SOUTH EDITION: Serving Riverside South, Hunt Club, Blossom Park and surrounding communities Year 1, Issue 29
May 12, 2011 | 24 Pages
Residents subdued, co-operative at water ban meeting
HOME HEROES Area home health care workers were honoured for their neverending commitment to helping individuals stay in their homes and communities.
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Residents affected by the city’s outdoor water ban were relatively subdued at a Riverside South meeting on May 3 – at least compared to the angry and disorganized meeting in Barrhaven the week before. Gloucester South-Nepean Coun. Steve Desroches joined city staff at the Rideauview Community Centre to answer questions about the ban, which was imposed on April 27 in an effort to conserve and protect safe drinking water while the city fixes a broken water main on Woodroffe Avenue. Unlike the Barrhaven meeting, which was dominated by questions more often just thinly-veiled angry comments, the Riverside South meeting was orderly and more informed, with residents frequently offering suggestions to ease the situation. Although the city is offering a $50 rebate on rain barrels to help residents maintain their gardens and grass, one resident pointed out that senior citizens in the affected areas of Barrhaven, Riverside South and parts of Manotick may not be able to wrestle a 180-litre rain barrel into their cars, especially if they are driving something economical. He suggested the city organize a service to get seniors started and to set up their barrels. Desroches promised to look at the idea. Several landscapers also raised concerns that they won’t be compensated for lost contracts or equipment purchases such as water tanks to get them through the ban. “How are we supposed to work? Should we just go apply to McDonald’s?” asked McKenzie Bauer, a Barrhaven resident and Algonquin College student who runs a stamp cement and decorative curbing business in the area, when city staff told him no compensation is available. See LANDSCAPING on page 6
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Quarry offering $5,000 to solve vandalism mystery EMMA JACKSON email@example.com
A West-end quarry is offering $5,000 for information leading to the arrest of whoever dumped a $100,000 piece of machinery off a quarry cliff near Moodie Drive in Nepean on Easter weekend. The unsupervised manlift, which features a metal basket and an 80-foot lever to help quarry employees work at greater heights, was hijacked, driven up a steep quarry road, and sent off the 60 foot cliff onto the R.W. Tomlinson property below. The machine was damaged beyond repair, which operations manager Mark Nesbitt said will come out of staff bonuses at the end of the year. “None of us here are very impressed,” he said as he drove toward the wreckage of the massive machine, which is still lying smashed to pieces in the spot it landed two weeks ago. On top of the financial repercussions, his workers now have no way to reach areas of the quarry that are higher than three metres, for which they need to be tied off and harnessed in a manlift. Nesbitt said the $5,000 reward is less a bounty for the criminals
responsible, and more an attempt to make nearby communities such as Bridlewood in Kanata and subdivisions in Barrhaven aware that this kind of dangerous vandalism is happening in their backyards. “The way this happened, there could have easily been somebody going over the bank with it,” explained Nesbitt, who said he believes it was teenagers having a laugh who were responsible for the crime. “We’re trying to at least get the parents aware, the neighbours aware, that these kids are acting up and you should at least talk to your kids because it could be one of them next.” R.W. Tomlinson’s western border runs right next to the NCC’s popular Lime Kiln trail, and Nesbitt said the fence between the two properties is constantly trampled down or broken as kids break in to explore the expansive limestone quarry. Although he doesn’t know how the machine was turned on and driven without the key, he said it’s fairly easy to jimmy a construction vehicle like the one that was destroyed. That said, however, he believes it had to be someone with construction experience to know how to operate
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Mark Nesbitt, operations manager for R.W. Tomlinson’s limestone quarry off Moodie Drive, stands by the wreckage of a $100,000 manlift that was driven off a cliff two weeks ago. The company is offering $5,000 for information leading to the arrest of the vandals. the lift. “Just to be able to operate this thing, you’ve got to have your foot on the safety switch for it to move, and then of course there’s controls. So I’m guessing they might have been young lads working construction or something. I
don’t know the whole truth. I just know it’s not like driving a car,” he said, adding that the machine was left in the unsupervised part of the quarry because it’s incredibly slow to drive to the front of the property every night. “It takes half hour to drive it out,
and half hour to drive it back, so you just take the key out and think you’re good to go. They must have been here two hours to do what they did.” Anyone with information is asked to call the company at 613822-1867.
