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FRIDAY • November 3 • 2017
Community rallies to support local dairy farmer in aftermath of blaze By Packet Staff They say what goes around, comes around. Judging from the huge turnout and the overwhelming show of support in North Gower last Saturday night, Barrhaven-area farmer Peter Ruiter is a man that has always been there for his friends, neighbours and colleagues. The evening was billed as the Blackrapids Farmfest Fundraiser. The farm, located on Prince of Wales Drive north of Manotick, suffered significant damage in a fire last month. Three barns and 83 cows were destroyed in the blaze, which had damages surpassing $1 million. A number of people and organizations stepped up to organize the fundraiser, including Saint Monica Parish, the Ottawa Carleton Milk Committee, the Ottawa Federation of Agriculture and the Junior Farmer’s Association of Ontario. A large number of supporters packed the Alfred Taylor Community Centre in North Gower. “We were worried that we wouldn’t be able to handle the huge crowd we were going to get,” said Navan farmer Wyatt McWilliams, who works closely with Ruiter on Ottawa’s Food Aid Day at City Hall each year. Other area farmers, such as Dwight Foster of
Peter and Rosemary Ruiter pose for a photo with their family, son-in-law Ben (25), Lindsay (23), Mark (17) and Sharon (20) outside the North Gower Community Centre during the Blackrapids Farmfest fundraiser last Sat., Oct. 14. A devastating fire razed Peter’s dairy farm on September 8. Barrhaven Independent photo by Mike Carroccetto
North Gower, were also there to show their support. Foster and Ruiter have known each other for more than a generation, and they have often stood alongside each other to fight for the rights of Eastern Ontario farmers in the political arena, especially in the aftermath of the BSE crisis more than a decade ago. Ruiter, his wife Rosemary, and children Sharon, Lindsay and Mark were overwhelmed by the support of the com-
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munity at the event, which attracted well over 500 people. “It’s been outstanding,” Ruiter said of the support. “Everybody keeps saying you’re a good guy, but I don’t see it. I just live the way I think I should live my life. I have always tried to do little gestures – not big gestures – but this is one big, big gesture back. It’s a little overwhelming.” Ruiter was humbled by the amount of support shown to him not just in the immediate area, but
throughout Eastern Ontario. “I’m really amazed at the support of the community,” he said. “It’s overwhelming. It’s a true testament to just how many good people there are in the world.” One of the big questions he is facing is whether or not to rebuild his farm. He said he is at the age where many of his friends and colleagues are thinking about retiring. In many ways, rebuilding the farm would be like start-
ing from scratch. “I have to do more research,” he said. “It’s a life changing decision. If I decide to back at it, and that’s what my heart wants to do, then absolutely. But I have to make the numbers work and make a business decision.” Ruiter said that he is humbled and strengthened by the generosity and support of the community in the aftermath of the tragic fire. “It’s the wind beneath my wings,” he said of the
support from the community. “It’s pushing me along. It’s the drive. This is the community just going ahead, and it’s a little overwhelming.” A GoFundMe campaign started to help raise money to support the family has raised more than $54,000 to date. Campaign organizers are hoping to raise $150,000 for the family. The page can be found online at https://www. gofundme.com/ruiterfamily-barn-fire-recovery.
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Manotick Women’s Day to be held Saturday, November 4
Marlborough Pub fundraiser Bruno and Stephanie Paravan got some much needed support from some friends at the Marlborough Pub’s 10th anniversary bash last month at the Alfred Taylor community Centre in North Gower. The event was a fundraiser for the Matthew the Brave Foundation. Matthew Paravan, their son, suffers from a seizure disorder that, at ten years old, has left him basically undiagnosed and suffering up to 250 seizures daily, wheelchair bound and unable to speak or eat orally. Over the past four years, the Paravan Family has spent over two years hospitalized at Sick Kids in Toronto and CHEO. Amazingly, throughout this ordeal Matthew seldom complains and has learned to communicate through the use of flashcards or an iPad. He continues to be the same funny, caring, sports loving little boy he always was. It is the hope of the Marlborough Pub to raise funds to help his family offset the enormous financial burden the past four years has left them with. “We wanted to have a celebration for our anniversary, but we wanted to make it for a good cause,” said Jason Moore of the Marlborough Pub. “I have known Matthew’s mother since we were six years old. We wanted to do something that would make a difference.” Moore also praised his staff for their hard work during the fundraiser and keeping the pub operational during the event. The staff donated their tips to the cause. From left to right are Kim Moore (Jason’s Wife), Amy Scharff, Kristen Hanna, Lisa Fisher and Lindsey Carter, who all worked the fundraiser.
Open in Manotick Tammy Hulme started out making Christmas presents. She thought why not start a business. It began at craft fairs , then online. It exploded to where she decided on a retail space. Situated across from the Manotick garage, next to the old Lindsay and McCaffrey store, Tammy invites you to come and experience what she has to offer. Tammy’s Tub Treats creates luxurious bath products such as soaps, bath bombs, body scrubs and butters. Their products are made using as many natural ingredients as possible. Gift baskets are available and they can do custom orders as well.
