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FISHING FOR EELS Conservation authorities are asking anglers to be on the look out for a slimy, slithering nocturnal eel that has all but disappeared from Ontario’s waterways.

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TAKE THE PLUNGE Haley Currie takes a moment at the demonstration tent to hang out with a new friend at the Take the Plunge Dog Show at the Rideau Carleton Raceway on Saturday, July 23. Currie and her family went to the demonstration about “crate games,” a training session on how to get the best out of every dog.

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The National Capital Commission has began a new green partnership with charitable housing group Habitat for Humanity to salvage building materials from the NCC’s doomed residential properties in support of Ottawa’s low-income families. The NCC was created in the late 1950s as a manager of federal lands and buildings in the National Capital Region. It is in the process of demolishing 14 homes across Ottawa and Gatineau that were purchased in the 1960s to reserve the land for future

greenbelt rehabilitation, which are now too run down to maintain. The lands will be re-established as part of the greenbelt, while the houses’ many doors, windows, structural beams and even the kitchen sink will be donated to Habitat for Humanity’s ReStore facility selling used building materials to raise money for housing projects across the city. “The money that’s raised in the store helps supports all of our operating costs and helps us with the purchase of land. So we were so excited about an opportunity for a partnership,” said Donna Hicks, CEO of the National Capital Region branch of

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Greely’s Parkway Road Pentecostal Church is on the brink of more than doubling its capacity, as the Ottawa South village continues to attract more and more residents to the area. The church’s lead pastor, Rev. Michael Versluis, said the existing congregation outgrew its church several years ago, and the $2.5 million expansion will benefit the church and the community by building the 500-seat, state-of-the-art auditorium attached to the current building. “This will benefit our church because it’s a very contemporary church in terms of its worship styles and music and presentations. But we also hope that will broaden out to being able to use the space for the community, and have some cooperative events with community groups,” Versluis said. “We want to give back to the community as well.” Currently the church located just east of Bank Street on Parkway Road is brimming with 200 to 250 people every Sunday. The expansion construction will begin this month, when the cur-

rent foyer will be ripped out to make way for a new foyer, sanctuary and nursery rooms that will be attached to the existing building. The old sanctuary will be renovated into more community and programming space. “We’re part of a growing community, with retail development going in across from us, 77 lots going in right across from here, and another 213 lots for sale at Quinn Farm,” Versluis said. “We’re not sure what everything’s going to look like, but we recognize this area is going to become a hub for the community, and we want to be positioned to be part of that.” The church boasts a relatively young congregation, attracting many young and middle-aged families from surrounding communities such as Metcalfe, Findlay Creek and Edwards as well as towns farther away like Russell and Chesterville. The popular youth program on Friday nights can host as many as 100 kids on any given week, and Versluis said he expects that trend to continue. “That’s been really the way of the church for a lot of years, very much focused on families. The church has transitioned

from being a rural church to being more of an urban church over the last couple years,” he added. “Over the last 10 years it’s become a congregation of people that commute into the city to work, reflecting what’s happening out here.” The church was founded in 1915 in the nearby town of Edwards, where it began as a tent revival congregation meeting in a field during the larger North American Pentecostal revival of the early 20th century. It eventually established a building in Edwards, and in 1979 it bought the Parkway Road property and built the current structure. Versluis, who came to the church two years ago from Sudbury, said the church has a “Pentecostal flavour” in its worship style, but is an inclusive and general church for the whole community. “We would see ourselves more as a community church. The roots of our church are very much Pentecostal, there may be a flavour of that, but we have people from a lot of different denominational backgrounds that come here because it’s in their community, and it’s a very

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Parkway Road Pentecostal Church pastor Michael Versluis said the $2.5 million church expansion is necessary as the Ottawa South area continues to grow. young, vibrant church with a lot of young families and a lot of kids.” Regular church-goers and members have been donating to the expansion fund for six years

now, raising about half the project’s cost. The other half will be mortgaged, Versluis said. The construction is expected to take about 10 months, wrapping up in spring of 2012.

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The South Keys-Greenboro Community Association is always looking for more volunteers and as they head into their busiest season the group is offering a number of fun, community-minded opportunities right in residents’ backyards. From movies in the park to fall festivals, beer tasting and haunted houses, current volunteers just don’t have the people power to get it all done. “We’re operating a lean, mean machine,” laughed association president Marnie McKinstry at the monthly public meeting on July 20, which only eight people attended. “What we need help with is planning and organizing,” she said. “A lot of people don’t know what they can do, they don’t know how to help. They don’t think they have anything valuable to contribute.” Volunteers are always welcome to help organize and execute events, giving as much time as they can spare – with each added volunteer decreasing the workload on everyone else, McKinstry said. The group is also looking for a treasurer and a secretary to sit on the board of directors. These positions would be more work-intensive than a regular volunteer role, and would require community members with a background in that type of work. The treasurer especially needs to be a person with considerable financial knowhow. “The main thing is monitoring the

money that we get from the city over the course of the year and making sure that we have enough to do the planned events,” McKinstry said, noting that the job would also require monthly financial updates and an annual statement, as well as regular reporting to the city of Ottawa. Becoming an association member is also helpful, to both the association and the resident.