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Home health care workers honoured for hard work MICHELLE NASH firstname.lastname@example.org
More than 100 home health care workers were honoured for their hard work and dedication to their communities at the annual Heroes in the Home Caregiver Recognition Awards on May 5. The Heroes in the Home banquet paid tribute to 134 home health care workers for their efforts to care for individuals in need of home care support, an event organized by the Champlain Community Care Access Centre. The Mayor Jim Watson was also on hand to honour the award recipients. “We have to start doing a better job for our senior’s job for our seniors,” he said. “We need to make sure we have the right services, necessary tools need to be in place.” Also in attendance was Ottawa Centre MPP Yasir Naqvi, who noted that the work home care workers perform helps to create stability for the individuals and the community. The awarded recipients consisted of family members, friends, volunteers, case man-
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Jessie Browne, Ottawa South, accepts her award as a hero in the home. Browne said she would never work at another job and found it very humbling to be honoured. agers, service providers and other health care professionals. Among them are Jean Makichuk and her dog, Cha-Cha,
who live in Kanata, but spend hours every day visiting with seniors across the city. Some of those whom they visit love to pat the small dog, who is
dressed as a little ballroom dancer, something Nancy Wornoff, admission coordinator at the Extendicare New Orchard Lodge where Cha-Cha comes to visit said is priceless when it comes to brightening the lives of the seniors in the home. “I stand back in awe when I see Jean and Cha-Cha come in. Jean is so dedicated, coming in on Christmas when no one else would. They are both such an inspiration and make me love my job even more,” said Wornoff, who nominated Makichuk and Cha-Cha for the award. “They are both priceless. The amount of joy and love they bring, it is wonderful because we see the positive effect they bring to our residents.” For Nina La Chapelle it is just what you do for family. She takes care of her 93-yearold mother and was incredibly honoured by the award. “To be recognized for doing something like this, it is so heartwarming,” La Chapelle said. The recipients were praised by friends and family at the catered reception. La Chapelle found this was a great time to
meet some of the other home health workers from around the region. “It makes you feel connected and that there are people everywhere who are making a difference in someone’s life,” she said. Many of the award recipients said they were humbled by the recognition and felt the most important thing was taking care of their clients, family or friends. José Saravia admitted that although part of his job description is to not become too attached to his clients, he said it’s a guideline he finds difficult to follow. “It is impossible. It is hard to set limits and you end up caring very deeply for all your clients,” Saravia said. It was the special bond Saravia makes with all his clients that he was honoured for at the reception. “We are proud to honour such giving individuals,” Lynn Graham, the centre’s chairwoman, said. The centre also awarded heroes in Renfrew County in Pembroke and the Eastern counties in Cornwall on Tuesday, May 10.
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The Ottawa Police Services board has put several projects on hold and reduced the budgets of others to pay for increased costs for a new emergency generator system at the Elgin Street police headquarters, which will cost $1.15 million more on top of the $2.5 million already budgeted to replace the aging electrical equipment. At the monthly police services board meeting on May 2, members approved a plan that would transfer an extra $1,15 million to the generator project from a series of Facilities Lifecycle Projects that had been slated to upgrade police facilities across the city, from floor tile replacements on Tenth Line Road to elevator upgrades at the Greenbank facility to major repair work in the Elgin Street stationâ€™s parking garage. West Carleton-March Coun. Eli ElChantiry, chairman of the police services board, said the generator system urgently needs to be replaced, and the extra cost to get bigger and better generators to cover 100 per cent of the Elgin facilityâ€™s power needs â€“ which include the cityâ€™s 911 call centre - is worth it. â€œWe need a bigger system than what we have, and this is part of the upgrade we have been doing all along. Most offices today canâ€™t function without heat or air conditioning, so itâ€™s important to have a system that will immediately kick in,â€? he said, noting that the current system only supplies about 70 per cent of the buildingâ€™s power needs. â€œIf you canâ€™t provide proper workplace safety and conditions,
then employees donâ€™t have to work. If you just think about 150 or 200 personal computers running in a building without air conditioning, you know work would be very limited.â€? According to a staff report that was presented to the board on Monday, the extra money is needed following the completion of â€œdetailed engineering studies and a clearer definition of the projectâ€™s scope after tendering of the major components.â€? The report said the two existing generators were installed 30 years ago and have reached the end of their useful life. Furthermore, an uninterrupted power supply (UPS) system was installed in 2000 to cover critical areas of the building such as the call centre, dispatch and computer systems in preparation for the Y2K scare, but has now reached its maximum capacity and needs to be backed up with bigger generators. â€œFurther expansion (of the UPS system) is impractical from both a design and cost basis, and system reliability is at a critical point,â€? the report said, noting that earlier plans to replace the system have been cancelled because the new generators will cover what the other project meant to do. Those $60,000 savings will be moved into the $1.15 million pot for the added generator cost, said director of police facilities Ian Fisher. Other headquarter projects delayed to 2012 due to the funds transfer include a $620,000 waterproofing and topping project for the headquarterâ€™s parking garage, the $120,000 replacement of ventilation systems and air handling units in the lobby and firing range, and the $50,000 rebuilding of an exhaust fan system in the parking garage. At the Tenth Line facility in Orleans, $30,000 worth of floor tile replacements have also been deferred to 2012, and at the Greenbank facility a $120,000 elevator modernization project has been put on hold for up to two years.