Manotick’s business community is preparing for one of its busiest days and most successful events of the year, as Manotick Women’s Day takes place Sat., Nov. 4 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. The event is one of the Manotick BIA’s signature events of the year. It will include seminars, in store specials, refreshments, entertainment and free gifts. “It’s an event where women can bring their friends, mothers and daughters to browse, shop, learn and unwind,” said Manotick BIA Executive Director Donna Smith. The first 1,000 women to come to the village for Women’s Day will receive a free gift from the BIA, presented by the Manotick firefighters. The gift this year is a special Canada 150 tree ornament. The passport program is also back, where women can get a Women’s Day passport and collect stamps at par-
ticipating businesses for the chance to win prizes. The passports will be available at participating businesses and from the firefighters handing out gifts. Smith added that while the popularity of the event in the region has grown, it is a great event for Manotick residents as well. “Many women from the village will invite their friends or family members from neighbouring communities to come and spend a great day in Manotick,” she said. The timing of the event is perfect for local retailers. If it doesn’t kick off the Christmas shopping season, it certainly kicks off the Christmas idea season. “Our objective is to get people to come into our stores and see the different things our businesses have to offer,” Smith said. “Hopefully they will plan a second trip to come back and make purchases or to become regular customers at our stores.”
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The PacketFOCUS ON YOUTH OTHS student-athlete is a natural leader with a love for people Name: Talihah Ortiz Age: 16
Address: Greely School: Osgoode Township High Grade: 12 Parents: Lana Ortiz (Mom), Phil Ortiz (Step Dad) Brother: Zach Ortiz, grade 7 at Castor Valley Pets: “Two cats, and a Boston Terrier (the love of my life)” Pet Peeve: “When people talk on the phone while they are going through my cash at work.” Part-time Work: “I’ve been a cashier at Mackinnon’s Foodland for about six months.” Favourite Subjects: Biology, intro to Anthropology (includes anthro, sociology, and psychology) What do you enjoy reading for pleasure?
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“The news.” Who is your favourite author? “Rupi Kaur, author of Milk and Honey.” Accomplishments: “Some of my accomplishments include being involved in leadership activities within the school, such as being a Skillbuilder for our school’s Leadership Camp for the second time this year. I also had the opportunity to attend board wide Leadership Camp in September along with 3 other OTHS students. It was a lot of fun, and a great learning experience. Last year I was Osgoode Townships Student Senator and participated in Student Council. I really enjoyed my role and experience working with the board and the other Student Senators. Academic wise, I received the
Double Award in grade 10. My average was 0.3% away from 80+ last year. I’m aiming to get it again this year. I am also involved in ICP (International Certificate Program). It’s a program run by OCDSB that allows students to become global citizens, travel and learn a new language. I just started it this year as a challenge for myself. I think I’m going to learn Spanish.” Activities/Interests: “I participate in Relay For Life every year. It’s fun to fundraise, especially for such a good cause (Canadian Cancer Society), and the event itself is a blast. I’ve been playing soccer and futsal since I was about 11. I was on the school team in grade 10, and I was on the Girls’ Varsity Rugby Team in grade 11. This year I plan to try out for the Soccer Team again in the spring, as I prefer it over rugby. I wish I could play both, but they both run in the same season. During the winter I love to go skiing and snowboarding as much as I
can. Some people find the winters depressing, but I love winter activities.” (Futsal is a mini form of football. Usually played indoors on a hard court.) Why did you get involved in what you do? “I love people, which is probably why I enjoy leadership activities and playing on team sports. I really enjoy working with other people to achieve a goal. For example, in senate we set goals, and discussed solutions for issues within our schools. I really thrive in that kind of environment. I remember telling my parents that I was really in my element at board wide Leadership Camp as well.”
