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East Edition Serving New Edinburgh, Rockcliffe, Vanier, Pineview and surrounding communities Year 1, Issue 48

SHE MEANS BUSINESS An eight year-old is touring the province during the 2011 provincial election campaign to ask Ontarians to vote for the party who will support the environment.

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Embassy plans cause stir among MacKay St. neighbours LAURA MUELLER laura.mueller@metroland.com

WHO’S RUNNING With Ontario heading to the polls in a little more than two weeks, we take a look at the candidates for Ottawa-Vanier.

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OUT OF THE DARKNESS Part two of a special three-part series on youth suicide looks how to determine if a child needs help and what resources are available.

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A small change that would allow the Vietnamese Embassy to have an office in a New Edinburgh home came under fire from neighbours for several hours at a city planning committee meeting. The residents, who came armed with a 373-name petition against allowing the chancellery to move into 55 MacKay St., said they were left out of the process of deciding whether to allow an office in the heritage home. Many in New Edinburgh were on vacation during the summer when a re-zoning sign went up at the corner of Charles Avenue, they said, and the New Edinburgh Community Association didn’t consult residents before telling city hall that the group supported the proposal. “I have a real concern about the legitimacy of the concerns they purport to represent,” said Barbara Laskin, who lives in the neighbourhood. She said the issue has caused a “deep rift” in the community. Rideau-Rockcliffe Coun. Peter Clark said the building’s sale and rezoning were good things because it has been on the market for two years with no interest. “It was a bit over the top, to put it politely,” Clark said of the community opposition to the re-zoning. The city’s planning committee listened to a couple of hours of presentations before deciding to recommend the re-zoning, which still needs the full city council’s final approval. See PROTESTS on page 7

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PREPARING FOR A TOURTIERE TUSSLE Krystal Mathieu with the Quatier Vanier BIA prepares two rows of meat pies for the inaugural tourtiere competition, held at the Vanier Farmers’ Market on Saturday, Sept. 17. The event saw nine judges tackle the difficult task of declaring a winner from the 12 tasty entries. Island Spiced nabbed first place, followed by Bobby’s Kitchen and Maison Baguette. 495223

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Clark wants city cash to help fund New Edinburgh centre MICHELLE NASH michelle.nash@metroland.com

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IT’S A CLUE! Nicholas Bohac, left, his brother Max, right, and friend Lucas Till search for clues at a statue outside the Rockcliffe Park library branch during the community association’s ‘Amazing Race’ on Saturday, Sept. 17. About a dozen teams of kids and parents raced around the neighbourhood looking for Rockcliffe landmarks and clues, as part of the neighbourhood’s 85th anniversary festivities.

A motion put forward by Rideau-Rockcliffe Coun. Peter Clark aims to ensure the Crichton Cultural Community Centre has the money to purchase a new facility in New Edinburgh. Clark filed a motion that calls for the city’s portion of the court ordered sale of 200 Crichton St. to be made available to the community centre to be used to acquire a new location after they lost their bid to purchase their former home. “Since it was given to the community originally, it is only appropriate that we transfer the funds to the new facility,” Clark said. The city originally gave $250,000 to the School of Dance in 2001 on behalf of the Crichton Cultural Community Centre for the purchase of the building at 200 Crichton, with the idea that the two organizations would share the location. After 12 years of disputes between the community centre

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Rideau-Rockcliffe Coun. Peter Clark wants the city’s money from the sale of 200 Crichton St. to go back into the community. and the school, an Ontario court judge ordered the 100-year-old schoolhouse be placed up for sale on March 29. The School of Dance outbid the community centre in the sale process that followed, and the building was sold to the school on Aug. 31. The 4Cs has since moved out of 200 Crichton to the MacKay United Church manse, which the community centre is cur-

rently leasing from the church. “This is a great place – it feels like a home,” said Johan Rudnick, the executive director of the community centre. With the church looking to sell the manse, the 4Cs would like to use the $250,000 to purchase the building. Clark feels the community centre’s new home is a perfect fit for the community. “I think the manse is a good solution,” he said. “The church did not have the means to keep the house going.” The councillor is waiting to see a proposal from the board of directors of the community centre soon, which will outline both the centre’s business plan as well as the plans involved in purchasing the house from the church. Rudnick said the money was originally for the community centre and the idea of the money once again being available for the community makes sense. The motion will be discussed at the next city council meeting on Sept. 28.

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Debate leaves unanswered questions MICHELLE NASH michelle.nash@metroland.com

A forum on social assistance had a number of area candidates from several ridings agree on one thing: social assistance needs to be addressed. But as the candidates spent much of the debate attacking one another, some of the residents in attendance felt questions were left unanswered and the prospect of real change occurring on Oct. 6 was slim. The Ottawa branch of the Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now, better known as ACORN, held the all-candidates debate on Sept. 15 in Centretown asking parties to answer questions concerning housing, poverty and social assistance. “This is still going to be a fight, but in 2011 I do not believe we will see a change,” said Michelle Walrond, ACORN member who attended the forum. The association invited all the parties running in the provincial election to select a candidate to come to the debate, with Family Coalition candidate for Ottawa Vanier Emmanuel Houle; NDP candidate Anil Naidoo, candi-

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Yasir Naqvi, Liberal candidate for Ottawa Centre, right, addresses the crowd gathered at the ACORN-organized a provincial campaign debate on Sept. 15 while NDP candidate Anil Naidoo looks on. date Yasir Naqvi and Green candidate Kevin O’Donnell, all representing Ottawa Centre; and Ottawa South candidate John Redins from the People’s Party for Special Needs Ottawa all in attendance. Stuart Ryan, Communist party candidate for Ottawa Centre was invited, but could not make it so party leader Elizabeth Rowley, who was in the Ottawa area, appeared in his place.

None of the seven Progressive Conservative candidates in the Ottawa area came to the debate despite being invited, ACORN said. Walrond and six other Ottawa ACORN members had questions prepared for the debate. One question asked what steps the parties would take to ensure the social assistance rates in Ontario are increased. Naidoo spent his allotted two minutes pointing out the lack of help the Liberal government has provided the people of Ontario for the past eight years. “They have not been putting people first,” Naidoo said. Naqvi responded by saying the Liberals have increased the amount paid to social assistance recipients by 13.7 per cent during the last eight years before pointing out the NDP had voted against a number of progressive Liberal policies over that same period of time. For Walrond, this type of back and forth bickering only served to marginalize the issues at hand. “They weren’t answering the questions,” she said. “And I know that is what politicians do best – spin – but we care about the issues.”

