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CENTRAL EDITION: Serving The Glebe, Alta Vista, Elmvale Acres, Mooney’s Bay and surrounding communities Year 1, Issue 16

FIRE HALL GETS NOD The Fire Hall in Old Ottawa South, recently converted into a community centre, has be nominated for a architectural conservation award by the city.


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Bicycle lane stays on track for Laurier LAURA MUELLER


NO JOY FOR JR. SENS Ottawa had hoped to pick up two valuable points for their playoff charge, but ended up on the wrong end of a 3-1 game against the Cumberland Grads.


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A SUNNY STROLL ON THE CANAL Young Embrun resident Myko enjoys a sunny walk on the canal with his grandfather, Luc Lavoie, who came to town on Feb. 5 to celebrate the start of the 33rd edition of Winterlude in Ottawa. See page 6 for more on Winterlude.

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Laurier Avenue moved one step closer to getting a segregated bicycle lane after the city’s transportation committee approved the two-year pilot project during a marathon meeting Feb. 2. The pilot project would see a segregated bike lane installed along Laurier Avenue between Elgin Street and Bronson Avenue. It could be the province’s first bike lane that physically separates cyclists from vehicles on a downtown street. The lane, which will involve the installation of pre-cast curbs, planters and barriers at a cost of $1.3-million should be ready to use by the end of the summer, city staff said. The decision still needs the approval of city council, which will consider the issue at its Feb. 23 meeting. After briefly debating shortening the lane so that it would end at Bay Street in order to retain on-street parking in that block for high-rise residents, the committee unanimously approved the original proposal. But not everyone was in favour of the segregated lane. More than 50 people spoke at the Feb. 2 committee meeting, with many business people, Laurier residents and even cyclists opposed to the plan. One of the main concerns of both businesses and residents in the area was the removal of much of the on-street parking on Laurier. In total, 122 parking spaces will be removed from Laurier Avenue to make way for the bicycle lane, but there will be 124 spaces created on Gloucester and Nepean streets, which run parallel to Laurier. The problem is that the parking spaces won’t be replaced in the same block, said Somerset Ward Coun. Diane Holmes.. Convenience isn’t the only impact on parking – it could also affect the city’s bottom line. While the addition of parking spaces on Nepean and Gloucester streets will make up some of the difference, the city stands to lose about $74,000 in annual revenue. See SAFETY on page 21


Old Fire hall nominated for architectural award EDDIE RWEMA

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The Old Fire Hall on Sunnyside Avenue, now the home of the Old Ottawa South Community Centre, has been nominated for an architectural conservation award.

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acter of the original fire hall structure, maintaining as much of the external façade as possible. “The exterior materials we used were compatible with the neighbourhood and the existing building,” he said. “We tried us much as possible to maintain the parts of it that had heritage character, to keep them visible,” leaning noted. The community contributed close $357,000 to the project. “It is a wonderful building and I love the way they kept the facade of the original building. We are proud that we contributed to the funding of the project” said Deirdre McQuillan, executive director of the Old Ottawa South Community Association. “It has been a huge accomplishment, we are now able to serve many people from the neighbourhood and beyond, we are able to offer more programs and able to have bigger and more events.” The city of Ottawa contributed the remaining $2.9 million for the project. The awards will be handed out at the annual Ottawa Architectural Conservation Awards and heritage recognition ceremony on Feb. 22 at city hall.

Medical students at the University of Ottawa are challenging area residents to shave their heads to help raise funds for pediatric cancer research. Through Smiling Over Sickness, a student run organization, medical students are inviting the public to their eighth annual Shave for a Cure to be held on Feb.11 at the Urbandale Centre during the game between the Ottawa 67’s and Erie Otters. “It is a fundraiser designed to raise funds for childhood cancer Canada, a national organization that funds cancer research for kids,” said Maren Hamilton, one of the event co-ordinators. At the event, volunteers will be able to shave their heads for the cause or have 10 inches of hair cut, which will be in turn donated and used to create wigs for children with cancer. “We are targeting doctors, teachers, professors and medical students as our core group and also reach out to the community to try to get people to shave their heads to raise funds or cut off their ponytails that will get donated to make wigs for kids with cancer,” said Hamilton. The organization sends student volunteers into the community, with an aim on

raising awareness about pediatric cancers and raise money for research in the hopes of finding a cure. Second-year medical student Shawna Bierderman added that as medical students, they get to work a lot with physicians in hospitals where they see the pain patients go through first hand. “To be able to do something for the people that we interact with is really a nice thing,” she said. Last year, about 60 students, faculty and community members participated. “Just seeing how people return every year to get their head shaved for the cause proves how dedicated people are to this cause,” Biederman noted. The event has experienced great success in the past, with over $60,000 raised in the 2009-2010 campaign alone. This year, with the help of various organizations, corporations and businesses, fundraisers are aiming to not only surpass this mark, but to shatter it by fundraising in new and innovative ways. First Choice Haircutters, one of the event sponsors, will be on hand at the event to help with the hair cutting and $7 from the sale of each 67’s ticket for the Feb. 11 game will go to support Shave for a Cure. For more information, visit www.


“It’s an award for something which from a heritage point of view respects the heritage character of the existing building,” said Leaning.


The Old Fire Hall on Sunnyside Avenue is among six recent projects that have received a nomination for the Ottawa Architectural Conservation Awards. According to the city’s built heritage advisory committee report, improvements to the 1921 heritage building, which currently serves as the Old Ottawa South Community Centre, included providing an enlarged community hall and a new multi-purpose room in the basement of the building. The committee felt the exterior of the building fit seamlessly into the existing neighbourhood and the interior was simple, but aesthetically appealing, functional and preserved some of the original fabric of the fire hall. “In a neighbourhood known for its beautiful old homes, the Old Fire Hall’s well-designed exterior fits right in,” read the city’s report. The building’s expansion was designed by local architect Anthony Leading of CSV architects. The building’s renovation cost $3.4 million and was completed last year.


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The Sens Mile Charity Chili Cook-Off, held Jan.16, raised close to $10,000 for the Jack Purcell Park re-development program. The event is a community fundraiser that was created to benefit the Elgin Public School playground and play structure for the community park. Top prize in the chili competition went to the Lieutenant’s Pump Pub, which beat out nine other area restaurants. “The funds will help us rebuild the park, with new trees and an accessible play area,” said Junya Devine, volunteer project coordinator. She said majority of the trees that will be planted will replace ash species that have been infested with emerald ash bore. The park’s ownership is divided between the city, Jack Purcell Community Centre, and Elgin Street Public School. The school’s parent council has spearheaded efforts to raise $130,000 in support of the redevelopment.

Carleton professor wins research award EDDIE RWEMA

A Carleton University professor has been honoured for his work in the field of medical radiation treatments with a $15,000 research achievement award. David Rogers, a Canada Research Chair in medical physics, was rewarded for his outstanding research. The award, given to faculty for innovative research that can be applied to real-world problems, can be used for research funding or to buy release time from teaching so that one can concentrate on research. “I am very pleased, since it gets me significant release time to concentrate on my research and on developing a new graduate course which I am keen to get started,” said Rogers. Rogers uses computer simulations to help improve the treatment of cancer patients using radiation. The computer simulations allow accurate calculations of how radiation deposits energy in patients and instruments. “My overall goal is to improve the delivery of radiation thera-

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Last year, David Rogers, Canada Research Chair in Medical Physics, was only the fourth Canadian ever to receive the William D. Coolidge Award, the highest honour from the American Association of Physicists in Medicine. py to cancer patients,” he said. “I am working on projects that would help calculate the dose more accurately in patients undergoing treatment and make the computer software that does this available to a wide spectrum of researchers in cancer clinics.”

According to a statement issued by Carleton University, Rogers was the principal researcher behind a clinical protocol used in cancer clinics throughout North America to establish the dose delivered to over 600,000 radiotherapy patients a year.

