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December 30, 2010 | 32 Pages

$2.5M WASTE Despite meeting the city’s first year targets, taxpayers are still on the hook for not filling their green bins.


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It doesn’t look like there will be any savings by cutting the downtown LRT tunnel short.


AN EMOTIONAL FAREWELL Olisadike Okoye’s mother Donna Joseph and his father Obiora Okoye hug family and friends at their son’s funeral as their four-year-old daughter, Aadora, looks on. Okoye died after plunging into the frigid Rideau River on Dec. 21. His funeral was held at St. Joseph’s Parish, the same church where he was baptized, on Wednesday, Dec. 29. For more on the story, turn to page 3.

Wabano welcomes new pre-natal doctor MICHELLE NASH

TREE TAX Area residents might have seen an increase in cut-your-own trees this year, thanks to the HST.



A new doctor will be providing women’s health services at the Wabano Aboriginal Health Centre in the new year. Dr. Sandi de la Ronde will be starting up a pre-natal practice this January with a focus on family health. De la Ronde, who currently lives in Calgary, will be moving at the end of December and will be ready to accept patients early in the new year. “I heard about the Wabano expansion and it struck me that

I could really offer some help here,” de la Ronde said. The decision for de la Ronde to move came after meeting with Wabano’s executive director, Allison Fisher, and hearing about the expansion project the centre will soon be undergoing. “I hadn’t been working and I wanted to do something that took the whole family’s health into consideration,” she said. De la Ronde is working with the centre on building a health program similar to the one she built in Calgary. It was a program that dealt with all the is-


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sues around a pregnancy, such as housing, drug addictions, counselling, work and health of the baby. She explained she has found that the multi-discipline care has proven to strengthen the health of a baby and that pregnancy is the best time to start working on building a strong family. “It is a holistic way of taking care of the pregnancy and the family,” de la Ronde said. “Nine months gives us a lot of time to work on the health and support that a family may need.” Staff at the Wabano health

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clinic told de la Ronde they wanted to change the direction of their care to include holistic approaches, which is partly why she was so excited to join the centre. She said she also wants to create parenting workshops and offer a family support system beyond the pregnancy and birth of a baby. To celebrate the new doctor’s arrival to the clinic, a meet and great was held on Dec. 14 and a workshop entitled sacred pregnancy, sacred child was held on Dec. 16. See WABANO page 21

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Local funeral home helps family of drowning victim Grieving mother loses nine-year-old son after burying her father MICHELLE NASH

McGarry Family Chapels offered a free funeral service for nine-year-old Olisadike Okoye who died after falling into the Rideau River near his home. Okoye’s mother, Donna Joseph, recently lost her father, Desmond Joseph and the funeral home earlier arranged his services. They have since offered to cover the service for her son for free. McGarry Family Chapels funeral director, Brian McGarry was still arranging the services at press time. On Dec. 21, around 2 p.m. Okoye and another boy were playing near the Rideau River when Okoye fell in. Ottawa Fire Services and Paramedics arrived on the scene and paramedics were told by firefighters to position themselves downstream, in Strathcona Park, where the boy, who was dragged 800 metres, was pulled from the water. Paramedics performed CPR on him, but there were no signs of breathing or a pulse at the time.

“From the moment Ottawa Fire Services found the boy, there were no vital signs,” said J.P. Trottier of Ottawa Paramedic Service. The boy was transported to CHEO, where he was declared dead after 40 minutes. Okoye lived with his mother, Donna Joseph, and his younger sister on the third floor of 430 Wiggins Priv., an Ottawa community housing complex. “Oli was a great kid, I can’t believe he is gone,” said 12-year-old Alexander Chabot-King, who went to school with Okoye. Okoye was in Grade 3 at St. Brigid Catholic School. A witness saw the scene from her apartment window and said she felt Okoye had to have been on the ice to have fallen in. At this time of year, the Rideau River’s temperatures can be very cold and the current fast and strong. “It is a dangerous time around the water this year. The water is very cold, but not frozen and the current is fast moving,” said Diane Downey, director of communications for the Rideau Valley Conservation Authority. Downey said that the water levels of the river are normal for this time of year, but the Rideau Valley Conservation Authority cautions people to stay away from the river.

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Olisadike Okoye’s casket is carried into St. Joseph’s Cathedral on Wednesday, Dec. 29. The young boy was described as being full of energy as well as a “rock” for his sister, but it’s his smile that people will remember most.

Funding boost for Action Housing MICHELLE NASH

Action Housing will see some extra cash flow now that it has been named the 2011 recipient of the Urbana fundraiser. This is the seventh annual charity event held by Dharma Development. The event has raised over $65,000 to date for charities in the city. Last year, the charity of choice was the Youth Services Bureau of Ottawa, which received $13,000. Susan Gervais from Action Housing sees this as an opportunity to strengthen her organization. “Being the recipient means we will have more flexibility,” Gervais said. The money they receive – the total won’t be known until April 2011 – will go into their annual budget. Dharma Development started the Urbana fundraising initiative in 2005. Recipients are chosen based on the services they offer and what impact those services have on the community. As the fundraiser draws closer, Gervais will meet with a committee to help plan the event. Gervais said Action Housing is very happy to be recognized and excited that, beyond what they raise at their own fundraising event, they will be able to do more for the community. “We will have a better chance at fighting the housing issues in Ottawa, being the recipient of this fundraising event,” she said. Action Housing is a non-profit organization that works with low-income families, new immigrant families with house prevention services and housing searches and emergency shelter services for families in need.


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Battle over interprovincial bridge continues MICHELLE NASH

Members of Sustainable Solutions believe no matter where an interprovincial bridge is built, traffic in the downtown core will still be an issue. The grassroots group Sustainable Solutions formed under an unlikely bond with two residents in opposing neighbourhoods, each faced with the possibility of a bridge being built in their backyard. Louis Carron lives in Convent Glen and has been involved with the fight against an interprovincial bridge at Canotek since 2009. Caron approached John Forsey, a member of the Manor Park Community Association group and together they formed Sustainable Solutions to look at a better solution for the bridge than the three options named in the NCC’s most recent studies. Those three locations are Kettle Island, Lower Duck and McLaurin Bay. “None of the three corridors make any sense,” Carron said. “None of them deal with the issue of the trucks downtown.” Carron and Forsey created

a joint statement, which other residential associations and community councils could sign to back their request for a better solution to the bridge and the trucks. Recently, at the Rockcliffe Park Residents Association meeting, the concerns about Sustainable Solutions and their joint statement arose. Rockcliffe Park Residents Association was informed they were on Sustainable Solutions’ website as a supporter of their initiative. “We weren’t consulted and we would like our name to be taken off their website,” said Iola Price, Rockcliffe Park Residents Association’s secretary. Price said they would be open to talking with Carron or Forsey about their proposals, but at this time they have not been approached by them. As per the association’s procedure, Rockcliffe Park has formally asked that their name be removed from Sustainable Solution’s website. “That is not to say that we might not agree with them at a later date, but at this time, we do

not support the position,” Price said. Carron said he received a signature from the former president of the association and that this is where the confusion has arisen. “I am certainly going to contact them (Rockcliffe Park Residents Association) and look into this, but everyone on our website has signed the joint statement,” Carron said. This joint statement proposes the NCC clearly answer questions about truck traffic. “We urge the Interprovincial Crossings Study Team to recognize the solidarity and determination of the public, as represented by our organizations, and to resolve this critical issue,” reads an excerpt from Sustainable Solutions’ joint statement. The Lowertown Community Association has not signed the joint statement, although their focus is on getting trucks out of the downtown core. The association has instead decided to wait for the results of the final report from the environmental assessment before they take a position.

