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Ecology Ottawa is calling on the federal government to ‘cut the crap’ and invest in the cleanup of the Ottawa River. – Page 3


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EMC news - It was standing room only at Tom Brown Arena on March 6 when Hintonburg-area residents filed in to hear what their community could look like once the soonto-be-built light rail transit system begins attracting development. “The purpose of tonight is to inform community residents,” said Jay Baltz, a member of the Hintonburg Community Association which co-hosted the meeting with the Dalhousie Community Association. “This process has been going on for a while and it’s not ending until 2013.” The city is currently developing the community design plans for three areas around the O-Train corridor to prepare for the LRT construction. It’s been divided into three phases including Bayview, Carling, and Gladstone. The first design plan the city is tackling, and the subject of the meeting at Tom Brown Arena, dealt with the Bayview portion. A community design plan helps guide development in an area that’s expected to see significant growth. City officials at the meeting said it’s expected that areas close to the O-Train corridor could see more intense development once the LRT is built. The plan also deals with other aspects of communities, like sidewalks and landscaping. “We initiated the CDP process in 2005, and we did some public consultation in May of 2006 when we had our first open house,” said Randolph Wang, a city planner. See MEETING, page 11

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Parents call for Broadview PS rebuild Kristy Wallace

EMC news - From asbestos to exposed wiring, Broadview Avenue Public School parents have had enough of what they say is a poor state of repair for their children’s elementary school. “I knew it was bad, but I didn’t realize how bad it was,” said Liz Burgess, co-chairwoman of the school’s parent council. Burgess and other parents at the Westboro-area school are calling for a new school to be built to replace the existing one. Burgess presented her findings recently to parents and indicated there are materials used in the school

including asbestos, lead-based paints, mercury-based paints and ozone-depleting substances. She also said that other issues at the school include a gymnasium wall that is caving in. “The band aid for that was to put up metal strapping,” she said, adding that the heating system is “insane.” “The children are sweating and I don’t know how they can learn in an environment like that,” Burgess said. “No adults would be able to get by, and that’s where we’re asking our children to learn. We’re looking at $7.5 million to repair the problem. The school is worth about $15 million. It doesn’t

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make sense (to just repair the problems).” She said she got the numbers and other information on the school’s condition from the Ottawa-Carleton District School Board’s designated substance report and building condition assessment report. The school is also dealing with capacity issues, Burgess said, which will only increase once all-day kindergarten is introduced in 2013/14 and with the community’s current intensification. “The inner city, older schools have been neglected for years,” said Burgess, adding th board has $16.2 million in renewal money from the province to be shared by 147

schools. With March break underway, officials at the board were unavailable for comment. However the school board provided an emailed statement from Mike Carson, superintendent of facilities. “The safety and health of the students have never been at risk,” Carson’s email said, adding that the problem with the gym wall has been temporarily fixed and there will be repairs made this summer. The school was also up for $4 million in renewal money from the province, but Burgess said in her presentation the amount has not been released. See SCHOOL, page 7

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NAC threatens to cancel Elgin facade upgrade plans Laura Mueller

EMC news - The National Arts Centre might cancel plans to upgrade its Elgin Street façade in the wake of news that a planned light-rail station will no longer provide access near the building. On March 6, the city’s finance committee approved changes to the planned lightrail line, including an alteration to Rideau Station that

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The Elgin Street facade and entrance into the National Arts Centre, which ward coucillor Diane Holmes called ‘disgraceful’ may not be getting planned improvements after the city cancelled plans to build a light-rail station entrance near the arts centre.

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hear the centre may backtrack on its plan to upgrade the façade. “Would that be a disaster?” she said, adding many people find the NAC’s brutalist-style architecture unappealing. “That would be a real loss,” she added. The NAC liked the station because it would have provided almost direct access from the rapid transit line to the concerts and performances at the NAC, but Thompson said the west end of the station was also slated to be an important access to other capital landmarks such as Parliament Hill, Confederation Square and the National War Memorial, as well as several major office buildings and nearby city hall. The station would have also provided universal access to the Rideau Canal near the NAC – and area that is difficult to get to, especially for people with mobility concerns. The NAC is sympathetic to the city’s financial situation and understands the need to contain costs in the $2.1-billion budget, Thompson said, but there was no way the nonprofit NAC could have contributed any money towards the station project to help the city bring the station closer to its building.

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will remove an entrance to the station on the west side of the canal, right beside the NAC. The move disappointed the NAC, so much so that spokesperson Rosemary Thompson said the centre might ditch its plans to improve the Elgin Street façade. “We were so excited (about the station) that we wanted to redevelop the Elgin Street entrance,” she said. “Will that still go ahead? I hope so.” Thompson was quick to add that it’s too early to say whether the upgrades will still go ahead or not, but she said the intent of the Elgin entrance improvement was to build on a the “good idea” of the nearby station entrance. “The station was amazing,” Thompson said. The sprawling, 108,000square metre NAC complex was constructed in 1969 as a centennial project. It was designed by renowned architect Fred Lebensold of ARCOP Design and the building has been praised as an architectural landmark by some. But for others, the large brown building is a windowless bunker and the Elgin Street façade in particular has been a sore point. Somerset Coun. Diane Holmes, in whose ward the NAC is located, was disheartened to

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Time to fix fouled Ottawa River, group says Ecology Ottawa calls on federal government to invest in cleanup efforts

EMC news - A young man sitting on a toilet placed on the ice at Britannia Beach was part of Ecology Ottawa’s push to have the federal government include money for the Ottawa River Action Plan in its 2012 budget. “Every year, there’s 400 million litres of untreated sewage getting dumped into this river,” said Graham Saul, chairman of Ecology Ottawa, at a March 7 event. “It’s a serious problem, but we have a solution.” The city’s Ottawa River Action Plan would help clean up the river, but Ecology Ottawa members said that the plan needs additional funds from the federal and provincial level in order to happen. With the 2012 federal budget fast approaching, Saul said it’s time to ask the government for help. “They have money for jets, jails and oil subsidies,” he said. The group also collected 750 signatures on a letter to all of the area members of Parliament asking them to ensure funding in the upcoming budget. Ecology Ottawa also distributed email responses from area MPs, including Pierre Poilievre of Nepean-Carleton. “Through the Economic Action Plan, the federal government provided the City of Ottawa with an unprecedented $600 million to spend on its priorities,” Poilievre wrote in the email. “The city decided it would use the funds for its stated number one priority: transit.”

Poilievre added in the email that cleaning up the river remains a priority for the federal government. “We wished the city shared that priority,” he wrote. However Saul said the comments were “unfair” and “inappropriate.” “We think it’s inappropriate to be suggesting that the clean up is not a priority for the city of Ottawa,” he said. “They’ve come up with a plan and now we need the federal and provincial government to step forward. The federal government, in a couple of weeks, has the opportunity to help the people of Ottawa clean up this river.” Mari Wellman, chairwoman of the Westboro Beach Community Association, said her neighbourhood’s beach was closed 26 times last season. “That’s not acceptable,” Wellman said. “In the summer, it’s so nice to see little children coming and swimming, but there’s nothing sadder than seeing them be turned away.” If the plan doesn’t receive government funding, Wellman said, the community association, Ecology Ottawa and members of the community will keep pressuring the federal government for the funding. “We rely on them, and I think they should help,” she said. Saul said the group’s letter writing campaign is still going, and the issue will come back up in the summer once swimming season starts. “Ottawans love this river and we have to move as fast as possible to make funding happen.”

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Members of Ecology Ottawa and west-end residents gathered at Britannia Beach on March 7 to raise the importance of having a clean Ottawa River, calling on the federal government to provide assistance to an action plan.

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EMC news - A man in his 50s has been transported to the Ottawa Trauma Center following an injury in the ByWard Market on March 10 just after 1 a.m. Ottawa Paramedics describe the injury as a “severe penetrating traumatic injury”

but didn’t confirm whether it was a stabbing. The patient was listed in critical condition upon his arrival to the Ottawa Trauma Centre. Paramedics also said police are currently investigating the incident. When contacted, police said they had no further information.





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East-end councillor wants changes to Laurier bike lane Changes could include removing one lane, adding signs directing drivers to parking Laura Mueller

EMC news - Orleans Coun. Bob Monette wants the city to look at closing the eastbound segregated Laurier bicycle lane next winter, or consider a host of other changes aimed at placating businesses. The east-end councillor says businesses are suffering because of the city’s decision to undertake a two-year pilot project that saw the first curbseparated bike lane installed in Ottawa. There is still one year left in the pilot, but Monette said that’s still too long to wait before making changes to improve the conditions for Laurier Avenue businesses. “Right now businesses are suffering because of the actions the city has taken,” Monette said, adding that he has heard from “many” Laurier businesses, not just one or two. Some businesses have complained that the bicycle lane makes deliveries more difficult or cuts off delivery access, but the main complaint is still the lack of on-street parking on Laurier Avenue, Monette said. While the spaces were replaced on neighbouring streets, it still appears to have discouraged people from patronizing businesses, he said. Another issue is the loss of a city on-street parking lot nearby, at Elgin and Gloucester streets, said Kanata North Coun. Marianne Wilkinson, chairwoman of the transportation committee. That lot is now a construction site, with a new office tower being built.

