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NAC may drop Elgin St. facade renovation plans City’s change to LRT station entrance prompts centre to reconsider

A Sussex Drive book store is being forced to close its doors after a substantial rent increase from its landlord, the National Capital Commission. – Page 2


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EMC news - The National Arts Centre might cancel plans to upgrade its Elgin Street façade in the wake of news that a planned light-rail station will no longer provide access near the building. On March 6, the city’s finance committee approved changes to the planned lightrail line, including an alteration to Rideau Station that will remove an entrance to the station on the west side of the canal, right beside the NAC. The move disappointed the NAC, so much so that spokesperson Rosemary Thompson said the centre might ditch its plans to improve the Elgin Street façade. “We were so excited (about the station) that we wanted to redevelop the Elgin Street entrance,” she said. “Will that still go ahead? I hope so.” Thompson was quick to add that it’s too early to say whether the upgrades will still go ahead or not, but she said the intent of the Elgin entrance improvement was to

build on a the “good idea” of the nearby station entrance. “The station was amazing,” Thompson said. The sprawling, 108,000square metre NAC complex was constructed in 1969 as a centennial project. It was designed by renowned architect Fred Lebensold of ARCOP Design and the building has been praised as an architectural landmark by some. But for others, the large brown building is a windowless bunker, and the Elgin Street façade in particular has been a sore point. Somerset Coun. Diane Holmes, in whose ward the NAC is located, was disheartened to hear the centre may backtrack on its plan to upgrade the façade. “Wouldn’t that be a disaster?” she said, adding many people find the NAC’s brutalist-style architecture unappealing. “That would be a real loss,” she added. See LANDMARKS, page 5

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Picking up a storm Garry Greenland of Ottawa folk band Maple Hill performed solo at the launch party for the Ottawa Grassroots Festival, which will be held in Centretown on April 28 at the Montgomery Legion Hall. For the full story, turn to page 14.

East-end councillor calls for changes to Laurier bike lane

After having his work appear at a Vanier gallery, an aspiring cartoonist is seeing the popularity of his online comic strip take off. – Page 14

EMC news - Orleans Coun. Bob Monette wants the city to look at closing the eastbound segregated Laurier bicycle lane next winter, or consider a host of other changes aimed at placating businesses. The east-end councillor says businesses are suffering because of the city’s decision to undertake a two-year pilot project that saw the first curbseparated bike lane installed in Ottawa.

There is still one year left in the pilot, but Monette said that’s still too long to wait before making changes to improve the conditions for Laurier Avenue businesses. “Right now businesses are suffering because of the actions the city has taken,” Monette said, adding that he has heard from “many” Laurier businesses, not just one or two. Some businesses have complained that the bicycle lane makes deliveries more

difficult or cuts off delivery access, but the main complaint is still the lack of onstreet parking on Laurier Avenue, Monette said. While the spaces were replaced on neighbouring streets, it still appears to have discouraged people from patronizing businesses, he said. Another issue is the loss of a city parking lot nearby, at Elgin and Gloucester streets, said Kanata North Coun. Marianne Wilkinson, chairwoman of the transpor-

tation committee. That lot is now a construction site, with a new office tower being built. At the committee’s March 7 meeting, Monette asked city staff to too into a few ideas, including: • Eliminating the eastbound bike lane on Laurier next winter “due to anticipated low volume.” • Keeping one bicycle lane on Laurier but moving the other direction to a nearby parallel street to allow room


for street parking on Laurier Avenue. • Putting up signs directing drivers to nearby parking, including the lot at city hall. • Modifying the lanes on the south side of Laurier between Metcalfe and Elgin. • Implementing measures to ease deliveries to Laurier Avenue businesses. “I’m not saying take it away, I’m saying let’s study it,” Monette said. See PILOT, page 14

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High rent forces bookstore to close Michelle Nash

Dear OC Transpo user, There has been great change at OC Transpo in the past month. On February 22nd John Manconi was named the new General Manager of Transit Services at OC Transpo. The former General Manager of Public Works brings an impressive track record in management after 20 years of experience in municipal government. Mr. Manconi arrives at OC Transpo as the City of Ottawa is about to carry out the largest investment in its history with the construction of the light rail project. We welcome Mr. Manconi with renewed enthusiasm. I trust that the management at OC Transpo will take the necessary steps to improve the transit service for all residents of the City of Ottawa. The new General Manager of Transit Services and his team will aim to:

EMC news - A significant rent increase is forcing the Ottawa outlet of the Nicholas Hoare Bookstore to close the doors of its Sussex Drive location. For Ottawa readers, the bookstore has been a fixture at 419 Sussex Dr since 1995. Located adjacent to the National Gallery of Canada, the shop has served as an independent bookstore option for tourists and those living in Lowertown. But notice was recently given by the National Capital Commission, the property owner, that rent for the location would be increasing by 72 per cent. Store manager Matthew Mitchell said that was the straw that broke the camel’s back. “We had been aware they were going to ask for more, but we never expected something as jolting as what they asked,� Mitchell said. Specific terms regarding the increase were sent to the store on Dec. 15. The notice indicated smaller increases would be applied in subsequent years as well.

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The doors of Nicholas Hoare Bookstore will close on April 20. A recent rent increase by the landlord, the National Capital Commission, has made it impossible for the small chain to stay, owners say. The NCC’s spokesperson would not comment about the rent increase, but did state the NCC feels required to ask for fair value for its properties. “The NCC will work at obtaining proper market rate on all its properties,� said NCC spokesman Jean Wolff. In a marketplace increasingly dominated by online

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book sales and e-readers, Mitchell said the book store has been struggling to compete for some time. “It is an area we are not able to compete in,� he said. Saying goodbye to the store will be difficult for Mitchell and the other employees. “All of the staff is older,� Mitchell explained. “And working in the book business, it is not a great time to be looking for another job.� For longtime customer Gaye Taylor, she said hearing the news was devastating. “I am very concerned about the fact the NCC have moved to make the downtown less and less democratic,� Taylor said. “They are pricing a lot of places beyond the wallets of most people.� Taylor said she has been coming to the store since she moved to Ottawa 11 years ago. “I think bookstores offer a particular form of commerce,� Taylor said. “It builds street culture. Bookstores have a





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special place for us, and maybe I am hopelessly nostalgic, but the charm of the book store is what you come for.â&#x20AC;? Taylor also noted the bookstore was the only affordable store left on Sussex Drive. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I am not 100 per cent sure of (the NCCâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s) mandate, but my understanding as an Ottawa citizen was that they were mandated to make Ottawa as beautiful and welcoming as a nationâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s capital,â&#x20AC;? Taylor said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;So I find it shocking, as a resident, because Nicholas Hoare constitutes part of that beauty. I think it seems that people should know profit is the pure motive.â&#x20AC;? Mitchell said it will be tough to say goodbye to customers like Taylor. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Really, they are the best part of our day,â&#x20AC;? Mitchell said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;It may sound corny, but the customers have always made it a pleasure to do business.â&#x20AC;? The store will close its doors on April 20.