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City’s green bin program rolling out to apartments LAURA MUELLER

The city’s green bin program hit its expected target of diverting 53,000 tonnes of organic waste from landfills in its first year. The program began in January, and the city had hoped to divert between 47,000 and 55,000 tonnes of organic waste from landfills, McRae said. But it still leaves taxpayers on the hook for around $2.5 million. That’s the amount of money the city paid for organics collection it didn’t use in 2010. Under the city’s contract with Orgaworld, Ottawa pays the company $93.40 per tonne to collect 80,000 tonnes of organic waste each year of its 20-year contract. As for when the city could actually use its full 80,000-tonne collection amount, McRae said, “we can’t predict the year if we don’t change some of our behaviour. “We’ve been very successful so far to get residents participating in the program, but if we want to boost our overall diversion, we have to take it to the next level,” she said. McRae, who was recently elected to lead the city’s environment committee, repeated her desire to continue discussions

with residents to find ways to encourage greater use of the green bins. “Last term’s council I don’t think went far enough in having the debate,” McRae said. The green bin program helped boost the city’s diversion rate from 32 to 41 per cent this year, which puts Ottawa on par with large cities such as Toronto (which had a 44 per cent diversion rate in 2009). The province’s goal, which the city also adopted, is a 60 per cent diversion rate. Since Ottawa collects and average of 280,000 tonnes of residential waste annually, it would have needed to divert 170,000 tonnes of organics and recyclables from landfills to hit that target. GREEN BINS COMING TO SOME APARTMENTS IN 2011

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If you live in an apartment, you might be getting a green bin in the new year. The city will launch a pilot project to introduce organic-waste collection in high-rise apartment buildings starting in January. While only three to five apartment buildings will be included in the fourmonth pilot project (with at least one of them in Centretown), the city hopes to have the results of the pilot completed by

In her first act as the head of the new environment committee, River Ward Coun. Maria McRae announced on Dec. 20 that the city hit its target of diverting 53,000 tonnes of organics from landfills in the first year of the green bin program. the end of 2011. However, rolling out the program to all 100,000 of the city’s apartment units in 2011 would be “a challenge,” said Marilyn Journeaux, manager of solid waste management for the city. Almost all of the city’s 220,000 single-family homes and 30,000 townhomes have received green bins this year, Journeaux said, with apartments are next on the list.

Apartments are a challenge because they often don’t have space for the bins and educating residents is difficult because of the high turnover in many buildings, Journeaux said. The city had originally hoped to implement its green bin program in 2008, Journeaux said. McRae said the city was “embarrassingly slow” at getting the program going.

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Two-Lane Roundabout

Nicolas Ruszkowski

The new roundabout at St. Joseph/Jeanne d’Arc Boulevards consists of two lanes all the way around the centre island. In addition, there are right-turn channels for eastbound and westbound traffic on St. Joseph Boulevard.

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For drivers of a two-lane roundabout, it is most important to: • Be in the proper lane when entering the roundabout • Yield to all traffic already in the roundabout when entering the roundabout • Never change lanes within the roundabout • Exit from the proper lane When turning left in a two-lane roundabout, you must: • be in the left lane and put on your left indicator as you enter the roundabout. • stay in the left lane as you enter the roundabout. • indicate a right turn as you approach your exit. • stay in the left lane as you exit the roundabout.

When going straight ahead in a two-lane roundabout, you must: • be in either lane. You do not need to use an indicator to go straight ahead as you enter the roundabout. • stay in the same lane as you enter the roundabout. • indicate a right turn as you approach your exit. • stay in your lane as you exit the roundabout.

In two days, I will join my family for Christmas. It is a time to spread goodwill where we can, and celebrate that for which we are thankful.

When turning right in a two-lane roundabout, you must: • be in the right lane and put on your right indicator as you enter the roundabout. • stay in the right lane as you enter the roundabout. • keep your right indicator on until you have exited the roundabout.

While I’m there, I hope to see my parents’ old friend, François d’Orglandes. François is an artist whose family is known for taking in less fortunate strangers for dinner on Christmas Eve. They personify the “kindness of strangers”. They make it easier to build healthy, secure, vibrant communities. In the same way, The Ottawa Hospital benefits from remarkable community support. What our community leaders, philanthropists and, in many cases, your neighbors have achieved this year is impressive.

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The Ottawa Hospital Foundation’s 20/20 Campaign raised $24.5 Million for a new Cancer Centre at the General Campus, as

well as the Irving Greenberg Family Cancer Centre at the Queensway Carleton Hospital. The community’s contributions have made a meaningful difference. They have allowed the centralization of nine radiation machines at the General Campus; added 15 new chemotherapy chairs, for a total of 50, to the cancer program; offered more natural light and comforting clinical environments to cancer patients; and provided them and their families with easy, comfortable access to outdoor areas. All of this will help the recovery process. There’s more. Our community has donated over $2 million dollars to research at the Ottawa Hospital Research Institute. Most recently, they have made possible the acquisition of CyberKnife, a revolutionary radio-surgery system that can eliminate the need for invasive surgery in many cases. Soon, they will enable us to fund the installation of the Canadian Forces CAREN system, a virtual reality simulator to assist the rehabilitation of Canadian Forces combat casualties, as well as the other patients. This generosity improves the quality of care patients receive every day. Donations make a real difference. In other words, the community is the hospital’s foundation. To find out more, visit 437464




Recent scrutiny on the Ottawa Police Service will not spare it from the city’s tax-increase limit, board members made clear at their first meeting since the new council began. As members of the Ottawa Police Services Board heard about measures being undertaken to address allegations of prisoner abuse, the service was also grappling with council’s recent direction that will force the police budget to trim $6 million from its 2011 projections. City council adopted Mayor Jim Watson’s election promise of a 2.5 per cent tax increase limit for the 2011 budgets, as well as all departments – including the police. After the police services board meeting on Dec. 20, Acting Police Chief Gilles Larochelle said hitting that target will be a challenge for the service. “It’s going to have an impact to our organization and ultimately to the community,” he said. “So we’re trying to see what we can do to work with the city and the direction of the board to meet that goal.” Larochelle was filling in for Chief Vern White, who was out of the country for his wedding and honeymoon. Next year’s draft police budget called for a 5.6 per cent increase, which will have to be trimmed to 2.5 per cent. Watson, who now sits on the police services board, of-

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Mayor Jim Watson is sworn in as one of the newest members of the Ottawa Police Services Board during its meeting on Dec. 20. Barrhaven Coun. Jan Harder was also sworn in. fered the additional help of the city’s treasurer to help find savings. Watson said the police service isn’t unique, and all city departments have been instructed to tighten their budgets. “The police budget will increase by several million dollars. It won’t increase as much, because we’re all living in a post-recession world and we have to show a degree of restraint,” he said. “There is no question it’s going to be difficult for every group to come in at that

level,” Watson said. “We have some belt tightening to do,” he said, adding that there is no public appetite for growing tax increases. “It’s not going to be easy, we never said it was,” he said, adding that the 2.5 per cent figure matches recent inflation rates. At the same time as the police grapple with its budget, it will also be under intense scrutiny following a series of prisoner abuse allegations. The police services board signed off on

an agreement that will see the OPP step in to investigate allegations that prisoners were abused in cellblocks following public furor over security videos that showed officers roughing up prisoners. In addition to the OPP investigation, which will also involve the Special Investigations Unit, an independent consultant will prepare an audit of cellblock procedures. Watson and members of the board wanted timelines on the reports. Larochelle said there are no timelines attached to the investigation, but he said he hoped it would be concluded “sooner than later.” But some changes – including audio recordings on cellblock videos – will start as soon as possible in the new year, Larochelle said. “I think it’s quite important to help understanding what occurs in a cellblock. (It) will help officers articulate as well what’s occurring, because right now we just have simple video,” he said. Following the cellblock audits, the police force will also receive recommendations on how to train officers who work in cellblocks, as well as an audit of use of force complaints. Also last week, lawyers acting on behalf of Stacy Bonds filed a lawsuit against the police services board with regards to her arrest and treatment in a cellblock, as shown in a video.