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The board also moved forward with the approval of a new cell block surveillance system for the 63-cell central cell block facility at the Elgin Street headquarters. Approximately $350,000 has been approved to upgrade 83 cameras and other video surveillance equipment to include audio capabilities and better picture quality, in part to address community concerns around several high-profile cases of alleged police abuse. â€œWe hired a consulting company to review our processes in the cell block, so this is meeting one of the recommendations to provide audio and a better video surveillance system. This is part of the steps we are taking, obviously because of the Stacey Bonds case and to address some community concern,â€? El-Chantiry said. The current cameras are about six years old, and a staff report said system
failures become more likely with time, which could lead to loss of important data and evidence. Furthermore, four prisoner phone rooms, three holding cells and the prisoner property storage area currently donâ€™t have any surveillance at all, which will change with the upgrade. Ottawa company Sunotech Canada Inc. will provide the new camera equipment that El-Chantiry said films images that are â€œclear as a whistleâ€? and â€œjust like a TV camera.â€? Sunotech already has agreements to provide surveillance in other City of Ottawa departments, including recreational facilities. El-Chantiry said it made sense to go with a company the city is already working with, to synchronize the cityâ€™s surveillance system. â€œItâ€™s cheaper to upgrade with that company than to go to outside sources,â€? he explained. â€œThe Ottawa Police, the City of Ottawa, and corporate security â€“ theyâ€™ll all use the same system.â€? The improved cameras should be installed within the next few months.
The buildingâ€™s scheduled exterior caulking project to fix leaking windows has been reduced by $150,000 because a temporary caulking fix in 2010 has apparently held up better than expected. â€œWe thought weâ€™d have to do it every year because itâ€™s an exterior problem, but it seems to have held up for another year,â€? Fisher said. El-Chantiry said the situation is unfortunate but necessary. â€œOf course, when you take money from something, something else must be
delayed. It will have an impact,â€? he said, noting the city staff report is clear the generators are top priority. â€œThe upgrade to the emergency generators at 474 Elgin St. is an essential requirement to ensure that, in the event of an electrical power outage, the OPS Communications/911 Centre, OPS computer and IT systems and City of Ottawa Radio Networks can continue to operate on an uninterrupted basis,â€? the report concluded. The generators are expected to be installed and operational by fall of 2011.
Planned infrastructure upgrades put on hold to increase budget
Outdoor water use ban in Barrhaven, Riverside South and Manotick An outdoor water ban is in effect for all residents and businesses on City water in Barrhaven, Riverside South and Manotick. The ban will remain in effect until the Woodroffe Avenue water main repairs are completed in early August. These measures are necessary to ensure drinking water in these communities remains clean and safe.
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Keeping afloat through the water ban EMMA JACKSON Ottawa South residents are facing a long, dry summer in Riverside South, Barrhaven and parts of Manotick after the City of Ottawa issued an outdoor watering ban on April 27. But gardens
haven’t gone to the birds yet. Residents with a motivated green thumb can still maintain a healthy, vibrant and colourful garden through the waterless spring and summer if they follow a few simple guidelines outlined by David Goodfellow, co-ordinator of Algonquin College’s horticulture program.
Believe in your trees
To mulch or not
Don’t mow, let it grow
Avoid thirsty annuals
Unless it was planted this year, your favourite tree will likely not die during the water ban imposed this summer, and should be a last priority when doling out rain water. Trees are durable and will survive. “Certainly trees and established shrubs will survive quite well. There’s no reason to water well-established trees and shrubs, because they’re very unlikely to die even in really hot weather,” Goodfellow said. “Newly planted materials, perennials and annuals, that’s where the water should go.”
Mulching has often been hailed a soil saver in dry conditions because of it keeps out the sun and prevents the soil from drying out. However, its impenetrable surface is exactly the problem when it comes to keeping gardens as moist as possible during a water ban. “Once the soil underneath dries, the next rain may not penetrate into the soil. So in a way it can be detrimental,” Goodfellow said. He advised to skip the mulch and use rain barrel water in the most efficient way possible, prioritizing flowers and new plants established shrubs.
In drought conditions, mowing your lawn can be one of the worst things for it, especially in a heat wave. “If the grass is not long, by cutting the leaves you can kill it. You allow even more water to be lost, you allow even more sun through and it dries out even more,” Goodfellow explained. He said if you have to cut the grass, do it after a rainfall. Goodfellow also noted that in a relatively wet area like Ottawa, even the hottest, driest summer is unlikely to kill an established lawn completely. “They’ll go a little brown, but they’ll come back,” he said.
Annuals are some of the thirstiest flowers you can plant in your garden, and will certainly demand the lion’s share of your rain barrel’s unpredictable contents, according to Goodfellow. “I would suggest people stay away from water-needy annuals like impatiens and begonias,” he said, noting that hardier annuals such as portulaca and petunias might fare better. “People will find other things will do quite well, and they can always take a little water from the bathtub on those few days when it gets too dry,” he added.
Local landscaping industry to be hit hard, business owner says From WATER BAN on page 1 Bauer and his business partner Eric Mia said they could lose up to $15,000 in business this summer because of the water ban, which is virtually all of their seasonal company’s expected revenue. “Our base operations are dependent on an outdoor water source, and obviously there are alternatives but those alternatives bring extra cost. My university education depends on the success of this business, we have clients lined up, we have demand that needs to be filled,” said Mia. Other landscapers complained that while the city so far refuses to shut down area car washes, asking only for voluntary compliance, the city has had no problem virtually closing down the local landscaping industry for the summer. About 100 people attended the meeting, where concern about the fairness of pool fill-ups was still the major talking point. The city maintained that free pool and hot-tub fill-ups are a “risk mitigation” measure that basically aims to curtail residents’ temptation to fill their pools
with city water, which, if enough people did, could depressurize the entire water system and leave residents with no water at all or a boil water advisory for up to 4 weeks. Rideau-Goulbourn Coun. Scott Moffatt spent most of the evening translating city staff answers into clear terms that residents better understood, which he said was his responsibility as a councillor. “My background is in customer service, so I can tell sometimes when people are dissatisfied with the answer they get. If I can help in anyway to make it easier for them to get it, then I’ll do that,” he said, noting that city staff are obligated to stick to a stock answer while councillors are only responsible to residents. “The reality is you can’t sneak into somebody’s backyard and catch them filling their pool, so we need to do whatever we can to make sure they comply. I know it looks bad to be filling up pools, I know it looks like we’re catering to people with pools, but that is the furthest thing from reality.”
