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SOUTH EDITION: Serving Riverside South, Hunt Club, Blossom Park and surrounding communities Year 1, Issue 13

RING ROAD The Hunt Club Community Organization will be promoting Hunt Club as a priority arterial in an attempt to solve some of the traffic issues experienced at rush hour.


January 20, 2011 | 28 Pages

Hunt Club development riles neighbours LAURA MUELLER

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Hunt Club Road has seen a lot of development, particularly in recent years, but neighbours are riled over something comparatively smaller – a three-storey apartment building. On a road that has seen the construction of a 4,738-square-metre Asian supermarket and a number of other commercial developments, the 20-unit apartment building is the last straw for residents in the area. “This is a drastic change to the neighbourhood,” said Jerry Beausoleil, a nearby resident and member of the Hunt Club Community Association. It may be small, but the apartment building will have a big impact on the community, Beausoleil said. While the city doesn’t require traffic studies for such small projects because their impact is minimal, the community association asserts that traffic from each new development adds up. “We object to this piecemeal approach that has been taken over the last few years,” Beausoleil said. “It (Hunt Club Road) should be looked at as a region or a corridor.” City staff said that even if there were 20 similar-sized apartments built in the area, the effect on traffic would still be minimal. Although no traffic study was completed, city staff prepared a “brief ” on traffic effects because it was requested by the community. “A brief isn’t a study,” Beausoleil said. Building so close to the intersection on Downpatrick Road will have a negative effect on traffic, Beausoleil said, especially because a median blocks drivers from going left on Hunt Club Road. That will lead to even more U-turns at the next intersection, Uplands Drive, and even more traffic snarls on an already-busy road. While the developer and city staff say a bus stop only a few paces from the property is a good feature for higher-density housing, Beausoleil told the city’s planning committee that a driveway near a bus stop could be dangerous and lead to accidents, or at least more traffic difficulties. See PIECEMEAL page 6

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Residents wanted for transit commission LAURA MUELLER

For the first time, Ottawa residents can have a direct voice at the table during transit discussions thanks to the creation of the new transit commission. This winter, the city created the commission to oversee operations for OC Transpo, and now it’s seeking four residents to sit on the commission. “For the issue of transit, it’s a new era. It’s a new phase,” said Diane Blais, the program manager for council and

committee services at the city clerk’s office. Transit decisions used to be made by a committee of council composed of council members. Now, regular citizens will be added to the mix. The positions are voluntary and registration is open now. Those who will be selected for the commission should have a background in issues relating to public transit: policy, planning, governance, finance and administration, Blais said. The selection panel, which is made

up of members already appointed to the commission, would have to assess whether a particular individual such as a transit user would have enough expertise to be considered for the commission, Blais said. Interim commission chair Diane Deans (Gloucester-Southgate), Marianne Wilkinson (Kanata North) and Tim Tierney (Beacon Hill-Cyrville) were recommended for the transit commission selection committee, which needs to be approved by city council on Jan. 26. Like any city committee, members must be an Ottawa resident over 18 years of age. City employees cannot be members – that includes bus drivers, Blais said. Blais said the city clerk’s office has been getting a lot of phone calls and emails from people who are interested in sitting on the transit commission, and she expects to receive about 100 applications for the four seats available. “I expect there will be significant interest,” Blais said. The transit commission will report to council, but it will also have some authority to make decisions on its own. The commission will generally have one daytime meeting each month, although there could be more frequent meetings. The length of the meetings will vary from a couple of hours to an entire day, People interested in sitting on the transit commission must apply with a resume and cover letter by the end of the day on Friday, Feb. 4. Applications are available at city hall or online at For more information, contact Blais at 613-580-2424, ext. 28091 or LICENSE AND PROPERTY STANDARDS COMMITTEE The transit commission isn’t the only new city body seeking members. The new committee is seeking five citizen members to hear appeals on license and property standards issues. It’s slightly different from a body like the transit commission. The license and property standards committee is a semijudicial board, which means it makes final decisions on appeals (its rulings won’t need to be approved by council).

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The South Keys Greenboro Community Association is calling for volunteers to help at the association’s first winter festival on Family Day in February. “The community has always stepped up to help us, and we need them to step up and help us again this year, because this is for them,” said incoming association president Karen Larche-Sheikh. The free Feb. 21 event at Pushman Park near Albion and Johnston Roads in South Keys will include horse-drawn sleigh rides, a chili cook-off, taffy making, an ice sculpture competition, toboggan races and music, she said. Former Ottawa

67’s hockey player Jerret Dafazio will also lead a hockey skills tournament on the community rink. Larche-Sheikh said families are also welcome to skate on the rink, which is funded by the City of Ottawa and maintained by the organization. “Everyone is welcome. I want to get all cultures out, all ages out, people who have never skated. I want them all out,” she said, adding that all of the food will be halal, so that every cultural group in the area can take part. Larche-Sheikh said the association is also looking for corporate sponsors to help with the event. To sponsor or volunteer for this event, community members can contact Marnie McKinstry at 613-5652585.




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The Hunt Club Community Organization wants Hunt Club Road declared a “priority arterial� by the city of Ottawa, with hopes that the new designation will solve some of the traffic issues that plague the roadway at peak times.

Hunt Club can be Ottawa’s ring road, association says Community argues thoroughfare should be city priority EMMA JACKSON

The Hunt Club Community Organization has unanimously passed a motion to focus on promoting Hunt Club Road as a “priority arterial� through the city of Ottawa. The group hopes that the busy road will attract more resources and in turn solve some of the major traffic issues that plague the thoroughfare at rush hour. Association president John Sankey, who proposed this issue as the group’s primary focus, said he sees Hunt Club as one of several potential ring roads in Ottawa, although he wants to avoid the term because of its connection to former mayor Larry O’Brien’s campaign platforms on the subject. But whatever they call it, he said Hunt Club Road must become a priority for the city, particularly because of plans to connect it to Highway 417. “A major issue is the traffic situation at Hunt Club and Riverside (intersection). Every rush hour there’s anything up to three kilometres solid of piled up traffic on Hunt Club in both directions, and I’ve seen it backed up on Riverside up

to Walkley,� he said. “This means 5,000 of our residents are either blocked in or can’t get in.� Sankey said that the organization, which aims to represent the community living in and around the Riverside/Hunt Club neighbourhood, have had some meetings with city staff in the past, with limited success. “They’ve given up on Hunt Club bridge, they’ve said, ‘Too bad, we can’t do anything.’ Well, that means they won’t try anything,� Sankey said. Sankey said next month’s meeting will discuss a number of small first tasks they can propose to city staff to help solve Hunt Club’s traffic problems and designate it as a priority arterial. “Small things can be done to fix things up, with little amounts of money,� Sankey said at the meeting. More turning lanes, particularly to help people turn right off Riverside, are among Sankey’s ideas, as well as fighting the increasing number of traffic lights along Hunt Club, which he said are causing “death by a thousand cuts� for local residents. The organization’s monthly public meeting, held at the Hunt Club Riverside Community Centre on Jan. 10, also touched on the proposed development of a 20 unit, three-storey apartment building at the corner of Downpatrick Road and Hunt Club Road, which the group opposes because it feels the development would create even more traffic problems for the busy thoroughfare.