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Tulip Festival moves programing away from NCC parks Michelle Nash

EMC news - Rising costs at National Capital Commission parks have forced the organizers of the 60th annual Tulip Festival to move away from Major’s Hill Park and Commissioner’s Park. One million tulips will decorate the two National Capital Commission parks, but all programming and events associated with the tulip festival will now be scattered around the city, the organization announced on March 5. Chair and financial patron of the Canadian Tulip Festival David Luxton said the move is the result of rising cost associated with staging the events on NCC parkland. “Costs have been escalating quite dramatically and eat

up the cash budget of the festival,” Luxton said. “The festival tries to put all the money (in the budget) into programming.” The increases are tied to the fees the NCC charges for park clean up. Last year the festival cost $44,000 to clean up – $9,000 more than the festival had originally budgeted for. “The main issues are we never know what the costs will be,” Luxton said. “It is a tough way to run any business and the costs have been going up every year.” While it is exempt from having to pay rent on the park land itself, according to NCC spokesperson Jean Wolfe, the festival does need to pay for the parkland to be tidied up after the 17-day event.

Factors for the cost of clean up, Wolfe said are determined by the duration of the festival, the size of its footprint and weather conditions. News of the move, Wolfe said, came as a shock to the organization. “We did receive today official notification that the festival will moved,” Wolfe said in an interview on March 5. “It was a surprise to us when we heard, but we expect our relationship with the festival will continue and there will be one million tulips to exhibit in all NCC parks.” Luxton said he does not feel this move will be a bad thing. He believes this will allow the festival to grow into an event that could animate the entire city. “Much like the Cherry

Blossom Festival in Washington, where there are activities and pageantry everywhere in the city, we are hoping our festival can emulate that,” he said. Following initial talks with business improvement areas around the city’s downtown core, Luxton said the Chinatown BIA, the ByWard Market and Sparks Street BIA are all keen to participate in festival’s new direction. Tulips have been donated to Canada by the Dutch royal family since 1945, as a way of saying thank you for hosting Dutch Princess Juliana and her daughters in exile during the occupation of the Netherlands during the Second World War and for Canada’s role in the liberation of their country.

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The Canadian Tulip Festival will not be holding their festival programming at Major’s Hill Park and Commissioner’s Park for their 60th annual Tulip Festival because organizers say the rising costs to clean the parks are too much.

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EMC news - Improvements are coming to the online aquatics program registration following another year that saw the system overloaded. Registration for city swimming programs opened on March 5 and the city’s website promptly crashed when a record number of people signed up for swimming classes. A total of 8,512 registrations were logged overnight in the first nine hours of registration – almost 1,000 more than last year’s 7,575 registrations. It’s a good problem to have,

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Changes to online swimming registration said Bay Coun. Mark Taylor, chairman of the community and protective services committee. But he agreed that some changes were in order. For next year, Taylor said the city is looking at re-jigging the system. The city will be looking at a different process, such as spreading out registrations for certain programs over a period of time. Aquatic program registration is already split from the rest of sign-ups for that reason. Last year, total land program registrations only amounted to 6,980 – less than pool programs for that year.


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Breathing new life into Dundonald Park Laura Mueller

EMC news - When Carol MacLeod was raising her young child in Centretown a couple decades ago, Dundonald Park faced many of the same challenges it does today. There was a gentleman who frequented the park after a stop at the Beer Store across the street, and MacLeod mostly avoided him. But one day, the man asked if he could give her small daughter a push on the swing. Thinking, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Whatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s the harm?,â&#x20AC;? MacLeod allowed it. With tears streaming down his face, MacLeod recalls the man thanking her. His own daughter refused to let him see his grandchild because of his problems with alcohol. She doesnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t live in Centretown any more, but as the

neighbourhood embarks on a project to revitalize Dundonald Park, she told residents to keep that man in mind. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We need to show a bit of sympathy for the people who use the Beer Store,â&#x20AC;? she said during a March 7 meeting at the Kent Street legion hall. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Get them involved. They are people, too.â&#x20AC;? Navigating the needs of different users of the park, from toddlers to seniors to substance abusers, will be one of the challenges facing 8-80 Cities, a Toronto-based non-profit group that has partnered with the Centretown Community Health Centre to create a plan to re-energize the park. â&#x20AC;&#x153;It can be charming, but at the same time, unsavoury,â&#x20AC;? said health centre executive director Simone Thibault. â&#x20AC;&#x153;There are very few open spaces that

can reach such a wide range of people â&#x20AC;Ś We want to create a sense of pride of place.â&#x20AC;? The health centre began working with other community agencies last summer to bring new programming into the park, but drafting 8-80 Cities to consult the community and prepare a report should bring new energy and ideas to the project, said Christina Marchant, the director of community health promotion for the health centre. Heritage-designated Dundonald Park is one of eight Ontario parks selected by 8-80 Cities for its â&#x20AC;&#x153;Active Places, Healthy Peopleâ&#x20AC;? initiative, which aims to transform parks into vibrant and active destinations. Gil Penalosa, executive director of 8-80 Cities, kicked off the initiative by giving a

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A Toronto-based group called 8-80 Cities spoke on March 7 about the possibilities for revitalizing public spaces to promote health and wellbeing. The meeting kicked off a project to revitalize Centretownâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Dundonald Park. speech to a group of about 75 supporters and residents gathered on March 7. Penalosa and his staff were also there to collect suggestions on what neighbours would like to see in their park in the future. The team will also be returning in June to conduct focus groups and get more feedback for a report it will prepare with a vision for upgrades and programs that

could happen in the park. Then itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s up to the community to bring the ideas to life and use the report to lobby politicians. Those in attendance left the meeting energized with new ideas to refresh the park. From reading gardens to concerts, fountains, flowers and more play equipment for kids, many jotted down their thoughts to submit to the project. A major theme was what

