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O-Train Trillium Line to Riverside South could be delayed by a year By Charlie Senack
While maybe not unexpected, it’s still disappointing for many local transit riders. The expansion of the O-Train Trillium line could be delayed by up to a year The phase 2 project which extends the Trillium line from South Keys to Limebank Road in Riverside South, now might not launch until August 2023, roughly 12 months after its initial plan. In December 2021 it was already announced the line would be delayed nine months due to challenges brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic. At the time stations were only half built and tracks in some areas, including in Riverside South, weren’t laid. The $1.6 billion Trillium line project was supposed to have keys handed over to the city by August
2022, as per the contract. On April 29 Michael Morgan, Ottawa’s director of rail construction, told the city’s finance and economic development committee that SNC-Lavalin was hoping to have most construction done by the end of this year, meaning testing could begin in early 2023. “Depending on the performance of the system and the reliability of the system, we’ll be able to at that point assess what’s a realistic opening date,” he said. The O-train line shut down in May 2020 for construction work to begin. This added delay will mean Carleton University students will go another school year without rail transit or access to east public transit. Ottawa’s finance and economic development committee also heard that Stage 2 of the east-west ex-
tension to the Confederation Line could be delayed by 101 days, potentially missing its targeted 2025 launch date. Builders EastWest Connectors blamed supply chain shortages and labour issues for the extension. They also noted the delays are coming from the complex western portion and its tunnel. “In the market right now, there’s a lot of pressure on the supply of rebar, a lot of pressure on the supply of concrete,” Morgan told the committee. “You need a lot of both of those things for the tunnel construction.” To make matters worse, strike action among carpenters and crane operators could delay the project even further, with a return to work date unknown. “We are concerned about our major projects and light rail, there’s no question about it,” city
The O-Train Trillium Line to Riverside South could be delayed by up to a year.
manager Steve Kanellakos told council on May 11. “If this goes on too long, it is going to impede our ability to keep on schedule, and we’re already having schedule problems because of supply chain issues.” Kanellakos said they are watching the situation
closely, but their hands are tied. The news comes at the same time dates have been set for Ottawa’s Light Rail Transit public inquiry, set to take place at Ottawa University from June 13 to July 8. The City of Ottawa has
already needed to stop work on the new central library and archives building downtown because of the strike action. That project, also behind schedule, is now slated to open in 2026. The next update on LRT construction timelines is expected to come in July.
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OCDSB shoots down motion to bring back police SRO program By Charlie Senack A police presence won’t be coming back to Ottawa Carleton District Schools after a motion on the issue was deferred indefinitely. In June 2021 the OCDSB voted to end their long-standing student resource officer program with Ottawa Police, after some students and parents claimed the program caused harm to the BIPOC and gender-oppressed communities. That motion passed with all but one trustee in support, and the board issued a formal apology to anyone who felt harmed. But now a year later, Barrhaven-Knoxdale-Merivale Trustee Donna Blackburn, the only one who was in favour of keeping the SRO program intact, said the issue needed to be re-addressed. Blackburn’s motion aimed to engage the public board in discussions with Ottawa police, in order to create a better standard of practice for when calls need to be dealt with. “Despite what people have said tonight about vari-
ous things, I’ve heard the concerns of the community; I’ve heard them loud and clear,” Blackburn told her trustee colleagues. “I have not, and I am not asking for a return to the school resource officer program… The way things stand right now as a result of the decision this board made, we have basically put our administrators in a position where all they can do is call 911.” The OCDSB Director of Education, Camille Williams-Taylor, seemed to hint she wasn’t in support of the motion, saying much of what Blackburn is asking for is already being done. “We don’t require a board motion to have those kinds of conversations because we have been having those conversations,” said WilliamsTaylor. “Just as a number of trustees have raised, we do have a whole number of responsibilities pertaining not only to the safety of our students, but the safety and security of our buildings, and emerging issues that might happen during the school day, or after the school day.”
Williams-Taylor said the motion wasn’t relevant, but Blackburn fought back asking her why those comments weren’t raised during their earlier discussions. “What the principals are telling me is all they can do is call 911,” the Barrhaven Trustee said. “I spoke to an administrator, they were on hold on the police line for three hours because they had a non-emergency situation, a situation that had to be dealt with. It wasn’t a minor situation, it could have ended up in a 911 call, and had there been an SRO it would have been dealt with.” Williams-Taylor did admit the removal of the SRO program has resulted in “significant” delays, with people such as principals unsure as to who they should call when issues come up. She said conversations do need to be taken, which could include finding a point-person to help field calls. When the school resource officer program was in effect, their primary job was to speak with students, work with administrators, assess
any possible threatening situations, and link families and students to services in the community. They would also respond to any criminal or emergency matters when they arose. Brett Reynolds, the Associate Director of Education at the OCDSB, also stated the type of service schools have when it comes to police response is different. “Without the school resource officer you’re not calling an individual with whom you have developed a working relationship, that understands the school context,” said Reynolds. “We were used to a very high level of being able to reach someone that day and engage in a conversation that was more consultative in nature. Now we are phone the police as pretty much any other business or member of the community would.”
A number of delegates pleaded with the board to not pass this motion, saying police making a comeback in schools would only trig-
ger those who have felt discriminated against from the system. Delegate Sam Hersh, who is a lawyer and advocate, asked trustees to think back to last summer’s vote, and remember what they were told. “Remember the stories you heard from racialized students who shared their trauma with you,” he said,” remember those experiences and let those again guide your decision today.” Asilu Collective, a group that was started to end the SRO program in Ottawa, urged people to speak as delegates at the meeting. The organization was represented at Tuesday’s board meeting by Hailey Dash, who took issue to wording in the motion regarding the safety of students and staff by police. “What trustee Blackburn means is that this is an illusion of safety for students who aren’t being targeted and criminalized by cops in your schools,” she said. “School safety cannot be enhanced by policing. This is a racist lie that cannot be perpetuated.” “Black folks, Indigen-
ous folks, 2SLGBTQ plus, people with disabilities, continue to be severely impacted by police presence in educational settings,” Dash added. At one point the meeting got heated when Mae Maeson got interrupted by Blackburn, who was asking the delegate if she called her a racist. Delegates had to be interrupted by chair Keith Penny multiple times, who requested they don’t call any trustees out by name, and asked Maeson not to respond to Blackburn’s question. Penny later had to apologize after calling Maeson by their wrong pronouns. Trustee Christine Boothby tabled a motion to defer Blackburn’s motion indefinitely, which passed easily. Blackburn said going into the meeting, she spoke with some of her trustee colleagues who informed her they would support the motion. Blackburn, who is running for re-election this fall, said she plans to bring the motion back to the table after this year’s municipal election. She said students’ safety should be the first priority.