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No light at end of the tunnel


he project to build a downtown lightrail tunnel continues to reflect the city’s approach to transit: one step forward and two steps back. Several decades after most major North American cities clued in to the importance of rapid rail transit, Ottawa is slowly jumping onboard, but not without years of study. One of the first concrete steps in the process – a geotechnical study to assess the underground conditions where the tunnel is to be built – has already thrown a wrench into the works. The bedrock around the University of Ottawa is too deep, and it would be difficult to build a tunnel through the sandy ground. (Sand in Sandy Hill – who knew?) That will likely mean the tunnel will be 600 to 900 metres shorter, and the station at Ottawa U will be above ground. The problem is, that’s exactly what was originally proposed. Then the plan changed… David Jeanes, who sat on an advisory committee for the project,

says the shorter tunnel causes problems because the tunnel is so deep. That means it will have to be built on a steep hill to get up to the surface in a shorter distance. While a shorter tunnel should mean less cost (the cost jumped by $175 million when that change was made in 2009), the tunnel’s route has been refined and changed so much that it’s difficult to say how or if the reduction in length would reduce the cost – and the city certainly won’t say. While there is something to be said for making decisions based on factual evidence instead of continuing with a plan just because city council said it would, there is something troubling about an outright reversal in the plan. But perhaps such a change means that the city and engineers are really trying to come up with what’s best for the city and transit users. Let’s just hope they get the details hashed out in a reasonable timeframe – can Ottawa really wait until 2019 for a solution to downtown traffic and transit congestion?


You read it here first: what won’t happen in 2011


ince it is extremely risky to predict what will happen in the year ahead, more prudent predictors like to predict what won’t happen. Sticking oneself way out on a limb, here goes. In 2011, the following won’t happen: - The tunnel won’t be dug under downtown Ottawa. This is partly because of the most recent revelations about bedrock, soil or whatever it is and partly because people looked at the estimated four years of construction and concluded that four years of Albert Street was marginally better than four years of no Albert Street. But it is mostly because people are thinking: “A tunnel? Under downtown Ottawa? Are you kidding?” Upon learning that Albert Street is not going to be a tunnel, certain people will demand that it become a bicycle path. - Gasoline prices will not hit $2 a litre. They will stop at around $1.98. Those who hoped that higher gas prices would cause people to drive less will be disappointed. This is because people will be driving all over town trying to find gas that costs less than $1.98. - There will not be great disappointment over the non-construction of the Albert Street tunnel. An exception will be those who hoped most of the build-

CHARLES GORDON Funny Town ings on Albert Street would be put underground as well. - The Lansdowne Park development won’t happen. Neighbourhood pressure might be a factor. And with the CFL, you never know. They might decide to expand into Latin America instead of Ottawa. But the main factor will be the Ex. No matter what anyone says, the Ex is never leaving Lansdowne Park. And no one wants to live in new housing that has a ferris wheel outside the window. - The Senators will not win the Stanley Cup. There’s a shocker. - The four-laning of Highway 7 between Carleton Place and Ottawa won’t be finished. Once it’s finished the provincial government will have to take down all those signs about how hard it’s working for us. Highways are always more politically useful while they’re being built than when they’re finished. So


it’s important to keep the work going as long as possible. They’ve done a good job of it so far. (As a special bonus, here’s a prediction about what won’t happen in 2012: Once the highway is completed, the traffic won’t be any lighter. This is in line with the principle that says the more lanes that are available the more cars will fill them. No one knows where those extra cars come from, but there may be a secret factory somewhere.) - Lawn chairs won’t be banned at Bluesfest. It is difficult to overstate the important of lawn chairs to the local economy. Not only do people invest heavily in lawn chairs, but they also buy larger vehicles to carry them around and, needless to say, look for venues to take them to. Fortunately, the Bluesfest organizers realize this. - Drive-thru doughnut shops will not be banned, despite concerns about air pollution from idling cars. To the contrary, the drive-thru trend will continue. The latest: drive-thru taxidermists. - In a related development, moose will not be banned from suburban streets. City council will consider enacting a bylaw to this effect. But animal experts will dissuade them, saying that most

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Holiday blues far from uncommon Added daily expectations leads to unpredictability and personal stress BY KRISTY WALLACE

While holiday cheer is in the air for many between Christmas and New Year’s, others are feeling the stresses of the season, leading to countless cases of the holiday blues. “It’s supposed to be a time when we get together with family and friends,” said John Zelenski, a Carleton psychology professor. “But what we often do (during the holidays) is add to our daily lives, and things become unpredictable.” While people are doing things throughout the holidays that should lead to happiness – like being surrounded by loved ones – Zelenski said hectic schedules, including family gatherings, Christmas shopping and holiday parties, only add to the problem. Stress also relates to holiday sadness, he said, and it’s common for people to feel a sense of depression throughout Christmas right until the new year. This stress and sadness relates often to holiday shopping where debt can build up, and people might feel guilty about

not giving to charities because of the cash crunch. However New Year’s celebrations can bring joy to people, who might see it as the light at the end of the tunnel. “You can look at New Year’s in January as time when there are things to be hopeful about,” Zelenski said. “We do have this sense of new beginnings and a new start. Some people are looking forward to that.”

You can look at New Year’s in January as time when there are things to be hopeful about John Zelenski Carleton University psychology professor However before New Year’s rolls around, there are some simple rules Zelenski recommends people should follow when trying to get through the holiday blues. Mentally, he said positive emotions can counteract feelings of depression. He advises people to think of ways to inject positive thoughts during times of stress – like big family gatherings. “Think of it as a time to spend a couple

extra minutes with the new granddaughter,” he said as an example. Some people might turn to alcohol to get them through the holidays, which he said might not be that bad of an idea. “In moderation, it’s perhaps not the worst thing,” he laughed. “But overdoing it can get you farther behind.” He said the best advice to follow is to take a couple deep breaths – those simple breaths and a pause can have a nice calming effect. Zelenski said he’s not sure of who is more prone to holiday stress and depression, but research shows that women are more likely to be diagnosed with depression and substance abuse overall. He said people’s feelings also relate back to their personalities, which can be inherited through genes. “Some people seem to be prone to stress and sadness,” he said. Zelenski adds that the holidays, with its added stress, can also push someone over the edge or even affect people are usually resilient. One of the most common things people also do during the holidays that affect their stress and depression levels is worry about aspects of the holidays that they actually don’t need to worry about. Some think holiday parties, for example, will be a lot worse than they actually are – sometimes they can even be fun. Zelenski also advises people to know

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Carleton professor John Zelenski said it’s important to look at the positive aspects of the holiday season and not to dwell on the stressful ones. themselves, and know what aspects of the holidays will put them in better moods. “If you’re religious, look at that aspect of the holidays,” he said. “If you’re not, maybe sometimes giving or helping others will be a mood boost.”


MMA fights coming to Ottawa in 2011 Sport will be good for Ottawa, event organizer says EMMA JACKSON