His background includes more than three decades at the National Research Council and eight years teaching at Carleton, where he has made great strides in improving the accuracy of treatment for cancer patients. The other component of his research is to train the next generation of medical physicists so they can contribute to patient care. He has mentored several graduate students who now hold key leadership positions in the medical physics community throughout North America and Europe. He also helped Carleton’s medical physics PhD program become accredited. Rogers, was only the fourth Canadian ever to receive the William D. Coolidge Award, the highest honour from the American Association of Physicists in Medicine. The award is presented annually to a member of the association for significant practice in medical physics, influence in the professional development of other physicists and leadership in national and international organizations. “After the excitement of the Coolidge Award, this becomes a very pleasant local recognition of my efforts,” said Rogers.

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Report reveals little about city hall’s plans for bus routes Changes won’t be revealed until after budget released LAURA MUELLER

The revealing of a long-awaited OC Transpo review doesn’t provide residents with a much clearer picture of which bus routes may be cut this year. After the tabling of the 2011 draft budget, Mayor Jim Watson said the review would give council direction on where $7 million in cuts could be made to the transit budget this year. An additional $15 million is supposed to be saved next year. But the American Public Transportation Association’s (APTA) review of OC Transpo gave little detail on where those cuts could be made. Instead, the report congratulated OC Transpo for its “wellrespected” and impressive transit system, strategic direction and management. The peer review also states that OC Transpo has an “unparalleled reach” of 99 per cent of residents living within 400 metres of a transit stop at peak hours in urban areas – a “significantly higher” reach than most other North American transit authorities. The report recommends moving forward quickly on a plan to focus on bus routes that feed into the Transitway. Route cutting and route scheduling are the areas that can lead to the most savings, APTA’s Greg Hull told the city’s transit commission on Jan. 31. “If you want to be the best, you need to optimize this,” he said. Watson echoed this in a recent speech on the 2011 budget, saying that the city needs to cut back on overlapping routes and “milk runs”. The review criticized OC Transpo’s lack of communications strategy – both within its own organization and to the public. “(OC Transpo needs) to make things simpler and have a more

clear message,” said Carl Desrosiers, head of Montreal’s transit authority and one of the volunteer experts who conducted the APTA review. Alain Mercier, the head of OC Transpo, said a plan to purchase less than 100 double-decker buses could save money because they cost less to operate. Watson said there will be more detail “about the kinds of changes” that could come out of the APTA review during the transit commission’s next meeting on Feb. 16, but changes to individual routes or stops won’t happen until after the 2011 budget is complete. Citizens will get a “pretty good idea” of the scope of the transit changes based on the budget discussions, Watson said. “We’ve cobbled together, based on, at times, political will or whim, a bus system that is no longer sustainable,” he said. “If we don’t make changes to make the system run more efficiently, it’s going to bankrupt us and we are going to lose more and more passengers because they are going to be so dissatisfied with the early buses, late buses and crowded buses.” FARE INCREASES It’s going to cost you more to take the bus if you use a pass or pay with tickets, but cash fares won’t change. Effective July 1, an adult fare (two tickets) will cost $2.60 – a 10-cent increase. An express fare (three tickets) will go up 15 cents to $3.90, and a rural fare (four tickets) will increase 20 cents to $5.20 per trip. Cash fares will stay the same: $3.25 for a regular trip. If you want to take the OTrain, it will also cost you a bit more. The fare will go up 10 cents to $2.85. Passes are also going up. A regular adult monthly pass will cost $94 per month – an increase of $2.50. An express pass will be worth $116 (a $2 increase) and a rural pass will go up to $145 (a $3.25 increase). A regular adult annual pass will go up $20 to $950. Student passes will also increase slightly to $75 per month, a $1.50 increase.

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A sold-out crowd packed the Mayfair Theatre in Old Ottawa South on Saturday, Feb. 5 to take in the Lansdowne Follies. The variety show kicked off with Teman Teman (a protest band whose members organized the show) rousing the audience to sing, ‘Lansdowne is our legacy, we shall not be moved.’ A troupe of male can-can dancers, including former Capital Ward councillor Clive Doucet, donned purple tutus and helmets to entertain the crowd. The fundraiser collected $15,000 for the Friends of Lansdowne, putting the group above its $100,000 goal.

Two parties drop out of Lansdowne case LAURA MUELLER

Two men who filed a legal case against the city to fight Lansdowne Park’s redevelopment have dropped out of the case. The Friends of Lansdowne will continue with the legal challenge, but Doug Ward and Gary Sealey, who initiated the case alongside the group, backed out of the case because of the considerable financial risk they faced as individuals. The pair originally applied to the court because the Friends of Lansdowne worried its case would be dismissed. “A little organization might have trouble getting standing in the court,” Ward said. “Someone has to stick their heads up above the trenches.”

Now that the case – and the Friends of Lansdowne – are more established, the City of Ottawa agreed not to challenge the group’s standing in the case. That paved the way for Ward and Sealey to step down. “It doesn’t make sense for two citizens to take on all the risk for thousands of people who are represented in the case,” Ward said. He said both men support the cause, but now they can fight along with the group. If the Friends lost the legal case against the city’s process for signing the Lansdowne redevelopment deal, Ward and Sealey could have been on the hook for hundreds of thousands of dollars in legal costs. “The chance was very low, but Gary and I would have been at real risk,” Ward said. That’s be-

cause individuals have assets the court could go after, whereas the group’s only assets are the money it has been able to raise, which so far amounts to $100,000. Ward said he wasn’t “fully aware” of the city’s policy to seek compensation for legal fees if it’s determined that a case was “vexatious” or brought forward in bad faith. He said he doesn’t think the legal case is frivolous, but the slight chance that a judge could disagree is enough to make the financial risk real. The latest development in the Friends of Lansdowne case is the group’s request for the city to release financial documents and agreements for the Lansdowne Live plan. The group made that request in court on Jan. 31, but the court master had not made a decision before deadline.

Chinatown closer to free Saturday parking LAURA MUELLER

Merchants in Chinatown had even more reason to celebrate on Chinese New Year’s eve on Feb. 2 after the city’s transportation committee approved the extension of free parking in the business area to include Saturdays. The Somerset Chinatown Business Improvement Area was the only BIA in Centretown that did not offer free Saturday parking – until recently. The construction of the Chinatown Gateway closed off Somerset Street West at Bronson Avenue last summer, and the city decided to extend free Saturday

parking on Somerset to reduce pressure on area businesses. Despite the road closures, businesses in Chinatown actually reported an increase in commercial activity last summer for the first time since the opening of the large T&T Asian supermarket on Hunt Club Road, which had a detrimental effect on Chinatown grocery stores. The BIAs west of Somerset, including Wellington West and Westboro, have free on-street parking at all times. After seeing the positive impact of free Saturday parking, Grace Xin of the Chinatown BIA told the city’s transportation committee that Chinatown felt

“punished” to be the only BIA without regular free parking. Peter Yeung, who owns properties along Somerset, agreed. “It creates an unlevel playing field from one end of the city to another,” he said. The free Saturday parking between Bronson and Preston is part of the effort to revitalize the area, which Yeung said he has seen transform from a haven for drug addicts and prostitutes to a neighbourhood that attracts doctors and architects. The transportation committee’s decision still needs council’s final approval, but it would grant free on-street parking until January of 2012.




