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EAST EDITION: Serving New Edinburgh, Rockcliffe, Vanier, Pineview and surrounding communities Year 1, Issue 19

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YOUNG ENGINEERS Pineview’s École élémentaire catholique des Pins were crowned the champions at the latest edition of the National Research Council’s Engineering Challenge.

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VERSE FEST Vanier’s slam poet Ian Keteku will launch the city’s inaugural Verst Fest, a festival that will also see a traditional poet from the east end reading his works.

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STUDENTS SCHOOL THE TEACHERS Teachers at Rockcliffe Park Public School faced off against student teams that were fast, fierce and deterimined. It was a hard-fought battle, but in the end the Grade 5 and 6 students prevailed. The student-staff hockey game is a tradition at Rockcliffe school. It’s a game that’s taken seriously, as the entire school turns out to cheer for one side or the other. This tradition goes back five years. Office administrator and teacher team goalie Donna Burns said while the staff continues to age their competition is always young and full of energy.

Vanier not a ward of snitches, residents say

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Residents in Vanier are expressing resentment to recent insinuations that calling 311 is whining or snitching. They also want the city and its residents to know that it’s largely because of those calls that the residents of Vanier have accomplished their awardwinning clean-up of their neighbourhood. Those comments come after

College Ward Coun. Rick Chiarelli indicated that calls to 311 are costing the city too much. Bylaw received 72,358 calls through 311 last year. Those in Vanier Ward made the most calls, at 8,836 regarding property standards, parks and zoning enforcement. Vanier residents have since heard reports that they should simply resolve the issues themselves by to talking to their neighbours. Vanier Beautification Committee member, Mar-

The residents who live in this district have been told by Crime Prevention Ottawa, their previous councillor and their current councillor, Mathieu Fleury that calling is the best way to track an issue. “I myself use the service when I have a problem. It is the best way to become aware of challenges in an area,” Fleury said. An average complaint call about property standards costs the city about $160 dollars, bylaw manager Susan Jones said. Jones said the calls which come in, for the most part, could See CALLS on page 12

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guerite Beaulieu, said for them it is not always about the neighbours. “We are reporting needles, the necessity to clean up parks, for this who else are you going to call but the city? We are concerned citizens who are dealing with drugs, and prostitutes, we are not whiners,” Beaulieu said. Since the negative attention to 311, Beaulieu and others in the area have become irritated by the confusion it is causing, and are now asking if they should call 311 as they have been directed to, or ignore an issue altogether.

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City council voted to wave tipping fees so the Wabano expansion can go ahead without extra costs. The Wabano Centre for Aboriginal Health plans on starting construction on their 2,322square-metre complex this spring. The adjacent property, which the centre will be building on, once housed a dry cleaning business. The contaminated soil on that plot of land needs to be removed for the expansion to go ahead. The cost of the tipping fees for the disposal of the contaminated soil is $740,000. City council voted to waive the fees, stating the Wabano expansion will help rejuvenate the Montreal Road business area. “They have supported our project by waiving our fees and it is a great way for the city to give in kind,” said Carlie Chase, the Wabano Centre’s director of initiatives. Coming in at $14.2 million, the new centre will offer health and community services. The federal and provincial governments have committed to contributing

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The city has agreed to waive tipping fees to keep costs down for the Wabano Centre for Aboriginal Health. In November, Wabano inked a deal with PLC Construction for their expansion. $2.3 million each. The centre started their fundraising campaign this past summer to raise the remaining $9.6 million. Chase said it is this dedication from the city and other levels of government that will make a project years in the making a reality. The centre has been serving

the community for 12 years and sees 10,000 Aboriginal and nonAboriginal people come through their doors every year. Chase indicated he believes this expansion will provide a space on Montreal Road that will always keep their doors open to the community. “This space will give non-ab-

Province pumps $500,000 into Ottawa tourism EDDIE RWEMA eddie.rwema@metroland.com

The Ontario government plans to spend $500,000 worth of investment to help the Ottawa tourism industry draw more domestic and international visitors through conventions and conferences. Ottawa Centre MPP Yasir Naqvi announced the money will support efforts to market the nation’s capital and its new convention centre to the rest of the world. “What we are doing is trying to sell Ottawa as a must-visit destination for more international conventions and more tourists,” said Naqvi. Naqvi added the Convention Development Fund will help Ottawa draw 19 new conventions bringing in 53,000 new visitors, generating an estimated $57 million boost for the local economy and providing additional support for 19,000 existing tourism jobs in Ottawa. “Conventions are big business in Ottawa – they support hundreds of local jobs, generate revenue for local business, and

help turn new visitors into repeat tourists.” Tourism is Ottawa’s third largest industry, contributing $2.2 billion to the city’s economy annually “Ottawa Tourism is pleased that the province is providing resources for this very important component of the tourism industry,” said John Murray, chairman of Ottawa Tourism. “These investments will provide for a significantly enhanced sales approach when targeting the Convention market.” In 2008, convention visitors spent more than twice as much as other visitors to Ontario and generated over $1 billion. The Convention Development Fund builds on the collaboration of local tourism and convention partners by providing matching funds for eligible costs. The Ottawa Convention Centre is undergoing a major redevelopment that will almost triple its capacity and greatly enhance its appeal to national and international convention, meeting and trade show planners. It will reopen in April.

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original a place for them to engage with us,” Chase said. Wabano partnered with PLC Construction for the expansion. Architect Douglas Cardinal has designed the building to be welcoming and promote healing. Once built, the centre will continue to focus on health in a holistic manner, maintaining

that to heal the physical being, the mental being also needs to heal, but a new focus on the community is also in mind. Those at the centre hope to start a catering business that will offer community members the ability to learn employable skills. “This centre will not only be paramount for this city but for the country as well. We will now be a national reference point on how to provide health care and services to aboriginal and non aboriginal people,” Chase added. Another revenue generator will be a fashion line, using skills many Aboriginal women already have, such as sewing. The new initiatives will give the centre the opportunity to become sustainable, indicated Chase. “When you make the women strong, you make the nation strong,” she said. Chase added that construction is on schedule. Donations can be made online at www.wabano.com/fundraising with a unique opportunity to “buy a tile” for the floor of the cultural gathering space that will be in the new centre.

March Break Activities In the Byward Market By Melodie Cardin, Special Events and Communications Coordinator, ByWard Market BIA

With Winterlude finished and spring still a good ways away, kids and adults alike are starting to get cabin fever. If you’re not able to get out of town this March break, there are great “Staycation” activities right here in Ottawa’s downtown. There are several fun, kid-friendly ways to spend an afternoon in the ByWard Market. Whether or not the canal is still open, you can enjoy a Beaver Tail and hot chocolate at the original Beaver Tails on William St. If your kids are interested in art, you can have a look at March Break camps at the Ottawa School of Art, or for some shorter-term fun, take them to Artissimo sessions at the National Gallery of Canada. There are even some free options for seeing art – take the kids to see Maman, the giant spider outside the gallery, or the newly acquired Hundred Foot Line at Nepean Point. You can also take them on a tour of the Bytown Museum, situated right next to the Locks, a great little Museum with a great kids’ space. For an afternoon of arts and crafts, head to the Sassy Bead Co. on William St or to Lenus Beads on Dalhousie for supplies, and get your kids making their own jewellery, or take them to Bang On, on

William St., where they can make their own t-shirts. Close by, you’ll find Lost Marbles, where you can find some great items for crazy fun with the kids. There are also a couple of bookstores with great options for kids – Librairie du Soleil on George St, Nicholas Hoare on Sussex Dr, and Argosy Books on Dalhousie. You can also take your kids on a tour through Nest, a toy store on Dalhousie St. that specializes in European-made toys. If you’re stopping for lunch, there are several fun places to take your kids in the Market – try Zak’s Diner, on ByWard, a popular option for burgers, fries and shakes or Ahora, a colorful little Mexican eatery with a delightful ambiance on Dalhousie St. It’s economically priced so you can afford to take the whole family. Just want a snack? Head to the ByWard Market building for cookies from Moulin de Provence, caramel apples from Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory or Montreal-style bagels from Continental Bagel Co. You can also get great treats at Aux Délices on ByWard, Piccolo Grande on Murray St., Pure Gelato and Sugar Mountain on William St. Or, put together your own at-home picnic with sausages, cheeses and breads from the Continental Deli on York, or La Bottega Nicastro on George St. For dessert, try Memories, which has what has often been voted the World’s Best Carrot Cake. Happy March Break in the ByWard Market!

