SOUTH EDITION: Serving Riverside South, Hunt Club, Blossom Park and surrounding communities Year 1, Issue 30
May 19, 2011 | 24 Pages
CAR WASH BAN The city has extended the water ban to car washes in the affected area, after only three voluntarily shut down services.
HISTORICAL FLAIR This year’s upcoming Gloucester Fair promises some new and exciting attractions, including an authentic pioneer camp.
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A VIEW UNDER WATER ATHLETES TRIUMPH The Titans took home gold and silver from the Calgary championships while athletes in other events brought even more hardware home to Ottawa.
Osgoode resident Sylvia Pinard will be showcasing her work for a fundraiser at the Our Lady of Visitation Church along with her sister Jacquie Livingstone. Pieces by Rene Cera, who died in 1992, will also be on display. For more on this story, turn to page 12.
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Resources for the YMCA’s backyard pool program are drying up in the wake of the city’s outdoor water ban in Ottawa South. According to Taggart Family YMCA aquatics programming co-ordinator Samantha Wilson, two of approximately 10 “host pools” that usually offer backyard swimming lessons in Riverside South and Barrhaven have pulled out of the program because of the water ban. Although the city is offering
a free pool fill-up and top-up program for the approximately 3,000 pools in the area, Wilson said the hosts don’t feel the city will be able to adequately provide water to make sure their pools are ready to host neighbourhood kids. “There’s summers when you spend a couple weeks getting your chemicals balanced,” said Barrhaven resident Jean Montminy, who has hosted backyard swimming lessons for the past three years in her 16by-32 in-ground pool. She said usually she would just use regular water to play with the pool’s dilution ratios, but to continue
that practice this year the city’s top-up program would need to visit very frequently. “Are they going to come every other day until I get my pool under control? I just don’t want to take that chance.” The backyard pools program relies on families with pools to offer up their backyard to a minimum of 10 swimming students for a week in the summer. Once the kids are registered, the YMCA sends three instructors to the house and kids can learn to swim outdoors in their own neighbourhood. See FAILURE on page 6
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Residents expressed concern about increased traffic on Albion Road if the Rideau Carleton Raceway adds game tables to its offering.
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The City of Ottawa held a public meeting to discuss the possibility of bringing gaming tables to the Rideau Carleton Raceway last week, but the discussion of how to fix surrounding infrastructure and traffic problems trumped any discussion over the moral and financial implications of creating a full casino in Ottawa South. After city staff and several consultants explained the current rezoning application for the Rideau Carleton Raceway – a change which would not require any physical changes to the building on Albion Road, but rather just a reshuffling of slot machines to make way for the 21 staffed roulette and black jack tables – residents mostly wanted to know how the change would affect traffic along Albion Road through Findlay Creek and Blossom Park. Ron Jack of Delcan traffic consultancy said their traffic study of the area, which was required along with the city council’s “support in principle” of the game tables last March, found there will be very little impact on Albion Road from the 21 gaming tables. He said approximately 720 vehicles would be added to the road per day over a 24-hour period, approximately 15 per cent of what the raceway contributes to overall traffic currently. He explained that about one third of the added traffic would head south to Mitch Owens Road and the other two thirds will split off as they pass Leitrim and Lester roads. In any one peak hour, he said, only 50 cars per hour would be added to the road, having no impact on traffic lights and very little in the way of back-ups. In comparison, he said that once Findlay Creek Drive north of the raceway is connected to Albion Road this summer, hundreds of vehicles per hour will be added from that connection alone. “As the balance of Findlay Creek builds out, most of it is to the west. And when it’s fully built out, it will add 600 cars per hour to Albion Road. So the 21 gaming tables pales in comparison,” he said. “The game table traffic would be about 1 to 5 per cent of the Findlay Creek traffic, to put it in perspective.” He said that as a result of these developments, Albion Road and Lester Road will both need to be widened in the future, and a light will be installed at Findlay Creek Drive.
Although Jack dismissed the traffic concerns, Gloucester-Southgate councillor Diane Deans, who represents the Blossom Park community north of Lester on Albion, said the concern comes from the accumulation of many small uses such as the raceway’s expansion. “You wouldn’t expect if you’re only measuring one use at a time that one particular use would put you over the top. It’s the cumulative impact. It started with the placement of the slots a few years ago. It just never goes away as an issue,” she said. Deans has requested that city staff cap the rezoning change to 21 game tables only, rather than approving the open application the raceway has made to just allow game tables in general. She said she takes heart in how willing city staff seem to honour her request. “Although it was presented to council as a two-year pilot project, approving it as is would change the zoning without capping gaming tables. The sky would be the limit in terms of how large the casino could grow in the future without addressing the infrastructure concerns going forward,” she said. After the public consultation, the rezoning application will head to the city’s Agriculture and Rural Affairs committee on June 16. If passed, the proposal will go to city council on June 22 or July 16, depending on schedules. Once passed, the raceway would have to apply to the province for permission to add the gaming tables as part of a twoyear pilot, which would be governed by the Ontario Lottery and Gaming Corporation. However, according to OLG spokesperson Tony Bitonti the corporation is currently undergoing an in-depth review of game tables across the province, the results of which will not be compiled until the fall. That means the decision to approve or deny the raceway’s application would likely have to wait until after the provincial election in Ontario. Currently the OLG operates about 1,250 slot machines at the racetrack, as well as a handful of virtual table games. Mayor Jim Watson has supported plans to bring live casino games to the racetrack since March, noting that many Ottawa residents cross the border to gamble anyway and that those revenues – which the city and province benefit from – should be supporting Ottawa social programs instead.
