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South Edition Serving Riverside South, Hunt Club, Blossom Park, Osgoode, Greely, Metcalfe and surrounding communities Year 2, Issue 7

SAFE LANDING A jet flying out of the Ottawa airport made a safe landing on Dec. 1 after being involved in a possible collision with a bird.


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Residents remain locked over gateway EMMA JACKSON

NIMIQ PARK Telesat has presented Ottawa South with its newest park. It is named after one of their telecommunication satellites.


HELPING OUT The clothing drive at St. Jerome Catholic School enjoyed overwhelming support from the community. The clothing is destined for the Ottawa Mission.


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COOKIES TAKE THE CAKE IN METCALFE Metcalfe resident Kathleen Everett and Barrhaven resident Joanne Rowan will each make about 40 dozen cookies this December in preparation for the Metcalfe Grannies All About Kids Cookie Walk on Saturday, Dec. 10. Between the 16 “grandmothers” (who are not all true grandmothers) the group will bake about 8,000 cookies to be sold at a fundraiser for the Stephen Lewis Foundation. Turn to page 6 for the full story.

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The gateway to compromise remained closed last month after residents on Wyman Crescent and those living in nearby Windsor Manor couldn’t resolve their differences over a locked gate behind the seniors’ residence. Since September, Wyman and Windsor Park residents who straddle the line between River Ward and Gloucester-Southgate Ward have been trying to reach a compromise to allow a handful of seniors to take walks outside using the locked gate behind their building, while protecting adjacent Wyman Crescent from potential increases in parking, drop-offs and through traffic. On Nov. 22, Windsor Park Manor hosted a reception to speak with Wyman Crescent residents in a more casual way, after the previous meetings became heated and unproductive. However, the latest meeting has also failed, according to Windsor Park spokesperson Paul Moylan. “It wasn’t resolved. We’re still working on it,” he said, refusing to comment any further. The issue comes down to this: when the seniors’ residence was first proposed in River Coun. Maria McRae’s ward on Hunt Club Road in 2007, residents in Gloucester-Southgate Coun. Diane Deans’ ward on Wyman Crescent directly behind the building negotiated into the site plan agreement a locked gate behind the institution that would only be opened for emergencies. This was to avoid an increase in parking and convenient drop-offs at the back door, which the Wyman residents argued would alter the character of their street and put their children at an increased risk of getting hit by a car or delivery truck. However, about a dozen seniors at Windsor Park have asked that the gate be unlocked in a controlled manner to allow them to take walks through the neighbourhood without having to walk all the way around the building to get to the residential streets.


Teen arrested for three South Keys robberies EMMA JACKSON

Ottawa Police have charged a 17-yearold male with three robberies in the South Keys area, but those cover only half of the store’s robberies since October. The teen has been charged with three counts of robbery, wearing a disguise, and possessing a weapon dangerous to the public for three separate incidents that took place throughout October at the Mac’s convenience store on Bridle Path Drive near the Saratoga apartments. Each incident took place between midnight and 2 a.m., and during the first robbery on Nov. 8 the male teen reportedly brandished a handgun, for which he was charged with one count of pointing a firearm. During the robberies on Nov. 15 and Nov. 29, he wielded a knife, according to Ottawa police. Each time, the male suspect made off with an undisclosed quantity of cash and cigarettes, and twice he took bus tickets, police said in a release. But a staff member at the Mac’s store who wished to remain unnamed said there have been a total of six robberies at his store and several more at the Mac’s on Tapiola Crescent since the end of October, carried out by several different suspects. The crime map on the Ottawa Police

website indicates that three other robberies took place at the Bridle Path store Oct. 21, Nov. 3, and Nov. 5, for which the 17-year-old has not been charged. The crime map also reports three robberies in the area of the Tapiola Mac’s store on Nov. 18, 19 and 29 but does not confirm the exact address. The staff member said he and his colleagues are pleased that at least one of the robbers has been arrested. “We are happy they caught the guy, we feel relieved,” he said. In response to the rash of robberies, the employee said the store has added more staff. “Two is better, of course, because it’s more of a deterrent,” he said. However he said it’s up to Mac’s head office to make larger decisions, such as ending the store’s 24-hour service. That’s an unlikely change, though. “That’s something that might not happen. That’s the market. Convenience stores should be available for customers, because it’s convenient,” he said. Ottawa South community police officer Gary McCoy said he has reached out to the property manager at the nearby Saratoga apartments about the issue, and is planning to meet with the community this winter to address some of their ongoing concerns about crime in the neighbourhood. He said the biggest issue, particularly when it comes to youth crime,

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The Mac’s convenient store on Bridle Path Drive has been robbed six times since the end of October. is lack of services and programs. “If its youth crime, it’s often youth with too much time on their hands. So we try to say, ‘Instead of falling into crime, how about you fall into basketball,” he explained. “I’m hoping that for 95 per cent of the troublemakers, if we

out them down a healthy, positive road, that’ll take care of that.” He said the Bridle Path area really only has one public space, at the Sawmill Creek pool on D’Aoust Ave, and many youth aren’t aware of the programs available there.


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A twin engine jet carrying 93 people landed safely on the evening of Thursday Dec. 1 after an engine started smoking and had to return to the Ottawa International Airport. Just before 9 p.m., Ottawa Fire Services was called to the airport because the jet had experienced a “vibration” in one of its engines after take-off. Firefighters were escorted to inspect the plane once it had landed. The engine was smoking, but had not caught fire. Airport officials suspected a “possible

bird strike” as the cause of the problem. Ottawa Fire’s hazardous materials team responded as a precaution, but were not needed. Only 10 hours before the incident, a National Research Council turbo prop plane carrying two pilots and six researchers landed at the Ottawa Airport with only one engine after the plane’s RPM measurements stopped working. The pilots shut down the engine as a precaution and the plane landed safely around 11 a.m. Dec. 1. There were no injuries in either incident.