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City takes ‘sensitive’ approach to transit changes Commission approves 2.5 per cent fare hike, UPass fees to remain unchanged EMMA JACKSON emma.jackson@metroland.com

The city’s transit commission passed its draft budget last Thursday, raising fares an average of 2.5 per cent and opting to add more free seniors’ days, buy a number of double decker buses and keep the price of the UPass the same as last year. Transit committee chairwoman Diane Deans (Gloucester-Southgate) said the last three

years have seen fare hikes of 7.5 per cent annually, and she vowed to put a stop to such large fare jumps this year. “To me, it’s counter-intuitive. If you want more people riding public transit, you don’t have huge fare increases,” she said, noting that there’s a limit to how small a fare increase can be. “Some people would like it to be zero, but costs go up.” The regular adult pass will rise $2.50 per month to $94, and

Road work for to Rockcliffe MICHELLE NASH michelle.nash@metroland.com

New roadwork and sewage reconstruction will affect streets west of Springfield Road in Rockcliffe Park starting as early as May 2011. The city will be replacing sewers and watermains and will reconstruct roads in Rockcliffe Park as part of a larger project to separate the sewage and drainage in the area. The project will last for two years and will cost the city $6 million. The old system uses a combined sewer, which pumps storm water and sanitary flows into the Ottawa River. This new construction, which is tentatively slated to start in late spring, will divide and divert the sanitary flow from the river and rout it to the sewage treatment plant. The city held an information session for residents on Feb. 24. Anthony Keith attended the session, interested in whether road width would be affected by the construction.

“I found the plans very appropriate for our heritage district,” Keith said. Rockcliffe Park is a designated heritage district and Andy Smith, city engineer for the project, indicated this was taken into consideration. He added the city follows management guidelines to ensure that heritage features are maintained. “Road width and green space will remain the same in the area,” Smith said. This next round of construction is phases three through five of a nine phase project. The last phases are expected to start in the next five years, pending city council approval. Once all nine phases are complete, Smith said there will no longer be sewage flowing into the Ottawa River. The west side of Springfield Road will be reconstructed this summer and the east side will be upgraded in 2012. Smith said work will run during the week from 9 to 5, so disruption should be kept to a minimum.

the adult express pass will increase by $2.00 up to $116 per month. The rural pass will jump $3.25 to $145 per month. Students got a relatively easy ride in the draft budget, with the UPass holding at $145 per semester because student associations at the University of Ottawa and Carleton University didn’t include an escalator clause in last year’s referendum, which means students only voted on a pass that costs a maximum of $145. The commission was hoping to raise the cost to $148.63, but allowed the UPass program to be extended at the same price so that student associations can have time to hold new referendums with clauses that allow for inflationary far hikes. Outside the UPass, monthly student passes will rise $1.75 for regular riders and $2.50 for express users. Rural student passes will increase by $2.25. Day passes, monthly community passes and cash fares will stay the same, and tickets will increase by five cents each. Deans said the city is taking a more “sensitive approach” to

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how it handles OC Transpo this year, as it looks at redundancies and inefficiencies in the system and tries to streamline service. “It’s a different approach, in the past they would propose to lob off entire routes, and now they’re talking about doing it much more sensitively than they have in the past,” Deans said. One idea on the table is to make express routes truly express by

limiting passenger pick-up along transitways after a certain point inside the city, in an effort to speed up route times and make sure that express buses coming from rural and suburban areas aren’t bogged down by urban users. The draft transit budget will be up for final approval at the budget deliberations and council meeting beginning March 8.

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STABBING ON MONTREAL ROAD Two men involved in a fight on Montreal Road were sent to hospital with both gun and stab wounds. On Sunday, Feb. 26 Police responded to a call about a large fight near the Comfort Inn on Montreal Road at 3:15 a.m. Police found two men with gunshot and stab wounds at the scene. The two men were sent to the hospital with non-life threatening injuries. The guns and gangs unit is current investigating and no charges have been laid at this time.

A man fired shots at a truck near Cummings Avenue and Donald Street and then fled the scene, according to police. At 9:06 p.m. on Monday, Feb. 28 a man began to fire shots at a truck as the truck drove away. The bullet struck the truck as well as a nearby home. No one in the truck or the home was injured and the suspect ran after the shots were fired. The suspect is described as a black male wearing blue jeans and a black jacket. An investigation is underway by the guns and gangs unit.

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FESTIVE CELEBRATION AT VANIER LIBRARY Emily St-Amand enjoyed the festivities at the Vanier Public Library with face painting and reading was all apart of the fun at the celebration of the new elevator and recent renovations. All children programming happens on the second floor and with the new elevator accessibility is no longer an issue for parents with strollers or wheelchairs.


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Questions about the zoning application for 127 Presland Rd. have left some Overbrook residents worried about height restrictions. There’s a development application to rezone the current convent into an R5B zone with an exception to allow up to 29 metres in height. The rezoning was required because the current zoning for the building did not permit a midhigh rise apartment dwelling. Resident Mickey Green said he’s worried because the R5B zoning includes many variables which are not defined – it is this lack of definition that Green and other Overbrook residents are most concerned about. “What is really stopping them from building a higher building in the end?� Green asked. City planner Melanie Knight said the developer must adhere to the height allowance requested on the application. The 307 unit apartment building, which is proposed by Group Lepine, will have side yard setbacks of eight metres alongside the Vanier Parkway lot line, with 8.5 metres to the lot line to the east and 10 metres to the lot line to the north (rear lot line). The city has indicated all of these setbacks are the minimum setbacks proposed. The proposed building itself includes a lot of terracing (or stepping back) as the structure gets higher. These new setbacks left residents at an earlier public meeting upset. They expressed concern about how close the building will be to residential streets and asked for it to be pushed back. At a public meeting about the site, Knight was on hand to answer ques-

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A team of researchers at the Children’s Hospital of Eastern Ontario has received $4.5 million in federal funding to embark on an ambitious project to that will study the genetic causes of a range of rare disorders. Working through Genome Canada, the team led by geneticist Kym Boycott of the CHEO Research Institute will share the grant with another research team at the University of British Columbia. Boycott and her team will study more than 70 childhood genetic disorders, while the UBC team will investi-

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ditional notification was sent out to the community association and residents when revisions to the original application were made last month. Additional comments have been received based on the revised comments and all of the comments received from the public over the past few months are taken into consideration.� Green said that he and the rest of the residents who oppose the development are not in denial of development taking place at 127 Presland Rd., but they wish the zoning reflected the rest of the neighbourhood’s comments. “At the end of the day, the city wants residents to get involved and speak their mind, but what we have said and what they take into consideration are two different things,� Green said. “They are not taking our concerns in mind, so I ask, what really is the point of asking? People are going to stop sending in their concerns because, really, what is the point?� The application will go before the city’s planning committee on March 29.

gate six of the most challenging types of cancer to afflict children. “Every gene that we discover as part of this initiative will allow us to study ... the pathways about how this gene interacts in the body,� she said. Boycott will use new genomics technology developed in Canada that allows sequencing of genetic material. She said she hopes to have the initial findings available to the medical community by the end of April. Minister of state for science and technology Gary Goodyear made the funding announcement at CHEO on Feb.22, stressing that the investment will help find important new treatments for children with cancer and rare genetic dis-

eases affecting thousands of Canadian children. About 25 patients and their families in the Ottawa area are set to be part of the study. “They want to know exactly what’s going on with their children and why it’s happened,� Boycott said. The research team at UBC will be led by Dr. Paul Sorensen and will use some of the most powerful gene sequencing technologies ever developed to probe the genomes of up to six of the most challenging childhood cancers known. The researchers will use leading edge sequencing technology to rapidly scan the DNA of the entire human genome that is contained in tumor cells.

