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NCC selects Tunney’s Pasture for Civic BY MELISSA MURRAY mmurray@metroland.com

Out of a review of 12 sites, the National Capital Commission will recommend Tunney’s Pasture for the location of a new Civic campus for the Ottawa Hospital. The recommendation was presented at the board’s Nov. 24 meeting. “The committee strongly agreed, with one minority position, that

Tunney’s Pasture is preferable and that clearly it is the ideal site for the Ottawa Civic hospital campus,� said NCC CEO Mark Kristmanson, adding the hospital wouldn’t see patients at a new location for 15 to 20 years. He added long-range planning and urban intensification plans support the recommendation. See POLITICIANS, page 5

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Ottawa police received a tip from Montreal police, prompting a wellness check of the occupants at 1614 Apeldoorn Ave. on Nov. 28 after 9:30 p.m. On arrival, police found the bodies of Dave Rogers, 69, and Merrill Rogers, 63. Dave Rogers was a reporter with the Ottawa Citizen for

more than 30 years. He retired in 2010. Ottawa police Staff Sgt. Bruce Pirt, who is part of the major crime unit, said the bodies were found on the property and “had been there a while.” At the time, Montreal police had Cameron Rogers, 22, in custody. “That’s all we’re talking about right now until we piece this together and let forensics do their work,” Pirt said. According to Const. Marc Soucy, detectives were en route to Montreal on Nov. 29 to bring the suspect back to the city. Police and forensics will remain on scene, Soucy said, until the investigation is concluded. The section of road directly in front of the house was closed to traffic. Soucy wasn’t aware of when autopsies are scheduled. The deaths are the city’s 18th and 19th homicides of the year. Anyone with information is asked to call the Ottawa police’s major crime unit at 613-236-1222, ext. 5493. Anonymous tips can be submitted through Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 (TIPS).

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Man killed in Hintonburg apartment fire By Melissa Murray mmurray@metroland.com

A man in his 40s is dead following a fire in Hintonburg in the early hours of Nov. 27. According to a press release, firefighters received multiple calls reporting a fire in an apartment building at 1161 Wellington St. around 1 a.m. When they arrived, firefighters found a man in his 40s inside the apartment where the fire originated. Paramedics, who arrived three minutes after they received a call, initially treated him at the scene. When he was taken from the building, said J.P. Trottier, he didn’t have any vital signs and paramedics initiated resuscitation measures until he

was transported to the Ottawa Hospital’s Civic campus where he was pronounced dead. The fire is not considered suspicious, however, the police’s arson unit and Fire Marshal continue to investigate to assist the Chief Coroner. On Twitter, Kitchissippi Coun. Jeff Leiper expressed his condolences to the man’s family. He has yet to be publically identified. Leiper tweeted that the fire was on the eighth floor and that the store below would be closed until the remaining glass from the windows was taken out. He added that all the interior walls are concrete and firefighters used the water connection in the building to fight the blaze.

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Bay Ward Coun. Mark Taylor said until shovels are in the ground, there’s time to find solutions for residents who don’t want to see an LRT flyover through the green space of Connaught Park. While the route has been pretty much determined since a council decision in 2011, there’s room for improvement, Taylor said. Dave Sharpe, who has lived on Hanlon Avenue for 35 years and is now on the executive for the Queensway Terrace North Community Association, said there hasn’t been enough substantive community consultation on the idea. He said simply putting the item on the community association’s meeting agenda isn’t enough – there should be more done to help people understand the complex geotechnical studies and environmental assess-

ment process. “Once people understand what’s happening, they’re against it,” he said, adding he’s personally visited 20 homes to get residents to sign a petition to ask the city to find a route that doesn’t bisect their park. To show they were serious, a dozen or more hearty souls lined the roadway near the park during rush hour on Nov. 18 – during the city’s first heavy snowfall. The park has been a site for the west Transitway extension since the 1990s. The first environmental assessment took four years to complete, due in part to public involvement. In the end the study recommended an alignment for the Transitway connection by the OC Transpo bus yard, through Connaught Avenue and across National Capital Commission green space to connect to the southwest Transitway. Due to concerns of Connaught Avenue residents about the noise and

pollution of the buses, the study recommended a tunnel under the residential area. However, when the Transitway extension was brought forward for budget approval, the 2008 council balked at the expense of the tunnel: the Connaught route was originally estimated at $112 million. The tunnel would have increased the project to $138 million in 2008 dollars. Chris Swail, director of OTrain planning, said there are no current cost estimates to go around Connaught Avenue. “This option was explored back in 2008 and would have involved the expropriation of approximately two dozen homes on Roman Avenue; it was rejected by the city,” he wrote in an email. Swail added the alignment through Connaught Park was approved through the 1996, West Transitway Extension – Woodroffe Avenue to Acres Road Environmental Assessment. At that time, a bus rapid transit corridor was contemplated that would see buses travel at-grade through the Pinecrest Creek Corridor until going under Connaught Avenue, through a tunnel, to then carry on farther westward to Bayshore along the

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A dozen residents brave the first snow fall to protest an LRT tunnel bisecting their park. north side of Highway 417. The city owns three homes on Connaught Avenue since the time of the EA in order to facilitate the future implementation of this tunnel, Swail said. This approved alignment is the same alignment that is being used for the city’s western LRT extension. But Sharpe said this is not the only option. He said he would like to see the city seriously ask the province for a dedicated lane of the Highway 417 on the south side. Sharpe says he hasn’t done the business case, but it seems

counterintuitive for the city to promote LRT while expanding the highway. In addition, Sharpe says there’s no net benefit to the community. He says he has to walk further, probably an extra five minutes to the new station than he does now. “It takes about seven minutes to walk to the Queensway station,” Sharpe said. But Taylor disagrees, saying the new station on Queensview Drive will be accessible from the right of Roman Avenue. As for using the highway, Taylor says it’s unlikely.

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“We focused on future needs and future conditions and as such Tunney’s Pasture emerged as the most suitable campus for the city.” The committee used 21 criteria to determine the most suitable location. It determined the key strengths of the site to be the shape and size, proximity to LRT, city-building potential, proximity to the urban core and access to roads and the highway and it limits the impact on the natural environment and agricultural lands. The site’s weaknesses include the potential cost to the federal government, displacement of offices, requirement to reconsider Tunney’s Master Plan and costs of demolition. But the recommendation was by no means unanimous. Board member Kay Stanley was the lone dissenting voice on the committee evaluating the potential of each of the 12 sites. She said she preferred a location for the new campus across from its current site, combining two of the options and leaving out a research field. Stanley, a former member of the hospital’s board, said while people cried out about agricultural research, “nobody talked about health research.” She said the location would also be preferable because of the proximity of other health services along the Carling corridor.

“We’ve all heard minutes count and I think that needs to be taken into consideration.” Stanley said she would abstain from the vote against the Tunney’s Pasture recommendation. “I have held a different view that I have held for over a decade,” she said. Board members Bob Plamondon and Brian Coburn also opposed the recommendation. Plamondon said he didn’t feel adequately informed to make a decision and Coburn was also looking for some answers to justify it. When the vote was called, there were three abstentions and two members voting against. With its approval, the board planned to send its final report supporting the recommendation to the minister of Canadian Heritage by the end of November. If approved by the minister, It is up to the hospital to decide if it would move forward with plans for that location. In a statement from the Ottawa Hospital released the same day as the board’s decision, the hospital noted the Tunney’s Pasture site was not among the top-ranked sites in the institution’s 2008 or 2016 reports. In the 2016 report, the hospital raised concerns about access delays due to traffic on the already jam-packed Parkdale Avenue and concerns about the cost and timelines for demolishing what’s already located there. “We have not yet had an opportunity to review the NCC’s

report released today. Over the coming weeks, we will work with our partners in the municipal, provincial and federal governments to plan a way forward. Until that review is complete, the hospital is not in a position to comment further.” Kitchissppi Coun. Jeff Leiper also raised similar concerns about Tunney’s Pasture following the announcement. “I will be pressing the hospital and federal government for details of how the challenges we’re certain to identify will be mitigated,” Leiper wrote in a post to his website. “While the site poses localized challenges, it’s important to note that there are some considerable advantages to preserving a hospital in Ottawa’s core, saving the research fields at the Central Experimental Farm, and reducing reliance on cars by locating on mass transit.” While some were questioning the decision to locate on the western edge of Tunney’s Pasture, for members of the coalition to save the experimental farm, they could finally breathe a sigh of relief. “The ideal situation was that the whole farm would remain intact, so for us this is fantastic,” said Paul Johanis, part of the coalition to protect the farm and Greenspace Alliance. “All we ever wanted was for the evaluation to take into account science, heritage and greenspace as important evaluation criteria,” he said. “We felt confident that if those were tak-

en into account the people making the decision would protect the farm and find some alternative site that didn’t have those problems associated with it.” Ottawa Centre MP Catherine McKenna released a statement thanking the NCC for its work on the file. “I hear loud and clear from the residents of Ottawa Centre that they wanted the new site of the Ottawa Hospital’s Civic Campus to be in the downtown core and easily accessible by public transit, while also protecting the greenspace of the Experimental Farm,” the statement reads. “I’m happy to see that the recommended site meets all of these criteria.” Also in a statement, Conservative MP for Carleton Pierre Poilievre denounced the location, calling it costly and risky. He drew attention to the need to relocate public servants and demolish existing buildings on the site. “By far, the best option was a big open field right across the street from the current campus,” his statement reads. “By contrast, the hospital twice rejected Tunney’s Pasture.” In an interview, Poilievre said the NCC wasn’t the right body to review potential locations. In response to the decision, he’ll be trying to drum up public opposition to the NCC’s recommendation and will relaunch a petition. “I want to rally the city to force the government to do the right thing,” he said.

