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Nepean schools get boost from province Expansions, retrofits and new schools part of increased funding announcement JENNIFER MCINTOSH

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KEEP ON TRUCKIN’ Four-year-old Peyton McCaig throws her hands up in delight at being able to sit inside a real fire truck at Coun. Keith Egli’s Community Family Fun Day in Trend-Arlington Park on June 18. Beside her sit sisters Lilly and Maya Lalonde, aged two and four.

Condos proposed for Meadowlands JENNIFER MCINTOSH

The “for rent” sign at 145 Meadowlands Dr. has been replaced by one letting residents know about a proposed condo building. Clausi Developments Ltd. bought the four properties between 145 and 151 Meadowlands with the purpose of building a four-storey condo. College Coun. Rick Chiarelli said the proposal would include somewhere between 49 and 51 units. The existing zoning allows for detached dwellings and other residential

uses, but a low-rise apartment building is not a permitted use. The developer would also require a change to the 9.5-metre height restrictionon the property, because the proposed building would be 12.5 metres tall. A report by a consultant hired by Clausi, Meloshe and Associates Ltd. says the main entrance of the building will be from Meadowlands Drive. “The site is currently well-served by transit along Woodroffe Avenue and Meadowlands Drive,” the report reads. See ‘Height’ page 6



Minister of Education Leona Dombrowsky was greeted with cheers from a class Laurier Carrière French Catholic school in Nepean on June 15, following an announcement that will create six additional classrooms. Chair of the French Catholic school board, Diane Doré, said the money comes just in time. “We have really seen our numbers grow,” she said. “We hope to have 20,000 students across the board by September. Our students are having some of the best successes and that’s thanks to the partnership we have with the province.” The funding announcement will mean approximately $650 million in new schools, and renovations and additions to existing schools. The money will be doled out over the next three years. The new funds will mean a French Catholic and a French public high school in Kanata and a new elementary school in Barrhaven – something Nepean-Carleton MPP Lisa MacLeod has asked for several times to address the growing population in Barrhaven. “The Barrhaven and Riverside South communities of Nepean-Carleton are two of the fastestgrowing communities in all of Ottawa, if not all of Canada,” she said during a March 29 question period.

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as minister of Infrastructure he sees the benefits of new schools to the local economy. “This allows us to focus on acheivements and better outcomes,” he said.

MacLeod said the population had nearly doubled from 2001 to 2006, reaching 52,000. “It…is expected to double again to over 100,000 within the next five years. That means there’s been a demand on the Ottawa-Carleton District School Board and the other three in my riding for more public education, she said.”

43 NEW SCHOOLS This year, work will begin on the 43 new schools – with another 30 receiving additions or retrofits. “Investing in our schools is critical to helping every child reach his or her potential and succeed,” Dombrowsky said. “Our government is committed to making the necessary investments and planning to ensure the future success of our children and grandchildren.” With files from Emma Jackson


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Minister of Education Leona Dombrowsky is surrounded by a class at École élémentaire catholique Laurier Carrière following her announcement on June 15 of funding that will mean six additional classrooms for the Nepean school.

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THE OTTAWA HOSPITAL FOUNDATION In October 2009, Rhea Ferguson’s father, Bill, was

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Looking for a way to make a difference, she learned about Ride the Rideau, a 100 km cycling fundraiser from Ottawa to Merrickville to support cancer research at The Ottawa Hospital, and immediately signed up. “It’s raising money for where I work, and it’s going to where my dad was treated,” she said. “It was a perfect fit.” Ferguson’s mother, Sheila, also got on board as a Ride the Rideau volunteer.