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Rezoning questions make residents hopeful for a second chance at fighting the developer who hopes to build a 307 unit apartment building at 127 Presland Rd. tions, but as Green noted, was unable to give an answer about the zoning definitions. “It seemed like she was being very disingenuous with the residents,� Green added. He found it uncomfortable that Knight did not answer the resident’s questions and indicated he feels there needs to be more independence between the city and the developer. Many concerned Overbrook residents have been doing their own homework, as Green has, because they are feeling the city has not been listening to them. Knight was unavailable for comment, but sent a statement regarding the site. “There have been a few community meetings with the developer, the most recent one myself and our transportation engineer Arun Singh attended to listen to the community’s comments on the proposal,� she wrote in an email. “Comments have been received by the community through the first circulation of the application and an ad-

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Pineview school catapults to the top Engineering challenge forces area students to get creative MICHELLE NASH michelle.nash@metroland.com

Two days before a school engineering competition, team Les Meteorites from Pineview felt something was not quite right with their mechanical launcher, so the four bright students decided to throw out the old and went with a new, lighter design. The last minute gamble paid off, as Pineview’s École élémentaire catholique des Pins were crowned the champions not just at their school, but also at the 2011 National Research Council (NRC) Ottawa’s engineering challenge. Students between Grade 5 and Grade 7 from 33 schools in Ottawa and area competed at the NRC event at the Canada Science and Technology Museum on Feb. 24. A morning of fierce competition saw teams create mechanically powered launchers, also more commonly known as catapults. The students were teamed up with a volunteer engineer to help them build their pieces. They had to pass school level competition to attend to the finale at the museum. The 33 teams competed with 15 remaining schools chosen to battle for the title of champion. At the end of the day, École élémentaire catholique des Pins walked away with the crown. “We were really hoping to make it all the way through to the end today (Feb. 24). We are

really happy with how well the catapult worked,” said Dylan Montgomery, head shooter with team Les Meteorites. The Banana Brothers from Chelsea Elementary School came in second place and the Great Greek Builders from Stittsville took home third. A total of 2,000 students throughout Ottawa participated in the challenge, with 273 kids successfully winning their school competitions to compete in the museum finale. “It is amazing to see how into it the students really are,” said Jennifer Tomka, NRC event organizer. All the volunteer engineers stood with their teams, offering support and guidance if needed. The competition and event had help from Professional Engineers Ontario, Ottawa Chapter and from the Ontario Public Works Association. Pierre Legault from Professional Engineers Ontario kicked off the finale with a wish of good luck and a joke. “It is great to see so many people interested in building things, just remember, you could become architects, but engineering is cooler,” Legault said. The final competition saw students launch ping pong balls into Plexiglass containers, with a point system for distance and accuracy. Every year the NRC holds

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Changing the design just a few days before the school level competition paid off for this Pineview group. The four students, Les Meteorites, developed a new and improved catapult which launched them all the way to the top at the National Research Council’s 10th annual Engineering Challenge. an engineering challenge, with new and different challenges to accomplish. This years catapult saw a myriad of designs, with various materials, although most of the students chose a plastic spoon as the throwing device. Les Meteorites received a plaque and each received a medal for their accomplishment. “It was an easy design to make and we are really happy with the results,” said team member Jennifer Atche.

Stittsville’s The Great Greek Builders catapulted to third place in the Challenge. Over 33 Schools competed in a classroom level and school level to qualify for the semi-finals at the Canada Science and Technology Museum in Ottawa. Out of the final 15 teams, the group of six successfully placed third with their catapult.

The days events involved competing for the best mechanically engineered launcher, a catapult which shot ping pong balls across a stage as well as an engineering quiz. Out of the 30 schools who took the quiz, École élémentaire catholique Roger-Saint-Denis had the highest score.


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East end homes awarded for heritage conservation MICHELLE NASH michelle.nash@metroland.com

Two homes in the east end that were up for heritage conservation awards were given city council approval for excellence. The Irish Ambassador’s home on 291 Park Rd. was awarded a certificate of merit for infill and the Maison Accueil Sagesse at 434 Montreal Rd. was given an award of excellence for infill. Mayor Jim Watson said in a statement that the homes chosen show an exceptional effort in conserving heritage and adaptive change. Heritage planner Leslie Collins added she found these two buildings expressed the effort the city looks for when it comes to heritage conservation. “Both buildings celebrated the old and the new,” Collins said. Architects for the Maison Accueil Sagesse were overjoyed by the award but Denise Martel, the lead architect for the project, said she is happiest to hear how the nuns have adapted to their new home. “They (the nuns) have said it feels like a home now and has given them a warmer, more comfortable space,” Martel said. Sticking to heritage guidelines but of-

fering a new addition to the building can be difficult, and Martel said she and her team focused on making sure the old and the new came together nicely and that at the end of the day, the infill looks like it was always there. Presentation was very important when it came to the Irish Ambassador’s home. Only a small portion of the home is used as a residence. The majority of the space is used for representational and support services and official purposes. Located in Rockcliffe Park, it was important for architect Nicholas Caragianis to respect the local heritage when it came to making the changes to the property. Hilary Reilly, the Irish Ambassador’s head secretary, said that it was important for the Embassy to have safe and usable premises but to ensure that it was sensitive to the surrounding area. It was also important to preserve the original 1937 house and ensure it was the focal point of the finished building. Collins earlier said the renovations done to the Ambassador’s home brought the house back to its original glory. The front garden of the residence along Park Road was landscaped to be pastoral and understated, in keeping with the historic landscape of Rockcliffe Park.

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In a move that will potentially create a less restrictive atmosphere at Ontario festivals, fairs and other outdoor events, the McGuinty government announced several changes to the province’s liquor laws last week. Among the changes the province is considering are removing the requirement for beer tents at outdoor festivals, allowing people to wander with their drinks and extending the hours of alcohol service at events like weddings or other private celebrations from 1 a.m. to 2 a.m., which is the current regulation for licensed establishments. The Liberal government is also looking at allowing the sale of all-inclusive vacation packages in the province. The proposed changes would be accompanied by changes to penalties imposed for the violation of Ontario liquor laws. Currently, festivals like Westfest, held every year in Westboro, have restrictions on where alcohol can be served, usually in a designated beer garden located away from entertainment, exhibits and vendors. “Now, especially keeping in mind their new location, where they’ll have a bigger area for concerts – which will be penned – they will be able to sell alcohol in that whole area,” said Ottawa Centre MPP Yasir Naqvi. “So it’s not like people will be able to take alcohol to the street, there will still be a penned area, but it will be beyond just the beer tent. “This is something festivals like Westfest have been asking the government to

do for some time.” Naqvi said the changes were less of a “revolution” and more of an attempt by lawmakers to bring the liquor laws in Ontario to the same standard as other places in Canada and the United States, something with which Ottawa Bluesfest executive director Mark Monahan concurred. “In general terms, this would level the playing field for all festivals in Ontario – old or new – and put them in the same league as other events across North America,” Monahan said in an email. The proposed changes will also be a boon to events like the Ottawa Folk Festival which in the past has been licensed, but there were restrictions imposed on where merchandise vendors were able to set up. The changes will allow those vendors to locate in the licensed area and festival-goers will be able to browse their wares, drink in hand. According to Naqvi, the government will now hold consultations with various stakeholders over a period of about a month and the changes could be implemented before the festival season begins this summer. The changes currently under consideration are the latest in a series of tweaks made to Ontario’s liquor laws by the McGuinty government. In 2010 the Liberals introduced tougher impaired driving laws, including a zero blood alcohol tolerance for drivers under 21 and an ignition interlock program for repeat offenders. The province also began permitting the licensing of movie theatres and bingo halls in 2009.