LAURA MUELLER By 2012, booking arena ice time in Ottawa could become as easy as booking a hotel room. Right now, frustrated residents often find themselves mired in a series of phone calls and forms if they want to apply for a city permit, book time at a municipal recreation centre or even apply for a burn permit. But the city’s proposed new Service Ottawa project is aimed at putting those options online so they will be available to residents 24 hours a day, seven days a week. The new program proposed in the draft 2011 would cost about $15 million this year and a similar amount in the next couple of years, up to a projected total cost of $79 million over five years. But it’s expected to generate $40 million in savings each year by 2014, deputy city manager Steve Kanellakos told the finance and economic development committee during its Feb. 1 meeting. It’s a big undertaking, but city staff say it will make a huge difference to how people use city services – and that means big savings to the bottom line. Some of the city’s complicated and often antiquated procedures discourage people from using services, such as booking ice time, Kanellakos said. Right now, residents must call during limited business hours

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The City of Ottawa handles a lot of resident requests each year. Putting up to 30 per cent of these options online is expected to cut back on staffing costs. • Total 311 service requests each year: 248,910-Bylaw: 49,239 • Waste collection: 52,957 • Recycling information requests (including green bin): 10,713 • Road maintenance: 27,387 • Traffic issues: 11,821 • Parking enforcement: 25,262 • Parking equipment, such as a faulty meter: 9,120 • Parking ticket inquiries: 4,513 • Trees: 11,500

to ask about arena availability, but there is often a lengthy turnaround time before the resident could hear back about their request. Forms must be faxed, signed and returned and the payment must be made before they can access the ice and if someone wants to book last-minute ice time, they have to call each arena to check the availability. If the Service Ottawa project is approved in the budget, all of that could be done 24/7 online by 2012. Making the process easier and more accessible could generate another $153,000 for the city each year.

HOW DO PEOPLE COMMUNICATE WITH THE CITY? • Calls to 311: 611,690 calls a year, plus emails to • Searches on The city has 23,500 web pages, but an ineffective search tool, staff say • Call centres: Nine centres for departments such as OC Transpo, public health, tax and water • Service centres: Seven centres across the city with various hours and inconsistent services offered • Blue Pages: 29 pages of listings • Direct calls to each of the 23 members of council

That’s because 5,835 prime hours of arena time go unbooked each year. Arenas aren’t the only city service that would be available online through Service Ottawa. People would also eventually be able to book city facilities; apply for a business licence; apply for permits for tree cutting, controlled burns and more. City council is still debating the Service Ottawa project as part of the 2011 budget process, which is expected to wrap up in early March.

After a dozen years of fighting for a patio, the Fox and Feather pub on Elgin Street has moved one step closer to making it a reality. Ottawa’s transportation committee gave city staff the OK to review the pub’s application for a 38-seat patio on the corner of Elgin and MacLaren – directly across the street from another recently granted patio at MacLaren’s on Elgin. Representatives from the Fox and Feather said their three patio applications have been denied and they were frustrated to see MacLaren’s get approval. “We try to go through the proper channels and we get no response. Now she’s (Somerset Ward Coun. Diane Holmes) trying to delay this,” said Joseph Eyamie, who represented the Fox and Feather during the transportation committee’s Feb. 2 meeting. Eyamie said he felt the treatment was unfair. Innes Ward Coun. Rainer Bloess introduced the motion to discuss the patio, because Eyamie said Holmes would not respond to the pub’s inquiries.



The city’s transportation committee “nickled and dimed” its budget to save 10 new crossing guard positions that were on the chopping block. Rideau-Rockcliffe Coun. Peter Clark moved a motion to trim three of the 10 new public works staff positions from the draft 2011 budget, which cut about $195,000 from the city’s $135 million transportation budget. That paved the way for Innes Ward Coun. Rainer Bloess’s motion to add the crossing-guard positions back into the budget at a cost of about $60,000. As Clark put it, it was a matter of “tighter management” versus “kids getting killed on the streets.” There will be no change in the cost to park on the street or city-owned lots in Ottawa in 2011. On-street parking permits will go up by two per cent. Partially thanks to the city’s new payand-display metres, Ottawa is expected to make $1.7-million more in parking revenue this year. The city’s pedestrian plan will be delayed and one staff position dedicated to pedestrian issues will be eliminated

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Holmes opposed the MacLaren’s patio because there are approximately 900 residents in the surrounding area, many of whom indicated they were opposed to the level of noise the patio would create. Councillors wondered if they were obliged to grant a patio to the Fox and Feather because they had given one to its neighbouring competitor, but city lawyers said the MacLaren’s decision didn’t set a precedent because each application is dealt with on a case-by-case basis. While city staff are reviewing the Fox and Feather patio application, they are also drawing up a study on how the city grants these types of patio encroachments. A number of city councillors and members of the public who spoke at the meeting said they wanted to see the results of that study before the city grants any more patios. Eyamie said the pub needs to get the licence within a month or they will lose the whole patio season – something Coun. Diane Deans questioned. The pub already has a liquor licence for the patio. Eyamie said it would close by 11 p.m. and there would be no music.

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– something that didn’t sit will with Somerset Ward Coun. Diane Holmes. Holmes added that it’s “phony” for the city to list 46 “strategic initiatives” in the budget that have no chance of being funded because it gives residents false hope, she said. The draft budget does include $2.8 million for cycling initiatives, $1.16 million for a multi-use bridge over Coventry Road from Overbrook to the Train Transitway station, and a traffic management plan for Richmond Road in Westboro aimed at encouraging people to walk, bike or use transit. The final budget is set to be approved at the beginning of March.

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CRTC to review Internet billing plans MATTHEW JAY

In response to a wave of public and political opposition to a decision that would have seen significant changes to Internet billing, the Canadian Radio and Telecommunications Commission is reviewing a Jan. 31 decision that would see usage caps implemented across the country. The CRTC indicated on Feb. 2 that it has decided to delay the implementation of the usagebased billing rules by at least 60 days from the original date of March 1 and has promised to review its decision. The commission’s reversal came after widespread opposition from the public, including a petition on the website that has so far collected more than 410,000 signatures, as well as the federal government. Industry Minister Tony Clement said in a Feb. 3 statement that the government has “grave concerns about the ruling” and the potential effects on consumers and small businesses.

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Clement confirmed on his Twitter account that had the CRTC not chosen to revisit the decision, the government would have overturned it, forcing the commission to “go back to (the) drawing board.” Usage-based billing has been used by large Internet service providers like Bell for several years and involves users paying additional fees for bandwidth used above levels indicated in their service agreements. The CRTC decision would see those caps imposed on smaller service providers who purchase wholesale services from larger providers. Many of these smaller providers offer subscribers downloading and uploading privileges that often exceed those offered by the larger firms. For the CRTC, the decision was about ensuring internet service providers (ISPs) are able to continue to expand their networks to meet growing demand

for bandwidth as consumer appetite for downloadable or streaming content increases. In the existing system, according to the commission, heavy Internet users are in effect subsidized by the vast majority of users who consume significantly less bandwidth. “We are convinced that Internet services are no different than other public utilities, and the vast majority of Internet users should not be asked to subsidize a small minority of heavy users,” CRTC chairman Konrad von Finkenstein told the parliamentary committee on industry, science and technology on Feb. 3. “For us, it is a question of fundamental fairness.” The usage-based billing system, according to Finkenstein, will also ensure customers of smaller ISPs will not be restricted by the larger provider, who could potentially “limit their wholesale services to the slowest speeds.” But according to one industry observer, the effects of the CRTC’s decision would have farreaching consequences. “The anti-competitive effects of the CRTC’s decision will ultimately affect all Canadian consumers,” said David Fewer, director of the Canadian Internet Policy and Public Interest Clinic at the University of Ottawa. “The problem is, in (the Jan. 31) decision, the CRTC said Bell can now impose its pricing caps on the customers of independent ISPs,” Fewer said. “Historically, independent ISPs were able to engage in their own pricing strategies – offer their own a la carte, all-you-can-eat, higher caps, lower caps. They could do what they want. That’s the way competition is supposed to work.” In an earlier decision, the CRTC had ruled that Bell and other large ISPs that owned their own networks could establish usage-based billing systems. Fewer said that in a competitive marketplace those systems would allow the larger ISPs to counter the effect of the smaller ISPs “What (this) CRTC decision means is no matter what the independent ISP wants to do, Bell (or other incumbent ISP) can undermine it by effectively imposing its own pricing strategy on the independent ISP. “This kills independent ISPs, because they are unable to differentiate themselves on price from Bell. You just can’t do it. Bell’s pricing is now everyone’s pricing.”