Glebe board passes motion opposing digital signs Michelle Nash

EMC news - The Glebe Community Association has passed a motion that will see the group present opposition to the city allowing the installation of digital signs, arguing more research needs to be done into the issue. The city is currently running a digital screen pilot project, but the most centrally located screen lies 4.5 kilometres away from the downtown core. The pilot project imposes limitations on illumination, frequency, scrolling, rolling, fading in and out, blinking

or giving the impression of movement. More recently, a three-year pilot project that would see a large digital sign installed on the side of the Ottawa Convention Centre was approved by the National Capital Commissionâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s board in June 2011. But regardless of the restrictions currently governing the installation of digital screens, some Ottawa residents are wary of wider use of digital screens and in response to the pair of pilot projects, Glebe Community Association board member Bob Brocklebank presented a motion at the asso-

ciationâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Feb. 28 meeting calling for it to write a letter to the city opposing digital screens. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I think we, as a board, should send our own letter,â&#x20AC;? Brocklebank said. He said the letter should address the Glebeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s concerns about the need for more public consultation, where and a potential digital sign would be permitted and the size of such signs. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We are seeking that no amendment to the signage bylaw to permit digital signs should be considered until the evaluation of the current digital sign project is issued and subject to consultation,â&#x20AC;? he

said. Community opposition to digital signs, in particular a digital sign at the convention centre, has been growing. Old Ottawa East resident Steven Furr has prepared two letters similar to the one Brocklebank

proposed and he said so far five communities who have signed both letters. Sandy Hill, Rockcliffe Park, Centretown, Old Ottawa East and Carleton community associations have also signed the Old Ottawa East letters.

could be done with the Beer Store across the street. Some residents appreciated the convenience of the nearby store, while others said itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a blight. The eyesore parking lot was an issue for others, some of whom thought it could be remedied by using the space for a food truck and some seating, or by planting trees along the sidewalk to block the cement expanse from view.

City council will still have to vote on the approval of that particular digital screen. City spokeswoman Jocelyn Turner said city staff have committed to finalizing the review and to present a digital sign report to council in the spring with a presentation to planning committee in May 2012.

Station would have provided access to area landmarks The NAC liked the station because it would have provided almost direct access from the rapid transit line to the concerts and performances at the NAC, but Thompson said the west end of the station was also slated to be an important access to landmarks such as Parliament Hill, Confederation Square and the National War Memorial, as well as several major office buildings and nearby city hall. The station would have also provided universal access to the Rideau Canal near the NAC â&#x20AC;&#x201C; and area that is difficult to get to, especially for people with mobility concerns. The NAC is sympathetic to the cityâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s financial situation and understands the need to contain costs in the $2.1-billion budget, Thompson said, but there was no way the non-profit NAC could have contributed any money to help the city bring the station closer to its building.


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Creating your own spring fling

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The National Captial Commission is looking for new tenants at the former Canada and the World Pavilion, at 50 Sussex Dr. in New Edinburgh.

NCC property looking for new tenants Michelle Nash

EMC news - The National Capital Commission is looking for a new tenant for the former Canada and the World Pavilion. The property, located at 50 Sussex Dr. between Rideau River falls and the Ottawa River, has been vacant since 2005 when the exhibition hall was closed, and the NCC is looking for public or private sector parties to lease the building. Mary Ann Waterston, director of real estate management for the NCC, said she is looking forward to proposals. “We are looking for something that will serve both a national purpose and a public

one,” Waterston said. The property is currently zoned for either a museum or marina, Waterston said, offers a variety of potential uses. The cost to lease the property may not come cheap. A October 2010 market analysis indicated market rate would be about $250,000 a year or around $20,000 a month just for the building, Waterston said, but those figures are negotiable for the right tenant. “That is what the market said, it is not set in stone,” Waterston said. Expressions of interest for the property will be accepted until April 30. More information can be found at www.canadascapital. ca.

alentine’s Day may be long over, but I’ve decided it’s time for a spring fling, with my husband, of course. Because even for those of us who are married or in long-term relationships, there are ways to take advantage of the bright weather and the positive endorphins to reinvigorate our love. If you don’t remember the butterflies in your stomach and uncontrollable blushing you once experienced when you first “fell in love,” I’ve discovered a few tricks to help you put a little lust back into everyday life and believe it or not, it has nothing to do with sex. (Although, if you’re lucky, that may be an unintended side effect). Richard Wiseman, author and a psychology professor at the University of Hereford in England summarizes a number of these methods in his book 59 Seconds: Change your life in under a minute. There are many studies that show ways to mimic new love, writes Wiseman – or for you singletons, even to create it from scratch. He describes an experiment conducted in the late 1980s that demonstrated “falling in love” may not be the reliant on the “complicated mixture of looks, personality, chemistry, and chance” we think. A curious

BRYNNA LESLIE Capital Muse researcher brought together dozens of strangers and coupled them off in rooms, where they were told to stare deeply into each other’s eyes, under the guise of a study on ESP. Afterward a questionnaire demonstrated that the couples expressed “genuine feelings of affection and attraction to their newfound soul mates.” I tried this recently with my own spouse and realized how very infrequently we take the time to gaze lovingly at each other. At first, of course, we were giggling and thinking how silly it was to stare at each other like lustful teenagers. But we forced ourselves to keep our eyes locked for three minutes. We repeated the experiment three times over three days. Without changing anything else, I noticed we were more affectionate and patient toward one another, both with our words and gestures. And speaking of gestures, making thoughtful and generous acts toward each other

are another integral part of a healthy and loving relationship, notes Wiseman. Generosity doesn’t mean diamonds or purchased gifts. It could be something as simple as remembering to compliment your spouse on an outfit, or starting the car when it’s cold.

Next time you’re planning Friday night at the movies, consider instead indoor climbing, couples salsa lessons or a hike in Gatineau Park. The other day, my husband returned from a quick afterwork trip to the grocery store with a tin of mint lime tea and a jar of local honey, a relatively inexpensive gift “just for me” that wasn’t on the list of staple goods. On a rare Saturday morning that didn’t see us rushing off to

hockey and music lessons for the kids, I offered him the chance to sleep in. In both cases, we came away with what can only be described as “the warm fuzzies.” Probably one of the most stereotyped activities in a stale marriage is the stale date. Remember the movie Date Night, where lead actors Steve Carell and Tina Fey can’t find a single interesting thing to talk about over dinner? Wiseman suggests couples instead do something active and out-of-the-ordinary to spice things up. It doesn’t have to be the Amazing Race, but engaging in an activity that requires couples to actively problem-solve together or create new experiences has been proven to eliminate boredom and mimic young love. So the next time you’re planning Friday night at the movies, consider instead indoor climbing, couples salsa lessons or a hike in Gatineau Park. And if all this seems too onerous in your already busy lives, Wiseman offers another simple way you can improve your chances of having a spring fling with your longterm spouse: Take 10 minutes each day to contemplate all the things you appreciate about him or her. It may take more than 59 seconds, but it’s guaranteed to generate years of positive results.