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sgoode Coun. Doug Thompson put his money on a dark horse last week when he announced he’s looking for a council endorsement to bring casino tables to the Rideau Carleton Raceway in Ottawa South. He faces some formidable opposition in the form of Gloucester-Southgate Coun. Diane Deans who has questioned his methods, which don’t allow for public consultation before council decides what side of the gambling fence it sits on. No doubt he will also hear complaints from anti-gambling groups, residents concerned about traffic, and perhaps even the odd bingo hall which stands to lose some business as the raceway continues to offer more services. But at the heart of the matter, Thompson’s message rings true: if people are gambling anyway, why not make a few bucks for Ottawa while they’re at it? As a city we complain about rising property taxes, rocketing transit fares and increased utility and user fees. Even when council makes all the concessions it can to keep tax increases to a minimum, we complain they’re much too high. So why not embrace an easy $2 million in revenue that’s already being spent just a short

trip across the Ottawa River at Lac-Leamy? We’ve already made $37 million in revenue from the slots and races since they started operating at the Raceway – so unless the plan’s opposition wants to shut the entire entertainment centre down, the ethical argument is moot. In the grand scheme of things, $2 million is just a drop in the budget bucket. But that money could be used to start a much-needed social program, to begin building a new recreational facility, or saved to protect future sensitive wetlands. Maybe it could be used to fund a gambling addiction support centre. There is certainly an argument to be made against encouraging government-endorsed addictions such as gambling. In reality, however, most people who currently visit the Gatineau casino are gambling responsibly, in the same way most people drink responsibly. For the small group of people who are susceptible to a gambling addiction, the city has a responsibility to monitor the issue. But the fact is most money spent in casinos is spent responsibly, and the city should be getting a piece of the action – if only to boost their bottom line.

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atching people break out in revolt all over the Middle East, Canadians wonder when it will happen here. The answer is it won’t, because, relative to other parts of the world, we don’t have that much to revolt about. On the other hand, we could speak up a bit more than we do now. Take, for example, seniors. We have been hearing for years about the coming power of the over-65 demographic. And suddenly it is here. The first wave of the baby boomers has turned 65. Those who got there first have been patiently waiting for reinforcements. Now they are here and many more are coming. The power is here. It just hasn’t been used yet. But there are issues where the voice of the over-65s could be raised. A nice test of the power of seniors would be the question of whatever it is that’s happening to buses in Ottawa these days. The specific are a bit hard to follow but the generalities follow a pattern that has been familiar for decades. It goes like this: OC Transpo faces declining ridership and revenues so it increases fares and cuts routes. For decades people have been telling OC Transpo

CHARLES GORDON Funny Town that cutting service and raising fares is not the way to get more people to ride the bus. Some day it will sink in. Maybe the over-65s can help that process along. Everybody recognizes that having more people ride the buses is a public good. It reduces traffic, cuts pollution and so on. But more people will only ride the buses if the buses are there. It sounds like the likelihood of them being there is decreasing. This is where seniors could test their newly arrived political clout. The latest proposal nixes the idea of a half-price fare for seniors. It adds a couple of free days, Monday and Friday, providing seniors travel after noon, an idea that has rightly been criticized as social engineering of a most condescending sort. Is this something to email your coun-

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cillor about, or stage a protest at city hall, some Monday or Friday after noon? Maybe not. The cost issue is a good one, but it may not be paramount to many seniors. Not all are impoverished, nor do they want to be treated as if they are. More crucial is the question of route cuts. The Transpo planners want, as usual, to cut some routes, and those would not be the ones zooming from the outer ’burbs along the Transitway to downtown. No, the routes we will lose will be the ones that meander through residential neighbourhoods, the ones that take a while to get downtown but stop close to where you live and, incidentally, take a lot of the neighbourhood kids to school and back. Those routes are the most vulnerable because they are the least cost-efficient, and you know what that means. It means efficiency first, you second. Another proposed efficiency is to reduce the number of stops for those routes that survive. The upshot is a longer walk to the bus, maybe a nice bit of exercise in the spring and summer, but not so great in the winter, and not great at all for those who don’t move as easily as they used to.

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OPINION

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BRYNNA LESLIE Capital Muse

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’m not a horse; I’m a blanket. People are always using me to cover themselves and it’s so annoying.” My four-year-old son is the funniest guy I know. Seriously. If I was half as funny as him, I’d have a daily column. He’s so funny and creative and active that, well, sometimes I feel bad that I have to send him off to public school every day. Don’t get me wrong. He’s doing well in junior kindergarten. At the meet-theteacher interview in February, I found out he’s the leader of his group, that he has a clear sense of justice, and that he and his classmates have mastered the entire year’s mathematics curriculum. “I realized I was so far ahead that I just stopped teaching math altogether,” said the teacher. Seriously? Seriously. She wasn’t being funny. I wasn’t quite sure what to say, if only because the interview was conducted in French (not my mother tongue). But also because I couldn’t believe the teacher had just explicitly claimed she was dumbing down the entire curriculum to make sure the 40 students she was teaching didn’t get too far ahead of other kids in the province, who are all much dumber than they were 10 years ago when the curriculum was more rigorous, apparently. Upon reflection, though, I’m pretty sure that’s exactly what she said. Should I be surprised? We live in a society where when life gets tough, we lower the bar. In January, the Canadian Society for Exercise Physiology (CSEP) released new guidelines for physical activity, which actually reduced the minimum recommended amount of daily exercise required for both adults and children. Old recommendations suggested adults

get 30 minutes of moderate-rigorous physical activity per day and children get 90 minutes per day. The new recommendation is 150 minutes per week for adults (or just over 20 minutes per day), and a minimum of 60 minutes per day for children. The sad fact is that just seven per cent of Canadian children and 15 per cent of adults are meeting the new, lower requirements. Even sadder is that universities, the CSEP, Health Canada, and others are trying to sell the new guidelines as an improvement over the old ones. Among the half dozen or so reasons justifying the new guidelines, the most laughable was that “the inactivity crisis deserves up-to-date guidelines.” Yes, I suppose it does. But if the goal is to get Canadians healthier, fitter, shouldn’t those guidelines be more rigorous? Apparently not. The justification behind the dumbing down of our exercise regime goes something as follows: If the recommendations make exercise seem too difficult, it will discourage people from engaging in physical activity at all. I don’t get it. We have an obesity epidemic in this country. We’re all getting fatter. Children are fatter. Adults are fatter. Even our pets our fatter. (I noticed my cat was looking pear-shaped the other day). But do we tax junk food? No. Do we cut off the cable television? No. Do we establish morning marching and stretching? No. Here in Canada, to combat the obesity epidemic, we reduce the daily recommendations for physical exercise. Like the kindergarten teacher who put away the abacus mid-February, the establishment has hidden the old recommendations away in the cupboard in the hopes that a soft approach will reap bigger rewards. I’m not a betting woman, but if I were, I’d wager we’ll all still be sitting on our butts this time mid-winter. The only difference is that this time next year we’ll be able to use the new recommendations to justify our sedentary lives, because, well, we don’t want to get too far ahead of the rest of them.

Web Poll THIS WEEK’S POLL QUESTION

LAST WEEK’S POLL SUMMARY

What should the city’s stance on new gaming tables at Rideau Carleton Raceway be?

What does the SuperEx’s 2011 hiatus mean to you?

A) Gambling is a great source of revenue. The city shoud take advantage.

A) Nothing. I never went to it anyway. 58%

B) There’s already too many outlets for

B) I’m worried when it does come

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back, it won’t be the same.

gamblers – we don’t need any more.

C) We should only allow it if there are

C) I’m looking forward to it coming back better than ever in 2012.

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D) I’ll really miss it. The fair was an

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sufficient addiction programs in place.

D) It would only add to the traffic woes on

annual family tradition

Albion Road.

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Where have all our good books gone? Compatibility hampers some e-book lending MICHELLE NASH michelle.nash@metroland.com

The recent release of an iPhone application that offers instant information about books at the local Ottawa Public Library is just one example of how technology has taken libraries by storm. Speaking to a Rockcliffe Park crowd, the head of the Ottawa Public Library talked about the future of books and that e-books are indeed here to stay. At the Rockcliffe Park speakers program on Feb. 23, Barbara Clubb discussed the future of libraries and explained the structure of e-books and audiobooks, which are now available through the library database. Clubb, a 10 year veteran with the Ottawa Public Library, said the library is prepared for the changes. “I believe if people are reading e-books we will find a way to provide for them,” Clubb said. The new mobile library catalogue app for iPhone lets people interact with the library whereever they are. It offers users the ability to see if a book is checked in, which library they can retrieve it (along with builtin GPS). Plus they can renew a book and manage their accounts. The Toronto-based company BiblioCommons developed the app with funding from the