Mayor quizzes candidates LAURA MUELLER laura.mueller@metroland.com

Mayor Jim Watson has some questions of his own for provincial election candidates. From funding for the Ottawa River Action Plan to light-rail transit to affordable housing, the mayor and council are asking area candidates to weigh in on provincial issues that could effect the city. “These are questions that our council feels are of vital importance to the future of our residents and our city,” Watson said in a press release. The questionnaire also asks candidates if they will support the province’s agreement to upload the cost of providing some social programs, a pact Ontario municipalities are factoring into their budgets. Watson has criticized the Progressive Conservatives for refusing to commit to the remainder of the agreement because the mayor said the money is needed to avoid larger property tax increases. Watson signed the uploading deal while he served as a provincial Liberal cabinet minister. The mayor’s history in provincial politics has led some to question his motives in sending

out the questionnaire. That’s what Ottawa Centre Green candidate Kevin O’Donnell said he has been hearing, but it’s not something he was personally concerned about. “It didn’t occur to me that there is this secondary conversation about whether it is going to be partisan, is it going to be used to manipulate the election,” O’Donnell said. “Yes, the mayor is an ex-Liberal, but he was also a mayor of Ottawa before that.” Yasir Naqvi, the Liberal incumbent for Ottawa Centre, however, applauded the idea. “I am excited that he has asked questions which are very important to the community so that we can be on record on what we’ll do for Ottawa if elected on Oct. 6,” Naqvi said. Another question on the survey asked if the candidate would support the city’s pilot project to put 20 gaming tables at the Rideau Carleton Raceway. The answers Watson receives will be released on Sept. 29 and posted to ottawa.ca . Ontarians head to the polls on Oct. 6. With files from Eddie Rwema

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An eight-year-old girl from Toronto has put down her bicycle and picked up a trench coat and business suit because she is worried about her future. Grade 4 student Penelope Plessas has launched a campaign where she will tour across Ontario and ask Ontarians and candidates in all the ridings to take one thing into consideration on Oct. 6 – her and all children’s future. Penelope was in Ottawa on Sept. 14 and 15. “We simply cannot leave worrying about the future to politicians,” said Penelope. “My campaign will make sure the environment is on the top of the agenda this provincial election. Us kids have our future to think about.” Environmental Defence, an environmental action organization, launched the non-partisan Penelope 4 Ontario campaign on Sept.1. The main focus of the campaign is to make voters aware that the environment should be a top priority when it comes to who is representing Ontario. Shiloh Bouvette, the program manager for the

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Eight-year-old Penelope Plessas has launched a campaign to promote the environment during this year’s provincial election. While on tour, Penelope stopped in Ottawa to hand out cookies. campaign, said this tour with Penelope is meant to get people to sit up and take notice of the issues. “It is all about increasing awareness for the environment,” Bouvette said.

Armed with a pant suit, Penelope and her team are travelling across the province asking the leaders of all the parties if they will commit to protecting the environment. They have made stops in Barrie and To-

ronto so far. The youngster has an extensive platform she would like voters and candidates to take to heart. Clean water from the tap, renewable energy, taking care of the Greenbelt and reducing

the use of coal as an electricity source are just some of her top issues. On the road with the eight year-old is her mother, Monique Plessas. “I couldn’t be more proud of her. She is inspiring,” Plessas said. While visiting Ottawa, Penelope handed out cookies with her initial on them from Le Moulin De Provence bakery in the Byward Market, asking everyone if they will take the environment into consideration when they vote. The tri-lingual girl switched from French to English to speak to her constituents. She has Spanish on the ready just in case. The main message of the campaign is to take notice and ask tough questions about the environment and, when it comes to time to choose a candidate, to vote for those who will ensure a future for Penelope and her friends. “You can’t really vote for a kid, but you can vote for her future.” Penelope said. The tour continues with campaign stops in Hamilton, Guelph, Kitchener and Waterloo.

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More progress needs to be made, city auditor says LAURA MUELLER laura.mueller@metroland.com

The city should clamp down on mileage claims, parking passes and the use of city vehicles, according to an auditor’s report. Among the 18 reports from the city’s auditor, Alain Lalonde, said Ottawa could have saved $106,000 in 2010 if it had better

controls over its vehicles and mileage. But overall, the city has made progress in implementing his recommendations, Lalonde said. The problem with mileage is that each manager has his or her own practices, and in some cases, detailed mileage reports simply don’t exist, Lalonde said.

“It’s very hard to monitor when you don’t have the exact information,” he said. In one case, an employee racked up $20,000 in mileage by travelling 40,000 kilometres in his or her own vehicle. That person should have been shifted over to a city-owned vehicle to cut down on costs, Lalonde said. Another concern included the $56,000 cost of keeping a trained

paramedic on call to perform a job that should have been done by an IT support person. Bylaw services manager Susan Jones agreed the paramedic’s skills would be better used on the front lines and assured reporters that another employee was being trained to take over support for the scheduling tool. While the city’s fraud and waste hotline has been around

for six years, 2010 was the first full year that the public could make reports to the hotline (previously it was available to employees only). Most of the complaints – 62 per cent – came from the public, with 38 per cent originating from city employees. There were a total of 215 complaints to the hotline last year, which can be accessed by calling 1-866-959-9309.

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From EMBASSY on page 1 Laskin and others said it isn’t necessary for the embassy to use the heritage home as an office, because there is enough office space available in the area. “We all bought in on the assumption that this is a residential area,� she said. Other residents, like Tim Plumptre, were concerned that allowing a diplomatic use would hand over control of the property to its foreign owners. Under the Vienna Convention, embassies and diplomatic properties are under the control of their home country, not the City of Ottawa or any arm of the federal government. Plumptre worried about the possibility of security fences and demonstrations at the chancellery. Laskin said there were three protests at the Vietnamese Embassy last year. The home is situated across from the Governor General’s residence at Rideau Hall, and is within the New Edinburgh Heritage Conservation District. D. Kenneth Gibson, a lawyer representing the Vietnamese Embassy, said the country has sent a letter to the city agreeing not to make changes to the home’s heritage exterior. He added that the embassy’s track record of maintaining its property at 85 Glebe Ave. should