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Those visiting emergency rooms at Ottawa area hospitals can expect to see shorter wait times thanks to provincial funding that will buy new short-stay beds. “This new investment will give us additional bed capacity at the Ottawa Hospital,” said Mike Tierney, the hospital’s vice-president of clinical programs. “Our biggest challenge is patients waiting for a bed.” The Ottawa Hospital will be receiving $3.9 million and 19 new beds, the Children’s Hospital of Eastern Ontario and the Queensway Carleton Hospital are receiving $1 million each to help lower their wait times, and the Montfort hospital will receive about $320,000. Yasir Naqvi, MPP for Ottawa Centre, said the provincial government’s hope is to make sure patients in Ottawa get good quality health care when they
Hospital and government officials came together on May 12 at the Civic Hospital announce new funding aimed at reducing emergency room wait times at the city’s hospitals. need it. “We know there are serious situations that need to be dealt with,” Naqvi said, adding there’s no one solution to deal with wait times. “There has to be a system-wide approach.” He said it’s a step in the right direction. “The reality is, it takes a while,” Naqvi said, adding that both he and the government were anxious to address the problem as soon as possible. Tierney said the additional beds and money is one piece of the puzzle, but the other piece is sending some patients who are
in hospital beds to the appropriate venues, like long-term care or supportive housing. “Additional beds are a start,” Tierney said. Naqvi said while some regions of Ontario need more doctors and nurses still, 94 per cent of Ontarians have a family doctor and internationally trained doctors are able to practice more than ever before. “We realize we definitely made some improvements,” said Naqvi. “But there’s more work to be done, and we want to see continued improvement year after year.”
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Findlay Creek residents can finally have their first look at the boardwalk plan for the Leitrim wetland, a project expected to begin by 2012 with the co-operation of the South Nation Conservation Area and local developers. The initial draft has been released, and calls for about 300 metres of built boardwalk through the Leitrim wetland near Findlay Creek inside a longer trail that includes natural paths through the dry areas of the woodlot. South Nation conservation programs director Josée Brizard said the current plans could change between now and 2012 when the boardwalk is built, but she said residents can expect a mix of dry path and built boardwalk through the area. She said the boardwalk will be an excellent place for residents to enjoy the outdoors without disturbing the ecosystem. “It’s mostly education and awareness for the wetland, to help residents appreciate the
benefit of a wetland,” she said, explaining that interpretive panels will be installed along the path to highlight unique features about the site and some of the wildlife that can be spotted. Funding for the boardwalk will come entirely from Tartan Homes and Tamarack Homes, the main developers in the area. Brizard said $200 was reserved from the sale of each house in Findlay Creek to put toward the boardwalk. The developers will also donate their current sales centre to the cause, which will act as an information centre at the head of the trail. The conservation authority will staff the building, which will have space for workshops. Tartan community co-ordinator Penny Izzard said the developers volunteered their time and infrastructure because it’s important to give back to the land and community. “It will help people appreciate the area more,” she said. Residents can view the draft plan at www.findlaycreek.org/ fcca.
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Mayor under fire for pro-life day proclamation LAURA MUELLER firstname.lastname@example.org
Mayor’s proclamations are a regular feature at the start of city council meetings, and for the most part, events such as Laughter Day, Global Love Day and Data Privacy Day pass largely unnoticed. But one proclamation that has become an annual tradition since 2002 is getting some serious – and critical – attention from the community, especially on the social networking site, Twitter. Mayor Jim Watson declared May 12, 2011 to be Respect for Life Day in the City of Ottawa, coinciding with a large antiabortion march on Parliament Hill that usually draws approximately 10,000 people to the capital. The proclamation reads: “The rights of the people of Canada including the unborn, the elderly and those with handicaps are gradually being eroded.” The mayor came under fire on May 9, when word of the proclamation spread like wildfire online. But Watson stood
by the proclamation, saying that the city has a responsibility to abide by the Ontario Human Rights Code. Watson noted that he served on city council under former mayor Jacquelin Holzman, who famously refused to declare gay and lesbian “pride” week, which landed the city in court. “I’m not prepared to bring the city through another human rights trial,” Watson said. “I happen to be pro-choice,” he added. “I don’t happen to agree with those people who take away a woman’s right to choose, but at the same time it isn’t the mayor’s personal beliefs and hunches that should rule the day. “If a pro-choice group wants to have a day named after them, that fits the policy, they should have a day named after them.” That’s not something prochoice groups like Planned Parenthood Ottawa are interested in, said the organization’s executive director, Heather Holland. PPO’s efforts are better
spent on educating people about pregnancy options and improving access to abortions than seeking a token proclamation. Holland said Respect for Life
“I’m not prepared to bring the city through another human rights trial” Mayor Jim Watson
Day doesn’t jive with the city’s own proclamation policy. According to its policy, the city issues proclamations for any group or individual who requests one, as long as it doesn’t violate human rights. That means the proclamation can’t be discriminatory, illegal or espouse hatred, violence or racism. The policy also states that proclamations shouldn’t be politically or religiously motivated.
Holland argued that the organization that requested the proclamation, Campaign Life Coalition, is arguably both political and religious. “I think it clearly crosses that line,” she said. Wanda Hartlin is the secretary for the national March for Life, the pro-life demonstration that took place on Parliament Hill on May 12. The event isn’t religiously affiliated, Hartlin said. “We’re Canada’s national lobbying group for pro-life,” Hartlin said. “I have never really sorted it out whether (the March for Life) is (political) or not,” she added. When asked if he thought a pro-life proclamation fell under the definition of “political” or “religious” events, Watson said the “political” aspect of proclamations refers to “big P” politics at the federal and provincial level. “Every decision we make, or every proclamation you can claim is political in one way or another,” he said. “But the intent of the policy is to ensure that we are not getting into partisan politics by
denouncing a prime minister or denouncing a premier or attacking a political party, because that’s not our role.” According to the city’s policy, proclamations are intended to “encourage public awareness or provide recognition for events, achievements, and activities that are significant to Ottawa” and to “acknowledge individuals who have achieved national or international distinction, or whose contribution to the community demands significant recognition.” In 2010, the city issued 121 proclamations. So far this year, the mayor has already signed off on 45 proclamations, including another Respect for Life Day on April 30. That proclamation has been requested by education prolife group Action Life and granted each year since 1993, according to the executive director, Louise Harbour. “I think to bring every single proclamation to council would not only expend a great amount of time, but would also be very divisive,” the mayor said.
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Gloucester-Southgate Coun. Diane Deans, who is the chair of the cityâ€™s transit commission, said she has â€œgrowing concernsâ€? about the affordability of the project and that addressing property acquisition before council receives an updated cost estimate is â€œputting the cart before the horse.â€? While the system still wonâ€™t be ready for use in 2017 for Canadaâ€™s 150th birthday, Jensen said the construction will mostly be cleaned up and trains will be available for public viewing during the celebrations. â€œBy advancing the schedule we can ensure our downtown will be in good condition for our birthday celebration,â€? Jensen said.
