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T’was a week before Christmas and Santa was found fuelling up at a local coffee shop as he checked his list to ensure he wasn’t forgetting anyone this holiday season. See the story on page 7 and find out who this Barrhaven man is and what he’s been doing in the community.


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The new year promises to be one of action for the Crystal Beach-Lakeview Community Association, as they start work on getting the province and the city together to talk transit and traffic. Newly minted Bay Coun. Mark Taylor attended their meeting Dec. 16 and said that one of the changes residents would see is a renewed respect for residents and their input at city hall. “That’s why we have streamlined the budget process and are talking about having committee meetings in the communities and at night when the agenda calls for it,” he said. Taylor said he would meet with the community association in the new year to talk about the key, or priority issues the residents of Crystal Beach would like him to tackle. For most members of the community association, that boils down to three items: the west transitway extension, Holly Acres Road and the construction of the watermain along Carling Avenue. Residents were able to see a presentation from the community association’s transportation committee, which involved residents from Stonehedge, Creekside, Lakeview, Graham Park and Qualicum. Peggy McGillivray, one of the members of the committee and a resident of Creekside, said their neighbourhood had turned into a “high-priced ghetto” during the summer months during construction on Carling Avenue. “You really couldn’t get out of there at all during the morning rush hour,” she said. The committee has been working together for nearly a year, with a plan that would separate Holly Acres Road into two parts. The part that brings commuters onto the 416 and the highway would ultimately be five lanes, according to the Ontario Ministry of Transportation’s design plan for the area. See ‘Road’ page 3

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HITTING THE RIGHT NOTE Sir Robert Borden High School’s band practiced their notes before the annual Christmas Variety Show on Dec. 17.

The Ottawa Public Library is calling for young writers to submit entries for their annual youth writing contest. The annual “Awesome Authors Youth Writing Contest” is open to writers between the ages of 9 and 17. They are invited to submit poems and short stories in Eng-

lish and/or French. The contest is sponsored by Friends of the Ottawa Public Library Association. They annually publish “Pot-Pourri,” an anthology of the winning poems and stories. Participants can also win prizes which will be presented in March.

Walk-in service suspended The city is suspending the walk-in service at the Archive Building as of Dec.31 in preparation for the move to the new building on Tallwood Drive. A spokesperson for the city said this would affect about 20 per cent of 9,000 inquires it handles each year. Reference staff will continue to respond to enquiries by phone or email throughout the move.

City archivist Paul Henry said in a press release that he expects little disruption of service to the public. “We should be moved and fully operational by early April. And in the meanwhile we will continue to provide service by phone and email. Our new home will provide much more reference and consultation space for researchers as well as access to modern research tools,” he said.

Safety tips for the holiday season With Christmas fast approaching, the Ottawa Police and your local community police centres would like to remind residents about a few things they can do to stay safe during the holiday season. •When shopping, always make sure to lock your vehicle. •Place parcels in the trunk and minimize the number of bags seen. •Keep track of your debit and credit cards. Always protect your PIN number. •Take note of where you parked and the door you enter from, so when you leave,

you are not walking around with a large number of parcels and attracting unnecessary attention. •On garbage day, don’t throw out all your “big ticket” item boxes all at once. Cut up the boxes and fold them inside out to hide the original content pictures. •If you have to be away, ask that someone clean your driveway and walkway to give an appearance of occupancy. •Leave lights on a timer and have a neighbour or friend check your house daily.

Road concerns residents From ‘Holly’ on page 1 In response to this, and the planned closure of the east and west-bound off-ramps of Richmond Road, the committee would like to see a demarcation of the road from the Queensway to Carling Avenue. “We want something that would reflect the fact that drivers are coming into a residential area,” McGillivray said. Once cars cross under the highway, McGillivray said she would like to see rumble strips placed to remind them to slow down. The would also like to see the road reduced to one lane of traffic in both directions at this point, with a possibly treed, two-meter wide median to make the crossing safe for cyclists and pedestrians. “It’s a death trap right now,” she said. The plan for the road also calls for changes to the Carling Avenue/Holly Acres intersection, now infamously dubbed “the shoot” by residents who estimate the average speed for cars on that stretch is 74 kilometres per hour. Bill Fenton, another member of the transportation committee, said judging by design plans and the city’s own transit 436351

master plan, residents must take action soon. “In the transit plan, it says there are plans to add more buses on Baseline (Road) coming up from behind the hospital and onto Holly Acres,” he said. “That will add even more traffic and create a bottleneck.” More than one resident complained that city and provincial staff should be getting together to talk about the impact of closing the Richmond Road ramps to the 417. Calling Holly Acres Road a “major file” for his office, Taylor said he would be happy to work towards facilitating that. “Right now it’s a bit like an awkward high school dance and the city and the province haven’t been coming together like they could be in the past,” he said. “But our office has a good relationship with Bob Chiarelli, the minister of infrastructure, and we will see what we can do to bring everyone to the table.” Whether the issue is the transitway, sewers or traffic, Taylor pledged residents would see some concrete progress on their major issues in a year’s time.




