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Serving The Glebe, Alta Vista, Elmvale Acres, Mooney’s Bay and surrounding communities Year 1, Issue 51

OLD HAND, NEW JOB Charles Akben-Marchand has moved from the Centretown Community Association to ward councillor Diane Holmes’s office.

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Residents mull renaming Old Ottawa South EDDIE RWEMA eddie.rwema@metroland.com

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FINDING A WAY When an Alta Vista poet wanted to publish her first novel, it was a story of if at first you don’t succeed, try, try again.

Finding a distinctive name for Old Ottawa South that removes any confusion with Ottawa South was one of the ideas that were floated by residents at a recent public meeting held to discuss the future of Bank Street in Old Ottawa South. “For ages some people have said we should pick a name that is clear, that can’t confuse and distinct,” said Capital Coun. David Chernushenko. According to a report on the Sept. 25 meeting, some suggestions included renaming the area south of the Glebe Sunnyside Village or Old Ottawa South Village. Chernushenko admitted that at the moment the issue wasn’t one of the most important and serious subjects, but said it is something that can be pursued in the future. “In terms of branding and identity, it came forward as one thing that we might want to pursue,” he said. “Is it urgent and something that I want to push through? Absolutely not. But is it something that I think we should explore? For sure.” Brendan McCoy, chairman of the local development watchdog OS Watch, agrees the discussion has come up in the community a number of times, but he said he isn’t sure whether it will be addressed in the near future or not. “Personally, I think there is a lot of merit to Sunnyside Village, but that is a conversation the community would have to have,” said McCoy. The meeting hosted by Chernushenko posed a series of questions as to why this section of Bank Street hasn’t yet achieved its full potential. A modest population, lack of entry level housing and the absence of a large scale anchor store to attract customers from beyond the community were some of the issues raised that may explain why the stretch of Bank Street between the canal and the Rideau River has not yet met its full potential. See DISTINCT on page 3


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Community weighs in on Somerset art installations KRISTY WALLACE kristy.wallace@metroland.com

While walking down Somerset Street West, pedestrians might soon be able to push a crosswalk-style button on lamp posts to light up their favourite colour on the street lights. Or, residents might see LED lights shift colours as the sun’s rays pass through. These are just a couple of the ideas proposed by local artists at a recent open house at the Hintonburg Community Centre. Here, artists who were shortlisted in a city-wide contest were able to show residents their ideas and in turn, residents could provide feedback. “It’s a great way to engage the community,” said Joanna Swim, who added she’s a bit biased because her partner is one of the finalists. In keeping with the city’s Percent for Art Policy, Ottawa’s Community and Public Art Programs started the competition, which will see those ideas integrated into the Somerset Street West reconstruction. The proposed art work also incorporated a a science component, since they were encouraged to explore light-based and digital technologies. Out of 16 entries the city received, five

groups have been shortlisted. Andrew O’Malley and Adrian Göllner introduced their concept, which includes light fixtures along Somerset Street West and a crosswalk-style button on the post which pedestrians can use to change colour of the light at any time. “It’s very open, and very interactive,” O’Malley said. Ian Birse and his partner, Laura Kavanaugh, proposed to have LED light structures along the street so as you pass by, the colour will shift from the sunlight filtering through. “People seem to like the idea,” Birse said. Ryan Lotecki and his partner, Charlynne Lafontaine, are proposing to use uniquely-shaped light bulbs that follow the same colour scheme as the gates in Chinatown. Lafontaine said it was important for the pair to also have the lights look like different parts of a dragon, which is a symbol of food fortune in the Chinese culture. Somerset Street West will be reconstructed in two phases, and the work includes refurbishing the adjacent roadway and pedestrian areas. The first phase is from Spadina Street to Preston Street, and the second phase is Preston Street to Booth Street.

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Intensification, transit key to Bank Street CDP vision A community design plan that will guide development on Bank Street between the Rideau River and Ledbury Park over the next 20 years is likely to be tabled at city council this December. Presented during an open house on Oct. 4 at the Jim Durell Complex, the plan encourages vibrant mixed uses and promotes sustainability through intensification and active transportation. “We expect the whole corridor to intensify with more concentration and developments around the transit,” said Steve Willis, the lead consultant on the Bank Street Community Design Plan project. The design plan provides a broad and integrated 20-year vision and guide for the future of the street and neighbouring communities. The plan would shift the transportation focus away from cars and reorient it around pedestrians, cyclists and public transit. “We are working towards attracting more transit systems in the neighbourhood, given that traffic demand will continue to grow,” said Willis. The plan also calls for a future light rail train station at Walkley Road. The third open house on the CDP gathered area residents, landowners, businesses and city officials. Organizers said there was general ac-

ceptance of the CDP vision and principles at the second public open house held back in the summer. Major issues highlighted then included the need to encourage mixed use developments around Billings Bridge Shopping Centre, but not necessarily isolating the mall from the surrounding community. Participants also showed interest in improving pedestrian and cycling access at the bridge over the river. “I would like to see a better bridge there. I don’t know whether that is going to happen anytime soon,” said Colin MacLean, a Heron Park resident. “I would really like to see much more action getting it into an accessible cycling and pedestrian crossing over the Rideau River at that point.” Other comments from participants centered on traffic management, public realm and the implementation of the plan. Garry Lindberg, a resident of Alta Vista thinks the city missed a substantial opportunity in their study when they failed to address the residential areas which come right up to Bank Street. “Everything you have done leads to more traffic on residential streets,” Lindberg told the city consultants. All new development and infrastructure will be flexibly planned so that they can better accommodate future shifts in transportation choices. “This is probably the biggest CDP the city has ever done,” said River Coun. Ma-

BIA would help brand local businesses in distinct way From RENAMING on page 1 In response to some of those questions, the introduction of a Business Improvement Area in Old Ottawa South was another issue that came up during the Sept. 25 meeting. “There have been a number of businesses that for years have been trying to get a BIA for what we informally call Bank Street between the bridges,” said Chernushenko.

