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Final 2010 election promise won’t be fulfulled in new year

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Graffiti is the medium, but peace is the message for a community project. – Page 18

area. That project was sparked by the 2011 removal of a towering neighbourhood oak by a property owner. The historical cutaway in the display case was sourced from the trunk of that very tree. Buckles said that 100 bur oaks still exist in the area, though only 23 of them qualify as being old growth.

News - As city council rounds the corner on the final year of its term, Mayor Jim Watson can check almost every single election promise off his list. All but one – reducing the size of city council. “I thought there would be greater support,” Watson said during a year-end chat with the Ottawa East News on Dec. 19. Even though Ottawa has the most elected representatives per capita of any major Canadian city except for Montreal, it’s also a big city, and shrinking council means expanding wards, Watson said. When council voted against his idea in favour of waiting until a scheduled 2015 review of council’s size, with it died another Watson campaign idea that intrgued many community activists: the concept of local “borough councils” made up of citizens who could advise the city on how decisions would affect their areas. “My plan, because I announced it at the same time, was a package deal,” Watson said. “With that went the idea of the borough council, because I saw them as intertwined,” he said.

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Descendants of Champlain Park settler Daniel Cowley were on hand for the Dec. 21 unveiling of a historical project that traced the natural and human history of the community. The neighbourhood, where street names reflect its original land owner, is also home to a population of rare bur oaks, a cross-section of one which was put on permanent display outside the Champlain Park community building. Inside the building, a timeline was created that traced the history of the neighbourhood, starting at the end of the last Ice Age.

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Community - Champlain Park’s history is now on full display, thanks to a dedicated group of volunteers. The neighbourhood just west of Tunney’s Pasture and north of Scott Street, once home to a forest of mighty bur oaks, has more depth of history than many give it credit for. Residents gathered at the

Champlain Park community building on Dec. 21 for the official unveiling of a historical timeline of the community, with the start date being 10,000 years ago. A timeline was also marked on a cutaway of a felled neighbourhood oak, now on permanent display outside the front door of the building. “This was a tremendous project, with so many great people participating,” said

Kitchissippi Coun. Katherine Hobbs. “This is a celebration of the community working together to achieve a legacy that we can share with future generations.” The project was initiated by resident Daniel Buckles and his wife, Debra Huron. Both were involved with the grassroots Champlain Oaks project, which sought to document, preserve and promote the remaining bur oaks in the



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Towers, traffic and boost for Ottawa River featured in 2013 The latter half of 2013, not surprisingly, saw a continuation of many stories from the first half. Some stories, such as the Scott Street bus diversion issue, continues to evolve at the end of the year.



hen Claridge Homes proposed a 39-storey condo tower adjacent to the O- Train tracks and Somerset Street Bridge, the Hintonburg Community Association looked to ensure the impact on the neighbourhood was mitigated. In June, Claridge approached the community with its plan to develop 1040 Somerset St., which is located on the south side, east of Breezehill Avenue. The Somerset-fronting property to the west of the site is already owned by Claridge and zoned for a 23-storey residential building. The proposed building would contain 338 residential units in a slim tower atop a four-storey podium, with 162 vehicle parking spaces. Association president Jeff Leiper said Claridge vice president Neil Malhotra spoke to association members about the project in a pre-consultation meeting. Several aspects of the project met

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A large flotilla of boats joined huge crowds on shore in watching homemade aircraft attempt to fly during Red Bull Flugtag Ottawa-Gatineau 2013, held on July 27. The human-powered aircraft were launched from a floating platform moored near the Museum of Civilization. with approval, at least from Leiper, though the community held reservations about other elements, including traffic flow. “We congratulated the developer

on hiring a good, Toronto-based architect,” said Leiper. “It’s good to see one of the city’s reputable developers taking the city’s challenge for better build-

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ing design and stepping up to the plate.” Traffic flow in the area is constrained by narrow roads, sharp corners and limited sightlines. As well, the close proximity of Devonshire Public School makes vehicle speed and cut-through traffic a concern. “We don’t want to exacerbate traffic problems on Breezehill,” said Leiper, adding that sightlines on the Somerset bridge would make signalizing the intersection a challenge. While Leiper also agreed with the low parking capacity (representing one vehicle space for every two units – the lowest the city can allow), he asked Malhotra for a drop in building height to a maximum of 30 storeys.


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tional Airport as he was about to board an international flight. He was transported back to Ottawa and appeared in court on July 19. Klingender served as curator for the Canada Agriculture and Food Museum since 1999 and had a background working with agricultural technology exhibits at cultural centres in Canada. The arrests followed the execution of two search warrants by the Ottawa Police Internet child exploitation unit – one at his eastend home and another at his office. Klingender eventually faced charges on nine counts of possession of child pornography and seven counts of distributing child pornography. On July 19, the Canada Agriculture and Food Museum issued a statement relating to the arrest. A museum spokesperson stated that police have said they have no reason to believe that visitors or employees of the museum have been in any danger. See DOVERCOURT, page 3

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ne year after closing the doors at its Lockhart Avenue location, the YMCA-YWCA of the National Capital Region looked to re-establish a presence in the west end. But, it needed the help of new and former clients to make it happen. In early August, the organization revealed it was pursuing a leasing agreement for a large, basement-level space inside Carlingwood Mall - larger than the previous location, which closed in June 2012 after 45 years of operation. The closure was brought on by the deteriorating condition of the existing structure and came as a blow to the west-end community and the many residents the YMCA-YWCA served. “We didn’t ever want to vacate this community,” said Kelly Shaw-Swettenham, senior director at the Taggart Family Y. “It was very difficult when we closed, because we knew it was more than just a gym for many people - it was a home away from home.” Shaw-Swettenham said that while the organization still offered some community programming using what space it could find, this was their first real opportunity to return the full range of services to their former clients. To seal the deal on the leasing agreement, the YMCA-YWCA needed to sell 2,000 membership units in the following 60 days to prove their financial viability to the mall owners. “The mall has been very kind in allowing us to have this period of time in which to proceed,” said ShawSwettenham, adding they would begin mailing out 15,000 notices alerting area residents to their intentions.


ore people called Westboro home in 2013 than in 1987, which means more people were seeking out recreation facilities. That was the rationale behind Dovercourt Recreation Centre’s decision to grow and diversify its facility through a two-phase, $2.5-million expansion and renovation project. A

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Residents looking for fun and entertainment close to home over the August long weekend flocked to the Ottawa Busker Festival, held Aug. 2-5 on the Sparks Street pedestrian mall. Here, Guinness World Recordholder John Hibgy displays his yo-yo prowess with the help of a volunteer.

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July 23 public meeting allowed Dovercourt executive director John Rapp and city staff to outline their intentions with the centre, which is 25 years old this year. “Our growth relates to the growth in the community,” said Rapp. “Our intent is to stay neighbourhoodscaled.” With Dovercourt logging 420,000 visits per year, with close to 16,000 registered clients, this represented a large increase over the year it opened, when suburban bliss was still reigned and intensification was an unheard-of word. Not only has the Westboro community grown, so too has the size of Dovercourt’s catchment area, and the amount of seniors the facility serves. All of those factors meant the time was right to launch the project. The actual expansion of the facility will be quite modest, with a footprint boost of less than 10 per cent. The building’s zoning won’t have to be changed to accommodate the work, as the existing parking lot has been deemed sufficient to handle the size increase. The underlying geography of the site was also a factor in how – and where – the building expanded. “To the north and west, the facility is overlooking swampland,” said Rapp. “To the south and east it is bedrock. It’s way cheaper to build on bedrock.” The interior of Dovercourt will see the biggest changes. By renovating much of the interior into multipurpose space, the facility can build more flexibility into its programming and scheduling. The facility’s board of directors has vowed to ensure Dovercourt’s adjacent neighbours are respected during the construction process.


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With winter here, there is no time to lose getting out for fun and frolic in the ice and snow. Ice Skating With lessons starting at age 2, children can learn to stop, start, skate forward and backward. Whether you are a Junior Glider, a Kinderglider or an Adult Advanced, you need the proper helmet to keep your head safe in an unexpected fall.


The Brewer Park Speed Skating Oval is the only long track speed skating oval serving Eastern and Southern Ontario that adheres to Speed Skating Canada specifications. Come and learn the basics of long track speed skating. Dress warmly! Cross Country Skiing at Mooney’s Bay An exceptional low-impact workout, cross country skiing offers numerous health benefits, including enhanced cardio-vascular health, increased lower and upper body strength and improved flexibility. Add the beautiful, natural scenery along the trails of Mooney’s Bay and you’ve got the perfect recipe for some healthy winter fun! The staff at the Terry Fox Athletic Facility are your experts when it comes to cross country skiing. In regular and low ratio classes they will teach you the classic and skate style, through to help with hills. Whether you are a beginner or advanced, there are classes for every level. Monday nights is club night, where you can meet with other enthusiasts and ski the trails with an instructor. Curling at the Nepean Sportsplex Over 25 curling leagues, numerous corporate bonspiels and multiple levels of lessons are offered to children, adults and seniors. All levels of fitness are welcome to play. For any curling information concerning rental requests, lessons or league play, call Jason Tudor-Roberts at 613580-2424 extension 46681. Hockey Lots of hockey is being played in the 34 arenas around Ottawa. If you and your friends want to play some, check out the Last Minute Ice online booking option for availability. Winter Classes start soon! Browse online at to discover affordable programs for your winter fun. Visit your favourite facility where knowledgeable and friendly staff will help you discover your next adventure. You can also call 3-1-1 for more details.

