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EMC news – OC Transpo thinks it’s a better idea to make money off live GPS transit data than to release it openly to the public, the city’s transit commission heard at a meeting on Jan. 17. Previously, OC Transpo general manager Alain Mercier promised the bus location information would be released as “open data” when the transit agency could ensure its accuracy through technology upgrades. Despite promising that information would be open to the public as recently at December, Mercier now says he will leave the decision up to the transit commission. The group will be charged with deciding what’s more important: potential advertising revenue from the only mobile app that can show real-time bus locations, or the city’s commitment to transparency through its open data initiative. An OC Transpo marketing plan says the transit agency could stand to raise $1.1 million by 2014 by leveraging the

real-time bus-location data. That dilemma won’t face the commission for another few months (likely in the summer), as OC Transpo awaits information from the market and advertisers about how much transit advertising opportunities – including ads on an app – are worth to them. The loss of potential revenue isn’t the only cost of making the data open, said Robert Delage, an OC Transpo technology manager who explained the issue to transit commissioners. The bus-location information would be the first “live” open data stream the city would provide (all other streams are static), and there is a cost involved with maintaining that type of information and hosting it, Delage said. Developing an app to interpret the data requires “deep knowledge” of the transit system, Delage said. The city did release a buslocation data briefly during its Apps4Ottawa contest in 2010 and early 2011, and transit apps were very popular. See TIERNEY on page 5

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Nepean High School student Ben Murchison serves up some food at the high school’s 12th annual spaghetti dinner fundraiser. This year, money raised went to Connaught Public School. For the full story, see page 9.

Wellington West residents look for CDP answers Kristy Wallace

A play exploring issues surrounding human trafficking is set to take the stage in Westboro next month. – Page 28

EMC news – Wellington West residents filed into a church hall to hear about the guidelines that shape what their community could look like for years to come. The neighbourhood’s community association held a meeting to try and clarify some things about their recently adapted community design

plan, a document that guides any future development happening in a community. The plan was adopted last spring and includes a sixstorey height limit along the community’s main street. Sites that aren’t subject to the six-storey rule include 345 Carleton Ave., 1451 Wellington St. and 369 Island Park Dr. On these sites, a developer can use Section 37 of the Plan-

ning Act which allows them to add height to a development in exchange for a community benefit. “This is a chance for us to explore our own CDP and focus on the future,” said Katie Paris, president of the Wellington Village Community Association. City staff outlined to residents how the community design plan works and left

time for questions from about the 40 to 50 residents who attended. Daniel Buckles, a resident from Champlain Park, said he was concerned that a six-storey height limit on Wellington Village’s main street would mean that higher height and density would get pushed off the main thoroughfare and into the neighbourhood. Richard Kilstrom from the

City of Ottawa said that would be “unlikely.” “Generally you might get a double from a single home, but that’s it,” said Kilstrom. Jay Baltz, a Hintonburg resident who’s also on the Hintonburg Community Association executive, asked about re-zoning of properties to make a property higher and denser than what is zoned. See PRECEDENT on page 6

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an information session about Alzheimer’s and dementia. Six months later, Marier found out his mother had Alzheimer’s when he read a pamphlet about it at the doctor’s office. She was referred to a memory clinic, and was diagnosed. “It wasn’t the best news we’d ever gotten,” said Marier, adding that he retired about three years ago and has now taken on a new full-time job – caring for Mary. “I gradually inherited more and more responsibilities ranging from cooking, cleaning

EMC news – Jeff Marier had no idea his mother, Mary, was showing the signs of Alzheimer’s disease until he broke his leg back in 2005. Stuck at home, he suddenly started noticing his mother would repeat stories to him. She would ask him the same questions over and over again, and would even get lost in the house. “I filed it in the back of my mind,” said Marier, who spoke at the Hellenic Meeting and Reception Centre on Jan. 19 at

cations are on the market to help slow down the process of memory loss. “There’s a massive effort around the world to find new treatments,” he said. “There’s a great, great need for more.” Frank also distinguished between what constitutes normal memory loss and when memory loss could be a sign of Alzheimer’s. “Some degree of memory loss may be normal as someone gets older,” he said. “You might have difficult remembering someone’s name ... forgetting why you’ve entered

laundry, transportation ... it’s a full time job, 24 hours a day, seven days a week, 52 weeks a year,” he said. “There’s no time off, and I can’t phone in sick. I hope in the future, no one will have to deal with Alzheimer’s – not a patient, nor caregiver because it impacts both of you immensely.” The event also featured Dr. Andrew Frank, a cognitive neurologist and medical director of the memory disorder clinic at Elizabeth Bruyère Hospital. Frank gave an overview of Alzheimer’s and what medi-


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Those who wanted to learn more about Alzheimer’s disease and dementia gathered at the Hellenic Meeting and Reception Centre in Ottawa on Jan. 19 for a talk hosted by Dr. Andrew Frank, medical director of the memory disorder clinic at Bruyère Continuing Care. a room ... you may remember later, but it just took a while to get there.” Then there are signs when memory loss isn’t normal. “When they’re not aware, and it’s others who are noticing it, they’re forgetting that they’re forgetting,” Frank said. “That’s dangerous.” He also distinguished between Alzheimer’s and dementia, saying that Alzheimer’s is the cause while dementia is the effect. The best thing people can do, according to Frank, is to get tested early.

“An early diagnosis of Alzheimer’s disease opens the door to earlier medication therapy, but also enables learning and support groups to provide coping assistance,” he said. He also said a new treatment could be available within the next two to five years or it could be even longer. “One day there will be a world where there’s no Alzheimer’s,” he said. “I think that will happen one day, I just don’t know when. But let’s hope it’s sooner rather than later.”

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City making proactive ‘moves’ for pedestrians Downtown Moves master plan thinks big, thinks differently Laura Mueller

EMC news – Unlike many city initiatives, Downtown Moves isn’t looking to create the next “master” plan of anything to add to Ottawa’s overloaded shelf of planning documents. Its goal is simple: when light-rail transit comes to Ottawa, the travel patterns of people in the downtown will drastically change. How can we think ahead and ensure the

city makes it easier for them to get where they will want to go in the core? That means the team working on the project is considering everything from the proposed Centretown community design plan’s idea to convert some north-south streets to two-way traffic, to the shape of curbs at key intersections. At the end of the process in December, the city will have a better idea of the aspects it

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City crews worked to fix a broken water main on Elgin Street near Cooper Street on Jan. 18.

