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Community - The group tasked with building Phase 1 of the city’s LRT system is planning to use Scott Street for Transitway buses for up to two years, while members of the neighbouring community want the buses somewhere else. That’s the short version of the drama that played out at the Tom Brown Arena during a heated Dec. 3 meeting on the controversial issue. Representatives from the Rideau Transit Group joined city staff in explaining the timeline of the project and the associated road work that would attempt to mitigate service disruptions and address safety concerns. Work on converting the Transitway to LRT between Tunney’s Pasture and Lebreton Station would occur between June

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A tree glows in Westboro Westboro Village marked the Christmas season by lighting up the night on Dec. 7. The annual tree-lighting ceremony was held in the courtyard of All Saints’ Anglican Church on Richmond Road, with local dignitaries flicking the switch to illuminate a pine tree sourced from within the city of Ottawa. The event, organized by the Westboro Village BIA, saw traditional Christmas music provided by the Renaissance Carollers, while hot chocolate and treats were doled out to chilly attendees.

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News - A local group is looking to create suicide prevention “gatekeepers” in two local high schools. Students and staff at Glebe Collegiate Institute and West

Carleton Secondary School will be the first to benefit from three years of Ontario Trillium Foundation funding in the amount of $183,000 for Ottawa’s Community Suicide Prevention Network to provide a high school peer support program. The goal is to build schools’

capacities to address mental health concerns and prevent suicides. The network will tackle that goal in three different ways. “It’s about building shepherds, not necessarily identifying weaknesses,” said Joanne Lowe, executive director of the

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$30,000 traffic management fund for each ward in 2012, but instead decided on a one-time citywide $2.5 million fund to address a backlog of problems. Hume spent $1,968 of his office budget on the project in 2013, plus $2,500 in 2012 to buy speed display boards, which he assigns one of his staff members to move around once a week for half a day. Other councillors have purchased similar boards, which measure how fast passing motorists are going and display the speed on an electronic sign. Speeding and traffic calming are easily the topics councillors’ offices receive the most calls about, Hume said. Councillors say taking money meant for office operations and using it to put up things like speed display boards is a quick and effective way to show voters they are responding to those concerns. It’s seen as a quick win, Fleury said. “It is political because there are people in communities who are involved and want to see progress,” he said. “You get your political win in your community.” Fleury said some councillors have more flexibility in their budgets to be able to respond directly to those concerns. The efficacy of those responses is questionable, too, Fleury said. For instance, if a councillor is successful in getting the city to install reduced speed-limit signs, it doesn’t mean drivers will slow down. The same residents could be back lobbying for speed bumps a year later, Fleury said. “It’s something that always runs away from you,” he said. “How much of it is a solution versus a band-aid?” All 22 councillors get the same amount of money for their office budget - $241,508 annually – but some councillors have other pressures such as high resident call volumes that put pressure on the councillor to put the money towards additional staff or other priorities. “There is a form of jealously there,” Fleury said. Councillors, including Fleury, agreed that the solution needs to be something that combines staff expertise and evidence-based approach with councillors’ local knowledge of the issues brought up by residents.


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ning firm based in Toronto, is guiding the overall CDP process in conjunction with the city. The ideas being scrapped include Bayswater Avenue being designated a collector road south of Gladstone Avenue, the creation of a new intersection at Rochester Street and Carling Avenue, the creation of a road running through Queen Julianna Park between Prince of Wales Drive and Carling (at the intersection of Sherwood Drive), and the creation of vehicle-friendly laneways (referred to as “mews”) along the O-Train corridor that would connect currently dead-end streets branching off the west side of Preston Street. As well, signs that would restrict on-street parking on dead-end streets west of Preston would be axed from the recommendations, as would a re-designation of Champagne Avenue (south of Beech Street) as a collector. The specter of the mews had long haunted the minds of residents, including Michael Powell, president of the Dalhousie Community Association, who had previously stated his concern over the fact

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News - The city is willing to take another look at the secondary plan for Richmond Road/Westboro, despite the community association saying that idea had been denied. The discussion came up during the planning committee’s consideration of a controversial rezoning for a nine-storey building at 236 Richmond Rd. – a site community association representatives are convinced should only be allowed to have a four-storey structure. The community’s interpretation of land-use policies for the strip has long been at odds with the city’s planning

department. Intense controversy over the rezoning of a convent site to be replaced with condos is just one example of the strife. Part of the issue is that while the community design plan for the area, which just serves as a guideline, indicates to limit buildings to four storeys, the more enforceable secondary plan that supersedes the guidelines allows taller structures if certain conditions are met. At least one community group – Westboro’s community association – wants the community design plan re-examined. They’ve told their councillor, Katherine Hobbs, that much. But she says not all residents are in agreement with reviewing the second-

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Adding a requirement from the city to include windows and other detail on that wall will “add considerable expense and difficulty,” said Lloyd Phillips, a planning lawyer working on behalf of the builder, Main and Main Developments. While arguing against the setback earlier in the meeting, Phillips said he didn’t think adding articulation to the building’s facade would make much a difference in the perceived height of the building – an argument that has frequently been made by other developers arguing for more height for their projects. The new building would be located next to the LCBO and Real Canadian Superstore and backing onto the Richmond Plaza Motel on a lot that used to house a gas station and garage and more recently, a used-car lot. It will have a four-unit retail/commercial main floor and 70 residential $ units above. Sixty underground parking spaces will be provided – four more than required by the city. There will also be spaces for 29 bicycles in the garage. The worst of the shadowing would mostly affect the street, and at the most shadowy time on Dec. 21, the building would shade nearby homes for about two hours in the morning until noon.

want to update the community design plan. Sending a letter to Hobbs and the city would “absolutely” get that process underway, Hume said. Hobbs said there has always been a commitment on her and the city’s part to have another look at the plan if the five community associations agree to it. “That commitment hasn’t changed,” she said. Hobbs said there are four community associations in her ward that have an interest in the plan and not all of them have sent official letters to her to express their support for a review, as she requested a year and a half ago. “I just can’t move ahead on this without the express, written direction from these neighbourhoods,” Hobbs said. The suggested review wouldn’t be done in time to impact the planning committee’s decision on 236 Richmond Rd., which it approved with an amendment to the setbacks on the east side of the building to ensure the tallest portion of the building above its podium base would be set back 2.5 metres. That was important to Hume, who bemoaned the style and particularly the blankness of that east wall. “I am not really impressed with the design of the building,” Hume said.

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News - Thousands of Ottawa residents walk, cycle or drive by the Central Experimental Farm arboretum each day, but how many actually pause to consider its contents? Long-time arboretum volunteers Richard Hinchcliff and Roman Popadiouk have made it their mission to boost the profile of – and the public’s appreciation for – the unique

plant species that exist in the sprawling botanical refuge. Their new book, For the Love of Trees, was written (and photographed) over the course of three years by the two men, and is now on sale in Ottawa. “We’ve always felt people weren’t aware of the amazing collection of trees in the arboretum,” said Hinchcliff. “It’s a very popular area for recreation … we thought it would be great if we got a few people

to stop and notice what they’re going past.” Hinchcliff said the first trees were planted at the site in 1889 as part of a federal government research program that analyzed how different species and varieties of trees from across the globe would fare in the Canadian climate. The oldest tree still in the collection was planted in 1908. For the Love of Trees contains more than 500 photo-

graphs of the plant diversity found in the arboretum, as well as an in-depth look at 92 of the 1,700 species of trees and shrubs. Suggested walking tours of varying lengths are mapped out within the book, with descriptions of what visitors can expect to see. “We tried to select specific species, rather than different varieties or hybrids,” said Hinchcliff. “There are pecan trees – something you’d see in Georgia

or Alabama. There are cypress trees, like in the Everglades, and sequoias and redwoods, too. It’s quite fascinating.” Hinchcliff said Popadiouk brought an enormous amount of expertise to the project, thanks to his PhD in forest ecology and background of work in the forests of his native Russia. The book complements another being offered by Experimental Farm enthusiasts. Ottawa’s Farm: A History of

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Albert will be widened to the north starting in spring 2014, to allow the replacement of water and sewer infrastructure near the southern edge of the roadway, while the widening of Scott would begin the next year. The rerouting, which was part of the Rideau Transit Group’s plans when it was selected and approved as the project’s contractor by the city in December 2012, was done “to assure continued service,” said Rob Orchin of the city’s rail implementation office. The inclusion of the Scott Street diversion in that plan was reported on by the Ottawa West News at the time. During the procurement process, he said, emphasis (and incentives) were placed on keeping the flow of transit moving between Tunney’s, Bayview and Lebreton stations. “(The goal was) to retain transit in the Transitway as long as possible, with minimized disruptions to the Transitway corridor,” said Orchin. “Staff were (then) directed to take a pedestrian/cycling safety review during the design stage.”

