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Tulips bloom in Bells Corners JENNIFER MCINTOSH

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Spring has sprung in Bells Corners thanks to an announcement of a partnership with the Tulip Festival on April 19. In preparation for the 60th anniversary of the Tulip Festival in the National Capital Region, Bells Corners was named an official west-end supporting destination in 2012. Starting next year, the theme will be ‘Piping in the Tulips’ and the executive director of the Bells Corners Business Improvement Area (BIA) Alex Lewis said that there would be “powerful displays” throughout the area, and fairs in the community. “This is a festival that started with 100,000 tulips almost 60 years ago and bloomed to over one million,” Lewis said. “We are very proud to be a part of this.” Lewis said that the BIA is encouraging residents to be a part of the process and show the city how proud they are of Bells Corners. Geneviève Ménard Hayles, the executive director of the Tulip Festival said the partnership placed a challenge to all community associations and BIAs in the city. “This year’s theme is spring kaleidoscope, which is about showcasing culture and community,” Ménard Hayles said. “It is only appropriate that we support the engagement of our communities.” During the announcement, Lewis showcased the Clay Wall art project, a representative work of the community, facilitated by the Nepean, Rideau and Osgoode Community Resource Centre. He also highlighted new businesses and the demolition of the site of the former Hooters. “We have begun the transition to make Bells Corners a destination,” College Coun. Rick Chiarelli said. “The challenge of the Tulip Festival is like a starting gun that will allow us to work on things like the entrance into the community.”

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GOLDEN BOY David Khazzam, 10, of Centrepointe, attends Académie de la Capitale in Ottawa West. He was the eastern Ontario winner of the La Dictée PGL, and will compete internationally in Montreal on May 22. See page 6 for the story.

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Prince of Wales plans to move ahead

Knoxdale-Merivale councillor Keith Egli plans to take transportation committee members out to meet the residents of communities who are concerned with the city’s proposed plans of widening Prince of Wales Drive from Fisher to Woodroffe avenues. “There is a lot of concern,” said Egli, who held an open house in December. Transportation committee chair Marianne Wilkinson said the committee plans to be on site on April 28 in advance of the May 4 meeting where they could approve the environmental assessment. Wilkinson said if the assessment is approved by the committee, then it would go to council for approval. “Then it sits and waits for funding, they may decide to do the project in sections like they have in my area,” she said. In May 2007 the city approved the start of an environmental assessment study in regards to the future widening of the road for the 10.3-kilometre span from Fisher to Woodroffe from two to four lanes. The plan is due to expected expansion in the communities of Barrhaven, Manotick and Riverside South. Retired Knoxdale-Merivale councillor Gord Hunter said in the past it was discussed that they will first work on the sections south of Merivale Road. Agnes Warda, president of the Pineglen Community Association and member of the public advisory board for the project, said there were a lot of dissenting voices about the impact of the widening in the first year of the assessment process.

The environmental assessment was delayed in 2008 to address the concerns of privately serviced communities. “For the homes in our community that are on well and septic they couldn’t come as far onto their property as they wanted, so it delayed things,” Warda said. Warda estimates there are eight or 10 homes near the Deakin Street area of Prince of Wales that are privately serviced. Warda said she has several problems with the proposal. The first is that the map indicates that the project will merge into a single-lane highway before Baseline. “The project is also getting expensive,” she said, “Additional funds will be expended on sewer and watermain constructions to allow for expropriation of land between Amberwood (Crescent) and Deakin. The possibility of servicing to the interior Glens has not been assessed but planners are aware of the possibility of well drying and septic damage due to rock blasting, de-watering and aquifer disturbances.” Warda also said two services roads near Waterbend and Colonnade roads will have to be constructed. In 2008, the city had earmarked $15 million just for the property acquisition and the design. There is also funding required for noise barriers. Another concern is the designation of the Prince of Wales corridor as the “scenic route” into Ottawa. Egli said that creative solutions such as transparent noise barriers are being looked at. “That’s why a dialogue between the city and the communities is so important to identify issues and try and find solutions,” he said. The two-year environmental assessment cost $700,000.



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WOODROFFE ACCIDENT A man and a woman were taken to hospital after their car flipped on its roof following a collision with an OC Transpo bus and two SUVs on April 15. The cars collided at the exit from the Nepean Sportsplex on Woodroffe Avenue, near the Hunt Club Road intersection. Marc Messier, a spokesperson for Fire Services said firefighters had to work with hydraulic tools to remove the driver’s and passenger’s doors on the red Infiniti Sedan. The two passengers remained conscious during the extrication. A man in a charcoal SUV was assessed by paramedics as well as a woman and her child in a beige SUV. They didn’t require hospitalization. No passengers were on the bus and the driver appeared uninjured.


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Students from kindergarten to Grade 8 at the AcadĂŠmie de la Capitale in Ottawa West will be participating in a mock election at the end of the month. The idea was that of Grade 2 student Noah Bissett, 7, of Nepean, (centre) who asked his teacher if they could participate in Student Vote this year.