Water main break causes flooding at Elgin St. shops Kristy Wallace and Laura Mueller

EMC news – Some businesses along Elgin Street experienced flooding or a loss of water services after a water main broke early on the morning of Jan. 18 near Elgin and Cooper streets. An employee at Mags and Fags magazine shop, located at 254 Elgin Street, who declined to be identified, said the store had experienced flooding in the basement the day of the water main burst. Amy Dau, manager of Morrison’s Unisex Hair Design and Esthetics, said water service had been shut off at her salon, but her shop hadn’t experienced flooding. “There’s been no water services, so we’ve had to cancel customers,” Dau said. “All my staff had to go home.” An employee at MacDonalds on Elgin Street, who also declined to be identified, said the store was closed the day of the water main break. River Coun. Maria McRae, chairwoman of the environment committee, said the rupture wasn’t related to one that had happened over the previous weekend. During a press conference on Jan. 18, McRae said there wasn’t an exact cause of the burst. “No one had any idea this pipe would burst,” said

McRae, adding that the pipe dates back to 1874, but analysis showed that it was fine during the recent resurfacing of Elgin in 2011. “This had been looked at earlier. There was no indication the pipe was going to fail. It would make common sense that if you have cast-iron pipes dating back to the 1800s or early 1900s, that they’re getting old. Hence, every time we’re resurfacing we need to get that integrated (water and sewer) program moving forward.” Integrated road work (sewer, water and road surface) is being advanced starting this year as part of Ottawa On The Move. McRae said there are roughly two to four pipe ruptures a day throughout the city, and it’s “disruptive and costly” to repair broken mains. A repair like this one would cost about $8,000. She added that water rates will be set this month and any additional increase above the four per cent increase in water rates last year would be in order to help accelerate replacement of water pipes. Compensation for loss of business to the affected stores on Elgin would also be looked at through the legal services department. Elgin will be patched and then resurfaced in the spring for the section that has to be dug up.

erything we’re doing.” The project’s kickoff was the first indication that Downtown Moves would do things a bit differently. Instead of the standard open house in a church basement, the project launched with a series of lectures from top urban thinkers meant to inspire both the public and city staff to think differently and think big about mobility issues. It inspired Edwards to realize both the big and small picture: the overall transportation web in the downtown, as well as things as detailed as the timing of crosswalk signals. Between the buildings, the

needs to tackle to make sure people can get around downtown in the best way, whether that’s by foot, bicycle, train, bus or car. It could include anything from advising that the city needs to hire a transportation planner dedicated to pedestrian issues to suggesting zoning changes to strengthen the city’s ability to create a livelier streetscape. “We’re going to push out and implement the different pieces in different ways,” said Nelson Edwards, the traffic planner leading the Downtown Moves project. “We’re creating a lens to look at ev-



















city has a swath of space it controls, Nelson said. In the future, we will need to change how we decide how much of that space is reserved for cars, how much for cyclists and how much for pedestrians, and that’s a framework Downtown Moves hopes to establish, Edwards said. It could mean the width of sidewalks might be determined based on the level of pedestrian traffic on that street, said transportation committee head Marianne Wilkinson, the councillor for Kanata North. “We’re looking at the kinds of concrete ideas that could be done to ease pedestrian ac-


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Residents raise concerns over museum’s parking plans Michelle Nash

EMC news – Centretown residents voiced their opposition at a recent public meeting to the Museum of Nature’s plans to turn what was once a green space into additional parking. The museum announced its plans to create a parking lot on the west side of the property in December and a second open house regarding the issue was held on Jan. 19 to update the public about the process. Starting in 2004, the museum began renovations that significantly affected the parkland to the west side of the building. At first the space was used as a construction staging site. Now that the renovations have been completed, the space serves as an overflow parking area. Residents in the area had hoped the space would be returned to its previous state as parkland, but museum chief executive Margaret Beckel said demand for parking is far too great and parking on the west side of the building will be made permanent. “We are not thrilled with this result, but we have to be reasonable and we have to be responsible,” Beckel said. The museum said it is losing $2.5 million annually and the cost of an underground parking lot, part of the original

renovation plans, is no longer an option because of the $10 million price tag. This proposal to turn the space on the west side of the building into a parking lot would cost significantly less – $500,000 for 130 parking spaces. Using the site as outdoor museum space or restoring it as parkland are not options, according to Beckel. “We are doing everything possible to close that gap, and we are going to restore as much of that park as we can, but we are expected to deal with parking on our own,” she said. One suggestion from the residents gathered was to ask visitors to find alternate means of travelling to the museum, such as walking or public transit. Beckel said this wasn’t an option for the museum either. “That is a risk we can’t take, (visitors) won’t go to a museum that does not have parking. This is a visitor destination so we need to provide the amenities that make it a visitor destination.” Since the renovations were completed in 2010, there have been 96 parking spots on the east side of the building. Beckel said analysis done during the holiday season had shown they need to increase this number to

cover peak visiting times. The residents do not agree. One speaker, Greg Fougere, said the community performed their own analysis regarding peak parking times over the same days and had noticed a peak in demand only on Christmas Eve and New Year’s Eve, both Saturdays. Fougere did not see this as a need to add more parking and questioned the museum’s intent for adding more parking spaces. “The museum is not here to meet the city’s needs in parking,” Fougere said. “And what is so frustrating is that it seems like you have already made up your mind.” Fougere lives on McLeod Street and said the loss of parkland in the community is not being addressed. Beckel defended the plans, stating they want to maintain as much parkland as possible, which seemed to infuriate the residents even more. As the museum is crown land, the corporation is required to consult with the National Capital Commission on any plans they wish to pursue, making the NCC’s March meeting the first opportunity for the museum to present their plans, Beckel said. Construction is tentatively planned to begin this coming fall.

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Dave Madeley, left, treasurer of the Woodroffe North Community Association, Dave Grosvenor, president of the association and Clarence Dungey, facility manager at Park Vista Condominium met with other Bay Ward community leaders at Kristy’s Restaurant.

Bay Ward mulls issues over breakfast Kristy Wallace

EMC news – From high traffic areas to development issues going before the Ontario Municipal Board, Coun. Mark Taylor wants to make sure community leaders in Bay Ward have a chance to discuss these issues and try and find a resolution to them. “It’s a nice way of getting everyone together, to have our first meal of the day together and talk about our priorities,” said Taylor. “Each community will have neighbourhood issues, but more broadly, we’ll look at common themes.”

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Sweeping arts, heritage plan garners support ‘As cohesive and comprehensive of a document as you’re ever going to find’ Laura Mueller

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Somerset Ward Coun. Diane Holmes, left, chairwoman of the Ottawa Board of Health, and Kitchissippi Ward Coun. Katherine Hobbs awarded Domicile Developments for their new smoke-free condominium. John Doran, president of the development company, accepted the award.

Ottawa Public Health honours smoke-free condo Kristy Wallace

EMC news – The first condo development in the city to prohibit smoking in its units has been honoured for its efforts in keeping smoke-free spaces for Ottawa residents. As part of National NonSmoking Week, Domicile Developments was awarded for its One3One Condominium project, an eight-storey tall development to be built at 131 Holland Ave. “I want to recognize the work of public health staff and community partners to stop what has been the most difficult addiction to stop,” said Somerset Coun. Diane

Holmes, chairwoman of the Ottawa Board of Health. “Too many of our residents smoke ... we recognize the work that lays ahead of us, and we want to recognize our partners who are working with us.” John Doran, president of Domicile Developments, said the building will offer an incentive for people to quit. “Of you’re a smoker, you’ll have to come down the elevator, and off the grounds to smoke,” he said. “I think there’s a part of this puzzle that will be positive for people who smoke.” In a previous interview with Metroland Media, commercial real estate, municipal

and planning lawyer Michael Polowin said a condominium is unique and ultimately, a condominium can set its own rules through its declaration, which is a legal document made up initially by the developer. It doesn’t infringe on anyone’s rights to have a smokefree condo, he added. According to the City Of Ottawa, smoke-free multi-unit swellings decrease the chance of fire hazards and reduce unit cleaning, painting and other smoking-related damage and maintenance costs. For more information on smoke-free housing, visit: .

