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East Edition Serving New Edinburgh, Rockcliffe, Vanier, Pineview and surrounding communities Year 1, Issue 45

September 1, 2011 | 24 Pages

HELPING HANDS Youth from across Canada are getting a chance to experience the rich culture of Vanier at the area’s Katimavik house.


NEW LEASE ON LIFE Thanks to its owners’ efforts, a New Edinburgh heritage home built in 1868 has been returned to its former glory.


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Amun Nur, left, and her older sister Awino Nur wait for their mother and three brothers to retrieve their belongings from their apartment at 1244 Donald St. on Tuesday, Aug. 30. The family was one of many displaced by an electrical fire at the building on Monday, Aug. 29.

Donald Street fire leaves hundreds homeless MICHELLE NASH

THE BEATEN PATH Bumps, patches and the just plain horrible: residents in Vanier ask for their sidewalks to receive some love and care.


Awino Nur and her younger sister Amun were alone in their family’s 11th-floor apartment at 1244 Donald St. when they were plunged into darkness. Suddenly the piercing fire alarm sounded. Skeptical of whether it was a real fire or not, Nur called her mother, who told her to get outside immediately. Nur took her sister’s hand and the two school-aged girls headed down the stairwell together. But once they got close to the third floor, both girls could smell smoke. With no options available, the young girls covered their faces and continued toward

safety, finding it hard to believe the fire was real. It was, after all, the fifth time the alarm had gone off in the past 12 hours. The four previous ones had been false alarms. “People were shouting, ‘It is real, it is a real fire,” Nur said. “I thought it was like the boy who called wolf, because the alarms are always going off and nothing happens.” It turns out an electrical fire started on the main floor of the building, forcing the Nurs and their neighbours to evacuate. The fire occurred at the Donald Street apartment building on Monday, Aug. 29 around 1:45 p.m. on the main floor and basement of the building. Residents were evacuated as firefighters extinguished the

fire on the main floor as well another in the electrical vault in the basement. Fire crews also had to ventilate the building because the smoke spread to the first three floors. Two people were taken to hospital. One man was injured from the fire and an elderly person was treated for smoke inhalation. Ottawa Hydro cut power to the 16-storey building around 2 p.m. Families in the 240 units were without a home until the afternoon of Wednesday, Aug. 31 because the Electrical Safety Authority (ESA) was investigating the cause of the fire and determining when it would be safe for residents to return home. See ALARM on page 4

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Patrick Stewart, left, César Morales and Mindy Mao are only a couple of months into their stay at the Katimav ik home in Vanier, but they have already learned a number of valuable lessons about life and themselves. nize movie nights at the Richelieu-Vanier Community Centre. Mao said connecting with the Vanier community has been a great experience. “We have all been given bikes to ride around and learn the city and the community better and Vanier is a great place live while we do it,” Mao said. The opportunity has so far given Mao

a chance to see what she does and doesn’t like. She has discovered she has a passion for design, which is quite something for someone who never thought of herself as being artistic. Her work placement has shown Mao that she does have what it takes to fulfill her dreams. “I love designing and I love my work placement. It is exactly something I never thought I could do and am finding out that I love it,” Mao said. The program runs for six months and ends on Dec. 16, after which time Mao plans on returning to university.

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In a house situated in the east end of Vanier, a group of young people from across Canada spend almost every waking moment together. Spending their days maintaining the household and volunteering in the community, the residents all have one thing in common: they want to get to know their country and themselves better. And the 11 Vanier Katimavik volunteers believe Vanier is a great place to start. Wearing a green Katimavik shirt, Mindy Mao is originally from British Colombia and as a third year university student; she said she was beginning to feel pressure to figure out what she wants to do with the rest of her life. She decided that joining Katimavik for six months starting back at he beginning of July was a good way to find out. “I had heard from friends and family that the opportunities you get with Katimavik are amazing and I thought it was a good time to give it a try,” Mao said. Mao and her housemates have been working with local organizations like the Wabano Aboriginal Health Centre and got involved with events like helping to orga-

Two of her housemates, César Morales and Patrick Stewart have also found that their abilities are far exceeding their expectations. Stewart, originally from a small town in Saskatchewan, has never spoken a word of French before stepping into the Katimavik house. Now, although he struggles, he tries. “This portion of the experience focuses on second language and cultural identity, so part of that is for the anglophones to learn French and the francophones to learn English,” said Sophie Maranda, Katimavik Vanier project leader. Katimavik is a youth oriented volunteer program, started in 1977 to educate youth and encourage a life long commitment to community engagement. Each week the group must accomplish goals, called competencies such as learning French, giving back to the community, promoting green living that they have set out for themselves on a calendar. They also must make all their own food, exercise at least 30 minutes a day and get along with 10 other strangers in a strange house for six months. But aside from being a little overwhelming on the first day, Morales, for one, has said he has been up for the challenge. Originally from Fredericton, Morales has a strong understanding of French, but still struggles. “It definitely challenged my comfort zone and has made me work outside of it,” Morales said.