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Orchin said that other route options – among them Carling Avenue, the Queensway, and the John A. Macdonald Parkway – were not approved as they would lead to significantly increased travel times, less reliable bus service, and the possibility of transit users abandoning the system in favour of private vehicles. Scott emerged from the project’s environmental assessment process as the preferred option, due to its proximity to the Transitway, and the ability to keep existing stations in service through the use of temporary stops. Dominique Quesnel of the Rideau Transit Group spoke of the conversations had at meetings held with the Hintonburg Community Association in March of this year, as well as a public information session in June. Briefly shouted down by members of the gathered crowd, Quesnel then introduced responses to seven key issues raised by residents at the earlier meetings. In each direction, bus lanes would occupy the inner lane closest to the sidewalk, so that existing stops could be used. A 2.5-metre-wide buffer between the buses and the sidewalk would include a 1.5 metre wide bike lane. “(This is) to maximize available space to provide as much of a buffer as possible,” said Quesnel, before addressing noise concerns. “The road will be resurfaced with fresh asphalt

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before the bus detour … and inlet catch basins will be installed to avoid interaction with buses.” Don Stephens of the transit group touted the buffer zone as providing a continuous bike lane along Scott from Churchill Avenue to Bayview, where a temporary station will be built near the bridge over the O-Train tracks. Two options exist for continuing the pathway on the north side of Scott through the O-Train area to points east, he said. There were about 120 residents at the meeting, and many went back to the microphone multiple times during the question and answer session. As the rerouting would see more than 100 buses per hour in each direction on the roadway at peak times, the impact on air quality of those living near to Scott was questioned by some, including Sylvester Fink, who lives in Walnut Court near the north end of Preston. “When doing the analysis for the re-routing, was a health assessment undertaken?” asked Fink, adding, “I want the city to seriously reconsider (the plan).” Deputy city manager Nancy Shepers responded by saying that the diversion is a temporary one, with the city’s bus fleet being amongst the youngest in the world – implying that emissions would be less than in other cities. Jackie Wood, also of Walnut Court,

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wanted to know why the city couldn’t spread the buses out by using different routes. “We have a very familiar system to users of the system,” said Shepers, adding, “There are a lot of transfers that occur at Bayview and Lebreton.” The parkway was out of the question, said Shepers, because it couldn’t carry the volume of buses needed. Residents made a number of suggestions on where they’d like to see the Transitway buses go, including on Richmond and Wellington Street West, or sent to Hunt Club Road. Somerset Coun. Diane Holmes said, “I think it’s clear that the answer here is based on cost and on efficiency … for commuters,” referring to people to people taking the bus from points further west than Tunney’s. Kitchissippi Coun. Katherine Hobbs countered that argument, saying, “I think it’s wrong to say it’s just commuters (using the system).” “In Kitchissippi Ward, there are origins and destinations,” said Hobbs. “We are also able to use this system.” Hintonburg Community Association safety committee chairwoman Cheryl Parrott, who lives close to Scott, said, “this will impact us incredibly,” and questioned the lack of information on the studies completed in advance of the project. “This is a sham, a total sham,” said Parrott. Speaking after the meeting, Hin-

the Experimental Farm was penned over a 10-year period by Helen Smith and Mary Bramley, describing the creation and evolution of the historic site and those who worked there. Both books are available at Building 72 at the farm, located off the Prince of Wales roundabout by the loop road. A number of other Ottawa book stores, including some Chapters locations, are carrying the publications as well.

tonburg association president Matt Whitehead called the meeting “disheartening,” adding that the process that led to the plan was insufficient and skimped on public consultation. “I think right now we need leadership from our council representative and the mayor,” said Whitehead. “We need to make sure concerns are heard and changes are made.” Whitehead questioned why the sole objective of studies done to determine the best route centered around minimizing the impact on bus riders who use the Transitway. “We hear the plan is the cheapest, the easiest, and will effect bus riders the least,” he said. “The methodology used to make that decision is questionable. There will be pain to bear, and it will be awful for people living on Scott Street, and in Walnut Court.” Should alternate routes be explored, buses sent south to other eastwest roads would have to travel down any number of north-south routes, the obvious ones being Churchill, Holland and Parkdale avenues, as well as Preston Street. While Whitehead said the Hintonburg’s position is not to send that pain to other parts of the city, he pointed out the close proximity of many houses on Scott to the roadway, adding “I don’t think you have the same situation with Preston, Churchill or Holland.” Whitehead said another thing not being considered is the impact the bus diversions would have on motorists from Hintonburg and Westboro who use Scott Street to commute to work downtown.


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Book project a historical gold mine for Woodroffe North Proceeds from sales donated to Olde Forge Steph Willems steph.willems@metroland.com

Community - To Ottawa motorists and cyclists, it’s hard to imagine a time before the John A. Macdonald Parkway lined the re-shaped shoreline of the Ottawa River. Built in the early 1960s, the construction of the parkway saw the expropriation dozens of houses and cottages in a community originally built with a strong relationship to the nearby river. Thankfully, the history of the neighbourhood at the north end of Woodroffe Avenue is no longer as hazy as it once was, thanks to the efforts of a group of neighbours who came together to record – and publish – the neighbourhood’s story. Since being published less than two years ago, River, Road and Rail – Woodroffe Memories has sold more than 1,600 copies and bolstered local organizations through donations from book sales. The book’s key organizers - Dave

Grosvenor, Katherine Day and Wayne Jackson – were at Britannia United Church on Dec. 3 to donate $2,200 to the Olde Forge Community Resource Centre. Grosvenor, who is president of the Woodroffe North Community Association, has volunteered with Olde Forge for years and felt it was a deserving community benefactor. The book’s creators partnered with the organization to promote the publication. “I have nothing but good things to say about Olde Forge, and the dedication of their volunteers and staff” said Grosvenor. “Our community benefits from Olde Forge.” The book had its beginnings in 2007 when Day decided to create a historical pamphlet for distribution within the community, marking the 200th anniversary of the first European settlement in the area. The project grew in size and scope once residents past and present offered to lend their own information and personal

memories. Jackson joined the project the following year. “That’s when it took off. Wayne was our organizer … and got the ball rolling,” said Day. All involved in the project were amazed by the overwhelming response to the project. One former resident, Anne Hayes, took it upon herself to contact her former neighbours to request their help. In all, the book documents the memories of 84 current and former residents, along with invaluable photographs. “It was amazing – the passion of past residents to have their stories published,” said Jackson. “(Hayes) was the one who opened the floodgates for all these memories.” Another former resident, Peter Jenkins, also took it upon himself to contact former neighbours and record their memories. Current resident Phil Goldring lent his writing skills to the project, while Bob

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The chief organizers of the publication of the book River, Road and Rail - Woodroffe Memories, are seen donating $2,200 from sales to the Olde Forge Community Resource Centre on Dec. 3. From left, Wayne Jackson, Katherine Day, and Dave Grosvenor. Grainger, who had previously written a historical book about Westboro, lent his publishing experience. Besides the many contributors, other community members helped in the promotion of the book, including the owners of the Carlingwood Shopping Centre, who hosted a book launch.

When city heritage funding for the project ran out, members of the community association’s executive donated money to see it finished. The collaborative effort paid off when the book was published, not just in the healthy sales, but also in the closure brought to many who felt their stories were told, in-

cluding that of the historical expropriation. “It will be good for the future,” said Day, who said she lives within 50 metres of where original settler Ira Honeywell and his wife made their home in 1809. “In my opinion, that fact isn’t given enough recognition from the city.” R0032403695

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ntensification is still the buzz word for development in Ottawa, so we should all get used to it. The city recently approved a swath of plans that will guide the cityâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s growth and development over the next two decades. Council gave the thumbs up to five master plans, including the Official Plan, the infrastructure master plan and the transportation master plan. The city said it will encourage intensification, not exactly a new concept, but one that usually sparks heated debate when development applications are discussed at community associations and at planning committee. Yet for some reason, it sometimes comes as a shock to residents when a developer takes the city at its word and proposes to build a high-rise or mid-rise in an established community. But itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s not willy-nilly development.The official plan encourages intensification in specific areas of the city, namely rural areas, villages, mixed-use centres and public transit stations. The plan requires development to fit the character of the community. Keep in mind, a developer can always apply to build a large building in an area the city may not prefer. All it requires is a little rezoning â&#x20AC;&#x201C; and if the city objects, it risks fighting an appeal before the Ontario Municipal Board, and Ottawa hasnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t exactly racked

up a stellar record fighting those appeals, especially when the development requests are supported by the cityâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s own staff. We can only hope this type of unwanted development requests are few and far between, as the official plan offers preferred areas of the city for intensification. Residents should check out the planned extensions to the Transitway, as well as the future routes of the light-rail transit system, which will be built over the coming decades. Those plans will give a good indication what areas developers are targeting for intensification. The cityâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Official Plan aims to promote smart growth, for instance, by discouraging urban sprawl, a costly phenomenon for taxpayers, as it requires providing roads, water pipes, storm water management and other services to previously undeveloped areas. Smart growth means encouraging public transit and reducing the number of motorists clogging our roads. The cityâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s master plans for growth offer solace for residents by giving them the relative certainty of where development can occur, and what type of development, with rules governing the heights and designs of buildings. To avoid unwelcome shocks, residents may want to check out the plans, specifically in areas near where they live.

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ast time we looked, the cinemas at the World Exchange Plaza were doomed. No one was happy about that, apparently not even the people who were doing the dooming. But, as the current motto of the hopeless goes, it is what it is. The movie theatres at World Exchange are nice and, more important, nicely located. They have developed a bit of a niche following by blending in artier fare with the usual mainstream stuff. But one movie company decided to vacate the premises when its lease expires, and while another movie company has taken over the lease, there are no guarantees that it will continue to show movies in 2014. Meanwhile, the owners of the building are thinking about converting the theatres to office space. Yes, office space with sloping floors. But it is what it is. Ottawa city council has expressed concern, with various councillors asking city staff to explore all options, and noting rather pointedly that the city has been helpful to the World Exchange people in the past. It sure would be nice if someone with a sense of social responsibility and civic pride â&#x20AC;&#x201D; perhaps even the current owners

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not also true that one of the aims of our city government has been to encourage population growth in the centre, getting people to move downtown in a bid to make the city more liveable, less dependent on the automobile? It canâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t help this goal if the people who move downtown then have to get into their cars and drive for half an hour if they want to see a movie. (That is, a mainstream movie, because the Bytowne, on Rideau Street, does a good job of serving those whose taste in films leans to the less commercial.) And itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s not much in the way of consolation that a cinema is maybe going to open at the new Lansdowne development. Thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s more than walking distance for many downtown people. So they will drive their cars to Lansdowne, giving the Glebe just what it needs: more cars. The situation is so dire that people have even begun to use what I call the G8 argument, to wit: â&#x20AC;&#x153;What a disgrace that in the capital of a G8 nation you canâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t even find a movie theatre in the downtown!â&#x20AC;? And you know, that is a persuasive argument. But what can anybody do about it? Business will do what business will do, like it or not. City council can plead, citizens can mutter. But no one can force a cinema to stay

open. It is what it is. This is probably the kind of thing Justin Trudeau was getting at when he made his much ridiculed comments about his â&#x20AC;&#x153;level of admirationâ&#x20AC;? for the Chinese government and that fact that a dictatorship can do things in a hurry. Thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s something in that. If we had the Chinese government here and the Chinese government wanted there to be a movie theatre in downtown Ottawa, there would be one and we could all enjoy attending it. Of course, weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;d also have the Chinese government.

