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NOT IN MY BACKYARD Co-operation is key to solving affordable housing issues, but can be hard to come by.

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CHRISTMAS CRUNCH The Toy Mountain campaign needs help making sure older children’s wishes come true.

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TAKING AIM AT KING EDWARD SPEED DEMONS Nathan Davis, member of the Executive Committee of King Edward Avenue task force collects data using a speed gun on King Edward at Bruyere Street. Fed up with dangerous drivers on the busy thoroughfare, the task force will use the data to show the city more needs to be done to protect area residents. Read the full story on page 3.

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Para Transpo and a board of health. In the spirit that guided most of the first meeting, there was little opposition to the ideas. Only two councillors – Rick Chiarelli (College) and Rainer Bloess (Innes) voted against the transit commission. Watson’s experience in the mayor’s chair was evident during the first meeting, and he told reporters afterwards that the ease with which the meeting was conducted had to

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The King Edward Avenue Task Force has launched an anti-speeding campaign aimed at raising awareness of the traffic issues affecting the busy thoroughfare. The task force collected donations to purchase a radar gun it will use to collect data on traffic speeds at King Edward Avenue and Cathcart Street. “We want to get information on speeding, put it together, determine where the problems are and make recommendations to the city and encourage them to take ownership of the problem,” said Marc Aubin, chairman of the King Edward task force. King Edward Avenue is a “graveyard” for drivers and pedestrians, according to a group of Lowertown residents. Over the years, a number of serious accidents and fatalities have occurred near and along King Edward. “Every year for the last five years, Photo by Eddie Rwema there’s been somebody killed on King Nathan Davis, member of the Executive Committee of King Edward Avenue task force, Edward Ave. or near it,” said Aubin. “We have been complaining for many years collects data using a speed gun on King Edward near Bruyere Street.

and the city hasn’t done anything, which is why we decided that we will do something about it ourselves. “We feel like the city hasn’t done enough to deal with the speeding.” Aubin said city traffic planners need to have a better look at the traffic safety issues and redesign the streets to calm speeding. He suggests the introduction of speed humps, raised crosswalks and intersections to help diffuse the problems. Safety and speeding are two of the main concerns that residents continually raise when talking about King Edward Avenue. The task force has also launched a petition that calls on the provincial government allow cities the option of using photo radar to help enforce speed limits. The city has in the past asked the province for permission to install photo radar cameras along that stretch of road, but the province has said it will control speeding and unsafe driving habits with driver education programs. The city has also invested $60 million for the rehabilitation of King Edward in an attempt to reduce noise and road vibrations.

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Neighbours need to help, not be housing hindrance NIMBYism proves a barrier to affordable developments LAURA MUELLER laura.mueller@metroland.com

Call it the revenge of the YIMBYs. While some people are busy shouting “not in my back yard” to developments and getting labelled as NIMBYs, others see an opportunity to get neighbours to say “yes in my back yard” and push in support of developments that could have a positive effect on their community – as well as new residents who want and chance to make it their home. Jo-Anne Poirier, CEO of Ottawa Community Housing (OCH), says her group has seen far more success when it approaches neighbours and educates them about the benefits and importance of providing access to housing – before shovels hit the ground. For OCH, the sound of shovels hitting the ground is something that hasn’t happened in five years. A lack of funding, coupled with sky-high maintenance costs approaching $60 million each year, means the non-profit group hasn’t been able to build any new affordable housing. But with Ottawa’s new mayor committing to making access to affordable housing a priority, getting people onside with potential developments could be more important than ever, Poirier said. As part of a $14-million promise to help alleviate homelessness and support affordable housing, during the election Mayor Jim Watson promised to create an opportunities fund with an annual $5 million budget, which would be used for a variety of needs from new construction and renovations to supportive housing. “We’re hopeful and very encouraged,” she said. “He has certainly committed to working with us to keep the other levels of government at the table as well.” Poirier said she has had initial meetings with the mayor and that discussions with stakeholders will continue early in the new year. OCH has completed an assessment of its buildings, so it already has a “roadmap” of where the community’s needs are and where investment in affordable housing should occur, Poirier said. Now, OCH just needs money.

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Ron Kolbus Place, a 22-unit complex of townhouses west of Bronson Avenue in Centretown, is an example of how public feedback on a housing development didn’t descend into NIMBYism. NIMBYISM But even with the necessary funds, a NIMBY attitude could stall or prevent affordable housing developments. And unlike the opposition to new condo or commercial developments that often get a lot of media attention, NIMBYism that aims to block affordable housing is an affront to human rights. That’s the message the audience at the latest Urban Forum lecture heard at city hall on Dec. 8. Speakers including Marni Capp, the president of the Canadian Institute of Planners, and Sean Gadon of Toronto’s af-

fordable housing office said that housing is a right, and neighbours who try to block it from their communities are violating that right. Furthermore, NIMBYism comes at a cost. Eating into that tight budget for affordable housing is an estimated two to 14 per cent dedicated solely to responding to NIMBY concerns, Gadon said. But rather than take an adversarial approach, Capp, Gadon and Poirier argued that there are far more effective ways to get neighbours to support affordable housing projects from the beginning – often with even

more positive outcomes. In New Edinburgh, Poirier pointed towards the redevelopment of a derelict home on Chrichton Street that is changing attitudes about what affordable housing means in a neighbourhood. While the fact that a decrepit building will be replaced is fuelling some of the welcoming attitude, Poirier said the neighbours have realized the importance of providing a safe, healthy home for people who need one – even if it is in their own back yard. Neighbours have been involved in designing the building, and now the community is taking it a step further by helping furnish the six apartment units. “It’s a tremendous act of kindness that we find very encouraging,” Poirier said. “There are many caring people in this community who are prepared to adopt and welcome affordable housing to their community.” DEBUNKING NIMBYISM Capp, Gadon and Poirier were quick to point out that not all community activism amounts to NIMBYism – in fact, public input often has a positive impact on shaping the development. “When education is a twoway street, and we’re sharing as much information as possible, everyone is working from the same fact sheet,” Capp said. But when NIMBYism takes hold, it’s never positive, Capp said.

Complaints range from a potential reduction in value for nearby properties to safety and crime concerns when low-income and supportive-needs residents move into the area. However, studies show that those concerns are unfounded, Capp said. Twenty-five out of 26 studies conducted in Vancouver found no negative impact on housing values (the last study was inconclusive, Capp said). Other concerns include strains on public infrastructure and more traffic, and a negative impact on the character of the neighbourhood. Municipalities and developers need to make it clear that planning and zoning laws can’t be used to prevent certain people from living in a particular area, and that “affordable” doesn’t have to mean low-quality or unattractive. Finally, the Ontario Human Rights Commission has ruled that NIMBYism can be considered a form of discrimination. “Still, we have people trying to push the envelope … despite legislation,” Capp said. One way to combat discrimination is to open all public consultations with a message: no discriminatory remarks allowed. That way, the discussion can be more focused on positive ways to move the idea forward, rather than drag it down, Capp said. What’s also needed is a comprehensive housing strategy that includes geographical areas of high need that should be targeted for future affordable housing developments, Capp said. The City of Ottawa addresses the issue through its Action Ottawa plan, which offers grants and relief from municipal fees in order to facilitate development of affordable housing. The current projections (which are being re-assessed) suggest that Ottawa will grow by approximately 9,300 households annually until 2021. According historical trends, 40 per cent of this growth or some 3,700 new households annually may face challenges in finding affordable housing. In 2004, Action Ottawa set a target of 500 Action Ottawa units per year for 10 years – a target which included the assumption that federal and provincial grants would help out. Since then, the city has only been able to fund 586 units, or 30 per cent of its target. OCH provides 14,783 homes for about 32,000 people in Ottawa, but says there are about 12,000 people on its waiting list at any given time – a wait that can take up to eight years.