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When Chantal BureauStarnes booked a massage in her neighbourhood in June, she was simply trying to ease the burden of grief she had carried since her husband died in April. She certainly wasn’t expecting the message therapist she had never even met to start a fundraiser in his name. But that’s what Samadhi Wellness owner Evelyn Wheeler does: every month, her yoga and massage centre in Riverside South chooses a charity and collects donations through four different $5 charity classes run on Wednesdays and Fridays each week. As it turned out, Wheeler needed a cause for July. BureauStarnes wanted a way to remember her husband. So, for the month of July, the proceeds of every $5 charity class have been collected in a jar, featuring a grainy photograph of Don Starnes, the RCMP sergeant and father of two who passed away on April 7, 2011 after an eight-month battle with leukemia. “I just thought, ‘What can

we do to make things better for them?’” explained Wheeler, who had never met Starnes or anyone in the family before. Also a sergeant with the RCMP, Bureau-Starnes met her husband during an RCMP training camp, and the couple was married for 10 years before he was diagnosed with acute myeloid leukemia in August 2010 at age 39. After two bouts of chemotherapy and a bone marrow transplant from his brother, Don thought he was in remission. On March 8, 2011, however, he discovered he was wrong. One month later, he died in the leukemia ward of the Ottawa General Hospital. “He was a great guy, he had a great laugh,” said BureauStarnes, who broke into tears at the memory. She is currently focused on caring for their two young children, aged five and eight. “He liked playing with his friends, he played softball in Riverside South, he played hockey with RCMP, he was a goalie. He was just a great guy.” The money raised – about $400 at the moment – will be donated to the leukemia ward, which Bu-

reau-Starnes hopes will be used to make life more cheerful for the patients inside. “I think about when we were there, and people were pretty much bedridden and the only thing they have are the crappy little hospital TVs,” she said, explaining she’d like to see a nicer TV and maybe some comedies and light-hearted films added to the ward. “Anything that makes them more comfortable. If we can help somebody that has it, that’s great,” she said. Wheeler’s charity classes take place at 6:45 p.m. on Wednesdays and from 4 to 7:30 p.m. on Fridays. Wednesday’s class is a mystery, featuring a yoga type of the instructor’s choice. Friday’s classes included hot yoga, hot gentle flow yoga and warm power yoga. “I don’t know what $500 can buy in regards to equipment or planting a tree or something, but it would be great to have the kids present the cheque (to the hospital). Just so that the kids will know that his memory will always be there,” Wheeler said. For more information about the fundraising classes at the yoga centre, call 613-822-2092.

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The city can afford its ambitious transit plans for the next 38 years, but the federal and provincial governments will have to keep up their contributions to make it happen. Paying for light rail and other transit projects will also rely on fares and transit-related taxes increasing by the rate of inflation each year. But if those two puzzle pieces are in place, the city’s transit financial house is in order, said city treasurer Marian

Simulik, who updated city council on the long-range financial plan for transit during a July 14 special city council meeting. The city’s transportation master plan lists $18.6 billion in repairs and improvements to the transit system by 2031. The city will spend $9.75 billion of that between now and 2031, which includes the construction of the city’s first lightrail system, set to open in 2018. An additiona; $8.87 will be spent between 2032 and 2048. To make that possible, the city will need to break its own limit for how much

tax-supported debt it takes on. The city estimates it will need to borrow $5.2 billion to make up the difference. By its peak at 2031, the city will require 14 per cent of its own source revenues to service its debt (including three per cent for transit investments). That’s double the city’s limit on tax-supported debt servicing, but far below the provincially regulated limit of 25 per cent. A city report says it is important to know that the amount of transit debt declines over that time period, meaning the city is “more than capable” of meeting its annual debt payments through Visit us Online at yourottawaregion.com

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dent Garry Queale, shortly after speaking to union members on Monday. Mayor Jim Watson echoed Queale’s satisfaction. “I’m pleased that this final decision puts the dispute behind us and concludes a long and difficult round of negotiations,” Watson said in a press release on Saturday, July 23. Now that the last contract is finally wrapped up, the city and the ATU can move on to discussing the next collective agreement. “This has to do with the 2008 contract. That is now closed, and we will begin negotiations as soon as possible,” Queale said. “I think they will be difficult negotiations, but I think hopefully we can have a good resolve to it without any labour disputes,” Queale said. “I’m very confident we can come to a resolution.”

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Finding alternative financing Third in a Three-Part Series BY DAVID FLEISCHER AND NICOLE VISSCHEDYK

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hey’re known as publicprivate partnerships, or alternate financing arrangements, or by the acronym P3s. They have become popular tools in the limited range of options available to governments trying to find money to repair or renew the crumbling roads, public buildings and other infrastructure that underpin our communities. Residents of many communities will already be familiar with the concept through the new hospitals, courthouses and other public facilities for which the Crown agency Infrastructure Ontario is responsible. (See fact box.) A $335-million courthouse in Durham Region that opened in 2009 was the first project to go through Ontario’s new alternate financing program. Infrastructure Ontario’s projects now include hospitals, the eastern extension of Highway 407, the modernization of Ontario Provincial Police facilities and highway service centres across the province. But a move is on to increase access to public-private partnerships as municipalities try to cope with the enormous burden of funding infrastructure, a job that has already put many of them into debt.

