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EMC news - A key link aimed at making cycling in the west end easier and safer is about to come to fruition. A small open house at Westgate Shopping Centre on May 2 illustrated the city’s plan to link the cycling lanes of Island Park Drive to Sebring Avenue through Hampton Park. Street infrastructure would be modified at the intersections of Island Park and Merivale Road, as well as Kirkwood Avenue Sebring, in order to inMay 2nd - 6th! and May 2nd - 6th! crease safety. Ground is expected to be broken in July, with work to be finished by August. A A group led by a retired fenced-in dog run in the park navy captain is working to -- located just north of the help homeless veterans. Queensway and west of Island Special – Page 6 Special Park -- would alleviate some Hours Thursday Hours 10:00am -1 0:00pm 10:00am -10:00pm concerns posed by pedestrians and dog-walkers. Special

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as traditional mainstreet, meaning buildings of four to six storeys would be acceptable in the eyes of the city. When contacted about the application Geoffrey Hall, a planning assistant working in Kitchissippi Coun. Katherine Hobbs’s office, stated that the application had been brought to the attention of nearby community associations. “We haven’t heard anything from them yet,” he said, when asked whether a request for a community meeting has been made. With a floor area of 6,010 square metres, the building would have 140 vehicle parking spaces in an underground garage, accessed from Winona Avenue. A total of 25 bike parking spaces are proposed at grade. Landscaping would be provided around the perimeter of the site. Amis de la Ferme Comments on the filecentrale will be acexpérimentale cepted until May 14, with a decision rendered by the planning and growth management department on June 15.

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On May 14th, 2013 join the Children’s Aid Society of Ottawa (CASO) in supporting Children and Youth in Care Day.

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A developer has submitted the necessary applications for the construiction of of two buildings at 319 McRae Ave. The community met in December to discuss the details of the site.

This month, we are celebrating the strength and resilience of the approximately 700 children and youth in care. CASO becomes involved with families in the community when there may be a concern that a child or youth is at risk of abuse or neglect. Some of them are removed from their homes for a short period of time until circumstances are improved, some remain in care on an extended basis, and still others are adopted into new families. While their life paths are different than those of their peers, they face many of the same hurdles and challenges, and share the same hopes and dreams. We recognize the bravery and resilience shown by these children and youth in the face of adversity. The strength they have developed is admirable. It is for this reason we are asking you to join the children and youth in care in being Strong and Proud.

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EMC news – The sea of parking lots that is the north end of McRae Avenue will look quite different if a development proposal is approved by the city. The proposal by owner James Beach is not new to the community, as a pre-consultation was held in early December regarding his intent to construct a seven-storey office building and eight-storey residential building on the west side of McRae. Originally expected to be filed in January, the necessary zoning bylaw and Official Plan amendments, as well as the site plan, were filed on April 16. The Dec. 5 community meeting between residents and members of agent FoTenn Consultants was a constructive one. Given the vehicle-oriented nature of the street, coupled with the fact a hydro easement runs the full length of the block, many residents saw the potential for new businesses, residents and much-needed landscaping as a good thing. A point of contention arose, however, regarding the pedestrian cutthrough from the dead-end of Wilbur Street to McRae. While many wanted it closed should the development go ahead, others wanted it open. The developer ultimately went with the wishes of the closest residents, meaning the cut-though has been erased from the new plans. “While it was good urbanism, the path would have basically started at the front door of someone’s home,” said Geoffrey Hall, planning assistant to Kitchissippi Coun. Katherine Hobbs. Otherwise, he said, little community opposition has been generated for the project. “The street’s in pretty rough shape right now,” said Hall. “It’s not a safe, pedestrian-oriented street at all.” A financial institution is expected to be the commercial building’s main tenant, while a two-storey commercial podium will connect the two buildings. The residential building would contain 126 units. The site is extremely close to the Westboro Transitway station, which lies 175 metres to the north. Vehicle access to the underground parking garage (which would total 276 vehicle spots for both buildings) would be from McRae, while 42 spaces for ground-level retail possibilities would front onto McRae as well. Hall said there is speculation that the financial institution tenant might open a branch on the ground floor of the building. The hydro easement that runs along the west side of McRae is of the old-fashioned, oil derrick-type. Hall said the developer is looking to have one of the pylons replaced with a slimmer pylon for aesthetic reasons. Comment deadline for the. application is May 14, with a decision expected by staff by June 16. A planning committee date is not yet known.

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enue and then dipping underground. The line, which wouldn’t be built for another decade, would continue under Richmond Road until just before Lincoln Fields, where the parkway and existing Transitway meet Richmond Road. The Richmond Underground would protect the Byron Linear Park, a former tramway that is now green space, which is something residents insisted on during the last round of consultations. The National Capital Commission owns a key portion of the land that would be affected by the lightrail line, including green space along the Sir John A. Macdonald Parkway. Shortly after the city revealed its preferred route, NCC chairman Russell Mills sent out a media release stating the commission is still opposed to any route that runs rail on the parkway. Bay Coun. Mark Taylor, whose ward would contain a large section of the western LRT extension, said he was council’s biggest Carling booster last summer – but not anymore. “I wish they could have found a way to connect (Carling),” Taylor said. From both a financial perspective and an engineering perspective, Carling isn’t a feasible route to run rapid rail, he said. Kitchissippi Coun. Katherine Hobbs, whose ward is also affected by the route, said she supports the Richmond Underground option because cutting off communities in her ward from the benefits of a light-rail line would be detrimental. The vote delay means that a city council meeting scheduled for July 10 will be bumped to July 17.


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EMC news - When retired Navy captain Mark Eldridge met a number of homeless people downtown during a fundraiser last fall, he was surprised to learn he was looking into the eyes of his fellow brothers-in-arms. Last October, the Blackburn Hamlet resident and a group of other servicemen and women were in downtown Ottawa running a fundraiser for Soldier On, a group that supports ill and injured Canadian Forces members to be active in sport and recreational activities. “That bothered us tremendously, that in the course of a few hours, we were engaged by six folks who are living on the street,” Eldridge said. In a city with multiple layers of government and lots of resources, “How the hell does this happen?” Eldridge asked. A group of about a dozen people LAURA MUELLER/METROLAND who were involved with the fundRetired Royal Canadian Navy captain and Blackburn Hamlet resident Mark Eldridge has created a group raiser realized there was a different opportunity for them to help their called Soldiers Helping Soldiers after a chance meeting with homeless veterans last fall. brothers-in-arms. Since January, the group has grown to around 40 members who have visited the Ottawa Mission and Shepherds of Good Hope shelters to serve lunch on two occasions. Soldiers Helping Soldiers memCivic #2250, County Road 31, Winchester, ON bers identify themselves as Canadian 613-774-7000 or 1-800-567-1797 Forces through markings on their aprons and ball caps. Primary list at: www.rideauauctions.com Eldridge is hoping this subtle action will open a door for veterans living on the margins. Offering a sense of belonging and an opportunity to reconnect with a community they identify with can be a way in. It’s the first step in guiding them along the path to accessing the right services that are going to make a difference for them, Eldridge said. Cars: 12 Focus, 16 kms; 11 Fiesta, 70 kms; 08 Accent, 96 kms; 08 Civic, 156 kms; 08 Caliber, 102 kms; 08 Elantra, 89 kms; 07 Charger, 237 kms; 07 Caliber, 105 kms; (2)07 Focus, 139-227 kms; 07 Cobalt, 117 kms; 07 Optima, “It’s just a way of bringing them 79 kms; 06 Impala, 122 kms; 06 Focus, 101 kms; 06 CSX, 141 kms; 06 500, 94 kms; 06 3, 207 kms; 06 Cobalt, back,” he said. 104 kms; 05 Civic, 158 kms; 05 3, 112 kms; 05 Focus, 94 kms; 05 Pursuit, 246 kms; (2)04 Amanti, 143-188 kms; There is no way to know how 04 Impala, 239 kms; 04 Intrepid, 171 kms; 04 BMW X5, 233 kms; 04 Neon, 175 kms; 04 Gr Am, 261 kms; 03 many homeless people in Ottawa are Gr Prix, 260 kms; 03 Taurus, 231 kms; 03 Sebring, 183 kms; (2)03 BMW 3, 96-228 kms; 02 X5, 278 kms; (2)02 former Canadian Forces members, Civic, 247-271 kms; 02 Passat, 217 kms; 02 ES300, 218 kms; 02 Impreza, 187 kms; 01 PT Cruiser, 182 kms; 01 said Dave Gordon, executive director Maxima, 190 kms; 01 Sebring, 352 kms; 01 Sentra, 120 kms; 01 Regal, 147 kms; 01 Cavalier, 165 kms; 01 Integra, of the Ontario command of the Royal 140 kms; 01 Rio, 173 kms; (2)01 Focus, 168-295 kms; 00 Sunfire, 140 kms; 00 Civic, 242 kms; 00 Catera, 208 Canadian Legion. kms; 00 Impala, 171 kms; 00 Intrepid, 171 kms; 99 Camry, 268 kms; 99 Forester, 230 kms; 99 Protégé, 194 kms; “We often get the question, ‘How 99 Mystique, 194 kms; 99 Cavalier, 177 kms; 97 ES 300, 334 kms; 96 Accord, 166 kms; SUVs: 09 Escape, 174 kms; 09 Flex, 131 kms; 09 Tribute, 144 kms; 08 Durango, 171 kms; 08 Edge, 118 kms; 07 Expedition, 262 kms; many homeless veterans are there in 07 CRV, 143 kms; 06 Torrent, 144 kms; (2)05 Escape, 94-236 kms; 05 Trailblazer, 239 kms; 05 Aviator, 184 kms; Canada?’” Gordon said. “I always 05 Navigator, 164 kms; 05 Expedition, 245 kms; 04 Explorer, 285 kms; 04 Freelander, 140 kms; 04 Murano, 193 say, how many snowflakes fell in the kms; 03 Excursion, 173 kms; 03 Murano, 234 kms; 02 Explorer, 169 kms; 02 Cherokee, 196 kms; 02 Avalanche, last snowstorm? I have no idea.” 227 kms; 02 Envoy, 186 kms; 01 Vitara, 223 kms; Vans: 09 Uplander, 99 kms; 09 Montana, 95 kms; 08 Uplander, Eldridge said he was surprised that 150 kms; 07 Caravan, 106 kms; 07 Express, 150 kms; (2)06 Caravan, 105-178 kms; 06 Freestar, 145 kms; 05 any veterans identified themselves Sedona, 121 kms; 05 Caravan, 117 kms; 04 Quest, 145 kms; 04 Caravan, 272 kms; 04 Odyssey, 114 kms; (2)04 during Soldier’s Helping Soliders’ Venture, 171-186 kms; (3)04 Freestar, 150-185 kms; 03 Ram, 207 kms; 02 Montana, 128 kms; 02 MPV, 219 kms; first two shelter visits. He said there 01 T&C, 238 kms; 01 Caravan, 272 kms; (2)01 MPV, 126-162 kms; 01 Venture, 157 kms; 00 Odyssey, 307 kms;

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is no way to estimate the scope of the issue in Ottawa, but he guessed there may be in the neighbourhood of 100 homeless veterans in the city. The issues they face and the conditions that led to them ending up on the streets are the same as the issues faced by any person who becomes homeless, Eldridge said. “This story doesn’t wear a uniform,” he said. “It’s not about their military service.” Addiction is an issue and alcohol abuse is easy to fall into when there are few distractions on a military base, Eldridge said. But addiction is a common thread for many people who become homeless, he said. “I doubt very much that the circumstances in the military are very different than anywhere else,” he said. A lack of transferable job skills can lead to a downward spiral for anyone, Eldridge said. When their career experience amounts to “combat,” it makes sense that some veterans can’t find work after they complete their service. By the time they reach that stage, they’ve completely forgotten the information they received – and thought they would never need – while they were in the military, Eldridge said. It’s something Eldridge can connect with. “When you see your brothers-inarms on the street … you have to do something about it,” he said. “The underlying issue is that agencies aren’t asking the question,” Eldridge said. After his talk, Eldridge was flooded with questions from people representing service providers who admitted they never thought to ask if someone served in the Canadian Forces. But all of them said it’s a practice they’d now adopt. At the networking event, Eldridge was shocked at how many organizations are available to assist veterans and others who are living on the streets. “I’ve got a dozen business cards from organizations I’ve never heard of before and another dozen from organizations I’ve heard of but didn’t have a connection.” Continuing to build that network is a priority, as is connecting with veterans in need. People looking for a way to connect a homeless or atrisk veteran with the proper services can email Eldridge at markeldridge_ 12529@hotmail.com.


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Centretown association bows to staff CDP changes Laura Mueller laura.mueller@metroland.com

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Changes made to the community design plan for Centretown have left some community members unhappy. by city council on May 8, landmark buildings would be capped at 27 storeys. “This is nothing,� said developer Russell Kronick, who owns a site on O’Connor Street that would qualify for a landmark building. But he said with the possibility of only 27 storeys, the restrictions and qualifications for a landmark building would make it economically unfeasible. City staff rejected the coalition’s assertion that allowing taller development through something they called

a “small moments policy� would be better for the area than landmark buildings. “It opens the door perhaps a little too much for the department’s comfort,� said Dana Collings, the city’s program manager of community planning and urban design. While Dekker said that wasn’t a deal breaker for the community association, FoTenn planner Ted Fobert was displeased with the rejection of his “small moments,� which would have given more flexibility for his developer

clients to rezone many sites in the core of Centretown from nine storeys to 15. In exchange, a small percentage of the property would be required to be publically accessible as a plaza or pocket park, for instance. “I think you’re shying away from something that could be very valuable,� Fobert told city planners during the April 30 briefing. Without a plan for how community benefit monies collected from developers should be allocated, Cen-

tretown won’t get the park space or public amenities residents want. “Without that kind of incentive, I just don’t possibly see how it’s going to happen,� Fobert said. “We’re always shying away from this challenge due to fear of height.� At the community association board meeting the same night as the briefing, much of the discussion centered on community benefits, which are known by the Planning Act clause under which they can be collected: Section 37.

