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With the weather fluctuating, it’s those -10 C and below temperatures that are exactly what’s needed to get the Rideau Canal Skateway open for its 47th season. Since late October, when the water levels in the canal were lowered, maintenance crews have been hauling out chalets, chairs and signs and installing plumbing and electricity in order to be ready for when the temperatures hit the sweet spot so the world’s largest skating rink can open. According to Cédric Pelletier, strategic communications advisor with the National Capital Commission, there needs to be about 10 days of -10 C weather to get to the 30 cm of ice that’s required to let people on the canal. Last year the skateway had its shortest season ever, with just 34 skating days. The year before, there were almost 60. “As you can imagine the weather decides the opening of the Rideau Canal Skateway,” Pelletier said. See UNTIL, page 4

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Tweaks are being made to the city’s temporary traffic-calming program that some councillors hope will reduce a “bottleneck” of requests and speed up the installation of yellow flex stakes, planter boxes, road markings, signage and speed-display boards to slow down vehicles. “Staff have a new strategy and more resources. I think they were just overwhelmed this term of council with the requests across all the wards for trafficcalming initiatives,” said River Coun. Riley Brockington, who complained about the time it has been taking to install these measures. “It just created this massive bottleneck of requests and so getting service in River Ward has been slow,” he said. “It hasn’t been handled well.” The changes, decided late last year, include more proactively meeting with councillors and giving them a better idea when measures can be implemented, and having a fixed-term standing offer in place so that batches of speed boards and flex stakes can be purchased and installed more quickly. As well, two staff members will be hired in mid to late Janu-

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Improvements are being made to the city’s temporary traffic-calming measures program, which some councillors hope will translate into faster turnaround times for installing measures to reduce speeding. ary, doubling the size of the office. The newcomers will primarily be responsible for collecting data from some 90 speed boards and conducting speed surveys by monitoring traffic with a radar gun. “Because we have so many locations we had to do, it was a challenge to get the data collected and also get the (measures) in place,” said Phil Landry, the city’s director of traffic services. Staff must check each location where change is requested and ensure the sites are the right fit for yellow flex stakes, for example, or review if these remov-

able posts should be returned to the same locations after the winter months. “We just found because of the numbers that we had, that we were doing in the 23 wards, that it would be a lot more effective to have those (existing) people focus on the design part of it and working with the councillors,” said Landry. The traffic services department fielded about 40,000 requests in 2015, most related to speeding, primarily from April to November. Of those, 5,000 to 6,000 were trafficrelated investigations, many of them prompted by speeding

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

about what we’re going to do,” he said of residents coming forward with concerns and ideas. The changes are also a reflection of a learning process that has been underway. When the program was piloted in 2013-14, flex stakes were installed in one location per ward, making it impossible for staff to know at the time how long it would take to order and install products across the wards, said Landry. “We have a better understanding of how long it takes to get things done,” he said. “This is all new, as well as we’re trying to learn things. What we’re proposing here is another enhancement.”

“The demand for this, I think, exceeded in some ways our expectations,” said Egli. “(Councillors) were getting a lot of good ideas from their community, whether it was individuals or community associations or parent councils, and they wanted to get the work out faster.” It is also a reflection of engaged residents, who make requests for these measures through their councillors, who then pass them along to traffic services, Egli said. Each councillor has $40,000 a year to spend on traffic calming. Any unused dollars can be rolled over to the next year. “There’s now a dialogue

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Until opening day, NCC warns residents to stay off the ice Continued from page 1

The latest skateway opening on record was the 2002 season, which opened on Feb. 2. About a week ago, NCC maintenance crews started removing snow and flooding it in some areas to maximize ice growth. “The rain and the snow is kind of an enemy of the ice – the snow acts as a thermal blanket that prevents the formation of ice. So these are the two main challenges, it needs to be consecutive nights, so the coming week it’s looking good. It’s the type of freezing cold we are looking for,” he said. Until opening day though, Pelletier said people need to stay off the ice and leave it to the professionals. “The NCC urges everyone to keep personal safety in mind and is asking the public and skaters not to venture on the surface of the Rideau Canal right now.” It’s a message the Ottawa Fire Service and police are also emphasizing. In a release on Jan. 4, police advise that at least 15 cm of ice is needed for walking or skating alone, 20 cm is needed for skating parties or games, 25 cm is needed

for snowmobiles and 35 cm is needed to support fishing huts. Factors such as water depth, currents and moving water, fluctuations in water levels and changing air temperature impact ice thickness. Every week there are crews that venture on to the ice in pairs to check the thickness and determine which areas still need work. Pelletier said the crews are experts and drill small holes to establish the thickness. “The trick here is to do the work right and be safe,” he said. The work on the canal walls along Colonel By Drive, a multiphase project being completed by Parks Canada, won’t impact the skateway this year, Pelletier said, adding the detour for the pathway will still be in place. On average over the past 20 years, about 20,000 skaters enjoy the outdoor skating rink each day it’s open. It costs about $1.4 million each year to operate the skateway. “It’s so magical depending on whether you skate on it at night or you do it during the day,” Pelletier said. “When it’s open it’s fabulous

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Police to host meetings on service delivery changes BY JESSICA CUNHA

Ottawa police will launch a new frontline deployment model on Jan. 23 and to prepare, three community meetings will be held in Kanata, Nepean and Orléans on the changes in service delivery. The new service model will make it easier to move resources across the city and streamline the process for those who need to access services, police said in a news release. The changes are part of a strategy called the service initiative program, which is designed to improve how police serve the community.

“We don’t require as much policing in Fitzroy as we do in the ByWard Market. I’m not saying we should ignore Fitzroy but the call for service will generate the attention,” WEST CARLETON-MARCH COUN. EL-CHANTIRY

Allan Hubley, Kanata South councillor and member of the police board, said he’s “cautiously optimistic” about the service initiative, but does have concerns. “The theory is good in that most residents want to see more cars on the road. What I worry about and have spoken to senior police officials about is that the additional cars are not deployed downtown leaving the ’burbs underserved,” he said. “While we thankfully don’t experience the violence that occurs daily in the downtown wards, we are not immune to crime and deserve the security that we are paying for in our taxes.” BACKLASH

The frontline deployment model received backlash when it was first presented in April 2016. Many were concerned that community policing efforts would be eliminated and low-crime areas would be underserved. Community police officers will continue to be part of the new model, in the community safety services unit, but the areas served will be less about geography and more about which areas need more police assistance, according to police. “Community officers will be realigned to better address highpriority areas,” according to the department’s website.