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arning: This column is definitely about First World problems. If you need to read about the troubles of people who are genuinely miserable, you should turn somewhere else. OK. Thanks to those of you who stayed and will now be treated to a rant about parking regulations in Ottawa. To begin with, what are they? The question arises, it goes without saying, from getting a parking ticket. It should not have been unexpected. The sign clearly said “one-hour parking” and the car was clearly there for longer than that. Other people at the same gathering got tickets too. They were equally surprised. We always parked there and never got a ticket. We figured we never got a ticket

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CHARLES GORDON Funny Town because one-hour parking didn’t make much sense. It wasn’t a high-traffic street, it wasn’t near a hospital, it wasn’t a school zone. So we just assumed they weren’t really serious about it and enforcement wasn’t going to happen. Well, that was wrong. And you can say we got what we deserved, and we did. But we wouldn’t have if we’d parked on the same side street but on the other side of Wellington Street. There the signs said “twohour parking.” And why? The streets looked

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the same. A little further south or a little further west and the streets would have had no signs on them at all. We could park there for days. On the other hand, a little further east and we would have seen signs saying, and I paraphrase loosely, “no parking Monday to Thursday between 2 and 4 p.m., but otherwise it’s one-hour parking except between Dec. 1 and April 15.” Now, it would have taken the reading of about three signs to get that information, all of which appeared to be No Parking signs but weren’t, exactly, when you read the fine print, which hardly anybody does. You could drive a bit further east and find parking machines. Those you can understand — assuming you can understand machines. What you can’t understand is why they are there and not here. DISTRIBUTION INQUIRIES Traci Cameron - 613-221-6223 ADMINISTRATION: Donna Therien - 613-221-6233 HOME BUILDERS ACCOUNTS SPECIALIST Geoff Hamilton - 613-221-6215 DISPLAY ADVERTISING: Gisele Godin - Kanata - 613-221-6214 Connie Pfitzer - Ottawa West - 613-221-6209 Cindy Gilbert - Ottawa South - 613-221-6211 Carly McGhie - Ottawa East - 613-221-6154 Jill Martin - Nepean - 613-221-6221 Catherine Lowthian - Barrhaven/Bells Corners 613-221-6227 Mike Stoodley - Stittsville - 613-221-6231 Annie Davis - Ottawa West - 613-221-6217 Rico Corsi - Automotive Consultant - 613-221-6224 Blair Kirkpatrick - Orleans - 613-221-6216 CLASSIFIED ADVERTISING SALES: Sharon Russell - 613-221-6228

You could travel a few blocks south and find no parking allowed anywhere at any time, because a hospital was somewhere in the near distance. Is there fairness in this? Perhaps. Somebody must have thought so at some point. And maybe we could bring ourselves to agree if somebody could explain the logic behind any of it. Is there logic? Or is it just a case of some influential people howling about parking in front of their houses. You could forgive the public for thinking that. Maybe, as a first step, somebody who understands the logic, probably somebody at city hall, could explain it to the rest of us. Why is it one hour here but two hours there and no hours somewhere else? Why are some places unlimited and some places off limits. Why are there meters here but not there? Yes, yes, we shouldn’t be having these problems. We should be walk-

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ing or taking the bus and not clogging the streets with our polluting vehicles. However, it’s going to take a few years (and a lot of construction) before we reach the stage where parking becomes irrelevant to us. In the meantime, maybe somebody could help make the parking rules make sense.

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Check your privilege at the door: Redefining Canada’s middle class

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till reeling from the outcome of the U.S. election, many of us find ourselves talking about the great middle class. Which party is really fighting for the middle class? What are they doing to create tax breaks and jobs for the middle class? Politicians always seem to talk about the great middle class and how they can help them. In the 2015 federal election in Canada, the Liberal Party was indeed successful due to its appeal to the so-called middle class. A year later, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is criticized for being the opposite of Robin Hood — robbing from the poor to give to the rich. And rightfully so. In the budget earlier this year, for example, the Liberals introduced a new Child Care Benefit. Families making up to $195,000 per year are eligible to receive some of the funds. A household with a total household income of $90,000 is entitled to the full benefit of $5,650 annually, taxfree. But wait a minute. A closer looks shows the biggest misnomer here is the term middle class. The Liber-

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actually among the richest people in the country. Statistics Canada tells us that individuals who earned $89,000 per year or more in 2013 are officially in the top 10 per cent of income earners in Canada. Despite this, politicians are successfully appealing to them at every turn by redistributing wealth in their favour. And yet, there are 4.5 million Canadians currently living below the poverty line. A report released in late November, to mark the 26th anniversary of Canada’s pledge to eradicate child poverty by 2000, is a sobering reminder that, by subsidizing wealthy citizens, we are failing the most vulnerable among us. Since the pledge to eliminate child poverty was made in 1989, the child poverty rate has jumped to 18.6 per cent from 15.6 per cent in a single generation. For children under six, the number is 20 per cent. Nearly one in five Canadian children are living in poverty. The statistics are far more dire among Canada’s indigenous populations. In Nunavut, 45 per cent of children are in poverty. In Saskatch-

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Officials with the city, Ottawa 2017, Canada Post and the French public school board spent time with Marie-Curie French public school students in Elmvale Acres on Nov. 15 to announce that student-designed postcards, that will serve as Ottawa 2017 invites, will soon be sent to students across the city. Ottawa 2017/Submitted

Students send message that Ottawa 2017 postcards are on their way BY Erin McCracken erin.mccracken@metroland.com

Marie-Curie students in Elmvale Acres got the chance to rub shoulders with some of Ottawa’s movers and shakers in a bid to bring attention to Ottawa 2017’s postcard initiative. Ottawa students in grades three to six will begin receiving postcards this month. But they shouldn’t just think of them as mail for themselves. They will be asked to spend time in class writing personalized messages inviting their friends and families living outside of Ottawa to come to the capital city and help celebrate the sesquicentennial next year. To mark the start of the distribution period, Grade 3 students at Marie-Curie French public school joined officials from the city, the Ottawa 2017 committee, Canada Post as well as school board representatives on Nov. 15. “We’re proud to welcome Canada Post, a national corporation that’s been connecting Canadians for generations, as an Ottawa 2017 partner,” Mayor Jim Watson said in a statement. “This postcard initiative is a great way to engage young Canadians and build excitement for our country’s sesquicentennial celebrations.” Canada Post said it is also pleased to be involved in the initiative. “We’re hoping to deliver these beautiful hand-written invitations from Ottawa students to Canadians right across the country,” said

Susan Margles, who serves as vice-president of government relations and policy at Canada Post. She is also a trustee with the Canada Post Community Foundation. “The Ottawa 2017 program was developed to inspire Canadian youth and encourage them to get involved in the celebrations,” said Guy Laflamme, executive director of the Ottawa 2017 committee. “With Canada Post’s valuable support, this is an additional way of engaging young citizens and inspiring them for the future.” Watson joined Alta Vista Coun. Jean Cloutier and Rideau-Vanier Coun. Mathieu Fleury at the Featherston Drive Public School in Alta Vista this past May to announce the launch of a postcard design contest. Students across Ottawa’s four school boards were asked to create postcards with iconic Ottawa images and their favourite memories of places right here at home. The winning entries are displayed on the cards now being distributed to Ottawa schools.

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St Elizabeth Parish (1303 Leaside Avenue at Merivale) will host their annual Christmas bazaar this Saturday, December 3 from 10am-2pm. In addition to lunch being served from 11am-1pm, there will also be a bake sale, knitted and crochet goods, crafts, white elephant table, Christmas cakes and a raffle. All are welcome, free admission, Lunch $5, $3 for children.

Draft 2017 Budget Hearings

The 2017 draft City of Ottawa budget was released on November 9 and will be before City Council on December 14 for a final vote. Standing committees meet in the interim to hear from public delegations and to allow members of Council or debate and discuss the content of the budget that impacts each committee. Here is a partial list of public meetings that remain: Dec 5, Transit Commission, 9:30am, City Hall, Dec 5, Board of Health, 4pm, City Hall, Dec 6, FEDCO, 9:30am, City Hall, Dec 7, Transportation Committee, 9:30am, City Hall, Dec 8, Community and Protective Services, 9:30am, City Hall If you have any specific questions or comments about the City’s budget, recommended areas for additional resources, or areas where the City can make reductions, please contact me, I am interested in hearing from you.

River Ward Christmas Social

All residents of River Ward are invited to attend my annual Christmas Social, to be held on December 13 from 6-8pm at the Carleton Heights Community Centre (1665 Apeldoorn Avenue). Mayor Watson has confirmed he will also be in attendance. Food, refreshments and entertainment will be on hand. Please consider bringing a non-perishable food item to donate to the Ottawa Food Bank. Drop in any time.