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he fun factor at Fisher Park jumped several notches following the completion of a project that brought with it almost $1 million in upgrades. On Sept. 3, children and adults converged on the newly-reopened Kitchissippi Ward park and despite cool, overcast weather, youngsters donned swimsuits to make inaugural runs through the park’s splashpad, before sampling gelato provided by Trii Outdoor Lounge on Wellington Street West. Renovations began in May to transform the well-used (and well-worn) park into a more attractive place for members of the community to spend their leisure time. Besides an expanded splash pad, new features included two senior play structures, a climbing structure, relocated existing play structures, a realigned pathway system, upgraded lighting and landscaping, upgrades to the existing basketball courts (from one court to two, plus two practice keys), and improvements to the adjacent Elmdale Tennis Club. The park also contained a soccer field and winter ice rink. Funding for the project worked out to $220,000 from the city’s general coffers and $740,000 from Kitchissippi Ward’s cash-in-lieu of parkland funds. While the park was already scheduled for a “renewal,” Kitchissippi Coun. Katherine Hobbs said she allocated the funds to the project because Fisher Park was in need of expanded facilities that the city’s budget couldn’t cover. “It’s very well used as a summer park and playing field,” said Hobbs. “This park really needed an upgrade.”

water quality testing event organized by the Ottawa Riverkeeper got a high-profile dose of celebrity on Sept. 14. Alexandra Cousteau, granddaughter of famed explorer and environmentalist Jacques Cousteau, was on the water with volunteers and a film crew, documenting the ongoing efforts to preserve the fragile ecology of the Ottawa River watershed. The Ottawa River Mission was a joint effort by the Ottawa Riverkeeper, Cousteau’s Blue Legacy International, and the philanthropic de Gaspe Beaubien Foundation. Cousteau’s film crew was producing a three-part documentary during the 10-day expedition, which would explore the threats facing the expansive watershed, the difficulty in addressing an array of related issues, while exploring possible solutions. “In 2010 I was here on an expedition … but wasn’t able to tell the story then,” said Cousteau, adding her first trip to Ottawa was during a political-themed Grade 8 field trip. Cousteau said that a number obstacles like hydro dams and pollutants from a number of sources are a constant threat to water quality along the Ottawa and despite recent successes “there is still a lot more that can be done.” “There is a need for more collaborators and more effort,” said Cousteau. All along the reaches of the river, from Temiskaming to Hawkesbury, volunteer River Watchers took part in a simultaneous water testing event on Saturday, drawing samples from boats in midchannel (so as to get the clearest sample). The results would serve to give the River Keeper a comprehensive look at the state of pollution in the watershed. Ottawa Riverkeeper executive director Meredith Brown said she hoped the work of

Cousteau and the new initiatives being worked on in Ottawa and Gatineau will heighten awareness of threats facing the Ottawa River.


tudents and faculty of Carleton University joined together on Sept. 20 to reflect on the loss of two students who were among those killed when an OC Transpo bus collided with a Via passenger train near Fallowfield Station two days earlier. Carleton students Kyle Nash and Connor Boyd, both 21, were among the six people killed in the collision, which saw more than 30 other passengers on the bus sent to hospital. Longtime friends, Nash was enrolled in business information technology, while Boyd studied English at Carleton. A midday vigil held on campus was attended by university president and vice-chancellor Roseann O’Reilly Runte and Maureen Murdock, director of health and counselling services, both of whom spoke to media following the event. “This has been a very sad time for Canada, for Ottawa, and for Carleton University – two of our students and one of our alumni are among those who lost their lives in this great, tragic accident,” said O’Reilly Runte. “We are all extremely sad this afternoon.” Runte said that following the accident, counsellors had gone to classrooms to meet with students and scheduled weekend drop-in hours for those who felt they need to talk with someone. In addition to the outpouring of sentiment from residents and representatives in government, words of condolences poured in from other universities across Canada, said Runte.

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he proposed CarlingwoodYMCAYWCA project, which was at one point in danger of not happening, was eventually given the green light by the organization. Expected to open early in the new year, the 2,180 square metre facility will feature new equipment and renovated interior space – all thanks to residents who took out new memberships to support the project. “We’re absolutely thrilled,” said Tosha Rhodenizer, the National Capital Region YMCA-YWCA’s vicepresident of health, wellness and family engagement. “(These members) joined not having seen the site and knowing there was some ambiguity surrounding the project… It’s a pretty powerful message and the board felt compelled to proceed.” In late July, when the space in Carlingwood Mall became available after being vacated by a private fitness club, the YMCA-YWCA seized upon the opportunity to re-establish a presence in the west end of Ottawa. The organization’s goal of 2,000 new memberships by Sept. 30 initially faltered in terms of numbers, but eventually picked up, and, with around 1,200 residents signing on for

the Carlingwood location as of Oct. 1, the organization felt it had the community support needed to proceed. “We’ve never done a pre-sale like this in our organization,” said Rhodenizer. “It’s hard to know if the (membership number) was artificially high, or if we were too aggressive … However, this is an outstanding message and vote of confidence in the brand.”


group of socially-minded entrepreneurs picked Hintonburg as the site of a new food option for Ottawa residents. The West End Well Co-op, slated for a storefront at 969 Wellington St. West, is being designed to offer locally-sourced organic food, a café, coffeehouse and community space for cultural programming and workshops. The co-op, incorporated earlier in 2013, would follow the model made popular in largely agricultural areas of the country by asking members to sign on to the business, which is managed by a board of directors. Bill Shields, one of the originators and a board member, said the group aims to boost food security in the area and increase Hintonburg’s grocery options. “We plan to open in March, so we’re entering a major startup phase,” said Shields, adding they intend to work with other stores in the area to

identify gaps in available produce and goods. “There’s something of a food desert in Hintonburg. We want to work with the neighbourhood to build confidence (in us) having what they need between the four or five stores who sell food.” In addition to 140 square metres of retail space, the building would house a 30-seat café and second-floor space that can be booked by the community.



n the wake of a rash of reports detailing attacks on women in Ottawa, a timely speaking event at city hall sought to address some of the issues facing residents. How does this threat to safety manifest itself in the behaviour and feelings of women and girls, and what can be done to make public spaces safer for them? Those questions were explored on Nov. 14, as the Crime Prevention Ottawa’s Speaker’s Series examined the results of a west-end safety audit. Titled Women and Girls’ Eyes on the Neighbourhood: Feeling Safe in Public Space, the findings in the study stemmed from a safety audit and workshops organized by the Pinecrest-Queensway Community Health Centre, the City for All Wom-


There was no shortage of colour on the John A. Macdonald Parkway early on the morning of Oct. 6 as nearly 6,000 people took part in the CIBC Run for the Cure. The growing annual event saw $1.2 million raised for the Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation. en Initiative and Women’s Initiatives for Safer Environments. An array of women and girls from the socio-economically diverse communities of Foster Farm, Michelle Heights, Britannia Woods and Morrison Gardens were engaged in conversations and surveyed during the study, while a safety audit was staged to contrast with results from a 2007 audit. “Women’s safety, as in all aspects

of civilized society, is dependent on the concerted, collaborative and collective efforts of all members of society, said Crime Prevention Ottawa chairman Shad Quadri. Quadri said that service providers can only deliver on their mandate of keeping communities safe if residents become involved in the process. See COMMUNITY, page 6


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ard work on the part of community members, the city and members of the design firm Urban Strategies yielded a draft community design plan for the Scott Street area. Encompassing North Hintonburg, Tunney’s Pasture, Mechanicsville, Wellington Village and the Parkdale Hub, the area covered by the plan was complex, with distinct differences between built forms. The future of the area’s density, traffic flow, pedestrian and cycling facilities and zoning are all covered under the comprehensive plan. According to Tim Smith of Urban Strategies, the draft plan sees Holland and Parkdale Avenues, as well as Scott Street, become secondary main streets, suited primarily for low-rise, mixed-use developments, but “with some exceptions on Scott.” Several properties along Parkdale north of Scott have already been zoned for high density development, while the rest contain existing midto highrise buildings. Tunney’s Pasture is slated for eventual redevelopment, with the addition of residential and mixed-

uses sometime in the future, part of a separate plan guided by the federal government. The draft CDP sees much of Mechanicsville, North Hintonburg and Wellington Village keep their current lowrise residential character, while the east side of Parkdale (south of Scott) and the west side of Holland would be limited to four storeys under its secondary mainstreet designation. The Parkdale Hub would be designated mixed-use and allow heights graduating from a maximum of 12 storeys on Spencer to 18 storeys along Bullman Street, and eventually to a maximum of 25 storeys in the area facing Scott, through the Tunney’s Pasture and Mechanicsville areas, improved cycling and pedestrian connections would develop over time, with the aim of improving access to the Ottawa River.


he question of whether construction and skilled trade workers crossing the Ontario-Quebec border for work are being treated fairly was considered during a roundtable discussion held Nov. 13 between members of the industry and Ontario Labour Minister

Yasir Naqvi. The meeting at the Taggart Family YMCA/YWCA followed a failed bill tabled earlier this year by Progressive Conservative MPP Jack MacLaren, called the Fairness is a Two-Way Street Act. The proposed legislation brought a heightened awareness to the cross-border work situation, and members of the industry and the labour minister began exploring possible changes to the 2006 Labour Mobility Agreement between the two provinces at the session. The picture painted by members leaving the conference described a generally acceptable work environment for contractors and labourers, but with room for improvement. “Putting up a barrier (for Quebec workers) isn’t a solution; having these type of conversations like we did today is a solution,” said Richard Hayter, director of the Building and Construction Trades Council



lans for a new innovation centre at Bayview Yards were given the green light by city council on Dec. 11.