Now that efforts have been made to speed up the process of getting lightrail transit in Ottawa, the big test for the project will be in July, when city councillors will hear an updated estimate on the costs. City staff said the LRT system could be completed by the spring of 2018, a full year earlier than expected. But the heavy lifting will come in July, when council will be faced with making a decision about whether the project is still affordable, the cityâ€™s finance and economic development committee heard on May 12. Along with speeding up the process, staff said the city could save money on the project by changing the way it works with the contractor to build the system. Instead of city staff designing the system and then asking contractors to bid on how much it would cost to construct it, the new idea would be to have qualified contractors bid to do the design work as well as the construction and maintenance of the system. That method would cut down on costs, but it wouldnâ€™t necessarily bring the project in under the original estimate of
$2.1 billion. The cost could rise higher than that figure, especially because that estimate was made in 2009 and doesnâ€™t account for inflation. But the estimated cost would be even higher if the city stuck with its original procurement plan, said John Jensen, the rail implementation program manager for the City of Ottawa. While city staff asked for councillorsâ€™ approval to begin the process of acquiring property needed to build the line â€“ and potentially pursuing expropriation â€“ Jensen assured councillors that no expropriations would be finalized until council makes a decision on the budget and procurement for the project in July. â€œThis is essential to help property owners move forward and for risk and cost control,â€? Jensen said. Jensen said no residential properties will be affected, although a city report contains more careful wording: â€œâ€Śthe city does not anticipate that any residential properties need to be acquired.â€? Several councillors were very concerned about the process of acquiring and expropriating land, including River Ward Coun. Maria McRae. She urged caution with finalizing land swaps or purchases because the city now owns many small parcels of land that have
little value or usefulness after the cancellation of the cityâ€™s previous north-south light rail line plan. â€œWe were in a big hurry to acquire land,â€? McRae said about the former lightrail project. â€œNow we own all these little slivers we canâ€™t do anything with.â€? The land the city is now looking at is â€œmarketable for resale,â€? Mayor Jim Watson told councillors. â€œWe donâ€™t want to be saddled with a bunch of pieces of land if the project ends up being unaffordable,â€? he said. â€œIf â€Ś it stretches the city to a limit that is not acceptable and not financially prudent, then obviously weâ€™re going to have to go back and come up with a new plan,â€? Watson told reporters after the meeting.
Outdoor Water Ban: Barrhaven, Riverside South and Manotick This long weekend, donâ€™t water your grass. Keep water in your glass. The City of Ottawa has ways to help! Get top-ups of pools and hot tubs, water at local garden retailers and rain barrel rebates.
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Charity golf tournament looking for players EMMA JACKSON firstname.lastname@example.org
If youâ€™re looking for an excuse to go golfing, the Knights of Columbus is offering a chance to get on the green and support local charities at the same time. The Ottawa South Knights is running their annual charity golf tournament on June 4 at the Falcon Ridge Golf Course, and the group is looking for golfers to take part. The Knights, who operate out of the Our Lady of the Visitation Catholic Church on Bank Street near Rideau Road, is looking to fill about 60 spots in the tournament at the course directly across from the Rideau Carleton Raceway. Each golfer must pay $100 to play, which includes the green fee, a shared cart, a catered roast beef dinner and a
prize for every golfer. Every player will receive a $25 charitable tax receipt. The cost to attend dinner only is $36. Money raised at the tournament will be split equally between paying off the cost of the churchâ€™s new banquet hall, and supporting the Shepherds of Good Hope, the Ottawa Mission, Waupoos Farm, the Youville Centre and the Miriam Centre. Organizer Bernie Livingstone said theyâ€™ve raised about $2,500 in the past, and hopes to raise even more this year. â€œIt all depends on how many people we can attract and how many sponsors we can get,â€? he said. Prizes range from bottles of wine and gift certificates to golf clubs and other golf accessories. He said Falcon Ridge will likely provide a few prizes as well. To register for the tournament, golfers can contact Livingstone at 613-821-3542 or email email@example.com.
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Light rail costs still in flux
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Car washes forced to close for water ban EMMA JACKSON AND LAURA MUELLER email@example.com
The City of Ottawa has implemented a mandatory ban specifically naming car washes, in an effort to make the secondhighest users of water comply with the larger ban in Riverside South, Barrhaven and parts of Manotick. Several car washes closed voluntarily since May 9, but four car washes in the affected area were still offering water-intensive services to customers as of May 12. On May 13, the city imposed the special ban out of necessity to protect the area’s drinking water supply while a broken water main is fixed on Woodroffe Avenue. All car washes agreed to comply with the mandatory ban, which carries a $500 fine and a potential loss of business license if they don’t comply. Mayor Jim Watson said the additional ban was necessary
to send a message that everyone – residents and businesses included – play a role in ensuring the area’s water safety during the ban. The mayor said he was “disappointed” with the car washes’ reluctance to comply, saying “These businesses thought they were above the rules.” Barrhaven Coun. Jan Harder went a step further, saying the city could pursue legal action should any car-wash owner decide not to obey the special ban. “We’ll shut them down and I’m not going to feel badly about it,” Harder said just prior to city invoking the mandatory ban. “I can’t justify allowing them to stay open and have increased business… and yet I can’t have those caregivers or grandparents looking after their grandchildren while having a tworing pool in the backyard.” MacEwen’s gas station and car wash at River and Earl Armstrong roads was the first to close voluntarily on May 9. The Esso at Strandherd and
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Longfields drives and the Canadian Tire location at Greenbank Road and Strandherd followed on May 11 and 12 respectively. Prior to the special ban the city had been appealing to owners’ community spirit while the city’s legal staff look for options to force them to close. Susan Jones, the city’s general manager of emergency and protective services, said the car wash owners indicated they wouldn’t comply with the general ban unless the city made it mandatory for them to curb their water use. MacEwen’s owner Allan
