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CENTRAL EDITION: Serving The Glebe, Alta Vista, Elmvale Acres, Mooney’s Bay and surrounding communities Year 1, Issue 19

March 3, 2011 | 28 Pages

ON THE MOVE Junior kindergarten students will start the next school year at Mutchmor after trustees gave the nod to a short-term fix.


FARE HIKE It’s smaller this year, but it’ll still cost 2.5 per cent more to take the bus after the Transit Commission approved its draft budget.


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A photo illustration shows what the recently approved segregated bicycle lane on Laurier Avenue might look like as seen from the corner of Laurier and Lyon Street. Critics of the pilot program say the lane will disrupt residents living in the area as well as businesses.

City approves segregated Laurier bike lanes EDDIE RWEMA

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Segregated bike lanes are coming to Centretown after city council last week endorsed a pilot project that will see dedicated lanes running east-west along Laurier Avenue between Elgin Street and Bronson Avenue. “Ottawa is leading the way on urban cycling,” Mayor Jim Watson said in a statement. “This is an important step in healthy living that will bring more people downtown and boost business and tourism, as Ottawa becomes known for being the cycling capital.”

Cyclists will travel adjacent to the sidewalk each direction and be separated from motor vehicles by a physical barrier. The lanes are expected to be ready for cyclists by the end of this summer. A statement from the city said Laurier Avenue West was selected because it has the highest number of cyclists in the downtown area. The section of road is straight and flat with many key destinations for bicycle commuters. The plan is not without its critics, however. The Bank Street Business Improvement Area have strongly opposed the plan, saying the city chose a street that is too busy and congested to support a segregated bi-

cycle lane. “We don’t feel it is safe, it is going to cause an inordinate amount of disruption both to vehicle traffic and to businesses and commercial enterprises along that corridor,” said Gerry Lepage, the BIA’s executive director. Lepage said the measures taken to try to realign the street to make it safer simply do not reach a standard he believes is safe. “We think the geometry of the street was never intended to facilitate a bike lane,” Lepage stressed. “The frequency of cars is simply too great to facilitate a practical and realistic bicycle lane as is keeping it open in the winter. See APPROVED on page 11

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Trustees endorse transfer plan for First Avenue JKs EDDIE RWEMA

Ottawa-Carleton District School Board trustees voted on Feb.22 in favour of a plan that would see junior kindergarten students from First Avenue Public School transferred to Mutchmor Public School. The board’s decision, which will affect children slated to start junior kindergarten at First Avenue in September, is intended to be a short-solution to the overcrowding issues plaguing area schools. First Avenue, which was built to hold 400 students, currently has more than 550 students enrolled. “I am not entirely enthusiastic, but this is so far the least disruptive option,” said Zone 9 trustee Rob Campbell. The other option on table was to send Grade 6 students from First Avenue to nearby Glashan Public School. That school is currently facing dwindling enrolment as its late French immersion program is being phased out. Glashan school council was expecting to see the board redirect First Avenue Grade 6 students to ensure the school maintains a viable

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Parents and school council representatives had mixed feelings on the decision that was voted by the Trustees. population. Gisèle Durocher, co-chair of the Glashan school council, pleaded with the trustees to overturn the staff recommendation and consider the Glashan option to employ what she called the school’s current effective resources. “Benefits to the Grade 6 students include access to the allotment of computer, gym and library facilities they would not

have had at a crowded school,” said Durocher. She added that the cost of bussing students to Glashan is lower than the cost of bussing junior kindergartens to Mutchmor. It is estimated the cost of bussing students to Mutchmor will be about $45,000 per year, compared with $30,000 to Glashan. But based on comments submitted by parents at a Jan. 10 public meeting expressing con-

cerns about the potential for student disruption, school board staff said Mutchmor was viewed as the preferred option. Trustee Shirley Seeward said she was disappointed the rest of the board didn’t consider the Glashan option. “As I understand, the option of moving Grade 6 EFI to Glashan was also on the table and I would have thought that would have been a win-win situation.

So I have to confess I am disappointed with these recommendations,” said Seeward. A projected 77 JK students will be redirected to Mutchmor this September and will return to First Avenue to start senior kindergarten. Trustees also endorsed a staff interim recommendation that redirects senior kindergarten early French immersion students at Stephen Leacock Public School to Roland Michener P.S. in Kanata, where the junior kindergarten program was moved last year. Katimavik Elementary School’s incoming junior kindergarten students will be redirected to Castlefrank Elementary School, while Grade 4 students entering the middle French immersion program will be redirected to either Bridlewood Community Elementary School or W. Erskine Johnston Public School, depending on whether they live north or south of the Queensway. The board also directed staff to consult on the proposed timelines, scope and consultation plan for an accommodation review and report to board at its meeting of March 22, with its findings and recommendations.

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A 27-storey condo tower planned by Claridge Homes for Nepean Street has been approved by city council despite objection from residents in the surrounding community. The building, which is slated to hold more than 230 units and seven levels of underground parking at 89 and 91 Nepean St., was previously zoned for buildings about 12 storeys in height. In exchange for the additional height, the developer was requested to provide some sort of “community benefit,” which could be anything from better park space to affordable housing or a day-care centre. “I think its way too high and the site is too small,” Somerset Coun. Diane Holmes told the city’s planning committee in its meeting on Feb. 22. She said it was premature to consider very tall buildings in that section of Centretown until comprehensive urban design and streetscaping guidelines have been determined through the mid-Centretown community design plan, which is currently in progress.

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City council has approved the construction of a 27-storey condo tower at 89 and 91 Nepean Street, a site that was originally zoned for a maximum 12-storey structure. Meanwhile, Claridge has come forward with a proposal for another 27-storey building to be built at 70 Gloucester St. The lot is adjacent to the Nepean Street project; the two sites would function as one with underground parking shared by the two buildings. As a re-

sult, the planning committee imposed a “holding provision” on Claridge, which extends the time that the city has to deal with its application. The holding provision can be lifted once the requirements of the site plan control are met and the monies for community ben-

efits are secured. Holmes suggested that next time Centretown residents want to be consulted on such projects in the early stages, adding that the decision had been made behind closed doors between the developer and the planning department.

“This is not a transparent process,” she said Charles Akben-Marchand, president of the Centretown Citizens Community Association, said the building was too tall on a small chunk of land. “We want to be sure the residential nature of the neighbourhood is preserved,” Akben-Marchand told the city’s planning commiittee. Whether the community or city councillors like the proposed towers or not, chances are 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 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. With files from Laura Mueller.




City approves Nepean Street condo development




City takes ‘sensitive’ approach to transit changes Commission approves 2.5 per cent fare hike, UPass fees to remain unchanged EMMA JACKSON

The city’s transit commission passed its draft budget last Thursday, raising fares an average of 2.5 per cent and opting to add more free seniors’ days, buy a number of double decker buses and keep the price of the UPass the same as last year. Transit committee chairwoman Diane Deans (Gloucester-Southgate) said the last three

years have seen fare hikes of 7.5 per cent annually, and she vowed to put a stop to such large fare jumps this year. “To me, it’s counter-intuitive. If you want more people riding public transit, you don’t have huge fare increases,” she said, noting that there’s a limit to how small a fare increase can be. “Some people would like it to be zero, but costs go up.” The regular adult pass will rise $2.50 per month to $94, and

the adult express pass will increase by $2.00 up to $116 per month. The rural pass will jump $3.25 to $145 per month. Students got a relatively easy ride in the draft budget, with the UPass holding at $145 per semester because student associations at the University of Ottawa and Carleton University didn’t include an escalator clause in last year’s referendum, which means students only voted on a pass that costs a maximum of $145. The commission was hoping to raise the cost to $148.63, but allowed the UPass program to be extended at the same price so that student associations can

have time to hold new referendums with clauses that allow for inflationary far hikes. Outside the UPass, monthly student passes will rise $1.75 for regular riders and $2.50 for express users. Rural student passes will increase by $2.25. Day passes, monthly community passes and cash fares will stay the same, and tickets will increase by five cents each. Deans said the city is taking a more “sensitive approach” to how it handles OC Transpo this year, as it looks at redundancies and inefficiencies in the system and tries to streamline service. “It’s a different approach, in

the past they would propose to lob off entire routes, and now they’re talking about doing it much more sensitively than they have in the past,” Deans said. One idea on the table is to make express routes truly express by limiting passenger pick-up along transitways after a certain point inside the city, in an effort to speed up route times and make sure that express buses coming from rural and suburban areas aren’t bogged down by urban users. The draft transit budget will be up for final approval at the budget deliberations and council meeting beginning March 8.