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Visitors admiring glittering blocks of ice turned into stunning works of art at Confederation Park.

Winterlude 2011 gets underway OTTAWA THIS WEEK STAFF The 33rd edition of Winterlude festival kicked off last Friday in the National Capital Region and over the next three weeks, a variety of events will be taking place across Ottawa and Gatineau. The opening night ceremonies, held at the Museum of Civilization in Gatineau, included a celebration of Parks Canada’s 100th anniversary and a fireworks display. For those wishing to get around, OC Transpo and the

STO are offering a shuttle service running between Winterlude’s official sites on weekends during the festival. Winterlude visitors can also park for free at the Greenboro park and ride lot and take the OTrain to Carling Station, where they can enjoy the activities at Dow’s Lake or catch the SnoBus. Parking is free on weekends at all OC Transpo park and ride lots during Winterlude. On Saturdays, the Sno-Bus operates from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m., and on Sundays from 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.

Sno-Bus stops are situated all along the Rideau Canal, so customers with a Sno-Bus ticket can hop on and off the bus at various sites at their convenience. Customers 12 and older can ride all day with their Sno-Bus ticket, available on the Sno-Bus for just $3.50. Day Passes, STO transfers and STO Sno-Bus tickets will also be accepted on the Sno-Bus. Children under 12 ride for free. For further transit information or travel planning, call OC Transpo at 613-741-4390 or visit

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into repairing our aging infrastructure and growing our light-rail transit network. Karin Keyes Endemann President, Riverview Park Community Association

â&#x20AC;˘ Dear Editor, In last weekâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s article (Group opposes Alta Vista Corridor Plan, Feb. 3), Alta Vista Ward Coun. Peter Hume claims that the $55 million hospital link road promotes â&#x20AC;&#x153;the greater good of the cityâ&#x20AC;? and that building it is doing â&#x20AC;&#x153;the right thing.â&#x20AC;? Does a 1.2 kilometre road that will cost many times more per kilometre than most six-lane highways promote the greater good of the city? The very expense of this link implies a future investment in a road running the full length of the Alta Vista Transportation Corridor. When you build a commuter road to bring more cars into the city centre, are you doing the right thing? In the interest of the greater good, councillors and Mayor Jim Watson need to remember our Official Planâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s commitment to Smart Growth and cancel the funding for this road. Ottawa needs to start doing the right thing: repairing infrastructure (many projects were put off with this budget), preserving our green spaces and building effective light-rail transit. Sherry McPhail Riverview Park


Dear Editor, Peter Hume is wrong and wasting taxpayersâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; dollars in his advocacy of the proposed Alta Vista Transportation Corridor. He said in your paper, â&#x20AC;&#x153;The opposition to the hospital link is mostly concentrated within the executive of one community association,â&#x20AC;? but I assure you there has been great opposition from the community of Old Ottawa East and elsewhere. How in the world can he conceivably justify the expenditure of $55.5 million for a 1.2 kilometre section of roadway? Advocates of the enormous expenditure say the new route will reduce traffic on Smyth Road and Alta Vista Drive, but surely there are less expensive means of reducing traffic on these routes. As anybody who reads your

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memberships across the City of Ottawa, and are not confined to the borders of the Riverview Park Community Association (RFCA). You may also wish to note that the Ottawa East Community Association joined us in speaking out against the AVTC at the recent Transportation Committee budget consultations on Feb. 3, 2011. The article also adds, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Hume said the other community associations in his ward are supporting the project because they believe in the greater good of the city.â&#x20AC;? In fact, the RPCA idea of the â&#x20AC;&#x153;greater goodâ&#x20AC;? aligns directly with the cityâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s goal of Smart Growth: sustainable transportation which moves people efficiently without adding roads to our already transit-challenged network. It does not include an expensive road which is only the first step in a car-centric solution to traffic problems in Ottawa. Furthermore, the RPCA actively supports sustainable long-term solutions in many other areas outside our boundaries, including the 417 overpass near the train station, the Ottawa East canal footbridge, a more transparent process for Lansdowne Live, the Laurier Avenue segregated bike lane and on-going funding to implement the cityâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s official pedestrian and cycling plans. For the greater good of this beautiful city, we hope Mayor Jim Watson and council will make the difficult decision to scrap this poorly founded plan once and for all. Ottawa needs to invest our scarce resources

Dear Editor, The Riverview Park Community Association (RPCA) appreciates the attention the recent front page article on the Alta Vista Transportation Corridor (AVTC) project drew to this exorbitantly expensive and controversial undertaking. The cost of $55 million for the 1.2 kilometre hospital link works out to twice as much per km as it cost to widen Hwy 401 collector lanes through Toronto (adjusted for inflation) and approximately eight times more per kilometre as the recent twinning of the Sea to Sky Highway in preparation for the 2010 Vancouver Olympics. However, we wish to correct some misperceptions which may have been generated by this article and the quotes attributed to councillor Peter Hume. He states that the opposition to the hospital link â&#x20AC;&#x153;is most concentrated within the executive of one community association.â&#x20AC;? While the RPCA has been a leading critic of the AVTC over the last couple of years, we are not alone. Every other community association in Ottawaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s centre has spoken out against the AVTC over the many years that this has been on the cityâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s books. This includes the community associations of Sandy Hill, Old Ottawa East and Dalhousie as well groups such as the Centre Coalition, Transport 2000, Sierra Club (Ottawa Chapter), Citizens for Healthy Communities and the Federation of Citizens Association. Many of these organizations have


paper knows, Old Ottawa Eastâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Main Street also has a huge amount of traffic from the south but we do not believe building a new four lane road, (i.e. the AVTC) is the way to solve the problem. The proposed transportation corridor will totally isolate the Lees Avenue apartments of Old Ottawa East, destroy some wonderful soccer pitches which are much needed in this city and just dump traffic onto the already excessively busy Queensway, Nicholas, Lees and elsewhere. Some many years ago Toronto had enough sense to stop the Spadina expressway. I sure hope that Ottawans will have enough sense to stop the equally ill-conceived Alta Vista Transportation Corridor. John Dance Old Ottawa East

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Barrhaven girl won’t be charged by the Ottawa police after sending them on a wild goose chase last month to track down an alleged sexual attacker. We need to know why. Police sought the public’s help to find potential witnesses, anyone who had seen suspicious behaviour around the Fallowfield Road park-and-ride, the place where the girl said she was dumped after an assault at gunpoint. The community went into panic mode. Memories of a similar attack on Jennifer Teague have bubbled to the surface. Residents are remembering all too clearly, when she was found dead following her disappearance five years ago. Her attacker is serving life in prison. The details in this latest incident were like those portrayed by a crime writer: a male in his 40s, light brown- or olive-skinned, who spoke English with a French-type accent, approximately five-foot-six, of medium build with a slightly protruding stomach and dark, shaggy ear-length hair. He wore a beige suede coat, blue jeans, black work boots, glasses with thin black rims and a gold wedding band, said the alleged victim. Now, weeks later, police said it didn’t happen

– they couldn’t substantiate it – and charges of mischief won’t be laid. Now the community has changed its focus of anger from the attacker they were ready to tar and feather to the girl who cried wolf… or did she? There are so many questions that are unanswered: Was the false report driven by a personal vendetta or a lovers’ quarrel? Is she mentally unstable? But most importantly to the community, we need answers to two key questions: Why wasn’t the girl charged? And what is the cost to the taxpayer when the police investigate a false claim such as this? A similar incident happened in Hawkesbury when a 15-year-old girl fabricated a story of assault, blamed a boy she went to school with who was subsequently charged. She will appear in court on March 2 to answer to the mischief charges after confessing that it didn’t happen. It makes us wonder why the police won’t elaborate on the specifics of the complex investigation, including the costs to the taxpayers. Doesn’t the public have a right to know? We need answers. Sometimes not knowing only creates more problems.