York Region, for example, in search of new ways to fund transit, has formally asked Metrolinx (the regional transportation authority) to look at alternate funding sources for municipal transit systems. The province unveiled its long-term, 10-year plan for infrastructure June 24 and Cabinet Minister Bob Chiarelli said Infrastructure Ontario will see its role expanded with a broader list of projects – including mu-

nicipal waterworks and transit – that can use its procurement and financing model. P3s are not uniformly popular, generating criticism from opposition politicians and groups such as the Canadian Union of Public Employees, in part because the Canadian approach to most public facilities and services has been to keep the entire process public, or as much of it as possible. Critics found fuel in an On-

Ray Friel: Ottawa’s failed P3? The City of Ottawa embarked on two public-private partnerships for recreation in the east and west ends because, as proponents argued, it was the only way the city could afford new arenas. But in 2007 those deals took a turn for the worse. That year, the City of Ottawa terminated its contract with Serco Facilities Management, which was managing the Ray Friel Recreation Complex in Ottawa’s east end.

A city report presented to councillors had noted Serco underestimated its operating costs by $1.3 million a year while overestimating revenues. According to the report, Serco needed an extra $2 million a year. In the end, the city took over operation of the centre at an added cost of $1.3 million a year. Meanwhile, that same year councillors decided to fork over $1.4 million over three

and a half years to keep operations running at the Bell Sensplex. That decision came after a staff report recommended the city give Capital Sports Group, operators of the Bell Sensplex, $400,000 a year over three years to put the project on solid financial ground. At the time these decisions were made, council agreed to keep tabs on public-private partnerships, requiring an annual performance report.

tario Auditor General’s report that concluded in 2008 that $200 million could have been saved if the province had done the borrowing itself on the new Brampton Civic Hospital. But Mark Romoff, chief executive officer of The Canadian Council for Public-Private Partnerships, disagrees. “You need to follow the program from beginning to end and you’ll see the strong, successful P3 program does deliver value for money,” he said. Partnerships have evolved from their beginnings in the early 1990s and are now being used in more sectors at more levels of government, Romoff said. A recent Edmonton breakfast brought out 370 attendees to hear how P3s can help municipalities, he said, a sign of increased interest at the cashstrapped municipal level. “When you’re looking to move the infrastructure needle … if there’s an infrastructure gap and a fiscal challenge, the P3 model could be worth looking at,” Romoff said, acknowledging the partnerships are not a silver bullet for every project. John Loxley, a University of Manitoba economics professor who studies and writes about P3s, evaluated prominent projects including Highway 407, the controversial toll highway built in a private-public partnership and now owned privately. He believes the highway was a “poor deal for Ontario taxpayers.” “You need (infrastructure), but it’s got to be done right,” he said. “You don’t get something for nothing.” But public-private partnerships are not the only potential options available to help municipalities solve the funding puzzle. Solutions popular in other jurisdictions are being looked at as well, including new models that would apportion a certain percentage of income tax or a percentage of sales tax such as the HST for infrastructure. The push for alternative financing is driven by the realization that municipalities simply cannot hold the fort much longer. From 1955 to 2007, the federal share of public infrastructure fell from 27 per cent to five per cent while the municipal share increased from 27 per cent to 55 per cent, according to a 2008 report. Earlier this month, the mayors of Canada’s largest cities agreed at a meeting in Halifax that municipalities must watch the new majority government of Stephen Harper to ensure there is a change. Vancouver Mayor Gregor Robertson, chair of a big-city caucus in the Federation of Canadian Municipalities, said he hopes municipal leaders and

Infrastructure Ontario It is an arm’s-length Crown agency that manages public projects and arranges funding that includes private sources for infrastructure ranging from courthouses to sewer systems. It also provides municipalities and other public bodies with access to affordable loans for new buildings and renewal. The agency has not issued an annual report since the 200809 fiscal year, so it is difficult to track projects and loans on paper. However, the province says that since 2005, the agency has managed 52 infrastructure projects worth $21 billion, including 35 hospital projects and approved more than $4 billion in loans for more than 1,000 projects. Major projects include: • Facilities for the Pan Am Games, including Hamilton’s soccer stadium • Durham Consolidated Courthouse • Montfort Hospital • Quinte Health Care • Ottawa Hospital Regional Cancer Program • Lakeridge Health • Markham Stouffville Hospital • Halton Healthcare • Niagara Health System • Royal Victoria Hospital • Waterloo Region Consolidated Courthouse • Highway 407 East Extension • West Lincoln Memorial Hospital the Tories can develop a farreaching infrastructure plan that won’t drop in priority as the new government tries to cut costs. After the federation issued a report on the national infrastructure deficit in 2007 – when, it calculated, the gap for Canadian municipalities alone was $123 billion – Finance Minister Jim Flaherty countered that municipalities should take care of themselves and the federal government was “not in the pothole business.” The attitude changed as the recession took hold and the federal government took into account the jobs that could be created through infrastructure projects. However, as the infrastructure deficit grows and the economy resumes, the traditional equation is back in force. The federation points out that 92 per cent of a Canadian’s tax dollar goes to the two upper levels of government, but municipalities are responsible for more than half the existing infrastructure — and have to do whatever jobs are passed to them — with the remaining eight per cent.