At the committee’s March 7 meeting, Monette asked city staff to too into a few ideas, including: • Eliminating the eastbound bike lane on Laurier next winter “due to anticipated low volume.” • Keeping one bicycle lane on Laurier but moving the other direction to a nearby parallel street to allow room for street parking on Laurier Avenue. • Putting up signs directing drivers to nearby parking, including the lot at city hall. • Modifying the lanes on the south side of Laurier between Metcalfe and Elgin. • Implementing measures to ease deliveries to Laurier Avenue businesses. “I’m not saying take it away, I’m saying let’s study it,” Monette said. “The bike lanes are very important; I voted for it. I support it. But if there is a way of doing it that has the least amount of effect for the businesses and still has the benefit for the bike lanes, then we should look into it.” Wilkinson said there are no plans to make changes to the bike lane before the end of the pilot project after next winter. “I don’t think they are going to make major changes to where the routes are until the end,” she said. “Pilot projects only work if you actually let them go through their full time.” A group of residents, businesses, cyclists and city staff is being put together to monitor the ongoing impacts of the bicycle lane. “That’s where these types

of issues should be discussed, rather than coming up on an ad-hoc basis,” Wilkinson said. She said the city waited to set up the group until the lane had been in place for a summer and winter season because staff wanted to wait until it has been operational for a while. The transportation committee will get a report on the progress of the bike lane next fall. That might lead to some modifications to the lane, Wilkinson said, but small modifications have been happening all along.







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Tulip festival moves away from NCC parkland Michelle Nash

EMC news - Rising costs at National Capital Commission parks have forced the organizers of the 60th annual Tulip Festival to move programming away from Major’s Hill Park and Commissioner’s Park. One million tulips will decorate the two National Capital Commission parks, but all programming and events associated with the Tulip Festival will now be scattered around the city, the organization announced on March 5. Chair and financial patron of the Canadian Tulip Festival David Luxton said the move is the result of rising cost associated with staging the events on NCC parkland. “Costs have been escalating quite dramatically and eat up the cash budget of the festival,” Luxton said. “The festival tries to put all the money (in the budget) into programming.” The increases are tied to the fees the NCC charges for park clean up. Last year the festival cost $44,000 to clean up – $9,000 more than the festival had originally budgeted for. “The main issues are we never know what the costs will be,” Luxton said. “It is a tough way to run any business

and the costs have been going up every year.” While it is exempt from having to pay rent on the park land itself, according to NCC spokesperson Jean Wolfe, the festival does need to pay for the parkland to be tidied up after the 17-day event. Factors for the cost of clean up, Wolfe said are determined by the duration of the festival, the size of its footprint and weather conditions. News of the move, Wolfe said, came as a shock to the organization. “We did receive today official notification that the festival will moved,” Wolfe said in an interview on March 5. “It was a surprise to us when we heard, but we expect our relationship with the festival will continue and there will be one million tulips to exhibit in all NCC parks.” Luxton said he does not feel this move will be a bad thing. He believes this will allow the festival to grow into an event that could animate the entire city. “Much like the Cherry Blossom Festival in Washington, where there are activities and pageantry everywhere in the city, we are hoping our festival can emulate that,” he said. Following initial talks with business improvement areas around the city’s downtown

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A trio of cyclists enjoy a moment amid the flowers at last year’s Canadian Tulip Festival at Commissioner’s Park. The festival will not be holding programming at Major’s Hill Park or Commissioner’s Park this year because organizers say the cost to clean the parks has risen too much. core, Luxton said the Chinatown BIA, the ByWard Market and Sparks Street BIA are all keen to participate in festival’s new direction. “I think this is good for the festival and good for the city,”

he said. Tulips have been donated to Canada by the Dutch royal family since 1945, as a way of saying thank you for hosting Dutch Princess Juliana and her daughters in exile during

the occupation of the Netherlands during the Second World War and for Canada’s role in the liberation of their country. Each year the Netherlands send 20,000 bulbs. This

year’s festival will take place from May 4 to 20 and will continue to host music, dance and culinary events. A full list of programming, Luxton said, would be released at the end of March.



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Bronson Avenue to be shut down during construction Laura Mueller

EMC news - Centretown residents got a picture of the construction mess that’s in store for the area around Bronson Avenue for the next two years during a March 5 meeting. The city will completely close a section of the busy road between Catherine and Somerset streets this summer as it replaces a large 1870s-era water main and rebuilds the street. The section of Bronson Avenue between Somerset Street and Laurier Avenue will close for the next summer construction season in 2013. But while the area will be completely torn up, requiring extensive traffic detours, city staff and the construction contractor assured residents that pedestrian access will be maintained. Extra money has been built into the construction budget to pay for more temporary asphalt than is normally used during a construction project, said Darryl Shurb, the project

manager. That’s because is a large population of residents with mobility issues who live in the Bronson Avenue area, including many residents of 520 Bronson Ave., a building that offers supportive living for people with physical disabilities. Shurb said staff would be working directly with building managers to ensure continuous access throughout the two-year project. “We don’t want to be the kind of city that tells you to stay in your apartment for a month,” said Bruce Kenny, the project engineer, adding that anyone with accessibility concerns should call or email him to let him know (bruce. or 613-5802424 ext. 20128). Construction is set to begin later this month and it will be loud, Kenny warned. Crews will have to blast through rock. “It’s going to be major, major,” Somerset Coun. Diane Holmes said of the construction project. “That’s why we

have to get it done before light rail (construction begins).” SMALL CHANGES COMING TO BRONSON

A group campaigning to “rescue Bronson” by reducing the number of lanes for traffic didn’t succeed in making the road narrower, but it did convince the city not to make it any wider. Plans for a reconstructed Bronson Avenue look similar to the four-lane road today, with a few upgrades. Sidewalks will be no narrower than the minimum two metres, which means they will be slightly widened in a few spots. Decorative lighting, benches, bike racks, concrete planters and some trees will be added, as well as coloured concrete accents and pavers to add visual interest to the street. Still, that is “too much status quo” for Eric Darwin, president of the Dalhousie Community Association.

“It doesn’t make the street more liveable,” he said, adding that the engineers haven’t addressed the complaints, mainly about safety and liveability, brought forward by the community. Darwin wants to see traffic counts for the detour streets during construction to measure the impact (or lack thereof) of reducing or eliminating Bronson as an arterial road. That will give community activists ammunition when they advocate for fewer lanes, also called “road diets,” with other projects. But Mark Edwards and Grace Corona, who live at Gilmour and Bronson, said they are looking forward to any improvements that might attract a more vibrant mix of businesses to their neighbourhood. “I’d like to see this make it more neighbourhood-y,” Edwards, said. “I don’t know if that is possible … You need efficiency (for traffic), but I hope it can be a nicer-looking street.”

School not only one in need of improvements From BROADVIEW, page 1

Yasir Naqvi, MPP for Ottawa Centre, said the province gave the board $16 million last year and it’s up to the board to decide how they want to distribute that money. “What we need to make sure of is the inner city urban schools, like Broadview, get a fair share of money from the board,” Naqvi said. “If we get an old school like Broadview that needs repairs, then why don’t we take $4 million to $5 million out of that $16 million and get the school renewed and fixed up? “The Ministry of Education doesn’t make those decisions. It’s a decision that has to be made by the board.” He added that he’s “very concerned” about the problem. “We all have to strive together to make sure we have good schools so they are good environments for our students

to learn,” said Naqvi. In a January 2011 interview with Metroland Media, Carson said in the three previous years the school had lost about 20 days at the most due to a repair-related incident. “Some of those were things that went beyond our control,” he said. “In an ideal world, we would acquire $30 million a year. We need significantly more money.” Jennifer McKenzie, chairwoman of the Ottawa-Carleton District School Board and trustee for Zone 10, also wasn’t available for comment, but said in a January 2011 interview that she had been on a tour of the school and noticed facilities that needed repair. “I canvassed near Broadview when I was running,” McKenzie told Metroland shortly after a boiler connected to the school’s heating system failed and closed the school for the day in January

2011. “I heard quite clearly from parents that the state of the building was not acceptable and that it needed some attention.” On the tour, McKenzie said that she had noticed bathrooms that needed repair as well as improved accessibility for people in wheelchairs and recreational facilities on the site. Burgess said she keeps her children at the school because she’s committed to Broadview, and said the school has fantastic teachers. “We know there’s a solution out there, but we need the board and the province’s help,” Burgess said. “We need a solution for the next generation.” To read Burgess’ full presentation, including reports by the Ottawa-Carleton District School Board, visit www. The school board will meet with the parent council on

March 21 at the business services committee, located at 133 Greenbank Rd. starting at 7:30 p.m.

