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Ontario unveils Covid-19 business relief measures and support for workers

The health and wellbeing of the residents of Carleton, Ottawa and Ontario is my top priority. Please visit my website for the latest information & updates from the Government of Ontario, as well as information regarding upcoming virtual town hall meetings and public consultations.

Recent updates include: • Ontario Working for Workers increasing minimum wage to $15 an hour; • Ontario temporarily moves to modified step two of the roadmap to reopen; • Ontario taking further action to keep long-term care residents safe; and • Ontario protecting frontline services through tentative agreement with OPSEU


In recognition of the impact the Omicron vari-

ant and additional public health measures have on small businesses, the government is expanding the new Ontario Business Costs Rebate Program. Eligible businesses that were required to close or reduce capacity will receive rebate payments. Businesses required to reduce capacity to 50 per cent, such as smaller retail stores, will receive a rebate payment equivalent to 50 per cent of their costs, while businesses required to close for indoor activities, such as restaurants and gyms, will receive a rebate payment equivalent to 100 per cent of their costs. A full list of eligible business types will be available through a program guide in mid-January 2022.

Online applications for this program will open in midJanuary 2022. Payments to eligible businesses will be retroactive to December 19, 2021. Businesses will be required to submit property tax and energy bills as part of the application process. To improve cash flows for Ontario businesses, effective January 1, 2022, the government is also providing up to $7.5 billion for a six-month interest- and penalty-free period for Ontario businesses to make payments for most provincially administered taxes, supporting businesses now and providing the flexibility they will need for longterm planning. Approximately 80,000 businesses will have the option to delay their payments for the following provincially administered taxes: • Employer Health Tax • Beer, Wine & Spirits Taxes • Tobacco Tax

• Insurance Premium Tax • Fuel Tax • International Fuel Tax Agreement • Gas Tax • Retail Sales Tax on Insurance Contracts & Benefit Plans • Mining Tax • Race Tracks Tax

The government is also exploring options for providing further targeted and necessary supports for businesses and workers impacted by the province’s move into a modified Step Two of the Roadmap to Reopen, including grants. The government will also continue to call on the federal government to come to table and help us support Ontario businesses and Ontario workers by allowing eligible businesses to defer HST and to enhance supports available to workers affected by current public health measures.

As we continue to fight this pandemic, our job protections and financial supports remain available for workers and their families. Employees have the right to take unlimited jobprotected leave if they are not performing the duties of their position because of various COVID-19 related reasons, including caring for a child that is sick, is isolating or whose school is closed. Sick notes are not required. This leave also provides job protection for those that are taking time off to get vaccinated (including boosters). There is no end date set for the unlimited job-protected leave. document/your-guide-employment-standards-act-0/ infectious-disease-emergency-leave The Worker Income Protection Benefit provides workers with three provincial paid sick days. When combined with the federal

program, workers in Ontario have access to up to 33 paid sick days. These days can be used to take time off work for reasons related to COVID-19, including symptoms of COVID-19, close contact with a positive case and vaccination. Workers do not have to submit claims to get paid for our provincial days. They take the days off from work and their employers are required to pay them the wages they would have earned had they not taken the leave, up to $200 a day for up to three days. Employers are responsible for submitting claims to the provincial government should they wish to get reimbursed. This program is extended until July 31, 2022. page/covid-19-worker-income-protection-benefit


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City suspends indoor recreation and cultural activities and event rentals Following the Province of Ontario modified Stage Two restrictions, the City will temporarily close its recreation and cultural facilities, including recreation complexes, community centres, arenas, swimming pools, theatres, galleries and museums. Closures will last at least 21 days, based on the Omicron situation at that time. The temporary clos-

ures will not impact the operations for respite centres, vaccination clinics, COVID-19 assessment centres and municipal childcare centres. Swims for persons with disabilities with a medical note requiring water therapy will be scheduled at the Nepean Sportsplex and Bob MacQuarrie Recreation Complex. As the result of the temporary closures, the follow-

ing recreation and cultural programs will temporarily suspend operations: - All reserved recreation drop-in activities – including indoor skating, swimming (public and lane swims), cardio-weight rooms, sports activities – team play and training, and indoor fitness classes - Learn to swim programs. - Inclusive recreation

programs - Select cultural programs that operated by reservation only at Nepean Visual Arts Centre and Shenkman Arts Centre The start of Winter 2022 registered programs has been delayed. The City will provide more information on a new start date when facilities and activities are able to resume. Outdoor refrigerated rinks

such as the Rink of Dreams located at City Hall will continue with their capacity limit based on the number of individuals who can maintain a physical distancing of two metres. Their capacity limit is posted on site. Other outdoor community rinks and high traffic areas at sledding hills and trails will continue with capacity restrictions of 25 persons. Smaller puddle rinks capacity will be fur-

ther reduced to allow proper physical distancing of two metres. The Mooney’s Bay Ski Centre at Terry Fox Athletic Facility will operate with restrictions. Residents can still sign up for many virtual recreation and arts offerings from arts, fitness, music and culinary courses. Visit for the list of available courses and registration.

who cannot work remotely and who have elementary school-aged children. The program will support the following frontline workers: • health care workers, including but not limited to doctors, nurses, health care providers and those who work in long-term care and retirement homes, as well as individuals who manufacture or distribute medical/pharmaceutical supplies • individuals performing work in relation to the

administration, distribution or manufacturing of COVID-19 vaccines • child care workers, including those staffing the emergency child care programs • grocery store and pharmacy workers • public safety (police, fire, paramedics, provincial inspection/enforcement), justice/court and correctional system workers • frontline staff in Children’s Aid Societies and

residential services • OPS staff employed in Radiation Protection Services • workers involved in the collecting, transporting, storing, processing, disposing or recycling of any type of waste. • education staff who are required to attend schools to provide in-person instruction and support to students with special education needs who cannot be accommodated through remote learning

For a full list of eligible workers please visit: https:// w w w. o n t a r i o . c a / l a w s / regulation/200263#BK8. To confirm if you are eligible for emergency child care you may visit: page/service-system-managers-child-care-and-early-years-programs.

Our location will remain closed until further notice. We are still open & working during regular office hours to answer your calls & emails. If you require assistance on any matter, please contact me at any time. It’s why I’m here. Even if it’s not a provincial issue, I’ll make sure to connect you with the proper office.


To help support frontline staff who continue to work at this critical time, the Minister of Education announced emergency child care support for front line workers during the period of remote learning. The service will begin no later than January 10th, and is intended for workers performing critical duties in the province’s continued fight against COVID-19

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Omicron virus can’t be stopped and is highly transmissible The last thing I’m sure you want to read is another article about COVID, and the new variant, Omicron, that is causing havoc and more pain for everyone. Indulge me because I need as many of you as possible to understand better what is going on. Thursday, Jan.6th, City Councillors, senior management, Provincial MPP’s and local Federal MP’s met virtually to get information from Public Health officials and have their questions answered. I had a couple of big takeaways. The first Is that there is little science on the Omicron variant because it’s behaving differently than the other variants. So much of what is happening is new to the scientific community. What is known is that this virus can’t be stopped and is

highly transmissible. It’s spreading among both vaccinated and unvaccinated people. Many who are now in hospital ARE vaccinated, but they are not as sick as those who are unvaccinated. Just under half of those currently in ICUs have NOT been vaccinated, making up the most severe cases. For anyone thinking it doesn’t make sense now to get vaccinated, remember the vaccine is proven to lessen the severity of symptoms, just like the flu shot does. We are no longer collecting data on positive cases simply because we cannot test everyone or

analyze every result. Dr. Eches says that shouldn’t be a concern. If you experience any symptoms, assume you have COVID and stay at home. Isolate and monitor yourself if you are lucky enough to have a rapid test; use it only if you have symptoms. When it comes to data, the number of people in hospitals and the level of COVID found in wastewater will be used to make decisions on re-opening. The most startling and disturbing thing I heard today is how children are being affected. We know all kids are feeling the effects of being isolated from their friends, but the stats are frightening.

