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Maddock Currie, 4, happily crashes into the inflatable pins at Dovercourt’s annual winter carnival.

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Annual Dovercourt carnival draws a big crowd Story and photos by Anita Grace

More than 600 people came out to Dovercourt Recreation Centre on Saturday, January 18 for the annual winter carnival. “It’s so nice to see a great turn out every year, with people of all ages,” said Stephanie Moores, a member of Dovercourt’s board of directors who attended the carnival

with her two young sons. “It draws not just from the area, but Ottawawide, and fits our mission of building a healthy, active, and engaged community.” “We come here a lot,” said Annie Bérubé, who was skating on the ice with her husband and two children. “It’s a great place.” Westboro Kiwanis Park was bustling even before the carnival offi-

cially started at 4:00 p.m. During the event, families lined up for horse-drawn wagon rides and children jumped in the bouncy castle. Kids also enjoyed crashing into the inflatable pins at the toboggan-bowling event on the sledding hill. Ten-year-old Rylee Hein managed to knock down all the pins, Continued on page 2

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scoring herself a Dovercourt T-shirt prize. “We come [to the carnival] every year,” she said. “It’s really fun.” Rylee and her sister Kendall, 14, were among the few brave residents who tried the polar dip – a new Registration for Fall 2014 programs event at Dovercourt this year. A small pool of water, its starts February 5 at the Open House. surface a slushy mix of snow and ice, was set up near the side door of the recreation centre. Polar dippers Phone or email for a tour of our school took a quick plunge, then rushed inside to the sauna and to meet the teachers! and hot tub to warm up. • Includes music program with certified music teacher “The general idea is to get the community out and • Diaper and toilet training friendly have some fun,” said Tyler Skerkowski, a program • Option to add lunch to morning or afternoon program supervisor and a special events organizer at Dovercourt. Skerkowski is grateful for Morris Home Team to extend preschool experience Realty’s sponsorship of this event, which is free to • Early morning drop-off available attend. 470 Roosevelt Avenue • 613.728.9473 Sunita Venkateswaran said the horse drawn wagon wvcp.registrar@gmail.com • wvcp.ca and toboggan bowling were big hits with her four- and almost-two-year-olds. “We love this event,” said Venkateswaran. “The weather is ideal,” T H E adds Bev Hellman, who was at the event with her four-year-old granddaughter. “Especially for ESTABLISHED SINCE 1935 223 Armstrong Street all the young children ESTABLISHED SINCE 1935 223 Armstrong Street LIVE ENTERTAINMENT that are here.” EVERY WEEKEND She also praised the LIVE ENTERTAINMENT event for being well orgaNov 30 EVERY WEEKEND UGLY CLUB nized and nicely spread Raw Sugar Jan 311 UGLY CLUB BREAKFAST SPECIALS out around the park. Dec BREAKFAST SPECIALS $4.50 & up Big Newtons TheThe Gruff Sisters (food bank drive) Those who missed the & fries up & coffee) (incl. toast,$4.50 home Dec 6 carnival at Dovercourt (incl. toast, home fries & coffee) Feb 1Jam Mon. – Fri., (8:00 - 11:00 a.m.) Open may want to bundle up Mon. – Fri., (8:00 - 11:00 a.m.) Pop Gun Dec 7 Sat. & Sun. (8:00 a.m. – 3:00p.m.) and head over to Sat. & Sun. (8:00 a.m. – 3:00p.m.) Sweet and the Back Beat Champlain Park on Feb LUNCH SPECIALS$7.50 $7.50&&UP UP Dec78 LUNCH SPECIALS Saturday, January 25 for Everythingmade madefresh freshdaily daily Déjà vu Raw Sugar Everything the park’s annual event. Dec 13 There will be free horseNIGHTLY SPECIALS NIGHTLY SPECIALS Feb 8Jam Open drawn sleigh rides, musiMonday Monday Dec 14 Helium cal performances, hot 1/2 price pizza 1/24pm-midnight price pizza Rocket Rashed chocolate, coffee, as well 4pm-midnight & The Fat City 8 Open Jam every Thursday as skating and hockey Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday Dec 15 skills games. 1/2 price appetizers

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Saucy event raises funds Nepean High School’s KEY Club (Kiwanis Educating Youth) raised over $1500 at their annual spaghetti dinner, which took place on January 16. According to Key Club student president, Clara Lockhart, the club’s goal is “to promote charity, volunteering, and good will in the community.” She says her group of volunteers – most of whom are in ninth grade – were “ecstatic” with the turnout. The dinner took place during grade eight orientation, which resulted in extra ticket sales for the event. “It was a great mix of Nepean High School students and grade eight families. And of course, we couldn’t have done it without the help of our ambitious volunteers from all grades of our school,” says Lockhart.

The proceeds of this year’s spaghetti dinner will go to Tour for Kids, an event which fundraises for summer camps for children living with cancer. Nepean HS principal Patrick McCarthy credits the success of this “hugely successful” event to Lockhart’s hard work. “Clara has been a one-person tornado around Nepean for the past month, she actually has real estate in my office,” says McCarthy. “We expect our students to demonstrate character and to make positive contributions to others in our school community. But we continue to be amazed by our students’ initiative and determination to create a better community for all Ottawa residents.”


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Local author reflects upon a life of caretaking

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Donna Thomson, the author of The Four Walls of My Freedom, is launching an updated paperback edition at Dovercourt Recreation Centre on January 23. The new edition features two new chapters. Her thought-provoking book reflects on a life given to the care of a severely disabled son, Nicolas, but is also a plea for people to change how individuals and society view the disabled and elderly. Four Walls questions Canadian society’s view of value, which is too often measured by what we earn or accomplish, not by who we are or what we can learn from each other. One never gets the sense that Thomson views her life as “tragic;” rather, as readers we are privy to her pathway to hope and freedom. “It would have been tragic if Nicolas had died,” she says. Thomson describes the isolation of those initial years caring for Nicolas who was born in 1988 with cerebral palsy, requiring 24-hour-a-day care. “We were social pariahs. Our family situation was so extreme; this made it difficult to talk to people or to respond to the question ‘How was your day?’” says Thomson. When Nicolas was 11 years old, Thomson heard about Planned Lifetime Advocacy Network (PLAN), an organization whose central purpose is the creation of networks of support for families and friends dealing with a disabled family member or friend. Thomson co-founded Lifetime Networks Ottawa, working with disabled individuals and their families to create personal support networks. In 2008, Thomson discovered the writings of Nobel Prize winner, Amartya Sen, an Indian economist and a Nobel laureate who is known for his theories of social justice. His philosophy – termed the “Capability Approach”– is defined by “its choice of focus upon the moral significance of individuals’ capability of achieving the kind of lives they have reason to value.” The idea changed her life. “It was a true epiphany for me,” says Thomson. Thomson had already read extensively before she encountered Sen, “looking for ideas from developing countries where a lot of creativity was evident.” Thomson says she grew up in a family where her father “instilled values of