Associations prepare for upcoming OMB hearings on Lansdowne zoning EDDIE RWEMA

Glebe and Old Ottawa south residents met on Feb.24 to discuss new zoning provisions for Lansdowne Park, which is the subject of the appeal to the Ontario Municipal Board. The purpose of the meeting was to ensure the Glebe Community Association and Old Ottawa South Community Association take full account of residents’ concerns at mediation or hearings conducted by the OMB, to which they are appealing. Changes to zoning at Lansdowne Park, as a result of plans by the Ottawa Sports and Entertainment Group to redevelop the property, have been appealed to the OMB by the two associations. Mediation is scheduled for March 7-10, with a formal hearing expected on May 9.

“Our purpose is to provide you with an understanding of the issues and obtain your views to inform our position in mediation and hearings,” Bob Brocklebank, past president of the Glebe Community Association, told the gathering. “We wanted to be sure that the community has confidence in what we are doing,” he said. Lansdowne has been zoned for a major leisure facility that would accommodate major urban city-wide sports, recreational and cultural facilities The changes also allow taller buildings along Bank Street and lower buildings towards the Rideau Canal. Different speakers opposed the zoning, saying it was incompatible with the surrounding community. They also raised concerns that the scale of development permitted may exceed capacity of transportation infrastructure.

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Former Glebe Community Association president Bob Brocklebank said the associations appealing the Lansdowne redevelopment at the OMB want to make sure they have the confidence of the community.

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Westin Ottawa general manager John Jarvis, left, Yasir Naqvi, MPP for Ottawa Centre and Ottawa Tourism chairman John Murray and CEO Noel Buckley announce $500,000 in tourism funding for Ottawa.

Province pumps $500,000 into Ottawa tourism EDDIE RWEMA

The Ontario government plans to spend $500,000 worth of investment to help the Ottawa tourism industry draw more domestic and international visitors through conventions and conferences. Ottawa Centre MPP Yasir Naqvi announced the money will support efforts to market the nation’s capital and its new convention centre to the rest of the world. “What we are doing is trying to sell Ottawa as a must-visit destination for more international conventions and more tourists,” said Naqvi. Naqvi added the Convention

Development Fund will help Ottawa draw 19 new conventions bringing in 53,000 new visitors, generating an estimated $57 million boost for the local economy and providing additional support for 19,000 existing tourism jobs in Ottawa. “Conventions are big business in Ottawa – they support hundreds of local jobs, generate revenue for local business, and help turn new visitors into repeat tourists.” Tourism is Ottawa’s third largest industry, contributing $2.2 billion to the city’s economy annually “Ottawa Tourism is pleased that the province is providing resources for this very important component of the tourism

industry,” said John Murray, chairman of Ottawa Tourism. “These investments will provide for a significantly enhanced sales approach when targeting the Convention market.” In 2008, convention visitors spent more than twice as much as other visitors to Ontario and generated over $1 billion. The Convention Development Fund builds on the collaboration of local tourism and convention partners by providing matching funds for eligible costs. The Ottawa Convention Centre is undergoing a major redevelopment that will almost triple its capacity and greatly enhance its appeal to convention, meeting and trade show planners. It will reopen in April.




come close to matching the level of output from a real branch – Greenboro had more than 41,000 items checked out in January alone – other community centres lacking a nearby library branch could also use the kiosk service to give the community more options. Stirling said the OPL will be evaluating all the data and inputs from the Hunt Club kiosk in the next quarter to see if the pilot would be a viable permanent program.

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Greenboro library staff member Jocelyn Peever restocks the library kiosks at the Hunt Club-Riverside community centre, the result of a pilot project which over the last year saw more than 7,000 items checked out from the vending machines. the community centre in a drop box between the youth machine and the adult machine, both of which include fiction, non-fiction and DVDs. Patrons simply swipe their card and key in the item number, and the book drops to the floor

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Canada’s first library vending machines are entering a new chapter as they celebrate their first anniversary this month at the Hunt Club-Riverside Community Centre off Paul Anka Drive, where the library kiosks’ popularity among residents has been steadily growing. As of January 2011, more than 7,100 items had been checked out of the two library kiosks since the pilot project began in March 2010. More than 1,000 of those items were checked out in January alone, according to Jennifer Stirling, manager of digital services for the Ottawa Public Library (OPL). Between March and December 2010, kiosk usage averaged about 600 items a month, spiking to around 1,000 in October and November and falling back down in December. Despite the uneven upward trend, there’s no doubt the community has welcomed the new technology. “From what we’ve heard from the councillor, there’s been a really good response,� Stirling said, adding that the Hunt ClubRiverside Community Centre was a good location for the pilot because it is not getting a library of its own any time soon. “It was an opportunity to look at whether we could provide service without needing to provide staff or when we didn’t have space. It was a good trial to see if that kind of service would work.� The approximately 475 library items in the “kiosk collection� are treated like books from any other library branch, labelled with stickers denoting them specifically for the kiosk. Returns can be made right at

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A youth-led community garden in Ottawa has received a $5,000 grant from the Heart and Stroke Foundation to help kids become more active and eat healthier. Through the Green Star Enterprise, 10 teens were recruited to maintain six plots at the Kilborn allotment garden, harvesting and sharing produce with the Ottawa community. “The program intends to build a youth advocacy group for increased access to health eating and physical activity in their community,� said Ken Campbell, president of Green Star Enterprise. He said the program engages the

teens as agents for change by contributing their unique perspective and desire to take action. The teens have been visiting area schools teaching young people about food, building a garden network and improving their life skills. They are also planning to partner with other local community organizations that are working on community gardens and local nutrition policies in the Ottawa region. More than half of Canadian children between the ages of 5 and 17 aren’t active enough to support optimal health and development. Almost 40 per cent of those served by food banks in Ontario are children. The Heart and Stroke Foundation of Ontario is giving back to the community by supporting grassroots or-

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Outdoor festivals, fairs to benefit from liquor law changes MATTHEW JAY

In a move that will potentially create a less restrictive atmosphere at Ontario festivals, fairs and other outdoor events, the McGuinty government announced several changes to the province’s liquor laws last week. Among the changes the province is considering are removing the requirement for beer tents at outdoor festivals, allowing people to wander with their drinks and extending the hours of alcohol service at events like weddings or other private celebrations from 1 a.m. to 2 a.m., which is the current regulation for licensed establishments. The Liberal government is also looking at allowing the sale of all-inclusive vacation packages in the province. The proposed changes would be accompanied by changes to penalties imposed for the violation of Ontario liquor laws. Currently, festivals like Westfest, held every year in Westboro, have restrictions on where alcohol can be served, usually in a designated beer garden located away from entertainment, exhibits and vendors. “Now, especially keeping in mind their new location, where they’ll have a bigger area for concerts – which will be penned – they will be able to sell alcohol in that whole area,” said Ottawa Centre MPP Yasir Naqvi. “So it’s not like people will be able to take alcohol to the street, there will still be a penned area, but it will be beyond just the beer tent. “This is something festivals

like Westfest have been asking the government to do for some time.” Naqvi said the changes were less of a “revolution” and more of an attempt by lawmakers to bring the liquor laws in Ontario to the same standard as other places in Canada and the United States, something with which Ottawa Bluesfest executive director Mark Monahan concurred. “In general terms, this would level the playing field for all festivals in Ontario – old or new – and put them in the same league as other events across North America,” he said in an email. The proposed changes will also be a boon to events like the Ottawa Folk Festival which in the past has been licensed, but there were restrictions imposed on where merchandise vendors were able to set up. The changes will allow those vendors to locate in the licensed area and festival-goers will be able to browse their wares, drink in hand. According to Naqvi, the government will now hold consultations with various stakeholders over a period of about a month and the changes could be implemented before the festival season begins this summer. The changes currently under consideration are the latest in a series of tweaks made to Ontario’s liquor laws by the McGuinty government. In 2010 the Liberals introduced tougher impaired driving laws, including a zero blood alcohol tolerance for drivers under 21 and an ignition interlock program for repeat offenders. The province also began permitting the licensing of movie theatres and bingo halls in 2009.