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The Glebe BIA’s new executive director Christine Leadman, who until recently was the councillor for Kitchissippi ward, says the area’s already struggling retailers will only face further negative consequences from the Lansdowne redevelopment. constantly be dealing with. It is a great fortune for the Glebe BIA to have her,” he said. Leadman takes over from Catherine Lindquist, who mounted strong opposition to the Lansdowne Park redevelopment proposal, including hiring a consultant to prepare a retail study that concluded the plan threatened existing Glebe retailers. She assumes her post at a

time when business improvement areas are poised to gain more influence at city hall. While on the campaign trail, Mayor Jim Watson pledged to establish and regularly meet with a council of business improvement areas. “We searched for someone with a proven track record of engaging citizens and stakeholders to continue working on the challenging and complex

issues that we will be facing in the near future,” said Greg Best, chairman of the Glebe BIA. He noted that the Glebe business community is on the brink of significant change. During her single term as Kitchissippi Ward councillor, Leadman oversaw a major multi-year reconstruction of Wellington Street. She was instrumental in guiding the area to its current sta-

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The newly appointed executive director of the Glebe BIA intends to build on the strengths the area offers to make the Glebe more welcoming and attractive to business. Former Ottawa councillor Christine Leadman said she will be working towards leveraging the name of the Glebe given its long standing history in the city. “This effort will be coordinated in conjunction with the rehabilitation of Bank Street,” she said. Leadman, who was not reelected to represent Kitchissippi Ward in October’s municipal election, has been a staunch critic of the proposed Lansdowne Park redevelopment, which will dominate the southeast end of the Glebe. “I am afraid our struggling retail business is going to be affected even further with the proposed Lansdowne project,” said Leadman. While the previous city council has already endorsed the current plan, Leadman suggested there was still an opportunity to influence the redevelopment. She insists the redevelopment project needs to be closely coordinated with the extensive roadwork scheduled for Bank Street to minimize the adverse effect of construction on local businesses. Her concerns were also echoed by Capital Ward Coun. David Chernushenko. “There are extraordinary challenges that the Bank Street businesses are facing right now,” said Chernushenko. “There is a great fear the Lansdowne project will have negative consequences for smaller businesses that are already suffering from a lot of traffic on Bank Street.” Prior to her four years on city council, Leadman spent more than a decade as head of the Westboro BIA, introducing the popular WestFest summer festival. Her time in Westboro coincided with a massive transformation of the neighbourhood as trendy retailers set down roots and property values skyrocketed. The Glebe BIA, by contrast, is one of Ottawa’s youngest business organizations, having been founded in 2008. Chernushenko said he thinks the Glebe BIA is fortunate to have Leadman, for she has distinguished herself previously as a very professional BIA head in Westboro. “Clearly her four years as city councillor will be extremely valuable in terms of the political dynamics that the BIA will

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Christmas has come early to Little Italy as the Preston Street BIA hosts its Christmas Farmers’ Market. “We have brought back this market in response to the overwhelmingly positive reaction we had to our fall farmers markets,” said Mario Giannetti, chairman of the Preston Street BIA “Many of our residents have expressed their wish that we continue giving them access to fresh, local food. We are just responding

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to demand.” The Market, which opens again this Saturday, Dec. 18, also has locally raised turkey, ham and exotic meats, pies, trees and wreathes, produce and more. The merchants and residents of Little Italy will be doing their part to build Toy Mountain, accepting donations of gifts for local children who might not otherwise recieve a gift this season. Having just completed a $30 million reconstruction and beautification project, Preston Street is primed to create new attractions in the area, such as this

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An unexpected turn of events has put Alta Vista Coun. Peter Hume back at the helm of the group that represents all municipalities across the province. Hume, who recently finished a two-year term as the president of the board of the Association of Municipalities of Ontario (AMO), will be back in that role until August of 2011. Norman Sandberg had been elected to replaced Hume, but Sandberg was not re-elected to his council seat in the Town of Collingwood so he lost the presidency. Hume said it was a “real disappointment” to lose Sandberg, adding that he will do his best to fill Sandberg’s shoes. AMO is the top advocacy group that represents almost all of Ontario’s 444 municipalities, and the president’s role includes frequent meetings and conferences across the province. “It’s a commitment and it’s rewarding,” Hume said. While the role takes him away from the city on a regular basis, Hume insisted residents of his ward and the city benefit from the experience and connections he gains as president. For instance, Hume pointed out that right in his own neighbourhood there is a crow problem similar to one he knew had been addressed in ChathamKent. Hume said he is in touch with a contact in Chatham-Kent who is advising him on the issue, and who he met through AMO. “If I wasn’t a part of that network, I wouldn’t be able to access that solution,” Hume said. “You get a wider exposure to ideas across Ontario.” On a citywide level, Hume says he is involved in shaping policy that will benefit Ottawa and all cities. Hume has been on the AMO board since 1995 and his two-year term as president ran from August of 2008 to August of 2010. The AMO board will elect an interim replacement in August of 2011 and Hume will take on the role of past president. Although he would have an opportunity to run for AMO president again in the future after a grace period, he said it’s not his intention to run again.

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ttawa’s new councillors barely had time to break in their chairs during the first council meeting last Wednesday. The first sign that this isn’t Larry O’Brien’s council was the start of the meeting, which actually happened on the 10 a.m. chime – a first in recent memory. And it wrapped up just as quickly, a scant 90 minutes later. While there is something to be said for streamlining the process and the issues at hand certainly weren’t the most sensational, we wonder how this new era of co-operation bodes for this term of council. Where was the debate? With some of council’s most outspoken members ousted from Andrew Haydon Hall, few of the new members positioned themselves as informed dissenters at

the council meeting. Cumberland Coun. Stephen Blais showed flashes of moxie – but as soon as the meeting ended he also sent out a press release claiming credit for Mayor Jim Watson’s motion to form an arms-length transit commission, an idea supported by the majority of council. Returning Innes Coun. Rainer Bloess was one of the only other members to speak up, in his case, against the transit commission. Rideau-Rockcliffe Coun. Peter Clark, who returned to council after interrupting his retirement from municipal politics, may prove to be the most entertaining new councillors, but will be bring something substantial to the debate? He started off his term with antics such as talking over fellow council members, speaking

out of turn and taking jabs at the “Timbit” issues during the meeting. Only time will tell if his lengthy experience will add to the quality of discourse. Other than that, it was smooth sailing for the mayor’s mandate, and Watson was able to tidily wrap up several campaign promises in an hour and a half. Or so it would seem. Undoubtedly, much of the discussion about these governance measures happened before any of the councillors stepped foot in council chambers. And that doesn’t jibe with the mayor’s calls for a new era of transparency at city hall. While last Wednesday was just the beginning, let’s ensure we look beyond a lobbyist registry and online accounts of councillors’ expenses and ramp up some real openness and debate in the council chambers.

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CHARLES GORDON Funny Town be a low-risk area for the expression of disapproval. And it is easy. Point your cellphone camera, click, email the digital picture to a friend, the friend puts it online, and almost instantly thousands, even millions, of people see it. And nobody needs know who did it. People are taking advantage of their online anonymity to unleash a torrent of disapproval upon their fellow citizens. Most commonly, it can take the form of insulting comments on news websites and blogs from people who decline to sign their names. More exotically, it can involve the use of digital photography, as in the case of the person who, from a passing

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vehicle, snapped a photo of then-Ottawa mayor Larry O’Brien talking on his phone while driving. Granted, O’Brien shouldn’t have been doing that but is it our job to police each other? Celebrities, of course, are used to it. Professional and amateur paparazzi stalk their every move hoping to catch an embarrassing moment and share it with the world. You might have little sympathy for movie stars or politicians but ordinary people can get caught as well. For example, there is the tragic case of the Toronto Transit Commission fare collector who was photographed by a zealous citizen apparently dozing on the job. The photo went viral, as they say, on the Internet, causing ridicule and outrage. People lined up, anonymously for the most part, to take shots at him and public service workers generally. That was in January. Last month the employee died at 55 of a stroke while on medical leave. It is possible that heart medications he was taking contributed to his falling asleep on the job, but nobody bothered to ask. The employee

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also had a flawless record in 29 years of service and a commendation for saving a client’s life in the ’90s, but no one bothered to ask that either. In the Internet age we can learn a lot about each other very quickly. And we can distribute what we have learned instantly. Our capacity to express our disapproval has leaped ahead. And so has our ability to gang on those we disapprove of. In the old days, 10 or 15 years ago when all of this was just getting started, people used to speak hopefully of the information explosion. Now it is here. Are we better off because of it? Probably, when you add it all up. The positive uses of the information the Internet provides are well known. The problem is that some people have learned that information is a weapon and are using it without regard to the consequences. That includes everyone from the kid making a tasteless remark on Facebook to the bitter man behind WikiLeaks. Where’s that Inner Cop when you really need him?

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Campaign aims to support disadvantaged areas EMMA JACKSON Emma.jackson@metroland.com

When it comes to literacy, Heron Gate resident Jillian Soam is more than just an educational assistant. A passionate organizer of book clubs and literacy campaigns, Soam has taken her love of literacy to the next level, with a community book drive to support elementary schools in disadvantaged neighbourhoods. The book drive started on Dec. 3 and will likely run until Dec. 23, Soam said, although it could be extended depending on the response. She encourages local residents to donate their old children’s books so kids in poorer neighbourhoods areas can access them. “My idea is that there’s not a lot of money to go into the libraries, so if I put some more books in them, there’s more for the kids to access,” said Soam, who works as an educational assistant at Clifford Bowey Public school, which caters to students with special needs. “We need everything, picture books and non-fiction. I want to collect for kinPhoto by Emma Jackson dergarten all the way up to intermediate Heron Gate resident Jillian Soam stands beside a massive box she hopes to fill with book grades, because some of the elementary donations for area schools. Donations can be dropped off at the Heron Road Community schools have Grade 8 and they’ll be readCentre until the end of December. ing junior novels and things.”