EMC News – A brand new five-year plan for arts, heritage and culture is drawing support for ideas like building a new downtown library, re-introducing a local poet laureate, overhauling the city’s process for commemorative naming and establishing a plan for archeology. In the $5-million plan, a total of $2 million will be added to the city’s contribution to local arts, heritage and cultural groups over the five years as part of a “seed” investment. “We invest in these communities and they will grow themselves,” said Lilly Koltun, the chair of the steering committee that developed the plan. The city will also put $1.5 million over five years towards renewing and preserving capital facilities for the arts, heritage and culture. There are a few other programs, including $25,000 for a poet laureate in 2014 and $100,000 in the same year for a pilot program to create new cultural initiatives at a neighbourhood level. The goal is to foster the grassroots development of cultural “districts” or clusters throughout the city. Heather Jamieson of Arts Ottawa East said the plan is strong because of the geographic component that considers the role of arts in rural,

suburban and urban areas. “This is validating the contribution each area makes to our arts sector,” she said. The plan was roundly applauded before the community and protective services committee endorsed it on Jan. 19. Advocates lined up to convey their accolades for the plan, with a notable lack of criticism of a nature rarely seen from public delegates at city hall. “It’s as cohesive and comprehensive of a document as you’re ever going to find,” said Catherine O’Grady, the chair of the city’s citizen advisory committee on arts, heritage and culture. David Flemming of Heritage Ottawa said he and the group are pleased with the inclusion of a plan to not only preserve Ottawa’s built architectural heritage, but also to create a new archeological plan for the city. “This really ties in the built heritage and the importance of that,” Flemming said. “It’s important to recognize that it’s part of arts and culture.” The National Capital Commission was also happy with the plan, particularly the archeological aspect. Part of the plan that stood out to arts advocates who spoke at the Jan. 19 meet-

ing was the focus on creating spaces for arts and providing easier access to existing spaces. The plan wants the city to look at finding ways to boost access to underused spaces, encourage the private developers to include cultural space in their buildings, along the lines of the Great Canadian Theatre Company in Wellington West. One of the spaces contemplated in the plan is the development of the long-planned concert hall for Ottawa, which was originally contemplated to be part of a new building at 150 Elgin St. in Centretown; however, privet sponsors weren’t forthcoming, so that plan was dropped. “This expression of engagement of the city is much appreciated,” said Alan Bowker of the Friends of the Concert Hall group. “Now, we no longer have to deal with the refrain that the concert hall is dead.” Part of the plan looks at responding to the city’s changing demographics as the population ages. In the next 20 years, the percentage of seniors in Ottawa will more than double. But the plan also looks at nurturing the opportunities for youth to get established in the art community from a young age, and creating crossgenerational opportunities for collaboration and learning. Council will vote to give final approval to the plan on Feb. 8.

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Where is My Bus?, an app developed by Nepean resident Jonathan Rudenberg, won the people’s choice award, but some other bus apps didn’t work and left OC Transpo to field calls about the bad information they were putting out to the public, Delage said. But that message from Delage and Mercier came under harsh criticism from some commissioners, including Kanata North Coun. Marianne Wilkinson and Beacon HillCyrville Coun. Tim Tierney (the former and current heads of the city’s information technology subcommittee). They decried OC Transpo’s move away from its previous commitment to release the open data and challenged the notion that preventing public access to the information could make the city more money. If the city’s app, which it intends to release before any bus-location data would be made public if the commission approves, is better than other developer’s apps, it will make more money off advertising, Wilkinson said. Tierney has examined other

models, including the system used in Winnipeg, and he said he doesn’t see a correlation between open data and lost revenue. OC Transpo has an advantage because it is in the best position to integrate additional information about bus cancellations and other special messages with the GPS data in its app, so the transit agency already has an advantage that will guarantee it can attract more advertising than other apps, Tierney said. He disagreed with the change in direction he heard from commission chair Coun. Diane Deans (GloucesterSouthgate) and Mercier, and the IT subcommittee chairman said he would not back down on this issue. In the future, Tierney said he would prefer to see another member of the commission’s four-person working group on technology issues deliver updates on that group’s work to the full commission, rather than Deans. Those statements were good news for Open Data Ottawa, an advocacy group that has been pushing for the release of bus-location info.

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The persistent gender bias Throughout the year, magazines and newspapers dedicate entire issues to the career achievements of women: the most influential women; the most powerful women; top women entrepreneurs. While it’s great to celebrate the achievements of our sisters and look to these individuals as role models, it is also misleading. Looking at the faces of female success, we may think that woman have actually achieved equality in Canada. “It’s OK feminists; you’ve done your job; put the placards down.” The reality is quite the opposite. It’s 2012 and women still make less money than


men, hold less than a quarter of all senior management positions, and less than 25 per cent of seats in the House of Commons. Perhaps more disturbingly, current numbers suggest women’s representation in leadership positions has stagnated or declined. On average, women currently represent less than 40 per cent of managers, six per cent of corporate heads in the Financial Post 500, and proportion-

ally make up around 15 per cent of board directors. One analysis by Statistics Canada pointed out that there were more women managers in 2006 than in 1996. And the weird thing is nobody seems to be angry about this. Following some progressive policies in the 1970s, women began to make huge gains in education, politics and business. Women now receive 60 per cent of all university degrees and college diplomas awarded in Canada each year. Yet by most possible measures of career success, women lag men. For one thing, the wage gap between men and

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women persists. On average, women make about 85 cents for every dollar a man earns, a number that hasn’t changed in more than a decade. The wage gap, of course, is always a controversial measure. Those who support the status quo point out that women work fewer hours, take longer periods of extended leave to look after children and families, and tend to work in lower-paying jobs. This is all true. But a two-year-old report from the Canadian Labour Congress shows that even when controls are done to account for these various discrepancies, a wage gap still persists, one which researchers attribute to a gender bias. A more sophisticated analysis done by Statistics Canada examined how the gender gap in wages has contributed to the current lag in women’s labour force participation. They concluded that when families have children and are faced with the decision of whose career to invest in, they are most likely to select the highest income-earner. As long as men continue to make more money, women’s participation in the labour force will continue to slide. You may be skeptical about all this. Perhaps we shouldn’t care about equality. Perhaps even women don’t care. And yet there are a number of economic measures pointing to

the danger of allowing women to retreat from the workforce. A 2010 report from TD Financial Group called “The Motherhood Gap,” made the case that highly skilled women of working age are integral to offsetting a labour force that is set to shrink by seven per cent in the near future. The report encouraged employers to find ways to leave the door open to women who take extended leave, and not only retain women employees, but to develop their careers, and find ways to promote them. The report warns that if the status quo is maintained, women’s participation in the labour force could drop from its current rate of 63 per cent to 53 per cent by 2050, causing a devastating blow to the Canadian economy. If none of this convinces you that it’s time for men and women to work harder toward workplace equality, maybe the following will: Gender diversity is good for the fiscal bottom line. A multitude of research shows that companies with women leaders are more innovative, make better decisions, more socially responsible, and have better return on capital, sales, and equity. And hey, money talks. So let’s go feminists – male and female – the time has come to dust off those placards and get serious about the fight for equality.


