturdays from noon to 6 p.m. through Sept. 1, at locations ranging from the Daily Grind Café to the Purple Urchin. Deachman said the event will also help introduce Chi-

natown business owners to one another, fostering a greater sense of community. “It’s often hard to get to know each other because all you’re doing is running your own business,” she said. “This is helping all the entrepreneurs come together.” This is the second such event to take place in the neighbourhood this year after business owners joined together to stage the Chinatown Remixed Art Show, which marked its fourth year back in

May. FestivAsia is set up to welcome people from across the city to Chinatown, with the free events all run in English. Each day features a combination of music and workshops, ranging from a July 21 sushi felt workshop to an Aug. 11 Mahjong workshop. Popular Korean Canadian group Scary Bear Soundtrack will feature on Aug, 18 from 2 to 4 p.m., a group Deachman is particularly excited to see perform.

other children who donned plastic bibs to keep the paint from splattering on their clothes. Early childhood educator Elizabeth Spice was coordinating the program and said it was all about letting the children have fun and make whatever type of art they wanted. The centre has been holding regular consultations with the public about the concerns and uses residents would like to see with the park. Located directly across from the Beer Store, Marchant said there are concerns about substance abuse use in the park. Outreach is not the centre’s primary objective, but it is part of the goals the organiza-

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The community use in the park has been growing since the spring. In May, the area community police officer held the Ottawa Police Services activities week in the park. In June, the Centretown Community Health Centre held a few activities each week, but July is jammed packed with activities from morning to night. “In July the calendar has something more it seems every day,” Marchant said. The centre coordinates the calendar of events, but residents, organizations and businesses are encouraged to post activities or just come to the park and hold them. “This is all about encouraging all people in the community to use the park.” Marchant said. On July 11, Natalie Lemieux brought her threeyear-old daughter Bryanna to the park to play. What they found was program coordinators for the early years programs at the Centretown Community Health Centre had set up a splatter art workshop. New Centretown residents, Lemieux said she was happy to have her daughter join in on the fun. “Whatever activities the park has, we participate in,” Lemieux said. “Bryanna loves it and has a lot of fun.” Bryanna was joined by five

she’s kind of our star of Chinatown and she’ll be making custom-made fortunes,” said Deachman of the local star, who will make appearances on July 28 and Sept. 1. To view the full FestivAsia schedule, visit the Chinatown website “It’s for kids and families, but it’s also for people in their 20s, people in their 30s, all across the board,” Deachman said. “They might find something they’ve never seen before.”


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The majority of the events are outdoors, but some events may be moved indoors in case of rain. Kids will also be able to find lots to participate in, with interactive musician Thomas Brawn on July 21, and board games and puppet workshops. Deachman said there are activities for kids every Saturday. In total, there will be 50 different activities and 17 kidfriendly workshops taking part during the festival. “And we have China Doll,



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s the city bakes in the midst of a particularly intense heat wave, we all need to be wary of the dangers posed by successive days of hot, dry weather. So far this year we’ve experienced more than two weeks worth of days where the mercury has risen above 30 C. We’ve seen fewer than 20 millimetres of rain in the past month. The Rideau Valley Conservation Authority has issued a Level II low

water conditions warning and there have been brush fires breaking out due to the tinder-dry conditions. All of these factors mean residents need to be aware of the consequences of this ongoing heatwave. These things may seem obvious to some, but we’re currently experiencing conditions uncommon to the Ottawa area, making it worthwhile to consider the risks we’re currently facing. It’s often mentioned when

heat or humidex warnings are issued, but be mindful of the young, elderly and the infirm. They can’t handle extreme heat conditions like the rest of us, so make sure your children, parents and grandparents, friends and neighbours are OK when the mercury spikes. Remember pets get hot too – make sure Rover has plenty of fresh water and don’t leave him in the car on a hot day. That’s the easy part. When it comes to drought it’s a dif-

ferent story. We’re not really used to such an acute lack of rainfall. When things dry out, they become more likely to catch fire. Last week, a pair of wildfires in the city’s west end brought the potential consequences of carelessness to the fore. While not all forest fires are caused by human action, for the sake of our neighbours, we must take care. Make sure you’re barbecuing away from dry grass

or other plants. There’s currently a campfire ban in the city, so don’t have a campfire, no matter how safe you think you’re being. And if you’re about to toss your cigarette butt out the car window, think again – yours could be the spark that burns down someone’s home or costs someone their life. Dry conditions aren’t just a fire danger. Low water levels in area rivers pose a threat to the water we drink.

While there haven’t been any water use restrictions imposed yet, as responsible citizens we need to stop and think every time we turn on a tap or flush a toilet. Making sure everyone has ready access to clean water for drinking and cooking is far more important than whether your lawn is green or the car gets washed. The stakes during a drought are really no different than those faced during an ice storm. Both are extreme weather occurrences and pose threats to life and limb, requiring us all to be vigilant and look out for one another.


Why one less newspaper matters CHARLES GORDON Funny Town


ou might have noticed the absence of a thunk on your doorstep on Sunday. By long-standing newspaper tradition, a “thunk” is the sound a newspaper makes when it lands. Even when it has so few pages it can barely be heard at all. The Sunday Citizen never did make much of a thunk. The money in newspapers is not on Sunday. Saturday is more like it, and Wednesday, when the grocery stores are advertising. The Sunday Citizen did, at times in its 24year history, make a bit of a thunk: there were years, particularly in the ’90s, when some of the smartest content in the paper was reserved for Sunday. (By absolute coincidence, I wrote for the paper during those years.) But being smart and attracting advertisers are not necessarily the same thing. Canadian advertisers and readers have always liked Saturdays. It is one of the things that separate us from the Americans, whose Sunday papers are huge. Canadian advertisers and readers are slow to change. The Sunday paper, here as elsewhere, was costing money not making it. So the Sunday Citizen that may not have made much of a sound on your doorstep on Sunday was the last one you will see. If you lived in Calgary or Edmonton, same thing. Times are tough for daily newspapers all over the continent. There are layoffs and buyouts. Several papers have suspended print publication altogether, choosing to exist only online. In addition to the end of some Sunday editions in Canada, the National Post has stopped publishing on Mondays in the summer.

Newspapers are being told, on the one hand, that they should save trees, not to mention many other costs, and switch to online publishing, and on the other hand, that it is impossible to make money online. It is difficult to avoid speculating on what comes next. Will Monday, another thin day, become a non-publishing day in more cities? Some papers have gone to three days a week or online-only publication. Will they survive that? And where will that leave readers? If you read the online comments, you find some readers being rather brave about the whole thing. They can get all the news they want online, and free, they say. In a way, this is true, especially if readers don’t want as much news as they used to, which is quite possible. We now have so many things to amuse us that we have less time for news, or think so. And the fact readers think they can get all the news they want for nothing means that it will be difficult for newspapers to succeed in charging for their online content. Announcements of any plan to charge for online content are always greeted with online scorn. But, as many smart people have pointed out, that free online news has to come from somewhere, and the somewhere is a media organization that hires and pays reporters. It could be a wire service, a radio station or a television network, but it’s likely a newspaper. And it wasn’t free to produce. News doesn’t come from nowhere, in other words, and it will not continue if the organizations that produce it cease to exist. All of which seems like a rather drastic observation to make based on the demise of a few Sunday editions. But the economic problems and changing readership patterns behind it are distressing. And even more distressing is the looming shortage of news, coupled with what appears to be public indifference to it. Of course, it’s special pleading for people in the news business to talk about how important it is for there to be lots of news, how important it is for there to be reporters, how important it is for there to be a thunk on the doorstep. But then, you’re reading it in a newspaper.

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C) I head to the beach or local swimming pool to cool off.