fairness and social justice.” Her mother worked in a time when most mothers stayed home with their kids. Thomson and her sister both have backgrounds in the arts, her sister as a painter. Donna Thomson says she has “always been interested in meaningful narrative, work that pushes the boundaries and/or story telling to provoke changes in thinking.” She obtained a bachelor of fine arts in theatre at Concordia, and then a degree in education from the University of Ottawa. Thomson worked as an actor, director, and teacher before the birth of her son. “I’d like [people] to know that dependency is not a bad word,” says Thomson. “Issues of caretaking should be dinner table conversation, so let’s talk about it,” she adds, pointing out that a “major shift” needs to take place. “In the future, we’ll all be looking after each other. Seniors will be looking after seniors in my generation,” she adds. “I wonder how the next generation will handle it. Are we losing the knowledge base on how to care for each other?” In 2005, Thomson’s son Nicolas Wright won the Academic Perseverance Award from Notre Dame High School. In his acceptance speech Nicolas said: “I will never give up in school because, frankly, I’m just too curious and excited to find out what is going to happen next in each of my classes. Some people call this having a positive attitude; I call it wanting to express my opinions. I have opinions in my personal life, my school, and my community and my country. And if I want people to hear my opinions, I know I have to be involved.”

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Omar Fares loves chocolate. Still, that’s not the only reason he launched his new café, A Thing for Chocolate, at 1262 Wellington St. W. on January 8. “I like talking to people. Playing with chocolate is an added bonus,” laughs Fares. A Thing for Chocolate specializes in regular and gluten-free crêpes, both savoury and sweet. A signature blend of organic, fairly traded, locally roasted coffee and a selection of loose leaf teas complement the food offerings. Of course, there’s chocolate, including a chocolate fondue, Fares’ handmade chocolates and baked goods, and a chocolate spread that he uses in the house crêpes and sells by the jar. The focus on crêpes, chocolate, and coffee came naturally. Fares learned the art of making and serving all three when he started working at a café near the French embassy in Beirut, Lebanon in 1999. Fares, a business administration graduate who’s also studied mathematics, worked summers in the food service industry as a youth before moving on to management positions in some top restaurants in Beirut, Dubai and Montreal.

Owner and chief crêpe-maker, Omar Fares.

Fares and his wife and kids moved to Ottawa just over four months ago, deciding it would be a good family friendly city in which to settle. Fares says he was “very lucky” to have found the perfect spot in West Wellington

for his café. “I’m very, very pleased that I chose this place. There’s something worth being here 12 hours a day – very nice people, a lot of support,” explains Fares. “People are getting to know us, and we’re building friends and relationships.” Fares had almost given up hope of finding a suitable site when he came across the building that now houses his café. It wasn’t pretty, but he saw the potential. “It’s an old house and this is exactly what I was looking for. It adds to the charm of the place, being an old house, and I wanted a homey feeling,” says Fares. He enjoys chatting with customers while he works. “I love serving people. It’s something that I chose,” says Fares. “I love making good food, I love making good chocolate, and I have a feeling people sense and appreciate that, and appreciation is what gives me a sense of accomplishment.” Fares says his work is never boring, and it’s allowed him to meet new people. “That’s what gives life to what you do,” says Fares.

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Happy birthday Robbie Burns On January 24, the Royal Oak on Wellington West will be hosting a birthday dinner for the most famous of Scottish poets, Robbie Burns. The Royal Oak is offering a special menu of Scottish favourites, including the infamous haggis, which will be complimentary while supplies last. This includes the traditional “Piping in of the Haggis,” which seems to be essentially parading the food item around on a plate while a man plays the bagpipes. It is sure to be a night of much scotch, many kilts, bagpipes, fake Scottish accents, real Scottish accents and boiled sheep organs. Country residency at the HPH Slo’Tom Stewart and his band, The Handsome Devils are taking up a monthlong residency at the Hintonburg Public house that kicks off February 2. Slo’Tom will be putting on a rollicking country music showcase from 3:00 p.m.5:00 p.m. every Sunday in February at the HPH. Tom has been making music around Ottawa for decades and these shows promise some high quality and energetic entertainment for your Sunday afternoon. Local music nerds will remember Tom Stewart from the legendary Ottawa rock group of the 1990’s, Furnaceface. GCTC brings War to the stage For the month of February, the GCTC is presenting an intense new play based on the Canadian war in Afghanistan titled, This Is War. Directed by talented Canadian playwright, Hannah Moscovitch, This Is War centres around four Canadian soldiers and their experience of an ill-fated mission in the Middle East. The story is heavy on drama and holds nothing back in examining the psyche of the modern soldier. Ticket pricing and availability will vary for this show based on demand. Check gctc.ca for full details. Continued on page 23

Dear Editor I would like to comment on the article, “School’s Out – Westboro Nursery School to Close” in the January 9, 2014 issue of the Kitchissippi Times, as follows: In the January 9th issue of the Kitchissippi Times, John Rapp, Executive Director of the Dovercourt Recreation Association mentioned that several centres offering programming for seniors had closed and “the Churchill Club was fading in terms of the number of people who were participating.”  In actual fact, the Churchill Seniors Centre is a thriving city-run facility. Many of the courses are filled and often with waiting lists. Staff and instructors are excellent and understand the needs of seniors – from the very fit to the more frail. The instructor to participant ratio is low and courses are affordable. In 2009, the Churchill Seniors Centre was facing a possible takeover by another organization. Users of the Churchill Seniors Centre banded together to support retaining the Centre as a city-run recreation facility for seniors. The takeover was averted, and an association, The Friends of Churchill Seniors Centre, was formed. This replaces the former Churchill Club, and has a membership of over 400 users.  Friends of Churchill works to promote the interests and needs of seniors, including persons with disabilities, health and rehabilitation issues. We are always seeking new members.

Won’t you join us?

