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EAST EDITION: Serving New Edinburgh, Rockcliffe, Vanier, Pineview and surrounding communities Year 1, Issue 29

May 12, 2011 | 24 Pages

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OPENING DELAYED The replacement of old wiring at the Overbrook Community Centre means the building’s official reopening has been pushed to the end of the summer.

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PURCHASE PRICE The Crichton Cultural Community Centre is raising funds in an effort to purchase the old school at 200 Crichton St.

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The Wabano Centre for Aboriginal Health held a ground breaking ceremony for their new expansion on Monday, May 9, with Mayor Jim Watson, left, Ottawa Orleans MP Royal Galipeau, Rideau-Vanier Coun. Mathieu Fleury, Ottawa West-Nepean MPP Bob Chiarelli, chairman of the Wabano board Pierre Gauthier, Wabano executive director Allison Fisher and Ottawa Vanier MP Mauril Belanger on hand at the event.

Ground broken for Wabano expansion

CROWNING JUEL The Ottawa Nationals saved their best for last, finishing off their JUEL basketball season with a Mother’s Day victory in the league final.

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The new Wabano Mamawi centre took another big step toward becoming a reality on Monday, May 9, when the official ground breaking ceremony was held to mark the official start of construction. “There is no turning back now,” said Carlie Chase, director of initiatives at the Wabano Centre for Aboriginal Health. The ceremony saw Mayor Jim Watson, Rideau Vanier Coun. Mathieu Fleury, Ottawa Vanier MP Mauril Bélanger and Ottawa West-Nepean MPP Bob Chiarelli gather to help Wabano executive director Allison

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many donors who have helped make the expansion a reality. “Thank you to all who have helped provide the possibility to begin a strong community in the heart of Vanier,” Fisher added. The 2,322-square-metre complex will be attached to the existing Wabano Centre. The new section will offer health and community services and will cost $14.2 million. The federal and provincial levels of government have both contributed $2.3 million to the project and the city of Ottawa waived $740,000 in tipping fees for the expansion. See ABORIGINAL on page 6

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Fisher dig up the first shovel fulls of dirt and celebrate the new chapter in health for Aboriginal people in Ottawa and for residents of Vanier. “This is a new beginning together in the fullest community sense,” Fisher said. Once built, it will allow the centre to continue its focus on providing health care in a holistic manner, with fresh attention paid to the surrounding community. The approach maintains that to heal the physical being, the mental being also needs to heal. The centre also hopes to start a catering service, which will offer community members the ability to learn employable skills. Fisher also took the time to thank the

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Fundraiser aims to make memorial garden a reality MICHELLE NASH michelle.nash@metroland.com

It started with an empty lot on North River Road. Residents lobbied city hall for a new sign, declaring the patch of grass a park. Once the sign went up, a picnic table and a garbage can soon followed. Now those same hardworking Overbrook residents are hoping to raise enough money to tranform the little park-that-could into a memorial garden for veterans.

Riverside Memorial Park is located at the corner of Queen Mary Street and North River Road. A garage sale will be held on Saturday, May 14 to help raise the money for the memorial garden for Veterans. Joanne Lockyer, vice president of the Overbrook Community Council has been working hard at making this park a reality since they noticed the patchy grass a few years ago. Now she is determined to see it to the end. “In the beginning we weren’t even sure if it was a park, now there is a picnic

table and a garbage can and a sign. Our goal is to make it a place that seniors can come, sit and enjoy,” Lockyer said. Overbrook Community Council applied for a $15,000 grant from the City of Ottawa through the minor capital grant, where the city will provide funding to a maximum of 50 per cent of the total eligible project cost. The community has to raise the rest, $7,500 to receive the grant. Lockyer wants to make the park a memorial garden as a thank you for all the seniors and veterans in the area. The fundraising effort has been significant in making the end goal a possibility. “It has been a lot of work, but when we get there it will be worth it,” Lockyer said. Overbrook Community Council president Sheila Perry said the park has been a great success of community engagement thanks to all of Lockyer’s hard work. The park fundraisers are also working towards getting a play structure in place. On Saturday, May 14, the residents of

Overbrook will be holding a garage sale and barbecue in hope of raising the remainder of the funds to get the final touches of the memorial park in place. “It is going to be a great event, there will be food, lots of space for people to set up in the park plus the entire neighbourhood can participate by having a garage sale at home as well,” Lockyer added. She hopes the money will be donated to purchase the benches and monument – the final pieces for the memorial garden. “We are always looking for more ways to fundraise and we thought this was a great way to get the whole community involved. The event runs from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. and individuals can rent a space at the park to sell their stuff for $15; however, sellers must bring their own table. Donations to the sale at the park will also be accepted at the park by 9 a.m. or donations can be placed at the end of driveways by 8 a.m. with a donation sheet attached. To register or for more information contact Joanne Lockyer at riversidememorialpark@overbrook.ca

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A park taken back by the residents will soon offer a Veterans Memorial seating and garden. The park, located on North River Road in Overbrook was reestablished in May 2010 with a new sign marking the grounds. Residents have been fundraising to secure the rest of the parks needs.

Shooting on Laval Street OTTAWA THIS WEEK STAFF Ottawa Police Service found an adult male shot in the leg when responding to a shooting on Laval Street on Saturday, May 7. The man was in stable condition. Police set up a crime scene around the area of where the shooting was reported. There have been no arrests at this time and the Guns and Gangs unit are investigating. VANIER GAS STATION FIRE A minivan at a gas station on Montreal Road became engulfed in flames after a fuel tanker hit a fuel pump, tearing the pump off. Ottawa Fire Services responded to a call from an attendant at the Ultramar 454287

gas station at 395 Montreal Rd. at 7:22 a.m. on Tuesday, May 10 after the fuel tanker hit the pump, which immediately caught fire. The driver of the tanker quickly got his truck to a safe distance away from the fire by driving off onto Montreal Road. A minivan that had been fueling up at the pump the tanker hit caught fire along with the pump. Both were engulfed in flames when firefighters arrived. The fire was put out in 10 minutes and the driver of the van was not injured. Ottawa Fire Services is crediting the little damage to the store and service station to the attendant’s quick thinking by hitting the emergency cut off switch, which cuts off the flow of fuel to all the pumps at the station. They are also crediting the truck driver’s quick thinking of removing his fuel tanker from the fire.


