Serving The Glebe, Alta Vista, Elmvale Acres, Mooney’s Bay and surrounding communities Year 2, Issue 6
December 1, 2011 | 20 Pages
END OF AN ERA After 20 years of helping shape the Old Ottawa South community, executive director Deirdre McQuillan is retiring.
TRASH TROUBLES This week’s installment of Metroland’s three-part look at Ontario’s waste worries looks at the skyrocketing cost of landfills.
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Eric Darwin, president of Dalhousie Community Association, went along Bronson Avenue last week tagging a dozen trees that could be removed as part of the city’s renewal project for the street. Area residents are opposed to widening the busy thoroughfare.
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OH SO CLOSE TO GOLD The Franco-Cité senior boys volleyball team came within two points of winning their first-ever provincial championship.
Angry residents living along or near Bronson Avenue are demanding Mayor Jim Watson to intervene in what they claim is a flaw public consultation process for the street’s renewal project. At a packed public meeting held to discuss the project on Nov. 24, local residents expressed their displeasure at city’s proposed four-lane roadway between Arlington and Laurier avenues which they say is
considerably wider than what is in place now. From the outset of the meeting, there was little in the way of middle ground between city staff and the residents. Even before staff made their presentation, Somerset Coun. Diane Holmes pointed out to city staff that a majority of the people on the public advisory committee that worked on the initial designs disagreed with their position. “I don’t want you to think that local
residents condone what we are going to see tonight and I would advise you to start talking to the mayor,” she said. At previous public advisory meetings, resident representatives pushed for a three-lane road, an option city engineers have said is not feasible given the traffic volumes on Bronson. Joyce Crago was one of the advisory committee members and she said she was disappointed with what the city presented at the meeting. See RESIDENTS on page 12
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After more than 20 years as executive director of the Old Ottawa South Community Association, Deirdre McQuillan is set to retire early next year. With the search for a new executive director currently underway, McQuillan will carry on in her current role until her successor is appointed. During her long tenure as the full-time manager of the association, McQuillan played a pivotal role in growing the stature of the association and helping fundraise to have the community centre renovated. The association now serves more than 3,000 households and businesses in Old Ottawa South and runs recreational programming as well as special events for adults and children. “My experience here has been very wonderful,” said McQuillan, adding the part of her job she will miss most is interacting with members of the community on a daily basis. “I deal with people on the phone, some walk in with different ideas or problems – (it is) very stimulating and I will miss that,” she said. A former high school teacher,
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Deirdre McQuillan will be retiring in early 2012 after 20 years as the executive director of the Old Ottawa South Community Association. McQuillan said she is proud that together with area residents, the centre has helped create a sense of community in the neighbourhood. “It is like a village, people know each other, there is a place to come, there is a great school (Hopewell Public School), the business are improving and I would like to see that even improve more and to be really vibrant,” she said. “I would like to think I had a small part helping create that community.” Throughout her years with the association, McQuillan said traffic and development have always been the major issues on the minds of residents. At times these issues would divide neighbours, making her job even harder, for she had to stay neutral in trying to address or mediate such divisions. “It was very hard because you had to
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stay neutral, but people would not think otherwise,” said McQuillan. In a position like hers, you learn to be very diplomatic and not to say things when you sometimes felt like saying them, she said. “Sometimes people would get very angry, lose friends over things like that and that was very challenging.” While years ago the most divisive issue in the community were things like trying to stop front yard parking, development concerns are more and more at the forefront. “There are enormous houses being built on small lots,” she said. One thing that causes McQuillan concern, however, is the dwindling number of volunteers in the community. “When I started here, people were willing to put a lot of hours into community events,” she said. “Now you hear a lot people saying they are too busy. I would like to see that volunteerism come back and people doing more in their own community.” She said if everybody did an hour each week that would make a huge difference. Michael Jenkin, president of Old Ottawa South Community Association, said the community will miss McQuillan greatly. “She represents the community’s living memory, how this place works and how to make it a better place to live,” said Jenkin. McQuillan is looking forward to new challenges, but isn’t sure yet what she wants to do at the moment. “I am just going to relax for a while and decide later what I want to do,” she said, admitting she had no idea her time with the association was going to last for two decades. “I enjoyed it though,” said McQuillan.
A vibrant new artwork that serves as a beacon of celebration has been installed at the Old Ottawa South Community Centre. Deborah Margo’s sculpture, For Everyone a Garden, celebrates the conversation between the past and present architectural identities of the centre and was unveiled on Nov. 24 The sculpture is a free-standing, contemporary relief consisting of 10 punctured and embossed copper panels, is mounted on a tension cable system in the vestibule of the new facility. “The images are all about gardens, green spaces and the animal life that is found in the community here,” Margo said of the installation, which is positioned in a manner so it can be viewed from both inside and outside the building. In collaboration with members of the community, Margo developed the artwork she said “celebrates the renovation
of the Old Ottawa South centre.” Capital Coun. David Chernushenko congratulated Margo for creating art that captures the essence of the community and its facility. “The fire hall addresses not only the recreational and environmental needs of this community, but also enriches the community in a cultural and artistic manner,” said Chernushenko. Michael Jenkin, president of Old Ottawa South Community Association, said the artwork was a visual representation of many of the residents memories and the things that they thought were important to them as individuals growing up and living in the neighbourhood. “We now have a very wonderful attractive design, one that incorporates people’s lives,” said Jenkin. The City of Ottawa sets aside one per cent of funds for municipal development projects involving public art, with the goal of enhancing the unique character of the space, while also increasing public accessibility to art. The fire hall project amounted to about $26,000.
