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HELP FROM HABITAT The Governor General takes time to visit with family as they prepare to move into a Habitat for Humanity renovated home.


LIFETIME OF ART A lifetime of painting is showcased by Greely artist who is ready to share all his work with the public.


Photo by Emma Jackson

ROAD OPEN AT LAST TO DRIVERS Gloucester South-Nepean Coun. Steve Desroches, left, and Mayor Jim Watson officially opened the newly finished Limebank Road on Monday, Oct. 17. The road was open to drivers by the end of September.

Town hall meeting addresses noise concerns EMMA JACKSON

PAINT IT UP Bell utility boxes are painted at Riverside Park as Christie Lake Kids take part in an innovative art program.


Home owners, concerned residents and students packed the small Greenboro Pavilion in South Keys on Thursday, Oct. 13 to talk with community leaders and authorities about noise and bylaw issues in the neighbourhood. The meeting was tense, party because many residents arrived angry about the amount of partying that happens regularly on their streets, and partly because students who received the community associ-

ation’s advertisement in their mailboxes took offense to the flyer’s “adversarial” and anti-student tone. The flyer urged residents to come out in large numbers to solve the “student housing issue” in the community, although South Keys Greenboro Community Association president Marnie McKinstry apologized for the wording and stressed the association’s intent is to foster an inclusive community, not kick students out. Although some residents heckled that they “don’t want another Sandy Hill,” a neighbourhood near Ottawa University

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The city’s bylaw department plans to ask for another “tool in the toolkit” next spring, with a proposal to charge landlords when their tenants are caught shouting. Bylaw enforcement manager Craig Calder said nuisance shouting usually happens late at night within a group of people, so it’s hard to pinpoint exactly who is making the noise. “It’s a technicality that both the police and bylaw have lost in court, so we’re trying to get the particular section amended for shouting. We’re trying to get the wording changed so we can charge the owner for the actions of their tenants,” he said. Bylaw can already charge landlords for a tenants’ loud music, but Calder said the bylaw department gets more complaints for shouting than for music. Gloucester-Southgate Coun. Diane Deans said the amendment, which if passed would likely come into effect next summer, would be a warning to landlords to keep a closer eye on their properties. “The warning to the landlord is that if you have existing problems then you need to address them,” she said. Neighbourhoods like Sandy Hill, Hogs Back, College Square and South Keys have dealt with rising noise and bylaw issues in the past decade as Carleton University and the University of Ottawa expand, bringing more students into surrounding neighbourhoods.

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Craig Calder addresses a packed room in South Keys during a town hall meeting to discuss rising noise and bylaw issues in the neighbourhood. Deans said that most students are very quiet and respectful, but bylaw officers need the power to charge the few “bad apples” and have the charge actually stick. “I think many, many, many students rent and have no problem at all...but it puts the responsibility back on the landlord and we need that tool in the toolkit to be able to effectively address some of these issues,” Deans said. She said the change wouldn’t affect landlords’ willingness to rent to students across the city. “By no means do I think this would be a blanket element that would cause students not to be able to rent units...I don’t think that’s the case at all,” she said.

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Gloucester South-Nepean Coun. Steve Desroches, left, and Mayor Jim Watson officially opened the newly finished Limebank Road on Monday, Oct. 17. The road was open to drivers by the end of September.

Limebank Road officially opened in Riverside South EMMA JACKSON

Gloucester South-Nepean Coun. Steve Desroches and Mayor Jim Watson officially opened the new section of Limebank Road between Spratt and Earl Armstrong Roads on Monday, Oct. 17, celebrating the road’s transformation “from worst to first.� “This is one of the fastest growing communities in all of Ottawa, and it was served by basically a two-lane country road. As the result of a $48 million investment, which is significant, we’ve gone from one of the worst roads in Ontario to one of the best,� Watson told media, who gathered near the brand new culvert which played a major role in flattening and improving the road. The road before its reconstruction was dark with only a single lane in each direc-

tion, with ditches on either side. The road also dipped steeply where a creek runs under the road, a section that was icy and dangerous in the winter. Accidents were common, especially in bad weather, and residents complained often, Desroches said. “Those days are the days of the past thanks to the city’s investment,� he announced, explaining the road now has two lanes from Earl Armstrong all the way to Hunt Club Road, as well as lighting and bike lanes throughout. “This is important for the community of Riverside South as an arterial into the city not only for motorists but also for our growing transit system in the south end.� He added that many residents have expressed interest in cycling into the city, which they dared not do when the road was essentially a narrow rural road.