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hen my first child was born, like most new mothers, I was completely awestruck. At once, I became aware of how innocent this little baby was, while at the same time acknowledging my responsibility to mold him into some sort of respectable little human. My friends – God love them – must have had enormous patience with me, as I bragged about every new development in my perfect infant’s life. “He smiled today, several weeks earlier than the books said he would,” I gloated. “He started making noises when I tapped out a song on the xylophone.” I was completely in love with this child. As a result, I inadvertently made him the centre of my world, forsaking social events and swearing off external childcare to ensure I was present for every moment. I was also completely oblivious to the needs of others around me as I selfishly focused on how to raise my perfect child.

BRYNNA LESLIE Capital Muse Looking back, I realize how impatient and judgmental I was of other children and adults. If an older child had a toy my son wanted to play with, my knee-jerk reaction was to ask the older child to “please let the baby have a turn,” without any thought to the injustice of it all. If I was having a conversation with someone and baby interrupted, I would immediately silence the interlocutor so I could attend to the baby. And the family hierarchy shifted completely, so that my husband was very much reduced in importance, secondary to our offspring. It wasn’t until 16 months later that I managed to garner some perspective. Now with two children, and barely

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a ground penetrating radar as a precautionary measure to scan the backyard for remains, but police said none were found. The current homeowners are co-operating with police and had found bones last fall, but those bones were deemed non-suspicious and discarded at the time. The investigation is ongoing.

enough sleep or patience to dote on anyone, it was impossible to focus my world around my eldest son. Long days of changing diapers, soothing tears and reading nursery rhymes made me feel

much less altruistic than I had in the past. I began to crave and cherish my husband’s company in the evening. And I began to look for ways to reverse my childcentric parenting behaviour. As with most things, I found it easier to gain perspective by critiquing the parenting style of others (rather than by looking in the mirror). I watched in disgust as other parents allowed children as old as 11 interrupt their adult conversations. I fumed when an acquaintance

of mine snatched a water gun out of my son’s hand because her six-year-old, on the verge of a tantrum, said he “wanted it back now.” Resisting the urge to slap them both, my son and I quietly relented and moved onto another activity. But the lesson of the moment wasn’t lost. I’ll admit I’m frequently still a victim of my children’s needy ways – what parent can resist? But after many years of practice, I believe I’ve found a healthier balance in my family life, much of it founded on my ability to set limits to the children’s demands. I’ve returned my spousal relationship to the top of the hierarchy, which means bed

times are now strictly upheld in our house; we have a zero tolerance policy for temper tantrums; and the word “no” is used with much frequency in our attempt to set limits. To the outsider, I may appear a bit hardnosed. But most of the time, I guiltlessly stick to my strict guns regardless of how others perceive me because I have long since determined there is no value in making my children feel they’re the centre of the world. Instead, I hope we are guiding our children to deal reasonably well with the disappointment, resistance and failure that will inevitably surface throughout their lives.


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Ottawa’s power supply over the past several years has been among the most reliable in Ontario, according to Ontario Energy Board statistics. Power outages can and do occur, however, for a variety of reasons. Storms, tree contacts, a loss of supply from the provincial grid, and equipment failure can all cause outages. Most of these causes are beyond our control at Hydro Ottawa. In 2011, for example, three major storms hit Ottawa in the spring and summer, causing widespread outages. We worked long hours in challenging conditions to get the power back on as soon as possible. To improve reliability, we invested about $50 million to enhance our existing power grid in 2011. Our plan is to maintain or exceed this level of spending over the next five years. We have a rigorous maintenance program, we replace aging assets, and we are adopting new, smart grid technologies including automated controls and sensors that can help to prevent or quickly identify outages. Our year-round tree trimming program is another element of outage prevention, helping to keep trees from making contact with electricity wires. We trim more than 40,000 trees a year to reduce outages and keep the public safe. When unplanned outages do occur, please call the Power Outage Line – 613-738-0188 – to report the outage and to get updated information. You can also pass along information if you are aware of something (like a downed wire) that would help our power restoration activities. Also available is an Online Power Outage Map at Updated every 15 minutes, the map displays the location of outages, the estimated number of customers affected, the cause of the outage, and the estimated time of restoration, once known. We all depend on a reliable supply of power at home and work. At Hydro Ottawa, we are focused on preventing power outages and restoring power as quickly as possible when outages occur.

EMC news - High-tech mogul Terry Matthews wants to ride to the rescue of the Nepean National Equestrian Park. Matthews is proposing an investment of up to $30 million to create Greenbelt Stables, a facility which would include much more than horses. An unsolicited proposal shared with the city and the NCC says Matthews’ own Wesley Clover Foundation could run the equestrian park and adjacent city campground while providing many upgrades. The foundation is seeking a 25-year lease for the site. The proposal comes as current users worry where they will ride if the city goes ahead with plans to close the moneylosing centre as soon as this fall. Possible additions proposed by Wesley Clover include: • The Ian Millar Horsemanship Centre, which would attract high-level equestrian competitions, with the main show ring transformed in a show-jumping stadium with bleacher seats, canvas shelters and some table seating. Concept drawings show covered seating areas that would likely hold more than 2,000 people. • A new home for the royal swans, including an indoor winter habitat with one-way glass so visitors can see the birds up close. • An outdoor recreation area, including space for seven full-size soccer pitches or a mix of soccer, ultimate, volleyball and football. The site links


Proposals by the Wesley Clover Foundation include a new home for the royal swans, outdoor recreation area and gardens that educate people about sustainable agriculture. to the Trans-Canada Trail and the proposal says Greenbelt Stables would rent bicycles, snowshoes and cross-country skis. • A “forest school” to allow kids up to age six to spend time learning in the outdoors. The 100-student school would serve as a national hub for Forest School Canada and the proposal foresees similar schools across the country the Ottawa site could support by training and certifying teachers. • Gardens that educate visitors about sustainable agriculture, which could be expanded to four hectares in size based on demand. • Space for non-equestrian events, including the National Capital Flower Show, the National Capital Harvest Festival as well as an annual curling competition modeled on the HOPE Volleyball Festival. • Integration of the forested camping area with the equestrian facility. Horse trails would be extended through parts of the campsite. The campground would be operated by Wesley Clover. The Greenbelt Stables’ basic aim would be to attract entrylevel riders to the sport. The centre would include a reno-

vated and expanded stables and a viewing area for spectators above the indoor riding arena. A trail riding program is expected to appeal to casual riders and a therapeutic program for people with disabilities would be continued. Seven kilometres of riding trails would be maintained as well as multiuse, non-riding trails for hiking, running, skiing and snowshoeing. Wesley Clover Foundation vice-president Simon Gwatkin said the park needs to be first and foremost an equestrian facility, but it can offer much more. “It’s a big chunk of land and we felt there was more that could be done to make sure it’s used every day,” he said. Kris Sherry, a rider who once boarded her horse at the park for 15 years, said she worked with other volunteers and park management seven years ago to save the site. “The same questions were being asked about whether the equestrian business was one the city wanted to be in,” she said, adding the group put together a proposal that would have seen the park operate on a cost-recovery basis.

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Sherry said management at the park changed a few years ago and she as prepared to fight for its future this time around. “We were totally blown away,” she said by the lack of notice of the potential closure. The proposal by Wesley Clover is detailed, with transportation, parking, drainage and energy all addressed in the 26-page document. The proposal includes green strategies, including a grandstand roof that funnels rainwater to storage tanks and the possibility of heating indoor spaces by burning horse manure. The plans envision parking for roughly 600 cars, expandable for the largest events by using undeveloped fields on the property. The site has poor drainage today, but Wesley Clover proposes expanding a small pond to improve drainage while offering a wintertime skating rink. Gwatkin said the Matthews family has always been supportive of the equestrian community. “We understood that the lease was coming to an end and we went to the people involved to work out what we thought would be the best fit for the space,” he said. NCC spokesman Cedric Pelletier said the commission would like to continue the existing use of the park, which has been leased and operated by the former city of Nepean, and later Ottawa, since 1986. He said future offerings at the park will depend on what businesses and other groups suggest. Pelletier declined comment on the Wesley Clover proposal because the city hasn’t officially terminated its lease.


