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Community - Bayswater Avenue residents living south of Gladstone have mobilized to ensure the long-term livability of their street in the face of population growth. With the Carling-Preston community design plan well underway and due to yield a final plan by early next year, Bayswater residents are concerned about a word they saw applied to their street during a previous meeting. Schematics showing traffic flow displayed at a meeting for the public realm part of the plan showed the southern stretch of Bayswater listed as a collector road, rather than a local road. Concern over that designation led some residents to form Livable Bayswater, an activist group determined to promote keeping their street local. A road sign campaign that

illustrates the positive aspects of the neighbourhood is already underway. Spokeswoman Michelle Reimer said during the distribution of a door-to-door petition, the group discovered just how many families live in the area. “On one four-to-five hundred metre stretch of road, there were 50 children,” said Reimer. “There had been an influx of young families in recent years.” Reimer said people on Bayswater are worried the redesignation will lead to more traffic, bus routes, and the possibility of road modifications – including widening. The core working group says it isn’t trying to say the community or street is special, rather, it is simply exercising its right to advocate for respect and clarity on the part of the city. See ASSUMPTIONS, page 14

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Out in the cold for a cause Centretown Community Health Centre board president Jeff Morrison, left, was joined by area residents Daniel Versace, Daniel Francoeur and Danielle Jeddore to spend a day and night ‘living’ in Dundonald Park Nov. 23-34 as part of a mock homelessness demonstration. The event was intended to draw attention to the services offered by Operation Come Home, which provides employment, education, and support centre for homeless and at-risk young people age 16 and up. The group also raised around $1,000 in donations for Operation Come Home.

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mit, which to her knowledge, no companies have done for their Parkdale towers. “The Section 37 is pretty iffy,” she said. Jeff Leiper, president of the association, said pushing through the idea with no public consultation was “baffling.” It wasn’t lost on him that the walk-on motion was considered at the same meeting as an update to the city’s policy on public consultation, Leiper said. Hobbs said she has been asking Hintonburg and other communities in her ward to provide lists of community benefit priorities. “Those are things I have been asking Hintonburg and all the other communities for – the lists of what they want. I haven’t received any from Hintonburg that have suggested using Section 37 money anywhere else,” Hobbs said. Leiper said the community association has responded to consultations on specific development applications with a list of community benefit priorities, so the councillor should be well aware of where the group would like to see the money spent. “We’ve responded in past to a request for a list of priorities – they’re written down in black and white, submitted to a city process,” he wrote in an email. In an email from planning committee chairman Coun. Peter Hume sent to councillors this fall, he asked his council colleagues to meet with community groups to consult on community benefit priorities and then submit a list to him based on that consultation. Under the policy, city councillors are “encouraged” to consult with community groups on how to spend the money, but the politicians have the final say on how the Section 37 money is spent. “For the benefit of entire community and for what we want to achieve on Scott Street, that is where I would direct the money,” Hobbs said. “I have a big say in this, too.” She said there will still be an opportunity for communities to weigh in because she has until the end of the month to submit communities’ lists of priorities. The city adopted the Section 37 policy in early 2012 and community groups have had the intervening time to submit their lists, Hobbs said.


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Feds plan huge boost in homes for Tunney’s Pasture More than 3,000 residential units planned for government campus redevelopment

News - A large boost in the number of residences planned to be built on the Tunney’s Pasture government campus shows a huge improvement in the 25-year plan, said residents at a Nov. 27 meeting. The main criticism of three different draft visions for redevelopment of the sprawling office campus and parking lot presented last year was the lack of residential and mixeduse areas planned. Only about 800 to 1,000 residential units were anticipated in towers along the western edge of Parkdale Avenue. But the new vision, revealed on Nov. 27, showed a veritable sea of yellow, representing space for 3,400 to 3,700 new homes. In fact, around 20 hectares of the campus’s total 49 hectares would be dedicated to homes if the federal government adopts the plan. “They took comments and took them to heart,” said Civic Hospital area resident Patrick Blundon, who attended last year’s meeting and wanted to see more dense development at Tunney’s. “We listened to the community,” said Daniel Champagne, director general of national capital properties for federal public works. “The biggest messages were there was too little residential in the first two options.” Five hundred people came to the last open house in the fall of 2012 and 180 people submitted comChampagne said. ur. Any ments, tiPeople me. Ncan ire!plan at xpnew evview er ethe and submit comments to by Dec. 20. Instead of lining Parkdale, which is already slated to get a number of tall condo towers on its eastern side in Mechanicsville, the new Tunney’s

for a multitude of uses, including retail. Those areas are mostly clustered around the future light-rail station and Parkdale Avenue. That area would be developed first, likely within five to 10 years from now, Champagne said. A proposed one-hectare public park in the west residential sector and a public plaza surrounded by retailers near the light-rail station were popular new ideas, as was a plan for linear “parks” of greenery and multi-use pathways for walking and biking along major roadways through the site. Some residents were concerned about how the federal government would go about turning over the land for homes and other commer-

plan puts most of the residences on the western portion of the site, starting with three-storey townhomes backing onto existing Champlain Park homes. But no plan is perfect, and many people in attendance wondered why no space for a new elementary school was incorporated into the plan. With all the development coming to the surrounding area, in addition to the thousands of new residents who could be moving into Tunney’s Pasture in the next 25 years, a new school and also a new community centre will be essential, said Hintonburg resident Cheryl Parrot. Kitchissippi Coun. Katherine Hobbs said she hopes the school boards will come to the table to discuss the issue, because as of yet, the boards have not responded to the city’s overtures during the community design plan process for the area. “The school board plays no role and it should,” Hobbs said. Others suggested space should be specifically allotted for a longterm care centre and a grocery store. The plan allows for a number of “mixed-use” areas that would allow TICO#50007364

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Community - A condo developer is looking to add to its Centretown portfolio with plans for a 19-storey residential tower at the north end of Bronson Avenue. Lamb Development Corp., which is currently constructing its Gotham project on Lyon Street, has submitted a zoning bylaw amendment and site plan control for three neighbouring properties at 192 and 196 Bronson, and 31 Cambridge Street North. The building would contain 209 residential units, as well as groundfloor retail space and the possibility for townhomes fronting onto Cambridge. The plan includes 170 parking spaces and 121 spots for bicycles, along with a pathway along

the north side of the property that would allow pedestrian travel between Bronson and Cambridge. The site is on the west side of Bronson, and while a rezoning is needed to achieve the height sought by the builder, the land does not fall into the area covered by the Centretown Community Design Plan. Currently occupied by a two-storey office building and surface parking lot, the site is surrounded by low-tohighrise dwellings and adjacent to the St. Vincent Hospital. Besides asking for greater building height, the rezoning calls for that stretch of Bronson to be designated as traditional mainstreet to allow for the various aspects of the development. The planning rationale included with the proposal, prepared by Fotenn Consultants, cites the proper-


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Nepean resident Rebecca Carswell hit the ice after the Rink of Dreams at city hall (110 Laurier Ave.) officially celebrated its earliest opening in its three years of existence on Nov. 25. The refrigerated rink, a partnership with the Ottawa Senators Foundation, is open from 6 a.m. to 11 p.m. daily and the heated change room is open from 8 a.m. to 11 p.m. More than 59,000 people skated on the rink for the 120 days it was open last season, according to the city. The rink will remain open until March.

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to the five-storey hospital structure located to the west and while maintaining a low-profile built form along (Cambridge).” The brick podium is meant to reflect the nature of several heritage buildings located along the stretch of street. Besides the Gotham, Lamb’s other Centretown proposal is the Soba development on Catherine Street. Construction has yet to start on that project.

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s the year end approaches, the festive season begins! This is also a time of year when we’re reminded not to drink and drive or to overindulge. Perhaps you already set your own limits to avoid feeling exhausted or hungover the next day, or to make sure all your memories of the office party are positive and free of regret. Do you ever have any concerns about setting those limits and sticking to them? Whether your favourite holiday drink is rum and eggnog or mulled wine – it’s recommended you drink no more than 3 drinks (for women) or 4 drinks (for men) on any single occasion. This is one of the recommendations found in the new Low Risk Alcohol Drinking Guidelines. They are designed to help you reduce your risk of illness or injury. You also need to know that not all drinks are equal. People tend to underestimate how much they are drinking because they don’t really know what constitutes one serving.

In order to know how much is too much, it’s helpful to make proper comparisons. Does a beer have the same amount of alcohol as a glass of wine? That depends. A standard drink is a unit that allows you to compare your beverages. The size of a standard drink depends on the percentage of alcohol in the beverage, but in general it is defined as: ÿ 341ml (12 oz.) of beer, cider or cooler, with 5% alcohol content(about a cup and a half) or ÿ 142ml (5 oz.) of wine, with 12% alcohol content ÿ 43 ml (1.5 oz.) of spirits, like rum or vodka, with 40% alcohol content There is quite a difference in the size of a standard drink depending on the type of beverage you are actually drinking. Using the guidelines can help you rethink how much is too much, for you. If you would like more information on standard drink size and setting limits, you can call the Ottawa Public Health Information Line at 613-580-6744 or visit CheckYourDrinking You can also pick up a copy of Canada’s Low Risk Alcohol Drinking Guidelines at any LCBO retail outlet.


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ass by the OPP station in Kanata and you’ll see dozens of white crosses on the lawn. It’s a stark reminder that drinking and driving kills. Everyone should be prepared for the holiday season and the possibility that they may enjoy a drink or two more than usual. Anyone can head out to a gathering with the best of intentions. Then it’s all too easy to set aside common sense after a few drinks. Rather than trying to guess about your bloodalcohol level, have a plan to get you and your loved ones home safely and be prepared to put it into action. If you expect to drink, arrive by cab or bus so there’s no decision to make later. Make good friends with someone who never drinks or rotate the job of designated driver amongst the season’s partygoers. If you’re hosting a party, have an extra bed, an air mattress or a couch ready for an overnight guest, and let everyone know they’re welcome to stay for breakfast. Alternately, a good host can stay sober and give everyone else a ride home. For those people who fail to make a plan and find themselves far from home with a parked

car, Operation Red Nose and the organization’s volunteers can get you and your car home. Call 613-820-6673 for a ride or visit rednoseottawa. com to help out. Even some tow truck companies have stepped up to offer a ride home and a tow for your car so your auto is in the driveway when you wake up. It’s not cheap, but it’s far less expensive than the cost of tickets, lawyers, insurance increases and a criminal record, jail time – or worse yet – the knowledge that you have killed someone. ’Tis also the season to remind your children that you’re willing to pick them up from a party if they or their driver is impaired. You can never say it often enough. Lastly, we can look forward to light rail being built here in Ottawa. The system will be far more comfortable than riding a bus and waiting in the stations will be more comfortable especially in the winter season. If the system runs 24/7, it will be even easier to go to a party and come home merry. So travel safely this holiday season. If you choose to drink, please don’t drive. If someone you know chooses to drink, help them make the right decision. I could just save a life.