NCC Recommends Tunney’s Pasture for Hospital

On November 24, the Board of Directors of the NCC voted to recommend the western section of Tunney’s Pasture as the site for the new location of the Civic Hospital. The vote follows a second, and open and transparent process that identified multiple sites in Ottawa and used a set list of criteria to rank each location. Thousands of public comments were received. The Ottawa Hospital is not bound to use the Tunney’s Pasture location, however, if federal land is to be used, Tunney’s Pasture is the recommended location.

In a statement released last week, the Ottawa Hospital replied: “In our 2016 report, we did raise concerns regarding access delays due to traffic volume heading north on Parkdale Avenue from the Queensway. We also raised concerns about the cost and timelines for demolishing existing facilities and relocating federal government departments. We have not yet had an opportunity to review the NCC’s report released today. Over the coming weeks, we will work with our partners in the municipal, provincial and federal governments to plan a way forward. Until that review is complete, the hospital is not in a position to comment further”. Reading the tea leaves indicates that the Hospital is not overly enamoured with the Tunney’s site. I will continue to immerse myself in this issue as it progresses, as I have done since the day I took office.

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RedBlacks bring home Grey Cup By Erin McCracken and Michelle Nash Baker erin.mccracken@metroland.com

Ottawa RedBlacks general manager Marcel Desjardins hoisted the Grey Cup in his hands, walking closer to the more than two-dozen fans waiting to welcome the team home to the Ottawa International Airport. As he approached, their cheers grew louder, giving the team and the trophy the homecoming welcome befitting their newfound championship status. “That’s why we do this,” Desjardins said of the enthusiastic reaction by fans waving flags and proudly wearing red and black. “Some of these people have been waiting a long time.” Ottawa hasn’t experienced a Grey Cup win in four decades. For Desjardins, the feeling of bringing the trophy back to the nation’s capital was difficult to describe. “To come to fruition is hard to put into words,” he said. Luc Belisle of Gloucester brought his German pointer dog, Ginger Okley, to the Esso Avitat hangar at the airport to greet the athletes. Both wore lumberjack plaid in honour of the team’s accomplishment. “I remember the Rough Riders and J.C. Watts and the Renegades,” he said. “I want to just … let the players know the city is proud of them.” Belisle stayed home to watch the Nov. 27 championship game on television and nervously bit his nails as he watched the game go through several ups and downs. And given the RedBlacks win, he said it was a no-brainer showing up to welcome the players home. “You’ve got to root for your home team otherwise you don’t deserve a home team,” he said. RedBlacks quarterback Henry Burris, whose participation actually came into question before the start of the game when he suffered a knee injury while warming up, went on to help secure the team’s victory after he threw a clutch 18-yard touchdown pass to receiver Ernest Jackson in overtime. Burris, who was named the game’s most valuable player, didn’t travel home to Ottawa by air with his teammates on Nov. 28, instead opting to travel by train with his family to the nation’s capital.

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Ottawa RedBlacks general manager Marcel Desjardins gives fans the chance to look at and touch the Grey Cup after the championship team touched down at the Ottawa International Aiport on Nov. 28. But Jackson was on hand to revel in the homecoming moment. “It’s breathtaking to be the winner,” he said. “We’ve been the underdog all year and everyone doubted us and to come into this game and come out victorious in overtime is just amazing.” Head coach Rick Campbell agreed it is surreal how everything came together at the right time for the team. “We thought we had the makings of a good team and we won some big games late in the season,” he said. “Our guys were very good all week, very focused, and I think going to the cup last year helped too, just going through that whole process. “Our guys knew what to expect,” Campbell told reporters at the airport. “Good on our players for finding a way to get it done.” The underdog label the RedBlacks team was given in the lead-up to the championship game was “overplayed,” he added. While Calgary is a good team and deserved the credit they were given, he said the Ottawa club knew it would be a close game. “We thought we could hang with those guys. It’s a huge win,” Campbell said. “For the people that weren’t there at the stadium in Toronto last night, it was like Ottawa had taken over Toronto for the night. It was awesome.” TD PLACE FANDEMONIUM

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comed the same day at TD Place by a horde of elated fans, who began lining up in front of Gate 3 as early as 11 a.m., chanting and cheering “RedBlacks.” Season-ticket holder Angie Webb drove from Riverside South with her two children to catch a glimpse of the champions. A mother of four children, ages eight years to two months, she said she and her husband have made watching the game their date night. “We need it with four kids,” she said. Webb and her family drove to Toronto to watch the game, which she said was an amazing experience. “We believed they could do it,” she said. “I think because they were the underdogs, Calgary thought they had it in the bag.” Ottawa will host the 2017 Grey Cup and Webb said the momentum is just getting started. She believes if the RedBlacks make it again next year, Ottawa will have a dynasty on its hands. “It would be so amazing,” Webb said. Nepean residents Alex Laurie and his one-and-a-half-year-old daughter Mila played hooky from work and daycare to be a part of the excitement. “I’m a die-hard fan,” Laurie said, adding he watched the nerve-racking game on the edge of his seat. “I’m just so ecstatic. I’ve waited a long time for it and it doesn’t get better than this,” Laurie said.

Fellow Nepean resident Paul Craig also made the trek to Lansdowne to celebrate. “I was dancing around at the end,” he said of watching the televised game. “I’ve been waiting 40 years for this and they finally did it.” The long-time fan, who joked about following Ottawa football back when there were $1 endzone tickets, said he has already purchased Grey Cup tickets for next year. Campbell was was first off the bus when the team arrived at the stadium. The head coach hoisted the cup over his head before walking through the crowd, letting fans touch the trophy. Fans cheered as the team disembarked from the two buses, approaching players to sign hats, T-shirts and other memorabilia. Bernie Ashe, chief executive of Ottawa Sports Entertainment Group, watched the fandemonium from the sidelines. “I’m so happy,” Ashe said, adding that watching the fans react is truly the best part. “It’s such a cool sight.” Ashe, who has been managing the group since the beginning, said the idea of winning the Grey Cup only three seasons in was something they had hoped would come true. “It was all about getting the foundation, but it all came together quickly,” he said. Ashe said the pressure is on for 2017, but added that it’s good pressure. “We will be going into 2017 as the defending champions, holding the cup – that is cool.”


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Canada’s best power wheelchair hockey players are coming to Ottawa. The Ottawa Power Wheelchair Hockey League celebrated the fact that it will host the 2017 Canadian Electric Wheelchair Hockey Association Nationals on Aug. 4-7 at their regular Sunday game on Nov. 27. The organization, which formed in 2009, and operates out of the Greenboro Community Centre, has grown to four teams, with families driving in from as far as Kingston for the opportunity to play. Donna

Haycock is chairperson of the organization and co-chair of the nationals organizing committee. “This is such an honour,” Haycock said. “And to have it during Canada’s 150th celebrations, where everyone attending can participate in all the other events that are happening in the city, is amazing.” The four local teams — the Gators, Bears, Wolves and the Sharks — feature players using power wheelchairs and have limited or no upper body strength and have limited or no mobility. According to the league’s website, players have different disabilities. See EVENT, page 17


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The league is a co-ed, all-ages format, with the youngest player only seven years old. Players come from across the city to play in the league, and in many cases, families drive in from Kingston, Morrisburg and Kemptville to participate. The game is competitive, and very fast-paced. Every team member gets the chance to play. Coming in from Morrisburg, Ont., Judy Markell’s grandson Austin Merkley joined the league two years ago. For a boy who played hockey when he was younger until he developed muscular dystrophy, this was just what he needed. “He loves it,” Markell said, adding the drive is worth it to watch her grandson enjoying every minute of the experience. “He’s a sports kid. This is perfect for him,” Markell added. Haycock said organizing the nationals in Ottawa is something the local organization never would have thought possible when the local league first started. “We want to make this championship the best ever,” Haycock said. The competition will take place at Carleton University’s Raven’s Nest. Twenty games will take place over the four-day event. The celebrations included an announcement that Permobil, a wheelchair manufacturer, has donated $15,000 to the event. The city’s sports commissioner, Innis Coun. Jody Mitic, helped celebrate

As winter falls upon us and Canada’s 150th Birthday is only weeks away, I want to take this opportunity to wish you and your family a Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays. 2017 will be a historic year in the nation’s capital. We have worked hard to prepare Ottawa to welcome the world as host of these celebrations. I still remember the excitement of Expo ’67 during Canada’s centennial year. The whole nation rallied together to create a year of lasting memories and experiences that transcended generations, and we plan to do it once again during Canada’s upcoming sesquicentennial. It seems like yesterday that I announced the creation of the 2017 Bureau to begin preparations for Canada’s Big Year. Now with 2017 only weeks away and 12 full months of big, bold, immersive and moving experiences about to begin, we will soon enjoy the fruits of our labour. This is an exciting opportunity to not only commemorate the progress we’ve made as a nation, but it is a chance to look forward towards the future. The energy, excitement and investments generated by Ottawa’s 2017 celebrations will serve as a catalyst for long-term tourism growth. Michelle Nash Baker/Metroland