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Alex Munter, a former city councillor and current head of the Champlain Local Health Integration Network, will replace Michel Bilodeau as the head of the Children’s Hospital of Eastern Ontario. Munter will take over as chief executive officer on Nov. 7, replacing Bilodeau, who is retiring. “When you recruit a new CEO for an organization like CHEO, you feel a huge responsibility – a responsibility to both the families of this community and the hospital employees who work so hard to support them,” said Johanne Levesque, chairwoman of the CHEO board of trustees, in a media release. Bilodeau announced his retirement plans in April, and will remain in an advisory role until the end of November. When Munter was reached on Oct. 12, the day of the announcement, he said he was

excited to hear of the appointment. “CHEO has earned a very unique and special place in the hearts of people in our region,” he said. “And for me personally, it’s just a tremendous honour.” He will leave his role as CEO of the Champlain LHIN, a posi-

“He’ll bring tremendous, tremendous experience, youth, compassion, and know-how” Dr. Wilbert Keon

tion he said he “wasn’t looking to leave.” “The LHIN is in very good hands,” Munter said, adding that Dr. Wilbert Keon, chairman of the LHIN’s board of directors, has demonstrated strong leadership along with the staff team. Keon, who worked with Munter, said he feels “bittersweet” about his colleague’s

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Alex Munter, currently CEO of the Champlain LHIN, leaves the new galley kitchen near the physical therapy wing at the Queensway Carleton Hospital during a program launch in August 2011. appointment. “He’ll bring tremendous, tremendous experience, youth, compassion, and know-how,”

said Keon. “He’ll be a great CEO.” Keon said when someone like Munter leaves the team, filling

the gap can be worrisome. However, he said the LHIN is lucky to have its excellent staff and interim CEO Chantale LeClerc. Munter left a legacy of being an outstanding CEO who was a master of community engagement, said Keon. “He was a superb communicator, and he worked tirelessly.” In his previous roles with the LHIN, City of Ottawa, University of Ottawa and Youth Services Bureau, Munter has gotten to know many members of the CHEO team, but he said his first order of business is to get better integrated with the hospital team. He also wants to advance the vision of CHEO, which is being true to teaching and research, and to provide care closer to home. My objective will be to strengthen those services and help CHEO move forward,” said Munter. Bilodeau is stepping down after a five-year term. According to the hospital’s board of trustees, Bilodeau has been instrumental in transforming the hospital which continues to be a provincial model in terms of reducing waiting times.

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A plan to expand Ottawa’s urban boundary by 850 hectares sailed through council on Oct. 12 with little fanfare. The matter, which has been ongoing since 2009 and had cost the city upwards of $400,000 in legal battles at the Ontario Municipal Board, got council’s approval without any discussion. However, Innes Coun. Rainer Bloess and Stittsville Coun. Shad Qadri did dissent on the motion, which passed on consent without a recorded vote. Rideau-Rockcliffe Coun. Peter Clark led the charge against the expansion during a planning committee meeting on Sept. 27, arguing that the location of parcels of land to be included within the city’s urban limits shouldn’t be changed from staff ’s original 2009 recommendation. “If we’re doing things as ad hoc as we’re doing here, we’re not being responsible members of council,” Clark said at the time. But Clark wasn’t in his seat when the item came up at council last week, so he couldn’t pause the vote for a renewed discussion, and the rest of council swiftly passed the matter. The move was necessary after the OMB ruled that city council should

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A parcel of land along March Road in Kanata North was the only sticking point during planning committee meetings on the urban boundary expansion, but that didn’t hold up the matter for city council, which passed the 850-hectare expansion with no discussion on Oct. 12. have sided with its staff, who suggested the 850 hectares in 2009. Instead, city council tried to limit the amount of developable land over a shorter time period to 230 hectares

in a bid to rein in sprawl. The city anticipates more appeals to the OMB from developers whose land wasn’t included in the expansion.

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Students and homeowners face off From STUDENTS on page 1 For several years, the Ottawa South neighbourhood has seen an increase in student renters who are attracted by low rent, access to the O-Train and proximity to the South Keys plaza. With students came an increase in loud parties, ill-maintained rental houses and parking problems, although GloucesterSouthgate Coun. Diane Deans maintained that the problems do not rest solely on the shoulders of students. “I don’t want this to be characterized as a student issue. It’s not us and them, it’s really a problem of absentee homeowners, absentee landlords,” she said, noting that many student houses aren’t even noticed in the community because the tenants are quiet, responsible residents. Bylaw enforcement manager Craig Calder and community police officer Constable Gary McCoy joined Deans and members of the community association, which hosted the meeting. A similar meeting was held last fall to address residents’ concerns, and several initiatives were put in place to solve some of the ongoing noise and nuisance problems. Beginning late last fall, McCoy and Calder spearheaded “proactive walkabouts” to student residences to welcome new tenants and remind them of their responsibilities as respectful citizens. Several “problem addresses” were dealt with more strenuously. McCoy and Calder sat down with the tenants and landlord from a Southgate Road house which received eight of 17 area noise