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Park uncertainty driving up competition interest Jennifer McIntosh

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EMC news - Dressage competitors are geared up for what could be the last Dressage at the Park competition on July 1. The Dressage at the Park competition has been offered at the Nepean National Equestrian Park for more than a decade and raises money annually for the therapeutic riding program at the park. Kris Sherry, one of the competition’s volunteer organizers said the event is meant to provide a venue for people who like to compete, but aren’t quite at the Olympic or world championship level. The closing date for entries was July 4, just a day after the city’s decision to terminate its lease at the park. Sherry said there were 60 entries up until the last couple of days before closing and then she received 25 faxes on July 3. “We will have something like 153 horses this time around,” Sherry said, adding

that organizers had to add a fourth ring and another judge to compensate for the increase registration. The Wesley Clover Foundation has submitted an unsolicited proposal for the park that would see a new a new horsemanship centre to host highlevel equestrian competitions.

If we aren’t raising money for (the therapeutic riding program), I am not sure why we would hold the competition. KRIS SHERRY VOLUNTEER ORGANIZER

Sherry said she is glad to see that there is some interest in the park, but isn’t sure what the annual competition’s role would be in a new facility. “We raise money for saddle cushions, tack and other supplies for the therapeutic riding program. If we aren’t raising

money for that, I am not sure why we would hold the competition,” she said. Sherry said she’s not sure if the new owners would allow the competition to take place at the park and there is no other facility in the city that could accommodate more than two rings. “We may be able to have a smaller competition somewhere else,” she said. The park’s future as a cityoperated facility was questioned seven years ago and was given a reprieve with the direction that it needed to operate on a cost-recovery basis. Bay Coun. Mark Taylor said national competitions do offer economic benefit to the city, but two of the major shows that used to come to the park weren’t coming anymore. Taylor said the city may be in a position to try and help facilitate a discussion between the Wesley Clover Foundation and the National Capital Commission, which owns the land the equestrian park sits on. “It’s worthwhile to have a conversation,” Taylor said. The Dressage at the Park competition starts the morning of July 21. Show times are available at






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Opera Lyra announces new general director Michelle Nash

EMC entertainment - After a turbulent year in 2011 that saw show cancellations due to financial difficulties, the appointment of a new general director has brought an air of optimism back to Ottawa’s largest opera company.. Opera Lyra is looking to put a period of setbacks behind it with introduction of John Peter Jeffries to the company. “John Peter Jeffries was chosen after an extensive, international search,” said Malcolm McCulloch, chairman of the opera’s board of directors, in a release. “Mr. Jeffries has over 30 years experience in the opera business and is eminently qualified for the position. He has managed three American opera companies of similar size to Opera Lyra and before that, worked for the Canadian Opera Company as director of production operations.” The Opera Lyra board, McCulloch added, is extremely pleased to welcome Jeffries to the organization. Jeffries started in the business as a carpenter for an opera

show and one night decided to attend a performance. From there, he said, he was hooked. “It was the power of an unaided voice,” Jeffries said. Now, the new general director is looking forward to sharing his love of opera with the city. “It truly is a full-bodied experience,” Jeffries said. “It is a show that uses a combination of all the arts.” With over 20 years in the business, Jeffries worked his way up in the theatre world, starting as a carpenter, then a stage hand and not long after, he got into management. He said his knowledge will definitely help the company run smoothly. “I certainly understand all the things that happen on the stage, that will help when it comes to building a budget,” Jeffries said. He said the company will produce popular works to remind people the beauty in an opera. Jeffries admitted there were some works he still finds emotional. “I get a little sniffly at La Bohème, even after all these

years,” Jeffries said. “But all the works tend to tear at the emotions; it tends to deal with grand passions and extravagant gestures.” Thrilled to be given the opportunity, Jeffries said the company is on the rebound. “I don’t look at this job as saving the company, but don’t get me wrong, there is a lot of work to do,” Jeffries said, adding he is looking forward to the challenge. “I am eager to collaborate with the board and staff to complete the formulation of a new vision for the future, to

The organization has rented space at the Arts Court building for 16 years and has a good grasp on the community’s needs, Anderson said. “I think there are opportunities to extend what we do from just a 10-day festival to a yearround thing, where we’re not only just renting a space but we’re helping guide the people that are using it,” he said. Fringe already helps artists who may be unfamiliar with the theatre world with the production and promotion of their festival performances and that is a role that could be useful year-round, Anderson said. The city had directed the Ottawa Arts Court Foundation and the Ottawa Arts Council to look at ways to form a partnership or amalgamate their organizations. Legally bringing the groups together involves much more red tape than it’s worth, including re-registering for charitable status, among other legal hurdles, said Peter Honeywell, the council’s executive director. But the group still wants

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John Peter Jeffries, left, joined Italian Ambassador Andrea Meloni and his wife, Paola Meloni, at the Italian Garden Party on July 10. Jefferies was recently named the new general director of Ottawa’s Opera Lyra.


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lead the company into a new era of financial stability and to build upon its already considerable artistic legacy.” Opera Lyra Ottawa’s artistic director Tyrone Paterson was pleased to hear Jeffries was joining the team. “We have been colleagues for many years and he possesses a thorough knowledge of the opera business,” Paterson said. “I am sure he will make a very positive impact.” Opera Lyra will launch their 28th season with Puccini’s La Bohème at the National Arts Centre on Sept. 8.

to be involved and has offered to take over the Arts Court Foundation’s other tasks, such as leading the vision for the redevelopment project and administrative duties unrelated to theatre operations. The Arts Court redevelopment is on hold for the summer, but money to push the project may be forthcoming, said Coun. Mark Taylor, chairman of the city’s community and protective services committee. The city was set to have a meeting with the federal government earlier this week and Taylor hoped to nail down in writing what the feds have already verbally indicated – they are interested in helping fund the project. Taylor admitted the project is moving a bit slowly, but said the meeting with feds is a good opportunity to push forward. The city has already committed to the renovations last June, with an eye towards reopening the facility in 2014. In 2010, it was estimated the project would cost $40.5 million.




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Kids go off leash at humane society summer camp Jennifer McIntosh

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EMC community – Thanks to the new, larger facility in Nepean, the Ottawa Humane Society is able to offer a children’s camp for the first time. The week-long camp sessions allow for up to 25 kids to go “off leash” in the facility and learn a little about the animals and responsible pet ownership. Director of outreach for the humane society, Eileen Barak, said the camp would have never been possible in the old Champagne Avenue facility. “Kids are the future pet owners,” she said. “So it makes sense to teach them what it means to be a responsible pet owner.” The camp, which offers arts and crafts, water activities and a chance to see a minor surgery performed with the par-

ent consent, gives children a close look at the operation of the city’s largest animal shelter. Kids are also able to see how staff does a temperament assessment on a dog to determine the best adoptive home for the animal, although, Barak said the dogs that are assessed in front of the children have already been determined to be of good temperament. The camp costs $225 per week and will run throughout July and August. Barak said in upcoming years the humane society may look at some kind of subsidy programs for children whose parents aren’t able to pay the full fee. “Right now it’s our first year though and we wanted to learn to walk before we ran,” Barak said. The children’s summer camp is just one piece of the education program at the hu-

mane society. Barak said volunteers and their pets also visit schools throughout the city to teach students about responsible pet ownership. She said this year volunteers visited 160 schools in Ottawa and spoke to 3,600 students. In coming years she said she would like to see the presentations translated for the French public and Catholic boards. The city’s four-legged friends are also on hand for a program called Leadership Education for Adolescent Dogs. It’s a program that pairs shelter dogs with children at facilities like the William E. Hay Youth Detention Centre and the Roberts Smarts Centre. The youth train the dogs, providing a positive experience and interaction with animals. Barak said the society hopes

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Lana Katz, 11, makes a clay wolf during a July 10 session of the Off Leash summer camp at the Ottawa Humane Society’s Nepean facility. to move the programming to the West Hunt Club Road facility rather than travelling out to the detention centres, because it is easier on the dogs.

