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CENTRAL EDITION: Serving The Glebe, Alta Vista, Elmvale Acres, Mooney’s Bay and surrounding communities Year 1, Issue 18

February 24, 2011 | 28 Pages

TRANSIT OVERHAUL Beyond just axing bus routes, the City of Ottawa’s transit commission is looking at a complete overhaul of routes – and that might mean more walking for riders.


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GONE TO MARKET A Greely farmer will be taking on the challenge of ensuring the Ottawa Farmers’ Market’s future at Lansdowne Park.


Ottawa Jr. Senators forward battles with defenceman Stephen Farrell of the four-time defending CCHL champion Pembroke Lumber Kings at the Jim Durrell Complex on Feb. 16. Pembroke won the game 4-1. For the full story, turn to page 19.

Seeing double on Nepean Street LAURA MUELLER

RIGHT TO PLAY Local Olympic medallist Kristina Groves speaks about the healing power of sport.


A development on Nepean Street will “embrace height” as it maxes out the limits of how tall a downtown building can be. At the same time, the developer, Claridge Homes, is catching the community off-guard by doubling its proposal – it now plans to build two 27-storey towers instead of one. That was the shock Centretown Citizens Community Association president Charles Akben-Marchand got when he looked over a rezoning application that the city’s planning committee was set to review on Feb. 22 (after Ottawa This Week’s press deadline). “We said one tower on a site this size is

not a reasonable decision,” he said. “This is the first I’ve seen of this (the second tower).” The report on the rezoning for 89 and 91 Nepean St. includes comments from Somerset Ward Coun. Diane Holmes and Akben-Marchand on behalf of the CCCA on the single-tower, but it also shows a view of the condo tower attached to another tower development that faces Gloucester Street. While the two projects – 89-91 Nepean St. and 70 Gloucester St., which was only added recently – could be developed separately, the plan is to connect them so they can share amenities such as parking, said Miguel Tremblay, a planner from FoTenn consulting who is working on the projects on behalf of Claridge Homes. “What’s going to planning committee is just completely confusing,” Akben-March-

and added. Claridge will still have to submit a separate application to rezone the Gloucester site. Holmes said the rezoning proposal is confusing because it only include part of the planned final development. “This should have been slowed down,” Holmes said. “We should have been able to say ‘Let’s wait while we get this other rezoning and it can all be done as one package to planning committee.’ That would have been more useful. I think it would have been more understandable to everyone and clearer to everyone.” But she said provincial regulations on how quickly rezoning applications have to be dealt with forced the city into this “ridiculous situation.” See CONDO on page 7

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Suburban bus users, get ready to walk Overhaul of OC Transpo routes will mean fewer stops and more walking

Riders should prepare for sweeping changes as OC Transpo looks at overhauling almost 200 bus routes across the city. But unlike in the past, the city isn’t just taking a transit map and slashing routes, said OC Transpo general manager Alain Mercier. The company is building a better system that everyone has reasonable access to, he said. For some residents, particularly those in the suburbs, that will likely mean more walking. Mayor Jim Watson pledged to save $22 million by next year on transit by cutting out “milk runs,” and the business plan OC Transpo revealed to the city’s transit commission on Feb. 16 proposed just that. The preliminary plan proposes 47 routes that will either be eliminated or consolidated. Merging routes 63 and 64 in Kanata, for example, could save the city $175,000 a year. Inefficient neighbourhood loops could be cut from 10 suggested routes. Making route 18 in Overbrook take a more direct route could save $184,000 each year, for instance. That will also help alleviate the costly problem of empty buses driving around the city, said Gloucester-Southgate Coun. Diane Deans, chairwoman of the transit commission. The city could also reduce the off-peak hours for certain routes. In all, only 60 of OC Transpo’s routes will remain untouched or could be enhanced. But those 60 routes represent about 90 per cent of transit trips that will remain the same as they are now after the transit map changes. For the routes that will change, Mercier indicated it would likely mean some riders will have to walk longer distances to get to their bus stops. Right now, 98 per cent of Ottawa residents live within 400 metres, or a five-minute walk, from their stop. The changes

ROUTE CHANGES Elimination of duplication and consolidation of routes Routes 3, 4, 5, 6, 16, 23, 32, 34, 39, 40, 43, 57, 62, 63, 64, 65, 85, 88, 101, 111, 112, 115, 116, 117, 125, 130, 131, 133, 141, 142, 143, 144, 150, 151, 154, 155, 156, 158, 160, 165, 166, 168, 182, 188, 190, 191, and 316

Removal of inefficient local loops Routes 5, 18, 31, 37, 101, 102, 179, 221, 231, and 283

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A significant overhaul is in store for many OC Transpo routes in an effort to save the city $22 million.

Reduce service for low-ridership routes or parts of routes Routes 103, 116, 127, 136, 137, 140, 143, 145, 147, 149, 152, 153, 161, 163, 165, 167, 171, 174, 175, 178, and 306, and certain sections of Routes 5, 6, 9, 12, 16, 18, 40, 82, 97, 105, 106, 115, 120, 121, 125, 129, 131, 151, 154, 156, 166, 169, 190, 191, 192, 197, and 232

Unchanged or improved routes The O-Train and routes 1, 2, 7, 8, 14, 15, 20, 21, 22, 24, 27, 33, 35, 38, 60, 61, 66, 67, 68, 69, 70, 71, 73, 76, 77, 86, 87, 94, 95, 96, 98, 99, 114, 118, 122, 123, 124, 126, 128, 135, 146, 148, 157, 164, 170, 172, 173, 176, 177, 183, 184, 186, 187, 189, 194, 199, 245, 261, 262, and 263

could push that to 800 m, or 10 minutes, for many users. A recent summary of an American Public Transit Association review found that the city is over-serviced by transit, and if the city doesn’t cut back on funding the system’s operations, it will show up on tax bills. “It’s all about living within our means,” Deans said. The proposed changes would save $145 million over six years. Mercier confirmed that Knoxdale-Merivale Coun. Keith Egli was on the right track when he commented that it seemed tran-

sit users in suburban wards would end up having the longest walks to a bus stop. For seniors, and particularly in the winter, that’s not acceptable, said Kanata North Coun. Marianne Wilkinson. “It’s a fairly lengthy way for some people to handle, but we do have to optimize our system because costs are getting out of control,” she said. Controversial routes being examined include the 5 in the city’s east end and the 65 Express route from Kanata. “The 65 Express route would cause a lot of concern to a lot of people, because the express routes are the ones people depend on to get to work,” Wilkinson said. There will likely be less impact on riders in the city’s core, said the only urban ward councillor on the transit commission, Beacon Hill-Cyrville Coun. Tim Tierney. “I’ve looked at my ward and there doesn’t seem to be too much of an impact in that area,” he said. “The same can’t be said for Orleans or Cumberland. The city will also be upgrading its bus fleet over time, including adding 75 double-decker buses by 2016, which will save around $10 million. More detail on potential route cutbacks and changes will be presented to the transit commission on March 23, and the public will have a chance to comment at a series of public meetings between that date and April 7.