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Overbrook Community Centre opening delayed MICHELLE NASH michelle.nash@metroland.com

Old wiring in the Overbrook Community Centre has delayed the opening of the renovated hub. The centre, which was supposed to open at the end of April, encountered setbacks after construction crews found old knoband-tube wiring in the original building. The community centre’s director, Michel Baronette said this delay was unexpected but not surprising when it comes to renovating old buildings. The building is now expected to open again in June. “This construction process has been a real learning curve for me,” Baronette said. The cost, originally set at $3.1 million has grown to $4.6 million, Baronette said. Because of this rise in cost, the director of the centre is trying to cut costs where he can. “I have begun holding off on

purchasing some things because of the increase in construction costs,” he added. The expansion will add 675 square metres to the old centre. The jewel of the addition is the large gymnasium, which has extraordinary high ceilings and windows to let in ample light. “We wanted the new space to feel seamless and for anyone at any time to be able to look in and see what we have to offer,” Baronette said. Site superintendant, Erich Ney said the construction for the gym was unlike anything he has ever seen before. “This is the most sturdy building I have ever taken part in constructing,” he said. Ney is talking about the earthquake-proof standards the gym now has. It is also equipped with a spring floor. The entire building is now wheelchair accessible and the expansion also includes a multipurpose room and a new confer-

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Michel Baronette, the director of the Overbrook Community Centre stands in the centre’s new and improved gymnasium. The centre, which was scheduled to open in April has been delayed until June at the earliest. ence room. There is also a new entrance to building off Queen Mary Street. While waiting for the new centre, Baronette established contact with schools in the areas to set up the temporary spaces for the centre’s programs so they could continue throughout the winter and spring. Along with the programs that have relocated to Bernard-Grandmaître Arena, there are four schools in the area that will host programs, Queen

Mary Street Public School, R.E. Wilson Public School, VisionJeunesse Catholic School and St. Michael Catholic School. The Richelieu-Vanier Community Centre, Cryville Community Centre and the Tom Brown Arena in the west end have also been hosting the centre’s programs. Baronette said once the building opens all the programs will return, along with new ones, such as zumba. There will also be a new outside art courtyard.

The renovated building offers potential for a lot more, Baronette said. The old gym in the original building is being converted into a banquet hall, with a fully operating kitchen attached. Once Baronette has the keys to the new building in hand, he plans on starting summer programs, with the hope of adding a few new summer camps as soon as possible. He is also planning an open house in August.

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Still flying high after 50 years MICHELLE NASH michelle.nash@metroland.com

The Rockcliffe Flying Club will be celebrating their 50th anniversary this weekend. The flying club first spread their wings in 1961, created from the passion of the pilots at the local air force base. Simon Garrett, operations manager and chief flying instructor, said the club grew from there. “This is a friendly atmosphere and a place where friends come to fly,” Garrett said. Just a little off the beaten path of the Rockcliffe Parkway, the club has eight Cessna aircrafts for interested individuals learning to fly. They are also home to a number of other aircrafts owned by pilots from across the city. The club is currently in a rejuvenation period, with goals to make stopping by the Rockcliffe Flying Club a must for any visitors to the capital city. “We encourage people to come out and fly, but we also encourage people to come out and see the planes, visit the Canadian

Space and Aviation Museum or fly in our simulator,” Garrett said. The simulator he is talking about is an $80,000 computer system called the FMX Redbird. The simulator allows flight training without the fear of flying, cost of fuel or fear of crashing. Sitting in the simulator, a student can earn some hours towards their pilot’s license and have the choice to fly either a Cessna 172 or a twin-engine Piper Seminole. The cost of a lesson in the flight simulator is a less than half the cost of learning to fly in the air and gives both instructor and student a little less stress. Don Buchan, director of the Rockcliffe Flying Club, is pleased with the new programs and activities the club has lined up for this year. “It is all very exciting,” Buchan said. Some of the plans include getting more hands-on with the City of Ottawa’s tourism, to promote their site as a historic stop. “We want to promote our sight

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Celebrating 50 years of flying at the Rockcliffe Flying Club this May, Simon Garrett stands next to the latest addition - A Super Decathlon which will be part of a new aerobatic flight lessons at the club. seeing tours and most importantly make this club more user friendly for everyone across the city,” Garrett said. The club currently has close to 400 members who come from across the region to fly. They also run the shop almost all on volunteer help. Volunteers help remove snow in the winter, clean the planes, mow the grass, keep runways clear as well as help build the new airplane hanger that is now up and running at

the club. “We rely heavily on volunteer help,” Garrett added. When a fierce wind storm blew through the area in 2009, their current clubhouse and hanger both were badly damaged. The club has since rebuilt the hanger, but still runs out of a trailer for their temporary clubhouse. Garrett said the club hopes to rebuild the clubhouse soon. To ring in the 50 years, the

club plans on celebrating the entire May 13 weekend. There will be a meet and greet barbecue dinner at the club on Friday, May 13 at 4 p.m., a tour of the Canada Aviation and Space Museum on Saturday, May 14 at 10:30 a.m. and a 50th Anniversary Wings Dinner at the museum starting at 6 p.m. On Sunday, May 15, the celebration will move to the Gatineau Airport with a lunch and vintage wings tour at 11:30 a.m.