And without traffic, at least the couple will have some quiet nights during construction, Edwards said. Other changes include narrowing the entrances to some side streets, such as Flora, creating wider sidewalks at some intersections and reducing the crossing distance for pedestrians. There is a lot of illegal parking in road allowances, Kenny said, and that will be “cleaned up” with more defined driveway entrances, improving the overall look of the street. Detailed designs for the more complex, off-kilter intersections at Gladstone Avenue and Somerset Street aren’t quite complete, Kenny said. Those intersections will be

narrowed slightly, with both becoming a three-lane configuration. Operational details of the signal light phasing and possible turning restrictions will be decided later, in consultation with the public advisory group for the project and the ward councillor. Those details are one of the main concerns for Lana Stewart, a mother who lives in the area. She also wants to ensure the city considers cyclists when planning detour routes. Holmes was successful in her motion to add a signal at Arlington Avenue to make it easier for pedestrians and cyclists to cross Bronson. For detailed information, visit and search “Bronson Avenue renewal project.”

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Residents need to help keep waterways clean


protest at Britannia Beach on March 7 calling on the federal government to get behind the Ottawa River Action Plan protest missed its mark. While it’s admirable that Ecology Ottawa wants something done about the 400 million litres of untreated sewage that makes its way into the water ever year after heavy rainfalls, the city really needs a two-part plan.

The city’s strategy is to implement real-time controls that have remote activation and can reduce sewage overflows as they occur. It would also build massive underground storage tanks, which would stretch 16 kilometres long and three metres wide. The tanks would cost the city $150 million. Controlling sewage overflows is important, but everyone seems to be ignoring the elephant in the room.

According to a tweet by chair of the city’s environment committee on March 8, the 93,000 dogs in Ottawa produce about 20,500 kilograms of waste per day. Not all of that gets picked up. That’s a lot of crap we could cut. Dog feces that is left on sidewalks and in parks eventually ends up in the Ottawa River. It’s carried there by spring run off and heavy rainfalls, via storm sewers and

creeks. Each storm is like a giant dog feces flush. Last summer, Ottawa beaches were closed almost 40 per cent of the time, with no-swim advisories being issued 127 times. That suggests that there is more at play than human sewage overflow. Whether it is geese, seagull or dog waste, it seems like there is a lot being left out of the action plan for the river. If the city only chooses to

focus on the human waste part of equation, then we could end up flushing a lot of money down the drain as we control the sewage overflows but still have beach closures due to pet waste. Beach closures are frustrating and are a common problem in this city, but that won’t be fixed with an expensive proposal that only looks to one part of the problem. The good news is that good, old-fashioned civic

engagement can help. If we all work to clean up after our pets we can reduce the amount of waste seeping into the river after rainfalls. It’s a part of the solution that doesn’t require millions of dollars of funding from any level of government. Solutions deserve more consideration. While managing sewage overflows is necessary, residents also have to do their part to keep our waterways clean.


Time to hang up on robocalls CHARLES GORDON Funny Town


ou pick up the telephone and there’s that little pause. If you are alert you hang up right then, but who’s alert? Besides, you may have a relative, very old or very young, who waits a bit before saying anything. So you hold the phone and a stranger begins talking to you. It might be a real person or it might be a computerized person. How you deal with it varies. Some politely decline: “Thanks, but I’m not interested,� they say. Others quietly hang up. Others loudly hang up. And still others say words that they shouldn’t. This is the world of telemarketing, a world we haven’t quite put behind us, despite the creation, in 2008, of the national Do Not Call List. How that is working is a bit hard to tell. About 10 million Canadians are involved in the Do Not Call List. An opinion survey done in 2010 found that a great majority thought they were receiving fewer junk calls since the registry was created. But more than one in 10 thought they were getting more calls. If you check the comments section of any Internet news story about the list you will find those people amply represented, hopping mad. (To make matters worse, or more farcical, depending on how you look at it, there are concerns now that the Do Not Call List is in danger of running out of funding. Great: it doesn’t work and there’s no money for it.) To this unpleasant mix, we add the political robocall, subject of current scandal and controversy. Here, a computer dials your telephone in the middle of an election campaign and gives you false information about where to vote.

Or it pretends to be a particular candidate and says annoying things. Or it pretends to be a particular candidate and phones you at three in the morning, so as to make you angry enough to vote for the other guy. Given the way politics works, it may take years to get to the bottom of this, find out who’s responsible, hand out punishment and take corrective action. And what would that corrective action be? Legislation preventing political parties from fighting dirty? It is to laugh. A ban on political robocalls? That’s closer, but it could result in a rash of sort-of-non-political robocalls. The only practical answer is to ban all robocalls. Who would be hurt by that? Not consumers. Not legitimate charities, pollsters and others now allowed to bypass the Do Not Call List. Probably not even political parties, although they might have to work a little harder. They might have to hire live people, thus creating employment. Much as we may hate to be telephoned at home by strangers, the people who do the actual calling are human beings, trying to make a living in one of the most unpleasant ways possible, reading aloud a script that begins: “How are you today?� to people who don’t want to hear it. Most of us know someone who, while looking for permanent employment, has done telemarketing work. So we can sympathize – a bit. The robocall, in addition to its many other annoying qualities, destroys jobs. In that, it has something in common with other present-day institutions, such as the robo parking lot, the robo airline check-in counter and the robo government department switchboard. Think of how we could make unemployment drop by putting human beings back into jobs they used to do. It is difficult to imagine any negative fallout from banning robocalls, aside from its impact on robocalling companies. True, we may not be able to shut down what offshore companies do, but we can at least make the phone ring a bit less and encourage political parties to tell the truth over the phone – or, if they’re going to lie, at least not let a machine do it for them.

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Creating your own spring fling


BRYNNA LESLIE Capital Muse in England summarizes a number of these methods in his book 59 Seconds: Change your life in under a minute. There are many studies that show ways to mimic new love, writes Wiseman – or for you singletons, even to create it from scratch. He describes an experiment conducted in the late 1980s that demonstrated “falling in love” may not be the reliant on the “complicated mixture of looks, personality, chemistry, and chance” we think. A curious

researcher brought together dozens of strangers and coupled them off in rooms, where they were told to stare deeply into each other’s eyes, under the guise of a study on ESP. Afterward a questionnaire demonstrated that the couples expressed “genuine feelings of affection and attraction to their newfound soul mates.” I tried this recently with my own spouse and realized how very infrequently we take the time to gaze lovingly at each other.

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returned from a quick afterwork trip to the grocery store with a tin of mint lime tea and a jar of local honey, a relatively inexpensive gift “just for me” that wasn’t on the list of staple goods. On a rare Saturday morning that didn’t see us rushing off to hockey and music lessons for the kids, I offered him the chance to sleep in. In both cases, we came away with what can only be described as “the warm fuzzies.” Probably one of the most stereotyped activities in a stale marriage is the stale date. Remember the movie Date Night, where lead actors Steve Carell and Tina Fey can’t find a single interesting thing to talk about over dinner? Wiseman suggests couples instead do something active and out-of-the-ordinary

to spice things up. It doesn’t have to be the Amazing Race, but engaging in an activity that requires couples to actively problem-solve together or create new experiences has been proven to eliminate boredom and mimic young love. So the next time you’re planning Friday night at the movies, consider instead indoor climbing, couples salsa lessons or a hike in Gatineau Park. And if all this seems too onerous in your already busy lives, Wiseman offers another simple way you can improve your chances of having a spring fling with your longterm spouse: Take 10 minutes each day to contemplate all the things you appreciate about him or her. It may take more than 59 seconds, but it’s guaranteed to generate years of positive results.

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EMC news - The Glebe Community Association has passed a motion that will see the group present opposition to the city allowing the installation of digital signs, arguing more research needs to be done into the issue. The city is currently running a digital screen pilot project, but the most centrally located screen lies 4.5 kilometres away from the downtown core. The pilot project imposes limitations on illumination, frequency, scrolling, rolling, fading in and out, blinking or giving the impression of movement. More recently, a three-year pilot project that would see a large digital sign installed on the side of the Ottawa Convention Centre was approved by the National Capital Commission’s board in June 2011. But regardless of the restrictions currently governing the installation of digital screens, some Ottawa residents are wary of wider use of digital screens and in response to the pair of pilot projects, Glebe Community Association board

At first, of course, we were giggling and thinking how silly it was to stare at each other like lustful teenagers. But we forced ourselves to keep our eyes locked for three minutes. We repeated the experiment three times over three days. Without changing anything else, I noticed we were more affectionate and patient toward one another, both with our words and gestures. And speaking of gestures, making thoughtful and generous acts toward each other are another integral part of a healthy and loving relationship, notes Wiseman. Generosity doesn’t mean diamonds or purchased gifts. It could be something as simple as remembering to compliment your spouse on an outfit, or starting the car when it’s cold. The other day, my husband

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Digital screens, like the one proposed for the facade of the Ottawa Convention Centre, have been opposed by a number of groups, including the Glebe Community Association. member Bob Brocklebank presented a motion at the association’s Feb. 28 meeting calling for it to write a letter to the city opposing digital screens. He said the letter should address the Glebe’s concerns about the need for more public consultation, where a potential digital sign would be permitted and the size of such signs. “We are seeking that no amendment to the signage bylaw to permit digital signs should be considered until the evaluation of the current digital sign project is issued and subject to consultation,” he said. The motion carried unanimously and Brocklebank has begun drafting the letter. Community opposition to digital signs, in particular a digital sign at the convention centre, has been growing. Old

Ottawa East resident Steven Furr has prepared two letters similar to the one Brocklebank proposed and he said so far five communities have signed both letters. Sandy Hill, Rockcliffe Park, Centretown, Old Ottawa East and Carleton community associations have also signed the Old Ottawa East letters in opposition. The convention centre’s pilot project, the NCC said, will be evaluated and questions and concerns will be addressed. City council will still have to vote on the approval of that particular digital screen. City spokeswoman Jocelyne Turner said staff have committed to finalizing the review and reporting to council this spring, with a presentation to planning committee in May 2012.


