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December 16, 2010 | 40 Pages

CELEBRATING A CENTURY One hundred years worth of students treading the steps of Devonshire Public School were remembered as the school celebrated 100 years.


CHOIR A GOOD BET FOR THE GAMBLER Nepean High School’s choir sang ‘Joy to the World’ as students took to the NAC stage to perform alongside Kenny Rogers.


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Friends and family of Yazdan Ghiasvand Ghiasi came together on Thursday, Dec. 9 for the 16 year-old’s funeral held at the Ottawa Mosque.

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Notre Dame mourns student’s death BY KRISTY WALLACE

Last week a devastated mother and father had to bury their 16-year-old son, Yazdan Ghiasvand Ghiasi. Hundreds of mourners, including many friends and schoolmates, watched his father weep over his simple wooden casket at the Ottawa Mosque on Dec. 9. After Ghiasi was shot through the heart and tossed onto a Booth Street sidewalk

in broad daylight on Dec. 6, students roaming the Notre Dame high school hallways mourned the violent death of a friend, teammate – even big brother figure – at a private memorial held recently for the slain teenager at the school. FRIENDSHIP REMEMBERED “He considered me to be the younger brother he never had,” said a young Notre Dame student. “Even though


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he was three years older than me and we didn’t have much time to hang around, we were still really close.” The young teen knew Ghiasi from the school’s wrestling team, and the pair became closer when the he befriended Ghiasi’s sister. As the wrestling team assistant coach for a couple of years, the Notre Dame student said Ghiasi’s dedication to wrestling helped the team do their best – and even brought the sport out of the

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NIMBY attitudes often stand in way of projects LAURA MUELLER

Call it the revenge of the YIMBYs. While some people are busy shouting “not in my back yard� to developments and getting labelled as NIMBYs, others see an opportunity to get neighbours to say “yes in my back yard� and push in support of developments that could have a positive effect on their community – as well as new residents who want and chance to make it their home. Jo-Anne Poirier, CEO of Ottawa Community Housing (OCH), says her group has seen far more success when it approaches neighbours and educates them about the benefits and importance of providing access to housing – before shovels hit the ground. For OCH, the sound of shovels hitting the ground is something that hasn’t happened in five years. A lack of funding, coupled with sky-high maintenance costs approaching $60 million each year, means the non-profit group hasn’t been able to build any new affordable housing. But with Ottawa’s new mayor committing to making access to affordable housing a priority, getting people onside with potential developments could be more important than ever, Poirier said. As part of a $14-million promise to help alleviate homelessness and support affordable housing, during the election Mayor Jim Watson promised to create an opportunities fund with an annual $5 million budget, which would be used for a variety of needs from new construction and renovations to supportive housing. “We’re hopeful and very encouraged,� she said. “He has certainly committed to working with us to keep the other levels of government at the table as well.� Poirier said she has had initial meetings with the mayor and that discussions with stakeholders will continue early in the new year. OCH has completed an assessment of its buildings, so it already has a “roadmap� of where the community’s needs are and where investment in affordable housing should occur, Poirier said. Now, OCH just needs money. NOT IN MY BACK YARD But even with the necessary funds, a NIMBY attitude could stall or prevent affordable housing developments. And unlike the opposition to new condo or commercial developments that often get a lot of media attention, NIMBYism that aims to block affordable housing is an affront to human rights. That’s the message the audience at the latest Urban Forum lecture heard at city hall on Dec. 8. Speakers including Marni Capp, the president of the Canadian Institute of Planners, and Sean Gadon of Toronto’s affordable housing office said that housing is a right, and neighbours who try to block it from their communities are violating that right. Furthermore, NIMBYism comes at a cost. Eating into that tight budget for affordable housing is an estimated two to

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In an uncommon gesture of community goodwill, neighbours are not only helping design the building for this affordable housing development on Chrichton Street in New Edinburgh, they are helping furnish it. 14 per cent dedicated solely to responding to NIMBY concerns, Gadon said. But rather than take an adversarial approach, Capp, Gadon and Poirier argued that there are far more effective ways to get neighbours to support affordable housing projects from the beginning – often with even more positive outcomes. In New Edinburgh, Poirier pointed towards the redevelopment of a derelict home on Chrichton Street that is changing attitudes about what affordable housing means in a neighbourhood. While the fact that a decrepit building will be replaced is fuelling some of the welcoming attitude, Poirier said the neighbours have realized the importance of providing a safe, healthy home for people who need one – even if it is in their own back yard. Neighbours have been involved in designing the building, and now the community is taking it a step further by helping furnish the six apartment units. “It’s a tremendous act of kindness that we find very encouraging,� Poirier said. “There are many caring people in this community who are prepared to adopt and welcome affordable housing to their community.�

lic infrastructure and more traffic, and a negative impact on the character of the neighbourhood. Municipalities and developers need to make it clear that planning and zoning laws can’t be used to prevent certain people from living in a particular area, and that “affordable� doesn’t have to mean low-quality or unattractive. Finally, the Ontario Human Rights Commission has ruled that NIMBYism can be considered a form of discrimination.