 

Link creates secondary east-west bike route Once the modifications are in place, cyclists at the Island Park/ Merivale intersection will enjoy better signalization and a bike left-turn lane for those travelling northbound on Island Park looking to access the Hampton Park path. “We’ll be cutting back the (current) island to put in the bike lane, and there will be a light facing cyclists so they can turn safely,� said Desmarais. “That should really improve safety at that intersection.� A detector will activate the light as soon as the cyclist pulls up to the light. Desmarais said many cyclists aren’t keen on cycling along Carling Avenue, given the amount of vehicle traffic and frequent right-hand turns onto side streets and into businesses. The closest other east-west option is Byron Avenue, which is a considerable distance away. This new link provides a lowtraffic alternative. A painted bike island will

be built on Kirkwood and the sidewalk to ease the crossing from Sebring to Dovercourt. Dovercourt eventually reaches Churchill Avenue, which will feature raised cycling lanes once the two-year roadway modification project (which starts this year) is complete.

Residents at the open house were pleased to hear of the fenced dog run and other park improvements. One resident referred to the area, which is currently an off-leash park, as a “terrible swamp.� Kitchissippi Coun. Kath-

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EMC news - City planners said they knew they wouldn’t please everyone with their proposed alterations to a sweeping community design plan for Centretown, and it seems they haven’t pleased anyone. The local community association’s board begrudgingly voted to support last-minute changes to the CDP draft by city staff in response to a compromise reached between the association and a group of developers. “We weren’t 100 per cent happy,� said Centretown Citizens Community Association spokesman Rob Dekker. Remaining concerns include: keeping west Centretown height limits at 14.5 metres instead of lowering it to 11 m like the east side, keeping Somerset Street west as mixed-use instead of purely residential and the percentage breakdown of how much residential vs. commercial space should be allowed in mixeduse areas. The alternative proposal drafted by the community association-developer coalition prompted city staff to suggest the changes – including adding height limits to a controversial policy to allow tall landmark buildings. If the changes are adopted

Reconsideration of what the small amount of Section 37 payments that would be available through the small moments policy left many people at the meeting agreeing that perhaps the community would have been giving up too much if it rejected the city’s landmark buildings proposal. The addition of institutional uses as part of the community benefit hasn’t been discussed before and it intrigued community association members, Dekker said. “They saw possibilities in that,� he said. Dekker said the legacy of the coalition between the community association and the group of developers will be a strengthened relationship. Dekker is hoping that relationship serves the community well as developers file applications for new buildings in the future. “Hopefully this is a way for them to come to us before (rezoning applications),� Dekker said. Manager of policy development and urban design, Lee Ann Snedden agreed that the coalition was a good thing. “I applaud your efforts,� she said during the briefing, adding that the level of engagement that resulted from the partnership was very positive.

             

    

      

                      

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aseball continues to flounder at Ottawa Stadium. Pity the poor fan awaiting the opening pitch of a new season. The sun is shining, the fans are ready, but there’s no team on the field. The stop-start process of trying to snag a AAclass team for Ottawa Stadium has been frustrating. City staff once proposed condominiums for the parking lot, but that was shot down because fans might need somewhere to park once a AA team gets here. In negotiations to bring a high level of baseball back to Ottawa, teams have thrown the city a few curveballs. So far the Ottawa has whiffed. The Fat Cats of the Intercounty Baseball League were kicked out of the stadium because the city wanted to renovate prior to the arrival of AA ball. Now that AA is guaranteed to miss the 2013 season, the eviction has proved unnecessary. People went to see the Fat Cats. They were family oriented, with low ticket prices and the highest attendance numbers in the league. Forcing the team out prior to a AA deal being finalized now seems like the wrong move. We’re left with a wonderful site and no team. The earliest we will see a AA team – or any pro

baseball at all – will be the 2014 season. It means a whole summer will go by with an empty park. Surely the city would have enough advance notice of the pending arrival of a AA team to get the place fixed up. The negotiations to get a new team to Ottawa have been a mystery. It’s understandable that there will be a period of secrecy during active negotiations to bring a new team here, but there must be some clue if an upcoming season is going to happen or not. With no pro team this summer – and no renovations planned in the short term – the gates of Ottawa Stadium should be thrown open for the community to enjoy. Former Fat Cats general manager Duncan MacDonald has proposed the park could host family events, men’s leagues and Little League baseball this summer. He’s willing to co-ordinate the process, providing turn-key service to the city. It’s a proposal worth considering but the city has said no. The stadium is paid for with residents’ tax dollars; who better to round the bases than the city’s own ball players? There’s only one answer to MacDonald’s proposal: play ball!

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f it’s your birthday and you make the proper phone calls, you and some friends can ride in the pace car at Rideau Carleton Raceway. It’s pretty good to be one of those friends. The car, a big Cadillac limousine with a wide metal gate attached to the rear, drives along ahead of the horses. A man in back controls the gate and, in the initial stages, also controls the accelerator. When he accelerates and swings back the gate, the driver in front takes over, the race begins and you in the birthday group, facing sideways, get to watch the race up close, hearing the sounds and feeling the speed – even if you see a bit more than you might want to of the drivers’ encouragement of the horses. You get let off beside the winner’s circle where the happy owner waits. Then you walk back into the building and up to the restaurant area where people enjoy the buffet and place bets at their table. If you play your cards right, to mix a metaphor, you can have a nice meal and only lose a few dollars on the horses. You can tell, as you wander over for a second dessert, that most of the people are enjoying themselves. They holler encourage-

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ment to the horses, whose progress is also visible on TV screens around the room, and in between races chat cheerfully with their table mates. To enter the restaurant from the parking lot you first have to walk through the slots area. It is brightly lit with lights flashing on the machines which produce a bonging noise that, put together, sounds like music. As an aside, the intriguing thing is that the machines are all in tune. Somebody must have to make sure the slot machines are not flat or sharp – another modern-day occupation. But we digress. Aside from the bonging and flashing, the most noteworthy characteristic of the casino is that no one is smiling or laughing in it. I have walked through

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this room many times on the way into the track and I have never seen anyone laughing or smiling. I see people sitting or standing solemnly in front of their chosen machines, methodically feeding money into them and waiting gloomily for money to come out. From there, walking into the restaurant and the sight of the race track is like walking into the light. The paradoxical thing about this is it’s still gambling, whether you’re betting on a horse or a machine. But it feels different. To bet on a horse, you may scan the racing form and other available information for clues – what did the horse do in the last race, did it start strongly and fade or did it move up in the late stages of the race; who are its owners, its driver; what are the odds, who are the handicappers picking? Or you might just decide you like the horse’s name. Two dollars on Stanley Cup to win. Somehow going through the process makes you feel like you have a stake in the outcome, and if you win, it is a testament to your skill. If you lose, well it’s only $2. This helps keep you smiling, while you return once again to the dessert table. On you way out, after emerging from the

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noisy gloom of the slots area, you scan some petitions from the horse racing and breeding industry, who feel rightfully threatened by the Ontario government’s plans to introduce more big casinos and end the lottery commission’s partnership with the race tracks. According to the industry, tens of thousands of jobs are at stake. Now, it’s unfortunate that the racing industry needs the slots to support itself, but if the choice is between keeping the track going and constructing another gleaming palace of gloom, it’s not difficult to know which one to cheer.

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don’t write about faith much because, I’ll be honest, I’m a lousy Christian. I have doubt. I sin all the time. Sometimes I disrespect my parents, work through the Sabbath and forget to forgive people. I’m also uncomfortable talking to non-Christians about my faith, which makes me a terrible evangelist; I’m too private and stiff-upperlipped to wave my hands in the air and chant “Jesus, Jesus,” authentically; and I’m incredibly fickle with my interests. I’ll go for months reading Bible passages, trying to figure it all out. Then in a snap, I’ll exchange the Bible for business magazines and racy novels. I’m the Christian who goes to church regularly for a period of time before I ultimately decide I don’t fit in and abandon it. I’m sure there are people in every religion who feel like they don’t make the grade. My self-disappointment happens to be a function of my Christian heritage. Recently, however, I decided whatever my current beliefs or behaviours, my faith

BRYNNA LESLIE Capital Muse is important enough to ensure my daughter is baptised into it. I searched around for a church and decided to return to a downtown community. I don’t usually “return” to a church because I’m always fearful that people will be disappointed, angry or unhelpful, given my prior desertion. Usually, I like to shop around for a new church, a clean slate. But there’s one particular church in Centretown that has been difficult to abandon. (I’ve tried twice already). To reduce expectations, I thought it best to lay all my cards on the table. I emailed the priest, whom I’d never met: “I’d like to talk to you about having my daughter baptised, but I don’t want to be pressured to return to church life.” Surprisingly, he agreed to meet. We went to Starbucks

– good, neutral territory – and talked for an hour. We got along very well. He’s the same age as me. He’s got a wife and four kids. He’s a writer. He likes to talk politics. We have stuff in common. So much, in fact, that we were 59 minutes into our hour-long meeting before the subject of church even came up. Even then, all he did was offer a simple analogy about church-going and kickboxing (yes, he’s a kickboxing priest – cool, huh?). The message was “sometimes it’s hard to get to church/gym, but once you’re there it feels great and you realize how much you need it in your life.” Subtle enough to get me through the doors the following Sunday. There was no underlying pressure. In fact, he didn’t even extend me an invitation.

But I was scared. This particular church has a whole slew of people to greet you as you come in. (It’s a bit like Walmart without the carts). And I wasn’t sure how welcome I would be, given my past desertion(s). Turns out, one of the church greeters recognized me immediately, threw her arms around me in a big hug! “Welcome back! It’s so wonderful to see you! And you have a baby!” I stood through the contemporary gospel music, took part in the Anglican liturgy, the reading of the gospel, the prayers of the people and finally through communion, and I shed a private tear. The body’s way of washing you clean, I guess. The worship songs at the end made me clap my hands and dance a bit with a smile on my face – authentically, even! In the end, I decided, you know what – maybe I’ll always be a lousy Christian. Maybe I’ll never be as joyful and faithful and good as the “other Christians.” Or maybe deep down we’re all the same – wavering between faith and doubt, sin and repentance, quiet ponderings and charismatic worship. So I’m going to keep going for a while because it makes me feel good and I need it – kind of like going to the gym.

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What do you think the city should do with the empty Ottawa Stadium?

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research, but itʼs more than that,” she said. “Itʼs about building a community.” Indeed, Henry-Leu became a part of a very special community last year. Having raised more than $10,000, she became the first woman to be inducted into Ride the Rideauʼs exclusive Peloton Club. “It was a goal that I had set for myself,” she said. “I was so proud to be recognized along with pillars of our community.” But in the end, itʼs all for the patients. “I have such a passion for my patients,” said HenryLeu, who works at the Hospitalʼs Irving Greenberg Family Cancer Centre. “When I tell them what I am doing, they are amazed. They know I am going above and beyond, and they want to know how to sponsor me. Itʼs wonderful to know that I have made a difference.” To learn more about Ride the Rideau, visit www.ridetherideau.ca.

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Rising hydro rates just ‘a bubble,’ effect on economy mitigated, Chiarelli says Energy minister confirms gas plant cancellation costs added to ratepayer tab Steph Willems

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EMC news - Speaking at a media event with fellow Liberal MPPs following the release of the 2013 provincial budget, energy minister Bob Chiarelli called rising hydro rates a “bubble” that will eventually pass. The minority Ontario Liberal government is currently promoting a budget filled with spending designed to garner the approval of the New Democratic Party, whose support is needed to pass the budget and avoid an election. However, the budget plans were announced against the backdrop of the ongoing gas plant scandal and related legislative hearings. The expenditure of an estimated $600 million to cancel the construction of two Torontoarea gas plants is an issue that dogged former Premier Dalton McGuinty and former energy minister Chris Bentley in the year leading up to the prorogation of the legislature last fall and resulted in the resignation of both men. Despite new faces in both positions, the issue is still a thorn in the Liberals’ side. During the May 3 media conference, Chiarelli answered

question regarding the uncertain costs of the plant cancellations. “Part of the costs of relocation, what they call the sunk costs, the actual money that was spent on the projects in the ground ... those costs have already been put on the fiscal plan and included in the budgets last year and the year before,” said Chiarelli, before saying the Ontario Power Authority didn’t factor in long-term costs to the final figure. “The long-term costs are ongoing into long-term rate impact,” he said, adding the costs pertaining to the cancellation and relocation of the plants will be incorporated into general expenditures that include current and future hydro generation projects. In other words, Ontario ratepayers will pay for the cancellations just like any other electricity grid improvement. “The impact will be there, but it will be included with billions of dollars of other expenditures that are made over a 20-year-period in the electricity system,” said Chiarelli, adding, “There are steps that are being taken in the medium and long-term to mitigate the increases in rates.” The province’s solar and wind providers, as well as the gas plants needed to offset the fin-

icky generation output of those renewables, were signed to 20year contracts by the Ontario Power Authority. According to the Ontario Energy Board, offpeak electricity rates have risen from 2.7 cents per kwh in May of 2008 to 6.7 cents per kwh in May of this year. Speaking with Metroland Media, Chiarelli was asked whether he thought the province’s electricity rates -- elevated due to the cost of implementing the many aspects of the Green Energy Act -- were a factor in the state of Ontario’s struggling economy, especially the deflation of the province’s manufacturing sector. Chiarelli said that while rates were being pushed up by capital expenditure in the sector and lifecycle maintenance, measures are being taken to reduce the impact on key sectors of the economy. “That is a temporary bubble that’s going through the system ... . What we’re able to do to mitigate that bubble -- while we’re coming through that muchneeded capital investment that pushes the rates up -- we have six or seven targeted programs that mitigates the rate,” said Chiarelli, referring to the clean energy benefit applied to hydro bills, as well as programs for commercial

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and industrial employers. “One of the important requirements is the expansion of the economy -- the expansion of the Ring of Fire up north, for example. The mining sector is expanding dramatically, and that is going to require more investments as well” The Ring of Fire, a large deposit of chromite (an ingredient in stainless steel) in Ontario’s far north is appealing to mining companies, though the remote area lacks basic infrastructure and would pose an expensive start-up challenge to companies. On that topic, Chiarelli said the province is re-directing some of the surplus power it sells at a loss to neighbouring jurisdictions to the industries that need it. “We actually have created a new energy program for new industrial facilities and a second one for expanded industrial facilities, which leverages our surplus power,” he said. “The Independent Electric System Operator has created projections on what our surpluses will be, and we’re using that surplus energy – instead of selling that power cheap – we’re selling it in Ontario to industrial expansion companies to mitigate their rate increases.”