Hubley said the transition will “not be easy” for communities with strong ties to their community police officer, particularly those in low-priority areas. The frontline deployment model for community officers will be similar to that used by school resource officers. An officer is assigned a number of schools, which are then ranked according to the level of police assistance needed. “Some schools are visited more frequently, however, all schools have access to an SRO,” according to the website. Other changes to the police service delivery model that have already been made include a new organizational structure for investigative units and the creation of a strategic operations centre. The centre, located at the Greenbank police station, acts as a service hub for operations and can share information — such as floor plans, suspect photos and related incidents — with officers responding to calls. MAKE THE CALL

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Ottawa Victim Services on track to serve more than 6,800 people Continued from page 1

“Any time I had to go to court they would have someone pick me up they would have the same person or someone make sure I got home safely,” she said of Ottawa Victim Services. “I don’t often go out without my husband, so going back and forth on the bus would have been a big stressor for me on top of going somewhere stressful.” Being in court was one thing – there was the judge, the defence, the prosecution – but the volunteer also stayed by her side during breaks. “Court went in later one afternoon and we went downstairs to see if they were ready for me yet and the defendant was standing right outside the courtroom and I don’t know what I would have done on my own.” Even now, with the court case over, Ottawa Victim Services is still reaching out to see how she’s doing. “They are a very valuable service to the community and a very unknown service unless you need them. I’m thankful to them for the wonderful support they gave me.” The organization would not have been able to help Anna without a partnership that ensured it could keep its doors open. Starting in 2015, the province announced changes to its funding formula for programs assisting victims of crime. That meant OVS would lose half of its funding. “They were slowly ending funding to close us down completely,” said Melissa Heimerl, executive director of OVS. “We

knew we were losing the agency.” The agency provides a range of free supports, including safety planning, covering short-term and early intervention counselling expenses, assistance with funeral arrangements as well as information, advocacy and referrals for legal, justice and community social services to victims of crime or those who have experienced tragic circumstances, such as a sudden death. For those who were left at OVS after the funding cut, they had to figure out a way to reach more people in need of help. To do that, OVS partnered with the Ottawa police victim crisis unit. Over the last year and a half, that partnership has been developing so that they are receiving 42 per cent of the police unit’s caseload. “It’s 42 per cent of citizens who wouldn’t otherwise have been contacted at all.” Those were cases like Anna’s — people involved in partner disputes or someone being harassed or stalked. The police unit takes the lead in homicide cases, child deaths or incidents involving police officers. While in the 2014/15 year, OVS helped more than 2,300 victims, the relationship with the police victims unit meant the following year they helped more than 5,000. This year, the organization is on track to help more than 6,800 people. “They really did save us by giving us the numbers that they did,” Heimerl said. The agency is reaching even higher, hoping to help about 55 per cent of the police unit’s cases that are falling through the cracks, by working with front-

line officers so they are offering OVS services right when tragedy calls. They have a 24-7 pager system for emergencies, and for other cases they make sure all victims in their queue are contacted within 72 hours. Donna Watson-Elliott, manager of the police victim crisis unit, said the partnership has increased the capacity of the entire service and has made sure that victims receive follow up. “Even though we do have an internal unit we couldn’t possibly keep up with those numbers without them, so it’s kind of a perfect marriage.” The partnership was able to happen because of a legislation change around sharing information with community service agencies. It also gives victims who need services, but don’t feel comfortable dealing with a police unit, another place to turn. “It’s been a total success, we are definitely moving forward,” Watson-Elliott said. Even with the partnership, there are still some gaps, including victims of break and enters and other property crimes. Both partners are hoping with more funding, that crack can be sealed. “That’s why the ongoing funding for them is key in terms of us as a city being able to keep up with the number of victims that we are seeing,” Watson-Elliott said. “We could never have kept up with those numbers and reached out to everyone if we hadn’t the opportunity to work with OVS.” - With files from Erin McCracken


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y vow to embrace everything winter has been put aside lately. I purchased a downhill ski pass for the first time in my life. Despite near record snowfall in December, I have yet to use it, opting instead for the comfort of my interior fireplace and evenings of lemon tea, cheese and card games. I established a rink in my backyard. But I was too cold and lazy to take advantage of the late November rink-building weather and, as I write this in early January, I continue to monitor the massive, bumpy slush puddle in my yard without dedicating myself to its proper maintenance. I have yet to strap on a pair of skates. My gym membership mocks me every time a weekly donation is deducted from my chequing account. Although I did take my cross-country skis out for a spin or two over the holidays, and shoveled enough snow to ward off major cheese weight gain, I haven’t seen the inside of the gym in months. I am in full-on hibernation mode. With the end of the holiday season, however, the cheese stock is slowly dwindling. Buttoning up my snow pants with great difficulty this morning, I decided it’s time to get serious about my daily fitness routine, yet again. I, of course, turned to the Internet for inspiration. ParticipACTION is launching a sesquicentennial project nationwide to get all Canadians moving. Last year, the organization asked citizens to write-in with their favourite Canadian fitness activities. This month the organization will launch the ParticipACTION 150 Play List, “a challenge to all Canadians to try out 150 unique physical activities that define us as Canadian.” Some preliminary


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suggestions included snow shoveling (because everybody does it), canoeing (a traditional means of transportation) and basketball, (because, hey, it was invented in Canada). But there will be others. The group is challenging Canadians, individually or within their schools, teams and community associations, to tackle as many on the 150 list as they can by the end of the year. ParticipACTION, I accept your challenge. My plan is to recruit some neighbours and create a fitness team. Together, we will conquer the list! One activity that’s sure to be part of the 150 is curling. I have long wanted to try this for two reasons: If I ever move to a small town, my curling expertise will certainly determine my social life. It seems to me that every town in Canada, no matter how small, is within a half hour drive of a curling rink. It also appeals to me to use a broom for something other than spills on the kitchen floor. This could be a legitimate ad for curling clubs: “Fall in love with your broom again.” Last year, I thought I’d built up a solid daily gym routine. But even after nine months on the elliptical, my habit died as quickly as it was established. Frankly, I was getting bored of watching American reality