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The Crichton Cultural Community Centre has set up a Capital Campaign Investment Program for the community to help raise enough money to buy the old school at 200 Crichton St. “It is a key initiative to raise money that the community can take part in,” Crichton Cultural Community Centre board member Jane Heintzman said. At an Annual General Meeting held on May 1 the board announced they are making it possible for individuals and groups who want to be part of saving 200 Crichton St. to participate in the upcoming purchase. “For over 100 years it was the heart of New Edinburgh’s community and we want to buy the building and find out what the community’s desires are and fill that need,” said New Edinburgh’s Community Association Joan Mason said of the prospect of buying the old school. It has been two years since the court ordered the sale of the building. The court ruling ordered the sale of 200 Crichton by the titled owner, The School of Dance. According to the courts,

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With 200 Crichton up for sale, the community is working together to raise the money to maintain the 100year-old school as a community centre for the public. 16.5 per cent of the proceeds will go to the Crichton Cultural group, while $250,000 in grant money given to The School of Dance to purchase the building in 2000 will be returned to the City of Ottawa. The remainder

of the proceeds will be rewarded to The School of Dance. The Crichton Cultural group has been granted first right of refusal on any bid offered for the building. The building has been ap-

praised by Nathan Smith, a real estate broker and part owner of Cushman and Wakefield Ottawa, at just over $2.88 million. The broker who will be listing the property is Colliers International and both parties intend

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More money needed for police generators, board says Infrastructure upgrades put on hold to increase budget EMMA JACKSON emma.jackson@metroland.com

The Ottawa Police Services board has put several projects on hold and reduced the budgets of others to pay for increased costs for a new emergency generator system at the Elgin Street police headquarters, which will cost $1.15 million more on top of the $2.5 million already budgeted to replace the aging electrical equipment. At the monthly police services board meeting on May 2, members approved a plan that would transfer an extra $1,15 million to the generator project from a series of Facilities Lifecycle Projects that had been slated to upgrade police facilities across the city, from floor tile replacements on Tenth Line Road to elevator upgrades at the Greenbank facility to major repair work in the Elgin Street station’s parking garage. West Carleton-March Coun. Eli El-Chantiry, chairman of the police services board, said the generator system urgently needs to be replaced, and the extra cost to get bigger and better generators to cover 100 per cent of the Elgin facility’s power needs – which include the city’s 911 call centre - is worth it. “We need a bigger system than

what we have, and this is part of the upgrade we have been doing all along. Most offices today can’t function without heat or air conditioning, so it’s important to have a system that will immediately kick in,” he said, noting that the current system only supplies about 70 per cent of the building’s power needs. “If you can’t provide proper workplace safety and conditions, then employees don’t have to work. If you just think about 150 or 200 personal computers running in a building without air conditioning, you know work would be very limited.” According to a staff report that was presented to the board on Monday, the extra money is needed following the completion of “detailed engineering studies and a clearer definition of the project’s scope after tendering of the major components.” The report said the two existing generators were installed 30 years ago and have reached the end of their useful life. Furthermore, an uninterrupted power supply (UPS) system was installed in 2000 to cover critical areas of the building such as the call centre, dispatch and computer systems in preparation for the Y2K scare, but has now reached its maximum capacity and needs to be backed up with

bigger generators. “Further expansion (of the UPS system) is impractical from both a design and cost basis, and system reliability is at a critical point,” the report said, noting that earlier plans to replace the system have been cancelled because the new generators will cover what the other project meant to do. Those $60,000 savings will be moved into the $1.15 million pot for the added generator cost, said director of police facilities Ian Fisher. Other headquarter projects delayed to 2012 due to the funds transfer include a $620,000 waterproofing and topping project for the headquarter’s parking garage, the $120,000 replacement of ventilation systems and air handling units in the lobby and firing range, and the $50,000 rebuilding of an exhaust fan system in the parking garage. At the Tenth Line facility in Orleans, $30,000 worth of floor tile replacements have also been deferred to 2012, and at the Greenbank facility a $120,000 elevator modernization project has been put on hold for up to two years. The building’s scheduled exterior caulking project to fix leaking windows has been reduced by $150,000 because a temporary caulking fix in 2010 has apparently held up better than expected. “We thought we’d have to do it every year because it’s an exterior problem, but it seems to have held up for another year,”

Fisher said. El-Chantiry said the situation is unfortunate but necessary. “Of course, when you take money from something, something else must be delayed. It will have an impact,” he said, noting the city staff report is clear the generators are top priority. “The upgrade to the emergency generators at 474 Elgin St. is an essential requirement to ensure that, in the event of an electrical power outage, the OPS Communications/911 Centre, OPS computer and IT systems and City of Ottawa Radio Networks can continue to operate on an uninterrupted basis,” the report concluded. The generators are expected to be installed and operational by fall of 2011. NEW CELL BLOCK SURVEILLANCE APPROVED The board also moved forward with the approval of a new cell block surveillance system for the 63-cell central cell block facility at the Elgin Street headquarters. Approximately $350,000 has been approved to upgrade 83 cameras and other video surveillance equipment to include audio capabilities and better picture quality, in part to address community concerns around several high-profile cases of alleged police abuse. “We hired a consulting company to review our processes in the cell block, so this is meeting

one of the recommendations to provide audio and a better video surveillance system. This is part of the steps we are taking, obviously because of the Stacey Bonds case and to address some community concern,” El-Chantiry said. The current cameras are about six years old, and a staff report said system failures become more likely with time, which could lead to loss of important data and evidence. Furthermore, four prisoner phone rooms, three holding cells and the prisoner property storage area currently don’t have any surveillance at all, which will change with the upgrade. Ottawa company Sunotech Canada Inc. will provide the new camera equipment that El-Chantiry said films images that are “clear as a whistle” and “just like a TV camera.” Sunotech already has agreements to provide surveillance in other City of Ottawa departments, including recreational facilities. El-Chantiry said it made sense to go with a company the city is already working with, to synchronize the city’s surveillance system. “It’s cheaper to upgrade with that company than to go to outside sources,” he explained. “The Ottawa Police, the City of Ottawa, and corporate security – they’ll all use the same system.” The improved cameras should be installed within the next few months.

