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ROYAL VISIT The Ottawa airport is playing host to a 1932 de Havilland Fox Moth flown by King Edward when he was the Prince of Wales.

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FIGHTING FIRES Teen girls from across the region got some hands-on lessons that taught them what it takes to be a firefighter.

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IN MEMORY OF JACK LAYTON Mourners in Ottawa quickly gathered on Parliament Hill to leave tokens in memory of NDP leader Jack Layton, who died in his Toronto home on Monday, Aug. 22 following a battle with cancer. Condolences soon poured in from politicians of every political stripe for a man who has been described as a ‘tireless champion for people.’ For the full story, please turn to page 4.

Mayor hosting famine benefit LAURA MUELLER laura.mueller@metroland.com

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The mayor wants Ottawa to step up to raise money to support famine victims in the Horn of Africa and he wants to challenge other cities to do the same. Mayor Jim Watson will host a $100-a-ticket event on Sept. 14 to support the Humani-

tarian Coalition’s famine relief. Estimates peg the number of people affected by the famine at around 10 million, particularly in Somalia, southern Ethiopia and northern Kenya. “This is an important occasion for Ottawa to come together in the spirit of compassion,” Watson said. The event will feature entertainment and local cuisines offered by several African

embassies and will take place from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at Jean Pigott Hall in city hall at 110 Laurier Ave. Proceeds from the event will be matched by the federal government and will benefit coalition, which includes CARE Canada, Oxfam Canada, Oxfam Quebec, Plan Canada and Save the Children Canada. See MAYOR on page 10

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It’s Christmas in September in Ottawa as the Christmas Exchange charity most famous for its work around the holidays frantically collects donations to provide school supplies for needy children across the city. More than 3,000 children have been signed up for school supplies kits and vouchers to help them start the upcoming school year, and Christmas Exchange is responsible for about 2,700 of them. But director Marilyn Matheson said the organization is far from hitting its fundraising goals to meet those demands. About $45,000 has already been raised, but another $70,000 to $80,000 is needed to serve Ottawa’s low-income families with the necessary crayons, pencils and backpacks, she said. “We’re not meeting the demand, there’s an urgent need for money to come in,” she said. “This is a really important thing. These children really help.” The school supplies assistance program asks donors to offer financial donations of

$30 or $40. A $30 donation purchases a junior school supplies kit from the Tools 4 School program, which would provide crayons, pencil crayons, markers, scissors, glue sticks and other junior items for a child in kindergarten to Grade 6. A $40 donation buys a senior kit, which adds pens, calculators, duotangs, binders and other items to the kit for Grades 7 to 12. A $40 donation can also buy a backpack voucher from Giant Tiger, which Matheson said is the most dignified option for families using their services. “We find that the voucher provides them with a lot more dignity, because they can choose the backpack that they want, or the lunch kit or the shoes that they need. The parents are a better judge of what kids need,” she said. It also gives parents the freedom to buy items they need most, so that if the child already has a hand-me-down backpack they can instead buy a new pair of shoes. Giant Tiger gives the organization a five per cent discount on its vouchers, so donor money goes farther, Matheson said. The voucher can’t be used to

buy tobacco or lottery tickets, and can’t be used to get cash back. Matheson added that the Tools 4 Schools kits don’t provide children with a backpack, and currently funds are so low and demand so high that students are being assigned either a kit or a voucher, not both. Matheson said going to school without a backpack can be humiliating. “Children going to school without a backpack, who are carrying their supplies in a grocery bag, they can be targeted by bullies,” she explained. This is the first year Christmas Exchange has offered the school supplies program, and Matheson said they’re hoping they can offer it again in January for the beginning of the new semester. She hinted that with such a seasonal name their organization has fundraising limits, and are thus planning to completely overhaul their name, logo and mandate in September. “Hopefully this will allow us to do fundraising all year round,” she said. To donate, visit www.christmas-exchange.com.

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Overbrook-Forbes Community Resource Centre has collected school supplies in the past for families in need. This year, the Christmas Exchange is collecting donations for more than 3,000 children who require help, but more donations are needed.

Rain barrel rebate deadline approaches EMMA JACKSON emma.jackson@metroland.com

The rebate deadline is looming for more than 12,000 residents who purchased rain barrels this spring to weather the city’s outdoor water ban in Ottawa South. As part of the city’s “voluntary mitigation measures” to convince residents to comply with a necessary outdoor water ban in Riverside South, Barrhaven and parts of Manotick between April and June, residents are entitled to a $50 credit on their water bill if they purchased a rain-catching barrel during the ban. However, residents only have until Sept. 15 to get their application to the city to receive the credit. If residents do not have a water bill, they will receive a $50 cheque instead. According to city spokesperson Jocelyne Turner, residents must have purchased the rain barrel between April 27 and June 30, and must provide an original receipt. The city must receive the application on or before Sept. 15. In order to qualify, barrels must hold 150 litres or more, have covers or fine screens to keep down mosquitoes, and have a secure lid to prevent drowning. Luckily for most residents, many community-minded hardware and grocery

stores lowered the price of their rain barrels to $50 so that residents could get them for free with the rebate. Many refurbished rain barrels were also sold through www.rainbarrel.ca in parking lots on the weekends for $55, with $10 of the cost going to local non-profit organizations. The program was far from a cost-saving exercise for the city, however. Before the water ban was implemented due to a broken water main on Woodroffe Avenue, the city had estimated that 2,100 residents city-wide would purchase a barrel in 2011, costing approximately $150,000 in total. However once the water ban was announced sales jumped quickly to more than 12,000 barrels, leaving the city on the hook for as much as $600,000. The money will come from the water reserve fund. Application forms can be found on the city’s website at www.ottawa.ca, or on Gloucester South-Nepean Coun. Steve Desroches’ website. Forms can be dropped off at the city’s six client service centres, or can be mailed to Be WaterWise – Rain Barrel Rebate, City of Ottawa, 951 Clyde Ave., Ottawa, ON K1Z 5A6. The city said to expect an eight to 10 week wait for the rebate to show up on your water bill.