“Still, we have people trying to push the envelope ‌ despite legislation,â€? Capp said. One way to combat discrimination is to open all public consultations with a message: no discriminatory remarks allowed. That way, the discussion can be more focused on positive ways to move the idea forward, rather than drag it down, Capp said. What’s also needed is a comprehensive housing strategy that includes geographical areas of high need that should be targeted for future affordable housing developments, Capp said. The City of Ottawa addresses the issue through its Action Ottawa plan, which offers grants and relief from municipal fees in order to facilitate development of affordable housing. The current projections (which are being re-assessed) suggest that Ottawa will grow by approximately 9,300 households annually until 2021. According historical trends, 40 per cent of this growth or some 3,700 new households annually may face challenges in finding affordable housing. In 2004, Action Ottawa set a target of 500 Action Ottawa units per year for 10 years – a target which included the assumption that federal and provincial grants would help out. Since then, the city has only been able to fund 586 units, or 30 per cent of its target.

DEBUNKING MYTHS Capp, Gadon and Poirier were quick to point out that not all community activism amounts to NIMBYism – in fact, public input often has a positive impact on shaping the development. “When education is a two-way street, and we’re sharing as much information as possible, everyone is working from the same fact sheet,� Capp said. But when NIMBYism takes hold, it’s never positive, Capp said. Complaints range from a potential reduction in value for nearby properties to safety and crime concerns when lowincome and supportive-needs residents move into the area. However, studies show that those concerns are unfounded, Capp said. Twenty-five out of 26 studies conducted in Vancouver found no negative impact on housing values (the last study was inconclusive, Capp said). Other concerns include strains on pub-

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Devonshire PS wrapping up year of celebration KRISTY WALLACE

Jim Ward remembers a time when Devonshire Public School – just off Somerset Street – was surrounded by open fields. The Queensway used to be the railway in the 1930s and as a young boy, he wasn’t allowed to cross over the tracks. “We would skip over it anyway,” Ward, now 88, remembers fondly. Ward attended Devonshire Public School when it was just a couple decades old – now, it’s wrapping up its 100th anniversary. Principal Deborah Kuffner isn’t sure how often schools celebrate centennials anymore, but she’s proud of Devonshire’s thriving student body after a century of operation. She’s helped students get a sense of their school’s historical significance over the past year – including decorating the classrooms as different decades, celebrating the school’s 100th birthday in October and most recently, burying a time capsule that will be opened in 2035. The time capsule included Winter Olympics mittens and an anniversary edition of the school’s newspaper. In April 2010 the students opened a time capsule that was 75 years old. On Oct. 15, the students celebrated the school’s 100th birthday with a cake cutting featuring

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Deborah Kuffner, principal of Devonshire Public School, is proud to see the elementary school still thriving after a century. one of the oldest living students and the youngest student at the school. “They’ve learned a lot of history,” said Kuffner of her students. “They loved meeting the older students over the past year.” The school also had special celebration days where Kuffner dressed as an old-fashioned prin-

cipal, complete with a British accent and checking under the students’ fingernails before they came into the school - which would have happened in Devonshire’s early years. Ward recalled an example of one of the more stark differences to school discipline over the years: he received the strap at

Devonshire in the 1930s for forging his mother’s signature on a document. An immigrant from France, Ward’s mother couldn’t read or write English very well and would often sign her name with one letter. Ward’s teacher often pointed this out to the rest of his class-

mates and he was the butt of jokes. To avoid being laughed at, Ward forged his mother’s signature and had to face the painful punishment. “If you pulled away you got double the punishment,” he said. “You’d get nervous, but you took it anyway. And your hand stung for the rest of the day.” He also remembers the days where boys and girls had separate school yards, and only teachers were allowed in the front entrance. While he said he doesn’t remember a lot of friends, he can still remember the smell of the student who sat in front of him in one of his classes when he was 12. “He smelled of stale tobacco and body odour,” remembers Ward with a smile. His favourite class was woodworking and metal class offered at Devonshire, which was an intermediate school for students in Grades 6 to 8. When Ward visited the school recently for the school’s birthday celebrations, he said the high ceilings and hallways brought back memories – but the staircases looked different. “When I was going up the stairs, I could see the indentations from the wear,” he said. “It was from 100 years of people climbing those stairs.”