Centre will be model for Aboriginal health care in Canada From WABANO on page 1 Fleury was excited to see the project finally take off and believes this will be game changer for the Montreal Road area. “This is a significant landmark for Montreal Road and maybe it will inspire more small businesses to open up in Vanier,” Fleury said. The centre started their fundraising campaign last summer to raise the remaining $9.6 million needed for the project. One new Vanier resident, Janette Churchill, came out to check out the ground breaking ceremony and mentioned she and her husband had moved to the area, she has been looking forward to the expansion of the centre. “It is just going to offer so much for the area,” Churchill said. Chase said this expansion will offer more not only for the area, but also for the country as a whole. “This will be the first centre of its kind. From a little non-

profit group, we will have built a model in Aboriginal health care,” Chase said. During the ceremony, Fisher and Chase sang along to a song called Wabano as the crowd watched a video that depicted what the centre will look like. “I think I wept the first time I watched it,” Chase admits. Chase and Fisher participated in the production of an album called Voices, Women of Wabano, one of the many efforts to fundraise for the centre. 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 believes this expansion will provide a space on Montreal Road which will always have their doors open. 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.

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Coun. Mathieu Fleury, MP Mauril Bélanger, MPP Bob Chiarelli and Mayor Jim Watson received drawings of the new centre as a thank you for all the help they have given to making the expansion to the Wabano Centre for Aboriginal Health a reality.


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Light rail acceleration System could go online one year earlier OTTAWA THIS WEEK STAFF The city is looking to take steps to accelerate its light rail project, introducing a report last week outlining a plan that would see the system become operational a year ahead of schedule. According to the report, preconstruction elements of the project, including the request for qualifications and request for proposal releases, will be advanced by six months. The city’s engineering team will also be performing an analysis of the basic design level construction schedule in an effort to find further time savings, which according to the report would allow the light rail system to start operating in 2018 rather than in 2019. Other activities the report indicates the city is hoping to accomplish in the next few months include the purchase of property needed for the project. The report indicates that while expropriations may be necessary, the city doesn’t anticipate any residential

properties will need to be acquired. The report indicates part of the motivation for accelerating the timeline for the LRT project is the celebration of the 150th anniversary of Confederation in 2017. The advanced timeline would make elements of the LRT available for use during the celebration and will mean the downtown core will be free from any disruptions caused by construction. The city is also looking to take a new approach to procurement with the LRT project, the report notes. In the past, the city would undertake the design of a project and then ask contractors to price the construction of that specific design. The city is looking to use a different approach with the LRT project, one which would see a successful bidder design, construct and maintain the system. Such a project would be based on the city’s initial vision but according to the report, this approach will allow it to “go to the market place

faster, accessing the next level of private sector innovation sooner.” The report also cites the need to move quickly on the widening of the Queensway. That project would provide an extra lane in each direction that will be dedicated to buses during the conversion of the bus Transitway to light rail. After the completion of the LRT line, the bus lanes would be turned into high-occupancy vehicle lanes. A commitment by the province to fund the widening project was outlined in the McGuinty government’s budget unveiled at the end of March. The city still needs to perform an assessment of any utility work that will need to be performed as part of the project. The report and the recommendations outlined in it will go before the finance and economic development committee for approval before being passed to council for a final vote. The city will receive the latest transit funding model in July, which will provide an update on the initial projection made in 2009.

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BLUES IN THE PEWS The Village International Mennonite Church held their first ever Blues in the Pews on Friday, May 6. The church shares space with St. Margaret’s Anglican Church at 206 Montreal Rd. Pastor Stefan Cherry said this event was the church’s way to connect with Vanier residents and offer a safe and fun option for a Friday night.

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A need for electric bicycle clarity

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he National Capital Commission is facing a lot of grief this week in light of their ongoing debate around allowing electric vehicles and power-assisted vehicles on its extensive multi-use pathway networks. Whether it’s cyclists who are mad that faster, noisier power-assisted vehicles may be allowed on the paths, or electric scooter owners angry about the proposed ban on their favourite method of transportation, few pathway users are satisfied with the proposed new rules. While it’s true the NCC cannot possibly please everyone – indeed, they’ll likely tick a lot of people off by the time their new rules are passed – staff would do well to take a second look at the vague and often misleading wording in their draft proposal. For example, where they’ve proposed to ban all electric-powered vehicles, one resident at a recent public consultation pointed out that the wording could refer to a wide range of vehicles stretching, absurdly, to boats using the NCCmaintained Rideau Canal. Where they’ve tried to draw the line between power-assisted vehicles that look like normal bicycles and electric vehicles that look like

scooters and motorcycles, they could avoid a lot of confusion if they just use the term ‘power-assisted bicycles’ and be done with it. Even the NCC staff at the public consultation didn’t really know what they meant by certain terms, a clear indicator the well-meaning group should perhaps return to the drawing board for another try. For the sake of ease, banning all vehicles with electric components from the pathway makes the most sense, saving conservation officers from having to decide on the fly whether an offender’s vehicle looks more like a scooter or a bike, and reducing speeds to safer levels so that all users can enjoy the pathway equally. However the NCC’s desire to provide a more accessible network of paths has led it into this quandary of vague terms and definitions all to make sure people with mobility issues who need the use of a power-assisted bike can get around – a noble cause, to be sure, but one that has generated not just electricity but also a whole lot of confusion. Regardless of where residents stand on the issue, everyone with a stake in the proposal’s outcome would benefit from a rewrite of the terms in question – the NCC included.

