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Making Ottawa home Habib Zahori rode a bicycle across the Canadian border from Maine Melissa Murray mmurray@metroland.com

Having been in Ottawa for only two months, Habib Zahori takes a seat at a table as the sun streams inside city hall. His eyeglasses, which transition from clear seeing glasses to sunglasses in the light, stay a dull shade of grey from the

sunlight he sits in. “I like the sun,” Zahori said. “Where I come from, we get about 300 days of sun each year.” Zahori grew up in Kabul, Afghanistan. He has already experienced the brutal cold that Ottawa has to offer, including those days this February when temperatures hit -17 C,

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Habib Zahori has settled in Ottawa after cycling across the Canadian border from Maine on Jan. 2. At his court hearing in March, Zahori was granted conventional refugee status because of his work in Afghanistan as a journalist and interpreter. feeling, just something. I felt this bubble of tension around me,” he said. He had a friend drive him to the border, and he crossed into New Brunswick on a bicycle through the snow. It was Jan. 2 and it was snowing. “I’ve never felt that cold,”

Zahori said. The roads were covered in snow; he could barely see where he should be travelling. His GPS wouldn’t register his location. “Nothing works there. It was like somewhere on the moon. There are trees and just one road and every few kilometres there’s a house.”

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The city already offers discounted passes for students, people on disability and seniors. The discounts cost the city $16.3 million annually. The staff report estimated that 8,800 people are low income, but don’t fall into the categories, and therefore pay full price for their pass. Currently the full price is $103.75 a month, but the price is set to rise once the new fare table is rolled out next month. Trevor Haché, who spoke to the commission on behalf of the Healthy Transportation Coalition, said more than 2,400 people had signed their names to a petition in favour of a low-income pass. “It’s the right thing to do,” Haché said before the meeting. The commission was presented with two options; one would discount the pass by 24 per cent – similar to the student pass, but still more than $80. The cost for that would be in the neighbourhood of $1.6 million. Statistics Canada defines the lowincome cut off as lower than $20,000 in annual income for a single person. The number rises with the size of the family unit. The second option is the one favoured by the coalition. It would give people of low income a discount of 62 per cent – roughly the same as the community pass for people on the Ontario Disability Support Program. That option would cost $3.3 million. “We have to think about what kind of city we want to live in,” said Heather Stecher, who spoke to the commission of behalf of the Association of Communities for Reform Now. “People of low income should be able to participate in all institutions.” Stecher said going grocery shopping could take as many as three days while she follows the sales; adding access to affordable transit is key to quality of life. As part of his pitch to the commission, Haché outlined some possible ways the city could find the funds to pay for a pass. The proposals included road user fees and increase in the transit levy for homeowners. Haché said the options could be sent out to the public in the form of a ranked ballot. As a result of a motion by commissioner Blair Crew, the city will ask the province to fund the pass. General manager of community

and social services, Aaron Burry support the move. “Transit is becoming an essential service and should be included in the basic needs, with shelter and food,” he said, adding the province is set to review the social assistance programs. Kanata North Coun. Marianne Wilkinson said there’s a will to have

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the pass, but the commission is unsure how to implement it. “Whichever route we choose, we don’t have the money,” KnoxdaleMerivale Coun. Keith Egli said. Kitchissippi Coun. Jeff Leiper put forward a motion directing staff to include options for a low-income pass in the fare table. The motion says the discount has to be between 25 and 60 per cent. Under Leiper’s motion, the money would come from adjusting other fares to make up the difference. Commission chair Stephen Blais took on the task, but did balk at the suggestion that seniors be made to pay the cost of a low-income pass, when it was suggested that being a senior doesn’t necessarily make one low income. “So you want to take away discounts for seniors to pay for a low income pass?” he asked. OC Transpo is set to release a new fare table next month, as part of the decision during the city’s budget process. General manager John Manconi also said they’d be doing a report to look at declining ridership levels. Manconi said transit ridership is down across the country and can be attributed to a host of things – including weather, gas prices and downtown vacancy rates. He promised the report next month would be a “deep dive” that looks at all factors. “It’s about 90 per cent of what the target is,” he said.

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“To tell you the truth, I was so ready to be arrested. I was cold, and I was so miserable. I thought, I don’t care if they arrest me and just send me back to Afghanistan,” Zahori said. He was taken to a detention centre and questioned by two intelligence officers. He was offered a blanket, food and water and they asked him, “What do you want?” His answer: to claim asylum. “I was desperate. When you are desperate, you do whatever comes to your mind first. I was desperate to cross the border and that’s what I did,” he said. Zahori made his way to Wolfville, N.S. Then, on March 2, he flew to Toronto for his court hearing for his asylum claim. The judge found him to be a conventional refugee, someone outside of his or her home country, who is unwilling to return because of a fear of persecution.

Zahori qualifies because in Afghanistan he worked as a journalist and he is also in danger because of his mere association with foreigners. A report released by Human Rights Watch, in January 2015, documents “harassment, intimidation and attacks on journalists.” According to an Afghan media advocacy organization, called Nai, attacks on journalists went up 64 per cent in 2014 – the most violent year on record. Journalists are threatened with imprisonment or death. Initially an interpreter for foreign media outlets, Zahori eventually became a “fixer”, someone who schedules interviews and arranges transportation, before becoming a freelance reporter. Zahori speaks four languages – English, Hindi, Persian and Pashto. When Zahori finished his undergraduate degree in medicine in 2009, he planned to be a doctor, but at the time he was financially responsible for his family

and the money as an interpreter was much better. “I could make just 50 a month, or I could work as an interpreter with these foreign media outlets and make enough money to look after the family,” Zahori said.

‘When I left, things were slowly getting out of control. I could not travel to places I had gone to six months ago.’ HABIB ZAHORI

So he made his choice, translating interviews for the Christian Science Monitor, Wall Street Journal, BBC, New Yorker, Time and Washington Post. He would travel for weeks, out on assignment with foreign correspondents,

to some of Afghanistan’s most dangerous and most newsworthy places. “My parents were not happy about it. You know when you are desperate you do anything and that was the job, the profession that I put so much time and effort to learn. And I enjoyed it, especially when we would go after big people in the government or the insurgency,” he said. “When I left, things were slowly getting out of control. I could not travel to places I had gone to six months ago.” Luckily, Zahori had something to leave for. He received a scholarship for a two-year international relations masters program in Denver Colo. in international relations. Of up to 3,000 applications, Zahori was one of 75 chosen. “I thought I needed a proper education,” he said, adding his dream job is to work for a human rights organization. His goals and ambitions have led him to Ottawa –

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Brain Imaging Centre opens at The Royal Melissa Murray

Dear neighbours, Spring is finally underway and I hope that you and your families are enjoying the good weather as well as the many exciting ventures in Bay Ward and across Ottawa. Now that spring has arrived let us all remember that children are at play in our parks, at wading pools, splash pads and in our neighbourhoods. I ask that drivers keep an extra eye out for children playing, running and riding bicycles at all times of the day.

Bay Ward’s Annual Mother’s Day Tea I was pleased to host Bay Ward’s 6th Annual Mother’s Day Tea on May 6th. Thank you to all those who came, as always the afternoon was great fun and it was a pleasure to see each of you there. I look forward to hosting it again next year! I would also like to take this opportunity to thank the hard working volunteers and celebrity servers who joined us as well as the event sponsors and partners, Bayshore Shopping Centre, Accora Village, Seniors Solution and Carlingwood Retirement Community. If you attended the tea and would like a photo from the event, please contact my office.

Al and Betty Arsenault receive the Mayor’s City Builder Award I was pleased to nominate Crystal Beach Lakeview residents Al & Betty Arsenault for the City Builder award and was glad that they received the award during the Council meeting of May 11. The Arseneaults are longtime residents of Crystal Beach Lakeview. Their love of outdoor sports – hockey, skating and curling in particular – fondness for their neighbourhood, and enthusiasm for building community come together in their commitment as volunteers, working with the City’s Seasonal Recreation branch, to construct, create and maintain an outdoor arena and separate three-sheet curling rink in Lakeview Park each winter. Congratulations to Al & Betty and thank you for all you do! You can always find more details for upcoming events and activities in Bay Ward and across Ottawa by following me on Twitter and Facebook or by subscribing to updates at BayWardLive.ca. Should you ever need the assistance of my team please don’t hesitate to reach out. We are happy to help. Sincerely,

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Before The Royal Mental Health Centre unveiled its new Brain Imaging Centre on May 12, caring for patients with mental illness was symptombased. Physicians would ask patients how they felt, what was wrong. But the space’s new centrepiece, a PET-fMRI, will help researchers individualize treatment, actually see what is wrong and help people get better faster. The machine that has two components, one that shows the electrical pulses and neurotransmitters that enable communication throughout the brain and the other shows where something might be going wrong, changes in blood flow and which regions are more or less active. The centre is the brainchild of Dr. Zul Merali, president and CEO of The Royal’s Institute of Mental Health Research. He envisioned a centre such as this eight years ago. “I thought this day would never arrive,” Merali said to a crowded room during the grand opening. Before the official remarks, Merali showed off the new centre and spoke

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Dr. Zul Merali, president and CEO of The Royal’s Institute of Mental Health Research, stands in front of The Royal Mental Health Centre’s new PET-fMRI machine in the newly unveiled Brain Imaging Centre on May 12. about his vision. “If you go to a mechanic, they can see your engine, touch your engine and fix your engine. In the brain, it’s completely encased in skull – you can’t see it and you have to depend on the symptoms that people tell you about,” he said. “The one way to make a dif-

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For the first five years, the machine will be used for research. Merali said it’s needed so researchers and doctors can begin to determine biological markers of different mental illnesses and see who is more likely to respond to specific treatments and to define ways of early diagnosis. The research will focus on depression. Merali said the World Health Organization has determined the No. 1 illness is depression. Depression casts a fairly wide net and includes suicides associated with depression and depressive disorders, including bi-polar disorder and post-traumatic stress disorder. The hospital is working with the Canadian Armed Forces, who invested in the brain imaging technology, for research on mental illness and post-traumatic stress disorder. The Canadian Armed Forces has invested $2.65-million over four years for the collaboration. “When you look at the

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Dr. Georg Northoff, director of the Mind Brain Imaging and Neuroethics research unit at The Royal, left, speaks about his research during the opening of The Royal’s Brain Imaging Centre while sitting with Dr. Pierre Blier, director of the Mood Disorders research unit, centre. Nicole Loreto, vice president of communications and partnerships, right, asked the two doctors questions about their research during the event. brains of someone with posttraumatic stress disorder, in essence, the brain lights up like a Christmas tree,” Merali said. “You don’t have to be a neuroscientist to differentiate the control brain from the brain of someone

with PTSD.” It’s making the invisible struggle visible that was so attractive to the military. “The Royal and the Canadian Armed Forces share a strong dedication to the wellbeing of our soldiers, veterans, and their families and

