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WASTEFUL ORGANICS Taxpayers are on the hook for $2.5M despite meeting the city’s first year targets for waste diversion.

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CHEERS Finding the perfect bubbly to ring in the new year shouldn’t mean having to break the bank, one expert says.

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HST CHOPS CHUNK OUT OF PROFITS Dan Laird, owner of Laird’s U-Cut Tree Farm in Greely, joins 12-year-old son Mike at the farm, where Christmas tree prices jumped about eight per cent this year because of the HST.

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This holiday, there were more people looking to cut their own Christmas trees than ever, but those well-cropped and shapely trees also cost customers a little extra. The Ontario government’s new harmonized sales tax was a big factor in the rising prices said Greely tree farmer Dan Laird, who owns Laird’s U-Cut tree farm located at Manotick Station Road and Snake Island Road. “I’m getting a lot of slack from the HST. There was no PST (provincial sales tax) on the Christmas tree before, but now there’s an extra eight per cent tax,” said Laird. This new tax put the price of trees up about $6 each, he said, in order to “offset the tax man” and make enough revenue for the year. He said he raised the prices eight per cent automatically, and then he added another one per cent because he hadn’t raised prices for about four years. He said the price

hikes have angered some of his customers, and he’s spent his chopping season explaining the increase. “Some take it with a grain of salt, and some do a lot of complaining. Some people see my prices and think I’m a millionaire, so I have to explain no, no, no. It’s the taxes,” he said. “There have been a few that saw my prices and drove away, but I don’t know if it’s the price in general or if they’re bargain hunting,” he added. He said his tree prices started at about $35 this year. North Gower tree farmer Bronwyn Harper said the base prices of the trees at Hillcrest Tree Farm stayed pretty much the same, but went up or down a few cents as they tried to calculate the new 13 per cent tax to a round number. The HST itself put all total prices up about $5. Harper said she didn’t have to deal with much in the way of fallout from customers over the higher prices. “Most people didn’t even mention the

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Work underway to officially open Ottawa South pedestrian pathway within a month NCC hopes to wrap up construction by end of January EMMA JACKSON Emma.jackson@metroland.com

The NCC has said an Ottawa South greenbelt pathway made of old forest access roads and several lengths of brandnew stone dust trails could officially open as early as the end of January. Although the NCC said it cannot confirm completely that the 4.2 kilometre pathway will open on time, due to unpredictable weather and construction conditions, January’s end is the ultimate goal, said Jasmine Leduc, a spokesperson for the NCC. The opening will also depend on the city of Ottawa’s obligation to construct a pedestrian crosswalk across Bank Street between Conroy Road and Davidson Road, where the path will intersect the busy four-lane street. City of Ottawa spokesperson Jocelyn Turner said the crosswalk’s hardware

has been installed, and they are just waiting for hydro Ottawa to hook up power to it. She said if the weather and Hydro Ottawa’s list of requests co-operates, the city should hit the end of January target. The new pathway is actually a mix of old and new, consisting of a network of old forest access roads, existing trails and newly constructed pathways that begin at Davidson Road at the NCC P18 parking lot, explained Leduc. “The pathway then uses a portion of an existing NCC trail, and then a new section of pathway is created to link over to an old forest access road which connects to Conroy Road,” Leduc said. “An entirely new section of pathway will also be created between Conroy Road and Bank Street. West of Bank Street the pathway again uses part of an existing NCC trail.” The nearly-completed pathway is part of the NCC’s larger greenbelt pathway plan, and the existing parts are already well-used by walkers and skiers. The path will connect at Davidson to another 3.5 kilometre section that winds its way up and over Hawthorne Road to Russell and Ramsayville roads. This

stone dust section was nearly completed earlier this year and is already open for use. Both sections will likely have site-specific closures throughout the spring to fix minor discrepancies along the trails, Leduc said. The two projects, totalling 7.7 kilometres of trail, cost $1.2 million and were paid for through the federal infrastructure fund. Leduc said that “in future years, as funding permits, the pathway will be extended southward to the intersection of Albion and Leitrim roads, and will eventually connect to the City of Ottawa north-south pathway west of Albion Road.” Currently the pathway ends within a looped trail between Bank and Albion, so that users aren’t facing a dead end. Leduc added that using the existing forest access roads and trails saved money and the environment. “By using the old roads and trails the NCC was able to minimize the amount of granular it needed for the pathways. Using these existing corridors also allowed the NCC to create a continuous pathway with a very low impact on the environment,” she said.

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A large map at the head of the NCC’s pathway south of Davidson depicts the route of a new pathway that could open at the end of January.

Our community IS our foundation Nicolas Ruszkowski

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In two days, I will join my family for Christmas. It is a time to spread goodwill where we can, and celebrate that for which we are thankful. While I’m there, I hope to see my parents’ old friend, François d’Orglandes. François is an artist whose family is known for taking in less fortunate strangers for dinner on Christmas Eve. They personify the “kindness of strangers”. They make it easier to build healthy, secure, vibrant communities. In the same way, The Ottawa Hospital benefits from remarkable community support.

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SLEDDING INTO THE NEW YEAR Ottawa South resident Jasmine Hedley gets a helpful push as she heads down the toboggan hill at Conroy Pit just south of Hunt Club, one of two hills maintained by the NCC in the city’s greenbelt.

What our community leaders, philanthropists and, in many cases, your neighbors have achieved this year is impressive. The Ottawa Hospital Foundation’s 20/20 Campaign raised $24.5 Million for a new Cancer Centre at the General Campus, as

well as the Irving Greenberg Family Cancer Centre at the Queensway Carleton Hospital. The community’s contributions have made a meaningful difference. They have allowed the centralization of nine radiation machines at the General Campus; added 15 new chemotherapy chairs, for a total of 50, to the cancer program; offered more natural light and comforting clinical environments to cancer patients; and provided them and their families with easy, comfortable access to outdoor areas. All of this will help the recovery process. There’s more. Our community has donated over $2 million dollars to research at the Ottawa Hospital Research Institute. Most recently, they have made possible the acquisition of CyberKnife, a revolutionary radio-surgery system that can eliminate the need for invasive surgery in many cases. Soon, they will enable us to fund the installation of the Canadian Forces CAREN system, a virtual reality simulator to assist the rehabilitation of Canadian Forces combat casualties, as well as the other patients. This generosity improves the quality of care patients receive every day. Donations make a real difference. In other words, the community is the hospital’s foundation. To find out more, visit www.ohfoundation.ca 437464


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City’s green bin program rolling out to apartments LAURA MUELLER laura.mueller@metroland.com

The city’s green bin program hit its expected target of diverting 53,000 tonnes of organic waste from landfills in its first year. The program began in January, and the city had hoped to divert between 47,000 and 55,000 tonnes of organic waste from landfills, McRae said. But it still leaves taxpayers on the hook for around $2.5 million. That’s the amount of money the city paid for organics collection it didn’t use in 2010. Under the city’s contract with Orgaworld, Ottawa pays the company $93.40 per tonne to collect 80,000 tonnes of organic waste each year of its 20-year contract. As for when the city could actually use its full 80,000-tonne collection amount, McRae said, “we can’t predict the year if we don’t change some of our behaviour. “We’ve been very successful so far to get residents participating in the program, but if we want to boost our overall diversion, we have to take it to the next level,” she said.

