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Setting goals for 2014? Local fitness expert Sarah Zahab says slow and steady always wins the race. Photos by Andrea Tomkins.

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The start of a new year is often a time when people seek to make positive changes in their life. With plenty of good intentions, most start off strong. “But after the four to six week mark, motivation starts to wane,” observes Sarah Zahab, Registered Kinesiologist and co-owner of

Continuum Fitness and Movement Performance on Churchill Avenue. So how can you stay on track with your New Year’s resolutions? Local experts and goal setters offer some tips for helping you make good on your goals in 2014. Geordie McConnell, owner of Wellington West’s Ottawa Fit, recommends keeping goals realistic. “If you try to change too many

things at once, your chances of success are less likely,” he says. “You set yourself up for success by having smart, attainable goals.” He also says it is important to focus on the process, not the outcome, and that the process should be enjoyable. “It comes down to a simple three-letter word: fun. If you can find activities that are fun to do, Continued on page 6

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Holding yellow posters with black letterhead reading “Help Us”, Kitchissippi residents packed Tom Brown Arena on December 3 to hear plans and give feedback on detours set for Scott and Albert Streets as part of the light rail transit (LRT) construction. The meeting was hosted by the City of Ottawa and Rideau Transit Group, and included Kitchissippi Ward Councillor Katherine Hobbs and Somerset Ward Councillor Diane Holmes. At the meeting, residents heard plans for buses to be diverted onto the streets as work begins on the Transitway for LRT. Construction is expected to begin on the Transitway between Bayview Station and Tunney’s Pasture in mid-2015. Construction could last about a year and a half. City and Rideau Transit Group officials told residents that alternate detours along the Sir John A. MacDonald Parkway, Queensway, and Carling Avenue were examined but concluded that Scott Street had the least impact and would ultimately reduce wait times for transit users. Hintonburg resident Cheryl Parrott said detouring buses onto Scott Street would “destroy our community” and that the process was not transparent. “This will have an incredible

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Hintonburg residents at the December 3 meeting hosted by the City of Ottawa and the Rideau Transit Group.

impact on us,” she told city and Rideau Transit Group officials at the meeting. “We’ve been trying to talk to you for four years, and what you call consultation was us nagging you for meetings . . . this is a total sham, your whole process is a total sham, and this is a poor example of consultation.” Parrott added that members of the community would like to see the buses detoured across a mix of locations, and not concentrated solely on Scott and Albert Streets. Residents also voiced concerns about the number of buses that would be added onto Scott Street during peak hours. Members of the Hintonburg Community Association said they were told there would be 300

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Plenty of people send cards and letters this time of year, but a few Kitchissippi residents have been penning a different kind of letter. They’re writing to governments around the world asking them to uphold human rights, as part of Amnesty International’s annual Write for Rights campaign, and reaching out to neighbours as well as people far away. Sue Smee, who lives in Westboro, is participating in Write for Rights for the first time. For two or three hours on December 13, she sat at her dining room Westboro’s Sue Smee took part in Amnesty table and composed letters to four heads International’s annual Write for Rights of state, with copies to ambassadors or campaign. ministers, referring to individuals whose human rights have been violated and asking the authorities to take action. She Masonde, a page at the branch who’s also also wrote directly to several people an Amnesty International volunteer, who’ve been imprisoned for their beliefs organized the event with the support of or for their peaceful activities. the branch’s Teen Advisory Group (TAG), “I come from a family that was always – 20 youth from the community who keenly interested and involved in social make recommendations on library justice and human rights,â€? explains Smee, programs and services. Library staff a retired public servant. “And you see thought the letter-writing session would that Amnesty has had an impact. So I be a good way to engage young people to wanted to be part of that.â€? read and write. One of the people Smee wrote to is Lana and two other youth who’d seen Miriam LĂłpez, a young mother in Mexico a sign posted at the branch attended. In who was seized, imprisoned and tortured less than two hours, the three had by soldiers in 2011. “When I write to completed 19 hand-written letters. them personally, I really feel a personal “The human rights thing, it’s something connection,â€? says Smee. “It really— that we take for granted here,â€? says Lana. maybe all of us—touches our hearts.â€? “I hadn’t actually known how bad things As well as writing letters, Smee went have been in other places.â€? She refers to a one step further: she opened the doors of case in which a community’s homes were her Dominion Avenue condo to other bulldozed for a slum upgrading project in condo owners in her building who wanted Nigeria. “There were people whose to join her to write letters. She didn’t have homes were being destroyed without any takers, but one neighbour did come them being told that it was going to by to find out more about Write for happen. Putting myself in their shoes, it Rights. would be just ridiculous if that ever “I explained what it was all about, and happened to me—it would be just she was interested,â€? says Smee, who plans horrible.â€? to host a letter-writing session again next Lana, who lives near Carlingwood in You’re in Invited year, and open it up to more people the McKellar Heights, is active in science, community. “I think every effort counts, dance, band, karate and volunteering, but no matter how small,â€? says Smee. says Write for Rights was her first foray Lana Vuleta, 14, is also making a into human rights. difference. The Grade 9 Lisgar student “I’ve always been interested but I’ve participated in a Write for Rights event never had a really good chance to do it. for teens at the Carlingwood branch of Human rights, I don’t know, it just struck the Ottawa Public Library on December a chord in my heart.â€? Look beyond short-term uncertainties and make smart investment 10. She wrote six letters to government that will help achieve your long-term about financial Amnesty goals. officials in as many countries.For decisions Foryoumore information decades, Edward Jones has been committed to providing Let us show you ways to help: Courtney Mellor, teen services librarian International’s Write for Rights go to personalized investment service to individuals, including: at the Carlingwood branch, and •Increase Mandeep www.amnesty.ca/write-for-rights. the growth potential of your portfolio

