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Perley to get 45 new units Eastern Ontario Christian Seniors Citizens Co-operative set to expand thanks to funding DANIEL NUGENT-BOWMAN

The Perley and Rideau Veterans Health Centrewill be one of four beneficiaries of increased funding for low-income housing across the city. In an announcement at the Eastern Ontario Christian Seniors Citizens Cooperative on Nov. 12, the centre learned it will receive $5.4 million from the federal and provincial governments. A Nepean seniors housing centre, meanwhile, will receive the biggest portion of the pie, with $8.3 million for a new adjacent building which will contain 69 units, a dinning room and a kitchen.

With construction underway, the addition will be finished by next October and will eventually be connected to the third floor of the main building. “It’s not about the building, it’s about community and people living together and having purpose in their lives and not living in isolation and loneliness,” said the centre’s administrator Wilma Runia. More commonly known by their address, 220 Viewmount (Drive), the centre officially opened in 1982 and offers all sorts of recreational activities for independent living. While rental costs haven’t been released, the city’s program manager for affordable housing Saide Sayah said most units would be priced between 70 and 80 per cent of market value. He estimated that with grants and subsidies a one-bedroom home normally costing $1,200 might cost between $500 and $600. Stephen Arbuckle, city manager of social housing and shelter manage-

Remembering & regeneration the length of his life.

Nicolas Ruszkowski

Nicolas Ruszkowski VP, Communications Ottawa Hospital This week, we remember the veterans who served us in World War I, World War II, or more recently in places like Afghanistan. My thoughts go out to my maternal grandfather, Guy de Puineuf, a veteran of the French Resistance in World War II. I remember the kindness with which he shared his war stories. I remember the day I learned he had a heart attack. And I remember the look on his face – a combination of courage and fear for the journey ahead – when we said goodbye before his multiple bypass surgery. He survived his heart attack and lived another nine years. His operation was a success. Or was it? Half of heart attack survivors suffer permanent damage that can make it harder to run, walk, or do everyday activities. That’s because heart muscle that dies during a heart attack is replaced with scar tissue, which weakens the heart’s ability to pump blood through the body. The things my grandfather loved doing, like hunting or cycling, became far more difficult. It meant a reduction in the quality and, ultimately,

New research in the field of regenerative medicine may help change this. If it does, it could happen at the Ottawa Hospital Research Institute (OHRI). Dr. Duncan Stewart, CEO and Scientific Director at OHRI is leading research that asks “what if we can help the heart repair itself?” The question could be lifted right off a Star Trek script. Instead, it is the basis of a new therapy and an upcoming clinical trial developed by Dr. Stewart. The therapy involves harvesting “regenerative cells”, sometimes called adult stem cells, from the blood of patients a few days after their heart attack. Then, growing the cells in a lab, where they would be given genes that make them more powerful. Finally, cells would be injected back into the patient’s heart in order to get rid of scar tissue and regenerate healthy new tissue. Dr. Stewart’s clinical trial begins later in 2011. It will be the first in the world to test a combined cell and gene therapy in people with heart disease. It will include 100 patients in Ottawa and two other Canadian cities. To find out more, please visit centres/StemCellResearch/default.asp Nicolas Ruszkowski is VP, Communications and Outreach at The Ottawa Hospital. Each week, he will share behind-the-scenes insight from the hospital. E-mail him your questions or comments at

ment, added that the city currently has over 10,000 households on its waiting list for affordable housing. “It’s a tremendous opportunity that we’re happy to participate in,” he said. Outgoing Knoxdale-Merivale Coun. Gord Hunter said the announcement is “vital to our community’s long-term sustainability.” Hunter recited statistics from the United Way Ottawa indicating that 18 per cent of the city’s 90,000 seniors live on annual incomes of below $20,000 and 33 per cent live with less than $30,000. Hunter added that 1,000 seniors are on a waiting list for social housing and 2,000 are homeless or are at risk of becoming homeless. “This announcement ensures hundreds of our seniors are no longer a bleak future,” he said. The 69 units at the Eastern Ontario Christian Seniors Citizens Co-operative were the biggest portion of the $25.4 million funding for 223 total rooms, which include:

• $5.4 million for 45 low-income seniors units at the Bruyère Continuing Care Affordable Supportive Housing • $5.4 million for 45 low-income seniors units at the Perley and Rideau Veterans Health Centre • And $6.4 million for 64 units for lowincome families through the OCISO Non-Profit Housing Corporation. Ottawa West-Nepean MP John Baird said that since he became a federal minister in 2006, he’s wanted to ensure Ontario got its share of the funding pie in relation to population. He said the announcement does that. “We know that many seniors and families are facing very serious challenges in accessing safe and affordable housing,” he aid. Likewise, Ottawa West-Nepean MPP Bob Chiarelli was thrilled with the announcement. “This is an exceptional day in the City of Ottawa for affordable housing,” he said.

OPP introduces new program to help parents keep kids safe online

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ONTARIO PROVINCIAL POLICE As a follow up to Crime Prevention Week (Nov. 7 to 13), the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) has introduced an effective new Cyber Safety program designed to help parents keep their children safe while they are using the Internet. The OPP Crime Prevention Section developed the program in partnership with Cowan Insurance Group and the OPP Youth Foundation to raise awareness and educate parents about how to ensure that children are having safe online experiences. While the Internet provides learning opportunities for youth, it also opens the door to the potential exploitation of children, including cyber bullying and other online threats. The program was designed to address these threats and provides all the information parents need, in order to recognize what risks exist as their children learn and play in the online world. It also provides them the tools to be aware of what sites their children are accessing and how to monitor their Internet use. “The program focuses on parents and prevention, and while officers are active in schools educating our kids about safe Internet use, it’s important that parents also be engaged and educated about Internet safety, as they are instrumental in keeping their kids safe while online”, said OPP Insp. Mark Allan. The Cyber Safety program consists of a training kit and resource package that will be provided to OPP community services officers and school resource officers who will deliver presentations and make this material available to parents in communities throughout the province.

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Internet Safety Checklist for Parents Parents should discuss the potential dangers of the Internet with their children and educate them on how to handle situations that may arise. Here are some basic steps parents can take to protect their children: • Be involved and know your child's online activity. • Keep the computer in an open area of the home. • Remind children to protect their passwords; encourage them not to share passwords with friends. • Use caution with web cams, unplug web cams when they're not in use. • Be sure of who they're talking to before allowing them to turn on a web cam and enter your home. • Make sure children are cautious with what they post online. • Know their online friends the same way they know friends in real life. For more information about Internet Safety Tips for parents, go to: http://

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