TV shows from my perch, racing the guy next to me just to keep things interesting, (even though he was completely unaware of this intense, yet unspoken, competition). It also occurred to me how strange it is that we live in a society where we have to dedicate certain hours of the day to movement, even though we don’t actually get anywhere as a result. My daily trips to the gym, once a source of inspiration and greatness, began to trigger existentialist thoughts, the movie WALL-E a constant theme. So ParticipACTION is shaking things up. I don’t know yet what else will be on the list, but with 150 options to choose from, it should be easy to pick something different to try daily. It doesn’t take much to meet the minimum daily fitness requirements, and yet it’s so easy to fall into a fireside, cheese-eating habit when the weather turns. Apparently, Canada is among the top countries in the world for investing in fitness infrastructure – arenas, gyms and the like – and yet fewer than 10 per cent of kids here are getting the 60 minutes per day of physical activity. At last check, nearly nine in 10 Canadian adults weren’t getting the 2.5 hours of weekly fitness recommended. So, cheese be gone! I’m heading out to buy some snowshoes!

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Valid concerns raised about policing


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

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

Challenge for the new year: smart car meets dumb street


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

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

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Algonquin College is expecting to see double the amount of American students in the next school year.

American students looking to schools north of the border By Jennifer McIntosh

Algonquin College communications director Scott Anderson says applications by American students have nearly doubled. “Traffic to our website from the U.S. increased by 42 per cent from Nov. 8 to 9,” Anderson said of the day following Donald Trump’s victory in the U.S. presidential election. Anderson said applications from our neighbours to the south have almost doubled in the last year — with many students starting as soon as this month. Anderson said the applications are for a variety of disciplines. The school’s total student population is 22,000. There are currently 2,000 international students registered at the college. Anderson said in the last few years the largest cohort of international students came from India. “It used to be China,” he said. Anderson said the college is looking at expanding its marketing to the U.S. “The American market has never been traditionally strong

for us,” he said. “We are putting together a marketing team to tackle that.” Anderson said American students still pay international tuition rates, but the cultural shock is relatively minimal. “It’s an attractive market for us,” he said. As well, Algonquin alumni have made their impact south of the border for years, Anderson said, adding that a former student of the college’s animation program recently received a Golden Globe for their work on the film Zootopia. BY THE NUMBERS

According to the Canadian Bureau for International Education, there were 353,000 international students studying in Canada in 2015. There was an 83-per-cent increase in the international student population since 2008. The bureau says international students contribute $8 billion annually to the Canadian economy in expenditures that include tuition and living expenses. In 2015, just shy of four per cent of those students came from the US. China made


up the largest cohort, with 110,918 students — or 32 per cent of the international student population. Anderson said demographics are responsible for the lower enrolment of domestic students. To stay competitive, the college has been marketing itself as a destination for international students for a long time. The University of Ottawa has also seen an increase in web traffic from the U.S. Isabelle Mailoux Pulkinghorn, a media relations manager for the university, wrote in an email that there has been a surge in interest following the American election. Pulkinghorn said there has been a 192 per cent increase in the number of visits to the University of Ottawa website by American students post election. “This is almost three times more than last year at the same time of the year,” she said. Students from New York state make up 21 per cent of those visits, followed by California, then Texas. A spokesperson from Carleton University said registration numbers wouldn’t be available until the spring.

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Fundraising underway to refurbish school yard By Melissa Murray

In drier months, the yard of Connaught Public School looks more like a dust bowl than a play area. To help change that, a fundraising campaign is underway to fund two phases of revitalization. The first aims to replace a 25-year-old kindergarten play structure. With or without the funds, that structure will be removed this summer, according to parent council chair Sophia Wong. The school, located on Gladstone between Rosemount and Parkdale avenues in Hintonburg, has two yards, one for kindergarten students and another for students in grades 1 to 6. The kindergarten structure will cost about $80,000 – that includes the price tag for a rubberized surface that is not only accessible, but also lasts longer and doesn’t require budgeting ongoing maintenance. But if the funds don’t come in, a mulch surface, costing less but needing regular maintenance, could be installed instead, Wong said. A rubberized surface would also mean less mulch coming home in students’ shoes at the end of the day, joked Wong, a mother of a Grade 5 student and senior kindergarten student. Replacing the kindergarten playground is just the start. A second phase for the revitalization of the yard, addresses an area that used to be lush with trees and grass in the yard for students in the junior grades. Phase two will seek to put in an artificial turf field, but that too comes with a hefty price tag of up to $120,000. When boundaries for the school were redrawn, Connaught Public School reached capacity, meaning many more students are using the already crowded space. The yard has even been impacted by intense development happening in Kitchissippi. Since the school backs onto an under construction 13-storey development, a number of trees were removed, taking out some shade the students previously enjoyed. To make sure

the students are safe from the construction next door, about five metres of the already crowded yard is also being used for safety fencing. To compensate the school, the developer paid about $35,000, which is going towards the revitalization of the yard, and will help kickstart the fundraising initiative. “It’s been quite traumatic for the kids,” Wong said of losing the trees and space the students enjoying at recess. During an event this fall, the Terry Fox Run, kids were even running into each other in the cramped quarters, she said. “Five metres makes a big difference.” So even if the fundraising initiative doesn’t reach its goal, Wong is hoping to replace some of those trees, not only for shade, but also for privacy from the building next door. “Recess is as much a part of learning as school is,” she said of the importance of redoing the space. Fundraising initially got started last fall after the Oct. 25 ribbon cutting for an outdoor classroom with seating for 25 when an existing pergola was transformed with funding from the TD Friends of the Environment Foundation. The fundraising initiative has also received $7,500 in funding from the city to be matched by the school board and parents. For more information or to donate, visit



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Ottawa fire pawses to reflect on another year By Melissa Murray