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In October last year, Carleton University had members of Lifeline handcuffed, arrested, charged and with trespassing for attempting to display an exhibit that the university administration deemed disturbing and offensive.

Anti-abortion group files suit against Carleton EDDIE RWEMA

An anti-abortion group at Carleton has sued the university claiming the administration broke its own codes of conduct regarding human rights and academic freedom. The $225,000 lawsuit, filed in Ontario Superior Court Feb.18 by Carleton students Ruth Lobo and John McLeod, claims the university breached its own human rights policies. “Carleton University has been censoring and discriminating against Carleton Lifeline on the basis of their political beliefs,” said Albertos Polizogopoulos, the Ottawa lawyer representing the students. Carleton Lifeline is asking the court to declare that Carleton University and its administration have breached their own internal policies regarding freedom of expression, academic freedom and discrimination.

The lawsuit also requests that the university be ordered to comply with these internal policies. Polizogopoulos said the university has refused to reveal the legal justification or university policy on which they rely to support their actions towards Carleton Lifeline. “Their behavior is actionable and Carleton Lifeline wants to ensure that this does not happen again,” he said. In October last year, Carleton University had members of Lifeline handcuffed, arrested, charged and with trespassing for attempting to display an exhibit that the university administration deemed disturbing and offensive due to the graphic nature of the display. During the October demonstration, students held up posters showing pictures of aborted fetuses along with images from the Holocaust and the Rwandan genocide in the Tory Quad, one of the busiest spots on campus.

Ottawa police arrested four students, all members of Carleton Lifeline, and a fifth student from Queen’s University and charged them with trespassing. Carleton University said in a statement it will defend itself vigorously against the claim filed by the group. The statement noted that Carleton University has always acted in a manner that attempts to balance the Lifeline group’s right to exercise free speech with the desire to allow other members of the campus community to choose whether or not they wanted to see the images that make up the Genocide Awareness exhibit. “To that end, the University repeatedly offered the Lifeline group the use of Porter Hall, a venue that is used for town hall meetings, speeches and other events on campus, in addition to a table in the University Centre Galleria for the purpose of leafleting and directing people to the exhibit,” the statement said.

Researchers aim at finding treatment for pediatric cancers EDDIE RWEMA

A team of researchers at the Children’s Hospital of Eastern Ontario has received $4.5 million in federal funding to embark on an ambitious project to that will study the genetic causes of a range of rare disorders. Working through Genome Canada, the team led by geneticist Kym Boycott of the CHEO Research Institute will share the grant with another research team at the University of British Columbia. Boycott and her team will

study more than 70 childhood genetic disorders, while the UBC team will investigate six of the most challenging types of cancer to afflict children. “Every gene that we discover as part of this initiative will allow us to study ... the pathways about how this gene interacts in the body,” she said. Boycott will use new genomics technology developed in Canada that allows sequencing of genetic material. She said she hopes to have the initial findings available to the medical community by the end of April. Minister of state for science

and technology Gary Goodyear made the funding announcement at CHEO on Feb.22, stressing that the investment will help find important new treatments for children with cancer and rare genetic diseases affecting thousands of Canadian children. About 25 patients and their families in the Ottawa area are set to be part of the study. “They want to know exactly what’s going on with their children and why it’s happened,” Boycott said. \The researchers will use leading edge sequencing tech-

nology to rapidly scan the DNA of the entire human genome that is contained in tumor cells. Since 2000 Genome Canada, a not-for-profit corporation dedicated to developing and implementing a national strategy in genomics and proteomics research, has received $915 million in funding commitments from federal government. “Canada is now poised to take a leading position in disease gene discovery, opening up exciting new possibilities for diagnosis and treatment,” said Dr. Pierre Meulien, president and CEO of Genome Canada.

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Osgoode Coun. Doug Thompson is looking to bring gaming tables to Rideau Carleton Raceway to boost revenues for the city. several casino tables that allow patrons to visit a virtual dealer to play games like Black Jack and Roulette. Lawryk noted that adding real casino tables, which would be staffed by actual dealers, would fill a gap in the region’s gambling offerings. “This program doesn’t exist for Ottawans right now, you have to go out of province or down to Gananoque or to another OLG venue,” he said. “There is a void in terms of our product offering, and we’re quite excited about the possibility.”

Thompson will ask council to endorse the plan at the regular council meeting on March 10, by sending a letter to the province indicating that it supports the raceway’s proposal. If the council endorsement passes and the province grants approval for the project, the process of amending the raceway’s zoning to allow casino tables inside RCR’s zoning will begin. Gloucester-Southgate Coun. Diane Deans raised concerns that the endorsement process has skipped committee debate

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The Rideau Carleton Raceway is partnering with Osgoode Coun. Doug Thompson in an effort to convince city council to endorse the installation of 21 casino tables in its entertainment centre. It is hoped the local tables will keep more gaming revenues inside the province and the City of Ottawa. “We’d like to try a pilot project to launch tables to level the playing field between us and our competition, and hopefully repatriate funds from provincial residents and tourists, that are currently leaving the province,” explained Alex Lawryk, senior advisor and spokesperson for the Rideau Carleton Raceway. The area’s closest casino is Lac Leamy in Gatineau, which Mayor Jim Watson said during Feb. 23’s council meeting is taking away precious gaming revenue that could be put to use on the Ontario side of the river. The City of Ottawa could stand to make around $2 million in extra revenues if the casino service is added, Lawryk said. Currently the raceway has

and gone straight to council, but Thompson said it’s a reasonable method because there isn’t much to discuss at this point. “Council can say, ‘We, as an elected group, don’t want to do that,’ and it would be a dead issue. If council decides, ‘We would like to say yes, and we think it’s a good thing to start the process,’ then there’s a process with lots of public consultation,” he said, noting that the zoning amendment and necessary traffic studies would create many opportunities for public input. However Deans said she’d rather see the public be heard on the overarching topic rather than the zoning details. “To go from a slots operation to a full service casino is a significant change, and I believe it’s important to consult the public before council decides that’s something that we should be doing,” she said, noting that rezoning is a property issue process and wouldn’t address the public’s concerns about having a casino in general. “I don’t think city council should assume the public’s position on (having a casino). It hasn’t been on the public agenda for well

over a decade.” Deans said she is also concerned about added traffic on the already congested Albion Road through Blossom Park, if Lac Leamy regulars start driving to Ottawa South instead of Gatineau. “This will clearly exacerbate the problem. You will have many, many more people. All those people that Mayor Watson is saying go over the border to gamble, they’re all going to shortcut through Blossom Park,” she said. Lawryk disagrees, believing the impact will be small. “We’re not talking about a big increase in terms of patron count. This is not going to stress the Albion Road,” he said. Currently the Rideau Carleton Raceway has a racetrack, 1,250 slot machines operated by the Ontario Lottery and Gaming corporation (OLG), and a charity bingo hall. Several virtual casino tables were added in Dec. 2010, and have been very popular. The OLG is currently reviewing its gaming strategy across the province, and Lawryk said he hopes the RCR’s proposal can be part of the new plan.