NOT A HARDSHIP In the wake of the water ban revelation, some experts and conservationists are noting that perhaps the outcry against the ban is ill-placed, particularly considering the already precarious state of fresh water reserves around the world. “We often take water for granted, whether it’s through the river or through the taps,” said Charles Billington from the Rideau Valley Conservation Authority, which works out of one of Ottawa’s most water-efficient buildings. “One of the things that I find most beneficial is a bit of an attitude adjustment. We don’t really need to have glossy green lawns without any leaves on them for six months of the year. That’s totally not normal.” Riverside South resident Dorothy MacDonald is an organic gardener who grows enough beans, peas, carrots, potatoes and herbs in her backyard garden to last her through the winter. She already had a rain barrel installed before the ban was announced, and has bought another to get through the waterless summer. Al-
though she’s concerned about whether or not she’ll be able to plant her garden this year, she said she hopes the ban will teach residents about the value of water. “We’re very lucky to have the water supplies that we have, and as clean as we have,” she said. “I don’t think people understand the impact that (excessive water use) might have, it’s all about them. In the future we’re going to have to conserve water, and maybe this is a way of making people become a little more aware.” Indeed, Rick Findlay from the Canadian Water Network said being aware is probably the best strategy in water conservation. “Just be more aware of how you use water every time you turn on a tap and flush a toilet, and perhaps think twice about running a less than full load in the laundry machine,” he suggested. “I think we are rather spoiled. We have a luxury of abundant water resources so we tend to take them for granted. We tend to underprice their value. But we’ve got a problem, and we’re going to have to adjust our expectations.”
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Staff report seeks to accelerate LRT OTTAWA THIS WEEK STAFF The city is looking to take steps to accelerate its light rail project, introducing a report last week outlining a plan that would see the system become operational a year ahead of schedule. According to the report, pre-construction elements of the project, including the request for qualifications and request for proposal releases, will be advanced by six months. The city’s engineering team will also be performing an analysis of the basic design level construction schedule in an effort to find further time savings, which according to the report would allow the light rail system to start operating in 2018 rather than in 2019. Other activities the report indicates the city is hoping to accomplish in the next few months include the purchase of property needed for the project. The report indicates that while expropriations may be necessary, the city doesn’t anticipate
any residential properties will need to be acquired. The report indicates part of the motivation for accelerating the timeline for the LRT project is the celebration of the 150th anniversary of Confederation in 2017. The advanced timeline would make elements of the LRT available for use during the celebration and will mean the downtown core will be free from any disruptions caused by construction. The city is also looking to take a new approach to procurement with the LRT project, the report notes. In the past, the city would undertake the design of a project and then ask contractors to price the construction of that specific design. The city is looking to use a different approach with the LRT project, one which would see a successful bidder design, construct and maintain the system. Such a project would be based on the city’s initial vision but accord-
ing to the report, this approach will allow it to “go to the market place faster, accessing the next level of private sector innovation sooner.” The report also cites the need to move quickly on the widening of the Queensway. That project would provide an extra lane in each direction that will be dedicated to buses during the conversion of the bus Transitway to light rail. After the completion of the LRT line, the bus lanes would be turned into high-occupancy vehicle lanes. A commitment by the province to fund the widening project was outlined in the McGuinty government’s budget unveiled at the end of March. The city still needs to perform an assessment of any utility work that will need to be performed as part of the project. The report and the recommendations outlined in it will go before the finance and economic development committee for approval before being passed to council for a final vote. The city will receive the latest transit funding model in July, which will provide an update on the initial projection made in 2009.
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The Farmer decided to let the ewes and lambs out of the barn in honour of the nicer weather. Or maybe it was in honour of Mother’s Day. Out in the open pasture, the little ones are continually getting separated from their mothers. All I can hear is the sound of hoarse little lambs going “Maaaa-aaaah!” Some of the ewes answer, while others don’t. The unresponsive ones aren’t necessarily bad mothers. They might be just a little preoccupied. The day before Mother’s Day found me in Walmart. I watched a frazzled mother juggling two kids in the lineup at McDonald’s. One little guy, kicking his foot impatiently against the hip he was resting on, lost his shoe. His eyes followed the colourful sneaker as he and his mother slowly moved away from it and towards their table. He started to wail in some indecipherable baby gibberish that only made sense to him. The young mom tried to shush him as she fit him into his high chair. Finally she noticed her son was missing his footwear and re-
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won’t eat properly. That she won’t be safe. Or happy. I have to try to keep my worries to myself. And be proud of the independent young woman I have helped to raise. On our wedding day, the Farmer and I wanted our five daughters to play an important part in the ceremony. We had them each read a verse from The Prophet by Kahlil Gibran. As Mother’s Day passes by for another year, let’s remind ourselves what it’s all about: “Your children are not your children. They are the sons and daughters of Life’s longing for itself. They come through you but not from you, and though they are with you yet they belong not to you. You may give them your love but not your thoughts, for they have their own thoughts. You may house their bodies but not their souls, for their souls dwell in the house of tomorrow, which you cannot visit, not even in your dreams. You may strive to be like them, but seek not to make them like you. For life goes not backward nor tarries with yesterday. You are the bows from which your children as living arrows are sent forth. The archer sees the mark upon the path of the infinite, and He bends you with His might that His arrows may go swift and far. Let your bending in the archer’s hand be for gladness; for even as He loves the arrow that flies, so He loves also the bow that is stable.” Happy Mother’s Day, everyone.
