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Santa Claus is coming to town While the Santa Claus Parades are planned for Friday evening and Saturday in Manotick, Santa will also be appearing at My Toy Shop in Manotick for free photos. Santa will be stopping by Saturday as part of this weekend’s Manotick Olde Fashioned Christmas, and parents and families are invited to bring their own digital cameras. It will be the last year for My Toy Shop as a store in the village, as Manotick Natural Market will be moving into the building in the new year. My Toy Shop owner Etienne Kerr said that the closure of his sale is “part of Plan B of a divorce settlement, and that the support we received throughout the years from the people of Manotick and our customers has been outstanding.” Until they close, the store is having a huge sale with most items 60 per cent off their regular prices. For more information on the Manotick Olde Fashioned Christmas, visit www.manotickvillage.com.

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After an official was assaulted at a youth football playoff game, NCAFA takes aim at improving the culture at parks throughout Eastern Ontario By Jeff Morris Greg Vail has been a football official for nearly a quarter century 30 years. This year, he made a decision. He will no longer offer his services to be a referee for NCAFA football games. “I do this because I enjoy it,” he said. “But the way it is now – with the abuse we take at games – I don’t enjoy it anymore.” Vail is not alone with his feelings. The difficulty with the way parents, coaches and players are treating officials has become one of the most difficult and unexpected problems the National Capital Amateur Football Association is facing. A long and difficult season came to a boiling point during the semifinal weekend earlier this month. After a game in Cumberland, an official was assaulted in the parking lot. Though it was the worst situation of that weekend, it wasn’t the only one. During a tyke game in Kanata played by eightand-nine-year-olds, a parent celebrated a touchdown by running onto the playing field, jumping up and down, and waving his middle fingers at the opposition coach while shouting obscenities. After another game, an official was berated with obscenities by an angry parent who followed him to his car after his 11-year-old’s team lost a game. “I’ve never seen it like this,” Vail said. “This year, it has been crazy. I know you will always have people arguing or disagreeing with calls, but this year was completely out of control. If it keeps up, a lot of officials won’t put up with it. “It’s not the kids and for the most part, it’s not the coaches. [some] spectators cannot contain themselves, or behave in a manner that shows leadership, or restraint. Threatening violence as a result of a call, or non-call, verbally assaulting officials during, and then again after the games, and at worst, following officials into the parking lot to continue the threats and abuse. NCAFA President

Steve Dean meets with the Eastern Ontario Tackle Football Officials Association on a regular basis, and he said that eliminating the abuse that officials are subjected to will be met head on. The EOTFOA officials work games from Cornwall to Brock-

the Nepean Eagles. The behaviour of players, coaches and spectators toward officials has been a problem in a number of local sports. Minor hockey’s problems have been highly publicized across the country, and Dean said he is looking at how the different

“Without officials, there is no game,” ville, and from Hawkesbury to Deep River, as well as all games in Ottawa and Gatineau. Officials receive a stipend for games, which with the time commitments involved, often works out to less than minimum wage. Officials are also responsible for their own uniforms, supplies, and training sessions and clinics. For those who require physiotherapy during a season, many spend money officiating instead of making money on the field. “Without officials, there is no game,” Dean said. “The way our officials were treated this year was not acceptable, and it will be a priority in the offseason to change the culture at the parks next season.” Dean said that solving the problem will begin with the head coaches. He said that during the offseason, a clinic for head coaches will address the issue of abuse toward officials by coaches, players and spectators. “It’s a chain reaction,” said Dean. “If the kids playing here the coaches being abusive toward officials, then they will think it’s acceptable behaviour. It may be verbal abuse, or it may be something as simple as a coach throwing his arms up in the air and rolling his eyes. Either way, he is sending a message of disrespect to his coaches and players, and even the parents. That’s where the problem behaviour begins, and as it goes along, it gets worse. But ultimately, the head coaches have to be accountable.” Dean has two fingers in the proverbial pie, as on top of being the NCAFA President, he is also President of the local club in NCAFA,

sports are coping with the issue. The Nepean Minor Hockey Association has a code of conduct that is strictly enforced. “During the course of all NMHA activities and events, members of the NMHA shall conduct themselves at all times in a fair and responsible manner,” the policy reads. “They shall refrain from comments or actions that are disrespectful, offensive, abusive, racist, or sexist. Behaviour that constitutes harassment or abuse (as defined by Canadian hockey governing bodies) will not be tolerated by the NMHA.” Dean said that while there has always been an expectation level for the behaviour of people at youth football games, a more aggressive and proactive policy is needed. He praised Kanata Knights President Dan Lachance for promptly removing the parent that came onto the field shouting obscenities during the tyke game from the park. “Football is different than the other sports,” Dean said. “There is a culture of respect, teamwork and discipline. The behaviour we have seen this year does not belong at a football game. Some will say that a ‘hockey mentality’ has crept into our sport, but we can’t point fingers at hockey or at soccer or at any other sport. We just have to establish parameters of what is acceptable at the park during football fields. If spectators can’t abide by those rules, they will be sent home, and they will have to watch a live stream of it online or find another way to watch it. But either way, the honour system we have is not enough.”

