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ROUTE CHANGES Ottawa’s transit commission has unanimously given the green light to sweeping route changes that will redraw the city’s transit map come September.

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RELAY FOR LIFE Earl Stanley of Stanley’s Old Maple Lane Farm is aiming to have 15 teams of volunteers at his farm on May 6 for Ottawa South’s secondannual Relay for Life.

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A small area of vacant property will soon be home to nearly 400 families, after the city’s planning committee approved several rezoning proposals for property developer Claridge Homes to build a new subdivision in the Leitrim-Findlay Creek area. The 16.4-hectare site, which is made up of three separate properties all owned by Claridge, is located east of Bank Street between Leitrim Road and Analdea Drive. It was approved for condi-

tional rezoning on April 12. The approval is conditional upon receiving letters of consent from surrounding property owners to allow for proper servicing. Gloucester South-Nepean Coun. Steve Desroches said he expects servicing to start fairly quickly, likely in the summer, with construction beginning in the fall of 2011. The site will include 175 single family homes, 121 on-street townhouses and 72 low-rise apartment units, as well as a park. Desroches said the new development signifies a healthy housing market in Ottawa

South, adding that growth is a good thing for the community. “The population growth will support us in attracting retail and attracting schools in the community. You can’t have the services and the schools without the population,” he said. “We certainly have some work to do in terms of building this community and making sure it has all the infrastructure, but I always see these developments as positive things.” He added that several residents have expressed concern about increased traffic in the area, especially along Analdea Drive to the south of the new

neighbourhood. “We have to be sensitive to the traffic needs of the people on Analdea, so that’s something we’re going to look at in terms of making sure the road network is adequate to serve the growth,” he said. The Ottawa Forest and Greenspace Advisory Committee requested the park be located in an area just outside the Claridge subdivision, where mature trees and vegetation exist. However, consultations with the Findlay Creek Community Association and Analdea Drive residents resulted in the park remaining centrally located.

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Residents decry school enrolment estimates in Findlay Creek EMMA JACKSON emma.jackson@metroland.com

Approximately 100 Findlay Creek residents made it clear that the Ottawa-Carleton District School Board’s planned elementary school cannot come fast enough, noting that enrolment projections for 2014 are “vast underestimates” during a public meeting with board

trustee Mark Fisher April 19. Fisher attended the meeting to update community members on the progress of the school, which is currently scheduled to open Sept. 2014 at Findlay Creek and Kelly Farm drives. But residents were concerned that the board’s enrolment estimate of approximately 200 children in kindergarten to Grade 6 is inaccurate, because it fails to consider Catho-

lic, French and private school students who would switch to a public school if there was one in the community. “There are so many kids in Findlay Creek that are going to schools that are not public schools, because Elizabeth Park public school (the community’s current school) is falling apart,” one resident said. Fisher said school board staff review growth in Findlay Creek on a monthly and yearly basis, and is aware that actual enrolment could outstrip the estimates given how fast the community is growing. However, he encouraged the community association and parents to take matters into their own hands to make sure the school board and the province are aware of the increasing need for a local school. “Staff need to survey the community, and the association needs to help

as well, to see what the interest would be,” he said. “We can get a better sense of what the demand will be, and maybe it’s well above the projections that staff indicated.” Parents also raised concerns that Elizabeth Park school, located on the national defense base off Uplands Drive, is “falling apart” because the building is leased from the federal government and is ignored because it will be shut down once Findlay Creek gets its own school. However Elizabeth Park principal Jeff Frith assured them that, although money may not be invested into something like new windows, programs such as sports and music are still heavily funded, and are based on community input. “There is a mindset that we’re just waiting for the Findlay Creek school, but I would hate for any child to miss the opportunity to be actively engaged,” Frith said. “It would be a misconception to think the school is falling apart and is preparing to shut down. We absolutely are not doing that,” he added, noting that come September, 2.25 new positions have been requested for art and music programs.

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Ottawa-Carleton District School Board trustee Mark Fisher attended a public meeting in Findlay Creek on April 19, where residents urged him to reconsider enrolment estimates for the planned 2014 elementary school in an effort to push up the opening date.

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Transit commission OKs sweeping route changes LAURA MUELLER laura.mueller@metroland.com

With a few last-minute tweaks, Ottawa’s transit commission unanimously approved sweeping changes that will rewrite the city’s transit map. The changes won’t take effect until Sept. 4, but after Labour Day weekend, transit users might be scrambling to find their way around the city on a completely reworked network of buses. The changes are aimed at saving $19.5 million by next year by eliminating duplication and creating a more straightforward system that is easier to understand, but that also means longer walks, more transfers and less frequent service for some riders. However, 95 per cent of passenger trips won’t change drastically and could even improve, according to OC Transpo staff. More than 30 people lined up

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to speak at the six-plus hour April 20 transit commission meeting in a last-ditch effort to tell the commission – including four new public members for the first time – how the changes would impact them. Valerie Collicott of the City For All Women initiative said streamlining the express bus and Transitway systems is one thing, but reducing access to local routes can put women in danger. “I am puzzled and dismayed that the changes are being made on the backs of women, seniors and people with disabilities,” Collicott said. David Jeans of Transport Action Canada called for education. “The timing of these changes will be very disruptive,” he said, because the week after Labour Day is when people return from vacation, start the new school year and perhaps new jobs. “And that will be the first day that most people hear about these changes.” Educating the public about the changes will be the next big step, said Diane Deans, chair of the transit commission and councillor for Gloucester-Southgate.

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The finalized schedules for OC Transpo’s huge route overhaul will be available by the end of the summer. “This is the theme of the day,” added Alain Mercier, the head of OC Transpo. “It’s communicating right down at the community level.” At its next meeting on May 18, the transit commission will find out when it will be able to see a draft of the public education plan to inform riders of the changes. Deans said she was pleased

with the amount of public engagement in the process. The city received approximately 6,500 comments in the first round of changes, and 375 comments after revisions to the plan were released on April 13. “(This has been) one of the best exercises in public engagement that the city has been through,” she said. But she conceded that there

may still be some tweaks to the transit map as the details of the routes are ironed out. “It’s possible that we didn’t get it all right,” Deans said. “As we move forward we’ll evaluate and make changes as needed.” Finalized schedules for the revised route system should be available by the end of the summer, before the changes take affect on Sept. 4.

