EAST EDITION: Serving New Edinburgh, Rockcliffe, Vanier, Pineview and surrounding communities Year 1, Issue 30
May 19, 2011 | 24 Pages
BUDDING PROBLEM As the emerald ash borer decimates trees across the city, community associations and the city are looking for ways to keep shade trees growing in east end neighbourhoods.
RACE FOR READING An east-end program that focuses on promoting both physical fitness and literacy in low-income neighbourhoods will expand to include other Ottawa public schools.
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A NEW WAY TO GAZE AT THE STARS A curious Grade 6 student from Rockcliffe Park Public School takes a close look at one of the many new attractions unveiled on May 12 at the new Living In Space exhibit at the Canadian Aviation and Space Museum. For the full story, see page 11.
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WABANO’S PACK The Wabano Centre for Aboriginal Health will bring old and young together for a weekend of races, including a full marathon, in an effort to promote healthy living.
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Rideau-Rockcliffe Coun. Peter Clark wants to speed up the process of getting a footbridge built over the Queensway in Overbrook and has asked council to push ahead a decision to fund the $8.8-million project to connect the Ottawa Baseball Stadium and the Train Transitway station.
Council will now discuss that issue on Wednesday, May 25. The new urgency is due to the provincial government’s indication it will widen Highway 417 from Nicholas Street to the Regional Road 174 split within the next two years. Piggybacking the footbridge project with the highway widening would lead to “significant” cost savings. The provincial government needs a
commitment from the city by the end of May, or the partnership is a no-go. The engineering work needed to advance the project would cost the city $1.16 million, Clark said. The footbridge decision would have come after council discussed a new report on future plans for how the city-owned stadium will be used, but Clark asked for the stadium issue to be delayed. See COUNCILLOR on page 5
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Police Week celebrates working together MICHELLE NASH
Ottawa police are celebrating police week by reaching out to communities across Ottawa to promote neighbourhood safety by working together. Police week, celebrated across the province since it’s designation in 1970 by the Ministry of Community Safety and Correctional Services, sees Ottawa Police Services offering week-long activities that started on May 16. Police will give communities the chance to get to know their community police officer and learn the key to a safer community – that it is a joint effort. “While police week captures just some of the year round work we do with our members, the community and our partners, it’s still an opportunity to showcase the commitment to our core value – working together for a safer community – as well as the goals of our 2012 Plan for a Safer Ottawa,” noted Acting Chief Gilles Larochelle in a statement. This year’s theme for Police Week is a great one because it is the most important aspect to Ottawa police’s core, he indicated. Const. Marc Soucy added that it is the teamwork that gets the job done. “We always appreciate when the community calls and we are here to answer to the public,” Soucy said. The week’s activities celebrate the hard work it takes to keep a neighbourhood
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OTTAWA CENTRAL EAST MAY 20: There will be a Police-Youth/ Police-Staff Ball Hockey Challenge at Rideau High School at 815 St. Laurent Blvd. Donations are being accepted from students at the door to support charity. MAY 21: Join Vanier Community Police Officer Const. Marc Daviault to Stuff a Cruiser at the Loblaws Supermarket at 100 McArthur Ave. The food drive will be in support of Partage Vanier and Overbrook Forbes. OTTAWA EAST MAY 15TH – MAY 21: Const. Gary
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Community Police Centres have been offering events all week to mark Police Week, which is celebrating the theme of working together. safe, from both the efforts of the police as well as the efforts of the volunteers at the community. For Soucy and most police officers, this week also offers the chance for people to see that police officers are approachable. “You see it in our school resource police officers, they make connections with the
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students every day and that can make all the difference,” Soucy added. Activities throughout the city include open houses at community police centres, theft protection, basketball games with police officers against youth, child print safety, food donations and fundraisers, neighbourhood watch appreciation and
McCoy of the South Ottawa Community Police Centre will be at the Greenboro Public Library where a display of Police Week collection of books, safety literature and posters.
recognition, and bicycle safety tips. As well, every day, community centres will have host volunteer appreciation lunches at their community police centres. Police Week is observed in May to coincide with International Peace Officers’ Memorial Day, which was on May 15.
New members wanted in Vanier MICHELLE NASH email@example.com
The Vanier Community Association hopes to attract some new members at its upcoming annual general meeting who will carry the torch forward and work on various causes in the neighbourhood. President, Michael Horn will be stepping down as well as other association member Debbie St-Aubin. There will be five existing members on the association committee, but Horn noted at the recent meeting new blood is never a bad thing. “New people could have new ideas and reflect the diversity of Vanier,” Horn said. Their new initiative is to promote the upcoming annual general meeting (AGM) by placing flyers around the neighbourhood and talking to people on the streets. At a recent meeting about OC Transpo route changes, Horn mentioned the flyer proved to be very successful in bringing
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in concerned residents and he hopes the same will happen for their AGM. The association is also looking towards handing out a survey to find out if the concerns for the community have changed in the past year. The main focus the community association has had since its inception has been to focus on three issues in Vanier to make the neighbourhood a safer and more enjoyable place to live; battle the drugs, prostitution and make it a beautiful community. The association is looking to the community of Vanier to see if those three issues still remain the focus of the small area east of downtown. Horn indicated he feels that with new blood in the mix, the community association will have a better handle on these issues and any other new concerns that arise out of the AGM. The AGM will be held at the Richelieu Vanier Community Centre on June 14 starting at 7 p.m.
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On May 11, Mayor Jim Watson accepted the International Festivals and Events Association Award on behalf of the city as the 2010 Top North American City of the year in the 500,000 to one million population category. Max Keeping, community ambassador for CTV Ottawa and Michel Gauthier,
who serves on the board of Festivals and Events Ontario, presented Watson with the award, which recognizes Ottawa as a world-class festival and event city. The city is home to many local events with international profiles, such as the Canadian Tulip Festival, Winterlude, the Tim Hortons Dragon Boat Festival.
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City council approved changes to the proposed development for the convent lands, pictured, on Presland Road in Overbrook last week, reducing the allowed height on the north and east sides of the proposed U-shape building while raising the height of the portion closest to the Vanier Parkway.
Last-minute convent changes raise concerns in Overbrook LAURA MUELLER firstname.lastname@example.org
A few last-minute changes to a residential complex on Presland Road convent lands were meant to appease nearby residents, but the Overbrook community still isn’t smiling. “It’ll change the community, there is no doubt about that,” said Sheila Perry, president of the Overbrook Community Council. While Perry said residents are somewhat pleased that changes to the heights of different portions of the building will reduce shadowing on nearby homes, she said there is an overall sense of disappointment in the community. City council voted to approve reducing the height allowance for the complex to five stories on the north side of the building and six storeys on the east side. In exchange for making the U-shaped building shorter in the portions abutting its neighbouring homes, the side closest to the Vanier Parkway will rise from 10 to 15 stories. The changes will reduce the number of units in the complex from 307 to 299.
Overbrook isn’t opposed to the redevelopment of the convent site at 127 Presland Rd., she said, but the apartment building is completely different from the existing homes in the neighbourhood. “Appropriate development is key,” she said. Overbrook residents are also concerned about he changes to traffic in the area. Perry said a new traffic signal will be installed at the new building’s entrance off the Vanier Parkway, and an existing pedestrian crossing at Presland Road will be integrated into the new stop light. Ensuring the safety of pedestrians and cyclists is a top priority, Perry said. The most recent changes were the result of a commitment the developer, Group Lépine, made during a city planning committee meeting at the end of April, Clark said. Clark said the plan for the development was “already way past the point of no return” when he came on board as ward councillor in December of last year. City council quickly approved the plan on May 11, with no residents in attendance to speak to the issue.
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OTTAWA THIS WEEK STAFF There is light at the end of the tunnel for east-end commuters as Ontario’s legislature gave the thumbs up to the 2011 provincial budget, including the widening of the Queensway. Highway 417 from Nicholas Street to the Regional Road 174 split is set to be widened in the next few years, a project that is finally on the books in this year’s budget. The widening will initially allow for a bus-only lane on the highway to alleviate congestion during construction of the city’s light-rail line, which is set to begin in 2013. After the rail system is up and running, the extra lane would be turned into a high-occupancy vehicle lane.