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“Everything being built is outside the zoning,” said Baltz. “I think the key question is what’s the language in the CDP, the document itself? The first thing that might come in here is a 25-storey building in a six-storey zone.” Coun. Peter Hume, chairman of the planning committee, said the committee would be there to defend the CDP if that ever happened. Lorne Cutler, head of the Hampton Iona Community Group, said one of his concerns was there wasn’t adequate consistency in the quality or timing of consultations. “(Developers) should be talking to the public much earlier in the process,” he said. He said his community association was told that building nine storeys at the former convent in Westboro set a precedent because there were nine storey buildings further down the street. Hume said there is no precedence, and each site is governed by its own bylaws and rules. “In the Wellington West CDP, we’ve locked it down at six storeys and we will defend that zoning and we will defend policies that are in the plan,” Hume said.


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Getting to know ‌ Kyle Turris By Rob Brodie Kyle Turris has surely found his new hockey oasis. From toiling in the desert with the Phoenix Coyotes to a return to a hockey-mad market with the Ottawa Senators, Turris has seen his world undergo a massive sea change in just a few short months. But even in the middle of one of Ottawa’s famed frosty winters, the 22-year-old native of New Westminster, B.C., is a young man at peace with where the game — and life — has taken him. Obtained from the Coyotes on Dec. 17 in a deal for defenceman David Rundblad and a secondround draft pick, Turris wasted little time making an impact with his new team. Senators head coach Paul MacLean will tell you it’s more than just a coincidence that his team went 8-1-1 in its ďŹ rst 10 games with Turris in the lineup. The 6-1, 195-pounder quickly ďŹ lled a need as the Senators’ second-line centre and produced 11 points in his ďŹ rst 15 games with the team. Turris was the No. 3 overall pick by the Coyotes in the 2007 NHL Entry Draft. Six months later, he led Team Canada’s goldmedal winning squad in scoring at the 2008 IIHF World Junior Hockey Championship in the Czech Republic. The newest Senator took some time out with Score to share some of his thoughts about hockey and more: Q: Who was your hockey hero growing up? A: Steve Yzerman. He was the best all-around hockey player, Detroit Red Wings captain, won the Stanley Cup (three times) ‌ he was just unbelievable. Q: Tell us something about Vancouver that nobody would


know. A: You can go skiing and golďŹ ng in the same day. Q: What do you remember about your draft day? A: I remember everything. Waking up, getting ready, working out in the morning because the draft wasn’t until the afternoon, doing a couple of interviews, walking over to the rink (Nationwide Arena in Columbus, Ohio), seeing the atmosphere, Wayne Gretzky calling my name to come up and join him on the podium because Phoenix had drafted me ‌ it was a pretty neat experience. Q: Your favourite memory about world juniors. A: Winning the gold in overtime. The whole tournament was fun and the way Hockey Canada treated us was great. Q: Where do you keep that gold medal? A: I’ve got it in a safe back in Vancouver. Q: Other than the weather, the biggest difference between Phoenix and Ottawa. A: Here, I live about ďŹ ve minutes from the rink but back in Phoenix, I was about 35 minutes away. The hockey atmosphere is deďŹ nitely quite a bit different here. Q: Name three people, living or dead, who you’d like to have dinner with. A: Muhammad Ali, Neil Armstrong (he was the ďŹ rst guy who walked on the moon and he’d be pretty interesting) and Albert Einstein (I read a book about him. He’d be pretty cool). Maybe Steve

like a little bit of everything. Q: Your favourite TV show. A: Modern Family is hilarious. I like Seinfeld, too. Q: Your favourite movie. A: Dumb and Dumber is pretty good. Q: Your favourite thing to do away from the rink. A: Just relaxing with my family and friends.

UPCOMING SENATORS GAMES New York Islanders at Ottawa Senators: Friday, Feb. 3, 7:30 p.m. (Sportsnet East) Toronto Maple Leafs at Ottawa Senators: Saturday, Feb. 4, 7 p.m. (CBC) St. Louis Blues at Ottawa Senators: Tuesday, Feb. 7, 7:30 p.m. (Sportsnet East)

SCOTIABANK PLACE EVENTS Disney On Ice ‌ Presents Treasure Trove: Feb. 15, 7 p.m.; Feb. 16, 10:30 a.m. and 7 p.m.; Feb. 17, 7 p.m.; Feb. 18, 11 a.m., 3 p.m. and 7 p.m., and Feb. 19, 11:30 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. Simple Plan: Feb. 24, 7 p.m. WWE RAW World Tour: March 3, 7:30 p.m. Hedley: March 14, 7 p.m. Van Halen: March 21, 7:30 p.m. 2012 JUNO Awards: April 1. Harlem Globetrotters: April 7, 3 p.m. Stars On Ice: April 29, 4 p.m. Chris de Burgh: May 5, 8 p.m. Johnny Reid: May 12, 7:30 p.m. Il Divo: May 20, 8 p.m. Tickets can be purchased by visiting, by phone at 613-599-FANS (3267) or 1-877-788-FANS (3267); in person at The Sens Store at Carlingwood Mall and Place d’OrlÊans, any Ottawa Sports Experts location, Les Galeries de Hull and at the Scotiabank Place box office.

Kyle Turris and the Ottawa Senators have proven to be an outstanding match since his acquisition from the Phoenix Coyotes on Dec. 17 (Photo by Andre Ringuette/NHLI via Getty Images)


Friday, Feb. 3, 7:30 p.m. Sportsnet East More was expected this season out of the Islanders, who again find themselves closer to the Eastern Conference basement than a playoff position. But the Isles aren’t without some standout performers, the most notable being former No. 1 overall pick John Tavares, who’s scoring at nearly a point-per-game clip. Also chiming in as offensive leaders are Matt Moulson and PA Parenteau, while Michael

Yzerman, too. Q: If you’re cooking dinner, what’s on the menu? A: Pasta. Something like a fettucine alfredo mix with marinara sauce, with a rib eye (steak) on the side Q: Your favourite music. A: I like relaxing to Jack Johnson type of stuff, and I like the Kings of Leon upbeat stuff. I


Grabner was a Calder Trophy finalist a year ago. On defence, the return to health of Mark Streit has been a boost for the Isles. Al Montoya and Evgeni Nabokov have split the majority of the goaltending chores.

Evgeni Nabokov has provided standout goaltending of late for the New York Islanders (Photo by Mike Stobe/NHLI via Getty Images)..

TORONTO MAPLE LEAFS Saturday, Feb. 4, 7:00 p.m. CBC The Maple Leafs are pushing hard to end a six-year absence from the Stanley Cup playoffs. Offensively, much of Toronto’s fortunes rest in the hands of Phil Kessel and Joffrey Lupul, who both rank among the NHL’s top point-getters. Also chipping in to the Leafs’ attack are a forward group that includes Tyler Bozak, Mikhail Grabovski, Tim Connolly and Clarke MacArthur. On the blue

line, the leader of the pack is captain Dion Phaneuf, the lone Leaf voted into the 2012 Tim Hortons NHL All-Star Game by fans. James Reimer is the main man in goal for Toronto and he gets backup support from Johan Gustavsson.