Dear friends, Last week, Ontario’s new government introduced the 2013 Ontario Budget, A Prosperous and Fair Ontario. This Budget proposes smart investments that will strengthen the economy, create jobs and make life more affordable for Ottawa families. Our plan is based on the strongest public consultations ever held for an Ontario Budget. Here in Ottawa West-Nepean, close to 10,000 residents joined me for a pre-budget consultation held through a live, interactive telephone town hall. The message was clear: our community wants a balanced approach to eliminate the deficit, while creating jobs and investing in quality services. A Fair and Prosperous Ontario does exactly that. We’re transforming health care so that more people will quickly receive the care they need, where they need it. 46,000 more Ontario seniors will receive home health care, and we will strengthen job protection for those who need to take time off work to care for family members. After the toughest Recession in 80 years, we have to continue tackling youth unemployment. Our $295 million Youth Jobs Strategy will create 30,000 job opportunities for youth. To improve transit and revitalize our infrastructure, we are investing $35 billion in infrastructure over three years. That includes a record $600 million commitment to Ottawa lightrail transit. Under the 2013 Budget, life will become more affordable for Ottawa families with an average 15% reduction in auto insurance rates. I’m also pleased to report that Ontario is also well ahead of our deficit reduction targets. We’re on track to completely eliminate the deficit by 2017-18. Much of that success is thanks to wage deals reached with our hard-working public servants. We achieved an overall public sector wage increase of just 0.1 per cent -- a de facto wage freeze. That’s compared to increases of close to 2% in the private sector and federal public service.

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As your local MPP, it’s an honour to serve Ottawa WestNepean, and I look forward to continuing our hard work together.

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Our government is committed to working with all parties in the Legislature to make government work for Ontario. Ottawa residents don’t want an unnecessary election: they want real, positive changes in their everyday lives.

You can learn more about the 2013 Budget at www.fin. gov.on.ca. As always, please do not hesitate to contact my constituency office at 613-721-8075 or bob@bobchiarelli. com with any questions or comments you may have.

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EMC news - The opposition Ontario PC party left the governing Liberals to woo the NDP for budget support following meetings with Premier Kathleen Wynne that failed to produce supportable fiscal action. That’s the claim made by Nepean-Carleton MPP Lisa MacLeod following last week’s release of the 2013 provincial budget, which the Progressive Conservatives are vowing not to support. Left with only a minority in the legislature following the 2011 election, the Liberals are hoping for NDP support to pass their $126.7 billion budget and avoid an election. Following the selection of Wynne as Liberal leader in January, MacLeod said PC leader Tim Hudak met with the premier five times to discuss his party’s vision for a budget that included serious debt-reduction measures. Ideas put forward regarding reduced expenditures weren’t acted upon, she said. “It became clear to us that it wasn’t a budget we could support,” said MacLeod. “The only way to get out of the red and into the black is through a change of government. The longer we have debt pressures in Ontario the more vulnerable our services will be.” Items added to the Ontario budget to attract NDP support included increased spending on social services and a 15 per cent reduction in auto insurance rates. The forecasted deficit for this year is $11.7 billion, with provincial debt projected to rise to over $300 billion by 2015-2016. MacLeod stated the current

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Nepean-Carleton MPP Lisa MacLeod said Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne was not receptive to spending reduction measures during meetings held with Ontario PC leader Tim Hudak earlier this year. debt load for a child born into the province is $20,000, and that debt is only forecast to rise, making interest payments a bigger part of the annual budget and taking away from other expenditures. “The level of spending is unsustainable,” said MacLeod. With budget’s fate riding on the approval of NDP leader Andrea Horwath, who has stated she’s currently sitting on the fence in terms of supporting it, MacLeod said Horwath’s future credibility could at stake. “If (Horwath) supports the Liberals, she’ll lose credibility in the eyes of the public – and there’s no appetite to prop up

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this government,” said MacLeod. “I think if she chooses to prop up the government she can no longer discuss the power plant issue or the plight of the middle class in this province.” At the moment, the only party with a platform championing debt reduction is the PCs, said MacLeod, adding that while their platform might not make them the most popular party on the ballot, they are advocating the measures out of “responsibility.” No date has been set for a budget vote, though MacLeod said it seems likely to fall on the week following the May 24 weekend.

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The budget, crafted by new finance minister Charles Sousa, shows a deficit that increases to $11.7 Billion, higher than last year’s but less than predicted for this year. The government of Premier Kathleen Wynne has stated it aims to eliminate the deficit by 2017-2018 in order to start paying off the debt, which is forecast to top $300 billion by 2015-2016. Chiarelli touted a health care investment aimed at seniors, which he said will provide relief for caregivers and increased independence for the elderly. “Our plan will increase investment in home and community care by more than $700 million by 2015-2016,” said Chiarelli. The budget states this would help 46,000 more people receive homebased health care. Though the Greater Toronto Area is the focus of a transit-funding strategy employing high-occupancy toll lanes, the Ottawa area would see two cents per litre of the existing gas tax returned to the municipality for transit improvements. “The provincial investment of two cents per litre of provincial gas tax revenue has yielded $2.2 billion for public transit systems in Ontario since 2004,” said McNeely. “Last year, this delivered -- for Ottawa -- $34 million.” Meilleur stressed “the importance of building a fairer society,” announcing new funding for developmental services and changes for the Ontario Works or Ontario Disability Support Programs that allow recipients to keep $200 from monthly earnings. The improvements would be fund-

ed by a $400 million investment over three years. For a single, childless ODSP or Ontario Works recipients, that means they would see their monthly cheque grow by $20. Meilleur was asked what that increase would mean to a recipient. “It means a lot for them, because they have been asking for that,” said Meilleur. “There is a big gap, so it is not going to be filled overnight … . It is modest, I recognize, but it is going in the right direction.” Naqvi, the government’s new labour minister, described his government’s $295 million Youth Jobs Strategy – a two-year initiative aimed at creating 30,000 job opportunities for youth. “This strategy would connect young people with careers they can build on,” said Naqvi, laying out the structure of the “comprehensive” program, which includes a youth employment fund, youth jobs strategy, youth entrepreneurship fund and youth innovation fund. In response to a question that referenced criticism of the Liberals’ programming implementation from their former economic strategist Don Drummond, Naqvi said the government is meeting 60 per cent of Drummond’s recommendations and achieving results in deficit reduction. “Part of that exercise…is to look at our programs, to see that we are implementing programs in a manner that they are delivering and producing results,” said Naqvi. “This youth jobs strategy very much comes from the work the jobs and prosperity council has done, which is made up of eminent business leaders, economists, and members of the labour sector. We

will work with them to ensure the principles (and) the fundamentals of the youth jobs strategy really meet the needs in the community.” The implementation timeline for the strategy is not clear at this time. Of billions in infrastructure money outlined in the budget, $100 million of it is earmarked for roads and bridges in rural areas. In response to a question, Chiarelli said the guidelines for distributing that money have yet to be crafted, but stated municipalities who have plans already in place stand better chances of receiving funding. In the Ottawa area, ongoing projects are receiving funding previously agreed to by the province -- among them the Confederation Line LRT project and the Highway 417 widening. No new specific expenditures have been announced, though demand remains high in Ottawa for both transit expansion funding and Ottawa River cleanup “We’re awaiting the final numbers on the Ottawa River plan, and we obviously don’t have a budget or an ask on the next stage of transit, because they’re still trying to decide what that is,” said Chiarelli, stating his party’s commitment to transit in the Ottawa area. “I think it’s a virtual certainty that, on the basis of three level of government participation, the province will be at the table.” Chiarelli stated it is possible that, if the budget is passed, the same HOV strategy that is being applied to the GTA region could be applied to Highway 417 for transit funding purposes. Such a move would only come after the pilot project in Toronto is studied. Questioned about NDP leader An-

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Energy Minister Bob Chiarelli responds to reporters’ questions at a media conference on May 3. Chiarelli, seen here with Ottawa-Orleans MPP Phil McNeely and Ottawa Centre MPP Yasir Naqvi, was at the Taggart Family YMCA with his colleagues to outline the 2013 provincial budget. drea Horwath’s non-committal attitude towards the budget the previous evening, Chiarelli spoke of the many meetings that have occurred between the Liberals and NDP, as well as his party’s need conduct itself in line with its minority standing. Following the October 2011 provincial election, then-premier Dalton McGuinty declared his government to be a “major minority” before announcing his resignation and proroguing the legislature a year later. Chiarelli also slammed the Ontario PC’s for preemptively withdrawing their support without having seen the budget. As for Horwath, Chiarelli said he understood her need to ensure what was

being laid out in the budget was not just down-the-road promises, though his statement seemed to end with a veiled warning to Horwath about how a negative response could rile her supporter base. “The substance is there, the money is there, the commitment is there to honour what the NDP has asked for,” said Chiarelli. “I believe there would be a lot of very disappointed people across the province, including a lot of supporters of the NDP -- including the unions -- if she doesn’t support the initiatives she asked for.”

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Same bunch of fools, different kind of play Unique solo production to provide constant challenge for theatre group Michelle Nash

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EMC news - A new play performed by the Company of Fools is aimed to challenge its actors and entice audiences. The group is performing White Rabbit Red Rabbit – a play outside of Shakespeare’s repertoire which is the troupe’s stock-in-trade – at the Arts Court Library until May 25. Leading up to the three-week performance, the cast had not rehearsed, had no direction and does not know the script until they first take the stage in front of an audience. “We are excited about this unique opportunity,” said Al Connors, the group’s artistic director. “The Fools have always explored unique ways of creating and performing work and this provocative piece fits with our style as it is an interactive, playful, and thoughtprovoking piece of theatre.” Each performance will be

like its first, as a different actor reads the script cold at each performance. The actors are not allowed to watch any of the other performances. Catriona Leger will be performing on May 15. “Leading up to my performance, I’m thinking ‘What I am I going to do?’ ” Leger said. “There are a lot of things going through your mind when you will be reading something cold, as an actor there is an element of excitement and terror and the rest is left to the gods.” She added that it can also be really exciting. “The door is wide open, you are coming in with no pre-defined ideas and you are in that moment, in that space.” Leger said she hopes the audience will continue to come back to see actor after actor perform. “We have a mix of actors of all different ages,” she said. “There is an opportunity to see 18 completely different shows,

all speaking the same text.” Before and after each show, there is the opportunity for the audience to mingle with the actor and potentially other members of the theatre group. Written by Nassim Soleimanpour, the play explores travel in a different way - to explore a world from the perspective of an individual forbidden to travel. Soleimanpour wrote the play to travel the world when he couldn’t. The play asks the audience to participate and listen. “We expect some of our fans will be surprised. Although this isn’t our first departure from Shakespeare, they are so few and far between that it feels like a first,” Connors said. The play runs from May 725 at the Arts Court Library, located at 2 Daly Ave Performances get underway at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are ‘pay what you can’ at the door or $20 in advance at Eventbrite.ca. The Fools will get the annual summer Shakespeare in the park performances underway with the Merry Wives of Windsor in Strathcona Park on July 3.

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EMC news - Canada’s latest new bank notes became out of this world when Commander of the International Space Station Chris Hadfield helped unveil the new bills. The new polymer $5 and $10 bills were revealed at the Bank of Canada on April 30. Images on the bills include the Canadarm2 and Dextre-robotics innovations used to build and maintain the Space Station on the $5 bill and an image of the Canadian train traveling around the Rocky Mountains on the $10 bill. Orbiting more than 350 kilometres above the Earth Hadfield showed off the new $5 bill. “I try to inspire young Canadians to aim high. This new $5 bill should do the same,” Hadfield said. “By giving prominence to Canadian achievements in space, this bank note reminds us that not even the sky is the limit.” The front of the $5 features a portrait of Sir Wilfrid Laurier, Prime Minister of Canada from 1896 to 1911. Sir John A. Macdonald, who was Prime Minister of Canada

from 1867-1873, and an image of Macdonald from the time of the railway completion, is on the front of the note. This is the final two notes in the new polymer series, with the $20, $50 and $100 unveiled previously. Minister of Finance Jim Flaherty, Bank of Canada Governor Mark Carney and Paul G. Smith, Chairman of the Board at VIA Rail Canada joined Hadfield for the official unveiling. “Canadians can be very proud of their new polymer bank notes,” Flaherty said. “With today’s unveiling of the final two notes in the series, one can see not only the

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A place built for kids: youth offer input on local park Michelle Nash

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EMC news - On the first hot, sunny Sunday of the spring, more than 25 young people in Old Ottawa East

opted to stay inside to help design a park meant just for them. The young people attended a For Youth Eyes Only, a meeting created by a neighbourhood working group that had recognized the community

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lacked a proper community park for teens and young adults. Carol Workun volunteers for the working group and helped organize the meeting. She said the group was created to help address the situa-

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EMC news - The biggest bargain shopping event of the year is back as the Great Glebe Garage Sale prepares to kick off its 27th season. The community garage sale will take place Saturday, May 25, rain or shine, and is expected to attract thousands of people from across the region. The event will continue to raise funds for the Ottawa Food Bank, for which they raised $14,000 last year. The Glebe Community Association encourages participants to donate a portion of their sales to the Ot-

tawa Food Bank, and vendors usually donate 10 per cent of their earnings from the day. Buyers can also write a cheque for the money they’ve saved picking up bargains on everything from children’s clothes and books to sports equipment and valuable antiques. The association also recommends visitors leave their cars at home and ride a bike or take OC Transpo instead. For more information please contact Amy Mathurin with the Glebe Community Association at gggs@glebeca.ca.

