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STOCK IS RISING A non-profit organization has refurbished 64 three- and four-bedroom townhomes for low-income families.
CLARK ABSOLVED The city dismissed an election finance allegation against Coun. Peter Clark finding no reasonable grounds to warrant an audit.
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Mauril Bélanger celebrated his seventh mandate by singing happy birthday to his wife and promising to work hard for his constituents for the next four years.
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SWING AND MISS Residents in Overbrook do not approve of the recent report about the fate of the Ottawa Baseball Stadium and question city consultants about their process
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After being handed a seventh consecutive mandate, Mauril Bélanger announced the Liberal Party of Canada needs to reflect and ask what went wrong. Bélanger won by close to 38 per cent of the vote in the Liberal stronghold, but his numbers have been on a steady decline since he first ran in 1995, when he won with
over 60 per cent of the vote. Bélanger said thank you to his constituents for re-electing him, but did not ignore the fact his party suffered. “This is a trigger of reflection of the Liberal Party. We have some thinking to do and some work to do,” he said. He added he thinks the party needs to stop and take notice of what happened on election night. “We typically do a post-mortem of our
campaign, but I think the Liberal Party of Canada tonight enters into a reflection period and it will be to do a national post-mortem,” he said. “I will certainly encourage our leader to engage in that as soon as possible and allow every single party member across Canada to engage in that.” As he watched the election results roll in, he saw the wave of NDP take Atlantic Canada and Quebec. See LISTEN on page 4
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Neil Meisner, an Overbrook resident with a young family who lives on Prince Albert Street, showed up to city hall on April 26 to tell the planning committee why a nine-storey apartment building on a former convent site is a bad idea. Even though many other residents in the area feel the same way, committee gave the green light to the development that will be built at 127 Presland
Rd. “I’m surprised the planning department has endorsed this,” said Meisner, who was one of 10 people who showed up at the meeting to express their opposition. “I think it’s inappropriate given the surroundings. This is a very large vertical building and dramatically different than anything within its radius.” The U-shaped building, which will be developed by Group Lépine, will have 307 units with its entrance com-
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ing directly off the Vanier Parkway. Opponents said the building would create more traffic on the parkway which currently has about 2,000 cars every hour during rush hour. However Alain Miguelez, a city planner, said traffic would only increase to about 100 more cars on the road. Residents who opposed the development were in agreement that they’re not anti-development – they just don’t think this development is right for their community. “The height is a big problem for me,” said Allan Palister, a resident who lives across the street from the proposed development. “I want to make sure the development that goes in there won’t impact me and my neighbours.” He added that many of his neighbours are concerned with shadowing of their homes. Peter Hume, chair of the planning committee and Alta Vista councillor, said it seemed as though residents were fighting for a better design as opposed to density. However Sheila Perry, president of the Community Council of Overbrook, said that the density will be a huge problem for the neighbourhood. “The increase of density is clearly inappropriate and excessive relative to our neighbourhood,” Perry said. “The vast majority is single homes. This proposal is completely incompatible.” Rideau-Rockcliffe Coun. Peter Clark
also voiced concerns that were similar to those of the residents at the meeting, saying he didn’t feel comfortable with some aspects of the project. “The community would like to see less impact on the abutting properties,” Clark said. Officials from Group Lépine were also at the meeting with visuals of what the proposed apartment complex would look like, and said developers originally wanted the building to be 12 storeys. After strong opposition from the community, they said they decreased the height. Barrhaven Coun. Jan Harder moved a motion at the meeting to change some aspects of the building’s height and take away 15 units from the buildings original 307. Along the Vanier Parkway, the apartment is going to be 10 storeys high and the parts of the building closer to the neighbourhood will be seven storeys instead of eight. Meisner, who also brought up privacy concerns with the apartment’s balconies overlooking the surrounding homes, said the number of units will still be too much for the neighbourhood. “It’s bursting at the seams,” he said of the number of units on the property. “Everyone has been surprised. I do welcome new neighbours but I want it to be an asset to the community.”
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Staff from Group Lépine, the developer for 127 Presland Rd., showed planning committee what they expect their new apartment building to look like on the former Les Soeurs Franciscaines Missionaires de Marie de l’Ontario convent site in Overbrook.
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Solar panels line the rooftops in Overbrook’s newest addition to the stock of social housing in Ottawa. The seven blocks of townhomes help fill a deficit of three and four bedroom accommodations for low-income families, which are needed across the city.
Non-profit group renovates townhomes in Overbrook New affordable units desperately needed, community housing CEO says MICHELLE NASH email@example.com
A row of houses in Overbrook is answering the call for more affordable housing units in the city. The seven blocks of townhomes on Presland Road and Lola Street were purchased and refurbished by a non-profit group in an effort to offer new affordable housing in the neighbourhood. The organization, OCISO non-profit housing, takes part in the city’s social housing registry to find tenants. Currently, of the 64 townhouses owned, 28 are occupied. The homes offer three and four bedrooms – something which is a desperate need in the city. Three parties have been working to make this project a reality: Warlyn Construction, the City Housing Branch and Sound Advice, a consulting firm that manages the refurbishment and development of the property The townhomes have been completely refurbished with extensive repairs, including solar panels on the rooftops for water hearters, which is part of the ecoenergy program, supported through the Ontario government. Bob McKinnui grew up in social housing in Overbrook and now lives in one of the townhomes that is being renovated. So far, he has the solar panel hot water tank and new windows. He is looking forward to more improvements in the next few weeks. “This is much, much better. This is bringing in better tenants and it looks a lot nicer,” McKinnui said. The 64 townhomes on Presland Road and Lola Street were altered to accommodate larger families to supply housing for the demand needed by the city. Twelve of the units will be four-bedroom townhomes. Ottawa Community Housing CEO JoAnne Poirier said these renovated townhomes will definitely fill a desperate need
in the city. “We have a shortage of larger family units, this is a great investment,” she said. McKinnui said the townhomes were falling apart because the previous owner had not taken good care of them. He has been pleased to see the changes made since OCISO bought the seven blocks of homes and began to make a positive change in Overbrook. “I have lived here my whole life and have watched Overbrook become a place of crime, it seems like it may be changing and this housing is helping,” McKinnui said. McKinnui added that this housing complex project should just be the start of making social housing needs in the city turn around. “I still think social housing needs a lot more attention and we need to look at the whole issue – poverty, jobs, crime and housing to make a better neighbourhood and city,” He said. There are 22,500 social housing units in Ottawa and the Ottawa Community Housing looks after 15,000 units. With close to 10,000 families on the social housing waiting list, these townhomes will offer some relief. Ishbel Solvason, the executive director of the Social Housing Registry, an independent central registry system that handles the city’s waiting list, said this new development is exactly what the system needs. “Half of the waiting list is made up of families. The need for family housing is incredible,” Solvason said. The housing registry waiting list can have some families waiting four to eight years. In 2010, Solvason said they took in 4,464 new applications and only 1,752 households found homes. Solvason and Poirier both believe 2011 will be the year the waiting list gets a little shorter. “We are encouraged by the support the
city and Jim Watson has promised,” Poirier said. The townhomes in Overbrook are available for anyone on the social hous-
ing registry list or subsidy housing lists in the city. They are available for lowincome families as well as moderate income families of four with an income of $31,752 to maximum of $47,658 before taxes to be eligible for the 3-bedroom townhome.
