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Residents of Wade Court have banded together as they scramble to make a case for saving their neighbourhood. As Richard and Cheryl McCarthy sat in their backyard on May 25 grilling some hot dogs for supper, they mulled over what they would lose if a six-storey building goes up behind their property. Their home at 37 Wade Court sits on the left side of what could be a condo complex. Phoenix Development Corporation Inc. bought three pieces of property on the corner of Greenbank Road and Craig Henry Drive last summer and are hoping to be able to build a 69-unit condo complex. The developer has met with the community twice since January. In the second meeting in May, vice-president Paul Skvor, admitted that the company worked out a lot of problems with the original design thanks to advice from city staff. The changes included an “L” shape instead of the original block-like design. The new shape uses a kind of step technique to address the height issue with residents of Wade Court — going from three storeys in the back to six in the front with a recessed penthouse. “The closer you get to the building, the less aware you are of the height,” Skvor said at the meeting in May. “We really think this is an improvement (over the original design). See ‘Zoning’, page 5
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TROTTIN’ ALONG Louise Palmer struts her stuff on her horse Felicia at the National Capital Dressage event held at the Nepean National Equestrian Park May 27-29. For the full story see page 15.
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As Canada Post and its employees struggle to avoid a strike that could begin as early as June 3, Ottawa couriers, utility companies and other organizations directly affected by a mail strike are creating contingency plans to deal with the potential loss of mail delivery services. Hydro Ottawa spokesperson Susan Barrett said the electricity provider has been “thinking and planning for a few weeks now” in case of a strike that would mean the 13 per cent of customers who still pay by cheque will be able to pay their bills on time. “At this point we expect all customers to keep their electricity bills up to date. We don’t want to see them build up a large balance,” Barrett said. Hydro Ottawa has also accelerated some projects to make online payments easier, particularly a new feature on the My Hydro self-serve online portal that allows customers to see their current balance. It’s been online for less than two weeks. “It was something we were working towards, but we likely sped it up a bit so it would be there should a strike happen,” Barrett said. The company will also be waiving the $15 fee that’s usually incurred when a customer requests a duplicate bill. “They can call us up and we can give
them their account balance over the phone or email them a copy, free of charge,” she said. Customers are being encouraged to sign up for e-billing and pre-authorized payments as soon as possible so they don’t have to depend on the mail system to get their bill, she said. However Barrett noted that bills generally have a 17-day payment window, which hopefully will be enough to get customers through a strike. Couriers will also be affected by a postal strike – though not in the way that many customers might think. “As much as people think it’s a godsend for courier companies, no. It stresses everyone out. You can’t provide the proper service levels that customers demand and expect,” said Dave Van Dusen, president of Swift Delivery Systems in Nepean which offers courier services to businesses such as Avon Canada, Enbridge and a variety of law firms, government departments and other corporations. Van Dusen said they will consider hiring more drivers in the interim, although with training requirements it may not immediately help with workloads that are already increasing. He said that as of Monday some companies were pulling all deliveries from Canada Post and switching to Swift to avoid shipments getting stuck in transit. For up-to-date information on the strike, visit www.yourottawaregion.com.
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“I would like to see a plan that really strengthens the greenbelt areas like Mer Bleue, the Carp Hills and the Leitrim Wetlands. ” Ken Young
She said that partnerships with land owners may help to add some space to the city’s “emerald necklace.” “We are looking at partnerships with the Tomlinson and Lafarge quarries for take over of those lands when they begin their termination strategies,” Levesque said. The group also identified a parcel of land in Barrhaven bounded on both sides by Highway 416. Richard Stead, president of the Cedarhill Community Association, said the land was being developed for single family homes. “The owner just blasted the service road to make room for an entrance way so I don’t see how you’re going to expropriate that,” he said. Levesque said the NCC wasn’t planning to expropriate the lands, simply purchase or work out arrangements with owners. “But we just identified areas for their ecological benefits, we didn’t really look at their stage of development,” she said. This prompted calls for better planning. “You folks have a slew of consultants and have been working on this for four years, I would think it would be advisable to do a little more research into the sites,” Stead said. Another resident Ken Young said the city planned for 20 or 30 years in advance and it would be nice if the two bodies could come together to have something cohesive. “I would like to see a plan that really strengthens the greenbelt areas like Mer Bleue, the Carp Hills and the Leitrim Wetlands,” he said.
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Sandra Pecek, director of public affairs and information management with the National Capital Commission started off the presentations by consultants and NCC staff at a public consultation held at the Nepean Sportsplex on May 26.
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Whether their cause was adding the Leitrim Wetlands or the South March Highlands, residents urged consultants to take a more proactive approach on planning for the greenbelt at a public consultation held at the Nepean Sportsplex on May 26. “My community has greatly benefited from access to the greenbelt,” said Gord Henderson, president of the Beaverbrook Community Association. “And my heart is committed to the preservation of the South March Highlands. It is more bio diverse than Mer Bleue (Conservation Area).” The Greenbelt is a 20000-hectare band of rural land in the southern part of the National Capital Region, which is managed by the NCC. Henderson urged planners to take a role in the conservation. “I was in the audience after the clear cutting of the Beaver Pond when Mayor Jim Watson and Kent Kirkpatrick said that a partnership has to be formed between the city, the province and the federal government,” he said. “I think the NCC would fit in this role.” In this round of consultations, the public was being asked to consider the third phase of a master plan that would look at the uses of the greenbelt for the next 10 years. The consultations started in 2009 with the public advisory committee helping NCC staff and consultants to look at the greenbelt as it stands today. “It really asked what the greenbelt means to people,” said Cynthia Levesque with Senes Consulting. Staff worked with the master plan for the greenbelt in 1997 and then compared best practices from the United States and the United Kingdom. What resulted were three concepts the public was able to vote on with sticky notes, which Levesque said would be compiled and then sent to the NCC board of directors in the fall of 2012 to make a final decision. “The end result is likely to be a mix of all three concepts,” Levesque said. The main concepts mostly involve enhancing ecological linkages and corridors, in part through the use of forest plantations, adding and enhancing “buffer zones” between the Greenbelt and other ecologically sensitive areas. Levesque said they are considering removing some buildings that aren’t “compatible.” Levesque said in the second concept, areas such as the Nepean Sportsplex, the Queensway Carleton Hospital, the airport and Fallowfield and Eagleson park and rides would have the greenbelt designation removed. There will be equal parcels of land to replace them and they would still remain under the ownership of the NCC. “We identified them because they have more of an urban feel to them,” Levesque said.