Newly-minted Bay Ward Coun. Mark Taylor is already making waves as the only first-time councillor elected to chair a city committee. Taylor will head up the community and protective services (CPS) committee, which is charged with overseeing much of the city’s social services such as housing and long-term care, as well as parks, recreation, arts and emergency services such as fire, paramedics and bylaw. Taylor said it was an honour to be elected to lead the committee, which is tasked with making decisions on matters which are near and dear to his heart. “I call it the ‘quality of life committee,’ because the stuff that it does is the stuff that a lot of people see and feel across the city,� he said. “It’s the kind of things folks use as a measuring sticks

for ‘Am I living in a good city, a caring city?’.� Taylor said he made CPS was one of his top choices because it addresses issues that are prevalent in his ward. “One of the sad realities is that obviously that committee, among other things, marshals a lot of the social services aspect of what the city does, and unfortunately, there is a big sector of Bay Ward that is a consumer of those services,� Taylor said. “So I think there are a lot of synergies there between our ward and the committee.� Bay Ward also has the largest concentration of senior citizens in Ottawa, and that’s something Taylor will consider as he approaches his role as chair of CPS. Leading that committee will also give him the ability to look at how it can be more efficient. He says he wants to see the policies made in that committee tied more closely to how they impact residents.

“I want to make sure we talk about things that we are going to be able to turn into action,� Taylor said, instead of never-ending discussion in committee and subcommittees that don’t materialize into actual policies. Despite his longstanding working relationship with Mayor Jim Watson (Taylor worked in Watson’s constituency office when Watson was an MPP), Taylor said he didn’t receive any special treatment when he was chosen as CPS chair. “He’s been very open and inclusive of everybody. I don’t think I am getting any special benefit,� Taylor said. Taylor said the committee chairs show a balance of skills, experience and representation across the city. INFILL ON THE RADAR AT PLANNING COMMITTEE Taylor’s other big task will be his seat on the planning committee, which deals with development issues. While he won’t

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seek the vice-chair role on that committee, Taylor said sitting on the committee will give him an opportunity to keep his finger on issues that are prevalent in Bay Ward. Infill and intensification are pertinent across the city, but particularly in areas Taylor represents, such as Woodpark, Whitehaven and Queensway Terrace North. As the head of a committee, Taylor will also sit on the new finance and economic development committee, deemed “FEDco.� Taylor said that committee will lead to “a lot more cohesion� between what each committee (such as CPS) is doing and how the city will pay for those programs. It will also allow him to push for economic development, Taylor said. “I think that (economic development), to a certain degree, can help address a lot of the social issues that we have in Bay Ward: unemployment, lack of viable education or co-op opportunities or leadership training for our youth.�

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McRae to focus on ‘green’ issues Leading the newly formed environment committee is wish come true EMMA JACKSON AND LAURA MUELLER

River Ward Coun. Maria McRae got her wish to lead the city’s newly formed environment committee, which is an offshoot of the former environment and planning committee. “With the environment committee, I am very passionate about those issues

and I think we have to bring a pragmatic face to the environmental issues that we have at the city,” McRae said. “We have not done the best job communicating some of the good environmental initiatives that we have done, so I want to try to do that.” City council chose councillors to sit on a variety of committees and boards during a council meeting on Dec. 15. McRae’s educational background includes degrees in both biology and law,

The facts and fiction of Emergency Room wait times Nicolas Ruszkowski

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hospitals to divert cases to family doctors or walk-in clinics, and to improve our ability to “fast track” patients through ER when they do visit, the number of such visits declined by 15% since last year. And 75% of patients spend less than 4 hours in ER. For sicker patients who need more care, but not admission to hospital, the wait-time target is 8 hours or less. This is the largest group of ER patients. Over the past year, visits from these patients grew by 16%. Despite the surge, we cared for 85% of within 8 hours. In fact, we treated 5,800 more patients (33 per day) within 8 hours than we did last year.

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We’re getting better.

I was 12, visiting a farm in Cantley, Quebec. My brother Stan and I spent hours exploring the barn.

Yet the system is slowest for those waiting for admission to a hospital bed. The target wait time in this case is 8 hours. Here, we have not improved.

We found hay stacked from ceiling to floor. We jumped from bales perched several meters up, to those down below.