Packet editor and publisher Jeff Morris is one of the dozens of people who “give back to the game” by becoming football officials. After an official was assaulted in the parking lot following an NCAFA youth game, abuse and treatment of officials will be at the forefront as executives plan for next season. Mike Carroccetto photo

Dean recalled a situation he saw when his daughter played soccer in the Ottawa South United program, and how that situation was handled by the official. “The girls playing were about 12 and there was a 16-year-old referee,” he said. “There was a parent who was out of control and chirping relentlessly. Finally, the referee stopped the game, and calmly told the parent that if he continued to behave in that manner, the game would be stopped and it would not start again until he left the park. Not only did the parent behave the rest of the game, but he was extremely embarrassed. The situation was handled perfectly.” Jim Lianos, General Manager of Ottawa South United, said that education is the key in preventing situations like the ones NCAFA has been facing this year. With 10,000 players, OSU is one of the largest soccer clubs in the country. OSU has a code of conduct for players, coaches and parents. In all three, respecting officials and their decisions on the field, right or wrong, is mandatory. “If a parent is out of control and crosses the line of what is acceptable behaviour, we will have a disciplinary hearing,” Lianos said. “Usually, a parent under-

stands when they have acted inappropriately. What really brings the point home for them is when the referees are young people. How would those parents like it if an irate parent was pointing that kind of behaviour at their child? When a parent has to be held accountable for their behaviour at a game, they are usually embarrassed.” Lianos said that treatment of officials and coaches is addressed in meetings at the beginning of each season, and an expectation level is put into place. “Our referees are a big part of our club,” Lianos said. “We are developing players, but we also develop referees and coaches. If our young referees

are not treated with respect, why would they continue to be referees? And if we don’t have referees, we don’t have games.” Lianos added that the most important message sent to parents is that the game is just that – a game. “At the end of the day, it’s just a game,” he said. “It’s a game meant to be enjoyed by everyone involved. We want to create a positive atmosphere for everyone.” Part of the training that soccer officials receive is in dealing with situations involving unruly spectators. “That’s one thing that we will look to work on in football,” Dean said. “We have to arm our officials with the proper tools to deal with these situations properly.”

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Joe Banks’ History of Osgoode gets reprint for its 10th anniversary It’s a story that is being told again. Osgoode journalist and author Joe Banks has reprinted his book, “The Osgoode Village Story.” He was at Raymond’s in Osgoode on Sat., Nov. 18 for a book signing for the launch of the reprinted edition. “The original book completely sold out,” said Banks, who now teaches journalism at Algonquin College and is a former editor of the Packet and the Manotick Messenger. “It is the 10th anniversary of the book, and a lot of people were asking for it. I was approached with a lot of re-

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quests for it, but we were out. We reformatted the book and did a second printing to meet the demand. The book, originally printed in 2006, detailed the history of Osgoode from 1801 through 2006. Profits from the book are being donated to the Osgoode Village Community Association. Banks said that a first Osgoode history, “From Then to Now,” was written by Margaret Robb in 1980 to commemorate the Centennial of the Osgoode Post Office. Banks praised Robb for her work and noted that his book was in no way

meant to replace her booklet. Before her passing, one of Robb’s wishes was that someone would take her work and do further, more detailed work. That is exactly what Banks has done. “What we sought with this book was more than the historical truth behind the evolution of Osgoode Village,” Banks said. “Where possible, we have worked to tell a story through anecdotes and newspaper accounts of people who were born, lived, worked and died in and around this beloved place.” Banks said that one of the most significant stor-

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Osgoode journalist and author Joe Banks signs a copy of his book, The Osgoode Village Story, for local resident Cindy Kent, during a book signing at Raymond’s in Osgoode Saturday. The book was originally published in 2006, but due to demand, the sold-out book was recently reformatted and reprinted. Kent’s family, meanwhile, the Clelands, are prominently featured throughout the book.