In the third concept areas like the Sportsplex and the hospital would return with the greenbelt designation, and other buildable site could potentially be sold or leased. Levesque said an area on the west side of the Highway 417 near Walkley had been identified, along with parts the land where the Greenbelt Research Farm sits near Woodroffe Avenue and Hunt Club Road and another site in Bells Corners bounded by Baseline and Richmond roads and Highway 416. Levesque said the key points during other phases of public consultation were maintaining and expanding the green space.
application. Egli congratulated the developer for being a willing participant in the process and coming to the table to talk to residents. “There is a dialogue,” he said before the last public meeting. Residents had just two weeks from the last public consult on May 16, to submit their plea to a firm. “How do you show people who are probably from Toronto what the character of your neighbourhood looks like,” Han Tu, who lives with her parents at 33 Wade Court, said. The family had just finished rebuilding the house after a fire gutted it two years ago. “The reason we didn’t just sell the land and move after the fire was because my mother loved the neighbourhood and she loves gardening,” Thu said, adding that the back of the building will steal a lot of their sunlight. For her mother, Hanh Nguyen, it’s about Phoenix having to play by the rules. The zoning allows for three storeys. “They bend the rules for them, but what about us?” she asked. “It’s not right.” Thu said she spent some time in Manhattan and felt overwhelmed because the tall buildings meant she was deprived of seeing the sky. That’s why after working eight hours a day she comes home and works on their presentation for the peer review process. But she isn’t hopeful. “I want to believe this will work, but I am worried that we are going to be stuck with whatever they (Phoenix) designs,” she said. Sheldon Taylor and his wife Corrine Rothman-Taylor feel the same way. “We would like to believe there’s a chance and we will work for that,” Corrine said. At 29 Wade Court, the Taylors’ home is on the far right side of the
proposed development and won’t get the full scope because of the medical
“The community has a lot to offer and we want them to work with us. ” Sheldon Taylor office building. That doesn’t mean they are happy with things. “At first we really felt like they (Phoenix) weren’t going to work with us at all,” she said. Sheldon recalled the first meeting, when a Phoenix representative said the company would take the matter to the Ontario Municipal Board if the re-zoning application was turned down. “It wasn’t very neighbourly,” he said. “The community has a lot to offer and we want them to work with us.” Residents hope to convince the city staff that the development should reduce the number of units and stick to the three-storey limit. O’Grady is hoping to get an extension on the public comment period, which was supposed to end June 2. Taking into consideration there were significant changes to the proposal residents saw at the May 16 meeting, as well as the fact that the peer review process is an additional element to the planning process, O’Grady said he feels more time is warranted. “Our position is that the public feedback period should be restarted after the peer review exercise has been completed because this is when we will know for sure what Phoenix’s proposal is. Only then can the community properly respond,” he said. Until then it’s a waiting game. It’s been very stressfull,” Thu said.
Hudak pledges to ease HST burden
The Ontario Progressive Conservatives made their opening pitch to voters on May 19, pledging to remove the harmonized sales tax from home heating and electricity bills and taking the debt retirement charge off the hydro bills. According to a press release, the three measures will provide the typical household $275 per year. “As (PC leader) Tim Hudak says, we live in Canada – heating our homes is not a luxury,” said Nepean-Carleton MPP Lisa MacLeod during the local policy announcement on May 19. “After talking to families, party members and our unprecedented Have Your Say Ontario survey, it’s clear that people in Ontario want relief from Dalton McGuinty’s HST and
skyrocketing hydro bills,” PC leader Tim Hudak said in a release. MacLeod said the reduction in tax revenue due to the tax savings could be offset by finding efficiencies in the public service. “There is a lot of waste in government,” she said. “Basically what he’s telling Ontario families is that their bills are going to go up by two per cent, because we are already taking 10 per cent off hydro bills.” MacLeod said the province can’t keep supplementing the high cost of McGuinty’s green energy “experiments.” The announcement comes as the opposition begins to position itself for the fall election, set to take place on Oct. 6. Earlier last week, Hudak announced Ottawa Citizen columnist Randall
Denley would be seeking the party nomination in Ottawa West-Nepean, one of several high-profile candidates identified across the province by the PCs. Another new PC candidate, Jack MacLaren in Carleton-Mississippi Mills, said removing the HST from electricity bills would also help farmers such as himself, and that could lead to lower food prices, he said. Introduced last summer, the HST combined the federal goods and services tax and former provincial sales tax. The new tax was then applied to many items, such as hydro bills, gasoline, hair cuts and Internet service, that has previously been exempt from the PST. With files from Laura Mueller
STAFF Fire claimed a second National Capital Commission farmhouse on May 27. The house, across from the Bells Corners Royal Canadian Legion branch on Richmond Road, was completely destroyed after catching fire around 10 p.m. Close to 60 firefighters were called to fight the fire at 4057 Richmond Road. The fire came just five days after the May 23 fire that caused $500,000 in damages to a century-old farmhouse at 305 Robertson Road. Approximately 45 fire fighters responded to the blaze and worked at putting it out for more than two hours. Several 911 calls were received reporting smoke and flames coming from the home between Bells Corners and Kanata. Fire fighters remained on scene throughout part of the night checking for hot spots. Investigators are still looking into the causes of the two fires.
