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Christine Jackson author of The Cowley Family Saga: from Sherwood Forest to the NHL–Part 1. Photo by Kate Settle.

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Champlain Park resident digs into history of “Captain Dan” Story by Debra Huron

The family names that Christine Jackson has researched and written about since February dominate a map of the neighbourhood she lives in, including the street she has called home for 25 years. Jackson lives on Cowley Avenue in Champlain Park. Nearby streets carry the names Daniel and Keyworth

Avenues, named in honour of a riverboat captain, Daniel Keyworth Cowley, who settled with his wife and 11 children in a Manor House just west of Island Park Drive and Richmond Road in the 1860s. In 1903, one of the captain’s sons honoured his father by naming streets after him in the Riverside Park subdivision he was creating. The area was later renamed Champlain Park.

Smirle Avenue? Mailes Avenue? Pontiac Street? These also have links to the Cowley family, something Jackson reveals in her article The Cowley Family Saga: from Sherwood Forest to the NHL–Part 1, which was published this fall in a local genealogy journal called Anglo-Celtic Roots. The retired civil servant readily Continued on page 5

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Near West Review options laid out Local parents hear the latest plans and offer feedback

Story by Kristy Strauss

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Overcrowding in Kitchissippi schools has left parents with four options that would determine where they could send their children starting in the 2014-15 school year. Parents came together at the Fisher Park Public School auditorium on October 24 to hear these options, presented by a working group made up of parents and school board representatives, and to give feedback on each one. “We’ve done a lot of work as a group and it’s been a tough process,” says Hintonburg resident Stefan Matiation, who’s also a member of the working group. “I think in the end, the board is committed to making any of these options work.” The choices presented to parents were divided by Option A, C, C1, and G. There were also boundary changes in each option. Drawing from Elmdale and Devonshire catchments, Option A would see new junior kindergarten to Grade 6 early French immersion students attend Fisher Park starting in the 2014-15 school year – while retaining its current Grades 7-8 programs. Also as part of this option, Elmdale Public School’s junior kindergarten to Grade 6 English program would be relocated to Connaught Public School and Hilson Public School. Option C would see a new junior kindergarten to Grade 6 early French immersion program at Connaught Public School – offering a dual track junior kindergarten to Grade 6 English and early French immersion program. Elmdale’s junior kindergarten to Grade 6 early French immersion program would remain, and the Elmdale junior kindergarten to Grade 6 English program would be re-directed to Connaught and Hilson. Option C1 offers the same choice, except students in Grade 6 would be re-directed to Fisher Park Public School for Grades 6-8. The working group then presented Option G, which

includes Elmdale and Devonshire schools offering junior kindergarten to Grade 3 early French immersion and Fisher Park offering Grades 4-8 early French immersion. Elmdale’s junior kindergarten to Grade 6 English programs would be re-directed to Connaught and Hilson, while Fisher Park’s Grade 7 and 8 programs would remain the same. Matiation said the choices came from the public meetings the working group have been holding since March. He added that careful thought was put into each choice, and the working group weighed factors such as reasonable boundaries, walkability for students, and ensuring that there would be one extra classroom available in each school. “We also thought we needed one more factor, which was equity,” Matiation said. “We wanted to make sure there was reasonable access across the near west to all programs, and there was no unbalanced impact on one school, community or program.” At the meeting, parents also had a chance to voice their concerns about the options. Shannon Watt had some air quality concerns about Option A – a weakness that the working group also included in their report. “There was a study out from UBC (University of British Columbia) looking at air pollution . . . and they said we should be careful about putting elementary schools near highways,” Watt said, referring to Fisher Park, which is located beside the Queensway. Other parents had concerns about the new boundaries, child care options, and the possibility of their older children being separated from a younger sibling. Civic Hospital resident Amanda Farris, who is a member of the working group, encourages residents to make their voices heard. “We still don’t have a perfect solution, but we’re Continued on page 8

