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CENTRAL EDITION: Serving The Glebe, Alta Vista, Elmvale Acres, Mooney’s Bay and surrounding communities Year 1, Issue 24

April 7, 2011 | 28 Pages

TRANSIT TANGLE Residents were fuming at the first of a series of meetings to get public feedback on proposed sweeping changes to OC Transpo routes.


PROTESTING JOB CUTS More than 100 workers rallied to show Bell their anger over the outsourcing of jobs from eight area call centres.


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CARLETON’S WINNING TRADITION CONTINUES Cole Hobin, a guard playing for the national champion Carleton Ravens men’s basketball team, stands with the championship trophy during an event on March 29 to celebrate the team’s seventh CIS championship. See page 13 for the full story.

Don’t pay to bury hydro wires: city staff LAURA MUELLER

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The city should avoid the hefty cost of burying hydro wires and only put them underground at the expense of a property owner who requests it, the city’s planning committee recommended last week. That’s city’s current practice, and staff are recommending that the same policy continues. That didn’t sit well with Capital Ward Coun. David Chernushenko, who said he is worried about the increasing push to “levyize” city services. “I worry about the number of times I

hear the word ‘levy’ now,” he said. “We’re saying ‘That would be nice, but let’s make the community pay for it.’ It’s the fallback position.” While Chernushenko said a levy makes sense in some situations, such as adding additional features to a community-used facility such as an arena, forcing residents to pay for something that benefits the wider city and visitors is a bad idea. “These places are tourist draws,” he said, speaking about the desire to bury hydro wires in the Glebe in his ward. “It’s part of city building.” Another issue is determining who would be required to pay the levy, Chernushenko

said. Although the city report indicated there are a number of benefits to burying wires, including financial impacts, the analysis found that the high cost outweighed the benefits. The practice is low on the city’s list of priorities for replacing infrastructure, because there are so many worn-out roads and other city assets such as recreational facilities that constantly need repairs. The cost of burying hydro wires is about $2 to $5 million – about four to 10 times more costly than rebuilding a system with overhead wires. See PREVENT on page 11

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Chinatown BIA executive director Khanh Vu Duc, left, Somerset Coun. Diane Holmes and Ottawa Centre NDP candidate Paul Dewar talk at an open house that provided details on the preliminarily design plans of Somerset Street West reconstruction on March 30.

Somerset Street West reconstruction plan revealed EDDIE RWEMA



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Area residents and business owners turned out on March 30 to take a look at the preliminary design plans of Somerset Street West reconstruction and to provide feedback on the design before reconstruction begins this summer. City officials, consultants and members of the Dalhousie and Hintonburg community associations were on hand at the open house to discuss the designs. The reconstruction involves the section of Somerset Street West between Spadina Avenue and Preston Street, and also includes a short section of Bayswater Avenue between Wellington Street West and Somerset. The reconstruction will see sewers and other services replaced and the roadway and sidewalks reconstructed. According to preliminary designs, the rebuilt street will have wider sidewalks and shortened crosswalks, with distinctive surfaces, on-road cycling facilities including both dedicated cycling lanes and wide shared lanes and dedicated spots for public art. “It is really going to improve Somerset Street enormously,” said Somerset Coun. Diane Holmes. “It is better for pedestrians, we have more trees, we have benches, wider sidewalks, it is really going to be good for the businesses.” City planners held meetings with the community associations in the area and Business Improvement Area representatives to discuss key design decisions. “We have had lots of inputs from the people who live in the area and the businesses,” Holmes said. “I have been working with the committee on this project for two years, and I am very happy with the changes.” Local businessman Jimmy Troung is happy the street is getting a facelift, but is worried the construction will adversely affect his business. “I own a grocery store on Somerset and to have traffic access cut down for a year, will hurt our business a lot,” he said. “Especially in this economy when people aren’t

TUNNEL GETS GO-AHEAD City council has opted to build cycling infrastructure before it joins a capital-area bike-sharing program, a decision that means $500,000 previously allocated to the program will be redirected towards the implementation of pedestrian and cycling tunnel on Somerset Street. The tunnel, according to city’s transport committee, will provide increased connectivity from the Ottawa River Parkway pathways to the Rideau Canal pathway at Dow’s Lake. It will also provide a north-south link in the western parts of the Centretown. The construction of the tunnel is estimated to cost $1.2 million. The remainder of the money is expected to come from what is left after the Laurier Avenue segregated bike lanes are completed. Should additional funds become available, the construction of the pathway tunnel could begin this year along with the Somerset Street West reconstruction.

spending much, we hoped they could hold it for a while.” However, the Chinatown BIA’s new executive director Khanh Vu Duc thinks the reconstruction will attract more businesses and tourism from around the area. “I know the businesses will suffer because of construction, but it is important to look at the big picture,” said Vu Duc. The city planners said that best efforts will be made to provide for two-way traffic on Somerset between Preston Street and the city centre overpass during construction. Federal NDP candidate for Ottawa Centre Paul Dewar was also at the open house and endorsed the plan. “My first impression is that it looks very good and promising and as long as the key principles of inclusion are adhered to I am very excited about the future,” he said. “It is important for people to take time to formulate the consensus and then get going.” The public has until April 8 to submit their comments on the plans.

Federal Election 2011

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Affordable living, integrity key issues for area voters EDDIE RWEMA

Affordable housing and government integrity are among the big issues of concern with some residents in the Ottawa Centre and South ridings. “Affordable housing and sustainable living matter a lot to us,” said Dave McSweeney, who lives in Ottawa Centre. “Something needs to be done to improve lives here, housing is very expensive making it hard for families.” “I hope it becomes a major election issue,” said McSweeney. John Weibe, a Canterbury resident, thinks people don’t feel they are getting the benefit for the taxes they are paying anymore. “The main thing to me is honesty and credibility,” he said. He is also concerned about the plight of Canadian veterans, who he says have not been afforded the respect they deserve. “There is need for proper pensions for our veterans, not the way the current government is doing it.” John Dance, a resident of Old Ottawa East, said he has been

disappointed with the economic policies of the Conservative government led by Stephen Harper. “Locally things are OK, my problem is with how the current government is managing government affairs,” he said. Housing and integrity, along with concern for the public service, are also priorities for Ottawa Centre candidate Paul Dewar. “We need to figure out how we can build more affordable housing so that people can continue to live in the centre of the city at the same time making sure that life is more affordable to them,” said Dewar, the incumbent candidate who represents the New Democratic Party. “We need to look at affordability as a key issue in this election.” Dewar, speaking to Ottawa This Week at a public meeting about the Somerset West reconstruction, vowed to champion the NDP agenda of making it possible for everybody to have access to family doctors. “Many people I have talked to are unable to get a family doctor. We need to get many doctors and nurses” he noted. Dewar also wants to see the

public service, by which many workers in the Ottawa area are employed, protected from potential cuts. He accused the Harper governement of manipulating the public service to promote its political agenda. “We want to make sure we support our public servants and make sure they are not treated unfairly which frankly I have seen from the Conservative government,” Dewar said. “We want to make sure public service delivery is of quality without intimidation and manipulation.” Dewar, who was first elected to Parliament in 2006, said this election is about putting your family first, making life more affordable and returning integrity to politics. Liberal Scott Bradley, Conservative Damian Konstantinakos and Green Party candidate Jen Hunter are the main candidates challenging Dewar in Ottawa Centre. In Ottawa South, which is currently held by Liberal MP David McGuinty, the premier’s brother will face opposition from Conservative candidate Elie Salibi and NDP candidate James McLaren.