McRae, who was recently elected to lead the city’s environment committee, repeated her desire to continue discussions with residents to find ways to encourage greater use of the green bins. “Last term’s council I don’t think went far enough in having the debate,” McRae said. The green bin program helped boost the city’s diversion rate from 32 to 41 per cent this year, which puts Ottawa on par with large cities such as Toronto (which had a 44 per cent diversion rate in 2009). The province’s goal, which the city also adopted, is a 60 per cent diversion rate. Since Ottawa collects and average of 280,000 tonnes of residential waste annually, it would have needed to divert 170,000 tonnes of organics and recyclables from landfills to hit that target. GREEN BINS COMING TO SOME APARTMENTS IN 2011 If you live in an apartment, you might be getting a green bin in the new year. The city will launch a pilot

project to introduce organicwaste collection in high-rise apartment buildings starting in January. While only three to five apartment buildings will be included in the four-month pilot project (with at least one of them in Centretown), the city hopes to have the results of the pilot completed by the end of 2011. However, rolling out the program to all 100,000 of the city’s apartment units in 2011 would be “a challenge,” said Marilyn Journeaux, manager of solid waste management for the city. Almost all of the city’s 220,000 single-family homes and 30,000 townhomes have received green bins this year, Journeaux said, with apartments are next on the list. Apartments are a challenge because they often don’t have space for the bins and educating residents is difficult because of the high turnover in many buildings, Journeaux said. The city had originally hoped to implement its green bin program in 2008, Journeaux said. McRae said the city was “embarrassingly slow” at getting the program going.

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In her first act as the head of the new environment committee, River Ward Coun. Maria McRae announced on Dec. 20 that the city hit its target of diverting 53,000 tonnes of organics from landfills in the first year of the green bin program.

Two measles cases confirmed in Ottawa

Officials tell residents to review their immunization records and keep vaccines up-to-date EDDIE RWEMA eddie.rwema@metroland.com

Public health officials are urging Ottawans to ensure their measles immunization is up to date following the confirmation of two cases of measles in Ottawa. The source of the first case, which was reported in early December, is from international

travel. The second case, meanwhile, was confirmed as local transmission. “Ottawa Public Health has alerted local physicians of both cases and is monitoring the situation carefully,” said Dr. Isra Levy, medical officer of health. Measles is spread when an infected person coughs, sneezes or talks. It can lead to ear infections, pneumonia and swelling

of the brain. The last case of measles in Ottawa was reported in 2002. Symptoms of the virus may include fever, cough, and tiny white spots in the mouth. A rash may also develop on the face, body, arms and legs. Within three to seven days later a red blotchy rash will appear, first on the face and then spreading to the body, arms and legs.

Reported cases of measles in Ottawa is very low as most of the population has been vaccinated. Despite the rarity of this virus in Ottawa, it is very important for young children, teens and adults born after 1970 to keep their measles vaccination (MMR) up to date. The measles vaccination is also recommended for many international travel destina-

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Police must cut $6 million from budget

Audio coming to cellblock video as force addresses complaints LAURA MUELLER laura.mueller@metroland.com

Recent scrutiny on the Ottawa Police Service will not spare it from the city’s tax-increase limit, board members made clear at their first meeting since the new council began. As members of the Ottawa Police Services Board heard about measures being undertaken to address allegations of prisoner abuse, the service was also grappling with council’s recent direction that will force the police budget to trim $6 million from its 2011 projections. City council adopted Mayor Jim Watson’s election promise of a 2.5 per cent tax increase limit for the 2011 budgets, as well as all departments – including the police. After the police services board meeting on Dec. 20, Acting Police Chief Gilles Larochelle said hitting that target will be a chal-

lenge for the service. “It’s going to have an impact to our organization and ultimately to the community,” he said. “So we’re trying to see what we can do to work with the city and the direction of the board to meet that goal.” Larochelle was filling in for Chief Vern White, who was out of the country for his wedding and honeymoon. Next year’s draft police budget called for a 5.6 per cent increase, which will have to be trimmed to 2.5 per cent. Watson, who now sits on the police services board, offered the additional help of the city’s treasurer to help find savings. Watson said the police service isn’t unique, and all city departments have been instructed to tighten their budgets. “The police budget will increase by several million dollars. It won’t increase as much, because we’re all living in a post-recession world and we have to show a degree of restraint,” he said. “There is no question it’s going to be difficult for every group to come in at that level,” Watson said. “We have some belt tightening to do,” he said, adding that there is no public appetite for growing tax increases.

“It’s not going to be easy, we never said it was,” he said, adding that the 2.5 per cent figure matches recent inflation rates. ABUSE ALLEGATIONS At the same time as the police grapple with its budget, it will also be under intense scrutiny following a series of prisoner abuse allegations. The police services board signed off on an agreement that will see the OPP step in to investigate allegations that prisoners were abused in cellblocks following public furor over security videos that showed officers roughing up prisoners. In addition to the OPP investigation, which will also involve the Special Investigations Unit, an independent consultant will prepare an audit of cellblock procedures. Watson and members of the board wanted timelines on the reports. Larochelle said there are no timelines attached to the investigation, but he said he hoped it would be concluded “sooner than later.” But some changes – including audio recordings on cellblock videos – will start as soon as

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Mayor Jim Watson is sworn in as one of the newest members of the Ottawa Police Services Board during its meeting on Dec. 20. Barrhaven Coun. Jan Harder was also sworn in. possible in the new year, Larochelle said. “I think it’s quite important to help understanding what occurs in a cellblock. (It) will help officers articulate as well what’s occurring, because right now we just have simple video,” he said. Following the cellblock audits, the police force will also receive recommendations on how to train officers who work

in cellblocks, as well as an audit of use of force complaints. Also last week, lawyers acting on behalf of Stacy Bonds filed a lawsuit against the police services board with regards to her arrest and treatment in a cellblock, as shown in a video. Watson said he couldn’t comment on a case before the courts, but said, “Obviously, the police services board will file a defence within the due time.”

HSTree changes and challenges From TREES on Page 1 The other ongoing Christmas tree debate centres around the environmental benefits of getting a real Christmas tree, which Laird said dramatically outweigh the benefits of an artificial tree. “A real tree rejuvenates the air, and the used Christmas trees are picked up and mulched. They’re not going to a landfill like a fake tree, where it’s not biodegradable,” he said. “There’s other ways, too – sometimes the trees are dropped in rivers to make fish habitats. Some people take their tree and stick it in the snow outside for the birds.” Harper said it may just be getting outside in a wooded area that has appeal for people. “It seems there are more people who would like to cut trees than there are trees that are available to be cut,” she added.

