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Churchill Alternative School teacher Shauna Pollock is a new recipient of the Prime Minister’s Teaching Award for Excellence. Photos by Kate Settle.
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Shauna Pollock is passionate about preparing her students for the 21st century. In recognition of her dedication and avant-garde approach, the Churchill Alternative School teacher recently received the Prime Minister’s Teaching Award for Excellence. Churchill principal Megan
Egerton describes Pollock as a teacher who “puts in 150%” and who is “preparing kids for the 21st century by integrating the technologies that are available now.” “She is constantly looking for ways to engage and improve,” Egerton adds. For example, Pollock is using the money she received with the award to attend the Google in Education Montreal Summit where
she will learn about even more ways to integrate new apps and technology in her classroom. The Grades 5/6 teacher already embraces technology in a myriad of ways in her classroom. Last year she brought an iPad to the classroom and found that it “revolutionized” her approach to teaching. She now uses blogs, Twitter and Skype Continued on page 6
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Innovative techniques boost learning Continued from page 1 to add innovative aspects to every part of her curriculum. Students use programs such as Skype in the Classroom for activities such as “Mystery Skypes” in which they link up with a school somewhere else in the world. They take turns asking yes and no questions to try to figure out where the other classroom is located. “It’s cool to get to see other people in the world,” says student Jack Wardlaw, 11. He adds that it’s a great way to learn geography. Coloured pins on a world map in the classroom show the places Pollock’s students have connected with, including countries like Cambodia, Peru, Kenya and Sweden. “The classroom walls are gone,” enthuses Pollock. “We can go anywhere. We can learn anything.” She is also impressed with “the authentic learning that you can get out of using these digital tools.” Her students are not only discovering new tools, but they are using technology to make their work more meaningful. When her class was reading books by Canadian author, Eric Walters, and blogging their book reviews, Pollock connected with Walters, who began reading the students’ blog posts. Pollock noticed that this connection made the assignments much more meaningful to her students. “The pride that they would take in their work was a completely higher level than I had ever seen from them,” she said. “Shauna challenges us,” says Patrick Pearson, 11. “But things stick in our minds because she also makes it fun.” Pollock, 31, was herself a student at
Churchill as a kid, attending the school from kindergarten to grade 4. She also did her high school co-op placement at the school. She taught at Fielding Drive Public School before coming to Churchill three years ago, which she happily says is like coming full circle. Churchill has embraced technology to support student learning. In May, the school received an Ottawa Network for Education Innovation Award for their outstanding and innovative integration of technology. But in addition to all the cool things Pollock is doing with technology, Egerton notes that she is a teacher who “makes kids feel included, heard, valued and cared for” and inspires them to get engaged in communities here and abroad. Last year, two of Pollock’s students raised $250 for UNICEF’s School-in-aBox kit which provides supplies for a classroom of up to 80 students. Jennifer Fijalkowska, whose son Hunter was one of the fundraisers, says Pollock’s promotion of philanthropy has had a profound effect on her son. “We love that Shauna empowers the kids to such an extent that they feel that it is within the scope of their ability to do something about the issues that they and we face.” “Shauna is passionate about what she does,” says student Skye Fergusson, 11. “She’s really involved with her students and supports us trying to make a difference in our communities.” To see some of the innovative things happening in Shauna’s classroom, visit the class blog at www.churchill209. blogspot.com or follow them on Twitter @Churchill209.
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known how many slots need to be filled. Donations of food and gifts are also needed. It’s a great way to help out beforehand if you’re not able to make it in person. Send an email outlining your interests and availability to carletonxmasdinner@ hotmail.ca. (There’s more information about this event in Newswest on page 20.) There are other ways you can help this time of year too: • There’s the Caring and Sharing Exchange. Last year they provided help to 750 people in Kitchissippi. Members of the community (like you!) can sign up to deliver Christmas directly to local individuals and families in need through a new sponsor-a-hamper program. Sponsors purchase supplies for a hamper, pack it themselves, and deliver it right to the family who requested help. It’s worth mentioning that last year the Caring and Sharing Exchange wasn’t able to provide hampers for everyone who requested one. For more information go to the Caring and Sharing Exchange’s website at CaringandSharing.ca, or email email@example.com • The Shepherds of Good Hope is also looking for donations for its Christmas Hamper Program. This program matches needy families with sponsors so that they can enjoy a Christmas dinner. A full Christmas hamper is $200, but you
can chip in with your preferred amount. Most agencies and charitable organizations prefer to have volunteers who can commit for longer periods of time, rather than just on the one day. Many organizations also require new volunteers to submit references and undergo a police records check. There may be training too, and this all takes time! I suggest you check out www.volunteerottawa.ca and see what kinds of opportunities are listed there. Volunteering is truly the gift that keeps giving, all year round. And it’s powerful. Whenever you give your time, you get something good right back. Thanks for your note! Andrea Tomkins, Editor What about you Kitchissippi? Marthe’s letter was about serving Christmas dinners but if you know of other organizations that need a helping hand at this time of year, please drop us a line and we’ll add it to the online version of this article.
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Neighbourhood not-for-profit RightBike, recently held two public consultation sessions for local residents to share concerns and help brainstorm how RightBike can further help meet local needs. RightBike is a community-owned bikesharing service that operates in Westboro, Wellington West and the Glebe. RightBike maintains a fleet of purple coloured bicycles that are used by commuters, visitors, and shoppers for a small fee. “The bikes are recycled and refurbished, and provide employment for people facing barriers,” explains Schuyler Playford, who is on maternity leave but is currently
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working with RightBike doing community outreach. RightBike offers annual memberships that include use of their fleet of bikes as well as access to the RightBike workshop for DIY bike repairs at special rates. There are currently 65 bikes on the road and eight different hubs from which users can borrow bikes, one of which is its head office at 1A McCormick Street in Wellington West. “A hugely popular thing this year has been day passes and weekend passes,” says Playford. Riders made 632 trips in 2013. That’s a 87 per cent increase over the previous year. RightBike wants cycling to be seen as a viable transit option, not just an activity that falls under the umbrella of sports and recreation. Last year only 26 per cent of members surveyed said they used the bike merely as transportation, not as recreation. The turnout for the two sessions – one was on November 30 and the other took place on December 1 – was smaller than expected, but the discussion was lively. The session sparked plenty of discussion about the culture of cycling and the priorities and challenges in the community. Topics weren’t limited to cycling: shrinking amounts of green space and availability of public gathering spaces that aren’t necessarily retail spaces were also concerns that were raised. “RightBike is the kind of project that can use a lot of input from everybody,” says Shane Norris, RightBike’s “Community Projects” person. “It’s not too late in the game, we’re still growing, we’re only going into our third year.” Continued on page 14
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Development of Scott Street There’s an important Planning Committee Meeting scheduled for Tuesday, December 10 in regards to the Scott Street Community Design Plan. Interested residents are encouraged to attend. The meeting will begin at 9:30 a.m. in the Champlain Room, City Hall, 110 Laurier Avenue West. The Committee will consider any written submissions in respect to this matter if provided to the Committee Co-ordinator of the Planning Committee at 110 Laurier Avenue West, Ottawa, K1P 1J1 or by fax at 613-580-9609 or by e-mail at Christopher.Zwierzchowski@ottawa.ca. Documents pertaining to this meeting are online at ottawa.ca/ scottstreetcdp. A rising star in Kitchissippi Congratulations to Bettina Vollmerhausen, co-founder of SMAKK, who has received an Ottawa’s Rising Star Award from Invest Ottawa. SMAKK is an online company that gives small retailers a way to sell gift cards. “It was an incredible surprise and honour to be awarded Ottawa’s Rising Star by Invest Ottawa,” says Vollmerhausen. “During the awards ceremony I found myself in the amazing company of other passionate entrepreneurs who all work very hard to make their businesses succeed.” Recipients were celebrated on November 21 as part of Global Entrepreneurship Week Ottawa. For more information about SMAKK go to www.smakk.ca.