‘I would absolutely like to have (a BIA) in place within my term.’ David Chernushenko, Capital Councillor

He said for various reason it never got off the ground, even though there has been a few passionate people trying to have it established. Chernushenko believes the business community would benefit from a BIA. “I feel it is time for us to make a serious effort at launching that,” he said. Barry Nabatian, a retail analyst who

was invited at the meeting, stressed that BIAs are usually an important component of any effort to improve and maintain the vibrancy of a main street and community. “The whole reason for doing it is to brand yourself in a distinct, geographical way,” Chernushenko said. He hopes to convene a business-specific meeting to promote the creation of an Old Ottawa South BIA as soon as possible. “I would absolutely like to have this in place within my term,” Chernushenko said. “We have done the advance meeting and have seen enough people are keen to move it forward.” He said that between now and end of 2012, the community may be able to have made the commitment and have the process underway. “The feel among dozen local businesses that are tied to the community is that they absolutely want one,” Chernushenko said. He said he hosted the meeting to stimulate residents into thinking of what kind of Bank Street they wish to have 20 years from now and what they need to do to get there. “To have a common voice for the businesses, a professional leadership and resources to make common improvements would be a good thing,” said McCoy.

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Residents, landowners, businesses and city officials gathered at the Jim Durell Recreation Complex on Oct. 4 for the Bank Street Community Design Plan open house. ria McRae. The feedback gathered at this stage of the project will help the project team come up with recommended design plans for the study area, which will ultimately

 

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Councillors hold the cheque book for local traffic calming measures LAURA MUELLER laura.mueller@metroland.com

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Colin Simpson, project manager for the Laurier segregated cycling lanes, tests out the accessibility of the lanes using a wheelchair

Cycling fixes at intersections on hold LAURA MUELLER laura.mueller@metroland.com

The city is putting out a plea to improve cycling lanes at intersections on hold until the province comes up with design guidelines for cycling facilities. Those new provincial guidelines are anticipated to be released by the end of 2012 as part of an update to the Ontario Traffic Manual, according to a city report. But the city’s roads and cycling advisory committee say that’s too little, too late. The group asked councillors who sit on the city’s transportation committee to commit to consistent treatment of cycling lanes at intersections in the meantime. All the advisory committee wanted is for the city to follow its existing guidelines, said Brian McClean, a member of the

advisory committee. He said that ensuring a cycling lane is marked at an intersection and continues through the intersection with a lane or sharrows, arrows that indicate for motorists to share the lane with cyclists, on the other side would make the roads safer for both cyclists and motorists. “As a driver, when entering an intersection with a cyclist, I like to know where the cyclist plans to position themselves,” McClean said. “If they enter the intersection from a bike lane and there is no indication of where they should be positioning themselves on the other side, then I have one more uncertainty to deal with.” Deputy city manager Nancy Schepers said the delay would avoid creating a “local anomaly” that could conflict with the provincial rules.

At a recent transportation committee meeting, some councillors were having second thoughts about an idea to put more control over local traffic-calming measures into the hands of each councillor. But in the end, the committee stuck with a plan to give $30,000 to each councillor to deal with neighbourhood traffic calming within his or her ward, for a total of $690,000 starting in 2012. Those measures include speed bumps, pedestrian crossings and adding speed-limit signs. The change is an effort to tackle a bulging list of traffic calming measures. The city already has 462 projects on the list and 79 outstanding requests for studies, which would amount to $7 million worth of work. The idea was championed by Innes Coun. Rainer Bloess, who said the new neighbourhood traffic calming approach gives councillor options to address issues within neighbourhoods. “You’re giving us the tools to address the very local concerns we care about,” he said. In June, the idea met some resistance from Capital Coun. David Chernushenko and Gloucester-Southgate Coun. Diane Deans, who asked city staff to report back on how the new system would replace the city’s current practice, called “area traffic management.”

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Capital Coun. David Chernushenko Deans and Chernushenko were concerned that councillors would make political decisions that could negatively affect traffic flow, rather than practical solutions put forward by the city’s traffic engineering experts. Councillors Peter Clark (Rideau-Rockcliffe) and Bob Monette (Orleans) added their voices to the list of unconvinced councillors during an Oct. 5 meeting transportation committee meeting, echoing Deans and Chernushenko’s concerns. Clark said traffic calming isn’t just a local issue, it’s everyone’s problem, and that’s something city staff should be overseeing. “You’re saying, ‘Here���s $30,000 councillor, run off and play, and then we as staff won’t have a problem,’” he said. John Manconi, the city’s general manager of public works, said there will still continue to

be situations in which city staff could override a councillor’s idea, particularly if it could have a broader impact on the road network. Bloess chastised his council colleagues who were hesitant to take on the responsibility of doling out the $30,000 for trafficcalming projects in their wards. “We talk about a borough system ... This (neighbourhood traffic calming) actually brings decision making right to the street level, and you guys are trying to block it,” Bloess said. Chernushenko had an idea to look at requiring councillors to use statistics such as the number of collisions or traffic-related calls to 311 as indicators to help assess the need for trafficcalming measures. That would have only “bureaucratized” the process even more, Bloess said, and other councillors agreed and voted down Chernushenko’s motion. Chernushenko, Clark and Monette voted against the report on implementing neighbourhood traffic calming during the Oct. 5 transportation committee meeting (Deans was not at the meeting). Clark said he didn’t recall the issue coming up previously, but he and Monette were in attendance at the meeting on June 29, when the committee unanimously approved the idea – with the caveat that they wanted to hear more from staff about how it would be implemented.

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Former Centretown Citizens Community Association president Charles Akben-Marchand meets with Somerset Coun. Diane Holmes during one of his first days in her office last week.