Soam partnered with the Heron Road Community Centre, where books can be dropped off in the collection box for distribution to local schools. Teresa Dunlop at the community centre said she’s glad to act as the depot for such a worthy cause. “Literacy and making sure that more books get into hands of children, that’s win-win,” she said, adding that they don’t have a specific collection goal. “I just think the more we can get the better it will be. We really want to get that box right full.” Although this is Soam’s first public book drive, she has been collecting books for her neighbourhood for some years, beginning one birthday when she decided that instead of gifts she would ask for book donations. “I got a lot from my friends and family,” she said, explaining that she sent some to Hawthorne Public School in the Heron Road area and some to several schools downtown. “These are all areas with a lower social economic status,” she said. Soam said she wouldn’t mind if some of the books bypassed the school libraries and went home with the kids to keep. “If the schools wanted to give them out to the kids I would love that,” she said, adding that she still has to figure out exactly how to distribute the books. Books can be dropped in the collection box at the Heron Road Community Centre anytime during the centre’s open hours.

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Kanata author writes of son’s autism success story JESSICA CUNHA

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What started off as an email between relatives has turned into a children’s book produced by a Kanata-area family. Never Say Never is the story of the Dunlop family. Kami Dunlop’s son, Hunter, was diagnosed with moderate to severe autism at the age of three. The doctors told her and her husband, Jamie, that Hunter would never know the value of money, have a sense of humour or be able to integrate and learn in a regular classroom. Now in Grade 9, Hunter knows the value of money – he delivers the Kanata KourierStandard to Bridlewood residents, he can be found laughing at humourous situations and he attends regular classes at Holy Trinity Catholic High School. The doctors weren’t wrong about their diagnosis, said Dunlop, but Hunter, now 14, has excelled thanks to his parents’ guidance. “I wanted to show him, this is what the doctors said you would never do,” said Dunlop.

TOO TECHNICAL Dunlop said most books dealing with autism are technical and textbook-like and they can be intimidating, full of recommendations for parents. “When Hunter was little, so much reading material was recommended to us. It was so technical,” said Dunlop. “I felt like all the weight of the world was on my shoulders.” So she decided to write Never Say Never, an easy-to-digest book for children and parents alike about a story of hope and success. “It’s quick, light reading, and uplifting,” she said. “Regardless of who you are you have something to offer. It’s really just a story about hope.” The book follows the Dunlop family through the diagnosis to when Hunter proudly showed off his Grade 3 science fair entry – an egg beater that used kinetic energy. “It was more than we were told he’d ever do,” said Dunlop.

“This is a story of him living and succeeding with autism.” Hunter participates in competitive swimming with the Goulbourn Seahawks in Stittsville and is an air cadet with the squadron in Kanata. He also snowboards recreationally and plays the guitar and piano. “We always treated the boy first and the diagnosis second,” said Dunlop. “I never look at it like ‘this is it.’ ” Writing the book also helped Dunlop fulfill a lifelong dream of becoming a published author. Her illustrator, Sharon Anne Martin, a Nepean resident, also realized one of her life goals by becoming a published artist. Both women work as education assistants at St. Elizabeth Ann Seton in Barrhaven. “I wrote it for him and to fulfill something for me,” said Dunlop. “I think it’s a story for anybody who is told something is never going to happen.” For more information or to purchase a copy of Never Say Never, visit the website at www.kamidunlop.com.

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Clara Raina Flannigan was just 12 years old when she left the comfort and security of her family home to begin a very different kind of life at Ottawa’s tuberculosis sanatorium, where she would spend the next 14 years of her life. The tale of a young girl coming of age while suffering from TB during the ’40s and ’50s is the focus of a new book co-authored by a Mooney’s Bay resident. Clara’s Rib is the true account of Anne Raina’s sister, Clara, who spent years growing up in the Lady Grey Hospital on Carling Avenue, also known as “The San.” Before transforming into the Royal Ottawa Mental Health Centre, Lady Grey catered to tuberculosis patients. In the book, Raina gives her personal insights into the life of a child growing up in a household ravaged by TB. “Although Clara’s life held a great deal of sadness, for me, the setbacks and obstacles were not what defined who Clara was,” said Raina. “What overrides that a thousand fold, is Clara’s indomitable spirit, faith, courage and humour that conquered all challenges. “For me, that is what makes her life not a sad story, but a very happy triumphant story.” The book draws readers into the evolving seasons of Clara’s life of courage, faith, pranks, laughter, first love, despair and hope. Clara, the fourth of 10 children, was forced to exchange the daily camaraderie of her large, close-knit family for the confines of a hospital filled with TB patients. Clara was an avid diarist who kept detailed notes of her life from the day she entered The San at 12. She would eventually leave the hospital at age 26, get married and adopt a child. The book draws its title from events that took place during Clara’s teens, when she had four surgeries resulting in the removal of seven ribs from her left side and four from her right side. Prior to her final surgery, she asked the surgeon if he would keep one of the ribs for her, a sort of souvenir she held on to until she died. “Anne, when I die you have to promise me that you will put this rib in my coffin,” Clara told her sister just days before her death in 1998 at age 72. “If you just throw it in the garbage and someone spots a

human rib in the landfill, next thing excavators and bulldozers will be turning the dump upside down to find the rest of the body that goes with the rib.” Raina did as her sister asked, and tucked the rib into her coffin. “As I read and reread her story I prayed for the right title for the book,” said Raina. “It suddenly was crystal clear to me that the only suitable and fitting title was Clara’s Rib. I sensed that Clara would have shared my absolute belief that this was the perfect title. And she had entrusted her rib to me.” The book’s story is not just one of Clara and her family dealing with tuberculosis, but captures a time in Canadian history when TB ravaged many families. Raina said her family was stigmatized as a result of her sister’s illness. Once, when Raina boarded a school bus with her favourite doll, the driver asked loud enough for all to hear, “Does your doll have TB like everyone else in your family does?” Raina also remembers how a health care worker who visited the family would spread newspapers on the floor as she entered the home. “I guess to keep from getting TB germs on the bottom of her shoes,” Raina mused. Clara’s story also offers a historical overview of the types of treatments used in the days before medicine was able to beat TB. Having lived at The San from 1939 until 1952, Clara was among the few long-term patients at the hospital, putting her in a position to chronicle the evolution of tuberculosis treatment. FROM NOTES AND MEMORIES TO A PRINTED WORK Since she wrote the manuscript before she died, much of the book is in Clara’s words. “Clara had written the preface and body of the book 32 years ago,” said Raina. Clara based much of the book on diary notes she kept throughout her life. Before her death 12 years ago, she told Raina she was bequeathing her with a manuscript, copies of her taped versions of the story and her diaries. “She told me she had complete faith in whatever decisions I might make with regards to this material, but at no time did she impose any expectation on me to publish her book,” Raina recalled. “I, however, made a promise to her that one day I would publish her story.”

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Anne Raina has been writing poetry, skits and short stories for friends and family since she was a child and she has two children’s books in the works. Although she has been published in magazines and newspapers, co-writing Clara’s Rib is her first adventure in publishing a book. Raina said the message of the book is faith, hope and how positive thinking can change the outcome of one’s circumstances and life. The book was finally released on Nov. 18 and Raina said she’s been thrilled by the response from the public. “I am overwhelmed at the response to the release of this book and feel deep gratification at having fulfilled my promise to Clara,” said Raina. “Incidentally, this is not a promise I would have made had I not believed that Clara’s story needed to be told and would touch many people.” The book’s launch coincides with the 100th anniversary of the Royal Ottawa Mental Health Centre. Founded in 1910, the institution was a centre for the treatment of tuberculosis for 50 years. Clara was one of seven children from the Raina family to have lengthy stays at The San. Clara’s Rib is available on www.clarasrib.ca or www.annaraina.com or anneraina@ rogers.com or by calling 613733-5891. You can also find the book at Baico Bookstore located at 294 Albert St., Suite 104