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Gloucester-Southgate Coun. Diane Deans addresses a packed town hall meeting in South Keys, where residents met with authorities to talk about noise and bylaw issues in the community. complaints last year. The problems stopped after the landlord decided not to rent to students anymore. However McCoy said even the rowdiest houses on the block can be receptive to change. “I was at (a problem) address on Clearwater Crescent yesterday, and I was speaking to the three young men who live there. I was inside the house and I was expecting something like Animal House. But this house was clean, the students were professional, they were polite, they were cooperative, and they were concerned,” he said. One resident countered that

the students “weren’t concerned at 4 a.m.” on Sept. 25 when the house hosted a large, noisy party, but McCoy said confronting a group of rowdy young people at 4 a.m. is not productive. “Trying to reason with them at 4 a.m. is probably not the time to do it. To go back a day or two later in a non-threatening way and try and develop a rapport with them is probably the best way. If the students see the community against them, they won’t open the door for us,” he said. Residents were also concerned about slow response times from bylaw and police, who often can’t get to a complaint for several

Harvest House workshop damaged by fire EMMA JACKSON

Harvest House rehabilitation centre is picking up the pieces after a fire broke out its woodworking shop and skills development centre on Stevenage Drive at about 10 a.m. on Thursday, Oct. 13. The Ramsayville-based livein centre for men with drug and alcohol addictions operates the woodworking shop as part of its skills development program, which aims to give residents a sense of purpose and work ethic. The fire started in a paint booth located on the secondfloor mezzanine of the shop. Three people were in the unit at the time. Two evacuated immediately and a third was treated by paramedics for minor smoke inhalation on site.

About 25 firefighters worked to put out the fire, which was under control by about 10:30 a.m. Firefighters had to cut a hole in the roof to make sure the fire hadn’t spread, fire services spokesperson Marc Messier said. Messier estimated the damage was about $75,000, although Harvest House staffer Bill Main said he’s not sure where that number came from. “The main damage was to the roof because the fire department has to make sure the fire had been put out, so they broke the roof. But even that’s not exactly $75,000,” Main said. He said that depending on the level of damage to equipment inside the shop, the program may have to make do without certain items until they can be replaced. Main said the Christian-

based centre hasn’t had a chance to figure out what to do from here, although staff hope to have residents back in the shop by the end of this week. Currently residents are making calendar holders as part of the organization’s annual fundraising calendar campaign. Throughout the year men also make picnic tables, clocks and other furniture to sell. Main said it’s therapeutic for the recovering addicts they try to help. “Living with 25 other guys, it’s a good break for some of the guys, and it’s therapeutic. It’s not hard work, it’s really just wood working on a hobby basis,” Main said. The units on either side of the woodshop were affected by minor smoke damage. The cause of the fire is currently under investigation.

hours. The problem was exaggerated last year because bylaw officers weren’t allowed to respond to parties involving alcohol, drugs or large groups of people. Officers would have to follow up the next day to lay a charge. That policy has since changed. “Officers now have vests and batons, they’re trained by the Ottawa Police so they can go to the party so they can deal with problem that night,” explained Calder. However there are still response limitations. In the fall and winter months, bylaw officers are only on duty until midnight from Sunday to Wednesday, and until 2

a.m. Thursday to Saturday. Afterwards noise and nuisance complaints default to the police, who must prioritize them after more urgent calls. Students at the meeting said they resented being called an “issue” and stressed that they, too, are members of the community. “There are trigger words. Calling us an issue, that was my trigger. I’m not an issue, I’m a human being just like everybody else,” said Alexandra Lamarre, a fourth year Carleton student who has lived in South Keys for three years. She has a good relationship with her neighbours, which she credits to taking time to know each other. “We really get a long with our neighbours, and part of the reason is since we moved in we’ve had that open correspondence with them,” she said. Deans said she was very pleased with the meeting, which ended with a spontaneous round of applause for the students in an unexpected show of goodwill. “The positives that I take from it is that everybody came. The landlords, the young people, the students, the people concerned about their neighbourhood. I thought it fostered an excellent dialogue, and it set the foundation upon which we can start to build a stronger community,” she said after the meeting. The community association said it hopes to work more closely with representatives from Carleton University, Action Sandy Hill (a local group that has positively broached the student housing problems in that neighbourhood), and the authorities to find effective solutions.