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The Centretown Citizens Community Association will be looking to elect a new president during its upcoming annual general meeting as Charles AkbenMarchand has stepped down so he can work for Somerset Coun. Diane Holmes. Akben-Marchand, who has worked with the CCCA for three years and was elected president last fall, has been very active in advocating on behalf of the community, particularly when it comes to fighting for smart intensification downtown. That level of experience is something Holmes was looking for to fill a vacancy in her office left by the departure of Jeff Keays, who is now an economic development officer in the Town of Perth. It’s not much of a leap, said AkbenMarchand. “We are lucky to live in a ward where the councillor is aligned with the community association,� he said. But Akben-Marchand will stay involved in the CCCA and the Dalhousie Community Association by sitting on their boards – and that’s something Holmes supports. “Actually, I hope he stays connected,� Holmes said, adding that she doesn’t discourage her staff from civic participation. A conflict of interest would only arise if a staff member could gain financially from their involvement in both the city hall and community association side of an issue. Akben-Marchand won’t be able to discuss confidential information, including info about upcoming development proposals, with the community associations until it becomes public, Holmes said. The councillor said she chose AkbenMarchand because he has an understanding of both the east and west ends of the ward, as well as planning issues. “He has been very level-headed and he fit the bill,� Holmes said. He will be working at city hall three days per week, on files such as bylaw enforcement. The CCCA will vote on a new president during its annual general meeting on Oct. 25 at 7 p.m. at Centretown Citizens Ottawa Corporation’s new Beaver Barracks building at the northwest corner of

Metcalfe and Isabella streets. In the meantime, CCCA vice president Jordan Charbonneau will take over as acting president, and he is considering a run to make his tenure more permanent. Charbonneau said Akben-Marchand has been the face of the community association. “A lot of people consider Charles to be the community association,� Charbonneau said. Community activism in Centretown has been growing since past president Shawn Menard rebuilt the group’s volunteer base and influence. Akben-Marchand has been building on that, but he said his departure won’t stall that advocacy work. “This isn’t a death blow to the association,� he said. Charbonneau said having the former community association president in the councillor’s office can only be a good thing for the CCCA. “Charles’s bread and butter is community issues,� Charbonneau said. “It’s good for both sides ... . He is an invaluable resource for the councillor.

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Naqvi thanks opponents for positive campaigns EDDIE RWEMA AND LAURA MUELLER Health care, education and economy will remain the major priority for Liberal Yasir Naqvi following his re-election in Ottawa Centre on Oct. 6. Speaking after his win at a gathering of supporters at Preston Bar & Grill in Little Italy, he expressed his gratitude to the people of Ottawa Centre for giving him a second chance to represent them at the Queens Park and vowed to continue to stay engaged with his constituents. “I am thankful for the people of Ottawa Centre for recognizing the work that I have been doing and giving me this overwhelming support in this election,” Naqvi said. Naqvi reiterated the importance of working with his constituents in order to build a strong community. “Being an elected representative, being a member of provincial parliament for a diverse community like Ottawa Centre is not something you do by yourself,” he said. “You do it with a lot of help with community members, you do it in consultation with them, you do it by listening to them, by working with them and coming up with positive, practical solutions and that is something that I have strived to do over the past four years.” He attributed his party’s re-

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After a tough and hard-fought battle, incumbent Yasir Naqvi held on to his seat in the Oct. 6 provincial election. Naqvi won the hotlycontested riding of Ottawa Centre for the second time, shattering the hopes of NDP who hoped to regain the riding they last occupied in 1995. turn to government to Dalton McGuinty, who he said has been a strong leader who believes in Ontario and believes in the potential of the province. “That is what people have responded to,” said Naqvi. Though he thinks he has knocked on almost every door in Ottawa Centre, Naqvi spoke of returning to door knocking in a month’s time to talk with mem-

bers of the community again. “It makes me a better MPP because I get to know the dreams, aspirations and the ideas of the people in my riding.” Despite challenges from a full slate of strong candidates, Naqvi was easily re-elected. He thanked all the candidates that run in Ottawa Centre for running a positive and a hard-fought campaign.

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Anil Naidoo

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Rob Dekker

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Kevin O’Donnell

Green Party of Ontario

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Kristina Chapman

Independent

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Stuart Ryan

Communist

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Michal Zeithammel

Ontario Libertarian Party

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Naqvi fended off challenges from New Democrat Anil Naidoo and Progressive Conservative Robert Dekker to win the riding. Naqvi pulled in 23,645 votes, while Naidoo came in second at 14,701, while Dekker finished third with 9,257 votes. Naidoo said it was a campaign marked by camaraderie and civility despite tough issues brought up during the election. Many of his supporters were hoping Paul Dewar’s renown at the federal level would translate into votes for the provincial NDP candidate. “I thought, ‘Paul Dewar is so popular here and maybe that will rub off,’” said NDP supporter Cameron Pulsifer of Sandy Hill, who was amongst those gathered at Sala San Marco on Preston Street. “But then again, he was here last time (during the provincial election), so maybe

not.” Volunteers on Naidoo’s campaign said voters were telling them it was a difficult choice between their candidate and Naqvi. Even long time NDP supporters, including Glebe resident Lori Victor, expressed conflict over who to vote for in the race. “I was feeling really conflicted,” Victor said, adding that she felt a “bit like a traitor” for hesitating in voting for Naidoo. The first-time candidate didn’t rule out another run for political office, saying he was proud to have pressed the other candidates on issues he felt were important to the community. Trailing a distant third, Progressive Conservative Robert Dekker said he was not disappointed by the results. “I think we ran a well run campaign. The results are a good base for us going forward,” he said.

Third term in power comes with minority manacles for McGuinty EMMA JACKSON AND MADISON BLUE emma.jackson@metroland.com

Liberal Dalton McGuinty has held on to his Ottawa South riding in his bid to remain premier of Ontario, winning a strong 53-seat minority that was only one seat short of a coveted third majority. In his late night victory speech, the premier refused to concede a minority, suggesting “we may not know for several days what the results will be in all the ridings” and that those tight races could yet give him his third majority. Tim Hudak’s Progressive Conservatives scored 37 seats, adding 12 to their ranks, and the New Democrats took 17, adding seven. A tense but giddy crowd gathered in the elegant ballroom of the Chateau Laurier to watch the results roll in at McGuinty’s campaign wrap-up party. Spontaneous cheers rose up now and then as the Liberals hit 54 seats time and again, with seat counts