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In the Byward Market

There are several fun, kid-friendly ways to spend an afternoon in the ByWard Market. Whether or not the canal is still open, you can enjoy a Beaver Tail and hot chocolate at the original Beaver Tails on William St. If your kids are interested in art, you can have a look at March Break camps at the Ottawa School of Art, or for some shorter-term fun, take them to Artissimo sessions at the National Gallery of Canada. There are even some free options for seeing art – take the kids to see Maman, the giant spider outside the gallery, or the newly acquired Hundred Foot Line at Nepean Point. You can also take them on a tour of the Bytown Museum, situated right next to the Locks, a great little Museum with a great kids’ space. For an afternoon of arts and crafts, head to the Sassy Bead Co. on William St or to Lenus Beads on Dalhousie for supplies, and get your kids making their own jewellery, or take them to Bang On, on

You can also take your kids on a tour through Nest, a toy store on Dalhousie St. that specializes in European-made toys. If you’re stopping for lunch, there are several fun places to take your kids in the Market – try Zak’s Diner, on ByWard, a popular option for burgers, fries and shakes or Ahora, a colorful little Mexican eatery with a delightful ambiance on Dalhousie St. It’s economically priced so you can afford to take the whole family. Just want a snack? Head to the ByWard Market building for cookies from Moulin de Provence, caramel apples from Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory or Montreal-style bagels from Continental Bagel Co. You can also get great treats at Aux Délices on ByWard, Piccolo Grande on Murray St., Pure Gelato and Sugar Mountain on William St. Or, put together your own at-home picnic with sausages, cheeses and breads from the Continental Deli on York, or La Bottega Nicastro on George St. For dessert, try Memories, which has what has often been voted the World’s Best Carrot Cake. Happy March Break in the ByWard Market!

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With Winterlude finished and spring still a good ways away, kids and adults alike are starting to get cabin fever. If you’re not able to get out of town this March break, there are great “Staycation” activities right here in Ottawa’s downtown.

William St., where they can make their own t-shirts. Close by, you’ll find Lost Marbles, where you can find some great items for crazy fun with the kids. There are also a couple of bookstores with great options for kids – Librairie du Soleil on George St, Nicholas Hoare on Sussex Dr, and Argosy Books on Dalhousie.


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sgoode Coun. Doug Thompson put his money on a dark horse last week when he announced he’s looking for a council endorsement to bring casino tables to the Rideau Carleton Raceway in Ottawa South. He faces some formidable opposition in the form of Gloucester-Southgate Coun. Diane Deans who has questioned his methods, which don’t allow for public consultation before council decides what side of the gambling fence it sits on. No doubt he will also hear complaints from anti-gambling groups, residents concerned about traffic, and perhaps even the odd bingo hall which stands to lose some business as the raceway continues to offer more services. But at the heart of the matter, Thompson’s message rings true: if people are gambling anyway, why not make a few bucks for Ottawa while they’re at it? As a city we complain about rising property taxes, rocketing transit fares and increased utility and user fees. Even when council makes all the concessions it can to keep tax increases to a minimum, we complain they’re much too high. So why not embrace an easy $2 million in revenue that’s already being spent just a short

trip across the Ottawa River at Lac-Leamy? We’ve already made $37 million in revenue from the slots and races since they started operating at the Raceway – so unless the plan’s opposition wants to shut the entire entertainment centre down, the ethical argument is moot. In the grand scheme of things, $2 million is just a drop in the budget bucket. But that money could be used to start a much-needed social program, to begin building a new recreational facility, or saved to protect future sensitive wetlands. Maybe it could be used to fund a gambling addiction support centre. There is certainly an argument to be made against encouraging government-endorsed addictions such as gambling. In reality, however, most people who currently visit the Gatineau casino are gambling responsibly, in the same way most people drink responsibly. For the small group of people who are susceptible to a gambling addiction, the city has a responsibility to monitor the issue. But the fact is most money spent in casinos is spent responsibly, and the city should be getting a piece of the action – if only to boost their bottom line.


The aging demographic: hear it roar


atching people break out in revolt all over the Middle East, Canadians wonder when it will happen here. The answer is it won’t, because, relative to other parts of the world, we don’t have that much to revolt about. On the other hand, we could speak up a bit more than we do now. Take, for example, seniors. We have been hearing for years about the coming power of the over-65 demographic. And suddenly it is here. The first wave of the baby boomers has turned 65. Those who got there first have been patiently waiting for reinforcements. Now they are here and many more are coming. The power is here. It just hasn’t been used yet. But there are issues where the voice of the over-65s could be raised. A nice test of the power of seniors would be the question of whatever it is that’s happening to buses in Ottawa these days. The specific are a bit hard to follow but the generalities follow a pattern that has been familiar for decades. It goes like this: OC Transpo faces declining ridership and revenues so it increases fares and cuts routes. For decades people have been telling OC Transpo

CHARLES GORDON Funny Town that cutting service and raising fares is not the way to get more people to ride the bus. Some day it will sink in. Maybe the over-65s can help that process along. Everybody recognizes that having more people ride the buses is a public good. It reduces traffic, cuts pollution and so on. But more people will only ride the buses if the buses are there. It sounds like the likelihood of them being there is decreasing. This is where seniors could test their newly arrived political clout. The latest proposal nixes the idea of a half-price fare for seniors. It adds a couple of free days, Monday and Friday, providing seniors travel after noon, an idea that has rightly been criticized as social engineering of a most condescending sort. Is this something to email your coun-


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All this produces a great occasion for seniors to do some roaring and frighten a few city councillors and bureaucrats. The changes, as they have been outlined, are irrational, as usual, and seniors will feel it more than most. The idea of public transit is to get people out of their cars. That’s always a good idea. In the case of some seniors, it’s a very good idea. But people need to be given a reason to get out of their cars. So far, Transpo isn’t doing it. But the decision-makers should know that seniors, unlike younger folk, always vote. As long as they can get to the polls.

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’m not a horse; I’m a blanket. People are always using me to cover themselves and it’s so annoying.” My four-year-old son is the funniest guy I know. Seriously. If I was half as funny as him, I’d have a daily column. He’s so funny and creative and active that, well, sometimes I feel bad that I have to send him off to public school every day. Don’t get me wrong. He’s doing well in junior kindergarten. At the meet-theteacher interview in February, I found out he’s the leader of his group, that he has a clear sense of justice, and that he and his classmates have mastered the entire year’s mathematics curriculum. “I realized I was so far ahead that I just stopped teaching math altogether,” said the teacher. Seriously? Seriously. She wasn’t being funny. I wasn’t quite sure what to say, if only because the interview was conducted in French (not my mother tongue). But also because I couldn’t believe the teacher had just explicitly claimed she was dumbing down the entire curriculum to make sure the 40 students she was teaching didn’t get too far ahead of other kids in the province, who are all much dumber than they were 10 years ago when the curriculum was more rigorous, apparently. Upon reflection, though, I’m pretty sure that’s exactly what she said. Should I be surprised? We live in a society where when life gets tough, we lower the bar. In January, the Canadian Society for Exercise Physiology (CSEP) released new guidelines for physical activity, which actually reduced the minimum recommended amount of daily exercise required for both adults and children. Old recommendations suggested adults