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Solar panels create green for Ottawa Twenty city buildings considered for solar projects LAURA MUELLER

While showing off a shiny new set of solar panels atop the roof of city hall, Ottawa announced a partnership that will see more panels added to city buildings. The partnership with Hydro Ottawa, which will bear the cost of installing the panels, will net the city $4 to $5 million over a 20-year period. The city’s environment committee was set to discuss the idea this week, which would put solar panels on 20 buildings across the city. Some of the proposed buildings include the Nepean Sportsplex, Kanata Recreation Complex, Osgoode Arena and Community Centre, Fred G. Barrett Arena on Leitrim Road, Bernard Grandmaitre Arena in Vanier and Jim Durrell Recreation Complex in Heron Gate, The entire project could see varying solar panel installations that would produce up to 40 kilowatts and 330 kilowatts of

electricity, which could provide enough electricity to power 300 homes. “We can do these projects that are tangible and in an environmentally sustainable way,” said River Ward councillor and environment committee chair Maria McRae. The 20 new projects would be at no cost to the city, McRae said. Hydro Ottawa would lease the rooftops from the city and pay for the cost of installing the panels. “Right now the rooftops are great for collecting snow, and we hope with this partnership we’re going to create a revenue stream,” McRae said. FIT PROGRAM But that doesn’t mean taxpayers are off the hook. The new revenue will come from the Province of Ontario’s feed-in tariff (FIT) and MicroFIT programs, which set a premium rate for “green” energy. The province will pay anywhere from 53.9 cents to 80.2 cents per

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River Ward councillor and environment committee chair Maria McRae poses with 48 solar panels installed on the roof of city hall. Last week McRae announced an idea that would see solar panels installed on 20 more buildings across the city. kilowatt hour of solar electricity for projects approved under the programs. The inflated rate is meant to encourage investment in solar technology and diversify the types of electricity feeding into the province’s power grid. The proposed new projects

still need to be approved by the environment committee and council, as well as the Ontario Power Authority, said Rosemarie Leclair, president and chief executive officer of Hydro Ottawa. She said five of the projects could be operational by 2012, seven projects in 2013 and eight

Two projects are already leading the way for what McRae hopes will become a larger push to generate solar electricity in Ottawa. As part of a different project, Ottawa has recently finished installing solar panels in the roof of city hall, as well as the OC Transpo facility on Belfast Road. The 48 panels on the roof of city hall will generate 10 kilowatt hours of electricity – enough to power the equivalent 1.2 homes. In contrast to the proposed 20 new solar projects, these two projects are funded and operated by the city. They were approved in last year’s city budget and cost $220,000. Most of that cost should be recovered in 10 years, McRae. Those solar panels will generate $150,000 annually over the 20-year contract. The city also approved a new 12megawatt solar park at the Trail Road waste facility last May. That site will generate enough power for 1,500 homes, and construction will start this year, Leclair said. 436430




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Education was the central message delivered to a packed audience on Jan. 13 at the Royal Ottawa Mental Health Centre’s youth suicide information session. AnneMarie Nicholson, director of volunteer services and a suicide intervention skills trainer at the hospital, made plain to those gathered in the Associates in Psychiatry Auditorium that education and open communication were the only ways to identify and help young people who are suicidal. “If we’re going to understand youth suicide a little bit better, we need to understand the youth experience a little bit better,” said Nicholson. “And we need to be really honest about what some of those differences are.” The session was tailored for both parents and teens, providing information about the causes of youth suicide, how to recognize suicidal behaviour and how to deal with a child, friend or peer that displays such behaviour. It also featured James Thomas, a Brockville man who is pro-

ducing a documentary called The Truth About Teenage Suicide. The film will examine the issue of youth suicide through the story of Thomas’s sister Chantal, who took her life in 2005 at the age of 18. Thomas said a lack of education about mental health among his family and his sister’s friends left them unable to help Chantal. “I think it’s so important that everyone as a whole, starting as teenagers and continuing to adulthood, that we’re all really educated on (youth suicide),” Thomas said. Nicholson discussed the idea that loss is the single biggest factor in not just youth suicide, but suicide in general “I think one of the most compelling ways to categorize causes of suicide is to think in terms of loss,” Nicholson told the audience. “And when I’m talking about loss, I’m not just talking about loss through death or loss through the end of a relationship. I’m talking about loss in all of the different ways that we as human beings experience it: loss of self esteem, loss of goals, loss of direction, loss of hope, loss of a loved one, loss

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James Thomas, left, and AnneMarie Nicholson gave those in attendance at the Royal Ottawa Mental Health Centre a crash course on the issue of youth suicide on Jan. 13. of control.” A general lack of coping skills, fewer life experiences, the rapid pace of change during adolescence, and teenagers’ natural impulsivity all contribute to a young person’s difficulty dealing with loss, leading some to contemplate suicide. Nicholson outlined the various warning signs of suicidal

behaviour, such as sudden mood changes, dropping school grades, drug or alcohol abuse and reckless behaviour. She said while many of these issues can be normal among teens, the severity and length of the changes can be an indicator that a teen is contemplating suicide. But she stressed that having tough conversations with teens

and asking “Have you been thinking about suicide?” are essential to making sure those who are vulnerable get help. “At the end of the day, we need to remember that when somebody is at risk of suicide, if somebody has disclosed to you that they are thinking about suicide, now you need to get help.” Nicholson suggested people concerned about a teen should consult resources like the Child, Youth and Family Crisis Line of Eastern Ontario and Parents’ Lifeline of Eastern Ontario. If the situation is more urgent, teens can be taken to the Children’s Hospital of Eastern Ontario or their closest hospital for immediate assessment by a mental health professional. This was the third session to focus on the issue of youth suicide and Nicholson said attendance was high enough that the Royal Ottawa was considering a fourth in the near future. Anyone who has questions or concerns about suicide is encouraged to contact their family doctor, a mental health professional or the Child, Youth and Family Crisis Line of Eastern Ontario at 613-260-2360 or toll free at 1-877-377-7775.