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traced her steps to retrieve the shoe. Little man sniffled and shivered and reached for a fry. As I watched from my vantage point across the crowd, I was instantly transported back in time about 18 years. I had a side-by-side stroller with two little girls in it. The larger child was four years old and her little sister was one. I was pregnant with my third. My back ached and my feet throbbed. I was in a hurry to get through the crowd of slow-moving shoppers so we could go home. The baby needed a nap. She was getting cranky. It seemed that she was getting fussier and more agitated with every step I took. I moved more quickly. The grumbling turned into a wail. “Anastasia! Would you please give me a break!” I hissed as I finally reached the end of the mall, opened the door and navigated the stroller outside. It was then that I noticed her shoe was missing. And Milena had a really guilty look on her face. “Did you take your sister’s shoe off ?” I asked her, putting two and two together. “It’s in the stowah,” she smiled, pointing back down the long mall. Sigh. I searched for 30 minutes and never did find that shoe. Damn sideby-side strollers. Eighteen years ago. Eighteen months ago, it seems. And now my last baby bird is preparing her wings for flight. I worry she won’t have nice roommates. I worry she
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Water ban brings needed reflection
esidents affected by the outdoor water ban in Riverside South, Barrhaven and parts of Manotick have every right to be worried about their shrivelling gardens, dirty cars and the loss of local splash pads to help keep kids cool this summer. People in the affected areas can’t fill up their pools, run a sprinkler or use any outdoor water at all to water their gardens or lawns, because of a broken water main on Woodroffe Avenue. As a result, residents could go without outdoor water all summer, with the threat of a minimum $500 fine from the city’s bylaw department looming over any temptation to just go ahead and use the backyard hose. This outright ban will undoubtedly leave dusty yards and cranky kids in its waterless
wake, and no one is questioning the severity or necessity of the city’s ban, which took residents by surprise on April 27. But residents who consider this ban a hardship have taken their worries a step too far. Contrary to popular opinion, this ban is not a hardship; it’s merely an inconvenience. Gardens will be a little dry, but they’ll grow back. Drivers will have to go farther for a car wash or resort to rain water and a sponge. Parents, unfortunately, will have to drive instead of walk to splash pads, or else use the city’s indoor pools. But anyone who calls these inconveniences a hardship haven’t considered the much greater, and often deadlier, water problems around the world, of which Canadians are woefully ignorant because we are such an incredibly resource-rich country when it comes to fresh water.
They haven’t considered that, in Canada, we are extremely lucky to have the abundance of clean, fresh water that we do, and that we would do well to protect it. And they perhaps haven’t considered that this ban is actually a golden opportunity in disguise to get used to conserving water, so that when fights over our country’s “blue gold” intensify in the future, they’ll be ready. We need to count ourselves lucky that, in Canada, water problems often stem from controlling and maintaining our abundance of clean water rather than trying to access it in the first place. Perhaps as they get ready to face the long, dry summer, these residents need to consider that the most positive aspect of this inconvenient ban could be the chance for some much-needed reflection.
Getting cross about Ottawa’s many bridges
s far as it’s possible to tell, there was only one political party in the federal election that promised to help build a new bridge across the Ottawa River. That was the Liberal party and you know what happened to it. That means either … (1) That we are lucky to have avoided all that construction and disruption, or (2) That we are doomed to live with our existing bridges. It depends on your point of view. Aside from those two, there is a separate possibility: (3) That bridges are a political jinx and we will never hear a politician utter the word “bridge” again. Ottawa is an odd place. It is full of bridges, yet some people are barely aware of them. And other people are obsessed by them. The people who are barely aware of bridges are those who don’t have to cross the crowded ones every day. As one of those people, I was taken aback a few years ago when a visiting West Coast author I was interviewing said that her first thought of Ottawa was as a “city of bridges.”