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During the holidays, remember food insecurity affects us all

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ccording to an annual Bank of Montreal survey, the average Canadian will spend $1,810 on the holidays, including travel, gifts and food. That’s an increase of 12 per cent from the average $1,610 we spent last year. At the same time some of us are spending more than a mortgage payment to get through the holidays, however, more than 800,000 people will be heading to their local food banks to try to scrounge together enough to eat this month. The number of people reliant on food banks has increased by 23 per cent since the recession hit in 2008, according to Hungercount, the annual report published by Food Banks Canada. The authors cite a number of reasons for the increase, including loss of blue-collar jobs, lack of support for affordable housing, a cap of $626 per month for a single person on welfare and our increased reliance on lowpaying, temporary jobs in the service sector. The stats are also skewed in particular demographics – 11 per cent of food bank users are Aboriginal; 11 per cent are recent immigrants; and 25 per cent are singleparent families. More than one-third (36 per cent) of the 833,098 monthly food bank users in Canada are children. It’s not surprising that approximately two million people in Canada self-report

BRYNNA LESLIE Capital Muse food insecurity, according to a report by the Conference Board of Canada’s Centre for Food in Canada (CFIC). One thing that makes food security such a slippery fish for policy-makers is the multi-faceted root causes. “The greatest socio-economic indicator of food insecurity in Canada ... is household income,” the report says. Food insecurity is not only influenced by a household’s ability to pay for food, but is also affected by a lack of “physical access to adequate food resources,” lack of understanding about nutrition (food literacy) and the inability to access culturallyappropriate food, write the authors of Enough for All: Household Food Security in Canada, published by CFIC in August. Food insecurity, the authors write, “can lead to serious health implications.” And the impact of malnutrition affects more than just physical health, but also mental health and well-being, and our economic health. “Adults living in foodinsecure households with lower nutrient intakes are more inclined to suffer

from poor health and develop more chronic diseases and mental health disorders,” write the authors. “Food insecurity can lead to negative psychosocial outcomes in children, while teenagers are at risk of suffering from depression, social anxiety, and suicide.” In other words, food insecurity affects all of us, regardless of whether we are directly impacted or not. Although food security strategies exist at national, provincial, municipal and community levels, more needs to be done. Fortunately, the CFIC is working with government, business, academics and community leaders to develop a blueprint for a national food security policy. They anticipate the release of The Canadian Food Strategy in March, which is expected to offer some comprehensive ideas for governments, industry and communities. It will include implementing a national school nutrition program, supporting collaboration among stakeholders to increase access to food; increasing support for those who are isolated; incentives for volunteerism

at any level. Food Banks Canada estimates there will be more than 14 million individual visits to food banks in 2013, by the time the numbers are tabulated. Food banks were only ever intended to offer a temporary solution to those hit by recession in the early 1980s. That food banks have grown and poverty continues to increase at the wealthiest time in our history suggests a disturbing dichotomy. Until

in food security initiatives; better education to help people become more food literate; better public transit affordability and support for low-income households; partnerships with agricultural to keep food security at the forefront; investing in strategies to help those in poverty and continuous tracking to figure out what works best. One thing is certain, however, there really is no room for complacency around poverty issues from anyone

we have a more comprehensive strategy in place, however, food banks remain a necessary Band-Aid. So when you’re heading to the mall this week to find that perfect gift for a loved one, think about swinging by your local food bank to offer them even a percentage point of the almost $2,000 the big banks estimate you’ll spend this Christmas. Long term, it may be the biggest economic difference you can make.

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Fixing Airport Parkway bridge to cost $4.65M City to sue contractor over botched bridge design Laura Mueller

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News - It will cost the city $4.65 million to fix and build the botched footbridge over the Airport Parkway. After finding out the bridge could have collapsed if one of the guidelines supporting it snapped, the city’s finance committee approved the money needed to finish the project by November of 2014. But the city hopes to recover the money by suing the bridge’s designer, a firm called Genivar, and others involved with the project. The lawsuit would cover past, present and future damages resulting from delays and design changes. “I am relieved that nobody was hurt because of this,” said River Coun. Maria McRae, whose ward is home to the bridge. “But by the same token, that provides little comfort to people who have to look at that partially-built structure going to and from the airport and certainly the residents who are denied access to having that infrastructure.” The pipe stays proposed by the original designer, Genivar, are “fatigue-prone” and “the failure of one of them would almost certainly result in the collapse of the bridge,” according to an independent review conducted by another engineering firm, Delcan.

Delcan is taking over the project and redesigning the bridge while using the existing structures. It will look the same but use a different steel-deck cabled bridge with a deck, frame and handrails all made from steel. “We are very confident that they have the expertise to do so,” Deputy city manager Nancy Schepers said. They have put their top team on this project.” The company came second in the original bridge-design tendering process, and McRae wondered if the bridge would be built today if the city had chosen Delcan originally. Genivar was originally awarded the design contract in August of 2010 and the bridge was to be completed by October of 2011. In November of that year, it was discovered that the support tower was built with poor-quality concrete and it was subsequently taken down. Issues persisted, leading the city to hire an independent firm to assess the bridge. “The good news is that we had a staff member in place who actually caught that and ordered the third-part review before anything bad happened,” McRae said. That staffer was Carina Duclos, a special projects manager with infrastructure services, McRae said. Shortly afterwards, in Oc-

tober of this year, the city fired Genivar from the project. The city has put a two-year ban on awarding contracts to Genivar, said city solicitor Rick O’Connor, and current project Genivar is working on in Ottawa have been reviewed. That ban will be reconsidered for extension before it expires, O’Connor said, adding that it is not possible to enact a lifetime ban. A firm called SEG will conduct a third-party independent review of the project with a view towards strengthening the processes the city uses to award infrastructure contracts. The city has already put in place someone with a PhD in structural engineering to review all structural projects designs moving forward. Schepers said she is putting a two-step process into place to look at all bridge designs. If council needs to change the procedure it uses to review and award contracts for structures like the bridge, those changes will be made, McRae said. “My question is going to be to the third-party reviewer, should we change the bid process that we’re looking at,” McRae said. Mayor Jim Watson declined to take questions after the meeting and scheduled a press conference later in the day.

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City error creates confusion downtown No plowing signs quickly taken down Michelle Nash

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News - Despite signs stating otherwise, narrow sidewalks in the city will get plowed. Signs that appeared on Carillon Street in Vanier days after the first major snowfall had some area residents questioning the city’s intent to plow residential sidewalks over the winter. New this year, signs stating “No sidewalk plows beyond this point” were put on both sides of telephone poles on certain, narrow sidewalks in Vanier. The concern was brought to Rideau-Vanier Coun. Mathieu Fleury’s attention, who quickly looked into the matter. He was told by the public works department that the signs were placed to tell city snow removal staff that plows were unable to navigate the sidewalks without causing damage and would instead be shoveled by hand. However, according to a tweet from deputy city manager Steve Kanellakos on Dec. 2, the signs, which also popped up in other locations including Kent Street in Centretown, were put up in error and will all be taken down. As for hand shovelling these areas, according to roads and traffic operations manager Kevin Wylie, the city would only hand shovel areas under extraordinary circumstances. R0012446280

An example would be Nicholas Street near Laurier Avenue, where construction restricts the city’s ability to plow the area. Carillon Street, and others like it, will have sidewalk snow removal, Fleury confirmed. “The streets will receive snow plowing and snow removal according to the city’s priority list,” he said. Fleury’s office said the signs were created for one particular address, 199 Queen St., where a parking garage makes it impossible for the city’s sidewalk plows to manoeuvre in the area. “I know that in Vanier, with telephone poles on the sidewalk, there are a lot of tight areas,” Fleury said. “We get complaints every year.” About 15 signs were posted in the city’s core and regardless of the reasoning behind their placement, by Dec. 4 almost all the signs were history, with only two remaining at the Queen Street address. Fleury said he does not blame anyone - residents for voicing concerns, or city staff for putting the signs up in the first place. As far as snow removal for residential streets, after a snowfall of five centimeters or more, area residents can expect snow plowing as early as 16 hours after the snow has stopped falling. Fleury reminds residents to contact his office if there is a delay beyond that time.

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Hydro Ottawa is teaming up with Trees Ontario, a non-profit organization committed to re-greening the province, to plant a tree for every new E-Billing customer enrolled during September through December. Incorporated in 1994, Trees Ontario provides financial and practical assistance to Ontario landowners who plant trees on their rural and urban properties. The organization works with more than 80 planting agencies to deliver its programs and raise awareness of the importance of forests, and is financially supported by corporations, small businesses, individuals and the government. Before Trees Ontario was established, the provincial government provided its own treeplanting program, planting 20 to 30 million trees each year throughout the 1980s, says Robert Keen, registered professional forester and CEO at Trees Ontario. “But then the government re-prioritized things, and the number of new trees each year dramatically dropped to less than two million,” he says. “They basically stopped providing that type of service.”

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Signs like this one were seen on residential streets in Vanier over the Dec. 1 weekend. The city states the signs were placed in error, and residential streets will continue to be plowed.

