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Serving The Glebe, Alta Vista, Elmvale Acres, Mooney’s Bay and surrounding communities Year 2, Issue 5

November 24, 2011 | 24 Pages

BOILING POINT The city and its transit union might have called a truce, but friction between bus drivers and their bosses is far from finished.


BANK STREET REOPENS After nearly six months of dust and detours, the reconstruction of the Glebe’s main thoroughfare is finally over.


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WHEELING INTO THE HOLIDAY SEASON An Ottawa firefighter participates in the 42nd Annual Help Santa Toy Parade on Saturday, Nov. 19. For more photos, turn to page 12.

City identifies preferred footbridge location EDDIE RWEMA

TRASH TROUBLES This week begins a three-part Metroland series looking into Ontario’s waste worries. Part one focuses on how cities turn trash into treasure.


The link between Clegg Street in Old Ottawa and Fifth Avenue in the Glebe has been identified as the most appropriate location for a midtown footbridge, residents learned at an open house

on Nov. 17. The location, according to city staff, provides the greatest opportunity to enhance active transportation connectivity, while minimizing potential impacts to adjacent communities and the cultural heritage landscape of the canal. The announcement was made at the sec-

ond open house held at the Glebe Community Centre to discuss the proposed location and design of the midtown footbridge, which will provide a route across the canal between the Pretoria and the Bank Street bridges. The open house drew about 150 people. See PARKING on page 7

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No human remains at second site: inspector EMMA JACKSON

The Ottawa Police Service’s east district inspector Pat Flanaghan has confirmed that no human remains were found during the archeological dig that took place in Heatherington Park last week. “I’m going to tell you categorically, specific to the secondary archeological dig in the semiwooded area, that there were no human remains,” Flanaghan told members of the Heatherington community on the evening of Friday, Nov. 18 at a short-notice meeting organized by Gloucester-Southgate Coun. Diane Deans. Police said on Nov. 17 that an undisclosed piece of evidence was found at the site. The meeting was meant to ease fears in the community that they might be at risk after human remains were found in the backyard of a townhouse at 1535 Heatherington Rd. on Oct. 31. Police later expanded their digging to Heatherington Park on Nov. 15. Flanaghan, Deans and Ottawa Community Housing CEO JoAnne Poirier held the meeting at


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Police searched amid a stand of trees in Heatherington Park last week in relation to the discovery of human remains at a nearby townhouse complex on Oct. 31. the Albion-Heatherington recreation centre to assure residents that the community is safe. “The person responsible is currently in custody, and there are no safety concerns for the community, either the Heatherington community or the community at large,” Flanaghan said. Police have officially confirmed the human remains found on Oct. 31 and any evi-

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dence discovered at the secondary site are connected to the ongoing investigation involving accused serial killer Camille Cleroux, who lived in the townhouse about 20 years ago with his wife Lise Roy. Roy went missing in 1990. “The search is another productive step with respect to the ongoing Ottawa Police investigation concerning Camille Cleroux, 57 years old of Ottawa,” po-

lice said in a statement on Nov. 17. Police charged Cleroux on June 2, 2010 with first degree murder in connection with the death of Paula Leclair. On June 24, 2010 he was charged with two more counts of first degree murder in connection with the deaths of Lise Roy and Jean Rock. Only the body of Leclair has ever been found.

A 23-year-old man is in police custody after an abduction of a female that took place in Vanier on Nov. 20. The suspect led police on a pursuit in a stolen vehicle throughout Vanier, the Byward Market and Uppertown. Police threw a police bicycle under the tires, deflating one, and were able to end the pursuit. The suspect fled on foot around Gilmour and Kent streets, and a police canine found him hiding under a house porch nearby. The woman wasn’t injured and was released. Const. Henri Lanctôt of the Ottawa Police said he can’t confirm whether the man and woman knew each other. He added that the investigation is ongoing. Police are asking witnesses with information to contact the Partner Assault Section at 613236-1222 ext. 5407 or Crime Stoppers at 613-233-8477.

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In a week of driver frustration, mayor vows ‘mutual respect’ LAURA MUELLER

Relations between the transit union and management have never been frostier – even during the 2008 strike that took buses off the road, a 34-year veteran OC Transpo driver told Ottawa This Week on Nov. 18 “What’s happening right now, it’s getting that people have fear,” Michel Fecteau said. “Management is not, I repeat, not willing to protect its employees.” Fecteau made the comments during an interview in a week that saw tensions between the union and OC Transpo management boil over. A series of highly publicized complaints against operators, including a YouTube video showing a driver talking on a cell phone while driving, was capped off with the firing of a driver who was captured on video swearing at and threatening a passenger, and the silencing of Yves Roy, a driver who is known for singing as he drives. That led Amalgamated Transit Union Local 279 president Garry Queale to send a newsletter to members threatening “job action” in response to what he called a “witch hunt” against OC Transpo drivers. By last Friday, Queale was singing a different tune after he met with Mayor Jim Watson, transit commission chairwoman Diane Deans and OC Transpo general manager Alain Mercier. Afterwards, the mayor issued an open letter to Ottawa residents and transit workers. “We are committed to an environment that fosters mutual respect between our transit opera-

tors and our customers,” Watson said during a press conference, adding that if and when that respect breaks down, the city will work together with employees, customers, the union and management to address the issues. Queale wouldn’t comment on the details of what OC Transpo and union members would be changing as a result of the meeting, but Queale said it was helpful to “go through some dirty laundry.” “We are very pleased with the letter the mayor has written. It shows that they are willing to work with the ATU … . This is a major step,” Queale said, adding the meeting represents a change from the relationship between the city, OC Transpo and union’s in the past. Photo by Laura Mueller

DRIVERS BEAR THE BRUNT OF PASSENGER FRUSTRATION But it remains to be seen if and how the fruits of that meeting will trickle down to the front line, where drivers are grappling with the fallout from the single largest overhaul of the OC Transpo map. The city agreed to cut $20 million from the transit operating budget by consolidating routes, trimming neighbourhood loops and reducing service. The “optimization” was needed to make the transit system financially sustainable, Watson and Deans have said. But since those changes took place on Sept. 4, riders haven’t been happy. The transit commission has heard a litany of complaints about overcrowded buses, and people aren’t happy that the cost of their transit passes is rising

OC Transpo general manager Alain Mercier, centre, is flanked by transit commission chairwoman Diane Deans and Ottawa Mayor Jim Watson as he speaks of mounting tension between the city and union. despite what they see as lower levels of service. “It’s a domino effect,” Fecteau said. “The frustration from the public goes directly to the first person they see. And that is who? The bus driver,” he said. Meanwhile, the managementlevel planners who are making the changes are insulated from the direct rider complaints, he added. “The stress level is really skyrocketing.” A lot of the challenge comes from the compressed times in which drivers are expected to complete their routes, Fecteau said. In the past, drivers were able to chat with passengers, but now, routes are “so compressed” that it’s straining driver-passenger interaction. “Today, it’s

so stressful, it’s just ‘Get in and get out, and move on,’” he said of how drivers approach passengers. “Scheduling is very bad. There is no time whatsoever.” Operators sympathize with the public who get angry when buses aren’t on time, Fecteau said. Those are problems that might have been prevented if OC Transpo management sat down with drivers and the Amalgamated Transit Union Local 279 before the route optimization decisions were made, said Fecteau, who is a member of the ATU board. During previous route changes, OC Transpo planners met with drivers and members of the ATU as part of a scheduling committee. But that didn’t happen this time around, Fecteau

said. “No. Nothing at all. They didn’t take time to consult the committee or the union,” he said. “They just went out there and implemented everything in one shot without doing investigation or any testing on the routes.” The ATU and the city are set to begin meeting next month to hammer out the next longterm contract, and Fecteau said he wouldn’t be surprised if the union demands security measures for operators, including cameras on buses and cages to protect drivers. But it’s too early to say whether another strike would be on the books later in the negotiations, Fecteau said. Riders also need to do their part, Fecteau said. Proper etiquette and basic politeness would go a long way, he said.