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People living in Findlay Creek will have to wait a little longer for their own restaurants, their own LCBO and, most importantly, their own Tim Hortons, residents were told on April 19. Jeff Parkes from Ottawa property developer Taggart visited the community open house at Fred Barrett Arena to explain the realty company’s plan for a much-anticipated retail plaza that has been rescheduled to open for business in the early months of 2012, nearly a year later than originally planned. “It’s a very complicated process and the city of 464316

Ottawa wants to make sure it has all the ‘i’s are dotted and the ‘t’s are crossed,” Parkes explained, adding there are road improvements and other off-site obligations they have to worry about, too. “It’s not just a shopping centre, its public infrastructure we’re building as well.” Despite the delay, one of the more unique developments Sobeys plans to build the province’s very first new FreshCo grocery store. Until now, the province’s few FreshCo stores have been converted from other grocery stores already built and settled in a community. “They’ve been working hard on developing the layout of the store and how it’s going to function, and they want to replicate this across the province. So we’re pretty excited about it, and we’re curious at the same time to see what they can do,” said Parkes, who spoke for about 20 minutes at the packed community meeting of about 100 residents. Residents can also expect an LCBO store about the same size as the location at Bank Street and Walkley Road farther north, approximately 540 square metres. Parkes said that it may seem big, but the size is actually about half of a regular suburban store model. Other tenants include a Subway restaurant, Gabriel’s Pizza, a Lebanese bakery and an Italian restaurant, as well as medical services such as a dentist, a physiotherapist, an optician’s office and a family medical centre that will hire about five family doctors as well as several dieticians and other specialists. For young families, a

Tiny Hoppers daycare centre will also move in. Shoppers Drug Mart, along with the grocery store, will anchor the plaza. The anticipated Canadian Tire store will finish later than the main plaza, projecting a 2014 completion date. This is because the company said it wants to finish expanding and upgrading the Heron Road location first, Parkes explained. A Tim Hortons coffee shop is coming too, Parkes explained, but it will be responsible for building its own facility, as Taggart just provides the land. Gloucester South-Nepean Coun. Steve Desroches said the retail plaza will help complete the community, and will make living in Findlay Creek more sustainable. “We all want to live in a community that has balance so that we’re not having to drive everywhere to get what we need in terms of our household needs. So it’s nice to see that moving forward,” he said. The project will add several modifications and improvements to Bank Street, including a left-turn lane into the plaza from Findlay Creek heading westbound, and a right-turn and through lane into the plaza heading eastbound toward Bank. On Bank Street, two new plaza entrances will be constructed south of the Findlay Creek intersection, the first with restricted access to southbound traffic and the second with a new traffic light and a northbound left-turn lane.


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Greely group looking to build affordable housing EMMA JACKSON emma.jackson@metroland.com

A group of Greely residents have started the process of bringing non-profit seniors housing to the village, hopefully within five years. Sheila Heatlie, who has spearheaded this project along with

three members of the newlyformed Seniors Exploratory Housing committee, said there’s a gap in Greely’s services to seniors who can’t maintain their home but don’t want to move into the city. “We have a growing population of seniors and we’re finding that they no longer want to

be bothered with the care and upkeep of a house and a yard. But for many of them they grew up here, their friends and family are here, and they want to stay here,” Heatlie explained. “For the moment the only option is to move into the city, or get on a waiting list that is currently years long for the non-profit

housing in Metcalfe or Osgoode, because there’s none in Greely.” They are in the process of putting together a formal proposal for the Osgoode Township NonProfit Housing Corporation, which runs two senior residences in Osgoode and Metcalfe as well as several family units. “We want to work with them

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because they’re already established ... The corporation has already worked with the city and province to get mortgages in the past,” she said. The corporation’s president Walter Nibogie said he generally supports the prospect of bringing affordable housing to Greely seniors, although he’s not sure of the details without a formal proposal. “We’ve always been interested in building a seniors’ retirement place in Greely ... But there’s never been a need established,” Nibogie said. “We’re willing to back it and do what we have to do.” The project went to the corporation’s board meeting on April 13 for discussion. The next step will be talking to Osgoode Coun. Doug Thompson and residents. Nibogie said that one critical element going forward is gaining computer experience such as Internet research and using email, which is currently lacking in the Greely committee made entirely of seniors. He said community members might be needed to help in this area as the committee moves forward. Non-profit housing is monitored by the provincial government, and qualifies for subsidies by providing “rent-to-income” units, which allow low-income seniors to pay only what they can afford. Other units would be rented out normally with no provincial subsides. The exploratory committee has its eye on a piece of land near Bank Street and Parkway Road that used to be a maintenance yard for Osgoode Township. Part of the difficulty of securing land, Heatlie said, is that much of Greely’s undeveloped space has already been purchased by developers, save for a few pieces of land owned by the city, and developers are loathe to give up profitable land. The land the group is considering, which Thompson indicated might be available from the city, would need to be surveyed for pollution and contaminants given its industrial history, which could significantly increase costs for the project depending on what they find. On the plus side, it’s close to what the city is trying to develop as the “village core,” which already includes a post office, hair salon, grocery store, church, community centre and library in one area. Heatlie said the group hopes to “have shovels in the ground” in two years. “Certainly we see a need for this as the population ages, and as our farmers are getting older. Who wants to live in the city when this is your home?”


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DIANA FISHER Accidental Farmwife

It’s a good thing we had a break from the ice pellets, snow flurries and gale-force winds Tuesday because that was the afternoon Lulu decided to have her lambs. Outside. I was looking for the horse and found her, standing with Donkey, beyond the feeders. Wobbling around beneath their legs were three little black-and-white lambs. Mama Lulu was busy trying to coax her babes out from under the huge Belgian. Fearless, she repeatedly head butted Misty’s legs in an attempt to get the massive horse to move. As I approached, the horse and Donkey moved toward me and the sheep family was reunited. But I had to get them in the barn. First I scooped up the lambs – all three of them. Lulu started screaming at me. Then I started backing up toward the barn, and her job was to follow. Usually this technique works. But normally the curious horse is not there, blocking the ewe’s view of her lambs. Lulu scurried back to the spot where she had given birth. She ran around in circles, calling for her lambs. I pushed Misty out of the way and went back to Lulu. She saw the lambs in my arms, commented

and followed me for a moment, then something distracted her and she ran back to the birthing spot again. I decided to try something else. I went into the barn with the lambs and deposited two of them in the pen. I took the third one back outside as bait. The lamb’s cries summoned the mother, who suddenly charged at me, head butting my leg. I backed up as fast as I could, tripping over muddy tractor ruts. Lulu charged me again. She was intent on getting that lamb out of my arms. Finally we were in the barn. I opened the gate, put the third lamb in the pen, and the other lambs started crying. Lulu heard them and ran toward their call. I shoved her fluffy butt into the pen with my boot and slammed the gate shut behind her. She grumbled