Man injured after dump truck collision EMMA JACKSON

A male driver suffered non-life threatening injuries after his vehicle collided with a dump truck on Albion Road just south of Leitrim Road on Monday morning. At about 8:50 a.m. on Oct. 17, firefighters were called to the scene between Leitrim and Del Zotto Avenue, where they used the Jaws of Life to remove the driver’s door and then immobilize the lone occupant of the car. Ottawa Fire Service spokes-

person Marc Messier said the driver suffered minor head injuries and a possible leg fracture, although paramedics were responsible for patient care. The paramedic service could not be reached for comment. The dump truck driver did not appear injured, according to fire services. The stretch of Albion Road where the accident occurred is currently under construction as a new intersection is installed at Findlay Creek Drive. Ottawa police are investigating.

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An Ottawa family’s dreams attracted national attention on Friday, Oct. 14 when the Governor General stopped by to make his mark on their new home, which is currently under renovation by Habitat for Humanity. Gov. Gen. David Johnston joined the many volunteers currently transforming a bungalow off Walkley Road into a state-ofthe-art accessible home for its new family, who hope to move in by mid-December. The Mohamed Ali family includes five children. The youngest child, Abdulaziz, suffers from disabilities that confine him to a wheelchair, and another child suffers from irritable bowel syndrome. The family currently lives in a two-storey home off Hunt Club Road which has no wheelchair accessibility and only one bathroom. The family said they were excited to meet the Governor General in person. “It’s nice to meet other people, especially ones that are quite famous,” said Maryam Mohamed Ali, one of two older daughters who will be getting their own bedrooms in the basement of the new home. The family’s new Habitat for Humanity home at 1902 Hampstead Pl. near Bank Street and Walkley Road is a small, white bungalow just across the street from the Jim Durrell Recreation Complex. It was purchased off the market this summer for $270,000 and is currently being renovated for about $35,000 to make it accessible for young Abdulaziz to move around. “We’re making doorways wider, we’re installing accessible bathrooms, we’re putting in tile flooring for ease of wheelchair movement and we’ll refinish the hardwood floor that’s there,” explained Donna Hicks, chief executive of Habitat’s national capital region branch. The renovations will also enlarge Abdulaziz’s bedroom in anticipation of a hydraulic lift he’ll need to help him out of bed once he gets too heavy to lift. Maryam said the house will benefit the entire family. “This house will be very important to us, because for my brother it will be wheelchair accessible and it’s going to be easier for the other children as well because we’ll have room to study, play and have people over,” she said. “It’s close by to most things such as CHEO, where my brother usually goes, and close to buses for everyone else.” Habitat for Humanity usually builds their charitable houses from scratch, but in this case

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The Mohamed Ali family gathers around their youngest member Abdulaziz, who is confined to a wheelchair, outside their new home on Hampstead Place off Walkley Road. The house is currently under renovation by Habitat for Humanity to make it wheelchair accessible. The family hopes to move in by mid-December. the non-profit organization was limited by the family’s need to be close to the children’s hospital on Smyth Road. After an eight month search, Habitat finally found what they were looking for, with an added act of charity. “There were actually multiple bids on this house and the (selling) family chose to take our bid even though it was slightly less, because they liked the idea that we were helping a family,” explained Johannes Ziebarth, president of the NCR Habitat branch. Ottawa Delta Hotels offered a gift of $75,000 to help them with the down payment, and many donations have kept renovations to only $35,000. However the organization still needs to fundraise $140,000 to pay off the mortgage. Hicks said she’s excited to help such a worthy family. “They’re a great family, we have loved working with them. The little guy and I have become such good friends,” she said.

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Governor General David Johnston joined the national capital region’s Habitat for Humanity CEO Donna Hicks, right, and Delta Hotels general manager Peter Gillis at a home currently under renovation for an Ottawa family. The house, which was chosen for its proximity to CHEO is being made entirely wheelchair accessible for the family’s youngest son Abdulaziz.