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The city’s proposed new design rules for infill homes are “myopicâ€? and inflexible, according one prominent Ottawa architect. During a public meeting on Sept. 14, Jim Colizza, who has designed many infill homes, was one of many who questioned the wisdom of the new guidelines that aim to make infill homes more compatible with the neighbourhoods around them. The new rules would also make it possible for the city to enforce the guidelines, which are intended to encourage intensified development that is people- and street-friendly and fits into the fabric of existing 1',!#  community. But some of the ideas proposed In 3 Easy Steps... by city staff work against those MAKE YOUR goals, Colizza said. The buildCOMMERCIAL QUALITY ings that he and other architects WINES AT OUR PLACE design, he said, have a greater for as per batch impact on the streetscape than (yields 29 btls) little as the features the city’s guidelines OR Save even more & address. Make Your Own Beer Most of the criticism centered & Wine at Home on the rules for parking spaces. 1*#-,,-5 While there was little dissent 435 Moodie Drive, Bells Corners 613-721-9945 about removing the require957 Gladstone Ave. W., Ottawa 613-722-9945 2030 Lanthier Drive, Orleans 613-590-9946 ment to provide parking at every new home, the rules surroundABC>I@LTFKBP@LJ 414628 ing which properties could have

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The Vietnamese Embassy has sent a letter to the city agreeing not to make any changes to the exterior of 55 MacKay St. be an assurance that it will do the same in New Edinburgh. Heritage Ottawa supports the plan to use the home as a chancellery, said the group’s representative, David Jeanes. With files from Michelle Nash

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EDITORIAL

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Be daring. Be cool. Be a voter.

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pathy isn’t cool and it certainly isn’t sexy. Anybody can do nothing. You, however, can do something. Look at it this way – how often do you have a two-term Liberal premier, whom you either love or hate, taking a third kick at the can? It hasn’t happened since 1990 and, either way you vote, you can make history – you can make Dalton’s day, or send him off to early retirement. There are plenty of editorials out there that are going to tell you it is your civic duty to vote, that if you don’t, you have no right to complain. These are all valid points – but they’re not necessarily fun ones. What is fun is this: you get to be like Donald Trump and fire people on Oct. 6. Or, at least deny people the chance to get a job. We all like to believe that people only vote for altruistic, civic-minded reasons. But you can also vote for petty, personal reasons too. Whatever your reasons for voting, as the sneaker ad says, just do it. You now have more time than ever to do it. After you’re finished reading this, you can fold our paper up and

march on over to a ballot box from now until Election Day and mark your X. You can also vote by mail, on campus, from your hospital bed, or at advance polls. Turnout during the last provincial vote in 2007 was at an all-time low, with only 52.6 per cent of eligible voters casting their ballots, according to Elections Ontario. You’d have to go all the way back to the previous low set in the Jazz Age, 1923, for their contender of 54.7 per cent. (What a snooze the ’23 vote must’ve been.) But we shouldn’t be so smug. The October 2003 vote, which saw Ernie Eves’ Tories turfed after eight years of Eves/Harris rule, still saw low turnout at 56.9 per cent, and that was when people were riled up enough to throw a government out of office. Well, that was before the big crash of ’08. Boy, we certainly have a lot more on our plates now. Voting takes so little time and makes such a lasting impact. They’re mopping things up in Libya, Tunisia and Egypt and are eagerly awaiting their chance to vote for the first time ever. The worst we’ll have to contend with on our way to the polls is some traffic and lousy weather.

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aseball began to get interesting a month or so ago. The Blue Jays, although losing, were fun to watch and, locally, the Ottawa Fat Cats were marching through the playoffs. Plus it was warm and sunny outside. Baseball weather. So it seemed like a perfect time to buy a four-year-old his first baseball glove. A visit to Canadian Tire confirmed what anyone familiar with the retail world should have known: Baseball season is not the time to buy a baseball glove; the sporting goods sections are full of hockey equipment; retailers are a season ahead of you. Chalk it up to inexperience. A guy buys a baseball glove only a few times in his life. He forgets that the fall fashions are on sale in the summer and the best supply of bathing suits is available in the winter. If you want to buy a baseball glove, do it in hockey season. However, there were a few on the shelf, including a nice black and blue Rawlings glove that would fit a fouryear-old. His grandfather has a Rawlings baseball glove – a Dave Parker model, just to put it into historical perspective. Dave Parker, whatever his other eccentricities, did not wear a blue glove, but times

CHARLES GORDON Funny Town have changed. Only up to a point, however. The granddaughter, a couple of years younger, will have to wait for her glove until one is on sale in a colour other than pink. The present went over well and it was only when we put on our two Rawlings gloves for a game of catch that I noticed the new glove had a button marked ON/ OFF. I pressed it a few times and nothing happened, but eventually somebody more technologically inclined discovered the glove had red lights that flashed when you caught the ball. At which point somebody remarked – it wasn’t I, but wish it was – “I thought catching the ball was supposed to be enough fun.” As it turned out, it was. The glove’s proud new owner was more interested

in catching the ball in the glove than in playing with the flashing lights on it, but it does make you wonder about the degree to which merchandisers think we need to be entertained. Try to find a bar without a television on. Try to find an elevator without music in it. Telling the glove story to a friend brought an interesting reply. “They have fishing rods like that now.” True? Unfortunately, yes. A fishing rod manufacturer has produced, in cooperation with the Disney Company, a series of rods with lights that flash. “This colourful kit featuring classic Disney images is sure to get kids fishing!,” says an online promo. “Each kit includes a 2’6” all-in-one rod and reel spooled with line; flashing lights that pulse when the thumb button is pressed; and a fun, safe casting plug.” Among the Disney images available are Spiderman, Princess, Lightning McQueen, Barbie and Mickey Mouse. I thought catching the fish was supposed to be enough fun. In order to avoid going completely oldfuddy-duddy on this issue, I will admit that this is not the first generation to grow up with brand names. Mickey Mouse and some of his colleagues have

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adorned all manner of toys and games for decades and we grew up with them, as well as the Lone Ranger and other heroes. But flashing lights? Imagine a quiet evening on a calm lake as you silently stalk that big pickerel you just missed last time. A loon calls, a beaver swims away in the distance. And the Barbie fishing rod flashes continuously. What will save us from this, you can only hope, is the innate good sense of kids. Any of them who have actually caught a fish know how much fun it is, more fun than flashing lights. Then maybe they can teach the grownups around them to be more careful what they buy.

