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SOUTH EDITION: Serving Riverside South, Hunt Club, Blossom Park and surrounding communities Year 1, Issue 6

December 2, 2010 | 40 Pages

EXPANDING SCHOOLS The OCDSB will likely expand overcrowded Steve MacLean Public School within the next two or three years.





Grade 3 students Nathan, Annalycia, Ashley and Hasan show off their favourite pajamas during Steve MacLean Public School’s annual Pajama Day on Nov. 25.

New habitat on the way for Rideau River wildlife EMMA JACKSON

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There’s something fishy happening in Chapman Mills. Local aquatic life will soon have some fresh swimming grounds after new fish habitat is created along the Rideau River shoreline inside the Chapman Mills conservation area near Riverside South and Barrhaven. The habitat creation is part of a compensation program to offset the loss of fish habitat farther down the river due to several new housing and road developments in the area. Under the federal Fisheries Act, developers are financially responsible for creating, maintaining and financing new fish habitat to compensate for any that must be destroyed in the development process. Three major developers in Ottawa – DCR Phoenix, Tartan Homes and Claridge Homes – are all

involved in the new developments in Ottawa’s south end, and have been working with the Rideau Valley Conservation Authority (RVCA) to build new fish habitat on the RVCA’s land at Chapman Mills. Pierre Dufresne from Tartan Homes said the three developers, who are all building in the same area, will split the cost three ways. He couldn’t name the exact price, but he said it will run over $100,000 – a price Tartan Homes seems willing to pay. “If you take away, you have to give back,” Dufresne said. “We could have kept the current habitat and put in buffers, but in an urban area that’s impractical. So it’s certainly fair that we provide some compensation, and what we remove we give back in an enhanced form.” Jennifer Lamoureux, an aquatic and fish habitat biologist with the RVCA, said a new development along a Jock River tribu-

tary just south of Barrhaven will block the tributary from entering the Jock River and subsequently the Rideau, putting pressure on fish that will not be able to navigate their way to new locations. “Because of storm water management design options, unfortunately the original tributaries have to be lost to achieve the necessary grades and achieve proper storm water management for the site,” explained Lamoureux. Mosquito Creek in Riverside South will also be affected. “There’s a development there and a very large road system is going in. This road system is raising the grades in such a way that the fish won’t be able to access the river’s tributaries anymore. It would be impossible to navigate the system into that upper area.” See DEVELOPERS page 9 420912

The Department of National Defence wants to add a few more twists and turns to Lietrim Road so the roadway runs a wider berth around their facility between Hawthorne and Bank.

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Spratt Road gets much-needed four-way stop Better traffic flow in Riverside South might help with rush hour woes, says Riverside South Community Association EMMA JACKSON


An influx of traffic into the booming Riverside South neighbourhood has prompted the city to install a new fourway stop and flashing beacon on residential Spratt Road last week. Spratt Road currently services two secondary and two elementary schools as well as a network of residential streets, generating a lot of traffic, particularly during rush hour. Previously, the signs on Owl Cabin Avenue and North Bluff Drive at the intersection with Spratt Road made life difficult for residents, particularly those on Owl Cabin trying to turn left towards Limebank Road. “There were some complaints, so the city did a study,” explained Anne Steinberg, a local resident and secretary for the Riverside South Community Association. “I think it’s going to help with the traffic load for sure. With the new (Catholic secondary) school down the road and with nearby Limebank Road being so fabulous now, everyone’s using that as a route to

get to the downtown area. There’s been an increase in traffic for sure.” The city’s study found the intersection did not warrant traffic lights, recommending a four-way stop instead. But resident Harry Habash, who lives near the intersection on Owl Cabin Avenue, said he wishes the city had chosen to install lights. “This flashing light, what is it going to do? How does it work? Will it slow people down? With traffic lights, you know for sure. You’ve got a red light or a green light,” Habash said. “It’s a very busy intersection, and we have to think for the future. In a few years time this neighbourhood will be finished and it will be very busy.” He added that right now he has to wait several minutes to turn left onto Spratt Road, although he admitted the four-way stop will probably help. Steinberg said the flashing light and four-way stop should help make the neighbourhood traffic a little safer for Photo by Emma Jackson residents. Workers installed new sidewalks at the intersection of Spratt Road and North Bluff Drive “It’s a great way to make people aware; in Riverside South on Nov. 25, where a new four-way stop and flashing beacon will help there are a lot of kids in the area.” control the rising level of traffic on Spratt Road.

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Donation gets children in on the game Charity helps disadvantaged kids participate in sports EMMA JACKSON

KidSport Ottawa will receive an extra $1,750 in funding to help disadvantaged kids take part in sports, thanks to a $100,000 donation to umbrella charity KidSport Ontario from the Foranzi Group. Foranzi Group, a national sporting goods retailer that stores such as Sport Chek and Athletes World, donated the money through its nationwide Power of Sport for Kids program, which could help as many as 35 extra kids join a sports team in Ottawa in the coming year. KidSport Ottawa grants are given to children aged 5 to 18 years old who face financial barriers that prevent them from taking part in organized sport. Grants range from $50 to $350, and can be used to help offset the cost of registration or equipment. Since 2005, KidSport Ottawa has provided approximately 350 kids around Ottawa with grants to help play for the sports team of their choice – anything from hockey and football to horseback riding and martial arts. The Ottawa Internationals Soccer Club

has had 69 participants play on its teams thanks to KidSport Ottawa since 2005, more than any other organization in the city – and staff are proud of it. “I think its really important for kids to take part in any sport, so anything that gets these kids in is really great, especially since the KidSport program targets organized sports,” said Bob Monaghan, vice president of boys leagues at the club. He particularly appreciates how KidSport maintains the anonymity of the children it sponsors. “The real key is that nobody knows they’re sponsored. The teammates don’t know, and the coaches don’t know. I think that’s a real plus and the way its done is excellent,” he said. Parents apply directly to KidSport and when the grant is approved the charity simply sends the sports club a cheque to cover the child’s fees. “If it’s a bit under, we just take it and make up the difference,” Monaghan added. Natalie Brett, program coordinator for KidSport Ottawa, said the anonymous approach stems from their goal to help kids participate like every other child. “We do that so the children don’t feel singled out, so that the families don’t feel like they’re charity cases. They belong like everybody else,” Brett explained. “The privacy of it is a large component to our mentality of integration and equal

