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Starts on page 18 • Parkdale Food Centre’s Soup & Socks event • Diwali celebrations • Parkdale United opens its new door

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Russell Mills, a Civic Hospital neighbourhood resident, was recently honoured in the first annual Order of Ottawa Awards. Photo by Kristy Strauss

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Moe Atallah and Russell Mills believe in the importance of giving back to their community – and just recently, the two Kitchissippi residents were recognized for their efforts. The first annual Order of Ottawa Awards took place on November 22,

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honouring 15 exceptional residents who contribute in areas of the city including arts and culture, business, and community service that benefit Ottawa citizens. Mills, who is the chair of the National Capital Commission (NCC), is also the Executive Dean of the Faculty of Arts, Media and Design at Algonquin College.

He said he was very happy to hear that he was receiving the award – even though he didn’t know what the Order of Ottawa was at first. “I didn’t hear that the city was starting an award like this,� Mills said. “But I was quite happy to be part of the first group, which had a lot of other people who did an awful Continued on page 9


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Reading into the play

New stage for Chamber Theatre Hintonburg

Text and photo by Steph Fahey

Collected Works Bookstore and Coffeebar opened its doors on November 21 to its firstever play, Tongue and Groove. Fittingly, the play begins with a reading. It is a romantic comedy about a love triangle with serious overtones about feminism, relationships, writing and academia. Director Lisa Zanyk cofounded Chamber Theatre Proud SPonSorS of Hintonburg with Sherbrooke Avenue resiJoin us! dent and play producer, Donnie Laflamme. The December 9th, 10-4pm at Westboro Masonic Hall company thrives on bringing plays to places people already hang out, like Cube Gallery, the Carleton Tavern and the Hintonburg Community Centre. Los Angeles writer Amy Friedman, who met Laflamme while teaching at Algonquin College with him, wrote Tongue and Groove. Laflamme helped Friedman with the structure of the play and offered his own inspiration and improvements to the script. ottawa Kitchissippi times | nov. 29, 2012 |Since 5.042” x 6.564” the play is performed

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Tongue & Groove director Lisa Zanyk and Collected Works employee Chris Carroll pose in front of actors (left to right) Jerome Bourgault, Matt Smith, Tim Oberholzer and Manon Dumas.

in a non-traditional theatre setting, Laflamme and Zanyk felt some changes were necessary. “Tongue and Groove is something that people have not seen before,” says Zanyk after a successful opening night. “This play created work for new artists and is giving the public an opportunity to see a new story,” adds Laflamme. What Zanyk is most proud of is the cast and crew’s ability to vulnerably put themselves out there with new adventures.

“I am also proud of how we work with young and emerging theatre artists,” says Zanyk. “Tongue and groove is a system for designing and installing flooring, walls and ceilings and is a metaphor for the way relationships work,” says Zanyk. “It’s an image many in the neighborhood can relate to because everybody is renovating or building in some aspect of their lives.” Tongue and Grove runs to December 1. For information or tickets:


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KT CATCH UP Hintonburg Hub finds a home on Rosemount Avenue Together with the Champlain Local Health Integration Network (LIHN) and MPP Yasir Naqvi, Hintonburg’s Vicky Smallman, Chair of the Board for the Somerset West Community Health

The SWCHC’s Jack McCarthy announced that the Hintonburg Hub is planning to open in February or March of 2014 and that members of the community will be invited to help decide how to best program the space.

Broadview Public School opens new play structures thanks to community support Hundreds of happy kids made the most of Broadview Public School’s two new play structures at the official ribbon-cutting Continued on page 7

Vicky Smallman announces the Hintonburg Hub will serve 1,100 new clients. Photo by Kathleen Wilker Saturday December 8th 7:00 PM

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Centre (SWCHC), announced that the SWCHC purchased the property at 30 Rosemount Ave to open the Hintonburg Hub. A range of health and social services will be offered at this new location. And 1,100 new clients will have health care delivered where they live. SWCHC was able to purchase the land using the equity from its existing building at 55 Eccles St., which is a creative and costeffective way to expand their services without requiring a major capital investment from the government. The Hintonburg Hub will receive approximately $334,000 in annual funding from the Champlain LHIN to operate the new facility on an ongoing basis and staff from the SWCHC will work at the Hub. Smallman reminded the gathering of press and community members at the official announcement that funds towards a capital campaign will need to be raised to support the project.

Passing of former Kitchissippi Councillor Former Kitchissippi Councillor Shawn Little has passed away at age 48. At press time, City Council announced that flags at City Hall would be flown at half-staff on Wednesday, November 28, the day of his memorial service. Mayor Jim Watson announced that a moment of silence would be observed in Council for Little.

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Cheers to great beer made with clean water. $6963.64 was raised for the Ottawa Riverkeeper at the first Ottawa Brewery Market held in Hintonburg on October 13 and organized by Taralyn Marshall (left). MJ Hodgins of Ashton Brewing Company (middle) and Meredith Brown, Executive Director of the Ottawa Riverkeeper (right) joined in the celebration on November 22 at the reception in the Riverkeeper offices at the Trailhead building. Photo by Lisa Georges.

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Continued from page 6 ceremony on November 22. The play structures, which replace equipment slated for demolition, were built thanks to the Broadview School Council’s fundraising effort which raised over $120,000 from Roca Homes, Gumdocs Periodontistry, Dovercourt Recreation Association and other businesses as well as students, families and residents. Lessons in civic engagement The Hintonburg Community Centre was host to the Citizens

Academy second pilot meeting, November 15. The meeting’s focus was understanding recreation, and the venue—home to a wide variety of recreation programs for community members of all ages—was ideal for the topic. From home alone workshops to pet obedience classes, the Hintonburg Community Centre is a hub of community engagement and civic vitality, two pillars of the Citizens Academy initiative. Facilitators greeted all 40 participants and a few observers and welcomed them with a light dinner. The meeting began with presentations by Ottawans involved with recreation at different levels of the municipality, followed by small group discussions and ended with an open-dialogue Q and A. “It’s like building a citizen’s tool kit,” says Manjit Basi, a member of the Academy’s Leadership Team. The volunteerbased, grassroots initiative has been successful thus far in helping the demographically diverse group of participants see how they can impact local governance.