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In Mike Patriquin’s hands, a broken hockey stick has still got game. It can become a picture frame, a province on a map of Canada or even a bottle opener. Patriquin’s creations, made of recycled materials, delighted hockey fans and craft aficionados at the Fisher Park Community Recreation Centre’s Christmas Craft Show and Sale on December 7. Patriquin, a Grade 5 Middle French Immersion teacher at Hilson Avenue Public School, spends about one evening a week turning discarded wooden hockey sticks, licence plates and weathered barn wood into popular items that he sells at craft fairs, through his Brokenstick.ca website to buyers across Canada and the U.S., and wholesale to shops in Ottawa and Montreal. One of his picture frames has been on display at Hintonburger, and he’s exhibited a custom chair made of hockey sticks at the Royal Ontario Museum. Patriquin’s love of working with wood and recycled materials comes from spending time as a boy with family at his grandfather’s shed in Quebec’s Eastern Townships. “He used to do all sorts of stuff with objects that he had found in the garbage—he used to call it ‘liberating’ items from the garbage,” says Patriquin of his grandfather. Patriquin’s first project was a picture frame made of hockey sticks for his dad’s birthday about eight years ago. “I jokingly wrote ‘one of a limited edition of 500’ on the back,” says Patriquin, who says he’s sold about 550 since then. Using local and recycled materials and producing as little waste as possible are important to Patriquin. He finds old wooden hockey sticks at garage sales, online or arena garbage bins. Wooden sticks are increasingly hard to come by, so Patriquin also uses wood from old barns and metal from vintage licence plates, sourced online and in local antique shops. The plates become roofs for

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wooden birdhouses, or shaped into Canada’s provinces for wood-mounted maps. “People contact me with interesting ideas,” says Patriquin, who also takes on custom projects. Working with wood complements Patriquin’s teaching. “I need to do something with my hands sometimes when I have no voice at the end of the day,” he laughs. “It’s a different type of creativity, because I have a pretty creative job, but it’s hands-on creativity.” He’s introduced his students to simple building projects, and he’s helped his daughter, 5, to complete her first birdhouse. Woodworking is a hobby, says Patriquin, who also has a business degree. He’s turned down requests that were more than he wanted to take on. “I like to have fun with it,” he explains. Patriquin, who grew up near the Civic Hospital and Elmdale and now lives in Carlington, has brought his work to the Fisher Park craft sale for the past four or five years. “Fisher Park is great, because it’s word of mouth and it’s community,” he says. “It’s kind of where I grew up, so I get to see current students, former students, old family friends… it’s great fun; I really enjoy it.” Check out some of Patriquin’s projects online at www.brokenstick.ca.

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with her project because she felt positive benefits right from the start. “It was a stress reliever,” she said. As a new mom, she’d been overwhelmed by the pressure to buy every latest thing for her baby. Stepping away from all that was an immediate relief. “I replaced having stuff with actually doing stuff,” she says, which allowed her to “focus more on being and doing than on having and wanting.” Whatever your goal for the coming year, Zahab recommends that the most important thing is to find something you enjoy. “Don’t run if you hate to run. Discover a winter sport. Vary things up. Change your exercise routine. Get the family active,” she says. And most importantly: “Have fun.” We turned to Twitter to ask Kitchissippi residents what kind of resolutions they’re making for next year – if any – and here’s what some of them told us: @twitandrewking …to work on back burner projects that are burning to a crisp being on the back burner... @TwissAndWeber Gain weight, start smoking, drink more. Hah! Je joke. See what other resolutions Kitchissippi twitterati have made