Ottawa Haitians mark one year anniversary of devestating earthquake Canadians urged to help reconstruction effort EDDIE RWEMA

Haitians in the Ottawa area last week gathered to mark the first anniversary of the earthquake that shattered the Caribbean nation on Jan. 12, 2010. In a touching tribute at the Notre Dame Cathedral, Haitians reaffirmed their solidarity as they turned up in large numbers to remember the nearly 250,000

people killed in the disaster. Haitian born priest, Father Joseph Eveillard, gave a moving and emotional eulogy to the packed church, asking Haitians to be optimistic during these tough times as they remember their lost loved ones. “There is need for hope and optimism for the future of our country,” he said. One year on, approximately 800,000 people are still living in temporary

shelters. Haiti’s charge d’affairs Nathalie Gissel-Menos told the audience that Haiti will succeed in its reconstruction. “2011 is going to be an excellent surprise year for our recovery,” Menos said. The Eucharistic celebration was led by Archbishop Terrence Prendergast, who urged Canadians to continue donating to Haiti’s reconstruction effort. “It is important that we take time out to honour the victims of the earthquake and to pray for their families and those left behind,” said Prendergast. The small nation of about 10 million people has experienced decades of poverty, violence and political upheaval.

But the earthquake dealt a crushing blow and a year later little there remains, and much rebuilding work must be done. “I am here to join my fellow Haitians to remember and celebrate life of our loved ones,” said Nathalie Ovigne, who lost her mother in the quake. To her, life will never be the same again. “It is very hard for me to go through this. I keep thinking of my mother every day.” Ovigne is appalled that so little has been done to return the country to anything near normal. “Much has been said, but so little has been done.”

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Pond stench disrupts residents EMMA JACKSON

Living on Dusty Miller Crescent really stinks. That’s what some Riverside South residents have found, anyway, as a storm drainage pond behind their street has started exuding a foul rotten egg smell that’s wafting into their backyards. Coun. Steve Desroches said Ottawa Public Health is monitoring the issue, and the problem has been reported to the ministry of the environment as a precaution. He said the smelly situation, which was noted by residents around this time last year as well, comes from the claybased soil under the pond, which holds high concentrations of a naturally occurring sulphate, which turns to gas in the water. In warmer months this chemi-

cal can disperse into the atmosphere unnoticed, but when the pond freezes over the gas can’t escape as easily. This causes the gas to leave in larger amounts from small open water areas, creating a stronger smell. “I think this is something we have to monitor. Staff have done a thorough investigation and have notified the appropriate authorities as a precaution, including Ottawa Public Health and ministry of the environment,” Desroches said. “It’s a frequent occurrence, a naturally occurring phenomenon, brought on by the ice.” He added that city staff and Ottawa Public Health are monitoring the situation, and if it gets more serious they will look at options to solve the issue, such as draining the storm water pond in the winter. Image courtesy of David Blakely Architects

Some members of the city’s planning committee expressed confusion over the community’s opposition to a small apartment complex on Hunt Club Road at Downpatrick Road, saying the design by David Blakely Architects is very attractive.

End the ‘piecemeal’ approach to development, community says From APARTMENTS page 1

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Construction equipment stands ready to work at the site of Riverside South’s newest plaza, for which developer Larry O’Hara said construction could start any day.

Spratt retail plaza underway Confirmed tenants include Royal Bank and Subway EMMA JACKSON

Work has begun on the retail plaza planned for the corner of Spratt and Limebank roads in Riverside South, developer Larry O’Hara from Urbandale Corporation confirmed. “There’s some equipment up there now, and we should be starting the servicing of the lot soon, if not already,” he said, explaining that workers are bringing in water, electricity and other services before construction begins. He said the construction will start “very soon” with the hopes of opening at least parts of the plaza by Sept. 1.

The 52,000 square foot plan, which includes a 13,000 square foot building to be built at a later date, will house tenants like Royal Bank, Dairy Queen, a steak and seafood restaurant, an Italian restaurant and a sit-down version of Gabriel’s Pizza. A Subway store will open alongside a European-style deli and a Lebanese takeout restaurant. The plaza will also include a hair salon, dental office, sporting goods shop and a “huge” Tiny Hoppers location that will likely be a daycare, O’Hara said. “It’s leasing up nicely, and it’s a great location. It’s going to be a nice plaza,” he said. Rumours that Urbandale is in talks with Tim Hortons to bring a franchise to Riverside South is true, although O’Hara said no deal has been made yet. He added that Urbandale is very close to finalizing a deal with a “national tenant” for the plaza, but cannot confirm the company name until the deal is complete.

Members of the community were trying to convince the city’s planning committee to vote against rezoning the property to allow the building to be constructed, but the committee recommended allowing the development to go ahead. Gloucester-Southgate Coun. Diane Deans tried to have the decision delayed, saying there were too many outstanding issues to clear up. But the planning committee disagreed. “To defer it would give people a false sense of hope that it isn’t going to go forward,” said Barrhaven Coun. Jan Harder. “That won’t solve the traffic problem on Hunt Club.” River Ward Coun. Maria McRae said she will hold another meeting on the development as it moves forward so the community (both in her ward and Deans’ neighbouring ward) can see the site plan for the building. Prior to the planning committee meeting, Deans held an emergency meeting with her constituents. Although the proposed seniors building would exist in McRae’s ward, the site sits on the ward boundary and Deans’ constituents on Wyman Crescent, located behind the site, feel they could be affected by increased traffic, on-street parking, and shadowing in their backyards. Residents at that meeting indicated their main concern is the proposed reduction of parking spaces from the regular 1.2 per unit to 0.7. There would be 20

spaces included with the building, with four reserved for visitors and two reserved for management. This leaves six units without parking spots, which residents believe would increase on-street and illegal parking. A city staff report has found that this parking reduction is acceptable given the site’s proximity to transit and the generally lower rate of car ownership among seniors, although some residents took issue with the assumption that seniors don’t drive cars. Deans noted that the site does fit the city’s official plan, which calls for intensification of the urban core to prevent urban sprawl. “With good access to transit on Hunt Club, it is a good candidate for intensification,” she told those at the community meeting. Meanwhile, the community is also wary of the developer V.I.P. Construction and Engineering Ltd.’s plans to market the apartment building to seniors. Neighbours say a building without underground parking or an elevator won’t be popular with seniors. The building would need to double in size to justify the cost of constructing an underground parking garage, said David Krajaefski, an engineering consultant working on the project. If younger people and families move in, it would contribute to the gridlockon Hunt Club Road, neighbours say. If the building is not marketed to seniors, that could change the situation, Beausoleil said. With files from Emma Jackson