Last year may have been the Year of the Monkey, but for Ottawa firefighters it was all about man’s best friend. “It was definitely the year of the dog,” said public information officer Capt. Danielle Cardinal, as she outlined some of the dog rescues and dog heroes of 2016. There was Moss, a retired sled dog adopted by Spadina Avenue residents, who alerted its owners of an apartment fire which caused $1.1 million in damage in Hintonburg this April. It displaced about 20 people. And in June, dog Kayla barked to alert its Constance Bay family to a fire on Bayview Road. That home was completely engulfed by the time firefighters arrived, but because of Kayla, everyone got out safely, Cardinal said. While sometimes the dogs are the heroes of the story, there are other times they need a helping hand. Kanata pup Luna had its tiny paw stuck in the drain of

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Ottawa fire’s public information officer Capt. Danielle Cardinal reflects back on 2016, noting for firefighters there were many dog-related calls, off-duty firefighters sniffing out fires and many community events throughout the year. the kitchen sink and needed a little help from firefighters from station 42. But none of those stories got quite the same attention as a black and white dog spotted on the roof of a Barrhaven home just weeks before Christmas. Firefighters performed a rooftop rescue on Sorento Street

after the dog made its way out a window while its owners were nowhere to be found. Local and international media outlets picked up the story about the dog and the firefighters’ efforts and it’s Cardinal’s job to let people know why these are important stories to tell. She’s linking them to fire

safety and prevention topics – often highlighting the need to move over for emergency vehicles, stand by your pan, or explaining why firefighters should be called when pets find themselves in slippery situations. That was obvious during one Kanata call this winter when a dog ended up in chest-deep

water at a retention pond near Coldwater Crescent, and four people attempting to help also had to be pulled from the icy water. Firefighters know all too well that if a pet’s in trouble, its owner is bound to try and help, often putting their own safety at risk. Much like a dog with a bone, firefighters in 2016 — as in previous years – were the first to sniff out a fire on their way around town. “Firefighters are never really off duty. They have an extra level of awareness,” Cardinal said. That level of awareness made the difference on several occasions, she said. The first case this year was in April when an off-duty firefighter reported smoke visible from the eaves and roof of a home on Greenbank Drive near Barrhaven. Then just six days later, Capt. Mike Deavy had just completed a 24-hour shift when he spotted tire tracks leading into a field. At Eagleson and Rushmore roads in Richmond he found a woman trapped in her vehicle that was

flipped upside down, covered in a layer of frost. Deavy got a hacksaw from his vehicle, freed the woman and got her out of the cold as she was suffering from symptoms associated with hypothermia. Then in July, another offduty firefighter, Michael Kaine, noticed smoke coming from a five-unit row home and started to evacuate residents. In that case, a grease fire caused $60,000 worth of damage, but there were no injuries reported. When firefighters aren’t fighting fires, freeing children’s fingers from pipes or laundry baskets, or training to make sure they are prepared for whatever comes their way, they’re out in the community. Throughout 2016, firefighters educated Syrian refugees about fire prevention and safety, handed out bike lights to cyclists, helped with the city’s sinkhole, raised money for front-line workers by completing the push up challenge, and collected toys during the annual Santa Claus Parade. “Firefighters are members of the community too. We want people to feel welcome at our stations and understand we love the city and we have their back,” Cardinal said.

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City Councillor/Conseiller Municipal River Ward/Quartier Rivière Public Consultation – Kingston Ave Development I am hosting a public open house/consultation on Tuesday January 17, 2017 from 6:30-8:30pm at the Alexander Community Centre, 960 Silver Street regarding a proposal to build new residences on Kingston Avenue. The development would consist of a rezoning application to allow for the construction of 10 new houses along Kingston Avenue at the rear of the Turnbull School property. I am hosting a public meeting with J.D. Turnbull Development Inc. in order to discuss the project with local residents and listen to your feedback regarding the proposal. The development is proposed for an 80 metre stretch of vacant land (excess of the school property) at the southeast end of Kingston Ave. This land also backs onto the Experimental Farm.


Baseline Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) On February 1, the City’s Transportation Committee will be asked to approve the functional design for the Baseline Road Bus Rapid Transit corridor. The proposed Baseline Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) travels along the Richmond-Baseline-Heron corridor is a strategic transit project that will expand and connect Ottawa’s existing and planned Transitway and Light Rail Transit (LRT) network. It will be a cross-town transit facility that bypasses the downtown. The recommended plan features median bus lanes for most of the 14km corridor which will provide separation of Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) from other traffic. It will improve transit travel time and offer a reliable service that is not susceptible to traffic delays or congestion. The 24 new transit stations will provide opportunities for land use intensification and will enable continued travel growth in future as the corridor redevelops and ridership increases. The plan maintains two lanes in each direction for general traffic. It also includes 23 km of sidewalks, 22 km of cycle tracks, 4 km of Multi-Use Pathway (MUP), and 1.5 km of on-road/ shoulder bike lanes to encourage walking and cycling and enable an accessible, safe, and comfortable travel environment along the corridor. There will be a landscaped “Shelterbelt” along the Central Experimental Farm’s frontage which will provide a specific arrangement of trees and shrubs to reduce the effects of snow-drift and erosion on the Farm’s fields. The cost estimate for the Bus Rapid Corridor from Heron Station to Baseline Station is $138 million. If you have specific comments that you would like to share with, please do so prior to the February 1 Transportation Committee meeting. Ottawa Police to Ticket Stop-Sign Runners During the month of January, the Ottawa Police’s Traffic Enforcement Units will be focusing their attention on stop-sign runners. Between 2011 and 2015, there were 3,172 collisions involving drivers who failed to stop at stop signs. These collisions resulted in 1,002 injuries and 6 fatalities. The Police will also focus on drivers who follow too close. During the same time period, drivers who followed too close caused 13,823 traffic collisions, resulting in 3,179 injuries and 2 fatalities. Please help keep River Ward safe and drive responsibly.