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Ottawa Centre MP Paul Dewar will be seeking to reclaim his seat for the New Democratic Party during the upcoming federal election, set for May 2. Dewar was first elected to Parliament in 2006.


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Anger over cutting Route 3 dominates transit meeting Others worried about night safety, travel times and transfers LAURA MUELLER

Choruses of “Save the three!” rang out several times during a March 29 meeting to discuss a proposed overhaul of Ottawa’s transit map as more than 200 people packed council chambers at city hall to grill OC Transpo staff and city councillors at the first of four public meetings. The sweeping changes are aimed at trimming $19.5 million from the bus company’s operations. A total of $22 million in savings are expected to be realized by next year thanks to other efficiencies. Changes and cuts to dozens of routes are aimed at eliminating duplication and making OC Transpo financially sustainable. Route 3 is one of the buses on the chopping block, and it’s the route that riled up the most residents. “This is something that is just absurd to me,” said Morwen Richards, who lives on Prince of Wales Drive near Fisher Avenue. “The bus is full. It’s highly used.” The city says most sections of routes that are being cut are served by other nearby routes, but the only route that would operate near Richards is a new route, 159, which would only run during peak hours. Richards said she doesn’t always work during the hours the bus would run, and the walk to another full-day route from her home would be several kilometers. “This is just disgraceful … I’m fuming,” she said. “I live within the former city of Ottawa. I don’t live in the suburbs … I chose to live within the city so I wouldn’t have to drive.” Richards said if the changes go forward, she would either have to find a different job, which could mean a pay cut, or move. The city is adjusting its standards for how far people should have to walk to get a bus. Right now, Ottawa exceeds most North American cities by offering a bus stop within 800 metres of 99.9 per cent of residents. “You don’t see that anywhere,” said Alain Mercier, the head of OC Transpo. Relaxing those standards would mean a longer walk for about five per cent of transit

users, and an extra transfer for about two per cent of riders, Mercier said. But some residents at the meeting accused the city of cutting off an essential service for a segment of the population that has no other choice but to use public transit, including seniors and people with disabilities. “I have to take the three – it’s our lifeline,” said Anneliese Kincaid, a senior who lives in a 64-unit seniors’ residence on Viewmount Drive and used to take Route 3. While Route 4 would replace the former Route 111 on part of Viewmount, a 1.5-kilometre stretch between Chesterton Drive and Prince of Wales Drive would no longer have a bus. That area has a series of seniors’ residences (with about 300 residents, neighbours said), nine churches and seven schools. “I will have to walk three kilometers to get a bus,” said Kincaid, who takes the bus to volunteer at the Royal Ottawa Mental Health Centre. “I am 72 years old. There is no way I will walk.” Councillors and OC Transpo officials cautioned the proposed changes are not final. “What you’re seeing tonight is not a final product, it’s a product we’re hoping to get more insight on,” Mercier said. “Will we learn something tonight? Absolutely,” said deputy city manager Nancy Schepers, who vowed that residents’ concerns would be considered in the final proposals. Ben Novak, who lives in Old Ottawa East, said the proposed changes create a system that is only focused on bringing commuters downtown from the suburbs during peak hours. “We need consistent, innercity service on a grid pattern,” he said. Novak said he bikes in the summer and takes the bus when he can in the winter, but a “torturous” 45-minute ride with three transfers would be enough to make him stop taking the bus entirely and drive instead. Reena Kokotailo agreed. She takes Route 3 from her home downtown to her job on Colonnade Road, and an additional transfer would be enough to turn her off transit completely, she said.

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Residents discuss transit changes in the city’s west end with Bay Ward Coun. Mark Taylor, right. A crowd of more than 200 people gathered for a question-and-answer session about transit changes in the central area at city hall on March 29.

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A crowd of more than 200 people gathered for a question-and-answer session about transit changes in the central area at city hall on March 29. “It’s the last straw,” she said. “I already have to walk 10 minutes. I’m OK with that because it’s only one bus. “All they have done is add to the complexity without making it shorter.” A bigger concern for Kokotailo is the lack of advertising about the proposed changes. City staff and councillors said there would be fliers on all buses by last week in order to inform riders about the ideas. But Kokotailo hasn’t seen any fliers on her bus. Instead, she has taken it upon herself to stand up on each trip and let people know about the changes. A fellow rider took it upon himself to make his own fliers. At first, most people had no idea what she was talking about, Kokotailo said.

Many were concerned about what the changes would mean for students who currently take the 3, 111 and 117 to Carleton University. Kokotailo said many students use Route 3 to get to Carleton from areas west of the campus, taking the bus to the Central Experimental Farm and crossing the canal at the locks. Routes 111 and 117 would be absorbed by the 4, which would have a new trajectory covering most of the territory the former 111 and 117 did. Dynes Road resident Bill Kerr worried that the 4 would be completely overloaded with students, because the 111 and 117 are already busy. “They are going to need some big buses,” he said. Mercier told the crowd that Route 4 would have almost un-

paralleled frequency to keep up with the demand: a bus every five minutes at peak hours. Other people expressed concerns about safety in Vanier because late-evening service would be cut back on Route 5. “You’re really taking a vulnerable population and cutting off evening service,” one resident said. A section of Route 6 in Hintonburg that would be axed upset resident David Pepper, who said the route serves five schools in the area. The changes also reduce access to hospitals, including the Civic. “I hate to break out the cancer card … but there are people who use the bus to get to treatments at the Civic,” he said. Looking at the long line of people waiting to comment, Pepper added that the city should extend its public consultations on the changes because OC Transpo users “are used to waiting in lines.” Not everyone was completely opposed to the changes. Marni Crossley, a senior who lives at Bronson Road and Carling Avenue, said she supports taking a look at how to re-organize the transit map. “We need to pull it in,” she said. “There are a lot of duplications.” Crossley said she will wait and see if the buses will still have sufficient frequency and if there will be enough room on the buses. The final route-change proposals will be released April 13 and voted on by city council on April 20. They would take affect Sept. 4.




Even though more than half of respondents told the city they didn’t want biweekly garbage pickup, the city is moving forward with a plan to do just that. Although it may be unpopular, it is an investment in sustainability and protecting the environment, according to the city. On April 11, the city’s environment committee will be voting to change the way your garbage is collected, with a focus on encouraging single-family homes to use green bins to recycle organics. Under the new plan green bins, which would contain much of a household’s smelly waste, would be picked up every week. Recycling bins would be picked up every week, alternating between blue (glass, aluminum and plastics) and fibres (paper and cardboard). Anything left over that has to be placed in a garbage bag would only be

picked up every two weeks. According to a city report, only 22 per cent of residents who responded to a survey said they preferred that model. Fifty-one per cent said they were against reducing garbage collection to a biweekly schedule. Just over 2,000 residents were consulted. But that’s no reason to reject the idea, said Dixon Weir, the city’s general manager of environmental services. More importantly, he said, the changes can have a positive impact on the environment by encouraging people to recycle their organic waste instead of throw it in the trash – and that can also save the city money. “Our recommendation, we feel, provides the best advantage to the city on many fronts – on financial, on environmental (fronts),� Weird said. The total savings would be $54 million, or $9.1 million each year until the city’s next waste collection contract ends in 2018. That only translates to $29 in savings for a typical home each year, when both the rate- and tax-supported costs of waste collection are considered. But the changes would also save the city – and taxpayers – in the long run because it would extend the lifespan of the Trail Road landfill by about two

years, Weir said. The switch would push the city’s organics diversion rate above 50 per cent. The city currently collects about 20,000 tonnes of organic waste, and the changes could divert up to 40,000 tonnes from the landfill. The new plan would also reduce the number of trucks the city would need to refuel and maintain by about 20 to 25 vehicles, which would cut down on the wear and tear on roads at the same time. Some councillors had concerns about the public consultation process after they were briefed on the changes on March 30. “I am concerned about timing,� said Gloucester-Southgate Coun. Diane Deans. “There is nothing more fundamental to my residents than garbage,� she said, adding that the public consultation (which took place April 5 and 6) was too short and there were no meeting locations near her ward. Knoxdale-Merivale Coun. Keith Egli and Rideau-Vanier Coun. Mathieu Fleury were also disappointed in the short turnaround. The new collection system would start on June 1, 2012 if the full council approves it on April 13. Weekly garbage collection for multiresidential buildings would continue

