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“It could include different aspects of each theme and maybe a combination,” he said. The historical theme, titled “Homage,” is centred on the history of the flats as an industrial area with pulp and paper manufacturing with a working-class heritage.

News - According to residents and area city councillors, an 18 per cent reduction in the number of buses expected on the Scott/Albert Transitway detour is a start, but not enough. A total of 2,500 buses were expected to use that temporary corridor every day from 2016 to 2018 while the light-rail tunnel is constructed. After residents protested, city staff agreed to look at five suggested solutions and came up with two changes that would mitigate the amount of bus traffic that residents on Scott and Albert streets would have to deal with. The alterations would mean 267 fewer buses per day would have to use the section west of City Centre Avenue – a 14 per cent reduction in peak traffic periods – and 348 fewer buses per day between City Centre Avenue and Preston Street – an 18 per cent reduction. East of Preston Street, the reduction would be less – seven per cent during the peak, or around 133 fewer buses each day. There could be more reductions in the number of buses depending on the style of highcapacity vehicles – double decker or articulated buses – the city uses to service the detour.

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Taking a splash of colour to the streets Volunteers in Wellington Village worked tirelessly under a hot sun on June 7 to bring some colour to Clarendon Avenue, part of the city-wide Paint the Pavement project. The Wellington project, organized by the Wellington West Community Association, Elmdale Public School parent council, local artist Jennifer Nichols and the city’s Neighbourhood Connections Office, saw pavement painting take place between Iona and Java Streets.



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News - John said father’s decision, made at the age of 81, was a surprise at first. He said his father – a farmer from a small northern Ontario town – probably didn’t have much more than a Grade 9 education. “It seemed odd that he’d want to donate his body to science,” John said. “But I realized it was just another way for him to give back.” Hartley Houston decided to donate his body to the Faculty of Medicine at the University of Ottawa while his granddaughter was studying to be a physiotherapist. “He said, ‘Someone donated their body so my granddaughter could be a physiotherapist,’” his son John said during a memorial service hosted by the University at the Pinecrest Cemetery on June 3. “ ‘Someone did it for her; I have to do it for someone else.’” John said his father lived a modest lifestyle, but never failed to help out a neighbour. He was a member of the Lions Club, a volunteer with the Canadian National Institute for the Blind and

the Canadian Cancer Society. Cathy Delany, whose parents donated their bodies 27 years apart, said it took her 20 years to attend the annual memorial hosted by the university. Her mother, who died from cancer in 1974, was the first. “Mom’s always been able to find ways to help others,” Delany said. “Leave it to her to find a way to help after death.” Her ashes are buried at the Pinecrest Cemetery. Delany’s father, Bill, followed suit in 2007 – though his ashes were scattered on a ski slope, sailable water and in Vancouver’s English Bay. “I am honoured to be part of this ceremony,” Delany said to the students. “My parent’s gift was for you. You are part of their legacy.” Elise Azzi, a second-year medical student at the university said she was at a loss to express her thanks to the family members of those who had donated their bodies. “They humanize our education experience and exemplify bravery, altruism and selflessness,” she said. As part of the ceremony, medical students read off the name of each donor since 1969.


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Residents rediscover community with 10,000 Steps Challenge Event also serves to mark 10th anniversary of Plant Recreation Centre

Community - It was perfect walking weather on June 7, and residents in the Hintonburg and Dalhousie neighbourhoods were doing plenty of it. Plant Recreation Centre was the starting point for participants of the 10,000 Steps Challenge, an event aimed as getting residents to rediscover their neighbourhoods on foot while raising awareness about heart health and the need for exercise. The Heart and Stroke Foundation of Ontario – one of the event’s sponsors – recommends taking 10,000 steps over the course of the day, a distance that works out to about eight kilometers. The Plant Recreation Centre, Plant Pool Recreation Association, Hintonburg Recreation Association and Somerset West Community Health Centre also sponsored the event. While the day was all about celebrating fitness, it was also about celebrating an anniversary.

It was 10 years ago that the for- Bath were members of the Dalhousie mer Plant Bath (built in 1924) was Community Association, who were re-opened following extensive reno- in attendance Saturday. Judy Gerard vations carried out by the city. The and Sally Rutherford remembered renovations were spurred by tireless the days before the facility’s rebirth, when they came to the realization it community activism. On June 7, several of the com- would take a concerted effort to comSteph Willems/Metroland munity members who sought to pre- pel the city to save the building. Elisabeth Arnold, left, Sally Rutherford and Judy Gerard cut a cake “It was getting old, and I thought marking the Plant Recreation Centre’s 10th anniversary on June 7. serve the neighbourhood asset joined together to recall their struggle and ‘we need to start rallying around (it) to make it happen,’” said Gerard, revel in their successes. Somerset Coun. Diane Holmes, crediting Holmes and Arnold for exKitchissippi Coun. Katherine Hobbs tending the facility lifelines in the 566 Cataraqui Woods Dr., Kingston, ON K7P 2Y5 TICO#50007364 and Ottawa Centre MP Paul Dewar form of city-funded repairs before the congratulated former Somerset coun- extensive renovation occurred. Over the years, members of the cillor Elisabeth Arnold (1994-2003) Collingwood Elvis Festival .............................Jul 25-27 for her activism and support for fit- community association staged bake NASCAR: Michigan Int’l Speedway .............Aug 15-18 sales, printed flyers and advocated in ness initiatives. Washington, DC: Stay Downtown! ..............Aug 21-24 Arnold, who was a member of the person at city hall in support of the Cape Cod: Old-Fashioned Beach Vacay .......Aug 25-29 Canadian national canoe team in the building rescue. Maine: Rockland & Bar Harbor ....................... Sept 2-7 lotuof people baked their way 1980s, was “a champion for accessi- Any“Ato r. A n NEW DATE ADDED: Atlantic City.................Sept 22-25 y t i ! m e bility for all in recreation,” said Dewar, into a new pool,” said Rutherford. e. Nev“If er expir Agawa Canyon ........................................ Sept 29-Oct 3 calling the Plant facility “a hub” that a community is really committed to Stratford Festival ............................................... Oct 1-2 is vital for the health of those living in having something happen, it can hapLas Vegas ............................................................ Oct 2-5 the community. Dewar thanked both pen.” China: Imperial Beijing..................................Oct 15-23 Rutherford had words of advice for Arnold and Holmes for their commitNASCAR: Martinsville Speedway..................Oct 24-27 ment to the principles of accessible all listening. *OTTAWA PICKUPS FOR ALL ADVERTISED TOURS* “Do not underestimate the abilities recreation and fitness. Helping at the grassroots level to of your neighbours and friends,” she (613) 225-0982 restore the then-deteriorating Plant said.

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Sochi Olympians bring inspiration to Ottawa schools Four Olympic, Paralympic athletes visit Carleton Heights Public School Steph Willems

Community - Olympic glory is often seen as the pinnacle of sporting achievement, but the road there is always fraught with missteps, failures, hard work and perseverance. Students at several Ottawa schools learned that lesson on June 4, as members of Canada’s Olympic and Paralympic teams stopped by during the 2014 Celebration of Excellence Heroes tour. Four athletes fresh from competing at the Sochi Olympics joined Canada’s Minister of State (Sport) Bal Gosal at Carleton Heights Public School in Parkwood Hills, where they were greeted by a student body awash in patriotic colours. Principal Andrew Canham was quick to make the connection between athletics and education. “Being an athlete is like being a student, in the sense that you have to have that balance – you have to be dedicated,

committed and work hard to reach that goal,” said Canham. Gosal called the athletes “great role models and great inspiration” for the school’s students. The background of each athlete was as varied as the sports that make up the Olympic Games, but each had one thing in common: a curiosity in trying new things and a passion for what they do. Jocelyne Larocque, a member of the national women’s ice hockey team who has played non-stop since age five, encouraged the students to discover what they were good at and pursue it. “It’s about finding your passion,” said Larocque, adding that she straps on skates when life gets stressful in order to feel at peace. “I encourage all of you to try new things – try new sports, try new musical instruments.” Two-time figure skating champion Kaetlyn Osmond

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Members of the Canadian Olymic and Paralympic teams were at Carleton Heights Public School on June 4 to talk to students. From left, Canadian Olympic Committee CEP Chris Overholt, figure skater Kaetlyn Osmond, Paralympic biathlete Mark Arendz, federal Minister of State (Sport) Bal Gosal, women’s ice hockey player Jocelyne Larocque, speed skater Denny Morrison and Carleton Heights principal Andrew Canham said she never watched the Olympics as a child, nor expressed interest in sports in general. That all changed when she discovered the joy of competing on skates. If you’re going to continue doing something profession-

ally, she said, make sure it’s something you want to do. “It’s not worth it if you’re not enjoying what you’re doing,” said Osmond. Paralympian Mark Arendz, who lost his left arm in a farm accident at the age of seven,

also shared his inspirational story of perseverance. The biathlete was a member of the 2010 Vancouver and 2014 Sochi Paralympic Teams. While recovering from his injury, Arendz thought to himself “What do I do now?” He

decided to doing everything he planned on doing, involving himself in soccer, cross-country running and other sports. “Make every day count,” he told the students, adding that the lesson applies to everything.

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City launches $4.6M lawsuit against bridge designer City staff disciplined – but not fired – over pedestrian bridge fiasco Laura Mueller

News - The city launched a $4.6 million lawsuit against the Airport Parkway footbridge designer and has disciplined staff over the botched project. The lawsuit filed against WSP Canada Inc., which was known as Genivar when the city hired the company to design a gateway pedestrian and cycling bridge connecting the South Keys community to Greenboro shopping centre and Transitway station in 2010. Major issues with the design of the bridge forced the city to stop construction and hire another firm, Delcan, to revise the plans and take over construction. Now, the bridge that was originally slated for completion in 2012 is expected to be done by the end of this year. During a finance and economic development committee meeting on June 3, councillors received an update on the city’s actions following a damning

independent report on the project from March that slammed the bridge designer and city staff. The report from SEG Management Consultants, Inc. detailed staff communication issues and faulty procedures that contributed to the problems plaguing the project. Watson confirmed on June 3 that no city staff had lost their jobs over the fiasco, but disciplinary letters had been appended to staff files and there was at least one suspension without pay, although the mayor wouldn’t say how many staffers has been suspended, nor their seniority or the duration of the suspension. City manager Kent Kirkpatrick declined to go into detail about what disciplinary action he doled out. “I have applied what is, in my opinion, the right level of discipline to the staff that were involved in the project,” he said after the meeting. Even councillors were left in the dark about the details of


The city has launched a $4.6-million lawsuit against the company that supplied the design for an overdue pedestrian bridge over the Airport Parkway, seen here in 2011. the disciplinary action, despite the finance and economic committee going into a private “in camera” session to discuss personnel matters. Information from the SEG report and a separate city auditor general report on procedural issues have prompted the city to make changes to its protocols for communication on infrastructure projects and when managers should get involved, Kirkpatrick said. That “culture change” in the

department includes more than 30 different actions that will all be implemented by 2015, he said. “I am confident by the end of this year the staff in (infrastructure services) will be well focused on the kind of oversight that’s required in managing consultants and contractors, specifically with regards to risk identification, budget and schedule,” he said. Kirkpatrick and Watson agreed that while some of the

blame for the project going off the rails lies with city staff, they focused the brunt of the blame on the bridge’s design – hence, the lawsuit. “The primary responsibility for what has happened and has been the failure of this project to date is the responsibility of the design engineers,” Kirkpatrick said. Although the dollar value of the lawsuit isn’t as large as some of the city’s past legal actions, Kirkpatrick said seeking

$4.6 million is a “significant lawsuit” given the small size of the project. The money being sought would cover the cost overruns of having to redesign and rebuild components of the bridge, which originally had a $6.8-million price tag when the project was launched in 2010. The city’s $4.6-million lawsuit adds to the mess of litigation already underway as a result of the bridge project, with contractors and subcontractors Watson said the issues with the pedestrian bridge have caused ongoing frustration but said they should be viewed in context. “We had over the course of the last several years literally hundreds of projects because of the infrastructure funds from the other levels of government. Well over 95 per cent of those projects arrived on time and on budget,” he said. “The challenge with this project is it’s way off budget, has not been properly executed, there are problems with everything from the cement to the design ... and it’s a very high-profile project. People see it going back and forth from the south end and the airport.”

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Residents seek Scott-Albert pedestrian improvements Safety/walkability audit to be performed again this fall, winter Steph Willems

Community - The impending bus diversions expected when the Transitway closes to be converted for use by the Confederation light rail line was on the minds of volunteers who staged a walkability safety audit on Scott and Albert Street last week. Members of the Hintonburg Community Association partnered with the Ottawa senior transportation committee of the Council on Aging to perform the June 3 audit, the findings of which will be compiled into a report aimed at raising awareness of possible dangers and spurring change. To give a complete picture of the safety situation, the audit will be performed again this coming fall and

winter. Cheryl Parrott, a long-time board member with the community association and public safety advocate, said four teams of volunteers examined four sections of roadway. “The results were quite interesting,” said Parrott. “We identified about 15 hazards that should be fixed – manhole covers that need to be raised, broken curbs that impede wheelchairs…depressed sidewalks that don’t line up with crosswalks.” The stretches of street – Albert between the O-Train and Empress Avenue and Scott between Smirle Street and Bayview Road – are well travelled routes connecting neighbourhoods and transit stations. As someone who walks the route regularly, Parrott said even she was

surprised at the things that aren’t noticed in day-to-day travel. The Council on Aging provided the community association with forms with which to send the city notices on dangerous situations that need to be fixed. Parrott said it was beneficial that it had rained prior to the audit, as it showed hazards that don’t exist in dry weather. Deep puddles can impede pedestrian travel and prompt unsafe detours, sometimes into the roadway. “Vehicle-pedestrian separation is an important part of safety,” said Parrott. Though construction is currently starting on the Albert Street water and sewer replacement project – a project that will restrict traffic to one vehicle lane in each direction – Parrott said it

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A year of construction awaits Albert Street, concerning residents who are seeking improvements for pedestrians. the street “still needs to be safe and walkable.” With the looming bus detours in mind, Parrott said there is a need to perform similar audits on the pedestrian crossings on those two stretches of roadway. Ottawa crosswalks have a shorter signal duration than those recommended by the Ontario Coroner’s

No negative impact on bus riders, city says The reductions will be accomplished in two ways, said Pat Scrimgeour, OC Transpo’s transit planning manager. The city will ask the National Capital Commission to allow outof-service buses to use its Sir John A. Macdonald parkway, heading against the major flow of traffic. A second change would move the transfer point for buses arriving from areas to the east and south of downtown from LeBreton Station further east to Bay Street. “They’ll be able to do whatever they do but we’ll drop off the last customers at Bay so we can send them in whatever direction we need to without going down the hill towards where LeBreton Station is now,” Scrimgeour said. That includes transferring to get to Gatineau, which would send passengers across the river on the Portage Bridge instead of the Chaudiere Bridge and shift capacity onto routes 27 and 40 to accommodate that. The changes would have no negative impact on OC Transpo passengers, Scrimgeour said – they’d just have to transfer at a different point. The cost of running buses on the parkway will be almost equally offset by the savings from shortening routes 21, 35, 40 and 43 to end at Bay Street, Scrimgeour said. Residents will get to see the detour plans and ask questions on June 16 from 6:30 to 9 p.m. at the Tom Brown Arena. Somerset Coun. Diane Holmes said the changes are a small improvement, but it`s not enough. Michael Powell, president of the Dalhousie Community Association, agreed and said he hopes more can be done. He said a better solution would be to detour express buses onto the Sir John A Macdonald Parkway.