She said the bright, wellventilated facility provides a better opportunity for the public to look at the animals, which will hopefully raise

awareness and spark more adoptions. “It’s very exciting to see how things can grow here,” she said.


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Fire safety important during dry conditions EMC news - Ottawa Fire Services is calling on members of the community to be cautious when throwing out lit cigarettes or matches, which could result in bush or grass fires due to the dry spell the region is experiencing. By disposing of cigarette butts and matches in appropriate containers, residents can help prevent fires - do not throw them onto the side of the road, in a flower bed or near other combustibles such as decks, garbage or fences. A single cigarette thrown onto the side of the road can

cause a large grass or brush fire. Ottawa Fire Services has had numerous calls over the past few weeks for smouldering mulch at homes and businesses, all caused by improperly discarded cigarette butts. Residents need to be aware of their actions, especially during this extremely dry period. Hot and dry conditions across the city have also increased the risk of fires from barbecues and grills. Residents should be extra cautious when cooking outdoors and ensure that fire and all smouldering materials are completely extinguished with water before

leaving the area. Residents are reminded that in order to have an open air fire in the city, a fire permit must be obtained. Please note however that there is currently a burn ban in effect. Any open air burning poses a great risk of fire. An open air fire, such as a campfire, fire in a chimnea or other type of unit, can spread into the yard and nearby wooded areas from embers floating into the air. BARBECUE & GRILL SAFETY

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ter nearby. • Barbecues and grills should be at least three metres away from your home. • Make sure your grill or barbecue is level and away from overhanging branches, grass, hedges, fences, sheds and flammable areas. • Don’t use matches or lighters near dry grass or wooded areas. • Never light a barbecue on or over dry or dead grass or vegetation. • Allow coals to burn out completely and let ashes cool for at least 48 hours before disposing.



River Ward City Councillor @CouncillorMcRae Conseillère, quartier Rivière Emerald Ash Borer July Update Additional Funds for 2012 Emerald Ash Borer Program On July 11, 2012, City Council unanimously approved a motion, moved by myself and seconded by Mayor Jim Watson, to invest an additional $1 million in the Emerald Ash Borer (EAB) Strategy. This investment will increase the number of tree injections and the number of replacement trees being planted in 2012. Wood Movement In November 2008, City Council approved the Emerald Ash Borer Program, putting tactics in place to combat the invasive wood-boring beetle. This program includes specific wood handling procedures and processing options in anticipation of tree removal due to infestation by EAB. Tree removal creates a large volume of Ash logs and chips, which must be handled appropriately. To that end, City staff examined various sites across the city for suitability in handling and processing wood material resulting from these removal operations. Following a comprehensive investigation of available sites, the Trail Road Waste Facility (“Trail Road”) was determined to be the best option for the following reasons: •

The site has received leaf and yard waste for composting for many years and is within the EAB quarantine area established by the Government of Canada. This helps to reduce insect spread and reduces the movement of infested wood to other areas of the city

The sandy quarantine site at Trail Road is surrounded by little vegetation, which provides unfavourable conditions for the Emerald Ash Borer’s survival

The site is centrally located and secure, and contains equipment for the on-going monitoring and weighing of materials. This avoids added fit-up costs (that were required at other properties)

The selection of Trail Road works to ensure that Ash wood is properly handled and contributes to the City’s integrated pest management strategy. All Ash wood is brought to Trail Road between September 15 and April 15 (i.e. no summer movement) and is currently processed on site. The City has worked with private companies on pilot projects to explore alternatives to chipping and disposal. For example, one pilot project included the production of alternative-sized wood material. This project involved sawing logs into “merchantable-sized” dimensions to make them safe for reuse, transport and transformation into an end product such as furniture. In addition, markets were explored for green products and the use of waste material as a fuel for heat, mulch or compost products.

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The Duke’s Courtiers, played by Danielle Savoie and Nicholas Amott, assemble for dinner in a scene from Bear and Co.’s performance of As You Like It.

Theatre group bringing Shakespeare to a park near you Emma Jackson


EMC entertainment - A new theatre troupe in Ottawa is offering outdoor family theatre as you like it, with a roaming Shakespeare play coming straight to you. Throughout the summer, Bear and Company is embracing its actors’ Shakespeare roots with its modern rendition of As You Like It in parks across the city in July and August. The pastoral comedy is primarily a love story, with a lot of drama and even a few clowns thrown in, explained director Will Somers. “Expect a fantastic love story surrounded by some truly terrible circumstances,” he said, noting “there’s always a silver lining” and viewers will “get to see your hero triumph in the end.” The troupe will be at Lisgar Collegiate Institute on Saturday, July 21, Stanley Park in New Edinburgh on Sunday, July 22, Nepean’s Briargreen Park on Tuesday, July 24, Windsor Park in Old Ottawa South on Wednesday, July 25, Central Park in the Glebe on Thursday, July 26 and in Bell’s Corners at Lynnwood Park on Friday, July 27. All

shows begin at 7 p.m. Somers said audience members should bring a chair or blanket with them for the pay-what-you-can outdoor performance. In August, the troupe will be performing at Arts Court Theatre between Aug. 2 and 5. Bear and Company began performing in the spring with Momma’s Boy, which travelled throughout Ottawa and to Wilton and Killaloe. At the Ottawa Fringe Festival, the troupe dove into adult content with ‘Tis Pity She’s a Whore in June. Somers said the troupe came together after another Ottawa theatre group, the Shakespeare Young Company as part of Salamander Theatre, disbanded. “We thought there was still a need for theatre in town and we decided to do it anyway and do it on our own,” said the Ottawa-born Algonquin College graduate. He said the response since they began performing on July 4 has been “overwhelming.” “We’ve been having amazing turnouts and a lot of people coming out,” Somers said. “There have been people that said they don’t normally like

the theatre or Shakespeare but they really enjoyed the show. I think its turning out to be a pretty successful summer.” Bear and Co isn’t the first theatre group to take to city parks. A Company of Fools has made a point of bringing their ridiculous romps to the people of Ottawa for several years already. But Somers said there is little to no competition between the groups. “It’s a small community, its not like we blind-sided them,” he said. “We talked to them about it. Having two plays in the city at the same time is by no means an oversaturation.” Furthermore, Somers said the Bear and Co style is more traditional than A Company of Fools, which is more willing to insert jokes or actions that weren’t part of Shakespeare’s original plan. “We’re following the text as close as we can, we’re going fast and we’re going hard. We’re playing it straight to the audience. I guess you could say we’re more traditional.” A suggested donation for each performance is $10 per person. For more information visit



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Simon Whitfield chosen as Olympic team flag-bearer Triathlete to fly Canada’s colours at opening ceremony Brier Dodge