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Haché encouraged by rising NDP numbers DAN PLOUFFE Both the defeated candidates in Ottawa-Vanier, Trevor Haché of the NDP and Conservative Rem Westland, sounded more like silver and bronze medallists than election losers in their comments about the results. Haché was encouraged by his party’s all-time best showing in the riding – surpassing the previous high by around 3,000 votes – while Westland was pleased to see Bélanger’s winning total shrink, not to mention the Conservatives’ success nationwide. “Everyone’s eye has been focused on the national numbers,” Westland explained at his campaign headquarters on Beachwood Avenue. “The party that we all represent here has done extremely well, so the overall mood has been very, very positive. It’s a campaign that’s worked almost beyond expectations.” The national results felt bittersweet to Haché, who believes the Conservative majority will result in regressive policies that will negatively impact health care, education, affordable housing, the environment and will make life less affordable for those already struggling. “I’m quite worried,” acknowledged Haché, who nearly doubled his vote total compared to his first campaign in 2008 and led the NDP to its first-ever second-place result in Ottawa-Vanier.
community continuously until next election. Westland shared that view, emphasizing that a presence between campaigns is the big key if they are ever to knock off the Liberals. “We have to keep our agenda moving forward so that when elections come, it’s not the first time that we get introduced,” noted the former Canadian Forces officer. “It’s a question of maintaining the profile of our associations locally, and I think that’s true for all the parties.” SPLASH OF GREEN IN RED RIDING
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Even though he finished second in Ottawa Vanier, NDP candidate Trevor Hache was proud he was able to double his vote tally from the 2008 campaign and that his party will form the official opposition. “But I do take some comfort in the fact that Jack’s going to be there every day in Parliament giving Stephen Harper hell for all the disasters that he’s going to create in this country.” Despite the Liberals’ history in the area, Haché indicated he believes that individuals in the riding do share the NDP’s core values, but that his party’s job is to mobilize more people who
are “disaffected with the political system” to get out and vote. “I think Ottawa-Vanier should be an NDP riding and it’s only a matter of time before it is,” said the 34-year-old Ecology Ottawa policy coordinator, who was struck by his door-to-door visits to affordable housing residents during the campaign. “It just broke my heart to talk to so many people who would
PM ‘will be expected to listen as well as govern’ From LIBERAL on page 1 “I saw the first wave across Atlantic Canada and thought, oh, this is going to be interesting. When I saw the second wave, it was obvious that they were going to be the opposition,” Bélanger said. Liberal supporters who came to the Pineview golf club to support Bélanger watched as NDP numbers slowly climbed. Ottawa-Vanier Liberal MPP Madeleine Meilleur came to support her longtime friend and expressed shock as the Liberal numbers trickled in. As Meilleur and Bélanger watched Liberal leader Michael Ignatieff ’s concession speech, Meilleur hugged Bélanger and told him she wanted to cry. “I am just so shocked, but I guess this is what the people want,” Meilleur said.
Other Liberal supporters also expressed shock when they saw the Conservative majority, with an NDP official opposition. Overbrook resident Denis Rackus said he felt it is now a good time for the Liberal party to start from the ground up. “This is a good opportunity to rebuild the party. It has to be rebuilt,” Rackus said. Bob Azzi indicated he was surprised by the numbers but happy that Bélanger held the Ottawa-Vanier riding. “He is a great MP. He is close to this community and I believe he will continue to work hard,” Azzi said. As one of 35 Liberals in the House of Commons, Bélanger said he will work hard for his riding as he has in the past. “I want first to thank the electors in Ottawa-Vanier for the
seventh mandate. I will go there as I have in the past and proudly work for our country and in a cooperative manner. “I will continue fighting for what I promised to fight for: A bridge – but not in Kettle Island, proper development of CFB Rockcliffe and the continuance of treating our civil servants professionally,” Bélanger said. He also thanked his team and had some words to spare for the new leader of the opposition. “I want to congratulate Jack Layton for becoming the leader of the official opposition, and for him I am also going to go there to cooperate,” Bélanger said. The long time MP also congratulated Prime Minister Stephen Harper for his win. “He has the faith of the future
actually have a better life if an NDP government was in power, but who decided not to vote because they’re so upset with the way politics is done in this country.” Haché added that he’s “open to the idea of running a third time – and hopefully the third time will be a charm,” but that it will be crucial to keep his “great team” involved in the
One of the biggest cheers of the night from Haché’s supporters at Derringers Restaurant on Montreal Road came when TVs showed Green Party leader Elizabeth May carried a comfortable lead in her Saanich-Gulf Islands riding. Westland viewed May’s triumph as “a positive for Canadian democracy” even though it meant the defeat of a Conservative cabinet minister. “A competition of ideas is what it’s all about,” he said. “She expresses her ideas clearly, and now obviously more loudly because she’ll have that opportunity in the House of Commons – and that’s a good thing.” Green Party candidate Caroline Rioux received just over five per cent of the popular vote in Ottawa-Vanier for a total of 2,716 ballots.
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Mauril Bélanger, Liberal Party
Trevor Haché, New Democratic Party
Rem Westland, Conservative Party
Caroline Rioux, Green Party
Christian Legeais, Marxist-Leninist Party
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of Canada in his hands and as such he will be expected to listen as well as govern,” Bélanger said. He also took a moment to sing
happy birthday to his wife and gave her a bouquet of flowers. He promised to start tacking the to-do list as early as Tuesday morning.
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Ottawa Centre’s Green Party candidate Jen Hunter, left, celebrate the election in British Columbia of party leader Elizabeth May with Ottawa-Vanier Green candidate Caroline Rioux.
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Elizabeth May has been elected as the Green Party’s first Canadian MP. The party’s percentage of the national vote dropped somewhat – including here in Ottawa – but May hopes her election will blaze a trail for Greens in future elections. Ottawa-Vanier Green candidate Caroline Rioux called May “the beacon” other Greens will follow. Rioux and Ottawa Centre Green candidate Jen Hunter gathered at Maxwell’s Bistro on Elgin Street to watch the results roll in. Both said their vote softened as the NDP surged. “Absolutely,” Rioux said of the progressive vote transfer to the New Democrats. “It was a national wave.”
Rioux added that the timing of the election – just days or weeks after university students left the city en masse for the summer – also cooled the Green vote. She said Elections Canada originally planned six polling stations on the University of Ottawa campus, but ended up only needing one. Hunter said May’s win in SaanichGulf Islands in British Columbia is important for the party, but added that keeping the Greens’ national vote above five per cent is critical as well. “We’ve been a growing party,” Hunter said. “I thought (May) would win. We were very strategic in investing to make that happen.” During the 2008 election in Ottawa Centre, Hunter came close to capturing 10 per cent of the votes. “If I don’t get 10 per cent, I’m going to be pissed,” she said.