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Local rapper shares inspiring story at Elmdale by Ted Simpson
Peter Joynt, the Kitchissippi native who spends much of his life in the spotlight as a rapper, motivational speaker and creative writer, has come a long way since his childhood days at Elmdale Public School. Joynt made headlines with his Ottawa hip hop anthem Capcity, and more recently has been spending his mornings at local elementary schools talking to kids about how they can live positive lives. Blending rap music with the inspirational story of his own life, Joynt is teaching young people that anything can be accomplished, no matter what obstacles they might face. The biggest obstacle in his own life has been a severe speech impediment. Joynt, now in his 30’s, has been stuttering since he was very young. “I stutter quite noticeably in conversation, but it’s gone when I rap, so I tell my story about struggling with a stutter but not letting it hold me back in life,” says Joynt. “I carry a strong theme of resiliency in my talks.” Getting through to young people is a daunting task for any speaker, Joynt uses his skills as a musician and an
exceptionally kind personality to overcome the barriers in his speech. “When I perform a rap song they are all sort of blown away, and I’ve got their attention from that point,” says Joynt. It’s not unusual for people with speech impediments to excel in creative pursuits like singing or acting. Those with a stutter are only able to use their right brain for speech, and this area of the brain is not able to keep up with such a complex task. But when thinking in a creative manor, the left side of the brain is activated and words can fly out with no restriction. After grabbing headlines with his Ottawa themed rap song Capcity, Joynt has his music featured by the Ottawa Senators, and has worked with Ottawa Tourism and Rogers TV. He has recently taken on a role in the No More Bullies tour, headed by Stuntman Stu from Majic 100. Every Tuesday, Joynt and other local figures visit a local school, bring a message of positivity and kindness. In addition to this, Joynt takes on solo presentations, visiting as many as five schools in one week. Recently he made a return visit to Elmdale Public
School, where he first started his speech therapy. Video clips recorded at Elmdale have also made an appearance in Joynt’s newest music video for the song What I Do. Since starting his school tours, Joynt’s phone has been ringing off the hook with teachers and principals asking him to visit their school and students sending messages of thanks and wanting return visits. “That’s what makes it rewarding, when you’ve really connected with a student, that can sometimes be a challenge,” says Joynt. It’s not just getting airtime on YouTube, it’s being shown at school too. “I have been told by many teachers that they have used the video in their classrooms,” says Joynt. “They’ve used it for assignments and to open up the discussion about bullying and resiliency.” Elmdale might be making another appearance in Joynt’s upcoming hip hop project. During his recent visit JoyntMONDAY recorded a sample of the kid’sMONDAY voices that he hopes to use in a new song called Feel Good. To watch the videos go toTUESDAY thejoynt.ca and click onTUESDAY “videos.” 3pm - Close 3pm - Close
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“Visiting Elmdale was a real thrill for me. It’s one thing to visit your old stomping grounds, but another entirely when you get such warm feedback after you leave. I have received emails and tweets from parents saying their kids are still talking about my visit, and were really impacted by my message. One student went as far as telling her mom it was the best day she’d ever had at school. She has had occasional issues with her speech, and my presentation gave her newfound confidence. It’s things like this that make these school visits so rewarding. The fact that parents take the time to track down my contact info and reach out is really profound. It’s amazing to think my presentations are opening conversations between kids and their parents.” - Peter Joynt
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Brad Lavigne, Kitchissippi resident for the last 10 years and the national campaign director for the New Democratic Party’s historic 2011 election breakthrough, has authored his first book, Building the Orange Wave: The Inside Story Behind the Historic Rise of Jack Layton and the NDP. His intent in writing was to ensure that “all of the work [would not] be forgotten or misinterpreted or twisted by opponents [but would provide] an understanding to all Canadians as to what really happened.” Lavigne graduated from Concordia with a Masters in Public Policy and Public Administration. Throughout his studies he was “always interested in advocacy, in making change and [felt] an obligation to help out, to make a contribution.” He joined the NDP in 1987 at 18 yearsof-age. Originally from out west where he worked for the BC government, he moved to Toronto in 2001 when he lost his job and the National Post offered his journalist wife, Sarah Schmidt, employment. “We followed the work,” explains Lavigne. In 2000, Lavigne, working in Victoria at the time, was called to help with the upcoming federal election. He took a leave of absence from his job to help out. “It was a bad campaign,” says Lavigne. “They didn’t have their act together; the party wasn’t prepared at all.” They only won 13 out of 299 seats – less than 1 out of 10 Canadians voted NDP. Although badly discouraged, he and a friend chose to “be constructive” and they came up with “three criteria a new NDP leader needed to have – experience, live in urban Canada and be fully bilingual – and went then from west to east looking for a candidate,” explains Lavigne. “Have you ever heard of Jack Layton?” he asked his friend. It was a question that made history. Jack Layton was sent an email the next morning, urging him to go federal and promising support. “Jack kept that email in his blackberry until the day he died,” says Lavigne. The email led to a call from Jack Layton’s office and a week later they were “mapping out a plan for leadership with Jack and his wife,” says Lavigne. “You don’t know where it’s going to go,” explains Lavigne, who worked a 9-to-5 job and spent his evenings and weekends volunteering for the first year. He started in March 2003 with a fulltime, salaried position, based in the Ottawa office. “I didn’t think it would happen that quickly – the breakthrough,” he explains. “We used to call it The Project – the vision to professionalize, modernize the party. [We had] a moral obligation to win in order to implement change; [we couldn’t continue] to let them down by not fighting to win,” Lavigne adds. One of the chapters in Lavigne’s book is called “113 days” which represents the number of days after Jack Layton was elected leader of Her Majesty’s Loyal Opposition in 2011, before his death on August 22, 2011. In a letter to his then unborn grandchild (2009), Layton outlines what motivated him to pursue public service. “What drove him was the desire to leave [his grandchild’s] generation a better
Meet Brad Lavigne, the national campaign director for the New Democratic Party’s 2011 election and the author of Building the Orange Wave: The Inside Story Behind the Historic Rise of Jack Layton and the NDP.