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Ditch both divides, unites Pineview residents MICHELLE NASH

A large dirt ditch now separates two Pineview Condominium Corporations. Residents believed it was the lack of communication between the city and the area that led to this ditch being dug up without any public notice and one man hopes to rectify that by starting up the Pineview East Community Association. The area, which for the past 24 years has been looked at as shared green space, has given residents at the approximately 300 townhomes in the area a place to walk their dogs, a place to take their children to play and a grass pathway for students to walk to school. “There is a lack of communication from the city and the community,” said Pineview resident Paul Francoeur. “With this new association, I hope that we will be able to address concerns as they arise,” As president of the Community Condo Corporations 52 and 40, consisting of 126 units along Beaverpond Drive and 160 units along Stonehenge Drive respectively, Francoeur hopes to bring together all the area condominiums into one

community association. Francoeur said the ditch is all the motivation they need. The city-owned green space between the two corporations has always used by area students as a passageway to a pair of area schools, John Paul II Catholic School and École élémentaire catholique des Pins. “It used to be a lovely green space and now we call it the ditch,” Francoeur said. Andy Smith, program manager of the project for the city of Ottawa’s east end said the construction project is the reconstruction of a storm sewer. This caused the area to be dug up and to create a new swale, which will help contain rain run-off and stop basements in the area from flooding. “There had been documented flooding in the area,” said Smith, who explained area roads and basements would often flood during strong storms. “This project is working at fixing that.” Smith said the city’s realty services branch contacted the condominiums with a letter explaining the project. Francoeur agrees the area experiences flooding and that there had been letters sent to the area condominiums re-

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Paul Francoeur hopes to bring his community together by creating a new community association in Pineview. Standing in a ditch, which was once green space, Francoeur felt reaction to it was the best example of what strong communication can provide for a community. questing entry onto their properties. Francoeur’s corporation approved the request, but CCC40 had not and neither corporations nor residents living on either property heard anything more about it until the construction began.

“Had the project been explained to us, there would be much less confusion and anger now,” Francoeur said. Because of the number of concerns, Francoeur and area residents worked with Beacon Hill-Cyrville Coun. Tim

Tierney and a public meeting was organized on Aug. 8 about the construction, which was also attended by Smith. “I think it went well. I think that once the residents understood more about the project and that they will be receiving a higher level of protection that made them happy,” Smith added. Francoeur said the meeting helped, but he wants to stay on top of this issue and others that will inevitably come up in the future. Early in the year, the promise to revive a community association in the Pineview area was made by Tierney, but the effort waned. Francoeur now hopes to revive it. The Pineview East Community Association currently only has Francoeur as a member, but he hopes to bring aboard both condo corporations he already heads and from there he is hopeful the surrounding homes will be interested in creating a strong voice for Pineview. “I’m sure there are a lot of issues from everyone and I am interested in creating open dialogue,” Francoeur said. He added he is starting with an open mind and really looking forward to hearing what people have to say.

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From FIRE on page 1 Red Cross, the Salvation Army and city emergency social services created a command centre at the Overbrook Community Centre the night of the fire, where families were given food and assessed. Two hundred residents were placed in hotels and motels across the city for the two days they were not allowed to return home. The night before the fire, the fire alarm woke up the Nur family. They all got out of bed, went to the balcony to see if there was anything wrong. Finding no reason to leave the apartment, they went back to bed. An hour later, the fire alarm went off again, and then again. Nur and her family didn’t even bother to get up and just tried to go back to sleep. “It goes off all the time, it is hard to take it seriously,” Nur said. Diane Larabie, a resident who lives on the top floor, was home when the fire started. She, like Nur, did not think the fire alarm was serious. “They go off all the time,” Larabie said. “But I heard people shouting, ‘It’s a real fire, it’s real this time,’ (and) I got out.”

Larabie and other residents lined up outside the building on Tuesday, Aug. 30, waiting to enter and retrieve a few of their belongings. The Eastern Ottawa Resource Centre has a community room at neighbouring 1240 Donald St. and they came to help tenants. Community resources officer Mia Doré and her colleague, Gino Vaillancourt, a crisis intake worker, were there to offer residents support. “We are offering short term relief and support for now and looking at helping them with long term needs as well,” Vaillancourt said. “We are helping in any way that we can.” Larabie suggested it had to be the wiring in the building. “It is really old and needs to be updated. I had an electrical fire in my apartment last year, it didn’t do much damage, but still,” Larabie said. Nur and her family lived at 1240 Donald St. when the same type of fire broke out in 2004. “It was the exact same thing that has happened now,” Nur said. “And that time they said we would be out for a few days and it was four months.” Greenwin Property Manage-

ment, which operates both 1240 and 1244 Donald St., would not comment on the fire. ESA spokesperson Nancy Evans said the investigation onsite is complete. “It is too early for us to identify the cause of the event. In the meantime, we are also involved in ensuring that appropriate repairs are made and that electricity is restored safely,” Evans said. Families were able to return home because an ESA approved generator has been provided for power. Electrical repair work continues at the building and Evans said power can only be restored when the work is completed and the ESA is satisfied that electrical power can be turned back on safely. “ESA continues to closely monitor this situation and our inspectors are in contact with the electrical contractor working on the repairs,” Evans said. ESA has yet to state the cause. “We have completed the investigation work on site but the assessment of that information continues,” Evans said. There is no estimate for damages at this time.