Talihah Ortiz has a love for people that has led to her involvement in school activities and sports. Phill Potter photo
Career Goals: “After high school I plan on going to university for International Development Studies, which focuses on poverty, environment, epidemics, why some countries develop and some don’t, gender studies, and much more. It’s a very interdisciplinary pro-
101-year-old local veteran Arthur Buss to speak at Kiwanis meeting
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month at 6;45 p.m. for the residents at Hyfield Place and on the second Wednesday of each month at 6:45 p.m. 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. The guest speaker at the November 7th Remembrance Day meeting will be 101-year old local veteran Arthur Buss. We invite you to check the Kiwanis web site at www.manotickkiwanis.org The Kiwanis Club of Manotick encourages you to support the initiative to shop locally.. “Kiwanis is a global organization of volunteers dedicated to improving the world,
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We’re still in the dark over Fair Hydro Plan A recent report from Ontario’s auditor general slammed the provincial government’s “needlessly complex” plan to reduce electricity bills for Ontarians. According to the report, the government is keeping the true cost of its plan off the books. The Fair Hydro Plan is meant to respond to widespread angst about sky-high power bills in the province. It reduces electricity bills for households and some small businesses and farms by 25 per cent. However, as noted by the auditor general, the plan will increase provincial debt to reduce electricity bills in the short-term while future ratepayers pay the bills. As the AG report explains, “From 2028 on, ratepayers will be charged more than the actual cost of the electricity being produced to pay back the borrowings.” So instead of pursuing meaningful policy reforms, the government of Liberal Premier Kathleen Wynne is kicking the can down the road and shifting costs from one place to another. To make matters worse, the government is concealing the real financial impact of the rate reduction by understating future deficits and net debt. According to the plan, entities such as Ontario Power Generation She made devils horns with her fingers Did you spend the last couple of weeks Page 6, Manotick 23, 2010 can borrow atMessenger, higher Wednesday, interest June rates, further increasing electricity costs thinking about Halloween costumes? on her head and let out this hissy noise that for future ratepayers. We stress over what the kids should go out sounded like something that would have come How much more will Ontarians pay? According to the auditor gen- as when they go to parties or to go trick or out of Linda Blair’s mouth in The Exorcist. eral, almost $40 billion. And up to $4 billion more than necessary due to Our COmmunity And she never came over again. treating. Sometimes they stress over it even additional interest costs over the next 30 years. My neighbour on the other side, Randy, was more. Ontarians are already reeling from high electricity costs. Recent a little less Reverend Lovejoy We can’t help thinking Messenger Editorial studies show that Ontario has the fastest-growing electricity prices in about some of our own cosFROM THE and a lot more King of the the country and its cities have some of the highest average residential tumes as kids. Mike were Hill. He was the man who Are more Canadian monthly billsyou in Canada. coined the phrase, “I was predictable at best. I would From 2008 to 2016, electricity prices in Ontario increased by 71 per throw on my hockey equipthan a fifth grader? fixin’ to cut y’all’s grass but centWith – more double the national in Ottawa pay ment and be a hockey player. Canada than Day approaching next week, it is a good average. time for us allRatepayers to my lawn mower done got on what it means to be Canadian. $41reflect more per month ($492 more per year) on electricity bills than Can- One year, the only hockey broked up.” Do we take being Canadian for granted? by Jeffrey Morris adians provinces. Betterin yet,other how do new Canadians feel about being Canadian? Some of us I told him what had hapsweater I had was a Toronto look upon immigrants and refugees as opportunists, not wanting to give but Ontario’s skyrocketing electricity prices are also hurting industries Maple Leafs sweater. Even very willing to take. Perhaps, for some people, that is true, but when you pened. a celebration fortheir new Canadians, such as the one hostedAbyrecent Nepean- study shows Ontario’s andattend hampering competitiveness. “Don’t y’all worry about though I was not a Leafs fan Carleton MP Pierre Poilievre at Mother Teresa High School in Barrhaven last “electricity disaster” has cost the province more month, you can see the excitement and the thankfulness in the eyes of every than 74,000 manufachim,” Randy said. “The day’ll come where we’ll – at all – I reluctantly put it on and tried to new Canadian. turing jobs. make the best of it, just as Roch Carriere put fix his wagon.” They understand, perhaps better than all of us, what it means to be In 2016, large industrial consumers (with a power demand of five his Leafs sweater on when he was the only kid Canadian. For all of the things I loved about living in So how can the rest of us have that feeling? McRae photo megawatts andgovernment monthly consumption of 3,060 megawatt hours) in in Ste-Justine not wearing a Bev The Conservative has a solid idea. Texas, I loved the metaphors the most. Maurice Richard the school’s 50th Anniversary Party, Manotick Co-operative Nursery School honoured its longest-servJason Kenney, of Citizenship, Immigration and Multiculturalism Toronto and Minister Ottawa paid almost three times moreAt than consumers in sweater ing teacher/volunteer with a memorial garden bench, which will be installed with a plaque in the school’s When we went out on our trick or treating in his famed book. and Andrew Cohen, President of the Historica-Dominion Institute, are chalLeft to right,in MCNS Director Sandy Erler and June Hodge celebrate June’s 29 years as a supMontreal and and toalmost twice test. as much asplayground. consumers Vanlenging middle and Calgary high school students take the citizenship “Oh look, it’s Dave Keon,” they