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Even though the proposed development is in the neighbourhood of Ryan Farm, Runia said Cityview residents are “The proposed development would be concerned about the possible precedent it located within 600 metres of the Baseline might set. Station. A number of transit routes oper“That would change the character of ate in close proximity to the site.” Meadowlands, it’s all The development single family homes,” would be classified as a he said. “If this one goes low-rise building with up, I can see developers three storeys with a “If this one goes up, buying up lots all along recessed fourth-storey I can see developers the road and building penthouse. more.” Balconies and ground buying up lots all Runia also expressed floor patios are proconcern about where posed for each of the along the road...” the residents of the 51units. unit building would be Cars would access a 72-space underground Peter Runia travelling. “If they are going parking facility from along Woodroffe that Meadowlands Drive. would be OK because it Chiarelli did say runs north-south and is some residents have exbigger, but Meadowland is a two-lane, 40pressed concern over the intensification. kilometre road. People going to Merivale But the site is close to transit and an arte(Road) will be crawling.” rial road. Public comment for the application Peter Runia, president of the City View closes on July 7 and the application will Community Association, said there was be considered by the city’s planning comlittle support for the development among mittee on Sept. 2. the executive of the association.




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JUNE 26 Southminster United Church, Bank at Aylmer Street, 2 p.m; in 1907, Nepean Township villages such as Ottawa South were annexed to the City of Ottawa. Improved city services soon followed, such as a new high-level Bank Street Bridge over the canal. It allowed the privately owned Ottawa Electric Railway to extend streetcar services, stimulating housing and development of one of Ottawa’s first streetcar suburbs. Guide: Leo Doyle, Development and Planning Committee, Old Ottawa South. Info: 613-230-8841 or, information, please call 613-489-3868. $10 fee.

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Jamie MacDougall is the founder and Director of The Ottawa Hospital’s Institute for Rehabilitation Research and Development. He grew up in Overbrook, a brisk run from the General Campus. He went to high school at Lisgar, beside City Hall. His commitment to Ottawa is obvious. It is his commitment to Canada’s Deaf and persons with disability that led to his investiture in the Oder of Canada, on May 27. “You immediately think of all the people that made it possible, especially those with disabilities who inspired me. It is validation for thousands of people,” says MacDougall of the honour. Deafness and disability is personal for MacDougall. His parents, Peter and Gladys, were both deaf. His daughter, Paige, suffered a serious head injury at age 17, bringing his awareness of disabilities even closer to home. “People with disabilities have greater potential than we realize,” says MacDougall. “They have to overcome a lot of stereotypes…Just like everyone else, they aspire to realize their full potential.” Rusty Wendt, the head Carleton University’s Department of Psychology, understood this calling early on, convincing McDougall to take a summer job working with deaf parents seeking better means to communicate with their hearing children.

MacDougall left Carleton for McGill, getting his Masters and PhD in Clinical Psychology, studying the psychological impact of sensory deprivation and the link between deafness and literacy. Moving to Newfoundland’s Memorial University, he studied the impact of resettlement on cognitive development in children. From there, he went on to Rochester New York’s National Technical Institute for the Deaf. Then, back to McGill, where he spent 40 years teaching in the area of deafness and disability, and lead the Mackay Centre for Deaf and Disabled Children. His research is rooted in the everyday challenges faced by the Deaf and persons with disability. “Whether its children or adults,” says MacDougall, “I’ve been touched by the courage of extraordinary people.” Those people, in turn, have enabled valuable research. “The strength of clinically driven research is that it is both practical and sophisticated because of the problems it allows us to explore”. During one particularly complex case with a deaf Inuk in Nunavut who was said to have no language, MacDougall discovered the Inuit had their own sign language – Inuit Sign Language. His ability to extend clinical work beyond the hospital into the real world sets MacDougall apart. Working with advocacy groups such as the Canadian Hearing Society and the Canadian Association of the Deaf, he fought to ensure people with disabilities enjoy the full protection of the Charter of Rights and Freedoms. His example brings The Ottawa Hospital a step closer to its vision of providing each patient with the world class care, exceptional service and compassion we would want for our loved ones. Nicolas Ruszkowski is VP Communications and Outreach at The Ottawa Hospital. Each week, he will share behind-the-scenes insight from the hospital. E-mail him at 473742


