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RAMSHACKLE HOUSE The city has removed a dilapidated tree house in Riverside South after residents expressed concerns about safety.

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Rideau Park United Church in Alta Vista was buzzing Monday night as Ottawa South residents got the chance to hear from their federal election candidates at the only public debate in the riding so far. The evening turned into a rather onesided affair, however, when two candidates failed to attend. Only the Liberal, Green and Pirate party candidates showed up for the all-candidates meeting, organized by the Eastern Ottawa Resource Centre and a group of community associations in the riding. Conservative

candidate Elie Salibi said he had other campaign commitments, and NDP candidate James McLaren sent a letter apologizing that he teaches a calculus class on Monday nights and promised to answer questions from the debate on his campaign website. The debate focused on issues important to the riding – childcare, housing, healthcare, immigration and employment – but ranged from defence spending to Liberal incumbent David McGuinty’s poor social media skills to trade policy with China. Before the debate, Carleton public affairs student and Ottawa South resident Liam Bedard said he was likely supporting McGuinty, but that he was open to having

his mind changed. “I’m here because we all have a desire to participate in the democratic process. We’re interested in hearing what all the candidates have to say and we want to make as informed a choice as possible,” Bedard said, sitting in the second row with three fellow students. By the end of the debate, however, he said his support for McGuinty “has been solidified.” Indeed, the Green and Pirate party candidates were open about their lack of knowledge in some policy areas, such as incomesplitting or economics for Pirate candidate Mike Bleskie, or health care and disability issues for Green candidate Mick Kitor. See DEBATE on page 17

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A bedraggled tree house on City of Ottawa property has been torn down after some Riverside South residents raised concerns about its safety. The two-year-old tree house – more a pile of wood and cloth than anything – used to be fairly

sturdy, but had since fallen into disrepair. One resident, who identified herself as Paula, said she thinks construction workers put it up using scrap material when the nearby housing development was being built near Black Sage crescent. Her young daughter, however, heard that her friend’s brother built it. Regardless of where it came from,

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Shannon Blaney is walking more than just a mile in someone else’s shoes – she’s collecting dozens of them for an entire month. The Riverside South resident started thinking about starting a “Friendly Feet” campaign in December last year, when she learned from a teacher friend that many school children across Ottawa can’t afford proper shoes. They rely instead on shoes they’ve grown out of long ago or received from a much bigger sibling or friend. “I have a two year old daughter and cannot imagine not being able to buy her clothes or shoes, so on the way home from dinner (with her friend), I decided I was going to do something about this,” she said. She decided to run her shoe collection in April when many people are spring cleaning. Blaney has partnered with Samadhi Wellness Centre in Riverside South as well as several other hair salons and stores across the city to collect shoes of all sizes for kids in Ottawa. On Friday, April 15 Evelyn Wheeler, owner of Samadhi

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Evelyn Wheeler, owner of Samadhi Wellness Centre in Riverside South, is one of six collection sites for used children’s shoes for the Friendly Feet. Wellness Centre, hosted a $5 yoga class that raised $155 for the charity, which she’s going to use to purchase shoes. She said there are already about 20 pairs in the bin, and she’d like to collect 100 by the end of April. “We’re going to need a bigger bin,” she laughed. Wheeler noted that sizes 10 and up are especially needed because teenaged boys often have large, adult-sized feet.

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Gihan Hamed, a childcare provider in Riverside South, said she would never let anyone’s kids climb on the dilapidated treehouse behind Black Sage Crescent. On April 13 the City of Ottawa tore the structure down because it was built on city property.

it was located on city property in North Bluff Park behind Black Sage Crescent, and residents had mixed views on whether or not it should be taken down. “To be honest it does not even look like a tree house right now, it’s pretty damaged. It’s pretty unsafe,” said Gihan Hamed, a childcare provider in the neighbourhood, on April 12, a day before it was taken down. She said she would never let her children or anyone else’s climb on it. “Right now it’s in horrible condition so it’s better to be removed.” Paula, who was walking along the nearby path with her daughter, said she wasn’t opposed to letting neighbourhood kids climb on it, because those kinds of forts teach kids what’s safe and what isn’t. “I’m old school. When I was young we just went up the tree,” she said. “If you fall, it’s a life lesson.” The City of Ottawa clearly didn’t agree, responding within 24 hours to residents’ concerns. “Bylaw investigated, the tree fort was determined to be on city property and they called in the public works department. The tree fort has been removed,” said city spokesperson Barre Campbell. “We took immediate action to remove the fort ... as safety is always a top priority at the city.”

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OC Transpo responds to ‘overwhelming’ feedback Two thirds of optimization proposals changed LAURA MUELLER

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More than 6,500 comments from residents who spoke “passionately” about how transit changes will affect them have resulted in significant alterations to route changes. About two thirds of the original “route optimizations” proposed on March 23 have been altered based on the feedback, said transit commission chair Diane Deans (Gloucester-Southgate) at a meeting on April 13. “We were listening to them,” Deans said. “I think the public, although it may not be fully satisfied with the changes, will certainly recognize that an earnest effort has been made to address their concerns. “After hearing from the members of the public that we heard from you’d have to have a cold, cold heart not to want to make changes.” The revisions mean fewer people will actually be affected by the changes: about 95 per cent of trips will be within a five-minute walking distance from a bus stop at peak hours, leaving 9,000 with further walks, as opposed to the previously planned 93 per cent, which would have seen about 12,000 riders living further away from their closest stop. Making changes based on public feedback was the plan all along, said Alain Mercier, the head of OC Transpo. The transit authority was relying on public input about demographic information and ridership patterns that weren’t evident in the ridership data used to design the original suggested changes. “We’ve been working in building lines on maps, connecting

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houses and residents to different places in the city. But we don’t necessarily know what goes on inside those homes, and we needed the people,” Mercier said. “We have worked diligently to understand that feedback.” Some routes would be shortened in order to extend routes in other areas, and some routes will have less frequent service spread out over a longer portion of the day to ensure access in the evenings. That addresses many comments that people were worried about safety or not being able to get home from their jobs in offpeak hours because it was originally suggested that service on some routes stop at around 8 p.m., with only one late-evening trip. “In some areas where we proposed not having a route run at all during a certain part of the day, instead we’ll have it run once every hour … so just spreading resources over a longer course of the day on those routes,” Pat Scrimgeour, OC Transpo’s manager of transit planning said. Routes 152 and 166 were of particular concern and will get that treatment, he said. Deans said the changes are aimed at making the OC Transpo financially sustainable by saving $6.5 million this year and $19.5 million each year going forward. The revised changes will still achieve those savings, but transit planners moved around pieces of the puzzle to respond to riders’ concerns. “The changes offset each other,” said Scrimgeour. The city’s transit commission will vote on the revised changes on April 20.