country, a better world. [The note], written as Layton flew home to Toronto from out west, was “unscripted, unedited, and straight from the heart,” says Lavigne. Lavigne spent from April 2012 to December 2012 as a full-time writer. “I love the neighbourhood,” he says. “I spent time writing in the Royal Oak, The Wood, held interviews in the Ottawa Bagel shop,” he adds. Local residents may have seen him there. Lavigne, his wife, Sarah Schmidt, and two children cycle on the Ottawa River Parkway during the summer months and enjoy stopping at Westboro Beach. During the winter they ski at Camp Fortune and skate at Tom Brown Arena. “We are a very active family,” says Lavigne. They also enjoy travelling and have done so extensively, in South Africa, the Caribbean, Nicaragua, and recently, a weekend trip to Chicago to see the architecture and art museums. He hopes to stay in Ottawa.
FROM THE BOOK JACKET: “In Building the Orange Wave, author Brad Lavigne recounts the dramatic story of how Jack Layton and his inner circle developed and executed a plan that turned the NDP into a contender for government, defying the odds and the critics every step of the way. This is the ultimate insider’s account of one of the greatest political accomplishments in modern Canadian history. For the first time, Lavigne will take readers behind the scenes, letting them eavesdrop on strategy sessions, crisis-management meetings, private chats with political opponents, and internal battles.”
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This may be the last time you see a horse in Dovercourt’s fitness studio. Photo by Trish Stolte
Giddy up and get better Workshop shows healing power of horses
By Andrea Tomkins
The workshop – hosted by Dovercourt and the Westboro Brainery - began with a short session of chair yoga. Participants were guided through peaceful mindfulness exercises; asked to reconnect with their breath and bring a closer focus to the sights, sounds, and feelings of the moment. After a few minutes of restful breathing there was a break in the quiet: “Now you’re thinking like a horse!” It was Jen Steers, a local recreationist and fitness professional who is certified in equine therapy. Steers, along with Ryan Theriault, a certified Equine Specialist from Tranquil Acres farm, were at Dovercourt on November 29 to host a free 90-minute workshop about Equine Assisted Therapy and Equine Assisted Learning. Located in Kars, Tranquil Acres is the only facility specializing in this type of therapy. It’s an alternative to traditional “office based” therapy, intended for people with social and mental health needs such as ADD, ADHD, Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, autism, substance abuse, eating disorders, depression, anxiety, loneliness, relationship issues and more. The horses help teach clients about responsibility and respect, and provide a calming influence as well. “Horses have keen senses, and awareness,” says Theriault. “They can tune into their environment in a way that humans cannot. They have a lot to teach us about being better humans.” There are individual sessions as well as
group sessions offered at Tranquil Acres, and that serve different needs. A “Girls Rule” workshop for girls between the ages of 11 and 15 teaches participants how to stand their ground, practice self-care, and know when to ask for help. Others are designed to boost self-confidence, find inner strength, and combat stress and loneliness. The highlight of the session at Dovercourt was meeting the equine staff members. Rayne, the miniature horse and Cecil, the miniature donkey were both an instant hit with the crowd. Westboro resident, Susan Wheatley, dropped by the session to learn more about the benefits of the program. Wheatley’s son, Joel Attfield, a parttime staffer at Dovercourt, has had his own experiences with horses. He’s been doing therapeutic horseback riding for about 10 years. Although the program Attfield attends is different (there’s no riding at Tranquil Acres, all the work is done on the ground), Wheatley attended the session because she wanted to learn more about using horses for therapeutic reasons. “It intrigued me,” says Wheatley. “I want to understand horses better. I’ve become increasingly comfortable with horses and am trying to understand them. They certainly have their own personalities and they’re all different.” She says her son enjoys his experience with horses, and she sees how helpful this kind of therapy can be for people. “I think the benefits [of riding] are different, but psychologically there are certainly benefits.”
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Hana Woo, 9, plays soccer, piano and violin, swims and studies Chinese language, and is adding musical theatre to her repertoire.
Her favourite things Local actor appears in beloved musical Story and photo by Denise Deby
Hana Woo, 9, is taking her recently discovered talent for musical theatre to the big stage this month. The West Wellington resident is appearing in the National Arts Centre English Theatre production of The Sound of Music as one of two Ottawa actors playing Gretl, the musical’s youngest character. It’s a new experience for Hana, but one that she nearly missed out on. Mom Suzanne Woo says the family was on a two-month trip in Southeast Asia and Australia this spring when the Ottawa School of Speech and Drama, where Hana had taken a musical theatre class, left a phone message saying they wanted to recommend Hana for a closed audition for the NAC production. The family discovered the message when they got home and Suzanne returned the call in time. “I asked them what the production was and they said The Sound of Music, and that’s Hana’s absolute all-time favourite musical. So I thought, well I definitely can’t say no to that,” says Suzanne. Hana auditioned with a song, Edelweiss, from The Sound of Music, and a poem. A few weeks later, the call came that she’d been selected for the part. “I was getting ready to go play soccer,” recalls Hana. “I had one shoe on, then mommy told me, and I started dancing around the room.” “When we got the call, actually, I was pretty surprised,” says Suzanne. Hana, who studies piano and violin and has sung at piano recitals, hasn’t taken any formal
singing or acting lessons other than the musical theatre class, although Hana points out that she and her brother Toshio, 7, used to entertain their family with made-up plays and songs. In The Sound of Music, Hana acts, sings and dances, and has several speaking lines. She says playing a five-year-old is “a little weird,” but she’s enjoying the role. Preparing for the performances entailed three weeks of 28-hour-a-week rehearsals, from 4:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. after school every day and another eight hours on Saturdays. Suzanne explains that their extended family, as well as Hana’s Grade 4 teachers at Elmdale Public School, have all been supportive. “It’s pretty awesome,” says Hana of the experience. “I’m really excited – I’m kind of bouncy off the walls sometimes.” It’s a big deal for Hana’s family, too. Her paternal grandparents are coming from Hong Kong – Hana says her grandfather shares her love of The Sound of Music – and her maternal grandparents will arrive from Vancouver to see the show. Other family from California and Ontario, as well as friends, schoolmates and teachers, also plan to attend. Joey Tremblay, The Sound of Music director, says four Ottawa children were cast in the roles of the musical’s two youngest characters, Gretl, 5 and Marta, 7, while the older children are played by adults from the NAC English Theatre’s professional 2013-14 Ensemble cast. The four girls, who are paid, were chosen from about 40 who auditioned. The Sound of Music runs December 3 to January 4. www.nac-cna.ca
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Dollars spent in the community, help build a better community
In our last issue we issued a challenge. We wanted to see your photos from your local neighbourhood church bazaar, craft fair, or seasonal rummage sale. And we still do! We want to show everyone the great things (and good deals!) that can be found in unexpected places. Whether you’re buying some homemade cookies, a knitted scarf, or a secondhand treasure, by spending a few dollars at these local events you are supporting local fundraising efforts and helping out some great small businesses. Wondering where to go? Check the community calendar on page 27 for some suggestions. If you’re on Twitter, share your finds with #KTbazaars. Or email them to us! Our favourite photos will be published in our next issue.