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A new program at fifty locations across the city will give residents and visitors to Ottawa access to 500 rentable bicycles this spring, if all goes to plan. After a slow start and lack of interest from companies, the National Capital Commission is set to roll out its bicycle sharing service, in partnership with the cities of Ottawa and Gatineau. The service would allow people to rent a bicycle for short periods or buy a subscription to use the service on a monthly or yearly basis. The bicycles will be available at stations around the capital region, mainly in the downtown cores, and can be returned to any location. “This bike-share service lays the groundwork for a broader, more progressive initiative that can see residents, workers and visitors of the capital region travelling in an environmentally sustainable way,” NCC spokeswoman Jasmine Leduc said. While the NCC is taking the lead on the program, all three groups will help pay for it. However, it’s not yet clear how much the program will cost or how those expenses will be divided. “The agreement to work together on the bicycle share is in place,” said Leduc. “The nitty gritty of it, how much will the city be investing, what are the roles, what are the responsibilities – that still needs to be narrowed down. I know they’re working on it.” A 2009 feasibility study found that the capital cost to set up the program could be between $3 and $3.9 million. Operating costs were estimated at $1.25 to $1.75 million for the first year. Including both user fees and subscriptions to the service, the study found it could generate around $2.2 to $2.45 in revenue (those estimates were for 2010, but the NCC couldn’t get the program running in time for that year). If the capital costs of setting up the program are left out, the study said the bicycleshare service could be expected to create an operating surplus in each of the next five years. The NCC is still finalizing an agree-

ment with a potential provider for the bicycles and Leduc wouldn’t say which company has signed onto the project. The unnamed company is one of two that submitted proposals to the NCC in September. It was the second time the NCC tried to find a provider for the service. No companies responded to the initial tender in June. “It was more of a risky model, where the proponent pretty much had to own the bicycles,” Leduc said. That provoked the NCC to change the model, and now the ownership of the bicycles will be split between the NCC and the two cities. The agreement that has been signed will lock the company into providing the service from 2011 until 2016. Details on the launch date and how the service will be promoted are also not finalized, but the feasibility study recommended an advertising budget of Handout photo around $300,000 to $500,000, with Ottawa paying half of that and the NCC and As part of the feasibility study, a company called Bixi made 50 bicycles available at Gatineau splitting the other half. Leduc four stations from June 8 to Sept. 22 of that year. During this time, more than 3,000 said the financial arrangements haven’t residents and visitors logged 5,361 trips. been ironed out yet. While bicycle-share programs are often seen as an attractive feature for tourists, Leduc said the NCC’s bicycleshare program will be targeted at residents and visitors. “We’re just targeting people who want an alternative to getting around,” she said. “It’s very convenient, so residents can take advantage, too.” BY THE NUMBERS The bicycle-share program expands a trial run from the summer of 2009. As part of the feasibility study, a company called Bixi made 50 bicycles available at four stations from June 8 to Sept. 22 of that year. During this time, more than 3,000 residents and visitors logged 5,361 trips. A study that was released after the completion of the pilot project indicated that a bicycle-share program would be most successful in the downtown areas of Ottawa and Gatineau, where 53,000 people live and 160,000 people work. Tourism in the capital region amounts to 7.5 million people each year. Employees and students would likely form the largest portion of bicycleshare users, the study found. Seventy-five per cent of potential users fell into that group, while residents would make up 14 per cent of the service’s users, and tourists would comprise almost 11 per cent.

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Ottawa-area youth volunteers were honoured last week with the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award for their contribution to their schools and communities. Sixty-four recipients earned the awards by attaining personally established goals in the areas of community service, skill development, physical fitness and expeditions. The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award program encourages youth aged 14 to 25 to be active, to participate in new activities and pursue their current interests in the areas of community service, skill development, physical fitness and undertake what the program calls an “adventurous journey.” “The award involves comprehensive development, self training and personal achievement, and is based upon individual effort and improvement,” said Karen Gormley, regional field officer for the Duke of Edinburgh program. With the assistance of cor-

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Lisgar Collegiate Insitute students were among the recipients of this year’s Duke of Edinburgh’s bronze award. porate sponsors TD Waterhouse and Telus, students at Lisgar Collegiate Institute, Ottawa Technical Secondary School, Sacred Heart Catholic High School, Woodroffe

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and the larger world. To qualify, participants had to undertake basic training, carry out a practice journey, and then complete an expedition or an exploration. They took part in activities ranging from snowshoeing to swimming to hip hop dancing; learned valuable life skills such as cooking, reading and money management; participated in community cleanups, raised funds for the United Way, YMCA/YWCA of Ottawa as well as their schools; and undertook expeditions to Gatineau Parc, LaFleche Aerial Park and Camp des Voyageurs Tim Hortons in Quyon. The Duke of Edinburg’s award was founded by Prince Philip, husband of Queen Elizabeth, to encourage personal development and community involvement for young people. Since its establishment in Canada in 1963, over 350,000 young Canadians have taken up the challenge, earning awards in bronze, silver and gold categories. 428797

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Training project to give voice to voiceless women Initiative receives $180,000 in funding from Status of Women Canada MATTHEW JAY matthew.jay@metroland.com

Hundreds of women in Ottawa are poised to benefit from a leadership training project that aims to provide a voice to those who are marginalized or disadvantaged. The Engaging Diverse Communities through Facilitation project, a two-year initiative that aims to encourage women’s leadership and civic par-

ticipation, will receive $180,000 through Status of Women Canada, the federal government announced last week. “The women who are in the training are women from communities that often times don’t have an opportunity to have their voices heard,” said Suzanne Doerge, director of the City for All Women Initiative, which is organizing the project. She said aboriginal women,

women with disabilities, recent immigrants and women living in poverty were among those the project is looking to help. The training works towards improving facilitations skills, such as organizing meetings, workshops and focus groups to help candidates help those in their respective communities effectively engage with the city in the shaping of policy and debate. The city often would like to hear from members of these communities, said Doerge, but the members of these groups often don’t have the resources and skills to reach out to those

at city hall. “In a sense, these women help to provide a bridge between the city and the communities.” The project will begin to see dividends in the new year, said Doerge, when those women who began training in the fall will be facilitating focus groups when the city begins work on its recreation master plan, which will guide how city hall provides recreational services in the future. Two candidates have been chosen from each of 12 different groups to take part in the training this year, with another class of 24 taking part in the

second year of the project. By time the two-year initiative is completed, organizers hope the women will have spread what they have learned to more than 400 women in Ottawa. Some of the dozen groups involved in the project include Minwaashin Lodge, an aboriginal women’s support centre; The Well, a women’s dropin centre; different housing boards or tenants’ associations from across the city; Ottawa Independent Living Centre; the Somali Mothers Association; and the Haitian Women’s Association.

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Volunteer Roxanne McLaren sorts through the toys and makes a bag for a child aged one to two years old. Toy Mountain gave away over 14,000 toys last year and expects to do the same or more this coming Christmas. As cages fill up with bags of toys for each age group, ages 8 to 12 have been suffering to meet the demand. bank, will pick up toys for their kids when they pick up their food,” Maidment said. The Ottawa Professional Fire Fighters’ Association donated a truck load of toys on Dec. 9, 2010 after collecting donations during the Santa Claus Parade this year. Although the toys continue to pour in, Maidment is worried they will have no extra toys at the end of the campaign. “Usually we like to have a few toys left over, so we can get ready for the following year,” Maidment said. Late last week, the centre had to close the 10 to 12 age group for the day, forcing families to come back another day to receive bags for their children in that age group. The campaign closes on Dec. 16, but Maidment wanted to stress the date is early only because then they have enough time to make sure they can get the toys out to all the deserving families in time for Christmas. The Salvation Amy Toy Centre continues to accept toys all year long, in an effort to get a jump start on distributing toys for next year.

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As Christmas draws near, the Toy Mountain Ottawa campaign has made a request to help fulfill the wishes of older boys and girls this holiday season. The Toy Mountains throughout the city are located in shopping centres, schools and businesses, where toys are collected and brought to the Salvation Army’s Toy Centre at 250 City Centre Dr. to sort, pack and distribute to area families. Some of the cages at the centre are overflowing with red bags filled with toys, but as of late last week, there were only three bags packed for boys aged 10 to 12. “I think it is easy to buy for little kids. If you have a little kid then you just pick up two things and drop them off,” said Michael Maidment, spokesman for the Salvation Army. In its XXth year, the Toy Mountain campaign program that collects toys for low-income families. Any family eligible will receive one bag of toys for each child they have. Allison Besterman, a supervisor at the Toy Centre, has also noticed the lack of toys for older children. “We have barely any toys for them.” At the centre, volunteers have been packing bottles of shampoo and soap to put in the bags for girls aged 10 to 12. “We are trying to be creative,” Besterman said, adding that while there have been some great donations throughout the campaign for the older kids, there just haven’t been early enough. “Games are great for that age group,” she suggested. “Monopoly is perfect. For girls, hair elastics, brushes, make-up are all good and not too expensive options,” The centre has volunteers come in every day to help sort the toys. Roxanne McLaren and some of her co-workers from Innovapost, a consulting firm in Ottawa, came in to help sort toys. “This feels wonderful to be able to help,” McLaren said. McLaren always donated while her own kids were growing up, but never had the time to volunteer until now. Each child will receive three toys in their bag, along with some smaller toys for their stocking. Families who qualify can go directly to the centre to pick up their toys or if they are unable to get to the centre, sometimes community agencies in their areas distribute the toys to them. “Some families who are already receiving other donations such as food from the food


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Firefighters called to contain molten glass spill Second incident at plant since early September EMMA JACKSON emma.jackson@metroland.com