EMC news - Improvements are coming to the online aquatics program registration following another year that saw the system overloaded far too often. Registration for city swimming programs opened on March 5 and the city’s website promptly crashed when too many people tried to register at once. A record number of people signed up for swimming classes on the day registration opened. A total of 8,512 registrations were logged overnight in the first nine hours registration was open – almost 1,000 more than last year, which saw 7,575 registrations in the same timeframe. It’s a good problem to have, said Bay Coun. Mark Taylor, chairman of the community and protective services committee. But he agreed that some changes were in order to reduce the number of people

who face a crashed website when the try to register. “Every year, we have the same problem,” Taylor said. “I obviously don’t want it to happen again next year … but there is a cost point there. The solution is going to be coming up with a new process.” The city tried to tackle the issue this year by adding more servers to handle the influx of website traffic, but it wasn’t enough. For next year, Taylor said the city is looking at re-jigging the system. Instead of trying to add more servers at a large cost, Taylor said the city

will be looking at a different process, such as spreading out registrations for certain programs over a period of time. Aquatic program registration is already split from the rest of the recreation program sign-ups for that reason. Last year, total land program registrations only amounted to 6,980 – less than pool programs for that year. The software that powers the online registration system will also be upgraded by next year, said Beacon HillCyrville Coun. Tim Tierney, chairman of the city’s information technology subcommittee.


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Breathing new life into Dundonald Park Project seeks to address needs of all who use downtown green space Laura Mueller

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A Toronto-based group called 8-80 Cities spoke on March 7 about the possibilities for revitalizing public spaces to promote health and wellbeing. The meeting kicked off a project to revitalize Centretown’s Dundonald Park. Park last summer to bring new programming into the park, but drafting 8-80 Cities to consult the community and prepare a report should bring new energy and ideas to the

project, said Christina Marchant, the director of community health promotion for the health centre. Heritage-designated Dundonald Park is one of eight Ontario parks selected by 880 Cities for its “Active Places, Healthy People” initiative, which aims to transform parks into vibrant and active destinations that promote social interaction, health and wellbeing. Gil Penalosa, executive director of 8-80 Cities, kicked off the initiative by giving a speech to a group of about 75 supporters and residents gathered on March 7. Penalosa and his staff were also there to collect suggestions on what neighbours would like to see in their park in the future. The team will also be returning in June to conduct focus groups and get more feedback for a report it will prepare with a vision for upgrades and programs that could happen in the park. Then it’s up to the community to bring the ideas to life and use the report to lobby politicians. The push to reclaim Dundonald Park began last May, when the health centre discovered that the park was rated one of the least safe commu-


EMC news - When Carol MacLeod was raising her young child in Centretown a couple decades ago, Dundonald Park faced many of the same challenges it does today. There was a gentleman who frequented the park after a stop at the Beer Store across the street, and MacLeod mostly avoided him. But one day, the man asked if he could give her small daughter a push on the swing. Thinking, “What’s the harm?,” MacLeod allowed it. With tears streaming down his face, MacLeod recalls the man thanking her. His own daughter refused to let him see his grandchild because of his problems with alcohol. She doesn’t live in Centretown any more, but as the neighbourhood embarks on a project to revitalize Dundonald Park, she told residents to keep that man in mind.

“We need to show a bit of sympathy for the people who use the Beer Store,” she said during a March 7 meeting at the Kent Street legion hall. “Get them involved. They are people, too.” Navigating the needs of different users of the park, from toddlers to seniors to substance abusers, will be one of the challenges facing 8-80 Cities, a Toronto-based nonprofit group that has partnered with the Centretown Community Health Centre to create a plan to re-energize the park. “It can be charming, but at the same time, unsavoury,” said health centre executive director Simone Thibault. “There are very few open spaces that can reach such a wide range of people … We want to create a sense of pride of place.” The health centre began working with other community agencies, including the library, Ottawa Public Health and Friends of Dundonald


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nity spaces by Ottawa police. The centre decided to take some of its programs outdoors. That included things like yoga and hula hooping, but also some of the harm reduction services the health centre provides. Then the li-

‘It can be charming, but at the same time, unsavoury. There are very few open spaces that can reach such a wide range of people … We want to create a sense of pride of place.’ Simone Thibault, Centretown Community Health Centre executive director

brary got involved, bringing a storyteller to the park. Centretown Movies began showing outdoor films in the park. “The community responded well,” Marchant said. “There was a groundswell this year.” Those in attendance left the meeting energized with new ideas to refresh the park. From reading gardens to concerts, fountains, flowers and more

play equipment for kids, many jotted down their thoughts to submit to the project. A major theme was what should – or could – be done with the Beer Store across the street. Some residents appreciated the convenience of the nearby store, while others said it’s a blight and called for it to be shut down. The eyesore parking lot was an issue for others, some of whom thought it could be remedied by using the space for a food truck and some seating, or by planting trees along the sidewalk to block the cement expanse from view. Marchant said she hopes the initiative increases neighbours’ sense of ownership of the park. That includes the homeless and street-involved citizens who use the park, Marchant said. It’s about improving the overall health of the community and reducing the sense of isolation felt by certain segments of the population, including street-involved people and the elderly, Marchant said. As more people return to use the park, it will begin to feel safer, she added.

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Proposed Somerset tower too tall, residents say Kristy Wallace

EMC news - Area residents crammed into a room at the Hintonburg Community Centre on March 7 to learn more about a possible 28 storey condo tower going up at 1050 Somerset Street West. “There’s an elephant in the room, and the question is, why 28 storeys?” asked resident Dennis Van Staalduinen, which was met with applause. “The frustration of all the people in the room, for a lot of us anyway, it is seems like game playing with the official plan. Other than making more money, what’s the justification for re-zoning?” Van Staalduinen’s concerns were echoed by many of the residents gathered at the community centre to voice their opinions about the development. Developer Claridge Homes owns the property, is proposing a roughly 270-unit development rising 28 storeys. The tower would also include some retail space. Katherine Grechuta, a planner with FoTenn Consultants, presented aspects of the design to the community and answered most of the questions posed by those gathered. She said the property is “unique” and is a target for growth and intensification. “A high-profile building is appropriate at this site,” Grechuta said. “Any impacts it

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Residents packed into the Hintonburg Community Centre on March 7 and checked out plans that include a 28-storey tower at 1050 Somerset St. West. has is limited and don’t impact the neighbourhing communities.” Most residents said a 28 storey development is not suitable for the site, especially with Devonshire Public School close by. “As planners, you look at

the site – its physics, the flow of traffic, all that,” said one resident. “But you planners have not looked at the site. You looked at it from a logical planning perspective, but haven’t looked at the spirit of the site. This project fails in all respects, and that’s why you

have the community here.” Other residents said the site would set a precedent for other locations in the neighbourhood. However Kitchissippi Coun. Katherine Hobbs, who was at the meeting, said that is not the case.

“As far as a precedent being set, every single property is considered on its own merits,” Hobbs said. “If you think that any application that comes into the city and the planner has a secret plan to have a wall of development, you’re mistaken. That’s not

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Somerset Coun. Diane Holmes, left, answers the audience’s questions as Eric Darwin, president of the Dalhousie Community Association, looks on. tunity to put in a high rise, but not put it in everyone’s backyard.” Baltz said the Hintonburg Community Association doesn’t have a position on what the best heights should be for the area, but association felt the online open house for public consultation wasn’t adequate. “We’re wondering how much word has gotten out there about the CDP,” Baltz said. “We should move to have one or two more open houses.” The rest of the evening allowed residents to ask the community associations, area city councillors and city staff about the CDP and what it will mean for their community. One resident posed a question to city councillors, asking where completion of the design plan stood as a city priority.