Failure to use city pool-filling services could have serious consequences: Harder From SWIMMING on page 1 Montminy said it’s never been a problem to find 10 kids for a session, and usually there are more kids than space. With splash pads closed across Riverside South, Barrhaven and parts of Manotick until the end of July, backyard pool demand is sure to grow. “My kids really advanced in the program. It was also fun because after the instructors left and the mothers would have a potluck and the kids would swim a little longer, so it was like a social thing,” she said. Montminy said she’d like to host lessons again this year, but fears she’ll have to cancel if the city can’t come through with the water. She backed out almost immediately after the ban was announced. City spokesperson Jocelyne Turner said that since the ban was announced on April 27, the city has fielded more than 1,200 requests for top-ups and fill-ups, and about 500 requests have been filled. Turner said there’s no backlog, however, some residents have made requests for days in the future which haven’t been met yet. “The city is meeting demand. I don’t think we’ve run into this specific situation yet, but so far we’re meeting demand and everyone’s getting their desired timing,” she said. “What I’ve
MacEwen said they chose to voluntarily close their carwash doors despite a major loss in revenue because it’s the right thing to do. “We weren’t comfortable when the whole rest of the community is cutting back and somewhat suffering and doing without, we didn’t think we should be profiting or selling car washes which is kind of contrary to the purpose,” he said, noting that some customers were not happy to hear that it had shut down, being the only car wash in the rapidly developing neighbourhood. MacEwen said the company,
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been told is residents can call to register to have their pool topped up as many times as they need during the water ban.” Barrhaven Coun. Jan Harder said it was vital that residents use the city’s service. Failure to do so would have serious consequences, she warned. “We needed to be sure that some of those people didn’t say, ‘I’m just going to add a little bit’ because it would have crashed our system,” she said. “The cost of a crashed system in personal well-being and financial costs to the city is astronomical. “The cost of water is $10 so
it’s a very good investment, one that we’ll continue to the very end because it does save a lot of drain on our system and protects our drinking water. “We don’t want those people taking away the capacity for everyone else to have indoor water issue.” Harder also suggested the city will look at family passes to the four Nepean outdoor pools, plus highlight the splash pads it has to offer as an alternative to backyard pools. With files from Daniel NugentBowman
With files from Daniel NugentBowman
Water ban could end in July
YMCA swimming instructor Ariana Thomsen (left) joins fellow instructor Nicole Perry and a young backyard swimmer. Several host pool families have backed out of the program because of the outdoor water ban in Riverside South, Barrhaven and parts of Manotick.
which owns gas stations across eastern and northern Ontario as well as western Quebec, will absorb the Riverside South location’s losses over the summer, which he said will be significant. “Gasoline is a very low margin commodity, so we need to sell milk and other various items including carwashes. So it will have an impact,” he said. Reports that the car wash was already planning to shut down for a month for scheduled maintenance are wrong, MacEwen added, noting there was a day’s work of maintenance scheduled. “They’re two different issues. We’re shutting down because it’s for the community. We’re not doing this because it suits us.” According to the city the outdoor water ban now is expected to last until the end of July or early August.
An earlier end to the outdoor water ban could spell relief for people in Barrhaven, Manotick and Riverside South. Repairs to the Woodroofe Avenue water main could be completed in time to end the ban in July, rather than in mid-August. At this point, the earliest the ban could end is July 31, said Wayne Newell, the city’s manager of infrastructure services. The ban on outdoor water use in three south-end communities was put in place after city engineers determined a large water main under Woodroofe Avenue failed 13 years early, putting drinking water at risk of contamination if too much demand was placed on the smaller backup pipes in the area. In order to speed up the process, the city shortened the tendering process for the construction and crews are working longer shifts to finish the project as quickly as possible, Newell said during a press conference on Friday, May 13. The construction company was also able to get pipes shipped sooner than expected.
Construction on the smaller supplementary pipe is complete and the pipe is being tested. That pipe could provide more capacity by mid-June. But the ban can’t be lifted until the larger water main is complete, which is why restrictions would still be in place until the end of July. The city is also constructing an above-ground water pipe to bring an additional 15 per cent capacity to the area, but that won’t be operational until mid-June. The extra pipe is meant as an “insurance policy” to protect the drinkingwater supply, and not to loosen the ban, said Barrhaven Coun. Jan Harder. “I would be fearful if people thought they could flout the ban,” Harder said. The additional capacity will provide even more assurance against depressurizing the water system, which could lead to drinking-water contamination. Meanwhile, Harder said another water tanker has been added near Strandherd and Woodroffe where residents can obtain water for gardening and outdoor uses. No fines have been issued yet, but the city says bylaw services will be “strictly monitoring and enforcing the ban.” For more information on the outdoor water use ban, visit ottawa.ca/waterinfo, call 3-1-1 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
We welcome your submissions of upcoming community, non-profit events. Please email events to OTWevents@ metroland.com by 4:30 p.m. Friday.
MAY 27 Teen Advisory Group: Join the Teen Advisory Group (TAG) to earn com-
munity involvements hours and help design programs for teens at the branch. Tag is open to youth aged 14 to 18. May 27, 4 to 5 p.m. Alta Vista library.
MAY 28 The South Gloucester United Church
Course on Albion Road. The first tee-off time is at noon. Cost: $100 per person ($25 tax receipt for each golfer.) To Register, contact Bernie Livingstone at 613-821-3542 or email email@example.com.
The Knights of Columbus OLV 9th Annual Charity Golf Tournament will take place at Falcon Ridge Golf
The Vernon Village Garage Sale will take place from 8 a.m. to noon around the village. For more informa-
tion contact Kim at 613-821-3033.
ONGOING The Eastern Ontario Umpires Association (EOUA) is looking for men and women aged 18 and over who are interested in officiating fast- and slo-pitch softball. The EOUA has various affiliations. Training and clinics are provided. Please call Stuart at 613-744-3967 or Dave 613-791-6767.
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at Albion and Rideau (just past Rideau Carleton Raceway) will host a yard sale, rain or shine, from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Garage sale items, books, plants, crafts, white elephant and BBQ, plus quilt raffle tickets.