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BLOSSOM PARK AND LEITRIM The city had proposed making Route 144 continue straight on Queensdale Avenue and south on Conroy Road, with only peak service on Route 40 in the loop along Bank, Athans Avenue and Sixth Street. That adjustment was met with criticism from about 70 people who said it would create a long, unsafe walk in a deserted area and they would prefer to have Route 144 on Athans. That’s exactly what OC Transpo decided to do. The route would now veer north onto Bank, across Athans to Sixth before heading south on Conroy. In the Johnston Road and Tapiola Crescent area, the city decided to add one eastbound trip on Route 143 in the morning to provide a connection to employment areas. Originally, only westbound morning trips were planned. The top issues raised in the 6,500 comments the city received were: • Cutting Route 3 and the need for service to the downtown from the Viewmount/Fisher area • Access to local hospitals • Access to transit for areas that have a large population of seniors • The need for better service in the Beaverbrook area in Kanata • Access to key employment areas • Service changes on Riverside Drive and Springland

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Despite opposition from some residents, Ottawa Mayor Jim Watson said city council made the “smart” decision by choosing to pick up the green bin every week, while making garbage collection biweekly. “First and foremost, garbage is our problem,” Watson said at a city council meeting on April 13, just before council voted 18-4 in favour of the new residential waste collection program. “No one likes to deal with it, but it’s our … collective responsibility to find ways to dispose of (waste) in a sustainable fashion,” the mayor said. Some councillors (Rainer Bloess, Diane Deans, Jan Harder, Bob Monette and Tim Tierney) would have preferred to see seasonal biweekly pickup, which they said would have quelled fears of stinking garbage piling up in the summer months. But increasing collection to weekly in June, July and August would have axed $3 million from the anticipated $9 million in annual savings, said Dixon Weir, the city’s general manager of environmental services. Not only that, but it would have reduced the amount of organic waste diverted from the landfill by about 50 per cent, because people tend to produce more organic waste in the summer, he added. Capital Coun. David Chernushenko said a seasonal change in collection would only cause confusion. Instead, council decided to delay the start of the new collection program by about five months. Not only will that give the city two summers to educate residents about the program before it begins, it could also provide time to get a better deal on the waste collection contract, said environment committee chairwoman and River Coun. Maria McRae, who

also suggested the motion. Harder was on the fence about whether she should support biweekly garbage pickup, because many residents had told her they were opposed to it. In the end, delaying the start of the change until November 2012 was enough to satisfy the Barrhaven councillor’s concerns. DIVERSION Switching to biweekly pickup is expected to divert an additional 10,000 to 20,000 tonnes of organic waste from the landfill, Weir said. That will boost the diversion rate from the current 44 per cent to around 54 per cent. But that still leaves Ottawa 15,000 tonnes short of its 60 per cent diversion target, said Bloess, the councillor for Innes Ward. The city will never be able to achieve that diversion target until it tackles the “ICI sector” – industrial, commercial and institutional organizations, Bloess said. The city is currently only focusing on residential waste collection and has yet to roll out the green-bin program to apartment buildings before ICI collection is even considered. Weir said city staff expect to hit the goal of a 60 per cent diversion rate by the end of this new waste contract, which will be in 2016. Watson agreed Ottawa is a “laggard, not a leader” on the issue of organicwaste diversion.

a backyard composter and don’t want another system imposed on them, or because they have more concerns about the bins attracting pests and rodents. Four councillors voted against biweekly garbage pickup, all from ridings on the outskirts of the city: Stephen Blais (Cumberland), Allan Hubley (Kanata South), Monette (Orleans) and Doug Thompson (Osgoode). But there was one notable exception to that rule. Stittsville Coun. Shad Qadri expressed his exasperation that city council was still talking about increasing organicwaste diversion, five years after the topic was first debated in council chambers. This issue stares his residents in the face each day as they contend with living next door to the city’s Trail Road landfill. “If you don’t know what a garbage mountain feels like next to a community, come out to Stittsville. Come out to West Carleton,” Qadri said as he supported the move to biweekly garbage pickup. By contrast, urban councillors were some of the biggest champions of the program. Somerset Ward Coun. Diane Holmes drew a few groans when she lightheartedly suggested if people are concerned about maggots in their green bins, they should open the lid and let birds feast on the protein. Weir said the city has been getting “tremendous interest” in the green-bin

program, even from rural residents, because there are many materials that can be placed in the bin that cannot be put in a backyard composter. DEALING WITH DIAPERS Another area of controversy was the proposed “special services” pickup, which will offer weekly diaper and incontinence-product collection for households that sign up for it. Kanata South Coun. Allan Hubley was particularly concerned with privacy issues. He worried that seniors would be too embarrassed to put out bags for the “special service” on off-weeks. Weir said people who are concerned about identifying themselves through the special pickup don’t have to use it. “This is not a mandatory program,” he said. Weir said between 75 and 100 households in each of the city’s five wastecollection zones are expected to use the service. Other councillors questioned whether there would be additional costs associated with offering the service, even though Weir said the program could be combined with other work that’s already being done. People can sign up for the service through the forthcoming Service Ottawa initiative on ottawa.ca before the collection system changes in November of 2012.

RURAL/URBAN SPLIT The garbage issue emerged as one of the most divisive issues for a council that has to contend with the needs and desire of both its urban and rural residents. By and large, rural councillors said their residents don’t want the green-bin service, either because they already use

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Pirate candidate promotes high tech treasures EMMA JACKSON emma.jackson@metroland.com

If youth are truly a culprit in Canada’s plummeting voter turnouts, Ottawa South resident Mike Bleskie is an astonishing anomaly – and not just because he’s an Internet buccaneer. The 19-year-old has never had the chance to vote in a federal election, yet he’s running for Member of Parliament in Ottawa South – one of only four Pirate Party candidates running in Ontario, and the only member of the party on the ballot in the Ottawa region. The party’s name may dredge up romantic images of buccaneering on the high seas, but the Pirate platform – or plank, if you will – prefers to wage its battles in the high tech sector. Bleskie, who co-founded Canada’s Pirate Party while he was in Grade 11, said the party’s main concerns revolve around increasing Internet freedoms, loosening copyright and patent laws, and improving access to creative products to foster creative and economic growth. “All creative work is derivative. That is my motto. When you take a look at the remix culture of the past 10, 20 years, digital me-