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DIANA FISHER Accidental Farmwife I was in the barn feeding the New Year lambs when the Farmer announced that Ginger’s water had broken and her labour had begun. She made soft mooing grunts as she shifted her weight and tried to get comfortable. The sac was visible, protruding from under her tail, which she held up in a careful arc. “This could take hours, hon,� the Farmer said, as he dragged the gate across the opening to lock Ginger into the pen. We wandered back to the house and puttered around for an hour. I volunteered to go out and check on the impending birth. When I got to the barn, I saw Ginger was standing in a puddle of her own making. A small black calf with

a white face peeked out at me from behind her legs. “Well hullo! Welcome!� I called. He had obviously just been born and had yet to stand. Ginger licked, nudged and muttered to her new calf, trying to get him to stand up. Finally he organized his knobby legs underneath him and stood. And promptly fell back down in the muck. Ginger nudged him again, lifting him onto his knees with her heavy head. Every time I spoke to him, he turned in the direction of my voice. Ginger kept up her encouraging monologue. I decided to be quiet. The commotion in the barn attracted the bull, Young Angus. The big black bull stepped softly up to the side of the pen and peered in. He mooed low and long. The calf staggered over to him and Ginger followed, holding him up with the strong, Velcro licks of her tongue. I watched as Angus craned his neck as far as he could into the pen and reached his tongue out to lick the calf. My camera batteries had died at this point, otherwise I would have a

video of the event. It was very nice to witness. The next day, the calf was wandering around more steadily on his feet and, although I had not witnessed him nursing yet, I assumed he had, otherwise he wouldn’t have had the strength to walk around. After work that night I went back to the barn to check on the calf. He was lying in the corner, and Ginger was mooing at him, nudging him to get up. I spoke softly to her and she looked at me. I swear I could see worry in her eyes. I went back to the house. “Did you see the calf nursing today? Because I haven’t seen him eat yet and now he is just lying there.� I headed to the basement to mix up some milk replacer for a bottle. The Farmer wrestled the mother and child into a lambing pen (wish I had witnessed that feat) and fed it a bit of the bottle. It didn’t want to suck. Its tongue just lolled around and it struggled against the rubber nipple in its mouth. But we got some milk into its belly. We fed it more before turning in that night, and I was up

before dawn the next morning to feed it again. Ginger just watched as I tried to help her baby. She grunted soft little moos as a running commentary and her ears twitched with worry. But she didn’t mind us touching her calf, as long as she could still put her nose on him. I think that’s the closest we have ever been to Ginger, our skittish cow. As I was feeding the calf, I noticed its nose was bright red and its eyelids were pink. In sheep, that is a sign of a deficiency of some sort. The Farmer/ Professor spoke to a friend at the college and discovered that sure enough, the calf needed selenium in order to have a healthy suckling reflex. He went to the co-op to buy some supplies. The next feedings were done with a drench (the calf is made to swallow a tube and milk is poured directly into its stomach) and I couldn’t bear to watch the uncomfortable procedure so I stayed in the house. The next day, after the selenium shot and a few drenches of milk, the calf was up and heading for its mother. It now has a spring in its step and it is nursing normally. Many thanks to Albert Koekkoek at the University of Guelph for giving us the advice we needed to save our little bull calf. We decided to name him Albert, after you.


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Mayor proclaims World Religion Day in Ottawa EDDIE RWEMA

Deputy Mayor Eli El-Chantiry was on hand at city hall on Jan. 16 to proclaim World Religion Day in Ottawa on behalf of Mayor Jim Watson. “The city of Ottawa has a long standing commitment to the development of a diverse society in which the achievements, cultural heritage, and religious conviction of all citizens is recognized and respected,� the proclamation read. This year marks the 11th annual

celebration of World Religion Day in Ottawa, with members of many of Ottawa’s faith groups coming together to mark the event. Last weekend’s event featured Capital Coun. David Chernushenko,. “Although we face big challenges, through working together we can overcome those challenges,� said Chernushenko. “That is how we build better societies and tackle environmental problems.� World Religion Day was established in 1950 to bring attention to the har-

mony of the spiritual principles of every religion and religion’s role in the fostering of resilient, vital and nurturing communities at the local and global level. “In a time when environmental decline and economic insecurity are among our greatest concerns, many draw from the spiritual resources of religion to rethink unsustainable conceptions of prosperity, to connect with the earth and to create change at the grassroots,� said Heather Harvey, member of the event’s organizing committee.

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Spirit of volunteering isn’t dead


anadians are often known for their generosity, but it might be a reputation that’s slowly slipping away. According to National Survey of Giving, Volunteering and Participating, between 1997 and 2000 the number of adult Canadians volunteering fell from 31 per cent to 27 per cent. Locally, Volunteer Ottawa has seen an “alarming” drop in participation from those aged 24 to 40. That particular demographic sees an 18 per cent drop in volunteers. Youth, meanwhile, are putting in their required hours, if for no other reason than to earn their high school diploma. And a quick glance at any volunteerrun organization will show that a lot of retired people have found something altruistic to do with their time. But that missing demographic in the middle is raising

a red flag locally. That’s why Volunteer Ottawa is looking for new ways to get people over 25 back to volunteering. Those new ways include teaching youth about the importance of lending a hand and instilling in them a sense of community. Those are important lessons, but won’t be enough to swell the ranks of volunteers from that middle demographic. This isn’t about the spirit of volunteerism dying. People understand the importance of helping. The problem is more likely one of timing. That missing demographic is struggling to juggle the demands of a career, ferrying children to and from myriad activities, all while often caring for aging parents. The postmodern world is a bit of a pressure cooker when it comes to time management. With so many competing priorities, it shouldn’t come as

a surprise that there’s a gap, at least in formal volunteering. After all, we cannot forget those little extras parents do that might go unnoticed. Those numerous walk-a-thons around the city are packed with families, for example, but it’s hard to measure that kind of informal participation. And then there are those who choose to donate money because they can’t give of their time. The United Way certainly isn’t raising millions from youth and seniors alone. People want to help, and many do, just in varying ways. As for instilling a sense of community in youth, that’s a laudable goal everyone – parents, teachers and associations – should work toward. It’s that legacy that will see these youth help where they can during their working years, and then return to volunteer when the kids get a little older.