Ottawa firefighters were called to an insulation plant in the city’s southeast end early Dec. 8 to contain a molten glass leak from a fibreglass furnace. The incident at CertainTeed Insulation marks the second incident Ottawa Fire Services (OFS) have responded to at the plant since early September, and the third incident in 2010. CertainTeed, located at 3985 Belgreen Dr., confirmed that no one was hurt during the incident which started at around 4:30 a.m. when a large fibreglass furnace started leaking molten glass that can reach temperatures as hot as 1600 degrees C. “All of the glass from the leak was contained and no one was hurt. Following safety procedures, the plant contacted the fire department and they responded very quickly. At no time was

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CertainTeed Insulation off Stevenage and Hawthorne has had three minor incidents in the last year, most recently on Wed. Dec. 8 when an early morning molten glass leak called 51 firefighters to the scene. No one has been hurt in any incident. there any risk to our employees or the community, and there was no major equipment damage,” said Bill Seiberlich, a spokesperson for CertainTeed. He said it is too early to know what caused the leak or how much damage was caused. Ottawa fire department spokesperson Marc Messier said it is

fairly routine to be called three times to one industrial facility in a year, given the temperatures of the product the company makes. “Because of the number of firefighters we send it may seem like a big issue, but we send so many because of the temperatures involved and the size of the place, as support personnel,” he

said. “These (incidents) are not a major concern to us, we’ve been there often, and we know the process. The company works alongside us to get our crews in there so we’re familiar with the facility when we get called.” Since no one was injured, CertainTeed Insulation is not required to report small fires and other incidents to the Ministry of Labour, ministry spokesperson Matt Blajer confirmed. He said the company was inspected in August, and there are no outstanding orders resulting from the visit. “We expect to see no incidents in a year. Under the employment standards act, companies are required to take every step they can to protect the health and safety of their workers. When we go in we make sure the proper procedures are in place,” he said. “I wouldn’t say we have no concerns. We expect everybody to take reasonable precautions.” Messier said the fire department has no concerns about health and safety at the plant. “They meet all their requirements that the fire department requires of them, they’ve got everything in place such as a fire

escape plan. As far as we’re concerned, for fire-related incidents, everything is in place,” he said. Another Ottawa fire department spokesperson said there was no actual fire as a result of the most recent incident, but the extreme temperatures of the molten glass were beginning to compromise the equipment and infrastructure around the pooling glass. “The heat from the product was affecting the building supports. It’s just a very hot material that was escaping, but the plant is basically all steel in that area,” the spokesperson said. It took 51 firefighters nearly two hours to cool the glass into a solid form. Seiberlich said the company will be able to fix the leaking furnace, and that the plant was shut down while the clean-up and investigation was ongoing. On Sept. 5, a fire broke out at the plant in a cooling fan and 38 firefighters responded to dowse the blaze. Earlier in March, an overheated bearing caused a small fire in a pipe, creating a lot of smoke but hurting no one. Seiberlich said the incidents are not related.

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BY DAN PLOUFFE dplouffe@metroland.com

In a championship series between a pair of well-matched, undefeated teams, the Glebe Gryphons emerged victorious over the Franco-Cité Falcons in two consecutive games to win the national capital high school girls’ hockey tier 2 best-of-three final last week at the Jim Peplinski Arena. Rebecca Leslie buzzed around all game and scored two goals for FrancoCité, but Glebe had the answer in Maddy Sheppard, who netted a hat trick in the deciding game. “It’s really awesome to go all the way this year,” smiles Sheppard, whose school hadn’t won a playoff game with any of the current team members before this year. “It was a team effort. All my goals were just that I was there at the right time. It could have been anyone. It was pretty lucky that it happened to be me.” Following a 6-4 comeback victory in the series opener, the Gryphons had the chance to finish off the series on Wednesday, Dec. 8. Each team enjoyed their share of chances, but it was Glebe that built a 2-0 lead on first-period rebound goals by Sheppard and Emilie Parson. Grade 9 student Leslie responded with a superb drag move into the slot and shot into the net to reduce the gap to one, but Sheppard proved to have the hotter hand as she notched two more goals in the second and third to clinch Glebe’s first girls’ hockey title in six years. For Franco-Cité, the trip to the championship was a first for a girls’ hockey team at their school. “We were really proud just to be in the finals. That was our goal and we fought hard,” says Falcons coach Jean-François Maheu, whose squad contained no graduating players and numerous Grade 9s. “Next year, we’ll be stronger, that’s for sure.” Glebe coach Carol Rosenthal identified hard work by all involved as the major key to success for her team. Goalie Mary Fandrey, who had never played before last year, made big strides over the summer and played

ing and yelling, and it immediately turned the game around,” Rosenthal recounts. “We scored two goals and it was 3-3, then we scored three more. The girls took that energy from them and played really, really well.” Altogether, it’s a season that Rosenthal won’t soon forget with a special group of players that all get along together. “I’m extremely proud,” she adds. “I said to the parents, ‘You’ve raised amazing daughters.’”

assistant. The Glebe girls also benefited from the support of the boys’ hockey team members and their other fans that cheered all game long, banging drums and singing O Canada after the victory. Rosenthal called their spirit “phenomenal” and even credited them for spurring on the comeback to win the first game. “We were down 3-1 and our boys’ hockey team all came in at the same time with all their stuff on, cheer-

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HOLIDAY SURVIVAL TIPS

A STRESS-FREE HOLIDAY DINNER MENU • Keep it fresh, quick and relatively easy. You must be relaxed and have fun, so be organized in advance.

Cinnamon-Scented Pomegranate Seeds

• Make the menu can look extravagant, but there are short cuts: do advance preparations in small pockets of time even up to weeks ahead of the event, take advantage of what you have on hand, and don’t be shy about using commercial products when convenient.

Makes 1 cup or 250 mL (8 servings)

• Reduce the hours spent in the kitchen. Look! – it’s everyone’s holiday!

3 tbsp (45 mL) cinnamon-flavoured liqueur (e.g., Goldschlager; for children, substitute simple sugar syrup)

• Be creative! Present only touches of traditional holiday fare and in new ways.

1 cup (250 mL) fresh pomegranate seeds (all white bits removed and discarded)

Garnish (optional)

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1 Your menu may not include all of these courses.

Hors d’oeuvres: Zippy Smoked Oysters on Oriental Spoons, Bocconcini Crêpe Sandwiches with Smoked Turkey

2 I regard hors d’oeuvres and chocolates as valuable “bookends” to successful entertaining. Guests are impressed when shortly after their arrival, tasty bites appear to tantalize their palates while enjoying pre-dinner drinks. And by offering chocolates after dinner, guests depart having experienced one final lingering taste of your warm hospitality. (This is a great tip!).

Appetizer: Cranberry Melon Salad Soup: Cappuccino-style (from my freezer) Palate Cleanser: Cinnamon-Scented Pomegranate Seeds Main Course: Portobello Deluxe Stuffed Chicken Breasts with Roasted Red Pepper Cream Sauce (The filling can be prepared 2 days in advance and chicken breasts stuffed a day in advance; the sauce comes out of the freezer. And you only need one per serving!) Dessert: Ice Cream Meringue Nests (with homemade and commercial elements) Chocolates: Almond and Currant Clusters (from my refrigerator)

Please note: DO WHAT SUITS YOU!

3 You may want to serve either an appetizer or a soup but perhaps not both. 4 Serving a palate cleanser is optional; however, it does add a touch of pizzazz, a sense of occasion to the meal. Usually, once the palate cleanser has been served, I strategically ask to be excused from the table (for that course), so that I can start plating the main course. (This is another helpful trick when entertaining!) 5 Remember, there is nothing wrong in repeating a menu that works for you. Just keep track of what you have served and to whom!

8 thin cinnamon sticks (length: 3 1/2 inches or 9 cm) 1. At least several hours (but preferably a day or 2) before serving, mix pomegranate seeds and liqueur together. 2. Store refrigerated in an airtight plastic container, stirring occasionally to ensure a balanced flavouring of the seeds. 3. Serve the chilled pomegranate seed mixture in liqueur or shot glasses, dividing seeds and liquid evenly between glasses (e.g., 2 tbsp or 30 mL per serving). Poke a slender cinnamon stick into each glass as a garnish.

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Blues’ rollercoaster ride finishes with hockey silver BY DAN PLOUFFE dplouffe@metroland.com

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The underdog Brookfield Blues gave the top-ranked St. Mark Lions all they could handle in last week’s national capital high school boys’ non-contact hockey city final. very close to tying the game with a little more than two minutes left as they pushed the favourites to the limit. “That team was so persistent and they never gave up,” St. Mark coach Dave Zivkovic says of Brookfield. “Our kids knew that, so when that buzzer went, it was a huge relief.” Almstedt notes that not many people would have picked his Blues to do much damage at all in the post-season after the debacle to end the regular campaign with a 4-3-3 record. “To see us that game and then see what we did in the playoffs, I think that’s the most satisfying thing for Mr. Titley and I,” adds the sixth-year coach. “We’re high school teachers, first and foremost, and I think the kids learned a valuable lesson in team play.” Almstedt told his players how proud of

them he was despite the defeat, and that this season was the best experience he’s had directing the Blues.