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get 30 minutes of moderate-rigorous physical activity per day and children get 90 minutes per day. The new recommendation is 150 minutes per week for adults (or just over 20 minutes per day), and a minimum of 60 minutes per day for children. The sad fact is that just seven per cent of Canadian children and 15 per cent of adults are meeting the new, lower requirements. Even sadder is that universities, the CSEP, Health Canada, and others are trying to sell the new guidelines as an improvement over the old ones. Among the half dozen or so reasons justifying the new guidelines, the most laughable was that “the inactivity crisis deserves up-to-date guidelines.” Yes, I suppose it does. But if the goal is to get Canadians healthier, fitter, shouldn’t those guidelines be more rigorous? Apparently not. The justification behind the dumbing down of our exercise regime goes something as follows: If the recommendations make exercise seem too difficult, it will discourage people from engaging in physical activity at all. I don’t get it. We have an obesity epidemic in this country. We’re all getting fatter. Children are fatter. Adults are fatter. Even our pets our fatter. (I noticed my cat was looking pear-shaped the other day). But do we tax junk food? No. Do we cut off the cable television? No. Do we establish morning marching and stretching? No. Here in Canada, to combat the obesity epidemic, we reduce the daily recommendations for physical exercise. Like the kindergarten teacher who put away the abacus mid-February, the establishment has hidden the old recommendations away in the cupboard in the hopes that a soft approach will reap bigger rewards. I’m not a betting woman, but if I were, I’d wager we’ll all still be sitting on our butts this time mid-winter. The only difference is that this time next year we’ll be able to use the new recommendations to justify our sedentary lives, because, well, we don’t want to get too far ahead of the rest of them.


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Taking a different look at life on a native reserve EDDIE RWEMA

A documentary filmed by a Carleton University student that explores the difficulties faced by people living in First Nation reserves in Northern Ontario is set to premiere next week. Life on the Reserve is a tale of the significant challenges that people living on reserves have to deal with, as well as the hope they have for their community, as told by the residents themselves. Graham Shonfield, a secondyear public affairs and policy management student, volunteered last summer at a northern Ontario First Nation reserve. When he was 15, he travelled to Kenya and worked on a development project, but nothing prepared him for the conditions he experienced at Gull Bay. Shonfield knew a little bit about First Nation people before his trip to Gull Bay: that they were the first people to live in Canada and that after being exploited by European settlers, they faced numerous problems. As a city-kid, all he knew about their problems was what


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Carleton student Graham Shonfield, centre, has made a film about life at Gull Bay First Nation reserve. he saw on the TV, which often he said often cast the subject in a very negative. “I’m trying to convey a message of hope,” said Shonfield. “Whenever I heard about First Nations, it was often only about conflict, land claims, tragedy, and I just wanted to show a different side to them – a side of

hope that most non-aboriginals rarely see” Shonfield said he was motivated to shoot the documentary by the people he met while living on the reserve. “I volunteered in Gull Bay for two months and during that time I met a lot of incredible people.

“I tried to go in there openminded and free of judgment, but some stereotypes kept creeping into my head. Although some stereotypes were unfortunately true, I found that most were shattered to pieces.” He says the people that he met on the reserve were caring, intelligent and funny.

His documentary follows a few members of the Gull Bay First Nation community as they talk about their daily lives at the reserves. “After hearing these stories and meeting these people, I just thought that more people needed to know about what living on a reserve is really like and know about the solutions that the community is implementing themselves,” said Shonfoield. Filmed over three days, he hopes the documentary will help educate people about the challenges facing people living on reserves, an experience to which most non-aboriginals and new Canadians cannot relate. “Next time people think it’s not OK for people a world away not to have clean drinking water, they should look in their backyard, we have people in Ontario who don’t have clean drinking water. “I’m hoping to change perspectives and show that Aboriginals are not exactly what you see in the news and that they are amazing people.” Proceeds from the screening at the Mayfair Theatre on March.9 will go back to Gull Bay First Nation reserve.



Flexibility and quick response times key to recruiting, agency says EMMA JACKSON

In Ottawa’s complex volunteering sector, agencies never stop struggling to bring volunteers into their organizations – but it’s not always for a lack of willing people. According to Keenan Wellar, executive staff leader at the intellectual disabilities support charity Live Work Play, often the biggest barriers to recruiting volunteers come from the agencies themselves, who he said are often unwilling to embrace new technologies and new methods to reach out to various demographics. “I think many agencies are using the same or very similar recruitment methods and offering same opportunities that they have for years and years, and then they’re surprised when volunteers with different interests and ways of communicating aren’t knocking down their doors,” Wellar said, noting that the rise of social media tools such as Facebook and Twitter are among some of the most useful – and ignored – methods of recruitment. “Some people don’t understand that social media is part of your overall communications strategy,” he said. “It is a tremendous benefit to us, there’s no better market. You can’t pay to have someone speaking from the heart like that, giving those little microtestimonials (online). And of course their contacts will look to that.” Wellar said the worst thing an agency can do is use an overarching ad calling for general volunteers. He said men especially need ads that give job-specific details, so that they know exactly what they’re getting into. “The open-ended appeal is difficult, there are these extreme demands on volunteers and they

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According to Keenan Wellar, executive staff leader at Live Work Play, volunteer agencies need to take advantage of social media such as Facebook and Twitter to give their recruiting efforts a boost. have to slot out their interests very carefully,” he said. “They are very wary of going through the process and then being expected to commit to more or something different than they had in mind.” Citizen Advocacy, which matches volunteers to residents with disabilities who need some company or help with errands, makes a huge effort to personalize its advertisements through online databases such as Volunteer Ottawa. “What seems to be working for us is really trying to target more specific groups. Instead of a general ad saying ‘we’re looking for volunteers’, we’re actually creating a story about somebody specific,” said Hilary Albers, who co-ordinates volunteers for Citizen Advocacy. “Something like, ‘Tim really likes sports and cars, and he’s more comfortable hanging out in his apartment but he’d like someone to come spend time with him.’ I think that way you can attract people who can relate to that person. I think having a more personal

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Targeting specific groups rather than using general calls for help during volunteer recruiting drives seems to work well for Citizen Advocacy, said volunteer co-ordinator Hilary Albers. ‘I think having a more personal approach is always very helpful and meaningful.’ approach is always very helpful and meaningful.” When it comes to Facebook and Twitter, however, Albers said those tools are great for some agencies but are not onesize-fits-all, especially for the type of volunteer Citizen Advo-

cacy is looking for. “I think a lot of the demographics that we’re gearing toward might not be your typical Facebooker or tech-savvy person. Maybe the younger crowd and students for sure, but older prospective volunteers don’t use

Approved route was only third choice in downtown core From LAURIER on page 1 “It is disruptive to residents, it is disruptive to commerce, and we believe it is simply not a safe corridor for cycling.” City staff will monitor the pilot project over the next two cycling seasons and report back to council with their findings. At the end of the pilot, council will consider whether to

remove the bike lanes or make the project permanent. The board of Citizens for Safe Cycling said in a statement it supports the pilot project because it will provide cyclists with a much-needed route through downtown, and it will encourage more people to use active modes of transportation.