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Holiday ushers in summer
ictoria Day is our gateway to the summer season after a brutally long winter. We head to the cottage, the beach, go on a road trip or host a back yard barbecue. Whatever your reason to celebrate this weekend, we often forget why we have this holiday. What we are really celebrating on this May long weekend – now some 110 years after the death of Queen Victoria – is the birthday of whichever monarch happens to be on the throne at the time. Lumping all the monarchs’ birthdays together seemed to be the way to go. Victoria Day has also been known as the Queen’s Birthday, Empire Day, and Commonwealth Day. The holiday name was changed to Empire Day in the 1890s when enthusiasm for the British Empire was at a peak. By the mid-20th century, however, the Empire had given way to the Commonwealth, so the holiday became known as Commonwealth Day. In 1977, Commonwealth Day was moved to the second Monday in March and Canadians continued to celebrate Victoria Day in May. Victoria was born Princess Victoria of Saxe-
Coburg at Kensington Palace in London, the daughter of Prince Edward and granddaughter of King George III. Towards the end of George III’s life it became a matter of some concern that none of his 15 children had heirs. George’s eldest son George IV took the throne after his father’s death. However, due to the death of George IV’s daughter Charlotte in 1817 and the fact that he was estranged from his wife, the succession was still in question. Under pressure from Parliament and the public George III’s fourth oldest child Edward married the German princess, Victoire of SaxeCoburg. She was 31 years old. On May 24, 1819 Victoire gave birth to a daughter. She was christened Alexandrina Victoria, and it is this monumental birth that we have to thank for one of our favourite holidays. But the question remains, why do we celebrate Victoria’s birthday when there have been five monarchs since her reign? Well, aside from how obviously amazing it is to have a long weekend just when we need to kickstart the summer season, there is historical precedence at work.
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usings about our national character go on all the time and are intensified during a federal election. What sort of people are Canadians? After the federal election, experts draw conclusions that might be correct, at least for a while. For example, we now learn that Quebecers are left-leaning federalists. Who knew? And what will they be four years from now? Meanwhile, somebody writes in the daily newspaper about being sick of the Group of Seven. Many Canadians thought the painters of the Group of Seven saw Canada in a typically Canadian way. Now others think not. We are not about jackpines and sloping rocks on Georgian Bay. At least, not any more. What are we about? It is difficult to keep track. Are we Starbucks or Tim Hortons, hockey or soccer, North American or British or multicultural? Are we still orderly and polite as opposed to raucous and freedom-loving? People used to think that, but they should have a look at some of the road rage around here. Particularly during the construction season. So, where to look for the national character? Well, it just so happens that the season for a splendid display of
CHARLES GORDON Funny Town the Canadian identity is upon us. That would be the season of the garage sale. Signs sprout on Saturday morning corners like maple bushes. Packs of vehicles creep around the early morning streets like contestants in the world’s slowest scavenger hunt. The reader of these signs, the inhabitants of these vehicles are Canadians, demonstrating one of their national characteristics – the love of a bargain. The bargain is found at the end of someone’s driveway. It is a totally unnecessary thing in many instances, perhaps a relative’s amateurish attempt at a Group of Seven scene, but much cheaper than you could buy it for anywhere else. So Canadians pay $3 for this thing, put it in the trunk and drive slowly off in search of another driveway with totally
unnecessary things on display. Another vehicle immediately occupies the space they vacated. This is a game we play every spring. For every Canadian who decides to donate his excess stuff to charity or school bazaars or church rummage sales, there is another who decides to sell it. In many cases the seller doesn’t need the money. And in many cases, the buyer either doesn’t need what is on sale or could afford to buy something new (thereby helping to keep the economy moving), but can’t resist a bargain. Let’s face it, getting stuff cheap is a hobby for many Canadians. You’ve met them. When you admire their new table, they tell you how they got it for 40-per-cent off. When they describe the trip they just took all they talk about is what a deal they got on the room and the souvenirs they bought at half-price. Here is a big part of our national identity: Canadians are frugal. Let’s say “frugal” rather than “cheap.” Our frugality means that we drive across town, burning up expensive gas, in search of the gas station where it is a fraction of a cent less expensive. Our frugality also means, unfortunately, that locally owned businesses perish in great numbers because multinationally-owned businesses sell stuff
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f you’ve ever had to give your kid a Tic-tac to keep him from going berserk during Holy Communion, or promised a bit of “Dora when we get home, if he can just keep it together for five more minutes at the mall,” you’ll understand how bribery in parenting can work. Its counterpart, threat, similarly, is often used, such as the promise that “I will toss all the Lego in the garbage if I step on one more piece that has been covertly ground into the living room rug,” or “one more word like that, young man, and you’ll be spending the day in your room.” But there’s another type of bribe-andthreat that is far less destructive, and as I’ve discovered recently, an essential tool in the parenting toolbox. It’s more a reminder, really, of the “natural consequences” of good behaviour, or the negative consequences of not towing the line. For weeks – months for whomever has been following my column and knows my children drove me to therapy – mornings at our house have been a nightmare. We
begin, like most, with the best of intentions: The lunchboxes are made and in the fridge the night before; the alarm goes off at six; I make the coffee, while my husband makes breakfast; everything is smooth as chocolate mousse until the first child emerges from his room, tousle-haired, yet surprisingly talkative and bright. Morning is his time and he wants to create great works of art, tell us stories of his life, and play songs on the piano, which would all be wonderful except that he’s still in his pyjamas, my husband’s burnt the first round of breakfast, and child-the-younger can’t stand loud noise in the morning. That, and we only have 90 minutes to get everyone fed, watered, dressed, and brushed before walking to the school bus for precisely 7:31 a.m. So what begins as a morning with potential, ends with parents repeatedly screaming the same commands – “brush your teeth, get your uniform on, find your shoes” – like drill sergeants, children in tears, and a mad dash to the bus stop. You’ve all been there, right? One morning, I decided it was all going to change. And gosh darn it, my methods would include bribery. One Sunday night, I told my boys that if they got up with the alarm at 5:50am, got dressed into their uniforms, helped us get the breakfast on the table, brushed their teeth and hair, washed their faces and practiced the piano without fighting, the “natural consequence” would be an extra 15-minutes, which meant they
could run around the park with the soccer ball before the school bus. I actually forgot about my promise, mainly because I really had no faith in my method. But the older child did not forgot. Monday morning, he heard my alarm go off for my 6 a.m. walk, jumped out of bed, got dressed, told his younger brother to do the same, and before I knew it they’d completed the entire morning routine in 30 minutes flat. Some call it incentives, some call it bribes, but these kids have been a dream for weeks now. If they’re having trouble getting settled into bed, I remind them that it will be “very difficult to get up
and do everything in time to play at the park if they don’t go to sleep immediately.” And then, silence! In the morning, a gentle whisper to tell them that the sun is shining and the ball is waiting for them on the front porch is incentive enough for child-the-younger to curb his grumpy tendencies and hustle. So go ahead and use bribery, I say. But be very careful what you promise! Kids are always smarter than we think. My eldest discovered recently that one of his friend’s parents use bribes at their house too, but instead of park time, they earn screen time for the weekend. No matter. He’s been twice as cooperative ever since.