“It’s pretty high on the list of priorities,” said Somerset

Coun. Diane Holmes. “We’ve already received applications for some of the land. Development companies are very interested ... but it has to be done sensitively.” Another resident who lives off of Scott Street asked about the street and how it will be affected. Wang said together with the public, the city can come up with recommendations to guide a street reconstruction project. “The purpose of the CDP is to develop a vision so it can be the guiding policies and principles,” he said. “It will contribute to a


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“But due to the cancellation of the previous LRT, this was put on hold for a while.” Using an aerial map of the area, Wang showed residents where they could expect to see increased development, including areas currently considered “underutilized properties” close to the O-Train. Through comments the city receives online as part of their new open house format and from the March 6 meeting, Wang said the city will come up with a draft design plan for each area and hopefully have a final community design plan before city council by spring of next year. Residents also saw a clip from a video from the online open house which describes more about changes they could see in the area, which included buildings but also pathways and landscaping. Eric Darwin, president of the Dalhousie Community Association, said he didn’t want to see the area become like Westboro, which he believes has become “controversial.” “We’ve all been aware of the controversial issues in Westboro where a high rise apartment building or mid-rise building is right in someone’s backyard, or close to existing buildings,” Darwin said. “Fortunately in this neighbourhood, there’s large chunks of underutilized space where industry is dying off. It’s a great oppor-

what happens.” When a resident asked Hobbs if she supported the idea of the 28 storey tower, she said she wanted to wait to hear a professional opinion before making up her mind. “I probably feel the same way as some people in some ways, and not in others,” Hobbs said. Grechuta every property owner is allowed to ask for re-zoning, even though there is a community design plan (CDP) for the area. The Wellington West Community Design Plan was adopted last spring and includes a six-storey height limit along the community’s main street. Sites that aren’t subject to the six-storey rule include 345 Carleton Ave., 1451 Wellington St. and 369 Island Park Dr. These sites are designated as gateway parcels, meaning heights of up to nine storeys are permissible in the event that redevelopment occurs. “I know there’s a frustration about growth,” Grechuta said, which was met with disagreement from the residents who said they weren’t against growth. “I’m for intensification, I think it’s great,” said a resident. “I’d like to raise my family in this neighbourhood, but I don’t think I could do it in a condo. You might be sensing a bit of hostility, but we’re just frustrated.”


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New faces, programs at Carlingwood library Brier Dodge

reading buddies program. She said the kids are regulars, and with several bilingual reading buddies, they will often practice their reading in the language they donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t speak at home. The advisory group will be carrying over to the adult section of the library, as new branch coordinator Alexandra Yarrow is starting a seniorsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; advisory committee, starting with a survey to see whatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s in demand. Based on those results, the library is looking to expand the programming their currently offer. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I think computer help, help with e-readers,â&#x20AC;? Yarrow said about what the top choices may be. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We have lots of travel requests. Taking your e-reader

on vacation would be a perfect workshop.â&#x20AC;? Programs have been well attended, with a recent presentation on travelling in Cuba ďŹ lling up and having to run a second time around, with about 100 people attending between both. Upcoming presentations include former Lieutenant Governor of Ontario, James Bartleman, will visit the libraryâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s book club to discuss his book, Out of Muskoka from 2 to 3:30 p.m. on April 4 for adults and an anime afternoon for teens on the April 27 PD day from 2 to 3 p.m. All library programs are free, and more information can be found online at

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The Artelle Puppet show presented Perseus and the Gorgon Medusa to children at the Carlingwood branch on March 12. Mike Artelle, left, and Peggy Artelle, dramatized the Greek myth to a packed auditorium.

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EMC news - The Carlingwood branch of the Ottawa Public Library is thriving with new programs and some new faces. Courtney Mellor joined the staff as the new teen services librarian and has launched new programs and a teen advisory committee. The committee is made up of high school students, mostly from Nepean, Notre Dame and Woodroffe high schools, who have been reviewing books, recommending new books and magazines and volunteering as reading buddies for younger visitors. With the inďŹ&#x201A;ux of teengeared reading materials being

released, Mellor said the teen collection will grow by 40 per cent in 2012. Her teen advisory committee members, who interview as they would for a part-time job before joining, help give recommendations for what the library should buy. Once the books come in, they post their own reviews for other teens, or parents who are looking to pick up a book. The teens are also volunteering with some of the younger visitors to the library, volunteering on Saturdays with a reading buddies program. Sally Elsayed is a Grade 10 student at Notre Dame High School who completed her volunteer hours at the library, but continues to work with the

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An excellent St. Patrick’s Day


ven if you were born in Germany, or Scotland for that matter, if you lived in Northcote, you celebrated St. Patrick’s Day. Of course, if you were Irish, all the better. Mother, who claimed to have a touch of Irish in her blood, took St. Patrick’s Day seriously, which Father thought was nonsense. He was one of the few in Northcote who had no intention of celebrating the day. It was just another day in the week as far as he was concerned and he didn’t think much of Mother’s getting all riled up. But Mother celebrated every holiday, right from St.

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must have gotten out of bed with the chickens, because she looked like she had been at school for hours. She was already settled in her seat when I got there, which was very unusual for Marguerite who liked to breeze in just as Miss Crosby was ringing the bell. She loved a big entrance. But there she was in green from head to toe. The

conscious of my flour bag blouse, but the last thing I wanted to do was let on to Marguerite that I was jealous of her St. Patrick’s Day attire. Now, every morning after we were all seated, Marguerite took it upon herself to close the storm door securely. She was never asked to do this chore and I thought

But there she was in green from head to toe. The wide satin ribbon in her hair matched the one at her waist. Her dress, like my blouse, was starched as stiff as a nurse’s bib. The dress was made of organza, just like something you would see in the ads in the Philadelphia Inquirer. wide satin ribbon in her hair matched the one at her waist. Her dress, like my blouse, was starched as stiff as a nurse’s bib. The dress was made of organza, just like something you would see in the ads in the Philadelphia Inquirer. Her mother had even dyed her white cotton stockings and for this special occasion, she was wearing her Sunday black patent leather shoes. I was suddenly very

it was easier for Miss Crosby to just let her do it than argue with the young tyrant who was a force to be reckoned with at the best of times. She would bounce back to her seat and Miss Crosby, with a deep sigh would say “thank you Marguerite,” who would purr “you’re welcome, Miss Crosby.” It was enough to make you sick. Well, that St. Patrick’s Day was no exception. She

slammed the outside storm door, then bang went the inside one, down went the lock and then she turned and bounded for her seat. Unfortunately for her, her dress didn’t go with her. You could hear the rip all over the school and there stood Marguerite standing with the bodice of the dress in tack and the skirt firmly anchored in the door jam. I suppose it would have been Christian of me to feel sorry for her with, but I confess I felt nothing of the sort. Miss Crosby took her into the cloak room at the back of the school and eventually they emerged with Marguerite wrapped in two large pinny aprons reserved for the days when the pupils cleaned the school from top to bottom. One apron covered her front, and the other her back. And there she sat for the rest of the day. She wouldn’t even budge to get her lunch from the table at the back of the room. It had to be fetched for her. When I got home from school that night Mother asked me about the day. “I think it was the best St. Patrick’s Day I ever had,” was my reply. I was grateful Mother didn’t ask for an explanation.

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The National Capital Commission-owned property located at 50 Sussex Dr. used to house the Canada and the World Pavilion. It has been vacant since 2005.

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October 2010 market analysis indicated market rate would be about $250,000 a year or around $20,000 a month just for the building, Waterston said, but those figures are negotiable for the right tenant. “That is what the market said, it is not set in stone,” Waterston said. Expressions of interest for the property will be accepted until April 30. More information can be found at www.


EMC news - The National Capital Commission is looking for a new tenant for the former Canada and the World Pavilion. The property, located at 50 Sussex Dr. between Rideau River falls and the Ottawa River, has been vacant since 2005 when the exhibition hall was closed, and the NCC is looking for public or private sector parties to lease the

building. Mary Ann Waterston, director of real estate management for the NCC, said she is looking forward to proposals. “We are looking for something that will serve both a national purpose and a public one,” Waterston said. The property is currently zoned for either a museum or marina, Waterston said, offering a variety of potential uses. The cost to lease the property may not come cheap. An

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cal communities when we are campaigning and all the homelessness people we have met is why I do this,” Partsinevelos said. This is the third year students from Carleton’s Sprott School of Business have participated in the campaign. The money raised will go directly

ing the hard cement instead of a warm bed, students are required to continue to go to all their classes. To find out more about the 5 Days campaign or to donate, visit

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Carleton students took part in the 5 Days for the Homeless campaign that began on March 11 at 5 p.m. University of Ottawa students also took part in the initiative which has students sleep outside in support of Operation Come Home. Carleton students Lauren Gouchie, left, Gen Walton and Sarah Paterson were among those who participated. if it is just for the day,” Partsinevelos said. “Come out and help us raise money.” There are rules to participating and Partsinevelos said it can prove to be difficult, but the support of the other team members and dedication to the overall goal keeps them going. Partsinevelos said there are two reasons why she has continued to participate in the campaign. “The generosity from lo-


participated, raising $220,000 nationwide. This will be Partsinevelos’ fifth year participating in the event and her first time participating at Carleton. Used to a location in downtown Montreal during her previous experiences, Partsinevelos said campaigning on a closed campus such as Carleton will prove to be more difficult. “If there are people who want to come out and participate, they are welcome, even


EMC community - In an effort to help end homelessness, a group of university students will be giving up their warm beds and hot dinners to live on the street for five days this month. The 5 Days For The Homeless campaign begins on March 11 and runs until March 16. Participants from both the University of Ottawa and Carleton University will be spending five days out in the cold with only a sleeping bag, pillow and the clothes on their backs to keep them warm. Food will come sporadically, if at all and showering won’t be an option. And they are all doing this to raise awareness and money to help stop homelessness in Canada. “Homeless individuals have become accessories to our urban environment,” Kristina Partsinevelos, national team chair said. “We are trying to get people to stop and notice,” The students will be panhandling during their five-day campaign, collecting money for their cause. Prior to this year’s campaign, the Canadian-wide effort has raised more than $745,000. The 5 Days campaign started in 2005 by students at the University of Alberta’s School of Business. In 2011, 22 campuses across Canada

towards helping the homeless in Ottawa. The team’s goal is to raise $12,500, while another group of students from the University of Ottawa are hoping to raise $10,000. Five students will be participating in the campaign along with Partsinevelos and although they will be suffer-

