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August 25, 2011 | 32 Pages

OAK TO BE HONOURED As a centuries old tree is taken down for safety reasons, Old Ottawa South is looking to memorialize the ancient oak.

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WE’LL PAY HALF Speaking to a crowd of Ottawa business leaders, the Ontario NDP leader pledged to share transit costs with cities province-wide.

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SAYING FAREWELL TO A HERO AND A FRIEND Hundreds of mourners gathered around the Centennial Flame on Parliament Hill to pay their last tribute to Jack Layton, who died at his home in Toronto on Monday, Aug. 22. Read the full story on page 6.

Council sets sights on recovering legal costs LAURA MUELLER laura.mueller@metroland.com

RIDERS FALL SHORT Two Ottawa Varsity Football league teams went to the provincial finals in Toronto, but both squads fell at the last hurdle.

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City council is putting Friends of Lansdowne on notice that it is preparing to seek legal costs from the public-interest group. City councillors say they are looking at repealing a bylaw that prevents the city from seeking legal costs from citizen’s groups that challenge council decisions. The movement is picking up steam in light of a survey city staff did of 60 Ontario municipalities.

All 52 that responded said they do not have a similar policy and simply leave the matter to the courts. Kanata South Coun. Allan Hubley is taking the lead on the issue, but he said there is widespread desire among council to take another look at the policy. “I think we as a council want to deal with this,” he said. Residents in his ward are concerned about the mounting legal bills for the city, which total more than $1 million for the Friends case alone, Hubley said.

The mayor is onside, and council sees itself as the “friends of the taxpayers,” Hubley added. Knoxdale-Merivale Coun. Keith Egli said he would be OK with the change. As a lawyer for two decades, Egli said he is confident the legal system already has a “well-established process” to determine how costs should be awarded. “There is already a process to determine if they are a public interest-litigant,” he said. See RESPONSE on page 10

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Heron Gate residents urge city to enforce standards EDDIE RWEMA eddie.rwema@metroland.com

Martin Luther King had a dream of racial equality and putting an end to discrimination throughout the United States. Tenants who live in the Heron Gate village complex of townhouses and apartments managed by TransGlobe say they have their own dream of being treated equally when it comes to the city enforcing property standards. For months now, tenants in this neighhbourhood have been complaining about outstanding work orders for much-needed repairs. The residents convened a press conference on Aug.14 to plead to the mayor to intervene in what they call a dire situation. “Today we are continuing our fight for tenant’s rights in the Heron Gate area where many residents have longstanding concerns about the lack of repairs, poor service, cleaning, garbage, pests and the general negligence of the property,” said Erica Marx, co-chair of the South Ottawa chapter of the Association for Community Organizations for Reform Now. “We are asking the city to do its part in standing up for tenants by enforcing property standards.” Last week’s press conference followed a demonstration held late July to protest what residents said was the landlord’s negligence and inaction.

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Heron Gate residents Natasha Heston, left, Erica Marx and Nima Hassan speak at a press conference calling on the mayor to enforce city bylaws concerning maintenance and standards at rental properties across the city. Since then, nothing much has been done to improve the situation, according to Marx. She said meetings with the property managers has proved to be ineffective because they haven’t been taking residents concerns seriously. “They are only interested with us when we haven’t paid our rent,” Marx said. Mayor Jim Watson said he is scheduling a meeting in early September with property owner TransGlobe Property

Management Services, Ottawa ACORN and the Heron Gate community association. “I spoke with representatives from ACORN, as well as the chief operating officer of those who manage the property and I told the COO I wasn’t happy with the number of complaints that were going to this property, and we have to improve the situation,” said Watson. He said the city has directed staff to conduct inspections on a proactive basis

as opposed to a reactive basis to ensure standards are enforced. “We’re now there on a regular basis and checking whether its garbage, mould . . . then the company has 19 days under the bylaw to fix complaints and if they’re not fixed satisfactorily we can either charge them or do the work ourselves and put it on their tax bills,” Watson said. Watson said the city was taking the issue seriously, and that he had expressed this to the owner of the company. “Tenants have been complaining about everything from bed bugs to mould to garbage piling up and not being picked up – it’s not in an environment that’s healthy to live in,” said Watson. “I’ve been to this property before and have seen the deficiencies and the company that owns them has to be a better landlord and do a better job,” Watson said. Mike Bolahood, chief operations officer for TransGlobe Property Management Services confirmed he spoke to the Mayor and said they were prepared to meet and resolve issues. “We are looking forward to the meeting,” said Bolahood. Responding to why his company had yet to address some of the requests for repairs, Bolahood said he found the requests rather unusual. “Things have been relatively stable and out of the sudden seeing things going out of control in a short time is surprising,” he said.

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The mayor wants Ottawa to step up to raise money to support famine victims in the Horn of Africa and he wants to challenge other cities to do the same. Mayor Jim Watson will host a $100-aticket event on Sept. 14 to support the Humanitarian Coalition’s famine relief. Estimates peg the number of people affected by the famine at around 10 million, particularly in Somalia, southern Ethiopia and northern Kenya. “This is an important occasion for Ottawa to come together in the spirit of compassion,” Watson said. The event will feature entertainment and local cuisines offered by several African embassies and will take place from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at Jean Pigott Hall in city hall at 110 Laurier Ave. Proceeds from the event will be matched by the federal government and will benefit coalition, which includes CARE Canada, Oxfam Canada, Oxfam Quebec, Plan Canada and Save the Children Canada. But before the event takes place, Watson will challenge mayors of other Ontario cities to do the same. The mayor was at the Big City Mayor’s caucus for the Association of Municipalities of Ontario conference in London, Ont. from Aug. 21 to 24. That effort meant a lot to Ismail Mohamed, one of the community organizers of the event and a resident of Barrhaven.

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Event organizer Ismail Mohamed and Mayor Jim Watson announce a Sept. 14 fundraiser at city hall to assist victims of the famine in east Africa. Before coming to Canada, Mohamed found himself in a Kenyan refugee camp during another African famine in 1992. Having been through a similar ordeal, Mohamed said his “heart goes out” to the current victims who are living through a famine 20 times worse than the one he experienced. “The complexity of this crisis shouldn’t thwart us from the ability to act,” he added. Nicolas Moyer, executive director of the Humanitarian Coalition, said he is grateful to the mayor for spreading awareness about the continuing need for funds. Moyer also wanted to remind Ottawans that they can contribute to the cause even if they cannot attend the Sept. 14 event. “No amount is too small,” he said.