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was driving down Carling Avenue a few days ago when the car in front of me stopped at a green light. “Hmmm,� I thought, or words not exactly like that, as I slammed on the brakes. Then we sat there, corner of Carling and Preston, watching the snow fall, until the light changed to red and, eventually, back to green. For some reason, I didn’t honk or scream. Perhaps I was tired. But I did wonder what exactly might have been going through his mind. This is assuming he wasn’t texting – always a possibility in our technologically crazed world. If you were in the middle of a good text, you might need to stop at a green light so as to concentrate better on what you were typing. Ask any police officer: stranger things have happened. Probably he wasn’t texting. I couldn’t see what he was doing, or even if it was a he. I’ll call him he, for the sake of simplicity. I concluded that he must simply have been confused. There is much to confuse drivers these days, and even more with a bunch of snow on the ground. My favourite example of confusion-causing technology is the half-stoplight. You see a few of them around town. There’s a promi-

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they’re running a red light, even though there isn’t one. Presumably they don’t know there’s a green light against them and they’re treating it like a four-way stop – especially since there are so many four-way stops in town already. With a four-way stop or a real traffic light, people at least understand what is going on. With this Canadian compromise somebody is going to get hurt. There’s also confusion over snow tires, which are absolutely necessary but not mandatory in this jurisdiction. Kelly Egan had a good column on that in the Citizen the other day. You can forgive someone for thinking that all-weather tires are supposed to mean all-weather, particularly since no one in authority is saying you can’t use them in the winter. But they do make it harder to stop and maybe that’s what the guy at Carling and Preston was thinking, assuming he wasn’t texting. He’s watching the numbers count down on the walk/don’t-walk sign and he’s thinking: “It’s going to turn yellow pretty soon and maybe I should stop now, on the green, just to be on the safe side, especially since it’s snowing and I haven’t got snow tires.�

Maybe that’s what it was. And by the way, if the countdown timer on the crosswalk sign is getting to him, he’s not alone. If you search the Internet for information on the effect of countdown timers, you can find articles that say they reduce accidents and articles saying they increase accidents. Some say they prevent pedestrians from entering intersections when it’s not safe to do so. Others say they make motorists speed up to beat the light. So much to think about, so little time. Maybe it’s best just to stop.

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omen are working. That’s good. I have women friends who are paying the balance of child support to their husbands. That’s also good, well, sort of. What’s not good is what most young families in Canada know – the family unit is falling apart. Feminism has failed and not because women have failed, per se. If we consider the decline of the family unit into the 21st century, we’ve all failed to adapt in a feminist world. Nobody seems to know what the family unit is supposed to look like when both men and women are increasingly career-focused. But here we are – two parents working, cost-of-living rising, having fewer (yet more expensive) children, and we’re all feeling the pinch.

BRYNNA LESLIE Capital Muse If my network of friends is any indication, more and more couples seem to be co-habiting in sexless, Groundhog-Day-type, childcentric marriages, running up credit to make ends meet (despite dual incomes), and in many cases throwing in the towel on the whole notion of maintaining the traditional nuclear family. As one of my recently divorced friends quipped the other day, “I can handle the challenge of dating in my mid-thirties, but I could never go back to the boredom of domestic co-habitation.”

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“I can’t think of anything good about divorce as far as the children are concerned. You can’t kid yourself about that, although many people do. They say things like, ‘It’s better for children not to grow up with their parents in an unhappy marriage...’ Children are much too young to shuttle between houses. They’re too young to handle the idea that the two people they love most in the world don’t love each other anymore... And the newfangled rigmarole of joint custody doesn’t do anything to ease the cold reality: in order to see one parent, the divorced child must walk out on the other.” There’s a lot of regret in her words; regret I hope I never have to experience. But until we can figure out how to make feminism work for the family, Ephron’s words will ring true for more and more women.





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Hydro rates to soar as province unveils Long Term Energy Plan Energy Minister Chiarelli touts rate mitigation measures as bills set to rise 42% in five years Steph Willems

News - Ontario residents can expect to continue paying more for electricity, even after years of significant rate increases. That was the key information contained within the province’s LongTerm Energy Plan, which was announced by Energy Minister Bob Chiarelli on Dec. 2. Released every three years, the plan maps out the chosen generation methods for the province’s energy requirements while forecasting how that generation will impact rates going forward. The 2013 Long-Term Energy Plan had little good news for those hoping for a reprieve on their bills. Rates are forecast to increase dramatically in the next several years, to the tune of 42 per cent by 2018, a figure which includes the scheduled removal of the 10 per cent Ontario Clean Energy Benefit. For an average home using 800 kilowatt hours of hydro per month, this would mean monthly bills would rise from $125 to $178 by 2018. By 2032, the end of the plan’s time frame, this bill would be $210. Chiarelli stressed the projections from this plan are lower than that of the 2010 plan due to measures taken to lower the cost of electricity generation. A number of actions, including scrapping plans to build new nuclear capacity and changes to an agreement with Samsung – the contract at the heart of the 2009 Green Energy Act - are among the mitigating factors taken in the past year to rein in rate inflation. “This plan reflects what we heard

from thousands of people and dozens of organizations right across the province,” Chiarelli said in a statement. “Our vision for Ontario is to create a clean, affordable and reliable energy system that focuses on conservation and addresses regional needs.” Under the 2013 plan, Ontario will continue to pursue renewable energy generation options, meaning more subsidized wind and solar, as well as increased hydroelectric generation. Coal-powered generation will be phased out by the end of 2013, and with plans for new nuclear capacity cancelled, production from that sector will eventually represent less than half of the province’s power mix. Opposition parties, who had been turning up the heat on the governing Liberals in recent months over hydro rates, spoke out following the release of the plan. In legislature, Progressive Conservative energy critic Lisa MacLeod dubbed the document a “short-term energy plan,” saying the government “has a lot of nerve to come into the assembly and tell Ontarians they are not going to be paying as much originally projected.” R0012445651

MacLeod cited the continuing loss of manufacturing jobs in the province as a product of the province’s energy policies. “According to many of the stakeholders I have spoken to, the LTEP is nothing more than a candy store – something for everyone – procuring 300 megawatts of wind and 140 megawatts of solar in 2014 and 2015, even though the province does not need the power,” said MacLeod. “(Ratepayers) are tired of it, they can’t afford it, they want it to stop.” New Democratic Party leader Andrea Horwath said in a release that the latest energy plan was the government’s way of distracting voters from its own past policy decisions. “The Liberal government is scrambling to take some long overdue steps today, but they’re still on the same old path that’s left Ontarians with the highest hydro bills in the country,” said Horwath. Horwath said that off-peak hydro rates – which consumers were encouraged to take advantage of – have risen 40 per cent since the last energy plan in 2010, while overall hydro bills have doubled since the Liberals took office. “This doesn’t cut it for families who were expecting real relief from bills that keep climbing,” stated Horwath.

A Time for GivinG By Jim Watson The days have gotten shorter and the weather colder and that means the holiday season is right around the corner. This, like every year, we are fortunate to call Ottawa home and there is much to be thankful for. But while many will celebrate the holidays with lavish meals and presents, others are at risk of going without a warm meal, let alone a gift. Ottawa’s residents always give generously to those in need and I encourage you to keep doing so during the holiday season. If you would like to offer donations of food, gifts, or your time, here are just a few of the many organizations that could use your help: Toy Mountain - The Salvation Army Toy Depot 250 Champagne Drive N, Unit 118, 1st level warehouse Free toys for children 12 and under are distributed to eligible families from the end of November until Christmas. They will be given a time and date to return to pick up the toys. Dave Smith Youth Treatment Centre 786 Bronson Avenue 613-257-2813 ext. 1201 Monetary donations are requested for the purchase of bus tickets, personal items/clothes and present exchange for their clients. Gift cards for Walmart, Shoppers Drug Mart or Bayshore Mall are also welcome. Boys and Girls Club of Ottawa 2825 Dumaurier Ave 613-828-0428 Donations requested for the annual holiday children’s party: decorations, Christmas cookies, food and beverages, as well as new children’s gifts (6-13 years old). Christmas Exchange-Program of the Caring and Sharing Exchange Monetary donations are needed to help provide gift vouchers and food hampers to families in need during the holiday season. Volunteers are needed to help at fundraising events, for data entry, to phone the parents for toy pick-up appointments and to deliver hampers and vouchers ready for mailing. Daybreak Non-Profit Shelter 393 Piccadilly Ave 613-236-8070 Donations are needed of men’s and women’s mitts, hats, gloves, socks, scarves, toiletries (soap and hairbrushes), make-up, pyjamas, slippers, pens, notepads and calendars, gift cards, movie passes and chocolates (sealed packages only please). Please call to make arrangements for drop-off. Operation Come Home 179 Murray St


Donations required for youth, such as: toys, socks, underwear, personal hygiene products, sweaters, clean towels, cough drops (Hall) and cereal. Please call ahead. The Snowsuit Fund 225 Donald St, Suite 134


Donations needed of winter coats, mitts, scarves, hats, and boots for children and adults. Donations can be dropped off at the office or at a Canadian Tire Store or Browns Cleaners. Cash donations can be brought in person or be made over the phone with a credit card. OC Transpo Annual Christmas Food Bank Drive in support of the Ottawa Food Bank For more information and participating Food Drive locations see: R0012444321-1205

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Glebe wants more than just parking garage Residents express desire for green roof on Second Avenue parking structure Michelle Nash

News - Board members of the Glebe Community Association expressed disappointment that an idea to green the entire roof of the proposed Second Avenue parking garage has been dismissed by the city. The plan, first discussed at the association’s October meeting, sought to take advantage of The group

had hoped that because the neighbourhood has fewer city-designated parks and green spaces than many other communities, adding a rooftop park to the yet-to-be-built garage would be an ideal solution. The association’s traffic committee proposed the idea to the city, but as association president Christine McAlister reported on Nov. 26, the city turned down the idea. Board members expressed

their disappointment that the idea had been dismissed. “If the option was to close it off, which city staff have said they don’t need the space, and the option to close and hold events on the ground floor - a bit of grass on the roof shouldn’t be an impediment,” said Elizabeth Ballard, parks committee chairwoman. “There are places that do make use of green roofs and it would have been nice to try.” The four-storey parking structure, which will be located at 170 Second Ave., will add 149 parking spaces to the Glebe. Proposed a year ago, the $8-million project

will replace the current parking lot on the site. Capital Coun. David Chernushenko has endorsed the idea of a parking garage, stating the structure will help alleviate some parking concerns for the neighbourhood’s businesses prior to the reopening of Lansdowne Park. The councillor confirmed at the meeting that the idea for a green roof could not be accommodated. “A parking garage design has different specifications than a park or green roof has. They are two different animals,” Chernushenko said. “A modest amount of green space is one thing, but to turn ining e enterta ! We maks ier than evepgr34 ea

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it into a park with safety standards is another.” The councillor added that although green roofs and roof top parks exist all around the world, Ottawa’s climate would make it hard for the park to prosper year after year. Brian Mitchell, chairman of the traffic committee for the Glebe association, agreed with the councillor even though he too expressed disappointment with the decision. “The problem in a way is that the ship had sailed,” Mitchell said. “It was designed as a parking garage.” During discussions with the association, the Glebe

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cles accessing Carling Avenue from east-west roads to the north. The stretch of Bayswater to the north of Gladstone, she added, is already designated as a collector. Asked whether the classification, if applied, would change the role of the street, Hobbs said “no.” “Bayswater runs along the O-Train line,” she said, adding that any bus route down the street would be redundant. “And we wouldn’t widen a road in an urban area -- we just don’t do that.” Reimer said the group is “happy and delighted” Hobbs put her position in writing, but remain concerned about the intentions of planning staff and the consultants from Urban Strategies that are working on the CDP. They’d like to see Hobbs lobby the city’s planning committee, transportation committee and mayor on the issue, as well as hear an acknowledgement from those guiding the CDP process. Two neighbourhood meetings are scheduled before the next public CDP gathering, which takes place on Dec.9. Reimer said the Bayswater group has been reaching out to residents from nearby streets as part of a vision exercise designed to come up with recommendations for the CDP planners. Getting a solid grasp on what the CDP means for the neighbourhood in terms of traffic projections and population numbers is essential to the vision, she said. “We don’t want to build our neighbourhood on assumptions,” said Reimer.