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First Avenue JKs moving to Mutchmor EDDIE RWEMA

Junior kindergarten students from First Avenue Public School will be redirected to Mutchmor Public School come September as a short-term solution to the overcrowding issues plaguing area schools. That would mean sending JKs a kilometre away down the road. The staff recommended plan, that would see JK students bused out of their designated school area, was passed at an Ottawa Carleton District School Board a special committee meeting on Feb. 17. The plan was to be voted on by trustees on Tuesday, Feb 22. Staff recommended the plan in a bid to address overcrowding at First Avenue, which was built to hold 400 students, but now has more than 550 students. Several schools in neighbourhoods across the city, including the Glebe, Old Ottawa South, Centretown and Kanata, are faced with overcrowding problem. “I supported the staff ’s rec-

ommendation with some reluctance,” said zone 9 Trustee Rob Campbell. “I am not terribly enthusiastic about it. My problem, I guess, was that I couldn’t think of a better recommendation.” Campbell said he wants to make sure there is good communication in place with affected families and would like to see extra funding for transportation to ensure a smooth transition. Some of the accommodation pressures come from popular French immersion programs at First Avenue and Hopewell Avenue Public Schools. Karyn Carty Ostafichuk, manager of planning at the board, told those present at the meeting that moving the JK students to Mutchmor would reduce immediate accommodation pressures at First Avenue and minimize overall student disruption. Sean and Tara Lynch are thinking of moving their children to a different school or board if the proposed plan is approved. “If the board was serious about planning and putting something in place to alleviate

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Sean Lynch, has sons in junior kindergarten and Grade 1 at First Avenue. Their three-year-old daughter will be starting junior kindergarten in September. the population pressure for the school, there should have been discussions engaged long before June last year,” said Sean Lynch, who has who has sons in junior kindergarten and Grade 1 at First Avenue. Their threeyear-old daughter will be starting junior kindergarten in September. “Our daughter thought she is starting school with her two brothers. She is very much looking forward to it.” He thinks the impact would be much less on the older grades.

“I just think it is lack of leadership, lack of planning and it has greatly impacted us in a negative way,” Lynch said. Many parents in the area have also raised concerns on the impact the transfer will have on child daycare and family schedules. First Avenue currently houses the Glebe parent’s daycare, which provides services to 50 children. “This is adding transitions for children who are just starting school,” said Lisa Lange, co-ordinator of Glebe parent’s

daycare. She said their first concern is the impact moving JK to Mutchmor will have on the families and the daycare centre. “A serious concern for us is the amount of time we will have to prepare our children, our parents and staff so that we can actually implement our programming so that it doesn’t negatively impact them,” she said. Lange thinks targeting three and four-year-old children doesn’t really make a good solution to overcrowding. “For us the option would have been to look at the older children who are more developmentally prepared for change as opposed to the young ones who are more vulnerable,” she said. The trustees also approved a staff recommendation for a review of seven area schools in order to develop a long-term solution for overcrowding. The hope would be to complete the review and implement the solutions by September 2012. Somerset/Kitchissippi trustee and board chairwoman Jennifer McKenzie voted against the preferred staff option saying she doesn’t like having little children bused a lot. “It was a very difficult decision, however the Trustees ultimately supported the staff decision,” she said.




STAFF The City of Ottawa is making it easier for visually impaired residents to pay their bills, by introducing braille, large-print or CD-Rom tax bills as part of a one-year pilot project announced last week. About a dozen people received largeprint or e-text tax bills in past years, but the city wants to look at expanding the program. An aging population and new regulations in the Accessible Ontario Disabilities Act have pushed city depart-

ments to make services more accessible to people living with disabilities. All homeowners in Ottawa will still receive printed water and tax bills, but those who request another format will also receive an additional version of their choice: braille, large print or e-text on a CD. Call the city’s revenue department at 613-580-2444 to make your request. The service is being offered as a oneyear pilot project with Ottawa-based TBase Communications at a cost of $5,000 to the city.

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Voters from the Ottawa area have been invited to participate in an innovative two-day event that will be looking to inspire discussion about the upcoming provincial election. The Agenda with Steve Paikin, TVO’s current affairs program, will be coming to Ottawa to launch The Agenda on the Road: Your Vote 2011 tour, and talk directly with Ottawa voters about what they feel should shape the forthcoming election. According to a TVO statement, the event will be an opportunity for Ottawans to speak about the issues they want raised in the October election and also propose solutions. The two-day stop in Ottawa begins Sunday Feb. 27 with the daylong, participant-led AgendaCamp workshop at city hall. AgendaCamp will offer a forum for members of the public, community and business leaders to connect with each other, share their views and learn more about issues of concern to their fellow citizens.

The discussions and ideas of the day will inform the live, on-location broadcast of The Agenda with Steve Paikin from the National Gallery of Canada on Monday, Feb. 28 at 8 pm. Liberal Ottawa Centre MPP Yasir Naqvi and Lisa Macleod, Progressive Conservative MPP for Nepean-Carleton, have both been confirmed as participants for the forum. Ottawa marks the first of five stops for “The Agenda on the Road: Your Vote 2011” tour, which will also make stops in Niagara Falls, Hamilton, Sudbury and Toronto. “A lot has changed in Ontario since the 2007 election,” Steve Paikin, anchor and senior editor said in a statement. “The shocks to the economy have affected Ontario’s key industries, communities and citizens from all walks of life. What’s top-of-mind for voters in Ottawa and Ottawa region? Is it the deficit? Rising energy costs? Access to healthcare?” Members of the public interested in participating in the AgendaCamp or obtaining free tickets for the live broadcast may register on the Your Vote 2011 microsite at

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Greening municipal buildings to save the city thousands LAURA MUELLER

City councillors showed off their budget acumen in the city’s environment budget on Feb. 15 after Kanata South Coun. Allan Hubley and Rideau-Goulbourn Coun. Scott Moffatt introduced motions to re-jig the budgets to accomodate a pair of waste-collection programs, saving $700,000. That amount represents the money needed to fund the pilot project to get green bins into apartment buildings, as well as a long-term planning project for solid waste collection. Hubley and Moffatt said they worked with city staff to find areas in the budget with unspent money that could be reallocated to those projects instead of tacking it onto tax bills. The budget debated by the environment committee also contains $834,000 in “management efficiencies,” a lofty goal that left Hubley wondering if the city could realistically deliver those savings to stay within its proposed 2.5 per cent tax increase. Much of those savings will come from a program to “green” city buildings, said public works manager John Marconi. The Smart Energy program will begin retrofits on the city’s 800 buildings to cut down on energy costs. That will result in about half a million dollars in savings this year, with 55 buildings on the list for upgrades. By 2015, there should be a $2.5-million reduction

in the energy bill, Manconi said. In 2011 the city will spend $200,000 to start a pilot project to collect organic waste from approximately 10 apartment buildings. Knoxdale-Merivale Coun. Keith Egli wondered whether that pilot could be extended to include community buildings and commercial businesses. “Our focus is on the residential sector … with regards to the IC&I (industrial, commercial and institutional) sector, our role is more to move towards encouraging as opposed to providing the service,” said Dixon Weir, the city’s general manager of environmental services. Some councillors, including Somerset Ward Coun. Diane Holmes, wondered about ways to protect the city’s trees. The city has stopped a program offering saplings for residents to plant, instead turning its focus to replacing the thousands of ash trees that will succumb to the emerald ash borer in the next 10 to 15 years. Holmes said the city needs to protect the trees it plants to reduce the number of trees killed by public works crews. “It’s a game we play. One department plants them, another department kills them,” Holmes said. “Until we solve that problem, we’re not getting anywhere with our canopy needs for tree cover, especially in the downtown.” The environment budget will be debated again as part of the overall city budget, expected to be passed at the beginning of March.