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Amazon and the slow death of the traditional grocery store The bricks-and-mortar food retailing model is losing its lustre in Canada. Loblaws is the latest grocer to commit to home delivery. Starting in December, the leading food retailer in Canada has an ambitious plan to deliver food for a fee from coast to coast. Grocers are essentially trying to chase down the money that shows up less often at their doorsteps. As a result, we’re witnessing – and contributing to – the slow death of the traditional grocery store. Five years ago, barely one per cent of our food purchases were made online. Today, some analysts suggest that’s close to four per cent. We’re catching up to the Americans, who now buy seven per cent of their food online. And prodded along by Walmart, online grocery shopping is expanding. Walmart’s online sales in the U.S. grew by almost 50 per cent last quarter and a lot of it was food. Canada is seeing similar trends. Look back to when you were a child for a “No, sir.” Amazon – the boogeyman of retailing – has become a legitimate moment, and think about who made a huge And the lecture began. It came from threat since it took over Whole Foods this summer. Amazon isn’t just impact on you for shaping you into the per- many different angles – from a cop, from Page 6, Manotick Messenger, Wednesday, June 23, 2010 a business killer, it destroys entire sectors. The bookstore was its first son you are today. a coach, and from someone who is as provictim. And since its acquisition of Whole Foods, we can assume that Obviously, your parents had an impact tective of the kids as a father would be. the grocery store is in Amazon’s sights. It’s redefining how the food on you. But who left an impression on you At the end of it, we were sure that the industry makes transactions in a digitalized, borderless world. beyond that? Maybe it was Our COmmunity FROM THE player would probably be For Loblaws, it’s about fighting the Amazon effect, which is why a teacher. Maybe it was an wearing a helmet every we’re about Messenger to see a revolution in home food delivery. uncle or aunt, or maybe a time he got on a bike for Editorial In 10 or 15 years, the possibilities seem boundless. grandparent. It could have the rest of his life. It’s possible, for example, that companies will own the food we been a scout or guide leadEvery now and then he Are you more Canadian receive and we’ll only pay for what we consume. er. Maybe it was a music would visit the candy store a fifth grader? It’s alsothan possible that leftovers could be credited, resold on our teacher. Maybe it was a pobefore practice and give by Jeffrey Morris behalf and used for something else, eliminating waste. With Canada Day approaching next week, it is a good time for us all to lice officer. Or, if you played out candy as rewards to reflect on whatgains it means can to be Canadian. Similar be achieved on the nutritional front. Consum- any sports, maybe it was a the kids that played well. Do we take being Canadian for granted? Better yet, wear how do new Canadians feel about being that Canadian? Some of us ers could portable devices automatically tell their fridges coach. Someone who caught a lot upon immigrants and refugees as opportunists, not wanting to give but it’slook time totobe to satisfy customized diets. Or a Fitbit for This year, I got the chance to coach a foot- of passes would get taffy for “having sticky very willing take.replenished Perhaps, for some people, that is true, but when you attend a celebration new Canadians, such as deliver the one hosted by Nepean- choices, directed by a food could seeforfood retailers healthy ball team of 14-15-year-olds with DeWayne fingers.” Other players who made big hits Carleton MP Pierre Poilievre at Mother Teresa High School in Barrhaven last personal month, you tracker. can see the excitement and the thankfulness in the eyes of every Knight. Spending the year with him, and in a game would get lollipops “for putting a new Canadian. The new trends will force grocers to deal with better-informed watching him and listening to him, I know big lick on someone.” They understand, perhaps better than all of us, what it means to be Canadian. consumers. All the data consumers need is readily available online, that he will be someone these kids will look One of the most memorable moments of So how can the rest of us have that feeling? McRae photo where they can also shop atidea. their own pace. That should make con- back on and remember asBev someone The Conservative government has a solid who the season came after DeWayne had kicked At the school’s 50th Anniversary Party, Manotick Co-operative Nursery School honoured its longest-servJason Kenney, of Citizenship, Immigration and Multiculturalism sumers moreMinister rational, dampening impulse buying – a scary thought ing teacher/volunteer with a memorial garden bench, shape which will be installedlives. with a plaque in the school’s helped their a player off the team because of an attitude and Andrew Cohen, President of the Historica-Dominion Institute, are chalplayground. Left to right, MCNS Director Sandy Erler and June Hodge celebrate June’s 29 years as a supforlenging many food companies. Grocers will far more precise middle and high school students to take the citizenship test.need to be “It’s not about winning and losing,” De- problem. The player contacted DeWayne, ply teacher, teacher and volunteer. The Canadian Citizenship Challenge, funded in part by CIC and run by the in their practices to will match higher expectations. Wayne would say. “It’s about becoming apologized, and told him he wanted back Historica-Dominion Institute, see students study Discover Canada: the Rights and Responsibilities of Citizenship and thenlink take a directly mock citizenship The food retailing industry’s to our homes may seem young men who are responsible and ac- on the team. He wrote out a formal apoltest. Sometimes it’s best It’s just to creating say nilyoung men ogy to his teammates and read it to them at incredible only the beginning. “This will bebut a fun it’s way for students to learn about Canada and feel proud countable. about I’m finding myself at one of those bizarre crosswonder about things like how come “underneath” is of our shared history and accomplishments,” said Minister Kenney. “As we While management at Loblaws and other retailers are kept up sportswho willa word be but leaders insaystheir community, and practice. The players decided to welcome roads where everything I love about is about no one ever “overneath” when the learn about our past and the people and events that made Canada what it is to collide with a large swatch the population work- discussion pulled me back into soccer. today, we become more proud to be Canadian. We are inspired to see how we at night seeking strategies for long-term survival in the face ofofthe who will learn the skills through football that him back to the team. ing diligently to grate my nerves. “Chelsea is learning so much by watching the can defend our rights and live up to our responsibilities and we feel much Amazon effect, theitopportunities are endless. It’s this whole World Cup thing. Don’twill you find World Cup,” said the mom wearing Crocs. “We are more strongly how valuable is to be a citizen of Canada.” help them have successful careers and “I am glad it played out that way,” Depeople are just a little too into it? studying each country before the game. She has “Our schools need to be training young people to become citizens At least Loblaws hadourthe foresight to the act beforethatIit’s too late. and bebecome good parents and husbands and Wayne said. “I believe in second chances. I found myself in line in front of twolives nouveau really a fan of Arr-hayne-TEE-na, and she of tomorrow. Citizenship is not only about new Canadians, it’s about all soccer fan moms at Your even wants to go therefamilies. on our Canadians, young and old,” said Andrew Cohen. “The Canadian Citizenship to be able to provide forus their You wouldn’t be where I was today if there was Independent Grocer the other day. vacation next year. Perhaps we Challenge will encourage students to learn more about what it means to be FROM Troy Meida – Sylvain Charlebois is Senior Fellow with the Atlantic I was kind of in my own little can even go to Brrra-seeel.” are always going to win some games and lose no one there to give me a second chance Canadian and then put that knowledge to the test.” THE mental world in the checkoutand line, That caught my attention. Starting this the Historica-Dominion Instituteof willthe be encouraging Institute forsummer, Market Studies, dean