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ith school back in session, parents are feeling the pressure of getting back into routine. The hardest part of the day can be managing the emotional and physical needs of children after they’ve been sitting a classroom all day, cramming their brains, and navigating social interactions with classmates. Kids need down time, no doubt. The temptation to turn on the television as a means for adults or kids to just “gap out” is pretty vivid. Sometimes there’s nothing more numbing than staring blankly at a screen, passively absorbing the images. Shutting down our frontal lobes, quite frankly, feels good. Besides, librarians and teachers actually recommend TV as an essential learning tool, right? There are few studies bold enough to suggest abstinence would make us stupider, but TV can be a powerful medium to show us things that we wouldn’t otherwise get to experience. Sesame Street, in the early days, set out to prove that the fluidity of letters on a screen could aid children in learning to read. Documentaries can take us to faraway lands, inside factories, deep down into mines and high into the mountains. And while reading is better designed to foster imagination, we’re limited in our understanding of some things unless we’ve seen them for ourselves. So what role should TV play in our

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children’s lives? Like most parenting decisions, a lot of it comes down to personal values. My husband and I don’t watch a lot of TV, so we’ve been quite restrictive with our children as a result. During the school year, I probably sit down in front of the screen three times per week for an hour to watch a movie or something on-demand. For the kids, movies and TV programs are reserved for special occasions, or for those times when Mom needs an electronic babysitter. It’s the cheapest way to keep them still if I have to make dinner or make a phone call for work during that hairy hour after school, and before dinner, but not every day. We all know on a deeper level TV is like most things that make us feel good in the moment. Our experience of it – as with alcohol and junk food – needs to be limited. Over-exposure to television has been linked to insomnia, rising rates of obesity, hyperactivity and attention deficit disorder. And now a new study suggests certain programs – like the fast-paced Sponge Bob – may limit the development of the executive function of children’s brains, the part of the brain that controls memory and acquisition of new information. So we’ve got plenty of good reasons to think before we watch. I like that TV plays a limited role in our house. It gives us a lot of time to spend on other, more important things, from music lessons, to family dinners, to going out for fresh air before bed. I don’t think anyone should feel guilty if they have to use the TV once in a while so they or their kids can “shut down,” as long as they realize that’s precisely the effect the tube has on us. Shutting down, after all, is not the same as relaxing. If you want your kids to relax, you may have to get a little bit more creative.

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Meet your Ottawa-Vanier candidates Bagler putting face on Green party LAURA MUELLER laura.mueller@metroland.com

Until now, Dave Bagler has worked hard behind the political scene. But now, his face is splashed across signs and he’s hoping to make Ottawa-Vanier see green. The 25-year-old firsttime politician has already racked up a track record working elections for the federal and provincial Green party and had served as president of the party’s local constituency association until last September, when he was nominated as the candidate. Since hopping on a bus to London, Ont. to work for federal leader Elizabeth May’s byelection campaign in 2006, Bagler has worked on several campaigns, served on the executive of the Young Greens and as the party’s community and social services critic. That experience is driving Bagler to make

his presence known in Ottawa-Vanier. He has been knocking on doors all summer – 5,000 so far – and his is the first Green campaign in the riding to feature his name and photo on signs instead of generic party logos. Bagler’s first foray into community activism was a result of his participation in the CBC program Canada’s Next Great Prime Minister. Each contestant needed to plan a community event, and Bagler’s interest in food security led him to launch the Sandy Hill Holiday Food Drive. Now in its fourth year, the drive led Bagler to be recognized as Sandy Hill volunteer of the year. Bagler says he expected his activism would lead him to a life in politics. “I always knew I wanted to represent my community in that way,” he says. He says he gravitates towards food, energy and education policies (his

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mother was a French teacher) because the “dayto-day impact is greater.” Bagler and his partner, Katie Gibbs, want to start a family soon, and he hopes he can contribute to a long-term vision for a better society for his children to grow up in. His style would be defined by a community-first approach, Bagler said. He is on the board of Action Sandy Hill. He works as a web developer and has a diploma from St. Lawrence College.

Meilleur wants to build on success MICHELLE NASH michelle.nash@metroland.com

When it comes to approaching her third campaign for provincial office, Madeleine Meilleur wants to continue to build a better community by working closely with the residents of Ottawa-Vanier. A woman who dreamed of being a politician ever since she was little, the former nurse and labour and employment lawyer is running in her third election for the Liberals to continue along what she believes is the right path for her constituents. “I will continue to serve my community the best that I can and to put my heart and soul into the betterment of my constituents and my community,” Meilleur said. And for Meilleur, the right path is to continue working hard to improve education, health care and social housing in Ontario.

Meilleur said she wants to build on her party’s success in those areas over the past eight years. Meilleur believes her record of helping bring more family physicians, the expansion of Montfort Hospital and the growing number of schools offering full-day kindergarten is only the tip of the iceberg for Ottawa-Vanier. “I look back and I am pleased with what we have accomplished, but I know there is still more to do,” she said. Since 2003, Meilleur has split her time between Queen’s Park and her riding. She said she is a woman who would rather be out working in the community than sitting in her office. “It is all about working as a team and making this a partnership,” Meilleur said. Meilleur would like to continue to work hard for Ottawa-Vanier and

Laliberté-Tipple here to listen Born and raised in Ottawa, Paul Étienne Laliberté-Tipple is knocking on doors and letting Ottawa-Vanier residents know that as the New Democratic Party candidate for Ottawa-Vanier, he looks forward to easeing the burden on Ontario households. A Franco-Ontarian, Laliberté-Tipple is a lawyer with a strong focus on employment and labour law. Laliberté-Tipple believes he is the candidate that can deliver what the constituents in OttawaVanier need. “I knew it was going to be a seriously difficult job, because you are dealing with people that all need different things,” Laliberté-Tipple said. “But I think most importantly, is I have been extremely dissatisfied with the provincial landscape

“(I’m) hoping people will catch onto the fact that there hasn’t been any real change in the past eight years,” Laliberté-Tipple said. At the end of the day, the young politician hopes to be remembered as the person who sat down and listened to what people wanted. “I think I would like to be remembered as the guy who made small changes that made a huge difference in the community; the guy who did his job.”

Sherman embraces challenge MICHELLE NASH michelle.nash@metroland.com

believes she can by being the link between the community and the provincial government to solve problems. The 62-year-old has always tried her hardest to be available for residents in her riding and hopes to keep up that record with the next four years. “Meeting with people and helping people – it is what I love. If you need my support, if you need my help, don’t hesitate to call me,” Meilleur said.

and I think people are ready to experiment with a new government.” Coming from a family that has in the past voted for the Liberal party, Laliberté-Tipple said that a shift has occurred for him and his family. “Liberals do not cater to the people anymore, they used to, but not anymore,” he said. When the commissioners for the social assistance review, Frances Lankin and Munir Sheikh, came to town to review the programs available in Ottawa, Laliberté-Tipple made it a point to sit in on the discussion because he is looking to tackle those very issues he feels has been left neglected in the province for far too long. From social services, education and housing; Laliberté-Tipple feels there are still huge problems that need to be addressed both in Ottawa and across the province.