Viruses: a new cancer-fighting machine? Nicolas Ruszkowski

Nicolas Ruszkowski VP, Communications Ottawa Hospital Almost 50% of patients at our hospital are admitted with cancer or a cancer-related condition. Cancer is a big deal. It has, or will affect someone you know. This spring, Liz Ellwood – the founder of Fertile Future (www.fertilefuture.ca) – spoke to about 500 members of our management team about her experience with cancer. She shed light on the connection between cancer and infertility. Radiation or chemotherapy treatment – particularly in ovarian or cervical cancer – can cause irreversible harm to a woman’s reproductive ability. Testicular cancer can have the same impact on men. It was a dramatic reminder of the risks of traditional cancer therapy.

The Brookfield Blues fell by a single goal in both games of the best-of-three final.

About 10 years ago, he discovered that the genetic mutations that occur when cells become cancerous make them more susceptible to certain viruses. Using this knowledge, he manufactures viruses, turning them into cancer-fighting machines that destroy tumours without harming normal tissue. Can you imagine a world where chemotherapy or radiation are obsolete?

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“We won’t soon forget this group of kids,” he smiles. “It’s why you coach and why you teach. It was a lot of fun.”

Dr. John Bell, a researcher at The Ottawa Hospital Research Institute, recently received the Dr. J. David Grimes Research Career Achievement Award for his research into a therapy that has the potential to remove such risks: “oncolytic viruses”.

Recently, Dr. Bell and his partners began testing such viruses among cancer patients in Canada, the USA and Asia. These “Phase I” trials – conducted with people for whom all other treatment has failed and who are not expected to survive –determine if the new therapy is safe, and if so, what dose to use for future studies. The viruses have proven safe, with few side effects. They also show encouraging results. In one trial, a liver cancer patient whose tumour had spread to the neck saw the growth almost disappear after it was injected with the virus. Another trial tested intravenous injection of an oncolytic virus in 23 patients with various end-stage cancers. It was the first in the world to show that a virus can selectively replicate inside tumours after intravenous delivery. The finding shows that in addition to primary tumours, the viruses can attack metastases. Determining whether the viruses will lead to a cure will take more trials and many more years. But for the first time, we honestly hope that that if a cure for cancer is ever found, it could come from research being led right here in Ottawa. Nicolas Ruszkowski is VP Communications and Outreach at The Ottawa Hospital. Each week, he will share behindthe-scenes insight from the hospital. E-mail him at nruszkowski@toh.on.ca

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It wasn’t quite the final chapter they desired – 5-4 and 4-3 defeats to the St. Mark Lions in the best-of-three series – but for the Brookfield Blues, it was all about the journey to the national capital high school boys’ non-contact hockey league championship final. “We had so many peaks and valleys. The last game of the regular season, we hit rock bottom,” recounts coach Graydon Almstedt, explaining that teammates were arguing amongst themselves. “We had guys out there playing as individuals and we lost 5-1. Going into the playoffs, that’s not what you want to do.” But after a meeting where the main theme was the importance of team play, the players bought in and turned the ship around in a hurry. In a threeway tie for the eighth-best regular season point total out of 12 playoff teams, the Blues reeled off three consecutive upsets – 2-0 over Canterbury, 6-4 over Sir Robert Borden and 3-2 over Glebe – to reach the city final, where they dropped a pair of even matches to the first-ranked Lions. “It was very intense, exciting hockey,” Almstedt describes. “Anyone who saw the game would probably agree that it could have gone either way. Our guys never gave up.” Down 4-1 in the first game, Brookfield rallied within one but couldn’t quite complete the comeback as Eric Bergeron, Jessy Rose and standout playoff performer Alex Lister, with two, scored in a losing cause. Special teams played a big role in the deciding game as both teams were given lengthy 5-on-3 opportunities during a contest that featured eight penalties in the final two periods. It was the Lions that made the most of those chances, pulling out of 2-0 hole on back-to-back second-period powerplay goals, and adding another in the third. Ben Presley, Cam Fournier and Jon Nadler scored for the Blues, who came


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Jr. Senators stunned by quick-strike Lumber Kings MATTHEW JAY matthew.jay@metroland.com

Sometimes all it takes is a momentary lapse of concentration for a hockey team’s best efforts to unravel. For the Ottawa Junior Senators, that lapse only lasted about three minutes against the league-leading Pembroke Lumber Kings, but it was enough to ruin an otherwise resolute effort on Dec. 8 at the Jim Durrell Complex. Three goals in as many minutes at the end of the second period and beginning of the third were enough to condemn the Jr. Senators to a 4-1 loss to the No. 3 team in the latest Canadian Junior Hockey League rankings. “We wore ourselves down in about 45 seconds in the second period,” said Jr. Senators coach Mike Ruest. He said the pair of late goals took the air out of the Ottawa comeback and changed the dynamic of a contest the Jr. Senators were far from out of at that point. “When you have a strong team (like Pembroke), it’s quite a task to score three goals on them.” As the clock wound down in

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the late second period, Trevor Packard tied the game at 1-1, tipping Owen Werthner’s low point shot over the pads of Lumber Kings goalie Charlie Millen. But only 35 seconds later and less than a minute remaining in the period, Pembroke recaptured the lead after winger Chris Bodo was left alone in the slot to snap home his second goal of the game past Jr. Senators goaltender Eddie Zdolshek. Pembroke sealed the win a mere 21 seconds later, as leading scorer Tyler Tosunian swept down the left wing to put his 21st goal of the year into Zdolshek’s net, putting the Lumber Kings up 3-1. Matt Miller added a fourth goal 2:22 into the third period, putting the game out of Ottawa’s reach. The Jr. Senators power play wasn’t able to take advantage on its four chances, but Ruest was able to take solace in his team’s penalty killing efforts, which held the league’s best power play unit goalless in five opportunities. He also gave credit to the line of Packard, Ryan Legace and Drew Anderson, who were able

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Eddie Zdolshek makes a save in the Ottawa net as defenceman Liam Burtt (4) and Pembroke Lumber Kings winger Ted Pletsch (20) battle for the rebound during the Jr. Senators 4-1 loss on Dec. 8. to keep Pembroke off the front foot for long stretches of the game and contributed to many of the Jr. Senators limited scoring opportunities through a determined forechecking display. “They complement each oth-

er. Trevor goes to the net well, he keeps his stick on the ice – that’s how he got his goal,” said Ruest. “Ryan’s a bit of an outside guy who likes to play wide and dish (the puck) off. Drew’s the

quarterback – he slows things down and makes things happen, and he’s strong defensively.” Packard’s goal was his third in four games since being traded to the Jr. Senators from Smiths Falls on Dec. 1. He had only scored five in 36 games for the Bears. “It’s quite a difference from playing in Smiths Falls,” said Packard. “The coaches are happy with my play and I’m getting ice time. They’re putting me out on the power play and I’m getting lots of opportunities to contribute (offensively).” The Jr. Senators travelled to Pembroke on Dec. 12 in the second game of the home-and-home set with the Lumber Kings, but fell short again to lose 3-2 at the Pembroke Memorial Arena. Forward Dalen Hedges notched his 13th goal of the season to open the scoring for Ottawa in the first period. Pembroke answered back with a pair of goals before Packard tied the game early in the third. But the Lumber Kings sealed the game with 2:12 left in the game after a too many men on the ice penalty handed the home team a late powerplay.


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The John McCrae Bulldogs recorded numerous standout performances to occupy podium positions last week at the national capital high school swimming championships at the Nepean Sportsplex. Erika Seltenreich-Hodgson was the top individual performer as she tied for first place in the points standings to lead her Bulldogs senior girls to second spot in the team event.

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Alex Lenz was the Hillcrest Hawks’ top performer at the national capital swimming championships, easily topping the novice girls’ points standings last week at the Nepean Sportsplex. The Hawks novice girls placed second overall as a team, while the Hillcrest novice boys were third.

CANTERBURY CHARGES TO FRONT OF SWIMMING PACK Powered by a strong girls’ team, the Canterbury Chargers won the national capital overall swimming team title at last week’s city finals at the Nepean Sportsplex. Canterbury finished atop the girls’ cumulative standings, while their boys were no slouches either, taking third place in the 24-team event. Evelyn Hope produced the top Chargers individual result by amassing 31 points in her junior girls’ races, while Eamonn Cuerden-Conboy also reached the ranking podium in third spot out of junior boys. Hillcrest’s Alex Lenz topped the individual points race to lead her novice girls’ team to a second-place finish. The Hillcrest novice boys and the Glebe novice girls were both third. With 627 athletes in total, the swimming championships carry the distinction of being the largest single-day high school competition in Ottawa. First-place race finishers qualified to compete at the OFSAA provincial championships next March in Etobicoke.