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Ottawa mourns ‘tireless champion for people’ NDP leader Jack Layton dies at age 61 EDDIE RWEMA eddie.rwema@metroland.com

Hundreds of Ottawans descended on Parliament Hill on Monday afternoon to pay their respects to the man many said transformed not only the New Democratic Party but the Canadian political landscape. Jack Layton, leader of the official Opposition, passed away peacefully at his home in Toronto surrounded by family and loved ones, according to a statement released by his wife Olivia Chow. He was 61. A group of mourners shocked by the sudden news of Layton’s death cried, lit candles and laid flowers around the Centennial Flame on Parliament Hill as the Canadian flag flew at half mast above the Peace Tower. “It is very sad, I can only hope we take Jack’s legacy and work together to build a better Canada,” said Vicky Smallman, an Ottawa resident and NDP supporter who was among those gathered. The NDP leader had been battling prostate cancer since February 2010 and had hip surgery just before the May 2 federal election. In July, Layton surprised many by announcing he was taking a temporary leave of absence to receive further treatment after doctors discovered he had a new cancer. Messages of condolence were issued throughout the day by politicians of every political stripe. Mayor Jim Watson said he was deeply saddened to learn of Layton’s death. The flags at Ottawa city hall will be flying at half-mast in Layton’s honour until sunset on the day of his burial. “Canadians have lost a true representative of the voice of real people and my heart goes out to all who are close to Jack and Olivia in this time of mourning,” Watson said in a statement. Premier Dalton McGuinty said Ontarians and all Canadians will miss Layton’s passion, hard work and fighting spirit. “He always worked hard to represent his constituents, their interests and their needs. He was always a tireless champion for people and our communities.” On behalf of NDP nationwide, interim party

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After hearing news of Jack Layton’s death on Monday, Aug. 22, mourners gathered at Parliament Hill to leave tributes in his memory. A candlelight vigil was held the same evening. leader Nycole Turmel said they need to pull together now and carry on his fight to make Canada a better place. “Jack was a courageous man. It was his leadership that inspired me, and so many others, to run for office.” Gov. Gen. David Johnston said Layton’s fundamental decency and his love of the country should serve as examples to us all. “Mr. Layton was held in great esteem by Canadians for his passionate dedication to the public good,” Johnston’s message read. “Throughout his career as a community leader and politician, he constantly strived to bring people together in the common cause of building a better Canada, and he did so with great energy

and commitment,” In a statement, Prime Minister Stephen Harper saluted Layton’s contribution to public life, a contribution he said will be sorely missed “When I last spoke with Jack following his announcement in July, I wished him well and he told me he’d be seeing me in the House of Commons in the fall. “This, sadly, will no longer come to pass.” In a statement, the Canadian Cancer Society said it was deeply saddened to hear of Layton’s untimely death after battling cancer for a second time. “The Canadian Cancer Society will always be grateful for Jack Layton’s

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passionate efforts to improve the health of Canadians and to raise awareness and funds for our organization to help us in our mission to eradicate cancer and assist those living with the disease,” Peter Goodhand, the society’s president and chief executive officer, said in the statement. In a letter written two days before his death, dated Aug. 20 and released by his family on Monday, Layton called on other Canadians afflicted with the disease not to be discouraged that his own journey hasn’t gone as well as he had hoped. “You have every reason to be optimistic, determined, and focused on the future,” Layton wrote. “My only other advice is to cherish every moment with those you love at every stage of your journey, as I have done this summer.” He urged his party members to build on the progress they have garnered in the last couple of years and continue to move forward. “Let’s demonstrate in everything we do in the four years before us that we are ready to serve our beloved Canada as its next government.” Since the news of the death of Layton broke, condolence messages have poured in through various social media pages from people across the country. A state funeral for Jack Layton will be held at Roy Thomson Hall in Toronto on Saturday. For the full text of Layton’s letter, visit www.yourottawaregion.com


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The Ontario New Democratic Party would cover half the burden of Ottawa’s transit operation costs if elected to lead the province this October, according to leader Andrea Horwath. The Hamilton East MPP said her job, if elected as premier, would be to make it easier for mayors and city council to make decisions that make their cities more liveable. “The premier should be making it easier for mayors to make those decisions,” she said. Transit is a large part of that, and Horwath committed to funding half of city transit operating costs under an NDP government – if the city agrees to freeze transit fares. With a $2.1-billion project to bring light rail to Ottawa on the horizon, the city will be spending more money on transit than perhaps it ever has before. Sharing the cost of operating that system “would begin to put Ottawa on equal footing with cities around the world,” Horwath said. Speaking to the business community as part of the Ottawa Business Journal’s Mayor’s

Breakfast series on Aug. 18, Horwath said fare hikes hit transit users and result in reduced ridership and a freeze would help break that cycle. If the province kicked some money towards municipal transit, it would help free up the city’s budget for other projects, Horwath said. But she pledged she won’t tell mayors how to spend those savings. “I know that Ottawa has had a lot of varying and different political voices telling you exactly what those improvements should and shouldn’t be,” Horwath said. “I’m not going to do that. I am going to commit to working with council on their vision.” Horwath also highlighted the Hintonburg Hub as a type of innovative health solution her party supports. Horwath said she recently met with proponents of the Hintonburg Hub along with the NDP candidate for Ottawa Centre, Anil Naidoo, and they were encouraged by what they heard. Ideas like the Hub promote healthy communities, not just healthy individuals, she said. “This sort of creativity helps us tackle our health challenges in a whole new way,” she said.

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NDP leader Andrea Horwath (left) speaks to Mayor Jim Watson in council chambers after she spoke to a crowd of local businesspeople as part of the Ottawa Business Journal’s Mayor’s Breakfast Series. The idea behind the community-driven Hintonburg Hub plan is to purchase a piece of land at the Bethany Hope Centre and turn it into a facility featuring affordable housing units and community services. Several non-profit organizations, including the Somerset West Community Health Centre, have been working on the pitch. The Hub could be part of the NDP’s new approach to healthcare, which is aimed at prevention and keeping people who

don’t need critical care out of hospitals. That would involve creating more long-term care options, but also preventing people from having to enter a hospital to begin with. “We can’t just wait for everyone to get sick,” she said. Forgiving new doctors’ student debt if they practise in underserved communities is part of that, and supporting community health teams, Horwath said. In her speech, Horwath also

took a swipe at former Ontario NDP premier Bob Rae, who is now serving as interim leader for the federal Liberal party. Saying that not every NDP premier has had a “stellar record,” Horwath continued: “Since the premier with the absolute worst record is campaigning for another party nowadays, I’m not going to take any lectures from my opponents.” In front of a crowd of approximately 200 businesspeople, Horwath broached the topic of corporate tax cuts and expressed her lack of support for the cuts. “Some of you may disagree with me, but I disagree with that approach,” she said. Instead, the NDP would focus any tax cuts where they can help create jobs and investments – mostly for small businesses, those that invest in the education of their employees and companies that spend their money in Ontario. The NDP recognizes that it is the private sector that will create jobs, but she said government does have a role to play in assisting businesses in helping lift Ontario out of an economic slump, Horwath said. Ontarians will go to the polls on Oct. 6.