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Dovercourt Recreation Centre celebrated its 25th anniversary with a month of festivities including a birthday party and “float-in” movie on November 24, the annual Principals’ Breakfast for community leaders on November 20 and a wall covered in stories entitled “25 Great Things about Dovercourt.” Here’s what a few of the over 400 people who attended Dovercourt’s Birthday Bash had to say about what Dovercourt means to them.

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Kitchissippi’s Moe Atallah with Mayor Jim Watson and Councillor Katherine Hobbs at the awards ceremony. Photo supplied by the City of Ottawa

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Continued from page 1 lot for the city.” As a longtime news man, Mills also has a passion for the arts. In addition to chairing the NCC, he has sat on boards for Opera Lyra, the Ottawa School of Dance and the Great Canadian Theatre Company. “I attended a lot of arts events and always enjoyed them. This was a way to give back, and make sure they’re there for the public in the future,” Mills said. “The arts always needs help. It’s never overfunded and struggling to stay alive.”

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Atallah, owner of Kitchissippi’s popular Newport Restaurant in Westboro, was also honoured with the Order of Ottawa. Atallah is also a generous philanthropist and co-founded the Elvis Sighting Society with late Canadian journalist Earl McRae. The Society donates to many local institutions. Atallah has raised hundreds of thousands of dollars for local charities. In addition to his donations, Atallah is involved in numerous neighbourhood initiatives that give back to the community – including opening the doors of the Newport Restaurant on Christmas day to feed those in need. “I’ve never had this feeling before. I was overwhelmed. I couldn’t believe I was among the first group of recipients,” said Atallah. “I was speechless, and I never believed I’d feel that. I was stunned.” Atallah said he was helped when he came to Canada 35 years ago – and that’s why he’s chosen to give back. However, he said the Elvis Sighting Society volunteers also deserve credit. “I’m part of a big group of volunteers,” Atallah said. “I give the restaurant and provide the tools, but (volunteers) take over and do everything.” At the awards ceremony, Atallah was also pleased that McRae received recognition for his work with the Elvis Sighting Society. “I lost a great friend after all the community work we did together,” he said. “I was so pleased they mentioned Earl.” He added that he couldn’t imagine not giving back to a community that has been so supportive of him. “(Giving back) makes you feel good. It makes you feel very good,” Atallah said. “Your heart feels good when it’s giving.”

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On the evening of November 21, Flock Boutique on Wellington St. W. was decked out in yellow lemons for the launch of a new local initiative empowering breast cancer patients to become more involved in their treatment options. “It’s about people taking active roles in their health,” explains initiative catalyst Melanie Adrian. “When people are in charge, active, and involved, they heal faster, better and stronger.” The goal of Project leMonADE is to provide information to patients and health care providers explaining all of the surgical options for the treatment of breast cancer, including immediate reconstructive surgery procedures which can preserve more of the breast skin tissue. It all started when Adrian, a Kitchissippi resident and law professor at Carleton University, was diagnosed with stage II invasive breast cancer last April. She was told by every surgeon she met that aggressive surgery – in the form of a modified radical mastectomy – was her best option. However, after doing her own research, Adrian learned about skin-sparing mastectomies (an immediate reconstruction option) and opted to travel to Hamilton where a team of doctors was willing

Members of the Project leMonADE team at the project’s launch event at Flock Boutique. Photo by Anita Grace

to perform this surgery. After struggling with the challenges of getting the information she needed and the treatment option she wanted, Adrian has become a strong advocate for informed choice about surgical treatments for breast cancer. She has rallied and inspired a team of dedicated individuals made up of students, doctors, friends and people touched by cancer. They are quickly building a movement called ‘Be the Choice,’ kicking it off with Project leMonADE. Project leMonADE would like to raise $24,000 to produce a short

video highlighting the surgical choices in the treatment of breast cancer. Funds raised will also support the work of part-time staff who would widely disseminate the movie via social media. Kitchissippi resident Finola Francis is building a social media presence for the project and was livetweeting at the launch event (@ PROlemonade) which raised $1,245, bringing the current project total to $5,000. For more info: and on Facebook at BetheChoicePL.

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What better way to celebrate our 25 YEARS than to share our 25 GREATS with all of you!


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Check out to learn more. Swim to Survive Barbara Underhill, World champion pairs figure skater, visited Dovercourt to speak at one of our early Principal’s breakfasts. She brought us to tears, speaking of tragically losing her toddler to drowning. She inspired us all to run the Swim to Survive program, lessons aimed at those who do not normally have access to swimming lessons. We remain the biggest participant in the Life Saving Society’s Swim to Survive program in our region.

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close to 40% of our current staff came to Dovecourt as kids, and that experience has helped them become the very knowledgeable, entertaining and caring staff they are today. And lately there is a new phenomena, staff coming back with children of their own!

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Clown and the Cow Guys, as well as face painting, crafts and birthday cake.

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A giant tour bus pulls up at the rink. The first person off the bus is Mark Messier, followed by the rest of the Vancouver Canucks. Due to the Bell Capital Cup, no practice ice was available to the team. The very dedicated rink volunteers in Westboro are famous for their work, so Dovercourt was chosen. You rock rink volunteers.

Ice Storm For seven days, over 75 people lived with us in the centre until power was restored. Our motto, “A community working for the Community” was never more true than during the ice storm!



Great Gifts It would not be a birthday without presents, now would it? We’ve had some great presents from sponsors, clients, former staff, and friends over the years. Here are a few: The beautiful waterfall by our lower west entrance, donated by former lifeguard Nicholas Bott and his company the

Pond Clinic. The “in honour of ” Rose bench in the park, and the “in honour of Jim” bench at our upper level, gifts of the family and friends of these very much alive staff and client respectively. The Claude Regnier skateboard park, the core of which was a gift of Focus Skateboard store, and then rebuilt with the help of Beange Construction, and of course, our great Dovercat vans and bouncy House, the gifts of Morris Home Team Real Estate. Now, did we mention it is our birthday???