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Award-winning North Gower author releases new book In a time when the world has suddenly turned dark and ugly, it’s reassuring to believe that there’s something beautiful hiding deep within. That’s the theme of ‘Beauty in the Beast’, the new book by North Gower author Emily-Jane Hills Orford. “Beauty In The Beast is a work of fiction in the fantasy, adventure, and romance subgenres,” wrote reviewer K.C. Finn of Reader’s Favorite. “It is intended for the general reading audience and was penned by author Emily-Jane Hills Orford. As the title suggests, this concise and enticing novel takes us on a journey where the traditional fairytale of Beauty and the Beast has been reimagined with some edgy and dangerous new twists. Our protagonist, Priya, is fascinated by the terrifying part-beasts that
live at Castle Mutasim and wants to know if there is a sinister origin behind their strange ways. Most fascinating of all is Amell, a figure whose path has crossed hers before, though the revelations as to how will shock her to her core. “I generally always enjoy fairytale retellings of old classics, particularly when the author takes a few new spins, but leaves a lot of the nostalgia in place. Author Emily-Jane Hills Orford has achieved a really enjoyable balance of the two here in this fast-paced story, with the brooding atmosphere of the looming castle and the initial premise largely recognizable. The triumph for me personally was in the depth of character development and emotional exploration that this novel has, especially in its central pairing. I felt like I understood much more
about Priya and Amell than I was expecting to, and Priya was a powerful and headstrong protagonist who was active and instrumental to the story. Overall, Beauty In The Beast is sure to captivate readers who enjoy a character-driven tale that can easily be devoured in a single cozy afternoon.” An avid gardener, artist, musician and writer, Orford has fond memories and lots of stories that evolved from a childhood growing up in a haunted Victorian mansion. Told she had a ‘vivid imagination’, the author used this talent to create stories in her head, allowing her imagination to lead her into a different world, one of her own making. As the author grew up, these stories, imaginings and fantasies took to the written form and, over the years, she developed a reputation for telling a good
story. A retired teacher of music and creative writing, she writes about the extraordinary in life and the fantasies of dreams combined with memories. With degrees in art history, music and Canadian studies, the retired music teacher enjoys the quiet nature of her country home near North Gower and the inspiration of working at her antique Jane Austen-style spinet desk, feeling quite complete as she writes and stares out the large picture window at the birds and the forest. She writes in several genres, including creative nonfiction, memoir, fantasy, and historical fiction. You can learn more about Emily-Jane Hills Orford and “Beauty in the Beast” at https://readersfavorite.com/ book-review/beauty-in-thebeast where you can read reviews and the author’s
Emily-Jane Hills Orford is an award-winning North Gower author.
biography, as well as connect with the author directly or through their website and social media pages.
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for Phongenia! The consequences of the doctor Look what it did from the other shortage in Canada are grim MESSENGER Editorial
I have always been a sucker for infomercials. No matter what the product is, if I see it The coronavirus pandemic has accomplished what a multitude of government reports often enough, I will buy it. Page 6, Manotick Messenger, Wednesday, June 23, 2010 I think out of everything I could not – that is, to draw Canadians’ attention to a faltering health-care system characterdo and every annoying habit I ized by a chronic shortage of beds, overflowing emergency departments, and limited numhave, my fixation on infomerbers of surgical personnel and operating suites. annoys the Diva more The flaws have been there for decades, but willful blindness on the part of our politicians Our Ccials Ommunity than any of them. has successfully kept systemic change at bay and patients on wait lists for medical care. “What are watching?” she Most recently, media stories have focused on a scarcity of physicians. Messenger Editorial will say in that voice with More than one million Ontarians are without a primary care physician. Nationwide, the a tone that suggests her patience level is at numberAre is aboutyou five million, or 15 Canadian per cent of our population. under 10 per cent and needs to be recharged. more The numbers and the consequences are even grimmer when considering access to spe“I’m watching Dr. Ho.” cialist care. than a fifth grader? “Give me the clicker,” she will say. Canada a Day approaching nextsounded week, it is athe good time for us all a to referral to a neurologist elicited a InWith Ontario, family doctor alarm when “Just wait a minute,” I say excitedly. “If reflect on what it means to be Canadian. response there wasforagranted? 4.5-year wait for care. we order it now, we will get extra pads and Do westating take being Canadian Better yet, how do new Canadians feel cannot about being Some of us SecondStreet.org has identified The consequences of waiting beCanadian? underestimated. a free carrying case. And it’s only four easy look upon immigrants and refugees as opportunists, not wanting to give but 11,581 patients who diedforwhile waiting surgeries, procedures or scans in 2020-2021. payments.” very willing to take. Perhaps, some people, that for is true, but when you attend a celebration for new Canadians, such as the one hosted by Nepean“You’re not buying anything from Dr. Ho, Since April 2018, that number is 26,875. Carleton MP Pierre Poilievre at Mother Teresa High School in Barrhaven last month,evidence you can seecould the excitement the thankfulness in the eyes of every and you are not giving him our credit card The not beandclearer or overwhelming: Canada needs more doctors. new Canadian. number.” There three perhaps ways to fixthan thisallproblem. They are understand, better of us, what it means to be Canadian. I think about what to say next, and I can’t The first is to increase enrollments and capacities at Canada’s medical schools. Ontario So how can the rest of us have that feeling? McRae photoShe always come up with anythingBevgood. Premier Doug Fordgovernment recentlyhasannounced The Conservative a solid idea. 450 new post-secondary positions in that province’s At the school’s 50th Anniversary Party, Manotick Co-operative Nursery School honoured its longest-servJason Kenney, Minister of Citizenship, Immigration and Multiculturalism knows when to make a comment ing teacher/volunteer with a memorial garden bench, which will be installed with a plaque in the school’sthat I call an six medical Otherof provinces should follow suit. and Andrewschools. Cohen, President the Historica-Dominion Institute, are chalplayground. Left to right, MCNS Director Sandy Erler and June celebrate 29 years asIamight supender – itHodge ends anyJune’s argument come up lenging middle and high school students to take the citizenship test. Secondly, doctors are like everyone else in that they need jobs when theyandgraduate. ply teacher, teacher volunteer. AnThe Canadian Citizenship Challenge, funded in part by CIC and run by the with. It’s like a verbal Serena Williams overnualHistorica-Dominion surveys by theInstitute, RoyalwillCollege of study Physicians and Surgeons show that up to 40 per cent see students Discover Canada: the head smash. Rights and Responsibilities of Citizenship and then take a mock citizenship of newly-certified specialists can’t find a job in a country that desperately needs specialist test. 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LETTERS TO THE EDITOR
Immigrants won’t stay in Canada if owning a home is not achievable The Editor, Last week’s Messenger editorial by Ken Coates— senior policy fellow in the Macdonald-Laurier Institute and spokesperson on behalf of Canada’s right wing— raised a very interesting point. He states that, “a recent survey revealed that many immigrants are considering leaving [Canada]. How can the honour of being allowed to enter a country repeatedly described as one of the best in the world produce such little loyalty or contentment?”