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Several new and exciting attractions promise to make the Gloucester Fair an even bigger draw this year as it adds an authentic pioneer camp and a birds of prey show to its May 26 to 29 lineup at the Rideau Carleton Raceway. “Kids can see eagles, owls and hawks flying around for real,” said fair organizer Harley Bloom, noting the impressive presentations from the Canadian Raptor Conservancy, taking place at select times on Saturday and Sunday, will also include an abundance of information about habitat loss, environmentalism and some of the biggest issues facing birds of prey in Canada. Along with getting back to nature, visitors can also go back in time at the Pioneer Gathering featuring an Ojibwa tomahawk and knife thrower and other characters such as a War of 1812 veteran and a goat maid, who will each teach visitors their
own version of what it was like to live in early Canada. “It’s a combination of historical re-enactors and buckskinners,” said Kate Michaud, who sets up camp as Camp Matron Kate and brings her milk goats along to show visitors what an early Canadian settler’s life might have looked like. “We portray the pioneer lifestyle, which is not more commonly looked at, and we portray an earlier
version than, for example, the Upper Canada Village.” Three re-enactors will set up camp for the duration of the fair, camping and living “without any 21st century creature comforts” on the fair grounds. Michaud’s daughter, Brid, is sure to wow the crowds with her Ojibwa knife and tomahawk throwing demonstrations, and guide Chuck Chapman will show off his ultra-compact tools for surviving and guiding in the Canadian wilderness. Michaud said the Gloucester Fair will be an interesting show because it waffles between a rural and urban audience. “In the country, there’s still a lot of memories tied up with family stories, how they used to go out hunting or trapping, or how grandma made soap. Those memories are not very far from the roots. Whereas in the city, they find that fact that we’re using my goat’s milk for our own consumption very alien, very strange. It’s like from the carton in the store to where it actually came from, it gets lost in there,”
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she said. “For the people from the city it’s almost like a whole new discovery, a whole new world.” Bloom said even the usual attractions have been spruced up this year. The fair has expanded to include “constant entertainment” in the Gas Bar beer tent, complete with arm wrestling and a mechanical bull. The Smoke to the Bone barbeque competition will also be even bigger this year, with a $10,000 grand prize package for the professional competition and a $500 barbecue prize for the winning amateur team. In anticipation for Father’s Day, the fair will also offer barbecue demonstrations on how to cook the perfect ribs, sausages and brisket, and everyone over the age 18 can enter to win a door prize of a barbeque worth $1,000 compliments of Romantic Fireplaces and BBQs Ltd. in Orleans. “It’s a huge barbecue, it’s a beautiful piece of equipment,” Bloom said. Of course, Bloom said the “number one biggie” is the re-
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Without her parents and three sisters, busy Riverside South teen Pearline Barrett-Fraser doesn’t know where she would be. They’re her biggest support system, and motivation for taking part in track, swimming dance while also maintaining high grades. “I have people supporting me, people there to help me at all times when in need it,” Barrett-Fraser said. The 16-year-old’s ongoing achievements has earned her the Achiever of the Year Award from the Canadian Future Achievers Program – a program
Pearline Barrett-Fraser, 16, takes part in many activities including the Merivale track team, swimming and dance. For her work and high grades, she has been awarded Achiever of the Year award from the Future Achievers Program – a program that awards students of Caribbean, Inuit and First Nations background.
that awards students of Caribbean, Inuit and First Nations background. Barrett-Fraser will receive her award at the end of the month at Parkdale United Church where a fundraiser will take place for the Canadian Future Achievers scholarship. Cynthia Bled, president of the Canadian Future Achievers Award, said the organization is there to encourage students who are in these three categories. She added that it helps reward students age nine to 16 – which is a critical moment in young people’s lives. “They start out being ambitious, but then we ignore them and we lose them,” said Bled. “So future achievers move in and say these youth are showing the desire to achieve, demonstrating academic abilities and the community consciousness or involvement we would like to see. If we give them support, we will continue to help them move onto post-secondary education.” Youth who win the scholarship are nominated by their schools and are usually awarded $100 every year they win until they graduate high school. If they’re still achieving high grades and are heavily involved in their community when they graduate high school, these students will receive between $500 and $1,000 as a scholarship. “It’s to encourage them with positive enforcement,” Bled said. “They see the positive and they become so proud of themselves.” She said many of the students who win the money every year just like to have the word “achiever” attached to their name, which she said gives them a boost to their self esteem. Barrett-Fraser said she doesn’t think youth receive enough recognition for all the activities they do, and she feels good knowing her hard work isn’t going unnoticed.
“To win this award means that I am recognized for my many outstanding achievements, that I am noticed for my hard work and dedication towards my future,” she said. “It means a lot to know that I have all this support.” Bled said the public image of youth could start being seen in a positive light if they’re being recognized for all that they do. Barrett-Fraser agrees and said this recognition helps encourage youth to stay in school. “In my opinion, present day youth are
not being encouraged enough,” she said. “This causes some youth to give up on exceeding in school. Then, in turn, it affects their future goals. We need to recognize our youth and how amazing there accomplishments are.” The Canadian Future Achievers scholarship fundraiser takes place at 6 p.m. on May 20 at the Parkdale United Church. Admission is $30 and student admission is $5. For more information visit: www.canadian-future-achievers.ncf.ca or call 613-749-9616.