NEVIL HUNT AND LAURA MUELLER Mayor Jim Watson jumped on the provincial election bandwagon last week, criticizing the Progressive Conservatives for threatening to cut municipalities out of a payout Watson signed as a Liberal cabinet minister. The city is set to add $30 million more to its annual budget by 2018 thanks to an agreement that sees the province “upload� the costs of some social services previously paid for by municipalities. Watson negotiated the 10-year agreement in 2008 when he was the municipal affairs minister. Across the province, the deal is worth $1.5 billion to municipalities, with Ottawa getting $120 million over the course of the agreement. But Watson spoke out last week, saying that agreement would be in jeopardy if the Tories are elected on Oct. 6. Answering a reporter’s questions during an Association of Municipalities of Ontario conference in London, Ont. last week, PC leader Tim Hudak refused to commit to fulfilling future uploading payments, Watson said. On Aug. 24, Hudak appeared in Barrhaven to discuss long-term care for seniors and was asked about his comments at the AMO conference. Hudak said a PC government would help cities by allocating a portion of the provincial gas tax to municipalities and allowing local leaders to decide how the

money is spent. He did not say he would honour the existing financial commitment of provincial funds to municipalities, adding that if he were to maintain all of the McGuinty government’s financial commitments, Ontario would sink deeper into debt. But Watson said the uploading agreement is essential to all municipalities, including Ottawa, because it makes funding and budgeting more predictable. Watson said he also doesn’t want to see the Tories set a precedent of scrapping long term agreements. “What’s the point of signing an agreement if it’s just going to be ripped up after an election?� Watson asked. The mayor said it is unfair to burden property-tax payers with the cost of social services the city has no control over. No other province funds social services that way, the mayor added. Moreover, Watson said the Tories supported the uploading agreement when it was signed and the PCs even wanted to shorten the 10-year agreement so municipalities would get the money sooner. When it comes to provincial election issues, Watson said it is his job to speak up for the municipality and the taxpayers he represents. “I have always said that the mayor’s role is to stand up and defend Ottawa taxpayers, regardless of what level of government is involved.

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Tim Hudak and several Ottawa-area PC candidates were in Barrhaven on Aug. 24 to speak about the party’s pledge to increase spending on long-term care for seniors.


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City crews to continue downtown garbage pickup LAURA MUELLER

City councillors questioned the wisdom of handing a downtown waste-collection contract to city workers during a meeting on Aug. 25. The city’s unionized workers have saved $4.8 million over the past for years by picking up residential waste in the downtown zone and council voted to continue with that plan for another six years, but not without significant debate. The deal will ensure the city has additional control over waste collection in the more complex downtown area, and the in-house contract will cost $5 million per year – about a million less than staff estimated a private company would cost. The fact the discussion about skipping the tendering process occurred during the same meeting as council’s approval of an updated plan for the sole-

sourced Lansdowne Park redevelopment wasn’t lost on some councillors. Alta Vista Coun. Peter Hume, Capital Coun. David Chernushenko and River Coun. Maria McRae pointed out that irony. McRae, who also heads the city’s environment committee, echoed other and councillor’s concerns that council members didn’t have a chance to read the report until only a couple of days before the council meeting. Dixon Weir, the city’s manager of solid waste services, said the delay was due to staff working out details with the city’s union, CUPE 503. Hume asked why the city is trying to take a different approach to waste-collection contracts this time around, when competitive bids have worked well in the past. “Competition is good,” Hume said. “Is this really a labour relations issue and not a competition issue?”

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The Friends of Lansdowne are serious about appealing a recent ruling against them, serving the city with notice it will appeal Justice Charles Hackland’s decision. The Friends claim that Hackland “made a number of errors of fact and law” when he dismissed the Friends’ case on July 28. The group wants to stop the redevelopment of the cityowned site by overturning city council’s June 2010 decision to

re-zone Lansdowne Park and enter into an agreement with the Ottawa Sports and Entertainment Group for the sole-sourced project. The Friends said Hackland took the group’s challenge as criticism of whether the city was wise to make its decision, instead of whether that decision was legal. The group also says the judge erred when he found the city acted in good faith, despite the lack of an independent assessment judging value for money. “Some of the issues we are raising have never been consid-

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supported the idea off the bat. But El-Chantiry said the city was managing to put a negative spin on its own “good-news

story.” Part of the problem, according to El-Chantiry, is councillors’ concerns about the union’s $15,000 donation to the Friends of Lansdowne were making councillors testy towards the proposal. “There is an elephant in the room,” El-Chantiry said, referring to the large donation in support of a group that is trying to halt the redevelopment of Lansdowne Park, a project all but two councillors approve of. In the end, more councillors got on board with the in-house contract, which Mayor Jim Watson supported. Hume tried unsuccessfully to have the issue delayed, and in the end, councillors supported the idea 15 to eight, with councillors Peter Clark, Rainer Bloess, Doug Thompson, Hume, Keith Egli, Allan Hubley, Stephen Blais and Scott Moffatt voting against the in-house contract.

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The Friends of Lansdowne claim Justice Charles Hackland made errors in his decision when he dismissed their case against the city in July. ered by the court of appeal before,” said Friends vice president Gordon Henderson in a statement. “This case will determine whether City Councils in Ontario have virtual carte blanche to make ‘policy’ decisions that con-

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tradict provincial statutes.” In a press release, the Friends state that a more detailed legal factum will be filed in court within a month. The group expects the appeal will be heard later this year or early next year.