EMC sports - There was a taste of the expected British pomp and circumstance for the Olympic opening ceremonies in Ottawa on July 12, as Canada’s flag bearer for the London Games was announced alongside the changing of the guard ceremony on Parliament Hill. After the guards lined up directly behind the podium, Kingston-raised triathlete Simon Whitfield was chosen to lead Canada into the opening ceremonies at the 2012 London Olympic Games. “I can’t imagine a more perfect setting,” said chef de mission Mark Tewksbury. “(Witfield) will lead a remarkable team of athletes.” Whitfield will be competing in his fourth Olympic Games and trying for his third medal. He was the athlete that excited Canadians as he ran into the gold medal position of the final stretch of triathlon’s inaugural Olympic year in 2000. Whitfield said that he was overwhelmed and proud when he got the call about a week ago, to tell him he was going to be the flag bearer. He immediately did what

he does whenever he’s overwhelmed - go for a run in his current home, Victoria, running to the Terry Fox statute, and giving the iconic runner’s likeness a high five. Simon’s parents, Geoffrey and Linda, and sister Kate, were on hand to witness the occasion. “In the course of Simon expressing his gift as an athlete, he’s made Canadians proud,” said his dad, Geoffrey. Alan Trivett, executive director of Triathlon Canada, said that Simon’s 2000 Games gold medal sparked an international growth in triathlon. “Simon Whitfield is the reason our sport is where it is today,” he said. “He’s a true Olympic role model on and off the playing field.” Speakers also included president of the Canadian Olympic Committee Marcel Aubut, Sport Minister Bal Gosal and Denis Lebel, minister of transport. They presented Whitfield with an oversize Canadian flag that hours earlier had flown atop the piece tower. It was a little bit of a struggle to get the large flag properly unfolded, so Whitfield was passed a more appropriately sized flag to give a practice wave. “Unraveling that first flag was a bit of a challenge, so now that I’ve got that blooper moment out of the way, I can do it,” Whitfield said.

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Simon Whitfield waves a Canadian flag at Parliament Hill on July 12. Whitfield was chosen at the Canadian Olympic team’s flag bearer for the opening ceremonies. The Kingston-raised triathlete will be competing in his fourth Games. He isn’t worried about the position affecting his race, which takes place 10 days after the opening ceremonies. As soon as he got the call, Whitfield sat down with his coach and physiotherapist to “come up with own little strategies and plans,” to deal with the position. He’s not worried about it



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Ottawa Paralympians heading to London Games Brier Dodge

EMC sports - Three Ottawa Lions wheelchair athletes will be heading to the London Paralympics this summer. Josh Cassidy, who recently set a world record Boston Marathon time, Rachael Burrows and Curtis Thom have all been selected for the Paralympic team. Even though none of the three are full-time permanent Ottawa residents, the strength of the club has drawn them here, or back, to represent the city. Cassidy and Burrows are coached by Amanda Fader. “It’s more excitement right now, the nerves will come later,” Fader said. She said that unlike the Olympic selection criteria, Paralympic athletes competing at the trials in Calgary didn’t get an automatic confirmation of their place on the team upon finishing their races. There were some calculations that had to be done before the team was formally announced, adding an extra level of anticipation to the Paralympic trials experience. That’s the only difference she sees in her athletes versus those who are training to com-

pete in the Olympic events; all will training intensively in the lead up to the Games. Cassidy will compete in the 800-metre, 1,500-metre, 5,000-metre and marathon events in London. And after winning the 2012 Boston Marathon in a record time, Cassidy is a strong hope for a medal in the wheelchair marathon. He represents the Ottawa Lions, his hometown club, though he now lives in Toronto. He travels back and forth to train at the Terry Fox facility with Fader, and speaks with her on the phone several times a day to keep her updated on his multiple track and weight room sessions, and meetings with massage therapists and nutritionists. Fader has coached Cassidy since 2005 and just started coaching Burrows this past year in the lead up to the Games. And while Cassidy already has Paralympic experience under his belt, Burrows has qualified for her first Games at age 29. “I wasn’t expecting it to go as well as it did, but my season has been very consistent,” Burrows said. “To finally get to the Paralympics was some-

thing I never thought I’d say.” Burrows moved from Burlington, Ont. to Ottawa to train full-time as a wheelchair sprinter. The number of Ottawa Lions attending the Olympics and Paralympics – 11 in total – means she’ll have lots of teammates to cheer her on. “Ottawa Lions is a very strong track club; that’s why I moved here. I’m looking forward to having people that I’m used to being around there,” she said. “It’s going to make things a lot easier for me because I’ll stay a lot more relaxed.” CURTIS THOM QUALIFIES

Like Burrows, Thom moved to Ottawa this year to train for the 2012 Games. He’s coached by Kemptville’s Bob Shrader, who convinced the 26-year-old Thom to move to Ottawa this year to focus on training. Thom missed the last Paralympics by only milliseconds, so to qualify for these Games was “kind of a relief,” he said. The Mississauga-raised athlete, who now lives in the Mooney’s Bay area, will compete in the 400-metre and 4x400-metre races.

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Josh Cassidy, right, shown participating at the Canadian Olympic and Paralympic track and field trials in Calgary late last month. Cassidy is one of three Ottawa Lions athletes heading to the Paralympic Games this summer in London. Moving to Ottawa to train was a big jump for Thom, who had to live on his own for the first time. But the move paid off, and he will likely remain in Ottawa following the Games to train for the 2013 world championship.

“I would like a medal, I think everyone would,” he said about his goals for London. “But I’d be happy with a top five finish.” The 2012 Paralympic Games run between Aug. 29 and Sept. 9. Ottawa Lions

athletes Jason Dunkerly and guide Joshua Karanja, Jon Dunkerley and guide Sean Young, Brandon King and guide Andrew Heffernan and Leah Robinson have all also been named to Canada’s Paralympic team.

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Snowball is a beautiful four-year-old all white Domestic Shorthair cat who has been at the shelter since April 19. She needs an independent owner to match her independent personality. She likes to be pet on own terms, and would be best suited to owners who would’t mind a cat that follows them around the house. Snowball loves toys with cat nip and boxes to curl up in! Snowball likes to be pet but on her own terms, and she needs owners who don’t mind a cat that follows them around the house.

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hey say that you should never stop learning. Acquiring a new skill or adding to what you already know is supposed to exercise the brain and keep us younger. What they don’t say is that it’s often fun to learn something new. And sometimes there’s an added bonus when what you’ve learned makes life easier, more pleasant or just more interesting. I seem to be on a learning curve. Nothing major, I haven’t signed up for classes, just a lot of everyday learning experiences. On a domestic level, it seems this year most of our kitchen appliances reached the age of 25 plus years and had to be replaced. My stove is digital and I’m beginning to think it may be smarter than me. But the most important thing I’ve learned this summer is how to get the onion smell off my fingers after cutting up onions. Salads, onions. Soups, onions. Stews, onions. If you cook, you know what it’s like to have fingers smelling of onion. The solution is so simple that you won’t believe it until you try it. Take an everyday stainless steel spoon out of your kitchen drawer, hold it under cold running water, and

PAT TREW Food ‘n’ Stuff rub your fingers over it as if you were trying to clean the spoon. In less than a minute, the onion odor will be totally gone. I don’t know why, but it works. So now you can go ahead and make this week’s recipe for veggie pasta salad, and you won’t have to live with onion-breath fingers. For this salad, I use the twisted pasta called rotini and I buy the package with three colours of pasta. It makes a change from the usual white pasta salad. VEGGIE PASTA SALAD

• 2 cups rotini, three-colored • 1/4 cup chopped red bell pepper • 2 slices red onion, chopped • 1 cup frozen peas • 1 cup (more or less) small broccoli florets • 1/4 cup mayonnaise • 1/4 cup bottled coleslaw dressing To minimize the heat in the kitchen, here’s how to cook

the pasta. Bring a pot of water to boil, add the pasta, stir it, then cover the pan and remove it from the heat. Let it sit on the back of the stove, stirring once or twice, until the pasta is cooked. This takes 20 to 30 minutes. You don’t need the stove element on while the pasta cooks. Here’s another shortcut I’ve discovered. To thaw the frozen peas, measure them into a sieve or colander. When the pasta is finished cooking, pour the pasta and hot cooking water over the peas. Rinse with cold water. Voila! Instant thawed peas. Add the remaining ingredients and refrigerate for an hour to let the flavours blend. This salad has a slightly sweet flavour from the combination of mayonnaise and bottled coleslaw dressing. It’s very tasty. The ingredients can be varied by using other vegetables, but aim for colour as well as flavour. Serves four to six.