Funded jointly with the province to the tune of $15 million each, the plan for the business incubation centre – which is intended to house an expanded Invest Ottawa - would see the renovation and adaptive re-use of the former city works building at 7 Bayview Rd. Reports filed with the plan recommended the creation of a non-profit corporation to oversee the development and operation of the Innovation Centre. The first phase of the project, which would begin next year and finish in 2016, would see the historic structure renovated and slightly expanded by 465 square metres. “This is the start of the expansion of the Mechanicsville community,” said Kitchissippi Coun. Katherine Hobbs. “There’s probably no better location in the city for this facility.” Invest Ottawa, having outgrown its current space on Aberdeen Avenue, plans to move into the new space as soon as possible. It will be able to offer expanded business incubation space while acting as a central hub for the city’s entrepreneur community.


Stittsville Main Street Community Design Plan (CDP) Community Information Meeting Release of the Draft CDP Thursday, January 16, 2014 Johnny Leroux Community Centre 10 Warner Colpitts Lane 4 to 8 p.m., Panel presentation at 6:30 p.m. Residents and landowners are invited to attend the Community Meeting to review and provide comments on the draft CDP. Staff will be available to meet with residents to discuss the draft CDP from 4 to 6:30 p.m. to be followed by a panel discussion with the participation of Councillor Shad Qadri, the Public Advisory Committee and City staff. A question and answer period will follow.

ntario residents can expect to continue paying more for electricity, even after years of significant rate increases. That was the key information contained within the province’s Long-Term Energy Plan, which was announced by Energy Minister Bob Chiarelli on Dec. 2. Released every three years, the plan maps out the chosen generation methods for the province’s energy requirements while forecasting how that generation will impact rates going forward. The 2013 Long-Term Energy Plan had little good news for those hoping for a reprieve on their bills. Rates are forecast to increase dramatically in the next several years, to the tune of 42 per cent by 2018, a figure


The Ottawa Fire Department Marching Band led the Remembrance Day procession down Richmond Road to the Westboro cenotaph on Nov. 11 which includes the scheduled removal of the 10 per cent Ontario Clean Energy Benefit. For an average home using 800 kilowatt hours of hydro per month, this would mean monthly bills would rise from $125 to $178 by 2018. By 2032, the end of the plan’s time frame, this bill would be $210.


he group tasked with building Phase 1 of the city’s LRT system announced plans to use Scott Street for Transitway buses for up to two years, while members of the neighbouring community want the buses somewhere else. That’s the short version of the drama that played out at the Tom Brown Arena during a heated Dec. 3 meeting on the controversial issue. Representatives from the Rideau Transit Group joined city staff in explaining the timeline of the project and the associated road work that would attempt to mitigate service disruptions and address safety concerns. Work on converting the Transitway to LRT between Tunney’s Pasture and Lebreton Station would occur between June 2016 and June 2018, with the diversions split

into two phases. Buses would be re-routed down Scott and Albert streets between Merton and Empress streets starting in January 2016, while the stretch of Scott from Tunney’s Pasture to Merton would begin accepting buses in June of that year. Buses would be given a designated east and westbound lane on Scott, which would be repaved and widened along the northern roadway edge. Albert will be widened to the north starting in spring 2014, to allow the replacement of water and sewer infrastructure near the southern edge of the roadway, while the widening of Scott would begin the next year. The rerouting, which was part of the Rideau Transit Group’s plans when it was selected and approved as the project’s contractor by the city in December 2012, was done “to assure continued service,” said Rob Orchin of the city’s rail implementation office. Community members decried the lack of initial consultation on the diversion and demanded that alternatives be looked at to reduce the number of buses on Scott.

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appy New Year. Have you made your resolutions yet? I typically don’t bother making resolutions at New Year. I like to start early – in November – or wait until February when everyone else has failed, having buried their resolutions in that extra-long to-do list. As it turns out, I wasn’t organized enough this year to start early. I didn’t even have my Christmas shopping done on Dec. 24, truth be told, and now I find myself too impatient to wait six weeks. So here it is: I resolve to become a winter runner. This may sound easy since I wrote about building myself up to a five kilometre run last April. (You’ve heard of the couch to five kilometres? That was me, pushing a baby stroller). But after forcing myself to run three times each week, somewhere around

BRYNNA LESLIE Capital Muse mid-November I gave it all up. The reason I stopped was threefold. First, with the time change, it was getting harder to run first thing in the morning. I kept it up for a few weeks, but then I caught a cold, so I had a forced break while my respiratory system recovered. Ten days later, just as I was safely out of the running habit, the mercury dropped to -20 C with the wind chill and I found myself both ill-equipped and uninterested in torturing my body. A Christmastime haircut and a chance encounter with a neighbour – who’s a running fanatic – has changed my mind.

First, the hair stylist, in her fifties, was fit as a fiddle. Being the nosey journalist I am, I asked her what she did for exercise. “Running,” she said. “I’ve been running regularly for 30 years. It’s the only thing that always fits in my schedule, wherever I am in the world and whatever I’m doing. “ This was impressive. I told her how I’d fallen out of the running habit. I included all my well-rehearsed excuses in an attempt to get sympathy. “Get back into it,” she encouraged me. “There’s nothing better than running 21 km when it’s -21 C outside.” Woah, 21 km? Her goals were way more ambitious than mine. I was really just looking to get off the couch again. (My biggest fear is dying of a blood clot in my midthirties due to sitting at my desk all day, where my legs tend to go numb

from the feet up when I’m involved in an interesting article and forget to move). The next day, I ran into my neighbor, recently returned from a 15-km run in a bitter cold wind. He’s about 15 years my senior. I asked him about equipment required for winter running. I was expecting – and maybe sort of hoping – he’d tell me that I required a lot of expensive gear, something that would give me an excuse to stay on the couch. But he made everything simple and inexpensive. He told me what was ideal to wear and then he showed me what he was actually wearing – a basic fleece, a hat and his regular shoes. Three things I already own. So maybe I have just been making excuses. And believe me, I’ve had a ton of excuses – everything from being too tired, to having a cheese hangover after a ladies’ night in. You know,

when your body feels so fat from eating cheese that you can’t possibly do the best thing for yourself, which is a likely exercise. But in that self-defeating way, your body just tells you to eat more cheese – for breakfast. But Jan. 1 has been and gone. I’m pretty sure all that cheese and sitting has caused me to gain five pounds. To be honest, I’ve been too scared to step on the scale. What I do know is that I’ve been opting for jeans with a little stretch in the waistline, rather than the skinny jeans I had been wearing following four months of steady running. Why is it so much easier to gain five pounds than to lose it? So no more excuses. Auld Lang Syne has been sung. I’m going to get out there and see if running in subzero temperatures on ice kills me or makes me stronger. I’ll let you know if I make it beyond mid-February. R0012490705

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Art - Everyone has a different point of view – and the public is invited to see the way the Kanata Civic Art Gallery’s artists observe the world this month. The newest exhibit at the nonprofit gallery is entitled “Points of View” and will feature a host of artworks by various artists. “What’s really nice about our gallery is there are so many different (types of art),” said gallery member Judi Miller. “We’re all different. Each of us brings a different point of view to our work.” Discussing the exhibit just before Christmas, Miller said she was unsure what she might display but had plans to create some new pieces. “I’m actually going to try and do something over the holidays. We’ll have to see,” she said. “I’m thinking some kind of panorama, a distant vista.” Miller creates her three-dimensional works of art with a mixture of paints and embroidery. She uses fabric paint for the background then a sewing machine to free-hand stitch the detail. There is no feature artist at the gallery for the month of January – instead, new members will be juried in during the first week of the month. New members are juried in by third party artists who do not belong to the gallery. The Points of View exhibit begins on Jan. 8 and runs until Feb. 2. The Kanata Civic Art Gallery is located in the Mlacak Centre at 2500 Campeau Dr. Ottawa West News EMC - Thursday, January 2, 2014



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he year 2013 brought some important news to Ottawa. Light-rail is now underway although it will take many years before we get to ride the rails. After so many years of stops and starts, getting the project started for real is a major accomplishment. The redevelopment of Lansdowne Park will be completed much sooner, so we have that to look forward to in 2014. The RedBlacks start play on a brand new field this summer and the Ottawa Fury will kick off pro soccer at Lansdowne too. That’s good for everyone – not just sports fans – because sports bring fans into the city on a regular basis and they spend money on accommodations and entertainment. It may be too much to wish for the Senators to win a Stanley Cup this spring given their current form, but there’s no doubt that with a little more experience the team could be good to challenge for the Cup in 2015 and for years to come. For political junkies, we’ll have a municipal election in 2014 and a provincial election is a real possibility. There’s a possible trifecta in the offing if Stephen Harper decides to go to the polls too. Our wish list for 2014 includes a temperate

winter, with days and evenings just right for a skate down the Rideau Canal. An early spring would be welcome after that. We’d also like to see the city, province, federal government and the National Capital Commission come up with a plan that fixes truck issues in the core and causes the least possible disruption for the citizens of Ottawa. And speaking of crossings, we can only hope to see the city complete one bridge this year. Maybe it will be the Strandherd-Armstrong span across the Rideau River in the south end or maybe it will be the pedestrian bridge over the Airport Parkway. One would be nice so we’re not still hoping this time next year. Other construction plans call for infill in many neighbourhoods. While no one may want a highrise near home, the city’s plan to make the best possible use of land within the Greenbelt – and especially around transit hubs – deserves support. Infill sure beats sprawl beyond our current urban boundary. The continued strength of our annual festivals is worth wishing for too. From the Tulip Festival to blues and jazz fests, the events are what make it great to live in this city. Bring on 2014.