Matt Gagnon and the rest of his teammates, including city sports commissioner Innes Coun. Jody Mitic celebrate that the Ottawa Power Wheelchair Hockey League officially will host the 2017 Canadian Electric Wheelchair Hockey Association Nationals on Aug. 4-7 at their regular Sunday game on Nov. 27. the announcement by signing Matt Gagnon’s hockey stick, one of the league’s players Voted top newcomer at the 2016 nationals, Gagnon and his teammates were able to view the promotional video that many of them star in before getting back to the serious business of hockey on Nov. 27.The nationals will be streamed live and there are event details available online 2017Nationals.cewha. (613) 680-4448 (613) 270-8200 www.zorysells.com

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I encourage you to visit www.ottawa2017.ca and sign up for the newsletter to stay up to date and receive the latest news on the many upcoming events and celebrations. Here are just a few to look forward to, early in the New Year: • New Year’s Eve – December 31st – Ottawa2017.ca - Lighting of the Ottawa 2017 cauldron at Ottawa City Hall kicks off a familyfriendly New Year’s Eve celebration, leading to a national celebration on Parliament Hill with fireworks at 8:17pm (20:17) and midnight. • Canadian Tire National Skating Championships – January 16 -22 - skatecanada.ca • Red Bull Crashed Ice – March 3-4 - redbullcontentpool.com • JUNO Awards - April 1st – 2nd, 2017 - Junoawards.ca Canada is a diverse country, and we will host an equally diverse selection of large signature events, such as the Canadian Video Game Awards, the Canadian Track and Field Championships, The Canadian Olympic Curling Trials - Roar of the Rings, the 105th Grey Cup and many more. We have also worked hard to ensure that residents and visitors alike can partake in many Ottawa 2017 celebrations at no cost: : the Underground Multi-media Experience, La Machine, Inspiration Village and Ottawa Welcomes the World are just a few of free signature events not to miss. Ottawa 2017 will be a once-in-a-lifetime celebration and I encourage you to get involved. If you would like to plan your own community even, volunteer or simply learn more, visit www.ottawa2017.ca.

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Sport volunteers get support from local organization BY Michelle Nash Baker michelle.nash@metroland.com

When it comes to helping out with your kids’ sports teams, the Ottawa sport council has got your back. Executive director Marcia Morris said when it comes to organized sports, most parents who join are eager to help or are – mostly likely – talked into it. “All of a sudden you are the manager or secretary and you don’t know what you’re doing,” Morris said. That’s where the council steps in. They help with the “back office” she said. According to the council, there are currently over 6.5 million volunteers in Canada, with 35 per cent of those involved in sport. Additionally, 73 per cent of sport organizations indicate they have no paid employees – which Morris said makes volunteerism an important factor in delivering great experiences. See SPORT. page 19

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The council concentrates on helping increase the leadership capacity of sport organizations in Ottawa with a focus on what the council calls ongoing challenges in clubs in Ottawa: volunteer management, including recruitment, retention, recognition and retirement. On Nov. 26, the council held its third annual Ottawa Sport Summit at Lansdowne Park, and this year the organization paid special attention to sport volunteerism in this city. The free one-day event featured a panel of expert guest speakers such as Sue Holloway – the first woman and first Canadian to compete

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year – who shared the keys to success and challenges when it comes to volunteering.

The day also included sport-themed activities such as a trivia contest and a silent auction. “Our role is to build capacity in community sport,” Morris said. “Today is all about building the volunteer movement. We offer tips and pointers. Disorganization can wear you out and leave you frustrated.” Morris said it’s not about coaching, but rather about helping people understanding the paperwork that comes with managing a sports team. Morris added the event is aimed at participants learning effective strategies to sustain their volunteers as well as help make valuable connections with colleagues in community sport.

For those who were unable to attend the summit, or who have yet to be talked into volunteering for their child’s sports team Morris said the council is launching an online volunteering course for people to download, which will be available in the new year at sportottawa.ca. The course, Morris explained, was developed for volunteers who may not have a lot of time on their hands, but are interested in learning about best practices for volunteering. “We are here to help the people who put their hand up to be on the board of directors, or who want to volunteer on their kid’s team,” Morris said. “It’s all about working together to make local sports in Ottawa the best.”

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The local donation day is Dec. 8, starting at 6 a.m. at Fire Station 23, 1445 Carling Ave. RSVP to Kim McKenney at kim@themortgagesource.ca. Donors can also arrange a pickup online at www.bikesforkids.com. Since 2014, Bikes for Kids has received more than 2,500 cycles. The bikes are distributed throughout Canada. “Bikes for Kids is one of the most important campaigns that DLC does every year,” says Gary Mauris, president and CEO of Dominion Lending Centers, the presenting sponsor of the campaign. Donated cycles will be shipped to children locally or provincially.

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Radek Bonk: have clipboard, will travel After finishing a pro hockey career that spanned more than 20 years, a former Senator heads behind the bench by nevil hunt nevil.hunt@metroland.com

Radek Bonk is back in Ottawa and he’s staying close to the ice. The former Ottawa Senator is on the coaching staff of a Kanata Blazers peewee team, making notes, sketching plays on a clipboard and offering advice between periods. Like any other Blazers coach, he walks down the Bell Sensplex bench after his team scores a goal, tapping the helmets below him in celebration – one of them his

son’s. His son Oliver wears the familiar No. 14. “I’m loving coaching,” Bonk said after Oliver’s team closed out the game with a win. During the game, Bonk spent most of the time watching the defence — a state of affairs that would make his former Sens coach, Jacques Martin, proud. Bonk said he doesn’t always stick with the defence. “I go where they need me.” Adaptability was a hallmark of Bonk’s playing career. He arrived in Ottawa in 1995 as a first-round draft

pick and he was expected to be a scorer, if not the saviour of an underachieving team. That didn’t work out right away, garnering Bonk plenty of criticism. But as his supporting cast on the Senators improved, so did Bonk’s stats. By year six he broke the 20goal mark in a season, and he repeated that feat in the three years that followed. “It was tough at first,” Bonk said. “The team wasn’t very good.” checking gretzky

About midway through his 10 years in Ottawa, Martin shifted him into a new role – as a checking centre – and that saw Bonk line up against opponents’ top lines, including Mario Lemieux and Wayne Gretzky. Over time, he became one of the best shutdown centres in the league. “Jacques Martin made me into a defensive centre,” Bonk said. “Two-way centre suited

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Former Ottawa Senator forward Radek Bonk delivers advice to Kanata Blazers pee wee players at the Bell Sensplex on Nov. 23, as a Sens logo watches over the action. Bonk returned to Ottawa a little more than a year ago after finishing his pro hockey career in his native Czech Republic. me. I got more transitional scoring and had some of my best years. “I learned a lot from him, and hopefully I can give back to the kids.” At age 40, Bonk is still quick with a smile and looks fit enough to jump over the boards and play the game he learned in his native Czech Republic. His Czech accent is still there as he chats about the past, and about the kids he’s coaching today. “It’s easy to work with players who want to learn,” he said of the competitive peewee squad. After Ottawa traded Bonk in 2004, he ended up a Montreal Canadien for two seasons, and a Nashville Predator for two more. He said both stops were a good experience. He called the atmosphere around the team in Ottawa

“crazy,” and the Montreal scene “crazier.” Nashville allowed for anonymity away from the rink, and Bonk said he appreciated the people in Music City. “They were friendly. Southern hospitality is real.” LAS VEGAS

As NHL fans come to grips with the idea of a club in Las Vegas, Bonk has already been there and done that. He played one-and-a-half seasons there in the old International Hockey League, arriving from the Czech Republic at the age of 17. “They’ll do well there,” he said of the Vegas Golden Knights, who start play in the NHL in the fall of 2017. For a teenager from the Czech Republic, Las Vegas was a very different scene. “I was shocked when I got

to Vegas. I came from a little town of 20,000 people.” His adaptation to loud and brash America was helped by his parents: “My parents were living with me,” he said. “That was great.” There is life after the NHL, and Bonk faced another big change, choosing to head back to the Czech Republic, where he played another five years of hockey in Trinic, in the country’s top tier, the Extraliga. He retired as a player in 2014. The Trinic Ocelari – whose nickname means Steelers – are located near Bonk’s hometown of Krnov. “I got to play in front of my family,” Bonk said of his five seasons in Trinic, adding the level of play there is very good: “They’re serious about hockey.” See LOTS, page 21


‘Lots to learn’ behind the bench as coach: Bonk Continued from page 20

With his pro career over, Bonk could have lived just about anywhere. He could have picked any of the cities he’d lived in across North America or stayed in the Czech Republic, but he was due for another change – and Kanata was his pick. “I always loved Ottawa,” he said. “Canada is a great country, and my wife’s family is here.” Bonk, his wife Jill and their four children have been back in Ottawa for a little more than a year. Bonk has returned to the ice, but like any recreational league player, he has to pay to play. First he tried a summer league, and then the Ottawa Travellers Hockey League, which the scoresheets say was a little too easy for him. He notched nine goals and eight assists in 10 games and may have single-handedly forced the league to move his team up a few divisions to face tougher competition. “Now I’m in an over-35 league here (in Ottawa),” he said. “I’ve been playing since I was five or six, and I was playing pro since I was 16. I never did anything else.”

