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Manotick firefighters were first to respond and out in full force the morning of Fri., Nov. 4 as one of the village’s iconic shops was destroyed by fire. The Gingerbread Man on Tighe Street was destroyed, and also left its owners, Richard Palframan and his wife, Kaori, without a home. The community has responded by raising thousands of dollars through a GoFundMe campaign to support the couple and their dream of rebuilding and reopening. For the full story, see page 4. Photo courtesy of Chris Napior
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Level Up! Skilled Trades Career Fair Nov. 22-23 at EY Centre Last week, it was an honour to attend several Remembrance Day ceremonies in the Carleton riding. Remembrance Day is special because it makes us reflect. Some reflect on family members or people they knew who lost their lives serving our great country. For others, it can be more general as we pay tribute to the multitudes of Canadians who have made sacrifices for this country – from the Battle of Sommes in the First World War to Vimy Ridge and D-Day in the Second World War, the Korean War, and more recently, the wars in Bosnia and Afghanistan. It also reminds us of the important role that our local branches of the Royal Canadian Legion play in the community and in the every day lives of veterans and their families. If you have not been to any of the local Remem-
brance Day services, or have not been for many years, I hope you will consider attending one in your community next year. While the services are somewhat sombre, they always give us a poignant reminder of the incredible sacrifices made by Canadians who have made our country, and the world, better for all. We will remember them.
This week, our hearts go out to Richard Palframan and his wife, Kaori, of Manotick, owners of the Gingerbread Man. The building on Tighe Street served as both their storefront, and their home. While no one was injured
in the blaze, the losses they suffered are unimaginable to most of us. While it will take a long time for them to rebuild their lives and their business, the silver lining in this darkest of clouds has been the response from the community. The genuine care and support shown by the residents of Manotick and the surrounding communities who have been patrons of the Gingerbread man for the past generation is truly remarkable and inspiring.
Fines Doubling for Unethical, Illegal Home Cancellations
The Ontario government is doing more to protect new home buyers by doubling the maximum fines for unethical builders and vendors of new homes who unfairly cancel a new home project or terminate a purchase agreement. Proposed changes under the New Home Construction
Licensing Act (NHCLA), would, if passed, increase existing maximum financial penalties from $25,000 to $50,000 per infraction, with no limit to additional monetary benefit penalties. Under these new changes, unscrupulous developers could now be on the hook for hundreds of thousands of dollars in fines for each unfairly cancelled contract. Unethical developers who engage in these practices could also face the risk of permanently losing their builder’s licence. The proposed changes will also enable the Home Construction Regulatory Authority (HCRA) to use the money received from these penalties to make payments back directly to consumers who have been adversely affected by builders and vendors who break the law. This change would make Ontario the first jurisdiction in Canada to provide such compensation to
consumers. Once proclaimed into force, the HCRA would have the authority to impose financial penalties retroactively to contraventions that occurred on or after April 14, 2022 – the date the More Homes for Everyone Act,2022 received Royal Assent. The government is also doubling maximum financial penalties for repeat offenders of the NHCLA, with individuals now facing charges of $100,000 and corporations of $500,000, up from $50,000 and $250,000 respectively. Individuals found guilty may also face a sentence of up to two years in prison. This builds on the government’s previous efforts to deter unethical builders and vendors, most recently in the More Homes for Everyone Act. The government doubled financial penalties for individuals and corporations who breach
the HCRA’s Code of Ethics by trying to rip off Ontarians to $50,000 for an individual and introduced a new fine for corporations at $100,000. This is the government’s next step in holding builders and vendors of new homes to professional standards under the More Homes For Everyone plan.
Level Up! Skilled Trades Career Fair
The Ontario government is working for workers by launching career fairs this fall to prepare the next generation of young people for rewarding and well-paying jobs in the skilled trades. These fairs address labour shortages in high-demand sectors and help deliver the province’s ambitious infrastructure plans, including building 1.5 million homes by 2031.
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Carleton MPP Goldie Ghamari attended Remembrance Day services in the Carleton riding Sunday. Above, she lays a wreath in Kars, while later on, she assisted with the firing of the cannon during the North Gower ceremony.
GOLDIE continues from page 2 Level Up! is a series of dynamic, multi-day career fairs highlighting the 144 different skilled trades. For the first time, students in grades 7 to 12 will have the opportunity to learn about these trades through interactive exhibitions and hands-on activities, while hearing directly from tradespeople and local employers about these lifechanging careers. The first career fair kicked off October 25 to 27 in Mississauga, with subsequent fairs planned in London, Sudbury, Ottawa, and Thunder Bay. The Ottawa Level Up! Skilled Trades Career Fair is scheduled for Nov. 22 (open house in the evening) and Nov. 23 (10 a.m. – 3 p.m.) at the EY Centre, 4899 Uplands Drive. Additionally, the government is bringing the province’s apprenticeship system into the 21st century. Skilled Trades Ontario (STO) — the provincial agency leading the transition to a simplified, modernized skilled trades and apprenticeship system — is introducing digital logbooks that allow apprentices to electronically track their progress, instead of carrying paper books. This new online solution coincides with the launch of the agency’s official logo and branding, now on their website. These initiatives build on the government’s ongoing efforts to attract, support, and protect workers, making Ontario the top place in the world to work, live and raise
Ontario Supporting Paid Internships for Postsecondary Students
The Ontario government is providing over $10 million to help Mitacs — an organization that builds research partnerships between postsecondary institutions and industry — create 2,700 paid internships for postsecondary students which will help them gain the skills they need to secure indemand jobs after graduation. This latest investment supports high-quality research in the province and demonstrates Ontario’s commitment to experiential learning. Through partnerships with Mitacs, the government is continuing to fund thousands of research internships for undergraduate and graduate students, and postdoctoral fellows. These internships range widely in discipline, with support for key provincial priorities like critical minerals, manufacturing, and health care. For example, interns with the University of Toronto recently worked on a project with local start-up Quantum Bridge Technologies that focused on building a faster, more secure internet for everyday communication and commerce. Ontario’s latest funding for Mitacs builds on the government’s ongoing efforts to help advance Ontario made research and innovation at postsecondary institutions across the province and helps pos-
ition businesses and students for success. Mitacs internships are paid learning placements that last four months and may be online, on-site or a combination of both. The investment will fund internships in the following programs: - Accelerate enables college, polytechnic, and university students across all disciplines to participate in applied research projects, while allowing industry and not-for-profit organizations to
benefit from students’ talents to achieve their innovation goals. - Elevate is a two-year research management training program and postdoctoral fellowship designed to develop critical career skills while completing a collaborative research-based project with a partner organization. - Globalink offers programs designed to promote two-way international research collaborations for senior undergraduate and graduate students. Globalink builds international networks and
experiences, and positions Canada as a top destination for innovation and research. - Business Strategy Internship is a program that offers collaborative internships and matches students with businesses or not-for-profit organizations to apply their technical expertise to support business innovation activities. - Since 2017, Ontario has allocated over $57 million to Mitacs to support up to 14,205 research internships. The government is investing more than $500 million over the next 10 years to
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Inspirations gallery The Manotick Art Association tried something new for their Inspirations Fall Art Show, held at the Manotick United Church Oct. 29-30. Rather than have each artist with a display of their work, the show was set up like an art gallery, showcasing the works of local artists. The show was well-attended and deemed a success by organizaers.