That option was rejected because it’s too expensive and complicated and would negatively impact transit ridership, said Kitchissippi Coun. Katherine Hobbs. Heavy buses starting and stopping on the parkway would have a “severe impact” on the road infrastructure, which would have been unacceptable to the NCC if the city had put it to the agency, Hobbs said. The city would have also had to pay for and obtain approval to run buses through the federal government’s Tunney’s Pasture campus. OC Transpo was also worried about the consequences a parkway detour could have on bus ridership, Hobbs said. Based on the distance alone – without considering the stopand-go traffic along the parkway in rush hour – passengers would have a six- to eight-minute delay. “It is critically important to maintain as good a service as possible (during LRT construction),” Hobbs said. “Really, it’s a showstopper. It’s not something that would get by council.” The changes to out-of-service buses and the Bay Street transfer point are the only concessions OC Transpo will make, Hobbs said.

“We just don’t have money in our budget for things unless we take it from somewhere else,” she said, adding that in a built urban area, buses need to go somewhere. Holmes said the detour isn’t final

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until the buses start running on it, but the message she has heard from OC Transpo is that there is no additional money for changes. “It certainly is all about not spending any money for the residents who

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Office, something that concerns her. “Not everyone is able to cross in brisk time,” said Parrott, referencing those with disabilities, the elderly, and people recovering from injuries. “We would like to push (the city) to go with the coroner’s recommendations … The more traffic you add to a street, the more collisions go up.”

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he traffic issues putting kids at risk at Robert E. Wilson Public School on McArthur Avenue are common across the city. The problem deserves a real solution and parents should support changes to make kids safer. R.E. Wilson is located on a road where drivers are unlikely to slow down to the speed limit. The children attending the school are in kindergarten to Grade 6; not a good mix with fast cars. On top of that risk, parents try to get their cars in and out of the parking lot before the bell rings and after school. Many may be in a rush to get to work each morning. The school’s principal calls the situation dangerous and says there are often near misses. Parents have been asked to drop off kids along the road, right onto paths that link to the school, but many still choose to head into and out of the parking lot. The parent council would like to see a permanent solution: closing the parking lot. Some parents have reportedly responded with anger when it’s suggested the lot could be closed. The school has done just about everything possible to reduce the risk of a serious injury or death, including efforts to get more kids to walk or ride bikes to school.

A crosswalk has been added at the corner of McArthur Road and Brant Street, the speed limit is marked at 40 kilometres per hour during school hours and a loading zone – perfect for dropping off or picking up kids – has been established. A recent police blitz resulted in 40 tickets being handed out, but the deterrent value of a crackdown is – as expected – fleeting. It’s also expensive to have officers staking out a school zone over and over again. Clearly the parking lot should be closed if that’s the greatest risk to kids. It’s time for the city to step in and install traffic calming measures. They don’t have to be expensive. Narrowed traffic lanes can help, and also have the advantage of making the road crossing shorter for pedestrians. The area sounds like a perfect spot to join a pilot project now underway in a few areas of the city that has seen flexible posts installed down a road’s centreline with the speed limit marked on them. This visually narrows the road and can result in lower speeds. If there’s ever a place that deserves added attention, it’s a school zone. No kid should be hurt or killed because they’re heading to or from school.


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ven in the last week of the Ontario election campaign, it was hard to find campaign signs on people’s lawns. True, there was no shortage of them on public property. But if you walked along neighbourhood streets and looked for them in front of people’s houses, no go. You could walk an entire city block without seeing a lawn that had a sign on it. Fewer people than usual felt committed enough about a candidate or a party to allow a sign on their lawn. That could mean a lot of things, the most important of which was that the election was not connecting with people. Why would that be? There will be no shortage of blame to spread around. The parties and their leaders will get some of it, for failing to excite the people. The people will get some blame too, for being too busy with trivial matters to care about who governs them. And then there are the media, always available when blame is being shared around. The news media accentuated the negative, played up insignificant controversy and gave insufficient time and space to more serious policy matters. You can find something to agree with all of these explanations, but there are other things to

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CHARLES GORDON Funny Town consider, such as the way election campaigns have been changing in recent years. This one was a good example. The parties no longer campaign the way they once did. They now focus almost entirely on media, old and new, and the effect may be to make individuals feel less involved in campaigns. There was more door-knocking in previous campaigns. The odds were that at some point, one or more candidates would come to your door, often accompanied by some of your neighbours. That would help to personalize the campaign for you. You would also see your neighbours at the all-candidates debate at a school or church hall near you. After listening to the candidates and perhaps asking a question or two, you would talk with your friends and neighbours about

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what you’d heard. Whichever candidate you supported, you had a sense that the election touched your neighbourhood in some way. And you might put out a sign. Today’s parties don’t seem to care about that. In today’s style of campaigning, there is heavy reliance on television advertising, which involves the individual voter not at all, other than by changing the channel. More recently, there is an increasing emphasis on the Internet and social media. There is Internet advertising and an endless barrage of tweets. Your computer replaces your doorstep. While this means that, theoretically, messages from the parties can reach more people than ever before, the overall effect is to make them less personally involved. They have less personal contact with candidates; they see lots of them, but only as images on a screen. At the same time that electronic contact with voters has expanded, face-to-face contact has diminished. You have probably noticed news articles during the campaign about the decreasing number of all-candidates meetings. This has been interpreted as part of a political strategy to keep tight control on the message and the candidates, to avoid at all costs unscripted encounters with voters and journalists.


The idea is to minimize risk, to avoid situations where candidates have to think on their feet, perhaps make a mistake or show that they don’t know all the answers. Political junkies may find this risk-free campaign interesting to watch, but for most of us these changes in campaign style have created far too much distance between us and the people we elect. The new breed of political strategist doesn’t seem concerned by this. The only goal is winning and if winning can be done without communicating, so much the better. But if it’s working for the parties, it’s not working for the people. The lawns tell the story.

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It’s not perfect, but unions can help motivate workers


few weeks ago, I got into a heated email debate with a colleague of mine about unions. The subject, loosely, was “have unions outlived their purpose?� My interlocutor said the days of unions as a necessary protector of workers are over, that unionized workplaces lead to lazy and unmotivated workers, and that these workers take advantage of their benefits at expense to their employers. It’s easy enough to flip that argument completely on its head – that non-unionized workplaces lead to stressed out and burnt out workers, and that those without any kind of job security, medical insurance or pension are disloyal and unmotivated. Further, one could argue that employers who don’t offer benefits and pensions make corporate decisions at the expense of their employees. Don’t believe me? It may be worth taking at look at what actually motivates people to perform. Recently, I viewed an animation by RS Animate, which summarized the findings of several academic studies on motivation. What they found, ultimately, was that a sense of purpose and the opportunity to be creative were two things that drove people to their best performance. Surprisingly, however, the researchers found money to be a very limited motiva-

BRYNNA LESLIE Capital Muse tor. People need to be paid enough money to take the issue of money off the table, they discovered. Beyond that comfort zone, the more money people were offered to do a task, the worse they performed. Experiments done by the authors of the book Happy Money produced similar results. The majority of American workers, the authors discovered, are motivated by wage increases up to a total salary of $60,000 per year. For every dollar increase over and above that, however, the authors found a negative corelation between money and happiness. In other words, the more money people made, the less happy they reported to be. What does all this have to do with unions? Unions negotiate and protect livable salaries with job security and benefits. Unionized workers are paid enough money to take the issue of money off the table which, if the studies above are correct, will lead to optimized performance and generally happy workers. We all know this isn’t a perfect formula. There are other motivation problems in

unionized environments that need to be considered: restrictions on lateral movement, for example, or the lack of opportunities to innovate. But, as far as money goes, until we see corporations match these healthy work environments without the negotiation and protection of unions, the latter, in my opinion, will continue to have a purpose. It’s easy to be jealous or critical of unionized workers. But let’s not forget that even those of us who are not unionized owe a lot to unions – legislated vacation time, sick days and 40-hour work week, to name a few examples. I’ve worked in both unionized and nonunionized newsrooms. I much prefer the former. While the latter pushed us to the brink daily – no lunch breaks, no vacation, overtime without pay – the unionized environment enforced the opposite, making us better prepared to bring our A-games to the table with every single story. Not to mention the fact that mandated breaks contributed to greater innovation and connection to colleagues and to the workplace generally.


Brews from the bus All in the family: Frank Hopkins, left, Colin Hopkins, Ashley Hopkins and Phil Hopkins serve cold, local craft beer from their unique bar, part of the Brew Bus Lounge. The Lounge was the organizer of the aVibe Music and Arts Festival, held June 7 in Vincent Massey Park.



Final plan to be presented this fall, construction finished by 2017 David Flemming of Heritage Ottawa was encouraged to see the concepts presented because he said Ottawa needs to do a better job of recognizing the history of the labourers who built the capital. “One of the things that’s always been lacking on the flats is a real appreciation of what it has been to the city of Ottawa,� Flemming said. “This was the industrial transportation centre of the city, before it was the capital ... So I think we need somewhere to do this.� Flemming suggested merging the “Homage� theme and

interpretive signs with a theme suggested to honour the Aboriginal experience of the site, titled “Pimisi Gateway.â€? That theme suggests building large landscape art using soil and grass landforms integrated with water and floral elements to celebrate the Algonquin nation’s cultural symbol, the Kichisippi pimisi (eel), which the future light-rail station at the site is named after. The third theme, “Capital Art-scape,â€? resonated most with Nour AoudĂŠ, a blogger and urban decoder for Youthful Cities, a global initiative to rank the world’s top 100 cities from a youth perspective. The theme aims to make

the area into a creative space with public art, community art programs and interactive elements. “I like the forward-looking side,â€? AoudĂŠ said. Art and contemporary design speaks to me and what I want Ottawa to look like. The NCC will collect suggestions and bring the final plan to the NCC’s board of directors for approval, likely in September. The concepts can be viewed at and comments can be sent to Construction would begin next summer and would be completed by 2017, Daigneault said.







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West-end students shine at public board awards Jennifer McIntosh

News - Several west-end students were recognized during the public school board’s ninth annual Student Recognition Awards on May 29 at the Centurion Conference Centre. Luke McManus, a Grade 12 student at Bell High School that plans to head to the University of Waterloo in the fall to study global business and digital arts, received an award for his work with the school’s LINK program.

The program mentors Grade 12 students with incoming Grade 9’s. “It’s a great way for us to offer social and academic supports and maintain the school community,” McManus said. “I was thrilled to be honoured for this work.” McManus said he learned a lot about project management and leadership during his work with the LINK program. “I was on the planning committee during the second semester which helps to improve the program for future years,” he said. “I think the

experience will be valuable for me when I head to university.” Vivian Maganas, a student at John McCrae Secondary School, received accolades for her work with the school’s Red Poppy Gallery. Judges called her an exceptional young woman who “leads by example through her quiet, calm and unassuming manner.” Maganas also created a performance art piece in McCrae’s 2013 STRUT fashion show. Ella Storey, a student at Sir Robert Borden student is also a Link leader. Judges called her a positive role

model for younger students. Storey is passionate about performing arts and is active in the school’s theatre program and community-based theatre. Matt Graves from Merivale High School was given an award for his involvement with the school’s student and athletic councils. Graves worked with friends to create a not-for-profit group that brings tools to schools in the African nation of Mozambique. He recruited students to work on the projects and went door to door in the community

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East-west bikeway plans a priority for 2014, city says Committing to spend $70 million on cycling over next 15 years Laura Mueller

News - The city is touting $70 million it intends to sink into 79 cycling projects over the next 15 years. Councillors received an update on bicycle projects and policies during a transportation committee meeting on June 4. The financial commitment for the next 15 years is $70 million, or around $4.6 million a year. That’s a reduction from the annual investment in cycling made over this term of council, which has seen the city invest $28 million since the 2010 election, although city staff said another $40 million is intended to be “available� for major cycling proj-

ects. The $70 million represents the cycling projects outlined in the “affordability plan� as part of the city’s transportation master plan update last fall. It includes 40 cycling facility projects to be completed in the first phase before 2019 and 39 projects in the decade after. The plan includes three major projects – pedestrian and cycling bridges at the old Prince of Wales rail bridge over the Ottawa River, a Donald-Somerset connection and a bridge near Lansdowne at Fifth Avenue and Clegg. The east-west bikeway – an extension of the Laurier Avenue segregated bike lane – is the major project in the city’s core. It will connect Westboro

through downtown to Vanier, though the entire route won’t be segregated with collapsible poles, like the Laurier section. The portions east of Elgin Street in Sandy Hill, Lowertown and Vanier are to be completed this year. A “missing link� from Laurier to Albert Street is also priority, a project set to get underway in 2015. After the light-rail system comes online in 2018, there are cycle tracks planned for Albert Street, which currently forms the westbound portion of the bus Transitway. Another downtown project in the works is an extension of O-Train pathway that opened in 2013. The new section would extend from Young Street to Carling Avenue, with a signalized crossing at Car-

Current cycling projects Suburban projects: • Renaud Road • Strandherd Drive and Strandherd Bridge • Chapman Mills Drive • Southern section of Bank Street • Founders Avenue (new road)

ling. In the Glebe, a series of cycling-lane projects are underway with a view to easing access to Lansdowne Park when it re-opens sporting events in July. Holmwood, Glebe, First and Fifth avenues will form the east-west access. Further east, a bike lane is

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Rural paved-shoulder projects: • Albion Road (Tullamore to Lester) • Carp Road (Richardson Side Road to Donald B. Munro) • Corkstown Road (Moodie to March) • Leitrim Road (Bowesville to Albion) • Rideau Valley Drive South (Richard Stevens to Dorack) being added to Sussex Drive between St. Patrick Street in Lowertown and the existing lanes that start at the Rideau River. The city’s cycling initiatives also include adding bike parking, include 150 new ring-and-post sites and a new pilot project to add on-street bike parking “corralsâ€? in two vehicle parking spaces in Wellington West and one in the Glebe. O’CONNOR BIKEWAY

The major southbound corridor will be Percy Street between Wellington Street in

Centretown and Glebe Avenue. A public workshop to work out the details for that route will be held Thursday, June 26 from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. in the Colonel By room at city hall. Registration is required. Email to sign up. Capital Coun. David Chernushenko said the intent is making the route bidirectional, whether that means having both north- and southbound lanes on O’Connor, which is a one-way southbound street, or by having northbound cyclists use Metcalfe Street. “It’s hugely important,� he said. Having a dedicated bike route that’s safer – whether it’s delineated with a painted line, segregated with posts or separated from traffic as a raised cycle track – would encourage people to use their bikes to get downtown and to Lansdowne, Chernushenko said. Bank Street was designed with wider sidewalks and no bike lanes when it was rebuilt three years ago and northsouth cycle lanes on further west on Lyon and Percy streets aren’t continuous, he said.