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Community associations, advocacy groups and average citizens are some of the people who would have to register as “lobbyists” under proposed sweeping rules. In the draft version of the city’s new lobbyist registry, the only people who would be exempt from having to register as a lobbyist would be officials from other levels of government, or from other municipalities. The city’s new governance renewal subcommittee heard a report on the proposed registry during its first meeting on Nov. 18, but the committee won’t actually consider whether to approve
the proposal until its Dec. 1 meeting. If the city goes ahead with the initiative, Ottawa would be only the second Canadian municipality to set up a formal framework for reporting lobbying. Toronto is the only city that has something similar. The registry is the first of a series of initiatives Mayor Jim Watson promised during the election as a means to bring more “accountability and transparency” to city government. The lobbyist registry would be a “very important cultural change” at city hall, said deputy city clerk Leslie Donnelly. “You can’t stop bad things from happening,” Donnelly said. “But you can tell people who is influencing deci-
sions.” The registry would require city council members, paid lobbyists and unpaid advocates to register all lobbying activities. Whether it’s a lobbyist paid to advocate in favour of a planned development, or a resident who wants a stop sign on his or her street, they would be seen as lobbyists under the registry (although it would distinguish between traditional lobbyists and community members). The proposed changes threw some councillors for a loop. Rideau-Goulbourn Coun. Scott Moffatt worried that some of his rural residents require his help when requesting land severances, and having to register
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as a lobbyist in order to do that would be an additional hindrance. In a ward with an abundance of community associations and politically active residents, Kitchissippi Coun. Katherine Hobbs said that type of activism might be discouraged if residents knew the topic of their meeting with the councillor would be made public. Others wondered how they would be able to separate lobbying from advice, and how they would determine a possible lobbyist’s connections. “You could hear from the same person three times in the same day, and how are you supposed to know whether that is lobbying?” said Knoxdale-Merivale Coun. Keith Egli. “Some people wear multiple hats.”
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A discussion about a city policy on whether buses should pull over into their own bays turned into an impasse between urban and suburban councillors last week. The new policy, discussed at a Nov. 22 council meeting, outlines calculations that would be used to decide whether a bus bay would make sense at a particular location, as they are seen to waste more time than they save, because buses have a hard time re-entering traffic. The new policy would mean the city will no longer “favour” transit users, like the former regional strategy did, said top OC Transpo planner Pat Scrimgeour. That frustrated Diane Holmes, councillor for Somerset Ward, who said despite reams of city plans and policies that state that pedestrians, cyclists and transit users should be considered first, the city was again doing the opposite. She pointed out that bus bays in urban areas often lead to buses being trapped in the offshoot-lanes meant to take buses out of traffic as they drop off and pick up passengers. But the situation is the opposite in the suburbs, Barrhaven Coun. Jan Harder said, arguing that bus bays work in the suburbs, and their arbitrary removal was a “travesty.” The new policy was unanimously endorsed by council.
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City uses heavy hand to put brakes on go-kart track LAURA MUELLER firstname.lastname@example.org
The city is breaking out a “draconian” tool to prevent Midway Family Fun Park from setting up a go-kart track in the near future. Capital Coun. David Chernushenko asked the city’s planning committee to enact a bylaw blocking the midway from setting up an outdoor karting track until after April, when a community design plan dictating the area’s growth and development for the next 20 years should be complete. That move was in response to community members “flipping out” upon seeing an update on the midway’s website that announced go-karts are coming in the summer of 2012. The Heron Park Community Association said many residents had no idea a go-kart track would be allowed, and they are worried about the noise it would create. “It is a move that we believe would fundamentally and negatively change the character of the neighbourhood,” said Maritala Robinson, past vice president of the community association. The site’s zoning allows an amusement park use, including outdoor activities such as a go-kart track, but Chernushenko and community members said the midway’s owners promised not to put outdoor activities at the site. That’s also
Midway Family Fun Park owners Sean Caulfeild, left, and Damien Dee are at odds area residents and the city over their ability to add an outdoor go-kart track to the park in the future. the direction the community design plan will take. “I was assured there would be no outdoor use,” Chernushenko said. “We envisage a significant change in how this land is going to be used.” In reality, said Damien Dee, the midway’s owner-operator, he never made that commitment. “I’ll go straight on the record. I have
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never said we would never do go-karts,” Dee said, adding that he explained to residents at a community meeting last winter that the midway didn’t have plans to put in a go-kart track right away, which concerned some community members at the time. “I said, ‘Yes, we do plan on doing them eventually,’” Dee said. Dee said that despite the “summer 2012” announcement on the website, he planned to start looking at setting up the track about a year from now, and it could become a reality in the next two or three years. But Dee’s business partner, co-owner Sean Caulfeild, told Ottawa This Week last March there would be no go-karts. “We are not doing outdoor go-karts. We are not doing anything outdoors – zero,” Caulfeild said in March “We don’t want to diminish any residents anywhere in our new neighbourhood from the quite enjoyment of their home.”
Dee admitted that his partner’s comments may have confused some people, but Dee maintained that no one from the midway said there would never be a plan to add go-karts. Still, Dee was upset by the latest move from the city, which won’t become official until it’s passed by council on Dec. 14. “I don’t understand the objection,” Dee said, emphasizing that the track would be closer to busy Bank Street than the homes on Kaladar. “For them to shut the door on us … I want to be able to have the option (of a go-kart track).” If city council approves the interim control bylaw, the midway would be blocked from setting up a go-kart track until April 26, 2012 – after the community design plan is set to be completed. But in the meantime, Chernushenko worried that the midway would set up another “outdoor activity use” such as a climbing wall at the site as a ploy to establish that use. The fear is that in the future, if the city tried to block a go-kart track, the midway could argue that it already has a historic right to outdoor activities at its location. A draft of the CDP envisions switching the area that includes the midway from an industrial use to more of a mixeduse area, which could include retail and homes. City staff, including the city’s manager of policy development and urban design, Richard Kilstrom, said an interim control bylaw is a “very heavy tool” to use in this case and didn’t support the planning committee’s move. But Chernushenko said his hands were tied. He said if there was a less-harsh measure he could use, he would have. “Your words, a ‘thermonuclear device,’ might be overkill. If I had a Nerf bat at my disposal, I would use a Nerf bat,” he said. Dee said he will fight the temporary bylaw and any move to change the midway property’s zoning as part of the community design plan.