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How many more lives need be lost?


he city is mourning the loss of a 15-yearold Glen Cairn boy who took his own life last weekend. Jamie Hubley, son of Kanata South Coun. Allan Hubley, was a much-loved son and brother, a talented performer and a member of the A.Y. Jackson Secondary School Glee Club with his whole life in front of him. His death has sparked an outpouring of grief from classmates, horrified and saddened the boy felt there was no other escape from his pain other than suicide. This week, thousands of people across the city are asking the same question – why? In his own words, Jamie said he felt alone in his high school, after coming out this year as being gay. The teen wrote in his online blog that he was struggling with a deepening depression. He was taking antidepressants, but said they just weren’t working. His parents obviously loved their son very much and helped him as much as possible, taking him for treatment of his depression. But was there something else that we as a community could have done collectively to help Jamie and other youth like him dealing with suicidal

thoughts? Jeremy Dias, the founder of Jer’s Vision, an organization that works to address bullying, homophobia and discrimination in schools and youth communities, wants to introduce programs that make our schools more inclusive for queer youth. Canada needs a national suicide prevention strategy, one that includes a strategy for helping lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans and queer youth, he said. We agree. Canada is the only G8 country without a national suicide prevention strategy. In September, our newspaper ran a series of articles about the issue of youth suicide (which can be found on our website at yourottawaregion. com). We learned suicide is the second leading cause of death for people age 10 to 24, according to Statistics Canada. On a grassroots level we need to teach the issue in schools and provide suicide prevention training for any adult who works with children. This is a national problem in need of a national solution, from the ground up. It takes a village to raise a child – it might need a nation to save them.


Not quite three cheers for the CBC


n a couple of weeks, the CBC will be full of celebrations of itself, and we should celebrate too. Seventy-five years ago, the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation was formed and it has enriched our lives immeasurably. It has done this mainly by providing intelligent content not available elsewhere. While private radio and television stations chased ratings by pandering to the lowest common denominator, the CBC has provided a steady diet of news, current affairs, arts coverage and smart talk. For the longest time, the CBC has been one the things Canadians talked about when distinguishing ourselves from citizens of other countries. It was right up their medicare and hockey. While some have criticized CBC as elitist, many of its greatest triumphs have been far from that — think of Wojeck, Wayne and Shuster, Country Hoedown, The Friendly Giant, The Beachcombers, The Royal Canadian Air Farce. It’s quite a history. So how come so few of us feel like celebrating? The main reason is a feeling that CBC is no longer interested in doing the things that made it great. There is basically no arts programming on television. The CBC used to pride itself on supporting Canadian artists — discovering them, paying South Edition

CHARLES GORDON Funny Town them, giving them a chance to perform and bringing them to an audience. There is considerably less drama on television, a strength in the past. Original drama has been replaced by a series of reality TV shows. On radio, specialized music programming — classical and jazz programs that delighted their audiences — has mostly given way to a bland potpourri, designed to offend no one and thrill no one either. This comes from trying to attract a wide audience and CBC people will say that’s necessary because government funding is inadequate and more advertising revenue is needed. For the advertising revenue to come there need to be large audiences. The large audiences, the CBC has decided, will not show up to watch and listen to the things CBC has always done best. Is the new approach working? As far as

anyone knows, there has been no surge in CBC ratings, with one somewhat ironic exception: the CBC radio morning and afternoon drive shows, which do things the way the CBC always did them, with extended interviews, reviews and panels. In Ottawa, CBC information shows do deservedly well. In other areas, particularly TV, programmers are scuffling, too quick to make some decisions — redesigning the national news — too indecisive to make some others — which explains the survival of the embarrassing Don Cherry. News, long a CBC strength, has become glib, overpackaged, superficial and inadequate. On Manitoba election night, viewers in other provinces searched CBC in vain for detailed results and found them, in full detail, on the much-maligned Sun News Network. CBC put its results online, as if that were enough for a network with national responsibilities. On Ontario election night, CBC was quick to cover what was on Twitter, causing at least one CBC loyalist to check out TV Ontario, finding results-based, no-nonsense coverage with experienced commentators and never going back to CBC. These are all small examples, but they show something. So does the local CBC’s recent decision to drop theatre reviews from its morning information show.

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OPINION THIS WEEK’S POLL QUESTION Has the news that 6,800 people might have been infected with HIV at a local clinic changed your view of Ottawa health care?

A) Yes. I’m going to take a close look at all the practitioners I visit from now on.

B) No. It was only one rotten egg. C) Only if I visit a new clinic. I’m confident my doctors operate clean facilities.

D) If nothing else it should prompt a sweeping investigation of the area’s clinics.