Christmas Tree Sale Starting December 7, 2013
All proceeds support patient care at The Royal
Books are always a great deal. Buy extra and stock up on some reading material to enjoy over the winter holidays. Pro tip: kids don’t care if they find secondhand comics in their stockings. We all know that elves like to read them too!
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ASK the Expert
Top Mistakes Every FBSO Should Avoid
Q. What tips do you have for shoveling snow?
Q: I am considering selling my house on my own. What type of things should I be aware of?
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If you experience back pain that lasts more than a day or so after shoveling, seek the advice of a chiropractor.
A: I have provided a list of mistakes made on a regular
basis by For Sale By Owners (FSBOs). These are things to be conscious of or to seek professional assistance with.
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A. Most municipal water systems use chlorine or chloramines to
treat water which are chemicals designed to kill living organisms. While they do an excellent job treating your water, they create dry skin and hair, unpleasant taste and odors that many people do not like. A whole house water system can filters out the unpleasant tastes and smells to provide clean filtered water, rich in mineral nutrients, from every faucet, shower, and toilet in your home. At Thomas A. Pegg Plumbing we offer the Pelican Water Systems and invite you to contact me to answer your questions.
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Q. Can cats develop arthritis?
Q. I have interviewed contractors for a basement
A. Yes. Just like people, cats often develop osteo-arthritis (OA)
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The signs of OA in cats often involve changes in behaviour. These changes are usually so gradual that they are easily missed. Typically cats show reduced activity and sleep more. This is easily mistaken as just “getting older”. Another common symptom of OA is decreased jumping. Cats are “ALL-Stars” at jumping onto and over objects. Cats with OA tend to jump onto beds, tables, counters, cat “trees”, etc with less frequency OR will start jumping onto objects at lower heights. Reluctance to go up and down stairs can also be a warning sign of OA . This can manifest as house soiling problems when the litter box is on a different level from where the cat spends most of his/her time. Many advances have become available in recent years to address OA in cats. Therapies range from nutraceuticals (such as glucosamine & green-lipped mussel), traditional chinese medicine (TCM), acupuncture, and anti-inflammatory drugs to name a few. Remember, your veterinarian is best equipped to diagnose and treat OA in cats so your cat can remain active and comfortable well into his/her senior years.
• Failing to provide the potential buyer with a seller’s disclosure. Failing to disclose certain defects in the property can become a major liability in the future after the sale.
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as they get older. Osteo-arthritis can occur in any joint but the most common location in cats is the lower (or lumbar) spine. Obesity can play a role in exacerbating OA in cats so it is important to maintain an optimal body condition. Most cats do not tend to “limp” in the early stages of OA. Coupled with the fact that cats are “hard-wired” not to demonstrate discomfort, pet owners need to be watchful for the subtle signs that their older cats may be uncomfortable.
• Not understanding contingencies. How quickly must the buyers get their loan approved? What about building inspections? All of these issues can play a major role in determining whether your real estate will close in a timely fashion, or not at all.
• Pricing your property incorrectly. Even though most FSBOs want to sell their property because they can save the marketing fee that a real estate brokerage charges, studies have indicated that most FSBOs end up selling their property for less money than it is actually worth in the market place. It is always good to have a few appraisers and a few realtors offer you their opinion on the price before setting yours.
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Safe Shoveling hundreds of pounds! It’s better to shovel several times during a snowstorm, moving smaller, lighter piles of snow rather than waiting to shovel everything at once. Try to avoid scooping, twisting and tossing. Instead, push the snow to the side of your driveway or walkway. If you must lift the snow, keep your back straight and bend at your hips and knees. You can use your arm on your knee as a fulcrum to help lift heavy shovels of snow. Take breaks and keep hydrated.
renovation and I am waiting for various bids to come in. I am not sure what to do next. Can you help?
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that should not be rushed. Once you have interviewed your potential renovators, allow time for them to write a bid for the contract.
Take this time to check their references (that they should have provided you with) and reviews. Find out everything you can about the company. Once you have collected bids from the various renovators then compare. Compare anything from price to work schedules. These can include deposits, job description, material costs etc. Go through every one with them in detail so you know exactly what you are being offered. Take a look back at the references and interview notes from your previous meeting and make a decision. Go with your overall feeling – this may not be the lowest quote, but you may feel that it is the best overall value. Make sure you are a hundred per cent comfortable with your decision – this is the person responsible for your dream home!