would say as journey, we started at the home of our reliply teacher, teacher and volunteer. The Canadian Citizenship Challenge, funded in part by CIC and run by the couver. Historica-Dominion Institute, will see students study Discover Canada: the gious neighbours. they answered the door. Rights and Responsibilities of Citizenship then take citizenship Electricity is a major costandfor thea mock manufacturing sector and rising We rang the doorbell, and there was no an“Nope,” I would reply. “I’m Murray Oliver.” test. Sometimes it’s best just to say nil costs“This arewillcausing manufacturing to fall behind other be a fun way Ontario’s for students to learn about Canada and feel sector proud swer. The lights were off. They were probably I was Murray Oliver for two Halloweens and 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 jurisdictions. roads where everything I love about sports is about when a word but oneaever says “overneath” when the I got to hiding under their beds and quivering, imfinally, I no got Montreal sweater, learn about our past and the people and events that made Canada what it is to collide with a large swatch ofOnthe population work- discussion pulled me back into soccer. Compared to proud multiple American and jurisdictions, today, we become more to be Canadian. We are inspired to seeCanadian how we agining the witches of Salem or even the Four be Jean Beliveau. 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 tario has seen the most substantial decline in manufacturing over the It’s this whole World Cup thing. Don’t youThere find World Cup,”other said the mom wearing Crocs. “We I arewas Russ more strongly how valuable it is to be a citizen of Canada.” Horsemen of the Apocalypse to decend upon were costumes, too. that people are just a little too intoas it? studying each country before the game. She has schools need to be training our young people to become the citizens past“Our decade. Between 2005 and 2016, while some nearby states such onebecome year. I was Batman another year. their door. Instead, it was a terrifying night of I found myself in line in front of twoJackson nouveau really a fan of Arr-hayne-TEE-na, and she of tomorrow. Citizenship is not only about new Canadians, it’s about all Michigan boosted manufacturing sector’s of fan gross domestic soccer moms at Your even wants us to go there on our Canadians, young and old,”their said Andrew Cohen. “The Canadian Citizenship share kids dressed up as Marvel characters and Troy And then there were the where Independent Grocer the other day. vacation nextyears year. Perhaps we I didn’t Challenge Ontario’s will encourage students to learnby more aboutpercentage what it means to be FROM product, declined five points. I was kind of in my own little can even gomom to Brrra-seeel.” Canadian and then put that knowledge to the test.” Aikman, a few princesses, and my son, Harry have a costume and my cut a couple of THE mentalfor worldresidents in the checkout line, That caught my attention. Ontario real reform to Institute lowerwillelectricity and eye Starting thisneeds summer, the Historica-Dominion be encouraging prices holes in a bed sheet, threw it over my head, Potter. scanning the tabloid and maga- OTHER Arr-hayne-TEE-na? more than 5,000 middle and high school teachers to register their classrooms businesses. Unfortunately, the provincial government is opting forwhat im- and zine covers and wondering kidding me? for the Challenge. Each classroom will receive a set of the new citizenship SIDEsent me out asAre We rang the doorbell again. ayoughost. I couldn’t see a Justin Bieber’s first major scandal The other mom – the one with guide, along with specially designed learningand activities. The teacher willsolutions, also proper accounting practices temporary sticking current By Jeffrey would be. I was just about to rethe Birkenstocks – piped in. “Hey Dad,” Jack said. “There’s something thing, walking around in the dark night in our receive copies of a mock citizenship exam. Students will take the citizenship Morris enter the world after some quality “They are a wonderful football andexam future Ontarians with as a class and the teachers will the return bill. the completed exams to the little rural hamlet, but it’s ok, I didn’t get hit by here.” time on Planet Jeff and launch nation,” she said. “My husband, Dominion Institute for grading. into my weekly way-to-reward-your-customers-byof course, but wears the azure and cheers for Italia, but Results will be announced by the Dominion Institute on Flag Day It was a basket with a sign that said “Please a car. Almost, not quite. charging-us-five-cents-per-bag-and-claiming-it’sZachary’s favourite team has been MAY-heee-co. (February 15) each year for the next three years. For more information Kenneth P. 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He is the only kid I know away we went to the next home. pare for Halloween. $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. I figured that a basket with envelopes was a who waslooked theoutsame thingatfor Halloween seven Crocs. the big window the big parking lot “Oh, I know,” said the one wearing Birkenstocks. and scoped itHe out, looking for a puppy or a bird orOver and pretty lame cop out for Halloween, but maybe years in a row. was Harry Potter. “Zachary has a tournament next weekend and it anything that would pry my mind out of the shackR ideau-Osgoode would have been so in the spirit of the World Cup and to lesover that these two soccer momsseven. had put me in with there was a McDonald’s gift thing in it or over again times have all of us blowing our vuvuzela horns. 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Canadian Community Newspaper Association wisdom I could think of. “Y’all read Harry Potter?” she asked. came up with the idea to mass produce and market scripts, photos or other these horns as a World Cup novelty. The “Yeah,” plan Jeffrey Morris was the 2008 OCNA Columnist of “This card would be a lot more effective if it he said excitedly. material used for publiworked, and now the rest of the world must endure the Year. His book, From the Other Skide, is availthe shrilling sounds of his quick buck. at Manotick Office Pro, Barrhavento UPS Store, was tied to a Snicker’s bar.” “Wellable y’all are goin’ straight Hay-yell!” cation purposes.