It is possible for a room full of people to have good intentions and come up with a bad idea and that’s what happened.” But regardless of the changes, residents want to see the developer stick to the zoning. “There will be no more clothes line,” Cheryl said, adding that the diagrams provided at the public open houses don’t show if there are going to be facing their backyard. “We probably won’t feel comfortable letting the grandchildren play out here with people being able to watch them either,” she said. Cheryl’s husband Richard has been to the two public meetings held by Knoxdale-Merivale Coun. Keith Egli. “Would you want a highrise in your backyard?” he challenged the developer at the first meeting. In his backyard grilling supper he is much calmer, but not at all swayed from his position. “Why would they want to build a condo complex at the busiest intersection in the neighbourhood?” The McCarthys have lived in the neighbourhood for 30 years and raised their two children there. “They used to hope the fence and walk to school,” Cheryl said. Now they are worried about the use of their pool and the fate of the trees on the back part of their property. One sugar maple in their yard was given to them by Cheryl’s father when they moved in. At first it was a sapling and now it stands about two storeys high. James O’Grady, the vice-president of the Trend-Arlington Community Association, is videotaping the residents and putting together a website in protest of the proposed development. And the clock is ticking. Egli has helped residents access a little used peer review fund — a pot of $10,000 so residents can consult with an independent firm to review the design and other aspects of the
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Jamie Bettencourt was alone in the bathroom of Century Public School when his sight became blurry and he became disoriented. He was nine years old. “I remember coming out of the bathroom and not knowing where I was walking to,” Jamie, who is now 12, said. Thanks to a student-teacher he was brought to the office and rushed to CHEO, where he was diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes. The most severe form of diabetes, it cannot be controlled by diet, exercise or medication. For Jamie that means daily insulin injections, finger pricks to monitor his glucose levels and the constant knowledge that a simple soccer match could cause his glucose to dip to dangerously low levels. “Diabetes never sleeps,” Lucia Bettencourt, Jamie’s mother, said. Jamie’s glucose level has been high since December so she has to get up every morning at 3 a.m. to check his blood and add extra insulin to his morning injections to compensate. According to the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF), a child living with Type 1 diabetes requires approximately 1,463 needles per year (2,190 annual finger pricks) test and regulate their blood sugar. Jamie has three daily injec-
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Lucia Bettencourt gets up every morning at 3 a.m. to check her son’s blood sugar. The mother of two got together hundreds of friends and family at a dinner to raise money for the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation. tions of insulin. He checks his blood a minimum of four times a day. Lucia said the diagnosis three years ago changed their lives. “Now when I go to the grocery store I have to check the sugar and carbohydrates. I never used to look at that stuff,” she said.
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But she didn’t take the news sitting down. Lucia and Jamie participated in the first TELUS Walk to raise money for JDRF just months after Jamie’s diagnosis. The team has ballooned ever since, now boasting 50 members who have raised $12,000 for this year’s
walk. The family and friends held a dinner at the family’s parish — Paroquia do Senhor Santo Cristo on April 30. The dinner itself raised $7,016 and then a boy on the team managed to raise more than $4,000. There are even more donations
coming in that were pledged at the dinner. “There was even a little lemonade stand that raised about $36,” Lucia said. Kerry Winnemore with JDRF was at the dinner and said it was amazing to see all the servers out wearing “Team Jamie” shirts. “There were people of all ages, some as young as seven,” she said. Jamie said that having all the people out there willing to support him makes him happy. “It makes me feel really special,” he said. JDRF provides support to families and looks to find a cure for the disease. The first year after his diagnosis, Jamie attended Camp Banting — a camp specifically for children with type one diabetes. “It’s a way for the kids to be with others that are dealing with the same thing. Getting injections, testing their blood and watching their diet,” Winnemore said. “And this way the parents get a little break too.” Winnemore said the goal this year is $210,000 and 2,000 walkers are expected at Queen Juliana Park on June 12. To learn more about Jamie’s story and to pledge to his team, visit: http://jdrfca.donordrive. com/index.cfm?fuseaction=don orDrive.team&eventID=988&tea mID=20164.
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The Ottawa Public Library (OPL) is taking a new and innovative step in launching a pilot project to host children’s birthday parties, starting on June 1, 2011. The project, which will run until May 2012, will see OPL become the first large public library in North America to offer birthday parties for children. The Library sees the idea as an innovative way to maximize library resources, and as a potential source of future revenue. “We’re giving the community something new.” said Jane Venus, manager of Children and Teen Services at OPL. “We’re offering kids who love books an option that isn’t really available anywhere else.” Three OPL branches, Ruth E. Dickinson, Orléans and Greenboro, have been chosen as host sites for the initial project. “After speaking to many parents about this idea and receiving significant positive support, I was pleased to bring the
idea to the OPL Board and management for consideration.” said Jan Harder, Chair of the OPL Board. “The kids are going to love it.” Birthday parties will be available for booking between 10 a.m. and 5 p.m. on Saturdays and 1 p.m. and 5 p.m. on Sundays (except from June to September). Each two-hour party, designed for children ages 4 to 8, will consist of: · A one-hour story-based program led by a dynamic library employee · Use of the party room for your own activities for the second hour · A craft for each child. There are four party themes to choose from: Digging for Dinos, Fun with Furry Friends, Under the Sea and Everything Princess. Parties are allowed up to 12 children at a price of $20 per child. For parties with eight children or less, a minimum fee of $175 will be applied. For more information, please visit www.BiblioOttawaLibrary.ca or call InfoService at 613-580-2940.
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Robertson Road debate hijacks community association meeting A community association meeting on May 19 in the Lynwood Village area of Bells Corners showed there is still a lot of controversy over the proposed renaming of the Richmond/Robertson Road strip. Upon the start of the first community association meeting held at the community building in more than six months, former president and local blogger Craig MacAulay was removed from the property. MacAulay turned up at the meeting despite being issued a no trespassing decree from the city. He came on his bicycle with signs protesting the road re-naming and urging Mayor Jim Watson to reconsider the issue. He was escorted off the premises by police, who allowed him to stay at the edge of the property line. “I am a law abiding citizen,” he said to officers as they escorted him from Lynwood Park. MacAulay said he was given the no trespassing decree for the premises of the Lynwood Community Building on the morning of the meeting. “He wouldn’t even stick around to explain to me why I had been banned,” MacAulay said, adding that he had been fired from his job as rink operator and building rental coordinator after trying to hold an all candidates meeting at the community building during the last municipal election. Inside the community building, more than half of the members who were in attendance said they were there because of flyers distributed in the area telling them the meeting was to weigh the pros
residents. She added that she had no knowledge of the rift between MacAulay and the councillor’s office. “Hey, I am here to make sure that this building is used for summer programs and for kids’ birthday parties,” said Jennifer Bleeks, who was subsequently elected to handle building rentals. Tanya Gillis, who has a degree in accounting and just finished a term as treasurer for the Bells Corners Nursery Cooperative, was elected to the position of treasurer, and Jennifer Samuel was also elected to the executive. Westcliffe Estates Community Association president Bill Quinn was on hand to help the lead the nomination and the election process. Jean Luc-Cooke, former Green Party candidate for Nepean-Carleton, volunteered to help out with the LVCA website. Items to discuss will be the possible implementation of a summer fun day — something that had been done in the past, and a possible subcommittee to deal with the purpose and vision of the community association. Bells Corners Business Improvement Area executive director Alex Lewis said the BIA planned to support a fun day and put out a call to residents for volunteer tulip bulb planters. “In 2012 Bells Corners will be an official west-end destination for the Tulip Festival,” he said, adding that he is looking for
volunteers to plant bulbs. “I would like to go big and plant 100,000 bulbs, but we will need help for that,” he said, adding that the plan is to put planters along the strip. *Editors note: For an update on a possible city council motion to re-open the Robertson Road re-naming debate, see page 11.