You may also spot Bonk playing for the Ottawa Senators Alumni team. He suited up for eight or nine games last year, but his coaching schedule hasn’t allowed him to play with the alumni yet this season. “There are lots of things to learn,” he said of coaching, allowing that he may be interested in working with higher level teams one day. “I’ll see where I go. I’m liking it a lot.” Bonk had many coaches over the years, and described his philosophy as one that pushes players because they are playing competitive level hockey. “It’s the highest level here (in the peewee age group). I try to be a good guy but if they need a push, you push them.” Being around kids hockey will also require Bonk to make another adaptation. After all those airplanes to Sens games, Habs games and Predators games, peewee players – and their coaches – watch the miles roll by at a more leisurely pace. And Bonk has to call it a night, head home, and get some sleep. “We’re up at 6 a.m. to take a bus to Boston for a tournament.”

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Formr Ottawa Senators forward Radek Bonk walks the bench as he watches his Kanata Blazers peee wee team on the ice. In fornt of him, wearing no. 14, is his son Oliver.

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Calling all santas, elves, gingerbread men and snowmen. Prepare to shuffle along the canal on Dec. 3, in support of the Salvation Army. Or if you’re feeling the Christmas spirit, join in by cheering them on during the 26th local Santa Shuffle Fun Run and Elf Walk. Registration opens at 8:30 a.m. in front of the Horticulture Building for one-kilometre walk that starts at 10 a.m. and the five-kilometre run starting at 10:30 a.m. Caroline Franks, public relations specialist for the Salvation Army, said she expects about 1,500 people and the event continues to grow every year. “It’s a really fun atmosphere, and people come and dress up in Christmas costumes and they really get into the spirit of it,” she said.

This is the second year the event is being held at Lansdowne. Santa Claus will lead the elf walk, and superheroes and princesses will greet participants along the route. Paralympian Jason Dunkerley will lead the run this year. There’s also a slew of activities that run alongside the event, including a free breakfast and warmup. Barbers from Tommy Gun’s Original Barbershop will also have an “elf-yourself ” booth with hair colouring and eyebrow design for participants. Awards for teams and individuals will be handed out. The event raises money for the Salvation Army’s programs and services, including the food bank, clothing vouchers, furniture assistance and summer camps. And the need is increasing, Franks said. In 2015, there was a 74

per cent increase in the number of people using the food bank and a 59 per cent increase in the number of people needing clothing vouchers. In the last 12 months, the Salvation Army has served 70,000 meals. Aside from the Salvation Army kettle campaign, the Santa Shuffle is one of the organization’s largest fundraisers, bringing in $43,000 last year. All the money stays local. Also new this year, participants are encouraged to stay at Lansdowne for the Ottawa 67’s vs. Kitchener Rangers game because $5 from every ticket will support the Salvation Army. The game starts at 2 p.m. To ensure the proceeds go to the organization, use the promo code “shuffle” when buying tickets. For more information about the event, see www. s a n t a s h u f f l e. c a / o t t aw a p183848&language=en.


‘Free speech doesn’t trump somebody’s safety’: race relations officer BY Erin McCracken erin.mccracken@metroland.com

Two-thirds of all hate crimes committed in Ottawa go unreported. “That’s a problem for police because we don’t know the full landscape,” said Staff Sgt. Dave Zackrias, head of the Ottawa police diversity and race relations unit. “We need to know this. If we don’t know, we can’t respond effectively.” His comments came during a Crime Prevention Ottawasponsored hate crimes panel discussion at city hall on Nov. 25, prompted by a recent spate of graffiti hate crimes targeted at a number of religious institutions across the city. “Unchecked, crimes can result in an escalation of social tension between different groups and can destroy communities, thereby furthering the aims and objectives of those in our society who promote hatred,” Zackrias told the crowd that gathered in city council chambers. Given their impact, hate crimes must be taken seriously.

“I can tell you the spike that happened in 2015 was a direct result of the federal election,” said Zackrias. “And once the elections were done, we saw a sort of decline.” Look to the United States, he said, where protests and unrest have been prompted by hate-related incidents. “What happens there, impacts here, so we need to be aware of that,” Zackrias said. “We can’t ignore the obvious. We need to be prepared to address those issues that are happening globally.” He said he has heard some argue that individuals have a right to free speech. “We must send a strong message to the community that, ‘Yes, we do have free speech, however, people also have the freedom to live safely and freely, and free speech doesn’t trump somebody’s safety,” Zackrias said. Bernie Farber, a native of Ottawa who currently serves as the Toronto-based executive director of the Mosaic Institute, said the recent graffiti hate crimes in Alta Vista, the west

end and the Glebe brought back memories from 23 years ago when the World Church of the Creator and the Heritage Front led a swastika-filled march to Parliament Hill. “When it comes back, it is as though a spear has been thrown into our very soul,” said Farber, whose father was a Holocaust survivor who settled in Sandy Hill after the war. Education is key to remaining vigilant. “It remains our last best hope for improving the quality of our lives, for filling that glass of tolerance and for banishing hatred from our midst,” Farber said. Society plays a role in the authorization, mobilization and rationalization of evil. Rev. Anthony Bailey, the spiritual leader of Parkdale United Church which was targeted by hate-filled graffiti, said new communication strategies must be developed to foster respect. Joanne Law, representing Ottawa’s transgender community, is hoping federal laws will be enacted to give transgender people the human rights they

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deserve. While there have been improvements, she said she still can’t board a plane without outing herself as a transgender woman and without a letter from her doctor. “Legally, I’m still male. Am I safe if I show this document to a figure of authority?” Law said, before appealing for support and acceptance for her community.

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Complete street for Richmond Road? Meeting draws 200 BY Melissa Murray mmurray@metroland.com

A proposal to limit access to Byron Avenue at Woodroffe Avenue is getting mixed reviews after it was floated at a recent public meeting. The Nov. 15 meeting was about the plan for the “complete street” for Richmond Road between the Sir John A. Macdonald Parkway and Berkley Avenue, and the plans for the Byron Linear Park between Cleary and McEwen, where the LRT will run underground. Complete streets accommodate the needs of all street users and include elements like wider sidewalks, crosswalks, pathways and cycling facilities. Limiting access to Byron is just one of the options the city is reviewing, according to Chris Swail, who heads the Stage 2 LRT project. The city has also looked at creating a protected intersection or a roundabout – that option was deemed not operationally or geometrically possible.

“The city will continue to engage with the public to finalize plans for the Byron Linear Park renewal and the Richmond Road complete street projects as they advance,” Swail said in an email. About 200 people attended the meeting at the Ukranian Orthodox Church on Byron Avenue. And while the president of the McKellar Park Community Association is applauding the city’s efforts to meet with the community and consult, Sybil Powell said in an emailed statement they have concerns. “(We) want to make sure there is an opportunity to think through the traffic implications of any road closures and how we can make sure pedestrians, cyclists and motorists can navigate the Richmond-Byron corridor safely.” That should take into account the many seniors and young families in the neighbourhood, she said. Kitchissippi Coun. Jeff

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Taylor said one of the largest concerns is connectivity, not only for pedestrians to get to local shops, but for cyclists as well. He said there has been talk about relocating all cycling to Byron, but Taylor thinks it’s crucial to have bike lanes on Richmond as well, because without designated bike lanes, there will still be cyclists using the corridor. “We need to plan for what will be the reality,” he said. Randy Kemp, who sits on the advisory working group for Citizens for Safe Cycling has a wish list for the complete street project, including a fully functional and safe intersec-

tion at Woodroffe and Richmond. “Your experience now along Richmond Road is not a good experience, whether you’re a pedestrian or a cyclist,” he said. He said city staff and consultants have been bold in their suggestions, especially in restricting access at Byron and Woodroffe. But he added many at the meeting were open to the idea. In terms of cycling on Byron, that’s a corridor that shouldn’t be overlooked, he said. He also wants to make sure the cycling paths link to Westboro and the greenspace along the Sir John A. Macdonald Parkway. “The objective of any cy-

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ing they can enter into formal negotiations on the purchase and development of the site. Further negotiations are expected to take about a year. Over the summer, the NCC and RendezVous met 22 times to discuss preliminary issues, including the financial terms of the proposal, determination of fair market value of the land, remediation of the land, progress with

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fortable,” he said, “My parents get to see all our home games, as opposed to just watching on TV, so it’s a lot more special.” His parents are in the stands for the games, so there are some extra fans to impress when White takes the ice for the team he grew up watching. The team has had a rocky start to the season, giving up game-losing goals in the last few minutes of the third period. Losing those games has been a struggle, White said. “Losing those games where we’d be in the lead going into the third, and they’d score two quick goals and we’d lose – that’s the tough part. It hurts,” he said. The 67’s were fourth in the OHL’s Our next issue: JAN 7/17