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Ottawa South Pirate Party candidate Mike Bleskie is a 19-year-old political science student who advocates for freer copyright, patent and internet laws. dia has allowed new creations to be made from old creations,” he said. “So by locking up creative works through digital locks, copyrights and lawsuits, it hinders the progression of art.” Bleskie said he is in no way advocating that creators or innovators should offer their products for free. Rather, he wants them to be accessible to other creators, so they can be built upon and in turn help grow the economy. For example, he said many corporations wage million-

dollar lawsuits against other, usually smaller, companies for infringing on a patent – but often it’s over an abstract idea or a very simple product like a blinking light. Bleskie said if those types of ideas and products were more accessible – perhaps in the public domain – everyone would get ahead faster. “By freeing the laws you’re creating a fairer playing field,” he said. Bleskie noted that the most

important consumer issue that concerns the Pirate Party right now is usage-based billing from Internet providers, which he said would serious harm some businesses. “It’s creating a low cap on Internet usage while charging high premiums afterwards. By doing that you’re basically cutting off an important resource to businesses that depend on a high amount of bandwidth,” he said, noting that an increasing amount of individuals also go beyond the proposed caps. He said the Conservative government did step in and tell the Canadian Radio and Telecommunications Commission, an arm’s reach government organization that governs information technology policies in Canada, that it would step in if the CRTC approved such a proposal, but Bleskie said he’s skeptical as to how serious the Conservatives actually are. “If you look at all their actions otherwise regarding how they’ve done business with the CRTC and with tech laws in general, it doesn’t quite match their outlook,” he said. Bleskie, a first year political science student at Carleton Uni-

versity, said he’s definitely not looking to be the next MP in Ottawa South – although he would be honoured to get a few votes from people who feel passionately about digital issues. “For me, it’s really about advocacy. It’s about trying to get the message forward about what is important in this new decade, and trying to get greater awareness towards tech issues. That’s the main focus,” he said. He said he does have some Ottawa South-specific concerns, including improvement of the city’s corridors that pass through the riding. He’d like to see more “esthetically-pleasing developments” along Bank Street in Ottawa South, and to clean up Bronson and the Airport Parkway. Most of all, Bleskie wants to create change in Canada to support the most important technological tool of the 21st century: the Internet. “It’s something that I really love to see happening, seeing the Internet flourish as it has,” he said. As for running a campaign, Bleskie said he hopes it will pique some interest from the community, no matter who they support.


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Local federal candidates rely on unpaid help to keep their campaigns running smoothly EMMA JACKSON emma.jackson@metroland.com

As National Volunteer Week wraps up around the country, political candidates in every region are in the midst of staging one of the most volunteer-dependent events in the country: a federal election. In every election, thousands of volunteers are needed in every riding across Canada to help canvass the neighbourhoods, answer telephones, deliver reading materials, and put up signs. Although federal candidates don’t really have time during the whirlwind campaign to recognize their volunteers, it’s clear they appreciate them more than ever as election day creeps closer. “We don’t say enough thank yous to volunteers. They work in the background, they do it quietly, they don’t expect anything except maybe a small thank you, and they keep coming out,” said Ottawa South Conservative candidate Elie Salibi, who noted that the Prime Minister’s Award that was inaugurated in January is meant to thank the 12 million volunteers across Canada while specially recognizing Canada’s best. He noted that although he “can’t talk numbers,” generally more volunteers have come out to help in this election than his first one

in 2008, which gives him hope for citizen engagement. “It’s great because they get to see the process, they get to see the issues, they talk to friends and family and it’s totally different than sitting outside the process and watching,” he said. Liberal candidate and incumbent for the Ottawa South riding David McGuinty said he recognizes as many as 300 volunteers around the riding every year at various organizations, to reward them for the work they do in the community. “What I try to do is make a small contribution as a person and an MP to say what you’re doing is really important,” he explained. He said he’s never had a problem attracting campaign volunteers for the four campaigns he’s run since 2004, noting he has about 450 this year, and he said it’s because of his campaign tone. “We continue to be very fortunate, and I think that the difference is, in my experience as an organization and a candidate, that when you run a positive campaign you attract people, good people,” McGuinty said. “When you run a negative campaign, it doesn’t attract people and it doesn’t hold them engaged in a meaningful exercise,” he said, noting that even students in the middle

of exams have been making an effort to come out and canvass their neighbourhoods. There are great benefits to being a campaign volunteer, added Nepean-Carleton Green candidate Jean-Luc Cooke, from boosting your resume to getting a bit of exercise to having the ear of the candidate you support. “The volunteers will bring their view, they will say, ‘Listen, we like this but you can make things better this way.’ It’s almost like an extended visit with the campaign team, because you’re in person and you get a lot more attention,” Cooke said. “Almost every candidate will listen to their volunteers more than an angry email.” But more than anything, McGuinty said volunteers benefit from being engaged on an entirely new level. “The citizens are our community, they have a vested interest in getting engaged. When you are volunteering, when you are engaged, it’s the hallmark of a civilized society,” he said. Salibi agreed. “It’s very important because it gives them a great view of what’s involved and gets them excited about something, either the issues or the policies that clicks to get them out there talking,” he said. National Volunteer Week began April 11 and wrapped up April 16. Organizations around Ottawa recognized many volunteers for their good work. Campaign volunteers will likely be recognized once election day is over on May 2.

CHEO looking for volunteers The Children’s Hospital of Eastern Ontario is looking for adults available to volunteer at the hospital. Volunteers are needed during the daytime to bolster the current team of student and adult volunteers. People who are retired, who work at home or have otherwise flexible schedules who meet volunteer requirements are needed to help as information desk greeters, emergency runners, day surgery escorts and coffee cart attendants. Volunteers are asked to make a minimum one-year commitment to work a set shift once a week. Most volunteer positions involve a two to four hour shift scheduled during daytime hours. To learn more about volunteering at CHEO, visit www. cheo.on.ca/en/volunteer or contact volunteer resources at vresources@cheo.on.ca or 613737-2279.

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ore than six million Canadians will join one billion people in more than 170 countries in staging events and projects to address local environmental issues for Earth Day, an occasion that is also marked by nearly every school child in Canada. It is difficult to escape the shadow of the environmental challenges that surround us. Many seemingly innocuous daily activities pollute and degrade the fragile environment that humans and wildlife depend on to survive. What can we do? How can we help? April 22 is Earth Day, an occasion that provides the opportunity for people to take positive action against the threats to the environment. First launched as an environmental awareness event in 1970 in the United States, Earth Day is now celebrated as the birth of the environmental movement. It has been a powerful catalyst for change. The first Earth Day involved 20 million participants who addressed decades of environmental pollution. The event inspired the U.S. Congress to pass clean air and water acts, and establish the Environmental Protection Agency to research and monitor environmental issues and enforce envi-

ronmental laws. In 1990, two million Canadians joined 200 million people in 141 nations in celebrating the first International Earth Day. In Canada, Earth Day has grown into Earth Week and even Earth Month, in order to accommodate the profusion of events and projects. Consider these environmental protection strategies and talk to your children about them: shop smart – buy what you need, not what you want; replace incandescent light bulbs with compact flourescent bulbs; car pool, reduce idling and maintain correct tire pressure to improve fuel economy; make sustainable food choices – consider local and organic foods that are in season and eat less meat; wash full loads of clothes in cold water and hang to dry; vacation closer to home; take shorter showers and shut water off when brushing teeth; choose natural, non-toxic cleaning products or make simple natural cleaners with ingredients like vinegar, baking soda and water and last but not least, donate, reuse and recycle items before discarding them. Let’s make the most of Earth Day – before it’s too late.