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Nicolas Ruszkowski Nicolas Ruszkowski VP, Communications Ottawa Hospital For the first time since I started this column, you, the reader, have inserted yourself into the introduction. This week, the hospital’s new dress code made local and national headlines: on Canada AM, CTV News Net, CTV Ottawa and the Ottawa Citizen. Many of you responded – whether in support or against the policy, with the question: why? Why a dress policy at all? Why now? Why among frontline clinical staff. The questions are all legitimate, particularly since they show some that we have more work to do to clarify exactly what our dress code is intended to do. Over the past year, consultation and feedback from patients, staff, and professional practice groups throughout the hospital – as well as a review of existing research – confirmed that a key to ensuring patients’ comfort and safety is the ability to easily recognize members of their care teams. In other words, everything we’ve heard from people like you, as well as employees, is that our appearance has an

That is why, all professionals at The Ottawa Hospital – whether they are nurses, physicians, other health professionals or support staff – are being asked to dress in a manner that clearly identifies them to patients. Anyone can read see the dress code online at Until readers do get a chance to read it, I should address one aspect of the policy, the dress code for nurses, has proven particularly contentious. Contrary to some reports, Registered Nurses and Registered Practical Nurses still have control over what scrubs they wear. If they wish to wear graphic prints on their scrubs, they can do so. That said, nurses are being asked to wear lab coats, so patients and families can easily recognize them. This idea came directly from the hospital’s nursing professional practice group. Likewise, other health professionals will dress in accordance with the guidelines for their professional group. Support services staff, including transportation and housekeeping staff, will also wear hospital employer-issued uniforms at all times. In addition to strengthening the quality of patients’ experience of the hospital and staff, we know that these changes will improve infection control, while ensuring that all members of The Ottawa Hospital Family will continue to portray a professional image. 451379

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Ottawa Farmers’ Market names new president EDDIE RWEMA

As the Ottawa Farmers’ Market gears up for this year’s summer session, its new leaders are occupied with what will happen to the market when the Lansdowne Park redevelopment begins. Robin Turner is taking over the reins as president from Andy Terauds, one of the market’s founders. “I feel very honoured to be elected to the presidency of the board of the farmers market,” said Turner, owner of Greely’s Roots and Shoots organic farm. “I feel it’s a lot of responsibility, but it is also a great learning experience.” Terauds, along with a small group of local farmers, led the drive to get the market up and running six years ago. “We went from being a market with six original members six years ago to more than 130 vendors now,” said Turner. The market, which is up and running in early May and runs until mid-November at Lansdowne Park, provides space to local producers of fruit, vegetables, meat, baked goods, as well as arts and crafts. The future of the Ottawa farmer’s market has been clouded by uncertainty since the redevelopment of Lansdowne Park came up.

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Organic farmer Robin Turner joins his colleague Jess Weatherhead at their vegetable stand at the Roots and Shoots farmstead, a community shared farm on Mitch Owens Road. Turner has just been elected president of the Ottawa Farmer’s Market. “In June of last year, the council officially passed a mandate that the Farmers’ Market shall have a place at the redesigned Lansdowne Park,” Turner said. “My main mandate is to make sure the site is going to be prac-

tical and reflecting the needs of our membership when Lansdowne is redeveloped.” Currently the market is located in the Lansdowne parking lots between the north side of the Aberdeen Pavilion, the east

side of the Horticultural Building and Holmwood Avenue. The board wants to maintain the same location. “We are trying to make sure when Lansdowne is redeveloped, we have a strong presence in the

square in front of the Aberdeen pavilion and working towards having a seven-day presence there, making it a huge farmers’ market,” Turner stressed. Currently, the board is involved with coming up with a secondary site that the market will occupy when Lansdowne is under construction. “We are looking at various sites, but the primary location that we are looking at is Brewer Park across from Carleton University for the summer of 2012,” he said. This year the Ottawa farmers market is looking at opening satellite markets in new locations. “We are open at looking at new locations in Westboro, Barrhaven and other areas around Ottawa,” Last year the farmers market opened the Orleans satellite market, which according to Turner was met with a lot of enthusiasm by area residents. “We are trying to find balance between opening new locations and making sure our members have enough time and energy to attend those markets and to make sure we are not opening too many markets in the same location,” Turner observed. He said it doesn’t seem like competition is a huge factor at the moment because there is so much demand for local food and support for local farmers in Ottawa.

City spars with Lansdowne group over release of financial documents LAURA MUELLER

The Friends of Lansdowne and the City of Ottawa are locked in a war of words over who can claim victory in a recent court ruling over the redevelopment of the park. The ruling orders the city to release some financial details of the Lansdowne Partnership Plan – the city’s agreement with the Ottawa Sports and Entertainment Group (OSEG) to redevelop Lansdowne Park. The Friends of Lansdowne sent out a press release claiming a “hat trick” of victories in the court decision, hailing the court master’s decision to finally release the “secret” documents the Friends of Lansdowne has been requesting for months. “We’re very pleased,” said Friends’ lawyer Steven Shrybman. “We prevailed on all fronts.” In additional to the release of financial documents, the other two victories included the court master’s decision to consider as

evidence the Friends’ reports by professor Harry Kitchen and investigative accountants Rosen and Associates which conclude that the city “grossly misrepresented” the financial consequences of the partnership plan. The ruling also reconfirms the Friends’ standing in the court proceedings following the withdrawal of two individuals from the case. But in a rare release of information on the case by the City of Ottawa, city solicitor Rick O’Connor refutes the Friends’ claims of victory. The city will only have to release a portion of the documents the Friends’ requested. Releasing the whole package requested would have cost the city $500,000 to produce and taken months, O’Connor wrote in a memo to councillors after the ruling. Instead, the ruling forces the city to release only the key documents, which can be done in a “reasonable timeframe for relatively little cost to the city,” O’Connor wrote. That means the legal proceed-

ings, which will now be pushed to May, won’t hold up construction on the project, which is set to begin this summer. The Friends’ reports that the court has allowed to be admitted as evidence will have to be revised with the additional financial information before the court will allow them to be submitted, O’Connor wrote. After the memo became public, Shrybman fired back with another press release calling O’Connor’s views “slanted.” Shrybman wrote that staff in the city solicitor’s office admitted they hadn’t actually looked into how difficult or costly it would be to dig into the documents, and that O’Connor had still objected to releasing the documents after the Friends scaled back their request.

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Friends of Lansdowne lawyer Steven Shrybman speaks at the “Lowdown on Lansdowne” infomation event at the Mayfair Theatre in November of 2010.