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A strategy to prevent development plans from getting stuck on politician’s desks had at least one city councillor worried last week. Gloucester-Southgate Coun. Diane Deans wanted assurance that a new policy wouldn’t prevent councillors from getting all the facts before they sign off on developments in their wards. “I was assurance that ... the clock doesn’t start ticking until the application is deemed complete,” she said. Deans said she has had developers call her office to accuse her of holding up their applications, but she said she is still waiting for the necessary studies to be completed before she can sign off on the application. Planning and growth management manager John Moser confirmed that all studies would need to be done before
councillors would be expected to comply with a new seven-day deadline to sign off on certain types of site plans. Larger development projects are subjected to site-plan control, which allows the city to regulate things like the building and site design, driveways and parking, servicing and the building’s relationship to surrounding buildings or properties. Another change to save time is in the length and details of reports city committees will receive. The planning committee and the agriculture and rural affairs committee will now get one- to two-page briefs, instead of lengthy reports detailing the full history of each development. The changes were needed because only 32 per cent of site plans that can be completed by the planning department (without the need for public meetings) were approved on time in 2010. That’s down from 43 per cent the year before, but the figure dipped as low as 24 per cent in 2006.
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More than two dozen Ottawa cyclists gathered at city hall on Saturday, Nov. 26 to talk about cycling safety and contribute a series of recommendations to a Ontario coroner’s review of cycling deaths across the province.
Five cyclists mowed down on March Road. Commuter killed on Queen Street. Compelled not only by these cycling deaths in Ottawa during the past few years but also the near misses they see every day, more than two dozen cyclists gathered on Saturday, Nov. 26 to come up with recommendations to submit to the Ontario coroner for an upcoming report. Organized by Mike Powell, chairman of the city’s roads and cycling advisory committee, the Saturday morning session sought to gather input from the cycling community and other concerned citizens on the topic of cycling safety. The cyclists at the session raised ideas ranging from better enforcement of the rules of the road, to creating a more consistent and meaningful accident reporting process, to the implementation of a province wide cycling safety awareness campaign. The session was in response to an invitation by the Office of the Chief Coroner of Ontario for the public to submit comments and recommendations to be considered as part of a review of cycling deaths across the province from 2006 to 2010. Powell was encouraged by a session that produced some productive discussions about cycling safety. “The overwhelming consensus of ideas here today were reasonable ones,” he said. “We’re not talking about crazy things or banning cars or anything like that. I think there’s a recognition here that – most people here are motorists as well – that there’s a give and take needed and different situations require different things.” The responses gathered at the session, Powell said, would be translated into a combined submission to the coroner’s office on behalf of all those in attendance. Split into smaller working groups of six or seven people, the cyclists spent four 20minute sessions addressing four different questions: • What are your biggest cycling safety concerns? • What changes, if any, would you sug-
gest be made to built cycling infrastructure? • What changes would you make to cycling awareness and education? • Are there any legal changes that can make cycling safer? Diane Dupuis, secretary of the Kanata Nepean Bicycling Club, said it was a worthwhile event and was pleased to see cycling safety issues catching the attention of officials at the provincial level. “I think it will have a greater impact than if it was done at the municipal level,” she said. “Hopefully the recommendations won’t get buried in the report, they will get implemented and some good can come out of this so that we can prevent cyclist deaths in the future.” Another cycling advocate at the session, Citizens for Safe Cycling president Hans Moor, said he was impressed by the constructive nature of the discussions. “I’m always nervous that it becomes a bit of a bashing against drivers, but you could hear a lot of positive feedback,” he said. “I think it was very important that people recognize that cyclists are not holy either, that they make a lot of mistakes. It was good to see that cyclists are actually worried about other cyclists’ behaviour.” While he agreed with Dupuis that it was important the issues are being discussed at the provincial level, he said the impact of the review would inevitably be less immediate than local initiatives. “You know that things move very slowly, so I think we’re looking probably five to 10 years before you’ll start to see things implemented,” he said, adding that if a few of the recommendations from the review see the light of day, it would be regarded as a success. Led by Toronto west regional supervising coroner Dr. Dan Cass, the review will look to identify common factors that may have played a role in cycling deaths that occurred in Ontario from 2006 to 2010, and where possible, will make recommendations to prevent similar deaths. The review is expected to wrap up in spring of 2012 and a report will be issued afterwards. To view the joint submission generated from the Ottawa session, visit www.yourottawaregion.com .
Coroner’s review sparks meeting of cycling minds
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Study of Gladstone O-Train stop would cost $80,000 extra LAURA MUELLER firstname.lastname@example.org
It would cost another $80,000 to study whether adding an ex-
tra O-Train stop at Gladstone Avenue would be feasible. That was the answer Kitchissippi Coun. Katherine Hobbs received after she asked city staff
to look into whether it would be possible to add the station during construction already slated for 2013, when the city will be adding passing tracks to increase the
frequency of the O-Train from 15 minutes to eight minutes. Now, whether the city wants to move forward with the Gladstone stop is up to the transit
commission. The commission will be finishing an O-Train feasibility study, and after that, the Gladstone stop could be part of an â€œexpansion phasing strategyâ€? for the O-Train in the future, said city spokesperson Jocelyne Turner.