CHARLES GORDON Funny Town I had never heard Ottawa described that way before. And yet, when you think about it, there are tons of them. Think of the bridges over the Rideau Canal, stretching from downtown over to Bronson Avenue near Carleton. Think of the bridges over the Rideau River. And then think of the ones that cause all the controversy, the bridges over the Ottawa. Ottawa is indeed a city of bridges, but it doesn’t occur to you until you are stuck waiting to get onto one. Or until someone threatens to build one near your neighbourhood. In that respect, think of the mighty squawk that was heard when an extra lane was added to the Champlain Bridge in 2002. You could have expected and
understood the agitation of residents living in the Island Park area, but NO THIRD LANE signs sprouted in neighbourhoods several kilometres to the west and east. For every resident who fears a new bridge, there is another who demands one. Those are the people who are stuck in the twice-daily commute, waiting 15 minutes to get onto the bridge and not even able to phone to say that they will be late for fear of being arrested for violating the cellphone-in-cars ban. Or they are the ones who want the truck traffic through their neighbourhood to go somewhere else, courtesy of a new bridge. Meanwhile, in the putative area of the new bridge, there are people readying their NO BRIDGE signs. Judging by the extremely cautious statements of local politicians, when indeed they make statements at all, there is no reason to hope or fear that Ottawa will become a city of more bridges any time in the near future. You have to be able to read tea leaves to draw any conclusions, but the tea leaves seem to indicate that politicians are less afraid of the pro-bridgers than the no-bridgers.
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Deviant parenting BRYNNA LESLIE Capital Muse
fter seven months of gold stars from the teachers, my youngest son, age four, started to go off the rails. Unhappy faces were stamped daily in his agenda with a terse note describing Little Johnny’s bad behaviour. It started out pretty innocently. “Little Johnny is having trouble listening.” “Little Johnny disturbed the children at nap time.” “Little Johnny called his friend a stinky vagina during a soccer game at recess.” We had the talk. I reminded Johnny that it’s important to listen to the teacher because cooperation makes school more fun for everyone, etc., and that there was really no reason for him to use the word vagina because, well, he doesn’t have one. I thought we were getting things in hand. But it culminated with a phone call from the vice principal at precisely 8:42 on Tuesday morning. Apparently, Little Johnny had scribbled all over his schoolwork and then threatened to cut off the heads of his kindergarten friends with a sword. Oh dear! Our plans to maybe, possibly start thinking about having a third child have been put on hold until we get over this hump. I started feeling guilty about the long hours I’ve been working, albeit from home, and the fact that the children were forced – poor dears – to take packaged granola bars in their lunches instead of homemade muffins, and that we had to delay karate and baseball lessons until mom was over the round-the-clock work blitz. But a new book has emerged that made me realize I’m as delusional as the rest of the middle class parents out there today; that what I say and do on a regular basis isn’t going to have an enormous
impact on the moulding of my children’s personalities. Bryan Caplan is the author of Selfish Reasons to Have Kids: Why Being a Great Parent is Less Work and More Fun than You Think. According to Caplan, a U.S. economist and father of three, today’s parents are anal control freaks, micromanaging the diets, behaviour and playtime of our children. “Investment parenting,” as Caplan calls it, includes cramming kids’ schedules with organized activities, banning television and forcing broccoli down their throats, and it doesn’t do anything to create healthy adults. Caplan argues that parents are tired and stressed out because they’re overinvesting in each kid. If you like the idea of having more kids, he says, it’s time to live and let live. If your kid doesn’t want to play on a soccer team but likes kicking around a Nerf ball in the park, don’t force him to join organized sports. If you’re fatigued at the end of a long day at work, flip on the television and don’t feel guilty about it. Caplan says parents are too focused on consistently following one parenting philosophy or another. In an interview with CBC Radio One this month, he argues that how we feel as a family day-to-day is far more integral to the way our kids emerge as adults. For the stressed among us, it means leaving kids with a babysitter more often while mom and dad go for drinks with friends. And it means just generally relaxing standards so that time spent together can be of a higher emotional quality. Caplan cites Ask the Children: what America’s Children really think about Working Parents, a survey conducted in the 1990s. The survey revealed that most working parents feel guilty about not spending enough time with their kids and think they should work less, while 60 per cent of kids feel the time spent is just enough and that their parents are not working too much at all. So what does that say for those of us in the trenches? Maybe it’s time to chill out, eat chips for dinner, even let a swear word slip out once in a while because the chances of our kids turning out to be criminals as a result are slim to none.