This sudden reduction in trees has taken a toll on the province’s natural ecosystem, says Al Corlett, registered professional forester and program manager at Trees Ontario. “In many areas of the province, forest cover is now as low as five per cent,” he says. “For a healthy ecosystem, we need to have at least 30 per cent forest cover. We have a long way to go.” Corlett says Trees Ontario was created to address this situation, and he’s proud of what they’ve accomplished. But he’s still very concerned about the sustainability of provincial forests. “Unless we consistently build up that natural environment, it’ll be very hard for the existing forests to survive,” he says. “I want to make sure Ontario is a good place for my children and grandchildren to grow up in.” To combat the dwindling forest cover, Trees Ontario has planted over 18 million trees since 2004. This year alone, it has planted almost 3 million trees. Studies suggest one billions trees need to be planted across the province in order to restore forest cover to at least 30 per cent. In the longrun, the organization strives to reach that goal. One billion trees is a lofty goal, but not impossible, Keen says. “It will take time, but we can enhance our collective impact by working more closely together,” he says. “Whether you are providing land to plant trees on, or providing funding to support tree planting, everyone can contribute to ensuring we have a healthy, natural environment for our future.”

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Flavours of Ottawa, once a Westboro-only event, has expanded this year, and will be setting up shop in New Edinburgh at St. Bartholomew’s Church on Mackay Street on Dec. 21.

It was a major step in his career, and a milestone moment for his soccer club. And at the moment where he found out that he’d become the first Ottawa South United athlete to represent Canada internationally via a text message from his dad, OSU Force Academy player Vana Markarian couldn’t believe it. “I was more shocked than excited,” recounts the Grade 11 student who received the news during his lunch break at St. Francis Xavier Catholic High School. “It was kind of unreal telling my friends, and they were more happy than I was. “I was just scared, to be honest. I mean, Team Canada – it’s a big thing. Out of the whole nation, I get to play with the best of the best and be alongside them representing my country. It’s an honour.” Markarian will leave Dec. 5 for Germany, where he’ll join the Canadian under-16 national team group already on tour en route to Qatar for a week. They’ll train a few days, then play matches against the Qatar youth national side as well as Qatari and German professional academy teams. “It’s exciting,” the OSU midfielder highlights. “I just want to have a successful week. I’d like to have a good showing and cement my place there – give the coaches and people something to think about.” The chance to play for Canada began with OSU referring Markarian to Team Ontario. He caught the eye of a Vancouver Whitecaps scout while winning gold with Ontario at the national all-star championships in July, and then went on to make history as his OSU U16 boys’ squad captured Ottawa’s first-ever Ontario Youth Soccer League championship. “I have to give credit to all my teammates, because without them, I wouldn’t be where I am right now,” says the OSU player since age 9, whose family moved from Iran when he was 2. “They’ve helped me grow. I’ve been with the same people – brothers – for the past eight years almost. They’ve had a huge role in what I’ve become, constantly pressuring me, and helping me become not only a better soccer player, but a better person.” In mid-November, Markarian went to Vancouver for a trial with the Major League Soccer club’s youth academy program. He performed well against the U16 group in his first two days there and was moved up to the U18 squad, featuring six players who’d just returned from Dubai and the U17 World Cup. “The quality was just unbelievable there,” notes Markarian, who was joined by OSU teammate Dante Cobisa for the trials. “I was really happy to have Dante there. Going into an environment where you’re basically competing for their spots on the team, it’s not easy. They clearly don’t want you there, so it’s nice having someone I knew there with me.” The Whitecaps forwarded Markarian’s name to the national team, which then led to the opportunity to join them overseas. Along with a good formal evaluation from the Whitecaps, the referral was a good omen that an invitation to join Vancouver’s academy may not be too far behind. “I don’t know what path I’m going to take – university, MLS professional – it’s a big, big question for me,” Markarian adds. “One of the most exciting parts of this is I have no idea where I’m going to land with it yet.” One thing that’s certain is that Markarian has achieved another historic feat in a season that’s already featured many for OSU, including former Markarian’s former teammate Kris Twardek of Millwall FC’s academy making his international debut for Czech Republic. “Ever since Day 1 when we started Ottawa South United over 10 years ago, we dreamed of having a player of ours wear Canadian colours,” signals OSU President Bill Michalopulos. “We hope and expect that Vana will be the first of many OSU players to don the maple leaf now that he’s broken the ice. Congratulations to Vana, and all those involved in his development, for putting in so much hard work and reaching this incredible level.”

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News - Things are about to get tasty in New Edinburgh as a holiday food show gets ready to come to town. During a successful debut last year, Flavours of Ottawa: Westboro Holiday Food Market offered patrons the opportunity to purchase locallyproduced gourmet food items and holiday treats. According to one of the show organizers, Nicola Maule, it was such a success the group decided to take the event east. “It will not just be a show full of chocolate and treats, there will be lots of good things,” Maule said. “It’s a one-stop-shop for all your holiday entertaining and gift-giving needs.” There will be 20 local artisans selling their wares at both shows. Flavours of Ottawa: Westboro Holiday Food Market will take place on

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News - A Metcalfe family is hoping to warm hearts as well as hands this winter. The second annual Nunavut Snowsuit Fund is being organized by Patti-Anne Scrivens and her 22-year-old son Christopher to collect new and gently used winter clothing for needy residents in Nunavut. While working as a pilot in the north several years ago, Christopher discovered that many residents in Northern Canada don’t have adequate winter clothing – despite average January temperatures dropping to about -35 C. His mother helped him set up the snowsuit drive last year with the help of Greely Foodland, and they sent more than 1,000 pieces of winter clothing to northern towns courtesy of Canadian North Airlines. “Not too many 22-yearolds think about giving back and making an effort to help fellow Canadians the way Christopher is,” Scrivens said. “We are so proud of him.” Scrivens said goods are

so expensive in Nunavut that families are often forced to choose between buying food or winter boots – something this campaign aims to change. “Instead of spending their money on a snowsuit they can spend it on food,” she said. Scrivens is asking for donations of new or gently used snow pants and jackets, winter boots, hats and mitts for all ages. She asked residents to take a close look at their clothing before they donate it. “Last year some people gave jackets without zippers,” she said. “I can’t ship that up. It should be used but clean. That’s someone else’s child wearing that.” Canadian North Airlines has once again agreed to ship the items to Nunavut over the Christmas holidays, where they will be distributed to a number of smaller villages across the territory. Greely Foodland offered donation bins over the Dec. 7 weekend, but Larga Baffin Inuit services agency in the city’s west end will collect

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News - The city launched a one-stop guide to seniors’ services during an information session at the Nepean Sportsplex on Dec. 5. It was the fourth information session on services for older adults hosted by the city in 2013, said chair of the city’s community and protective services committee Coun. Mark Taylor. “There’s an aging population in Ottawa, so there’s a never ending stream of folks becoming seniors,” he said. “It’s easier for us to bring the information out to the community.” The guide for seniors, which is entitled Guide to Services and Programs for Older Adults, is a listing of city services of interest to older adults. It’s available in print or

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the things that came out of the seniors’ summit held a little more than a year ago. He added it’s important to for the city to gear its services to an aging population. “When I was mayor in the ’90s, I would go to two or three 100th-birthday celebrations a year,” he said.

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Arts - An Ottawa photographer is looking at Muslim stereotypes through a new lens. Asif Rehman is on his fourth installment of photographs that break down what the public sees as the traditional and iconic Muslim. The show entitled Muslim?! #4, will run at the Centrepointe Theatre Gallery until Jan. 8. Rehman said the inspiration for the first of the series of four collections came with some of the racism surrounding the terrorist events of September 11, 2001. “There are a lot of misconceptions out there about the Muslim religion,” Rehman said. “I believed we are all connected by humanity and I want-

ed to use my photographs to build a bridge.” The end result caught Rehman by surprise. The photo exhibits all look at Canadian Muslims, showcasing the many subsets and cultures under the umbrella of one religion. “Originally I had intended to show non-Muslims how incorrect some of those stereotypes are,” he said. “But it ended up being an eyeopener to Muslims themselves as well. The community is very diverse and they ended up having just as much to learn.” From Ottawa Centre MPP Yasir Naqvi to boxer and PhD candidate Mombasa, Rehman uses environmental portraits to show off the personality of his subjects – a personality that isn’t solely defined by their re-

Mombasa, a boxer and PhD candidate, is another subject in Asif Rehman’s exhibit entitled Muslim?! #4, which is at the Centrepointe Theatre Gallery until Jan. 8. ligion. Rehman is a second-generation Canadian Muslim and he said the power of an image bridges time and distance, and can challenge the viewer’s preconceptions, allowing them to empathize with the subject. Muslims?! #4 showcases more than two dozen original

works. Rehman said it isn’t likely to be his last exhibit on the subject. “I have really learned a lot along the way and plan to keep evolving in my work,” he said. For more information about Rehman and his upcoming work, visit www.asifrehman. com.