Starting in the new year, the mixed martial arts community in Ottawa will finally have a fighting chance to show what they can do. The provincial government will begin accepting applications on Jan. 1 from MMA groups hoping to host professional fights in the province, and Ottawa’s Wreck MMA is looking forward to crossing the Quebec border to prove to Ottawa they are a positive force in the community. “We’re Ottawa-based, so we’ve been helping local causes in Ottawa ever since we started, but we have to keep going over to Gatineau to fight,” said Nick Castiglia, president of Wreck MMA, explaining that virtually every show they host involves some sort of charitable cause. For example, their most recent Gatineau fight collected more than a tonne of non-perishable food for the Ottawa Food Bank, and over Thanksgiving they hosted a completely volunteer-run show for troops in Afghanistan. The organization has also raised $17,000 for terminally ill Ottawa police officer Brian Dick. “I just ask that the people in the community give the sport a chance. We have this sport played by true gentlemen, who hug after each fight, who are professional athletes. Wreck MMA tries to have the best athletes we can have in the community.” The move to allow professional MMA events in Ontario has been fairly controversial, with concerns over the violent nature of the sport popularized through the Ultimate Fighting Champi-

onship events, which frequently appear on sports-bar television screens across the city. But Castiglia said the change of heart will be a huge benefit for fans who want to attend an MMA event in the region. “Some people are just turned off having to go to Gatineau,” he said, adding that the vast majority of their fans and fighters come from the Ontario side. “Most people in Ottawa live their lives in Ottawa, and they don’t want to go over to Gatineau and Aylmer, because it’s not as convenient for them,” he continued. “Any business owner is always looking for a way to make the event more convenient for their customer. I think its going to be so much more convenient when it’s in Ottawa.” Wreck MMA is hoping to host Ottawa’s first Ontario-side professional MMA event, likely in May, Castiglia said, who will be kicking off the new year with applications to the Ministry of Consumer Services, which will control the MMA applications through the provincial athletics commissioner. “Come Jan. 1, I’m putting in my application first thing. I’ve got to get my next martial arts promoter license, and then we’ll put in the event application,” he said. Although he doesn’t know exactly where the event will be held in Ottawa – “I don’t want to put the cart before the horse” – he said the event will cater to between 1,000 and 4,000 spectators, and ideally would be set in a stadium or bowl-shaped venue, for maximum viewer satisfaction. The fight would likely involve some of the area’s higher profile fighters, including W1 champion Craig “Farmer” Brown who runs the FIT MMA gym at Scott Street and Parkdale Avenue in Hintonburg. Applications for such events must be submitted at least 30 days before the proposed date, according to ministry spokesman Stephen Puddister. Applications require the sug-

gested venue to be safe enough to host the event, and fighters on the application must submit to several medical and drug tests in order to be licensed to fight professionally, Puddister said. Some fighters, including Brown, have voiced concern the MMA allowance in Ontario will create an influx of ill-prepared fighters in the system and increase the chances of injuries. “The problem is everybody and his dog is going to try to open up an MMA gym,” Brown said. “People are going to open gyms, and they’ll have guys fighting who aren’t ready, and people will get hurt. The lack of education and people looking to make a quick buck, that’s my biggest worry.” But Brown’s colleague Castiglia took a slightly different perspective on it. “When professional MMA got acknowledged and accepted, so did amateur MMA,” he said. “So we’re not only creating the avenue for professional MMA fighters to be practicing, but we’re also creating a stepping stone for the community’s aspiring athletes to build themselves properly at the amateur level, so they’re properly prepared for the professional level.” Indeed, Puddister noted that the athletics commissioner will be taking a fighter’s history and skill levels into account when deciding whether or not to approve a match. “Competitors with significantly different skills and experience would not likely be permitted to fight each other,” he said. Castiglia said he just hopes the community will give the sport a chance and welcome it into Ottawa. “It’s not just amount the money. We’re about working with the local athletes, working with local causes, and with local business,” he said. “We want to get the sport off on the right foot. It took long enough to get it into Ontario, and we don’t want to be the ones to get it out.”

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Mixed martial arts fighter Craig “Farmer” Brown runs the FIT MMA gym in Hintonburg. As of Jan. 1, the province will allow professional MMA events to take place in Ontario.

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Stars shine brightly as Jr. Senators rout Rangers MATTHEW JAY

From the moment the first goal was scored, there was a feeling it was going to be Ottawa’s night. The Junior Senators were a step faster and far, far hungrier for a win than their opponents, the Gloucester Rangers, and were handsomely rewarded with a 10-2 win at the Jim Durrell Complex on Dec. 22. The Rangers, who were playing without star forward Andrew Creppin, never recovered after Jr. Senators forward Joey House scored at 1:44 of the first period. By the end of the first frame, Ottawa was up 4-0 and never looked back. Following a poor showing at the Central Hockey League’s Holiday Showcase, Ottawa’s stars shone brightly against Gloucester. Forwards Conor Brown and Ryan Lagace, who were selected earlier in the week to represent the Jr. Senators at the CHL AllStar game on Jan. 12, each had three points. Drew Anderson showed he might have been overlooked for the Yzerman Division squad after adding two goals and two assists as Ottawa’s top line made easy

work of the Gloucester defence. Asked before the game about their all-star selection, Brown and Lagace said it was an unexpected honour. “I didn’t expect it at all, to be honest,” said Brown. “There’s a lot of good players in this league and on our team too,” Lagace added. “We got called out of practice by a teammate. We were pretty surprised (by the news).” Brown, an 18-year-old right winger from Greely, currently leads the Jr. Senators in goals (17), points (44) and assists (27) following the game on Dec. 22 against Gloucester. He is currently tied for 9th in the CHL scoring ranks. Nineteen-year-old Lagace, a left winger who hails from Aylmer, Que., is second on the team in goals (16) and tied with Drew Anderson for second in scoring with 37 points. He sits tied for 12th in league scoring. For both players, it will be their first chance to play in the all-star game. “I hope it can help me improve my game, especially playing against the top players in the league,” said Brown. It will also be a chance for U.S.

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Camron Edwards, left, Drew Anderson, Conor Brown, Ryan Lagace and Owen Werthner celebrate a second period goal during the Jr. Senators 10-2 victory at the Jim Durrell Complex on Dec. 22. college and professional scouts to have a look at the league’s top players. “It’s going to be pretty competitive,” said Lagace. “There’s going to be a lot of people watching. It’s going to be a good experience for players to be seen by scouts. “We’ll be looking forward to it, and I’ll especially be looking forward to making a good impression. Our team had a bit of

trouble at the (Holiday) Showcase, so it’s going to be a second chance for me.” Asked if they thought the allstar selection committee might have overlooked any Jr. Senators, the pair said they’d have added a couple of teammates to the list. “I’d say our captain Liam Burtt,” said Brown. “He’s definitely a force on defence and

one of the better defencemen in the league.” “I would go with my centre since the beginning of the year, Drew Anderson,” Lagace said. “I think if he didn’t make it, it was pretty close I’ll bet. He’s a very good player – he could play with us any day on that all-star team.” House’s strong, aggressive play in recent games finally paid off on the score sheet, as he would add a second goal midway through the first period and finished the game with three points. Rookie forward Dalen Hedges also had a strong game for the Jr. Senators, picking up a goal to go along with a pair of assists and while he only faced 21 shots, Dean Shepherdson played with confidence and turned away several shots that threatened to propel the Rangers back into the contest. Michael Webley and Justin Armstrong scored goals for Gloucester. The Jr. Senators have some time off for the holidays, but their vacation will be short, as they return to the ice on Dec. 30 in Cornwall to take on the Colts.


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A new dental program keeps low-income youth smiling EDDIE RWEMA

The Ontario Government has set aside $135 million over the next three years to provide access to dental services for lowincome children and youth. “This new program will provide free dental coverage to children from low income families,” said Ottawa-Centre MPP Yasir Naqvi. The program will help with early detection of dental problems, reduce the need for extensive treatment services, demand for higher level intervention and result in lower overall costs, he indicated. “We want to make sure children have access to good dental care, because it has an impact on their over all health,” said Naqvi. The province will be running the program through public health units, which will then partner with community health centres to provide preventive care to children and youth aged 0-17 years. The program will be officially launched in Ottawa on Jan. 11, according to Nancy Kennedy, program manager, dental health with Ottawa Public Health. It is estimated that approximately 9,900 young people in Ottawa will qualify for the new program.

Somerset West Community Health Centre is among the centres designated to provide the free dental services. The centre will be holding its first dental clinic on Jan. 14 at the Cambridge Public School on 250 Cambridge St. North. “It is something we have been looking forward to for a long time,” said Rosemary Johns, resource development manager at Somerset West Health Centre. “It has been a need in our community for a very long time.” “We are very excited and we will make sure our clients are aware of this new service in the city,” she added. The program will provide screening and oral hygiene. Referrals will be made if a follow-up is required. To meet the provincial criteria, one will have to prove that they are 17 years old or younger, have no dental coverage and have an adjusted family net income of $20,000 or less per year. Several application sites will be available across Ottawa and parents are required to complete the application forms and show the required documentation for approval. For more information on services offered, look for the Healthy Smiles Ontario posters at your community health centers.