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s far as it’s possible to tell, there was only one political party in the federal election that promised to help build a new bridge across the Ottawa River. That was the Liberal party and you know what happened to it. That means either … (1) That we are lucky to have avoided all that construction and disruption, or (2) That we are doomed to live with our existing bridges. It depends on your point of view. Aside from those two, there is a separate possibility: (3) That bridges are a political jinx and we will never hear a politician utter the word “bridge” again. Ottawa is an odd place. It is full of bridges, yet some people are barely aware of them. And other people are obsessed by them. The people who are barely aware of bridges are those who don’t have to cross the crowded ones every day. As one of those people, I was taken aback a few years ago when a visiting West Coast author I was interviewing said that her first thought of Ottawa was as a “city of

CHARLES GORDON Funny Town bridges.” I had never heard Ottawa described that way before. And yet, when you think about it, there are tons of them. Think of the bridges over the Rideau Canal, stretching from downtown over to Bronson Avenue near Carleton. Think of the bridges over the Rideau River. And then think of the ones that cause all the controversy, the bridges over the Ottawa. Ottawa is indeed a city of bridges, but it doesn’t occur to you until you are stuck waiting to get onto one. Or until someone threatens to build one near your neighbourhood. In that respect, think of the mighty squawk that was heard when an extra lane was added to the Champlain Bridge

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in 2002. You could have expected and understood the agitation of residents living in the Island Park area, but NO THIRD LANE signs sprouted in neighbourhoods several kilometres to the west and east. For every resident who fears a new bridge, there is another who demands one. Those are the people who are stuck in the twice-daily commute, waiting 15 minutes to get onto the bridge and not even able to phone to say that they will be late for fear of being arrested for violating the cellphone-in-cars ban. Or they are the ones who want the truck traffic through their neighbourhood to go somewhere else, courtesy of a new bridge. Meanwhile, in the putative area of the new bridge, there are people readying their NO BRIDGE signs. Judging by the extremely cautious statements of local politicians, when indeed they make statements at all, there is no reason to hope or fear that Ottawa will become a city of more bridges any time in the near future. You have to be able to read tea leaves to draw any conclusions, but the tea leaves seem to indicate that politicians are less afraid of the probridgers than the no-bridgers.

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This does not bode well for those who were sort of hoping that Ottawa-Gatineau might have a new crossing in time for the 150th anniversary of Confederation in 2017. If it makes them feel any better, there is always the possibility that a new bridge would not have solved anything at all. This conclusion relates to the oftencited theory, a variant of Parkinson’s Law, that the number of cars expands to fill the number of lanes allotted to them. In other words, no matter how many new roads you build, they will always be jammed.

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fter seven months of gold stars from the teachers, my youngest son, age four, started to go off the rails. Unhappy faces were stamped daily in his agenda with a terse note describing Little Johnny’s bad behaviour. It started out pretty innocently. “Little Johnny is having trouble listening.” “Little Johnny disturbed the children at nap time.” “Little Johnny called his friend a stinky vagina during a soccer game at recess.” We had the talk. I reminded Johnny that it’s important to listen to the teacher because cooperation makes school more fun for everyone, etc., and that there was really no reason for him to use the word vagina because, well, he doesn’t have one. I thought we were getting things in hand. But it culminated with a phone call from the vice principal at precisely 8:42 on Tuesday morning. Apparently, Little Johnny had scribbled all over his schoolwork and then threatened to cut off the heads of his kindergarten friends with a sword. Oh dear! Our plans to maybe, possibly start thinking about having a third child have been put on hold until we get over this hump. I started feeling guilty about the long hours I’ve been working, albeit from home, and the fact that the children were forced – poor dears – to take packaged granola bars in their lunches instead of homemade muffins, and that we had to delay karate and baseball lessons until mom was over the round-the-clock work blitz. But a new book has emerged that made me realize I’m as delusional as the rest of the middle class parents out there today; that what I say and do on a regular basis isn’t going to have an enormous

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impact on the moulding of my children’s personalities. Bryan Caplan is the author of Selfish Reasons to Have Kids: Why Being a Great Parent is Less Work and More Fun than You Think. According to Caplan, a U.S. economist and father of three, today’s parents are anal control freaks, micromanaging the diets, behaviour and playtime of our children. “Investment parenting,” as Caplan calls it, includes cramming kids’ schedules with organized activities, banning television and forcing broccoli down their throats, and it doesn’t do anything to create healthy adults. Caplan argues that parents are tired and stressed out because they’re overinvesting in each kid. If you like the idea of having more kids, he says, it’s time to live and let live. If your kid doesn’t want to play on a soccer team but likes kicking around a Nerf ball in the park, don’t force him to join organized sports. If you’re fatigued at the end of a long day at work, flip on the television and don’t feel guilty about it. Caplan says parents are too focused on consistently following one parenting philosophy or another. In an interview with CBC Radio One this month, he argues that how we feel as a family day-to-day is far more integral to the way our kids emerge as adults. For the stressed among us, it means leaving kids with a babysitter more often while mom and dad go for drinks with friends. And it means just generally relaxing standards so that time spent together can be of a higher emotional quality. Caplan cites Ask the Children: what America’s Children really think about Working Parents, a survey conducted in the 1990s. The survey revealed that most working parents feel guilty about not spending enough time with their kids and think they should work less, while 60 per cent of kids feel the time spent is just enough and that their parents are not working too much at all. So what does that say for those of us in the trenches? Maybe it’s time to chill out, eat chips for dinner, even let a swear word slip out once in a while because the chances of our kids turning out to be criminals as a result are slim to none.

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On loan from the University of Waterloo, the Canada Science and Technology Museum has the Midnight Sun VIII Solar Race Car on display. The car, run completely on solar power, placed fifth place at the 2005 American Solar Challenge.