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EDITORIAL

No light at end of the tunnel The project to build a downtown light-rail tunnel continues to reflect the city’s approach to transit: one step forward and two steps back. Several decades after most major North American cities clued in to the importance of rapid rail transit, Ottawa is slowly jumping onboard, but not without years of study. One of the first concrete steps in the process – a geotechnical study to assess the underground conditions where the tunnel is to be built – has already thrown a wrench into the works. The bedrock around the University of Ottawa is too deep, and it would be difficult to build a tunnel through the sandy ground. (Sand in Sandy Hill – who knew?) That will likely mean the tunnel will be 600 to 900 metres shorter, and the station at Ottawa U will be above ground. The problem is, that’s exactly what was originally proposed. Then the plan changed… David Jeanes, who sat on an advisory committee for the project,

says the shorter tunnel causes problems because the tunnel is so deep. That means it will have to be built on a steep hill to get up to the surface in a shorter distance. While a shorter tunnel should mean less cost (the cost jumped by $175 million when that change was made in 2009), the tunnel’s route has been refined and changed so much that it’s difficult to say how or if the reduction in length would reduce the cost – and the city certainly won’t say. While there is something to be said for making decisions based on factual evidence instead of continuing with a plan just because city council said it would, there is something troubling about an outright reversal in the plan. But perhaps such a change means that the city and engineers are really trying to come up with what’s best for the city and transit users. Let’s just hope they get the details hashed out in a reasonable timeframe – can Ottawa really wait until 2019 for a solution to downtown traffic and transit congestion?

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You read it here first: what won’t happen in 2011 Since it is extremely risky to predict what will happen in the year ahead, more prudent predictors like to predict what won’t happen. Sticking oneself way out on a limb, here goes. In 2011, the following won’t happen: - The tunnel won’t be dug under downtown Ottawa. This is partly because of the most recent revelations about bedrock, soil or whatever it is and partly because people looked at the estimated four years of construction and concluded that four years of Albert Street was marginally better than four years of no Albert Street. But it is mostly because people are thinking: “A tunnel? Under downtown Ottawa? Are you kidding?” Upon learning that Albert Street is not going to be a tunnel, certain people will demand that it become a bicycle path. - Gasoline prices will not hit $2 a litre. They will stop at around $1.98. Those who hoped that higher gas prices would cause people to drive less will be disappointed. This is because people will be driving all over town trying to find gas that costs less than $1.98. - There will not be great disappointment over the non-construction of the Albert Street tunnel. An exception will be those who hoped most of the buildings on Albert Street would be put

CHARLES GORDON Funny Town underground as well. - The Lansdowne Park development won’t happen. Neighbourhood pressure might be a factor. And with the CFL, you never know. They might decide to expand into Latin America instead of Ottawa. But the main factor will be the Ex. No matter what anyone says, the Ex is never leaving Lansdowne Park. And no one wants to live in new housing that has a ferris wheel outside the window. - The Senators will not win the Stanley Cup. There’s a shocker. - The four-laning of Highway 7 between Carleton Place and Ottawa won’t be finished. Once it’s finished the provincial government will have to take down all those signs about how hard it’s working for us. Highways are always more politically useful while they’re being built than when they’re finished. So it’s important to keep the work going as

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Preparations are already underway for the spring lambing season The lambing pens are lined with hay, waiting for our Christmas babies to arrive. The rams obviously did some work before we locked them up in August, because there is a ewe or two with a distinctly swelling udder. They are “bagging up”, as the Farmer says. That is a rather indelicate way to describe the situation. Most of our ewes are due to lamb in April. Our cows are also due to give birth any day now. Ginger, Betty, Julie and Mocha each took turns dancing with

DIANA FISHER Accidental Farmwife Young Angus when he arrived last spring. However, according to the Farmer, they are not bagging up. But that doesn’t mean anything. Betty didn’t bag up the last time she gave birth to a huge calf either. She just let out a long, low mooo one morning and 20 minutes later she was licking her newborn clean. In order to make things as comfortable as possible for our four bovine mothers-to-be, the Farmer has closed them off in their own field on the far side of the barn. There they have their own water supply, an open pasture and part of the barn for shelter.

This weekend the Farmer decided to cut the huge beams that make up the half-wall in the turkey pen. This large, open room is ideal for the cows, and now they can get in. Within half an hour of the Farmer’s renovations, Ginger and Julie had moved in to the new space. They are the smart ones, I think. The cows are feeding now on wrapped hay that smells like whiskey. The fermentation process has left the silage rich and scented. They chew slowly, savouring the flavour. So we will go out in the morning and evening now to check on the animals. I hope they don’t all give birth at once. I hope things go without complications, as planned. We selected a bull that would produce smaller calves

that grow quickly after birth. I don’t want to deal with any calves getting stuck during birth when I’m the only one at home. It would be just my luck to have this sort of thing happen. Misty is supposed to be pregnant, but we still don’t have that confirmed. Perhaps when we have the vet in to assist with the cow births, we will get him to do a pregnancy check on Misty at the same time. I have to go to Rooney’s to stock up on calf bottles and milk replacer. I keep this at the ready in case an ewe gives birth to multiples. Inevitably there will be a runt lacking the rooting instinct, and I will have to feed it with the bottle. During the first 24 hours, that milk must be colostrum straight from the mother, or the chance

of survival is very slim. As much as I try, however, I cannot get enough milk from an ewe to fill an eye-dropper. The Farmer has to climb into the pen, tackle the mother and steal her milk. He can get an inch or two of colostrum in no time, and then I fill the big syringe to feed the baby. Ideally, after a week or so, the runt will regain his strength and catch on to the routine of feeding from his own mother. If he doesn’t, I have to train him to feed from the bottle that I strap to the side of the pen. This method has worked in the past. We are in the business of growing healthy sheep here. If the cows need help feeding their babies, we will supplement their feedings also. I will buy my supplies, and wait. They can come now – I am ready.

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The Ontario Government has set aside $135 million over the next three years to provide access to dental services for lowincome children and youth. “This new program will provide free dental coverage to children from low income families,” said Ottawa-Centre MPP Yasir Naqvi. The program will help with early detection of dental problems, reduce the need for ex-

tensive treatment services, demand for higher level intervention and result in lower overall costs, he indicated. “We want to make sure children have access to good dental care, because it has an impact on their over all health,” said Naqvi. The province will be running the program through public health units, which will then partner with community health centres to provide preventive care to children and youth aged 0-17 years. The program will be officially

launched in Ottawa on Jan. 11, according to Nancy Kennedy, program manager, dental health with Ottawa Public Health. It is estimated that approximately 9,900 young people in Ottawa will qualify for the new program. Somerset West Community Health Centre is among the centres designated to provide the free dental services. The centre will be holding its first dental clinic on Jan. 14 at the Cambridge Public School on 250 Cambridge St. North.

“It is something we have been looking forward to for a long time,” said Rosemary Johns, resource development manager at Somerset West Health Centre. “It has been a need in our community for a very long time.” “We are very excited and we will make sure our clients are aware of this new service in the city,” she added. The program will provide screening and oral hygiene. Referrals will be made if a follow-up is required. To meet the provincial crite-

ria, one will have to prove that they are 17 years old or younger, have no dental coverage and have an adjusted family net income of $20,000 or less per year. Several application sites will be available across Ottawa and parents are required to complete the application forms and show the required documentation for approval. For more information on services offered, look for the Healthy Smiles Ontario posters at your community health centers.