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Residents need to help keep waterways clean


protest at Britannia Beach on March 7 calling on the federal government to get behind the Ottawa River Action Plan protest missed its mark. While it’s admirable that Ecology Ottawa wants something done about the 400 million litres of untreated sewage that makes its way into the water ever year after heavy rainfalls, the city really needs a two-part plan.

The city’s strategy is to implement real-time controls that have remote activation and can reduce sewage overflows as they occur. It would also build massive underground storage tanks, which would stretch 16 kilometres long and three metres wide. The tanks would cost the city $150 million. Controlling sewage overflows is important, but everyone seems to be ignoring the elephant in the room.

According to a tweet by chair of the city’s environment committee on March 8, the 93,000 dogs in Ottawa produce about 20,500 kilograms of waste per day. Not all of that gets picked up. That’s a lot of crap we could cut. Dog feces that is left on sidewalks and in parks eventually ends up in the Ottawa River. It’s carried there by spring run off and heavy rainfalls, via storm sewers and

creeks. Each storm is like a giant dog feces flush. Last summer, Ottawa beaches were closed almost 40 per cent of the time, with no-swim advisories being issued 127 times. That suggests that there is more at play than human sewage overflow. Whether it is geese, seagull or dog waste, it seems like there is a lot being left out of the action plan for the river. If the city only chooses to

focus on the human waste part of equation, then we could end up flushing a lot of money down the drain as we control the sewage overflows but still have beach closures due to pet waste. Beach closures are frustrating and are a common problem in this city, but that won’t be fixed with an expensive proposal that only looks to one part of the problem. The good news is that good, old-fashioned civic

engagement can help. If we all work to clean up after our pets we can reduce the amount of waste seeping into the river after rainfalls. It’s a part of the solution that doesn’t require millions of dollars of funding from any level of government. Solutions deserve more consideration. While managing sewage overflows is necessary, residents also have to do their part to keep our waterways clean.


Time to hang up on robocalls CHARLES GORDON Funny Town


ou pick up the telephone and there’s that little pause. If you are alert you hang up right then, but who’s alert? Besides, you may have a relative, very old or very young, who waits a bit before saying anything. So you hold the phone and a stranger begins talking to you. It might be a real person or it might be a computerized person. How you deal with it varies. Some politely decline: “Thanks, but I’m not interested,” they say. Others quietly hang up. Others loudly hang up. And still others say words that they shouldn’t. This is the world of telemarketing, a world we haven’t quite put behind us, despite the creation, in 2008, of the national Do Not Call List. How that is working is a bit hard to tell. About 10 million Canadians are involved in the Do Not Call List. An opinion survey done in 2010 found that a great majority thought they were receiving fewer junk calls since the registry was created. But more than one in 10 thought they were getting more calls. If you check the comments section of any Internet news story about the list you will find those people amply represented, hopping mad. (To make matters worse, or more farcical, depending on how you look at it, there are concerns now that the Do Not Call List is in danger of running out of funding. Great: it doesn’t work and there’s no money for it.) To this unpleasant mix, we add the political robocall, subject of current scandal and controversy. Here, a computer dials your telephone in the middle of an election campaign and gives you false information about where to vote.

Or it pretends to be a particular candidate and says annoying things. Or it pretends to be a particular candidate and phones you at three in the morning, so as to make you angry enough to vote for the other guy. Given the way politics works, it may take years to get to the bottom of this, find out who’s responsible, hand out punishment and take corrective action. And what would that corrective action be? Legislation preventing political parties from fighting dirty? It is to laugh. A ban on political robocalls? That’s closer, but it could result in a rash of sort-of-non-political robocalls. The only practical answer is to ban all robocalls. Who would be hurt by that? Not consumers. Not legitimate charities, pollsters and others now allowed to bypass the Do Not Call List. Probably not even political parties, although they might have to work a little harder. They might have to hire live people, thus creating employment. Much as we may hate to be telephoned at home by strangers, the people who do the actual calling are human beings, trying to make a living in one of the most unpleasant ways possible, reading aloud a script that begins: “How are you today?” to people who don’t want to hear it. Most of us know someone who, while looking for permanent employment, has done telemarketing work. So we can sympathize – a bit. The robocall, in addition to its many other annoying qualities, destroys jobs. In that, it has something in common with other present-day institutions, such as the robo parking lot, the robo airline check-in counter and the robo government department switchboard. Think of how we could make unemployment drop by putting human beings back into jobs they used to do. It is difficult to imagine any negative fallout from banning robocalls, aside from its impact on robocalling companies. True, we may not be able to shut down what offshore companies do, but we can at least make the phone ring a bit less and encourage political parties to tell the truth over the phone – or, if they’re going to lie, at least not let a machine do it for them.

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Glebe tennis club proposes installing outdoor rink Michelle Nash

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The St. James Tennis Club is looking at turning its tennis courts into a skating rink for the winter months. offered in other parts of the city. Free-skate time would also be made available three- to four times a week, with blocks of time set aside for shinny in the evening. When Wins Purdy presented the idea to the tennis club, he said the members were enthusiastic about the plan, but raising the money to make the rink a reality was an issue. At an estimated cost of $20,000, however, the idea is not too far out of reach. “I do think it is fairly reasonable goal to fundraise for the money,” Wins Purdy said. That estimated cost would see a large tarp installed to to cover the courts, boards, hoses and snow-removal machines. At the meeting, Wins Purdy’s presentation was well

received by the residents. “This is a very interesting idea,” said Caroline Vanneste, president of the Glebe Community Association. Wins Purdy admits more research needs to be done before a formal proposal can be submitted for review, but speaking to the community association is part of that step. “Even if anyone has any experience building a rink or suggestions or advice, I would love to hear from them,” Wins Purdy said. The next step, Wins Purdy said, is for the president of the tennis club to approach the city about the possibility to build the rink. For more information on this project, please contact

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Fleury, Sandy Hill to clean up lingering traffic issues Michelle Nash

EMC news - The councillor for Rideau-Vanier is working with residents in Sandy Hill to finally tackle an 18-year-old study that is bogging down the neighbourhoodâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s ability to address new traffic issues. At the February Action Sandy Hill meeting, Coun. Mathieu Fleury presented the 1994 traffic study to the groupâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s board of executives and it listed 60 items to be addressed in the Sandy Hill area. Fleury said this particular vintage of study is common for the downtown corridor communities. â&#x20AC;&#x153;This study relates to most areas downtown, where there is a backlog of items,â&#x20AC;? Fleury said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The list of items is based on merits and, in some cases, issues remain on the list because their priorities are so low.â&#x20AC;? The councillor is working with the public works department to find solutions. For example, one item highlighted in the study is the need for a crosswalk at King Edward Avenue and Osgoode Street. Fleury proposes painting a zebra marking crosswalk, making the crossing

safer at a much lower cost. â&#x20AC;&#x153;It is about finding solutions that have the same impact, but resolve more quickly and at a more reasonable cost,â&#x20AC;? Fleury said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I am not comfortable just ignoring the list or removing items that remain without looking into them first.â&#x20AC;? Fleury explained he is dealing with a $2.5 million citywide budget for the entire four year term of council. The tight budget is part of the reason why a list such as this one has remained around for so long. For Action Sandy Hill president Christopher Collmorgen, the idea of the 1994 traffic study still kicking around was surprising. But Collmorgen and the board are willing to take on the task as long as it does move the items of concern along. Fleury said he wanted the communityâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s support and input in working on the list appropriately. The good news for both Fleury and the board was that of the 60 items on the list, 30 will be solved through the Rideau Street redevelopment project. And since the councillor presented the list to the board, there are only 20 left that need to be addressed.