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y the morning after the leaders’ televised election debate, 380,888 people had watched a YouTube video of a driverless tractor in a Walmart parking lot in suburban Toronto. Apparently 670 people liked it and 28 people disliked it. For those who haven’t seen the video, what happens is that a tractor without a driver somehow begins driving in wide circles around the parking lot. It keeps returning to the side of the Walmart building, occasionally scraping it, then heads out into the parking lot again on another sweep and bashes into cars, pushing some ahead of it. It jumps the curb and crushes a tree. The only sound to be heard is the roar of the tractor and the voices of some of the people gathered to watch from a safe distance. “Oh, man, I feel sorry for those cars,” someone says. The tractor makes several sweeps. In the middle of one, a police car arrives, then another. They drive around a bit, as if they don’t know what to do. Only the tractor knows what to do. Finally, it slams into a light pole, stops and somebody climbs up, reaches in

CHARLES GORDON Funny Town and turns off the ignition. There is no applause from the spectators, but someone can be heard saying to the video camera owner: “Put ’em on YouTube you got good money for that.” Somehow there are lessons in here for us and for our political leaders, who were too busy debating to watch. For example, the video lasts six minutes and 11 seconds, which is very long in our short-attention-span world. Yet people watched it all the way through, which is more than can be said for the average political speech or even political commercial. Because YouTube world has strange practices of its own, several people even posted their own videotaped reviews of the event. Could such an event be restaged for

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political gain – a driverless bus with Liberal colours, for example, knocking over everything in sight in a parking lot, perhaps somewhere in the West? Everybody would certainly watch and some would post reviews about it. Mind you, the bus would be condemned as “reckless,” but that might not matter. Experts say the hit count is everything. As long as thousands of people click on it, everything is fine. This is a dominant philosophy in our digital age: it doesn’t matter what I do as long as people watch it. So far that hasn’t come to politics – aside from Stockwell Day driving the jetski – but it will. As McLuhan told us, the medium is the message and nowhere is this more evident than on the Internet. Not to say anyone actually did it in this case, but you can stage an event, turn your camera on it and everybody watches, if the event is outlandish enough. This was not possible in the old days. You might be able to stage the event, but someone else had to hold the camera, then you had to get the film developed, then rent a hall for people to come see it and there might be something else on that night.

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This is why there were fewer driverless tractors driving around parking lots in the old days. Also fewer pianoplaying cats. But technology improved and so did our ability to exploit it to get noticed. By the 1970s, baseball fans learned to wave at the TV cameras. A decade later, they could set their VCRs to record the game so that they could come home and watch themselves waving at cameras. And when digital phones arrived, they could call their friends and tell them to turn on their TV sets to watch them wave. And now, technology is so advanced that it can all be done over the phone! What would McLuhan say to that?

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Dizzy politics BRYNNA LESLIE Capital Muse

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t was pointed out to me recently that politics makes me angry. I’m not neck-deep into the national campaign, but I am up to my eyeballs in campaigns going on in specific ridings, not my own. As a television producer and researcher, my role is to cut through the spin. The more I concentrate on doing this, the more I realize how much spin is out there. And quite frankly, it’s making me dizzy. I feel like I’m being lied to on a daily basis. The thing about spin, of course, is that candidates are not perpetrating outright lies so much as they are perpetrating distorted truths. Regardless of party affiliation, they all do it. Countless incumbent candidates – from the NDP, the Conservative Party and the Liberal Party – have told me, for example, that they brag door-to-door about the amount of investment they’ve brought to their regions as a member of Parliament. What’s interesting, of course, is that if applications for infrastructure funding or program funding go through due process, the MP shouldn’t really have much to do with how taxpayer dollars are allocated. Some distorted truths are even trickier to understand. Take, for example, the Conservative line on settlement funding for immigrants. Conservatives claim they have tripled settlement funding for Ontario programs since they first formed a government in 2006. Liberal candidates claim the Conservatives have slashed funding for these same programs. These seemingly opposite statements are both, in fact, true. In 2005, then-Liberal prime minister Paul Martin signed an agreement with

the Province of Ontario committing $920 million over five years for immigration settlement programs. The Conservatives honoured that commitment when they formed a government in 2006. Last year, however, there was a $200 million shortfall because Citizenship and Immigration Canada didn’t have the resources to allocate the funds. Also last year, a departmental review led to a national cut of $53 million, including about $43 million in Ontario. Did Conservatives triple funding over 2005 levels? Yes. Did they also slash funding, as the Liberals suggest? Yes. The secret to spin, of course, is to be purposefully vague. This is done by using unfathomably large numbers, irrelevant time comparisons and, of course, by avoiding details. Do you know what $920 million looks like? If they said $920 billion, would it make a difference? Probably not. What if the Conservatives had expressed how funding had changed from 2010-2011, instead of from 2005-2010? The numbers would reflect more negatively on them. Of course, no candidate is going to stand at the door and explain the complexities of funding. It’s easier for them to say we tripled it over such-and-such a year, or those guys slashed funding. Everybody’s right, yet nobody has to tell the truth. Where does that leave you, the poor voter? Well, with limited time at your disposal to pay attention to public affairs, you will accept the distorted truth that best meets your predisposed opinions on the matter. A new immigrant that had a good experience finding an ESL program in Toronto would probably be taken in by the Conservative line. Another who had more difficulty getting his credentials recognized may be more susceptible to the Liberal line. And if you happen to be like the majority of voters, this issue won’t directly impact your vote at all, nor will the detailed truth at the heart of any election issue. If you decide to vote on May 2, you will likely cast a ballot based on the spin that made you feel least dizzy. And this, of course, is what the politicians are counting on.

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Life and death on the farm DIANA FISHER Accidental Farmwife I headed out to the barn the other morning with lambs on my mind. The ewes are right on schedule for the season, and they’ve been patiently waiting in the barn for a couple of weeks now. First I checked under and around the feeders in the yard. I don’t want anyone getting away with dropping a lamb and abandoning it. It’s happened before. Then I checked all corners in the barn, where the ewes who are still outside (awaiting haircuts) would most likely wander in to give birth. That isn’t the plan, of course (but farm animals laugh at human plans). The most pregnantlooking ewes have already been shorn and are inside, where it is dry and warm. When I entered the lambing area, I noticed something odd.