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Grab your helmet and get on a bike Summer is here and it is time to enjoy being outdoors. If you are riding your bike to get to work or to simply have fun, make sure you protect your head and by wearing a helmet that fits you properly. Falls can happen even if you are a good cyclist and ride all the time. A number of things can make you crash: a car might cut you off, a dog might run out in front of you, or your tire might hit a crack in the road. Each year, about 1,500 people go to an emergency room in Ottawa because of a cycling injury. Of all sports and recreation activities, cycling is the number one reason people visit the emergency room or are admitted to the hospital. Furthermore, many of these injuries are to the head. In Ottawa, there are about 357
emergency room visits each year because of a head injury from cycling. Head injuries can result in damage to your brain and can even cause death. Brain injury continues to be one of the leading causes of death and disability in North America. It can happen to anyone, young or old, during a variety of activities. Brain injury can have life altering changes on the person injured, and is now recognized to cause significant distress and change for the family and friends of the person injured. Each year over 5000 children in Canada experience brain injury from bicycle accidents. Brain injury can happen to both genders, young or old, in a variety of settings. Brain injury in Canada is a significant issue, for people with injury, families, friends and oth-
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A growing list of the things that annoy you I was thinking the other day about something that annoyed me — it might have been music piped out onto the street from shopping centres and stores; is anybody listening, and is it more depressing if someone is? Or it might have been the Internet. In fact, that’s probably what it was. The thing that is most annoying about the Internet is that it consists largely of people being annoyed. You get annoyed with it after a while. Everybody on the Internet is annoyed about something. Entire websites and Facebook pages are devoted to people hating something or someone. There is nothing new about annoyed people trying to make their annoyances public. There have always been chronic letter-to-the-editor writers. There have always been people who tape messages to telephone poles or put signs up in front of their houses or call in to openline radio shows. But this is the first time people have had the ability to broadcast their annoyances to the entire world. And they are taking advantage of it like crazy. Not all of them are doing it constructively. Read the Comments section underneath a story on a news site
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Dandelions have many uses Most everywhere you look on the land nowadays, you can see a sea of yellow - dandelions that is! What is most distressing is, when you and your wife work daily to keep them under control, â€œother peopleâ€? are less concerned! Once the flowers pop up, it is about two days to maturity and the wind will â€œcarry them to every property in the neighbourhood.â€? Then everyone has a big job keeping them under control and may even resort to poison to suppress them! Not a good idea. A better way is to eliminate them
when they are few in number. The best thing is to dig them out by their deep roots. On the positive side, dandelion greens are edible and very nutritious, but do not eat the ones near a roadway or other areas that may have been â€œpoisoned.â€? Even the dried roots may make a substitute for coffee, instead of the drug that so many people consume and some in large quantities (and which is totally imported at great expense!). Harry Splett Nepean
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Bike recycling program finds home at St. Paulâ€™s High School JENNIFER MCINTOSH email@example.com
A bike recycling program that operates out of St. Pauls High School has found a summer home this year thanks to the generosity of the school. Started by St. Paulâ€™s teacher Eric Hempell in 2007, Recycloreâ€™s first home was on Rideau Heights Drive in an isolated building with no heat or hot water. Principal Bill Barrett of St. Paul came to the rescue, according to treasurer Craig MacAulay, by offering the program a full-time home. Then renovations at the school in 2009 meant the program was faced with possibly shutting down, but the Lynwood Village Community Association offered the use of the community building. The idea is simple. People donate bikes, and volunteer mechanics repair them for re-sale to the public at affordable rates. The idea really came from a bike recycling shop at Bronson Avenue and Sommerset Drive and Hempell thought the service would be well used in the west end. â€œRecyclore has managed to survive so far because no one 458813
The city is getting ready to practise what it preaches on recycling. On the heels of a decision to move to biweekly garbage pickup next year to encourage organics recycling, the City of Ottawa revealed its own track record of waste diversion in city facilities is far from ideal. There are no formal recycling or waste management policies for city facilities. That is set to change as the city moves to include smaller municipal buildings in the next residential waste collection contract. â€œItâ€™s laughable,â€? said Coun. Maria McRae (River Ward), the chair of the environmental advisory committee. â€œWe need to walk that talk,â€? she added. While staff and councillors at city hall led the way for waste diversion by keeping 66 per cent of its trash out of the landfill, even city hall staffers fall far short of the 94-per-cent diversion goal that has been set for them. The most egregious offenders were city daycares, which only diverted nine per cent of their waste â€“ far short of their 62 per cent goal. The cityâ€™s overall goal for both residential waste and the institutional, commercial and industrial sectors is 60 per cent. Those statistics were lamented by some councillors, including Mathieu Fleury (Rideau-Vanier), who has worked in multiple city facilities as a lifeguard. He said recycling facilities are sometimes available for the public, but are not readily accessible by staff at build-
ings such as pools. Coun. Jan Harder (Barrhaven) said she has attended many community meetings during which people asked her why recycling options arenâ€™t available at the building. City facilities produce 4,000 tonnes of recyclables and waste, which costs $1.25 million to manage. Staff says it is difficult for the city to recycle more at its own buildings because commercial-scale waste diversion and collection services are costly. Green-bin collection wasnâ€™t included in the public-works waste collection contract in the last round, and it would have cost too much to break the contract to add organics collection, said John Manconi, a manager in Ottawaâ€™s public works department. Just breaking the contract to add green-bin collection to the cityâ€™s 150 small facilities would cost $200,000, according to a city report. It would cost an additional $190,000 to add commercial recycling and waste services. Instead, the city is moving forward with a plan to treat those smaller buildings the same way it treats Ottawa residences. Adding 150 city buildings to the residential waste contract, set to take effect next summer, would cost comparatively less: between $20,000 and $25,000 annually. There are still 270 large city facilities that canâ€™t be included in that plan due to the amount of waste they produce. The city is looking at including larger buildings in the multi-residential waste collection contract, which is set to expire in May of 2013.