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Incumbent Conservative MP Pierre Poilievre was left to defend his track record as the other Nepean-Carleton candidates teed-off on him and his party during a riding debate on April 14. While Poilievre said he has secured funding for the pending StrandherdArmstrong bridge, the construction of local roads, the Southwest Transitway expansion and Project s.t.e.p. – a drug education and prevention approach in local high schools – the rest of the candidates had other concerns heading into the May 2 election. One of the major points of attack in the Rogers TV debate was the Conservative’s low-tax plan, which includes relief for big businesses. NDP candidate Ric Dagenais said multi-national corporations like banks and oil companies would not be putting their savings back into hiring new employees. Green party candidate Jean-Luc Cooke said he would focus on providing more of a break to new entrepreneurs. “When small businesses get tax breaks, they turn them into jobs right away,� he said. Liberal Ryan Keon said his party would reduce the 1.5 per cent tax cut back to its 18 per cent level. Because the federal government fell on a contempt vote, transparency issues were also addressed. Poilievre claimed that an election was called because the minority opposition decided to do so and that no minority government and prime minister – Stephen Harper – has been more successful. “This is an unnecessary election that no one wanted,� he said. But the others disagreed. Cooke said it’s time for politicians to start building a consensus and help citi-

zens with their issues as opposed to constantly bickering. “I’m living much of the same experiences you are,� he said, adding that he is a co-operator. Dagenais and Keon said the recent actions have created suspicion. “It saddens me that we have a parliament that doesn’t provide truth,� Dagenais said. “We need to reward people properly for their powers.� “You don’t trust your government at any level and I don’t expect you to trust me,� Keon said. “But I will work hard to earn your trust.� Keon said he would make light rail in Barrhaven and Riverside South priorities, if elected. Other issues included health care, reduction of federal employees in Ottawa, and government restructuring. Cooke recommended income-splitting so that adults could stay home for one day per week to care for their parents or children so they could avoid supplemental care. Poilievre touched on the Children’s Fitness Tax Credit – an idea suggested to him by Osgoode resident Anne Taylor – which gives families a financial reprieve if they register their children in sports leagues as a small, proactive health-care measure. “We need to work to have families as the base,� he said. Poilievre also said the government would also save thousands of dollars by not replacing federal government employees when they retire. Dagenais said the NDP would rather focus its attention on increasing taxes to huge corporations to save money. In terms of the parliamentary system, Cooke and Dagenais want a change that would allow MPs to be elected based on the popular vote. Poilievre and Keon debated their parties’ history pertaining to a coalition government.



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David Khazzam, 10, will be taking part in an international dictation competition next month in Montreal where more than 1,000 students will be vying for top spots in two divisions: French as a second language and French schools. The Grade 6 student attends Académie de la Capitale, International Baccalaureate, in Ottawa West will compete in the French as a second language division. Three champions will be determined in both divisions. “This is the first time our school has competed in it,” said David’s teacher, Melanie Bernard. “We are very excited for David. He has been studying hard and getting help from his classmates. This competition helps to promote French and gives students a goal.” La dictée involves three months of activities both in and out of the classroom. It includes an educational component for pupils from kindergarten to Grade 8 as well as a competition component for grades 5 and 6 students. David says he is a bit nervous, but is looking forward to the week-

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end in Montreal where he will learn more about biodiversity, which he has studied for his previous competitions. “If I can make the top 10 or 20, that will be good,” said the personable youth, who enjoys math, learning different languages and sports. Together with his family, David also enjoys travelling and spends about a week a month in James Bay. “My parents are both doctors and we go to James Bay a lot,” he said. Bernard said during those periods, David checks in with his class by webcam. He also has a unique way of studying for his dictation, which is by logging onto La Dictée Paul Gérin-Lajoie ’s foundation website for practice sessions. “I try to do it every day,” he said. He studies French, Spanish, Hebrew and Mandarin, but he says he loves to play sports, too. Soccer and hockey are his top choices. He doesn’t play video games, but he does play the violin and the piano. “I like defense in hockey and I play all over for soccer, but I don’t know which one I like better,” he said. “I like them both. My favourite subject is math and I really like reading.” David is the middle child of Dr. Marie Carmen Berlie and Dr. Charles Khazzam. He has an older sister, Emma, 12 and a younger sister, Anne, 8. He will be among 1,000 other students in the international competition next month. In most regions, local celebrities, artists, politicians, radio or television celebrities are asked to host the event and give the dictation. This year, Michaëlle Jean, the former governor general will be reading. The foundation’s mission is to contribute to basic education in some of the poorest countries of the world. It helps introduce elementary school children in Canada to international realities. Through its awareness-raising activities, the foundation provides children in elementary schools with a wider vision of the world. Working with teachers, the foundation helps children realize the importance of solidarity and sharing. Each year, the foundation organizes the event for Canadian school children which aims to improve the quality of written French while introducing children to international realities. Themes are carefully chosen to further these objectives, giving this educational activity a much larger scope than a simple school exercise in French dictation.



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Celebrating Earth Day


ore than six million Canadians will join one billion people in more than 170 countries in staging events and projects to address local environmental issues for Earth Day. It is an occasion that is also marked by nearly every school child in Canada. It is difficult to escape the shadow of the environmental challenges that surround us. Many seemingly innocuous daily activities pollute and degrade the fragile environment that humans and wildlife depend on to survive. What can we do? How can we help? April 22 is Earth Day, an occasion that provides the opportunity for people to take positive action against the threats to the environment. First launched as an environmental awareness event in 1970 in the United States, Earth Day is now celebrated as the birth of the environmental movement. It has been a powerful catalyst for change. The first Earth Day involved 20 million participants who addressed decades of environmental pollution. The event inspired the U.S. Congress to pass clean air and water acts, and establish the Environmental Protection Agency to research

and monitor environmental issues and enforce environmental laws. In 1990, two million Canadians joined 200 million people in 141 nations in celebrating the first International Earth Day. In Canada, Earth Day has grown into Earth Week and even Earth Month, in order to accommodate the profusion of events and projects. Consider these environmental protection strategies and talk to your children about them: shop smart – buy what you need, not what you want; replace incandescent light bulbs with compact flourescent bulbs; car pool, reduce idling and maintain correct tire pressure to improve fuel economy; make sustainable food choices – consider local and organic foods that are in season and eat less meat; wash full loads of clothes in cold water and hang to dry; vacation closer to home; take shorter showers and shut water off when brushing teeth; choose natural, non-toxic cleaning products or make simple natural cleaners with ingredients like vinegar, baking soda and water and last but not least, donate, reuse and recycle. Let’s make the most of Earth Day – before it’s too late.