Two councillors have teamed up to prevent companies banned from doing business with the city from finding a loophole in that rule. Gloucester-South Nepean Coun. Steve Desroches and Kanata South Coun. Allan Hubley introduced a motion to strengthen the city’s rules governing suppliers that have been banned from doing business with the city. The councillors tackled the issue after learning that a company the city banned for poor performance was trying to “dodge

the ban under the guise of newly created and mirrored corporate entity,” stated a press release. “The taxpayer does not want to do any business with suppliers that have been banned from city contracts because of repeat poor and disappointing performance,” Desroches said in a press release. According to a city report, any supplier attempting to circumvent the ban by bidding using a different company name would still be banned. But the report suggested council may want to clarify the definition of a “supplier” under the city’s purchasing bylaw, which is what Desroches and Hubley’s motion does.


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The Bell House in New Edinburgh, a structure built in 1868 that was caving in on itself a little more than a year ago, has been completely restored by the Bruinsma family.

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A little more than a year ago, the fate of New Edinburgh’s historic Bell House was uncertain – the house, built in 1868, was up for sale and in desperate need of repair. But that’s when Gosse Bruinsma and his family stepped in to take on the history lesson of a lifetime. Bruinsma, his wife and daughter recently moved back to Canada after living for a number of years in Europe. When it came time to move, the family wanted one thing – a home that felt like they were living in the country, but with all the conveniences of a city. It seemed like a tall order, but when Bruinsma’s sister called him to tell him that 151 Stanley Ave. was up for sale, it was almost too perfect. “We always wanted to be engaged in the renovation or restoration of a home,” Bruinsma said. “And when we saw this home, we knew the work that would be needed to restore this home and we fell in love with the graciousness of the rooms and the overall character of the home.” And what the family was getting themselves into was the restoration a home originally built in 1868 that Bruinsma said was caving in on itself. “The first thing we had to do was pour a new foundation and footings and jack up the house and try to level it as best as we could,” said Bruinsma. “So once we had done that, the mere effort of leveling the house, it caused an enormous amount of damage to the rest of the house.” They ended up jacking up the home a total of six feet. And then began to replace all the walls that had buckled, cracked or were no longer safe. Then it was the task of rewiring the home to bring the house up to modern building codes. Bruinsma saved all the materials he could along the way – knowing he was preserving the history. “We simply fell in love and we have done our best to maintain its original glory,” Bruinsma said. “And I think it is fair to say if a family like us had not taken on the

project, this house would not be standing up much longer.” When it came to educating themselves on the history of the house, Bruinsma spoke with Heritage Ottawa and met with the previous owners of the home, who were descendents of the original owner, Dr W.R. Bell. “We found out a bunch of interesting things, like the original front door of the house looked onto the park and the original home was where our dinning room is,” Bruinsma said. The restoration of the house included restoring the kitchen, with modern necessities and charms, but with respect to the designs of an 1800s farm house, including a farmhouse style kitchen sink. The mantle in the living room, although not original to the home, is from the same era as the home. The tile surrounding the fireplace, a design of birds in flight, is a complete replica of the original tiles. Bruinsma took photos and sent them to an Ottawa artist who recreated the design. Now it shines like new. “There are two elements to restoring a home. The structural aspect and then the design and simply trying to choose designs that are in keeping with the date and character of the house,” Bruinsma said. When it came to buying the home, Bruinsma said, although he did not know much about the area, it is an ideal place to call home. “The setting of this house is ideal, you are virtually walking or cycling distance from everything you need,” he said. Their daughter goes to school nearby, and his wife, a Pilates instructor works throughout the area, but hopes to settle into a studio close to home. Currently, Bruinsma’s favourite place is the living room – a grand room off the main entrance. Light pours in from all three windows and as Bruinsma sits across from the fireplace, he smiles. “It would have been a huge mistake for us to gut the house and modernize it,” he said. “This room shows the history of the home and it is beautiful.”

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raving the windy conditions along Wellington Street on Sunday, a significant contingent of people from the Ottawa Carleton District School Board took part in their first-ever Capital Pride Parade. They should be hailed for doing so. Having never marched in any of the previous 21 parades, the city’s public school board made up for years of absence as the group of around 50 purple-clad people made up one of the larger contingents at the entire event. Such a display was only just. Shortly after the school board marchers had passed, members of Ottawa Public Health, the police, fire department, paramedics and OC Transpo marched by. That the public board had for so long stood on the sidelines of an event celebrating what it means to be a gay, lesbian, bisexual or a transgender person in light of participation by other publicly funded organizations was a wrong that needed to be righted. Donna Blackburn, the openly gay school board trustee representing Barrhaven-Knoxdale-Merivale, led the group last weekend and summed

up the board’s decision to march in this year’s parade shortly after the news of their participation was released. “Participating in pride is a very public statement about our openness and how we want students and staff to feel,” she said. “The message I want to be very clear to all members of the board’s family, from students to the director of education to our support staff, is that everyone can participate.” Following the board’s display at the pride parade, the message appears to have come through very clearly. Some members of the public have suggested the board should concentrate on educating its students, but what better lesson to teach than showing that whether gay or straight, all students have equal value? Hopefully the hundreds, if not thousands, of gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgendered students taught by the public board will feel a bit better today, a bit more comfortable in the knowledge that the teachers and staff that work with them on a daily basis are in full support of the ideal of equality for all.