Future shock: The storm is always bigger before it arrives


eading the newspapers and watching TV, you might get the impression that storms are bigger these days. That’s difficult to know, since these things were not always measured with the precision that they are today. But it’s possible. And it’s also possible that it’s the media, not the storms, that are bigger. Storms are covered like never before, from every angle. CNN has photographs from space; the Weather Network has viewer videos of their driveways and tweets from people who have been looking outside. (The network also briefly turned its screen red, always a thrill.) This all comes from the arrival of 24hour news – all-news channels competing with each other, and news websites doing the same. In the struggle to fill all that time and all that cyberspace, any story can become big big big, and the weather is a perfect topic. The process is particularly evident in the U.S., which doesn’t do very well at dealing with snow but excels at covering it. Last week’s storm was all over the American news networks, and well before it even arrived. It was lucky that the crisis in Egypt received any coverage at all.

CHARLES GORDON Funny Town The storm was expected to impact 100 million people, a headline on CNN said, before it began. This in itself was an upgrade from an earlier headline: “Tens of millions of people will be affected.” Meanwhile, split screens showed various U.S. locations that were already affected, and they all looked like Ottawa on a calm day in early December. “This week’s winter storm could be one for record books,” said a headline, two days before the storm arrived. “Will weather snarl Super Bowl travel?” asked another headline. And just to show that Americans are not alone in fearing the worst, the Toronto Globe and Mail headlined: “Southern Ontario braces for a snowy slammer.” There is an important journalistic principle at play here, which is that you can produce much better headlines


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hree years ago, I knew nothing about finances. Every time I heard the term registered retirement savings plan,(RRSP), I wanted to run for the hills and scratch my eyeballs out. But there’s something new and alluring in our Canadian financial planning tool box that changed my mind: tax-free savings accounts, also known as TFSAs. If financial acronyms make you yawn and want to turn the page, please try to restrain yourself for a moment because I think TFSAs are going to turn you on. These sexy little savings accounts were introduced by the federal government three years ago on the brink of recession to encourage Canadians to sock away a bit more of their disposable income. Unlike RRSPs, TFSAs are simple and accessible. And for low-to-medium income earners – which are most of us – they’re a great alternative to stashing cash under the mattress, better than RRSPs, in fact. RRSPs, as you probably comprehend by now, are a way of deferring taxes. But RRSPs only work to your advantage if you save while you’re in a high income tax bracket and withdraw when you are in a low income tax bracket. For anyone who is low income – those on maternity leave, recently graduated or in the early days of a new business, for example – RRSPs are, frankly, a bit of a rip-off. Yes, you defer the tax, but you may end up paying more tax when you withdraw the money in your retirement.

Still, we would all like to save a bit of money for a rainy day, or say, for our pensions (because secretly we have an inkling that the Canada Pension Plan will spontaneously combust before we ever get our hands on it). And that’s where the TFSA comes in. The TFSA is basically a savings account where all interest earned is tax free. If I put $5,000 into my TFSA and invest it into nice, safe, guaranteed investment certificates, (GICs), and earn a modest two per cent this year on my investment (around $100), I don’t have to give the government a percentage of the $100 I earned. And if I were a riskier investor who put the $5,000 of my TFSA into stocks and doubled my money, I would make $5,000 in investment income and I still wouldn’t have to pay the government a penny. Put simply, TFSAs are a great way to shelter investment earnings that you may be saving for retirement. But they’re also a great way to save money in the short term. Unlike with RRSPs, I’ve already paid tax on the money I put into my TFSA, so I can access it whenever I want without penalty. TFSAs are great for me as a small business owner. I regularly have to hold money in trust that will ultimately be turned over to the government – such as my income tax, CPP contributions and the harmonized sales tax (HST) I collect. Well, why not make a bit of money on it? Case in point: I recently purchased threemonth-term GICs within my TFSA. Between now and April, I can make a bit of money on my investment, grow my TFSA, and withdraw what I owe to the government at the end of 90 days. If you’ve filed a personal income tax return for the past three years, you currently have $15,000 worth of tax-free savings room available to you. I say go for it, if for no other reason than TFSAs are pretty damned sexy. I, for one, am totally sold.


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Girl, 7, reunited with lifesaving paramedic team EDDIE RWEMA

A seven-year-old North Gower girl got a chance on Feb. 4 to personally thank the three paramedics who saved her life The three Ottawa-based Ornge paramedics, Marcie Beaudoin, Patrick Auger, and John Holbrook, airlifted Victoria Wilson by helicopter to the Children’s Hospital of Eastern Ontario after what initially looked like a simple playground accident back in October took a turn for the worse. Victoria had been playing in the yard at her school when she suffered a head injury. She was taken to emergency, where she was diagnosed with a concussion and sent home by the attending physician. But by the next morning, Victoria was complaining of a headache and her parents called 911. The local EMS team determined that she had suffered a much more serious injury. As her heart rate began to slow and she became increasingly unresponsive, the Ornge paramedics were called in to airlift Victoria to CHEO. “It is very hard to put it into words how we were feeling, especially when it is your child and the dire situation she was in,” said Roger Wilson, Victoria’s father. “It is good to be able to meet the people


that helped save my daughter. Without their services and abilities it might have been a very different situation” According to Ornge paramedics, Wilson’s heart had been damaged and her lung had filled with fluid. A subsequent CT scan would reveal that she was suffering from a broken bone in her temple, which had cut an artery and was causing blood to pool inside her brain. “She had all sorts of issues. We had to put an airway into her, and ventilate her to make sure her oxygen levels were adequate,” said Auger. “Her condition was critical ... at that point you are dealing with minutes.” Once at CHEO, Victoria underwent emergency brain surgery to remove a blood clot that was causing her to suffer mini-strokes. She survived her ordeal, and after two more emergency operations, she is finally recovering at home. “Recovery has been amazing, she is doing very well” said Victoria’s mother, Susie Wilson. “She still has a weakness on her left hand, her RMI has come back really good, her heart has healed completely and she is doing really well” A not-for-profit, charitable organization, Ornge is responsible for operations including the contracting of flight service providers, medical oversight of all transport medicine paramedics, and screening all transfers of patients between hospitals in Ontario.


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Ornge critical care flight paramedics Patrick Auger, left, John Holbrook and Marcie Beaudoin meet with Victoria Wilson and her father Roger only months after the team airlifted the 7-year-old to CHEO, saving her life after she injured her head during a playground accident.

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“Today, our own children and grandchildren are using Y services,” adds Keith. “We hope our support will ensure that quality programming continues to be available to the whole community.” The family-owned Taggart Group, founded in 1948, has worked on numerous road, sewage and building development projects in Ottawa during the past 60-plus years. The Taggart Family Y will feature new kids, youth and family zones, modernized fitness facilities with state-of-theart equipment, expanded child care, a refurbished aquatics centre, revitalized squash and racquetball courts, and some new learning and skills acquisition spaces, among others. “We are grateful to the Taggart Family for this historic gift,” said Nancy CookJohnson, chairwoman of the Y’s board of directors. “From the start, they have given outstanding leadership to the campaign. Their gift is a true reflection of their commitment to the Y.” The National Capital Region YMCAYWCA is a charitable association dedicated to improving the quality of life for children, youth, adults and families through programs that build spirit, mind and body.