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association’s newsletter. In a neighbourhood like Overbrook, which is constantly changing, Prowse said she believes heritage needs to be recognized and cherished before it’s all gone. Prowse has been collecting as much information as she can about heritage homes and spots in the neighbourhood, and along the way, the idea to create the holiday cards came up. “Several photos were found and we wanted to share them,” she said. So far Prowse has created three cards: • The Ottawa - a freight locomotive, which ran through Overbrook, where the Vanier Parkway is today. According to the heritage committee, it was in use from 1854 to 1880. R0012422721

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Community – What began as an assignment for her students ended up culminating into a lifelong dream come true for one local teacher. Andrea Weckworth, a grade 4/5 teacher at Steve MacLean Public School in Riverside South, recently had published a picture book which takes the reader on a journey to a summer cottage she once used to visit with her family. Many years ago, Weckworth decided to start a writing project alongside her students. Little did she know her own project, titled Aunt Rosa’s Cottage, would become a guide for her students writing their own memoirs a few years ago, she said. The Greely resident said her writing project started when she was a teacher in Vancouver. A fellow colleague taught her the importance of getting her creative thoughts down

on paper. In turn, she taught her students about the importance of keeping a writer’s notebook. “We ended up brainstorming ideas together for our own memoirs,” she said of the project. “Along the way, the students have seen bits and pieces of it come together.” The project serves as a way for students to learn about the world of personal narrative, she said, or storytelling in the first person. The project became a good teaching mechanism over the years for her students, she said. “The real fun part of it is the writing and learning part,” she said. “You can really start to see their curiosity develop during the process.” Weckworth began writing her own book a few years ago when she was on maternity leave. It was at that point when she realized she wanted to savour her own childhood memories and find a way to publish the book. “It stems back from my

childhood,” she said. “It’s a story that people can relate to.” She kept the text as generic as possible, and kept it geared towards students in young grades. The book tells the story of her family’s trips to a cottage in the Kitchener-Waterloo area Weckworth used to take with her parents and brother when she was a child. The story takes the reader on a typical journey from the car ride, to the candy store, to the beach, and depicts each part of the story with pencil drawings. “It has a sort-of vintage feel to it,” said Weckworth, adding she had particular ideas for each illustration. Watching her students connect with her story and illustrations has been nothing short of rewarding, she said. “It’s really nice to hear feedback from them,” she said. Finding a publisher was a journey in itself. “The writing part was the easy part,” Weckworth said.

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Andrea Weckworth holds up her book, Aunt Rosa’s Cottage, which served as a platform for students to learn how to create their own memoirs. “Finding a publisher was harder than I thought. There was a lot of waiting involved. There are very few that publish picture books.” Perhaps the best part of the whole writing and publishing

development was sharing her book’s writing process, from start to finish, with the students. “It’s really nice to be able to share this with them and help them with their own sto-

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Mission food training program celebrates 10 years Michelle Nash michelle.nash@metroland.com

News - Four recent graduates will be starting down a new career path thanks to the Ottawa Mission’s food training program. The four men started from scratch five months ago learning the ins and outs of being a chef from the mission’s head chef, Ric Watson, and his kitchen staff. The graduates all came from different stages and walks in life, but entered the kitchen with one thing in common -- the desire to cook. “What you have done for us is amazing,” said graduate Mike Massey. “This was a life-changing experience for me and all the other students. Thank you from the bottom of our hearts.” The Barrhaven native said he has been cooking for 17 years, but never formally, and when he found out about the mission’s program from an employment councillor, he said it was the ideal solution for him. Watson announced that Massey, like his three classmates, all have permanent employment thanks to the program. “I feel very proud for getting my certificate today,” Massey said. Massey, Amrit Vashisht, José Izquierdo and Ben Hutterer received their certificates at a graduation ceremony at the mission on Dec. 5. The program started 10 years ago, based on Watson’s desire to teach others his love for cooking. “Someone gave me the opportunity to learn,” Watson said. “When I came here, I saw that something like

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Chefs Ben Hutterer, Amrit Vashisht and Mike Massey celebrate receiving their Food Services Training certificate from the Ottawa Mission on Dec. 5. this program was lacking and that we could help people learn.” The program went from Watson’s pipe dream to a program which partners with St. Lawrence College. The training program offers students the ability to learn how to cook, courses in Workplace Hazardous Materials Information System, health and safety, the city’s food

handler’s certification, standard First Aid and CPR. There are two sessions each year, in the summer and winter. Students are required to attend three hour shifts from Monday to Friday to learn theoretical and practical training. Graduates have gone on to work in restaurants across the city, or have continued their training at Algonquin

College. Many Ottawa Mission staff attended the graduation, including the kitchen staff, client services staff and family and friends. “I can’t say enough about this program,” Watson said. “This program works. I know it’s hard, but it works.” Massey and his classmates

Wine, food event to make a difference for vulnerable women News – An inaugural wine and food event in Manotick aims to support vulnerable women in the Ottawa area. The Women’s Integration Network will host its Let There Be Light event at the Main Street Cellar downtown Manotick on Sunday, Dec. 15. The afternoon event beginning at 1 p.m. will offer owner Kim Burns’ culinary creations paired with wine from the women-run Grange of Prince Edward winery. “It will be a chance for everyone to hang out and have a party, that’s the atmosphere we’re going for,” said Tara Dentry, one of the organizers and a founding member of WIN. The organization is still in its infancy; it was founded last year as a support network for women who have experienced hardship, either

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News - Closing underused city service centres would save a lot of money, but councillors said that option is unacceptable. West Carleton-March Coun. Eli El-Chantiry said centres that provide city services are an important issue for councillors – especially those who represent rural areas. “They are also places where city staff can work remotely,” he added. The city needs to consider the intangible benefits of providing easy access to the centres because it encourages people to follow the rules and obtain necessary permits for things like fires, El-Chantiry said. The city employs the equivalent of 40 full-time employees to staff the centres with a budget of $3.2 million. Axing 13 of those employees and closing the centres they work at could save the city $824,000 a year, auditor general Alain Lalonde’s 2012 report found. “This is because the resources are not being fully utilized,” said Ray Kostuch, the deputy auditor general. But city manager Kent Kirkpatrick said city management has no intent of closing centres at this point. The rural centres – especially Kinburn – would be first on the chopping block. They already operate on limited hours – usually only once a week. It’s fairly common for rural resi-

dents to use service centres in the urban area, where they work, Kostuch said. Donna Gray, manager of Service Ottawa, reiterated that she is not looking at closing rural service centres. The centres provide essential tax and other city services “for our residents who don’t have internet access and people who don’t have access in other ways,” she said. Rather, Kirkpatrick said the city will look at how the staff time and service capacity at the centres could bet better used. The city will also be looking at ensuring the service centres are located where they provide the most convenience and have the best chance of being used by residents. Twenty-three per cent of transactions performed at the centres are payments of water and tax bills, which could be automated instead of requiring staff to process the payments, Kostuch said. The city is in the process of putting more services online as part of the Service Ottawa initiative. Daily average transactions at city service centres were: • Laurier (Centretown): 31 • Orléans: 22 • North Gower: 22 • Metcalfe: 21 • Ben Franklin Place (Nepean): 20 • Kanata: 14 • Kinburn: 11 • Overall average: 26

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Comedienne set to perform one-woman show in Bells Corners Jennifer McIntosh jennifer.mcintosh@metroland.com

differently on stage to represent the different characters. “It’s easy to tell the difference between me and Lina,” she said. The show was performed at the Gladstone Theatre and will be a preview to the piece Kindl plans to perform at the Ottawa Fringe Festival in June. 2 Women in a 1 Woman Show is set to hit the creative arts centre in Bells Corners on Jan. 31 at 8 p.m. Tickets are available at the door for $10. Seniors, students and single parents only pay $5. For more information, contact Silvia Kindl at 613-883-1480.

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News - Sylvia Kindl is set to take the stage at the Nepean Centre for the Creative Arts on Jan. 31. Her show, entitled 2 Women in a 1 Woman Show, is about her transformation from the mild-mannered, diplomat to her brash, confident and sassy alter ego Lina Vilskid. Kindl developed her second persona when she moved from Montreal to Ottawa in 2007. The move was more of a culture shock then she was prepared for and she turned to the stage

to conquer her fears. “I started doing stand up when I came to Ottawa to survive the culture shock and Lina kind of grew out of that,” Kindl said. Kindl likens her alter ego to the Jung theory of the dark shadow or counterpart to our more socialized self. While Lina takes over and helps Kindl to deal with some of the more difficult aspects of moving, Kindl uses her to tell the story of her – an Italian born, bilingual ex-Montrealer who learns to love the nation’s capital. The performance is three acts over an hour. Kindl said she positions herself

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Running on Empties – Drop Off Some Empties, Help Families in Need The 26th Annual Running on Empties, a major fundraiser for the Christmas Exchange Program, is taking place this Saturday, December 14, 2013 from 9:30AM to 5:00PM. Volunteers are stationed outside each Ottawa area Beer Store collecting donated empties. Money raised provides food hampers and gift vouchers to families and individuals in need at Christmas. I will be participating at the Bank Street Beer Store, slightly south of Walkley Road. Last year, with every Ottawa Beer Store participating and with the support of Dymon Self Storage and many volunteers, over $25,000 was raised. Thank you for taking the time to drop off your empties.

Christmas Cheer Breakfast – Thank You I had the honour of serving at the 23rd Annual Christmas Cheer Breakfast last Friday. Thanks to the generosity of participants and event sponsors such as the Westin Ottawa, CFRA and CTV, more than $93,000 was raised!

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With the holiday season underway, the Southway Hotel got into the spirit of the season on Dec. 4 with its annual tree lighting ceremony. The hotel’s general manger, Stephen Zlepnig, continues this tradition year after year, which was passed down from his grandparents, who built the hotel back in 1958. Gloucester-Southgate Coun. Diane Deans and Mayor Jim Watson officially flicked the switch to turn on all of the colourful 150,000 LED lights. The Ottawa Food Bank accepted non-perishable food donations, while the St. Mark High School band performed some Christmas classics.