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Man stabbed, robbed after selling merchandise online KRISTY WALLACE kristy.wallace@metroland.com

A man selling electronics online was stabbed and robbed after a swarming that occurred in an Ottawa South parking lot on Aug. 18. The swarming happened at about 5:30 p.m. in a parking lot area around the 2200 block of Bank Street. The victim had posted merchandise – which police will only say is “electronics” – using a website and had arranged a meeting with a buyer. At the sale, the victim met with two males. Staff Sgt. Mike Haarbosch of the Ottawa Police’s robbery unit said the men walked away to a more secluded area, but can’t give more details since the incident is currently under investigation. When the victim produced the merchandise, one of the two suspects took out a knife. As one of the suspects fled with the merchandise, the seller tried to restrain the other suspect who had the knife. The victim was injured with a minor stab wound during the scuffle and was later treated and released from hospital. The suspects fled to a vehicle that was waiting nearby, but police were able to arrest two suspects a short time later. A 15- and 17-year-old, both from Ot-

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tawa, have been charged. The 17-year-old was charged with conspiracy to commit an indictable offence. The 15-year-old was charged with robbery, conspiracy to commit an indictable offence, assault with a weapon and possession of a weapon dangerous to the public peace. Police are still looking for the first suspect that fled with the merchandise. He’s described as a black male, about 16 to 20 years old, 6’0”, 150 pounds, skinny build, bald and clean shaven. The robbery unit is still investigating. Haarbosch said police see these types of robberies “from time to time,” and police are reminding the public to take extra precautions when carrying out a transaction like this one. Sellers are being reminded to meet in a public place during daylight hours, to meet in a location that has video surveillance and to be accompanied by one or more people. Anyone with information on this or other robberies are asked to contact the robbery unit at 613-236-1222 ext. 5116 or Crime Stoppers at 613-233-8477 (TIPS) or toll free at 1-800-222-8477.

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A 1932 de Havilland Fox Moth, flown by King Edward for a year while he was still the Prince of Wales, is on display in the lobby of the Ottawa International Airport for the coming year.

Vintage Wings volunteer and long-time pilot Gavin Milo is a fount of knowledge about the 1932 de Havilland Fox Moth. abdicating the throne to his brother. By 1933 the sleek black biplane with red leather passenger seats was bought by a private pilot and then taken back by manufacturer de Havilland. It was sent to New Zealand, where it was used as a tourist plane to take people into the mountains. In 1943 it crashed into the Franz Josef glacier and was briefly out of commission. For a decade it changed hands repeatedly, until a private owner took the plane to Fiji and it was abandoned for more than 30 years. In 1990 an aircraft company began to restore it, and in 1993 the planeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s true saviour dis-

covered the plane and restored it in earnest. By July of 1993 the plane had won the Reserve Grand Champion Antique award at a major air show in â&#x20AC;&#x153;experimental airplane meccaâ&#x20AC;? Oshkosh, Wisconsin. â&#x20AC;&#x153;It was considered the best of the best at that time,â&#x20AC;? Milo said. Vintage Wings acquired the plane in 2006. Milo said the Fox Moth on display represents a whole line of planes that were used as bush planes, mail and passenger carriers and agricultural planes after the war in Canada. â&#x20AC;&#x153;They built about 50 of these planes between 1945 and 1958. They were used for bush planes, and they operate on skies and on floats,â&#x20AC;? he said. One of the most famous bush operators in Canada was Max Ward, who flew a Fox Moth before starting his famous charter company Wardair. Although most of the Fox Moth line is more than 60 or 70 years old, Milo said there is no shortage of pilots who can fly antique planes like the one on display. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Especially here in North America there are a lot of aircraft of this type that are in private hands, there are several philanthropists who own this stuff,â&#x20AC;? he said, noting that apart from insurance policies an experienced pilot could learn to fly a

Fox Moth in about five hours. Of course, young men at war were learning to fly from scratch in a relatively short amount of time, which was part of the reason so many air force members died. â&#x20AC;&#x153;In World War Two, people flew things like that for 30 or 40 hours at the most, went to England, were stuffed in a Spitfire and said to go fight. I have 300 hours and Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;d be kind of nervous about going to war in a thing like that,â&#x20AC;? he said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Your hands are full just making this thing get up in the air and get back down, let alone ducking the bullets that are flying around and shooting the guy down thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s in front of you.â&#x20AC;? Vintage Wings will host their annual air show out of Gatineau Airport this Sept. 17, where spectators can see antique fighters, trainers and transport planes in action. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s worth going, even if youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re not a plane nut. You learn a lot, and who knows, you might become a plane nut,â&#x20AC;? he laughed. The display hangar is open Monday to Saturday and is free to the public. For more information visit www.vintagewings.ca.

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The Ottawa International Airport welcomed another royal visitor this month, but this oneâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s here to stay. The personal airplane of King Edward the eighth, a 1932 de Havilland Fox Moth that he flew for one year while he was still the Prince of Wales, arrived for display Monday, Aug. 15 and will remain in the arrivals lobby for the coming year. The plane is owned and maintained by Vintage Wings Canada headquartered at the Gatineau airport, and is still in perfect working order. However, the plane will quit the skies this year to contribute to Vintage Wings CEO and plane collector Michael Potterâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s goal to keep antique planes in the public eye. â&#x20AC;&#x153;It keeps these planes available to people, they can see them and it keeps people aware of history. It educates people into the past of the air force,â&#x20AC;? explained Gavin Milo, a long time pilot who volunteers with the non-profit organization once a week. Potterâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s private collection was turned over to a foundation in 2005, and the many antique planes including a Spitfire and a handful of other World War Two fighters are on display six days a week in a hangar at the Gatineau airport. Ottawa Airport spokesperson Krista Kealey said the airport is excited to have another vintage plane on display, after showing a WACO Taperwing from the Vintage Wings collection last year. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a different air, its something that people donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t see everyday. They donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t have the opportunity to get up close and personal with an aircraft like that every day and weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re glad to offer the opportunity,â&#x20AC;? she said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;For the airport, thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s an obvious connection to these aircraft that have been used in war time. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a natural partnership.â&#x20AC;? The Fox Moth is a light transport plane, a close relative of the Tiger Moth training plane that taught many Second World War pilots how to fly. The model on display was one of 98 Fox Moths built in England, although after World War Two more than 50 Fox Moths were built in Toronto. The original Fox Moth prototype was also tested in Canada as de Havilland figured out how to apply floats and skis to the versatile craft. Built in 1932, the plane on display was made specifically for the Prince of Wales, who would briefly become King Edward the Eighth in 1936 before

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Jack’s great hope

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ack Layton died Monday, in the early hours of the morning. A giant, his fall was felt across the country. Canadians nationwide poured out their grief for Jack. The widespread admiration felt for him – some because of his views, some despite them – is among the man’s finest legacies. He is widely remembered as a fighter, a man of strong ideals, and a person you’d be happy to call your neighbour. Politicians of all stripes recalled their fondest memories and favourite qualities of the NDP leader, a true achievement in a climate pock-marked by partisanship. Though he couldn’t keep his promise to return to the House of Commons in September, he made another pact in his final message to us. In Parliament, it will be as powerful a presence as his empty seat. It was in his final letter that his great spirit shone brightest. For almost 30 years, from Toronto City Council to Parliament Hill, he chose his battles with his heart and fought them with limitless guts. Optimism and integrity are remembered as hallmarks of his career. It was with words of hope, however, that he chose to make his exit. In a letter to Canadians published hours after his death, Jack wrote that

hope is a precious commodity, and promised us we can change the world if only we believe in its power. Those who “are on journeys to defeat cancer and live their lives” must maintain their hope and determination, he wrote. “Don’t be discouraged that my own journey hasn’t gone as well as I had hoped.” Those in his party he implored not to lose faith in their cause, but to recommit to it with even greater energy and determination. And to those young people, who look out at their futures and see an array of overwhelming challenges, he implored them not to lose hope that they have the power to change the world for the better. But it was his final words – powerfully capped with the inclusive “We” – that touched so many, and will keep his spirit alive and fighting for years to come. “My friends,” Layton wrote. “Love is better than anger. Hope is better than fear. Optimism is better than despair. So let us be loving, hopeful and optimistic. And we’ll change the world.” As the day approaches where 307 members will enter a House of Commons that feels remarkably empty, let us not forget Jack’s great hope: that we can make the world – in which “life’s highs and lows are inextricably linked” – a better place.