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The grand prize draws in The Ottawa Hospital and CHEO’s We All Win Lottery were held today during the CTV News at Noon. Congratulations to Lisa Serres Crosby and Lloyd Crosby, ticket number 026013, who are the winners of the 1st grand prize! Lisa and Lloyd have won $1.5 million in cash. The second grand prize winner is Irvin Hill, ticket number 015996, who has won The Guildcrest Pick Your Perfect Home package which includes; a $250,000 gift certificate from Guildcrest Homes, $50,000 in cash, a $25,000 gift certificate from La-Z-Boy Furniture Galleries, $10,000 in appliances from Corbeil and a $5,000 Future Shop gift card. Irvin also has the option of taking $250,000 in cash. A list of all winning ticket numbers will be printed in the Ottawa Citizen on Sunday, July 15th and in Le Droit on Monday, July 16th. Ticket holders can also check their tickets online at as of 5 p.m. on Friday, July 13th. A complete list of all winning numbers will also be available on the web site. All winners will receive a letter from KPMG within two weeks outlining how to claim their prize. The Ottawa Hospital Foundation and The CHEO Foundation would like to thank all ticket buyers and sponsors for making the We All Win Lottery a success. For more information contact: Len Hanes Director of Communications CHEO Foundation (613) 737-2784

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Put the Brakes on the North Gower Wind Turbines Last week, the Federal Health Minister, Leona Aglukkaq, announced that Health Canada, in collaboration with Statistics Canada, will be conducting a research study to determine the relationship between noise pollution from industrial wind turbines (IWTs) and the possible health implications for those living nearby. The Health Canada study is of particular importance to me because of a proposal for ten IWTs in my riding. Over the past number of years, many of my constituents have raised concerns with me over the possible health implications for those living near IWTs. That is why I have been working closely with the Health Minister to ensure that this study will provide the necessary information to all levels of government when deciding on the future placement of IWTs. Set to be complete in 2014, the study will be entirely transparent and is being designed by experts in noise, health assessment, clinical medicine and epidemiology. According to a survey compiled by The Society for Wind Vigilance, already more than 130 people in the province of Ontario have self-reported adverse health effects due to the noise pollution from IWTs. In this province, the current minimum setback distance of an IWT from the closest home is 550 metres. However, the results from the report mentioned above reveal that self-reported health complaints came from an average distance of 675 metres from an IWT, with other citizens reporting adverse health effects from as far away as five kilometres. Even a 2010 report prepared for the Ontario Ministry of Environment does not deny the health impacts of noise pollution from IWTs, saying that “sound from wind turbines can be expected to contribute to stress-related health impacts in some persons.” The Marlborough Wind Farm, initiated in 2008 by Prowind Canada, proposes 10 IWTs in close proximity to the village of North Gower. With a population of over 2,000 people, the majority of the village is within three kilometres from one or more IWT. What is even more concerning to me is that, according to a map outlining the proposed IWT locations, there are more than 30 families living within 800 metres. There is currently no start date for construction of these IWTs; Prowind is waiting for approval from the Ontario government before proceeding with the project. Due to increasing reports of health problems, a lack of consensus on this issue, and the need for properly designed clinical research, I am calling on Premier McGuinty to place a moratorium on the Marlborough Wind Farm project in North Gower until conclusive evidence from Health Canada can definitively show that there are no adverse health risks associated with living in close proximity to IWTs. To see my open letter to the Premier, please feel free to contact my office or consult my website. Pierre Poilievre MP, Nepean-Carleton

onny’s face was beet red. He looked like he was going to pass out. Emerson was dabbing his own face with a red polka-dot handkerchief and they both kept looking up at the sky. It was a hot, humid summer day and a gusty wind was blowing dead leaves and grass in all directions. “If we don’t soon finish, the wind will die down and we’ll be doing all this work for nothing,” Emerson said. It was just another summer day at the farm out in Northcote. The Montreal cousins, Ronny and Terry, had arrived as soon as school was over, Grampa had driven out from Ottawa several times to escape the city heat and Father’s sister Aunt Lizzie had come from Regina for her yearly visit. The old log house was fair jumping. A day without a challenge for Ronny and Emerson was a day without purpose. And that day, they were making a kite and time was running out; you couldn’t always count on a good wind. The closest I could get to the activity was leaning against the silo and well out of the range of where Ronny and Emerson were. Mother had reluctantly given up some Christmas tissue paper, and the two boys, had glued it into shape and all that was left was to attach the

MARY COOK Mary Cook’s Memories tail. Emerson got the roll of binder-twine from the drive shed, but Ronny didn’t like the feel of it. “Too rough. We need cord,” he said. “You won’t find cord around here,” Emerson said, taking another swipe at his face with his handkerchief. “Too expensive. We use binder twine for anything that needs tying up.” Ronny stopped dead. “You just hold that kite and stop it from blowing away. I’ll be right back.” I noticed he walked slowly, like he had no real purpose, just ambling along. He nodded to Mother, Aunt Lizzie and Audrey in the swing in the grape arbour, where they had gone to escape the heat of the kitchen and then he sauntered into the house. When he came out, a good five minutes later, his shirt had a bulge in it like he was carrying a watermelon under it. He looked behind him, making sure no one had left the shade of the grape arbour and then headed for the barn yard and handed Emerson a

wad of cord. As soon as I saw it, I knew exactly where it had come from: Aunt Lizzie’s corsets. Now, Ronny, like everyone else in the house, knew about Aunt Lizzie’s corsets. She had at least two sets and every couple days she’d take one set out and fling it over the clothes line to “get some fresh air” as she’d say. And the laces hung down almost touching the ground. “We’ll use binder twine first and then attach the laces to the end. There’s enough laces here to reach half way to Renfrew,” Ronny said, chuckling to himself. Emerson lost his red face instantly. “Aunt Lizzie will kill us,” he said. Ronny paid him no heed. It was the moment that mattered to Ronny. Finally, the kite was ready. With the binder twine and corset laces attached, if they got it airborne, I was sure it would reach the soft clouds that were circling the west hill. Emerson took hold of the kite and Ronny had the tail rolled in a ball and they took

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off like they had been shot out of a gun, heading out of the barnyard, down the slope leading to the river and up towards the hill. The branches of the big maple tree were bending in the wind, perfect weather for flying a kite. I kept a safe distance behind them, but close enough I could see exactly what was going on. Ronny told Emerson to start running. He was holding the kite as high as his arms could reach and Ronny was letting out the binder twine and Aunt Lizzie’s corset laces. And there it soared; farther and farther it reached to the sky. I had to admit it was something to see. The wind was carrying it like a feather. Emerson and Ronny barely moved, letting the air carry the kite and holding tight to the tail. Then, almost as if someone had turned off a switch, the wind died down. Emerson tried to reel in the kite, but it had a mind of its own and headed right for the big maple tree on the crest of the west hill. And there it stayed. The lads gathered the laces and binder twine into a ball and tugged and tugged. It didn’t take more than a few seconds to see the tissue paper rip to shreds. The kite was finished. Emerson and Ronny stood under the tree and looked like they were mesmerized by what they saw before them. “Well, I’ll be darned,” Ronny said. Emerson turned beet red again. There was nothing for them to do but go back to the house and face the music. Emerson took a big brown penny out of his pocket, and said they would flip to see who would break the news to Aunt Lizzie. Ronny lost. To say Aunt Lizzie was less than pleased would be an understatement. She raced upstairs and came down with the two corsets, now in four pieces. Father was just coming in from the barn and was told what had happened and Aunt Lizzie said she didn’t care how he did it, but she wanted her laces back before dark. She was sure Father would deal with the two boys “in fitting manner” as she called it. Well, it took Ronny, Emerson, Father and Everett to carry the big handmade ladder all the way up the west hill to the big maple. I tailed behind. The wind had completely died down and there were the remnants of the kite and Aunt Lizzie’s laces were hanging down from the top limb like a long piece of spaghetti. Father braced the ladder and Emerson scurried up and brought down what was left of the kite. He wrapped the binder twine and laces around his wrist. I was sure the boys were really in for it. But the most amazing thing happened. Father started to laugh. It came right from his belly. “It’s too bad you didn’t take the whole corset. Why she needs one when she’s as thin as a wood slat is a mystery to me,” he said with tears running down his face. “And if she asks, you can tell her, you’ve been dealt with.”