Faculty of Management some games, but it goes way beyond that.” when I was young.” scanning the tabloid and maga- OTHER Arr-hayne-TEE-na? more than 5,000 middle and high school teachers to register their classrooms a professor inEach theclassroom Faculty of Agriculture Dalhousie University. zine covers and wondering what you kidding me?has one of the for the Challenge. will receive a set of the new at citizenship As a youth coach,AreDeWayne One thing I will always remember was SIDE Justin Bieber’s first major scandal The other mom – the one with guide, along with specially designed learning activities. The teacher will also By Jeffrey best resumes of any coach in the country. He a conversation between DeWayne and the would be. I was just about to rethe Birkenstocks – piped in. receive copies of a mock citizenship exam. Students will take the citizenship Morris enter the world after some quality “They are a wonderful football exam as a class and the teachers will return the completed exams to the played high school football in Virginia and same kid. DeWayne was in his police unitime on Planet Jeff and launch nation,” she said. “My husband, Dominion Institute for grading. into my weekly way-to-reward-your-customers-byof course, wearsbe the azure and cheers for but would go on to a captain asItalia, a linebacker form, and it had been a tougher-than-usual Results will be announced by the Dominion Institute on Flag Day charging-us-five-cents-per-bag-and-claiming-it’s- Zachary’s favourite team has been MAY-heee-co. (February 15) each year for the next three years. For more information about at Virginia Tech. came to Canada day. to-save-the-environment rant when I unexpectedly They did a schoolHe project on MAY-heee-co last year to play the Challenge please visit the Historica-Dominion Institute website at locked in on the conversation behind me.for the Ottawa and he has even insisted thatRiders. we go to outWhen to eat and his CFL www.historica-dominion.ca. Rough “Coach, so on a scale of one to 10, how “I wish some of the stores would carry the watch the games when they are playing.” CIC’s multiculturalism grants and contributions program will be investing done, tough is it to be a cop?” vuvuzela horns so that we could bringcareer them to was I bit my tongue. he went on to coach with $525,171 in this 32 month project which promotes civic memory, civic pride Chelsea’s games,” said the mom who was wearing In an effort to keep my blood pressure down, I and integration. the Ottawa Sooners, Ottawa and I could see the wheels turning in the Crocs. looked out the big window at the big Gee parking Gees, lot “Oh, I know,” said the one wearing Birkenstocks. scoped it out, looking a puppy or aabird or Ottawa and Renegades. Hefor became coach with player’s head. Maybe he was thinking that “Zachary has a tournament next weekend and it anything that would pry my mind out of the shackR ideau-Osgoode the Redskins (now when his he might want to be a cop when he was would have been so in the spirit of the World CupNepean to les that these two soccer moms hadEagles) put me in with have all of us blowing our vuvuzela horns. They lost their conversation. son, Deionte, began to play. Even though older. two-nil and then three-nil. They need all of the supA busload of seniors from a nearby retirement port they can get.” pulled up and passengers football were getting in AriDeiontehome is had playing college DeWayne stopped in his tracks at the Nil? Who says nil? Really. off. I was trying to, in my head, name all of their zona, stayed with the program because question. “Oh, I know,” said the mom wearing Crocs. “The he walkers as an escape. 1165 Beaverwood Rd., P.O. Box 567, Manotick, Ontario K4M 1A5 horns are such a beautiful part of the South Unfortunately,for they football, pulled me back and in. heAfrican has a passion because he “Today,” he said, “it was a 12.” www.manotickmessenger.on.ca culture.” “My cousin lives in Australia, and he was devasThe Manotick Messenger is published every Wednesday in Manotick, Ontario. The Manotick has an even bigger passion for At our year-end banquet, he told the I wanted to jump in and say something, but I tated when Germany beat them 4-nil,”using said the football Messenger is mailed to bona fide subscribers in Rideau and Osgoode Townships for $36. The 5567 Manotick Main St., P.O. Box 567, Manotick, refrained. Ontario K4Mdo 1A5 I couldn’t it. mom wearing Crocs. publication is available by carrier for $36 or at newsstands for $1.00 per copy. Letters will be edited to teach life’s lessons to young men. other coaches that he didn’t want to talk for length, clarity and libellous statements. Display, National and Classified rates are available on If you are unfamiliar with the vuvuzela horn, then At this point, I couldn’t take it anymore. Mount request. The Manotick Messenger is not responsible for the loss of unsolicited manuscripts, photos or you have not tuned into CBC over the pastOff two the Patience erupted and out came sarcasm lava. field, DeWayne is an Ottawa police about the games we lost that we could have The RIDEAU-OSother material used publication purposes. Publisher: JeffforMorris weeks. If you stumble across a World Cup soccer “I saw that match,” I said. “I can’t believe Ausofficer. He puts the same energy into serving won, or about anything that went wrong. Managing Editor: Jeff Morris GOODE PACKET is game on CBC, you will hear what sounds like TRY-lier looked so insipid against Deutschland.” Publisher: Jeffrey Morris 50,000 bees swarming field. They arethe not bees. The mom with the crocs was not impressed. Managing Editor: Jeffrey Morris Contributing writers: Phone: 613-692-6000 monthly paper thepubcommunity and helping to shape young “We have some great kids on this team,” They are people blowing on cheap, plastic, gimThe mom with Birkenstock’s wasn’t either, but Reporters: McRae Publisher: Bev Jeffrey Morris Leeanne VanderBurgt, Phone: 613-692-6000 lished the first FRIDAY EsauMorris micky horns. shecop did acknowledge me with a as response. Managing Editor: Jeffrey lives as a that he does a coach. I always he said to the room full of players, parents Klaus Beltzner, Phill Jeff Potter email: Fax: 613-692-3758 Reporters: Bev McRae funny thing about these horns is that they “Who is your team?” she quipped, condescendin The Manotick, Ontario. Advertising: advert@bellnet.ca thought it was interesting to see how the kids and coaches. “We learned a lot about footAdvertising and Marketing Mgr:Marketing: Gord Logan Jeff Esau have become what has defined the 2010 World Cup. ingly. Editor: newsfile@bellnet.ca Letters will be edited for email: Gary Coulombe People who have been following the World Cup and to I did the only thing I could do, shouting as loudwhen he reacted him on the few occasions ball, but more importantly, the kids got a News/sports: newsfile@bellnet.ca Office: Marketing Mgr:Angie GordDinardo Logan Advertising: advert@bellnet.ca length, clarity and people who have only seenlibel20 minutes of it in pass- as I could. Photographer: Mike Carroccetto Photographer: Mike Carroccetto Editor: newsfile@bellnet.ca practice straight from work. lot of valuable skills and experiences that ing havestatements. commented on these annoying would yet relent- come “USA! to USA! USA!” Office: Angie Dinardo lous DisNews/ Sports: newsfile@bellnet.ca less horns. Ironically, while the world has learned to They turned their heads in disgust. The next 45 Photographer: Mike Carroccetto “What’s wrong with you?” he asked one they can put in their toolboxes. 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Former South Carleton student speaks at WE Day about opioid addiction By Charlie Senack She’s back in Ottawa after travelling across Canada in July -- and has since spoken to students at WE Day in Vancouver and Ottawa. Leila Attar, 20, has battled an addiction to drugs since she was 16-yearsold. Almost a year ago, she overdosed on a drug she believed may have contained fentanyl -- a drug that is 50 to 100 more times potent than morphine. That experience scared her enough to get clean. On Oct. 18 Attar spoke at WE Day in Vancouver, and spoke at the event here in Ottawa on Wednesday (Nov. 15) “Looking at me now, you may not expect that nearly a year ago, I almost died from a drug overdose,” Attar told the crowd of 16,000 students at WE Day in Ottawa. The former South Carleton High School student says she started using drugs as a coping mechanism to hide the pain she felt while battling depression -- and being bullied in school. She enjoyed speaking at both WE Day events, but said she was glad to speak at the event in Ottawa because her sister was in attendance -- as