Bruce Patrick, on behalf of the Board of Directors, Friends of Churchill Seniors Centre

Dear Editor, I read your article with interest, my kids went to day care years ago, I am certainly in favour of it, I think it is especially important now with so many parents both working. Regarding the seniors, I am one. The Carlingwood Y is reopening this month at the Carlingwood Shopping Centre, certainly the Churchill Senior’s Centre could be revitalized. In other words, I am sorry about Westboro Nursery School closing its doors. John Stevenson Dear Editor, We had 2 of our 3 children attend Westboro Nursery School. We were very impressed with Lavonne and Wendy’s respectful and caring ways with all the children attending the school and very sad to hear the school was closing. We have always had fond memories of the time our children spent there. It has always been a very special part of our children’s early years and meant a lot to our family.  Respectfully, Alison and John Smyth

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“Playing sports isn’t only a great cardio kids were young.” workout,” Bethany explains. “I’ve also As a family, they take advantage of the made invaluable friendships.” many parks and bike paths. “We like to Mike, an Investment and Retirement bike across the river to Aylmer Marina Planner at RBC, is a fan of basketball or to Britannia beach,” she says. “Mike himself, and he organizes and plays in a even takes the girls on the adventurous pickup league at the Jewish Community ride to Kanata to visit their grandparents.” Centre a couple times a week. Never one When they have some kid-free time in to sit still for long, he the summer, Bethany also runs and works and Mike also enjoy out regularly. And “There are so many spending time together a love of the active playing a few holes on lifestyle runs in Mike’s amazing resources the golf course. family. His brother, Bob In the winter, they Laughton, owns and for staying active in hit the many easily operates a local outdoor accessible slopes like and sporting goods this neighbourhood.” Edelweiss, Camp mainstay, Bushtuka. Fortune and Mont St. Having children didn’t Marie for some family slow the couple down ski time, and Kate is in at all. Their move to Westboro in 2000 the Broadview Ski Club. Skating at the before the birth of their two girls, Kate, 11, neighbourhood’s numerous outdoor rinks and Audrey, 12, only enhanced their love is another popular family pastime. Sunny of keeping fit. winter getaways always involve lots of “There are so many amazing resources swimming and body surfing in the ocean, for staying active in this neighbourhood,” putting to good use the girls’ swimming Bethany says. “We practically lived at lessons at Dovercourt and the JCC. Dovercourt Community Centre when the The girls are avid horseback riders

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estboro couple Bethany and Mike Laughton have been into fitness and sports since they were kids, and that commitment has only become stronger since they had kids themselves. Bethany loved sports from a young age, playing on a variety of teams throughout school. After finishing university and moving back to Ottawa, she resumed her favourite sport, basketball, joining a women’s basketball team that played several times a week.

as well. “They started riding when they were about four and had lessons from the age of six,” Bethany explains. “Now they have lessons twice a week and are riding in competitions.” She says that winning isn’t the goal, however. Rather, it’s about encouraging them to try new things, keep active, and have fun. Bethany’s decision to stay home with the girls led her in a new fitness direction when a friend inspired her to become a personal trainer. She loves how it allows her to keep up with current exercises and trends, but the part she most enjoys is how she is able to help others reach their fitness goals. For her own training, Bethany is a dedicated member of Greco, now with a new location in Westboro. When it comes to nutrition, Bethany works around her picky eaters by focusing on serving unprocessed, wholesome foods, whole grain breads and loads of veggies. Mike also joins in by making

one of the girls’ favourites, “sushi,” made from pieces of carrot, cucumber and feta. For the new year, they plan to have a ‘clean January’, forgoing the usual Friday night movie treat of chips or chocolate in favour of air-popped popcorn. The family is also getting a little personal training, courtesy of mom. “To prepare for our ski trip to Whistler in March, I’ve created a workout for all of us,” Bethany says. “We’re going to be doing lots of squats.”


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collaborating with a patient’s oncologist, surgeon, and family doctor to develop therapeutic programs that help sustain wellness during and after treatment. At the OICC, patients are cared for by an interdisciplinary team of naturopathic doctors, nutritionists, physical therapists, mind-body therapists, counsellors and general practitioners. In conjunction with individual therapies, the Centre provides educational programming that focuses on the key pillars of whole-person cancer care. These educational components are beneficial for both patients and their caregivers. Call the OICC to book an introductory session free of charge with a care coordinator to learn more about the Centre. No referrals necessary.

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MAP OF KITCHISSIPPI Bound by the Ottawa River in the North, Carling Avenue in the South, the O-Train tracks in the East and Woodroffe Avenue in the West

Despite repeated thaws and the occasional downpour, it’s been a banner year for Kitchissippi’s ten outdoor skating rinks. If you’re up for a wintery challenge, keep this rink guide handy and try out all of Kitchissippi’s outdoor rinks this season! 4

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Tiffany Drummond (centre) of Holland Avenue’s ProCare After School Centre brings her kids to Fisher Park for fresh air and exercise.

Kitchissippi likes its ice

Outdoor rinks infused with community spirit Story and photos by Anita Grace Lacing up your skates and heading out on a neighbourhood rink is for many a quintessential part of Canadian winters. Conveniently, there are 247 outdoor rinks in Ottawa, with 10 here in the Kitchissippi Ward. “Being able to walk somewhere to go skating, meet up with friends at the rink – that to me is what community is all about,” says Heather Fraser, who lives near Westboro Kiwanis Park and has two daughters, ages 8 and 12. “It’s great to have a free, outdoor family activity in the neighbourhood that we can go to anytime.” “We’re so lucky to have this,” echoes Kelly Wiles, who lives across the street from the Champlain Park rink. Her 9and 11-year-old boys are out on the ice four or five times a week. “They strap

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This park boasts the most interestingly shaped rink surface in Kitchissippi. In addition to a rectangular puddle bordered by Christmas trees, there is an ice surface that circles the wading pool and icy paths looping around the swing set. There is a shack for changing in and washrooms are open during supervised hours.

7. Fisher Park 250 Holland Avenue Hours of supervised operation: Mon-Fri: 5:00 – 10:00 p.m. Sat & Sun: 10:00 a.m. – 10:00 p.m.

It’s the most popular rink in Kitchissippi according st to KT readers! The boarded rink is ringed by an oval and bookended by two large puddle surfaces, making this perhaps the largest rink in the ward. A trailer is set up for changing and there are washrooms in the nearby school.

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Sisters Elodie, 7, and Florane, 5, practice skating and stick handling at the Iona Park rink.

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Twinned puddle ice surfaces offer plenty of room for skaters of all abilities. There is a trailer for changing but no washrooms on site.

9. Ev Tremblay Park 108 Beech Street Hours of supervised operation: Mon: Closed Tues-Fri: 5:00 – 9:00 p.m. Sat & Sun: 1:00 – 6:00 p.m.