What goes around, crashes around


y the morning after the leaders’ televised election debate, 380,888 people had watched a You Tube video of a driverless tractor in a Walmart parking lot in suburban Toronto. Apparently 670 people liked it and 28 people disliked it. For those who haven’t seen the video, what happens is that a tractor without a driver somehow begins driving in wide circles around the parking lot. It keeps returning to the side of the Walmart building, occasionally scraping it, then heads out into the parking lot again on another sweep and bashes into cars, pushing some ahead of it. It jumps the curb and crushes a tree. The only sound to be heard is the roar of the tractor and the voices of some of the people gathered to watch from a safe distance. “Oh, man, I feel sorry for those cars,” someone says. The tractor makes several sweeps. In the middle of one, a police car arrives, then another. They drive around a bit, as if they don’t know what to do. Only the tractor knows what to do. Finally, it slams into a light pole, stops and somebody climbs up, reaches in and turns off the ignition.


There is no applause from the spectators, but someone can be heard saying to the video camera owner: “Put ’em on You Tube you got good money for that.” Somehow there are lessons in here for us and for our political leaders, who were too busy debating to watch. For example, the video lasts six minutes and 11 seconds, which is very long in our shortattention-span world. Yet people watched it all the way through, which is more than can be said for the average political speech or even political commercial. Because You Tube world has strange practices of its own, several people even posted their own videotaped reviews of the event. Could such an event be restaged for political gain — a driverless bus with Liberal colours, for example, knocking

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over everything in sight in a parking lot, perhaps somewhere in the West? Everybody would certainly watch and some would post reviews about it. Mind you, the bus would be condemned as “reckless,” but that might not matter. Experts say the hit count is everything. As long as thousands of people click on it, everything is fine. This is a dominant philosophy in our digital age: it doesn’t matter what I do as long as people watch it. So far that hasn’t come to politics — aside from Stockwell Day driving the jetski — but it will. As McLuhan told us, the medium is the message and nowhere is this more evident than on the Internet. Not to say anyone actually did it in this case, but you can stage an event, turn your camera on it and everybody watches, if the event is outlandish enough. This was not possible in the old days. You might be able to stage the event, but someone else had to hold the camera, then you had to get the film developed, then rent a hall for people to come see it and there might be something else on that night. This is why there were fewer driverless tractors driving around parking lots in the old days. Also fewer piano-playing

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cats. But technology improved and so did our ability to exploit it to get noticed. By the 1970s, baseball fans learned to wave at the TV cameras. A decade later, they could set their VCRs to record the game so that they could come home and watch themselves waving at cameras. And when digital phones arrived, they could call their friends and tell them to turn on their TV sets to watch them wave. And now, technology is so advanced that it can all be done over the phone! What would McLuhan say to that? He would probably say that the real point is something else entirely, but for sure he’d click.

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BY LIZ WYLIE Since its inception over a year ago, Ottawa’s Green Bin program is successfully providing a way for residents to participate in a large-scale composting program. The program has helped by reducing the amount of greenhouse gas emissions from local landfills caused from organic waste decomposing and has lessened the City’s need for new and larger landfills. Nearly 45% of the average household’s garbage is compostable organic material that can go directly into the green bin – that’s a pretty significant diversion from landfill. The green bin program has been a great option for people have a concern for the environment but have no access to a backyard or have no interest in home composting. However, despite its popularity if you want to help the environment a step fur-

ther you will need to think a little further outside the green bin. Consider this – home composting. By managing organic waste by using a backyard composter you can help reduce even the amount of emissions that are created by hauling it by truck. Home composting gives you the benefit of a natural end product, directly sourced, that feeds your garden, trees and lawn. This material cuts down on weeds, reduces the need for extra watering and provides a healthy ecosystem for helpful earthworms that aerate the soil. With healthy soil and healthy plants there is no need to drive to the store to buy pesticides or petroleum-based chemical fertilizers to keep your garden “green�. This is not a slight to the green bin program. Green bins can work to complement your home composting by, providing you with an opportunity to divert materials which aren’t suitable

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Ethics exists only in mouths of beholders Dear Editor, Let’s see: Ignatieff, Layton, Duceppe and the CBC (shockingly) and others condemn the Harper “totally unethical� regime while brandishing a “leaked� document, the result of an act both illegal and unethical. I guess, when it comes down to it,

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A proposal to change the Bells Corners strip from Richmond/Robertson Road to Lloyd Francis Boulevard was approved by council on April 13 despite some last-minute protests from concerned community members and businesses. The name change is aimed at reducing confusion and safety issues in the area. Richmond Road continues westbound past Baseline Road for about a kilometre, and then takes a sharp left turn south-

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bound for the Village of Richmond. Drivers continuing straight suddenly find themselves on Robertson Road. But long-time Bells Corners resident Sharon Navin said she feels that robbing one family of their commemoration isn’t the way to solve the problem. “It’s nothing that couldn’t be fixed by putting some well placed signage at Al’s Steakhouse and other places,� she said. “I feel like it pits one family against the other. If I was a descendant of Mr. Francis’s I wouldn’t feel honoured because it takes away from someone else.� Lloyd Francis was a Liberal member of parliament, speaker of the House of Commons and a local developer. His son, Paul Francis, said that his father helped to build nearly 80 per cent of modern Bells Corners. John Robertson helped build the first eight locks of the Rideau Canal and then established a farm, general store and schoolhouse in what is now Bells Corners. “I think it is a great way to commemorate my father,� Francis said, adding that old Richmond Lane could be re-named to honour Robertson. Francis said he was surprised by the opposition and that he thought it would be safer for emergency and police vehicles to have one name identifying the road from Baseline to Eagleson roads. “Not more than a day or two goes by that I don’t get someone in my store asking for directions,� Elizabeth Montsko, owner of Sew For It on Moodie Drive,