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The Canadian Science and Technology Museum now boasts the Midnight Sun VIII Solar Race Car, which is on display as part of the “In Search of the Canadian Car” exhibit. The car, on loan from the University of Waterloo, was built by a team of 30 university students competing in the American Solar Challenge in 2005. The completely solar-powered car can reach a speed of 110 km per hour and when fully charged can run for close to two hours in the dark. Curator of the transportation collection and research at the museum, Suzanne Beauvais said this type of display is a great way to promote teamwork, technology and the need for renewable energy. “We hope kids visiting the exhibit will be interested in the science and to promote the awareness of reusable energy,” Beauvais said. Beauvais added that this particular car, with an array of eight square-metre solar panels all along the surface of the vehicle, is the most triumphant attempt from Canada at the American challenge. “Waterloo university students have been the most successful in Canada to produce a solar-powered car,” she said. The car is the eighth model made. The model before won the Guinness World Record for the solar car that took the longest trip, lasting 40 days on just solar power. This car is just one of the many interesting cars on display at the exhibit, which includes the first and only car developed by Canada Cycle and Motor Company (CCM). The company, which now fo-

cuses on hockey equipment and bicycles, made the automobile at the start of the automobile revolution and called it the Russell Motor Car. It was developed from 1904 to 1916 by Thomas Russell and production ended during the First World War. There is also the first car ever developed in Canada – a steam car, built in 1867. Beauvais believes the car exhibit offers people a chance to look at both the history and development of technology but also at the changes in culture and communities. “Cars are really a part of us. Before you are born, your mother needs to be driven to the hospital, you wait and wait until you turn 16 to get your license and then when you grow up and need a car for your first job – they are really a part of our life,” Beauvais said. When it comes to the cultural importance for museum goers, the exhibit has a new addition thanks to Randy Bachman. The rock and roll singer donated his 1965 Thunderbird to the museum. The car, one the museum did not have until the award-winning song writer offered it, will be a piece of the exhibit that showcases the cultural impact a vehicle can have on society. “Culture really goes together with science when it comes to our Canadian cars,” Beauvais said. The curator has a hard time picking her favourite car of all time, but admits she is a fan of a certain Town & Country Chrysler convertible in the museum’s archives. The 1965 Thunderbird and all the other great automobile designs and cars Canadians have built are on display in the Search for the Canadian Car. The solar powered car is located at the “Just Around the Corner” exhibit.


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Chapelle found this was a great time to meet some of the other home health workers from around the region. “It makes you feel connected and that there are people everywhere who are making a difference in someone’s life,” she said. Many of the award recipients said they were humbled by the recognition and felt the most important thing was taking care of their clients, family or friends. José Saravia admitted that although part of his job description is to not become too attached to his clients, he said

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Home health care workers were honoured for their never-ending commitment to helping individuals stay in their homes and remain a part of their community. The Champlain Community Care Access Centre awarded 134 individuals for their passion, dedication and warm hearts.

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then victimized. All incidents happened during early morning hours. The man, who appeared in count on Tuesday, May 10, has also been charged with three counts of forcible confinement, four counts of theft under $5,000, three counts of breach of recognizance, one count of theft of credit card, one count of criminal harassment and one count of intimidation.

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it’s a guideline he finds difficult to follow. “It is impossible. It is hard to set limits and you end up caring very deeply for all your clients,” Saravia said. It was the special bond Saravia makes with all his clients that he was honoured for at the reception. “We are proud to honour such giving individuals,” Lynn Graham, the centre’s chairwoman, said. The centre also awarded heroes in Renfrew County in Pembroke and the Eastern counties in Cornwall on May 10.

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More than 100 home health care workers were honoured for their hard work and dedication to their communities at the annual Heroes in the Home Caregiver Recognition Awards on May 5. The Heroes in the Home banquet paid tribute to 134 home health care workers for their efforts to care for individuals in need of home care support, an event organized by the Champlain Community Care Access Centre. The Mayor Jim Watson was also on hand to honour the award recipients. “We have to start doing a better job for our senior’s job for our seniors,” he said. “We need to make sure we have the right services, necessary tools need to be in place.” Also in attendance was Ottawa Centre MPP Yasir Naqvi, who noted that the work home care workers perform helps to create stability for the individuals and the community. The awarded recipients consisted of family members, friends, volunteers, case managers, service providers and other health care professionals. Among them are Jean Makichuk and

her dog, Cha-Cha, who live in Kanata, but spend hours every day visiting with seniors across the city. Some of those whom they visit love to pat the small dog, who is dressed as a little ballroom dancer, something Nancy Wornoff, admission coordinator at the Extendicare New Orchard Lodge where Cha-Cha comes to visit said is priceless when it comes to brightening the lives of the seniors in the home. “I stand back in awe when I see Jean and Cha-Cha come in. Jean is so dedicated, coming in on Christmas when no one else would. They are both such an inspiration and make me love my job even more,” said Wornoff, who nominated Makichuk and Cha-Cha for the award. “They are both priceless. The amount of joy and love they bring, it is wonderful because we see the positive effect they bring to our residents.” For Nina La Chapelle it is just what you do for family. She takes care of her 93-year-old mother and was incredibly honoured by the award. “To be recognized for doing something like this, it is so heartwarming,” La Chapelle said. The recipients were praised by friends and family at the catered reception. La

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Nationals cap season with ‘deserved’ JUEL title DAN PLOUFFE The kids gave their mothers a rose and the players got the trophy they were after, but coach Dave Malowski still considered himself luckiest of them all as his Ottawa Nationals won the inaugural Ontario under-19 girls’ Junior Elite League basketball championship last weekend in Kitchener-Waterloo. That’s because he felt it was such a treat to sit back and watch his team put on its best performance in its final game on Sunday, May 8. With strong play offensively and defensively, the Nationals opened up a double-digit lead thanks to an early second-half run en route to a 6149 triumph over the host KW Lightning. “As a coach, it was very satisfying to see our kids put the total package together in the game that defines our season,” Malowski explains. “I’m very proud of the group of kids and all the people involved.” What separated the Nationals from their opponents was the way they defended, Malowski believes. In the round robin, it helped them knock off Brantford – the only team to best the Ottawa girls during the regular season – by a few points, and strong defence was again crucial in their semi-final victory over North Toronto before the offence really got chugging in the gold medal contest. “We had some tough games this weekend, no question, but we battled right through to the end,” describes Malowski, a Glebe Collegiate Institute teacher whose squad often practiced out of Ashbury College. “Our way of playing the game all year has been to defend, as well as trying to play an up-tempo offensive game.” At the league banquet, two Nationals players – Laura Kayser and Alex Martell – were honoured as members of the JUEL all-academic team, while Kellie Ring and Rashida Timbilla were named first-team all-stars, along with Kim Pierre-Louis on the second team. Malowski was pleased to see his players earn such a large chunk of the 20-team league’s recognitions, although what im-