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Woodroffe HS ‘walks in her shoes’ Students take part in school’s first-ever Social Justice Day event

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EMC community - Jaden Lairson and Julie Ducharmes want to teach students more than the three R’s – they want their students to be global citizens able to make a difference in the world upon graduation. “I think it’s key. It’s a formative period in your life when you’re getting your values and belief structure set up,” said Lairson, a social science teacher at Woodroffe High School. Lairson, along with his colleague Ducharmes, helped organize the school’s first-ever Social Justice Day on March 7 that included a clothing drive and the school’s second annual Walk in Her Shoes event by CARE Canada. Led by the teachers, students who organized the day’s events were part of the school’s Students Helping Our Community club. “We decided to do a clothing drive, or swap, to help,” said Melissa Cote, a Grade 10 student and member of the club. “We wanted to try

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EMC news - A significant rent increase is forcing the Ottawa outlet of the Nicholas Hoare Bookstore to close the doors of its Sussex Drive location. For Ottawa readers, the bookstore has been a fixture at 419 Sussex Dr. since 1995. Located adjacent to the National Gallery, the store has served as an independent bookstore option for tourists and those living in Lowertown. But notice was recently given by the National Capital Commission, the property owner, that rent for the location would be increasing by 72 per cent. Store manager Matthew Mitchell said was the straw that broke the camel’s back. “We had been aware they were going to ask for more, but we never expected something as jolting as what they asked,” Mitchell said. Specific terms regarding the increase were sent to the store on Dec. 15. The notice indicated smaller increases would be applied in subsequent years as well. The NCC would not comment about the rent increase, but did state they feel required to ask for fair value for their properties. “The NCC will work at obtaining proper market rate on all its properties,” said NCC spokesman Jean Wolfe. In a marketplace increasingly dominated by online book sales and e-readers, Mitchell said the book store has been struggling to compete for some time. Saying goodbye to the store will be difficult for Mitchell and the other employees. “All of the staff is older,” Mitchell explained. “And working in the book business, it is not a great time to be looking for another job.” For longtime customer Gaye Taylor, she said hearing the news was devastating. “I am very concerned about the fact the NCC have moved to make the downtown less and less democratic,” Taylor said. “They are pricing a lot of places beyond the wallets of most people.” Taylor said she has been coming to the store since she moved to Ottawa 11 years

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Streets of Hastings jam for a good cause Kristy Wallace

EMC arts - Within just a few years, Larry Peyton lost several friends and family members to cancer. He also knows some who survived the disease. But when his friend and co-worker Don died on April 7, 2011, Peyton and his band mates Phil Alexander and Jason Bedard from Streets of Hastings felt they needed to do something. “I took that hard,” he said of his friend’s passing. “We decided, let’s do something good here.” Peyton, who already received a pair of pink drumsticks made by a Canadian company for breast cancer research in Christmas 2010, decided to write the names of friends and family he lost on the sticks and play them in a show. After that, the band auc-

tioned the sticks off and gave the money raised to the Canadian Cancer Society. The Streets of Hastings band members continued with the pink drumstick fundraiser as well as set up a PayPal on their website to open donations up to everyone. To date, the band has raised $4,500 and Peyton said members don’t have any plans to stop now. “I don’t think we ever set a goal or a cap,” said Peyton. “If everyone stepped up, we’d have this thing beaten by now.” He’s not surprised the band has gone in the direction of giving back to the community and not just limited to helping cancer research. “The way each one of us in this band is individually, we’ve got a history,” Peyton said. “Phil teaches guitar lessons at

no cost, Jason does some tutoring. (The drumsticks campaign) was a chance thing that came out because of how (cancer) affected us.” He also said that the band is motivated to keep raising funds because of a girl named Samantha, who was in remission and the first person to donate to the band’s cause. Peyton said Samantha died about five or six months ago, but her message to the band keeps the group members going. “She left us a message saying to keep going, and keep being strong,” he said, adding that the band’s guitarist recently named his guitar after her. Streets of Hastings will be holding its Three Streets to the Wind album release party on March 23 at Avant Garde in Lowertown. At the release party, there

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Ottawa-based band Streets of Hastings goes beyond entertaining audiences in shows across the city and country – band members also raise money for the Canadian Cancer Society. will be a new set of pink drumsticks to be auctioned off. In addition, when the band tours in Newfoundland and Labrador this summer, Peyton said

members will be holding a head shaving fundraiser. “I don’t have a whole lot of hair to lose,” Peyton laughed. “We’re going to make it as fun

South Keys-based comic strip artist has big dreams Michelle Nash

EMC community - For some artists, catching a big break is the ultimate dream. For comic strip artist Nathan Bowler, he is content with making his dreams come true through his online comic strip. Twenty-year-old Bowler started, a website full of different comics, in 2009. An artist since he could pick up a pencil, Bowler opted out of art school so as not to change the way he draws and instead choosing to become his own comic book hero based out of his South Keys home. “I always thought about going to art school, but I didn’t want to my style to change,

so instead I focused on my comic strips online,” Bowler said. “I decided to take travel and tourism because I have always been interested in geography and thought this would be a great job for the next little while, you know, while I fund my comic strips and work on my scripts.” According to Bowler, his website has 10 to 100 visitors a day, an indication the young artist has found an audience on the Internet. “It is growing,” Bowler said. Bowler’s sense of humour is unique and varied and the online comic strip, he explains, is only the beginning. “I want to eventually branch out and start doing graphic

novels and scripts,” Bowler said. “I want to make a career out of it.” The young entrepreneur, who said he makes just enough money from his website each week to buy a sandwich, launched the site because he felt it would help show publishers there is a market for his work. The young artist is constantly working and whenever an idea strikes him, he is quick to turn it into a new comic. His comics were recently showcased at an exhibition at Vanier’s Lemonjellow gallery – You make my art Beat – on Feb. 25. “I can relate to what he is doing, he has the artist duo-personality,” said Julie

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New festival puts down its roots Michelle Nash

EMC news - A new festival promising to be a celebration of bluegrass, roots and folk music will be coming to Centretown on April 28. The Ottawa Grassroots Festival will hold their first of what organizers announced will be an annual event at the Montgomery Legion Hall on Kent Street. The festival will offer free events during the afternoon and a ticketed evening concert. Bob Nesbitt, longtime site manager of the Ottawa Folk Festival, said the inspiration for the festival came from the backyard barbecues he would host at his home after the folk festival had wrapped up. “My barbecues were a way to say thank you to the crew.” Nesbitt said. “The party just kept growing with more and more people coming. The idea of the festival grew from that.” The festival will host a number of Ottawa folk, bluegrass and roots musicians with a free workshops and concerts during the day. The main concert’s lineup includes folk musicians Missy Burgess and Rick Fines with aboriginal spiritual advisor and poet Albert Dumont opening the evening. Nesbitt held the official launch of the festival on March 7 at Pressed, a sandwich bar on Gladstone Avenue. To kick off the event, organizers and performers filed into the sandwich bar while the Bytown Ukulele Group serenaded them with a number of tunes. The goal of the festival is to offer a community-focused event that brings together music fans and musicians alike. Nesbitt said it is also to promote folk music in a familyfun environment.

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Missy Burgess, right, was one of the performers to take the stage at a launch party of the Ottawa Grassroots Festival on March 7. Bluegrass artist Garry Greenland accompanies her. Garry Greenland, bluegrass performer and member of the band Maple Hill, will be participating in the free afternoon event, how to build your own band. “I want to thank Bob (Nesbitt) for taking this on,” Greenland said. Greenland performed a number at the launch, remarking that it felt odd being all alone on the stage. Burgess also preformed, singing a sultry song she claimed was Nesbitt’s favourite. The lineup, Nesbitt explained was well thought out and getting key musicians such as Fines took some extra effort, but in the end paid off. “I wanted musicians who were entertainers too, and with Missy (Burgess) and Rick (Fines) they are fantastic performers,” he said. A man who has run a number of festivals and events in

his day, Nesbitt said he was surprised by the amount of help and enthusiasm he has had with his friends and colleagues. “I honestly can’t believe how many people are so into this.” he said. “And they are helping in ways I never thought could happen.” The launch brought together old friends and family who celebrated what they called a new time for roots music to thrive in Ottawa. Nesbitt added the fact that it is happening at all has made it possible for the event to become an annual event, with hopes of making it a two-day event in the future. Tickets are available in advance for $25 and $30 at the door. The free events run from noon to 5 p.m. More information about the event can be found at

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Residents gathered at the Rideau Valley Conservation Authority headquarters in Manotick to talk about what they love about the Rideau Canal. Popular suggestions included Watson’s Mill, the various lock stations and the river itself.