Ottawans gleam on sunshine list LAURA MUELLER

Among the city’s top-paid public employees last year were three bus drivers, a handful of mechanics and six librarians, according to the so-called annual sunshine list, which discloses the salaries of public-sector employees who earn more than $100,000. Some of the city’s top big wigs, including city manager Kent Kirkpatrick ($281,590.54 plus $7,827 in benefits), parks and recreation manager Dan Chenier ($278,262 plus $6,706) and deputy city manager Steve Kanellakos ($272,877 plus $7,709) are on the list released last week. The city’s top-paid employee was Dr. Isra Levy, the chief medical officer of health, who had a salary of $308,301 in 2010. But it’s not just fat cats who managed to earn more than $100,000. City employees ranging from bus drivers to public health doctors made the list. Balwant Narula was the city’s highest-paid bus driver, earning $104,827 in 2010. Driver Francois Danis made $103,008, while a third operator, Abdirizak Mohamed pulled in $100,492. Four mechanics made the list, as did a number of OC Transpo managers, including general manager Alain Mercier, whose salary was $186,116 (plus $7,511 in taxable benefits). The chief of transit maintenance, William Atkinson, earned $145,239 (plus $12,224 in taxable benefits), while Lau-

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Dr. Isra Levy, the medical officer of health, was the highest earner on the City of Ottawa’s roster in 2010 with a salary of $308,301. rie Blackstone, the manager of transit operations, made $122,574. Two thirds of the people listed are first responders in Ottawa – police, firefighters and paramedics. The total number of supervisors, civilian members and sworn police officers from the Ottawa Police Service who made more than $100,000 was 395. Some of those officers’ salaries didn’t actually hit the $100,000 mark, but they earned more than that due to extra pay for other on-call duties. Aside from police, 43 pre cent of the city employees on the list were in the same boat. Their salaries were less

than $100,000, but overtime, retroactive payments, on-call and merit pay put them over the $100,000 mark. Police Chief Vern White earned $233,386, plus $14,882 in benefits. Ottawa Fire Services lists 299 employees on the sunshine list, including Chief Jeff deHooge, who pulled in $153,772, plus $6,196 in benefits. Paramedics Services had 36 employees on the list. In all, the provincial list includes 1,092 employees who work for the City of Ottawa. But other public-sector workers in the city earned even more. The University of Ottawa puts Carleton University to shame for high earners, listing 967 people on the list, including university president Allan Rock at $394,999. By contrast, Carleton’s president Roseann Runte made $320,071, joining 541 of her colleagues on the list. The president of Algonquin College, Robert Gillet, also made more than Runte in 2010, earning $332,575. In the medical sector, the highest earner was the president of the Ottawa Hospital, Jack Kitts, who may be the highest-earning public employee in the city, with an income of $642,071 (plus $60,646 in benefits) last year. Gerald Savoie, president of the Montfort Hospital, earned $557,622, while Michel Bilodeau, CHEO’s chief executive officer, earned $373,840. Royal Ottawa president and CEO George Weber made $350,756 in 2010, while Queensway-Carleton Hospital president and CEO Tom Schonberg made $312,092.

for at least another year because the green bin is only available for single-family homes. The city is starting up a multi-residential green bin pilot project in 10 buildings this year. The city’s current bylaw limits households to putting out three bags of trash each week, which would mean households could put out six bags every two weeks under the new system, unless a city councillor asks council to change the bylaw. Diaper program The city is also considering extra allowances for people worried about the smell of diapers and incontinence products if they are only to be picked up biweekly. City staff is proposing a diaper-collection program, for which people could sign up online using the future Service Ottawa system. But the idea may prove to be unpopular around the council horseshoe. “We could decide not to do the diaper service,� said River Ward Coun. Maria McRae, the chairwoman of the environment committee. The diaper pick-up service would not increase the city’s costs and it would operate on the honour system. Some municipalities have tried requiring clear bags for similar services, but McRae said she doesn’t think Ottawa should go to those “draconian measures.�

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Following facelift, youth drop-in centre reopens downtown EDDIE RWEMA

The Youth Services Bureau unveiled the new face of its downtown drop-in centre after undergoing major renovations to enable it provide more services to vulnerable youth in Ottawa area. The five-month renovations began in September and has seen improved shower and laundry facilities and upgraded medical services for the hundreds youths who come through the Besserer Street centre’s doors every year. The 60-year-old former fur storage facility was in desperate need of repair. “This is more than just a building, this is a place where young people find a safe environment and important services that will change the cause of their lives,” said Jane Fjeld., the bureau’s interim executive director.

The drop-in centre provides services to more than 1,500 young people and receives close to 18,000 visits every year. “In most cases their visits here mark the beginning of a new journey where they acquire the skills and confidence to pursue their goals,” Fjeld said. The $1-million project was funded by all three levels of government as well as support from local businesses. “It is a beautiful new facility that is going to welcome young people who are having some challenges along their path of life to help get them some help,” said Mayor Jim Watson. It’s really quite remarkable when everyone pulls together and works, he said. Alanna, a 19-year-old who leads one of the bureau’s youth advisory committees, described the drop-in as a place where youth feel respected. “YSB is a place for youth to

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Mayor Jim Watson was one of the many guests present at the re-opening ceremony of the Youth Service Bureau’s drop-in centre on Besserer Street. The facility provides services to over 1,500 youth and receives 18,000 visits every year. access important services,” she said. The Youth Services Bureau of Ottawa is a non-profit organization serving at-risk youth, providing assistance with housing, mental health issues, employment and justice.

In the provincial budget unveiled last week, the Ontario government allocated more than $250 million to help address mental health and addiction issues over the next three years. “First focus of this strategy is going to be children and youth,”

said Yasir Naqvi, MPP for Ottawa Centre. “The Youth Services Bureau is front and centre in our city to provide those services and we look forward to work with you to make sure the resources are available to help young people.”