Riverside South’s four schools came away $1,000 richer on Monday, Dec. 5 after local satellite company Telesat and its 40 years of space technology was immortalized in the Ottawa South neighbourhood. Mayor Jim Watson, Gloucester SouthNepean Coun. Steve Desroches and Bay Ward Coun. Mark Taylor joined Canadian astronaut Steve Maclean and several Telesat executives at Steve Maclean Public School on Spratt Road to unveil the neighbourhood’s newest park, which has been named Nimiq Park after Telesat’s global telecommunications satellite. “This is in recognition of the tremendous contribution of Telesat to our city,” Desroches told a crowd of Riverside South students gathered from all four schools. “Telesat helped pave the way for Ottawa to be known as a centre of innovation for technology. The city is very proud that Telesat calls Ottawa home. We need these strong and innovative leaders.” The park is located at 5058 North Bluff Dr., on the eastern side of the neighbourhood near Limebank Road. Telesat bestowed $1,000 on each school in the neighbourhood: Steve Maclean Public School, St. Jerome Elementary School, École Élémentaire catholique Bernard-Grandmaître, and St. Francis Xavier Catholic High School. The cash

will stock each school’s library with books and resources in the math and science fields. Steve MacLean principal Denise Poirier said the money will be a welcome addition for her students, especially after Telesat’s vice president of business development Paul Bush gave a riveting presentation about how satellites are built and launched. “After today’s presentation, they can now read about it and learn about it and bring it home to tell their brothers and sisters, which is what it’s all about,” she said. She noted that the school will buy resources in both French and English, since about 75 per cent of the school is French Immersion. The word “Nimiq” is an Inuit term for something that binds things together, a name that was originally chosen through a 1998 contest before the first Nimiq satellite was launched in 1999. The chosen name was suggested by an Ottawa resident. There are currently four Nimiq satellites in space, and a fifth is being built. Taylor, who is the chairman of the city’s Community and Protective Services committee, said the name is also fitting for a park, as such spaces are meant to join the community. “For all the roads and other things the city builds, parks are really amazing, special spaces. It’s really important to tie our communities together,” he told the crowd. Watson added that the term is relevant

because Ottawa is home to the country’s largest Inuit population outside the north. Ottawa native and astronaut Steve MacLean, who is now the president of the Canadian Space Agency, visited his namesake school to commend Telesat’s innovation in space technology and to remind students that they, too, can take part in Canada’s prestigious space program when they grow up. “When I was 11, I saw the first astronauts launch into space. And I didn’t

know then how involved Canada was. I thought it was only for Americans,” he said. “But Canada is a major player. There are five major space agencies around the world – Canada, Japan, the Russian Federation, the United States, and the European Space Agency – and between us we put together the international space station. You guys can really be a part of what Canada’s doing in space.” The Nimiq satellites provide television signals for companies like Bell and the Dish Network.




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Salt diet needed for Ottawa pavement, summit hears City promoting sodium-free solutions like beet brine LAURA MUELLER

If the city wants to reduce the amount of road salt in its diet, it needs to get private property owners on board as well. That was the message heard at a “salt summit” held at city hall on Nov, 29, when approximately 50 commercial building owners, industry representatives and the Smart About Salt Council gathered to share ideas about how to keep salt use to a minimum.

It’s a strategy the city has recently subscribed to as the next step in its efforts to reduce the environmental impact and cost of dumping salt onto city roads, parking lots and sidewalks. But the city can only control how much salt it uses on its own properties, and far more salt is used on private parking lots and paved areas, said Gloucester-South Nepean Coun. Steve Desroches, who was the driving force behind the summit. In fact, about half of the salt that hits the ground in Ottawa each winter is on private property, said Bob Hodgins, the Smart About Salt Council’s executive director. “I think the City of Ottawa can play a leadership role,” Desroches said. The city is taking the lead by experi-

reducing salt use can lead to lower insurance rates because there is less chance of salt eroding structures on the property and making them unsafe or requiring more frequent, costly repairs. The summit and a Smart About Salt training program offered early in November are the start of an “explosion” of salting contractors getting on board, Karakasis said. Now that both the city and private property owners are thinking about road-salt use, they will be looking for contractors to be certified by the Smart About Salt program, Karakasis said. The Smart About Salt program is based out of southern Ontario, but Hodgins said a city-hosted event for the industry and property owners is something that’s “unique” to Ottawa.

menting with a “brine” solution for deicing sidewalks that contains organic compounds, including beet juice, Desroches said. “We’re going to continue to be aggressive with technology,” he said. Dean Karakasis, executive director of the Building Owners and Managers Association for the Ottawa area, said he hopes his members follow in the footsteps of the city, which he called an “early adopter” of the salt-reduction program. “Too often we think that the private and public sectors are at odds,” Karakasis said. “It’s great to see the city is on the same page.” Karakasis said most of the people in attendance were enthusiastic about the concepts presented, especially because

Rideau water levels still critically low OTTAWA THIS WEEK STAFF The Rideau Valley Conservation Authority has said the Rideau River still has critically low water levels, despite the rain and snow that fell over the past week. The conservation authority declared the river to be a Level One Low Water Condition on Sept. 27. In the past three

months rainfall has been 80 per cent less than normal. Although 42 millimetres fell in the last week of November alone, that was almost all that fell through the month, according to an RVCA release. Furthermore, in October, nearly three weeks passed with barely any rainfall at all. The low water levels could be harmful for aquatic animals that need to find sites

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to hibernate during the winter. If water levels sink too low, animals like frogs risk being frozen in the mud. The authority said that last week’s rain will hopefully make it somewhat easier for aquatic creatures to find suitable hibernation sites, although the forecasted rainfall will still not be enough to bring the watershed out of its Level One status. “To get out of the Level I Low Water Condition, a generalized rainfall of 20 millimeters over the entire watershed is needed,” the release said.