The budget passed its third and final reading at Queen’s Park on May 10. The budget also includes $64 million in 2011-12 growing to $309 million in 2013-14 to create an additional 60,000 post-secondary spaces for students, and with four colleges and Universities, Ottawa could see a good portion of that funding. The budget also includes a risk-management program for cattle, hog, sheep and veal farmers; an addition 90,000 breast-cancer exams targeted at reaching high-risk women aged 30 to 46 (and adding tests for women aged 50 to 59); and continuing the roll-out of the full-day kindergarten program. A commission on reform in the provincial public service will also be established
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Ottawa’s light rail costs still in flux LAURA MUELLER email@example.com
Now that efforts have been made to speed up the process of getting light-rail transit in Ottawa, the big test for the project will be in July, when city councillors will hear an updated estimate on the costs. City staff said the LRT system could be completed by the spring of 2018, a full year earlier than expected. But the heavy lifting will come in July, when council will be faced with making a decision about whether the project is still affordable, the city’s finance and economic development committee heard on May 12. Along with speeding up the process, staff said the city could save money on the project by changing the way it works with the contractor to build the system. Instead of city staff designing the system and then asking contractors to bid on how much it would cost to construct it, the new idea would be to have qualified contractors bid to do the design work as well as the construction and maintenance of the system. That method would cut down on costs, but it wouldn’t necessarily bring the project in under the original estimate of $2.1 billion. The cost could rise higher than that figure, especially because that estimate was made
An artist’s rendering of the proposed Bayview light rail station. Council is making efforts to speed up the LRT process, but it’s still unclear how much the project will actually cost taxpayers. Councillors are expected to get their first glimpse of updated estimates in July. in 2009 and doesn’t account for inflation. But the estimated cost would be even higher if the city stuck with its original procurement plan, said John Jensen, the rail implementation program manager for the City of Ottawa. While city staff asked for councillors’ approval to begin the process of acquiring property needed to build the line – and potentially pursuing expropriation – Jensen assured
councillors that no expropriations would be finalized until council makes a decision on the budget and procurement for the project in July. “This is essential to help property owners move forward and for risk and cost control,” Jensen said. Jensen said no residential properties will be affected, although a city report contains more careful wording: “…the city does not anticipate that any
residential properties need to be acquired.” Several councillors were very concerned about the process of acquiring and expropriating land, including River Ward Coun. Maria McRae. She urged caution with finalizing land swaps or purchases because the city now owns many small parcels of land that have little value or usefulness after the cancellation of the city’s previous north-south light rail line plan.
“We were in a big hurry to acquire land,” McRae said about the former light-rail project. “Now we own all these little slivers we can’t do anything with.” The land the city is now looking at is “marketable for resale,” Mayor Jim Watson told councillors. “We don’t want to be saddled with a bunch of pieces of land if the project ends up being unaffordable,” he said. “If … it stretches the city to a limit that is not acceptable and not financially prudent, then obviously we’re going to have to go back and come up with a new plan,” Watson told reporters after the meeting. Gloucester-Southgate Coun. Diane Deans, who is the chair of the city’s transit commission, said she has “growing concerns” about the affordability of the project and that addressing property acquisition before council receives an updated cost estimate is “putting the cart before the horse.” While the system still won’t be ready for use in 2017 for Canada’s 150th birthday, Jensen said the construction will mostly be cleaned up and trains will be available for public viewing during the celebrations. “By advancing the schedule we can ensure our downtown will be in good condition for our birthday celebration,” Jensen said.
Mayor under fire for pro-life day proclamation LAURA MUELLER firstname.lastname@example.org
Mayor’s proclamations are a regular feature at the start of city council meetings, and for the most part, events such as Laughter Day, Global Love Day and Data Privacy Day pass largely unnoticed. But one proclamation that has become an annual tradition since 2002 is getting some serious – and critical – attention from the community, especially on the social networking site, Twitter. Mayor Jim Watson declared May 12, 2011 to be Respect for Life Day in the City of Ottawa, coinciding with a large anti-abortion march on Parliament Hill that usually draws approximately 10,000 people to the capital. The proclamation reads: “The rights of the people of Canada including the unborn, the elderly and those with handicaps are gradually being eroded.” The mayor came under fire on May 9, when word of the proclamation spread like wildfire online. But Watson stood by
the proclamation, saying that the city has a responsibility to abide by the Ontario Human Rights Code. Watson noted that he served on city council under former mayor Jacquelin Holzman, who famously refused to declare gay and lesbian “pride” week, which landed the city in court. “I’m not prepared to bring the city through another human rights trial,” Watson said. “I happen to be pro-choice,” he added. “I don’t happen to agree with those people who take away a woman’s right to choose, but at the same time it isn’t the mayor’s personal beliefs and hunches that should rule the day. If a pro-choice group wants to have a day named after them, that fits the policy, they should have a day named after them.” That’s not something prochoice groups like Planned Parenthood Ottawa are interested in, said the organization’s executive director, Heather Holland. PPO’s efforts are better spent on educating people about pregnancy options and improving access to abortions than seek-
ing a token proclamation. Holland said Respect for Life Day doesn’t jive with the city’s own proclamation policy. According to its policy, the city issues proclamations for
“I’m not prepared to bring the city through another human rights trial.” Mayor Jim Watson
any group or individual who requests one, as long as it doesn’t violate human rights. That means the proclamation can’t be discriminatory, illegal or espouse hatred, violence or racism. The policy also states that proclamations shouldn’t be politically or religiously motivated. Holland argued that the or-
ganization that requested the proclamation, Campaign Life Coalition, is arguably both political and religious. “I think it clearly crosses that line,” she said. Wanda Hartlin is the secretary for the national March for Life, the pro-life demonstration that took place on Parliament Hill on May 12. The event isn’t religiously affiliated, Hartlin said. “We’re Canada’s national lobbying group for pro-life,” Hartlin said. “I have never really sorted it out whether (the March for Life) is (political) or not,” she added. When asked if he thought a pro-life proclamation fell under the definition of “political” or “religious” events, Watson said the “political” aspect of proclamations refers to “big P” politics at the federal and provincial level. “Every decision we make, or every proclamation you can claim is political in one way or another,” he said. “But the intent of the policy is to ensure that we are not getting into par-
tisan politics by denouncing a prime minister or denouncing a premier or attacking a political party, because that’s not our role.” According to the city’s policy, proclamations are intended to “encourage public awareness or provide recognition for events, achievements, and activities that are significant to Ottawa” and to “acknowledge individuals who have achieved national or international distinction, or whose contribution to the community demands significant recognition.” In 2010, the city issued 121 proclamations. So far this year, the mayor has already signed off on 45 proclamations, including another Respect for Life Day on April 30. That proclamation has been requested by education pro-life group Action Life and granted each year since 1993, according to the executive director, Louise Harbour. “I think to bring every single proclamation to council would not only expend a great amount of time, but would also be very divisive,” the mayor said.
News From CLARK on page 1 It was scheduled for last week on May 12, but Clark was set to have eye surgery that day and asked to defer the report.
Clark admitted he’s not a fan of the stadium report, which suggests developing the stadium’s parking lot for office or commercial use and using the
stadium itself for more events such as concerts. He says the report “pre-judges” what’s going to happen with the site and doesn’t give all options a fair
shake. “The footbridge, along with the LRT going through there in the next few years and the development of the Trainyards, will provide cycling and pedestrian access that doesn’t exist in the present, without danger
to people,” Clark said. He said he “doesn’t see an issue” getting his fellow councillors’ support for constructing the footbridge, although some council members see it as a recreational project rather than a transportation need, he said.