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Kitchissippi Times

Home and small office workers invited to unite So everyone can party

By Kristy Strauss

Bob LeDrew works for himself and never had an annual office holiday party to attend. Last year, he decided to change that and reached out to his neighbours in Kitchissippi who were in the same boat as he was. “There are all kinds of people like me in the city,” he said. “I thought, we should do an office party for those who don’t have an office.” That’s when LeDrew and fellow Kitchissippi residents Patrick Denny, Dwayne Hodgson and Dennis Van Staalduinen came up with the first SO HO HO (Small Office, Home Office Holiday Outing) Party. The event attracted about 75 people last year and was such a success that it’s become an annual party at the Elmdale House. This year, the second annual SO HO HO Party will take place at the tavern on Dec. 12. The organizers say the party is not your typical awkward and stuffy office party. Instead, it’s a chance for small office and independent workers to get together and just have fun. “You spend a lot of time in your home office clicking the keyboard and you need other people,” said LeDrew. “You need other voices. It’s a natural desire.” While it’s a chance for some small and independent business workers to mingle, Denny added that it’s not necessarily a

From left Patrick Denny, Dwayne Hodgson, Dennis Van Staalduinen and Bob LeDrew are organizing this year’s second annual SO HO HO (Small Office, Home Office Holiday Outing) Party at the Elmdale Tavern on December 12. Photo by Kristy Strauss

“You spend a lot of time in your home office clicking the keyboard, and you need other people, you need other voices.” Bob LeDrew

networking event. “The nice thing was last year, the networking was really casual,” he said. “There weren’t people handing out business cards. It was a Christmas party, and I hope that sticks this year.” One of the things that surprised the organizers of last year’s event was the


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different backgrounds of people who came – from Internet and social media backgrounds to staff from a local soup truck. “This was their Christmas party,” said Denny. “That was part of the feel last year. There weren’t the usual suspects coming out. There were people who came who we

had no idea were in the neighourhood, or worked here.” In addition to bringing people of all small office backgrounds together, the party is also a charity event. Just like last year, all profits will go to the Causeway Work Centre. “We’re sticking with Causeway again because we like what they do,” said Denny. “And it’s all part of the season (of giving).” As part of the event, there will be Carol-oke with prizes going to those who participate. There will also be finger foods, door prizes and a special appearance by Glen Gower, Ottawa Senators director of game entertainment. “People can expect a great party, and a place where you don’t need to apologize for not having a traditional job,” said Hodgson. Prizes given out will also include a package from the National Arts Centre, CDs donated by Babes for Breasts and gift cards for local businesses. To reserve a spot, you can purchase a ticket for $12 online at: The SOHOHO Party will take place Dec. 12 from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. at the Elmdale House Tavern, 1084 Wellington Street West. More information on the event is also available on Facebook at SoHoHoOttawa/ events.

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Constable Milton Honoured By Security Committee, Hintonburg Community Association On November 5, Cst. Andrew Milton was honoured as a finalist in the Enforcement Professional category at the Crime Prevention Awards at

separate communities – Hintonburg and Dalhousie. The present day good conditions are in large part due to the hard work, commitment, and devotion of Constable Milton. Working with the community he is able to stay on top of

“The present day good conditions are in large part due to the hard work, commitment, and devotion of Constable Milton.” Deepali Jamwal of the Bollywood for Fun Dance Troop leads her group in a spirited dance demonstration at the opening of Hintonburg’s Diwali Celebration on October 12. The event was sponsored by Indian Express. Please turn to page 20 for full story. Photo by Tim Thibeault


Capital Gains, for whom? By Daniel Buckles The Property Assessment notices recently delivered to homeowners in Kitchissippi Ward shocked many residents. The increase in the assessed value of my modest home in Champlain Park went up 50.3 percent, well above the ward average of 34.5 percent. What is the role of infill development and the condominium frenzy in all of this? Unlike major developments in brand-new suburbs, infill in mature neighbourhoods builds directly on the capital of current residents. Every basement renovation, new kitchen, upgraded bathroom and treed front yard we and our neighbours have invested in over the years in Kitchissippi neighbourhoods have added millions of dollars to the financial capital the infill housing industry leverages to finance its activities (their banks count on it).

The numerous community events, like our river clean-up campaign and recent Halloween celebrations, neighbourhood watch committees, and hardworking community associations, have also generated enormous social capital that makes our neighbourhoods safe and highly desirable places to live. The infill housing industry in mature neighbourhoods relies on these and many other expressions of capital invested by the neighbours to the new homes they are building. The same advantage is gained by the condominiums made cozy by low-rise homes on neighbouring streets. Our prior investments support a business model that makes it possible for a developer to purchase a single house in a mature neighbourhood at more than market value, tear it down, and replace it with two ordinary houses that in the sub-

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urbs would not have anything near the value they have in the mature neighbourhood. It seems to me that it is time the development industry publicly recognize these dynamics and the enormous contribution current residents make to the success of their business. And what is wrong with building on my capital? Nothing! I am happy to share the benefits and added value my own small investments bring and continue to bring to the development industry. I am sure the vast majority of my neighbours share this same spirit of generosity towards infill and condominiums that are compatible with the patterns that make these such great neighbourhoods in the first place. Bring it on! What I object to, and is the source of so much conflict beContinued on page 20

City Hall. This fourth annual awards ceremony had more than 250 people attend to pay tribute to all those working to make Ottawa safe. Cst. Milton has been the Community Police Centre officer at the Wellington Community Police Centre (inside the Hintonburg Community Centre) for the last two and a half years and is responsible for the area between Island Park Drive and Bronson. He is the go-to person for both community and business and he is the problem solver for this area. Andrew is the exact type of police officer the community needs: he has done an incredible job at decreasing crime in this area. He was nominated by four nominators representing two

criminal activities before the situations spiral out of control and get the foothold they had in the past. He is decisively action-oriented. He gets the job done. He works collaboratively with other agencies and has found innovative solutions to long-standing persistent problems – be it issues in parks, buildings, lighting, shop-lifting, break-ins. He uses many volunteers and has increased the hours the Police Centre is open and has used them to help out in the community and to do home security audits. Andrew has also worked hard to ensure support and training options are available and offered to those who are mentally ill or drug Continued on page 21