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ttawans sometimes fight the “government town” stereotype, the notion put out in some quarters that we live an artificial existence, sheltered from real-life concerns. “We’re not like that,” we say. “We have schools and stores and small business and churches and buses and all the stuff that other cities have. Our kids play soccer and our grownups play hockey in beer leagues just like you do.” When the hi-tech boom arrived in the ’90s, we were delighted. At last we could announce to the rest of the country that we had a private sector too. There was even a brief moment, glorious to some, when it was possible to say that tech was more important in our economy than government was. Obviously that didn’t last. It’s a government town again, no matter how much we claim otherwise. It’s a government town and a politics town and there are moments that illustrate the fact dramatically. One such was the death last week of Jack Layton. Outpourings of grief and respect happened all over Canada, especially in the Toronto area that Layton represented, but the Ottawa observance was unique to this city.

CHARLES GORDON Funny Town On the day Layton’s death was announced, people streamed, in an unorganized way, to Parliament Hill, gathered and talked, sometimes to reporters and television cameras, sometimes to each other. They put flowers around the Centennial Flame. Despite no one telling them, it was is if they knew what to do and where to do it. This is the way a tribe behaves and our political community is a tribe, a much larger one that you would think at first. There are the politicians, the people who advise and work for them, the journalists, the lobbyists, the public servants who work with politicians, the think tank folks, the academics and many other categories that I will think of in a minute. Certain events are powerful enough to affect all of these people, all the members of the tribe, emotionally

and professionally. Jack Layton’s death is in this category. One of the first things they do is head for the Hill to talk to each other. The tribal bond is stronger than political bonds, so that for a time it doesn’t matter if people are Conservative or NDP. They are all thinking the same thoughts, mostly admiration for Layton’s courage and spirit. It is worth noting, in this respect, that the same admiration was coming from commentators in right-wing media, such as Sun News Network. That says something about the broad political consensus in this country, a consensus that is lacking in our neighbours to the south right now. The biggest tribal event in Ottawa in recent years was the death of Pierre Elliott Trudeau. Thousands of people lined up for hours on Parliament Hill to pay their respects. They came from all over, both geographically and ideologically. I remember the random group I was standing in. There was a newspaper columnist, journalism student, a woman who once worked with Joe Clark, a pollster and a well-known actress. I’m guessing that maybe one of us voted Liberal. But we were all there. And because politics is the life blood of

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took the kids camping for their last summer hurrah. For two months, I had built the trip up in my mind to be a repeat of last year’s glorious dog days of August on the beach. Last year, it was just me and the boys: We read Harry Potter; we built sandcastles; we rode the waves for six hours a day; and we all got along like peas in a pod. This year there was a storm. First, there was the real tempest, a lightning and wind storm that forced me to abandon our tent in the middle of the night and jump into the car. And then there was the kids: For two days, they ran around the woods with older boys, pounding each other and fighting and bickering and otherwise driving me up the wall. I lost my patience, more than once, and threatened repeatedly to head straight home if they didn’t smarten up. (Funny how I sound more like my mother every day). It wasn’t until one of them said “I hate school” that I realized the catalyst. They had just three days until the beginning of the school year and it was playing on their minds and ruining their vacation. So we talked about it, (as much as any mother can sit a five and six-year-old boy down and have a conversation in the middle of forest wars, where one is determined to save “the republic” with a giant stick, and the other is attacking with a large cushion). Anyway, I digress. From what I could gather, the younger one was feeling upset about being confined to the indoors all day. He’s pretty active, and he was worried the teacher

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was going to force him to sit still and learn. (A valid concern.) The older one was upset that the Grade 1 classroom lacked Lego. (This is a kid who spends up to six hours a day building things out of 6,000 pieces of Lego in the basement; much to my chagrin, the only way to manage this is to dump the entire box across the rec room floor because “otherwise you can’t find the right piece.”) These may sound like petty concerns. But for the kids, they are real. I thought about what they were saying and realized that maybe school isn’t the best environment for kids. I know from experienced teachers that try to induce some old-fashioned creativity into their lessons that they have to “break the rules” to do it. As one woman said to me recently, “school is designed to turn active, creative boys into 19th century clerks.” Sigh. Short of marching into the board and demanding they alter the curriculum, I found a few ways to lessen the boys anxiety, although admittedly starting two days before school wasn’t optimal. If you have some time this weekend, try asking your children how they’re feeling about September, play at the park near their school, take them shopping for supplies, and let them help plan their lunches. And if it’s possible, try to continue some of that summer fun into the first few weeks of September, so it’s not such a jarring experience for the family. (P.S. School isn’t the same as camp, so expect a transition even if they’ve been in camp all summer.) Take the kids outside to eat, invite their friends over for a weeknight supper and try not to cram their calendars for the first few weeks. And if the little one wets the bed for a few nights, as mine has, just chalk it up to nerves. These little guys have a lot playing on their minds, day and night. What they need more than anything is a little patience and understanding. I’ve already started tapping my reserves.