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Fifty years ago, anglers might have wished good riddance to the American eel, a slimy, slithering nocturnal creature that has all but disappeared from the Great Lakes and St. Lawrence water systems since the 1970s. But the Rideau Valley Conservation Authority and other conservation groups in the Ottawa Valley are asking all fishermen, boaters and other outdoor enthusiasts to report sightings of the elusive eel as the province attempts to restore its ailing population. According to RVCA water quality and biology manager Michael Yee, the native predator’s populations have declined by about 99 per cent since the late 1970s. Experts blame overfishing as well as deadly hydro dams that block their migratory path back to the Sargasso Sea near the Bermuda Triangle – the only place in the world where the eel will spawn. “They can’t get through the hydroelectric turbines when they’re making the migration back down (to the ocean),� Yee said. “They’ll follow the strongest flow, so if it’s near a hydroelectric plant, the strongest flow is going to be where the turbine is. When they go through the turbine, most of them don’t make it, if any.� This has drastic consequences: if they don’t make it out of Ontario, they don’t arrive at their breeding grounds, and their tens of millions of eggs never hatch – meaning new, young fish never travel back to the province. This throws Ontario’s aquatic habitats out of balance, especially since the eel sits at the top of the food chain. “If you don’t have the eels, that energy goes somewhere else, so it kind of skews what the fish populations may be and you’ll change what that food web will be,� Yee said. He explained that in the 1980s, about one million eels a year were flopping over the fish ladder at the R. H. Saunders dam in Cornwall, returning to hunt away their 25-year life in Ontario before leaving again to spawn and die. By 1993, those numbers had dropped to a mere 3,500. “That’s a catastrophic decline in population,� Yee said. The other major problem is overfishing. Although North Americans typically don’t enjoy a freshly cooked eel, plenty of people in Europe and Asia certainly do – and the species’ young “glass eels� are especially a delicacy. Climate change, habitat destruction and declining water quality are also factors in the eels’ ability to survive. Anglers who accidentally catch an eel – usually in shallow, marshy areas in the early morning or after dusk – should take a photo, remove the hook and release the eel, Yee said. The catch should be reported to the RVCA or the Ontario ministry of natural resources, where staff are tracking the endangered population in an effort to recover its stocks for the future. Sightings can be reported to the RVCA at 613692-3571 ext. 1176 or michael.yee@rvca.ca. Reports to the ministry of natural resources should be directed to the Natural Heritage Information Centre at 1-705-755-2159.

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ven with the scorching temperatures experienced across the province over the past few weeks, Ontarians should be forgiven if they thought Christmas had come a few months early this year. The gifts, or promise of, have been flowing freely this summer as part of the relentless efforts by Ontario politicians to win the hearts and minds of voters ahead of the Oct. 6 election. In one corner, we have Dalton McGuinty’s Liberal government falling over itself to spend as much money as possible before the election fall campaign officially kicks off. In Ottawa alone last week, there were four separate funding announcements made by the Liberals totalling more than $20 million. In the other corner are the Progressive Conservatives and New Democrats, led by Tim Hudak and Andrea Horwath respectively, who have been zipping across the province promising to “put more money in your pocket” and “put you and your family first.” The policies the opposition parties have been endlessly touting since the end of the legislative session range from removing the Harmonized Sales Tax from electricity,

heating and gasoline to killing the mandatory hydro smart meter program to creating a “buy Ontario” law. With a budget deficit of slightly less than $19 billion for 2010-2011, Ontario is in no position to take its finances lightly. We don’t have the revenue available to throw away on the whimsy of a government that is trailing in the polls, nor can we afford to remove sources of public revenue based on the populist impulses of the challengers. There are a great many challenges facing this province right now. Health care continues to consume a massive proportion of government resources and the baby boomers have yet to experience the worst frailties of old age. We still have an economy largely oriented towards manufacturing, but has yet to recover from the great recession and is coping with a dollar worth five cents more than the American greenback. We have crumbling infrastructure across the province, but no comprehensive plan to address what ultimately becomes a drain on the economy. Any man or woman can promise the moon, but it takes a brave leader to face challenges head on.