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A very healthy improvement. IN 2003 BABIES WERE SCREENED FOR 2 DISEASES. NOW THEY’RE SCREENED FOR 28. Source: Ministry of Health, 2011. Photo by Emma Jackson

As ancient oak comes down, memorial plans are afoot EDDIE RWEMA AND EMMA JACKSON eddie.rwema@metroland.com

Sawdust swirled in the summer air and the sound of chainsaws broke the midmorning quiet in Old Ottawa South on Aug. 17 as workers began taking down an enormous, historical oak tree that has been struggling to survive in Brighton Beach Park. Despite efforts to save the tree, which was nearly 300 years old by some estimates, recent storms and old age had made it unsafe and city officials decided it had to come down. Residents gathered to watch the towering tree be dismantled branch by branch, and Capital Coun. David Chernushenko stood by with a video camera to record the events. It’s unclear how the landmark tree will be memorialized, but there has been talk of leaving the stump there or carving it into some kind of memorial. Previous efforts by the city to save the tree and extended its life had proven unsuccessful. “Because of safety reasons, it wasn’t possible anymore to delay this,” said Chernushenko. “We have even tried a European technique to prolong its life, but that hasn’t worked.” The Old Ottawa South Community Association recently launched a campaign asking residents to come up with ideas about what should be done to preserve the memory of the tree. “We are going to store as much wood as

we can to make it usable for sculpture and other mementoes and then we will have a public process to decide how exactly to do that,” Chernushenko said. The councilor said he will work with the community association to convene a public meeting of interested residents in order to create a citizen-driven process for determining how best to allocate the wood, and how best to preserve what remains of the stump. “People are getting used to the idea that it wasn’t going to last forever,” said Brendan McCoy, board member of the association. “Right now we are trying to encourage people to come up with more ideas,” he said. One suggestion, according to the community association, is to have a chainsaw sculpture made from the base, while others have said the wood is not capable of lasting in an outdoor space for very long and have suggested that a sculpture be erected in a community space such as at the Ottawa South Community Centre, Carleton University, or even the Sunnyside Branch of the Ottawa Public Library. There has been discussion of pieces of the tree being made available for residents who wish to preserve a piece themselves. A new oak tree will be planted as soon as possible close to where this majestic tree stood for generations. Residents are asked to email their comments to webeditor@oldottawasouth.ca .

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NDP would split transit costs with city, Horwath says LAURA MUELLER laura.mueller@metroland.com

The Ontario New Democratic Party would cover half the burden of Ottawa’s transit operation costs if elected to lead the province this October, according to leader Andrea Horwath. The Hamilton East MPP said that her job, if elected as premier, would be to make it easier for mayors and city council to make decisions that make their cities more liveable. “The premier should be making it easier for mayors to make those decisions,” she said. Transit is a large part of that, and Horwath committed to funding half of city transit operating costs under an NDP government – if the city agrees to freeze transit fares. With a $2.1-billion project to bring light rail to Ottawa on the horizon, the city will be spending more money on transit than perhaps it ever has in its history. Sharing the cost of operating that system “would begin to put Ottawa on equal footing with cities around the world,” Horwath said. Speaking to the business community as part of the Ot-

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NDP leader Andrea Horwath left speaks to Mayor Jim Watson in council chambers after she spoke to a crowd of local businesspeople as part of the Ottawa Business Journal’s Mayor’s Breakfast Series. tawa Business Journal’s Mayor’s Breakfast series on Aug. 18, Horwath said fare hikes hit transit users and result in reduced ridership and a freeze would help break that cycle. If the province kicked some money towards municipal transit, it would help free up the city’s budget for other projects, Horwath said. But she pledged that she won’t tell mayors how to spend those savings. “I know that Ottawa has had a lot of varying and different

political voices telling you exactly what those improvements should and shouldn’t be,” Horwath said. “I’m not going to do that. I am going to commit to working with council on their vision.” Horwath also highlighted the Hintonburg Hub as a type of innovative health solution her party supports that would move the province forward. Horwath said she recently met with proponents of the Hintonburg Hub along with the NDP candidate for Ottawa Cen-

tre, Anil Naidoo, and they were encouraged by what they heard. Ideas like the Hub promote healthy communities, not just healthy individuals, she said. “This sort of creativity helps us tackle our health challenges in a whole new way,” she said. Horwath highlighted the economic impact of creating sustainable healthcare and education systems during her speech. The idea behind the community-driven Hintonburg Hub plan is to purchase a piece of land at the Bethany Hope Centre and turn it into a facility featuring affordable housing units and community services. Several non-profit organizations, including the Somerset West Community Health Centre, have been working on the pitch. The Hub could be part of the NDP’s new approach to healthcare, which is aimed at prevention and keeping people who don’t need critical care out of hospitals. That would involve creating more long-term care options, but also preventing people from having to enter a hospital to begin with. “We can’t just wait for everyone to get sick,” she said.

Forgiving new doctors’ student debt if they practise in underserved communities is part of that, and supporting community health teams, Horwath said. In her speech, Horwath also took a swipe at former Ontario NDP premier Bob Rae, who is now serving as interim leader for the federal Liberal party. Saying that not every NDP premier has had a “stellar record,” Horwath continued: “Since the premier with the absolute worst record is campaigning for another party nowadays, I’m not going to take any lectures from my opponents.” In front of a crowd of approximately 200 businesspeople, Horwath broached the topic of corporate tax cuts and expressed her lack of support for the cuts. “Some of you may disagree with me, but I disagree with that approach,” she said. Instead, the NDP would focus any tax cuts where they can help create jobs and investments – mostly for small businesses, those that invest in the education of their employees and companies that spend their money in Ontario. Ontarians will go to the polls on Oct. 6.

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Vicky Smallman, above left, was one of hundreds of Ottawans that flocked Parliament Hill to pay tribute to New Democratic Party leader Jack Layton, who died in the early morning hours of Aug. 22. The 61-year-old, shown at right during an election stop in Ottawa in April, lost his second bout with cancer in less than a year only weeks after starting what was supposed to be a temporary leave from politics.