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ACORN spokeswoman Kathleen Fortin, right, was joined by a group of protesters at Ben Franklin Place on July 11. The group gathered during the summer’s final city council meeting to encourage councillors to support their healthy homes initiative.

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William Van Eiepen, an 11-year-old from Westboro, steers a boat he named Da Boss along the Ottawa River on July 13.

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Since being implemented, ORAP has cut sewage overflows into the Ottawa River by more than half compared to measurements from four years ago (see graph). This is positive, but more work needs to be done and we need the continued help of the Federal and Provincial governments. One of the most crucial parts of the plan is the Combined Sewer Storage Tank system, which is known as the third phase of ORAP. The tanks are designed to capture a combination of storm run-off and wastewater from existing combined sewers, which can fill beyond capacity during heavy rains/melts and divert overflows into the Ottawa River. The City has been working with the National Capital Commission (NCC), among other stakeholders, to determine appropriate next steps to meet the project objectives while minimizing negative surface impacts. Currently construction of the tunnel is planned for 20142016, with commissioning to take place the following year. ORAP as a whole has a five-year $260M spending plan and to date, the federal and provincial governments have collectively provided $66M ($33M each) to support the first two phases. The Ottawa River is the iconic backdrop to our nation’s parliament; it borders Quebec and its legacy is entrenched in the development of our city and our province. We have made some significant improvements thanks to a lot of hard work by City Staff. There’s still more to do, but we’re on the right track. So, let’s keep working together, all levels of government, so we can keep the Ottawa River clean for everyone to enjoy.

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cas, learning to turn their craft starboard and port – right and left for landlubbers. On Friday, July 13, Lucas and Stuart Nichols, an assistant sailing instructor, guide their charges out on the river to negotiate a makeshift obstacle course. Lucas and Nichols, who were travelling in a motorboat, drop two anchored buoys to mark the course for the kids. The fledgling sailing students trail behind the motorboat like freshly-hatched goslings, their sails flapping hesitantly in the wind. From time to time the two instructors move the buoys to different locations to mark a shift in the direction of the wind. “It’s really hard to set a course because the wind constantly shifts,” said Lucas. The long dry spell in Ottawa has created ideal conditions for sailing, he added. “We’ve had really good Ottawa West EMC - Thursday, July 19, 2012


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

• July 16 - Aug. 3

Académie de la Capitale, located 1010 Morrison Dr., is holding a program for students in grades seven to 12 interested in space colonization and exploration. As part of the program, participants will build a moon base, Martian base and Earth Ocean base. For more information visit:

• July 23

Elmdale Lawn Bowling Club 1 MacFarlane Ave. is hosting an open house from 10 a.m. to noon. Bring the family let members introduce you to this fun and active sport. For more information call 613-248-0632 or visit: www.

• July 27 - 28

Join Centretown Movies on July 27 and 28 for Movies in the Park at Dundonald Park. Bring something comfortable to sit on and enjoy a movie in the park. Join for a screening of Emmanuel’s Gift on July 27 with Engineers without Borders and Fair Trade Ottawa. A screening of E.T.: Extraterrestrial will take place on the 28th.

• Aug. 3 - 6

Ottawa Public Health dental health promotion at Dundonald Park from 9:30 a.m. to noon Com get information on dental health for all ages.

Come and celebrate the 180th Anniversary of the Rideau Canal from August 3 to 6! From boating and outdoor leisure enthusiasts to heritage buffs and art lovers, the fourday celebration offers fun, interactive entertainment for the whole family. The party runs for the entire Civic Holiday weekend – don’t miss out! For a complete list of activities, visit

• July 23 - Aug. 11

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• July 23

Nepalese Canadian Association of Ottawa is organizing its 10th Annual Food Drive to benefit the Ottawa Food bank. Association volunteers will be conducting a doorto-door food drive in many neighbourhoods across the city from July 23 to Aug. 10, collecting non-perishable food items or cash donations. To close out the campaign, a multicultural dance and music show will take place on Aug. 11 at the Andrew Haydon Park bandshell from 2 to 5 p.m. All proceeds and donations from the show will go to the Ottawa Food Bank. Since 2003, the association has collected more than $80,000 worth of food items for the food bank. For more information visit the website at or call 613995-5913 during office hours or 613-224-6766 evenings.

• July 26

Come to Dundonald Park for Ottawa Community Housing’s Picnic in the Park. Bring a lunch and get to know your neighbours. The vent starts at 11 a.m. For more information, go the

Learn about the journey from cow to cone at the Ice Cream Festival. Practise your milking technique on the museum’s wooden cow and get the scoop on how dairying technology now includes milking machines, and even robotic milkers. Fore more information visit or 613-991-3044

• Aug. 12

Friends of the Central Experimental Farm will host a lovely classic Victorian tea served on the lawns of the Arboretum on Aug. 12 from 2 to 4 p.m. Admission is free, while there is a $8 charge for the tea. Bring a patio chair and listen to live music. For those looking to dress the part of the Victorian era, attendees are invited to don their best period costume and enter the best hat contest. For more information, please go to the website at www., email:, or call 613-230-3276.

• Aug. 15


Audrey, Proud mother

“In the beginning we were a family struggling with a variety of issues. We didn’t quite know how to deal with them. Through the CAS we were provided with access to programs, given guidance and support. Now we are a family that is thriving and strong. We could have not have become that without the help and support that was received.”

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Come to the 1st Annual Live & Learn Resource Centre Golf Tournament! On behalf of Councillor Doug Thompson and Rural Family Connections, we are very pleased to announce our 1st Annual Live & Learn Resource Centre Golf Tournament on Wednesday, Aug. 15 at the Metcalfe Golf Course. The $100 entry fee includes 18 holes, power cart and dinner. It is a 1 p.m. shotgun start and the event includes a silent auction, 50/50 draw, and door prizes. For tickets and information, please contact Marlene Shepheard at 613821-2899.

• Aug. 25

Friends of the Farm are hosting Art on the Farm, with a rain date of Aug. 26. Spaces are still available, and all medium are welcome. For more information, please go to the website at www., email:, or call 613-230-3276.

• Sept. 22 - 23, 29 - 30

The artists of the 17th annual West End Studio Tour invite you to visit their studios in the Westboro/West Wellington neighbourhoods on the weekends of Sept. 22-23 and September 29-30. Spend an autumn weekend wandering one of the city’s most vibrant and eclectic areas as you visit the 14 artists of the tour. Enjoy the works. From painting to fabric art, etching to photography, the West End Studio Tour offers a multitude of styles and mediums that will engage and entertain. Set aside a weekend on Sept. 22-23 or 29-30 to experience the West End Studio Tour in Westboro/West Wellington.

• Tuesdays

The Hogs Back 50+ Club meets every Tuesday from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. in the front room of the Boys and Girls Club, 1463 Prince of Wales Dr. at Meadowlands and Hogsback. Bring a bag lunch or come for cards, crafts, friendly chatter and camaraderie. We welcome all new Canadians with new ideas and hope that we can add to yours. Drop in and check us out. For more information call Shirley at 613-225-8089.