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Starting Jan. 1, Ottawa residents might find it hard to keep track of all the events planned for the nation’s capital to celebrate Canada’s 150th birthday. In an effort to help residents stay abreast of all that is going on to celebrate the anniversary in 2017, Metroland Media has created a special Ottawa 2017 calendar that highlights the city’s history since 1867. Cheryl Hammond, director of advertising for the Ottawa region of Metroland Media, joined forces with editorin-chief Ryland Coyne and managing editor Theresa Fritz to create a calendar as a special 2017 memento. “I think the photos are really special,” Hammond said. “It took us a long time to do it, because there were so many pictures to choose from.” The calendar costs $5 and a portion of the proceeds will be divided to help two charities located in the Ottawa area — Dreams Take Flight, which takes physically, mentally or socially challenged children on a trip of a lifetime to Disney World in Florida, and Hospice Care Ottawa. To find just the right photos for the calendar, Hammond, Coyne and Fritz spent time at the City of Ottawa Archives, combing through 150 years worth of pictures. Hammond said it was incredibly difficult to pick only 12 to feature per month. Coyne said many of the photos take him back in time, when he was growing up in the city, adding he hopes the photos do the same for the city’s residents. According to Coyne, the front photo of the the Château Laurier was chosen for a number of reasons. “The Château Laurier is such an iconic building in the downtown and has been in the news lately with its expansion plans,” he explained. “And the scene closes a chapter on one aspect of the city’s transportation history – celebrating the last streetcars – at a time when we are opening a new one with the historic light-rail project.” Pictures featured include a young Barbara Ann Scott, the Rideau Canal, the Ottawa Senators in 1927, Elvis at the Ottawa Auditorium in 1957, streetcars on Sparks Street and the ByWard Market over the years. There are 10,000 copies of the calendar for sale, which are available at all nine Kardish Health Food Centres, all three Ottawa Freshco stores and the Carleton Place Freshco, and at Home Hardware stores in Leitrim, Orléans, Manotick, Bridlewood and Richmond.

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Traffic, intensification, crime major challenges in Ottawa West This summer we announced the environmental assessment for LRT from Bayshore to Kanata. The EA is starting in the New Year and is expected to take two years to complete. We are making large investments in our city while continuing to deliver improvements to our local neighbourhoods. This EA will help transform the west end of Ottawa by significantly increasing transportation options. This fall I was re-elected to the Association of Municipalities Ontario board of directors, regional and single tier caucus. In this position, I will continue to help set policy for the association and serve as a key municipal leader in the province. AMO is a non-profit representing almost all of Ontario’s 444 municipal governments and provides me an opportunity to share Ottawa’s concerns and add a strong voice in discussions with the province. One of the biggest challenges for Bay Ward and many of the wards across the city is traffic-related issues. Traffic is a significant challenge and has

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Last year, Ottawa West’s councillors and residents grappled with issues around traffic, rising costs, intensification, violence and community safety. In a year-in-review questionnaire, Couns. Mark Taylor, Rick Chiarelli, Jeff Leiper and Riley Brockington weighed in on the year’s challenges, what they are looking forward to in 2017, some budget highlights for their wards and also some personal goals for the year ahead. Bay Ward – Coun. Mark Taylor

Whether I am meeting with residents to discuss traffic calming measures, helping with housing issues or building awareness for our important community events, I am always encouraged by the kindness and generosity I see in Ottawa residents, particularly those from Bay Ward. 2016 was no different and I continue to feel honoured to represent the residents from my ward.

Coun. Mark Taylor been vocalized at a number of the community and public meetings I’ve held over the past year. We’ve made a number of positive changes, using our traffic calming budget and all other measures at our disposal to make Bay Ward a safer place. However, we still have a number of improvements left to make. I often hear from residents with concerns about rising costs across the city. Bay Ward residents have been vocal in their desire to keep the city affordable to all who inhabit it. Our focus is on keeping people

in their homes and keeping taxes stable, but we can always do more to help those residents in need. I believe in a community where everyone matters and heading into 2017 our plans will help strengthen Ottawa’s social infrastructure immediately and for years to come. A new low-income transit pass, an additional $610,000 in funding for community and social service agencies and continued investment in affordable housing will all help our city support all Ottawa residents. Bay Ward residents can also look forward to some improved transportation connectivity, safety improvements and parks programs and facilities upgrades including: • $12 million investment for the design and preparatory work for the West Transitway Extension • $3 million in funding being committed to look at delivering LRT from Bayshore to Kanata earlier than planned • $291,000 road resurfacing on Richmond Road, from Pinecrest to Carling Avenue • 17 new buses rolling out to

transit customers, improving reliability during peak hours • Adding 25 new police officers and 24 new paramedics The city is also investing $21 million for rehabilitation of parks and recreation facilities, which includes: Foster Farm Community Centre, Belltown, Dome, Britannia trolley shelter, Frank Ryan Fieldhouse, Maki Park playground, McEwen Park playground, Carlingwood library, and others. I am working hard to make sure that LRT serves residents in Bay Ward, with as few disruptions as possible. Over the last year we held a number of public consultations, and we will continue to keep the community involved in all future plans. The Carling Avenue community improvement plan is an opportunity to provide a visual facelift to Carling west in the new year. Our primary goal is to stimulate business investment, urban renewal and property improvements in the area while creating good jobs and a walkable community. However, we still have a long way to go – but with sound

working partnerships I think we can make some significant improvements. I was honoured to be appointed as the special liaison on housing and homelessness for Ottawa. In this role I am continuing to push to end homelessness by 2023. I am eager to continue working with Coun. Diane Deans, Coun. Jan Harder, and Coun. Mathieu Fleury as we continue to collaborate with our provincial and federal counterparts and seek more ways to involve community and private partners too. I am encouraged by our early efforts, and am committed to ensure Ottawa is a community where everyone has a home, because everyone matters. College Ward – Coun. Rick Chiarelli

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Chiarelli looking forward to a repeat Grey Cup win in 2017 Continued from page 16

There was also the street renaming initiative, which took off with two new streets being named after trailblazing women who should have been commemorated years ago. In Bells Corners, I helped to get council to pass a community improvement plan for Bells Corners that provides incentives for the modernization of the Bells Corners strip and seizes the opportunities of the upcoming influx of nearly 10,000 Department of National Defence employees. The biggest challenge in 2016 was getting the city to move to a more fiscally responsible approach to the municipal debt, which has more than doubled in five years. Today’s debt is tomorrow’s tax increases. Another challenge was getting the police to recognize that there are members of council that are here to help if they need more resources to help fight against the record number of shootings that we have endured. Hitting a tax target is our job, but so is ensuring core services have the resources they need.