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All’s Well in the West End Excitement builds for community co-operative

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A new community-owned café and organic grocery will be part of the streetscape on Wellington St. West next spring. The West End Well Co-op will also offer a coffeehouse-type performance space, cooking, yoga and other classes, and even a library, say the cooperative’s co-founders, a group of residents who decided the time was right to create a place for people interested in environmental sustainability to connect with and support their community. The centre will operate as a social enterprise, using a business model to achieve social objectives, explained West End Well co-founder Bill Shields at one of the co-op’s information sessions in October. “We wanted it to have its own self-sustaining economic engine; we didn’t want to be relying on grants that came and went.” As a for-profit co-operative, the Well will be owned by members, with surpluses reinvested in the business. The co-op’s two-storey building at 969 Wellington St. W. near Somerset St. will be home to an 800-square-foot grocery store featuring local food, a 30-seat café serving breakfast, lunch, and prepared meals, a 60-seat venue for music, poetry and storytelling events, and an outdoor patio. Jacqueline Jolliffe, owner of Stone Soup Foodworks, will run the café. Co-op membership is open to anyone for a $50 one-time fee, as well as to co-op workers and food producers. Members each have a vote and guide direction and

policies, but non-members can still shop there. The Well is also looking for people to invest in the co-op through preference shares. So far, says Shields, they’ve had pre-commitments for about a third of the funds needed for start-up and initial operations. The organizers are confident about the Well’s viability. They raised community financing through a holding company that’s covering the purchase and renovation of the building, and charging the co-op a manageable rent until it can buy back the property. “It took us less than a month to surface most of that money,” says Shields. He also anticipates an increase in pedestrian traffic over the next few years with the construction of the Bayview Light Rail Transit station and other nearby developments. Organizers are also connecting with nearby service providers, businesses and residents to ensure the co-op meets the community’s needs. Currently led by an interim board of directors, the co-op will hold its first annual general meeting early next year, and will open six days a week starting March 2014. Information sessions will be held November 20 and 26 from 7:00 to 9:00 p.m. at the Hintonburg Community Centre.



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All Saint’s Anglican Church, at 347 Richmond Road near Churchill Avenue, hosts Jazz Vespers – or evening song – every first Sunday of the month at 4:30 p.m. in the Chapel of the Holy Spirit, an intimate setting with excellent acoustics. The Chapel, designed by Thomas Fuller, who also designed the Parliament Buildings and other churches in the region, was built in 1895 in the Gothic Revival style and serviced a community of people who operated saw mills on the Ottawa River. The larger church and parish hall were added in the 1950s as the congregation grew. In 1998, the parish of All Saints spent a significant amount to restore the Chapel of the Holy Spirit and make the space available to the community at large as a place of renewal and spiritual nurture. Jazz Vespers grew out of this and has been in existence for about 15 years. “What I love about Jazz Vespers the most is that it’s accessible to the average person coming in off the street – there is no communion, and Anglicans always have communion, no statement of faith, you can just come in,” says Barbara Robertson, member of All Saints who has been involved with Jazz Vespers from the beginning. Concerts normally take place in the Chapel, however, on November 3, the concert was held in the newly renovated larger church, mainly to accommodate a

bigger audience. Billy Boulet, just recently relocated from Ottawa to Toronto, improvised on saxophone with the choir of St. Barnabas from Ottawa centre. Music included pieces by Palestrina, Tallis, William Byrd as well as more contemporary music by Healey Willan, Billy Boulet (solo) and Stephanie Martin. Boulet has been involved with Jazz Vespers for quite a number of years. His repertoire includes sacred and jazz, classical and Celtic music. St. Barnabas Choir, a group of 22 singers directed by Wesley Warren, organist and choirmaster, won first prize in the National Competition for Amateur Choirs in 2010, selections of which were broadcast on the CBC Radio programs Choral Concert and Espace Musique. The audience varies but there are definitely regulars, both attendees and performers at Jazz Vespers. A theme is chosen for the month and the music, readings, personal reflection, closing prayer and communal hymns reflect the theme. November’s theme was All Saints Day, November 1. Westboro’s Jennifer Skuce is a regular and comes often with her aunt and godmother. Skuce’s mother attended All Saints and she has good memories of the place. “It’s a nice place to see each other and spend time together,” says Skuce. “It has a community feel.”