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For women and children leaving an abusive home, having somewhere safe to go is paramount to their survival – and a group of Riverside South realtors is collecting gently used treasures to make sure those services remain available. On May 14, the Royal LePage office on 4188 Spratt Rd. will host their first community garage sale from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. selling gently used toys, clothes, appliances and even furniture that has been donated from the community, in an effort to raise money for the company’s Shelter Foundation. Proceeds from the garage sale will go directly to six women’s shelters across the Ottawa region. “It’s such a monstrous issue, especially when you have a child and you find yourself in that
situation. It’s a terrible thing,” said Tammi Gariepy, the receptionist at Royal LePage in Riverside South. Gariepy said the office will collect donated items until the day of the sale, and furniture items can be dropped off on Saturday morning. Anything that doesn’t sell on May 14 will be given to the shelters to help women in need directly. “When a woman is getting ready to leave the shelter and get back on her feet, she would be able to have access to a toaster or other things she might need,” Gariepy said. The sale takes place at the same time as the Riverside South community garage sale, which Gariepy said was done on purpose. Face painting and other family activities will round out the garage sale as parents hunt for household treasure, in an effort to entertain the many kids
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to raise about $6,000 for the shelters. “I’ll personally be going through my own things for clothes and toys my son has out-
in the neighbourhood. Gariepy said the face painter will be donating 25 per cent of her proceeds to the shelter foundation as well. On a national level, Royal LePage has raised about $435,000 since 2009 to help women and children using shelters to escape abusive and unhealthy relationships. In the Ottawa region, three Royal LePage brokerages in Ottawa raised a combined $158,000 for local women’s shelters through commissions, fundraisers and the garage sales in 2010. Proceeds from Royal Lepage garage sales in the Ottawa region, including others in Manotick and Kanata, will remain in Ottawa, helping shelters such as Interval House of Ottawa and Cornerstone Housing for Women, both in central Ottawa, and Chrysalis House in Kanata. Gariepy said the team hopes
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Treasure hunts abound in Ottawa South EMMA JACKSON firstname.lastname@example.org
It’s yard sale season in Ottawa South, and on May 14 bargain hunters can have a heyday looking for deals across the region, from Findlay Creek to Riverside South. In Findlay Creek, residents can take part in a communitywide garage sale where everyone puts their treasures out for sale while they go hunting for new treasure down the street. Yard sales are invited to start at 8 a.m., likely wrapping up around noon. Findlay Creek
community association board member Jeff McVeigh will be travelling around the neighbourhood with free refreshments for participants, and residents will have a chance to sign up for a community association membership. In Riverside South, the community association is also hosting its community garage sale on May 14. Start times and contact information is at www.riversidesouth.org. The South Keys Greenboro community association will host a garage sale later in the spring, on June 11
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Karate centre kicks out at cancer during South Keys fundraiser EMMA JACKSON email@example.com
A local karate centre has given a kick to cancer after it raised more than $4,000 at its annual kick-a-thon for the Weekend to End Women’s Cancers. The Bergeron Karate Centre in South Keys hosted the kick-a-thon on Saturday May 7, with young Mooney’s Bay resident Macyn Nadeau being crowned this year’s champion. He was the last participant standing with 3,100 continuous kicks, on the same leg with no breaks. He was facing off against several adult participants and former champions, including his father Robert Lapensée. The overall champion since the karate centre started their annual fundraiser in 2005 accomplished 8,000 kicks in one three-hour standing. “They kick non-stop, with no rest in between, to a count. It’s quite strenuous physically,” said co-owner Janice Bergeron, who will walk with a team in the Weekend to End Women’s Cancers on behalf of the karate centre on June 4. She has personal experience with how hard the kick-a-thon can be. “My highest was 2,000 and my legs were like rubber. You can’t change legs, and if you lose your balance you’re off the floor,” she said. The first time the centre hosted a kicka-thon, the money was raised in honour of a student who had passed away from
cancer. The following year, the women’s cancer weekend debuted in Ottawa and the centre decided to focus their fundraising on that event. The centre will continue to accept donations until the walk. To donate, call 613-738-7468 or visit 2544 Bank St. in South Keys.
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Nationals cap season with ‘deserved’ JUEL title DAN PLOUFFE The kids gave their mothers a rose and the players got the trophy they were after, but coach Dave Malowski still considered himself luckiest of them all as his Ottawa Nationals won the inaugural Ontario under-19 girls’ Junior Elite League basketball championship last weekend in Kitchener-Waterloo. That’s because he felt it was such a treat to sit back and watch his team put on its best performance in its final game on Sunday, May 8. With strong play, the Nationals opened up a double-digit lead thanks to an early second-half run en route to a 61-49 triumph over the host KW Lightning. “As a coach, it was very satisfying to see our kids put the total package together in the game that defines our season,” Malowski explains. “I’m very proud of the group of kids and all the people involved.” What separated the Nationals from their opponents was the way they defended, Malowski believes. In the round robin, it helped them knock off Brantford – the only team to best the Ottawa girls during the regular season – by a few points, and
strong defence was again crucial in their semi-final victory over North Toronto before the offence really got chugging in the gold medal contest. “We had some tough games this weekend, no question, but we battled right through to the end,” describes Malowski, a Glebe Collegiate Institute teacher whose squad often practiced out of Ashbury College. “Our way of playing the game all year has been to defend, as well as trying to play an up-tempo offensive game.” At the league banquet, two Nationals players – Laura Kayser and Alex Martell – were honoured as members of the JUEL all-academic team, while Kellie Ring and Rashida Timbilla were named first-team all-stars, along with Kim Pierre-Louis on the second team. Malowski was pleased to see his players earn such a large chunk of the 20-team league’s recognitions, although what impressed him most about his squad was the way the players came together from different clubs across the city to form such a dominant team. “They’re a great group of kids who came together real well as a unit,” he said.
The other Ottawa-based JUEL team, the Capitals, beat the silver-medallist Lightning in pool play, but then lost a close match to Oakville to just miss out on a trip to the final four – a big step up nonetheless for the squad that began its regular season with a 2-12 record. ONTARIO CUP CURSE It wasn’t as fun a ride for the Ottawa Guardsmen at the U17 girls’ provincial championships as their undefeated season came to a crashing halt in KitchenerWaterloo. The top-ranked team Guardsmen suffered their first loss of the year to the Sault Sharks and then fell by a single point to the eventual tournament champions from Niagara Falls to drop out of playoff contention. Ottawa Next Level lost its first game of the U17 Juvenile competition, but rebounded with victories over Toronto and Brantford to reach the playoff round, where they ended up winning the bronze medal.