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Audit committee rejects allegations against Clark MICHELLE NASH email@example.com
A request to investigate Coun. Peter Clark’s election financial statements was rejected by the City of Ottawa’s election compliance audit committee on Tuesday, May 3. The Rideau-Rockcliffe councillor was accused of using an automated telephone list from the federal candidate in the riding. Richard Cannings claimed this telephone list could cost upwards of $10,000, arguing Clark’s financial statement does not show this cost. Committee chairperson Claudine Girault rejected the request to investigate Clark’s list on the grounds that Cannings was asking for a fishing expedition. “I have to conclude there is no reasonable ground for this request. You never told how you got the information you got... saying a conversation took place. It’s not enough to convince someone and I can’t place much weight on that,” Girault said. The motion to reject the request for an audit on Clark’s electoral financial statement was unanimously passed by all four committee members. Clark was accused of using a secretive phone list known as
The city’s election compliance audit committee rejected a request for an audit on Coun. Peter Clark’s election finances, saying the request, made by a Clark rival in Rideau-Rockcliffe, Richard Cannings, seemed to be a fishing expedition. the “Liberal list” to win favour with voters. His defeated competitor, Cannings, who came in fifth in the municipal election, was accusing Clark of using the list but not claiming it as part of his election expenses. “If you have this automated list, you don’t have to knock on
doors,” Cannings said. He couldn’t give concrete proof of Clark’s use of the list, which Cannings alleges was provided by the Liberal MP for Ottawa-Vanier, Mauril Bélanger. “It seems like he has a clearcut vendetta, but clearly he did not have any evidence to go on,
there was false information he was spreading all over the place,” Clark said. The allegations were first brought forth on April 18, but a decision by the committee was delayed because Clark asked for more time, as he had been out of the country for a week starting April 12 and had only learned of the first hearing the morning it was scheduled to happen. Clark said he knew about the application for the hearing because it was sent on April 6, before he left town (not on city business). But he didn’t know when a hearing would be held, so he wasn’t prepared. During the rescheduled hearing, Cannings presented his case and tried to bring forth new allegations that questioned website hosting fees, rent for Clark’s campaign office and the total cost of Clark’s telephone bill – all of which were also dismissed by the committee as these were new allegations and needed to be filed separately. “Does this committee take these complaints seriously?” Cannings asked. The committee also heard from Clark’s lawyer, Greg Meds, who stated the plaintiff seemed to show a stunning lack of knowledge for the process or respect. The committee asked Clark, as
a show of good faith, to produce the receipt for his telephone lists, which Clark produced. He said he got the names from postal codes. He produced two separate receipts, one for Voter ID calls, which cost $999. Clark also called 5,500 households at a cost of seven cents per call totalling $1,000.05. By offering these receipts, committee member Peter O’Callaghan indicated he felt the allegations may have been well intended but without any first hand knowledge of whether Clark paid for a list. Cannings allegations came from “a lady whose door he knocked on”, his barber and other constituents in the riding, according to Cannings written statement. With the motion rejected, Cannings has said he will be seeking legal action against Clark. He indicated he believes that finding the names simply through postal codes was not possible and the cost of the list is actually much higher. “The only way he could have won is through having a list,” Cannings said. Clark said he will not be suing Cannings for defamation at this time. With files from Laura Mueller
Ottawa students drum support for schools for their First Nations peers EDDIE RWEMA firstname.lastname@example.org
Hundreds of students from across Ottawa marched to Parliament Hill on April 27 to call on the federal government to improve the quality of schools on First Nations reserves. The rally was part of a national day of action in memory of Shannen Koostachin, a Cree teen who led a campaign to bring a school to her James Bay community. One by one, students delivered letters of support for their First Nations peers addressed to Conservative leader Stephen Harper, calling for equity in education and end to social injustices faced by children living on First Nations reserves. Shannen was a member of the Attawapiskat First Nation who also advocated for improved support for all First Nations students. She died tragically in
a car accident last year at age 15. “It is sad when children are telling leaders what to do,” said Chelsea Edwards, a friend of Shannen’s. “I am very happy and thrilled to be here to witness Shannen’s dream flourishing.” Andrew Koostachin, Shannen’s father, said the event was an opportunity for people to understand what his daughter’s dream was all about. “It is good to see young people from all walks of life supporting her dream,” he said. “She fought for equal rights to education for all children, especially the First Nations children and this is just awesome to see.” Ottawa Centre NDP candidate Paul Dewar, who was at hand to receive the letters from the students, stressed that no Canadian should go without a proper education. “They should get schools like
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Students from Ottawa schools gathered on Parliament Hill on April 27 in support of Shannen’s Dream, calling on the federal government to improve the quality of schools on First Nations reserves in Canada. the ones we have here,” Dewar said. Dewar read out a letter of one of the students addressed to Harper. The letter from 12year-old Jasmine, who lives in Ottawa, sought to dispell the myth that living in Canada automatically meant getting education. “The government needs to build schools in Aboriginal reserves because not having education is like not having a fu-
ture,” Jasmine’s letter read. For years, the children from Shannen’s hometown of Attawapiskat, have waited for the federal government to rebuild the elementary school after the old school was closed in 2000 after a large diesel spill contaminated the ground beneath it. Frustrated and feeling abandoned, the children launched a letter-writing campaign, calling on the government to build them a new school.
In her letter, Jasmine said it is sad there are 29 schools that need to be renovated and at least 48 that need to be built in First Nations reserves across the country, yet the government was doing nothing about it. In 2008, Shannen’s Grade 8 class cancelled a trip to Niagara Falls and used the money to send three representatives to Ottawa to meet with then-Indian Affairs minister Chuck Strahl to
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Residents question cityâ€™s Ottawa Stadium process MICHELLE NASH email@example.com
Residents from Overbrook came to a community council meeting to meet with city staff about the Ottawa Stadium report released on March 30 and question the cityâ€™s intentions. The meeting held on April 28 at Rideau High School had 15 people in attendance to meet with the Ottawa Stadium long term strategy implementation process author Gordon MacNair and consultant Dave Donaldson. They wanted to better understand the intentions of the report and the consultation process regarding the fate of the Ottawa Baseball Stadium. Everyone in the room questioned the reportâ€™s intent and whether a consultation process would even hold any merit to the fate of their neighbourhood stadium. â€œUnfortunately I read your report and even today, we are being asked only to participate in a process to implement the decision that has already been made, that is how I read it, unless Mr. MacNair is willing to guarantee us that that 50 page report is not going to go forward as it existed in the 30th of March draft,â€? Overbrook resident and member of the council, David Strambruck said. The report stated the fate of the Ottawa Baseball Stadium would not be able to rely simply on baseball. It was commissioned by city staff to find the best and highest use for 300 Coventry Rd. â€œWe have been dealing with city officials and have met with misrepresentation of facts as well as quote consultation and right now, this process smells like you want us to be participating but basically the decision is already made,â€? Strambruck added. The report, tabled on April 5 at the Finance and Economic Development Committee by Mayor Jim Watson had concluded the best future for the 16.23 acres property is mixed use which could involve the sale of the parking lot (6.23 acres) to be developed as retail or office building use. The analysis also stated the stadium could be converted into a concert-bowl as a long-term option for the stadiumâ€™s future. The problem, which many of the residents spoke up about, was the statement in the report which read, â€œBased on the findings set out in the previous sections of this Analysis, maintaining the stadium facility for the long-term, without development on the main parking lot area and at least, some modification to the facility to broaden the use and increase the revenue stream for the facility, appears to be unrealistic.â€? The report said. Donaldson said the report simply states the only place they see potential development is the parking lot and that the decision will only be made after the consultation process. â€œThe only place we see development is the parking lot, but the decision will be part of the process,â€? Donaldson said. Strambruck felt the only reason
A recent city staff report calls for the sale of the Ottawa Baseball Stadium parking lot for development. At a recent meeting held by Overbrook Community Council, residents and council members questioned the report and the cityâ€™s intentions. they are still questioning the report is because of the opposition from the community. â€œThe parking lot is sold, the stadium might exist but basically this whole process is about, gee, what kind of development do we want on the parking lot side because basically an approval of the report that Mr. MacNair has written and put on the table got pulled only because of our letter,â€? Strambruck added. The letter Strambruck mentioned was a letter to Mayor Jim Watson from the Overbrook Community Council president Sheila Perry. The letter asked Watson to defer the acceptance of the report. â€œOnly last Thursday (24th March 2011) the CCO received a presentation from Mr. David Donaldson (City of Ottawa â€“ Realty Initiative and Development) about an invitation to the CCO to participate in a community process to be considered by the City of Ottawa Planning Committee with respect to the future of the Ottawa Stadium site. At that time, we were not informed of anything that would jeopardize the viability of the site (which a sale of the parking lot at the site would entail),â€? Perry wrote in her letter to the Mayor. Mayor Jim Watson ordered the report be held off the night before it was set to be discussed. The mayor, who was away ill with the flu, ar-