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Community rallies to support Gingerbread Man after devastating fire By Manotick Messenger Staff Manotick and surrounding area are rallying to support the Gingerbread Man, an iconic local business that was devasted by fire Fri., Nov. 4. Firefighters from the Manotick Fire Department were the first on the scene. According to one of the firefighters, their work went beyond fighting the fire as efforts were made to save any inventory and supplies they could. Among the items that were saved were the recipes that were the backbone of what the business was built on. “It’s devastating for us,” said Richard Palframan, whose baked delicacies have been part of the fabric of the village for the past generation. “Obviously this could not have happened at a worse time for us, but the response from the community and the support we have received is incredible. It is very hum-
bling.” Palframan and his wife, Kaori, live upstairs from their business on Tighe Street. Palframan was in the bathroom, about to get in the shower. “I heard something downstairs and at first I thought it was my wife,” he said. “Then I realized it wasn’t, and I went to see what was happening. I was barely dressed.” Palframan went downstairs and the wall of heat burned his hair. The fire would quickly destroy their business, as well as their lives. “It only took about 30 minutes for the fire to consume everything,” he said. Palframan said the fire started between two walls adjacent to the kitchen. It completely destroyed the kitchen, including the equipment and special instruments used. He said that investigators had not yet been able to determine the cause of the blaze. “This is a 150-year-old
building,” he said. “It could have been one of a number of things.”
The Worst Timing The timing could not have been worse for Richard and Kaori. Their business is geared for the Christmas season. Palframan estimates that the business will lose about $150,000 in orders and business. “Sure, there is insurance that will cover some things, but it will take us a long time to recover from this and rebuild,” he said. “We are going to have to try and raise at least $100,000 in order to keep going. We work for about eight months to prepare for about six weeks leading up to Christmas. All of that work was lost.” Palframan apprenticed under a five-star chef for seven years and perfected his abilities as a baker. He moved to Manotick in 2001, and over the next decade saw his business grow organic-
ally. By 2011, he had opened the Gingerbread Man. The store became a fixture in the village and drew many visitors to the community. “People come to Manotick to experience the shops and restaurants, but one of the businesses that brings people to the village is the Gingerbread Man,” said retiring Manotick BIA Executive Director Donna Smith in a 2019 interview with the Messenger. One of the biggest showcase days of the year for the Palframans is Manotick’s annual Women’s Day. They were able to set up a display on a table in front of their store with some of the gingerbread houses and baked goods on display. Rather than talk about their gingerbread houses, famous butter tarts, and Kaori’s signature banana breads and shortbread, they talked to customers about how they hoped to be back. The kitchen was the hardest hit of the rooms in the Ginger-
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GoFundMe campaign Palframan started a GoFundMe page to assist with his fundraising efforts. Within 48 hours, close to $20,000 had already been raised. “Unfortunately, the fire destroyed the shop at the busiest time of year, with Christmas fast approaching. Richard and Kaori had been working tirelessly to fulfill the
gingerbread house order book and keep the shelves stocked with Christmasthemed cookies and delicious baked goods. All food, including the freshly decorated gingerbread houses, kitchen equipment, and, most importantly, family treasures/ memorabilia, have all been lost. “While we may not have many answers, we hope to rebuild and bring back the Gingerbread Man to Manotick,” the GoFundMe page says. There is a link to the GoFundMe campaign at the bottom of the story on the fire on the Manotick Messenger website at manotickmessenger.ca.
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Many dairy products have been priced out of the market
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So the land border at the Prescott-OgdensChicken McNuggets became so popular burg bridge a little more than a half hour that other QSR chains quickly rolled out down the 416 is not completely wide open. their own versions. As a result, there was a from But it’s more open than it was. The Archicken shortage in the food supply chain. Page 6, Manotick Messenger, Wednesday, June 23, 2010 theonother riveCan app is gone. As the border agent The McRib was an alternative. Arend said The Canadian Dairy Commission has just released its recommendations for 2023. Unlike the Canadian side of the bridge told me last the sandwich would have been cheaper and last year’s shocking 8.4 per cent, which was almost double the previous record, the increase week, “That app was useless.” easier to produce if it was a won’t be as dramatic. O ur C Ommunity Visitors from Canada are round patty on a hamburger According to Statistics Canada, food prices overall are up 10.3 per cent over last year, and dairy products are now 9.7 per cent more expensive compared to last year. The attention required to be vaccinated if bun. But he is an executive grabber in the dairy section was butter. In many parts of the country, butter is 20 per cent entering the United States, but Messenger Editorial chef. He wanted the McRib more expensive than last year. Many people have just given up on the product and are now there is no American version of patty to look like a rack of opting for non-dairy alternatives. the ArriveCan app. Are you more Canadian ribs on a bun. It even had The Canadian Dairy Commission’s work has priced many dairy products out of the A recent trip to pick up some ridges. I wonder if anyone thandemand a fifth grader? market, impacting for many products. And once you lose consumers, it may be for early Christmas shopping at the Ogdensburg ever thought they would think there were good.With Canada Day approaching next week, it is a good time for us all to reflect on what it means to be Canadian. Prices need to be kept under control as much as possible. In Eastern Canada, which in- UPS store from a “Does not ship to Canada” bones in the sandwich and that they would Do we take being Canadian for granted? website prompted my first trip to the Burg in chip their teeth? I guess when people say, yet, how do new Canadians feel about being Canadian? Some of us It’s all about prices on the farm. cludesBetter eastern Ontario, retail prices aren’t even discussed. look upon immigrants and refugees as opportunists, not wanting to give but what seems like forever. When my package ‘there is no such thing as a stupid question,’ Last year, tothat which is that whyis we farm very willing take.group Perhaps,won, for some people, true, saw but when youmilk prices increase by more than attend a celebration for new Canadians, such as the onetohosted by Nepean11 per cent. This year, the strategy appears be about market retention while covering ris- arrived, it was time to pry open my passport we just blew up that theory. Carleton MP Pierre Poilievre at Mother Teresa High School in Barrhaven last The McRib patty is made from restrucing production Unlike in years, the Canadian Dairy Commission actually invited and dust off the cob webs. month, you can costs. see the excitement andother the thankfulness in the eyes of every new Canadian. the media to a press conference to announce price hikes and answer questions. Such an apI got to the UPS Store and chatted with tured ground pork shoulder. Meat restructurThey understand, perhaps better than all of us, what it means to be proach was very refreshing. Typically, the Commission would just post a brief, 200-word Mike, the owner, whom I had not seen since ing was a process developed by the US Army Canadian. So how rest of us announcing have that feeling?the increase. It was simply insulting. abstract on can its the website, Bev there, McRae photo Christmas of 2019. From it was off to to deliver low-cost meet to its troops in the The Conservative government has a solid idea. the school’s 50thconsumer Anniversary Party, Manotick Co-operative Nursery School honoured its