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If your house burns down, learn from it, Dragon says Arlene Dickinson talks learning from failure with entrepreneurs Adam Kveton

News - Dozens of Ottawa entrepreneurs gathered to hear life lessons from a woman who has been through fire and back. Either through her work on the popular television show

Dragon’s Den as one of five venture capitalists who interview entrepreneurs seeking funding, or in her personal life leading up to financial success, Arlene Dickinson had plenty of advice to share with Ottawa-area business owners, making a point not to focus on success.

Dickinson spoke to a full room at the Brookstreet Hotel on June 9 for a breakfast series hosted by Metroland Media as part of Entrepreneur Week, which runs from June 2-13. Dickinson and Farm Boy CEO Jeff York made presentations to entrepreneurs and business owners, with York


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CEO of Venture Communications and Dragon’s Den venture capitalist Arlene Dickinson speaks to entrepreneurs and business owners on June 9 at the Brookstreet Hotel during a breakfast series hosted by Metroland Media for Entrepreneur Week. fighter explained that her father had asked permission from the school across the road to bring some students over to show them what can happen if you are cooking and don’t pay attention. While the scene was comical, Dickinson said her father taught her how important it is to take a moment to learn, she said. “It’s so critical that we do that,” especially as entrepreneurs tend to charge ahead, said Dickinson. After touching on personal anecdotes of failure, near failure and living with little to go on, Dickinson finished her speech by sharing one last story as an example of what a leader should tell those they lead. In this case, it was General Walter Natynczyk speaking to his soldiers on the front lines. Dickinson joined a group of rock stars and former NHL hockey players to meet with Canadian troops in Kandahar, Afghanistan, and was asked to speak with soldiers on the front lines. While there, she heard Natynczyk give his speech to the troops. “‘I’m the general, I’m your leader, I’m fighting with

you,’” said Natynczyk. Natynczyk conceded that he did not know what would happen, and could not, but that he would make sure they knew when he did, said Dickinson. He said that other armed forces members wish they were serving at the front lines, but that those here were specially selected because of their skill set. Those who are going home soon must not think about that, but focus on their duty until they are done, he continued. He reiterated that the work they were doing had to be done, and that every Canadian thanked them for it. That is what people want to know at the beginning of their day, said Dickinson: that their leader is with them, that they are needed, that they were chosen because they know what they are doing, and that what they are doing matters. Ending off with her own call to arms, Dickinson encouraged those in the room to start the business they have been dreaming of and try to make it work. “There is only one thing stopping you in this country, and that’s yourself,” she said. “Go set the world on fire.”

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Wynne promises to make Orléans LRT a priority if elected Liberals only party that will see project through: Premier News – Ontario Premier Katheen Wynne travelled to Ottawa’s east end on June 4, making an appearance at Ottawa-Orléans Liberal candidate Marie-France Lalonde’s office. Her hot topic was transit, specifically the light rail transit phase two extension. As she spoke, a map of the extension hung in the background. She promised, if elected, to make funding the second phase a priority. The second phase would bring the LRT to Place d’Orléans. “Marie-France knows, and I know, how important this project is to the people of Orléans,” Wynne said to Liberal supporters inside the campaign office on Jeanne d’Arc Boulevard. Wynne said the Liberal government will divide $29 billion in transit and infrastructure projects into two different funds that are based on population, stating Otta-

wa’s gridlock is unacceptable. One fund would be for the Greater Toronto Area and Hamilton, the other a $14 billion fund for the rest of the province. She claimed Tim Hudak would fund projects in the GTA over Ottawa. “(Hudak will) take your LRT and plunk it down as a subway in downtown Toronto,” she said. “There’s already rivalry, do we need more?” Wynne said the Progressive Conservative party will not be committed to transit and infrastructure projects outside of Toronto, and there were “years of neglect” and a backlog of projects when the Liberals came into power. She highlighted Liberal successes through the last term to the crowd of all Liberal supporters and recognized outgoing MPP Phil McNeely who is retiring. She said Marie-France Lalonde is a strong candidate for the area. Lalonde thanked Wynne

and said she was inspired by her leadership as she introduced the province’s premier. “I’m proud to serve my community under her leadership,” Lalonde said. Wynne also said the Liberals will fund the Ottawa River Action Plan, which affects Orléans’ Petrie Island. She didn’t elaborate on questions about whether or not she would consider an alliance with the NDP. “I have worked in a minority parliament for the last 16 months. If that’s what the people of Ontario chose, we will continue to work in a minority with whoever the government is,” she said. “Beyond that, the hypotheticals get very abstract.”’ Hudak was in Orléans very early on in the campaign to help open Progressive Conservative candidate Andrew Lister’s office. The same day Wynne was at Lalonde’s office, Hudak made an Ottawa appearance at a Nepean town hall.

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Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne speaks at Ottawa-Orléans Liberal candidate MarieFrance Lalonde’s campaign office on June 4.



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Running for education Ottawa residents came out in force on the morning of June 8 in support of Jewish education in the city. Participants of all ages took part in the annual Am Echad Walk/Run for Jewish Education, staged outside the Ottawa Jewish Community School on Broadview Avenue, walking or running one or three kilometers. Every dollar pledged to the paticipants goes to support 13 schools in Ottawa.



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We are excited to announce that Kardish Westboro is now open! We are thrilled to be a part of this community and look forward to meeting you all. Store manager Karen Arsenault has put together a great team who are ready to serve! New Assistant Manager to the store is Shannon (formally of our Barrhaven store) and team members Peter, Darby, Kelli, Rosemary, Farheya and Marc. Stop in to meet our team and see what the new Kardish is all about! If you need to reach the store by phone please call 613-224-1414 extension 308. Official Grand Opening celebrations took place on Saturday May 31. Kitchissippi Ward Councilor Katherine Hobbs was one of our very first customers on our first day of business - It was great to see her out in support of the opening of local, family businesses... and she is now an official Kardish Rewards Membership Card Carrier!

Westboro staff from left to right – Marc, Karen (manager) , Shannon (assistant manager), Kelli and Rosemary.

Kitchissippi Ward Councilor Katherine Hobbs with Robert Assaf (owner); Councilor Katherine Hobbs; Karen Arsenault (manager); Carey Assaf (owner)



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Karen family sponsorship delayed by Manotick refugee program Emma Jackson

News - With only $1,000 to go before reaching their fundraising goal, the Manotick Refugee Sponsorship Program has had to change tactics in the face of a bureaucratic backlog. The committee has been fundraising since last year to raise $35,000 for a family of six living in a refugee camp along the Thai-Myanmar border in Southeast Asia, where the Karen community has been targeted for several violent decades. But the committee has learned that the family will not get its visas to come to Canada in time for Christmas as originally planned, and will now have to wait until at least June 2017, according to Joan Bowler, a committee member from St. James the Apostle Anglican Church who has been instrumental in the sponsorship process. “It’s so disappointing for the family,” she said. “They’ve waited 18 years for someone to sponsor them.” The Karen people have been fight-

vide social and emotional support,” Bowler said. “By the time the Karen family arrives, the BVOR family will be well settled in Canada, and we will have replaced the money spent from the Karen refugee fund.” Bowler expects the interim refugee family would only require about half of the funds raised, because the group would only be supporting them for six months instead of a full year. Also, the family will likely be smaller than the expected Karen family. Bowler said the committee decided to sponsor an Iraqi or Syrian family because they live with daily danger. “They seem to be the most desperate at the moment, and it sounds like the government is looking for sponsors for those two groups,” she said. Bowler offered thanks to everyone across the city who has contributed to the sponsorship effort to date, including through monetary, volunteer, technical and moral support. “There are lots of people who have been really generous, and not just through our church,” she added. Bowler said the group is counting on Nepean-Carleton MP Pierre Poilievre to help fast-track the sponsored Karen family so they can arrive in Canada as soon as possible.


National Team spot David Chung is ready to take the next step in an already impressive and flourishing soccer career, and for the U14-aged Ottawa South United Force player, that means trying to land a spot with Canada’s under-15 national team program. The OSU standout is in Toronto for a June 1-6 national camp as the U15 men’s side readies for competition in September. “We have all the best young soccer players in the country coming out and really showing what they got,” reports Chung. “To be in that group, it is really a good feeling.” Chung, who began playing soccer at age 3 and says he fell in love with the sport instantly, previously represented Canada in the 2012 Danone Nations Cup, a 40-country event that took him to Poland. Most recently, the midfielder/striker showcased his skills for the Vancouver Whitecaps of Major League Soccer during a one-week visit along with OSU Club Head Coach Paul Harris. “That was a big highlight for me,” signals Chung, who carries hopes of playing professionally in Europe in the future. “Just to be there and around those players, it was such a big deal for me. It was amazing.” During their stint in Vancouver, the OSU pair met up with Vana Markarian, a member of Ottawa’s first Ontario Youth Soccer League-champion team last summer who joined the Whitecaps youth academy earlier this year. “This isn’t a fluke,” Harris highlights. “(Chung) isn’t the first player from our club to have a chance like this.” Other players from the OSU Force Academy who have competed for their country in the past year include Kris Twardek (U17 Czech Republic), Vana Markarian (U17 Canada) and Zoom Langwa (U16 Canada). Those trailblazers have set the stage for numerous talented OSU prospects such as Chung to move on to higher levels of play, Harris notes. Combined with one of the country’s best training atmospheres for young players to reach their soccer dreams at OSU, Chung’s work ethic has been key to building his bright future in the game, details the former Everton FC academy coach. “We as a group have such high hopes for David, and many others within our club,” Harris indicates. “He has really excelled and he has just taken everything we have given him and hasn’t looked back.” A member of the Force’s undefeated U14 OYSL entry, Chung concurs that OSU has brought out the best in him. “It is such a good club and I am so happy to be part of it,” states the Goulbourn Middle School student. “They are so organized, everyone is so great and helpful and I can’t say enough good things on how the coaches have helped me.” Chung’s focus for the camp is on impressing another set of coaches and earning a spot on Team Canada. “I like my chances,” he says, acknowledging nonetheless that there are many other talented players who also crave a spot on the team. “I’m not nervous because I know what I am capable of. I am just going to go out and show what I’ve got.” President Bill Michalopulos added that “David is the latest OSU player to show the aptitude and determination to have an opportunity at the next level. As a club, our primary goal is to provide for and facilitate these unique opportunities to deserving OSU players and to also deliver the proper technical environment to get the best out of our players. Continuous successes in OSU players obtaining these type of opportunities indicate that the OSU Force Academy is on the right track in leading player development in Ottawa and the Province of Ontario.


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ing for independence from Myanmar (formerly known as Burma) since the 1940s, and as a result the country is embroiled in the world’s longestrunning civil war. Thousands of Karen people have fled to refugee camps along the ThaiBurma border, where they’ve lived for decades. Some children were born in the camp and have lived there, their entire lives. Those who still live inside the Burmese border live in constant fear that their village or camp will be attacked, Bowler said. There is little access to proper education, healthcare or nutrition. But Bowler said the closed door on the Karen family’s arrival has opened a window of opportunity to help a Syrian or Iraqi family in the meantime. The group plans to sponsor a family of ‘blended visa office refugees,’ who would arrive about three months after they file their application. The government would cover their first six months in the country, including health care and income support. After that, the family would rely on the Manotick group to keep them afloat until they can find jobs and settle into the country. “We will pay the second six months, the start-up costs, and pro-


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Dufresne Furniture

Grand Opening By David Johnston

Furniture shopping will never be the same. Often considered a confusing and overwhelming predicament by many would-be buyers, The Dufresne Group has revolutionized the furniture and appliance buying experience. Gone are the endless lines of merchandise and fast talking sales people focused more on commissions than customer satisfaction. Instead, the new Dufresne Home Furnishings store at 290 West Hunt Club Road is a state-of-the-art journey of discovery into what will enhance and improve your life and style. “Our goal is to ensure our guests find the furniture, mattresses and appliances that work best for them and make their life simpler,” said Troy Davis, President TDG. “It’s about finding that perfect fit for their unique life and style, all within their budget.” Walking into the fresh, bright store is in itself an experience. You enter Inspiration Way, and are greeted by friendly staff who assist you with your own personal journey of discovery to reveal what furnishings and accessories best suit your needs. “With this new store, we went back to the drawing board,” said Davis. “We explored every corner of the shopping journey and asked ourselves how we could make the experience easier, less stressful, and ultimately, fun.” The result was “collections merchandising” rather than traditional category arrangement. The new location, carefully crafted into 23,000 square feet of showroom, features three main furniture style collections: Current Classic, Cozy Casual and Modern Chic. A couple minutes at a conveniently located computer screen allows the shopper to discover their own style and then simply stroll to that section of the well-laid out store. There they will find a myriad of choices awaiting as the My Custom concept allows buyers to match colours, fabrics, finishes, legs and much more.

“To find that perfect fit, Dufresne combines education, expertise and science into the guest experience—one that could be better described as a journey,” said Davis. “Our sales professionals take the time to get to know each guest and their specific style preferences, room situation and lifestyle needs.” First, a customer selects their “fit”, starting with the largest piece for the room, such as a sofa or dining set. Then personal creativity takes over as you can modify almost every aspect of any piece of furniture. Choose a frame and then customize it with arms from Creighton, Leeds, Marymount, Meadowridge and Ottawa. Finally, you can “refine your look” by selecting the colour and fabric that fit your décor. “Extensive custom order options and complete room solution packages with unique vertical merchandising help ensure a complete offering to the guest,” said Davis. Find your ultimate life and style by simply taking the journey. Cozy Casual is a relaxed collection, combining comfortable, over-sized pieces with warm fabrics and distressed leathers for a vintage look. Modern Chic features simple, clean lines matched with bold accents for an urban expression. Current Classics creates timeless elegance with antique-inspired designs and a sophisticated attention to detail.

Dufresne redefines furniture shopping at new Hunt Club location “You dream, we listen, and together we discover,” said Davis. And when it comes to dreaming, Davis says Dufresne has also revolutionized the art of sleeping well.