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Churchill Plans Endanger Cyclists and Walkers By Alayne McGregor City staff unveiled their proposed new cyclist-friendly design for Churchill Avenue from Byron Ave. to Carling Ave. last month. I looked at it and was shocked. It violates every lesson we’ve learned about how to keep cyclists and pedestrians safer. The proposed design puts cyclists on what are essentially raised sidewalks on each side of the street. Next to the road will be a small boulevard, and then the cycling facility. Next to it, at the same level, will be the pedestrian sidewalk, then front lawns. If you’re a pedestrian walking down this new Churchill Avenue sidewalk, cyclists will regularly ride close by you with no warning, and if they need to pass, swoop into your space. You’ll have to hold on to your children’s hands at all times in case they wander into the cyclist space and get run over. You’ll need to listen constantly for the faint sounds of bikes approaching from behind. You’ll have to dodge cyclists to get to the curb. Not very pleasant or relaxing, right? Imagine you’re a cyclist. Right now, cars exiting driveways or side streets wait for traffic (including bikes) before entering the street. But if you’re on this off-street facility, you could be stopped by an car exiting a driveway at any time. At the side streets, you’ll be at risk from turning motorists, who may not see you because you’re separated from them by a boulevard. You’ll have to dodge and brake for pedestrians who walk into the

cyclist space. Slow, frustrating, and scary, right? What if you live or work on Churchill, and need to get out of your driveway? So you back up, and stop at the sidewalk and check for pedestrians. Then you back up another 2m to the cycling facility and look for cyclists in both directions. Then you continue to the curb and wait to actually enter the road. If you’re not quick enough and do block or hit a fast-moving cyclist, you’ll be blamed. As a speeding motorist – well, actually, you’re the least affected. The road will be narrower than it is now, but still wide enough to speed. Any raised intersections will be on the side streets. I’ve been working to improve cycling in Ottawa for almost 25 years. One lesson we’ve learned is that mixing pedestrians and cyclists is difficult. Every spring there’s a stack of letters to the editor about bad cyclist and pedestrian behaviour on mixed-used paths, and at least those paths have few intersections and grass on each side. Another lesson is that cycling on sidewalks is dangerous for everyone. It kills and injures cyclists. But this design will only encourage sidewalk cycling – not just on Churchill, but everywhere in the neighbourhood. According to city staff, this design has never been used before in Ontario. Perhaps that’s because it won’t work? There’s got to be a better solution. Why not, instead, slow down the traffic to speeds suitable for this residential neighbourhood and for cycling? Alayne McGregor was awarded the Bruce Timmermans Award by the City of Ottawa for her work in promoting cycling. She is also a former president and secretary of Citizens for Safe Cycling.

Community Inspired Design By Yasir Naqvi, MPP, Ottawa Centre In cities across our province, the issues of sustainable development and intensification have been widely discussed. This is particularly true in our own community, where recent projects have created much debate on sustainable, balanced, and smart planning, and development policy and implementation. Much of this debate centres around the role of the Ontario Municipal Board (OMB), its process and decisions, and the impact those disputes ultimately have on our community. The OMB is an independent tribunal established through provincial legislation. The OMB hears appeals and applications on a wide range of municipal and land-related matters including official plans, zoning by-laws,

subdivision plans, consents and minor variances, land compensation, development charges, aggregate resources, ward boundaries, and more. During last year’s Ontario provincial election, I proposed an OMB reform package that would facilitate community inspired development. I believe that we can improve the community development process by making it more transparent and accessible to people. Growth should be a collaborative process that involves residents, community associations, developers and elected officials working together to achieve a plan that best suits the needs of the community. Specifically, these reform options include: changing the Planning Act to require municipalities to adopt completed

Community Design Plans (CDPs) into their official plans; compel the OMB to give deference to municipal council decisions; requiring mandatory mediation in all development appeals; and introducing anti-SLAPP legislation to protect the participation of individuals and community groups advocating or speaking out on these and other issues. On October 15, I was proud to introduce Bill 132, Protection of Public Participation Act, 2012. If passed, the Bill would provide protection to citizens and community groups advocating on matters of public interest, and offer relief from meritless lawsuits that aim to keep them quiet or deter others from speaking out. ‘Strategic Litigation Against Public Participation’ (SLAPPs) Continued on page 20

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Diwali Lights the Night By Hintonburg Economic Development Committee The evening of November 12 was the 6th annual Hintonburg Diwali Festival. This year it was held in a hall across from Plant Pool on Somerset near Preston. This local festival is always held on the eve of Diwali, which was November 13 this year. It was a beautiful evening and the weather held just long enough until the festival was finished before the wind and rain started. Diwali is the Indian Festival of Lights. It is one of the most important festivals of the year and is celebrated by lighting 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 Indian Express took up a third of the restaurant and boxes and boxes of sweets were being sold throughout the day and evening. The evening started with an Indian drummer in front of Indian Express, across the street from the event, beckoning the crowd to come. Inside the hall, sponsor Indian Express, provided the

“Five members of Bollywood for Fun provided a fabulous display of Bollywood dancing, these dancers have been coming for the past five years and make this a true fun festival.” guests with yummy warm pakoras, mango burfi and the Hintonburg Economic Development Committee members served the treats and also provided hot Chai tea and juice. A separate room provided information on Indian and a station for free stick on tattoos for the children. Master of Ceremonies Ravi Philar, welcomed the crowd and explained Diwali to those who were new. Five members of Bollywood for Fun provided a fabulous display of

Bollywood dancing, these dancers have been coming for the past five years and make this a true fun festival. Priest Devrat Sharma followed with the Pooja, a religious blessing for prosperity in the new year. Invited guests Police Chief Charles Bordeleau, MPP Yasir Naqvi and School Trustee and School Board Chair Jennifer McKenzie took part in the Pooja. Following the Pooja Bollywood for Fun delighted the crowd with another performance. MC Ravi Philar encouraged attendees to drop some money in the donation jars. The event is free , sponsored by Indian Express, and any donations were to be given to the Plant Pool Recreation Association across the street. People were very generous and $350 was raised for Plant Pool RA that night. At the end of the evening everyone came outside and across the street to the patio of Indian Express. In front of a huge crowd 24 giant sparklers were lit by Warren Scott, Officer Ghadban, Ravi Walia, and Chief Bordeleau ending a wonderful evening. The lighting signifies the triumph of light over dark and good over evil. Look for another fabulous festival next year.