Glebe artist mulls creation of art school EDDIE RWEMA

Bhat Boy has huge plans for the city he loves. Fresh from a four-month long European tour, the Glebe-based artist is considering opening his own art school in Ottawa. “I feel that would be a great legacy for both myself and the city,” said Bhat Boy. “As well as harvesting culture, you have to seed it for the future, and I would like to do more for Ottawa.” He revealed his ambitious plans after recently being awarded the Lucille Broadbent Award, presented to an indi-

vidual or organization that has made a significant contribution to Ottawa’s artistic community. It commemorates the lifelong support to the arts given by the late Lucille Broadbent. “I felt really inspired when I received the Lucille Broadbent award, and it makes me want to do more for Ottawa,” he said. After months away, he said the award was a warm welcome back. The award was presented to him by Ottawa Centre MPP Yasir Naqvi on Oct. 29 at the 2011 Ottawa Art Expo. “I had the honour of recieveing two awards that night, the Lucille Broadbent award and

the Legacy Award for the Spirit of Emily Carr, for representing Canadian values in my artwork,” said Bhat Boy. “After living in London, where I felt like an anonymous stranger, it was an honour to be recognized for my contributions to the art community.” The artist, who is known for painting colourful and imaginative pieces, said the award meant a lot to him, more than he thought it would. “It makes me feel as if I have a special place here, and has inspired me to do more,” said Bhat Boy. “It helped me recognize my own achievements, and realize that I really have had an

effect on the arts community in Ottawa.” Widely known for painting nuns, dragons, and goldfish, he calls his style of art “envisionism.” He said he feels proud being able to have changed people’s lives for the better. “It is really nice to know that I have done something to change the world, and I have not just sat back and waited for the world to change for me,” said Bhat Boy. While in Europe, Bhat Boy spent most of his time in London illustrating a children’s book and painting pictures of London. “I had a small studio, and I

worked there most days,” he said. He said he did several paintings about his neighborhood in London, Hampstead, a series about London monuments and some more fanciful paintings of London on fishback, and boats on the river Thames. Seven of his paintings will be on exhibit at Gallery 240 this weekend at 240 Guigues Ave. Bhat Boy spends much of his time travelling with his paintings, selling work in Canada, the United States and Europe. He’s had exhibits in Florence, Toronto, San Francisco, London, New York, Miami, Fort Lauderdale as well as Ottawa.

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Plasco gas energy deal could come to council in December LAURA MUELLER

An agreement to turn Ottawa’s leftover garbage into gas energy could be on the books as early as next month. That would involve an agreement between the city and Plasco Energy Group to take Ottawa’s leftover garbage and “gasify” it using plasma torches, an alternative to incineration and something the city and Plasco have partnered to test out since 2005. The city has been in talks to

make a more permanent deal since 2008, city manager Kent Kirkpatrick told the environment committee on Nov. 15, but the process was put on hold while Plasco worked out the kinks in the technology and raised funds. That deal could be before city council to approve as early as December. Concerned about the lack of competition in the bidding process, Rideau-Rockcliffe Coun. Peter Clark asked about other bids for comparison. Kirkpatrick said the draft con-

tract will be accompanied by a full technical report on the other existing technologies that are available and how they compare to Plasco’s method and costs. Other councillors were more decisive, including GloucesterSouth Nepean Coun. Steve Desroches, who said: “Move on with it.” “I don’t want to get into an academic conversation about what else could be done and what’s being done in another country,” he said. Only a couple of members of

the public spoke up at the meeting, including Trevor Haché of Ecology Ottawa. He said a contract with Plasco would move Ottawa farther away from its waste-diversion goals. That’s because the technology would require a regular influx of garbage in order to make the gasification work. “It strikes us that a plan for Plasco would move us in the opposite direction from the goal of zero waste,” Haché said. Somerset Ward Coun. Diane Holmes echoed those concerns

and asked Kirkpatrick for reassurance that Plasco would only use residual waste that couldn’t be recycled. Kirkpatrick said the details are still being ironed out, but that Holmes would be “comfortable” with the result. Rod Muir of the Sierra Club, an environmental group, said the assertion that Plasco’s facility uses new technology “makes him laugh.” “This is incineration by definition, and nothing else,” he insisted.

Don’t appeal Orgaworld ruling, city warned Councillors strip cash from sustainability program


There is little point in the city appealing a ruling that allows the city’s organic-waste processing facility, Orgaworld, to accept diapers, dog feces and compostable plastic bags, said city lawyer Rick O’Connor. The Environmental Review Tribunal decided to overturn a provincial Ministry of the Environment decision to allow the “smelly” materials to be accepted. The city had fought the appeal because it didn’t want to deal with an odour problem at the Hawthorne Road facility. While the ERT decision doesn’t change what Ottawa accepts in its green-bin program, the city wasn’t happy with the ruling. Still, O’Connor said there is not much the city can do to overturn the decision. The options include a judicial review or a ministerial appeal, but both would be expensive and not very likely to turn out in the city’s favour, O’Connor said. The city controls what types of waste are accepted at Orgaworld because Ottawa must give written consent before Orgaworld is allowed to accept waste from other municipalities, O’Connor said. “I think it’s pretty straightforward what we should do with this,” said Rideau-Rockcliffe Coun. Peter Clark. “It seems to


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Since the city’s contract with organics-processing facility Orgaworld prevents the plant from accepting waste from other municipalities without Ottawa’s permission, a city lawyer said it’s not worth it to appeal a ruling that gives Orgaworld the OK to process diapers, dog feces and compostable plastic bags. me, if we have a valid, enforceable contract, which should just enforce it.” As for whether the city would allow the facility to accept waste that contained diapers or dog feces, Gloucester-South Nepean Coun. Steve Desroches said it’s not an option. But O’Connor wasn’t quite so definitive. “I would never definitively say that on a point of law,” but he added in his mind, Ottawa has certainty that the terms of its contract prevent Orgaworld from accepting smelly waste without

the city’s permission. The city is also locked in a separate commercial litigation with Orgaworld over the amount of leaf and yard waste that should be allowed at Orgaworld. The city wants Orgaworld to take more of the yard waste than Orgaworld will agree to, and the two are also locked in a legal battle over whether the facility should accept materials from the industrial, commercial and institutional sector (Orgaworld would like to, but the city says it can’t). Those legal cases are expected to be heard this spring.

Councillors weren’t convinced that the city needs to spend so much money on “community sustainability” initiatives in 2012, so they are putting $200,000 more into planting trees instead. The change to the city’s environment committee budget was an idea from Kanata South Coun. Allan Hubley, who questioned why the community sustainability department needed $350,000 for its work next year. “That’s the whole crux of the problem. Nobody understands what is under ‘sustainability’ and what we are trying to do,” Hubley said. “It’s all very highlevel initiatives that we’re not seeing the concrete results.” The $200,000 cutback will be from the neighbourhood sustainability program, which is meant “to support our residents in making our neighbourhoods more vibrant and sustainable,” said city spokesperson Jocelyne Turner. The community sustainability department will still have $150,000 to work with for 2012, which will cover the projects it already had on the books. As for other initiatives, Hubley said city staff will come back to the environment committee to make a case to get funding.