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John Leroux teaches some karate skills at Jules Morin Park this summer as part of a sports day run by KidSport Ottawa. opportunity.” To be eligible, children’s families must fall under the Canadian low income cutoff (LICO), according to Natalie Brett, the program coordinator for KidSport Ottawa. For a family of four, this means the family’s total income would fall around $40,000, with little extra cash for luxuries such as organized sports. Brett said the program prioritizes first-time applicants who want to play in recreational leagues. Foranzi Group also dedicated a quarter of its $100,000 donation to applications for OFSAA (Ontario Federation of School Athletic Associations), which governs and organizes high school sports

in Ontario. High school applicants to KidSport Ottawa will have access to this $25,000 to help offset the costs of playing high school sports, which Brett said have been slowly rising. “The nice thing is if we get an application for a youth wanting to play a high school sport, we can take it from the $25,000 reserved for OFSAA instead of from our local pot,” she said. Brett stressed the funding will help bring joy to children of all ages, as well as contribute to healthier communities and well-rounded students. “It’s a very positive announcement that we want to highlight.” For more information, visit


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The Ottawa-Carleton District School Board has identified Steve MacLean Public School in Riverside South as a priority for expansion, in an effort to accommodate the booming community.

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The Ottawa-Carleton District School Board has indentified an expansion for Riverside South’s Steve MacLean Public School and the creation of a new elementary school in south Barrhaven as some of its top priorities. The Steve MacLean expansion will likely start within the next two to three years said school principal Denise PoiriWith files from Emma Jackson er, who acknowledged the growing need for a larger public elementary school in Riverside South. “The community is booming, and we’re already over capacity. We have 860 students and 11 Exceeding your Real Estate expectations in... portables,” she said, adding that at this stage she doesn’t know whether the expansion would Ottawa - Kanata - Stittsville - Nepean involve an extension on the current school building or the addiSales Representative Dunrobin - Rural Area tion of more portables. She said 24 Years Experience long term planning will likely include a new public secondary school for the neighbourhood as well, which currently sends its Building a foundation of trust... one home at a time. high school students to South Carleton High School or Merivale High School. While the board has not officially received funding for the Royal LePage Team Realty Office: 613.592.6400 Top 1% Nationally projects from the Ontario gov484 Hazeldean Road Toll Free: 1.888.757.7155 2006 - 2009 ernment, the new Barrhaven Ottawa, ON K2L 1V4 Fax: 613.592.4945 elementary school is likely to be built in Chapman Mills Zone 3, trustee Mark Fisher confirmed in an email on Nov. 24. The hope is that the school will open by September 2012. The decisions came from the


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New route planned for Lietrim EMMA JACKSON

Lietrim Road may have a few new twists in its future, if a proposal from the Department of National Defense (DND) is successful in its bid to realign the roadway away from its Canadian Forces station on Lietrim between Bank Street and Hawthorne Road. According to DND security regulations, there needs to be a 100-metre security buffer zone between all Canadian Forces facilities and non-DND property. Currently, the Canadian Forces station on Lietrim has virtually no buffer zone, and the facility’s entrance is pushed right up

against Lietrim’s north shoulder. If approved, the DND would sign a land swap agreement with the City of Ottawa, which owns Lietrim Road. The new route would swing Lietrim south on the east side of Bank about 160 metres before meeting up with the existing road just west of Hawthorne. The new roadway would include a new 2.5 metre paved shoulder for cyclists. It would also include two access roads to the DND site, on the east and west ends of the realigned portion. Frank McKinney, program manager for environmental assessments in the city’s planning department, said the realign-

ment shouldn’t create too much of a traffic hassle for residents. “The new alignment will be south of the existing road, so the new road will be constructed (without disruption to the current road) and then there will be a very quick transition,” he said. “I can’t see the disruption being more than a few days.” He said construction will likely begin in the fall of 2011, pending the success of the environmental assessment and the time it takes to finalize designs. DND is responsible for assessing and funding the approximately $6 million project, which will not cost the city a cent in capital costs. DND has already drafted an environmental as-

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The Canadian Forces Station (CFS) on Lietrim Road is right next to the roadway, despite the fact that the Department of National Defense (DND) requires a 100-metre security buffer zone for all CFS facilities. DND has proposed to realign Lietrim Road to the south between Bank Street and Hawthorne Road in order to comply with its own rules. sessment which is currently under review at all levels of government, according to DND communications advisor Mike Graham. The assessment will be finalized by early 2011. If

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’Tis the season It’s the season for a lot of things – celebrating many faiths and cultures, spending time with loved ones, decorating, baking, shopping and visiting friends. It’s a season of wish lists, eating too much turkey, and bickering with Uncle Milt for having too much eggnog. For many though, not having enough food, warm clothing or family is a crunch at the worst of times, but the Christmas season seems to be that much harder. It’s the time of the year that communities band together for each other. Collections of coats for little ones in the capital raised more than $160,000 this year. According to the Christmas Exchange, there are close to 10,000 families in the region needing help this season. This is a local charity that was cre-

by the United Way in 2009/10. Food assistance provides either a food hamper or redeemable store voucher to families and individuals who are verifiably in need and who would not otherwise receive seasonal assistance from any other community organization. Co-ordination services are handled through a centralized web-database that collects the names of all the individuals and families referred through a network of over 300 community organizations. Thanks to hundreds of volunteers, thousands of children and their families will have a little merrier holiday season this year. If you can help a child, a senior, or a family in need this season, please reach out today. Visit www. christmas-exchange. com for details on helping your community.

ated in 1915 to help struggling families left behind while the soldiers were overseas during the First World War. The Exchange serves all Ottawa residents, regardless of age, ethnicity, creed or culture. For those who have never faced the overwhelming challenge of living on a fixed income, it is difficult to appreciate how tough the holiday season can be for other families. People, through no fault of their own, find themselves in a time of need because of a sudden work lay-off, an illness, the death of the family breadwinner, or as a result of spousal abandonment leaving the children behind. The Christmas Exchange runs two programs ¬– food assistance funded entirely by donations and proceeds from fundraising events and co-ordination services funded in part


For Lansdowne, good football is good business Underlying the debate over the future of Lansdowne Park is the premise that the Ottawa Rough Riders will return to the Canadian Football League in a new Lansdowne Park home. And underlying that, in turn, is the premise that Ottawa and Valley fans will turn out in big numbers to support their team. Although the last couple of versions of Ottawa football teams would not support that premise, we can at least hope so, particularly in light of the boost in CFL interest that always accompanies the Grey Cup game. And of course, the Rough Riders – let’s forget the Renegades, shall we? – had great success, both on the field and at the box office, in their best days. But we need to note that the best days were a long time ago and both the CFL and Ottawa have changed. Both may have become too big. In its best days, the CFL won the hearts and minds of Canadians, not to mention their dollars, not by being a big deal but by being a small one. The fans didn’t come out to see millionaire stars from the U.S. but to see people who were a part of their community, people who grew up there and people who came from elsewhere but