Authority staff will continue to monitor conditions and report new information as it becomes available. To learn more about Ontario’s Low Water Response program visit: http:// Also, visit the RVCA website for local conditions. Any individuals or business in the Rideau Watershed who may be experiencing unusual problems or hardships due to low water are encouraged to contact the Conservation Authority by calling 613-692-3571 or 1-800-267-3504, ext. 1128 or 1132.

Narcotics stolen from Riverside pharmacy EMMA JACKSON

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The debate over a large increase to make OC Transpo’s U-Pass “revenue neutral” was the lone contentious issue before city council approved its 2012 budget. Council passed the 2.39 per cent tax increase unanimously and barely any changes were made to the draft budgets presented on Oct. 26, with the exception of a few amendments to correct errors or to shuffle small amounts of cash between programs. The only significant change came when Kanata South Coun. Allan Hubley convinced the environment committee to shift $200,000 out of community sustainability programs and spend it on tree planting instead. The approval of the $2 billion 2012 budget comes after one month and 15 public meetings that yielded little outcry from the public. It means that the average urban home assessed at $304,800 will pay $75 more on the tax bill next year. Mayor Jim Watson attributed that to crafting a budget focused on “listening” to residents and stakeholders. That’s in contrast to 2011, when the budget was all about “correction” and fixing issues left behind by the last council following the October 2010 election, Watson said.

Council’s Nov. 30 budget meeting ended in just under an hour and a half, with the U-Pass issue generating the only significant amount of debate. Some councillors, including David Chernushenko (Capital), Peter Clark (Rideau-Rockcliffe), Mathieu Fleury (Rideau-Vanier) and Diane Holmes (Somerset) were hesitant about the cancellation of youth and semester passes.OC Transpo argues those discounted passes will no longer be needed because students have access to the U-Pass, which would be mandatory for all university students as part of their student fees. But it’s still up in the air whether students will approve a $70 increase in the U-Pass to $180 a year in order to make it revenue neutral. Students will vote in referenda on that issue in February. If they vote down the increase, the U-Pass will be dead, and students who need to take transit will pay regular adult fare. Like all fares, the $94 adult monthly pass is set to go up 2.5 per cent next July. Chantle Beeso, vice president of student issues for the Carleton University Students’ Association, said the association won’t recommend students vote for the U-Pass fare increase, but it won’t recommend they vote against it, either. “We’re just going to give students

the facts … and let them make the decision,” Beeso said, adding those facts will include the percentage increase in the fare compared to all other fare categories, as well as the reduction in bus service for students following OC Transpo’s massive Sept. 4 route optimization. Innes Coun. Rainer Bloess was the only councillor who made moves to put more money into the budget, but he was shot down by the mayor. Bloess’s motions didn’t jibe with a policy council approved last year that requires councillors to find savings to offset the new money they want to add into the budget. Bloess wanted to double the $5.5 million allotted to help OC Transpo deal with overcrowding, and he also wanted to let seniors ride the bus for free during all non-peak hours. Those motions were both ruled out of order.



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Grannies baking furiously for annual cookie walk EMMA JACKSON

They’re not quite cookie monsters, but they’re certainly cookie machines. Despite their demure title, Metcalfe’s Grannies All About Kids group boasts 16 dough rolling, nut chopping, cookie cutting aficionados who will churn out more than 640 dozen cookies this week in preparation for their annual Cookie Walk for the Stephen Lewis Foundation. That’s nearly 8,000 cookies baked by a handful of women in the span of a week – a minimum of 40 dozen per “granny,” or about six dozen a day for seven days straight for every person on the roster.

And they relish the challenge. “Its fun for us and its fun for the people who come to the cookie walk,” said Bev McKibbon, one of the Grannies organizers in the Ottawa South area. She said the fourth annual event’s growing popularity has motivated some grannies to bake as many as 70 dozen cookies at one time. But it’s never enough. “Last year when we opened up the doors, we looked out and there was a huge line up. We were sold out in 45 minutes,” she said. The cookie walk is held in the Metcalfe Lion’s Den on 8th Line Road, this year on Saturday, Dec. 10 at 1 p.m.

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“The only criteria is that customers need to be able to close the lid when they’re done” Bev McKibbon Metcalfe resident Kathleen Everett, who isn’t even a grandmother yet, had already made chocolate cherry cookies, cinnamon sugar cookies,