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Yet another good reason to head for the lake Next week the fighting will start – the people who want to go off to the cottage for Canada Day against the people who want to stay in town and see Will and Kate. There are other subgroups, the people who want to stay in town to see the jazz festival and the people who want to stay in town for the fireworks, but that’s quite a different matter. You might think this upcoming battle is a battle of the sexes – the women wanting to see the royal couple and the men wanting to go fix the dock – but that’s old-fashioned stereotyped thinking. It’s more complicated than that. Back in April there were an awful lot of people, both male and female, who got up at five in the morning to watch the royal wedding on TV. Around that time, I remarked casually to a group of like-minded people that it was crazy and perhaps even un-Canadian of the CBC to send Peter Mansbridge over to London to cover the wedding just three days before a Canadian federal election. Turns out that many people were less like-minded than I thought. There was much leaping to the defence of the CBC and defending of the histori-

CHARLES GORDON Funny Town cal importance of the royal wedding. This, of course, doesn’t mean I was wrong. Anyway, the whole argument will now start up again. Some people will say that the way to go about being a good Canadian on Canada Day is to go to a lake and do something with a canoe or a tree. In doing so we are honouring our ancestors and our heritage. Others will argue that the Crown is part of what makes Canada special and that we should salute it in person whenever the opportunity arises. Not all of these people are old codgers. Now, it’s true that the motorcade isn’t going to stop for them, nor will they be able to get close enough to salute, but it’s the thought that counts.

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It should also be noted that there is a rapidly growing number of Canadians whose heritage includes neither lakes and canoes nor royal couples from England. If you’re in that group, you might be very confused by it all, and should maybe just hang out at the jazz festival, where neither God Save the Queen nor O Canada is likely to be played. Mind you, you might hear the CF-18s and the 21 guns. One of the reasons the monarchy has survived so long in this country is that people tend to be rather good-natured about it. It helps that most of our royal visitors in recent times have been rather pleasant and it is difficult even for a committed republican to direct the necessary amount of outrage against them. Will and Kate, too, seem quite nice. If you want to work up a case against a royal visit it is necessary to search for some other reason. The only one that springs to mind is that having a princess in our midst might encourage more of our Canadian little girls to want to be princesses. Feminists and other sensible people have been worrying about the princess phenomenon for some time now – par-

ents dressing their daughters up in frilly pink costumes, sometimes even with little crowns and tiaras. It is the result of a marketing ploy some people blame on the Disney empire. Whoever is at fault, it isn’t doing much to persuade our daughters to become doctors, engineers, soldiers, hockey players or any of the things they can be that don’t involve marrying princes. It’s unlikely that Kate, when she gets to Ottawa, will be wearing a crown or anything frilly and pink, but you can never be too careful, which is why heading for the lake isn’t such a bad idea. Everybody knows you can’t be a princess and climb a tree at the same time. Ottawa This Week Nepean welcomes letters to the editor. Senders must include their full name, complete address and a contact phone number. Addresses and phone numbers will not be published. We reserve the right to edit letters for space and content, both in print and online at To submit a letter to the editor, please email suzanne. or fax to 613-224-2265 or mail to: 80 Colonnade Rd. N., Unit 4, Ottawa, ON, K2E 7L2.

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Who will fix hospital wait times? In a new radio ad and email campaign, Bob Chiarelli is crowing about the great success that his Liberal government has had in reducing health care wait times: “According to the Fraser Institute, Ontario now has the lowest wait times in Canada.” • Angiography - down by 39% • Cataract surgery - down by 61% • Hip replacement - down by 46% • Knee replacement - down by 55% • CT scan - down by 54% • Cancer surgery - down by 24% • General surgery - down by 12% While I agree that those are significant reductions, the job is not done. That still means that Ontarians are facing unacceptably high wait times for important medical care: • Angiography - 34 days • Cataract surgery -122 days