said. “And there are a lot of problems with GPS sending people to Richmond Road addresses in Westboro.� While Montsko said she doesn’t know if re-naming the road is the perfect solution, she said she has been aware of the issue for a year. Montsko, a member of the Bells Corners Business Improvement Area (BIA) said the item was presented at their annual general meeting.“We were told parts were to be re-named and they (Chiarelli’s office) had gone to the Nepean Museum for options,� Montsko said. “We knew it was going to planning committee.� BIA executive director Alex Lewis said that there was very little input on the name change following the annual general meeting in February. “We support the name change,� he said. Lewis, who used to work in Chiarelli’s office, was one of the staff who went out knocking on the doors of the affected businesses to hand out a survey. Of 194 surveys, there were 38 respondents, of those, 34 were in favour of the change. But some still feel left out in the cold. Darren Sproule, general manager for Graham Nissan on Robertson, said that he doesn’t remember anyone at the dealership receiving the survey and doesn’t see it as a positive thing. “I don’t see how changing the name of the road will re-brand Bells Corners,� he said. “It’s not a positive thing for anyone. I don’t want to think about how much it will cost for all the new materials we will have to buy to change the address — bills

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of sale, business cards, all kinds of stuff.� Zola’s Restaurant owner Tony Vacchio also said he doesn’t remember receiving a survey and was shocked on April 12 when he received a call asking him his opinion on the change. “I may have heard something about it, but I didn’t think it would come to fruition because it is such a silly idea,� he said. Vacchio said Zola’s has been in the area for 25 years and was really hard hit after the Nortel crash. He agrees something needs to be done to revitalize Bells Corners as people in Barrhaven and Kanata no longer have to go there to shop. “We are constantly reinventing ourselves. We serve a breakfast now that we never did before,� he said. As for the address change, Vacchio said that there would be some cost, but changes to the website would be fairly simple. “I guess everyone will get used to it eventually,� he said. “Maybe we could have a compromise and call it Lloyd Robertson.� Normally the naming of a street is left up to the city’s commemorative naming committee, of which Chiarelli is a member, but he said it is common practice in the re-naming of a street that the concerned parties come up with options. “We wanted to make sure the name we chose had a Bells Corners focus,� he said. Chiarelli also added the reason the item moved so quickly from planning committee to council was because of the public consultation period for the re-naming of a section of the street through Lynwood Village to Old Richmond Road. For business owners and residents like Craig MacAulay of Lynwood Village, there is no questioning that Francis should be honoured, only that they felt the community wasn’t consulted. “They (city staff) said the community associations were behind them, but Lynwood Village Community Association barely exists now and I doubt the Bellwood Mobile Home owners association was consulted,� he said, adding that surveys sent out to businesses don’t seem like the proper amount of public consultation. “I am not suggesting spending a lot of tax dollars, but I talked to a lot of people who weren’t aware of the change,� he said. But family and friends of Francis are positive about the change. Bill Teron, who partnered with Francis to build homes in what is now Lynwood Village, said that Francis changed the way housing was done in Ottawa and should be recognized for that. “I know people are resistant to change, but people like Dick Bell, Andy Haydon and D. Aubrey Moodie have had their accomplishments honoured for 50 years.�

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what we’re doing here,” Wilkinson said. From a historical standpoint, keeping a text copy of the detailed minutes is essential, Wilkinson said. That’s why she suggested a motion that the city continue producing written minutes in addition to adding audio minutes. That motion did not pass. But Alta Vista Coun. Peter Hume said the change to audio minutes will make the records more accessible for some people, including those who can’t read. The audio files will also have bookmarks links so listeners can jump directly to the agenda item they are interested in listening to, and they will be able to hear the actual discussion on the issue in councillors’ own words, said the city’s clerk, Lesley Donnelly. The change will cost an additional $19,900 per year in IT and storage costs, but it will be offset by savings from reducing the staff time needed to transcribe text minutes. Doing both would have cost $25,900. Text action minutes are the standard among municipalities in Ontario, Donnelly said. The city is also considering using voice-to-text software to provide a rough written translation of the audio recording, which would not be considered official minutes.

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Merivale student designs logo JENNIFER MCINTOSH

Aspen Barker is the fourth student from Merivale High School in seven years to have the honour of having her design selected as the logo for the Children’s Hospital of Eastern Ontario’s (CHEO) annual telethon campaign. The logo was unveiled during a ceremony at the school on April 12 and features a bear holding hands with a small child in a wheelchair. Barker said that she wanted to show the positive atmosphere she has experienced at the hospital. “I just remember being at CHEO and it being fun even

though I was sick,” Barker said. “And I just wanted to capture that.” Merivale principal Patrick McCarthy said he was proud of his students. “I am continually impressed by your leadership and community involvement,” he told the crowd. The celebration included speeches, a performance from the cast of the latest school play — the Drowsy Chaperone — and a fashion show with this year’s “CHEO wear.” “Merivale Rocks,” said Max Keeping, in congratulations to the school. Keeping added that the Ottawa community recognizes the importance of our children’s hospital. 453570

“There are 170 children’s hospitals in North America and CHEO receives more donations from the community than any of the other 169,” he said. Every year the logo competition is open to area schools and hundreds of submissions are sent in. Students across the National Capital Region are asked to create a design portraying what they think CHEO means. Merivale received a cheque for $1,000 from Bell Canada as a result of Barker’s design being chosen. Barker herself received a Source gift card for $150. Barker said she was honoured to have her work selected and plans to take graphic design at either Sheridan or Algonquin College. “Hopefully (winning) this will help get me started on that dream,” she said.

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Merivale High School’s Aspen Barker was the winner of the annual Children’s Hospital of Eastern Ontario’s (CHEO) design competition. Her image of a bear and a small child in a wheelchair will be used as the image for this year’s telethon campaign.

Correction In the article Pennies for Peru, in the April 14 issue of Ottawa This Week, Nepean edition, the principal of St. John the Apostle Catholic School was incorrectly identified as Paul Kenny. His name is Paul Kelly. Ottawa This Week Nepean regrets the error.