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Retired Kitchissipi residents, Ric and Joan Potter, have been cycling Europe and North America on a tandem for over 10 years. Their love of cycling goes back a long way for the couple, starting when their children were small. “One week a year we would farm out the kids to our parents and camp, taking our pots and pans and tent with us,” explains Joan. They initially travelled with another couple and as their children grew and wanted to come along, both couples travelled with children on the back, cycling and tenting in Ontario, New York State, and Vermont. Cycling came naturally, having been posted to Germany, England (where Ric Potter has family) and later Belgium. Bikes are modes of transportation in Europe. The Potters bought their first tandem in England. Back in Ottawa, the Potters joined the Ottawa Bicycle Club and started going on weekend and Sunday rides. Ric was on the Board of the OBC for a few years and helped organize the Rideau Lakes tour, which he rode at age 70 with his grandson, who was 10 at the time. In order to escape the winter, 40 to 50 OBC cyclists go to North Carolina every year and get a 6-week head start on cycling. “We’ve gone for the last 10 to 15 years,” says Rick. Ric and Joan have cycled 50,000 km (“mostly in Europe”) over the last 10 years. They’ve been to France, Mallorca and the Pyrenees twice, to the Alps several

times, Barcelona, Germany, Belgium, The Netherlands, and are planning a possible tour of Austria on bike this year. His favourite place? It’s tough to decide. “You can’t beat France for scenery,” says Ric. “Not many French people bike, but Germany has huge networks of bike paths. They run for 10 to 20,000 km. It’s part of their health system and the need to get people fitter,” says Ric. Cycle trips are pre-planned with plenty of flexibility in terms of time and location. “It’s a nice way to see a country,” says Joan, because you are not just “rushing through.” They cycle from 8:00 a.m. to about 2:00 p.m. each day, stopping in one star accommodations along the way. “I just need a clean bed and a shower,” says Joan, a retired nurse. “We are not fussy, after all it’s only for one night,” she adds. They like to spend time in the small villages of Europe taking in the local scenery and finding a place to eat. The Potters went to France with friends in the late ‘90s and found it expensive. They quickly discovered that they could do it on their own. Their longest trip, which lasted four months, began in Crete and ended in Leiden, Holland. Ric was 59 and Joan was 55 at the time. “The first couple of weeks were tough,” remembers Joan. “But one gets stronger day after day.” They recall trying to find a place to stay in a small village in Crete on Easter Sunday. Too early for tourist season, and with all other accommodations booked, they were directed to the town inn where Continued on page 8

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Parkdale Food Centre coordinator Karen Secord received a City Builder Award from Mayor Jim Watson on December 12. The award was for her outstanding community service to families and individuals who are assisted by the Parkdale Food Centre food bank. This holiday season, she started a special fund to supply eggs, milk, yogurt and cheese to local people in need. Here she is, centre, in a holiday red scarf, with some of the many volunteers who work at the centre. Read more on pages 14 and 18. Photo by Tim Thibeault

Westboro Meeting Gets Answers from Katherine Hobbs By Gary Ludington, Outgoing Chair, WCA The Westboro Community Association (WCA) held its 2013 Annual General Meeting on Monday, December 2 at the Churchill Seniors Centre. The meeting was well attended and a new board of directors was elected. Jeff Lieper, past president of the Hintonburg Community Association conducted the election process. A new board was named at the meeting. There was also some discussion about the upcoming community forum on infill. Questions from the floor were directed to Councillor Hobbs, and her responses, included:

KH: Connected to the above noted item. (She made note of the problem with the early setup time). What is happening with the proposed changes to the south end of Winston Avenue?

KH: Got delayed for a year due to change in ownership of one of the properties and a new executive director for the Westboro BIA. Why do the new bike lanes on Churchill Avenue from Carling to Byron Avenues not connect to Scott Street?

KH: This is ongoing and is a two-year undertaking. The results of the October meeting were provided by the Councillor.

KH: Councillor Hobbs says she will look into this. Note from Gary Ludington: If memory serves me correctly we were told by staff at an earlier meeting that the proposed bike lanes would connect to Byron Linear Park and then could connect through Island Park Drive.

What can be done regarding the noise starting at 5:30 am and damage to the green space by the vendors of the Ottawa Farmers Market?

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By Cheryl Parrott More than 2,300 buses a day on Scott and Albert Street for a minimum of two and a half years. Hard to imagine how that will work. It was profoundly upsetting to learn on December 9, that City Council had voted a year ago, on December 19, to detour all of the 2,397 buses a day from the Transitway, onto Scott and Albert Streets. No one in Hintonburg, Dalhousie or Mechanicsville was aware of this vote. There was no consultation before or after and there was no notification to anyone affected. A year later we are told that it was a unanimous vote of City Council a year ago – too bad, so sad, we can’t revisit and you certainly can’t say the phrase “buses on Scott Street” around City Hall these days without being ruled out of order. The community associations, neighbours and residents around Scott and Albert Street have all been asking for consultation and information since 2007. We have been told to be patient, nothing is decided. Even in March and June of 2013 the answer was, “We have no time to think about the bus detours from Tunney’s to downtown – we are focusing on the tunnel.” Few answers to any questions were provided. On December 3 there was a full house of close to 300 affected residents at a meeting about the bus detours and they were very upset and angry to hear that all was decided a year ago. Council approved the Light Rail Project and the report was

