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ACCESSIBLE TRANSIT OC Transpo has retired its last high floor bus, making the transit system 100 per cent accessible, according to the city.
July 21, 2011 | 24 Pages
Storm topples Bluesfest stage, wreaks havoc across city EMMA JACKSON firstname.lastname@example.org
CONCRETE PROBLEMS Part two of a three part series examines the growing gap in available funding for public facilities as Ontario municipalities continue to grow.
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Ottawa’s emergency services had a busy night Sunday, July 17 when a severe thunderstorm swept through the city, causing widespread minor damage and blowing down the main stage at Bluesfest. Environment Canada reported 96 kilometre per hour gusts around 7:30 p.m. at the Ottawa International Airport on Sunday night, and blamed a series of downbursts (rapidly descending air) occurring in a “squall line” for most of the downed trees and power outages. Ottawa police services said they responded to about 300 calls in a two hour period after the storm struck just before 7:30 p.m., ranging from power outages to downed hydro lines, trees and signs. Fire services also received eight calls for marine rescues, although all boats were able to make it to shore safely without the help of emergency personnel, according to fire services spokesperson Marc Messier. Most calls came from people on shore, where they felt distant boats seemed in distress. Seven of the calls were for the Ottawa River – ranging from Britannia to Petrie Island – and another was for Dows Lake. The back deck of a vacant townhouse under renovations on Gladstone Avenue caught fire, causing about $20,000 in damage, and the roof of Enriched Bread Artists studio, also on Gladstone, collapsed onto two parked cars. There were no injuries in either incident. At 7:22 p.m. the MBNA stage at Bluesfest collapsed just moments after staff evacuated the stage during Cheap Trick’s signature song I Want You to Want Me. The stage was blown backward onto the Ottawa River Parkway, which remained partially closed on Monday morning. Four people were sent to hospital because of the collapse. One victim suffered a punctured abdomen and broken leg. See DOWNBURSTS on page 15
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Bob Brown used to squint down the road, scanning each bus for a yellow accessibility rail that would indicate whether he would make it to his destination on time. But now those days are in the past. As of July 12, the city’s bus fleet is “100 per cent accessible,” according to transit commission chairwoman Diane Deans, councillor for Gloucester-Southgate. The city rolled out one of 89 remaining high-floor buses for the very last time to announce that the final remaining inaccessible OC Transpo buses were being retired. Twenty Nova model buses – the first generation of low-floor buses – have also been phased out because they were aging and difficult for wheelchairs and scooters to maneuver inside. That means people in wheelchairs, like Brown, and those who have mobility concerns will now have barrier-free access on all bus routes. “Now, it’s not a worry,” said Brown, a local accessibility advocate and the former chair of the city’s accessibility advisory committee. A complete fleet of low-floor buses will also be a boon for people with strollers and those trying to board a bus with luggage, said Mayor Jim Watson, who was also at the city hall event. The old buses were purchased by the former regional municipality and the city phased them out three years ahead of schedule, Deans said. The move also makes bus maintenance easier by reducing the number of different styles of buses (there are now five models in the fleet). Combine that with the audio system that calls out stops, and OC Transpo is one of, if not the most, accessible transit system in Canada, the mayor touted. The changes are also aimed at reducing
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Mayor Jim Watson stands in front of the very last inaccessible, high-floor bus in the OC Transpo fleet. The bus was retired on July 12 – the same day transit commission chair Diane Deans declared that every bus in the city is now equipped with the Next Stop Announcement System. pressure on the more costly Para Transpo system by making it easier for anyone to ride the main transit system. Other accessibility considerations include daily checks of elevators at transit stations, upgrades to transit-station access and ongoing training for bus operators on how to address service animals such as seeing-eye dogs. OC Transpo driver André Bastien, who has been operating buses for almost 40 years, said drivers would not be sad to see the old vehicles go to “bus Heaven,” as the mayor joked. Bastien had the honour of driving the last high-floor bus to its final resting place, and said he will be happy to never turn away another passenger due to a lack of accessibility.
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take another look at the study because it would open a “Pandora’s box.” “This is not the time to re-open this and get ourselves bogged down even further,” Bloess said. “To go back to that just leaves us more vulnerable and more open to being contested.” City council is faced with this decision because it lost an appeal to the OMB. While the city’s planning staff had originally recommended expanding the boundary by 850 hectares, council went with a more modest 230 hectares over a shorter period of time, with the hope of reducing sprawl. But the OMB sided with city staff. Revisiting the study shouldn’t rack up any additional costs, because it would be done with existing staff resources, said city clerk Rick O’Connor. Experts needed for the OMB hearing would most likely be city staff as well, he said. The initial OMB hearing cost taxpayers $400,000. The update to the urban boundary study should be completed by September.