An ewe was lying on her side, and all her pen-mates were as far from her as possible, in the corner. I climbed in to see what I could do. Normally I would call the Farmer in at this point but he had already headed in to work for his last day of exams. I was on my own. The ewe appeared to be very old. She had a very bony back and she was wearing the metal ear tag belonging to the first set of sheep the Farmer had bought about 11 years ago. She had probably provided over a dozen lambs over the years. I tucked a flannel rag under her cheek to make her more comfortable. Her eyes looked sad. Her breathing was shallow. I decided to roll her onto a blanket and pull her out of the pen so that she wouldn’t get trampled by the other sheep on their way to the feeder. Sometimes all we can do is make them comfortable in their last hours. I wasn’t even sure if she was pregnant. It’s sometimes difficult to tell, particularly with the old girls. I wondered if she was dying of old age or if she had just

toppled over and exhausted herself, as the pregnant ewes seem to be fond of doing. I rolled her up onto her elbows and there she sat, happily munching on a bowl of sweet feed. But still she couldn’t get up on her own. I scratched my head and decided to let the Farmer solve the mystery. Just then I heard the unmistakable sound of a newborn lamb. “Baaaaaaaa,” obviously, but it sounded like he was saying, “Hel-lo! I’m over here! Come see me!” And then another little wee voice joined him, in harmony. Twins. I climbed into the pen and greeted the one little lamb with a mottled black face, compliments of our new Suffolk ram, Steve. I found the second lamb tucked under the feeder. This one was tinier than our house kitten, Sheila. Finally, I noticed a third lamb, in between his siblings in size. He had his head in the corner and he didn’t appear to be strong enough to stand. We had triplets. I found the mother right away. She was old, but very attentive. She knickered in response to their bleating and nibbled on

their woolly coats to dry them. All three had been well looked after. Often when multiples are born, one or more will be temporarily deprived of oxygen, leaving them a bit stupid upon entry into this world. These poor creatures are regularly found rooting around in corners and under feeders, in a feeble attempt to find their mother’s teat. They will only survive if we manage to get some of their mother’s colostrum into them. I’m no good at milking sheep. I tried, and the ewe was very patient, but I only got a few drops. We had to wait for the Farmer to come home at lunch. I mixed up a bottle of milk replacer and fed my new lambs. They weren’t very good suckers – so I filled a syringe dropper with milk and filled their bellies that way. That afternoon the Farmer did the best he could to help the lamb. But it died anyway. I peeled my smelly barn clothes off and scrubbed the itchy lanolin off my forearms. And vowed not to get too attached to the new babies this year.

Sorensen athlete of year Ottawa bobsledder Cody Sorensen was named Ontario male athlete of the year for 2010 last week at a ceremony in Toronto. The 24-year-old completed his first season as a brakeman for Canada’s top international sled, finishing fifth in the 2010-2011 overall World Cup standings and winning the first World Cup bronze medals of his career in Park City, UT and Lake Placid, NY. Sorensen also dominated the America’s Cup circuit the previous season with pilot Serge Despres and was an alternate for the 2010 Olympic Games.

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The Rideau Valley Conservation Authority is calling for volunteers to help plant more than 5,000 native trees, shrubs and plants along three kilometres of tributary and creek shorelines in the Barrhaven, Manotick and Bells Corners areas. The City Stream Watch program has received a $75,000 grant to replant and improve

four kilometres of shoreline over the next two years. Volunteers in Ottawa South are needed to plant along Black Rapids Creek on the morning of May 7, or they can travel to Stillwater Creek in Bells Corners on April 30 or May 15. Private landowners along the Mud Creek tributary in Manotick have been asked to offer their private shorelines for rehabilitation as well, which would be completed by staff from the RVCA.

“We’re trying to put as many shrubs and trees in as we can,” said Julia Sutton, who co-ordinates volunteers for the project, noting that each public planting puts in about 500 items. “We want to make sure we have enough people to get it into the ground.” She said this year’s replanting sites were historically cleared for a number of reasons, but now there’s no reason why the shoreline can’t return

to its natural state. By planting native trees and shrubs in the area, the program will help the shoreline regain its natural beauty as well as improve fish and wildlife habitat, help filter contaminants and slow stormwater runoff, according to the RVCA. For residential properties in Mud Creek, Sutton said residents might currently have lawn all the way to the edge of the stream, but this program offers an incentive and an op-

portunity to re-vegitate those areas. Sutton asked interested volunteers to contact her directly to register in advance, because most of the sites have limited parking and other planning issues. The RVCA will also provide refreshments for the volunteers, who will be revitalizing the shoreline. To register as a volunteer, email julia.sutton@rvca.ca or call 613-3571, ext. 1180.

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the ULTIMATE Summer Fun & Camp Guide Summer 2011

How to Choose a Summer Camp

Before you make a camp decision for your child, there are a lot of factors to consider. You will want to do your homework before you drop your child off for the day to be cared for by people you hardly know. It’s not easy. There are so many camps to consider and they come in all shapes and sizes. There are day camps, overnight camps, golf camps, horseback riding camps and science camps to name a few. Here are some general considerations: Your child’s interests What does your child like to do? Children know what they like and don’t like. Ask them for their input. If your child is active and loves to play sports, a sports camp is probably right for him or her. If your child is creative, then choose a camp that offers arts and crafts. Camp choices are as varied as children themselves. Choose a camp with the specific focus geared toward your child.

Cost Of course, the cost is something to consider. The cost of camp should reflect the service provided. When comparing camps by price make sure that you are comparing apples to apples. Some camps include lunches, while others include snacks, t-shirts, hats, extended hours and off site field trips. Price alone, can be misleading. I’ve always believed, “You get what you pay for”. Research With pencil in hand, contact the camps you are considering and ask some specific questions. Not all camps are created equal, so ask the same questions to each camp director and compare their answers. You need to feel comfortable with their answers before you make your choice. This is not an exhaustive list, but here are a few questions to get you started: 1. Who do you hire as counselors? Are they experienced? How old are they? Are they certified in CPR and First Aid? Have they undergone a criminal record check?

9. Where can I find more information about your camp? Do you have a web-site? Can I register online? Can I pay by credit card?

4. Are snacks or a lunch provided? Is the lunch program optional or mandatory?

The best way to determine if a particular camp is right for you is to ask a lot of questions. Camp directors are used to answering questions about every detail of camp. If you don’t get the answers you are looking for, keep searching. You need to feel good about your decision. After all, you want your child to have an awesome camp experience that will forge memories to last a lifetime.

5. What do you do on rainy days? Are your facilities air-conditioned? 6. Do the children swim every day? What are your rules for supervision at the pool? Is there a wading pool for young campers? 7. Can you provide a list of references or testimonials? Word of mouth is the best reference. Ask around and find out where other parents are sending their children. 8. What if my child doesn’t like the camp? Do you offer a guarantee? What is your cancellation policy?

Matt Barr is the owner of Camps Canada, a summer camp based in Ottawa, Ontario. As a voice for Canadian Camp Owners and Camp Directors, Matt is a frequent guest on radio and television programs across the country discussing the latest trends and issues in summer camps. He can be reached by email at: matt@campscanada.com

2. What are your hours for the camp program? for pre and post camp care? Is there an additional cost for extended hours?

Day Camp versus Overnight Camp Depending on the age, maturity and independence of your child, he or she may or may not be ready for an overnight camp. Some overnight camps accept children as young as six years old. Only you can decide when the time is right.