SECOND IN A THREE-PART SERIES BY DON CAMPBELL, THANA DHARMARAJAH NEVIL HUNT AND LAURA MUELLER Garbage in Ontario is a mess. Durham and York are building a controversial incinerator to burn 140,000 tonnes of garbage a year. On Nov. 7, the provincial Ministry of the Environment gave the go-ahead for Orgaworld — the facility that processes Ottawa’s organic waste — to accept diapers, dog waste and compostable plastic bags but the City of Ottawa has yet to give the green light. Simcoe County — a community that attracts vacationers and retirees — faces a dire situation with less than six years of life left for three of its four landfills. Communities are flailing as they try to manage waste within their own borders. Some are already sending garbage out of town. Some are still working on setting waste diversion targets. Others are revising them. And some like the Region of Waterloo don’t have waste diversion targets at all. At least six communities surveyed by Metroland (for this Special Report on provincewide Trash Troubles) have landfills that will run out of space within 10 years. The mountains of trash that Ontarians are throwing into the garbage instead of their blue boxes are forcing other communities to try to find more space in their already bulging landfills. But the Metroland report shows new landfills are difficult to build because government of Ontario approvals required to create new facilities are hard to get, lengthy and costly. “You can spend six, seven, eight years preparing and not get an approval at the end of the day,” said Adam Chamberlain, a Toronto environmental lawyer. “Approving a landfill in Ontario is not for the faint of heart.” In fact, the Ministry of Environment hasn’t approved a single new landfill site since 1999. During that time 147 small landfills have closed, leaving Ontario with 958 existing active landfills. But many of those are small and not classified as capable of taking on a major municipality’s trash. About 85 per cent of Ontario’s
waste goes to only 32 Ontario landfills classified by the ministry as “large.” The main reason trash is creating problems is that municipal landfills are filling up with garbage that should be recycled or reused, including cardboard, plastic bottles, milk cartons and paper. The biggest offender is plastic. A report by Stewardship Ontario shows that about 176,500 tonnes of plastics — including 30,906 tonnes of plastic bottles — were chucked into the garbage instead of the recycling box in 2009, the last year for which provincewide figures are available. That means three-quarters of all that plastic — including 44 per cent of plastic bottles — ends up in landfills. Another culprit is paper packaging, the cardboard boxes and milk and juice containers that could be recycled as well. About 34 per cent of that material, or 122,396 tonnes, ends up in landfills too. One Ontario landfill operator, Bob Beacock, regularly spots these recyclable items as they tumble out of the garbage trucks at the Brock site, east of Toronto. But he only has time to rescue the odd scrap metal or tire. “We can’t just get out of the machine and start picking out pop cans,” the Brock site operator said. “You just know you’d be here 16 hours a day. That’s the public’s obligation.” Like most municipalities, Ottawa is trying to send less trash to landfills. The key is diverting waste to other places – recycling and composting – and that requires residents’ involvement. Reducing the use of landfills can save taxpayers money because new landfills come with hefty costs. It’s up to cities and towns to convince residents that the cost-savings are worth the effort of recycling or composting, or that their efforts can have a positive impact on the environment. “Do we do it to save money on our taxes or do we do it because it’s the right thing to do?” asks Marie McRae, an Ottawa city councillor and chair of the city’s environment committee. McRae said the Trail Road landfill – which takes Ottawa residents’ solid waste – will be full at current rates by 2035. Use of the black, blue and green bins could extend that by years or
even decades. Starting in November 2012, Ottawa residents will see a change in pickups: • Green bin every week. • Black and blue bins on alternate weeks. • Other solid waste once every two weeks, although people can request weekly pickup in certain circumstances, usually when the home is producing diapers. McRae estimates the city and its taxpayers will save $9 million annually by going to biweekly garbage pick-up. She said biweekly garbage collection will trigger greater use of the green bin because it will offer residents a way to dispose of “yucky stuff ” every week. “Not everyone will participate,” she said, “and we expect
the people who are recycling and composting now are likely to do it more.” Marilyn Journeaux, the city’s manager of solid waste services, said the best case scenario would see residents reduce the current solid waste going into the Trail Road landfill; saving tax money and helping the environment at the same time. Today, Ottawa residents dump 200,000 tons of solid waste into the landfill. Journeaux said that number could be greatly reduced by sending 100,000 tons annually to Plasco for gasification, with another chunk sent to Orgaworld for composting. The city’s contract with Orgaworld costs taxpayers $7 million annually. While the contract allows the city to send 80,000 tons of organic waste for compost-
ing, last year residents only sent 55,000 tons for composting. Residents will need to have a clear understanding of what can go in the green bin when the city goes to biweekly garbage pickup. The city’s website can tell you which items go in which bin, and McRae said homes with children will have another source of information. “There are bins in the schools and the kids are the ones who know which bin to use,” she said. Almost anything can be composted or recycled today, but there is still some confusion. McRae said grocery store bags, Styrofoam or cling-wrap doesn’t belong in the blue bin and should be placed in the regular trash.
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Right idea, wrong target
n a bid to increase transparency at city hall, one worries if Ottawa will actually end up stifling democracy. A proposed lobbyist registry is ruffling some feathers at city hall, but perhaps community advocates should be the ones with their guard up. This shouldn’t be the reaction to a policy meant to tell us who is influencing decisions at city hall, but in trying to come up with a comprehensive way to track who is lobbying political decision makers, the city is on its way to crafting a draconian version of a lobbyist registry that could discourage regular citizens from calling up their councillor about a neighbourhood issue. The registry would distinguish between different types of lobbyists, paid and unpaid, but all would be required to list their names. Councillors would have to record each contact with those designated as lobbyists, whether it’s a casual curbside conversation about snowplowing or a business lunch about an upcoming development application. That distinction makes Ottawa’s proposed registry “the most sweeping in the country” according to the Lobbying Law Bulletin. “It is no exaggeration to say that, if adopted in its current form, the bylaw would alter the role of citizen engagement and
neighbourhood activism in Ottawa’s democratic, political process,” writes Guy Giorno, whose study on the topic is cited in the City of Ottawa report recommending the lobbyist registry. In other jurisdictions, “lobbying” is defined as a paid relationship. Where there is money, there is influence, and those who are paid to influence decision makers are deemed “lobbyists.” Not so in Ottawa, if this registry is adopted. In a move that’s “radically different” from any other jurisdiction, Giorno writes, volunteers working on behalf of non-profit organizations and community groups would also be considered lobbyists. While communities should be celebrating a victory in government openness, they may instead be finding ways to cope with the additional complexities of revealing how often they speak to their councillor, and about which topics. The registry proposal goes as far as preventing former city employees from volunteering with a community group, if part of their role as a volunteer would include making representations to an elected official. Mayor Jim Watson has the right idea: Transparency should be paramount. But not at the expense of engaged, grassroots community members.