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an eclectic mix of workshops, most of which cost $8-$15 and run between 1-3 hours. The most popular workshop has been Primitive Fire Making. “This goes to what this is actually about. It’s not going to be about mainstream programming,” says Nason. “This is about something that you just can’t get elsewhere.” “What I like about this idea is that it gives us the opportunity to offer a wide variety and let people try different things out,” says Billy Russell, Program Manager (who also happens to be teaching the fire making class). “It’s a small time commitment, and the price is really low, it’s about the price of a movie. Committing to a 10 week course, for something you’re not sure if you want to pursue, can be really hard,” he says. Initial response to the Westboro Brainery has been enthusiastic. They’ve already had local residents offer to teach homebrew classes, chess strategy, and geneology. Eventually Nason would like to see 20-30 classes offered every month, with 8-12 participants in each class. “We’re a not-for profit charity with a commitment to community building,” says Nason. “Our mission is about having a healthy, active and engaged community in what we’re doing. This is just one more piece that allows us to do this.” For more information about the Westboro Brainery go to www. You can also follow the Brainery on Twitter at @WestboroBrain.

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Remembering Adelina

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John Duggan’s 93 year-old hands slide easily across his piano’s ivory keys. He looks focused on playing the tune, and only stops to fondly remember the days of playing music for an audience. While his memory is fading, he’ll never forget playing with a band on stage at a bar in the early 1940s. And, performing for an audience with war buddies on the streets of London. “I can say that I had been a busker on the streets of London,” he says with a smile from his piano bench, which is situated in his Westboro dining room. While playing the piano brings back memories of entertaining others, it also brings back warm thoughts of playing for his late wife, Adelina. The couple met during the Second World War. He was in Canada’s air force, and she was an adjutant (or a military officer who was an administrative assistant to a senior officer) in the British Air Force. She was a Scottish woman, Duggan says, and no more than five feet tall – but intelligent, quick, and sharp-minded. On Remembrance Day, he says he doesn’t think much about his own service to his country. Instead, he often thinks about Adelina, and her service during the Second World War. “I understand war is like hell,” Duggan says, adding that he believes Adelina endured more danger in the Second World War than he did. “My wife had a bullet bounce off her

Westboro resident John Duggan holds his and his wife’s family crests.

tin hat, she endured bombing, she was caught in a burning building. She was prepared to die and be roasted to death. She had a very interesting war.” He says the Holocaust, and the treatment of Jewish people in Europe, was a brutality that stuck with his wife before, during and after the war. Duggan says her father was a gas company executive, and had taken her on a visit to Germany before the war started. What she saw was permanently ingrained in her memory. “She saw Jews brushing the cobblestone roads with toothbrushes, wearing the star,” Duggan says. “She was very sympathetic towards the Jews.” However, he begins to smile slightly as he thinks about how his wife – who had Continued on page 9

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The new storefront opened on November 2. The menu includes cupcakes, cookies, squares, and bars, which are all baked with an eye towards individuals with special diets (although we’ve been assured that anyone would find them delicious). SBB is just arriving at the tail end of a Kickstarter campaign too. For more information about the campaign or the bakery, check out their website at Help design a better neighbourhood ID Collaborative, an urban planning studio group from McGill University, is working with the Wellington West BIA and Creative Neighbourhoods on a wayfind-