Dion Phaneuf will represent the Toronto Maple Leafs at the 2012 NHL All-Star Game (Photo by Claus Andersen/Getty Images).



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Bus data suddenly top secret The writing has been on the wall for months, but the powers that be at OC Transpo made it official last week: the transit authority thinks it’s a bad idea to give citizens direct access to information about where their buses are. The new attitude flies in the face of the city’s relatively new and progressive policy on “open data” – streams of information about city services and infrastructure that can be used to power mobile and computer applications

(“apps”) to give people easy ways to make that data useful for taxpayers. There are data sets on child-care facilities, drinking water quality, the cycling network, park locations and much more. But not GPS location data from OC Transpo buses. That is, unless members of the city’s transit commission stand up to chair Diane Deans and OC Transpo general manager Alain Mercier’s claims that the information

needs to be kept for the transit authority’s exclusive use in order to make it valuable to advertisers. OC Transpo’s business and marketing plan claims the possibility of $1.1 million in new ad revenue in the bus location information, presumably from advertising on a mobile-phone app and from ads displayed on screens with updated bus arrival times at stations. But Mercier says that amount of dough would only

flow in if OC Transpo was the sole source of real-time information about where buses are. The problem is experts on transit data and how other big cities use it say that isn’t the case. In fact, Open Data Ottawa says the city could probably make more revenue – and save money – by avoiding the expense of creating its own app. If the data is openly available, private developers would find a way to make it

useful to riders at no cost to the city. It has already been done – the most popular app in a city-run contest was Where is My Bus? Offering the information needed to create tools to make transit easier to use can also pay off by increasing trust and confidence in the system, and that in turn increases ridership and revenue. But beyond the common sense of making the information public, and beyond the fact that many major cities have already demonstrated that this is the best practice, the city made a promise to share the data. City council made a

commitment to a new era of transparency at city hall, and a large part of that has been a stronger focus on open data. And Mercier himself committed publicly and directly to app developers that he would make the bus GPS data available. Where OC Transpo and the city had an opportunity to increase public goodwill in a maligned post-“route optimization” period, it has instead set the stage to alienate the very people who clamour to help people use the transit system more easily. The transit commissioners shouldn’t let OC Transpo get away with it.


Betting against a casino in Toronto CHARLES GORDON Funny Town All of us who live in and around Ottawa have only the fondest feelings for Toronto and want it to prosper and be recognized internationally for the exceptional city that it is. It is much easier for us to have these fond feelings after our hockey team has defeated theirs. Right now, Toronto has another opportunity to stand out and be recognized as distinctive and wonderful. It can do this by refusing to build a casino. The Ontario Lottery and Gaming Corporation is reported to be about to recommend a casino for Toronto, perhaps at Ontario Place. The mayor is said to be favourably disposed to the idea. Some city councillors are positively drooling. A bit of opposition to the idea has been voiced, notably by the Conservative leader, Tim Hudak, but it based mostly inefficiencies in the lottery corporation and the new casino’s impact on casinos in smaller Ontario communities, such as Niagara Falls and Windsor. You don’t see too many people objecting to the principle of the thing. Perhaps we’ve been living with casinos for too long. People can get used to anything after awhile, even a bad smell. You can see where Toronto would be sorely tempted to go for the casino. Casinos are reputed to attract tourists, even though they don’t always do so. In border towns, with a weak Canadian dollar, they worked OK. Not so much now. Perhaps a more important appeal of the casino has to do with the city’s reputation. Toronto has always wanted to be considered world class and people with not quite as much imagination as they should have think that the way to be world class is to have what every

other city in the world does. When, in fact, it’s the opposite. The urgency of not building a casino is underscored by the fact that casinos are not very helpful institutions. They take money out of the hands of people who should really be doing something else with it. They contribute to the growth of gambling addiction, a serious problem in our society. Among those most affected by gambling addiction are governments, who have come to depend on the revenue generated by casinos as a sneaky form of taxation. Rather than an honest tax, openly levied on the basis of people’s ability to pay or their retail purchases, it is a disguised tax, based on people’s desperation. You would not know this from the way casinos are promoted – with pictures of elegant men in dinner jackets and women in evening dresses out for a sophisticated night on the town, sipping cocktails beside a roulette table and laughing. Those people, in the imagination of casino supporters, spend lots of money shopping and dining and staying over and helping to stimulate the local economy. In reality, the men and women are wearing parkas and glumly feeding loonies into machines until they get back on the bus and go home, contributing nothing to the local economy except perhaps for those engaged in addiction control. Toronto could look at Thunder Bay, which put a casino into its downtown in the hopes of saving it, which it didn’t. Toronto could look at Hull, now Gatineau, where the casino sucked the life out of the downtown at night. Toronto doesn’t need a casino to attract tourists or entertain its own people. It has professional baseball and hockey and basketball and theatre and museums and nifty neighborhoods. Some day it may even have a decent harbourfront (not that we in Ottawa should talk). Therefore, if Toronto is wise, it could brag: “Look, our city is so world class that we don’t even need a casino!” With any luck, other cities all over the globe would begin demolishing theirs, to be like Toronto. What a world-class world that would be.

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B) Private developers should shoulder the cost of creating apps.

C) All city data like this should be freely D) I don’t care, as long as I get the real-time

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Nepean students raise money for Connaught PS

EMC news – For the last 12 years, Nepean High School has been helping others, be they from other places around the world or locally in Ottawa. The west-end high school recently held its annual spaghetti dinner fundraiser. This year, money raised from the event went to Connaught Public School. “It’s kids helping kids, and schools helping schools,” said Rene Bibaud, principal at Nepean High School. As the clock hit 5:30 p.m., families and even bus loads of children were loading into the school ready to have dinner. At $10 a plate, event organizer Sophia Dinnissen said she wasn’t sure how much she hopes to raise, but every dollar

counts. “Whatever proceeds we have will go towards equipment,” the teacher said. “But our hope is to buy them a smart board.” Dinnissen, who’s the supervisor of the school’s key club which held the event, also said that students were enthusiastic to help another school. “(Connaught) had been identified as a school in need, and students really wanted to give back,” she said. The key club’s co-presidents Jenn Tran and Mahin Rahman, both in Grade 11, said that this annual fundraiser is an important one. “Everything we’ve gotten tonight is donated by the community to help with our community and neighbourhood,” said Rahman. “People are