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Board members questioned just what the move to having a preferred bidder meant for runner-up group up Devcore Canderel DLS, and what the NCC’s options are if talks fall through. Zanetti said Devcore is expected to remain in the process until there is a successful proponent. If negotiations stall or there is the possibility agreement with RendezVous LeBreton can’t be reached, the NCC can open up negotiations with the other bidder. It could even engage in talks simultaneously. “We have options,” Zanetti said. NCC board member Kay Stanley said she was delighted things have been progressing. “I think that it bears repeating that the people of this region have been waiting 54 years for something to happen on LeBreton Flats and it looks like we are getting closer to it,” she said. “I think the glass is half full, maybe a little more than half full and I would prefer it to be maybe a little fuller, but I’m content to leave the negotiations up to our team and wish them well.” But whether Devcore Canderel DLS will wait for its turn from the bench, spokesperson Daniel Peritz isn’t saying. “We have to reflect on what we heard today we have to digest it and make a determination with our partners about what we’re going to do, if anything,” he said. “We would have like to

Mark Kristmanson have heard otherwise today, but we respect the decision of the NCC.” Following the meeting, the commission’s CEO, Mark Kristmanson, said the project is complicated and expensive and negotiations will be lengthy and detailed. He said he didn’t know where talks would be in year. “But I do hope we have an agreement in a year and can move ahead with this incredible city-building initiative.” The Sens-backed pitch includes an 18,000-seat event centre that will act as hockey rink, an abilities centre – for athletes, including those with disabilities – and a community-use facility housing two ice rinks, called the Sensplex. The proposal also includes multimedia installations, exterior holograms, commercial spaces, an affordable housing component and five distinct neighbourhoods. Proponents estimate the anchor tenants – the event centre, sportsplex and abilities centre – would attract more than five million visitors annually.

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other and Aunt Bertha were sitting at the kitchen table over a pot of green tea and oatmeal cookies. Being a Saturday, I was home from school, and as always was delighted when someone came to pay a visit. Although she wasn’t an aunt, we called her aunt, because it was considered very bad manners for any child to call an adult by her first name. She came across the 20acre field in the horse and cutter and had a bag with her that looked to be crammed full with material in a very dark green colour. Mother seemed to be as curious as I was, but then Aunt Bertha was always trying to help her become a good farm wife, and she no doubt had another idea to help Mother along. She took the big wad of green out of the bag, and spread it out on the kitchen table. She was telling Mother about keeping our feet warm. This sounded great to me, because our old log house had no foundation, and our feet froze on the cold floors. Aunt Bertha ordered me to stand up on top of the table, right at the edge where the green material was placed, and I was in my stockings, with a pair of my father’s wool socks over them. Aunt Bertha ripped the wool sock off, and without further ado, took a pair of scissors out of her pocket and began cutting the material, which she called felt, just slightly larger than the shape of my feet. She helped me off the table, and cut two longer pieces and set them aside. She sent Mother for shoes belonging to everyone in the house, and did the same thing with them: cutting their shapes out of the felt, and matching them with the strips. I had no idea what she was doing, but anything that added a bit of excitement on a Saturday morning was fine with me. Setting aside the piles of cut felt, she took a ball of red wool and a big darning needle out of another pocket,

MARY COOK Memories laid one of the flat pieces on top of one of the shapes of my feet, and began to blanket-stitch the two pieces together. And right before my very eyes, and before could say “Jack Robinson”, Aunt Bertha had created what I knew was going to be a pair of slippers to wear over our stocking feet to help ward off the drafts of the cold floors. “Now, Mabel, Audrey can do the rest. All she has to do is blanket-stitch those matching pieces together, and everyone will have a pair to wear when they take their gum rubbers and boots off at night.” And she was gone. Out the door, into the cutter, and across the 20-acre field and home. Well, Audrey was as excited as I was, and she spent the entire afternoon, sewing the felt pieces together so that by the time supper was over, and we were into the evening, everyone had a pair of blanketstitched felt slippers to put on over their wool socks. Everyone, that is, except Father, who went into his usual ranting about “living on this here farm for my entire life...a farm that has been in our name for more than 100 years, and we never had to put any danged pieces of felt sewn together to keep our feet warm before. So don’t expect me to start now.” Well, the rest of the family put the felt slippers on, praising Aunt Bertha for her brilliant idea, and giving Mother the felt, and not asking for any money either. “Wonderful neighbour...just wonderful,” Mother kept saying. I couldn’t ever remember of having such warm feet on a cold winter’s night. And wearing our wool socks

inside, kept the slippers from sliding off too. As usual, Father was in his rocking chair beside the Findlay Oval, with his stockinged feet on a cushion on the opened oven door, and it wasn’t long until we could hear the soft snores, see his pipe come to rest on his chest, and the Ottawa Farm Journal slip to the floor. When Father fell asleep, Mother said only an explosion would waken him up. We were all deadly silent, as we saw Emerson take the slippers made for Father and quietly tiptoe over to the stove, and as gentle as a lamb, ease one foot and then the other, into the felt slippers. When Father finally wakened, he looked down at his feet, wiggled them around a bit, saw the felt slippers and slowly got out of the rocker. He went to stoke the Findlay Oval, poured himself a cup of green tea from the pot that sat continuously on the back of stove and was still wearing them when he headed into the bedroom. He would never admit the slippers were a good idea, but every night, like the rest of us, they went on over his work socks when his boots came off. Like she did many times over, Aunt Bertha was there to help ease Mother into life on a farm, and to give a lending hand whenever it was needed. Interested in an electronic version of Mary’s books? Go to https://www.smashwords. com and type MaryRCook for e-book purchase details, or if you would like a hard copy, please contact Mary at wick2@sympatico.ca.


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It can shut down your organs, even kill you. And for those it doesn’t kill, it can rob you of your quality of life for years and cause posttraumatic stress disorder and depression. Septic shock is caused by a bug – in the form of a virus, bacteria or fungus – that enters the body, causing severe inflammation. “It is the most severe form of infection that we see in the intensive care unit,” said Dr. Lauralyn McIntyre, Ottawa Hospital intensive care physician, senior scientist and University of Ottawa associate professor. “It causes very high mortality rates in our patients. It’s associated with a death rate of 20 to 40 per cent.” It also accounts for 20 per cent of all admissions to hospital intensive care units across Canada. But the Glebe resident and her team of researchers,

who are conducting a multisite clinical trial on septic shock, are using stem cells to wage a war against the infection. That fight will continue thanks to a $1-million grant from Canada’s Stem Cell Network, which is providing a $9-million boost to 25 research projects and six clinical trials in Canada – three of those led by the Ottawa Hospital. Funding is key for clinical trials given the millions of dollars they require. “The funding from the Stem Cell Network was like a gift to our team because we’re just so keen to start phase two,” McIntyre said of the next stage, in the trial which will likely get underway in the middle of next year and involve a larger patient sample. Her team’s work made the headlines earlier this year, long before the Nov. 24 funding announcement at the hospital’s General campus. See SUN, page 35

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Federal Science Minister Kristy Duncan, who was on hand for the grant announcement, highlighted the world’s first septic shock clinical trial in which a new cellular immunotherapy “is showing real promise.” Duncan referred to Charles Berniqué, of Hawkesbury, Ont., who was in critical condition when he was admitted to the Ottawa Hospital. His esophagus had burst, possibly because of severe food poisoning, leading to septic shock. After undergoing extensive treatment and surgery, he was placed in a coma. That’s when his wife agreed to enrol him in the inaugural trial. He received an intravenous infusion of 30 million mesenchymal stem cells. “In the three months that followed, he slowly recovered and today he is back at home with his family and back to work,” Duncan said, drawing applause from the large crowd of medical staff who gathered for the announcement. “I think his story is one of the many that demonstrate the enormous potential of stem cell therapies,” she added. The results of that trial, which wrapped in June, showed the stem cells – taken from the bone marrow of healthy adults – showed promise. “The stem cells seem to calm the immune response,” said McIntyre, who led the trial with Barrhaven resident Dr. Duncan Stewart, vice-president of re-

search at the Ottawa Hospital. “They reduce death, they improve organ failure, and they help clear the bugs faster from the system in animal models with sepsis.” Though it will take several more years to develop a treatment, this new round of funding means the work can continue. “So it’s time to roll up the sleeves and get going and get the work done,” said McIntyre. “And I think we’ll get there.” The funding awards represent a success story for the national Stem Cell Network, which funds Canadian stem cell projects and clinical trials, but which almost ceased to exist. Created in Ottawa in 2001 by the federal government’s National Centres of Excellence, it had 14 years of guaranteed funding. “That program had to sunset. They could not renew us,” said Blackburn Hamlet resident Dr. Michael Rudnicki, chief executive of the network and a senior scientist at the Ottawa Hospital. “So we were without means of visible support.” But the 2016 federal budget offered the promise of $12 million in bridge funding over two years. Of that, $9 million went to these new grants. “That money also leveraged a further $20 million from our partners investing in those projects,” Rudnicki said. Stewart’s Ottawa Hospital team will also receive $1 million to move forward with its worldfirst clinical trial of a genetically

enhanced stem cell therapy for heart attacks. The new dollars will help pay for additional trial sites and the treatment of about 70 more patients, over and above the 29 already treated in Ottawa. “Our patients are our inspiration and it is their courage and commitment that motivates us everyday to develop new therapies for devastating diseases,” said Stewart. A team led by Ottawa Hospital stem cell transplant physician Dr. Harold Atkins, of the Orléans area, is receiving $216,000 to investigate whether a stem cell procedure can prevent organ rejection in liver transplant patients. That clinical trial will involve 10 patients. And Jing Wang, an Ottawa Hospital scientist and uOttawa professor, is part of a SickKids Hospital-led team that will receive $500,000 to continue finding ways to stimulate stem cells to repair the brain. The Stem Cell Network is working to secure continued government funding beyond the next two years. Canada was the first country in the world to create a national stem cell organization. And it has since become a global leader in stem cell research and a nation of leaders and innovators who are developing stem cell treatments for cancer, diabetes and multiple sclerosis, said Rudnicki. “It’s in our DNA,” he said. “If hockey is Canada’s sport, stem cell research is Canada’s science.”