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ven if you were born in Germany, or Scotland for that matter, if you lived in Northcote, you celebrated St. Patrickâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Day. Of course, if you were Irish, all the better. Mother, who claimed to have a touch of Irish in her blood, took St. Patrickâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Day seriously, which Father thought was nonsense. He was one of the few in Northcote who had no intention of celebrating the day. It was just another day in the week as far as he was concerned and he didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t think much of Motherâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s getting all riled up. But Mother celebrated every holiday, right from St. John Batiste Day to Robbie Burns Day, and St. Patrickâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Day was no exception. And so one year Mother had me all decked out for this special day at Northcote School. My older sister Audrey and three brothers, after practically being laughed out of the place in past years with their bright green shirts, flatly refused to wear anything but the usual plaid shirts and overalls they wore every day. Mother took a blouse I had worn many times which had been fashioned out of flour bags, and dyed it green. It simmered on the back of the Findlay Oval for most of a day in dye bought from Ritzaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Drug Store. It was sure green, even after she

MARY COOK Mary Cookâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Memories rinsed it several times in cold water. Back then, everything was starched within an inch of its life and on St. Patrickâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Day I went off to the Northcote School with the bright green blouse as stiff as a board under my coat. Those in senior fourth, of course, wouldnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t stoop to wearing green in celebration of St. Patrickâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Day. Wearing green was reserved for those of us in the lower grades. I felt pretty Irish that day, but it didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t take me long to discover that my school rival, Marguerite, had outdone me by a country mile. She must have gotten out of bed with the chickens, because she looked like she had been at school for hours. She was already settled in her seat when I got there, which was very unusual for Marguerite who liked to breeze in just as Miss Crosby was ringing the bell. She loved a big entrance. But there she was in green from head to toe. The wide satin ribbon in her hair matched the one at her waist.

Her dress, like my blouse, was starched as stiff as a nurseâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s bib. The dress was made of organza, just like something you would see in the ads in the Philadelphia Enquirer. Her mother had even dyed her white cotton stockings and for this special occasion, she was wearing her Sunday black patent leather shoes. I was suddenly very conscious of my flour bag blouse, but the last thing I wanted to do was let on to Marguerite that I was jealous of her St. Patrickâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Day attire. Now, every morning after we were all seated, Marguerite took it upon herself to close the storm door securely. She was never asked to do this chore and I thought it was easier for Miss Crosby to just let her do it than argue with the young tyrant who was a force to be reckoned with at the best of times. She would bounce back to her seat and Miss Crosby, with a deep sigh would say â&#x20AC;&#x153;thank you Marguerite,â&#x20AC;? who would purr â&#x20AC;&#x153;youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re welcome, Miss Crosby.â&#x20AC;? It was enough

to make you sick. Well, that St. Patrickâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Day was no exception. She slammed the outside storm door, then bang went the inside one, down went the lock and then she turned and bounded for her seat. Unfortunately for her, her dress didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t go with her. You could hear the rip all over the school and there stood Marguerite standing with the bodice of the dress in tack and the skirt firmly anchored in the door jam. I suppose it would have been Christian of me to feel sorry for her with, but I confess I felt nothing of the sort. Miss Crosby took her into the cloak room at the back of the school and eventually they emerged with Marguerite wrapped in two large pinny aprons reserved for the days when the pupils cleaned the school from top to bottom. One apron covered her front, and the other her back. And there she sat for the rest of the day. She wouldnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t even budge to get her lunch from the table at the back of the room. It had to be fetched for her. When I got home from school that night Mother asked me about the day. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I think it was the best St. Patrickâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Day I ever had,â&#x20AC;? was my reply. I was grateful Mother didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t ask for an explanation.

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aybe you like the traditional grilled cheese sandwich: cheese between slices of bread, buttered, and browned in a frying pan. Or maybe you prefer yours with a bit of ham added, or with slices of apple or tomato. Whatever your preference, here’s another version of a grilled cheese sandwich that may become a family favourite once you try it. Instead of sliced bread, each sandwich is made with a tortilla. Diced onion, thin slices of fresh mushrooms and tomato, and basil are arranged on half of the tortilla. Two types of grated cheese are used – mozarella and cheddar. Once it’s ready, the tortilla is folded over, and browned on both sides. This is very quick and easy to prepare either as lunch or a snack. The quantities below will make three large sandwiches, but they can easily be increased for more. CHEESE QUESADILLAS

3 large 10-inch flour tortillas 3 fresh mushrooms, thinly sliced 2 slices onion, finely diced (red onion is good for flavour and colour)



Food ‘n’ Stuff 1 medium tomato, thinly sliced 1/2 tsp. dried basil black pepper to taste 3/4 cup grated mozarella cheese 1/4 cup grated medium cheddar cheese Heat a large frying pan, or griddle to medium heat. I use an electric frying pan heated to 250 F (120 C). Spray with cooking oil spray, or lightly brush with vegetable oil. Lay a flour tortilla on a large plate. It helps if you, fold the tortilla in half before you start, then unfold it again. This leaves a slight crease along the center line of the tortilla, so that it’s easy to make out one half of the circle. The ingredients are going to be arranged on the tortilla so they cover half of the circle. When you’ve finished adding the ingredients, you’ll fold the uncovered half of the tortilla over them. Arrange one

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third of the sliced mushrooms, diced onion, sliced tomato and basil on half of the tortilla. Sprinkle with pepper if you wish. No salt is needed because the cheese will provide the salty taste. Scatter one third of the mozarella and one third of the cheddar cheese over the sliced tomato. Fold the uncovered half of the tortilla over the cheese and tomatoes. Press down with your hands to flatten it slightly. Repeat this with the other two tortillas and the remaining ingredients. Place the tortillas in the heated pan. You may have to cook these one at a time, depending on the size of your pan. Cook the tortilla on one side for two to three minutes, or until the bottom is lightly browned. With a large spatula, carefully turn over the tortilla. Cook the second side for two to three minutes. Makes three servings.



