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REFORMS FOR OMB Mayor Jim Watson and local Liberal MPP’s got together to talk about revamping the Ontario Municipal Board.


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Greely creates business association EMMA JACKSON

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An interim council has been elected for the new Greely business association spearheaded by Osgoode Coun. Doug Thompson, which he hopes will have a permanent constitution by March 2012. Business consultant and former councillor Dale Harley, Greely Community Association president Bruce Brayman, Brent Piper of Greely Sand and Gravel and State Farm agent Gerrett Thompson along with a few unconfirmed volunteers were all elected to help create the new association at an organizational meeting on Wednesday, Nov. 16. About 35 people showed up to express interest. “I was very pleased at the turnout and the enthusiasm,” Coun. Thompson said. He said he spearheaded the project to make the village more attractive to businesses, which will be necessary as the village continues to grow residentially. “We don’t need to promote the village as a place to live anymore, but now its time to promote the businesses,” he added. Currently the village lacks a bank, a hardware store and even a local pub. The interim council now has to decide on a strategy, mandate and constitutional form. Thompson said it’s still undecided if the business group will be its own association or will form a sub-committee of the Greely Community Association. Brayman said he thinks the new group might be better on its own. “It may be better to have a business association and a community association, and have one member of each cross-poll the other, so that they work together,” he said. No matter the format, the new group will be an important lobby for business concerns, he stressed. “There are a lot of issues that are specific to businesses that may not be properly addressed by the community association. The business association will help promote the views of businesses in the area to Doug Thompson and at city hall,” Brayman said. See ASSOCIATION on page 4

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Plasco deal could come to council in December LAURA MUELLER

An agreement to turn Ottawa’s leftover garbage into gas energy could be on the books as early as next month. That would involve an agreement between the city and Plasco Energy Group to take Ottawa’s leftover garbage and “gasify” it using plasma torches, an alternative to incineration and something the city and Plasco have partnered to test out since 2005. The city has been in talks to make a more permanent deal since 2008, city manager Kent Kirkpatrick told the environment committee on Nov. 15, but the process was put on hold while Plasco worked out the kinks in the technology and raised funds. That deal could be before city council to approve as early as December. Concerned about the lack of competition in the bidding process, RideauRockcliffe Coun. Peter Clark asked about other bids for comparison. Kirkpatrick said the draft contract will be accompanied by a full technical report on the other existing technologies that are available and how they compare to Plasco’s method and costs. Other councillors were more decisive, including Gloucester-South Nepean

Councillors strip cash from program LAURA MUELLER

Coun. Steve Desroches, who said: “Move on with it.” “I don’t want to get into an academic conversation about what else could be done and what’s being done in another country,” he said. Only a couple of members of the public spoke up at the meeting, including Trevor Haché of Ecology Ottawa. He said a contract with Plasco would move Ottawa farther away from its waste-diversion goals. That’s because the technology would require a regular influx of garbage in order to make the gasification work. “It strikes us that a plan for Plasco would move us in the opposite direction from the goal of zero waste,” Haché said. Somerset Ward Coun. Diane Holmes echoed those concerns and asked Kirkpatrick for reassurance that Plasco would only use residual waste that couldn’t be recycled. Kirkpatrick said the details are still being ironed out, but that Holmes would be “comfortable” with the result. Rod Muir of the Sierra Club, an environmental group, said the assertion that Plasco’s facility uses new technology “makes him laugh.” “This is incineration by definition, and nothing else,” he insisted.

Councillors weren’t convinced that the city needs to spend so much money on “community sustainability” initiatives in 2012, so they are putting $200,000 more into planting trees instead. The change to the city’s environment committee budget was an idea from Kanata South Coun. Allan Hubley, who questioned why the community sustainability department needed $350,000 for its work next year. “That’s the whole crux of the problem. Nobody understands what is under ‘sustainability’ and what we are trying to do,” Hubley said. “It’s all very high-level initiatives that we’re not seeing the concrete results.” The community sustainability branch includes departments for economic development, environmental sustainability, sustainability planning and development (which aims to “integrate sustainability, resiliency and liveability into all facets of the community”) and sustainability practice and neighbourhood liveability (to ensure sustainability becomes integrated into the city’s culture, across all departments). Some of its projects include liaising with business improvement areas, monitoring air quality, administering environmental grants and co-ordinating sustainability initiatives across different city departments. The community sustainability department will still have $150,000 to work with

for 2012, which will cover the projects it already had on the books. As for other initiatives, Hubley said city staff will come back to the environment committee to make a case to get funding. “What we’ll do is, if they come up with really good plans for things we should do, and the committee agrees with it, we’ll put the money in,” Hubley said. He said his motion was based on something he learned a long time ago: “Trees are the only things the city owns that actually appreciate in value. So when in doubt … put the money into trees.” HAZARDOUS WASTE CHANGE MIFFS COUNCILLORS Councillors also supported a motion from Gloucester-South Nepean Coun. Steve Desroches that calls on Waste Diversion Ontario to fully fund its hazardous waste collection program. Because of the valuations Stewardship Ontario uses to calculate hazardous waste diversion, the city ends up picking up the tab for the program, to the tune of $429,000. The program costs about $1.2 million to implement, but Waste Diversion Ontario only provides about $800,000. “What WDO is doing to the municipal sector, and has been doing for some time, is reprehensible,” said Alta Vista Coun. Peter Hume. Environment committee chairwoman Maria McRae, the councillor for River Ward, asked city lawyers to look into the possibility of legal action.

Hampers help out over holidays GEOFF DAVIES


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The Barrhaven Food Cupboard is gearing up to help families in need over the holiday season. For people trying to make ends meet, Christmas can be full of struggles, as they try to not just get by, but make it a special time for those they love. That’s why Linda Graupner, the organizer behind the group’s Christmas hamper program, is reaching out to the community once again. “The Barrhaven community is extremely generous,” Graupner said. “We usually have lots of people who want to help out at Christmas. In past years we’ve actually had to turn sponsors away.” Graupner said she is expecting they will prepare hampers for about 80 families, as they did last year. That number is up about 40 per cent since she started co-ordinating the program in 2006, when they delivered about 60 hampers. Operating out of Barrhaven United Church, on Jockvale Road, the hamper program pairs schools, companies, families or others who wish to assemble a hamper with a family who needs one. In recent years, Graupner said, they have partnered with the Shepherds of Good Hope to send any surplus hampers their way.

None of it would be possible, though, without the tireless efforts of volunteers like Heather Ashe, Graupner said. Ashe has been volunteering as an organizer for 11 years, since she and her then-co-workers at the Ruth E. Dickinson branch of the Ottawa library decided to skip the holiday gift exchange and put their efforts towards a hamper. As one of 17 volunteers who work to make the hampers happen, Ashe said the experience has taught her why one shouldn’t judge a book by its cover. Everywhere, she said, there are people who need help, and you wouldn’t know it by just pulling up in front of a house. Ashe remembers one house in particular, one no one would pick out among its neighbours as a household in need. But inside, it was a different story. “There was a great-grandmother, a grandfather, two daughters, grandchildren, and about 15 people total living in this house, on only one income,” she said. Ashe said she’s also been touched by the generosity and kindness in the community. “One gentleman required a hamper for one or two years,” she said. “Then, the following year, he contacted the program and said, ‘I’m now in a position to help somebody else in the community.’” Anyone wishing to donate or request a hamper is asked to call 613-825-4505.




Allowing new types of plastic to be accepted in blue bins led to the city collecting 37 per cent more recyclables over the summer. “It’s excellent news,” said River Coun. Maria McRae, chairwoman of the environment committee. But there is still a learning curve to educate citizens and councillors about what items are allowed in the bins. Self-professed environmentalist and councillor for Capital Ward, David Chernushenko, surprised some of his council colleagues by announcing that even he thought he could put plastic bags into the blue bin after the city changed the rules in June. Plastic bags, in fact, are about the only things that can’t go into the blue bin following the change. Bags and other “film plastics” such as wrappers, along with

Styrofoam, are not allowed in blue bins. But all other plastics, including “clamshell” containers often used for fruits or take-out food, are now allowed. That’s a message the city needs to do a better job of getting out, said Kanata North Coun. Marianne Wilkinson. “We haven’t gotten the message out about plastic bags,” she said. Marilyn Journeaux, the city’s manager of solid waste services, agreed. She said the city will be launching an awareness campaign paid for by the industry that manufacturers recyclable products. “It’s an ongoing effort – continually educating new residents,” Journeaux said. If people don’t follow the rules, their blue bin could be left behind unemptied with a note indicating it is too contaminated by non-recyclables. Usually, though, it’s simply a matter of removing a couple of items, so the collection workers take care of it.