The fun lasted until Stan took aim at pile of hay from high above, and landed on a floor, hidden under only centimeters of hay. There was a loud “crack!” He got up holding his broken arm. He turned pale. We ran for help. My mother drove him to the closest ER. The wait took forever. I didn’t see him until next morning. How much has changed? Long ER wait times are still the norm. But there’s been significant progress. Dedicated nurses, doctors and other health professionals ensure most emergency patients receive timely care. Take our hospital, for instance. Critically injured patients and those with life threatening conditions are seen within moments. Otherwise, an ER nurse aims to see a patient within 15 minutes, assigning them to one of three streams of care. For those with minor problems, “the walking wounded”, Ontario’s wait time target is less than 4 hours. Thanks to government’s work with

which will be useful for the environment committee, she said. McRae said he top priorities as the head of that committee will be the Ottawa River cleanup, initiating a dialogue about garbage and getting people talking about and supporting green initiatives. “I believe fundamentally that we have to pick up garbage absolutely every week. Every single week,” McRae said. “The form we pick it up in, though, is up for debate.” As an advocate of the green bin program, McRae wants to get residents on board and talking about disposing of their garbage in a green bin, instead of a green garbage bag. “You’re still throwing garbage out but you’re doing it in a different way,” she said. “So we have to continue talking about how we move people along to start thinking about our impact with the green bin and how it relates to garbage.” But McRae also said environmental initiatives must be pragmatic. “It can’t be an idealistic environment committee that is going to put forward ideologies that are going to be rejected by council,” she said. “We need to look at the triple bottom line whenever we’re

discussing these issues as well, but we need to move the yardsticks forward.” McRae’s nominations reflect a slightly different cross-section of interests than her pervious memberships. In the last term, she was a representative for community housing, transportation, the library board and the Rideau Valley Conservation Authority (RVCA). Now, in addition to the environment committee, she will sit on finance and economic development committee, the Ottawa Board of Health and Hydro Ottawa Holding Company Inc. McRae was widely touted as a likely candidate for one of two deputy mayor’s seats, but she declined that opportunity because she was more interested in chairing a committee. “I think that we need, as members of council, to not be selfish in our choices, and I think it would be selfish to expect to chair a committee and to serve as deputy mayor and to be doing other things as well,” she said. “My focus is on these environmental issues, and the mayor was very gracious but very generous in giving me my first choice and in 100 per cent standing behind what I wanted to do.”

Hospitals operate most efficiently at occupancy levels of 88% to 92%. Unfortunately, for several years we’ve operated every day at more than 100% occupancy (with more patients than beds). As a result, we achieve an 8-hour wait less than 20% of the time. Delays happen not because of ER inefficiencies, but because acute care beds are increasingly occupied by patients who would ideally receive their care outside the hospital, but for whom there is a shortage of care in the community. It’s easy to point fingers at each other to “fix” the system. But no single government, hospital, community or health provider can do it alone. Improvements in ER happened when we all worked together. Let’s do the same to build a plan that ensures every patient receives care in the most appropriate setting.

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Ottawa-Carleton District School Board trustee for Barrhaven/Knoxdale-Merivale Donna Blackburn, Knoxdale-Merivale Coun. Keith Egli and Mayor Jim Watson served up waffles and bagels for Sir Robert Borden High School students at their Christmas breakfast on Dec. 17.




Kids from across the city were given the chance to have a happier Christmas with $200 in gift certificates from VIC Management Inc. — owners of Carlingwood Shopping Centre and Billings Bridge Plaza. Dec. 15 marked the third annual “Cop Shop,” where 25 kids handpicked from six local schools were given $200 to shop for Christmas presents. Frank Fenn, Carlingwood’s manager, said that the idea for the “Cop Shop” really came from their sister shopping centre in Halifax. “They had a community policing office and it was done to

improve community relations between the police and the local kids,” he said. “And it was a huge success, aside from the benefit to the relationships between police and the kids; we really found some kids really need the extra help during the holidays.” Sergeant Patricia Ferguson of the Ottawa Police, said six schools in the area — Bayshore Public, Severn Avenue Public, Our Lady of Fatima Catholic School, École Élémentaire Publique Charlotte Lemieux and Queen Elizabeth Public School — selected one student to receive the prize. “Some schools used art contest and other projects,” she said. “But it was totally up to them.”

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Travis Murphy, a student at Pinecrest Public School, said that he doesn’t know why he was selected. “I was just lucky I guess,” he said. Travis said he bought some gifts for his mom, but was spending his last $30 on a game for his PlayStation 3. The kids were given a whole day with local police officers — including a pizza lunch. Constable Ken Kitt has been involved with the program for the last two years, and said he gets as much out of it as the kids do. “It gets me off the streets for a day and gives me a chance to connect with the kids,” he said. “I really enjoy it.”

Travis Murphy, a Pinecrest Public School student shops with Constable Ken Kitt during the third annual “Cop Shop” at Carlingwood Shopping Centre. Travis spent his last $30 on a game for his PlayStation 3.