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tween community associations and builders, is when urban development degrades my capital and the capital of my current neighbours. Our collective investments are compromised too often by new structures that tower over their neighbours, turn front doors into garage doors, raise living spaces up into the clouds, and invade the privacy of every house around it. Not to mention filling every nook and cranny of the lot with structures that choke out

any life coming from the ground. So let’s celebrate the capital gains our communities have created, and welcome developers to add to it with compatible investments of their own. This will give the industry the respect they seem to want, but have so far (too often) failed to earn. Daniel Buckles lives on Daniel Avenue in Champlain Park.

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are legal proceedings that have the effect of silencing or intimidating individuals and citizen groups who speak out or advocate on issues of public interest; such as reporting environmental violations, complaints to government agencies, speaking at public meetings, participating in tribunal hearings, engaging in public campaigns, or contacting the media. Bill 132, which is available on my website, proposes substantive legal measures to address the serious issue of SLAPPs by creating a specialized test for courts to quickly recognize and dismiss a SLAPP, and order appropriate remedies for costs. These issues were examined thoroughly by an ‘Anti-SLAPP Advisory Panel’ which submitted a comprehensive set of recommendations to the Attorney General of Ontario. Building on these proposals, Bill 132 would enact each of the recommendations in to a comprehensive legislative framework. Bill 132 has been endorsed by many organizations, such as, the Hintonburg Community Association, the Federation of Urban Neighbourhoods (Ontario), EcoJustice; Greenpeace Canada, and the Canadian Environmental Law Association. I am grateful for their support. Further, on October 27, I held my 3rd

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“I believe that we can improve the community development process by making it more transparent and accessible to people.” Yasir Naqvi

Annual Sustainable Community Summit, where over 80 members of our community engaged in an important public dialogue to explore potential avenues for the reform of the OMB and the use of CDPs. We were joined by three presenters who gave their unique perspectives on this topic, including Jay Baltz, a member of the Hintonburg Community Association, January Cohen, a development lawyer at Soloway Wright, LLP, and Neil

Malhotra, Vice President of Claridge Homes. Participants engaged in breakout groups to discuss their experiences and present their feedback for reform. Overall, four options were discussed: maintain or improve the status-quo; abolish the OMB; create Local Appeal Boards; or enhance community inspired development. I continue to seek feedback, and encourage you to get involved in this process. For further information, please visit my website, where you can find copies of the presentations, as well as the workbook which was provided to participants. I invite you to review these documents, and to send me your thoughts, experiences and suggestions as to how we can best implement community inspired development in our province. I will be writing a detailed report to be shared with the Minister of Municipal Affairs and Housing on behalf of our community, which I will share with you once complete. For more information on any of these topics, please visit, or you can contact my Community Office. Please note that my office has recently moved to 109 Catherine Street. As always, you can reach me by telephone at 613-722-6414 or by email at I look forward to hearing from you.

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By Paul Dewar, MP, Ottawa Centre A total of 2.3 million children under the age of 15 are infected with HIV. One in two children with HIV in the developing world dies before reaching his or her second birthday. Canada can play an important role in changing those statistics. Today, I want to provide you with an update what New Democrats are doing in Parliament to address the need for better access to lowcost, life-saving drugs to people in the developing world through the “Medicines for All” bill (Bill C-398). Bill C-398 puts back before the House of Commons the same core reforms that would allow better access to affordable generic medicines for developing countries that were unanimously adopted in 2004 through a law known as Canada’s Access to Medicines Regime. The new bill unties the red tape that prevents CAMR from fulfilling its promise through a streamlined ‘onelicence solution’ that allows generic manufacturers to supply a Health Canada-approved medication to any eligible country on the WTO list of countries in need of affordable medicines. While we have fought the fight against HIV-AIDS and we have

won many battles, we have not yet found the cure. But we have developed ways to manage the disease. Over time, however, the virus adapts to some of these medicines. As a result, we need to have newer second and third-line regimes and different combinations of drugs available to developing countries. The bill will do this as well; it is crucial for the people we have helped in the past to stay alive. At the same time, controls remain in place to ensure that CAMR conforms to existing WTO and Health Canada requirements. This will ensure that we will not jeopardize the pharmaceutical, generic or research companies. By passing this bill, parliamentarians will send the message that a child in the Congo should and will get the same access as our children would get, or a woman with HIVAIDS in any part of the developing world will have the same access as Canadians. Fundamentally, this bill is about social justice, and people are in favour of it for that reason. In the previous parliament, the House of Commons adopted our bill with a significant majority voting in favour, including 26 Conservative MPs. However, the industry minister directed Conservative senators to kill the bill

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in the Senate. It was a heartbreaking setback, but our work continues. Recently, my colleague Hélène Laverdière reintroduced the bill as C-398 and we are campaigning strongly to ensure its passage in this parliament. When we passed the bill in the House for the first time, I was very proud to be the author of the bill. However, it was not about me. It was about many people in the House and the Canadians they represent who saw the value of working together to make a difference for people in the rest of the world and in particular for those living in poverty. Canadians saw members of the Conservative Party working with members of the Liberal Party, the Bloc and New Democrats toward a common goal—something that I am sure Canadians would like to see more of today. Providing the world’s most vulnerable access to life-saving medicine is something that every parliamentarian can agree on. When a Canadian goes to Congo and visits Canadian-supported clinics, we will see people being taken care of, and not just handed a diagnosis that amounts to a death sentence with no access to treatment. When we are asked, we can say that we stood up, we were there for people and we made a difference. To learn more about Bill C-398 and what you can do to support it, visit


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Ottawa Carleton District School Board News ByJennifer McKenzie, Kitchissippi Ward Trustee Keeping Schools Open and Students Safe

All our schools are currently open. As of November 12, six of the public school board’s Ontario Secondary School Teachers’ Federation (OSSTF) bargaining units have been in a legal strike position. We are pleased to be able to report that we have reached agreement with the secondary teachers and that this is subject to ratification by the union members, the Board of Trustees and approval by the Minister. Five OSSTF bargaining units remain in a legal strike position. Our Elementary teachers and Occasional Teachers will be in a legal strike position effective Monday, December 3. This is a challenging time for all of us who want to see our schools back to normal and delivering a full range of activities and learning opportunities to students. Updates are available from the home page of the OCDSB website ( Churchill Accommodation Review, November 26

Several Kitchissippi schools are currently undergoing accommodation reviews. On November 26, Board planning staff will present potential interim solutions to enrolment pressures at Churchill Alternative School to the school community. This session will be held at 7pm in the Nepean High School auditorium. Only short term measures will be discussed. Longer term solutions to anticipated enrolment pressures at Churchill will be explored after the Board has completed the Elementary Alternative Program Market Demand Survey to be conducted during this school year. Churchill School community members will be able to give input regarding the proposed interim solutions to overcrowd-

ing at the meeting on the 26th and during the subsequent feedback period.