Ottawa, Canada mourn ‘tireless champion for people’ EDDIE RWEMA eddie.rwema@metroland.com

Hundreds of Ottawans descended on Parliament Hill on Monday afternoon to pay their respects to the man many said transformed not only the New Democratic Party but the Canadian political landscape. Jack Layton, leader of the official Opposition, passed away peacefully at his home in Toronto surrounded by family and loved ones, according to a statement released by his wife Olivia Chow. He was 61. A group of mourners shocked by the sudden news of Layton’s death cried, lit candles and laid flowers around the Centennial Flame on Parliament Hill as the Canadian flag flew at half mast above the Peace Tower. “It is very sad, I can only hope we take Jack’s legacy and work together to build a better Canada,” said Vicky Smallman, an Ottawa resident and NDP supporter who was among those gathered. The NDP leader had been battling prostate cancer since February 2010 and had hip surgery just before the May 2 federal election. In July, Layton surprised many by announcing he was tak-

ing a temporary leave of absence to receive further treatment after doctors discovered he had a new cancer. A state funeral for Layton will be held at Roy Thomson Hall in Toronto on Saturday, Aug. 27. Messages of condolence were issued throughout the day by politicians of every political stripe. Mayor Jim Watson said he was deeply saddened to learn of Layton’s death. The flags at Ottawa city hall will be flying at halfmast in Layton’s honour until sunset on the day of his burial. “Canadians have lost a true representative of the voice of real people and my heart goes out to all who are close to Jack and Olivia in this time of mourning,” Watson said in a statement. Premier Dalton McGuinty said Ontarians and all Canadians will miss Layton’s passion, hard work and fighting spirit. “He always worked hard to represent his constituents, their interests and their needs. He was always a tireless champion for people and our communities.” On behalf of NDP nationwide, interim party leader Nycole Turmel said they need to pull together now and carry on his fight to make Canada a better place. “Jack was a courageous man.

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Layton, shown in at a fundraising event in Kanata in 2005, was remembered earlier this week as ‘a courageous man,’ ‘a tireless champion,’ and ‘the voice of real people.’ It was his leadership that inspired me, and so many others, to run for office.” Anil Naidoo, Ottawa Centre NDP candidate in the upcoming provincial election, said the best testament to the life of Jack Layton is to continue to live the principles that he espoused and to be out there talking to neighbours and friends about that vision. “As New Democrats, who are committed to the social values that have made this country great, we’ll continue to take great inspirations from Jack Layton,”

said Naidoo. In a statement, Prime Minister Stephen Harper saluted Layton’s contribution to public life, a contribution he said will be sorely missed “When I last spoke with Jack following his announcement in July, I wished him well and he told me he’d be seeing me in the House of Commons in the fall. “This, sadly, will no longer come to pass.” In a letter written two days before his death, dated Aug. 20 and released by his family on

Monday, Layton called on other Canadians afflicted with the disease not to be discouraged that his own journey hasn’t gone as well as he had hoped. “You have every reason to be optimistic, determined, and focused on the future,” Layton wrote. “My only other advice is to cherish every moment with those you love at every stage of your journey, as I have done this summer.” He urged his party members to build on the progress they have garnered in the last couple of years and continue to move forward. “Let’s demonstrate in everything we do in the four years before us that we are ready to serve our beloved Canada as its next government.” Since the news of the death of Layton broke, condolence messages have poured in through various social media pages from people across the country.

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OLD OTTAWA EAST SIZZLES Old Ottawa East residents were on Aug. 19 treated to a sizzling barbecue thanks to the community association’s activities group. Community association board members Cynthia Grant, left, and Catherine Pacella were among those serving up food and refreshments to residents who had turned up in big numbers at the Brantwood Park field house for a tour of the field house and to pick information on Old Ottawa East fall programming.

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“We are excited to raise funds for the Bruyère Foundation. They do such good work for the community, and this is our chance to give back,” says Schoenher. Cynthia Little, Bruyère Foundation Group Giving and Events Manager, acknowledges the BMSA’s support. “With Bruyère Continuing Care being the champion of aging Canadians, we are thrilled that our friends and neighbours in the ByWard Market have come together to raise funds for Bruyère Foundation in our effort to support our senior population and their families to better cope with Alzheimer’s disease,” says Little.

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The highest rate of HIV infection among young men in a decade has Ottawa Public Health worried. The health unit is stepping up prevention efforts with a new condom initiative and other approaches aimed at stemming a large increase in HIV infections. HIV infections in Ottawa jumped from 32 at this point last year to 46 cases already this year, and that’s a cause for concern, said Dr. Vera Etches, associate medical officer of health for the City of Ottawa. “It’s a higher number than we would expect to see in that six-month period. Higher, in fact, than it has been ever in six months in the last 10 years,” Etches said. The largest increase is seen in men aged 20 to 29, Etches said. Rates among 30-to-39-yearold men are also higher. Nearly all of the cases (89 per cent) are men, and two-thirds of the cases involve men who have sex with men. “It’s high enough that we felt it’s a good time to go out

with more messaging and more awareness raising among younger men who have sex with men, primarily,” Etches said. She said that Ottawa Public Health had shifted its focus to encouraging people to get tested for sexually transmitted infections, but after seeing the recent statistics, the public health authority decided to change tactics.

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Jack’s great hope

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ack Layton died Monday, in the early hours of the morning. A giant, his fall was felt across the country. Canadians nationwide poured out their grief for Jack. The widespread admiration felt for him – some because of his views, some despite them – is among the man’s finest legacies. He is widely remembered as a fighter, a man of strong ideals, and a person you’d be happy to call your neighbour. Politicians of all stripes recalled their fondest memories and favourite qualities of the NDP leader, a true achievement in a climate pock-marked by partisanship. Though he couldn’t keep his promise to return to the House of Commons in September, he made another pact in his final message to us. In Parliament, it will be as powerful a presence as his empty seat. It was in his final letter that his great spirit shone brightest. For almost 30 years, from Toronto City Council to Parliament Hill, he chose his battles with his heart and fought them with limitless guts. Optimism and integrity are remembered as hallmarks of his career. It was with words of hope, however, that he chose to make his exit. In a letter to Canadians published hours after his death, Jack wrote that

hope is a precious commodity, and promised us we can change the world if only we believe in its power. Those who “are on journeys to defeat cancer and live their lives” must maintain their hope and determination, he wrote. “Don’t be discouraged that my own journey hasn’t gone as well as I had hoped.” Those in his party he implored not to lose faith in their cause, but to recommit to it with even greater energy and determination. And to those young people, who look out at their futures and see an array of overwhelming challenges, he implored them not to lose hope that they have the power to change the world for the better. But it was his final words – powerfully capped with the inclusive “We” – that touched so many, and will keep his spirit alive and fighting for years to come. “My friends,” Layton wrote. “Love is better than anger. Hope is better than fear. Optimism is better than despair. So let us be loving, hopeful and optimistic. And we’ll change the world.” As the day approaches where 307 members will enter a House of Commons that feels remarkably empty, let us not forget Jack’s great hope: that we can make the world – in which “life’s highs and lows are inextricably linked” – a better place.