Fred Sherman is a man who goes out and works hard for what he wants. He is also a man who wants to make change possible in the Ottawa-Vanier riding. A civil servant and businessman, Sherman and his family have lived in Ottawa for the past 20 years. The Progressive Conservative candidate for Ottawa-Vanier, Sherman decided to run for a seat in the provincial parliament to create a better future for his family and families in the riding. Although Ottawa-Vanier has been held by a Liberal since 1934, Sherman said he is ready to fight. “It is a tough riding, but those are the type of challenges I embrace,” Sherman said. On the campaign trail, Sherman has heard one thing a number of times

that concerns him. “Folks are hurting and the government is out of touch with reality,” he said. The type of substantial changes Sherman hopes to accomplish if elected is to help out seniors and other families on fixed incomes and deal with the harmonized sales tax introduced by the McGuinty Liberals. A coach, father and community man, the 43-yearold is looking forward to serving his constituents by continuing working hard for the community. “When I am at the doors canvassing, I am all about advocacy and building trust,” Sherman said. With a strong background in politics, stemming from the days he was a young university student with a worldly outlook on life, Sherman feels he has the knowledge and ability to bring everything he has learned to Queen’s Park.

He also believes that when it comes time to vote on Oct. 6, people in OttawaVanier will make a choice for relief and change. “I’ve never been an idealist. I have always been a pragmatist. I love this place and I look forward to working in the community and making a better Ottawa.” Sherman is looking forward and said he will be working hard every day to fight for the Ottawa-Vanier seat in parliament.


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East-end comic hopes to get last laugh at competition MICHELLE NASH michelle.nash@metroland.com

An Ottawa man is hoping he’s got the comic chops to turn a five-minute routine at a local comedy club into the fame and fortune that accompanies the title of Canada’s Next Top Comic. Comedian Wafik Masrallah has been performing his routine for the past 18 years and on Sept. 16 he hit the stage alongside a number of other Ottawa comedians to try out for SiriusXM Canada’s Next Top Comic competition at Yuk Yuk’s on Elgin Street. The competition offers the winner a $10,000 prize and the chance to attain comedic Canadian stardom. “It is tough, because as a comic, you are not used to competing,” Masrallah said. “You are just used to making people laugh.” Growing up in the city’s east end, Masrallah said he never really gave comedy much thought until high school when his brother pushed him to give it a try at an open mic night. “He told me to go for it. He said I was the funniest guy he knew.” Since that moment, Masrallah hasn’t stopped trying to make people laugh. During the competition, the comic felt his five minute set went well, but the comedian was really looking forward to his night time gig later that evening at the club. “Performing for everyone, that is the

best,” Masrallah said. The two hour audition was recorded for the satellite radio station to upload to their website where Canadians can vote on who they think is the funniest. Jeff Leake, programming director at SiriusXM Canada, said the competition has left him with a sore jaw from all the hard laughing he has been doing at competition sites in St. John’s, Halifax, Toronto and now Ottawa. “We are looking for the guys who can deliver five minutes of great comedy and we want the best to rise and we want to help promote them to the next level, whatever it may be,” Leake said. Eleven finalists will be chosen by the public from the SiriusXM Canada website. “It feels like it is not about how funny you are, but maybe how many friends you have,” Masrallah said. “But hey, you never know.” Five semi-finalists will be chosen from the Ottawa-leg of the competition. Leake said the competition was created to give Canadian comics credit. “We need to start being proud of how funny Canadians are,” he said. The winner will announced at a gala event in Toronto on Nov. 14.

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‘It takes a village to raise a child’ Know the warning signs and where to go if you know a teen who needs help BLAIR EDWARDS blair.edwards@metroland.com

obile Crisis kicks ass! The message is scribbled in a scrapbook kept in the war room of the Youth Services Bureau of Ottawa’s 24-hour crisis hotline. The hotline staff call it the cookie jar. It’s a collection of thank-you notes and messages of hope scribbled or pasted on each page of the scrapbook written by the staff. None of the notes come from the clients, the dozens of youth and parents who call the centre every week and receive help from the social workers who man the hotline. But that’s a good thing, said Ted Charette, the co-ordinator of the bureau’s Mobile Crisis and Intake Services. “A lot of the time we don’t know the impact we have, because we don’t bring them here for too long,” he said. Staff at the crisis line field more than 6,000 phone calls every year and assist youth ages 0 to 18. If necessary, a crisis worker can jump in a car and visit a youth at their home. The hotline is often the city’s first stop for children wrestling with mental health issues or parents seeking help for their troubled teens. The staff is trained to deal with emergency situations and then, if needed,

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WARNING SIGNS Adults need to look for the warning signs and take action early, says Ted Charette, the co-ordinator of Youth Services Bureau of Ottawa Mobile Crisis and Intake Services. Some include: • A sudden drop in marks at high school • Changes in sleeping and eating habits • Loss of enjoyment in what used to be favourite activities • Low energy and poor concentration • A personality change • Outbursts of anger or rage • Neglect of personal appearance

OUT OF THE DARKNESS A series about youth suicide Part 2: How to detect if your child needs help and what resources are available for assistance. refer teens and children to youth mental health services in Ottawa. But it all boils down to making that first contact, said Charette. “I don’t think there’s a difficulty making a connection,” he said. “It’s getting a hold of them.” A teenager lacks the experience and knowledge to cope with mental illness and often feels no one can help them, Charette said. “The first person a teenager will speak to when they feel challenged is going to be another teenager.”. PARENTS ARE KEY Parents can play a key role in their child’s mental health, said Charette. The first step is maintaining an open line of communication. Keep the conversation going with open-ended questions, such as, “Anything interesting happen at school today?” Charette said. “Connect with the kids,” he said. “Make the time.” If they notice signs of depression and are worried their children are having suicidal thoughts, parents should call the 24-hour crisis line: 613-260-2360, said Charette. Youth can also visit the walk-in clinic, located at 2301 Carling Avenue, the second floor, which is free for youth ages 12 to 20 and parents and open every Thursday from noon to 8 p.m. “A lot of our calls are initiated by parents and not youth,” he said. “We’re a very good option for a first phone call. “We have incredible success once we can get our hands on them – it’s just getting them,” said Charette. “Because they don’t reach out, we need adults.” Children attempt suicide for a variety of reasons, said Dr. Ian Manion, a clinical psychologist and the executive director for the Ontario Centre of Excellence for child and youth mental health at CHEO. Acute stressors include relationship loss, bullying, embarrassment and aca-