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New space, name for agriculture and food museum New learning centre opens doors to visitors year-round Steph Willems

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EMC news - In addition to unveiling its new learning centre and related exhibition on the morning of May 2, the Canada Agriculture and Food Museum also revealed its new name. The word “food” was added to the museum’s name to reflect its focus on the science and technology behind food production in Canada. The learning centre had been touted by the museum for some time preceding the official unveiling, but the final product was impressive enough to warrant the buildup. Formerly an unheated storage facility at the Central Experimental Farm, the heritage building was transformed into a modern, fully-serviced, year-round educational space thanks to a $4.6 million retrofit. Featuring a ground-floor exhibition space with a lecture hall, classrooms and educational labs on the sec-

ond floor, the modern, well-lit space will now become the centre of museum activities and programming. The launch included a breakfast and informal tour, and attracted many dignitaries – including guest of honour Laureen Harper - due to the renovation funding made available in 2008. Speakers at the event discussed the farm’s past while touting its continued significance on the national and international stage. “In the Central Experimental Farm, since 1886 Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada has (performed) agricultural scientific research that has improved Canadian agriculture,” said Gary Polonsky, chairperson of the museum, adding that many of the advances have been exported worldwide. Denise Amyot, president and chief executive of the museum, took pride in telling her guests that the museum is the only one with an operating farm in any capital city in the world. With the former public

space only open for the warmer months, the museum can offer more programming to visitors, she said. “We now will be open and able to welcome visitors for 12 months of the year, so for us this is very, very special,” said Amyot. “Now these new spaces and facilities will allow the museum to bring a wider focus to its mandate and reach out to more people and more audiences.” Agricultural interest at the launch went beyond just the museum’s exhibits and mandate, venturing into the learning centre’s building materials as well. Some of the wall panels in the learning centre were made from byproducts of grain farming, while the wood floor is actually the building’s original floor, minus the decadesold plywood covering. The first exhibition in the Learning Centre, called A Piece of Cake, shows how the Steph Willems/Metroland B:10.375” ingredients of a simple cake The ground floor of the new learning centre, seen here, is the site of the exhibition titled make it from seeds to the dinA Piece of Cake, which shows the processes needed to create the ingredients of a simple T:10.375” ner table. cake. S:10.375”

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EMC news - A new partnership with a sporting event aims to raise much needed awareness and funds for the Kidney Foundation of Canada. Capital Vélo Fest bike festival will hit the streets on June 1-2 and this year the Kidney Foundation of Canada has partnered with the festival. Bruce Hill, senior development manager for the Eastern Ontario chapter said the foundation felt like a natural partnership. “We teach those who use our resources about healthy lifestyles, good nutrition, which is really important for people going through kidney failure or dialysis,” Hill said. “Partnering with Capital Vélo Fest for us is about sending a message about living this healthy lifestyle.” Hill said the event is meant to help out families and kidney patients in the Ottawa region. Bettina Iraci’s 12 year-old son, Dawson, have been named ambassadors for the event. When Dawson was born, he had underdeveloped kidneys and has undergone numerous surgeries, including a transplant when he was four, and now kidney failure. “Exercise is important for anyone to maintain a healthy lifestyle, but for kidney patients, whether they are on dialysis, post-transplant or those that have been newly diagnosed with kidney disease it is very important as it promotes energy, makes for better sleep habits, and of course controls

weight gain,” Iraci said. Iraci said both Dawson and herself are excited about the upcoming festival. “The Kidney Foundation is always promoting exercise and a healthy lifestyle and what a better way to get that than cycling with the whole family,” she said. “This is also a great opportunity for the community to be exposed to what the Kidney Foundation is all about and the wonderful things they do to help ease the burden of kidney disease that affect so many people in our community.” Aside from promoting healthy living, the foundation provides support for people who are in kidney failure, going through dialysis or kidney recipients in other ways, including financial support and hosting activities and fundraising events. The bicycle festival is a two-day event which promotes all things cycling in this city. With multiple events taking place over the weekend, the 2013 Capital Vélo Fest Tour La Nuit is a riding event along the Rideau Canal where participants can elect to raise funds for the foundation. Hill said the foundation is not stuck to a numbered amount. “It’s not about how much we can raise, so much as that we want to raise money for the cause,” Hill said. Riders can sign up to help out the foundation by contacting Hill at 613299-4801 or by visiting the foundation’s website at www.kidney.ca.

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Meghann Darroch and Shihoko Iwatoni who brave wind and rain to clean up Hunt Club Road near Greenbank Road on April 27, as part of the Nepean Rotary Club’s annual spring cleaning exercise. Clean ups are taking place all over the city this spring, and the Glebe Annex Community Association will hold a clean up event on May 11 at 265 Carling Ave.

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May the Fourth Be With You Sixteen-year-old volunteer Colin Mylrea plays Darth Vader during a Star Wars event hosted by the Teen Advisory Group team at the Hazeldean branch of the Ottawa Public Library on May 4. More than 80 children participated in the activities that included jedi training with children donned in jedi robes and used pool noodle light sabers to keep balloons from touching the ground.

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EMC news - The Glebe Annex Community Association is becoming more active every day in the area, having recently signed up to participate in this year’s Cleaning the Capital. The spring clean up will be the association’s first community-wide event and association president Sylvia Milne said the event will take place at 10 a.m. on May 11 at 265 Carling Ave. The event is looking to both spruce up the neighbourhood and serve as a way for residents to get to know one another. “We are treating it like a social event, a way to meet more people and get more members signed up with the associa-

tion,” Milne said, adding that the association will officially launch its membership drive at the cleanup. “We think it’s the best time, to catch people before the summer months,” she said. The cost to join the association is a $10 for the year. The money will go towards maintaining a website as well as funding different initiatives, events and activities hosted by the association. There are around 1,600 residents living in the Glebe Annex, Milne said and so far the association has 125 members. “I think we can grow,” she said. “It takes time, but I think we will be successful.” When it comes to participation in the clean up, residents do not need to register before hand, Milne added, saying ev-

eryone is welcome to help out with the cleaning or to simply meet with members of the association. This year, the city will be celebrating Cleaning the Capital’s 20th year. The program sees cleaning supplies, garbage bags, yard waste bags and graffiti removal kits handed out to residents who then chose areas of their neighbourhood to tidy up. According to the city, since its inception in 1994, more than 850,000 volunteers have participated in 13,100 cleanup projects. Cleaning equipment will be provided and distributed by the association. Timbits and coffee will also be available. For more information about the clean up event or the association, visit glebeannex.ca.

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EMC news - The city wants residents’ feedback on its proposal for dealing with wildlife conflicts within city limits, but West Carleton-March Coun. Eli El-Chantiry thinks the issues just require common sense. The city has been picking away at a wildlife strategy since early 2010, when council ordered a review following a series of issues with coyotes. Since then, a number of moose have had to be destroyed and urban sprawl has introduced suburban homes to areas that have habitats for animals like wild turkeys. The strategy proposing a “balanced and humane approach” will be considered by the city’s agriculture and rural affairs committee at a yet-tobe-determined date. The biggest thing missing from the discussion about managing wildlife in Ottawa is the responsibility residents must take in living alongside wildlife if they choose to reside in a rural or semi-rural area, El-Chantiry said. “You’re dwelling in an area that wildlife used to call their home. They still think it’s their home,” he said. Indeed, the city’s draft wildlife strategy emphasizes that many human-wildlife conflicts can be prevented or solved by better understanding the dynamic. “Many conflicts result from carelessness or lack of knowledge of private citizens and public officials regarding the needs and behaviours of wildlife, especially urban wildlife. Property owners may inadvertently create the conditions that attract wildlife and put them at risk,” the proposed

strategy reads. The West Carleton councillor said he gets frustrated when he hears stories about residents offering piles of feed in their yard to attract deer. Not only does that encourage animals to roam around inhabited areas and potentially cause danger, it makes them reliant on humans and unable to survive on their own. Most problems can be prevented by avoiding those types of activity, El-Chantiry said. “We don’t need to have a strategy,” he said. “But I am willing to learn if someone can come up with a bright idea. Osgoode Coun. Doug Thompson, who heads the agricultural and rural affairs committee and has served as the polticial leadership on the issue, did not return repeated phone calls. The Ontario Wildlife Coalition slammed Thompson in a press release on May 1. “In case anyone was under the illusion that the City of Ottawa was going to mirror other modern cities and adopt a progressive approach to wildlife, that illusion came crashing down when Mayor Watson handed the strategy to Coun. Doug Thompson”, stated coalition member Anita Utas, a resident of Stittsville. Utas cites Thompson’s support of a coyote cull as a sign that Thompson’s leadership in the issue means the city is not willing to seek out “modern” and non-lethal approaches to dealing with wildlife. “If Coun. Thompson’s lethal approach to human/wildlife conflicts is any measure, then we are going to see an escalation of wild animals being killed in Ottawa,” coalition and Animal Alliance of Canada spokeswoman Liz White stated in the press release.

The city’s role is quite limited when it comes to dealing with conflicts between people and animals. Most of that responsibility is supposed to lay with the provincial Ministry of Natural Resources. But that department has been neutered over time by incremental budget cuts, El-Chantiry said – leaving the city to pick up the slack. “In the absence of the MNR doing their job, we are trying to be nice (and) pick up the slack,” he said. At this point, police officers are responding to calls more often than ministry staff, which is why there might be a need for a city wildlife strategy, El-Chantiry said. Another issue to consider is that Ottawa is a “hot spot” for species at risk, according to the draft strategy, with as many as 52 species at risk known or suspected to make their habitat here. Twenty nine of those species are protected as threatened or endangered species under the provincial Endangered Species Act. The strategy suggests the city is missing opportunities to promote its natural character. “How many residents of Ottawa know that moose live within a 15-minute drive of Ottawa city hall, or that Lac Deschênes is recognized as a globally significant bird area, or that 52 species at risk can be found within the city’s boundaries?” the draft strategy reads. “How many of Ottawa’s visitors or potential visitors know that they can paddle past turtles and herons on the shores of the idyllic Mississippi River or the Morris Island Conservation Area, fish for muskellunge within walk-

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Small animals like raccoons might be a common nuisance, but larger animals like coyotes and moose have created significant problems for Ottawa authorities after wandering into urban areas. ing distance of Parliament Hill, picnic and pick berries on the Carp Hills Rock Barrens, or identify the winter tracks of fishers and otters in the woods and wetlands of the

Marlborough Forest? Ottawa is blessed with an abundance of wildlife in their natural habitats, easily accessible to the public, of which it could and should boast.”

The strategy suggests doing that by planning an urban wildlife speaker series and additional school outreach and more information on the city’s website, ottawa.ca.

Fire Hydrants: Testing for your Safety This summer, as in past years, the City of Ottawa will be testing municipal fire hydrants on various streets throughout your community. Fire hydrant testing may result in temporary inconveniences, such as poor water pressure and brown or rust-coloured water. It is important to note that temporarily discoloured City water is not harmful to your health. This ongoing maintenance procedure ensures that our hydrants are ready, should Fire Services require their use. Over the next few weeks, the City will be testing fire hydrants in the following neighbourhoods:

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y sister Audrey said she was tired of the same old routine day in and day out. Since I was so very young when she made this comment, I had no idea what routine was. So I asked Audrey to print the word in my scribbler and say what the word meant. Even at that early age I was very interested in words and kept a record in a fat scribbler whenever I heard one I hadn’t heard before. My scribbler was getting quite thick and even though I went over it often, I would forget what a word meant and Audrey would have to explain it to me all over again, which didn’t please her in the least. Well, Audrey could say what she liked about routine and how bored she was with it, but I liked how our lives on the farm were so orderly, and as far as I was concerned I wanted nothing to change. Every Monday morning, our beds didn’t have to be made up because that was the day the sheets were stripped and Mother did the washing. It didn’t matter if the snow

MARY COOK Mary Cook’s Memories was coming down in buckets, or it was raining so hard you could barely see the barns, Monday was wash day. I knew that on Monday night there would be fresh sheets on our beds, taken right off the clothes line and smelling of spring and the outdoors. That night, I didn’t mind in the least going to bed. Every Tuesday when we came from school, we could smell in the kitchen the scent of newly ironed clothes. Shirts would be draped over chairs, tea towels stacked neatly in a pile on the kitchen table ready to be put in the drawer in the backto-the-wall cupboard. Even our pinny aprons would be ironed and hanging on the hook by the stove. Without fail, Tuesday was the day the ironing was done. At mealtimes, things never

varied. Breakfast was the very same every morning: big bowls of porridge, fried potatoes, back bacon and thick slices of homemade bread slathered with butter and jam. Dinner was always at noon – there was no such thing as lunch in the middle of the day. The routine of mid-day dinner never varied. Father expected, and got, meat, potatoes, one or two different vegetables and an ample piece of homemade pie. After all, his work had begun at dawn, and even though his breakfast was ample, by noon it had worn off and he was more than ready for what he called “a decent meal.” The routine continued at supper: meat and potatoes, but dessert would be preserves. We never went to bed

without something to tide us over to morning. I couldn’t imagine this routine being broken. This was all part of our life on the farm. Friday night was always the time to get ready for peddling Mother’s wares in Renfrew the next day. There was a regular routine that never varied as long as we lived in Northcote and was one of my favourite evenings in the entire week. Audrey and I would gather the eggs from the hen house. Audrey would wash them in warm soapy water and I would dry them with a clean flour bag tea towel. Mother would weigh them into their sizes on the egg scale – small, medium and large – and we would carefully pack them into 11-quart baskets. Mother’s sticky buns would be wrapped in wax paper, freshly plucked chickens singed and laid out on the bake table on a clean white sheet, ready to be packed in the Model T in the morning. Then every Saturday without fail, Mother headed into Renfrew to go door-to-door with what we had prepared the night before.