Developers will get a say on where the city should expand its urban boundary. Although the city’s planning committee voted to stick with its original 2009 recommendation on which parcels of land should be absorbed within the urban boundary, city council decided to go in a different direction. City lawyers repeatedly warned that the city would likely be at risk in another legal battle at the Ontario Municipal Board (OMB) if it did nothing to update the three-year-old study. Although the final result will likely be the same, said city lawyer Tim Marc, the city should make the effort to see if there is any new information worth considering, including a miniconsultation of developers. The urban boundary defines where city services such as water and sewer are provided and therefore restricts the type of development that is allowed. Innes Ward Coun. Rainer Bloess said he was hesitant to
Living in a rural neighbourhood can be isolating for a teenager, and can lead to mischiefmaking during the long summer months without transit or entertainment. To combat teen boredom, Osgoode Ward has a number of resources and programs running throughout the summer, including the ever-popular mobile skate park. Established in 1997 by Osgoode Township, the mobile skate park hops from one rural community centre to another on a weekly basis, offering a seven-piece skateboard course from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesday to Saturday. Program co-ordinator Amanda MacDonald said the park can attract up to 50 kids a day, and some will travel with the park all summer so they don’t have to wait for it to arrive in their community. “We give them something to do. It’s a youth hot spot, right? We’re open all summer, so you can just come and hang out,” she said, noting tthere’s also games, crafts and a TV for video games to entertain teens for the whole day. “You’d be surprised how
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As the warmer weather hits its peak, Ottawa police and a number of area community associations are warning parents to keep an eye on their teens lest their summer boredom turn into something more sinister. Community police officer Const. Nicole Gorham said that teens in rural villages are often more isolated in the summer months, and that can lead to mischief and vandalism in the community. “Kids are bored, there’s no transit, so some of the mischief to property you’ll see out here is, ‘Let’s damage a sign or jump into somebody’s pool,’” Gorham said. Pool hopping is a big problem in Ottawa South communities, which happens when residents go away on vacation or to work for the day and youth use and sometimes abuse their swimming pools. In Riverside South on July 9, for example, a group of teens were caught using someone’s pool without permission, reportedly drunk. Last year in Greely’s Woodstream Village
a group of teens were caught drinking, smashing beer bottles and tossing chairs into someone’s pool, and had to clean up the mess and do community service. Other instances have included reports of people defecating in pools. Other popular acts of mischief include stealing or vandalizing signs and other public property, drinking under age and drinking and driving. In Findlay Creek, teens are the suspected culprits behind a broken window, which was shot with a BB gun around July 12. The incident prompted the local community association to remind parents to monitor their children. “It’s just reminding parents and kids that BB guns aren’t toys, they do cause a lot of damage when users don’t understand what the ramifications are,” said Findlay Creek Community Association copresident Caroline Rohrig, who noted that out of hundreds of teens living in the area, only a select few are truly getting up to any mischief. Gorham said part of the problem is isolation, especially in communities that lack OC Transpo service.
“I would love for them to have public transit out here, but it’s not an option. So during the school year they can’t go to certain co-op programs because they can’t get there, certain sporting events they can’t get to. Part time jobs, unless their parents want to drive them, its not always an option.” She said the first step to a safe and mischief-free summer is monitoring your teens. “The biggest thing between now and when I was growing up is parents really aren’t as engaged. They really need to know where they’re kids are and who they’re with, and just monitoring,” she said. “I have parents that buy their kids the alcohol. Having a family barbecue and giving your teen a drink at home is one thing. Giving them a case of beer and saying see you later, that’s horrible,” she said, noting that drinking and driving is a huge problem in rural areas, and often leads to serious accidents. Another part of the problem is lack of resources. Osgoode Village has its own youth dropin centre which runs many programs for kids and teens throughout the year, but other communities such as Metcalfe
aren’t so lucky. “In Osgoode we’re certainly in a unique situation because we do have the youth centre. Other communities I think are envious of the fact that we do, and I know Greely and Manotick have talked about their interest in having one,” said Nicole McKerracher, director of the Osgoode Youth Association, or O-YA. She said she’s heard anecdotal information that youth crime is lower in Osgoode, but whether that’s tied to the youth centre or not is unclear. The youth centre was established in 2005 and receives funding from the city of Ottawa, United Way and a number of community supporters. Gorham noted that if neighbourhoods want to help the issue, everyone must work together. “I think neighbourhoods definitely have to be vigilant and pay attention, and parents as well,” she said. She noted that calling the police – even on your own children – won’t necessarily hurt their future. “We’re a resource. We don’t have to go in and start laying charges, we can also go in and give them the help they need.
A lot of them get it, and sometimes all it takes is one interaction with us,” Gorham said. “Most of them are good kids, they’re just bored, out drinking, and parents don’t know they’re out.” To contact the Ottawa South community police office directly, call 613-236-1222 ext 3787.
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Gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgendered teens can expect a more inclusive school community come September, after Premier Dalton McGuinty issued a firm reminder that students hold the power to form GLBT support groups in their high schools – no matter what their principals, teachers or school board might say. “This is not a matter of choice for school boards or principals. If students want it, they will have it,” McGuinty wrote in a speech that was delivered by Toronto MPP Glen Murray on July 4, during Toronto’s annual pride parade. “We live in a world where teens are still taking their lives because of homophobia and we owe it to them to get them the support they deserve. It’s all a matter of being understanding and supportive.” McGuinty’s government passed an equity policy as part of the Safe Schools Act in 2009, which came into effect September 2010 and outlaws all school discrimination based on gender, age, race, ability, or sexual orientation. McGuinty’s reaffirmation of the policy attempted to address the ongoing debate around whether students should be allowed to have specific sexuality and gender-related support groups, especially in Catholic boards where schools often struggle to reconcile their anti-bullying campaigns with religious beliefs banning homosexuality. “I think the point of the announcement was to show that the premier values the policy, and it should be implemented because it’s the law,” said Ottawa Centre Liberal MPP Yasir Naqvi. “The premier will keep reiterating the point because it sends a strong message that he takes this type of policy very seriously.” Ottawa South Progressive Conservative candidate Jason MacDonald, who is poised to take on the premier in Ontario’s October election, said he believes local school boards should decide how discrimination is dealt with, rather than students. “Local school boards have the responsibility to make decisions on how to fight
discrimination in schools, and I would expect that they consult with both parents and students regarding how to best provide safe and inclusive environments for all students and encourage tolerance, he said in an email. In the past year, several Catholic schools have made headlines by refusing to allow “gay-straight alliances” in their schools or by banning traditional pride symbols such as rainbows. Many Catholic schools prefer to endorse more general student support groups that deal with all bullying issues, while some allow specific antihomophobia groups as long as they have generic names that mask their purpose, such as equity or safe space groups. The equity law that came into effect last year technically gives students the power to dictate whether a school has a GLBT support group and what it’s called. However, the Liberal government has not ruled on whether the term “gay-straight alliance” (GSA for short) will be forced on Catholic schools. “We should differentiate the name from the substance,” Naqvi said. “Our equity policy is focused on the substance and what student-led groups can accomplish, and this is applicable to all school boards. Let’s not get into the debate about semantics here, and focus on the fact that we have a very progressive program in place to combat homophobic bullying in our schools.” Jade Pichette, co-ordinator of the Creating Safe Spaces program at Pink Triangle Services serving Ottawa’s GLBT community, said giving naming rights to students is a productive step, as it gives them a chance to be loud and proud or subtle and low-key as the student body sees fit. She said the policy is a step forward because it gives students a boost in fighting unwilling administrators. “This does give youth an extra leg up. They’re experiencing everything from sexual harassment and physical harassment and verbal harassment to just the silence of people not standing up and supporting them. So a group that is specific to GLBT issues allows youth to a have a safe space, which is important if the rest
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Premier Dalton McGuinty reiterated in early July that students have the power to decide if a sexuality and gender-based support group, often called a Gay-Straight Alliance, is necessary in their high school.