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Queensway widening on the books in Ontario budget

The long-awaited widening of the Queensway and funding to bring more students to colleges and universities are some of the ways Ottawa will feel the effects of the province’s 2011 budget. On March 29, Ontario Finance Minister Dwight Duncan presented a budget that will stay the course in the lead-up to the provincial election in October. With no big cuts to service or major increases in taxes, the budget is designed to ruffle few feathers. For Ottawa, the big news is a commitment to move forward with the widening of Highway 417 between Nicholas Street downtown and the Regional Road 174 split. The project is meant to support Ottawa’s transit plan by providing an extra lane in each direction that will be dedicated to buses during the conversion of the bus Transitway to light rail. After the completion of the LRT line, the bus lanes would be turned into high-occupancy vehicle lanes. Provincial infrastructure minister Bob Chiarelli said he will be announcing more details about the project in the coming weeks, but Mayor Jim Watson confirmed that construction would start in 2012. Preliminary design work and environment studies should get underway this year, Watson said. “The important thing from our perspective is it allows us to start planning for the process … of the LRT construction from 2013 to 2018.” Chiarelli, who is also the MPP for Ottawa West-Nepean, said the project will be done in phases for safety reasons. “It’s a high-priority project,” Chiarelli said. Ottawa Vanier MPP Madeleine Meilleur said the widening has been “long-awaited” by residents in her riding and people who commute into the city from the east, including Rockland. Along with the widening of the split, the construction will make traveling on that section of highway safer, Meilleur said. CASH FOR COLLEGES, UNIVERSITIES Also in the budget, Ontario will provide an initial $64 million in 2011-12, growing to $309 million in 2013-14, to create an additional 60,000 post-secondary spaces for students, and with four colleges and universities, Ottawa could see

a good portion of that funding. “I fully expect that the four postsecondary institutions – five, if you include St. Paul (University) – will be accessing those funds to a greater or lesser degree depending on their needs,” Chiarelli said. “In a knowledge-based economy such as ours, we need to open the doors to as many people as possible,” the Watson said. Duncan Watt, Carleton University’s vice president of finance and administration, said the announcement allow the university to make long-term plans. “It also sends a strong signal in terms of the important role that post secondary education plays in the future prosperity of the Ontario economy,” he said. While Algonquin College president Bob Gillett said he looks forward to the province’s upcoming five-year plan for post-secondary funding, the budget announcement means “at least we can now make a start in allowing some of those students to get here.” The province’s plan to “upload” the costs of certain programs continues, and Ontario municipalities will see $3.07 billion this year, up from $2.66 billion in 2010. Ottawa’s share of that was about $25 million this year, which city council dedicated to adding additional programs such as $14 million for affordable housing in Ottawa and offsetting higher tax increases. The Ontario budget highlighted reforming the public service as a way it would save money in the coming years. The province’s bureaucracy will be trimmed by 1,500 positions between April of 2012 and March of 2014. That didn’t sit well with the president of the Ontario Public Service Employees Union, Warren (Smokey) Thomas. Thomas said in a statement sent out after the budget’s release. “The idea that we need to cut public services – at a time when we are giving away billions in corporate income tax cuts – is ludicrous.” On the financial side, the provincial deficit is expected to be $3 billion lower than expected a year ago. That is mainly due to spending cutbacks to the tune of $2.6 billion compared to what the province forecasted it would spend in 2010-11. The budget also includes a riskmanagement program for cattle, hog, sheep and veal farmers; an addition 90,000 breast-cancer exams targeted at high-risk women aged 30 to 46.

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Bell employees and supporters protest job cuts outside the company’s Elgin Street offices.

Bell clerical workers protest job cuts EDDIE RWEMA

A crowd of Bell Canada clerical workers filled the street in front of one of the company’s buildings on April 1 to protest what organizers say is the outsourcing of local jobs. About 100 employees and their sympathizers waved flags and blew whistles to protest recent job cuts in front of the company’s Elgin Street offices. “We are here to ask Bell to show us some respect and to stop cutting our jobs,” said Shana McGlynn, who has been with Bell for ten years. According to Barb Dolan, a representative for the Communications, Energy and Paperworkers Union of Canada, Bell’s latest round of job cuts is driven by a greedy corporate strategy to boost shareholder profits by outsourcing Canadian jobs to low-wage countries. “It is all about job loss for us, they can’t take our jobs and send them overseas, we know this is happening and we will fight them in court if we have to,” she said. The layoffs have affected a total of eight call centres in Ontario and Quebec “We hope we can get some commitment from them that they can keep the jobs here and may be we can get some of the jobs back,” Dolan said. “We will make a lot of noise and let them know how everybody feels not just the people who work here but all Canadians feel the same way.” The union hoped to make outsourcing and job cuts an election issue and several federal candidates turned up at the protest to speak against the cuts. “We need to make sure that the jobs that we have are going to stay here in our community and that means employers respecting employees,” said Paul Dewar, NDP candidate for Ottawa Centre. He said the issue of corporate tax cuts is in the front and cen-

tre in this year’s elections. “When we see big corporations getting billions of dollars to invest and then see them laying off people and sending jobs away, we say we need to change that and these jobs need to stay here. We have to stop these corporate tax giveaways and invest in our people.” Sixty-six members of Bell’s Ottawa quality assurance team will be declared surplus and Bell is planning to replace these unionized jobs with managers, Dolan said in a statement. CEP Local 6004, which represents 800 clerical Bell employees in Ottawa, has seen Bell repeatedly cut unionized staff over the last three years, reducing the

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original number of members from 1,400 to almost half after this last round of cuts, a union statement read. Bell spokesperson Jacqueline Michelis wrote in an e-mail that any changes in staffing are always focused on delivering a better customer experience. “Any changes made to staffing in Ottawa have not meant any growth in international or other outsourcing,” Michelis wrote. “With the rollout of Bell TV and other new broadband services, we are in fact hiring significant numbers of people in Ottawa, Montreal and Toronto. A large proportion of these are union positions, for instance in our Field Services team.”

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Biweekly makes economic sense


espite widespread opposition from residents, the city is making the right decision to make the switch to biweekly garbage collection. The new plan, which city council will consider at a meeting on April 11, will see organic waste and recycling collected every week, while regular garbage collection will be scaled back to every other week. Opponents of the plan paint pictures of ever growing piles of reeking trash bags in garages and side yards across the city, arguing that city council is failing to heed the wishes of residents. But does this mean cutting back on garbage collection is misguided or does it mean the city’s campaign to educate residents about the green bin program has been less than successful? Just over half of residents consulted said they were not in favour of biweekly garbage pickup. But that might have more to do with what people consider to be “garbage.” As many rural residents (and current green-bin users) know, organic scraps aren’t really waste. The smelliest part of your garbage is the stuff that shouldn’t even be in the bag – vegetable and meat waste that decomposes. And that is what the

city will still be collecting every week if it adopts this new plan. A year into the green bin campaign, it has become clear many residents have decided it’s too big a hassle to separate that organic waste from their trash. That program is only handling about a quarter of its 80,000-tonne capacity. Partly because of that paltry participation rate, the city’s environment committee has decided to throw the ball back into the residents’ court. Far from being a shortsighted plan, the prospect of paring back garbage collection is a step forward for waste management in this city. With the city approaching the point where it needs to consider a new landfill site, pay the cost to ship garbage elsewhere or find an alternate solution, diverting as much trash as possible from the dump is the most cost effective decision available. The city invested in an organics collection program, and it needs to back up that investment with an incentive for people to use their green bins – otherwise, taxpayer dollars are going to waste. This is not about the city cutting back garbage collection for its residents. It is about the city pushing taxpayers to save themselves money.