Give the gift of life this holiday season Blood Services sees increased demand JENNIFER MCINTOSH

Canadian Blood Services is asking for Ottawans to remember to give the gift of life this holiday season. While most people are sitting by the fire or enjoying turkey dinner, there are those who will be fighting for their lives, and blood could be what saves them. Collecting blood during the holiday season is traditionally a challenge as many donors are away or are busy with family activities. We simply need more Canadians to book appointments this holiday season to donate blood, particularly the week before and the week after Christmas,” Anne Campbell, director of donor clinic for Canadian Blood Services (CBS), said in a press release. The staff at the Queensway

Carleton Hospital is doing their part. In a mobile donor clinic at the hospital on Dec. 7, they rolled up their sleeves to give the gift of life. Ann Luu, communications specialist for CBS, said that during the hour-and-half the mobile donor clinic crew was at the hospital, they collected 11 units of blood — or 91 per cent of their 12-unit goal. “That donor clinic was a real success,” she said. “But the demand is still really high and we need blood.” Patti Boyd, director of laboratory services at the Queensway Carleton Hospital said that the regional hospitals are working together on their contingency plans to address blood and blood product shortages. “Through CBS we get daily and bi-weekly inventory status updates and we meet annually

with their hospital liaison specialist to review our usage and make projections for the demand,” she said. Boyd said the hospital staff is committed to blood donation. Before the recent clinic the QCH hematologist urged staff to donate. Boyd added “Blood donation is really important; each donation can be separated into the red cells, plasma and platelets which can save more than one life,” Boyd said. The next mobile donor clinic will be held at the Nepean Sportsplex on Dec. 29 from noon to 6 p.m. In Ottawa alone, CBS needs to collect 3,578 units of blood between Dec. 13 and Jan. 2. “We need to be proactive to ensure hospital patients receive life-saving blood and blood products during these challenging weeks,” Campbell said.


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Bells Corners man looks to the city for a better snow clearing solution


Harry Splett, is a long-time resident of Bells Corners, settling in his Anwatin Avenue home nearly 50 years ago after moving from his childhood home in Manitoba. The 82-year-old proclaims he is only outdated by D. Aubrey Moodie — known by residents as the “father of Nepean.” And a problem that has plagued him since his early days in Nepean, still continues to cause trouble today. Every winter, the city snow plows pass by on his road and leave a pile of snow at the end of his driveway. It’s a common enough complaint, but the problem was more pronounced after the first real storm in the city on Dec. 12 left him marooned in his home. “During the rain and freezing rain that day, they came and pushed the slush into our driveway, where it froze solid and created a foot-long ice barrier at the end,” he said. Splett had to wait for more snowfall before his contracted snow plow company would come and deal with any build up. “If I had had to leave to drive my wife to the hospital or anything it would have a been a real problem,” he said. And it’s a problem with a solution. Splett said he believes if the city stops using plows on the residential streets and simply contracts them out to independent snow removal companies, it would leave the city’s big plows open to concentrate on the major roads, high-

HARRY SPLETT ways and arteries and save residents the aggravation of dealing with a mountain at the end of their lane way. “It’s not only an inconvenience, but it’s a health risk, people get angry about this problem and there’s the risk of heart attacks or back injuries while they are out there shoveling up the snow,” Splett said. Sandra Black, a staff physiotherapist with the Minto Prevention and Rehabilitation Centre at the University of Ottawa Heart Institute, said wet snow and cold temperatures could cause heart prob-

lems and musculoskeletal injuries. “A lot of people don’t warm up first, and it’s as much exercise as running or jogging,” she said. “People tend to try and do it in a hurry so there’s added risk.” Black said that snow pile up at the end of the driveway is often the hardest to shovel as well since the snow is packed and could be filled with the added weight of salt granules and ice. “Also, people may not be able to get to that right away and the longer the snow sits the heavier it can get if water or slush has a chance to freeze,” she said. Splett said he has talked with city managers about the possibility of using snow blowers or independent contractors, but to no avail. “They said that the blowers go too slowly,” he said. “But they go about 10 miles (16 kilometres) per hour so I don’t think that’s a good argument.” Splett, a retired engineer, calculated that it would take a snow blower about one hour to do his street, at $85 per hour. “I really don’t think it’s that much, considering the aggravation and potential health risks caused by dealing with the snow buildup,” he said. According to a public works report to new councillors about the city’s snow removal operations, the total budget for snow removal is $69 million. Eighteen million is spent on equipment, another $24 million on labour; $12 million is spent on materials and $15 million on contracts. Snow removal in a city half the size of Prince Edward Island can be a challenge

and is accomplished by what public works calls a “proactive approach” done through weather predictions, planning and “well integrated maintenance operations.” The target for residential roads is to clear them 10 hours from the end of accumulation, but plows only come out after seven centimeters of snow. In the same report, public works talks about the problem of snow clogging up city drive ways. “We have tested many devices, which claim to aid in keeping snow out of driveway entrances when plowing. Unfortunately, no device has been found that is both cost effective and efficient. Similarly, trials have been conducted where a small plow follows behind the large plow specifically to clear snow from driveways. This method has been found to be very expensive and slow.” Regardless of the lack of response, Splett plans to keep at the city to consider other options, and has even drafted a motion to council for the use of independent snow removal contractors on residential roads. It’s a problem he has worked decades to solve, even going so far as design a lightweight folding plow made of wood that would mount on the front of the car. “I designed that about 20 years ago and it’s still sitting in my shed,” he said. “There are so many other solutions to this problem that would let people spend the time they spend shoveling doing better things. It doesn’t have to be this complicated.”