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The little things that make a city great

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here has been a series running in the Citizen in recent days on the question of how Ottawa can become a greater city and why it hasn’t done so up to now. Various explanations have been put forward, among them the notion that the rest of Canada doesn’t like our city much. When used in headlines, the name “Ottawa” has become synonymous with bad news – bickering, scandal, ineptitude, government waste. Our city, it goes without saying, is not responsible for any of that. It just sits here and plays host to it. But people away from here, it is argued, take it out on us and are reluctant to be generous in supporting projects that would make the city greater. So it falls on government to do that. Aside from a few stunning examples in the last quarter century – the National Gallery, the War Museum, the Museum of Civilization – the government hasn’t done much. Ottawa’s City Hall is pretty nice and the new Convention Centre may turn out to be a fine addition. But these are mere dots on a larger and bleaker landscape. Is this because the rest of Canada hates South Edition

CHARLES GORDON Funny Town us? Probably not. And it is probably not – at least not totally – because every decision here has to be approved by at least 93 levels of government. It is mostly because making a city great involves spending money. Governments spending money went out of style many years ago. So that leaves us a bit with our hands tied as far as making Ottawa a great city is concerned. It is apparently on us, our little individual selves, to do the job. We’ll do what we can, rake the lawn and hang flags out the window, but it is unlikely that true civic greatness lies in this direction. We have to wait for government spending – and, of course, taxes – to come back into fashion before anything big happens.

While we wait, we can work on keeping some of the things that work well already. I was thinking about this at the ballpark the other day, where I went with my grandson to watch the Ottawa Fat Cats claw the Barrie Bay Cats, as they say on the sports pages. It seemed like there were a lot of grandparents and grandchildren at that game, a lot of kids seeing their first baseball game and it was a nice scene, one of the less spectacular things that makes a city great. Ottawa Stadium has always been a good place, ever since the Lynx played there in the ’90s, and while the quality of ball has slipped a bit, other things are improved. The music isn’t so loud and the mascot, who is called Grape, for some reason – perhaps because he’s purple – seems more friendly than Lenny the Lynx ever did. Baseball seemed to be slipping out of our hands a few years ago and it wasn’t helped by the city allowing much of the stadium parking lot to be used for other purposes. This is an example of how hard it is just to keep things going that work. If the Fat Cats ever really take off, getting into the stadium is going to be a big problem, one the city government

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Buying and selling BRYNNA LESLIE Capital Muse

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e bought our first house six years ago. We had a down payment saved, a child and another on the way, and we figured it was a good time to settle in somewhere for at least five years. Before that, I’d only ever thought about the next six months. Buying a house can be an emotional event, especially if you’re pregnant. Find something you like, and you can spend days imagining you and your family growing in this place, and how the walls will shape you, and before long you can’t imagine yourself anywhere else. Desperation overtakes logic as you head into the largest ever business transaction of your life. It’s probably not the best thing to get emotionally worked up about. In our first experience, we did, and we bid, only to end up in what could have been a financially devastating bidding war for one house of thousands. In the end, the inspection told us the house was prone to flooding, our plans for renovations would have to go on hold, and the mortgage was too high for us anyway. I remember crying about this loss, unable to imagine how my family would prosper anywhere else. It was my mortgage specialist who brought me back to reality: “Brynna, this is a business transaction. Crying about this house is like crying when you see the 97 bus pull away from the curb without you. There’s always another bus. And there’s always another house.” And he was right, and I stopped grieving, and we bought a different house within three days.

Six years on, we’re in another new situation. Emotional me has fallen in love with my neighbourhood and the people who live here and I never want to move. But our house has a few quirks that we’ve never quite grown into. Another house has come up for sale around the corner that we’d like to grow into. And I’ve spent the last three days in anticipation and agony, meeting with bankers, lawyers and realtors to find out if and how we can possibly purchase this house. They’re trying to be nice, but they also sense my desperation. As my new mortgage specialist quipped after I spent 10 minutes rambling about the absolute necessity of getting into the new place: “I get it. This house is for now. The new house is for life.” Yes, kind of. But it scared me when he said it. For life? I suppose, but until now we’ve only ever looked five years down the road at a time. This is a neighbourhood where people live in their homes for decades, only to eventually die in their kitchens by natural causes. I pictured myself flailing in the kitchen at the new place – a kitchen which has its own undesirable quirks – grey-haired and alone, and I started to panic. Maybe I’m not ready to make a lifelong commitment. And all the doubts began to emerge. After all, there are a lot of complicating factors, like the fact that we have to sell our house before we can afford to buy a new one. And the fact that we have to decide whether it’s worth it to raise our monthly outputs just as we’re starting to feel financially comfortable. After many sleepless nights and meetings and imaginings, I’ve decided to put the emotions away. I’m going to look at the house for the first time tonight – yeah, I haven’t even seen the inside of the place yet – and if we like it, we’ll bid. But we’re not going to compromise. Because, at the end of the day, for all its quirks, the house we’ve got is pretty darned good. And who wants to go through the hassle of a move anyway?

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he Professor has been on vacation for a week but the Farmer has been working like a dog. I’m not sure why he uses that particular expression – he must be referring to the sheepdog and not our lazy watchdog. Anyway, in order to get the Farmer to relax while on vacation, I must spirit him away from the farm. We were invited to my sister’s fiancé’s cottage in Quebec for a few days. This is a great idea. We don’t have to spend a lot of time planning and packing camping equipment and food. We just throw some clothes in a bag and drive for a couple of hours. Our only problem was we had a lamb born two weeks ago, and the mother won’t feed it. That lamb-baby is more mine than the ewe’s, because I am the one who mixes bottles of milk replacer, offers it words of encouragement and scratches its back while it feeds. I even know the sound of its call. I can pick it out of dozens of other lambs calling from the barn. It needs me. So we had to bring it to the cottage with us. On the morning of our trip, I packed everything in the truck, then brought some old ripped sheets and blankets

DIANA FISHER Accidental Farmwife up from the basement. A lamb on a completely liquid diet makes quite a mess. When we were just about ready to hit the road, I scooped the lamb up from its pen in the barn, fed it the rest of its bottle and gently shoved it into a dog carrier that I had put in the back of the Explorer. The lamb baaaed as it skated around the plastic floor of the carrier on its high heeled hooves. I opened the crate door and pushed one of the towels in there with him. Finding traction, he settled down for a nap and off we went. We chatted on our drive, my Farmer and I. I also sang along to the radio. I noticed that the lamb cried when I was quiet for more than a few minutes so I made a point of saying something every once in a while. I’m sure the

Farmer is worried I am becoming too attached to this lamb. At the cottage, my animal-loving sister had already set up a corral of doggy gates (she owns two large Basset Hounds) within a screened dining tent. I set the lamb crate down inside this corral and tied the bottle brace to the side. There. Quite a nice set up, at the top of the hill, overlooking the lake.