Edmonton Public Library. The Ottawa Public Library jumped on board to offer their patrons the new mobile extension to their services. “It is a great way to interact with the library,” said Jennifer Stirling, manager of digital services. Prepared for digital interest, the library has appointed staff like Stirling for digital services to handle the requests and calls for e-books. New books are added weekly to the online catalogue. The library has had e-books since 2008, but the library digital service has noticed an influx of calls, tweets and emails about the new e-books offered. They believe it is because of the large number of e-book readers given as gifts this year for Christmas. “It seems like everyone ended up with an e-reader and we are trying hard to give them the technical and digital support they need,” Clubb said. A service that offers users the freedom of no library fines has a definite appeal with users, added Clubb. Stirling brought five e-readers to the event: iPad, Kindle, Sony e-reader, Kobo and the Aluratech e-book reader. Ross Murray came to the speakers program because, as a self-professed techie, he wanted to see how the library is plan-

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At Rockcliffe Park’s speakers program residents came out to learn what the future of libraries really entails as well as the best e-book options available. ning on integrating the e-books into their catalogue. He was happy with the news of how many books will be offered and how quickly new books will be added, but indicated he still finds fault with the e-readers and the current, bumpy system the library offers for taking out e-books. “We hope to make the service as easy to use as something like Amazon,” Clubb said, admitting that at the moment the service could be more functional. Compatibility and preference are two main issues the library is currently tackling. The Kindle does not work with anything but Amazon, whereas the other four e-readers work with certain

LETTER TO THE EDITOR

Fix the problems behind 311 calls City created current complaints-based system Dear Editor, Some City of Ottawa officials are now complaining about the people who use the 311 system primarily to report matters needing attention by the City of Ottawa, and much is being made of calls about “neighbours.” However, the notion that citizens should try to sort things out with the source of the problem, and if that does not work then call 311, has aspects which are both bizarre and potentially dangerous. Two points should suffice to persuade our municipal officials to play the hand that they dealt themselves, and to stop blaming citizens for using 311 as it is intended to be used. First, rather than spend money on field staff such as bylaw officers, the City of Ottawa

and other area municipalities adopted a complaints-based approach years ago, whereby the onus was put on citizens to call in complaints about potholes, unplowed roads, ice-covered sidewalks, littered parks, burnt-out street lights, plugged storm drains, abandoned buildings, overgrown hedges, garbage-strewn properties, barking dogs, noisy parties, and so on. Small wonder then that numerous calls are made, including multiple, repeated complaints about matters that might never have arisen had proper standards and bylaw enforcement procedures been put in place by our municipal government. Second, many 311-related incidents involve strangers rath-

er than well-known neighbours, and making personal contact can be very problematic. Police services officials have raised cautions about the personal contact approach idea for good reason: intended polite discussions with strangers and casual acquaintances can escalate into confrontations that have dire consequences. I suggest that our municipal officials could best serve all citizens by doing a better job of preventing and correcting the problems that cause the 311 calls, rather than attempting to discourage civic-minded citizens who make the effort to inform the city of things gone and going wrong. Barry Wellar Professor Emeritus University of Ottawa

e-books offered at the library. “With books, you can just stick them all on a shelf, but with e-books, they all may not be compatible with the e-readers,” Clubb explained. The advice was for interested e-reader shoppers was to do their research and make sure the reader they purchase does what they want and need it to do. “People like their devices and they like having everything on one device – and so far, we haven’t seen the best e-reader to accomplish that task,” Murray said. Security, price and the time it takes to download the e-books

were all questions Rockcliffe residents raised at the event. “It takes about a minute to download an e-book,” Stirling said. As for the concerns to security – Overdrive, the library’s service provider, is as secure as online banking, Stirling assured. The library has allotted $70, 000 for e-books this year, which still only amounts to 1.4 per cent of their total book purchasing. At the moment, they plan to focus on popular fiction books, such as The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo as they have noticed a high number of requests for such books. The face of the library is indeed changing, Clubb noted, but libraries are still being built, renovated and remain a place people flock to. “If books are only becoming digital, someone isn’t getting the message because they keep on building,” she said. Of course, circulation of materials is only a third of what the Ottawa libraries are being used for these days. Libraries have become more than just a place to borrow books. They are the hub of the community; a place where people meet, where kids play and where conferences can be held. And e-books still only represent a small number compared to the print available in the library. “There is a long way to go before they make the same numbers as print,” Clubb said.

Taking a different look at life on a native reserve EDDIE RWEMA eddie.rwema@metroland.com

A documentary filmed by a Carleton University student that explores the difficulties faced by people living in First Nation reserves in Northern Ontario is set to premiere next week. Life on the Reserve is a tale of the significant challenges that people living on reserves have to deal with, as well as the hope they have for their community. Graham Shonfield, a secondyear public affairs and policy management student, volunteered last summer at a northern Ontario reserve. “I’m trying to convey a message of hope,” said Shonfield. “Whenever I heard about First Nations, it was often only about conflict, land claims, tragedy, and I just wanted to show a dif-

ferent side to them – a side of hope that most non-aboriginals rarely see” Shonfield said he was motivated to shoot the documentary by the people he met while living on the reserve. “I volunteered in Gull Bay for two months and during that time I met a lot of incredible people.” His documentary follows a few members of the Gull Bay First Nation community as they talk about their daily lives at the reserves. “I’m hoping to change perspectives and show that Aboriginals are not exactly what you see in the news and that they are amazing people.” Proceeds from the screening at the Mayfair Theatre on March.9 will go back to Gull Bay First Nation reserve.


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EMMA JACKSON emma.jackson@metroland.com

Ecology Ottawa launched two major clean energy campaigns at its Feb. 24 gala at Ottawa City Hall, which aim to take advantage of provincial opportunities to invest in renewable energy projects. “Thanks to the Green Energy and Green Economy Act, we have an opportunity that we’ve never had before in the province of Ontario: to invest in the solutions to be part of driving the change that we want to see,” Ecology Ottawa chairman Graham Saul told the audience of about 100 people, including several city councillors and MPPs. The first program announced at the gathering is the Community Eastern Network of Eastern Ontario, which will bring together community groups, organizations, businesses, and governmental bodies from across Eastern Ontario to share resources and information about clean energy in an effort to develop best practices and strategies for clean energy initiatives in Eastern Ontario. The second program is called

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Ecology Ottawa chairman Graham Saul addresses an audience at city hall on Feb. 24, who gathered to hear about the launch of two new clean energy initiatives in the region. Building Community Power, and focuses on raising awareness about clean energy in the Ottawa community as well as helping community groups maximize their opportunities to take advantage of Ontario’s green energy act, which in-

cludes the feed-in tariff renewable energy program. Saul said that the Ontario government’s green energy legislation is one of the most effective of its kind in North America, and communities should be working together to take advan-

tage of such programs as the feed-in tariff, which offers high energy prices for renewable sources such as solar, wind, geothermal and small hydro. “Here in Ontario, we are beginning to prove that we can solve problems and create jobs at the same time. At its heart, the core of Ontario’s plan is simple: we phase out coal, and we ramp up renewable energy and energy efficiency,” Saul said, noting that dirty energy is the number one contributor to climate change. Kristina Inrig from Tucker House environmental learning centre in Rockland outlined the community energy network program, explaining that by working together the whole region can foster very positive results. “By sharing information and resources we have the opportunity to grow as a community and to really make strategic and important impacts over the coming years,” she said. “We will be sharing information, best practices including solar case studies across our communities, everywhere from Kingston to Cornwall to the neighbourhoods of the city of Ottawa. We

really want to build a community-wide strategy for energy, and promote energy efficiency, renewable energy production, and energy conservation measures.” The Building Community Power program will take a more grass-roots approach inside Ottawa’s borders, offering support for community groups that want to invest in renewable energy, and cultivating energy leaders around the city that can spread the word. “Our objectives are two-fold. First we will be raising awareness on clean energy, and second we’ll be supporting community groups on tangible community energy projects around the city,” explained Janice Ashworth with Ecology Ottawa, noting that the green energy act gives special priority to community-led projects. “Ottawa can be a leader if we work together. In the end, the community groups will take a leading role.” The Building Community Power program was granted $100,000 over two years through the Ontario Trillium Foundation’s community grants program.