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here’s something about travelling with children that makes you want to turn around and forget the vacation all together. On route to the first destination of our two-week camping trip, the sun was beating down on us, the birds were singing and we randomly discovered an arts a festival at our midway point. I’d made car bingo cards to keep the offspring amused for at least three hours looking for moose crossings, silos and swing benches. It kept them going for about 10 minutes before... “Are we going to Algonquin Park?” asked my eldest son. “Yes,” I said. “I hate Algonquin Park.” “You’ve never been there.” “Well I hate it.” Sigh! As soon as we arrived, I, in spite of the car trip, felt unbelievably relaxed: The trees, the loons calling, the sound of Tea Lake below our campsite. But my son wasn’t having any of it. “Is this Algonquin Park?” he asked. “Yes.” “I hate Algonquin Park.” “Algonquin Park has 2,456 lakes. You’ve only seen one of them. You can’t possibly hate Algonquin Park.” Silence. Silence and moping. And then. South Edition

BRYNNA LESLIE Capital Muse “My stomach hurts,” he said. “I think I need a doctor.” “You don’t need a doctor.” “I miss my bed. I think I need my bed. I’m sick, or I have an allergy.” And then he turned around and pounded his little brother on the shoulder as he passed by. Sigh! It reminded me of a Family Circus comic I saw a few years ago. In the single frame, the mom and dad are pulling a wagon carrying a gaggle of fighting kids, beach umbrellas and a dog. The father says, “I need a vacation.” To which the mother replies, “This is our vacation.” The whole day continued like this. The water was too cold. The washrooms were too dirty. The fire was too smoky. The loons were too noisy. The marshmallows were too sticky. THE MARSHMALLOWS WERE TOO STICKY! “I’m never going to get through the next

two weeks,” I said to my spouse. “Sleep on it,” he said. “He’s just tired and excited and out of his routine.” The next morning, I woke up early to waddle, knock-kneed through the woods, fending off potential bears with a whistle on my way to the vault toilets. When I returned with a longer stride and a subdued ache in my bladder after the one kilometre trek, my eldest son was waiting for me. He’d peed in a bush. “The birds woke me,” he grunted. “Wonderful!” I was not going to let him get me down. “Let’s go see what kinds of birds there are around here.” I said. So off we went, hand-in-hand in our pyjamas, breaking my first rule of the fortnightly camping trip: Thou shalt not wander about the damp woods in one of two pairs of pyjamas. It wasn’t long before we spotted fungus growing on a tree stump. From there, we found some interesting evergreen trees that were dark green in the middle, with almost translucent needles. We saw moths and birds, and some early morning fishermen before we settled on a large rock located about two feet from the shore. We sat on the rock and looked in silence. That’s when we saw the loons. They were swimming toward us. We were

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silent. They were bobbing for fish. We were silent. All of a sudden, they disappeared under the water, and that’s when I realized that loons can hold their breath for an indefinite amount of time. An hour later, we returned to our campsite, just as my husband and younger son were emerging from the tent, fullydressed, according to the rule. My eldest had a huge smile on his face. He pulled out his sketch pad and drew a picture of the things we saw that morning. “Mom,” he announced, “I used five different colours of green in my picture.” “Perfect,” I said. And that was the beginning of our vacation. Charles Gordon will return Aug. 18.

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e rushed through our farm chores Saturday so we could get ready for the wed. ding of a friend’s daughter. The event took place in the garden of their sprawling Kemptville property. The bride, dressed in a simple strapless white-and-ivory banded gown was marrying a Muslim man in a simple dark suit, in a non-denominational ceremony with very simple vows. The bridal party consisted of the groom, best man, bride and, for a change, a man of honour. The officiator begins by prompting the groom to propose marriage to his beloved. Then the bride answers, “I wed myself to you, promise to love and honour and be faithful to you and to support our children, and grandchildren, for the rest of my life.” The groom repeats that he will do the same. Ten minutes and it was all done, which is a good thing because just then the overcast sky cleared and a blistering sun began beating down on all of us. Then it was time for the party. While the bridal group took wedding photos among the lilies and hostas, we were treated to lavender-infused gin-andlemonade cocktails. Some of us found our way around the back of the house to the washroom-on-wheels, which was a treat in itself. You climb up a set of stairs to enter an air-conditioned bathroom equipped with fresh, fragrant flowers, hair spray, breath mints,

DIANA FISHER Accidental Farmwife hand cream and anything else you might need to freshen yourself up a bit. I stayed in there as long as politely possible. When I reluctantly opened the door to re-enter the oppressive heat, a small group of my friends was standing there looking at me, perturbed. Those washrooms saw a lot of action that night, as the heat continued until well after dark. Dinner was created and served in a tent decorated in crisp white linens and perfumed lilies and roses. Interestingly, the bride and groom were seated at their own tiny table for two at the front of the tent. I impressed myself by eating blue cheese for the first time, but some of the farmer types at my table didn’t touch their antipasto plate at all. After a wonderful chicken dinner, each key person in the celebration delivered a short, sweet speech. The theme of less-is-more was refreshing and authentic. Dancing followed dessert, and the bride and groom danced their traditional first dance as husband

and wife. After that, the father of the bride danced with his daughter. Sniff. Then the couple disappeared for a few minutes, to change out of their formal wedding clothes. As the music continued, I felt it was time to let the hair down, kick the shoes off and dance to a few Middle Eastern-fusion tunes with friends. One hand in the air screws in the lightbulb, other hand down low pats the dog, slowly turn in a circle and rise up on one toe, like a funky whirling dervish. That’s how I learned to dance in Asia. Soon I had everyone doing it.