well as her cousin who Attar credits for saving her life. This July, Attar travelled on a VIA Rail Canada 150 pass that allowed 4,000 people to travel anywhere across Canada during the month of July for only $150. She decided to go across Canada sharing her story of battling mental health and addictions in hopes it would inspire others. “It taught me a lot,” Attar said looking back at her trip. “It opened my eyes and I feel like I aged 10 years while I was travelling for a month. Once you open your eyes to the pain that is out there and these realities that it’s not just you that was suffering and that it’s everyone.” She left Ottawa on Canada Day, and travelled to Montreal, and then down east. Attar then travelled out West where opioid-related deaths are on the rise. Between January and June of this year, 780 people in British Columbia died of opioid related overdoses. During her time out West, Attar spoke to grieving parents who have lost children to drug related overdoses. “I spent a lot of time speaking with families that have experienced

the grief of losing a child, front line advocates, fentanyl experts, (and) volunteers in the downtown Eastside,” Attar said. Attar was a volunteer with the unsanctioned pop-up injection site opened by Overdose Prevention Ottawa in the market -- and still works as a frontline worker in the downtown core. A few months ago, Attar joined MPP Michael Harris at Queens park in Toronto to propose Bill 126, The Illegal Pill Press Act which would prohibit a person from possessing or using designated pharmaceutical equipment unless the person is a pharmacist, or working under the supervision of a pharmacist. “(It) would give law enforcement another tool in their toolkit for arresting individuals who are using these death machines to pump out as many illicit pills as they can per hour,” said Attar. Attar says she hopes to speak at more events like WE Day, and has already had the opportunity to speak at multiple opioid forums including one with Senator Vern White -- and spoke at an Opioid Crisis Panel

Shoe Box Gifts Many local Aramark employees who are suite hostesses at Canadian Tire Centre got together to fill shoe boxes with gifts through the Samaritan’s Purse Christmas Gift program. The program was brought to her co-workers by Kelsey Harrison, who is the hostess for Bobby Ryan’s suite for CHEO kids at Ottawa Senators games. She got involved in the program through her church. “Just coming back from Haiti, I can only try to explain how much these will mean to a family,” Harrison said. Not just for the child, for getting the gift, but the mother, to be able to see her child smile. It’s truly beautiful.” Harrison approached Aramark Director of Premium Services Carol Harper with the idea, and she loved it. “No matter what you are going through or how bad your day can be, nothing is as gratifying as going out and filling a shoe box with Christmas gifts for a child who is in need,” Harper said. “It’s amazing that Kelsey took the initiative to bring this program to us and to get the suite hostesses at Ottawa Senators games involved

at Ottawa University on Friday, Nov. 17. She’s also hoping she will soon be able to go into schools to share her story with youth in hopes it will inspire them to not get into drugs. “Right now the education is honestly lacking. It’s not using what people need to hear right now. We are not taking the approach we should be. We can’t be using scare tactics with the kids because we know it doesn’t work,” said Attar.

Leila Attar is a local 20-year-old who overcame a Fentanyl addiction and is now sharing her story with young people across the country. Charlie Senack photo

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The PacketOSGOODE WARD One more Christmas Craft Sale in Greely coming up December 16

The annual Metcalfe Farmers Market Christmas Craft Sale was an extremely busy event at the Greely Community Centre. Regular vendors were there along with some new ones, all featuring their special products for Christmas. There were so many great gift ideas and baking goods for the holiday season. They have one more Christmas Craft sale coming up December 16th in Greely starting at 9am. Hope to see you there!

Pastor Phil Beals Induction

I was happy to be invited to say a few words for incoming Pastor Phil Beals of the Osgoode Baptist and Vernon United Church located in Vernon. He and his family will be a wonderful addition to the village as they become more involved with families and the community at large through events and friends. They hope to continue to attract new members and share in community events while also hosting their own. I look forward to a visit soon through my Open Door in the New Year. Welcome to Ward 20!