and knickered at her lambs, touching each one on the top of the head with her nose, to count them. I set up the pen with hay, fresh water and a bowl of sweetfeed for the lactating ewe. It didn’t take her long to get used to the idea of being locked up. She had a nice, dry pen with room service. Sheep only have two teats so naturally you tend to worry when there are more than two lambs born. I went back outside a few hours later and all three were up and feeding. Their hips were rounded (if the tummy is empty their hips hollow out) and they seemed to be content. I thought I should give them each 50mls of milk replacer anyway, just to top them up. I leaned over the gate and reached as far into the pen as I could. I couldn’t

reach a lamb. They looked at me, sniffed my gloves, but stayed just out of reach. The ewe turned to look at me. She squared herself toward me, and backed up a couple steps. Uh-oh. I could sense another head butt coming on. I straightened up and looked at her. She stamped her foot in warning. Then I remembered the shepherd’s crook. I had seen the Farmer pick up lambs this way. I dipped the hook into the pen, wiggled it under a belly and scooped the lamb up. “Haha. Got your lamb,” I told mama. She grumbled at me, and pushed her nose through the gate to sniff at the bottle of milk I was feeding her young. Oh well, better an overprotective mother than one with no maternal instincts at all.

Committee considers bus pass kiosks LAURA MUELLER laura.mueller@metroland.com

Coun. Tim Tierney wants OC Transpo riders to be able to buy passes at kiosks at major transit hubs and has directed city staff to investigate the idea. “You have a five-day period every month when there is a line-up out the door,” the Beacon Hill-Cyrville councillor said. Concerned about the lines at OC Transpo retail outlets like the one at the Rideau Centre, Tierney asked Ottawa’s information technology staff to look into the possibility of setting up a few selfserve kiosks throughout the city. Since Tierney estimates that 95 per cent of those people are simply purchasing a monthly pass, he said it would speed up the process if they could use a self-serve kiosk instead. Tierney said the kiosks aren’t likely to increase revenue for the city because the people who would be using them would still purchase passes anyway. Passes are already available for purchase at many locations besides OC Transpo outlets, including a great number of grocery and convenience stores. But Tierney said the kiosks are still a good proposal because “I think we have to offer a good service to our residents.” During a meeting on April 18, the information technology subcommittee, which Tierney heads, agreed with the idea of investigating the possibility of installing kiosks. If city staff decide the idea has potential, the information technology subcommittee could approve the kiosks. Tierney suggested a handful of the machines could be placed at major transit hubs, possibly at Rideau, Hurdman, St. Laurent, Bayshore and a south-end station.

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Federal vote a right, responsibility

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he saying goes, you get the government you deserve. But not always. In our first-past-the-post election system, governments are chosen with surprisingly low voter support. And as voter turnout tumbles, people who truly care fall victim to the sad sector of citizens who don’t vote because they’ve given up hope and allow Canada’s future to be directed by a fractured few. As tough as it may be to muster enthusiasm for this federal election, we must, if only out of respect for a democracy Canadians say they care about so much. On the world stage, Canada is a very young country, and the battles fought for the right to vote are not so very old. At the time of Confederation in 1867, only a small minority of the population could vote. Only males over the age of 21 who met certain property qualifications were eligible to vote and run as federal candidates. Women, registered Indians and members of certain religious denominations were excluded. And with provincial legislation governing federal politics, some groups, such as immigrants from Japan, China and India, were not allowed to vote

in some provinces. In 1885 a complex property-based system applied differently from town to town and province to province, but some Aboriginal people gained the right to vote depending where they lived. During the First World War, the vote was given to all British subjects, male and female, who were active or retired members of the armed forces, including Aboriginals and those under 21. In December 1917, about 2,000 military nurses became the first Canadian women granted the right to vote in a federal election. One year later, the vote was extended to all Canadian women of voting age who were native-born and satisfied any relevant property qualifications. Today, with the right to vote firmly secured, far too many people simply give it a pass. Don’t be one of them. Take, or make, the time to vote on May 2. In a world of pressures from every direction, from peers to polls to political propaganda, the secrecy of the voting booth still offers the one place where you, and you alone, can show what you truly stand for. And if you stand for nothing, then you’ll surely fall for anything.

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A nation in a frenzy, except for most of it

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n the space of three days we have an election and a royal wedding. Could it get any better than this? And was that a sarcastic question? Not really. There are people for whom a royal wedding is the biggest thing going. I have relatives who, back in 1981, listened to the Charles-Diana wedding on the radio. That’s serious. And there are people for whom a federal election is Christmas, Valentine’s Day and the opening of the duck hunting season all rolled into one. I may be one of those people, except for the duck hunting. Elections are exciting, full of surprises, with good things happening to people you like and bad things happening to people you don’t. And, unfortunately, vice versa. Plus, elections are good for you. Voting makes you a useful citizen, it’s easy to do and you feel virtuous afterwards. You may not be quite as useful to your country watching a royal wedding on TV, although you probably aren’t doing it any harm. The intriguing question is how many of you there really are. Because when you think of it this way, it’s not really all that relevant to us: two young people who don’t spend much of

CHARLES GORDON Funny Town any time here and won’t have any influence over us even if William becomes king some day. By the way, Elton John is on the record as hoping that William will become king. It was in one of those magazines. In fact, there is no royal wedding fact too insignificant to make it into the media. Details of the guest list have been breathlessly revealed as if they were the latest revelations from Wikileaks. The CBC spent some of our valuable taxpayer money the other day looking up people called Middleton and asking them what they thought about that. Of course, the CBC also spent some of our money finding non-political people who were called Jack Layton or Elizabeth May, so there’s a journalistic

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consistency there. And, as anyone could have predicted, there have been literally hundreds of stories about how Britain is in a state of anticipatory frenzy and how Canada is too. Lacking hard evidence one way or the other, you wonder whether this is a case of rerunning an old story well past its due date. I may travel in the wrong circles, but the only time I see anyone frenzied over the royal wedding is when I turn on the television hoping to find a CBC item about someone who has the same name as Sir Wilfrid Laurier. There are, to be sure, people who are frenzied about just about anything but the fact that one of them shows up on TV doesn’t say anything about the rest of us. It’s just a reliable old formula story, as stories about royalty always are. You interview the girl who gave the flower to the Queen. What did she say to you? She said “Thank you.” You interview the senior citizen who stood in line for three hours and wore her best hat. How thrilled were you? Did she wave? You don’t interview the people who ignored the whole thing, the bulk of the population, because indifference doesn’t

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’ll say it, I’m not afraid of it: Coalition. Coalition, coalition, coalition. As a voter who frequently sits on the fence until the eleventh hour, I’m secretly hoping for another minority government after May 2. More than that, I’m hoping for a coalition. But the coalition may not look the way the media and party leaders have led you to believe. Nobody’s talked much, for example, about the possibility of a Conservative-led coalition. For those of you who find this hard to fathom, look across the pond to the Motherland. This happened in the U.K. last spring. The Conservative Party won the most seats, but not enough for a majority. Rather than choose the volatile minority government route, as Liberals and Conservatives have in Canada for the last seven years, the U.K. Tories partnered with their ideological opposites, the third party in the House, the Liberal Democrats. The equivalent in Canada would be Stephen Harper and Jack Layton forming a coalition, with Layton as the deputy prime minister. And I, for one, like the idea. Don’t get me wrong, I’m all for a Liberal-led coalition with Harper as deputy PM as well or a New Democrat coalition with Michael Ignatieff as deputy PM. I’m up for just about any combination that excludes the Bloc Quebecois. There are many reasons to support the stability that a coalition government may offer. In the absence of a proportional representation system, our multi-party system has seen parties unable to articulate their ideological differences effectively. This has contributed to a vote split on all sides, resulting in successive minority governments. It’s also meant an exhausting number of expensive elections – four in Canada since 2004.