Coun. Rick Chiarelli I am looking forward to Henry Burris leading Ottawa to a repeat Grey Cup appearance to cap off his phenomenal career and Canada’s 150th birthday in 2017. As part of the group that highlighted some of the things missing in the 2016 budget, I am pleased to see them added in for this coming year, such as low-income bus pass, enabling residents to keep their jobs, get to appointments, helping them be more productive. Residents in my ward can also look forward to the money to complete the reconstruction of Doug

Frobel Park. The mayor’s budget process included a promise of a new and responsible long-range financial plan for the city. We have more than doubled our debt in five years, and we still have to pay for much of light rail stage 1 and all of our share of light rail stage 2 while also dealing with a huge deficit in our basic infrastructure. We need a plan that addresses these things and sets out a repayment plan for the debt. This year, we’ll take major steps in our Bells Corners recovery plan by getting the most out of the influx of nearly 10,000 DND employees and our new CIP incentive program to revitalize Bells Corners. I also want to push for sensible elements to the new long-range financial plan. Kitchissippi Ward – Coun. Jeff Leiper

The highlight of 2016 was opening the field house at Van Lang. My team and I had to be nimble and innovative to get that on track. We’re trying a very interesting partnership to run it,

and it’s beginning to fulfill the promise of becoming a community hub. Helping get the SJAM winter trail underway was another high point. We just passed a budget that includes a greater level of funding for our community partners, and introduces a low-income transit pass. I was very pleased to see the fruits of so many key partners’ and my and other councillors’ efforts pay off in this budget. Our Rosemount library consultations were also something of which I’m proud. The relationship between city hall and residents was becoming adversarial; our consultations helped develop that discussion into a collaboration. Lastly, I’d say I was very happy with the co-operation I had with residents to stop a drivethrough proposal at the corner of Island Park and Richmond. It wasn’t clear for a couple of months that we were going to be successful in that, but the unified ward voice, for once, prevailed. We’ve had a tough second half of the year. Beginning with

Abdirahman Abdi’s death in the summer, then recent incidents of hate graffiti and then the recent violence in Hintonburg have been challenging to deal with. I’ve done my best to help bring people together to re-assert our values in Kitchissippi around tolerance and generosity, and

Coun. Jeff Leiper to help residents navigate the resources available to them. The circumstances around those are complex, but I hope residents know they have an ally at city hall. Residents in this ward contin-

ue to face challenges around intensification without commensurate investments in our hard and soft infrastructure. The new residents keep coming, and we’re not going to stop every new development. But growth has challenges around traffic, parks, recreation facilities, transit service and more. We’re getting the infill and towers envisioned by the Official Plan, but the other end of the bargain isn’t being held up. My team and I, working with Wesley Petite, have undertaken a big consultation on how to spend future parks money. I’ve been looking forward to this almost since taking office. Based on the first round of workshops, it looks like residents are demonstrating empathy and generosity in considering the ward’s needs, not just their local park. I’m encouraged, and looking forward to unveiling a final plan this year. If all the stars align, we might be able to join Champlain Park to the SJAM park by de-paving a portion of Pontiac. I’m cautiously optimistic on that front. See Brockington’s, page 19

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The snow budget is a critical item on my watch list. I believe that we’ve been underfunding snow operations by around $10 million a year for many years now. This budget adds $4.5 million to the envelope, and staff have assured us they’ve found better ways to deliver the service. I’m taking them at their word this year. The other discussion that will likely ramp up in 2017 is arts funding. Lots of money is going into some worthwhile capital projects such as Arts Court, but operational funding – grants to artists, festivals and organizations – is lagging. Residents have heard me say many times that culture is critical to our sustainability. I hope 2017 is the year in which we make greater strides towards supporting it. The intensification/sustainability question will be with us for years. Our willingness as a city to balance intensification in our neighbourhood with investments in the mitigations we’ll need to maintain quality of life

is still not there. If we continue to constrain tax growth to very low – and I consider arbitrary – levels, maintaining our parks or investing in traffic calming will be challenging. Development in Kitchissippi is still the wild west, and probably will be without some important culture shifts. Affordability is only going to increase as an issue in the ward through 2017. My commitment is to continue to support initiatives such as John Howard, the Mission and Cornerstone have proposed for our community as a check on unrestrained gentrification. I’ve been working closely with Ottawa’s music industry to try to build a lasting and positive impact from the Junos this year. I’d like to move a new field house at Laroche Park from a consensus that it’s something we need to do into more concrete planning. And, the complete street treatment for Scott post-bus-detour will be a challenging discussion this year. City hall and I have different understandings of the timing for that, and my job will be to

accomplish that sooner rather than later. River Ward – Coun. Riley Brockington

Some of the highlights in River Ward this year included the naming of the Heron Road Workers Memorial Bridge, getting the Sens Rink in Alexander Park, celebrating the 50th anniversary of the Alexander Community Centre and moving forward with the partnership between the city and the Ottawa Mountain Bike Association on Carlington Hill. Some other highlights for residents also included expanding the Carlington Community Health Centre, adding new traffic calming initiatives, adding new Greek street sign blades for the Hellenic Festival and having Uber come to the city. But issues relating to community safety also challenged River Ward. A record number of shootings in the city and homicides in the ward have elevated concerns among residents and business owners. I have led a