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Factors to consider when choosing a dog The decision to purchase or adopt a dog is one that requires careful consideration of a host of factors, including how much space the dog will need and whether or not the lifestyle of those who live in the home is a good fit for a furry, four-legged friend. Once the decision has been made and it’s time find a dog, the kind of dog to bring into your home is the next decision that must be made. Many people have a natural preference for certain types of dogs, be it a small and lovable Dachsund or a friendly, happy-go-lucky Golden Retriever. Though per-

sonal preference is significant, there are additional factors to consider before bringing a dog into your home. Temperament Much like people, dogs vary greatly with regards to temperament. Some dogs are very active, while others are much more subdued. Some need significant play time outdoors on a daily basis, while others just need a few minutes outdoors to relieve themselves before heading back inside. A dog’s temperament is important to consider for those bringing a puppy into their home, as temperament might dictate if a dog is responsive to training or strong-willed

and resistant. Maintenance Many dogs shed significant amounts of hair, but how often they shed might help owners determine if a specific breed of dog will be a good fit. For owners who don’t mind maintenance, a dog that sheds year-round likely won’t be a problem. But those who don’t want to be cleaning up dog hair on a regular basis should find a dog that sheds only at certain times of the year. In general, long-coated dogs require lots of grooming, while dogs with shorter coats typically don’t need as much grooming. Size Prospective dog owners with

lots of space in their homes can accommodate a dog of any size, while apartment dwellers or those with smaller homes often find smaller dogs to be a better fit. But even those with ample space should know that larger dogs require more food and exercise, including walks or time spent running around in the yard. Smaller dogs don’t need much space, and tend to eat less and stay healthy even with minimal exercise. Age Few people can resist a puppy, but there are advantages and disadvantages to adopting both puppies and older dogs. Puppies are adorable, and allow

their owners to be involved in their development from the very beginning. But puppies can be stubborn and very difficult to train, often testing their owners’ patience. In addition, those with especially busy or hectic households might not have the time to properly train a puppy, which can lead to disastrous consequences down the road. Older dogs are often trained already, and since many shelter dogs have already grown to their full size, owners won’t be surprised down the road when their dogs are bigger than they expected. But older dogs adopted from a shelter might have some initial trust issues they need to overcome. Older dogs might also find it more difficult

to adapt to a new home and a new owner. Health Some breeds are known for having specific health issues, issues that can become costly to address as a dog ages. Hip and eye conditions are among the most common hereditary diseases or conditions, but these can be screened for before the pet adoption is completed. Purebred dogs might be more likely to suffer from certain hereditary conditions, though mixed breeds are not immune to such diseases or conditions. Before adopting an animal, be it a puppy or an older dog, educate yourself about a chosen breed and any potential health problems it might have.

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WINSTON - ID#A136061 This neutered male, gray Chinese Sharpei and Weimaraner mix is about four months old and has been at the Ottawa Humane Society since January 6 when he was surrendered by his owner. He is the colour of a yellow lab, has one brown eye and one blue eye, is growing quickly, and looking for a family to include him in their lives. This active pup has energy to spare and will need lots of exercise and play time every day! He has a lot of potential to be an obedience star and is just waiting for someone to steer him in the right direction. Puppy classes would be a great first step. Winston gets along well with cats who have lived with dogs before and other dogs whose energy-level matches his. Older children (age 10+) would be best suited to this pup because he is still learning his manners. Winston would benefit from a crate to help him learn proper housetraining.


If your pet goes missing this winter, what are the chances it will find its way home? The Ottawa Humane Society is urging animal owners to take precautions by ensuring that if their dog or cat becomes lost, it has the best possible chance of a safe return — by implanting a grain-sized microchip offering permanent, lifelong identification. Microchips provide a permanent means of pet identification that will not fade or be lost over time. Owner information can be


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Hi my name is Chance I am a 4yr old Schnoodle. I live with my mother Lady and are family, I love going for car rids long walk with my dad. Foods that I love (peppers, peaches and pineapples). Oh and my dog food. My owners are( Rose & Dave and my sisters are Ashley and Tamara) Do you think your pet is cute enough to be “THE PET OF THE WEEK”? Submit a picture and short biography of your pet to find out! Simply email to: attention “Pet of the Week”


accessed electronically and immediately, ensuring the rapid return of the lost pet. While tags may be lost from time to time, external identification such as these are still important as a quick “visual” means of identifying your pet. The OHS held its first microchip clinic of 2012 on Sunday, January 15 and will continue to provide similar clinics on Sundays, once a month, throughout the year. Microchipping you pet with the OHS costs $50 ($25 for each

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Chewing gum a filthy habit according to Miss Crosby EMC Lifestyle - Gum was forbidden by Miss Crosby. Not only in the Northcote School, but within a country mile of the school yard! Chewing gum was right up there with swearing or telling a lie, both of which could earn you a good strapping if caught. Miss Crosby called chewing gum a “filthy habit.” Now, Two Mile Herman didn’t pay much attention to the rules at the Northcote School. Oh, he didn’t really swear...sometimes he said “darn”, and he only lied if it was absolutely necessary. But he was known to talk out loud after we were in our seats, which was forbidden, and it took him forever to get down to work after prayers and singing God Save the King, both of which he was known to ignore taking part in. Two Mile Herman loved gum. Wrigley’s came in sticks in green wrappers, and it was rumoured that Two Mile Herman spent every cent on gum at Briscoe’s General Store that ever came his way. He was known to cram three or four sticks in his mouth at one time. And he chewed it with his mouth wide open, so you could always see a big wad of Wrigley’s swishing around his teeth. It was a cold winter’s day when the whole subject of Two Mile Herman’s love of gum caused such an uproar at the Northcote School, that it was forever after known as the

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“day Two Mile Herman got caught with his pants down.” You could find wads of gum all over the school that Two Mile stashed for later chewing. If he had to get rid of it in a hurry, he could poke it into the door jam, under a window sill where no one could see it, and Cecil said he knew for a fact there was enough gum under Two Mile’s seat and desk to fill a milk can. Of course, he could retrieve it too. And it wasn’t beyond him, on his way out the door, to be seen, without even looking at it, to reach out and grab the wad he had placed there an hour or so before. He never lost track of where he had stuck the last mouthful. Well, one day, it was if he had taken leave of his senses. He was rolling a big lump of gum around in his mouth when Miss Crosby had ordered us to our seats for morning prayer. I heard Cecil whisper loud enough that he could be heard two rows over... “Two Mile… your gum.” I saw Two Mile put three fingers in his mouth, grab the gum, and press it onto the leg of his overalls. It was the custom at the

Northcote School, for Miss Crosby to ask one of the pupils to come forward and lead in singing God Save the King. The prayer was over, and as luck would have it, she called out Herman’s name. He either forgot about the gum on his leg, or he figured it was too late to do anything about it. By now it was pretty well anchored to his overall just above his knee. Of course, it didn’t take Miss Crosby more than a split second to spot the gum. She let a roar out of her that could be heard in Douglas and demanded to know where the gum came from. Well, if nothing else, Two Mile Herman was a quick thinker. He looked down at his leg as if he had never laid eyes on it before. The teacher ordered him out into the cloak room, which wasn’t really a room at all, just a partition separating the school room from the doorway. He was made to take off his overalls, and Miss Crosby followed him with the scissors. “Now, scrape it off,” she bellowed. None of us dared turn around in our seats to watch the performance,

overalls back on, and the gum was gone. Audrey said Miss Crosby was too worn out to administer the strap, and eventually, the school room returned to normal. Then it was time for recess. Of course, we all headed back to the cloak room to get our coats. Two Mile Herman

but we knew he would be out there standing in his long underwear. My sister Audrey, in Senior Fourth, wondered if Miss Crosby was more mad about the gum, or over wasting most of the morning. At any rate, Two Mile Herman emerged eventually with his

was the first to grab his off a hook. I couldn’t believe my eyes. He had stashed his wad of gum on the underpart of the board that held the hooks, and when he left the school to play outside, the gum was back in his mouth, swishing around as if it had never left it.