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Ash borer threatens shady Emond Park MICHELLE NASH email@example.com
Members of Vanier’s parks and recreation committee are concerned the destructive emerald ash borer could threaten the beautification of their parks. Kate Greer-Close has been on the city’s case to make safe parks in her Vanier neighbourhood a priority. The committee has worked with city staff to design the new features and rubberized surface for Emond Park, located at the corner of Emond Street and Deschamps Avenue. At the recent Vanier Community Association meeting, Greer-Close said one of the main features is the shade the park is provided by the trees which surround it. However a new issue has taken the front seat as the emerald ash borer has made the trees in Emond Park vulnerable. The trees in question are planted in cement planters, so when the trees get cut down the roots will be inaccessible unless the concrete is torn up. “What they are telling us is that when those trees come down, that is it – unless we rip up the concrete,” Greer-Close said. “It is such a shame, because it is a nice park because of the trees.” In an effort to buy time, Greer-Close and the city have been working toward inoculating some trees. City manager of forestry services, Dave Barkley said the city will take shade into consideration when it comes to treating and removing ash trees. “We are currently doing an assessment for our parks and we are trying to take the lack of shade into consideration when it comes to removing the ash trees,” Barkley said. Treatments, such as the ones that some of the trees in Emond Park will receive, will prolong
the lifespan of the tree, but will not keep it from dying altogether. Barkley added the city hopes that inter-planting (planting new trees of different species) will help keep the parks full of trees. “Our hope is by inter-planting, we have 10 to 15 years for those trees to grow before all the ash is gone,” Barkley said. The city’s ash tree removal started on Feb. 3 and lasted six weeks. The city will also be inoculating some trees with TreeAzin, the inoculation registered for control in Canada, to save as many trees as they can. Close to 700 trees have been removed from 23 different areas in the city this past winter and spring. In 2010, the city removed 150 trees. Since then, the infestation has grown worse and the city has seen the need to combat the issue more aggressively. The emerald ash borer was first found in Ottawa in 2008. Native to eastern Asia, to date it has killed millions of ash trees in Southwestern Ontario. Since their discovery, the City of Ottawa implemented an ash borer management study and has been working to treat and remove the infected trees. At least 500 trees have been protected with TreeAzin. The removal of the trees takes place during the winter when the bug is not active. Barkley said the need to rip up the concrete will not be necessary as the city believes there will be enough space to replant a new tree in the same planter. “It is delicate work, to cut the roots, but it should be done without too many problems and by cutting the roots there should be enough space for the new tree in the planter,” Barkley said. The new features for the park should be in place as early as July, weather permitting.
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Emond Park is surrounded by trees that provide great shade in the summer, but some of those trees are ash trees, which have been infected by the emerald ash borer which the city plans on removing.
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St. Laurent Boulevard Kiddie Kobbler owner Rob Krantzberg says he has noticed a loss of greenery in the area over the past 25 years.
Seeing the forest through the trees CAROLINE GEORGE Over the past few months, hundreds of diseased ash trees have been removed along the St. Laurent Boulevard and Donald Street area. In some areas only stumps remain where once tall ash trees stood. “We’ve been seeing a very devastating look. You suddenly see boulevards completely cut. For the diseased trees we knew this was coming,” said Sheila Perry, president of the Community Council of Overbrook. Discovered in 2008 along the St. Laurent Boulevard and Highway 417 area, the emerald ash borer, an invasive beetle native to Asia, has steadily made its destructive mark on ash trees within the Rideau Vanier and Rideau Rockcliffe wards. Although the aesthetic make up of some streets has changed drastically, businesses seem unaffected by the notable change to the landscape. “I don’t think it’s necessarily impacted my business. I know myself that I am drawn to an area that has a lot more greenery,” said Rob ‘The Shoeman’ Krantzberg, owner of children’s shoe store Kiddie Kobbler. In search of fresh air and a better aesthetic view, Krantzberg moved his store from within the nearby St. Laurent shopping centre to the corner of St. Laurent and Ogilvie Road over
three years ago. A business owner within the area for over 25 years he has seen the landscape change, most notably the loss of green space. “What I have noticed more than anything is that a lot more trees are being cut down so more concrete buildings and shopping malls can be put up,” Krantzberg said. “It hasn’t had any impact on business or residents in the area
“We’re going to lose about 75,000 street and park trees over the next 10 years.” David Barkley Ottawa forestry services program manager and is not a critical situation at the moment,” added Suzanne Valiquet, executive director of the Quartier Vanier Merchants Association. In anticipation of the ash tree removal, the city is ‘interplanting,’ explained David Barkley, forestry services program manager for the City of Ottawa. “We’re planting new trees close to the existing ash trees and trying to do this in advance
of having to remove any trees. We’re replacing them with smaller trees and trying to vary sizes depending on the location. The risk is lessened by not having a monoculture,” Barkley said. Eerily reminiscent of the destruction caused by Dutch Elm disease that befell elm trees along Parliament Hill in the 1960s and 1970s, the tree planting initiative is in place to diversify areas facing removal of large amounts of ash trees. According to the city’s website, several tree species, including maple and oak, are being planted on city property as part of the EAB management strategy program to curb the devastation caused by the beetle. “The idea is that we are trying to move out away from that area where we have been cutting trees and we hope to get out quite a distance beyond that, so the tree has time to establish itself and grow,” Barkley said. “That way the impact on the landscape isn’t as drastic.” “We’re going to lose about 75,000 street and park trees over the next 10 years,” he notes of how quickly the beetle has spread. Despite the sad nature of removing these trees they are replaceable and the city is taking the right approach, emphasized Valiquet. “One of the things is that the situation is not much worse.”
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Those visiting emergency rooms at Ottawa area hospitals can expect to see shorter wait times thanks to provincial funding that will buy new short-stay beds helping these busy departments better manages the constant influx of patients. “This new investment will give us additional bed capacity at the Ottawa Hospital,” said Mike Tierney, the hospital’s vice-president of clinical programs. “Our biggest challenge is patients waiting for a bed.” The Ottawa Hospital will be receiving $3.9 million and 19 new beds, the Children’s Hospital of Eastern Ontario and the Queensway Carleton Hospital are receiving $1 million each to help lower their wait times, and the Montfort hospital will receive about $320,000. Yasir Naqvi, MPP for Ottawa Centre, said the provincial government’s hope is to make sure patients in Ottawa get good quality health care when they need it. “We know there are serious situations that need to be dealt with,” Naqvi said, adding
there’s no one solution to deal with wait times. “There has to be a system-wide approach.” He said it’s a step in the right direction and the provincial government is working to measure emergency room wait times. “The reality is, it takes a while,” Naqvi said, adding that both he and the government were anxious to address the problem as soon as possible. Tierney said the additional beds and money at the Ottawa Hospital is one piece of the puzzle, but the other piece is sending some patients who are in hospital beds to the appropriate venues, like long-term care or supportive housing. “Additional beds are a start,” Tierney said. Naqvi said while some regions of Ontario need more doctors and nurses still, 94 per cent of Ontarians have a family doctor and internationally trained doctors are able to practice more than ever before. “We realize we definitely made some improvements,” said Naqvi. “But there’s more work to be done, and we want to see continued improvement year after year.”
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Construction has started on the firefighter’s memorial at LeBreton Flats, after an official groundbreaking ceremony.
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Canada’s national firefighter’s memorial is a step closer to fruition following the official ground-breaking ceremony held on May 12 to mark the official start of construction. The Canadian Fallen Firefighters Foundation’s chaplain, Bruce Rushton, placed soil from every province and territory on the monument site at LeBreton Flats, near the Canadian War Museum, to mark the occasion. The soil, brought to the ceremony by firefighters from across the country, was mixed in a firefighter’s boot before it
was spread over the site. “This will be a place of retreat, reflection and remembrance,” said Rushton. The memorial will be a symbolic landmark for Canadians to pay tribute to the contributions and sacrifice of men and women in the country’s fire services. “We are absolutely honoured to have the memorial in Ottawa and to be the fire service that will of course see it on a daily basis,” said Ottawa Fire Chief John deHooge. “This will be a place for solace and quite time to reflect and remember all of our heroes.” He said several years of hard work have gone into making the
Hospital and government officials came together on May 12 at the Civic Hospital for an announcement that effects emergency room wait times.
project a reality. “We are very proud and pleased to see this happening and look forward to seeing the monument up in just over a year.” Jean-François Trépanier, executive vice-president of operations for the National Capital Commission, said the monument site will create a unique gathering place for visitors and the families of fallen firefighters. “This represents the culmination of many years of hard work,” Trépanier said. “Finally the shovel is in the ground and this long-held dream will become a reality.” Speaking on behalf of the federal government, NepeanCarleton MP Pierre Poilievre said the monument will be a reminder of the enormous contribution by the fallen heroes to help those in distress. “It will serve to honour the sacrifices made by those that lost their lives on the line of duty,” he said. Designed by Vancouver artist Douglas Coupland and Toronto’s Mary Tremain, the memorial site is expected to be unveiled in September next year. The design, titled We Were There, features a giant fire hall pole that acts as a lightning rod, protecting a tree and monument underneath, with a bronze statue of a firefighter pointing to the names on the monument.