longest-servLast perofcent increase was a and complete disaster, At undermining trust. Jasonyear’s Kenney, 8.4 Minister Citizenship, Immigration Multiculturalism Walmart across the road. I had field. The process was not patented, and ing teacher/volunteer with a memorial garden bench, which will be installed with a plaque in the school’sthe radio in and Andrew Presidentthe of the Historica-Dominion are chalSocial mediaCohen, massacred Commission dueInstitute, to its lack of compassion or tosincerity. playground. Left right, MCNS Director Sandy Erler and Junetuned Hodge celebrate June’s 29 years as a supmy car to WSLB 1400, Ogdensburg’s lenging middle and high school students to take the citizenship test. McDonald’s used the work of meat scientist ply teacher,were teacheralso and volunteer. This year, not only was the presentation thorough, able to ask The Canadian Citizenship Challenge, funded in part by CIC and run bybut the journalists ESPN sports radio affiliate. The high school Roger Mandigo, who had been funded by Historica-Dominion Institute, will see students study Discover Canada: the questions. The Commission is showing signs of openness, but more must be done. Rights and Responsibilities of Citizenship and then take a mock citizenship playoff game between the OFA Blue Devils the National Pork Producers Council. Using test. key is to understand how efficient our dairy farms actually The are and what typesit’s of best just to say nil Sometimes “This will be a fun way for students to learn about Canada and feel proud and Canton Bears was about to start. WalMandigo’s techniques, McDonald’s defarms areshared included sample design. 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LETTER TO THE EDITOR Ontario government in the black creates an unexpected dilemma for Ford Government The Editor, It seems Doug Ford can’t get anything right! It was almost surreal to see Ontario’s “aw shucks, folks” Premier tossing education workers under the bus for no apparent reason. This from a guy who recently got re-elected by reinventing himself as some kind of a champion of the Labour movement! It’s astonishing when we consider that Ford’s Bill 28, the euphemistically-named “Keeping Students in Class Act” was so eerily-similar to a 2012 Bill introduced by Dalton McGuinty’s Liberals, known as Bill 115. Also a bill that forced a contract on education workers while violating their charter rights, Bill
115 was equally euphemistically-named as the “Putting Students First Act,” because whether you’re a Liberal or a Tory, it’s never about shafting workers, it’s always all about the children, don’t you know? No doubt Doug found himself having to back down when his new-found union chums discovered that rather than electing a champion for their cause, they’d seemingly managed to elect Dalton McGuinty 2.0. Of course, Ford’s attempt to railroad education workers was based on his “the cupboard is bare’’ fiscal narrative, which he’s been preaching since 2018. But as last week’s Messenger editorial pointed out, the Ford government is
actually currently in surplus, but “he doesn’t want you to know about it.” Ford’s done his darnedest to keep the province in deficit by eliminating charges for license stickers and reducing the gas tax, and yet he’s still running a surplus, which makes it almost impossible to justify the wage freezes, service cuts and privatizations he’s itching to impose on Ontarians. Amazingly, for his party, a balanced budget is actually bad news. Ford’s fiscal fauxpas is the result of increased tax revenue resulting from inflation, which has generated an additional $31 billion. (The Ford government had predicted a $19.9 billion deficit.) It is the ultimate irony that
Ford’s fiscal predicament is the direct result of the Harper government’s passing of Bill C-62 (the bill harmonizing provincial and federal sales taxes in Ontario) on December 9, 2009. That bill--so proudly supported by Pierre Poilievre-slapped an 8% provincial tax on all forms of energy in the province of Ontario. (Former Ontario PC leader Tim Hudak described it as “the largest sales tax grab in the history of this province.”) It is precisely that tax revenue on the skyrocketing price of fossil fuels that has put the Ford government into the black, even though they apparently don’t want to be there. Andy Braid, Kars
Wise words, wise thoughts from some great purveyors of wisdom I read an article some time ago by Robert Fulghum who said that most of what he needed to know he learned in kindergarten. These are the things he learned: Share. Play fair. Don’t hit people. Put things back where you found them. Clean up your own mess. Don’t take things that are not yours. Say you are sorry when you hurt somebody. Wash your hands before you eat. Warm cookies and cold milk are good for you. Live a balanced life. Learn some and think some, and draw and paint and sing and dance and play and work some every day. Take a nap in the afternoon. When you go out into the world, watch for traffic, hold hands, and stick
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together. Be aware of wonder. Remember the little seed in the plastic cup. The roots go down and the plant goes up and nobody really knows why, but we are all like that. Goldfish, hamsters, white mice, even the little seed in the cup – they all die. So do we. Will Rogers said – Live so you wouldn’t be afraid to sell the family parrot to the town gossip.
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City of Ottawa official plan includes expansion of urban boundary The MVCA would like to take this opportunity to thank our outgoing Councilor Scott Moffatt for his 12 years of dedicated service to our community. Scott worked closely with the MVCA on a number of issues and was successful in getting our new sidewalks on Main Street (in response to our Walkability Audit), installing more traffic calming measures throughout the village and including us in the discussions on development applications at an early stage. He also worked closely with our Task Force on Revitalization of the Village of Manotick and supported our community events. His personal experiences with rural living and appreciation for the historic roots of our community have served him well in advocating on our behalf. Scott, we wish you all the best in your future endeavours. And as is said, we’ll see you around ‘the Tick’! We at MVCA would also like to thank Steve Levecque who has been a valued member of our Board. Steve took the lead on the important traffic and safety file, advocating for important changes and improvements and keeping local issues at the forefront with stakeholders and decision makers. We are sad to announce that Steve is stepping away from the Board role. Thank you Steve for all you have brought to MVCA and all you have done for our community. MVCA has an opening on the Board of Directors for an MVCA Member who may be interested in working on traffic and safety issues in the community. If you are a member in good standing, over the age
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There has been a lot of activity on the provincial front that has implications for how the City of Ottawa plans development in the future. Here is a brief overview of all of the pieces and what they mean. Bill 3, called the Strong Mayors Bill, has been passed and gives municipal Mayors rights to override Council votes on development, if needed to speed up the process. Further details on this Bill will be posted on our website shortly. Bill 23 is designed to streamline the development process to facilitate the construction of 1.5 million homes in the next 10 years. Concerns about the Bill include removal of development charges for new construction. This means the City will have to find the funds to build roads and parks from other sources This bill also removes the community consultation step for developments of 10 units or less and the ability of the City and community to ensure new development designs fit within the surrounding neighbourhood. In addition, it diminishes protection of wetlands and environmentally sensitive lands with the removal of the oversight of conservation authorities such
as Rideau Valley Conservation Authority. The objective again is to streamline the approval process for housing developments but this could result in a negative impact on area ecosystems and increase flooding risk in some areas. This bill is currently in Committee and is expected to come back to the Ontario legislature for final reading after November 21.