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Dalton McGuinty is congratulated by his wife, Terri, after winning his fifth consecutive provincial election in Ottawa South on Oct. 6. flip-flopping between 53 and 54 for several hours. Supporters young and old waited patiently throughout the evening, riding out a partial power outage and mingling with the media until the premier finally showed up at

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Ontario Liberal Party

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Jason MacDonald

PC Party of Ontario

14,964

Wali Farah

Ontario NDP

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James Mihaychuk

Green Party of Ontario

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Jean-Serge Brisson

Ontario Libertarian Party

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John Redins

Party for People with Special Needs

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around midnight. Ottawa South MP David McGuinty was circulating through the crowd, with nothing but good words for his brother. Dalton McGuinty was greeted like a celebrity, and his speech was gracious and hinted at the close brush with failure his party faced this election. Teens Sasha Stojanovic and Alexander Cohen, both students at Ashbury College in Rockcliffe, can’t even vote yet, but they believe strongly in the Liberal party. Cohen, 16, said he is going to university in a year

and a half and is in favour of the Liberal plan to reduce tuition by 30 per cent. “The party looks to the future instead of the past, and as a young person that’s really important,” Cohen said. Meanwhile at the PC camp, the mood was somber. Supporters booed when one media outlet declared McGuinty the winner. By 9:55 p.m. supporters were already leaving although MacDonald had yet to show up, indicating their disappointment that their candidate hadn’t ar-

rived. “I am obviously a bit disappointed,” MacDonald told supporters when he did arrive around 10 p.m. “These obviously weren’t the results that we were hoping for both in Ottawa South and across the province.” MacDonald said he is nonetheless proud of the effort he put in. “You have my commitment that although we didn’t get the results we were looking for today that I will continue to work for you and continue to build organizations to turn Ottawa South blue again,” MacDonald said. McGuinty, 56, has won five consecutive elections in Ottawa South since his father and former Ottawa South MPP Dalton Sr. died in 1990. After his second win in the 1995 provincial election, McGuinty began his bid to become leader of the party, which he achieved against all odds in 1996. He became premier in 2003 and has held the post for eight years.


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Liberal party leader Dalton McGuinty managed to secure a third term as premier in Ontario following the Oct. 6 provincial election, winning a 53-seat minority that was only one seat short of his coveted third majority. In his late-night victory speech, the premier refused to concede a minority, suggesting “We may not know for several days what the results will be in all the ridings,â€? and that those tight races could yet give him his third majority. Tim Hudak’s Progressive Conservatives scored 37 seats, adding 12 to their ranks, and the New Democrats took 17, adding seven. What appears to be a minority minority could still turn into a majority over the course of McGuinty’s third term. Jonathon Malloy, political science professor at Carleton University and an expert on Ontario politics, said that with a “major minorityâ€? of 53 seats, the Liberals could attract members from anPhoto by Hadas Parush other party to cross the floor in order to Chief of the Somali Community, Abdillahi Abdi, left, watches the screens for the rising numbers of Liberal candidates while waiting for secure a majority. the Premier’s victory speech at the Chateau Laurier on Oct. 6. McGuinty won a third consecutive Liberal government, but only secured “With 53 seats, you have to think that a minority after dropping from 70 to 53 seats in the 107-seat legislature. you only need one person; one Belinda against Progressive Conservate Jason sity and studying law at the University the evening, riding out a partial power Stronach-type figure,â€? Malloy said, reMacDonald, New Democrat Wali Farah, of Ottawa. He and his wife, Terri, have outage at the hotel and mingling with ferring to the former federal ConservaGreen candidate James Mihaychuk, and four adult children. McGuinty grew up media until the premier finally showed tive who joined the Liberal caucus in Party for People with Special Needs canwith nine siblings. up around midnight. Ottawa South fed2005. “Both Mr. Hudak and Ms. Horwath didate John Redins. He contested the Ottawa South riding eral MP David McGuinty was circulatwill have to be a little sensitive to the ing through the crowd, with nothing but fact that if they anger just one member, good words for his brother. they could get that person to cross the “I think his campaign was flawless,â€? floor to the Liberals and it could change David McGuinty said. “I think what you a lot of things.â€? saw in this campaign in terms of his McGuinty was greeted like a celebleadership is what you get as a person. rity at his campaign wrap-up at the He is thoughtful and sincere. As a brothChateau Laurier downtown Ottawa, er I worry about him because he carries where a tense but giddy crowd gathered the weight of this responsibility. He’s in the elegant ballroom to watch the rehardwired that way.â€? sults roll in. Spontaneous cheers rose Dalton McGuinty, 56, has won five conup now and then as the Liberals hit 54 secutive elections in Ottawa South since seats time and again, with seat counts his father and former Ottawa South flip-flopping between 53 and 54 for sevMPP Dalton Sr. died in 1990. After his eral hours. second win in the 1995 provincial elecMcGuinty’s speech was gracious and tion, McGuinty began his bid to become hinted at the party’s close brush with leader of the party, which he achieved collapse this election. against the odds in 1996. He became pre“Ontarians are telling us, ‘We are placmier in 2003 and was held the post for ing our trust in you but we expect you eight years. to work even harder, listen more than He was born in Ottawa and attended ever, give us nothing but your best every St. Patrick’s High School before earning day. But most of all we demand that you a bachelor degree at McMaster Univerlead.’ Because we are Ontario and that’s what we do. We lead,â€? he told the A Romantic Comedy crowd. The tight race didn’t seem to resonate with voters, however, since the election yielded the lowest voter turnout in Ontar1',!# io’s history.  Malloy said the all-time low In 3 Easy Steps... turnout of 49.2 per cent this year (down from 52.8 per cent in MAKE YOUR the 2007 provincial election) is COMMERCIAL QUALITY “very concerning.â€? By WINES AT OUR PLACE “Here is a great, competitive for as per batch (yields 29 btls) little as race, with the outcome so unDirected by Micheline Chevrier certain, and yet large numbers OR October 18–November 5 of people don’t turn out,â€? MalSave even more &            NAC Theatre loy said, adding that research Make Your Own Beer hasn’t yielded a clear answer of & Wine at Home ON SALE NOW! Tickets from $22 what factors contribute to low 435 Moodie Drive, Bells Corners 613-721-9945 957 Gladstone Ave. W., Ottawa 613-722-9945 OFFICIAL HOTEL PARTNER voter turnout. nac-cna.ca 2030 Lanthier Drive, Orleans 613-590-9946 Supporters young and old NAC BOX OFFICE MON.-SAT. 10 a.m.-9 p.m. GROUPS 10+ 613-947-7000 x634 grp@nac-cna.ca waited patiently throughout ABC>I@LTFKBP@LJ