Telework an option for east-end city workers LAURA MUELLER firstname.lastname@example.org
More city workers from Ottawa’s east end could be working from home as the city’s “telework” program expands. The four-year program ends in 2014 and by the time it is fully implemented, the city will have spent more than $20.7 million to allow almost 2,000 employees to work from home or other remote locations. Cutting back on travel time, parking demands and vehicular emissions – as well as the costs that creates for the city – are listed as some of the benefits of working remotely. As the city begins a series of major construction projects in the east end, such as the Cyrville Bridge reconstruction (currently underway) and the widening of the Queensway between Nicholas Street and the Regional Road 174 split (set to be completed by 2013), allowing city employees to dodge that traffic and work closer to home is a pressing issue, says Coun. Tim Tierney (Beacon Hill-Cyrville). “With all the east-end construction that’s going to be occurring, it could be an opportu-
nity for telework,” he said. That will help the city save an anticipated $10.2 million in net operating costs, but a city report says there are other benefits. Allowing employees to work at home or another remote location is said to increase job satisfaction and encourage a better work-life balance, which in turn can lead to greater motivation and productivity. Telework is supposed to make it easier to recruit and retain employees, particularly those who have disabilities. A pilot project that ran from January of 2009 to July of 2010 and saw Ottawa bylaw officers become fully mobile workers saved $475,000 and the officers were more productive. Bylaw officers were able to handle extra work equivalent to hiring five additional full-time workers, while absenteeism went down 42 per cent and fuel consumption was reduced by 20 per cent. Tierney said he wants more detailed information on how the telework program will continue to be rolled out, including which workers will be introduced into the program. That information will be presented to the city’s finance and economic development committee on June 7.
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Ottawa area hospitals receive new short-stay beds
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Holiday ushers in summer
ictoria Day is our gateway to the summer season after a brutally long winter. We head to the cottage, the beach, go on a road trip or host a back yard barbecue. Whatever your reason to celebrate this weekend, we often forget why we have this holiday. What we are really celebrating on this May long weekend – now some 110 years after the death of Queen Victoria – is the birthday of whichever monarch happens to be on the throne at the time. Lumping all the monarchs’ birthdays together seemed to be the way to go. Victoria Day has also been known as the Queen’s Birthday, Empire Day, and Commonwealth Day. The holiday name was changed to Empire Day in the 1890s when enthusiasm for the British Empire was at a peak. By the mid-20th century, however, the Empire had given way to the Commonwealth, so the holiday became known as Commonwealth Day. In 1977, Commonwealth Day was moved to the second Monday in March and Canadians continued to celebrate Victoria Day in May. Victoria was born Princess Victoria of Saxe-
Coburg at Kensington Palace in London, the daughter of Prince Edward and granddaughter of King George III. Towards the end of George III’s life it became a matter of some concern that none of his 15 children had heirs. George’s eldest son George IV took the throne after his father’s death. However, due to the death of George IV’s daughter Charlotte in 1817 and the fact that he was estranged from his wife, the succession was still in question. Under pressure from Parliament and the public George III’s fourth oldest child Edward married the German princess, Victoire of SaxeCoburg. She was 31 years old. On May 24, 1819 Victoire gave birth to a daughter. She was christened Alexandrina Victoria, and it is this monumental birth that we have to thank for one of our favourite holidays. But the question remains, why do we celebrate Victoria’s birthday when there have been five monarchs since her reign? Well, aside from how obviously amazing it is to have a long weekend just when we need to kickstart the summer season, there is historical precedence at work.
The Canadian quest: anything for 40 per cent off
usings about our national character go on all the time and are intensified during a federal election. What sort of people are Canadians? After the federal election, experts draw conclusions that might be correct, at least for a while. For example, we now learn that Quebecers are left-leaning federalists. Who knew? And what will they be four years from now? Meanwhile, somebody writes in the daily newspaper about being sick of the Group of Seven. Many Canadians thought the painters of the Group of Seven saw Canada in a typically Canadian way. Now others think not. We are not about jackpines and sloping rocks on Georgian Bay. At least, not any more. What are we about? It is difficult to keep track. Are we Starbucks or Tim Hortons, hockey or soccer, North American or British or multicultural? Are we still orderly and polite as opposed to raucous and freedom-loving? People used to think that, but they should have a look at some of the road rage around here. Particularly during the construction season. So, where to look for the national character? Well, it just so happens that the season for a splendid display of the
CHARLES GORDON Funny Town Canadian identity is upon us. That would be the season of the garage sale. Signs sprout on Saturday morning corners like maple bushes. Packs of vehicles creep around the early morning streets like contestants in the world’s slowest scavenger hunt. The reader of these signs, the inhabitants of these vehicles are Canadians, demonstrating one of their national characteristics – the love of a bargain. The bargain is found at the end of someone’s driveway. It is a totally unnecessary thing in many instances, perhaps a relative’s amateurish attempt at a Group of Seven scene, but much cheaper than you could buy it for anywhere else. So Canadians pay $3 for this thing, put it in the trunk and drive slowly off in search of another driveway with totally unnecessary things on display. Another
vehicle immediately occupies the space they vacated. This is a game we play every spring. For every Canadian who decides to donate his excess stuff to charity or school bazaars or church rummage sales, there is another who decides to sell it. In many cases the seller doesn’t need the money. And in many cases, the buyer either doesn’t need what is on sale or could afford to buy something new (thereby helping to keep the economy moving), but can’t resist a bargain. Let’s face it, getting stuff cheap is a hobby for many Canadians. You’ve met them. When you admire their new table, they tell you how they got it for 40-percent off. When they describe the trip they just took all they talk about is what a deal they got on the room and the souvenirs they bought at half-price. Here is a big part of our national identity: Canadians are frugal. Let’s say “frugal” rather than “cheap.” Our frugality means that we drive across town, burning up expensive gas, in search of the gas station where it is a fraction of a cent less expensive. Our frugality also means, unfortunately, that locally owned businesses perish in great numbers because multinationally-owned businesses sell stuff cheaper and we can’t resist a bargain.
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f you’ve ever had to give your kid a Tic-tac to keep him from going berserk during Holy Communion, or promised a bit of “Dora when we get home, if he can just keep it together for five more minutes at the mall,” you’ll understand how bribery in parenting can work. Its counterpart, threat, similarly, is often used, such as the promise that “I will toss all the Lego in the garbage if I step on one more piece that has been covertly ground into the living room rug,” or “one more word like that, young man, and you’ll be spending the day in your room.” But there’s another type of bribe-andthreat that is far less destructive, and as I’ve discovered recently, an essential tool in the parenting toolbox. It’s more a reminder, really, of the “natural consequences” of good behaviour, or the negative consequences of not towing the line. For weeks – months for whomever has been following my column and knows my children drove me to therapy – morn-
ings at our house have been a nightmare. We begin, like most, with the best of intentions: The lunchboxes are made and in the fridge the night before; the alarm goes off at six; I make the coffee, while my husband makes breakfast; everything is smooth as chocolate mousse until the first child emerges from his room, tousle-haired, yet surprisingly talkative and bright. Morning is his time and he wants to create great works of art, tell us stories of his life, and play songs on the piano, which would all be wonderful except that he’s still in his pyjamas, my husband’s burnt the first round of breakfast, and child-the-younger can’t stand loud noise in the morning. That, and we only have 90 minutes to get everyone fed, watered, dressed, and brushed before walking to the school bus for precisely 7:31 a.m. So what begins as a morning with potential, ends with parents repeatedly screaming the same commands – “brush your teeth, get your uniform on, find your shoes” – like drill sergeants, children in tears, and a mad dash to the bus stop. You’ve all been there, right? One morning, I decided it was all going to change. And gosh darn it, my methods would include bribery. One Sunday night, I told my boys that if they got up with the alarm at 5:50am, got dressed into their uniforms, helped us get the breakfast on the table, brushed their teeth and hair, washed their faces
and practiced the piano without fighting, the “natural consequence” would be an extra 15-minutes, which meant they could run around the park with the soccer ball before the school bus. I actually forgot about my promise, mainly because I really had no faith in my method. But the older child did not forgot. Monday morning, he heard my alarm go off for my 6 a.m. walk, jumped out of bed, got dressed, told his younger brother to do the same, and before I knew it they’d completed the entire morning routine in 30 minutes flat. Some call it incentives, some call it bribes, but these kids have been a dream for weeks now. If they’re having trouble getting settled into bed, I remind them that it will be “very difficult to get up and do everything in time to play at the park if they don’t go to sleep immediately.” And then, silence! In the morning, a gentle whisper to tell them that the sun is shining and the ball is waiting for them on the front porch is incentive enough for child-the-younger to curb his grumpy tendencies and hustle. So go ahead and use bribery, I say. But be very careful what you promise! Kids are always smarter than we think. My eldest discovered recently that one of his friend’s parents use bribes at their house too, but instead of park time, they earn screen time for the weekend. No matter. He’s been twice as cooperative ever since.