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Summer is a great time for kids. They need to get away from the everyday stress of school as much as adults need to get away from their full time jobs. What better way to help kids relax and enjoy their time off than to send them to summer camp? (By the way, this gives parents a nice break too.)

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Youth get a kick out of soccer coast to coast (NC)—One million players, some three million followers, plus a burgeoning professional scene, make soccer one of the fastest growing sports in Canada.

The top three reasons parent cited for getting their children on the field were to have fun (86 per cent), for the health benefits of physical exercise (76 per cent) and to learn teamwork (70 per cent).

Across the country, we now have more than 840,000 registered players (and many more unregistered), as well as 1,500 youth clubs and about 46,000 teams enrolled with the Canadian Soccer Association.

“Supporting youth soccer at the grassroots level is a priority for us at BMO,” said Sandy Bourne, vice–president of advertising, sponsorship, events and merchandising with BMO Financial Group. “We work to make soccer more accessible through our sponsorship of local soccer clubs, and continue to support youth players through BMO Team of the Week, a new contest that recognizes teams for their achievements both on and off the field.”

With more participants than any other sport, soccer is perhaps one of the most accessible sports around – all you really need is a ball and a flat surface. The majority of those playing “the beautiful game” in Canada are youth, whether involved recreationally or competitively through house leagues and rep teams. A recent BMO poll found that one–third of Canadian parents have their children enrolled in soccer, more than double that of parents who have their children in hockey, or in baseball, basketball and swimming combined.

Let’s keep kids healthy inside and out (NC)—Winter is finally over and the sound of kids playing in the neighbourhood is starting to fill the air. Bike rides, shooting ‘hoops’, or playground fun are just some of the ways kids can become active in the spring and summer. It’s a good thing too, because recent reports show that Canadian kids just aren’t getting enough exercise. Kids should get at least 60 minutes of moderate to vigorous exercise a day, according to the Canadian Society of Exercise Physiology. “Healthy, physically active kids more likely to be academically motivated, alert, and successful,” said Howie Dayton, chair of the Ontario Task Group on Access to Recreation for Low Income Families. “Whatever their fitness personality, all kids can be physically fit. A parent’s positive attitude will steer them in the right direction.” Consider enrolling your child in an organized sport or recreational activity, like soccer, baseball, swimming or ball hockey. The benefits of participat-

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Sun Safety • Apply sunscreen at least 20 to 30 minutes before going outdoors. If you can do it an hour ahead of time, that’s even better.

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The nationwidecontest runs from April to August and is open to all youth soccer teams with players aged 7 to 12. The grand prize includes $125,000 for a soccer field refurbishment, and a road trip to a Toronto FC or Vancouver Whitecaps FC home game. Teams will be rewarded not only for on–the–field accomplishments, but also for spirit, passion for the game, and community efforts.

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A less plastic life By Liz Wylie Plastic pollution is one of the most visible signs of the over-consumption displayed by our consumer-driven society. Our mass dependency on throw-away plastics has spiralled out of control. It’s not surprising to think that over a million plastic bags are consumed per minute worldwide: used in part to carry plastic packaged goods. People say, “What about recycling”? Collecting plastics in our blue boxes misleads us into thinking we’re off the hook as recycling plastic is not a sustainable solution. While aluminum, steel and glass can be recycled indefinitely, this is not the case with plastic. At best, recycling plastic means that it will be turned into other products that use a lower grade of plastic. As this continues, it goes to even lower grades and proceeds to the point where it can no longer be recycled. The vast majority of these products will eventually end in the landfill. This is not recycling, but downcycling. Tragically, for our environment, throw-away plastic is forever and does not biodegrade. Most of the plastic that was ever made still exists somewhere in the environment. It only breaks down into smaller and smaller particles that are ingested by wildlife and enter the food chain. The North Pacific Garbage Patch is a sad example of plastic pollution growing out of control. Formed by ocean currents carrying plastics out to sea, it is the largest plastic garbage dump in the world estimated to be over twice the size of Texas. Add to this, the production of plastic is harmful — it involves the use of potentially harmful chemicals that are being found in the bloodstream and tissues of almost everyone, including newborns. How can we fix this overwhelming and massive problem? As a society we need to start weaning ourselves off our addiction to plastic. As proof that we can change our habits, Metro grocery stores began charging five cents per plastic bag in June 2009. A month later, they reported a 50% drop in demand for plastic bags. Presently, according to the grocery chain, demand has now dropped by 80%. There is reason to hope — we can change. Besides refusing to use plastic bags here are some other ways as individuals we can make the choice to reduce plastic in our lives.

• Get milk in glass bottles or less expensive paper containers. • Make your own yogurt in glass mason jars — it’s really very easy. • Buy eggs in paper containers. • Buy cheese and meat at the deli and place it in your own container, or get it wrapped in paper. • Buy in bulk and bring your own containers. • Bring your own containers to restaurants for leftovers or for takeout. • Bring your own mug when ordering coffee. • Use matches instead of disposable plastic lighters. • Use glass baby bottles and cloth diapers for infants. Avoid cheap plastic toys that break and end up in the landfill. Look for alternative cloth and wooden toys, they have better play value, and tend to last longer. • Buy CDs packaged in cardboard sleeves or buy music online. • Use real dishes and silverware for parties instead of plastic.

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Seeds of Hope – Teaching children to be green By Liz Wylie Melting glaciers, rising sea levels, strange weather patterns and species disappearing at an alarming rate – this is all pretty scary stuff for an adult but how is a child supposed to respond? It can be a formidable task to teach children about environmental issues, since it can feel overwhelming and confusing even as an adult. As future stewards of the planet, our children will have an awesome responsibility. We want our children to care, but it is important that we educate them in an age appropriate manner. We don’t want them feeling the entire burden of past generations mistakes. One positive way to teach children about the environment is to show them that they have the power to effect change. When children understand a problem and what they can do to fix it, it’s not so overwhelming. When children understand how their decisions impact the environment, they are more likely to make better choices. Here are some suggestions for teaching green living to children and empowering them with a more sustainable lifestyle. • Children as young as two can start to learn to help with the recycling, as they love to sort. • Involve your kids in thinking of ways to reuse items. Making crafts

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out there learn the names for the flora and fauna that you see, because we seldom attach value to things we cannot name.

• Conserving energy can be as simple as turning off lights and appliances when they are not in use, but also try sitting down and talking to your children about other ways they think energy can be conserved, they may come up with some ideas you haven’t thought of and they will become more eager to take part of the family’s efforts.

• Bring some nature closer to home. Have some bird feeders that the children can help to fill. Start a small family garden or container garden that they can help tend. Children are much more apt to appreciate vegetables they have helped to grow.