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Hintonburg singer Amanda Rheaume will be playing a series of shows in the area starting next month.

EMC entertainment – Amanda Rheaume said she has come full circle as a singer and songwriter. The Barrhaven-turned-Hintonburg resident originally started out at coffee houses

and small clubs when she was 16, armed with her acoustic guitar. As she got older, she began to play with bands. “Then we moved to more of a rock sound,” she said. A Big Money Shot grant from the radio station Live 88.5 in 2008 allowed her to

record the 2009 EP Kiss me Back, which had kind of a pop sound, but Rheaume said she has returned to her acoustic guitar and folk roots with the 2011 release Light of Another Day. “When I tour I’m usually part of a twosome or a trio and I am back to bringing my acous-

tic,” Rheaume said. “I began to question why I was putting all kinds of extra stuff into my records and I wasn’t performing it live. Now I would say I am back to folk, roots and Americana.” Rheaume, who will hit the Branch in Kemptville on Jan. 28, O’Reilly’s Pub in Perth on

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Ravens name Sumarah football head coach Eddie Rwema

EMC sports – The long anticipated revival of football at Carleton University now looks imminent. On Jan. 16, the university named Steve Sumarah the 13th head coach of the Ravens varsity football program. Sumarah has been coaching in the Atlantic University Sport conference for the past 17 years and comes to Carleton after spending the last six seasons as head coach of the Saint Mary’s University Huskies. The newly hired coach began his work on Jan. 23 and said he’s got a ton of work to do to build a team that will hit field in 2013 after a 14-year absence. “There are very few opportunities in life to be able to start something from the beginning,” said Sumarah. The Carleton Ravens football team was cut in 1999 after the restructuring of the department of recreation and athletics and the university administration. Since then, the Old Crow Society – Carleton’s football alumni chapter – have been working to revive the program. Sumarah said he is happy and proud to lead the Ravens football program into its new era. “To be honest, it is a fantastic opportunity and exciting,” he said. “I think this is a phenomenal opportunity.” As head coach of St. Mary’s University Huskies, he led the team to four consecutive AUS titles, a Uteck Bowl championship and a trip to the Vanier Cup in 2007, and was named the AUS coach of the year three times. In a statement, Carleton president Roseann O’Reilly Runte said she was pleased Sumarah will coach the Ravens from their first year. “Coach Sumarah has an outstanding record of mentoring student-athletes and working with the community. We look forward to watching him build on Carleton’s tradition of excellence in varsity sports.”

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Ashbury College and Elmdale Public School grad Bess Lennox is working on a public administration master’s degree while also battling for a national title with the University of Ottawa Gee-Gees women’s basketball team, who beat Carleton 59-55 at last week’s Capital Hoops Classic at Scotiabank Place.

Gee-Gees reunite player, coach By Dan Plouffe

EMC sports – For Bess Lennox, going back to school at the University of Ottawa was all about furthering her studies through a master’s degree that matches her interests in public policy and international affairs, while hopefully improving her French along the way. But it’s turned into a superb athletic adventure as well, and the Ashbury College grad is now thrilled that she seized opportunity to reignite a relationship with her old high

school and club basketball coach and join the Gee-Gees women’s basketball team. “When Mr. Sparks asked – well, I wouldn’t have played anywhere else, but I couldn’t say no to the opportunity to play for him again,” says Lennox, who laughs when it’s pointed out that she’s probably now the only one who doesn’t call her former teacher Coach Sparks or Andy. “I know – it’s a habit I can’t break.” Lennox and Sparks go back a long way to her Grade 7 year

at Ashbury. The latest chapter comes after Lennox’s fouryear career with the University of Western Ontario Mustangs and a two-year stint playing overseas in an Australian women’s league. The six-foot, one-inch tall centre is now a key piece to a Gee-Gees team that solidified its status as a national championship contender by fighting off the second-place Carleton Ravens to record a 59-55 victory at last week’s Capital Hoops Classic at Scotiabank

Place. “I kind of said yes just to have the opportunity to play under Mr. Sparks and to play basketball again – sometimes I just can’t imagine what I’d do without it – but the team is awesome,” says Lennox, noting the group that features just one starter with over a year tenure on the Gee-Gees is starting to build some chemistry. “Everyone works very hard, and we’ll see come the end of the season, but I think we have the chance to be very

good.” Sparks couldn’t be more pleased to welcome Lennox’s consistent veteran presence to his lineup. With an average of eight points per game, scoring isn’t the main focus for Lennox, but she’s fitting into an important role for the GeeGees, says the fourth-year university coach. “She does a great job defensively, she rebounds the heck out of the ball, and those are the things that coaches love,” says Sparks, who’s found that Lennox really hasn’t changed much from high school until now. “Bess has always been the same. Her work ethic is second to no one. She’s always rebounding, and she’s always been a coach’s dream.” The current Canadian Interuniversity Sport leader with 160 rebounds through 15 games, Lennox is only 19 boards away from breaking the all-time Ontario University Athletics rebounding mark of 986 owned by Kanata native Cassandra Carpenter, a former Laurentian Voyageur. That’s one part of the chance Lennox has to finish her university career on a high. It’s also likely the final season of her playing career overall, she acknowledges, with plans to move into the working world once the second year of her master’s is complete. Lennox has always had her eye on a career with the United Nations since she was a star athlete in many sports at Elmdale Public School, although she’s become especially intrigued in recent years by the growing effort behind “sport for development” movements, not only internationally but in Canada as well. “Sport can be a great vehicle to overcome some tough circumstances,” says Lennox, an honour roll student during all four years she studied history at Western. “Sport has given me so much and so many opportunities. It’s difficult to see that some people can’t afford it and don’t have access to these opportunities.”

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To Call or Not to Call? Since introducing the column a few months ago and adding a new email address for general inquiries and questions on our web site we have heard from many community members. The overarching concern for many seems to be the uncertainty of whether calling the CAS is the right thing to do when there is a concern for a child. Some of you have had a hunch, some of you have witnessed first-hand the abusive treatment of a child or youth, but all of you report that making that phone call is an extremely difficult decision to make. Identifying child abuse for the untrained eye can be difficult. However, we all have a sense of when things just don’t feel right. What are the signs that cause someone to be concerned for a child’s safety and well-being? Often times indicators of abuse are as subtle as seeing a child consistently inappropriately dressed on cold winter days, or noticing a young child who seems to be left alone after school. These are the times when ascertaining whether or not to call the CAS is challenging. Unfortunately, the fears of being wrong or of meddling in affairs that aren’t our own seem to be large influencers in swaying people into looking the other way. The Children’s Aid Society of Ottawa’s telephone intake team are experienced in receiving information from concerned community members. They ask questions of the callers to help determine if the concern is a matter that warrants the involvement of the Children’s Aid Society. Over the course of a year, the CAS receives over 25,000 calls, and a large number of those calls are simply questions from concerned community members for our intake workers. We call them consultations. Some of these calls are made anonymously. Not every call is investigated, and perhaps after gathering information that is provided to us all that a family needs is to be connected to appropriate services within the community. However, in some cases, it is that tiny bit of inconspicuous information, based on small observations and a gut feeling that something just isn’t right, that helps paint a picture of an unsafe, unhealthy, or abusive family environment in the home. It is important for the community to know that the role of the CAS is not only to investigate reports of abuse and to assess and intervene when necessary. The CAS can also provide education and supports to families in the city who are unsure where to turn for assistance. It is far better to call the CAS and be wrong about your suspicions than to not call and potentially leave a child at risk of harm.