WOCRC offers snow removal JESSICA CUNHA

The Western Ottawa Community Resource Centre is offering two programs to help people with snow removal during the winter months. The Snow Go and Snow Go Assist programs help seniors and people with disabilities hire a contractor to clear their driveways and can help subsidize the payments. Not enough people who qualify are using the programs, said Dee Machum, one of three coordinators for the program with the WOCRC. The Snow Go program helps match people with an individual or contractor to clear snow off private driveways and walkways. “We provide them with names and locate somebody who can do it,” said Machum. “The client and the individual make arrangements for payment. The client pays the contractor directly.” The Snow Go Snow Assist program helps to cover the cost of the snow clearing up to $250. “It is a program that provides financial assistance to eligible low-income seniors and people with disabilities,” said Machum. “We can assist them with a portion of their snow removal costs.” Those who qualify are defined as low-income – which is $25,000 or less a year for singles and $32,000 or less for couples and families. The WOCRC helps clients in Kanata, Stittsville, Carp, West Carleton, Nepean, Barrhaven and Richmond. For more information about the programs offered by the WOCRC, call 613-591-3686 or visit the website at 436395


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Santa’s helper gears up for holidays Matschke has “morphed” into the role Larry Matschke has been donning red clothing trimmed in white, black boots and gold rimmed glasses, and sprouting a white beard for charity events for the past 13 years. He says he does it to see the looks on children’s faces. The good cheer he spreads when he dresses as Santa Claus is addicting, and he says it makes him feel good. Playing the part of Santa for various functions around his home in Barrhaven - and as far away as Carleton Place and Winchester, Matschke says he needed something to do after his retirement from the federal government. “I guess I’m a bit of an extrovert,” he said just a week before Christmas Eve as he fuelled up on coffee from a local java shop. Here, he dipped into his pockets for candy canes to give to a group of developmentally challenged children and adults who were also enjoying a coffee break. Santa worked his magic. “That was so unexpected,” said a staffer behind the counter as she watched Santa make his way through the crowd giving out candy canes and asking if they’d been good this year. “He just totally made their day.” Mastchke says the whole “Santa thing” has morphed. He started playing the part of the office Santa with a store-bought costume and fake beard. Now he owns a custom-made outfit and dry cleans it regularly as he attends more than 40 events in a season. He even grows out his beard every July - which he bleaches a natural looking snowy-white, and shaves it off right after the Christmas season. The twinkling hazel eyes dance behind the goldrimmed glasses - his own - and the heart-felt stories he tells has one wondering if he is the real deal. “I visited a little boy who had spinal surgery and it didn’t go as well as planned,” he said. “I made him my

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“My granddaughters call me Grampa Claus,” he said with a grin. “They think I look like him.” Matschke says he will do personal appearances for photo sessions; home visits, office parties and special fundraising events. He has only ever been involved in one parade and that’s in his home town of Barrhaven. “But I’ve done various events outside of town,” he said. “I’ve been as far away as Carleton Place, east to Orleans and south to Winchester but for the most part, I’m in Ottawa.” And in the summer, when he has shaved his beard and dry-cleaned his outfit, he is just a regular Larry… on the golf course as a marshal.

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honorary helper… he has the title of being officially in charge of all the other elves as he and his family purchased a lot of toys for Toy Mountain.” Another personal home visit was to a woman dying with cancer. One of her last memories was of the visit with Santa that was portrayed in a scrapbook. “The last three photos in that scrapbook are of her visit with me,” Matschke said, his eyes welling with unshed tears. “It still gets to me.” Charity work is close to his heart, and 100 per cent of the proceeds Matschke earns goes to those charities, primarily ones that involve youth. This year they include Sing Canada Harmony, in support of a cappella singing among youth; Camp Smitty, a camp for 8-15year-olds that is operated by the Ottawa Boys and Girls Club; and the Irving Greenberg Family Cancer Centre at the Queensway Carleton Hospital. “I’ve had a few medical speed bumps in my life and I am fortunate that I am here today… this is a way for me to give back,” he said. Singing is something that is also important in Matschke’s life and as a member of the Capital City Chorus, a cappella chorus based in Ottawa that unites close to 100 male voices. Matschke says his wife and two children and their families - three grandchildren in total - are all preparing for the holiday season in stride. “My wife is very understanding… bless her heart. She is the one who keeps my whites white… and it’s her birthday today,” he says, but adds that she’d never be his Mrs. Claus on a charity gig. “She is the one who suggested I write a book though, about all the things I have heard as Santa Claus. It’s very interesting and heartwarming.” His three grandchildren are under the age of 10. He says it’s a challenge to ensure they still believe in the miracle of Christmas and as such, has not been dressed in the suit around them. Submitted note

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Give blood over the holidays Many people give money to local charities over the holiday season, but often forget one of the greatest gifts — the gift of life. Canadian Blood Services (CBS) estimated that they will need 22,000 more donors across the country to book appointments to meet the need this holiday season. Collecting blood during the holiday season is traditionally a challenge as many donors are away or are busy with family activities. In Ottawa alone, CBS needs to collect 3,578 units of blood between Dec. 13 and Jan. 2. It only takes an hour of your time and can save up to three lives, so take some time out from decking the halls and donate. Ottawa This Week would like to congratulate organizations like the Queensway Carleton