The first outdoor rink to open this winter, Ev Tremblay is a well-maintained boarded oval surface. The field house has washrooms open during operation hours. As an added bonus it’s just a block away from Preston Street and Little Italy’s restaurants, pubs and cafés for post-skate refreshment.

10. Tillbury Park 725 Sherbourne Road

Kitchissippi’s smallest rink, this puddle surface is tucked away on the side of the park near Tillbury Avenue. Without lights or rink attendant supervision, this rink may not boast many amenities, but could very well be the cutest in the ward.

Want to do something great for your community? Pick up a shovel and help clear the ice next time you’re using the rink. The volunteers will be grateful, and so will the skaters!

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January 23, 2014 • 11

Changing the Conversation

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ew Year’s resolutions are often focused on weight loss with endless conversations about fat, weight and the newest and greatest diet. But one thing we often don’t think about is the negative impact “fat talk” can have on some people around us. Weight is a recognized risk factor for several chronic diseases including type2 diabetes, cardiovascular disease, some cancers and osteoarthritis, but it is only one indicator of health. Too much emphasis on weight can lead to low self-esteem and the development of mental health issues. Weight and body size do not define someone’s identity. People who feel good about themselves and their bodies are more likely to have healthy self-esteem, adopt healthy attitudes, and live a healthier life. Focus your New Year’s resolution on adopting healthy habits instead of an obsession with weight loss. Here are a few

habits and lifestyle changes that can have a positive impact on your health: • Start your day with breakfast. • Drink water. Limit sugar-sweetened beverages such as pop, specialty coffees, teas, juices. • Get back to basics. Cut back on processed foods. Take pleasure in cooking from wholesome ingredients. • Be active every day, anyway you want. • Limit sedentary time. Sit less, move more. Every little bit counts. • Get enough quality sleep. Turn off electronics and let your body and mind wind down. Happy and Healthy New Year to all of you!

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A Place for Seniors

C deeper and more refreshing sleep. Over time, some discover that their lives become enriched in ways they could not have imagined before setting out on the yoga path. Pathway Yoga is a spacious, fullyequipped studio with hardwood floors and lots of natural light. We’re located upstairs at 346 Richmond Road. Mention this article, and you’re welcome to drop in for a free class any time before March 27th!

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arlington Community Health Centre supports seniors’ health and well-being through primary health care, choir practice, exercise classes, volunteer opportunities, health workshops, and much more. Beyond medical care, social engagement is key to seniors’ health and well-being. There is a myriad of possibilities for engagement in your community. The question is “What interests you?” Everyone is welcome and programs are free of charge. Singing in the Carlington Seniors Choir will help you find the spring in your step and song in your heart. No experience or auditions required. The Seniors Choir is a source of enjoyment and camaraderie. Join in Tuesdays from 10:30 a.m. to noon. Fall prevention is critical to maintaining the health of seniors. Stay healthy and active by participating in chair exercise classes on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 2:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. It’s give-and-take with the Intergenerational Program. Wednesdays from 3:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m., you share your experience and wisdom with pre-teens while benefiting from their enthusiasm. Together, seniors and youth cook in the kitchen, complete homework and play games in the gym. Are you 65+, living alone, or a caregiver to a frail senior? If so, you may be eligible for the Primary Care Outreach to Seniors program. A Registered Nurse or Community Health Worker can visit seniors in their home to provide support with the management

of chronic illnesses and links with other community support agencies. Carlington also offers counseling, dental screening, crisis intake, foot care, nutrition counseling, smoking cessation program, Good Food Box, Nordic Walking, and a Senior Advisory Group. To learn more about programs and services for seniors, feel free to drop by from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday to Friday, or phone Bonnie McCutcheon at 613-722-4000 extension 204.

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hat does it mean to have an integrated approach and how can it help you? An integrated approach means combining the best of traditional and complementary therapies. Traditional medicine includes prescription medications and over the counter medicines such as Tylenol, whereas complementary therapies include supplements, vitamins, homeopathic preparations, and healthy lifestyle changes. At Watson’s, our integrated approach also includes preparing customized compounded medicines to meet each person’s individual needs. Here are some examples:

Pain management: Pain can be treated using medicines like Motrin or stronger prescription medications. To complement these, Scott Watson, owner of Watson’s Pharmacy, often recommends supplements such as Magnesium Glycinate from companies such as Metagenics, Benfotiamine from AOR, and topical creams such as the Kayala’s Ultimate Pain Cream. In Watson’s compounding lab, Scott often works with doctors specializing in pain to create creams containing prescription medications that can be applied directly to the affected area. This targeted approach tries to minimize the side effects of these medications.

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her boys usually get restless in the beginning of winter, “but as soon as the ice is up, life is good again.” While nearly every community rink is maintained by attendants, supervised during hours of operation, and lit at night, each rink has its own characteristics and local flavor “Fisher is a beautiful rink to skate,” enthuses Sheila McIntyre, who lives only two blocks from the popular park. She and her daughter Lucy, 6, especially like coming to skate in the evening. “It’s so beautiful and quiet. The sky is all sparkly, and the ice is all sparkly.” Those with youngsters still learning to skate prefer the puddle rinks where hockey games are not permitted. Rink attendant Aidan Worswick says the large double ice surface at McKellar Park attracts a lot of young children from the neighbourhood whose parents appreciate that they don’t have to be dodging pucks while learning to skate. Similarly, Claire Mullen says the puddle rink at Iona Park is the perfect size for her 2- and 4-year-old daughters. As one of the smallest rinks in the ward, Iona is a great place for beginner skaters to shuffle around and gain confidence. Mullen also praises the extra touches added by the community, like the Christmas trees and snow forts that surround the rink. “Even the nonskaters are entertained,” she says.

John Warren, 76, and Terron Ross, 11, were out for a game of pick up hockey at Champlain Park.

Even though it’s not the closest rink to their home near Carlingwood, Cheryl Mulvihill likes to come to the Champlain Park rink with her family. While the guys play hockey inside the boarded rink, she can skate around the surrounding oval. Ice surfaces are maintained by rink attendants hired by the City who clean and maintain the ice during hours of operation. Chris Deschamps, one of three attendants at Iona Park, explains that every night the surface is scraped and flooded. He says he is thankful to the many community volunteers who help prepare and maintain the surface, but adds a reminder to stay off rinks during thaws so as not to damage the ice surface. Email your favourite skating photos to editor@kitchissippi.com and you may see them online at Kitchissippi.com.