of the school is hostile,” Pichette said. Students across the province have certainly faced their share of obstacles in fighting sexuality-based groups. St. Joseph Catholic Secondary School in Mississauga, Ont., banned rainbows at an anti-homophobia event this spring because rainbows are connected to gay pride. In Ottawa, the controversy impelled a 15-year-old gay student at Sacred Heart Catholic School in Stittsville to place about 300 rainbow flags across the Ottawa school’s grounds in solidarity with other GLBT students. But things are getting better, Pichette
said, noting that the Ottawa Carleton District School Board is marching in Ottawa’s Capital Pride parade in August for the first time. The Ottawa Catholic School Board declined to comment. Catholic trustees and Ottawa’s Catholic School Parents’ Association could not be reached for comment.
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ow that school’s out it’s time for some summer fun. As you plan adventures for you and your family, give a thought to the starry skies and natural wonders in your own backyard, rather than the bright lights and expensive digs of far-off cities. Make the most of your summer at a local campground and create a fun and exciting atmosphere for your children that has the potential to continue for generations to come. Camping is great anytime of the year, whether you’re in a cabin or sleeping on the ground under the stars. There is something to be said about building traditions, enjoying family time, summer romance and old friends. It’s one of the least expensive ways to boost tourism and Ontario has some of the best provincial and municipal parks around. Tourism is an important part of the economy and according to the Ministry of Tourism, it supports 300,000 jobs. Three years ago, the industry saw spending reach $22 billion. Last year, close to 10 million visits were made by people from around the world to Ontario’s provincial parks. With recent expansions at places like Charles-
ton Lake Provincial Park near Smiths Falls, families and visitors can enjoy even more opportunities to get outside and have a little fun soaking up the sun and natural beauty in the province. Camping gives families and friends a reason to explore the great outdoors and stay active. It’s an affordable vacation and a great way to relax and experience country living and a change of pace from a hectic week. But it’s important to be wary of camper etiquette. Often times, many campers drive for hours to get to their destinations. Like being a good neighbour at home, it’s important to be one at the campground. Respect each other’s property, boundaries and lifestyle choices. Pick up after your dogs; fully extinguish your fire at night; observe quite hours and limit your garbage and follow safety rules for swimming. Be aware of your surroundings — from poisonous and noxious plants to the creatures that lurk in the woods. So this season, grab your tent and see our country’s beauty first-hand. You’ll soon find yourself enjoying a perfect family vacation: active, interactive and affordable.