Can the south end of Bank Street be transformed from a traffic-filled corridor of car dealerships and parking lot-fronted stores into a pedestrian-friendly promenade? That was one of the challenges addressed when residents presented their vision at the first meeting to plan what the section of Bank Street from Riverside Drive to the train tracks north of Johnston Road will look like as it evolves during the next 20 years. A community design plan for the area is just getting underway, and consultants want to hear from residents on what they like and don’t like about the corridor. For the most part, the 50 or so residents who came to the meeting at St. Timothy’s Presbyterian Church on Feb. 16 said they don’t see Bank Street as a destination. “I don’t (use Bank Street) as much as I would like,” said Helen Davies, who lives in a neighbourhood near Heron Drive. She said she moved to the area because of the easy access to transit that she can use to get to more pedestrian-friendly shopping areas, such as Old Ottawa South and Westboro. “It’s just not a pleasure,” Davies said of her own Bank Street neighbourhood. Much of that is because of the haphazard development along this corridor, which functioned as a highway through an agriculture area into the city in the early 20th century, said Stephen Willis, a consultant from MMM

Group, who is working on the project. Rapid post-war construction created a fragmented commercial strip with little character, he said. “The issue of identity is quite significant,” Willis said. “There is not a lot of consistency.” “It would be nice to have a Bank Street in 20 years that has some sort of personality,” said John Lupton, a longtime resident of the area. ISSUES Aside from a lack of identity, Bank Street has serious issues with regards to pedestrian and cycling access, Willis said. “People have told us they could live here without a car because there are other options available, such as transit,” he said. “But it’s not a pedestrian and cycling friendly environment.” Businesses are missing out because people avoid the danger of crossing five-lane Bank Street, several residents said. “Pedestrian crossings aren’t conveniently located,” said Bettina Henkelman. “I do everything possible to avoid crossing the street.” The vehicle-oriented nature of that portion of Bank Street isn’t good for businesses, either, said Neville Gray, a resident of the area. “Cars go through so fast, you have to have a massive sign if you want to get people to stop,” he said, adding that retailers would benefit from traffic calming measures. One local business person, whose Bank Street business has

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Bank Street-area residents Bettina Henkelman and Carolina Seward check out some of the information presented about their neighbourhood at a Feb. 16 meeting kicking off the process to create a community design plan for Bank Street. The two women said they would like to see more pedestrian and cycling connections to Bank Street from the neighbouring residential areas. been operating for more than 35 years, disagreed, saying that his business relies on efficient traffic flow. “The ease of moving cars is about access to the businesses – they depend on it,” added Willis, saying that a plan for Bank Street will have to strike a balance. VISION FOR BANK STREET Some residents said they like the commercial nature of the street, but would like to see more diversity in the types of

business. Finding a way to encourage smaller businesses to set up shop in the corridor was also suggested. Besides just retail businesses, some residents asked for more gathering places such as coffee shops – places where they can meet and mingle. Willis said the main-street arterial category that Bank Street falls into dictates the city encourage mixed-use development, which combines retail, commercial, office and residential uses in the same area and often in the same building.

Alta Vista Coun. Peter Hume, who is also the chair of the planning committee, said he is in favour of thoughtful mixed-used development and the positive effect it could have on the area. Right now, there is little or no distinction between sidewalks and parking lots, and a more aesthetically pleasing Bank Street could include landscaping, trees and benches to make it more attractive to pedestrians, Willis said. The city’s future investment in that type of infrastructure will beautify the street and encourage businesses to do the same, Hume said. The year-round Saturday farmers’ market on Caledon Drive in the parking lot behind the Heron Canadian Tire deserves a more prominent location, some residents argued. GET INVOLVED Ideas for planning the future of Bank Street are just in their infancy. The city and consultants are still seeking ideas for what should be envisioned in the area. Comments can be sent to city planner Jillian Savage by March 4 by emailing A draft plan should be completed by June, when another public meeting will be held to present those ideas. The community design plan will go to the city’s planning committee for discussion and could be approved by early fall. That would set the gears in motion to guide zoning and building applications to gradually influence the development and character of the area.

Surprise! A condo tower in Centretown may now have twin From DOUBLE page 1 After a first glance at the new plan, Holmes said the “podium” of townhouses topped with a tower is exactly what the city wants to see from high-rise developments. Akben-Marchand agreed, saying that ground-level homes help animate the street and make a building less imposing to pedestrians. But Tremblay said Claridge isn’t shying away from a dramatic skyscraper that rises straight up from the street’s edge. The towers will have a podium, but it’s in the rear, between the two towers, he said. “We’re proudly expressing height,” Tremblay said. While the city encourages high rises to be built in a podium style topped with a tower, Tremblay argued that it only makes sense

to build that way in certain areas – and this section of Centretown isn’t one of them. “There are opportunities for podiums to transition into main street areas,” Tremblay said. “In an area that is defined by height already, I don’t think you need a podium.” When the developer first spoke to city staff it requested a 82.5metre-tall building. However, a city report states that “the architect has identified the need for some flexibility with the height due to new energy conservation requirements in the roof insulation thickness” so an additional half a metre is now being requested. Tremblay said the towers will mirror each other. Both are proposed to be 83 metres tall – a height the city’s urban design review panel warned is “inches

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This image shows the site of the proposed 27-storey Claridge Homes development on Nepean Street, which is now proposed to be connected to another tower that faces Gloucester. away” from breaking the downtown height limit based on the view plane of the Parliament Buildings. Akben-Marchand said the Centretown Plan calls for this

section of the neighbourhood to have “high-profile” residential buildings, which he thinks should be around 16 to 18 storeys. Each tower will hold approximately 230 units, Tremblay said. All of this will be built on a piece of land that is one of the city’s smallest for such a development, Tremblay said. While he knows of towers built on 650-square-metre plots of land, this development has an even smaller footprint of around 550 square metres. COMMUNITY BENEFIT Whether the community or city councillors like the proposed towers or not, chances are that the Ontario Municipal Board would allow the development to go ahead anyways, Holmes said.

“It’s clear that we are giving major financial benefits to developers,” she said. “Now we need to look at what we can get in return.” So, she says she’ll argue to ensure the community can at least get something in exchange. A provision on the rezoning would restrict construction until the developer and the community can agree upon a payment in exchange for what Holmes says is the extreme height and density requested on the site. So far, about $700,000 in amenities such as landscaping on road right-of-ways on Nepean and Cooper streets and improvements to Jack Purcell Park (including a pathway through to Waverly Street) have been suggested. Holmes said a fund to pay for new affordable housing in the area is also being considered.