• When you are at the grocery store this is a good time to talk about packaging and see if your children can find alternatives to overly packaged non recyclable products. Always set a good example and bring your own bag. • Teaching kids to love nature is an easy thing to do as kids have an innate sense of wonder about their natural surroundings. However, many kids today are sadly spending most of their childhood cooped up indoors and are not being exposed to the beauty of the outdoors. Children who don’t have a connection to their natural world will have little reason to want to protect what they don’t know. Instead of heading to the mall on the weekend, take the kids to Gatineau Park or one of the Greenbelt trails for some hiking or cross-country skiing. While you’re

• Older children can feel empowered by writing letters to government leaders and corporations about environmental issues. It’s a great way of learning that in a democracy, every voice even little ones count. • Probably the most influential thing you can do instill environmental values in your children is to set a good example yourself. If you walk the walk yourself then it won’t be long before you have a junior eco-warrior in your midst. Encouraging children to take action can help them cope with their fears and keep them from feeling overwhelmed by the scope of the world’s environmental problems. By empowering our children we are planting the seeds for a more sustainable lifestyle for future generations.

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St. Mark’s tackles 1940s hijinks with His Girl Friday EMMA JACKSON emma.jackson@metroland.com

Hollywood greats Cary Grant and Ralph Bellamy might be given a run for their money this April when St. Mark Catholic high school takes His Girl Friday to the stage, recreating the old screwball comedy with the fresh eyes of 40 Ottawa South students. Director Katie Lewis-Prieur, the school’s drama teacher, said she had always loved the film and wanted to put it on stage, and this year the cast seems to slide perfectly into the past to bring the 1940s newsroom to life. Male lead Walter Burns is played by Grade 12 student Nick Liko, who is effortless in his role as a scheming, seasoned newspaper editor. “We’ve been working on him being a smart aleck, which has not been hard at all,” LewisPrieur laughed. When Walter learns that his ex-wife and star reporter Hildy Johnson is planning to marry boring Bruce Baldwin and leave her journalistic life behind, Walter does everything in his power to convince her

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Grade 11 student Kyle Fournier, left, plays good guy Bruce Baldwin engaged to Hildy Johnson, played by Kennedy Ryan (middle) in His Girl Friday. The pair come back to town only to become ensnared in the hijinks of schemer newspaper man and Hildy’s ex-husband Walter Burns, played by Grade 12 student Nick Liko (right). The play opens April 28 at St. Mark’s high school in Ottawa South. to stay, asking her to cover one last story at the execution of a convicted murderer. From there he goes on to frame her fiance Bruce more than once, getting

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him arrested, and kidnapping her mother-in-law-to-be. By the end, Bruce is left by the wayside as Hildy and Walter decide to remarry.

“I couldn’t imagine anyone else to be engaged to, I wish it turned out better for us in the play,” laughed Kennedy Ryan, who plays Hildy. Indeed, Hildy

and Grade 11 student Kyle Fournier’s character Bruce are an endearing couple, but Bruce turns out to be just too boring. Fournier, who plays Bruce, said the character is a big change for him on stage. “It’s actually hard to play because it’s so toned down. Bruce is a very reserved character and I’m the exact opposite of that naturally,” Fournier said. “Last year I got to play my true self and be a larger than life politician loudmouth, and this year I’m trying something new, I’m toning it down.” Fournier won best supporting actor at Ottawa’s high school theatre Cappies Awards last year for his role as Matthew Harrison Brady in Inherit the Wind, which was also nominated for featured actor, best makeup and best play. Liko was also nominated for best lead actor last year. The play has been a team effort, with the school’s tech classes building a stage extension and most of the sets, and the hair and esthetics class taking care of make-up. The play opens on April 28 and runs each night until April 30. Tickets are $10 at the door.

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From DEBATE on page 1 McGuinty was able to draw on past experiences as an MP and his wide knowledge of policy and legislative issues to make his point. However both first-time candidates had solid answers for questions that would at first glance seem outside their areas of expertise. On the question of buying new fighter jets, Kitor said any money saved from changing the $30 billion plan should be used to create jobs, eliminate the debt “both financially and environmentally” and improve healthcare. “I’d like to see us spending money wisely. Sometimes we could spend money earlier on prevention as opposed to fixing the problem, and I’d like to see more of that,” Kitor said. Bleskie said any money saved should be split between reducing the deficit and funding social services that “we desperately, desperately need” such as daycare, health care and support for adults with disabilities. “There are so many different places where we can put our focus, and I think it should be toward the human weight that we have on our shoulders.” McGuinty said the jets need to be replaced, but can be done more cheaply, timely and with greater benefits for Canada’s aerospace industry if an open

competition is held before signing a contract. All three candidates agreed on a number of issues, including the need for better social housing and Canada’s need to maintain its intake of immigrants and improve settlement services for them. One resident accused past governments – Liberal and Conservative alike – of bringing in a “vast number of immigrants to support an ethnic voting block,” which was met with audible displeasure from the audience, all of whom live in a riding with the highest Arab population in the province. McGuinty, however, stood up for his belief that immigration is a positive program for Canada. “I’m not going to fight to reduce the level of immigration right now,” he said, Photo by Emma Jackson to a round of applause. “Immigrants are Incumbent David McGuinty (Liberal), left, and Green Party candidate Mick Kitor spoke huge net contributors to the economy about the need for Canada’s current immigration policy at an all-candidates debate held and always have been. I’ve never seen evMonday, April 18. idence that says Canada is suffering as a result. That doesn’t mean we haven’t got progress to make with our newest neighbours to be able to help them integrate NAC DANCE PRESENTS and settle and continue to build their families.” Kitor added that Canada is “addicted to immigration” because current citizens don’t have enough children. The federal election takes place May 2.

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Shooting Stars settle for silver in overtime DAN PLOUFFE Over 100 Major Bantam under-14 boys’ teams from across the province descended on gyms across the city last weekend, but when the Ottawa Shooting Stars took to the court for the Ontario Basketball Association’s fifth-division gold medal match, they faced a very familiar city opponent. The Kanata Cavs and the Shooting Stars fought several close battles earlier this season, each earning a pair of victories. “They were all close games, and we got to beat up on each other all the time,” smiles Shooting Stars coach Grant McMann. “Steve Ashfield is a great coach for Kanata. His team works really hard, just like mine does.” Ranked number one and number two respectively, there wasn’t much separating Kanata and Ottawa as they both reached the final of their eight-team category. So it was only appropriate that their championship game wound up being decided in overtime, with Kanata prevailing 72-63. “If you can compete and you’re close, that’s what’s really important,” notes McMann, a teacher at First Avenue Public School who volunteers to coach even without a kid of his own on the team. “It’s been a great year. They’re a tremendous group of young gentlemen, and they clicked right from the start.” A strong team bond was definitely a big key to the Shooting Stars’ success, agrees Viktor Lorenzen, who’s played basketball for seven years.