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anadian children are getting fat. I know I’ve written those words before, and I’ve probably used slightly more politically correct terms. But folks, we have an epidemic on our hands. And if you’re reading this, it’s time to do something about it. There are many theories on why overweight and obesity has become a problem among our children. Those who like to ignore the obvious wonder if maybe kids are more stressed out, or if maybe it’s the fault of the schools, or maybe kids are just bigger because we’ve evolved. But in a recent informal comparison I made between the children of today and those that walked the streets in my own childhood, the reason become frighteningly clear. There are no kids walking the streets today. Kids aren’t walking in the woods. They’re not climbing trees in the park. They’re just not around. If you don’t believe the statistics that show nearly 60 per cent of Canadian children park themselves in front of screens for a minimum of three hours each day after school, just look outside your window. The weather is fine. The urban wildlife – raccoons, groundhogs, squirrels South Edition
BRYNNA LESLIE Capital Muse – are all out there, climbing trees, and chasing each other up and down the street. But where are the kids? You’d be hard-pressed to find a kid just frolicking in the grass, or playing tag in the neighbour’s yard, I promise you. American author Richard Louv writes about this in the 2008 bestseller, Last Child in the Woods: Saving our children from nature-deficit disorder. The book wouldn’t be so profound except that it’s really the only one of its kind produced for mass readership. And even then, it’s a somewhat dense tome. Louv’s basic argument is that, in the United States, there’s not much wilderness left. He quotes other scholars who suggest that the growth of suburbs in the post Second World War era contributed to the death of the American frontier, which offered the promise of
wilderness and discovery. But Louv is optimistic. Despite numerous studies which show kids emotional and intellectual health has paralleled the rapid deterioration of their physical health, he believes it’s not too late for individuals to take this matter in hand; that we can build new towns that elevate our natural environment rather than destroying it; that we can put our kids back where they belong; in nature. In Canada, we are even more empowered to this end. Ninety per cent of the total land in Canada is provincial or federal Crown land. We are far from meeting our frontier. And in Ottawa, we have enviable access to parkland protected, for the moment, by the National Capital Commission. The downtown core has two rivers and a canal running through its centre. We are practically spitting distance from Gatineau Park, which covers more than 36,000 hectares and boasts more than 200 kilometres worth of trails for hiking and biking, and in the winter, snowshoeing and skiing. And until Russell becomes subdivided, we also have a wealth of local farmers producing everything from boar to beets. So why are our children sitting in front of the television and computer
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Penelope’s life-changing day
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While the life of the average house cat may be long and leisurely, the life of a barn cat can be short and difficult. One way to improve the health and prolong the life of a female barn cat is to have her spayed so she doesn’t have to have any more kittens. Wednesday was Penelope’s lucky day. Penelope was born three years ago (I think, from my photo album research), during my first summer as a Farmwife. She looks like a calico, but instead of orange, black and white markings, she has grey, peach and white colouring, making her what is known as a Dilute Calico. This cat is probably the least feral of all of our barn cats. Since she was born, she has always been fonder of the humans than of the other cats. While most barn cats rub and nuzzle against each other, Penelope saves her lovin’ for the people. If I put my hand down to pet her, she arches her back and does a little hop up to reach me. This dance is repeated over and over, until one of us gets tired (usually me; not the cat). Penelope also prefers to be fed separately from the other cats. She seems to be very worried about sharing a platter of feed with the others, and they usually respond to her nervous approach with a clawed swat to her nose. Penelope hops up onto the closest piece of barn furniture and I feed her there. I
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figured Penelope would be easy enough to catch, in comparison to our other mamas. Tuesday evening, I lured Penelope into a cat carrier with Temptations cat treats. She didn’t even blink as I gently pushed her tail inside and latched the door. When she ran out of treats, however, it was another story. She rocked and rolled that carrier until it popped open at the plastic hinges. She pushed the lid to the side, crawled out and came and sat by my feet, looking up at me and demanding more cat treats. I sighed. Clearly I needed a stronger cage. I crawled up into the stable loft and found the dog carrier that was double the size and strength of the cat carrier. It was held together with bolts instead of plastic hinges. But could I get her into a cage again? It took a bit of coaxing but eventually Penelope was successfully lured into the cage. They don’t call them Tempta-
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tion cat treats for nothing. I drove the cat to the cat shelter in North Gower, where Penelope was scheduled to stay the night. Her cat treats would be the last food she would have until after her surgery the next day. Early Wednesday morning, Penelope was delivered to the Riverside South Animal Hospital. There she entered into the Trap-Neuter-Return program for feral cats. Surgery was scheduled for the morning, and I received a call when she woke up from her sedative, at about 3 in the afternoon. The patient was ready for pickup. As a feral cat, Penelope was given a slow-release antibiotic and pain killer to facilitate recovery. She spent the first 24 hours in the house. I went down to the basement before bed and couldn’t find her amongst the stored furniture. I got a flashlight and finally I spotted her eyes flashing at me from inside the dollhouse. When she emerged from the basement the next day to wander the house, howling at every window and door, I knew she was ready to return outside. Many thanks to Paul Lafleur of Village Kitten Rescue in North Gower and Dr. Dennett of the Riverside South Animal Hospital for everything. That’s one less mama cat I have to worry about. Now, who’s next?
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Sawmill Creek pool and community centre in Blossom Park is making a splash this summer with its weekly day camps for kids in preschool all the way to age 12, and there are still spots available to chase away any summer boredom. Recreation supervisor Steve Papai said attendance has been relatively low this summer overall, and that as many as 50 kids can join in the fun each week at the centre’s four camps, two of which are water-based. Aquasplash for kids aged six to eight focuses on water games and some swimming sports, while Aquasport for kids aged nine to 12 “takes it to the next level” with Olympic-style sports such as water polo, diving and synchronized swimming. Both camps help kids improve their swimming skills and stroke techniques. A “dry-land” camp called All Star Sports for ages nine to 12 is also available, and features nearly every popular sport you can play on a field. All three camps join together once a week for a fun field trip or
Riverside South hosts fundraiser for Kenya school EMMA JACKSON email@example.com
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Campers from Sawmill Creek pool and community centre visited the Osgoode Medieval Festival on Friday, July 8. Each week campers from all three school-age sports camps embark on a day-trip outside the Blossom Park camp location. excursion. For preschoolers the half-day Kinder Kids program is a certified teacher-led camp that focuses on educational fun. “It’s not just a daycare, the kids will really benefit from this camp,” Papai said, noting that Kinder Kids don’t attend the field trips because they’re generally too young. Papai said he’s not sure why registration has been low this
year, but most camps across the city still have spots available. “We just want to make it known that we are here and we’ve got spots available for the summer,” he said. Although the centre isn’t offering any teen programming this summer, Papai said if there’s demand next year they will look into it. To register, visit the Sawmill Creek pool or call 613-521-4092.