“The Laurier Avenue lanes will make cycling in Ottawa much more appealing, especially to people who would otherwise avoid the downtown core because they are afraid to bike in heavy traffic.” Last summer, the city surveyed 271 residents, business and community associations. Although the public voted

overwhelmingly in favour of a bike lane on Somerset Street (49 per cent supported that option), Vélo Québec (a non-profit group the city consulted) recommended a segregated lane for Laurier Avenue, which only eight per cent of the public supported. Laurier was actually the third choice, behind Gladstone

that tool, and a lot of our protégés (clients) don’t use that as a tool,” she explained, noting that the agency is busy enough without maintaining Facebook and Twitter pages. “To ask someone to maintain a Facebook page, it’s almost like a full time job. You have to commit to it, you have to have something new and exciting to say, you have to draw people to it. That is a job in itself,” she said. Wellar said he doesn’t understand the “old-school” mentality that often rejects new tools like Facebook, but he said an even bigger barrier for agencies is their level of bureaucracy. “The number one complaint we hear is that the process was a turn-off,” he said. “It’s great to go online and have a Facebook page or email, but if you don’t have anyone monitoring it, that’s terrible. If it was days before I got a response, I would think, ‘Do I really want to get involved with this agency?’” Citizen Advocacy’s process is certainly lengthy, involving an information session, a two-hour personal interview, a reference check and a police record check, but Albers said it’s absolutely necessary. “We take the time to get to know our prospective volunteer advocates, we want our matches to be successful and long term. We’re looking for people who can commit to at least a year if not longer. It’s about developing relationships,” she said. The common element seems to be that every agency is different, but that they need to keep up with changing trends and be able to adapt to meet their volunteers’ needs, said Omaima Faris, the volunteer co-ordinator for the Ottawa Community Immigrant Services Organization (OCISO). “It’s really hard for the agencies, but you really have to be creative and flexible to go with the flow with the volunteers, because we need them,” she said. “They may need us for some pieces, but essentially we need them for our services.”

Avenue. But Laurier was judged to be the best option based on a number of criteria, including current and potential bicycle traffic, links with surrounding areas and bike-storage facilities and the impact on transit stops, parking and shopping. The only criteria that Laurier wasn’t deemed the best option for was the potential for impacting automobile traffic. With files from Laura Mueller


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Jr. Senators defenceman Camron Edwards (26) lines up a shot on goaltender Kyle Lamothe as 73’s blueliner Ben Hutton waits to collect any rebounds during Kemptville’s 2-1 win over Ottawa on Feb. 23 at the Jim Durrell Complex.

Jr. Senators postseason dreams all but shattered following loss to 73’s MATTHEW JAY

In what could be the critical blow to their playoff hopes after a lacklustre effort, the Ottawa Jr. Senators were defeated 2-1 by the Kemptville 73’s at the Jim Durrell Complex on Feb. 23. “We didn’t want to do this,” said Ottawa head coach Peter Howes after the game. “It’s sort of like a cat with nine lives. We had four lives and we wanted to keep it in our hands.” Howes said he had stressed to his players the importance of doing the hard work themselves, winning the games they had to win and not relying on other teams to slip up. “But when we don’t have all 20 guys committed, it’s not a good thing.” Ottawa’s top lines went AWOL for long stretches of the first and second periods, and it wasn’t until the third period with the game in the balance that they started to take the game to Kemptville. “When the (Carl) Faucher- (Dylan) Giberson- (Christian) Leger-line are the ones who are providing the biggest spark on the team, you’re not going to win many games,” Howes said. Things got a little bleaker for the Jr. Senators on Feb. 25, when they dropped a close 4-3 game in Brockville. The loss, coupled with a win by the Bears over Kemptville, means the Jr. Senators are

three points back with two games remaining. They were to play the Braves again on March 2 at home before closing out the season against the Nepean Raiders at the Jim Durrell on March 5. Kemptville took an early lead through Josh Pitt less than two minutes into the game. Pitt trailed behind an odd-man rush to collect a big rebound and flipped it past goaltender Dean Shepherdson to record his 10th goal of the season. The home team struggled to gain a foothold in the back-and-forth game until Andrew Hampton collected a pass from Dalen Hedges, powered his way into the slot and snapped a shot past Kyle Lamothe to tie the game at 1-1. The goal was Hampton’s 15th of the season. The 73’s continued to frustrate the Jr. Senators’ attack in the second period, and while Lamothe had some luck when Ottawa rang a couple of shots off his posts, a stifling Kemptville defensive effort limited any legitimate scoring chances for the home team. Pitt would seal the game for Kemptville at 7:50 of the third period. Racing in on a breakaway, he kept Shepherdson guessing long enough to wrist a shot over the goalie’s glove. The Jr. Senators pushed for a tying goal, but the 73’s kept their defensive resolve long enough to walk away with the win.




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The Ottawa Ice battled hard but couldn’t quite make it onto the provincial podium as they hosted the Ontario ‘AA’ ringette championships last weekend.


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Nepean wins two bronze, Ottawa shut out at home ringette provincials BY DAN PLOUFFE They didn’t have to travel since it was their own association hosting the tournament, but all three Ottawa Ice teams made a trip to heartbreak hotel with some crushing losses this past weekend during the Ontario ‘AA’ ringette championships at the Jim Durrell Complex and Nepean Sportsplex. The disappointing fate wasn’t new for the Junior under-16 Ice – the same group that came up short two years ago when they were ranked No. 2 in the province. This time, the sting was even stronger as silver-medallist Waterloo handed Ottawa a 5-4 overtime loss in the division semi-finals, followed by an 8-7 defeat to Nepean in the bronze medal game. Christie Kellam led the way offensively with 10 goals and 10 assists for the Ice, who earned a 5-1 record in the preliminary round. For Ottawa’s Belle U19 squad, their heartbreak came in a tie-breaker minigame to decide which team would advance to the playoff round after ending up in a three-way tie for the final spot with a 5-1 preliminary-round record. Nepean skated off with a 1-0 overtime victory in that contest and went on to win the bronze. The Tween U14 Ice drew praise from the gold medal-winning Pickering-Ajax club as the best team they faced this season, but Ottawa didn’t get the wins to match, dropping close contests in all four of their defeats to go beside two victories. “We had some tough losses,” acknowledges Ice Tween coach Jenna McBride, herself a ringette national team player. “We hit a lot of posts and struggled to put

the ring in the net. We have some disappointed ladies, but it’s provincials, so it’s a fun experience for them. “Some of them, it was their first time playing in overtime at provincials, so it’s a learning experience about how to handle that situation.” Despite the disappointing results against the province’s best, McBride was proud to see her team improve all season long and compete hard at the Ontario championships. “The girls really played their hearts and souls out,” notes McBride, who enjoyed having the tournament in Ottawa so that a bigger crowd of family and friends had the chance to come out and watch. “They’ve all contributed and worked so hard this season.” It was an intense schedule for each of the 36 teams that competed in the three divisions with at least two games a day for the first three preliminary-round days of the Feb. 24-27 tournament. That was especially true for McBride’s assistant coach, Lane MacAdam, whose daughters Laurel, Kirsten and Kali played on the Ice Tween, Junior and Belle squads respectively. It means an awful lot of time at the rink for the family, but nonstop ringette suits them just fine. “I think this sport is alive and well,” MacAdam adds. “People think that we’re losing players to hockey, but I think we’ve kept the numbers. When people see the game for the first time, they realize how fast and exciting a sport it can be.” Pickering beat Waterloo to win the Tween championship, while Whitby bested Waterloo in Junior and St. Clements was dominant in Belle to also finish ahead of Waterloo.

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Barracudas, Kingfish win Ontario swimming gold

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The Nepean-Kanata Barracudas and the Greater Ottawa Kingfish each won a gold medal at the 2011 Ontario junior short-course swimming championships, hosted by NKB last weekend at the Nepean Sportsplex. Liam Veregin of the Kingfish topped the 12-year-old boys’ field in the 100-metre backstroke and also won silver in the 200-metre back, while the Barracudas girls’ relay team of Josée Barrette, Jessica Yu, Janet Zhao and Madison Pulfer captured gold in the 400-metre freestyle race for 13- and 14-year-olds. Other area medallists included Jacob Paduch (silver, 11 & under boys’ 50-metre breaststroke),

Meagan Michie (silver, girls’ 50metre breaststroke) – both from GO Kingfish – and Barracudas swimmer Cattuong Le (bronze, 11-year-old girls’ 100-metre breaststroke). NKB relay teams took bronze in the girls’ 11-12 200-metre medley, bronze in girls’ 15-17 200-metre medley, bronze in girls’ 13-14 400-metre medley and silver in girls’ 13-14 200-metre medley, while the GO boys’ relay team won bronze in the 14-15 200-metre medley. Hundreds of the top youth swimmers from across Ontario kept the Sportsplex pool deck buzzing during the Feb. 24-27 event.