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The little things that make a city great

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here has been a series running in the Citizen in recent days on the question of how Ottawa can become a greater city and why it hasn’t done so up to now. Various explanations have been put forward, among them the notion that the rest of Canada doesn’t like our city much. When used in headlines, the name “Ottawa” has become synonymous with bad news – bickering, scandal, ineptitude, government waste. Our city, it goes without saying, is not responsible for any of that. It just sits here and plays host to it. But people away from here, it is argued, take it out on us and are reluctant to be generous in supporting projects that would make the city greater. So it falls on government to do that. Aside from a few stunning examples in the last quarter century – the National Gallery, the War Museum, the Museum of Civilization – the government hasn’t done much. Ottawa’s City Hall is pretty nice and the new Convention Centre may turn out to be a fine addition. But these are mere dots on a larger and bleaker landscape. Is this because the rest of Canada hates Central Edition

CHARLES GORDON Funny Town us? Probably not. And it is probably not – at least not totally – because every decision here has to be approved by at least 93 levels of government. It is mostly because making a city great involves spending money. Governments spending money went out of style many years ago. So that leaves us a bit with our hands tied as far as making Ottawa a great city is concerned. It is apparently on us, our little individual selves, to do the job. We’ll do what we can, rake the lawn and hang flags out the window, but it is unlikely that true civic greatness lies in this direction. We have to wait for government spending – and, of course, taxes – to come back into fashion before anything big happens.

While we wait, we can work on keeping some of the things that work well already. I was thinking about this at the ballpark the other day, where I went with my grandson to watch the Ottawa Fat Cats claw the Barrie Bay Cats, as they say on the sports pages. It seemed like there were a lot of grandparents and grandchildren at that game, a lot of kids seeing their first baseball game and it was a nice scene, one of the less spectacular things that makes a city great. Ottawa Stadium has always been a good place, ever since the Lynx played there in the ’90s, and while the quality of ball has slipped a bit, other things are improved. The music isn’t so loud and the mascot, who is called Grape, for some reason – perhaps because he’s purple – seems more friendly than Lenny the Lynx ever did. Baseball seemed to be slipping out of our hands a few years ago and it wasn’t helped by the city allowing much of the stadium parking lot to be used for other purposes. This is an example of how hard it is just to keep things going that work. If the Fat Cats ever really take off, getting into the stadium is going to be a big problem, one the city government

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might help with. All over town there are examples of family-friendly sports events played at a high level. More and more people are turning out to see the Ottawa Fury play soccer. And the Ottawa 67’s games are always fun and affordable. Great cities, and the people who live in them, make sure that such activities survive and prosper. We have only to look the void where the Ottawa Ex used to be to see what can happen. On a more serious note, I’m still perplexed by how the mascot for a team of cats can be a grape. Perhaps many levels of government were involved.

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Buying and selling

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e bought our first house six years ago. We had a down payment saved, a child and another on the way, and we figured it was a good time to settle in somewhere for at least five years. Before that, I’d only ever thought about the next six months. Buying a house can be an emotional event, especially if you’re pregnant. Find something you like, and you can spend days imagining you and your family growing in this place, and how the walls will shape you, and before long you can’t imagine yourself anywhere else. Desperation overtakes logic as you head into the largest ever business transaction of your life. It’s probably not the best thing to get emotionally worked up about. In our first experience, we did, and we bid, only to end up in what could have been a financially devastating bidding war for one house of thousands. In the end, the inspection told us the house was prone to flooding, our plans for renovations would have to go on hold, and the mortgage was too high for us anyway. I remember crying about this loss, unable to imagine how my family would prosper anywhere else. It was my mortgage specialist who brought me back to reality: “Brynna, this is a business transaction. Crying about this house is like crying when you see the 97 bus pull away from the curb without you. There’s always another bus. And there’s always another house.” And he was right, and I stopped grieving, and we bought a different house within three days.

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Six years on, we’re in another new situation. Emotional me has fallen in love with my neighbourhood and the people who live here and I never want to move. But our house has a few quirks that we’ve never quite grown into. Another house has come up for sale around the corner that we’d like to grow into. And I’ve spent the last three days in anticipation and agony, meeting with bankers, lawyers and realtors to find out if and how we can possibly purchase this house. They’re trying to be nice, but they also sense my desperation. As my new mortgage specialist quipped after I spent 10 minutes rambling about the absolute necessity of getting into the new place: “I get it. This house is for now. The new house is for life.” Yes, kind of. But it scared me when he said it. For life? I suppose, but until now we’ve only ever looked five years down the road at a time. This is a neighbourhood where people live in their homes for decades, only to eventually die in their kitchens by natural causes. I pictured myself flailing in the kitchen at the new place – a kitchen which has its own undesirable quirks – grey-haired and alone, and I started to panic. Maybe I’m not ready to make a lifelong commitment. And all the doubts began to emerge. After all, there are a lot of complicating factors, like the fact that we have to sell our house before we can afford to buy a new one. And the fact that we have to decide whether it’s worth it to raise our monthly outputs just as we’re starting to feel financially comfortable. After many sleepless nights and meetings and imaginings, I’ve decided to put the emotions away. I’m going to look at the house for the first time tonight – yeah, I haven’t even seen the inside of the place yet – and if we like it, we’ll bid. But we’re not going to compromise. Because, at the end of the day, for all its quirks, the house we’ve got is pretty darned good. And who wants to go through the hassle of a move anyway?

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Conservancy brings second Lansdowne court case LAURA MUELLER laura.mueller@metroland.com

The city has another Lansdowne legal wrangle to contend with. Glebe resident John Martin, who started a group called the Lansdowne Park Conservancy, said he filed an application for a judicial review of the cityâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s plan to redevelop Lansdowne Park with a private partner, the Ottawa Sports and Entertainment Group (OSEG). Martinâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s court case centres on the lack of competition when the city chose to move ahead with a partnership with OSEG. Martin charges that the city blocked him from making a competitive bid for the project. The documents Martin filed also call for a court order asking the city to officially decommission Lansdowne as a park before it could approve the building of homes on the site, among other concerns. Condos are part of the development plans, along with a mixed-use development including shops and a movie theatre, as well as a renovated Frank Clair Stadium and a new urban park. Martin has said he believes he will have a case even though last month a judge decided against the Friends of Lansdowne, which shared similar concerns. Martinâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s documents state that Justice

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Charles Hackland was prevented from having the full picture of the issues at play with the Lansdowne project because Hackland didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t have the benefit of seeing Martinâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s competitive bid. Martin took advantage of several opportunities to speak to the cityâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s finance and economic development committee on Thursday, Aug. 18, as city councillors worked through several agenda items dealing with the project. He was asked to keep his talking points on the item under discussion as he repeatedly asked the city to work together with him on the project. Martin said he wants the site kept public and his plan would also preserve its heritage, including leaving the historic Horticulture Building at its current location instead of moving it, which the city and OSEG plan to do. City solicitor Rick Oâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;Connor said the new legal challenge shouldnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t impact the revised timelines for the Lansdowne project, which would see Frank Clair Stadium completed in 2014 and the urban park finished in 2015. A city report on the updated project schedule states that there is enough time for an appeal in the first legal challenge, brought forward by the Friends of Lansdowne. The group has indicated it plans to pursue an appeal to the judgeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s decision, which favoured the city.