“The theme of less-ismore was refreshing and authentic.” Then with a unique cultural twist, a troupe of belly dancers, one with a lit candlebra on her headdress, led the newly married couple back into the tent. We were treated to a series of traditional ethnic dance numbers, much to our collective delight. It was an honour to be invited to such a special event. I love weddings. And after all that whirling, I burned enough calories that I didn’t have to go for my 5-kilometre walk the next morning.

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Something for everyone at Findlay Creek fun day Revived association hopes to build stronger sense of community EMMA JACKSON emma.jackson@metroland.com

It’s rare to find reptiles, bouncy castles, manicures and ponies all in one spot - which is exactly why the Findlay Creek Community Association is encouraging every community member to keep the Civic Holiday on Monday, Aug. 1 free for the neighbourhood party of the year. From 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. the community association will host a free family fun day in Butterfly Park off Long Point Drive. Big Sky Ranch will bring a menagerie of friendly farm animals, and will also offer pony rides all day. Little Ray’s Reptile Zoo will display some of its more exotic animals, from small but mighty scorpions to huge, yellow pythons, between 1 and 2 p.m. Mini manicures will also be available until 3 p.m., and Circus Delights will entertain spectators “aged 3 to 103” with magic tricks, unicycling and “an incred-

ible escape trick.” A magical bunny might even make an appearance. Raffles, snow cones and cotton candy will round out the day. This is the first year the newly revived community association has hosted such an event, according to co-president Eva Seguin. In previous years association members offered summer barbeques, movies-in-the-park and even live musical shows. “We wanted to make it more family friendly,” she said, adding it’s important to participate in community events like this one. “We’re trying to build more of a community sense, to get to know our neighbours.” The city of Ottawa granted $2,750 towards the event, stipulating it had to be held on or around the civic holiday. Tartan and Tamarack Homes, the major developers in Findlay Creek, will man the barbecue and have donated some cash as well. Visitors can also sign up for a community association membership at the event. So far the association has recruited about 100 members; they are hoping for 500 by the end of 2011. For more information about the event or to join the association, visit www. findlaycreek.ca.

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NCC real estate chief Mary Ann Waterson and local Habitat for Humanity CEO Donna Hicks announced a partnership on July 19 that will offer used building materials from demolished NCC properties to the charitable housing group.

Partnership will help divert construction waste from landfill From NCC on page 1 According to the NCC’s chief of asset management and real estate Mary Ann Waterson, the organization already has a landfill diversion rate of 94 per cent. This partnership will help bring those numbers even higher, she said. “There have been a couple of years I’ve been looking at ways to reuse, recycle and reduce waste on our sites. With this new partnership we’ll be able to even further increase that. So for us at the NCC that’s very important,” Waterson told a small crowd gathered on July 19 in front of the summer’s first house up for demolition, located at 2830 Lester Rd. in Ottawa South. Out of the 14 homes being demolished by the NCC this summer, Habitat has already looked at five and found that three have salvageable items. The remaining nine homes will be inspected between now and September for reusable goods. Waterson said some houses don’t yield many reusable items because of their age or upkeep, and the level of NCC investment. The house on Lester Road, for example, features upgraded and relatively new windows that can be used again. Other properties may have original windows that are no longer up to code or in good enough shape to reuse. As Habitat for Humanity volunteers gutted the inside of the early 1950s house, carrying out kitchen cupboards and other reusable items, Hicks said this house will yield a number of saleable treasures.

“Definitely the kitchen and bathrooms, we’ll take some of the wood, we’ll try and rescue the hardwood floors,” she said, noting that people love to buy old hardwood. She added that the windows and doors are in good shape, and some of the interior structural materials might be salvageable as well. The items are sold through the ReStore business because Habitat tries to make their housing projects as new as possible for the families moving in. The money made at the used materials store helps cover some of the cost of buying new materials. It costs $130,000 in cash and $75,000 in materials and services to build a new home for a low-income family, and about $35,000 to renovate an existing building – although most of the trades work and some materials are donated. Purchasing a house for renovation can sometimes be more costly than building new, especially if it’s not donated or can’t be bought cheaply. Habitat for Humanity is currently working on three projects in the area. The most pressing is for a family with two disabled children, who need a renovated bungalow close to CHEO by September. Habitat is fielding housing donation prospects, and the Delta Hotel has currently donated $75, 000 to help renovate. They are also renovating a house in Nepean and building a new house in Carleton Place with the help of Nepean project management company Tiree. A new build typically needs 350 volunteers, while a renovation requires about 75.