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Three Riverside South businesses are fundraising to build a new nursery school, but it’s not for Ottawa – they’re sending it across the world to Kenya. Tiny Hoppers, Global Child Care Services and Coco’s Café will host a two-day fundraiser on Friday, July 22 and Saturday, July 23 in an effort to raise $25,000 for a much-needed nursery school in Sabaki Village on the coast of Kenya. From open to close on Friday and Saturday, Coco’s Café will transform into a Kenyan cacophony of coffee and cultural displays, and proceeds from all small coffees and small ice creams will go toward the nursery school fund. Two local authors will also sell signed copies of their children’s books, with all proceeds going to the project. Suzanne Stoltz, one of the authors and a volunteer public relations co-ordinator for Elimu, the Ottawa-based charity working to build the school in Kenya, said the village currently rents a leaky cinderblock building with
only one room. Although this is a step up from the even leakier one-room mud hut the children attended until the spring, a new and permanent nursery school is an important first step for supporting children and their educational futures. She said the Kenyan government has recently begun to support childhood education in earnest, suggesting that now is the time to build a school. “Kenya in particular has embraced education in the past few years. They started paying for children’s education from Grade 1 onward. They’re making some real inroads in terms of at-risk children.” Stoltz said school materials are in short supply, so daycares here are providing some raw materials and teaching tools. Global Child Care Services has been fundraising through its city-wide network, and Tiny Hoppers will donate an extra $0.25 for every ice cream sold at Coco’s Café on Friday and Saturday. For more information about the Elimu nursery school project, visit www.elimu.ca
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VOLLEYBALL TOURNEY BRINGS HOPE The HOPE Volleyball SummerFest, the largest outdoor one-day beach volleyball tournament in North America, drew thousands of players to Mooney’s Bay on Saturday, July 16. Players braved the extreme heat to raise money for six charities, including Starlight Children’s Foundation, Breast Cancer Action, Ottawa Children’s Treatment Centre Foundation, YMCA/YWCA National Capital Region, Kids Help Phone and Harvest House. HOPE Volleyball SummerFest has raised $3.2 million for over 100 charities over its 29-year history. This year, the Guinness Book of World Records was on hand to verify the event’s claim to be the world’s largest single-day volleyball tournament. Organizers hoped to draw close to 20,000 players.
Irish settlers theme of 35th pioneer day in Vernon EMMA JACKSON firstname.lastname@example.org
If you live and breathe all things Irish – and even if you don’t – it’s your lucky summer as the Osgoode Township Historical Society hosts an Irish-themed Pioneer Day for the 35th anniversary of its annual event. On July 23, residents from across the Ottawa Valley can enjoy music, entertainment, games and displays all in the Irish pioneering spirit from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on the grounds of the Osgoode Township museum in Vernon. Ottawa Valley singer Robin Averill, Irish folk duo Newfie Two and fiddling group The Fumbling Fingers will provide musical entertainment throughout the afternoon, which includes a strawberry social and a barbecue hosted by the Vernon Community Association. Two local authors will also be available to talk about their published works. Kanata resident Caroline Pignat will talk about her young adult novel Greener Grass: the Famine Years that relies heavily on the history of Irish immigrants in the Ottawa Valley for her story about escaping the 19th century potato famine. Gloucester teacher Joy Forbes will also showcase her book about one-room school houses in the Ottawa region, called Perseverance, Pranks and Pride. Costumed volunteers will add an air of authenticity to the occasion, and summer students will even bake traditional fresh bread in clay ovens throughout the afternoon. Watson’s Mill in Manotick will also
sell fresh loaves made from the museum’s milled wheat. Antique cars will be on display, and Irish themed games and crafts will keep little ones entertained. The Irish Society of the National Capital Region will be on hand to answer questions about the influence of Irish settlers in Ottawa. Nineteenth century Irish immigrants to Ottawa are perhaps most famous for their major role in building the 200 kilometre Rideau Canal under the supervision of Col. John By, during which as many as 1,000 workers died between 1827 and 1832 due to disease, poor living conditions and dangerous working conditions. Another tragic piece of Irish history in the national capital region is the assassination of Thomas D’Arcy McGee, an Irish Catholic nationalist and Father of Confederation who was shot and killed on Sparks Street downtown Ottawa in 1868, allegedly by Fenian sympathizer Patrick Whelan. McGee’s death is the only federal-level assassination in Canada to date. Event organizer Kristie Bredfeldt said it’s important for Ottawa residents to immerse themselves in this kind of local history whenever they get the opportunity. “Irish history is very big in the Ottawa Valley and I think it’s great to learn about these stories,” she said. Admission to the event is free, although there are small food costs at the barbecue and strawberry social. The Osgoode Township Historical Society and Museum is located at 7814 Lawrence Street in Vernon. For more information call 613-821-4062 or email email@example.com.