CHEO reports a 100 percent increase in mental health-related admissions. Suicide attempts have doubled, and substance abuse rates have increased 200 percent. The number of infants presenting with fractures and head trauma is up 100 percent since September 2020. Too many parents and caregivers are struggling under the stress. With so many young families in our ward, I have been searching for ways to try to assist, to make a real difference. It’s obvious now that the best way may be the hardest to carry out. If you are fully vaccinated and have time on your hands, I ask that you

look around your neighbourhood and do what you can to offer a helping hand. If you know a struggling family, ask if there is something you can do. That might be running errands, helping with some outdoor work or organizing some socially distanced outdoor activities in the yard or at your local park for the kids to help them burn off some energy and have fun. Put your thinking caps on, and figure out a way to connect. It might just make all of the difference. For a stressed-out parent, just knowing someone has reached out and cares could make a real difference. I know it

will help build a stronger community. For many of us, the feeling of helplessness is the worst part of this pandemic. We are tempted to hunker down and only worry about how we’ll get through this. We have to think beyond that. Government agencies and health officials don’t have the staff to help all those suffering. But individually, we can make a difference. If you decide to reach out to a family in need, I would love to hear about your experience. Be a neighbourhood angel. Remember, we’re all in this together. Carol Anne Meehan Councillor Ward 22

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The turducken loses its greatest ambassador