City’s plastics rule change leads to surge in recycling LAURA MUELLER

Allowing new types of plastic to be accepted in blue bins led to the city collecting 37 per cent more recyclables over the summer. “It’s excellent news,” said River Coun. Maria McRae, chairwoman of the environment com-

mittee. But there is still a learning curve to educate citizens and councillors about what items are allowed in the bins. Self-professed environmentalist and councillor for Capital Ward, David Chernushenko, surprised some of his council colleagues by announcing that even he thought he could put plastic

bags into the blue bin after the city changed the rules in June. Plastic bags, in fact, are about the only things that can’t go into the blue bin following the change. Bags and other “film plastics” such as wrappers, along with Styrofoam, are not allowed in blue bins. But all other plastics, including “clamshell” containers often used for fruits or take-

out food, are now allowed. That’s a message the city needs to do a better job of getting out, said Kanata North Coun. Marianne Wilkinson. “We haven’t gotten the message out about plastic bags,” she said. Marilyn Journeaux, the city’s manager of solid waste services, agreed. She said the city will be launching an awareness cam-

“What we’ll do is, if they come up with really good plans for things we should do, and the committee agrees with it, we’ll put the money in,” Hubley said. He said his motion was based on something he learned a long time ago: “Trees are the only things the city owns that actually appreciate in value. When in doubt … put the money into trees.” HAZARDOUS WASTE CHANGE MIFFS COUNCILLORS Councillors also supported a motion from Gloucester-South Nepean Coun. Steve Desroches that calls on Waste Diversion Ontario to fully fund its hazardous waste collection program. Because of the valuations Stewardship Ontario uses to calculate hazardous waste diversion, the city ends up picking up the tab for the program, to the tune of $429,000. The program costs about $1.2 million to implement, but Waste Diversion Ontario only provides about $800,000. “What WDO is doing to the municipal sector, and has been doing for some time, is reprehensible,” said Alta Vista Coun. Peter Hume. Environment committee chairwoman Maria McRae, the councillor for River Ward, asked city lawyers to look into possibile legal action.

paign paid for by the industry that manufacturers recyclable products. “It’s an ongoing effort – continually educating new residents,” Journeaux said. If people don’t follow the rules, their blue bin could be left behind unemptied with a note indicating it is too contaminated by non-recyclables. Usually, though, it’s simply a matter of removing a couple of items, so the collection workers take care of it.


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Bank St. reopening brings life back to the Glebe EDDIE RWEMA After nearly six months of construction and detours, Bank Street in the Glebe finally reopened to traffic on Nov. 15, just in time for the Christmas retail season. Major work on the $22-million project between Rideau Canal and the Queensway began in May with the city replacing water and sewer pipes that were more than a century old, as well as re-paving the deteriorating roadway. The reconstruction was planned on an aggressive schedule in order to minimize disruption to residents and businesses. At one point this summer, there were 13 construction crews on the site. “I feel very proud. We’ve got this project to come in on time and on budget,” said Mayor Jim Watson. The street will remain open throughout the winter, but final work, including a final layer of asphalt on the road, new pavers for the sidewalks and street furniture, will resume in the spring and will be completed by June 2012. Watson, who led the re-opening festivities, said the event marked a good day for the Glebe. “Having the street open is not only going to be good for business, but obviously good for the neighbourhood as

well,” he said. Capital Coun. David Chernushenko said that everyone who lives or works in the Glebe or passes through the neighbourhood is delighted to see the street open again. “I feel great today – so far only happy faces and reactions,” he said. With so many things that could go wrong with a project like that, Chernushenko said he was pleased nothing major stood in the way of the project. He said the timely completion of this first phase of the reconstruction, with so many different stakeholders involved, shows the value of constant consultation and communication. There was a lot of excitement among residents including, former president of the Glebe Community Association Bob Brocklebank “I am pleased we have been able to squeeze a few centimeters into our sidewalks,” said Brocklebank. “It is really much better than it was before.” Local businesses also welcomed the street reopening. “It was a big sigh of relief,” said Christine Leadman, executive director of the Glebe Business Improvement Area. She said the businesses are thrilled with the outcome. “They really went out of their way to make the street look great.”



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Improving the province’s development review tribunal was one of the big concerns discussed when Mayor Jim Watson and local Liberal MPPs met to talk transit, provincial uploading and the Ottawa River Action Plan on Nov. 18 at city hall. The issue of whether the Ontario Municipal Board needs improvements was also on the table, with Ottawa Centre MPP Yasir Naqvi pushing for reforms. “This is an issue that is very important to me in my community,” Naqvi said. But neither Naqvi, nor Watson, believe the solution is to scrap the development review tribunal completely. Abolishing the OMB and using the court system instead would triple costs, Watson said. “I think there is a sense of frustration on the developers’ side, on the communities’ side and on city council’s side,” Watson said, adding that he has no specific suggestions for reforms at this point. “We’re open to any suggestions the province may have, and we’ll prepare an options paper on potential ideas as

NCC evicts Occupy protesters

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Mayor Jim Watson, left, met with local Liberal MPPs on Nov. 18, including Ottawa-Vanier MPP Madeleine Meilleur, Ottawa Centre MPP Yasir Naqvi, Ottawa-Orleans MPP Phil McNeely and Ottawa West-Nepean MPP Bob Chiarelli. a result of the planning summit Coun. (Peter) Hume and I will host early in the new year.” The group will have a more indepth conversation on that topic at a later date. “We also agreed that we would meet on a regular basis,” Watson said. “We think these kinds of exchanges are helpful to exchange information, ideas and requests amongst the two levels of government.”

Watson plans to meet with the two local Progressive Conservative MPPs in early December. The mayor and the Liberal MPPs have already agreed to meet again in early January. A meeting with federal Conservative MPs is also on the books, but a previously scheduled date had to be cancelled due to the funeral of Jamie Hubley, son of Kanata South Coun. Allan Hubley.

The National Capital Commission has issued a notice of eviction to the Occupy Ottawa protesters who have been camping out in Confederation Park since Oct. 15. The notice calls for all tents, structures, equipment and personal belongings to be removed from the park no later than 11:59 p.m. Monday, Nov. 21 because the NCC “needs to give the site back to its normal public use,” commission chief executive Marie Lemay explained following a press conference Monday afternoon. “We really expected the encampment to be short term,” she said, noting the NCC made it clear through the media on Nov. 9 that the protesters needed to disperse. “We were hoping, frankly, that between then and now they would leave and would understand that we would need to get the land back. That did not happen so we did proceed with the eviction notice today.” The NCC has asked the Ottawa Police Service to enforce the Trespassing to Property Act of Ontario beginning at 12 a.m. Tuesday morning.