The grassroots Livable Bayswater community group has erected signs along their stretch of road alerting drivers – and the city – to the facts that theirs is a family street. Hobbs said that outside of the classification issue, improvements are possible for issues that currently exist on Bayswater. She raised the possibility of using a sum of money set aside for the community years ago to improve the area around Bayswater, Carling and Sherwood. “It’s the speed and what vehicles are doing that’s a problem,” said Hobbs, adding she’s willing to work with Bayswater residents on any traffic calming measures or intersection improvements. The stretch of Bayswater is unique in that it straddles the boundaries of a number

of communities, among them Hintonburg, Dalhousie, and the Civic Hospital neighbourhood. The Bayswater working group is separate from the official community associations of those three neighbourhoods. Peter Eady, vice-president and acting traffic chairman of the Civic Hospital Neighbourhood Association, echoed Reimer’s sentiment regarding distrust of planning staff and consultants. “(The intersection) of Preston and Carling is congested at peak times,” said Eady. “We are cynical that...they want to create a north-south arterial and run it from Scott Street, to Carling, and across Queen Julianna Park to reach Prince of Wales. Eady said he sees many Quebec-bound drivers using Bayswater as a means of dodging gridlock on east-west roads in the vicinity of Tunney’s Pasture. Queen Juliana Park is owned by the federal government and is zoned to accept a variety of uses, despite the decades-old green space located there now. The possibility of a road linking the Sherwood/Carling intersection and Prince of Wales has been mentioned at past CDP meetings. “We’re not saying they’re going to do it, but people are fearful of a street (being built) to handle commuter traffic,” said Eady, adding that Champagne Avenue is already accepting increased population, density and traffic. Eady, like Reimer, said he will be using the opportunity of the Dec. 9 CDP meeting to speak his mind and seek answers about the neighbourhood’s future.


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News - This winter if a snowbank is too high in the Glebe, there will be a new way to report it to the city. The Glebe Community Association will launch a new snowbank reporting system on its website this month, offering residents a new way to highlight dangerous or narrow streets in the city due to heavy snowfall or inadequate snow clearing. The initiative was created by the association’s traffic committee and will be developed by its webmaster, Alex Gillis, as a neighbourhood reporting tool. Currently, if a resident has concerns about snowbank height or street safety, they are encouraged to call 311. The goal, chairman of the committee Brian Mitchell reported to Glebe residents at an association meeting on Nov. 26, is to put pressure on the city to ensure neighbourhood streets are safe in the wintertime. The web-based tool will see volunteer “snow reporters” measuring the width of a street with snowbanks and report it online. “It’s to highlight streets that are posing safety hazards,” Mitchell said. The association presented the idea to the Federation of Citizens’ Associations of Ottawa-Carleton in November, which has agreed to endorse the initiative to associations across the city. The Glebe Community Association’s website will host the

In response to a series of robberies in November, the Ottawa Police Service has increased patrols and officer presence in the south end of Ottawa. This consists of increased presence of Neighbourhood, Patrol and Traffic officers in the area, including foot patrols along the pathways and parks. The Police continue to provide information about these robberies via their website and have provided safety tips as well. Both my office and the Police are taking these incidents seriously. I continue to receive updates from the Chief of Police and East District officers and I am assured that the Police are using all available resources to solve these crimes.

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The Glebe Community Association will launch a new snowbank reporting system for residents to report unsafe street passage or street width this winter.

The Police have asked anyone with any knowledge of these crimes to call them, in confidence, at 613-236-1222. Residents can also call or text their information to Crime Stoppers at 613-233-TIPS (233-8477) or 1-800-222-8477, or submit a tip by accessing the website www. The information is identified by a code number, which is given to the caller.

travel widths and pedestrian and the city to react faster to unsafe reporting platform. Community associations will cycling traffic. They are also re- road condition, streets that bebe asked to nominate “snow moved to relieve trapped water come impassable or lose a sigLast month, I hosted a meeting with the Police reporters” for narrow streets on the road and to create storage nificant number of needed parking spaces because of infrequent and a local Neighbourhood Watch group to in their neighbourhoods where space for future snowfalls. discuss community safety and crime prevention When sightlines at intersec- snow management. snow issues constantly arise. Currently, Mitchell said, for in their neighbourhood. If you would like me to The city handles snow removal tions and at pedestrian, school on a priority basis with main ar- and railway crossings are re- the initiative to become success- host a meeting with your local Neighbourhood terials and collector roads being stricted because of large banks, ful the committee needs snow Watch group, please give my office a call. If you cleared first. According to the the snow is removed within 24 reporter volunteers for streets in would like to join your Neighbourhood Watch or start one for your neighbourhood, I would be city’s website, snow is cleared hours after the city becomes the Glebe. Once launched, the website pleased to personally follow-up with you. from residential roads 10 hours aware of the situation. The city handles removal or will offer tips and tools for snow from the end of snow accumulation and on-street snow storage clearing of snowbanks by push- reporters on best practices for Help Stop Impaired Driving it Ameasuring space is used to a maximum, ing the snow back, blowing F L L the2 street 0 1and1 snow- with Operation Red Nose banks. away or placing it in designated including boulevards and cul-de• Canada derives its name from the Iroquois word kanata, Visit to learn more Operation Red Nose, a volunteer service, is operating sacs. Concerning snowbanks, the city road allowance areas. meaning or “settlement” The Glebe’s new .snowbank about the reporting tool, or to in Ottawa until December 31, 2013. Impaired city’s website indicates banks“village” are River Ward Cit up to become a snow re- driving is a serious issue and Operation Red Nose system, Mitchell removed or reduced in size Naismith when reporting • James invented basketball in said, 1891. sign @CouncillorMcRae Please join medrivers in celebrating ourhome magnificent offers an option to get safely duringcountry b they begin to restrict sightlines, is aimed at putting pressure on porter.

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City approves 2014 budget with 1.9 per cent tax hike Lynda Lane $1.4-million sidewalk project added during council debate Laura Mueller

News - A battle over accused “queue jumping” for a sidewalk in Alta Vista ward was almost the only item that stood between the city budget and speedy council approval on Nov. 27. Councillors quibbled over the $1.4-million expense to add sidewalks and street lights to Lynda Lane, a street near the Ottawa hospital campus that visitors to the hospital often use for parking. Alta Vista Coun. Peter Hume, Mayor

Jim Watson and deputy city manager Nancy Schepers insisted the project has been in their radar and was only left out of the budget due to a clerical error. Other councillors, including Gloucester-Southgate Coun. Diane Deans, questioned why the project was coming back out of the blue after council made a decision to take it out of the budget in 2003. “It sounds like queue jumping to me,” Deans said. “It’s a little hard to understand how it gets walked onto the floor of the budget at the last min-

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Arts - A huge amount of artistic talent lurks below the surface of Ottawa, emerging regularly in a burst of creativity and imagination. Orléans is no different from the rest of the city in this regard. Residents can take in the latest expression of artistic talent by visiting the Shenkman Arts Centre, where the

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Cycling, speed top concerns on Riverdale Avenue New traffic management plan calls for speed bumps, signage, added parking Michelle Nash

News - Riverdale Avenuearea residents told city officials they want their neighbourhood street to look and feel safe during a consultation on an upcoming traffic management plan. During an open house regarding the Riverdale Avenue Area Traffic Management Study on Nov. 27 at Hopewell Avenue Public School, Katie Breen, a mother of two small children, said all she wants is to feel comfortable with letting her children walk to school on their own. “Honestly, I’m not sure when I will ever let my children walk to school on their own,” Breen said, citing the speeds and the number of vehicles turning on red lights as her major concerns. Breen added one of the main reasons she loves living in Old Ottawa South is because of the close proximity of schools and shops, allow-

ing her family to get around and enjoy their neighbourhood on foot. “I feel it’s a reduction in the quality of life, when you are worried about traffic and speed all the time,” Breen said. When it comes to crossing streets, she has been teaching her children to not trust the “walk” signs. “It’s a major concern, trying to figure out how to teach your kids to cross the road – not when the city signs tell you to,” Breen said. Breen attended the open house to share her concerns with the city’s co-ordinator of area traffic management, Kyle Carson, who was on hand at the meeting to discuss the plans and study findings with residents. “I’m hopeful some of the changes will make a difference,” Breen said. The study includes the Riverdale Avenue corridor between Bank Street and Echo Drive, including several adjacent side streets.


City staffer Kyle Carson speaks with Old Ottawa South residents about the updated plans for the Riverdale Avenue and joining streets traffic management plan. This is the second open house for the traffic management plan, the last one being held back in the spring. The plans proposed at the recent meeting included adding speed bumps, parking, and improved sharing of the road with cyclists.

The plan also included narrowing of some intersections to help encourage drivers to stop at traffic signals - one of Breen’s main concerns. Absent, however, was any mention of a designated cycling lane. Some residents who at-

tended the meeting were advocating for more of a focus on cycling lanes. Carson said since the beginning of the study, speeding and cycling were the top two issues residents spoke about. “This study is all about honing in on what people are concerned with and looking at what people want,” Carson said. The debate over cycling, he said, is a complicated one. “People are of two different minds because cycling infrastructure impacts the road,” he said. The plans currently see cyclists sharing the road with cars – something avid cyclist and Capital Coun. David Chernushenko said was a good compromise. He said most cyclists who bike to work would take the faster route on Bank Street, and recreational cyclists would opt to take one of the river or canal paths. “I want cycling where it’s merited,” Chernushenko said. “When we looked at the speeds of the streets and the volume of cyclists and vehicles, it didn’t make sense to have an intrusive form of

cycling.” Chernushenko said the plans, which include added space for parked cars, will help reduce speed and make drivers aware to share the road with the cyclists who do use that route. Chernushenko said for him, this project is all about one thing – making it safe for children like Breen’s to walk to school. “I would love to get it back to the point where children of a certain age can walk to school by themselves,” he said. The next steps for the plan will be for Carson to compile all the comments made at the open house or online and potentially make changes to the plan. For residents who did not attend the open house, Carson said the study will be available online before Christmas. “We are still flexible at this point,” Carson said. “If you feel one scenario or another needs to change, we would like to hear it.” More information about the study is available online at



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Province to kick in half of Lowertown tunnel study funding ray. “We are working with the City of Ottawa to investigate a possible solution to the issue of heavy truck traffic downtown.” In June, the province announced it would not support any of the three proposed interprovincial routes designated in a six-year study by the National Capital Commission. Since that announcement, Fleury has worked with the ministry to find a permanent solution to the downtown truck problem. Approximately 2,500 trucks travel through Lowertown on King Edward Avenue on a typical weekday – a number which is expected to increase by one or two per cent each year. The route also sees trucks using Waller and Rideau streets. In the past, a tunnel was excluded from interprovincial transportation studies due to “technical and operational” reasons, including the expense of digging a tunnel through a densely developed area. Fleury said the news of the province’s commitment is very important. “We are only going to look at Ottawa’s concerns,” Fleury said. “It will be much easier to deal with one or two governments instead of the NCC and other provinces.” There will be two parts to the study of a tunnel. Phase 1 of the study will assess the technical feasibility of constructing a tunnel and two portals - one at Laurier Av-

City-led initiative to look at diverting trucks from downtown streets Michelle Nash

News - The province has agreed to pay half the cost of the city-led study looking at the feasibility of building a tunnel to divert trucks from the streets of Lowertown. In an effort solve some of

the downtown core’s traffic woes, Rideau-Vanier Coun. Mathieu Fleury asked the city’s transportation committee and council to partner with the province on a study to bury the truck route, creating a tunnel from the Macdonald-Cartier Bridge to Highway 417. During an announcement

on Nov. 29 by Transportation Minister Glen Murray, the province committed to funding half of the $750,000 cost. “We want to have strong transportation links between Ontario and Quebec, but not at the expense of our nation’s capital,” said Ontario Transportation Minister Glen Mur-

Riverside South Elevated Water Storage Tank Municipal Class Environmental Assessment Notice of Study Commencement The City of Ottawa is commencing a study to identify a preferred site for an elevated water storage tank to service the Riverside South area. The tank, which is identified in the City’s Infrastructure Master Plan, is expected to be required to supplement the supply of water under future peak demand conditions. The project is being planned as a Schedule ‘B’ project in accordance with the requirements of the Municipal Class Environmental Assessment, 2007, which is an approved process under the Environmental Assessment Act. The EA Study will investigate the project need and justification, examine existing environmental conditions, evaluate alternatives and potential impacts, and recommend mitigation measures. At the completion of the study, a Class Environmental Assessment Report which documents the process will be prepared and placed on the public record for public and agency review. There is an opportunity at any time during the EA process for interested persons to provide comments. Any comments received pertaining to the study will be collected under the Environmental Assessment Act and, with the exception of personal information, will become part of the public record. For more information, or if you wish to be placed on the study’s mailing list, please contact: Chris Rogers, M.A.Sc., P.Eng. Planning and Growth Management City of Ottawa 110 Laurier Avenue West Ottawa, ON K1P 1J1 Tel: 613-580-2424, ext. 27785 E-mail:

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Ontario will help fund a study to look at bury the truck route, creating a tunnel from the Macdonald-Cartier Bridge to the Highway 417. enue and Nicholas Street and another at Mann Avenue and Nicholas Street. This phase of the study will investigate the effect the portals will have on adjacent land use, transportation facilities and buildings, ventilation requirements, potential conflicts with existing utilities and the Confederation light rail line, geotechnical analysis, the feasibility of using the tunnel by trucks carrying dangerous goods and construction costs. If a tunnel solution is feasible, the second phase of the study will look at issues of the use of the tunnel by long-distance trucks and community impacts.