Stop cancer cold OTTAWA THIS WEEK STAFF Jumping into the Ottawa River might seem like a frigid way to start off the new year, but this “polar bear dip” will help warm your heart. “Chillers” will rush into the cold waters at Britannia Beach on New Year’s Day, Jan. 1, 2011 at 1:30 p.m. – the same time a group in Toronto will jump into Lake Ontario. All the “chillers” will be raising money to help kids who are living with cancer. The fundraiser for the Sears Canada Charitable Foundation in support of its children’s health mandate and will officially become part of the Sears Great Canadian Chill series, which officially kicks off its inaugural year. The charity collects and distributes donations to charitable organizations that support initiatives for children’s health and children’s education – in this case, focusing on programs for children living with cancer. “The Sears Great Canadian Chill is our way to bring families together on a typically quiet day to start, what we hope will become a new family tradition, and have fun while helping other families who are in the fight of their life,” Dene Rogers, president and chief executive officer of Sears Canada, said in a statement. Organizers hope to expand the event to six locations in 2012. There will be heated tents at Britannia Beach for participants and supporters to warm up under while they enjoy live entertainment, prizes for top fundraising and a costume contest. Registration for the Sears Great Canadian Chill is now open. To make a donation or to join the event as a “chiller” or a volunteer, visit www.searsgreatcanadianchill.ca.

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New programs offer unique activities seniors January brings new activities to Heron Road seniors centre EMMA JACKSON emma.jackson@metroland.com

Ottawa’s young at heart have much to look forward to in the New Year, with several new programs opening at the Heron Road seniors centre in January. For those who are artistically inclined, a new print-making workshop will begin on Jan. 13 and run each Thursday for 10 weeks, offering a unique program for seniors who want to get their hands dirty in a traditional artist’s medium. “Students are going to explore a variety of non-chemical printmaking techniques, including dry-point, calligraphy, and wood-cuts,” explained Noreen Carisse, the program co-ordinator for the seniors centre which is located in the Heron Road Community Centre. She said the class will explore different kinds of paper and

inking methods as well. “We have a variety of artists here already so they’re kind of looking forward to jumping into print making. They’re already drawing, painting, doing photography and so on, so the print-making is kind of unique,” Carisse said. The 30-hour course is $117.75 for seniors under 65, or $106 for those over 65. Carisse said it’s important to add new items to the schedule so that regular users can try new things. “Each season, depending on the time of year and what’s going on, we try to introduce a few things that are trendy or that people are asking for,” she said. Another new item on the roster come January is a “total body transformation” program for 50-plus gym users. “It’s a 45 minute program, which is unique in itself because it’s much shorter than our other classes, which are usually an hour or an hour and a half,” Carisse said. “We condense the time and in 45 minute we give a complete weight training and toning program, using elastic

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Seniors take part in a gym class at the Heron Road senior’s centre, where there will be several new courses available in the New Year. bands, dumbbells, and cardio, and ending with stretches and a relaxation period. “We do this all in 45 minutes so they can get up and out and start their day.” The city of Ottawa facility will once again be hosting the annual over 55 short story writing

contest, which accepts submissions of less than 2,000 words in novice or professional categories. Entries will be accepted at the Heron Road seniors centre between Jan. 2 and March 15. The contest will culminate in “An Afternoon of Storytelling” at the centre, where the winning

entries will be read aloud and celebrated in the Heron centre’s auditorium on April 27. The centre’s winter program also includes a variety of courses in the arts, physical activity, languages and technology. For more program information, visit the Heron Road senior’s centre.

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Downtown tunnel could be cut short Underground rail could be reduced by 900 metres – but the cost will be the same LAURA MUELLER laura.mueller@metroland.com

The underground light rail tunnel through Ottawa’s downtown could be shortened by almost a third because of rock near the University of Ottawa. Engineers found bedrock much deeper than expected when they drilled to test it, and are recommending the tunnel come to the surface sooner – shortening the 3.2kilometre tunnel by 600 to 900 metres. The engineers wanted the rock closer to the surface so there is something solid for the tunnel to be built through. The ground around Ottawa U is sandy and would require a lot of work to shore it up and support the tunnel. But so far, the price tag on the entire project hasn’t changed. Kanata North Coun. Marianne Wilkinson, who leads the city’s transportation committee, says the reduction in length wouldn’t reduce the cost by much because the tunnel was already going to be very close to the surface in that area. As for whether the project will still

have value to riders and to the city if it is reduced to just over 2 km, Wilkinson said there is no question it will. “The usefulness of the tunnel is still there – it’s through the downtown,” Wilkinson said. The main purpose of the tunnel is to shuttle riders through the city’s core (particularly between Bayview and Booth streets) more efficiently, she said, and having the tunnel emerge to the surface sooner at the east end won’t have a negative effect on that. In fact, a shorter tunnel was originally the plan, said David Jeanes of Transport Action Canada, who has sat on advisory committees for the tunnel project. Initially, the tunnel was supposed to emerge around the Laurier Transitway stop, but in 2009 the city decided to extend it to the University of Ottawa campus, which increased the length – and the price – by about a third (from $600 million to $750 million). SURPRISES IN GEOTECHNICAL STUDY The finding was part of a preliminary geotechnical study in which engineers drilled 34 bore holes to test what lies below the surface. Despite the deeper bedrock and the discovery of several inactive fault lines, engineers say the $2.1-billion price tag for the entire light-rail transit (LRT) system is still a good estimate. Cumberland Ward Coun. Stephen

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ing at 100 more bore holes in the summer of 2011. Jeanes said the findings could be a blessing in disguise if they force the city to rethink the project. His group is still pushing the city to consider running surface rail lines along the Transitway on Albert Street instead of a tunnel. “It could force them to look at some options to make the tunnel cheaper,” Jeanes said. “It could even force them to re-look at where the stations are, because we still don’t think there are enough stations in the downtown.” Additional reports and information have already caused the city to reconsider its approach to the Bayview and Train Transitway stations, Jeanes said, which is a promising sign that the city might look at other issues Jeanes and Transport Action Canada have brought to light. Jeanes also said the tunnel is too deep, and that could increase the project’s costs over the long term. Having trains come to the surface sooner will force the city to build the tracks on a steep grade, which will cause lots of wear and tear to the trains’ brakes and lead to higher energy costs for the trains to climb the tracks to the surface.

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My dearest customer, As you are aware, I have operated Solly’s Pharmacy in its current location for over 20 years now. During that time, I have gotten to know many of you and your families personally. It has been a privilege to serve you. Unfortunately, I am no longer able to remain at my current premises. Effective December 1st, 2010, Solly’s Pharmacy will be relocating to 2430 Bank Street, Unit 7. The new pharmacy will be at the corner of Bank Street and Hunt Club in the mall with the Harvey’s restaurant. Our new name will be HuntClub Guardian Drugs. I apologize for any inconvenience this may cause you or your family. I will still be providing you with the service that has been the hallmark of my pharmacy. Our team will now be joined by my partner, Ian McNeil. Ian is a community-pharmacist and embodies the very best of our tradition. We will be opening longer and on weekends to serve you better. I look forward to meeting you at our new location, and continuing our relationship for many years to come.