City of Ottawa Official Plan
The Province has finally approved the City’s Official Plan, but with amendments. As part of the Province’s efforts to build more housing faster, the plan has been amended to include an expansion of the urban boundary - adding in an additional 500 hectares of land in Riverside South, Kanata, Findlay Creek and other areas while still keeping the Tewin development - a 445-hectare satellite community to be de-
veloped near Carlsbad Springs as a partnership between the Algonquins of Ontario (AOO) and Taggart Investments. Most of these lands were identified in an earlier version of the Plan and removed to accommodate this development. The provincial changes also include higher height provisions for buildings along minor corridors and hubs in downtown and surburban areas. This does not apply to villages. The main change to the Rural components of the Official Plan amendments are adjustments to Greely’s boundaries to include a southwest parcel of land. NOTE: The City cannot appeal these changes under provincial law. Details on the changes are available at The New Official Plan | Engage Ottawa
Vacant Unit Tax
In our August 18 newsletter we informed you of the Vacant Property By-laws announce-
ment. The subsequent Vacant Unit Tax will come into effect in 2023. This will be a 1% tax to be applied to vacant residential properties. Regardless if your property is vacant or not, every home owner will have to make a declaration online in early 2023 stating if their residential property or properties are vacant or occupied. If a residence falls into the vacant category, this 1% tax will be applied based on the 2022 assessed property value. Residents may want to become familiar with this tax, the exemptions and possible audits before those declarations are required. https:// ottawa.ca/en/living-ottawa/ taxes/vacant-unit-tax#section8597e389-ce20-4106-881c677c8d61f614
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Manotick was shaken last week with the news of the fire at The Gingerbread Man. After
the past few years of struggle for all local businesses, this was yet another undeserved blow for Richard and Kaori. The outpouring of support from loyal friends and families has been immense and the sentiments reflect all that the iconic Gingerbread Man means to our community. We hope to see and smell the beloved treats again soon. Roadworks in the Village - Highcroft Dr. at Manotick Main St. has reopened and the temporary detour removed. Sidewalk work on Main Street is scheduled for completion pending a future date by the City to complete the unfinished section between O’Grady Street and Currier Street. The vacant house at the corner of Highcroft and Main has finally been demolished after being unoccupied for a number of years. Plans are to build a commercial building on the site.
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volleyball, and touch foot- due to concussions, so I MESSENGER ball. I also enjoy traveling turned toMANOTICK coaching. It has and learning about different given me an opportunity to locations and cultures. I’ve continue in the sport, even FRIDAY, November 18, 2022 Page 9 travelled to many places though I can no longer parand I find it very inter- ticipate in it.” esting how every culture a difference in my school, has unique and Career Goals: “After and to get a differenttraditions perspective on all aspects subcultures. Myof favourite high school I hope to go to the school. I was a cheerplace is Norway, because university somewhere near leader for 10 years, but I there is continue such beautiful the east coast; hopefully in could no longer due to concussions, I places all overso the country kinesiology. My top choice turned to coaching. It has and amazing hiking. The schools are University of given me an opportunity to next location I wish to travNew Brunswick in St. John, continue in the sport, even though no longer parel toI can is Iceland, because it’s and Dalhousie in Halifax. ticipate in it.” a very open country, with After that, I hope to pursue very citizens, a career in either athletic Careerkind Goals: “After and lots high to school see.”I hope to go to therapy, or education.”
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Driving by the Quick Pick store in Richmond on a Monday morning, the last thing you would expect to see is a wedding photo shoot in the parking lot outside the store. But that was the strange scene in the village as passers by did double takes. The parking lot in the shopping plaza at Perth and Nixon Farm in Richmond was a sea of trucks, trailers and cars over the weekend and Monday as crews and talent were in town shooting for a movie to be released in 2023. Indications are that will be a television movie for Lifetime or another network. “It’s not a Christmas mov-
ie this time,” said one of the crew members, referencing the number of winter and holiday-themed movies that have been filmed in rural Ottawa over the last few years. “Many of the people here were involved as extras or on the crew for ‘Candy Cane Christmas.’” Shooting was done Sunday and Monday at a farm house location just outside of Richmond. Monday morning, the day began with a wedding shoot in the parking lot between Quick Pick and the constituency office of MPP Goldie Ghamari. The expectation is that the movie will be released
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Watson speaks fondly of Manotick during his last interview as mayor By Charlie Senack Jim Watson is busy packing up his office after sitting in the Mayor’s chair for the past 12 years. First elected to the top city position back in 2010, Watson was no stranger to politics: He served as a city councillor from 1991 to 1997, when he then became Mayor of Ottawa for the first time. He served in that capacity until 2000, when he took a short break from politics.
Watson returned to public life in 2003 after becoming the member of provincial parliament for Ottawa-West Nepean, a role he served in until 2010. During that time he was an Ontario cabinet minister, including as the Minister of Municipal Affairs and Housing under Dalton McGuinty. Now after a lifetime of representing others, Watson said it was time to step aside and let new blood run the City of Ottawa. “It’s bittersweet; On the
one hand I’m looking forward to a less stressful job,” he told the Manotick Messenger. “It’s also a little bit sad because you stay in one job for a long period of time and you develop a lot of good relationships with your staff, the city staff, community associations, and community leaders. I’ll miss the aspect of getting out in the community.” During his time as Mayor of Ottawa, Watson has seen a number of infrastructure upgrades made to Manotick.
“I think Scott Moffat did a great job to get the funding to expand the Manotick Arena and create more space up there. The fire was a bit of a setback but they have opened it and it looks great. It’s an impressive facility,” Watson said. “We have tried our best to invest in roads and infrastructure in and around Manotick to make sure that we are not forgetting our rural communities that are important,” he added. Watson said when visitors come to Ottawa and ask where they should visit, he always recommends Manotick due to its historic prevalence and culture. “The veterans garden beside Watsons Mill was a beautiful addition to Manotick,” he said. “I think that little area in there with Dickinson’s House and the carriage areas is one of the nicest spots in all Ottawa.