Another year of chaos at Ontario’s universities and colleges


I stood on the sidelines with a Nikon cutlery. Madden just picked it up in his bare from strapped around my neck and a big 400mm hands and started gnawing on it like a savthe other lens on a monopod. age. There was a commotion behind me. I At the Thanksgiving Day game in DalPage 6, Manotick Messenger, Wednesday, June 23, 2010 turned around and looked and las, Madden’s turducken was a couple of men were carryparaded behind me over to the Many colleges and universities in Ontario announced that classes will be held ing a platter with what looked Fox set-up in the corner of the online again during the first several weeks of the winter semester. like a giant roasted turkey. field. Many of us had been skeptical about the optimistic timing of a full return to COmmunity Our “What the hell is that?” I The coolest thing about it campuses that would coincide with the annual peak of respiratory illness in our asked one of the photographwas that my dad was at the latitudes. AndMessenger sure enough, theEditorial dreaded Omicron variant of SARS-CoV-2 reared ers beside me. game, visiting in Dallas and its ugly head in the media narrative du jour and forced the hands of higher“It’s a turducken,” he said. watching his favourite team education administrators. He saw the puzzled look on my face. play. Are you more Canadian It is apparent that the mandatory vaccination policies have done practically “It’s like a turkey, stuffed with a chicken I think it was my dad’s best Thanksgiving grader? nothing forthan a returnatofifth any semblance of normal, despite the posted compliance and a duck,” he continued. “They are taking ever. Before the game, he walked the parkCanada approaching next week, it is a good time for us all And to ratesWith in the 90Day per cent range at most institutions. the same strategy of clos- it to John Madden and his crew.” ing lot meeting tailgaters and chatting with on what it means to be Canadian. ingreflect campuses before Of course they were. fans. Do we take being Canadiananyone for granted?was vaccinated is being deployed again. Better yet, do new Canadians feel about being Canadian? Some of student us Close to how one-half of Ontario’s post-secondary population fall into the It was Thanksgiving Day at Texas StaAfter the game, he couldn’t wait to tell look upon immigrants and refugees as opportunists, not wanting to give but category of to1824-year-old males. young dium, which meant the Dallas Cowboys me about the turducken. very willing Perhaps, for some people, that is These true, but when you adults, hardly susceptible to attend a celebration for new Canadians, such as the one hosted by Nepean“They walked by with it, right below severe COVID-19, are subject to a serious risk of heart inflammation from the were playing at home in front of a sold out Carleton MP Pierre Poilievre at Mother Teresa High School in Barrhaven last month, injections. you can see the excitement and the thankfulness in the eyes ofproduct every mRNA In September, the Moderna was discontinued for this crowd. It also meant that John Madden and where we were sitting,” my dad said. “It new Canadian. age group because of abetter onethaninall5,000 myocarditis. But after three months Pat Summerall, along with the rest of their was for John Madden.” They understand, perhaps of us, rate what itof means to be Canadian.only Pfizer/BioNTech, the latest data from Public Health Ontario as of broadcast crew, were in the building. I don’t think I ever saw my father that of using So how can the rest of us have that feeling? Bev McRae photo when I was I thought about the turducken excited before. 12 December 2021 report a 193.6 The Conservative government has a solid idea. in one million myocarditis/pericarditis risk At the school’s 50th Anniversary Party, Manotick Co-operative Nursery School honoured its longest-servJason Kenney, Minister of Citizenship, Immigration and Multiculturalism at the picking up our ChristTwo months later, I was in Miami for a ing teacher/volunteer with a virtually memorial garden bench, which butcher will be installedshop with a plaque in the school’s from second dose alone. That translates to are one in 5,165 and presents andthe Andrew Cohen, President of the Historica-Dominion Institute, chalplayground. Left to right, MCNS Director Sandy Erler and June Hodge celebrate June’s 29 years as a supmas turkey. I thought about it again last couple of weeks to work at the Super Bowl lenging middle and high school students to take the citizenship test. no safety improvement for young men. ply teacher, teacher and volunteer. The Canadian Citizenship Challenge, funded in part by CIC and run by the week when I heard the news that John MadFanfest. Working for a company who was liIn addition, we personally know several students with unreported cases of Historica-Dominion Institute, will see students studyof Discover Canada: the den had passed away at the age of 85. censing partner with the NFL had its perks. Rights and Responsibilities of Citizenship and then take a mock citizenship sudden and unexpected heart problems following vaccination and wonder how test. Sometimes it’s best nilI would watch The NFL had rented a building in the harIn thejust 1980s,to mysay dad and will beharm a fun way for vaccine students to learn about Canada and feelalready proud much“This more the mandates have inflicted on campus comI’m finding myself at one of those bizarre crossabout things like how come “underneath” is thewonder Dallas Cowboys play on Sunday after- bour, beside where the cruise ships depart of our shared history and accomplishments,” said Minister Kenney. “As we munities. further add to these the tendency foris about a word but no one ever says “overneath” when the roadsgiven where everything I love about sports learn aboutHow our pastwill and theboosters people and events that made Canada what it isrisks, noons. We would be entertained by Madden and arrive from. There were NFL VIPs, to collide with a large swatch of the population workdiscussion pulled me back into soccer. today, we become more proud to be Canadian. We are inspired to see howin we Ontario? underreporting with passive pharmacovigilance ing diligently to grate my nerves. “Chelsea is learning so much by watching the we would can defend our rights and live up to our responsibilities and we feel much commenting on the game. Then, Kool and the Gang played a couple of sets It’s this Worldabrupt, Cup thing. Don’t World Cup,” said the mom wearing Crocs. “We are Itmoreisstrongly disheartening will bear the brunt of whole these life-you find how valuable it isthat to be astudents citizen of Canada.” comment on Madden commenting on the for us, and the incredible food kept on comthat people are just a little too into it? studying each country before the game. She has “Our schools need to be training our young people to become the citizens changing decisions. them were full of hope toI go campus foundback myself to in line in front oflife. two nouveau really become a fan of Arr-hayne-TEE-na, and she of tomorrow. Citizenship isMany not only of about new Canadians, it’s about all game. ing. Going to the Super Bowl at the end of soccer fan moms at coercion Your even wants us to go there on our Canadians, young and old,” said Andrew Cohen. “Thesocial Canadianpressure Citizenship and They got vaccinated, arguably under administrative Madden quickly became a household the event was a perk. This party was a bigIndependent Grocer the other day. vacation next year. Perhaps we Challenge will encourage students to learn more about what it means to be FROM rather than choice. They planned their living and Iwork arrangements was kind of in my own littlebased even go to Brrra-seeel.” Canadian andfree then put that knowledge to the test.” name. There can were themyTV commercials for ger one. THE mental world in the checkout line, That caught attention. Starting this summer, the Historica-Dominion Institute will encouraging on their institutions’ pompous claims. Butbe now, they are toldthethat se- Lite Beer fromArr-hayne-TEE-na? scanning tabloidthe and winter maga- OTHER Miller, Ace Hardware and I walked over to the shrimp station and more than 5,000 middle and high school teachers to register their classrooms zine in covers and wondering what Are you kidding me? for thewill Challenge. classroom will the receive a set of the new mester startEach online, and likelihood ofcitizenship a full return February is anyone’s SIDE Tough Actin’ Tinactin. There were the EA found myself standing three men engaged in Justin Bieber’s first major scandal The other mom – the one with guide, along with specially designed learning activities. The teacher will also By Jeffreysports video games. guess. would be. I was just about to rethe Birkenstocks – piped in. Madden footThe first a conversation. They happened to be three receive copies of a mock citizenship exam. Students will take the citizenship enter the world after some quality need Morris “They are a wonderful football exam as a education class and the teachers will return the completed exams tostaff, the Higher is about people. Students, and faculty members ball game came out It was a com- of my father’s favourite football people of time on Planet Jeff and launch nation,” she in said.1988. “My husband, Dominion Institute for grading. my weekly of course, wears the azure and cheers for Italia, but to beResults respectfully treatedbyasthehuman with life tointo live, not way-to-reward-your-customers-byan on-off switch puter-only will be announced Dominionbeings Institute on FlagaDay game that could be played on the all time. I got out my razor-thin flip phone charging-us-five-cents-per-bag-and-claiming-it’s- Zachary’s favourite team has been MAY-heee-co. 15) each year for the next three years. For more information about in a(February circuit breaker. With breakthrough cases on the rise, the vaccine mandates MS-DOS or Apple platforms. and called him. to-save-the-environment rant when I unexpectedly They did a school project on MAY-heee-co last year the Challenge please visit the Historica-Dominion Institute website at in on the conversation behind me. and he has even insisted that we go togame out to eat and The Madden video grew as did “Dad, you’re not going to believe this,” have minimal impact on campus safety but are surelocked to hurt those who cannot “I wish some of the stores would carry the watch the games when they are playing.” CIC’s multiculturalism grants and contributions program will be investing popularity. There was the All- I said. “I am at an NFL Super Bowl party comply for a variety of legitimate vuvuzela horns so that we could bring them Madden’s to I bit my tongue. $525,171 in this 32 month project which promotesreasons. civic memory, civic pride Chelsea’s games,” said the mom who was wearing In an effort to keepthe my blood pressure down, I andTroy integration. Madden Team, Saturday Night Live ap- and I am standing three feet away from Tom © Media Crocs. looked out the big window at the big parking lot pearance, Emmy Landry, Mike Ditka and John Madden. Like “Oh, I know,” said the one wearing Birkenstocks. and scoped itthe out, looking for aawards. puppy or a bird or “Zachary has a tournament next weekend and it anything that would pry my mind out of the shackAnd then there was the turducken. is that so cool or what?” would have been so in the spirit of the World Cup to les that these two soccer moms had put me in with have all of us blowing our vuvuzela horns. They lost Madden their conversation. made the creation famous, but We chatted for a minute, I put my phone two-nil and then three-nil. They need all of the supA busload of seniors from a nearby retirement he was not the inventor. There are two difaway, and John Madden and I reached for port they can get.” home had pulled up and passengers were getting Nil? Who says nil? Really. off. I was trying to, my head,the nameturducken all of their ferent stories ofin how came to some shrimp at the same time. I had never in “Oh, I know,” said the mom wearing Crocs. “The walkers as an escape. 1165 Beaverwood Rd., P.O. Box 567, Manotick, Ontario K4M 1A5 be. Unfortunately, they pulled me back in. my life seen shrimp bigger than at this party. horns are such a beautiful part of the South African culture.” “My cousin lives in Australia, a andLouisiana he was devas- chef who Paul Prudhomme, “Can you believe the size of the shrimp?” The Manotick Messenger is published every Wednesday in Manotick, Ontario. The Manotick I wanted to jump in and say something, but I tated when Germany beat them 4-nil,” said the Messenger is mailed to bona fide subscribers in Rideau and Osgoode Townships for $36. The passed away in 2015, claimed he came up John Madden said to me. Butterflies rushed refrained. I couldn’t do it. mom wearing Crocs. publication is available by carrier for $36 or at newsstands for $1.00 per copy. Letters will be edited for length, clarity and libellous statements. Display, National and Classified rates are available on If you are unfamiliar with the vuvuzela horn, then At this turducken point, I couldn’t take itthe anymore. Mountwhile workwith the in 1970s through me. John Madden actually talked to 5567 Manotick Main St., P.O. Box 567, request. The Manotick Messenger is not responsible for the loss of unsolicited manuscripts, photos or you have not tuned into CBC over the past two Patience erupted and out came sarcasm lava. other material used for publication purposes. ing in Wyoming. He brought the delicacy me. “I saw that match,” I said. “I can’t believe AusManotick, Ontario K4M 1A5 weeks. If you stumble across a World Cup soccer game on CBC, you will hear what sounds like TRY-lier so insipid against Deutschland.” Publisher: Jeffrey Morris back to looked New Orleans in the 1980s, and “They’re huge,” I responded. 50,000 bees swarming the field. They are not bees. The mom with the crocs was not impressed. Managing Editor: Jeffrey Morris The Manotick Messenger is trademarked the name in 1986. Madden smiled, and then went back to They are people blowing on cheap, plastic, gimThe mom with Birkenstock’s wasn’t either, but News and Editorial: Reporters: Bev McRae Publisher: Jeffrey Morris Phone: 613-692-6000 EsauMorris micky horns. she did acknowledge me with a response. Managing Editor: Jeff Jeffrey published every other FRIDAY The other story is about how a customer his conversation. I mentally kicked myself. Fax: 613-692-3758 Reporters: Bev McRae The funny thing about these horns is that they “Who is your team?” she quipped, condescendMarketing Mgr: Gord Logan Jeff Esau become what has defined the 2010 World Cup. ingly.into Hebert’s Butcher Shop in New inhave Manotick, Ontario. Letters went ‘They’re huge,’ I thought. Is that all I’ve email: Advertising and Marketing: People who have been following the World Cup and I did the only thing I could do, shouting as loud Office: Marketing Mgr:Angie GordDinardo Logan Advertising: Orleans and asked the owner to debone the got? Why didn’t I say it’s too bad there was will be who edited foronly length, clarpeople have seen 20 minutes of it in passas I could. Photographer: Mike Carroccetto Editor: ing have commented on these annoying yet relent“USA! USA! USA!” three birds and sew them together with levno turducken station? Office: Angie Dinardo News/ Sports: itylessand libellous statements. horns. Ironically, while the world has learned to They turned their heads in disgust. The next 45 Photographer: Mike Carroccetto els of various stuffing between them. Glenn On Christmas Day this year, we had Website: adapt these horns as the one thing they now know seconds were incredibly silent and awkward. Display rates are available about South African culture, the horns aren’t really At thatmade point, itthe was turducken, my turn. The cashier Mistich and he would shrimp in the afternoon and then the kids We acknowledge the financial support of the Government of Canada of their everyday lives. South African sports scanned my Diet Coke and V-8 Fusion, and I was ona part request. The Manotick through the Thursday Canada Periodical Fund (CPF) for our publishing activities. of become went upstairs to play Madden Football on Advertising deadlines: DISPLAY prior 10 am. All layouts and composition enthusiasts have commented that they had never all set. Madden’s personal turducken supAdvertising DISPLAY, Monday Messenger 3 p.m.; CLASSIFIED; Monday 4by p.m. is not responsible advertising produceddeadlines: by employees of Manotick Inc. are protected copyright Messenger seen nor heard a vuvuzela horn at a sporting event, you like plastic bags?” plier.“Would their X-Box. It seemed perfect at the time, All layouts and composition of advertisements produced by employees of Manotick Messenger invested in the publishers of the Manotick Messenger and that the South African people find the noise just “Yes please,” I replied. Inc. are protected by copyright invested in the publishers of the Manotick Messenger. for the loss of unsolicited wasso happy introduced to for the until I reminisced about John Madden. as annoying as the rest of the world does. Madden I had never been to pay five cents a turducken Member, Ontario Community Newspaper Association Apparently, some now or wealthy plastic bag just to get the hell out there. manuscripts, photos other marketing genius at a game at the Superdome in New Orleans I am already thinking about next year. Canadian Community Newspaper Association came up with the idea to mass produce and market these horns as for a World Cup novelty. The plan Jeffrey Morris 2008 OCNA of made was in 1997. Partwas oftheone that Columnist Mistich Where can I find NFL-sized shrimp, and can material used publication worked, and now the rest of the world must endure the Year. His book, From the Other Skide, is availbrought to him. wasUPS noStore, silverware or our butcher make a turducken? purposes. the shrilling sounds of his quick buck. able at Manotick OfficeThere Pro, Barrhaven



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On Thursday December 23, Jack Casselman arrived at Nick’s Barber Shop in Manotick to fulfill his commitment to have his hair cut after the goal of $5,000 was reached to help his friend’s father. Brett Maveety’s dad, Jim, is on the list for a second heart transplant, and Jack sacrificed his hair for the cause. Gino Romano, the owner of Nick’s Barber Shop, being a community advocate was instantly on board for this special event. This is a work in progress as fund raising is ongoing, as donations can be made at The before photo includes Jack Casselman and Gino Romano, while Joe Maveety is included in the after photo.