Coun. Riley Brockington number of local, grassroots initiatives that encouraged Neighbourhood Watch programs, safety audit walks, education campaigns, safety night open houses with guest speakers, greater awareness and emphasized the need to report matters to the police or Ottawa bylaw and even to myself. I look forward to working with the Ottawa Hospital as they commence their plans to relocate the Civic Hospital into River Ward and to encourage them to host preliminary meetings in the ward to foster

positive relations with the local community, to better explain how the public will be engaged and their specific timelines for this project moving forward. I also look forward to continued progress on the LRT Stage 1 as the city gets closer to the Summer 2018 opening and local celebrations for Canada 150th birthday. In the 2017 budget, residents should keep an eye on a major capital project to replace water and wastewater infrastructure under Dynes Road and a small section of Prince of Wales. There will also be major work done on the Carlington Hill water reservoir and preliminary work on the Baseline Road rapid bus corridor will continue. Securing adequate resources from the Ottawa Police Services to serve the community – both reactively when needed and as importantly, proactively – to engage the community, make local connections with community leaders, residents and business owners and address matters before crime occurs will remain a challenge

into 2017. Through 2017, there will be a continued strong focus on community safety. I’ll be pushing for new traffic calming initiatives and looking forward to the potential renovation and expansion of the Hog’s Back Boys and Girls Club and planting of the Canada 150 maple garden in Moffat Farm Veterans Park. My goal is to continue collaboration with the local festivals that are held every summer to address and mitigate issues that impact the local residential communities. The city will host an open house in the winter to unveil plans to create a community design plan for Merivale Road north in Carlington. I’ll be pushing for increased efforts to work with Ottawa Community Housing to address delinquent issues with their housing units and to proactively address security issues with tenants and/ or their guests, as well as working with the Caldwell Family House to secure a new site for an expanded centre to offer much needed programming and services to their clients.

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Ottawa performers use art to talk about sexual violence The Ghomeshi Effect coming to Gladstone Theatre By Brier Dodge

After the Jian Ghomeshi trial, in which the former CBC radio host was found not guilty of sexual assault charges, social media was abuzz. People from all over were sharing their stories of sexual assault and violence, and it didn’t go unnoticed. The phenomenon was dubbed “The Ghomeshi Effect” by several media outlets, and is the inspiration behind Jessica Ruano and Amelia Griffin’s new verbatim dancetheatre production that will run at the Gladstone Theatre and in Orléans in the new year. The show features performers reciting lines word-forword from interviews Ruano, who grew up in Blackburn Hamlet, did early in 2016, while performing dance choreographed by Griffin in an approximately 90 minute, one act show. “The thing that stood out to me the most is how many people wanted to talk about sexual violence. In order for

things to change (the discussion) happens through conversation, through creating art,” Griffin said. “There’s a ripple effect.” Everyone Ruano interviewed had either been sexually assaulted, or is involved in the justice system surrounding sexual assault. She started looking for interviewees the day of the verdict in the Ghomeshi trial, and had people reach out to her quickly. As Ruano explained how she talked to people of all types — not sticking to one gender, race, socioeconomic status or sexual orientation — Griffin outstretched her arms across the table, her choreographer’s way of showing how broad a range of people sexual violence affects. When the performers get the script, they don’t know anything about the person who originally said their lines, said cast member Mekdes Teshome. “I don’t know races, I don’t know classes – I don’t have a vision of what people look like,” she said. The cast will perform contemporary-style dance through the show, which is surprisingly optimistic despite the heavy material, said Ruano. “In some ways the movement softens it, and in others,

it makes it stronger,” she said. But because it’s such a sensitive topic and the art piece is intended to spark conversations, there will be a counsellor available at each of the shows in case someone needs to leave, or talk with someone. Each of the shows will also have events before, and a talk back event after to discuss sexual violence and the content of the show. MEAN TWEETS

When word got out about a grant application to the Ontario Arts Council in August, hundreds of negative tweets and social media comments were made regarding the show. Most of the commenters thought the show was about Jian Ghomeshi – who isn’t a character in the show, and opposed public funds going towards the production. “Some people on Twitter seemed to be angry about the title we’re using,” Ruano said. “I think in their perspective, women lie about these kind of things.” The show’s creators decided to stand up to the people making the tweets – though some commenters were open to having a dialogue and share their own past and stories – by having a fundraising event. The event was called Mean

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Golden Triangle’s Jessica Ruano (left), Sandy Hill’s Mekdes Teshome and Centretown resident Amelia Griffin will all be a part of The Ghomeshi Effect show taking place at the Gladstone Theatre at the end of January. The performance will also come to the Shenkman Arts Centre in Orléans. Tweets: The Ghomeshi Effect, and was a reading of the angry tweets that had been made about the show and the artists. “We need to keep going with what we believe is the right thing,” Griffin said. AOE ARTS

The show was recently announced as part of the 201617 ARTicipate Endowment

Fund grant recipients from the AOE Arts Council, which is based in Orléans. In total, 10 projects received $20,975 to support the development of work that will be shown in Orléans at the Shenkman Arts Centre. The Ghomeshi Effect was awarded $2,325 towards the cost of production. Putting on a professional production and paying per-

forming artists a respectable wage means shows can often cost more than they make in ticket sales, so grants and funding are essential for projects such as The Ghomeshi Effect to exist, Runao and Griffin said. The Ghomesi Effect will run at the Gladstone Theatre from Jan. 19 to 28 and at the Shenkman Arts Centre on Feb. 2.

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Much ado about linen hankies


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


Memories and that was all that mattered. I had a hard time paying attention to my lessons that day, and wanted so badly to tell everyone that the hanky, which had cost 19 cents at Walker’s Store in Renfrew, was now tucked neatly into the cuff of my teacher’s dress sleeve. And as often happened to me, my mind wandered that day. With my work done and my scribbler closed, I thought a lot about hankies. Girls and women called

them hankies, whereas boys and men called them handkerchiefs. Father’s weren’t fancy or white like Uncle Lou’s. Father’s were either navy or red with dots and squares. He wore his tucked into his back pocket, and it served many purposes besides being used to blow his nose. It cleaned pieces of machinery, wiped the toes of his Sunday shoes, and polished his pipe. My sister Audrey and I had what we called school hankies, which were plain

white squares, and then we had one special one which we took to church on Sundays. A plain white hankie held every cent I owned. This is where young girls tied the few pennies they had into a corner of the hankie, and of course, it was tucked away for safe keeping, out of sight in case a brother decided to help himself to a penny or two. That day in school, when I let my mind wander, I thought too of Mother and her hankies. She had several fancy hankies, one of which she always carried in her purse. And before going into town, or to visit, she took her bottle of “Evening In Paris” cologne, and gave the hankie a good dash so that every time she opened her purse, she smelled like the perfume counter at Ritza’s Drug Store in Renfrew. Of course, these hankies were never used for their

original purpose ... no, that was when the square patch of white linen came into use. It was Aunt Lizzie from Regina whose hankies gave me the most interest. Of course, hers were of the finest linen, and not one was just a plain hankie. They were edged in lace, were bigger than the one’s Mother had, and were as white as the driven snow, and many had fine coloured embroidery on the corners. But it was what she did with them that interested me more. Aunt Lizzie was what Mother called “well endowed” which took me ages to figure out. She too kept her hankies well sprinkled with toilet water. Which meant you always knew where she was. Even if she walked by the back of your chair, you caught the scent of the toilet water. Lacking a place to put her hankie if she wasn’t going anywhere in particular, she would plunge it down the front of her dress into goodness knows where. And when she needed it, she wasn’t the least bit embarrassed to reach