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demic performance. “It could be a variety of things,” Manion said. “A moment in time could be overwhelming for young persons.” Youth have limited problem-solving skills and emotional maturity, he said. Parents can bring their children to CHEO if they express suicidal thoughts. “You are seen,” said Manion. “You’re not put on a waiting list.” DARON Ever since the parents of Daron Richardson publicized the details of their 14-year-old daughter’s suicide on Nov. 15, 2010, the issue of suicide and youth mental health has caught the country’s attention. During a press conference following his daughter’s death, Ottawa Senators assistant coach Luke Richardson, said he and his wife talked about difficult subjects with their daughter such as alcohol and drug abuse and sex, but they never discussed mental health. “I wish we did talk about it before,” he said. “But we just didn’t think it was there.” Manion said many parents won’t go

for help because of the stigma of mental health issues. “That’s a huge barrier in mental health in general,” he said. “That’s where we have to do a better job in supporting parents.” It’s important to educate people about mental health issues and identify the resources available in the community, he said. The sooner the better when dealing with mental health problems, said Manion. Suicide is the second leading cause of death for youth ages 10 to 24, according to recent numbers from Statistics Canada. In 2007, 508 youth killed themselves, with many more attempting it. “Even more importantly, studies show a significant percentage of adolescents contemplate, plan or attempt suicide without seeking or receiving help,” said Cheryl Vrkljan, a Hamilton-based program consultant for the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health. Anyone can help, said Vrkljan. “What people do need to know is the right way to help,” she said. See JUST on page 13


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he two jumbo couches are past their prime, but they’re comfy enough to swallow you whole. Twenty teens are stretched out on them, in the converted factory that is home to Perth’s Youth Action Kommittee. Artwork overlooks the main room and there’s a drum set in the corner. It’s shared with a kitchen where youth learning to cook churned out 2,800 homecooked meals last year. The youth centre has a range of programs and welcomes drop-ins, but those on the couches are from YAK’s Skills Links programs in Perth and Smiths Falls. They are deemed “high-risk” youth, and range in age from 16 to 24. The program gives them six months of full-time training, a $332.50 stipend, and a chance to overcome what stands between them, a job, or going back to school. A fly on the wall would get a crash course in the issues plaguing Ontario’s rural youth. Those here today represent some of Eastern Ontario’s unhealthiest youth. In Lanark, Leeds and Grenville, teens have some of the region’s highest rates of smoking, drinking, obesity, unemployment and stress, as reported by the Child and Youth Health Network of Eastern Ontario’s recent study. They’re talking about youth suicide. Many are all too familiar with it, and the discussion flows for about an hour before the drum roll of toes gets too loud to ignore. Time for a smoke break. Several of them have helped a friend struggling with thoughts of suicide. Some have struggled themselves. All around, the opinions are varied and strong. Marcy Vincent remembers hearing her friend, then seven-months pregnant, say she was thinking of killing herself. Immediately, with a ride from her parents, Marcy drove over. “I stayed up with her for three days straight. There was no way I could go to sleep and leave her feeling that way,” recalls Marcy. In the end, her friend revealed her struggle to her parents, who hooked her up with a psychologist. “Nothing was scarier than those three nights.” YAK’s gem is its open doors. The fact

kids are drawn to them on their own accord is the real value of the centre. For many of the nearly 600 youth who came to YAK in 2010, it was an essential support. Hailing mainly from Perth and its neighbouring townships, the YAK’s following grew by more than a third last year. “Hope is a huge issue for young people, because they don’t see it as something that dominates their life,” says YAK’s executive director, Darinka Morelli. A lack of “corporate appeal” has long plagued YAK and others serving youth, Morelli says. Not little and cute, the teens they help are rougher around the edges. It’s easier to tell them no. Now, after 14 years of operation, the future of YAK’s lifeblood funding appears as tenuous as ever. They need guaranteed funding to have access to government grants. From Service Canada, these account for about 80 per cent of their funding, but are locked into the Skills Link program. In recent years, Lanark County has funded all five of its youth centres with an annual $40,000 grant, earmarked for staffing costs. For “bricks and mortar” funding, YAK relies on the Town of Perth and the townships of Tay Valley and Drummond/North Elmsley. Earlier this year, as municipal governments went through budget deliberations with a shakey economic backdrop, both wells got a little drier. At the Town of Perth, grants have gone up and down in recent years. YAK asked for a repeat of $12,000 for 2011, and walked away with $10,000. Councillors debated further cuts. As the centre’s financial books show, Tay Valley’s contributions have held steady at about half that amount, while provincial grants have dwindled to the triple digits. The past three fiscal years show no contribution from Drummond/North Elmsley, though Morelli says the township has contributed $1,000 for 2011. Meanwhile, at the county level, councillors decided to cut their grants program entirely. YAK will still get funding for now, from the social services budget, but has been asked to develop a plan to wean themselves off county funding over the next three years. “I think most definitely, if the taxpayer doesn’t support the youth centre, it will not sustain itself,” says Morelli. Instead, she says, they have to ask

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The Youth Action Kommittee in Perth is an invaluable resource for teenagers, and can be a place they turn to when they are in crisis. Donations help keep it afloat. themselves a tough question: do you want their services or not? Always planning ahead, Morelli said she’s been looking at one day starting a side-business, a tutoring service, to help the centre survive. With one pot of money and competing interests, funding has always been a real struggle in the children’s services field, says Nicki Collins, founding executive director of Doors for Lanark Children and Youth. They’re a non-profit organization backed by the provincial government, providing free counselling services for kids up until their 18th birthday. By intervening early to help youth and their families with issues ranging from depression to sexual abuse and beyond, they hope to solve mental health problems before they get more serious. But, like youth centres, Open Doors is not a mandated service, and struggles as a result, says Collins.