December 5, 2013
Plan for Our Crowded Schools
Accommodation Review webBy Jennifer McKenzie, page of the OCDSB.ca website. OCDSB Trustee The board’s final decision on The work of the Near West Accommodation Review the Near West Accommodation Working Group recently came to Review is expected at the end and the committee has sub- January 28 board meeting. mitted its final recommendations to the board. To relieve accom- District-Wide Action Plan for modation pressures at Elmdale Numeracy (K-12) Public School and Devonshire Fostering student achievement Community Public School, the and success across all areas of Working Group has proposed the learning is at the heart of what creation of a new JK to Grade 6 we do as a school board. A key Early French Immersion pro- tool that assists us in promoting gram at Connaught Public student success is the OCDSB’s School, and the relocation of annual Student Achievement Elmdale P. S. English program Report. By examining and comstudents to Connaught Public paring student achievement data School, Hilson Public School from various sources, including and Cambridge St. Public local, provincial, national and School. international assessments, we Under the Working Group are able to chart where our stuplan a portion of the Connaught dents are meeting or exceeding P.S. current English program at- standards, and also determine At Rosemount’s 95th anniversary on November 29, expansion plans for the library were tendance boundary would also where additional support may announced by Councillor Katherine Hobbs. Funding for the expansion of the Andrew Carnegiebe redirected to Cambridge St. be required. built library is included in the Ottawa Public Library 2014 budget that is set to be approved in The 2012-13 Student P.S. The details of both the the first week of December. Here, Jennifer Johnson, branch librarian, introduces Franc Licari, a gentleman who has been coming to the Rosemount location for 53 years, dating back to when Working Group recommenda- Achievement Report has indihe was a student at St. Mary’s School in Hintonburg. A number of regular users were invited to tions and those proposed by cated that progress in mathespeak about their experience with the branch. Photo by Rheal Doucette, Ottawa Public Library Board staff are available on the matics (numeracy), both provOCDSB website as part of the ince-wide and within our disagenda for the board’s December trict, has not been as steady as 10 Committee of the Whole progress in literacy. As a result, our Board Improvement Plan meeting. users are on a first name basis with the librarians Responses to the recommen- for 2013-14 includes an Action By Carol Paschal Residents of Hintonburg, Wellington Village and and where it is not uncommon for people of all dations in the form of delega- Plan for Numeracy (K-12) that beyond joined the Rosemount Branch Library ages to bump into their friends and neighbours. tions from parents, members of will target the teaching and on November 29 in celebration of its 95th birth- In addition to being able to borrow books, the public, and schools and learning of numeracy at all day. The library was built in 1918-19 with fund- DVDs and CDs, the Branch provides a variety community associations within grade levels. ing assistance from the Andrew Carnegie of programs, including homework help and the study area are encouraged, As part of the board’s plan, a Foundation and is the oldest library building in story time. Users who might not otherwise have and will be heard by the board Framework for Balanced access to technology are able to book time on of trustees at the Committee of Mathematics Instruction K-12 Ottawa. Dozens of people came out to chat with staff the library’s computers and iPads. Although the the Whole meeting on January has been developed, emphasizand neighbours. Special guests included Jan sight of this technology might have perplexed 13, 2014. The deadline to sub- ing the importance of both opHarder, Chair of the Ottawa Public Library Mr. Carnegie, I imagine that he would be de- mit a delegation to the board is erational skills and problem January 9. solving, and including a variety Board, Councillor Katherine Hobbs and Jennifer lighted to learn that the library continues to Thursday, Information on all relevant of instructional approaches. McKenzie, Chair of the Ottawa-Carleton District serve as a community hub. Library users in attendance posted ideas on board meeting dates is posted Additionally, a series of systemSchool Board, who each spoke a few words. the Near West Jennifer Johnson, branch librarian, introduced a flipcharts about what they would like to see in on Continued on page 21 number of regular users and invited them to the Rosemount library of the future. A common speak about their experience with the branch, theme was the wish for more: more meeting including a gentleman who has been coming to space, quiet space, bike racks, more aisle space the Rosemount location for 53 years, dating to allow for browsing, and improved physical Donations Needed For Carleton Christmas.................... p.20 back to when he was a student at St. Mary’s accessibility. Other ideas included a baking library, a tool library and book clubs for a variety School in Hintonburg. Busing Troubles............................................................ p.22 Although the population of Ottawa was sig- of audiences (adults, teens and tweens). Festival of Lights........................................................... p.24 Although the Rosemount branch has evolved nificantly smaller when the branch first opened, Deadline for the December 19 Newswest is December 6. records show an impressive 25,000 items were and adapted to meet the changing needs of its Please note: 421 Richmond Road is NOT a drop-off location for Newswest. It is our borrowed in 1920. Mr. Carnegie would no doubt users over the past 95 years, one thing remains mailing address only! Please drop off your material at the main reception desk of be pleased to learn that the number increased to clear: it will continue to be well used and well the Dovercourt Recreation Centre, 411 Dovercourt. 220,000 in 2012. This is a branch where many loved by the community.
Rosemount Library Turns 95!
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The Carleton Tavern’s Christmas Dinner has become a regular tradition for many area residents because making a contribution to the community can be combined with participating in a lively and fulfilling social event of the sort that makes Christmas just that much more Christmassy. Donations of food and gifts from Kitchissippi residents are needed, says the Hintonburg Economic Development Committee. Photo by Tim Thibeault.
Christmas at the Carleton Tavern By the Hintonburg Economic Development Committee The Carleton Tavern will be hosting a free Christmas Day meal on Christmas Day from 11 am to 3 pm. It will be at the Carleton Tavern, 223 Armstrong at Parkdale, right next to the Parkdale Market. Christmas Day can be one of the loneliest days of the year. Being alone at Christmas, at a time when everyone is supposed to be with family reinforces this loneliness. The Carleton Tavern owners Sam, Simon and Billy realized this need and thirteen years ago proposed a free meal on Christmas Day for the community. The Hintonburg Economic Development Committee jumped at the chance to work with them on this wonderful day. Many volunteers have come on board and come back year after year. This meal has become the Christmas tradition now for so many. It is a joyous day with lots of good food, live music, gifts, Santa and Mrs. Claus and lots of volunteers. Last year about 500 meals were served in the tavern, another 200 were take-out meals and about 120 meals were delivered to those who could not come out. At the end of the day, all food remaining was delivered out by a team of volunteers to local rooming houses, a senior’s building and the Family Shelter to sustain very many people for several
more days after Christmas. No food ever goes to waste and most of it stays in this community. We need the community’s help to be able to provide this day. We need donations of: turkey, ham, tourtière and home baked goodies. Turkeys should be dropped off to the Carleton one week before Christmas to allow time to thaw and cook the amount we need. Baking can be dropped off December 23 to 25. We also need gifts – especially for men. We need warm items: gloves, hats, scarves, personal care items. We appreciate gift cards: Giant Tiger, coffee cards, certificates for food (Hintonburger, Pizza Pizza), phone cards, and movie passes. We also need gifts for women, for children and youth and for pets. There are 20 families with 85 to 100 children at the local family shelter at any given time. We also need donations of gift bags in the week before Christmas so that our gift coordinators can start to bring everything together on December 23. Help make this a Christmas for everyone. Contact us if you know of someone that would like come or have a meal delivered. We have volunteer drivers. For more information call Cheryl at 613-728-7582 or e-mail email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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$4,500 Raised for Hintonburg Programs and Events By Matt Whitehead, Hintonburg Community Association The first snow of the season helped put the community in the holiday mood as hundreds made their way to the Hintonburg Community Centre to the Artisan Craft Fair on Saturday, November 23. Shoppers perused the unique and amazing items the Hintonburg Community Association’s holiday sale. More than 55 crafters sold their wares ranging from stained glass, jewelry, artisan coasters, art, knit ware, soap, honey and hot sauce to name just a sample of all that was available. A truly eclectic range of goods made for an interesting trip through the aisles of the community centre’s gymnasium. Homemade treats from volunteer bakers, and a large pot of homemade chili, was also available at the café to help fuel the shoppers and volunteers during the busy day. Holiday music played in the background while shoppers tried their hand at winning one of the many raffle prices and bidding on the silent auction items all generously donated by vendors and
Shoppers perused the unique and amazing items at the Hintonburg Community Association’s holiday sale on November 23. More than 55 crafters sold their wares ranging from stained glass, jewelry, artisan coasters, art, knit ware, soap, honey and hot sauce to name just a sample of all that was available. Photo by Matt Whitehead.