Indeed, what a bunch of ingrates! This is just a guess, but maybe it has something to do with the fact that the skyrocketing value of Canadian real estate has basically put home ownership out of reach for ordinary working folks? Right now, the cities of Vancouver and Toronto might as well be gated communities for Canada’s one percent, because it is inconceivable that the vast majority of working Canadians could ever buy a single-family home in either
jurisdiction. This crisis in real estate has caused another problem—homelessness—as long-time tenants in smaller communities have lost their rental accommodations to renovictors. Don’t take my word for it, just take a drive down the 401 to the Stewart Boulevard exit to Brockville, ON—the tent city of homeless people is now visible from the highway! Ironically, this overheated real estate market is a uniquely Canadian phenomenon. Just cross the St. Law-
rence to Ogdensburg, NY, and you can buy a home for $10K. That’s a fixer-upper, admittedly, but you can buy a perfectly-livable home for $40-60K. If that seems too expensive, you can go to Syracuse, NY, where a fixerupper can be had for as little as $1K. The United States has experienced inflation that is higher than Canada’s and yet real estate is still affordable, which seems rather mysterious. Pierre Poilievre says that what we have to do is fire the Governor of the Bank of
Canada, because inflation is 100% the result of the Bank of Canada printing too much money. Oddly, when it comes to real estate, he completely abandons that theory and suggests—just like Doug Ford— that it’s a lack of supply issue. There’s new housing being built everywhere you go in this city, but these guys think we need to build even more by fast-tracking building permits and ignoring these Nimby types who don’t want to live beside a fifty-story condo. What a gift to their de-
veloper chums! The problem is that Canada’s plutocrats and their bought-and-paid-for politicians are all profiting handsomely from escalating real estate prices, so nobody wants the bubble to burst. If only the loyalty that our politicians show for the onepercenters that they labour so tirelessly on behalf of could be shown for ordinary working Canadians. Maybe then our immigrants would be more inclined to stay. Andy Braid, Kars
The Editor, When my wife and I purchased our residential property in Richmond, back in 1976, it included a back parcel of land bordering on King Street. This parcel comprises three potential building lots each 70’ by 210’, with an open view of the Jock River. While lower portions of this land are subject to a minor degree of
flooding during the spring meltdown, the water typically dissipates completely in a couple of days, as the Jock River all but disappears with the land being completely dry until the next spring. The top most portion of land (70’ by 210’) is actually on higher ground and has never come close to any degree of flooding. However, the RVCA has designated
the entire parcel as flood plain, along with all of the related restrictions. While there are also a number of long-established houses along Strachan Street, bordering directly on the river, the land on the opposite (north) side of Strachan was also designated as flood plain by the RVCA with all of the related restrictions. However, the obvious utility
of this land led to it eventually being acquired by a developer, who after extended negotiations with the City/ RVCA was able to build multiple prime residences, albeit with the installation of a single drainage chute to offset any potential flood risk. What this demonstrates and confirms is the blatant overreach of the RVCA in
designating any minor portion of land as flood plain, along with the related restrictions, or any consideration of alternatives to freeing up the land. My own three potential building lots could readily be subject to a minor degree of fill, with little risk or impact. But this is not something the RVCA would ever consider, despite the current high demands for
housing. At the very least the City/RVCA should be liable for some amount of offsetting compensation. The one remaining building lot (70’ by 150’) on the parcel mentioned above, recently sold for around $250,000. My own potential building lots should at least be subject to similar consideration. Bill Williams, Richmond
RVCA needs to be disbanded or otherwise controlled regarding flood plains
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This is my last column as I am retiring as President of the Manotick Village and Community Association at our Annual General meeting on May 26. So I thought I would take this opportunity to reflect on my time with the MVCA Board. After 10 years on the Board, which included five years as President, I have had the opportunity to work with many dedicated people in the village as well as at the City. It has been an interesting time and I have been very fortunate to have been supported by an excellent team on the Board. As they say “it takes a village” and that is definitely true of Manotick. There are so many people who are dedicated to ensuring that the quality of life of our residents continues to be a good one. There are people who organize community events, sit on boards of local organizations, raise money for local causes and help out with as little as a few hours a year to hundreds of hours a year. Some sign up as a way to meet other people in the Village and others because they want to contribute in some way, however small. We sometimes forget the important role of volunteers in
VOICE by Grace Thrasher, President, Manotick Village and Community Association (MVCA)
our community. Without them, there would be no Santa Claus parade, no Dickinson Days, no Taste of Manotick, no Soap Box Derby and Picnic nor Shiverfest. We would not have a fabulous addition to the arena, Mahogany Dock or the new basketball court/outdoor rink in Centennial Park. And working together gets better results than working in silos. It has been an honour to have worked with other community groups and organizations towards achieving common goals. For my part, I am most proud of the advocacy work we did on truck traffic, the Task Force on Revitalization, the Official Plan and the Growth Management Strategy. And I continue to be amazed by the work of our organizers of Shiverfest, Picnic in the Park and the Soap Box Derby. They bring so much to the community and do not look for recognition. With so many volunteers, it would be unfair to try to name
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Career Goals: “After high school hope to go to on our web Isite at www.manuniversity somewhere near otickvca.org . Refreshments the east coast; hopefully in will be served. kinesiology. My top choice schools are University of Reminder: Carleton All New Brunswick in St. John, Candidates Meeting and Dalhousie in Halifax. The All-Candidates meeting After that, I hope to pursue will be held Tuesday, May 17th a career in either athletic at 7 p.m. on Zoom. The canditherapy, or education.” dates include incumbent Goldie Ghamari, Liberal candidate Tom Dawson, candidate After sufferingNDP numerous Kevin St. Denis and Green canconcussions, Melita Wyche didate Cody Zulinski. turned to coaching. PHILL POTTER PHOTO
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Victoria Day is much more than just the unofficial beginning of summer SUMMER JOBS
Victoria Day in Canada is a statutory holiday and is celebrated on the Monday before or on the 24th of May in honour of the birthdays of Queen Victoria and the reigning sovereign. Victoria Day is widely celebrated across the country in various celebration forms and formally marks the beginning of summer. The Birthday of the monarch was a day of celebration long before the federation. The parliament of the province of Canada created legislation in 1834 recognizing the 24th of May as the Queens birthday. It was noted that on this same day in 1854 was the 35th birthday of Queen Victoria. Who was Queen Victoria?
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She was the Queen of Great Britain and Ireland from 1837 until her death in 1901. She married her first cousin Albert in 1840 and was the mother of four sons and five daughters. She exerted limited influence as a peacemaker in world affairs during her reign. She died in the Isle of Wight in January 1901. Following the death of Queen Victoria in 1901, 24th
of May was declared Empire Day, and the reigning sovereigns celebrated their birthdays on various dates. The Governor General in council moved Empire Day to the Monday before 24th May in 1952 and to be known as Victoria Day. Many cities hold parades: other celebrations consist of evening firework displays and as this is a long weekend many Canadians head for the parks and beaches to have a day relaxing from work and school. It is the first popular weekend for spring / summer travel. Many people open up their cottages, plant gardens, or just get away. Expect crowds at resorts, hotels campgrounds and busy high-
ways. banks, schools, many stores and businesses are closed on the Monday. Dickinson Square in Manotick is open daily from 10.00 – 4:45. The Mill is a unique 1860’s grist and flour mill on the shores of the Rideau River with a remarkable history. It has a lot to offer its visitors, not only can you see flour being made as it was in Queen Victoria’s era; you can visit the gift shop or buy some duck chow for our winged friends along the shore. The Dickinson House, displaying the traditional home of the Mill owners is open as well for visitors. Enjoy the holidays and drive carefully.