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The PacketCOMMUNITY Poilievre, MacLeod to help out with Keep Ottawa Warm campaign By Charlie Senack
As Ottawa is bracing for an “above normal” snowfall this winter, Ottawa Special Events has started a campaign called Keep Ottawa Warm which will take used winter clothing to homeless shelters across Ottawa. The campaign started last year after Michael Woods, the co-founder of Ottawa Special Events was walking downtown and ran into a homeless man who was worried he was going to freeze to death that night. “It just sort of triggered in me that I have been so fortunate with everything we have got to do that I would turn around and try to help,” said Woods. After that encounter, Woods talked with his staff and created the Keep Ottawa Warm campaign. Last year they donated over 800 pieces of winter clothing to multiple shelters across the city. This is not the first time Woods and Ottawa Special Events is getting involved in something like this. After Keep Ottawa Warm was a success last year, they partnered with Suits
His Style which is an organization that donates suits to men for job interviews. “They give a suit for someone to go on a job interview with, if you get the job, then they dress you for The entire week,” said Woods. “It gives people an opportunity to get on their feet.” This year they decided it would be a good idea to get other businesses involved with Keep Ottawa Warm. Lisa MacLeod and Pierre Poilievre were two of the first to get involved. They both have agreed to have a drop off box in their offices. On top of that, there is also a number of other businesses where you can drop off your used winter clothing including all 27 CIBC bank locations in Ottawa, the Meridian Credit Union, Councillor Keith Egli’s office, Vimy Brewery and The Neighbourhood Pub on Baseline. Woods is hoping that this year will be more successful than last year. They are accepting clothing for all genders and ages of people. “We’re looking for clothes for men, women and children,” said
Mike Woods founded the Keep Ottawa Warm campaign last year after meeting a homeless man who was afraid of freezing to death.
Woods. “It can be boots, jackets, parkas, toques, earmuffs, gloves and mitts.” On top of that they are also accepting clean towels which they will bring to the Ottawa Mission. Ottawa Special Events has already
brought down used towels which were left over from some of these events. “We had a bunch of towels from some of the productions we do at Ottawa Special Events
from the Junos this year,” said Woods. “We also have them from New Year’s Eve on the hill where we had performers towels,” There goal is to collect 5,000 pieces of
winter clothing in two months. Any business that is interested in having a drop off box at their location can contact Ottawa Special Events at (613) 4821703.
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2017 CHRISTMAS CRAFT MARKET
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Visit our barn in Manotick Station, which has been transformed into a Third World Marketplace. Shop for carpets, furniture, jewellery, masks and exotic home decor items from countries that our family have purchased directly from local producers.
Unique Gifts at Warehouse Prices! 6110 Mitch Owens Drive, Ottawa Located 5 minutes south of the Ottawa Airport in Manotick Station (next to Bakker’s General Store) Visit our barn in Manotick Station, which has been transformed into a Third World
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The PacketCOMMUNITY Better products at better prices make Totally Techy the place to go
For Samy El-Tahtawy, staying one step ahead of the latest trends means everything. “When fidget spinners came out, we were the first ones to have them,” he said. “We had them before anyone. We were selling between 150 and 250 of them a day and we had line ups at our counter that were 15 to 20 people deep at times. People were coming from all over Ottawa and Gatineau to our store in Barrhaven.” El-Tahtawy and his brother, Ramy, opened Totally Techy last November. In just a short time, the store has become a destination for cell phone and tablet repairs and accessories, as well as the latest things on the market. For the El-Tahtawy brothers, opening a retail store was a natural step to complement their existing business as wholesalers. “We carry high quality products that we already have,” El-Tahtawy said. “It didn’t make sense not to open a store.” As a retail store, being wholesalers and supplying their own store gives Totally Techy a big competitive advantage. “We have very high
quality parts and products at better prices than other stores,” El Tahtawy said. Access to these products is another advantage they have. “We go to China every two to three months,” El Tahtawy said. “We have some relationships with some great companies there.” Among the companies they deal with is FoxConn, a world leader in after sales products and services for computers, communications and consumer electronics. “In three years, we have worked with 45 of the best suppliers in China,” said El Tahtawy. “We have narrowed it down to the best eight. What separates us is that while many companies buy products from China, we go over and we do our own quality control. That’s why we know the products we carry are the best. Because we are wholesalers, we also buy thousands of units of various items. That gives us the buying power to give our customers the best prices.” Totally Techy has, for its demographic, a perfect location in the RioCan Marketplace in Barrhaven. They are located
Professionalism and great customer service have made Ramy El Tahtawy of Totally Techy a popular person among students and young professionals in the community.
between Pizza Pizza and Booster Juice. The store draws many customers in the 15-20 age demographic, and they could not be bookended by two better businesses. “When we were looking for a place, this spot was not originally available,” El Tahtawy said. “We were going to be over near the theatre in the old Rogers location. But we checked again, and this spot was available. It’s perfect for
us.” While quality and price are two of the reasons for the success of Totally Techy, their professionalism is also a big factor in attracting customers. “We have an attractive, clean store, and we pride ourselves on our professionalism and our high level of customer service,” El Tahtawy said. While customers are drawn to the store for cell phone and tablet repairs,
they are also drawn for some of the unique items that the store carries. “We have a lot of things that are really cool,” El Tahtawy said. “They may be things that our customers have never seen before, like a digital sim card that lets you have two phone numbers on the same phone. We are a store where people can go to buy something for their kids and know that they will love it.”