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Agencies have to keep up with volunteer needs Flexibility and quick response times key to recruiting, agency says EMMA JACKSON emma.jackson@metroland.com

In Ottawa’s complex volunteering sector, agencies never stop struggling to bring volunteers into their organizations – but it’s not always for a lack of willing people. According to Keenan Wellar, executive staff leader at the intellectual disabilities support charity Live Work Play, often the biggest barriers to recruiting volunteers come from the agencies themselves, who he said are often unwilling to embrace new technologies and new methods to reach out to various demographics. “I think many agencies are using the same or very similar recruitment methods and offering same opportunities that they have for years and years, and then they’re surprised when volunteers with different interests and ways of communicating aren’t knocking down their doors,” Wellar said, noting that the rise of social media tools such as Facebook and Twitter are among some of the most useful – and ignored – methods of recruitment. “Some people don’t understand that social media is part of your overall communications strategy,” he said. “It is a tremendous benefit to us, there’s no better market. You can’t pay to have someone speaking from the heart like that, giving those little microtestimonials (online). And of course their con-

tacts will look to that.” Wellar said the worst thing an agency can do is use an overarching ad calling for general volunteers. He said men especially need ads that give job-specific details, so that they know exactly what they’re getting into. “The open-ended appeal is difficult, there are these extreme demands on volunteers and they have to slot out their interests very carefully,” he said. “They are very wary of going through the process and then being expected to commit to more or something different than they had in mind.” Citizen Advocacy, which matches volunteers to residents with disabilities who need some company or help with errands, makes a huge effort to personalize its advertisements through online databases such as Volunteer Ottawa. “What seems to be working for us is really trying to target more specific groups. Instead of a general ad saying ‘we’re looking for volunteers’, we’re actually creating a story about somebody specific,” said Hilary Albers, who co-ordinates volunteers for Citizen Advocacy. “Something like, ‘Tim really likes sports and cars, and he’s more comfortable hanging out in his apartment but he’d like someone to come spend time with him.’ I think that way you can attract people who can relate to that person. I think having a more personal approach is always very helpful

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Targeting specific groups rather than using general calls for help during volunteer recruiting drives seems to work well for Citizen Advocacy, said volunteer co-ordinator Hilary Albers. ‘I think having a more personal approach is always very helpful and meaningful.’ and meaningful.” When it comes to Facebook and Twitter, however, Albers said those tools are great for some agencies but are not onesize-fits-all, especially for the type of volunteer Citizen Advocacy is looking for. “I think a lot of the demographics that we’re gearing toward might not be your typical Facebooker or tech-savvy person. Maybe the younger crowd and students for sure, but older prospective volunteers don’t use that tool, and a lot of our protégés (clients) don’t use that as a tool,” she explained, noting that the agency is busy enough without maintaining Facebook and Twitter pages. “To ask someone to maintain a Facebook page, it’s almost like a full time job. You have to commit to it, you have to have something new and exciting to say,

you have to draw people to it. That is a job in itself,” she said. Wellar said he doesn’t understand the “old-school” mentality that often rejects new tools like Facebook, but he said an even bigger barrier for agencies is their level of bureaucracy. “The number one complaint we hear is that the process was a turn-off,” he said. “It’s great to go online and have a Facebook page or email, but if you don’t have anyone monitoring it, that’s terrible. If it was days before I got a response, I would think, ‘Do I really want to get involved with this agency?’” Citizen Advocacy’s process is certainly lengthy, involving an information session, a two-hour personal interview, a reference check and a police record check, but Albers said it’s absolutely necessary. “We take the time to get to

According to Keenan Wellar, executive staff leader at Live Work Play, volunteer agencies need to take advantage of social media such as Facebook and Twitter to give their recruiting efforts a boost. know our prospective volunteer advocates, we want our matches to be successful and long term. We’re looking for people who can commit to at least a year if not longer. It’s about developing relationships,” she said. The common element seems to be that every agency is different, but that they need to keep up with changing trends and be able to adapt to meet their volunteers’ needs, said Omaima Faris, the volunteer co-ordinator for the Ottawa Community Immigrant Services Organization (OCISO). “It’s really hard for the agencies, but you really have to be creative and flexible to go with the flow with the volunteers, because we need them,” she said. “They may need us for some pieces, but essentially we need them for our services.”

City tracks calls to examine trends see some resolution if people did approach their neighbours and deal with it directly. “We try to encourage people to resolve it themselves,” Jones said. However, Jones also added the more calls that come in about a particular situation, the faster a resolution might come about. When a call is placed, the city tries to address the issue within 24 hours, sending out a bylaw officer who observes the situation and makes a full report. The calls are tracked and the city examines trends and the influx of calls. The more the calls come in, the faster the city will work. With regard to residents in Vanier, these complaints have shown positive reinforcement and resolutions. Areas some residents did not want to walk near are now clean and welcoming. And as for Chiarelli’s suggestion to talk to their neighbours first, Beaulieu said if they could just go and knock on the doors they would, but it is

not the case for them. “I called 311 for some overgrown bushes to be cleared, so the shack behind those bushes, which was a place prostitutes would go, would be in plain sight. Those bushes were cut back and now that area is not frequented by prostitutes anymore,” Beaulieu said. Fleury said his ward is one that has been awarded for the cleanup they are doing, working hard at changing the stigma associated with Vanier. In his view, the more information he has about residents concerns the faster he can work on creating change. “Calling 311 shows me that residents care and are concerned, we can not simply listen to what one councillor is saying,” Fleury added. Chiarelli did not return calls by press time. Photo by Michelle Nash

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Residents in Vanier are upset at the recent negative attention 311 calls have been receiving. As the ward with the most logged calls, area residents see this as a visible success in their cleaner streets and parks and hope that Ottawans continue to use the service as they intend to.


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Ian Keteku will be opening Verse Fest with a slam. A slam poet performer, the young man hopes that Verse Fest will open the city’s eyes to the high number of talented artists this urban area holds. poetry gives a poet the thrill of competition,” Keteku said. The poet is also an actor and journalist and feels that slam poetry gives him the best outlet. Slam poetry, Keteku explains,

brings hip hop and poetry together. There are no rules to this form of poetry and the format is indeed free to use any literary styles. “It lets me be a storyteller and an entertainer,” Keteku said.

compare to poetry on the page,” he added. Not that Denis believes his poems are any more powerful than what younger poets are writing these days, just that it is different. Denis is a poet who always believed he got better with age. His romantic life with poetry has never given him the freedom of life without a regular job, but Denis always knew that was part of the choice he made. “I am happy with the choice I made, but it has been difficult. I haven’t worked at any one place to be able to retire, I never saved enough money, but I knew that was the life I was choosing.” Keteku’s life is a bit different, with the career of a slam poet; he has travelled the world at his young age. But he too is seeking a support beyond poems, with an education in journalism, Keteku hopes to fulfill many more of his dreams. And when it comes to performing at this latest festival, Keteku said nothing compares to performing at home. “Ottawa is a great place for inspiration and I think it is time that Ottawa gets to know their poets,” he said.

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Ian Keteku and Michael Denis are both accomplished poets, but that is where their similarities stop. One is a slam poet champion, the other is a scribe who sees value in poetry still making its way to the written page. But both believe strongly that poetry was exactly what they were meant to do. The two Vanier poets will be performing at Ottawa’s first Verse Fest, a poetry festival that celebrates the many different faces poetry can have. Keteku, a world champion slam poet, will be opening the event. “When I first saw slam poetry performed, it seemed to encompass everything I wanted to do,” Keteku said. Keteku found slam poetry through the invitation of another poet. He was immediately enthralled by the performances and jumped right in. Since he has had opportunities throughout Canada and the world and believes that this format of poetry offers struggle and contest. “There are some poems that belong on the page, others that need to be performed, but slam

The inaugural year for Verse Fest, the festival will be offering a wide variety of poets in the span of six days. There will be performances, workshops and readings. Fourteen Ottawa poetry groups will participate with a wide variety of talent. One of those talented individuals is Denis, who has been performing and writing poetry since the early 1980s. Denis’ poems are inspired by day to day occurrences and his words hit the old fashioned page instead of the computer screen. Denis has seen a lot of the changes in the community of poets, with a strong presence from those who perform and publish online. “When I talk to young poets now, they all hope to be appearing online. I am not saying it was better in my day – it was just different,” Denis said. Denis lived through a time when poems were judged and chosen by peers, before you got the nod of published work. When it comes to performances, he believes that slam poetry offers quite the show, but is unsure at the level of poetry being delivered. “To me slam poetry doesn’t