Tension and high drama on the number 87
retired guy’s life needs some excitement now and then, which is why I decided to take a ride on a city bus. The bus has been the main topic of conversation in the newspapers and on the radio and TV. If you were looking for drama, the bus was the place to find it. When I worked downtown, I used to take the bus all the time. This was a few years ago, before there started to be drama and tension on the bus. The way I remember it, I got on the bus in the morning, usually got a seat after the high school kids got off, read the paper for awhile, got off at my stop and walked the rest of the way to work. It was decidedly lacking in drama. The bus drivers were nice, although none of them sang. The passengers behaved themselves. Occasionally someone would have his headphones turned up too high so that a tinny whine leaked out. But that was it. I figured the real drama was happening in the cars, from what I heard from my colleagues who drove to work. They had tales of delays, traffic jams, crazy drivers on the Queensway, road rage and such. My time on the bus couldn’t com-
CHARLES GORDON Funny Town pete with that. Nothing much happened. The same thing going home. I might have to wait a bit, but that wasn’t too dramatic. I might have to stand for awhile, but there were worse things in life. The bus might take half an hour instead of 20 minutes if the traffic was bad but I had a book to read. The thing I liked best was that I arrived home in a decent frame of mind, unlike the car drivers, who had those veins in their necks bulging from trying to keep from screaming. Obviously, from reading all the reports, times had changed. The bus had become a combination of Blackboard Jungle and Saturday at the Opera. I had to see it. But something went horribly wrong.
First, the bus arrived on time, which wasn’t supposed to happen. Then the bus driver was friendly. Then there were no unruly passengers on board. Then the bus driver didn’t sing. Nor did he talk on a cell phone. It was too quiet, as they say in the movies, just before it gets noisy. Quiet was OK once I got used to it. I had a book to read. The bus hopped onto the Transitway and got downtown in a hurry. Getting across downtown was another matter, but nobody on the bus seemed to be impatient about it. No passengers yelled at the driver or vice versa. The bus got to the Rideau Centre and I got off, thinking: “That was weird.” Well, maybe there would be some drama on the ride back. I had lunch downtown, did a little browsing for this and that and then went to wait with lots of other people for the bus. Several pulled up, none of them mine, which was OK because I wanted to see if any drivers would walk off and refuse to go any farther. None did. Hmmm. Soon my bus arrived. I got on. The driver was friendly. I got a place to sit and read my book. The passengers minded their own business. The auto-
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mated announcing of the stops went well. The driver didn’t sing, nor did the passengers. I looked around for vigilantes with cell phone cameras but didn’t see any. Fortunately there was a fair amount of drama in the book I was reading because there wasn’t any on the bus. It didn’t arrive late, as far as I can tell. The passengers got off without insulting the driver. What to make of this experience? Maybe it was atypical. Or maybe it wasn’t. Just to make sure, I think I’ll try again. Even without drama, it sure beats paying for parking.
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y husband and I are celebrating our sixth wedding anniversary this week. I’m thinking of getting him a set of winter tires. I realize this doesn’t sound very romantic. And if my husband bought me tires for our anniversary, I’m not sure how much longer the marriage would last. In fact, a friend recently cited a dust-buster birthday present as one of the catalysts for her divorce. This, and the lead-up to Christmas, got me thinking about the various ways in which people give gifts. I often buy things for people that I’d like to receive myself, thinking this is a decent strategy. But when my six-year-old whispered in my ear that he knew, with no uncertainty, that “papa wants $200-space Lego for Christmas,” I realized how this type of thinking could quickly become folly. Really, gifts should be received with thanks, regardless of what they are. After all, nobody deserves a gift. A gift is a token of affection from one person to another. Still, people often complain about gifts – an ugly sweater from mom, a litter box for their imaginary cat. But while there are circumstances where people don’t put a lot of thought into gift-giving, I think we should give the givers the benefit of the doubt and presume that, even if they have bad taste, they probably have some good motivation behind their choices. And while we’d all like to think our
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One city councillor wants to know how much Ottawa is paying for protests that “cross the line.” Innes Coun. Rainer Bloess asked staff to calculate how much the city paid to deal with Occupy Ottawa protesters, who camped out in Confederation Park from Oct. 15 to Nov. 23. Although the couple-dozen protesters occupied a federally owned National Capital Commission Park, Bloess said that the city had to pitch in, including workers from Ottawa Public Health and the police force. The police spent about $24,000 over the 40-day protest, $16,000 of that on Nov. 23, the night the NCC issued eviction notices to protesters.
City spokesman Barre Campbell said other departments aren’t ready to release their figures, but the full report is expected to come to city council in December. While Bloess said he respects the right to protest, he wanted to remind council that it doesn’t come without a cost. “Each time there is an incident, there is a cost to the city,” Bloess said. “It’s not just absorbed in.” Having that dollar figure in hand might influence how the city approaches similar situations in the future, Bloess said. “How do you accommodate protesters, so it doesn’t become a free-for-all in our parks?” he asked. “There is a difference between a protest and squatting in the park. There is a place for legitimate dissent, but there is a limit to what people can do under the guise of protest.”
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City councilâ€™s resident tech guru is fed up with confusion and delays surrounding the release of live GPS bus location data and is looking to take action on the file. Beacon Hill-Cyrville Coun. Tim Tierney wants the city to overhaul how it approaches technology initiatives for OC Transpo. This comes after news that only 28 per cent of the bus fleet has been outfitted with new GPS devices, when that project was supposed to be almost complete. Instead of being done by the end of the year, OC Transpo is now looking at the first three months of 2012, Transpo general manager Alain Mercier wrote in a memo to city councillors on Nov. 24.