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Two measles cases reported in Ottawa EDDIE RWEMA

Public health officials are urging Ottawans to ensure their measles immunization is up to date following the confirmation of two cases of measles in Ottawa. The source of the first case, which was reported in early December, is from international travel. The second case was confirmed as local transmission. “Ottawa Public Health has alerted local physicians of both cases and is monitoring the situation carefully,” said Dr. Isra Levy, medical officer of health. Measles is spread when an infected person coughs, sneezes or talks. It can lead to ear infections, pneumonia and swelling of the brain. The last case of measles in Ottawa was reported in 2002. Symptoms of the virus may include fever, cough, and tiny white spots in

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New Year’s Eve in the ByWard Market By Melodie Cardin, Special Events and Communications Coordinator, ByWard Market BIA Christmas in the ByWard Market has wrapped up and as usual, there was no more magical spot in Ottawa at this time of year. The smell of pine permeated the streets, carol singers were here every weekend and lots of families came out to enjoy the free hayrides. The Market was the heart of the Ottawa holiday experience. The ByWard Market website also featured Thirty Days of Christmas, a different ByWard Market item featured every day in the lead up to Christmas. Some of featured outfits would also be great for New Year’s Eve, so make sure to check it out: www. Or take a tour through the many fashion boutiques for both men and women here in the Market, to find something stunning to wear as you ring in 2011. Through the entire Christmas season, ByWard Market chefs and nightclubs have been gearing up to help you say goodbye to 2010 in style. New Year’s Eve is just a couple of days away, and what better time to experience a ByWard Market party? Head to the heart of the city, wellknown for its nightlife, for a great party. We also invite you to keep in mind that ByWard Market chefs always pull out the stops for New Year’s Eve, offering great prix fixe menus and gorgeous new culinary creations. It’s a great time to try one of Ottawa’s world class restaurants. With so many possibilities, it may be a bit overwhelming to know where to start, so here’s a

round-up of some of what’s going on Dec. 31: • Mambo (77 Clarence St.) and Kinki (41 York St.) will feature special champagne paired menus and DJs. • Pay just one cover fee for parties at Industry Room (130 York St.), The Liquor Store Party Bar (128 York St.) & Parliament Ultra Club (151 George St.). Find special New Year’s Eve parties at Pub 101 (101 York St.), Pier 21 (111 Parent St.), The Drink (130 George St.), The Whiskey Bar (112 York St.), The Velvet Room (62 ½ York St.), and My Condo (34 Clarence St.) • Special tasting and prix fixe menus can be found at Courtyard Restaurant (21 George St.), Steak Modern Steakhouse (87 Clarence St.), Fat Tuesday’s (62 York St.), Cornerstone (92 Clarence St.), Luxe Bistro (47 York St.), Stella Osteria (81B Clarence St.), Blue Cactus Bar & Grill (2 ByWard Market), E18teen (18 York St.), and Empire Grill (47 Clarence St.) This is just a taste of some of what will be happening on NYE in the ByWard Market. For more details on specific DJs, menus, and prices, please visit 437479


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Bedrock puts damper on city’s rail tunnel plans Underground rail could be reduced by 900 metres, but cost unchanged LAURA MUELLER

The underground light rail tunnel through Ottawa’s downtown could be shortened by almost a third because of rock near the University of Ottawa. Engineers found bedrock much deeper than expected in that area when they drilled to test it, and they are recommending that the tunnel comes to the surface sooner – shortening the 3.2-kilometre tunnel by 600 to 900 metres. The engineers wanted the rock closer to the surface so there is something solid for the tunnel to be built through. The ground around Ottawa U is sandy and would require a lot of work to shore it up and support the tunnel. But so far, the price tag on the entire project hasn’t changed. Kanata North Coun. Marianne Wilkinson, who leads the city’s transportation committee, says the reduction in length wouldn’t reduce the cost by much because the tunnel was already going to be very close to the surface in that area.

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Rock and sediment drilled out of the ground as part of studies for the downtown lightrail tunnel have forced the city to reconsider the length of the tunnel – perhaps reducing it by 600 to 900 metres. As for whether the project will still have value to riders and to the city if it is reduced to just over 2 km, Wilkinson said

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there is no question it will. “The usefulness of the tunnel is still there – it’s through the downtown,” Wilkinson said. The main purpose of the tunnel is to shuttle riders through the city’s downtown core (particularly between Bayview and Booth streets) more efficiently, she said, and having the tunnel emerge to the surface sooner at the east end won’t have a negative effect on that. In fact, a shorter tunnel was originally the plan, said David Jeanes of Transport Action Canada, who has sat on advisory committees for the tunnel project. Initially, the tunnel was supposed to emerge around the Laurier Transitway stop, but in 2009 the city decided to extend it to the University of Ottawa campus, which increased the length – and the price – by about a third (from $600 million to $750 million). SURPRISES IN GEOTECHNICAL STUDY The finding was part of a preliminary geotechnical study in which engineers drilled 34 bore holes to test what lies below the surface. Despite the deeper bedrock and the discovery of several inactive fault lines, engineers say the $2.1-billion price tag for the entire lightrail transit (LRT) system is still a good estimate. Cumberland Ward Coun. Stephen Blais pointed out that it means the downtown portion will cost more and savings will have to be found in other areas of the project, which will eventually extend above-ground light rail from the Tunney’s Pasture Transitway stop to the Blair stop, with 13 stops in between. Four of those stops were to be downtown in the tunnel, but that would be reduced to three if the tunnel is shortened. Rideau-Vanier Coun. Mathieu Fleury worried that residents of Lowertown in

his ward wouldn’t be well-served by the tunnel even though they are downtown, because they will have to walk all the way to the University of Ottawa to access a station. Fleury also said he was very concerned that the city might be “missing the boat” on linking the tunnel with transit to Quebec. “Are we working together, or are we just working again and saying we’re just the City of Ottawa?” Fleury said. “We may not answer the needs of our residents who are crossing to the Quebec side.” Infrastructure and community services manager Nancy Schepers said there is an interprovincial transit study underway, and while it would be nice to have that study closer to completion, it is something the city is keeping in mind. Peter Clark, councillor for RideauRockcliffe, criticized the project’s cost and the perceived positive effect it would have on ridership. “I’m not sure we’re getting the best cost or alignment,” he said. “I am not clear exactly on how it is going to increase ridership,” he said. Studies for the downtown tunnel are expected to be concluded by 2012, and construction is supposed to begin in 2013. The tunnel would be fully operational by 2019 – a timeline that Wilkinson said should be sped up. “I think it would really be a nice gesture if we were able to open that tunnel in 2017,” Wilkinson said. “We’re going to have a lot of the public here, and I certainly wouldn’t want to see all of our roads dug up when we/re celebrating… the (city’s) 150th anniversary.” Other cities, including Vancouver, have built tunnels much faster, Wilkinson said, and she’d like to see the timeline sped up to accommodate the anniversary. The studies will continue with a report on 90 additional bore holes expected in a couple of months, and a final phase looking at 100 more bore holes in the summer of 2011. RE-THINKING RAIL Jeanes said the findings could be a blessing in disguise if they force the city to rethink the project. His group is still pushing the city to consider running surface rail lines along the Transitway on Albert Street instead of a tunnel. “It could force them to look at some options to make the tunnel cheaper,” Jeanes said. “It could even force them to re-look at where the stations are, because we still don’t think there are enough stations in the downtown.” Additional reports and information have already caused the city to reconsider its approach to the Bayview and Train Transitway stations, Jeanes said, which is a promising sign that the city might look at other issues Jeanes and Transport Action Canada have brought to light. Jeanes also said the tunnel is too deep, and that could increase the project’s costs over the long term. Having trains come to the surface sooner will force the city to build the tracks on a steep grade, which will cause lots of wear and tear to the trains’ brakes and lead to higher en-