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A baby’s first words are an exciting milestone for any parent, but one Riverside South resident is inviting young families to teach and celebrate babies’ first signs as well. Kristy Simons is a certified Signing Time instructor, early childhood educator and a strong advocate for teaching sign language to pre-verbal babies as part of their regular language learning process. On Saturday, July 30 she is offering a free introduction to her program “I Sign, You Sign” baby sign language class offered this fall in the Rideauview Community Centre. From 10 to 11 a.m. above Moncion’s Independent Grocer, parents can learn simple songs, games and signs to teach their child to use sign language alongside speech. Parents will also get a preview of what Simons’ full-length fall sessions can offer. The classes are designed for babies and parents who have full hearing abilities, because Simons argues that sign language in conjunction with speech greatly increases a baby’s cognitive ability to learn other languages, math or reading and writing in the future. “Teaching young children to sign as young as you can gives them a huge leap

in terms of language and literacy. Their cognitive and intellectual ability just shoots through the roof,” she said, noting her daughters have been signing since they were about six months old and as a result have learned to read, write and speak much faster. “American Sign Language is a language and I promote teaching it like you would teach French or English or Spanish.” Simons uses a multi-cognitive method where she speaks the word and shows the sign simultaneously, so that the baby is learning speech and signs at the same time. “The best way to start with an infant is to teach the words and the signs simultaneously during events that are common to that age,” she said, explaining that meal time is often the easiest place to start – using signs for milk, more and all done. Since babies don’t have the fine motor skills or the cognitive ability to learn ASL as a complete language, Simons focuses on ASL vocabulary so children have the ability to delve further into the language later in life. The baby signing program consists of four four-week sessions, at $55 per session. The program lasts for about 1 hour, and features fun activities. To register for the free introduction on July 30, email kristy@isignyousign.com or call 613-822-9433.

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A new playground structure in Vernon has all the kids and parents excited. Gage Sadler, above, and his brother Jesse and sister Bella love the new features.

Vernon celebrates their new playground structure MICHELLE NASH michelle.nash@metroland.com

Vernon’s old playground had long since passed its prime, so with the help of the community association, Vernon is now boasts a new play structure. The community celebrated the official opening of the new playground on Saturday, July 23 on the grounds of the Vernon Museum. The community did not have to fundraise at all for the equipment as it was an upgrade from the old structure. The new structure was put in the ground in June and, according to Kim Sheldrick of the Vernon Community Association, everyone has been playing steady since. “It is really working out for the kids and the community,” Sheldrick said. She added that she was present when the old equipment was removed. “It was not in good shape at all.” The community was able to choose the structure and components of the playground equipment.

The new equipment has features that will appeal to children of all ages. The entire structure is surrounded by sand. Sheldrick said the children in her daycare helped the association with the big decision of what to include. “They drew pictures of slides and climbing walls,” Sheldrick said. The association also asked parents to fill out a survey so they could gauge what parents felt was necessary for the grounds. Only two pieces of original play structure remains: e the swings and the climbing dome. Sheldrick said they will be painted to match the new pieces. Jesse Sadler came to celebrate the new structure with his brother Gage and his sister Bella. Sadler said he enjoys the swings the best. “But it is all a lot of fun,” Sadler said. To celebrate the official opening of the new playground, Mayor Jim Watson and Osgoode Coun. Doug Thompson came to play too.

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Ottawa’s Adam Simac and the Canadian men’s volleyball team will be back in action at Scotiabank Place for World League qualifying matches against Slovakia July 29-30. Photo by Laura Mueller

be without injured setter Josh Howatson and left-side/middle Louis-Pierre Mainville, but is otherwise the healthiest it’s been in awhile. “I think they’re probably a little more game-ready than we are because they just came out of Euro League, but if we get people to come and see us and cheer for us, that will make a difference.” Hoag’s troops are guaranteed to have the support of the local volleyball clubs, whose members have enjoyed volunteering as sweepers and scorekeepers for many national and international events that have come to Ottawa-Gatineau since the men’s team moved from Winnipeg in 2009. “It’s been a real boon for our club,” says Mavericks Volleyball club president Kerry MacLean, who is frequently in the announcer’s booth for Canada’s games. “Everything that goes on just gives the young players the chance to see what their dream, and these players, actually look like.” Turn back the clock to 2000 when Canada played Italy for a World League match in Gatineau and Simac was one of those youngsters watching in the stands. “I remember watching (veteran Canadian middle) Steve Brinkman play there and I was just in my early teenage years maybe, so that’s where I saw the legends of Canada and Italy, and that really kind of sparked something in me,” says Simac, who was focused on baseball as a teen and never played club volleyball before accepting an invitation from Queen’s University’s coach to join her squad. “It’s really cool to be playing on that same floor now.” NEXT GENERATION RISES Six Ottawa players represented Ontario in the National Team Challenge Cup this past week. Bruno Lortie and Brandon Baker played at the men’s competition in Gatineau, while Alix Durivage, Sophie Carpentier, Shainah Joseph and Vicky Savard participated in the Winnipeg women’s event.