Broadview Accommodation Review Underway

A targeted accommodation review is also taking place within the Broadview Ave. Public School community. As a result of the Board’s decision to make the rebuilding of Broadview Ave. PS a capital priority, staff are reviewing the accommodation needs of the school, including long-term demographic projections, in order to support the business case for the rebuild project. As part of the Broadview Rebuild review process, staff will hold a public meeting at 7 pm on December 3rd in the Nepean High School auditorium to provide information to the community regarding both short and long-term accommodation needs of the school, and how this may affect the planned size and configuration of the school.

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Near West Accommodation Review

A more extensive accommodation review addressing overcrowding at Elmdale and Devonshire Public Schools and looking into how to achieve more stable student accommodation in the schools in the Near West area of the district will also be conducted this year. Staff initially proposed a compressed review and consultation process for this review. However, in view of the large number of schools and students that could be affected, and strong representation from the community seeking full participation in the process, the Board of Trustees has directed staff to establish a community-based Accommodation Working Group. Detailed background information on all accommodation reviews is available at at the Accommodation / Program Review link under the “Schools” section of the website.

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Pet Care is a Family Affair Q. What’s the best food for my pet?

Cst. Milton’s Community Corner By Andrew Milton, Community Police Officer This month I’d like to take up the subject of graffiti again. The defacing of public and private property is a slap in the face to people who care about the kind of neighbourhood they live in and who do their best to keep their own properties up to the standards not only demanded by the city but by their own sense of what makes a good and safe environment for themselves and their families. There are three distinct categories of graffiti. First, recognizing that certain public spaces offer an op-

portunity for budding artists to go on public display, I think the city is performing a service by letting these spaces be used for graffiti art. And I think we can agree that the artwork adds a bit of interest to an otherwise dull corner. I’m thinking of the wall at Slater and Bronson, for example. However, the scrawled tagging found on private property or non-designated public property is illegal. When it appears, a call to 3-1-1 is in order or a visit to the city’s Graffiti Management Program at water/green_living/community/graffiti/. The city is ready to help home-

owners and business people deal with the problem and can offer suggestions for ways to discourage graffiti vandals, such as planting climbing vines up the side of a wall that has been targeted or having a mural painted on a targeted wall. A third category of graffiti that warrants a call to the police rather than By-Law Services is graffiti that shows a bias or prejudice aimed at an identifiable group. This added dimension raises the graffiti to the level of a hate crime. If you spot any graffiti in this category, don’t hesitate to call the Ottawa Police Call Center at 613-236-1222, ext. 7300. For more information about graffiti, visit www.


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A. As humans, pets are all unique in their dietary needs. A one fits all approach to pet nutrition does not always work. While your pet may “look” good on its current diet, long term excesses or deficiencies may manifest into a state of dis-ease. So what is the answer? If your pet does not have any specific problems, I believe a true holistic approach to feeding is the solution. A wide variety of foods and formats can provide a diet which can fill in deficiencies and reduce excesses. Utilizing a variety of foods like raw, premium kibbles, canned foods, dehydrated and freeze dried foods can play are large role in creating a complete diet. Of course monitoring your pets weight is important. An ideal weight is where one can feel the ribs and where there is good muscle tone on the hips and down the back bone. Adjust the volume as needed to adjust the weight. When choosing the foods you include in your pets diet, the type of ingredients and the quality of those ingredients are key. Low glycemic, low sensitivity carbohydrates (avoid corn or wheat), quality fats, and high quality, not high protein, proteins are critical for long term health. For specific health issues, the best diet you can provide your pet is a homemade diet which has been customized for your pet by a qualified pet nutritionalist. You can trust in our store to create a diet for your pet with the variety you and I enjoy. We can help simplify what can be confusing with the many opinions and motives in the pet food industry.


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By Karen Secord, Coordinator, Parkdale Food Centre Perry (not his real name) has to give himself a little talking to before he makes the kilometre or so trek to the Parkdale Food Centre (PFC). He does it because he is hungry, not because he wants to. Going to the grocery store just isn’t an option. Perry, like many of the client’s served by the PFC, has had trouble finding a job. He subsists on a $599 monthly government cheque. The room he rents gobbles up much of that. Nutrition is a concept for others to contemplate. “I just need to eat,” he explains. Once a month, anyone in need who resides in the area bordered by Carling Avenue and the Ottawa River, Bayswater Avenue and Island Park Drive, is entitled to emergency rations, estimated to be three to five days worth of food. In October, 442 adults and 175 children asked for and received our assistance. Thanks in large part to the generosity of area churches, businesses and a small army of volunteers, we were able to provide fresh fruits and vegetables, hamburger, and toiletries over and above what we receive as partners in the Ottawa Food Bank distribution system. Currently, we are gearing up to distribute special emergency food orders to our neighbours in need. Our Soup & Socks from Santa fundraiser aims to share the warmth of the

“If there be any truer measure of a man than by what he does, it must be by what he gives.” Robert South (1634 – 1716)

holiday season in a very practical way. Our goal is to collect 650 pairs of socks and at least that many cans of soup. When client’s come for their food order in December they will not only receive a turkey or ham, they will also be treated to extra cans of soup and a carefully wrapped pair of socks for each member of the family; the gift of warmth from the community. Anyone interested in donating soup and socks to the PFC should look for the red flyers in the windows of participating businesses on Wellington. Donations can also be made any Tuesday or Thursday, 11am to 2 pm, at 89 Stonehurst in Mechanicsville. Or, drop by the Carleton Tavern on December 1 and December 14, when local musicians will be helping us reach our targets. But never let distance or logistics hinder your generosity. We will happily pick up donations. Call 613-722-8019 or 613304-0878.