Perhaps this was why Audrey complained so much about the routine: she was usually left at home to clean the house, while I was allowed to go with Mother. But that didn’t mean I was spared from Saturday chores. When we got back to the

for the oven by the time we got back from Renfrew, pie crusts would be filled and as always a slab cake would be at the ready just in case neighbours dropped in for a game of euchre that night. Every night, without fail, we had our prayers. They

Well, Audrey could say what she liked about routine and how bored she was with it, but I liked how our lives on the farm were so orderly, and as far as I was concerned I wanted nothing to change. farm, it was my job to churn the butter in the middle of the kitchen. Wrapped in a long white pinny and sitting on a straight-back chair, I plunged the round wood disc into the fresh cream, waiting for the change in the sound coming from deep in the churn, when I would know that my labour had paid off, and soon there would be butter. Saturday was butter day and that never varied. Saturday was also bake day. Bread would be ready

were said on our knees around Mother who sat in the rocking chair in the corner of the big upstairs hall, which my sister Audrey and I called our bedroom. Our prayers never varied either. Sometimes we prayed so long, I would doze off with my head on Mother’s knee. Another day would be done, another day, just like the one before it, marked with its special chores, and Audrey would lament again about the boredom of it all.

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All aboard! Jack Sutcliffe, 4, gets a closer look at a model train set while at the Ottawa Train Expo held at Carleton University on May 5. The expo featured train layouts, displays, vendors and clinics.

Gerry Cloutier at Myers Hyundai: Proud to lead the Bell’s Corners #1 Hyundai team in Canada by Brian Turner

Kris Twardek has struck the biggest goal in his career yet. The Ottawa South United (OSU) striker is no stranger to filling the net locally, and now he’s set to try his luck in England as a member of Championship side Millwall FC’s youth academy based in London. “It’s like the start to a dream come true,” reflects the Grade 10 Arnprior District High School student, who was introduced to OSU from the West Carleton Soccer Club when he was nine, in order to get the best possible soccer training available in Ottawa “I’ve always wanted to play soccer in a professional environment and this was an opportunity to do it. I’m thrilled.” Twardek went for a “nerve-racking” one-week try-out with Millwall back in November. Building on his experience from previous trials with Everton FC, the OSU player of eight years, made an impression in a hurry, scoring “more than I’m used to when I go overseas” during game action with the club. Millwall, who recently reached the FA Cup semis against Wigan FC, told Twardek they were interested in him before he left, details were ironed out with Kris his family and OSU, over the winter, and he’s now set to officially spend the next two years in southeast London once he arrives in June. Twardek, who will stay in a billet home with another teammate, had a peek at what his training schedule will look like and immediately felt energized. “It’s basically soccer all the time. That’s all you can ask for, really,” smiles Twardek, who’s headed to one of London’s dozen-plus pro clubs. “The atmosphere for soccer there, you couldn’t even compare it, I would say, to the hockey here. It means everything, for everybody.” Club ‘proud’ of model player OSU club head coach Paul Harris says it’s Twardek’s personality and mental edge that really makes him the full package, on top of tactical awareness, physique and the technical prowess that makes the standout dribbler an “exciting” player.

With over 25 years experience in putting people in the right auto, Gerry Cloutier is proud to announce he has joined the Myers Hyundai Team in Bells Corners. As general manager, Gerry’s job at one of Hyundai’s busiest retailers might seem on the surface to be a challenging task, but according to him, his super-crew of department managers and staff makes for smooth days. In fact this crew has won the Hyundai President Award of Merit for the last 4 years. Getting customers introduced to Myers Hyundai is a breeze thanks to a very accessible location just off the 417 at Moodie, making it a quick trip from almost any area of the greater Ottawa/Gatineau area. Gerry knows from his years of experience that most Hyundai shoppers aren’t looking for a long drawn-out process when purchasing or leasing a new or pre-owned vehicle. Gerry is happy to report that at Myers Hyundai, next-day deliveries on in-stock units are the rule, not the exception. In fact, their prep and detail teams have earned Myers Hyundai the title of #1 Pre-owned Retailer in Canada. Myers buyers don’t get the run-around that’s unfortunately all too common at large urban retailers. From greeting to delivery, Myers staff have one goal in common; making it easy, not difficult to get the right vehicle at the right price with terms that fit every budget. But smooth operations don’t stop at sales and leasing. Gerry notes that the service team consistently delivers the highest quality in the region according to customer surveys and keeps the longest shop hours so their customers don’t have to wait days or weeks for an appointment. There’s really no big secret to Myers Hyundai’s success. Gerry has built his career and reputation on treating customers and employees alike in a fair and equitable manner. He’s proud that every sales consultant, service advisor and manager at Myers does the same. This is the philosophy that Myers was built on starting with their first store in Ottawa in 1942. Like Myers, Hyundai has grown and now boasts a successful award winning product line that can satisfy every consumer from those looking for an economical entry-level sedan all the way up to the ultimate in personal luxury vehicles: Genesis and Equus. For every family size and every budget, Gerry and his team can make it work. I should know: Gerry’s been putting vehicles in my driveway for years. I’m happy to recommend him to anyone looking for a straight deal without any games from someone who respects their time and business. R0012077670

“We’re delighted for Kris,” Harris signals. “To get a player from Ottawa, Canada – not a well-known football environment – to a professional environment in England is obviously something we’re really, really proud of and will firmly put OSU on the map as development club overseas.” Bill Michalopulos, OSU club President, added that “Kris’s achievement personifies all the hard work and exclusive networks that OSU has generated over OSU’s relatively short time in existence as a soccer club in order to provide the very best opportunities possible for OSU players on a global level and that all of 6,500 player strong OSU is proud of this milestone”. Jim Lianos the club’s General Manager stated that “Kris’s hard work and positive attitude for continuous improvement gave him the edge required to be seen and promoted by OSU at such high levels. It could not happen to a nicer kid” Twardek will become the first OSU product to sign with a pro academy overseas, on the heels of two other OSU Force Academy players recently joining Major League Soccer clubs in Toronto and Montreal. Harris, the former Everton FC youth academy coach, who also trained such players as Manchester City’s Jack Radwell and England’s U21 Ross Barkley, said that “We think that maybe we’ve got the players at a young age who now have this role model and will later be able to go on to this level.” Goodbye to ‘best friends’ The downside of joining Millwall, Twardek states, is that he’ll be leaving the club that’s provided him with so many opportunities, such as competing at the Gothia Cup in Sweden with OSU’s affiliate club from Dallas, winning the Robbie International Soccer Tournament and the Disney College Showcase with OSU, and finishing second in the Ontario Youth Soccer League this past summer. “It’s been a journey with OSU Force97’s team and OSU. It doesn’t really stop here, but I mean, I’m leaving,” Twardek sighs. “The whole team is like my best friends. We’ve had lots of success together and we’ve had bad times together too. The team and OSU is like a family and we’re all brothers. “But I want to make a career out of soccer and this is a good opportunity to make that happen.”

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Cultural celebration Charla Green, Tracy Teasdale and Audra Green attend culture night at the Wabano Centre for Aboriginal Health on May 1. The evening welcomed more than 100 community members and featured story telling, Inuit drum dancing, speakers and lots of food.

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Grateful for CHEO’s Support Jonathan was diagnosed with epilepsy, a complex neurological condition. Although some people with epilepsy have mild symptoms, others like Jonathan have full-fledged convulsions that leave him unconscious. After the initial excitement that his seizures were under control thanks to medications commonly used to treat epilepsy, they returned with a vengeance. In fact during one such episode his parents had to call 911 to ensure their son would make it to CHEO as quickly as possible because he was struggling to breathe.

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Jonathan Puerto was born healthy but a few weeks later began having seizures after he woke up from his naps. Worried, his parents Elizabeth Pineda and Jose Eduardo Puerto took him to their pediatrician who referred them to CHEO. Under the trusted care of Dr. Sharon Whiting, a pediatric neurologist, Jonathan underwent testing to identify the cause of the severe seizures he experienced on a daily basis, some of which left him unconscious and fighting to breathe. Tests revealed a lesion on the front left side of his brain, the result of a stroke he had likely suffered at birth. Then at six months of age, following additional testing to eliminate other conditions,

To make things worse, when Jonathan was six years old, he had a severe allergic reaction to the standard seizure drug that paramedics carry and went into anaphylactic shock.CHEO specialists were able to help him and to search for another medication to control his seizures.Dr. Whiting herself called paramedic services and officials at Ottawa Public Health to lobby for Jonathan. They were very receptive and now have a specific care plan specifically tailored to needs, and Jonathan now carries his new medication with him at all times to ensure paramedics can access it when he needs to be transported to CHEO. “That is the CHEO difference. Our son’s doctor took the time to not only identify the best medicine for him, but she made calls herself to various agencies to ensure they’d use this new medication to keep our son safe,” explains Elizabeth, who shudders as she recalls a particularly severe seizure that lasted 24 hours. “Without that care plan, Jonathan’s life would be at risk.”

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Further tests revealed that Jonathan also suffers from cerebral palsy, and he’s since been diagnosed as having autism.Despite those additional challenges, Jonathan is thriving. He speaks three languages, and is in a special needs grade four class where he loves working on the computer, playing with trucks and being with his friends. One role he particularly enjoys is that of older brother to his 18 month old sibling David. Ultimately, the goal is for Jonathan to live his best life, seizure-free and safe. For now, there has been some progress: though he still has occasional seizures they only last 10 minutes or less, as opposed to hours at a time—and their frequency decreased from daily episodes to once every two weeks.If Jonathan’s seizures were to come back at a higher frequency, the next step would be brain surgery but his parents are hopeful that he can avoid that… at least for a while. “Jonathan is a good boy and he’s so handsome,” coos Elizabeth. “My husband and I are very proud of him because despite all his health issues he remains a positive little boy who is very loving and caring. Every morning he wakes up with a smile on his face. We are lucky to have him and his brother David.” Jonathan will be ten years old in June.With the help of his loving family, their friends and the expert CHEO staff, this young boy can trust that he is in good hands and that he will be well cared for with a treatment plan tailor-made to his needs.And this is something the Puerto family is truly grateful for.

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No plans to open stadium to baseball community: city Former Fat Cats GM wants to manage park while minor league wait continues laura.mueller@metroland.com

EMC news - A former Ottawa baseball team’s general manager says Ottawa is failing its kids by not opening up its baseball stadium this summer. Duncan MacDonald, who used to run the Intercounty Baseball League Ottawa Fat Cats, says the city has rejected his offer to re-open and manage the stadium for community baseball and events this summer. The stadium could sit unused this summer after the city failed to renew the Fat Cats’ lease so it could keep the facility available for renovations needed to upgrade it for AA baseball. But so far, no AA team has materialized for Ottawa, leaving the renovation schedule unclear. Instead of mothballing the stadium, MacDonald and his company, Marketing Breakthroughs, proposed the city hire them to manage the facility for the summer. Their plan includes hosting family fun days, baseball camps for Little League players and hosting National Capital Baseball League adult games. But the city isn’t biting, MacDonald said. He received an email from the city’s general manager of parks and recreation saying that the city might have some occasional programming at the stadium throughout the summer, but it wants to keep the schedule flexible to accommodate repairs and up-

grades. Meanwhile, Little League teams are emailing him to say they have to turn kids away because there is a shortage of diamond space. “We have a waiting list for Little League,” MacDonald said. “We have failed our kids.” The Fat Cats re-ignited enthusiasm for baseball in Ottawa, MacDonald said, and now the city’s Little League teams can’t keep up with the demand. “Now, we can’t even get enough respect for them to consider our proposal,” MacDonald said. According to the email MacDonald shared, the city official wrote: “…we will not be looking to attract seasonal or league play or any organized activities that will require regular and continual use throughout the summer. Rather, we will focus on booking tournaments and other suitable activities that will be consistent with the site and do not cause undo damage to the field or facility.” Another issue is that the proposal is unsolicited and sole-sourced – a problem from the city’s perspective, MacDonald said. He said he doesn’t agree with the explanations the city is providing. “So why not do a tender?” he asked. That’s not in the works, according to the email from the city parks and rec manager. See TASK, page 35

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Créations in Vivo acrobats spin from ropes and a hoop and cube suspended from Ben Franklin Place during the Centrepointe Theatres’ 25th anniversary block party held on May 4. More than 4,000 people walked through the doors of Ben Franklin Place and Centrepointe Theatres to witness the celebrations.

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EMC news – The Centrepointe Theatres’ 25th anniversary ended on a high note with more than 4,000 people visiting Nepean’s municipal complex to take part in the block party held on May 4. The anniversary celebrations had something for people of all ages — from remote control robots to pottery work-

shops, as well as a host of other performances throughout the day by world-beat musical group, Drumhand; aboriginal experiences hoop dancing and performer Buddy Wasisname, among others. Créations in Vivo acrobats spinned from ropes, and a hoop and cube, which was suspended from Ben Franklin Place. “We wanted to use this to celebrate with our patrons that

have given so much to us over the years, because we couldn’t do without them,” said event spokeswoman Barbara Brunzell. “It was so exciting for us to see the joy. The feedback was so positive.” There were more than 35 different activities and performances to enjoy. “I never realized Centrepointe Theatres was in our backyard,” said one young mother, her arms laden with clay elephants, laser cut-outs and a colourful collection of

balloon animals, all crafted by her children at the event. “I am definitely going to put this place on my list (of places to visit).” The summer weather conditions added to the celebratory vibe both inside and outside the theatres. Children took in a performance by Juno-nominated children’s performer Jennifer Gasoi at the library while some created their own music at the musical petting zoo. See COMEDIAN, page 39 R0012079917

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Want Innovation? Offer a Prize It is easy to turn public money into research. But the question should be, “How do we turn research into results?” Who better to ask than Facebook founder, Mark Zuckerberg, and Google co-founder, Sergey Brin? They invented and popularized technologies that serve billions of people and have created mind-boggling wealth.