If the study determines a tunnel is a possible solution, an environmental assessment study would begin. Lowertown, the community stuck right in the middle of the current truck route, have long asked for a tunnel through the city to fix the problem. At a recent Lowertown Community Association meeting, residents welcomed the possibility of a tunnel. Ottawa-Vanier MPP Madeleine Meilleur and Mayor Jim Watson both attended the announcement. Meilleur said she is committed to finding a real, sustainable solution to the heavy truck problem in downtown Ottawa.


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New director named for Glebe BIA Neighbourhood ‘is a jewel, so to say I’m excited is an understatement’ Michelle Nash

News - There’s a new man in charge of the association of businesses located in the Glebe. Starting Dec. 9, former marketing executive and small business owner Andrew Peck will become the executive director for the Glebe Business Improvement Area. “We believe that Andrew Peck is the ideal candidate to further strengthen the Glebe’s great reputation and capitalize on the exciting future that lies ahead,” said Greg Best, member of the Glebe BIA. “He is an enthusiastic champion of the total customer experience, has a flair for building brands and understands how to operate effectively within a community context. “He is well-rounded, relatable and we’re thrilled to have him on the board.” The BIA announced the appointment on Nov. 26. Peck has owned and operated two small businesses in the capital region and has run a marketing firm in the city. Gilbert Russell, chairman of the BIA, said Peck’s wide range

of knowledge makes him a good fit for the business improvement area. “He has a lot of good experience,” Russell said. “Coming from a small business background, it will help understand our world. That is the experience that the Glebe is selling and if he didn’t understand that, how could he promote it?” The BIA underwent the process of replacing former executive director Christine Leadman when she announced she was leaving to run the Bank Street BIA in August. According to Russell, for the past three months the board has considered about 20 qualified applicants, but from the start, Russell said he had a good feeling about Peck. Russell added he feels Peck’s experience offers the BIA the best of both worlds. “It was just, as much as we had a lot of really qualified people, Peck was just head and shoulders above the rest,” Russell said. According to the BIA, Peck has more than 25 years of experience in marketing and entrepreneurship. From director at Y Enterprise Centre, to running his own marketing company and owning and operating

businesses in Ottawa, Toronto and Wakefield, Que., the BIA reports he has the strong kind of background in tourism and destination marketing. “The Glebe is a jewel, so to say I’m excited is an understatement,” Peck said. “I look forward to serving the members of the BIA and the Glebe community as a whole. “This is a tremendous honour and opportunity that I aim to put my heart and soul into. I can’t wait to begin.” The BIA hosts a number of events throughout the year, including Winterlude and Tulip Festival

programming. Currently, the BIA is running its annual holiday shopping contest, the Glebe Spree, which Russell reports is going over extremely well. “It’s really taken off,” Russell said, adding the BIA has printed more stickers this year for contestants. The contest encourages shoppers to shop locally with the chance to win a $10,000 monetary prize. Russell said the new executive director will have a lot to do in a short time, but he knows he can handle it. “I’m really pleased, and that is a great feeling. There is a lot of excitement right now,” Russell said. “My only problem is that I can’t wait for him to start.”


The Glebe Business Improvement Area announced Andrew Peck is the new executive director for the shopping district starting Dec. 9.

Notice of Completion Carlington Heights Pump Station Site Upgrade Class Environmental Assessment Report Available for Review The City of Ottawa has completed a Class Environmental Assessment (Class EA) study for the Carlington Heights Pump Station Site Upgrade. This project is needed to improve the reliability of water supply to about one third of the City’s distribution system, and to provide additional capacity needed to accommodate future urban growth. This project has been planned as Schedule ‘B’ projects under the Municipal Class Environmental Assessment document (2007). The purpose of the Class EA study was to confirm project need and justification, document existing environmental conditions, examine alternatives and potential impacts, and recommend a preferred site upgrade alternative. Copies of the Carlington Heights Pump Station Site Upgrade Environmental Assessment Study Report are available for review at the following locations:

Notice of Public Open House Queen Street Renewal: Bronson Avenue to Elgin Street - Environmental Assessment & Design -

City Hall Client Service Centre 110 Laurier Avenue West Ottawa, ON K1P 1J1 Tel. (613) 580-2400

Wednesday, December 11, 2013 5:30 pm to 8:00 pm Ottawa City Hall, 110 Laurier Avenue West, Jean Pigott Hall The City of Ottawa is undertaking an Environmental Assessment and detailed design study for the proposed Queen Street Renewal project. The project involves a comprehensive streetscape renewal of the Queen Street surface infrastructure from Bronson Avenue to Elgin Street (see map).

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Alexander Community Centre 960 Silver Street Ottawa, ON K1Z 6H5 Tel. (613) 798-8978 The 30-day public review for this project begins on Thursday, November 28, 2013. Written concerns or comments may be submitted within 30 calendar days from the date of this notice to:

The anticipated modifications to the street surface will be in support of the Confederation Line Light Rail Transit (LRT) project and will address the anticipated increase in pedestrian volumes resulting from two LRT stations that will be constructed along Queen Street. The project will also be guided by the Vision and Strategic Directions of the City’s associated Downtown Moves: Transforming Ottawa’s Streets initiative, which designates Queen Street as a “Showcase Street”. The study process is following the requirements of a Schedule ‘C’ project under the Municipal Class Environmental Assessment Process. At the meeting, information regarding the study process, project objectives, existing conditions, alternative designs, and the preliminary evaluation of the alternatives, will be presented. City Staff and their consultants will be available to answer questions. For further information or to provide comments, contact the City’s project manager or the consulting team project manager at the addresses below. Ravi Mehta, P. Eng. Program Manager, Light Rail Projects Rail Implementation Office, Planning and Infrastructure City of Ottawa 160 Elgin Street Ottawa, ON K2P 2P7 Tel.: (613) 580-2424 x 21712 Fax: (613) 580-9688

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Chris Rogers, M.A.Sc., P. Eng. Senior Project Engineer Planning and Growth Management Department City of Ottawa 110 Laurier Avenue West, 4th Floor Ottawa, ON K1P 1J1 613-580-2424 ext. 27785 E-mail: If concerns regarding this project cannot be resolved in discussion with the City of Ottawa, a person/party may request that the Minister of the Environment make an order for the project to comply with Part II of the Environmental Assessment Act (referred to as a Part II Order). This request must be received by the Minister at the address noted below, prior to January 6, 2014. A copy of the request should also be sent to the City of Ottawa at the above address. If there are no requests received by January 6, 2014, the project will proceed to design and construction as presented in the Class EA study. (Review period has been extended one week due to holiday season.) Ministry of the Environment The Honourable Jim Bradley 77 Wellesley Street West, 11th Floor, Ferguson Block Toronto, ON, M7A 2T5 Tel: (416) 314-6790 Fax: (416) 314-7337 With the exception of personal information, all comments will become part of the public record. This notice first issued on Thursday, November 28, 2013.

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Be a Santa to a Senior to spread some Christmas cheer Jessica Cunha

Community - A local seniors’ care organization is asking residents to play Santa by providing gifts to older adults who have no family. Home Instead Senior Care – which has offices based in Kanata and the Glebe – launched its annual Be a Santa to a Senior program, which provides gifts and companionship to older adults throughout the city without family or loved ones. For many of the recipients, it’s the only form of contact they have over the holiday season, said Lesley Sullivan, owner of Home Instead Senior Care. The program has grown this year, now with seven Christmas tree locations across the city. “We added three new trees last year and another three this year, so the project is truly city wide now,” said Sullivan. “It’s very interesting to see the number of office groups who have taken on this project as their Christmas charity. Many have participated themselves in prior years and have

told their colleagues about it. They call to request that I send a certain number of tags, rather than having them visit a tree. “There are also many families who have involved their children which is great. It’s becoming a tradition for some individuals and families,” she said. “We also have Christmas cards from children at W. Erskine Johnson Public School , which are absolutely delightful.” People are invited to choose an ornament from one of the Christmas trees with a senior’s name and a gift idea, and then leave the unwrapped gift with the tag attached under the tree. The trees are located at: • Carlingwood Shopping Centre: 2121 Carling Ave. • Shoppers Home Health Care, Kanata: 420 Hazeldean Rd. • Shoppers Home Health Care, Westgate: 1309 Carling Ave. • Shoppers Home Health Care, Orléans: 1675 Tenth Line Rd. • The Empress Kanata: 170 McGibbon Dr. • The Edinburgh retirement


Students from Kars Public School helped wrap the 600 gifts collected in 2010 for the Be a Santa to a Senior program run by the Home Instead Senior Care organization. resident, Ottawa: 10 Vaughan St. • The Royale retirement residence, Kanata: 3501 Campeau Dr. “We’re hoping to spread the word out and get some gifts for the seniors,” said Amy McConnell, an employee with The Royale. “We definitely encourage anybody from the public to come by. We’d love to work with the community and make this happen for any

seniors in the community who don’t have any family. “Come on by, have a cup of coffee and grab a tag.” The residents and staff are excited about participating in the program, said McConnell, adding it’s the first time The Royale has taken part. “The residents are really looking forward to it,” she said. “We have about 20 tags right now. We’re hoping to run out (of tags) and get more.”