And a coalition may actually better reflect the will of the majority of voters. The smaller party in the coalition can actually wield a lot of influence, holding the prime minister and his party to account. Imagine Layton’s socialism combined with small-c fiscal conservatism. It could be every Canadian’s dream. A coalition also addresses the complaint made frequently by smaller parties that their popular support does not translate into seats in the House. In 2008, for example, the NDP garnered 18.2 per cent of the popular vote, but won just 37 of the 308 seats (about 12 percent) in the House. The Bloc Quebecois earned just 9.97 per cent of votes, but translated that into 48 seats (about 15 per cent). Some believe this is unfair, but I think every small party should look to the Bloc as a role model. The Bloc has legitimately and strategically found a way to work within the current political system to punch above its weight. How? By building up concentrated support. The Reform Party did the same. Both went from zero to Official Opposition within a handful of years in the nineties. The Green Party, in contrast, stretches itself thin, attempting to run candidates in 308 ridings, yet never successfully winning any influence in the corridors of power. And once you get elected, you can steer the future course of Canada’s political system, which may or may not include a coalition with another party. The Reform Party – after morphing into various things – first outgrew, then eventually merged with the old Progressive Conservatives. It was a coalition of sorts, despite the Tories newfound disdain for the word. I, for one, love the idea. It forces people to put aside ideological differences and meaningless wedge politics in order to work together. If we want our politicians to work hard for us, it’s worth giving a coalition government our nod of approval. After all, if two opposing sides are able to negotiate and compromise, the resulting policies will be well thought-out, balanced, and more reflective of our collective interests. We’re paying $300 million for this election. Let’s make sure it’s an investment, rather than a liability.

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Better cancer care, closer to home, when you need it

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I haven’t been a “hospital insider” long. When I joined the hospital in 2008, my health care learning curve was steep, and I was lucky to benefit from the help of many leaders. Among those I relied on most is Paula Doering, our Senior Vice President, Clinical Programs, and Regional Vice-President, Cancer Care Ontario. Paula is leading the transformation of our Cancer Program. Today, she’s your columnist, telling you what you need to know about the project. We’re enhancing the quality of cancer services in all parts of our region by adopting a new way to provide cancer care to patients who have completed their active treatment. Until now, patients were followed for many years by their oncologist(s) – either at The Ottawa Hospital or in one of our regional cancer clinics. Today, in keeping with best practices in other international and provincial cancer programs, patients will be referred back to their family doctors, when appropriate. We’ll provide patients and their family doctor with recommendations for their

ongoing monitoring and care. If at any time patients have questions or concerns about symptoms or their plan of care, they’ll be rapidly assessed by their oncologist at our cancer centre. Family physicians, too, will have the chance to consult oncologists when necessary. Some patients don’t have family doctors. We’ll now flag patients who are admitted to our program without a family doctor, and work to link them to a family doctor. What does this mean for patients or their families? The new strategy ensures that follow-up is provided through the family doctor who knows them best, while newly diagnosed patients benefit from faster access to oncologists, at the time of diagnosis and during active treatment. Our oncologists will still be front and centre in the follow-up care patients receive. We are developing tools to actively support patients and family doctors. This includes providing survivorship care plans that summarize the cancer care received and document the plan for follow-up care. It means strengthening partnerships and links with the community resources best positioned to meet the diverse needs of cancer survivors. Finally, it means improved access to quality cancer care across our region. Not only will we continue providing world class care in our cancer centres and clinics. We will also expand the use of telemedicine. No matter where they reside, patients will have access to the same high standard of care thanks to easy remote access to The Ottawa Hospital Cancer Program. We’re listening to our patients, and working towards better care, closer to home, when they need it. 464439

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How do you plan to cast your vote in the Federal election on May 2?

Do you plan on participating in the city’s spring clean-up program this month?

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Community cleanups sweeping Ottawa South Volunteers needed in South Keys, Riverside South and Findlay Creek EMMA JACKSON emma.jackson@metroland.com

Neighbourhoods across Ottawa South will be taking part in a city-wide spring cleanup program on the weekend of April 30, the city’s official community cleanup date. The South Keys-Greenboro Community Association will be meeting at the Greenboro Pavilion off Johnston Road to tackle streets and parks in the area beginning at 9 a.m. The association will be providing garbage bags and gloves – preferring not to officially register with the city of Ottawa’s Spring Cleaning the Capital contest, which also provides supplies – and the local Starbucks outlet will donate free coffee for participants, said association president Marnie McKinstry. She is encouraging all residents, especially families, to come out and help pick up litter that has collected along curbs, fences and foliage. “I think everyone should play a part in keeping the community clean. We’re asking people to bring their kids, because it’s never too early to start taking responsibility for the cleanliness and beauty of

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Residents in areas across Ottawa South will be pitching in to clean up trash that has accumulated their neighbourhoods over the winter as part of the city’s annual spring cleaning. the community,” she said. The Findlay Creek Community Association will also host a community cleanup from 9 a.m. to noon. Residents are asked to meet at the wetlands sign on Findlay Creek Drive near Bradwell Way to pick up supplies and be assigned a cleanup area. City of Ottawa cleanup kits will be provided for the first 50 groups, and light refreshments will be available for volunteers. In Riverside South, the community

association’s cleanup program on April 30 begins at 9 a.m. at the Rideauview Community Centre, where residents and groups can register for specific parks in the neighbourhood. Cleanup kits will also be provided by the city. TREE PLANTING On May 7, Gloucester South-Nepean Coun. Steve Desroches will lead a tree planting session in Riverside South be-

ginning at 9 a.m. and continuing until 2,000 trees have been successfully planted around the stormwater pond behind Marble Canyon Drive. The Riverside South Planting Project is a community event funded by Earth Day Canada, which aims to plant 10,000 trees in the neighbourhood over four years. This year’s planting session is the fourth and final planting year for Riverside South. As well as tree planting, residents can check out a variety of environmental displays and children’s crafts, enjoy a continental breakfast for all volunteer planters. There will also be a visit with a magician and Little Ray’s Reptiles at the stormwater pond. Desroches said the tree planting program is important to improve air quality and ground water preservation in the area, as well as achieve a level of balance in some of Ottawa’s fastest growing communities. “I often hear from young people especially, that they see the development going on, they see the number of houses that are being built and they want to make sure that we’re finding some balance with the environment, so it’s not neighbourhood upon neighbourhood of homes. To make sure that we have some green areas preserved,” he said. Residents can access the activities and planting site via the pedestrian pathway behind Marble Canyon Drive. Interested volunteers are asked to contact Desroches’ office at 613-580-2751.