It’s beautifully kept and preserved.” Watson said his only regret while in office was not doing more to combat loneliness, particularly in seniors. It’s an issue that was made worse during the COVID-18 pandemic and he credited former British Prime Minister Theresa May for creating a ministry of loneliness. Throughout the last 12 years, Watson, Ottawa’s longest serving Mayor, has been at the forefront of many crises which have struck the city. From the 2013 bustrain crash at Fallowfield train station to the tornadoes which struck in 2018, and a global health pandemic two years later, Watson has had to deal with many emergency operations scenarios. “It can be an emotional roller coaster because in some of the instances lives were lost and that is tragic in itself,” he said. “In other
instances property damage was extensive— whether it was from the flooding, the tornadoes or the big storm from a couple months ago. People of Ottawa have been through a lot but what it’s taught me is the generosity of the public.” Not worrying about his future yet, Watson said he plans to take time off and travel. After that, he wants to get involved in local community organizations and charity work. “I still have a lot of energy and I’m still relatively young,” the outgoing Mayor said. “That’s one of the reasons why I thought if I’m going to have another career, I better decide to stop being Mayor and move on to something else. I haven’t really talked to anyone about that. I think it’s important to finish this term and then worry about my future after that.”
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Darouze survives campaign smears to win another term at council By Charlie Senack
Osgoode councillor George Darouze will get a third term in office after narrowly winning Oct. 24’s municipal election. Darouze, who was up against four other candidates, won with 4,353 votes, totalling 40 per cent. The main challenger Doug Thompson — who was the former mayor and councillor in Osgoode for many years — came in second place with 4,115 votes totalling over 38 per cent. “I’m feeling humbled that the residents put their faith in me for a third term and for allowing me to take their voice to city hall,” Darouze told the Manotick Messenger. “I’m thankful to my campaign team and volunteers who helped me throughout.” It was a campaign full of personal attacks on Darouze, with Thompson accusing his counterpart of purchasing a campaign tent with office funds. The tent, with Darouze’s name on it in big letters, was used at the Metcalfe Fair. Darouze, who denied the allegations during the campaign, said previously the new tent was purchased with campaign funds after his previous office-funded tent was destroyed in a wind storm.
Thompson asked the city clerk to investigate how the $3,505 tent was purchased, saying he wanted to “prevent Darouze from continuing to use taxpayer resources to campaign.” City Clerk Rick O’Connor investigated the complaint under the Election-Related Resources Policy and concluded that no city resources were used for the tent. Invoices and designs of tents were reviewed during the investigation. Thompson still isn’t satisfied with the decision, calling it a “Frankenstein tent”. He believes it was built with parts of the previous tent that was destroyed. Darouze said his campaign didn’t give into the “false” claims during the election and won’t start now. The Osgoode councillor said he received a third term in office because of his record. “It was a tight race for sure but we took the high road,” said Darouze. “We have been smeared by other candidates who ran against us but we didn’t give into fear. We stayed on the high road. We had to defend our record and we ran on our record. Other candidates gave empty promises and they gave false information
Osgoode Ward Councillor George Darouze hung on to win a third term in office.
about our vote at council.” This term Darouze said it’s about going back to the basics and living within our means. The first order of business will be approving the budget which will be tabled soon. Improving emergency services, cracking down on speeding, and fixing roads is what Darouze campaigned on, and he’s aiming to ensure the new term of council prioritizes rural wards. “Bottom line is we need
to focus on the services. That is what we heard on the campaign trial,” he said. ‘I heard them loud and clear: infrastructure, roads, and community. We heard a lot about emergency services from policing to paramedics and fire. We need to make sure our number one priority is community safety and cutdown on speeding.” Over the last four years Darouze has served as deputy mayor and sat in the big seat during record-break-
ing floods in 2019. Outgoing mayor Jim Watson was off getting eye surgery and a state of emergency was called. Darouze toured flooded neighborhoods in Constance Bay with Premier Doug Ford and held briefings with emergency officials. Darouze said he’s excited to start work with new mayor Mark Sutcliffe and the 11 other new councillors who were elected. Now as one of the longest serving members, he wants
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to be available to offer advice and expertise to the newbies. “I’ve been around the table for the last eight years and I’m well diverse on the files and what’s going on,” said Darouze. “I can work with all the new councillors to help them. I remember when I got elected in 2014, the first year you were drinking from the fire hose. There is lots of learning ahead of them and I look forward to being part of that learning process.”
The temperature was mild and the rain held off long enough for Manotick’s first full Remembrance Day ceremony in three years. Scott Cameron once again served as the piper for the ceremony, while a crowd of more than 1,000 was on hand to watch. Greg Newton photos
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End of an era as Moffatt says goodbye after 12 years as councillor By Charlie Senack It’s the end of an era for Scott Moffatt who is leaving council chambers after 12 years in office. The Rideau-Jock councillor decided to not seek re-election after three terms. While Moffatt isn’t sure what’s in store for the future, he plans to spend the next little while relaxing. “I’ve got no regrets with my decision but it’s odd because you know when the clock strikes midnight on Tuesday, it all disappears,” he told the Manotick Messenger. “You work, work, work, and then it’s dead. The email will be gone, the iPhone gone.” The North Gower resident has been a vocal member of council, oftentimes taking unpopular stands on issues. He won the 2018 election with over 55 per cent of the vote. Looking back at his time in office, Moffatt said there are no particular accomplishments he’s most proud of, but believes teamwork, collaboration, and discussions led to his success. “I’ve never been really reflective. I’ve always tried to focus on what comes next,” said Moffatt. “When I first ran for council, I was focused on getting things
done through respect, collaboration, and teamwork, and I feel like that’s what I’ve done for the last 12 years. I’m most proud of the teamwork and that we stuck with it the entire time.” On Nov. 9, Moffatt attended his last council meeting in-person. He said it felt like a normal day, despite an important chapter of his life coming to an end. The council agenda was light, and almost all councillors were in attendance. While no final goodbye’s were scheduled for the meeting, Capital ward councillor Shawn Menard asked for outgoing representatives to have the chance for a final goodbye. Gloucester-Southgate representative Diane Deans, one of the longest remaining councillors, was the first to speak. She reflected on big decisions council has made over her eight terms, and the division seen over the last term of council. Disgraced councillor Rick Chiarelli, who appeared over zoom with his family by his side, was called upon next. As he thanked residents for their support, many council members got out of their seats and left, resulting in quorum being lost. Outgoing mayor Jim Watson cut off Chiarelli, saying