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The growing gap The Second in a Three-Part Series BY DAVID FLEISCHER AND NICOLE VISSCHEDYK
ou’re getting a lot of new neighbours over the next few years as Ontario grows, but no one is sure how to pay for them. All those new residents are going to need pipes to bring water to their homes, libraries and community centres in which to spend time and roads on which to drive. There isn’t enough money to build it all. The Greater Golden Horseshoe area’s population alone will swell from 8 million to 11.5 million by 2031, and the towns, villages and cities surveyed in a Metroland Special Report estimate they will need tens of billions of dollars they don’t have in order to accommodate that growth. Amalgamation in Ottawa in Jan. 2001 brought 11 urban and rural municipalities together under one government, with a total population of about 800,000. Ottawa expects that number to push past the one million mark this year. The city and contributing developers purchased or constructed $1.1 billion in new public assets in 2010 alone. Infrastructure is the underpinning of every Ontario community, the public facilities that form the physical backbone that supports daily life. But there’s a gap of about $100 billion between what’s needed and what’s available in funds. The Metroland Special Report shows that communities are already pressed to their limits, with many in debt due to lack of funds for existing infrastructure. Halton Region, for example, estimates it needs $8.6 billion to pay for infrastructure related to growth through to 2031. That includes 50 new elementary schools and new community centres, 2,200 kilometres of roads, six police stations and 1,100 hospital beds. It’s similar provincewide: • York Region estimates it will need $11.1 billion just for infrastructure to serve the 500,000 new residents expected by 2031. More than 80 per cent of the region’s budget is earmarked for infrastructure related to growth over
the next decade. • Peel’s capital budget over the next 10 years is just over $5 billion; • Kitchener says it will need nearly $240 million for growth just in the next decade, with only one-third of that total coming from development charges. The rest will have to come from taxes; • Niagara Falls says it will need more than $100 million in the next 10 years, with taxpayers on the hook for nearly half. Providing the physical premises for other provincially mandated programs is an issue. Schools have their own challenges. Allday kindergarten is still being phased in and is expected to cost about $1.5 billion a year provincewide. “We will only proceed if we have the infrastructure coming … we will draw a line in the sand,” said Halton Regional Chair Gary Carr, adding the province “has to decide if they’re going to invest in the future or not.” Fairness for Halton, a public campaign launched in 2007, demanded a new deal that would allow the region to develop without overburdening taxpayers. All municipalities want the province to create a new, secure infrastructure funds program, rather than the piecemeal system in use now. Building Together, the Ontario government’s 10-year infrastructure plan, was unveiled June 24 and, while short on specifics, pledges to find new ways to invest in transit and other municipal responsibilities, like affordable housing. Infrastructure Minister Bob Chiarelli says the government recognizes there are needs to be met in high-growth communities. But the issue is not just about funding. There is much tug-andpull over the place and responsibility of developers when a community grows. One touchy element is that the cost of projects associated with growth are supposed to come from charges paid by developers. But those fees or taxes paid by developers on each new commercial, industrial or housing unit they build are increasingly
inadequate. A report released by the Residential & Civil Construction Alliance of Ontario in March said government levies now account for up to 30 per cent of the cost of new housing in the GTA, proposing that something needs to change to facilitate growth. “You’ve got a good plan here and it makes a lot of sense, but you need to put infrastructure where you’ll get the best bang for the buck,” said RCCAO Executive Director Andy Manahan. There is a limit to how much the new-home market can absorb, he said.
Manahan agrees with municipal leaders that national programs for things such as transit and cities are crucial and that program-based, piecemeal funding won’t cut the mustard in the future. Also difficult for municipalities is that revisions to the Development Charges Act by the former Mike Harris government mean many projects are exempt from the charges. So, if a growing municipality needs a new hospital or a new city hall, taxpayers have to pay. Municipalities have repeatedly asked Premier Dalton McGuinty
to revise the act but he has made it clear it is not in his plans. Progressive Conservative leader Tim Hudak has also publicly said revisions are not on his radar, but that doesn’t mean there won’t be lobbying for change over the next few months, said Halton chair Carr, a former Tory MPP. His municipality of Halton is among the fastest growing in the country and councillors are not prepared to meet mandated growth targets if they don’t get help paying for that new population’s needs. “We’re not going to have the taxpayers of Halton pay the costs while the developers make the profit,” especially when home sales are brisk, he said. Home building is also booming in York Region, where the region has racked up a debt of $1.4 billion to build infrastructure it knows is needed while counting on development charges to pay for it later. Manahan, the Ontario construction association director, said the wave of growth is clearly already coming ashore, even if the funding hasn’t been settled. If new home and business costs are driven up, people will move further out, making the live/work/ play communities envisioned by Places to Grow much harder to achieve, he said.
Ottawa’s extensive (and expensive) road network LAURA MUELLER firstname.lastname@example.org
Ottawa’s 5,700 kilometres of roads alone are worth $11 billion. To meet all of its roadconstruction needs, the city would need to spend closer to $130- to $140-million each year, according to Wayne Newell, the city’s general manager of infrastructure services. Instead, Ottawa is spending $42.7 million this year, but that is dropping to $23.9 million next year. By 2014, it will soar back up to $56.7 million.
David Chernushenko, the councillor for Capital Ward and environmentalist, decried the city’s insistence on constructing new roads. A plan to construct a $62-million, 1.2kilometre section of road to the Ottawa General Hospital caused significant outcry. “We keep building new roads when we don’t have enough money to maintain the roads we have now,” Chernushenko said. In the last term of council, Ottawa did take action regarding its infrastructure debt – but it didn’t last. Coun-
cil imposed a levy in 2006 that would add money to a reserve fund dedicated to tackling infrastructure renewal. “We stayed true to our principles for one year, and by the second year we had watered it down and by the third year we abandoned that principle,” said Innes Coun. Rainer Bloess, who wants to bring the levy back. The city’s approach is to do only what it can afford. That’s the wrong answer, Bloess said. “But the real issue should be: What do you need to do to maintain your infrastructure?”
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The Ontario Ministry of Labour is trying to establish how violent weather contributed to the collapse of the main stage at the Ottawa Bluesfest on Sunday, July 17. Part of the Bluesfest MBNA stage collapsed following a severe thunderstorm on the festival’s final day, sending thousands of people into panic. Mark Monahan, executive director of the festival, told reporters at a press conference on Monday that LeBreton Flats Park will be closed while the ministry conducts investigations into what caused the festival’s massive MBNA stage to collapse. Sunday’s storm, which featured wind gusts of more than 95 kilometres per hour, struck just before 7:30 p.m., prematurely ending the festival. Classic rockers Cheap Trick were about 20 minutes into their set on the MBNA stage when the sky to the north suddenly blackened. “The fact that it brought that stage down and nothing else in the park was a freak situation,” Monahan said. All four people injured in the incident have since been released from hospital with minor injuries, according to Monahan.