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Students embrace national reading and running program MICHELLE NASH firstname.lastname@example.org
Three new Ottawa public schools will have the opportunity to take part in a national running and reading club. Run by Start2Finish in lowincome neighbourhoods across the country, the club focuses on both promoting physical fitness and literacy. Robert E. Wilson Public School has been a part of the program when it started over three years ago, and now the Start2Finish team is looking at expanding the program to Pinecrest, Centennial and Connaught public schools. Megan Jockheart, program coordinator at the Robert E. Wilson Public School club, has said the impact this club has had on the students has been amazing and that it will soon be offered to more schools can only lead to great things. “The more kids that have the opportunity to be a part of it the better, and I know there are schools in Ottawa that would benefit from a program like this and those that really want the program,” Jockheart said. Former Olympian and current Women’s Marathon record holder, Silvia Ruegger started this program because she wanted to take part in creating hope for youth from between the ages of seven and 11. She organized a run, Run4Change on May 18 where cities across Canada raise money for the running and reading club as well as oth-
er programs for Start2Finish. The run in Ottawa on May 18 was held at both Bushtukah Ottawa locations at 6 p.m. on May 18. “They were excited about the Run4Change fundraising event. It is all about giving the children the tools they need to succeed,” Ruegger said. The basis of the reading and running club is to give the students confidence. The coaches are made up of community leaders and volunteers. From police officers, teachers and business owners, these volunteers help shape the child’s self assurance and from there, Ruegger said, the reading levels and school work begins to prosper. The program focuses on reducing the stress levels and levels of fear experienced by children who live in poverty. “When there is disparity for what you want to do and what you can do, there is stress,” Ruegger explained. “We remove the fear of books and inability of reading, by adding a coach who they can trust.” Having the students trust their coaches is the key to the program, but trust must be met with sustainability, Ruegger noted. The fact that the program will now be expanding to more areas is truly good news to Ruegger. “We are seeing great momentum build across the nation,” he said. However choosing new schools has not been an easy task, as Ruegger knows there
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The Running and Reading Club at Robert E. Wilson has kids working at improving both their physical and mental capabilities to improve their confidence in life and school. The program at the east end school has been the only one of it’s kind in Ottawa, but in the fall, the organizers of the program are looking to expand to the downtown and the west end of Ottawa. may be many interested schools, there is important criteria the schools must meet to have the program. “The key criteria we need to meet before we expand into a new location are a strong community matrix of volunteers who will be committed to coming to the program week in and week out. Right now we have a strong community matrix ready to support a program at Pinecrest,” Ruegger said. Once up and running the rest is simple: get the kids to run around, play with their coaches, learn a game and eat a snack and then the students get in the mood for learning. At Robert E. Wilson Public School, the program has been going great, with success in both the physical and learning areas. Jockheart, who started out as a coach, said coaching
gives the students a stable adult in their life. “I think it is the consistency that really speaks to them the most, you know, it is not a peer, it is not a family member but it is somebody who wants to spend time with them and really pumping encouragement into them all the time,” Jockheart said. Jockheart indicated he believes the volunteers who come out to help and work with these youth are the most important piece to the program. “The only limitation is the number of coaches we have. You don’t understand how important it is to a child until you see them working one on one with a coach learning to read and without the coaches the program is nothing,” At the moment, Jockheart said the number of coaches has
gone down and the program is currently looking for more volunteers for the fall program. “It is all about someone who believes in them,” Jockheart added. Because of Ruegger’s Olympic experience, she said she has always believed in the impossible. “I have the audacity to believe that we can break the cycle of poverty and see these children succeed,” Ruegger said. “And one of the greatest gifts is audacious hope.” The year-long program works at getting the children to improve their strengths in both running and reading and the students are rewarded by seeing improvements in their grades as well as participating in a 5 km run in Toronto on May 28.
Big Brothers Big Sisters of Ottawa in dire need of funding EDDIE RWEMA email@example.com
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Ottawa Police Chief Vern White, left, and Ottawa Senators defenceman Matt Carkner are cochairing this year’s campaign to help local children and youth in need of adult mentor.
The Ottawa chapter of Big Brothers Big Sisters launched its annual fundraising drive on May 11 under a cloud of budget shortfalls and funding cuts that have forced the agency to stop accepting new clients. Cindy Smith, senior director of Big Brothers Big Sisters of Ottawa said there are currently 66 kids on the agency’s wait list. “Our intention is to raise $100,000 in this campaign, that runs from May 11 to Sept. 16 to allow us serve more children,” she said. The United Way, which provides
most of the agency’s $1-million annual operating budget, slashed funding by 20 per cent this year. Through its annual Buddy Up fundraising campaign that kicked off last week, the agency hopes to make up the shortfall and reduce the waiting list. “Our campaign raised $30,000 last year and we are looking at a significant increase this year,” said Smith. “We are hopeful members of the community will participate in this campaign.” Police Chief Vern White and Ottawa Senators defenceman Matt Carkner are co-chairmen of the campaign, which challenges members of the community and local businesses to Buddy Up with
Big Brothers Big Sister by making a donation. “This is such a great mentoring program that calls for everyone’s support,” said White. “It provides young kids with a great opportunity to be successful in their community.” Carkener, who has two young sons, said the program’s goal of providing mentors and positive influences in the lives of boys and girls in the community is something to which he can relate. He said his path to the heights of the National Hockey League was aided by the help and encouragement of a veteran teammate, Bryan Helmer, who was eight years older than him.
“This is an important campaign helping our youth to get the right mentors and get them succeed in their future,” Carkener said, adding it was a huge honour to be a part of the campaign. He urged every adult in Ottawa to take the time to become more aware of the agency’s program and step up to help kids get the adult guidance and friendship they need. Buddy Up is being run as a webbased, word of mouth campaign to ensure every donated dollar goes to help local kids in need of a mentor. For more information or to donate to the program, visit www. buddyup.ca.
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Grade 6 students from Rockcliffe Park Public School were the first to glance at the new Living in Space exhibit at the Canada Aviation and Space Museum, along with some of Canada’s top astronauts. Developed by the Canadian Space Agency, the exhibit, which officially opened on May 12, features an interactive look at what it is like to live in space. On hand for the opening of the new space display were astronauts Steve MacLean, Chris Hadfield, Robert Thirsk, Julie Payette, Bjarni Tryggvason, Jeremy Hansen, David Saint-Jacques and Dave Williams. “One thing we all share in space is a bond that we were doing something important, and the other bond is inspiring children – and that is my hope with this exhibit – that they see the amount of hard work it takes to be in space and want to work hard to do this too,” MacLean said. The students had the opportunity to ask all seven of the astronauts questions about living in space and training for space before splitting up and heading into the exhibit. Robert Thirsk, who has spent the most time in space – a total of 204 days and 18 hours – talked to the students about being away from home and what he missed most. “One of the neat things about working at the international space station, you work and live at the limits of your capabilities; physical capabilities, intellectual capabilities... but I also lived at the limits of my emotional capabilities and after six months I was really missing our planet, I was really missing nature. You know the scent of grass and flowers, the feel of the wind against my face, my family and the hugs they gave me,” Thirsk said. “It is incredible living aboard the space station, but it was really amazing to come back home to my family. I am an Earthling. I missed earth.” The exhibit area is 165 square-metres. A large globe rotates near the back of the room. The globe projects the image
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The new exhibit at the Canada Aviation and Space Museum, ‘Living in Space’ gives people the chance to explore space like only an astronaut could. Grade 6 students from Rockcliffe Park Public School had the opportunity to check out the new exhibit with the best tour guides, seven Canadian astronauts. of Earth seen from space. There are also interactive images that project what it is like to live in space as well as biographies of astronauts who have spent time in space. Guillaume Vanglois, president of Space and Dream, the software company that developed the displays in the museum, said their biggest reward was watching the children run around touching the displays. “That is all we need to see, the kids happy,” Vanglois said. Part of the interactive side is to make the children feel like they are living as an astronaut for the day. There is a replica of the Canadarm simulator, which is similar to the training simulator astronauts use in practice, a space toilet, an interactive computer game about what foods and personal items are allowed to come on the trip. The exhibit even includes a large-scale, working guitar just like the one Hadfield brought with him on his space trip. Rockcliffe Park Public School Grade 6 teacher Barbara Brockmann, who came
on the tour, said this type of opportunity is the best kind of learning a child can have. “This makes it real and possible. Having the students here with the astronauts will make them feel like going into space is not that impossible,” Brockmann said. Mickey Holmes could not decide what the most amazing part of his day was – meeting Canadian astronauts or the op-
City honours transit employees OTTAWA THIS WEEK STAFF On May 13, the city recognized the outstanding efforts of 13 OC Transpo employees for putting the safety of their community first at the annual Transecure Awards. OC Transpo bus operator Peter Paquette was named the 2010 Transecure employee of the year for his lifesaving efforts late last year. On Dec. 9, 2010, Paquette was driving his bus on route 5 through Vanier, when he noticed that a three-storey building was on fire. After contacting his dispatcher, he rushed into the building and began evacuating people.