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DAN PLOUFFE The final chapter of the Lester B. Pearson Panthers’ Cinderella story remained unwritten with a 67-48 loss to Louis-Riel in the national capital ‘AA’ city final, but after a 1-5 start to their senior boys’ basketball season, a silver medal finish wasn’t too bad an end to the tale. “I’m really proud that they even made it here,” Panthers coach Sarah Morris says. “I didn’t think we could. We won a battle to get here.” LBP actually won three consecutive overtime contests to reach the championship game, including dramatic playoff victories where they knocked off favoured St. Paul 64-62 and Cairine Wilson 86-82. “At one point in one game, we were down by 15 and we came back to win it in overtime,” Morris recounts. “They fought hard and I think that’s a true test of character in life too. For a lot of these guys, they’re not going to get a lot of things handed easily to them. “They’re going to have to fight for it, and they showed in those three games that they were bigtime fighters.” Morris isn’t a big subscriber to the argument since they’ve beaten teams like Louis-Riel before, but the Panthers do have an additional challenge because they don’t get the opportunity to travel and meet top teams from other areas like many of their opponents. “Our school pays nothing for tournaments and these kids have no money,” Morris explains. “There is that difference there, but (Louis-Riel) played

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Malcolm Jean Michel (right) and the Lester B. Pearson Panthers clawed their way back from a 15 start to their senior boys’ basketball season to reach the city championship game, which they dropped 67-48 to Louis-Riel last week at Carleton University. with way more heart than we did this game, and money doesn’t buy heart.” A return trip to the city championship after winning it last year remains an impressive accomplishment for the Panthers, especially considering how badly the team struggled early on after losing leader Johnny Berhane, who’s moved on to become a star rookie with the University of Ottawa GeeGees. When LBP had just one win in its first six contests, a trip to the city final sure wasn’t something Morris envisioned.

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Alex Johnny and the Lester B. Pearson Panthers clawed their way back from a 1-5 start to their senior boys’ basketball season to reach the city championship game, which they dropped 67-48 to Louis-Riel last week at Carleton University. they respect each other. They fensively, but eventually weap“Not at all,” she laughs. “I was just needed to carry that over to ons such as Josh Kabongo, like, ‘OK, junior boys’ volleyball the court.” Akeem White, Malcolm Jean is starting up soon, so let’s get Most of the current Panthers Michel, JP Manuel and Alex ready for that.’” will be graduating come the end Johnny came together and Part of the early troubles came of the school year, but there is turned the tide to win six confrom the fact that the Panthers a great crop of junior-aged LBP secutive games. had only nine team members, so players coming up. “The difference after 1-5 I they did a lot of their learning “You can quote me on this,” think was that we just started in games because they wouldn’t Morris emphasizes. “In two playing more as a team and have the chance to work 5-on-5 years, you’ll definitely see me trusting each other a bit more,” during practices. back here (in the city championMorris notes. “They’re ultiIt was also a little case of “too ship), if not this next year.” mately a good group of guys and many cooks in the kitchen” of-

Local OFSAA event offers chance for snowboarding growth in region DAN PLOUFFE When Camp Fortune hosts the OFSAA snowboard festival on Friday, March 4, it will mark the first time the event is held outside southern Ontario and represents an opportunity for Ottawa to play a little catch-up in the snowboarding game, says a Team Ontario coach at the recent Canada Winter Games. “It’s a really cool event,” states Ottawa’s Cassandra Smith, who is assisting the OFSAA organizers from Arnprior District High School. “This is really the opportunity for these kids around here to have an event in their own location to show what they can do. The kids are getting excited for the fact that it’s going to be here.” Lisgar’s Rachael Penman will

lead the contingent of Ottawa riders at OFSAA, having posted the fastest time – out of girls and boys – on the giant slalom courses at last week’s national capital championships. Penman will be joined by her fellow national capital gold-medallist Lisgar girls’ teammates for OFSAA, along with the second- and third-place schools, Sacred Heart and All Saints. Sacred Heart also qualified the city’s top boys’ squad for OFSAA, along with Glebe and All Saints, while individuals that will compete include Tara Hoffman (from Sir Robert Borden), Emma Wolna (Glebe), Alexandria Roy (Woodroffe), Jeremy Bissett (Sir Robert Borden), Oscar Dziewiecke (Mother Teresa) and Mark Adams (Lisgar). Naturally, the young riders

will be stoked for the chance to showcase their talents, but the event could also serve as an important building block for the capital region that doesn’t seem to have very developed programs in the view of Smith, a Merivale High School grad who recently moved back home after coaching in Alberta for a decade. “From everyone I’ve talked to at the local ski hills and the snowboard shops, it sounds like we’re really sort of breaking the ice around here,” Smith explains. “With Ottawa the size it is and the number of facilities there are, we should be able to have athletes that are on the junior national team and looking towards snowboarding careers. In five or 10 years’ time, we should be able to build that community.”

To achieve that goal, the nationally-accredited coach is currently working with the high schools to increase interest in their snowboarding programs, develop more coaches and let the riders know about other opportunities to train and compete in events outside of the scholastic loop. Plus she’s also created her own club, called the Akademy snowboard team, which will be holding a March break camp at Calabogie Peaks. “Being a part of a program helps you develop in steps,” notes Smith, adding that trying new things alone is also an important part of snowboarding culture that must be maintained. “Also, someone else can take a look at what you’re doing and give you educated and expe-

rienced advice on the next direction to take to try things out.” For snowboarding to grow in Ottawa, Smith believes that the high school circuit will need to build towards the provincial team, which will involve raising awareness of the opportunities available for youth through the Association of Ontario Snowboarders. “There are so many high schools that have snowboard teams and have some really talented athletes, but the a lot of the kids haven’t really got to experience the broad spectrum of events that they could be going to,” Smith adds. “OFSAA’s an awesome experience for the kids, and I think in a couple years, we’ll start seeing that some of the top kids have come from the high school circuit.”

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Ottawa athletes brought home a pile of medals – including eight gold – from the second week of Canada Winter Games competition in Nova Scotia. Leading the way was para cross-country skier Margarita Gorbounova, who won each of her women’s standing events to capture three gold in total. Jimmy Pintea was a double-gold medallist in table tennis, helping Ontario to a men’s team title and earning the mixed doubles title as well. Shannon Zheng also won a medal in the table tennis competition as she prevailed in five sets over Quebec to take women’s doubles bronze. Quincy Korte-King, profiled in the Feb. 25 edition of Ottawa This Week, made good on her wish to land atop the podium as she claimed gold in the women’s snowboard halfpipe competition. Lisa Nasu-Yu, who finished second in pre-novice at Skate Canada’s Eastern & Western Challenge earlier this year, bested the Challenge champion to grab gold in the women’s singles figure skating competition at the Canada Games, while ice dancers Samantha Glavine and Jeff Hough won silver. Joseph Rogers prevailed in a three-set men’s singles match to help Ontario edge B.C. 3-2 in the badminton team event final and capture gold. Kelly Moore was a double-medallist in alpine skiing, placing second in the women’s slalom event and third in the super combined. More than 2,700 athletes competed in 20

sports from Feb. 11-27 at this year’s Canada Winter Games, which are held every four years. LOCAL HIGH SCHOOL TEAMS ADVANCE THROUGH PLAYOFFS The Ashbury Colts upset Garneau to advance to the national capital ‘A/AA’ boys’ contact hockey championship series against fellow underdog St. Paul. The Colts edged Garneau 4-3 on Feb. 24 to advance to the best-of-three final that will determine Ottawa’s representative at OFSAA. The Hillcrest Hawks flexed their muscles in national capital ‘AAA/AAAA’ boys’ contact hockey play, dominating St. Peter 9-2 to win their semi-final playoff match on Feb. 23. The Hawks will now face St. Joseph in the best-of-three city championship series – an opponent they beat 6-1 during the regular season. The St. Mark Lions will play for the national capital girls’ ‘A/AA’ championship thanks to their 5-1 playoff victory over Osgoode last week. The Lions will now take on the Louis-Riel Rebelles, who beat St. Mark 2-0 in the regular season, in the best-of-three league final. Both the Canterbury boys’ and girls’ curling teams moved into the semi-final round of the national capital high school playoffs with quarter-final victories last week. The Canterbury ladies, who went 7-1 in the regular season, downed St. Joseph 9-7, while the boys remained unbeaten by knocking off St. Pius 7-2.