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This year was extremely busy on Christmas Day at the Carleton Tavern. At least 600 meals were served at the Carleton, 100 delivered to those who could not come and another 300 meals taken out. See the gallery on page 22. Photo by Tim Thibeault

Christmas Day at the Carleton By Cheryl Parrott, Hintonburg Economic Development Committee Good food, companionship, warmth, great music, Santa and Mrs. Claus, elves with gifts, laughter and hugs! These are all the ingredients that make a wonderful Christmas Day. The Carleton Tavern, Armstrong at Parkdale, hosted a free Christmas Day meal that provided all those ingredients and it was truly a magical day. The dinner is open to anyone but especially those alone at Christmas. Companionship, live music, a great meal and a small gift can turn a very lonely day into a day to remember. For 13 years the Saikaley Family, owners of the Carleton Tavern, have thrown open their doors, prepared mountains of food, and invited the community into their establishment to share Christmas. A team of volunteers, organized by the Hintonburg Economic Development Committee support this effort by picking up donations and supplies, setting up the tables, welcoming those who come, serving the food, coffee and desserts, providing gifts and ensuring all remaining food is dispersed at the end of the day within the community. The day starts early – 5:30 am to start getting everything prepared.

Many local musicians donate their time to come and play for the entire day. Books with the words to traditional Christmas carols are passed around and everyone joins in the singing. Most of these musicians, organized by Midnight Mike, come every year and have become part of this Christmas tradition. Thanks to Tracy Clark for stepping in and taking care of the sound as well as being the Master of Ceremonies for the entire day. This year was extremely busy with 600 meals being served at the Carleton, 100 delivered to those who could not come and another 300 meals taken out. At the end of the day any remaining food was divided up and taken to some of the rooming houses, the local family shelter and the Parkdale Food Bank. It takes a lot of volunteers working before, during and after Christmas to make this dinner possible. It also takes a lot of donations of turkeys and gifts to again make this a day to remember. The City of Ottawa supplied 10 green bins plus blue and black bins, reducing the garbage from this event by an incredible amount as all plates, coffee cups, pop cans and juice boxes were recycled.

The day could not happen without the generosity of the Carleton Tavern, the local community, the volunteers and the local businesses who provide so much support.

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By Sue Baker In coffee shops, restaurants and pubs along Wellington Street, it’s not unusual to see people busy at their laptops or on their mobile devices. Perhaps they’re checking messages, or surfing the web – or, like Hintonburg’s Mike Young, are hard at work on their first novel. The fruits of that labour were celebrated on December 11 at a book launch and author reading at Daniel O’Connell’s to a capacity crowd. Young’s first published book, Kirk’s Landing, may take place in a fictional town, but it came to life here in our own back yard. A retired quality manager with Bell Canada, Mike moved to Hintonburg about four years ago from Orleans. “I specifically shopped around for neighbourhoods before I moved,” he says, noting that the mix of artists, musicians and writers – and the liveliness of the area – appealed to him. The Gilchrist Street resident then began studying his craft and discovered an online network of aspiring writers. A writing month in November 2010 challenged them to write 50,000 words in 30 days, while a weekly challenge to create a short flash fiction pieces every week helped him to commit time each day to his craft. “I took it on, not so much as a personal challenge, but as an opportunity to link with other writers and use that peer pressure to take me to new levels,” he recalls. It was here that the seeds of Kirk’s Landing were sown. Drawing on his experiences with friends in police forces and

in volunteer work with youth in the graffiti and hip-hop cultures, Young developed the story – but originally had no plans to publish. When he attended a smallpress book fair in Ottawa in 2010, he met Ian Shaw of Deux Volliers Publishing, a micropress dedicated to discovering new Canadian novelists. Shaw invited him to send his manuscript and the real challenge was on. “Seven drafts later, the book was ready for print,” Mike explains. Kirk’s Landing takes place in a small northern town where the main character, a police officer, finds himself after his cover is blown while investigating the activities of a biker gang. Although he intends to lay low and not get involved, his instincts draw him into the local issues—corruption in the local paper mill and the pollution of the area’s lakes and rivers, and an unsolved disappearance that may be linked. Young added a sci-fi twist to the story. This particular police officer has the magical power of becoming invisible. Writing takes discipline as well as creativity, and Mike Young is not letting up. He has three other works in progress. He enjoys working on his story ideas at coffee or over a quiet pint in the neighbourhood, as well as during his dedicated writing time at home. “I’m a people-watcher, so you never know –you could end up in one of my books!” he chuckles. Kirk’s Landing is available online at redtuquebooks.ca, or by visiting Mike’s website at ravensview.ca/mikeyoung.

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In December, St. George’s Church delivered a carload... oops, sleigh load of gifts to Royal Ottawa Place, a long term care facility on the Royal Ottawa campus. It was the ninth consecutive year such a generous gesture was made by the parishioners of the Catholic church on Piccadilly Ave. In November, the staff at Royal Ottawa Place worked with their residents to deliver a wish list to St. George’s. The parishioners then fulfilled these wishes by purchasing gifts commensurate with the residents’ list. These items included clothing, electronics, DVDs, a music stand, a teddy bear,  a suitcase and lots of chocolate. In late January St. George’s will be rewarded for their kindness when a small choir from Royal Ottawa Place visits the parish to perform  in the newly renovated Church hall, by way of a thank you. Here are Elizabeth Mason, from St. George’s church, Cassandra Cavanagh, a student in a work term and Amy LeRoy, a recreational staff member of Royal Ottawa place. Photo by Solange Decelles

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This would make it harder for youth to obtain tobacco products, make tobacco products less tempting and further limit exposure to second-hand smoke in public areas. To prevent children and youth from accessing tobacco products, Ontario is proposing to increase fines for those who sell tobacco to youth, which would make Ontario’s penalties the highest in Canada. If passed, Bill 131, Youth Smoking Prevention Act, 2013, would also prohibit the sale of flavoured tobacco products with certain exemptions for flavours predominately used by adults, such as menthol. Flavoured tobacco products are one of the few remaining ways tobacco companies can market to kids, and many youth start smoking by using flavoured tobacco products. The province is also proposing a regulatory amendment that would, if passed, Continued on page 18