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Dovercourt responds after being called out for gender-baised camps Melissa Murray mmurray@metroland.com

When Ariel Troster wrote a blog post about gender-biased summer programs offered at Dovercourt Recreation Centre she had no idea it would catch fire. But more than a month after the embers were snuffed out when Dovercourt renamed the programs, she’s impressed with the centre and the city’s response to the broader issue of sexist and gender-biased programming. “We are all learning; not everybody has the same lens and not everyone sees things the same way, but I really believe the city and community association are invested in putting together excellent programming for youth and they saw a mistake and they fixed it and that impressed me,” Troster said in an interview. Troster was invited, on May 10, to a meeting with Kitchissippi and Somerset councillors Jeff Leiper and Catherine McKenney, as well as Dovercourt’s senior director of programs, the city manager of parks and recreation, as well as lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans, two-spirit, queer (LGBTQ+) family engagement organization the Ten Oaks Project. They discussed gender-biased programming and next steps for both the city and community associations. Troster’s blog post went live March 30 and showed a list of a handful of Dovercourt’s programs, including Just Girls and Guys camps, featuring Fit Chicks, Girls Night Out and Real Beauty for girls and Man Cave, Grease Monkeys and

Clubhouse for boys. “They were trying to be catchy and attract attention and attract children to the camps, but they crossed the line,” Troster said. “But I don’t think their intention was ever to be oppressive towards girls, I just think they were being a little bit clever and the cleverness lead to some very sexist language.” Dovercourt responded immediately, pulling down the site and gender neutralizing the language around the programs the next day. While Troster said there aren’t any immediate answers, the meeting was an opportunity to build relationships and talk about future steps because the best way to address gender bias in the children’s programs is to do more research, study and staff training she said. That’s exactly what Dovercourt is planning, said Stephen Nason, Dovercourt’s senior director of programs. “Our first step has been to make sure that all of our programs are open to everybody,” Nason said. He’s also planning to build partnerships from the meeting to talk about training for camp counsellors and drafting policy statements that get emailed out to staff. Nason said the next step is to for Dovercourt to truly become a safe place for children no matter their gender or interests. “So it’s a place that you can come if you are a guy that wants to do his nails and you aren’t going to be bullied, you’re not going to be put down,” Nason said. “We need to look at how do we become that place, how

do make sure our staff at the frontline do that and make that happen.” Nason said he is very interested in working with the Ten Oaks Project, for example, a group that leads in its work to be inclusive and advocate for the LGBTQ+ community. “They are way out in front of us in that because they are dealing with a lot of these issues. They are seeing a lot of the struggles that the rest of us aren’t seeing because we are still programming almost in the 18th century,” he said, adding there’s a lot of work still left to do and a lot of options for moving forward. Going forward, any girls or boys only programs will have to be justified, and more than just, ‘it’s always been done that way.’ But in some cases, like girls and sports, having the separation can be explained, he said. Previously, the 10-13 year-old boys would take over and “act like idiots,” Nason said, which is why there’s an offering for girls only. And no one is disputing there’s a time and place for those types of programs, said Somerset Coun. Catherine McKenney, as long as it’s not just being offered for historic reasons. It’s not just Dovercourt’s eyes that were opened. The city made some last-minute changes to its own recreation guide after Dovercourt’s situation surfaced. “Recently on the website for some of our programs, our swim programs said for girls and women only,” McKenney said. That wasn’t clear for trans women so it was changed

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Dovercourt Recreation Centre staff met with city councillors and community members to talk about how to make its programs more open to everyone. to ‘all women.’ “It’s little things like that that can make the difference,” she said. It’s just the start, according to Kitchissippi Coun. Jeff Leiper. “I’m really pleased with the outcome, I’m absolutely certain that this is not the end of the dialogue, but the beginning,” he said. He added it’s unfortunate it took the nudge of Troster’s

blog post and the ensuing public relations crisis to get all the parties at the same table, but in the end, it was the best outcome. “I wanted to make sure we were taking the steps to make sure we were facing this systemic issue. Now that these folks have met there are more people in the community that an be part of these discussions,” he said.

It’s a conversation that needs to happen and is the next frontier, McKenney said. It goes beyond just summer camp programming. “It’s a mental health issue it’s a societal health issue and if we are taking care of our kids and our youth, then everyone benefits from it.”

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he provincial government has used blackmail to get major centres in Ontario to use the province’s Metrolinx operated Presto payment system as the smart card system for transit fare payment in the province. So it is the province that must make sure that Metrolinx does not gouge municipal transit systems. This issue is top of mind for civic leaders such as Ottawa Mayor Jim Watson these days as the initial contract to use Presto comes up for renewal. Some media reports are even suggesting that Metrolinx is seeking as much as a 10 per cent commission on each Presto transaction. The contract with the company ends in October and at this time that contract requires a two per cent commission be paid on each fare. With the end of the contract will come an increase in the commission, and as Metroland Media reports, it’s just not clear how much that will be. The province must make sure there is a fair fare commission. While Watson said the system has been working well, he doesn’t want the city to be treated as a cash cow by Metrolinx and Presto to fund their operations.

“We think a reasonable fee schedule should be established and we’ve put forward proposals,� Watson said. The mayor noted he plans to travel to Toronto at the end of the month and will meet with several ministers – including Ontario Transportation Minister Steven Del Luca. “Sometimes these issues can be solved by staff, but sometimes they turn political,� he said. “We have let them know very clearly that we want to make sure Presto remains affordable for our passengers, first and foremost, and secondly, for the city.� Watson said the deal has had the effect of creating a monopoly. If OC Transpo doesn’t use the proprietary payment system, the city isn’t eligible for the millions in funding it receives annually from provincial gas tax transfers. What gas tax revenue has to do with a specific transit system fare payment system is anyone’s guess, but that is the blackmail the province has used to, in essence, create a provincial monopoly. Join up or you won’t get your gas tax money. If the mob did that it would be called a shakedown. When the province does it, it’s called public policy.

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hese days a lot of attention is being paid in the news media to the problems of people finding a washroom appropriate to their gender. Much less attention is paid to the problem of people finding a washroom at all. You might be familiar with a recent study conducted by Carleton University Social Work students who looked at public toilets owned and operated by the City of Ottawa. The study unearthed accessibility problems and signage problems. But the most significant finding was that “45 per cent of the City of Ottawa public toilets were unavailable for access, either due to seasonal or daily closures.� That study, it should be added, was conducted during normal operating hours, 9 to 5. Let’s

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imum of two hours. Fortunately, there is a clubhouse building with washrooms. But the washroom doors are locked. Ridiculous things happen then. The mother of a player borrows a car and drives to the nearest McDonald’s to use the washroom. A child who can’t get to a restaurant pees in the bushes. The bushes abut someone’s back yard. The person whose back yard it is yells at the child. The child probably wasn’t the first to use those bushes. Oddly, toilets are available in some parks with no clubhouse buildings because a porta potty has been installed. There is no logic to it. You know why those washrooms aren’t open. They need to be staffed, it is felt, staffing costs money and the city is always looking for ways to save it. DISTRIBUTION INQUIRIES 5SBDJ$BNFSPO ADMINISTRATION: %POOB5IFSJFO HOME BUILDERS ACCOUNTS SPECIALIST (FPGG)BNJMUPO DISPLAY ADVERTISING: (JTFMF(PEJO,BOBUB 3BOEZ0MNTUFBE0UUBXB8FTU $JOEZ(JMCFSU0UUBXB4PVUI $BSMZ.D(IJF0UUBXB&BTU +JMM.BSUJO/FQFBO $BUIFSJOF-PXUIJBO#BSSIBWFO#FMMT$PSOFST  .JLF4UPPEMFZ4UJUUTWJMMF "OOJF%BWJT0UUBXB8FTU 3JDP$PSTJ"VUPNPUJWF$POTVMUBOU #MBJS,JSLQBUSJDL0SMFBOT CLASSIFIED ADVERTISING SALES: 4IBSPO3VTTFMM

But this is one expenditure that might actually win votes. Not to sound like a broken record, but maybe some of the money allotted to the big 2017 celebrations could be diverted. Or maybe the city could come to an agreement with sports leagues or community associations. Whatever the solution, one is needed. The arguments in favour of more public washrooms open for longer hours hardly need repeating: the population is aging; the number of people with debilitating conditions who can’t be far from a washroom is growing. Beyond that, our aim should be to get both you and older people out of the house and more active, since that is essential both for physical and mental health. We don’t want people staying in who should be out. The Carleton study should help, that’s for sure. The city’s ini-

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Library board approves plan for public engagement jennifer.mcintosh@metroland.com

The Ottawa Public Library Board approved a plan for public engagement on May 10 over the development of a new main branch in the city’s core. The city has retained PACE – the same consultant the Ottawa Hospital used for its expansion plans of the Civic campus.

‘We want it to have all the programs and services we need and be beautiful and accessible.’ DANIELLE MCDONALD OTTAWA PUBLIC LIBRARY CEO

The first round of consultations is set to take to take place on May 16 at city hall. Library CEO Danielle McDonald said the process was “sufficiently agile” to take staff through the city-building initiative.

“We are continuing to build public trust in the process,” she said. The May consultations will speak to site criteria. “We will ask the public what’s important to them,” McDonald said, adding public opinion will be weighted with best practices and expert opinions. Participants will be given two weeks to fill out a questionnaire following the consultation. The city has an ongoing call for sites, which is open until May 20. Two consultations will be held in June – one at city hall and one at the Library and Archives Canada, because staff are still doing a dual track process – preparing for a standalone facility and a joint one with Library and Archives Canada. Library board chairman Tim Tierney said he’s hoping the beginning of the public input period will help allay some of the concerns residents had about a fixed site process. “I am a visual person, so now we can look ahead to the next marker,” he said. When asked about the possibil-

ity of an international design competition, McDonald said it’s too early to say. “We want it to have all the programs and services we need and be beautiful and accessible,” she said. “That’s the objective. But how we get there, we will have to determine that.” A short list of potential sites will come back to the board on July 12. The board will have what Mc-

Donald called the decision package – the partnership, financing and project delivery method, including the site –

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Keeping busy can have a nice calming effect

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or more than a decade, as a freelance journalist and consultant, I’ve done the bulk of my writing work at home. In theory, this has been

an opportunity for me to have flexibility of time – appointments with clients in the morning, put dinner on mid-day, attend family appointments and be here to greet the kids after school.