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

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

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

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

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The Ottawa Humane Society Auxiliary welcomes new members to help raise money to support the animals. Join us at our monthly business meeting 1:30 to 3 p.m. at the animal shelter, 245 West Hunt Club Rd. behind Hunt Club Nissan. Refreshments are served and all are welcome. For more information, call Linda 613-823-6770 or go to

Jan. 10

Ottawa Lifelong Learning for Older Adults (55 plus) will host Lisa Sullivan, Executive Director of Hospice Care Ottawa at 10 a.m. at St Timothy’s Church 2400 Alta Vista Dr. Come join us. Contact Ann Coolen 613749-0704. Ottawa West Christian Women’s Connection Event: at 9:15 a.m. Featuring speaker Lynne Dixon: topic “Home Sweet Home” and Singer Rev. Jim Baldwin. Also featuring Erin Langiano and laughter yoga. At Arlington Woods Hall, 225 McClelland Ave. $5 and first timers $2. Fun, food, door prizes and childcare. For Reservations, call 613721-1257. Sponsored by RSVP Ministries. The PROBUS club of Western Ottawa meets on the second Tuesday of each month at 10 a.m. at 33 Leacock Dr. Kanata. Featuring a coffee and guest speaker executive director of CAVCOE will speak on how automated cars are here to stay. The PROBUS club is for retired and semi-retired men and women who appreciate and value opportunities to meet others with similar interests. For more information, call Pat Thompson at 613-5911390.

Jan. 17

Looking for a new activity in 2017? Come try modern square dancing with the Meri Squares Square Dancing Club. Lots of fun and friendships. New dancers (couples

and singles) are invited to join us for a free open house on January 17 from 7:30 - 9:30. at 470 Roosevelt Ave, Call Lamar at 613-221-9188 for more information.

Jan. 27

ARTS NIGHT, 7.30pm. Please come and see Ingrid McCarthy (a.k.a. Rose D. Franklin), writer; Marie Daoust, visual artist and Scott Voelzing, musical artist, talk about, demonstrate or perform their art. First Unitarian Church, 30 Cleary Ave. (off Richmond Rd.) Admission: $5. Information: 613725-1066.

Feb. 2

The Ottawa Humane Society Auxiliary welcomes new members to help raise money to support the animals. Join us at our monthly business meeting 1:30 - 3 pm Thursday February 2nd, 2017 at the animal shelter, 245 West Hunt Club Rd behind Hunt Club Nissan. Refreshments are served and all are welcome. For more information, call Linda 613-823-6770 or go to

Feb. 16

The new Ottawa-based notfor-profit Youth Experience Project is hosting a fundraiser to help provide Ottawa children-in-need with unique experiences. The event takes place on Feb. 16, beginning at 6 p.m., at the Red Lion Public House, located in the ByWard Market at 47 Clarence St. Have your photo taken with a cosplayer, play with a VR headset and experiment with greenscreen technology – all by donation. For details, visit


Practise 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 from 5:15 to

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Season opening

Helen Adams, 9, and Deb Ashby glide over a hill behind the Canadian War Museum for the season launch of the Sir John A Macdonald Winter trail on Jan. 9. The 16-kilometre winter trail winds along the Ottawa River pathway, connecting the museum all the way to Westboro Beach. 6:30 p.m. E-mail or visit our website www.losamigos. ca.


CHARA, your local community association, is searching for volunteers to fill open positions on our board of directors. CHARA holds meetings on the last Tuesday of the month starting at 6:30 p.m. As well, we are looking for volunteers to work on the community rink. and for supervision during the winter. Email Set aside Tuesday mornings with the Painters’ Circle. We are a friendly group with a wide range of painting experience from beginners to people who sell their work. All media are welcome including oils. This is not a class. We meet in the Unitarian Church on Cleary Avenue. Please drop in, but first contact Clea Derwent for further details at or 613-

694-0505. Positive birth and natural parenting meetings on the second Tuesday of each month 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Peer-to-peer support, empower yourself and meet like-minded women and build community. To RSVP and for address, please contact Leslie amagicalbirth@ or call 613829-8511.


The Nepean-Kanata Rotary Club meets every Thursday at 6 p.m. at the Holiday Inn & Suites in Kanata, 101 Kanata Ave. For details, visit Toastmasters meet every Thursday at the Bells Corners Legion, 4026 Richmond Rd. with a 6:45 p.m. meet and greet and 7 p.m. meeting. Call 613 828-3862. The weekly Quilting and Craft Group at the Riverside United Church meets

Thursdays, from 1 to 3 p.m. The church is located at 3191 Riverside Dr. No experience is required. Join us for handwork, conversation and light refreshments. For information, call the church office at 613-733-7735.


Hospice Care Ottawa offers Day Hospice programs at the Ruddy-Shenkman Hospice, 110 McCurdy Dr. These programs are open to individuals living with a life-limiting illness. Other programs are available to support caregivers and those who are bereaved. Our nurses will visit you to provide assessment. All programs and services are provided at no charge. Call 613-591-6002, ext. 23 for more information. The Salvation Army needs Christmas Kettle volunteers! Just two hours of your time can make a lasting difference. We have 38 indoor kettle locations in shopping areas all around

the city. For more info or to sign up visit www. ott awaboot hc e nt kettle-campaign or call Kristine 613-241-1573, ext. 307. The Kanata Food Cupboard is looking for adults who can volunteer on a regular or casual basis. If you are available weekday mornings, have a larger-sized vehicle (e.g. SUV, van, truck) and are comfortable with lifting boxes of food, please contact 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. For more information visit our website at or email Marilyn at newcomersclubottawa@

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