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Holidays can be a sad time for some, expert says BY KRISTY WALLACE kristy.wallace@metroland.com

While holiday cheer is in the air for many between Christmas and New Year’s, others are feeling the stresses of the season, leading to countless cases of the holiday blues. “It’s supposed to be a time when we get together with family and friends,” said John Zelenski, a Carleton psychology professor. “But what we often do (during the holidays) is add to our daily lives, and things become unpredictable.” While people are doing things throughout the holidays that should lead to happiness – like being surrounded by loved ones – Zelenski said hectic schedules, including family gatherings, Christmas shopping and holiday parties, only add to the problem. Stress also relates to holiday sadness, he said, and it’s common for people to feel a sense of depression throughout Christmas right until the new year. This stress and sadness relates often to holiday shopping where debt can build up, and people might feel guilty about not giving to charities because of the cash crunch. However New Year’s celebrations can bring joy to people, who might

see it as the light at the end of the tunnel. “You can look at New Year’s in January as time when there are things to be hopeful about,” Zelenski said. “We do have this sense of new beginnings and a new start. Some people are looking forward to that.” However before New Year’s rolls around, there are some simple rules Zelenski recommends people should follow when trying to get through the holiday blues. Mentally, he said positive emotions can counteract feelings of depression. He advises people to think of ways to inject positive thoughts during times of stress – like big family gatherings. “Think of it as a time to spend a couple extra minutes with the new granddaughter,” he said as an example. Some people might turn to alcohol to get them through the holidays, which he said might not be that bad of an idea. “In moderation, it’s perhaps not the worst thing,” he laughed. “But overdoing it can get you farther behind.” He said the best advice to follow is to take a couple deep breaths – those simple breaths and a pause can have

a nice calming effect. Zelenski said he’s not sure of who is more prone to holiday stress and depression, but research shows that women are more likely to be diagnosed with depression and substance abuse overall. He said people’s feelings also relate back to their personalities, which can be inherited through genes. “Some people seem to be prone to stress and sadness,” he said. Zelenski adds that the holidays, with its added stress, can also push someone over the edge or even affect people are usually resilient. One of the most common things people also do during the holidays that affect their stress and depression levels is worry about aspects of the holidays that they actually don’t Photo submitted need to worry about. Some think holiday parties, for ex- Carleton professor John Zelenski said people get ample, will be a lot worse than they stressed out and depressed during the holidays for a actually are – sometimes they can variety of reasons. even be fun. Zelenski also advises people to know themselves, and know what aspects of the holidays will put them in better moods. “If you’re religious, look at that aspect of the holidays,” he said. “If you’re not, maybe sometimes giving or helping others will be a mood boost.”

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App contest puts open data on the agenda LAURA MUELLER laura.mueller@metroland.com

The city is calling on tech-savvy residents to compete for cash – and bragging rights – for the most useful mobile application, or “app” that uses the city’s data. From finding fun Saturday-morning activities for children to locating the best dog parks in the city, the applications that will be developed during the contest will bolster resident’s ability to use the city’s new “open data” policy. These developers are taking sets of digital information about the city and spinning them into handy tools for people to use on their cell phone and computers and entering them online as part of the Apps 4 Ottawa contest (www.apps4ottawa.ca). While creating these intricate techie tools doesn’t appeal to everyone, the apps can be used by anyone who has access to a smartphone or computer – and the city is hoping that gets residents interested in the initiative. The contest closes on Jan. 3 and after that, it’s up to the public to weigh in on what they think are the best apps. Voting will take place online at www.apps4ottawa.com from Jan. 4 to Jan. 28 to choose the peoples’ choice award. There is also a panel of judges – including developers, researchers and librarians – who will dole out the rest of the cash prizes: $50,000 in total. OPENING UP THE CITY’S DATA Last spring, the City of Ottawa began a process of making its information available to the public as “open data” – a philosophy that certain government data be openly available in a digital format. The move is meant to increase transparency at city hall and remove barriers to information, and perhaps spur on community involvement and economic development. The app contest isn’t just a way to get developers and residents interested in how open data can help them – it’s also a way to show city employees how useful it is and convince any remaining skeptics that it is worth their time to convert data into an “open format.” It takes a bit of work, but the city’s information technology staffers have yet to come across a city department that has said “no,” said Robert Giggey, one of the IT staff members who is working on the project.

“Our hope is that the contest will also do that – help drive home that message,” said Giggey. “Showing them the apps may spark that interest.” FRIENDLY ‘HACKERS’ PITCH IN The popularity of open data in Ottawa wouldn’t be nearly as high without the involvement of advocates like Tracy Lauriault and Edward Ocampo-Gooding, Giggey said. Lauriault, a Carleton University researcher, and Ocampo-Gooding, an open data advocate and developer, have worked with the city’s information technology subcommittee and IT staff to bolster the initiative. Ocampo-Gooding was one of the organizers of two “hackathons” held at city hall in 2010, the most recent of which was on Dec. 4. The events bring together members of the public, researchers, designers and developers to create useful apps and encourage the city to create data sets to make the apps work. On Dec. 4, hackathon participants put their ideas for data sets and apps down on paper, and now that brainstorm is something city staff and the information technology subcommittee can use to fuel the initiative. Events like the hackathon are helping guide city staff as they navigate which sets of data are in the highest demand and which will be most useful to residents, Giggey said. A couple of the ideas that came out of the hackathon were an OC Transpo bus locater powered by GPS information found on 90 per cent of buses, a community equipment lock locator and an idea to pool resources and share equipment like snowplows within a neighbourhood.

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Friendly “hackers” and interested residents gathered at city hall for an open data ‘hackathon’ in April (pictured here) and again on Dec. 4. a look at how it hands out contracts and consider changing the rules to make it easier for developers – many of whom do this work during their free time – to qualify for an app-creation contract with the city. But there is also a role for the free market, Ocampo-Gooding said. Sometimes apps that are developed to be sold in the private marketplace could answer peoples’ needs better than an app created by and for the city, he said.

“We’re going to see an interesting evolution of both of those,” he said. “It could start out in the private market and then the city might see the value of it and decide to buy it.” People interested in open data can connect with Ocampo-Gooding and the unofficial Open Data Ottawa group. More information can be found on the Google Group (www.groups.google.com and search “Open Data Ottawa”) or by following @opendataottawa on Twitter.