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The city is looking at repealing a bylaw preventing it from seeking legal costs from citizen groups that challenge council decisions, such as is the case with the Friends of Lansdowne challenge of plans to redevelop Lansdowne Park.

Response â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;an act of desperationâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; From COSTS on page 1 Hubley cautioned that the push to change the policy has been ongoing for some time, ever since council adopted it in 2009. â&#x20AC;&#x153;This isnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t about (the Friends of Lansdowne) case in any way,â&#x20AC;? he said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;This is about a policy.â&#x20AC;? River Coun. Maria McRae voted for the policy at the time, when a few councillors werenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t happy that the Greenspace Alliance was ordered to pay the city some legal costs. Having a city policy that is a response to a specific, historic legal case is not necessary, Egli said. McRae said she believes very strongly that the policy passed in 2009 was meant to protect small, grassroots groups. Whether that designation applies to the Friends of Lansdowne is something she questions, but McRae said it should be up to the courts to decide â&#x20AC;&#x201C; not the city. McRae said the Friends need to reveal who their supporters are if Ottawans are supposed to trust that the group is fighting on behalf of citizens. During a meeting of the cityâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s finance and economic development committee on Aug. 18, McRae challenged the Friends to â&#x20AC;&#x153;be as transparent as weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re beingâ&#x20AC;? and reveal who has donated to the Friendsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; cause. McRae â&#x20AC;&#x201C; and other councillors

â&#x20AC;&#x201C; are concerned that the Friendsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; donations are coming from people who have a pecuniary interest or perhaps a financial stake in what happens with the Lansdowne redevelopment project. While there is no doubt that the Friends are fighting for a public concern, and they are â&#x20AC;&#x153;possibly, probablyâ&#x20AC;? a grassroots group, Egli said he echoes McRaeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s concerns about where the groupâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s funding is coming from. One of the criteria the courts look at is whether the members of the group have a personal or pecuniary interest in the cause, Egli said. The issue will come up again on Sept. 6 during the next finance and economic development committee meeting, when city staff will present a report. A representative from the Friends of Lansdowne said city councillors are using â&#x20AC;&#x153;bullying and intimidationâ&#x20AC;? to get the Friends to drop their pursuit of a legal appeal. Ian Lee, a Carleton University professor who speaks for the group, said he will be contacting the Civil Liberties Association to discuss the matter and seek clarification for the cityâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s claim that it has found no other municipality in Ontario that has a bylaw or policy on seeking legal costs. To float the idea of changing the policy in response to the Friendsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; case is â&#x20AC;&#x153;an act of desperation,â&#x20AC;? Lee said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re hearing fear,â&#x20AC;? he added. As for whether the Friends should reveal their donors, Lee said if he has his way, it wonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t happen. 1',!# He said councillors are suggest ing the group break the law by revealing the names, because the In 3 Easy Steps... Privacy Act of Ontario guaranMAKE YOUR the privacy of donors. COMMERCIAL QUALITY tees â&#x20AC;&#x153;Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s deeply unethical,â&#x20AC;? to ask WINES AT OUR PLACE the group to reveal its donors, Lee for as per batch said. To his knowledge, the group (yields 29 btls) little as hasnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t received any donations OR from corporations, Lee said. Save even more & As for individuals who are asMake Your Own Beer sociated with business interests, & Wine at Home Lee said â&#x20AC;&#x153;it is the right of every 435 Moodie Drive, Bells Corners 613-721-9945 citizen to donate to a cause.â&#x20AC;? The 957 Gladstone Ave. W., Ottawa 613-722-9945 2030 Lanthier Drive, Orleans 613-590-9946 Friends have raised more than $200,000 towards their legal costs. ABC>I@LTFKBP@LJ

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This hearing healthcare approach differs drastically with that of retail settings, larger clinics and chains. Unfortunately, patients there are too often nameless, shuffled between staff, rushed through consultations and offered a limited choice of hearing aid models. At Hearing Solutions Clinic, the same Audiologist always takes her time to both answer all your questions and listen to your concerns. This is followed by the luxury of being able to choose from an unlimited range of the most upto-date products thereby guaranteeing a hearing solution that is unique to you, your lifestyle and your hearing needs. ‘’It would not be in my patient’s best interest for the clinic to only carry its exclusive brand, one line of products or even a few favored manufacturers like many larger centers do. To find the right solution, flexibility and selection is key. It is important to consider all the options across all of the manufacturers because their products vary greatly, from a variety of noise reduction systems to different telephone solutions, from rechargeable hearing aids to Bluetooth capabilities. Moreover, hearing aids may not always be the best or only solution. We therefore also carry a wide variety of assistive listening devices.’’ explains Rosanne. By remaining

Left to right are Doctors of Audiology Rosanne McNamee & Maria Perez independent, private, as well as locally owned and operated, Hearing Solutions Clinic has no manufacturer limitations and very competitive prices. Rosanne further distinguishes herself from the other clinics by solely hiring professionals that hold the highest level of education in the hearing healthcare field. There are no unregulated Hearing Instrument Specialists at Hearing Solutions Clinic, only Doctors of Audiology who are diligent at keeping the clinic up-to-date in technology and practice. In addition, Rosanne protects the special quality of her clinic by ensuring that all employees share the core values, beliefs and principles that created Hearing Solutions Clinic a decade ago. Consequently, you receive the service of professionals who are not only top in their field, but who pride themselves on offering quality products and the highest standard of care. You will never worry whether or not you have chosen the best place to trust with your hearing needs. So, if you believe in your right to the best, fullest and most customized service available, book your consultation with one of our Doctors of Audiology at Hearing Solutions Clinic, conveniently located at 1915 Baseline Rd, suite 202 (across from Home Depot). Parking is free! Home visits optional.