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have to go in and select just a few lucky individuals to go off on that eternal holiday. And we have to bring them to the processor in Smiths Falls ourselves. I went once. I don’t know if I can do it again. I may just have too much writing to do next week. I think I feel the flu coming on. In any case, I don’t think I’ll be going along for the ride. Have you seen the episode of M*A*S*H where Radar rescues the lamb from being the main course at a Greek celebration? I know how Radar feels. I too have radar love. Don’t get me wrong—the lambs are perfectly happy to be getting in the back of the truck and going on a road trip, as long as there is more than one of them in there at a time (they hate to be alone). Once the trip is underway, they peek out the windows and comment calmly on the passing scenery. They are quite content. I know the people who run the processing operation as well. They are very nice people and I’m confident they treat

the animals humanely and with great care. But it still sucks. Many times I am asked if I can eat lamb. The answer is yes, I love lamb, in a Greek restaurant or at someone else’s house. But I can’t stand the smell of it cooking because it reminds me of our lambs under a heat lamp in the barn or in the basement of our house. So the Farmer is not allowed to cook it when I’m around. He may try to sneak some into the bbq this year and I may be able to handle that, as the smell will be outside. We’ll see. I try not to think about it too much. I know the lambs are born and raised with the intent of becoming meat. I try not to name them or to get too attached, as a result. When it’s time to say goodbye I thank them, give them a hug and send them off. I’m in big trouble when it’s time to sell our beef cows. I don’t get too attached to the males in the short time that they are around but when it comes time to say goodbye to Betty, Ginger, Mocha, Julie or Q-tip, I’m done for. But I figure we can just keep building up the herd with the females for years to come, so I don’t have to say goodbye. No one wants to eat an old cow anyway, so the girls should be safe.

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Greely artist shows life’s work at OLV church EMMA JACKSON

A Greely senior will wear his art on his sleeve this weekend as he exhibits his collected works in Ottawa South for the first time in his life. At 86, retired graphic designer William Buchanan said it’s about time he introduced his decades of paintings to the world at large, despite deep hesitation on his part. “I’m very apprehensive and I don’t want to do it but I feel I should. I won’t be around for a long time,” he said, not-

ing part of unveiling his artistic legacy means letting go of particularly sentimental pieces. “I don’t think I’ll hang on to any, I’ll let it all hang out there. It’s about time, I guess. The time has come to reveal all.” And reveal he will, with more than 100 pieces on sale at the banquet hall attached to the Our Lady of the Visitation Church on Bank Street from Friday, Oct. 21 to Sunday, Oct. 23. Buchanan started painting in the 1960s while working as a drafter and graphic designer for various government organizations and private compa-

nies. Born in Sydney, Nova Scotia, the Greely resident is a Second World War veteran and an alumnus of the Department of National Defense and National Research Councils. He’s a former employee of the scrapped Avro Arrow project, having lost his drafting job when then-prime minister Diefenbaker cancelled the program in the 1960s. He sold paintings here and there on his lunch breaks and through one-off sales as far away as England, but he never held a formal exhibition of his work. The benefit of waiting 50 years to finally exhibit Buchanan’s career is the sheer variety of styles, genres and themes that have emerged as he grew as a person. Some he calls “troubled times” paintings which are personal and introspective works made after his service in the Second World War, which give way to more socially-minded paintings ranging in topic from the environment to animal rights to mortality. In later years, Buchanan transitioned to paint-

ing landscapes and the past decade has been dominated by colourful abstracts. His basement is packed with countless canvasses leaning up against one another, and his bright red living room walls are barely visible beneath the many framed pieces hung on them. He said he has never stopped painting, finishing his last abstract for the show on Wednesday, Oct. 12. Ten per cent of any sales will go to the Royal Canadian Legion’s fund for veterans with disabilities, which Buchanan said felt like “the appropriate thing to do.” He noted that “you don’t have to be a millionaire to come in, anyone can come in to enjoy the show.” Prices range from $250 to $1,800. The exhibition will be open from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. daily from Friday to Sunday, with appearances from the artist throughout the weekend. The banquet hall is located at 5338 Bank Street just south of Rideau Road. For more information visit www.

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The Canadian Hearing Society honoured Fire Prevention Week on Wed. Oct. 15 when they met with Ottawa fire officials at the Riverside South fire station to advocate the inclusion of visual fire alarms in the provincial fire code. The society has been pressuring the provincial government to amend the fire code, which currently only mandates building owners to install auditory fire alarms. Visual alarms, which are hardwired into a building’s electrical system and flash strobes on every floor when there’s a fire anywhere in the building, are important for people who are deaf and hard of hearing, because people with hearing difficulties often cannot hear regular auditory alarms at all, putting them in danger in the event of a fire. Society president Chris Kenopic spoke through a signing interpreter at the small meeting, sharing horror stories about people who have died from fires or carbon monoxide poisoning because they couldn’t hear their alarms. He said he’s hoping support from fire services around the province will convince newly elected politicians at Queen’s Park to spearhead a legislative change. “It’s really unfortunate that many politicians deny the importance of visual fire