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must have missed the big announcement, so I was more than a little surprised to see the sign greeting us when we walked into Canada Customs and Immigration at the airport. “Hi. Step in to Canada,” it said. Hi? Since when does the Government of Canada say “hi” to people? Isn’t that a little … well, breezy? Particularly for a government of a country known for its reserve. And particularly at immigration. After all, this is where a visitor from another land makes his first acquaintance with our country. So you’d think the sign would be more formal, more august somehow. This is serious business, coming to Canada, with immigration officers glowering at you and demanding that you show good reason for deigning to enter. Or so we thought. Obviously, somebody decided it should be less so. Rather than saying, “Welcome to Canada. Stay in line,” the signs say: “Hi. Step in to Canada.” It’s actually quite a nice greeting, when you’re coming back from a stay in another country and feeling glad to be home. But it’s a bit of a shock. Just like finding out, when you open the hometown newspaper, that reusable bags, the kind we have been urged to, um, reuse,

CHARLES GORDON Funny Town may pose perils that we have never considered. Usually, we think of this as a very cautious place, not flinging around cheery welcomes or taking chances with reusable bags. When we travel, people ask us what Canadians are like. Are they like Americans? Well, sort of, we reply. We sound more or less the same. We eat the same kind of food, watch the same kind of movies, listen to the same kinds of music. There’s hockey, of course. That makes us different. And we might be a little less informal. We wouldn’t be the kind of people who put up a sign saying “Hi!” at the airport. Except that apparently we are. How this came to be is a mystery. If there was a big discussion about it, about whether signs should say “hi” at airports instead of “please wipe your feet and


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hen did garbage become so complicated? Remember the late eighties when weird, lefty environmentalists persuaded their way into elementary school classrooms across the land to teach the three Rs: Reduce, Reuse and Recycle? In 1989, impressionable youngsters would run home and lambast their parents for tossing empty wine bottles into plastic garbage bags. As I recall, the last “r” in the waste hierarchy – recycling – caught on pretty quickly. The original blue box campaign was so enviably simple. Not only were the three Rs of the waste hierarchy borrowed from a catchy, century-old slogan about elementary education, but they had been recalled many times since. (Franklin Delano Roosevelt invoked the three Rs to represent the relief, recovery and reform of his New Deal economic plan during the Great Depression). Thus in the eighties, children, their parents, and even some grandparents were rapidly indoctrinated. Now environmentalism has gone mainstream, and garbage has become, well, bureaucratic. There are protocols, procedures, itemized lists, and politically correct expressions. One person’s waste is another person’s fertilizer, if you know what I mean. You have to be careful what you take to the curb and who’s watching you when you do, not to mention the confusion this garbage division seems to trigger in people of all ages. At our house, every candy wrapper, dirty tissue and orange peel triggers a stand-and-stare at the bins: There’s the “slop bucket” for compost, the “black



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Forty hour limit: the struggle to find and retain young volunteers Week one in our volunteering series explores why Ottawa’s youth don’t stick around once they’ve finished school EMMA JACKSON

When Laura Spragge was eight years old, she was volunteering at the Ottawa Humane Society, helping care for any cats brought into the shelter. By time she was in high school, she was helping at “a gamut of festivals” across the city. Now 22, she sits on two committees at Volunteer Ottawa, acts as the vice-chairwoman of the Cancer Society’s Relay For Life communications committee, monitors Volunteer Ottawa’s social media sites, and constantly combs the agency’s volunteer database for even more opportunities she can pile onto her already loaded plate. She does all this, while working a 40-hour week as a web design program co-ordinator at Algonquin College. Statistically speaking, the Wellington Village resident is just one volunteer in an age group with the highest volunteer participation in the city. Ottawa youth between the ages of 15 and 24 have the highest rate of volunteering of any age group, according to Volunteer Ottawa’s Jeff Bond, a surprising fact that could be tied to the mandatory 40 hours of volunteering Ontario students must complete to graduate high school. But Spragge is somewhat of an anomaly, one of the few who have made volunteering part of their everyday life. She donates about 12 hours a week to various organizations around the city – an accomplishment that is unmatched, and often considered unnecessary, by many of her peers.Young volunteers – many of whom feel forced to get involved to receive their diploma – are not sticking around for the longterm, either in their chosen volunteer activities or in their overall life plans. “What’s alarming is in the next age group we see an 18 per cent drop in volunteering, starting at 25 years old. It’s an alarming number, and we’re trying to find new ways to engage that age group,” Bond said, explaining that the 25 to 40 age group is likely focusing on finishing their education and starting careers and families, leaving little time for vol-

unteering. Bond said this issue would be significantly improved if youth were more effectively taught that getting involved was important at any time, and not just when it’s convenient or required. “If we don’t instill at a young age the importance of community, it doesn’t become a lifestyle. If we don’t make it a lifestyle then it’s easy to put it aside,” Bond said. “The expectation should be that they have a responsibility to their community. We all play a role in that to create this society, and by giving back to your society it makes it a better place.” Volunteer Ottawa is currently preparing for a new youth volunteer program aimed at engaging, educating and collaborating with young people about the importance of getting involved, which is scheduled to start at the end of January. He said the youth-for-youth program aims to figure out how organizations can make a young person’s volunteer experience more attractive and rewarding, so they are more likely to stick with it throughout their life. “If we’re not leaving the youth with a very positive experience, if they’re coming away with the sense that they’re just doing their hours and it wasn’t a great experience, they won’t see the value,” Bond explained. Spragge said she would like to believe that her peers are interested in getting involved in the community, even if it’s for selfish reasons such as padding their resumes and networking for future job opportunities. “Even if you’re looking for a false sense of power, you’re still helping someone in the end. If you’re just trying to boost your resume, someone will still get helped,” she said. “There’s obviously an element of trying to make yourself look better. There definitely are some pieces that can be perceived as selfish. But I’d like to believe that in the end our society thinks for the greater good.” She noted that there are so many options out there, that volunteering can be quite flexible no matter how busy a person is. “I think people forget that you