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It’s Christmas in September in Ottawa as the Christmas Exchange charity most famous for its work around the holidays frantically collects donations to provide school supplies for needy children across the city. More than 3,000 children have been signed up for school supplies kits and vouchers to help them start the upcoming school year, and Christmas Exchange is responsible for about 2,700 of them. But director Marilyn Matheson said the organization is far from hitting its fundraising goals to meet those demands. About $45,000 has already been raised, but another $70,000 to $80,000 is needed to serve Ottawa’s low-income families with the necessary crayons, pencils and backpacks, she said. “We’re not meeting the demand, there’s an urgent need for money to come in,” she said. “This is a really important thing. These children really help.” The school supplies assistance program asks donors to offer financial donations of $30 or $40. A $30 donation purchases a junior school supplies kit from the Tools 4 School program, which would provide crayons, pencil crayons, markers, scissors, glue sticks and other junior items for a child in kindergarten to Grade 6. A $40 donation buys a senior kit, which adds pens, calculators, duo-

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The Christmas Exchange will be making sure around 2,700 children are ready with the necessary supplies to go back to school next month, but that leaves around 300 children who have signed up for assistance without crayons, pens and backpacks. tangs, binders and other items to the kit for Grades 7 to 12. A $40 donation can also buy a backpack voucher from Giant Tiger, which Matheson said is the most dignified option for families using their services.

“We find that the voucher provides them with a lot more dignity, because they can choose the backpack that they want, or the lunch kit or the shoes that they need. The parents are a better judge of what kids need,” she said. It also gives

parents the freedom to buy items they need most, so that if the child already has a hand-me-down backpack they can instead buy a new pair of shoes. Giant Tiger gives the organization a five per cent discount on its vouchers, so donor money goes farther, Matheson said. The voucher can’t be used to buy tobacco or lottery tickets, and can’t be used to get cash back. Matheson added that the Tools 4 Schools kits don’t provide children with a backpack, and currently funds are so low and demand so high that students are being assigned either a kit or a voucher, not both. Matheson said going to school without a backpack can be humiliating. “Children going to school without a backpack, who are carrying their supplies in a grocery bag, they can be targeted by bullies,” she explained. This is the first year Christmas Exchange has offered the school supplies program, and Matheson said they’re hoping they can offer it again in January for the beginning of the new semester. She hinted that with such a seasonal name their organization has fundraising limits, and are thus planning to completely overhaul their name, logo and mandate in September. “Hopefully this will allow us to do fundraising all year round,” she said. To donate, visit www.christmas-exchange.com.

OC Transpo needs to communicate with the disabled, commission told LAURA MUELLER laura.mueller@metroland.com

Accessibility concerns took centre stage during an update about the bus route optimization at the city’s transit commission on Aug. 17. One of those concerns – safe access to bus stops at the General Hospital campus for Route 106 – will be addressed, confirmed Alain Mercier, the head of OC Transpo. That location was one of two spots accessibility advisory committee chair Catherine Gardner listed as “potentially deadly” during a presentation to the transit commission. Mercier said details on changes to the bus stops at the hospital would be detailed this week, and Gardner said she hoped they would address the danger of requiring riders to walk or wheel along Ring Road, which has no sidewalks and its curved trajectory leaves pedestrians vulnerable to oncoming vehicles. But Gardner expressed broader worries about how the sweeping bus route changes starting Sept. 4 would impact people with accessibility issues – and she wasn’t alone. Gardner said the accessibility advisory committee was not brought into the consultation on the route changes until they were already drafted, leaving the committee to react to the changes instead of help-

ing influence them. The changes are particularly burdensome to people with accessibility concerns, whether it is finding a barrier-free path to access their route, or learning the new system, which can take years for someone with impaired vision. Gardner asked to be more involved as the process moves forward, especially regarding a six-month review of the changes that will wrap up in January. Mercier said OC Transpo is not yet in a position to describe the parameters of that study, but he would report back in the fall with more details on how the route changes will be assessed. Gloucester-Southgate Coun. Diane Deans, the chair of the transit commission, asked city staff to include the accessibility advisory committee “in the preparation of the document,” a response that didn’t sit well with Gardner. In addition to following all standards for displaying text and audio messages, OC Transpo has ramped up training for volunteers who work with people who have mobility concerns, said Kathy Reilly, OC Transpo’s accessible transit specialist. OC Transpo staff have also reached out to more than 60 community organizations and service agencies whose clients or members have accessibility concerns in an effort to help spread information about the changes and transit options, including Para Transpo.

Unfortunately Buster still can’t bowl worth a lick.

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Momentum is gathering for one of Ottawa’s largest single day run. Preparations are in high gear for the Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation CIBC Run for the Cure, a volunteer-led fundraising event taking place on Oct. 2. On Aug. 10, organizers held a training session for team captains at the Glebe Community Centre to help educate them on how to formulate their teams, give them tips on fundraising, encourage and motivate team members, and give them materials to help them get their teams organized. “The teams fundraise more that 60 per cent of all the funds that get raised from the Ottawa site,” said Paul Lansbergen, the volunteer run director for the Ottawa-Gatineau campaign. Last year, support of the Run for the Cure grew stronger in the Ottawa area, with recordbreaking $1.8 million raised by more than 9,000 runners, walkers, donors, volunteers and partners. Officials hope to break that record this year by mobilizing

more funds and volunteers. “We are always driving for beating last year,” said Lansbergen, who will also be running in honour of his mother, who died of breast cancer. He noted that their numbers are tracking quite well and they are optimistic it’ll be a successful run. More than 350 teams participated in last year’s run. “Running in a team is sometimes motivational and emotional for some people because some are formed around a friend or family member that has gone through the treatment and is surviving or unfortunately didn’t survive,” he said. Lansbergen said that thanks to events like Run for the Cure, great strides have been made in improving screenings and treatments. “Breast cancer is quite a prominent disease among women,” he said. “It affects one in nine through their lifetimes and although mortality rates are going down and the survival rates are going up, there are still 23,000 women that are diagnosed every year and that is too many.” Michelle Patenaude, team captain for Curvy Ladies, said

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Paul Lansbergen, co–run director for the Ottawa Gatineau Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation CIBC Run for the Cure presided over a training session for team captains held at the Glebe Community Centre on Aug.10. participating in the Run for Cure is the most amazing thing she has been part of. “Myself, I do it personally be-

Grant keeps Ottawa Riverkeepers’ expedition paddles in the water MICHELLE NASH michelle.nash@metroland.com

The Ottawa Riverkeepers have received an Ontario Trillium Foundation grant to help promote and analyze data from the organization’s 900-kilometre trip down the Ottawa River that got underway in early July. Ottawa Riverkeeper Meredith Brown has been leading a team, which includes scientists, canoe experts and historians on the first river-long study of the waterway, dubbed the Great River Project. The three-month long trip that began on July 4 is studying the state of the Ottawa River from Fort Temiscamingue, Que. to Montreal where the river flows into the St. Lawrence River. Natasha Wilson, executive director of the Ottawa Riverkeepers, said the $58,000 grant will offer the organization the ability to pay for the trip as well as have the funds to analyze data collected and educate the public about the results. “This money will be used to help fund the community events, education and materials needed to complete this journey,”