OMB reform, transit on the table at mayor-MPP LAURA MUELLER

Improving the province’s development review tribunal was one of the big concerns discussed when Mayor Jim Watson and local Liberal MPPs met to talk transit, provincial uploading and the Ottawa River Action Plan on Nov. 18 at city hall. The issue of whether the Ontario Municipal Board needs improvements was also on the table, with Ottawa Centre MPP Yasir Naqvi pushing for reforms. “This is an issue that is very important to me in my community,” Naqvi said. But neither Naqvi, nor Watson, believe the solution is to scrap the development review tribunal completely. Abolishing the OMB and using the court system instead would triple costs, Watson said. “I think there is a sense of frustration on the developers’ side, on the communities’ side and on city council’s side,” Watson said, adding that he has no specific suggestions for reforms at this point. “We’re open to any suggestions the province may have, and we’ll prepare an options paper on potential ideas as a result of the planning summit Coun. (Peter) Hume and I will host early in the new year.” The group will have a more in-depth conversation on that topic at a later date. Transit and transportation were also

on the table, and Watson voiced his support for the upcoming widening of Highway 417 from four lanes to eight lanes between Eagleson Road and Palladium Drive. The highway will include a “high occupancy vehicle” and bus lane in each direction. “You need roads to put buses on to get people from Point A to Point B,” the mayor said. “We also agreed that we would meet on a regular basis,” Watson said. “We think these kinds of exchanges are helpful to exchange information, ideas and requests amongst the two levels of government.” Ottawa West-Nepean MPP and infrastructure minister Bob Chiarelli echoes those comments. “The province and the municipalities are joined at the hip,” he said. “It’s very, very important for us as a caucus to be very, very clear in terms of what the priorities are for the city.” Watson plans to meet with the two local Progressive Conservative MPPs in early December. The mayor and the Liberal MPPs have already agreed to meet again in early January. A meeting with federal Conservative MPs is also on the books, but a previously scheduled date had to be cancelled due to the funeral of Jamie Hubley, son of Kanata South Coun. Allan Hubley.

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No human remains at secondary site, inspector says EMMA JACKSON

The Ottawa Police Service’s east district inspector Pat Flanaghan has confirmed that no human remains were found during the archeological dig that took place in Heatherington Park last week. “I’m going to tell you categorically, specific to the secondary archeological dig in the semiwooded area, that there were no human remains,” Flanaghan told members of the Heatherington community on the evening of Friday, Nov. 18 at a shortnotice meeting organized by Gloucester-Southgate Coun. Diane Deans. Police said on Nov. 17 that an undisclosed piece of evidence was found at the site. The meeting was meant to ease fears in the community that they might be at risk after human remains were found in the backyard of a townhouse at 1535 Heatherington Rd. on Oct. 31. Police later expanded their digging to Heatherington Park on Nov. 15. Flanaghan, Deans and Ottawa Community Housing CEO JoAnne Poirier held the meeting at the Albion-Heatherington recreation centre to assure residents that the community is safe. “The person responsible is currently in custody, and there are no safety concerns for the

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Ottawa police roped off Heatherington Park on Nov. 15 and excavated a small area in their continued investigation into human remains that were found in an area backyard. community, either the Heatherington community or the community at large,” Flanaghan said. Police have officially confirmed the human remains found on Oct. 31 and any evidence discovered at the secondary site are connected to the ongoing investigation involving accused serial killer Camille Cleroux, who lived in the townhouse about 20 years ago with his wife Lise Roy. Roy went missing in 1990. “The search is another produc-

tive step with respect to the ongoing Ottawa Police investigation concerning Camille Cleroux, 57 years old of Ottawa,” police said in a statement on Nov. 17. Police charged Cleroux on June 2, 2010 with first degree murder in connection with the death of Paula Leclair. On June 24, 2010 he was charged with two more counts of first degree murder in connection with the deaths of Lise Roy and Jean Rock. Only the body of Leclair has ever been found.

Association to grow Greely From GREELY on page 1 Harley said the association will benefit both businesses and residents, because it will bring much-needed amenities to the area. “It’s a growing community, but it’s a bedroom community.

The business side has not kept up,” Harley said. “It’s important that the residents of the area have the local businesses they need to be able to shop and be serviced in their own community.” Thompson added that the

group will also be a helpful lobby to bring City of Ottawa infrastructure, recreational facilities and other amenities to the area. These amenities will attract more businesses, which in turn will create more employment opportunities close to


home for Greely residents. “The word will get out that it’s a business-friendly place to set up shop and it will entice more businesses to come out,” he said. “One of the things I’m looking at is the concept of promoting businesses in the rural villages and outside of them in order to provide local employment for residents.” Already the expanded Food-

land on Meadows Drive provides about 60 part-time jobs for youth as well as Greely residents looking for a second income. Thompson encouraged all businesses in the area to come to the village plan update at the Greely Community Centre on Dec. 15 so they can voice their opinions about the future of Greely.

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Ottawa will receive more than $25 million from a new program that will see new or renovated affordable housing units come available under a new affordable housing agreement between federal and provincial governments. The deal announced early this month will create more than 5,000 jobs across the province and continue to reduce the number of people on affordable housing waiting lists. The $25.5 million allocated to Ottawa will come from a provincial fund of more than $480 million, according Ottawa Centre MPP Yasir Naqvi. The funds may be used in five different components which are new rental development, home ownership down payment assistance, renovations and repairs in ownership and rental properties, and two subsidy programs to reduce the rent payable by low income households. “This is a very positive step and I am excited to see that this money is coming forward,” said Naqvoney will be allocated and the manner in which it will be spent will be determined by the city. It is estimated that about 152,000 Ontario households are on waiting lists for affordable housing.“Our aim is to get people off the waiting list and find good affordable housing for them,” Naqvi said, adding the provincial government is committed to working with municipalities in building

new affordable housing and updating existing stocks. “We know the dignity that comes with living in a clean and safe home and we are very much committed to helping provide this,” Naqvi said. Affordable housing issues were discussed during the provincial election campaign earlier this fall, with Naqvi and the Liberal government accused by opponents of coming up short when it came to affordable housing. Naqvi said during the campaign that the Liberals had created more than 350 affordable housing in his riding alone. However, housing advocates responded that the number was just a drop in a bucket, with more than 10,000 people on the waiting list to get affordable housing in Ottawa. “I will be working along with the city in making sure the announced money is being invested in a manner that is helping people find affordable housing in our community,” said Naqvi. He also stressed he is determined to follow through on a campaign pledge and make the Hintonburg Hub a reality. The proposed facility would house a consortium of community organizations for providing affordable housing, health and social services in Hintonburg. “My absolute aim is to make it a reality,” he said. The new funding will provide for about 1,000 new housing units with retrofits and repairs at another 6,000 existing units in poor condition province wide.