Joe Adams, Sonja Pajcic, Mary Thompson and Shaylagh Phypers pose with Nepean High School principal Patrick McCarthy at Nepean’s 24th annual United Way/Dave Smith Foundation Charity Breakfast on November 1. The students raised a grand total of $3049.92. This year’s celebrity servers included school board trustee Jennifer McKenzie and CTV’s Graham Richardson. Photo by Andrea Tomkins

ing strategy and public space enhancement project along Wellington Street West. The Wellington Street West Charrette is a design workshop to improve public spaces along Wellington Street West by incorporating Wi-Fi hot spots and

wayfinding signage along the corridor. The purpose of this workshop is to bring the ideas of the community together and generate solutions for the improvement of public spaces with the purpose of

encouraging neigbourhood exploration and increasing knowledge of local services and attractions. Kitchissippi residents are invited to bring their ideas to the Hintonburg Community Centre from 6:30 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. on Tuesday November 12. Pre-registration is required, and food will be provided. If you are unable to participate in the design charrette, consider attending the open house that takes place from 5:00 p.m. to 6:30 p.m., right before the charrette. To register, email wellwest.charrette@gmail. com or call 514-8252453. Near West Review Continued from page 2 hoping to find one with enough positives,” Farris said, adding that each comment will be taken into account when the group makes its final recommendations to the board. Jennifer McKenzie, the school board trustee for Somerset/Kitchissippi, said the board will discuss the issue at a December 10 meeting. “When we started this, we developed our mandate: strive to achieve a set of recommendations that support alleviating the capacity issues of Devonshire and Elmdale,” McKenzie said. “We’ve tried to use that as the basis for some of our decision-making.” Parents had a chance to submit their comments to the working group until November 1. The group will then submit their recommendations to the board by November 15, and the board will submit their report. School board trustees will review the recommendations at a December 10 meeting, where members of the public will have one more chance to comment. For more information visit Pages/NearWest.aspx.

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Cool, rainy weather didn’t dampen the Halloween spirits of people who dropped by Richmond Road on Saturday, October 26 for Wickedly Westboro, Westboro Village’s spooky street festival. Kids and adults, some in costumes, enjoyed balloon artists, fortune tellers and face painters, picked up treat bags and gathered clues hidden inside stores during the scavenger hunt. Many of the biggest smiles came at the Ottawa Farmers’ Market near Byron and Golden, where Brooklynbased Maniac Pumpkin Carvers spent the day turning bright orange pumpkins into wild sculptures. Maniac Pumpkin Carvers co-owner Chris Soria and team member José Rodríguez etched expressive faces, haunting silhouettes and Ottawa Senators symbols into pumpkins, to the delight of passersby. A few people took home the finished carvings, each of which took hours to create, after bidding for them in a silent auction that raised funds for the Westboro Food Bank. Westboro area resident Patrick Roy and daughter Erica scored a pumpkin dubbed “Frankenstein” with a winning bid of $30. Roslyn Richardson and daughters Sophie and Avery, who live in the Carlingwood area, were also among the many people enchanted by the engaging Maniac carvers. Soria, a professional artist who works primarily in paint and photomontage, is also an educator with Brooklyn non-profit Groundswell, leading groups of youth in creating twostorey-high murals. “Pumpkin is a very different medium,” laughs Soria. He and

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Maniac’s co-founder, professional artist and illustrator Marc Evan, who stayed in New York to manage the group’s busy Halloween schedule and tend to a new baby, have been carving pumpkins as a seasonal business for almost 10 years. Wickedly Westboro treats included the surprise unveiling by Soria of a pumpkin portrait of Ottawa Mayor Jim Watson, who was on hand along with Ottawa Centre MPP Yasir Naqvi and Sab Ventola, chair of the Westboro Village Business Improvement Area, which organizes Wickedly Westboro. The Ottawa Farmers’ Market assisted with logistics for the day, with vendor Needham’s Market Garden supplying pumpkins. Another new attraction was the Pumpkin Stroll, in which people voted for their favourite pumpkins displayed by local merchants. Students from Algonquin College’s Culinary Skills – Chef Training