local businesses. The event, organized by the Hintonburg Community Association’s Arts Committee, would not be possible without the support of the volunteers, vendors, and shoppers who work to make it such a pleasurable and seamless experience each and every year. Proceeds of the event, approximately
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$4,500, go towards the community association’s many programs and events. It is wonderful to see how many of the crafts are made right in Hintonburg and the adjacent neighbourhoods. There are many hidden creative talents that make up our community and the craft fair is a great opportunity for them to be showcased.
wide networks for teachers and administrators will bolster teacher training in targeted areas: content knowledge, assessment and evaluation, and effective pedagogy at the elementary level; supports to assist intermediate and secondary mathematics teachers in improving outcomes for special needs students and girls in grades 7 to 9; additional support for specialized staff working with English Language Learners and students with special needs at all grade levels; and a series of professional learning sessions. In tandem with the Action Plan’s focus on strengthening mathematics instruction, a board-wide survey will be conducted to ensure that all schools have access to the tools and resources required for teaching and learning mathematics. Finally. increased effort will be directed to encouraging and assisting parents and guardians in helping to promote their child’s success in mathematics.
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Our Board warmly congratulates and celebrates two of our exceptional educators, Viviane Gaudreault and Shauna Pollock, who have been honoured with important national teaching awards. The Prime Minister’s Awards for Teaching Excellence recognize pioneering teachers who inspire a love of learning in their students, and in particular make innovative and creative use of information and communications technologies to give their students the knowledge and skills they need to excel. Ms. Gaudreault, a Grade 2 French Immersion teacher at First Ave. Public School, and Ms. Pollock, who teaches grades 4 and 5 at Churchill Alternative Public School, are an inspiration. To learn more about how these outstanding educators work their magic in the classroom, visit www.ic.gc.ca, and search: Prime Minister’s Teaching Awards.
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Dear Editor, I am definitely opposed to the proposal of having more than 300 buses an hour; 300 regional buses with their noise, pollution and disruption to the stable neighbourhoods, running along the local arterial of Scott Street for the following reasons: The regional buses were put in a trench for the reasons of noise, pollution and general disruption as much as for reasons of speed and direct route to downtown destinations; and The local arterial, Scott Street and the surrounding residential streets were not designed to handle this amount of traffic; frustrating both commuters, who want to get places quickly, and residents, whose neighbourhoods are being destroyed by all this commuter traffic. Moreover, putting buses up on Scott Street makes no sense particularly, when there exists is an already built infrastructure that would service the commuter traffic, most of whom are heading for Tunney’s Pasture, and would allow the buses to flow unimpeded by stop lights to downtown Ottawa. The route is as follows: as buses come out of the trench just west of Tunney’s Pasture, they drive around the streets in Tunney’s Pasture, better serving the clientele using the regional bus system, and then head downtown via the Ottawa River Parkway. If this re-routing of the buses is truly temporary, as it is stated it is, then the National Capital Commission who owns the Ottawa River Parkway
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should have no objections. This solution then, not only saves money as road infrastructure already exists, it also protects stable neighbourhoods, ensuring they remain liveable, from the noise and pollution, the very detrimental effects that caused the buses to be put in the trench originally. Furthermore, these consultations processes would generate better responses when the Area Master Transportation Plan is made available. Then, residents could see the overall effects of the various Community Design Plan proposals and how all these plans link up one with another. Sincerely, Deborah Ironside Bayswater Avenue Resident
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Come On And Do The Santa Shuffle Big and small will be out walking and running at Tunney’s Pasture in the Salvation Army’s Santa Shuffle on Saturday, December 7, starting at 10 am. Come see Santa and the elves raise funds for those in need. For more info: www.santashuffle.ca or call Nadia Ferrante 613-233-8428 x221. Photo by Andrew Van Beek
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By Andrew Milton, Community Police Officer Breaking and entering is one of the most common neighbourhood crimes throughout the city. That could mean breaking into your home or your vehicle, usually for the purpose of theft but, in the case of your home, also with the intent of committing an assault, as was the case recently in Sandy Hill. That perpetrator was caught but the preferable situation would have had him not able to enter the house in the first place. It will be no surprise that the majority of break-and-enters occur in the warm months, when windows and doors are more likely to be left open. Even so, there are precautions that can be taken to make your home more secure at all times, deterring any would-be thief or attacker. It’s amazing what a little light and some inexpensive hardware can do to keep you and your family safe. At your request and at no cost to you, a trained police volunteer can come to your home to assess its vulnerability and offer suggestions on how to make it more secure. If you’re interested, call your local police centre to arrange a visit. Vehicles are mostly targeted in parking lots, driveways and on the street, especially in areas where there is little pe-
destrian traffic. As with your house, a few simple habits can make your vehicle less attractive to a would-be thief. Don’t leave anything of (even little) value in plain sight. Keep your windows closed and doors locked. Display an “All Valuables Removed” card in the window. Don’t have one? You can get one through the Ottawa Police Service web site or your local community police centre. Next to an excellent police service, the best defence against crime in Ottawa is educated, responsible residents.
Community Police Centres • Wellington Community Police Centre: 1064 Wellington St. W., (613) 2361222, ext. 5870 (North: Ottawa River, South: Carling Ave., East: Bronson Ave., West: Island Park Dr.) • Bayshore Community Police Centre: 98 Woodridge Cres., (613) 236-1222, ext. 2345 (North: Ottawa River, South: Carling Ave., East: Churchill Ave., West: March Rd.) • Parkwood Hills Community Police Centre: 1343 Meadowlands Dr., (613) 236-1222, ext. 2348 (North: Carling Ave., South: Hunt Club Rd., East: Prince of Wales Dr., West: Merivale/ Clyde Ave.)
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Diwali Raises Money for Youth Programs By Hintonburg Economic Development Committee With dancers, sweets, music and fireworks the Hintonburg Diwali 2013 was the best festival yet. This year Indian Express and the Hintonburg Economic Development Committee (HEDC) partnered with Plant Pool Recreation Association (PPRA) for the 7th annual festival which was held at the Plant Recreation Centre (Somerset at Preston) on November 1. Diwali is the Indian Festival of Lights. It is one of the most important festivals of the year and is celebrated by lighting the small clay lamps filled with oil to signify the triumph of good over evil. Most Indian business communities begin their financial year at Diwali. During Diwali people wear new clothes and share sweets with family and friends. The enormous display of freshly made Indian sweets inside the nearby Indian Express took up most of the restaurant and boxes and boxes of sweets were being sold throughout the day and evening. The room at Plant Bath was perfect for the event and really showcased the four beautiful Bollywood for Fun dancers. There was lots of room for people to sit and stand and still see everything that was happening. There was lots of room for guests to get up and try some Bollywood dancing with the danc-
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A total of $639.48 was raised at the Diwali event which will go towards Plant Recreation Centre’s youth programs. Photo above by Ella Ray; Photo below by Tim Thibeault.