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Ottawa’s Adam Simac and the Canadian men’s volleyball team will continue their quest to emerge as one of the globe’s best volleyball countries when they take on Slovakia in a World League qualifier July 29-30 at Scotiabank Place. “From the worlds last year to now, we’re making a lot of improvements in our game,” says Simac, whose squad upset Serbia, the planet’s fifth-ranked nation, at the 2010 world championships, but did not advance past the first round on tiebreaker. “But Slovakia is big and they’re skilled. If we don’t bring our best game, it’s going to be tough-going for us.” Simac, the lone Ottawa native on the national team (although a third of the players live in Ottawa while training out of Gatineau’s year-old multi-sports complex), last played for Canada at this past fall’s worlds in Germany. The 27-year-old hasn’t seen much game action since then either, missing a large chunk of the season with his Bled, Slovenia pro club due to an Achilles tendon injury and then remaining on the shelf with a back ailment for the Pan Am Cup in Gatineau last month. Simac isn’t sure if he’ll be a starting middle for the matches against Slovakia – although that was his role at the worlds – since the national team has a deep group of 20 players who push each other in practice, but there’s no doubt he’s excited for his first game action since early March. “I feel great. I really, really miss playing. It’s tough sitting off and watching the guys play,” says Simac, who’s salivating at the thought of playing in his first World League. “To be able to play against the best teams in the world for six or seven weeks, home and away, I think that is the ultimate test of who is the best volleyball team in the world.” The FIVB (international volleyball federation) World League is a unique concept that doesn’t exist in many other sports. Instead of a league’s teams hailing from different cities, it’s national teams playing a 12-match home-and-away schedule to advance to the playoff round. The last time the Canadians participated in World League in 2007, each travel segment of their road trip took over 30 hours as they went from Canada to Korea, to Finland, to Brazil and then back home on consecutive weekends. “It’s tiring,” smiles Canadian head coach Glenn Hoag. “But it’s matches, so it’s great. We struggle getting matches in June and July, and that would fill up that space with lots of good matches. “The team is reaching a certain level of maturity. Most of them are between 25 and 30 years old, so they need those matches to progress to the next step.” The 22nd-ranked Canadians will play some exhibition matches in Europe after the contests against the No. 33 Slovaks, and should they win against Slovakia, they’ll return home two weeks later in advance of the final qualifying stage for the 2012 World League. But Hoag isn’t looking past the current task at hand. “Europe, being the toughest region in the world for volleyball, Slovakia may be ranked behind us, but their level is pretty spectacular,” says Hoag, whose team will


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Thousands of kilometres into a cross continent run to raise money and awareness of children’s health and fitness issues, a Wakefield, Que., family arrived in the nation’s capital a over the weekend about a fifth of the way through their trek. The Chicoine family embarked on a 20,000 kilometre run across North America back on May 9 when they started their cross-continent journey in Vancouver. They arrived in Ottawa on Sunday, July 24. “We want to do our part to raise awareness of the critical importance of well care and kids’ fitness,” Ed Chicoine said. Dubbed the Marathon of Health, the Chicoines are raising money for KidSport Canada, Right to Play and Get America Fit. The trip will take the family from coast to coast in Canada then down the eastern seaboard of the United States before tracking back across to California. They’ll then run back north up the west coast to arrive back at their Vancouver starting point about 10 months after they started. Ed, along with his six children, Tanya, Ben, Dayna, Karina, Jake and Whitney, have been running a relay that sees the group cover between 40 and 90 kilometres each day.

Chicoine’s wife, Gaye has the tough job of making sure everyone is eating right. “They are going through a lot of calories a day, so it is all protein rich foods that I am feeding them,” Gaye said. A food columnist with the weekly community newspaper in Wakefield, Gaye said she has always fed her children healthy, organic food. Ed Chicoine, a chiropractor in Gatineau, hoped this cause will help raise awareness about the problem of obesity amongst North American children. “This run was born out of frustration,” he said. “As a doctor, I know we are good at treating diseases, but we are not so good at preventing them.” To celebrate their accomplishment, a reception was held at city hall where Bay Coun. Mark Taylor declared July 24 Marathon of Health Day on behalf of Mayor Jim Watson. “A lot of very good people do a lot of good work to fight various diseases, but there is not a lot of focus on welfare,” Taylor said. The family has been driving and staying in a recreational vehicle for the duration of the trip. Although they’ve been living in close quarters, Ed Chicoine said the vehicle is a palace compared to their previous traveling vehicles. “We took a three year trip to South America in 1997 in our Ford Econoline Van and stayed in tents,” he said.

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The Chicoine family received a warm welcome as they ran their way into Ottawa. The eight members of the family have embarked on a cross North America 20,000 kilometre run to help raise money to promote children’s fitness. The trip, Gaye Chicoine explained, was an answer to the family feeling like daily life was getting away from them. “It was an incredible learning experience for all of us,” shee said. “We had a hard time at first, but we all had to learn

to respect each other and I think it was definitely preparation for this.” Gaye said it was her children who wanted to tackle the marathon. “I am so proud of all of them,” Gaye said.


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