On top of that, it means OC Transpo still isnâ€™t ready to release live GPS data about bus locations, so that people who have smart phones could use applications to locate their buses. â€œIt is very disheartening. I am not happy about it,â€? Tierney said, adding the outraged phone calls and emails he has been receiving about the issue are justified. Tierney also has concerns about if and when bus GPS information will be made public as â€œopen data,â€? so developers can use that information to power their own mobile applications. OC Transpo is still working on an advertising model that will ensure the city can generate some revenue off of its own official bus times â€œapp,â€? but if there is no money to be made, Tierney wants assurances that the data will be released to the
public anyway. The city says the GPS data it currently uses to run its â€œ560560â€? text-message bus arrival service isnâ€™t frequent enough to make public. OC Transpo wants to wait until it has more frequent, reliable GPS data and a revenuegenerating advertising scheme for a smart-phone application before the GPS data is released publicly. But those answers arenâ€™t good enough for Tierney, who says that on top of all the delays, the 560560 text-message service isnâ€™t even working properly. The service displays scheduled bus times if the bus in question is still at a garage, or if the busâ€™s GPS system is down. But there is no way for someone using the service to tell whether itâ€™s actually live GPS data, or simply times from the bus schedule.
â€œIf weâ€™re going to roll something out, it canâ€™t be half-baked,â€? Tierney said. The problem is especially grating for bus users given the challenges from service cutbacks on Sept. 4 as part of the massive route optimization, Tierney said. â€œIf weâ€™re removing the frequency of service in some areas, to replace that, we should offer tools that are consistent,â€? he said. â€œWe can only gain the publicâ€™s trust once. A failure in the system makes it hard to keep that trust.â€? Part of the problem is that members of the transit commission donâ€™t necessarily have the technical expertise to guide OC Transpoâ€™s IT projects â€“ and itâ€™s not something commissioners may have thought theyâ€™d be dealing with then they joined the group, said Tierney, who is a
Residents are real experts on traffic, city engineers told From BRONSON on page 1 â€œWe wanted to make the street livable, where people could walk safely and bike. That is not what we saw in the presentation from the city,â€? she said, adding all those things were discussed during the process, but were ultimately ignored in the city plan. She said reducing the street
to three lanes would serve to slow traffic travelling along Bronson. Work on the renewal project is expected to begin in the spring. According Bruce Kenny, a senior engineer with the city, the work would involve the replacement of century-old underground infrastructure, reconstruction of the roadway,
improvements to pedestrian corridors and revitalization of the street through landscaping initiatives. Included in the plan is a proposal to widen the road from 13.3 metres to as much as 14 metres in order to ease the flow of traffic to and from the downtown core, an issue which caused more anger and discon-
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tent among residents. City planners insist the street is too busy to be reduced from four lanes to three. â€œIt is our engineering opinion that the road diet, as much as it is wanted by the local community, is not a feasible option for Bronson,â€? said Kenny. With a show of hands, resident Michelle Perry asked to see who supports a road diet for Bronson as opposed to the cityâ€™s planned four-lane option. Almost the entire gymnasium was in favour of the road diet, which prompted Perry to question the legitimacy of a public meeting if it doesnâ€™t take into account the publicâ€™s concerns. â€œI donâ€™t think we need to put up with this,â€? she said. â€œI think this community deserves more. It is time this goes directly to Mayor Watson.â€? Residents said they had hoped the street reconstruction would provide the opportunity to calm traffic, noise and improve safety. â€œYou are experts at moving traffic,â€? Perry told the city engineers. â€œThe real experts on Bronson, on walking down Bronson and cycling down Bronson and living near Bronson and having a business near Bronson are in this room and you have been ignoring them for the past year.â€? Kenny said the city recognizes the communityâ€™s frustration, but insisted they had a different opinion with regards to the proper configuration of Bronson. Ray Sullivan, executive director of the Centretown Citizens Ottawa Corporation, whose or-
commissioner himself. So whatâ€™s the solution? Tierney thinks it would make a difference to share some of the responsibility with the cityâ€™s tech committee, of which he is the chairman. Tierney said heâ€™ll bring a motion to city council asking for quarterly OC Transpo IT reports to be given to the IT subcommittee, so that group can also influence the transit authorityâ€™s technology projects. His idea will make the process more transparent, Tierney said. The east-end councillor said his council colleagues agree with him that there needs to be â€œa microscopeâ€? on transit-related technology initiatives. The cityâ€™s IT subcommittee works very closely with staff in the IT department, Tierney said, but that isnâ€™t the case for OC Transpo.
ganization owns 11 properties within one block of Bronson joined the residents in opposition of widening of the street. â€œIf the councillor is opposed to road widening, if the public advisory committee that sat down and went through all the designs and plans in great details is opposed to the road widening and if there is a resounding opposition at this community meeting to the road widening, are you still going to go forward with the road widening?â€? Sullivan asked the city engineer. Kenny responded by saying that their conclusion was that road diet wasnâ€™t feasible for Bronson. Eric Darwin, president of the Dalhousie Community Association, believes the city is waging a war on pedestrians, cyclists, and people who live on the street. â€œIt is basically a war on the neighbourhood,â€? he said. Last week he took to the street tagging a dozen trees that may be removed to provide room for road widening. â€œWe are pointing out our grievances by tagging the trees that the city has identified they are going to remove this winter,â€? said Darwin. Should the cityâ€™s current proposal go forward, it is anticipated that Bronson will be completely closed during the construction. â€œThere is no way we can put that much infrastructure in the road and actually still have Bronson operating,â€? said Kenny.