SUSTAINABLE APPS One of the issues that will face the creators of apps for the contest is how to keep their creations going over time. Apps need updating and they need to be hosted online for people to download, and that takes time, effort and money. At some point developers providing the apps for free will likely give up. In the contest rules, the city encourages developers to keep their apps available for six months after the contest. But Ocampo-Gooding said he would like to see more incentive for creators to keep the apps up. He’s proposing the city take

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Alcohol 101 to ring in the new year KRISTY WALLACE kristy.wallace@metroland.com

Whether you’re staying in this holiday season or hosting a party, alcohol will likely be the first thing you remember to stock up on. There are ways to save money when hosting a new year party while ensuring your guests have a good time – and a safe ride home. TRENDS THIS YEAR Sparkling wine sales peak at this time of year, according to Carleton University professor Rod Phillips. Phillips, an expert and academic in wines and alcohol, said there are steady sales throughout the year including birthdays, anniversaries and Valentine’s Day. But at the end of the day, people always want bubbly to ring in the new year – and this year, they want it to be pink. “Pink sparkling wine is becoming more and more popular – and plentiful,” said Phillips. “Men seem to have gotten over the idea that pink wine (still or sparkling) is only for women.” Phillips added that if people are buying sparkling wine for their holiday parties, there’s no need to buy champagne – which can cost about triple the amount of sparkling wine. HOW TO SAVE ON BOOZE According to Phillips, throwing a good party with quality alcohol doesn’t have to put a dent in your budget. For those who want to follow the trend of serving sparkling wine at their holiday parties, hosts can find the fizzy beverage for around $12 to $15 – this includes sparkling wine that’s made the same way as champagne. “You can buy excellent Cava, (which is) a sparkling wine from Spain,” Phillips explained. “Or, Prosecco from Italy, which tends to be fruitier and easy to drink at parties.” He added that for those who want to keep with the pink sparkling wine trend – even for men – an inexpensive pink bubbly is Pascual Toso Sparkling Malbec, which is from Argentina. As a wine connoisseur, Phillips also recommends a white wine from Chile called Cono Sur Viognier which goes for $9.95 and an Italian red wine called Montalto Nero d’Avola/Cabernet Sauvignon, which costs $8.95. “You can’t beat them,” he said.

dry wines, like viognier, pinot gris and gewurztraminer. The Cono Sur Viognier would be good too.” When it comes to typical holiday dinners like turkey and hams, Phillips suggests hosts pair it with a pinot noir or gamay. He said a lot of good pinot noirs come from Ontario, New Zealand and France. Gamays can be found in the French sections or Ontario sections of your local wine store. “A lot of producers make it, and I think gamay is the grape of the future for Ontario,” said Phillips. He added that pinot noir and gamay are versatile wines that go very well with food. They’re not too heavy, usually wellbalanced, juicy and a little lighter than other red wines. While gamays wouldn’t go well with heavier food like steak and winter stews, Phillips said they go very well with turkey, chicken, salmon and hams. WHY ALCOHOL? Phillips said the popularity of champagne started in the 19th century when the industry was created. Even back then, he said champagne was too expensive to have every day so it was marketed on birthdays, christenings, anniversaries and other special occasions. “The message was driven so deeply into Western culture, that we’re still stuck with it,” said Phillips. He added that luckily nowadays there are alternatives to expensive champagne like sparkling wines that people can enjoy. People who don’t drink often still serve alcohol during the holidays for friends and family, and Phillips said this is because alcohol is a social drink and makes for a more welcoming atmosphere at a gathering – no matter what kind of alcohol is being served.

DRINKING RESPONSIBLY While everyone seems to have their own remedy for a hangover, Phillips said the best prevention is to not drink so much. “If you can’t or don’t want to do that, live with the consequences,” said Phillips. “But you can reduce the effects by eating plenty of food as you drink, and by drinking plenty of water, not only alcohol.” Tom Wainwright from Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD) Ottawa

said there’s the common message the organization tries to get across every year. “If you’re having… parties, make arrangements beforehand,” he said. “Either with taxis, or a designated driver.” Operation Red Nose is also in effect again this holiday season. For anyone who hasn’t planned ahead, party-goers can call 613-771-2886 and a volunteer will drive you safely from where you are to your house. The service is free of charge but accepts donations.

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Sport good for Ottawa, event organizer says EMMA JACKSON emma.jackson@metroland.com

Starting in the new year, the mixed martial arts community in Ottawa will finally have a fighting chance to show what they can do. The provincial government will begin accepting applications on Jan. 1 from MMA groups hoping to host professional fights in the province, and Ottawa’s Wreck MMA is looking forward to crossing the Quebec border to prove to Ottawa they are a positive force in the community. “We’re Ottawa-based, so we’ve been helping local causes in Ottawa ever since we started, but we have to keep going over to Gatineau to fight,” said Nick Castiglia, president of Wreck MMA, explaining that virtually every show they host involves some sort of charitable cause. For example, their most recent Gatineau fight collected more than a tonne of non-perishable food for the Ottawa Food Bank, and over Thanksgiving they hosted a completely volunteer-run show for troops in Afghanistan. The organization has also raised $17,000 for terminally ill Ottawa police officer Brian Dick. “I just ask that the people in the community give the sport a chance. We have this sport played by true gentlemen, who hug after each fight, who are professional athletes. Wreck MMA tries to have the best athletes we can have in the community.” The move to allow professional MMA events in Ontario has been fairly controversial, with concerns over the violent nature of the sport popularized through the Ultimate Fighting Championship events, which frequently appear on sports-bar television screens across the city. But Castiglia said the change of heart will be a huge benefit for fans who want to attend an MMA event in the region. “Some people are just turned off having to go to Gatineau,” he said, adding that the vast majority of their fans and fighters come from the Ontario side. “Most people in Ottawa live their lives in Ottawa, and they don’t want to go over to Gatineau and Aylmer, because it’s not as convenient for them. Any business owner is always looking for a way to make the

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Mixed martial arts fighter Craig ‘Farmer’ Brown runs the FIT MMA gym in Hintonburg. As of Jan. 1, the province will allow professional MMA events to take place in Ontario. event more convenient for their customer. I think its going to be so much more convenient when it’s in Ottawa.” Wreck MMA is hoping to host Ottawa’s first Ontario-side professional MMA event, likely in May, Castiglia said, who will be

kicking off the new year with applications to the Ministry of Consumer Services, which will control the MMA applications through the provincial athletics commissioner. “Come Jan. 1, I’m putting in my application first thing. I’ve

got to get my next martial arts promoter license, and then we’ll put in the event application,” he said. Although he doesn’t know exactly where the event will be held in Ottawa – “I don’t want to put the cart before the horse”

– he said the event will cater to between 1,000 and 4,000 spectators, and ideally would be set in a stadium or bowl-shaped venue, for maximum viewer satisfaction. The fight would likely involve some of the area’s higher profile fighters, including W1 champion Craig “Farmer” Brown who runs the FIT MMA gym at Scott Street and Parkdale Avenue in Hintonburg. Applications for such events must be submitted at least 30 days before the proposed date, according to ministry spokesman Stephen Puddister. Applications require the suggested venue to be safe enough to host the event, and fighters on the application must submit to several medical and drug tests in order to be licensed to fight professionally, Puddister said. Some fighters, including Brown, have voiced concern the MMA allowance in Ontario will create an influx of ill-prepared fighters in the system and increase the chances of injuries. “The problem is everybody and his dog is going to try to open up an MMA gym,” Brown said. “People are going to open gyms, and they’ll have guys fighting who aren’t ready, and people will get hurt. The lack of education and people looking to make a quick buck, that’s my biggest worry.” But Brown’s colleague Castiglia took a slightly different perspective on it. “When professional MMA got acknowledged and accepted, so did amateur MMA,” he said. “So we’re not only creating the avenue for professional MMA fighters to be practicing, but we’re also creating a stepping stone for the community’s aspiring athletes to build themselves properly at the amateur level, so they’re properly prepared for the professional level.” Indeed, Puddister noted that the athletics commissioner will be taking a fighter’s history and skill levels into account when deciding whether or not to approve a match. “Competitors with significantly different skills and experience would not likely be permitted to fight each other,” he said. Castiglia said he just hopes the community will give the sport a chance and welcome it into Ottawa. “It’s not just amount the money. We’re about working with the local athletes, working with local causes, and with local business,” he said. “We want to get the sport off on the right foot. It took long enough to get it into Ontario, and we don’t want to be the ones to get it out.”