The program will run until Dec. 15 with a gift wrapping party on Dec. 16, from 2 to 4 p.m. at Dymon Self Storage in Kanata, which is also providing the space to store the presents. Last year, the Be a Santa to a Senior program provided 650 gifts to isolated seniors throughout Ottawa, said Sullivan, adding they are expecting around the same number this year. The program isn’t

necessarily for financially needy seniors, but for those who have no one to share Christmas with. “Christmas is a time when we tend to focus on children and family. There are so many seniors who have no family to share the holiday with and they can feel forgotten,” she said. “As an example, 200 of the gifts are going to Meals on Wheels and they will be delivered on Christmas Day with Christmas dinner. As you can imagine, those who will have a Meals on Wheels Christmas dinner are truly alone on that day so the gift truly brightens their day and is a nice surprise.” Home Instead Senior Care partners with local charities, agencies and community resource centres to identify isolated seniors who are in need of some holiday happiness. The organization will deliver the wrapped gifts to the agencies, which will then give the presents to the clients. Anyone interested in volunteering time to wrap gifts is asked to call 613-599-6906. For more information on the program, visit




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a Dec. 11 meeting. Funded jointly with the province to the tune of $15 million each, the plan would see the renovation and adaptive re-use of the former city works building at 7 Bayview Rd. The report passed at the commit-


News - All signs point toward full approval as the plan for a new innovation centre at Bayview Yards passed its first hurdle at the city’s

finance and economic development committee on Dec. 3. With the committee’s approval of the incubation centre – which is intended to house an expanded Invest Ottawa – it remains with city council to give the plan a green light at





tee recommended the creation of a non-profit corporation to oversee the development and operation of the Innovation Centre. The first phase of the project, which would begin next year and finish in 2016, would see the historic structure renovated and slightly expanded by 465 square metres. “This is the start of the expansion of the Mechanicsville community,” said Kitchissippi Coun. Katherine Hobbs. “There’s probably no better location in the city for this facility.” The site is adjacent to the intersection of the Transitway (which is being converted to light rail) and the O-Train line, and easily accessible by both Carleton University and the University of Ottawa. Invest Ottawa, having outgrown its current space on Aberdeen Avenue in Little Italy, plans to move into the new space as soon as possible. In doing so, it will be able to offer expanded business incubation space while acting as a central hub for the city’s entrepreneur community. In subsequent phases, the private sector would be brought on board to construct space to house non-profit organizations, support agencies, private firms and other tenants. Following the release of the report prior to the committee vote, Ottawa mayor Jim Watson touted the facility in a media release, calling the

centre “a world-class facility” that would “foster innovation and support private sector job growth” in the capital. Ottawa Centre MPP Yasir Naqvi called the project an “important economic development initiative” that would have an impact for both the city and Eastern Ontario. The 7 Bayview building occupies a small portion of the Bayview Yards site, the future growth of which is mapped out in a redevelopment plan passed by the city earlier this year. The innovation centre is the first step towards that redevelopment, although an earlier plan for a film studio dissolved after talks with a potential tenant fell though. The unravelling of that plan occurred when it was revealed the potential tenant wanted far more Bayview Yards land then the city was willing to give them. The city was willing to give up three hectares of the 16-hectare site, said Hobbs, but the Toronto-based Cinespace wanted the whole space. “We just couldn’t do that and reasonably have anything that integrated into the community,” said Hobbs. “We wanted to have a good adaptive re-use of (7 Bayview). In that regard, I’m pleased with the innovation centre … I think this will lead to a better, more complete mixed-use neighbourhood.”









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Emerald Plaza library branch celebrates renovations which almost doubled the size. “I walked in and it was much brighter and beautiful with all the artwork,” said Mayor Jim Watson, who attended the reopening. “Enjoy this beautiful new investment in your community.” The library is high-tech, with the set-up designed to accommodate users with their own laptops or electronic devices. It’s also outfitted with radio-frequency identification (RFID) tags. The tags replace barcodes to find and track items in the library. The library has new RFID readers that will help locate and sign out items. “My favourite thing is how bright it is, and the wall of art showing old Nepean,” said Coun. Keith Egli. “I hope this will be as special for the kids in Ward 9 as it was for my kids.” They also highlighted a piece of art by Lena Vakulenko, a Merivale High School graduate, that has been installed at the branch. Vakulenko, 19, lives nearby in Barrhaven and attends Carleton University.

Community - The Emerald Plaza branch of the Ottawa Public Library is newly renovated, with fresh artwork, lounge space and areas for users to plug in their laptops. The renovations were celebrated with an official reopening ceremony on Nov. 23. Coun. Jan Harder said it used to be the smallest urban branch in the city’s library system. Before, there wasn’t a lot of space for users to meet, or a dedicated teen area. Now, the library, which is located off Merivale Road, has space to accommodate more people and programs. “We have a lot of people in here enjoying the space, which we didn’t before,” said branch manager Deborah Dearman. The renovated library has been open since late September. The branch went through three different closures to complete the renovations,

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City to host Lansdowne traffic monitoring update Dec. 9 meeting to present management plan Michelle Nash

News - The public will have the opportunity to review the city’s Lansdowne traffic management plan at an upcoming meeting in the Glebe. The meeting of the city-led Lansdowne Traffic Advisory Committee will take place on Dec. 9 from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Residents from the three neighbourhoods closely affected by potential Lansdowne Park traffic are being invited to review and discuss the city’s latest traffic monitoring plan. The meeting, according to

Capital Coun. David Chernushenko, will allow the associations and residents the opportunity to voice their opinions and concerns to city staff. Brian Mitchell, the Glebe Community Association traffic committee chairman, told members his association that he is wary of any plans which simply monitor the effects of traffic rather than having an active traffic management plan in place before the park reopens. Mitchell called the December meeting very important. See RESIDENTS, page 35

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Season for caroling The West Ottawa Ladies Chorus, with members from Kanata, Stittsville, Nepean and the west end of the city, performed their Christmas concert – A Garland of Carols – at St. Paul Anglican Church on Dec. 1.

Council votes to reject special exemptions for rural development Laura Mueller

News - Much of the debate over the city’s “Liveable Ottawa” Official Plan update focused on rejecting one-byone attempts by councillors to ease rural development rules. Osgoode Coun. Doug Thompson and Cumberland Coun. Stephen Blais led the charge to loosen the rules and

promote low-density development in rural areas, but were almost entirely rejected by both city staff and councillors. Thompson’s first move was to reduce the required size for a severed lot from 10 hectares to eight hectares. “What we would end up seeing is a lot of scattered development with this motion,” said planning manager Lee

Ann Snedden. “This starts to chip away at that policy and becomes quite precedent setting.” “I respect city staff, but it just doesn’t make sense to me,” he said, pointing out there is less land available for development because some of the properties counted are abandoned quarries. “I’m not one to discredit staff but those numbers are

not accurate.” Reducing the size required of a parcel of land severed from a main lot would only add the possibility of around 300 extra lots in the city, Thompson said. “It’s not a big issue,” he said. Thompson’s efforts to expand the village of Greely’s boundaries at the request of three property owners, in-

cluding Sunset Lakes developer Dan Anderson, was also shot down. The councillor said it makes sense to “round off” the awkward shape of the village’s boundary, which defines where subdivisions can be developed. Staff responded that repeated reviews of the rural land supply have shown there is already more than enough

developable land supply in all the villages, including Greely, without expanding its boundary. But staff didn’t discount adding the lands in the future. Thompson also unsuccessfully tried to get councillors to enshrine a number of exemptions to the rules for specific properties into the city’s Official Plan. See THOMPSON, page 38

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Community - No one can raise perfect children, but one Greely parent believes it’s possible to raise competent, responsible kids who are ready to take on the world. In fact, Natalia McPhedran thinks it’s absolutely necessary. “I refuse to raise incompetent kids,” said the child empowerment coach and mother of two. “Once they reach a certain age the parents have to step back and just be a support.” McPhedran said the generation moving through the high school and post-secondary system right now has been coddled to the point where many young adults lack the life skills to thrive in the outside world. She believes that as families have become busier, parents have stopped taking time to let their children do things for themselves. As a result, the young adults they produce have no idea how to survive on their own. “I think the parents meant well, and it’s so easy to do,” McPhedran said. “If my kid was six and couldn’t tie his shoe, and I had to get to work, I would do it for them, too.” This week, McPhedran will re-

lease her first book, Life With Kids: Empowering Our Children to be Ready for the Real World. The sociologist and child coach describes the book as a down-to-earth, conversational book she hopes is relatable for other parents. The book’s goal, she said, is to help parents encourage their kids to take responsibility for themselves and their actions – and, by doing so, boost their confidence, self-esteem and trust in themselves. The book shares her own funny stories of motherhood from the past 11 years – many of them painfully familiar new-parent gaffs – along with tips and information about how to empower young kids. For example, one chapter talks about the life skills a child should possess by age 10. These include making good choices, feeling empathy, self-regulating, accepting other people’s ideas and feeling disappointment. “If you’ve never learned how to lose by the time you’re 10, that’s a big problem,” McPhedran said. The first section is titled “How I survived the first decade of motherhood” and draws heavily on McPhedran’s first-hand experiences with her own daughter and son, now 11 and nine. The section’s chapters cover a range of topics, from man-

aging expectations of yourself and your kids to finding relief in the surrounding chaos. McPhedran shares her favourite parenting techniques, dos and don’ts of encouraging responsibility and important lessons she’s learned through trial and error. Section two focuses on building character in children, and covers specific parenting techniques to help kids learn social skills, build self-esteem and manage their contact with technology. It also looks closely at life skill milestones for each age group up between five and 11. The final chapter encourages parents to continually evaluate their own techniques and evolve with their kids. McPhedran said she hopes parents will take some practical tips away from her book, but she also wants them to trust their own instincts. “Remember that there is no right way to parent,” she said. Simply knowing what kind of children you want to raise will help direct you on a daily basis, she added. “You have to know where you’re going so you can plan how you’re going to get there.” McPhedran’s book can be found on and at her website,

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‘Tis the season to protect your home, police warn Residents should be vigilant as Christmas crime spikes Emma Jackson

News - As residents deck their halls in preparation for the holiday season, they should also be extra vigilant about break-ins, according to police. As Christmas season peaks, so does crime, said Const. Nicole Gorham, the community police officer for south Ottawa. “People are paying attention,” she said. She said families who travel during the holidays need to take extra steps to keep burglars at bay. “Have it arranged that somebody’s going to clear the snow and bring the flyers in,” Gorham said. “Put your lights on a timer and have someone checking on the property.”

And most of all, keep personal information like travel dates off of social media. “Bad guys are on social media too, and they prey on it,” Gorham said. Posting a photo of your beautiful Christmas tree could inadvertently advertise that you’ve got a 60-inch flat-screen television, she said. And if you’ve posted photos of your street or house recently, it won’t take much for the criminals to figure out where you live. As parcels and presents make their way into homes, residents should make sure to remove them from their vehicles as quickly as possible, or at least hide them in the trunk so they’re not visible, Gorham added. She said it only takes a few seconds to break a window

and make off with a festivelywrapped present. “For $20, someone will do that,” she said. Scammers will also make their rounds this time of year, and Gorham said residents have every right to keep the door closed if they don’t trust a visitor on their doorstep. “If it doesn’t seem legit it probably isn’t,” she said. “And if they’re not leaving, obviously call the police.” DANGEROUS DRIVING

As Ottawa experienced its first big snowstorm of the season Nov. 27, Gorham said drivers need to be cautious on the roads – even if they have winter tires. “You’re not invincible,” she said. “You still have to allow

extra space in between and extra time for braking. You can have all the equipment in the world, but you still need to adjust your driving to the conditions.” Gorham said drivers need to employ their defensive driving skills and be aware of their surroundings. “Don’t just focus on the car in front of you, you want to be looking up in front and scanning,” she said, noting that keeping an eye out for pedestrians and cyclists must remain a priority. “Hitting the brakes at the last second or swerving is a recipe for losing control of the vehicle and we don’t want anyone hurt,” she said. And of course, on bad weather days residents should stay home if possible. “If you’re not comfortable on those roads, stay off them,” Gorham said. “It’s just not worth it.”


For those planning to travel during the holiday season, police are advising residents to take steps like putting lights on a timer and finding a friend or neighbour to keep an eye on the property to keep criminals at bay.

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Catholic board tops United Way goal Jennifer McIntosh

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Representatives from the Ottawa Catholic School Board and United Way Ottawa’s board of directors show off the final cheque for the school board’s 2013 fundraising campaign at its Nepean office on Nov. 26.