Hospital, who has become a “partner for life” with CBS and has promised to donate a set number of units each year. Part of the answer is dedication and debunking some of the myths associated with giving blood. CBS staff will tell you that the regular donors are some of the most dedicated in the world, but as their population ages, we need to get new people in the chairs willing to donate. Most people are comfortable taking out their cheque books at this time of year to donate the growing lists of Christmas hamper programs, but they won’t roll up their sleeves. And this gift won’t cost you a penny. There are many types of donations, you can make from whole blood, to plasma or platelets. Platelets are one of the components required to make

blood clot. They are approximately one quarter the size of red blood cells and are not, whole cells, but fragile cell fragments. Plasma is the protein-rich liquid of your blood that helps other blood components circulate through your body, supports your immune system, and promotes the control of excessive bleeding. Hospital staff can use plasma donations to help patients with: some bleeding disorders, liver diseases, some operations, cancer and bone marrow therapy. Since nearly two-thirds of the Canadian people who are eligible to donate don’t do it, there is room for improvement. There is a mobile clinic at the Nepean Sportsplex on Dec. 29 from 12 to 6 p.m. For more on why to donate or where to go, visit Blood... it’s in you to give.


Surviving the Christmas movie Before the inevitable mellowing out of Christmas Day, there is a lot of irritation that has to be overcome. The components of that irritation are familiar to you. — People losing their minds in their cars, rushing around on their all-weather tires, engaging in road rage in shopping centre parking lots. — Not being able to get out of jammed shopping centre parking garages. — Icky Christmas muzak, featuring carols sung by Elvis, Mariah Carey and the Chipmunks, from Nov. 1 on. — Media-fueled frenzy over the toy that everyone is going to feel guilty not buying for their child. This is now accompanied by Internet-fueled frenzy as canny buyers resell that toy at hyper-inflated prices. — Newspaper advice columns warning about inappropriate behaviour at office Christmas parties. — Office Christmas parties, where the guests are now so worried about inappropriate behaviour that they spend all their time looking at their phones. — People who did behave inappropriately driving home from office Christmas parties. All of this, when not life-endangering, is tough on the spirit, and it should be a relief to arrive home safely, take off your

CHARLES GORDON Funny Town boots and plunk down in front of the television set. Except that the only thing on the television set, aside from poker and wrestling and real housewives from somewhere, is a movie about a man and a woman who want to announce their engagement on Christmas Eve but can’t because Rudolf got lost on 34th Street and has to be rescued before the Christmas pageant can go on, and the man and the woman quarrel over some misunderstanding, meanwhile the Spirit of Christmas is being held hostage by an evil banker and only Hannah Montana can persuade him to let it go but first she has to sing a Christmas song and her band is stuck in a snowbank in Beverly Hills and none of the usual angels are available, so the call goes out to the neighbour’s collie dog . . . That’s on every channel and you know


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ridiculous plot device: Bing Crosby going on network television to ask people to keep a secret from his old general, Dean Jagger). A couple of the newer ones aren’t so bad. A Christmas Story (1983) has its moments and there is nothing like watching Billy Bob Thornton in Bad Santa to comfort the truly grouchy among us. The problem is that Hollywood has to keep pumping out new holiday movies each year, the majority of which associate the miracles of the season mostly with couples getting engaged. It all makes you look forward to the New Year, when people go back to doing what they do best on TV — running through hospitals and shooting at helicopters.

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“Do you get scared over there?” That was probably the number one question asked of Maj. John Edelman, an officer in Canadian Air Forces, who stopped to talk to a Grade 6 class at Bayshore Catholic School on Dec. 16. Edelman was home on an 18day leave for the holidays and will be returning to Afghanistan for the rest of his seven-month tour. He had only been home with his wife and daughters in Greely two days before spending the morning speaking to the class and dining on a turkey lunch with the rest of the school. “There are a lot of bad things about war,” he said. “But since I have been there, there haven’t been any more causalities.” Edelman said that speaking to schools is particularly important to him because he wants to

spread the message about the good things the Canadian Forces are doing in Afghanistan. Prior to his trip home, he spent Remembrance Day doing a video chat with another school to talk about the things he has seen and done abroad. “There a lot of young girls going to school now,” he said. “That wouldn’t have happened under the Taliban so we are making a difference.” Edelman came to the school to present the student with a Canadian Flag from their base in Afghanistan as a way to thank the students for sending letters to the troops. “There are a lot of men and women out there who won’t get home to see their families, so sending them cards, can sure make their day.” Donna Bekkers-Boyd, the principal at Bayshore Catholic, said she was touched by the Major’s willingness to spend some of his holidays with the students.


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Clay wall goes up in Bells Corners JENNIFER MCINTOSH

CHRISTMAS CRAFT Grades 3 and 4 students at Bayshore Catholic School made holiday cards to wish the community a Happy Holidays.