• Hip replacement - 188 days • Knee replacement - 199 days • CT scan - 37 days • Cancer surgery - 60 days • General surgery - 103 days One overwhelming factor in successfully treating many conditions is early diagnosis and rapid treatment. If your doctor suspects you may need cardiac surgery, but you have to wait 34 days for an angiography to be sure, you could be dead before you get the diagnosis. If your doctor orders a CT scan to find out if you have a tumour growing in your brian, it will continue growing for 37 days before they know about it and then you can wait another two months for cancer surgery to have it removed. Does that sound like world class health care? Not to me. Not to my mother who

has to wait more than six months to get routine hip surgery. Not to my grandfather who has to go through every day nearly blind waiting for cataract surgery. What is the plan for getting rid of these wait time entirely? How much will it cost? How long will it take? Ordinary people don’t care about partisan politics. They don’t care about who said what in question period. They have real problems and they deserve honest answers about real solutions. It is time for serious leadership in Ontario. What is your plan Mr. Hudak? Ms. Horwath?


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The birds are singing A look inside the Wild Bird Care Centre in Nepean JENNIFER MCINTOSH

When you turn into the gravel driveway that leads to the Wild Bird Care Centre on Moodie Drive, you can see why one volunteer called it “the place that feeds the soul.” Deep in the woods, off of the Beaver Trail in the Greenbelt area surrounding Stony Swamp, the centre is home to 175 different species of birds and is open 365 days a year — barring Christmas Day and New Year’s Day. Just in the first part of June, the centre took in 290 birds — a number executive director Deborah Hass says will probably double by July. “We are absolutely swamped this time of year,” she said, as the centre takes in birds that suffer from everything from cat attacks to habitat destruction. One domestic duck, which has been temporarily named Strawberry, was found by a concerned citizen at Billings Bridge Plaza with neon-pink spray paint on her back. While the staff tries not to get attached to the birds, it has quickly become popular and garnered a spot on a blanket in the small office near the lunch room. “I can’t understand why anyone would do that,” Hass said. And there are hundreds more. One permanent resident — Violet, a turkey vulture that was shot — spends her days outside the centre. She will never be released back into the wild because she can no longer use one of her wings. While the mandate is to rehabilitate and release, Patty Summers, education tour coordinator at the centre, said that sometimes it just isn’t possible. In another room sits a hummingbird, whose tail was torn off by a cat. The little bird will likely be released this summer — but in the meantime, feeding her is a challenge. Staff attempted to use a sugary solution, but she was soon dubbed Jelly Bean, because her feathers soon became coated. Jelly Bean will be released into the


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A baby crow sits in an incubator at the Nepean Wild Bird Care Centre. The babies sometimes have to be fed as often as every 20 minutes throughout the day, and the sound of their cries can often require the use of ear plugs. wild once her tail grows back fully. Hass said 95 per cent of medical treatments are done on site and requests from as far away as California. “Once we got a call from Nunavut for a Tundra swan, and another time we had to return an Atlantic puffin to Sudbury,” she said, adding that when calls come in, they can’t assume they are coming from Ottawa — or even Canada. It’s a long way from the first patient — a hummingbird named Pip — whose founder Kathy Nihei treated in her own home. Nihei, who passed away after a battle with cancer in 2009, is fondly remembered by staff and volunteers as having a way with the birds. “I have never met a person who was as kind hearted as Kathy,” Hass said. “And she cared passionately for animals.” Nihei lived with the birds in her home for 11 years before the building off Moodie Drive opened up. Now the centre rents from the National Capital Commission, and they are feeling the pinch. Hass estimates that utility bills and other costs have gone up about 30 per cent in the last few years. “We know our donors are feeling the pinch too,” she said. The centre accepts birds from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Visitors can come and see the centre and its patients from noon to 3 p.m. every day. During their busy summer months, Hass said the centre employs approximately nine staff including summer students. They also have about 20 or 30

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A domestic duck Nepean Wild Bird Care Centre staff have dubbed ‘Strawberry’ was found by a resident at Billings Bridge Shopping Plaza with neon pink spray paint on its back. volunteers working the centre. During the fall and winter month, the staff dwindles down to three full time and one part-time member — which can be a challenge because some of the babies and smaller species need to be fed as often as every 30 minutes. Summers said she has been working

and volunteering at the centre off and on since she was 16 years old. The days are long and at times, can be shrill, but Hass said it is all worth it. “It’s the kind of job you can be proud of,” she said.




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