“I now have a lamb who calls for me from the barnyard, thinking I’m its mother. ” There was even a lovely breeze just there, under the pine trees. I went into the cottage and set up the blender to make my lamb some more milk. The blender dial must have been jostled on our ride, because it was turned to “on”. I didn’t notice this until about one second after I plugged the thing in – without first putting the lid on it. That corner of the cottage

kitchen is now extremely clean. Everything went quite well during the day on our cottage visit; the hounds spent much of their time nose-to-nose with the lamb, keeping it company. A bottle of milk replacer was strapped to the side of the corral so the lamb could feed on demand. But when night fell, it was a different story. Lambs hate to be alone. When the dogs retreated to their beds for the night and the loons began to call over the lake, the lamb started to cry for his mama. And his brother. And his aunt and uncle. The Farmer suggested we do what he did when he adopted a puppy that wouldn’t stop crying. Feed it, make it a nice bed, and lock it in the back of the truck. So that’s what I did. It seemed cruel and neglectful to me at first, but I could see the lamb settling down right away in its cozy space. In the morning, I brought it back out to the corral again. All in all, it was a successful outing. The Farmer and I had a nice break, we have good tans and we both managed to finish our books. The only problem is I now have a lamb who calls for me from the barnyard, thinking I’m its mother.

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Event organizer Ismail Mohamed, Mayor Jim Watson and Nicolas Moyer, executive director of the Humanitarian Coalition, announce a Sept. 14 fundraiser at city hall to assist victims of the famine in east Africa.

Other mayors asked to do the same From BENEFIT on page 1 But before the event takes place, Watson will challenge mayors of other Ontario cities to do the same. The mayor was at the Big City Mayor’s caucus for the Association of Municipalities of Ontario conference in London, Ont. from Aug. 21 to 24. That effort meant a lot to Ismail Mohamed, one of the community organizers of the event and a resident of Barrhaven. Before coming to Canada, Mohamed found himself in a Kenyan refugee camp during another African famine in 1992. Having been through a similar ordeal, Mohamed said his “heart goes out” to the

current victims who are living through a famine 20 times worse than the one he experienced. “The complexity of this crisis shouldn���t thwart us from the ability to act,” he added. Nicolas Moyer, executive director of the Humanitarian Coalition, said he is grateful to the mayor for spreading awareness about the continuing need for funds. Moyer also wanted to remind Ottawans that they can contribute to the cause even if they cannot attend the Sept. 14 event. “No amount is too small,” he said.


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Teen girls had the chance to bang down doors, search and rescue in the dark, lift ladders and climb up the side of a 35 foot building last week, all while wearing up to 50 pounds of firefighter gear. The Female Firefighters in Training camp (Camp FFIT) ran at the Ottawa Fire Services Training Division Building at 898 Industrial Road from Aug. 15-19. The course has been designed to give young girls the chance to see what being a firefighter is about. Organized by the City of Ottawa and Fire Service Women of Ontario, a non-profit association of women in career and volunteer fire departments in Ontario, the camp pushes girls both physically and mentally. Twelve-year firefighter veteran and one of the first women to become a firefighter in Ottawa, Louise Hine-Schmidt is the camp coordinator for Camp FFIT. “We teach them how the tools are used (in a fire) and slowly the girls progress so stuff gets a little harder as the week goes on,” Hine-Schmidt said. She said she loves watching the girls grow and become more confident throughout the week. “What I see as the best part is the first day they come in, they are shy and a

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The Female Firefighters in Training camp ran at the Ottawa Fire Services Training Division Building at 898 Industrial Road from Aug. 15-19 and gave 24 girls at the camp a chance to learn what it is like to be a firefighter. little bit afraid – they don’t know what to expect and by the end of the week they have grown exponentially,” HineSchmidt said. “And I hope they finish with a lot of self confidence.” For the Ottawa Fire Service this camp

puts the idea of recruiting in a whole new light. The camp had a limited number of spaces and for girls to be considered, they had to fill out an application that asked a number of questions about

their intent. Only 24 got a chance to participate in the program. For Emily Organ it was simple. Her dad is a firefighter and she wants to truly understand what her father’s job is all about. “It is not easy that is for sure,” she said. Not really planning on choosing the firefighter career path, she said she now appreciates what her father does every time he leaves for work. Meanwhile Michelle Eves,16, signed up for the camp because she is seriously thinking about becoming a firefighter when she finishes high school. “I am really interested in firefighting and I thought that if I took this camp I would really know for sure if I really wanted to do it or not,” Eves said. She added she loves the adrenaline that saving people from a fire can give as well as the opportunity to work and help the community. “This is letting them know this is a possible career choice for them,” HineSchmidt said. “It is about watching them grow...they just become just such good friends with each other and there is a lot of team, a lot of camaraderie and its summer camp, that is what it is.”

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HIV rates spur condom campaign The highest rate of HIV infection among young men in a decade has Ottawa Public Health worried. The health unit is stepping up prevention efforts with a new condom initiative and other approaches aimed at stemming a large increase in HIV infections. HIV infections in Ottawa jumped from 32 at this point last year to 46 cases already this year, and that’s a cause for concern, said Dr. Vera Etches, associate medical officer of health for the City of Ottawa. “It’s a higher number than we would expect to see in that six-month period. Higher, in fact, than it has been ever in six months in the last 10 years,” Etches said. The largest increase is seen in men aged 20 to 29, Etches said. Rates among 30to-39-year-old men are also higher. Nearly all of the cases (89 per cent) are men, and two-thirds of the cases involve men who have sex with men. “It’s high enough that we felt it’s a good time to go out with more messaging and more awareness raising among younger men who have sex with men, primarily,” Etches said. She said that Ottawa Public Health had shifted its focus to encouraging people to get tested for sexually transmitted infections, but after seeing the recent statistics, the public health authority decided to change tactics.