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lem solving. Since the concepts are not broad, and there isn’t much interpretation to be done, it’s more just problem solving, which is what makes me enjoy those classes the most.”

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ball. I also enjoy traveling turned to coaching. It has and learning about different given me an opportunity to locations and cultures. I’ve continue in the sport, even travelled to many places though I can no longer parMANOTICK and I find it very inter- ticipate in it.” MESSENGER esting how every culture has unique traditions and Career Goals: “After subcultures. My favourite high school I hope to go to place is Norway, because university somewhere near who signed to join inthe struggling mental the there is with such the beautiful east coast;up hopefully Manotick Village Comhealth impacts of isolation. places all over the country kinesiology. My topand choice munity Association through Fortunately, there are resourand amazing hiking. The schools are University of MANOTICK MESSENGER our recent membership drive. ces help to seniors, nextavailable location to I wish trav- New Brunswick in St. John, shut-ins and youth deal with If you know someone who el to is Iceland, because it’s and Dalhousie in Halifax. the isolation. has not yet joined, please a very open country, with After that, I hope to pursue ROSSS offers andmany do so. very kind citizens, lots aencourage career in them either toathletic programs, either online or Residents of Manotick to see.” therapy, or education.” and phone, the surrounding area can join a via difference in mythat school,provide opand to get a different portunities to perinteract with the MVCA for as little as $10 Why you get inspective on A all did aspects of Voice others. Friendly is After at suffering numerous in awhat thevolved school. I was cheer- you do? Membership Melita enablesWyche you to available anytime at 613- concussions, leader for 10 years, but I “I got involved in Student get ourtobi-weekly newsletter 692-9992 you want to talk turned could no longerifcontinue coaching. Council because it due concussions, I I saw onwith information issues to tosomeone. Insoaddition, PHILL POTTERon PHOTO as an opportunity turned to coaching. It has to make relevant to Manotick and line programs provide an opgiven me an opportunity to portunity to test area. The more members we continue in the sport, even your trivia though I can no longer knowledge or parto discuss a have, the greater our voice. ticipate in it.” topic. Call 613-692-4697 Ext 226 more information. YOMA is online. Careerfor Goals: “After high school go to the ROSSS You canI hope alsotovisit Every week YOMA is university somewhere near web site at offering free online social the east coast; hopefully in Ottawa Public programs featuring differkinesiology. My top choice Health also schools Universityresources of offersare many for ent topics and activities for New Brunswick in St. John, stress and youth, workplace youth in Grades 4-12. They and Dalhousie in Halifax. isolation. are also available for homeAfter that, I hopeDetails to pursue and links • Old Music & Dance - East Greely is • oninTime their web site: www. a are career either Fiddle athletic work help.Osgoode The schedule therapy, or education.” Assoc, First Friday of each month, invites & welcome available on their website at all Musicians, Dancers & Listeners. yoma.caGreely Community After Centre, suffering 1448 numerous MVCA Follow on Twitter Meadow Drive, Greely. Forus additional info @ concussions, Melita Wyche drive membership manotickvca and Facebook 613 489-2697. turnedcall to coaching. Thank you to everyone and Instagram PHILL POTTER PHOTO

Manotick Shiverfest cancelled due to COVID for second straight year The Board and volunteers of the Manotick Village and Community Association were hopeful that we could hold Shiverfest this year in early February. Unfortunately, the provincial restrictions on gatherings and activities in sports venues make it impossible for us to hold any events, so we are cancelling Shiverfest for the second year in a row due to COVID. We hope everyone stays safe this winter and we look forward to having everyone attend the Soap Box Derby and Picnic in the Park in late August.

City to consult on garbage and recycling

The City is in the process of drafting a Waste Management Master Plan and has posted a lengthy document that outlines all of the options under consideration. The document captures the ideas that came from a 2021 consultation as well as best practices in waste management. The City will launch a survey and public consultation at the end of January to gather input on these options. It will be important for residents to participate as the Master Plan


VOICE by Grace Thrasher, President, Manotick Village and Community Association (MVCA)

will outline how our garbage will be collected, how much garbage we can put out, what will be recycled and how larger household waste will be managed in the future. The document is available at

Reminder: Transportation Master Plan survey

Please remember to submit your support for additional sidewalks in Manotick through the City’s online survey at The City is looking for feedback and support on a number of proposed pedestrian and cycling projects to be developed between 2023 and 2046 as part of the Transportation Master Plan. The survey provides the proposed list of projects for pedestrian sidewalks or paths as well as paved shoulders on rural roads throughout the City.

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• Ottawa Futsalyouth Club entering their4-12. 29th season Old Time Fiddle Music & Dance - EastThe Osgoode Greelyis available • Friday Night Music & Dance Club The Greely Legion in Grades They indoor are also• available for homework help. schedule onCountry their website at soccer. Youth boys & girls, women, men & coed. Players / Assoc, First Friday of each month, invites & welcome the fourth Friday of each month. Bring along an instrument to teams wanted. All to skillCOVID-19 levels. League starts ends play, or come in to sing,have listen and dance.postponed. Admission is FREE. allVariant, Musicians,many Dancerscommunity & Listeners. Greely Community Due andOctober the Omicron events scheduled for January been April 2020. Please go online at Centre, 1448 Meadow Drive, Greely. For additional info Greely Legion, 8021 Mitch Owens Road, ON. Information: sponsors who make these events Early bird ends September 21st call 613Thanks 489-2697. to all the volunteers and 613-822-1451 or 613-826-6128. • Ottawa Newcomers Club - For women who have recently moved to this area; (and those who have experienced a significant life change), and would like to meet new people of similar interests by joining our many group activities. More information at: or by contacting

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New COVID-19 vaccination options for prioritized Ottawa populations and occupations Ottawa Public Heath is implementing new vaccination options to increase the ease and availability of receiving a vaccine for prioritized populations including an online pre-registration tool for drop-in appointments and a specialized vaccine clinic. These prioritized populations include residents aged 60 and older, educational and childcare workers, employees, volunteers and caregivers of residents of long-term care homes, and pregnant individuals. Ottawa Public Health has increased drop-in capacity at certain community clinics to prioritize immunizing these four groups: - Individuals aged 60 and older - and Educational childcare workers - Employees, volunteers and caregivers of residents of long-term care and retirement homes - Pregnant individuals Residents in these priority groups can submit information via Ottawa Public Health’s new online COVID-19 vaccine drop-in pre-registration tool to access a drop-in appointment at a nearby clinic. This tool screens for eligibility while collecting information about location preference to ensure a registered individual is notified quickly

when a drop-in spot at a nearby vaccine clinic becomes available. If a clinic has sameday openings, individuals who register will be contacted by email or text message and asked to confirm their ability to attend a clinic. Ottawa Public Health has increased capacity to better serve older adults in the Ottawa community who still require a third (booster) dose of the COVID-19 vaccine. Ottawa Public Health opened a COVID-19 booster clinic at the Nepean Sportsplex for residents aged 60 and older eligible for a third dose. Adults over 60 remain at greater risk for serious illness and complications from COVID-19. For many, their immunity is likely to have decreased and getting a third (booster) dose ensures they are as protected as possible against serious illness and complications from COVID-19. Adults aged 60