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Area vendors see mixed results for Christmas tree sales EMMA JACKSON

This holiday, there were more people looking to cut their own Christmas trees than ever, but those well-cropped and shapely trees also cost customers a little extra. The Ontario government’s new harmonized sales tax was a big factor in the rising prices said Greely tree farmer Dan Laird, who owns Laird’s U-Cut tree farm located at Manotick Station Road and Snake Island Road. “I’m getting a lot of slack from the HST. There was no PST (provincial sales tax) on the Christmas tree before, but now there’s an extra eight per cent tax,” said Laird. This new tax put the price of trees up about $6 each, he said, in order to “offset the tax man” and make enough revenue for the year. He said he raised the prices eight per cent automatically, and then he added another one per cent because he hadn’t raised prices for about four years. He said the price hikes have angered some of his customers, and he’s spent his chopping season explaining the increase. “Some take it with a grain of

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Laird’s U-Cut Tree Farm owner Dan Laird, standing with 12-year-old son Mike at their farm near Greely, said Christmas tree prices jumped about eight per cent this year because of the HST. salt, and some do a lot of complaining. Some people see my prices and think I’m a millionaire, so I have to explain no, no, no. It’s the taxes,” he said. “There have been a few that saw my prices and drove away, but I don’t know if it’s the price in general or if they’re bargain hunting,” he added. He said his tree prices started at about $35 this year. North Gower tree farmer Bronwyn Harper said the base prices of the trees at Hillcrest

Tree Farm stayed pretty much the same, but went up or down a few cents as they tried to calculate the new 13 per cent tax to a round number. The HST itself put all total prices up about $5. Harper said she didn’t have to deal with much in the way of fallout from customers over the higher prices. “Most people didn’t even mention the price, I think they’re kind of used to HST,” she said. “We all still hate it of course, but

I think that’s an issue between the voters and Mr. McGuinty,” she added. Harper said that demand has been incredibly high for cutyour-own trees in the past few years, although Hillcrest is still waiting for many young trees to mature so they aren’t operating at the same capacity as other tree farms. She said she suspects Ottawa’s growing south end has something to do with the increasing

interest in area tree farms. “It may have something to do with the increasing building developments in the area. The city is moving south, and it seems everywhere you look there are more houses,” she said. “As a result, some of the outlying farms aren’t very far away, so people don’t have to go very far to have a nice walk around in the woods and cut their tree down.” The other ongoing Christmas tree debate centres around the environmental benefits of getting a real Christmas tree, which Laird said dramatically outweigh the benefits of an artificial tree. “A real tree rejuvenates the air, and the used Christmas trees are picked up and mulched. They’re not going to a landfill like a fake tree, where it’s not biodegradable,” he said. “There’s other ways, too – sometimes the trees are dropped in rivers to make fish habitats. Some people take their tree and stick it in the snow outside for the birds.” Harper said it may just be getting outside in a wooded area that has appeal for people. “It seems there are more people who would like to cut trees than there are trees that are available to be cut,” she added.

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It’s all about the bride, isn’t it? Not always – some brides around Ottawa are choosing to share their wedding day with another special occasion: the countdown to the new year. Kanata resident Lesley-Anne Oegema will marry her fiancé Tyler Lussier at the Chateau Laurier this Dec. 31, and she said the challenges of a New Year’s wedding have been worth it. “I wanted a huge party for the whole family, for everyone to get dressed up, for an excuse to really celebrate the wedding and the New Year’s Eve theme at the same time,” she said. “When you’re a young girl you love getting dressed up, and any excuse is amazing.” And dressed up she’ll be: the ice princess theme, a cold and classy vintage look, she said, fits perfectly with the castle towers of the regal Chateau Laurier in the heart of downtown. Her bridesmaids will be wearing midnight blue with “cool, frosted crystals” garnishing their dresses. The guests won’t be skipping the traditional New Year’s countdown either – they’ll be embrac-

ing it. “The wedding planner is bringing all the blow horns, the hats, everything, and we’re having a huge New Years toast with pink champagne. The live band, they’ll be doing the countdown. So it’s like a big countdown, a big New Years party, so everyone can do their toast,” Oemega said. She said the guests, many of whom will be coming from out of town, didn’t mind giving up their New Year’s plans for the wedding. “I think they’re looking forward to it. A lot of people, as you get older, don’t have something super special to do on New Year’s, so this year they do. They want to get dressed up. Its free for them, so why not come to a wedding with an open bar?” she laughed. “It’s like a weekend getaway for them.” But it’s not all roses from the administrative side, and Oemega said it takes an organized person who’s used to being busy to pull it off. “I think if you have people like my wedding planner and a photographer who will help you out, it helps. We’re both busy, we’re both in sales positions, so it’s been tough. I would recom-

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Lesley-Anne Oegema and Tyler Lussier will be married at the Chateau Laurier on New Year’s Eve, complete with a countdown, live band and party horns to ring in the new year. mend a New Year’s wedding, but it’s a lot to handle, so only do it if you’re used to being busy,” Oemega said. First, the newly engaged couple must be on the ball to even book the space. Lussier and Oemega, who had been dating for three years, got engaged last Dec. 23 and it was an incredible struggle to make sure they booked the Chateau Laurier for the following year. “On the day, we called the Cha-

teau Laurier, and they said there was another couple that wanted the room for New Years,” she explained, adding that the location is important to her because her parents and her aunt were both married there years ago. “They said whoever got there first with the deposit would get it, so we drove down directly.” Bride wars aside, the cost of a New Year’s wedding is also a struggle. “The cost has been crazy. Ev-

erywhere you go – and I looked into more than one venue – the cost is based on consumption, because people are more likely to drink. So they won’t give you a per person charge,” she said. Not to mention a shortage of hotel rooms for her guests. The other sacrifice in the New Year’s wedding business is Christmas. “At first, it was like, ‘Wow, I forgot about Christmas!’ and we kind of pushed Christmas aside,” Oemega explained, adding that forgetting Christmas is hard to do in her family, which usually makes a huge deal of the occasion. She said the family tried to maintain the usual level of pomp as best they could, despite the wedding only a week later. “My sister just had a baby and it’s her first Christmas so we’re trying to make Christmas a huge thing. We usually spend Christmas at Chateau Laurier and have brunch, but this year we’re at home for a low key Christmas, and we’ll have New Years at the Chateau instead,” she said. But there is one other upside to the New Year’s wedding, she added, and that is that her husband-to-be will never forget their anniversary, she laughed.

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Dr. Sandi de la Ronde will be offering health services for women and children at the Wabano Aboriginal Health Centre this new year. De la Ronde is looking forward to working at the centre and becoming part of Vanier. Photo submitted

New Wabano doctor will focus on familyoriented medicine From “Wabano” on page 1 Mary Albota, Wabano’s director of health, said both events were a success. “Everyone was excited to meet Dr. de la Ronde, and the workshop went over really well,” she said. De la Ronde grew up in Montreal, studied at the University of Toronto and then moved to Calgary to start her career. She said she is looking forward to coming to Ottawa because she will be moving closer to her home town. “I am really looking forward to starting full time at the clinic in January and begin offering care to the families and women of the centre,” de la Ronde said. Staff at the centre cannot wait for the program to start in full swing. Albota said the new doctor is certainly a bonus for the health clinic. De la Ronde spent Christmas in Calgary and is now on her way to Ottawa, where she’ll roll up her sleeves and start the new pre-natal program.

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Local politicians embrace 2011 with ambitious resolutions The New Year is a time to improve personally and professionally OTTAWA THIS WEEK STAFF As 2010 comes to a close, Ottawa’s politicians are beginning to look toward 2011 with an air of optimism and enthusiasm, with plans to improve both in the personal and professional spheres. From increased time at the gym to lofty items to push in council, these movers and shakers aren’t missing the opportunity to turn over a new leaf come Jan. 1. BEACON HILL-CYRVILLE COUN. TIM TIERNEY

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Beacon Hill-Cyrville Coun. Tim Tierney has a lot of plans for 2011, including opening a new ward office at the Earl Armstrong arena.