“There is almost a topic, a focus … Now we’re shifting back to more of the safer-sex messaging because we see that is underlying the increase in STIs (sexually transmitted infections) – the need to protect oneself.,” Etches said. The campaign will really get underway in the fall and target schools, particularly university and college frosh weeks, as well as sex workers. Ottawa Public Health will also have a presence at Capital Pride, which wraps up with the parade on Sunday, Aug. 28. “It’s to get people talking, to get people used to the idea that it is still important to use a condom,” Etches said. “Around men who have sex with men, sometimes there is a sense that, ‘If I get HIV, it can be managed,’” Etches said. “So (we’re) kind of just highlighting why it is still worth practising safer sex to protect yourself and others.” Along with events, public health will also be rolling out a social media campaign and increasing the number of condoms it distributes. But the amount of funds available for purchasing condoms is always a consideration and sometimes limits the amount public health is able to hand out, Etches said. Chlamydia rates are also on the rise, with “significantly more” cases reported in the last 12 months than in the year prior. So far, 1,189 cases of Chlamydia have been identified this year, while there were almost 30 fewer cases at this time last year.

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Dash to Raceway for an evening with the Sens EMMA JACKSON emma.jackson@metroland.com

What’s better than meeting half the Senators hockey team, enjoying a meal at the Rideau Carleton Raceway and watching your favourite Sens race horses against other celebrities on the Ottawa South track? Supporting a good cause while you’re at it. Parents and kids can check out the Dine and Dash for Dom event at the Rideau Carleton Raceway this Friday, Aug. 26 for an evening of races, food and chances to win one-on-one time with “a good number of the young guns” from the Senators NHL team, while supporting six-year-old Dominic Richmire who has an inoperable brain tumour. The young Gatineau resident loves horses and the Ottawa Senators. When Rideau Carleton racer Ed McHale found out that Dom is terminally ill, he invited him to his farm in Dunrobin to see the horses. Shortly after meeting Dom, McHale decided he needed to help him and his family, and began to organize the event. The raceway event will feature celebrity races between Senators and members of the media, as well as exciting silent auction items to raise money for Dom’s family and Roger’s House, which offers respite care for terminally ill children. Among the auction items is a chance

to ride with your favourite Senator in the limo that starts each race on the track. “We have a big limo that starts the horses, and you can take four people in the limo. You’re there when the horses starting, you’re in the action on the track,” McHale said. Fans can also bid on a 12-person suite at Scotiabank Place compliments of the Sens Foundation. For $40 per adult, families will have access to the event that runs from 5 to 11 p.m. Friday night. Confirmed Sens players and coaches include defenceman Matt Carkner, assistant general manager Tim Murray and new head coach Paul MacLean – and, of course, Sparty Cat. Many others are scheduled to come but have not been confirmed, McHale said. Rideau Carleton Raceway donated the space for the event, and event coordinator Ann Davis said it’s the least the raceway can do. “It’s really for Rogers House and for Dom’s family, so really we want to raise as much money as possible. Dom is one of many children that Rogers House supports and I don’t think anyone can imagine what his family is going through,” she said. McHale said the money will be split evenly between the family, which faces many extra travelling costs while having to stay at home to care for Dom, and

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A Monday morning explosion at a south end manufacturing plant sent one person to hospital and destroyed this $10,000 forklift.

One in hospital after plant explosion in south Ottawa OTTAWA THIS WEEK STAFF An explosion at a manufacturing plant in south Ottawa has sent one person to the hospital with severe burns. Firefighters responded to a 911 call today from Masterloy Products Company located at 5663 Doncaster Rd. The plant was evacuating as firefighters arrived. Emergency crews attended to an injured man who had second and third degree burns on his arms and legs. The man was later transported to the hospital by paramedics. The cause of the fire has been deter-

mined to be an explosion in a dust collection unit. The fire damage is estimated at $50,000 damages to the building, $50,000 to the contents of the building. A $10,000 forklift was also destroyed in the fire. Firefighters remain on the scene. Masterloy Products Company specializes in manufacturing ferromolybdenum and ferrovanadium, substances used to make high-strength low-alloy (HSLA) steel. Company officials were unavailable for comment.

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Sparty Cat will be the furriest member of the Ottawa Senators at the Rideau Carleton Raceway Friday, Aug. 26 when Sens, media and families come together to support Rogers House and six-year-old Dom Richmire. Rogers House, which is constantly in need of resources. Kids can get in for free and each ticket

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CLINIQUE DE SOLUTIONS AUDITIVES 10 YEARS OF HEARING SOLUTIONS! Your ability to hear is priceless. Even the slightest hearing loss, if untreated, has significant consequences. You become disconnected from your world as loved ones become mumblers and asking to repeat becomes a nuisance. Your safety and independence is compromised. You risk misdiagnoses and diminishing cognitive abilities. Indeed, untreated or improperly treated hearing loss has a pronounced negative impact on your quality of life. Consulting the appropriate hearing healthcare provider, in the most independent setting, is crucial to ensure that you continue to enjoy an engaging, productive and rewarding life.

This hearing healthcare approach differs drastically with that of retail settings, larger clinics and chains. Unfortunately, patients there are too often nameless, shuffled between staff, rushed through consultations and offered a limited choice of hearing aid models. At Hearing Solutions Clinic, the same Audiologist always takes her time to both answer all your questions and listen to your concerns. This is followed by the luxury of being able to choose from an unlimited range of the most upto-date products thereby guaranteeing a hearing solution that is unique to you, your lifestyle and your hearing needs. ‘’It would not be in my patient’s best interest for the clinic to only carry its exclusive brand, one line of products or even a few favored manufacturers like many larger centers do. To find the right solution, flexibility and selection is key. It is important to consider all the options across all of the manufacturers because their products vary greatly, from a variety of noise reduction systems to different telephone solutions, from rechargeable hearing aids to Bluetooth capabilities. Moreover, hearing aids may not always be the best or only solution. We therefore also carry a wide variety of assistive listening devices.’’ explains Rosanne. By remaining

Left to right are Doctors of Audiology Rosanne McNamee & Maria Perez independent, private, as well as locally owned and operated, Hearing Solutions Clinic has no manufacturer limitations and very competitive prices. Rosanne further distinguishes herself from the other clinics by solely hiring professionals that hold the highest level of education in the hearing healthcare field. There are no unregulated Hearing Instrument Specialists at Hearing Solutions Clinic, only Doctors of Audiology who are diligent at keeping the clinic up-to-date in technology and practice. In addition, Rosanne protects the special quality of her clinic by ensuring that all employees share the core values, beliefs and principles that created Hearing Solutions Clinic a decade ago. Consequently, you receive the service of professionals who are not only top in their field, but who pride themselves on offering quality products and the highest standard of care. You will never worry whether or not you have chosen the best place to trust with your hearing needs. So, if you believe in your right to the best, fullest and most customized service available, book your consultation with one of our Doctors of Audiology at Hearing Solutions Clinic, conveniently located at 1915 Baseline Rd, suite 202 (across from Home Depot). Parking is free! Home visits optional.