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Congratulations to Grace Thrasher, Manotick Village and Community Association President, on receiving the Mayor’s City Builder Award. The award was presented by Mayor Watson along with Councillors Scott Moffatt and George Darouze. Family and fellow Board members were present to celebrate her achievements over many years of service. Supporting Grace’s nomination, other Manotick leaders called her tireless, forward thinking and collaborative. The Mayor cited her leadership on Village Core Revitalization, Secondary Plan, Ward Boundary Review and several key initiatives. Adding levity, he quipped that the Soap Box Derby was his favourite community event. The ceremony can be watched on YouTube (May 11th proceedings). City of Ottawa photo
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The annual celebration of Manotick’s history is back after a two- year absence. It kicks off with a parade and fireworks on Friday, June 3. Saturday features a pancake breakfast, family variety show from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.,
craft fair and horse drawn rides through the Village. Come and visit the MVCA booth where we will be selling popcorn and cotton candy as well as memberships. A BBQ to raise funds for Ukraine will be held on June 5 at noon. Details at www.manotickvillage.com
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There is lots of construction in the Village core with the building of the new Royal LePage offices on Main Street and the construction of the condominiums on Highcroft. We can expect to see the old Hamilton law office at the corner of Highcroft and Main demolished
in the coming months. Watson’s Mill will be open seven days a week starting on May 21. The Manotick Farmer’s Market will be located in the Mill Square this year, starting on June 4 at Dickinson Days. Follow us on Twitter @ manotickvca and Facebook and Instagram
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Municipal election period begins with a realigned and renamed Ward 21 The 2022 City of Ottawa Municipal Election period is now upon us. This will be an election that brings significant change to City Hall and not just with who gets elected. You may recall that on January 27, 2021, City Council approved the Ward Boundary Review, which shifted some lines between wards and also added a new ward, bringing our total Council size to 24 Councillors plus the Mayor. Due to another change, this time from the Provincial Government, the new term of Council begins on November 15, 2022, and that’s when the new ward structure and new names will come into effect. You will see our new ward name, Rideau-Jock, on election signs when that period begins. The sign period is also new this election. In the past, you’d see signs on private property 60 days before election day and on public property 30 days before. Under the new rules, all signs are now permitted 45 days before election day.
WARD 21 REPORT by Councillor Scott Moffatt
The changes to our ward are not significant. The newer communities in Barrhaven and Stittsville will shift out of Ward 21 and into their respective neighbouring wards and the Reid Industrial Park, off Carp Road, will shift back into Ward 5, West CarletonMarch. The rest of the ward remains the same except for the name. For more information about the election, residents can visit Ottawa.ca/vote and there is also a “Who is running in my ward?” tool to make it all a little easier. Lansdowne Park Something that will likely be a topic of discussion during that election, just as it was in the 2010 election, will be the plans for Lansdowne Park. Two weeks ago, our Finance
and Economic Development Committee approved in principle a business plan and funding strategy to redevelop Lansdowne with a new event centre, to replace the Civic Centre, along with new north side stands, and increased residential buildings on site. The Ottawa Sports and Entertainment Group (OSEG) has proposed a concept plan for a state-of-the-art, 5,500seat event centre to help bring more concerts and cultural events to Ottawa. The event centre would be built east of the football field and west of the Great Lawn. To better support outdoor events, OSEG also proposes to remove the aging north side stands, replacing them with facilities that would be fully compliant with current accessibility standards. The Civic Centre arena and
existing retail space would be replaced with a two-storey retail building that could eventually be expanded with up to 1,200 new residential units, including 120 affordable ones, directly above it. The total capital cost for the project is estimated at $332.6 million, but there would be no additional costs to taxpayers. Redevelopment would be funded through the sale of air rights and debt funding, along with some City capital budget funding for internal costs. Annual debt servicing would be funded by the property tax uplift, ticket surcharge revenues from Lansdowne games and events, and any revenue from Lansdowne operations. This plan is still subject to Council approval on May 25th and the final decision will rest with the next term of Council after a public consul-
tation period to be carried out in the coming months. Mayor’s City Builder Award At our most recent Council meeting, I had the pleasure of returning to Council chambers for the first time since February 2020 for one reason, and one reason only. That reason is none other than Manotick’s very own, Grace Thrasher. As many of you are already well aware, Grace has been volunteering her time in numerous capacities in support of the Manotick community for many years. Early in her volunteering journey, Grace assisted with fundraising and annual events like Shiverfest, the summer picnic and soap box derby. That soap box derby holds a special place for me from a purely selfish perspective due to my 5-1 re-
cord versus Pierre Poilievre. The only time he defeated me, he crashed his cart into the Manotick Legion’s shed. I digress. From 2012 to 2017, Grace served as the Treasurer for the Manotick Village & Community Association and was elected President of the Board in 2017, where she still serves, until later this month. Grace has had many accomplishments throughout her time in civic leadership and community-building. This includes leading Manotick’s Task Force on Village Core Revitalization as well as advocating for our community to committees and government representatives on topics like the Manotick Secondary Plan, Transportation Master Plan, and the Ward Boundary Review.
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A new, overhauled city council will inherit a mess left by current council In five months, Ottawa residents will elect a new City Council, and by new, I mean there will be many fresh faces around the Council table. Mayor Watson and at least eight Councillors have announced they will not seek re-election. There are many who feel a new City Council can’t take over soon enough; There’s been animosity and divisiveness that has led to full scale meltdowns. Not to mention, the major issues we’ve handled have, for the most part, had poor outcomes. Remember the Mayor’s slogan on the LRT: “On Time and On Budget?” I think “We Bought a Lemon” would be more fitting. A judicial inquiry into Phase
One of the LRT is currently underway. Lansdowne Live, under our current partnership with the Ottawa Sports and Entertainment Group, has been a commercial and financial failure. The new super library is $100,000,000 over budget, but hey, don’t worry, we’ll just add it to the debt. OC Transpo is bleeding red ink and has been for years, but no one at the top has the guts to
cut runs not carrying passengers. I tried but I was told that it would strand some people. The bus union also had a fit: Fewer runs and routes could lead to job cuts. So, we continue to run empty buses, despite the costly price tag. Meanwhile, suburban Councillors like me are told that it will be years before we get the much-needed infrastructure like paved roads instead of just poorly patched ones. Need a light at a dangerous intersection? The wait is 10 years. We’re leaving a mess for the new Council - There’s no other way to say it. Ottawa is $3B in debt, and I know many will say the pandemic is to blame. Yes,
it has had a negative impact, but at the heart of Ottawa’s problems are poorly planned and executed projects that end up costing us dearly. If that legacy isn’t enough, this Council, is being pushed to deal with two especially important and expensive issues before the end of the term: Phase Two of Lansdowne has a price tag of $330,000,000, and the Ottawa Hospital has requested $151,000,000 as the city’s contribution for the new facility. Staff and the Mayor assure everyone these won’t cost taxpayers. Want to bet on that? At the last Council meeting on May 11th, the Mayor said dealing with big projects and
money issues should not be considered inappropriate, that Councils govern for four years. But here’s the problem with pushing forward now, even if the Council elected after October 24th is not bound by our decisions: By giving staff directions to work on funding options for Lansdowne and the Ottawa Hospital, we are in fact signaling approval, which could prove challenging for the new Council if it wants to change course. So, on top of our current $3B debt, they’ll be forced to approve two plans that together will cost another half billion. Our city has been good at down-playing debt, and anyone on Council who questions price
tags and worries about where the money will come from, is vilified as not being a “community builder.” I want to be a community builder. I want to see our capital city boast new and exciting projects. I want it to show off its new state of the art hospital. Many on the current Council want to tie the hands of the next Council, just to be able to claim they pushed them through. It’s not in the best interest of Ottawa and taxpayers, but then again, it never is with the majority who run this current Council.
otick but also a tremendous ally in advancing priorities. Thank you, Grace! For those of you who may be unaware, the Mayor’s City Builder Award is a civic honour, created to recognize an individual, group
or organization that, through outstanding volunteerism or exemplary action, has demonstrated an extraordinary commitment to making our city a better place today and for the future. This may include lifelong service, out-
standing acts of kindness, inspiring charitable work, community building or other exemplary achievements. Individuals, groups, or organizations may be nominated by Members of Council or the public. If you
are interested in nominating someone, feel free to contact our office for assistance. If you have any comments, questions, concerns, or simply to follow up on that whole nomination thing I just mentioned
in the last paragraph, feel free to email me at Scott. Moffatt@ottawa.ca or contact me by phone at 613-580-2491. For information on Ward 21 issues, please visit TeamTwentyOne.ca.