gued there hadnâ€™t been enough public consultation and Bruce Graham, the mayorâ€™s spokesman, said Watson felt there was a â€œmiscommunicationâ€? with how the report was received by the community. Perry said community council felt used and insulted by the invitation to take part in a consultation. Mickey Green, Overbrook Community Council treasurer asked Donaldson and MacNair to in good faith add wording which could give the residents comfort and make them able to trust the process the city wishes for them to participate in. â€œCan you not add a paragraph that says this process and the fate of the stadium parking lot is not set in stone?â€? Green asked. Both Donaldson and MacNair said they could not alter the report, but would go back to the city and voice the concerns of the residents. The council prepared their own report detailing their concerns. MacNair also promised to present it to city staff and to council. â€œI think we need to engage them through the process. We have taken mental notes and let them know that we heard them tonight and we will attach a document to the report with their concerns,â€? MacNair said. MacNair could not answer whether or not if the consultations process resulted in the communities desire to
keep the Ottawa Stadium as is, whether the parking lot will remain untouched. â€œIt is a matter of going through the process and then you have to analyze the whole process...No idea is a bad idea, but it is just like going through the brainstorming process you have to analyze the ideas that come out of the process,â€? McNair said. Perry was pleased with this first meeting with the city and Donaldson. She noted that because of recent events, such as their fight with over issues in the community, it is important to have an open and transparent understanding throughout the entire process. With files from Laura Mueller
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Tories must allow for compromise
tephen Harper’s appeal to the voters to deliver him a majority government did not fall on deaf ears. The Conservatives picked up 167 seats, an increase of 24 seats. The Tory tide once again swept across Ottawa, with only David McGuinty and Mauril Belanger holding on to Liberal seats in Ottawa South and Ottawa-Vanier. In Ottawa Centre, Paul Dewar secured his seat for the NDP. The anticipated surge of NDP support did not hurt the Tories, except in a few ridings in Quebec, where most of the seats picked up by the party were taken from the Liberals. During the campaign, the prime minister warned Canadians that a minority Tory government couldn’t hold on to power and would fall prey to a coalition of the Liberals, NDP or potentially the Bloc Quebecois. Harper’s predictions were alarming with warnings of hits to the financial markets, deficit spending and possibly reopening the Constitution for another divisive debate that nobody wanted. Canadians obviously listened, and Harper no longer faces the spectre of having to compromise
or work to achieve consensus with the opposition. But is that necessarily a good thing? Yes, a majority government will give the Tories the tools to pass legislation that could have been delayed by a united opposition. And as Tory MP Gordon O’Connor pointed out, a majority win will allow the Conservatives to stand down from continuous preparation for yet another election, and focus on the task of governing. But when they were a minority government, the Tories were forced to listen to the ideas of other parties and to compromise. The politics of consensus forces a leader to sift through the ideas of competing parties and incorporate the best parts within his or her own policies. We hope winning a majority won’t go Harper’s head. The Tories often use the word “arrogance” to explain the federal Liberals fall in fortune, they might want to avoid a similar accusation over the next four years. Be a good prime minister, Harper. Listen to other ideas, use the best ones. Remember, in a democracy we elect a prime minister, we don’t anoint a king.
A winter game for all seasons
any factors go into making Canada the unique country it is, as recent political events have shown. On a non-political level, we have Tim Hortons and the Group of Seven and a large group of comedians located in the United States. We have football with three downs. We have three coasts and at least two seasons. We have many languages and very few species of deadly snakes. We have movie theatres that don’t show Canadian movies. Oh, wait, other countries have those too. One of the other non-political things that has been commented upon lately is the fact that our hockey season, the season for a winter game played on ice, now lasts into June. In fact, one estimate puts the last possible Stanley Cup final game as late as June 18. This has consequences that go far beyond sport. Coupled with daylight saving time, it means that many Canadians will be indoors in the air-conditioning watching television while the sun is still shining and they could be outside playing games and getting fit. It also means that a goodly percentage of Canadians, those who avidly follow
CHARLES GORDON Funny Town playoff games, show up for work tired and grouchy, or not show up at all. Productivity declines. Furthermore, children of permissive parents who avidly follow games played on the west coast will be difficult in class unless, mercifully, they fall asleep. This may explain why our children are constantly outperformed by children who come from countries where there is no hockey. These are some of the important social and economic consequences of our obsession with hockey and the hockey owners’ obsession with dragging out the season. As we see from the world news, in most other countries, spring is a time for getting the crops in, playing baseball and staging insurrections. Not here. Which
just goes to show that there is more to the Canadian identity than an unelected Senate and the notwithstanding clause. If the hockey nuttiness ended here, you could put it down to a mild case of national eccentricity – people staying up too late, watching TV when they could be strolling in the spring evening air when it’s not raining. But, unfortunately, there is more to it. For at the same time as the rest of the world is having revolutions, spring planting and baseball games, those Canadians who venture outdoors, are playing hockey. But they’re not playing hockey with ice and a puck. They’re playing hockey with pavement and a ball. Ball hockey interest peaks in the spring because all those boys and girls and their parents want to try out the moves they see on television, except for the hitting from behind and elbows to the head. So out they go onto the street, between televised games, just as the professional hockey season is winding down and many hockey players, in fact, are out on the golf course. This typically Canadian scene causes cars to be inconvenienced and the more fussy neighbours to be upset, leading in turn to another uniquely
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’m writing this column before the ballots have been counted. Despite the wildly inconsistent polling numbers in the final week of the campaign, I’m going to presume the further decline of the already-deflated Liberal Party of Canada. The Liberal Party, after all, has failed to be relevant to voters in the wake of successive majorities under Jean Chretien. And as three leaders in five years proves, this is not merely a leadership issue, but a party-wide issue. After years of infighting, which turned party loyalists against each other and their own party, Paul Martin finally took the helm, only to lose the party’s majority in the 2004 general election, and then losing the government in 2006. The party had an opportunity at that time to shake off its sense of entitlement. It failed. The surprise election of Stephane Dion to the leadership further demonstrated how out of touch the party faithful are with the Canadian public, especially in vote-rich Quebec. Dion is an
intellectual, capable politician. He is also uncharismatic, an emotional ideologue and one who was and remains widely disliked in la Belle Province. He was, after all, the author of the Clarity Act. The final nail in his leadership coffin came in the 2008 election when he failed to sell his green shift policy and reduced the Liberals to just 26 per cent of the popular vote. In the most recent campaign, many Canadian commentators have blamed Conservative attack ads for Michael Ignatieff ’s uphill battle to gain popularity. Certainly, it was a challenge to overcome. And the leader did well in his cross-country town halls over the past five weeks, and last summer, winning over pockets of voters with his apparent openness and his obvious intellect. But those in the party who thought Ignatieff had a chance to turn things around forgot two important things: First, there are still card-carrying Liberals who have refused to accept the legitimacy of Ignatieff ’s leadership. His leadership has never been contested within the party. And although his position was ratified by 97 per cent of delegates at the party’s 2009 convention, it’s thought many voted for the acclamation, but held their noses in the absence of alternatives. Second, Ignatieff has the most appalling attendance record for votes in the House of Commons. Only a handful of Toronto-area Liberals come close
to matching his abhorrent attendance record. This left him wide open to criticism from NDP leader Jack Layton in the English leaders debate that if Ignatieff wanted to be prime minister, he had to learn to be a parliamentarian first. It also undermined Ignatieff ’s own criticism of Harper for disrespecting Parliament. Nothing says disrespect like truancy. And while the numbers, alone, don’t tell the entire truth – party leaders, cabinet ministers and critics do have important work outside of the Commons – Ignatieff ’s record demonstrated extreme truancy. And for Canadian voters, it was enough to turn away from the “Big Red Tent.” And on that note, the “Big Red Tent” is, I would wager, the biggest failure of this and past campaigns. The Liberals need to go back and read marketing 101 materials. The first thing any organization must do is differentiate itself from the competition. The sprawling big red tent is anything but niche and Canadian voters looking for a place to park their votes were conscious of this fact. The party did nothing to call on its own unique and rich history as the creators and protectors of bilingualism, multiculturalism, multilateral trade, and public healthcare, and they failed to offer a vision of the future based on their past success. Instead, they offered carrots to as many voters as they could, costed for just a few years to try and get people into the big tent. And as I write this on May 2, I think the Canadian voters will best determine the success of Liberal marketing methods.