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Wellington Village resident Laura Spragge is a life-long volunteer, giving about 12 hours of her time each week to various organizations around the city. Her age group is notoriously poor at continuing to volunteer past the age of 24. don’t have to go to an organization to do these things. You can do a third party fundraiser, you can host a murder mystery party and charge your friends $10 to have a good night, and then donate that money to someone else,” she explained. “There’s ways that you don’t have to feel like you’re tied down to a commitment.” Bond said he believes with more education, both in the classroom and at home, youth will become the engaged citizens the city needs them to be, for the rest of their lives. “Our philosophy is that youth engagement is like financial investments. You only reap the benefits tomorrow if you invest today,” he said. Watch for the second installment of our volunteering series next week.

Helping hands The first in a three-part Ottawa This Week series exploring the state of volunteering across the city. Next week: Adults and the volunteer gap

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A 68-year-old woman is dead following a two-car collision at Bank and Conroy on Jan. 14.

Fatal collision at Bank and Conroy


A 69-year-old woman has died in hospital after her small car struck a pick-up truck on Bank Street near the Conroy exit around noon on Jan. 14, police confirmed. At 12:05 p.m., the car was turning left onto Bank Street from Kemp Drive in Ottawa South when it was hit by the southbound pickup.

Two young passengers were also travelling with the woman, but were uninjured in the accident, police said. The driver of the truck was alone, and was also uninjured. Throughout the afternoon, southbound traffic was being diverted onto Lester Road, while traffic heading westbound on Bank was being rerouted onto Conroy Road. Police said the incident is being investigated.


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Last chance for Greely Winter Carnival comedy tickets EMMA JACKSON

Residents have until Jan. 22 to buy their tickets for the Greely Winter Carnival’s newest event, which promises to be a laugh and a half. The Greely community association has added a comedy night to its roster of

community events for the annual winter festival, which runs from Jan 26 to 30. The comedy and karaoke night on Saturday, Jan. 29 will feature a number of Absolute Comedy comedians, including Montreal celebrity Mike Paterson, said Bruce Brayman, president of the community association. He said the new event is part of an 428797



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effort to offer more entertainment for Greely’s adult crowd throughout the weekend. “We have the kiddie night, we have the Idol night and breakfast, but usually the adults are just entertained with a band. It was an idea that someone else had and I liked it very much,” he said, adding that residents have been enthusiastic about the plans. “I mean, how often do you get comedy in Greely?” The 19-plus evening will begin at the Greely community centre with a roast beef buffet from AJ’s Catering, complete with a cash bar. The comedians will take the stage for about an hour and a half, after which Brayman said residents can hit the mic for some karaoke. “It’s a good fill-in, because by 10 o’clock you’re already out, and you’ve had a few cocktails,” he laughed. Brayman wouldn’t comment on whether or not he would be showing off his singing skills throughout the night. Tickets for the dinner and show are $30 each, and must be purchased by Jan. 22 so the association can finalize dinner numbers. Tickets for the comedy night alone are $15. The show is part of the four-day annual carnival, which Brayman said is timed on purpose to help people chase away the winter blues. “The idea is that it’s a community midwinter get-together. It’s to get everyone talking to each other, seeing each other,

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Montreal comedian Mike Paterson will headline the Greely Winter Carnival’s Comedy and Karaoke Night on Jan. 29, which includes a roast beef buffet beforehand. because you’ve been buried,” he said. The carnival includes a family skate, a Texas Hold’em poker night, a Teeny Bopper dance, sleigh rides, and a number of other family activities throughout the weekend. The main event is always Greely Idol, for which the winner receives recording time, a photo shoot and a gig at the Greely Canada Day celebration, which is the second largest in Ottawa. Tickets for the comedy night can be purchased at the State Farm Insurance office at 5832 Bank Street.

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Events like the Teeny Bopper dance, Absolute Comedy performance and Greely Idol may be the signature attractions of the upcoming Greely Winter Carnival, but there’s likely to be one more big draw. While the outdoor community rink beside the Greely Community Centre isn’t open for skating yet, Greely Community Association president Bruce Brayman said it should be ready to go for the start of the carnival on Jan. 26. Brayman said Osgoode Coun. Doug

Thompson is working on hiring someone within the week to maintain the rink for a six-week period. He added that it will take five days to remove the snow and flood the ice before people are able to skate on the rink. With a well and storage facility adjacent to the rink, maintenance is easy, Brayman said. The association used to look after the outdoor rink, but stopped doing so two years ago. Last year local firefighters took care of the ice pad, Brayman said. The Greely Winter Carnival runs from Jan. 26 to 30 at the Greely Community Centre. 441548

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The Prime Radicals will host Ottawa launch Jan. 22 EMMA JACKSON

When it comes to edu-tainment, Ottawa’s got talent. The Prime Radicals is a new show created by GAPC Entertainment, boasting an all-Ottawa cast and a unique mandate to tie its zany humour to Ontario’s Grade 1 and 2 math curriculum. The 15-minute episodes, which aired for the first time on Jan. 15 on TVO, cater to kids aged six to eight, but it by no means feels like an everyday math class. “We wanted to put the math in the context of a story and some characters, something that has a little bit of a story arc,” said executive producer Hoda Elatawi. “So we came up with goofy Uncle Norm. We don’t really know what he does for a living, he’s stumbling, he’s bumbling, and he’s always got a problem. And his niece and nephew Kevin and Alanna, they’re the ones that are empowered in terms of finding a solution.”