He estimated about 10,000 people were on the site at the time. Prior to calling off the show, Monahan said his team kept monitoring the weather and when the storm watch was upgraded to a warning, they called off the show immediately. “We’re extremely happy that what happened didn’t result in any other injuries, and we are just thankful we called the show when we did,” he said. Many watching Cheap Trick were unaware of the storm gathering behind them. “The storm came in very quickly and came out very quickly,” Monahan said. Asked why they waited for the warning to be issued before calling off the show, Monahan said you just don’t automatically call a show like that. “If we did that we wouldn’t be able to run a festival,” he said. In the future, he hopes to improve communications between Bluesfest staff and the weather office. The shattered stage was rented from Groupe Berge, a Montreal-based company, and together with the other stages underwent daily inspections, according to Monahan. Monahan, who was backstage in the production office when the events unfolded, said nothing of this magnitude had happened in
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Revellers at Bluesfest leave the area after the MBNA stage collapsed due to high winds on Sunday, July 17. the festival’s 18-year history. For the past five years the festival has used the same stage that collapsed, Monahan said. Cheap Trick had just finished its biggest hit, I Want You to Want Me, when the MBNA stage suddenly started to sway in the wind. Fortunately for the audience, the gusts blew the stage backwards away from them. Band members managed to escape injury, although it was a
close call. Ottawa Mayor Jim Watson, who had presented the original Bluesfest board members with certificates of appreciation on the stage just prior to the Cheap Trick concert, was apparently still in the area, but also escaped unscathed. The violent wind and sudden destruction of the stage stunned the large audience. A few rabblerousers started cheering briefly
before realizing just how serious the situation had become, with the winds threatening other structures and the lightning moving closer. However, the main element discouraging the more adventuresome in the crowd from heading to the rubble was the torrential downpour that quickly followed the wind. The large crowd started rushing to the exits to escape nature’s wrath. Some found refuge in and around the War Museum, while others scurried to their cars or buses. Bus drivers hurried people aboard, fare or no fare, telling them “we have to get you out of here.” Within minutes, police, fire and ambulance were rushing to the scene and Bluesfest officials called an end to the evening’s activities and ordered the grounds vacated. Among the acts cancelled were guitarist Joe Satriani, Galactic and Death Cab for Cutie. Monahan announced that Bluesfest ticket holders will be eligible to redeem their tickets for entry to next year’s Bluesfest music festival in Ottawa. They can exchange it for any day of the Ottawa Folk Festival which runs from Aug. 25-28 or redeem it for a full refund. Monahan said it is still too estimate damages.
Downbursts not unheard of in Ottawa area From STORM, page 1 Messier said communications staff at Ottawa fire services fielded about 200 calls between 7:30 and 11:30 p.m., although the vast majority were not emergencies. “Bluesfest was the only one that generated any injuries. Some of them had the potential of being a problem, because when you have wires and trees down there’s always potential,” he said. Messier noted that the storm
wasn’t particularly remarkable compared to other severe storms, other than the fact that the Bluesfest stage collapsed. “This was very similar to the wind storm we had in April. I think what made this one worse was that because of the time of the year there’s more boats in the water, and Bluesfest increased the severity of it,” he said. “Any time there’s a severe storm with lightning and wind, this is very typical.”
Messier said the only storm that really stands out this year is the lightning storm on June 28 that caused four separate fires. As for the damaging downbursts, Environment Canada warning preparedness meteorologist Peter Kimbell said they are not unheard of for the area. “It’s not common in the sense that it’s not an every day occurrence. But have we had these before? Absolutely. Will we see them again? Of course.”
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Winds from the Sunday, July 17 storm sent a large tree crashing into a trailer behind a house in Metcalfe.
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Metcalfe swimmer wins four gold at Special Olympics EMMA JACKSON firstname.lastname@example.org
When Meagan Michie flew to Athens for her first Special Olympics World Games at the end of June, she was just hoping to beat her best time. She didn’t even expect to win a gold medal. But by the end of three weeks, she’d won four. The 21-year-old Metcalfe swimmer managed to win gold in every event she entered, without even having to beat her own time. Despite double spinal cord fusion one year ago and a general lack of sleep during the games, Michie managed to stay ahead of her opponents – sometimes just by a fingertip – to bring home the glory. Her 200 metre individual medley event, which involves 100 metres of four different strokes, was especially down to the wire, Michie said. “I had three swimmers ranked ahead of me going into the final, and they were all ahead of me on the first 100 metres, and then I caught up to them on the
breast stroke, because that’s my best stroke. That’s the only time I would have caught up to them. They caught up to me on the freestyle but I managed to touch the wall first,” she explained. Her 200 metre breast stroke race was also close, beating a swimmer from Hong Kong by two one-hundredths of a second. “She was ahead of me for the first 100, but then I passed her,” Michie said. Michie said breast stroke is her favourite because her mom, a former swimmer, also loved that stroke. “It kind of runs in the family, and I’m good at it so I like it,” she said. Michie suffers from a relatively rare disorder called PraderWilli syndrome, which causes both physical and intellectual disabilities. Michie said she is physically weak and has poor muscle tone and co-ordination. On the intellectual side, a quirk of the disorder is constant food cravings. “It’s an unusual one because I crave food all the time so I nev-
er feel full,” she said. In many Prader-Willi patients, this can lead to extreme obesity and the host of health problems that come with it. Michie, however, is quite petite. She has also suffered from scoliosis, or curvature of the spine, which was addressed a year ago with double spinal cord fusion surgery. Although she stands taller and straighter now, she said she’s much slower. “For some of the strokes I lost a lot of my flexibility so I can’t do some things that I used to,” she said. “I probably won’t ever get close to my pre-surgery times.” Michie started swimming at age 11 at the Greater Ottawa Kingfish swim club, where she still trains eight times a week. By 13 she was participating in Special Olympics events, and has since joined the national team that competes at the Paralympic Games. She will hopefully swim in her first Paralympic Games in London next summer, if she qualifies. Michie said the trip to Athens was an incredible experience,
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Metcalfe resident Meagan Michie won four gold medals at the Special Olympics World Games in Athens this summer. especially since it’s the birthplace of the Olympics. “It felt really good to have a look at the Olympic stadium and race in the Olympic pool,” she said. “The opening ceremonies were great. I really loved that it was at the Olympic sta-
dium, and I spotted my mom in the crowd which was really nice, too.” The Canadian swim team brought home more than 30 Special Olympics medals, and the Canadian team brought home 124 in total, including 64 golds.