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Hillcrest Hawks primed for OFSAA trip a long time in the making BY DAN PLOUFFE

Two years ago, the current Hillcrest Hawks senior players sat in the stands as their school acted as one of host sites for the 2009 OFSAA boys’ basketball championship and watched the cross-town St. Matthew Tigers win the provincial crown. Two weeks ago, those players were back in the same gymnasium with the Tigers, but standing on the court this time, playing in a national capital semi-final game that would decide who gets to compete at the 2011 OFSAA ‘AAA’ championships. With a girls’ volleyball game scheduled for the same day, the start time of their contest was bumped up to 2 p.m., which allowed several classes to put down their books and cheer the Hawks on to a 75-56 victory and a berth in the March 7-9 Ontario high school finals in Niagara Falls. “The last game on our home court, we beat St. Matt’s – now that’s a nice memory to have going out,” smiles Grade 12 Hillcrest post player John Lenz. “The core of our team’s been together since Grade 9, and ever since we hosted OFSAA a few years ago, we saw ourselves there in the future.” Last week, the Hawks also played in the ‘AAA/AAAA’ city final, pulling back within two points in the fourth quarter after falling behind by 13 against a wellpolished Sacred Heart opponent that wound up taking the game 55-44. “My guys fought hard, and that’s one thing they don’t do is give up,” says Hillcrest coach Gary Monsour. “It’s nice to

see a team like Sacred Heart was once ranked No. 4 in the province, so it gives us some hope. I mean, we can play with them, so I think we’ll be competitive with teams (at OFSAA).” Led by three-point threat Wajdi Abumengal, the Hawks’ guard contingent that also features starters Emad Abdelmagid and Issack Egueh combines to present a formidable challenge for provincial rivals since they’re all difficult to keep up with off the dribble and carry the potential to shoot the lights out. “We run with them and when they’re on their game, it’s pretty hard to stop us,” Monsour adds. “It just opens up the inside game for our big guys (Lenz, along with Gurkaran Bajwa) when they have to extend their defence.” Monsour doesn’t know all of the OFSAA-bound teams, but he expects Toronto’s Oakwood Collegiate Institute will be one of the top entries. The Hawks’ goal is to win their first-round match-up and then go from there – which could be a long way if they’re playing their best and hitting their shots from the outside, Monsour notes. “It’s going to wild. It’s going to be a lot of fun,” says Lenz, who was awarded a $1,000 academic scholarship earlier this year from a tournament in Hamilton that he plans to put towards university engineering studies. “We know a little bit about what to expect, having seen some OFSAA games before. We know we have to be at our best if we’re going to be successful.”



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Canada Winter Games athletes bring home eight gold Ottawa athletes brought home a pile of medals – including eight gold – from the second week of Canada Winter Games competition in Nova Scotia. Leading the way was para cross-country skier Margarita Gorbounova, who won each of her women’s standing events to capture three gold in total. Jimmy Pintea was a doublegold medallist in table tennis, helping Ontario to a men’s team title and earning the mixed doubles title as well. Shannon Zheng also won a medal in the table tennis competition as she prevailed in five sets over Quebec to take women’s doubles bronze. Quincy Korte-King, profiled in the Feb. 25 edition of Ottawa This Week, made good on her wish to land atop the podium as she claimed gold in the women’s snowboard halfpipe competition. Lisa Nasu-Yu, who finished second in pre-novice at Skate Canada’s Eastern & Western Challenge earlier this year, bested the Challenge champion to grab gold in the women’s singles figure skating competition at the Canada Games, while ice

dancers Samantha Glavine and Jeff Hough won silver. Joseph Rogers prevailed in a three-set men’s singles match to help Ontario edge B.C. 3-2 in the badminton team event final and capture gold. Kelly Moore was a doublemedallist in alpine skiing, placing second in the women’s slalom event and third in the super combined. More than 2,700 athletes competed in 20 sports from Feb. 1127 at this year’s Canada Winter Games, which are held every four years. LOCAL HIGH SCHOOL TEAMS ADVANCE THROUGH PLAYOFFS The Ashbury Colts upset Garneau to advance to the national capital ‘A/AA’ boys’ contact hockey championship series against fellow underdog St. Paul. The Colts edged Garneau 4-3 on Feb. 24 to advance to the best-of-three final that will determine Ottawa’s representative at OFSAA. The Hillcrest Hawks flexed their muscles in national capital ‘AAA/AAAA’ boys’ contact hockey play, dominating St. Pe-

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Snowboarder Quincy Korte-King competed in her first World Cup and first Canada Winter Games, winning gold in the women’s snowboard halfpipe competition. ter 9-2 to win their semi-final playoff match on Feb. 23. The Hawks will now face St. Joseph in the best-of-three city championship series – an opponent they beat 6-1 during the regular season. The St. Mark Lions will play for the national capital girls’ ‘A/AA’ championship thanks to their 5-1 playoff victory over Osgoode last week. The Lions will now take on the Louis-Riel Re-

belles, who beat St. Mark 2-0 in the regular season, in the bestof-three league final. Both the Canterbury boys’ and girls’ curling teams moved into the semi-final round of the national capital high school

playoffs with quarter-final victories last week. The Canterbury ladies, who went 7-1 in the regular season, downed St. Joseph 9-7, while the boys remained unbeaten by knocking off St. Pius 7-2.



BY DAN PLOUFFE Those De La Salle volleyball girls sure know how to party. With the way the senior girls’ spikers celebrated their fourset national capital ‘AA’ volleyball championship victory over Gisèle-Lalonde last week, the only question is what they’d do to top it should they wind up winning next week’s OFSAA high school finals. But with the energy and creativity shared by all the Cavalier players, they shouldn’t have any trouble coming up with an encore presentation. With both finalists already guaranteed an entry for the March 8-9 provincial tournament in Barrhaven, the city championship game didn’t seem to carry that much importance, but that’s without considering the De La Salle pride factor. The Cavaliers had their perfect record spoiled by a regularseason loss to Gisèle-Lalonde, and they’d fallen to the same rivals in last year’s city final. “This victory for us was very important,” notes coach Yan Leroux. “It was on our hearts.” As much as they fully savoured the national capital title, the semi-final game that earned De La Salle a place in OFSAA was even more dramatic. It came down to a fifth set against Samuel-Genest for all the marbles. “It was so nerve-wracking,” describes Cavaliers middle Kaly Soro, a Grade 10 student who only started playing volleyball last year. “It was crazy. There was so much pressure and you just want to get that last point – it was too much to handle.” With around 350 fans, cheer-

fensive squad. With all starters – including Christine Ausman, Lindsey Gresham, Christine Ausman and Valéria Quintanar – capable of hitting and scoring double-digit point totals in a game, the Cavaliers will offer a formidable challenge to the province’s top schools. “I think we have a good chance of winning OFSAA, but I’ve never been,” signals Soro. “I’m just so pumped for it.” GRYPHONS GRAB OFSAA BERTH