“As of midnight they really come into control,” Lemay said. Lemay noted that the commission expects some grass damage from the tents, and may have to close the park located at Elgin Street and Laurier Avenue for several days to make sure the site is “absolutely safe.” The NCC made it clear earlier in November that the commission needs to start preparing for Winterlude, which begins the first weekend of February. Lemay said initial site preparation needs to be completed before the ground is freezes. Confederation Park hosts Winterlude’s ice sculpture displays and last year featured a number of art installations. Several food vendors also set up in the park throughout the three-week festival. Lemay said she is hopeful for a peaceful end to the Occupy Ottawa protest, which took place in conjunction with protests across the continent speaking out against corporate greed. “We’re hoping they will leave and accept that we do need to return this land to the public. It’s not just for one specific group, it’s got to be used by all residents and we’re hoping that will happen respect and safely.” R0021162120

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As news came out last week that several former patients of a Carling Avenue endoscopy clinic had tested positive for hepatitis C, an Ottawa infectious disease expert warned the results are far from surprising. So far an undisclosed number of Dr. Christiane Farazli’s former patients have tested positive for the strain of hepatitis about a month after Ottawa Public Health sent a letter to about 6,800 patients of the Carling Avenue endoscopy clinic, notifying them that they could have been infected with hepatitis or HIV due to an infectioncontrol lapse. But Dr. Mark Tyndall, head of the Ottawa Hospital’s division of infectious diseases, said it’s “not surprising” that these positive results came back.

“About one per cent of people in the Ottawa region are hepatitis C positive,” said Tyndall, adding that statistically 68 people could test positive for hepatitis C out of the 6,800 patients. However, he said rates would be “quite a bit higher” among patients at the clinic since some people might have been sent there because they were hepatitis C positive. “We come across people who are hepatitis C positive all the time,” Tyndall said, adding that it will be difficult to pinpoint how exactly the patient contracted hepatitis C or whether they contracted the disease at the clinic. Tyndall said it’s also possible someone could test positive for HIV, but that it would be “highly unlikely” they contracted it through Farazli’s office. However, Tyndall stressed that Farazli should still be held

accountable and patients should not expect to be put at risk of infection by endoscopy procedures. “I’m empathetic with patients who show they may have been exposed,” Tyndall said. However, he also said that it’s better that these patients are getting tested and can find out their results. “It’s better to know than not to know,” Tyndall said. Ottawa’s medical officer of health, Dr. Isra Levy, also said there could be more positive results showing up for other patients. Even though the estimated risk of infection to individuals having received an endoscopy at that clinic is very low, the diseases in question are not rare, said Levy in an email to the mayor, council and the Ottawa Board of Health sent on Nov. 16. They are known to be associ-

ated with a variety of common behaviours and risk factors unrelated to endoscopies. Ottawa Public Health anticipates it will identify a number of positive results during the look back study in which several thousand people are tested for the diseases. City of Ottawa officials said they could not comment further on the matter, other than the email that was sent. Levy also said in the email that it will be hard to determine how the patients contracted hepatitis C, and Ottawa Public Health will conduct an “extensive interview process with each individual.” “The individual is asked detailed questions about their sexual contacts, contact with others who may be infected, a history of invasive medical procedures, tattooing, body piercing and other known risk

Some residents concerned link will cause parking issues tion president John Dance, who supports the footbridge, said there were similar concerns when the Corktown Bridge was constructed, but those fears were never realized. “In fact it ended up with something much better than anybody had imagined and I think the same will happen here,” said Dance. The city is projecting that between 1,500 R0031189079

From FOOTBRIDGE on page 1 City project manager Colin Simpson said the forum was intended to provide residents with information about the bridge and receive feedback about what they think of the city’s recommendations. Residents have until Dec. 1 to provide feedback on two design options to be carried forward for further refinement. The first option would see the bridge cross over the widest part of the canal south of the Canal Ritz restaurant. The second recommended design option would cross immediately north of the Canal Ritz. A slight realignment of Colonel By would be required to accommodate the ramp structure with this option. Tim Dickinson, a city-hired consultant, said the two options offer the best balance between disrupting the surrounding area and achieving the projects objectives, allowing for a unique, functional structure appropriate for a quiet residential setting. Currently the gap of the Rideau Canal between the Pretoria and Bank Street bridges leaves a 1.9 kilometre stretch with no connection to the other side, one of the largest east-west barriers in the city. “I fully support the bridge,” said Ron Ross, an Old Ottawa East resident, adding the crossing would improve and enhance the lifestyle of the people and help reduce automobile usage and pollution. Community associations in the area have supported the construction of such a bridge which they say could significantly improve pedestrian and cyclist access in the Glebe, Old Ottawa South and Old Ottawa East. Meanwhile, some residents were concerned the footbridge would add more parking pressure to their neighbourhoods. Dickinson admitted there will be a slight increase in parking demand in the area, particularly in Old Ottawa East. He said parking utilization would increase from 25 to 45 per cent. New Old Ottawa East Community Associa-

and 2,500 people will use the bridge daily if completed. The third and final open house is expected in spring.

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factors,” Levy wrote. “The individual will be provided with information on the infection, whether or not they are infectious, how to minimize their risk of transmission to others, and offered counselling by trained professionals. If needed, referrals are made to other health professionals.” According to the email, 3,400 patients have had blood work done and Levy said the results continue to flow in daily.

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Trash equals taxes


here will be an outcry in Ottawa as more residents become aware that their regular garbage will be picked up every other week starting in November 2012. The change is coming because it saves money and will likely prompt more residents to recycle and compost waste, instead of dropping it into the regular garbage. The biggest savings will be the potential delay in requiring a new landfill once the Trail Road dump is full. If we extend its lifespan by recycling, we save millions of dollars. The tax savings have been poorly communicated by municipalities, including the City of Ottawa. Meanwhile, the backlash to trash pickup every 14 days may be so great that council has to reverse its decision, destroying its current cost and landfill estimates. Recycling and composting may be a good idea, but people like to take the easy way out. Across Ontario, 55 per cent of waste that could be recycled ends up in landfills. Ottawa estimates $535,000 in lost revenue went into the landfill because people throw recyclables into the garbage.

Either we do a better job of recycling or we will have to accept more landfills. Judging by the public’s negative reaction to plans to expand the Carp Road landfill, the public doesn’t like new dumps. The cost of creating another landfill is considerable, if you can even find a place willing to take our trash. And since a new dump probably wouldn’t work anywhere in city limits, we’d all be forced to pay for our waste to be trucked away. The value of Ottawa’s Trail Road landfill is $200 million. Every bit of time we can squeeze out of that resource equals millions of taxpayers dollars saved. On top of the cost, consider the environmental impact of sending diesel trucks to a distant dump and back, day after day for, well, pretty much forever, or until we build an even newer dump even farther away. Last year, Ottawa residents combined to create 900 tonnes of waste in their homes each day. That’s 360 kilograms of waste per person, per year. Ontario ranks sixth among Canadian provinces when it comes to diverting waste from landfills. In the long run, can we afford to be anything but the front-runner?