And if you are looking for the next big thing, there is a chance that Totally Techy might have it. Identifying what that next big thing will be is a big part of their business. El Tahtawy says he knows what it will be. “There is a new type of screensaver,” he said. “It is so strong that you can smash it with a hammer and it won’t break. That is going to be the next big thing.”
November & December 2017 Upcoming Events Watson’s Mill & Dickinson Square
Now closed until May 2018 Thank you for all your support.
Open Weekends 11‐4pm With guided tours; Entrance is FREE, donations welcome
REMEMBRANCE DAY ‐ Nov 11th, 11am Ceremony at Cenotaph Dickinson House invites visitors to honour “Local Heroes at Vimy”, a special exhibit on display November 11th & 12th, from 11-4pm. Admission is free, donations welcome.
CHRISTMAS CRAFT MARKET ‐ Nov 18th‐Dec 3rd Weekends 10‐4. An annual event where hand‐made crafts and food vendors fill Watson's Mill and the Carriage Shed with holiday cheer.
DICKINSON HOUSE ‐ Dec 2nd‐3rd Start the season with free Heritage Christmas Craft Making for the young and young at heart from 11‐4pm. Admission is free.
CAROLS AT SUNSET ‐ December 3rd, 4:30pm Everyone Welcome ‐ Watson’s Mill, 1st floor
A CHRISTMAS TALE – December 10th, 2pm reading of the famous story at Dickinson House Find our complete listing of events on our website www.watsonsmill.com/events Watson’s Mill 5525 Dickinson St. Historic Dickinson Square, Manotick Feel free to drop in and say hello any time at the nd Carriage Shed office, 2 floor. Or call us at 613‐692‐6455
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Why November 11?
Remembrance Day in Canada is a day to commemorate members of the armed forces. Remembrance Day is observed each year on November 11 because that marks the official end of World War I in 1918. On that day, the Germans officially signed the armistice, an agreement that officially put an end to the fighting in WWI. Thatâ€™s one reason why Remembrance Day is often referred to as Armistice Day. Though the day has a significant connection to World War I, it also honours the men and women
who fought for Canada in World War II, the Korean War and those who continue to serve in the military. Over the years, more than 1.5 million Canadians have fought for their country and to defend the rights and freedoms of nonCanadians as well. Among the Remembrance Day traditions is the wearing of poppies, which are worn as the symbol of remembrance and a reminder of the blood-red flower that grows on the former battlefields of France and Belgium.
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Ready for the world!
Let them play! (Above) Osgoode Public School hosted a grand opening ceremony for their new kindergarten play structure Wednesday October 25th. Pictured is the kindergarten class showcasing the play structure. George Darouze (Osgoode Councillor) and Principal Lorraine Whitby pictured with the ceremonial plaque. The structure was built this summer after a fundraising campaign including city and school board grants and proceeds from the Halloween Hoedown. Gary Coulombe photo
Luke Cavallin has a bit of fun with teammate Garrett Forrest during an OHL game at TD Place in Ottawa. Cavallin is one of the top young goalie prospects currently in the OHL. The 16-year-old Greely native and former Upper Canada Cyclones netminder was drafted in the second round (28th overall) by the Flint Firebirds last spring. He has been selected to play in the World Under-17 Hockey Challenge in Dawson Creek and Fort St. John, NB next week. Cavallin played with the Kemptville 73s Midget AAA team last year and was the top goalie selected in the OHL Draft. Packet photo by Mike Carroccetto
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MARLBOROUGH PUB AND EATERY’S TENTH ANNIVERSARY
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MATTHEW PARAVAN (MATTHEW THE BRAVE) RAISING THIS WAS SPEARHEADED BY JASON MOORE AND STEVE MOFATT. (CO-OWNERS) OF THE MARLBOROUGH PUB AND EATERY
Both Steve And Jason Are “Proud” Of All Their Staff Who Donated Both Their Time And Tips While Running Both Locations. A Heartfelt Thank You.
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Feedback on city budget consultation can be submitted until Nov. 8 Seniors’ Tea – Thank You
Thank you to all of those who came out to my Second Annual Seniors’ Tea. It was so nice to have everyone out and get a chance to speak with seniors residing in Ward 22. We were lucky to have a visit from Mayor Jim Watson and we all enjoyed listening to music played by Spencer Scharf, a local musician who lives in Findlay Creek! I hope to see you all again next year.