WARD REPORT by Councillor George Darouze

National Child Day

National Child Day is a day of awareness that is celebrated annually in Canada in recognition of our commitment to upholding the rights of children. Supporting children’s rights is key for improving their lives and helping them to achieve their potential through stability and a safe environment. Wearing a blue ribbon on National Child Day symbolizes your support to help protect and nurture children into becoming productive and approachable adults in their community. It was a pleasure to participate in the celebration held by the Live and Learn Resource Centre in Metcalfe.

Kayleigh Styles Performs the National Anthem for Council

Greely teenage resident Kayleigh Styles performed before City Council members, her parents, and the

public with her beautiful voice singing the National Anthem at the start of the City Council Meeting this week. Kayleigh is currently a student at Canterbury High School, an arts magnet school. She has been singing, acting and performing since she was six years old. She has sung anthems at several sporting events including the Ottawa Fury and Ottawa 67s. Her recent work with music producers has resulted in four original songs to her name, two of which have been released on iTunes and Spotify. Most recently, Kayleigh competed on a Quebec based show called “La Voix Junior” which is similar to the American show The Voice. It was a pleasure to have Kayleigh perform and also a proud moment to showcase Greely.

also in attendance with family and friends. I personally carry on the tradition of attending each year in memory of my very dear friend Wayne Swales, who brought me to the first Farmers Night dinner. I felt he was with me the whole night and miss attending this event with him.

Metcalfe & District Lions Farmers Night

St. Mark Catholic High School Appreciation Breakfast

Another great dinner with the Metcalfe & District Lions Club and Farmers. The room was packed with businesses and residents alike raising funds for the Metcalfe Lions. Some of the original farming residents, Anne and Bert Velthuis, were

Open Door

Open Door was a mix of residents stopping by for blade signs, picking up Ottawa 2017 pins and many well wishers that made my birthday very special. I look forward, as always to spending time in the Ward office to greet residents and have a chance to talk over concerns. Stop by next week on Tuesday between 1-5pm at the Metcalfe Town Hall!

The Annual Appreciation breakfast for Staff and Teachers at St.Mark Catholic High School is a time to thank everyone that touches our children’s daily life while they attend school. They help shape our children for the future

Kayleigh Styles is thanked by Mayor Jim WEatson and Councillor George Darouze after singing the national anthem at City Council in November.

with guidance, knowledge and experience to make their way into the community as adults. It was a chance to drop in, say hello, and thank those for their continued support to our children. Thank you for inviting me to be a part of the breakfast, it was very well done!

Metcalfe Curling Club: Adult Learn to Curl Program

Curling is one of Canada’s and the world’s premier sports. Whether

you’re 18 or 80, there is no greater way to spend the long dark winter hours than throwing some rocks, meeting new friends and sharing some good memories and laughs. The Metcalfe Curling Club is offering an Adult Learn To Curl program that is a great way to get introduced to curling and gain entry to a club and its leagues. If you are interested, please either email MCC.AL2C@ gmail.com or go to www. metcalfecurlingclub.com.








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Budget highlights include design for Riverside South Community Centre At last week’s meeting of City Council, Mayor Jim Watson tabled the 2018 Budget, which presents a balanced, affordable and progressive future for Ottawa. Draft Budget 2018 demonstrates Council’s commitment to growing our city by investing in the things that matter most to residents: continued protection of our critical infrastructure and assets, keeping our communities safe and vibrant, and making the environment a top priority. Some of the Budget highlights for Ward 22 include funding for the detailed design for the Riverside South Community Centre and Branch Library as well as funding for Diamond Jubilee Phase 2 design and development. For more information and a full list of highlights, please visit Michaelqaqish.com.

Breakfast with Santa The Riverside South Community Association (RSCA) and the Findlay Creek Community Association (FCCA) will be hosting their annual Breakfast with Santa events at the beginning of December. The RSCA will be hosting their event on December 2nd at St Jerome Catholic School, located at 4330 Spratt Rd. They will be hosting two sittings, one at 9:00am and one at 10:35am. To purchase tickets please visit riversidesouth.org. The FCCA will be hosting their event the following day on Dec 3rd at the Fred Barrett Arena, located at 3280 Leitrim Rd. They will also be hosting two sittings, one from 8:30am-9:30am and the second from 10:00am-11:00am. For tickets please visit Findlaycreek.ca. I hope to see you there!

OC Transpo Christmas Food Drive Get in the holiday spirit and help us fill a bus with food for the Ottawa Food Bank! OC Transpo will have buses parked outside your local grocery store in hopes of filling them with food to distribute this holiday season. Stop by to donate on Saturday December 2nd from 9am to 6pm. In Ward 22, you can donate locally at Loblaws at 3201 Greenbank Road or at Moncion’s Your Independent Grocer at 671 River Road.


WARD REPORT by Michael Qaqish

Mayor’s 17th Christmas Celebration Join Jim Watson at the Mayor’s 17th Annual Christmas Celebration. It is taking place on December 9th from 2:00pm – 6:00pm at City Hall at Marion Dewar Plaza and in Jean Piggott Place. There will be Beavertails, ice skating on the Rink of Dreams, marshmallow roasting, Christmas carols and live entertainment for all to enjoy. Santa and Mrs. Claus are also rumored to be coming and will be housed in their very own outdoor cabin! Admission to this event is a non-perishable food donation to the Ottawa Food Bank.

Public Consultation for “Pink House” Subdivision There will be a public consultation for the “Pink House” Development planned for 3740 Jockvale Road, concerning the proposed plan of subdivision. This meeting will be held in the Cambrian Room at the Minto Recreation Centre at 3500 Cambrian Road on Thursday November 30th from 6:30-8:00pm. This meeting will give the community the opportunity to meet with staff to provide input on the project. For more information on this application, please visit Ottawa. ca.