CHARLES GORDON Funny Town stayed there to live. So it was with the Ottawa Rough Riders of the ’50s, ’60s and ’70s. It was professional sports on a human scale, played by people we knew who didn’t drive around in cars a whole lot bigger than ours. The recent death of Jay Roberts, a Rough Riders star of the 1960s, brings that thought home. He was a guy who was born in Iowa, grew up in Tennessee, went to college in Kansas, came to Ottawa to play football, stayed and become a beloved part of the city. He was one of many Rough Riders from that era who have enriched the community and continue to do so. American or Canadian, the players of the CFL, lived in their communities year-round. Because salaries were not


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DIANA FISHER Accidental Farmwife side and the lambs were happily trapped in the barn, with a fresh load of hay and water. We went out to see Steve. I shooed the ram into the alley between the pens and helped the Farmer hold him there. While we held Steve up against the gate with our legs, the Farmer fastened a fresh blue cube of chalk to the ram’s halter. “I can never remember how these things go on,” he muttered as he struggled to connect the clasps around Steve’s barrel chest. For the next 10 minutes we held Steve tight as we tried different buckling combinations with the halter. Finally we got it on him in a fashion that would not soon be undone. Steve groaned. And grunted. And belched. He was growing impatient of this game already. We opened the gate and pushed him out into the neighbouring room, and toward the open barn door. Outside, it was dark. There wasn’t a yard lamp or moonlight to brighten his path. He didn’t know what was out there. I could tell he was scared. Why we decided to turn Steve out at night, I don’t know. In hindsight, it wasn’t the great-

est idea. For the next hour, Steve tried to cozy up to the ewes who were outside the barn. They liked the smell of him but they weren’t too sure about his unique black face or his jingling collar bell. He was still running around after them when we stumbled back to the house to bed. It was 10 p.m. The next morning, Steve was nowhere to be found. He had obviously tried to get back into the shelter of the barn, because the gate to the lambs’ pen was open and all of our captives had been set free. Before and after work the Farmer searched for the lost ram, listening for the jingling of his collar bell. We couldn’t imagine Steve would head for the bushes, as sheep are afraid of the dark unknown of wooded areas. We assumed he was in the cornfield or down in the meadow, but we couldn’t find him. Finally the Farmer called our neighbour, who also had sheep. Sure enough, for the past day, he had been hosting Steve. Now our Suffolk ram is back in the barn where he wants to be, and he has some new roommates. The Farmer put some ewes in there with him, and hopefully they will become better acquainted with each other. After a while those ewes will switch places with another lot, until the whole flock has visited with Steve. Hopefully by the time we let him out again, he will have grown so fond of his ladies that he will not want to leave.

Developers foot the bill for new habitat From NEW page 1 The road development, for which the City of Ottawa is responsible, includes the widening of Earl Armstrong Road, which will connect to the new Strandherd-Armstrong bridge currently under construction between Riverside South and Barrhaven. The developers will be financially responsible for creating the habitat site as well as monitoring it for the next five years – a new rule to replace the standard three year monitoring period, which Lamoureux said was sometimes too short. “It takes a while for a habitat to stabilize, sometimes longer than three years. With the five year rule, if the habitat isn’t working or something needs to be fixed after the three year mark, the developers are still on the hook for it. They have to pay for it,” she said. The new fish habitat will be created just north of the new bridge and will open up one

backwater bay to the main river and create a new embayment perfect for reproduction. Lamoureux said the new fish habitat will allow more water flow through the area, increasing oxygen levels for the aquatic life and reducing algae blooms in the summer. “There are about 30 fish species in the Rideau system, and every one of them could move in here. The increased oxygen and water flow will mean they can use it for reproduction and feeding.” Lamoureux said there are a number of target species, but the new habitat will benefit virtually all wildlife in the area. “One of the key target species is musky, but the habitat will also be helpful for forage fish – those are the smaller fish that feed the big guys – and common game fish. It will also improve the habitat for amphibians, turtles, insects and also the small mammals who come to the shoreline to forage and feed.”

Of course, the creation of new habitat must be a careful process to protect the integrity of the landscape. “They will be excavating out material, and shaping the bottom at different water levels. They’ll also be planting aquatic vegetation and shoreline vegetation, which are all native species, of course,” Lamoureux said. “We’ll be using native grasses as well as water lilies to shade the area so it doesn’t create conditions for algae blooms.” The construction will begin in December while the water is low and there is better access to the site. Lamoureux said the cattail patch that will be removed is currently above the water line, so there shouldn’t be very many turtles or amphibians asleep in the muck. “The very small mortality level from the construction is a negative, but the huge benefits from the new habitat will definitely outweigh that loss.”

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We had had our new Suffolk ram Steve for one week. It was time to set him free amongst the ladies. But first we had to collect all the lambs that would soon be going to market. I got called into work Sunday afternoon but – wonder of wonders – the farm work waited for me until I returned. After Sunday dinner (and several glasses of full-bodied red wine), the Farmer and I headed to the barn where our flock was barricaded. Our intention was to sort sheep. The ewes had to somehow be separated from the flock and ushered out the door, while the lambs were retained inside the barn. This proved to be no easy task. The ewes were not going willingly into that dark night. The Farmer decided to start pulling them by the hind leg, backwards. He started with the largest ewes, stalking them as they munched hay, and then grabbing at the knobby little sticks that held up their girth. Once, twice and three times he was tossed into the hay by the biggest ewes. I couldn’t help laughing. The sheep were taking advantage of his exhaustion and slight impairment. I decided to help. I found that if you grabbed both hind legs at the same time, the sheep would simply run backwards to help you out, sort of in a reverse wheelbarrow game. It worked quite effectively, until I started laughing and got myself off balance. Then I too got tossed into the dirt. Finally all the ewes were out-


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City adds $92 million in debt for buses OTTAWA THIS WEEK STAFF The City of Ottawa will take on $92-million in new debt to pay for articulated buses. The city’s debenture committee approved the debt to cover the cost of 226 new buses to be purchased as part of a $155.7-million deal approved in April. Ottawa is receiving the buses at a discount from the company, New Flyer, after a deal to sell them to Chicago fell through. The buses are expected to last about 15 years, and over that time, it will cost $12.8 million per year to service the debt. The buses are expected to lower the city’s costs over time because it will cost less to maintain them. Fuel costs will also be reduced. Even coupled with the $125 million in

debt the city approved for infrastructure projects over the summer, city treasurer Marian Simulik said only five per cent of the city’s revenue will go towards servicing its debt, which is below council’s limit of 7.5 per cent. CORPORATE SERVICES POSTS ALMOST $1MILLION DEFICIT Also last week, the city’s corporate services and economic development committee heard that the city’s capital and operating budget will post a $960,000 deficit by the end of the year. The city manager’s office is $100,000 over budget, while human resources has listed a $470,000 deficit. The largest shortfall is in information technology, which is $540,000 over budget.