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As news came out last week that several former patients of a Carling Avenue endoscopy clinic had tested positive for hepatitis C, an Ottawa infectious disease expert warned the results are far from surprising. So far an undisclosed number of Dr. Christiane Farazli’s former patients have tested positive for the strain of hepatitis about a month after Ottawa Public Health sent a letter to about 6,800 patients of the Carling Avenue endoscopy clinic, notifying them that they could have been infected with hepatitis or HIV due to an infection-control lapse. But Dr. Mark Tyndall, head of the Ottawa Hospital’s division of infectious diseases, said it’s “not surprising” that these positive results came back. “About one per cent of people in the Ottawa region are hepatitis C positive,” said Tyndall, adding that statistically 68 people could test positive for hepatitis C out of the 6,800 patients. However, he said rates would be “quite a bit higher” among patients at the clinic since some people might have been sent there because they were hepatitis C positive. “We come across people who are hepatitis C positive all the time,” Tyndall said, adding that it will be difficult to pinpoint how exactly the patient contracted hepatitis C or whether they contracted the disease at the clinic. Tyndall said it’s also possible someone could test positive for HIV, but that

it would be “highly unlikely” they contracted it through Farazli’s office. However, Tyndall stressed that Farazli should still be held accountable and patients should not expect to be put at risk of infection by endoscopy procedures. “I’m empathetic with patients who show they may have been exposed,” Tyndall said. However, he also said that it’s better that these patients are getting tested and can find out their results. “It’s better to know than not to know,” Tyndall said. Ottawa’s medical officer of health, Dr. Isra Levy, also said there could be more positive results showing up for other patients. Even though the estimated risk of infection to individuals having received an endoscopy at that clinic is very low, the diseases in question are not rare, said Levy in an email to the mayor, council and the Ottawa Board of Health sent on Nov. 16. They are known to be associated with a variety of common behaviours and risk factors unrelated to endoscopies. Ottawa Public Health anticipates it will identify a number of positive results during the look back study in which several thousand people are tested. City of Ottawa officials said they could not comment further on the matter, other than the email that was sent. Levy also said in the email that it will be hard to determine how the patients contracted hepatitis C, and Ottawa Public Health will conduct an “extensive interview process with each individual.” “The individual is asked detailed questions about their sexual contacts, contact

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Dr. Christiane Farazli’s endoscopy clinic located at the Parkdale Medical Tower on Carling Avenue has been at the centre of a public health scare. with others who may be infected, a history of invasive medical procedures, tattooing, body piercing and other known risk factors,” Levy wrote. “The individual will be provided with information on the infection, whether or not they are infectious, how to minimize their risk of transmission to others, and offered counselling by trained professionals. If needed, referrals are made to other health professionals.” According to the email, 3,400 patients have had blood work done and Levy says results continue to flow in daily.

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New health centre taking patients in Barrhaven Barrhaven’s new health hub is open and taking patients. The Rideau Valley Health Centre officially opened at 1221 Greenbank Rd. on Nov. 18. The centre is the first part of a 1,400square-metre health-care complex that will include an urgent care centre as soon as February. “We won’t take ambulances, but this is where people will be able to come (in February) with things like broken bones, and they’ll be able to get X-rays and ultrasounds,” said Kemptville District Hospital communications staffer Jennifer Read. The new health centre is operated by the Kemptville hospital and is already the base for eight family doctors. There is space for 20 physicians, Read said, a number that would provide primary care for up to 30,000 people in Barrhaven and rural south Ottawa. The centre is still seeking more general practitioners to join the hub. “This will take the pressure off emergency rooms at the Queensway Carleton Hospital and other hospitals,” Read said, adding that about 75 per cent of emergency room visits don’t involve life-threatening injuries, and could be treated at the Rideau Valley Health Centre early next year. Read said Barrhaven might have to

wait 20 years for provincial funding for a full hospital, but the centre took just 24 months from the design stage to the opening. The centre’s CEO, Colin Goodfellow, also mentioned the speed of the process during his remarks at the grand opening celebration. “You can’t build a hospital overnight,” Goodfellow said. “This centre gives the community access to care and diagnostics.” Kemptville hospital board chair JeanJacques Rosseau said the centre’s delivery process is “nimble.” “It’s a very efficient way to deliver services and it’s properly situated,” he said. Local MPP Lisa MacLeod – who has recently taken on the healthcare portfolio in the PC party’s shadow cabinet – said other regions will want to look at the healthcare hub model now open in Barrhaven. “It’s an important transformation in how we deliver healthcare in Ontario,” MacLeod said. Goodfellow thanked Barrhaven Coun. Jan Harder for shepherding the centre’s plans through the city’s planning process. Harder said she regularly hears from new Barrhaven residents who say it’s difficult to find a family doctor, adding the new centre will help match people with services. “Thanks for coming to our community,” Harder said to Goodfellow and his staff. “You’re going to be busy.”


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Riverside South leader reflects on “positive year� at AGM Warned gains could be lost if volunteers don’t step up EMMA JACKSON

Riverside South Community Association president John Bruce lead his last annual general meeting on Thursday, Nov. 17, reflecting on the group’s many accomplishments before stepping down at the end of the meeting. Bruce, who has been president since last February and has also served as treasurer and president in the past, said the association greatly increased its revenues this year, saw a rise in memberships by about 200 people and have enjoyed good turnouts to their many community programs. The association’s Tuesday night badminton club is consistently oversubscribed, last December’s Christmas lights contest had the most entries to date, and more student volunteers than ever came out to the association’s spring clean-up. The association paid for new lights at the Mountain Meadow skating rink, supported new games and activities for the Friday night youth drop-in program, and paid to take local kids to Saunders Farm during the Halloween season. Members successfully solicited Gloucester South-Nepean Coun. Steve Desroches to install a four-way stop at

Owls Cabin Ave and Spratt Road, and helped get information to the community during the Ottawa South water ban. Despite these many successes, Bruce said their major challenge was attracting committed volunteers, and warned that some of the community’s most popular programs could be lost if community members don’t step up. The city-funded skating rinks are particularly vulnerable. “If we don’t have volunteers who are willing to pick up a shovel and clear some snow and the quality of the ice goes down, I wouldn’t be surprised if the city in its search to find savings will say, ‘You have four rinks and you’re not taking care of them, so you only need three.’ And once it’s gone, try getting it back,� he told about 25 people who came to the AGM at Rideauview Community Centre. He said volunteers make the 13-yearold association tick, and are a necessity in order to continue running their programs. “It can be an hour a week, an hour a month, or an hour a year. An hour’s an hour if you commit to it,� he said. The association’s next event is a Breakfast with Santa on Saturday, Dec. 3. For more information about the community association and how to get involved, visit

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Riverside South Community Association John Bruce speaks to about 25 people at the annual general meeting on Thursday, Nov. 17. He said volunteers are needed for the many community events and services the association offers year round.

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Ottawa has launched its first Operation Red Nose program for the Christmas season to help holiday revellers get home safely. The volunteer driver program run by the Ontario Safety League has been executed across the country around the Christmas season, offering teams of three to drive party-goers and their cars home for free so they donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t drink and drive. Until now, Ottawa hasnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t had its own program; drivers from the well-established Gatineau office serviced the enormous Outaouais region, and have been relatively swamped the last few years. When Nepean resident Dave Van Vlaanderen tried to volunteer for the Red Nose program last year and discovered Ottawa didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t have one, he started the process to bring one to the city. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Ottawaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s been served very well by Gatineau for about 26 years, but weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve never had our own chapter in Ottawa, at least not in recent years. So when I found from the Ontario Safety League that they wanted one I said â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Yah, Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll start one up,â&#x20AC;&#x2122;â&#x20AC;? van Vlaanderen explained. Beginning the process in April, van Vlaanderen recruited volunteer coordinator Alexandria Parsons and several other volunteers and teamed up with the Boys and Girls Club of Ottawa to kick

start the program, which will begin on Dec. 2 and continue every weekend until New Yearâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Eve. Donations will be accepted for the Boys and Girls Club of Ottawa. Van Vlaanderen said the new program will need about 100 volunteers each night, including about 30 teams of drivers and 10 coordinators in the main office at the Britannia Boys and Girls Club. Teams of three pick up each call. A driver, an escort and a navigator respond to the call in one car. The driver and escort then drive the customer and their car home while the third volunteer follows in the teamâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s car. Parsons said the program is vital for the holiday season when traffic accidents and fatalities skyrocket, often because of drinking and driving. â&#x20AC;&#x153;For us it seemed the next best thing to have people that can drive the vehicle and the person home and make sure their safe. Weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re trying to at least make a dent in the number of risks that people take by driving home,â&#x20AC;? Parsons said. Operation Red Nose Ottawa will encourage pubs and restaurants around the city to tell their patrons about the free service. Customers who take advantage of the program can make donations to the Boys and Girls Club in lieu of payment. Volunteer applications and information can be found at




have been to at least 10 countries in Europe, I’ve travelled Australia and I lived in Asia for three years. Sometimes I was mistaken for an American, because I was speaking English. Once I was told I wore my hair like a woman from France. On more than one occasion my roots were showing, because I was thought to be an Irishwoman. I was always proud to identify myself as Canadian. Everyone loves Canadians. And many people wish they were Canadian. In my first posting in Asia, one of the other teachers actually posed as a Canadian because he felt he was accepted and treated better that way. He travelled with the Canadian flag emblazoned on his jacket and backpack. He was actually from New York. Part of the reason Canadians are loved so much, I think, is because we are so polite. It is in our nature to consider others, to follow the rules, and to put ourselves last. Sometimes our law-abiding nature makes us the brunt of jokes.