The Ottawa Nationals saved their best for last as they finished off their JUEL basketball season with a 61-49 victory over the host KW Lightning in the championship game on Mother’s Day in KitchenerWaterloo. the boys’ and girls’ sides at the Eastern Canadian Volleyball Championships last weekend in Sherbrooke, Que. Other top results included the Mavericks’ fourth-place showings in the 14U boys’ and 15U girls’ events and the Ottawa Fusion’s fifth-place results in 15U girls and 14U girls, where the Mavericks also took Tier 2 gold.
SWEET 16U BROWN IMPRESSES The Ottawa Mavericks captured bronze medals on both
Brown of Carp kicked off her World Cup triathlon career with a strong 37th-place result on Sunday, May 8 in Monterrey, Mexico. The reigning world junior bronze medallist completed an Olympic distance course (1.5-kilometre swim, 40 kilometre bike and 10 kilometre run) for the first time in her life and posted the 17th fastest run time out of the 62-competitor field. Fellow Canadian Kathy Tremblay placed seventh overall.
DAN PLOUFFE It appeared to be a strange sight for sure. He’d just beaten a former OFSAA track champion by over 13 seconds to win the 1,500 metres in 3:51.09 – at a simple tune-up meet with windy conditions, no less – but Yves Sikubwabo is almost inconsolably disappointed in his race. “I didn’t get my goal, which was under 3:50,” explains Sikubwabo, who’d sought a personalbest mark to push himself towards greater heights later this season, beginning with the high school conference championships this week. “I run against others, but in my mind, it’s me against the time,” adds the 18-year-old Glebe Collegiate Institute student. “If I set a goal, then that’s my goal and I have to break it.” The truth is that Sikubwabo will likely only have himself to race at any scholastic competition this season. His 8:26.86 clocking in the 3,000 metre event a few hours after the 1,500 – and another 30-plus second victory over Tristan Woodfine, the three-time OFSAA gold medallist – provided further evidence that the Rwanda native is a sure
bet to be crowned Ontario high school champ at the start of June. “Certainly in the 3k, it’s his to lose, so to speak,” acknowledges Glebe coach Kirk Dillabaugh, noting that his athlete wants to break the long-standing OFSAA 3,000 metre record, which is just a hair over eight minutes flat. “It’s a pretty lofty goal, but that’s the one he wants to focus on. If conditions are ideal, I think it’s within his grasp and I’d like to see him go for that.” While setting new records can be a great way for Sikubwabo to push his limits, Dillabaugh doesn’t want the 2010 OFSAA cross-country champion running two hard races every week through the conference, city and regional championships. The coach’s approach would be to focus on breaking one record – in either the 1,500 or 3,000 – each meet and then just aim to win the other race. But bad weather could mean a change in game plan. There probably isn’t anyone who understands that aspect better than Mike Woods. Woods owns many of the records his “little brother” will be chasing leading up to OFSAA, but the 2004 Hillcrest High School grad
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Yves Sikubwabo was terribly disappointed that he didn’t achieve a new personal-best despite winning a pre-season 1,500 m race by over 13 seconds last week at Terry Fox Athletic Facility. never got a true shot at the provincial mark because the temperature was in the high 20s on race day and it was very windy. “I wanted to go after that record in high school, and I wasn’t in nearly as good shape as Yves is,” recalls Woods, who talks to Sikubwabo at least once a day by phone. “The only thing that could get in his way of breaking any meet records is the weather.” Now that Sikubwabo’s got a
regular sleeping and eating routine down, Woods observes, he looks stronger physically and should be ready to fly this year. “I’d actually be surprised if he doesn’t get my records,” says Woods, who’s returned to the Ottawa Lions along with Sikubwabo since his Ottawa Elite Racing Team disbanded this spring. “It sucks losing your record – it’s nice having your name up on those boards – but if Yves gets it, I’ll be ecstatic.”
There are a couple of Woods records that are safe for now, however, since Sikubwabo’s performances at the summertime national junior championships won’t be officially recognized because he’s not a Canadian citizen. Citizenship is the desired final step for Sikubwabo, but gaining his official refugee status in early winter was a big moment on its own. “It was pretty emotional seeing him get it. I don’t think there was a dry eye in the room after hearing his whole story,” recounts Woods, noting the woman officiating the hearing was even teary-eyed as she was told how Sikubwabo was orphaned at age one when his Hutu father and Tutsi mother were murdered in the Rwandan genocide. A positive, always-friendly personality – plus a bit of stubborn determination – plays a big part in why Sikubwabo’s been able to build a new life since he left his room in the athletes’ village at last summer’s world junior track-and-field championships and jumped on a bus from Moncton, N.B. to Ottawa with nothing but a backpack and his running shoes.
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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. Spring fashion show from Melanie Lyne. Thursday May 12, 9:30 to 11 a.m. at the Fred Barrett Arena, 3280 Leitrim Rd. Speaker, refreshments, nursery. $5.00 all inclusive. Sponsored by Ot-
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