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OC Transpo responds to feedback LAURA MUELLER

More than 6,500 comments from residents who spoke “passionately” about how transit changes will affect them have resulted in significant alterations to route changes. About two thirds of the original “route optimizations” proposed on March 23 have been altered based on the feedback, said transit commission chair Diane Deans (Gloucester-Southgate). “We were listening to them,” Deans said. “I think the public, although it may not be fully satisfied with the changes, will certainly recognize that an earnest effort has been made to address their concerns. After hearing from members of the public that we heard from, you’d have to have a cold, cold heart not to want to make changes,” she added. The revisions mean fewer people will actually be affected by the changes: approximately 95 per cent of trips (about 9,000 riders) will be within a five-minute walking distance from a bus stop at peak hours, as opposed to the previously planned 93 per cent (about 12,000 riders). Making changes based on public feedback was the plan all along, said Alain Mercier, the head of OC Transpo. The transit authority was relying on public input about demographic information and ridership patterns that weren’t evident in the ridership data used to design

the original suggested changes. “We’ve been working in building lines on maps, connecting houses and residents to different places in the city. But we don’t necessarily know what goes on inside those homes, and we needed the people,” Mercier said. “We have worked diligently to understand that feedback.” Some routes would be shortened in order to extend routes in other areas, and some routes will have less frequent service spread out over a longer portion of the day to ensure access in the evenings. That addresses many comments that people were worried about safety or not being able to get home from their jobs in off-peak hours because it was originally suggested that service on some routes stop at around 8 p.m., with only one lateevening trip. “In some area where we proposed not having a route run at all during a certain part of the day, instead we’ll have it run once every hour… so just spreading resources over a longer course of the day on those routes,” Scrimgeour said. Routes 152 and 166 were of particular concern and will get that treatment, he said. Deans said the changes are aimed at making the OC Transpo financially sustainable by saving $6.5 million this year and $19.5 million each year going forward. The revised changes will still achieve those savings, but transit planners moved around pieces of the puzzle to respond to riders’ concerns.

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Members of Keek include from left to right Marek Lubanski, Mitch Malboeuf, Conor Whitehead, Kyle Megill, Kyle Williams, and Matt Belanger. The Nepean based band has released a new CD. Photos by LJ Matheson

Ottawa band releases new CD EUGENE KWIBUKA

‘Stories’ is the name of a new five-song CD that Keek, a pop-rock band with members based in Nepean and Ottawa West, officially released on April 19. The group of six male artists say they are looking for a place in the Ottawa musical community. “It’s not too often you have a local pop rock band coming to Ottawa,” said drummer Kyle Megill. He added that they want to be an alternative to indie, hardcore and metal acts which have traditionally dominated the Ottawa market. The CD is now for sale and is also available on iTunes Megill said. He and group members Conor Whitehead


from Dunrobin, Mitch Malboeuf from Kanata, Matt Belanger from Aylmer and Kyle Williams and Marek Lubanski both from Nepean will perform at Maverick’s in Ottawa Friday, April 22. “We are very excited, this is a big release for us because of the time spent, the details, and everything surrounding the production of this CD,” Megill said. The new CD took about six months to produce. Songs include: Fourteen ninetysix, We’ll Be OK, Closest to My Heart, You Got Me All Wrong, and Waiting. About 250 people have already bought tickets to attend Keek’s show and there are just 25 spots remaining. The band is named after the group’s founder, Conor Whitehead, who has the Keek nickname, “Keek”.

Session two of Babytime, for children ages 0-18 months, started at the Centrepointe Library on April 14 with a full house of participants. Children’s librarian Grace Sheppard, led the half-hour session that is held on a weekly basis. Pictured are moms with their children: Melanie Itzkovitch with daughter Julia Greenberg, seven months; Stacey MacKay with son Ben, four months; Marianne Trubiani with daughter Leila, six months and Dandi Hao and her son Yann Duguay, six months.



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There is nothing in life more exciting that buying a new home. Home buyers thrill in watching their new home take shape, knowing that they are getting exactly the finishes and features they want. Yet the excitement and emotion of buying a new home can sometimes overshadow the fact that your home purchase also means entering into a complicated legal agreement. Chances are, it will also be the largest financial investment of your life. Due to the complex legal aspects involved in buying a new home, it is strongly suggested that home buyers consult with a lawyer before signing on the dotted line. When you buy a new home, the contract, or the signed Agreement of Purchase and Sale document, between you and your builder is your assurance that you will receive exactly what you have purchased, at the price that you have agreed to. It is also the builder’s assurance that you will follow through to the end with the purchase.

Some home buyers sign the contract first, and then take it to their lawyer for review. By this point, however, it is too late for the lawyer to suggest any modifications or changes. Alternatively, make your offer conditional on your lawyer’s favourable review. It is sometimes wise, and less costly, to agree with the builder on price and terms before involving a lawyer. (If you cannot reach an agreement with the builder on these fundamental points, there is no need to pursue the contract any further.) The lawyer will look for certain clauses which include information on restrictions and obligations that may affect your rights and responsibilities as a home owner. Typically, clauses may mention the need to bus students to the nearest school. A clause may mention a right of way or an easement registered against the lot. For instance, will there be a fire hydrant on your lot, or an electrical box? Clauses concerning mortgage approval must also

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Here are some general considerations: Your child’s interests What does your child like to do? Children know what they like and don’t like. Ask them for their input. If your child is active and loves to play sports, a sports camp is probably right for him or her. If your child is creative, then choose a camp that offers arts and crafts. Camp choices are as varied as children themselves. Choose a camp with the specific focus geared toward your child. Day Camp versus Overnight Camp Depending on the age, maturity and independence of your child, he or she may or may not be ready for an overnight camp. continued on page 19