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The Cast of Prime Radicals includes 12-year-old Hunt Club resident Kevin Wang. Vanier resident and Glebe Collegiate English teacher Norman MacQueen plays Uncle Norm, a wacky character with a top secret “hush hush” job, who happens to be pretty naive about math – which MacQueen said is perfect for him. “I was never a strong math student myself when I was a kid, and the fact that I’m supposed to play a character that’s not mathematically inclined, its very fitting,” he laughed. Uncle Norm’s niece is played by 19-year-old Orleans resident

Alanna Bale, while 12-year-old Hunt Club resident Kevin Wang plays his nephew. Throughout the course of the episodes, the kids are tasked with solving one of Uncle Norm’s many problems by using math in a unique and real-world way. At the end of each of the 26 episodes, Bale will lead a craft that reinforces the lesson, and Barrhaven singer 13-year-old Ayda Khan will end the show with an upbeat tune about the math content. The show was developed in

collaboration with Queens University math education professor Lynda Colgan, who helped weave real and relevant math content into the stories in fun and exciting ways. The studio is also developing an interactive website as an extension of the show. And even though the content is meant for Grade 1 and 2 students, Wang said even he – who prefers math to English class – was always learning on set. “For example, did you know there are 42,000 ways to tie a lace? Or that twice around your thumb is equal to your wrist? Not many people actually know those things. It’s really amazing how these really unique things are true,” he explained. Elatawi said she discovered Wang in an unconventional place – the Kumon learning centre where she sent her children. As her search for the perfect nephew grew more urgent, she decided to call the math skills centre to see if any kids stood out. Despite the fact that the Fisher Park Grade 7 student had only done a small amount of acting, Wang came to mind immediately, and he auditioned perfectly, Elatawi said, adding that he was incredibly natural

and relaxed on set. The entire season was filmed during the month of July at the Shenkman Arts Centre in Orleans, which Wang said was difficult because memorizing lines was tough to do in such a short time period. “I would work all day, and then at night I would have a few hours to memorize, memorize, memorize, non-stop,” he said. “It was basically like school, but harder. A lot more fun, though.” Wang said it was especially fun to work with Uncle Norm and Alanna, who made him feel comfortable on set. “Alanna and Uncle Norm, they made life a lot easier. They really fit me into it, and if I made a mistake they would just cover me,” he said. “It basically felt like we were a group of friends chatting away.” The show’s official launch will take place on Jan. 22 at the Ottawa Family Cinema on Broadview Avenue, where the theatre will also show its first 3D film. The Prime Radicals will air every Saturday at 3:30 p.m. and every Sunday at 12:30 p.m. on TVO. The show will also be syndicated across other provincial educational channels, including Saskatchewan, British Columbia and Alberta.


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Robinson team downs Yzerman squad in all-star game DANIEL NUGENT-BOWMAN

Considering Alex Brenton wasn’t even supposed to play in the Central Canada Hockey League All-Star Classic, he had quite the showing at the Bell Sportsplex in Kanata on Jan. 12. The Kemptville 73’s right winger was not named to the 21player Robinson Division roster on Dec. 21. Instead, he and Smiths Falls Bears winger Matt Robertson were chosen to fill in for Carleton Place Canadians winger Tyler Kotlarz and Cornwall Colts forward Kevin Cole. But even with the original slight, Brenton netted all of the Robinson team’s goals – including two in the third period – in a 3-2 win over the Yzerman Division. Brenton’s final tally came with 48 seconds remaining. Canadians centre Ryan Lowe assisted on two of Brenton’s markers. Brenton’s first goal of the game allowed the Robinson allstars to take a 1-0 lead into the intermission. But Pembroke Lumber Kings forwards Matthew Peca and Brandon Gagne responded in the second period to put the Yzerman all-stars ahead before

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Conor Brown of the Ottawa Junior Senators suited up for the CCHL all-star game. Justin Gilbert of the BrockBrenton’s third-period heroics. ville Braves earned the victory Both Lumber Kings had two for the Robinson stars. He enpoints apiece. tered the game at the midway Gagne, teammate Ted Pletsch point of the second period and and Nepean Raiders captain surrendered two goals on 15 Craig Cowie replaced Pemshots after relieving Pete Karbroke’s Jonathan Milley, Cumvouniaris of the Colts. berland Grads captain Michael Kanata Stallions netminder Borkowski and Gloucester Scott Shackell was credited Rangers centre Andrew Crepwith the loss. He stopped 21 of pin in the game.

Ryan Legace of the Ottawa Junior Senators and Zachary Carriveau of teh Nepean Raiders take to the ice as teammates against Jacob Laliberte of the Cornwall Colts during the CCHL all-star game. man Division team. 23 shots after taking over from The Robinson Division conAlex Chretien at the same point sists of the Cornwall Colts, as Robinson team switched goalBrockville Braves, Carleton ies. Place Canadians, Smiths Falls The Bears goalie, Chretien, Bears, Kemptville 73’s and turned aside 15 pucks while alHawkesbury Hawks. The Yzerlowing one goal against. man Division is made up of Brenton and Peca took home the Pembroke Lumber Kings, respective player of the game Gloucester Rangers, Nepean honours. Raiders, Kanata Stallions, OtForwards Ryan Lagace and tawa Jr. Senators and CumberConor Brown represented the land Grads. Ottawa Jr. Senators on the Yzer-

Yzerman routs Robinson in CHL Prospects Game DANIEL NUGENT-BOWMAN

The Yzerman Division exacted some revenge with a 10-3 over the Robinson Division in the Central Canada Hockey League Prospects Game at the Hartley Sports Complex in Hawkesbury on Jan. 15.

The victory came on the heels of a 3-2 loss to the Robinson team in the league’s All-Star Classic on Jan. 12. Leading the Yzerman team’s attack in the game for firstand second-year players was Gloucester Rangers forward Nathan Pancel with one goal and two assists.

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Ottawa South curler’s rink wins team-of-the-year DAN PLOUFFE It’s full steam ahead for Hunt Club’s Emma Miskew and her Ottawa Curling Club rink. However, the 2010 world junior championships silver medallists got a moment to reflect on a remarkable season as they were honoured as the national capital’s female team-of-the-year at the Ottawa Sports Awards banquet on Wednesday, Jan. 19 at Algonquin College. “It’s a great honour,” smiles Miskew, a Brookfield High School grad. “It’s always nice to get recognized in your city, especially when we don’t generally think on the local level (with other sports).” Still quite young in the curling world, the rink skipped by Rachel Homan has been the region’s best for several years now. On the verge of emerging on the world stage for several years, Team Homan at last captured its junior Canadian title and rode that on to a secondplace worlds finish behind the rink that represented Sweden at the 2010 Olympics. “We’d been working at it for awhile,” notes 21-year-old Miskew, who particularly en-