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After nearly 35 years of dedication to youth crime prevention a Canterbury-area resident has been awarded Ontario’s highest honour. Louise Logue, an expert adviser in the field of crime prevention, youth intervention and criminal diversion was among 30 people named to the order for their contributions to the arts, justice, science, medicine, history, politics, philanthropy, and the environment on Jan.27. “It is a great honour, and one that I will cherish forever,” said Logue. As an board member and adviser to numerous youth service agencies in Ottawa, Logue has advocated for youth and families in need of timely and meaningful services. “For close to 35 years I have worked to ensure every child is blessed with at least one parent that cares, that a child has a right to a dream, have hopes and right to education,” she said. Soon after graduating from nursing school in 1977, Logue started working with at-risk youth in a variety of settings.

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Since 1991, Supreme courts in Ontario and Quebec rely on Louise Logue’s expertise in the field of behavioural pharmacology. In 1992, she joined the Ottawa Police Services and became the co-ordinator of youth intervention and diversion where she developed strategies for youth in conflict with the law. “While with police, I helped develop a risk assessment screening tools and trained police officers on how to be able to identify the risk factors that lead kids towards crime. “The instrument allows officers to identify kids that are at risk or in danger of pre-offending and get them services that they need.”

In addition to her professional achievements, Logue has raised her two sons as a single parent, one who is currently a lawyer and the other a police officer. “This award means a lot to me, my family and community. To be able to be of service to my community means I have to have a strong family unit and support which my family and community have generously given me.” Previously, Logue has been recognized as a pioneer in youth intervention and acknowledged for her deep compassion for the welfare of young. In 2007, Louise was the recipient of the Governor General of Canada’s Order of Merit of the Police Forces and last October, Logue was appointed as a justice of the peace. “To have a community as beautiful as Ottawa (that) is always willing to engage, I learned a lot and that prepared me for who I would become one day and I always wanted to become a justice of the peace,” Logue noted. The Order of Ontario was created in 1986 to “recognize Ontario residents who have achieved the highest level of individual excellence and achievement in any field.”

ACORN offers free tax clinics MICHELLE NASH

Ottawa’s Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now is getting ready to offer free tax clinics that area set to begin on Feb.7 for families of low to moderate incomes. This is the third year the organization, known as ACORN, has offered this service. In 2010, they helped over 660 low income individuals file their 2009 tax returns. The service also offers help in filling back returns as well. ACORN hopes this service will help low income families realize the best tax return possible. ACORN volunteer Wayne Mahoney wants to make sure as many people as possible find out about this free service. “We have found that people who are low income haven’t heard about us and this time around we wanted to make sure people knew who we were and the kind of free services that we offer,” Mahoney said. ACORN estimates the service has saved clients close to $113,000. Recently retired, this will be the first year that Mahoney will be using the service.

“I was happy to hear about it myself. Over the past years I have spent close to $200 dollars every year and it will be great to save that money this year,” Mahoney added. “It is important that we get the word out for those who need it.” About two years ago, Andrea Thomas, a single parent of three, discovered the ACORN service. She had spent hundreds of dollars in the past getting her taxes prepared. “It is great that it is a free service. You don’t have to go to far from your home,” Thomas said. Thomas now volunteers with ACORN to help book appointments. She tries to volunteer every day, whether it is in the office or handing out flyers, which something she can do with her kids. ACORN hopes services such as these help change some low income people’s situation one dollar at a time. “Book as soon as possible because the spaces have been filling up pretty quickly,” Mahoney said. The clinic is booking appointments now and will open their clinic to the public on Feb. 7 and the clinic will run until May 21.

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DAN PLOUFFE Around 50 athletes, coaches and officials from Ottawa are set to take off for the 2011 Canada Winter Games in Nova Scotia Feb. 11-27 and a big chunk of them will be carrying ringette sticks. Five out of the 16 players on Team Ontario’s playing roster – plus two more alternates – are from the area and will compete in a seven-day tournament during the first week of the Games. “I’m definitely excited, and nervous for the girls,” says Carrie Lugg, an Ontario assistant coach and Canterbury High School grad. “The hours and hard work they put in is all coming together now. It’s been a really long road for them.”

It’s taken countless hours and many, many years for the under20 ringette athletes to reach the Canada Winter Games level. The Team Ontario selection process began around a year-and-a-half ago, with the players training together on a few occasions in the summer months and multiple times since the season kicked off in the fall. Team Ontario attended preparatory Challenge Cup competitions in Calgary and Pickering, Ont., where they played Alberta in both finals, winning once and losing the other. “I think everyone goes in with the intention of going for gold, and that’s definitely ours,” notes Lugg, Glebe Collegiate Institute grad Alex Bateman, who’s scored 16

goals and 16 assists in 17 games playing in the National Ringette League this season, has the potential to be a major star at the games – a fact no one knows better than Lugg, who plays alongside Bateman with the Ottawa Ice. “It’s funny – we’re teammates on one team and then I coach her on the other,” Lugg smiles. “She’s definitely a strong leader and doesn’t need the ‘C’ to get her message across.” John McCrae Secondary School grad Kelsey Youldon, a Wilfrid Laurier University student who plays for the NRL’s Waterloo Wildfire, also figures to play a prominent role as another experienced member of Team Ontario, while St. Patrick’s student Kali MacAdam, St. Joseph grad Natalie Crouch and

Ashbury College student Sarah Gross represent some of the squad’s younger talent. The Gloucester Concordes are also sending an astonishing nine out of 18 Team Ontario athletes to compete in short- and longtrack speedskating at the games. Coach Lynne Morrison will lead a group that includes Concordes club members Julien Collin-Demers, Vincent De Haitre, Camille Bean, Hannah Morrison, Philippe Bergeron, Emily Rendell-Watson, Isabelle Weidemann, Gabrielle St-Germain and Cambridge’s Keri Morrison. Other Ottawa-area athletes competing are: curlers Lauren Horton, Cassandra Lewin, Andrea Sinclair and Jessica Armstrong, Andrew Bursey (biathlon), Daxxon Gill (wheelchair

basketball), James Pintea (table tennis), Philippe Aurora (boxing), Nicholas Baptiste (hockey), Brad Barker (alpine skiing), Kathleen Connelly (alpine skiing guide), Oliver Gervais (short-track speedskating), Samantha Glavine (figure skating), Margarita Gorbounova (crosscountry skiing), John Kirby (cross-country skiing guide), Quincy Korte-King (snowboarding), Vesta Mather (cross-country skiing guide), Lisa Nasu-Yu (figure skating), Erikka Niemi (biathlon), Joseph Rogers (badminton), Alana Thomas (crosscountry skiing) and Shannon Zheng (table tennis). More than 2,700 athletes will compete in 20 sports at this year’s games, which are held every four years.