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Ottawa’s Derek Lowry awaits a faceoff against Rangers centre Michael McMurtry during the Jr. Senators 10-2 victory at the Jim Durrell Complex on Dec. 22.

Stars shine brightly as Jr. Senators rout Rangers MATTHEW JAY matthew.jay@metroland.com

From the moment the first goal was scored, there was a feeling it was going to be Ottawa’s night. The Junior Senators were a step faster and far, far hungrier for a win than their opponents, the Gloucester Rangers, and were handsomely rewarded with a 10-2 win at the Jim Durrell Complex on Dec. 22. The Rangers, who were playing without star forward Andrew Creppin, never recovered after Jr. Senators forward Joey House scored at 1:44 of the first period. By the end of the first frame, Ottawa was up 4-0 and never looked back. Following a poor showing at the Central Hockey League’s Holiday Showcase, Ottawa’s stars shone brightly against Gloucester. Forwards Conor Brown and Ryan Lagace, who were selected earlier in the week to represent the Jr. Senators at the CHL All-Star game on Jan. 12, each had three points. Drew Anderson showed he might have been overlooked for the Yzerman Division squad after adding two goals and two assists as Ottawa’s top line made easy work of the Gloucester defence. Asked before the game about their allstar selection, Brown and Lagace said it was an unexpected honour. “I didn’t expect it at all, to be honest,” said Brown. “There’s a lot of good players in this league and on our team too,” Lagace added. “We got called out of practice by a teammate. We were pretty surprised (by the news).” Brown, an 18-year-old right winger from Greely, currently leads the Jr. Senators in goals (17), points (44) and assists (27) following the game on Dec. 22 against Gloucester. He is currently tied for 9th in the CHL scoring ranks. Nineteen-year-old Lagace, a left winger who hails from Aylmer, Que., is second on the team in goals (16) and tied with Drew Anderson for second in scoring with 37 points. He sits tied for 12th in league scoring.

For both players, it will be their first chance to play in the all-star game. “I hope it can help me improve my game, especially playing against the top players in the league,” said Brown. It will also be a chance for U.S. college and professional scouts to have a look at the league’s top players. “It’s going to be pretty competitive,” said Lagace. “There’s going to be a lot of people watching. It’s going to be a good experience for players to be seen by scouts. “We’ll be looking forward to it, and I’ll especially be looking forward to making a good impression. Our team had a bit of trouble at the (Holiday) Showcase, so it’s going to be a second chance for me.” Asked if they thought the all-star selection committee might have overlooked any Jr. Senators, the pair said they’d have added a couple of teammates to the list. “I’d say our captain Liam Burtt,” said Brown. “He’s definitely a force on defence and one of the better defencemen in the league.” “I would go with my centre since the beginning of the year, Drew Anderson,” Lagace said. “I think if he didn’t make it, it was pretty close I’ll bet. He’s a very good player – he could play with us any day on that all-star team.” House’s strong, aggressive play in recent games finally paid off on the score sheet, as he would add a second goal midway through the first period and finished the game with three points. Rookie forward Dalen Hedges also had a strong game for the Jr. Senators, picking up a goal to go along with a pair of assists and while he only faced 21 shots, Dean Shepherdson played with confidence and turned away several shots that threatened to propel the Rangers back into the contest. Michael Webley and Justin Armstrong scored goals for Gloucester. The Jr. Senators have some time off for the holidays, but their vacation will be short, as they return to the ice on Dec. 30 in Cornwall to take on the Colts.


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St. FX high school to get commissioned band music Composer challenged to write a piece that motivates beginner musicians EMMA JACKSON emma.jackson@metroland.com

The halls are alive with the sounds of music at St. Francis Xavier Catholic high school, where the school’s burgeoning band will soon have a brand new piece of music commissioned just for them. The New Sounds of Learning project, spearheaded by music researcher and professor Bernie Andrews at the University of Ottawa, has commissioned four Canadian concert band pieces geared especially for beginner bands at four Ottawa Carleton Catholic School Board high schools, including the brand new high school in Riverside South. Canadian composer Scott Tresham, based in Montreal, will be tasked with St. Francis’s piece. The composer stopped by the school at the end of November to get a feel for what the Grade 9 and 10 music students would like to hear in their special piece. “They’re interested in something that has a lot of rhythm, but at the same time they’re also open to more experimental kinds of writing,” he said. “They have incredible character, and are really dedicated to their ensemble. And even though they don’t have amazing technical facilities yet, they are really enthusiastic about it. I was surprised with their choices and the things that interested them; it was not what I was expecting.” He said the students mentioned a recent performance of Stravinsky’s Firebird they went to see, which took him off guard. “They also really liked the Beatles, which I found surprising since they’re so young. I asked them what era of the Beatles and they said they like all of it, from A to Z.” The project’s goal is to create more Canadian ensemble pieces for young bands that are written for their skill level yet still captivate them with interesting scores, said Andrews. “We have found a clear correlation between music composition and music learning. You can write music that will help young musicians develop their music skills and music interpretation, and this is an important research finding because we’ve identified several techniques that will help students improve,” he said. Some of these techniques include repeating a rhythm pattern throughout the piece at different pitches, and also making sure that all parts are equal. Equality of parts, Andrews said, is one of the most important goals when writing these pieces. “When you pay professionals to play music, you’re paying them, so it doesn’t matter if the tuba or the trombone only plays a few notes. But when you write for students, it’s very important that all the parts are interesting,” he explained. “With young people they have to be motivated to learn, and they will not be motivated if the piece isn’t interesting and challenging. But then it’s a fine balance, because if it’s too hard they give up out of frustration.” Tresham’s task, then, is a daunting one, especially since he hasn’t really written anything of this nature for beginner musicians before, al-