• Wednesdays

Buns in the Oven, a free program for pregnant moms led by a nurse and a parent

The Balconies wrap up Bluesfest

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Jacquie Neville, along with her younger brother Stephen Neville on bass and Liam Jaeger on drums formed the band the Balconies, while attending the University of Ottawa for music several years ago. Now based in Toronto, the Ottawa expats returned for their second Bluesfest performance on the festival’s final day, July 15. educator at South Nepean Community Health Centre, 4100 Strandherd Dr., suite 201, runs on Wednesdays from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. in May. For more information or to register, please call Susan 613-288-2825, ext. 2134.

• Fridays

Five pin bowling league is encouraging senior citizens over the age of 50 to participate in an activity that provides regular moderate exercise. Members range in age from 50 to 90. There is no registration fee. Bowling takes place each Friday afternoon between 1 p.m. and 3 p.m. at Walkley Bowling Centre, 2092 Walkley Rd. Ottawa. Participants are placed on mixed four person teams. To register, please call Roy or Jean Hoban at 613-73l-6526.

• Saturdays

The Elmdale Lawn Bowling Club is open from 10 a.m. to noon on Saturdays in June at 1 MacFarlane Ave. Bring the family let members introduce you to this fun and active sport. For more information call 613-248-0632 or www. The Cumberland Farmers’ Market 2012 season is open from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m., rain or shine, until Oct. 13. Seasonal R0011509919

produce, meats, breads, pastries, specialty foods, skin care products, artisans goods and more at the RJ Kennedy Community Centre (Cumberland arena), 1115 Dunning Rd. For information visit or call 613-833-2635.

• Ongoing

Ottawa Newcomers’ Club invites women new to Ottawa to join our activities and meet some new friends. Activities include: Bridge, Scrabble, walks, luncheons and dinners, book club, Ottawa sights/events, travel cafe and craft and chat. Please check out our website at: www. For more information call 613860-0548 or The Eastern Ontario Umpires Association (EOUA) is looking for individuals, male and female 18 years of age and over, who are interested in officiating fast pitch and slo-pitch softball. The EOUA is affiliated with Softball Canada, Softball Ontario and Slo-Pitch Ontario. Ontario is proud to boast one of the best umpire programs in the country. If you are interested in learning a new avenue of the game of softball, we are always looking for individuals like you. Training and clinics are provided. Please call George 613-722-2620 for more information. Teen Book Club takes place at Ottawa Public Library’s Carlingwood branch. Chat about books and share your favourites with other teens.

The club is for ages 12 and up and takes place the last Tuesday of the month (June 26, July 24 and Aug. 28) at 7 p.m. A campaign to establish a Department of Peace in Canada is undertaking its first membership drive. For $10 people can support a national effort to bring the political peace agenda to the federal government. For more information and to join as a voting member of CPI, visit or email Ottawa East’s Iman Ibrahim at This summer’s Torchlight Shakespeare production of Henry V tours parks across the region starting in July and runs until August 18. Directed by Geoff McBride and starring Margo MacDonald as Henry, the production promises blood and battle, bravery and romance, all with the Fool-ish twists audiences have come to know and love. For more information please go to www.fools. ca. The Centretown Community Health Centre is collaborating with a variety of community groups and organizations to make Dundonald Park a vibrant place. The centre hopes to increase park use by the local community with activities taking place throughout the summer. Monthly calendars are available for pick up at Centretown Community Health Centre, 420 Cooper St. or visit Centretown Community Health Centre website at for more information.

ARIES - Mar 21/Apr 20 ARIES - Mar 20 The best will be in store for you Patience is a21/Apr virtue, Aries. A vacation could be inThere’s the works in thechance next few weeks, later in the week. not much for adventure Aries. Because tasks can seem to sneak up on you, get the Monday or Tuesday, but things pick up on Wednesday. planning started early and work up an itinerary.

LIBRA – Sept 23/Oct 23 LIBRA - Sept 23/Oct Libra, start thinking about23 curbing your spending. Your Libra, youare may have your heart setmake on making a change, finances in trouble if you don’t some changes. but you have not quite narrowed down what that change More is going out than is coming into your accounts. will be. Sit down and work on some ideas this week.

TAURUS- Apr – Apr21/May 21/May 21 TAURUS 21 Taurus, goodtonight in storeyour this week. The night brings Take someatime look isthrough checkbook or online did not Working yields more billsrewards history,you Taurus. Youexpect. may have a fewhard unexpected expenses on the success. horizon and you’ll need to some extra than financial

SCORPIO –-Oct 22 22 SCORPIO Oct24/Nov 24/Nov Scorpio, notwill much youifcan doideas abouthave the current The only there’s way you know your merit is situation. Complaining about things won’tonce solveinanything, to stick you neck out and take a chance a while, Scorpio. You just be surprised at the feedback. so why waste themay breath? Better news is on the horizon.

GEMINI – May 22/Jun 21 GEMINI - May 22/Jun 21 Someone who seems like they Trust your instincts, Gemini. Loss is not something easily overcome, Gemini. If you’ve have your best interests at heart really may have ulterior lost someone you love due to relocation or illness, surround motives. Capricorn’s yourself withHeed a good supportsage teamadvice. until you rebound a bit. CANCER – Jun22/Jul 22/Jul 22 CANCER - Jun 22 Cancer, you may feel like you’reyou the may only look one keeping Never say never, Cancer, because foolish the when eventually do the things you Behindshipyou from sinking. However, this isyou notsaid the case. never would. Instead, be open to all possibilities and the-scenes work is taking place, too.

SAGITTARIUS - Nov 23/Dec SAGITTARIUS – Nov 23/Dec 21 21 There’s not much youSagittarius. can do with a tenuous You’re in over yourelse head, Tooregard many to projects relationship, Sagittarius. So it’s best if you just cut your and not enough helpers can leave you feeling overlosses and move on. You’ll make new friends easily. whelmed. You may want to tackle one thing at a time. CAPRICORN - Dec 22/Jan 20 CAPRICORN Dec 22/Jan 20 Although you– want to be everything to everyone, there’s Capricorn, newofbeginnings have arrived and you’re only so much you to go around, Capricorn. Don’texcited spread yourself thinly becauseOthers it can may takeshare quite your a while to about alltoo of the prospects. joy but recuperate after. that you do. not to the extent

LEO – Jul 23/Aug 23 LEO - Jul 23/Aug 23 Leo, it seems as if drama is always following you. That’s Great ideas often arrive with little effort, Leo. It’s turning because to be the life ofthat thecan party or prefer those ideas you intotend a working project often take aalllot eyes beHowever, on you. Think about beingupless of energy. Gemini, you’re forconspicuous. the challenge.

AQUARIUS Jan 21/Feb AQUARIUS – -Jan 21/Feb 18 18 Aquarius, you are ready to dabble in something that you Aquarius, it’s alright to be cautious with your decisions, but and you alone enjoy. Figure out what you need to get taking much too long couldaround indicateyour you’re not ready for aor started and begin building specific interest change. Soon a spouse or partner will grow impatient. hobby.

VIRGO – Aug24/Sept 24/Sept 22 VIRGO - Aug 22 For Virgo, the most part to you’re doing thingscritical yourself it’s hard keepinsistent friends ifon you are overly of andthe taking route, Try to let little this way the theydifficult live their lives.Virgo. Remember, nogo onea is perfect week and let someone handle things for a change. — including you. Keepelse an open mind.

PISCES –-Feb 20 20 PISCES Feb19/Mar 19/Mar With so many friends your Pisces. attention, you It’s hard to accept helpseeking sometimes, But Pisces, help is what just thenow. star Accept of a particular socialarms. event that may you may needbe right it with open



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