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he weather was sunny. The date was set years ago. Advance polling options were more numerous than ever. And still, voter turnout in Ontario on Oct. 6 hit an all-time low. Apathy, that most heinous of political sins, abounded in Ontario. Dalton McGuinty narrowly missed a majority reelection and will have to settle for a 53-seat minority government. But with less than half of eligible voters marking an “X,” we have to wonder if his government really represents the will of the electorate. McGuinty’s Liberals picked up 37.62 per cent of the popular vote. But since only about five million voters hit the polls, only about 22 per cent of the approximately 8.5 million eligible voters favoured a Liberal government. Officially, the turnout recorded on Oct. 6 was 49.2 per cent. That was down from the previous all-time low,

which was set in – wait for it – 2007, during the last provincial election. There was one bright light in this apathetic mess. Improved advance polling and other options to make casting a ballot more accessible were successful: 650,000 Ontarians voted before election day. At least Ontario is still doing better than the Northwest Territories, where 35 per cent of eligible voters cast ballots in a recent election. But Manitoba’s general election last week yielded 57 per cent turnout. PEI had an astounding 76 per cent turnout – and that was low for the Maritime province. So what is the issue here? Are the leaders too boring? Did the issues and platforms fail to resonate with citizens? Have people lost sight of their civic duty? Voter turnout can be a pretty accurate measure of how much we care. Here in Ontario, after three elections – municipal, federal and now provincial – in less than 365 days, it’s probably safe to say that voters were simply tired of caring.

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ne of the uglier little stories of the year is the one about Air Canada deciding to keep its employees out of downtown Winnipeg. The airline, saying that “several downtown locations are susceptible to crimes of violence and opportunity,” decided that its employees would overnight at hotels near the airport. So much for supporting a city that has supported Air Canada over the years. For Winnipeggers that was nasty enough, considering that the city has a crime rate below many well-known U.S. cities Air Canada visits, but the really nasty part was to come. That was the bit in the company email about instances of public intoxication being connected to “approximately 1,000 displaced people from rural Manitoba.” Winnipeg people knew what that meant: it meant native people forced from their homes by flooding. As if that was not enough, now they don’t get a chance to associate with Air Canada pilots. Air Canada has apologized in a classic example of the non-apology apology. “It appears that certain inferences are being drawn from the contents of a recent internal bulletin relating to accommodation for flight crews on overnight layover in Winnipeg,” said a corporate Central Edition

CHARLES GORDON Funny Town email. “Air Canada wishes to state categorically it had no intent to cause offence to any individual or group and apologizes if it inadvertently did so.” In other words, we didn’t do it, but we’re sorry if you think so. The story can be viewed on many levels, such as the economic one, where a city is trying desperately to rebuild its downtown and succeeding little by little when a big company kicks it in the teeth. The Winnipeg Free Press tried to have a little fun with the story, asking its readers whether they would recommend a downtown hotel to out-of-town friends. Almost 10,000 of them replied. A third of them said downtown was unsafe and their friends should stay at a suburban hotel. The statement, “There’s some nice hotels downtown, but stay inside after

dark,” was supported by a larger group, 38 per cent, and 29 per cent said downtown is fun: let’s have a night on the town. When you take into consideration that the suburbs of any big city, including Ottawa, contain people who are afraid to go downtown and never do, it seems that the majority of Winnipeggers are not unduly alarmed. Maybe that’s because they know that there’s more harm can come to you inside the hotel than out – room service, mini-bars, ironing boards that fall out of the closet, not to mention overly enthusiastic folks in the hotel bar who don’t happen to be displaced people from rural Manitoba. On a somewhat more serious level, it’s possible to see Winnipeg as the front line in a struggle between cities and corporations. What if more big companies decide to keep their travelling employees at the airport inn, rather than allowing them to go downtown? What if the practice spreads to more cities than Winnipeg? It could happen. There are places in Ottawa you wouldn’t want to go to late at night with your pilot’s uniform on. How can we the fight back? The obvious answer is to launch elaborate public relations campaigns on how safe their

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onservatives in Ontario just took a major hit. Buoyed by the momentous win at the federal level in May, they really felt the tide was turning across the country. Canadians are no longer interested in public services, big governments and helping the vulnerable, said one Tory friend of mine last week. They just want more money in their pockets. The Liberal win in Ontario proves otherwise. Don’t get me wrong: Overall, there was nothing in this election campaign that suggested this would be a game-changer. In fact, the entire campaign was pretty boring. Even for me, normally a devout political watcher, it took a lot of effort to tune into the leaders’ debate mid-September. As anticipated, the debate was less a valuable exchange of ideas than it was a rhetorical spewing of meaningless messages from all party leaders. McGuinty, despite being critiqued on the overzealous use of hand gestures, actually offered the most substance, but his messages had all been heard before. No, it wasn’t the debate, nor the several weeks of door-knocking, that allowed McGuinty to hold onto power. Ultimately, despite the Liberals’ loss of seats and Ontario’s first minority government since the eighties, Ontario voters, province-wide, expressed satisfaction with the status quo. After all, there were few major breakthrough seats for the PCs to hint that a blue wave is anywhere on the horizon. And the NDP’s seven-seat gain further assures voters that there are still enough Ontarians – although regionally marginalized – looking out for the little guy.