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Youth get a kick out of soccer coast to coast (NC)—One million players, some three million followers, plus a burgeoning professional scene, make soccer one of the fastest growing sports in Canada. Across the country, we now have more than 840,000 registered players (and many more unregistered), as well as 1,500 youth clubs and about 46,000 teams enrolled with the Canadian Soccer Association. With more participants than any other sport, soccer is perhaps one of the most accessible sports around – all you really need is a ball and a flat surface. The majority of those playing “the beautiful game” in Canada are youth, whether involved recreationally or competitively through house leagues and rep teams. A recent BMO poll found that one– third of Canadian parents have their children enrolled in soccer, more than double that of parents who have their children in hockey, or in baseball, basketball and swimming combined. The top three reasons parent cited for getting their children on the field were to

have fun (86 per cent), for the health benefits of physical exercise (76 per cent) and to learn teamwork (70 per cent). “Supporting youth soccer at the grassroots level is a priority for us at BMO,” said Sandy Bourne, vice–president of advertising, sponsorship, events and merchandising with BMO Financial Group. “We work to make soccer more accessible through our sponsorship of local soccer clubs, and continue to support youth players through BMO Team of the Week, a new contest that recognizes teams for their achievements both on and off the field.” The nationwidecontest runs from April to August and is open to all youth soccer teams with players aged 7 to 12. The grand prize includes $125,000 for a soccer field refurbishment, and a road trip to a Toronto FC or Vancouver Whitecaps FC home game. Teams will be rewarded not only for on–the–field accomplishments, but also for spirit, passion for the game, and community efforts.

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Let’s keep kids healthy inside and out (NC)—Winter is finally over and the sound of kids playing in the neighbourhood is starting to fill the air. Bike rides, shooting ‘hoops’, or playground fun are just some of the ways kids can become active in the spring and summer. It’s a good thing too, because recent reports show that Canadian kids just aren’t getting enough exercise. Kids should get at least 60 minutes of moderate to vigorous exercise a day, according to the Canadian Society of Exercise Physiology. “Healthy, physically active kids more likely to be academically motivated, alert, and successful,” said Howie Dayton, chair of the Ontario Task Group on Access to Recreation for Low Income Families. “Whatever their fitness personality, all kids can be physically fit. A parent’s positive attitude will steer them in the right direction.” Consider enrolling your child in an organized sport or recreational activity, like soccer, baseball, swimming or ball hockey. The benefits of participating in organized play are often lifelong: • Increased self–esteem and selfconfidence; • Discovery of leadership skills; • Improved school performance; • Development of healthy lifestyle habits; and • Learning that physical activity can be fun. If costs are a barrier to organized sport or recreation, there are various kinds of charitable programs that can help, like the Canadian Tire Jumpstart program. It is a national charitable program that covers registration, equipment and/or transportation costs to help financially disadvantaged kids participate in organized sport and recreation and has helped over 315,000 kids since 2005. Learn more about the program online at www.canadiantire. ca/jumpstart.



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the ULTIMATE Summer Fun & Camp Guide • Summer 2011 Safety first tips for all summer equipment (NC)—Summer and sports go hand in hand. Kids across the country are lacing up their cleats to hit the field and tuning up their bikes to hit the road. When it comes to sports or playing in the sun – safety comes first. You wouldn’t let your son or daughter play soccer barefoot or ride without a helmet, so why would you let them head outdoors without proper sun protection? The Banana Boat brand has prepared the following tips to ensure fun in the summer sun no matter what sport you play: • Apply sunscreen at least 20 to 30 minutes before going outdoors. If you can do it an hour ahead of time, that’s even better. • Be sure to choose a sunscreen that offers broad spectrum protection, which means it protects from both UVA and UVB rays. • Don’t forget to wear protection on cloudy days as well as sunny ones. UVB rays may be partially blocked by the grayness, but UVA rays are not. • Know that the sun’s rays are strongest between 10:00 AM and 4:00 PM. Protect yourself appropriately. Also know that you should use sunscreen no matter what time you go out to enjoy the day. • Protect your child’s skin with sunscreens designed specifically for the sensitive skin of babies and kids. Banana Boat offers a wide variety of products that are tear–free for quick and painless application. • Wear sunscreen even if you are only planning to drive from one indoor location to another. UVA rays can penetrate glass. Commonly forgotten exposures include the left arm that sits on the car door ledge when driving, and the rays that warm your face through the sunroof. • Sunscreen isn’t the only form of protection from the sun. Wearing a hat, sun protective clothing or even using an umbrella can help prevent harmful damage to your skin and help avoid a sunburn. More information is available online at



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Victimology students raise awareness Algonquin College hosts social justice workers and victim advocates JENNIFER MCINTOSH

A panel of social justice workers and victim advocates spoke as part of a oneday workshop to raise awareness about intimate partner violence held by the victimology course at Algonquin College on April 14. Heather Imming, a member of the advisory board for the college’s victimology course, was joined by Erin Lee-Todd, executive director of the Lanark County Interval House and Peter Engelmann, a human rights attorney who was the lead counsel for the Cornwall Public Inquiry — which investigated abuse against boys in the City of Cornwall. “We hear a lot about stocks falling and investments in the news when people talk about the economy,” Lee-Todd said. “But very little about how the added stressors can bring about increases in things like partner violence.” Lee-Todd said violence against women is a problem that isn’t going away and government and service providers need to bring the issue out in the open and work on funding for supports. “There have been two women in the Ottawa area murdered this year already and 350 women murdered in Ontario in the last 15 years,” she said. “We need to look at the larger picture and see how the cycle perpetuates itself.” Engelmann said the Cornwall public inquiry aimed at doing just that. “I congratulate the creation of the victimology course here at Algonquin because it was one of the recommendations that came out of inquiry,” he said. “There needs to be more support for victims who come forward.” Engelmann said that 500 people in the Cornwall area received counselling and support as part of the inquiry. “The judge said that help should be made available while the inquiry was ongoing, that we shouldn’t wait for the findings,” he said, adding that psychologists and counselling aren’t covered by OHIP and victims often can’t afford the services. He said another key finding of the report was the importance of being believed and that the community had a role to play. “We talked with one woman who said that her father abused her sexually, physically and psychologically all through her childhood,” Engelmann said. “She said her mothers and her teachers had to have known. Then she ended up marrying a man who abused her in the same way as her father and who she feared was abusing her daughter. The only positive part of the story was that she received counselling and felt a little bit more like she was living as opposed to just existing.” Engelmann cited the 1983 Badgley Report, a cross-Canada study on the abuse of children, revealed horrifying statistics about how prevalent these crimes are in Canada. The report found that one in two girls and one in three boys were the victims of unwanted sexual advances before the age of 18.