comprised of 10 lengthy documents. Finally, after direction from the City Solicitor, the first sentence on page 34 in a 70-page document states: “From 2016 to 2018, two of the four general traffic lanes on Scott Street and Albert Street, from Holland Avenue to Empress Avenue will be converted to transit-only lanes.” It does not say all the buses will be going there, it does not say which lanes. All that is left to Rideau Transit Group, the company that won the bid to build and operate the LRT. On December 9, I attended Transit Committee to speak to an agenda item titled “Detours during Confederation Line Construction.” The City Solicitor decreed at the beginning of the meeting that the only thing that could be talked about during this agenda item was bus acquisitions. Detours could not be talked about because Council had already decided the detours a year ago and that cannot be revisited. Mere mention of the word detour when addressing the $74 million in bus acquisitions for the bus detours earned a rebuke from the Chair. Even Councillor Rainer Bloess was rebuked for asking an operational question about a future bus detour during LRT build in his ward. He showed a picture of an ambulance stuck in traffic for 20 minutes with the lights flashing – on a future detour route. So much for Emergency Response issues. No one is allowed to say anything about detours at City Hall these days.

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Meeting With the City Leaves Questions Unanswered By Matt Whitehead, Hintonburg Community Association A public meeting on the Transitway detours for the Light Rail Transit (LRT) construction was held on Tuesday, December 3 at Tom Brown Arena starting at 7 pm. The purpose of the meeting was to present the proposed designs for detouring buses onto Scott and Albert Street while construction of the LRT necessitates the closure of the Transitway. Hundreds of residents, primarily from the Hintonburg, Mechanicsville and Dalhousie neighbourhoods were in attendance. There were also residents hailing from Centretown, Island Park, Westboro and Wellington Village. The meeting, organized by Kitchissippi Councilor Hobbs at the request of the Hintonburg Community Association, was led by City staff and included presentations by the Rail Transit Group, the Rail Implementation Office, and the City Planning Department. OC Transpo also had representation at the main table. After presentations from the groups explaining the process for

choosing to re-route all buses from the Transitway onto Scott and Albert Streets (as opposed to using the Sir John A. McDonald Parkway, the Queensway, or Carling Avenue) and details of the proposed plan from the Rideau Transit Group, the floor was opened to questions from the audience. A large line formed with many residents having notes and citing public documentation and reports. Some residents even had brought props to demonstrate how close the buses would be to their kitchen tables. For the next two hours residents questioned the methodology used for determining that Scott and Albert Streets were the only choice possible for detouring all Transitway buses. The majority of residents in attendance made it quite clear they were not pleased with what they had seen. Questions about air quality and potential health impacts for those living closest to the street were not met with clear answers from City Staff. The 2011 studies, which had not been made public, cited by staff to demonstrate why Scott and Albert were the only choice for the detour, were also heavily questioned. There was a deep sense of frustra-

tion and anger at the process and the lack of clear answers to many of the community concerns. The plan will put close to 300 buses an hour, during peak hours, metres from people’s homes and yards. Operational questions were also raised. A traffic study is yet to be completed to understand some of these operational issues. A safety audit, focusing on pedestrian and cycling security, is also to be completed. It is unclear the progress, if any, of the studies to date and what roles they would play influencing the design. According to the City lead on this file the next step is for the communities to provide feedback on the proposed design plan, so that it can be reviewed and potentially incorporated in the final designs which would be presented to the community in late spring 2014. The Hintonburg Community Association has been actively asking its membership to contact Ottawa City Council to provide feedback on the plan as proposed and the process that has brought us to this point. The detour plans can be viewed online at: Ottawa.ca/ConfederationLine

Cst. Milton’s Community Corner By Andrew Milton, Community Police Officer Have you noticed how much shorter the days are lately? Yes, folks, winter is on the way. Time to start thinking about that great Canadian tradition, the winter vacation. Many Ottawans, and I admit I’m one, are partial to a bit of warm sun in the winter. Others think a ski vacation is the best way to get the most out of the cold and snow. Whether you prefer a northern or a southern destination, the goal is to get away from it all for a while, to leave the day-to-day cares behind. But just how carefree is your vacation going to be if you’re worried about the security of your home?