Tierney said he has a lot of plans for 2011. And most importantly, he is looking forward to his new ward office at the Earl Armstrong arena, opening on Ogilvie Road.

“I plan on being there every Friday morning, serving coffee and donuts and talking to people,” he said. Other plans involve dealing with the budget and the many new committees he will be sitting on. “Every one is thinking of the B-word. The budget can’t be over 2.5 per cent. And personally I am going to try to implement a fee freeze on youth program fees,” he said. Tierney is also planning to focus on a healthier diet for the new year. He hopes to loosen his belt a little bit more and stay away from fried food. “I love it, but I want to eat healthier and exercise more.” Tierney will also get his website fully-functional with his “Talk to Tim” section, where constituents can send him messages and have their concerns heard, where he will be ready to listen. CAPITAL COUN. DAVID CHERNUSHENKO

Chernushenko’s New Years resolutions encompassed every aspect of his life, both personal and professional. “I am looking forward to maintaining a balance in the way I live, keeping time for my family as well as the sports and other recreational activities that I love, and at the same time working hard for my constituents,” he said. OTTAWA CENTRE MPP YASIR NAQVI Naqvi said his goal is to continue to improve on a regular basis, as an individual and a community representative. “I will continue to work hard to serve my constituents, listen to my community and be an effective voice for them,” he said. On the personal note, Naqvi said he hopes to keep healthy and fit in the new year. “We always look forward to trying to improve ourselves. My biggest focus is my personal health and making sure I am always in good shape.”

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App contest puts open data on the agenda

The city is calling on tech-savvy residents to compete for cash – and bragging rights – for the most useful mobile application, or “app” that uses the city’s data. From finding fun Saturday-morning activities for children to locating the best dog parks in the city, the applications that will be developed during the contest will bolster resident’s ability to use the city’s new “open data” policy. These developers are taking sets of digital information about the city and spinning them into handy tools for people to use on their cell phone and computers and entering them online as part of the Apps 4 Ottawa contest ( While creating these intricate techie tools doesn’t appeal to everyone, the apps can be used by anyone who has access to a smartphone or computer – and the city is hoping that gets residents interested in the initiative. The contest closes on Jan. 3 and after that, it’s up to the public to weigh in on what they think are the best apps. Voting will take place online at from Jan. 4 to Jan. 28 to choose the peoples’ choice award. There is also a panel of judges – including developers, researchers and librarians – who will dole out the rest of the cash prizes: $50,000 in total. OPENING UP THE CITY’S DATA Last spring, the City of Ottawa began a process of making its information available to the public as “open data” – a philosophy that certain government data be openly available in a digital format. The move is meant to increase transparency at city hall and remove barriers to information to allow people to find innovative uses for it, and perhaps spur on community involvement and economic development. The app contest isn’t just a way to get developers and residents interested in how open data can help them – it’s also a way to show city employees how useful it is and convince any remaining skeptics that it is worth their time to convert data into an “open format.” It takes a bit of work, but the city’s information technology staffers have yet to come across a city department that has said “no,” said Robert Giggey, one of the IT staff members who is working on the project. “Our hope is that the contest will also do that – help drive home that message,” said Giggey. “Showing them the apps may spark that interest.” FRIENDLY ‘HACKERS’ PITCH IN The popularity of open data in Ottawa wouldn’t be nearly as high without the involvement of advocates like Tracy Lauriault and Edward Ocampo-Gooding, Giggey said. “This group has been very active,” Giggey said. “They are like-minded individuals

who have helped out since the beginning.” Lauriault, a Carleton University researcher, and Ocampo-Gooding, an open data advocate and developer, have worked with the city’s information technology subcommittee and IT staff to bolster the initiative. Ocampo-Gooding was one of the organizers of two “hackathons” held at city hall in 2010, the most recent of which was on Dec. 4. The events bring together members of the public, researchers, designers and developers to create useful apps and encourage the city to create data sets to make the apps work. On Dec. 4, hackathon participants put their ideas for data sets and apps down on paper, and now that brainstorm is something city staff and the information technology subcommittee can use to fuel the initiative. Events like the hackathon are helping guide city staff as they navigate which sets of data are in the highest demand and which will be most useful to residents, Giggey said. A couple of the ideas that came out of the hackathon were an OC Transpo bus locater powered by GPS information found on 90 per cent of buses, a community equipment lock locator and an idea to pool resources and share equipment like snowplows within a neighbourhood. SUSTAINABLE APPS One of the issues that will face the creators of apps for the contest is how to keep their creations going over time. Apps need updating and they need to be hosted online for people to download, and that takes time, effort and money. At some point developers providing the apps for free will likely give up on the pet projects. In the contest rules, the city encourages developers to keep their apps available for six months after the contest. But Ocampo-Gooding said he would like to see more incentive for creators to keep the apps up. He’s proposing the city take a look at how it hands out contracts and consider changing the rules to make it easier for developers – many of whom do this work during their free time – could qualify to land an app-creation contract with the city. But there is also a role for the free market, Ocampo-Gooding said. Sometimes apps that are developed to be sold in the private marketplace could answer peoples’ needs better than an app created by and for the city, he said. “We’re going to see an interesting evolution of both of those,” he said. “It could start out in the private market and then the city might see the value of it and decide to buy it.” People interested in open data and how it can be used in Ottawa will have more opportunities to connect with OcampoGooding and the unofficial Open Data Ottawa group in the new year. More information can be found on the Google Group ( and search “Open Data Ottawa”) or by following @opendataottawa on Twitter.

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Friendly “hackers” and interested residents gathered at city hall for an open data ‘hackathon’ in April (pictured here) and again on Dec. 4. The city is hoping to generate interest in the online tools, which can be used on smartphones and computers, by running an app contest. Apps 4 Ottawa ends on Jan. 3, and the public can start voting on Jan. 4.

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Alcohol 101 this holiday season KRISTY WALLACE

heavier food like steak and winter stews, Phillips said they go very well with turkey, chicken, salmon and hams.

Whether you’re staying in this holiday season or hosting a party, alcohol will likely be the first thing you remember to stock up on. There are ways to save money when hosting a holiday party while ensuring your guests have a good time – and a safe ride home.


TRENDS THIS YEAR Sparkling wine sales peak at this time of year, according to Carleton University professor Rod Phillips. Phillips, an expert and academic in wines and alcohol, said there are steady sales throughout the year including birthdays, anniversaries and Valentine’s Day. But at the end of the day, people always want bubbly to ring in the new year – and this year, they want it to be pink. “Pink sparkling wine is becoming more and more popular - and plentiful,” said Phillips. “Men seem to have gotten over the idea that pink wine (still or sparkling) is only for women.” Phillips added that if people are buying sparkling wine for their holiday parties, there’s no need to buy champagne – which can cost about triple the amount of sparkling wine. HOW TO SAVE ON BOOZE According to Phillips, throwing a good party with quality alcohol doesn’t have to put a dent in your budget. For those who want to follow the trend of serving sparkling wine at their holiday parties, hosts can find the fizzy beverage for around $12 to $15 – this includes sparkling wine that’s made the same way as champagne. “You can buy excellent Cava, (which is) a sparkling wine from Spain,” Phillips explained. “Or, Prosecco from Italy, which tends to be fruitier and easy to

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Your holiday parties – and drinks - this year don’t have to put a dent in your pocket. drink at parties.” He added that for those who want to keep with the pink sparkling wine trend – even for men – an inexpensive pink bubbly is Pascual Toso Sparkling Malbec, which is from Argentina. As a wine connoisseur, Phillips also recommends a white wine from Chile called Sur Viognier which goes for $9.95 and an Italian red wine called Montalto Nero d’Avola/Cabernet Sauvignon, which costs $8.95. “You can’t beat them,” he said. ALCOHOL PAIRINGS While some people might be hosting fancier parties this time of year, there are those who like to stay in and ring in the new year with Chinese food, deepfried foods or delivered pizza. While beer seems to be the typical drink of choice for these foods, Phillips said sparkling wine can be just as good because of the bubbles in both drinks.