Tuesday, December 7th, 2010 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. Hunt Club-Riverside Community Centre 3320 Paul Anka Drive, Ottawa ON This project involves construction of a 3 metre wide multi-use pathway to link the Hunt Club community with the South Keys Transitway Station. This pathway will cross the Airport Parkway by way of a new pedestrian/ cycling bridge that would span the roadway. The pathway will then cross the existing Sawmill Creek constructed wetland area and cross under the rail line adjacent to the Transitway via a new culvert underpass The pathway will then connect atgrade via a new entrance to the South Keyes station and will involve the construction of a new secondary ramp for persons with mobility difficulties. At this open house, members of the public will be presented with the following information: • • • • • •

Project history and background; Review of design drawings showing the planned work Discuss impact of construction work on adjacent properties Discussion of concerns Comments and suggestions; and Next steps.

New pedestrian path proposed for Hunt Club-South Keys

Representatives from the City of Ottawa and the consulting team will be available at the open house to discuss the project and answer any questions on any aspect of the project.

Public consultation to take place next week

With the exception of personal information, comments will become part of the public record.


The city of Ottawa will host a public consultation to discuss plans for a new multi-use path along Hunt Club Road towards the South Keys transit station. The new three-metre wide pedestrian and cycling path is meant to link the Hunt Club community with South Keys. It plans to cross the Airport Parkway and the Sawmill Creek wetland, and would include a new pedestrian entrance to the South Keys transit station.

At the same time, a secondary ramp for people with mobility difficulties would be constructed at the station. Residents are invited to the open house on Tuesday, Dec. 7 from 7 to 9 p.m. in the Hunt Club-Riverside community centre at 3320 Paul Anka Dr. The meeting will allow residents to review the design, discuss the proposal’s impact and put forward any concerns about the project. City of Ottawa representatives will be on hand to answer any questions. For more information residents can contact project manager Jeffrey Maara at

For more information and/or to submit comments, please contact: Jeffrey Waara, P.Eng., Senior Project Manager Infrastructure Services City of Ottawa 100 Constellation Crescent, 6th Floor West Ottawa, ON K2G 6J8 Tel: 613-580-2424, ext. 27805 Fax: 613-560-6064 E-mail:

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Jr. Senators grind out win over Braves MATTHEW JAY

A bit of patience and a lot of hard work paid off for the Ottawa Junior Senators as they edged the Brockville Braves 3-2 at the Jim Durrell Complex on Nov. 24. Coming on the back of solid victories in their three previous Central Tier 1 Junior “A” Hockey League outings, the Jr. Senators were led by stellar goaltending by Eddie Zdolshek to go along with two-point performances from forwards Conor Brown and Dalen Hedges. Brown’s goal at 12:52 of the third period put Ottawa ahead, but it took brilliant break-away save from Zdolshek with less than four minutes remaining to seal the win. Brown now leads the Jr. Senators with 29 points. “That’s four in a row for us,” said Jr. Senators head coach Mike Ruest. “The points weren’t coming (earlier in the season), but we kept working hard and now we’re being rewarded.” Brockville came into the game with only one win in their past four games, but the No. 10 team in the Canadian Junior Hockey League rankings remains one of

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Conor Brown (20) scores the winning goal for the Jr. Senators in a 3-2 win over Brockville on Nov. 24. the top teams in the league. “Any time you can take two points away from Brockville is a bonus,” said Ruest. “They’ve pretty well owned us over the past two seasons. We’ve been playing them pretty well the past couple of games, so it’s definitely a confidence booster.” A flurry of three goals midway through the first period saw the game spring to life after a tentative start from both teams. Brockville opened with a goal

from defenceman Scott Dawson at 8:56 in the opening frame. Ottawa replied a minute later on the power play. Eight seconds into the man-advantage, Hedges snapped a shot from the right faceoff circle over the shoulder of Brockville goaltender William Betts to level the score a 1-1. The Braves re-took the lead less than a minute later when Kenny Matheson scored his 15th goal of the season. The second period saw the Jr.

Senators come under siege, with the Braves corralling the home side in their own end for long stretches and peppering Zdolshek with 18 shots. But Ottawa held firm and their defensive tenacity paid off when Derek Lowry took advantage of a rare Braves turnover to blast a shot past Betts on a 2-on-1 breakaway with 7:59 left in the period. “It’s tough to believe we won that period 1-0,” said Ruest. “It seemed like when that hap-

pened to us before, where we’d play a solid period, but make a couple of mistakes and the puck would end up in our net. That’s what happened to Brockville in the second period. One quick mistake where the defence was standing flat-footed and we took advantage (on the breakaway). Next thing you know, we’re back in the hockey game.” Brown’s goal put the Jr. Senators up 3-2 midway through the third, but Ottawa had Zdolshek to thank for making a series of big saves as the Braves pushed for a tying goal as the clock wound down. The Jr. Senators winning streak has seen the club jump back into the playoff race after a slow start to the season. “I guess you could define our season by the hills and valleys, so I it’s good to be on the upside now,” said Jr. Sens captain Liam Burtt. On Nov. 26 at the Earl Armstrong Arena, Ottawa was foiled in a shootout by the Gloucester Rangers, losing by a final score of 3-2. Then in a penalty-filled contest against Kanata on Nov. 27, the Stallions scored three goals on the power play en route to a 5-2 win at the Jim Durrell. The losses dropped Ottawa to 12-12-2-2 for the season ahead of their game on Dec. 1 against Cornwall at the Jim Durrell.

Do your ears, nose and mouth have their own healing power? Nicolas Ruszkowski

But there is hope for one day eliminating such discomfort. By using the body’s natural openings to access tumours or damaged organs, some surgeons can successfully operate through the mouths, noses, ears (and other openings perhaps too awkward to mention) of patients.

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Ottawa, November 23, 2010 I had a grade 8 home room classmate named Chris. He was cool. He got good grades. He excelled at every sport. He was close friends with my secret “crush”. He intimidated me in every way, and I got to know him only from a distance. Until, one day, I learned that he would be away for a while because he had a mass growing in his brain. I was terrified – if it could happen to him, it could happen to me. Thankfully, after not too long, he came back. The growth had been benign.