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The fact is, there was really nothing in this election to make people want the change that PC leader Tim Hudak suggested was his to implement. The population is aging and the Liberals promised more doctors, nurses and homecare. There’s broad consensus that green energy is the future, and even if it costs us money to be early adopters, Ontario had better stay on the green band wagon. Perhaps most importantly, in the final days of the election, Forbes Magazine rated Canada as the best country in which to do business. It credited Ontario’s adoption of the controversial HST and the maintenance of low corporate tax rates as essential to this ranking, all things overseen by the McGuinty Liberals. While the Toronto Sun boldly declared “Welcome to Hell” on its front page in the wake of the election, even hardcore conservatives are having a hard time buying into the hype. As hard as they tried to get behind their man, Hudak, deep down they know that McGuinty’s struck a pretty good balance between fiscal and social responsibility – scandals like eHealth, aside. And at the end of the day, Ontarians – and I would wager most Canadians – are not hardcore conservatives. Most people don’t have to look far to see someone without access to healthy food, or an elderly person who’s having trouble with the healthcare system, and most of us look to the government to ensure things like job security, food security, healthcare security, and a social safety net to catch us if we can’t get it. Another four years of Ontario Liberals may not be as hellish as the Toronto Sun suggests. In fact, with McGuinty “on a much shorter leash,” as Hudak said in his concession speech, the citizens of this province are very likely to get a lot more of what they want – a progressive government that’s keeping taxes low and services high. And if we end up four years down the line with a huge deficit as a result? Well, then the Conservatives may have a chance, but at that point, it will be a protest vote, rather than a vote of conscience.

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four years ago, which opened doors for the community to speak publically about mental health issues. Out of that campaign came the hospital’s Do It For Daron movement, which raises funds for youth mental health in honour of 14 year-old Daron Richardson, who took her own life in November 2010. According to The Royal, suicide is the second leading cause of death for Canadians aged 15 to 24. “Both of those (initiatives) have really garnered tremendous interest from the public, and quite frankly, they have inspired people to reach out for help for the first time in their lives,� said Steel. “We know through both initiatives that we’ve saved lives.� Throughout the five year-long campaign, The Royal will be hosting a variety of events including the Purple Pledge Day in February and the Inspiration Awards in March, which is a major fundraiser at The Royal that also celebrates individuals who live with mental health issues. “(The $25 million goal) is based on what we hope the community can support, but also based on the investments we need to really launch our key priorities,� said Steel. For more information on The Royal Health Care Group and upcoming events and initiatives, visit the website at www. theroyal.ca


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OCRI is on the move. Bruce Lazenby has just signed as on the new president and CEO of the Ottawa Centre for Regional Innovation, but that’s not the only change. OCRI will be moving closer to the city’s centre in the coming months. The economic development agency will make its new home at 80 Aberdeen St. in a building that is home to a few tech start-ups. “It’s got that technology, knowledgebased atmosphere,” Lazenby said, and that upstart energy is something he is looking to infuse OCRI with as it moves into the new space. The move comes a few months after city council approved a $5.5-million economic development strategy. The plan includes $1.4 million annually for entrepreneurship programs and $1.5 million aimed at expanding and retaining businesses in Ottawa. “We have a mandate for change,” said Lazenby. “A move and a new building with new direction, new funding, new partners – I think this just going to really reinforce that message that we are out there.” Lazenby, who took up his new post at the beginning of October, added “this (move) is part of the initiative to put in an incubator, which is very exciting and it’s something the city has needed for a long time.” A new addition to OCRI’s space will help with that. The Entrepreneurship Centre, which is currently located inside city hall, will join OCRI in its new space in Little Italy. The move comes as both part of a plan to bolster economic development in the city, as well as a compromise to provide space for OC Transpo during renovations of the transit authority’s headquarters at 1500 St. Laurent Blvd. After Dec. 1, when OCRI will begin its move to 80 Aberdeen St., OC Transpo will occupy OCRI’s former offices at 2625 Queensview Dr. for the duration of the renovation. It’s great solution from Lazenby’s perspective. OCRI was planning to renovate its

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October is Canadian Library Month and libraries across Ottawa and Canada will be celebrating with a number of special events.

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building that houses books. “People are realizing that their library is offering more and more options beyond books,” Moore said. An avid library borrower herself, Moore said there are now libraries which offer theatre opportunities; it can be viewed as a movie rental store, a music store and even a place where new Canadians can learn about their new neighbourhoods. “There are endless opportunities in a library these days,” Moore said. The month-long celebrations are made possible through provincial and federal partnerships with branches and organizations across the country. “There is definitely more engagement, more libraries taking part, and we are producing a lot of materials,” Moore said. Most importantly for Moore and the CLA, this month allows all the libraries in all the cities and towns in Canada a chance to thank their many clients. “It is really good to see the corporation that goes on with all the partners and to watch all the libraries celebrating what it is they are all about.” Moore said. Moore encourages everyone to check out what their own local branch has in store for the celebratory month.

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Friends, family and fans convened at the Raw Sugar Cafe on Oct. 5 in Chinatown to celebrate the release of And the Seas Shall Turn to Lemonade, the debut novel for local author Sandra Nicholls. The book is described as a darkly humorous romp through the tortuous relationship between two academic misfits, and a crackpot scheme to establish a commune based on the unusual theories of Charles Fourier, a 19th-century French philosopher. “The inspiration for it came out of my experiences when I first got married and my husband and I moved to Antigonish in Nova Scotia where I taught English at St. Francis Xavier University,” said Nicholls. A poet, short story writer and lyricist who lives in Alta Vista, Nicholls started working on the novel 10 years ago, but left it in the drawer for a long time. Then on a dare from a friend, she sent the first two chapters to a well-known literary agent in Toronto, not expecting to hear back. To her surprise, the agent called her about a month later and asked her to send the rest. “I was gob-smacked,” Nicholls recalled. For more than a year the agent tried to interest a major publisher, and although they loved the book, calling it “quirky, inventive and original,” no one wanted to take a chance. “The rejections were glowing,” she said, “but my agent told me that a novel that was both humorous and literary was hard to place.”