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Would You Buy Milk and Eggs for Your Neighbours? By Karen Secord, Coordinator, Parkdale Food Centre Poverty is costly. The Parkdale Food Centre is not a place of shame. Our goal is for it not to be. We aim to give people a voice. To look them in the eye and listen to what they have to say. To laugh with them, even though the reason they are here is no laughing matter. A client thanks me. He doesn’t seem as apprehensive as he once did. He tells me a bit of a story, asks me to keep an eye out for a pair of jeans, helps himself to a freshly brewed cup of coffee from Bytown Beanery, and a cupcake from Isobel’s. He has already scooped up a saran-wrapped muffin from Bridgehead and a couple of bananas from Produce Depot. A volunteer from Kitchissippi United Church greets him with a warm smile. She’s long ago abandoned any preconceived notions about a link between poverty and danger, joblessness and laziness, intelligence and hunger. Often I walk around offering gourmet soup and sandwiches from Thyme and Again. I want people to feel cared for. I want them to know that they are not invisible. Another client is excited to tell me about her dinner date. Really excited. Her smile lights up the room. On Sunday evening Zazaza Pizza treated her and her 16-year-old son to dinner on the house. She can’t remember the last time she had a meal out. It was her son’s birthday. A local woman slipped in earlier in the day and left a gift. In December, Zazaza will host a family for dinner every Sunday evening. Four mothers will create positive memories with

their children. The Hintonburg Public House has hosted two large families from the Forward Family Shelter for brunch. They joyously tell me about the food and the service and how special it felt to escape the stress of cramped living and uncertainty, if only for an afternoon. On December 2, Hintonburger opened it’s doors hours early to prepare a pancake breakfast for PFC clients. Big fluffy pancakes, maple syrup from Stanley’s Farm, bacon, juice, coffee and an armload of door prizes made for a fun morning. So much fun in fact that the Christmas breakfast will be replayed on December 16 and December 21. This is a gift. These are our neighbours. This is community. When basic needs like fresh food become luxuries we, a term which means all of us, know there is a problem. Being poor is isolating. It is lonely. Often it is hard to muster up even a modicum of hope. Thanks to our Valued Community Partners (look for identifying labels in shop windows), we are able to provide healthier food choices, better quality food, a more engaging atmosphere and educational opportunities that give people a place to gather. Thanks to you, our Christmas fundraising campaign is gaining momentum. Please help us give milk and eggs to your neighbours in need...and cheese, yogurt, lettuce and tomatoes, too. An army of volunteers delivered a red card to your door with our contact information. It’s a s easy as going to parkdalefoodcentre.org or dropping by for a tour on Tuesdays and Thursdays 11am to 2 pm.

Public School Board News By Jennifer McKenzie, Trustee for Kitchissippi and Somerset Wards The winter holiday break is fast approaching and I’d like to extend my warmest wishes for a joyful holiday season to all our students, staff, their families and school communities. Before family and community celebrations and traditional treats absorb all our attention, however, there are a few school board dates of interest I’d like to pass on. Key Registration and Transfer Application Dates for 2014 School Year

While September 2014 seems far in the future, school Board staff are already busy planning for the next school year. The key registration dates for Kindergarten, Middle French Immersion, and the dates for submitting Student Transfer applications, are as follows: Junior and Senior Kindergarten:  Monday January 27 to Friday January 31

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You may register your child for JK or SK if they will turn four or five by December 2014. To register, visit your community school and take

along proof of your child’s age (birth certificate, passport, etc.) as well as their Ontario Health card and immunization record. Middle French Immersion: Tuesday February 18 to Monday February 24

MFI is for children that will have completed grade 3 in the English/ Core French program and who choose to enter MFI in grade 4. Detailed information about the Middle French Immersion program can be found under the Programs section of the OCDSB website. School Transfer Application Period: Monday February 10 to Friday February 21

Transfer application forms can be picked up at any school office for either elementary or secondary schools. Detailed information about the student transfer policy and application process is available at ocdsb.ca in the Parents section of the website. Grade 8 Parent Information Nights

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City Hall Report By Katherine Hobbs, Councillor, Kitchissippi Ward It has been another fantastic year in Kitchissippi; we are blessed to live in such a caring and thoughtful community. As 2013 draws to a close, I wanted to let you know that we have accomplished great things together - as a Council, as a City, and most importantly, as a Community. Planning for a Renewal of the Rosemount Library

Recently, I announced expansion plans for Rosemount and I wanted to share this early news with all in Kitchissippi. The Library’s 2014 budget, as approved by Council on November 27, 2013, contains $100,000 in capital funding to begin project planning, including development of program requirements and undertaking a preliminary design for a future renovation and expansion. The results of this preliminary planning will inform future planning and funding requests for the Rosemount Branch renewal project. I am pleased to have the opportunity to partner with Tamarack Homes for this exciting project. We are exploring opportunities to create some new space for a library expansion in conjunction with their mixed use project next door. Renewal of the Rosemount Branch is the second highest (of eight) facility renewal priority for the Ottawa Public Library Board. The branch was last renovated in 1982 and requires both a major renovation and expansion in order to deliver modern library services in a Jennifer McKenzie

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2014, you may want to attend the Grade 8 information session offered by your local high school or other high school of interest to your child. While a few schools hold their information nights in December, most will be held in January and February. A link to a list of the dates and times of all high school Grade 8 information nights is now posted on the OCDSB main webpage under OCDSB News. Secondary International Certificate Program