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Dr. Amin Kassam, a neurosurgeon trained at the University of Toronto and the University of Ottawa, is a pioneer of the Expanded Endonasal Approach (EEA), which uses nostrils as portals to access tumors in the brain and skull base, rather than a surgical opening at the top of the skull. Last month, teaming up with Ottawa Hospital ear-nose-and-throat surgeon Dr. Martin Corsten, Dr. Kassam successfully removed a tumour that had rooted itself behind the eye of patient Marion Fitzgerald, through her nostrils. Instead of the long recovery and pain management required in a traditional procedure, Marion took Tylenol with codeine to relieve a headache she had afterwards.

When we finally spoke, he told me his fear of having a malignant tumour, and how painful it would have been to be operated on through an opening in his skull. The thought made me wince.

While there is nothing routine about EEA surgery – or other techniques that use natural openings as portals to the rest of the body – the new approach begs an important question: how did God, or nature, actually intend for our ears, noses and mouths to be used?

It’s a technique still used for some forms of surgery. Other procedures, just as scary and invasive, permeate hospitals around the world. Pain is still part and parcel of medical treatment.

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When Ottawa South resident Jean-Yves Theriault stepped into the ring 30 years ago, it didn’t cross his mind that he could someday become the kickboxing world champion, not just once, but 23 times in his lifetime. But on Nov. 15, 1980, 25year-old Theriault beat his formidable opponent Robert Biggs in the first round – inflicting 60 stitches with a high kick – and won the first world championship of his career. Today, he is celebrating the 30th anniversary of the fight that shaped his life. “There was a design there, a design by greater forces than me,� Theriault said. “My destiny was unfolding in front of me.� Theriault began training at Ottawa’s Therien Jiu Jitsu and Kickboxing School when was 17, achieving a blue belt in Jiu Jitsu before switching to kickboxing. “I was distracted for 30 years with this kickboxing thing,� he laughed, adding that he now has his black belt in Jiu Jitsu. “I pursued kickboxing and obviously did relatively well. As I went along, I found that people really enjoyed my style of fighting, I drew an interest and I could win. It was a snowball affect, and it got bigger and bigger until the point of reference in the sport was me.� From that point on, “Iceman� was born – Theriault’s self proclaimed alternate personality, which he honed into while in the ring. “Iceman was a sort of Jekyll and Hyde thing. I’m a passive person, and I don’t like violence. I’m a competitive sport person, but I’m also a son to my mother, a father to my children, a brother to my siblings. This fighting was just one part of me.� Theriault said he needed Iceman’s persona to separate his fights from the rest of his life. “I would morph into that creature when I was preparing for the fight. It was a protective mechanism, because he would push everything else in my life away in order to focus on what was important at the moment.� It also helped him remain a winner. “Iceman

helped me detach myself from the emotional part of myself, because otherwise I’d come in second. If you see pain in your opponent’s face and back off, all of a sudden you’re on your bum and you’ve lost.� This was particularly important given the tight-knit nature of the kickboxing community. “I didn’t see a human being in front of me. I couldn’t, because some of these guys had supper with me, and with my family; they held my babies. Then we would get in the ring and I would knock them out, and then they’d be back at my house for supper.� But Theriault recognizes that his passion for kickboxing, at which he was considered the world’s best for decades, took a toll on other parts of his life. “It got harder and harder to get out of the mindset. I wasn’t leading a completely balanced lifestyle,� he said, explaining that martial arts programs traditionally emphasize the importance of balancing the physical, emotional, spiritual and professional elements of your life. “But I was lopsided.� The major consequence of this unbalance, he said, was his subsequent divorce, noting that at that time of his life it would have been hard for anyone to live with him. He maintained a gruelling schedule as world champion, fighting around the world in Western Europe and all across the US and Canada. He also took on more and more speaking gigs, where he would teach and talk to business groups, schools and any other organization that wanted to hear from the kickboxing champion. The National Film Board made a movie about him in the early 1980s, and he published several instructional books and tapes. He was also busy teaching his craft. He came to realize, however, that his most cherished projects stem from helping others. “As a fighter you entertain the masses, but it’s a selfish game: I do this for me. But the responsibility of a champion title, you suddenly become very aware that you have a great vehicle.� And he’s put some mileage on it: to this day, Theriault is incredibly

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Jean Yves Theriault is celebrating 30 years in kickboxing. involved in his community, working with a multitude of charities. He has volunteered with the Heart and Stroke Foundation, the RCMP’s drug awareness program, Big Brothers, and the Children’s Wish Foundation, where he was the honourary president for fundraising. It was a parent’s story of their little boy’s struggle with leukemia which really inspired him to continue his charity work, he said. “People say I’m brave, but parents and kids that deal with that, this is what courage is about,� he said, explaining that moment was a turning point for him. “I realized this was something that was essential for me to continue.� In between his good works, he also teaches at the handful of Therien martial arts franchises around the city, having stayed close friends with founder John Therien since he first started training in 1972. Theriault said he believes strongly in the value of martial arts training for kids. “They’re going into something with structure, something that teaches discipline, honour, integrity – all the values that parents are looking to pass

on to their kids. These are what I recognize to be important to raise productive adults, people that are wellrounded and understand the difference between good and bad,� he said. He emphasized the difference between traditional martial arts and the increasingly popular ‘mixed martial arts’ (MMA), which he doesn’t feel properly follow the disciplined mindset of the traditional arts. “Martial arts is a structured, militarized sport. MMA is in and of itself all over the map. It’s not a specialty in striking like boxing, it’s not specialty in self defense like Jiu Jitsu,� he explained. “I can almost guarantee if I were to sit with a parent watching the UFC fight on TV, where one is sprawled out and being pummeled, I would ask that mother, ‘Would you like your child to do this?’ and they would say no.� Although Theriault has been a retired fighter for 15 years, he said he’s just getting started as a teacher and a member of his community. “I feel I have much, much more to contribute. And if it’s one person at a time on a mat in a gym teaching someone how to stay fit and avoid disease, that’s my lot and I like it.�

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Community New program provides free skates to children JESSICA CUNHA

Four hundred children from across the Ottawa region will soon be lacing up new skates at outdoor rinks across the city. The Sens Foundation, along with the City of Ottawa and Canadian Tire Jumpstart, announced the launch of the I Love To Skate program at Scotiabank Place on Saturday, Nov. 27. The initiative will provide financially disadvantaged children the opportunity to learn how to skate with qualified instructors. “We just take skating for granted up here in Canada. A lot of kids can’t afford skates,” said Senators owner Eugene Melnyk. “This isn’t just about brand new skates, it’s about creating memories.” Participating children will get vouchers for free hockey skates, sticks and pads. “That’s what communities are about,” said Stittsville Coun. Shad Qadri. “Looking after each other, looking after future generations.” I Love To Skate will begin in mid-January and last for four weeks. Children are chosen by the city through an application process. “Being Canadian and skating go hand in hand and every child deserves the opportunity to learn,” said Qadri.