Program were at Wickedly Westboro giving pumpkin carving demonstrations, after participating in a master class with the Maniac Pumpkin Carvers on October 25. Another feature was the creation of a pumpkin and ice sculpture, a collaboration between the Maniac Pumpkin Carvers and the Ottawabased Canadian Ice Carvers’ Society, which combined a pumpkin witch’s head by Soria, a tangle of pumpkin “roots” by Rodríguez, and an ice cauldron and flames by ice sculptor Gabriel Giammaria. “It was fun,” said Soria of the Maniac Pumpkin Carvers’ first Canadian appearance. “Everybody who showed up responded very positively.” Westboro Village BIA executive director Mary Thorne concurred. “Despite the weather, people are around, they’ve got smiles on their faces…. Everyone’s seeming to have a really good time.”

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A visitor to Duggan’s home is also welcomed by two plaques that hang on the wall; two family crests – one for Duggan, and one for his wife’s maiden name, Stewart. The stories she told Duggan at their kitchen table also remain with him, especially on Remembrance Day. “I think of her often,” he says.

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Pet Rats Steal Show at Churchill Alternative School Event

Getting into the spirit of Hallowe’en The St. Vincent de Paul’s staff got into the spirit of Halloween by decorating the store window with themselves - a tableau vivant of lively characters enthusiastically greeting passersby with broad smiles and friendly waves. Kitchissippi was a hot bed of Halloween celebration, including costumes and decorations. According to Newswest writer Tim Thibeault, there are some darker sides to the annual ghoulish celebration. See page 18 for his thoughts on excess and poor behaviour in the name of good clean fun. Photo by Tim Thibeault

Planned Kitchissippi Summit To Discuss Infill Issues What works and what doesn’t in our neighbourhood By Gary Ludington, Chair, Westboro Community Association “What has happened to the neighbourhood?” This is a question I was asked by a neighbour a year ago. She was pointing out some of the changes just around our area on Tweedsmuir Ave. Her 1.5 storey house was dwarfed by new semis that were under construction on a nearby street. Not liking what she was seeing she made a decision to move and did. The Westboro Community Association (WCA) is wondering whether more Kitchissippi residents are wondering about what has happened to the neighbourhood? To that end we have discussed the benefit of having a moderated panel discussion of what you, as residents, think of what has been happening in the neighbourhood during the past couple of years. We have spoken with a couple of other Kitchissippi community groups

and they have expressed an interest in participating. We were going to try to organize this for 2013 but with the additional interest we are now planning the discussion for early 2014. And yes, as you have suspected, Kitchissippi is one of the busiest areas for infill development. In fact there is so much construction underway that we have recently gone from having one designated building inspector to three. To help us get ready for this event we would like to hear from you. Let us know what you think is great about the infill in your area or not so great. What do you see as issues, if any? You can send us specific addresses with or without pictures. Our email is hellowestboro@ The City is currently undertaking Phase 2 of the Low-rise Infill Housing Study. For more information go to

tains them into rolling fits of By Dosi Cotroneo Usually any sign of rodents is a laughter as Tommy and Melanie bad thing in a public building but and their two pet rats get into one this was not the case in Kitchissippi mishap after another. And so, a little brother shedding tears for his recently. Squeaks, squeals and roaring sister evolved into the tale of laughter could be heard in the Melanie and Tommy Have Two halls of Churchill Alternative Pet Rats and One Syndrome. The book, published by Ardith School on Friday, October 25, as two pet rats were on the loose, Publishing, put an end to taking over the school assembly. Melanie’s teasing and has gone on to become a Teachers and students Canadian bestwere enjoying every Squeaks seller, catapultminute of the exciteing Melanie ment and entertainsqueals and and Tommy ment as brother-sister into a whirlduo, Melanie and Tommy Glatzmayer, roaring laughter wind schedule book tours were special guests could be heard of at schools invited to the school across Canada to read from their secin the halls of and the United ond book, The Catelli States. When Castle. Churchill asked what his It all started in Alternative favorite part of 2009 when six-year the whole old Tommy came School. book writing home from school experience has crying. His big sister Melanie was being teased by been, Tommy replied, “My faother students because she ap- vorite part is that no one makes peared to be different. At the age fun of my sister anymore!” Melanie and Tommy’s father, of three, after hundreds of hospital visits, countless tests, sleepless John Glatzmeyer, grew up with nights, and much suffering, little pet rats and wanted his kids to Melanie was diagnosed with a have this experience. The two pet very rare syndrome named CdLS rats have proven to be not only (Cornelia de Lange Syndrome). extremely fun for the entire famThere are about only 100 known ily, but very therapeutic for cases in Canada and about 2,400 Melanie. They help calm her down, keep her company, and cases in the United States. Tommy decided that day to give her much affection. Tommy turn his upset into opportunity as loves their pet rats and plans obhe and his mother Nathalie stacle courses that have them Wending created an adventurous climbing, hiding, racing and picture book that not only edu- more. Grades 4 and 5 teacher, Mr. cates children about the importance of acceptance, but enterContinued on page 12