pressed him most about his squad was the way the players came together from different clubs across the city to form such a dominant team. “They’re a great group of kids who came together real well as a unit,” he notes, highlighting his players’ constant commitment to get better at every moment. “It was nice to see all their hard work get rewarded. It’s special to see that all come together and get to celebrate a championship.” The other Ottawa-based JUEL team, the Capitals, beat the silver-medallist Lightning in pool play, but then lost a close match to Oakville to just miss out on a trip to the final four – a big step up nonetheless for the squad that began its regular season with a 2-12 record. ONTARIO CUP CURSE It wasn’t as fun a ride for the Ottawa Guardsmen at the U17 girls’ provincial championships as their undefeated season came to a crashing halt in KitchenerWaterloo. The top-ranked team Guardsmen suffered their first loss of the year to the Sault Sharks and then fell by a single point to the eventual tournament champions from Niagara Falls to drop out of playoff contention. Ottawa Next Level lost its first game of the U17 Juvenile competition, but rebounded with victories over Toronto and Brantford to reach the playoff round, where they ended up winning the bronze medal.

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DAN PLOUFFE It appeared to be a strange sight for sure. He’d just beaten a former OFSAA track champion by over 13 seconds to win the 1,500 metres in 3:51.09 – at a simple tune-up meet with windy conditions, no less – but Yves Sikubwabo is almost inconsolably disappointed in his race. “I didn’t get my goal, which was under 3:50,” explains Sikubwabo, who’d sought a personalbest mark to push himself towards greater heights later this season, beginning with the high school conference championships this week. “I run against others, but in my mind, it’s me against the time,” adds the 18-year-old Glebe Collegiate Institute student. “If I set a goal, then that’s my goal and I have to break it. I don’t care about the other people, I just care about my time.” The truth is that Sikubwabo will likely only have himself to race at any scholastic competition this season. His 8:26.86 clocking in the 3,000 metre event a few hours after the 1,500 – and another 30-plus second victory over Tristan Woodfine, the three-time OFSAA gold medallist – provided further evidence that the Rwanda native is a sure bet to be crowned Ontario high school champ at the start of June. “Certainly in the 3k, it’s his to lose, so to speak,” acknowledges Glebe coach Kirk Dillabaugh, noting that his athlete wants to break the long-standing OFSAA 3,000 metre record, which is just a hair over eight minutes flat. “It’s a pretty lofty goal, but that’s the one he wants to focus on. If conditions are ideal, I think it’s within his grasp and I’d like to see him go for that.”

While setting new records can be a great way for Sikubwabo to push his limits, Dillabaugh doesn’t want the 2010 OFSAA cross-country champion running two hard races every week through the conference, city and regional championships. The coach’s approach would be to focus on breaking one record – in either the 1,500 or 3,000 – each meet and then just aim to win the other race. But bad weather could mean a change in game plan. There probably isn’t anyone who understands that aspect better than Mike Woods. Woods owns many of the records his “little brother” will be chasing leading up to OFSAA, but the 2004 Hillcrest High School grad never got a true shot at the provincial mark because the temperature was in the high 20s on race day and it was very windy. “I wanted to go after that record in high school, and I wasn’t in nearly as good shape as Yves is,” recalls Woods, who talks to Sikubwabo at least once a day by phone. “It’s tough to put a limit on what he can do. The only thing that could get in his way of breaking any meet records is the weather.” Now that Sikubwabo’s got a regular sleeping and eating routine down, Woods observes, he looks stronger physically and should be ready to fly this year. “I’d actually be surprised if he doesn’t get my records,” says Woods, who’s returned to the Ottawa Lions along with Sikubwabo since his Ottawa Elite Racing Team disbanded this spring. “It sucks losing your record – it’s nice having your name up on those boards – but if Yves gets it, I’ll be ecstatic.” There are a couple of Woods records that are safe for now, however, since Sikubwabo’s per-

formances at the summertime national junior championships won’t be officially recognized because he’s not a Canadian citizen. Citizenship is the desired final step for Sikubwabo, but gaining his official refugee status in early winter was a big moment on its own. “It was pretty emotional seeing him get it. I don’t think there was a dry eye in the room after hearing his whole story,” recounts Woods, noting the woman officiating the hearing was even teary-eyed as she was told how Sikubwabo was orphaned at age one when his Hutu father and Tutsi mother were murdered in the Rwandan genocide. “She was taken aback by how many people Yves had helping him out,” Woods adds. “And the reason why Yves had so many people helping him out is because he’s just such a great kid.” A positive, always-friendly personality – plus a bit of stubborn determination – plays a big part in why Sikubwabo’s been able to build a new life since he left his room in the athletes’ village at last summer’s world junior track-and-field championships and jumped on a bus from Moncton, N.B. to Ottawa with nothing but a backpack and his running shoes. “It’s amazing how fast he’s adapted,” notes Woods, who only spoke to Sikubwabo in French at first, but now only speaks English since it’s improved so much. “He’s got a great family looking after him (in Old Ottawa South) and he tells me how happy he is almost on a daily basis. He feels so fortunate.” That spirit even applied to Sikubwabo’s first Canadian winter, when the cold didn’t bother

NCC might ban electric bicycles EDDIE RWEMA eddie.rwema@metroland.com

Certain types of electric bicycles may be taken off National Capital Commission pathways across the city if proposed new rules regarding their use are approved this summer. The rules would prohibit electric-powered vehicles on pathways with exception to power assisted bicycles that are physically similar to conventional bicycles. “The overall aim for these measures is to promote user safety as speed continues to be an issue of concern,” said NCC land manager Jean Charbonneau.