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“The quality is going to be very good,” said Lianos. He added that this is yet another opportunity for the players to receive exposure to both professional and college scouts. The ’95 girls’ team recently participated in the Disney’s Soccer Showcase tournament in Florida in late December, which also attracts top teams from Canada, the United States and Europe. Both teams compete locally in the Ontario Soccer League. Registration is currently underway at Ottawa South United, and tryouts for the Force Academy teams as well as the club’s other competitive teams get underway on Feb. 14 at the

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There’s a wide array of Valentine’s Day dinner options for every taste and budget. Prix fixe menus range from $35 for two people to $85 each, and you can get everything from comfort food to gourmet cuisine by some of Ottawa’s best-known chefs. Among these offerings: Executive Chef Michael Hay of Courtyard Restaurant will be featuring a 65$ prix-fixe menu that includes such delicacies as Fois Gras Torchon, Champagne Sorbet, Grilled Beef Tenderloin and Goat’s Cheese Cheesecake. Kinki’s $75 menu includes Lobster Bisque and Green Tea Rack of Lamb, while at Stella Osteria you can taste Fried Quail and Caramelized Seabass in their $75 menu. These are just examples of the many Valentine’s dinner options available in the ByWard Market – for more options and details, please visit

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We are pleased to announce the appointment of Janet Lucas to the position of Distribution Operations Manager for the Ottawa division of Metroland Media effective immediately. In this capacity Janet will be responsible for overseeing all aspects of the Ottawa Region which will include Circulation and Manufacturing. Janet brings to the role over 16 years experience in community newspapers. Janet began her career with Metroland Media in our Kwartha region from 1994 until 2007 and then moved on to become the Distribution Manager for the Halifax Daily/Weekly News. Everyone at Metroland Media wishes Janet great success in her new role, as she looks forward to further serving the great communities of the entire Ottawa and Valley Regions. Congratulations Janet! Elliot Tremblay Director of Distribution/Circulation

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Two more Ottawa South United academy teams will be blazing trails for the city soccer scene in April when the club’s ’95 and ’96 girls’ squads travel to Texas to take part in the inaugural Dallas International Girls Cup. Coming on the heels on an announcement that a pair of the club’s Force Academy boys’ teams have been invited to take part in the prestigious Dallas Cup alongside some of the top youth teams in the world, the latest announcement adds another feather to OSU’s cap. “The fact that it’s being run by the Dallas Texans, which is the No. 1 (youth) club in the United States, the fact that Nike is sponsoring it – it’s a big deal,” said Ottawa South United general manager Jim Lianos. The tournament, which runs from April 19 to 25, will feature clubs such as Eclipse Select Soccer Club based in Libertyville, Illinois, the Colorado Storm, FC Dallas, the Alberta Soccer Association provincial team, Crewe Alexandra ladies FC as well as teams from Norway and Denmark.


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City starts preventative removal of 700 ash trees MICHELLE NASH

The city began the removal of more than 700 ash trees on Feb. 3 to help stall the spread of the emerald ash borer. The ash borer is an insect native to eastern Asia and was first discovered in Ottawa in 2008. The city of Ottawa implemented an ash borer management study to treat and remove infected trees. To date, at least 500 trees have been protected with TreeAzin, the inoculation registered for control in Canada. The removal of the trees must happen during the winter when the insect is dormant. At a inoculation and removal demonstration on an ash-tree-lined street in the east end, River Ward Coun. Maria McRae, chairwoman of the environmental services committee said the city will try to save as many trees as they can, but in some cases the infestation of the ash borer has become too severe. “The bottom line is that we can try to save the tree for a short period of time, but at the end of the day it is very likely that every single ash tree that is affected with this in the city will

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Jason Pollard, a forester with the city of Ottawa, demonstrates what an infected ash tree looks like as the city began the removal of close to 700 trees starting on Feb. 3. have to be taken down,” she said. The infected trees have been marked and homeowners who have an ash tree on their property were informed by the city of the potential removal or treatments of the trees. Close to

700 trees will be removed from 23 different areas in the city. In 2010, the city removed 150 trees. Since then, the infestation has grown worse and the city has seen the need to combat the issue aggressively.

Bicycle-share program on the rocks LAURA MUELLER

The cities of Ottawa and Gatineau are expected to put the brakes on the National Capital Commission’s plan to create a bicycle-sharing program. Ottawa city hall staffers are planning to recommend against pitching in to set up the program, according to transportation committee chairwoman Marianne Wilkinson. The Kanata North councillor said there is little support for the multi-million dollar cost of setting up the program, which the NCC hoped to start this spring. The service would allow people to rent a bike for short periods or buy a subscription to use the service on a monthly or yearly basis. Five hundred bicycles were to be available at stations around the capital region, mainly in downtown, and the bikes could be returned to any location. The program was meant to “lay the groundwork for a broader, more progressive initiative” to promote environmentally sustainable transportation in the capital, an NCC spokesperson said in December. A 2009 feasibility study found the capital cost to purchase the bicycles and set up the service could be between $3 and $3.9 million. That cost was to be shared between the NCC, Ottawa and Gatineau, NCC spokeswoman Jasmine Leduc said. But Gatineau has already pulled out of the plan, Wilkinson said, and Ottawa will

likely do the same. “There is a recommendation that we not go ahead with that because the costs have skyrocketed,” Wilkinson said. “Staff are saying we cannot go ahead with it under the current proposal.” She said council had originally been told the cost to set up the program would be about $500,000 for the city’s share, but that estimate had gone up into the millions of dollars. Ottawa city staff will bring a recommendation to the city’s transportation committee, likely at its next meeting, Wilkinson said. If councillors support that recommendation, it will mean the city won’t provide funding at this time, she said. There is no money earmarked for the project in the city’s draft 2011 budget, which the transportation committee signed off on last week. Council is set to approve the final budget at the beginning of March. “(The) final decision to go forward this year with bike share among all parties has not yet been reached,” city spokeswoman Jocelyne Turner said in an email. Also, no final decision has been made on which projects will be given money from a $2 million “strategic initiatives” funding program, she added. Leduc said the NCC’s negotiations about the project with Ottawa and Gatineau are ongoing. “This is still a priority for the NCC,” she said. “It’s still premature to talk about Plan B.”

Jason Pollard, who works with the city of Ottawa’s forestry services, said the important thing is to continue to plant new trees so when the time comes to remove the ash tree, there will still be a tree left standing.

“We would like to encourage residents to look into tree planting,” Pollard said. The city has been inter-planting as they get prepared to take down some of the ash trees, planting a maturing tree alongside the distressed ash tree. Pollard said forest services has estimated it will cost $1.2 million dollars to re-plant the affected areas. Four community associations in the Rideau-Rockcliffe area plan on working together to save their ash trees. Headed by Lindenlea’s community association member Dean Frank, the associations want to get a group rate to inoculate the ash trees with the TreeAzin. “We want to save as many trees as we can for as many years as we can,” Frank said. Alta-Vista councillor Peter Hume was impressed by the Rideau-Rockcliffe community association’s initiative. “Bravo to them. That is the kind of citizen engagement we need to help fight this issue.” Hume’s ward has 111 identified ash trees which may be removed. Hume plans on speaking with the association in his ward to also try to save some trees.


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Members of the Ottawa Jr. Senators look on as they wait for play to resume during their game on Feb. 5 against the Cumberland Grads at the Jim Durrell Complex. The Grads won the game 3-1.

Playoff push stutters as Jr. Sens fall to Grads MATTHEW JAY

After picking up points in their previous four games, including a 6-1 win over league-leaders Cornwall on Jan. 29, the stage was set for the Ottawa Jr. Senators to pick up two more when the second-frombottom Cumberland Grads paid a visit to the Jim Durrell Complex on Feb. 5. But in the Central Canada Junior Hockey League, where little separates teams outside the top three of Cornwall, Pembroke and Brockville, it’s never quite so simple and a stale effort from the home team saw the Grads walk away 3-1 winners. “In this league, any team can beat any team. That was a prime example tonight,” said the Jr. Senators captain, defenceman Liam Burtt. “When you play the bottomfeeders, you’ve got to get those points and we’re not.” Ottawa lost 3-2 after a shootout the previous night in Kemptville to the 73’s, another team in the hunt for a playoff berth. “We lost to Kemptville, we lost to Cumberland and it just seems that we’re playing down to their level,” said Burtt. Jr. Senators coach Peter Howes said he was disappointed with his team’s efforts to pick up points in the playoff race with only 10 games remaining. Ottawa is two points behind Kanata for the final CCHL playoff spot, but have lost one of their games in hand on the Blazers. “I give (Cumberland) credit – they came with energy,” said Howes. “But you know what? We didn’t. Two nights in a row we didn’t.” Play swung back and forth during the opening period, with both teams creating odd-man rushes, but not seeing many good scoring opportunities until the Grads broke the deadlock with 4:30 remaining as Fabian Walsh notched his 20th goal of the season. Cumberland increased their lead just over a minute into the second when de-