Connected to your community Dufresne President Troy Davis displays some of the many options available to create your custom table from the My Custom collection.

shopping. Sometimes it is hard for a person to articulate what they want or need in a mattress but the journey helps you find exactly what you are looking for. It’s not just about product and price; our focus is on providing a sleep solution that lays the foundation for a healthier life.” The same can be said for appliances. The only difference is that the journey starts with a functional assessment to determine what type of machine best suits the application. With all the top brands available, such as Kitchen Aid, Whirlpool and Maytag, the Dufresne team can easily match you to the appliance that fits best. Ottawa Dufresne franchise owner Andre Desrochers is proud of the new location, and thanked his staff and contractors for their dedication and long hours to bring the project to fruition. “We are very excited to be in this new location with such an amazing store,” said Desrochers. “A lot of effort went into making this a reality and now we are ready to launch a whole new way to buy furniture. Our visual presentation team did an amazing job and I am proud of the efforts of all my staff.” This is the second Dufresne location in Ottawa. The existing Gloucester location at 1901 Cyrville Road has also recently been renovated to match the new style of the Hunt Club store. Both stores are open Monday – Friday 9 a.m. to 9 p.m., Saturday 9 a.m. – 6 p.m. and Sunday 11 a.m. – 6 p.m. You can find out more about the Dufresne “collections” buying experience online at

“Walk the journey and take five minutes to find the best sleep of your life,” says Davis. The first step is to analyze how you sleep. With the aid of high-tech science, the staff at Dufresne reveal what you need to sleep better. Then you sample the mattresses and pillows that suit your profile. “This takes the guess work out of mattress

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to the perfect choice in furnishings, bedding and appliances, Dufresne Furniture has revolutionized the buying experience by creating a journey of discovery for the shopper.

With a snip of the ribbon the new state-of-the-art Dufresne Furniture Store was officially opened May 29 at 290 West Hunt Club Road. On hand for the ceremony were Dufresne President Troy Davis, Franchise Owner Andre Desrochers, Spokesperson Sarah Freemark, VP Kraig Hickel and Store Manager Mick Foley. 22

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All smiles at the grand opening of the new Dufresne Furniture store Thursday May 29 were spokesperson Sarah Freemark, President Troy Davis and Advertising Director Terry Cowan.


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Stephanie Headley is seeking a cure for systematic scleroderma, a rare autoimmune disease. and much more, she said. Those are all caused from the hardening process, but because her immune system is compromised, she is also susceptible to everyday health issues, like contracting pneumonia. Last fall, a severe form of pneumonia nearly killed her. With her symptoms growing worse, but having overcome the pneumonia, Headley decided to be done with the disease or die trying. While there is no official cure for systemic scleroderma, there is one procedure that seems to have cured others with the disease as well as other kinds of auto-immune diseases. It’s called a stem cell transplant and, if you want the best chance at surviving, it’s very expensive. Though Headley could undergo the procedure in Canada, the success rate here is no where near as good as in with Dr. Richard Burt, an American doctor who practices in Chicago. The procedure’s use specifically for auto-immune diseases was piloted by Burt, which works by stripping a patient of their immune system using chemotherapy, and then retrieving stem cells from the patient which are now clear of the disease. The patient’s immune system is then re-grown using their own stem cells from the ground up. “You are like an infant … but you no longer have the damaged immune system,” said Headley. With a success rate of 80 per cent and 10 years specializing the process for those with auto-immune diseases, Burt is Headley’s best hope, she said. Now, she is fundraising for her life, asking for donations from anybody and everybody willing. The procedure will cost $125,000, she said. With fundraising having started a month ago, she and her family have collected $6,000 from family members and strangers.


News - Stephanie Headley is slowly “turning to stone” inside and out, and it will kill her unless she can undergo an innovative new procedure, she says. Headley, a single mother of four teenage and adult children from Kanata, was diagnosed with systematic scleroderma in 2001, a rare auto-immune disease that occurs when a person’s own immune system works against them and causes the over-production of collagen, a fibrous protein that makes up skin and connective tissue. The result, in Headley’s case, is the hardening of both her skin and internal organs. “Some people would describe it as turning to stone,” she said during an interview in her home while hooked up to an oxygen tank. Having dealt with the disease for more than a decade, Headley doesn’t know how much longer she can survive, but is making a last push for the closest thing to a cure available. The only thing standing in her way is $125,000 US. Inspired by her children and a narrow escape from pneumonia last year, Headley believes she is strong enough to survive. Headley had been dealing with the disease for two years before she was diagnosed, as her doctors could not figure out where her bouts of intense joint pain were coming from. But, a chance bit of blood work showed she had systemic scleroderma. Learning just what was wrong with her was a blessing, she said. “I was elated, because at that point, some doctors were actually starting to wonder if it was all in my mind,” said Headley. But it was a double-edged sword, she said. “You don’t want to have scleroderma, but at the same time you want to know what you have, that something is wrong.” The diagnosis meant Headley could undergo more targeted treatment, but with scleroderma, that doesn’t mean too much. All Headley’s doctors could do is give her medication to deal with individual symptoms, like pain, gastric and intestinal issues, lung fibrosis, nausea

“That’s not bad,” she said with a smile, though she knows she is racing against the clock. With her lungs at 48 per cent capacity, and a heart attack possible at any moment, Headley said she has a window of time before she is either dead or too sick to undergo the treatment. “It is quite dangerous, quite invasive,” said Headley of the procedure. But it’s something she’s got to try, she said, if only to see her children grow up. With one of her adult children navigating life with a developmental disorder, another forgoing university to make money for the family, and two more in high school, Headley said she still hopes to be there for them and see what kind of people they grow up to be. That’s the thought that kept her going through the pneumonia that nearly killed her, said Headley. Overcoming that hurdle convinced her she wasn’t ready to die. “It was bigger than, ‘I’ve got nothing to lose,’” said Headley of her decision to undergo the stem cell transplant. “I want to fight to be with my kids. “A: I’ve got nothing to lose, B: I fought through this for my kids, and I beat all the odds, surprised all those doctors that weren’t sure if I would make it through the pneumonia; but I did. “I thought, ‘I’m going for it,’ and that was it.” Now, it’s a matter of money. Headley and her daughter, Skylar, are raising money through the website save-steph/178051 and pleasesaveourmom/179061. The family has also opened an RBC bank account for those who want to donate money that way.

Finally, Headley also hopes volunteers could help her organize a fundraiser event. Time is of the essence, said her father, Peter Headley, who is part of the contingent of family members who helps

Stephanie Headley through her day. “The earlier we can raise the money, the better, but it can’t go beyond a year,” he said. In an effort to articulate her reasons for making this last ef-

fort, Headley said: “I worked very hard to raise four wonderful children, to give back to this world and to follow their path … and I so would love to see what they do and the path they follow.”



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CHEO opens new epilepsy monitoring unit Dedicated beds to cut wait times, improve testing, diagnosis

News â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Dr. Sharon Whiting motions to a bank of computer monitors stationed in the hallway outside two hospital rooms at the Childrenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Hospital of Eastern Ontario. The specialized high-tech equipment and dedicated beds are features of the hospitalâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s brand new epilepsy monitoring unit that opened on May 12, which is already making a difference in the lives of children and youth who either have epilepsy, or itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s suspected they may have the neurological disorder, which is characterized by seizures. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The (four) patients that have been admitted (so far) were patients who either had a diagnosis of epilepsy and we wanted to confirm where in the brain the seizures were coming from or we wanted to actually make sure that they had seizures,â&#x20AC;? said Whiting, an epileptologist â&#x20AC;&#x201C; a neurologist with a sub-specialty in epilepsy - and head of the hospitalâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s neurology division. â&#x20AC;&#x153;This has implications for all the patients in terms of their treatment and followup,â&#x20AC;? she said. On average about 200 new epileptic patients are seen at CHEO each year. About 100 of them will come into the new unit for comprehensive testing and diagnosis, effectively doubling the number of pediatric patients, and reducing wait times, said Whiting. The unit is already booked until October, though the schedule can be shifted to accommodate more urgent cases, she said. Once admitted to the unit, two patients at a time can be monitored for an average of three days, from Monday to Friday. This gives the unitâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s medical team, which now includes two new dedicated technologists, more time to collect data on the patientâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s brain function â&#x20AC;&#x201C; especially during a seizure â&#x20AC;&#x201C; in a safe and controlled environment, said Whiting. While some patients can still be assessed in the hospitalâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s outpatient electroencephalogram lab as before, they are only monitored for 30 minutes to an hour between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m. Patients and their families often have to come back several days in a row so that a seizure can be recorded. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The downside of that is that if they had events during the night, you couldnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t capture those events because we

send them home each day,â&#x20AC;? said Whiting, a Mooneyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Bay resident. â&#x20AC;&#x153;That was not a very efficient way. Parents had to take a lot of time off (from work). We may or may not capture the events.â&#x20AC;? Before the creation of the dedicated unit, these patients could be admitted to the hospital for overnight monitoring, but patients requiring more urgent care who were admitted through the emergency department took precedence. â&#x20AC;&#x153;To get those patients previously admitted would take months,â&#x20AC;? said Whiting. To improve chances of recording a seizure, a patientâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s medication dosages sometimes need to be tapered ahead of time. â&#x20AC;&#x153;You canâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t do that process unless youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re sure youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve got a bed,â&#x20AC;? she said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;So it meant that that patient coming in would stay even longer, so this has helped us with access, it has helped us with length of time that patient has to stay and very good information that weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re able to get.â&#x20AC;? The new unit also comes with two new dedicated electroencephalogram or EEG machines, with video and audio capabilities, allowing the team to constantly record a patientâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s brain function over a longer period of time. This allows the medical experts to make a more definitive diagnosis, and even rule out epilepsy altogether. Before the new unit was created, the equipment suffered wear and tear from being transported to various units in the hospital. â&#x20AC;&#x153;This way weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re in one location, we have a set number of trained staff, everything is very complete,â&#x20AC;? said Whiting, who also serves as a vice-dean at the University of Ottawaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Faculty of Medicine.

Precision means everything in her line of work. The unit will allow doctors to more quickly determine if a patient is a candidate for surgery at the Hospital for Sick Children in Toronto. The comprehensive data gathered by the CHEO team at the unit will cut down on waiting times for assessments at the Toronto hospital. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Their waiting time could have taken up to a year to get assessed,â&#x20AC;? Whiting said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Now with our unit weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re able to give them all this data when we send them on, and they analyze the data before they even see the patient. â&#x20AC;&#x153;And then that means the whole process is quicker for everybody.â&#x20AC;? TASK-FORCE EFFORTS

Whiting is part of a 15member task force launched last year by Ontarioâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Ministry of Health to examine how epilepsy care is delivered at district epilepsy centres, such as CHEO; regional epilepsy centres, where surgery is done; and the delivery of coordinated and standardized care across these sites and with family doctors. The team, comprised of epileptologists, nurses, technologists, senior administrators and representatives from the provinceâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Ministry of Heath, also examined the need for dedicated beds. They also created standardized guidelines on how the monitoring units should operate, taking into account safety aspects and the types of required medical personnel required. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We realized there were many barriers and challenges,â&#x20AC;? Whiting said, adding that one hurdle for patients was the lack of dedicated monitoring units, which meant long


Dr. Sharon Whiting, head of the neurology division at the Childrenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Hospital of Eastern Ontario, says the recent creation of a new epilepsy monitoring unit at the hospital will cut wait times for patients and mean faster assessments and diagnoses. wait times and erratic care. CHEOâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s new monitoringunit beds are two of 21 beds

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Oâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;Connor Street Bikeway Functional Planning Study Notice of Study Commencement and Planning Workshop Thursday June 26, 2014 Colonel By Room, Ottawa City Hall, 110 Laurier Avenue West 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.

Registration is required: Space is limited, so please register by sending an e-mail to by Monday, June 23. The City of Ottawa has initiated a study that will develop a functional plan for a cycling facility along the Oâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;Connor Street corridor. The goal is to develop a Cross-town Bikeway that would link Confederation Boulevard (at Wellington Street), the Central Business District, Centretown and the Glebe. The Oâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;Connor Street Bikeway is classiďŹ ed by the Cityâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Transportation Master Plan as a spine route and identiďŹ ed in the Ottawa Cycling Plan as a Phase 1 Cross-town Bikeway project to be completed between 2014 and 2019. The study focuses on the Oâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;Connor Street right-of-way from Wellington Street to Glebe Avenue. Opportunities for cycling segments along Metcalfe Street will also be evaluated. The study will review and evaluate alternative design options for the bikeway and will lead to a recommended functional design concept that has the highest likelihood of implementation based on technical feasibility, affordability and community input. Planning Workshop Your participation will play a large part in the success of the project. The process will be open and collaborative involving area residents, building and land owners, businesses, corridor travellers, as well as various municipal and agency interests. At this workshop participants will: s ,EARNMOREDETAILSABOUTTHEPROJECT s 'AINANUNDERSTANDINGOFEXISTINGCONDITIONSANDCHALLENGES s 2EVIEWDRAFTCONCEPTUALOPTIONSPREPAREDBYTHESTUDYTEAM s 3HARETHOUGHTSANDIDEASONALTERNATIVEMEANSTOACHIEVETHEPROJECTGOALANDTOADDRESS potential community concerns. Registration: Space is limited, so please register by sending an e-mail to OConnorBikeway@ by Monday, June 23. For more information about the project, please visit the project website at or contact the Cityâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s project manager:


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at hospitals in the University Health Network, and in London, Hamilton, Toronto and Ottawa. Two weeks before CHEOâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s unit opened, a similar two-bed unit for adults was opened at the Ottawa Hospitalâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s General campus. There is potential to expand CHEOâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s monitoring unit, depending on the feedback that comes out of an ongoing evaluation process, Whiting said. But, just weeks after its launch, she said she is already pleased with the positive impact the unit is having in providing more comprehensive care to young patients. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We have more time, more resources, more people,â&#x20AC;? she said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s good.â&#x20AC;?

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CAR SAFETY Did you know that your car’s interior temperature can reach as high as 93 degrees Celsius in as little as 10 minutes? It comes as no surprise, then, that you should never leave a child – or pet – in your car, even with the windows partly rolled down. Children are especially at risk for heat exhaustion and heat stroke because their bodies cannot regulate temperature as well as an adult’s. Drop off at all Dymon Storage Locations, all Bridgehead Coffee Houses, Kiddie Kobbler locations, City of Ottawa Recreation Complexes and Tanda shoes.