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moffatt continues from page 10 On a personal note, I have been fortunate to have Grace leading the MVCA and working with our office. Her passion for the community and commitment to a strong working relationship made her an asset to Man-
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How school shopping has changed in the pandemic era Back-to-school shopping sales have long been indicators that the summer vacation season is coming to a close. Students and their parents may visit area stores or browse online looking for items to make the coming school year a success. Those lists have looked similar for decades, but shopping for school supplies in the pandemic era may prove to be a unique experi-
ence. Though hundreds of millions of adults and adolescents have now been vaccinated against COVID-19, there figures to be some lingering effects of the pandemic during the upcoming school year. That could affect which school supplies families buy in the weeks to come. Here’s a look at some of the latest trends. · A shift from physical
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become less necessary: In 2020, Deloitte forecasted that a shift in preferences and intentions would result in parents buying fewer traditional supplies, such as notebooks and office supplies, as they chose to invest in digital resources to supplement children’s education. That shift likely will continue into this school year. · Support for local re-
tailers: Community spirit grew in the early days of the pandemic and continues now. Many people prefer to shop in locally owned stores. Eighty percent of customers surveyed feel more or as connected to their communities, according to the business industry consultant company Accenture. · Customers are trying new brands and products:
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Heritage Fair will celebrate the history of the Aberdeen Pavilion By Jim Watson, Mayor Yes, the old Ottawa Ex is being revived for one day this summer! After decades of being nothing more than a parking lot surrounded by crumbling infrastructure, we revitalized Lansdowne Park and made it a real people place with new sports teams, retail, restaurants – not to mention a tremendous amount of greenspace, trees, gardens – and even an apple orchard. Lansdowne is a jewel in Ottawa’s crown – and it’s in no small part because of the wonderful heritage buildings we have preserved on that site and once again made available to the public. Both the Aberdeen Pavilion and the Horticulture Building have become very popular venues. The Aberdeen Pavilion is a one-of-a-kind structure that dates back to 1898,
when it was built to welcome the Central Canada Agricultural Exhibition. In the following years, it also served as a meeting point for soldiers heading to combat in the Boer War and World War I – but also as an ice pad where the original Ottawa Senators won the Stanley Cup in 1904. That building has seen it all – and it remains today the only unsupported building of its kind in North America. Unfortunately, after decades of neglect in the second half of the 20th century, the Aberdeen Pavilion was abandoned and taken over by thousands of pigeons before being condemned for demolition. On July 2nd, 1992, Council voted to reverse that decision and to invest the funds required to save the building and to restore it to its former glory. I was pleased to work with councillors Peter Hume and Joan O’Neill to
put together a package to save and restore the pavilion. I am proud that we’ve worked with the Central Canada Exhibition Association and a number of key partners to mark the 30th anniversary of that important day on July 2nd this summer. For the occasion, we will host an old-fashioned exhibition at Lansdowne that will undoubtedly bring back some good memories for many residents who enjoyed the Ex – and probably create some new ones for those who weren’t around at the time. This one-day event promises to be a great time for guests of all ages, with a number of attractions that will be available free of charge. These include an Ottawa Archives exhibit on the Ex, live entertainment in English and French throughout the day, an antique Ferris wheel, carou-
The Aberdeen Pavilion at Lansdowne Park was built in 1898.
sel rides, carnival games, buskers, local fair booths and food vendors, a classic automobile demo, a farmers’ market, a petting zoo, and a TD Place “fun zone” that involves locker room visits with local athletes
and mascots… and much more! I hope to see many of you out on July 2nd to celebrate the history of Lansdowne Park and the Aberdeen Pavilion from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., beginning
with a Freedom of the City ceremony at 9:30 a.m. featuring various dignitaries. Please visit www.Ottawa.ca/AberdeenHeritageFair for more details ahead of this fun exhibition!
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Morris family members inducted to provincial newspaper hall of fame Special to the Messenger OCNA – Four members of the Morris family, including Manotick Messenger co-founders John and Jeff Morris, have been inducted into the Ontario Community Newspaper Association Hall of Fame. The inductions were announced April 29 during the OCNA’s annual convention, which was held virtually. Also inducted into the OCNA Hall of Fame were Bill Cavell, Iroquois Falls Enterprise Publisher who spent 72 years in the newspaper business; Wayne Green, longtime editor and publisher of the Kapuskasing Northern Times and the New Liskeard Temiskaming Speaker; and former TorStar Vice-President Ron Lenyk. All of the Hall of Fame inductions were awarded posthumously, except for Jeff Morris. Jack Morris began his newspaper career at the Chesterville Record in the 1920s as a “printer’s devil” and spent
65 years in the community newspaper business. It would have been more, but he served as an intelligence officer in WWII. In 1947, he accepted a job as the editor of the Prescott Journal. He became a partner in 1949, and he became sole proprietor of the business in 1963. Jack sold his interests in the company to his sons, John and Robin, in 1976 and stepped back from the day-today operations of the business, though he remained on staff as a reporter and columnist. Jack was an Ontario Community Newspapers Association board member and president, as well as a board member and president for the Canadian Community Newspapers Association. He received the Canadian Community Newspapers Association Gold Quill Award in 1976 for 50 years of distinguished service to the community newspaper industry. He was a pioneer in modern typography and was the first community newspaper publisher in Canada to convert to cold type and
go to offset. Jack was heavily involved in the community, and in 1967, he published a book on the rich history of Prescott. He was involved in the publishing of 3,276 community newspapers during his career. In 1989, Jack Morris was honoured with a CCNA Honorary Life Membership.
Following father’s footsteps
John Morris followed in the footsteps of his father. He had a similar passion for the community, and for the newspaper business. At the age of 15, he revived the school’s student newspaper, and he also worked for his father as the Prescott Journal’s high school sports reporter. In 1957, 21-year-old John Morris went to the bank to get a loan and bought the Kemptville Advance. He was editor and publisher of the Advance until 1964, when he sold it to join his father at St. Lawrence Printing Company, publishers of the Prescott Journal
and Cardinal News. In 1976, Morris purchased the Tupper Lake Free Press in Tupper Lake, NY, and then the Gouverneur (NY) Tribune in the late 1980s. He also partnered with his younger brother Robin to purchase the Chesterville Record, the newspaper where his father’s newspaper career began. While their newspaper company was growing and flourishing at that time, the two brothers purchased the Winchester Press in 1980. In 1986, John launched the Manotick Messenger with the help of his family, and from that newspaper spawned the Barrhaven Independent in 1990. John’s lifetime in newspapers led to major contributions to the industry across Canada. He served for more than 20 years on the board of directors of both the OCNA and CCNA, and was the OCNA president in 1990. Throughout his career, he won numerous provincial and national awards for news, feature and editorial writing, photography, layout, design,
and community service. He, as well, was honoured with a Gold Quill Award in 2002. Before his passing, he released his book, Morrises’ History of Prescott 1800‐2000. He wanted to update and build on his father’s book. His book not only tells the historical facts of the town, but it also focuses on the people and characters who built and grew Prescott.