At one point the book was almost accepted by a smaller publisher, but ultimately they didn’t take it. At that point, Nicholls decided to publish the book herself through CreateSpace, Amazon.ca’s self-publishing service. “To do the self publishing was not as hard as I had anticipated,” she said, adding that now the hardest part is to promote it. She plans to work hard to get her book reviewed and get it in book stores. The book has already received rave reviews from Governor General’s Awardwinning author Diane Schoemperlen and Trillium award winner Mark Frutkin, who described the book respectively as “deliciously eccentric and delightfully surprising,” and “engaging, uplifting and intelligent.” Her first book of poetry, The Untidy Bride, was shortlisted for the Pat Lowther Award for the best book of poetry published in Canada by a female author. Her second, Woman of Sticks, Woman of Stones, won the Archibald Lampman Award. A poem from that collection also took third prize in the International Stephen Leacock Competition. Nicholls has taught English and creative writing, at St Francis Xavier University and the University of Ottawa. She has sat on numerous juries for arts grants and was once the Poet Laureate for the Peter Gzowski Golf Tournament for Literacy. And the Seas Shall Turn to Lemonade will be available soon at area bookstores and is already available through Amazon.ca.


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A new five-year plan for arts, heritage and culture will help position Ottawa to become a globally recognized creative city, the plan’s architect hopes. Lilly Koltun, the head of the steering committee that devised the new plan, said Ottawa is at the cusp of being recognized as one of the country’s cultural hubs. “The idea of putting Ottawa on the international map as a world creative city – everything is leading up to that,” said Koltun, a Manor Park resident. “We think Ottawa has every right to be there.” And with Canada’s 150th birthday approaching in 2017, the new cultural plan for the city will help position Ottawa to take advantage of that anniversary spotlight, she said. The plan to make that happen – the city’s culture plan renewal – is very simple, Koltun said: “Support the people.” There are already many creative people doing lots of interesting things in Ottawa, Koltun said. Now it is the city’s job to make it easier for them.

That is reflected in the wording of the plan, which characterizes the city as a “facilitator” or co-ordinator of cultural activities. But that same concept troubled some of the approximately 50 arts advocates who came to city hall on Oct. 3 for one of the last open houses in a series of citywide consultations on the plan. Sharon Jeanotte, a member of the city’s arts, heritage and culture advisory committee, worried that making the city into a “convener” of arts and culture would translate into less funding. The plan also includes ideas for adding new facilities, including a major redevelopment of the Arts Court downtown, but some advocates wanted assurances that they could expect a corresponding increase in operational funding to make sure the money for running programs wouldn’t be spread thin among existing and new facilities. Another idea proposed was to add a city historian. The plan already suggests bringing back the city’s poet laureate. But overall, many people at the open house said they were

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Manor Park resident Lilly Koltun, who heads up the steering committee in charge of renewing the city’s five-year arts, culture and heritage plan, describes the plan during an Oct. 3 open house at city hall. pleased with the overall direction of the plan, including past Heritage Ottawa president David Fleming, who has been involved with the plan’s renewal from the start.

“I was happy to see that a lot of things that came up (during the pre-consultation process) actually appeared in the plan,” he said. Some of those things include

an idea for the city to proactively tackle heritage designations for important buildings, instead of leaving citizens to fight for them when they are under threat from new development. “That makes the heritage community look obstructionist,” said Fleming, who resides in the city’s south end. Also included in the plan is a suggested new framework for the commemorative naming process, something that has come under fire in recent months with controversial proposals to name or rename Robertson Road in Bells Corners, Wellington Street and the city’s new central archives building. Another proposal is to require international competitions for large city projects, something Fleming said could “help prevent another Lansdowne.” The plan still needs city council’s sign off, which is expected to happen in early 2012. With that in mind, Fleming said he “doesn’t have any illusions” that all the ideas in the new cultural plan will make it through council. “From what I’ve seen with this council, we still have a long way to go,” Fleming said.

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Often good news comes in bunches. For the Ottawa Jr. Senators, good news has taken the form of a new coach and general manager and three wins in a row capped by a 5-3 win over the Hawkesbury Hawks on Oct. 5 at the Jim Durrell Complex. The new man behind the bench for the Jr. Sens is Rick Dorval, who spent the past two seasons with the Gloucester Rangers. “He really brings a very modern coaching approach,” said club president Fred Crouch. “And from what I’ve been able to see, the kids enjoy playing for him.” Dorval was hired on Sept. 28 and his arrival has led to wins over Kanata and Kemptville. Crouch described Dorval as somewhat of an uncompromising figure, but said he expected that kind of approach would be just what his team needs. “He’s a little different character than what we’re used to around here, but I think that’s exactly what the boys need,” he said. “He expects these players to perform and the one thing he’ll tell you is that he really despises

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A shot from Jr. Senators forward Devon Rice, right, slides just past the Hawks’ goaltender Dean Shepherdson’s net during Ottawa’s 5-3 win on Oct. 5 at the Jim Durrell Complex. a lackadaisical-type effort. He demands that the players play at the level they’re capable of, shift in and shift out.” The chance to coach a skilled roster of players and to get involved and gain experience in the hockey operations side of a club both played a factor in his decision to join the Jr. Sens, Dorval said. “I’m looking forward to the challenge,” he said. “It’s some-

thing I wanted to do. Coming in I though we’d be (among the) top six. I talked with (interim general manager) Darren (Graff) and that’s what the expectations were, but coming in here I see all the talent and I expect more out of these guys. I told them I expect big things and we’re going to work together to make that happen.” After working with a team last season that boasted players like

Andrew Creppin, who scored 361 points in 284 games for Gloucester, and Nathan Pancel, who is now playing with the Sudbury Wolves of the Ontario Hockey League, Dorval said the Jr. Sens players bring a number of intangibles he didn’t have with the Rangers. “There’s a lot more depth here,” he said. “I think every night we can roll four lines and be successful. I don’t think too