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“buckeyes,” Swedish cookies, chocolate mint cookies, nutty chocolate marshmallow puffs, peppermint cookie pops and melting snowmen cookie balls by Monday, Dec. 5 and she still had about 10 dozen to go. Her baking buddy Joanne Rowan, who has two grandchildren, had baked Skor bars, hello dollies, Christmas cupcakes and three types of shortbread before helping Everett with the melting snowmen. Coming into the Lion’s Den, visitors can buy a small box for $10 or a large box for $20. The size of these boxes is unclear, but McKibbon assures they are “a good size.” Then the cookie customers are set loose in an orderly fashion on the cookiecovered table. “The only criteria is that customers need to be able to close the lid when they’re done,” McKibbon laughed. Of course, this can lead to a certain kind of Christmas cookie crisis: regulars desperate to for their favourites; newcomers trapped on the wrong side of the table from an especially inviting cookie; overexcited customers filling their box to the top only to find another favourite farther down the table. But for the most part the event is a jolly one, full of Christmas cheer bolstered by the knowledge that not only do

customers get a break on baking but they’ve also helped an important organization in the process. Grannies All About Kids is the Metcalfe chapter of the Grandmothers to Grandmothers campaign, which raises funds for the Stephen Lewis Foundation supporting African grandmothers who are raising their grandchildren orphaned by the AIDS epidemic. According to the group, about 15 million children have been orphaned by AIDS in sub-Saharan Africa, and the number is rising rapidly. Grandmothers there have had to bury their own children and then at age 50, 60 or 70 begin to parent again while they raise their orphaned grandchildren. Between 40 and 60 per cent of all orphans in sub-Saharan Africa live in a household headed by their grandmother. McKibbon said the Metcalfe group raised about $1,500 last year, and this year they hope to raise $2,000. The money is used to supply African grandmothers with food, school supplies and clothing for their grandchildren as well as counselling and support services for the entire family. For more information about the Grandmothers to Grandmothers campaign visit www.

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Metcalfe resident Kathleen Everett and Barrhaven resident Joanne Rowan made cookie balls to be turned into adorable snowball heads on Monday, Dec. 5 as part of their preparation for the Metcalfe Grannies All About Kids Cookie Walk on Saturday, Dec. 10. Everett and her two teenaged daughters had already made 30 dozen cookies before she joined Rowan for an evening of fun in the kitchen.


it’s the same thing. The notion that our seniors are programmed to walk at certain times of the day (is nonsense),� she said. She said she doesn’t believe there is a parking problem, and that families wouldn’t abuse the gate to pick up or drop off their family members. Deans disagrees, noting that Wyman residents feel targeted in the ongoing dispute. “The residents felt they negotiated (the site plan agreement) in good faith.

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The locked emergency gate behind Windsor Park Manor is supposed to be locked at all times, but seniors in the residence and residents on Wyman Crescent directly behind are negotiating a compromise that would allow the gate to be open at certain times of the day to allow seniors to take walks through the neighbourhood.




Earlier in the fall, Wyman Crescent residents agreed the gate could be opened between 9 a.m. and 3 p.m. on weekdays, with gate keys kept at the front desk and signed out when seniors wanted to use them. This agreement was informal, one that would go against the site plan’s official stipulations but would be allowed as long as all sides agreed. However Windsor Park residents have since asked for more than just 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on weekdays. According to McRae, the handful of seniors affected would like it opened from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. and from 5 to 7 p.m. as well as on weekends. Deans argues that this proves bad intentions, that seniors’ families actually want the gate open on evenings and weekends so they can avoid the awkward Hunt Club entrance while visiting their loved ones in the building. “If the true concern is that they want their residents to have a walk, the 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. deal accomplishes that goal. But when they appear to be informally rejecting the compromise now, it makes you pause and wonder what the real objective is,� she said. But McRae said it’s a reasonable request to want to walk on evenings and weekends. “A lot of people get off work (after 3 p.m.) and want to go for a walk with their mom and dad. On the weekends

They could have taken it all the way to the OMB (Ontario Municipal Board) but they chose to compromise and allow that building to go forward on the understanding that their street would not be adversely affected,â€? she said. “Fast forward, and they’re being portrayed as trying to stop seniors from walking on their street, which is not the case at all.â€? Deans said the seniors’ residence has an awkward exit, which only allows drivers to go east on Hunt Club. In order to go west, cars must go all the way to DazĂŠ Road before they can make a U-turn, and delivery trucks can’t even do that. “It would be a benefit for visitors to go and park on Wyman Crescent and walk through the gate. Then you’d have the benefit of a traffic control signal on Downpatrick,â€? she explained. The next step in this dispute is unclear, and Moylan declined to comment on when the next meeting might take place. Both councillors expressed a desire to compromise. “The residents are always right. If they come to an agreement I will 100 per cent support the agreement they come up with,â€? McRae said. Deans was slightly more conditional. “This is an informal good neighbour compromise, and it will be respected as long as it’s respected by both parties. (Wyman residents) didn’t have to agree to having a big institute in their backyards, but they did,â€? she said.

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hat, exactly, did the Occupy Movement accomplish? We saw thousands of people across North America and around the world spend weeks camped out in parks. For what, exactly? A lot. To begin with, Occupy brought together people from disparate groups with a common cause. One, to fight for social and economic equality, and two, to speak over the heads of the politicians, who regardless of their party have often disappointed the 99 per cent by siding with the one per cent. They took the protest to those who hold genuine power and influence in our democracy: the ultra-rich and their corporations. It’s a powerful phrase: “We are the 99 per cent.” It says everything to those willing to hear, and nothing to those who refuse to listen. To sympathizers on the left it means social justice; to the moderate right it means the restoration of capitalism by the dismantling of monopolies and oligarchies. Occupy has made it impossible to ignore growing inequalities and related social injustices. The subject is now discussed with some depth in work-

places, universities and, yes, even newspapers. Even the business-friendly Conference Board of Canada is heeding the warning, pointing out income inequality has risen more in Canada than in the U.S. since the mid-1990s and awarding Canada a C grade for its equality of income. The inequality gap was huge by the end of the 19th century, which helped spur the rise of communism. Today, the moderate right understands that by allowing middle class incomes to stagnate over the past 30 years, the consumer spending that drives the economy was bound to fizzle. Keep squeezing the middle class and we’ll see more than simple verbal demands for wealth distribution. Setting aside these types of discussions that took place regularly at Occupy protests, critics pretended to be baffled by the apparent lack of a central message. Yet they were fully aware that should some such catch-phrase as “down with capitalism” take hold, it would be ease to vilify. But the occupiers never fell for it. They insisted everyone had a unique and legitimate beef to pick with the one per cent. And by doing so they prolonged the discourse. That there is now a chance to restore balance is an accomplishment the Occupy Movement can be proud of.