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News - The first thing many peoOttawa City Councillor — Bay Ward ple notice as they walk through the Dear Neighbours, doors of the new Richcraft RecreIf your family is like mine you are busy preparing for the upcoming holiday seaation Complex Kanata is a large, son. It’s that special time of year to make new memories and spend cherished eight-lane pool surrounded by wintime with our family and friends. During the holidays we are reminded that dows and filled with light. there are others in our community who may not be as fortunate as we are and Sisters Alexandria and Norah who may need assistance to make the holidays special for their families. Beer, of Kanata, said they are lookHelp Santa Toy Parade: ing forward to testing out the new As I rode on the City of Ottawa’s float in the Help Santa Toy Parade I was amazed to see the generosity and outpouring of support for others in our comfacility. munity. Watching the spectators both young and old make their donations “Going in the swimming pool and of toys and money was wonderful. The toys and money are donated to Toy going outside to the park,” are sevenMountain and the Salvation Army and assist approximately 16,000 children year-old Alexandria’s two main prieach year in our City. orities, she said. Youth/Young Adult Volunteer Fair: Not to be outdone, five-year-old I was pleased to host a Youth/Young Adult Volunteer Fair at the Foster Farm Community Centre. The evening was designed to give our young people the Norah said, “I’ll use everything!” as opportunity to see what is available to them in our City and to demonstrate she looked around the 8,360-squareways in which they can give back. In total we had 15 different community orgametre building. nizations and over 80 young people attended. There was a variety of different The two sisters helped load up the organizations participating; Suzart productions were on hand to talk theatre, vault with time capsules from the Ottawa Paramedic Service highlighted their MEDVent program and Volunteer Ottawa showcased opportunities all over our city. There were flyers and lots mayor and west-end councillors durof information available to take home. The evening was also a wonderful way ing the grand opening ceremony for Jessica Cunha/Metroland to learn where to gain extra experience, build a resume and open doors to the recreation complex on Dec. 5. Councillors Eli El-Chantiry and Marianne Wilkinson check out the future employment. Most importantly they were reminded that in volunteering Community fundraising, including eight-lane swimming pool in the Richcraft Recreation Complex you gain a sense of fulfillment and warmth which comes from giving back to the sale of the time capsules, helped Kanata, which held its grand opening ceremony on Dec. 5. your community. Open Houses/AGM Meetings: pay for an additional two lanes for My office hosted a number of Open Houses which focussed on proposed develthe pool, as well as a youth room and the requirements for Leadership in December, so people have time to try opments on Benjamin Avenue and at the Fairlawn Plaza. Even in cases where Energy and Environmental Design the facilities, classes and pool, said a larger skate park. these meetings are not required they give residents the opportunity to speak So far, the efforts have generated (LEED) GOLD certification, pro- Chantal Laporte, recreation portfolio with City planners and the developers themselves. Residents are able to ask $979,900 of the $1.2 million needed, moting energy efficiency and re- manager. questions and gain clarification on the development and the impact it may or “I think the community is very said Kanata North Coun. Marianne duced water use. may not have on their neighbourhood. In the past month I also attended a number of Community Association AGM’s which I always enjoy! It enables me to The state-of-the-art facility, lo- lucky to have such a gorgeous place,” Wilkinson, and fundraising is ongodirectly with residents and give them an update on their local community she said. “We couldn’t have done it cated at 4101 Innovation Dr., will ing. wherever you you make make memories memories to to treasure. treasure. wherever you make memories to treasure. speak wherever and the City in general. There is always time for Q & A’s as well. “A lot of people in the community have a soft opening for the month of without them.” Carlingwood Retirement Community: have been involved in getting this Have you been thinking about downsizing, maybe 2014 is the year to do it? The done,” she said, adding it’s great to Carlingwood Retirement Community located at 200 Lockhart Avenue will be see the finished product. “Sketches opening its doors in early 2014. There is an office set up on Lockhart beside the residence and suites are currently available for reservation. The new building aren’t the same as the real thing.” will offer residents a variety of amenities and is conveniently located near the After seven years of planning, Carlingwood Shopping Centre. 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challenge. “I am going to start visiting the stores, and I have heard there is a great community centre down the road,” she said. The home will be purchased by Kakekagumick, who is an OjibwaCree from Northern Ontario.

Community - Noise, public drunkenness, drug use and parking were some of the issues raised by Ryan Farm and Cityview residents during a meeting at Algonquin College on Dec. 4. The meeting was intended to be an information session about the college’s growth projects over the next three years, but it quickly devolved into a litany of complaints about the behavior of the school’s clientele. One man, who lives near the college’s soccer pitch, said he woke up to one young man dancing around in a kilt on his lawn at 3 a.m. “I turned the light on and that seemed to get rid of the kids,” he said. Doug Wotherspoon, who heads up the college’s advancement department, said he wasn’t aware student conduct was that large a concern for area residents. The college currently has 19,000 full-time students. Enrolment was up 5.7 per cent this year and the number is projected to grow by at least three per cent per year over the next three years.

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province by handing over the keys to a semi-detached Orléans home on Nantes Street to Ida Kakekagumick on Nov. 29. An information technology maintenance worker at the Miniswashin Lodge, Kakekagumick said receiving a home from Habitat felt like winning the lottery. “I’m still walking around in a

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That will see 21,400 students at all of the college’s campuses by the time Algonquin celebrates its 50th anniversary in 2017, said college president Kent MacDonald. “Around the world, they are realizing we need colleges just like Algonquin,” MacDonald said, alluding to the shortage of skilled trades workers. The larger student body means the college will require 10,800 square metres of extra space. That will mean an overhaul of the college’s “B” building – which faces Woodroffe Avenue with a link to college’s new centre for construction excellence. It will also mean a new tower for nearby “A” building and an expansion of the current varsity gym, said Phil Rouble, director of planning, facilities and sustainability for Algonquin. The concepts for the expansions will be outlined in 2014, with construction sometime in 2017 – subject to funding and

approval from the college’s board of governors. The college mandates that all of the programs have at least 20 per cent of the course material be online to reduce the demand for new brickand-mortar classroom space. But area residents wanted some assurance from the college that it would control the growing student population. “We are hearing a lot about what you are going to do for your students, but what are you going to do to make sure our community stays familyoriented?” Joanne Batchelor asked Wotherspoon and MacDonald. Batchelor also cited landlords turning single-family homes into rooming houses for students as a problem in the community. It’s a problem College Coun. Rick Chiarelli is trying to deal with through a bylaw that would enforce a onetenant-per room rule to all properties in the residential area around the college and a demerit-point system for nui-

sance and property standard complaints. Rooming houses around the college are only allowed on Woodroffe Avenue, Meadowlands Drive and Baseline Road, but homeowners on some residential streets have taken to modifying their homes and renting out as many as five rooms, Chiarelli said. “Part of what we are doing is looking to enforce the law that’s already in place,” he said. Dean Pallen, who is part of an Action Sandy Hill initiative to work out issues surrounding student housing in the neighbourhoods near the University of Ottawa, came to connect with residents and start a conversation about a city-wide plan. “The things I am hearing tonight are the same things I hear in South Keys, Greenboro and Old Ottawa East,” Pallen said. “Residents in Sandy Hill are very supportive of Councillor Chiarelli’s plan.”

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It’s raining bears Ottawa 67’s forward Tyler Hill sweeps up some of the teddy bears littering the ice following a first-period goal by defenceman Troy Henley at the Canadian Tire Centre on Dec. 8. The 67’s took on the Barrie Colts for the annual Teddy Bear Toss game, where fans were encouraged to bring a new or gently used teddy bear to the game, to be thrown onto the ice following a home team goal. The bears were collected and donated to Ottawa charities.

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Volkswagen dealership proposal set for Dairy Drive Site to be severed to accommodate separate commercial buildings Michelle Nash

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News - A Volkswagen dealership and a new business park is planned for Trim Road and Dairy Drive. The development application has been submitted to the city, proposing to sever the land at 955 Dairy Dr. so it can accommodate a two-storey building for a Volkswagen dealership with sales, display and vehicle maintenance space on the west side of the property and to build a commercial office condominium, to be known as Trimterra Business Park on the east side. New of the development has been well-received by both Orléans Coun. Bob Monette, area community associations and the Orléans Chamber of Commerce. The proposal is in its early stages, but Monette said the development shows promise that Orléans is more than just an Ottawa suburb. “In the past, there was a

mindset that if there was going to be employment, it would stop at greenbelt, but I think the east-end councillors have changed that,” he said. “This shows people are locating in Orléans. It shows that Orléans is also a good place for business.” The councillor added this proposal is a good indication the Orléans community is not only a great place to live, but is soon becoming a great place to work. The proposal, prepared by Novatech Engineering, indicates nearly all of Laurin Group’s 25,016 square metres of property are to be included in the development. Access to the Volkswagen dealership is planned for both Trim Road and Dairy Drive. The dealership will consist of a 3,357-sq. metre, two-storey building. The outside parking lot will have space for 44 customer parking spaces, in addition to dedicated parking for demonstration vehicles, a vehicle service drop off and

a fenced vehicle storage yard for 150 cars. The commercial building will consist of five separate two-storey buildings, totalling 5,683.7 sq. metres of gross building area. There will be 127 parking spaces for the business park, with access for the site from Dairy Drive. The application states road modifications may be required. Cardinal Creek Community Association president Sean Crossan said his community was happy to hear the news. “It’s a great news story,” Crossan said. “I think it absolutely makes sense. It brings in more jobs to Orléans. We want to have a community where we can live, work and play, and this is the step in the right direction.” Crossan added that the development’s proximity to the Trim Road park-and-ride makes the proposal even more alluring to potential businesses. The full application proposal is available at ottawa. ca. Comments regarding the proposal must be provided by Dec. 23.

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News - They’ve been together less than a month, and already they’ve become the best of friends. Orleans resident Kevin Frost brought his new guide dog, Lewis, home on Nov. 29 after three weeks of intense training at the Canadian Guide Dogs for the Blind headquarters in Manotick. Frost is visually and hearing impaired. Until last December, he had a black lab guide dog named Nemo for nine years, but she had to be put down. Frost waited a full year before he could be paired with a new dog, but he said the wait was worth it. “I was one of the lucky ones with Lewis,” Frost said. “He’s a pretty special dog.” The 20-month old yellow Labrador retriever was settling into his new home, never going much farther from his partner than his dog bed across the living room. Occasionally the 72-pound dog would come and rest his large head on Frost’s lap. They’ve only been home for a few weeks, and already

Lewis has saved Frost’s life – on their very first walk out of his townhouse complex near Jean D’Arc Boulevard. Frost and Lewis came to the curb, and Frost gave the command to go – which Lewis didn’t obey. Frost wondered why, until he heard the distracted driver speed past. “When you give a forward command and they don’t go, you trust them,” Frost said. Frost had to return to using a cane while he waited to be matched with a new guide dog, and he said he immediately felt the difference. “I realized how much safer a guide dog is,” Frost said. A cane can’t tell you about lowhanging branches, speeding drivers or other unpredictable events, he said. Once, his dog Nemo even saved him from falling into an open manhole that had been left uncovered – something his cane might have missed. “Guide dogs aren’t perfect, but they’re pretty close,” he said. The 46-year-old is a world champion speed skater, and has set world records in long and short track events throughout his 10-year career.