Passion for journalism
Robin Morris was often in the shadow cast by his father and his brother, who was nearly 15 years his senior. Like Jack and John, he had a strong passion for local history and an even stronger passion for journalism. While John and Jack were in Prescott, Robin spent much of the 1970s working in Chesterville and then Winchester. He launched the United Counties Agri-News and grew it into one of Eastern Canada’s largest and most successful rural agricultural newspapers. He returned to Prescott to be
the editor of the Journal in the early 1980s. Robin also grew the family business by launching the Russell Villager, which operated for decades before merging with the Chesterville Record. Robin’s attention to detail was impeccable, which resulted in the Morris newspapers being among the most acclaimed publications in the country. All three of the newspapers were regular OCNA award winners. He also established himself as one of the best news and sports photographers in the industry in Canada. While Jack was a pioneer in printing, Robin had an eye for technological advancement within the business. He was among the first community newspaper publishers in the province to use digital photography, and he was also one of the first in Canada to use MacIntosh computers for desktop publishing.
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MANOTICK MESSENGER hof continues from page 14 Robin served on the OCNA board of directors for a number of years and served as president in 1991. He also played a key role in the establishment and growth of the Association’s reciprocal insurance exchange. He received his Silver Quill Award for distinguished service to the community newspapers in 2003. Jeff Morris began his career in community newspapers as a nine-year-old, working in the Prescott Journal mailroom after school and landing his first Wednesday afternoon paper route. He continued to work in the family newspaper business throughout high school, covering events at the school during the school year. In the summers, he worked as a full-time sports reporter while helping out with obituaries, production, page layout, collation and store deliveries. Morris went to Carleton University to study Journalism and Communications. He was recruited by the school to play football, and he played for the Ravens from 1982-86. Morris graduated from Carleton as the Ravens’ all-time scoring leader and is one of only a handful of players in Carleton history to
be named league all-star three times. In 1986, while he was in his final year at Carleton, he joined the family business fulltime and was involved in the launch of the Manotick Messenger with his parents, John and Beth. He began his career selling advertising and eventually transitioned back to the editorial side of things. In the late 1980s, Morris helped lay the groundwork for, and was involved in the 1990 launch of the Barrhaven Independent. He was a part of the editorial staff at the Independent for two years, before leaving the family business to take a job with Trajan Publishing in St. Catharines as the editor of Canadian Sportscard Collector magazine. Morris transitioned from journalism to marketing in 1996, joining Pinnacle Brands, Inc. in Dallas as a brand manager. He went on to become a marketing and product development executive for Collector’s Edge (Denver), Shop at Home Television (Nashville), and Pacific Trading Cards (Seattle). During this time, he was also an NHL columnist for ESPN.com.
Following the passing of his father in 2004, Jeff returned to Canada to work in the family business. He purchased the Manotick Messenger and Barrhaven Independent from his mother, Beth, in 2017. He also served on the OCNA’s CNRIE board and was President for four years. Between 2005 and 2021, Morris was a top-three finalist for more than 60 OCNA awards. He is a two-time winner of the OCNA Stephen Shaw Reporter of the Year Award, a two-time winner of the OCNA Humour Columnist of the Year, a winner of the OCNA Columnist of the Year Award, and he was also a winner of the CCNA Award for best local editorial. He says the highlight of his newspaper career was being able to work through two bouts of bone marrow/plasma cancer. In 2019 he lost a quarter of his skull to a tumour that had penetrated his brain. He had a craniotomy and brain surgery on May 9 and was able to put a newspaper out four days later. In 2020, after a stem cell transplant, he produced and sent four editions of the Messenger and Independent to print from
Strong year for Messenger at provincial newspaper awards virtual gala Special to the Messenger
OCNA – Four members of The Manotick Messenger and its sister publication, the Barrhaven Independent, were recognized with provincial awards at the Ontario Community Newspaper Association’s virtual awards gala held April 29. A story that ran in the Messenger and Barrhaven Independent on local protests about farming legislation in India won second place for the Best Rural Story. The story, written by Jeff Morris, focused on how the legislation was financially devastating farmers in India, and how the many Indo-Canadian residents in the areas had family members that were directly affected by the new laws, which have since been overturned. Niagara-on-the-Lake, the Lake Report took first place in the category, while the Aylmer
Express was third. In the category for best Arts and Entertainment Storey, the Messenger placed third for its feature story on the 50th anniversary of the 1970 Miss World Pageant, which was won by longtime Manotick resident Jennifer Hosten. Representing her home country of Grenada, Hosten became the first Black woman to ever win the pageant. The feature, written by Jeff Morris with the layout and graphics done by Skyler Fraser, included Hosten’s memories of the controversial pageant and how it impacted her life. The feature also coincided with the release of the movie Miss Behaviour, which is based on the pageant. The movie stars Keira Knightley and Gugu Mbatha-Raw. The Barrhaven Independent won a first place award for the Best Feature Series. To cele-
brate their 30th anniversary, the Independent ran a series of features called “30 Years, 30 People,” which featured 30 people who helped build and shape the community between 1990 and 2020. The Messenger placed sixth overall among all newspapers in the General Excellence category for newspapers with a circulation between 6,500 and 12,499. Finishing in first place in the category was Haliburton, The Highlander, with second and third going to the Fort Erie Post and Niagara-on-theLake, The Lake Report. The Voice of Pelham placed fourth and the Bracebridge Examiner was fifth. Among other area newspapers in the category, the Smiths Falls Record News placed 10th and the Kemptville Advance placed 11th. The Carleton Place/Almonte Canadian Gazette was 14th while the Perth Courier was 16th.
Four members of the Morris family, who have run the Barrhaven Independent for more than 30 years, were inducted into the Ontario Community Newspaper Association Hall of Fame. From left to right are Robin, Jack, Jeff and John Morris. The photo was taken in 1989, when Jack Morris received an Honourary Life Membership from the Canadian Community Newspapers Association. OCNA Photo
his bed at the Ottawa Cancer Centre. “If my father, my uncle and grandfather would be proud of me for anything, it would be that,” he says. “Being a Morris means having a relentless work ethic and a thirst
for excellence, and I learned that from all members of my family.” The OCNA Hall of Fame Award recognizes and celebrates individuals who have made exemplary contributions to Ontario’s community news-
papers. Inductees are respected community news professionals who have remained passionate about the industry throughout challenges, opportunities, and changes. They are leaders who have helped community newspapers adapt and grow.
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passengers between Ottawa and Kingston, servicing all the tiny villages that had sprung up along the route. In 1850 Dickinson’s fleet numbered 16 steamers and 60 barges. In late 1859 and early 1860, Dickinson and his partner Joseph Currier built the Mill in Manotick. The following year Moss’ wife Elizabeth died five months after the birth of daughter Elizabeth. From 1864 to 1866 Dickinson was the Mayor of Ottawa. In 1867 Dickinson built the fine old home, directly across from the Mill in Manotick. The building served as general store and the first post office in the new town, then in 1870 he moved his family into it to be closer to the milling business.