Web Poll THIS WEEK’S POLL QUESTION What do you think of the government’s historic changes from this election?
A) I’m happy for the NDP, even if their success led to a Conservative majority.
B) A Conservative majority is what Canada needs to move forward.
C) A Conservative majority will hurt everyday Canadians and move us closer to American values and systems.
D) The Liberals should use this opportunity to start to rebuild.
LAST WEEK’S POLL SUMMARY How do you plan to cast your vote in the Federal election on May 2?
A) I always vote for the same party
no matter what the issues are.
B) I will vote for the candidate who
will best represent my riding, regardless of their party.
C) I intend to vote strategically, to bolster a particular party’s chances even if I don’t support their politics.
D) I don’t intend on voting.
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Teamwork, education needed to tackle youth crime: forum MICHELLE NASH firstname.lastname@example.org
Community members and the Police Services Board concluded education and community teamwork is vital when it comes to preventing youth crime in Ottawa. “We have heard you loud and clear. We will be making it out priority to work as a team to prevent youth crime,” said Eli El-Chantiry, chairman of the Police Services Board, at an open dialogue with the community on the subject of preventing youth crime as part of their community outreach and engagement strategy. At the event, held at City Hall on April 26, El-Chantiry explained the board wanted to hear from the communities to help build policies that work and reflect the needs of the communities. Guest speaker Hawa Mohamed, from
the Canadian Somali Mothers Association of Ottawa, told those gathered about how important education and the role of the community play in making a child stay away from crime. “Children have two places to rely on learning what is right and what is wrong –their parents and their school. And right now, there are no expectations in school for children to do better or work hard,” Mohamed said, adding she would like the gaps she feels exists in the school systems in low-income neighbourhoods to be addressed. “When there are no expectations, they can’t achieve to do better.” Mohamed also felt organized crime appeals to youth because it offers them acceptance and money. “Crime gives them things and lets them feel apart of things.” She said she would like education to
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reflect the needs of the community in which the schools are based. “When they don’t see anything good around where they live and there are no expectations in their schools, they can slip out of your hands,” Mohamed added. Amran Ali, another mother in the Canadian Somali Mothers Association of Ottawa spoke about how for their children, the school system seems to be failing them. “A community who is black, a community who is Somali, who is Muslim, who is poor – the school system is failing us,” Ali said. She added there are kids in Grade 8 who can not read past a Grade 2 level and believes this is an issue that falls onto the shoulders of the school system. “My core fundamental learning happened in the classroom and I want the police board to advocate for us.” The evening also included two other guest speakers, Imam Zijad Delic who spoke about the importance of engaging youth and Staff Sgt. Steven Bell from the Youth Intervention and Diversion Section. Delic said he also felt education needed to play a key role in prevention. “Besides parents, it is very much important to get engaged with the schools.” However, Delic felt the only way to combat youth crime was to work as a team and make the changes as a community. “If kids are ending up in jail, then we, as a community have missed an opportunity to do better for them.” During the open question period of the evening, the members of the public continually asked the Police Service Board and communities to work together in prevention of youth crime. Mohamed Sofa, a community health
Chairman of the Police Services Board Eli El-Chantiry, shown in an undated file photo, told members of the community gathered for a dialogue on youth crime the board heard the message loud and clear: teamwork is a must to tackle the problem. worker from Pinecrest-Queensway Community Health Centre, said to solve the problem of youth crime, dialogue is the most important piece to the puzzle. “I think there are issues happening on the ground in communities that are not being talked about,” said Sofa. “We have got to reach out to the communities and work together and then we will see success which can be duplicated across the city.” For Ali, she hopes that one day the dialogue will stop and the answers will come. “I hope one day change will happen. We need to talk about it now, but one day, we will stop talking and we will be able to see change.”
Province funds local campaign aimed at halting domestic violence EDDIE RWEMA firstname.lastname@example.org
Women new to Canada who are in abusive relationships or at risk of abuse are set to benefit from a public education campaign provided by an Ottawa-based organization, the province announced last Friday. Immigrant Women Services Ottawa will receive $50,000 from the provincial government to provide culturally and linguistically sensitive training over the next 18 months to better reach immigrant and refugee populations in the Ottawa area. “This funding is aimed at helping curb domestic violence among members of our community, especially Muslim communities,” said Ottawa Centre MPP Yasir Naqvi. The program is part of the provincial government’s Neighbours, Friends and Families campaign that aims to raise awareness about women abuse to new Canadians in Ottawa. The campaign helps people recognize the signs of violence against women, and know what actions to take in response. The campaign is part of Ontario’s domestic violence action plan, which focus-
es on prevention and better community support for abused woman and their children. “This campaign aims to empower people in our community to take action against domestic violence,” said Naqvi. “We need to work together to end woman abuse.” In a statement Laurel Broten, Ontario minister responsible for women’s issues, said the campaign is an important part of her government’s domestic violence action plan to prevent violence against women. “All women have the right to feel and be safe in their homes, communities and workplaces,” her statement said. The Ontario government is investing more than $668,000 to expand the Neighbours, Friends and Families campaign into immigrant and refugee communities across Ontario. It is currently delivered in over 200 communities across the province. “This project will create opportunities for us to train individuals to work with their community and develop partnerships to eliminate all forms of abuse against women,” Lucya Spencer, Executive Director Immigrant Women Services Ottawa said in a statement.
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Boys and girls took a break from homework to celebrate the partnership the Boys and Girls Club of Ottawa at the McCann Clubhouse and Queen Elizabeth Public School. The club is an afterschool program with professional tutors. Queen Elizabeth Public School applied for a grant through the Ministry of Education to provide the funding for the club to professionally staff the homework club. The Boys and Girls Club of Ottawa McCann Clubhouse unit provides a bus to safely bring the kids to the clubhouse after school. McCann Clubhouse director Adam Joiner said it is a great way to give both the kids and parents assurance homework gets done in time and correctly. “It is a great way to offer the kids a chance to do their homework with professional tutors. Something, if it weren’t for Queen E, we would not be able to do. It is a great partnership,” Joiner said. The clubhouse has noticed a consistent number of 90 to 110 students at the homework club each night since the program started. The kids have the chance to get their school work done and then continue
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At the McCann Clubhouse, the Boys and Girls Club of Ottawa celebrated the spectacular partnership they have created with the local public school, Queen Elizabeth Public School and their new professionally staffed homework club. on with the other Boys and Girls Club programs. Supply teacher by day and tutor at the clubhouse at night, Holly Taylor finds this partnership really offers the kids the best
of both worlds. “They get their work done and still get to play,” Taylor said. Like the other tutors, Taylor individualizes the study programs for each student
to make sure the kids take advantage of the best form of learning for them. “We get to know them and how they learn and what interests them and build the study guide program from there,” Taylor adds. Natasha Mattix-Simon has been taking part in the program for the last two year and said she has noticeably improved her math skills. She also said she likes getting extra credit work if there’s no work to complete. “If you don’t have homework, you get to read cool stories and talk about them,” Mattix-Simon said. The 12-year-old added that she is interested in writing short stories and the homework club has given her the opportunity to work on her writing skills. Joiner said he believes the partnership between the school and the clubhouse works out so well because the school provides the professional needs and the clubhouse provides the social skills. Vice-principal of Queen Elizabeth Public School Marc Cruise is also pleased with the program. Of course the educational benefit is the finest aspect. “The kids get at least one hour or more of uninterrupted learning time,” Cruise said.