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Dress up as your favourite superhero, princess or in any costume of your choice and help make a difference during the 22nd-annual CHEO barbecue in Gloucester on June 14. There will be entertainment, beach volleyball and ultimate Frisbee tournaments and a one-kilometre family walk, led by members of Ottawa’s League of Superheroes, who dress as well-known superheroes. The fun

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News - Kind and caring describes those people who rallied behind the Children’s Hospital of Eastern Ontario during its annual fundraising campaign, says the CHEO Foundation’s president. A record-setting $7,121,350 was the final total unveiled at the 7 p.m. close to the 12-hour CHEO Telethon at the Ernst & Young Centre on Sunday (June 8). It far surpassed the foundation’s goal to raise $6.8 million and left last year’s total of $6.7 million in the dust. “We are so fortunate to live in such a kind and caring community,” foundation president and chief executive officer Kevin Keohane said in a statement. “Children represent our future and the support that CHEO receives at telethon time and throughout the year enables the CHEO staff to provide them with the best possible care,” he said. The 31st telethon, which was broadcast live on CTV from 7 to 11 p.m. on June 7, and from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. on June 8, featured stories from CHEO patients, doctors and nurses, as well as numerous cheque presentations from community supporters. The total figure raised includes funds generated online and over the phone during the telethon as well as from events throughout the year, including sales of merchandise that featured a super CHEO bear designed by Taylor Creighton, a Barrhaven resident who attends Grade 12 at Sir Robert Borden High School in Nepean. The financial donations will contribute to the purchase of specialized medical equipment, hospital renovations, and fund research into cancer, youth mental health and childhood obesity. New games, toys and crafts will also be bought to increase the comfort levels of patients during their stay at CHEO. “This weekend always has such a special feel as we get to acknowledge and appreciate all of the incredible people who do so much for the children and youth at CHEO,” Keohane said, before extending his thanks to everyone who contributed to the record-breaking total. “You truly do make a difference in the lives of the families who need CHEO.”

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Quartier Vanier cleans up with new waste bins Michelle Nash

Community - Garbage along Vanier’s major commercial strips will have a fancy new home thanks to the local business improvement area. This month, Quartier Vanier is installing 31 new waste receptacles along the BIA’s three main streets. Unlike the previous 20 garbage bins placed in the neighbourhood – purchased by the BIA in 2008 for $7,770 – these bins were provided by the city and did not cost the BIA anything. So far, 10 bins have been installed,

with the remainder to be put soon, said the BIA’s operations manager Sam Stevenson. “These cans are more durable and sturdy, aesthetically appealing, and consistent with the streets,” Stevenson said. The city will be emptying the bins and taking care of them, also at no cost to the BIA. Stevenson said the BIA began working with the city last fall on bringing in new receptacles to the area and said he is really pleased with the results. According to Suzan Proulx, chairwoman of the resident-led cleaning


and beautification group, Vanier Beautification, the bins were an improvement and she is pleased with their addition to the neighbourhood. Proulx added the look and feel of the new receptacles match the benches along the streets, creating continuity and being attached to the ground, they are more secure. The opening for placing garbage is also larger, improving the odds of garbage making it in to the bins. “I feel that overall this is a positive change and will encourage the general population to be more mindful of their environment,” Proulx said.

Tierney re-elected as municipal federation rep Laura Mueller

Community - Beacon Hill-Cyrville Coun. Tim Tierney has been re-elected as the vice-chairman of the Ontario caucus of the Federation of Municipalities of Canada. The east-end councillor was the city’s first representative on the na-

tionwide body when he became a committee member three years ago. He was re-elected to the vice-chairman role during the federation’s annual general meeting last month. Tierney said having a voice at that table – and a role setting the agenda for what the Ontario caucus will discuss – is of benefit to Ottawa. Safety concerns surrounding level

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Years ago the Ottawa-Carleton District School Board and society in general saw the correlation between students who received good nutrition and their performance in school, so breakfast clubs were established to help academic performance and overall well-being. The evidence was overwhelming that providing healthy food makes a positive difference. In my view the next step is to increase access to physical activity options both at school and outside of school hours to improve academic results. As a society we need to take responsibility to make this happen.

Are all kids inactive? The 2014 Active Healthy Kids Canada Report Card says that only 7% of children ages 5 to 11 get enough daily physical activity. It drops to 4% for 12 to 17 year olds. These incredibly low numbers show that this is a problem that is not stratified to any one socioeconomic group. In other words, being well off does not equal more physical activity despite more access to facilities and programs.

What can we do? Increasing physical activity among children is a culture shift where schools and parents need to create more opportunities for children to break away from sedentary behaviour with active play and active transportation wherever possible. I am pleased to report that the OCDSB has recently created the position of a Physical Literacy Instructional Coach. This will be an instructor for teachers to help create opportunity for physical literacy into the classroom. Children need 60 minutes of physical activity a day. We need to incorporate the opportunity for physical activity into the curriculum and encourage students to bring home a love for active play.

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Playground structures are a prized goal for many schools who work hard to raise money to get them built. They are colourful and attractive but they are not the solution on their own to childhood inactivity. We need to have a variety of options to get kids active, including opportunities for free play. Skipping ropes and balls may have as much to offer than playground equipment.

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What about active transportation? Active transportation means getting to school by walking and biking where ever possible - it has a proven positive affect on students’ health. I am proud that the OCDSB has signed on to a School Active Transportation Charter with the Ottawa School Transportation Authority (OSTA), the City of Ottawa, the Ottawa Catholic School Board and Green Communities Canada. By working together we can create safe routes and encourage parents to let their children walk or ride their bikes to school. Recently I requested that our Board bring in more bike racks to encourage more ridership. I am pleased to say that Woodroffe High School will be receiving new bike racks without having to pay for it from their limited school funds.

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One of my goals when I was first elected as your School Board Trustee in 2010 was to be a voice for healthy active living for our students. The immediate goal would be healthy kids and the long term goal would be creating healthy future citizens. The other impact of healthy physical activity would be better school performance. Evidence shows that students are better off when engaged in outdoor play than simply sitting down to do homework if we want improved academic results.

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Public school provides for 104 students with special needs Community partners purchase gym equipment for Clifford Bowey school Erin McCracken

News - With a smile on her face, Marie-Helene Barbeau gingerly makes her way across the length of a climbing wall, with help from educational assistant Lorrie Conley. After completing the exercise, the 13-year-old student quickly moves on to climb a foam climbing structure in the gym at Clifford Bowey Public School located near Walkley Road and Bank Street. Her smile and the smiles of many of her schoolmates are evidence that the newly installed specialized equipment, which includes the wall, giant mats, foam building blocks, therapy balls and tactile stepping stones, among other items, is a very welcome addition to the school, which has 104 students who are developmentally delayed. Those smiles were made possible thanks to three community partners that contributed $30,000 for the purchase of the equipment. The Community Founda-

tion of Ottawa contributed $15,000, the Telus Ottawa Community Board provided a $12,000 grant, and the balance was chipped in by the school council, made up of parents of students. “We appreciate the equipment makes a real difference in their enjoyment, in their fitness levels and their opportunity to be together and learn together,” said Catherine Dubois, director of community engagement with the Community Foundation of Ottawa. The foundation, the Telus board and the council were thanked by students and staff during a ceremony at the school on May 27, just a month after the equipment, designed for people with special needs, was installed. “We’re the lucky ones aren’t we, because we have an opportunity to help contribute to additional equipment that perhaps, without our support, the school might be struggling to purchase,” she said. Increased hand-eye coordination, improved balance, development of gross-motor

and targeting skills, as well as social and other physical benefits are just some of the ways the new play structures and equipment will help students, who range in age from four to 21, during physical-education and music-and-movement classes, said school principal Laurie Kavanagh. “We weren’t sure how they were going to respond to the climbing wall,” said Kavanagh, adding that for some students, such as those with autism, change can be a challenge. “But we’ve been amazed with how they want to go on that equipment. The addition of the new equipment motivates and challenges the students, and inspires the educators to develop creative ideas to develop an exciting gym program that encourages students with a range of physical limitations and cognitive challenges to become more physically active and have fun too, said physical education teacher Maureen Demarco-Omura, who took the lead on the proj-













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ect, researching and selecting the equipment. “While our students face a multitude of life-long challenges, we believe they deserve the best in order to help them achieve their full potential,” she said. Parents of students at the school also rallied behind the fundraiser, generating more than $3,000 through a garage sale, bake sale, and chocolate bar sales. “It was worth it just to see a smile on the kids’ faces,” said Marie-Helene’s mother, Raymonde Barbeau, who chairs the school council. “I’m here every day because I help with lunch and I see the kids in the gym, and the smile on their faces,” the Gloucester resident said. The financial contribution marks the third time the Telus Community Board has provided for the school. It has also funded a multi-sensory room as well as an outdoor play area for primary students in the past. “I feel like I’ve got the best job in the world, just to see the

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Thirteen-year-old student Marie-Helene Barbeau of Gloucester makes her way across a new climbing wall, with support from educational assistant Lorrie Conley, at Clifford Bowey Public School on May 27. impact that a small grant can have on people’s lives,” said Shannon Gorman, Telus’ national director of community affairs. “It changes lives and puts smiles on faces where they may not have an opportunity to be.” The inclusivity of the equipment for students with a wide range of physical challenges drew the board members to the project, she said. “It doesn’t leave anyone

out and that’s key to programs like this.” The project shows what can be accomplished when a community works together, Demarco-Omura said when thanking the school’s benefactors. “While our students face a multitude of life-long challenges, we believe they deserve the best in order to help them achieve their full potential,” she said.


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Golf with a kick comes to Kanata River Ward City Councillor @CouncillorMcRae Conseillère, quartier Rivière

Foot golf trendy in Europe, but just getting it’s start in Canada Adam Kveton

Sports - One of the world’s most frustrating sports is merging with one of the world’s most popular, and the innovative result has found a home in Kanata. The Thunderbird Sports Centre’s golf course is offering foot golf as of June 7, a blend of soccer and golf where individual players try to kick a soccer ball into a 53-centimetre wide hole in the fewest number of kicks. The introduction of the new game is part of the golf course’s attempt to break down barriers between golf and potential golfers, and tap into the massive soccer market. “We are trying to take away some of the intimidation around golf,” said Thunderbird’s vicepresident of operations, Rob Knights. “Forty per cent of kids in Canada play soccer, and only two per cent are playing golf. Why is that? So we are trying to tap into that,” he said. The benefits to playing foot golf are found in cost and playability. All you need in terms of equipment is appropriate footwear (not soccer cleats as they can damage the turf), and a size five regulation soccer ball. The game of foot golf is easier to play because the soccer ball is bigger and harder to lose, and is much easier to hit than a golf ball. You also don’t have to carry around a set of golf clubs. Despite these benefits, Knights wasn’t immediately sold on the idea when he was introduced to the game last fall. “I thought it was a joke at first,” said Knights, who used to be a golf professional. “I just didn’t see the appeal to it … but once I understood there is actually some skill involved, it made sense to me.” Like in golf, foot golf players still have to learn to curve the ball around trees and other obstacles, and strike a balance between long, hard shots and accuracy. These are some of the skills soccer players can work on while playing foot golf, said West Ottawa Soccer Club CEO Bjorn Osieck, who suggested the game to the Thunderbird Sports Centre. “I was just intrigued,” said Osieck when he heard about the sport a year ago. “I thought it was a cool and

quite fantastic way to merge two popular pastimes for people.” Osieck said he is interested in the team-building potential of foot golf for soccer teams, not to mention the extra kicking practice involved. The game also promises to be less stressful than soccer, he said. “Nobody is going to tackle you before you can kick the ball.” The sport kicked-off at the Thunderbird golf course on Richardson Side Road on June 7, with the cost of a game starting at $10 for one person, and $100 for a group of six to 12 people. Thunderbird golf course is the only golf course in Ottawa to offer foot golf, and one of five courses registered with the Canadian Foot Golf Association. Both Osieck and Knights are excited by the potential of the game, and hope it promotes a cross over from both soccer and golf.

Happy Father’s Day Happy Fathers Day! I hope that your day is filled with joy and happiness. I am especially grateful to my dad who is an exceptional father.

Sawmill Creek Pedestrian and Cycling Pathway Now Open Sawmill Creek Pedestrian/Cycling Pathway from Brookfield to the Walkley transit station is now open to the public. This multi-use pathway is a new link for cyclists and pedestrians in Ottawa South. City Council has invested an unprecedented $28 million in Ottawa’s cycling network in the last four years. The Sawmill Creek pathway is another important step in providing added options for residents to move more easily across the city by bike and on foot.

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Chad Bush, a member of the Ottawa Fury FC soccer team, goes for a hole-in-one during a round of ‘foot golf’ at the Thunderbird Sports Centre on June 7. The nine-hole game is the collective brainchild of the Ottawa West Soccer Club, TMSI Sports Management and Thunderbird Sports Centre.

This pathway is an important north south transportation corridor, and will bring significant benefits to the residents of River Ward and from across our city. Sawmill Creek pathway is fully accessible and is open for residents of all ages to enjoy.

The Sawmill Creek pathway runs from Brookfield to the Walkley transit station and connects to other pathways, at both the north and south ends, linking neighbouring communities. This project included the•construction of two retaining walls River Ward City Councillor Conseillère, quartier Rivi along the Sawmill Creek and the installation of four culvert extensions to accommodate drainage. The new pathway is 1.2 km in length, 3.0 m wide, asphalt paved with a 1.5 m buffer on F A L L 2 0 1 1 either side, and includes significant landscaping • Canada derives its name from the Iroquois word kanata, along the creek embankment and grading to meaning “village” or “settlement”. River Ward Cit accommodate accessibility. • James Naismith invented basketball in 1891.


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World Cup countdown begins Young players from local soccer clubs, including Nepean City Soccer Club, Russell Soccer Club, West Ottawa Soccer Club and the Aylmer club joined officials to mark the one-year countdown to the FIFA Women’s World Cup Canada tournament to be held in Ottawa. A countdown clock was installed at city hall to mark the days left until the event, which starts June 6, 2015 and will feature nine matches played over six dates at the new Lansdowne stadium. Ticket prices were also announced. Stadium passports for all matches range from $140 to $395.

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played there? On June 18, Heritage Ottawa aims to answer those questions and more with its lecture, There’s No Place Like Home: How a Tennis Club Found and Kept a Home Against All Odds. The lecture will be given by historian and professional writer Janet Uren. Sitting in her heritage home in

New Edinburgh, Uren said she truly can’t get enough of learning about or talking about history -especially institutions, which is something she credits her father for instilling in her. “I feel like it’s bred in my bones,” she said. The lecture will take place at the Ottawa Tennis and Lawn Bowling Club, located at 176

Cameron Ave. Uren said without spoiling any of the lecture, it will touch on the history of the moving tennis club -- which switched locations as Ottawa grew -- originally situated in Centretown, then the Glebe, before finally settling in Old Ottawa South in 1922. See SESSION, page 38

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Sarah Partridge recognized with Timmermans Award for efforts in community Michelle Nash

Community - Riding a bicycle is more than a just a way to get around for Vanier resident Sarah Partridge, who was recently honoured for her contribution to the cycling community. Since moving to the neighbourhood, she has been involved with nurturing the local cycling community. Starting with joining the community association, Partridge helped create the association’s sub-committee, Vanier Cycles, and invited all area cyclists to participate in promoting cycling. From there, Partridge has led the fight for better bike lanes and routes in the east end and helped launch the neighbourhood’s annual bike festival, which takes place each June. It’s easy to see how Partridge has changed the way people think about bicycles. Recently awarded the Bruce Timmermans Award for her advocacy of cycling, Partridge said she just wanted to participate in the conversation and to promote riding to work. After learning she’d won the award, Partridge said she was surprised and credited the achievement to the community. “Really, I know this award is for an individual, but it would not have happened if not for the strong community that made it possible,” she said.