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Young guide dog Lewis sits on his new owner, Kevin Frost, an Orleans resident who is visually and hearing impaired. Frost trained with his new guide dog at the Canadian Guide Dogs for the Blind headquarters in Manotick for three weeks before bringing Lewis home on Nov. 29. He plans to compete at a world event in Russia in April – his event isn’t sanctioned for the Paralympics in February

– and he is in the process of transitioning to cycling. He has been doing fitness tests with Para Team Canada and

hopes to compete in the Canadian Para Championships 2014 in the spring. Frost said that speed skat-

ing is still his passion, but his focus is shifting to getting more young people involved in the sport. Of course, he also continues to advocate for the sport to be sanctioned at the Paralympics. Currently not enough countries have national speed skating programs that would allow the sport to qualify. “I’ve accomplished what I wanted to, but getting the sport sanctioned would be a medal,” he said. Frost also wants to develop his foundation, the Impaired Speed Skating Association of Canada, which aims to help young impaired athletes get involved in speed skating. Part of that plan includes an improved outdoor oval at Brewer Park – either through refrigeration or a newly-built indoor facility. “We have so many heroes from Ottawa,” he said. While it may be an uphill battle to secure money for such a project, Frost said he doesn’t mind a challenge. “I’ve conquered a lot of things in my life,” he said. “If there’s a mountain in the way you just find another way around it.”

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The grandmother, who has legal guardianship of her three grandchildren, said she always wanted to have a home where her grandchildren could grow up without the worry of having to move from place to place anymore. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Never in a million years did I think that I would be standing here, getting a key to my new home,â&#x20AC;? she said. Her two grandsons attended the event, smiling as bright as their grandmother when Habitat executive George Hendry handed over the key to the home. This is the 42nd home Habitat has built in the Ottawa region over the past 20 years. Homes are built by volunteers with the help of company sponsorships and donations and sold to selected low-income working families, with an interest-free, long-term mortgage. Families are selected based on certain criteria: total family income is between $41,735 and $62,576; they must be Canadian citizens or permanent residents; they must be living somewhere that doesnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t meet the familyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s needs; they must have steady employment, but not able to afford or obtain a conventional mortgage; and they must be willing to contribute 500 hours of sweat equity to help build the home, participate in other Habitat projects and community activities. The Kakekagumick family managed to fulfil the â&#x20AC;&#x153;sweat equityâ&#x20AC;? hours by the children earning 50 hours for straight Aâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s in school, as well as Kakekagumick volunteered both time in Habitatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s retail store, Restore, every Saturday as well as helping with the construction of her own home. The celebration at the new home included an official ribbon cutting, speeches from Kakekagumick and Habitat as well as a barbecue donated by Enbridge, a sponsor for the

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Ida Kakekagumick accepts the key to her new home in OrlĂŠans on Nantes Street. size and scale of the proposed home. The Kakekagumick fam- development. â&#x20AC;&#x153;A lot of people felt it didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t ily also received a number of gifts from area residents, local fit in with the community,â&#x20AC;? schools and organizations and Moss said. The president of the assoHabitat. A gift from Kakekagu- ciation said the group worked mickâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s partner family offered with Habitat, holding informathe family both practical gifts tion sessions and consultations about the building plans, with and wisdom. â&#x20AC;˘ A loaf of bread, for the the end result being Habitat family to never have empty scaled back. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We wanted the homes to fit shelves â&#x20AC;˘ A candle, for light to al- into the neighbourhood, and ways shine on the Kakekagu- for the families to feel a part of the neighbourhood,â&#x20AC;? Moss mick family â&#x20AC;˘ Candy, so the home will said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The new designs reflect always know sweetness of life that.â&#x20AC;? The association volunteered â&#x20AC;˘ A flag to honour Canada â&#x20AC;˘ A welcome mat, to wel- time and help during the concome family and friends into struction of the new home. As a welcome gift, Moss the new home â&#x20AC;˘ A plant to symbolizes life handed the Kakekagumick â&#x20AC;˘ A telephone to share your family a gift basket full of joys and sorrows and hope for fresh fruit and another full of home necessities. future â&#x20AC;&#x153;We want to welcome you Kakekagumickâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s home is one of nine homes which with open arms to the neighwill be built on Nantes Street. bourhood,â&#x20AC;? Moss said to the Originally, when Habitat an- Kakekagumick family. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Anynounced it would be building thing that you guys need, we in the Avalon area, the organi- will be here for you.â&#x20AC;? zation had plans to build 11 stacked townhomes. FUTURE SHOP CORRECTION NOTICE Portobello South Com- NEWSPAPER RETRACTION FOR THE FUTURE munity Association SHOP DECEMBER 6 CORPORATE FLYER Please be president Pamela Moss advised that in the December 6 flyer, on page 19A, the said initial response Fitbit Force Wireless Activity And Sleep Wristband (Web Code: 10270645/44/47) is currently NOT available from area residents was for purchase. negative because of the We sincerely apologize for any inconvenience this may have caused our valued customers.

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Protesting hydro hikes A large crowd of protesters gathered outside Ontario Energy Minister Bob Chiarelliâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Carling Avenue constituency office on Dec. 7, angry over the massive hydro rate hikes announced by Chiarelli earlier in the week. The provinceâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Long Term Energy Plan calls for electricity bills to rise by 42 per cent within five years, on top of the already significant increases seen over the past few years. The protesters stated the hikes will affect the economy, with the hardest hit being elderly and low-income residents, as well as business owners.

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Artists invited to submit for OC Transpo competition fore the interview. “The public art program broadens public access to the local arts showcasing the excellence and diversity of Ottawa’s local arts sector,” said Zuger. “It keeps Ottawa’s artists here by offering professional opportunities in the culture sector. Public art has the ability to revitalize and enhance public places and spaces, enriching the lives of city residents and visitors.” The OC Transpo administrative building was built in the 1970s. Since then, it has undergone many renovations, including the addition of two

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Last week’s Mayor Watson’s monthly column stated an incorrect address for the Salvation Army’s annual Toy Mountain. Please visit http://www.toymountain.ca for the drop-off location near you.

The city is hoping the above words, as seen on the city’s website, will serve as a source of inspiration for the artists who are keen on proposing their own masterpiece for the facility. on a wall over 19 millimeters in thick plywood, with some space below from the floor. Proposals will be judged by a peer assessment committee consisting of artists with public art experience, the architect and OC Transpo

representatives. The committee will study each proposal according to the criteria and select five artists who will advance to the next round. Those artists shortlisted will have their original proposals and sketches on display

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new floors in the early 1980s, as well as other minor renovations. Renovation and redesign of the lobby includes replacing flooring, ceiling tiles, and walls, as well as new furnishings. An information meeting was to be held on Dec. 10 to provide potential applicants the opportunity to see what they could be working with. The artwork is slated to be installed in June of next year. More information can be found at http://ottawa.ca/en/ residents/arts-culture-andcommunity/arts-theatre-music/call-artists-oc-transpo-administrative

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e knew winter was finally closing in around us. The old log house was getting ready for the cold blasts, freezing days and nights, and mountains of snow. Soon the Twenty-Acre Field would be covered, and Father would have to break a track so that we could still get over to our neighbours Uncle Alec and Aunt Bertha Thom’s with the sleigh and our team of horses. Father had to wait for the first big dump of snow, and know that it was going to stay, before he got the outside of the house ready. It would take more than a day, but when he was finished packing snow around the foundation, I was sure the house was warmer. But Mother was convinced nothing could take the chill off the icy floors. Inside, she did all she could to prepare us for the long cold days ahead. Blanket-stitched felt slippers, handmade after Aunt Bertha instructed Mother on how to sew them, were at the ready. All the braided rugs had been taken from under the beds, and laid out all over the

MARY COOK Mary Cook’s Memories house. The front door would not be opened again until spring, regardless of who was calling. In the kitchen, the storm door had been attached in an effort to keep out the cold north winds that always seemed to rattle the windows as it swept across the yard and hit our house with force. Mother encouraged us, once the snow was there to stay, to enter the house through the summer kitchen. We were expected to stomp our feet thoroughly on the way in, and once inside we took off our boots and they were lined up like soldiers on a braided rug beside the wood box next to the Findlay Oval. We all wore felt insoles, and they were removed and propped against a block of wood to dry out over night. Both the back door and

the one coming in from the summer kitchen would have smaller braided rugs rolled tight, and placed tight against the closed doors, in the hope that more of the winter drafts would be kept outside. But the biggest job of all was yet to come. It would take Mother hours. We would go off to Northcote School one morning, and come home to see every window downstairs plugged tight with worn-out work socks and strips of cloth from the rag bag. Using a butcher knife to cram the strips into the window frame, the windows were made as wind-proof as possible. And as tightly as she could cram in the scraps of material, you could run your hand around the window frame and still feel the draft. Once the winter was there

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summer kitchen door, and the creton couch put at an angle. If this grand exchange did not take place, anyone sitting on the bench behind the table for a meal would be chilled to the bone from the window, in spite of the effort Mother put into keeping out winter drafts. During the winter months, prayers were said in the kitchen instead of upstairs. We five children all vied for the spot beside the stove pipe

burrowed into the feather tickings between the flannelette sheets, we were as cozy as bugs. The howling winds outside could have been blowing in some other county. The last thing I would hear before I fell asleep would be Father stoking the Findlay Oval. I would hear the lid of the firebox being scraped open, and I could picture in my mind’s eye Father cramming in a log of wood, and I

Once the winter was there to stay, every window pane in the house would frost up and turn white, and we could no longer see outside. upstairs to change into our pyjamas. It was always a fast change indeed. If it was a bitterly cold night, Mother would have put the hot water bottle in the bed I shared with my sister Audrey, and wrapped bricks which had been heated on the Findlay Oval for the brothers. It didn’t take long for the bottle or the bricks to cool off, but by the time our bodies had

would hear the crackle as it caught fire. I would have the most contented feeling of peace as the heat of the stove rose through the silver pipes in our bedroom. It wouldn’t be a great heat, but I knew it would be enough to keep us from freezing in our beds. I would fall asleep feeling an inner warmth that made everything right in my world.