Do we have to name everything after Sir John A.?


ir John A. Macdonald’s name is back in the news again. He would be happy about that, probably, although he might wonder why we don’t talk about something else occasionally. Specifically, the idea of naming things after Sir John A. has resurfaced, the latest being the Ottawa River Parkway. Sir John A. was a great man and important to our city, so it doesn’t sound a like a bad idea until you think about it a bit. You will remember a recent suggestion that Wellington Street be given Sir John A.’s name. That didn’t go far, because some tradition-minded people didn’t like the idea of playing games with history. And other people admired the Ottawalike confusion of having a street that is called, depending upon where you are on it, Richmond Road, Wellington Street, Rideau Street or Montreal Road. So Sir John A. struck out there. With no disrespect, he should strike out here too. True, the Ottawa River Parkway doesn’t have a long tradition, like Wellington Street. But it is named after something that is important in our history – namely, the Ottawa River. And the other thing that nobody seems to mention is that Sir John A. has a ton of things named after him. Along with

CHARLES GORDON Funny Town Cartier, he has the airport, a big bridge and the road to Toronto. There is also a MacDonald-Cartier Academy in town. How much more does he want? There are other deserving politicians who don’t have streets named after them. Think of R.B. Bennett, John Diefenbaker, not to mention The Right Hon. Sir Mackenzie Bowell. Lester Pearson is thought by some historians to have been Canada’s greatest prime minister, yet all he has is a building on Sussex Drive. More recently, Jean Chrétien and Brian Mulroney each governed this country for a decade. They deserve a street, if we’re handing them out. And, of course, we are. If you drive out into the suburbs and the rural part of the city, you will find all sorts of things – streets, schools, community centres – named after various councillors and

mayors of the past. So there’s no reason why more federal politicians should not get their due. But it should not be confined to that. Think of the Ottawans who have distinguished themselves in sports, in business, in humanitarian work, in the public service, in the arts. There is a precedent – Paul Anka Drive, Rich Little Drive. Others deserve streets too. I’d like to see Norman Robertson Avenue, Frances Itani Street, Angela Hewitt Drive, Brian Kilrea Avenue. If new streets are not being constructed fast enough – and you sort of hope they aren’t, given the implications for urban sprawl – then some of the streets named after trees could be renamed, or streets with those generic nature names, like Spruceview or Rosehill or Ivygrove or such. Of course, all these names have their enthusiasts. Someone who has lived on Grassview Drive all his life may not like having it called Mulroney Boulevard and will squawk about it. That’s why these things are difficult. But, leaving the Ottawa River Parkway as it is, we need to move quickly if we want some decent names on Ottawa streets. Because you know what the alternative is. Yes: selling naming rights

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Emphathy begins at home

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chools across Ontario wrapped up anti-bullying week last Friday. It was an opportunity for faculty, students, parents, and the community to think about the issue of bullying and how to prevent it. I was surprised that a number of my adult friends complained that this awareness week and the new anti-bullying legislation was just “smoke and mirrors.” Their kids had been victims of bullying, they said, and they felt schools had done nothing to stop it until the police were engaged. It’s hard to understand what these friends may have gone through. And certainly, there have been similar reports across Ottawa and the province, including several high profile law suits against local school boards where parents deemed staff failed to protect their children from intimidation. In my mind, however, the new legislation and the Ministry of Education’s policy on bullying does offer a comprehensive policy solution for schools and staff attempting to mitigate bullying. How that policy is put into practice, of course, is another thing altogether. As parents, we have a natural tendency to look to our government and schools to find solutions to bullying, nutrition, special education, just about everything, really. But it’s worth examining what parents can do to tackle this

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issue, even in the perceived absence of government leadership. I believe we have a much greater role than we realize in stopping bullying. After all, empathy begins at home. And no amount of policy or rules or lawsuits will change this fact. Sure, I’d like to see “niceness” classes integrated into the school curriculum, as one friend suggested, and perhaps have better oversight on school playgrounds and school buses. But ultimately, in the absence of these expensive human resources, (and even if they did exist), parents have a responsibility to step up, to prepare their children to understand and hopefully mitigate bullying situations. Having regular conversations at home about daily events, about school and workplace conflicts, and most importantly, about resolutions, is important. Too often, it’s human nature to complain about a problem at work, or a problem boss, without giving our kids any insight into how we have overcome these challenges. Kids also need to understand how to value and understand differences. Parents frequently assume kids are too young to understand the “whys” behind things. But if we want to get rid of the smoke and mirrors, we need to take that time as parents to talk about why kids are seemingly sad, mean, ugly, awkward, or stupid, rather than just reprimanding our children for expressing themselves in kid language. We need to explain how people feel when they are made fun of or injured by other kids. Perhaps most importantly, whether our kids are victims of bullying, doing the bullying, or passive observers, we, as parents, need to make sure they understand that they – and we -- have a role in finding solutions.

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Opera Lyra Ottawa cancels final productions of season KRISTY WALLACE

For the first time ever, Opera Lyra Ottawa has had to cancel its remaining two productions of the season due to financial difficulties. “Never have we done this in 28 years, never,” said Malcolm McCulloch, chairman of Opera Lyra’s board of directors. “This is a big thing.” He said despite having critically acclaimed performances this past season, there weren’t enough tickets sold at the box office. McCulloch said the board knew it had to make a “major decision” after the final night of its last production. “We knew we had to do something drastic, so the board deliberated and tried to look at other options, but it became very clear (what we had to do),” he said. McCulloch said it’s hard to tell why the opera company wasn’t selling enough tickets, but he feels the economic downturn is a major contributor. Opera Lyra isn’t the only arts company struggling financially he said. Opera companies in Montreal and New York City have had to cut back on productions, too. “It is systemic, but we’re confident we can rebuild,” McCulloch said. Just by cutting the final two productions of the season, he said Opera Lyra Ottawa has

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Opera Lyra Ottawa has had to cancel its final two productions of the season due to financial setbacks. saved quite a bit of money. “It’s already stopped a huge amount of bleeding,” he said. “It costs so much to do opera.”

He said the company has also cut back on its staff of about seven or eight people. Opera Lyra, like other operas,

rely on some major revenue streams including personal donations, corporate sponsorships, government grants, fund-

raising and money made at the box office. McCulloch commended the Canada Council for the Arts, the Ontario Arts Council and the City of Ottawa for grants they have contributed, but he said drumming up corporate sponsorship has been a major problem. McCulloch said Opera Lyra Ottawa is going to “crank up” its marketing and hold a community fundraiser in the near future so it can get back on track in the new year. However, he’s not sure how the community will react. “When you appeal to a community, you never know,” he said. “The community has to decide whether they want to have an opera company.” Opera Lyra Ottawa, along with other arts institutions, are an important aspect of city life. “Arts lift human beings above their norm,” McCulloch said. “It’s part of the culture of a city. Opera Lyra is one of the best opera companies in Canada, and it’s too good to fail.” The cancelled productions are The Flying Dutchman in concert, scheduled for Feb. 29, 2012, and Tosca, scheduled for March 31 and April, 2, 4 and 7, 2012. All ticket holders will be contacted by Opera Lyra within the next two weeks by mail with details about their options, including ticket exchanges and refunds.