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EMC news - Parks Canada hosted a series of public workshops in early March to explore what residents along the Rideau Canal love about the world heritage site where they live, work and play. The workshops were part of the Rideau Corridor Landscape Strategy, a multi-year study which includes a landscape character assessment to map and document the cultural, historical, economic and natural significance of the Rideau corridor from Lake Ontario all the way to the Ottawa River. The assessment is

primarily meant to help Parks Canada report to UNESCO about the status of its world heritage designation, but it also aims to guide appropriate planning and management of the area in the future. “The purpose of the landscape character assessment is really to consider the landscapes of the Rideau Corridor today, how they came to be, how they may change in the future and to make sure any future development is respectful of the visual qualities and character of the corridor,” said Caroline Marshall, the Dillon Consulting planner leading the research.

Merrickville mayor Doug Struthers, who chairs the strategy’s steering committee, stressed the exercise is more than just keeping the world heritage designation. “We’re helping Parks Canada respond to UNESCO, but we’re helping our communities say ‘these are important values. Do we have the tools? Do we enough tools, do we need more tools, do we need different tools?’” said Struthers. “At the end of the day...we have a better idea of what’s important to our communities.” The first of three public consultations was held at the Rideau Valley Conservation Authority headquarters in Manotick on Tuesday, March 6, and simply asked residents to identify what aspects of the

Rideau Corridor are special to them. The approximately 40 residents who attended were invited to place arrows on a map of the Rideau Corridor pointing to places that are culturally, historically, economically and environmentally important to them. Places like Watson’s Mill in Manotick, the migratory bird sanctuary in Merrickville and the waterway itself as a recreational gem were common examples of what people wanted

to protect in the future. A Dillon consultant at the meeting estimated that if each attendee identified 10 things they love, and the same number of residents do the same at the other two meetings held in Merrickville and Kingston, the planners would have more than 1,000 examples of what residents love about the Rideau Corridor. Of course, residents are able to provide feedback outside of the workshops as well. The study’s website www. has comment sheets for download, and residents can also upload photos of their favourite spots to the study’s page. Marshall said comments would be most useful in the next month or so, but they can be collected on an ongoing basis until the assessment is complete at the end of 2012. The feedback is part of the “desktop research” portion of the study, which will transition into field research this summer. A full report will be written in the fall outlining what has changed along the river since the heritage designation was granted in 2007 and confirming the cultural value the river and its tributaries hold for nearby communities and residents. “The Rideau Canal doesn’t just run through our municipalities, its part of our communities. And that’s really important. It’s ours to share, to embrace, to look at some of the values that are important to us,” Struthers said. The strategy’s steering

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Boost bike network to hit cyclist target, advocates say Significant changes needed for city to hit ‘modal share’ goal for Lansdowne Park Laura Mueller

EMC news - It’s nestled in the heart of the city, bounded by the Rideau Canal on one side and accessible by a limited selection of narrow neighbourhood streets. Lansdowne Park and its dense urban surroundings are no suburban Scotiabank Place, and that means people are going to have to change their thinking about how they plan to get there, the city says. After the site is redeveloped with a renovated stadium, new retail offerings, a cinema, offices and homes, the city is hoping that more people will see the wisdom in hopping on a bicycle to get to Lansdowne Park. When it comes to big events, the city expects up to three per cent of trips to Lansdowne Park to be made by bicycle. That’s the cycling “modal share” anticipated for the city as a whole by 2031, according to the transportation master plan. It’s also higher than any other North American stadium that one cycling activist researched – but he still thinks it’s do-able. Alex deVries, vice president of local cyclist advocacy

group, Citizens for Safe Cycling, found that Ottawa’s plans include an “unusual expectation” that more people will bike to the stadium at Lansdowne than the overall city average for cycling, which is about two per cent right now. DeVries applauded the city’s goal to get people on bikes. But he came to city hall on March 7 to tell councillors that telling people to cycle and even giving them a place to park their bikes when they get to Lansdowne is not enough. The city needs to look beyond Lansdowne Park itself and update the cycling plan for the Glebe to ensure that people have direct and convenient ways to get to the site on their bikes, deVries said. “The Ottawa cycling plan has been stale,” deVries said. “The problem is that the world has changed because Lansdowne is now going to be a major destination. “How do you get there from Hintonburg and Westboro? What about from north of the Queensway? What are the routes?” deVries asked. Creating cycling lanes, improving intersections with cyclist in mind and putting up wayfinding signs are helpful

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A report discussing transport demand issues related to the redevelopment of Lansdowne Park, a portion of which is shown in this artistic rendering, recommends the creation of parking for 450 bicycles at the site. ways to get non-cyclists out of their cars and onto bikes. “What we need to do is get new people to cycle – people who would otherwise normally drive to the stadium,” deVries said. The National Capital Commission’s multi-use pathway along the canal is a great way for nervous cyclists to make their way to Lansdowne, deVries said, but the NCC and the city need to work together

to create a crossing to make it safe for cyclists and pedestrians to cross from the path over Queen Elizabeth Drive to Lansdowne. DeVries’ other ideas include making improvements to O’Connor Street so that it can be used as a north-south route instead of Bank Street, which is a bit more intimidating for novice cyclists due to the high level of traffic and the amount of on-street parking

and pedestrian traffic. “Right now that access isn’t identified in the plans, but it should be,” deVries said. For an east-west cutthrough, the city should look at altering a pedestrian access at Fifth Avenue and Lyon Street to allow cyclists to use it, deVries said. DeVries wasn’t alone in his call for the city to back up its cycling numbers with improvements to make it happen.

Michael Powell, chairman of the city’s citizen advisory group on roads and cycling, echoed deVries’ comments that the city needs to look beyond the site itself. “The city has set a very aggressive target for modal share,” Powell said, adding that Ottawa will have to be diligent to ensure it can reach that three per cent target. Some creative thinking, like painting a “contra” westbound cycling lane on Holmwood Avenue (a one-way eastbound street) to enable cyclists to get through the Bank Street intersection to the Lyon Street bike lane without making a left turn. The committee was discussing a series of updated reports for transportation at Lansdowne, including a transportation demand management report. Dedicated bicycle parking for 450 bikes should be provided on site, the report states, including secure parking for all of the future residents and for a portion of the parking allotted for the offices and retail (mainly for employees. More bike parking would be added during special events. The “cattle castle,” or the Aberdeen Pavilion, could provide room for an indoor supervised bike corral. The report also recommends that space be set aside for a Bixi station at Lansdowne.


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ID#A139976 Zipper (A139976) is a handsome two-year-old Labrador Retriever mix who is full of life and raring to go! This energetic fellow loves to stay busy and will need plenty of opportunity for exercise. He would make a great running partner or companion for an active owner who loves the outdoors. Zipper has participated in an obedience course during his stay at the shelter and has learned his basic commands. He is highly food-motivated and eager to please. With a bit of fine-tuning and guidance from his owner, this happy-go-lucky dog will make a wonderful pet. Zipper loves to use his voice; for this reason, a single-dwelling home is a must. If you are an experienced owner looking for an active, affectionate, and playful dog, Zipper may just be the one for you! To learn more, please contact the Ottawa Humane Society at 613-725-3166 ext. 258 or come visit us at our new location, 245 West Hunt Club Road.

Door opens for Bishop to shine with Sens By Rob Brodie His height and his hometown suggest a young man built for the hardwood game. But big Ben Bishop III, a product of St. Louis, Missouri — a state situated in the middle of America’s heartland, between basketball-mad Kansas and Kentucky — never really gave the sport much of a thought. The great Canadian game, you see, had won his heart long before he grew to his current 6-7 stature. “(Hockey) was the same season as basketball,” the 25-year-old Bishop said in answering a question he no doubt heard plenty of times as he grew up on the ice, far away from the court. “I always preferred playing hockey instead.” Funny thing is, there is no real history of hockey in the Bishop family. His grandfather — the original Ben Bishop — is a former tennis pro “who played in a couple of U.S. Opens.” And his father, Ben Jr., and mother, Cindy, have

at 6-7, Ben Bishop of the ottawa Senators is the tallest goaltender in national Hockey league history (Photo by Andre Ringuette/NHLI via Getty Images).

no real connection with the game in their past. Neither can take credit for his size, either: mom is 5-3, dad is 6-1, though Cindy has brothers in the 6-5 range. Blame the St. Louis Blues for steering the youngest Bishop down the path he eventually wound up taking — one which has led him to his current opportunity tending goal for the Ottawa Senators. “I remember I went to a Blues game when I was young and I told my dad I wanted to do that,” said Bishop. “So he signed me up for skating lessons ... I started playing when I was four and I just kind of stuck with it, so here I am now.” Bishop, who played minor hockey for both the Kirkwood Stars and St. Louis Jr. Blues, started out as a forward — ironically, the position he’d be best suited for had he chosen hoops over hockey. But at eight years old, he got thrown between the pipes and he’s been a goaltender ever since. Now Bishop is the tallest one in National Hockey League

ToronTo Maple leafS Saturday, March 17, 7 p.m., CBC With their playoff hopes fading, the Leafs sacked coach Ron Wilson two weeks ago and replaced him with Randy Carlyle, who guided the Anaheim Ducks to a Stanley Cup crown in 2007. If Carlyle is to turn the tide, he’ll need continued high offensive production from Toronto’s two top guns, Phil Kessel and Joffrey Lupul. Also a key component to the attack is Mikhail Grabovski, who recently inked a new fiveyear contract with the Leafs. Jake

Gardiner offers bright hope for the future on the Toronto blue line, which is led by captain Dion Phaneuf. In goal, Toronto needs either Jonas Gustavsson or James Reimer to step up in a big way down the stretch.