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Small mistakes put smudge on solid Jr. Senators run MATTHEW JAY firstname.lastname@example.org
While the Ottawa Jr. Senators have managed to put to rest many of the inconsistencies that plagued them over the past six weeks, a series of lapses in an otherwise even game against the Brockville Braves put a blemish on their recent success. After limping through the second half of October and first two weeks of November with only three wins in 12 games, the Jr. Sens have picked up points in their last four games, including a 4-3 loss in overtime to the Braves at the Jim Durrell Complex on Nov. 23 and a 7-4 victory over the 73’s in Kemptville two days later Despite getting out to an early lead through a goal from Ben Robillard only 1:56 into the first period, a careless turnover by forward Devon Rice allowed Braves defenceman Zach Todd to score on an odd-man breakaway midway through the period. Braves leading scorer Ben Blasko made it 2-1 for Brockville with about two minutes left in the first after weaving through several Jr. Senators players and sliding the puck past a sprawling Eddie Zdolshek, who appeared to misjudge his positioning in the Ottawa net. Ottawa looked a better team as they came out for the second, however, and regained their lead before the halfway mark of the period. Deric Boudreau made the most of a Conor Brown pass to even the score at 22 after about five minutes and Drew Anderson caught Brockville goalie Andrew Pikul out of his net on a wrap-around to score his 15th goal of the season and put the home team ahead 3-2. The lead would only last until the 13:08 mark of the third, when centre Hayden Hulton capitalized for the Braves on the power play to knot the score at 3-3. “We didn’t come out to play in the first
period,” said Jr. Sens head coach Rick Dorval after the game. “Instead of being ahead in the first period and continuing to play hard throughout the game, we had to play catch-up in the second and I think we basically tired ourselves out. We didn’t have much juice in the third period.” In overtime, Brockville completed their comeback with less than a minute remaining, with winger Mike DeBello took a quick pass from David Ferreira following a turnover and scored past Zdolshek on the ensuing breakaway. “We came out of a slump and we’re playing some pretty good hockey,” Dorval said. “We deserved those two points tonight. A couple mental lapses and that’s the difference.” Those lapses cropped up again in overtime, according to Dorval. “That overtime winning goal is not acceptable,” he said. “You put some of those guys out there to do the job and they’re the guys that fail you. It seems to be the issue every night here that when things aren’t going well, it’s the guys that are supposed to carry the load here that are letting the rest of these guys down.” On Nov. 25, against Kemptville, the Jr. Sens allowed the 73’s to build up a 41 lead before storming back to win the game 7-4. Jeremie Gauthier scored the game-winning goal for Ottawa. Brown, Anderson, Dylan Giberson, Jonathon Buttitta, Thierry Gibeault and Trevor Packard also scored for the Jr. Sens, who got a first-star performance from captain Liam Burtt, who had three assists. Goaltender Charlie Millen got the win in his first action for the Jr. Sens this season, saving 12 of 16 shots. Despite the loss to Brockville, the recent results have been enough to keep Ottawa in second place in the Central Canada Hockey League’s Yzerman Division with 35 points going into Wednesday’s game against Cumberland, four ahead of
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“We kind of had the jitters, but we also had so much adrenaline,” says Goulet, whose Faucons split their two meetings with Eden in tournament play earlier this season. “We were so pumped up as a team. It felt really great in the moment. It was so fun.” Franco-Cité led 4-2 at the start of the deciding frame, but wound up falling to quick hits from the middle for Eden’s last two points in the 15-13 final. GOULET GREAT FOR FAUCONS Goulet stepped up to record a dominant performance in the OFSAA spotlight, leading the whole competition in scoring through round robin (final stats were not available) while also savouring the moment in his last high school tournament. The Faucons will bid farewell to just two graduating athletes this season – Goulet and Jordan Marchand – but that pair also happens to be the team’s only club volleyball players. “Our two senior players led the way, but the rest of the guys stepped up and I was pleasantly surprised about the performance throughout the whole
Captain Patrick Goulet and the Franco-Cité Faucons collected some more hardware to go alongside their national capital title as they won provincial silver at the OFSAA ‘AA’ boys’ volleyball championships this past weekend in Stratford. tournament,” says coach Thierry Lavigne. “The rest of the team got a lot of experience out of this tournament and they’ll be ready to roll next season.” The Faucons won six previous games before the final, dropping just one set in the process, to reach the tournament’s gold medal match. Watching his
players enjoy themselves on the court was a real treat for Lavigne, as well as assistant Réjean Godmaire, who both felt they built great relationships with their athletes. “I remember just last year, I was the new guy,” says Lavigne, who came to Franco-Cité after a university career with the La-
val Rouge et Or where he was an all-Canadian. “Two years later, we’ve spent so much time together and had a lot of fun. It’s one of the downsides of OFSAA – it’s just the end.” But at least the Faucons finished with a bang, Lavigne says, noting the silver medal performance meant they also left their mark by claiming a little piece of Franco-Cité history. “It’s the best result on the boys’ side that the school’s ever had, so that’s pretty cool,” Lavigne says. “I’m really proud of the guys. And I’m really proud to be bringing back some hardware to our school.” It wasn’t as successful a run for any of Ottawa’s other teams as they competed at OFSAA championships for different levels across the province. The Glebe Gryphons and consolation bracket-winning Colonel By Cougars both missed the championship playoff round by the slimmest of margins at the ‘AAAA’ and ‘AAA’ boys’ volleyball finals. The Elmwood Eagles had the best run of Ottawa’s entries in OFSAA girls’ basketball events, reaching the ‘A’ consolation final.
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Ottawa Gymnastics Centre athlete Christie Boswell-Patterson spent more than a year recovering from a serious knee injury before returning with a third place all-around performance at a recent Tour Selection meet near Barrie, Ont.