Wilson said. “We are very excited to continue to work with the Trillium Foundation.” The Ottawa Riverkeepers have been receiving funding from foundation since 2002, money Wilson said is integral to promote the importance of keeping the watershed safe. The expedition has already covered the first 300 kilometres of the river and the third stage of the five-leg journey got underway on Aug. 13. The funding has also allowed the Riverkeepers to invite 10 students to participate in the current leg of the project. “This money is being used to get students on the water,” Wilson said. “To make them ambassadors of the Ottawa River and hopefully become future leaders of keeping the watershed safe. After an information session, the students departed from Rapides des Joachims in Québec and will finish their portion of the trip at Portage-du-Fort, also in Québec, on Aug. 20. It wasn’t all work for the young travelers, however: the students had a day of whitewater rafting on Aug. 18.

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said Patenaude. This year will be exceptional for the group, as they will be running in honour of their teammate who was recently diagnosed with breast cancer and is currently going through treatment. “To see the amount of people, survivors, family members and the sea of pink doing the walk and the run, it is just amazing,” she said. Breast cancer continues to be the most common cancer in Canadian women over the age of 20, representing 28 per cent of all cancer cases in Canadian women. A team of employees from the Centretown location of Al’s Steakhouse and Seafood will be running in honour of their colleague Joleen, who was diagnosed a year and a half ago with breast cancer. “My friend is only 32 years old, which I considered to be fairly a young age for breast cancer, and this serves as a wake up call that not just our mothers and grandmothers were being diagnosed with breast cancer, young women as well,” said Sarah Little, captain of the Al’s Steakhouse team.

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7 ways to save on school expenses year, chances are there will be a number of pieces that are still usable and appropriate. Take a day or two to go through kids’ wardrobes and set aside items that can be used for school. Make a list of new items to purchase.

Getting children ready to head back to school often entails supplementing their wardrobe with new items.

2. Establish a budget. Set a limit as to how much will be spent on each child and don’t stray over that limit. Around $150 to $200 may be adequate to pick up a few basics. Taking out cash from the bank and spending only what is in hand may make shoppers less likely to overspend or turn to credit cards for purchases.

3. Stock up on the basics. New undergarments and socks will be needed. Aim for about 10 to 12 pairs of each. This also may be a good time to purchase pre-adolescent girls a training bra or sports bra to provide some support. 4. Buy new shoes. Shoes are one element of a wardrobe that may need to be entirely new. Active children tend to wear out shoes quickly. One pair of sneakers and one pair of dressier shoes, like oxfords, or ballet flats for girls, may be adequate. 5. Shop sales. If the weather is warm, it’s possible to save money on clearance T-shirts and shorts that stores are putting on sale to make room for next season’s items. Don’t fill a student’s wardrobe with heavy sweatshirts or sweaters at this juncture. Layering options are good because students can adjust accordingly to feel comfortable. 6. Intermingle designer with discount. Not every item in a child’s wardrobe has to be trendy. Layering items, such as T-shirts, can often be picked up for a discount in stores like Target or Walmart or Old Navy. Outer items, like jeans or some shirts, can be picked up from the trendier stores. Shop their sales and see if they offer coupons by signing up to loyalty Web sites. 7. Go early in the day. Although it may be a challenge get the kids up and dressed to visit stores when they’re in vacation mode, arriving early means thinner crowds and refreshed children. Kids who are tired or hungry can be prone to meltdowns. Pack snacks and drinks to be on the safe side. Some stores offer early bird special sales, which can make shopping once the doors open even more advantageous. School shopping signals the end of vacation time. Make the most of the opportunity to save and reduce stress when shopping. BS117027

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(MS) Every year parents spend significant amounts of money on school expenses. While there’s not much parents can do about tuition, there are ways to save on additional expenses, including clothing. Restocking a student’s wardrobe can be costly, but savvy Moms and Dads can lessen the blow in a variety of ways. Although students may not yet be ready to head back to class, both parents and children may not be looking forward to school shopping for a number of reasons. • Expenses: Statistics posted on Chiff.com indicate that $7.2 billion were spent on school clothing in 2009 for American students. In Canada, statistics show that nearly $450 million were spent on boy’s and girl’s clothing and accessories in 2008. Shopping for school items can be a big expense, one that’s especially tough to handle after paying for a summer vacation or financing kids’ stays at camp. • Time: Crowded stores can make shopping stressful, especially when kids (and adults) would rather be spending time elsewhere. • Intimidation: Facing a store full of stocked racks and shelves can make even the most avid shopper feel a little anxious. Parents face decisions about choosing clothing that is both acceptable to the school and trendy enough for their kids. This can put added pressure on shoppers. Whether school shopping is fun or feared, it’s a necessity for parents and kids alike. Here are eight tips to make the process a bit easier and help parents save money as well. 1. Assess what is already on hand. Shopping doesn’t have to mean creating an entirely new wardrobe from scratch. It often means supplementing existing clothing with new pieces that can make things look fresh. Unless a child has entirely outgrown pants and shirts from last


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Undefeated in Canada, wrestler shoots for global glory DAN PLOUFFE She owns every title available to her nationally and hasn’t lost a match in well over a year, but as Alejandra Paguaga prepares for her division’s competition on Thursday, Aug. 25 at the FILA cadet world wrestling championships in Hungary, the Tsunami Academy athlete knows that her undefeated streak will face a major test. “I honestly don’t know what to expect, so I’d like to place maybe top-10,” says Paguaga, who competes in the 56-kilogram class. “Top-10 in the world sounds pretty good. If I could get top-three or even win, obviously that would be amazing, but I’m just trying to focus on one match at a time.” The Samuel-Genest high school student is headed into unfamiliar territory during her first trip overseas, having only previously seen her U.S. competitor out of all the international wrestlers she’ll face. “That’s something we just can’t prepare for – travelling to Europe on a long flight, jetlag, food, a strange language, no home comforts, different time zone,” notes Paguaga’s coach,