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Sens Foundation president Danielle Robinson and Stittsville Coun. Shad Qadri announced the I Love To Skate program in partnership with Canadian Tire Jumpstart at Scotiabank Place on Saturday, Nov. 27, along with participating youth Kevin Toussaint, 11 and Janel Sajoies, 7.

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He didn’t take office until Dec. 1, but last week, new Ottawa Mayor Jim Watson’s stamp was seen on a model for reform at city hall, including a call for an independent commission to oversee OC Transpo. The city’s 2010-2014 Governance Review also proposes splitting the planning and environment committee into two bodies, and combining the audit, budget and finance committee with the corporate services committee. That new committee would be called finance and economic development – aligning with Watson’s campaign promises to put finances and economic development at the forefront. The report, which comes from the city clerk’s office, also recommends the appointment of an integrity commissioner, and the establishment of a registry to track gifts and lobbyists, as well as an array of other accountability measures, including posting expenses on the city’s website on a monthly basis. In a memo sent along with the report, Watson states: “We should be looking at how technology and social networking can enhance policy making, and how we can best involve citizens in policy development.” That review will include examining how the city’s governance model is working 10 years after amalgamation and how to “enhance truly local decision making.” Another change would be to the deputy mayor’s role. Currently, deputy mayors are appointed on a rotating schedule, but the report suggests appointing two permanent deputy mayors.

It is unclear how the two councillors appointed to that role would be chosen. The governance review, which was prepared with input from the 2006-10 council, as well as committee chairs, will be the first item on the agenda at the new council’s first meeting on Dec. 8 at 10 a.m.

Councillors will also be surveyed about which committees they want to serve on, and the results will be reviewed by the nominating committee at a meeting on Dec. 15. Although she has retired from politics, former Kanata South councillor Peggy Feltmate has been asked to join the board of Ottawa Community Housing.

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fort to re-line sewers in west Nepean. The Vernon library branch in the city’s south end will get an entrance ramp for $150,000, while the Ruth E. Dickinson Library in Barrhaven will be renovated for $550,000. There will be some upgrades to city arenas. Dulude Arena in Carlington (($100,000) and the Manotick Arena and the Tom Brown Arena in Hintonburg ($170,000 each) will all get alternate gender change rooms. The city will only put up $5.2 million of the $8.5 million needed for the projects, because the rest of the funding comes from the federal and provincial governments. The city’s portion will be funded using development charges, and will not put additional pressure on next year’s budget, city staff said.


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Construction on Hazeldean Road in Kanata is expected to go over the March 31, 2011 funding deadline, due to weather delays that set back construction on a bridge over the Carp River. The $65-million Hazeldean project is the province’s largest infrastructure project. or three weeks. That answer didn’t come until last week. “We had to make some adjustments,” Newell said.

Still, the $8 million in extra projects will make a difference to communities, Newell said. The largest project is a $3.8 million ef-

With only two per cent of construction work predicted to be incomplete by the time the March 31, 2011 deadline hits, Ottawa is faring better than many of its urban counterparts. Most cities will have eight or nine per cent of projects incomplete, according to Newell. That two per cent represents $8 million in costs the city may have to pay outright, without help from the federal and provincial governments. See NEW page 21 426759

With an unprecedented $401 million in infrastructure projects already underway, the City of Ottawa is adding another $8.5 million worth of projects to the list. But some councillors aren’t happy, saying the city should have been able to get more funding. Ottawa was allowed to apply for up to $30 million in additional projects, and the value of the work the city actually applied for was $20 million – the projects city staff believed could be completed by the March 31, 2011 deadline. In the end, the provincial and federal governments decided to give the city an extra $8 million worth of projects. “How much money did we leave on the table?” Somerset Coun. Diane Holmes asked during a council meeting last week. Earlier in the week, Wayne Newell, the city’s manager of infrastructure services, alluded to the answer during a briefing for city staff, councillors and the media. Responding to a question from Barrhaven Coun. Jan Harder, Newell said the city didn’t expect such a long delay by the federal government to confirm whether the city was to receive the funding. Ottawa applied last August and was told it would have an answer back in two

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More money is being invested into infrastructure projects in the City of Ottawa Rain really hampered some of the weather sensitive projects, Newell said. In September alone, 22 of the 30 days saw rainfall. The city has applied to the upper levels of government to ask for extensions for those two projects. To find out about the status of construction projects in your neighbourhood, visit ECONOMIC STIMULUS

• Vernon Library main entrance ramp: $150,000 • Hintonburg Community Centre retrofit in back storage room: $50,000 • Barrhaven’s Ruth E. Dickenson Library renovation: $550,000 • Kanata Recreation Complex elevator upgrades: $255,000 • Stonecrest Road culvert replacements: $470,000 • Collector sewer lining- west Nepean: $3.8 million • Bob MacQuarrie Visual Arts Studio in Orleans – redesign: $400,000 • Dulude Arena (Carlington) alternate gender change room: $100,000 • Tom Brown Arena (Hintonburg) alternate gender change room: $170,000 • Manotick Arena alternate gender change room: $170,000 • Accessibility: physical barrier removal: $200,000 • Bicycle shelters and racks: $500,000 • Tilt-up concrete structure sheds: $800,000 • 55 new bus shelters: $440,000 • Jockvale Road multi-use pathway rehabilitation: $300,000 TOTAL: $8.35 million 426768

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The projects must be done by March 31 for municipalities to receive one third of the funding from both the federal and provincial governments. The infrastructure stimulus fund was launched in 2009 in order to kick-start the economy. Not only that, but the city is estimating the projects will only cost them $365 total, $36 million under budget. The projects that are anticipated to go over the deadline are Terry Fox Drive and Hazeldean Road, a $65 million project that includes a bridge over the Carp River, the largest infrastructure project in the province.

year that Ottawa’s projects alone would lead to the creation of 7,300 jobs. Gloucester-South Nepean Coun. Steve Desroches wanted to know how many jobs were actually created, but city staff said it would be too difficult to pin down a number, adding that job creation was “on track” with estimates. John DeVries, president of the Ottawa Construction Association, said the industry is pleased with the status of the projects and the influx of funds. “Everything is definitely moving great now and there might be some problems come the deadline,” he wrote in an email. “But pretty small in comparison to the entire pot of funds.” He said the industry is expecting a slump in construction work next year to compensate for the deluge of money spent on infrastructure projects. Ottawa will reduce its capital works budget by $133 million over three years (until 2012). Michael Fitzpatrick, the city’s media relations manager, said “in theory,” no projects will be delayed in the coming years, as most of the stimulus projects done this year were fast-tracked and would have been completed in the coming years anyway.