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Barracudas, Kingfish win Ontario swimming gold The Nepean-Kanata Barracudas and the Greater Ottawa Kingfish each won a gold medal at the 2011 Ontario junior shortcourse swimming championships, hosted by NKB last weekend at the Nepean Sportsplex. Liam Veregin of the Kingfish topped the 12-year-old boys’ field in the 100-metre backstroke and

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Nepean takes bronze, silver-medallist Waterloo hands Ottawa OT loss DAN PLOUFFE They didn’t have to travel since it was their own association hosting the tournament, but all three Ottawa Ice teams made a trip to heartbreak hotel with some crushing losses this past weekend during the Ontario ‘AA’ ringette championships at the Jim Durrell Complex and Nepean Sportsplex. The disappointing fate wasn’t new for the Junior under-16 Ice – the same group that came up short two years ago when they were ranked No. 2 in the province. This time, the sting was even stronger as silver-medallist Waterloo handed Ottawa a 5-4 overtime loss in the division semifinals, followed by an 8-7 defeat to Nepean in the bronze medal game. Christie Kellam led the way offensively with 10 goals and 10 assists for the Ice, who earned a 5-1 record in the preliminary round. For Ottawa’s Belle U19 squad, their heartbreak came in a tiebreaker mini-game to decide which team would advance to the playoff round after ending up in a three-way tie for the final spot with a 5-1 preliminaryround record. Nepean skated off with a 1-0 overtime victory in that contest and went on to win the bronze.

The Tween U14 Ice drew praise from the gold medal-winning Pickering-Ajax club as the best team they faced this season, but Ottawa didn’t get the wins to match, dropping close contests in all four of their defeats to go beside two victories. “We had some tough losses,” acknowledges Ice Tween coach Jenna McBride, herself a ringette national team player. “We hit a lot of posts and struggled to put the ring in the net. We have some disappointed ladies, but it’s provincials, so it’s a fun experience for them. “Some of them, it was their first time playing in overtime at provincials, so it’s a learning experience about how to handle that situation.” Despite the disappointing results against the province’s best, McBride was proud to see her team improve all season long and compete hard at the Ontario championships. “The girls really played their hearts and souls out,” notes McBride, who enjoyed having the tournament in Ottawa so that a bigger crowd of family and friends had the chance to come out and watch. “They’ve all contributed and worked so hard this season.” It was an intense schedule for each of the 36 teams that competed in the three divisions with at least two games a day for the

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The Ottawa Ice battled hard but couldn’t quite make it onto the provincial podium as they hosted the Ontario ‘AA’ ringette championships last weekend. first three preliminary-round days of the Feb. 24-27 tournament. That was especially true for McBride’s assistant coach, Lane MacAdam, whose daughters Laurel, Kirsten and Kali played on the Ice Tween, Junior and Belle squads respectively.

It means an awful lot of time at the rink for the family, but non-stop ringette suits them just fine. “I think this sport is alive and well,” MacAdam adds. “People think that we’re losing players to hockey, but I think we’ve kept the numbers. When people see

the game for the first time, they realize how fast and exciting a sport it can be.” Pickering beat Waterloo to win the Tween championship, while Whitby bested Waterloo in Junior and St. Clements was dominant in Belle to also finish ahead of Waterloo.

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• MARCH 5: Christ Church Cathedral Girls’ Choir will perform Songs of Fervour in their second annual gala concert and silent auction. With an eclectic selection of works by Baldassare Galuppi, Eric Whitacre, and Timothy Piper, and featured guest soloist Julie Nesrallah, this will be the choir’s major concert this year. The event takes place at Christ Church Cathedral Ottawa. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. for the silent auction and the concert begins at 7:30 p.m. The silent auction continues during intermission, and a cash wine/ soft drinks bar will be available. For more information about the choir and the concert, visit the website: http:// www.calendarwiz.com/calendars/popup. php?op=view&id=36479892&crd=chris tchurchcathedralottawa

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• MARCH 6: Concert-in-the-Glebe is pleased to present Trio Tourmaline, sopranos Joyce Lundberg and Sylvia Larrass with Scott Richardson, on bass and keyboard. Selections by Byrd, Palestrina, Purcell, Monteverdi and others will be included in the concert entitled Sacred and Profane: Renaissance and Baroque. The concert will take place at 2:30 p.m. in Glebe St. James United Church, 650 Lyon St. at First Ave. Admission is $15, and $10 for students and seniors. Admission by donation is always welcome. For more information, contact the church at 613-236-0617 or visit www.glebestjames.ca

• MARCH 8: Special VCA meeting will take place at 7 p.m. at the Richelieu-Vanier Centre. A representative from Coun. Mathieu Fleury ‘s office and an OC Transpo representative will be at the meeting to discuss the numbers five and 12 bus routes. Reports in the media suggest that the number five bus route may be cancelled or significantly altered. Have your voice heard!

• MARCH 10 The Ottawa Humane Society Auxiliary meets at 1:30 p.m. on the second Thursday of each month at the Parkdale United Church, 429 Parkdale Ave. Please call Diane Bartlett-Fraser at 613-836 -1492 for more information. New members are welcome. The Auxiliary raises money to help the animals at the shelter.

• MARCH 12 AND 13: The Strings of St. John’s Chamber Orchestra presents All in the Family. The first performance is on March 12 at 8 p.m. at Woodroffe United Church at 270 Woodroffe Ave. The second performance

is March 13 at 2 p.m., Church of St John the Evangelist, Elgin at Somerset West. Adult admission is $20, seniors and students are $15, and families are $50. Tickets available at the door and at Leading Note, St. John’s Church office and Woodroffe United Church office. For more information contact George Martin and RoseMarie at 613-730-0108, manager@stringsofstjohns.ca or www. stringsofstjohns.ca

• MARCH 13 The Catholic Women’s League of the Assumption Church will host a St. Patrick event at 5 p.m., located at 320 Olmstead Street in Vanier. Entertainment will be provided by the McCann family. Adult admission is $14 and children are $5. For more information contact Carmel Wrinn at 613-746-1490.

• MARCH 15 The next meeting of the Vanier Beautification committee will be held at 6:30 p.m. at the Vanier Community Services Centre, 290 Dupuis Street. For more information contact: www. togetherforvanier.com or vanierbeautifi-

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• MARCH 30 “Together for Vanier” Working Group on Drugs and Prostitution next meeting at 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at the Centre Pauline Charron, 164 Jeanne Mance St. Everyone welcome.

• APRIL 1 Concert at St. Joseph’s Church, Sandy Hill. 7 p.m. Tickets $10 at the door. Come and enjoy an evening of inspirational singing with Marc Coderre and friends, featuring Bonnie Fox-McIntyre, Karen Lahaise, Louise Rathier, Debra Scarpelli. www.circlenine.org

• APRIL 9 Y’s Owl Maclure Cooperative Centre is hosting a fundraising event at the Hampton Inn. The event features an evening of fine food, ballroom dancing and demonstrations by local dance instructors. Tickets cost $75 per person and there are advance sales only. For more information, contact Sue at 613-737-3268 or Hugh at 613 - 721-1500.

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★ 2010 Silverado LS 2500 WAS $49,595* NOW $34,100

SS, RS PKG, sunroof, automatic

4x4, crew cab, cruise, tint

★ 2010 Silverado Lt , Ext Cab 4x4

★ 2010 AVEO WAS $15,415* NOW $10,350

3 Available with different packages WAS $51,080* NOW $37,100 Sunroof, Z71 pkg, 5.3 litr, XM radio

★ 2010 Buick Lacrosse

3 Available with different options WAS $48,220* NOW $37,120 RWD CXL, confidence pkg, luxury pkg, Xm radio, sunroof, navigation

3.6 ltr, Bose stereo, 6 speed auto

Best Prices! All Below Cost!

5 door, 5 speed

★ 2010 Cadillac SRX

5 Available with different packages WAS $53,385* NOW $46,800 FWD, 20� chrome wheels, DVD

★ 2010 Suburban WAS $67,705* NOW $44,850 Assist steps, running boards, leather, sunroof, loaded

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March 3, 2011

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