businesses often compete with big government dollars for a shrinking amount of retail space, Derek explains. “We would have had to double our registration fees to stay there,” says the instructor of 20 years. “We’ve always prided ourselves on being the most affordable sport for the underprivileged. If we raised the prices, we’d lose the kids that need it so much.” Although closing the business they’d built from the ground up was understandably heartbreaking, what made the reality all the more difficult was that they’d no longer be able to make an impact on


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young people’s lives. “In this part of town, there’s nothing for the kids. There’s no high-performance sport, there’s no venue for a child to start up,” Derek says, noting that available sports such as soccer and rowing can be far more costly ventures. “It’s a fantastic sport and we’ve got a lot of kids in the neighbourhood who have just never been exposed to anything quite so empowering as wrestling.” Watching the “metamorphosis” of young athletes is what drives Derek, he says. Teenage girls gain confidence, while boys of the same age learn girls are to be respected; kids


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EMC sports – It may wind up being a story of one community’s pain turning into another’s gain. But for the neighbourhood surrounding Tsunami Academy’s former home just north of Montreal Road on St. Laurent Boulevard, the sudden closing of the youth-oriented martial arts and wrestling club is a significant loss. Owners Derek and Claire Kossatz had built Tsunami Academy into a wrestling force, developing numerous national medalists, leading the Samuel-Genest high school team and starting a club program at the University of Ottawa. “It’s such a shame,” Claire says. “When everything started to click and it looked like there was a future, it all comes down to money, and that’s sad.” In the fall, Tsunami was informed their rent would be doubled for 2012. The result, Derek says, of another tenant willing to pay that price for the space they’d occupied for five years. There was frustration that their landlord would use “the small print” to justify the increase, but instead of spending “thousands and thousands” in court to fight it, they immediately began scouring the area for a new location to rent. The search for a safe space, at a reasonable price, proved fruitless in an area where small

who are overweight and unmotivated suddenly discover a passion for sport that can lead them to university studies; and kids who are surrounded by classmates who are into drugs and have criminal records find a better way to spend their time. “We keep them out of that. We give them that place to go to at night,” Derek says. “There’s many kids who would be in a world of trouble if this hadn’t come along.” Not running Tsunami as a full-blown commercial entity was a major key to success, adds Derek, who credits the family atmosphere the club brought as the biggest reason its programs thrived. “Our team is very welcoming and helpful,” says Derek, whose club had around 150 members, including two dozen with a competitive focus in wrestling. “Everyone’s got their story here and their troubles and a situation that’s maybe not entirely ideal at home, so as a result, there’s a tremendous amount of understanding for the person who comes in next.” LIGHT AT THE END OF THE TUNNEL

While it wasn’t Option A, Tsunami has found a way to stay alive thanks to the Takahashi Dojo on Melrose Avenue in Hintonburg, where they’ll now run a wrestling program three nights a week. St. Paul High School students Torin and Adam Macfadyen, whose mother is part of the Takahashi family that has produced multiple Olympians in judo, won wrestling national titles under Kossatz last year and represented Canada at the cadet world championships, which helped facilitate the new partnership. “The Takahashis have given us almost an ideal situation,” says Derek, who felt fortunate to find new business partners that they also truly like as people. “It’s a great opportunity for them and us. They are No. 1 in the region for judo and we are certainly No. 1 in Eastern Ontario for wrestling. “It’s a good fit, and it could possibly be great for both of us, but it’s a scary prospect because we essentially have to move across town and start over.” There will no longer be a Tsunami karate program, but the arrangement will allow the club’s top wrestlers to continue training as they usually would, albeit a bit farther from home. The wrestling group was particularly disappointed to hear the news of the closing, but like they do on the mat, Derek says, there was a quick moment to sulk and now the focus is on getting back to work. “For us, it’s the same core, the same athletes, the same coaches, the same mats, we’re just in a different room,” says Derek. “It’s been a lot of hard work and sleepless nights just to keep this team going and to keep the club alive. It’s been a very challenging time. “Now we just need to win some medals and put the past behind us.”

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February 21:St. Luke’s Anglican Church, located at 760 Somerset Street West, will host “Home of the Best Anglican Pancakes” with supper at 6 p.m. and silent auction from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Adults are $8 and seniors are $6. Children under 12 are $5 or a family with children (any number) is $20. The event is accessible and there is an elevator available.

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ries about trafficked women and girls emerge and a character name Celestine, a Nigerian who was trafficked in Italy for eight years, tells her own story throughout the play and how she’s now trying to build a life in Canada with her son. Fraser-Purdy said it’s important for people in Ottawa to look around, and see what the situation is like in their communities. “There are women here in Ottawa being trafficked,” she said. “Anywhere you look, you can find trafficking. It’s not unique to third world countries – it’s everywhere.” She said it was important for her to bring the story to audiences in Westboro since it was such a success at the Ottawa Fringe Festival and was honoured with a performance at the Women’s World 2011 Conference. Fraser-Purdy wanted to stress that the play is not about “man-hating,” but about what kinds of circumstances drag each participant into the world of human trafficking. “All of the characters are

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33. Hold a particular posture 34. South American Indian 35. Paying attention to 36. Wife of a maharaja 37. Mild yellow Dutch cheese 38. Central Br. province in India 39. 4th month (abbr.) 43. Grooved carpentry joint 44. Present formally 46. Skeletal muscle 47. -__, denotes past 48. Aba ____ Honeymoon 51. Young lady 53. Any of the Hindu sacred writing 54. Where Adam and Eve were placed 56. Promotional materials 57. Play a role 58. Arrived extinct

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SAGITTARIUS – Nov 23/Dec 21 SAGITTARIUS - Nov 23/Dec 21 Too many projects You’re in over your head, Sagittarius. You’re to take a fashion risk,you Sagittarius. Inspired by and notready enough helpers can leave feeling overthe runwayYou andmay passersby, window shopping and find a whelmed. want togo tackle one thing at a time. look that appeals to you. The results may be surprising.

CAPRICORN – -Dec 22/Jan 20 20 CAPRICORN Dec 22/Jan Capricorn, be newassertive beginnings have arrived and excited Capricorn, when expressing an you’re important about allthis of the prospects. Others may share your but opinion week. Your message will be loud andjoy clear, not to the extent you do. impact. and it will make athat significant AQUARIUS Jan 21/Feb AQUARIUS – -Jan 21/Feb 18 18 Aquarius, arecautious great inwith a group you’re Aquarius, although it’s alrightyou to be your setting, decisions, but equally as impressive all onindicate your own. Stepnot outready solo for anda taking much too long could you’re experience a change of pace this week. change. Soon a spouse or partner will grow impatient. PISCES - Feb 19/Mar 20 PISCES – of Febuncertainty 19/Mar 20transform into something much Feelings It’s hard to accept helpNow sometimes, Pisces. Buthas help is what more tangible, Pisces. you know what been you needyou. right now. Accept it with open arms. bugging

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