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ix things I’m going to do next year: 1. Take the bus. Retired people get out of the habit of getting on the bus, but it’s crazy that I spend so much time driving around looking for parking spaces or paying large amounts to parking garages. It makes me grouchy. Meanwhile there are a lot of places I can get to easily on the bus. Getting downtown or visiting somebody at the hospital is a breeze. Even with fare hikes, I save money and get there in a better frame of mind. It might even be community-minded of me: if more people use the system, the system will thrive and improve. Plus, Ottawa will have a sparkling new system by the time I’m 130, so I might as well get used to it. 2. Hear more live music. Just when you discover a new favourite club, it’s gone, replaced by a spa or a money mart, depending on which part of town you’re in. That’s because people aren’t turning up, except maybe in festival season. It’s always tempting to stay home and catch your music on iTunes or YouTube or whatever, but there’s something about live music and there’s something about supporting local musicians. As an occasional musi-

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tre is — namely, on the outskirts of nowhere. But the small crowds do mean that parking and getting in and out are far easier than during Senators games. When Lansdowne is completed, the SkyHawks will move down to the Civic Centre, which will be more intimate. But they need to survive. The principle of use it or lose it applies here as well. Remember, we had some pretty good baseball in this town and lost it at least in part because we didn’t get out to see it. 4. Spend more time at the National Gallery. Because it’s always there and the exhibitions are on for lengthy periods of time, it’s easy for me to put off going to the Gallery. But there’s no way it should be taken for granted. The building is a masterpiece and the collections are, for lack of a better phrase, world-class. Why wouldn’t I be there all the time? You could apply the same reasoning to the National Arts Centre and the War Museum, which are not as appreciated or as patronized as they should be. Living in a government town does that to you: you don’t appreciate what you have. 5. Cut down, at least a bit, on complaining. This flows from the previous point. We don’t appreciate what we have and we think our

problems, which are often problems of affluence — the second computer doesn’t connect to the WiFi! — actually matter. Meanwhile, there are people with real problems who aren’t getting enough of our attention. 6. Don’t buy a musical toothbrush. I saw this advertised on TV, more than a few times, while watching small bits of a Christmas movie between large bits of commercials. It’s battery-operated and there’s a selection of tunes it will play, in order to entice you or your children or your grandchildren to brush their teeth more often. I have decided against it.

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News - A recent Supreme Court ruling has struck down Canada’s prostitution laws, and given the federal government a year to address the issues brought forward under the successful constitutional challenge. The decision has posed unique challenges for those in Ottawa who have been addressing the issue at a local level as well. Following the release of the deci-

sion, police Chief Charles Bordeleau said the focus in Ottawa will remain responding to community concerns and protecting individuals, most often women, who are involved in the sex trade. “Our initial review of the ruling is that it takes into account the impact of prostitution on communities and the court has suspended the invalidity of the laws for a period of one year,” Bordeleau said. “As such, our understanding is that those laws remain valid and available to police.”

Currently police conduct john sweeps, or prostitution sweeps based solely on complaints from affected communities. Once a community police officer has received a certain number of complaints, police will act, typically arresting only johns. Bordeleau said he will wait for direction from Parliament, crown attorneys and the Attorney General of Ontario before changing local police policy. Bailey Reid, executive director and founder of the Nepean-based Sisters Achieving Excellence, said her organization helps mentor women who are at risk, whether it’s because of criminal activity, problems at home or at school. Some of the women who use the organization’s services, Reid said, are current or former sex trade workers. “Anything that helps keep women safe and the changes will help keep them safe that’s really important,” Reid said. “But what we need to keep in mind and ask the question are these women truly choosing to be in the sex trade.” Reid said not all, but certainly a percentage of women, are choosing this profession for the wrong reasons and simply decriminalizing aspects of prostitution will not help them out. “I would suggest that as a society we look at the sex trade,” Reid said. “Not all the women are criminals or


After many complaints, RideauVanier Coun. Mathieu Fleury and police organized a public meeting to discuss prostitution and drug trafficking concerns on Vanier streets last September. marginalized, but some are and let’s make sure that there are other services in place for them. Let’s look at this with a bigger lens, and make sure women truly have everything what they need and that the choice is truly up to them.” Currently, Ottawa has a number of outreach services for sex trade workers. Sex Trade Out Reach Mobile travels throughout the city giving out referrals to housing help, shelters and offer emergency transportation when needed. The team and said this mobile support system aims at reaching as many women as possible each night. There is also a van which is operated by the Somerset West Community Health Centre. The program offers

safe crack pipes, needles, counselling and support services for those living on the streets. Ottawa Public Health has a blue van, which hands out safe injection needles, food and supplies and counselling. The history of Terri Jean Bedford, Amy Lebovitch and Valerie Scott’s challenge to Canada’s prostitution laws is a storied one - in 2009 the three, along with their lawyer Alan Young, began the fight at the Ontario Superior Court of Justice to prove that current laws surrounding prostitution and living on the avails of prostitution were unconstitutional and prevented a sex trade worker to take certain safety measures - such as hiring a security guard or screening potential clients. In March 2012, Justice Susan Himel ruled in their favour, striking down Canada’s prostitution laws. The federal government appealed the ruling, first to the Ontario Court of Appeal, then to the Supreme Court in June 2013. The Supreme Court ruled again in Bedford’s favour, releasing its unanimous decision on Dec. 20. Prostitution itself is not illegal in Canada, but many activities surrounding the profession, including solicitation, operation of brothels, or living off the avails of prostitution are considered offences under law. The goal of Bedford, Lebovitch and Scott’s challenge has always been to decriminalize these three provisions.

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t didn’t take Mother long after moving to a drafty old log house in the backwoods of Renfrew Country to figure out the parlour was no place for the Christmas tree. With no insulation, storm windows or heat, the room was closed off for the winter, and so the Christmas tree, after much moving of furniture, was crammed into a corner of the kitchen. Father didn’t care where it was, as long as it wasn’t put up until Christmas Eve, a German custom that was part of his heritage for three generations. Well, it didn’t take long for Mother to get rid of that idea too. The tree was hauled in from the bush about two weeks before Christmas, dragged behind the flat-bottom sleigh, and allowed to stand in the summer kitchen until the clumps of snow could be taken off its widespread branches. And then, with much finagling, it was wired to the window frame on one side, and the downstairs bedroom door on the other. It was placed in a wash tub of water, in the hope that the heat from the Findlay Oval wouldn’t entirely rob the tree of its needles. There was always a mystery to the tree decorations which I could never figure out. Every year, dozens of little tin holders with miniature candles in them were clamped all over the Christmas tree, but they were never lit. I wondered why on earth we had candles on a tree if they couldn’t be glowing at night. Well Mother, with her dread of fire, was the reason. “The whole place would go up like a tinder box” she’d say if I even as much as suggested lighting even a few of them. I would wonder why we even bothered bringing them down from the humpbacked trunk upstairs. A flat box of tinsel, bought long before I was even born, was another essential tree decoration. Every year, the long thin pieces were carefully hung on the branches of the tree, and the day it came down every last piece of the tinsel was laid out carefully in the same box, tucked away for another year. It was my sister Audrey’s job to make sure the tub of water under the tree was always full. That meant she had to haul it in from the pump outside, and “while you’re at it,” Mother would say, “you might as well fill the reservoir too.” The few glass ball decorations Mother had brought from New York, coloured paper loops made by us children, and only the prettiest of Christmas cards which had come through the mail, were placed here and there on the wide sweeping branches. After the tree was up for the holidays, it changed the whole house. I loved the nights when we all sat around the table with the coal-oil lamp sending out dim beams of light and the tinsel, moving gently from the heat in the kitchen from the stove, made the tree look magical. There were never any gifts under the tree until they mysteriously ap-

MARY COOK Memories peared on Christmas morning, but I would sit with my elbows on the table, and just stare at the wonder of it all. I would picture in my mind what on my list sent to the Ottawa Farm Journal would be left for me by Santa. Would he bring me the doll I had seen in the five and dime store window? What about the real store-bought underwear I longed for? So many evenings before Christmas were spent just dreaming of that morning when I would wake to find that Santa hadn’t forgotten us in Northcote after all. And each day, the spruce tree got sparser and sparser. It didn’t matter how careful Audrey was about keeping the tub full of water, every night there seemed to be another dustpan full of needles to sweep up and dump into the Findlay Oval. With each dustpan gathered up with the broom, Father could be heard muttering from his rocking chair by the oven door that had Mother listened to him, and waited until Christmas Eve to put up the

tree, it might look half “decent” by the time Christmas morning rolled around. Although I would have loved to have the tree stay up until the New Year rolled in, it rarely lasted until a day or so after Christmas. By then, you could see clear back to the wainscoting along the wall behind it, and we all knew it wouldn’t be long until the heat of the stove, confined to the kitchen as it was, the Christmas tree would be as bare as a badger. It would be unwired from its moorings, and dragged out of the kitchen, back through the summer kitchen, and tossed behind the house, a most pathetic sight if I ever saw one! The tub would be emptied, furniture rearranged, and the only remnants of that most wonderful time of the year would be the needles that seemed to appear out of nowhere for weeks long after the Christmas season was over. Father knew better than to say “I told you so.” If he did venture an opinion, Mother would remind him that his job was to look after the barns, hers was to look after the house.