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time of need and has launched this campaign to buy locally and give locally for the month of December. The “Give Hope for the Holiday” campaign is a chance to remember that home is the most important thing for everyone, not just at Christmas but year round. Daybreak Housing provides safe, affordable, housing for low-income men and women in five central locations, including one in the very heart of Kitchissippi. While living in these homes, residents are taking their first steps beyond abuse, addiction and mental illness. Part of the campaign gives local business owners the opportunity to support our community through Daybreak Housing. Stores along Wellington St. and Richmond Rd. displaying the snow globe posters from Daybreak have financially contributed to this critical first step to rebuilding lives and inspiring hope. To be able to offer rent geared to income, Daybreak needs to raise $2,500 per room annually, or a total of $115,000 per year for the operation and maintenance of its homes. Daybreak would like customers to thank local businesses for their participation in our first annual campaign. For more information or to donate to Daybreak please visit our website at www.daybreakhousing. com or 613-236-8070 ext.221.


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By Mary English In a small corner of Kitchissppi there is a home for some of Ottawa’s most vulnerable citizens. A new annual


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Open Doors in Celebration By Parkdale United Ministry Team Parkdale United Church has been actively present in the Hintonburg and surrounding neighbourhoods for almost eighty-two years. A recent experience in the life of our congregation emphasized something of the special relationship we have had and continue to enjoy with members of the wider community in which the Parkdale congregation worships and serves.

tried dousing the fire with their coffee and soft drinks, another went door-to-door trying to find a fire extinguisher, another called 911, another flagged down a tow truck and used its fire extinguisher to suppress the fire until the fire department arrived and took over. Thank God no one was injured. Over the next few weeks as the damage was assessed and the cleanup was undertaken, it was established that the congre-

On December 2, at 10:30 am, the Parkdale United Church congregation will be hosting a rededication ceremony for their new doors and restored entry way after a devastating fire last spring. They will open wide their doors, at 429 Parkdale Ave., and invite the neighbourhood to come and celebrate with them. Here are Melodee Lovering, minister to youth and children, Barbara Faught, minister of pastoral care and Rev. Dr. Anthony Bailey, coordinating minister. Photo by Troy Cross

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gation would have to pay the $5,000 deductible charge to the insurance company. Community members, who had been calling to express concern and support for our congregation, asked about some tangible ways in which they could contribute to the repairs. We thank God that many neighbours and local merchants stepped up to make financial contributions. We are pleased to report that the repairs and restoration are completed, in-

“Over the next few weeks as the damage was assessed and the cleanup was undertaken, it was established that the congregation would have to pay the $5,000 deductible charge to the insurance company.” cluding the custom-made doors. On December 2, at 10:30 am, we will be hosting a rededication ceremony for these doors and the restored entry way. We want to open wide our doors and invite the neighbourhood to come and celebrate with us. On that morning, we want to thank all those who have supported us through this challenging time and welcome newcomers. As well, we want to introduce who we are as a community of faith at the present time and what we do together as a congregation; as well, what we do for and with the wider neighbourhood through our outreach and justice work. After our celebration, all are invited to a lunch that we will provide. We hope you will come.


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NOVEMBER 30: NEPEAN FINE ARTS LEAGUE The 2012 Winter Art Sale will be at Ukrainian Hall, 1000 Byron Ave. Vernissage: Friday, November 30, tickets $10 at the door. Sale continues on Saturday, December 1, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday, December 2 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Free admission. DECEMBER 1: SANTA SHUFFLE Join us at Tunney’s Pasture at 10 a.m. for some holiday fun and support families in your community all year long together with the Running Room and The Salvation Army at the 2012 Santa Shuffle. Participants in the 5K Fun Run or 1K Elf Walk collect pledges to assist families and individuals in need at Christmas and all year long. There will be post-event refreshments, awards and a unique Santa Shuffle finishers medal for all participants! For more information and to register you can log onto santashuffle. com or visit your nearest Running Room location. You can also contact Nadia Ferrante at the Salvation Army at 613-233-8428 ext. 221 or email nadia DECEMBER 1: PARKDALE FOOD CENTRE FUNDRAISER On December 1, at the Carleton Tavern, 223 Armstrong Street, the Gruff Sister’s Kitchen Party and the Hintonburg Economic Development Committee is hosting the second annual fundraiser for the Parkdale Food Center. Please bring non-perishable food, cans of soup and/or socks for the food drive! Dance the night away from 9:30 p.m. until 2 a.m. and support an important charity! For donations, please contact Lorrie at 613-761-6672 or email: DECEMBER 1: FISHER PARK CHRISTMAS CRAFT SHOW AND SALE At 250 Holland Avenue, 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Free admission. It’s back and it’s big! The Annual Fisher Park Community Centre Christmas Craft Show and Sale features over 100 vendors and unique handcrafted items. The local charities featured this year are Bicycles for Humanity, the Guatemala Stove Project, Causeway and the Tabitha Foundation. This very popular event is held in Fisher Park School which is also home to the City of Ottawa-Fisher Park Community Centre. Free parking at the front of the school on Holland Ave. and at the back of the school access by Harmer Ave. North. A BBQ and refreshments are available. For more information call 613-798-8945. DECEMBER 2: OPEN DOORS SERVICE AT PARKDALE UNITED CHURCH At 10:30 a.m. at Parkdlae United Church, 429 Parkdale Ave., we will be hosting a rededication ceremony for our repaired and restored entry way, including our custom-made doors. We want to open wide our doors, literally and symbolically, to invite the neighbourhood to come and celebrate with us. On May 2, shortly after 7:30 a.m., a fire was discovered shooting out of the doors on the southwest corner of our sanctuary. We want to thank all those who have sup-