the meeting could not continue. A flustered Chiarelli fought back, but his plea went unanswered. The meeting concluded, bringing an end to a chaotic term of council. “Rick Chiarelli is unfortunately someone who took advantage of his position and power,” said Moffatt, who filled in for Chiarelli when the College ward representative was on medical leave. “My guess is he probably thinks that we prevented him from something. I think many of us probably feel that he prevented us from having our meeting the way it should have been,” Moffatt added. “It’s just unfortunate that his behavior over the last many years led to all the nonsense that came. It’s not the way any of us would have wanted our last council meeting to go, but it’s so typical of the last three years.” The latest term of council has been filled with division, name calling, and personal attacks, which Moffatt says streamlined from only a few members around the table. While issues were present before the COVID-19 pandemic, the outgoing RideauJock representative said a switch to zoom meetings made the divisiveness worse. “It separated us all from one another and took away
Scott Moffatt smiles after completing his final meeting as the Rideau-Jock councillor at City Hall. Charlie Senack photo
the collegiality that often comes after a council meeting,” Moffatt said. From the pandemic, to severe weather events, and a trucker convoy which shutdown streets, the 2018-2022 term of council brought a lot of surprises which weren’t expected four years ago. Since he didn’t seek reelection, Moffatt doesn’t feel it’s appropriate to offer much advice to the incoming team of elected officials, who will bring their own unique perspectives and ideas. But with 11 new faces coming to the council table,
and a new Mayor leading it all, Moffatt said it’s important for residents to not dwell on past issues. “It’s a fresh slate,” he said. “It’s a huge turnover of council in two terms so move ahead and work together.” Moffatt always had an interest in politics, and first ran for city council in 2006. He lost to Rideau Township’s former mayor Glenn Brooks, but gave it another run four years later and won. Now saying goodbye to city hall, Moffatt wanted to thank Rideau-Jock residents for their trust in him over the
last 12 years. “It was a great experience to be a member of council and it’s something I worked hard to achieve,” said Moffatt. “I ran twice to get there and a lot of people told me I could not do it. There is a lot to look back on and be proud of. I’m grateful to have been surrounded by a great team.” Ward 21, which has new ward boundaries, will now be known as Rideau-Jock. David Brown, a former staffer of Moffatt’s was sworn in as the ridings new councillor on Nov. 15.
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Brown humbled and thankful to be new Ward 21 Councillor
Hello everyone! This is my inaugural message to the residents of Ward 21. The new term of Council began on November 15th, and I would like to say how thankful and humbled I am to have the privilege of representing our ward and its residents at City Hall. I would like to recognize and thank my fellow candidates who joined me in the election process to represent our residents. I would also
The Richmond Legacy Community Association is pleased to announce another major contribution by a local area family, the Mills Family. Edward and Ann Mills along with their children immigrated to Canada in the early 1800’s from Ire-
like to thank our out-going councillor for his service during his tenure at City Hall. During the campaign, I promised to hit the ground running, and I have. There are many priorities and a “laundry- list” of items to tackle
over the next four years. I’ve already arranged meetings with City staff on several issues, including: planning files in Richmond, North Gower, and Manotick; the heavy truck traffic issue in Manotick; the 283 OC Transpo bus route serving Munster & Richmond; the 176 OC Transpo bus route serving Manotick; and, roads repairs across the ward. I am currently in the midst of organizing meetings with
every community association in the ward to introduce myself, invite feedback on local issues, and listen to the concerns and needs of each. I look forward to working with the many volunteers who are so important and work so hard to bring the community together. I heard a similar message throughout the campaign in every area of the Ward - Be accessible! Therefore, I plan to have
a constant presence at both the old Goulbourn Townhall building on Huntley Road and at the old Rideau Townhall building on Roger Stevens Drive in North Gower. I am also inviting residents to connect with my office to arrange meetings on matters of concern, whether it be virtual, in-person or on-site. As the holidays are approaching, I would like to encourage you to participate in the many community events
land. They settled in the Richmond area and like many others with land grants began the arduous tasks of clearing bush lots, erecting fences, building homes and out buildings. Over the years they became prominent farmers in the area and were actively
involved in the growth and politics of Marlborough Township. The original stone farmhouse still proudly stands near Mills Corners just south of Richmond on Goodstown Rd. The current members of the Mills family are proud to support the Richmond
Pavilion so that future generations may gather under its roof for years to come. For more information on the Richmond Community Pavilion and on how you may contribute please visit richmondlegacy.ca.
Pictured in the photo (L-R) are Helen Mills with her children Cathy Green and Terry Mills. The Mills family is challenging all Richmond families to support this great community endeavour.
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happening in our ward to celebrate the holiday season. This is a wonderful way to enjoy our community, meet our neighbours and support our local shops and restaurants. I look forward to serving you as your Councillor. Please feel free to contact my office any time with questions or concerns. David Brown Councillor Ward 21
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Kars and North Gower Remebrance Day
A combination of Legion members and local residents paid tribute to veterans at the North Gower Remembrance Day ceremony.
Kaz Samujlo plays the bugle during the Kars Remembrance Day service.
Scott Moffatt lays a wreath during his final Remebrance Day ceremony in Kars.
The creek made a picturesque backdrop for the North Gower Remembrance Day ceremony.
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As I walked around the village on Women’s Day; all I saw were women laughing, smiling, and enjoying their day in Manotick. Our Businesses were all in their element, helping and attending to all their customers’ needs. AND… The weather was out of this world! As we can all appreciate, an event of this magnitude could only have been put together with countless hours of organization, an amazing sense of village pride and a great spirit of Business and Communty. I would like to take this
opportunity to thank all our local businesses for a record participation in making this event a huge success! Our Businesses in Manotick ROCK! I absolutely love Women’s Day! It is such a joy to see everyone out and about. The Village was buzzing with music, laughter, and joy!! I would like to thank our volunteers for helping with Women’s Day. Firstly, A very warm Thank You and Shoutout to our fantastic Manotick Firefighters, for agreeing to hand out all the gifts to the women!
Also a SPECIAL THANKS to our amazing individual volunteers that helped with the different aspects of Women’s Day: Wendy Eberwein, Dr Victoria Clarke, Liyan Haroun; a student from St Mark’s. Thank You!! Thank You!!! Thank You!! Thank You!! Thank You!!! Thank You!! I absolutely love Women’s Day! It is such a joy to see everyone out and about. The Village was buzzing with music, laughter, and joy!! Nne of this could be possible with our beautiful community! It literally takes a Village!