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Ghamari riding strong local track record in re-election campaign Candidate Q and A By Charlie Senack
Background: The riding of Carleton has sent a Conservative to Queen’s Park every election since 1871. In the latest June 2018 election four years ago, Progressive Conservative candidate Goldie Ghamari won with a little over 51 per cent of the vote. Before politics Ghamari was a small business owner and lawyer. Q: You are wrapping up your first term in office and are seeking a second term as Carleton’s representative at Queens Park. What do you find some of your biggest accomplishments are from the last four years? A: When the Liberal government was in power for 15 years, not only did they make a huge mess across the province, but they really ignored the needs and concerns of people in Carleton. There were not enough schools, there was not enough infra-
structure, no one in Ottawa was really being supported. Riverside South had been trying to get a public high school for 15 years. I was very, very proud that within two years of being elected, I was able to secure the funding. I’ve also managed to secure funding for eight other schools, three of which are in this side of the riding. On the infrastructure side one of the local announcements I’m really excited about is the Manotick Arts, Culture and Recreation Association. They applied for funding to rebuild and revitalize the centennial community centre, and make it more accessible and family friendly, while providing resources and a place for families to go and work out. The province is giving them over $360,000 to help get that project built. Q: Saying you are elected for a second term, what are some of your wants for the riding of Carleton and Ottawa as a whole?
A: There is still a lot I want to do and I think the last four years really speaks to our government’s priorities and commitments. We are the only party that will get it done, and looking at it on a local level, actions speak louder than words. We have a plan to build new homes, new roads, new highways. We have a plan to give you a break and put more money back in your pockets while making Ontario more affordable. With the pandemic that’s been difficult for all of us and nobody ever really imagined we’d be going through this. I’m so glad we are on the other side of it now and I can’t think of anyone else being at the helm other than Premier Doug Ford. Q: You mention Premier Doug Ford and his handling of the pandemic. There has been some controversy over some decisions that were and weren’t made. How do you feel the government’s response has been? A: To date we have in-
vested nearly $20 billion in responding to the COVID-19 pandemic. That money includes over $3 billion in support to 210,000 small businesses; $60 million to help businesses offset their costs; over $1.6 billion in the 20202021 school year alone for safe schools reopening $1.5 billion to support long term care; and $703 million to add over 3100 hospital beds. I think moving forward we know that COVID is not going away, but the important thing we look at is even though COVID has become an endemic, it’s really about hospital capacity and utilization. Even though numbers are up it’s not the same as before. We have vaccines, PPE, there are antiviral medications. Q: Funding for new schools has been a priority for you, but as the community continues to grow, the need for even more is present. Infrastructure will also need to keep pace. If elected again, what are your main pieces you want to advocate for?
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A: We are going to be investing $14 billion over the next 10 years to build schools and give the next generation the skills they need to work in the workplace. If I’m re-elected, I’ll be fighting for a piece of that funding to get even more schools built in the area. With respect to traffic
and safety, I know that’s a big concern and a number of constituents have reached out to me about. It really is at the municipal level but my role as your provincial MPP is to communicate and share these concerns with the local city councillors and make sure that constituent voices are being heard.
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Liberal candidate Dawson has deep political roots in the community Candidate Q and A By Charlie Senack
Background: In the last election, the Liberals in Carleton came in third place with a little over 19 per cent of the vote. In this election Tom Dawson is running as the Liberal candidate. Dawson was born and raised in Osgoode, and has worked for Canadians over the past two decades, including as a diplomat. Dawson’s greatgrandfather Adam Acres was the MPP for Carleton from 1923 to 1948. Q: It seems politics runs through your blood. Why are you running as the Liberal candidate in Carleton? A: I’ve been involved in community activities from the get-go. I was in the first
Osgoode Scout troop back in the day, I volunteered on the Osgoode Village Community Association, and it was a real privilege to be the chair of the Winchester Hospital foundation. I want the best for my hometown and riding. I think we deserve better and more responsive representation; that’s what I keep hearing at the doors constantly. Q: Saying you are the next representative to Queen’s Park, what are some of the biggest priorities that are on your mind? A: My issues have to be the residents’ issues. What I’m hearing day after day, at every second door, is affordability, cost of living, and housing. That’s closely followed by healthcare and education. Par-
ents who have kids, parents who have their own aging parents are worried about them. The last few years of this pandemic, everyone is really starting to focus on what’s important to them at the core. It comes down to their friends, family and community, and also being able to thrive. I don’t think that’s happening right now. Q: The COVID-19 pandemic has certainly changed circumstances for a lot of people. How well do you think the government handled response to this health crisis over the last two years? A: I think any leader, any politician, anyone in an authority position could have been forgiven for how they handled
the first or second wave; it’s something that no one had seen in 100 years. But in times of crisis you need to learn, adapt and be flexible. I think that’s what we didn’t see from the Ford government. I think an example of that is the decision to lift the mask mandate immediately after March Break. It’s a period where people are out and about, some people are out on vacation again… At least give it a few weeks to see how we are doing. Ontario was the most locked down part of the western world for schools, and that wasn’t good for kids, that wasn’t good for parents. I’d like to bring the ability to learn from what’s happened and apply it immediately.
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been a high school in walking distance in the works ages ago. The parents that I’ve spoken to love our idea of lower class sizes because they want kids to have more individual attention, especially after the last few years. We are bringing in mental health support for students and staff, and that brings a wave of relief across peoples faces because everyone acknowledges it’s been a tough time and might need some support.
Q: The Liberal Party has recently launched their full campaign platform which includes the promise of $1 a fare transit or $40 for a monthly pass. It sounds great on paper but where does that funding come from and how will it benefit Carleton residents who have limited access or no access to public transit? A:Part of the plan is to expand bus service and public transport for citizens who want it. For
example, Metcalfe has one bus a week. Maybe that’s all they want, but maybe they want more, so we need to find out. I know Findlay Creek and Riverside South want more bus service so that’s something we’d ramp up. Now that you have the option of $1 a fare, which is half a litre of gas, people are paying attention to that. When I talk about a plan I can stand behind, all the numbers are there; anyone can read how much it’s going to cost.
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NDP candidate St. Denis brings global experience as a teacher to election Candidate Q and A By Charlie Senack
Background: in 2018 the New Democrats picked up an orange wave of support across the province after Kathleen Wynne and the Liberals lost official party status with only seven seats, the worst governing party defeat in Ontario history. That election saw the Carleton NDP’s come in second place with about 22 per cent of the vote. This election, Kevin St. Denis will be representing the party locally on the ballot. St. Denis is an occasional teacher with the OCDSB, and has also taught in various parts of the world including Poland and Tanzania. Q: It’s my understanding you are fairly new to the political world after dedicating a large portion of your working life to education. Why are you representing the NDP in Carleton this election? A: I began working with
the local NDP candidate during the federal election, and I became inspired. The teacher connection makes a lot of sense for me; I’ve seen a lot of what should be done and it would be nice to help them out. Q: Education is clearly a big passion for you and a motivating factor for you in this election. It also gives you a unique perspective. What is your biggest want for schools in Carleton, and would you like to see more built quickly? A: I’m cognizant of the fact that these things do take time, but time isn’t something that the young people get to have. If we properly support them is how we set them up for the future. We need them to have the resources today. Being crammed into classrooms doesn’t facilitate the kid if support a student needs. It’s one thing to get your passing mark and move onto the next grade, but I feel like we should be setting them up to not just
succeed, but excel. I’m talking about things like educational assistants, learning support teachers. Even a little bit of one-on-one students doesn’t only make them feel like they can go on to succeed, but it also helps them feel supported. Q: Two years into a global health pandemic, COVID-19 will be a big talking point in this provincial election. How would you rate the governments handling of the pandemic? A: As far as a rating system goes, I think it’s really difficult. We will call it coincidental to give everyone the benefit of the doubt, but Ontario apparently had the most online (schooling) time in North America. Is it a coincidence that the government pushed us to move online before the pandemic kept us online the longest amount of time? There are many people who view school as their safe place; they are happy to be there.