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The city announced on May 5 that the Strandherd-Armstrong bridge, originally scheduled for completion on Sept. 1, won’t be done until the fall of 2014. the major businesses planned,” said Hodge. “We use a number of retail businesses and services in Barrhaven on (a) regular basis and the bridge would certainly facilitate our access to that community and equally facilitate the access of Barrhaven residents into Riverside South.”

History proves they are onto something. Napoleon Bonaparte offered a cash prize for new ways of preserving food, knowing that his “army marched on its stomach”. So Nicolas Francois Appert invented canned foods, and used the reward of 12,000 francs to open a commercial cannery, which operated for over a century.

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“Obviously we are concerned,” Scott Hodge, president of the association, said last spring. Hodge said the delay could affect a lot of the commercial growth that is currently planned in Riverside South based on the projections of the bridge being in place. “If there is a major delay in the bridge’s opening, we may see some delay in the introduction of some of

Last month, Zuckerberg and Brin inaugurated the “Breakthrough Prize in Life Sciences” with the purpose of recognizing “excellence in research aimed at curing intractable diseases and extending human life.” Rather than simply pumping all the money into research institutions, Zuckerberg and Brin are paying for results.

Between 1839 and 1939, the Royal Agricultural Society of England offered cash prizes at annual competitions. A Harvard Business School and Norwegian School of Economics joint study showed “large effects of the prizes on competitive entry” and “an impact of the prizes on the quality of contemporaneous patents”. The contests led to new milking machines, cream separators, cultivators, light portable motors and more than 15,000 other innovations that made food more plentiful and farming less burdensome. The private sector is sponsoring prizes for more than philanthropy. A few years back, Netflix crowdsourced its R&D with a $1 million prize for a new system of algorithms to recommend films. According to The Economist, 55,000 people competed and the winning team was a group of seven who had worked together via the internet and met in person for the first time when they retrieved their prize. Governments are catching on to the power of prizes. Under the America Competes Act, 45 U.S. government agencies have offered over 200 prizes to incentivize problem solving. The President’s Office of Science and Technology Policy says prizes are now a “standard tool in every Federal agency’s toolbox”. And this January, the New York City Schools Chancellor announced a $104,000 prize for the best app, video game or other technology to help teenagers conquer math. Here in Canada, the House of Commons Transport Committee unanimously made the cost-neutral recommendation for government to “redirect a portion of its existing research and innovation budget away from institutions and towards substantial prize money for innovations which meet welldefined public goals.” With private sector promotional sponsors picking up the tab, governments could hold massive science fairs to unveil the winners. The prestige and publicity would create further incentive to compete and win. As the Lindbergh flight and the Royal Agricultural Society prizes prove, the prestige and publicity of competitions can motivate the innovators of today and inspire those of tomorrow. Let’s keep our eyes on that prize and make Canada an innovation nation.

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EMC news - The already delayed Strandherd-Armstrong bridge won’t be completed until September of 2014 – more than a year after it was scheduled to be done. The latest hiccup comes after almost a year of delays following the original contractor entering receivership. Work on the $48-million project was halted after Concreate USL, the Bolton, Ont.-based contractor the city hired to build the bridge, went into receivership in late March of 2012. The city says several issues have contributed to the latest delay. Delivery of the bridge’s arches was late. The complex nature of the welding and prep work needed before the bridge can be moved into place over the Rideau River is also slowing the project down, according to a press release from the city. “I am disappointed by the news that further delays are impacting the completion date for the StrandherdArmstrong bridge and the inconvenience this is causing to the residents of Ottawa,” Gloucester-South Nepean Coun. Steve Desroches said in the press release. Construction of the bridge is more than 70 per cent completed, Desroches said in the statement. Last March, the city said the bridge was 60 per cent done. A “major portion” of the welding work is now completed. The contractor does plan to launch the bridge into its final position over the river this summer. The next step will be to pour the concrete. That is scheduled for the spring of 2014. The City of Ottawa will use its $23-million performance bond to ensure that that the Strandherd-Armstrong bridge is completed at no extra cost to taxpayers. The contractor will also have to compensate the city for damages starting September 1, 2013 – the original date the company was contractually obligated to complete the construction. On June 6, 2012, the city announced it selected a prime contractor to finish the $48-million project: Horseshoe Hill Construction Inc. The original contractor, Concreate USL, beat out four rival companies in 2010 to build the eight-lane Strandherd-Armstrong bridge across the Rideau River linking the communities of Riverside South and Barrhaven. The Riverside South Community Association, whose residents will benefit from the bridge when it is opened, said it is worried about the latest developments.

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EMC news - The Overbrook Community Association is hoping to install a reading nook in the community centre by the end of this spring. Organizer Anne Prowse said she wants to provide access to books while residents are using the community centre, whether they’re waiting for their child to finish a class or just passing through to the pool. This “book nook” would consist of a simple wooden bookshelf on wheels, which would be stocked with books for all ages and made available for anyone using the com-

munity centre. Part of the motivation, Prowse said, is to make literacy available in people’s backyards. “There’s no library is walking distance for a young child here in Overbrook,” she said. “So it’s just to make them available.” Prowse said she hopes the nook will operate on a “take a book, leave a book” basis, and will become an attraction to the community centre in its own right. “I see it as possibly becoming a place where one might come and read a book on Saturday morning,” she said. The community association held

a book sale on April 27 to fundraise for the nook, which Prowse said would likely cost between $100 and $200. The association sourced books from the Rockcliffe Park Book Sale

organizers as well as Hartwood House. Another fundraising book sale will be held May 11 in conjunction with the community garage sale at North River Road Memorial Park, at

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Area musician releases five songs for mental health week

Happy MotHer’s Day I would like to take this opportunity to wish all mothers in our community a very Happy Mother’s Day. I am particularly blessed to have an outstanding mother, whom many of you have met personally. A special thank you to my mom for being an inspirational role model and for showing our family and friends the meaning of unconditional love.

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EMC news - A local singer-songwriter is turning his pain into gain for mental health awareness. Greely resident Larry Pegg lost his daughter to suicide in 2007, and has been using his music as therapy ever since. But now he hopes that music can help others get better too, as he releases five songs off his upcoming album in support of national Mental Health Week. All proceeds from downloads between May 6 and 12 will go to charities supporting mental health awareness, likely Do It For Daron run by the Royal Ottawa hospital. Pegg’s 12-song album Before and Afterlife: The Theory of Positivity is set to be released on World Suicide Prevention Day, September 10, and he said more than 50 per cent of all proceeds will be directed toward mental health research and awareness programs. In the meantime, five songs from that album will be available on his website www.lpgroove.ca, CDbaby.

The Fielding Drive Public School Council has worked hard to raise funds to install a new play structure. The old structure on the school grounds was no longer safe and had to be removed. I know from experience that a new play structure will engage the imaginations and playful spirits of both students at Fielding Drive Public School, as well as neighbourhood kids. This recreational infrastructure will promote healthy active living, improve fitness, and foster a great community spirit. In support of this project, I sent a letter to City staff supporting the allocation of funding for the new play structure from the Community Partnership Minor Capital Program. Thanks to the school council, parents, grandparents, students, teachers, caregivers and volunteers for your terrific work! new 18-MontH 2013/2014 waste collection calenDar is on its way You will soon receive your new 18-month waste collection calendar via Canada Post. The calendar features a larger format, tips on effective green bin use and includes collection schedule information from June 2013 until the end of December 2014. You can continue to access a personalized collection calendar and sign up for collection reminders via e-mail, phone or Twitter by visiting ottawa.ca or by calling 3-1-1 (613-580-2400).

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Greely musician Larry Pegg is releasing five songs off his album Before and Afterlife: The Theory of Positivity to raise funds and awareness for mental health issues.

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The study will direct result of his participation in a also look at opportunities for discreet intensification on larger, R1 lots. conference with the Canadian Association for Suicide Prevention last As of April 24, 2013 a feedback form is available at ottawa.ca/infill October. and I encourage you to provide your feedback by May 17, 2013. Once this feedback is received, the City’s Zoning Consistency Team “I wrote that song after attending 1 O Canada! will organize site visits to conduct individual analysis. Workshops a workshop ... and I was blown away will be organized with different communities and the architectural by the first hand experiences of ancommunity. The Team intends to prepare recommendations for O Canada! Our home and native land other mother and father who had just River Ward City Councillor • Conseillère, quartier Rivière the Planning Committee and City Council for December 2013. lost their child,” Pegg said. “At that True patriot love in all thy sons command. I anticipate the first public workshop will be held in Junecountry by lease join me inthatcelebrating our magnificent point I realized if I was going to ever With glowing hearts we see thee rise 2013. put music out there, there couldn’t be F A L L 2 0 1 1 The true north, strong and free proudly displaying our flag in your a better time. I decided I would deO Canada! para• Canada transpo wants Hear you word kanata, derives its to name fromFroM the Iroquois vote my album to this cause.” From far and wide, O Canada O Canada! Our home and native land meaning “village” researching or “settlement” . developing a Para Transpo staff are currently and The song “Weight” includes a line home or business. True patriot love in all thy sons command. Naismith invented 1891. @CouncillorMcRae new electronic• James fare payment system thatbasketball will offer in customers a Wemagnificent stand on guard forbythee. Please join me in celebrating our country urging people with suicidal thoughts With glowing hearts we see thee rise convenient, simple and flexible tool to pay their trips, which • Canada’s official colours – redfor and white – were toand “please wait.” God keep our land glorious and free will also be accepted payment on conventional transit. The new proclaimed by King George V in 1921. The true north, strong free proudly displaying our flag in your Pegg wants to turn those two system will be• Canada’s integrated“Maple with Para Transpo’s existing scheduling From far and wide, O Canada Leaf” flag was first flown on Oor Canada! We stand on guard for thee home business. words into a global campaign to raise and reservation February software.15, 1965. We stand on guard for thee. awareness about suicide and mental O Canada! We stand on guard for thee. God keep our land glorious Six stakeholder consultation sessions willof be taking during place for • Terry Fox inspired millions Canadians his 1980 and free health, because the phrase shows up stakeholders tocross-country provide feedback. will also feedbackfor run to There raise money andbe awareness O Canada! We stand on guard for thee constantly in our daily lives. cancermini research. forms on Para Transpo busses, and a form online at octranspo. O Canada! We stand on guard for thee. com. Physical forms can be submitted by mail or by fax between “Every electronic device in the May 13 and June 7, 2013. world has those two words on it regnez-vous à moi pour célébrer notre merveilleux pays en peated millions of times a day. When Providing feedback is important to ensure that your feedback is O Canada! 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Ton front est ceint de fleuronsWith ou votre entreprise. a little campaigning, those • Les couleurs officielles du Canada – le rouge et le Car ton bras sait porter l’épée words could help save people who As always, I appreciate hearing from you and encourage you to blanc – ont été proclamées par le roi George V en 1921. Car ton bras sait porter l’épée Il sait porter la croix! keep in touch • Le withdrapeau me as it arborant allows me to serve you better. It is an are struggling with suicidal thoughts, la feuille d’érable a été hissé pour la Ton histoire est une épopée Il sait porter la croix! honour and a privilege being your strong voice at City Hall. he said. première fois le 15 février 1965. Des plus brilliants exploix. “It’s what every parent wants to Ton histoire est une épopée • Terry Fox a inspiré des millions de Canadiens et de Et ta valeur, de foi trempée Canadiennes lors de son marathon transcanadien en tell their children, every friend wants Maria McRae Des plus brilliants exploix. Protégera nos foyers et nos droits 1980 en vue de collecter des fonds pour la recherche to tell their friend. Everyone who River Ward City Councillor sur le cancer et de sensibiliser la population à cet égard. Protégera nos foyers et nos droits. Conseillère, quartier Rivière cares wants to say those two words,” Et ta valeur, de foi trempée Pegg explained. “So when we see Maria McRae Protégera nos foyers et nos droits those two words as we load our softRiver Ward City Councillor Protégera nos foyers et nos droits. ware or go to our email ... 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when Blais had the heart attack. Now, he is looking forward to sitting on his new porch with something to drink and a newspaper in his hands. “I’ve just been reading the news on my phone,” he said. “Just touching a newspaper and reading it will feel good.” Blais has been able to test out his new home on the weekends since Easter, when doctors allowed him to spend the night away from the rehab centre for the first time. “I needed to be home,” an emotional Blais said as he described watching his son hunt for Easter eggs. Support from members of his community – many of whom he has never met – touched Blais. “A tremendous thank you for their encouragement, support and patience,” he said.