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The De La Salle Cavaliers fully enjoyed the feeling of payback as they dumped the team that blemished their undefeated record and deprived them of the 2010 city title by winning a four-set national capital senior girls’ volleyball final over Gisèle-Lalonde last week. leaders and DJs watching on their home court, De La Salle pulled out a 15-13 victory in the final frame to secure the OFSAA berth. “The crowd went wild, everyone was crying,” Soro adds. “It was just a really, really fun match – highlight of my year.” It was a crowning achievement for a team that’s had its eyes on that prize for a very long time. The Cavaliers had well over 100 practices since the squad was selected last May and traveled to 11 tournaments, including three trips to U.S. competitions. “It’s a great feeling to have

worked so hard to get to where we are now,” smiles Myriam Sarazin-Frey, De La Salle’s diminutive setter who scored the last point of the city final with a big hit. All the time together has led to exceptional team chemistry, with players always saying hi to each other in the hallways, laughing constantly, and practicing their other shared love – dancing. “The girls love to sing and dance – and the whole team, not just a few of them,” Leroux explains. “That’s special for me to see, and for the girls.” There was a bit of a drawback

to Ottawa hosting the provincials – the players wouldn’t get to have the same kind of fun they do on the road. But after the victory over Samuel-Genest, Leroux had a surprise in store for his players – he’d be paying for a hotel to stay in anyhow. “It’s going to be the best of both worlds,” Sarazin-Frey says. “It’s great that you can have your friends and your family to cheer you on – and we get to stay at a hotel.” With eight returnees from the De La Salle team that finished in the Top-10 at OFSAA last year, there is the potential for big things from this high-power of-

Local OFSAA event offers chance for snowboarding growth BY DAN PLOUFFE When Camp Fortune hosts the OFSAA snowboard festival on Friday, March 4, it will mark the first time the event is held outside southern Ontario and represents an opportunity for Ottawa to play a little catch-up in the snowboarding game, says a Team Ontario coach at the recent Canada Winter Games. “It’s a really cool event,” states Ottawa’s Cassandra Smith, who is assisting the OFSAA organizers from Arnprior District High School. “This is really the opportunity for these kids around here to have an event in their own location to show what they can do. The kids are getting excited for the fact that it’s going to be here.”

Lisgar’s Rachael Penman will lead the contingent of Ottawa riders at OFSAA, having posted the fastest time – out of girls and boys – on the giant slalom courses at last week’s national capital championships. Penman will be joined by her fellow national capital gold-medallist Lisgar girls’ teammates for OFSAA, along with the secondand third-place schools, Sacred Heart and All Saints. Sacred Heart also qualified the city’s top boys’ squad for OFSAA, along with Glebe and All Saints, while individuals that will compete include Tara Hoffman (from Sir Robert Borden), Emma Wolna (Glebe), Alexandria Roy (Woodroffe), Jeremy Bissett (Sir Robert Borden), Oscar Dziewiecke (Mother Teresa)

and Mark Adams (Lisgar). Naturally, the young riders will be stoked for the chance to showcase their talents, but the event could also serve as an important building block for the capital region that doesn’t seem to have very developed programs in the view of Smith, a Merivale High School grad who recently moved back home after coaching in Alberta for a decade. “From everyone I’ve talked to at the local ski hills and the snowboard shops, it sounds like we’re really sort of breaking the ice around here,” Smith explains. “With Ottawa the size it is and the number of facilities there are, we should be able to have athletes that are on the junior national team and looking towards snowboarding careers.

In five or 10 years’ time, we should be able to build that community.” To achieve that goal, the nationally-accredited coach is currently working with the high schools to increase interest in their snowboarding programs, develop more coaches and let the riders know about opportunities to train and compete in events outside of the scholastic loop. Plus she’s also created her own club, called the Akademy snowboard team, which will be holding a March break camp at Calabogie Peaks. “Being a part of a program helps you develop in steps,” notes Smith, adding that trying new things alone is also an important part of snowboarding culture that must be maintained. “Also,

The Glebe Gryphons will represent Ottawa at the ‘AAAA’ girls’ volleyball championships March 8-9 in Newmarket after pulling back from two sets down to outlast John McCrae 17-25, 2426, 25-14, 25-16, 15-6 in a play-in game last week. Seniors Yasmeen Dawoodjee and Erika Martin helped turn the tide in the match with some inspiring words before third set when the team’s mood was deflated. “It wasn’t so much what they said, but there was a lot of positive energy heading onto the floor despite what had just happened,” coach Kirk Dillabaugh explains by email, noting his team controlled play from that point on. “We just rode the wave of momentum through the last three sets.” Bobbie Martin was named player-of-the-match, but it’s the Gryphons’ overall consistency and depth that are their big keys to success, Dillabaugh highlights. The defending provincialchampion Louis-Riel Rebelles will return to OFSAA in Niagara Falls along with ‘AAA’ runner-up Béatrice-Desloges.

someone else can take a look at what you’re doing and give you educated and experienced advice on the next direction to take to try things out.” For snowboarding to grow in Ottawa, Smith believes that the high school circuit will need to build towards the provincial team, which will involve raising awareness of the opportunities available for youth through the Association of Ontario Snowboarders. “There are so many high schools that have snowboard teams and have some really talented athletes, but the a lot of the kids haven’t really got to experience the broad spectrum of events that they could be going to,” Smith adds. “OFSAA’s an awesome experience for the kids, and I think in a couple years, we’ll start seeing that some of the top kids have come from the high school circuit.”


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• MARCH 5: Christ Church Cathedral Girls’ Choir will perform Songs of Fervour in their second annual gala concert and silent auction.With an eclectic selection of works by Baldassare Galuppi, Eric Whitacre, and Timothy Piper, and featured guest soloist Julie Nesrallah, this will be the choir’s major concert this year. The event takes place at Christ Church Cathedral Ottawa. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. for the silent auction and the concert begins at 7:30 p.m. The silent auction continues during intermission, and a cash wine/soft drinks bar will be available. For more information about the choir and the concert, visit the website: ew&id=36479892&crd=christchurchc athedralottawa


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• MARCH 6 Concert-in-the-Glebe is pleased to present Trio Tourmaline, sopranos Joyce Lundberg and Sylvia Larrass with Scott Richardson, on bass and keyboard. Selections by Byrd, Palestrina, Purcell, Monteverdi and others will be included in the concert entitled Sacred and Profane: Renaissance and Baroque. The concert will take place at 2:30 p.m. in Glebe St. James United Church, 650 Lyon St. at First Ave. Admission is $15, and $10 for students and seniors. Admission by donation is always welcome. For more information, contact the church at 613-236-0617 or visit

• MARCH 6 The Jazz Vespers Concert featuring Mike Tremblay and Mark Ferguson. A performance that’s sure to please! Join us at All Saints/First United church for an inspirational, spiritfilled performance with readings, reflections and uplifting music. All are welcome. Doors open at 4:00,

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• MARCH 6 The Ching Hua Chinese Language School will be start a new course, Mandarin for adults, starting March 6, 2011. Classes will run from 10 to 11:30 a.m. The weekly classes will focus on conversational (beginners) Mandarin and will run until June 11. The 10-week course costs $50 per student. Classes will be held at St. Anthony School, 391 Booth St. For information, email

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• MARCH 14-18 March Break children’s programs at the Alta Vista Library. Call 613-7372837 to register. Rock and roll radio: Learn how to make and record a radio ad with CKCU, Ottawa’s community radio station. Ages 6-12. Monday, March 14, 10 a.m. (90 min.) Snip!Snap! What is that?: What can you make with paper and scissors? Stories, facts, videos and crafts. Ages 6-12. (Bilingual) Tuesday, March 15, 10:30 a.m. (45 min.). Rock out with Billings Estate: Discover why paleontology rocks this March Break! Did you know that Billings Estate was home to Canada’s first official paleontologist? Explore some of Elkanah Billings’ findings, learn about fossils and make your own to take home. Ages 6-12. (Bilingual) Tuesday, March 15, 2 p.m. (45 min.) Fold it right there: Origami workshop. Ages 6-12. Wednesday, March 16, 10:30 a.m. (45 min.) Rubber powered paper airplanes: Make a free flying model airplane out of balsa wood and paper. It can fly up to two football fields. Ages 9-12. Wednesday , March 16 , 2 p.m.

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