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Partners deliver emergency aid to Haiti BY Erin McCracken erin.mccracken@metroland.com

Port-au-Prince, Haiti — A convoy of vehicles zips along the streets of Port-au-Prince, Haiti, teeming with afternoon traffic. A truck packed with police SWAT officers, who grip automatic guns and hide their identities behind black balaclavas, races ahead, closing off roads to ensure a safe and unobstructed escort. In Haiti’s crowded capital city people struggle through their day. The realities of extreme poverty are everywhere in this nation, considered the poorest in the Western Hemisphere. As the convoy heads deeper into the city, people sell their wares along side streets — shoes and other goods are laid out for sale on the hard-packed dirt. Tires are propped against a tree waiting for an interested buyer. A man is seated within a tarped enclosure on the sidewalk getting a haircut. Piles of garbage dot city corners, festering in the 30-degree heat. Food is scarce. Most is imported, forcing up food prices. The water is undrinkable in this country of about 11 million people. Of those, 10 million require daily food assistance. The average daily income is $1 to $2. The vehicles slow as they enter a guarded compound, home to Food for the Poor Haiti, one of the largest non-governmental organizations in this Caribbean nation. Several Haitian and Canadian dignitaries are welcomed into the headquarters building, arriving ahead of a large shipment of much-needed emergency supplies they accompanied from Montreal on Nov. 15. SHOW OF SOLIDARITY

Today’s humanitarian aid mission is a signal of progress, the cornerstone of which is Canadian assistance. “It’s a real show of solidarity with the people of Haiti,” said Elmvale Acres resident Robert Ready, who joined the mission in his role as vicechair of Food for the Poor Canada. For the first time, Food for the Poor Canada, Air Transat and Health Partners International of Canada partnered to ship 16 skids of medical supplies, such as cholera medicine and antibiotics, and 2.8 million water purification tablets to alleviate some of the enormous suffering Haitians are facing in the aftermath of Hurricane Matthew which hit in late September. “It’s also, I think, a recognition of the strengths on the ground for Food for the Poor Haiti and the ongoing partnership that we’re going to have from Canada through ourselves,

through Health Partners and hopefully other NGOs and donors to keep up the good work there,” said Ready, who first became aware of Food for the Poor when he served in Jamaica as Canada’s ambassador to that nation. “It identifies relationships that exist here,” he said. “It’s something that’s going to continue as we grow Food for the Poor in Canada.” Food for the Poor Haiti’s 3,700-square-metre warehouse, which receives an average of 100 cargo containers worth of food a month, will temporarily house the load of $1.3 million in surplus medical supplies before they are distributed to help 50,000 Haitians. The goods were acquired by Health Partners from 19 Canadian pharmaceutical and health-care companies. The purification tablets, which will produce 12.5 million litres of fresh water, were purchased by Food for the Poor Canada and were “really hardearned for me because we don’t receive a lot of cash donations from the Canadian public,” said Samantha Mahfood, the Toronto-based executive director of Food for the Poor Canada, which has been in operation for just eight years. The NGO has been at work in Jamaica and the United States for more than three decades. But she’s hoping to make a bigger stamp by establishing high-profile partnerships and boosting the name among Canadians, Canadian corporations and the Canadian government. “My goal is to raise awareness in Canada about the fact that we have one of the best Haitian organizations on the ground,” Mahfood said, referring to Food for the Poor Haiti’s 300 employees, a trucking fleet, six distribution centres around the country, and the warehouse that officials and journalists toured together. “I want Canadians to know about it so that they don’t doubt their money is being used well,” she said.

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Celebratory smiles abound on the tarmac in Port-au-Prince, Haiti on Nov. 15. Haitian businessman and Food for the Poor Haiti president Daniel Rouzier (left) and Food for the Poor Haiti executive director Bishop Ogé Beauvoir (second from right) greet Ottawa resident Robert Ready and Samantha Mahfood, Torontobased executive director of Food for the Poor Canada.

DIRECT ACCESS

It’s that direct line of access that drew the Montreal-based Health Partners, which has its warehouse in Oakville, Ont., to the partnership. The organization only works with trusted partners on the ground to distribute medicine to clinics and hospitals, said president Denis St-Amour. “Being assured the product gets to where it’s intended to go is also very important,” he said. “When you’re dealing with extreme poverty, when there’s been an infrastructure breakdown there’s also the chance for corruption, for product going where it shouldn’t be going.”

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Workers unload donated goods from an Air Transat plane in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, on Nov. 15. The donations were to be distributed to a children’s home, thanks to the efforts of Canadian Air Transat employees.


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Last year, the 26-year-old Canadian organization delivered medical treatments to one million people in 52 countries thanks to its network of industry partners. “In the developing world, things that are here (in Canada) we could so easily handle, become major challenges for countries like Haiti that don’t have a good infrastructure, they don’t have a good transportation system,” he said. “So even getting help to them is never an easy task.” Franz Liautard, Haiti’s Ottawa-based ambassador to Canada, said he has known for some time about the work being done by Food for the Poor. “I personally know what Food for the Poor has done in Haiti for a long time,” said Liautard, who attended the aid mission’s send-off in Montreal. “They get, at a minimum cost, directly to the people who need it. To me that’s a benchmark.” Paula Caldwell, Canada’s ambassador to Haiti, was among those dignitaries who

welcomed the shipment and its escort in Port-au-Prince. The arrival was only made possible “because of the generosity of Canadians” and “a good, a strong and solid partnership,” she said. “This is all about Canada and Canadians getting together and helping Haiti and that’s what we’ve done for many, many years.” URGENT NEED

Following a tour of the Food for the Poor Haiti’s warehouse, where everything from bags of rice and bottled water to finishing nails and folding tables will soon be shipped out to impoverished villages, the vehicle convoy returns to even busier city streets. Men and women stand at paltry stalls made of tarps. One man pushes a wheelbarrow laden with a menagerie of goods to be sold, while another sells sliced fruit laid out in the hot sun. The sights are sad here, agreed Haitian-born and Montreal-based Air Transat pilot Hans Obas during the drive back to the airport. But there

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Signs of extreme poverty are everywhere in Port-auPrince, Haiti, reason why international assistance is so urgently needed. are also signs of hope. “At least they stopped the fighting,” he said. “People are working together to bring this city in the right direction.” Even with the severe poverty, Haitian pride and feelings of unity have returned. “With these two things we can’t do a miracle, but at least we can start doing the real work,” said Obas. Though the aid mission was a success and the trio

of new partnerships is a signal that efforts by Food for the Poor Canada are gaining momentum, Mahfood doesn’t yet consider it mission accomplished. On the return flight to Montreal, she was asked how Canadians can help Food for the Poor Canada. “Talk about your experience today,” she replied. “Talk about Food for the Poor. Ask people to donate to Food for the Poor

Canada so we can do more.” Given the high profile of the unique mission, Ready considers it a success. He also added 80 pounds of stuffed toys to the emergency relief supplies that had been donated by his family. “This was a new experience for me to actually go down with a shipment of supplies that’s going to have that kind of impact,” he said after arriving back in Montreal. “It gives you a warm feeling just to be part of it.” Daniel Rouzier, president of Food for the Poor Haiti, said in the aftermath of Hurricane Matthew, the relief and development organization has extended its network even further into Haiti given the urgent need for help. The not-for-profit is helping with rebuilding efforts. About 20 coastal fishing villages require repairs, while another 13 need replacing. “The water went up by six or seven feet and on top of that we had 15-foot waves,” Rouzier said. “The homes that were there were just levelled.” In addition to providing food and mentoring in farming and

animal husbandry, the organization will also supply seeds to try and jumpstart food production. “Basically everything we had harvested for the summer was put in silos or warehouses that were destroyed,” Rouzier said, adding that crops that were to be harvested in October were also lost. “Essentially what we have is a three-month shortage of food that needs to be addressed quickly,” he said. “Until these (seeds) can be harvested, the people need to be fed.” For Rouzier, the shipment signals Canadian generosity. “It means there is still a good deal of love in this world,” said the entrepreneur and philanthropist. “It means that even though Canada is far away, we’re physically still close to the Canadians.” A vibrant Haitian diaspora in Canada is helping. “I think we’re seeing a tremendous show of love and solidarity,” Rouzier said, adding it demonstrates what can be accomplished “and really gives a hand up and not just a hand out.”