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to stay, every window pane in the house would frost up and turn white, and we could no longer see outside. That is unless I engaged in one of my favourite pastimes in the winter: taking a fingernail and scratching designs on the frosted pane, or holding my thumb in the one spot until I had created a small hole, through which I could see a smidgen of the outdoors. The only heat in the house came from the kitchen cook stove, and the silver enamelled pipes that snaked through the kitchen, escaped through a hole in the ceiling, going through what passed for a bedroom shared by my sister and me, and finally feeding out into the chimney and the roof of the house. By the time the pipe reached upstairs, there was very little heat left to do much more than take the bitter chill off the bedroom. Our kitchen would take on a whole new appearance in the winter as well. The old pine table would have to be moved from in front of the window, over to a side wall, the bake table moved to the space left by the pine table, the wood box moved closer to the

Meet Bruno (A160725), a very sweet and lovable brindle-coloured male hound mix with boundless energy and endless kisses for you. Bruno is a survivor. The two-year-old tripod spent more than a month in critical care after he had his severely broken leg amputated. He became septic and went into organ failure, nearly dying before several surgeries and treatments saved his life. He’s a Foster Me First adoption because he has a vet appointment at the OHS on Dec. 16. Now all Bruno wants for Christmas is a family to run, play and cuddle with. He’s best suited to an active home with no small kids because having three legs has not slowed him down one bit! For more information on Bruno and all our adoptable animals, stop by the Ottawa Humane Society at 245 West Hunt Club Rd. Check out our website at ottawahumane.ca to see photos and descriptions of pets up for adoption.

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the fear being that animals are given as gifts with no thought to the commitment required to be a responsible owner. In fact, if you’ve been thinking about adding a pet to your family, this may be the time to do it, said Bruce Roney, OHS executive director. “Less travelling, smaller families, and time off during the holiday make this the perfect time of year to bond with a new pet,” Roney said. There are limited spaces so contact the OHS by phone at 613725-3166 ext. 258 or visit the shelter at 245 West Hunt Club Rd. to sign up today!

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delivery program, a jolly way to surprise a loved one with a furry friend Yuletide morning. From kittens and rabbits to dogs and hamsters, the OHS is seeking families interested in having volunteer elves drop by with a new four-legged family member early Dec. 25. Regular adoption procedures apply, which means parents would come in to the shelter in advance to fill out an application form, be matched with the right pet, and speak with an adoption counsellor. The Christmas delivery program is busting the myth that pets should not be adopted during the holidays,

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Arts - Village Voices will offer the closest thing to a choir of angels when it takes the stage alongside the Ottawa Youth Harp Ensemble on Sunday, Dec. 15. The Russell-based women’s choir will offer a variety of Christmas music at Trinity Bible Church south of Osgoode beginning at 2 p.m. Choir member Cathy Graham said the show will range from classical Christmas pieces to spiritual and contemporary holiday songs.

“We want everyone to have fun,” she said. “We usually like to have sing-a-longs.” Graham said the choir’s director Karen Spicer will also lead the group in a number of fun, upbeat tunes including some extra instrumentation. “Karen likes to assign different instruments to people to jazz things up,” she said. One of the songs will include a kazoo. Mary Muckle, director of the Ottawa Youth Harp Ensemble, will also lead a number of Christmas pieces with her students, who range in age from about 13 to 20.

“We always enjoy having them join us,” said Graham, who noted that Trinity Bible Church at 4101 Stagecoach Rd. is an ideal venue because it provides enough space for the seven or eight harps that will likely join Muckle on stage. Tickets to the two-hour show are $12 in advance or $15 at the door, and can be reserved through Kay Porteous at 613-821-2174. A gift basket raffle will be held following the concert along with refreshments. For more information visit www.freewebs. com/villagevoices.

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News â&#x20AC;&#x201C; A south Ottawa group is spreading Christmas cheer for a good cause. The first ever Findlay Creek Holiday Market is set to take place this Sunday, Dec. 15, with proceeds going towards finding a cure for breast cancer. The market is part of a fundraising project for Bust a Move Ottawa, a day-long breast cancer charity event on Feb. 22 where participants will dance the day away with celebrity and Dancing With the Stars champion Derek Hough. Hough is an Emmy-award winning professional dancer, who is the only four-time champion in franchise history on the hit ABC show, Dancing With the Stars. He started dancing in his hometown of Salt Lake City, Utah, at the age of 11. As participant and fundraiser Julie Moon explains, each individual is required to raise $1,000. Moon worked with Francine Colbourne and Monica Webber Mayeda, along with the rest of her team to organize the holiday market. The ladies all met through one of the fitness classes Moon runs.

Her team, the Findlay Creek Fantastics, began brainstorming ways to reach their goal of $10,000. In early November, the ladies began brainstorming ways to fundraise for the event when the Christmas market idea came to light Soon, the local business community came on board. Moon, who teaches fitnessdance classes at the Ottawa Athletic Club, the site of next yearâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Bust a Move, said the event is a great way to involve people who are looking for another way to participate in the project. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We were brainstorming a whole bunch of ideas,â&#x20AC;? said Webber. A Christmas market seemed like the perfect fit, especially at this time of the year. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We want to target the lastminute shoppers,â&#x20AC;? said Moon. The group will also be holding raffles, giving away prizes, and selling baked goods. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We are naming this the first-annual Christmas market because we know that it will become an annual event after,â&#x20AC;? said Moon. The group hopes to be one of the top-five team fundraising teams after the Christmas market is over. Moon said the group is looking forward to Feb. 22,

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Francine Colbourne, Julie Moon, and Monica Webber Mayeda are three team members of the Findlay Creek Fantastics who are putting on a holiday market on Dec. 15, all in the name of raising funds for Bust a Move Ottawaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s breast cancer event. when Bust a Move takes over Ottawa. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s going to be a fun, social event,â&#x20AC;? she said. The event takes place from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. at the Fred Barrett Arena. Bust a Move Ottawa, a oneday, high-energy fitness and fundraising fiesta, is primar-

ily designed to inspire women and men to celebrate and fight for breast health, according to the organization. Hough will show off a few of his moves as he helps participants move through an array of dance and exercise drills during the breast cancer fundraiser.

Organizers are hoping to attract 500 dancers to the event, where every participant must raise a minimum of $1,000. Although that amount may seem like a lot, there is a reason behind it, according to Bust a Move. â&#x20AC;&#x153;To ensure we have the best breast-health services avail-

able to people fighting breast cancer in our region, we need to set the fundraising bar high, yet attainable,â&#x20AC;? they write on the website. â&#x20AC;&#x153;With the fundraising tips, success stories and other tools weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll provide, we know participants will raise at least $1,000.â&#x20AC;? The goal is to raise at least $500,000 towards the Ottawa Regional Cancer Foundation. Since its Ottawa debut in March 2012, Bust a Move has raised more than half a million dollars for breast health initiatives in the region. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Proceeds from Bust a Move for Breast Health will be used to advance breast health services in our region,â&#x20AC;? according to the website. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Funds from the 2014 event will be invested in projects that will ensure local residents have the best care close to home, shorter wait times for diagnosis and treatment, access to research and new therapies and overall improved quality of life,â&#x20AC;? the organization states. Registration costs $25 for the event, which runs from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Ottawa Athletic Centre on Lancaster Road. Those interested can sign up as an individual or as a team.





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Help the Stairwell Carollers celebrate the true meaning of Christmas. These first-place winners in the 2013 Ontario Music Festivals Association competition are presenting two concerts of traditional and modern carols in several languages, featuring many original arrangements. The group will make a presentation to the Youville Centre. Each year, the choir donates all ticket and CD proceeds to local charities and a scholarship fund for local students entering music studies at a Canadian university. Fundraising concerts this season are at Knox Presbyterian Church (120 Lisgar) on Dec. 14 and at St. Columba Anglican Church (24 Sandridge) on Dec. 18, both starting at 7:30 pm. A savory and sweet reception follows. Tickets are $20 at the door or $15 in advance at The Leading Note (370 Elgin), Compact Music (206 & 785 1/2 Bank) and Books on Beechwood (35 Beechwood) or at stairwellcarollers. com. No charge for children 12 and

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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 bytownvoices.com for more information.

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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 burnsargyle@gmail.com. Semi-formal or Highland attire.

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The Ottawa Newcomers Club is designed to help women new to Ottawa or in a new life situation acclimatize by enjoying the company of other women with similar interests. We have morning, afternoon and evening events such as skiing, Scrabble, bridge, fun lunches, book clubs, Gallery tours, dinner club, and crafts. For more information visit our website at www.ottawanewcomersclub.ca or call 613-860-0548.

The Active Living Club invites active seniors and adults 50+ to join us in the outdoor activities of hiking, cycling, canoeing, crosscountry skiing and snowshoeing. All outings start at 10 a.m. from different locations in Ottawa/Gatineau, and range from 1.5 to 3 hours. The City of Ottawa offers these safe, healthy and fun filled outings, guided by first aid qualified leaders and tailored to different levels. Call City Wide Sports at 613-580-2854 or email cws-psm@ottawa.ca. 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 hamptoniona.ca.

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