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Ray Kalynuk, helped organize the assembly with Melanie and Tommy. “We have a large special education population at our school, and we teach in a different way in a different environment, and we aim to convey a message of inclusion, “ said Kalynuk. “It was the most perfect timing for my students as I recently set up a pen-pal correspondence with students at Crystal Bay School, where students have at least one major developmental delay, and I was worried about how they were going to handle the

letters they received from the students, who range in age from 12 up to the age of 20 years old.” Kalynuk added that he and his students had a great time at the presentation. “My students will be talking about this all year. I highly recommend it. They were shaking with excitement and had a million questions for them, and really enjoyed the one-on-one time with them after the presentation.” Visit for more information about Melanie and Tommy, their upcoming events, and to watch some funny rat videos.

NEWSWEST Annual General Meeting The Newswest annual general meeting will be on Monday, November 25, from 7 to 8 pm at the Hintonburg Community Centre, 1064 Wellington Ave. All new and old members, local community association representatives and any interested parties should come. Seating is first come first served. Hear our year in review, editor’s report, president’s report and web report. Especially welcome are those who like to write, take photos or work in new media. Newswest serves the area north of Carling Ave., east of Woodroffe Ave., to the O-Train tracks.

Ontario Releases Cycling Strategy

By Yasir Naqvi, MPP, Ottawa Centre Bicycles are an integral part of Ontario’s sustainable transportation system, and offer a great alternative to encourage a healthy lifestyle. Every day, more people are embracing greener choices by walking or taking a bike to work or school. Recent statistics estimates that 630,000 Ontarians ride their bicycle on a daily basis and roughly 48 per cent of our population rides their bike at least once a week. An increased dependency on these methods can support our transportation needs today and protect our environment for generations to come. It is for these reasons that I am very excited that the Government of Ontario has recently released a new cycling strategy, #CycleON. This is our 20-year vision to make cycling a respected and valued mode of transportation across Ontario, and will ensure that our province’s roads are the safest in North America. Among its key goals, #CycleON supports cycling in Ontario by encouraging and promoting:

• Healthy, active and prosperous communities; • Improvements to cycling infrastructure; • Safer highways and streets; • Improved cycling awareness; and • Tourism opportunities. The Ministry of Transportation (MTO) is in the process of updating its bikeways planning and design guidelines. The goal is to maintain, update and expand infrastructure for cyclists across the province. They will also add new information and illustrations on bike lanes, road markings and right-of-way in future copies of the drivers handbooks. In addition, MTO is leading comprehensive review of existing and planned cycling touring routes in the province, and has consulted with key cycling and tourism stakeholders on the elements of a potential province-wide cycle touring network. Another important component of #CycleON includes a focus on long-term planning. Led by the Ontario Traffic Council, MTO will continue working in partnership with municipalities,

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some are still under construction the ones that are occupied have not had the street cuts finished to the original condition before construction began. It is especially noticeable on our street because the street was recently resurfaced. So we now have bumps, dips and heavy equipment tread marks that, yes, are a cheap form of traffic calming, except they are not marked and trucks of all kinds go over them daily and nightly, making quite a lot of noise. If the contractor posts a bond for the street cut what does the City do with the bond? How do they determine if it should be returned? If it isn’t, where does the money go? My neighbours and I are sure this happens on a lot of other streets and we wonder why?