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f you thought the entire world revolved around money, it doesn’t. The world revolves around something much more basic, even though getting enough of it can be more difficult than amassing money or finding an oil well. The world revolves around food ... and water. You cannot move very far without an adequate food supply. You cannot fight an effective war without it. In North America, food has never been considered an outrageously priced commodity and we all assume that it will remain affordable, for as long as we need it. A cautionary comment from the Ontario Federation of Agriculture (OFA) suggests that food, once spared the indignity of competition on the open market, may finally have run smack into the real world. Just about everything else that we consider a necessity has gone up in price. Gasoline prices have continued to rise, sometimes at an alarming rate, and that has affected the cost of getting inexpensive food from the farmer to the market place. Add to that the increasing cost of seed, fertilizer, processing and distribution, and the stage is set for an increase in food prices. The negative effect of global warming

and weather is another factor that is affecting the harvests in places like Russia and India. Including commodity price fluctuations, export controls and the reality of unstable governments in Third World countries, suggests that global food production may be at risk. Locally, farmers appear to be like the rest of us — trying to stay ahead of the next curve that world prices may throw at them. The cost of food in Canada has increased over the past 30 years. Despite the increases, Canadian food is still the best food around and the most affordable. According to the OFA, a generation ago, the cost of breaking daily bread took 20 per cent of an average income. These days that is down to 11 per cent. This past Feb. 12 has been pegged as Food Freedom Day. This is the day the average Canadian has made enough income to cover their grocery bills for entire year. The OFA is calling for a National Food Strategy to stay ahead of increasing costs to our food producing system and eventually higher food costs for Canadians. The idea sounds like a good one given what we have seen with just about every other commodity being shaped by a global perspective.


It’s just a game, except when it isn’t


s kids develop awareness of the world outside the house and the school, they are looking to understand some of the things that go on. And you, in turn, are looking for life lessons you can pass on with the day’s headlines. This is almost always difficult. What are you going to tell the subteen in your house when she finds out that Miley Cyrus’s father told a magazine that the hit TV show Hannah Montana destroyed his marriage? How will you explain what her father means when he says “I’m scared for her.” You understand well enough. Fame and big money do strange things to people and not all of them react well. But the girl and her doting father live this enchanted life on TV and the worst problem is that they run out of Diet Coke or the dog barks. Marriages don’t break up on the Disney Channel and 18-year-olds don’t have birthday parties in bars. So good luck to you explaining that. “TV is just make believe,” you can say, which will be a good start. But do you really want to add that real life is not as nice as TV? For many people it’s nicer. Closer to home, and far more consequential, what kind of discussion can

CHARLES GORDON Funny Town you have with the young hockey fanatic in your house when he or she asks you why Mike Fisher and Chris Kelly won’t be playing for the Ottawa Senators any more? – Why did Mike want to leave Ottawa? the little guy asks. – Well, he didn’t really want to leave, you say. He wanted to stay. – Then why didn’t he stay? – Because the Senators didn’t want him to stay. – I thought the Senators liked Mike, says the young hockey fanatic. Didn’t the Senators like him? – Yes, they liked him, you say, but they … but they … And this is where you can only talk about salary caps and first round draft picks and conditional draft picks and Ottawa not making the playoffs and other


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ecision-making is something we do constantly, often without thinking about it, like breathing. But on the flip side, if you’ve ever faced one of those significant lifechanging decisions, you’ve probably experienced the insomnia, loss of appetite and ill-focused behaviour that can go with it. My friend did. After days of agonizing over something big – I’m not sure if it was a holiday destination or a new career path – she finally posted a Facebook status line expressing relief. “Better to make a decision, even if it’s the wrong one,” she wrote. “I can work with a wrong decision, but I cannot function with indecision.” Why does decision-making cause such stress? “Decide has the same Latin roots as suicide and homicide,” says Peter Levesque, owner of Knowledge Mobilization Works in Ottawa. “It literally means to kill off other possibilities.” “When you’re faced with a decision, the whole world is open before you and you can marvel at the possibilities for a while,” he explains, “but eventually you become lost and overwhelmed by all the possibilities and there’s an anticipation of loss as you are forced to choose one direction over another.” Surprisingly, when we finally make a decision, our sense of relief is often greater than the loss we had anticipated. So we feel good for a while, but then what? Levesque points out that you’ll eventually have to make other big decisions. Like anything else, decision-making is much less agonizing for people who understand how decisions are made.

The problem, says Levesque, is that we’re never really taught how to make decisions. “A lot of the stress is not about the decision itself, but about not understanding the process of how to make a decision.” Levesque runs a decision-making workshop – the next one is March 14 in Ottawa – helping people to identify their prominent decision-making style, one of four: spontaneous internal, spontaneous external, systematic internal, or systematic external. Spontaneous or systematic refers to the structural style, or how you seek, organize and weigh information. Spontaneous people tend to be “treasure hunters,” following their gut to follow ideas and adventures that capture their interest. Systematic people tend to be detectives, seeking out facts and details to back their decisions. External or internal refers to processing style, whether you consult others in the process or retreat into isolation. “By going through the explicit process of testing and learning how to make decisions, the process gets easier,” says Levesque. Career coach Melissa Creede reminds people also cast logic aside and spend some time contemplating how a decision will fit in their life. “People do a list of pros and cons, looking at the benefits and disadvantages,” says Creede, owner of Sapis Insight. “Some people do it in their heads and some go as far as creating spreadsheets. But what they miss – and coaching can deepen this – is to try to imagine what that decision will look like, will feel like in terms of matching their energy and passions.” Creede encourages clients to think about how their decision will connect with their values and priorities and to spend time meditating on how your life will look if a particular decision is implemented. “When you’re faced with big decisions, imagining your future life once or twice will help you get closer to the answer,” says Creede. “It eliminates the noise.”



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Ottawa residents enjoyed their first warm spell of the season last week, but there’s a hidden danger accompanying the otherwise cheerful sounds of melting icicles and loosening mud. The Rideau Valley Conservation Authority (RVCA) is warning Ottawa residents that last week’s rainy thaw could create dangerous conditions along waterways such as the Rideau River and smaller creeks across the city. Temperatures reached a high of 10 degrees on Friday, accompanied by as much as 40 millimetres of rain, creating dangerous conditions on ice-covered waterways and swollen rapids in open water. Patrick Larson at the RVCA said that any open water is dangerous, particularly areas with rapids such as the Black Rapids north of Hog’s Back Falls near Carleton University. But he said frozen waterways are misleading, and can be the most dangerous areas for residents. “More important are those areas that are now ice covered. There will be some run-off from the rain, the ice will lift and the ice will become unstable,” he said, explaining that icy edges near shorelines will have broken away. “Basically, just stay off the ice.” Larson said snowbanks and shorelines would be especially slippery from the rain. In late December, nine-year-old Olisadike Okoye drowned when he fell into the north end of the Rideau River near Sandy Hill.

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Unseasonably warm emperatures and as much as 40 millimetres of rain are creating dangerous conditions on ice-covered waterways and swollen rapids in open water, such as the Rideau River (seen here near Carleton University last week). Gillian Baker, a spokesperson for the Ottawa Drowning Prevention Coalition which includes members such as the Red Cross, the Ottawa Paramedics and Ottawa Public Health, said parents must first and foremost make sure they know where their children are at all times when they are near water.

“Keep an eye of your children, keep them in arm’s reach,” she said, adding that parents should make sure they know what they’re up against when they’re near a water source. “Know the conditions. Whether its ice or it’s in the summer, it’s about knowing where you’re going. Are there rapids? Is it an unsu-

pervised area? Know before you go,” she explained. Baker said that despite what a person might think, residents should not go out on the ice to rescue someone in distress. “Call for help and get assistance. We don’t recommend going out and rescuing them yourself, because then we have

two people through the ice,” she said. If a drowning person is within reach, Baker said any rescuer should still stay off the ice and use a reaching tool instead, such as a scarf or a belt to help the victim. She said the Ottawa Fire Services responded to 49 water-related calls last winter.