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DAN PLOUFFE St. Joseph Catholic High School was the place to be last week for the local football community as all 18 senior national capital high school teams gathered for the annual United Way Day, where matches were played from breakfast to dinner time on the side-by-side fields in Barrhaven. “It’s a great opportunity for our student-athletes,” says national capital football convenor and South Carleton Storm coach John Sunstrum, noting it’s become a big event for university coaches to scout all the budding local talent in one day. “When you can do something like that and raise some money for a good cause, it’s a bonus.” Teams made contributions that totalled about $1,000 towards the United Way, while others put together their own initiatives for cancer research fundraising and sported pink tape as part of their battle gear. St. Mark Lions coach Paul Brown was pleased with the effort his troops put in during a 20-17 loss to three-time defending-champion St. Peter, but what impresses him most about his players is the quality group they are away from the football field. “There’s a lot of guys involved in a great number of different community things – we’ve got guys volunteering at the church this weekend, rolling sod and helping the priest out,” Brown says. “They really have a great social conscience and they love to

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Trevor Thompson of the St. Mark Lions gets in the face of St. Peter Knights quarterback Jake Molinski during his team’s narrow 20-17 loss in the meeting of undefeated Tier 1 senior teams during the United Way Day high school football jamboree on Thursday, Oct. 6 at St. Joseph Catholic High School. play football, so it’s great coaching that group.” The Lions, who received touchdowns from Curtis Brown and Christian Fournier, certainly put a big scare into the perennial league powerhouses in the matchup

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•OCTOBER 15 The Lifetime Networks program of Citizen Advocacy is holding a Beyond Graduation workshop for high school students with a disability and their families to begin an exploration of a “good life” beyond high school. The workshop will be held at Glebe High School. For information call Norma Nissenbaum at 613-230-4287 or email norma.nissenbaum@live.ca Looking for quality, gently used items for your child at fantastic prices? Elmdale Public School invites you to its annual fall sale of clothing, Toys, and equipment on Saturday, from 9am12pm in the school gym at 49 Iona Street (access from Java Street). This sale includes gently used children’s clothes, shoes, hats, outerwear, puzzles, games, ride-on-toys, strollers, bikes, baby gear, and more. You can be a vendor without even attending! Drop off tagged items pre-sale and pick-up unsold items after the sale. Contact us for more details and to obtain a vendor number at elmdalesale@gmail. com. Sale proceeds are shared 50:50 between the vendors and School Council to support extracurricular programs.

•OCTOBER 22 Our Lady of Mount Carmel is holding its annual Fall Fair in the parish hall from 10am to 2pm. Come visit our popular baked goods table, enjoy a light lunch in our tea room, browse the fine things, craft and book

tables. A silent auction is being held with proceeds to be distributed to the Shepherds of Good Hope and Overbrook-Forbes food banks. We are located at 400 St.Laurent Blvd. For further information please call the parish office at 613-748-6040 or visit our web site at www.olomc-ottawa.com Riverside Churches on 3191 Riverside Dr. invite you to an interactive Messy Church event, from 4-6 p.m. We will celebrate our theme “All Are Welcome” with crafts, music, and worship, followed by a simple supper. Call 613 731-1646.

•OCTOBER 29-30 The Canada Agriculture Museum presents its annual Barnyard Halloween Party. The whole family can enjoy a trick-or-treat scavenger hunt through the barns, fun games, and a costume parade around the Museum grounds. Make caramel apples, a pumpkin dessert, and other sweet treats in the demonstration kitchen. Decorate your own pumpkin to take home with you this Halloween.

•NOVEMBER 10 Please join Soraya Miré the author of The Girl with Three Legs: A Memoir for a reading and signing at 7pm Mother Tongue Books at 1067 Bank St. In the book, Miré reveals the personal violation she endured in Somalia, the immense challenges she overcame and her inspiring transformation into an international spokesperson against Female Genital Mutilation. This event is free and open to the public. For more information on this event, please contact Evelyn Huer at 613-730-2346.

of 2-0 clubs. A punt block late in the contest set them up with a golden opportunity to score a go-ahead touchdown deep inside St. Peter territory, but a third-andone miss ended their best chance at claiming the upset. “We’re happy with the way our guys played against an excellent team,” Brown explains, noting the regular season is really just a dress rehearsal for the playoffs. “We’re hoping to improve as the season progresses.” It’s a similar plan for the Franco-Cité Faucons, who dropped to 0-3 in their first Tier 1 campaign with a 33-6 defeat to the St. Matthew Tigers. Despite being winless, the Faucons are showing they can hold their own in the league’s top division after dropping their other two games by a pair of touchdowns to St. Mark and St. Peter. “We’re not doing bad. It’s a big step from Tier 2 to Tier 1. These guys are bigger, so we have to adjust. It’s faster and we have a new system in offence, so we have to work very hard,” notes Franco-Cité coach Serge Boisvert. “We compete well, it’s just a matter of putting everything in the same bowl. We’re hoping it’s going to come soon. There’s only four teams, so everyone’s doing the playoffs. It gives us hope.” The Faucons’ football team is still just three seasons old, and is in the first year where it is out of “pilot project” mode. Franco-Cité’s program was built through the French Catholic school board and pre-

viously allowed students from across the city to attend the Smyth Road school during the fall semester to play for the board’s lone football team. Now, after making the switch to Tier 1, it was necessary for those students from outside Franco-Cité’s boundaries to transfer there full-time to be OFSAA-eligible should they win the city title. “The program’s doing well and the kids love it,” says Boisvert, who believes in using football as a tool to keep athletes engaged in school when they might otherwise have little interest in academics. “It’s step by step. We’re growing up and that’s the key.” In Tier 2 jamboree action, the host St. Joseph Jaguars dropped a 22-16 match to St. Pius. Pius claimed the first victory in its return to the high school football game this season after a pair of losses, while defending-champion St. Joseph fell to 1-2. The St. Francis Xavier Coyotes again left observers wondering what they might be able to achieve in the Tier 1 ranks with a 41-0 pummeling of Holy Trinity to improve to 3-0 and bring their combined scoring total in three matches past the 100-point mark. St. Patrick improved to 2-1 with a 20-13 win over 1-2 Colonel By, Mother Theresa (2-1) shutout 1-2 South Carleton 18-0, Immaculata remained unbeaten at 2-0-1 with a 19-0 win over expansion Garneau (0-3) and Sir Wilfrid Laurier (2-1) continued to show promise with a 10-0 victory over Glebe (1-1-1).

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