Ottawa South Relay for Life looking for more teams EMMA JACKSON emma.jackson@metroland.com

Ottawa South’s second annual Relay For Life fundraiser is still accepting teams for its May 6 event, which will raise money for cancer research during a night of walking and running at Stanley’s Old Maple Lane Farm. Already seven teams have signed up for the event, which will start at 7 p.m. at the Edwards farm, but owner Earl Stanley said he’d like to have at least 15 teams relaying around the track on May 6. “We have lots of space. We welcome teams from anywhere in the province, because cancer doesn’t have boundaries,” he said, noting that if 15 teams sign up they hope to raise $15,000 – minimum. “I’d like to see considerably more than $15,000, but it’s also the awareness, when people realize it’s only a small step to walk 12 hours compared to what someone with cancer is going through.” The Relay for Life program is organized by the Canadian Cancer Society, which runs events across Ontario throughout the spring and summer. In 2010 more than $16 million was raised across Ontario through Relay for Life donations alone. Stanley started his Ottawa South event last year because his aunt was fighting cancer at the time, and the father of a

staff member was also dying of the disease. “They are both now deceased, but this was something we could do while they were alive to help support them,” he said, noting that his aunt couldn’t make it to the event but that the employee’s father came and walked almost the entire length of the track. He passed away the following autumn. The event begins at 7 p.m. and runs all night until 7 a.m. Teams of 10 or 15 people collect pledges, usually with a team goal of $1,200, and take turns walking the track throughout the night. “It’s supposed to represent the fight for cancer, when it’s 3 a.m. and you can’t walk any longer but you keep going,” said Rhonda Comeau, a Stanley’s Farm employee who is volunteering on the organizing committee. Stanley’s Farm is one of the only private venues to host a Relay for Life event this year. Stanley said it’s “no big deal” for the wedding hot spot to pull together an event like this, especially since they don’t need to get permits or other licenses to host the evening. “There is a bit of office time used up, but we’re trying to give back,” he said. Interested teams can contact the Ottawa chapter of the Canadian Cancer Society at 613-723-1744, or register for the Edwards event online at www.cancer.ca.


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(NC)—The challenge in choosing exterior colour colour for all ugly things. is to find the right balance between standing out Dramatic or eye–catching accent colours should and fitting in. always be used sparingly. The front door – the welOften the biggest colour decisions have been come to your home – should be prominent, so this made by the time you get to choosing exterior paint is where you can break loose. Classic reds, dark burcolours: the brick, the stone elements, and your roof. gundies like PPG Pittsburgh Paints Burgundy Wine To help you see these materials as colours, match (534–7), and navy blues like their Black Flame (545– each of them to a paint chip. This is a quick and ef- 7), are magnificent, but also consider Autumn Fern fective aid to developing your home’s exterior pal- (PPG Pittsburgh Paints 311–7), a khaki green that ette. Add a paint chip for the roof and you are ready complements the rusty colour of red brick. to go. If you prefer a monochromatic palette, add Next, choose your main trim colour, and when drama by choosing a really dark door colour like you do, be extremely wary of white. There is very little Sarsaparilla (PPG Pittsburgh Paints, 527–7) or Black white in nature so stark white can look artificial and Magic (PPG Pittsburgh Paints 518–7), both of which inelegant. Be sure that any whites you use are what look handsome in a gloss finish. designers call “toned”whites like Moth Gray (PPG Generally, there are three rules for garage doors: Pittsburgh Paints, 515–4) or Ashen (PPG Pittsburgh Paints 516–4). These look off–white or warm grey Always avoid bright colours. Always avoid high conas paint chips but will still look very white against trast with the dominant colour in your palette. Never brick and stone. They’re softer and more pleasing to match them to your front door. (If you think you want to use a stand–out colour on your front door, camouthe eye. flage your garage door so it doesn’t compete.) Make the laws of colour perception work for you For shutters, you need to choose between blendwhen assigning colours to the architectural features of your home. Light things grab our attention and ing them in and making them pop. To blend, use your they also tend to look big (which is why some of shadow neutral. For pop, match your shutters to your us favour black workout clothing). Take stock of door colour. This will draw more attention to your your facade and assign the brightest trim colour to home so be sure your façade is up to it. its most attractive trim features, such as decorative White windows can be a curse. They are too mouldings, window sashes, brackets, and columns. bright to work well with brick or stone. If you are If you want to calm your façade then the rule of stuck with a brick house and white windows, then thumb is to reduce contrast. Tone down your trim choose a toned white a little deeper than the white with natural–looking neutrals in a deeper range of of your window frames and save your deeper shadcolours, like Sharkskin (PPG Pittsburgh Paints, 513– ow colour for areas non–adjacent to the windows. 5) or Eiffel Tower (PPG Pittsburgh Paints 521–5), Invest in the highest–quality exterior paint you both the colour of stone. can afford. Painting the exterior is expensive, or Make the details you want to be less visible re- time–consuming – usually, both. Look for an exterior cede with a warm off–black like PPG’s Gibraltar Gray paint that’s backed by the strongest warranty you (530–6). These shadow colours help create harmony can find, like the Manor Hall Timeless line by PPG Pittsburgh Paints, which is backed by a lifetime warin your palette. ranty against cracking, peeling and flaking. At a preSometimes, toning down unattractive features mium of about $10 to $15 per gallon over standard won’t be enough. To make utility doors, down–pipes exterior paints, this is a modest incremental investand truly unsightly things disappear, you need out- ment set to deliver a big return. right camouflage. Use the colour that you matched to your main building material (brick, siding), as the www.newscanada.com

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(NC)—Some rules we were never taught. When it comes to home décor, there are decorating basics that many of us are not aware of. How high do you hang artwork on the wall and what about the new plasma TVs? How big a sofa should you purchase? Should you match your window treatments to the wall colour and what if you really like that fire engine red?

ing a sofa with exposed decorative legs that lets you see underneath it as opposed to one with a skirted base. What about for a very small space? “Make a small space feel as large as possible with a sofa under 38–inches deep and 80–inches long,” concludes Lohnes.