Officials from Ottawa Fire Services called Paquette’s actions heroic and acknowledged that he put his own life at risk. Paquette, a trained volunteer firefighter, suffered smoke inhalation and was transported to the hospital. “I would like to congratulate all 13 of today’s award recipients for their bravery and commitment to our city,” said Mayor Jim Watson. “I would also like to commend all OC Transpo staff for the work they do on a daily basis. Not only are our transit employees committed to providing their customers with efficient and safe service when getting them to and from their daily activities, but they also act as safeguards of our community.”
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portunity to live like an astronaut for a day. He settled on both. “I got to go through the exhibit with an astronaut, that is just so cool,” Holmes said. The astronauts who have yet to experience the excitement of space spoke to the students about the training involved in preparing for a spacewalk or living on the international space station. “The thing I prefer the most is the spacewalk training …. You climb, you struggle into this spacesuit and for the next six to seven hours, you are in your office and they put you in a pool to simulate weightlessness,” Williams said. When it comes to the skills a person needs to become an astronaut, he told the students the most important skill is desire. “We all came to this position from different paths, we are professors, engineers, scientists, but we all have one thing in common: passion. Passion in your heart is truly what you need,” Williams said. Canada Aviation and Space Museum director, Stephen Quick was happy to see the students running around playing. “This is great. It is so exciting to have this exhibit here at our museum,” Quick said. The exhibit will be a permanent fixture at the Canada Aviation and Space Museum. The Canadian Space Agency will have another version of the exhibit that will travel to science centres across Canada.
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An exhibit that is out of this world
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(Above) Visitors to last year’s Gloucester Fair got a chance to see some of the tools that helped build this nation. (Left) The Gloucester Fair is adding an authentic pioneer camp to its roster of events at this year’s fair, complete with characters from the War of 1812 and Ojibwa tomahawk and knife throwers.
Gloucester Fair adds historical flair to the fun EMMA JACKSON email@example.com
Several new and exciting attractions promise to make the Gloucester Fair an even bigger draw this year as it adds an authentic pioneer camp and a birds of prey show to its May 26 to 29 lineup at the Rideau Carleton Raceway. “Kids can see eagles, owls and hawks flying around for real,” said fair organizer Harley Bloom, noting the impressive presentations from the Canadian Raptor Conservancy, taking place at select times on Saturday and Sunday, will also include an abundance of information about habitat loss, environmentalism and some of the biggest issues facing birds of prey in Canada. Along with getting back to nature, visitors can also go back in time at the Pioneer Gathering featuring an Ojibwa tomahawk and knife thrower and other characters such as a War of 1812 veteran and a goat maid, who will each teach visitors their own version of what it was like to live in early Canada. “It’s a combination of historical reenactors and buckskinners,” said Kate Michaud, who sets up camp as Camp Matron Kate and brings her milk goats along to show visitors what an early Canadian settler’s life might have looked like. “We portray the pioneer lifestyle, which is not more commonly looked at, and we portray an earlier version than, for example, the Upper Canada Village.” Three re-enactors will set up camp for the duration of the fair, camping and living “without any 21st century creature comforts” on the fair grounds. Michaud’s daughter, Brid, is sure to wow the crowds with her Ojibwa knife and tomahawk throwing demonstrations, and guide Chuck Chapman will show off his ultra-compact tools for surviving and guiding in the Canadian wilder-
ness. Michaud said the Gloucester Fair will be an interesting show because it waffles between a rural and urban audience. “In the country, there’s still a lot of memories tied up with family stories, how they used to go out hunting or trapping, or how grandma made soap. Those memories are not very far from the roots. Whereas in the city, they find that fact that we’re using my goat’s milk for our own consumption very alien, very strange. It’s like from the carton in the store to where it actually came from, it gets lost in there,” she said. “For the people from the city it’s almost like a whole new discovery, a whole new world.” Bloom said even the usual attractions have been spruced up this year. The fair has expanded to include “constant entertainment” in the Gas Bar beer tent, complete with arm wrestling and a mechanical bull. The Smoke to the Bone barbeque competition will also be even bigger this year, with a $10,000 grand prize package for the professional competition and a $500 barbecue prize for the winning amateur team. In anticipation for Father’s Day, the fair will also offer barbecue demonstrations on how to cook the perfect ribs, sausages and brisket, and everyone over the age 18 can enter to win a door prize of a barbeque worth $1,000 compliments of Romantic Fireplaces and BBQs Ltd. in Orleans. “It’s a huge barbecue, it’s a beautiful piece of equipment,” Bloom said. Of course, Bloom said the “number one biggie” is the return of the monster truck ride, which takes visitors for a bumpy ride through an open space behind the Rideau Carleton Raceway. The midway will also be open with a number of carnival rides, games and vendors. For more information, visit www. gloucesterfair.ca.
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Compost – A Gift Back to Nature By Liz Wylie Since it’s inception over a year ago, Ottawa’s green bin program is successfully providing a way for residents to participate in a large-scale composting program. The program has helped by reducing the amount of greenhouse gas emissions from local landfills caused from organic waste decomposing and has lessened the city’s need for new and larger landfills. Nearly 45 per cent of the average household’s garbage is compostable organic material that can go directly into the green bin – that’s a pretty significant diversion from landfill. The green bin program has been a great option for people who have a concern for the environment but have no access to a backyard or have no interest in home composting.
However, despite its popularity if you want to help the environment a step further you will need to think a little further outside the green bin. Consider this – home composting. By managing organic waste by using a backyard composter you can help reduce even the amount of emissions that are created by hauling it by truck. Home composting gives you the benefit of a natural end product, directly sourced, that feeds your garden, trees and lawn. This material cuts down on weeds, reduces the need for extra watering and provides a healthy ecosystem for helpful earthworms that aerate the soil. With healthy soil and healthy plants there is no need to drive to the store to buy pesticides or petroleum-based firstname.lastname@example.org cal fertilizers to keep your garden “green”. This is not a slight to the green bin program. Green bins can work to complement your home composting by providing you with an opportunity to divert materials which aren’t suitable for a backyard composter. Items such as food-soiled paper products, used tissues, meat, bones, dairy, cooking oil and kitty litter are perfect for this endeavour.
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Contrary to what many think, home composting requires very little time or effort. As long as your composter has organic matter decomposition
will happen and in a few months you will have a beautiful, natural homemade gift to give your garden. Here are a few hints to help you down the garden path. • Purchase a composter or make one yourself, just make sure it is rodent proof. Plans can be found on the Internet. Keep it away from walls and fences as air is needed in the decomposition process. Situate the composter in a warm, sunny spot as heat will speed up decomposition. • Just like us, these decomposer organisms have three basic requirements: air, water, and food. Air provides oxygen and enables bacteria to carry out "aerobic" decomposition. Turn your compost every week or two to allow air to penetrate otherwise anaerobic decomposition may take place instead and you may have some unpleasant odours to contend with. • The contents of your composter should be like a damp sponge. If it is too dry, water them or add squishy fruit or vegetable scraps. If it is too wet, turn it more often and a dry organic material like leaves. • Be patient. Different materials will decompose at different rates, but they will always eventually break down. You can add materials to your composter all winter long. The breakdown process slows down or stops when the compost is frozen, but it will start up again in the spring. Thorough turning in the spring will reactivate it. • Your composter will love you if you feed it fruit and vegetable scraps, teabags, coffee grounds, egg shells, plant trimmings, leaves, grass clippings, wood chips, saw dust, dryer lint, hair and fur. Remember to never compost diseased plants or weeds with seed heads, pet manure or kitty litter, meat, bones, dairy products, cooking oil or fatty foods. • Finished compost has the distinctive fresh smell of newly-turned soil or a forest floor in spring. The ideal result of the composting process is crumbly, dark, soil-like humus where none of the original material can be identified. • Plan to harvest your composter twice a year: early in the spring before planting and again in the fall. Throughout the summer you can add a thin layer of compost to you garden, lawn and under your trees. From death comes rebirth, and by composting you will become part of the natural process of giving the earth a gift back.