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Ravi Walia and Dr. Saeed, and they presented a donation of $400 to Plant Pool Recreation Association (PPRA) to support their youth programs. Ravi then challenged the crowd to drop some money in the donations jars and to increase the $400 donation from Indian Express. The event is free, sponsored by Indian Express, and the crowd cheerfully donated $239.48 to further PPRA’s work. At the end of the evening everyone came outside and next door to Indian Express’s patio where 24 giant sparklers were lit to bring in the light. The lighting signifies the triumph of light over dark and good over evil. Look for another fabulous festival next year.
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By Yasir Naqvi, MPP, Ottawa Centre On November 7, our government presented the Fall Economic Statement, which outlined its economic plan to help create jobs and drive economic growth to help Ontario’s families. We are introducing a new three-part plan that makes strategic investments in people, builds modern infrastructure, and supports a dynamic and innovative business climate. This is a fair, focused and responsible plan that will allow us to continue to make the strategic investments Ontario needs, while maintaining our government’s balanced approach. Targeted investments will benefit our communities by fostering the conditions to spur growth, create jobs, strengthen services, and help families. We will lead the way in achieving a Canada-wide agreement on Canada Pension Plan (CPP) enhancement to help Ontarians save for retirement. FullDay Kindergarten will continue to be implemented in every school across the province by 2014. Already, children in 12 schools in our community are benefitting from this program (including Broadview, Corpus Christie, St. Anthony and St. George schools who began offering it this year). We will continue to provide a 30%
Tuition grant that assists 200,000 Ontarians each year, helping them access the education they will need to compete in the 21st century, and will help 30,000 young people get their first job through our Youth Jobs Strategy. Since September 2013, this program has already helped 2,400 youth find jobs. Our government will build modern infrastructure that helps business get their products to market and draws investment from around the world. We will create over 100,000 jobs annually, increase our competitiveness for the long-term, and drive economic growth and prosperity. We will invest $35 billion in capital projects that secure our prosperity. In our community, the $200 million Ottawa Heart Institute expansion is moving ahead, and we have provided $600 million to support the construction of the Confederation LRT line. We also made the Gas Tax funding permanent, helping communities to improve public transit. The City of Ottawa will receive $36.6 million in 2013-14, and over the past nine years the program has provided almost $296 million to support transit in our community. The new Trillium Trust will be Continued on page 26
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6:30 to 7:30 p.m. – presentation 7:30 to 8:30 p.m. – small group discussions, working session Tom Brown Arena 141 Bayview Road The Preston-Carling area is a dynamic cultural centre in the heart of Ottawa that is experiencing significant growth and transformation. With your help, the City is developing a plan that facilitates this change by providing guidance for enhancements to pedestrian, cycling and transit amenities, parks and open spaces, streetscapes and trees. As community members of the Preston-Carling Area, your insights into the history of the neighbourhood and opportunities for improvement are incredibly valuable. The first Public Information Session was held on October 8th, 2013, where the community provided feedback in response to the Study Team’s initial thoughts. We invite you to attend the Second Public Information Session to review our draft recommendations. The evening will begin with a presentation by the Study Team at 6:30 p.m. with an overview of the key directions and how feedback from the community has influenced the draft strategies. Small table group sessions will be held from 7:30 to 8:30 p.m. to gather feedback on the key strategies. Accessibility is an important consideration for the City of Ottawa. If you require special accommodation, please call 3-1-1 or e-mail the project lead below before the event.
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By Katherine Hobbs, Councillor, Kitchissippi Ward Frequently Asked Development Questions Why are we getting a canyon of condos on Richmond? How can we stop it?
The Westboro Community Design Plan (CDP), approved in 2008 by the previous Council, calls for mid-rise buildings (5-9 storeys) on both sides of Richmond Road. While the CDP zoned many sites for 4-6 storeys, it has criteria for greater height and almost every site meets that criteria, therefore pushing heights to 9 storeys. The effect is intended to be a pleasant street, but in some places, we’re seeing an undesirable effect, a sort of canyon. That’s why in 2012, following the Planning Summit, I secured $500,000 for community planning in Kitchissippi, including re-opening Westboro’s CDP to close gaps in the plan. Together neighbours could talk about changes we’re experiencing, and how to make it better. I believe this should also involve new City-wide policies on design for mid-rise buildings. We’re under siege with development, what are you doing to stop it?
I’ve been working to get ahead of development pressure and spot zonings. Before I was elected, Kitchissippi had only one completed CDP: Westboro. Working extensively with neighbourhoods involved, we now have two more completed CDP’s: Bayview and Wellington West. By spring 2014 three more will be completed, namely: Scott Street, Gladstone, and Carling-Preston, bringing our total of zoned Community Design Plans to six. That’s more planning than in any other urban ward in Ottawa with a process that has involved the community. Ultimately we have more surety in how our neighbourhoods will evolve over time.
The Wellington West CDP has stricter height controls than Westboro, but also calls for mid-rise buildings on both sides. The draft Scott CDP protects low-rise residential in Hintonburg and Wellington Village from intensive development at Tunney’s Station, and removes Mechanicsville from the developers’ target by confirming its status as a stable residential neighbourhood. Why so much development in our area? Shouldn’t we spread it around?
The pressure to provide more homes, offices and retail space is strong across the City because Ottawa is growing. We must provide 6,000 new homes every year to meet the needs of our growing population. Currently, about 400 units are under construction across Kitchissippi in projects mainly approved before 2010 by the previous Council. What can we do about infill?
Through the policies implemented in 2012 under the first Infill By-Law, Council has required that infill homes fit in better in our neighbourhoods by minimizing changes in grade, height of first floors, visual impacts of garages, making new homes match the front yards of adjacent homes, and improving protection for trees. The second infill by-law being examined now reduces heights in many areas, and further requires new homes to match the existing scale and pattern of the neighbourhood. I’ve visited a number of our neighbours living next to infill construction sites and it’s stressful, to say the least. I’m working with Planning to create a plain language guide for neighbours so they can feel empowered through the process. How can I help? Please contact me at 613-580-2485 or Katherine.Hobbs@ Ottawa.ca.
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were proud to support Ericsson, a Swedish-based multinational corporation, in opening a new research a development lab in Ottawa. Responsible management is essential at a time when forces outside of our province continue to affect our economy. That is why our government has taken strong measures to reduce spending, which has allowed us to remain ahead of deficit reduction targets for the last four years. We are on track to balance the budget by 2017-18, and last year, for the first time since 1996, spending fell from the previous fiscal year. We were able to achieve these results while protecting – and often improving – critical services like health care and education. However, should global economic conditions falter, causing revenue growth to fall further, our priority is clear – this government will continue to protect investments in jobs, growth and our families. We believe any further reform of public services must be done responsibly.