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Rosanne McNamee, Doctor of Audiology, Registered Audiologist, is the owner of Hearing Solutions Clinic and is celebrating a decade of service this year! This 10 year success undoubtedly stems from the fact that Hearing Solutions Clinic offers a kind of hearing healthcare that is lacking in Ottawa. ‘’I had concerns about the qualifications and motivations of many dispensing locations so I decided to open my own practice to preserve and protect comprehensive hearing healthcare.’’ explains Rosanne. At Hearing Solutions Clinic you won’t be in a large retailer, hear an office jingle, find crowded waiting rooms, be lured by marketing schemes or feel the pressure of sales tactics. Instead, you will find yourself in a clinic with old fashion roots where hearing healthcare is the one and only priority, not hearing aid sales. It is large enough to offer amazing professional services and products, yet small enough to devote all the time necessary for uncompromised customized care. You will get top quality, integrity, and no shortcuts.


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Arts and Culture

Art school expands into Riverside South EMMA JACKSON emma.jackson@metroland.com

The Village School of Art in Osgoode is expanding to Riverside South for the first time this

fall, offering 10 artistic courses for youth on Sunday mornings between September and December at Moncion’s Independent Grocer. From painting to cartooning

to building life size Halloween ghouls for the yard, Osgoode native and artist Bonnie McQuillan will lead kids through a variety of artistic techniques over the course of 10 Sundays in

the fall. She said kids are much more capable of making beautiful artwork than they – and their parents – think. “Some of their approaches are really great, and what’s really great is that especially when they’re younger they don’t have that ‘stop and check yourself ’ instinct yet. When they’re just free its pretty amazing what you see and what happens,” she said. “What’s really, really amazing is when someone says ‘I can’t do that’ and seeing the look on their face when they realize they can. A lot of people think it’s magic, and there is a small element of that, but learning and understanding the technical abilities for art is no different than learning how to build cabinets or fix a car.” The Riverside South workshops will be one-off classes in the community room on Sunday mornings.

September’s lineup includes “drip and blow” characters, dog doodles, foam puppets and colour experiments. In October, kids can make life-like Halloween lawn ghouls, Thanksgiving centrepieces, art with fish designs, cartoons and Andy Warhol prints. In December, robots, fairies and ballerinas will dominate the classes. McQuillan said she’s excited to expand into the Riverside South neighbourhood, which currently lacks many arts resources for children outside school. “I’m just testing it to see how it will go, because I think it will be a really good area. I think once people know and I can get more time booked, I think it will be good for programs,” she said. For more information or to register for a class, visit www. artmadefun.com.

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The many Alices, rabbits and other wonky characters from Lewis Carroll’s Alice in Wonderland practice their lines at the Osgoode Township Museum on Aug. 18. The drama camp will perform the play on Friday, Aug. 26.

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The Osgoode Township Historical Society and Museum has gone down the rabbit hole this summer with their first-ever children’s drama camp. Ten children from the Vernon area will perform Alice in Wonderland on Friday, Aug. 26 after only two weeks of practice, putting on a free show for the community at 2:30 p.m. in front of

the museum. Camp organizer Tara Heft said the group – which includes five different Alices – had a great time learning the parts and getting ready for the show. The performance will run about one hour on Friday afternoon and will take place outside in the new playground unless it’s pouring rain, Heft said. Residents can bring lawn chairs or blankets to watch the free show.


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Back to School How ready are you for back-to-school? their families. After collecting their own infections, parents and siblings then inadvertently spread the bugs to their friends and coworkers throughout their own days. “People infected with rhinovirus or influenza are contagious starting about 12 hours before they even start to feel any symptoms,” says Dr. Kaplan, “making it very difficult to prevent spreading those viruses around.” From schools to homes to workplaces, it’s easy to track the impact of these inconvenient infections. According to a report by the CBC, colds and flu are estimated to cost the Canadian economy more than $1 billion per year in healthcare costs and lost productivity due to sick days. There are steps you can take to reduce your likelihood of getting sick: avoid doorknobs and elevator buttons, and wash your hands often. For adults and children over 12 years, supporting your immune system before you get sick by taking Cold-FX is a good strategy. People without contra indications should also consider getting the annual flu shot. Cold and flu season starts earlier than you might think, but with a strong prevention strategy, you can stay healthy right through until spring.

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means in which a child is victimized by cyberbullying include repeated e-mails or instant messages, posting real or doctored images online, sharing intimate information against a child’s will and encouraging other children to share in the bullying. Breaking into online accounts, such as e-mail or social networking accounts, is also considered cyberbullying. Though some instances of cyberbullying rise to a level where criminal charges are filed, this is rare. BS117007

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(NC)—It’s back-to-school time, and with kids trading the contents of their lunchboxes, they’ll be swapping more than sandwiches. According to Dr. Alan Kaplan, Chairperson of the Family Physician Airway Group and Executive member of the International Primary Care Respiratory Group, “Every year like clockwork, two weeks after kids go back to class, the cough and cold season starts with a bang.” “It’s no surprise that respiratory infections spike when people suddenly change their routines, diets, and sleeping patterns, which makes them more susceptible to infection, and then gather together in small rooms for hours on end,” continues Dr. Kaplan. Dr. Charles Gerba, a professor of environmental microbiology, led a research project on hygiene in schools which found that 50% of the classroom surfaces they examined were hosting some sort of virus. “With those kinds of opportunities for transmission,” adds Dr. Kaplan, “it’s no wonder that, on average, 200,000 schooldays are missed because of illness in Canada every month.” And it’s not just the young ones getting sick. Students of all ages dutifully bring home all the germs they’ve collected in school, and generously share them with

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(MS) Every year parents spend significant amounts of money on school expenses. While there’s not much parents can do about tuition, there are ways to save on additional expenses, including clothing. Restocking a student’s wardrobe can be costly, but savvy Moms and Dads can lessen the blow in a variety of ways. Although students may not yet be ready to head back to class, both parents and children may not be looking forward to school shopping for a number of reasons. • Expenses: Statistics posted on Chiff.com indicate that $7.2 billion were spent on school clothing in 2009 for American students. In Canada, statistics show that nearly $450 million were spent on boy’s and girl’s clothing and accessories in 2008. Shopping for school items can be a big expense, one that’s especially tough to handle after paying for a summer vacation or financing kids’ stays at camp. • Time: Crowded stores can make shopping stressful, especially when kids (and adults) would rather be spending time elsewhere. • Intimidation: Facing a store full of stocked racks and shelves can make even the most avid shopper feel a little anxious. Parents face decisions about choosing clothing that is both acceptable to the school and trendy enough for their kids. This can put added pressure on shoppers. Whether school shopping is fun or feared, it’s a necessity for parents and kids alike. Here are eight tips to make the process a bit easier and help parents save money as well. 1. Assess what is already on hand. Shopping doesn’t have to mean creating an entirely new wardrobe from scratch. It often means supplementing existing clothing with new pieces that can make things look fresh. Unless a child has entirely outgrown pants and shirts from last

year, chances are there will be a number of pieces that are still usable and appropriate. Take a day or two to go through kids’ wardrobes and set aside items that can be used for school. Make a list of new items to purchase.

Getting children ready to head back to school often entails supplementing their wardrobe with new items.