Ottawa gymnast makes golden return from injury BY DAN PLOUFFE The sophisticated brace on her knee serves as a constant reminder of the pain she went through, but Christie BoswellPatterson now has a much better way to commemorate a victory over a severe injury: a pair of gold medals, and a trip to Cancun to boot. Since age three, Boswell-Patterson’s “second home” has been the Ottawa Gymnastics Centre where she flips, spins and twists 20 hours a week for training. It makes it all the more unbelievable that such a major injury would occur so innocently. “I just tripped and fell,” Boswell-Patterson says. “I wish I had a more spectacular story, but I was skipping essentially and just went down the wrong way and tore three ligaments.” Anyone familiar with parts of the knee will know Boswell-Patterson did the grand daddy of them all – tearing her anterior cruciate ligament (ACL), medial collateral ligament (MCL) and meniscus. The result was a trip to the surgeon and over a year off of gymnastics. “It was hard not being able to train as much, but I’m also glad in a way because it made me realize how much I truly love it,” says the Grade 10 Glebe Collegiate student who was reconsidering whether gymnastics was worth all the hours when she first started high school. “As soon as I could walk after my surgery, I was in here conditioning and getting ready to be in the best shape I could be when I came back.” Boswell-Patterson couldn’t do much besides upper-body work – plenty of chinups and push-ups were part of the drill – but she could swing on the uneven bars, which is one of the two events she won at a recent Tour Selection meet near Barrie. Bars is Boswell-Patterson’s “happy place” where she could spend all day, but her other victory in the Level 8 13+ category at the provincial event was far more unlikely. Starting on the balance beam – the most punishing apparatus for errors – flooded the 15-year-old with anxiety. “I kind of felt like I was nine years old again at my first competition. After not
competing for a year, I was pretty nervous,” says Boswell-Patterson. “I wasn’t so much worried about falling, it was just that I’d realized how much work went into this. “It was like I’d been training for a whole year for this one meet, so it seemed like there was a lot at stake for me.” Boswell-Patterson certainly didn’t anticipate winning the beam event, or placing in the top-eight spots overall that qualified for the tour meet in Cancun, let alone reaching the third-place position in the all-around competition. “I wasn’t expecting to make it at all,” says Boswell-Patterson, who watched from the sidelines last year when five of her teammates qualified for the tour competition. “This was supposed to be my practice meet back, but I’m not going to say no to a trip to Cancun.” While Boswell-Patterson was the only athlete from the centre to qualify for the tour this year, it really felt like a victory for the whole club, says general manager Kellie Hinnells. “We were thrilled,” she says. “She’s such a great role model because through it all, she just continued to work hard and stayed positive. To have that happen as the end result is kind of a good lesson that if you work hard, it really does happen.” Boswell-Patterson’s success wasn’t the only reason for celebration at the centre recently, however. The Westboro club last week officially got its passing grade after an intensive ISO certification process that reviews a business’s quality management systems. “It’s a pretty big deal,” Hinnells says. “It was a lot of work and to be the only (sports) organization to have done it is a piece of attention that makes us stand out from other clubs.” It was straight back to work for the centre’s staff and volunteers nonetheless as the club prepares to host a large provincial championships qualifying meet Dec. 3-4. Thirty-two athletes from the centre, including Boswell-Patterson, will compete at the event that has the makings of the best one yet, with the club showing off the bright new lighting that came as a result of a Trillium grant, as well as the video replay screens they plan to set up.
Coro Vivo Ottawa under the direction of Antonio Llaca, presents Northern Lights, a memorable evening of Canadian music. Choral selections include religious music, traditional French, Acadian, Aboriginal and Appalachian songs and spirituals. Please join us Friday Dec. 2 and Saturday Dec. 3 at 7:30 p.m. at the Orleans United Church, 1111 Orleans Blvd. Tickets go for $ 20, and free for children 14 and under. For more information call 613-841- 3902 or visit www.corovivoottawa.ca.
• DECEMBER 3 Riverside Churches on 3191 Riverside Dr. invites you to an interactive “Messy Church” event, as we prepare for Christmas with story, crafts, music, worship and celebration for the whole family, followed by supper from 4 p.m -6p.m. For more information please call 613-731-1646. By the Book, a used bookstore and cafe operated by the Friends of the Ottawa Public Library Association (FOPLA), is holding its monthly half-price book sale from 10 to 4, at 363 Lorry Greenberg Drive. Drop by for great buys on hundreds of books (most under $2). The ever popular Fisher Park Community Centre Christmas craft show and sale with over 100 artisans presenting unique handcrafted items is back again. The show will also feature children crafters, local church groups and charities.
This year our featured charities will be Bicycles for Humanity and The Tabitha Foundation. The event will be held in Fisher Park School, from 9:30 a.m to 3 p.m at 250 Holland Ave. For more information call 613 798-8945.
• DECEMBER 4 The Ottawa Brahms Choir with guest choir Cross Town Youth Chorus will present Sounds of Christmas under the direction of conductors Denise Hawkins and Kurt Ala-Kantti on Sunday, Dec. 4 at 3pm at St. Thomas the Apostle Church at 2345 Alta Vista Drive. Accompanists are Ioulia Blinova and Tom Sear at the piano, and Denise Hawkins at the organ. Tickets will be available from choir members and Leading Note, Compact Music stores on 190 &785-A Bank. For further information, please contact 613-749-2391 and 819-568-8169 or www. OttawaBrahmsChoir.ca
• DECEMBER 9 The Knights of Columbus are organizing a bean and spaghetti super at Saint-Sébastien Church hall, 1000 Frances St. near Donald Street. For more information please call 613-842-0910.
• DECEMBER 16 The Ottawa-Carleton Choristers with musical guests from Canterbury High School present “My Heart Goes Home for Christmas.” Under the direction of Laurie Hamilton, Head of Music at Canterbury HS, the Choristers will sing a blend of Holiday music to warm your heart on Friday, Dec. 16 at 7:30 p.m at the Woodroffe United Church, 201 Woodroffe Ave. Adults $10, children under 12 free.
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