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Owners worried about Lansdowne multiplex EDDIE RWEMA

Orleans movie buffs will get a taste of classic family cinema when Mayfair Theatre opens its doors in the area just in time for Christmas. Ottawa’s oldest movie theatre is planning to open a second location on Dec. 2 at 250 Centrum Blvd., across the street from the Shenkman Arts Centre. According to the Mayfair’s owners, the cinema’s opening weekend will feature a program of classic and family-oriented films. “I am terribly excited and I hope people warm up to the Mayfair in Orleans as they did in downtown,” said Lee Demarbre, part-owner and programmer of the theatre. Demarbre who grew up and

lives in Orleans, said he had always loved to open a theatre in Orleans that would offer something on the big screen that they have never really had before. “There are tons of great films that are being released every year that are simply not shown in Orleans and in big theatres,” said Demarbre. In contrast to cinemas operated by larger chains, Demarbre said their aim is to make going to the movies fun again and to offer classic cinema experience you can’t get elsewhere. “We decided we had to do things differently by showing less and less Hollywood to avoid direct competition with the big theatres,” Demarbre said. In addition to family fare, the cinema will bring a greater diversity of film-going choices to Ottawa’s east end, according to Demarbre. The opening of the Mayfair’s second location comes as Empire Theatres is looking to open a 10-screen multiplex as part of

a redeveloped Lansdowne Park, something that would deal a huge blow to the Mayfair Theatre in Old Ottawa South. “What is scary about the MayFair downtown is Lansdowne,” said Demarbre. “They are going to open many movie theatres right across the street from us.” He admits that kind of competition might be a little too strong for them to survive. “We are going to try,” said Demarbre. When Demarbre and his colleagues took over Mayfair in 2009, their closest competition was in South Keys, but that might not be the case in the few coming years, if Lansdowne redevelopment goes ahead. “I now stand outside my theatre and I am watching everyday Lansdowne getting smaller and smaller and that is scary,” he said. The Mayfair is Ottawa’s oldest active movie theatre, in operation since 1932.

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SANTA CLAUS COMES TO TOWN Families gathered along Wellington Street in downtown Ottawa to see the sights and enjoy some holiday cheer during the 42nd Annual Help Santa Toy Parade on Saturday, Nov. 19. At top right, Santa Claus waves to families from his sleigh, while at bottom right, sisters Emilie, left, and Golene Biziorek, wait for the floats to start coming down Wellington. The annual parade, organized by the Ottawa Professional Fire Fighters Association, collects toys and donations for the city’s underprivileged children.

Big hearts sing to kick off Christmas season MICHELLE NASH

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The Big Soul Project Community Choir, pictured here at their 2010 Christmas concert, will be performing their annual concert on Dec. 10 at the Dominion-Chalmers Church on 355 Cooper St.

The Big Soul Project Community Choir is enjoying every moment of the lead-up to their annual Christmas concert on Dec. 10. The gospel choir has been around for 12 years and offers a soulful good time for the whole family said choir member David Stambrook. An Overbrook resident, Stambrook is currently the chairman of the choir after joining a little more than three years ago. He said so far it has been an incredible experience. “This is a safe place to sing

and forget about the woes of life,” Stambrook said. “I really value the chance to be joyful.” The concert on Dec. 10 will be held at Dominion-Chalmers Church on Cooper Street in Centretown, with tickets currently on sale. The choir allows anyone who wants to sing to join, something Stambrook said is the best part of being a choir member. “There are so many great people in the choir. There is no audition – we welcome new members,” Stambrook said. The choir has grown from about 50 members to the 100strong group it is today. The last time he can remem-

ber singing in any choir was back when he was in school. Stambrook said it is the uplifting songs this particular choir sings that has made his return to singing so great. “I just love singing and it is so nice to reconnect with the whole experience,” Stambrook added. The choir is directed by Roxanne Goodman and building on the success of last year’s sold out show, the program for the evening is called Believe – Croire. Tickets are available at Compact Music on Bank Street for $20 for adults. Children 11 and under are free. The concert starts at 7:00 p.m.


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The Glebe Gryphons celebrated a sixth consecutive city championship with a 25-22, 25-18, 25-23 victory over Béatrice-Desloges on Nov. 15 at Rideau High School.

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The Glebe Gryphons senior boys’ volleyball was more than pleased to keep their streak of city championships alive last week by capturing their sixth in a row, but they’ve also got some more hardware in mind as they attend the OFSAA ‘AAAA’ championships from Nov. 23 to 26 in Hamilton. For the second consecutive season, the Béatrice-Desloges Bulldogs kept Glebe from attaining an undefeated record against national capital opponents, but when it came time to match up for the city gold, it was Glebe that came out on top, this time with a straight-sets victory on Nov. 15 at Rideau High School. “They were big wins,” says Gryphons player Jeremy Côté, who recorded several big serving runs in the national capital final. “We got our revenge against them basically.” Glebe overcame 20-15 and 11-7 deficits in the first two sets to win 25-22 and 25-18, and then held on for 25-23 victory in the third over Béatrice-Desloges, who will attend the provincial ‘AAA’ championships along with Colonel By. “It was probably one of our best performances start to finish,” says Glebe coach Mike Elliott, a former city finalist himself with Osgoode Township. It was Elliott’s first year coaching the group, but the players are more than familiar with each other since many have been together since Grade 7 at Glashan Middle School. There squad contains all

kinds of OFSAA experience, with the school making its sixth consecutive trip to the high school provincials, which they won in 2007. “It feels like you’re on top of everything,” says Côté, noting there are special moments such as player introductions, that make OFSAA stand out. “It’s the best experience ever. I’ve played at club nationals and it’s nothing like that. It’s just amazing. I love it.” Côté is one of the Gryphons’ top attackers along with Nathan Biernat, but the strength of the team comes from a couple positions that are often underappreciated in volleyball with seniors Mozafar Abdoli and Joseph Joseph at setter and libero respectively. “They’ve been solid throughout the year. Usually when things aren’t going well, they’ve been our steadying rock,” says Elliott, singling out Abdoli’s leadership in particular. “He’s really intelligent, and knows what to say to the guys. That probably comes from the experience of playing in a lot of big games.” Glebe earned a medal in its last trip to OFSAA – antique-bronze for fourth place – but the Gryphons would take a different colour this time around if they had their choice. “I’m not really sure about the competition that’s out there, and I’m not really sure about this team versus last year’s team,” Elliott explains. “But I know the guys would like to improve on their finish.”

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Franco-Cité leads of volleyball pack once again BY DAN PLOUFFE For the Franco-Cité Faucons, it wasn’t so much about winning a second consecutive national capital title last week, it was all about earning a return trip to the OFSAA ‘AA’ boys’ volleyball championships Nov. 2326 in Stratford. “It’s such a cool tournament. You need to just get into that mode to enjoy the moment,” says Franco-Cité coach Thierry Lavigne, who was especially pleased to see his two Grade 12 players get a second crack at OFSAA. “Regardless of the result, they’ll be able to finish their high school careers on a good note.” In the city final at Rideau High School, the Franco-Ouest Vikings didn’t go down without scaring the Faucons into thinking their OFSAA voyage could be in jeopardy – in the first set anyhow. Franco-Ouest battled back to level the score at 17 and then gained mountains of energy as they went ahead and enjoyed game point at 24-21. But then Franco-Cité flexed its muscle to even the score at 24 before winning the dramatic set 30-28 on

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Patrick Goulet and the Franco-Cité Faucons are headed back to the OFSAA ‘AA’ boys’ volleyball championships after a 30-28, 25-10, 2519 victory over Franco-Ouest in the national capital final on Tuesday, Nov. 15 at Rideau High School. an anti-climatic lift call. “We were expecting a good fight. We’d played them earlier on and they were pretty good and we knew they’d be fired up,” notes Lavigne, the former allCanadian with the Laval Rouge et Or who now has two city titles to his credit in his two years

coaching at Franco-Cité. “They came out strong in that first set and we were able to claw our way back. We were pretty lucky, but you gotta be good to be lucky and lucky to be good.” The Faucons were very good in the next two sets, cruising to the city title with 25-10 and 25-19