Winning the right to be left alone


here’s a story here predicting that digital books will eventually outsell the real kind. According to an article in Fortune magazine, the number of e-readers sold this year will be 18 million, compared with 900,000 two years ago. The people who buy those shiny, glowing things will want electronic books to read on them. And so it goes. Already, newspaper book review sections are beginning to list electronic best-sellers alongside the traditional ones. There are a number of ways to look at this. There is the sentimental way, which you have read many times already: books feel nice in your hand, smell good, don’t need batteries to read etc. But you know, people talked about quill pens the same way, and typewriters, when the personal computer started to arrive. They talked about 78 records and 45 records and 33 1/3 records and even cassette tapes. None of this stopped the next thing from coming along. Another way of looking at it is from the economic point of view, and here the jury is still out. Some of the people selling e-readers will make money. Probably, the sellers of e-books – which are not necessarily the booksellers we now know

CHARLES GORDON Funny Town – will make money. Right now, writers worry that they may not make money, because an entirely new set of royalty rules is coming into being. But perhaps it will work out. That will make environmentalists happy, or at least some of them, because not so many trees will die to make the paper that traditional books are printed on. Mind you, there’s a lot of plastic to be used up making the e-books. From your point of view and mine, perhaps the most important question about any new technology is this: Will it be annoying? And here, the e-book passes with flying colours. If there’s an e-book in the room, it won’t annoy you. If there’s an e-book sitting next to you on the bus, it won’t annoy you. So that’s good. It shows that some new


technology can be unobtrusive. The best can even create more private space. The same cannot be said of much of the old technology. I did a round trip to Toronto last week. The way down was on the train. It was quiet. No muzak, no screens. People read books, real or e-, tapped on computers, listened to iPods. Nobody bothered anybody else. That was nice. New technology allowed people to amuse themselves without bothering other people. The way back was on the bus, because there had been a train derailment. Nice bus, friendly driver, good service, quick. Except that a movie was projected on the screens overhead for our enjoyment. That would have been possible to ignore, but the sound was projected for our enjoyment as well. So those of us who wanted to amuse ourselves by reading a book or newspaper, not to mention those of who wanted to sleep, had to fight our way past the movie soundtrack. By and large, were the bus passengers grateful that there was a movie? Would they have complained if there had not been one? I don’t know. Obviously, the bus company feels a need to amuse the passengers, and it is not alone. It is difficult to enter any public space without

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e’re almost two weeks into the 2011 federal election campaign. As is usually the case, it’s more sound bites than

substance. The lack of depth in political discourse during a writ period is among the reasons people feel apathetic about politics, say some. And, they say, it’s the reason so many people stayed home the last time around. But campaigns are not really about issues. They never have been. There are always the top five subjects on the table – the economy, health care, taxes, the environment, and education – but these are just headlines for the oneline solutions to problems offered up by politicians of different political stripes. Even Sir John A. Macdonald, a founding father of this country and the great coalition-builder, campaigned on these types of singular issues. Of course, there are symbols connected to each headline. For Macdonald, it was railways, immigration and federalism. In 2011, it’s jobs, doctors and the protection of families. Maybe it’s not such a bad thing to simplify, or synthesize the complexities of government. In 2008, just 58.8 per cent of Canadians voted, the lowest voter turnout in the history of general elections. Forty-one per cent of eligible voters, out of protest or disinterest, chose to stay home for turkey Tuesdays. Or maybe they were at the gym or playing Wii. Whatever they had going on that Tuesday, Oct. 14, 2008, voting was not a top priority. And the question that everyone asks is why? Some chalk it up to election fatigue. We’re now into our fourth federal election campaign in seven years. But really, how hard is it to tick a box beside your favourite candidate in a local church basement? Others suggest politicians don’t know



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how to talk in a way that resonates with the public. This argument has more weight to it. I know at least half a dozen federal public servants who admitted to me that they don’t vote because they don’t see the point. They’re not angry with the system. They’re not pushing for reform. They’re not looking to start their own party to compete with the mainstream. They’re not tired of elections. They just haven’t heard anything yet to inspire them to action. With exception, politicians don’t speak the language of the people. They either tread down the very dangerous road of attempting to explain complex solutions to equally complex problems. Or they spin a message that’s meaningless to their public. There are some scholars who suggest, however, that we are in the midst of a change. The Toronto Star has a series of Canadian academics blogging regularly on the concept of “political marketing.” Essentially, political marketing is the application of business marketing principles to political campaigns. It means rigorously researching your market, in this case, potential party supporters, then creating a product that people want to buy, in this case policies. And in a campaign, it means relentlessly going after the target market. Blogger Andre Turcotte, a professor of political communication at Carleton University, writing on March 18 in the Star blog Shopping for Votes, calls it the “boutique” approach, successfully employed by the Conservatives in the last campaign, where policies are designed for and sold to niche voter groups. He contrasts this with the “Walmart” approach, which is what most parties do, trying to reach as many middle-of-the road voters as they can. There are obvious negative consequences to political marketing, which are explored in the blog. But there are positive potential outcomes as well. It will be interesting to see, for example, if some of the concepts can be employed to target those groups in society who are considered so apathetic – youth, for example. Until then, we’ll have to be satisfied with sound bites and fuzzy platforms that are designed to appeal to the masses, yet mysteriously appeal to no one in particular.


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National Gallery of Canada In the Byward Market By Melodie Cardin, Special Events and Communications Coordinator, ByWard Market BIA

With the change of seasons in Ottawa also comes a change in what’s on at the National Gallery of Canada. The gallery, situated on one side of the ByWard Market with a stunning view of the Ottawa River and the Parliament Buildings, has had a great winter 2010-2011 season. Their wonderful exhibition “It Is What It Is: Recent Acquisitions in Canadian Art,” wraps up April 10, 2011, which gives you only one more week to see this fantastic show. This show demonstrates the essence of why we should be proud of the Canadian art world. It is creative, strikingly beautiful, at times haunting, and timely. There’s a little something for everyone. The exhibit includes painting, sculpture, photography, video production, and other mediums. Artists play with sound as well as with silent film. One piece, called “Tacet”, by Antonia Hirsch, is a play of three simultaneous silent videos. Each shows a person reading music. These readers are humming, singing, conducting the music in their minds – all in silence, but through their movements, it is easy to discern the type of music they are reading. They are reading the anthems of Canada, the United States and Mexico. Some pieces you may already be familiar with from other exhibits, or on loan from the permanent

collection, but” It Is What It Is” brings art from across the country, from many disciplines, together to form a cohesive whole which asks us to examine our preconceptions about art and life and come up with some new ideas. “Bejewelled Double Festooned Plus Skull for Girls” by Chris Millar is a sculpture that particularly highlights this idea of turning the expected inside out. It’s almost like a dollhouse but with modern touches, from brand names to skulls, asking about the real nature of childhood and more particularly, girlhood. It asks us to reconsider ideas of femininity and identity, and also fascinates in its design as a beautiful toy, like the polar opposite of a Victorian-style dollhouse, but with the same effect. The wild exuberance of Millar’s piece is echoed in a much larger sculpture, David Altmejd’s “The Holes.” This enormous sculpture fills up and entire room and looks like a garden made of glass – glass flowers, stalagmite-like crystals catching the light, and multi-coloured structures reminiscent of parts of the human body, lying, organically, in and among the flowers. It’s a beautiful reminder of our connection with nature around us, and that we ultimately are a part of it, and not apart from it. Don’t miss your chance to see this wonderful show – on for one more week only, and stay tuned for more information on the National Gallery’s summer offerings. More information about the National Gallery of Canada can be found at




Glebe rockers hit the road for first out-of-town show EDDIE RWEMA

An up-and-coming Glebebased rock band is heading to the Toronto area on April 8 to perform at The Rockpile, an Etobicoke nightclub. FullTippedSleeve, quintet that features drummer Charles Bergeron, 16, bass player Owen Maxwell, 16, vocalist Hannah Fraser, 16, and guitarists Joe Fraser, 13, and Sean Mallia, 13, play original music that ranges from edgy alternative rock to a unique blend of blues and pop styles as well as a repertoire of cover songs, ranging from alternative, classic, acoustic and pop tunes. “We are so excited about this trip. It is going to be our first show outside Ottawa,” said Bergeron. The teens first met in 2009 when they joined a newly introduced Ottawa Bluesfest sponsored “Be in the Band” program which was then open to kids ages 13 to 16. Even though Joe Fraser and Mallia were too young for the program, they made an exception because of their musical ability and enthusiasm.