Although it seems ideal from the outside looking in, it has also meant working many evenings and weekends to try to make up for any lost time during the day.

But there’s a single point in the day that has slowly started to chip away at me. About four years ago, I was determined to stop work entirely, when possible, 20 minutes before the kids rolled in the door.

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I had found that working right up until I heard their footsteps on the porch made me feel like they were constantly interrupting my work flow. Instead, I timed out my day to end early, so I could shift gears and ideally be mentally prepared for their infinite after school demands – hunger, homework, complaints about social woes – whatever they can throw at me, really. I realized, however, that over the past six months, I’ve started to dread this point in the day. Rather than welcoming my kids with open arms – “how was your day?” And “here’s some hummus” – I feel agitated anticipating their return. Behavioural economics and psychology researcher, Dan Ariely, may have helped me put my finger on the problem. I have an aversion to idleness. “Staying put and doing nothing is much more annoying than being active,” writes Ariely in his 2015 book, Irrationally Yours. To explain this theory, Ariely summarizes a highly-efficient system

implemented by an airline, whereby passenger luggage was automatically located to the carousel nearest the arrival gate. “After the new system was implemented, the carousel was much closer and people would walk just a short distance, find the carousel, and wait a bit for their luggage,” he explains. Sounds great! But it turned out passengers hated spending time standing and waiting. Because the passengers arrived before their luggage in many cases, it also contributed to them worrying that their suitcases may have been lost. In the end, Ariely tells us, the airline ditched the “efficient algorithm” and found passengers were much happier spending the time walking a longer distance, with a greater chance at finding their luggage waiting for them. Aversion to idleness: It’s the reason people take the gamble to walk to the next bus stop if transit is running late. And I’m sure it’s one of

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In actuality, there’s no reason for me to be idle at the end of my work day. Typically, prior to the kids’ arrival, my kitchen is full of dirty dishes from that morning’s breakfast. (Working from home has required me to set distinct limits on how much time I spend doing domestic chores during the day – typically zero). And there’s the hummus to prepare. Neither of those tasks are particularly desirable, but if Ariely’s theory holds true, I will be distinctly more calm if I engage in an activity at the end of the day, rather than stand and wait with a cup of tea by the window.

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Presto could become political issue: Watson Jennifer McIntosh jennifer.mcintosh@metroland.com

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One, two, three, draw Mary Brauner, from Ottawa East, Mark Stephenson, from Centrepointe, and Crystal Beshara, from Nepean, compete during a live art competition during the Hintonburg Happening Closing Party on May 14. The street party featured live performances, beer tents, crafts and maker market.

When questioned about the possibility of a hike in the cost of using the Presto payment system on city buses, Mayor Jim Watson said the issue may have to turn political. While Watson said the system has been working well, he said he didn’t want the city to be treated as a cash cow by Metrolinx and Presto to fund their operations. The city’s 10-year contract with the company ends in October and requires a twoper cent commission be paid on each fare. With the end of the contract, will come an increase in the commission, it’s just not clear how much. “We think a reasonable fee schedule should be established and we’ve put forward proposals,” Watson said. Watson said he plans to

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tirely with staff. She said some councillors may delay a name change because of concern over how residents will react. Frank Bidin, chief building official for the city, said the work should be done in the first quarter of 2017. There were 150 street names to be changed last year. Bidin said there are about 45 where the city has yet to start the process. Chiarelli said it may be difficult for residents to understand the reasons for doing it, which in turn has slowed the process. He added the delay may be a good thing because now the streets can honour trailblazing women. In the fall, GloucesteSouthgate Coun. Diane Deans and Chiarelli submitted the names of 11 women who they deemed to be trailblazers. The names have been vetted and pre-approved through the city’s commemorative street naming process. Any street names in Deans’ or Chiarelli’s wards that need

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A small crowd of protesters gathered at the Dow’s Lake Pavilion on May 15 to join a global protest movement. The group, part of Greenpeace Ottawa, hit the water in canoes and kayaks in an attempt to raise awareness around a global protest of big carbon projects. Julia Levin, from Greenpeace, said each global event

was aimed at protesting a project that was close to home. “We are protesting the Energy East pipeline, because that hits home for us,” she said. Just the day before, hundreds of protests gathered around the Kinder Morgan facility in Burnaby, B.C. Protestors aregue that fossil fuels should remain in the ground and want the federal government to initiate a shift

towards clean energy. Levin said that protestors were concentrating on 14 “carbon bubbles,” such as the oil sands. “In the U.K. (United Kingdom) they are protesting a coal mine,” she said. Levin said the weather was working against them as the temperatures dipped and the skies turned grey. “We hope to grow the movement over other events and social media,” she said.

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28-year-old arrested after Wellington Street, Blackburn robberies Charges range from wearing a disguise to uttering threats and possession of a weapon Brier Dodge brier.dodge@metroland.com

A 28-year-old man has been arrested after five Ottawa robberies, including two at the Bank of Montreal in Blackburn Hamlet.

The most recent robbery was at 10:15 a.m. on May 16 at the BMO at 2666 Innes Rd. The man was charged with five counts of robbery, five counts of wearing a disguise, three counts of

possession of a weapon for the commission of an offence, one count of uttering threats and three counts of possession of proceeds of crime. An arrest warrant was obtained on May 9 for three of the robberies, but additional charges have been laid since. He was caught on May 19 after he entered the plaza on

Innes Road with a note demanding money. He fled on foot before police arrived, but was arrested later in the day. The same BMO in Blackburn Hamlet was robbed on March 24, where he was disguised and armed with a knife. He is also charged in relation to a March 19 robbery

along the 1000 block of Wellington St., and April 11 and May 3 robberies in the 1100 block of Wellington St. On March 19, he was disguised and armed with a knife and demanded money and cigarettes from a convenience store. On April 11 and May 3 he entered a bank and

demanded money. The 28-year-old was due in court on May 17, the day after the Blackburn Hamlet bank robbery. Anyone with information on these or other robberies can contact the robbery unit at 613-236-1222 ext. 5116. Anonymous tips can be submitted to Crime Stoppers.

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Taking a Porsche or two for a spin an exhilarating experience Michelle Nash Baker michelle.nash@metroland.com

For one day the Canadian Tire Centre’s parking lot turned into an miniature auto slalom Porsche race track and living out a small, but exciting dream to be a race car driver, I had the opportunity to test my skills. The engine purred, as I got ready to take on the course. Seated beside me was my coach – former Porsche race car driver Kees Nierop – and so with a thrust of the throttle I lurched forward and hugged the corners and there it was, one quick boot around the course and in this car – a Porsche 911Carera 4 Coupe – I immediately felt like I could take on any race car driver. Laughing, Nierop said I probably needed a few more

times around the track, but what does a former racer who has been driving Porsches since the 1979 know more than a first-time eager driver would? Next up I sat myself down in the 911 Carrera’s more powerful sister, the 4S and took on the track again. I would like to say I could hang up my press hat and notpad and move on to racing full time… but it’s more probable that Nierop is right and the hat and notepad should remain the tools of my trade. Nierop and fellow Ottawa native Travis Hill were the two brave coaches whoon May 14 took 12 lucky individuals, myself included, out on the town with eight Porsche 911s. The event is part of Porsche Cars Canada’s 911

Grand Tour, a nation-wide drive event. The event will travel across Canada to various Porsche Centres to promote the brand and the new Porsche 911 models – the Carrera Coupe, Carrera Cabriolet, Carrera S Coupe, Carrera S Cabriolet, Carrera 4 Coupe, Carrera 4S Coupe, Targa 4 and the Targa 4S. Here in Ottawa, Mark Motors Porsche located in Vanier organized the event which offers people the test drive chance of a lifetime – an hour-long street drive and of course, the mini-race track – which by the way, in case you were wondering, the sports car stops on a dime… after testing out just how fast it can take off. See REPORTER, page 19

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The Porsche 911 model, Carrera Coupe is a fun little sports car to drive. Full of power and comfort, this little $120,000 car is definitely a once-in-a-lifetime car. One of eight Porsche available to take for a spin at Porsche Cars Canada’s 911 Grand Tour on May 14 at the Canadian Tire Centre, Mark Motors Porsche organized the event, which included an hour-long street drive and a mini auto slalom race track.

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Reporter takes the test drive of a lifetime City Councillor/Conseiller Municipal River Ward/Quartier Rivière Carlington Hill Mountain Bike Proposal On Wednesday May 25, the Carlington Community Association will host their AGM at the Alexander Community Centre, commencing at 7pm which will include a community vote on a proposal from the Ottawa Mountain Bike Association (OMBA) to develop part of the Carlington Hill as part of a mountain bike trail and course. Please note, since the March 23 public presentation made by OMBA, the proposal has been reduced in size and scope. Details about the proposal may be found on the CCA’s website at www.carlingtoncommunity.org or by contacting my office. This is a public meeting and all are welcome. Members of the CCA will be entitled to vote and membership may be applied for at the meeting. This is a non-binding vote and will simply assist myself and City officials in determining the next steps for this project. I will also be in attendance on May 25 to provide a report and encourage you to attend. Carleton Heights Community Garage Sale This Saturday, May 21, the Carleton Heights and Area Residents Association will host their annual community yard sale from 9am-Noon, at the Carleton Heights Community Centre, located at 1665 Apeldoorn Ave. Bike to Work or Around Town Did you know that May is Bike to Work Month. Take a break from your normal routine and try biking in to work at least one day a week. The City has an extensive network of multi-use pathways, cycling lanes, cycle tracks and paved shoulders that connect communities across the city and has made it easier than ever to commute to work by bike. If your commute is a little long for cycling, try riding to your nearest Transitway Station, O-Train Trillium Line Station, or Park and Ride lot and lock your bike up there. Cyclists can Rack & Roll with OC Transpo and load their bike onto the front of one of the 450 buses equipped with a bike rack, including all articulated and double-decker buses. Have a look at the advanced planner on octranspo.com to see which trips have bicycle racks. Bicycles can also be transported year-round on the O-Train Trillium Line. The City offers a number of cycling education courses through its Cycling Education Program. These are led by nationally-certified instructors to help residents become more comfortable and confident on the road. More information about courses is available at ottawa.ca/bikeschool. Summer Camp Registration Register for a City of Ottawa summer day camp by June 1, 2016 and you could be one of 25 lucky campers to win your week’s cost back, up to a value of $250. Throughout the summer, in a facility near you, find active, imaginative and challenging programs that will entertain and educate campers. Program options include swimming, out-trips and special guests. For a complete list of camps available and contest details, visit ottawa.ca/summer camps.