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Peter Engelmann, a human rights lawyer and Erin Lee-Todd, executive director of Lanark County Interval House spoke about victimology at Algonquin College.

Egelmann said there have been advances in legislation, but they usually are in response to a horrific act. The example he used was the changes to the Occupational Health and Safety Act under Bill 168 after a doctor at a hospital in Windsor killed his girlfriend where they worked there together. The changes in the act called on employers to address domestic violence when it spills into the workplace. “Why does it take a horrific act to get the legislation,” Egelmann asked, adding that support services should be there for victims when they do come forward. “We can’t afford to drop the ball after they come forward,” he said. )“And support services are a lot less than spending billions on new prisons.”

Surviving an abusive relationship One woman tells her agonizing story


Heather Imming had the perfect life. She had been married to her husband Bill for nearly 15 years. She was a subcontracts manager working in the aerospace industry and they had the house and two cars. It started with arguments, then shoving, then slaps and punches and culminated with her waking up to her husband straddling her body as he punched and choked her. Now, a victim advocate, she has told her story many times. “He was just wailing on me and I couldn’t move,” Imming said. “He told me that he had to go out and get ammunition because that was the day I was going to die. I believed him.” But Imming got up and got her daughter on the school bus and then cleaned herself up and went and pulled her daughter from school. She had to go to the doctor because she was so badly beaten and her shoulder was dislocated. “I was sitting in his office and I could no longer say I had fallen over a rock or down the stairs,” Imming said. “The doctor told me that I had to leave him or the next time he saw me would be in a body bag.” Imming had wanted to go home and tell her husband she was leaving, but her doctor advised her to do it over the phone. Then she went to stay with her sister. For the next three months, her husband would put “stuff ” in her gas tank and drop her daughter off at random locations downtown after visits to scare and punish his wife. “I would get a message that said she was at the corner of Bay and Queen streets and I should go get her soon because she had no phone or money,” Imming said. Those actions forced her to go to court to get full custody and possession of her house — which her husband refused to leave, even though it had been hers

HEATHER IMMING before the marriage. When she finally got in the house she found Bill had destroyed the walls with a crossbow, taken apart the appliances and hacked their furniture with an XActo knife. “It took nearly three months to make it habitable again,” Imming said. And when they finally went back to their Carleton Place home on she had alarms on every door, but one. The cellar door had no alarm, but was barricaded with two bars. Ten days after Imming and her then 10-year-old daughter moved back home, Bill was back. He broke through the barricades on the cellar door and began attacking Imming as she tried to get to the panic button on her alarm system. “He hit me in the head several times with a tire iron and tried to remove my eye with his thumb,” she said. Imming’s daughter, was still been awake when her father broke in, threw a piece of wood at her fathers head, but he didn’t even blink as he continued to pummel her mother. So, she went outside and began ringing on people’s doorbells saying, “My

father is killing my mother.” “I began to come to and I could hear her yelling up and down the street,” Imming said. “So I pulled myself up and was hanging on a lamppost at the edge of my property yelling for her to stay where she was if she was safe.” Neighbours came to her rescue and Bill was arrested, but was only sentenced to 22 months for beating her so badly she had brain and liver damage. For nearly 11 years, Imming was terrorized as Bill was released from prison and then reoffend within six weeks. “It got to be so we would move into Lanark Interval House during the period he was released so we could be protected,” Imming said. Her daughter had a panic button at school and her classmates would circle around and bring in the school when her father or his parents would come to take her away. When Bill took up with another woman, Imming said she was at first relieved and then devastated when the woman become part of the plan to stalk and terrorize her. After 11 years of arrests and threats, Imming was able to have her husband declared a dangerous offender. He was the first man given the designation for partner violence and the first time a Quebec court heard a case for a dangerous offender. Bill has since died in prison. In an effort to prevent other women from facing the same horrors, Imming is an outspoken advocate and educator on issues of Violence against Women. Founder of the consumer group Share Our Strength, she has also served in the community with the Lanark Coalition Against Violence, the Lanark County Domestic Violence Court Advisory Committee, the Domestic Violence/Sexual Assault Protocol Committee, the Lanark County Interval House and the Domestic Violence Grant Management Team. “I wouldn’t be here without the support of the workers at Interval House and the police.”