News - For the third year in a row, Ottawa’s Catholic school board has the most successful United Way campaign in the city. The school board announced that it surpassed its goal of $550,000 at its Nepean office on Nov. 26. Julian Hanlon, director of education for the board, said he was apprehensive about reaching this year’s goal. “Times are tough, there are some people in this room who haven’t had a raise in a couple of years,” he said. “But I think everyone came together and realized there are people less fortunate out there – sometimes in our own classrooms – and pulled together to help.” The five – week campaign marked the third year the school board’s fundraising efforts raised the most money for United Way in the entire

city. Jennifer Oake, principal at St. Pius X High School, said participants learned about the work United Way does in the community on the first day of the campaign. James McCracken, chair of the United Way’s board of directors, said the board has raised $3 million for the United Way in the last five years. The campaign involves 4,000 people, from individual schools to administration staff. “You showed you give a damn,” McCracken said. “Not just about the kids in your care, but about seniors, new Canadians and those with mental health issues.” He added that studies show one in four children live below the poverty line. The agency announced their fundraising goal of $21 million in September. Organizers hope to reach the goal by March 31.

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News - Riverside South is helping families rebuild after a devastating typhoon damaged parts of the Philippines earlier this month. The community added itself to the growing list of relief efforts currently underway. As Jennifer Vollrath, a resident and one of the organizers of the initiative explained, it was initially envisioned as a very small event headquartered in her living room, but as word spread, the community stepped up in a short amount of time. “Happy is an understatement,” she said. “The generousity of this community has been overwhelming.” On Nov. 20, the community came out in droves to pack up 73 boxes of clothes, food, and basic necessities for families in the gymnasium of Rideauview Community Centre. Individuals or families were

asked to sponsor each box at a cost of $75, which covers the cost of shipping. The remaining boxes were piled into a truck Nov. 24. Vollrath spearheaded the fundraiser alongside fellow community residents and friends Heather Harper Boswell and Filipino native Gina Galang. “Each box represents a person,” said Vollrath. “It’s all about families being tied together. They were given a family’s name, with a list of what was needed, so it’s really a gift from one family to another. And the great thing about it is if the family doesn’t need an item in the box, they can give it to another family who does need it.” A map was uploaded to a Facebook group and distributed to donors to show where their box would be heading. “It’s really a neat way for them to see that they’re box is actually getting there,” she said.

“They’ve never met these people, so it’s special for them to help them out.” A master list of families in need was identified thanks to the Ottawa Filipino community. Work then began to match the families together. The grassroots effort was supposed to start in Vollrath’s house, but quickly grew over time after an overwhelming response from the community. “It’s definitely been the residents who have helped make this happen,” said Galang. Vollrath has been involved in relief efforts before, having sent aid over to the Philippines before when a typhoon hit several years ago. Witnessing the incredible amount of supplies residents brought in last Thursday just shows how much communities around the world support each other, she said. The boxes are scheduled to arrive in the Philippines in early February, depending on local access.

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St. Clement Parish/Paroisse St-ClĂŠment

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Watch & Pray Ministry


Two blocks north of Carlingwood Shopping Centre on Lockhart Avenue at Prince Charles Road.


355 Cooper Street at O’Connor 613-235-5143


Rideau Park United Church

Giving Hope Today

located at 2536 Rideau Road (at the corner of Albion) 613-822-6433 • UNITED.CHURCH@XPLORNET.CA

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Residents want plan in action before park opens


The community will have an opportunity to hear about the progress of the Lansdowne Traffic Advisory Committee and the city’s plans for monitoring the traffic impact around Lansdowne during a public meeting at St. Giles Church on Dec. 9 at 7 p.m. like shopping to encourage patrons to not park in the neighbourhood. Pedestrian safety was addressed in the survey, with a request to have traffic signals in the neighbourhood pedestrianactivated and speed bumps installed to control traffic flow.

Those recommendations were handed to the councillor and the Lansdowne Traffic Advisory Committee in April. At the time Chernushenko advised the group that in some cases, the best plan of action will be to wait and see what exactly is affected by the rede-


“This meeting is an opportunity for the community associations to speak up and at this point I am hopeful there will be changes,” Mitchell said. He led the charge this past year for determining traffic concerns in the Glebe by sending out a traffic survey to residents, in preparation for the reopening Lansdowne. More than 30 per cent of the 1,800 households in the Glebe participated in the survey. The results were compiled by Mitchell, who then created the list of priorities for the association’s proposed Glebe Traffic Plan. Of the 57 priorities, there are 23 the group considers top priorities, divided into four sections: the minimization of cars using residential streets; encouraging safe cycling to Lansdowne; traffic flow and pedestrian safety; and parking. Closing Holmwood Avenue on the east side of Bank Street to vehicular traffic with access from Adelaide Street was also suggested as a means discourage traffic from the area. Other suggestions were for OC Transpo to offer free service in and out of Lansdowne during peak times to encourage visitors to the park to choose transit or offering free parking at Lansdowne for day-to-day activities

velopment before pushing for some of the ideas. Neighbouring community associations in Old Ottawa East and Old Ottawa South have been working closely with Mitchell, as well as having members participate in LTAC. “If the city really wants Lansdowne to work, it needs to do more than just monitor traffic after the park re-opens - they need to make improvements now,” said John Dance, president of Old Ottawa East Community Association. “It’s ludicrous that the city is proud of the new cycling facilities on the Lansdowne site yet have done virtually nothing to make it better for cyclists and pedestrians to get to the park.” The Glebe association feels many of the recommendations they have handed to the city are simple fixes which could lead to positive results now rather than later. When it comes to the city’s presentation planned for Dec. 9, Mitchell advised residents and members of the association the meeting is worth attending to have their concerns heard. “The monitoring plan does not incorporate any of the Glebe traffic measures,” Mitchell said. “It’s been a very disappointing process so far, but at least the voice is being given at the meeting. I encourage all residents to come out.”

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Our area houses of worship invite you to rejoice this Christmas season with praise, reflection, song and prayer. Their doors are always open, so please join them in celebrating the true meaning of the season.

St Aidan’s Anglican Church Sunday worship - Holy Eucharist 8:00 am & 10:30 am 10:30 am - Play Area Christmas Eve at 7:30pm - Holy Eucharist Christmas Day at 10:30am - Holy Eucharist 934 Hamlet Road (near St Laurent & Smyth) 613 733 0102 –


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Gingerbread reunites foster family Emma Jackson


News - An unconventional family reunion promises an afternoon of candy, chaos and communion on Dec. 14. Scott and Heather Munro have been fostering children for the past 14 years, and a number of them have since been adopted into new families. In an effort to keep in contact with them, every Christmas the couple organizes a holiday party to decorate gingerbread houses and catch up with their extended “family.” “This is my once-a-year reconnection, to see how they’re doing,” said Heather. “Fostering never really ends. They leave, but they don’t leave. I always have my heart hoping to continue the relationship.” The couple started fostering wards of the state when their own daughter, Morgan, was two years old. Heather had grown up with her parents fostering children, and when she saw a local call-out for applicants she and Scott decided to continue the tradition. Heather said bringing the kids back to Metcalfe can help them find closure after they’ve settled in with their adoptive


Metcalfe residents Scott and Heather Munro have been fostering children for the past 14 years, and will host an annual reunion on Dec. 14 for their former foster kids to decorate gingerbread houses in time for the holidays. family or returned home to their own. And getting to see the children after their time in the foster system is a gift in itself for Heather. “They’ve just bloomed; it’s


like watering a wilted flower,” she said. The Munros have rented out the community hall in Kenmore for the event, since the foster family has grown to more than

50 people. The Munros typically foster about three kids each year, and about 20 of them have kept up with their Metcalfe foster home over the years. Once the children’s parents, siblings and other family members are added up, the number is too overwhelming to host the event in the family home as they used to. Heather builds all the gingerbread houses herself – one per child, siblings included – and buys mountains of candy for the kids to use as decoration. “(The houses) start out weighing about one pound and when the kids are done, they weigh about three,” she laughed. Ray’s Reptiles will make an appearance, and a Sandy Hill father who adopted one of the Munro’s wards will play the guitar to help everyone get into the holiday spirit. She fully expects an afternoon of chaos – icing bags squeezed into mouths, children tripping over each other to get the candy they want and a high level of noise but she said that’s exactly what a Christmas party should look like. “It’s a great time of the year,” she said. “It’s so much fun.”

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your car’s hood and honk the horn to avoid injuring a sleeping creature. Antifreeze: The taste of antifreeze is tasty to many animals, and they’ll readily consume it if given the chance. But even a small amount of antifreeze can be harmful, or even fatal, to your pet. When adding antifreeze to your vehicle, pour carefully and clean up any spills that may occur. It’s also a good idea to check that your car isn’t leaking fluid. A quick look under the hood will help keep your own animals, and those in the neighbourhood, safe. If your pet does come in contact with antifreeze — either by ingesting it directly, or by licking exposed paws — you should be looking for signs of vomiting, diarrhea, weakness, unconsciousness, drooling and panting. If you suspect antifreeze ingestion, it’s important to act quickly, as the poisoning can cause kidney failure. Call your veterinarian immediately to avoid complications. You may want to consider a less toxic alternative to the ethylene glycol-based

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antifreeze that is most commonly used. There is new propylene glycol-based antifreeze available at many retail outlets that is safer for pets and humans alike. Entertain wisely: The winter season is a peak time for at-home parties and other get-togethers. It may be a good idea to keep animals away from the bustle and noise during a party. If everyone does mingle together, keep an eye on your pets to make sure they don’t sneak any of the festive food and drink. Identification: Having an animal run away from home at any time of the year is troublesome, but especially during the winter season. Make sure your best friends are equipped with proper identification, including a collar, tag and microchip to ensure they have the best possible chance of finding their way back to you. Be sure to join us at the Ottawa Humane Society to celebrate the season with a Critter Christmas at the OHS! It’s seasonal fun for the whole family on Dec. 7, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.


Just because animals have built in fur coats doesn’t mean they are immune to the harsh realities of a Canadian winter. With a bit of thoughtful planning, your best friend will be warm and safe when the snowflakes fly. Here are some tips for animal care in cold weather: Limit exposure: When the mercury plunges, exercise caution and limit your pet’s exposure to the outdoors. Salt: While the salt used on roads and driveways is helpful in preventing spills, it can irritate the sensitive pads on the bottom of your pet’s feet. Keep a towel by your front door and wipe down your pooch’s paws after a walk so they aren’t tempted to lick them clean. Fresh water: If you keep any water bowls outside for your animals during the winter, be sure to check the supply a few times a day to ensure it isn’t frozen over. Car engines: Cats and wildlife are drawn to the heat generated by your car’s engine on cold days. Make sure you bang on


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Recycling was in style long before it became a trend


ave you got them on yet?” I was talking to my little friend Velma on the next farm. She didn’t have to ask what I was talking about. I had already asked the same question of Joyce. She didn’t have to ask me what I was asking about either. They both knew I was referring to the dreaded navy blue fleece lined bloomers. As soon as there was a bite in the air, out came the bloomers. Now, I had to admit, they certainly kept out the drafts over our flour-bag underwear, and once winter had really set in, off came the flour bags and on went the long johns. So our bottoms were well protected when the snow came. Very few of us wore slacks during school hours. Sometimes we put on melton cloth pants that tucked into our galoshes and wore them on the five-and-a-half-kilometre trek, but they were taken off when we got to school, and hung in the cloak room at the back. Miss Crosby frowned on girls in pants in the 1930’s. But just about every girl at Northcote School wore navy blue fleece-lined bloomers.