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New festival putting roots down in Ottawa Michelle Nash

EMC entertainment - A new festival promising to be a celebration of bluegrass, roots and folk music will be coming to Centretown on April 28. The Ottawa Grassroots Festival will hold its ďŹ rst of what organizers announced will be an annual event at the Montgomery Legion Hall on Kent Street. The festival will offer free events during the afternoon and a ticketed evening concert. Bob Nesbitt, longtime site manager of the Ottawa Folk Festival, said the inspiration for the festival came from the backyard barbecues he would host at his home after the folk festival had wrapped up. â&#x20AC;&#x153;My barbecues were a way to say thank you to the crew.â&#x20AC;? Nesbitt said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The party just kept growing with more and more people coming. The idea of the festival grew from that.â&#x20AC;? The festival will host a number of Ottawa folk, bluegrass and roots musicians with a free workshops and concerts during the day. The main concertâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s

lineup includes folk musicians Missy Burgess and Rick Fines with aboriginal spiritual advisor and poet Albert Dumont opening the evening. Nesbitt held the ofďŹ cial launch of the festival on March 7 at Pressed, a sandwich bar on Gladstone Avenue. To kick off the event, organizers and performers ďŹ led into the sandwich bar while the Bytown Ukulele Group serenaded them with a number of tunes. The goal of the festival is to offer a community-focused event that brings together music fans and musicians alike. Nesbitt said it is also to promote folk music in a familyfun environment. Garry Greenland, bluegrass performer and member of the band Maple Hill, will be participating in the free afternoon event, how to build your own band. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I want to thank Bob (Nesbitt) for taking this on,â&#x20AC;? Greenland said. Greenland performed a number at the launch, remarking that it felt odd being all alone on the stage. Burgess

also preformed, singing a sultry song she claimed was Nesbittâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s favourite. The lineup, Nesbitt explained was well thought out and getting key musicians such as Fines took some extra effort, but in the end paid off. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I wanted musicians who were entertainers too, and with Missy (Burgess) and Rick (Fines) they are fantastic performers,â&#x20AC;? he said. A man who has run a number of festivals and events in his day, Nesbitt said he was surprised by the amount of help and enthusiasm he has had with his friends and colleagues. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I honestly canâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t believe how many people are so into this.â&#x20AC;? he said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;And they are helping in ways I never thought could happen.â&#x20AC;? The launch brought together old friends and family who celebrated what they called a new time for roots music to thrive in Ottawa. Nesbitt added the fact that it is happening at all has made it possible for the event to be-

Photo by Michelle Nash

Missy Burgess, right, performed alongside Garry Greenland at the launch party for the Ottawa Grassroots Festival, which will be held in Centretown on April 28 at the Montgomery Legion Hall. come an annual event, with hopes of making it a two-day event in the future.

Tickets are available in advance $25 and $30 at the door. The free events run from noon


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â&#x20AC;&#x153;The bike lanes are very important; I voted for it. I support it. But if there is a way of doing it that has the least amount of effect for the businesses and still has the beneďŹ t for the bike lanes, then we should look into it.â&#x20AC;? Wilkinson said there are no plans to make changes to the bike lane before the end of the pilot project after next winter. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t think they are going to make major changes to where the routes are until the end,â&#x20AC;? she said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Pilot projects only work if you actually let them go through their full time.â&#x20AC;? A group of residents, businesses, cyclists and city staff is being put together to monitor the ongoing impacts of the bicycle lane. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s where these types of issues should be discussed, rather than coming up on an ad-hoc basis,â&#x20AC;? Wilkinson said. She said the city waited to set up the group until the lane had been in place for a summer and winter season because staff wanted to wait until it has been operational for a while. The transportation committee will get a report on the progress of the bike lane next fall. That might lead to some modiďŹ cations to the lane, Wilkinson said, but small modiďŹ cations have been happening all along.

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Door opens for Bishop to shine with Sens By Rob Brodie His height and his hometown suggest a young man built for the hardwood game. But big Ben Bishop III, a product of St. Louis, Missouri â&#x20AC;&#x201D; a state situated in the middle of Americaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s heartland, between basketball-mad Kansas and Kentucky â&#x20AC;&#x201D; never really gave the sport much of a thought. The great Canadian game, you see, had won his heart long before he grew to his current 6-7 stature. â&#x20AC;&#x153;(Hockey) was the same season as basketball,â&#x20AC;? the 25-year-old Bishop said in answering a question he no doubt heard plenty of times as he grew up on the ice, far away from the court. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I always preferred playing hockey instead.â&#x20AC;? Funny thing is, there is no real history of hockey in the Bishop family. His grandfather â&#x20AC;&#x201D; the original Ben Bishop â&#x20AC;&#x201D; is a former tennis pro â&#x20AC;&#x153;who played in a couple of U.S. Opens.â&#x20AC;? And his father, Ben Jr., and mother, Cindy, have

At 6-7, Ben Bishop of the Ottawa Senators is the tallest goaltender in National Hockey League history (Photo by Andre Ringuette/NHLI via Getty Images).

no real connection with the game in their past. Neither can take credit for his size, either: mom is 5-3, dad is 6-1, though Cindy has brothers in the 6-5 range. Blame the St. Louis Blues for steering the youngest Bishop down the path he eventually wound up taking â&#x20AC;&#x201D; one which has led him to his current opportunity tending goal for the Ottawa Senators. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I remember I went to a Blues game when I was young and I told my dad I wanted to do that,â&#x20AC;? said Bishop. â&#x20AC;&#x153;So he signed me up for skating lessons ... I started playing when I was four and I just kind of stuck with it, so here I am now.â&#x20AC;? Bishop, who played minor hockey for both the Kirkwood Stars and St. Louis Jr. Blues, started out as a forward â&#x20AC;&#x201D; ironically, the position heâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;d be best suited for had he chosen hoops over hockey. But at eight years old, he got thrown between the pipes and heâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s been a goaltender ever since. Now Bishop is the tallest one in National Hockey League

TORONTO MAPLE LEAFS Saturday, March 17, 7 p.m., CBC With their playoff hopes fading, the Leafs sacked coach Ron Wilson two weeks ago and replaced him with Randy Carlyle, who guided the Anaheim Ducks to a Stanley Cup crown in 2007. If Carlyle is to turn the tide, heâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll need continued high offensive production from Torontoâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s two top guns, Phil Kessel and Joffrey Lupul. Also a key component to the attack is Mikhail Grabovski, who recently inked a new fiveyear contract with the Leafs. Jake

Gardiner offers bright hope for the future on the Toronto blue line, which is led by captain Dion Phaneuf. In goal, Toronto needs either Jonas Gustavsson or James Reimer to step up in a big way down the stretch.