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Paralympians aiming for a gold finish EMMA JACKSON email@example.com
Carleton student David Blair is not just a student, and he’s not just a rower. Legally blind, Blair has taken on adaptive rowing at the Ottawa Rowing Club, and in just five years he has progressed to Canada’s paralympic team, where in his first international race last fall he smashed world records and won a gold medal at the world championship in New Zealand. Blair is now looking towards the 2011 worlds competition in Slovenia, where he said his team is “a gold contender.” “We have a lot of great signs so far. I know personally I’m a lot stronger and fitter than last year, and we’ve been rowing better in the past few months than at racing time last year,” he said, although he noted that other contenders around the world have been working just as hard. The team must do well at the Slovenia world rowing championships in order to qualify for the London Paralympic Games in summer 2012. The Hogs Back resident is classified in the B3 sight class, which means he is as sighted as he can be while competing on the paralympic team. He legally can’t drive, and must have all of his books enlarged for him in
order to study. He used to row on the Ottawa Rowing Club’s able-bodied team until he was scouted by the head coach of the national paralympic team in June 2010. By September of that year the team was winning gold in New Zealand. Today, Blair said he trains three times a day out of the competitive club, located on the corner of Hog’s Back and Prince of Wales Drive, while taking three courses a semester towards a humanities degree at Carleton. Blair said he likes the humanities degree because it gives him the skills to do whatever he wants, be it politics or policy making. However, at the moment a career path outside of rowing is hard to imagine, he said. “Everything stops at 2012,” he said. Canada’s paralympic athletes were gathered at Carleton University for several days last week past in the Canadian Paralympic Committee’s “excellence series” that offers strategies to help them own the podium at the Parapan American Games in November and various world championships around the globe, which will qualify athletes for the London 2012 Paralympic Games. A fellow Ottawa paralympian, Tony Walby, was also present
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Ottawa residents Chantal Beauchesne and Karen McCoy are both members of Canada’s paralympic sitting volleyball team. They will compete at the world championship and London Games qualifier in September. at the series. Walkley resident Walby is also visually impaired, although he said he hid his disability for most of his 20-year career competing as an ablebodied judo master. It wasn’t until Walby retired from ablebodied competition, became a coach and was asked about his need for a magnifying glass to read that he was recruited onto the visually-impaired judo team
for Canada about a year ago. He said the experience has changed his mind about disabilities, and has helped him come to terms with the fact that it’s not something to hide or be ashamed of. “It’s opened up my eyes so much. In my mind there’s not a single athlete in this room that’s disabled. They’re not disabled. They’re athletes,” he said. “That
took a long time for my mind to get to.” Walby said he hopes to place silver or gold at the Parapan American Games in November so he can qualify for the London event. According to the committee, the Canadian paralympic team is aiming to finish in the top eight countries in terms of medal count at the London games.
Vanier’s Walkaboos step into a new season MICHELLE NASH firstname.lastname@example.org
In Vanier there is a small group who love to get together to walk around their tiny neighbourhood, pick up garbage, talk about flowers, dogs, life and homes on the streets and, most importantly, keep promoting Vanier as a great place to live. Eyes on Vanier Walkabout was created four years ago to bring residents together as well as help clean up and take back Vanier by combating drugs, prostitution, garbage and graffiti issues. The new season began on the evening of May 11 with a group of six Vanier residents. Dubbed the Walkaboos by one of the members who has been there from the beginning, Lucie Marleau said the group gathers three times a week and walks throughout Vanier. “Eyes on Vanier Walkabout aim to build our community, generating a sense of belonging, sharing common concerns and finding resolutions, and promoting Vanier events to residents greeted along the way,” Marleau said. The Walkaboos meet starting in early May at the corner
of Marier Street and Carillion Road at Marier Park. Four years ago the park was a problem area for drugs and other criminal activities, but Marleau and other Walkaboos are proud to say the park is the community’s again. Part of the fun of walking around has been to see who collects the most garbage. In the first few years Marleau and fellow Walkaboos, John St-Aubin would compete at who could pick up the most garbage, with extra points for who found the most disgusting pieces of trash. “It was about whatever makes it fun,” Marleau said, laughing about the contest. It is hard to stop a Walkaboo once they get started. Gloves in hand, bag in the other, they walk the streets of Vanier with one goal in mind – to make it better. St-Aubin’s wife, Debbie remembers when there was a lot more garbage and a lot less care being put into certain homes. “In the beginning there were a lot of problem homes,” Debbie said. Now, she proudly points out homes that used to house crack addicts and criminal activity that have completely turned around.
Now that summer is on teh way, Vanier’s Walkaboos are out again keeping neighbourhood streets. “A lot has changed since we started,” she added. Marcel Tousignant and his foster daughter Catherine have been a part of the walk for a number of years. Tousignant brings his two dogs, Thelma and Louise, to take part in the walk as well. Marleau recalled one particu-
larly great story about an Eyes on Vanier walk. “One time, the Walkaboos had met up at a small park when we were joined unexpectedly by the City Church Prayer Walkers. City Church’s pastor thought the park needed a prayer visit. There we were – maybe 40 of us – holding hands in a circle sing-
ing Amazing Grace,” Marleau said. After the prayer that evening, problem tenants from across the road moved away within two weeks and although Marleau knows this could be a coincidence, she loves thinking back to that day. This little group has been recognized for the change they have brought to their neighbourhood. Eyes on Vanier Walkabout were the runner-ups in Crime Prevention Ottawa’s award for Ottawa Community Safety in November 2009. They won the 2009 Community Mobilization Award from the Ontario Police Chiefs Association. And together the Eyes on Vanier Walkabout and the Together for Vanier Working Group on Beautification won the 2010 United Way Community Builder Award: Turning Lives Around. The Walkabout starts early spring to late fall on a schedule, with a “whoever shows up, shows up” attitude. They discuss whether there are any particular concerns or areas people wish to clean or monitor and then they are off with their garbage bags once again.
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Marathon raises awareness and promotes community MICHELLE NASH email@example.com
Aboriginal people from across the province will be running together at the Ottawa Marathon to help raise awareness for diabetes. The weekend long event, “Run with Wabano’s Pack” was organized through the Wabano Centre for Aboriginal Health and it will bring old and young together to run five different races: 2 kilometre, 5 km, 10 km, a half-marathon and a marathon all to promote healthy living and healthy communities. “There are all different ages and communities running for this cause,” said Carlie Chase, director of initiatives at the Wabano Centre. The second year participating in the Ottawa Marathon Weekend, Chase said the idea falls completely on executive director Allison Fisher’s shoulders. Fisher and her family have a strong urge to run. Her father runs every day and Chase said Fisher hopes this event will bring both the community and health centre together. “Allison believes very much in both running for health and
raising diabetes awareness,” Chase added. The runners participating in Wabano’s pack are from reservations as far away as Manatoulin Island and parts of both northern Ontario and Quebec. Maria Jacko and her 11-year-old daughter, who live in Ottawa’s east end, will also be participating. This will be Jacko’s third marathon and her daughter’s first 5 km race. “I am really excited about connecting with people from across the province as well I am excited about my daughter becoming aware about her community,” Jacko said. Jacko said she decided to take part in this event because of the long family history of health issues involving diabetes and cancer. A once unhealthy individual herself, Jacko has worked hard, running as much as she can to be in the best shape of her life. Her daughter and she have been training together since they both signed on to participate and Jacko is really proud of her daughter’s motivation and excitement. “It is great to see her running and becoming aware of health
issues and … staying healthy,” she said. Jacko, who has been living in Ottawa for the past 10 years, moved here from the Northern Reservation of Kitigan Zibi in Quebec. For Jacko being able to run with a group that understands the difficulties of adjusting to urban life is a bonus. “Going to places like Wabano, we have the same stories about adjusting to city life and connecting with each other is important,” Jacko said. Chase feels this is a common need for Aboriginal people living in urban areas “The largest challenges in the city for Aboriginal people are defining what our community looks like here,” Chase said. The Wabano Centre hopes promoting events such as the “Run with Wabano’s Pack” will bridge this gap. “We are hoping with this run and with the training behind the marathon runs, Wabano becomes the anchor for all Aboriginals living in Ottawa,” Chase said. All the runners participating in the races on the May 28 weekend Ottawa Marathon will be sporting Wabano t-shirts.