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FullTippedSleeve members Charles Bergeron, left, Sean Mallia, Joe Fraser, Owen Maxwell and Hannah Fraser are set to hit the road this week when they play a show at a Toronto-area club. “We didn’t know each other before; one thing that kept us together is the common interest in Rock that we all had,” said the group’s lead singer, Hannah Fraser. She has had years of vocal

training and experience with both classical and contemporary music. The kids who have now become seasoned performers have appeared the Rogers Cable TV show Daytime Ottawa, played

twice at the Bluesfest as well as appearances at the Civic Centre, Capital Music Hall, Mavericks and various other festivals and local venues. “We have been overwhelmed by the kind of support we get

from people each time we perform,” said Bergeron. “People constantly call us to come back to perform for them.” The band has competed in three city-wide competitions, winning 16 hours of recording time in the process. They have participated in three battles of the bands competitions at Mavericks and two similar competitions held at the Capital Music Hall. They will use this extra recording time to put the finishing touches on their first album, to be produced by Epic Production of Toronto. Besides music and school, the group also finds time to get involved in community related activities. They share their musical expertise with children at several music clubs to which band members belong. Last April, the band headlined a fundraiser for fire victims in the Glebe which raised $3,500 in one night. “We love giving back to the community, and we always willing to contribute our time towards the community,” said guitarist Mallia. The group says it is working on several new originals and covers.


From HYDRO on page 1 But even more significant are the potential cost to home and business owners, who may have to pay to upgrade their wiring in order to hook up to the new system. For instance, Chernushenko said it would cost each Glebe business $20,000 to upgrade their systems in order to hook up to a new underground system, if the city went that route. “That’s where the reality of the cost hits,” he said. Most of the arguments for burying hydro wires centre on esthetics: a tidier streetscape is considered more attractive to both residents and visitors alike. But there is another, more practical reason to put them underground: it would allow more intensified development, something the city encourages. Housing could be built closer to the sidewalk if there were no hydro poles in the way, and properties could be developed more intensively if developers didn’t have to work around overhead wires. Burying the wires would also prevent power outages, which would reduce the cost of having to restore power. Underground wires would also reduce the need to trim trees. The city and Hydro Ottawa, which is city-owned, commissioned a $90,000 study that sought to provide cost-benefit analysis of putting wires underground. The study included an analysis of eight sample streets, including traditional main streets in the central part of the city (Metcalfe Street), traditional main streets (Elgin Street and Bank Street in the Glebe), an arterial main street (Bank from the canal to Queensdale), mixed-use or suburban streets (including Strandherd Drive and Eagleson Road) and a rural village street (Perth Street in Richmond). While cases could be made on the potential to cut back maintenance costs on Metcalfe, Elgin and Bank, as well as the mixeduse streets, other benefits such as the ability to attract new customers would be minimal, the study found. Hydro wires are already placed underground in new Greenfield subdivisions and collector roads at the cost of the developer. Hydro Ottawa reimburses the developer a “net present value” credit related to the amount of additional revenue Hydro Ottawa can expect from the new homes.

Local ‘knights’ helping Nigerian schools MICHELLE NASH

An Ottawa-area group is helping to send refurbished technology donated by the community to help school children in Nigeria. At an event to be held on April 16 at Divine Infant Catholic

Church in Orleans, the Knights Refurbishing Computers will be collecting old family computers for their campaign. The group started out as part of the Knights of Columbus Council, distributing computers to Ottawa families and people in need. The fundraiser is aiming to

donate at least 10 laptops to schools in Nigeria. The event will help fulfil a promise made when the group first formed in 2009 to Rev. Paul Nwaeze from the Divine Infant Church. “Our priest is from Nigeria, and we spoke, two years ago when we started, about the possibility to

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Emergency room overload forcing CHEO to cancel surgeries EDDIE RWEMA

Record-high numbers of emergency room visits at the Children’s Hospital of Eastern Ontario has led to the cancellation of 27 surgeries so far this year because of bed shortages, according to hospital officials. Hospital officials say there are more and more kids coming to the emergency room with flu and other viral symptoms. So far, there have been more than 15,000 patient visits to the emergency room this year, up 20 per cent over last year. “We are seeing a very high volume of children in emergency department, which is leading to cancellation of surgeries” said CHEO spokeswoman Marie Beranger. In determining what surgeries to cancel, Beranger said they are looking at urgent versus non-urgent. In an average year, the hospital has to cancel 10 to 15 surgeries. Last year, 25 surgeries were cancelled because of bed shortages, a number that was compounded by the H1N1 virus outbreak. The emergency department has also seen an increase in the number of children visiting the ER because of their mental health. The hospital calls the situation an unusually high number of visits. Mental health visits to the ER have increased 25 per cent over the same period last year and 65 per cent over the year before. The number of more serious cases requiring psychiatric consultations has increased 88 per cent. “The parents have under-

EMERGENCY ROOM GUIDELINES CHEO asks families to use the following guidelines to determine if they should bring their child to the emergency room: • Difficulty breathing (for example: breathing faster than normal; having whitish or bluish lips; coughing excessively, choking or breathing irregularly) Photo submitted

• A fever over 38 C if they are under three months of age.

The Ottawa Hospital is looking to acquire a da Vinci Surgical System – a surgical robot that performs intricate operations – which is the target of a new $5 million fundraising campaign.

Fundraising campaign seeks to bring ‘da Vinci’ to The Ottawa Hospital

• Diarrhea, vomiting and has no tears, a very dry mouth, and has not urinated at least two or three times over the last 24 hours. • An injury where it is suspected that a bone may be broken or stitches are required. A change in level of consciousness due to injury, infection or other causes • If you worry that your child or teen may cause significant harm to themselves or to others. • A fever and is difficult to wake up or is very sleepy.

stood that the congestion is out of our hand, we are here to treat patients as quickly as possible,” said Beranger. “We would like to advise families that this is happening so that they know that if they are choosing to come to the emergency department they know there will be a long wait.” She hopes the surge will be reduced by the end of March and that things will start going back to normal in April.