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A teacher from Greely Elementary School was honoured on May 12 when the Ottawa Carleton District School Board recognized excellence in the board during its annual Director’s Awards presentation. The Director’s Citation Award recognizes outstanding and significant staff contributions to the District and its students, over an extended period of time, showing a level of imagination, enthusiasm, and professionalism that constitutes a worthy model for others. The award is intended to be recognition of staff, by their colleagues, honouring those who are in the midst of their careers. Earning top marks from the director were 13 recipients, including Christina Rathier, senior kindergarten teacher at Greely Elementary School. According to the board, Rathier is one of many teachers implementing the new Full Day Learning Program with a senior kindergarten class at Greely Elementary School. She willingly sought
this role when she completed her tenure as instructional coach with Curriculum Services last year. Piloting this new provincial initiative meant actively collaborating with her colleagues inside and outside of the school, spending extended time becoming familiar with the new Kindergarten Program document, and working with colleagues at a district level to develop a comprehensive list of kindergarten equipment. A crucial aspect of Full Day Learning is the collaboration between the teacher and an early childhood educator (ECE); Christina has worked inclusively and transparently with her ECE partner to set the stage for this model. Helen Jarvis is the principal at Greely Elementary School and says Rathier is loved by everyone – students and staff alike. “Christina really does go above and beyond. She brings passion and expertise to her classroom. Her learning activities are purposeful, but are actually having fun as well. With her strong literacy background, she develops early reading strategies into many activities, making sure the students have a solid foundation.”
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Art show celebrates little known Canadian master EMMA JACKSON email@example.com
Ottawa residents don’t have to travel to Europe to experience the masters this weekend, as an Ottawa South church puts on the one of the only exhibits of French-Canadian artist Rene Cera’s work. Cera was born in France in 1895 and spent his youth running errands for artistic master Pierre-Auguste Renoir and sketching with Henri Matisse while training at the Nice School of Art. He moved to Toronto in 1928 to work as an architect, and stayed in Canada for more than 30 years, rubbing shoulders with Marshall McLuhan and other cultural icons of the time. Throughout his life Cera never stopped painting his unique and futuristic visions, and about 80 canvasses have survived the years in his granddaughter’s Greely basement since his death in 1992. On May 28 about 30 of Cera’s later works, mostly from the 1970s onwards, will come to light at the Our Lady of the Visitation Church in Ottawa South near Bank Street and Rideau
Road, where his paintings can be viewed and purchased between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m. in the banquet hall. Marie Trojan organized the show as a fundraiser for the church’s new hall, after hearing about the paintings from his granddaughter, who attends the church. Trojan said when she first saw Cera’s paintings she was amazed by the beauty of them, and knew that his work had to be displayed and promoted as a piece of Canadian history. “I was absolutely blown away at the body of work that this man did,” she said. “He never had a name. So until you build the name and you get the work out there, there’s just not going to be a demand for it.” His paintings evoke the spirit of the masters, Trojan said, with some impressionist pieces harkening back to Monet and other more abstract visions taking on the essence of Picaso. Cera’s paintings hang across Canada, including his most famous “Pied Pipers All” which hangs in the McLuhan Centre for Culture and Technology, and others in St. Michaels College in Toronto and several embassies.
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Works by French-Canadian artist Rene Cera will be on display and up for sale at a church fundraiser. The painting have survived in his granddaughter’s basement since his death in 1992. To add some variety, Trojan invited several local artists to take part in the art show on the last weekend in May, including
long-time parishioner Jacquie Livingstone who specializes in nature paintings. Her subjects include some of
the common animals you might see in Ottawa and Ontario, from pileated woodpeckers to families of otters. On the flip side, she often paints more exotic creatures such as leopards, penguins, ostriches and hippos. She’s also done several local landscapes, most notably of Nicholls Island locks in Manotick. Livingstone, 64, discovered her love of art in 1988 when she decided to pursue classes in tole painting, the folk art of decorating and painting tin and wooden household objects. “I arranged to have some sessions and I’ve been painting everything I could find since then,” she laughed. Livingstone has showcased her work at the Metcalfe Farmer’s Market in the past, and regularly donates her artwork to the church’s annual auction. This year, Livingstone also got her sister Sylvia Pinard, an Osgoode resident and artist, involved in the show – she will be selling a number of underwater scenes painted in acrylic as well. For information about the art show and the works for sale, visit www.artshowrenecera.com.
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Compost – A Gift Back to Nature By Liz Wylie Since it’s inception over a year ago, Ottawa’s green bin program is successfully providing a way for residents to participate in a large-scale composting program. The program has helped by reducing the amount of greenhouse gas emissions from local landfills caused from organic waste decomposing and has lessened the city’s need for new and larger landfills. Nearly 45 per cent of the average household’s garbage is compostable organic material that can go directly into the green bin – that’s a pretty significant diversion from landfill. The green bin program has been a great option for people who have a concern for the environment but have no access to a backyard or have no interest in home composting.
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South Keys resident and longtime choral singer Linda Wiken will be among the approximately 50 members of the Ottawa Classical Choir who will perform Verdi’s Requiem with Montreal’s New World Philharmonic Orchestra on Saturday, May 21 at the National Arts Centre. “This is awfully exciting, this is the choir’s first time at the NAC, and it’s the concert hall of Canada, so it’s just quite an honour to be singing at such a spectacular venue right in town,” Wiken said. The choir, which was founded in 2006 by notable soprano Maria Knapik and orchestral director Michel Brousseau, is no stranger to impressive stages, having toured Sicily, Italy in the summer of 2010 as part of a larger Canadian choir, and then performed at New York’s famed
Carnegie Hall in the fall. The amateur soprano said she’s been singing in choirs most of her life, beginning in the early ’60s with her successful junior high choir in British Columbia, which was chosen to perform on the maiden voyage of an Australian ocean liner when she was just 14. Wiken came to Ottawa in the 1970s and settled in Alta Vista, and for some time got out of singing altogether. With the inspiration of her sister, however, she began singing again about 15 years ago, and she hasn’t looked back. She began with the Ottawa Police Chorus and then moved to St. Matthew’s Anglican Church choir, which is one of the largest church choirs in Canada. She then dabbled with Ottawa’s Musica Viva Singers before joining the Ottawa Classical Choir two years ago. Although the choir demands much of her time, she
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South Keys resident Linda Wiken will perform with the Ottawa Classical Choir at the NAC on May 21. I think it comes from the dynamism of the artistic director, Maria Knapik, and our conductor director Michel Brousseau,” she said. “He’s just a dynamo, he has so much energy and enthusiasm. He loves the music and shows that to the singers. He wants us to do difficult work,
said the Ottawa Classical Choir has remained a true community choir since it began in 2006. “Some people have had a lot of experience, and some have not. It’s just that love of singing and a commitment to working hard, because we have an awful lot of rehearsals involved.