joyed getting the chance to compete in Switzerland for the event. “Coming second, we didn’t quite finish it off, but overall, we had a great year. “It was a nice taste of worlds and seeing what it was like to compete for your country, so there’s definitely a drive to get back there and do it again.” Ranked in the top-10 nationally at the senior level, the junioraged rink also got to participate in the Olympic pre-trials in the lead-up to the 2010 Vancouver Games. With that kind of resume, expectations were fairly high heading into their first full-time season on the senior circuit this past fall. In their first event in September, Miskew and company earned a little piece of history as they became the first team to ever repeat as champions of the Shorty Jenkins Classic, a World Curling Tour event in Brockville. Most recently, Team Homan advanced through the regional finals Jan. 7-9 to qualify for the Ontario Scotties Tournament of Hearts in Thornhill from Jan. 24-30. “The women’s level is definitely tougher,” Miskew acknowledges. “It still would have been quite disappointing if we hadn’t got (to provincials), but

we’re there now, so it’s quite a bit of relief.” At regionals, Team Homan faced some adversity in the doubleknockout format as they lost their third match and were forced to win three in a row to grab the last available berth in provincials. “I don’t think that anyone was stressing out about the situation,” Miskew says, noting the ice conditions gave them trouble in the defeat. “It doesn’t feel good to lose, but we were able to regroup and come back. We knew the last game wasn’t anybody’s fault, we just couldn’t figure out the ice, and that happens sometimes. “It was their day, and we came back strong the next day.” Coming through under the gun to win the tournament’s Bside was an encouraging performance leading up to provincials, where Miskew expects every team will offer a tough challenge, especially the two-time defending champions skipped by Krista McCarville. “I was really proud of our team, how we came back and how we played in the final,” the Carleton University industrial design student adds. “Now I’m really excited to see how we play at the provincials. We’re work-

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Ottawa South’s Emma Miskew threw third rocks for the Ottawa Curling Club rink that won the world junior silver medal last year and was honoured as female team-of-the-year at this week’s Ottawa Sports Awards. ing really hard, and if hard work pays off, hopefully we’ll come pretty close and we’ll see how that goes after that.” Riverside South’s Gabriela Dabrowski was also honoured at the Ottawa Sports Awards as tennis athlete-of-the-year. In her last year competing at the junior level, Dabrowski reached the Australian

Open doubles final and earned a top world ranking of fifth. University of Ottawa GeeGees quarterback Brad Sinopoli and Olympic speedskater Kristina Groves were chosen as the city’s top male and female athletes-of-the-year for 2010. Visit for a complete list of winners.

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LEAPing into bill payment NROCRC program to help people with energy expenses DANIEL NUGENT-BOWMAN

The Nepean Rideau Osgoode Community Resource Centre (NROCRC) is aiming to help people pay their ever-increasing energy bills. The group’s Low Income Energy Assistance Program (LEAP) came into effect on Jan. 1, offering assistance to low income residents who might experience difficulty paying their Hydro One or Hydro Ottawa utility bill. Unlike the Winter Warmth program – which provides assistance with Enbridge Gas bills for winter months only – LEAP is a year-round emergency financial program. Under the program, Hydro custom-

ers can get assistance once per 12 month period. Phil Elwell made a brief presentation about the program to the Greely Community Association board during its monthly meeting on Jan. 12. He said that NROCRC will help people make a payment up to $500. “We’re looking for people to be aware that they can come to our agency,” he said. Residents wishing to apply will need to supply family and financial information that is used for application purposes only. For more information people can visit NROCRC in the Merivale Shopping Mall in Nepean or call 613-596-5626. The group also has an office in Barrhaven at the South Nepean Satellite Community Health Centre, 4100 Strandherd Rd., Suite 201. Call 613-596-5626 to make an appointment at that location.

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• 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 613-722-9240. Admission is free for children 12 years and under. Visit our website www.

• 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: 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. The Ottawa Centennial Chapter of Ikebana International welcomes members and guests to attend a Lecture by Mark Burleton, NCC/ Head of Rideau Hall Grounds and Gardens and Official Residences. His topic: Trees, Shrubs and Perennials for a flower arranger’s garden. The talk accompanied by a slide show will be presented at the Sandy Hill Community Centre, 250 Somerset St. East from 12:15 to 2:00 p.m. Container Exchange and an Auction will be part of the program. There is a $10 fee for nonmembers. Free parking. Call 613-733-0596 or visit

• JAN. 27 Ottawa Independent Writers Monthly Meeting. How To Get Started on Your Book: Ottawa author Nicole McGill will explain how writers begin, organize and end their stories. 7 p.m. Library and Archives Canada, Room 156, 395 Wellington St. $10 for guests. Info: (613) 7313873 or

• JAN. 29 Irish Social Dance, 8 p.m., St Margaret Mary Church, 7 Fairbairn Ave., for singles or couples of all ages, free dance lessons are given, free munchies and tea, live music by the Ottawa Ceili Band, donation. Info: Brian ‘Hey Buster’ LIVE, in concert at Hilson Ave PS. Local kids band will perform their fun, wonkytonk-folk-a-rockabilly booger-peedancing songs. Doors open at 10:00 a.m., concert starts at 10:30. Tickets available at the door $5 each, grandparents are free! For more info on the band goto, for tickets and concert info email 613-729-770, 407 Hilson Ave. Havana Night! Come out for some hot fun for a good cause at the Old Firehall, for a night of Cuban music, Cuban eats, and of course mojitos! This event is sponsored by OSCA, and all proceeds will go to the Friends of Lansdowne legal challenge. Tickets are $35 and the fun starts at 8 pm. Bring your dancing shoes! Instruction will be available for those who wish to learn the “Cuban Motion,” and the well-known singer Caridad Cruz will get you up on the floor with her trio, including Cesar Ricardo and Isreal Martinez. More information and tickets at, or call 613-247-4946.

• JAN. 30 Walk for Memories, Ottawa’s premier indoor fundraising walk for Alzheimer research, takes place at Carleton University Fieldhouse from 9 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. Proceeds will support the 13,000 people with dementia in Ottawa and Renfrew County as well as their families. For details, visit or call 613-523-4004. Help us reach our goal of $180,000. The Glebe Neighbhourhood Activities Group (GNAG) is hosting its first annual Pre-To-Three Health and Wellness Forum 0 from 9:30 a.m. - 3 p.m. at the Glebe Community Centre, 175 Third Ave., 613-564-1058, This free event will feature educational, recreational, health and fitness information for expectant families and those with newborns or toddlers up to the age of three.

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