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Riverside Park is looking a bit more colourful these days thanks to some young artists and a forward-thinking community association. To discourage graffiti and help at-risk youth develop positive life skills, the Riverside Park Community Recreation Association (RPCRA) invited campers from Christie Lake Kids, a Perth-area camp for urban youth living at or below the poverty line, to decorate seven Bell utility boxes in their Mooney’s Bay neighbourhood. Christie Lake Kids art director Shannel Watt-Charley asked her campers, aged nine to 13, to paint their favourite part of camp. The children drew camp fires, archery, fishing, and frogs on lily pads, cheerful scenes that now greet pedestrians and motorists throughout the neighbourhood. “It’s just such a positive program and we wanted to be a part of it,” said RPCRA project coordinator Jeanette Caron at the art project launch and volunteer appreciation barbecue at the Riverside Churches on Riverside Drive last Saturday, Oct. 15. The association applied for a grant from Crime Prevention Ottawa’s Paint it up! program, funded by the City of Ottawa. The grant money covered materials and stipends for the youth leaders, along with an upcoming trip for the young artists to the National Gallery of Canada. Greg Killough from Coun. Maria McRae’s office connected the association with Christie Lake Kids, an 89-year-old camp that draws children “from every postal code in the city,” said executive director Carole Gagne-

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(Left to right) Christie Lake Kids art director Shannel Watt-Charley, counselor Joe Ferracuti, executive director Carole Gagne-Ince, and program coordinator Jeanette Caron from the Riverside Park Community Recreation Association admire some of the newly decorated utility boxes in the Riverside Park neighbourhood. These boxes are at Flannery Drive and Springland Drive. Ince, who thinks this project was good for the campers on many levels. “We believe that kids need to feel competent at something, which increases their self esteem and confidence,” she said. “For (the campers) to focus on something that’s going to be a part of a community, for them was very exciting.” The art project has the twofold effect of guiding at-risk youth away from destructive behavior like drug abuse while dis-

couraging graffiti on the utility boxes themselves, Gagne-Ince explained. Urban youth enjoy the camp experience while contributing positively to society through community art. “It’s that sense of pride” the youth feel that makes the project special, Caron said. “The idea behind putting art in our neighbourhood is it’s not a blank canvas for graffiti artists to use,” she said. “And in the long run, it’ll beautify our community.”

The utility boxes were wrapped early last week with help from Optima Communications and the University of Ottawa’s Centre for e-Learning, and already Caron has heard a “very positive response” from residents, she said. When Watt-Charley was a camper at Christie Lake, a counselor recognized her artistic talent and arranged for her to take free lessons at the Ottawa School of Art. Today, the 19-year-old is a second-year graphic design stu-

dent at Algonquin College. “I always go back (to camp) every year because I feel I do my part for the kids,” said the art director, who can’t wait for the young artists to see their work on display. The camp is arranging a bus trip through the neighbourhood for the youth and their families. “Once they actually see it, they’ll realize, ‘People are listening to me.’ They’ll know they’re part of the community,” she said.

Ghostly Gathering hopes to scare off cancer forever EMMA JACKSON

Cancer beware! There’s a ghostly gathering in the works, and it means to stamp out cancer once and for all. Stanley’s Old Maple Lane Farm in Edwards will host its first annual Ghostly Gathering in support of the Canadian Cancer Society and the Ottawa South Relay for Life fundraiser this October. Beginning at 8 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 28 guests can pay $20 for a night of devilish delights, including a costume contest, a Jack-o-Lantern auction, pounds of free candy and, of course, a Halloween dance.

The 18-plus event will include a cash bar and is expected to last until 1 a.m. with the help of Renfrew’s Riley New Band and Russell’s 2J’s Music Machine DJ service. Stanley’s Farm is no stranger to hosting big events, having become a popular wedding destination for couples across the Ottawa Valley. But the farm lends itself especially to the haunting season. Vast empty fields, old buildings and a darkness only the light of the moon can penetrate will all add to the spooky spirit of the evening. Organizer Susan FaithLecoupe said the Halloween party is an excuse to get people together for the scariest holiday of the season while fundraising