According to the city’s website, Bruce Timmermans was a long-time cycling educator and advocate, an active member of the Ottawa Bicycle Club and a founding member of Citizens for Safe Cycling. Each year the city hands out one individual award and one group award. The individual award honours an exemplary citizen who has proactively and publicly promoted the benefits of cycling as a principal mode of transportation. In only two years, Partridge has accomplished this and more. The creation of the Vanier Velo Fest last year was a big part of that, an event that encouraged everyone in the community to celebrate cycling. The festival offers free helmets and T-shirts for children, a barbecue and bike rodeo. The event is made possible by donations and support from local partners. But aside from organizing festivals, Partridge and her cycling committee have taken an active interest in the east-west bikeway, and ensuring the eastend connections not only get made, but make sense. Most recently, at the suggestion from the committee, Partridge led an effort to see Vanier- and Overbrook-specific paths were added to the official bikeway plans. Partridge said she still has a lot of work to do to get cycling routes in the east end up to snuff. First up is continuing work to get bicycle lanes on St.

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at City of Ottawa Museums With summer right around the corner, it’s time to plan a day for dad. On Father’s Day, Sunday, June 15, the City of Ottawa’s five museums present special events that will help you spend time together as a family, honouring the role fathers play in our families and our communities. The earliest Father’s Day celebrations in North America date back to the early 1900s when various communities honoured dads at the local level. The creation of Father’s Day is generally credited to Sonora Smart Dodd, who, after hearing about the new holiday of “Mother’s Day”, wanted there to be a similar holiday to honour men like her own father, who raised six children on his own. She held one of the first Father’s Days in Spokane, Washington on June 19, 1909. It has steadily grown in popularity over the past 100 years, and is now a time-honoured tradition in North America. This Father’s Day, the City of Ottawa will continue that tradition with special events at the five City Museums. If the dad in your life is into antique cars, head to Billings Estate National Historic Site and check out our Annual Antique Car Show. If his eyes light up at the thought of antique emergency services vehicles, Nepean Museum will showcase an antique police car, ambulance, and fire truck. If board games, mini-putt, and vintage past-times are right up his alley, head to Cumberland Heritage Village Museum or make a stop at Fairfields Heritage House for our vintage lawn games. In the west end of town at Pinhey’s Point Historic Site, we’re showcasing heritage trades like blacksmithing and woodworking at this site on the banks of the Ottawa River. This year, why get dad another tie when you can treat him to a fun day out with his family? Make sure to visit or our Facebook pages to find out about the activities offered at each museum or historic site. Choose the event and location the best suits your dad’s interests. Times and admission costs vary.

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Best foot forward Julia Tardioli from Mother Teresa Catholic High School, right, competes for the ball with a Glebe Collegiate player during the senior girls city high school soccer finals on May 30 at Algonquin College. Glebe narrowly edged out Mother Teresa on penalty kicks after a 1-1 tie in regulation time. Glebe will now represent Ottawa at the AAAA division in provincial competition, while Mother Teresa will play in the AAA division.


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Session to look at club’s past, what’s in store for future Continued from page 33

Uren’s job, she said, is to tell the tale of the players, and the club members and give faces and stories to the club’s history. “When you look into the club’s history, you find the old Ottawa families, and it’s almost like you are following them around the city,” Uren said. “It will also be about how the club changed. Now it’s a community-based club where anyone is welcome, but in the old days it was any-

thing but.” Uren said although the elite in Ottawa weren’t necessarily royalty, it was a closed club where people had to buy shares to join and no children and few women were allowed to play. Those women who did wore floor length gowns, with corsets – far from the attire today’s players wear. Already having spent some time working on the history of the Minto Skating Club and currently working on a larger labour of love -- a history of

New Edinburgh -- Uren said it’s easy to get lost in these prominent Ottawa families’ lives. Uren will be looking back, but Kris Benes of Open Plan Architects, the architect who has been retained to restore the aging building, will talk about the restoration project and the future for the club. The lecture begins at 7 p.m. More information about the event is available by visiting the website at

2014 Zoning Review – Phase 2 Notice of Public Information Sessions Why? In 2013 City Council approved new Official Plan policies to create a more liveable Ottawa. To put these policies into action, the Zoning By-law needs to be updated. In some review areas, changes to existing Secondary Plans will also be made to permit the zoning updates to proceed. How will this affect me? Zoning affects how land can be used on both public and private properties. It regulates things like types of housing, shops, schools, industries, as well as building heights and building densities. The right zoning will make sure our streets and neighbourhoods develop in ways that encourage vibrant, liveable places for all to enjoy.


Janet Uren works away at her latest lecture, a look back at the city’s first tennis club in Old Ottawa South. The Heritage Ottawa lecture will take place on June 18.

Zoning changes will provide greater certainty for residents, developers, businesses and others, about what to expect when it comes to future development in the review areas. Learn more about the project and view maps of the review areas at You may also e-mail your question or comment to, phone 3-1-1 or attend a Public Information Session:


Central - June 17 4 to 8 p.m. City Hall, Jean Pigott Hall, Main Floor 110 Laurier Avenue West

INFORMATION SESSION Thursday, June 19, 2014 5 to 7 p.m. Patro d’Ottawa (Hall A-2-19), 40 Cobourg Street

South and West - June 18 4 to 8 p.m. Ben Franklin Place, The Atrium 101 Centrepointe Drive, Nepean

The City of Ottawa invites you to an information session regarding the rehabilitation of St. Patrick Street from east of King Edward Avenue to the Vanier Parkway that will commence in June 2014.

East - June 19 4 to 8 p.m. Peter D. Clark Place (Orleans Client Service Centre) 255 Centrum Blvd, Orleans

At the meeting, drawings for the project, as well as the expected construction schedule, will be on display for public review and comment. City staff, the project consultant, and representatives from the office of Councillor Mathieu Fleury will be on hand to discuss the project and respond to questions.

List of Phase 2 Zoning Reviews:

The information available for review will include plans presenting:

Reviews with city wide implications: Minimum Density Index Infill Housing #2 (height, mass and setbacks)

UÊ ÊÀiÃÕÀv>Vˆ˜}ʜv St. Patrick St. between Murray St and the Vanier Parkway. The west limits of the work in the eastbound and westbound directions are to tie into previous roadwork on St. Patrick St. that was done under the King Edward Avenue renewal project UÊ ÊVÕÀLÊÀi˜iÜ>Ê‡ÊÀiVœ˜ÃÌÀÕV̈œ˜ÊœvÊÃiV̈œ˜ÃʜvÊVœ˜VÀiÌiÊVÕÀLÃ]ÊÈ`iÜ>ŽÃÊ>˜`ÊLœÕiÛ>À`Ê>Ài>Ãʈ˜Ê«œœÀÊ condition UÊ ÊÀœ>`ʓœ`ˆwV>̈œ˜ÃÊvÀœ“Ê œLœÕÀ}Ê-Ì°Ê̜Ê̅iÊ6>˜ˆiÀÊ*>ÀŽÜ>ÞÊ̜ÊÀiVœ˜w}ÕÀiÊ̅iÊVÞVˆ˜}Êv>VˆˆÌˆiÃÊ>ÃÊ «>ÀÌʜvÊ̅iÊ >Ã̇7iÃÌÊ ˆŽiÜ>Þ UÊ ÊÀi“œÛ>ÊœvÊLÕÃÊL>Þà UÊ Ê“ˆ˜œÀÊÀi…>LˆˆÌ>̈œ˜ÊœvÊ̅iÊ,ˆ`i>ÕÊ,ˆÛiÀÊ Àˆ`}i UÊ ÊV>̅œ`ˆVÊ«ÀœÌiV̈œ˜ÊœvÊ̅iÊÜ>ÌiÀ“>ˆ˜

East end reviews: Orleans Town Centre Review St. Joseph Boulevard Arterial Mainstreet Review Montreal Road Arterial Mainstreet Review Ogilvie Road Arterial Mainstreet Review St. Laurent Boulevard Arterial Mainstreet Review Walkley Road Arterial Mainstreet Review Innes Road Arterial Mainstreet Review


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For further information and/or to submit comments, please contact: Ad # 2014-04-7030-23631-S

Central area reviews: Billings Bridge Mixed Use Centre Review Bronson Avenue Traditional Mainstreet Review Gladstone Avenue Traditional Mainstreet Review McArthur Avenue Traditional Mainstreet Review Somerset Street Traditional Mainstreet Review Preston Street Traditional Mainstreet Review Dalhousie Street Traditional Mainstreet Review Main Street / Hawthorne Ave Traditional Mainstreet Review

Accessibility is an important consideration for the City of Ottawa. If you require special accommodation, please contact the undersigned.


South and West end reviews: Barrhaven Town Centre Review Carling Avenue Arterial Mainstreet Review Robertson Road Arterial Mainstreet Review Merivale Road South Arterial Mainstreet Review Merivale Road North Traditional Mainstreet Review

Construction will commence in June 2014 and is to be completed by the end of the 2014 construction season.

Josée Vallée, P.Eng. Senior Engineer, Infrastructure Projects Infrastructure Services Department

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Dream big and don’t give up

Class Environmental Assessment Cambrian Road Widening (future realigned Greenbank Road to Jockvale Road);

Notice of Completion of Environmental Study Report

Sochi 2014 Olympians Chloe Dufour-Lapointe and Melodie Daoust were welcomed with cheers and Canadian flags at Vanier’s Trillium Public School. Team Canada visited Ottawa area schools on June 4 on a three-day Celebration of Excellence Heroes Tour to share their stories from Sochi and inspire future Olympic athletes. Both silver medalist DufourLapointe and gold medalist Daoust told the elementary students one thing – dream big and never give up. Above right, also on June 4 at St. Mary Catholic School, kindergartner Avary Stubbert did gold medalist Natalie Spooner a favour by holding on to her medal during the school’s presentation.

Western Light Rail Transit Corridor Extension (Lincoln Fields to Bayshore Station) Planning and Environmental Assessment Study Open House #1 Thursday, June 19, 2014 Foster Farm Community Centre Gymnasium 1065 Ramsey Crescent, Ottawa 6 to 8:30 p.m. Transit Access: approximately 250m walk from Pinecrest Station By attending this open house session, you will learn more about this study for a light rail transit (LRT) corridor to run between the planned Western LRT Corridor (from a junction south of Lincoln Fields Station) and Bayshore Station. At the meeting, City Staff will provide information on the process and objectives and identify preliminary design issues to be addressed by the study. You will have the opportunity to meet and discuss your comments with the study team. The City’s Transportation Master Plan (TMP 2013) identifies the Western Light Rail Transit Corridor Extension as a component of the future expanded rapid transit network, integral to achieving modal share targets for public transportation. Study Area The Study Area extends between the existing Transitway (from a junction south of Lincoln Fields Station) and Bayshore Station, along Highway 417. The Environmental Assessment portion of the study will be undertaken in accordance with the Transit Project Assessment Process (TPAP) as prescribed in Ontario Regulation 231/08, Transit Projects. The final Environmental Project Report will be integrated with that of the Western Light Rail Transit Corridor (Bayview to Baseline) Planning and Environmental Assessment Study. Accessibility is an important consideration for the City of Ottawa. If you require special accommodation, please call or e-mail the project lead below.

The Environmental Study Report (ESR) for the Cambrian Road Widening Environmental Assessment (future realigned Greenbank Road to Jockvale Road) has been completed and has been placed on record June 12, 2014 for a 30-day public review period. In March 2013, the City of Ottawa initiated the Environmental Assessment for the proposed widening of Cambrian Road between the future Re-Aligned Greenbank Road and Jockvale Road. This study has been completed in accordance with the requirements for a Schedule “C” project in accordance with the requirements of the Municipal Class Environmental Assessment, 2011, which is an approved process under the Ontario Environmental Assessment Act. Both the Barrhaven South Community Design Plan, (approved by Council in June 2006) and the City of Ottawa Transportation Master Plan (2013) identifies the requirement for widening of Cambrian Road from two to four lanes to accommodate future growth in the community. Copies of the Environmental Study Report are available for review at the following locations: City of Ottawa Service Centre 110 Laurier Avenue West Ottawa, ON, K1P 1J1

Ministry of the Environment Ottawa District Office 2430 Don Reid Drive Ottawa, Ontario

Ottawa Public Library, Main Branch, 120 Metcalfe Street, Ottawa, ON, K1P 5M2

Carleton University MacOdrum Library (MADGIC) 1125 Colonel By Drive Ottawa, ON K1S 5B6

Barrhaven Ruth E. Dickinson Library 100 Malvern Drive, Ottawa

University of Ottawa Morriset Library Geography & Govt. Document Sec 65 University Street Ottawa, ON, K1N 6N5

During the public review period, interested persons are encouraged to read the ESR and provide comments. Please direct written comments to: Nelson Edwards, MCIP RPP Project Manager Planning & Growth Management Department 110 Laurier Avenue West, Ottawa, ON K1P 1J1 Tel: 613-580-2424, ext. 21290 Fax: 613-580-2576 E-mail: If concerns regarding this project cannot be resolved in discussion with the City, a person/party may request that the Minister of the Environment make an order for the project to comply with Part II of the Environmental Assessment Act (referred to as Part II Order). The Part II Order request must be received by the Minister of the Environment during the 30 day review period and a copy of the request should be forwarded to the City of Ottawa. If there are no requests received by July 14, 2014, the project will be considered to have met the requirements of the Municipal Class EA, and the project will proceed, provided that funding is available, to design and construction as presented in the ESR. Minister of the Environment, Ontario 77 Wellesley Street West 11th Floor, Ferguson Block Toronto, ON M7A 2T5 Tel: (416) 314-6790 Fax: (416) 314-6748) Email:

Questions? Please contact: Nelson Edwards Senior Project Manager Transportation Planning 110 Laurier Avenue West Tel: 613-580-2424, ext. 21290 Fax: 613-580-2570 E-mail:

With the exception of personal information, all comments will become part of the public record. Information collected will be used in accordance with the Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act and solely for the purpose of conducting the environmental assessment. R0012734270-0605

This Notice was first published on June 12, 2014.