Why paying for hospital parking is good for you


mong the many arguments presented so far in the Great Hospital Parking debate is this one: If hospital parking were free, everyone would use it – doctors, nurses, volunteers, friends of people in the neighbourhood and people stashing their cars before catching the bus downtown. This would mean no parking left for patients and people visiting them. If you turn the argument on its head, it means this: The only way to ensure that there is parking for hospital patients and visitors is to charge for it. We have developed an extremely advanced and sophisticated society if we can come up with theories like this. In fact, it is a sure sign that we have moved well past Nineteen Eighty-Four, our slogan now being not “Freedom is Slavery” but “Free Parking is No Parking.” A further 1984ish argument has also been published: namely that making parking free would encourage more people to drive, thus causing damage to the environment. “Paying for Parking Means Cleaner Air,” the slogan could read. All of this comes about because the Canadian Medical Association Journal printed an editorial advocating the elimination of hospital parking fees, South Edition

CHARLES GORDON Funny Town on the grounds that they constituted a barrier to health care, a hidden user fee and, therefore, a possible violation of the Canada Health Act. Predictably, everyone has reacted because nothing gets Canadians more riled up than parking, with the possible exception of snow removal. And perhaps cable TV costs. Horror stories abound, and you will have lived through some of them, particularly if a loved one has spent an extended time in hospital and you visited frequently. Doctors quoted by the Journal tell of patients who are more focused on parking fees than on what the doctor is telling them, or who even rush off before a full consultation because they don’t want to pay another hour’s worth of parking fees. The hospitals say that they need the

revenue. It is a tidy sum, although a small fraction of their overall costs. That it is necessary is the result of the province not giving them enough money. The provinces, meanwhile, won’t give hospitals the money because the feds won’t give the provinces enough money. So, to reduce that to terms we can all understand, we are paying $13 for parking because the provincial and federal governments want to balance their budgets. Not that they are having any success with that. The conclusion to be drawn is that if we want hospitals to give us free parking we will have to help them find ways to raise more money. But how? They’re already selling handicrafts in the lobby, renting out space to donut shops, putting donors’ names on stuff, running galas and who knows what else. Perhaps they could sell chocolate bars. Perhaps they already do. It is probably out of the question to bring back pay toilets. The irony of it all is that many of the complaints about paying for hospital parking spaces would disappear if it were actually possible to find them. True, at some hospitals, such as the Riverside, parking seems ample, but at others, such as the Civic, parking is literally and figu-

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ost parents want to see their children succeed. But as a parent, I’m never more proud than when my kids fail and blame themselves for it. This is due to a very simple folly of human nature that has been proven time and again in psychology, and transported to many academic disciplines: Individuals have a tendency to attribute success to themselves and blame failure on others (or on external forces). Forcing children to become problem solvers is one half of the solution to overcoming this folly. The other is to let them fail and to talk about that failure in a way that’s not self-defeating, but one that demonstrates failure as a learning experience. This is not an easy task in my house. If a Christmas card is “not working”, my eldest son has been known to blame the paper, run out of the room in tears, and shout about paper and how it’s all “horrible!” If he can’t get the string tied around his teddy’s neck, my younger son has been reputed to break down in a heap on the floor, kick his legs like a toddler, curse the shredded string and wonder who, in their right mind, would have given him that type of string to make a collar in the first place. As outside forces go, even inanimate objects don’t have a chance in our house. But there’s one area of their lives where I find failure occurs frequently,

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and problem-solving more so: During music practice. As they practice the piano each week, the boys have to figure out patterns in music, and how to read notes on a scale. It’s uber-frustrating, especially at the beginning of the week. As the coach, it’s my job to keep them on the bench – the piano bench, that is – for a minimum of 10 minutes each day, or however long it takes them to get through their weekly list of songs. Music is meant to be fun, so their books tell me. We have to keep everything positive and light during practice time. But that is easier said than done. Still, with a bit of routine, a strong cup of orange pekoe for mom, and an after school snack for the boys before they begin each day, I see them reaping the rewards of this practice. It’s not just that they’re becoming maestros. (That remains to be seen.) It’s that each week I see the development from failure and blaming – “the piano’s not tuned,” “you didn’t give me enough to eat first,” or “the book isn’t straight” – through persistent problem-solving that eventually leads to success and self-confidence. At the end of the week, if they attribute the success to themselves, well, they deserve it, because they have worked hard to figure out each note, each rhythm, and each bar on their own. But perhaps more importantly, as time goes on, I can see that they’re becoming more likely to attribute their early week “failures” to their own lack of experience. In other words, they blame themselves for their mistakes. And even if their success has nothing to do with me, I couldn’t be more proud.