Décor expert Karl Lohnes and Sue Rainville, director of marketing for Hunter Douglas, Canada’s leading window fashions manufacturer, offer the following input.

“First, look at the window space itself, then the area surrounding it and, finally, the room in its entirety,” says Rainville. “If you coordinate the window fashions with the wall colour it will help visually expand the room because low contrasts keep the eye moving around the room. To make the window or room appear smaller and cozier, use dark, warm colours and high contrast between the window and wall.”

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Artwork and TVs: “Never hang artwork in relationship to the height of the ceiling,” says Lohnes. “It should be hung in relation to the anchor you’re hanging it above or the floor. In a low–ceilinged room, this means you should hang your artwork about 8 inches above the anchor. In a room with high ceilings, hang pieces 12 inches above the anchor.” According to Lohnes, when hanging artwork without an anchor, the basic rule is to measure 66 inches from the floor – the middle of your artwork should be at this height. This brings the artwork at approximate “eye level” – the normal qualification for hanging art. What about the plasma televisions? Advises Lohnes: They should be hung about 40 to 42 inches from the floor to the television’s center. When hanging art or a flat–screen television over a mantel, it should be placed three to six inches above the top

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She also notes that it is good to remember that colour intensifies as you increase areas of coverage – so some brights might work best as an accent color. When combining colours in a room a good rule of thumb, she advises, is that the primary colour should be featured in up to 75 percent of the room, the secondary colour about 15 to 20 percent and the third colour about 10 percent. With these simple rules, ruling your rooms and your décor should be easier than ever. More information is available online at www. hunterdouglas.ca or toll–free at 1–800–265–8000.

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(NC)—During the summer months, your backyard can provide additional living space – for lounging, eating or entertaining. And like interior design, the same priorities make for great rooms outside – think mood, furniture, colour, lighting and accessories. Before getting started, determine your personal design style – urban, cottage or zen? Frank Turco,Senior Manager of Trend and Design, The Home Depot Canada provides the following tips to create a beautiful room beyond the back door – whatever your design style: Urban: To achieve an eclectic, yet homey look, go exotic with Persian–style rugs, lanterns and cushions or more classically chic with wrought iron candle lamps, striped carpets and a black and white theme. Add tailored metal or light wood furniture with cheery graphics from the Martha Stewart Living collection, and you have the makings of a great dinner party.

Cottage: If you favour country flair, think airy wicker chairs on a wooden deck. For a casual look, consider Muskoka or butterfly chairs and simple wooden or woven side tables. Driftwood accents, lanterns and hurricane lamps add a beachy touch. Add metal café tables with matching chairs or bistro–inspired seats and a trellis to complete this look, rich in Old World charm. Zen: The minimalists among us might design their ideal outdoor lounge with a pergola and dark rattan sectional or low, modern lounge chairs with cream cushions. Add Japanese–inspired planters, lush with grasses or sculptural twigs and discrete deck lights which cast a serene glow. To create a calm zone in even the smallest space, set up a sleek metal lounge chair or string a hammock in a secluded corner. For more home décor tips visit www.homedepot. ca/designcentre and check out the spring issue of The Home Depot’s DreamBook. www.newscanada.com


multifunctional furniture. Look for coffee tables that double as beverage coolers or deck boxes that keep clutter at bay and act as a convenient place to store outdoor must–haves.

Invest in lighting. Make the warm, spring evenings last even longer with outdoor lighting. Look for lights with dimmers for a muted effect. Solar lighting is another great option – they require no wires and are easy to install.

Include flowers. Container gardens are a good way to grow fresh, organic herbs and vegetables in a limited space. Planters can be coordinated with patio furnishings and go a long way in creating a vibrant look without the commitment typically involved with keeping up a garden.

Add privacy. Create a secluded feeling by adding beautiful outdoor fabric panels, movable screens, or solid wood fencing. Choose durable goods. All–weather patio furnishings are essential for outdoor living. They hold up to the elements, but still look good. Look for sets that feature hand brushed finishes, rust–free frames and UV–protected fabric. Add comfort. Decorate your outdoor space to make it as comfortable as your indoor spaces. Look for colorful outdoor rugs and durable all–weather fabrics.

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Show off. Highlight your yard’s best features. If you have a beautiful garden or great views, arrange seating so you can enjoy the landscape.

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Grills gone wild! Harding The Fireplace Ltd. is a locally owned and operated four season Hearth & BBQ operation. Rob Carswell, the owner, has over 18 years of experience in the industry. The company has a 6,000 sq. ft showroom at 2755 Carp Road. It is a full sales, installation and service run company that delivers quality products from three of the most recognized North American manufacturers in the hearth industry; Vermont Castings/ Majestic, Napoleon and Regency.They are also BBQ headquarters for Weber, Broilking, Vermont Signature grills, Napoleon and Big Green Egg.. Harding The Fireplace says, “ Our main objective is customer satisfaction. We won’t rest or claim satisfaction until each of our customers is completely satisfied.” The sales consultants not only understand how to sell their product but can provide recommendations on what would be the best appliance to use in each specific application. You can start with the fireplace and pick a finishing package because they do it all. Harding The Fireplace relies on teams of trained certified and dedicated installers and in-house administrative staff, each and everyone working hard to deliver the service that you expect.

Harding The Fireplace has an intimate and complete understanding of the new home construction industry in Ottawa. They have forged a close working relationship with some of Ottawa’s most respected and distinguished home builders. They know the importance of maintaining and meeting tight building schedules. They have been a dedicated member of the OCHBA, and have sponsored many local events that contribute to the success of the organization. Recently, Harding The Fireplace acquired recognition to sell The Big Green Egg which is the world’s BEST charcoal smoker and grill. For all the eggheads out there, you now have a far westend location to shop at and compare recipes. Harding The Fireplace has also added to their BBQ lineup the Napoleon Gas Grills. These are Canadian built grills with the best warranty on the market and a truly four season grilling experience. Drop in to see them on the Carp Road and any of the staff will be happy to show you around. Many Saturdays during the summer and fall you can sample what’s cooking on the grill outside. Their store hours are Mon.-Fri. 9-6 and Saturdays 9:30-4:30 closed on Sundays.

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While 3–D technology has improved vastly in recent years, the technology is still relatively new, so prices are set accordingly. 3–D TVs have appeared at prices nearly double what you would pay for a high–definition 2–D set, however, industry experts anticipate prices on 3–D TVs will drop in 2011 as the technology continues to improve and consumer demand grows.