“Every child has right to an education, we all have a right to health care, but…you don’t necessarily have a right to have children’s mental health services,” she says. Last year, Open Doors saw more than 1,000 young people at its Perth, Smiths Falls, Carleton Place and Lanark Highlands offices. While demand has steadily increased – up 40 per cent in 10 years – their funding from the ministry of children and youth services has hardly budged. In the 15 years Collins has been at the helm, she has seen their funding base increase by eight per cent. “We don’t get cost of living (increases), ever,” said Collins. It’s been a struggle to keep up with the need for services since the area saw a cluster of six youth suicides last year. Since 2008, the organization has had to cut three full-time counsellors, a management position, their after-hours service, and 80 percent of their psychological services, Collins said. Currently, there are nearly 100 people who have been on the wait-list for more than a month. Open Doors doesn’t treat anyone older than 18, but they’re not the only ones feeling the surge in mental health needs. Deborah Snow of Lanark County Mental Health says the staff she supervises at their Smiths Falls office has seen a significant increase in the number of “transitional-aged youth” – those not quite 18 but close enough – coming to them for help in recent years. Their answer: a youth skills group, modeled on the “psycho-educational groups” that have proved successful with adult patients. Unlike a support group, these group therapy sessions aim to build resilience, teaching youth the skills they need to cope, prevent and understand their symptoms. Offered last year for the first time, the group treatment option flopped, failing the required minimum of eight participants. This year they got 22. Maybe people have warmed to the idea of opening up to others, Snow says. Or maybe they’re looking for a way around the six- to eight-month wait-list for their preferred option, one-on-one counseling. “We do the best we can do with what we got,” says Snow, whose staff is at about half-capacity, with only two fulltime counsellors.

Just one caring person can make a world of difference From CHILD on page 12 Know the warning signs, said Vrkljan – if you are completely unaware or think it will never happen to you or someone you know, think again. “Take all the warning signs seriously,” she said. “Talking about suicide will not encourage someone to try it.” Don’t agree to keep it a secret and tell the person they are not alone and that help is available, said Vrkljan; if there is an immediate risk call 911 and stay with the person.

“One caring person can make a difference,” she said. “We just have to be OK with asking the hard questions. Many times the person is in such pain they will be relieved you asked.” Youth aren’t seeking help because they don’t want to be different or marginalized, said Vrkljan. “Youth have never been taught the language skills they need to really express their emotions, and therefore keep it bottled up inside.” she said. Education is key, said Charette.

Three Ottawa institutions that help young people in crisis have agreed to pool resources and information to provide better services to youth and their families: CHEO, the Royal Ottawa Health Care Group and the Youth Services Bureau of Ottawa. The three organizations have partnered to allow nurses, psychiatrists and social workers to help youth in crisis. • The Royal Ottawa provides youth mental health services. • The Youth Services Bureau offers a

24-hour mental health crisis program. • CHEO provides an urgent care unit and emergency health care. The subject of youth mental health is taught in the schools, but Charette would like to see training provided for any adult who works with groups of children, such as minor league hockey coaches, girl guide and scout leaders. “Anyone working with a child should have some awareness of mental health issues,” said Charette. “It takes a village to raise a child.”

If you’re a teen in crisis or their guardian, the Youth Services Bureau has a free, 24-hour help line. Call 613-260-2360 or 1-877-377-7775 (toll free) crisis@ysb.on.ca

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Photographer gets nostalgic with Polaroid exhibit MICHELLE NASH michelle.nash@metroland.com

A new art exhibit offers a throw back to a time when taking a road trip with the family was all about fighting for the window seat, playing guessing games and visiting funny shaped buildings. Maggie Knaus, an Ottawa photographer, will be showing her work at an exhibition titled Keep the Car Running: Road Trip Polaroids at Thyme and Again at 1255 Wellington St. West. The exhibition will display photos from trips across the United States Knaus took with her family growing up. “We went from Washington D.C. to Massachusetts, in a Volkswagen van with red sticky vinyl seats,” Knaus said. “These trips were wonderful because dad always made it a treat with special doughnuts. These are the things you hate then, but as you grow up you become more sentimental.”

The exhibit has been shown before, but never in Ottawa and never in the way Knaus will be presenting it this time. The collection of Polaroid photos has been transferred onto canvas and then coloured with water colours. Eight of the paintings have been blown up to about 90 by 120 centimetres, causing even Knaus do a double take when seeing the photos she is so familiar with. “Seeing it big is a big difference and it has never been shown this big,” Knaus said. Thanks to Knaus’ two children, who are a large part of her daily artistic inspiration, she knows first hand what has changed when it comes to family road trips. “Video has really changed road trips,” she said. “My kids – I am desperate for them to look out the window, but they just want to watch a movie.” Limiting her own children to two videos a trip, she works

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Ottawa photographer Maggie Knaus has turned a series of Polaroid photos from her youth into unique pieces of art. hard at playing the same type of games she used to play when she was a child. Her last Ottawa exhibit was in 2007, Knaus explains the gap as life taking a different turn.

“Having kids and having another job you run out of time for exhibits,” she said. “They take a lot of time to get ready.” Knaus chose to use the Polaroid transfer format because she

felt it was the best technique to portray the nostalgic nature of the photos. “It worked so well with the subject matter I was shooting, it helped show what was interesting with the architecture; the buildings were nostalgic and I wanted the pictures to look like antique postcards,” she said. As a teacher at the Ottawa School of Art, Knaus continues to find new artistic assignments for her students. She said it is thanks to her students that she ends up trying new technologies when it comes to her own photography. “I really learn something every time I teach my students and I particularly learn from the way they use their digital cameras and they use computer programs,” Knaus said. Knaus is currently working on her next project, which she is examining life from the perspective of a child. Knaus’ show will run from Sept. 29 to Nov. 29.

Canvas for Colours brings art to the park MICHELLE NASH michelle.nash@metroland.com

Canvas for Colours is back for the fifth year in a row and promises to offer both artists and art lovers a great day in the woods at Richelieu Park. This year’s event will take place on Sept. 25 at the park adjacent to the Richelieu-Vanier Community Centre. Artists will showcase their work amid the trees from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Over the past five years, the number of artists has continued to grow. The free event was organized with committee members from the community centre, Muséoparc and the Ottawa Public Library. Hélène Berthelet is the recre-

ation supervisor at the community centre and has taken part in organizing the event since the beginning. “This is a chance for people to get to know the forest and see some great art work,” Berthelet said. The community centre has 50 artists registered and six authors signed up for the day. A musician will also be playing ambiance music throughout the day. Every year, Canvas for Colours chooses one new artist to honour whose work will be on display at the front of the exhibit. This year Gordon Keith, a local painter and designer has been named as the honourary

guest for the event. The author participation has only been apart of the event for the past two years and Berthelet said it is not to take away from the art, but rather adds another aspect of culture to the day. The six authors will display their work in front of the Vanier Branch of the Ottawa Public Library. The community centre’s connection to showcasing art began by offering their lobby as a space for local artists to exhibit their work. “We don’t have a gym or a pool, but we are here for the artists,” Bertelet said. The Sugar Shack will be open for the event, offering breakfast, lunch and treats.