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Seeing waste in a different light The importance of finding sustainable alternatives for dealing with our garbage


A tattered basketball shoe, a Donald Duck plastic toy, VHS tapes and a championship trophy sit scattered in a sorting room at Canada’s largest waste recovery plant. These are some of the more unusual items that sorters have pulled off the production lines of the Material Recovery Facility (MRF) in Brampton, where Peel Region’s residential blue box items arrive to be separated, sorted and bundled. “If you stand around here long enough you will see all sorts of things,” said Peel waste supervisor Kevin Mehlenbacher. Only about 45 per cent of recyclable items from households across Ontario ever make it to one of these plants. More than half of municipal garbage goes to landfills instead. Peel sells much of the material that comes to this plant in Brampton to China and the United States, where it is reused in new products like aluminum cans or plastic bottles. The region’s total take is roughly $10 million a year. In Ottawa, with a population of approximately 300,000 fewer people, that revenue was around $8.4 million last year. But the city estimates that an additional $535,000 in lost revenue went into the landfill because people throw recyclables into the garbage. If households started recycling more, municipalities could strike deals with a new breed of entrepreneurs who understand that garbage equals dollars. The North American waste stream contains about $8 to $10 billion worth of valuables, said Wes Muir of Waste Management Canada, a private recycling and disposal company. A major challenge for municipalities is finding markets for recyclable materials. ”Recycling has been around for three decades, but the problem is that end markets have not been established for many materials,” said Muir. Thirty to 40 per cent of North American recycled materials are going to China, India and South America, where demand is growing. There is a booming market for aluminum cans — which fetch the highest price of all materials — as well as PET and HDPE plastics, Muir said. (See recycling marks graphic, far right) There’s a move in the municipal waste sector to find new ways of making money for towns and cities by encouraging companies to tap into the value of what society is throwing away. The more waste a municipality can sell, the less it has to spend of taxpayer dollars to manage garbage. Hopefully consumers would buy in as well, leading to higher recycling rates — relieving the pressure on landfills. Ottawa is positioning itself as a global leader in that regard, said Coun. Maria McRae, the chair of the city’s environment committee. The city is preparing to sign a contract with Plasco Energy Group pending council approval on Dec. 14. The deal, which will require the city to ship 300,000 tonnes of garbage to the Trail-Road plant for 20 years, will see Ottawa become home to the first such facility in the world that uses plasma gasification to turn trash into electricity. “It’s a solution to a very bad problem globally, but it also represents extra revenue, and, I think, bragging rights,” McRae said. “It would be great for Ottawa to say, ‘This is a made-in-Ottawa solution.’” The locally-owned company and the city have been working together since 2005, and Plasco is currently oper-

ating as a demonstration facility that can process up to 88 tonnes of trash each day. If Plasco and the city strike a deal and if Plasco gets the proper approvals from the Ministry of the Environment, it could be the first commercial plasma gasification facility in the world. It’s also a safer alternative to incinerating waste, which is done elsewhere, including in the southern Ontario region of Durham, McRae said. Only about one per cent of waste in Ontario is incinerated now. The only residential incinerator is the Algonquin Power Energy From Waste Facility in Brampton. The plant burns about 500 tonnes of mostly residential waste and generates 9 megawatts of continuous energy -- enough to power 5,000 to 6,000 homes. Advocates say incineration is an acceptable solution because it generates energy from material that would otherwise be landfilled. Critics say incinerators cause air pollution and that the most energy efficient materials to burn — such as paper and plastic — are also highly recyclable. “I am not saying (incineration) is a good idea, but it’s maybe something you will see more of,” added Philip Byer, a University of Toronto professor whose specialty is municipal waste management. Other companies are taking regular household consumer waste and flipping it. Terracycle, founded in 2001 by Princeton University freshman Tom Szaky, produces more than 1,500 products ranging from duffel bags made out of old Kool-Aid and Del Monte drink pouches to park benches and tables made from plastic containers. But these industries are in their infancy and municipalities need solutions now. Incineration may be a route more communities are willing to take, said Byer. Over in the U.S., Texas-based Terrabon is developing technology that converts organic materials and commercial food wastes into organic salts, which is then made into a high-octane gasoline. They are using what’s in our green bins. “In a world of diminishing landfill space it’s important to find sustainable alternatives in dealing with waste,” said Malcolm McNeill, the chief financial officer. The technology exists only on a demonstration scale, but when commercially ready has the potential to process 800 tonnes of wet waste a day — the type of system that could some day pay to get Ontario’s organic waste. The push to view waste as a resource — instead of as a problem — has also seen companies convert trash into new products, a model known as up-cycling. Toronto-based Therma Green Innovative Foam Technologies uses a byproduct of the manufacturer E.F. Walter Inc. to develop products such as holding ponds for irrigation, synthetic turf, landfill covers and liners as well as green roofs. They are made in part from the high-density polyethylene foam waste generated by E.F. Walter for a range of industrial products. Therma Green is an example of how waste that’s currently being landfilled could be profitably reused. SOLUTIONS Experts say one of the most important solutions to today’s landfill problems is to force manufacturers to create more reusable products, an approach known as extended producer responsibility (EPR). “EPR is effectively making what goes into the waste stream the problem of the people who put the products into the market in the first place,” said York University environmental studies professor Mark Winfield. This is done by forcing manufacturers to redesign products so they can be reused or requiring manufacturers and businesses to pay a government imposed fee on hard-to-recycle products. Winfield said Ontario could legislate EPR policies similar to the European Union, which forced producers to make cars and packaging easier to take apart in pieces that can be reused. But there is no move toward that kind of policy in Ontario at the moment.

Just before the recent provincial election, the Ontario Zero Waste Coalition sent 10 recommendations for Ontario’s waste management future to each candidate. The group’s top priority was to see politicians develop a coherent reduction strategy. “Diversion is nice, but the first thing everyone likes to forget is reduction,” said coalition founder Liz Benneian. She said the government is “leery” about even mentioning reduction because of the potential consumer backlash, but added environmental entrepreneurialism could be a boon to the Ontario economy. “Everyone needs to be honest about the situation,” she said. “We are not going to get anywhere with this problem unless we start looking seriously at reduction.” That message will also be part of Ottawa’s 30-year waste master plan, which is currently in the formative stages. “We used to talk about ‘reduce, reuse, recycle,’” McRae said. “We have gotten into a situation as consumers where we have stopped thinking about the first two ‘R’s as more important than the last ‘R.’”