The magic of chemistry on display at Carleton University EDDIE RWEMA

A Carleton University exhibition is aiming to get young and old alike excited about the magic of science. The Chemistry Magic Show will feature substances that explode at the touch of a feather, amazing colour changes, things that glow in the dark, bubbles that burn and some exciting new tricks. “The public should expect a lot of fun,” said Jeff Manthorpe, an assistant chemistry professor at Carleton. “The show contains some amazing reactions – some glow in the dark, others change colour by themselves, some explode or spontaneously combust. “We also have an activity

room where kids can go and get their hands dirty by making their own slime, using liquid nitrogen to make ice cream, make their own miniature Olympic medals, and see if they can tell the difference between the smell of lemons, limes, and oranges.” The Feb.26 event at Carleton’s Southam Hall, is part of the celebrations to mark the International Year of Chemistry, which celebrates the achievements of chemistry and its contributions to the well-being of humankind. Under the unifying theme “Chemistry – our life, our future,” the event offers a range of interactive, entertaining, and educational activities for all ages. “The whole experience is designed to show how diverse, fun,

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Jeff Manthorpe, assistant professor at Carleton University, said the Chemistry Magic Show will help the public be more scientifically literate and show how it impacts their lives every day. and relevant chemistry is to our lives,” said Manthorpe, noting that chemistry is probably the most under-appreciated and most misunderstood scientific disciplines.

“We want to help the public be more scientifically literate because science impacts our lives every day.” He observed that many people don’t stop to think about how advances in chemistry have made things like HD televisions, digital cameras, and smartphones possible. “We want people to realize that the word chemical is not a synonym for toxin. It is true that some chemicals are toxic, but water, oxygen, proteins, and carbohydrates are all chemicals and I like to get a healthy dose of those chemicals everyday.” According to Manthorpe, the magic show was conceived from a desire to inspire the next generation of scientists. “We want to inspire young people to be part of the next gen-

eration of chemists who want to help solve the challenges of the future, be it environmental issues, development of new technologies and medicines, or how to make our food supply safer.” Manthorpe said he hoped the show will excite and motivate youth to be interested in science and realize how important it is on a local and global scale and how fun it really is. “We also hope to inspire adults to learn more about how science impacts them so that they can have a deeper understanding of what the latest scientific study in the news really means.” Admission is free, although attendees are asked to donate a non-perishable food item for the food bank. More information is available at: chemistrymagicshow .

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An Ottawa women’s organization that provides support to abused immigrant women and their families will benefit from proceedings of a comedy night organized to celebrate International Women’s Day. JH5, a promotions and consulting firm based in Kanata, is organizing the event to be held at the Mayfair Theatre on March 8. The evening will celebrate women through comedy, dance, song, and spoken word. “International Women’s day has always been something special to me,” said Jennifer Hayward, owner of JH5. “We always wanted to showcase everything we can about women. “The point of it is to raise funds for immigrant women services Ottawa. They do a wonderful work and we are very proud to associate with them.” The evening will be hosted by Ottawa comic Martha Chaves, a 20-year veteran of the Canadian comedy scene and most recently the winner of Ottawa’s Great Canadian Laugh-Off in 2010. The headliner for the evening will be Kate Davis. A Toronto

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Lucya Spencer, executive director of Immigrant Women Services Ottawa, is helping organize an event at the Mayfair Theatre on March 8 that will celebrate women through comedy, dance, song, and spoken word. based speaker, writer, comedian, actress and mother of three, she is a five-time Canadian Comedy Awards nominee. A quarter of the proceeds from the event will go to help

Immigrant Women Services Ottawa. “We are very excited about the JH5 generosity. We are urging the Ottawa community to come out and support the event, be-

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Currently sidelined with a concussion, Ottawa-born speed skater Kristina Groves took some time on Feb. 16 to don her other cap as an ambassador for the Right to Play program during an event at Carleton University. Groves was the guest speaker at the Right to Play awareness event at Carleton, where she spoke on the great role the organization is playing in improving lives of kids in more than 20 countries worldwide. Throughout her skating career, Groves has had many ups and downs; but she has always maintained that there is a bigger world outside of her schedule. This is why she decided to devote some of her time to be an athlete ambassador for the Right to Play, an international organization that promotes sport and play to children in countries that are hit hard by poverty, war and disease. “Right to Play taps into our instincts as human beings to relate to one another, to connect through play and to learn social skills and tools we need to survive,” Grove observed. Groves was joined by Innocent

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Four-time Olympic medalist Kristina Groves has devoted some of her time to be an athlete ambassador for the Right to Play, an international organization that promotes sport and play to children in countries that are hit hard by poverty, war and disease. Hitimana, a visiting coach from Right to Play Rwanda, who spoke on how sport and play have transformed lives of some of the world’s most disadvantaged children and youth. As an athlete ambassador, Groves travelled Rwanda, a country that was devastated by genocide in 1994. “Going to Rwanda was truly a remarkable experience,” said Groves. “The people I met, some of who lost their entire families in the war, have found a way not

only to survive, but also thrive.” According to Groves, the cultivation of inclusion, skill development, and fun that she saw in Rwanda were very real and their growth undeniable. After suffering a concussion on Nov. 21 during a World Cup women’s team pursuit race in Germany, Groves said lack of play feels like observing life and not necessary really living it. Though she said she has improved significantly, 34-year-old doesn’t feel ready for the ice yet. “It’s been an incredibly challenging experience, but at the same time it has made me appreciate more the value of play in my own life,” said Groves. “It’s been for me a challenging experience to me but I appreciate so much what I have been able to learn through this unfortunate incidence.” Groves has won four Olympic medals; a silver in the women’s speed skating 1,500-metre and bronze in the 3,000-metre at the 2010 Vancouver Olympics, as well as two silver medals at the 2006 Winter Olympics in Turin, Italy. Canada has more ambassadors involved in the Right to Play program than any other country with 97 athletes.

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Ramee El-Ghadban, right, was one of five Brookfield Blues to finish on the podium at last week’s national capital high school wrestling championships, bringing home the bronze in the boys’ 95-kilogram.

Locals top podium for wrestling Three Brookfield Blues teammates topped their categories – Fadhl Abu-Ghanem (boys’ 77 kg), Moustapha Chahrour (boys’ 51 kg) and Mario Luzincourt (heavyweight). Brookfield took silver in the heavyweight division thanks to Jon Nadler and Ramee El-Ghadban won bronze in the boys’ 95-kilogram. The Hillcrest Hawks brought home four medals – Josh Leonard in boys’ 57.5 kg, Augusta Eve

in girls’ 41 kg, Alicia Rimad in girls’ 47.5 kg and Darby Mercure in girls’ 83 kg – as well as a silver by Katie Lipman in girls’ 44 kg and a bronze by Rachel Spencer in girls’ 51 kg. Canterbury also had a pair of medallists – Ashley Everett (gold, girls’ 72 kg) and Abby Ambrose (silver, girls’ 64 kg). The top two competitors in each category advanced to OFSAA March 2-4 in Sudbury.