he thinks of us as professional singers even though we’re really not,” she laughed. Indeed, Verdi’s Requiem is especially difficult for an amateur choir, although several professional singers perform the solo parts and work with the choir to make sure their sound is perfect. “Verdi’s Requiem is much more difficult than some of the other ones. There’s a number of high notes for sopranos, specifically, and there’s a lot of mixture needed with different lines for different voices and soloist lines and the orchestra, that all have to be blended well,” Wiken said. In what spare time she has left between all of her rehearsals, Wiken, 63, is in the process of writing a series of mystery novels, having a three-book deal with a US publisher. She said the first novel will be released in April 2012. For more information, visit www.ottawaclassicalchoir.com
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Water polo Titans top set of local sports triumphs DAN PLOUFFE The Ottawa Titans proved to be the class of the Canadian club water polo world two weekends ago with gold and silver medal performances from their men’s and women’s teams at the 18-and-under national championships in Calgary. The men’s squad dominated its opponents over the course of the May 6-8 competition, earning six victories en route to the title. The York Mavericks were the only team to give the Titans much trouble with a 4-3 semi-final match as Ottawa beat up on everyone else by a combined score of 70-17, including the 8-4 final over Fraser Valley. Ognen Gutovic was named tournament MVP, while teammate Ben Bouwer was honoured as top goalie. Gutovic led the Titans on the scoresheet with 14 total goals, while Rodrigo Rojas contributed 13 and David Lapins 12. The Titans ladies knocked off all challengers except for the host Calgary Renegades, who defended their 18U title. Ottawa topped clubs from Winnipeg, Montreal, Saskatchewan, Fraser Valley and a second Calgary entry to reach the final, but fell 10-5 to Calgary’s top squad in the gold medal match. Chantal Ouellette netted a hat trick for Ottawa in the final to bring her teamleading goal total to 13 for the tournament, while Jessica Gaudreault got the nod as most valuable goalie. Rebekka Steenkamer, with 11 markers, and Danielle Hirsh, with 10, were also big offensive weapons for the Titans women, who were able to watch their clubmates prevail in the men’s final after their championship game wrapped up. TRIO OF OFSAA BADMINTON MEDALS Badminton players from three national capital high schools brought home medals from the OFSAA provincial championships May 12-14 in Aurora. Bell’s Annie and Kevin Tseng earned the region’s top result with their secondplace showing in the mixed doubles competition, recording six victories and just one defeat. Nepean’s Victor Chan won bronze in boys’ singles, while Patrick Cuerrier and Vincent Boudreau of Franco-Cité took antique bronze for fourth position in the boys’ doubles event. GYMNASTS SOAR AT EASTERN CANADIANS Three Ottawa Gymnastics Centre athletes reached the all-around podium at the Eastern Canadian artistic gymnastics championships May 6-7 in Halifax. Taylor Pyefinch led the way in the Novice 3 competition by placing first on beam, second on vault, third on bars and fourth on floor to win all-around gold, Thomas Rado rode strong efforts on pommelhorse and rings to an all-around Level 3 under 13 silver medal, and Kelsey Won was best of vault and floor to take bronze in the Open 3 category. Ben Astorga and Matthew Frosst both had second- and third-place event finishes en route to respective sixth and eighth placings in the all-around. Astorga won team bronze in his category, while the
other OGC athletes earned team gold. WOLVERINES CLAIM BASKETBALL GOLD It wasn’t a great weekend for Ottawa’s top under-15 and under-16 boys’ teams, but the Gloucester Wolverines salvaged some pride for the region at last weekend’s Ontario Basketball Association championships in Windsor and Etobicoke. The Ottawa Guardsmen went 0-3 in both of the province’s top U15 and U16 divisions, but the Wolverines posted an undefeated record to win gold in U16 Div. 7, while Ottawa Next Level teams took fourth in U16 Div. 2 and third in U16 Div. 9. PAIR OF DIV. 2 VOLLEYBALL PODIUMS Photo by Dan Plouffe
The Mavericks 17U boys posted Ottawa’s best result at the 17U/18U national volleyball championships by reaching the quarter-final round at this past weekend’s tournament in Abbotsford, B.C. The squad nicknamed “Desperados” lost both of their sets to Fraser Valley by the minimum 25-23 in the quarters to wind up fifth overall. The Ontario bronze-medallist Ottawa Fusion were the next best local team with their ninth-place showing in the 18U boys event, while the Mavericks placed 11th overall in the 18U girls competition. In the 18U girls second division, the Fusion came within two points of making it an all-Ottawa championship match but fell 19-17 in the deciding set against Durham before rebounding to win bronze. The Mavericks turned the tables on Durham in the gold medal match and prevailed 15-12 in another close game that went the distance. DWYER, GUY, MCINTYRE TASTE TRIPLE GOLD The Glebe Gryphons and the Hillcrest Hawks were the big winners at their respective west and east conference trackand-field meets last week, capturing 12 event victories apiece at Terry Fox Athletic Facility. Courtney Dwyer was a triple gold medallist for Glebe in the midget girls’ 100 metres, 200 m and high jump, while Eric Guy turned the triple trick for Hillcrest in the junior boys’ 100 m hurdles, 300 m hurdles and high jump. Glebe’s Charlene Rhead and Yves Sikubwabo were junior girls’ and senior boys’ 1,500 m and 3,000 m distance champions, while Megan Cruikshank (junior girls’ 80 m hurdles & pole vault) and Amelia Brohman (senior girls’ 100 m & 200 m) were double event winners for Hillcrest. Ashbury’s Victoria McIntyre cleaned up in the junior girls’ sprints events with 100 m, 200 m and 400 m victories, while St. Mark’s Thomas Bogdanowicz, Canterbury’s Sydney Currier, Immaculata’s Mackenzie Irving, Lisgar’s Julia Stille, Ashbury’s Michael O’Connor, Immaculata’s Jeff McKeen, Franco-Cité’s Daryl Cavé and Samuel-Genest’s Elena Torlone all emerged with two gold medals. Other individual event winners included Olivia Robertson (Brookfield), Sydney Braun-McLeod (Glebe), Madeline Schmidt (Woodroffe), Charlene
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