SCOTIABANK PLACE EVENTS Defenceman Dion Phaneuf provides leadership for the Toronto Maple Leafs as the teamâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s captain (Photo by Dale MacMillan/ Getty Images).

NEW JERSEY DEVILS Tuesday, March 20, 7:30 p.m., Sportsnet East After seeing a lengthy run of playoff participation end a year ago, the Devils seem poised to make their way back into the post-season. Up front, everything revolves around Ilya Kovalchuk, Zach Parise and veteran Patrik Elias, a dynamic trio that forms the core of the New Jersey attack. Centre Adam Henrique is one of two rookies making a major impact for the Devils this season â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Swedish defenceman Adam Larsson is the other â&#x20AC;&#x201D; with

UPCOMING SENATORS GAMES Montreal Canadiens at Ottawa Senators: Friday, March 16, 7 p.m. (CBC) Toronto Maple Leafs at Ottawa Senators: Saturday, March 17, 7 p.m. (CBC) New Jersey Devils at Ottawa Senators: Tuesday, March 20, 7:30 p.m. (Sportsnet East)

Henriqueâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s efforts making him a prime Calder Trophy candidate. Trade deadline acquisition Marek Zidlicky adds some offensive punch to the New Jersey blue line, which also features the likes of Andy Greene and Anton Volchenkov. The ageless Martin Brodeur carries the bulk of the goaltending load. Devils centre Adam Henrique is a prime contender for the Calder Trophy as the NHLâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s top rookie (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images).

Van Halen: March 21, 7:30 p.m. 2012 JUNO Awards: April 1, 7:30 p.m. Harlem Globetrotters: April 7, 3 p.m. Larry The Cable Guy and Bill Engvall: April 13, 7:30 p.m. Stars On Ice: April 29, 4 p.m. Red Hot Chili Peppers: April 30, 7:30 p.m. Bryan Adams: May 4, 8 p.m. Chris de Burgh: May 5, 8 p.m. Johnny Reid: May 12, 7:30 p.m. Il Divo: May 20, 8 p.m. Monster Spectacular: May 26, 7:30 p.m. Tickets can be purchased by visiting, by phone at 613-599-FANS (3267) or 1-877-788-FANS (3267); in person at The Sens Store at Carlingwood Mall and Place dâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;OrlĂŠans, any Ottawa Sports Experts location, Les Galeries de Hull and at the Scotiabank Place box office.

history. Naturally, playing for his hometown team was a lifelong dream â&#x20AC;&#x201D; one the Blues made come true when they selected Bishop in the third round (85th overall) of the 2005 NHL Entry Draft. It truly became reality on Oct. 24, 2008, when he made his NHL debut in St. Louis colours against the Los Angeles Kings (â&#x20AC;&#x153;probably the most nervous Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve ever been,â&#x20AC;? said Bishop). But after spending the bulk of the last four seasons with the Peoria Riverman, the Bluesâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; American Hockey League afďŹ liate, Bishop knew it was time for a bigger opportunity. And when Senators starter Craig Anderson went down with a right hand injury suffered in a kitchen accident two weeks ago, a door opened for him â&#x20AC;&#x201D; one that heâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s happily stepped through â&#x20AC;&#x201D; when Senators general manager Bryan Murray sent a 2013 secondround draft pick to St. Louis to shore up the organizationâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s goaltending depth. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m over it,â&#x20AC;? Bishop said of turning the page on his biggest hockey dream. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I had my chance and (the Blues) had a chance to sign me this year if they wanted to, but we kind of went our separate ways. Thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s no hard feelings at all. Thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s an opportunity for me here, so it was kind of easy to leave.â&#x20AC;? The words Bishop spoke on the day of the Feb. 26 deal that sent him to Ottawa sum up his sentiment as he embarks on the next chapter of his hockey life. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Ottawaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a great hockey city and itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a great, fresh start for me,â&#x20AC;? said Bishop, who lost a training camp battle to former Senators netminder Brian Elliott for the backup job in St. Louis behind Jaroslav Halak. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m really excited. Words cannot describe how excited I am right now.â&#x20AC;? R0011307236_0315



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EMC news - Centretown residents got a picture of the construction mess that’s in store for the area around Bronson Avenue for the next two years during a March 5 meeting. The city will completely close a section of the busy road between Catherine and Somerset streets this summer as it replaces a large 1870s-era water main and rebuilds the street. The section of Bronson Avenue between Somerset Street and Laurier Avenue will close for the next summer construction season in 2013. But while the area will be completely torn up, requiring extensive traffic detours, city staff and the construction contractor assured residents that pedestrian access will be maintained. Extra money has been built into the construction budget to pay for more temporary asphalt than is normally used during a construction project, said Darryl Shurb, the project manager. That’s because is a large population of residents

with mobility issues who live in the Bronson Avenue area, including many residents of 520 Bronson Ave., a building that offers supportive living for people with physical disabilities. Shurb said staff would be working directly with building managers to ensure continuous access throughout the two-year project. “We don’t want to be the kind of city that tells you to stay in your apartment for a month,” said Bruce Kenny, the project engineer, adding that anyone with accessibility concerns should call or email him to let him know (bruce. or 613-5802424 ext. 20128). Construction is set to begin later this month and it will be loud, Kenny warned. Crews will have to blast through rock. “It’s going to be major, major,” Somerset Coun. Diane Holmes said of the construction project. “That’s why we have to get it done before light rail (construction begins).” A group campaigning to “rescue Bronson” by reducing the number of lanes for traffic didn’t succeed in making the road narrower, but it did convince the city not to make it any wider.

Plans for a reconstructed Bronson Avenue look similar to the four-lane road today, with a few upgrades. Sidewalks will be no narrower than the minimum two metres, which means they will be slightly widened in a few spots. Decorative lighting, benches, bike racks, concrete planters and some trees will be added, as well as coloured concrete accents and pavers to add visual interest to the street. Still, that is “too much status quo” for Eric Darwin, president of the Dalhousie Community Association. “It doesn’t make the street more liveable,” he said, adding that the engineers haven’t addressed the complaints, mainly about safety and liveability, brought forward by the community. But Mark Edwards and Grace Corona, who live at Gilmour and Bronson, said they are looking forward to any improvements that might attract a vibrant mix of businesses to their neighbourhood. “I’d like to see this make it more neighbourhood-y,” Edwards said. “I don’t know if that is possible … You need efficiency (for traffic), but I hope it can be a nicer-looking street.”