DIANA FISHER Accidental Farmwife I remember being teased in Melbourne because I didn’t want to cross the street until the electronic sign said it was safe to go — even though it was well past midnight and there wasn’t a vehicle in sight. Well, if we are known the world over for being polite, we should live up to everyone’s expectations, shouldn’t we? Lately some of my fellow countrymen have been dropping the ball. Here are some examples of particularly impolite and rather non-Canadian behaviour I have noticed in the past week: 1. Rushing the traffic circle. Just because you

are heading straight down County Road 43 does not mean you have the right of way through the traffic circle. That funny little upside-down triangle sign means yield. 2. If you are entering a gas station and you notice other vehicles waiting to enter the service bays, do not bolt ahead of them to take a spot. This rule also applies to parking spots at Bayshore. 3. If you have a cart full of groceries and someone approaches with just a handful of items, you should let them go ahead of you. It isn’t going to slow you down by much. And you weren’t in that much of a hurry anyway; you had a cart full 4. If I am speaking to you, put your smart phone away. You are supposed to be listening to me, not reading your emails and text messages. 5. If there is even one person behind you in line for the cash, do not play your lottery tickets while everyone waits. More than once I have watched

a line form while some petty gambler plays and wins, plays another and wins, plays another and wins, etc. Okay, I think five rants are enough for today. I will save the rest up for another time. I don’t want to sound like a complainer. Because along with selfdeprecating humour and ripe sarcasm, complaining is another thing Canadians are supposedly known for. Honestly, it’s the little things that count. If you make a point to consider the people around you and to sacrifice a moment of your time for them, you will make the day better for at least two people and probably many more because that goodwill spreads quickly. And what are you in such a rush for anyway? More than once I have actually pulled over to let a tailgater pass, thinking to myself, I guess he’s late for his next car accident. Oops, I guess that was another complaint. Sometimes I just can’t help myself. Have a great week and remember: I’m watching you on the traffic circle.

Don’t bother appealing Orgaworld ruling: city lawyer There is little point in the city appealing a ruling that allows the city’s organicwaste processing facility, Orgaworld, to accept diapers, dog feces and compostable plastic bags, said city lawyer Rick O’Connor. The Environmental Review Tribunal decided to overturn a provincial Ministry of the Environment decision to allow the “smelly” materials to be accepted. The city had fought the appeal because it didn’t want to deal with an odour problem at the Hawthorne Road facility. While the ERT decision doesn’t change

what Ottawa accepts in its green-bin program, the city wasn’t happy with the ruling. Still, O’Connor said there is not much the city can do to overturn the decision. The options include a judicial review or a ministerial appeal, but both would be expensive and not very likely to turn out in the city’s favour, O’Connor said. The city controls what types of waste are accepted at Orgaworld because Ottawa must give written consent before Orgaworld is allowed to accept waste from other municipalities, O’Connor said. “I think it’s pretty straightforward what we should do with this,” said Rideau-Rockcliffe Coun. Peter Clark. “It seems

to me, if we have a valid, enforceable contract, which should just enforce it.” As for whether the city would allow the facility to accept waste that contained diapers or dog feces, Gloucester-South Nepean Coun. Steve Desroches said it’s not an option. “That is not going to occur given the safeguards we have in our contract,” he said. But O’Connor wasn’t quite so definitive. “I would never definitively say that on a point of law,” but he added that in his mind, Ottawa has certainty that the terms of its contract prevent Orgaworld from accepting smelly waste without the city’s permission. The city is also locked in a separate commercial litigation with Orgaworld over the amount of leaf and yard waste that should be allowed at Orgaworld. The city wants Orgaworld to take more of the yard waste than Orgaworld will agree to,

and the two are also locked in a legal argument over whether the facility should accept materials from the IC&I (industrial, commercial and institutional) sector (Orgaworld would like to, but the city says it can’t). Those legal cases are expected to be heard this spring.




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Since the city’s contract with organics-processing facility Orgaworld prevents the plant from accepting waste from other municipalities without Ottawa’s permission, a city lawyer said it’s not worth it to appeal a ruling that gives Orgaworld the OK to process diapers, dog feces and compostable plastic bags.

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November 24, 2011 - OTTAWA THIS WEEK - SOUTH

A rant about non-Canadian behaviour


Trash equals taxes


here will be an outcry in Ottawa as more residents become aware that their regular garbage will be picked up every other week starting in November 2012. The change is coming because it saves money and will likely prompt more residents to recycle and compost waste, instead of dropping it into the regular garbage. The biggest savings will be the potential delay in requiring a new landfill once the Trail Road dump is full. If we extend its lifespan by recycling, we save millions of dollars.The tax savings have been poorly communicated by municipalities, including the City of Ottawa. Meanwhile, the backlash to trash pickup every 14 days may be so great that council has to reverse its decision, destroying its current cost and landfill estimates. Recycling and composting may be a good idea, but people like to take the easy way out. Across Ontario, 55 per cent of waste that could be recycled ends up in landfills. Ottawa estimates $535,000 in lost revenue went into the landfill because people throw recyclables into the garbage. Either we do a better job of recycling or we

will have to accept more landfills. Judging by the public’s negative reaction to plans to expand the Carp Road landfill, the public doesn’t like new dumps. The cost of creating another landfill is considerable, if you can even find a place willing to take our trash. And since a new dump probably wouldn’t work anywhere within city limits, we’d be forced to pay for our waste to be trucked away. The value of Ottawa’s Trail Road landfill is $200 million. Every bit of time we can squeeze out of that resource equals millions of taxpayers dollars saved. On top of the cost, consider the environmental impact of sending diesel trucks to a distant dump and back, day after day for, well, pretty much forever, or until we build an even newer dump even farther away. Last year, Ottawa residents combined to create 900 tonnes of waste in their homes each day. That’s 360 kilograms of waste per person, per year. Ontario ranks sixth among Canadian provinces when it comes to diverting waste from landfills. In the long run, can we afford to be anything but the front-runner?


Do we have to name everything after Sir John A.?


ir John A. Macdonald’s name is back in the news again. He would be happy about that, probably, although he might wonder why we don’t talk about something else occasionally. Specifically, the idea of naming things after Sir John A. has resurfaced, the latest being the Ottawa River Parkway. Sir John A. was a great man and important to our city, so it doesn’t sound a like a bad idea until you think about it a bit. You will remember a recent suggestion that Wellington Street be given Sir John A.’s name. That didn’t go far, because some tradition-minded people didn’t like the idea of playing games with history. And other people admired the Ottawalike confusion of having a street that is called, depending upon where you are on it, Richmond Road, Wellington Street, Rideau Street or Montreal Road. So Sir John A. struck out there. With no disrespect, he should strike out here too. True, the Ottawa River Parkway doesn’t have a long tradition, like Wellington Street. But it is named after something that is important in our history – namely, the Ottawa River. And the other thing that nobody seems to mention is that Sir John A. has a ton of things named after him. Along with South Edition

CHARLES GORDON Funny Town Cartier, he has the airport, a big bridge and the road to Toronto. There is also a MacDonald-Cartier Academy in town. How much more does he want? There are other deserving politicians who don’t have streets named after them. Think of R.B. Bennett, John Diefenbaker, not to mention The Right Hon. Sir Mackenzie Bowell. Lester Pearson is thought by some historians to have been Canada’s greatest prime minister, yet all he has is a building on Sussex Drive. More recently, Jean Chrétien and Brian Mulroney each governed this country for a decade. They deserve a street, if we’re handing them out. And, of course, we are. If you drive out into the suburbs and the rural part of the city, you will find all sorts of things – streets, schools, community centres – named after various councillors and

mayors of the past. So there’s no reason why more federal politicians should not get their due. But it should not be confined to that. Think of the Ottawans who have distinguished themselves in sports, in business, in humanitarian work, in the public service, in the arts. There is a precedent – Paul Anka Drive, Rich Little Drive. Others deserve streets too. I’d like to see Norman Robertson Avenue, Frances Itani Street, Angela Hewitt Drive, Brian Kilrea Avenue. If new streets are not being constructed fast enough – and you sort of hope they aren’t, given the implications for urban sprawl – then some of the streets named after trees could be renamed, or streets with those generic nature names, like Spruceview or Rosehill or Ivygrove or such. Of course, all these names have their enthusiasts. Someone who has lived on Grassview Drive all his life may not like having it called Mulroney Boulevard and will squawk about it. That’s why these things are difficult. But, leaving the Ottawa River Parkway as it is, we need to move quickly if we want some decent names on Ottawa streets. Because you know what the alternative is. Yes: selling naming rights

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THIS WEEK’S POLL QUESTION Do you agree with the National Capital Commission decision to evict the Occupy Ottawa protesters?