While Charbonneau acknowledged that the electric bicycles were good for the environment, he stressed that the higher risk of injury from their collision did not warrant them on the pathways. “Some types of power-assisted bicycles are larger and heavier than traditional bicycles, thus posing greater risks to safety in the event of collision,” he said. On May 5, the NCC held a public consultation on the matter at Christ Church Cathedral on Sparks Street. While some people thought it was a good idea to have heavier scooters banned from the pathways, many that turned up were in favour of electric bicycles

and thought the NCC was setting a bad precedent by coming up with rules that would stop them from using the pathways. “My main issue is the speed limit. No one is enforcing it and no one is obeying it,” said Robert Badali who spends time on his scooter obeying the rules. A power-assisted bicycle is equipped with an electric motor whose power output does not exceed 500 watts. Electric bikes can be similar to conventional bicycles, scooters or motorcycles. “If we all obey the speed limit, every vehicle out there is going to work,” Badali said. If approved, the new regulations would ban those that look

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Yves Sikubwabo was disappointed that he didn’t achieve a new personal-best despite winning a pre-season 1,500 m race by over 13 seconds last week at Terry Fox Athletic Facility. him because he was so excited to see snow for the first time. On top of setting a few new indoor records at the Louis-Riel Dome during winter, Sikubwabo even got out skating on the canal, although he doesn’t yet move quite as quickly on ice as on land. “It was hard,” Sikubwabo

describes with a smile. “I went with my classmates and my teacher and it was terrible to see me skate. I had four guys stand around me to protect me and then I walked like a baby. “When I’m watching TV and I see people playing hockey, I’d say, ‘Ah, that’s easy,’ but I was wrong. It is hard.”

like scooters or motorcycles. “If we all obey the speed limit, every vehicle out there is going to work,” he said. Most speakers were concerned that the description of electric vehicles lacked any precision. Badali said the move to ban heavy-duty scooters would be discriminating against the individual type of bicycles. “Whether it’s the scooter type or the ones that look like the mountain bike, the law says it’s a bicycle,” Badali said. The public has until May 18 to weigh in on the rules, but Badali thinks the NCC has already made up its mind. “My feeling is they are just waiting for their ink to dry,” he said. “If they take my scooter off the pathways, I might as well leave Ottawa and move to

British Columbia or anywhere else in Canada where they are allowed.” If adopted, the ban on large electric scooter-style machines will begin this summer with conservation officers issuing warnings to those who break the rules. The NCC is also considering introducing fines. Though happy the NCC was creating a better environment for cycling, Ottawa resident Juergen Weichert said there should not be a ban for vehicles that are powered by electricity. “Electric vehicles are excellent for environment, they are clean, quiet and they also use less energy,” he said. It would be very good if the NCC would use electric utility vehicles instead of pick up trucks to perform regular maintenance, Weichert said.

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

MAY 14 • The Assumption Parish Knights of Columbus will be holding a yard sale from 8:00 a.m. to 2:00 pm. The Assumption Church is located at 320 Olmstead St. • The Vanier Community Garden is building 11 more plots. If you can lend a helping hand, please contact jardinvaniergarden@gmail.com. • Overbrook Garage Sale, 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 9:00 a.m. Place donation items on your driveway by 8:00 a.m. with a donation sheet attached. Volunteers will pick up items to be sold at the park between 8 and 9 a.m. 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 riversidememorialpark@overbrook.ca. • The Electric Vechicle Council of Ottawa is proud to present EV Expo

2011. The event will showcase all types of electric transportation. There will be hybrids, electric conversions, electric bicycles, and a Tesla electric sports car. We offer an opportunity for the public to come and talk to owners and early adaptors of electric transportation. We can also address questions and concerns about the upcoming release of electric vehicles to the public. Rain or shine from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. For more information go to the club’s web site, www.evco.ca. • The Canada Science and Technology Museum will be providing a free electronic waste and car battery recycling drop-off service. This event is part of the Museum’s environmental program and will help keep electronic waste out of the landfills. Only electronic items approved by the Ontario Electronic Stewardship program will be accepted. Drop-off between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. only, at Canada Science and Technology Museum, 1867 St. Laurent Blvd. For a complete list of accepted items, visit sciencetech. technomuses.ca.

MAY 15 • Young musicians Samuel Bisson (cello) and Nadia Boucher (piano) present an inspiring international program at St Bartholomew’s

Photo by Michelle Nash

TWO PET RATS A brother and a sister team, along with their two pet rats, came to read their book, Melanie and Tommy have two pet rats and one syndrome, at Glen Ogilvie Public School on Monday, May 9. Tommy Glatzmayer asked his mom Nathalie Wendling, to help him write a book about his sister Melanie’s syndrome, Cornelia de Lange syndrome (CdLS) to help raise awareness. The students at the school all asked Tommy questions about their rats and everyone wanted to hold one. As a thank you, the school gave Tommy and his sister a hammock for the rats to sleep in.

Church, 125 MacKay St. $20 general; $10 students. 2:00 p.m. — 4:00 p.m.

MAY 17 • Beautification meeting: 6:30 p.m. — 8:00 p.m. at the Vanier Community Service Centre, 290 Place Dupuis. Please ring the doorbell to be let in. All welcome.

MAY 20 • Canadian Future Achievers scholarship fundraiser for high-achieving nine- to 16-year-old minorities. First Nations, Inuit, and Caribbean youths, nominated by their schools, will receive scholarships to the post-secondary institutions of their choosing. Entertainment provided by Merivale High School steel band

and Inuit throat singer. Meet Olympic gold medallist Carolyn Waldo who will be presenting to CFA’s local Future Achiever of the Year. The event takes place at Parkdale United Church hall, 429 Parkdale, at 6:00 p.m. A light supper will be served. $30 w. $20 tax credit; $5.00 for students. canadian-future-achievers.ncf. ca, or call 613-749-9616 or 562.9677.

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