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Former Liberal cabinet minister Bob Chiarelli to seek a third run as Ottawa Mayor By Charlie Senack Bob Chiarelli, who is known for his various political roles, has announced he will take another run for the Mayor’s seat. Chiarelli, who will be 81 next year, was Mayor of Ottawa from September 1987 to July 1997, and then from 2001 until 2006. In the years between, Chiarelli served as Ottawa’s regional chair. The active three-time grandfather was also a Member of Provincial Parliament for the riding of OttawaWest Nepean from March 2010 until being defeated in June 2018. The former Mayor was at the city’s helm when Ottawa and Nepean amalgamated together in 2001. Chiarelli says he’s been faced with many challenges over his political career, and almost always was able to find solutions. It’s leadership which he says Ottawa needs more now than ever. “I think people will agree that the current council was problematic in a number of ways,” Chiarelli told the Manotick Messenger. “I am a facilitator, and I’m fair minded. It is pretty obvious, unfortunately so, that under the current administration, council has become more divided and

toxic than ever, with urban councillors being shut out of chair positions, being kept out of the loop, and sometimes being embarrassed in public.” During the most recent term of council, some councillors in the downtown core were left disappointed after not receiving prominent positions on city committees. Most recently, Kitchissippi Ward Councillor Jeff Leiper lost a vote to become the next chair of planning, after Barrhaven councillor Jan Harder stepped down from the role. Stitsville Councillor Glen Gower and Rideau-Goulbourn Councillor Scott Moffatt now co-chair the prominent position. “I believe the perspective of a lot of people — if not most people — is that almost everything (in this city) has been moving in the wrong direction,” said Chiarelli. “There is escalating debt that has doubled under the current management, the city is on the hook for $360 million for the sink hole and the resulting LRT delay costs, which they have little chance of recovering in court. What if they lose or only win half the case? That is a lot of money on the table that is not budgeted at the present time.”

Chiarelli, who already has a campaign team in place, noted how long the commute time is by car from Barrhaven to downtown Ottawa, a drive which before would only take 15-20 minutes; Now it could take anywhere from 45 minutes to an hour depending on traffic. “When you think of Barrhaven, think of the congestion. It is unacceptable,” Chiarelli said. “Look at Strandherd, Greenbank, Prince of Wales. People talk about this a lot and how long it takes to go from A to B. They talk about the LRT that is not there, and it should have been by now, or at least under construction.” When Chiarelli was Mayor, the O-Train was launched, now more commonly known as the Trillium line, which opened to the public in October 2001. The plan was always to have two lines: one going North-South, and another going EastWest. In July 2006, council voted 14 to 7, to award the north–south expansion to the Siemens/PCL/ Dufferin design team. The proposed extension which never came into fruition, would have replaced the Trillium Line with an electric LRT system run-

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ning on double track. From there the line would expand east from its current northern terminus to run through LeBreton Flats and downtown Ottawa as far as the University of Ottawa. It would also run south-west from its Greenboro terminus to

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when the next municipal election rolled around, Chiarelli was up against Alex Munter who is now the President and CEO at CHEO, and Larry O’Brien, a businessman.


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Bob Chiarelli, right, was a provincial Liberal cabinet minister and MPP of Ottawa WestNepean when he was pictured with newly-named Nepean-Carleton Liberal candidate Jack Uppal in 2014. Barrhaven Independent file photo

mayor continues from page 10 Chiarelli spent a good chunk of the election campaigning for the light-rail expansion which would have brought trains from Barrhaven to the core of Ottawa, a plan his opponents said lacked sufficient consultation or communication with the public. Chiarelli lost that election coming in third place with a little over 15 per cent of the vote, and Larry O’Brien moved into the position of mayor with 47 per cent of the vote. O’Brien and the new term of council quickly squashed the suburban LRT idea, and lawsuits from Siemens, the company awarded as the design team, soon followed. Chiarelli is still disappointed by how it all played out. “One of the biggest failures of this council of 10 plus years is no LRT to Kanata, and no LRT to Barrhaven,” said Chiarelli. “Those were a part of our plan and four or five months ago, the city manager said once and for all that the city does not have money to bring LRT to Barrhaven or Kanata. That is a huge disappointment, and I think it’s a huge failure of this council over the years. It is planned for 2031, but it will go well beyond 2031… you are looking at 8-10 years before the whistle blows on the train for the first time. That is a huge challenge.”

After years of debate and various ideas, Ottawa finally had an LRT line built, going from Tunney’s Pasture Station to Blair Road in the east. The problem-plagued Confederation line opened in September 2019. Ottawa is now building Phase 2 which will extend the Confederation line east out to Moodie Drive and Baseline station, and west out to Trim Road in Orleans. The original Trillium line would then be expanded from South Keys out to the airport in one direction, and Limebank Road in the other. Phase 3, which has not yet been funded, would then bring the trains from Algonquin College to the heart of Barrhaven, but that plan is still a decade away, and Chiarelli feels it will never come into fruition. It’s just a few of the many concerns Chiarelli has. “The city has been extremely slow at adopting climate change action, there has been lots of talk and little action,” he said. “There is the Lansdowne Park debacle which is costing the city millions of dollars, and is becoming non-productive in terms of services to the city, and the types of services that might be expected from that large and expensive of a facility.” Chiarelli is putting his name on the ballot after long-

time Mayor Jim Watson announced he would not seek re-election. The shock decision then led to multiple individuals putting their name forward for the top city job. Besides Chiarelli, councillors Diane Deans and Catherine McKenney say their names will also be on the ballot. The last municipal election in 2018 saw 12 people run for Mayor of Ottawa, but only two received more than two per cent of the vote. Former city councillor Clive Doucet came in second place with a little over 22 per cent, a total of 59,156 votes. Watson won that election with over 188,000 votes, or 71 per cent. Chiarelli says Ottawa needs someone who will bring leadership to the table, and offer a new and innovative voice for all. “Priority number one is to ensure that from day one we have a council that is respectful of each other, and are part of the action at city hall,” he said. “When I was regional chair and when I was mayor, I had an open door policy. (Councillors) would know where my office is, and they could walk up to my office any time of day to speak about any issue. If I was tied up in a board meeting or out of the office, my staff was instructed to have a meeting for that person scheduled by the end of day or the next morning.”

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How to help Main Street rebound from the pandemic Main Street is the heart of many small communities. Small businesses have long been the drivers of both local and national economies. The impact small businesses have on their communities may have been lost during the pandemic, when so many establishments were forced to close. The good news is that many small business owners were hopeful that the effects of COVID-19 would soon be a thing of the past. Data from Bank of America, Data for Good and JPMorgan Chase indicates that 59 percent of entrepreneurs expect the impact of COVID-19 to affect their bottom line for two years or less. That’s encouraging, but in the meantime community leaders can take various steps to promote everything Main Street has to offer. ·Create an inviting downtown atmosphere. Main Street America® is a grassroots network of small towns, midsized communities and urban commercial districts that work together to make downtown areas the heart of local communities. Ed McMahon, the chair of the National Main Street Center

Board of Directors, notes that a healthy downtown area is vital to having a healthy town. Towns that want to revitalize their downtowns should aspire to create an inviting, inclusive atmosphere that celebrates the character of the town, including its history. Main Street America® notes that people-centered, accessible public spaces can restore and revitalize downtowns, making them places locals and even non-locals want to visit. ·Make it a partnership. Business owners in community centers and downtown areas have a vested interest in revitalizing Main Street, but they can’t go it alone. Local government officials, chambers of commerce, private sector businesses, and civic organizations all have roles to play in making Main Street a place where people want to spend their time and money. Local leaders should make a concerted effort to hear every voice as they try to revitalize Main Street. ·Emphasize safety. COVID-19 changed how many people shop and dine, and those changes must be considered as Main Street is rebuilt. The

Mayo Clinic notes that outdoor fresh air is constantly moving and dispersing the type of respiratory droplets that contain the COVID-19 virus. Because that air is constantly on the move, individuals are much less likely to get COVID-19 when spending time outdoors compared to indoors. Communities may be ready to get back to normal life, but it’s important to do so safely. Many small towns closed Main Street and downtown areas to automobiles during peak shopping and dining hours, such as weekend evenings and afternoons, so local businesses could bring their offerings outside. Communities can keep such rules in place after the pandemic, as more outdoor seating at restaurants and less crowded walking areas proved wildly popular among consumers. In addition, communities must make a concerted effort to create and maintain a Main Street where residents and shoppers feel safe at all times of the day and night. Communities can work together to ensure Main Street thrives as the world slowly emerges from the pandemic.