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Fleury wants to make Vanier a more walkable community MICHELLE NASH

A recent study on what makes a neighbourhood pedestrian friendly has given Rideau-Vanier Coun. Mathieu Fleury a new determination to bring life back to the sidewalks and local shops in his ward. Fleury and his office worked together with a group of University of Ottawa students to conduct a study which asked participants the question of what makes walking in Lowertown, Sandy Hill and Vanier great and where pedestrian challenges lie. Fleury said the study was a great success and now plans on following up with the points residents made. “We see major challenges, and we see great opportunities,” Fleury said. One of the findings of the study was that residents want to maintain the current atmosphere of the neighbourhood. “The overwhelming desire was for there to be cafes, corner stores, local bakery all close by,

so they (residents) can just walk to everything,” Fleury said. “It is all about keeping things local.” One of the big problems identified by the study was the physical condition of the sidewalks themselves, something Fleury said he hopes to fix as soon as possible. “Myself and Somerset Coun. Diane Holmes are both supporters of advocating for money for sidewalk renewal and we are putting pressure on the mayor for sidewalk renewal in the next budget,” he said. Fleury explained there is money available to build new sidewalks, but existing sidewalks that are in need of repair often get left at the curb in the budget process. Lucie Marleau, co-founder of Eyes on Vanier Walkabout, an organization that came together to help clean up Vanier, has found the state of Vanier’s sidewalks to be a real problem. “Many Vanier sidewalks are deplorable if not down-right dangerous,” Marleau said. She uses the example of the

area from Deschamps Avenue from Marier Avenue and pointed out there are areas that do not even have sidewalks like Marier going towards Shakespeare. “It is unsafe for many of us, not to mention for parents with strollers, persons with a disability, and residents like myself who use a shop cart,” said Marleau. “I sometimes avoid using the sidewalk altogether.” Stephanie Plante, is a mother who loves walking in Vanier. She finds it the best time to talk to neighbours, meet new friends and get out into her community. But she too is worried about the state of the sidewalks in Vanier. “You can walk down Marier and the sidewalks start and stop,” Plante said. “You are forced to walk on the road. It is more like a disturbance than anything.” As someone who calls the city at 3-1-1 whenever she sees an issue with the sidewalks, Plante would love to see sidewalk renewal in her neighbourhood. Fleury said the most impor-

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Vanier sidewalks can leave something to be desired and Rideau-Vanier Coun. Mathieu Fleury hopes to have many of the area’s sidewalks refurbished. He will be requesting that funding for renewal to be included in next year’s budget process. tant thing he needs from residents is to let him know or the city know there is a problem. “People need to take a picture and send us an email so we can try to get it resolved,” Fleury

said. “If we don’t know about it we can’t fix it.” Marleau will be bringing up the issue of sidewalks at the first Vanier Community Association on Sept. 10.

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Residents in the east end are tired of having intensification sprung on them, which is why they are looking to become a part of the conversation during the development stage. “We are melding with this bigger approach that is sweeping in across other cities, and start backing something positive instead of always fighting,” said Joan Mason, president of the New Edinburgh Community Alliance. New Edinburgh is no stranger to development, but the community is sensitive due to the neighbourhood’s the heritage designation. The New Edinburgh Community Alliance has fought and lost a few recent appeals concerning development and infill. “We need to look at good, sustainable solutions and become a strong, 20th century city,” Mason said. It is in Overbrook where the intensification has become almost suffocating for residents. Sheila Perry, president of the Overbrook Community Council, said she is looking forward

to getting to a point where the council and residents are not reacting to a situation, but are instead working with the city and the developers. “When it becomes an arbitrary decision, it creates anger and angst,” Perry said. “City consultations have to be respected, but we have to agree to disagree and keep the lines of communication open.” Mason agrees wholeheartedly. “We are all having the same problem,” Mason said. “We don’t want to be fighting the developers every time. We are looking forward to having a chance to embrace the whole thinking process of the community and how the city works.” Smart growth is not a new idea. Mason said it has been around for almost a decade now, having bounced around in the early 2000s, but in her mind, it obviously has not resonated the way it should. When it comes to city planning, City of Ottawa spokesperson Michael Fitzpatrick said public consultation varies with each project. “It really depends on what is being proposed,” he said.

Fitzpatrick compared a Community Design Plan (CDP) project to a Site Plan Control application for infill development, explaining that a CDP involves a number of supporting studies and public open houses and workshops. He added when it comes to a site plan control application, the affected area is smaller and has a smaller scope of detail. The public consultation phase is where the public has a chance to speak up about certain issues with a particular design. Fitzpatrick added that the city engages the public by placing notices in daily newspapers and community newspapers as well as attendance at community association meetings or business association meetings. But both Mason and Perry indicated they feel there needs to be a step in between. Mason hopes this new initiative of smart growth will give communities a voice. “Communities are seeing this as a way to communicate their issues,” Mason said. “We are looking to educate planners and councillors that there are different and interesting ways of solving problems in communities.”

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New Edinburgh is just one community in the east end that hopes to bring open dialogue to the table when it comes to community development. The community association is looking towards working with the city on positive development and avoiding the constant fight against all development in their neighbourhood.