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Even though the event offers the chance to take on a track, it is not an event to improve personal driving skills – Porsche has specific training schools for that if you’re interested in Montreal – but instead, according to Porsche, the driving sessions are developed to make the experience of the Porsche 911 model range memorable. The event is centered on presenting the new models and all that they can do for the average, city/country driving Porsche owner. An unbelievable experience,

and one not likely to happen outside of my job – the base Carrera 4 model starts at $120,000 and with multiple features – rear-mounted 370-horsepower 3.0-litre, twin-turbo six-cylinder engine with the S models make up 420-horsepower, the option to choose a manual or optional dual-clutch automatic transmission (both 7-speeds) as a coupe, convertible, or Targa and the option to choose 2-wheel or all-wheel drive that price climbs up to almost $200,000 -- this is not just any car. But for the lucky few that had a chance to test drive it,

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to 26 models not all the same on the road this year. I come from a sports car loving family. I have had a few other lucky sports car driving opportunities in the past. My dad’s 1975 Corvette; his 1979 Bricklin – that thing was a powerhouse. Then there was a brother-in-law’s Honda Prelude. That too had power – but who are we kidding. Nothing really compares to those Porsches (Okay, maybe the Corvette, but it’s currently on blocks for the third time in my thirty-something lifetime) So if you have an extra $200,000 kicking around, it’s definitely worth it. Just for the turbo engine alone. It definitely will make getting that milk run in the middle of the night worth it. I promise you.

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Councillor’s pitch to expand photo radar pilot project rejected at council Watson says original motion is a fair compromise Jennifer McIntosh jennifer.mcintosh@metroland.com

An attempt by River Ward Coun. Riley Brockington to expand the city’s proposed pilot program for photo radar failed at council on May 11. Brockington called the plan to petition the province for a pilot project that would place photo radar in some school zones and allow councillors to request speed limits be decreased from 50 kilometres per hour to 40, a watered-down compromise A compromise was exactly what Mayor Jim Watson was looking for with the plan, which would also direct revenues from photo radar tickets be placed in a special

account to be used solely for road safety initiatives. “People are concerned about it being a cash grab, or used as a way to finance the budget,” Watson said. “This way we have a targeted area that we can look at again after the pilot.” Brockington said limiting the pilot project to school zones, doesn’t really address the issue of student safety. “I have four schools off of Walkley (Road),” Brockington said. “The pilot will be on the residential streets the schools are on, but there isn’t a problem with speeding on those streets.” Capital Ward Coun. David Chernushenko said he has the same problem in his ward – except it’s Bank Street instead. Rideau-Rockliffe Coun. Tobi Nussbaum said one of his children bikes about 700 metres to school, both in school zones and out.

He said that Brockington’s motion was a practical way of respecting the fact that there’s a reluctance to go “whole hog.” College Ward Coun. Rick Chiarelli said he worried about the potential for Brockington’s motion to be a gateway to having photo radar on every street. “It’s like a bag of potato chips, you say you’re going to have only one and then the whole bag is gone,” he said. Chiarelli said to change the behaviour of drivers – which is the ultimate goal – the best tool is police presence. “Seeing someone pulled over is the best way for people on the road to slow down,” he said. “Not a ticket in the mail four weeks later.” Chiarelli also said police officers have expertise that you don’t get from a camera. He used the example of an officer detecting alcohol on

a driver’s breath, or finding evidence of a major crime in a random traffic stop. Michael Powell, from Safe Streets Ottawa, who made a pitch for the project at the transportation committee, said while he’d like to see it expanded, he’d rather the limited version than nothing. “It’s a good idea to have photo radar everywhere,” he said. “I am confident the pilot will show the value of enforcing speed where it is set up.” Watson said there’s no money in the city’s coffers to put photo radar on every street. Even though council approved the original motion for a limited to school zones application of photo radar, ultimately it is up to the province as the city needs provincial approval to be allowed to utilize photo radar in a pilot project

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Ottawa to host western-themed fundraiser for Fort McMurray Jennifer McIntosh jennifer.mcintosh@metroland.com

Ottawa is going western in support of Fort McMurray. Mayor Jim Watson and Ottawa Senators defenceman Chris Phillips, who grew up and has family in Fort McMurray, announced a beer and pizza night aimed at raising funds to help rebuild the city after devastating forest fires caused the Alberta city to be completely evacuated in the largest mass scale evacuation in Canadian history. The Ottawa4FortMac fundraiser will be held at the Aberdeen Pavilion, 1000 Exhibition Way, on June 8 from 6:30 to 10:30 p.m. The event will have a western theme, with live country music, pizza and craft beer. “Every little bit helps,” Phillips said, adding that all the funds will go to the Red Cross to help relief efforts in Fort McMurray. Watson said that now that the immediate threat to that city from the fires has eased, the real work begins.

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Mayor Jim Watson and Ottawa Senator Chris Phillips, in centre holding Ottawa4FortMac sign, are joined by city councillors on May 11 to announce a city fundraising event in support of the Alberta city. The fundraiser, called Ottawa4FortMac, will be at the Aberdeen Pavilion on June 8. “It’s going to take a lot to rebuild,” he said. “There are fundraising efforts going on in individual neighbourhoods, but we thought it was important to do one as a city.” Watson said that while there is no set fundraising

goal, organizers are hoping to raise tens of thousands of dollars for the relief efforts. Tickets for the fundraiser will be available early next week. The city isn’t the only one pitching in to help out. Ottawa Race Weekend

director John Halverson announced May 10 that participants will be able to send their race funds to the Red Cross and their Alberta Fires campaign. The province of Ontario announced May 11 that it would be contributing

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After serving the capital for nearly 8o years, Ottawa Neighbourhood Services has officially closed their doors. Even though the charity received notice of eviction in early May, staff and volunteers were still devastated a week later when locks were put on the doors, with the majority of their stock still inside the warehouse on Rideau Heights Drive in Nepean. “I was still hoping for a miracle,” said Patricia Lemieux, the president of ONS. Lemieux said volunteers and staff were scrambling to find places to hold nearly 2,700 kilograms of stock before the eviction deadline on May 10. But inconsistent access to the building presented a problem. Lemieux said organizers had hoped to hold a last big sale on the property on Saturday to try and get some much-needed funds and get rid of some of the stock they still had on shelves.

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Staff and volunteers stand in front of the tractor at their building on Rideau Heights Drive on May 10 after being locked out by the landlord because of back rent owed. “We had volunteers sitting out in the lot, waiting to sort but we couldn’t get in the building,” she said, barely holding back tears. A young woman even walked all the way to the warehouse from the a bus stop on Colonnade – the closest access to public transit – because she’s staying in a shelter and needed some stuff for her new house now

that she’s been placed. “She said she would take a couch that we had out, but had no way to pick it up,” said Lemieux, who helped the girl find three bags of clothing – at no charge – and even dropped her off so she didn’t have to walk across the field with the heavy bags. The stars have been aligned against the charity it seems, who have been in debt for

years, since two fires at the store front they rent on City Centre forced them into the out-of-way spot on Rideau Heights Drive. It’s not the first time the charity has gotten behind on rent. They owed $50,000 last summer, which was paid off by a generous donor, but it’s not going to happen this time. The charity is behind three months on their rent,

which was $9,500 per month, but the landlord increased it when they went into arrears, Lemieux said. The total added up quickly and they’re now facing a bill of more than $53,000. Lemieux said the charity is also on the hook for landlord’s lawyer fees. Volunteer Maria Hawkins has taken the move by the landlord to heart – taking to Facebook to her outrage at the charity being charged for the removal of their stock. “Ottawa Neighbourhood Services will be billed for the removal and disposal of perfectly good donations,” she wrote on Facebook on May 10. “Your donations, my donations, community donations are just being swept away.” Johnathon Rapp, the executive director of Dovercourt Recreation Centre, said the city will lose a great service if ONS can’t find a new home. Rapp worked with ONS to get a grant from United Way for the work the charity was doing to provide clothing and other household items

to Syrian Refugees. Unfortunately, the United Way isn’t announcing the names of grant recipients until next Month. “I don’t know if they’ll be around by then,” Rapp said. Rapp, like Lemieux, said fraudulent clothing donations boxes across the city caused the charity to take a hit. “It really knocked the stuffing out of them,” he said. Lemieux is down, but not out, she urged the public to get a hold of staff through the email ottawaneighbourhoodservices@hotmail.com if they have any warehouse or storage space. Luckily, Gervais Towing has offered a temporary home for their tractor and other equipment. “We are very grateful to Gervais,” Lemieux said. College Coun. Rick Chiarelli is on the hunt for storage space and is hoping to be able to offer a space originally meant for Capital Welcomes – a charity that helps with providing Syrian Refugees with supplies and social opportunities. “They were offered two spots and I think will only need one,” he said.

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Proposed job cuts won’t hinder the public school board’s ability to handle the influx of Syrian refugees starting in the 2016-2017 school year, says board chair Shirley Seward. The Ottawa-Carleton District School Board was faced with a budget shortfall at the beginning of their annual budgeting process that amounted to $14.4 million. The first phase of cuts, which dealt with in house programming, led to increased fees for before and after school child care and a change in French instruction for primary grades. There were also some changes to the learning disabilities program. Those changes generated $5.1 million. In March, the board approved a series of job cuts that saved another $3.9 million. Which means there’s still a $5.4 million shortfall. The staff report says the budget is part of a three-year effort to get spending more

aligned with funding levels from the Ministry of Education. The last round of cuts will mean a loss of five nonunionized administrative positions for a total savings of $680,000. A rejigging of learning support services will include the increase of two full-time equivalent speech and language pathologists to support the 50:50 English and French kindergarten program. Another two full-time educational assistants will be added to support the new kindergarten program. The cuts will include the reduction of three educational assistants, the loss of almost the equivalent of one fulltime social worker, the loss of a psychologist and a general reduction of 13 full-time educational assistant positions. There will also be a decrease of five full-time positions, but the report says six new custodial positions will be added. “Staff has carefully considered the needs of students and changing demands upon