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Maria Jacko and her 11-year-old daughter Jen will join Wabaon’s Pack during the Ottawa Marathon Weekend to help raise awareness and money for diabetes. The event will see Aboriginal people come from across Ontario to participate in four different races, including a full marathon. Jacko, who is used to running alone, is looking forward to running with this strong team. Both Chase and Allison will
be participating in the 5 km run and Chase welcomes individuals to come out and cheer on the Wabano Pack.
DAN PLOUFFE The Ottawa Titans proved to be the class of the Canadian club water polo world two weekends ago with gold and silver medal performances from their men’s and women’s teams at the 18-and-under national championships in Calgary. The men’s squad dominated its opponents over the course of the May 6-8 competition, earning six victories en route to the title. The York Mavericks were the only team to give the Titans much trouble with a 4-3 semifinal match as Ottawa beat up on everyone else by a combined score of 70-17, including the 8-4 final over Fraser Valley. Ognen Gutovic was named tournament MVP, while teammate Ben Bouwer was honoured as top goalie. Gutovic led the Titans on the scoresheet with 14 total goals, while Rodrigo Rojas contributed 13 and David Lapins 12. The Titans ladies knocked off all challengers except for the host Calgary Renegades, who defended their 18U title. Ottawa topped clubs from Winnipeg, Montreal, Saskatchewan, Fraser Valley and a second Calgary entry to reach the final, but fell 10-5 to Calgary’s top squad in the gold medal match. Chantal Ouellette netted a hat trick for Ottawa in the final to bring her team-leading goal total to 13 for the tournament, while Jessica Gaudreault got the nod as most valuable goalie. Rebekka Steenkamer, with 11 markers, and Danielle Hirsh, with 10, were also big offensive weapons for the Titans women, who were able to watch their clubmates prevail in the men’s final after their championship game wrapped up. TRIO OF OFSAA BADMINTON MEDALS Badminton players from three national capital high schools
Association championships in Windsor and Etobicoke. The Ottawa Guardsmen went 0-3 in both of the province’s top U15 and U16 divisions, but the Wolverines posted an undefeated record to win gold in U16 Div. 7, while Ottawa Next Level teams took fourth in U16 Div. 2 and third in U16 Div. 9. PAIR OF DIV. 2 VOLLEYBALL PODIUMS
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Kelsey Won of the Ottawa Gymastics Centre was one of three of the club’s athletes to reach the podium at the Eastern Canadian championships in Halifax earlier this month. vault, third on bars and fourth brought home medals from the on floor to win all-around gold, OFSAA provincial championThomas Rado rode strong efships May 12-14 in Aurora. forts on pommelhorse and rings Bell’s Annie and Kevin Tseng to an all-around Level 3 under earned the region’s top result 13 silver medal, and Kelsey Won with their second-place showwas best of vault and floor to ing in the mixed doubles comtake bronze in the Open 3 catpetition, recording six victories egory. and just one defeat. Ben Astorga and Matthew Nepean’s Victor Chan won Frosst both had second- and bronze in boys’ singles, while third-place event finishes en Patrick Cuerrier and Vincent route to respective sixth and Boudreau of Franco-Cité took eighth placings in the allantique bronze for fourth posiaround. Astorga won team tion in the boys’ doubles event. bronze in his category, while the other OGC athletes earned team GYMNASTS SOAR AT gold. EASTERN CANADIANS Three Ottawa Gymnastics Centre athletes reached the allaround podium at the Eastern Canadian artistic gymnastics championships May 6-7 in Halifax. Taylor Pyefinch led the way in the Novice 3 competition by placing first on beam, second on
WOLVERINES CLAIM BASKETBALL GOLD It wasn’t a great weekend for Ottawa’s top under-15 and under-16 boys’ teams, but the Gloucester Wolverines salvaged some pride for the region at last weekend’s Ontario Basketball
The Mavericks 17U boys posted Ottawa’s best result at the 17U/18U national volleyball championships by reaching the quarter-final round at this past weekend’s tournament in Abbotsford, B.C. The squad nicknamed “Desperados” lost both of their sets to Fraser Valley by the minimum 25-23 in the quarters to wind up fifth overall. The Ontario bronze-medallist Ottawa Fusion were the next best local team with their ninth-place showing in the 18U boys event, while the Mavericks placed 11th overall in the 18U girls competition. In the 18U girls second division, the Fusion came within two points of making it an allOttawa championship match but fell 19-17 in the deciding set against Durham before rebounding to win bronze. The Mavericks turned the tables on Durham in the gold medal match and prevailed 15-12 in another close game that went the distance. DWYER, GUY, MCINTYRE TASTE TRIPLE GOLD The Glebe Gryphons and the Hillcrest Hawks were the big winners at their respective west and east conference track-andfield meets last week, capturing 12 event victories apiece at Terry Fox Athletic Facility. Courtney Dwyer was a triple gold medallist for Glebe in the midget girls’ 100 metres, 200 m and high jump, while Eric Guy
turned the triple trick for Hillcrest in the junior boys’ 100 m hurdles, 300 m hurdles and high jump. Glebe’s Charlene Rhead and Yves Sikubwabo were junior girls’ and senior boys’ 1,500 m and 3,000 m distance champions, while Megan Cruikshank (junior girls’ 80 m hurdles & pole vault) and Amelia Brohman (senior girls’ 100 m & 200 m) were double event winners for Hillcrest. Ashbury’s Victoria McIntyre cleaned up in the junior girls’ sprints events with 100 m, 200 m and 400 m victories, while St. Mark’s Thomas Bogdanowicz, Canterbury’s Sydney Currier, Immaculata’s Mackenzie Irving, Lisgar’s Julia Stille, Ashbury’s Michael O’Connor, Immaculata’s Jeff McKeen, Franco-Cité’s Daryl Cavé and Samuel-Genest’s Elena Torlone all emerged with two gold medals. Other individual event winners included Olivia Robertson (Brookfield), Sydney BraunMcLeod (Glebe), Madeline Schmidt (Woodroffe), Charlene Rhead (Glebe), Clara Phillips (Brookfield), Emery Terrell (Glebe), Nicholas Uhthoff (Glebe), Trevor Boucher (Brookfield), John Bailey (Glebe), Kody Bradley (Woodroffe), Colin Phillips (Brookfield), Kelsey Grimes (Hillcrest), Laura Amoi (Lycée Claudel), Emily Holmes (Canterbury), Katja Thoenes (Ashbury), Lindsay Madden (Hillcrest), Christine Ausman (De La Salle), Lucas Trapeau (Lycée Claudel), Zack Kerr (Hillcrest), Tomy Duclos (Immaculata), Andrew Oliveira (Samuel-Genest), Larry Ha (Hillcrest), Vincent Gionet (Hillcrest), Jordan Downs (Osgoode), Tommy DesBrisay (Ottawa Tech), Anthony Oliveira (Samuel-Genest), Dylan Stuckless (Ottawa Tech), Nicholas Glennon (Immaculata), the Glebe and Canterbury midget girls’ 4x100 m relay teams and the Ashbury senior girls’ 4x100 m relay.
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nine to 16 year old minorities – First Nations, Inuit and youth of Caribbean heritage. These youth, nominated by their schools, will receive scholarships to the post-secondary institutions of their choice. Entertainment provided by Merivale High School steel band and Inuit throat singer. Meet Olympic Gold Medalist Carolyn Waldo who will be presenting to CFAs local Future Achiever of the Year. The event takes place at Parkdale United Church hall, 429 Parkdale. 6:00 p.m. A light supper will be served. $30 w $20 tax credit. Students
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• Learning Disabilities Association of Ottawa-Carleton (LDAO-C) is holding their annual general meeting Please join us Thursday May 26th for the LDAO-C’s annual general meeting. Time: 6:30 p.m. -7:30 p.m. Keynote Speaker - Jason Froats, ADHD coach - “Rev up your ‘Ferrari’ Brain” 7:309:00pm. Location: Ottawa Convention Centre. Refreshments will be provided. Learn how to: Create your ‘Sacred Space’ for productive study or work; ‘Delete the Distractions’ to generate powerful focus; Get into the ‘Olympic State of Mind’ for ultimate
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