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A Vanier-based slam poetry champion is getting ready to break onto the musical scene with his first album, which is due to be released at the end of the month. Ian Keteku is a spoken word poet who started performing slam poetry in 2009. He rose to fame quickly and is the 2010 world slam poetry champion. Now he is about to add the title of musician to his resume when his album Lessons from Planet Earth (Re-Evolution) is released. “This album is a testament to my love of poetry,” Keteku said. “It is a melding of styles and a harmonious marriage of music and poetry.” The album is a combination of poetry, hip hop and folk music and Keteku said the album is about the journey of being a poet and an artist. Since winning the 2010 slam poet title, Keteku’s passion for poetry has ballooned into a career for him. “I am a full time poet, something which I never knew anyone could do,” he said. “It has given me a lot of opportunities and let me travel the world.” The poet found slam poetry as an outlet that immediately gave him a chance

to mesh styles and feelings, all while doing the one thing he loves the most: performing. Now, Keteku is melding styles once again. “Music is universal, but I argue that language can capture you and that poetry has melody, rhythm and in my view poetry is music, words do a dance with the music,” Keteku said. The first single from the album, Pick Me, is actually a live recording of Keteku’s winning performance from the 2009 Captial Poetry Slam. Originally, Keteku and his producer were hoping to recreate the passionate performance, but both found it was something that could not be recreated. “It was the last poem of the evening, and essentially the poem that propelled me to win that championship,” Keteku said. “We went to record it, but the passion couldn’t be replicated so we took the vocals from the performance and worked the music around it.” This song is what the album is all about - working music around the words. And with that feeling in mind, Keteku said he married music and poetry together to create and atmosphere that he hopes captivates listeners. “My mom used to say she loves all her

kids a lot, but differently and I never understood what that means, but my songs are my children, my poetry is my child and now I get it – each songs has it’s own identity,” he said. “If I didn’t like them, they wouldn’t make the album.” Currently traveling in Scotland to attend the Peter Buckley Hill’s Free Fringe Festival in Edinburgh, Keteku is getting ready for the whirlwind of events that will great him when he returns to Ottawa. On Sept. 8, Keteku will be performing

with the Hypnotic Brass Ensemble at the Ritual Night Club, and there is also plans of an electro-poetry punk show with the Daughters of Revolution. And then Keteku goes back to touring in Sweden, Demark and England to promote the album. “It is busy times, but I am staying above water and having a lot of fun,” Keteku said. The album will be released and available for download on Sept. 29 through Nocturne Records. 68 Robertson Road, Suite 105 Ottawa, Ontario K2H 5Y8 (613) 238-1513 ext. 224 (613) 238-8744



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NKB swimmer jumps onto world junior podium BY DAN PLOUFFE

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BACK ON THE ICE Cumberland Grads defenceman Colin Guyot (8) skates out of the corner during his team’s 2-1 overtime exhibition defeat to the Ottawa Jr. Senators on Aug. 29 at the Jim Durrell Complex. The Central Canada Hockey League season gets underway on Friday, Sept. 9 when all 12 teams participate in the weekend-long Fall Showcase in Kanata.

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Looking back, it didn’t appear to be the best conditions for success, but NepeanKanata Barracudas athlete Erika Seltenreich-Hodgson earned a bronze medal in the women’s 200-metre individual medley nonetheless at the world junior swimming championships in Lima, Peru. It was a very different setting than usual for the Barrhaven resident – an outdoor pool with temperatures around 15 C during Peru’s winter, a sick feeling in her stomach from travel-related illness, not to mention the stress of waiting for her first and only race on the fourth day of the six-day meet that wrapped up Aug. 21. “I was really nervous because it was building up each day,” Seltenreich-Hodgson recounts. “But by the time my race came, I was really ready to swim.” The John McCrae Secondary School student, who’s headed into Grade 11, didn’t swim her best in the preliminary heat, but still advanced through to the final where she put together a great bronze medal performance with a time of two minutes, 15.62 seconds. “To be honest, I was kind of in shock,” says Seltenreich-Hodgson, who entered the competition seeded 10th. “I went in really wanting to make a name for myself, and I really wanted a medal, but when it actually comes down to getting it, I didn’t really believe it at first. It was really exciting.” Seltenreich-Hodgson wasn’t the only local medallist at the event. Canada’s total haul of four gold, five silver and five bronze medals included Greater Ottawa Kingfish swimmer Tabitha Baumann’s second-place result as a member of the Canadian 4x200 metre freestyle relay team. “It was so awesome to see them raising the Canadian flag when we had someone on the podium,” says Seltenreich-Hodgson, whose race came sandwiched between a pair of Canadian gold medal performances. “That was the coolest thing ever.” Seltenreich-Hodgson, who hadn’t been farther than Oregon for any previous events, got to tour around Lima with her father for a few days after the competition, but was glad to be home after a tiring trip and looked forward to returning to her club with a new piece of hardware. “The coaches and members are all very excited about Erika’s accomplishments at worlds,” NKB head coach Scott Faithfull writes in an e-mail. “She is a great girl who has tons of determination.”