RECYCLING: What the numbers mean The recycling code printed on plastic containers indicates the type of resin used in the material. Some resins are easier to recycle than others or are useable in a wider range of recycled products. The City of Ottawa currently accepts all of the following products.

1 PET (or PETE) Used for soda, water, and some beer and liquor bottles, containers for mouthwash, medicine, drugs, peanut butter, vegetable oils. Recycled into fiberfill for clothing, rope, car bumpers, tennis ball felt, carpets, boat sails, shopping bags and furniture.

2 HDPE (high-density polyethylene) The opaque plastic used for toys, milk jugs, juice bottles, bleach, detergent and shampoo bottles, butter and yogurt tubs. More stable than PET and safer from hormone-like chemicals, it can be recycled into plastic lumber and Tyvek mailing envelopes.

3 PVC (polyvinyl chloride) The least recyclable plastic, releasing dioxin in manufacture and as it ages. It is used in plumbing, shower curtains, wire jackets, siding, windows, dashboards, outdoor furniture, and jungle gyms. PVC items are generally one-use, becoming trash when discarded.

4 LDPE (low-density polyethylene) Used for wrapping films, dry-cleaning, sandwich and tote bags as well as condiment squeeze bottles, clothing, furniture, and carpets. Recycling uses more energy than producing plastics from new materials so most LDPE ends up in landfills.

5 PP (polypropylene) Does not contain Bisphenol A. It is used in yogurt and margarine tubs, condiment squeeze bottles, bottle caps, drinking straws, medicine bottles, Tupperware, and new BPA-free baby bottles. It can be recycled into relatively few products and few recyclers accept it.

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Plasco ready to take 300 tonnes of trash LAURA MUELLER

The city’s proposed deal with Plasco would give Ottawa control over how much garbage it delivers to the facility to turn into electricity, and it wouldn’t require the city to invest in building the plant. Councillors, including environment committee chairwoman Maria McRae, applauded the draft deal released on Friday, Dec. 2. It would see Ottawa-based Plasco Energy Group build the world’s first plasma gasification facility in Ottawa, near the Trail Road landfill site. “It’s great to see us back here today with this potential breakthrough for waste in Ottawa,” McRae said. The deal will be debated by the environment committee on Dec. 12 and by council just two days later. It would see the city agree to supply the facility with 300 tonnes of leftover garbage each day for 20 years. The facility could be up and running as soon as June of 2013, which would make it the first of its kind in the world. The terms of the agreement state it would have to be operational by June

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Plasco CEO Rod Bryden addressed city councillors and the media during a Dec. 2 briefing on the company’s proposed deal with the city. of 2016 at the latest. The city wouldn’t be on the hook for the capital investment of constructing the facility. The money would start to flow when Plasco’s operations get underway, and it would cost the city around $9.1 million a year to send waste to Plasco. That means the tipping fee is $83.20 per tonne of garbage,

compared to the $105 Durham Region will spend to send a tonne of garbage to its new incinerator. It costs the city around $4.7 million net to operate the Trail Road landfill each year, but without reducing the amount of garbage Ottawa residents produce, that landfill will be full by 2035.

Diverting trash through more recycling could add seven more years to the landfill’s life, but Plasco could add an additional 28 years, making the landfill useable until 2070, said Dixon Weir, the city’s manager of environmental services. Plasco stands to generate 1.4 megawatt hours of electricity per tonne of garbage. The city stands to earn revenue from the project, too, if all goes well. If Plasco makes more than $34.1 million, the city receives the first $822,000 of that. If the company makes more than $37.4 million, the city receives 25 per cent of those additional revenues. Because the city has partnered in the development of the technology since 2005, it will also receive a $5 “marketing fee” for every tonne processed at any other Plasco plant constructed in North America, up to a maximum of $3 million per year and a total of $18 million over the life of the contract. The contract is the best deal the city could negotiate, according to city manager Kent Kirkpatrick. “My opinion is that this con-

tract has benefits in it for the City of Ottawa that other municipalities that follow won’t have, quite frankly,” he said. After the plant is up and running, there would be a “rampup” period of three years, during which Plasco could reduce the amount of trash it takes from Ottawa. While Plasco only has one chance to do that, the draft contract would allow the city to change the amount it must deliver to Plasco 15 times over the 20-year contract. The plant will take all of Ottawa’s leftover residential garbage, and it doesn’t have to be sorted or contain certain percentages of different types of waste. Plasco recently received a certificate of approval for its process from the provincial ministry of the environment. A more detailed report will be released on Dec. 5, with a lengthy presentation to follow at the Dec. 12 environment committee meeting. Plasco CEO Rod Bryden said it is unlikely the company would choose to keep its headquarters in Ottawa if the city rejected the deal.