Recyclore calls out for volunteers gets paid and we donâ€™t pay rent,â€? MacAulay said. â€œOur only expenses are liability insurance (about $1,500 a year), renting the domain name ($20 a year) and buying tools. This is why we are able to offer bikes at such affordable prices.â€? MacAulay said the program welcomes volunteers, either bike enthusiasts with mechanical experience or students looking for volunteer hours. Recyclore operates Monday nights and Friday nights from 4 p.m. to 10 p.m. and Saturdays from 12 to 3 p.m. during their winter session from Sept 1 to June 1. In the summer the hours are Fridays 4 p.m. to 10 p.m. and Saturdays 12 to 5:30 p.m. For more information, see the site at: www.recyclore.org.
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New projection system for museum STAFF The Nepean Museum has a new projection system in place thanks to a recent grant. The items were funded by the City of Ottawa through a Museum Sustainability Plan Capital Funding grant, and was specifically purchased to improve accessibility for visitors of all abilities. Dr. Bruce Elliott was the first to use the
equipment in May at the museum’s annual general meeting, during which time he gave a presentation on Fairfields. Fairfields is a designated heritage property located at 3080 Richmond Road. It was the family homestead for five generations of the Bell family who first settled there in 1823. The heritage home is now owned and operated jointly by the City of Ottawa and the Community Foundation of Ottawa, who manage The Bell Home-
stead Trust Fund. The Friends of Fairfields was created as an Advisory Board to advise the Community Foundation of Ottawa. Nepean Museum provides seasonal programming and full-time collections care and management. Nepean Museum provides seasonal, on-site, interpretative tours of Fairfields, which will open for the season on Saturday, June 4 at 10 a.m. as part Doors Open Ottawa.
Nepean Museum is located at 16 Rowley Avenue, Nepean, just north of Meadowlands Drive, between Woodroffe Avenue and Merivale Road. There is ample onsite parking. The site is wheelchair accessible. We are open weekdays and holidays from 10 am to 5 pm and weekends from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. For more information about on museum programs, exhibits and events look online at www.nepeanmuseum.ca .
Little Girl’s Gift still giving 50 years later Janice Babson’s plight shines light on need for organ donors JENNIFER MCINTOSH email@example.com
It was more than 50 years ago when a nine-year-old girl from the Nepean neighbourhood of City View began to get back aches and lose some of her boundless energy. The story of Janis, the second of Rudy and Rita Babson’s six children, is one who has gone on to inspire people around the world. In 1961 Janis succumbed to a two-year battle with Leukemia, but not before
willing her eyes to help blind strangers regain their sight. Before Janis fell ill she had seen a program on television about how thousands of blind people could be cured if they had corneal implants. It was then that she told her mother that she wanted to donate her eyes to the Ontario Eye Bank if she died. It was a wish that was fulfilled in her last moments. She died 50 years ago, May 27, 1961. Janis’ story was first written by Tim Burke for the Ottawa Journal in the
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winter of 1962. The first book telling her story was written by Sister Irene Primeau and called “Janis of City View.” By 1963 Lawrence Elliot wrote a condensed story for Reader’s Digest called, “The Triumph of Janis Babson.” The expanded story was later published as, “A Little Girl’s Gift.” That book sold 28 million copies worldwide and was published in 12 languages. On May 27 the Babson family and Elliot re-released the book to commemorate the 50 years that followed Janis’ donation. The preface of the book, written by Janis’ younger sister Stephany said that in the week after Janis’ death 644 Ottawans followed her example and donated their eyes upon death. That was more donations than in the previous year. “Janis had only one fear. That she wouldn’t be remembered after she died,” Elliot said. “The special magic of the donation of her two eyes allowed her to live on in the sight of blind people she never even met.” At the launch of the new edition of the book, people came from all over to talk about how Janis’ story impacted them. Amy Hill came all the way from Texas to the book launch, held at the Canadian National Institute for the Blind offices on Prince of Wales Drive. Now she is a speech pathologist and one of the leaders of the ‘Because I Care’ campaign who helps people with Leukemia. She originally read about Janis when she was 10. The story stuck with her into her adult years. “Her story has brought about so many ripples,” Hill said. Lidiane Berbert, a Brazillian doctor who came to Ottawa for the book launch, said she read the story when she was five years old and it helped her to decide her career path. Now she works for Doctors Without Borders. Closer to home was Caroline Langill, an Ottawa artist, who grew up in the same area of Nepean and attended nearby St. Gregory’s Catholic Elementary School. “I remember reading her story and identifying with her because she was roughly the same age and we were from
The story of one little Nepean girl who donated her eyes to help blind people is still inspiring people 50 years later. the same area and I was so inspired by her selflessness. It totally set her apart for me,” Langill said. In 1996 Langill created an installation at the Ottawa Art Gallery called, “Custody of the Eyes.” which showcased Janis’ story and that of her idol Saint Teresa of Avila. Chris Brennan, manager of stakeholder relations and communications for Canadian Blood Services said that he hoped Janis’ story would help to inspire a new generation of organ donors. “No one wants to talk about death,” he said. “But it’s very important for your family to know your wishes. One organ donor can save eight lives and tissue donations can save 100. It’s so important.” Rita Babson thanked everyone for their attendance at the launch. “I know my darling Janis is pleased that you are here,” she said. “And I have to thank Larry Elliot for making Janis known to the world.”