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Women’s Day returns to Manotick with warm sunshine and open patios For the first time in the history of Manotick’s Women’s Day, the patios were open at local restaurants. The early November event is an opportunity for local retailers and businesses to showcase themselves to well over a thousand women who spend the day shopping, receiving gifts, being entertained and pampered, and getting ideas for Christmas shopping and future days out on the town. The weather could not have been better, as the traditional grey skies, chilly winds and occasional snow or cold rain was replaced with warm sunshine and re-
cord temperatures. Thank you to all of you for your participation in making this Day so awesome,” said Manotick BIA Chair Dr. Salima Ismail. “I was out and about the whole day and all of the feet to the street were so happy and many were carrying bags of newly purchased treasures!” The Manotick firefighters were once again greeting ladies throughout the village, giving out a pair of gloves as a gift for the first 1,000 women out on the streets shopping. The Manotick BIA will be holding its AGM Nov. 23 at the Manotick Legion.
Warm sunshine and a beautiful say resulted in large crowds for Manotick Women’s Day, which was held Sat., Nov. 5. It was the first full Women’s Day since 2019.
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the businesses in the country. Supporting locally owned businesses is a great way to support a neighbor, but that’s not the only attraction. Here are several reasons to shop small. The feel-good factor Doing for others certainly has an impact on the person on the receiving end, but also benefits the do-gooders. A November 2020 survey by Union Bank found that 72 percent of Americans said supporting small businesses was more important than getting the best deals. That may be due to the feeling of helping out a fellow neighbor. Create job
opportunities Shopping at small businesses keeps those establishments afloat, and it also keeps their employees afloat. Small businesses are the largest employers in the United States. That’s also true in Canada, where 68.8 percent of the total labor force works for a small business. A person may never know when he or she - or a relative - will need a job. Keeping small businesses viable provides a strong job market for locals. Keep more money in the community The Small Business Administration says $48 out of every $100 spent at a small business stays in the community. Spend
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Large community presence at Richmond’s annual Remembrance Day ceremony
Richmond’s Silver Cross Mother, Joyce Clench, lays a wreath during the Remembrance Day ceremony.
A crowd of several hundred people attended the Richmond Remembrance Day service, which was the largest the village had seen in years.
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Manotick’s Ron Cohen invested into the Order of Canada By Jeff Morris
past President and member of the Friends of Library and Archives Canada, as well as the inaugural President of the Sir Winston Churchill Society of Ottawa. Additionally, between 1999 and 2003, Mr. Cohen donated his entire Lucy Maud Montgomery collection to Library and Archives Canada, which contains 420 items, including more than 40 copies of Anne of Green Gables, many of them first editions. In 2019, Mr. Cohen was awarded the LAC Scholar Award, which recognizes the outstanding contribution of Canadians who have dedicated their lives to the creation and promotion of our country’s cultural, literary and historical heritage. Cohen, one of 10 Ottawa residents to receive the honour, was named to the Order of Canada for “his dedication to promoting and preserving literary and cultural heritage in Canada and abroad.” In 1998, he established
Long time Manotick resident Ronald I. Cohen, C.M., M.B.E. is among the 114 people named to the Order of Canada. The Order of Canada is one of our country’s highest civilian honours. Created in 1967, the Order of Canada recognizes outstanding achievement, dedication to the community and service to the nation. More than 7,000 people from all sectors of society have been invested into the Order. This honour recognizes Mr. Cohen’s dedication to promoting and preserving literary and cultural heritage in Canada and abroad. Among his many hats: lawyer, film producer, bibliographer, inveterate book collector, Mr. Cohen graciously donates his time and experience to supporting Canadian heritage. He is a Director on the Library and Archives of Canada Foundation Board, the
the Ronald I. Cohen Lucy Maud Montgomery Collection at the National Library and has since provided LAC with five subsequent accessions of her works and related materials, and, in 2019, with an extensive collection of Governor-General John Buchan’s writings. Being named to the Order of Canada is the second major honour that Cohen has received. In June 2014, he was named a Member of the Order of the British Empire for services to British history. He was one of two Canadians among the 100 recipients of the honour that year. Cohen lived in London during the last six months of Sir Winston Churchill’s life. Upon receiving the honour, he said it was the outpouring of emotion and respect for him by Britain and indeed the world that inspired him to spend a half century collecting, studying, writing and speaking about the “greatest Briton”.
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Jr. B Royals win six straight, move into first place tie The Richmond Royals have moved into a four-way tie for first place in the Eastern Ontario Junior Hockey League’s Martin Division. The Royals beat the Winchester Hawks 7-2 Sunday. It was their sixth consecutive win and gave them a 9-3-0 record for 18 points. During their six-game winning streak, the Royals have outscored their Junior B opponents by a 38-13 margin. Win in Alexandria On Fr. Oct. 28, the Royals travelled to Alexandria to face the Glens. Richmond scored four third period goals and road the goaltending of Gabe Arrigo for a 5-0 win. For nearly two full periods, Arrigo and Jason Van Wieren were locked in a goaltending duel. With less than a minute left, Tyler Hames scored for the Royals on the power play from Dylan Rorwick and Jaidon Genereux to give Richmond a 1-0 lead. In the third, it was all Royals. Ryan Sullivan scored from Jackson Dallaire to put the Royals up 2-0. Rorwick then scored on the power play from Hames and Simon Yang. Jackson Miller scored the third Richmond power play goal from Ryan Sullivan and Giulio Carulli, and then Hames added a shorthanded marker from Shane Sullivan to complete the scoring. Arrigo made 37 stops for the shutout. Despite letting in five goals, Van Wieren was the game’s first star after stopping 45 of the 50 shots he faced. On Sun., Oct. 30, the Royals beat the Ottawa Jr. Canadians 8-2. Justin Williams scored a pair of goals, while Dylan Rorwick had a goal and two assists. Tyler Cutts, Jaidon Genereux and Reid Johnston each had a goal and an assist, with Ryan Sullivan and Tyler Hames also scoring. Robbie DiSilverstro
and Drew Russett each had two assists with one each going to Ryan Pollard, Giulio Carulli, Jackson Miller and Shane Sullivan drawing one each. Gabe Arrigo stopped 32 of 34 shots for the win in goal. Sixth straight win The Royals earned their sixth straight win and grabbed a share of first place Sun., Nov 6 with a 7-2 win over the visiting Winchester Hawks. Once again, it was a balanced scoring attack with six different Royals scoring goals. Dylan Rorwick had two goals and two assists to lead the way, with Robbie DiSilvestro, Tyler Cutts, Leo Kluchert, Shane Sullivan and Ryan Sullivan each adding goals. Cutts also had two assists with one each going to Ryan Sullivan, Shane Sullivan, Cole Haughton, Tyler Hames, Sam McElheran and Reid Johnston. Gabe Arrigo stopped 37 of 39 shots for the win. Win Streak snapped The Royals’ six-game win streak was snapped Thursday night as they were edged 3-2 by the Ottawa West Golden Knights at the Barbara Ann Scott Arena. After Sean Ireland scored in the first period for the Knights, the Royals squandered three straight power play opportunities, including a five-on-three for 1:16. Ireland scored his second of the game in the second period to put the Golden Knights up 2-0 before Richmond’s Robbie Disilvestro stepped out of the penalty box and found himself open for a pass to beat goalie Jordan Provost for the Royals’ first goal. Logan Bohm put the Golden Knights back up by two later in the period, as he scored from Wade Boudrias and Justin Graham. The Royals got that one
Royals goalie Gabe Arrigo backstopped a six-game win streak for the Royals that vaulted them into a tie fir first place.