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There is also the added cost of 3–D glasses. Most 3–D TVs require viewers to wear active 3–D glasses, which have a built–in power source and can cost

anywhere from $100 to $200 per pair. Passive 3–D technology is beginning to emerge, but is not standard on most sets. Passive 3–D glasses are quite a bit cheaper because they don’t require an internal power source. Viewing angle problems Viewing angle caveats may very well be the deciding factor for many consumers when determining whether or not to purchase a 3–D TV. If you’ve ever tried to watch TV from an angle, meaning, from a location anywhere other than directly in front of the set, you’ve probably noticed a loss in picture colour and clarity. It’s a common problem that plagues most LCD and LED TV watchers. 3–D TVs aren’t immune to the viewing angle dilemma. In fact, “industry experts argue 3–D technology actually increases the viewing angle problem,” says Jim Wohlford, vice president of Sanus, makers of TV mounts and accessories. “Early 3–D reviews indicate a ghosting effect around objects on the screen when viewed from an angle.” Luckily for consumers, viewing angle problems on LCD, LED and 3–D TVs can easily be solved by mounting the TV on a full–motion wall mount. Full–motion mounts allow you to move the TV in any direction, so the optimal viewing angle can always be achieved. And, don’t overlook the fact that mounted TVs just look impressive. A mounted TV adds valuable space to a room, and, by securing it to the wall, a mounted TV may even be a safer alternative than setting the display on top of furniture where it could easily tip. More information on TV mounting can be found online at www.sanus.com. www.newscanada.com


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(MS) — Highlighting, or up lighting, is a landscaping technique in which light from below is used to accent certain focal points in a landscape. In many instances, the light is used to illuminate a particularly impressive or unique plant. When highlighting, two or more spot light fixtures are placed at the base of a landscape component and pointed upward. While highlighting is most commonly used to illuminate plants, it can be used to draw attention to other focal points of a landscape as well, including sculptures or other garden structures. Light fixtures are aimed away from observers as a means to preventing glare, and oftentimes the fixtures themselves are camouflaged to maintain the natural beauty of the landscape.

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The lagging economy has many people questioning how they can cut costs. A big hit to the home budget comes in maintaining a lush landscape. It is a great irony that keeping up green spaces can take a heavy toll on wallets as well as the environment. Expenditures in the war on weeds are often high in time and money. Nobody wants weeds poking up their ugly heads up in the yard. Something has to be done! The battle often turns to an expensive and deadly assault with chemical weapons. The herbicides may knock out weeds, but they also punch the pocketbook and introduce damaging elements to the environment. There is a less expensive, more efficient, eco-friendly method for maintaining landscapes. Use landscape fabric. It is the secret to lowmaintenance, chemical-free shrub and flower beds. Breathable fabrics like new Commercial WeedBlock(R) Recycled block sunlight and prevent seed germination. If the weeds can’t germinate, they can’t grow. Then gardeners don’t have to squander time pulling

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Local painter to exhibit entire career at OLV church EMMA JACKSON emma.jackson@metroland.com

Greely has a national secret, and may not even know it. Eighty-six-year-old Bill Buchanan has been a “secret” artist for decades, never showing his work in a large exhibit, and only selling occasionally through one-off sales and lunch-break deals. But Buchanan is truly a hidden Canadian gem: born in Sydney, Nova Scotia, the Greely resident is a Second World War veteran, and an alumni of the Department of National Defense and National Research Councils. He’s a former employee of the scrapped Avro Arrow project, having lost his drafting job when then-prime minister Diefenbaker cancelled the program in the 1960s, much to the chagrin of historians today. But these experiences have translated into a more private – yet still very Canadian – aspect of Buchanan’s life as an accomplished artist, with nearly 50 years of original paintings littering his Bank Street home. Now, Buchanan has decided to finally showcase his entire artistic career all in one place, hosting an exhibit and sale in October at the banquet hall of the Our Lady of the Visitation church near Bank and Rideau Road. “I’ve had this career that’s been kind of secret all these years, so now I’m kind

of ending my career so I thought I’d put it out there and see how it goes,” he said, noting that he was hesitant to take the leap. “There was a reluctance to go through all the bother, it’s a big job. I’m kind of reticent as well, so this is kind of a big deal, I’m letting myself go here,” he said. The evolution of Buchanan’s art since the 1960s is striking, moving from heavy, socially-driven paintings with multiple themes and subjects in the 1960s and 1970s, to more pleasing and whimsical pieces in the 1980s and 1990s to colourful abstracts in more recent years. Buchanan said this artistic evolution has been a natural process as he has grown older and learned from past experiences, including his time in Holland during the Second World War and a failed marriage before he met his wife of 36 years, Shirley. “Today I’m not the same person that I was when I started. As you go through life I suppose a normal change comes over you, and so it would naturally come over your paintings as well,” he said. “Now I’m more or less comfortable in my skin and comfortable in my life, and I’m more free. So I’m putting out these more abstract type paintings, which don’t really tell a story but are more concerned with colour and tone and line.” Walking through his house near Sale Barn Road on Bank Street, paintings

from every decade adorn the walls, from very recent abstract works that are simply “pretty arrangements, with nice vibrant colours” to some of his oldest and largest paintings. A large 1960s oil painting in the dining room is a textured piece with suggestions of an open-armed person as the main subject. “I don’t know how to explain it because I was kind of in a state of muddle at the time, but I think it was kind of freeing myself from some huge obstacle at the time, probably the war. It’s kind of a freedom thing,” he said. Right next to it is a smaller acrylic work from 1984, one of Shirley’s favourites, featuring a series of short white trees that Buchanan refers to as the “bird trees” because the wispy branches could double as a flock of birds. Throughout his basement, stacks of paintings lean against walls, separated and protected only by pieces of tissue paper or foam, and ranging from the soberly serious to darkly funny. One painting, called Bessie the Cow, is a highly textured blood spatter that highlights Buchanan’s passion for animal rights. On a different slant, a freshly finished piece called Malice in Wonderland features a suspicious gangster, a nervouslooking rabbit and, of course, the psychedelic tunnel. Of about 200 paintings he’s done over his lifetime, Buchanan said he still has about 130, having sold the rest through

small, one-off exhibits at Ottawa galleries or by setting up his works for sale at lunch breaks during his career as a graphic designer with the Department of National Defense and the National Research Council. He joked that there are many more paintings underneath the finished works, because when he’s unhappy with a piece he just paints over it. “Some paintings have seven paintings underneath them, so if you’re not happy with the first one, scrape that one off and there’s a second one,” he laughed. Buchanan said he’s unsure how the art show in October will go, especially since many art appreciators want to check out new artists who they can follow for the rest of their careers. However, he said he believes even his earliest work is still relevant to the issues of today. “A lot of the stuff that they’re doing now is not going to be around very long because things change so quickly. What’s new today is old in a week. But what I’ve got here is a substantial group that you could look at any time, for any period,” he said. “Anything I’ve done is still valid today.” He said he hopes to display 85 paintings in the show, which will all be for sale. He added that he and Shirley have been in contact with the national gallery and the Ottawa gallery, to see if his artistic legacy can hang for all of Canada to see.