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Local Robin Hood of Toilet Paper By Lorrie Marlow, Hintonburg Economic Development Committee Robin Hood and her merry man kicked open the door at the Carleton Tavern on December 7 and carried in an industrial size box of toilet paper! This started the annual fundraiser/food drive for the Parkdale Food Centre hosted by the band Gruff Sister Kitchen Party. This lively band always packs the dance floor and their loyal fans support our local food bank. The Hintonburg Economic Development Committee hustled the raffle prizes and sold raffle and 50/50 tickets throughout the evening raising $362. This event also filled many boxes with food items and a huge tower of toilet paper was built! Donations came fast and furious throughout the day and evening as the Carleton is a convenient food bank drop off for local residents and Tunneys Pasture employees. The Saikelay family of the Carleton Tavern are very generous in our community. A big thanks to Michelle and Brea who served that evening and donated tips to this event. Thank you to our raffle donations from Helena’s Beauty Institute of Mechanicsville and Beyond the Pale. A huge thanks to Reg Carkner, Sue Moffatt and Daniel Blackwell of the Gruff Sisters Kitchen Party, for such a fun night and for supporting our neighbourhood food bank. Thank you! As a volunteer at the Parkdale Food Centre I noticed the shelf of toilet paper was looking a little sparse this year! I realize a donation of toilet paper isn’t very sexy but it is needed. Toilet paper is included in every emergency ration provided to clients of

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the Parkdale Food Centre. The packages of toilet paper are opened and one role of toilet paper per person is provided. How sad when a full package of toilet paper is a luxury for some people. This year, the Parkdale Food Centre is providing a double emergency ration for the month of December so two rolls of toilet paper per person are provided with a client’s food order. Thank you, Robin Hood, (aka Melanie Johanna), for helping us wipe out the need for toilet paper at the Parkdale Food Centre for the month of December! If you would like to donate, volunteer or host a fundraising event for the Parkdale Food Centre, the email address is parkdalefoodcentre@gmail.com.

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easier to pull the wool over trusting eyes. Computer fraud and identity theft are definitely 21st century crimes. Computer fraud can include: “hoaxes,” various scams, fake or misleading sites, emails offering riches, and offers for non-existent or poor quality products for sale. Don’t take anything for granted. Never give out your personal information or financial information unless you are 100 percent satisfied with the source and safety of the website. Exercise due diligence when using the computer. While advances in technology have helped improve security over the internet, it has also provided criminals with Continued on page 19

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OCDSB News By Jennifer McKenzie, Ottawa Carleton District School Board Trustee 2011 Student Survey Update

Many parents will recall the districtwide student survey that the OCDSB conducted in the spring of 2011. The information gathered through the student survey is helping the board better understand the needs of our student population, and is informing our work towards a number of the key objectives of the OCDSB’s strategic plan. The first three of a total of six phases of student survey data analysis have been completed, and this month will see the distribution of school level demographic reports to each school principal to be shared with their school community. These reports (which will also be available via the OCDSB website), will give Yasir Naqvi

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make it more difficult for young people to purchase tobacco by prohibiting tobacco sales on post-secondary education campuses. Children are more vulnerable to the harmful effects of second-hand smoke exposure, which is why the proposed amendments also contain a number of new measures to further restrict smoking and reduce exposure to secondhand smoke. Studies show that young people living where there are strong tobacco control regulations at restaurants are less likely to become regular smokers than those living in places with weak regulations. For these reasons our government is proposing to prohibit smoking on playgrounds, sport fields and on uncovered restaurant and bar patios. Many Ontario municipalities have already taken action to restrict smoking in public spaces. 58 municipalities ban smoking on playgrounds, 45 ban tobacco use on sports and recreational fields, and nine municipalities ban smoking on patios. For example, in 2012, the City of Ottawa amended its smoke-free regulations to ensure that patios, markets and all municipal properties, including parks, playgrounds, beaches, sports fields, are free from smoke.

individual school communities a deeper understanding of the unique characteristics and needs of their respective student populations as compared to that of the district as a whole. Going forward, the fourth phase of the student survey analysis will target particular student sub-groups to help staff more precisely identify their specific learning needs and assist the district in addressing achievement gaps. Phase Five of the analysis will create thematic research reports focusing on school climate and school safety, student engagement, and parental engagement and how each of these factors impact student achievement across the district. For parents who are interested in learning more about the progress in Continued on page 20

The proposed amendments introduced by our government would also further restrict smoking on the outdoor grounds of hospitals and specified provincial government properties, while providing for limited designated smoking areas at the discretion of hospital boards and the government respectively. Ontario would also improve enforcement to address the indoor use of tobacco in waterpipes in places where the smoking of tobacco is prohibited, such as enclosed public places and workplaces. The amendments would give inspectors authority to take samples from waterpipes and test for tobacco content. These measures build on steps our government has already taken to create healthier, smoke-free communities. We already protect kids from tobacco exposure in motor vehicles, prohibit tobacco use in indoor public places and workplaces, and have banned the sale of flavoured cigarillos. Preventing youth from starting to use tobacco and protecting them from the harmful effects of second hand smoke will help us to achieve Ontario’s Action Plan for Health Care goal to have the lowest smoking rate in the country. This is part of our plan to build a successful, vital province where everyone has the opportunity to achieve their goals.

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City Hall Report By Katherine Hobbs, Councillor, Kitchissppi Ward Happy New Year everyone, and all the best for 2014. Over the holidays I spent time reflecting on the past year.  A key accomplishment of this Council is a worldclass transit plan with two new stations for Kitchissippi! Also detailed in the new Transportation Master Plan is a much improved direction to improve cycling and walking around our neighbourhoods.  It allows for more complete streets, similar to Ottawa’s first complete street, Churchill Avenue with its new segregated cycling and pedestrian paths complete din 2014.  Next up will be the Scott Street complete street redesign.  But not too much time for reflection, I’ve hit the ground running on all the projects slated this year, including two new community fieldhouses being built in our neighbourhoods!   Reid Park’s New Field House

This spring construction starts for a field house in Reid Park. Residents Sara Nixon and Kate Harrigan brought forward the need for a community space and an improved park in 2011. Since that time they’ve done an incredible amount of work, engaging the community with surveys and gathering input at meetings. This was an incredible and important effort from neighbourhood volunteers.  So I’m thrilled that shovels will be in the ground for the $1.2 million dollar Phase 1 of the park project.  Phase 2 will happen in 2015, and will primarily include upgraded play areas, and an improved dog area.    What will happen this spring? · Demolition of Existing Farmhouse  (the stone is being salvaged for a heritage wall) · Construction of a new 3,000 sq. ft. Community Building                                                          ·  Landscaping around new building to link to park-

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Champlain Park Art!