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O’Brien’s final word Outgoing mayor bids council adieu at final meeting LAURA MUELLER

speech by lauding the professionalism of city staff, before admitting he was “a bit of a novice” when he was elected. “Quite frankly, sometimes in the early days I thought there were a bunch of clowns here,” he said, referring to members of council. “I realized very quickly when I got in there that those clown shoes have very big shoes to fill.” He thanked his fellow councillors for their patience during his transition, and added that experience in the business world did

Council chambers was filled with pomp and circumstance – and a few touching moments – during the final meeting of the old council’s term on Nov. 24. With 10 councillors heading out the door – some retiring, some ousted from their seats – the meeting was a chance for staff and council to express their thanks, and for the outgoing councillors to say goodbye. Mayor Larry O’Brien was honoured last, and started his

not prepare him for working as an elected official. “None of the skills you learn as a CEO are applicable to the public service,” he said. While he said “change isn’t always comfortable,” O’Brien said he is proud of the debate, argument and change the city undertook under his leadership. O’Brien was given a piece of art depicting the city’s logo made up of a collage of photos of Ottawa created by city photographer Roger Lalonde and the city’s graphics department. Each outgoing councillor received a framed image from their ward as a parting gift. The new council was sworn in on Dec. 1. Visit www.yourottawaregion. com and watch next week’s paper for coverage of the new council’s inauguration.

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Fury win Ottawa’s first continental crown in Super-Y League DAN PLOUFFE

It wouldn’t be an overstatement to say the Ottawa Fury under-17 girls’ soccer team produced the national capital’s biggest accomplishment in youth soccer history last week when it captured the region’s first-ever Super-Y League championship in Tampa, Fla. “To win something of this magnitude is really big not just for our club, but for the entire city,” Fury coach Jimmy Zito says. “The whole season was great. It just got better and better. There was no down part, nothing that really held us back – it was great the entire time.” The U17 Fury girls likely represent the greatest collection of talent ever assembled on a single Ottawa team. With a roster chock full of national champions with Team Ontario – and even an international CONCACAF champ – the Carleton University-based soccer stars from across the city now own a North American title as well, thanks to their undefeated run at the United Soccer Leagues finals Nov. 19-23. On the heels of an 8-0 season in the New England conference, the Fury won a pair of games and tied another two in preliminary-round play before claiming shutout victories over Cleveland (2-0 in the semifinals) and London (3-0 in the championship game) to clinch the crown. In the playoff round, Breanna Burton and Marissa Duguay scored for Ottawa,

while tournament MVP Lauren Hughes counted three of her six goals overall. Abbey Lindblad, Alex Skeggs, Melissa Erturk, Laura Callender and goalkeeper Rachelle Beanlands also had MVPcalibre performances, Zito notes, as his team allowed just two goals in five games against their top continental opponents. “I had a back-four that was just airtight,” Zito adds. “I had two goalkeepers that conceded two goals the entire tournament. Defence wins championships – that’s no secret to anyone.” The triumph meant that much more to Zito since he lost a Super-Y league final by a single goal with another U17 Fury team a few years ago. It was the first USL title for the club, whose W-League team has been to the professional women’s league final-four on numerous occasions, but never won the big prize. A few other Fury squads illustrated just how difficult it can be to win it all – both the U16 and U14 Fury boys teams didn’t lose in the preliminary round, but missed out on the playoff round nonetheless due to ties. The U15 and U17 boys, along with the U15 girls, also competed at the league finals in Florida, which meant the Fury U17 girls had a big Ottawa booster section for the championship game. “They were cheering and hooting and hollering the whole time. It’s a really big thing for the club,” describes Zito, who hopes the title will lead to more for the Fury in the future. “The kids see that it is a possibility now, it’s not a pipe dream, so

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Ottawa Fury coach Jimmy Zito says there were really no down moments for his U17 girls this season as they outscored their United Soccer Leagues opponents by a combined total of 54-5 en route to the city’s first Super-Y League championship. hopefully this is the first of many.” The match was the last time many of the Fury players will suit up together on the same team, with as many as eight bound for the NCAA next season on full athletic scholarships. Zito explains that’s the major reward for years and years of hard work by the girls, but the final memory they’ll have from their Fury youth

days will certainly be a lasting one. “When the whistle went, the girls went absolutely nuts. I was shaking,” Zito recalls. “That’s the biggest goal I’ve had with the Fury since I began six years ago. For it to come true, and for my owner John Pugh to give me this opportunity, I’m still over the moon, living in la-la land right now.”


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David Usher gets set to play an intimate concert this coming month at Shenkman Arts Centre. Usher released a new album this fall with a twist – a song in French. In just four weeks, the song, Je repars broke into radio top 10 in Quebec

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David Usher will be putting a new twist on some old favourites and is even dabbling with the French language. Fans will get a chance to hear his new sound at an intimate concert at the Shenkman Arts Centre on Dec. 8 Usher first hit the Canadian rock scene in the early 1990s with a group of friends from University. The band, Moist, released its first album in 1994 and continued to work together until Usher went solo in 1998. He has released seven albums to date as a solo artist. His latest album, The Mile End Sessions, came out this past September. The album offers a new take on some old favourites. “I am really happy with the way the songs turned out,” Usher said, although revamping of the songs took longer than he initially thought it would.

“Some things take time to find the right sound and you want it to be the best it can be,” he continued. The new album also offers a French song, one which has already peaked to the top 10 radio list in Quebec. Co-written by Marie-Mai St. Gelais, the song gave Usher a chance to sing in French and work with a great friend. “You want to work with people you trust…. and Marie-Mai is amazing,” Usher said. The concert will offer an intimate setting for fans, with breaks between the songs and a set list which will change, depending on what Usher and his bandmates think is right. “We are having a great time,” he said. “Playing like this is new to us and we are really enjoying seeing how things come together.” Usher’s tour has him playing in small venues in Ontario and Quebec starting in Toronto on Dec. 3.