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the department as we continue to implement changes to our service delivery and geographic model. There will be some impact on caseloads in social work and psychology but student needs will be met,” the report reads. The job cuts are just the latest in a slew of planned cuts for next year’s budget. The board approved cutting 73 positions in March. Nancy Akehurst, the president of the education support bargaining unit of the Ottawa Secondary School Teachers’ Federation, said that support staff is already cut to the bone. “These cuts will have a huge impact on the students and the community,” she said. Akehurst said that while the numbers don’t seem that bad, the changes could be more widespread based on the nature of the employees. “A cut of 22.5 full-time equivalent positions could mean as many as 75 members are changing positions,” she said, adding some staff are part-time, or cover off more than one position

and split their hours. And it’s not just social workers and education assistants Akehurst is worried about. She said that cuts to office administration positions will have an impact as well. She expressed concern about staff being moved around to accommodate the cuts and support new students. Despite the influx of refugees to the city, staff recommended cutting four ESL staff in March. Akehurst said that the new students will have a slate of needs that will require the work of psychologists and social workers, but those are among the positions being cut. Donna Blackburn, the trustee who represents parts of Nepean and Barrhaven, said that the board will still be able to give students a good education. “Any time we cut I find it’s problematic and maybe some of those positions will be saved, but I’m confident moving forward we can continue to give our students a good

education,” she said. Despite this, she said some of the cuts could have been avoided. “In my personal opinion, we wouldn’t be cutting as much if we hadn’t made wrong-headed decisions earlier in the year,” she said. “For instance, when we threw out the staff recommendation about the before and after care … had we gone with the staff recommendation we would have had $400,000 more in revenue from the before and after care program. So when you take $400,000 you translate that into what we’re looking at, that’s eight educational assistants.” But Seward said the board has the option of rehiring those positions if they find they can’t meet demand once the new students start. She also said staff have built in an extra 100 students into estimates. “I am confident we are prepared,” she said. Seward said the Syrian students are set to go to their home schools. Carson Grove Public School, which already

has 62 and is processing applications for another 62. General Vanier Public School will also get the new students. When asked if the influx of students may cause some of the smaller schools to reach capacity, Seward said staff would start a city-wide process of looking at boundaries and student populations. Formerly known as the accommodation review committee, the process aims to deal with overpopulation in some areas and under-utilized schools in other areas. Seward said the changes should make the rather cumbersome process more streamlined. Seward said the board has been working on the accommodation review process for the past four years, in preparation for changes to provincial guidelines. Ottawa still has a lot of school boundaries that are a result of pre-amalgamation municipal boundaries. Seward encouraged the public to come to the board meetings on May 30 and June 6, so that they can have their say on the budget.

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The Manotick-based Canadian Guide Dogs for the Blind has paired nearly 800 guide dogs with visually impaired Canadians since 1984, and on May 29, Ottawa dogs and their human companions can help add to that number. The organization’s 32nd annual Dollars for Dogs fundraiser will take dogs and owners on a four kilometre walk through Andrew Haydon Park that day in support of guide dog and assistant dog training. Since guide dog training takes two years, during which Canadian Guide Dogs for the Blind covers the bill for paid trainers as well as dogs’ food and any necessary veterinary care, Dollars for Dogs organizer Steven Doucette said that the cost of training a single dog often reaches thousands of dollars. “Probably $40,000 would be the average for what goes into one dog,” Doucette said, adding that part of that cost

also includes hosting a new client at the organization’s training centre in Manotick for four weeks while that person learns to work with the dog. “All of the expenses are covered by the organization.” Those expenses, Doucette said, motivated the charitable organization’s staff and volunteers to co-ordinate the first walk in Manotick back in 1984. While the location has changed since then, the premise of the walk has not. Admission for the May 31 event is $30 with all proceeds going to Canadian Guide Dogs for the Blind, though participants can waive the admission fee by collecting pledges in advance. According to Doucette, the event consistently raises $30,000 each year. As an incentive to come early, the first 100 people to arrive for pre-walk registration between 9:30 and 10:30 a.m. on May 29 will receive a prize, and participants who remain in the park after the walk will be rewarded with a barbecue and door prizes.

Doucette expects at least 100 pairs of owners and dogs to show up, but said that gathering so many dogs in one place has never been an issue. Dogs must be leashed, but more because a city bylaw requires it than to curtail any canine chaos. Partially owing to the good behaviour of its participants, the event has taken place at Andrew Haydon Park since before the space was deemed dog friendly. Until 2009 dogs were forbidden in the park, though the city made a one-day exception each year for the event starting in 2005. Eventually, public consultations revealed that most people were in favour of making the park dog friendly, so, in 2009, the city opened up the park to dog walkers. “It’s a nice park. It’s picturesque and it’s a good location for us because we’re drawing in participants from throughout the national capital area,” Doucette said. “So Andrew Haydon Park is a good central location for most of the city to get to.”

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The Rideau Valley Conservation Authority wants to give local volunteers the opportunity to get up close and personal with Ottawa’s streams, and the tools to care for them. With stream survey season – roughly June to September – approaching, the conservation group is looking for volunteers to join its City Stream Watch program and help monitor, protect and clean up the city’s streams. For those who are uninitiated, unsure or just unacquainted with hip waders, the program’s organizers will host an orientation session at Andrew Haydon Park from 10 a.m. to noon on May 28. “Overall it’s a way to familiarize the volunteers,” said City Stream Watch coordinator Justin Robert, adding that the initial training session is intended to introduce prospective volunteers to the basics of stream sampling and environmental data collection. The 2016 sampling season will focus on monitoring habitat, water and shoreline conditions of four city streams, including taking inventory of the types of fish inhabiting them. The program monitors 25 streams over a six-year rotation, and this year it will collect data on Brassils Creek, north of Merrickville, Graham Creek, in Nepean, Greens

Creek, in Gloucester and McEwan Creek near Hunt Club Road east. “It’s baseline monitoring so we’re just kind of getting a general idea of what’s present across most of the (stream) system,” Robert said. “And at the end of the year we can put together these reports that let us know about all the features that are present.” Volunteering typically involves wading into city streams to collect data including stream width, depth, flow, water temperature and chemistry, as well as making observations about habitats along stream shorelines, and sand, soil and rock conditions of riverbeds. When volunteers or staff identify a problem, it’s usually addressed within weeks. As a result, volunteers are sometimes needed for garbage clean-ups, shoreline planting and invasive species removals. According to Robert, volunteers need not have any prior training in data collection or conservation and Rideau Valley Conservation Authority staff supervises each group session and supplies all of the tools needed for stream surveying. “The protocol itself is very much habitat inventory,” Robert said. “It’s very basic information that’s being collected, so you look at things like maybe the soil element within the water, the shoreline conditions, how healthy they are, what kind of plants are present, are they native

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A car-less couple from the Glebe is looking forward to buying a canoe to get around downtown. Sound crazy? For Laura Smith and Kevin Dorse it isn’t crazy – it’s exciting. Carrying a canoe down a path towards Paterson Creek on May 10, OttawaCentre MP and Minister of Environment and Climate Change Catherine McKenna announced two new paddle access points along the Rideau Canal for enthusiastic paddlers will be available as part of a pilot project this paddling season. “Throwing a canoe over

(existing fencing) isn’t all that easy,” McKenna said, adding that she has always said the canal needs to be utilized all year long, not just for skating in the winter months. Patterson Creek on the west side of the canal and Clegg Avenue on the east side are the two access points that will have a dock for easier access to the canal for paddlers this summer. The Patterson Creek access point is already in operation. Since Smith and Dorse moved to the Glebe two years ago, Smith said she has been working with the Glebe Community Association on improving access to the Rideau Canal with a canoe. “I’m so excited to go for a canoe ride,” Smith said.

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I have long been an advocate for reform at the National Capital Commission (NCC). Since being elected Mayor in 2010 it has become more apparent to me that change is required or else risk hindering the progress of our great city. Until recently, most of the NCC’s board members were neither from the National Capital Region nor chosen by its residents, and that should not be the case. As a first step, in 2014, Gatineau Mayor Maxime Pedneaud-Jobin and I wrote the federal government to make the case for better municipal representation on the National Capital Commission (NCC). On April 11, 2016, we signed the Declaration which welcomed the Mayor of our respective Councils, to participate as non-voting members on the NCC Board of Directors. I was delighted to be able to bring my voice to the table, and it is my hope that this change will lead to stronger federal-municipal collaboration towards our common goal of building an even better national capital region. On April 28, we attended our first Board meeting, during which the Board voted on the LeBreton Flats proposal. The highest ranked bid was revealed and it was selected by unanimous decision. IllumiNATION LeBreton, by the Rendezvous Lebreton Group, was chosen. RendezVous Lebreton will feature an impressive Events Centre, which will also be the new home of the Ottawa Senators. It will also include a large residential component with affordable housing, four-season accessible public spaces as well as commercial, office and retail spaces. The proposal offers important community benefits, while maintaining historical features and our strong culture. RendezVous Lebreton will be accessible by two LRT stations, Bayview and Pimisi, and promotes connectivity with its surrounding, including the City of Gatineau. The City of Ottawa is very pleased to work with the National Capital Commission on this very exciting development. My recent appointment to the NCC Board of Directors will facilitate a crucial partnership which will this monumental project become an iconic staple in the City of Ottawa. Amongst many others, topics which were discussed during the Board meeting included the approval of federal land use on which the Memorial to Victims of Communism will be built on, as well as updates on NCC’s initiatives for Canada’s 150th Anniversary in 2017 such as Red Bull crashed Ice, which will see Cross Downhill world champions crash and glide through the Château Laurier, Rideau Canal locks beside Major’s Hill Park. My first NCC Board meeting was an exciting, positive and fruitful one, and I look forward to continue building an open dialogue with the NCC and a better City for residents, visitors and tourists alike.

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Biggest investment in canal’s history Continued from page 33

Access to the canal in the city is not the only announcement Parks Canada wanted to make a big splash with. McKenna announced that the largest infrastructure investment in the canal’s history — $57 million — would be used to rehabilitate and repair bridges, dams, locks and historic masonry structures in communities along the canal. According to the government, this funding more than doubles any previous federal funding for the historic waterway. Planned projects include: • Ottawa Lockstation Masonry Repairs ($700,000) The goal of the project is to preserve the historic structures and remediate any potential safety issues with the stability of the structures. Work will take place in the fall and winter seasons to reduce impact on residents and visitors. • Canal Wall Rehabilitation Bronson to Hartwells West ($2 million) Repair shoreline walls in Ottawa between Bronson Avenue and Hartwells Lockstation on the west side of the Rideau Canal navigation channel. Work will take place in the fall and winter seasons. • Replace Wharfs – Black Rapids and Lower Nicholsons -($1.8 million) Replace deteriorated wharves at these two locations to ensure quality and reliability of visitor facilities.