The novice boys produced the Ashbury Colts’ top team result at the national capital swimming championships, taking second place in the overall standings last week at the Nepean Sportsplex. Hayes Lao finished second in the novice boys’ individual points race, while the Ashbury junior girls also occupied a place on the podium in third position.

Powered by a strong girls group, the Nepean Knights, left, took third spot on the overall podium at last week’s national capital high school swimming championships at the Nepean Sportsplex. Nepean narrowly missed winning the girls’ aggregate title, finishing just eight points behind Canterbury with a total of 448. The Knights novice boys took first place in their competition en route to a combined eighth-place showing with the junior and senior boys. Rachel O’Connor was co-champion in the senior girls’ points standings with 36 just ahead of teammate Maggie Douglas in third place, while Adam Doswell ranked third amongst novice boys.


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Watson focuses on openness, transparency at council opener From TRANSIT on page 1 While Bruce Graham, the mayor’s spokesperson, said it’s too early to say how the members of the commission will be chosen, he said all city committees and bodies must represent the entire span of the city. The biggest priority will be to represent riders, Graham said, but technical experts and other types of members will also be considered. Transit commission members will be in place by spring, Graham said. A selection committee was expected to be formed this week, and a call for applications should be made in the new year, Graham said. CHANGING GOVERNANCE Other measures passed by council included splitting up the planning and environment committee into two separate groups, the amalgamation of finance and economic development (with subcommittees for information technology, member services

audit and governance renewal) and a policy that will see councillors’ expenses posted online monthly. Councillors also supported the establishment of an online lobbyist registry, a topic that has been controversial in other cities, but generated no discussion at the meeting. A proposal to switch the deputy-mayor role from a position that rotates through all councillors to make it a permanent position for two councillors seemed poised to heat up tempers, but Bloess was the only one to speak up. “It’s not quite clear what the advantages or disadvantages would be,” he said. The idea was adopted by council. A nominating committee composed of six returning councillors, five new councillors and Watson – selected by the mayor and his staff – will choose who gets the deputy mayors’ seats, as well as who sits on each city committee. Council will finalize those choices at a special meeting on Dec.15.

Watson said councillors were being respectful of the strong mandate voters gave him on this issue, on which he campaigned. “I think members of the council are being respectful of the fact that the public spoke,” Watson said. “They like those ideas and they want to move on them to create more openness and transparency.” Referring to the mayor’s focus on openness, Coun. Peter Hume (Alta Vista) suggested that audiocasting the city’s meetings on www.ottawa.ca should be extended to all committees (currently it is done for city council and planning and environment committee meetings) and that the files be archived online. That idea will be discussed when city council sets its 2011 budget in the new year. The no-frills attitude at city hall continued, with councillors relegated to brown-bagging it: Watson sent out a memo saying that only beverages – not food – will be offered at meetings as a result of a spending freeze he instituted.

Area MPP’s Remembrance holiday plans hit roadblock DANIEL NUGENT-BOWMAN daniel.bowman@metroland.com

A recent attempt to make Nov. 11 a provincial holiday has now reached a roadblock. Nepean-Carleton MPP Lisa MacLeod first proposed the idea to make Remembrance Day a statutory holiday through a private member’s bill during an announcement at the Barrhaven Legion on Nov. 5. However, now her proposal – which would have removed February’s Family Day as a day off – has hit a snag. MacLeod was supposed to be able to debate the bill in the Ontario Legislature at Queen’s Park on Dec. 9, but the Liberal government rejected the idea. “It’s really up to them whether or not I get another opportunity to debate the bill,” MacLeod said. “I’m a little disappointed that I didn’t get to debate it yesterday (Dec. 9) but at the same time it’s created a great discussion in Ontario. “It really focuses on a need to

remember our soldiers, our veterans and those who sacrificed for us.” While she admitted the recent development is a bit of a setback, MacLeod isn’t deterred. “We’re still working away,” she said. “When you’re in opposition (government) you have this opportunity to shape public policy and put ideas out there and that’s what’s important.” In addition to the holiday, MacLeod’s bill – the Respect for Ontario Veterans, Soldiers and War Dead Act, 2010 – calls for schools to hold ceremonies on the day before Remembrance Day and for a prohibition on fees for performances on Nov. 11. It also states that most businesses would have to remain closed to “reflect the significance of the sacrifices made by Ontario Veterans, Soldiers and War dead.” Ontario, Manitoba and Quebec are the only Canadian provinces that do not recognize Remembrance Day as a statutory holiday.

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A new bridge over the Airport Parkway in Ottawa South hopes to double as a long-awaited link for pedestrians and cyclists and become an iconic, world-class feature for the city. The three-metre wide paved multi-use pathway will cross over the parkway on an uncovered cable-stayed bridge, which uses a tilted tower and cables to support the bridge deck, creating a link between the Hunt Club-Riverside and South Keys communities. “The whole point of this project is to have a landmark icon for Ottawa, a gateway feature,” explained senior project manager Jeffrey Waara at the city of Ottawa. “As you’re coming in from the airport, this really is one of the first things that you’ll see.” Soft lighting and attention to aesthetic detail will all play a role in making sure the bridge is a memorable feature, Waara said, adding that the lighting especially will work to “highlight the airness and lightness of the structure.” But for residents, the bridge represents the end of unsafe

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Senior project manager Jeffrey Waara stands beside the design for a new cable-stayed pedestrian bridge over the Airport Parkway, which will link the Hunt Club-Riverside community with South Keys. crossings for pedestrians and cyclists in the area, who currently have to scoot across the parkway when traffic clears, having no marked crosswalk or lights. “It’s a very unsafe crossway,” said Waara, explaining that a person was killed several years ago while trying to cross the road. A public information meeting on Dec. 7 at the Hunt Club-Riverside Community Centre offered residents a chance to offer

feedback on the design before it is finalized and tendered in the spring. One couple who lives on Cahill Drive West on the far west side of the link, said the new bridge will help them more easily access the walking paths at the Sawmill Creek wetlands east of the parkway. “It will be much closer to get there. Otherwise we have to go up to Hunt Club and head down again. We did that a few times

and the sidewalk there wasn’t even finished. So the new bridge will be good in that way,” the couple said. River Coun. Maria McRae said the bridge is a culmination of years of work to link the two communities. “Its so exciting that we are now only two steps away from opening that bridge. The next step is to tender it, and the final step is to build it,” she said. “This opens up a whole new world for the community; it will give thousands of residents (in the Hunt Club-Riverside area) the immediate ability to cross the Airport Parkway, and an opportunity to safely access the Sawmill Creek recreational pathway.” Ruth Merkis-Hunt, an avid cyclist who lives east of the new bridge near Bridle Path Drive, said she thinks the bridge design will freshen up Ottawa’s look for visitors. “Diplomats come into Ottawa’s downtown on this route, and I think the first impression they’re going to get looking at this is ‘Ottawa’s not that stodgy after all,’” she said. “People are going to say, ‘Oh, so Ottawa has heard of this thing called the 21st century!’” McRae said the

$5 million project, which is already on the city’s 2010 budget, is “on budget and on time” and that construction will begin in the spring. “The longer you take to build, the more expensive it could become. I want to move as fast as possible, because the community needs this.” The path will be maintained and ploughed throughout the winter because of its integral role in linking Hunt Club-Riverside to the South Keys and Greenboro transit stations. The pathway has been designed with crime prevention in mind as well, Waara said. “If we’re lighting the pathway at night we’ll make sure there’s no dark areas where someone could be waiting. We’ll also make sure the pathway has long sight-lines, so there are no sharp curves where someone can be hiding around the corner or lurking.” The city is also considering closed-circuit television and emergency phones along the route. The construction is expected to wrap up at the end of 2011, Waara said, adding that there may be some temporary daytime lane closures along the airport parkway during construction.