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wins. “I’m really happy,” Lavigne says. “It’s a big relief too, since we were heavily favoured and it was one of our goals to go to OFSAA.” Last year’s OFSAA didn’t go quite the way the Faucons wanted. Their coach felt they were one of best three teams in the province, but they wound up falling in the quarter-finals as Eden High School in St. Catharines went on to win its fifth consecutive OFSAA crown. “It was a tough, tough loss in the quarters,” Lavigne says. “But I think it will be a stepping-stone for us this year. We have a couple guys coming back who remember that.” One of those players is captain Patrick Goulet, who was in fine form in the final, delivering a massive kill any time he received a clean set. “We want to get back at them this year,” says Goulet, who was pleased to survive the “nerve-wracking” first set en route to the city title, but adds that his team maintains bigger goals. “This is just another step. I want it pretty bad and our whole team’s excited, especially because there’s a lot of Grade 11s who will be going to their first OFSAA. “It’s a younger team, so it was a bit more work,

but it was fun taking a little bit of leadership. It’s a great team. I love it.” With Goulet’s fellow 18-andunder Mavericks club teammate Jordan Marchand also playing for Franco-Cité, the Faucons pack a powerful one-two punch on the outside attack. “We won’t kid ourselves. We’ve got a couple guys who are really good at scoring, so we’ll give them a ton of balls,” Lavigne says. “But the key for us are the guys around them. They’re not your typical role players. Teams look at us and think we have two guys, but they underestimate us.” The city title represents a nice reward not only for the players, Lavigne says, but also for the great Franco-Cité supporters who came to cheer them on, his assistant coach, the school’s principal and the co-ordinators of their sports-study program. “OFSAA is a different beast. Every game can really shift the outcome of your season,” says Lavigne, who’s not focusing on chasing after a specific goal at the event. “We played some very good teams this year during the season and we know we can compete with anybody. It’s just about delivering when it counts.” Earlier, the Redeemer Royals beat Louis-Riel in the ‘A’ final to qualify for the Nov. 24 to 26 OFSAA championships for the province’s smallest-sized schools in Manitoulin Island.

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FIRST IN A THREE-PART SERIES BY DON CAMPBELL, THANA DHARMARAJAH AND EMMA JACKSON Bob Beacock ignores the overpowering stench as he walks into a pile of sticky, torn garbage bags dumped on top of one of Ontario’s heaping landfill sites. Dozens of seagulls snap up morsels of trash as Beacock unearths an umbrella, electrical wires, a plastic canola oil container and a 20-litre plastic pail. He scoops up a battery with his shovel. “There’s a real no-no,” says the Brock Township landfill operator. “I don’t know how many times we tell the public. There’s one thing I hate seeing in a landfill is any battery.” These items could have been diverted through one of Ontario’s provincewide waste diversion programs. But they ended up here. Programs like the blue box may have lulled Ontarians into believing they’re doing all they can to help the environment and reduce waste. But Trash Troubles — a Metroland special report — shows we aren’t being as diligent as we think. Provincewide, 55 per cent of garbage that could be recycled ends up in landfills instead. As a result, landfills are filling up fast and we are on the brink of a waste disposal crisis, the Association of Municipalities of Ontario (AMO) says. “Our garbage continues to outstrip available landfill space,” said AMO’s president Gary McNamara. “We must either reduce our waste and recycle more waste, or accept new landfills or incinerators in our communities.” Government established ambitious waste diversion targets during the last decade, but today, more than half of the 5 million tonnes of waste picked up at Ontario curbsides annually gets dumped instead of recycled or reused. That 2.7 million tonnes of waste that could have been diverted is equivalent to the weight of 6,222 Boeing 747 jets. For example, three-quarters of plastics that should be recycled end up in landfills instead. And even though organics make up about one-third of the province’s waste, only 40 per cent of Ontarians have access to a curbside green bin program. Ottawa’s green bin program

was launched in January 2010, although it only served single homes initially. Over the past two years the city has slowly introduced the program to other dwellings, including some walkup apartments. A number of public and Catholic schools also participate, and the city plans to incorporate more townhomes, apartments and condos in the future. The city’s green bin program accepts food scraps, soiled paper products such as napkins, cardboard, and muffin wrappers, yard waste, kitty litter, animal bedding and vacuum bag contents. Unlike some programs in the greater Toronto area, Ottawa’s green bin program does not accept plastic bags, dog feces or diapers. Residents pay approximately $26 per year for the service through a city-wide tax levy. Currently, the green bin is collected weekly from April to November, and bi-weekly from December to March. Beginning late 2012, however, weekly green bin pick-up will commence year round and garbage collection will be reduced to every second week. This controversial change was approved by Ottawa city council in April 2011 in an effort to extend the lifetime of the city’s Trail Road Waste Facility landfill in Ottawa South. More than $320 million was spent on waste diversion in Ontario last year, through programs funded by industry, municipalities and the province. Consumers also pay through eco fees on certain products. Ontario towns and cities have barely made a dent in the truckloads of plastic bottles, pop cans, magazines, milk cartons and other household garbage that still end up in dumps. A 2010 report by Ontario’s auditor general ranked the province sixth in Canada by wastediversion rate, behind Nova Scotia, Prince Edward Island, New Brunswick, British Columbia and Quebec and well behind most European countries. To read the full report visit reports_en/en10/309en10.pdf. “There’s a good portion of the population who are very devout, who take a lot of time and sort,” Beacock said at the Brock Township site, northeast of Toronto. “The rest of them do nothing. It’s just all wham bam in a bag and out to the curb.” Even green bin waste is a problem. York is sending some

of its organics to Massachusetts because its Ontario contractor cannot handle the region’s full volume. “As long as you have got this escape valve of (sending it south), no one is going to take this issue seriously,” said Municipal Waste Association spokesperson Ben Bennett. Municipalities are trying to send less to landfills but are falling short of official targets. The auditor general says waste diversion rates are lagging because: Municipalities with enough landfill space are unlikely to reduce curbside pickups and impose garbage bag limits. Municipalities have to compete with each other and the private sector to sell their recyclable and compostable materials. Municipalities say the nearly $80 million provided by industry for their share of the $160-million-a-year blue box program is not enough. Even the types of materials collected in residential blue bin programs differ by municipality. While one may accept aluminum foil, trays and take out containers, another may only take one of these materials or refuse it all. “You go to your neighbouring municipality and it’s different. It’s very frustrating for residents,” said Trevor Barton, Peel Region’s waste management planning supervisor. Each municipality has to be able to find a market or a solution for the recyclable materials it collects, said Lucy Robinson of the Recycling Council of Ontario. “If there is an inherent value

in a product or material, somebody is going to want to use it and therefore, there will be a recycling opportunity.” Ontario households trashed 176,500 tonnes of plastics, 116,000 tonnes of printed paper and 122,000 tonnes of paper packaging in 2009, according to a report by Stewardship Ontario, the industry-funded organization for the blue box program. The auditor general says the result is that one in five municipalities report they don’t have enough space to dump their residential garbage. Ottawa’s blue box program accepts glass bottles and jars, metal cans, aluminum cans and foil, empty paint and aerosol cans, and spiral wound canisters such as frozen juice cans. As for plastics, the blue box accepts plastics numbered one through seven, including the recent addition of clamshell containers like those that hold produce, eggs or baked goods. Single-serve yogurt containers have also been added to the list, as have plastic pails, flower pots and planting trays. Film plastic such as grocery bags and food wrap, hard plastics such as toys or dishes, and any Styrofoam materials are not accepted. It also takes some cardboard containers including milk and juice cartons, Tetra Pak packaging, and juice and soup boxes. Most cardboard goes into the city’s black box program, however, which accepts newspapers and flyers, magazines, corrugated cardboard, cracker and cereal boxes, telephone books, writing and computer paper, books, paper towel and toilet paper rolls,