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Worship 10:30 Sundays Minister - Rev. William Ball Organist - Alan Thomas Nusery & Sunday School, Loop audio, Wheelchair access

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Service Time: Sundays at 10:30 AM Location: St. Thomas More Catholic School, 1620 Blohm Drive

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Yogis raising money for instructors’ family Community chipping in for 11-year-old with brain tumour Brier Dodge

Community – The community has been raising money to support a Terry Fox Elementary School student who is having surgery to remove a brain tumour this summer. For the most part, Ethan Lavictoire is a normal, quiet 11-year-old kid, who loves Lego and playing baseball. But Ethan and his family have been dealing with his severe headaches and their side effects for several years, which happen several days a week. The headaches are so severe they make Ethan sick, and have required a variety of treatments – such as physiotherapy – to try and remedy. Doctors eventually discovered Ethan had a benign brain tumour in his language centre.

This spring, they told his family it had doubled in size within the past year. His family has been travelling to Sick Kids Hospital in Toronto to seek treatment for Ethan, who will turn 12 this August. He’s been seeing a variety of doctors since he started having migraines at age six; it’s been a part-time job for his parents to coordinate tests and doctor results ever since then. On July 15, Ethan will have surgery in Toronto to remove the tumour. He’ll be in the hospital for about a week, and recovering throughout the summer. Because brain surgery is complicated, it’s hard to know how long or exactly what his recovery will entail. Many in the Orléans community, especially those who do yoga, know Ethan’s par-

ents, Todd and Amanda, both of whom are yoga instructors. Amanda teaches at the Athletic Club in Orléans and at Train Yards; Todd teaches at both the locations as well as Pure Yoga in Westboro and Centretown. On May 31, both the Athletic Club locations held a day-long barbecue, silent auction and yogathon to raise money for the family. Working as yoga instructors, neither parent gets paid when missing work for Ethan’s appointments. Amanda is taking a leave of absence over the summer to care for Ethan; and extra treatments and medications not covered by OHIP are all out of pocket. Costs have also added up quickly for the many trips for the family of five to Toronto to deal with the doctors at Sick Kids Hospital. There was a large turnout at both of the locations, with many of Todd and Amanda’s students taking part, and Ethan making a stop by the Orléans

Pet Adoptions Meet Betsy, an affectionate and active German shepherd/boxer mix looking for her forever home. Betsy would love to live with a family that enjoys exercise as much as she does! Betsy’s favourite game is playing fetch – she will be wellmatched in a home with older or dog-savvy kids who can throw around the ball with her, take her on walks and enjoy her playful personality! Betsy is a very social gal and likes the company of other dogs but would do best with other four-legged friends who will respect her space. She would benefit from an experienced owner who can help her be the best pooch possible with obedience training.


Elizabeth Sykes, front, takes part in a yin yoga class at the Athletic Club Orléans on May 31. The fundraiser was for the Lavictoire family, who will prepare for Ethan, 11, to have brain surgery this summer. Both Ethan’s parents are yoga instructors at the club. The fundraiser was held at both the Orléans and Train Yards locations. location for the family yoga class. “In the beginning, I felt overwhelmed ” Amanda said, adding Ethan is fairly quiet, but got excited when he saw all the posters with his photo on them around the gym for the fundraiser. “He needed this to be OK with his diagnose.”

After counting how many posters were up at the gym, Amanda said Ethan “felt like, ‘I’m awesome, I’m a superstar, I’m famous.’” Ethan’s classmates at Terry Fox had also planned a fundraising dance-a-thon for June 5 at the school. So far, the community has

raised $30,000 for the family. The amount of community support has raised the family’s spirits, especially Ethan’s, said his mother. For more information on Ethan and updates on fundraisers, visit www.youcaring. com/medical-fundraiser/love4-ethan/173079.


For more information on Petra and all our adoptable animals, stop by the OHS at 245 West Hunt Club Rd. Check out our website at to see photos and descriptions of the animals available for adoption.

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400 children attended OHS camps last summer. Not only do they bring life to the OHS, but they leave with knowledge and attitudes that will change the future for Ottawa’s animals. In addition to young summer campers, the OHS also reached 2,444 through other camps, children’s tours and birthday parties and an astounding 6,900 through school and summer humane education programs. Their learning experiences will result in permanent change. They won’t leave their pets in hot cars, and they won’t surrender their pet to go on holidays.

Shasta Hi, my name is Shasta and I’m a 4 year old Maltese. I love to help Gramma tend to the garden and explore the back yard! I love to play tag with my cat cousins Cosmo and Nikita! I love to hang out with my canine cousin Toby! I really love going to visit GG (Gramma Gisele) where I kiss and cuddle her and ride on her walker! But when the day is done, I love to settle down with my Mom & Dad and dream about tomorrows adventures!!! 9dndji]^c`ndjgeZi^hXjiZZcdj\]idWZÆI=:E:ID;I=:L::@Ç4HjWb^iVe^XijgZVcYh]dgi W^d\gVe]nd[ndjgeZiidÒcYdjiH^beanZbV^aid/Yi]Zg^Zc5eZg[eg^ci#XVViiZci^dcÆEZid[i]ZLZZ`Ç Ottawa West News EMC - Thursday, June 12, 2014


part of their owner’s summer plans. Along with challenge of so many animals needing care in the OHS shelter, far too many dogs are rescued from hot cars. Even before temperatures climb into the 30s, temperatures inside parked cars, even on moderate days, can soar to 40 degrees and beyond. As many as two dozen dogs every week will need to be rescued from these vehicular ovens this summer. Summer also becomes lively in a good way. A favourite addition is the very popular summer camps that begin at the end of the school year. Almost


Now that summer has finally arrived, things will be getting very lively here at the Ottawa Humane Society. Both great things and tremendous challenges are a part of the season. As soon as the weather gets warm, the shelter begins to fill with stray animals and those surrendered by their owners. In fact, OHS intake rises from a dozen or so a day, to up to 50 animals some days, all of whom have nowhere else to go. It is a sad fact that as summer holiday time approaches in June, the number of animals surrendered peaks, often as a result of pets not being a






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New Friday night space ready for Wabano youth Drug prevention program offers kids a new place to hang out Michelle Nash

Community - Staff at the Wabano Centre are hoping a revamped space in the facility’s basement will become the place to be for young people on Friday nights. The Youth Safe Zone at the Wabano Centre for Aboriginal Health will be open every week from 3 to 8 p.m. for young people 13 and up to let loose on a Friday night. The events will also include drug prevention programming which will vary in length, but program coordinator Bailley Taylor said the main point is simply for kids to have a place to go and have a good time. “We want it to be a safe place that they want to come to,” Taylor said. “The reality is this safe zone is keeping the kids off the street and giving them something to do, and really

that is part of drug prevention, too.” The improvements to the basement area include computers, gaming systems, a music studio, arts and crafts area and a lounge area for those who show up. Taylor’s structured portion of the evening will be anything but, she said. Growing up on a reservation where drugs and alcohol abuse was all around her, she said the experience helped her choose to say no. “I learned from watching other people screw up all around me. I didn’t want that,” she said. “Even if I only reach out to one student out of 30, that’s still one and hopefully it will spread to the others. I want Fridays to be a place where they can come and feel comfortable and want to be here.” What she plans to do is bring in speakers, bring in examples of how much drugs

can ruin a life and make the learning hands on. “It’s not going to be about reading or listening to a lecture – they do that all day in school. When they come here we want to make it fun and want to learn.” The drug prevention portion of the evening will be short, and after, any students who participated are welcome to stay in the centre until 8 p.m. doing as they please, including making dinner for themselves and other students. Dinner will be provided by the Wasa-nabin youth kitchen, another Wabano program. “It’s great, they will learn how to cook and clean as well,” Taylor said. Funding for the programming has been provided by the federal and provincial governments. Although only 15 youth can participate in the kitchen program, the Safe Zone can take an unlimited amount of students Taylor said. For more information about the program, or other programs at the centre, visit

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Bailley Taylor invites everyone to come out to try out the new Youth Safe Zone on Fridays at the Wabano Centre for Aboriginal Health.




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Can I go to summer camp with my friends? Paint pictures with chocolate pudding. Hunt for dinosaur bones in the sand. Make butterfly kites to fly. Skate rings around the pylons. Learn 10 chords on the guitar. Be part of a medieval village. Dress up and clown around. Run as fast as the wind. Walk down the runway in your latest creation. Kick the ball over the goal. Grow a science experiment. Sing a round of song 99 times. Learn to save lives. Hit the birdie high. Spin, twirl, and leap! Sculpt a bowl. Play your newly created robotics game. Cook a yummy pizza. Be a leader. Make that slam dunk. Film your first movie.

Can’t think of enough things to do this summer?

Let our creative leaders tackle this job. Kids just want to have fun, and they learn and grow through play. Creative arts, the challenge of games, sports and outdoor activities, opportunities for self-expression and exploration are vital to their development. The value of play to a child’s growth is the foundation of all our camp services. Summer camp is the place to make new friends, learn from role models and always have something exciting to talk about at the dinner table. No matter what the weather, summer camps are busy places with creativity and energy flowing and always full of new adventures.

As a parent you have plenty of camp options: • • • •

Locations throughout the city - urban, suburban and rural Specialties - geared to your child’s interests and skills Ages - preschool, school age, preteen and youth programs Schedules - full and half days and weeks, varied start and finish times

Safe places for kids

Children are fully supervised throughout the day. Facilities are monitored for safety, and our camp leaders are trained in first aid, accident prevention and emergency procedures. Your child’s safety is our priority.

Leadership and reputation

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Our summer camps have an excellent reputation, and our camp leaders are chosen for their experience, abilities and dedication. Our staff team is committed to ensuring a safe and fun day camp experience for your child. The City of Ottawa has everything you need for the best summer yet . . . skills development and learning —with an Emphasis on Fun!

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Get a load of that toad Sydney Allen, 11, left, and Freddie Lofthouse, 10, examine a toad during the BioBlitz held in the Glebe with the home base at Brown’s Inlet Park on May 31. The BioBlitz included presentations on different aspects of the park’s biology.

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Local author’s book marks anniversary of Empress sinking

Arts - An award-winning author and teacher from Kanata hopes her historical fiction novel about “Canada’s worst maritime disaster” helps to implant the tragedy in popular Canadian mythos. The novel entitled Unspeakable and penned by Caroline Pignat, surrounds the sinking of The Empress of Ireland, a cruise ship lost in the St. Lawrence River. More than 1,000 people died when the ship sank on the very first day of its voyage from Quebec to Liverpool, topping the tally of passengers lost on the Titanic, said Pignat. Despite the sheer size of the disaster, its story is littleknown, she said. With the 100th anniversary of the sinking, a stunning collection at the Canadian Museum of History now open to the public, and her novel, Pignat said she hopes this can change. “I hope the book makes people want to learn more about the event,” and about the heroic people who lived through it, she said. It’s a story that she was unfamiliar with as well, when Penguin Books asked her to write a novel about the tragedy. A lot of Pignat’s other historical works have to do with

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Author Caroline Pignat reads from her new book Unspeakable at D’Arcy McGee’s in Kanata on May 31. The author and All Saints teacher was reading at her official book launch. Ireland, so she thought maybe that’s why the publisher was asking her to write it. “Then (the publisher) goes, ‘No, no, it’s one of Canada’s biggest maritime disasters and the 100th anniversary is coming up.’ “I still had no idea what she

was talking about,” admits Pignat. After doing some research on the topic, she said the story begged to be told. “The facts themselves are amazing,” said Pignat. It was May 29, 1914, she said. The Empress of Ireland

Ellie, a fictional character and Pignat’s main character, is a stewardess and one of the survivors of the sinking. She refuses to speak about what happened while she looks for Jim, one of the ship’s stokers who she is in love with, said Pignat. But, when a journalist finds Jim’s journal and uses it as leverage to get Ellie to talk, the story of The Empress’ descent beneath the waves is recounted, she said. The story of The Empress of Ireland has long been referred to as “Canada’s Titanic,” but won little of the attention that disaster had garnered. Perhaps it’s because the First World War began two months later,

or the deaths of New York socialites out-shone those of The Empress of Ireland, said Pignat. “More passengers died on that ship than on the Titanic or the Lusitania, which is crazy,” she said, “and we’ve never heard of it.” Pignat said she believes it’s time for the sinking to be remembered, adding “It was definitely an honour to be given the opportunity to write it.” Pignat will be signing copies of her book on June 14 from 1 to 4 p.m. at the Kanata Chapters at 400 Earl Grey Dr. The Canadian Museum of History’s exhibit on the sinking runs until April 6, 2015.

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was sailing from Quebec to Liverpool, its 96th voyage, and on that first night, just as the ship was nearing the end of the St. Lawrence River, a fog rolled in. A little before 2 a.m., a smaller ship called the Storstad was nearing The Empress, and in the confusion, the Storstad hammered into The Empress, ripping a 33 square metre hole in the ocean liner. Had the Storstad remained embedded in The Empress, the cruise liner may not have sunk, said Pignat. The smaller ship was plugging the hole it had made and could possibly have stayed embedded in the hull of The Empress until they reached the shore just six miles away. But, the Storstad detached from The Empress, and water came surging in. The sinking occurred two years after the Titanic, which did not carry enough lifeboats for the crew and passengers. Learning from that, The Empress had been outfitted with more lifeboats and better technology to keep it afloat. But, as the ship began leaning to one side, the portholes, left open as the ship had yet to make it to open water, let water gush into passengers’ rooms. “Some of the accounts that I read were saying it was like a fire-hose right on you in the bed,” said Pignat. “Some people drowned in their beds and weren’t able to get out of their room.” The ship rolled, and in 14 minutes, it had sunk. Of the 1,447 people sailing on The Empress, 1,012 died.

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Community - It’s going to be all about community spirit in Old Ottawa East this weekend. Hosted by the Community Activities Group, the Main Event will begin with a movie night in Springhurst Park on June 13 followed up by a garage sale and community party on June 14. “The Main Event is aptly named,” said Nick Masciantonio, chairman of the activities group board. “It’s the culmination of year-long activities in our community, activities that could not happen without our volunteers, the support of our amazing business partners and the enthusiasm of our residents.” This year, the community will also take time to campaign for the revitalization of the neighborhood’s commercial core. The Sandy Hill Community Health Centre and the activities group will co-host the movie


Organizers for this year’s Old Ottawa East Main Event said the event is the one and only neighbourhood event to go to this summer. night, featuring Bend it Like Beckham on June 13 at 9 p.m. Rain date is scheduled for June 14 at 9 p.m. or dusk. There is no cost to attend. The garage sale will begin on Saturday, June 14 at 8 a.m. and takes place across the neighbourhood, from Rideau Gardens Drive to Greenfield Avenue and from Echo Drive to the Rideau River. The centre of fun, however will be the Main Event community party on June 14, rain

or shine from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. The party will run alongside the Main Farmers’ Market on the lawn of St. Paul University. A barbecue, arts and craft sale and free wagon rides will run throughout the day. Family-fun activities will include a bouncy castle, balloon twister, and an obstacle course. All events are free. For more information about the event, visit or contact the Community Activities Group at 613-230-0076.