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Defenceman Dion phaneuf provides leadership for the Toronto Maple leafs as the team’s captain (Photo by Dale MacMillan/ Getty Images).

new JerSey DevilS Tuesday, March 20, 7:30 p.m., Sportsnet East After seeing a lengthy run of playoff participation end a year ago, the Devils seem poised to make their way back into the post-season. Up front, everything revolves around Ilya Kovalchuk, Zach Parise and veteran Patrik Elias, a dynamic trio that forms the core of the New Jersey attack. Centre Adam Henrique is one of two rookies making a major impact for the Devils this season — Swedish defenceman Adam Larsson is the other — with

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Henrique’s efforts making him a prime Calder Trophy candidate. Trade deadline acquisition Marek Zidlicky adds some offensive punch to the New Jersey blue line, which also features the likes of Andy Greene and Anton Volchenkov. The ageless Martin Brodeur carries the bulk of the goaltending load.

Van Halen: March 21, 7:30 p.m. 2012 JUNO Awards: April 1, 7:30 p.m. Harlem Globetrotters: April 7, 3 p.m. Larry The Cable Guy and Bill Engvall: April 13, 7:30 p.m. Stars On Ice: April 29, 4 p.m. Red Hot Chili Peppers: April 30, 7:30 p.m. Bryan Adams: May 4, 8 p.m. Chris de Burgh: May 5, 8 p.m. Johnny Reid: May 12, 7:30 p.m. Il Divo: May 20, 8 p.m. Monster Spectacular: May 26, 7:30 p.m.

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Devils centre adam Henrique is a prime contender for the Calder Trophy as the nHl’s top rookie (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images).

history. Naturally, playing for his hometown team was a lifelong dream — one the Blues made come true when they selected Bishop in the third round (85th overall) of the 2005 NHL Entry Draft. It truly became reality on Oct. 24, 2008, when he made his NHL debut in St. Louis colours against the Los Angeles Kings (“probably the most nervous I’ve ever been,” said Bishop). But after spending the bulk of the last four seasons with the Peoria Riverman, the Blues’ American Hockey League affiliate, Bishop knew it was time for a bigger opportunity. And when Senators starter Craig Anderson went down with a right hand injury suffered in a kitchen accident two weeks ago, a door opened for him — one that he’s happily stepped through — when Senators general manager Bryan Murray sent a 2013 secondround draft pick to St. Louis to shore up the organization’s goaltending depth. “I’m over it,” Bishop said of turning the page on his biggest hockey dream. “I had my chance and (the Blues) had a chance to sign me this year if they wanted to, but we kind of went our separate ways. There’s no hard feelings at all. There’s an opportunity for me here, so it was kind of easy to leave.” The words Bishop spoke on the day of the Feb. 26 deal that sent him to Ottawa sum up his sentiment as he embarks on the next chapter of his hockey life. “Ottawa’s a great hockey city and it’s a great, fresh start for me,” said Bishop, who lost a training camp battle to former Senators netminder Brian Elliott for the backup job in St. Louis behind Jaroslav Halak. “I’m really excited. Words cannot describe how excited I am right now.” R0011307236_0315

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Local events and happenings over the coming weeks — free to non-profit organizations Fax: 613-224-3330, E-mail: March 20 Confused about gifted education options in Ottawa’s public schools? Join the Association for Bright Children of Ontario (Ottawa Chapter) and parents from various OCDSB gifted centres for an information evening called Parents Helping Parents: Demystifying the Gifted Program. The event takes place at the Ron Kolbus Lakeside Centre, 102 Greenview Ave. from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. For more information email: or call 613-860-1398. March 21 The West Block is about to undergo a major restoration and rehabilitation, On Wednesday, March 21 at 7 p.m. the architectural team will discuss the design of the West Block redesign at the Ottawa Public Library Auditorium, 120 Metcalfe St. This lecture will be in English. Questions are welcome in either official language.

March 24 The Ottawa Humane Society FurBall 2012 takes place at the National Gallery of Canada. Sponsorship opportunities, corporate tables and tickets are now available by calling 613-725-3166 ext. 263. For more information, visit: www.ottawahumane. ca/events/furball.cfm. March 28 Friends of the Farm’s event, Travel to Upper Canada Playhouse in Morrisburg, takes place on March 28. There will be a matinee performance of Norm Foster’s “The Foursome”, followed by dinner at the legion. Cost for members is $90, and others $95. For more information call 613230-3276 or email: info@ April 3 Friends of the Farm host will start hosting their Master Gardener Lectures.

On April 3, the topic is “All from a little seed!” On April 10, the topic is “Low down Delightful Dirty Earth,” April 17 is “The beauty of annuals,” and April 24 is “Creating a winter scene in your own yard.” The events run from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. in Building 72 at the Arboretum, Central Experimental Farm, east off of Prince of Wales roundabout. For more information call 613-2303276, email or visit www. April 19 The Phoenix Players wraps up its first season at The Gladstone Theatre, with Alan Ayckbourn’s comedy Bedroom Farce. Performances are Thursday, April 19 and Friday April 20 at 8 p.m. and Saturday, April 21 at 2 p.m. and 8 p.m. Tickets are available at Early bird ticket prices (up to April 1) are $16 for adults, $13 for

seniors and students. Ticket prices after April 1 are $18 for adults, $15 for seniors and students. April 21 and 22 Friends of the Farm are hosting a Craft and Bake Sale with an incredible selection of items to choose from, and don’t forget to pick up some delicious baked goods. The event takes place in Building 72, Central Experimental Farm, Arboretum, east off the Prince of Wales round-about. For more information call 613-230-3276 or visit: www. April 28 St. Matthias Church is holding its spring flea market from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., located at 555 Parkdale Avenue, at the Queensway. The flea market will include books, sporting goods, household articles, toys, collectibles, good used clothing, jewelry and

bargains for all. Tuesdays: The Hogs Back 50+ Club meets every Tuesday from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. in the front room of the Boys and Girls Club, 1463 Prince of Wales Dr. at Meadowlands and Hogsback. Bring a bag lunch or come for cards, crafts, friendly chatter and camaraderie. We welcome all new Canadians with new ideas and hope that we can add to yours. Drop in and check us out. For more information call Shirley at 613-225-8089. Ongoing:  Ottawa Newcomers’ Club invites women new to Ottawa to join our activities and meet some new friends. Activities include: Bridge, Scrabble, walks, luncheons and dinners, book club, Ottawa sights/events, travel cafe and craft and chat. Please check out our website at: www.ottawanewcomersclub.

ca. For more information call 613-860-0548 or Ongoing The Friends of the Farm, a charitable, not-for-profit organization, seeks a volunteer treasurer to manage its financial affairs including all receivables and disbursements. Duties include preparation and presentation of updated financial statements for monthly board meetings, financial reports at the annual general meeting, and preparation of annual financial statements and charitable organization returns.  Professional designation and/or experience managing the finances of a company or charitable organization preferred. Please forward your resume to volunteer@ or by mail to Charles Craddock, President, Friends of the Central Experimental Farm, Building 72, Arboretum, Ottawa, ON  K1A 0C6.

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Laureen Harper is pictured with the cat Iris at the Ottawa Humane Society clinic in Nepean on March 7. Harper was serving as a recovery volunteer following the cat’s spay operation.

Harpers helps out at Humane Society

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A recovering cat at the Ottawa Humane Society got a special visit in the form of the prime minister’s wife on March 7. Laureen Harper served as a recovery volunteer at the Humane Society’s in-house clinic to help comfort six-year-old Iris, who had just been spayed and had dental work done. “If she is here at six years old, you can bet she has had a rough life,” Harper said. Harper will serve as the honorary chair of the society’s FurBall gala event to be held

on March 24. The black tie, Bollywood-themed event will raise money for operations at the new and bigger Humane Society facility which opened last year. Society executive director Bruce Roney said the fundraising goal is $175,000. Last year’s event raised $170,000. This is the eighth year the society has held the event and Roney said tickets have sold out every time. The capacity is between 300 and 320 and there are a few dozen tickets still available for this year. “Because of this facility we are able to take an animal that would have not been con-

sidered adoptable because of medical reasons,” Roney said. “Now we can fix those problems here and the animal becomes adoptable.” In the old facility on Champagne Avenue, the Humane Society performed between 3,500 and 4,000 surgeries annually. With increased clinic space, that number is expected to jump by 10 per cent this year. Every animal adopted out of the Humane Society is now spayed or neutered thanks in part to the extra capacity. The gala will take place at the National Gallery of Canada on March 24. For information visit

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March 15, 2012

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March 15, 2012