back to cut the lead to one before the end of the second period. Jaidon Genereux scored his sixth of the year from Tyler Cutts and Jackson Miller. In the third period, the Royals took a pair of minor penalties and failed to sus-
tain an offensive attack. They pulled the goalie with just over a minute left, and then had another two-man advantage when Adam Cater closed his hand on the puck with 32 seconds left. The tying goal eluded the Royals, and their six-game
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Kemptville, Winchester hospitals implement ‘Epic’ new health information system Kemptville District Hospital (KDH) and Winchester District Memorial Hospital (WDMH) went live with the Epic health information system in November 2022, ushering in tremendous benefits for patients and their care providers. Epic is a powerful digital health information system that uses the latest technology to securely store, organize, and access patient records while maintaining patient privacy. It provides a comprehensive digital health record for every patient, enhancing standardization, information sharing and continuity of care. Simply put, patients will get better access to their own health information and more seamless care from their providers. With Epic’s private MyChart portal, patients will have their health story at their fingertips. Anywhere, anytime, MyChart subscribers can see their
medical history, diagnostic test results, upcoming appointments, lists of allergies and medications, and even educational materials. “Epic replaces the current hospital information systems made up of multiple electronic and paperbased systems containing different parts of a patient’s health record,” explained Cholly Boland, CEO of WDMH. “Epic gives the patient’s care team the information they need at their fingertips and is proven to reduce wait times, length of stay in hospital, and readmission,” he added. By implementing Epic, KDH, and WDMH become part of a digital network of nine hospitals in the Ottawa region using the world-class health information system. “The driving force behind the decision to implement Epic now was our commitment to continually improve patient care and the patient experience,”
said Frank J. Vassallo, KDH’s CEO. “Once live with Epic, we will be able to provide seamless care as part of a fully integrated network of hospitals in the Ottawa region all using the same system.” This means that when a patient is transferred between hospitals who use Epic, critical information will be available immediately to their new healthcare team and the patient will not have to repeat their medical history over and over. Within each hospital, the information will be available and up to date everywhere in the facility, improving communication, quality care and patient safety. While the switch to Epic requires a large amount of internal planning and training, staff at each of the three hospitals are embracing the change. KDH and WDMH went live with Epic on November 5, 2022.
Kemptville District Hospital (KDH) is a 40-bed acute care hospital located in the rapidly growing Eastern Ontario municipality of North Grenville, 40 minutes south of Ottawa. We provide 24-hour emergency care, inpatient care, advanced orthopaedic surgery (as a satellite of The Ottawa Hospital), Convalescent Care, Interim Long-Term Care, Day Surgery, Diagnostic Imaging, an evergrowing list of outpatient clinics, and education and wellness programming including Diabetes Education and Support. Committed to advancing our mission of Building Healthier Communities, we are an integrated health services organization with deep partnerships in our community and region. With our partners in the Ottawa West Four Rivers Ontario Health Team, we are collaborating on a new model of health care delivery that puts patients,
families and caregivers at the centre of the health care system. For more information about KDH services, visit www.kdh.on.ca. Winchester District Memorial Hospital cares for families throughout our region, with a patient and family-centred approach region. It is a full-service hospital from childbirth to seniors’ care – and a hub site for cancer care, dialysis and cataract surgery. WDMH has a 24/7 Emergency Department and Diagnostic
Imaging services including digital mammography and CT scans. Day surgery and specialty clinics, with visiting specialists from Ottawa hospitals, mean that patients can receive care without travelling to the city. Research and education initiatives drive quality and best practices. WDMH has an award-winning reputation for compassionate excellence. For more information about WDMH services, visit www.wdmh. on.ca
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Looking forward to the Holidays?
While many look forward to the get-togethers and catch up sessions that the Holidays have to offer, for some of us the experience can be quite frustrating and disheartening. With even a slight hearing loss, conversations can be difficult. What once were cherished interactions have become onerous and exhausting tasks. The good news is that alleviating some of the difficulties is possible. The key is implementing a customized hearing solution. Customization is most important because although the negative impact of untreated or improperly treated hearing loss is universal, the details of your hearing abilities and your hearing needs are unique to you. Consequently, overcoming your hearing loss is best achieved if the solution selected is just as distinctive as you are. To realize this, all products available need to be considered and discussed. Fortunately, at Hearing Freedom, this level of personalized detail is held paramount. Locally owned, grown and operated, this Manotick clinic adopts a unique and refreshing
approach to patient care which drastically differs with that of retail settings, larger clinics and manufacturer owned chains. In 2001, as a newly graduated Audiologist, Rosanne McNamee, Doctor of Audiology, had many interviews for positions at local dispensaries. At each establishment she was disappointed to find the same thing; the in-
McNamee. “The product cannot be determined before the patient is seen. The patient must be assessed and the needs determined first, then, everything available must be considered, not just the product lines providing the employer the biggest profit margins.” And so she decided to set up her own business, doing it her way and putting patients
terviews had nothing to do with her knowledge and skills, they instead focused on the number of hearing aid units she was expected to sell and the company’s affiliation to a given Manufacturer. “That was not my idea of proper hearing health care,” says
first, offering true Hearing Freedom. Now, over 20 years later, she and her team continue to help patients stay young, active and socially connected due to their truly customized care. To further ensure top quality care, all consultations are with a bilingual Audiologist. There
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are no Hearing Instrument Practitioners or Hearing Instrument Specialists on staff. Hearing Freedom patients are rather seen by regulated health professionals, with a Master’s or Doctorate degree in hearing healthcare, qualified to service both children and adults, whether they are private pay or third party supported (WSIB, VAC, etc.). “Hearing is complex and so are today’s hearing aids,” McNamee explains. “Dealing with the most qualified health care professional, in the most independent setting, is crucial. Customization is the only way to ensure the right solution is found for each unique individual. ” At Hearing Freedom you will never worry whether or not you have chosen the best place to trust with your hearing needs. So, if you believe in your right to the best, fullest and most customized service available, make sure you go to Hearing Freedom in Manotick. You won’t regret the short drive!! Parking is free. Home visits optional. Wheelchair friendly. For more information visit www.hearingfreedom.com.