In December along with many residents I unveiled a cutaway of a Bur Oak in an outdoor display case. Inside the fieldhouse at 140 Carelton Street a museum-worthy historical project that traced the natural and human history in Champlain Park was revealed.  The original Champlain family, the Cowley’s had travelled from afar to be there.   A huge thank you is due to Daniel Buckles and Debra Huron who shared their idea with me. I immediately worked on a motion to Council to redirect funding to assist with the art, and it passed!  But it was Daniel and Debra’s wealth of historical knowledge, and their incredible passion and dedication that made this project happen. What a great celebration for a community who worked together to achieve a legacy for future generations. The love and pride we feel for the neighbourhoods we live in and the continuing of the story of what came before us is what makes our communities great. Rink Volunteer Thank You!

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a new avenue for their criminal pursuits. One of the more recent, prevalent forms of cyber crime, is the practice of “phishing” or “brand-spoofing.” Here are some names of websites you can use to check the validity of information you’ve received: • Internet 101: Safe Surfing for Kids!; • Junkbusters; Scambusters; • 419 Coalition (Nigerian Letter Scams) • Pay Pal; • e-Bay; • Virus Hoax Warnings; • Internet Fraud Complaint Center (USA); • Urban Legends; RECOL  (Reporting Economic Crime Online); • National White Collar Crime Center - Canada. Another option is to simply log on to a search engine (e.g. Google) and type in a few words in regards to your inquiry. There are numerous sites that can be visited to research and verify the validity of things you find or receive online. I have a lot more to say about fraud, so watch this space for future articles on this subject.

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Canada Post can modernize and improve its services without going down the road to privatization. New Democrats have proposed other revenue generating options for our postal service, for instance by offering financial services. This would expand access of banking services to Canadians in underserved areas of the country. Postal banking has proven quite successful in other countries such as France and Italy. France’s Banque Postale offers a wide range of financial services, with particular emphasis on services for NGOs and low income clients. This latest announcement from the government follows on other rounds of cuts to frontline services, such as closures of local Canada Revenue Agency tax counters, the continued automation of services for veterans, the inability of Canadians to receive assistance in person at local immigration offices, or to get through to an employee on the EI phone line. When it comes to service delivery, it’s clear that the Conservative government is trying to get out of the business of serving Canadians! I invite you to join the campaign my colleagues and I have started to save our postal service by signing our petition available on my website at pauldewar. ndp.ca or by calling my constituency office at 613-946-8682 to request a copy.

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schools in March, to be followed by open house consultation meetings in April and May. A preliminary estimate prepared by OSTA suggests that a savings of $3.4 million can be achieved through the changes currently proposed, though they acknowledge that this figure may change once the results of the public consultation are integrated into the review.  Final implementation of any bell time changes that result from the OSTA review is scheduled for September 2015.  

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Near West Accommodation Review

The Near West Accommodation Review is nearing completion. The Review Working Group recommendations and board staff recommendations were posted on the OCDSB website at the end of November and presented to the Board at its December 10th meeting. The Board of Trustees will receive delegations regarding the Near West Review recommendations from parents, schools, community groups and members of the public at its Committee of the Whole meeting on January 13, and will discuss and debate the recommendations at their January 21 Committee of the Whole meeting. Final approval of the Near West Accommodation Review recommendations is scheduled for the Board meeting on January 28.


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Local Bank Jump-starts January Parkdale Food Centre benefits from friendly rivalry By Aaron Wise, PFC volunteer, Fundraising Committee TD Canada Trust has teamed up with Parkdale Food Centre to raise much needed funds and food during the coldest month of the year. A friendly competition between three local branches of TD Canada Trust (Westgate Shopping Centre, Holland Cross and Wellington and Holland) has been cooked up to see which one can collect the most food, healthy extras, and cash donations. The contest is running through the month of January. Parkdale Food Centre focuses on providing nutritious food and healthy extras (toiletries, diapers, etc) to those in need. TD Canada Trust and Parkdale Food Centre realize that it might not be practical to bring healthy donations like eggs, dairy items or bags of grains to the local branches of TD, so they are also offering the option of purchasing a bag of groceries in any denomination at the branches. With your two dollar donations, they can buy a dozen eggs. With twenty dollars they can purchase rice, chicken, cheese, milk, eggs and fresh fruit. Parkdale Food Centre has creat-

Here are Parkdale Food Centre volunteer Sarah Turner and Adam Kane, manager of the TD at Holland and Wellington. Photo by Adam Wise

ed a Good Food List that highlights the donations most needed. A copy of it can be found on their website www.parkdalefoodcentre.org. In addition to distributing much needed food, Parkdale Food Centre hosts monthly cooking classes to teach clients how to cook healthy nutritious meals on a tight budget. Local businesses team up with the centre to provide the expertise and

funding. A focus of these classes has been using Crockpots or slow cookers as many of the clients don’t have access to a full kitchen. The Centre is always looking for donations of new Crockpots or slow cookers or donations of Canadian Tire Money to purchase them. Another new source of donations is from loyalty points at President’s Choice and Metro. You can redeem the points you are accumulating for gift cards at the stores and then donate the cards to the Centre. They will use these cards to purchase the most needed items. Parkdale Food Centre is a member of the Ottawa Food Bank and serves individuals and families residing between Bayswater, Carling, Island Park and the Ottawa River. Each month they help approximately 700 people including over 150 children. Volunteers are always welcome at the Centre – 89 Stonehurst Ave (behind the Russian Orthodox Church). For more information about the Parkdale Food Centre and its services, visit the website parkdalefoodcentre.org and follow them on Twitter @parkdalefood.

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JANUARY 23 - PARENTING WORKSHOP This workshop for parents of children age 2-12 provides a range of discipline tools and a clear idea of how to use the ones that are best suited to your child. Come out and enjoy the evening. Learn something new and improve the atmosphere in your home. From 6:30 p.m.-8:30 p.m. at 312 Parkdale Avenue. Registration is required. For more information call 613-7253601x207 or go to the Family Services Ottawa website at www.familyservicesottawa.org.

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JANUARY 25 - CHAMPLAIN PARK WINTER CARNIVAL Come join friends and neighbours at the Champlain Park fieldhouse (149 Cowley Avenue) from noon to 3:00 p.m. for the annual winter carnival. Drop by for lunch (chili, hot dogs, and baked goodies for sale) and stay to enjoy free entertainment: horse-drawn sleigh rides, live music, skating and other outdoor fun as well as free hot chocolate and coffee. For more information go to champlainpark.org or email Sarah Brooks at sarah.brooks@sympatico.ca

FEBRUARY 1 - HOCKEY TOURNAMENT The Hintonburg Community Association is hosting on a street hockey tournament for Hintonburg residents on February 1. The HCA will be shutting down Hamilton Avenue next to Parkdale Park for an afternoon street hockey action. The 20-minute games of five-on-five will run from 11:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. Registration is $10 for a team of up to eight people, teams need at least one Hintonburg resident and must include at least one man, one woman and a youth under 14, in the spirit of keeping the event family friendly. More information is online at hintonburg.com.