River Ward City Councillor @CouncillorMcRae Conseillère, quartier Rivière

Happy New Year! I hope that you and your family enjoyed a wonderful Christmas and holiday season. Over the next year, I look forward to enjoying time with my husband Paul and our friends and family, and to meeting our River Ward neighbours in the community. It is an honour and a privilege to serve you and to work with you to ensure that our community remains a great place to live, visit, do business and to raise a family. Happy New Year and may 2014 bring health and happiness to you and your family. Green Bins Love Evergreens: Recycling Your Christmas Tree and Evergreen Boughs Christmas trees are collected each week with your regular organics materials. Please remove My sincere Christmas wishes go out all decorations and plastic wrap, and place the to all our faithful readers. May each tree and evergreen boughs at your curbside on of you experience the true meaning of this wonderful time of year, and collection day. You can place your evergreen may you spend it with loved ones boughs inside of your green bin too. around you. Overnight Parking Restrictions – Be in the Know About Snow Winter overnight parking regulations are in River Ward City Councillor • Conseillère, quartier Rivi effect from November 15 to April 1. No parking is permitted on City streets from 1 to 7AM when 7 cm or more snow is forecast in the Ottawa area. Vehicles that remain parked on the street during F A L L 2 0 1 1 an overnight parking restriction may be ticketed and could be towed. • Canada derives its name from the Iroquois word kanata, meaning “village” or “settlement”. Planned snow removal can occur during theRiver Ward Cit day or night, even if no snow is in the forecast. • James Naismith invented basketball in 1891. @CouncillorMcRae Please join me in no celebrating magnificent Temporary, parking-snowour removal signs are country b • Canada’s official colours – red and white – were placed in snow banks just prior to a plannedF A L L 2 0 1 proclaimed by King George V in 1921. proudly displaying our flag in your removal. • Canada derives its name from the Iroquois word kanata, • Canada’s “Maple Leaf” flag was first flown on “village” or “settlement”. You can sign meaning up for Winter Parking e-Alerts to home or business. • James Naismith invented basketball in 1891. @CouncillorMcRae February 15, 1965. P receive e-Alerts or Twitter notifications about • Canada’s official colours – red and white – were • Terry Fox inspired millions of Canadians during his 1980 overnight parking bans. YouGeorge will receive proclaimed by King V in 1921. cross-country run to raise money and awareness for notification • Canada’s each time an overnight parking “Maple Leaf” flag was first flown on February 15,if1965. restriction is in effect, the restriction continues cancer research. • Terryone Fox inspired millions of Canadians over more than night and when the during his 1980 cross-country run to raise money and awareness for restriction is lifted. The service is free and you can cancer research. unsubscribe at anytime. Please visit or moreàinformation. Joignez-vous moi pour célébrer notre merveilleux pays Jo • Canada est un terme dérivé du mot iroquois kanata, qui Your Strong Voice at City Hall • Canada est un drapeau terme dérivé dudans mot iroquois kanata, qui affichantAsavec fierté notre votre résidenc signifie « village » ou « colonie ». signifie « village » ou « colonie ». always, I appreciate hearing from you and • James Naismith atouch inventé with le basketball encourage you to keep in me asenit1891. • James Naismith a inventé le basketball en 1891. oucouleurs votre entreprise. • Les officielles du Canada – le rougeand et le allows me to serve you better. It is an honour • Les couleurs officielles du Canada – le rouge et le blanc – ont été proclamées par le roi George V en 1921. a privilege being your strong voice at City Hall. blanc – ont été proclamées par le roi George V en 1921. • Le drapeau arborant la feuille d’érable a été hissé pour la première fois le 15 février 1965. • Terry Fox a inspiré des millions de Canadiens et de Canadiennes lors de son marathon transcanadien en 1980 en vue de collecter des fonds pour la recherche sur le cancer et de sensibiliser la population à cet égard.


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Graffiti is the medium, but peace is the message Carleton Memorial United Church exhibit a collaborative effort Steph Willems

Community - What does peace mean, and what stands in the way of achieving it? That question formed the basis of an unusual Christmas art installation that was displayed at Carleton Memorial United Church on Christmas Eve. “Peace on Earth” is the

message most associated with the holiday season, but it is a message that means different things to different people. Gathering multiple perspectives on what peace means and how it can be realized was the goal Rev. Trisha Elliott set out to achieve. “I wanted to engage the community on what peace is,” said Elliott, adding her con-

gregation’s community was originally built for veterans returning from duty during the Second World War. “We took it one step further and asked what it means. What’s preventing us from being peaceful?” The canvas for the art was a white door, on which messages and thoughts could be painted, scrawled or posted. While the

art project was initiated by the church, collaborators were sought out in the form of youth from the Carlington Community Chaplaincy’s arts program, Carleton University students, students living at Faith House Ottawa and young people from Ascension Anglican Church. Graffiti was chosen as the medium for a reason, said Elliott. “The idea of using graffiti was interesting,” she said. “Graffiti is socially subversive – peace-making often means

subverting the social order. There was also something about the form of the art that lent itself to the topic.” Artist Kiersten Jensen worked on the project at Faith House before presenting it to youth at Ascension. “In addition to being a great reflection exercise, this has been a really neat community building tool,” said Jensen. The responses on the door show just how the interpretations of the message are as

diverse as the lives and backgrounds of those involved in the project. For some responders, peace meant an inner peace; for others, it meant social or environmental stability. While the art will be on display at the church, Elliott hopes to bring the adorned door to other venues. “I think it will find its way to other churches,” she said. “The hope is that it will go on tour, though it is a little cumbersome.”

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“Once we started looking at how old the (remaining) trees were, we started looking at the people,” said Buckles. “Why were some trees still here? What decisions preserved them? This project is about natural history and human history, and how they interact. We discovered all sorts of interesting connections between the trees and people along the way.” Around 40 people were involved in the project in varying capacities. While Buckles and Huron took the lead, contributions flowed in. Author Bob Grainger provided valuable historical knowledge of the area, while Christine Jackson researched the lineage of the neighbourhood’s first settler, riverboat captain Daniel Keyworth Cowley, whose name is reflected in street names in the community. Buckles credited Hobbs for

her enthusiastic support of the project. Champlain Park sits atop some unique geography in form of an alvar, the defining feature of which is a thin soil layer. Trees must be hardy and adaptable to both wet and dry conditions in such an area, and the bur oak was the right candidate once post-Ice Age water levels on the Ottawa River receded to their current level. In 1632, French captain Pierre Chevalier de Troyers wrote in his journal of the oak forests lining the banks of the Ottawa when he portaged between Chaudiere Falls and the Deschenes Rapids on the Quebec side of the river. It wasn’t until 1794 that the area where Champlain Park sits was officially surveyed as part of the expansive Nepean Township. Daniel Cowley, along with his family of 11 children moved onto a parcel of land “That was way to easy!”

on the site in 1867, which was subdivided in 1903 following the construction of a tram line connecting the modern day west end (including Britannia) with downtown Ottawa. Further subdivisions in 1912 created Carleton and Northwestern Avenues. Cowley’s descendents attended the event, many of whom now call Norway Bay, Que., home. Land owners in those early days were much more likely to see their name reflected in maps, said Bob Cowley. “If you look at navigation charts, there’s a Cowley Bay just upriver from Norway Bay,” he said. A Cowley Island lies nearby the bay, as well. With the project completed, families living in the neighbourhood can now appreciate the history of their community while they continue to appreciative the shade of the remaining oaks. “I just clicked and saved 90%”

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Vanier Cycles has big plans for 2014 Spring ride at Maple Sugar Festival, safety workshop among ideas Michelle Nash