2. Establish a budget. Set a limit as to how much will be spent on each child and don’t stray over that limit. Around $150 to $200 may be adequate to pick up a few basics. Taking out cash from the bank and spending only what is in hand may make shoppers less likely to overspend or turn to credit cards for purchases.

3. Stock up on the basics. New undergarments and socks will be needed. Aim for about 10 to 12 pairs of each. This also may be a good time to purchase pre-adolescent girls a training bra or sports bra to provide some support. 4. Buy new shoes. Shoes are one element of a wardrobe that may need to be entirely new. Active children tend to wear out shoes quickly. One pair of sneakers and one pair of dressier shoes, like oxfords, or ballet flats for girls, may be adequate. 5. Shop sales. If the weather is warm, it’s possible to save money on clearance T-shirts and shorts that stores are putting on sale to make room for next season’s items. Don’t fill a student’s wardrobe with heavy sweatshirts or sweaters at this juncture. Layering options are good because students can adjust accordingly to feel comfortable. 6. Intermingle designer with discount. Not every item in a child’s wardrobe has to be trendy. Layering items, such as T-shirts, can often be picked up for a discount in stores like Target or Walmart or Old Navy. Outer items, like jeans or some shirts, can be picked up from the trendier stores. Shop their sales and see if they offer coupons by signing up to loyalty Web sites. 7. Go early in the day. Although it may be a challenge get the kids up and dressed to visit stores when they’re in vacation mode, arriving early means thinner crowds and refreshed children. Kids who are tired or hungry can be prone to meltdowns. Pack snacks and drinks to be on the safe side. Some stores offer early bird special sales, which can make shopping once the doors open even more advantageous. School shopping signals the end of vacation time. Make the most of the opportunity to save and reduce stress when shopping. BS117027

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DAN PLOUFFE It wasn’t quite the finish they were after with a pair of losses in championship games, but the Myers Riders football club enjoyed a banner summertime season nonetheless as its Peewee and Junior Varsity teams competed in the Ontario Varsity Football League finals this past weekend at Rogers Centre in Toronto. “It hurts right now for the guys, and it hurts for the coaches, but I think once a couple days go by and everyone starts reflecting on the season – a lot of teams would give a lot to have our 10-1 record,” says Riders Junior Varsity coach Matt Murfitt, whose squad fell 21-7 to Mississauga. “We had a lot of new players this year with only seven returning, and getting to the finals is a huge accomplishment in this league because it’s so competitive.” It was much the same feeling for Ralph Siciliano and his Peewee troops, who fell to Cambridge 28-21 on a touchdown with under five minutes left in the fourth quarter. There was the disappointment that their air attack proved costly with turnovers, but reaching the final for a third year in a row provided reason to celebrate. “It’s a great thing for this program,” notes Siciliano, whose club draws players from the western portion of the city past Bronson Avenue as far as Perth and Smiths Falls. “It’s a proven success year

after year. The kids know that hard work, good effort and discipline always gets the end result that we want. They’re dedicated.” The Riders Varsity team also made it to the league semi-final with an undefeated run up to that point, scooping up seven places on the OVFL all-star squad in the process with Mike Leno, Sean Mellor, Chris Fanning, Mitchell Spence, Rashid Timbilla, James Mau and Brad Hinton. Also honoured were Peewee players Joseph Donnelly, Andree Akinniyi, Edward Ekiyor, Brandon Whiteman and Gates Harding, along with Junior Varsity Riders Mathieu Bradley, Alex Brazeau, Michael Aruda, Lake Johnson, Joey Belanger, Ethian Goulet, Jordan Gorgichuk, as well as coach Murfitt. “It’s been a very special group. Teams of this calibre are only assembled every so often, and this is one of those teams,” Murfitt adds. “There’s a tremendous amount of camaraderie on this team. These guys made friends that I hope are lifelong relationships for them.” Playing in a provincial final in a massive stadium like Rogers Centre also provided an unforgettable moment for the teenaged players. “They were definitely excited,” Siciliano recounts. “As we pulled in on the bus, you could see the eyes light up.” While the dome was a fun setting, it was also a bit of a disadvantage for Murfitt’s group in particular since their opponents

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AUG. 27: Come out for the Greely Legion’s annual community BBQ and corn roast Saturday, August 27. Beginning at 2 p.m., join your neighbour in a game of horseshoes, euchre or darts and at 5 p.m. enjoy a barbecue and corn roast. Admission is $8 per adult and $5 per child. Greely Legion is located at 8021 Mitch Owens Rd. For more information call Linda Wyman at 613822-0233.

SEPT. 13: The once-a-month Messy Church initiative hosted by St. Martin’s Anglican Church at 2120 Prince Charles Rd. is underway from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. It is a wonderful way for young families to enjoy a fun-filled exploration of church and faith via crafts, stories, songs and games topped by a meal together. No fee to participate. Open to all families with toddlers to preteens. Register in person at 4:30 p.m. or in advance by phone: (613) 722-6077 or email: administration@stmartinsottawa.ca

SEPT. 16 Giant Book Sale Sept. 16 4 p.m.- 8 p.m. and Sept. 17 9 a.m.-2 p.m. St. James United Church 5540 Main St, Osgoode hundreds of books to choose from.

SEPT. 18: 1000 Islands & Two Castle Tour Depart 8:00 a.m. return- evening Friends of the Farm is offering

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OCT 1: Greely Lions Fundraising Gala: Mark your calendars for one of Greely’s premier fundraising events. The Greely Lions Club’s Annual Fundraising Gala will be held on Saturday, October 1 at the Falcon Ridge Golf Course. Contact Ron Van Dusen at (613) 822-1136 for more details.

NOV. 4, 5 & 6 Homes for the Holidays 9th Annual Charity House Tour To support The Hospice at May Court 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. each day Visit six distinguished homes in Ottawa decorated for the holidays. Ticket booklets $35 each on sale as of September 9th. For ticket booklet sale locations or to buy online visit: www.hospicemaycourt. com or call 613-260-2906 ext. 232. The Hospice at May Court, 114 Cameron Ave.

ONGOING: Workshops will be held in Riverside South to teach volunteers how to make milk bag crocheted mats from 4L milk packages, to be sent to families in distressed areas of the world. Using the milk bags for this purpose is keeping them out of our landfills. Even if you do not know how to crochet, you can participate and learn this simple project. Students can earn volunteer hours by helping with the cutting of the bags. For information contact: crochetmats@rogers.com.

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The Junior Varsity squad wound up with the best record of the three Myers Riders teams at 10-1, while the club’s overall OVFL record for the season stood at an impressive 27-5. could arrive from Mississauga on game day. “Travel was a factor,” says Murfitt, whose squad owned the league’s only perfect record leading up to final. “It’s always easier to play a game when you can sleep in your bed at night and get up and have your normal day to prepare.”

Although the start of the National Capital Amateur Football Association league is just days away, the Riders players are already eager for next summer when they’ll get to take another crack at the big prize. “They’re really excited to come back,” Siciliano notes. “They can’t wait – they’re talking about it already.”

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