For the players, hockey is about playing a sport they’ve loved all their lives and pursuing a dream to take their game to the next level. For the coaching staff, it’s having the chance to give back to the game and helping boys develop into men. For the volunteers who ensure that every Ottawa Jr. Senators home game comes off without a hitch, it’s about spending time with a sort of second family. On game nights, the club depends on a team of volunteers who sell tickets, provide security, run the concession, cue the music and operate the scoreboard. The home team also supplies a pair of goal judges and people to open up the penalty box door. Diane Tierney, the club’s volunteer co-ordinator who has been giving her time to the club for the past seven seasons, said the atmosphere around the club and the arena draw people to help out and keep them coming back game after game. “We’re like one big happy family. We get along really well,” she said. “We take it very seriously – I think all my volunteers take it seriously. I think that has a lot to do with personality (of the volunteers), and that we’re all one big family.” For Tierney, volunteering has been a life-long pursuit. She’s contributed to neighbourhood watch programs, taught Sunday school and was a Brownie leader for 18 years. Her husband, Bob, also pitches in on game nights as the arena DJ, cuing up music before the games and in between whistles. “I enjoy it. If I didn’t enjoy it, I wouldn’t be here,” Tierney

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Volunteers are the ‘backbone’ of the Ottawa Jr. Senators. People like Mike Auger, above left, who gets former NHL goaltender and Quebec Remparts coach Patrick Roy to draw the evening’s 50-50 winner and goal judge Brian Metcalfe, bottom left, keep operations at the Jim Durrell Complex running smoothly. Below right, volunteer co-ordinator Diane Tierney, centre, is shown with ticket cashiers Kelly Chamberlin, left, and Rhonda Pike.

said. Many of the nearly 20 regular volunteers with the Central Canada Hockey League club have been coming out to the team’s 31 home games to help out for at least five years. “Volunteers, in no uncertain terms, are the backbone of this organization,” said Fred Crouch, the team’s part owner

and president. “Without them, there’s no way we could put on the program in this venue.” He points proudly to the Jr. Senators volunteer wall of fame as a testament to the positive atmosphere generated by those involved with the club. The display, which features prominently in the lobby at the Jim Durrell Complex, offers the names

and images of the 14 past and present volunteers who have dedicated at least five seasons of their time to the club. “You know what? There are some great people involved in this organization, some great volunteers – people who give up an incredible amount of time,” Crouch said. “As far as I’m concerned, we have the best group

of volunteers, bar none, in the entire league. Wonderful, wonderful people.” While a few teams in the league can boast of crowds that regularly surpass 1,000 fans, more than half of the league averages fewer than 400 per game, the Jr. Senators among them. In a gate-driven league that largely focuses on player development, not profit, volunteers are the lifeblood of many teams. Mike Auger, who volunteers as a goal judge, got involved after a friend told him the club was looking for people to help out. He sees the role of volunteers as essential to clubs like the Jr. Senators. “It means a lot. If we didn’t volunteer, there wouldn’t be a team.” Auger also volunteers with the Gloucester Rangers and Kanata Blazers, and he figures he’s at about 70 games a season, but doesn’t see it as work. “I love my hockey. It’s a good thing.” The team’s other regular goal judge, Brian Metcalfe, has been volunteering in the league for 21 years now, the last six of which have been with the Jr. Senators. He got his start working as a goal judge with the Smiths Falls Bears, a team he still volunteers with regularly as well. “You’re serving a vital function for a game that you love. For me it’s always been the goal judge,” Metcalfe said with a smile. “I’ve always admired the mystique of the goal judge.” He said aside from the chance to get a front-row seat for the games, it’s the people he works with week-in and week-out that keep him coming back to the cold arenas of the CCHL. “I’ve always said my motto is, ‘Better people through hockey.’”

Lumber Kings out-muscle Jr. Senators MATTHEW JAY

A home win over the defending league champs on Feb. 16 would have been just the tonic to put the Ottawa Jr. Senators’ playoff aspirations back on track, and for 40 minutes, it looked like an upset might be in the cards. But a team doesn’t become the four-time defending Central Canada Hockey League champions for nothing, and Pembroke found another gear in the third period to come away from the Jim Durrell Complex with a 4-1 victory. “We mixed things up a bit

against them,” Jr. Senators coach Peter Howes said of his team’s game plan, that saw the ninth place team compete well against the No. 10 ranked team in Canada. “A couple of bounces here and there, who knows – we’re right in the game.” A goal from Lumber Kings forward Matthew Zay at 3:26 of the third and another from Mitchell Gallant, his 24th of the season, with just over three minutes remaining sealed the win for the visitors. “They ramped up their physical play and that had an impact,” said Howes. “Not that we shied away, but they can load up a couple of lines and that’s what

they did.” He said he was happy with the way his team was able to get the puck deep in the Pembroke end on a regular basis, limiting one of the league’s most potent offences to fewer than 30 shots on goal, but the Lumber Kings defence eventually wore the Jr. Senators down. “They’re a very strong team and they’re a very good team. They’ve got a lot of skilled players, so they can throw four lines at you that are as good as any top-two lines in the league,” Howes said. Brandon Petrie scored his 14th of the season and seventh in his last 10 games for the Jr.

Photo by Matthew Jay

Jr. Senators forward Christian Leger and Pembroke captain Ben Reinhardt wheel back towards the puck during their game on Feb. 16. Senators, while Stefan Salituro and Brandon Gagne also scored for Pembroke. Eddie Zdolshek helped keep the game close early on, making several key reaction saves in the second period to keep the score

at 2-0 when the Lumber Kings were pouring on the pressure. His record fell to 11-15-1-2 for the season. The loss means the playoff picture grows a little grimmer for the Jr. Senators. They

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Brothers post strong results at world track finals BY DAN PLOUFFE They don’t live much farther than 800 metres away from each other near Billings Bridge, but that distance carried more significance for the Dunkerley brothers at the recent International Paralympic Committee Athletics World Championships in New Zealand as they competed against one another side-by-side in a global final. “It’s definitely really cool,” says 30-yearold Jon Dunkerley, who finished fourth in the race behind his older, gold medalwinning brother Jason, 33. “I don’t know if it’s ever happened in Canada, or anywhere actually.” The Dunkerleys were both born blind due to Lebel’s Congenital Amaurosis and compete in the T11 visually-impaired class for athletes who have no light perception in either eye and are unable to recognize the shape of a hand at any distance or direction. They also both enjoyed a rather rapid rise in the world of running, although the siblings had never before faced off internationally prior to New Zealand since Jon always competed in sprint events until recently. “When I started running five years ago, no one told me I was sprinter, I basically chose to run it because everyone wants to run in the glamour event – the 100-metre dash,” explains Jon, who was frequently injured doing hard speed work and now prefers training for the longer races. “My body responds well to less intensity and more volume.”