During the 2012-13 school year the OCDSB piloted the innovative International Studies Certificate

growing community. When you visit the library please take the time to fill out a Post-It note to say what you would like to see, so that your voice will go into the planning of the facility improvements. Scott Street Community Design Plan

After 14 meetings, 300 submissions and a year of working with the community, the Scott Street CDP will be considered by Council on January 22. The CDP draws a line in the sand between the areas where development is appropriate, and the stable low-rise residential neighbourhoods. It also creates a vision for Scott Street after the LRT is built, with wider sidewalks, dedicated cycle tracks and green boulevards between the road and people’s homes. The plan also creates new parks in Tunney’s Pasture, on the river, and expands Mechanicsville. I look forward to working with the community to make it a reality. Karen Secord

It was with great pride that I nominated Karen Secord for the Mayor’s City Builder Award. At council, Mayor Watson and I presented the award for her outstanding community service to families and individuals who are assisted by the Parkdale Food Centre food bank. For the occasion, my office contributed 2 crock pots, vegetables and yogurt to the Food Centre. I would like to thank Hilson Public School who donated more food which filled a hamper and also a gift certificate from Saslove’s Meat Market. Program in six of its secondary schools. This unique program fosters student leadership and global citizenship by enabling students to take courses that promote a deeper understanding of global issues. Opportunities for exposure to or immersion in another culture, including learning a new language, and participation in an internationally focused project, are also components of the program.  Each participating school has an International Certificate Advisor who assists and advises students in developing their certificate program and ensures that they meet all program requirements. To learn more visit the International page under Programs at ocdsb.ca.

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By Yasir Naqvi, MPP, Ottawa Centre Ontario is one step closer to being the first place in North America to eliminate coal as a source of electricity generation. This is the single largest greenhouse gas reduction initiative in North America, and will help us all to breathe a little easier, and enjoy a cleaner environment. Our government has closed Ontario’s coal-burning Lambton and Atikokan facilities ahead of schedule, and will soon shut Nanticoke Generating Station – the largest coal plant in North America. These early closures will save the province’s electricity customers about $95 million through reduced operating and maintenance costs. Over the next year, Thunder Bay Generating Station will stop burning coal, and will be converted to use advanced biomass, a fuel for electricity generation. According to an independent study, Ontario’s coal-fired power plants cost the people of Ontario an estimated $4.4 billion per year in health, environmental, and financial damages. We are fulfilling our commitment to phase out coal-fired electricity in Ontario by also introducing Bill 138, the Ending Coal for Cleaner Air Act. This act, if passed, would guarantee that once coal facilities stop operating by the end of 2014, coal-burning generation on the electricity grid will never happen again. Moving from regulation to legislation signals how important ending coal use is to protect clean air and public health. Since 2003, more than $19 billion has been invested in Ontario’s transmission and distribution networks and more than $21 billion has been invested in cleaner generation.

In early December, Ontario’s LongTerm Energy Plan (LTEP), Achieving Balance was announced. It encourages conservation and lays out a plan for clean, reliable and affordable energy for Ontarians, where and when they need it. The 2013 LTEP balances five principles that will guide future energy decisions: cost-effectiveness, reliability, clean energy, community engagement, and an emphasis on conservation and demand management before building new generation. Highlights of the plan include: Decreasing the need for new supply by implementing conservation programs and standards to offset most growth in electricity demand over the next 20 years; Lowering costs for consumers. Compared to the 2010 LTEP, residential customers can expect to pay about $520 less over the next five years and $3,800 less to 2030; Making new financing tools available to consumers starting in 2015, including programs to incent energy efficient retrofits to residential properties; and Extending the phasing-in of wind, solar and bioenergy for three more years than estimated in the 2010 LTEP, with 10,700 megawatts online by 2021. By 2025 about half of Ontario’s installed generating capacity will come from renewable sources. As part of the LTEP, we will continue to invest in nuclear power through the refurbishment of reactors at Darlington and Bruce. We will not proceed with plans to build two new nuclear reactors in Ontario, saving taxpayers $15 billion. Compared to the previous plan, Continued on page 18 Plowing or lack of it has become a focus for some Kitchissippi residents, including Cheryl Parrott. “Road priority plowing: plow the road and let the pedestrians slog through the snow on the sidewalks and intersections,” she writes. “The first snow storm of the year and roads have been plowed and are bare. However, the sidewalk to Bayview station was not cleared and is a path pedestrians have tromped through the snow. Clearly there is no City priority to get pedestrians to major transit hubs, the priority is roads.” Photo by Cheryl Parrott


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My Holiday Wish List By Paul Dewar, MP, Ottawa Centre As we move towards the holiday season, I have been reflecting on five policy areas with real opportunities to work towards a better Canada. I call it my wish list of items on which I would like to see the government take real and committed action. There are many additional important issues to discuss, such as action on climate change and the environment, but we’ll leave those for the government’s New Year’s resolutions! Health Care