Pet Adoptions

EmmiE and LiLa (id# a195912 and a195910)

Surprise Your Kids This Holiday Season With a Pet and Make a Homeless Animal’s Dreams Come True Imagine a holiday season where you not only fulfill your children’s holiday wishes but make a homeless animal’s dreams come true too. That’s the idea behind the Ottawa Humane Society’s Holiday Delivery Program, a festive way to surprise a loved one with a furry friend during Hanukkah or on Yuletide morning. From kittens and rabbits to dogs and hamsters, the OHS is seeking families interested in having volunteer elves drop by with their new four-legged family member on Dec. 25 or any night of Hanukkah. Regular adoption procedures still apply, which means parents would come in to the shelter in advance to

fill out an application form, be matched with the right pet, and speak with an adoption counsellor. The delivery program is busting the myth that pets should not be adopted during the holidays. If you’ve been thinking about adding a pet to your family, this may be the right time to do it, said Bruce Roney, OHS executive director. “Less travelling, smaller families, and time off during the holiday can make this the perfect time of year to bond with a new pet for many people,” Roney said. There are limited holiday delivery spaces available so contact the OHS soon to sign up by phone at 613-725-3166 ext. 258, or visit the shelter at 245 West Hunt Club Rd. Pet of the Week: Emmie and Lila (ID# A195912 and A195910) Meet Emmie and Lila, two rabbits looking to hop into their forever home. Sisters Emmie and Lila can’t imagine their lives without each other. They’d love a new home where they can have lots of fun exploring and playing together. Rabbits are social and intelligent animals that make great pets. Do you have room in your heart and home for these two sisters? For more information on Emmie, Lila and all the adoptable animals, stop by the OHS at 245 West Hunt Club Rd Check out our website at www.ottawahumane.ca to see photos and descriptions of the animals available for adoption.

Please note: The Ottawa Humane Society has many other companion animals available for adoption. Featured animals are adopted quickly! To learn more about adopting an animal from the Ottawa Humane Society please contact us:

Website: www.ottawahumane.ca Email: Adoptions@ottawahumane.ca Telephone: (613) 725-3166 x258

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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 Ottawa Support Group for People Who Stutter, a selfhelp group for people who stutter in the Ottawa-Gatineau area, meets on the first and third Thursday of every month from 7-8:30pm, at Perley and Rideau Veterans’ Health Centre, 1750 Russell Rd. Please visit www.oapws. ca for more information.

Dec. 2

Come to hear the beautiful music of the Stairwell Carollers at Trinity United Church, 1099 Maitland Ave., at 7:30 pm. Tickets are $20 for adults and $10 for students and children. 613-821-9214.

Dec. 3

St. Elizabeth church bazaar, 10 - 2pm at 1303 Leaside Ave. Bake sale, knitted and crochet goods, crafts, white elephant table, Christmas cakes, raffle. Lunch served 11 - 1pm. Adults $5. Child $3. Free admission. 613 725-2242. Christmas Melodies, a concert with Tzeitel Abrego at 7pm at Centretown United Church, 507 Bank St. Admission: a donation to the Christmas Hamper Project. Further information at www. tzeitelabrago.com. Fisher Park Christmas: a one day pop-up Christmas market, with over 120 vendors, at Fisher Park School, 250 Holland Ave. from 9am to 3pm. Free admission free parking. Refreshments available. Woodroffe High School Craft Sale, 9-3. Over 40 tables of original crafts. Admission is free. Student Café for coffee and lunch. Poinsettias for sale. Join us at 2410 Georgina Dr. Christmas Concert at Woodroffe United Church, 207 Woodroffe Ave N. Combined choirs of Woodroffe UC and St John the Evangelist, along with the Strings of St John’s. Enjoy cookies at 6:30, concert at 7:30. $20 adults, $15 seniors and students, 12 and under free.

Dec. 4

The Ottawa Humane Society Auxiliary will be selling homemade baked goods and crafts at the OHS Christmas open house 11 am to 2:30 pm at the animal shelter, 245 West Hunt Club Rd. Admission and parking are free. For more info call 613-823-6770 or go to facebook.com/OttawaHumaneSocietyAuxiliary.

Dec. 5

You are invited to the annual general meeting of the Westboro Beach Community Association at the Field house, 29 Van Lang Private at 7pm. The guest speaker will be local historian Dave Allston who will speak on the 145th anniversary of the great fire that torched Skead’s Mill at Westboro Beach. There will also be a short business meeting reporting on WBCA activities in the past year and election of officers. For further information, contact us at infowestborobeach@ gmail.com, visit www.westborobeach.ca or become a friend of Westboro Beach Community on Facebook and connect with us on twitter @ WestboroBeachCA.

Dec.6

Ottawa West Christian Women’s Connection Event at 9:15 a.m. Singer Stephanie Fukumoto and Speaker Julia Francis, topic “From Darkness to Light.” Featuring: Janet Agulnik, “Finding the Artist in You” at Arlington Woods Hall, 225 McClelland Ave. Included in $5 and first timers $2 cost: fun, food, door prizes & childcare. Reserve: # 613-721-1257. Carlingwood Y’s Morning Break Women’s Program meets every Tuesday morning from 10:30 to 11:30 at St. Martin’s Church on Prince Charles Rd. On Dec. 6 is a Penny Auction – bring your unwanted treasures and find new ones. All proceeds go to kids programs at the Y. For more information please call Dorothy Young 613-7220587.

Dec. 8

Craft Sale, Ottawa City Hall (Elgin St at Laurier). Pottery, knitting, paintings, woodworking, jewelry, dolls, all natural skincare products and so much more… 9:00 am – 3:00 pm. A portion of the proceeds is donated to Ottawa Hospital Foundation Cancer Research. 613-2256641

Dec. 8 to 10

Woodroffe High School Musical Theatre presents The Addams Family A New Musical. Join us in our new auditorium with the old NAC seats at 2410 Georgina Dr. Shows are Dec. 8-9, 7 pm and Dec. 10 2pmmatinee. Tickets are $10 for adults and $8 for students at the door.

Dec. 9

Stairwell Carollers - “Adeste Fidelis” – 7:30pm at St Mark’s, 1606 Fisher Ave. An evening of choral music for the Yuletide season. Tickets: $15. Contact: St Mark’s office: 613-224-7431 or
stmarks@stmarksottawa.ca or available at the door. Nepean Choir along with Harmonia Choir presents “a little Messiah music” with orchestra and Shawn Potter, organ. 7:30 pm Woodroffe United Church, 207 Woodroffe Ave. Tickets: $20 from choir members or $25 at the door. See nepeanchoir.ca for more information.

vation Army Mass Bands and Chorus. There are two performances 3 p.m. and 7 p.m. at no cost. To reserve tickets call Centrepointe Theatre Box office at 613-580-2700. The Ottawa Chapter of the Compassionate Friends will be holding their 18th annual Candle Lighting in memory of all children who have died. This celebration will held at 7pm at the Ron Kolbus Centre in Britannia Park in conjunction with the annual worldwide candle lighting. There is no charge to attend and no need to register in advance. Parents are asked to bring a free-standing picture of their child/ren for the display table and to arrive by 6:30 for prompt 7pm start.

Dec. 14

Ottawa Central Women’s Connection invites you and your friends to: Dancing

With The Stars (Arise School of Dance), the beautiful Christmas Music of Daphne Dykhuizen. $8 at the door/ first timers $2, Dessert Party, new website & name rsvpministries.com, 1-3pm, Calvin Christian Reformed Church, 1475 Merivale Rd. RSVP: Kay 613-591-6326 or Lois 613-421-2773. All women welcome.

Dec. 17

The Ontario Genealogical Society - Ottawa Branch invites you from 10:30am to noon to Genealogy: Back to Basics, and from 1-3 join us for a fascinating webinar by FamilyTreeWebinars.com host and Legacy Family Tree developer, Geoff Rasmussen. Both events are free, all are welcome. City of Ottawa Archives, 100 Tallwood Dr. For details visit http://ogsottawa.on.ca.

Dec. 18

The Cantata Singers of Ottawa Family Christmas Spectacular at 3 p.m., at St. Joseph’s Church, 174 Wilbrod Street. Pre-concert talk with artistic director Andrew McAnerney at 2:30 p.m. Tickets are available from Compact Music, The Leading Note, choir members and online at www.cantatasingersottawa.ca.

Tuesdays

CHARA, your local community association, is searching for volunteers to fill open positions on our board of directors. CHARA holds meetings on the last Tuesday of the month starting at 6:30 PM. As well, we are looking for volunteers to work on the community rink. as well as for supervision during the winter. Email info@carletonheights.org.

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Dec. 10

Come buy your fresh fruits and veggies at low prices from the MarketMobile. Stop by the Carlington location, 1520 Caldwell Ave. from 1:15 to 2:45 pm. For questions, please contact Moniela at mvon@carlington.ochc.org.

Dec. 11

Get into the Christmas spirit with the Salvation Army’s Festival of Carols at Centrepointe Theatre. Come enjoy your favourite carols featuring Melissa Simard, Rick Szabo, Bill Blundell, Sean van Gulik and The Sal-

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