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DECEMBER 6 - CHRISTMAS CONCERT The Nepean Choir presents ‘Magnificat,’ a Christmas Concert with special guest artists, Jan Jarvlepp Quartet at Woodroffe United Church, 207 Woodroffe Ave. 7:30 pm Adult/Child $20/$10. For more information go to www.nepeanchoir.ca or call 613-733-1109. DECEMBER 6 AND 7 - LOAM CLAY STUDIO OPEN HOUSE LOAM Clay Studio is approaching their first anniversary and is celebrating by joining forces with Hintonburg Pottery, Orange Gallery and Beyond the Pale for an open house at their studio located at 7A Hamilton Avenue North. This open house, show and sale will feature their work as well as the work of several of LOAM’s students and Studio Potters. For more information go to www.loamclaystudio.ca. DECEMBER 6-8 - 1ST YEAR CELEBRATION OPEN HOUSE Drop by the Hintonburg Pottery studio (71 Hinton Avenue North) between 6:00 p.m. and 9:00 p.m for an open house. The open house will continue on Saturday afternoon from 2:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. and on Sunday from 2:00 p.m. -5:00 p.m. This is a free event, and is a great opportunity for families to play with clay in the studio. For more information go to www.hintonburgpottery.ca. DECEMBER 7 - GLORY OF CHRISTMAS CONCERT Glory of Christmas Concert features the Strings of St. John’s and the choirs of Woodroffe United Church and the Church of St. John the Evangelist. 7:30 p.m. at Woodroffe United Church, 207 Woodroffe Avenue. Tickets $20 adult, $15 senior/student. The concert will be repeated at 2:00 p.m. on December 15 at St. John’s, Elgin and Somerset Street. For more informatio call 613-722-9250 or go to www.woodroffeunited.org DECEMBER 7 - FISHER PARK COMMUNITY CENTRE CHRISTMAS CRAFT SHOW & SALE This West Wellington holiday tradition is now in its twentieth year. Check out over 100 vendors, a combination of unique urban artisan handcrafted items, gourmet foods and traditional crafts. This event will
take place from 9:30 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. at Fisher Park Community Centre (250 Holland Avenue). Admission is free. Refreshments will be available. For more information Contact Monique Shields at 613-798-8945. DECEMBER 7 - CHRISTMAS BAZAAR The Salvation Army’s Bethany Hope Centre is having its 2013 Christmas Bazaar. Doors will open at 8:00 a.m. and the fun will continue until 2:00 p.m. Creations include: Handmade candles, battery powered LED canvas paintings, watercolour Christmas cards, repurposed pieces, and many other Christmas themed works. There will be coffee and hot chocolate, one of a kind baked goods, face painting, and cookie decorating for the kids. Come by and support your community! Join us at 820 Woodroffe Avenue near Carling Avenue. For more information contact Shawna Norman 613-725-1733 ext. 216. DECEMBER 7 - COMMUNITY CONCERT Check out the Ottawa Chinese Bible Church’s “Sounds Like Christmas” community concert, a free annual event featuring great holiday tunes, fabulous door prizes and festive refreshments. The concert takes place at 7:00 p.m. at 307 Richmond Road (near Mrs. Tiggy Winkle’s). Admission is FREE, with donations of nonperishable food items accepted for the Westboro Region Food Bank. Come out for an evening of music and merriment! For more information, please call 613601-2876, email email@example.com or visit ocbconline.ca. DECEMBER 7 - WESTBORO VILLAGE TREE LIGHTING CEREMONY Join your neighbours for this annual tradition, from 5:30 p.m. - 6:30 p.m. in the courtyard of All Saints/ First United Westboro churches on Richmond Road. There’ll be hot chocolate, caroling, and treats! DECEMBER 8: WESTBORO LEGION’S CHRISTMAS JAMBOREE Kick up your heels to music by Fred Ducharme and North Line plus guest country artists at 389 Richmond Rd. 2:00 p.m.-7:00 p.m. Tickets ($5) available at the door or in advance at the upstairs bar. Prize draws and
home-style food at the canteen. For more information call 613-725-2778. DECEMBER 9 - VISIT SWITZERLAND! Join Ed on his travels to Bern, Lausanne and the Matterhorn. Presented by Ed Overstreet, member of the RA Photo Club and seasoned world traveller. 7:00 p.m.-8:15 p.m. Online registration is required. For more information call 613-725-2449 or go to www.BiblioOttawaLibrary.ca. DECEMBER 10 – MEET KRIS KRINGLE! The annual Kringle event returns to the Hintonburg Community Centre (HCC)! Come and enjoy the holiday spirit from 6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. Children are invited to create seasonal crafts with the assistance of HCC staff. There will be free hot chocolate and cookies available, and all children will have the opportunity to meet Santa and have their photo taken free of charge. Everyone is welcome. DECEMBER 14 - CHRISTMAS CONCERT Join MC Carol Anne Meehan for “The Heart of Christmas” concert with The Ottawa Carleton Choristers & musical guests Canterbury Male Chorus on Saturday, December 14 at 7:30 p.m. at Woodroffe United Church, 207 Woodroffe Ave. Goodwill offering. Dessert reception follows. Park at the church or Woodroffe P.S. next door. DECEMBER 14 - 2ND ANNUAL FLAVOURS OF OTTAWA WESTBORO HOLIDAY FOOD MARKET There will be 20 local artisan food vendors at the Westboro Holiday Food Market, at the Westboro Masonic Hall at 430 Churchill Avenue. Several vendors are new to the market with unique products. Also, the Relish food truck will be outside serving lunch. There will be no shortage of holiday gift ideas for everyone on your list! Admission is free and there is plenty of free parking. The market will be taking place from 10:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Donations will be collected for the Westboro Food Bank. For the latest updates on the market go to www.osfa.ca.
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DECEMBER 17 - TEEN BOOK CLUB Chat about books and share your favorites with other teens between the ages of 13 and 18 at the Carlingwood library. There will be refreshments, conversation, and ideas for great reads. On December 17th, we will discuss Hannah Harrington’s Saving June. From 7:00 p.m. -8:00 p.m. Online registration is required. For more information call 613-725-2449 or go to www. BiblioOttawaLibrary.ca. DECEMBER 18 - LEARN ABOUT VOLUNTEERING Come and hear about volunteering from Ottawa seniors who have real experience. Claire Marshall, who’s done it all including volunteering as a dogsledder and Wayne Mercer, who spent three weeks volunteering in Guyana, will share their stories and answer questions. This is an informal and social gathering; coffee and cake will be served. Online registration is required. For more information call 613-725-2449 or go to www. BiblioOttawaLibrary.ca. 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 1:30p.m.-2:30p.m. There will also be Buddha bracelet making with Shannon Kaya. Cost is $20$/ family, with proceeds going to the Parkdale Food Center. Register at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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