Name the Train Contest As we prepare for Ready for Rail in 2018, a fun new contest has been launched for children and youth aged 16 and under. We want to give youth the opportunity to name the train cars that are part if the biggest infrastructure project in Ottawa’s recent history. Encourage your children, nieces, nephews and grandchildren to participate. A total of 40 trains will be named. The contest ends December 8th and winners will be announced in 2018. The entry form, along with more contest details, can be found at octranspo. com/ready4rail

week to place a donation bin at St Joseph’s High School in Barrhaven. All of the clothing donated to these Big Purple Bins helps support the BBBSO programs. For more in-

formation on how you can donate to this great initiative in our community, please visit bbbso.ca.

Canada 150 Skating Day

The West Barrhaven,

Stonebridge and Half Moon Bay Community Associations are hosting a Skating Day to celebrate Canada’s 150 years on Sunday December 10th from 4-6pm at the

Minto recreation Complex at 3500 Cambrian Road. This skating event is free and will include music, snacks, crafts, and some special guests. I hope to see you there!

Enjoy a ComplimEntary Family tour and lunCh.

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• Respite/Convalescence care • Short and trial stay • 24 hour nursing care

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Ottawa – Clothing Bin I was pleased to join Big Brothers Big Sisters Ottawa (BBBSO) last

For more information, please visit us online at www.manotickplaceretirement.ca or call (613) 692-2121 to book a tour.

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The PacketCOMMUNITY Kiwanis Christmas trees and Christmas cakes will be available soon

Manotick Kiwanis News By Larry Ellis

The Kiwanis Club of Manotick regular meetings are held on the 1st and third Tuesdays of each month in the Legion Hall, Manotick, September to June; we invite you to come for 6 with dinner at 6:30 pm. Most meetings have a guest speaker. June to August meetings are cas-

ual and held at various locations. Bingos are held on the 3rd Monday of each month at 6:45 pm for the residents at Hyfield Place and on the 2nd Wednesday of each month at 6:45 pm for the residents at Carleton Lodge, Sept. to June. These bingos are fun for the residents and for the Kiwanians who organize them. Our club is proud to

sponsor and be involved with many community service and fundraising activities. Please watch future issues of the Packet for action and event information. Traditional Kiwanis Christmas Trees and Christmas Cakes will be available soon at Manotick Home Hardware in the Mews - support your local service club. A Blood Donor Clinic

will be held December 7th from 2pm at Manotick United Church. The Kiwanis Christmas meeting will be on December 19th with the Rev. Elaine Beattie speaking on “The Essence of Christmas”. We invite you to check the Kiwanis web site at www.manotick-kiwanis. org The Kiwanis Club of Manotick encourages

you to support the initiative to shop locally.. “Kiwanis is a global organization of vol-

unteers dedicated to improving the world, one child and one community at a time”.

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g n i The art of making friends r u t a Fe Friends and social connections are important The importance of friends cannot be overstated. Maintaining a healthy group of friends can help relieve stress by enabling a person to have a goto network of close companions with whom to share the ups and downs of life. The Mayo Clinic says that friends can increase one’s sense of belonging and purpose; help one cope with trauma; encourage change and help one improve his or her self-confidence and self-worth. The medical group also says that people with strong social support systems have a reduced risk of depression, high blood pressure and unhealthy weights. While friends are important, some people find that making new friends — particularly in adulthood — can be challenging. That’s because making friends may not be too great a priority compared to caring for families or tending to work responsibilities. Those resolving to broaden their social circles can explore these tips for making new friends. • Start at school. School is often the first place children make friends, but school also can be a great place for adults to meet new people. By attending school functions, you will be thrust into a circle of people similar to you. Parents who get to know their childrens’ friends’ parents may find that they have more in common than just their children. • Join groups. Kids find it easy to make friends due to consistency. They see the same kids each day at school and through sports teams and clubs. Adults can replicate this consistency by joining groups that spark their interests, finding like-minded people who meet week after week. • Go on a blind “date.” Have a friend set you up with a mutual friend and see if there is a connection there. You may be able to make new friends simply from an introduction. • Take the lead. Pursue a new friendship by taking some initiative. Invite someone out for coffee or over to your home for a glass of wine. Follow up afterward to say you had a good time.

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Grade: 12 Parents: Shailesh and Priti Jain Sister: Riya (14), St. Laurent Academy, Grade 9 Part-time Work: “Mathematics tutor at Kumon tutoring students from ages 10 -18 in elementary school to university level mathematics. “Teaching complex mathematical and logical concepts to peers, as well as motivating students to help them concentrate on their tasks. “Thinking outside the box to generate new ideas in mathematics. “Conveying mathematical concepts and skills to students, and improving teaching

skills. Using seamless integration techniques to holistically improve lateral thinking and technical mathematical skills of students in the district.” Favourite Subjects: Mathematics and Computer Science Accomplishments: Grade 8 – University of Waterloo, Gauss Math Contest, 1st place in school, top 10% in Canada. Grade 9 – University of Ottawa, Math Kangaroo Contest, 3rd place regional, 20th ranking national, top 10% in Canada. Grade 9 – University of Waterloo, Pascal Math Contest, Certificate of

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“Since early elementary school, I’ve had a passion for mathematics. I always had a strong desire for solving various types of problems in different fields of mathematics, observing patterns, and learning new concepts in Math. “At Carleton I’ve been admitted into the School of Competitive Math where I do high level advanced math courses, such as Advanced Algebra, Discrete Math, Analytic Calculus, Euclidean & Synthetic Geometry, and working on Computer Algorithms and Software. These courses, instructed by math professors, helps me develop strong understanding in higher level mathematics. This helps me for my future career, as well as the math and computer science courses I do. These courses offer me a more in depth, and challenge to the way math is viewed, making it more entertaining.”