Bluesfest excites local folk singer EDDIE RWEMA firstname.lastname@example.org
Nepean-based folk musician Ana Miura will be one of the highlights of the 2011 Cisco Ottawa Bluesfest. board Magazine has ranked as one of the Top 10 music festivals in North America. Miura, who will be performing at one of the festival satellite locations on Rideau Centre, wants to remind Ottawans there will also be a wide variety of local talent on display as well. “The festival will provide music lovers with a great opportunity to see their favourites and new up coming musicians,” Miura noted. “I hope they will check on us too.” Cisco Ottawa Bluesfest will celebrate their 18th edition with an array of blues, gospel, roots, world and popular music. “It is a great cross section of just everything,” said Miura. The festival will feature six stages— five outdoors at the Lebreton Flats and an indoor stage inside the neighbouring Canadian War Museum.
Local folk singer Ana Miura is one of more than 200 acts expected to play at the 2011 Cisco Ottawa Bluesfest in July, and she’s looking forward to playing on one of the biggest stages in North America. “It is an awesome opportunity for a local artist like me to be performing at this year’s Bluesfest” said Miura. “It is such a huge festival, not just in Ottawa, but in North America and to be able to mention that you played in such a festival is very important both for your resume and career.” Spanning 13 days, from July 5 to 17 (Monday, July 10 is an off-day), the festival lineup, released on April 26, will feature artists ranging from indie-rock darlings The Flaming Lips to music legends like Peter Frampton and Bootsy Collins. Other acts who confirmed for event, which will take place once again at the Lebreton Flats, include Soundgarden, Huey Lewis and The News, Ben Harper, Steve Miller Band, The Black Keys, Death Cab for Cutie, Erykah Badu, Jennifer Hudson, The Roots and Girl Talk. As far as Canadian content goes, fans will have the chance to catch performances by the Tragically Hip, Death From Above 1979, Bedouin Soundclash, Blue Rodeo, Billy Talent and Buck 65, also known as Richard Terfry, who is also the host of CBC Radio 2’s Radio 2 Drive show. Additional artists are expected to be added to the lineup as the festival draws near. Organizers are expecting another year of great attendance while offering a dynamic festival experience for what Bill-
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Hundreds of reasons why every child should go to camp By Matt Barr of Camps Canada Why go to camp? Here’s a partial list of the many reasons:
Every child should go to camp to: • make new friends (the number one outcome cited by children who attend camp)
at most camps) • to gain leadership skills (within a group of their peers) • experience many things for the first time • build confidence in all the things they can do
• learn new physical skills (arts and crafts, sports, swimming, waterskiing, archery)
• feel comfortable being themselves (all personalities are encouraged and celebrated at camp)
• learn new social skills (communication, leadership, teamwork)
• learn to adjust to new environments, various social situations
• gain an appreciation of people’s different abilities (we are all gifted in some way or another)
• gain a greater sense of personal satisfaction, self esteem, and leadership
• experience the feelings of love, safety, and security
• develop personal habits that lead to a healthy lifestyle
• enjoy being a kid and clowning around
• discover and explore their interests, values and talents
• experience the freedom to make choices, decisions, and mistakes
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• participate on teams
• do chores without being paid (kids help to clean up after lunch and to keep the camp area clean)
• take responsibility for others and help out
• have one outstanding teacher (we have lots of the non¬ academic kind here)
• meet a new circle of peers (outside of their school friends)
• see positive adult role models in a fun environment
• create life-long friendships
• experience a community where everyone is welcome regardless of race, colour or religion
• gain a greater sense of personal satisfaction and personal habits that lead to a healthy lifestyle
• learn how to swim (many camps provide daily swimming opportunities)
• trust their own instincts and gain a sense of independence
• receive praise for who she is and what she has accomplished (counselors do this all the time)
• have fun
• turn off the television for a week (there are no TV’s
• increase their problem-solving skills
• learn to adjust to new environments
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By Matt Barr of Camps Canada
Camps are uniquely positioned to provide all of these developmental needs for children. Consider camp as the perfect partner to family, school, and community youth activities in helping your child learn independence, decision-making, social and emotional skills, character building and values - all in an atmosphere of creativity and enrichment under the supervision of positive adult role models. In today’s pressure-oriented society, camp provides a non-threatening environment for Canada’s youth to be active, to develop competence in life skills, to learn about and enhance their own abilities and to benefit from meaningful participation in a community designed just for them.
ADVICE FROM THE EXPERTS The camp experience is recognized by child development professionals as valuable in helping children mature socially, emotionally, intellectually, morally, and physically.
continued from page 12 A camp experience is without equal. Even those campers who during the school year have behavioural problems, difficulty concentrating or who cannot relate well to their peers are highly successful. How is all of this accomplished in a recreational/educational setting that is overseen by a few camping professionals, but is administered for the most part by high school and university students. The answer is complex; however, the key to the success of camp is that all its efforts are focused on the individual and not on the program. The program is the tool. The medium is the out of doors; the strategy is to earn the trust of the child in order to make the experience positive, non-threatening, creative and enjoyable. The camping community has long realized that when a child is placed in a trusting, nurturing environment devoid of the pressure to pass or fail and without competition, the motivation to learn is greatly increased. Each summer it is evident by the smiles on their faces, and the laughter we hear that campers are extremely happy in the camp environment. They learn to be self reliant, cooperative, understanding and sensitive. As part of a relatively small group they make friendships and establish bonds that will last a lifetime. The trust that is established allows them to take risks, experiment, challenge themselves and learn from these trials. Day to day they face a multitude of real life situations for which they find their own solutions or work closely with others to resolve them.
appreciate individual differences and are willing to reach out to assist others or allow themselves to be helped. Through challenging and creative activities they develop skills that will be useful as they cope with everyday life. From each experience they become more self confident and develop an increased self esteem which allows them to continue to reach out and look for more. All this in a fun-filled, stress free environment. Camp is a place where strengths are reinforced, where people recognize and accept that all of us have varying abilities and talents. In so doing, each participant can applaud the efforts of peers. Feeling that support, the young person is willing to attempt more complex and challenging activities without the fear of failure. In this environment the “poor student” has an opportunity for recognition and leadership that may otherwise be denied. Camp is for every child regardless of talent and ability. The American Camping Association (ACA) studies report that people who participate in camping and recreation experiences are healthier and have fewer problems as a result of their experiences. Similar findings would be expected for Canada. The largest research study of camper outcomes ever conducted in the United States asked over 5,000 families about positive identity and social skills acquired at camp:
CAMPERS SAY • Camp helped me make new friends. (96%)
They develop logical thinking. They assume various roles within the group based upon their strengths. They are better able to make choices for themselves that meet their needs and the needs of others. They become part of a community as they get caught up in the enthusiastic displays of spirit and singing that make camp distinct. Moreover, without realizing it they develop skills that relate directly to academic subjects such as geography, mathematics, kinesiology, meteorology, biology, natural sciences and languages.
• Camp helped me get to know other campers who were different from me. (94%)
Their ability to communicate with their peers and their leaders is enhanced. They learn to accept and
• My child continues to participate in activities learned at camp. (63%)
• Camp helped me feel good about myself. (92%) • At camp, I did things I was afraid to do at first. (74%)
PARENTS SAY • My child gained self-confidence at camp. (70%) • My child remains in contact with friends made at camp. (69%)
“At camp, children learn to problemsolve, make social adjustments to new and different people, learn responsibility, and gain new skills to increase their self-esteem,” says author/education Peter Scales of The Search Institute. Noted experts in child development have expressed their thoughts on summer camp as a valuable resource for giving children the value of belonging to a community of their own. This critically important sense of community for children is rooted in enabling and empowering children to be belonging, cooperating, contributing, and caring citizens. “Each summer at camp a unique setting is created, a community is constructed that allows participants to get in touch with a sense of life that is larger than one’s self,” says Bruce Muchnick, licensed psychologist who works extensively with day and resident camps. “The camp community seeks to satisfy children’s basic need for connectedness, affiliation, belonging, acceptance, safety, and feelings of acceptance and appreciation.” “It is in the crucible of this community that children gain self-esteem with humility, overcome their inflated sense of self, and develop a lifelong sense of grace and wonder,” says Bob Differ, licensed clinical social worker specializing in child and adolescent treatment. “What makes camp a special community is its focus on celebrating effort,” says Michael Brandwein, speaker and consultant to the camp profession. “In this less pressured atmosphere, children learn more readily what positive things to say and do when they make mistakes and face challenges.”