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District School Board News By Jennifer McKenzie, Kitchissippi Ward Trustee Near West Accommodation Review Update After many months of hard work, the Near West Accommodation Review Working Group, in collaboration with Board staff, held its final public meeting at Fisher Park Public School on the evening of October 24. During the meeting, parents and community members were given the opportunity to comment on and ask questions about the four options the working group have put forward as possible solutions to chronic over-crowding at Elmdale Public School and Devonshire Public School. The meeting was well attended and many parents had an opportunity to comment, share concerns, and ask questions. The Working Group co-chairs and board staff strongly urged parents and community members to provide detailed feedback to the committee regarding their concerns about the proposed accommodation options, and to be specific about what they like and don’t like about each option, so that the committee and staff will have as much input as possible from the broader community as the review enters its final report stage. Community members are encouraged to send any further comment to the working group email address by November 1. The working group will submit its final recommendations to the board by November 15. Board staff will follow up with their report shortly thereafter. At this point the board of trustees is scheduled to review final recommendations at the committee of the whole meeting on December 10. The final report and recommendations will be posted during the week prior to the meeting on the board website as part of the agenda for the board’s December 10 meeting. There will be several opportunities to delegate to the board during the months of December and January. Please monitor the Near West page at for more details. As trustee for the schools and neighbourhoods affected by this review process, I would like to express my deepest thanks and appreciation to the parents and community representatives on the working group who gave so much of their time and energy to this project in the hope of finding a solution that

would best serve the students and families in their community. A number of the speakers at the public meeting expressed similar sentiments, and attendees supported them with well-deserved applause. Board Capital Priorities Revised At our October 22 meeting, the board of trustees revised the list of school construction and renovation projects that we will submit to the Ministry of Education for funding in 2014-15. While all ten of the capital projects recommended by staff will remain on the list to be forwarded to the provincial government, trustees voted to give priority to projects that have undergone reviews of adjacent space and held public consultation processes: the new Half Moon Bay Elementary School, the Broadview Ave. PS rebuild project, and the construction of an addition to the West Carleton Secondary School are at the top of the list. The Ministry of Education has indicated that while school board rankings play a role in decision making, it also considers a number of other criteria in choosing which projects to fund. This announcement is expected in the spring. Busing Service for Secondary School Students Expanding In an effort to address inequities in student transportation services provided by our school district as compared to those provided by the Ottawa Catholic School Board, trustees recently approved a motion to reinstate funded transportation for secondary students within the Urban Transit Area who live 3.2 kms or more from their designated school. This measure, which will be in place for the beginning of the school year in September 2014, will provide transportation to approximately 5300 additional OCDSB students. While OCDSB reserves will be used to cover the initial cost of the expanded busing, staff expects this will be a one-time expenditure. A scheduled Ministry of Education review of the efficiencies that the OCDSB has brought to our overall transportation services through participation in the Ottawa Student Transport Authority (OSTA) is likely to result in the province providing up to 90 percent of the funding for the expanded service going forward.