A) Yes. The park is for everybody to use and the protesters’ time was up.

B) No. We all have the right to free speech and the decision only limits that right.

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C) I only agree if it removes the tents and sleeping bags, not the right to protest.

D) Were they still there? The only time I think about Confederation Park is when I attend Jazz Fest each summer.

LAST WEEK’S POLL SUMMARY Does Ottawa need a strong, vocal advocacy group for pedestrians?

A) Absolutely. It’s dangerous out there for


pedestrians, who need better protections.

B) Ottawa already has plans, they don’t need 38% an advocacy group to implement them.

C) It would be better to empower the existing


pedestrian advisory committee.

D) If pedestrians get their own advocacy group,13% I want one for drivers too.

“Having regular conversations at home about daily events, about school and workplace conflicts, and most importantly, about resolutions, is important” I believe we have a much greater role than we realize in stopping bullying. After all, empathy begins at home. And no amount of policy or rules or lawsuits will change this fact. Sure, I’d like to see “niceness” classes integrated into the school curriculum, as one friend suggested, and perhaps have better oversight on school playgrounds and school

buses. But ultimately, in the absence of these expensive human resources, (and even if they did exist), parents have a responsibility to step up, to prepare their children to understand and hopefully mitigate bullying situations. Having regular conversations at home about daily events, about school and workplace conflicts, and most importantly, about resolutions, is important. Too often, it’s human nature to complain about a problem at work, or a problem boss, without giving our kids any insight into how we have overcome these challenges. Kids also need to understand how to value and understand differences. Parents frequently assume kids are too young to understand the “whys” behind things. But if we want to get rid of the smoke and mirrors, we need to take that time as parents to talk about why kids are seemingly sad, mean, ugly, awkward, or stupid, rather than just reprimanding our children for expressing themselves in kid language. We need to explain how people feel when they are made fun of or injured by other kids. Perhaps most importantly, whether our kids are victims of bullying, doing the bullying, or passive observers, we, as parents, need to make sure they understand that they – and we -have a role in finding solutions. R0021162120

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chools across Ontario wrapped up anti-bullying week last Friday. It was an opportunity for faculty, students, parents, and the community to think about the issue of bullying and how to prevent it. I was surprised that a number of my adult friends complained that this awareness week and the new anti-bullying legislation was just “smoke and mirrors.” Their kids had been victims of bullying, they said, and they felt schools had done nothing to stop it until the police were engaged. It’s hard to understand what these friends may have gone through. And certainly, there have been similar reports across Ottawa and the province, including several high profile law suits against local school boards where parents deemed staff failed to protect their children from intimidation. In my mind, however, the new legislation and the Ministry of Education’s policy on bullying does offer a comprehensive policy solution for

schools and staff attempting to mitigate bullying. How that policy is put into practice, of course, is another thing altogether. As parents, we have a natural tendency to look to our government and schools to find solutions to bullying, nutrition, special education, just about everything, really. But it’s worth examining what parents can do to tackle this issue, even in the perceived absence of government leadership.

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November 24, 2011 - OTTAWA THIS WEEK - SOUTH

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Turning our trash into treasure FIRST IN A THREE-PART SERIES BY DON CAMPBELL, THANA DHARMARAJAH AND EMMA JACKSON Bob Beacock ignores the overpowering stench as he walks into a pile of sticky, torn garbage bags dumped on top of one of Ontario’s heaping landfill sites. Dozens of seagulls snap up morsels of trash as Beacock unearths an umbrella, electrical wires, a plastic canola oil container and a 20-litre plastic pail. He scoops up a battery with his shovel. “There’s a real no-no,” says the Brock Township landfill operator. “I don’t know how many times we tell the public. There’s one thing I hate seeing in a landfill is any battery.” These items could have been diverted through one of Ontario’s provincewide waste diversion programs. But they ended up here. Programs like the blue box may have lulled Ontarians into believing they’re doing all they can to help the environment and reduce waste. But Trash Troubles — a Metroland special report — shows we aren’t being as diligent as we think. Provincewide, 55 per cent of garbage that could be recycled ends up in landfills instead. As a result, landfills are filling up fast and we are on the brink of a waste disposal crisis, the Association of Municipalities of Ontario (AMO) says. “Our garbage continues to outstrip available landfill space,” said AMO’s president Gary McNamara. “We must either reduce our waste and recycle more waste, or accept new landfills or incinerators in our communities.” Government established ambitious waste diversion targets during the last decade, but today, more than half of the 5 million tonnes of waste picked up at Ontario curbsides annually gets dumped instead of recycled or reused. That 2.7 million tonnes of waste that could have been diverted is equivalent to the weight of 6,222 Boeing 747 jets. For example, three-quarters of plastics that should be recycled end up in landfills instead. And even though organics make up about one-third of the province’s waste, only 40 per cent of Ontarians have access to a curbside green bin program. Ottawa’s green bin program

was launched in January 2010, although it only served single homes initially. Over the past two years the city has slowly introduced the program to other dwellings, including some walkup apartments. A number of public and Catholic schools also participate, and the city plans to incorporate more townhomes, apartments and condos in the future. The city’s green bin program accepts food scraps, soiled paper products such as napkins, cardboard, and muffin wrappers, yard waste, kitty litter, animal bedding and vacuum bag contents. Unlike some programs in the greater Toronto area, Ottawa’s green bin program does not accept plastic bags, dog feces or diapers. Residents pay approximately $26 per year for the service through a city-wide tax levy. Currently, the green bin is collected weekly from April to November, and bi-weekly from December to March. Beginning late 2012, however, weekly green bin pick-up will commence year round and garbage collection will be reduced to every second week. This controversial change was approved by Ottawa city council in April 2011 in an effort to extend the lifetime of the city’s Trail Road Waste Facility landfill in Ottawa South. More than $320 million was spent on waste diversion in Ontario last year, through programs funded by industry, municipalities and the province. Consumers also pay through eco fees on certain products. Ontario towns and cities have barely made a dent in the truckloads of plastic bottles, pop cans, magazines, milk cartons and other household garbage that still end up in dumps. A 2010 report by Ontario’s auditor general ranked the province sixth in Canada by wastediversion rate, behind Nova Scotia, Prince Edward Island, New Brunswick, British Columbia and Quebec and well behind most European countries. To read the full report visit reports_en/en10/309en10.pdf. “There’s a good portion of the population who are very devout, who take a lot of time and sort,” Beacock said at the Brock Township site, northeast of Toronto. “The rest of them do nothing. It’s just all wham bam in a bag and out to the curb.” Even green bin waste is a problem. York is sending some

of its organics to Massachusetts because its Ontario contractor cannot handle the region’s full volume. “As long as you have got this escape valve of (sending it south), no one is going to take this issue seriously,” said Municipal Waste Association spokesperson Ben Bennett. Municipalities are trying to send less to landfills but are falling short of official targets. The auditor general says waste diversion rates are lagging because: Municipalities with enough landfill space are unlikely to reduce curbside pickups and impose garbage bag limits. Municipalities have to compete with each other and the private sector to sell their recyclable and compostable materials. Municipalities say the nearly $80 million provided by industry for their share of the $160-million-a-year blue box program is not enough. Even the types of materials collected in residential blue bin programs differ by municipality. While one may accept aluminum foil, trays and take out containers, another may only take one of these materials or refuse it all. “You go to your neighbouring municipality and it’s different. It’s very frustrating for residents,” said Trevor Barton, Peel Region’s waste management planning supervisor. Each municipality has to be able to find a market or a solution for the recyclable materials it collects, said Lucy Robinson of the Recycling Council of Ontario. “If there is an inherent value