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Tomlinson looking forward to becoming first tenant at Citigate Corporate Campus The company that will be the NepeanCarleton’s largest private sector employer will be opening its doors in January, 2018. The Tomlinson Group will be moving into its new headquarters at the new corporate business park on Strandherd Road beside Costco, near Highway 416. “For years, we have been a big part of the Barrhaven community, and now, we are moving to the community,” said Tomlinson Senior Vice-President Paul McCarney. Tomlinson is the first corporation to relocate its headquarters into the new Citigate Corporate Campus business park. “We love the location,” said McCarney. “We love the Citigate Corporate campus. We love its access to Highway 416 and Fallowfield and all kinds of bus transit and soon to be rail transit available.” The corporate campus is something that the Barrhaven BIA has been excited for since its inception several years ago. BIA Executive Director Andrea Steenbakkers and BIA President Jason MacDonald have both spoken extensively on how bringing career level employment to the campus will help solidify Barrhaven as a community. “We will have a fulltime staff of 300 people working in our Barrhaven office, and we will have hundreds more field staff visiting it periodically,” said McCarney. “The vast majority of our staff, be it aggregate production, asphalt or ready mix concrete production, field crews or sewer water and municipal roads, commercial parking lots, and our environmental service department – are in the field.” As a company, Tomlinson has served the area since 1952, when Ralph Tomlinson founded R.W. Tomlinson Cartage with one single-axle dump truck. His son, Bill Tomlinson, worked on weekends and joined him full time in 1962. Along the way, Bill’s younger brother Ken joined in 1964 and the company was incorporated as R.W. Tomlinson Limited in 1969. In 1976 Bill and Ken Tomlinson bought out their father’s interest in the company and ultimately Bill became the sole owner in 1990. Throughout the years, the company expanded its capabilities and completed a num-

ber of acquisitions. The company is now a prominent player in quarrying, construction, trucking, ready mix, land development and environmental industries, with a large fleet of company-owned vehicles in Eastern Canada. The Tomlinson Group is now in the hands of the third generation of the Tomlinson family, as Bill’s son Ron Tomlinson oversees the business. Today, Bill Tomlinson, along with his two children, Ron and Cindy, are the sole shareholders of the Tomlinson Group. Tomlinson provides a comprehensive range of products and services in the increasingly technical infrastructure industry. Tomlinson is proud to have obtained International Organization of Standardization (ISO) certification for the supply of concrete, asphalt, aggregates and civil infrastructure construction. They have been a major player in developing Barrhaven at a number of different levels. “Tomlinson is involved in all of the home building and development sites with the likes of Mattamy, Richcraft, Phoenix and EQ Homes,” said McCarney. “We are both customers of those firms, and we are also partners with them on some sites. We are very intertwined with them. We have a great working relationship with the Regional Group, who we were partners with on the Citigate Corporate Campus.” Giving back to the community is a big part of the corporate culture at Tomlinson. This month, Tomlinson was a major sponsor of the

The Tomlinson Group is hoping to be into its new corporate headquarters near 416 and Fallowfield Road in Barrhaven by January

Barrhaven Santa Claus Parade. City wide, the company has donated a million dollars to the Boys and Girls Club of Ottawa, and they have committed one million dollars to build and refurbish parks in the city. Over the past three years, Tomlinson has taken part in The Ride, a Mattamy Homes-sponsored fundraiser for the Ottawa Hospital. The Tomlinson Team has raised $750,000 over the past three years. There is also a major commitment to the Queensway Carleton Hospital. “On the philanthropic side, we are very well aligned with Mattamy, Richcraft, Phoenix and Regional on community events,” said McCarney. “The Tomlinson shareholders have made a $1 million commitment to working with the city on refurbishing and developing five parks. It’s an ongoing project with the city. The owners of

Tomlinson have created a Tomlinson Family Foundation, actively looking at sites and working with the city and looking for the next three park builds.” The Tomlinson initiatives are major, but there are also smaller ones in the community. “Our President and several senior executives played a very active role with the Queensway Carleton Hope’s Rising Campaign,” said McCarney. “We are fully engaged on the mental health initiative. That’s on the big scale. On the small scale, we support some grassroots projects such as the BMX Park in Barrhaven. We reach out and touch many smaller initiatives. Our President, Kevin Cinq-Mars, and our senior executive are fully aligned in giving back to the communities we work in.” The sponsorship of the Santa Claus Pa-

rade is an important one for the community. Not only does it give the company a chance to celebrate with the people in the community they helped build, but it is also something that allows its employees to celebrate together and represent the company in the community. “Tomlinson is a diverse work place, and fun is something we want all our employees to have – both at work and at these community events,” McCarney said. “The employee engagement goes way up when there are fun things to get involved with like the Santa Claus Parade, the BMX sponsorship and the Boys and Girls Club events. Our shareholders fully support the senior executive team in engaging the employees at all levels in these initiatives in events. We really believe it’s a differentiator between Tomlinson and

many of our competitors.” McCarney said that the relationships formed by Tomlinson most often grow to a deepened level. “Many of our working relationships evolve into partnerships, which really get heightened into being philanthropic efforts,” he said. “We are a customer of Mattamy, but we really believe in giving back to the community, like Mattamy does, so we end up partnering with them or supporting them on various initiatives. Trinity is another example of that. We like to work for Trinity Developments because John Ruddy is a philanthropist who gives millions of dollars back to the community.” And in January, Tomlinson will form a new and deepened relationship with Barrhaven as it moves to its new headquarters.

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