ported us through this challenging time and welcome newcomers. After our celebration, all are invited to a lunch that we will provide. DECEMBER 6: A GATHERING TO REMEMBER AND A CALL TO ACTION AT FIRST UNITED AND ALL SAINTS WESTBORO Following an outdoor vigil at 6 p.m. at the Women’s Monument at Minto Park, (Elgin and Gilmour), there will be an indoor vigil at 7:30 p.m. at First United and All Saints Westboro Church, located at 347 Richmond Rd. Gather to honour and grieve all mothers, partners, sisters, daughters, grandmothers, friends, coworkers, neighbours and classmates who have been harmed or killed in acts of violence. For more information contact First United at 613232-1016 or DECEMBER 8: CHRISTMAS BAZAAR Christmas Bazaar will be held at Queen of the Most Holy Rosary Parish, 20 Grant Ave. in the Parkdale Market area. The Christmas Bazaar will be on Saturday, December 8, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Baked goods, crafts, gifts, jewelry, canteen and many other surprises will be for sale. DECEMBER 12: SOHOHO HOLIDAY PARTY At the Elmdale Tavern, 1084 Wellington Street West, from 4 p.m. - 7 p.m., the Ottawa Small Office / Home Office Holiday Outing Party is back for the second, non-awkward year in a row. Volunteers or offers of small-business friendly door prizes are welcome. Tickets are $12 and are available via an Eventbrite order form: DECEMBER 15: CHRISTMAS EVENT The renowned Ewashko Singers celebrate Christmas with a Twist on Saturday, December 15. Special guest artist and rising star Jonathan Estabrooks comes home to Ottawa to join the choir and jazz specialists The Pollcats in presenting holiday favourites from the repertoire of Bing Crosby. The program also includes original works by John Rutter and the hilarious PDQ Bach, traditional French, Austrian and Ukrainian carols, innovative arrangements of Christmas classics, and a tribute to that most seasonal of desserts—the fruitcake! Christmas with a Twist is a benefit concert for the youth choral program at the First Unitarian Congregation. Saturday, December 15, 2012, at 8 p.m. at the First Unitarian Congregation, 30 Cleary Avenue, Ottawa. Tickets are $25 in advance at The Leading Note (370 Elgin) or from choir members, or $30 at the door (students and seniors: $20 in advance or $25 at the door; children under 12 free). DECEMBER 24: CHRISTMAS EVE NO-REHEARSAL PAGEANT At 4 p.m. on Christmas Eve, all are welcome to gather at All Saints Anglican Church, at 347 Richmond Road, for the annual no-rehearsal Christmas Pageant. It’s a short and simple service with carols and the pageant is a much

enjoyed feature. Come as you are. Costumes for every child are provided. DECEMBER 24: CHRISTMAS EVE SERVICE AT ALL SAINTS’ ANGLICAN All Saints’ Anglican church’s annual Christmas Eve service with choral eucharist and carols will be held at 10 p.m. on December 24, at 347 Richmond Road (corner of Richmond and Churchill). Everyone, without exception, is welcome. DECEMBER 25: CHRISTMAS DINNER AT CARLETON TAVERN Carleton Tavern Christmas Day Meal, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. This is the twelfth year for this free community meal. No one should be alone at Christmas. We need: gift bags, gifts (especially warm items for men), baking, turkeys, meat pies. Follow us on Facebook “Carleton Christmas Dinner.” Info Cheryl 613-728-7582 or drop off at the Carleton the week before Christmas at 223 Armstrong Avenue at Parkdale. SCOUTS CANADA IN WEST WELLINGTON/WESTBORO The 24th Ottawa Scout Group has been part of the Elmdale Public School community for more than eighty years, and we are accepting registrations for BEAVER SCOUTS (5 to 7 year-olds), CUB SCOUTS (8 to 10 year-olds) and SCOUTS (11 to 14 year-olds). Join us for exciting adventures, challenging activities, friends and fun! For more information about any of the programs, please contact Dave Stremes at 613-7297850, or at PAINTERS’ CIRCLE Tuesday mornings, 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., Unitarian Church, 30 Cleary Ave. We are a friendly, encouraging group with a wide range of painting experience. Sharing our ideas, showing what we have done, seeking suggestions, is a really pleasant experience for painters whose activity is usually alone. All media except oils are welcome. No tuition, so experience is necessary. 613-695-0505 or for further information. OTTAWA WEST COMMUNITY SUPPORT 8TH ANNUAL PENNY DRIVE Ottawa West Community Support 8th Annual Summer of Pennies! Drop off at 1137 Wellington St and pick up can be arranged. Call 613-7286016 to arrange pick up. Help seniors remain living independently in their homes and our community.


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WESTBORO YOUTH CENTRE Join a free drop-in on Friday nights for sports, crafts, board games and socializing at the All Saints Anglican Church between 6:30 and 10:00 p.m. for 10 to 17 year olds. For more information: TEEN ADVISORY GROUP Join the Teen Advisory Group (TAG) to earn community involvement hours and help design programs for teens at the Ottawa Public Library Carlingwood branch. Ages 14-18. Tuesdays, 5-6:30 p.m. TEEN BOOK CLUB Chat about books and share your favorites with other teens. Ages 13 and up. Last Tuesday of the month at 7 p.m. (1 hr.) at the Ottawa Public Library Carlingwood Branch. FREE FITNESS CLASSES Come join us for free fitness classes at One Tooth Activewear, 261 Richmond Road. Mondays: Pilates at 7 p.m., Tuesdays: Jump’n Junkies at 6:15 p.m.., Thursdays: Mom & Baby Yoga at 10:15 a.m., and every second Saturday: Family Yoga at 8:45 a.m.. For more info: 613728-8948. TOASTMASTERS Success is usually achieved through good communication skills. Let us help you develop your skills. Visit the Above and Beyond Toastmaster Club, which meets in the Kaminski Room, Parkdale Clinic, 737 Parkdale Avenue (Carling Ave end). First and third Monday at 6:15 p.m. for two hours. For more information: 819-827-1274. GREAT GIFT IDEAS Looking for an inexpensive gift? Friends of the Farm offer the perfect solution: two informative and entertaining books for the naturalist or historian on your Christmas list. For the Love of Trees celebrates the heritage collection of trees in the Central Experimental Farm Arboretum. Ottawa’s Farm is about the men and women who lived and worked at the Farm during its first hundred years. Both are available on site, 613-230-3276, Hintonburg “The Burg” T-shirts are for sale by Hintonburg Economic Development Committee. Adults $15, children/youth $10. These shirts make great Christmas gifts. Proceeds go to local youth programming. Cheryl 613-728-7582 or

CONVERSATIONAL SPANISH Improve your Spanish speaking skills. We are Los Amigos Toastmasters We meet at Tunney’s Pasture Mondays, 4:55 to 6:30 p.m. Call Carole at 613-761-6537. LAROCHE PARK YOUTH DROP-IN Wednesdays, 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.; Laroche Park Field House, 7 Stonehurst Ave. All are welcome. Feel free to bring a friend.

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