Bells Corners residents had reason to celebrate their community on Dec. 16 with the unveiling of the clay wall community art project at the Nepean Creative Arts Centre on Stafford Road. The work, led in equal parts by — city staff, the Nepean, Rideau and Osgoode Community Resource Centre (NROCRC), residents and local artist Jennifer Wilson — was a depiction of the community of Bells Corners. The mural really took on a mosaic quality as it pieced together work from kids and adults alike, who all wanted to talk about their neighbourhood’s good and bad qualities. “Some people did work showing things they would like to see changed,” Wilson said. “But for the most part, it was very positive things, like the community’s nature trails and gardens.” One of the negative images was of the former site of the Vox Lounge — a decaying and decrepit nightclub that is currently being demolished and cleaned up. The wall and the demolition are the sign of improvements in Bells Corners. Community developer with NROCRC Meghann Darroch said that the second and third phases of the community art project are looking for homes and could be placed in a new office for the Bells Corners Business Improvement Area in the near future. She added that she hopes the art work

JENNIFER WILSON will inspire residents to come out and be a part of the impeding public consultations for a community design plan for Bells Corners. The project started in the summer of 2010, with Wilson teaching classes on working with clay at the Nepean Creative Arts Centre, the Westcliffe Estates Community Building and Lynwood Village Community Building. “Thank you for everyone who lent us the spaces free of charge and all the volunteers who came and helped out,” Darroch said. Inga Schafer-McCuaig was one of the people who participating in making the 30 pieces of clay art work that were displayed inside the four-meter by one-meter piece. She said helping to put together the piece helped her feel like a part of the community.

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Raiders sweep Holiday Showcase weekend


Call it a game of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde or, because it was the CHL’s Holiday Showcase, perhaps a case of Santa Claus and Ebenezer Scrooge. Both the Nepean Raiders (1815-7) and Carleton Place Canadians (19-17-3) took turns dishing out presents and lumps of coal during their final game of 2010 on Dec. 19. The Raiders held on late in the third for a 7-6 win – with the goal light going off enough times to spruce up a Christmas tree – as Carleton Place almost came back from a four-goal deficit with just over 10 minutes to play. Diminutive centre Ryan Lowe – who is eighth in CHL scoring with 47 points – scored the last two Canadians’ goals, on a breakaway after serving a penalty and the other as he tipped a shot past Raiders goalie Michel Kowalew at the side of the net. “We’re a young team that relies on our leaders and I consider myself one of them,” he said. “Unfortunately it was too big of a deficit.” Shortly after the second Lowe marker, Nepean Raiders head

coach and general manager Peter Goulet called a timeout. He preached simplicity and instructed his team to not panic. While he thought his team played better than to be in the predicament they were in, that didn’t make the final minutes any less nerve-racking. “When I have a heart condition at 50, you’ll know why,” he said with a laugh. “Anytime you let a lead slide like that, you figure a bad bounce is going to tie it. “They (the Canadians) didn’t quit. They’re playing for something too. Give them credit, they kept coming.” But in addition to all the great offensive play, the game was also, at times, a nasty and notso-festive affair. Newly-acquired Raiders defenceman Cameron Odam was given a five-minute penalty and a game misconduct for an elbow, there were scrums after nearly ever whistle, and Nepean’s Cole Weedmark and Carleton Place’s Richard Stethem squared off in a heated fight near the end of the third period. The game was the latest spirited contest between the two teams, following a 5-2 Nepean win on Nov. 3 that got a little

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Nepean Raiders defenceman Ryan Johnston, left, gets into the roughand-tumble atmosphere of the heated affair by cross-checking Carleton Place Canadians forward Jay Llewellyn in the third period of their game on Dec. 19. Nepean fended off a comeback by Carleton Place and won its last game of 2010 by a 7-6 score. testy. “They’ve all been good games,” Canadians owner and head coach Jason Clarke said. “They’re a grinding, physical hockey club.” Carleton Place took advantage of their chances early, opening a quick 2-0 lead. But then, thanks to strong work down low in the Canadians’ end by the Raiders and some giveaways, the Raiders

– and more specifically Brent Norris – took over. Nepean scored three goals in 1:54 to end the first with a 3-2 advantage. Norris was in on all three, tallying a goal and two assists. Playing with Craig Cowie and Scott Domenico, Norris would end the game with three goals and three helpers. Cowie – who returned to the lineup from an ankle injury in the team’s 4-1

loss to the Cornwall Colts on Dec. 15 – recorded two goals and two assists. “My linemates Domo and Craig were just giving me the puck and all I had to do was shoot,” Norris said. “It was pretty easy.” The Raiders took a 5-3 lead into the third period as Grant Telfer and Weedmark netted their other goals. In addition to Lowe’s two markers, Carleton Place got singles from Tyler Kotlarz, Richard Stethem, Nic Pascoal and Theo Hannah. Despite the Canadians comeback, Cowie was pleased that his team was able to hang on for the win, which capped off a successful Holiday Showcase. “Heading into the weekend, we wanted two wins because the two teams we played, we’re fighting in the standings with them,” he said, referring to a 6-3 win over the Smiths Falls Bears the night before. “Towards the end, we didn’t play the way we wanted, but good teams find a way to win.” The Raiders are now two points ahead of Carleton Place in the standings and play the Canadians in their next game on Jan. 5.