egg cartons, gift wrap and cards, paper shopping bags and packaging, frozen dinner boxes, shoe boxes and laundry detergent boxes. Not many landfills are being built since it’s a long, complicated ordeal to get ministry approval. Lafleche Environmental Inc. in Moose Creek, near Ottawa, was the last new landfill approved in 1999 in Ontario, the ministry of the environment said. With landfills tough to build, there is a push to keep waste out, spawning provincewide stewardship programs. Experts also say government needs to push producers to design more recyclable and reusable products, also known as extended producer responsibility. AMO recently ran ads saying consumers and producers of waste should be funding recycling programs so property taxpayers are not left footing the bill. “A senior on a fixed income who doesn’t drive, own an iPad or a big flat screen TV shouldn’t have to pay for the high disposal costs of other people’s tires, smart phones and computers through her property taxes,” said McNamara. Along with industry involvement, waste management officials and experts say residents need to watch what they are throwing out. “They would just rather throw it in a bag and get rid of it and throw it in a landfill,” said Peterborough’s waste management co-ordinator Craig Simmons. “They just think there’s an unlimited area where that material can go.”

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What you should know about preventing falls in your home A fall can have disastrous consequences on a senior’s health and quality of life. The Ontario Ministry of Health and Longterm Care reports that falls are one of the leading causes of preventable injury among seniors in Ontario. Preventing falls will result in fewer visits to emergency rooms, hospitalizations, or institutionalization. Robin Hurst, a Registered Nurse and specialist in Seniors and Mental Health at Saint Elizabeth, says that most falls occur in the senior’s home, especially in the bathroom. “Environmental factors are a major contributor to falls,” says Hurst. “Many seniors fall due to tripping over clutter, pets or tubes from their oxygen tanks. I have also seen cases where at-risk seniors have fallen because they did not use their walkers.” Certain health conditions can increase a senior’s risk of falling, including general weakness, balance problems, or taking more than four medications. Parkinson disease, strokes, heart disease and low blood pressure may also put a person at risk for falling. Hurst recommends that seniors and their



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Inaugural Jr. A hockey all-star event set for Smiths Falls OTTAWA THIS WEEK STAFF Hockey fans in the Ottawa area will get a special Christmas treat this year when some of the top junior players from Ontario and Quebec descend on the Smiths Falls Memorial Community Centre for the first-ever Central Canada All-Star Challenge from Dec. 27 to 29. The event, hosted by the Central Canada Hockey League, will feature eight teams made up of players from the

Yzerman and Robinson divisions of the CCHL, the East, South, North and West divisions of the Ontario Junior Hockey League, as well as a team from both the Quebec Junior AAA Hockey League and the Northern Ontario Junior Hockey League. The tournament will see the eight teams split into two pools of four, which will play round-robin games on Dec. 27 and 28, featuring games consisting of two 20-minute halves. The top two teams from

each pool will take part in the semifinals on Dec. 29, with the winners playing for the championship later in the day. Rosters will be announced in early December. For the CCHL teams, they will be the same squads as those that take part in the league All-Star game on Dec. 26. Sheldon Keefe of the Pembroke Lumber Kings and Peter Goulet of the Nepean Raiders will coach the Yzerman Division team while Ian MacInnis of the Cornwall Colts and Jason Clark of the Carleton Place Canadians will be in charge of the Robinson Division squad. The coaches will select their respective teams, and each club in the league must be represented. Rosters will be made up of a combination of the top prospects, including those who have been selected to Team Canada and players rated by the National Hockey League central scout-

ing bureau, as well as NCAA Div. 1 and Team East prospects, who will be given preference by the coaches. Each squad can contain a maximum of five 20-yearold players.

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

• NOVEMBER 24-26 R0011188145

Phoenix Players celebrates its 10th anniversary and a move to a new venue with their upcoming production of “I Remember Mama” by John Van Druten. Performances are at the Gladstone Theatre, 910 Gladstone Ave, November 24 to 26 at 7:30 p.m. with a 2 p.m. matinee on the 26th. For more information call 613-822-3525 or visit where you can order tickets. Tickets are $12 for seniors/students and $15 for adults.

• NOVEMBER 25 Poets are invited to head to Alta Vista for an unforgettable high-energy poetry slam. There will be two rounds of competition. Performances will be limited to three minutes and each poem must be the original work of the competitor. For more information call 613-7372837 ext. 29 to register in the competition. The two-hour competition kicks off at 6.30 p.m.

• NOVEMBER 26 Rob Clipperton reads the Dylan Thomas classic Welcome Winter: A Child’s Christmas in Wales. There will also be holiday music from Canterbury High School’s Vocum, Hopewell Ave. Public School’s Junior Choir, Robert Palmai and Marya Woyiwada. The event takes place at 4 p.m., Glebe St. James United Church (First Avenue at Lyon). Cost is $15 (adults); kids 10 to 12 (free). Tickets are available from the church and at Compact Music stores. Net proceeds will go to Reach Canada. For more information visit: . Irish Social Dance takes place at St. Margaret Mary Church, 7 Fairbairn St. at 8 p.m. For singles and couples of all ages, dance lessons are given and all dances are easy to learn and will be called. Live Celtic Music by the Ottawa Ceili Band, free munchies/desserts, tea, door prizes. Admission is by donation ($7 recommended). For more information contact Brian at: or call 613-523-9702. For some of the best deals in town be sure to visit the Abbotsford 36th Annual Bazaar from

10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., 950 Bank St. Free admission, bring your own bags, wheelchair accessible. For more information, email: abbotsford@ , visit, or call 613-230-5730.

• NOVEMBER 27 Strathcona Legion Grey Cup Party takes place at 1940B Bank St. at 1 p.m. until post game. Pregame entertainment will be provided by Alex Lopez. Pre-game snacks, roast beef dinner and door prizes will be included for $10 admission price. Call 613-236-1575 for tickets.

• NOVEMBER 29 Café Scientifique: Raising Chickens in the City: Human Right or Health Risk? takes place at 6 p.m. at the Fox and Feather Pub, 283 Elgin Street. The Canada Agriculture Museum moderates discussion between invited experts and the general public. Lively discussions guaranteed! For more information visit: or call 613-991-3044.

• DECEMBER 1-30 The Canada Agriculture Museum team is taking on a big challenge. How big? As big as a horse! From December 1 to December 31, we want to gather 1,000 pounds (455 kg) in non-perishable food goods. This target was chosen as it happens to be the weight of Flint, the retired RCMP horse that the Museum adopted this past summer! Come by the museum to visit the animal barns with your donation and help us to be a heavy weight in this year’s food drive. The collected goods will be distributed to the Ottawa Food Bank and Moisson Outaouais. For more information visit: or call 613-991-3044.

• ONGOING Looking for an inexpensive gift? Friends of the Farm offer the perfect solution - two informative and entertaining books for the naturalist or historian on your Christmas list. For the Love of Trees celebrates the heritage collection of trees in the Central Experimental Farm Arboretum. Ottawa’s Farm is about the men and women who lived and worked at the Farm during its first 100 years. Both are available on site. For more information call 613-230-3276 or visit: .

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