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Barrhaven’s Erika Seltenreich-Hodgson, a member of the Nepean Kanata Barracuda Swim Club shown at the Junior Provincial Swimming Championiship in January, finished third at the world junior championships in Peru. “She got a bit banged up, but is OK,” Tsunami coach Derek Kossatz notes in an e-mail. “We wanted more, but overall are pretty happy.” Tsunami athletes Adam and Torin Macfadyen also competed at the event, but did not place. NATIONAL MEDALS FOR TRIATHLETES Bytown Storm triathletes Joanna Brown and Tristan Woodfine both medaled at the Canadian junior triathlon championships two weekends ago in Victoria. Brown, still not in her top running form due to injury, placed second in the women’s field, while Woodfine was third in the men’s competition. Both athletes will represent Canada at the Sept. 7-11 world junior championships in Beijing. ROWERS READY FOR WORLD STAGE Ottawa Rowing Club members Cristy Nurse and David Blair have been selected to represent Canada at the 2011 world rowing championships Aug. 28-Sept. 4 in Slovenia. Earlier in August, Kate Goodfellow and Sarah Black were part of the Canadian under-23 women’s eight that won Canada’s first-ever world gold medal of that event in the Netherlands. PADDLERS TOP CANADIAN PODIUM


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The Rideau Canoe Club continued to rack up the honours this summer at the Canadian canoe-kayak sprint championships this past weekend in Welland, Ont. Gold medallists included Gabrielle Paull, Emily Raymond, Victoria Tuttle, Lucy Wainwright, Tommy Des Brisay, Tara Pahwa, Ian Acelvari, Cameron Marcus, Ian Mortimer, Ben Tardioli and Madeline Schmidt.

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McGuinty announces heart institute expansion KRISTY WALLACE

Doctors and nurses packed into a crowded room at the University of Ottawa Heart Institute to hear about a major expansion happening at the Ottawa Hospital Civic Campus.. On Aug. 24, Ontario Premier Dalton McGuinty announced new funding for the Civic-based institute that will see it undergo a significant expansion. “To continue making progress, we want to support the great work you’re doing, so I’m pleased to announce that we’re expanding and renovating Cardiac Life Support Services,” McGuinty told the crowd, who were wearing red hearts on their uniforms. “It will help us ensure that people have what they need to stay healthy, and have greater access to services closer to home.” The expansion plans will include six new cardiac intensive care unit beds, an additional operating room and other improvements that are expected to help reduce wait times. It’s expected to start in 2014 and take five years to complete. McGuinty said the project still needs to go through the province’s tendering process, and that it was important to make the announcement even though there’s an election coming up. McGuinty said health care is the top priority of many Ontarians, and the province’s surgical wait times have gone from being the longest in the country to the shortest. “It doesn’t matter where you’re from . . . how much money you have in the bank . . . if you’re sick, you’re one of ours,” McGuinty said. He also commended the heart

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Ontario Premier Dalton McGuinty visited the University of Ottawa Heart Institute on Aug. 24 to announce funding for the institute, which is located at the Ottawa Hospital’s Civic Campus. institute’s staff for the job they do on a daily basis, and called the staff “heroes” to their patients. “You bring peace of mind to the families, and many more years for patients to enjoy,” McGuinty said. “You provide quality care, among the best in the country for what you do.” Carole Workman, chairwoman of the Ottawa Hospital board of directors, said the announcement will also affect the hospital, which has a partnership with the heart institute. She said increasing the number of operating and recovery rooms means patients will receive faster access to services. “Our physicians and nurses in the emergency departments will have an easier job managing patient flow,” Workman said. “This is a challenge for all of our hospitals as the population ages.” Dr. Wilbert Keon, chairman of the Champlain LHIN board of directors and founder of the heart institute, called the announcement “very meaningful”

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FIRED UP FOR CAPITAL PRIDE Thousands of spectators along Wellington Street downtown braved blustery conditions on Sunday, Aug. 28 to join those marching in the Capital Pride Parade, the event that caps the weeklong celebration of Ottawa’s gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender community. Among the marchers was Mayor Jim Watson, shown above, who was perched on the Ottawa Public Health float taking aim at those lining the parade route and the Righteously Outrageous Twirling Corps from Toronto, at left, who performed choreographed moves with flags, rifles and other props to the delight of the crowd.

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• SEPTEMBER 6: Meri Square Dance Club Open House. Opening Nights will be held, on Tuesdays Sept. 6 and 13 from 7:30 to 10:00 pm, at 470 Roosevelt Ave. Everyone welcome: singles, couples, young or old. No experience required. For more information call 613-798-9163 or 613-435-0829.

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• SEPTEMBER 9: Japanese Tea Ceremony demonstrations by Rebecca Cragg of Camellia Teas of Ottawa. For tea lovers, tea tasters, tea drinkers and collectors of cups, saucers, strainers, spoons, pots, caddies, cosies, cloths and doilies. All are welcome to exhibit and/or sell at Tea Tyme, 81 Beechwood Ave, (613) 740 0835 on Sept. 9 at 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. and on Sept. 10 at 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.



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Heritage Ottawa Walking Tour of New Edinburgh. Learn about the small a mill-town founded in 1832, is one of Canada’s earliest planned communities and still presents a largely 19th-century face to the world. The tour, as well as looking at the industrial roots of the town and introducing some early inhabitants, will focus thematically on aspects of science and technology in this early Canadian community. Heritage guides, Katherine Arkay, scientist and self-confessed technology nerd, and Janet Uren, writer, are both owners of designated heritage houses in New Edinburgh. Sept.11 2:00 pm – $10. For more information

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• ONGOING Friends of the Central Experimental Farm are looking for volunteers to record the bloom times of various trees and shrubs in the Arboretum. If you like to walk around the Arboretum, this volunteer job is for you. The Friends are also looking for gardeners for their lilac, iris/daylily, and rose teams. “Green” and “brown” thumbs welcome. Youth a minimum of age 14 are welcome. These teams meet in the mornings, Monday to Friday. For information, please visit or call 613-230-3276.

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Ottawa This Week - East  
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September 1, 2011