News - The Vanier Cycles committee is planning a number of exciting activities for the new year. Sarah Partridge, chairwoman of the group, which is a sub-committee of the Vanier Community Association, announced some of the events the committee will be working on for 2014 at a recent meeting. Of those events the committee is already planning, one that stands out is an early spring bike ride at the Vanier Maple Sugar Festival on April 5-6. “It might be still a little cold, but maybe we could

where interested first-time cyclists or people getting back on a bike after many years away, can brush up on cycling safety. No date has been determined, but all committee members agreed it would be a great event. The committee also agreed to look at creating a “Taste of Vanier” similar to events held in the west end of the city, such as Tastes of Wellington. “The idea would be to have cyclist go around to specific restaurants for appetizers, main courses and deserts in Vanier, with the option to pick where to go,” Partridge said. The group will also participate in the second annual Festival of Nations parade in August, which could be the last event the committee hosts in the year. For more information about the committee, visit

find some brave souls who would want to ride,” Partridge said. The ride, she added, would include neighbouring community Overbrook, which has a similar cycling-based committee, called the getting around safely committee. The potential route would start at Emond Park, ride down to Overbrook and then back to the sugar shack, picking up riders along the way. Partridge and two other committee members tossed a number of ideas around and approved several specific activities they would like to see planned for the new cycling year, including a screening in May of Bike City, Great City, a documentary by Capital Coun. David Chernushenko. Partridge added the committee has another Vanier Vélo Fest scheduled for June 1, and a city cycling workshop,

Pan-roasted peppered steak with leeks is easy, tasty Lifestyle - Sometimes you just crave a great steak, so keep it simple and serve with seasonal leeks and mashed potatoes. Preparation time: 10 minutes. Cooking time: 20 minutes. Roasting time: 10 minutes. Serves two. Ingredients

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West-end family delivers bundles of Christmas joy Hamper project helps family celebrate the holidays for first time in three years Jessica Cunha

Community - An Ottawa family celebrated their first Christmas in three years thanks to the generosity of strangers. When Meggan Larson pulled up to the house on Dec. 21, there were few lights on and no holiday decorations. She learned the husband had been working 70 hours a week just to pay the bills. The weekend before Christmas, the Larson family delivered some holiday joy, along with gifts and the makings of a feast. “We helped a family who literally hadn’t celebrated Christmas in three years because they couldn’t afford it,” said Larson, who collects and distributes hampers to families in need during the holiday season. “They have older kids. Those kids know that it’s Christmas. When we showed up with gifts, they couldn’t believe it.”

For three years now Larson and her husband Rob – along with a host of volunteers – have collected gifts and put together baskets of food for others. “We had so many people give in so many different ways,” she said. The family chooses to distribute the gifts and food items themselves because there are too many restrictions when going through an organization, said Larson. Every tag says “Love, Jesus” because the family’s faith plays a big role in their life and they want to share His love with others. “As always, we do it in Jesus’ name, especially at this time of year. It’s really important at this time of year that people know it’s not just about the fact that He was born and that He saved the world. It’s so much more than that,” said Larson, who lives in Glen Cairn with her husband and their two children (soon to be three). “He still cares about us.


The Larson family and a host of volunteers help deliver some Christmas cheer to families in need on Dec. 21. He still cares about all of the little details and he cares enough to orchestrate a whole bunch of strangers to get gifts together and food together to bless families that none of us know. That’s just who He is. He loves everybody.” The hamper project helps

Pet Adoptions Meet Comet (ID# A070935), a sweet sevenyear-old male cat who would be the purr-fect addition to the right family this holiday season – he’s named after one of Santa’s reindeer after all! Comet has been at the Ottawa Humane Society since October and is hoping to spend the chilly December nights curled up in his new forever home. He’s a gentle kitty who loves getting pet but also likes his alone time. Comet enjoys hunting bugs and scratching on his scratching post. Comet is a special needs adoption because he has been diagnosed with a heart murmur. Many animals (and humans) with heart murmurs go on to live happy and healthy normal lives! Comet’s condition will warrant discussion with your veterinarian and together you will decide how to manage it best. For more information on Comet and all our adoptable animals, stop by the OHS at 245 West Hunt Club Rd. Check out our website at to see photos and descriptions of animals available for adoption.

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people of all faiths, said Larson, adding they help anyone in need anywhere in the city. The Larsons chose to give back after a group of Kanata mothers helped the family when Larson was diagnosed with cancer, she said in an earlier interview. Since she

and her husband were both self-employed, the family had no health insurance and two small children to take care of. The boost they received during a difficult period helped them pull through – and that’s what they hope to do for other families through the hamper project. The Larsons first stumbled upon the idea to provide hampers after seeing posts online. People were offering holiday dinners or gifts to those who were struggling to make ends meet. The Larsons jumped on board and provided two dinners and gifts for four families in 2011. The following year, she said they helped more than 50 families, or around 230 individuals. This year, the Larsons and countless volunteers helped 34 families – 166 individuals. “It’s really humbling. It’s amazing. It’s so simple to give someone gifts and dinner,” Larson said. “One person told me that her tears of sadness turned to tears of joy when she got her hamper. A few days ago they didn’t have anything for Christmas at all. Now they’ll have gifts under the tree and a Christmas din-

ner.” The husband of another family was just diagnosed with cancer and the family was struggling, said Larson. “It just brought joy to their house at a time when everything is up in the air. At least they don’t have to worry about their kids not having anything to open.” Larson said the experience is eye-opening after learning many of the background stories of the families she’s helped. “It’s just a good reminder that everyone’s struggling with something,” she said. “It’s just a good reminder not to be judgemental about people and peoples’ circumstances.” She said she had to thank Dymon Self Storage for providing a large locker to store the goods, and a truck and a driver for free to deliver everything to a wrapping party. “It’s amazing and we’re able to help more people as a result,” said Larson. For more information, search Operation Christmas Spirit on Facebook or email Larson at


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when they are sick or hurt. No animal should live in pain – without veterinary care. 4. Freedom to Express Normal Behavior All animals should live with room to express their normal behavior. 5. Freedom from Fear and Distress All animals should live in a way that keeps them free from fear and distress. Wishing you a happy new year from the staff and animals at the OHS! For other ways to help the animals, please visit our website at


Kari is a rescued racing greyhound who came to live with us after his retirement from his racing career in the U.S. Greyhounds have a thin coat of fur, and are used to much warmer climates, but dressed in a warm winter coat and his Christmas scarf, Kari thourghly enjoys the outdoors here in his new Northern home. He is a quiet gentle soul, who now enjoys life mostly from his favorite pillow on ‘his side’ of the couch. 9dndji]^c`ndjgeZi^hXjiZZcdj\]idWZÆI=:E:ID;I=:L::@Ç4HjWb^iVe^XijgZVcYh]dgi W^d\gVe]nd[ndjgeZiidÒcYdjiH^beanZbV^aid/Yi]Zg^Zc5bZigdaVcY#XdbViiZci^dcÆEZid[i]ZLZZ`Ç


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Many people start a new year by making a resolution to do better for themselves and others; it’s a chance at a fresh start. As 2013 comes to a close, we have the opportunity to consider how to do better for the animals in our lives by resolving to follow the Five Freedoms. At the OHS, we believe that all animals deserve to be treated properly throughout their lives. We want to make sure that we are treating animals right by meeting their needs to give them the healthiest life possible. We can do


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Carling Avenue Economic Development: As your Councillor I am committed to renewing our neighbourhoods. In 2014 you will begin to see changes on Carling Avenue between Pinecrest Road and Bayshore Drive. This area will soon take on a new look as the Carling Avenue Community Improvement Plan (CIP) begins to take shape. Businesses along this stretch of Carling Avenue will be provided with tax incentives for growing and refurbishing their business. The goal is to make Carling Avenue a “destination” a place where you want to shop. The area is diverse and has the potential to offer so much to local residents as well as encourage residents from other areas of our City to visit. Growing businesses and new business means good local and accessible jobs for residents. By renewing and rebuilding we will provide opportunities; before too long, Carling Avenue will be the piece that connects families to renewed parks and young people to fulfilling easily accessible local jobs. Bayshore Park/Outdoor Rink: January 7th will be a great day in Bayshore Park and a great day for Bay Ward. I will be joined by representatives from the Sens Foundation and Ferguslea Properties. The Sens Foundation will be making an announcement about the upgrades which they have planned for the outdoor skating rink. The City will also be highlighting some of the other changes which are coming to the park in the coming years, like an upgraded field house. The event starts at 10:30am and everyone is welcome to join us. Ron Kolbus Lakeside Centre in Britannia Park: The Ron Kolbus Lakeside Centre and Britannia Park are jewels not only in Bay Ward but in our City. Hidden away on the banks of the Ottawa River they offer so much and have the potential to offer so much more to you, Bay Ward residents and our City. Residents told us they wanted and needed more community and program space. Last year we asked for your ideas and held consultations with various community and user groups. There was no shortage of comments or suggestions for the park and the fifty year old building. In 2014 we will again come back to the community asking for your input and feedback on how best to renew the facility. I am happy to tell you that in the coming year we will begin to roll out park improvements. One of the first changes you will notice is improved way finding signage. This was an area that most users and visitors to the park felt was in need of upgrading. Traffic Issues: Traffic concerns, like congestion, speeding and parking are the number one issues across our City. My team and I continue to work with residents, Community Associations and the City’s Traffic department to ensure our streets and sidewalks are the safest they can be for everyone. I encourage you to call the City’s 311 service or the Ottawa Police Services non-emergency number at 613-236-1222 ext. 7300 to report your concerns about traffic. These calls are recorded and help in allocating resources for enforcement. In the coming year I plan to host traffic related meetings which will allow residents to learn more about how traffic initiatives are handled and how decisions are made which relate to specific neighbourhoods. Following Along: In the coming year my team and I will continue to follow along a number of private redevelopments. We will watch closely and continue to inform residents about the work being done at the former Sterling Place residence, we will also monitor the project at the Fairlawn Plaza and also the Former Grant School. As always I will ensure that residents have the opportunity to make their voices heard through community meetings and open consultations. I have always believed in bringing all parties together to ensure “good neighbours” and also that the project being considered is a “good fit” for the community and its residents. This is just a snapshot of what we have planned for 2014 but as always my team and I will continue to work for you and with you, in an effort to make the neighbourhoods of Bay Ward great places to live, work and raise our families.