• Rehabilitation of Burritts Rapids Swing Bridge ($1.3 million) The project includes rehabilitating the Burritts Rapids Swing Bridge, which is the oldest bridge along the canal. Structural steel repairs will be required, the bridge will be sandblasted and repainted and the timber bridge deck replaced. • Stabilization of Merrickville Depot Building ($275,000) The Merrickville Depot, originally constructed in 1900, and the wood frame structure on a timber foundation has reached the end of its lifespan. The project involves raising the building and rebuilding its foundation. • Rehabilitation Lock 29a and Smiths Falls Basin Walls ($3.4 million) A number of components at the Lock 29a site will be rehabilitated. The upper and lower gates need to be replaced. Both sets of gates will be replaced with the lower set using steel gates and the upper set retaining the wooden stacked timber style of gates which were originally installed in 1972.  Repairs will be made to various concrete structures, and guard rails will be placed for public safety. •  Rehabilitation of Jones Falls Locks and Arch Dam ($10.5 million) Major masonry rehabilitations of the historic Jones Falls locks and stone arch dam will be done with the work including the rehabilitation of all masonry components and stone replacement, stone repair, repointing, grouting

and repair of the stone arch dam toe drain system. • Rehabilitation of Kingston Mills Locks ($9.5 million) Major masonry rehabilitations of the historic Kingston Mills locks with the work including rehabilitation of all masonry components and will include stone replacement, stone repair, repointing and grouting.  • Repairs to various bridges ($3.9 million) Rehabilitation and repairs will be completed over a period of three years on the following eight bridges along the canal, Long Island swing bridge, Kilmarnock swing bridge, Old Slys swing bridge, Detached swing bridge, Narrows swing bridge, Lower Brewers swing bridge, and Brass Point fixed and swing bridges. This will improve the overall lifespan and safety of these structures, and could involve structural repairs, repainting, and resurfacing of bridge decks. • Replacement of Lock Gates ($2 million) These funds will give Parks Canada’s internal capacity for lock gate replacement over the next four years and address a backlog of deferred work related to timber lock gates on the canal. Currently, Parks Canada has the capacity to fabricate and install approximately three sets of gates per year. According to the organization this funding will allow them to double its gate production capacity over the life of the project. All project costs are estimates. 

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Wait times for mental health care going under the knife New model puts patients at the heart of health care decision making: director Erin McCracken erin.mccracken@metroland.com

The roll-out of a new blueprint for change, now underway at CHEO, is designed to whittle the time children and youth spend languishing on a wait list for mental-health care in Ottawa from several months down to one. Staff training in the delivery of a new service model of care, known as the Choice and Partnership Approach or CAPA, was one of the first major steps implemented at the children’s hospital earlier this year. Next up was a wait list blitz in February that allowed staff to identify which of the 340 kids sitting on a wait list after being referred to CHEO’s centralized referral intake system still needed care. “That’s why the line keeps growing because no one is assessing what the family

and the child actually needs and then streamlining them to where they need to go,” said Kathleen Pajer, chief of psychiatry at CHEO. CAPA is changing that. Under the model, which originated in the United Kingdom and is now in use across Nova Scotia, patient needs are better identified and matched with the right outpatient service. Before the blitz, kids were waiting nine months to a year for their first outpatient appointment. Over the next three years, the goal is for patients to wait no longer than four weeks for a choice appointment, during which they work with a clinician to problem-solve the issue impacting them most rather than focus on the diagnosis and spend hours being formally assessed. Perhaps a prescribed medication could be tweaked, a

community agency could be suggested, maybe parenting courses would also help, and, based on the child’s need, another type of medical specialist at CHEO could be recommended for a few sessions. It’s designed to give patients and families more of a say, develop goals and help design the right course of action through a multifaceted tailored approach. “Their engagement is critical in this,” Pajer said of the new collaborative partnership. “It puts them at the heart of what we’re doing for them rather than us dictating to them what they need,” said Christine Slepanki, the Royal Ottawa Mental Health Centre’s director of patient care for the Youth Psychiatry Program and the adult Mood and Anxiety Program. Faced with a growing wait list over the past few years, the Royal fully rolled out CAPA in late March in its program for teens ages

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Alex Munter, CHEO’s president, left, and George Weber, president of the Royal Ottawa Mental Health Centre, look on last fall as Dr. Kathleen Pajer, CHEO’s chief of psychiatry, discusses mental-health care needs among young patients in the region. Both hospitals are adopting a new system of care to improve patient access and reduce wait times. 15-and-a-half to 18. Previously, a referred patient would wait for an ap-

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Average wait time for an appointment is eight months to a year Continued from page 36

In January alone there were between 80 to 100 teens facing a wait of three to five months for an assessment appointment. Similar to CHEO, Royal patients under the CAPA model are now being seen by a clinician and asked what issues they want to work on. “It’s a very strengthbased, recovery-focused model,” Slepanki said. “Rather than coming in to see an expert who’s going to tell you what you need, it’s more like you come in and tell us what you need and we will facilitate you to meet your goals.” The Royal has a similar goal of reducing the wait for a first appointment to no more than four weeks. Patients will see a psychiatrist and be offered various services, such as individual or group therapy. “It’s kind of the difference between going to a department store where it’s onestop shopping and having to go from one end of town

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“Rather than coming in to see an expert who’s going to tell you what you need, it’s more like you come in and tell us what you need and we will facilitate you to meet your goals.” CHRISTINE SLEPANKI THE ROYAL DIRECTOR OF PATIENT CARE FOR THE YOUTH PSYCHIATRY PROGRAM

A key component to CAPA is mapping out the available mental health-care services and matching them to the right patients based on their needs in order to provide more individualized and responsive care. “That’s the brilliance of

CAPA,” Pajer said. “That means we’re agile, we’re an agile mental health-care system. “We’re not just just stuck in ‘we’ve always provided this so we’ll keep continuing to provide it.’” If together during the choice appointment patients and their families decide upon treatment at CHEO or the Royal the goal is for them to wait no longer than four weeks for the next more in-depth appointment, known as a partnership appointment. That’s when the treatment approach begins in earnest. The Royal isn’t stopping with its Youth Psychiatry Program. The hospital also recently began putting CAPA to work in its adult mentalhealth outpatient service in the mood and anxiety disorders program, where a range of conditions such as longterm depression and bipolar disorder are treated. The hospital just started wading through its adult wait list, which currently has

more than 500 people. The goal is to provide them with choice appointments to best determine their goals and needs. “We get almost 80 to 100 referrals a month,” Slepanki said, adding the average wait time for an initial appointment is eight months to a year “which is not OK.” The goal is to ultimately shrink wait times for initial appointments to no more than four weeks, similar to CHEO. Imagine the progress a system-wide CAPA strategy could have in improving the health of patients and the greater population, one in which health-care providers across the region use the same choice and partnership approach to improve access. “It would be revolutionary,” said Pajer. “I have families all the time who, when we first talk to them, they’re on five waiting lists (in the region) just trying to get help. “It’s very sad and it really makes us motivated to make this system better.”

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New funds to help refugees settling in Ottawa Welcome celebration planned for May 28 at Lansdowne Nevil Hunt nevil.hunt@metroland.com

John McCallum likes the sound of the word “surge.” The minister of immigration, refugees and citizenship says Canada is happy to accept more refugees from war-torn Syria. “We’re trying to create the biggest deluge we can,” McCallum said on May 4, following the announcement of more funding to help resettlement efforts in Ottawa. The Community Foundation Ottawa received $450,000 from the Welcome Fund for Syrian Refugees; funding announced at city hall. “Even for a hardened economist like me, it’s been quite an emotional jour-

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The Welcome Fund for Syrian Refugees has contributed a further $450,000 to Syrian refugee resettlement efforts in Ottawa, a boost announced by Mayor Jim Watson, right, on May 4. He is joined by, from left, Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship John McCallum, Nepean MP Chandra Arya, Ottawa South MP David McGuinty and Ottawa Centre MP Catherine McKenna, who also serves as minister of the environment and climate change. ney,” McCallum said of recent months that have seen about 25,000 Syrian refugees reach Canada. “I’m grateful to all Canadians. “Everyone has done their bit.”

More than 1,100 government-assisted refugees from Syria are now in Ottawa. McCallum said private donations have allowed refugees to get extra help, beyond what the federal

government could provide. The first sizable donations to the Welcome Fund for Syrian Refugees came from Manulife, with another $5 million quickly coming from CN.

The Welcome Fund will distribute the newly announced $450,000 to the Catholic Centre for Immigrants, Ottawa Community Immigrant Services, and World Skills. The funds will

help with rent subsidies, health support and also to assist refugees find work. Ottawa Centre MP Catherine McKenna said 93 per cent of 25,000 Syrian refugees in Canada are now housed. She said Canada is being recognized internationally for leading resettlement efforts, and also thanked the people of Ottawa for their efforts. “The city has stepped up,” McKenna said. Carl Nicholson, executive director of the Catholic Centre for Immigrants, said the incoming refugees have brought with them “excitement, challenges and opportunities.” We have a strategy in Ottawa,” Nicholson said, adding that getting refugees into the workforce is a next step. “A job affects how secure you feel, allows you to pay rent and succeed in integration.” Mayor Jim Watson said a celebration at the Aberdeen Pavilion at Lansdowne Park is being planned for May 28 as further welcome to all the Syrian refugees in Ottawa.

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Hard Hat Heroes fund builds community improvement projects First a play structure at Parkwood Hills, next a gazebo at Golden Manor Kelly Kent kkent@metroland.com

Families in the Parkwood Hills community have somewhere new to enjoy the sunshine this summer, now that a play structure has opened at Inverness Park. PCL Constructors Canada and United Way Ottawa unveiled the new structure on May 12 as the official launch of their Hard Hat Heroes Fund, which supports neighbourhood improvement capital projects. “This is our first project ever,” said Emily Parent, senior accounting manager with PCL, of the new structure. “This is a big day for us.” Hard Hat Heroes is a joint initiative between PCL and United Way Ottawa. PCL employees have the

opportunity to fund community improvement projects, including Hard Hat Heroes, through their annual charitable campaign contributions. “Employees get to decide which projects they’d like to contribute to,” Parent said, adding that United Way Ottawa will compile a list of potential improvement projects each year. The new Parkwood Hills structure was funded equally by Hard Hat Hereos and the City of Ottawa, with additional support from the Nepean, Rideau and Osgoode Community Resource Centre (NROCRC). Sandy Wooley, executive director of NROCRC, said during the launch that having affordable activity options for local families is especially important in communities such as Parkwood Hills. According to a release from the event, children under nine years old account for nine per cent of local residents. Further, 18.5 per cent of community members come

from single-parent homes. Ottawa Police Chief Charles Bordeleau, acting in his United Way Ottawa campaign co-chair role, said the park is likely to become a rallying point for the community to celebrate. “It’s going to let a whole lot of kids have a great time here,” echoed Coun. Keith Egli. Egli also announced that the new structure is only phase one for Inverness Park. Phase two includes the construction of a new splash pad, hopefully open for use sometime this summer. The Parkwood Hills play structure is the first in a series of projects Hard Hat Heroes hopes to fund, Parent said. The next project is construction of a gazebo at Golden Manor, a seniors’ residence at 445 Richmond Rd. near Westboro. “We’ll fund any sort of capital project that gives a boost to a community,” Parent said. “That includes kids, seniors and everyone, really, from all over the city.”