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The Dunkerley brothers Jason, left, and Jon, centre, own pieces of Ottawa sports history. Jason was the first Paralympic athlete to be named the city’s male athlete-of-the-year in 2004, while Jon and guide Sean Young were relay gold medallists with the Ottawa Lions in 2008 – the first time a team of able-bodied and disabled athletes became national champions. For Jason, it’s always been about the 800 and 1,500 m. He and guide runner Greg Dailey won 1,500 silver medals at the Sydney and Athens Paralympics, as well as bronze in Beijing. Jason also competed in the Paralympic 800 m, but he was racing against athletes with more vision since the distance wasn’t offered in his T11 category. Jason hopes that good participation numbers at the worlds will get the T11 800 m onto the Paralympic program for the 2012 London Games. “It’s not really a lack of people, it’s more that it hasn’t been run very often,” notes Jason, who works for an organization that promotes active living for people with dis-



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abilities. “It’s kind of a catch-22 because if it’s not available, then it won’t develop. “It seems like other events that would be less competitive are on the schedule, so I really hope the 800 gets fair consideration.” Jason was buoyed by his gold medal result at the Jan. 22-29 world championships a year-and-a-half in advance of the Paralympics, but he’s also quite wary of an improved level of competition internationally. “It definitely feels good to be able to get that win and now we’ll go from there,” says Jason, who placed fourth in the 1,500 m along with the 800 gold he won in a time of two minutes, 5.89 seconds. “I think I’m going to have to work harder than I ever have, and my guide runner will too, based on what we saw at worlds and where we want to be in London.” There’s no question that after a pair of

second-place Paralympic finishes and a third, Jason wants to stand on the top of the podium in London. Jon, who is guided by Ottawa Lions athlete Sean Young, isn’t quite as sure what may lie in store for 2012, but a medal win remains his target at the moment. “That’s the next natural step,” reasons Jon, who works from home as a webmaster. “I’ve got the speed. For the 1,500, I don’t have the endurance yet, but there’s a year-and-a-half until London, so that’s plenty of time.” For the first time in their careers, the Dunkerleys are really focused on competing for the same prize. In New Zealand, Jason and Dailey were happy to talk strategy the night before the final, but once they got to the start line, they stayed focused on their own race regardless of the fact there was a sibling setting up next to them in the neighbouring lane. Jason describes their relationship as a “friendly rivalry” – a friendly rivalry that he must win. “I always feel pressure because he’s getting better,” smiles Jason, the Americas continental record holder in the 800 m and 1,500 m. “I also know that if he was to beat us, I’d never hear the end of it.” Despite finishing fourth of four, Jon – who achieved his goal by simply qualifying for the final – wasn’t about to blame the result on his brother’s faulty advice, it came down to not executing their planned strategy, he says. “I wish we could have made it more interesting, but I think there will be many other races internationally where we’ll clash heads,” Jon adds. “And hopefully I end up winning a few of them.”

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Brookfield’s Alexandra Joy won the senior girls’ competition at national capital nordic skiing championships last week at Nakkertok Cross Country Ski Club in Gatineau. Joy bested the 39-racer field by 23 seconds to win with a two-day combined time of 33 minutes, 58 seconds. Glebe’s Colin Foley was also a winner at the event to lead his Gryphons to the junior boys’ team title along with Timothy Austen, Colin MacLeod and Tue Duong. The skiers will be back at Nakkertok on March 2-3 for the OFSAA championships. 449179


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

• FEB. 24 The Youth Services Bureau is hosting a “green” job fair for youth at the Walter Baker sports centre from 10 a.m. to noon on Feb. 24. The fair will feature more than 20 employers who are involved in the green sector or have made conscious changes to become more sustainable. Youth can apply for green summer jobs and find out more about possible futures in a green career. For more information call 613-729-0577.

• FEB. 25 AND 26 The School of Dance presents Essays, an annual presentation of new choreographies created and performed by contemporary dance students. Performances are at the Ottawa Dance Directive (ODD), Studio A at Arts Court (2 Daly Ave.) on Friday, Feb. 25 at 7:30 p.m. and Saturday, Feb. 26 at 2:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $20 or $15 for students and seniors. For tickets and information, call 613-238-7838. Come out to the Eastview Branch of the Royal Canadian Legion, 294 Cyr Avenue. Weekend entertainment includes The New Legends playing on


Friday, February 25 from 7 to 11 PM, on Saturday, February 26 from 7 to 11 PM and on Sunday, February 27 from 4 to 8 PM. Free Admission – all are welcome. For more information, contact the Branch at 613-741-9539.

• FEB. 26 Irish social dance at 8 p.m. at St. Margaret Mary Church (7 Fairbairn Ave.). Singles or couples of all ages welcome. All dances are easy to do and are taught and called throughout. Live Celtic music by the Ottawa Ceili Band. Entertainment by guest performers. free dance lessons, free munchies/desserts, tea. Cost: donation ($7 suggested). For information, contact or 613-523-9702. Dr. Liz Anderson-Peacock will deliver a research-based children’s health and wellness information session looking at current trends in children’s health, the aspect of social media, nutritional components and healthy lifestyle choices for our children’s wellbeing. All proceeds will be donated to children’s charities. The session will run from 9:45 to 11:30 a.m. at the Fairmont Chateau Laurier. Tickets are $10 each or $15 for a family of four. For tickets, contact Dr. James Emmett at 613-

830-4080. A concert of music for oboe and piano with Ottawa’s renowned storytelling oboist Angela Casagrande, and one of Ottawa’s best-known collaborative pianists, Amélie Langlois. This is a benefit concert for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society of Canada (LLSC), supporting blood cancer research. The concert will take place at 7:30 in Freiman Hall at the University of Ottawa, (610 Cumberland St.). Tickets are $20, or $10 for students and seniors, available at the The Leading Note (370 Elgin St.) or by calling 613-723-2881. Admission by donation is also welcome. For more information, contact Bill Cowley at 613 723 2881. Come for a half-day retreat with Dr. Mishka Lysack exploring the resources that inspire us to protect the environment, and how to apply our spirituality in effective action in the public sphere. Dr. Lysack teaches ecosocial work, and environmental issues in the Faculty of Medicine, University of Calgary. He is the founder and a co-chair of the series on environmental decline & climate change as moral issues. 9 a.m. to noon. Suggested Donation: $20 Centretown United Church, 507 Bank St. at Argyle.

• FEB. 27 “A Bit of Nonsense:” a choral concert with the Ottawa Regional Youth Choir and the Chamber Choir of the Ottawa Children’s Choir will be held at 7 p.m. at St. James United Church, 650 Lyon St. S. in the Glebe. Tickets are $20 for an adult or $10 for a student.

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Airport tops in customer service EMMA JACKSON

The Ottawa International Airport in Ottawa South has been ranked number one in the world for customer service, at airports serving between two and five million flyers. A customer survey conducted by the Airports Council International scored the airport top points in nearly all of the 36 categories, including ‘overall satisfaction.’ The survey covered everything from friendliness of the check-in staff to the efficiency of security screening to the overall cleanliness and ambiance of the facility, the airport’s media release said. “Our first place in the world award, as well as the other awards received in 2010 are a celebration of the efforts of the entire campus community and testament to the commitment to customer service that we all share,” said airport spokeswoman Krista Kealey.

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