fenceman Jacob Lewis scored his sixth of the season. After the goal, the Grads took control of the game, penning Ottawa in its own end for much of the period. Even when the Jr. Senators were handed a series of three powerplay opportunities later in the second, they couldn’t find a way past Cumberland goalie Robin Billingham until 1:01 into the third when Jr. Senators defenceman Owen Werthner clawed back a goal for the home side, his fourth goal of the season. Ottawa pressed on for a tying goal, but the Grads sealed the game midway through the period when Cumberland forward Ben Hartley was wide open the right of Eddie Zdolshek’s net and slotted home a rebound for his third goal of the season. Ottawa continued pressing and had a couple of gilt-edged chances from forward Joey House turned aside by Billingham, but a comeback wasn’t in the cards for the Jr. Senators. Ottawa had a few days to recharge before they were to face the Smiths Falls Bears at home on Feb. 9. Despite their tepid play the past two games, Burtt remains confident the Jr. Senators can push on to a playoff berth. “We have a very good chance. Smiths Falls seems to be sliding; we’ve got a couple of games in hand. If we just start getting points, even if we go to overtime and get one point, we should be fine. Kanata’s playing well, Kemptville’s playing well, but it’s probably going to come down to the last week of the season.” If they’re going to make it in to the final eight, Ottawa will have to see a return to form from their top three scorers Conor Brown, Drew Anderson and Dalen Hedges. The trio has only one goal between them in the past four games. The Jr. Senators will play the Hawkesbury Hawks at home on Feb. 12 before travelling to Cumberland on Feb. 15 for a rematch against the Grads.

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• JAN. 31 TO FEB. 21 Toddlertime at the Alta Vista branch of the Ottawa Public Library. Stories, rhymes and songs for babies and a parent or caregiver. Ages 1835 months. Mondays at 10:30 a.m. (30 min.)

• FEB. 1 TO 22 Storytime at the Alta Vista Branch of the Ottawa Public Library, 2516 Alta Vista. Stories and rhymes and songs for preschoolers and a parent or caregiver. Ages 3-6. (Bilingual) Tuesdays at 10:30 a.m. (45 min.) 613-737-2837

• FEB. 13 Heaven and Earth will perform spiritual Tibetan music in tune with singing bowls, bells and gongs on Sunday, Feb. 13 from 7 to 8 p.m. at The Garden of Light, 1099 Bank St. (near Sunnyside). The concert is free of charge, but space limited. Please call 613-680-5727 to reserve your place. Valentine Dessert/Card Party at St. Ignatius Martyr Parish, located at 518 Donald St. The party will go from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Delicious desserts, fun card games and lots of prizes. Tickets are $5 at the door and there is plenty of free parking. For more information contact 613-748-6093 Come out to the Eastview Branch of the Royal Canadian Legion, 294 Cyr Avenue. Weekend entertainment includes The Ladies’ Auxiliary Valentine’s Dance with Al Visser on Friday, February 11 from 8 PM to Midnight, and Terry McCann on Saturday, February 12 from 7 to 11 PM and on Sunday, February 13 from 4 to 8 PM. Free Admission. For more information, contact the Branch at 613-741-9539.

• FEB. 16 Heritage Ottawa’s Sixth Annual Bob and Mary Anne Phillips Memorial Lecture: Changing Ap-

proaches to Theory and Practice in the Conservation Field: A Willowbank Perspective starting at 7 p.m. The event will take place at the Old Firehall, 260 Sunnyside Ave., east of Bank St. The Willowbank School in Niagara-on-the-Lake offers a new direction for professional training in conservation. Julian Smith will discuss the school’s philosophy and its use of a cultural landscape framework to shape emerging trends in the conservation field. Free admission. This lecture will be in English. For more information contact 613-230-8841 or www.

• FEB. 20 At 12:30 p.m., Cathedral Arts will present Dr. Karolyn Smardz Frost, award-winning archaeologist and historian at a Luncheon Lecture. Her talk, “Steal Away Home”, is taken from the title of her upcoming book, “Steal Away Home: Letters to a Fugitive Slave”. Coro Vivo Ottawa ( director Antonio Llaca) presents Armonia Rinascimentale: European Madrigals from the Renaissance era. Sunday February 20, 2011 at 2:00 p.m. Tabaret Hall, University of Ottawa, 550 Cumberland St. Adults $15, free for children 14 and under. Tickets available at Leading Note, at the door or by calling 613-841-3902

• FEB. 21 The First Annual Rainbow Family Day has activities for the whole family including a pancake breakfast and interactive family entertainment by Company of Fools, Salamander Theatre, Dr Kaboom’s Mini Mobile Circus, Future Shock, and many more local artists. The event will also feature an outdoor family skate with the Tim Horton’s/Rogers TV Community Cruiser, a family swim, outdoor activities and giveaways for dogs in the local dog park sponsored by Wagmore, family portraits and event photography by Natalie Lyle Photography. The event goes from10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Jack Purcell Community Centre 320 Jack Purcell Lane (off Elgin St. at Lewis).

Traffic, safety concerns raised From LAURIER page 1 Representatives from a number of hotels in the area, including the Lord Elgin and Hotel Indigo, also wanted to keep the parking. Dan Smythe, who represents the Lord Elgin Hotel, among other hotels, suggested the bike lane would cause a backup in bus traffic in front of the hotels, potentially even impacting bus routes along Wellington Avenue. Many of the people who spoke out against the bicycle lane worried that it wouldn’t make cyclists safer, and could put them in danger. “This project isn’t about safety, it’s about perceived safety,” said Eric Wright of Responsible Cycling Coalition, who argued that efforts would be better spent on educating cyclists and drivers on how to share the road. Other cycling groups, such as Citizens for Safe Cycling, argued the bike lane is a good idea. While Alex deVries, the group’s vice president, originally wanted to see a bike lane on Somerset Street, he now says Laurier is a better option because there are no buses, which makes it safer. Charles Akben-Marchand, former president of Citizens for Safe Cycling and the

current president of the Centretown Citizens Community Association, is against segregated bike lanes in general, but said the plan makes sense for Laurier. He urged councillors to be bold and try out the lane because the benefits will be obvious once it is in place. “It can make cycling in this city enjoyable instead of a battle with traffic,” said Akben-Marchand, one the few who cycled to the meeting on a day when 15 centimetres of snow fell on the city. The bicycle lane will lead to more traffic congestion, said Colin Simpson, the city’s senior manager of transportation planning, but the impact will be minor. It takes about 4.5 minutes to drive that section of Laurier now, and the addition of a bicycle lane could tack 30 seconds onto that trip. That traffic congestion actually makes conditions on Laurier “textbook perfect” for a bike lane, Simpson said. Vehicles move slowly, only about 30 to 45 km/h. The sidewalks are lined with pedestrians; in fact, there are likely more pedestrians than vehicles on Laurier, which leads city staff to believe there would be even more cyclists if there was a safer option for them.





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If you are an outgoing, service oriented individual with a professional attitude we welcome you to apply for the following positions for the upcoming golf season: • Cooks, lounge staff, beverage cart servers • Tournament Organizer • Pro shop assistants, driving range/ cart pen maintenance, player’s assistants • Grounds maintenance, day & night watermen – general equipment maintenance would be an asset • Cleaning staff All positions are seasonal, full or part time. Experience is an asset but not essential. Interviews begin the first week in March. Only those being considered for the positions will be contacted. 1717 Bear Hill Rd. Carp, Ontario K0A 1L0 Email: Fax: (613) 839-7773


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WE APPRECIATE OUR SCHOOL BUS DRIVERS Now hiring steady part-time, especially covering routes in West Carleton, Kanata, Stittsville, Richmond, Barrhaven and Bells Corners. We provide free training and a generous training allowance. Call: 613-688-0653 E-mail:

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