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Looking ahead, Ottawa’s Winterlude celebration kicks off on Friday January 31st and runs until February 17th. There are numerous activities planned for everyone. It is a great opportunity to get out, enjoy winter and all that our beautiful City has to offer. You can visit the official Winterlude Website for more information, . Don’t forget while you are downtown be sure to visit your City Hall and skate on the Rink of Dreams – a wonderful addition to our City. If you have an idea, or question regarding our city, please feel free to contact me at our City Hall or Community office, or reach out to me on social media. You can find me on Facebook or follow me on Twitter (@Go_Taylor). We even have a YouTube channel where you can see past videos from Bay Ward. Don’t forget you can also visit our website to learn more about our community and to stay up to date on what’s new and happening.

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News - Things in the Glebe could look a little different in the new year, as the business improvement area gets ready to launch its new marketing campaign. The Glebe Business Improvement Area first announced its plans to rebrand the district in the fall of 2013. The official launch will not be until March, but co-chairman Gilbert Russell, speaking recently about the marketing strategy without revealing anything concrete, said businesses in the area would see the plans in January at the earliest. The idea, he said, was to define why people should shop in the Glebe. “What the brand strategy does is really capture what it is about the Glebe,” Russell said. “It fits. I think the brand really fits.” Once the branding is revealed, he said the Glebe BIA will begin to host events based around the new marketing scheme. The Glebe BIA started up in 2008 and since its conception, Russell said, branding and marketing had been put on the back-burner because the group was embroiled in opposition to the Lansdowne Park redevelopment project. Once that battle was over however, Russell said the group needed to think of next steps, including how it would like to be perceived once Lansdowne reopened. It has been a little over a year, and the group has worked with a consultant on its image, hashing out details and working on the launch. Russell said early discussions with businesses have been all positive. Most importantly, Russell said, the group addressed the desire to have a plan in place before that happened. Part of making the branding work will be left in the newly-minted executive director, Andrew Peck. According to the BIA, Peck has more than 25 years of experience in marketing and entrepreneurship. From director at Y Enterprise Centre, to running his own marketing company and owning and operating businesses in Ottawa, Toronto and Wakefield, Que., the BIA reports he has the strong kind of background in tourism and destination marketing. Russell said aside from daily operating tasks of the BIA, Peck’s biggest job will be making the branding work. Incorporating the new businesses from the Lansdowne development is a part of the plan, Russell added. “The people that did our branding also worked on the branding for Lansdowne - there is a great commonality of the brands,” Russell said. He added he believes any new businesses in the park will want to build on the uniqueness of Glebe and it’s the history.

As I have done in previous years I kicked off 2014 at the Ron Kolbus Lakeside Centre in Britannia Park. I welcomed participants to the Sears Great Canadian Chill, all in support of “Stopping Kids Cancer Cold”!


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Sandy Hill buzzing over Lowertown intersection change Laura Mueller

News - An uproar over a Lowertown intersection opening has sent the city back to the drawing board. Rideau-Vanier Coun. Mathieu Fleury’s plan to boost pedestrian safety near Lowertown schools was met with anger and a request for other traffic calming measures when Sandy Hill residents discovered the change. After three years of being lobbied by Lowertown schools and the local community centre, Fleury found a way to address their desire for a safe pedestrian crossing of Beausoleil Street: open the closed end of Chapel Street north of Rideau Street to create a three-way stop with appropriate signs. The changes can be made more cheaply right now, since the intersection was already

open as a detour during the reconstruction of Rideau Street. Fleury and city staff decided to keep it that way. Chapel used to dead end before connecting with Beausoleil, a block north of Rideau Street. Those barriers were removed during construction and Chapel was blocked at Rideau instead, but all the cinderblocks were removed last week. Upon noticing the Rideau/ Chapel barriers were gone and the north end of Chapel hadn’t been reclosed, some Sandy Hill residents were angry. Although the intersection in question isn’t in their neighbourhood, they worry the trickle-down effect will be increased traffic through Sandy Hill because the open intersection will create an easy route to cut through from Beausoleil straight through Rideau Street and Sandy Hill on Chapel to get to Mann Avenue and ac-

cess Highway 417. “My biggest concern is just the lack of transparency,” said Jennifer Cavanagh, whose post on her Sandy Hill Seen blog set off the debate. She was also concerned that opening one intersection could pave the way for an argument to open all the closed intersections in the area. Fleury insists the Beausoleil/Chapel intersection must be opened in order to create a stop to allow pedestrians to cross, and after explaining that to concerned residents, few disagree. He held a meeting at the intersection on Dec. 20. “I made it clear that it’s not an option for us not to put a stop (sign) there,” he said. Three children have been hit by cars at the spot in the last two years alone, Fleury said. The spot is also a wellused crossing for more than 1,400 Ottawa Community

Housing residents nearby, at least half of which are children. Although the community housing agency hasn’t been directly involved in the push for a safer crossing, it’s definitely something it is in favour of, said interim chief executive officer Laurene Wagner. Fleury hopes to eventually improve the intersection by raising the pavement and adding more painted lines. But Sandy Hill residents say the change could bring a flood of cars their way if the intersection is left open with no traffic-calming measures. “It’s rewarding drivers for making the wrong moves,” Cavanagh said. “It just makes no sense to me.” “(Sandy Hill residents) have a valid point, but I have to play with the rules I have been given,” Fleury said. Fleury has been lobbying the province to use the spot as

a pilot project for a mid-block crossing – a stop sign in the middle of a street, instead of at an intersection. That’s not allowed under Ontario’s Highway Traffic Act and provincial officials are not interested in trying it out. The provincially-sanctioned alternative are pedestrian priority crossings with yellow signs and flashing lights that require a motorist to stop when a pedestrian is waiting to cross, but the city nixed the use of them in Ottawa because the city found that drivers weren’t stopping at them. After explaining the rules and restrictions to members of the Action Sandy Hill community association board in the past, Fleury said he felt he had a general consensus from community organizers that a threeway stop was the only solution. The Lowertown Community Association, which doesn’t

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The purpose of making council smaller was to transfer some of that power to “smaller, regional blocs,” he said. “I’ll have to decide over the course of the next several months as I put together my platform for 2014 where I am going to go on that issue,” Watson said. He’s still of the opinion that a borough council system wouldn’t work without accompanying reforms and reductions to the size of council, but the current council works together so harmoniously that perhaps the reforms he suggested when the last tumultuous council was in power aren’t really needed, Watson said. “I am much more optimistic that the local voices through the individual councillors (are)

in fact getting through,” he said. That wasn’t the case in the last council, the mayor said. Decisions were being made downtown with little regard to how those choices affected the suburbs or rural area. “I think a lot of that had to do, quite frankly, with the fact that there was a sense that that council just was not working well together,” Watson said. The mayor admitted the system only works that way if the elected councillors endeavour to listen to their residents and put regional squabbling aside. “I think it gives us and the public an incentive to make sure when we’re electing men and women to serve office that they bring forward a perspective that part of their job is actually to work collaboratively with one another,” he said.

Even a borough system wouldn’t eliminate the problem of a decision that’s good for one area adversely affecting another area. “You’re never going to find a perfect system,” the mayor said. Watson said he doesn’t spend enough time touting how this council has tried to increase public participation in “real” decision making. Under his leadership, the city transformed its councillor-composed transit committee into a commission that includes four citizen members. The same goes for the board that oversees Ottawa Public Health and now includes independent public members. The city’s built heritage committee was “upgraded” from an advisory group to a decision-making subcommittee, while still including citi-

zen members. The other advisory committees also got an overhaul: in 2012, the city axed 10 of its 15 citizen advisory groups, saving $190,000 annually. Although the number of citizens who have the privilege to sit on those bodies and participate in decision making is very limited, “It’s a start,” the mayor said. ELECTION 2014

Watson declared almost immediately after the 2010 election that he planned to run again, but don’t expect him to have any council candidates he supports standing beside him. Watson won’t campaign as part of a slate of candidates and he “doesn’t intend” to endorse anyone running for council, he said. “I can’t give you a definitive

‘yes’ or ‘no’ on that except to say it is certainly not my intention (to endorse anyone),” he said. “I didn’t do it last time because I had enough on my plate.” Moments later, Watson said he was happy with the performance of the councillor who represents his ward – Bay Coun. Mark Taylor, who worked for Watson as his executive assistant when he was an MPP – and said he “look(s) forward to supporting him again.” But the mayor said all members of council have contributed greatly, but he won’t “pass judgment on who should stay and who should go.” Watson won’t hesitate to publically call out candidates who make false statements during the election, he said. Although Watson said he has seen commentary recently

have strong membership in the east end of the neighbourhood, didn’t get involved after Fleury sent communications about the issue, he said. “I never got any resistance,” the councillor said. The president of the Lowertown Community Association, Marc Aubin, who is contemplating running against Fleury in the 2014 municipal election, said he isn’t aware of any communications from Fleury’s office on the topic. Aubin said he’d like to have a broader conversation about re-opening streets in Lowertown east, which was made into a “suburban cul-de-sac neighbourhood” in the 1960s. Mostly, he just wants to sit down with the councillor and city officials and discuss the options on the table. “The city doesn’t seem to want to have a conversation with its residents,” Aubin said.

that he will establish a slate of candidates to run alongside him, that’s not the case, he said. “No, I don’t believe in slates. I don’t believe in parties,” Watson said. “I’m wishing all my colleagues the best, but my intention is to focus on my election.” Slates become de facto political parties, he said, and that should be avoided. “When you have a party, you have to feed the party. You feed the party with money and you’re always fundraising. That’s not a good way of governing,” he said. Watson, who has experience in all levels of government, said the healthiest system for a municipal government is to have independent candidates running. “(Slates/parties) drags us towards the provincial and federal models, which we’re seeing right now are not particularly healthy or very cooperative,” Watson said.