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Gordon Keith has been named the honourary guest for Richelieu Park’s annual artist outside exhibition, 2011 Canvas for Colours. Keith will be one of 50 artists who will be involved in the art show in the park’s forest on Sept. 25.

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OSU teams dominate East Region Cup finals DAN PLOUFFE Ottawa South United put on an incredible show of Force and Power as its teams went five-for-five in championship contests to capture a majority of the division titles at the East Region Cup finals last weekend at Ben Franklin Park. “To us, that’s the culmination of a great year for the club all around,” says OSU club general manager Jim Lianos. “I know the buzzword now is, ‘development, development,’ but I’ve never read anywhere that you can’t develop and win at the same time.” Four OSU squads – the boys and girls in both the under-13 and U16 divisions – wrapped up undefeated seasons against regional opponents, including East Region Soccer League and Cup play. But despite the end result, there were still numerous heart-stopping moments for two OSU teams in particular as they survived penalty-kick shootouts against their Nepean Hotspurs rivals. “It was so nerve-wracking,” says OSU Power player Tori MacFarlane, whose U15 girls team prevailed in a 12-round shootout. “I was close to crying. It was really scary.” MacFarlane earned a penalty kick near the end of regulation time but was stopped by Nepean goalkeeper Karina Katsepontes to preserve a 0-0 deadlock. MacFarlane wasn’t to be denied again, however, as she converted her first attempt in penalty

kicks and then fired home the winner on OSU’s 12th shot on the heels of goalie Caitlin McNamara’s fifth penalty-kick save. “I was embarrassed the first time I missed, so I was real excited,” MacFarlane recounts. “I had to believe in myself. And my teammates were really supportive. I’m so glad we won.” The OSU U13 girls won their 17th East Region match in 17 tries, but no one pushed them harder than the West Ottawa Warriors, who fell 2-1 in the final moments of extra time when Hailey Martin slid and directed home an Emily Bowles free kick. “I was on the ground waiting to see if it went in. It went in and everybody just started screaming,” Martin describes. “I started crying out of joy. I was so happy.” The feeling was very similar for OSU U16 goalkeeper Emily Barnard, who turned aside the seventh Nepean Hotspurs shooter in penalty kicks following a hard-fought 2-2 draw through regulation and extra time. “I saw everybody get up, and I was shaking,” recalls Barnard, who first felt shocked that she succeeded in the contest that favours the shooter over the goalie. “I was trying to run towards my teammates, but there were so many emotions. Mostly I was just so happy. It was great.” The Hotspurs U16s came oh-so-close to knocking off the 12-0-3 ERSL-champion Force, capping a highly impressive 10-3-2 season of their own with the Cup silver

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The OSU Force U16 girls swarm Emily Barnard after the goalkeeper blocked Nepean’s seventh shooter as their team prevailed in penalty kicks to win the East Region Cup final on Sunday, Sept. 18 at Ben Franklin Park. medal. “These two teams have a history. Throughout the year, we’ve battled back and forth,” explains Nepean coach Louis Maneiro, highlighting both clubs’ commitment and success in player development. “It was a good game, well-fought between the two teams, and to decide the game on the penalty shots, well, it just shows that the best two teams are in the final.” The host Hotspurs did celebrate a title in one division, U15 boys, although the final wasn’t much work, or fun, for them at all. Their opponents from Pegasus-Kingston elected to default and pay a fine since too many of its players were busy with hockey try-outs on the same day as the Sunday, Sept. 18 finals. The other OSU winners were the U16 boys (6-0 winners over Nepean) and the U13 boys (4-1 victors against Gloucester). The Gloucester Hornets took home one piece of hardware in the girls’ U14 division, which they won with a 4-1 victory

over Cataraqui of Kingston. “It was a really great season,” says Hornets coach George Papandreau, identifying team camaraderie as a major key to his group’s success. “The girls supported each other and came to every practice – even if they were injured. To me, that shows that they’re really having a good time and enjoying themselves.” West Ottawa finished off its storybook run in U14 boys’ Cup play – which included a 2-1 semi-final round victory over ERSL-champion OSU – with a 5-1 triumph over Cumberland. “We’re extremely happy for the boys,” notes West Ottawa coach Mark Dehler, whose team went 5-7 in league play. “They went through some dips in form, but really came back hard the last five or six games. They’ve worked hard all season and this is the evidence of that.” Nepean (boys) and OSU (girls) won the U17/18 divisions in their Cup finals played earlier on Aug. 21.

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

• SEPTEMBER 23 MacKay United Church Chamber Concert Series launches the fifth season of its acclaimed chamber music series at 7:30 p.m., located at Dufferin Road at MacKay St. A reception will follow. Tickets are $20 for adults and $15 for seniors and students, and are available at the door, at Books on Beechwood or through MacKay United Church. For information call 613-7498727 or visit: www.mackayunitedchurch.com .

• SEPTEMBER 24 The Metcalfe Business Network International Chapter will be holding their second business trade show. This will be held at the Metcalfe Agricultural Fairgrounds in the building across from the Metcalfe Farmers Market. The show will be from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Everyone is welcome. South Gloucester United Church will hold its annual fall sale of furniture, dishes, sporting goods, plants, baking, crafts, books and toys – rain or shine. The sale will be held from

8 a.m. to 1 p.m., and donation of items will be accepted on Thursday evening, Sept. 22 from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. The church is located at Johnston Corners - Rideau Road and Albion, just west of the Rideau Carleton Raceway. For more information, email: southgloucesterunited@yahoo.ca . Birthright will be having their 10th annual karaoke and dance at St. Basil’s Hall, located at Maitland and the Queensway at 940 Rex Ave. The event takes place from 8 p.m. to midnight. Tickets are $12 for adults, $8 for teens and children under 10 are free. It will be a cash bar, prizes and a light lunch. Tickets are available at the door, or call to reserve at 613-231-5683. Called to Sustainable Living takes place from 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Centretown United Church, located at 507 Bank Street at Argyle. Participate in workshops by The Otesha Project and Seventh Generation Community Projects. Information sharing, practical strategies for change and displays and information by local environmental groups. Local food lunch is included. Parking is available at Glashan Public School located at 28 Arlington Avenue. There is a suggested donation of $10.


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