Metcalfe golfers raise $7,500 for seniors’ residence EMMA JACKSON email@example.com
The Metcalfe Golf and Country Club raised more than $7,500 for the Township of Osgoode Care Centre on July 13 during the club’s 11th annual Charity Classic tournament. The money raised through registration fees, silent auctions, raffles and donations will help the Metcalfe retirement residence replace the windows in its oldest wing this year, a project the 25-year-old facility needs about $50,000 to do. The golf club’s general manager Rob Howell said the club supports the care centre because it’s an important local service in the Osgoode and Metcalfe area. “It’s right in our community, it’s just down the road. A lot of the residents from our community end up there and we’d like to improve their quality of life there,” he said. Howell’s management team came second to the team put together by Flagstick Golf magazine, which sponsored the event. Clare O’Brien, community relations representative on the care centre’s board of directors, accepted the club’s cheque after the tournament. She said it is especially important to raise
Kenmore softball players turn up the heat Photo submitted
Golfers raised more than $7,500 for the Osgoode Care Centre on Wednesday, July 13. The centre’s community relations board of directors member Clare O’Brien (middle) was on hand to accept the cheque from Flagship Golf magazine publisher Jeff Bauder (left), golf club owners Gloria and Tom Welch, and general manager Rob Howell (right). money for infrastructure projects like replacing windows since the facility is not-for-profit and not city-owned. “Any monies that we raise go towards doing repairs or assisting the residents’ activities,” she said. The facility opened 25 years
ago with 70 beds, and in 2003 expanded to include another 30. O’Brien said about 800 residents have come through the centre’s doors since it opened. A total of 136 golfers tackled the course on July 13, a sell-out for the tournament despite a rainy start.
Two Kenmore Heat teams finished in the top three during a three-day playoff tournament held in Kenmore from July 8 to 10. The tournament included two Squirt teams from the Kenmore Heat Softball Association (KHSA), three Greely teams, and two from ROMSA (Rideau-Osgoode Minor Softball Association). KHSA draws close to 200 boys and girls ages four to 16 from Winchester, Osgoode, Manotick, Greely, Metcalfe, Edwards, Russell, and Kenmore. “The draw to join the Kenmore Heat is the affordability, and the focus of the association. The focus is to provide a good and fun
baseball environment where kids can learn and play, with solid encouragement and support from parents and volunteers,” said volunteer head coach Jim Bowman. Pictured is the third-place Heat squad, coached by (back row, left to right) assistant coach Randy Brown, coach Jim Bowman, coach Mark Baldwin, and assistant coach Chris Scharf. Middle row, left to right: Cory Baldwin, Darin Hope, Nathan Brown, Hayden McNab, Pryce Hughes, Rob Laniel, Sam Bowman. Front row, left to right: Ryan Reaney, Nick Scharf. Absent are players Connor Brown and Francis Dall and assistant coaches Jason Hughes and Ron McNab.
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Family Hoedown Each Package Includes:
• 4 tickets to the Saturday August 13th’s events (Performing are Rascal Flatts, Sara Evans, Easton Corbin, Justin Moore and the Keats)
• Fairmont Chateau Laurier accommodations for four • $80 in Hoedown Chow Down Dollars • Lugg Travel bag and accessories
WANTS YOU TO SAVE 100% AND SEND YOU TO THE CAPITAL HOEDOWN
Capital Hoedown Contest Entry
CONTEST RULES: Go to www.WagJag.com/Ottawa and take note of the main WagJag of the day’s details.
Then go to www.yourottawaregion.com > click on the top right banner to enter.
Email Address: _________________________
Enter the ‘You Save’ amount from the main WagJag of the day.
Date of WagJag: ________________________
Contest closes August 4th, 2011 at 11:59 pm.
OR – cut and ﬁll out the ballot and mail it to us.
To enter and for complete contest rules and regulations go to www.yourottawaregion.com
Deadline to enter is August 4th 2011.
Mail to: 4–80 Colonnade Rd, Nepean, ON, K2E 7L2 All fields are required to enter the contest and are used solely to contact the winners.
No purchase necessary. Contest open to Ontario residents 18 years of age or older, except for employees, their immediate families and anyone living with any employee of the Sponsors or its corporate aff iliates, advertising or promotional agencies. Odds of winning depend on the number of eligible entries received. Two (2) grand prizes will be awarded. Approximate retail value of the grand prize is $886. Entrants must correctly answer, unaided, a mathematical skill-testing question to be declared a winner.
WagJag “You Save” Amount: ______________