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

Jan. 5 & 12

The Ottawa Date Squares, a square dancing group aimed at the GLBTTQ community, but open to everyone, is looking for new members. This is a fun, low-cost activity, that is also a great exercise for the mind as well as the body. For those interested in joining, we are having two Sunday afternoon sessions on Jan. 5 and 12 to get you up to speed so you can join us on Wednesday evenings. For more information, phone Richard at 613-820-8858, visit us at iagsdc. com/ottawa or email

Jan. 8

Line dancing for people 55 and over will take place in the west end, at Eglise Saint-Remi, located off off Pinecrest Road. The sessions start on Jan. 8, and continue on Wednesday mornings. Each session costs $5. For more information, call Gaston at 613-8299753.

Jan. 8 to Feb. 2

The Kanata Civic Art Gallery, a non-profit art organization, presents its new show entitled “Points Of View” from Jan. 8 to Feb. 2. The gallery exhibits and promotes the sale of original works of art by its members. Visit for details and hours.

Jan. 9

Greely Gardeners Group will meet monthly starting 7 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 9 at the Greely Community Centre, 1448 Meadow Dr. The guest speaker will be Rebecca Last, who will share lessons from her big garden reno. Membership for 2014 costs $10 and visitors are admitted for $2. For more information contact Lee at 613-574-0214 or www.

Jan. 15

Central Christian Women’s Club invites you to their special feature, Winter Escapes, presented by Stacy Berger, CAA Travel center manager. Music will be provided by recording artist Corie Lanctin, and speaker Linda Sprunt will be sharing a talk on “Turning Mountains into Molehills.” The cost is $8 or $4 for first timers. Refreshmnents will be available and the event gets underway at 1 p.m. at the Calvin Christian Reformed Church, located at 1475 Merivale Rd. Please RSVP by calling 613-692-6290.

Jan. 16

Interested in Gardening? Come join the Nepean Horticultural Society. Guest speaker at our Jan. 16 meeting will be Diane McClymont Peace, who will be discussing garden pests and diseases. The meeting gets underway at 7:30 p.m. at the City View United Church, 6 Epworth Ave. Everyone is welcome. The fee for non-members is $4. Light refreshments will be provided. For more information, call 613-224-7184.

Jan. 20

Garden Soil Demystified – Organic Soil Amendments for the Urban Gardener, a lecture sponsored by Gloucester Horticultural Society, will take place on Jan. 20 at 7:30 p.m. Simon Neufeld, a certified crop advisor, will review what’s available to gardeners to ensure that your vegetables are grown in a sustainable and healthy way. The event takes place at 4373 Generation Ct. Admission is free, but pre-registration recommended by calling 613749-8897. For more information, visit

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Jan. 25

The Sons of Scotland present Burns Night, the largest Robbie Burns event in Eastern Ontario. Celebrate the anniversary of the World-famous poet’s birth on Jan. 25 at the Delta Ottawa City Centre Hotel, 101 Lyon St. The event includes a traditional Burns supper with haggis, ballroom and scottish country dancing to the big band sound of the 7-Monterey, a cabaret show featuring Garth Hampson and Shawne Elizabeth and the Sons of Scotland Pipes and Drums. The event gets underway at 6 p.m. for cocktails, with dinner starting at 6:45 p.m. Tickets are $65 each. For reservations call, 613-521-5625 or email Semi-formal or Highland attire.

Jan. 26

The Walk for Memories is Ottawa’s premier indoor fundraising walk, from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. in the Carleton University Fieldhouse. The goal this year is $275,000 and funds raised stay in the community to help people living with dementia. Form a team or come as an individual and join in the fun. To register visit For details visit or contact, 613-523-4004 ext. 132.


Ovarian Cancer Canada offers a free presentation, Ovarian Cancer: Knowledge is Power, about the signs, symptoms and risk factors of the disease. To organize one for your business, community group or association, please contact Lyne Shackleton at 613-488-3993 or The Westboro Nursery School will be staying at the Dovercourt Recreation Centre for the 2013-2014 year and registration is in full swing. To avoid disappointment, download and fill out your registration forms today. Our play-based curriculum is led by early childhood education-registered teachers and includes introduction to French, sign language, school readiness, music, daily outdoor play and more. Visit westboronurseryschool. ca or email wns@westboronurs-

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Look for the donation boxes or make a donatio n with your purchase . for details. The Ottawa Newcomers Club is designed to help women new to Ottawa or in a new life situation acclimatize by enjoying the company of other women with similar interests. We have morning, afternoon and evening events such as skiing, Scrabble, bridge, fun lunches, book clubs, Gallery tours, dinner club, and crafts. For more information visit our website at or call 613-860-0548. The Active Living Club invites active seniors and adults 50+ to join us in the outdoor activities of hiking, cycling, canoeing, cross-country skiing and snowshoeing. All outings start at 10 a.m. from different locations in Ottawa/Gatineau, and range from 1.5 to 3 hours. The City of Ottawa offers these safe, healthy and fun filled outings, guided by first aid qualified leaders and tailored to different levels. Call City Wide Sports at 613-580-2854 or email The Hampton Iona Community Group is looking to hire two to three paid attendants for our skating rink at Iona Park. This position is ideal for high school or university/college students living in the neighbourhood who like to skate. Supervised hours are 5 to 10 p.m. Monday through Friday and noon to 6 p.m. on weekends. Applicants must be able to pass a police safety check. We are also looking for volunteers to help with the building and some maintenance of our rink. If you are interested, please contact the group at 613 725-9147 or at hamptoniona. ca. Wanted: used books. The fourth annual book sale for Rural Family Connections takes place Jan. 25, and they need your books! Used books can be dropped off at the Live and Learn Resource Centre, 8243 Victoria St. or at the Metcalfe Co-operative Nursery School, 8140 Victoria St. For more information call 613-821-2899. The Osgoode Country Creations, Artisans, Vintage and Collectibles Market is now open at the Market Square Mall on Osgoode Main Street. There is a wonderful selection of local crafts, repurposed treasures, homemade jams and great gift-giving ideas. Open Fridays from 5 to 8 p.m. and weekends from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Cash only. Starting Dec. 6 the market will be open weekdays from 3 to 8 p.m. and weekends from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. A portion of our proceeds will support the Osgoode Care Centre. Contact us at sweetpeaspantry@


Discover the unique thrill of singing four-part harmony with a group

of fun-loving women who enjoy making music together. Regular rehearsals on Monday nights from 7 to 9:30 p.m. at Orléans United Church, 1111 Orléans Blvd. For information call Muriel Gidley at 613-590-0260 or visit Confident, charismatic leaders were not born that way. In Toastmasters you will gain the practice to become the leader and speaker you want to be. Carlingwood Toastmasters meets Monday evenings from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at St. Martin’s Church, 2120 Prince Charles Ave. For more information visit Practice and improve your Spanish speaking skills at the intermediate and advanced levels. We are Los Amigos Toastmasters and we meet at the Civic Hospital, Main Building, Main Floor, Room 3 at the back left of the Cafeteria Tulip Café on Mondays from 5:15 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. Call Carole at 613-761-6537 or e-mail for more information. You can also visit us online at


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 Hogs Back. Bring a bag lunch or come for cards, crafts, friendly chatter and camaraderie. Drop in and check it out. For info call Shirley at 613-225-8089.

Tuesdays & Fridays

Tai Chi at Roy Hobbs Community Centre, 109 Larch Cres. on Tuesdays, except first Tuesday of each month, for beginner/intermediate levels 10:45 a.m. to noon. Fridays for intermediate/advanced levels 10:45 a.m. to noon. Contact Lorne at 613-824-6864 for details.


632 Phoenix Royal Air Cadet Squadron meets every Wednesday evening 6:15 to 9:30 p.m. at St. Joseph school, 6664 Carriere St. Open to youth age 12 to 18. No registration fee to join, however fundraising is required. Visit for more information.


Five-pin bowling league encourages senior citizens over the age of 50 to participate in an activity that provides regular moderate exercise. There is no registration fee. The league is a fun, non-competitive league; experience is not required. Bowling takes place between 1 and 3 p.m. at Walkley Bowling Centre, 2092 Walkley Rd. Participants are placed on mixed four-person teams. To register, please call Roy or Jean Hoban at 613-731-6526.


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