in a product or material, somebody is going to want to use it and therefore, there will be a recycling opportunity.” Ontario households trashed 176,500 tonnes of plastics, 116,000 tonnes of printed paper and 122,000 tonnes of paper packaging in 2009, according to a report by Stewardship Ontario, the industry-funded organization for the blue box program. The auditor general says the result is that one in five municipalities report they don’t have enough space to dump their residential garbage. Ottawa’s blue box program accepts glass bottles and jars, metal cans, aluminum cans and foil, empty paint and aerosol cans, and spiral wound canisters such as frozen juice cans. As for plastics, the blue box accepts plastics numbered one through seven, including the recent addition of clamshell containers like those that hold produce, eggs or baked goods. Single-serve yogurt containers have also been added to the list, as have plastic pails, flower pots and planting trays. Film plastic such as grocery bags and food wrap, hard plastics such as toys or dishes, and any Styrofoam materials are not accepted. It also takes some cardboard containers including milk and juice cartons, Tetra Pak packaging, and juice and soup boxes. Most cardboard goes into the city’s black box program, however, which accepts newspapers and flyers, magazines, corrugated cardboard, cracker and cereal boxes, telephone books, writing and computer paper, books, paper towel and toilet paper rolls,

egg cartons, gift wrap and cards, paper shopping bags and packaging, frozen dinner boxes, shoe boxes and laundry detergent boxes. Not many landfills are being built since it’s a long, complicated ordeal to get ministry approval. Lafleche Environmental Inc. in Moose Creek, near Ottawa, was the last new landfill approved in 1999 in Ontario, the ministry of the environment said. With landfills tough to build, there is a push to keep waste out, spawning provincewide stewardship programs. Experts also say government needs to push producers to design more recyclable and reusable products, also known as extended producer responsibility. AMO recently ran ads saying consumers and producers of waste should be funding recycling programs so property taxpayers are not left footing the bill. “A senior on a fixed income who doesn’t drive, own an iPad or a big flat screen TV shouldn’t have to pay for the high disposal costs of other people’s tires, smart phones and computers through her property taxes,” said McNamara. Along with industry involvement, waste management officials and experts say residents need to watch what they are throwing out. “They would just rather throw it in a bag and get rid of it and throw it in a landfill,” said Peterborough’s waste management co-ordinator Craig Simmons. “They just think there’s an unlimited area where that material can go.”


Relations between the transit union and management have never been frostier – even during the 2008 strike that took buses off the road, a 34-year veteran OC Transpo driver told Ottawa This Week on Nov. 18 “What’s happening right now, it’s getting that people have fear,” Michel Fecteau said. “Management is not, I repeat, not willing to protect its employees.” Fecteau made the comments during an interview in a week that saw tensions between the union and OC Transpo management boil over. A series of highly publicized complaints against operators, including a YouTube video showing a driver talking on a cell phone while driving, was capped off with the firing of a driver who was captured on video swearing at and threatening a passenger, and the silencing of Yves Roy, a driver who is known for singing as he drives. That led Amalgamated Transit Union Local 279 president Garry Queale to send a newsletter to members threatening “job action” in response to what he called a “witch hunt” against OC Transpo drivers. By last Friday, Queale was singing a different tune after he met with Mayor Jim Watson, transit commission chairwoman Diane Deans and OC Transpo general manager Alain Mercier. Afterwards, the mayor issued an open letter to Ottawa residents and transit workers. “We are committed to an environment that fosters mutual respect between our transit operators and our customers,” Watson said during a press conference, adding that if and when that respect breaks down, the city will work together with employees, customers, the union and management to address the issues. Queale wouldn’t comment on the details of what OC Transpo and union members would be changing as a result of the meeting, but Queale said it was helpful to “go through some dirty laundry.” “We are very pleased with the letter the mayor has written. It shows that they are willing to work with the ATU … . This is a major step,” Queale said, adding the meeting represents a change from the relationship between the city, OC Transpo and union’s in the past. DRIVERS BEAR THE BRUNT OF PASSENGER FRUSTRATION But it remains to be seen if and how the fruits of that meeting will trickle

Transit tensions boil over down to the front line, where drivers are grappling with the fallout from the single largest overhaul of the OC Transpo map. The city agreed to cut $20 million from the transit operating budget by consolidating routes, trimming neighbourhood loops and reducing service. The “optimization” was needed to make the transit system financially sustainable, Watson and Deans have said. But since those changes took place on Sept. 4, riders haven’t been happy. The transit commission has heard a litany of complaints about overcrowded buses, and people aren’t happy that the cost of their transit passes is rising despite what they see as lower levels of service. “It’s a domino effect,” Fecteau said. “The frustration from the public goes directly to the first person they see. And that is who? The bus driver,” he said. Meanwhile, the management-level planners who are making the changes are insulated from the direct rider complaints, he added. “The stress level is really skyrocketing.” A lot of the challenge comes from the compressed times in which drivers are expected to complete their routes, Fecteau said. In the past, drivers were able to chat with passengers, but now, routes are “so compressed” that it’s straining driver-passenger interaction. “Today, it’s so stressful, it’s just ‘Get in and get out, and move on,’” he said of how drivers approach passengers. “Scheduling is very bad. There is no time whatsoever.” Operators sympathize with the public who get angry when buses aren’t on time, Fecteau said. Those are problems that might have been prevented if OC Transpo management sat down with drivers and the Amalgamated Transit Union Local 279 before the route optimization decisions were made, said Fecteau, who is a member of the ATU board. During previous route changes, OC Transpo planners met with drivers and members of the ATU as part of a scheduling committee. But that didn’t happen this time around, Fecteau said. “No. Nothing at all. They didn’t take time to consult the committee or the union,” he said. “They just went out there and implemented everything in one shot without doing investigation or any testing on the routes.” The ATU and the city are set to begin meeting next month to hammer out the next long-term contract, and Fecteau said he wouldn’t be surprised if the union demands security measures for operators, including cameras on buses and cages to protect drivers. But it’s too early to say whether another strike would be on the books later in the negotiations, Fecteau said. Riders also need to do their part, Fecteau said. Proper etiquette and basic politeness would go a long way, he said. connecting your communities

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November 24, 2011 - OTTAWA THIS WEEK - SOUTH

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Osgoode’s Christmas extravaganza taking over town EMMA JACKSON

If Christmas really is about peace, love and goodwill, Osgoode Village has got this season down pat. For the first time ever, Osgoode’s community groups have collaborated to create a seamless, one-stop “Christmas in the Village” experience on Friday, Dec. 2 and Saturday, Dec. 3. In the past, community groups hosted their own individual Christmas events. Sometimes they overlapped; often they competed for sponsors; and never did they think to work together for greater turnouts and success. All that changed when a member of the Osgoode Village Community Association joined the Osgoode Lion’s Club this fall. “That sparked us wondering why we didn’t know as much about what the other organizations were up to and supporting each other, and there was talk about sharing volunteers to try and spread everything around,” explained community association president Lori Daneliak. “It’s a new initiative to try and support each others’ events, not just to not plan over them but to help support everyone’s events.” So, at the community association’s monthly meeting in October, several guests were called in. Rob Brewer from the Osgoode branch of the Royal Canadian Legion, Nicole McKerracher from the Osgoode Youth Associ-