“They are encouraged to respect the differences between people. In an increasingly sarcastic, putdown oriented world, camps aim to be an oasis of personal safety where demeaning comments and disrespectful behavior are not tolerated, and children are taught responsible and positive ways to resolve conflicts.” • excerpts extracted from the American Camp Association website at: http://www.acacamps.org Matt Barr is the owner of Camps Canada, a summer camp based in Ottawa, Ontario. As a voice for Canadian Camp Owners and Camp Directors, Matt is a frequent guest on radio and television programs across the country discussing the latest trends and issues in summer camps. You can reach him by email at: email@example.com 460590
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“The building blocks of self-esteem are belonging, learning, and contributing,” says Michael Popkin, family therapist and founder of Active Parenting. “The biggest plus of camp is that camps help young people discover and explore their talents, interests, and values. Most schools don’t satisfy all these needs. Kids who have had these kinds of (camp) experiences end up being healthier and have less problems which concern us all.”
He says the traditions and customs of each different camp are like a secret code that allows those who know it to feel embraced by something unique and special. “Campers are urged to include, not exclude, others. They are praised for choosing new partners and not always the same ones.
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Volunteers breathe new life into Mink Lake’s Camp Smitty BY KRISTA JOHNSTON For close to a century, the Boys and Girls Club of Ottawa has welcomed thousands of children to the shores of Mink Lake to experience a summer they will never forget. Located just minutes from the village of Eganville – and just an hour from Scotiabank Place – Camp Smitty has become a place where children from across the province can form long-lasting friendships, gain new outdoor skills and learn a greater sense of independence. It is also a place where children, who couldn’t otherwise afford to spend their summer at camp, have the chance to experience the good life. With so much history embedded in its roots, the 28-acre property has seen its share of wear and tear, with many older buildings requiring signiﬁcant upgrades and replacement. But thanks to the help of many dedicated volunteers, businesses and community groups, Camp Smitty has been graced with a number of new facilities, including six modern cabins, two winterized bathroom blocks and a 1,250 square-foot log home. “I went to Camp Smitty as a kid way back in 1980 and was a staff member there for a number of years,” says the camp’s director Tom Patrick. “Even back then, the cabins were rustic, but we were a nonproﬁt camp. Now, because of the community and the volunteers who have rallied around it, you can compare Camp Smitty to many of the private camps that are a lot more ﬁnancially supported.” In the last 10 years, volunteer groups from Amsted Construction, Capital City Chorus, the Kiwanis Club of Ottawa, the Ottawa Senators Alumni and the Boys and Girls Club have come to the Mink Lake for annual work bees to breathe new life into Camp Smitty. Through their dedicated efforts, these volunteers have provided ongoing enhancements to the site, including beautiful ﬁnishes to the dining hall (including new ﬂooring, insulation and a stone ﬁreplace), a new maintenance shed, improvements to the senior staff cabin’s main ﬂoor (with a second ﬂoor added), the construction of two tree houses (which can sleep up to 10 people), a new gazebo and wrap-around decks for the children’s cabins. “There are a lot of projects going on,” says Patrick. “The kids are really excited about the camp cabins…because it will be a lot cooler and they will have decks where they can sit outside,” he explained. “With all of this work I think it sends the message that the community really cares.“ NEW LOG CABIN One of the largest undertakings for the club this year is the construction of a modernized pioneer-style log cabin situated on a beautiful isolated point of the property. With the site’s existing building now demolished and removed, the club and several generous sponsors are working steadily on this project, which will act as a major source of revenue for the club when it is rented out as a vacation home. “This new log cabin is going to be fan-
Photo by Jocelyn Umengan
Cedar logs were removed from Camp Smitty’s 28-acre property by a team of horses. Volunteers worked steadily to peel, measure and cut the logs. By using horses, the camp was able to minimally impact the forest and only take logs that would be used for the vacation rental home.
Photo by Krista Johnston Photo by Krista Johnston
This pioneer-style log home is now being built on the shoreline of Camp Smitty on Mink Lake. Once complete, the vacation home will be used to generate annual income for the Boys and Girls Club of Ottawa, who subsidize children from the Ottawa area who attend their summer camp. tastic and it will generate revenue that will all go back to the camp,” Patrick says. “We’re relying on volunteers, but the hope is that it will be completed by this fall. It will take (about) three to four years to recoup the costs of the log cabin construction, but from there on in, it’s money being generated that will help us subsidize campers and do upkeep on the
Children who attend Camp Smitty this year will see six new sleeper cabins, three in the girl’s area and three in the boys. buildings in the coming years.” Over the course of last winter, white cedar logs were removed from the camp’s property by a team of horses with minimal impact to the surrounding forest. Now, workers from Kealey and Tackaberry Log Homes Ltd. are working to complete the shell of the log home that will soon feature radiant-ﬂoor heating, a stone ﬁreplace (inside and out), granite countertops, an upstairs loft and wraparound deck. “The building was grandfathered. You would never be able to put a cottage that close to the water anymore,” says Paul
Kealey, whose company is donating the log home at a 65-per-cent discount. “It’s going to be a modern focal point of the camp…that will help them develop as a club, bring more income in and as a result, bring more opportunities to kids.” There are many businesses that have partnered with the Boys and Girls Club on the log-home project by providing donations and volunteer time. The partners include Doyle Homes, Deslaurier Kitchens, Marlboro Window and Doors, Astro Kitchen and Design, Faught Electric and Zito Plumbing.
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Guardsmen girls well ahead of provincial hoops pack DAN PLOUFFE The Ottawa Guardsmen Juvenile girls have just one hurdle left to complete their dominant 20-0 basketball season against Ontario’s top under-17 teams, and they’re planning to take that final step to the top of the podium at the May 6-8 provincial championships in Kitchener and Waterloo. “At the beginning of the year, I knew this was going to be a good team, but I didn’t know that we were going to be this good,” says 14-year-old Team Ontario member Sarah Shewan, a 6’ 1” forward who is poised as the region’s next star. Despite being the youngest Guardsmen U17 player, she’s already an impact player. “It’s really been a surprise to me to be on such a great team, with such a great coach.” The Guardsmen took gold in all four of their Ontario Basketball Association tournaments in Scarborough, Waterloo, Brampton and Hamilton earlier this year, winning all games except for two by significant margins, including one 80-point victory. “They all work really hard and what’s really nice about us is that our first player and our 10th player are all equally as skilled,” explains coach Laura Bond, a Nepean High School and Wilfrid Laurier University grad. “They really push each other. Everybody has a partner
Photo by Dan Plouffe
Grade 11 Nepean High School student Heather Lindsay is one of the ‘10-deep’ weapons the Ottawa Guardsmen have employed against opponents en route to a perfect record leading up to the May 6-8 provincial championships. in practice that is as good as them, so every drill is competitive all the time.” The team also benefits from the competitive vibe of practicing in the Ravens Nest, frequently under the eye of Carleton University women’s coach Taffe Charles. “Here, we have access to the best coaches in Canada,” adds Bond, who teaches the Ravens’ systems to the group of poten-
Photos by Michelle Nash
VANIER PLAYS HOST TO BIKER’S SWAP MEET The Bikers Church in Vanier held a swap meet on April 30 where close to 2,000 bikers came out to check out some motorcycles, eat a tasty barbecue, swap some helmets, lights and motorcycle seats. This annual event moved to Vanier this year and as a ‘thank you’ to the neighbourhood, the church offered a free lunch to community members.
tial future recruits. “It’s a really well organized program.” It’s not a coincidence the University of Ottawa-affiliated Next Level club is one of the few opponents that have offered the Guardsmen a tough challenge this year. In a January tournament, the Guardsmen had to scrape by Next Level 50-49 in a nail-biting semi-final before cruising past Caledon 51-15 in the championship game.