I’m focusing a lot on education because of my background, but additionally we saw the long-term care situation. I’m hurt by it, I didn’t have to see it, and I guess one of the big problems is people were separated away from their loved ones and didn’t get to see it. It really exposed the problem that a lot of us already anticipated with privatization of essential services.
Q: Saying you are elected to be the next Queen’s Park representative for Carleton, what would you like to do to make the riding better for everyone? A: My lens has always been through the young people, but talking to some of the older people recently, a lot of the problems happening are really affecting them. I have a hard time deflecting things like health care or the environment from the local perspective. We saw the supply change crisis, despite being surrounded by farms. It seems like here is
Kevin St. Denis is running as the NDP candidate in the June 2 provincial election.
a real chance for a reckoning where we can put a real focus on our farmers who are sitting there and working for us. For Carleton I think it would be really great if we look at green initiatives especially. We want the students in my schools to remain interested in the (farming) industry they are being taught for
free. Some of my students will sometimes miss class because they are going to farm fairs and come back talking about how excited they are about how their goat did. I think Carleton would do well to have their farmland preserved and maybe not paved over, and maybe not outsourced to foreign producers.
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OCDSB approves plan to deal with Vimy Ridge PS overcrowding By Charlie Senack The Ottawa Carleton District School board has approved a new plan to deal with overcrowding at Vimy Ridge Public School in Findlay Creek. The board has unanimously approved a motion to transition any new elementary school students moving into the community to Robert Bateman Public School for Kindergarten to Grade 6, and Roberta Bondar Public School for Grades 7 and 8. The changes take effect January 1, 2023. “It’s straight up Bank Street, it’s about seven kilometres away, so it’s a doeable bus ride,” said Karyn Carty-Ostafichuk, manager of planning at the OCDSB. “We couldn’t look at Roberta Bondar alone because it does have a full grade compli-
ment from kindergarten to grade eight. They are approaching 100 per cent utilization, so adding all of the students that we see growing in the Findlay Creek community to one of the two schools would probably be overwhelming for it. Robert Bateman does have some excess capacity which could be used for this purpose.” Initial plans were to move grade seven and eight students to Steve MacLean Public School in Riverside South — roughly 10 kilometres away. The students would move over beginning this fall, and over the span of two years. But that plan presented its own challenges. A working group created to find an alternative option strongly opposed the idea, and the moving of students would require
a bell change at Steve MacLean, according to the Ottawa Student Transportation Authority. The Summer Hill community in Riverside South also expressed concerns because their children need to be bused to Farley Mowat Public School in Barrhaven, roughly three to four kilometres away. They’d like to see their kids attend Steve MacLean before welcoming any Findlay Creek students. “We know exactly how many students would be moved in, we know how much it would elevate pressure, and what that means in the school,” Carty-Ostafichuk said. “The bad aspects of it is that Steve MacLean is already above capacity, it’s not as bad as it’s been in the past, but it’s still high. It also means the separa-
tion of some siblings, with some remaining at Vimy ridge, and older siblings going to Steve MacLean.” Under the new plan any current Vimy Ridge Public School students would be grandfathered and not moved. That would also apply to any current residents of Findlay Creek who already live in the community, and for those with siblings already at the school. Carty-Ostafichuk said from examining enrollment, they anticipate about 75 to 100 new students attending Vimy Ridge yearly, and that’s taking into account those who would be grandfathered. If measures to combat the overcrowding weren’t taken, Vimy Ridge, which opened only five years ago, would have been at 181 per cent capacity
by the 2022-2023 school year, and 203 per cent capacity by the 2023-2024 school year. The school currently has around 1,081 students, and with 17 portable classrooms brought in to serve the demand. Vimy Ridge Public is currently the only elementary school in Findlay Creek. However, just weeks ago, the province announced $19 million for a new public elementary school in the community. The board believes that under this new approach, they will avoid disruption for all students and parents involved. CartyOstafichuk said this was the best working group she’s dealt with in her career. Jennifer Jennekens, the OCDSB Trustee for Gloucester-South Ne-
pean/Osgoode, said while it was challenging to come up with a plan, she’s impressed with what’s been tabled. “The current challenge, until the new elementary school is built, is that the present population growth in Findlay Creek is not sustainable resulting in the need for interim measures,” she told the Manotick Messenger. “Interim measures displacing children from their home schools is always challenging for families and complex to find the right balance,” Jennekens added. “As the School Trustee representing this community, I am delighted that a new elementary school will now be funded, and I look forward to working with this community to ensure a speedy timeline for opening day.”
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St. Mark student-athlete hopes to study architecture in university Name: Grace Rabishaw
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Grade: 11 Parents: Vanessa Ripley and Randy Rabishaw Brother: Ewen (14), grade 8, St. Mark High Pet: “I have a 2 years old dog named Fintan. He’s a Wheaten Terrier. We chose an Irish name, because he’s an Irish breed.” Pet Peeves: “My biggest pet peeve is when people are lazy and don’t do something when they are more than capable of doing it. A few more: spoilers in movies; when you lend someone something and you never see it again; slow internet; people who are full of themselves; people who are slow walkers, or stop right in front of you as you are trying to walk.”
Favourite Subjects: “I’m currently taking grade 11 Functions, Indigenous English, Art and Technological Design. I really enjoy the tech course. We have to design and create the blueprints for a house.” What do you enjoy reading for pleasure? “I enjoy reading some novels. However, it is not my favourite thing to do. I’ll sometimes read magazines about home design.” Greatest Accomplishment: “My grandmother says, “You don’t only have one greatest accomplishment. You always push yourself to the limits. Everything you do is a great accomplishment.”
School Activities: “I’m Part-time Work: “Bakcurrently playing Girls kers General Store, located Touch Football and Laon Mitch Owens Rd. We crosse. Two years ago, a sell products from EuroMaple Tea copy_Diversitea Ad 2021-03-30 10:04 AM Page 1 pean countries, some of Girls’ Lacrosse Team was which are the Netherlands, started for the first time (Dutch), Germany, Poland, at St Mark. Unfortunate-
ly, due to the pandemic we were unable to have a season – like all sports at the beginning of the pandemic. This year, the Lacrosse Team was a go, with games scheduled for April and May. Shoutout to Dan Leduc, a parent with a background in lacrosse for coaching and making this season possible.” Other Activities/Interests: “I have danced for over 10 years, taking on jazz, tap and ballet. In ballet, I graduated to wearing point shoes, (the ones you can stand on your toes in). I have also curled for the past 6 or 7 years. I curl out of the Manotick Curling Club. Again, with the pandemic the past couple years have been different. The rules were changed, which annoyed me. After taking 6 years to finally figure out the game, they decide to change it. It really wasn’t that bad. I’m just over exaggerating. As a skip, your goal when your opposer throws a stone, is to remove it from play by sweeping the stone out of the house. Well, we were told we weren’t allowed to do that, which didn’t make me happy, since that was my favourite thing to do. Another rule that changed, was only one
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