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City Counsellor Report By Katherine Hobbs, Councillor, Kitchissippi Ward The 2014 budget has been tabled, and here are some key highlights:



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Discussing Public Service Costs By Paul Dewar, MP, Ottawa Centre It’s time for the Conservative government to put evidence before partisan rhetoric and stop blaming public servants for its own mismanagement and spending decisions. And it’s time for Ottawa’s Conservative MPs to stand up for their constituents and our local economy and call on Clement to end the boom-bust cycle of hiring and firing in Canada’s public service. The rhetoric comes in the form of Treasury Board Secretary Tony Clement’s false claims that individual public sector wages and benefits are to blame for a rise in government costs. Mr. Clement used false claims to demonize public servants in the media, using the worst kind of partisan rhetoric to justify massive cuts to front-line workers who are providing valuable services to Canadians. The lack of solid facts is why I asked the Parliamentary Budget Officer to conduct an independent review public service spending over the past decade, most of which was under the Conservative Yasir Naqvi

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engineering and planning consultants, and tourism organizations to update Ontario Traffic Manual Book 18: Bicycle Facilities. This document will serve as a primary reference tool for engineers, planners and designers throughout Ontario. A draft of the cycling strategy was posted online for public feedback from November 30, 2012, until January 29, 2013. The final strategy contains input from the public and expert advice from cycling stakeholders such as Share the Road Cycling Coalition, the Canadian Automobile Association and the Association of Municipalities of Ontario. It also reflects the input and experience of our cycling community in Ottawa Centre. In particular, I want to thank Councillor David Chernushenko, Zlatko Krstulich of the City of Ottawa, and Hans Moor of Citizens for Safe Cycling for their participation in the consultation process, as it was integral to the development of #CycleON. We are lucky to live in a city that benefits from an extensive network of cy-

government. According to the PBO’s review, wages and benefits have nothing to do with the increase in public sector spending, despite Mr. Clement’s claims. Instead, almost all the increases are due to two factors: increases to wages that match inflation and an increase in the total number of public servants over the past decade, almost all of them made under the Conservative government that now turns around and blames civil servants for their own human resources decisions. This isn’t about runaway salaries. This is wedge politics at its worst: a deeply hypocritical whiplash management style, where they initiate massive hiring, and then later demonize those same people in the eyes of the public for their own decisions. Then, they push a political agenda, cutting wages and benefits, initiating massive layoffs and limiting access to the programs Canadians rely on. This is a boom-bust cycle of hiring and layoffs that is entirely politically driven disrupts all sectors of Ottawa’s Continued on page 18

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come an entire day, including school hours, and parents even phone radio call-in programs to protest that their darlings are being denied some sort of human right if the school should dare suggest that daytime is for learning and wearing a costume to school, no matter how cute or attention-getting, is really not the reason schools were built in the first place. CBC Radio One recently addressed the question of the appropriateness of costumes in schools. From the responses (and vehemence) of the adults participating, one can only gather that internet spelling will one day rule the world where no child should have to go to school dressed like a normal human being on a day devoted to the abandonment of individual dignity in favour of group self-indulgence. It may be a sign of my own advancing years, but girls in bunny ears, and boys in chicken suits each behaving abominably in a crowded restaurant at lunchtime, (both of which I witnessed this year), can hardly recommend the abandonment of civility in favour of semianonymous boorishness where kids practice the art of self-debasement in public as perceived signs of individuality and creativity. When a child can explain the origins of Hallowe’en or the name

day following Hallowe’en, perhaps then he can be allowed a costume in school. Until then, I would suggest that schools be used as places devoted to the fight against ignorance and stupidity no matter how cutely it is presented. That, I believe, would be the best surprise Hallowe’en could ever bring. Paul Dewar

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-4:00 p.m. Please RSVP at: 613-729-4817. NOVEMBER 28, 29 AND 30: CHOW QIGONG Learn basic Chow Qigong with Grandmaster Dr. Effie Chow on Thursday evening and November 29-30 at Kitchissippi United Church at 630 Island Park Drive. For information please contact ottawachowqigong@ or visit DECEMBER 2: WESTBORO COMMUNITY ASSOCIATION AGM The annual AGM will be held at the Churchill Seniors Centre (345 Richmond Road) at 7:00 p.m. If you are interested in being on the Board please contact the WCA at YOUR COMMUNITY ASSOCIATIONS Champlain Park Community Association Civic Hospital Neighbourhood Association


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