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Local florist steps up and becomes an angel in our midst By Krysia Kurylowicz The holiday time is the time of year when our hearts open up to those less fortunate around us. This example is very personal for me. I work at Parkway House which is a home for severely physically challenged adults. Our Christmas fundraiser this year was the sale of Christmas wreaths with all the proceeds going to the home. At the eleventh

hour, the wreath supplier reneged. We searched all over the city and due to the extreme lack of raw materials (BC fires and floods equals lack of greenery) no supplier could be found. In desperation I called Michelle VandenBosch at Rebel Petal on Manotick Main and within two days she managed to procure 70 wreaths of exceptional quality. I’m so grate-

ful and proud to live in this community. It’s the hardworking, small business people squeaking by in a world pandemic that come through. It’s personal and it’s important. Support your local businesses—without them we have no community. Thank you Michelle at Rebel Petal Flowers. 5532 Manotick Main, telephone: (613) 6922202


How consumers can show their support for local businesses

The road back to normalcy after the COVID-19 pandemic figures to have some twists and turns. Even after the rollout of vaccines began in late 2020, public health agencies like the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the World Health Organization emphasized the importance of people keeping their collective guard up, as previously unseen variants of the virus were still being discovered. A slow march toward recovery has begun, but the uphill nature of that march underscores how important it is that communities continue to come together to support each other as well as the locally owned businesses that make towns and cities so unique. Consumers who want to help the local businesses in their community rebound and thrive in the months and years ahead can show their

support in various ways. · Take charge of your togo order. Convenience became the name of the game when ordering food during the pandemic. Curbside pickup service was offered as a safety measure, and many restaurants that never previously offered delivery or takeout started to do so to generate revenue at a time when in-person dining was limited if not disallowed. Some restaurants began offering delivery through apps like Grubhub or Uber Eats, and though that may be convenient for diners, restaurants must pay a fee to utilize those apps. In lieu of ordering through a third party delivery service, consumers can take charge of their to-go orders and pick up the food themselves. That saves restaurants the delivery app surcharge, allowing them to increase net profits on the meals they sell.

· Continue to be loyal. A recent study from researchers at the Harvard Business School found that a customer’s eighth purchase was an average of 80 percent higher than his or her first purchase. That highlights just how valuable repeat customers are to small businesses. Consumers who have had positive experiences with small businesses in their communities in the past can continue to support those companies by looking to them first when they need new products or services. Doing so not only helps small businesses retain more customers, but it increases the likelihood that consumers will again have positive buying experiences. · Share experiences via social media. Small businesses recognize the value of social media. A 2021 survey from Visual Ob-

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Consumers can take various steps to support small businesses in their communities as such establishments look to regroup and recover from the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Even if prices are going up in 2022, it doesn’t mean you need to spend more By Sylvain Charlebois Since 2022 is almost here, it’s time to reflect on what has happened the past year and anticipate what lies ahead. Food inflation obviously affected most food categories this year, which is why the last 12 months have been challenging for Canadians, at the grocery store and at restaurants. Canada’s Food Price Report 2022 was released recently by Dalhousie University, the University of Guelph, the University of Saskatchewan and the University of British Columbia. It forecasts that the average Canadian family could spend up to $966 more on groceries in 2022, compared to 2021. And a recent report by the Agri-Food Analytics Lab at Dalhousie University, in partnership with Caddle, looked at what Canadians intend to do in the new year, with food and with other aspects of their lives related to food. Almost 10,000 Canadians were surveyed on what they

expect in food retail and service over the coming 12 months. The report looked at new year’s resolutions and how Canadians intend to cope with higher food prices, or if they plan to do different things with food. The survey first asked Canadians how they think food prices are increasing compared to their household income. A total of 89.8 per cent of respondents said food prices are increasing faster than their income. That’s a high percentage. Over three surveys, this is the highest percentage of Canadians believing food prices are rising faster than their income. Regarding Canada’s Food Price Report 2022 and its forecast that food prices will go up by as much as seven per cent in the new year, most Canadians surveyed believe it’s too modest. A total of 60.2 per cent expect food prices to go even higher. Some food categories are more concerning than others

for those surveyed. Unsurprisingly, meat prices are a great source of concern. Two years ago, a similar survey showed that vegetables were the one category most Canadians were concerned about. For 2022, 49.3 per cent of Canadians are concerned about meat prices and 22.8 per cent are concerned about vegetables. Fruits are at 12.8 per cent and dairy products are at 6.4 per cent. Fish and seafood, and bakery products are the categories about which Canadians are least concerned. But perceptions don’t reflect what’s really happening in the grocery stores. For example, even if produce prices barely moved this year, Canadians are still concerned about fluctuating prices for vegetables and fruits, as they were two years ago when prices did go up. Many remember the infamous “cauliflower crisis.” When consumers are spooked, it leaves a mark mentally. Many still believe a head of cauliflower costs $8, but most

cauliflower sold for less than $2 a head this year. Consumers should remember that food prices change almost daily. According to the survey, 2022 will bring some changes. A total of 63 per cent of Canadians intend to alter food habits in some way. The most popular intention for 2022 appears to be to use coupons more often – 52.8 per cent of Canadians surveyed said they intend to do so. Given that menu prices will spike, not eating out as much is the second most popular habit change on the survey. A total of 51.7 per cent surveyed say they intend to avoid restaurants in the new year. And 45.5 per cent intend to consult flyers more often. Since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, it’s been reported several times that shoppers are visiting new grocery stores or even switching their primary stores –

With food prices expected to keep rising in 2022, many shoppers are expected to adjust by altering their buying habits.

about 26 per cent of us. That trend is likely to continue in 2022, since 31.9 per cent of those surveyed said they’re thinking of visiting different grocery stores. The survey also asked what Canadians intend to do more of in 2022. The top resolution is to reduce food waste

and eat more vegetables. The last time we conducted a similar survey – for 2020, just before the pandemic started – results were similar: reducing food waste and eating more fruit and vegetables were top choices.


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How can you save money on groceries?

prices continues from page 14 Cooking more often is third on the list of food resolutions for 2022. Changing diets and eating more leftovers also received strong support, as they did in 2020. Items new to the list since our pre-pandemic survey conducted in 2020: · changing the way meals are managed (15 per cent); · eating more fish and seafood (11.6 per cent); · gardening (9.3 per cent); · ordering food online

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Pork is an affordable alternative to beef or chicken, especially when it’s on sale.

(7.1 per cent); · ordering more meal kits (4.7 per cent).

At both King’s and McDonough’s, you are greeted by fresh produce upon entering the store.

The new top resolutions reflect how the food landscape has changed because of the pandemic. Since 2022 will be the International Year of Artisan Fisheries and Aquaculture, seeing more Canadians wanting to eat more fish and seafood fits in well. Dr. Sylvain Charlebois is senior director of the agrifood analytics lab and a professor in food distribution and policy at Dalhousie University. © Troy Media

We did a walk through of McDonough’s Your Independent Grocer in Manotick and King’s Your Independent Grocer in Richmond to find out ways to help you and your family maximize the value for your dollar when you shop for groceries. Do Your Homework – Before you get to the store, have a plan. This includes checking the online flyers for what’s on sale, and planning your meals. Work from a list and buy what you need. When you go rogue, that’s when the spending adds up. Coupons – This is a double-edged sword. Don’t use coupons for the sake of saving money. It’s easy to get trapped into buying something you need because you are saving money. But something you would not normally buy is still something you would not normally buy, even at 25 per cent off. Work the Perimeter – If you work the outside aisles of the store, you will find fresh produce, fresh meat, fish, eggs, juice, milk and other essentials. If you are trying to change your habits and eat healthy in the new year, get to know the outside aisles. When you venture into the

inside aisles for things like coffee and peanut butter, don’t stray away from lists. The Other White Meat – Do you remember that campaign for pork? With the rising prices for beef and chicken, pork is a great protein alternative. When we walked through King’s, we found a fantastic sale on pork with trays of chops for well under $20. If it’s not in your regular dinner rotation, it’s worth considering. President’s Choice – Maybe the instore brand is only 30 cents cheaper than the name brand, but over a full shop, it adds up. President’s Choice or no-name options are available for many products on your list. Convenience – The best way to save money is to make your own meals and have a plan. There are pre-made meals available, which are often very good, and make sense if you are on your own. But to feed a family, you will pay more for the convenience. However, the pre-cooked chickens are a good and easy option if you don’t have the time to invest in cooking. Optimum Card – If you don’t have one, it’s worth getting. Some of the families we talked to save their points all year and then used the points to pay for their entire Christmas dinner, turkey and all. It all adds up, and it’s worth it.