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There may still be hope for angry businesses and residents who oppose renaming the main strip in Bells Corners to Lloyd Francis Boulevard. Coun. Peter Clark, who represents the east-end ward of Rideau-Rockcliffe, is still intent on drumming up support to reverse the decision to rename a portion of Robertson and Richmond roads. “I canvassed the council and I got a number of people agreeing with me – over half, actually,” Clark said. Clark attempted to get enough councillors on his side to bring this issue up at the last council meeting on May 25, but he couldn’t drum up enough support. Clark said 15 councillors are on his side and would like to see the debate reopened, but he needs a “super majority” of 18 council votes in order to overturn a
decision council has already made. Council voted to rename the road on April 13, a day after the matter was discussed at the city’s transportation committee. The move was instigated by College Ward Coun. Rick Chiarelli, who made the issue part of his election campaign last year. Chiarelli says the name change will give the area an identity and make it easier for customers to find businesses. But Clark, who was away for medical reasons when the decision was taken in April, said he objects to the process of the renaming, which he called “backhanded”. “There are a lot of reasons. The backhanded way it was done was one of the reasons,” Clark said. “You walk it into committee on Tuesday and right into council the very next day, so that if the community wanted to react, they weren’t allowed to.” Clark said he decided to take on the
fight for Robertson Road because his executive assistant, who lives in the Bells Corners area, brought the community’s concerns to his attention. Some residents and business owners have spoken out against the change, saying they were not properly consulted. But Clark said the Robertson Road renaming is also characteristic of a widerreaching issue with the new council, which was inaugurated last December after the election. “It’s just another symptom of this ‘rush to it, repent at leisure’ approach to the world,” he said. “I think we need to take a little more measured approach to some of the stuff.” One key player who isn’t in Clark’s corner is Mayor Jim Watson.
“The mayor doesn’t want to re-open this,” Clark said. “He doesn’t want to get into another withdrawal situation,” Clark added, referring to the mayor’s recent decision to revoke his suggestion to name the city’s new archives building after controversial former mayor, Charlotte Whitton. Clark said it is possible he will move a motion to revisit the road renaming at an upcoming council meeting. The next council meeting is scheduled for June 8. Eighteen councillors would need to vote in favour of re-opening the issue. If that happens, a simple majority of council members (12) would have to vote in favour of returning the matter to public consultation and the city’s commemorative naming policy.
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Heather Graham, principal at D. Aubrey Moodie, will be leaving to take a post at W.O. Mitchell. comes from Alta Vista Public School. During her time at Moodie, Graham established a healthy active school program in partnership with Ottawa Public Health. Now senior kids are leading exercise programs in the gymnasium at lunch, and one class has helped to establish a healthy snack room. Everything from tabouli to muffins are prepared each day so that kids have a healthy choice — something Graham hopes translates into mealtime at home. “We now have about 200 kids taking advantage of it everyday,” she said. With healthy bodies comes healthy minds and healthy relationships. Graham has also implemented “O” or orientation week at the beginning of the year, to help the children — who come from Bells Corners, Crystal Beach and Bayshore — get to know one another. Leaders are selected from Grade 7 students who apply the year before and plan activities for the first four days of the school year. It’s that kind of leadership that Graham likes and what lead her to teaching in the first place. Graham started out running a basketball team at a school where here mother taught when she was in Grade 10, then later when to the Ontario Education Leadership Centre, where she now works as a program coordinator. And the rest is history. Graham said she will miss the students at Moodie, but looks forward to the W.O Mitchell community.
Nepean native Vikas Kholi seems to have hit the right note in his career. The film composer and music producer has completed the professional equivalent of a hat trick — receiving three different forms of accolades from the community and industry bodies for his work. Kholi, a former student of Merivale High School, has been in Toronto since his teens. He said his musical career got its start when he picked up a guitar at age 13. “I never really received any classical training, but learning to play guitar taught me to read music and kind of paved the way,” he said. Kholi started his production company, Fat Labs, out of university. He received a MARTY from the Mississauga Arts Council on May 13. He also received a Trailblazer Award from the ReelWorld Film Festival on April 10, and became the first composer to receive the Voice Achievers Award in Entertainment on April1. “It’s just been an incredible ride,” he said, crediting his success to luck and stubbornness.
Kholi said when he first started out it took a lot of work to get himself out there and get people to trust him. “It’s not like you can just walk up to Snoop Dogg and say ‘come back to my place and see what I can do,’” he said. “The awards are really thanks to all the people who trusted me to work on their projects.” While Kholi said his passion remains music, he said he fell into the movie scene. “I was lucky that the first work I did was kind of a Bollywood blockbuster so I had some more requests after that,” he said. His latest award, the MARTY is produced by the Mississauga Arts Council and recognizes the
acheivements of 14 artists in the categories of literary, performing, media, creative community and visual arts. There were 100 nominations for these 14 awards. The Voice Achievers Award recognizes members of the South Asian community in Canada who have become successful in their fields. The Trailblazer Award—created in 2002—recognizes the acheivements of ethnically-diverse Canadian film industry professionals whose work has broadened our horizons.