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On May 12, PCL Constructors Canada and United Way Ottawa launched their new initiative, Hard Hat Heroes, by unveiling a new play structure at Inverness Park in Parkwood Hills. This is the first in a string of community improvement projects Hard Hat Heroes hope to complete.

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Follows the ABCs for a GREAT PAVING JOB From the driveway to the area around the backyard pool, different types of paving abound. For an overview of the most decorave to the supremely funconal, read on to discover what sort of paving is best for your project.

Asphalt. Asphalt, the tradional material for driveways, has proven its worth as far as durability is concerned. It connues to be popular because of its relavely low cost, and if you think it only comes in black, think again.

Concrete. This material has a modern look and is extremely versale; you can cut it into slabs and customize the surface. Concrete can also bear heavier loads than asphalt, although its porousness means it needs to have a coat of sealer applied from me to me.

Slate. This ultra-trendy stone is waterproof and frost resistant, in addion to having a highly soughtaer look. Like concrete, it requires regular maintenance with a sealer.

Limestone. Popular for pool surrounds because of its an-slip properes, these large-hewn stones are also a frequent choice for decorave steps and paths.

Travertine. There’s no doubt that traverne is durable. Aer all, Rome’s ancient coliseum was almost enrely built with this stone. It’s an elegant choice that keeps its colour well over the years.

Brick. In addion to being the best environmental choice, brick offers a meless look and requires lile maintenance.

Sandstone. Like limestone, sandstone is slip resistant. It’s very durable and economical and is available in a wide range of styles. Don’t hesitate to consult a specialist before coming to a decision. Aer all, your investment could last for decades if you do it right.

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Ottawa-based Rimikon pioneers new 24V commercial standard to meet global demand for low energy LED lighting Rimikon Inc., which developed the most energy efficient, cost-saving LED lighting solutions on the market for local sustainability leaders such as Zibi, Saint Paul University, Tamarack Homes, and Minto Developments, is ready to grow into the commercial sector with the first of several eco-friendly products—a 2’x2’ (0.6m2) LED panel light that requires only 24V of DC power, lasts up to 50,000 hours, and is 100 per cent recyclable. To further validate the efficiency of its extra low voltage LED lighting products, Rimikon is planning to install and test its products at the Canadian Centre for Housing Technology (CCHT) facility. Constructed in 1998 and jointly operated by the National Research Council of Canada (NRC), Natural Resources Canada and the Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation, the CCHT serves as a platform to accelerate the market acceptance of innovative technologies. As part of infrastructure upgrades announced in May 2015, NRC is building a semi-detached smart-home to evaluate and showcase low energy solutions and technologies for the multi-unit market. Suzanne Cyr, Rimikon’s new CEO, says, “Compared to traditional compact fluorescent lights (CFLs), LEDs produce a higher light output per watt, consume 4 Floor Plan - Thursday, May 19, 2016

“Compared to traditional compact fluorescent lights (CFLs), LEDs produce a higher light output per watt, consume less energy, and are used in more applications.“ says Suzanne Cyr, Rimikon’s new CEO less energy, and are used in more applications. They present no shock or burn risks, contain zero toxic mercury or UV radiation, and emit very little EMF pollution. Rimikon lights were designed to be even more efficient than traditional LED lights—up to 15% more efficient—and will last about five times longer than CFLs.”

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Country living within reach of everything…WELCOME TO DIAMOND VIEW ESTATES IN CARP Living outside the city has a special appeal. Larger lots with scenic views, quiet neighbourhoods without hecc traffic, and the friendly nature of a small community are only few of the many advantages. For people looking for serenity in a west-end country subdivision, the quality home builders at Phoenix Homes are proud to announce their newest development, Diamond View Estates, in Carp. Nestled at the intersecon of March Road and Diamond View Road, the new subdivision will feature wide, 50 and 60 foot lots with picturesque country landscapes, and easy access to the city. Only minutes from Kanata’s bustling high-tech business park and the Brookstreet Hotel, the Tanger Outlet shopping centre, or Kanata Centrum with over 75 businesses including banks, doctor’s offices, salons, bookstores, clothing and sports retailers, movie theatres, restaurants, Diamond View Estates will be the pride of the community at prices well below comparable property in the city. Available for purchase this summer and completed by spring 2017, Phoenix quality home construcon will feature two and three-car garage single-family models on beaufully landscaped, wide lots. Bungalows will start as low as $399,900 and 2-storeys will start 449,900, nearly $50,000 cheaper than similar homes in Kanata. Space to live your life, your way. With only 59 fully-serviced lots in the first offering, 46-50 foot and 13-60 foot, Diamond View Estates is assured to be an exclusive, sought-aer neighbourhood adjacent to the charming village of Carp. Go to www.phoenixhomes.ca to register for the opportunity to be part of the preview unveiling of this presgious site. Then start planning your dream home. You can choose from some of the best, innovave designs available in today’s new home industry. “Our single-family homes combine beaufully craed designs with exceponally funconal layouts, offering you convenience and charm in one perfect home,” says Rahul Kochar, Vice-President. Diamond View Estates will be a flagship development, with the latest in quality designs for single family homes. “We have made it our top priority to ensure that we are the best value in any area, compared to all compeon,” says Mr. Kochar. “We have a huge selecon of well-thought out floor plans. Funconal and comfortable. Such a massive variety of products means our buyers are spoiled for selecon. There are just so many opons.” For example, a third garage can be added to a home on a 60-foot lot. All homes will feature today’s most desired natural products. Phoenix Homes in Diamond View Estates will be highlighted by natural granite countertops, engineered exclusively by Phoenix Homes since 2005. “It is our goal to always be one step ahead of the compeon, with the highest quality finishing, buyer incenve bonuses and the most innovave designs and materials. When you do the math, you will always find that we’re ahead,” Rahul Kochar says with pride. And all new homes at Diamond View Estates will have the latest in Green innovaon in both design and construcon. “Phoenix Homes is commied to our exclusive Green Tech engineering for homes as well as sustainability in housing design.” Adjacent to Carp Private Airport and less than 2km from access to Highway 417, Diamond View Estates will be a crowning jewel in the community. This is the first of three phases with two more projects yet to come at the desirable locaon. “The engineering is completed and we will be ready to start building new homes very soon,” points out Rahul. “Prospecve buyers should visit our website,

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Create a SAFE HAVEN with a FENCE Whether it’s for safety, privacy or simply for the look, fencing your yard can add instant curb appeal to your home. A fence keeps children and pets inside the enclosure while safeguarding the house and yard. It also adds an interesng visual element to your property.

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Keeping animals out of flower beds a challenge Does it seem as though all the neighbourhood cats are spending their free time lurking in your flower beds? In addition to chewing on your favourite plants, some cats could be using your yard as a giant litterbox and digging up your seedlings when they kick the dirt around. It makes you seethe just to think about it! Instead of battling it out with the local cat population, here are some simple tips for discouraging them in a humane way. It’s a well-known fact that most cats don’t like water. If you look around the stores, you’re sure to find a sprinkler that is acvated by a moon sensor. The sensor will detect a cat moving around your garden and the sprinkler will turn on. You’ve never seen a cat clear out so fast! This method has

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Need to enhance your BALCONY? Would you love to be able to step out your door and find yourself instantly surrounded by Mother Nature? When organized properly, even the smallest of balconies can be transformed into an oasis of beautiful greenery where you can relax all summer long. A few pots, soil, a trowel, plants and a bit of fertilizer: that’s all you need to create your own little corner of paradise. Choose plants that will feel right at home, taking into account how many hours of sunshine your balcony receives. Most flowers, herbs and vegetables need plenty of sun, but you’ll soon discover that garden centres stock gorgeous varieties of plants

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It’s time to grab your baskets! Summer is by far the best me to take advantage of all the tasty treats nature has to offer. And with such a delicious selecon, how could we refuse? Plus, what could be more enjoyable than spending a beauful summer’s day with a basket in hand picking fresh, juicy berries. Aer all, these berries with their gorgeous scents, colours and flavours are within hand’s reach! So what are you waing for? Get picking! Picking fresh berries is a popular summer acvity that can be shared with friends and family. In fact, most people spend this me laughing

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A scam in which residents are being threatened with arrest is making the rounds again, this time in Ottawa. One Ottawa resident was bilked of almost $10,000 in recent weeks in this way, said Const. Marc Soucy, Ottawa police spokesman. “It’s been seen in the past. It’s just that it’s more prevalent, that we’ve had more complaints,” he said of this particular scam. As a result, the Ottawa police organized fraud unit has issued a warning about “an emerging mass marketing scam/extortion” in which fraudsters are telephoning residents and threatening to arrest them and their families. “Messages have been left for victims to immediately call back a specific phone number or their family would be arrested and prosecuted,” police said in a statement issued May 11. The callers are actually after personal information, as well as credit card and bank account numbers and passwords, and threaten vic-

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ers asking for personal and banking information. Agencies such as the Canada Revenue Agency will not call you to ask for payment in this way, or threaten arrest, Soucy advised, adding that because it’s tax time right now these callers are trying to prey on people. The scammers may also attempt to represent telephone, cable, gas or hydro companies, he said. Soucy advises anyone who receives such a threatening call to do their homework and check into the caller’s identity by first searching online for the agency’s real telephone number and then calling to verify the claims that money is owed. “If they threaten to arrest you, it’s a scam,” said Soucy. Victims are urged to report suspicious calls or that they have been bilked of their money by calling the Ottawa police call centre by calling 613-236-1222, ext. 7300, or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477. For more details about marketing scams and fraud, visit the Canadian AntiFraud Centre.

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Eeny, meeny, miny, moe Katherine Gunn, from First Unitarian Congregation of Ottawa, left, takes a look at what’s being offered by Abisha Jesudas, 11, at Merivale United Church’s sale on May 14. Gunn was also selling items to support Minwaashin Lodge Aboriginal Women’s Support Centre.