An Ottawa businessman and a prostate cancer survivor is spearheading a campaign to raise $5 million to help The Ottawa Hospital buy its first surgical robot, that would allow doctors to perform intricate operations. Stephen Greenberg was diagnosed with prostate cancer three years ago, and took advantage of robot-assisted surgery in Detroit because the procedure was not yet available in Ottawa. “Three years after doing my surgery, I am cancer free with out any post-surgery complications,” Greenberg said. A Greenberg-led fundraising committee launched its campaign to raise money for the purchase of the da Vinci Surgical System on March 31 and is hoping to a machine will be at


the hospital before the end of the year. “I wanted to see if there was anything I could do to help facilitate bringing a robot to Ottawa so that other Ottawa men who get diagnosed with prostate cancer would have access to this technology,” said Greenberg. He said the $5 million target is a significant but achievable goal for the campaign. In the short term, the hospital would use the robot to treat men with prostate cancer, but the technology could eventually be used for other types of surgery. “The da Vinci Robot will mean less blood loss and pain, shorter time in hospital after the operation, and a faster recovery time,” said Dr. Rodney Breau, surgical oncologist with The Ottawa Hospital. Though new to most parts of Canada, there are thousands of similar robotic consoles being

used in operating rooms in the U.S. and Europe. Da Vinci surgical systems have been installed in only 10 hospitals across Canada. “Because of health care constraints and other factors, the technology has not been adopted as quickly in Canada,” Breau said. “We are really still in our infancy and that is why we want to be part of having things move forward,” This campaign is about bringing leading-edge technology to the hospital and building on the world-class care we already provide, said Susan Doyle, president and CEO of The Ottawa Hospital Foundation. In the past, the da Vinci robot has been successfully used in hundreds of major surgery cases, including abdominal, thoracic, urologic, and cardiac surgeries. 453661



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Mayor Jim Watson proclaimed March 29 Carleton University Ravens Day in Ottawa in recognition of the accomplishments of the national champion men’s basketball team. Rowdy Ravens fans waved thundersticks as they struggled to take pictures and have a glimpse of the team’s stars at the Galleria at Carleton. The team was crowned Canadian Interuniversity Sport champions for the seventh time in nine years after an impressive 82-59 win over Trinity Western Spartans of British Columbia in Halifax on March 13. “The entire city of Ottawa is very proud of you for having conducted yourselves with great skill, with great class and brought proud not just to Carleton but to the entire city of Ottawa,” Watson told the team. “You are not only amazing athletes, but also great role models to the next generation of Ravens.” The Ravens were unstoppable in the tournament, defeating Concordia 73-66 in the quarter-

final and taking a 95-83 semifinal victory over Saskatchewan before dominating Trinity Western in the final ears. “I am very pleased and proud with what you are doing,” university president Roseann O’Reilly Runte told the team. In addition to the championship, three team members also picked up individual awards. Second-year forward Tyson Hinz won the Mike Moser Memorial Trophy as player of the year, guard Phil Scrubb won the Dr. Peter Mullins Trophy as rookie of the year and head coach Dave Smart won the Stuart W. Aberdeen Memorial Trophy as coach of the year. “I am truly proud of what these guys do on a daily basis, and I want to sincerely thank them for that,” said Smart. The Ravens are now only one championship away from tying the CIS record of eight titles, held by the University of Victoria Vikes. “We owe this to our support and we hope they continue to support us, as we prepare to win our eighth championship in ten years,” said Ravens guard Elliot Thompson.

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Members the national champion Carleton Ravens men’s basketball team stand with Ottawa Mayor Jim Watson, fourth from right in the back row, and Carleton president Roseann O’Reilly Runte, second from right in the front row at a celebration of the team’s seventh CIS title on March 29.

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NATURE’S ANTIBIOTICS Hawthorne Public School student Conor Mulcahy won silver at the Ottawa Regional Science Fair in the Junior Health Sciences category on April 2, for his project, called Nature’s Antibiotics, which explored the antibacterial properties of various herbs and spices such as garlic and lemon. The fair was held in the Raven’s Nest at Carleton University, and featured students from elementary and secondary schools across Ottawa. Ten gold medal winners will head to the Canada-wide science fair in Toronto in May. 459791


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This year, Westfest is getting naked – and organizer Elaina Martin said the annual festival will have one of the most exciting line-ups in its eight years. “If anyone shows up with clothes on, you’re not getting in,” joked Martin to more than 100 people who showed up at Juniper restaurant in Westboro to

hear the latest news on Westfest 2011. The “naked” theme refers to the eighth annual festival’s headliner Bif Naked, who will be performing on Saturday, June 11. Martin said she’s proud to have the Canadian singer as the festival’s headliner. Bif Naked, who recently battled breast cancer, wrote her new album The Promise when

she was undergoing treatment. “Bif Naked has defied the odds,” said Martin. On the final night June 12, Ottawa’s own The Might Popo will perform. She added that Westfest’s opening night will have a new Inuit showcase which will feature Inuit acts from throat singing to pop music. The headline act for the Friday performance will be singer-

songwriter Lucie Idlout, who originally hails from Baffin Island. Ottawa Mayor Jim Watson, who also attended the event, congratulated Martin and the rest of the Westfest crew for the growing success of the Westboro festival. “It’s the little festival that could, and I’m very proud of its grassroots approach,” Watson said.




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Ottawa skier Dustin Cook earned a career-best secondplace finish at the Canadian alpine skiing championships last week in Nakiska, Alta., winning a silver medal in the super-G. “I’m pumped to be on the podium!” Cook wrote in a post on his website. “But still hungry for that top step!!” The 21-year-old Nepean High School grad wasn’t overly impressed with his performance at nationals, which included a sixth in the downhill, a seventh in giant slalom and a did-not-finish in the slalom portion of the super combined. A lack of training for the technical events didn’t help, noted Cook, who plans to make the giant slalom a bigger focus next season. “Although it wasn’t a good season in GS this year, I know with the proper training I can be faster than ever,” added Cook, who also recently placed in the 40s in speed events at March World Cup races in Norway. Although he didn’t get the gold medal he desired in Nakiska, the Mont Ste. Marie athlete can still call himself a national champion thanks to his downhill victory at the U.S. championships

The Ottawa Ice National Ringette League team had a disappointing showing at the last week’s Canadian championships, winding up with a sixthplace result in Cambridge, Ont. The fourth-ranked Ice won a pair and lost a pair – including a 4-3 defeat to the tournament hosts thanks to a final-minute goal – to advance through the first round. Ottawa knocked off the Prairie Fire 2-1 to open the second round, but then dropped a key match in a 4-2 loss to Richmond Hill and finished the competition with a 3-2 defeat against tournament-champion Edmonton to miss the semi-final round. It was a better story at the under-19 ringette nationals for John McCrae Secondary School grad Kelsey Youldon and Ashbury College student Sarah Gross, who won silver medals as members of Team Ontario. Youldon scored 16 points in nine games to finish fourth in scoring at the tournament, which was won by Quebec 5-4 in the final. Ottawa players Christie Kellam and Madison Desrochers also took bronze with under-16 Ontario team.

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Ottawa skier Dustin Cook will put the wraps on his alpine season this week with spring series in Quebec, capping a season that saw the national silver medallist compete in 49 races in North America and Europe. in February. “What a couple of days!” Cook exclaimed in another post after his win in Aspen, Colo., which came on the heels of a North American Cup downhill victory the previous day. “Talk about a close race, from first to third was a difference of .03 seconds.” Despite an intense season that featured 45 races in slightly