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EMC news - After months of setbacks, being discharged from the hospital five days early was a huge victory for Cumberland Coun. Stephen Blais following his Jan. 6 heart attack. The 32-year-old couldn’t stay idle in his last day at the rehabilitation centre at the Ottawa Hospital’s General campus. Rocking the wheels of his wheelchair back and forth, Blais waited impatiently for his final spin on a cross-trainer on April 30. The next day, Blais packed his bag and was discharged. A month ago, he couldn’t stand. As the councillor reflected about his recovery on his final day at the rehab centre, even he found it difficult to fathom how close he came to death. “They had gotten down to the last minute when they were going to shut it off.” Blais broke down in tears as he spoke of medics’ efforts to resuscitate him at the Montfort Hospital. The fact that he even made it to the hospital was a miracle, Blais said. Doctors told him one of his arteries was likely 100 per cent blocked when he collapsed at the GoodLife Fitness in Place D’Orléans that day. But since he was at a gym, staff trained to deal with those situations sprung into action. An ambulance happened to be parked in the mall’s parking lot. It brought him to Montfort Hospital, where the head of cardiology, Dr. Chamoun, was doing a rare stint in the emergency room that day. That decision saved his life, Blais said. “All the dominoes that could possibly fall into place did at the right moment,” Blais said. Doctors chalked the heart attack at such a young age up to genes, Blais said. Both his grandfathers had multiple heart attacks, but Blais himself had no warning signs that something was amiss. He was tired and he had begun working out with a personal trainer five months before the heart attack in order to drop a few pounds, but there was nothing out of the ordinary, he said. “When you’re 30, you don’t think you need an EKG (electrocardiogram) on a regular basis,” he said. In the rush to save his life by inserting three stents to re-open his artery, Blais’s femoral nerve was crushed, rendering his right leg immobile. Doctors didn’t realize what had happened for a long time because Blais was confined to a hospital bed with a severe case of pneumonia just

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Cumberland Coun. Stephen Blais takes a final spin on a recumbent cross-trainer as part of his therapy during his last day at the rehabilitation centre of the Ottawa hospital’s general campus on April 30. days after emerging from a medically induced coma. But the painful pins-and-needles sensation Blais now lives with proves that his nerve is regenerating and doctors believe he’ll have almost full function of his right leg by the end of the year. Until then, he’ll keep walking with a leg brace and a cane. The spectre of brain damage was a very real threat, said the councillor’s wife, Marta Blais. Doctors weren’t sure how long oxygen was cut off

from Blais’ brain. But when he awoke and began pulling at cables he was connected to and writing “H20” on paper to ask for a drink of water, Marta said she knew he would be OK. “It’s a second lease on life,” Blais said. “Ninety-nine per cent of people would have died with what happened to me.” MISSING HIS SON

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of up to a kilometre, but he is a ways off from running after his three-yearold son, Stephen Jr. A three-year-old has a tough time understanding something like a heart attack. When Marta explained to her son what happened to his dad, she said he had a broken heart. “He asked, ‘Do I have a broken heart, too?’” Marta said. The Blais family was set to move into their new Cumberland Ward home in the Chaperal community

It wasn’t long after he moved out of intensive care in March that Blais began to dip his toes back into the waters of city hall. The first-term councillor is beyond grateful for the efforts of his office staff in his absence. He’ll be leaning on them more than he used to when he returns to city hall, Blais said. “Part of my learning process is how better to delegate to my staff,” he said. “I’m learning how to have a better balance.” Attending community barbeques, reading reports and having a coffee with concerned constituents doesn’t really feel like work, Blais said. But he is learning that all parts of the job take energy and focus and can cause stress. Blais was hoping to make an appearance at a recent city hall committee meeting on a code of conduct for council members, but he watched it on TV instead. “More than one person came in and asked me if it was that boring a day that this was the only thing on,” Blais said with a laugh. The councillor hopes to make it to a few committee meetings before the summer break and he’s targeting the fall – when his son returns to school – for when he might be up to returning as a regular fixture at city hall. Beyond that, Blais is taking it one step at a time. It’s not the best-kept secret in town that more than one political party has approached him about running for higher political office, and Blais isn’t ruling anything out. But seeking re-election as Cumberland councillor in 2014 is a sure bet, he said. As is putting his family first. R0012085841

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EMC news - Things were heating up at the annual Hunks with Hammers event on April 13, as local hunks helped raise $13,500 for cancer research. That takes the event’s six-year total over $90,000, said organizer PattiAnne Scrivens. “It was more than we expected,” she said. “The first year we raised the most, but with the economy ($13,500) is very good, I believe.” The sixth annual ladies’ night out was held at the Greely Community Centre on April 13. The dinner and auction fundraiser in support of the Ottawa Regional Cancer Foundation offers a night of wining, dining, shopping and dancing. The best part, of course, is being served by some of the best looking hunks in Ottawa - mainly sourced from Fire Station 91 in Metcalfe and volunteer firefighters from Greely, Manotick, Metcalfe and Osgoode. Scrivens began organizing the event in 2007 when Metcalfe resident and tradesman Peter Wichers was diagnosed with terminal cancer at age 49. Since Wichers was a tradesman

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Importance of keeping property maintained Upkeep can significantly increase home value EMC lifestyle - The very latest in interior decorating: a home and garden that are the envy of the neighbourhood, a house that doesn’t show its age. Keeping up with this combination of factors could lead to a considerable increase in the value of your property. The upkeep of a home often just involves small yearly modifications and simple jobs. A neat exterior, well-pruned hedges, materials in a good state of repair and a clear, unimpeded view of the home all add up to a well-maintained property and a proud homeowner. Where the exterior is concerned, maintaining the siding should be your priority, as this will protect your home from bad weather for years to come. The roof is the other part of your home that should never be neglected. For example, the state

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of the roof could deteriorate if moss is allowed to cover it. Don’t neglect the concrete surrounding an in-ground pool and always protect garden furniture from the harmful rays of the sun. Did you know that a well-planned yard can increase the value of your property? As they grow, the trees you plant will add to the worth of your home as well as adding to your comfort both outside and inside: trees block the wind in cool weather and provide shade on hot summer days. That can mean a reduction in both air-conditioning and heating costs. So give free rein to your gardening talents by planting trees, creating flower beds and establishing hedges. Lastly, spread compost to enrich your soil for a beautiful lawn and don’t forget to weed regularly in order to enhance the appearance of your shrubs and flowers.

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EMC lifestyle - The choice of materials for your patio or terrace is up to you, but such a choice should be made right at the beginning of your strategy. It will determine the amount of money needed for your plan. There are a variety of available materials, each with their advantages and inconveniences. Some will require more upkeep while others are more expensive. Durability and solidity are major concerns when you choose your building material. You may also combine different materials for unique special effects as well as optimizing your available budget. The most popular materials used for patio and terrace are wood, concrete slabs, stone, composite and synthetic materials. Avoid materials that may crumble in winter, brittle and flimsy material as well as slippery substances. Wood is often chosen for a terrace. This

structure is usually built a few feet up from the ground so will require support pillars and railing. You may also choose wood for structures placed directly on the ground but be sure to use treated wood to avoid rotting. Wood is a favorite even though it requires yearly upkeep; its price, simplicity and warmth are attractive to many homeowners. Your floor can also be made of cement or stone slabs: using both will allow you to emphasize specific areas or zones. You can also use a base made up of bricks or granite since they require little upkeep and will resist weather changes. Synthetic materials include fibreglass, recycled plastics that resemble wood as well as waterproof fibres. All these synthetic materials are very durable and are often found in original garden designs.

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Live Below the Line participant Meaghan Derynck couldn’t wait to take a bite of her 55cent lunch at The Hub on May 1. She is one of the Live Below the Line participants across Canada living on a $1.75 a day food allowance for five days.

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EMC news - Rice, rice and more rice. That’s what’s on the menu for Live Below the Line participants, all of whom are living on $1.75 a day for five days. From April 29 to May 2, 25 Ottawa volunteers took part in a challenge to compare their lives to the 1.4 billion people across the world living in extreme poverty. Those people don’t just need to pay for their food, but housing, transportation, clothing and everything else with $1.75 or less each day. “Hungry,” is the only word Meaghan Derynck needed to describe the challenge. She said the hardest part of the project has been giving up coffee and all snacks – which she forgot to budget for when spending her $8.75 for the week. The project raises money for Cuso International, Results Canada, Raising the Village and Spread the Net. The 25 Ottawa participants join about 100 others across Canada who are collecting pledges as they complete the

challenge. Ariane Cartwright, a Results Canada employee, said a typical day for her meal plan included oatmeal with a third of a shredded apple for breakfast, plain rice with chick peas and split peas for lunch, and frozen mixed vegetables with potato for lunch. “We reached our (fundraising) goal of $25,000, but yeah – we’re hungry,” Cartwright said. “Not belly-aching hungry, but hungry. You don’t have the steam to really make it to 5:30 at work.” She estimated with food, drink and meals out, the average Canadian spends about $75 to $100 a week. The participating Results Canada employees teamed up to shop at a bargain grocery store, splitting up $35 of food between six of them. The shopping list included economy sized frozen vegetables, rice, and oatmeal. Orléans resident Kate Alexander said it’s been a struggle preparing food for her children and then eating her own smaller portion. She said her serving is comparable to many developing areas where the wealthy

may have an excess of food, but their poor neighbours much less. “There’s enough food to go around, but not everyone gets it,” she said. On May 1, participants and guests were invited to a lunch at The Hub in downtown Ottawa where Lunch restaurant owner Tim Van Dyke came prepared with 55-cent meals. Van Dyke said staff had to shop around at bargain grocery stores and Chinatown shops in order to make a day’s worth of meals come in at less than $1.75. For lunch, they prepared meat dumplings, made with eight wonton wrappers (eight cents), a third of an Italian sausage (28 cents) and half a tomato (19 cents). Participants intensely debated the meat or vegetable wontons because of the vegetable and cheese in the latter, there were seven wontons instead of eight; a big difference for the hungry bellies. With the $25,000 fundraising goal already reached, the Canadian participants said they would push to raise even more money before they complete the challenge.

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The Capital City Condors, a hockey team for special needs youth, are getting ready to host the second annual Condors Classic Golf Tournamentat the GreyHawk Golf Club on June 3. The proceeds from the tournament will go towards paying for ice time for the team and to help keep player registration costs low.

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EMC news - The second annual Condors Classic Golf Tournament is continuing to raise funds to keep its hockey program on the ice. The Capital City Condors is a hockey team for special needs youth, with groups in the west and east ends of the city. Funds raised through the golf tournament, which will be held on June 3 at the GreyHawk Golf Club, will go towards purchasing ice time and to help keep registration costs low. “As the program grows we need more ice every year,” said Shana Perkins, co-founder of the Condors with her husband Jim. Funds will also go towards the 2015 Special Hockey International Tournament, which the Condors will host. Last year, Ottawa Senators players Matt Carkner and Chris Neil attended the tournament, which drew around 110

golfers. “They went and played a hole with each group,” said Perkins, adding that this year “We’re hoping, depending on how things are going with the playoffs, we’d like to be able to have hopefully (Sens player) Kyle (Turris) and if there’s anyone else he could drag along that would be great.” Turris, the Condors honourary captain, is a big supporter of the hockey team. “Five years ago, a small group of people in Ottawa, headed by my friends Jim and Shana Perkins, realized that there were a bunch of kids who loved hockey ... but they never got to play themselves. They had a physical or intellectual challenge or disability that made hockey something they could only watch,” said Turris in an open invitation letter. A group that started as three players, the Capital City Condors has now grown to almost 80 participants, he said. “It has been an absolute blast

getting to know the kids and their families, and especially fun to get on the ice with the Condors teams,” said Turris. “The Condors Classic is a fun day of golf, and an opportunity to recognize these special kids. Together we’ll help raise funds needed to keep this program growing and available to more players.” CONDORS PLAYER TO SPEAK

“We were really pleased and sort of surprised,” Perkins said about last year’s turnout. “We didn’t have very good weather, but we still had a terrific day.” This year, tournament organizers are hoping to fill all 144 spots. “They’re going to get to interact with Condors players and they’re actually going to hear one of them speak at the dinner,” said Perkins, adding a parent of a first-time player will also talk about what the team means to her. “This is our biggest fundraising event for the year,” Perkins said. Space is available for 144 golfers for the shotgun start and there is a dinner only option for

those who don’t golf but still want to support the cause. Tickets are $200 for an individual or $700 for a foursome and include lunch, golf cart rental, 18 holes and dinner. The dinner only option costs $50. Organizers are also looking for a title sponsor, hole sponsors and silent and live auction items. The event takes place at GreyHawk, which is located at 4999 Boundary Rd., Cumberland. For more details, visit capitalcitycondors.org.

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EMC news - It’s a dog-meetdog world out there. At least, it will be on Sunday, May 26 when dog owners are invited to take their fourlegged friends to Andrew Haydon Park for Dollars for Dogs, a fundraiser in support of Canadian Guide Dogs for the Blind. Thanks to a bylaw waiver from the city of Ottawa, May 26 is the only day of the year that dogs are permitted at Andrew Haydon Park, located at 3169 Carling Ave.  The Guide Dogs association headquartered in Manotick is taking full advantage of the exemption with a four-kilometre walk, dog social in the park, barbecue and door prizes. “People like taking their dogs to a dog park to meet other dogs and play with other dogs, and this is an opportunity to do that,” said Guide Dogs special events co-ordinator Steve Doucette. “There’s the walk, but there’s also the aspect of taking your dog for a nice day at the park.” Participants are encouraged to raise pledges before the walk,

and any money raised will help pair a guide or assistance dog to someone in need. This is the event’s 29th consecutive year, and Doucette said the association expects to raise about $30,000. “That is pretty much bang on where we’ve been for many years now,” he said. “With the economy a lot of events are slipping, so we thought it was a realistic goal to go for what we made last year.” Participants can register onsite beginning at 9:30 a.m. on May 26. The walk will begin at 10:30 a.m. Entry forms are available by phoning 613-692-7777 or emailing events@guidedogs. ca. You can also register online at www.guidedogs.ca. Canadian Guide Dogs for the Blind was established as a registered charity in 1984. Since that time, it has provided professionally trained guide dogs to more than 700 Canadians who are visually impaired. In 2010, the organization launched an Assistance Dogs Division, which trains dogs for individuals in the Ottawa area with mobilityrelated disabilities.

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basis. He knows a lot of his commands and is a friendly and social boy that loves to flaunt and will seek petting from strangers. Prince has a preference for human companionship but may be suited to live with another respecting pooch who isn’t intimidated by his size. Ellie is a beautiful one-year-old, spayed female, tortie Domestic Long

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Please note: The Ottawa Humane Society has many other companion animals available for adoption. Featured animals are adopted quickly! To learn more about adopting an animal from the Ottawa Humane Society please contact us: Website: www.ottawahumane.ca Email: Adoptions@ottawahumane.ca Telephone: (613) 725-3166 x258 Ottawa West News EMC - Thursday, May 9, 2013

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Leaving a dog in a car even for a few minutes on a hot day could be fatal. Each year the Ottawa Humane Society (OHS) receives hundreds of calls about dogs left in vehicles on hot summer days. When the thermometer soars, a parked car can quickly become a furnace, endangering an animal’s life and making the owner liable to criminal charges. With only hot air to breathe, a dog’s normal cooling process – panting – doesn’t work. A dog can withstand internal body temperatures of 40°C for only a few minutes before brain damage or death can occur. LastTime year,towe received 325 telephone reports of dogs make in carsa grooming on hot days, 126 of which lead to warnings appointment and advisories to individuals. The OHS Rescue and Investigation Services team removed 8 dogs from cars and we charged 9 individuals, resulting in 8 convictions.