City staff asked to review parking bylaw NEVIL HUNT

Outgoing city Coun. Glenn Brooks raised a niggling issue at his final agricultural and rural affairs committee meeting on Nov. 18 in Kinburn. Brooks said a bylaw officer told a rural resident they cannot park their car on their lawn. “This bylaw says I cannot park my own car under my own tree in the heat of summer,” he said, adding the bylaw shouldn’t apply in the city’s rural areas, “especially outside the villages.” The rest of the committee agreed to a

motion to have city staff review the bylaw for city council’s consideration. The committee is chaired by Osgoode Coun. Doug Thompson, who before the meeting thanked Brooks and two other outgoing councillors – Gord Hunter and Rob Jellett – for their service. “Glenn, you have been a tremendous advocate for rural residents,” Thompson said, “and I’ve enjoyed working with you for more than three decades.” Thompson joked that two incoming committee members – councillors-elect Scott Moffatt and Stephen Blais – are much younger than him, with their combined ages less than Thompson’s age.

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• DEC. 3 Come out to the Eastview Branch of the Royal Canadian Legion, 294 Cyr Avenue. The Ladies Auxiliary are hosting their annual Christmas dance on Friday, December 3 from 8 PM to Midnight. Music by Al Visser. A light lunch will be served. Free Admission – all are welcome. For more information, contact the Branch at 613-741-9539. A musical and meditative introduction to the Baha’i Faith with singer songwriter Rose-Marie Peterson at 7:30 p.m. Ottawa Bahá’í Centre, 211 McArthur Ave. All are welcome. Contact 613-565 0806 or

• DEC. 3 AND 4 The School of Dance presents Dances by Youth for Youth featuring a company of professional dancers and students from Canterbury High School, École secondaire catholique de Casselman, École secondaire publique De La Salle and St-Lawrence Intermediate School. Performances take place at Arts Court Theatre on Dec. 2, 3 and 4 at 7:30 p.m. Tickets: $15 or $10 for students and seniors. For tickets and information please call 613-238-7838.

• DEC. 4 Third Wall is celebrating its 10th anniversary with a staged reading of T.S. Eliot’s Murder in the Cathedral at 8 p.m. It’s a performance that put the theatre company on the map. It’s

a one night only show featuring several of the original cast members. The performance takes place at St. James United Church, 650 Lyon St. South. Tickets are $45, including tax receipt and post show reception. For more information, please call 613-236-1425 or info@ Christmas: more than toys and tinsel. Riverside Churches, 3191 Riverside Dr. invite you to an interactive “Messy Church” event with crafts, music, story, worship and celebration for the whole family. Followed by supper. 4:30-6:30 p.m. For info, call: 613 733-7735. From10:30 a.m to 1:30 p.m. Project Tembo will host a Tanzania fundraising event to support the education of Massai girls and provide micro-business loans for Massai women living in two Tanzanian villages. The event features a very special guest speaker, Ian Smillie, who is an Order of Canada recipient, a UN Security Council expert, and the author of many books focused on African issues including, “The Importance of Micro-finance Programs in Developing Countries”. It also includes a bustling African marketplace, a silent auction and an African luncheon. Advance ticket sales only: $40 including luncheon ($20 tax receipt) or $20 excluding luncheon ($20 tax receipt). Call 613-406-6002. Holy Rosary Parish, 20 Grant St., is holding their Christmas Bazaar from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Baking, jewelry, novelties, crafts, gifts, knitting and silent auction, canteen plus 50/50 tickets. All are welcomed, please join us.

Fisher Park Community Centre Christmas Craft Show and Sale. From homemade culinary delights to intricate works of art, there is something for everyone on your gift-giving list. This year our featured charity will be Bicycles for Humanity. The event will be held in Fisher Park School from 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m., 250 Holland Ave. (at the Queensway overpass). Free admission and parking. For more information call 613 798-8945.

• DEC. 4 AND 5 Come out to the Eastview Branch of the Royal Canadian Legion, 294 Cyr Avenue. Entertainment includes The Classics playing on Saturday, Dec. 4 from 7 p.m. to 11 p.m., and on Sunday, Dec. 5 from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m.. Free admission – all are welcome. For more information, contact the Branch at 613-741-9539.

• DEC. 5 Ujamaa Market Day, celebrating family, community and culture, 1 p.m. - 5 p.m. at Bronson Centre, 211 Bronson Ave, Mac Hall. Support local businesses this holiday season from the home-based and small business sector of Ottawa’s community. Light refreshments will be on sale. Children and youth will entertain throughout the day. Please bring your reusable bags so we can do our part for the environment. For more information please contact Tarrah at 613-567-0600 or email tarrah.m@ or visit Christmas bazaar: Annunciation of the Lord Church, 2414 Ogilvie Rd., Ottawa. 613-7457774 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Crafts, white elephant, bake sale and tea room.

• DEC. 6 Musica Viva Singers presents Viva Vivaldi!, an annual Christmas concert, directed by Marg Stubington, at 7:30 p.m. at Christ Church Cathedral, 420 Sparks St. Vivaldi’s Gloria will be featured along with works by Hatfield, Raminsh, and others. Special guests are Shannon Linton, Cara Gilbertson, and chamber orchestra. Tickets, $15 (adults); $12 (students/ seniors), available at Compact Music, The Leading Note, and Book Bazaar.

• DEC. 6 AND 7 The Foyer Gallery in support of The Ottawa Hospital Foundation Art Sale & Fundraiser at the Ottawa Hospital Civic Campus Mall, 1053 Carling Ave., 9 a.m. - 4 p.m. Foyer Gallery artists present an exciting and diverse collection of works, employing a variety of artistic styles and mediums. Foyer Gallery is a non-profit artist-run Gallery located at the Nepean Sportsplex.

• DEC. 11 Come out to the Eastview Branch of the Royal Canadian Legion, 294 Cyr Ave. The Ladies Auxiliary are hosting their annual Christmas Bake Sale from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Free admission – all are welcome. For more information, contact the Branch at 613-741-9539.

ONGOING Art Show, daily until Dec. 29. Richlieu-Vanier Community Centre, 300 des Pères-Blancs Ave. Your chance to get an original painting by Éveline Janis which you will enjoy for a lifetime.


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• Then “WOW” your guests with what would appear to be a “parade” of finger food tastes. Here is my perfect formula to make the occasion undisputedly simple and doable for you while mesmerizing your guests! Serve all these items and in the order outlined: 1. Hors d’oeuvres (The variety and quantity will vary with the event. At least one hors d’oeuvre should be hot.) 2. A Canapé Soup (puréed; hot or cold) 3. A Taster Dessert (holiday baking, small portions of favourite desserts, fruit combinations)

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