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JENNIFER MCINTOSH For Heather Graham it’s all about the children. The principal of D. Aubrey Moodie Intermediate School only had two goals in mind when she came to the school four years ago, that the kids were safe and they had the opportunity to learn. And she has helped to accomplish that. With decades of teaching under her belt at Blossom Park Public School and Alta Vista Public School, Graham said she had some ideas when she came in, but it’s been the help of staff, students and parent volunteers. “We have an awesome community here,” she said. Students and teachers have worked together to improve the EQAO standardized testing scores, with the help of resources from the Ontario Focus Intervention Program, and are now classed as a middle school — with scores between 50 and 75 per cent. “It’s tough to teach sometimes in an intermediate school because it’s basically a building full of hormones,” Graham said. “So sometimes it’s about changing the mindset.” Graham said she herself has changed her thinking and has developed a tool kit for dealing with trouble. “Instead of asking kids ‘why did you do that?’ I start with ‘what happened,’” she said. “Sometimes a big situation starts from one small action and just gets bigger and bigger, the trick is to catch it before it gets out of control,” she said. So, Graham goes with H.E.A.R.T.S, or Helping Everyone Resolves Troubles Safely. It’s a five step program that starts with ignoring the person, then asking them to stop, then walking away, then talking to a staff member, with the last step seeking help from the homeroom teacher. “It works really well and helps the kids to take ownership of their problems,” Graham said. While Graham will be leaving Moodie this summer to begin her term at W.O Mitchell Elementary School in Kanata, she feels she has left her mark and leaves her kids in the capable hands of Paul Parmalee, who
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Doors Open in Nepean community STAFF There are a number of local pit stops on this year’s tour of Doors Open Ottawa that takes place June 4 and 5. The Nepean Museum at 16 Rowley Avenue in Nepean and Fairfields heritage home at 3080 Richmond Road will be part of the tour from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. The Nepean Huron Early Learning Centre at 24 Capalino Drive will be open Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday. The Britannia yacht Club, 2777 Cassels Street, will be open Saturday from10 a.m. to 4 p.m. as well. Ottawa was the second city in North America to launch this event based on a successful European program dedicated to built heritage, architecture and design. Each year, visitors hear first-hand the remarkable stories that have shaped the National Capital region. As While in Nepean, check out the Huron Early Learning Centre at 24 Capalino Drive. It’s new on the tour this year and is Ottawa’s first LEED certified child care centre. This municipal child care centre opened its doors in June 2010. The facility and playground was designed by CSV Architects and incorporates a wide range of sustainable design features that reduce energy consumption, the use of natural resources and environmental impact. The child care centre operation promotes environmental sustainability and incorporates the standards of reducing, reus-
ing and recycling into its daily functions. The Britannia Yacht Club was formed in 1887 in what used to be an old saw mill. Its members have won many national championships and even an Olympic gold medal (sprint canoer Frank Amyot, Berlin 1936). Despite additions, the clubhouse still retains its historical appearance. It features the regions’ best view of the Ottawa River. The club offers an excellent harbour with both Mediterranean and floating docks. Many make BYC their city cottage, enjoying sailing, boating, swimming, tennis and great barbecues on the patio in the summer. In the winter, they enjoy warm fires in the Dragon Lounge. Ottawa’s largest heritage and architectural event, Doors Open has recorded nearly 500,000 visits since it began in 2002. Currently, 48 European countries participate during European Heritage Month. In addition, Australia and the United States have joined the highly successful Doors Open movement. Doors Open Ottawa is brought to the community by the City of Ottawa and a dedicated group of volunteers, in collaboration with Heritage Ottawa, Heritage Canada, the Ottawa Regional Society of Architects and the Ontario Heritage Trust. The event enables partnerships between the City of Ottawa, building owners, neighbourhoods and the corporate community.
Left: The Britannia Yacht Club was formed in 1887 in what used to be an old saw mill. Right: Fairfields heritage home at 3080 Richmond Road will be part of the tour from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
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Nepean resident Rachelle Marois thinks she has come up with a refreshing idea — accessible tourism. The La Cité Collégiale hospitality and tourism grad is in a wheelchair. She said there are no services telling people how accessible accommodations and destinations are. “There are things in other countries, but they are mostly government run,” she said. “It doesn’t always work, because in places like Ontario we have accessibility laws, but that doesn’t tell you how accessible something is.” Marois is hoping for funding for her idea through the Pepsi Refresh Project — an initiative that asks people to vote in their favourite ideas. The top four winners will win $5,000 to implement their project. Marois has been advertising her idea on her Facebook page and feverishly emailing friends, but it is slow going. “I think because it’s not close to deadline people don’t feel rush to vote,” she said. The idea is currently in the 53rd spot and needs to make it to the top four to get funding. Voting takes place until the end of June. The idea is reasonably simple. Marois plans to set a sort of social networking site for tourists with accessibility issues and provide ratings, interview, photos and video to help people choose an appropriate destination.
RACHELLE MAROIS “There are a lot of places people go to and don’t enjoy because it isn’t as accessible as they thought. Then on the flip side there are people who don’t go to places thinking they won’t be able to get around, and the accessibility is quite good,” she said. The business is there, according to Marois, who said people with disabilities have money to spend and would like to travel. “But they need help to know where to go that is accessible to their needs,” she said. The contest is ongoing and will run until June 30. To vote for the accessible tourism idea, go to www.refresheverything. ca/accessibletourism.
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Emily Macgillivray, practices with her horse Quest on May 28 at the National Capital Dressage held at the Nepean National Equestrian Park. Champion spot on Action Tyme, while the Reserve Grand Prix Champion was Susanne Dutt-Roth on Rheirattack. The Grand Prix Freestyle pick was Simone Williams on WunderEin. Noemi Gagnon-Bergeron was Junior Champion on Vavite Fortuna. While most riders are between the ages of 18 and 60, Teeple did say one 12-yearold competed in the international tests. The last qualifier for the Pan American games was held in 2004 at the Nepean National Equestrian Park.