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May 9-11

Calling all book lovers: The 38th annual Broadview Book Bonanza returns from May 9 to 11. More than 40,000 books, DVDs, CDs and electronic games will be on sale at Broadview Public School. Doors open to the public on May 9 from 4 p.m. to 9 p.m., from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. on May 10 and from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. on May 11. Admission is free. Visit the Book Bonanza and uncover literary treasures!

May 10-12

The Ottawa Valley Quilters Guild presents A Festival of Quilts, an exhibit of bed quilts, wall quilts and more. Artists-in-residence will display and discuss their work. Learn about the hundreds of quilts that guild members make and donate each year. Vendor booths will offer quilting supplies and quilted items for sale. The event takes place from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the RA Centre located at 2451 Riverside Dr. Admission is $8. For more information, visit ottawavalleyquiltersguild.org.

May 11

St. Stephen’s Presbyterian Church will be hosting a plant and bake sale on May 11 from 9 to 11 a.m. at the church, located at 579 Parkdale Ave. A wide variety of plants, including perennials, flowers, herbs annual seedlings will be for sale and avid gardeners will be on hand to provide advice on how to grow them. A variety of baked treats will also be available for sale. Project Tembo will be hosting a plant and used book sale on May 11 from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. A great selection of prennials, herbs, houseplants, annuals and more will be available at the event, which takes place at 2255 Fox Cres. All proceeds support Project Tembo, a charity that provides educational and microfinance opportunities for girls and women in Tanzania. For more information call 613-721-0126 or email info@ projectembo.org.

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The Ottawa Inter-Community Buddhist Society, together with Dr. Walasmulle Sirisumana Thero, invite the community to the ceremonial opening of the new temple of the Ottawa Buddhist Vihara on May 11 and 12 at 4 Christie St. The ceremony gets underway at 4 p.m. on May 11, with the alms giving for monks taking place on May 12 at 11 a.m. followed by lunch for guests at 1 p.m. For more information, call 613-565-0842 or email buddhistvihara@gmail.com.

May 11 & 13

Miriam Centre invites you to its annual stamp sale on May 11 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. and May 13 from 4 to 9 p.m. at the centre, located at 2742 St-Joseph Blvd. ub Orléans. A wide selection of world stamps will be available for collectors of all ages. Excellent prices. For information, call 613-830-8623 or email info@miriamottawa.org.

May 12

The Friends of the Farm are hosting a rare and unusual plant sale on May 12 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Get everything you need for your garden from the many specialty growers and nurseries gathered for this event. Master gardeners will be available to answer your questions. Parking is available in the lot beside the Neatby Building located at Carling Avenue and Maple Drive, marked lot 293. The Ottawa Food Bank will also be on site to accept donations. For more information, call 613-230-3276, email info@friendsofthefarm.ca or visit friendsofthefarm.ca. A Mother’s Day fashion show fundraiser sponsored by the Rose of Tralee Ottawa Centre will take place on May 12 at 2 p.m. The fashion show will be held at the Irish Ambassador’s Residence, 291 Park Rd. in Rockcliffe Park and will feature a postrunway reception. The show will feature collections from Melanie Lyne, Chapeaux de Madeleine and Town Shoes. Tickets are $25 in advance. For more information and to purchase tickets, visit roseoftralee.ca

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May 13

A public emerald ash borer forum will take place May 13 at the Ottawa Citizen building, located at 1101 Baxter Rd. from 7 to 10 p.m. Hear the experts, ask questions, and learn how you can save your ash tree. Call 613-8281044 for more information.

May 15

The Ottawa Association of People Who Stutter is a self-help group that meets the first and third Wednesday of each month at the Lakeside Gardens Centre at Britannia Park from 7 to 9 p.m. The next meeting will take place on May 15. For more information, visit oapws.ca, email david.burton2@rogers.com or call Norm at 613-226-7001.

May 16

IODE Walter Baker Chapter will meet May 16that 1 p.m. at 453 Parkdale Ave. located between Foster Street and Gladstone Avenue. Women of all ages are invited to attend and learn about volunteer work. For more information, please visit our website at iodewalterbaker.weebly.com or call Alia at 613-864-6779.

May 17-19

Join us for the 39th annual Canadian Croatian Folklore Festival being held in Ottawa from May 17 to 19. Hosted by the National Capital Region Croatian Folklore Ensemble, the event celebrates Croatian folklore and heritage and marks the first time in 20 years that the festival will take place in the nation’s capital. In total, about 20 Croatian cultural groups from all over Canada, the United States and overseas will perform. Dances and banquets will be held at the Ottawa Convention Centre and the folklore performances themselves will be held at the National Arts Centre. For more information, visit our website at croatoan.ca.

May 18

The Highland Park Lawn Bowling Club will be hosting an open house on May 18 from 2 to 4 p.m. Looking for a fun, sociable, outdoor sum-

mer sport? Try lawn bowling. You are invited to drop by the club, located at the corner of Byron and Golden avenues, to try the game, enjoy the hospitality and meet members for a pleasant afternoon. Flat soled shoes are recommended.

May 22

The Ottawa Children’s Choir spring concert, titled Suns, Moons and Magic!, will take place on May 22 at 7 p.m. at Dominion-Chalmers United Church, located at 355 Cooper St. Tickets are $15 for adults and $5 for children 12 and under and can be purchased at the dooor or by contacting Anna at info@ ottawachildrenschoir.ca or 613-233-4440. For more information on the Ottawa Children’s Choir, please visit ottawachildrenschoir.ca.

May 25

The Ottawa Children’s Choir is holding general auditions for children age eight to 15 (as of Sept. 1, 2013) on May 25 from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. at the McNabb Community Centre, located at 160 Percy St. To arrange a 15-minute audition, contact Anna at info@ottawachildrenschoir. ca or call 613-233-4440. For more information on the Ottawa Children’s Choir, please visit ottawachildrenschoir.ca.

June 1

The Centrepointe community is hosting a neighbour hood garage sale on June 1 from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Come shop the driveways and garages of Centrepointe for treasures and great finds. If you are going to participate as a seller, please email centrepointe@ rogers.com to indicate your street name for mapping purposes.

July 12

The Friends of the Farm is organizing a day trip to Mont Tremblant on July 12. In the summer, a visit to the Laurentians highest peak can be fun. Spend a few hours in the pedestrian village and then we’ll visit a garden in Ripon on our return journey. This is a fundraiser for the Friends of

the Farm and charity donation receipts will be issued. Call organizer Denise Kennedy at 613-230-3276 or email tremblanttripinfo-2013@yahoo.ca for more information.

Mondays

Would you like to improve your communication and leadership skills? Carlingwood Toastmasters is a great place for you to learn. We’re a supportive club and have been around for more than 50 years. Guests are always welcome. We meet Monday evenings from 6:30-8:30 p.m. at St. Martin’s Church, located at 2120 Prince Charles Rd. Please try to arrive 10 minutes early. For more information contact Darlene at 613-793-9491 or visit carlingwoodtoastmasters.org. Practice and improve your Spanish speaking skills at the intermediate and advanced levels. We are Los Amigos Toastmasters and we meet at the Civic Hospital, Main Building, Main Floor, Room 3 at the back left of the Cafeteria Tulip Café on Mondays from 5:15 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. Call Carole at 613-761-6537 or e-mail lucani@sympatico. ca for more information. You can also visit us online at amigos-tm.ca.

Tuesdays

Come join a group of friendly peers to paint together, share ideas, and encourage each other. The Painters’ Circle meets on Tuesday mornings in Westboro. All media welcome except oils. This is not a class, so experience is necessary. It’s time to get out and moving again! For full details, contact Clea Derwent at 613-695-0505 or clderwent@gmail.com. The Hogs Back 50+ Club meets every Tuesday from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. in the front room of the Boys and Girls Club, 1463 Prince of Wales Dr. at Meadowlands and Hogs Back. Bring a bag lunch or come for cards, crafts, friendly chatter and camaraderie. Drop in and check it out. For info call Shirley at 613-225-8089.

Tuesdays & Fridays

Tai Chi at Roy Hobbs Community Centre, 109 Larch Cres. on Tuesdays, except first Tuesday of each month, for beginner/intermediate levels 10:45 a.m. to noon. Fridays for intermediate/advanced levels 10:45 a.m. to noon. Contact Lorne at 613824-6864 for details.

Ongoing

The Friends of the Farm are looking for volunteers to work in the ornamental gardens, arboretum, Merivale Shelterbelt, Lilacs, and many other gardens at the Central Experimental Farm. Gardening begins in early May! Green and brown thumb gardeners are welcome. To obtain a volunteer form please visit our website at www.friendsofthefarm.ca / volunteers, or call: 613-230- 3276. The Ottawa Newcomers Club is designed to help women new to Ottawa or in a new life situation acclimatize by enjoying the company of other women with similar interests. We have morning, afternoon and evening events such as skiing, Scrabble, bridge, fun lunches, book clubs, Gallery tours, dinner club, and crafts. For more information visit our website at www.ottawanewcomersclub.ca or call 613-860-0548. Want to meet new friends? Have a great workout? Come to The MET (Metropolitan Bible Church) every Wednesday from 12:15 to 1:15 p.m. for a free women’s fitness class with a certified fitness instructor. Includes a fiveminute inspirational fit tip. Any questions? Contact the church office at 613-2388182. Westboro Nursery School – Spaces available for 30 month olds to five year olds. We are a parent cooperative preschool located in the Dovercourt Community Centre, staffed by Registered ECE’s. Our play based curriculum includes intro to French, sign language, school readiness, music, daily outdoor play and more. Visit westboronurseryschool.ca, email wns@ westboronurseryschool.ca or call 613-860-1522 for details.


41. Act as master of ceremonies 43. Skin lesions 44. Stiff bristle 45. Equally 46. Pool dressing room 49. Eyebath 51. Thick piece of something 52. Angry 55. 20th Hebrew letter 56. 3rd largest Colombian city 57. Gum arabics 59. A song of praise to God 60. Dispatcher CLUES DOWN 1. Word shortening 2. Tore down (var. sp.) 3. 22nd state (abbr.) 4. Tropical constrictor 5. Hostelry 6. Examine and expurgate 7. Small restaurants 8. E. Asian anis liquor 9. Infestation of head louse 10. New Yorker film critic Pauline 11. An orange-red crystalline dye

13. Indicates position 16. Root mean square (abbr.) 17. Electronic countercountermeasures 19. 12-31 greeting 22. Fastens 23. Himalayan wild goats 25. One who overacts 28. Facial gesture 30. Absence of aggression 34. China 38. Older Bridges brother 40. Plays 42. Term denoting psychic abilities 43. Oral polio vaccine developer 44. Any habitation at a high altitude 46. Hyperbolic cosecant 47. Russian mountain range 48. An aromatic salve 50. Venezuelan fashion designer initials 53. Highest card 54. 5th son of Jacob 58. Music storage device

ARIES - Mar 21/Apr 20

LIBRA - Sept 23/Oct 23

TAURUS - Apr 21/May 21

SCORPIO - Oct 24/Nov 22

Aries, you may feel like you need to move faster to get ahead, but the opposite is true this week. Slow down and focus on the details and you will benefit. Taurus, though the first few days of the week may seem disastrous, hang in there and you will find things will turn around quite quickly.

GEMINI - May 22/Jun 21

Gemini, sometimes you have to make some noise to be heard, which may seem out of character for you. If the cause is that important, you will do what is necessary.

CANCER - Jun 22/Jul 22

Cancer, you can’t get enough of a certain thing, but you may need to pace yourself. Otherwise your interest may start to wane. A surprise situation arises on Thursday.

LEO - Jul 23/Aug 23

Leo, there are things you need to say to a particular person in your life. But you do not know how to express your opinions in a way that’s easy to understand. Speak from the heart.

VIRGO - Aug 24/Sept 22

You may be feeling a bit under the weather this week, Virgo. It’s likely due to you pushing your schedule to the limits. Schedule some recovery time for yourself.

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CLUES ACROSS 1. Our 10 numerals 7. Horseshoe cleat 11. Ear shell 12. Soprano solo 13. Vestments 14. Heart’s singer Wilson 15. Set of type in one style 16. Withdraw from work 18. Ancient Hebrew coin 20. Megacycle 21. 26th British letter 22. Colonnaded Greek walks 24. Russian sourgrass soup 26. OK Corral’s Wyatt 27. Cheremiss 28. Schenectady County Airport 29. Laptop 31. Actress Farrow 32. NYSE for Murphy Oil Corp. 33. Talk noisily 35. New Testament 36. Tax collector 37. Mediation council 39. Not in use

Libra, you need to rely on someone this week for a big project, but you don’t know who to choose. Make a list of your best prospects, and then you can narrow it down from there. You can use a break from the daily grind, Scorpio. It might be time to plan a getaway. You may want to make this a solo trip so you can fully recharge.

SAGITTARIUS - Nov 23/Dec 21

The truth can sometimes hurt a bit, Sagittarius. But a dose of honesty this week provides the reality check you have been needing. Make some changes.

CAPRICORN - Dec 22/Jan 20

Capricorn, an event this week gets you fired up and excited. It could be the news you have been waiting to hear from work or from a significant other.

AQUARIUS - Jan 21/Feb 18

Aquarius, knowing when to keep quiet can be difficult, especially when you suspect something is off-kilter. This week you will be put to the test.

PISCES - Feb 19/Mar 20

Pisces, the week may begin somewhat aimlessly, but things will all come together by the middle of the week.

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