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After dropping from a size 10 to a size 8 dress, Sofia Scichilone said she now feels less stressed and sleeps better every night. She also pushes herself to the limit at the Rideau Canoe Club’s boot camp – a new program offered this year that helps Ottawa residents get in shape. “You can make it as difficult as you wish,” said Scichilone. “I try and make it difficult and push myself. When you make it as difficult as you can, it works, and you feel so good afterwards.” The boot camp program at the club is in full swing and those who paddle – and those who don’t – are getting in shape together. “It’s geared towards all different skill levels, and the idea is to help promote a better lifestyle and fitness,” said Scott Sealby, who’s the club’s dragonboat coordinator and also involved in the boot camp. “It’s geared overall to reduce stress, build energy levels and even better sleep.” Sealby said the boot camp provides different exercises for participants to rotate through at a fast pace. For example stations like weight lifting are set up and participants work out at that station for 45 seconds until they move onto the next one. He said this method of working out is far more effective than going to the gym. “People have a tendency to go to gyms, they’re there for two and a half hours, and they don’t really do a whole lot.” The first fitness session took place in January and was an eight-week program. The second one, happening now, is six weeks and Sealby said there’s a chance it could extend into the summer. “There’s been an interest,” he said. Sealby said the boot camp is aimed at everyone, and even though some of the initial participants were paddlers the program caught the attention of people who weren’t. There’s a wide range of people in the class, he said. “The youngest in the program is about 21 or 22 years-old,” he said. “The oldest is 58.” While everyone does the same routine at the different stations set up, Sealby said each station will fit the person who’s working out at it. For example, the weights station has different levels of weight so the participants can select the weight most appropriate to their fitness level. “Everyone’s been really happy with it,” he said. “There

are some girls in the class who said they dropped one or two dress sizes. It’s a lot easier when you’re with other people.” Sealby said he can’t stress enough how important it is to work out in groups because of the motivation and encouragement they offer.

In the boot camp programs so far, he said there hasn’t been any one who’s given up. Sealby said he wouldn’t be surprised if 70 per cent of the class had dropped out if they were going through it alone. “You need to work out in groups,” he said.

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Ottawa’s first ever Slutwalk will take to the streets this Sunday in an effort to draw attention to misperceptions in sexual assault cases across the city and the country. The University of Ottawa Women’s Resource Centre has joined forces with the Women’s Independence Network and Jer’s Vision to organize the protest, which will start with several speeches at the Women’s Monument in Minto Park at 1:30 p.m. on April 10 and end at the Human Rights memorial outside city hall. The event was inspired by a Toronto event of the same name, which was formed in response to remarks from a Toronto police officer that suggested women can avoid sexual assault if they stop dressing provocatively. “It’s 2011, and it’s time for women and for any victim of sexual assault to stop being profiled by their sexual history, because that has nothing to do with the sexual assault,” said Emily Griffiths, a long-time volunteer at the university’s women’s centre, and founder of the event. “We want to be sure the onus

of the crime is placed on the perpetrator, and to stop the perpetration of slut stereotypes. We want to claim the word slut in a sex-positive way, rather than a sex-negative way, which often places blame for sexual assault on the victim.” Griffiths said the walk is open to all ages and any gender identification, and that there is no dress code required. “Wear what you feel comfortable wearing. There’s going to be a lot of banners using the word. If people want to dress in a certain way I would say go for it, but I don’t want the message to get lost in people dressing provocatively,” Griffiths said. She said ending the walk outside the courthouse draws attention to how both the Ontario and Canadian justice systems often work against victims of sexual assault, citing Ontario’s very low conviction record for rape and sexual assault cases. “It drives me nuts when people say it’s just a part of society, that it just happens. I absolutely, 100 per cent, disagree with that,” she said, explaining that police forces, courts and other institutions often trivialize the issue, which allows the problem to persist throughout society. She recognized that false re-

porting, such as a woman accusing someone of sexual assault in a situation where it would be her word against his, is a valid argument for resisting tougher penalties or more power to convict on the basis of a victim’s story, but noted that false reporting in sexual assault cases is no higher than for any other crime. “The key to that is it’s largely to do with power, and I think any woman who would falsely report a sexual assault is struggling for power. I think that when women have equal power to men and they don’t feel as oppressed, there wouldn’t be a need for that,” Griffiths said. There has been some negative backlash against the event, but for the most part it has been positive, she added, noting that no politicians in the area have come forward to offer their support, although none have denounced the walk either. She said much of the negative backlash comes from miscommunication and lack of education about the issue, and misperceptions about what constitutes a sexual assault. Anyone interested in participating in the walk can visit the Facebook event page for more information.

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The Slutwalk will start at the Women’s Memorial in Minto Park near Somerset and Elgin streets, which honours victims of sexual assault.

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• APRIL 10 The Pipe Bands of the Ottawa Police Service and the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (National Capital Region) are presenting a joint concert at 2 p.m. at Dominion-Chalmers United Church, 355 Cooper St. This concert celebrates the 10th anniversary of the formation of the RCMP Pipes, Drums and Dancers, and its partnership with the Ottawa Police Service Pipe Band through the last decade. Band members include sworn police officers and citizen volunteers from the community, who have been supporting Big Brothers Big Sisters Ottawa through music for several years. Celtic music has a powerful appeal to young and old alike and this event provides a unique opportunity to bring the community and youth closer to its police officers. The concert will showcase highland dancing, Scottish singing with Ottawa baritone Garth Hampson, bagpipes, drums and a recital by

Ottawa Police piper, Andrew Hayes. Andrew was the Highland Society of London Gold Medalist in 2010 at the annual Northern Meeting in Inverness, Scotland. Tickets are $20 each (children under 12 free), and available from: Ottawa Police Service Pipe Band (; RCMP Pipes, Drums and Dancers, National Capital Region) (www.; and Big Brothers Big Sisters Ottawa ( aspx).

• APRIL 13 Join BodyMind Wellness Studio for movie night featuring The 5 Gifts of the Spine by Donny Epstein. For the first time on DVD, Epstein’s magical and outrageous style is captured in this live presentation from Australia. In this program, Epstein will guide you through an exploration of the “five gifts”: Function, Emotion, Sense of Self, Behaviour and Consciousness – and how by reorganizing your spine you can reorganize your life. From 6:30 to 8 p.m. at 309 Cooper St., Suite 303. To reserve a spot or for more information, call 613-594-9595 or email

• APRIL 15 Support soccer talent in your community at a dinner and silent auction for the Ottawa U13 boys’ soccer team. Sixteen local youths are going to experience the trip of a lifetime. The U13 boys’ team will be participating in the Mondial Pupilles de Plomelin Soccer Tournament, June 2 to 5 in Brittany, France. Besides playing teams associated with French League Division 1 Clubs, the boys from Ottawa will also be playing against teams from Italy, Belgium and Argentina. For many, this will be their first international soccer experience. To assist in covering the cost of this trip, the team is hosting the Second Annual Feast for France: Dinner and Auction Evening at St. Anthony’s Banquet Hall from 6 to 10 p.m. Come for a pasta buffet dinner, stay for the silent auction with some unique finds, and enjoy the 21st-century guitar sounds of the Robert Farrell Band. The host will be MC Mike Pearson. Tickets are $25. For more information or to request tickets, please visit

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and trained community organizers. The first component is a two-day comprehensive workshop that covers: gathering your garden team, generating excitement about a community project, managing plots, gardening how-to’s, facing challenges and more. Included in this course is a community gardens tour in the summer, and an invitation to join the community garden network--consisting of a growing number of individuals, communities, and churches with a passion for “Just Growing” and a desire to connect with other gardeners, community kitchens, low-income families and to more knowledge about community gardening. The workshop will be held at Trinity Church of The Nazarene, 480 Avalon Place (Riverview Park/Alta Vista). The suggested donation is $20. Register online at, email or phone 604-542-9022. For information, call 613-523-7250.

• APRIL 16 Ukrainian Pysanky: Learn the traditional art of Ukrainian Easter egg painting on Saturday, April 16 at 1 p.m. (180 minutes) at the Alta Vista branch of the Ottawa Public Library (2516 Alta Vista Dr.).


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April 7, 2011