“Try an inexpensive bubbly like Cava or Prosecco, or one of the other inexpensive sparkling wines from Australia and Argentina,” said Phillips. “Spicy foods also go well with fruity and not-sodry wines, like viognier, pinot gris and gewurztraminer. The Cono Sur Viognier would be good too.” When it comes to typical holiday dinners like turkey and hams, Phillips suggests hosts pair it with a pinot noir or gamay. He said a lot of good pinot noirs come from Ontario, New Zealand and France. Gamays can be found in the French sections or Ontario sections of your local wine store. “A lot of producers make it, and I think gamay is the grape of the future for Ontario,” said Phillips.He added that pinot noir and gamay are versatile wines that go very well with food. They’re not too heavy, usually well-balanced, juicy and a little lighter than other red wines. While gamays wouldn’t go well with

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Phillips said the popularity of champagne started in the 19th century when the industry was created. Even back then, he said champagne was too expensive to have every day so it was marketed on birthdays, christenings, anniversaries and other special occasions. “The message was driven so deeply into Western culture, that we’re still stuck with it,” said Phillips. He added that luckily nowadays there are alternatives to expensive champagne like sparkling wines that people can enjoy. People who don’t drink often still serve alcohol during the holidays for friends and family, and Phillips said this is because alcohol is a social drink and makes for a more welcoming atmosphere at a gathering – no matter what kind of alcohol is being served. DRINKING RESPONSIBLY While everyone seems to have their own remedy for a hangover, Phillips said the best prevention is to not drink so much. “If you can’t or don’t want to do that, live with the consequences,” said Phillips. “But you can reduce the effects by eating plenty of food as you drink, and by drinking plenty of water, not only alcohol.” Tom Wainwright from Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD) Ottawa said there’s the common message the organization tries to get across every year. “If you’re having… parties, make arrangements beforehand,” he said. “Either with taxis, or a designated driver.” Operation Red Nose is also in effect again this holiday season. For anyone who hasn’t planned ahead, party-goers can call 613-7712886 and a volunteer will drive you safely from where you are to your house. The service is free of charge but accepts donations.

Revellers encouraged to arrive alive OTTAWA THIS WEEK STAFF A year that began at Queen’s University with their business students’ “Consulting for a Cause” event has ended in Ottawa with awareness raising events at the Canada Museum of Science and Technology, The Beer Store and an Ottawa Senators game. In May, students released the Arrive Alive App. New public service announcements were created to promote the app while also reminding the public of the need to plan ahead and drive sober. The year also brought new messaging, including one that invited revellers to “party smart this holiday season” and donate their empties at The Beer Store. The Ottawa arrive alive, drive sober events included the distribution of 2,500 home hosting kits to customers of The Beer Store on Tuesday, Dec. 28 and to fans at the Senator game on Wednesday, Dec. 29. The Museum display was up until Dec. 30. Arrive alive, drive sober has been officially operating in Ontario since 1989. They do not telemarket and do not use professional fundraisers. Visit for more information.

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• DEC. 31 Come ring in the New Year at the Eastview Branch of the Royal Canadian Legion, 294 Cyr Ave. In the Upper Lounge there is a dinner and dance with the Legends beginning at 6 p.m. Tickets for the dinner and dance are $30 per person and available at the branch. In the Lower Lounge Terry McCann will be playing. Admission to the Lower Lounge is free and all are welcome. For more information, contact the Branch at 613-741-9539.

• JAN. 1 Come celebrate New Year’s Day at the Eastview Branch of the Royal Canadian Legion, 294 Cyr Ave. Our Annual New Year’s Day Levee will begin at 12 Noon. All are welcome. For more information, contact the Branch at 613-7419539.

Atlantic Voices: the Newfoundland and Labrador Choir of Ottawa presents its winter concert, Cape Breton: Beautiful Island, Beautiful Music, at 3 p.m. at Centretown United Church, 507 Bank St. The program ranges from folksongs in Scottish Gaelic and Acadian French to contemporary classics by some of Cape Breton’s greatest songwriters. Our own house band, the Fumblin’ Fingers, will provide pre-concert entertainment beginning at 2:15 p.m. You are invited to join the choir after the concert for free refreshments and a silent auction. Tickets are $15 in advance or $18 at the door. Advance tickets may be purchased by calling Hannie at 613-722-9240. Admission is free for children 12 years and under. For parking and other information, visit our website www.

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• JAN. 9 Silvie and Bryan Cheng’s piano/cello performance will take place at 2 p.m. at Rideau Park United Church, 2203 Alta Vista Dr. OC Transpo route 8 takes you to the door. Freewill offering will be accepted at the performance.

• JAN. 11 Bytown Voices: Rehearsals begin for the winter/spring session at 7:30 p.m. in preparation for two joint concerts with the Seaway Valley Singers on May 1 and May 7. Rehearsals are held Tuesdays from 7:30 – 9:30 p.m. at St. Basil’s Church, off Maitland between the Queensway and Carling Ave. Information: or contact: All voices welcome in this community choir.

• JAN. 18 Ottawa Innercity Ministries, Dominion Chalmers United Church, 355 Cooper St., will serve a free holiday meal starting at 11 a.m. at the door. Donations of backpack, sleeping bags, water bottles, juice boxes, toiletries, granola bars, gift cards, warm socks, bus tickets andmany other items that can be passed to our less fortunate friends, are always needed and welcomed. Volunteers are needed yearround. Fore more information on becoming a volunteer, please contact OIN at 613-2376031.

• JAN. 19 Heritage Ottawa Free Public Lecture – Ottawa’s Notre Dame Cemetery: A Cemetery of National Importance. At the Ottawa Public Library Auditorium, 120 Metcalfe St., corner of Laurier Ave. West at 7 p.m. Jean Yves Pelletier, a heritage resources consultant and author of a book on the cemetery, will provide an historical overview and give an illustrated presentation of the cemetery. Jean Yves’ book will be available for sale after the lecture. This lecture will be in English with

Bayview Public School will host a JK/SK information night from 6-7 p.m. at the school, 185 Owl Dr. Come see what Bayview is all about: Early French Immersion for JK-Grade 4, day care available, extra-curricular creative arts program. For more information, please contact the principal, Anne Laperrière at 613733-4726.

• JAN. 31 TO FEB. 21 Toddlertime at the Alta Vista branch of the Ottawa Public Library, 2516 Alta Vista. Stories, rhymes and songs for babies and a parent or caregiver. Ages 18-35 months. Mondays at 10:30 a.m. (30 min.). 613-7372837

• FEB. 1 TO 22 Storytime at the Alta Vista Branch of the Ottawa Public Library, 2516 Alta Vista. Stories and rhymes and songs for preschoolers and a parent or caregiver. Ages 3-6. (Bilingual) Tuesdays at 10:30 a.m. (45 min.) 613-7372837

• FEB. 2 TO 23 Babytime at the Alta Vista branch of the Ottawa Public Library, 2516 Alta Vista. Stories, rhymes and songs for babies and a parent or caregiver. Ages 0-18 months. Wednesdays at 10:30 a.m. (30 min.) 613-737-2837

• FEB. 16 Heritage Ottawa Free Public Lecture Series – Changing Approaches to Theory and Practice in the Conservation Field: A Willowbank Perspective at 7 p.m. at The Old Firehall, 260 Sunnyside Ave. The Willowbank School in Niagara-on-the-Lake offers a new direction for professional training in conservation. Julian Smith, one of Canada’s best known conservation architects, will discuss the school’s philosophy and its use of a cultural landscape framework to shape emerging trends in the conservation field. Info: 613-230-8841 or www.

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