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Benji Christie and the Ottawa Shooting Stars blasted through all of their opponents in the Ontario Cup fifth division contested last weekend at Earl of March High School except for the Kanata Cavs, who took the gold medal with an overtime victory in the final. “We had great chemistry,” explains the Grade 8 Ashbury College student. “And our coach is great. He just lets us play and we don’t have to run a system all the

time. As long as we play defence, we can pretty much do whatever we want.” While a provincial silver medal is certainly a cause for celebration, McMann

believes that the main focus at the younger levels shouldn’t be all about winning championships. “At this age, I want to teach them how to dribble, how to shoot and how to play defence. It’s the fundamentals – that’s the most important part of the game,” he says. “We have some younger guys, so in the regular season, you try to get them in the game because I’m not just here to coach the starting five. You want to make sure all 12 kids learn and develop.” The Shooting Stars got some big help from their big boys in the post – Maxime Boursiquot and Troy Webster – but the effort put in by all players is the reason the squad excelled, their coach adds. “Really, the most important thing is they’re just dedicated,” McMann emphasizes. “They work hard all the time at practice. They’ve never caused me any trouble in any way, shape or form, and the parents are great. We have a lot of fun.” In other OBA Major Bantam championship action, the Gloucester Wolverines, ranked last in the fourth division, clawed their way to a silver medal with three victories in five games. Nepean went 1-2 in the same category, while the Ottawa Celtics and two other Gloucester entries took home gold respectively in the 10th, 11th and 14th divisions. Blessed Sacrament of Hamilton beat the Scarborough Blues 67-49 in the championship game of the province’s top division.

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Is university looming in your future? Learn what you need to know to survive and thrive. For teens aged 15 to19. This workshop will take place from 6 to 7 p.m. at the Alta Vista branch of the Ottawa Public Library (2516 Alta Vista Dr.).

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• APRIL 30 Sing into spring with the Capital Chordettes and special guests “Mostly Bows” on Sat. April 30 at 7:30 pm. St Paul’s Presbyterian Church, 971 Woodroffe Ave. Adults $20, Seniors/Students $15, children under 12 years free.www.capitalchordettes.ca, 613 837-7704.

Tuesday, April 26, 2011 7:00 TO 9:00 p.m. Andrew S. Haydon Hall, Ottawa City Hall 110 Laurier Avenue West

Annual garage sale at Riverside United Church, 3191 Riverside Drive from 9 a.m. to noon. Treasures, furniture, books, toys, house wear, homemade pies. Free parking, wheelchair accessible. Call 613-731-1646 for more information.

Participants: Youth, parents, people working with youth, concerned community members.

• MAY 6 Check out ‘Jazz for a Friday Night’ with the Ottawa Regional Youth Choir and the Nepean All-City Jazz Band at 7:30 p.m. at the Canadian Martyrs Catholic Church, 100 Main Street. Tickets $20/adults, $10/students. Pieces will include Fascinatin’ Rhythm, Smoke Gets in Your Eyes, Java Jive, Georgia, Summertime, and more.

We want to hear your ideas on what each of us can do – police, community, parents, youth – to help prevent young people from becoming involved in crime. Join the discussion! For more info, call 613-560-1270 or email: lynn.kennedy@ottawa.ca

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rian Church, 2400 Alta Vista Drive, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. We will have our popular bake table and used spring and summer clothing, as well as many other good used items including furniture, books, toys and games and flea market. 613733-0131.

• ONGOING Programs offered at the Alta Vista library branch: - Babytime: Stories, rhymes and songs for babies aged 0-18 months and a parent or caregiver. Wednesdays, April 20 to May 18 from 10:30 to 11 a.m. - Toddlertime: Stories, rhymes and songs for babies aged 18 to 35 months and a parent or caregiver. Mondays, April 18 to May 16 from 10:30 to 11 a.m. - Storytime: Bilingual stories and rhymes and songs for preschoolers aged three to six and a parent or caregiver. Tuesdays, April 19 to May 17 from 10:30 to 11:15 a.m. - Homework club: Get tutoring and help with homework after school for youth aged seven to 18. This club is offered in partnership with EAGLE Center. Wednesdays, 4:15 p.m., 120 minutes until May 25. - Teen Advisory Group: Join TAG to earn community involvement hours and help design programs for teens. Open to youth aged 14 to 18. Fridays, April 29 and May 27, 4-5 p.m.


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The pieces are starting to fall into place for Capital City FC as the opening day of the season draws near, with the club announcing a string of new signings. Last week the club unveiled the addition of five players to its inaugural season roster, including Will Beauge, Kenny Caceros, Julien Edwards Damiem Merette and Emir Zrnic, who all have roots in the Ottawa area. The club had previously announced the signing of Sullivan Silva, a 22-year-old Brazilian born player who was with the Austin Aztex of the United States Soccer Federation Division 2 for the past two seasons. “You have two or three that played collegiate soccer in the United States, two or three that were looked at by MLS (Major League Soccer), two or three that have been in provincial or Canadian national teams so that’s kind of what we felt was the core,” said Capital City FC head coach and technical director Shaun Harris. “That’s kind of the standard we’re trying to set.” Beauge, a forward from Cumberland, won a Canadian College Athletics Association championship and was named Canadian player of the year as a member of the Algonquin Thunder in 2006. He went on to star on the Ottawa Fury Premier Development League squad and trialed with clubs in Greece, Portugal and with the San Jose Earthquakes of MLS. “Will is highly talented in the Ottawa-area, but someone who has been stuck here a little bit,” said Harris. “We have the opportunity to help him move forward in his career.” Ottawa native Edwards played with in the Fury’s Super Y League program before attending Drake University in the U.S., being named to the All-Missouri Valley Conference first team twice. “He was in the MLS combine, was looked at by MLS, was in the U23 Canadian national team, so again a very good pedigree,” Harris said of the defender. Originally from Gatineau, Merette spent time in Brazil playing with Portuguesa Futebol Clube in Sao Paulo among several teams and the midfielder was selected to a number of Canadian youth national teams. “He actually was in the U15, U16, U17 Canadian national teams and captained the 16s and 17s. He’s a young player, only 18 years old,” said Harris. “We think he could be a bright young prospect.” Zrnic, born in Bosnia Herze-

govina but now a permanent resident, won a gold medal playing for the Quebec provincial team at the 2009 Canada games while Caceros, an Ottawa native, earned a scholarship at Syracuse University after playing in the Fury Super Y League system.

The signings were announced alongside the club’s schedule for the 2011 season, which opens on May 20 with a game versus Toronto Croatia, the CSL’s oldest club, at Terry Fox Stadium near Mooney’s Bay. The club held an open tryout for players from the area at the

end of March, an experience Harris said was valuable as the coach of a fledgling club. “For me, someone who’s been to Ottawa and done some things here but doesn’t know the entire landscape, it was good,” he said, adding that he was pleased with the number of players who

turned up. Capital City FC is joined by the Windsor Stars as newcomers to the CSL, increasing the number of clubs in the First Division to 14. The team will play 26 games, For ticket information, visit www.capitalcityfc.com

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