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Joe and Alice Nesrallah have the privilege of living in Osgoode’s most festive home. This year, the Nesrallah family will host a Flick the Switch party as part of the Osgoode Village Christmas extravaganza on Friday, Dec. 2 and Saturday, Dec. 3. ation, Kristin Strackerjan from the Osgoode Cooperative Nursery School and OVCA member Trudy Quinn representing the Osgoode Lion’s Club rounded out the table while the groups worked to plan their Christmas extravaganza. “The synergy in the room was amazing and the outcome will be outstanding,” Daneliak said before launching into the long list

of events planned for the first weekend in December. The Osgoode Legion will kick start the festivities during its monthly dinner on Friday, Dec. 2. Dinner will be served between 5:30 and 7:30 p.m., at which point the Lions will show up to announce the winners of the annual Lighting Up the Village Christmas lights contest, which they will judge on the evenings

of Wednesday, Nov. 30 and Thursday, Dec. 1. After the winners collect their prizes, the Lions will light up one of the towering evergreens on the Legion’s property, to serve as the community Christmas tree. The fun continues bright and early on Saturday morning in the upstairs hall of the Osgoode community centre during the Osgoode Cooperative Nursery School’s annual Breakfast with Santa. From 7 to 11 a.m., families can enjoy a pancake breakfast, bid on silent auction items and take a photo with Santa. Afterwards Santa will be whisked away to prepare for the community association’s Christmas parade beginning at 11:30. The parade down Osgoode Main Street will end around noon at the market square near the Foodland grocery store, where the Osgoode Carleton Snowmobile Club will then host some pick-up hockey and free hot chocolate for the whole family. Isle in the River Review community theatre group will put on some Christmas plays for the kiddies. At 2 p.m. the Osgoode Youth Association will take over. While youngsters and parents take a break from the festivities, teens are invited to the clubhouse on Osgoode Main Street until 8:30 p.m. to help decorate the OYA Christmas tree, drink more hot chocolate, create some festive lollipops and watch back-toback Christmas classics in the

lounge. Of course some teens may opt out of the festivities a bit early so they don’t miss the day’s dazzling finale outside the Osgoode Public School. The community will gather for the first-ever Flick the Switch party hosted by the Nesrallah family, who live across the street from the school. Famous for their over-the-top Christmas lights, the Nesrallahs decided to host a grand unveiling for their thousands of Christmas lights this year, serving even more hot chocolate and baked goodies while collecting donations for OYA. Guests can even win some prizes by guessing how many light bulbs adorn the Nesrallah residence. At 6:30 p.m., the Nesrallahs will officially flick the switch – a sight Daneliak said is sure to impress. “It’s pretty intense. I would compare it to some National Lampoon (Christmas Vacation)type Christmas lights,” she laughed. Tracey Nesrallah said her husband Matt, who has made a habit out of extreme decorating for the past few years, loves the classic Christmas comedy. “We’ve got frames for each window, the whole house has trimmed. We have a Santa and an eight-foot Christmas tree on our roof,” she said. More information about the Christmas in the Village weekend can be found at


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JUMPING FOR JOY AT CASTOR VALLEY Ottawa’s Jump Rope for Heart children and youth co-ordinator Dawn Montgomery presented Castor Valley Elementary School with a vigorous thank you on Thursday, Nov. 17 after the school raised the most money in the province during its spring Jump Rope for Heart campaign. Students collectively raised $22,941.43 for the Heart and Stroke Foundation. From left, Montgomery, Osgoode Coun. Doug Thompson, Castor Valley Elementary teachers Jennifer Reed and Alain Lalonde, Heart and Stroke Foundation area manager Diane Ayre, Ottawa Jump Rope program co-ordinator Rebecca Kaell and student intern Jean Wong gathered with students at the Greely school gym to celebrate the success.


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crease in drive requests over the last six months, she said. The organization provides services to seniors and adults with physical disabilities across a vast rural catchment area, in Ottawa’s Osgoode and RideauGoulbourn wards. The other services they offer include meals on wheels, friendly visits, diner programs, and recreational activities. Their driving programs are especially important, she said, because their clients often can’t drive themselves and have limited access to public transit. With the holiday season approaching, and with it a time when many volunteers leave on vacation, Johnston said they need more volunteers to keep up their efforts. “We hate to turn our clients away,” she said. Volunteer drivers will receive orientation training as well as compensation for their mileage.


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SANTA CLAUS COMES TO TOWN Families gathered along Wellington Street in downtown Ottawa to see the sights and enjoy some holiday cheer during the 42nd Annual Help Santa Toy Parade on Saturday, Nov. 19. The highlight of the event was Santa Claus, who waved to families from his sleigh. The annual parade, organized by the Ottawa Professional Fire Fighters Association, collects toys and donations for the city’s underprivileged children.

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difficulties. “Never have we done this in 28 years, never,” said Malcolm McCulloch, chairman of Opera Lyra’s board of directors. “This is a big thing.” He said despite having critically acclaimed performances this past season, there weren’t enough tickets sold at the box office. McCulloch said the board knew it had to make a “major decision” after the final night of its last production. “We knew we had to do something drastic, so the board deliberated and tried to look at other options, but it became very clear (what we had to do),” he said. McCulloch said it’s hard to tell why the opera company wasn’t selling enough tickets, but he feels the economic downturn is a major contributor. Opera Lyra isn’t the only arts company struggling financially he said. Opera companies in Montreal and New York City have had to cut back on productions, too. “It is systemic, but we’re confident we can rebuild,” McCulloch said. Just by cutting the final two

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Opera Lyra Ottawa has had to cancel its final two productions of the season due to financial setbacks. “It’s already stopped a huge amount of bleeding,” he said. “It costs so much to do opera.” He said the company has also cut back on its staff of about seven or eight people. Opera Lyra, like other operas, rely on some major revenue

raising and money made at the box office. McCulloch commended the Canada Council for the Arts, the Ontario Arts Council and the City of Ottawa for grants they have contributed, but he said drumming up corporate

sponsorship has been a major problem. McCulloch said Opera Lyra Ottawa is going to “crank up” its marketing and hold a community fundraiser in the near future so it can get back on track in the new year. However, he’s not sure how the community will react. “When you appeal to a community, you never know,” he said. “The community has to decide whether they want to have an opera company.” Opera Lyra Ottawa, along with other arts institutions, are an important aspect of city life. “Arts lift human beings above their norm,” McCulloch said. “It’s part of the culture of a city. Opera Lyra is one of the best opera companies in Canada, and it’s too good to fail.” The cancelled productions are The Flying Dutchman in concert, scheduled for Feb. 29, 2012, and Tosca, scheduled for March 31 and April, 2, 4 and 7, 2012. All ticket holders will be contacted by Opera Lyra within the next two weeks by mail with details about their options, including ticket exchanges and refunds.

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Caleb St-Denis and the Franco-Cité Faucons are headed back to the OFSAA ‘AA’ boys’ volleyball championships after a 30-28, 25-10, 25-19 victory over FrancoOuest in the national capital final on Tuesday, Nov. 15 at Rideau High School.


For the Franco-Cité Faucons, it wasn’t so much about winning a second consecutive national capital title last week, it was all about earning a return trip to the OFSAA ‘AA’ boys’ volleyball championships Nov. 23-26 in Stratford. “It’s such a cool tournament. You need to just get into that mode to enjoy the moment,” says Franco-Cité coach Thierry Lavigne, who was especially pleased to see his two Grade 12 players get a second crack at OFSAA. “Regardless of the result, they’ll be able to finish their high school careers on a good note.” In the city final at Rideau High School, the Franco-Ouest Vikings didn’t go down without scaring the Faucons into thinking their OFSAA voyage could be in jeopardy – in the first set anyhow. Franco-Ouest battled back to level the score at 17 and then gained mountains of energy as they went ahead and enjoyed game point at 24-21. But then Franco-Cité flexed its muscle to even the score at 24 before winning the dramatic set 30-28 on an anti-climatic lift call. “We were expecting a good fight. We’d played them earlier on and they were pretty good and we knew they’d be fired up,” notes Lavigne, the former all-Canadian with the Laval Rouge et Or who now has two city titles to his credit in his two years coaching at Franco-Cité. “They came out strong in that first set and we were able to claw our way back. We were pretty lucky, but you gotta be good to be lucky and lucky to be good.” The Faucons were very good in the next two sets, cruising to the city title with 25-10 and 25-19 wins. “I’m really happy,” Lavigne says. “It’s a big relief too, since we were heavily favoured and it was one of our goals to go to OFSAA.” Last year’s OFSAA didn’t go quite the way the Faucons wanted. Their coach felt they were one of best three teams in the province, but they wound up falling in the quarter-finals as Eden High School in St. Catharines went on to win its fifth consecutive OFSAA crown. “It was a tough, tough loss in the quarters,” Lavigne says. “But I think it will be a steppingstone for us this year. We have a couple guys com-