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Students at St. Jerome Catholic School in Riverside South have taken the spirit of giving to a whole new level. The JK to Grade 6 school began a clothing drive at the beginning of November to collect used clothing for the Ottawa Mission as well as underprivileged students at sister school Dr. F.J. MacDonald Catholic School in Britannia. At the end of a busy month, countless garbage bags of donated clothing were piled six or seven bags tall in the school lobby, filling the many compartments of the school’s colourful donation train and overflowing onto nearby tables and floor space. Organizers were understandably shocked by the generosity of the students, their families and the community. “When I look at that pile, I know that you care about people in your community that you don’t even know, and probably will never see,” said Ross Munro, the clothing drive’s founder who thanked St. Jerome students for their hard work on Wednesday, Nov. 30. Vice principal Tory White said the response has been overwhelming. “There have to be thousands of pieces of clothing here. It’s inspiring how much clothing this community has donated, and it’s because they recognize the need for it,” she said. “Students are

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Brown shirt – Liam Downey, Grade 5, Rock star purple – Alexandria Gerrior, Grade 5, Pink – Talia Ponesse, Grade 5, Gap – Alex Gall, grade 2, Plaid – Brianna Bhasin, Grade 3, Red – Ryan Savoia-Mulvey, Grade 3, Blue – Bennett Savoia-Mulvey, Grade 1, Green – Rebecca Anderson, Grade 1 bringing in bag loads of clothing and they know that these clothes are going to a family in need.” The clothing drive, the first of its kind at the Spratt Road school, was inherited from principal Steve McGarrity, who helped run the project where it started at Notre Dame High School and

a group of other schools in the Westboro area. McGarrity was the vice principal at Notre Dame in 2008 when Munro, a retired school teacher and an Ottawa Mission volunteer, approached him to ask if he would support a clothing drive for the Mission.

Metcalfe Parade celebrates 15 years this weekend EMMA JACKSON

Santa Claus is coming to Metcalfe this weekend as the Metcalfe Community Association hosts its 15th annual Christmas parade on Sunday, Dec. 11. The 2 p.m. parade will start at Johannes and Victoria Streets, turning right onto Victoria and heading towards the community centre. From there, residents are invited to enjoy holiday treats, hot chocolate and mushroom soup before getting a free photo with Santa. For $2, kids can also decorate gingerbread cookies. “I bring tons of candy,” laughed organizer Laurie Anne Holmes. Floats collect items for the local food bank along the route. Holmes said the parade is

the association’s biggest event, and is met with annual enthusiasm from the community. Last year’s parade was on the brink of being cancelled due to pouring freezing rain, but just as Holmes was about to use the community police officer’s loud speaker to call residents to the community centre, she said children started lining the streets waiting for the floats. “There’s good spirit here,” she said. However volunteering spirit has been low for the past few years, and Holmes said it is increasingly difficult to find helpers for the parade and other association events. Having run the parade for 10 years already, Holmes said she would like to pass it on but there’s no one to pick up the slack. “It’s hard with limited membership,” she said, noting

that the association only has five members right now. “It’s a sleeper town in some ways, people are closer to the city and they’re busy. We need to get more proactive.” The parade usually features between 25 and 30 floats from local businesses, Girl Guides and Scouts, churches, schools, dance troupes and hockey teams. “We joke that all the kids are in the parade and no one’s left to watch it,” she laughed. To register a float, Holmes said organizations can contact her “until 1:30 p.m. on Sunday” – half an hour before the parade begins. For more information or to register, call 613-821-2112.

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“He didn’t even make any inquiries about who I was. He just went with the idea. He was incredibly supportive,” Munro said. “There are five schools in a five-block stretch on Broadview Avenue and I thought ‘Wouldn’t it be great if we could get the

schools to work collectively to collect socks for the Mission?’” Within a few years the project had grown to include pants, shirts and winter clothing. In the end, the Broadview Mission for the Mission included two public schools, two Jewish schools and a Catholic school. “I didn’t want it to be a competition, we were just working together to do something together for the community,” Munro said. When McGarrity left Notre Dame to become principal of St Jerome in Ottawa South, it was only natural that the project would follow him to his new school. He said the response in St. Jerome’s first year has been equal to Notre Dame’s turnout after three or four years. “It was the first year we had done it here and I really didn’t know what to expect. I was really blown away by how generous people were,” he said. Although there’s only one school collecting clothing in Riverside South this year, Munro said he and McGarrity hope to get the other Spratt Road schools on board next year so they can replicate the community collaboration they first witnessed on Broadview. St. Jerome has put their own twist on the project as well, since they have been collecting children’s clothing to send to Dr. F.J. MacDonald Catholic School in Britannia, where the community generally has a lower socio-economic dynamic.

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•DECEMBER 8 The Osgoode Township High School Concert and Jazz Bands present their Christmas concert on Thursday, December 8th at 6:30 p.m. Admission is $5.00. There will also be a bake sale and silent auction. The high school is located at 2800 8th Line Road in Metcalfe. The City of Ottawa will be visiting Osgoode Village on Dec. 8 to report back on the findings of its spring consultations discussing the village plan. City officials will be at the Osgoode Community Centre from 7 to 9 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 8 to present proposed revisions and collect feedback.

•DECEMBER 10 Grannies All About Kids, the local Grandmothers to Grandmothers

group with the Stephen Lewis Foundation, will be holding its Fourth Annual Christmas Cookie Walk (Sale) on Saturday, December 10. Doors open at 1 p.m. at the Lions Den, 2803 8th Line Road at the Metcalfe Fair Grounds. The Metcalfe Farmers’ Christmas Market will be held on Saturday, December 10 from 9 a.m. until 2 p.m. at the Greely Legion, 8021 Mitch Owens Road, Gloucester. The Legion is serving breakfast from 9 to 11 a.m.

•DECEMBER 11: Metcalfe’s 15th annual Santa Claus parade and Food Drive is Sunday, December 11 at 2 p.m. The parade travels along Victoria Street to the community centre, where there will be gingerbread cookie decorating, photos with Santa and lots of treats. To enter a float or volunteer contact Laurie Ann Holmes, Metcalfe Community Association. 613-821-2112 klhomes@

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