Derek Kossatz, adding there won’t be any easy opponents since all are national champions. “It’s going to be a challenge for her.” Paguaga will also face the unfamiliarity of not having her usual coach in her corner. Kossatz was one of three coaches short-listed to join Team Canada, but he’ll be following the action from home as former world champ Gia Sissaouri of Montreal leads the group. “I’m a little nervous,” admits Paguaga, who’s collected OFSAA high school, club provincial and Canadian titles this season. “But at the same time, the national team coaches are very good, they’ve been to international tournaments before, and they’ve gotten to know us athletes, so it’s not like we’ll be alone.” Paguaga will also have a couple of teammates there, Adam and Torin Macfadyen, who joined the Tsunami club on St. Laurent Boulevard shortly after earning their Team Canada berth at this past April’s trials. “They’ve got a very strong judo background, but they’re relatively new to wrestling,” says Kossatz, whose new ath-

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OFSAA high school, club provincials, nationals and Team Canada trials champion Alejandra Paguaga, right, has four major domestic titles under her belt this season, but she’ll be putting her undefeated streak on the line when she competes in the 56 kilogram division of the FILA cadet world championships this week in Hungary. letes first became judo champions out of Takahashi Dojo. “That can be a great asset for them, however there are many European nations that have strong judo backgrounds as

well.” Kossatz says he doesn’t know his new students well enough to predict how they might fare at the worlds, but it’s also just as much a guessing game with

Paguaga considering all the variables. “It’s her first time going to this international event,” he explains, emphasizing that Paguaga is in the best condition she’s ever been in her career. “The worst could happen – she could lose her first match and be done the event. But I think it’s entirely possible that she could actually pull off the gold medal. She’s a real game-day wrestler.” Regardless of results, Kossatz believes what’s most valuable about competing at the worlds is that Paguaga’s now experienced the concept of year-round training to prepare for a major international event in the summer. That means sacrificing time with friends and committing to a daily routine of wrestling, weightlifting, jogging and 20-kilometre uphill bike rides. “My summer’s basically been all training,” smiles Carson Grove’s Paguaga, who savoured the moment she received her Team Canada gear representing the fulfillment of a long-time career goal. “I was very happy to get my Canada singlet with my name on it, and I’m excited to wear it at the tournament.”


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Myers Riders fall one step short of provincial title DAN PLOUFFE It wasn’t quite the finish they were after with a pair of losses in championship games, but the Myers Riders football club enjoyed a banner summertime season nonetheless as its Peewee and Junior Varsity teams competed in the Ontario Varsity Football League finals this past weekend at Rogers Centre in Toronto. “It hurts right now for the guys, and it hurts for the coaches, but I think once a couple days go by and everyone starts reflecting on the season – a lot of teams would give a lot to have our 10-1 record,” says Riders Junior Varsity coach Matt Murfitt, whose squad fell 21-7 to Mississauga. “We had a lot of new players this year with only seven returning, and getting to the finals is a huge accomplishment in this league because it’s so competitive.” It was much the same feeling for Ralph Siciliano and his Peewee troops, who fell to Cambridge 28-21 on a touchdown with under five minutes left in the fourth quarter. There was the disappointment that their air attack proved costly with turnovers, but reaching the final for a third year in a row provided reason to celebrate. “It’s a great thing for this program,” notes Siciliano, whose club draws players from the western portion of the city past Bronson Avenue as far as Perth and Smiths Falls. “It’s a proven success year after year. The kids know that hard work,

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The Junior Varsity squad wound up with the best record of the three Myers Riders teams at 10-1, while the club’s overall OVFL record for the season stood at an impressive 27-5. good effort and discipline always gets the end result that we want. They’re dedicated.” The Riders Varsity team also made it to the league semi-final with an undefeated run up to that point, scooping up seven places on the OVFL all-star squad in the process with Mike Leno, Sean Mellor,

Chris Fanning, Mitchell Spence, Rashid Timbilla, James Mau and Brad Hinton. Also honoured were Peewee players Joseph Donnelly, Andree Akinniyi, Edward Ekiyor, Brandon Whiteman and Gates Harding, along with Junior Varsity Riders Mathieu Bradley, Alex Brazeau, Michael Aruda, Lake Johnson,

Joey Belanger, Ethian Goulet, Jordan Gorgichuk, as well as coach Murfitt. “It’s been a very special group. Teams of this calibre are only assembled every so often, and this is one of those teams,” Murfitt adds. “There’s a tremendous amount of camaraderie on this team. These guys made friends that I hope are lifelong relationships for them.” Playing in a provincial final in a massive stadium like Rogers Centre also provided an unforgettable moment for the teenaged players. “They were definitely excited,” Siciliano recounts. “As we pulled in on the bus, you could see the eyes light up.” While the dome was a fun setting, it was also a bit of a disadvantage for Murfitt’s group in particular since their opponents could arrive from Mississauga on game day. “Travel was a factor,” says Murfitt, whose squad owned the league’s only perfect record leading up to final. “It’s always easier to play a game when you can sleep in your bed at night and get up and have your normal day to prepare.” Although the start of the National Capital Amateur Football Association league is just days away, the Riders players are already eager for next summer when they’ll get to take another crack at the big prize. “They’re really excited to come back,” Siciliano notes. “They can’t wait – they’re talking about it already.”

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

• AUGUST 27 Shenkman Art Centre Orleans, the Canadian Grandmasters Fiddling Competition and Show. Preliminaries at 12 p.m.$25.00, Finals at 7 pm $35.00 or both shows for $45.00. Special Guest Artists are Ivan & Vivian Hicks from New Brunswick. You will see top Fiddlers from across Canada. For tickets call 613-580-2700, www. shenkmanarts.ca or in person at the Theatre box office. More info at www.Canadiangrandmasters.ca

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• SEPTEMBER 10 Hintonburg welcomes you to its 10th Harvest Festival on Sat Sept 10, 2011 from noon to 4pm, at Parkdale Park. The fun festival will feature bouncy castle, games, art project,horse and trolley rides, Hintonburg hiphop & break dancers and dance contests, music, children’s’ games and activities, fundraising BBQ, information tables throughout the day. Proceeds from the afternoon go to local youth programming Call Lorrie Marlow at 613-761-6672 lorriemarlow@yahoo.ca to offer your help or for information.

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Friends of the Central Experimental Farm are holding their Annual General Meeting with a talk by Larry Hodgson, “Gardens of Canada and Beyond” New Location: R.A. Centre, Courtside – A, 2451 Riverside Dr. Call 613-2303276, www.friendsofthefarm.ca

• SEPTEMBER 18 Friends of the Farm is offering a bus tour to the heart of 1000 Islands to enjoy an enchanting cruise of the Islands, visit Boldt Castle on Heart Island, and Singer Castle on Dark Island. Package includes transportation, boat cruise, both castles, and the buffet lunch. The bus departs at 8 a.m. and returns in the evening. For more information call 613-230-3276 or visit: www.friendsofthefarm.ca .

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