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MAY 5 Gael Hannan, writer, actor and public speaker who grew up with a progressive hearing loss that is now severe-to-profound, brings her signature solo shows Ear Rage! to St. Patrick’s high school May 5 at 7 p.m. The hilarious and moving performance takes an audience into the heart of one of the fastest growing health issues in the world today. This free event will interest hard of hearing, late-deafened, and hearing adults, youth in high school and

university, hearing healthcare providers and students, service providers in all fields who may have clients with hearing loss, and anyone who wishes to understand the impact of hearing loss and to learn strategies for improved communication. Thurs. May 5, 2011, 7:00 pm at St. Patrick’s High School, 2525 Alta Vista Drive. This event is sponsored by the National Capital Region Branch of the Canadian Hard of Hearing Association. For more information call: Michel David, 613-526-1584 or mdavid@chha.ca. This event will be captioned.

MAY 6 Check out ‘Jazz for a Friday Night’ with the Ottawa Regional Youth Choir and the Nepean All-City Jazz Band at 7:30 p.m. at the Canadian Martyrs Catholic Church, 100 Main Street. Tickets $20/adults, $10/students. Pieces will include Fascinatin’ Rhythm, Smoke Gets in Your Eyes, Java Jive, Georgia, Summertime, and more.

MAY 7 Visit the sidewalk sale at St. Timothy’s Presbyterian Church, 2400 Alta Vista Drive, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. We will have our popular bake table and used spring and summer clothing, as well as many other good used items including furniture, books, toys and games and flea market. 613-733-0131.

MAY 12 Students at Greely Elementary School will present The Jungle Book on Thursday, May 12 at 7 p.m. at 7066 Parkway Road. Tickets by donation. Contact the school at 613-821-2291 for more information.


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DAN PLOUFFE The Ottawa Fusion 18-and-under boys lived up to their name as the players from the city’s two powerhouse clubs combined to form one team at the top youth level, producing an Ontario Volleyball Association championships bronze medal win two weekends ago in Waterloo, Ont. “It was a bit awkward for the first couple months because they’ve been traditional rivals, but it’s really a united team and the guys play really well together,” says Fusion coach Pat Corriveau. “We really came together well. Everybody was really engaged, and I was really proud to be coaching this team because of the effort that they put forth throughout the tournament.” It was a fairly rocky start to the season for the 18U squad as they dealt with the politics of which club – the Fusion or the Mavericks – would run the program. The new group didn’t spend much time together either early on during the high school volleyball season, and the team was achieving sub-par results. “We always had a lot of great players, but bringing the two clubs together took awhile to

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The provincial bronze-medallist Ottawa Fusion 18U boys team united the city’s top youth players from the Maverick and Fusion clubs for this season. Lortie is one of four Grade 11 players on the squad who can return to play at the 18U level next season. Patrick Goulet, an OVA tournament all-star middle, is another, and he agrees that the individuals have come together on the court and off. “It’s not my last year, but I hope that I can just see these guys and play with some of them in university,” states the

Franco-Cité high school student. “I’ve made a lot of really good friends on this team. It’s fun to come practice. It isn’t like another night where I can’t hang out with friends, because I get to see my friends at practice.” Corriveau believes that all of his athletes are capable of continuing their volleyball careers in university, with several of them already committed to Canadian Interuniversity Sport schools. It’s also very helpful during game play to have such depth at his disposal. “It’s integral to our success,” notes Corriveau, a former Ryerson and University of Manitoba setter who heads Ottawa’s Big Bounce Beach Volleyball organization. “We had nine guys that pretty much played equally all weekend (at provincials). Especially in a long three-day tournament where you’re playing nine matches, if you’re just relying on six guys to get all your playing time, you’ll be in a tough spot.” The Fusion’s performance at the April 15-17 OVA championships was the showcase moment for the team’s work throughout the year. The team lost just once in six matches during the first

two days of pool play and then avenged that defeat by beating a Hamilton club in the quarterfinals. Ottawa fell 15-11 in the final set to Durham in the semifinals before knocking off the Northumberland Breakers in straight sets to take bronze. “We all saw how well we can play, but we’re not at the peak yet. There’s still some room for improvement,” adds Aaron, a University of British Columbia-bound senior at Glebe Collegiate Institute. “It’s nice to know we could get third, and I think nationals (from May 1315 in Abbotsford, B.C.) could go even better.” At the 17U boys’ level, the Mavericks and Fusion hinted at the promise they may hold for next year if a similar merger scenario unfolds between the two clubs by placing fifth and fourth respectively at their OVA finals. Two Maverick teams – the 15U girls and the 16U boys – brought home bronze medals from the provincials, while the Fusion boys were perfect through the first two days of the 15U competition before bowing out in the quarter-finals. The Maverick 18U girls also won gold in tier two.

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Zero

Monthly Payments and Interest

For

6

Months If paid in full within 6 months*

Offer applies to EVERYTHING on your single-receipt purchase of $299 or more made on your Lowe’s® Consumer Credit Card.

EVERY DAY!

See sales associate for details. Excludes Lowe’s® Business Credit Accounts, Lowes® Project Card Accounts, and all Lowe’s® US Credit Accounts. Credit extended by GE Money in Canada

ORLEANS

KANATA

3828 Innes Rd. at Belcourt Blvd.

55778 Hazeldean Rd.

613-830-6370

.lowes.ca

www

613-836-3971

*Applies to single-receipt, in-store purchases of $299 or more (after taxes). Purchase must be made with a Lowe’s® Consumer Credit Card account. No monthly payments wi ll be required and no interest will be assessed on this promotional purchase if you pay the promotional purchase amount in full within 6 months. If you do not, the interest that has accrued on the promotional purchase from the date of the purchase at the standard Annual Interest Rate (“AIR”) will be assessed and monthly payments will be required. Standard account terms apply to non-promotional purchases. Existing cardholders should see their credit card agreement for their standard terms. AIR 28.8%. Offer is subject to credit approval by GE Money in Canada. Excludes Lowe’s® Business Credit Accounts, Lowe’s® Project Card Accounts, and all Lowe’s® US Credit products. © 2011 by Lowe’s®. All rights reserved. Lowe’s and the gable design are registered trademarks of LF, LLC and used under licence by Lowe’s Companies Canada, ULC.

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Ottawa This Week - South  

April 28, 2011

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