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Nepean students work on changing world with science JENNIFER MCINTOSH

Wether it’s to help farmers or to try and cure spinal-cord injuries, some Nepean area students have really put together an “A” effort for the upcoming nation-wide science fair in Toronto. Sandro and Adamo Young made their parents proud by winning gold in their categories at the Ottawa Regional Science Fair held at Carleton University on April 1 and 2. Sandro will be moving on to the nationals on from May 14-21. Sandro, a Grade 11 student at Lisgar Collegiate and a Nepean resident, created a project called Avatouch 2.0 that nabbed gold in the engineering and computer science category. It was built of off a project he did last year and is an augmented reality system. The system combines real-world images with virtual content. A wearable camera — attached to specialized glasses — captures what the user would normally see and a computer draws cubes on top of this image. The final product is displayed on small screens built into the specialized glasses. The user can move around the “cubes” to look at them from different angles and can even reach out and grab them using a special three-dimensional mouse. “Eventually, AR (augmented reality) systems like mine could be used for a variety of different purposes,” Sandro said. “They could be used to superimpose information ‘bubbles’ on top of the things we see in our day-to-day life.” Sandro said they could be used by architects who can see their projects come to life on the computer screen or doctors could superimpose MRI images over patients’ bodies while operating. This year was the fourth that Sandro participated in the regional fair and the third time he is moving on to the nationals. Innovation and smarts seem to run in the family. Sandro’s younger brother, Adamo, a Grade 9 student, won gold in the biotechnology category for his project on controlling the diamondback moth. The moth is a pest responsible for $1 billion in crop damage annually. Adamo tested the effectiveness of a parasitic wasp in controlling the moth. “I tested the impact on larvae mortality rate, food consumption and growth and

found the wasp to be a highly effective control,” he said. Adamo did his work at a laboratory at Agriculture Canada because the wasps he was dealing with were a non-native species and had to be in a controlled environment. This is the third time Adamo has participated in the regional science fair and said his goal is to make it to nationals next year. His previous projects were studying earthworms — in particular their ability to detect toxins in the soil and their navigation techniques. In 2009, he won an honourable mention and in 2010 he won silver in the same category. Adamo doesn’t know which university he wants to attend yet, but anticipates a career in biology. “I have been interested in living things since I was little and I am in a nature club called the Macoun Field Club,” he said. A Grade 12 Nepean High School student, Sathya Baskaran, used a hollow fiber microstructure that could pave the way for spinal cord injuries. The project, called “Fabrication of Microspheres using a Polymer Synthesizing Process for Spinal Cord Repairs.” The project, which is an extension of previous work Sathya had done on the subject. He said he was inspired because of a cousin’s spinal injury. Sathya compared the use of two different tubes designed to mimic bone structure and then compared their effectiveness on rats. He even conducted MRI studies by adding iron particles to act as a reference marker. “Every year, many Canadians undergo intense therapy to repair spinal cord injuries,” he said. “Basically, the nerves send messages through the bones with something like electricity. So the advances in bio materials offer a lot of solutions.” Sathya said he doesn’t know yet where the future will take him, but he is interested in a career in bio-medical engineering. This year was the 50th anniversary of the Ottawa Regional Science Fair. Every year, approximately 200 projects are entered and judged in the junior, intermediate, senior and special awards categories. Ten students advanced from the regional competition to compete in the Canada Wide Science Fair in Toronto.

Museum staff seeking volunteers JENNIFER MCINTOSH

Staff at the Nepean Museum are currently looking for volunteers for a new project to improve electronic access to their collections. Interested parties are asked to be able to commit three hours a week for 18 weeks on the project and experience in Microsoft Excel is asset, but not a requirement. The museum honoured their existing volunteers on April 10, in recognition of National Volunteer Week.

“People volunteer for all kinds of reasons,” Andrea Raymond, volunteer coordinator at the Nepean Museum, said in a press release. In the last few months museum volunteers have been involved in the construction of a replica tavern in the exhibition gallery. They have also worked on a new website, done preparations for exhibits, completed artifact data entry and helped to develop education resources. Orientation and training for the upcoming project will be provided. For more information see


Community Calendar APRIL 19 Children at Risk and The Jewel present the 10th annual “Rockin for Risk” (for Autism); a ’50s, ’60s, ’70s plus rock and roll dance party featuring the live classic rock sounds of local band, Intersection. The event is taking place from 7:30 p.m. to 12:30 a.m. at Algonquin College, Building D Cafeteria. Tickets are $25 advance, $30 at the door; for more information call Brenda Reisch at 613-261-4442.


will host guest speaker: Mary Reid, Green Thumb Garden Centre who will discuss renovating a mature garden; 7:30 p.m., City View United Church, 6 Epworth Ave., Nepean. Everyone welcome; non-members $4; light refreshments. For information, 613-829-7563.

APRIL 21 The Nepean Horticultural Society will host guest speaker: Mary Reid, Green Thumb Garden Centre who will discuss renovating a mature garden; 7:30 p.m., City View United Church, 6 Epworth Ave., Nepean. Everyone welcome; non-members $4. For information, 613-829-7563.

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APRIL 23 AND 24 Orchid displays, art gallery, orchid vendors at the Nepean Sportsplex for the 30th annual Orchid Show. This is a magnificent show with hundreds of different blooming orchids for the general public and orchid aficionados to enjoy close-up. For more information visit www.

APRIL 28 TO MAY 1 The Ottawa Guild of Potters’ spring sale and exhibition features high quality ceramics - housewares, jewellery, decorative home and garden accessories - made by over 50 talented regional potters and ceramic artists; wheel-throwing and

hand-building demonstrations; free raffle tickets to seven draws for a beautiful handcrafted mug of your choice! For information, visit www. or call 613230-2446.

APRIL 28 Nurturing Children – They’re Worth It! series continues with special guest, Alison Goss presenting the theme ‘The Trouble with Bullies’, 7:30 pm at Bells Corners United Church, 3955 Richmond Rd. Register with Tamara at 592-4575 or tamara. to book a seat. No charge, donation welcome.


A Royal Wedding Celebration Tea will be held with complimentary refreshments, cake and champagne, harpist Donna MacDonnell, a draw for wedding memorabilia and viewing of wedding highlights. Sterling Place Retirement Residence, 2716 Richmond Road at Carling on Friday at 2 p.m. Limited seating, call 613829-6572 to reserve.

APRIL 30 The United Ostomy Support Group, Ottawa, is hosting a free ostomy expo and information day with their partners Convatec and Hollister. Embassy West Senior Living Centre,1400 Carling Ave. Everyone welcome.



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