ing back who remember that.” One of those players is captain Patrick Goulet, who was in fine form in the final, delivering a massive kill any time he received a clean set. “We want to get back at them this year,” says Goulet, who was pleased to survive the “nerve-wracking” first set en route to the city title, but adds that his team maintains bigger goals. “This is just another step. I want it pretty bad and our whole team’s excited, especially because there’s a lot of Grade 11s who will be going to their first OFSAA. “It’s a younger team, so it was a bit more work, but it was fun taking a little bit of leadership. It’s a great team. I love it.” With Goulet’s fellow 18-and-under Mavericks club teammate Jordan Marchand also playing for FrancoCité, the Faucons pack a powerful one-two punch on the outside attack. “We won’t kid ourselves. We’ve got a couple guys who are really good at scoring, so we’ll give them a ton of balls,” Lavigne says. “But the key for us are the guys around them. They’re not your typical role players. Teams look at us and think we have two guys, but they underestimate us.” The city title represents a nice reward not only for the players, Lavigne says, but also for the great Franco-Cité supporters who came to cheer them on, his assistant coach, the school’s principal and the co-ordinators of their sports-study program. “OFSAA is a different beast. Every game can really shift the outcome of your season,” says Lavigne, who’s not focusing on chasing after a specific

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Patrick Goulet and the Franco-Cité Faucons are headed back to the OFSAA ‘AA’ boys’ volleyball championships after a 30-28, 25-10, 25-19 victory over FrancoOuest in the national capital final on Tuesday, Nov. 15 at Rideau High School. goal at the event. “We played some very good teams this year during the season and we know we can compete with anybody. It’s just about delivering when it counts.”

Earlier, the Redeemer Royals beat Louis-Riel in the ‘A’ final to qualify for the Nov. 24 to 26 OFSAA championships for the province’s smallestsized schools in Manitoulin Island.

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OTTAWA THIS WEEK STAFF Hockey fans in the Ottawa area will get a special Christmas treat this year when some of the top junior players from Ontario and Quebec descend on the Smiths Falls Memorial Community Centre for the first-ever Central Canada All-Star Challenge from Dec. 27 to 29. The event, hosted by the Central Canada Hockey League, will feature eight teams made up of players from the Yzerman and Robinson divisions of the CCHL, the East, South, North and West divisions of the Ontario Junior Hockey League, as well as a team from both the Quebec Junior AAA Hockey League and

the Northern Ontario Junior Hockey League. The tournament will see the eight teams split into two pools of four, which will play round-robin games on Dec. 27 and 28, featuring games consisting of two 20-minute halves. The top two teams from each pool will take part in the semifinals on Dec. 29, with the winners playing for the championship later in the day. Rosters will be announced in early December. For the CCHL teams, they will be the same squads as those that take part in the league All-Star game on Dec. 26. Sheldon Keefe of the Pembroke Lumber Kings and Peter Goulet of the Nepean

Raiders will coach the Yzerman Division team while Ian MacInnis of the Cornwall Colts and Jason Clark of the Carleton Place Canadians will be in charge of the Robinson Division squad. The coaches will select their respective teams, and each club in the league must be represented. Rosters will be made up of a combination of the top prospects, including those who have been selected to Team Canada and players rated by the National Hockey League central scouting bureau, as well as NCAA Div. 1 and Team East prospects, who will be given preference by the coaches. Each squad can contain a maximum of five 20-yearold players.

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Greely’s 1st Pathfinders troupe will host a youth dance on Friday, Nov. 25 from 7 to 10 p.m. at the Greely Community Centre. Admission is $5. For more information email

The Osgoode Cooperative Nursery School’s Annual Breakfast with Santa and Silent Auction will take place on Saturday, Dec. 3 from 7 to11 a.m. at the Osgoode Community Center. Join us and get your picture taken with Santa, enjoy some yummy breakfast and shop our exciting silent auction. Please contact for more information.

Slam Poetry Night: Head to the Alta Vista Library for an unforgettable high-energy poetry slam. There will be two rounds of competition, performances will be limited to 3 minutes and each poem must be the original work of the competitor. Call 613-737-2837 x29 for more information and to register in the competition. First and second prizes. Friday, November 25, 6:30 p.m.

•NOVEMBER 26: Join us at the Greely Christmas Gift and Craft Show on Nov. 26 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Royal Canadian Greely Legion on Mitch Owens Rd. Enjoy a wide variety of vendors to suite everyone on your shopping list. Pancake breakfast from 8 to 11 a.m. for $5 with all proceeds going to The Greely Legion. Take a photo with Santa from 11 a.m. 1 p.m. for $5, with all proceed going to O-YA. Free gift bags for the first 100 customers. Admission is free! Donations are graciously accepted for our local Osgoode Ward food cupboard. Lots of great prizes to be won. Enjoy a hot lunch and Christmas Bazaar from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. on November 26 at the holy Trinity Anglican Church on Victoria Street in Metcalfe. Crafts, bake table, silent auction, Christmas pudding and a hot chicken pot pie lunch for $10.00! Check out the annual Vernon craft sale from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. on November 26 at the Vernon recreation centre, 7950 Lawrence Street. If you would like to be a vendor for this event, please call Kim at (613) 821-3033 or Keith at (613) 826-3609. The Community Christian School in Metcalfe will host its annual Christmas Craft and Gift show on Saturday, Nov. 26. Local businesses and artisans will offer a wide array of fabulous gift items that are sure to please even the most discerning individuals on your gift list this Christmas. Doors open from 10 a.m. to 2

•DECEMBER 4: The Ottawa Brahms Choir with guest choir Cross Town Youth Chorus will present Sounds of Christmas under the direction of conductors Denise Hawkins and Kurt Ala-Kantti on Sunday, Dec. 4 at 3 p.m. at St. Thomas the Apostle Church at 2345 Alta Vista Drive. Tickets will be available from choir members and Leading Note and Compact Music stores on Bank Street. For more information, please contact 613-749-2391or 819-568-8169 or visit The Kemptville Players will host auditions its spring production, Lafferty’s Wake, on Sunday, Dec 4 at 1:30 pm at the IOOF Hall, 119 Clothier Street East. Call backs will be Thurs, Dec 8. For more info, contact George Anderson at or call 613-692-3414.

•DECEMBER 10: On Saturday, Dec. 10 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. visit the North Grenville Community Church, Kemptville (next to Hospital) where the Artsy FM Sister Chicks present an ARTISANS CHRISTMAS SHOWCASE. Hand-made items from Local Artisans. Shop for something different and special. It’s not your average church bazaar.

•ONGOING: Christmas OPEN HEART CAMPAIGN for Naomi’s Shelter: From Nov. 21 to Dec. 17, residents of Metcalfe are invited to support Naomi’s Shelter clients by offering a new gift for the mothers and children for their Christmas tree. Gifts can be dropped off at Leitrim Home Hardware on Bank Street, Live & Learn Resource Centre at 8243 Victoria St. and The Main Bar & Grill at 8210 Victoria St. Money donations for Naomi’s are also welcome to help them maintain their sheltering services and programs. For more information please call Elaine Taranu at 613614-2885 or

The Our Lady of the Visitation parish hall at 5338 Bank St. will host its annual bazaar on Saturday, Dec. 3 and Sunday, Dec. 4 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. each day. To rent a table for the event, contact Marie Trojan at 613-82201777. Calling all crafters and artisans! Osgoode’s Country Creations Christmas Artisan & Craft Fair is looking for vendors for its annual event to be held at Market Square Mall from Friday, Dec. 2 until Sunday, Dec. 11. If you are interested in participating in this co-operative fair,

please contact Marlene at (613) 826-1511or Mary Louise at Proceeds from rental fees are donated to the Osgoode Care Centre. The small but mighty talented Osgoode Olde Tyme Fiddlers Association invites you to its traditional old tyme fiddle and country music dance at the Osgoode Community Centre, every fourth Friday of the month from 7:30 - 11:30 p.m. Bring your fiddle, guitar, musical talents!! Welcome to all new members.

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