Ottawa 2018 Budget Consultations
Thank you to all of those who came out to our Budget Consultation meeting on October 19th at the Nepean Sportsplex. If you were unable to attend the meeting but would still like to provide comments to the City, there is an interactive online City Budget tool where you can submit ideas
on how you would like to see your property tax dollars spent. Feedback can be submitted until November 8th when the Draft Budget will be tabled. You can find this online tool at Ottawa.ca
Peoples of Canada and their cultures. It shares the story of Indigenous peoples though an ambient light show and rich soundscape while enhancing the magnificent beauty of Chaudière Falls. This event is family friendly and free, and will run from now until Nov 5th 2017. I encourage you to check it out while you can. For more details, please visit Ottawa2017.ca.
begin introducing electric vehicles into its fleet in 2018. The City currently owns 72 hybrid vehicles and is exploring the potential of modifying existing vans and pick-up trucks with hybrid technology. Funding for the new vehicles will be sought in the 2018 budget.
Illumination of Chaudière Falls
City Fleet Continues to go Green
Crime Prevention Ottawa (CPO) is governed and guided by a Board of Directors responsible for setting strategic direction, assuring sound financial management and hiring an Executive Director. The Board is made up of 16 members: 8 members representing the community and 8 members representing institutions which contribute to safety in our community. CPO is currently recruiting for
WARD REPORT by Michael Qaqish
This fall, the Ottawa2017 Bureau and Moment Factory in collaboration with the Algonquins of Pikwakanagan and in consultation with representatives from local Métis and Inuit communities have created and produced, Mìwàte: Illumination of Chaudière Falls. This dynamic illumination of the falls celebrates the Indigenous
The City of Ottawa Transportation Committee recently received the City’s plan for the municipal fleet in 2018. The City plans to spend $25.7 million to replace 97 vehicles and pieces of equipment and to acquire 16 new vehicles. If electric vehicle technology is ready for purchase, cost effective and able to meet operational needs, The City could
Crime Prevention Ottawa – Recruiting for Board of Directors
City is Seeking Public Input on Commemorative Naming Proposals
The City of Ottawa Commemorative Naming Committee is con-
ducting public consultations on four separate naming proposals, one of which is for Ward 22. A proposal has been received to name the cemetery located in Claudette Cain Park on 660 River Road in Riverside South as the Moodie Family Cemetery. James Moodie immigrated to Canada from Scotland in the 18th century and purchased 200 acres of land in the Gloucester South Nepean region. On this land, a farm, houses and a cemetery were built. This cemetery has been informally referred to as the Moodie Family Cemetery for years but this proposal serves to make this name official. If you would like to provide input on this matter, please e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org. Comments on this proposal must be received no later than November 11th, 2017.
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Board of Directors. Residents of the City of Ottawa who are 18 years of age or older are eligible for appointment. To apply you must submit a one-page letter of application outlining your qualifications, specific skills, interest and background. Eligible candidates will be invited for interviews by a nominations committee consisting of current Board members and a Community Forum member. For more information on the responsibilities, selection process and current members, please visit crimepreventionottawa. ca. Applications must be submitted by Friday November 17th 2017.
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DENTAL SERVICES Q: Did you know that “Gum Disease” is the most common disease in humans? A: Plaque (a sticky colorless film) is constantly forming on teeth. If plaque is not removed daily it hardens in to calcium deposits called “calculus” (tartar). This infectious condition tcan result in abscesses, or the complete destruction of bone that supports the teeth which leads to tooth loss. If left unchecked the bacteria from “plaque” can travel through the blood stream putting your overall health at risk. Warning signs are red, swollen or tender gums, bleeding while brushing or flossing, hard deposits on teeth, persistent bad breath, pus between the gums and tooth and a change in the way the teeth fit together when biting. The best way to prevent periodontal disease (gum disease) is through daily brushing, flossing and regular professional cleanings. DR. CHEVREUL HARRIS DR. KAREN FUNG-HARRIS AND ASSOCIATES
LEgAL SERVICES Q: This past weekend, I signed up to buy a home from a builder, who has given me a bunch of paperwork and forms for me to review. What should I do? A: Congratulations on entering the world of home ownership. Quickly get to a lawyer who will help you review the Michelle Perry agreement and other paperwork and B.A.,LL.B. explain to you what you have committed to. If you have signed the agreement and the builder has allowed you to make it conditional on lawyer approval, the need for early input from a lawyer is clear. Regardless, in order to close the deal there is work that your lawyer will need to attend to. Why not get to them early in the process? In addition, your lawyer can review the role of the Ontario New Home Warranty Program in protecting your interests. Most of all, they can explain to you all of the ins and outs of the home purchasing process to help make moving day a painless (and even enjoyable) experience!