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49. You eat three a day 50. Pointed end of a pen 51. NATO official (abbr.) 56. Genus of clams 57. Boxing’s “G.O.A.T.” 58. A colorless, odorless gas used as fuel 59. Covered thinly with gold paint 60. Bachelor of Laws 61. Red fluorescent dye 62. Engineering group 63. Female sibling 64. Adjacent CLUES DOWN 1. What a thespian does 2. Footwear 3. Adjust spacing between 4. Witnesses 5. Who shows excessive fondness 6. Distinct form of a plant 7. National capital 8. Hunting expedition 9. Related to medulla oblongata


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Osgoode Twp. High school student has aspirations of becoming an educator

Name: Bryce Hames Age: 17



School: Osgoode Township High

by Phill Potter

Grade: 12 Parents: Mom: Tracey, Friendship Dad: Scott Hames

‘book shopping’, I’m usually looking for books that I can share with my campers.”

Pet Peeves: “People who are always late, people who mess with my car (A/C controls/Radio/etc…), Bad drivers.”

Favourite Author: “My favourite author is Dr. Seuss. I have always enjoyed the fun and loving nature of his books, and how there is always a moral to the story.”

Part-time Work: City of Ottawa as a... – Community Service Representative at the Canterbury Community Centre – Program Leader in Recreation at Greely Community Centre/Canterbury Community Centre – Rink Attendant at the Jim Tubman Chevrolet Rink – At the Canterbury Community Association as an After School Camp Counselor Favourite Subjects: “This year my favourite classes are Tech Design (Shout-out to Mr. Breithaupt) which is a class about the process of creating blueprints, virtual 3D models, home planning, and wood working, and my Auto Shop Class (Shout-out to Mr. O’Meara). In this class, we learn about hazards in a shop environment, careers in the trades sector, the environment, and of course, working on cars, bikes, and other modes of transportation.”

Greatest Accomplishment: “My greatest accomplishment is probably my project car – a 1979 Porsche 928. I bought this car as my first car (and quite a bit of a project it was). It was purchased with many issues, most of which originated from the car sitting outside since 1994. It also had some frame issues that needed to be repaired, and didn’t come with any documents – aside from a bill of sale. I now have the car running, and able to go up and down

What do you enjoy reading for pleasure? “Since I work with children, I am often caught reading books with/to them. So when I’m


School Activities: “Although I’m not involved in many sports, aside from rowing, which takes place in the spring. I am involved in a few clubs and projects around the school, one of which is the Eco-Team; an environmental club set on making a big impact, both on our small community, and the world as a whole. “Some of my coolest high school experiences have been through this club. MEGA shout-out to Rachel Lafond for organizing all of these experiences. These include organizing an Eco-Escape Fundraiser, visits from many local groups, like a bird safety group called Safe Wings and conferences. My favourite of which, was the Youth Climate Action Summit, organized by the Frontenac Arch Biosphere, and a pre-covid visit to a recycling facility. Here we were fortunate enough to meet national environmentalist icon David Suzuki.”

Other Activities/Interests: “Some of my other interests include cooking and baking, spending time outdoors, and enjoying time with my friends and family.” Career Goals: “My long term career goal is to end up teaching. However, I am torn of the path I would like to use to get there. As of now, I’m considering going to Carleton U for their Childhood and Youth Studies program, then attending Ottawa U to get my teaching degree for kindergartengrade 3. The second path would be – going into the workforce as an apprentice auto mechanic, with he longer term going to Queens U to get a Tech Ed. degree and teach high school Auto Shop.” Comment: “Though the past two years have been a challenge – to say the least. As we return to some sense of normalcy, many students have shown a very drastic change, in the sense that they don’t take school or socializing with friends for granted.

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Instead, you now hear things like, ‘I’m so happy we’re at school. Let’s make plans to hang out!’, and ‘Come with me to my club at lunch.’ “I’m sure, over the next few years, as the class of COVID graduates and the new students nervously make their way into the halls of the school on their first day of grade nine, the stories of online classes, no exams, 2 courses per day, and countless other COVID moments, will morph over time into a story told to new students, about how our little smalltown school, overcame the past 668 days (as of January 10th), and came out strong, if not stronger.”

Osgoode Township High School student Bryce Hames has a passion for mechanics. Submitted photo

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The music plays on for St. Mark student during COVID-19 pandemic Name: Chloe Riddoch

ami for three weeks; not really School Activities: knowing what I was getting “This year; I’m in St. Age: 17 myself into. My parents had Mark’s R&B Band as a singer fOCUS ON told me that they signed me for the first time. I have never YOUTH School: St. Mark High up as a 15th birthday present, sung for other people before, and that I would be going in but I thought I would try it. As Grade: 12 July. All I knew going into the well, I got some of my friends by Phill Potter trip was that I would be away to be singers in the band. Parents: Colleen Cuddy & for three weeks, and that there “It has been really fun to be classes. Learning about how would be canoeing. I didn’t in the music room and to stay Paul Riddoch past events impact the present, even know where Temagami after school for something esBrothers: William (21) is cool.” was. pecially since there were no Mackenzie (23) “What I actually did was a activities or sports last year. What do you enjoy read- 16-day trip with 38 portages “In band, everyone has to ing for pleasure? “I enjoy that covered 172km with 5 wear a mask – even the trumPet Peeves: “Slow walkers, reading historical fiction. Re- other people (2 guides and pet players. They have special and people that arrive late.” cently I have started reading 4 campers). I learned many, masks with a slit in them so Part-time Work: Can- the Outlander Series by Diana many things on that trip. Such they can still play the instruGabaldon, It is thrilling! Stor- as the direct impact that food ments. adian Tire, Barrhaven. ies set back in time from a and sleep have on mood. I “I also plan on joining the Favourite Subjects: “I fictional perspective, with real also learned about the beauty Girls Rugby Team and the really enjoy learning about past events, are the best.” of Canadian Nature. Parts of Girls Tackle Football Team in people, this could be individthe trip were physically hard the spring. This year will be Favourite Authors: uals, or societies as a whole. – for example: carrying 50 lbs different for sports, because Nickola Yoon, Susin Niel- of equipment for 2 km, lifting we are mostly starting from Last year in grade 11, I took an interesting course – ‘An sen and Eric Walters canoes, and canoeing 20 km scratch. The last full year we Introduction to Anthropolin a day. Some of it was also had, I was in grade 9, and now Greatest Accomplish- mentally hard. Like when I I’m in grade 12. My grade has ogy, Sociology and Psycholth Scotiabank Lighthouse, 100 Yonge St., 5 Floor, Toronto ON, M5C 2W1 ment? Lighthouse, 100 Yonge St., 5th Floor, Toronto ON, M5C 2W1 home. But I loved all ogy’. Earlier thisScotiabank year I took missed the only people who played File:1607102IS“My Newspaper AdsPaulArnold-Second OpinionOfferAd-Nov Workfront#: 1607102 greatest accomplishScotiabank Lighthouse, 100Paul Yonge St., 5th Floor, Toronto ON, M5C 2W1 File:1607102IS NewspaperAds Arnold-Second Opinion OfferAd-Nov Workfront#: 1607102 a fun course – Challenge and of it. It’s really cool to look at high school spring sports. Trim: 5.125” x 5.5” Colours:Camp CMYK TeInsertion: November 2021 ment isArnold-Second probably 1607102 ISNewspaper Ads Paul OpinionOffer Ad-Novold Workfront#: 1607102 Change, where I File: learned about picturesNovember and think, ‘Yeah. I Everyone else in grades below Trim: 5.125” x 5.5” Colours: CMYK Insertion: 2021 Bleed: n/a Deadline: May 27, 2021 magami. In the Summer of didInsertion: 5.125” 5.5” Colours: CMYK 2021 these disciplines Trim: in greater that!’.”November never got the chance to learn Bleed: n/a xdeDeadline: May 27, 2021 Safety: n/a Designer: JK Prod: 2019 I went to Camp TemagDeadline: tail. I also reallyBleed: enjoyn/a history the games, unless they did Safety: n/a Designer:May JK 27, 2021 Prod: Safety: n/a