Next Level also won a tournament in March the Guardsmen didn’t attend, which helped them earn a No. 3 provincial ranking behind their top-rated city rivals. “I honestly can’t remember the last time this has happened,” Bond notes. “I think it’s a testament to the coaching in the area and the university coaches committing to making club ball a lot better.” Set up on opposite sides of the draw at provincials, there’s the potential for the two Ottawa squads to meet in the Ontario gold medal match. “We definitely don’t want to lose to them,” states 6’ 3” Guardsmen centre Heather Lindsay, a Grade 11 Nepean High School student. “It would be awful to lose to another Ottawa team in the finals for provincials.” The only other club to give the Guardsmen trouble this year was the Toronto Triple Threat. Down to just seven players due to injuries in one tournament final, the Guardsmen needed a furious eight-point comeback in the final minute to force overtime, which they went on to win with a buzzer-beater. That was the top accomplishment thus far this season, but maintaining the goose egg in the loss column adds a little bit of extra pressure heading into provincials, Bond acknowledges. “The girls know that they
have a huge target on their backs,” she notes. “It’s the first time we’ve been in the position where we’re the ones everyone’s gunning for, so we have to make sure that we’re not getting big egos and that we’re still thinking about that goal every practice.” The Guardsmen players don’t believe overconfidence is an issue because they’ve continued to push themselves to constantly improve. “We always go out there and do our best,” says Shewan, a former Russell Rocket who forms a powerful partnership with Stittsville guard Lauren Smail for the Guardsmen. “And now we want to finish what we started.” There will be another Ottawa team looking to cap a dominant season on the May 6-8 weekend in Kitchener and Waterloo during the inaugural U19 Junior Elite League championship tournament. The 19-1 Nationals are the top-ranked team heading into the competition. This past weekend, 77 teams from all over Ontario descended on gyms across the city for the girls’ U15 Major Midget Ontario Cup championships. The topranked local team, the Ottawa Shooting Stars, went 0-3 in Div. 2 play, while Hamilton’s Transway Basketball won the title in the province’s top division over the London Ramblers.
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MAY 5 This event will be captioned. Ear Rage - featuring Gael Hannan writer, actor and public speaker who grew up with a progressive hearing loss that is now severe-to-profound. Her signature solo shows Ear Rage! is a hilarious and moving performance that takes an audience into the heart of one of the fastest growing health issues in the world today. May is Hearing Awareness Month. This Admission Free event will be of interest to hard of hearing, late-deafened, and hearing adults; Youth in high school and university; Hearing healthcare providers and students – Audiologists, Hearing Instrument Specialists, Speech-Language Pathologists, Communication Disorders Assistants; Service providers in all fields who may have clients with hearing loss: Teachers, Health Workers, Government Offices, Banking, and Retail; anyone who wishes to understand the impact of hearing loss and to learn strategies for improved communication.
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MAY 6 Blues in the Pews Open MIC & coffee house Friday May 6 from 8:00 p.m. -10:00 p.m. at St. Margaret’s Church 206 Montreal Rd More info 613 746-8815. Come & enjoy an evening of music, entertainment & fun. People wanting to perform please show up at 7:30 p.m.
MAY 5 TO 8 Ottawa Independent Writers Basic Training Memoir Writing Weekend. Take part in memoir writing workshops led by Ottawa author Emily-Jane Hills Orford who will explain how to write a compelling family story or dedicate your time to writing in the privacy of your room or on the grounds at the Marguerite Centre in Pembroke. Cost includes meals and accommodations. Basic training in memoir writing: $383.25 for OIW members; $438.25 for nonmembers. Retreat: $283.25 for OIW members; $338.25 for non-mem-
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MAY 7 Rideau River & Overbrook Cleanup Day Saturday, May 7 10:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. Meet at Riverside Memorial Park, corner of Queen Mary & North River Road at 10 am. Dress appropriately, coffee and clean-up materials supplied free. We hope that all Overbrook residents will participate and help keep our neighbourhood beautiful!New Edinburgh park cleanup and plant sale The Friends of the Park Committee welcomes all to the Spring Cleanup. Please being your own bag and gloves. Participate at your own risk! The deposit place for garbage bags is on Stanley Ave. in front of the fieldhouse. Very informal approach this year. Just clean the park! River Cleanup: Saturday May 7 from 10 am - 1 pm. Meet at Stanley Park Fieldhouse to pick up garbage bags, equipment and instructions. Refreshments and T-shirts to volunteers. For more information, contact Gemma Kerr at newedgem@magma. ca. Sponsored by NECA, the Urban Rideau Conservationists and the City of Ottawa.
Plant Sale: Stock up on your spring annuals at the Crichton Community Council’s annual plant sale - from 8:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. on Saturday, May 7 at the Stanley Park Fieldhouse. Coro Vivo Ottawa under the direction of Antonio Llaca presents a benefit concert for CHEO; Hooray for Hollywood: Greatest hits from Broadway and Hollywood. Saturday May 7, at 8:00 p.m. École Gisèle-Lalonde 500 Millennium Blvd.Orleans. Adults $ 20, free for children 14 and under. Tickets available at Leading Note, CD Warehouse, Compact Music or at the door. Call 613-841-3902 www. corovivoottawa.ca
MAY 8 Jubilee Garden Annual Spring Cleanup Rockcliffe Park roadways, school grounds, village green, Sunday May 8 from 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. At the Community Hall Choose a street or area to clean Get garbage bags and gloves
MAY 14 Assumption Parish Yard Sale Assumption Parish Knights of Columbus will be holding a yard sale on Saturday May 14 from 8:00 a.m. to 2:00 pm. Assumption Church is located at 320 Olmstead St. Vanier Community Garden is building 11 more plots. If you can give a helping hand on Saturday May 14 please contact jardinvaniergarden@gmail. com. Overbrook Garage Sale May 14 9:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. Come to Riverside Memorial Park, shop, and enjoy a BBQ lunch Rent a space at the Park to sell your stuff Please register beforehand. Cost is $15 for a 10’x10’ space; you will need to bring your own table. You can also bring donation items to the Park by 9 am Place donation items on your driveway by 8 am with a donation sheet attached Volunteers will pick up items to be sold at the Park between 8 and 9 am on the day of the sale. All unsold items will be donated to charity. To register or find out more information, email Joanne Lockyer at email@example.com.
Vanier Community Association meeting 7:00 p.m. - 8:30 p.m. 300 Peres Blancs Ave, Richelieu VanierCommunity Center. All welcome,
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East end communities will be coming out on Mother’s Day weekend to clean up the Rideau River. This year’s cleanup will take place along the river on Saturday, May 7. New Edinburgh will have a station in Stanely Park and Overbrook will have their station in Riverside Memorial Park. The other neighbouring communities, who will participate, such as Manor Park, Lindenlea and Vanier, will meet at one of the two stations. The Urban Rideau Conservationist has organized the Rideau River cleanup for the past 10 years. It started with three east end garbage pickers, Catherine Canning, her brother Martin Canning and Gemma Kerr. Catherine decided it should fall on Mother’s Day weekend every year as a way to give back to Mother Nature. “Rivers are like mothers; they recreate, they transport, they give to us and this is our way of giving back,” Kerr said. Since its inception, Catherine has moved out of Ottawa, but the Urban Rideau Conservationists continues with her brother, Kerr and Kerr’s husband, Jim Watson. The day’s events will involve the two community groups offering gloves, garbage pinchers, garbage bags and coffee for anyone who comes out to pick up gar-
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This year marked the fourth time the New Edinburgh and Overbrook communities came out in May to clean up the capital.
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