Canadians continue to identify health care as one of the most important issues to them. Despite this, the government continues to try and wash its hands of its responsibilities and is downloading more and more costs to the provinces and territories. In early 2014, the Health Accords will expire and the federal government has responded by offering a reduced take it or leave it nonnegotiable transfer. Leadership by the federal government on health care is and obvious way to maintain a more uniform and appropriate level of care across the country and ensure greater accessibility. There are far too many cases of Canadians going without a family doctor, a specialist, or critical medication. A strategy to deal with rising demands for quality long term and

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palliative care is also urgently needed. My colleague Libby Davies, NDP Health critic, has introduced a Private Members’ bill to address these needs, and I hope that the government will agree to adopt New Democrats’ recommendations. New Democrats would also like to see the adoption of a national dementia strategy focused on prevention, early detection and support for caregivers. The cost of treating the nearly 747,000 Canadians living with the disease is approximately $33 billion annually and will only continue to rise. Canada can take a leadership role in health care. We can’t afford not to take action. Pensions

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With the rising cost of living and stagnating wages, many Canadians are worried about not being able to retire. My colleagues and I have launched a national campaign to expand the CPP and QPP. Financial experts, unions and seniors’ organizations are in favour of this expansion. The CPP is actuarially sound and is more cost-effective to manage than private pension plans. My colleagues and I continue to seek answers from Finance Minister Jim Flaherty as to why he hasn’t kept his promise to meet with his provincial and territorial counterparts to increase benefits under the CPP/QPP program.

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In November, I held a forum for youth in Ottawa Centre where I heard from some amazing and engaged young people about a wide range of issues important to them. Lack of jobs, and underemployment were major issues identified. To address the high number of youth who are unemployed my colleagues and I have proposed new tax credits for businesses that hire young Canadians. We’re calling on the government to introduce tax credits to businesses hiring Canadians between the ages of 18-25. Businesses would be eligible for an amount of up to $1,000 for hiring a young employee and for matching funds for the training of the said employee. The tax credit would be doubled in areas of the country where the unemployment rate for youth is very high. My colleague Andrew Cash, MP has also introduced a new Private Members bill to better support urban workers who are precariously employed and without good benefits. Andrew’s bill calls for improving access to EI, studying income averaging options, increasing access to pensions and stopping the misuse and abuse of unpaid interns. I’m happy to report that New Democrats’ motion to study youth unemployment across the country was adopted unanimously in the House of Commons in October.

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Get into the holiday spirit by visiting the market and choosing from our spectacular selection of fragrant firs, spruces and pines fresh from Christmas tree farms. Pick up a real wreath and some gorgeous garlands, too, so you can channel your inner Martha Stewart and deck the halls with style! It’s all on sale daily until Santa’s loading up his sleigh and polishing Rudolph’s nose at dusk on December 24th!

Santa came to Hintonburg on Friday, 6 December and what a reception he got! The annual Kringle event put on jointly by the Hintonburg Community Centre and Hintonburg CommunityAssociation was another success in 2013. More than 100 children and their parents saw Santa, sang carols organized by The Duotangs, ate cookies lovingly made by super Hintonburg baker Marilyn Rodney and were given candy canes after sitting on Santa’s knee.  Five holiday craft tables organized by staff from HCC were busy with children making holiday crafts. The fun evening was capped by a wonderful concert by our own Street of Rock.  Jeff Leiper was the evening’s photographer and all were given free photos with Santa. Photo by Jeff Leiper

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I’ve heard from many constituents disgusted by the government’s decision to cut staff at Veterans Affairs and close nine district offices. The government has instead said that veterans can call a 1-800 number or use the website or a mobile app to access services. This is appalling, and New Democrats have called on the government to immediately reverse these mean spirited cutbacks. We also know there are major problems with the New Veterans Charter, as outlined in a damning report issued by the Veterans Ombudsman. Many veterans don’t have sufficient retirement income and severely injured veterans aren’t able to access benefits that they need. Under the Conservatives’ watch there has also been an increase in the number of injured veterans medically discharged before they qualify for a pension. It’s time for the government to properly honour the men and women who have served by ensuring that service and programs at Veterans Affairs are accessible and that the department is properly funded. Housing

In many of my columns I’ve mentioned the urgent need for the federal government to take a leadership role in addressing the affordable housing crisis. This is a problem that will not go away and will

continue to produce downstream social and health costs. Since the 1970s, the federal government has provided subsidies to low income renters, but many of these agreements are now ending for good because the current government has simply decided not to renew them. Cities across Canada are finding new and innovative ways to create affordable housing, but they still need support from the federal government. With hard work, these wishes can become a reality in 2014. New Democrats are looking forward to continuing to hold the government to account when the House returns on January 27. I’d like to take this opportunity to wish readers a Merry Christmas and happy holidays! Yasir Naqvi

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DECEMBER 19-24 - GLUTEN-FREE FOOD DRIVE Ottawa’s only Christmas Gluten Free Food Drive is now on until December 24 at noon. The Lazy Pickle will be collecting all non-perishable gluten free and special diet foods for the Caldwell Family Centre Food Bank. Drop off donations at the Lazy Pickle, 1809 Carling Avenue at Broadview or call 613-6956001 for more information.

p.m. at 223 Armstrong at Parkdale (right next to the Parkdale Market). All are welcome to attend. Organizers are looking for donations of turkey, ham, tourtière and home baked goodies, gifts for men, women and children as well as gift bags. Turkeys should be dropped off to the Carleton one week before Christmas. Baked goods can be dropped off anytime between December 23 to 25.