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eing Lutheran is no fun,” Audrey said for the umpteenth time that morning. Mother let out a loud sigh, and I knew what was coming next, because my sister on the rare occasions she even bothered to discuss with me anything the least bit serious, had talked about this very thing. “Why can’t we have more Sunday picnics like the Uniteds? Beatrice said there are at least two more picnics this summer, and we Lutherans have yet to have even one.” Audrey was wiping the oilcloth on the kitchen table, and she was rubbing so hard I thought she was going to rub out the checked red and white pattern. Then she took the argument even further by suggesting she saw no reason why she couldn’t go to the United Church and the rest of the family stay Lutheran. Well, that tore it. Mother sat Audrey down at one end of the table, just by pointing her finger to the nearest chair, and she sat at the other end.

MARY COOK Mary Cook’s Memories There was nothing I liked better than a good heated discussion, and I knew I was about to witness a dandy. Nothing bothered Mother more than to have one of us argue about going to church. Even though we came from what Aunt Lizzie called a divided household, to Mother going to the Lutheran church every Sunday was just as important as doing the washing on Monday’s and having our weekly bath on Saturday night. There were no questions asked as far as going to church was concerned, and only a calamity of the highest order would keep us away. Mother told Audrey you didn’t go to church to have fun. You were there to learn about the bible, and listen to a good message. I thought it was a good time

to bring up the subject of our divided household, since we were talking church and all. I had no idea what it meant when Aunt Lizzie had come from Regina one time and as well as declaring Mother as “not being of the best farm material she had ever seen,” she also said Mother created what was called a divided household for her brother – my father. So I dared to ask, what was a divided household? Mother ignored my question, but my sister Audrey jumped right in and said, “It means Father is a Lutheran, and Mother is a Catholic.” Well, that was all news to me. The nearest Catholic church was in Renfrew and not once did we ever go to a church service in the Catholic church in Renfrew. How could

Mother be a Catholic and not go to church every Sunday? Now, she did have a rosary, and she wouldn’t eat meat on Fridays, and on occasion I did see her cross herself, but that’s as far as it went. Why, we often sang on the street corner with the Salvation Army band in Renfrew – did that make us Salvation Army members? Anyway, as far as Mother was concerned the discussion was over, and Audrey and I headed for the swing in the grape arbour. I told Audrey I didn’t want to go to one church and have her go to another. I told her about the time she was asked to sing a hymn and how I tingled from my head to my toes with pride, and how everyone said she sang like a bird, and I just knew she would be asked to sing again someday. Whose shoulder could I lean against when I nodded off during the sermon? Certainly not my brother Emerson’s. I couldn’t tell by looking at Audrey, sitting across from me in the swing, if I had been able to convince her to stay a Lutheran. I had to think of something that would leave no doubt in her mind that going

to the United Church just wasn’t a good idea. Then it hit me right out of the blue. “I hear Shirley’s brother from the Barr Line is going to join the Lutheran Church. Remember how he chose your cake at the cake auction at our church? Cost him a whole quarter too. He sure had the sweets on you.” I had no idea in the world whether or not Shirley’s brother had any intention of joining the Lutheran church, but this issue called

for drastic measures. Audrey got a dreamy look in her eyes, which was a very good sign. I thought I would seal the deal by adding a bit more to the story. “Shirley said he is now old enough to drive the car too. He loves to go into Renfrew to the picture shows.” Well, that did the trick. Audrey put her head back in the swing, and pushed the boards gently with her feet. I knew she was thinking of trips into Renfrew to the picture show, and Shirley’s brother sitting in a pew in the Lutheran Church. Joining the United Church was never mentioned again.

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Lily and her mom Jaqueline Baker are two members of the family of six who came out to Parliament Hill on May 24 to raise awareness about potentially negative effects of genetically modified food products. The family was a small group taking part in the global campaign, especially in comparison to the thousands that protested in New Zealand, Europe, and Australia where legislation has been passed to label and ban GMO products.


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News - Four community associations representing neighbourhoods near Lansdowne Park will host a traffic-related meeting on June 17. The Glebe Community Association, Ottawa East Community Association, Glebe Annex Community Association and Old Ottawa South Community Association will conduct a residents’ information session on Lansdowne Park traffic in Scotton Hall at the Glebe Community Centre. The Ottawa Sports and Entertainment Group, city staff for parks, bylaw and traffic have been invited to discuss the plans for the stadium’s opening weekend, set for July 18. Information boards will be set up and staff will be available to explain the plans to be put in place for opening day and other summer events taking place at the park. After the presentation, there will be a question and answer period. All the information at the session will be provided on the Glebe Community Association’s website,


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New Sawmill Creek pathway extension to open soon $2.5-million paved path touted as fully accessible cycling and pedestrian route Erin McCracken

News - A new $2.5-million pedestrian and cycling pathway along Sawmill Creek is expected to open by the end of June, which will allow more commuters to get out of their cars and on their bikes, said the city’s River Ward councillor. The 1.2-kilometre northsouth stretch extends north along the Airport Parkway from the existing Sawmill Creek pathway at the Walkley Road transitway station and links with the existing Brookfield Road pathway, just west of the pedestrian bridge over the creek. “I can’t imagine how cool it’s going to be to be a cyclist hopping on that pathway, knowing you can safely navigate that very busy corridor and not have to be in the middle of traffic,” said Coun. Maria McCrae, one of the driving forces behind the pathway extension.

“It’s an alternate form of transportation that gets cars off the road. And when you hear people complaining about congestion, certainly anything we can do to get cars off the road is important.” Money for the extension was secured in the city’s 2012 budget, and construction got underway late last summer following a public consultation process. The three-metre-wide strip is now fully paved, retaining walls have been constructed in places where the grade along the creek is steep, and several trees have been planted along the off-road corridor. Final steps include some landscaping and an inspection before the city can officially take over the infrastructure, said McCrae, who has, in her excitement, regularly tweeted the progress that’s been made on the pathway. The pathway extension also been built with the future in mind. “For anyone who’s ques-

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A worker rolls out strips of grass sod along the edges of the newly extended Sawmill Creek pathway recently. The 1.2-kilometre multi-use corridor, that has since been paved, is expected to open by the end of June. tioning whether that pathway was built to allow for future expansion of the Airport Parkway, absolutely,” McCrae said, noting an environmental assessment on the parkway’s

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expansion is slated to begin soon. “So there will be no redigging it up or anything.” The path will also translate into an economic boost in the surrounding neighbourhood

and in the greater region because it will not only draw tourists, but also residents who may be considering moving to the community, said McCrae. She pointed to Washington D.C. and Portland, Ore. as examples of cities that have experienced increased economic development thanks to their extensive pedestrian and cycling networks. The creation of the Sawmill Creek recreational-use pathway was first envisioned by McCrae about a decade ago when she first took office. Work on the Sawmill Creek Constructed Wetlands had begun, and she said she saw potential for the development of pathways in the area. But McCrae was told by city staff these were earmarked for trucks accessing storm-water ponds, and that there were no plans for recreational use in the area. McCrae then pushed for paths between Walkley and Hunt Club roads to be groomed. “But as soon as you got to Walkley, you had no where to go, so if you had a stroller or a walker or a wheelchair you were sort of stuck on the path-

way,” McCrae said. Once Nancy Schepers took up the post as deputy city manager of planning and infrastructure, the two worked together to make the Sawmill Creek pathway extension a reality. “We agreed that having that safe, very important northsouth corridor was a priority in our transportation network,” McCrae said. Credit for the project’s successful completion also goes to city engineer Carina Duclos and project manager Tara Blasioli, who ensured the multiuse corridor was finished on time and on budget, McCrae said. The path was designed to help link commuters working downtown and living south of the city. “For me, you can put your bike on the O-Train, hop off at Confederation (Heights), which is very close to Brookfield (Road), get on that pathway and cycle all the way up to Hunt Club Road, which is a tremendous opportunity to get cars off the road and get a little bit of fitness in at the same time,” McCrae said. “I’m a happy councillor.”

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June 14

Meri Squares Modern Square Dance Club invites one and all to watch and participate in a demonstration of modern square dancing. Experience the fun and friendship of modern square dancing on June 14 during Westfest from 9:45 to 10:30 a.m. in front of All Saints Westboro Anglican/First United Church located at 347 Richmond Rd. Contact Sharon Fotheringham at 613-731-0490, Ann Davelaar at 613-728-2985 or visit MeriSquares. ca for more information. St. Ignatius Church will host a garage sale at the parish hall located at 518 Donald St. on June 14, starting at 8:30 a.m. A variety of items, including books, will be on sale. For more informatin, call 613-744-4889.

June 14-15

The Friends of the Farm will be hosting a used book sale on June 14 and 15 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Literally the best used book sale in Ottawa -- choose from thousands of titles. Free entry at Building 72 at the Central Experimental Farm arboretum, east off the Prince of Wales Drive roundabout. For more information, call 613-230-3276 or visit

June 15

The Friends of the Farm present the explorer rose workshop from 1 to 3 p.m. at the Central Experimental Farm. Rose expert Edythe Falconer will present a workshop on roses, pests and diseases. The event will also featuer a self-guided tour. Please bring a folding chair. Park in the Agricultural Museum lot. Donations kindly accepted. For more information, call 613-230-3276 or visit

June 17

Vanier Beautification will hold its next meeting on June 17 at 6:30 p.m. at 155 Duford St. Please note the change in venue and just a reminder that we do not hold meetings in July and August. You are invited to bring a potluck item to share with other members. Following a short meeting, we will sample and savour the potluck offerings of our members, take time to socialize, reminisce and share many positive experiences from the past year.

June 18

On June 18, Heritage Ottawa’s final lecture of the 2013-14 season will take place at the Ottawa Tennis and Lawn Bowling Club, located at 176 Cameron Ave. in Old Ottawa South, at 7 p.m. Lecturers Janet Uren and Kris Benes will speak on the topic of There’s No Place Like Home: How a Tennis Club Found and Kept a Home Against All Odds. The lecture will be open to Heritage Ottawa and OTLBC members only, but Heritage Ottawa

memberships will be available at the door. For more information, call 613-230-8841 or email info@

June 19

IODE Walter Baker Chapter will meet June 19 at 1 p.m. at 229 Colonnade Rd. South. Women of all ages are invited to attend and learn about volunteer work. For more information, please visit our website at or call Alia at 613-864-6779.

Join Ottawa’s Scottish country dancers on Parliament Hill on June 21 at 6:30 p.m. to celebrate the Commonwealth Ceilidh. Lively music and simple instruction will help you master and enjoy the dances in no time. No kilts, no swords, no partner, no charge! Come as you are and stay for a good time. A Ceilidh is a party and you are invited. For information, call Karen at 613-2326451 or email danceonthehill@

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June 21

The 12th annual MSMF Picnic takes place on June 21 at Andrew Haydon Park. The event will feature Indian vegetarian food being served from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. and entertainment from 1:30 to 4 p.m. Advance tickets are $50 for a family of four (2 adults, 2 children), $16 for adults and seniors, $12 for children age 6 to 12 years. Tickets are also available for $20 at the gate. The picnic is one of the fund raising and awareness raising events organized by MSMF in Ottawa. During the past 20 years, MSMF has raised funds and worked with partners to provide care for nearly two million poor people in India. For advance tickets please contact Lakshmi Vishnubhatla at 613-523-5413 or by email at; Usha Merchea at 613-843-0757 or by email at; or Kauser Simran at 613-859-0881 or by email at Anyone interested in volunteering can contact Vinni Sahni at 613-824-6757.

A gardens tour of 14 beautiful private gardens with the chance to participate in an optional car rally to support Ottawa’s own botanical garden will take place on June 21 and 22. The cost is $40 each. Details on the event, Over the Hedge, are available at the Canadensis Botanical Garden Society website at More information can also be obtained by calling 613-454-5673. The 14 spectacular private gardens are located in Gloucester, Orleans, Cumberland, Russell, Metcalfe, Crysler, Winchester, Vernon, Osgoode and Greely.

Heritage Ottawa will host a walking tour of the Ceremonial Route on June 22 at 2 p.m. Participants can meet up at the Old Fraser Schoolhouse, at the corner of Sussex Drive and John Street. The cost is $5 for Heritage Ottawa members and $10 for non-members. No reservations

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Join us for Vitality Lunch, a wellness event for seniors, on June 23 at 12 p.m. in the Palisades Ballroom, located at 480 Metcalfe St. Seniors living in Capital Ward are invited to join Coun. David Chernushenko for a complimentary healthy lunch and to learn about aging well with special guest speaker Dr. Jayda Siggers who specializes in clinical nutrition. Come early to meet Mayor Jim Watson, visit the city’s information booths and sample smoothies at our demonstration bar. Doors open at 11:00 a.m. and lunch served at noon. To RSVP, email or call 613-580-2487.

Britannia United Church is hosting its annual strawberry social on June 25 from 3 to 7:00 p.m. There will be a cold plate and dessert available for $15 for those age 10 and up and $10 for ages 5 to 9. A dessert-only option will be available for $8 for those age 10 and up and $5 for ages 5 to 9. We will also be selling fresh strawberries. Tickets are available at the door. For more information, contact Verne or Marilyn Bruce at 613-828-0704.

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required. One element of the Gréber plan to make Ottawa a modern capital city was the designation of ceremonial routes around Parliament Hill. The principal section would be from Rideau Hall to the East Block of Parliament. The tour guide will be Richard Belliveau, a retired foreign service officer who worked for many years along the route. For more information, call 613-230-8841 or email

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Heritage Ottawa will host a walking tour of Patterson Creek/Linden Terrace/Monkland Avenueon June 29 at 2 p.m. Participants can meet up outside the red clay tiled washroom at the corner of Queen Elizabeth Driveway and Linden Terrace. The cost is $5 for Heritage Ottawa members and $10 for non-members. No reservations required. The tour guides will be Bill Price, secretary of Heritage Ottawa and a Glebe resident, and Lynn Armstrong, a landscape architecture historian, heritage activist and Glebe resident. For more information, call 613-2308841 or email info@heritageottawa. org.

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LIBRA - Sept 23/Oct 23

TAURUS - Apr 21/May 21

SCORPIO - Oct 24/Nov 22

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CANCER - Jun 22/Jul 22

CAPRICORN - Dec 22/Jan 20

LEO - Jul 23/Aug 23

AQUARIUS - Jan 21/Feb 18

VIRGO - Aug 24/Sept 22

PISCES - Feb 19/Mar 20

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