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St. Francis Xavier Catholic high school had a piece of music commissioned specifically for the school under the New Sounds of Learning project. Four Ottawa schools are part of the innovative music program. though he has written for amateur ensembles and community choirs. “The challenge will be to write something that will be within their capability but at the same time challenge them, interest them, and stretch them a little bit. They are very eager to improve and be better,” Tresham said, adding that he has some ideas already as to what the piece will sound like, but he hasn’t quite settled on a theme. The school’s band will perform Tresham’s finished

piece sometime in the spring, likely April or May, said music teacher Maureen Ahern. Once the piece is finished, the idea is to market the music on a broader scale in an effort to add skill-appropriate, Canadian-made music to the repertoire available to music students around the country. “One of the big concerns is the lack of Canadian music in schools. Most music is either American or western European orchestral work,” said Andrews, who started this project while he was sitting on the Ontario council at the Canadian Music Centre, a major partner in the project. “A lot of public institutions and businesses don’t necessary support the arts, and if we’re going to have a vibrant Canadian culture we need to be commissioning music on a regular basis,” he said, adding that he would also love to see more Canadian art and drama commissioned for schools. The project has commissioned 12 other works apart from these four, including eight strings compositions for young string orchestras. Ahern said her students have been very accommodating to make sure the piece is as balanced and professional as possible, so that it can be marketed to other students in the future. “We didn’t have anyone playing bari sax, bass clarinet, or tuba, and the students have actually shifted so that we have those instruments now, creating a more balanced sound,” she said, adding that these changes have brought on the extra challenge of losing kids who are set on what they want to play. “We’re a new band, because the school only opened last year. So we’re building a program, and we’ve got people at different levels.” The three other schools across Ottawa that will benefit from a specially commissioned piece are Sacred Heart Catholic high school in Stittsville, Saint Peter Catholic high school in Orleans, and St. Patrick’s Catholic high school in Alta Vista. The Ottawa Catholic School Board partnered with the University of Ottawa and the Canadian Music Centre to make the commissions possible, along with a grant from SSHRC, the social sciences and humanities research council in Canada.

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Politicians embrace 2011 with ambitious resolutions OTTAWA THIS WEEK STAFF As 2010 comes to a close, Ottawa’s politicians are beginning to look toward 2011 with an air of optimism and enthusiasm, with plans to improve both in the personal and professional spheres. From increased time at the gym to lofty items to push in council, these movers and shakers aren’t missing the opportunity to turn over a new leaf come Jan. 1. GLOUCESTER SOUTH-NEPEAN COUN. STEVE DESROCHES Desroches said his New Year’s resolution as councillor is to become a better user of Twitter and Facebook. “I haven’t been as active as some of my colleagues and I think it is a good tool to reach out to constituents,” he said. “I really think we live in a very exciting time and I’m not exactly on the frontier of technology. I do have a Twitter account and I do have Facebook, and I’m going to do better, I promise.”

But he added that his social networking won’t infringe on his commitment to talking to residents face to face. “I will continue to knock on doors, which I have for the last four years, usually on Friday afternoons, to talk to constituents. I find it quite helpful to hear what’s on peoples’ minds, because although your emails are a good indicator of what people are thinking, nothing beats getting out there and talking to people when they’re not expecting it,” he said. Desroches said his personal resolution is to start running more, and that residents can expect to see him running the sidewalks of his ward on a regular basis. RIVER COUN. MARIA MCRAE McRae made a resolution on behalf of her constituents, wishing that they “don’t stop doing what they do well, and that is to stay involved and continue giving back in their own way.”

McRae said she feels “very fortunate” to live in such a generous ward, where residents are so willing to give back to their community, be it through sitting on boards, volunteering at a charity or shoveling a neighbour’s driveway. “I like the fact that they care enough to actually write to me, or that they care enough to be the rink operator, or to drive people from St. Patrick’s (long-term care facility) to appointments. We do have a lot of people who are very involved in the community,” she said. In her personal life, McRae said she will yet again strive to attain a better work-life balance, although she said she has yet to be very successful in her goal, having made it her resolution several years in a row. She said anyone in a position like hers, be it a politician or the CEO of a company, usually faces the same challenge of making sure they are giving enough time to their personal life. “I think that it’s better for everyone if we can try and obtain that goal and still

continue with our responsibilities we have in our jobs,” she said. OSGOODE COUN. DOUG THOMPSON This veteran councillor is looking to hit Ottawa’s greatest gym in 2011 – the outdoors. Thompson said he wants “to exercise more in the winter by walking and skating. I am hoping to spend more time biking in the summer.” He said he is also hoping to get to the gym more often on top of his outdoor adventures, and to spend more time with his grandchildren. In his duties as Osgoode councillor, Thompson said his main goals for 2011 are focused on transportation – of cars and people. Goal No. 1 is “to work on developing a multi-use pathway between Metcalfe and Greely,” and after that he would like to see more surface treatment for the area’s gravel roads. He is also looking to “obtain more money for upgrading and repaving our paved roads and streets.”

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• JAN. 11 Bytown Voices: Rehearsals begin for the winter/spring session at 7:30 p.m. in preparation for two joint concerts with the Seaway Valley Singers on May 1 and May 7. Rehearsals are held Tuesdays from 7:30 – 9:30 p.m. at St. Basil’s Church, off Maitland between the Queensway and Carling Ave. Information: http://bytownvoices.com/ or contact: rjcovert@ sympatico.ca. All voices welcome in this community choir.

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Ottawa Innercity Ministries, Dominion Chalmers United Church, 355 Cooper St., will serve a free holiday meal starting at 11 a.m. at the door. Donations of backpack, sleeping bags, water bottles, juice boxes, toiletries, granola bars, gift cards, warm socks, bus tickets andmany other items that can be passed to our less fortunate friends, are always needed and welcomed. Volunteers are needed year-round. For more information on becoming a volunteer, please contact OIN at 613-237-6031.

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Heritage Ottawa Free Public Lecture – Ottawa’s Notre Dame Cemetery: A Cemetery of National Importance. At the Ottawa Public Library Auditorium, 120 Metcalfe St., corner of Laurier Ave. West at 7 p.m. Jean Yves Pelletier, a heritage resources consultant and author of a book on the cemetery, will provide an historical overview and give an illustrated presentation of the cemetery. Jean Yves’ book will be available for sale after the lecture. This lecture will be in English with a question/answer period in both official languages Info: 613-230-8841 or www. heritageottawa.org

• JAN. 23 Atlantic Voices: the Newfoundland and Labrador Choir of Ottawa presents its winter concert, Cape Breton: Beautiful Island, Beautiful Music, at 3 p.m. at Centretown United Church, 507 Bank St. The program ranges from folksongs in Scottish Gaelic and Acadian French to contemporary classics by some of Cape Breton’s greatest songwriters. Our own house band, the Fumblin’ Fingers, will provide pre-concert entertainment beginning at 2:15 p.m. You are invited to join the choir after the concert for free refreshments and a silent auction. Tickets are $15 in advance or $18 at the door. Advance tickets may be purchased by calling Hannie at 613-7229240. Admission is free for children 12 years and under. For parking and other information, visit our website www.atlanticvoices.ca

• JAN. 26 Bayview Public School will host a JK/SK information night from 6-7 p.m. at the school, 185 Owl Dr. Come see what Bayview is all about. Programs at the school include Early French Immersion for JK-Grade 4, day care available, extra-curricular creative arts program. For more information, please contact the principal, Anne Laperrière at 613-733-4726

• JAN. 31 TO FEB. 21 Toddlertime at the Alta Vista branch of the Ottawa Public Library, 2516 Alta Vista. Stories, rhymes and songs for babies and a parent or caregiver. Ages 18-35 months. Mondays at 10:30 a.m. (30 min.). 613-737-2837


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