MARY COOK Mary Cook’s Memories Well, all except Marguirite, who thought they were, as she called them, ugly and not “girl-like”. Joyce, who was very inquisitive, was determined she would find out what Marguirite wore to keep warm if she didn’t wear the blue bloomers. And one day she “accidentally” tripped her when we were lining up at the door after Miss Crosby rang the bell, and Marguirite went backside over tea-kettle and fell off the step, exposing everything she owned to the entire school. Well, she hadn’t lied about the blue bloomers. She had on bloomers as white as the driven snow, and Joyce who was closest to her at the fall, said they had fine purple lines through them. She got a real good look, did Joyce. They must have been bought at Walker’s Store in Renfrew, not

from Eaton’s catalogue where ours came from. And so this time of year, you could count on the rest of the girls at Northcote School wearing the exact same underwear. Early in the fall, Mother would have ordered at least one new pair from Eaton’s catalogue when she sent in her winter order, but they wouldn’t be worn early in the season. They would be saved for much later. Much later came when the old bloomers had faded to a light purple and a few holes started to appear. This happened from many turns sliding down the snow that was piled over the back fence at school, just in front of the outdoor rink. The boys in Senior Fourth would have built the snow slide and doused it with pails of water from the pump and

when they were finished and it had frozen solid, it provided many recess hours of sliding down on our backsides. Of course, the bloomers took the full brunt of the icy slide and it didn’t take long for the navy blue dye to fade. And many was the day, after recess was over, we went back into the school, and sat on wet bottoms until it was time to go home at four o’clock! But it didn’t matter how faded the bloomers became; the new ones were kept for special occasions. Special occasions meant going to church, or visiting neighbours for the Saturday night house parties. And on Christmas morning, I was allowed to wear the new bloomers, because after all, it was a “going to church” day too. The bloomers had elastic legs, but the elastic was never taut enough to hold up our beige ribbed stockings. So we still had to wear tight elastic bands for that purpose. Of course, we could pull the legs of the bloomers down to cover the bands, and when we undressed at night before going to bed, it wasn’t unusual to

have deep furrows in our legs where the elastic was worn all day. When I got into bed at night beside my sister Audrey, I would still be scratching the dents in my legs until Audrey would slap me on my back and tell me to “cut it out, you’re driving me crazy with all that scratching.” By mid-winter the navy blue bloomers, from the wear and tear they got and the many

The bloomers were sliced open and cut into at least two pieces. Then they were tucked into the rag bag, and used for dusting, wiping up spills, and of course they were ideal for scrubbing the floors every Saturday. washings with homemade lye soap, would spring a hole, usually around the elastic legs or on the elastic waist band. That’s when I would lament to Mother that the bloomers were done for. Even when mending them with navy thread failed to make them presentable, they would be deemed unwearable, much to my delight.




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Now, I would get the brand new bloomers that had been tucked away since early fall, and I was glad to see the last of the old faded ones. But that wasn’t to be the end of the old bloomers. Oh no, they were put to another use by Mother. The elastic was taken out of the legs and waist, and put in the sewing basket. The bloomers were sliced open and cut into at least two





pieces. Then they were tucked into the rag bag, and used for dusting, wiping up spills, and of course they were ideal for scrubbing the floors every Saturday. Like everything else back in the Depression years, the bloomers were recycled decades before the term was ever heard of.

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‘That’s part of my role’: Thompson Continued from page 29

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Writer’s craft Author Eric Walters talks to Grade 8 students at Immaculata High School on Nov. 26. The author held two presentations for the school that day. The presentation included letting the students understand how to create the perfect fictional character, what it was like when he was a teacher, teaching in Streetsville, Ont., and how he turned his active imagination into more than 50 fiction and non-fiction books.

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Thompson said his push to allow the owners at 6430 Snake Island Rd. to sever their lot to create a too-small 9.2-hectare parcel was just part of his job. “That’s part of my role as a councillor,” he said, likening the request to calls he gets from residents asking him to help get the snow on their street plowed. That land had already been severed into three properties under the laws of the former township of Osgoode, a memo from staff stated. Staff did not support Thompson’s idea to allow the lot to be further diced up. “We believe in this particular case … we are once again contradicting on how we want to develop the rural area,” Snedden said. Staff also shot down Thompson’s attempt to extend city water and sewer services to 5640 Bank St., 7101 Marco St. and a portion of 7041 Mitch Owens Rd., which are located in the unserviced rural area. The property owners themselves are required to make the case that suitable private well/septic servicing

is not possible or that other nearby landowners might also be interested in hooking up to the city’s services. “I know every time I talk about bringing municipal services beyond the urban boundary it promotes another gray hair on (planning committee chairman Coun. Peter) Hume’s head,” Thompson joked. Cumberland Coun. Stephen Blais also tried to get the development rules relaxed for a village in his ward. He asked for the ban on country-lot estate subdivisions to be lifted for an area around Cumberland village where the former municipality had planned for that kind of development. Again, staff shot down the idea. “Staff consider this motion as a step backward in trying to achieve the primacy of the village development in the rural area,” staff wrote. But staff did support an exemption to allow countrylot estate subdivision development on lands owned by Cavanagh as a concession to resolve the last outstanding appeal to Ottawa’s last Official Plan update and urban boundary expansion.

Even though the city just completed a two-year review of rural villages in early 2012 that concluded there is enough land within the village boundaries to meet development needs for the next 10 years, Blais also attempted to seek a comprehensive review to see whether land should be added to villages. Staff responded that Blais’s motion ignores the city’s policy to concentrate development in Ottawa’s mediumand large-sized villages. An assessment of rural land requirements will be included in the next review of the Official Plan five years from now. Council supported Barrhaven Coun. Jan Harder’s suggestion to set up a mineral aggregate stakeholders group. The group will invite rural residents who live near sites zoned as quarries to participate in a future review of aggregate mapping to determine whether the existing designations are still rational. But a request for neighbouring development to be set back further from quarries next door was shot down because the distances are set by the province.



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Baked turkey spring rolls great way to use up leftover turkey


Sweet chili sauce: In a bowl, whisk together the hoisin sauce, water, garlic, honey, vinegar and sambal oelek until the honey is dissolved. Set aside. Cover the rice vermicelli in hot water and soak for 10 minutes or until it’s soft. Drain very well, using a fine sieve to extract as much liquid as possible. Cut the noodles into five-centimetre (two-inch) lengths and set aside. In a large skillet, heat 15 ml (1 tbsp) of the oil over medium-high heat. Cook the onion, garlic and ginger, stirring, until softened – about 3 minutes. Reduce the heat to medium and add the cabbage. Cover the skillet and cook until ten-

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der-crisp, about five minutes. Add the turkey and 250 ml (1 cup) of the sauce, salt and pepper and cook, stirring to coat, for two minutes. Transfer to a bowl. Stir in the carrots, bean sprouts and rice vermicelli and let cool. Lay one spring roll wrapper on your work surface with a point facing away from you. Place 125 ml (1/2 cup) of the turkey mixture just below the centre of the wrapper. Fold the bottom point of wrapper over filling. Roll over once, so filling is enclosed. Fold over sides and continue rolling. Using your fingertip, dab a bit of egg on the top point of the wrapper to seal the roll. Repeat this process with the remaining filling and wrappers. Place the rolls on a greased baking sheet. Brush the remaining oil lightly all over the spring rolls and bake in a 220 C (425 F) oven, turning once, until they’re crisp and golden -about 25 minutes. Serve with the remaining sauce.

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The start of skating season Glebe residents shoveled snow at the St. James Tennis Club on Nov. 27 after the season’s first big snowfall to clear the way for a new community skating rink. The rink will replace the one lost at Mutchmor Public School field because of ongoing construction related to the expansion of the school. The total cost of the project, including a large tarp to cover the tennis court, is $14,000. The Glebe Neighbourhood Activities Group, the Glebe Community Association, neighbouring schools and the city all pitched in to make the transition possible.


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Kanata gallery exhibit opens a celebration of nature Carp Ridge artist featured for December Jessica Cunha

Arts - The newest exhibition at the Kanata Civic Art Gallery is a cause for celebration. The show, titled “Celebrate!” runs until the New Year and features Carp Ridge artist Karl Kischel, who’s received numerous awards for his work. Kischel uses his paintings to celebrate the natural environment, which he’s fond of painting. He has several landscapes – captured in every season – hanging in his rural home, which sits atop the Carp Ridge. “I just love nature and to give to people – that gift of art,” he said. “Just the spirit of it; I find it’s my family, my religion. Whether it’s an animal or a tree, I just feel close to it. “The spirit I connect with comes out (in the paintings). People love it, they enjoy it.” Many of his works feature hidden imagery of aboriginal faces and silhouettes among the rocks, trees and leaves. One

even has an image of Kischel and his wife, who have been married for 24 years, locked in an embrace. “I don’t plan them. I have no explanation for it, that’s just what happens to me,” said Kischel, who has aboriginal blood in his lineage. “You put the paint on quickly but these things always turn up.” His landscapes are painted with a life-like quality, creating vibrant scenes such as waterfalls rushing over rocks. Kischel will have a number of works on display at the gallery show, including paintings of the Ottawa Valley, Carp Ridge, Madawaska and the East Coast, as well as images of heritage buildings, he said. Jessica Cunha/Metroland


Kischel, who comes from an air force family, was born in Whitehorse, Yukon and has lived in various parts of Canada as well as in France and Germany, before he settled in West Carleton. He finds inspiration for his paintings in his backyard, on

Carp Ridge artist Karl Kischel is the feature artist in the Kanata Civic Art Gallery’s newest exhibit Celebrate! which runs until January. canoe trips through Algonquin Park and skiing in the Gatineau Hills, he said. A trip to the east coast this past fall provided the ideas for a number of new works. Kischel, who just celebrated his 60th birthday, first

picked up a paint brush when he was 11 years old. Family friends who were art dealers from Paris took to his work. “Around that age I did a painting of a ring-necked pheasant flying through a green field,” he said, adding

the art dealers took him under their wing. “I guess they saw my talent.” He started painting in oils, then moved to watercolours, and most recently Kischel’s been using acrylics for the past four years.

“It can be transparent like watercolours or it can be thick and (you) use a palette knife on it like oil,” he said about his favourite medium. “The luminosity of it can be quite striking.” He often will take a set of photographs and paint in his studio, but sometimes he’ll still create his art outdoors in “plein air.” Kischel studied commercial and fine art at Algonquin College, Ottawa School of Art, Schneiders and Haliburton schools of art. Aside from being a member of the Kanata Civic Art Gallery, Kischel is also a member of the Kanata Art Club and the West Carleton Art Society, and participates in a number of studio tours every year. To book a tour of Kischel’s home gallery, call 613-832-0793. The Kanata Civic Art Gallery is located in the Mlacak Centre at 2500 Campeau Dr., and is open while the building undergoes construction. A temporary entrance is set up at the arena, to the left of the main doors. For more information and hours of operation, visit



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Community - A group of Metcalfe grandmothers knows there’s no better time to be home than at Christmas – and this year they’re giving residents a chance to visit some of the most festive homes in the village. The Grannies All About Kids group is part of the Grandmothers to Grandmothers campaign, which supports grandmothers in sub-Saharan Africa who are raising their grandchildren orphaned by HIV/AIDS. This year’s holiday fundraiser is a heritage home tour through the Metcalfe and Kenmore areas on Saturday, Dec. 7. The grannies have partnered with the owners of eight properties to offer tours of the festively decorated

buildings between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. The tour includes six homes – five of which are more than 100 years old – a heritage stable and a wedding chapel. “It’s great because it’s an event that promotes the local area and of course some of the heritage homes,” said Kathey Rowsome, one of the organizers. “It’s a fun and interesting way to honour and celebrate the Christmas season.” The self-guided tour begins at 9:30 a.m. at the Metcalfe Lion’s Den on 8th Line Road, where visitors can register, pick up a map and discuss the best place to begin. The tour is split into three blocks: two properties on Scrivens Drive and Grey’s Creek Road, four homes in and around Metcalfe village, and a home and church in Kenmore. Of course, being the rural area, visitors must drive from building to building, but the tour promises some real gems, Rowsome said. The home on Scrivens Drive dates back to about 1875, when it was built as a church. The property was converted to a permanent home in

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Sharing the flame Mayor Jim Watson, left, and Kanata North Coun. Marianne Wilkinson, join Mataz Farag, site leader at Avaya Ottawa, and Jean Turgeon, a vice-president at Avaya, during an event celebrating the company’s participation as the official supplier of network equipment for the upcoming 2014 Sochi Winter Olympic Games. An official torch (not in photograph) used in the 2014 Winter Olympic Torch Relay in Suzdal, Russia, was brought to Avaya, a company located in north Kanata on Nov. 27.