DECEMBER 21 - CELEBRATE GREAT TREES Champlain Oaks Project and the Champlain Park Community Association are unveiling a special indoor and outdoor installation that celebrates the links between trees and people, as well as the 400th anniversary of Samuel de Champlain’s trip up the Ottawa River. The event will take place from 11:00 a.m.- noon at the Champlain Park Fieldhouse (149 Cowley Avenue). Councillor Katherine Hobbs will be on hand to unveil the installations. There will be hot drinks and snacks too. Everyone is welcome! For more information go to: champlainpark.org.

DECEMBER 22 - BLUE CHRISTMAS SERVICE Do you need a different kind of comfort this Christmas? Is sorrow or loss making it difficult for you to join in the celebrations of the season? All Saints’ Anglican Church is hosting a Blue Christmas Service at 4:30 p.m. Everyone is welcome to drop by for candle-lighting and gentle music, to find the intimate, quiet, peaceful side of Christmas. For more information go to www.allsaintswestboro.com or call 613-725-9487.

DECEMBER 22 - FAMILY YOGA AND WINTER SOLSTICE AND HOLIDAY CELEBRATION Children aged 4-7 and their families are invited to celebrate the play of light and dark, connect with the rhythms of nature, and create fun family connections to cherish throughout the holidays and the new season to come! Champlain Park Field House, 149 Cowley Avenue 1:30 p.m.-2:30 p.m. Come make Ottawa Buddha bracelets with Shannon Kaya too. $20/family, with proceeds going to the Parkdale Food Centre. Register at info@littlefeetyoga.com.

DECEMBER 31: NEW YEAR’S EVE PARTY Greet 2014 at the Westboro Legion, 389 Richmond Road, with dance music by the Mike Fahey Band, prizes, draws, party favours and food. The door opens at 7:00 p.m. and tickets ($20) are available at the upstairs bar. For more information call 613725-2778.

DECEMBER 23 - CHRISTMAS SLEIGH RIDE IN CHAMPLAIN PARK Tour the neighbourhood on a classic horse-drawn sleigh. It’s a great family-friendly activity. Weather permitting, the plan is to have the horse-drawn sleigh gliding through the neighbourhood starting at 6:00 p.m. at the Fieldhouse. Participants are encouraged to bring cookies and snacks to share. The Champlain Park Community Association needs a few extra elves (a.k.a. volunteers) to help make this event a success. For more information contact Jim Cocks at 613-728-7881. For additional details go to champlainpark.org.

JANUARY 18 - WINTER CARNIVAL Come out to Dovercourt’s Winter Carnival for an evening of free fun on Saturday, January 18 from 4:00 p.m.-7:00 p.m. Take part in horse-drawn sleigh rides, toboggan bowling, ice skating, face painting and more. If you’re looking for a little adventure, bring your bathing suit and take part in an ice-cold polar dip (a.k.a. a large outdoor pool full of icy water). The idea is that you’ll get in your bathing suit, gather your wits, and then jump in the icy cold water for anywhere from a microsecond to a minute, followed by time in the sauna and hot tub!  Wind the evening down in comfort with warm drinks and food sold by WAVE Ottawa and a toasty seat at a bonfire, all outdoors at Westboro Kiwanis Park. As the carnival comes to a close, the fun will move to the Dovercourt pool, where Despicable Me 2 will be the showcase for the annual Float-In movie. For more information go to Dovercourt.org.

DECEMBER 25: CARLETON CHRISTMAS MEAL The Carleton Tavern will be hosting a free Christmas Day meal on Christmas Day from 11:00 a.m. to 3:00

FEBRUARY 5 - LIBRARY READING GROUP Share the enjoyment of good books in a relaxed atmosphere at the Carlingwood branch of the

Ottawa Public Library. This month’s discussion will be about Home, by Toni Morrison and will take place from 2:00 pm - 3:30 p.m. FEBRUARY 10 – TRAVELOGUE Enjoy a fascinating travelogue at the Carlingwood branch of the Ottawa Public Library presented by experienced world traveller Alex Bissett who will talk about his travels to Nepal, Bhutan, Bangladesh and Burma. (7:00 pm - 8:15 p.m.) Registration required. biblioottawalibrary.ca/en/program.

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