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The Rescue and Investigation Services (RIS) team at the Ottawa Humane Society (OHS) has trained OSPCA agents and inspectors who investigate suspected cases of animal cruelty or neglect. Inthese cases, , the animals concerned may be removed from the owner’s premises if they are in immediate distress. Agents or inspectors adhere to regulations under the Ontario Society for the Protection of Cruelty to Animals (OSPCA) Act. These agents may also lay charges where willful neglect or abuse can be proven. Charges are laid under the Crimi-

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Local events and happenings over the coming weeks â&#x20AC;&#x201D; free to non-profit organizations Fax: 613-224-3330, E-mail: March 1 to 31: â&#x20AC;&#x153;I Have Issuesâ&#x20AC;? exhibit opens at Patrick John Mills Art Gallery. An online preview will be posted soon on gallery website: March 20: The Together for Vanier Working Group on Beautification invites you to its meeting on Tuesday, March 15 at 6:30 p.m. at the Vanier Community Service Centre, 290 Dupuis St. Everyone is welcome. March 21: the West Block is about to undergo a major restoration and rehabilitation, On Wednesday, March 21 at 7 p.m. the architectural team will discuss the design of the West Block redesign at the Ottawa Public Library Auditorium, 120 Metcalfe St. This lecture will be in

English. Questions are welcome in either official language. March 21: Local author Terrence Rundle West will read from his latest book, Not in my Fatherâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Footsteps, a historical novel that follows two young men from the bread lines and hobo jungles of Canada to the battlefields of the Spanish Civil War, at the Alta Vista branch of the Ottawa Public Library, 2516 Alta Vista Dr., at 7 to 8 p.m. Register: or call 613737-2837 x28 March 24: Support ALS Society of Ontario by joining in a five-kilometre Walk for ALS in honour of Jean Goulet on March 24. The walk starts at the Louis Riel Dome on Bearbrook Road.

Families of Ottawa are encouraged to show Jean their support on March 24. Pledge forms and information can be obtained by contacting Heather at 613-747-9258 or Steve at 613-858-5132.

followed by dinner at the Legion. Cost for members is $90 and for non-members the cost is $95. For more information, call 613-2303276 or email

March 24: Unveil your wild side at the eigth-annual Ottawa Humane Society FurBall 2012 at the National Gallery of Canada. Sponsorship opportunities, corporate tables and tickets are now available by calling 613725-3166 ext. 263. For more information, visit

April 19: The Phoenix Players wraps up its first season at The Gladstone Theatre, with Alan Ayckbournâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s comedy Bedroom Farce. Performances are Thursday, April 19 and Friday April 20 at 8 p.m. and Saturday, April 21 at 2 p.m. and 8 p.m. Tickets are available at www. Early bird ticket prices (up to April 1) are $16 for adults, $13 for seniors and students. Ticket prices after April 1 are $18 for adults, $15 for seniors and students.

March 28: Friends of the Farm â&#x20AC;&#x201C; On the Road Again. Travel to Upper Canada Playhouse in Morrisburg for a matinee performance of Norm Fosterâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s The Foursome

April 21-22: Friends of

the Farm are hosting a twoday craft and bake sale, with an incredible selection of items to choose from on April 21 and 22 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Admission is free. The event takes place at Building 72 of the Central Experimental Farm Arboretum. Call 613-230-3276 or go to the Friends of the Farm website at April 28: St. Matthias Church is holding its spring flea market from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at 555 Parkdale Ave., at the Queensway. The flea market will include books, sporting goods, household articles, toys, collectibles, good used clothing, jewelry and bargains for all. Tuesdays: The Hogs

Back 50+ Club meets every Tuesday from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. in the front room of the Boys and Girls Club, 1463 Prince of Wales Dr. at Meadowlands and Hogsback. Bring a bag lunch or come for cards, crafts, friendly chatter and camaraderie. For more information call Shirley at 613-2258089. Ongoing Ottawa Newcomersâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; Club invites women new to Ottawa to join its activities and meet some new friends. Activities include: bridge, scrabble, walks, luncheons and dinners, book club, sightseeing and events, travel cafe and craft and chat. Check out the website: For more information, call 613-8600548 or ottawanewcomers@

Local comic strip artist aspires to big dreams Michelle Nash

EMC community - For some artists, catching a big break is the ultimate dream. For comic-strip artist Nathan Bowler, he is content with making his own dreams come true through his online comic strip. Twenty-year-old Bowler started, a website full of different comics, in 2009. An artist since he could pick up a pencil, Bowler opted out of art school so as not to

change the way he draws and instead choosing to become his own comic book hero based out of his South Keys home. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I always thought about going to art school, but I didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t want to my style to change, so instead I focused on my comic strips online,â&#x20AC;? Bowler said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I decided to take travel and tourism because I have always been interested in geography and thought this would be a great job for the next little while, you know,

while I fund my comic strips and work on my scripts.â&#x20AC;? According to Bowler, his website has 10 to 100 visitors a day, an indication the young artist has found an audience on the Internet. â&#x20AC;&#x153;It is growing,â&#x20AC;? Bowler said. Bowlerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s sense of humour is unique and varied and the online comic strip, he explains, is only the beginning. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I want to eventually branch out and start doing graphic novels and scripts,â&#x20AC;?

Bowler said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I want to make a career out of it.â&#x20AC;? The young entrepreneur, who said he makes just enough money from his website each week to buy a sandwich, launched the site because he felt it would help show publishers there is a market for his work. The young artist is constantly working and whenever an idea strikes him, he is quick to turn it into a new comic. His comics were recently showcased at an exhibition at Vanierâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Lemonjellow gal-

lery â&#x20AC;&#x201C; You make my art Beat â&#x20AC;&#x201C; on Feb. 25. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I can relate to what he is doing. He has the artist duo-personality,â&#x20AC;? said Julie Lapalme, owner of Lemonjellow. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We are all something by day and artists by night. I can relate and I admire his dedication, he is putting out a new comic every week.â&#x20AC;? Lapalme invited Bowler when she was out promoting the show. Bowler said participating in the art show was a lot of fun and definitely some-

thing he never would have thought about doing, had it not been for Lapalmeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s visit to the tourism shop he works at. â&#x20AC;&#x153;It was exciting and a good opportunity to show some of my stuff,â&#x20AC;? Bowler said. And although he still sells vacations by day, Bowler rushes off to post new material on the website weekly and said he can not wait to make it a life-long career.

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Nathan Bowler is a young comic strip artist who has created his own online publishing outlet for his dark and funny humour.

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