for a good cause. “Unfortunately cancer is something that hits everybody close to home, and we decided to take something we love and something that is unfortunate and put them together to make the best out of bad situation,” Faith-Lecoupe said, noting that Halloween is her favourite holiday. A number of local celebrities have signed up for a charity pumpkin carving contest, including Mayor Jim Watson, Osgoode Coun. Doug Thompson, Live 88.5 radio hosts Jen Traplin, Chelsea Miller, Andrew Elliot and John Moran, Majic 100 radio host Stuntman Stu and his wife Connie Benardi, Doc from Chez 106.9, and barbeque

guru Stef the Grilling Gourmet. The celebrities will carve their pumpkins in advance to be auctioned off throughout the evening. Faith-Lecoupe said any money made off the pumpkins will be an added bonus for their Relay For Life fundraising. “Ideally between $20 and $30 a pumpkin would be a nice gesture and would be a decent amount to help us toward our goal,” she said. Guests can also purchase tickets for a “treasure chest raffle,” where several winners will be given keys and they’ll have to scramble to see who can actually open the chest to win the prize.

All the money raised will go towards the Ottawa South Relay for Life event, which has been held at Stanley’s Farm for the past two years. The Stanley’s Farm team will put the money toward their fundraising goal, and will share with any other teams if they help sell tickets. “The main goal is to send the money to the Canadian Cancer Society,” Faith-Lecoupe said. Tickets can be purchased in person at the Town and Country video store in Russell, and the G’s and R’s gas bar in Edwards. They can also be ordered by phone at 613-857-7630 and online at For more information visit www.

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ATV group looking to use shoulders, road allowances EMMA JACKSON

City staff are reviewing a request from a group of allterrain vehicle enthusiasts to add select road allowances and shoulders to their trail network throughout Ottawa South. Kris Gough, who is affiliated with the National Valley ATV Club, spoke at the city’s Agricultural and Rural Affairs Committee meeting on Sept. 29 to outline a plan that would allow ATV users in the city of Ottawa to use some road shoulders as well as unopened road allowances (land set aside for future roads) in the Osgoode, Greely and Manotick areas to connect one ATV trail to another. Gough presented the proposal during the open mic portion of the ARAC meeting, which meant the committee’s members could not take action on his request. They did, however, ask city staff to review the proposal. ARAC chairman and Osgoode Coun. Doug Thompson said he met with the group sev-

eral times before Gough presented at ARAC, and said it’s important to consider their request as ATV use increases in the area. “ATV ownership is growing quite rapidly, so I think it’s important to take a look at it,” he said, although he hesitated to give his full support without a staff recommendation. He said each road allowance and shoulder in question would have to be considered individually in terms of traffic load and impact on nearby residential areas. He added that other municipalities in the Ottawa Valley allow ATVs to use road shoulders, and city staff will have to research the issues that rose from such policies before making a recommendation. ATV use has been controversial in the Ottawa South area, particularly in regards to the multiuse pathway that was installed along an old rail bed starting in Osgoode. Local ATV groups actively lobbied to use the pathway, but the city decided to only allow access for


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ARAC chairman and Osgoode Coun. Doug Thompson. snowmobiles on the grounds that the path would have too many pedestrians in the summer months to share with allseason vehicles. Gough declined to comment on the details of the proposal, explaining that the idea is still in its early stages. Thompson estimated staff would likely have a recommendation prepared in time for the spring.

Three Ottawa special Olympians were honoured at a recent city council meeting. Special Olympians Christina Judd-Campbell, Meagan Michie and Marianne Scharf were presented the Shield of Athletes Medallion on Oct. 12 for their individual achievements at the 2011 Special Olympics Summer World Games in Athens by the mayor Jim Watson. Judd-Campbell started her training as a rhythmic gymnast ten years ago through the Special Olympics Gym in Ottawa. Her love and commitment for the sport left her wanting much more training than the three times a month opportunity the Special Olympic classes offered and one of the coaches Xinhang Jin offered her a rare opportunity to come to the Ottawa Rhythmic Gymnastics Club in Rockcliffe Park to continue her training to three times a week. “I have loved it since I first tried it,” Judd-Campbell said. The Olympian has represented Canada in the Special Olympics in Athens, China and Canada. In July, at the Special Olym-

Photo by Michelle Nash

Christina Judd-Campbell has been practicing rhythmic gymnastics at the Rockcliffe Park based club for the past eight years. pics World Summer Games in Athens, she won four gold medals and one silver, as well as allaround Gold Medal in Rhythmic Gymnastics Level 4 – which is the highest level in her sport. Jin said Judd-Campbell’s determination and confidence is what has made her so strong in competitions. “She has grown a lot since she fist came here,” Jin said. “We are all so proud of Christina.”

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