JANUARY 25 - THE HUMAN LIBRARY The Ottawa Public library will be hosting their second Human Library event at five library branches, including Carlingwood. During this event, people from various backgrounds (“human books”) will be available for “readers” to “check out” for a 20-minute, oneone-one conversation. The goal is to allow readers to interact with people they might not otherwise meet and to learn about their lives and experiences. Some of the human books coming to Carlingwood include a former gang member, a foster parent, and a heroic bylaw officer. A complete list of the human books available for checking out has been posted at biblioottawalibrary.ca/en/content/human-library JANUARY 26: SUPER EUCHRE TOURNAMENT Fun and games and big cash prizes for players at the Westboro Legion, 389 Richmond Road. Register ($20) at the door at 11:00 a.m. Euchre games begin at noon and the canteen will be open. For more information call 613-725-2778. JANUARY 27 - ZUMBA FOR MOM AND BABIES Zumba® classes feature exotic rhythms set to highenergy Latin and international beats. Before participants know it, they’re getting fit and their energy levels are soaring. There’s no other fitness class like a Zumba® Fitness-Party. For parents, caregivers and infants 0-12 months. Bring water and a towel. 1:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m at Mothercraft Ottawa, 475 Evered

JANUARY 28 - WEST END WELL INFORMATION SESSION If you haven’t had a chance to learn about the West End Well Co-op, this is your opportunity. The next info session will take place at the Hintonburg Community Centre, 1064 Wellington Street West (Wellington Room), from 7:00 p.m -9:00 p.m. Bring your friends! Please RSVP to info@westendwell.ca. Refreshments provided.

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 p.m. - 3:30 p.m. FEBRUARY 5 - WESTBORO VILLAGE CO-OPERATIVE PRESCHOOL OPEN HOUSE Drop by WVCP (470 Roosevelt Avenue) between 6:30 p.m.-8:30 p.m. for a tour of the school and to meet the teachers. Registration for Fall 2014 programs begins February 5 at the Open House. For more information call 613-728-9473 or send an email to wvcp.registrar@gmail.com. FEBRUARY 8 - SHORT STORY WRITING WORKSHOP This workshop for teens age 13-17 will be lead by local author Tudor Robins at the Carlingwood branch of the Ottawa Public Library from 3:00 p.m - 4:00 p.m. For more information call 613-725-2449 or contact the branch via the OPL website at biblioottawalibrary.ca. FEBRUARY 8 - FISHER PARK WINTER CARNIVAL It’s a fun family event. Bundle up and come to Fisher Park to enjoy sleigh rides, skating, skating races, a

scavenger hunt, curling, and other games from noon 4:00 p.m. Don’t miss the preschool play zone and charity BBQ too!   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 p.m - 8:15 p.m.) Registration is required. Go to biblioottawalibrary.ca/en/program. FEBRUARY 15 – MUSIC WITH A STORY This concert by the Parkdale United Church Orchestra will be taking place at 7:30 p.m. at the Parkdale United Church, 429 Parkdale.  The orchestra will be performing Prokofieff’s Suite from Lieutenant Kijé  and Brahms’  Piano Concerto #1 in D minor with soloist Pierre-Richard Aubin.  A reception will follow the concert.  Tickets available at the  door - $15 adults; $10 students/seniors; children under 12 free.  For more information go to parkdaleorchestra.ca or call 819778-3438. FEBRUARY 17 - FAMILY DAY SKATING PARTY Yasir Naqvi, MPP, is inviting local families to join him for a skate and a hot chocolate at the Champlain Park outdoor rink (located at the corner of Carleton Avenue and Pontiac Street) on Family Day. Drop by between 1:00 p.m – 3:00 p.m. FEBRUARY 20 AND 21 -  ELMDALE PUBLIC SCHOOL BOOKFEST   On Thursday, February 20 from 3:45 p.m – 8:30 p.m. and Friday, February 21 from 10:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m., in the Elmdale Public School gymnasium at 49 Iona Street (entrance off of Java Street – follow the Bookfest signs).  As always, there will be a large selection of well-organized books and lots of popular titles priced from 50 cents to $4.  Funds raised go towards new library books and educational resources for classrooms.  If you have books to donate please contact elmdalebookfest@gmail.com to arrange for pick up.     FEBRUARY 24 - PHOTOGRAPHY WORKSHOP It is easy to take hundreds of photos with a digital camera, but then what? Chris Taylor, President of the Ottawa PC Users’ Group will help participants find some easy ways of correcting basic flaws so you will be proud to display your photos. This workshop is two hours long and will take place at the Carlingwood branch of the Ottawa Public Library. Registration is

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required. For more information go to biblioottawalibrary.ca. MARCH 10 - OPEN HOUSE FOR POLIO SURVIVORS This open house will be taking place from 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. at Woodroffe United Church (207 Woodroffe Avenue). It is hoped that this event will lead to a support group being established. Parking is available. Light refreshments will be served. For more information contact Eileen Lavigne at 613-729-6307. MARCH 11 - ILLUMINATING HISTORY Take a magical journey through the history of light at the Rosemount branch of the Ottawa Public Library! See how light was used throughout the ages, take in a traditional Magic Lantern show, and make your own tin lantern to take home. Ages 6-12. Registration is required. For more information go to biblioottawalibrary.ca. MARCH 14 - DISCOVER THE MAGIC OF DANCE A free, family-friendly event at the Ottawa Public Library. Professional dancers from Ballet Jorgen Canada will share an inside look at how ballet evokes emotions and tells a wordless story using excerpts from their production of Romeo and Juliet. Drop by the Carlingwood branch at 1:00 p.m. or the Rosemount branch at 3:00 p.m. to catch this 60-minute program. No registration required. For more information go to biblioottawalibrary.ca.

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Warming up Wellington West Cube Gallery’s theme for the month is Warmth, with art on display to remind us that winter is on its way out, in spite of the bone chilling temperatures outside. The gallery is hosting a vernissage on February 2 to celebrate the idea of Warmth in the depths of winter. The party goes from 2 ‘til 5:00 p.m. Drop by for a chance to get out of the cold and enjoy good company, fine art and a spirited beverage.

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