Despite the soggy weather, 100 participants made it out to the Nepean National Equestrian Park from May 27 to 29 to compete in the third Ottawa Dressage Festival. Paul Teeple, the show secretary, said the event was put on by the not-for-profit foundation, National Capital Dressage — which aims to hold the events as qualifiers for the Pan American Games, the North American Juniors, the Young Rider Championships and the Young Horse Breeder Championships. Of the 100 participants, last weekend’s show had about six winners in different categories, based on skill and level of expertise. “Dressage is a lot like figure skating,” Teeple said. “Participants are given a variety of tests and scored by a panel of judges on execution, poise and music choice.” While Teeple said most of the riders came from Ottawa, Toronto and Montreal, there was a tractor trailer full of competitors from Winnipeg. “We had a really great turnout,” he said. Two of the riders — Robert Garibzideh (Advanced Champion) and Roberta Morris (Advanced Reserve Champion) qualified to move on to the Pan American Games. They were riding on Davidos and Reiki Tyme respectively. Evi Strasser nabbed the Grand Prix
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Adding six new O-Trains to the fleet could spell relief during construction of the city’s light-rail system. At least, that’s the plan the city is hoping for to avoid critical congestion at Hurdman Station in a few years as the transition to a light-rail system begins. Although the plan presented last week was just an overview (a detailed report is coming in June), it paved the way for a surprise request from Gloucester-Southgate Coun. Diane Deans. Deans, who is also the chair of the transit commission, was successful in her request to get the commission to sign off on a study expected to cost $200,000 that will look at extending the O-Train line south to Leitrim. The O-Train currently runs between Bayview and Greenboro stations. In a move reminiscent of the city’s first cancelled light-rail plan, when ended with the city paying $36.7 million in order to break its contract for the project. Deans said if council were to approve the rail extension, it would not only provide better transit service to the south end, but it would also spur development in those communities. “It would get south-end residents to south-end rapid transit service probably almost two decades ahead of what is currently anticipated,” Deans said. “It’s not everything electrification would be, but
it’s certainly much better service than they have today.” Rail was expected to reach the south end around 2026, according to the city’s transportation master plan. Kanata is scheduled to get light rail after 2031, said Kanata South Coun. Marianne Wilkinson, but she didn’t feel that her ward would be disadvantaged by giving the south-end rail rapid transit first. “Doing this means we’ll get it at fairly low cost, compared to LRT,” Wilkinson. “That takes the pressure off (the system) by putting LRT south before we go west … It is positive, and it’s really important to have transit systems to all parts of the city.” The study on whether to extend the OTrain line south is supposed to be completed in six months. File photo
O-TRAIN EXPANSION The proposed six new trains and construction of passing tracks to allow increased frequency of service would cost $59 million, the city’s transit commission heard on May 18. Work on the train tracks would be done in 2013, to coincide with a planned shutdown of O-Train service in order to upgrade the Rideau River Bridge, Mercier said. “That timeframe would be acceptable to do these upgrades,” Mercier said, “so we wouldn’t have to shut down twice.” A full financial case for the project
The City of Ottawa is looking at adding six new O’trains to reduce transit congestion at Hurdman Station during construction of the eastern leg of the LRT wasn’t presented at the transit commission meeting, but it will be part of the detailed report that will be released next month. “By spending today, you get almost 20 years of life with future capacity,” Mercier said. An “experiment” that begin in 2001, the O-Train has now reached capacity one some trips. At first only about 5,100 to 6,400 people were taking the train each day, but ridership has soared to 12,000
trips daily. People have taken more than 16 million trips on the train since it launched. A full report on the O-Train expansion will be presented to the transit commission on June 21 (the report will be made publically available on June 14). Due to the cost involved with the project, city council would have the final say on whether to move ahead and purchase new trains. The topic will be discussed at a June 22 council meeting.
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JUNE 1 TO 30 The Foyer Gallery in support of The Ottawa Hospital. Foyer Gallery artists present an exhibit of exciting and diverse collection of works, in variety of artistic styles and mediums at the Ottawa Hospital Civic Campus Mall, 1053 Carling Avenue. Portion of the proceeds from on-site sales will be donated to The Ottawa Hospital. Foyer Gallery is a non-profit artist run Gallery located at the Nepean Sportsplex, 1701 Woodroffe Avenue, Entrance 1,Tel: 613-580-2424 ext 42226.
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Last weekend’s tour of five former one-room schoolhouses in Kanata and West Carleton brought many history buffs out through the drizzle for a step back in time. Many schoolhouses such as SS No. 2 Huntley on Carp Road, had folks such as Nepean’s Erin Olmstead dressed in period costume to welcome participants. Others had former teachers conducting classes for kids from grades 1 to 8. The Carp Road schoolhouse is now home to Christ Church. Others are residences or commercial businesses, such as the one on March Road near Klondike Road, a plastic surgery business.
Village Marconi is currently accepting donations for their garage sale from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Items including clothing, kitchen accessories, sporting goods, books, DVD, CDs, etc. may be dropped off at Villa Marconi 1026 Baseline Road between 10 a.m. and 6:30 p.m. at the reception desk. Funds raised will be donated to the Villa Marconi Residents’ Council. If you would like details, call Antonietta at (613) 7276201 ext. 6660 or email@example.com. In support of Live and Learn Resource Centre; a gem of a book sale. 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. 8243 Victoria St., Metcalfe; gently used book and jewellery donations being accepted Monday to Friday at: Live and Learn Resource Centre, 8243 Victoria St., Metcalfe, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
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The Ottawa Rotary Home will host its annual golf marathon at the Emerald Links golf club on June 6, to raise money for their new adult respite facility which opened in 2009. The respite facility provides overnight care for adults with severe physical disabilities, to give parents a much-needed break from the 24-hour care they often provide. Nepean resident Tom Sparks has been sending his 23-year-old son Eric to the home for about five days at a time every two months since the adult respite facility opened. Eric is non-verbal, fully dependent on his parents for care and has a severe seizure disorder which can result in several seizures a day. Sparks said he feels most comfortable sending Eric to the Rotary Home because they are specially trained to deal with physical disabilities and specific medical issues, and have a beautiful facility. He said the break is incredibly beneficial for him and his wife, who spend much of their time feeding, changing and bathing their adult son. “I get to do some things and I don’t have to worry about checking on him every half hour or 15 minutes. I could spend a couple hours in a row and get
some work done,” he said, noting that Eric enjoys his time away too. “It’s being there with his peers, it’s that social environment that’s very beneficial. Who wants to stay at home with their parents all the time? They’re the same as anyone else.” The golf marathon raised $63,000 last year, about a quarter of the funds currently needed to run the facility for a year. The marathon lets golfers stay on the course from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., squeezing in as much golf as they possibly can as a reward for raising pledges and money for the respite care centre. Instead of paying a flat fee to play and winning prizes based on their performance like most charity golf tournaments, golfers instead win prizes based on how much money they raise – even if they play their worst game of golf. The tournament at Emerald Links, located off Mitch Owens Road in Ottawa South, includes a hot buffet breakfast before tee-off at 8:45, lunch on the course and a catered steak dinner and reception, as well as complimentary golf carts, sponsored prizes and other perks on the course. To enter, golfers must raise a minimum of $253, the amount of money needed to provide one overnight stay at the home. For more information visit www.rotaryhomegolf.ca.
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JUNE 7 Who can resist a fashion show by Shepherd’s - 9:15-11:00 a.m. 225 McClellan Road (Arlington Woods Hall). $4 ($1 first timer) includes light breakfast and free childcare. Singer: Debbie Clark; Speaker: Anne McDowell. RSVP: 613-721-1257 or 613-829-2063. Presented by Ottawa West Women’s Connection.
JUNE 12 Silence in the City: Meditation for Youth and Young Adults. Fr. Laurence Freeman OSB, Director, World Community for Christian Meditation. From 3 p.m. to 6 p.m., Saint Paul University Amphitheatre, 223 Main Street, Ottawa, ON. Free. Everyone welcome. Register at ChristianMeditationOttawa@gmail.com or tel. 613-302-4112
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