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493 teams to vie for Bell Capital Cup Teams from as far away as China to take part JESSICA CUNHA

Over 8,000 hockey players will descend on Ottawa from Dec. 29 to Jan. 3 for the 12th annual Bell Capital Cup. The tournament, which runs from Dec. 30 to Jan. 3, will see teams come from as far as Beijing, China. “Average-wise, I’d say we are expecting around 8,380 players,” said Matt Bennett, the general manager for the Bell Capital Cup. Last year’s cup saw 8,500 players take part. Players from 19 divisions will take to the ice during the five-day competition, with 493 teams vying for a championship spot. “When everything is all said and done we’ll have 993 games played,” said Bennett. Fourteen teams will be attending from various parts of Europe and Asia, and for the first time South Korea will take part in the cup tournament, said Bennett. The Ottawa-area will be well represented, with 265 teams competing for the top spot, including the Nepean Raiders, Ottawa Sting, Osgoode-Richmond Romans and the Gloucester Rangers. “Every district in the ODHA (Ottawa District Hockey Association) will be represented this year,” said Bennett. Teams will also be coming from British Columbia, Nunavut, Quebec, New Brunswick and Nova Scotia. Twenty-two rinks will play host to the games, from Navan to Aylmer to Kanata, said Bennett, with every championship game being played

at Scotiabank Place. “I think it’s definitely going to be one of the most memorable hockey experiences they’re going to have,” said Bennett. “On the ice they’re meeting kids from different cities, different countries.” FAN FEST This year, the first-ever Fan Fest will be held at the Bell Sensplex on Dec. 29. NHL Ottawa Senators alumni will be present, along with a Hockey Hall of Fame exhibit and a sports memorabilia auction with funds going to the Make-A-Wish Foundation of Eastern Ontario, said Bennett. “It’s just to kind of welcome everybody into town and get everybody in the mood for the week File photo ahead,” he said. “We’re hoping to make it an annual event.” A Nepean player guards his zone during a game against Delaware at Players also get the added bonus of attending an the Bob McQuarrie Recreation Complex during last year’s action. Ottawa Senators game. “On Dec. 29 we’re going to send 6,100 kids to the Sens game against Carolina, and about 500 kids to the Leafs (vs. Sens) game (on Jan. 1),” said Bennett. He said the Bell Capital Cup is expected to bring in around $15 million for the local economy. Tournament passes sell for $12 and cover all five days. Adult day passes go for $5, senior day passes for $3. Children under 12 attend for free. Ticket sales are used to support local minor hockey associations and charities. For more information visit the website at www.





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Raiders forward accepts U.S. scholarship DANIEL NUGENT-BOWMAN

Fresh off defenceman Ryan Johnston committing to Colgate University for the 2012-13 season last month, the Nepean Raiders learned they will be saying goodbye to another important player at the end of the following year. Leading scorer Brent Norris has agreed to play for NCAA’s Div. 1 Providence College and will join the team in the fall of 2012. The centreman made his decision on Dec. 12. “As soon as I went down to the campus, I felt it was right,” he said following a sixpoint effort against the Carleton Place Canadians on Dec. 19. “The coaches there were great, the hockey program’s amazing. I just knew it was the right fit for me.” Through 38 games, Norris sits ninth in

CHL scoring with 44 points, on 25 goals and 19 assists. The Nepean native also picked up an assist in the Canadian Junior Hockey League Prospects Game – meant for NHL draft eligible players – as his Team East won both its matches over Team West on Dec. 7 and 8. “Brent Norris has NHL skill sets,” Raiders head coach and general manager Peter Goulet said. “He’s a got a tonne of upside and he’s a great kid to coach.” While Providence has a tradition of grooming NHL-calibre players and coaches like New Jersey Devils executive Lou Lamoriello and Toronto Maple Leafs head coach Ron Wilson and general manager Brian Burke, Norris said he made his decisions based on his best interests. But that pedigree didn’t hurt. “It’s a great hockey program that’s brought players to the NHL,” he said. “It was an easy decision.”

GOLDEN MOMENT The Nepean Hotspurs Soccer Club (NHSC) is pleased to announce that the Nepean Hotspurs Heat (U13GL3) emerged as champions in the U-14 FAA division of the “Les 36 Heures de Soccer”, which was held Dec. 11 and 12 in Laval, Quebec. After a convincing semi-final 3-0 win over the RDP Thunder, the Heat drew to a 0 – 0 tie with the Roussillon Rapides in an exciting well-matched final. The Heat went on to win gold in a 3 – 2 penalty shoot-out. 434278

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