VETERINARY SERVICES Q: What is xylitol? A: Xylitol is a sugar substitute and is extremely toxic to dogs. It does occur naturally but when used commercially the concentration can be too high for Dr. Andrew Sparling dogs to handle and can cause a low blood sugar, seizures, liver D.V.M. failure and even death. Xylitol can be found in sugar-free gum, candies, baked goods, cough syrup, chewable vitamins, toothpaste, some peanut-butters and many other products. Signs of Xylitol poisoning may include, weakness, vomiting, depression, tremors, other. Exposure seems to be on the rise due to increased use in products. Please keep these products away your dog and check with your veterinary team if you have any concerns.
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Green Light Awareness Campaign can have a big impact on rural Ottawa OSGOODE
WARD REPORT by Councillor George Darouze
I am proud to announce the official launch of the Green Light Awareness Campaign! Ottawa’s rural communities are served by 470 volunteer firefighters, many of whom are equipped with green flashing lights on their personal vehicles. When you see a green light flashing from a driver’s dashboard, it means the driver is a volunteer firefighter responding to an emergency. Drivers are asked, as a courtesy, to please yield the road to these vehicles with green flashing lights. Pulling over when you see a firefighter’s green light can have a big impact, as every second counts. You may notice additional road signs and billboards reminding drivers of the meaning of flashing green lights. They will help spread awareness and educate drivers on the meaning of flashing green lights in vehicles and why we should pull over for them. This project has been in the works for a long time, and it all started here in Osgoode, after a conversation with Jean Johnson from the Osgoode Village Community Association who brought the issue to my attention. I brought the campaign to the attention of other Councillors and we worked to bring the signs and this program to the rural communities in Ottawa. I’d like to thank Osgoode Village Community Association, Fire Chief Gerry Pingitore, Deputy Fire Chief Paul Hutt, District Fire Chief Adrian Dearman, the Community Protective Services Committee, and all my colleagues who helped bring this campaign to the forefront for rural Ottawa.
Secondary Sump Pump Rebate Program
At Council this week, a 2-year pilot project was approved that will give 100 Ottawa residents a rebate of up to $400 when installing a secondary sump pump with back-up battery power. Launching in early 2018, the federal government will provide nearly half of the funding for the pilot, through the National Disaster Mitigation Program, which aims to address the rising risks and costs of flooding. A secondary sump pump with back-up battery power reduces the risk of basement flooding during a power outage. While this project is still in development at this time and may change closer to launch, staff have indicated that for residents to qualify for the program they will have
to have a functional sump pump already installed and be up to date on their taxes. Applicants for the project will be selected on a first-come, first-served basis, so we will keep you posted on any new details that emerge and on the specific date that this program launches so you can apply fast.
Osgoode Village Luncheon
There is a new event that has recently been launched in Osgoode sponsored by the “Community Minded Volunteers” group in the form
of a hot luncheon once a month. The first luncheon was a huge hit with over 65 people in attendance to enjoy a hot turkey dinner with all the trimmings and fresh apple crumble from Log Cabin Orchards.
There was live musical entertainment, and the Volunteer Firefighters that were on hand to help serve the food. This group wanted to give back to the community so they could enjoy a hot lunch
with friends and family for the affordable price of only $5 each. The group spread news of the event by word of mouth, social media and posters. I look forward the next one on November 15th.
A new event by the Metcalfe Community Association (MCA) took place in Victoria park with well over 150 people taking part. The Fall Feast featured a roasted pig and all the trimmings, including a delectable apple crisp by Log Cabin Orchard. It was a place for children to experience pumpkin decorating and live music for your listening/dancing enjoyment. The park was transformed into a fall wonderland with beautiful fall mums, straw bales and lights on the bridge. I’m afraid I had to miss all the fun and the delicious meal do to an injury. Congratulations everyone that helped organize and set up the park, food, entertainment and activities. I do look forward to attending next time!
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OLV Harvest Dinner
The annual Harvest dinner at Our Lady of the Visitation was sold out for both meal sittings. The Darouze Team from my office filled in for me while I was recovering, and they reported that the roast beef meal looked delicious, and judging from the response of the packed room it clearly was! Father Bill Penney was busy serving up the mashed potatoes to hungry patrons with a smile. Well done to all the volunteers that prepared, cooked and served the Harvest dinner. I am sure the November Turkey dinner will be just as big of a hit!
Annual Fall Tea
My 2nd Annual Fall Tea also took place this week. Luckily, I was on the mend and back in time to be there. The musical entertainment provided by the ever-talented Spencer Scarf had the ladies and gents clapping and singing along. Thank you to the many community supporters, like Moncion’s Independent Grocer, Millers Farm, Orchard View Event Centre and Donevelyn Farms, who contributed baked goodies, pumpkins, linens, cornstalks and teas. Also thank you to all the volunteers that came out to help serve all the attendees, such as the Greely Lions, Volunteer Firefighters and Ottawa Police. It is always a pleasure for my office to work with these groups of volunteers. They always help to make the different events in the community go smoothly.
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