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Take charge of your travel this holiday season In an effort to help travellers with disabilities plan their travel this holiday season, the Canadian Transportation Agency is providing one of its most popular publications, Take Charge of Your Travel: A Guide for Persons with Disabilities. Take Charge helps Canadians living with disability plan and conduct their travel arrangements with greater ease and confidence. It does so by describing accessible services and features available to persons with disabilities. In addition to providing information such as what to look and listen for when travelling, Take Charge comes with a detachable reservation checklist. This stepby-step guide can help persons with disabilities plan their trip, with details on potential services in areas such as accessible seating, mobility and technical aids, as well as service animals. Take Charge is available in multiple formats, including DAISY – a globally recognized digital talking book that allows greater access for people who are blind or have a visual impairment. The Agency is dedicated to offering its publications for persons with disabilities in multiple formats and has proven an industry leader in this respect. The Digital Accessible Information System, or DAISY, format improves on traditional audio books through its enhanced navigation and search functions. With DAISY, a user can jump from point

to point in the publication, just as a sighted user can flip from page to page. In most traditional audio books, the user can only move forward and backward. The Agency is currently one of the few federal government departments to make available some of its key publications in the latest version of DAISY. “Our goal is to keep our stakeholders informed about the Agency’s initiatives to ensure an accessible federal transportation network,” says Geoff Hare, the Agency chair and CEO. “We feel that producing publications such as Take Charge and making them available in multiple formats, like DAISY, will help Canadians who have a disability make the most of their travel experience within Canada and abroad.” This holiday season, if you are travelling by airplane, train, passenger ferry or interprovincial bus and have a disability, Take Charge can help you take the right steps to make your journey a more comfortable and enjoyable one. You can find Take Charge of Your Travel: A Guide for Persons with Disabilities in multiple formats at www.cta.gc.ca/eng/ take-charge. For a hard copy, contact the Canadian Transportation Agency at 1-888-222-2592, by TTY at 1-800-669-5575, by email at info@otc-cta.gc.ca or by mail at: Canadian Transportation Agency, Ottawa, ON K1A 0N9.

Paramedics preach safety during holidays When making plans during the holiday season, make sure you also plan to stay safe. The Ottawa Paramedic Service wants you to get the most out of your holiday season by staying out of the hospital by following these basic safety tips. For your health: Find out your physician’s operating hours for the holidays and find out who you can see when the office is closed. Make sure you have enough of your prescription medications on hand, especially if you are going on a trip. Keep the Telehealth Ontario number handy, 1-866-797-0000, if you need health advice anytime, 24 hours a day, seven days a week. IN YOUR CAR Before you take to the road, be sure your vehicle is in good working order and carry a winter survival kit that includes a cell phone, maps or GPS device, candles,

matches, thermal blanket, jumper cables, snow brush, small shovel and a first aid kid. Keep a car window slightly open to prevent the accumulation of poisonous carbon monoxide gases when the vehicle is idling. Carbon monoxide is an odourless and colourless gas and can easily seep into homes or cars. Never idle vehicles near doors or windows of a residence or inside garages. Playing outside: When tobogganing, make sure you choose a hill that is away from trees or open water. Paramedics recommend the use of head protection when tobogganing on steep hills. Know the signs and symptoms of hypothermia and frostbite. Hypothermia can be deadly. In the new year: Make a 2011 New Year’s resolution for everyone in your family to take a CPR and First Aid course. Go to www.ottawa. ca/cprto register for free CPR training.

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Community Calendar We welcome your submissions of upcoming community, non-profit events. Please email events to OTWevents@metroland.com by 4:30 p.m. on Friday

• DEC. 18 Go Tell It - A Christmas celebration of music with the Hallelujah Gospel Chorus at Kitchissippi United Church, 630 Island Park Dr. (off Byng Drive) at 7 p.m.Tickets $10, children under 12 free. Funds raised benefit Ottawa Innercity Ministries and HGC ministires. Info/tickets 613-592-6959. Minwaashin Lodge Aboriginal Women’s Support Centre, 424 Catherine St., Unit 3 will be hosting the annual Children Winter Gathering (Christmas party). This holiday will be special for their First Nations, Inuit and Métis families, Elders and friends. All families are welcome to join in the fun, food and celebration. Give-away for all our children and youth who come.

• DEC. 19 Carols and Gregorian Chant conducted by Lawrence Harris in the Cloister of the Dominican Convent at 3 p.m. and 8 p.m., 96 Empress Avenue – off Somerset St., two traffic lights west of Bronson. Free parking in the adjacent lot. Tickets at the door: $15 adult / $8 students. Information 613-567-7729 The Ottawa Mission, 35 Waller St., will be serving a free holiday meal from 11:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Donations are accepted, hygiene products, socks, anything in the way of food and money. All are welcome.

make a reservation. Albion-Heatherington Recreation Centre, 1560 Heatherington Rd., will be serving a free, full course Christmas eve dinner from 1:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.

• DEC. 25 Shephards of Good Hope, 233 Murray St. will be serving a free Christmas day meal from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. It is open to all and no registration is needed. Donations are accepted, anything in the way of food or money. Heart & Crown Irish Pub, 67 Clarence St., will be serving a free Christmas day meal from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. No registration is needed. The Elvis Sighting Society, Newport Restaurant, 334 Richmond Rd., will be serving a free Christmas day meal from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. No registration needed and it is open to everyone. Donations are accepted: hygiene products, anything in the way of food and money. All are welcome.

Foster Farm Community Centre, 1065 Ramsey Cres., will be serving a free, full-course Christmas eve dinner from 2:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. Everyone is welcome. Please call 613-828-2004 to

• JAN. 19 Heritage Ottawa Free Public Lecture – Ottawa’s Notre Dame Cemetery: A Cemetery of National Importance. At the Ottawa Public Library Auditorium, 120 Metcalfe St., corner of Laurier Ave. West at 7 p.m. Jean Yves Pelletier, a heritage resources consultant and author of a book on the cemetery, will provide an historical overview and give an illustrated presentation of the cemetery. Jean Yves’ book will be available for sale after the lecture. This lecture will be in English with a question/answer period in both official languages Info: 613-230-8841 or www.heritageottawa.org

• JAN. 23 St. George’s Church, 152 Metcalfe St., will be partnering with Knox Presbyterian Church at the corner of Elgin and Lisgar to offer an all-day Christmas celebration and dinner. Doors open from 11 a.m. to 7:30 p.m., with dinner sittings at noon, 1:30 p.m. and 5 p.m. This is St. George’s annual Christmas day event, but it will be held at Knox Presbyterian this year. Entrance at 227 Elgin St. Volunteers are needed. To volunteer, please call St. George’s parish office at 613235-1636, and leave your name and phone number.\

• DEC. 24 The Knight Enterprises Team, Jack Purcell Community Centre, 320 Jack Purcell Lane, will be serving a free full-course Christmas eve dinner from 3:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. Singles, families and children are welcome. No registration needed. The dinner will be served on a first-come, first-served basis.

Church, 355 Cooper St., will serve a free holiday meal starting at 11 a.m. at the door. Donations of backpack, sleeping bags, water bottles, juice boxes, toiletries, granola bars, gift cards, warm socks, bus tickets andmany other items that can be passed to our less fortunate friends, are always needed and welcomed. Volunteers are needed year-round. Fore more information on becoming a volunteer, please contact OIN at 613-237-6031.

The Community of Hintonburg invites you to join them for a free Christmas dinner at the Carleton Tavern, 223 Armstrong St. The dinner is from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. A vegetarian meal will also be available. Listen to some great music from musicians in the community organized by Midnight Mike and the Open Stage Revue.

• JAN. 18 Ottawa Innercity Ministries, Dominion Chalmers United

Atlantic Voices: the Newfoundland and Labrador Choir of Ottawa presents its winter concert, Cape Breton: Beautiful Island, Beautiful Music, at 3 p.m. at Centretown United Church, 507 Bank St. The program ranges from folksongs in Scottish Gaelic and Acadian French to contemporary classics by some of Cape Breton’s greatest songwriters. Our own house band, the Fumblin’ Fingers, will provide pre-concert entertainment beginning at 2:15 p.m. You are invited to join the choir after the concert for free refreshments and a silent auction. Tickets are $15 in advance or $18 at the door. Advance tickets may be purchased by calling Hannie at 613722-9240. Admission is free for children 12 years and under. For parking and other information, visit our website www. atlanticvoices.ca

• ONGOING Art Show, daily until Dec. 29. Richlieu-Vanier Community Centre, 300 des Pères-Blancs Ave. Your chance to get an original painting by Éveline Janis which you will enjoy for a lifetime.

Donations needed ANGLICAN SOCIAL SERVICE – CENTRE 454 216 Murray St. Donations are requested for gift bags: hygiene products, deodorant, socks, scarves, mitts, gloves, hats, etc. They have a special need for warm winter clothing. 613-2572813 ext. 0

BIRTHRIGHT OF OTTAWA 200 Isabella St., Suite 302 Maternity clothes and monetary donations are requested. Please call ahead. 613-231-5683.

BRUCE HOUSE 251 Bank St, Suite 402 Donations are needed specifically for grocery store vouchers, bus tickets and gift cards for grocery stores. Food gift cards allow individuals to choose culturally appropriate food items. Donations can be dropped off Monday to Friday, 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. 613-729-0911.

CANADIAN MENTAL HEALTH ASSOCIATION 1355 Bank St., Suite 301 Donations of men’s and women’s mitts, gloves, scarves as well as televisions, computers, household items such as linens and towels, and furniture of all types are needed. 613-737-7791.

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