One out of every three cigarettes smoked in the province are contraband, says Gary Grant, spokesperson for the National Coalition Against Contraband Tobacco. “Most people think it’s a victimless crime, that it’s small operators, but there are 175 organized gangs involved,” Grant said. “These gangs are also involved in the sale of weapons and human trafficking.” Grant said aside from enforcement, awareness is key to dealing with the problem. The coalition has teamed up with the National Capital Area Crime Stoppers during National Police Week. The week was set to kick off on May 16 with an event in Hintonburg, said Richard McMullen. “We are pleased to develop this partnership with the coalition,” McMullen said. “We are engaging the public to get them to be on the lookout for information that solve or resolve crimes, getting them to call our

iconic 1-800-222-TIPS.” The illegal cigarette trade funds criminal activity in the capital, McMullen said. Grant said the problem is so pervasive in Ontario partly because of the proximity to the big manufacturing centres in Akwesasne, near Cornwall, Ont., and Kahnawake, near Montreal, Que. He said those two sites are the epicentre of activity, and because so much of the province’s population lives in the southern part of the province near the border access to illegal cigarettes is readily available. Grant said one of the problems is that kids are smoking illegal cigarettes as well. Gangs selling the smokes are violent and dangerous, Grant said, adding the RCMP had to warn snowmobilers in Cornwall last winter because smugglers would hide their loot in booby traps along the trails. Aside from the kick off in Hintonburg, Crime Stoppers will be at events in Bayshore and Jasmine Crescent. Fore more information, visit www.crimestoppers.ca.

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When thinking of the Ottawa Humane Society, most people will say that visions of cats, kittens, puppies and dogs come to mind. But what if you are looking to add a small animal to your family? Where would you go? Well, look no further than those you trust to help you find your feline and canine companions.What most people don’t realize is that the OHS always has a large variety of small animals that can include

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What they lack in size, they more than make up for in love and companionship and you will quickly find yourself under their spell as you play with them and discover their personalities. If you have been hoping to add a little bundle of love to your family, come by the Adoption Centre to meet a wide variety of small animals and find that perfect match for your family.

CAILEA & KAISHIA The trouble twins though they are not twins, Cailea and Kaishia, are only 10 days apart in age. Cailea is the princess whilst Kaishia is her pawn or so it seems. They love each other, sleep and play together. They are both thinking of what mischief they can get into next.


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bicycle. It was bright green and it had wide tires, which my brother Emerson called balloon tires, and it had a little bell on the handlebars, which Marguerite kept ringing all the way into the schoolyard. My best friends Joyce and Velma and I just stood there like stone. A new bicycle!! Imagine!! We were taught at the Lutheran Sunday school that envy was a mortal sin, but that day I came close to breaking that commandment. Marguerite leaned the bicycle against the side of the stoop, wiped the fenders

with the cuff of her sweater, and made it clear to all of us standing gawking at it, that it would be curtains for anyone who laid a hand on it! Even Miss Crosby’s eyes were like saucers, but of course she said nothing, ever careful not to show favouritism to any one pupil. Marguirite asked, during the morning, if she could go to the windowsill and sharpen her pencil. We knew perfectly well there wasn’t a thing wrong with her pencil. What she wanted to do was take a peek outside to have a look at her bicycle! All went well into the day. Morning recess passed. No one mentioned the new bicycle. Our lunch was eaten outside, and still no one talked about the bicycle. Marguirite was plenty annoyed, you could tell just by the way she was tossing those hateful store-dyed curls around. I could see

my brother Emerson and his pal Cecil snickering over by the back fence, but they never went near the bicycle either. Afternoon recess came and went. Cecil put up his hand, with two fingers, which meant he had to use the outside privy, and it would take longer than if he only held up one finger. Miss Crosby nodded, and Cecil got up from his desk, nodded at Emerson, and went out the door. Finally, the big CPR clock on the wall showed it was four o’clock, and Miss Crosby said we were dismissed. Emerson and Cecil were the first to get out the door, and they headed right for the gate, where they looked like they had just robbed a bank. Marguirite wasn’t far behind. She took one look at her bicycle and her scream could be heard in Admas-

ton! Velma, Joyce and I ran to see what all the commotion was about, and there were those two big balloon tires, as flat as pancakes. “Must have a slow leak,” Cecil said, as he wandered over from the gate. “Happens all the time on our old Model T,” Emerson offered. “Guess you’ll just have to push and drag it home.” When I last saw Marguirite and her bicycle she hadn’t gone more than a few hundred yards. The bicycle was big and heavy, the road was full of ruts, and even though she lived close to the school, and we were three and a half miles, Velma guessed we’d beat her home. Interested in an electronic version of Mary’s books? Go to https://www.smashwords.com and type MaryRCook for ebook purchase details, or if you would like a hard copy, please contact Mary at wick2@ sympatico.ca.

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• 2 cups (500 mL) chopped strawberries • 2 tbsp (25 mL) granulated sugar • 2 tbsp (25 mL) cornstarch • 1-1/2 tsp (7 mL) vanilla • 1 sheet (225 g) frozen butter puff pastry, thawed • 1 egg yolk • 1 tbsp (15 mL) water • 1/4 cup (50 mL) icing sugar • 1 tsp (5 mL) milk • Pinch ground cardamom PREPARATION INSTRUCTIONS

In medium saucepan, combine strawberries and sugar; cook over medium heat stirring frequently

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Local events and happenings over the coming weeks — free to non-profit organizations Fax: 613-723-1862, E-mail: ottawawest@metroland.com The deadline for submissions is Thursday at noon, a week prior to publication.

May 19

The Nepean Horticultural Society Annual Plant Auction/Plant Sale. Thursday, 6:30 p.m., City View United Church, 6 Epworth Ave., Nepean. Come join us. Cash only. Enjoy a fun evening! Everyone welcome. Free admission. Light refreshments. Information, 613-721-2048.

May 22

Guided tree tour at 2 p.m. Bldg. 72, in the Arboretum on Birds and the Urban Forest. At the Central Experimental Farm. Explore

their dynamic connection during the busy spring birding season with tour leaders, free and open to the public, register at info@friendsofthefarm.ca, donations kindly accepted www.friendsofthefarm.ca/events.htm#trees.

May 24 and 31

Interested in taking a course to improve your driving skills in your senior years? Then 55-Alive is the program for you! The next 55-Alive for Mature Drivers course is at The Olde Forge, 2730 Carling Ave. on Tuesday, May 24th from 9:00 A.M. to 12:00 P.M. and Tuesday May 31st from 9:00 A.M. to 12:00 P.M. Register by calling the Olde Forge

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May 25

Boys and Girls Club of Ottawa AGM and Scholarship Presentation - 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. All are welcome. 2825 Dumaurier Ave. For more information and to RSVP, call 613-232-0925 Ext. 238.

May 27

Arts night, 7:30 p.m. at First Unitarian Church, 30 Cleary Ave. (off Richmond Rd.) See Pearl Pirie, author, Dominique Dennery, sculptor and Tessa Bangs, multi instrumentalist talk about and demonstrate or perform their art. Admission is $5, for more information call 613-725-1066.

Voices in Harmony Spring Concert at 7:30 PM at Woodroffe United Church 207 Woodroffe Ave. Tickets are $15, and children under 12 free, available from choir members, or at the door. Free refreshments, free parking. Call 613-836-9351. Carleton Heights and Area Residents Association community yard sale, 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. To book a table for $20, email info@carletonheights.org.

June 4

Ottawa Humane Society Auxiliary Spring Sale, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., 245 West Hunt Club Rd. Garden

perennials, flowerpots, birdhouses, home baking, exceptional crafts, hidden treasures, and books. For more information, call 613823-6770 or go to Facebook. com/OttawaHumaneSocietyAuxiliary.

p.m. to 8 p.m. Carlingwood Library Branch, 281 Woodroffe Ave. Learn how to more effectively tell the story of your travels. Presented by Lynda Buske and Chris Taylor from the Ottawa PC Users’ Group.

June 10 and 11

June 28

The chorus Les Chansonnier’s d’Ottawa present their show entitled Ce que nous sommes, June 10 and June 11. Shows are at 8 p.m. in the auditorium of De La Salle secondary school, 501 Old St. Patrick St. Tickets are $30 for adults and $20 for students. For tickets, email spectacle2016@LesChansonniersOttawa.com.

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Windows 10 - The good, the bad, and the ugly, 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Carlingwood Library Branch, 281 Woodroffe Ave. Chris Taylor, President of the Ottawa PC Users’ Group, will talk about some of the important changes both visible and “under the hood”. If you find Windows 10 confusing, or just want to know more about what’s hidden, this session is for you.

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Carleton Heights and Area Residents Association annual general meeting, at the Carleton Heights Community Centre, 1665 Apeldoorn Ave., 6:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. For more info, go to www.carletonheights.org.

June 30

Carleton Heights and Area Residents Association summer community barbecue, 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. At the Carleton Heights Community Centre, 1665 Apeldoorn Ave. Featuring family fun and activities, games, and fireworks. The Fletcher Wildlife Garden: Annual Native Plant Sale, 9:30 to 12:30 p.m. at the Interpretation Centre, opposite the entrance to Agriculture Museum parking lot. Free parking and Admission. Queensway Terrace North Community is having a yard sale 8 a.m. to noon (rain or shine) between Carling and the Queensway and Transitway and Pinecrest. Residents interested in participating can email qtncommunity@gmail.com.

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They’ll be taking part in the 4th annual Lemonade Standemonium. It’s a fundraiser where kids host lemonade stands in their community and raise awareness and funds for local cancer care.

“It was very heartfelt to have so many friends, family and neighbours stopping by to support our lemonade stand – it created a real sense of community and was very empowering for our kids to feel they were making a difference,” explains Fraser.

For Emmerson Markwick, 6, and her big brother Daxton, 8, the Lemonade Standemonium has become a beloved annual event. This is the third year that they have participated in honour of all of their family members who have faced a cancer diagnosis, including their 9 year old cousin Bridget, who was diagnosed with Wilms’ tumour, a rare form of kidney cancer, in 2013. “It was very serious and devastating for our whole family,” explains the kids’ mom, Trina Fraser. “It was important to us to do something to help. Thankfully, after two battles with cancer, Bridget is now doing really well”. To help kick-start this year’s campaign, Daxton and Emmerson hosted their lemonade stand a little early. Along with fresh regular and cranberry/raspberry lemonade, they treated passers-by to yummy PROCEEDS BENEFIT

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Over the last three years more than 1,000 stands have registered in the Lemonade Standemonium from right across the region including Orleans, Barrhaven, Kanata, Metcalfe, Manotick, Carp, Stittsville, Calabogie, Renfrew and Kemptville. Through their efforts, the kids have raised more than $190,000 for the Ottawa Regional Cancer Foundation. Thanks to the generosity of Cardel Homes, Palladium Insurance and Accora Village, 100% of the funds raised at each stand have been put to work supporting local cancer research and Cancer Coaching. You can register your stand today at www.ottawacancer.ca/lemonade or contact 613.247.3527. Together we are putting the squeeze on cancer!

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