Manotick man wins $250,000 at Grey Cup game Emma Jackson

Sports - When Denny Charlebois left for Saskatchewan two weeks ago, all he took with him was his excitement for a chance to watch some great football with his son. He brought home $252,000. The long-time Manotick resident attended the Grey Cup game in Regina on Sunday, Nov. 24. On his way into the stadium, he and his son bought $200 worth of 50/50 tickets – thinking, of course, that regardless of the outcome they were still supporting amateur sports. “Everyone wins. And if you don’t have a ticket you can’t win,” Charlebois thought at the time.

But it wasn’t until Monday night that he and his son realized that they had indeed won– a quarter million pot, at that. The prize hadn’t been claimed by Monday afternoon, so they decided to go online to check the numbers. “We started looking through the tickets and then all hell broke loose,” Charlebois said. “We did the winning dance and high fives all over the place.” The excitement was contagious. Charlebois’ wife Audrey said she barely slept once the news came in. “They were so excited. They were hollering and called me and they couldn’t believe it,” she said. Charlebois arrived home Wednesday night after travel-

ling back to Regina from Saskatoon where his son lives to pick up the cheque. He said the family hasn’t decided yet what to do with the money, although he said it’s well-timed for the holiday season. “My son said he’s going to get a bigger sock for Christmas. Instead of oranges he might get a watermelon,” Charlebois laughed. The couple has four grandchildren, but Charlebois said they’ll try to avoid spoiling them too much. “It will be a little extra for them, but nothing excessive,” he said. “That’s a lot of money and it’s also not a lot of money. It can evaporate in an instant if you’re not smart. We’ll just think it through.”

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

Dec. 6

Come out to The Brass Monkey at 250 Greenbank Rd. on Dec. 6 at 7:30 p.m. for a concert in support of the Yoga MS Project. Dance the night away as Ottawa’s Phoenix Big Band will be cranking out some great blues, rock and roll and swing, while everyone raises some money for MS research! Great prizes to be won! All proceeds will be divided between The Ottawa Hospital Research Institute for MS and the Ottawa Chapter MS Society. YogaMS 2014 calendars will be available for sale as well. For more information, visit or contact Natalie Van Tassel at 613-863-2612.

Dec. 6-7

Under the baton of Antonio Llaca, Coro Vivo Ottawa presents Christmas à la Baroque, featuring dazzling pieces from the baroque period. The concerts will take place on Dec. 6 and 7 at 7:30 p.m. at the Orleans United Church, located at 1111 Orleans Blvd. Tickets are $20 for adults, while children 14 and under are free. Advance tickets are available at CD Warehouse, Leading Note, Compact Music, and at the door or by calling 613-8413902. Visit for more information.

Dec. 7

Join us in support of families in

Eastern Ontario with The Running Room and The Salvation Army in the 5K Fun Run and 1K Elf Walk at the 2013 Santa Shuffle. The event takes place on Dec. 7, at 10 a.m. at Tunney’s Pasture. To register, log onto or visit your nearest Running Room. You can also contact Nadia Ferrante at the Salvation Army at 613-233-8428 ext. 221 or email nadia_ferrante@ It’s back and it’s big a west Wellington holiday tradition now in its 20th year. The annual Fisher Park Community Centre Christmas craft show and sale features more than 100 vendors, a combination of unique urban handcrafted items, gourmet vendors and traditional bazaar crafters. This very popular event is held in Fisher Park School which is also home to the Fisher Park Community Centre, located at 250 Holland Ave. The event takes place from 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Admission is free. A barbecue and refreshments will be available. For more information, call 613-7988945. The annual TEMBO luncheon in support of education and empowerment for girls and women in Tanzania takes place at 10:30 a.m. on Dec. 7 at the First Unitarian Church, located at 30 Cleary Ave. An African marketplace, silent auction, Tanzanian lunch and African

songs will feature at the event. Tickets are $45 each and are available by calling 613-858-9434. All proceeds support Project TEMBO, an Ottawa based charity, providing educational programs for girls and women in northern Tanzania. Check out the Ottawa Chinese Bible Church’s Sounds Like Christmas community concert, a free annual event featuring great holiday tunes, door prizes and festive refreshments. The concert takes place at 7 p.m. on Dec. 7, at 307 Richmond Rd. (near Mrs. Tiggy Winkle’s). Admission is free, with donations of non-perishable food items accepted for the Westboro Region Food Bank. We hope to see you there for an evening of music and merriment! For more information, please call 613-601-2876, email or visit The Salvation Army’s Bethany Hope Centre is hosting its 2013 Christmas bazaar on Dec. 7 from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. The event will feature handmade candles, battery powered LED canvas paintings, watercolour Christmas cards, repurposed pieces, and many other Christmas-themed works. There will be coffee and hot chocolate, one-of-a-kind baked goods, face painting, and cookie decorating for the kids. Join us at 820 Woodroffe Ave. near Carling. For information, contact Shawna Norman at 613725-1733 etx. 216.

Dec. 8


The Holly Tea and and sale of holly will take place at Christ Church Cathedral Ottawa, 439 Queen St. at 3 p.m. on Dec. 8 Tickets are $15. For more information, call 613-2369149 or visit Join the Beechwood Cemetery for a Christmas candlelight service, a special way to remember loved ones, it features a candlelight vigil with carols, music by the chorum chamber choir and a tree-lighting ceremony. We encourage you to

bring an ornament to place on our outdoor tree in memory of a loved one. A non-perishable food item for the Food Bank would be appreciated. Event takes place outdoors, so please dress warmly. Hot beverages will be served. Event starts at 6 p.m., outside the Beechwood National Memorial Centre, Beechwood Cemetery, 280 Beechwood Ave. For more information, call 613-741-9530, email us at info@ or visit

Dec. 11

The Central Christian Women’s Club invites you to their next meeting, featuring a mini concert with Sonja Milson, an off-Broadway singer from New York. Donna Lamothe, executive director of Stonecroft Canada will be the speaker, sharing a talk about “The Best Gift.” The cost is $8 or $4 for first-timers. The meeting takes place at 1 p.m. on Dec. 11 at the Calvin Christian Reformed Church, 1475 Merivale Rd. RSVP by calling 613-692-6290.

Dec. 15

The Bytown Voices welcome special guests the Shiru Lach Choir to present a holiday concert featuring music for Hanukkah and Christmas on Dec. 15 at 3 p.m. at Trinity United Church (1099 Maitland Ave., just south of the Queensway). Plenty of free parking is available on site and the building is wheelchair accessible. Tickets are $10 or free for children under 12, and are available at the door. Please visit for more information.

Dec. 22 & 24

Britannia United Church will be having three Christmas services: Dec. 22 at 7 p.m. for the Blue Christmas and Dec. 24 at 7 p.m. for families and young children as well as at 9 p.m. with communion. For more information, please call the office at 613-828-6018.

Jan. 5 & 12

The Ottawa Date Squares, a square dancing group aimed at the GLBTTQ community, but open to everyone, is looking for new members. This is a fun, low-cost activity, that is also a great exercise for the mind as well as the body. For those interested in joining, we are having two Sunday afternoon sessions on Jan. 5 and 12 to get you up to speed so you can join us on Wednesday evenings. For more information, phone Richard at 613820-8858, visit us at or email squaredanceottawa@

Jan. 25

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


The Hampton Iona Community Group is looking to hire two to three paid attendants for our skating rink at Iona Park. This position is ideal for high school or university/college students living in the neighbourhood who like to skate. Supervised hours are 5 to 10 p.m. Monday through Friday and noon to 6 p.m. on weekends. Applicants must be able to pass a police safety check. We are also looking for volunteers to help with the building and some maintenance of our rink. If you are interested, please contact the group at 613 725-9147 or at

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53. Potato state 54. American Pickers 56. Yellow-fever mosquitos 58. Edison’s company 59. Axis and offshoot angle 60. Standard 63. Blame (Scottish) 64. Esoteric 65. Pronounces CLUES DOWN 1. Any wrist bone 2. Baltimore bird 3. Czar’s nation 4. Regulated food 5. Space next to someone 6. Expunction 7. Trauma center 8. Spanish yes 9. Matters 10. Twist out of shape 13. Toward 14. Renders able for a task 15. An extended social group 20. Article 21. GMA anchor’s initials 22. Streetcar 23. Summer month (abbr.) 27. Not widely distributed

29. Plays great music 30. Female 1776 descendants 31. Speed gauge ratio 32. Old English 33. After B 34. Expressing sorrow 35. More hearty, firmer 36. Taxis 37. Single pip card 38. 50th state 40. A source of worry 41. Eight sided 42. Highest military valor award (abbr.) 44. Former Harvard Pres. Derek 45. Drinking tubes 46. Loss of coordination 47. Self-love 48. Talus joints 50. Accumulator 51. Rural delivery 52. Lady Soul’s initials 54. Prefix indicating abstraction 55. Hawaiian goose 57. Prince William’s mom, Lady __ 61. Aid organization (abbr.) 62. Farm state

ARIES - Mar 21/Apr 20

LIBRA - Sept 23/Oct 23

TAURUS - Apr 21/May 21

SCORPIO - Oct 24/Nov 22

GEMINI - May 22/Jun 21

SAGITTARIUS - Nov 23/Dec 21

CANCER - Jun 22/Jul 22

CAPRICORN - Dec 22/Jan 20

LEO - Jul 23/Aug 23

AQUARIUS - Jan 21/Feb 18

VIRGO - Aug 24/Sept 22

PISCES - Feb 19/Mar 20

Participate in something new and interesting this week, Aries. The perfect activity will present itself in the next few weeks, so be sure to keep your eyes open. Taurus, delay any upcoming shopping excursions for the time being. Your coffers are getting a bit sparse, and you need to conserve the rest of your funds. Listen to advice this week, Gemini. Loved ones only want to help and provide support, so keep that in mind when those closest to you offer some guidance. Cancer, your suspicions may be aroused by someone who has been paying more attention to you than normal. It could be something completely innocent, but right now you’re not sure. Every day is a learning process, Leo. You will find that there are a number of new ideas swirling around in your head, and if you pin one down, you may be on to something. Your colleagues at work may be making things difficult, Virgo, but there is nothing you can do about it right now. Just work your hardest, and things will turn out for the best.


CLUES ACROSS 1. Binder 5. Move up and down 11. Wild sheep of northern Africa 12. Annoys 16. An upward movement 17. Ducktail 18. Town in central Minnesota 19. Philatelist’s delight 24. Carrier’s invention 25. Foreign travellers 26. Aurochs 27. Batter advanced score 28. Show the way 29. Steep rugged mass of rock 30. Valley 31. Digital data device 33. Insert mark 34. Breakout 38. Dissention from dogma 39. Kuhil and clown fish 40. Unconsciousness 43. Czech River 44. Johann Sebastian 45. Flows to the Danube at Belgrade 49. World data organization (abbr.) 50. Comedian Sahl 51. Porch furniture wood

Libra, prepare to juggle multiple responsibilities in the coming days. Be ready to multi-task and expect to be pulled in multiple directions. Scorpio, a small misunderstanding turns into a larger battle this week. But you have the power to put the flames out quickly by keeping a cool head. Sagittarius, you are having so much fun lately that it almost seems like life is a game. Just don’t get so caught up in the good times that you overlook your responsibilities. Capricorn, you usually take your responsibilities quite seriously, and that is often for the best. Just be sure to let your hair down sometimes and have a little fun. Aquarius, some irregularities have begun to pop up of late. It is not up to you to figure out what is going on, though. Others will discover the truth. Pisces, your head may be in the clouds, but it is quite comfortable up there. Just don’t linger up there too long.

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