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Other Activities/Interests: “Outside of school – I dance. I’ve danced at the Denise Smith Dance Studio for 13 years (since I was 4). This year I’m only doing competitive Jazz and Lyrical dance, but in past years I’ve done it all. I was even on pointe for a while. I love dance, and I am so thankful that my mom and dad have supported my dancing. The past two years have been a bit different for the studio. We wear masks during classes, and there are air sanitations between classes. Last year during lockdowns, we had to dance at home over a zoom call. It was much less fun that way.” Career Goals: “Next year I plan to be at university, either doing social work or something related to teaching. I’m not sure where I’m going yet, but I have ap-

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2022 will be a big year at City Hall with changes on the horizon Happy New Year! 2022. Where has the time gone? It’s a big year ahead with plenty of change at City Hall on the horizon. Lots of time between now and then, though, so more work to do and I’m hopeful we can turn the tide soon and I can get back out and host a round of town hall meetings before it’s all said and done.

Transportation Master Plan

One of the big pieces this year will be the ongoing work on the Transportation Master Plan. The public is invited to provide feedback on the close to 70 proposed transportation-related policies to be included in Part 1 of the TMP. The full draft document of the Transportation Master Plan can be found at engage.ottawa. ca/transportation-masterplan/. Below is a sample


WARD REPORT by Councillor Scott Moffatt

of what some of the proposed policies would achieve: • build a clean and sustainable transportation system • create a more equitable transportation system • use transportation to support the city we want to build • maximize walkability • develop a great cycling city • expand and improve transit city-wide • provide safe, multimodal streets • manage the curb, parking, and the movement of goods These draft policies

- developed in line with the Official Plan, and the new realities of our growing city - will guide our transportation decisions and networks to 2046 and help Ottawa fulfill its vision of becoming the most liveable mid-sized city in North America. You are also invited to review the draft policies and complete the surveys by February 7, 2022. Residents can also provide feedback directly by emailing tmpupdate@ The Phase 3 consultation strategy will also include a Public Open House to be scheduled shortly. Please say tuned for more details. You can learn more and provide feedback on Active Transportation candidate projects and the proposed rural network. You can find the list of projects at the Engage Ottawa link above. Projects being considered for further study include

better pedestrian facilities along Manotick Main Street, Huntley Road and Church Street.

Anti-Racism Strategy

As I have discussed in this column before, the City of Ottawa is developing its first AntiRacism Strategy, which will include strategic actions, key performance indicators and expected outcomes to confront systemic racism in Ottawa’s systems and structures. To help inform the strategy, the Anti-Racism Secretariat is holding virtual resident town halls on Saturday, January 15 and Thursday, January 20. These will complete a series of public engagement sessions the Anti-Racism Secretariat launched last year. The townhalls will give residents and community stakeholders the opportunity to respond

to the What We Heard report, which summarizes the recommendations and feedback received during the sessions about how the City can address systemic racism within the six priority areas previously identified by the community (employment equity, governance, housing, economic development, health outcomes and youth development). Participants can also provide further feedback and highlight any gaps that should be considered in the Anti-Racism Strategy. To register for one of the following virtual town halls and to read the full What We Heard report, please visit engage. • Bilingual Indigenous and racialized resident town hall – Saturday, January 15, 10 am to noon

• Bilingual all resident town hall – Thursday, January 20, 5:30 to 7:30 pm The Anti-Racism Secretariat will incorporate town hall feedback into the Anti-Racism Strategy and present it to Council later this year. The City condemns all forms of racism. Municipal governments play a leading role in identifying and challenging systemic racism. Led by its Anti-Racism Secretariat, the City is committed to advancing a more inclusive and responsive municipal government, to ensure all people are served fairly and free of discrimination. If you have any comments, questions, or concerns, please feel free to email me at or contact me by phone at 613-5802491. For information on Ward 21 issues, please visit

Laughs and smiles, are a good combination during these difficult times! People laugh for many different reasons; we might be happy, embarrassed, nervous, excited, and trying to fit in or just being friendly. Laughter may provide relief from stress; it may bind or unite us socially. Vocal cords and facial muscles are involved in laughing; sometimes blood pressure rises, and heartbeat accelerates.


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forever; a smile cannot be bought, begged, borrowed, or stolen. Some people are too tired to give you a smile; give them one of yours. Even in times of Covid you can laugh at something, somebody or even yourself! Everyone – wash your hands – wear a mask – social distance – get vaccinated!

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Five players from the OSU Force Academy have been selected for Canada’s National Development Centre.

Five OSU soccer players selected to National Development Centre The Ottawa South United Soccer Club has announced that five of their OSU Force Academy players have been selected to Canada Soccer’s National Development Centre in 2022.

“In any given year, to see one player identified for a national team program would be considered a great success,” said a statement made by OSU. “To see five players joining is truly remarkable.”

Ella Kettles, Isabelle Chukwu, Annabelle Chukwu, Bianca Hanisch and Kayla Di Tiero will all be joining the national team program. They will be welcomed by three additional OSU alumni

already in the program in Amelia Campanella, along with Sofia Cortes-Brown and Rosa Maalouf, who both recently represented Canada at the U-17 level against Mexico.

“Our club’s long-term strategic planning efforts to create the best possible environments for players to grow and develop organically have never been so evident than this milestone mo-

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Watson: Serving Ottawa as mayor ‘greatest honour of my life’ By Jim Watson, Ottawa Mayor As I was awaiting the results of the 2018 election about three years ago, I made my decision – even before I knew the results – that if I was successful that night, it would be my last election as Mayor of Ottawa. The decision was both easy and tough. On the one hand, I loved almost every hour of every day and it was a true privilege and honour to serve as our city’s Mayor. However, I also knew that I would be turning 60 during this term of Council, and if I was going to have one more career, then I needed to move on from elected office. So, for the first time in many years, my name won’t be on a ballot, as I turn my attention to finishing some important city building projects, and then bid adieu to the Mayor’s office in November 2022, after nearly 15 years representing the residents of Ottawa. I’m often asked what I’m most proud of during my time in elected office. That’s a hard question because it doesn’t boil down to just one issue or project. Many of the initiatives I

am most proud of had been on the City’s books for years and some for decades. For a variety of reasons, they were stuck in neutral, and I was fortunate to be able to work with many partners to move these ideas from the drawing board to completion. In other words, my philosophy was a bit like Nike’s tag line: “Just Do It.” I’ve found the public were frustrated with years of debate and inaction on important projects. Serving as Mayor for the past 12 years has been the greatest honour of my life. I am grateful to the residents who supported me through both good and challenging times – going back to my days as a city councillor for Capital Ward and as MPP and Minister for the riding of Ottawa West–Nepean. We are very blessed with a top-notch public service who have risen to the occasion so many times to help those in need – whether it’s the pandemic, the floods, tragic accidents, or a tornado. I have served with over 100 different councillors during my time on Council, and while we didn’t always agree on everything, I re-

spect their work and their role, and I thank them for their commitment to our city. I want to thank my family and friends who have stuck by me over the years, as well as my dedicated volunteers, who are the heart and soul of any campaign. My friends and family have been my rock, particularly through times when I’ve experienced homophobic slurs or graffiti, or anonymous attacks on social media. The next term of Council will see the completion of Stage 2 LRT, significant progress on our new Civic Hospital Complex, the opening of the new Central Library, and the implementation of our City’s new Official Plan, with an emphasis on 15-minute neighbourhoods. I look forward to watching from the sidelines the progress our city will benefit from over the next few years – but I remind future mayors and councillors that our job is to plan and prepare for the next generation, and not just the next election. We’re far from perfect, but I wouldn’t want to live in any other city in Canada, the best country in the world.

I have given and will continue to give this job every single ounce of ener-

gy I have to give. I look forward to my final months in office, and I thank

the residents of Ottawa for the honour to serve you to the best of my abilities.

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