Food bank gets workers to Drive Away Hunger EDDIE RWEMA

The reception for Drive Away Hunger by Food Bank is reported to be great with over 300 organizations currently holding food drives in their offices. Drive Away Hunger invites workplaces across the Ottawa Region to raise food and funds to benefit families and children in need during Holiday Season. “It is going really well, and we’re certain that more organizations will sign up before the end of the drive,” said Chris Cline, communications and education co-ordinator at the Ottawa Food Bank. The food bank hopes to engage 500 local organizations over the course of this year’s campaign. In 2009, Drive Away Hunger attracted nearly 400 participant organizations, including federal government offices, corporations, schools and small businesses. Last year, the campaign collected approximately 31,750 kilograms of food and $60,000 in 434447

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Employees of Ciena Ltd. In Kanata volunteer as sorters at the Ottawa Food Bank on Friday, Dec. 10. donations from participating organizations.. “I am not sure how the final turn up will be this year, but we do hope to beat what was raised last year,” said Cline. The Ottawa Food Bank distributed boxes and posters to participating organizations throughout the month of November, and donations will be picked up at

the end of the drive. The Ottawa Food Bank is the Ottawa Region’s central emergency food assistance organization. Through its 140 member agencies, the Ottawa Food Bank helps 43,000 individuals per month, 37 per cent of whom are children. For more Information visit


Governance changes elicit little debate at council LAURA MUELLER

Sweeping changes to how the city governs itself were pushed through during a speedy first meeting of the new city council on Wednesday, Dec. 8. Some of the changes, which were championed by Mayor Jim Watson, include the establishment of a transit commission to oversee the operations of OC Transpo and a board of health. In the spirit that guided most of the first meeting, there was little opposition to the ideas. Only two councillors – Rick Chiarelli (College) and Rainer Bloess (Innes) voted against the transit commission. Watson’s experience in the mayor’s chair was evident during the first meeting, and he told reporters afterwards that the ease with which the meeting was conducted had to do with the “spirit of co-operation” the new council is bringing to the table. Bloess was not in favour of the new commission because he said it will reduce council’s accountability over transit. Coun. Bob Monette (Orleans) suggested bumping up the civilian members on the transit commission to four (three were originally suggested). Adding more civilians won’t necessarily lead to better decision making, Bloess argued – experts in transit issues are already on OC

Transpo’s staff. Eight councillors will also sit on the commission, for a total of 12 members. The transit commission will also act as the bargaining agent for transit services during labour negotiations. While Bruce Graham, the mayor’s spokesperson, said it’s too early to say how the members of the commission will be chosen, he said all city committees and bodies must represent the entire span of the city. The biggest priority will be to represent riders, Graham said, but technical experts and other types of members will also be considered. Transit commission members will be in place by spring, Graham said. A selection committee was expected to be formed this week, and a call for applications should be made in the new year, Graham said. CHANGING GOVERNANCE Other measures passed by council included splitting up the planning and environment committee into two separate groups, the amalgamation of finance and economic development and a policy that will see councillors’ expenses posted online monthly. Councillors also supported the establishment of an online lobbyist registry, a topic that has been controversial in other cities, but generated no discussion at the meeting. A proposal to switch the deputy-mayor






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role from a position that rotates through all councillors to make it a permanent position for two councillors seemed poised to heat up tempers, but Bloess was the only one to speak up. “It’s not quite clear what the advantages or disadvantages would be,” he said. The idea was adopted by council. A nominating committee composed of six returning councillors, five new councillors and Watson – selected by the mayor and his staff – will choose who gets the deputy mayors’ seats, as well as who sits on each city committee. Council will fi-

nalize those choices at a special meeting on Dec.15. Watson said councillors were being respectful of the strong mandate voters gave him on this issue, on which he campaigned. “I think members of the council are being respectful of the fact that the public spoke,” Watson said. “They like those ideas and they want to move on them to create more openness and transparency.” The no-frills attitude at city hall continued, with councillors relegated to brownbagging it: Watson sent out a memo saying that only beverages – not food – will be offered at meetings as a result of a spending freeze he instituted


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Hume returns to helm of municipal association LAURA MUELLER

An unexpected turn of events has put Alta Vista Coun. Peter Hume back at the helm of the group that represents all municipalities across the province. Hume, who recently finished a two-year term as the president of the board of the Association of Municipalities of Ontario (AMO), will be back in that role until August of 2011.

Norman Sandberg had been elected to replaced Hume, but Sandberg was not re-elected to his council seat in the Town of Collingwood so he lost the presidency. Hume said it was a “real disappointment” to lose Sandberg, adding that he will do his best to fill Sandberg’s shoes. AMO is the top advocacy group that represents almost all of Ontario’s 444 municipalities, and the president’s role includes

frequent meetings and conferences across the province. “It’s a commitment and it’s rewarding,” Hume said. While the role takes him away from the city on a regular basis, Hume insisted residents of his ward and the city benefit from the experience and connections he gains as president. For instance, Hume pointed out that right in his own neighbourhood there is a crow problem similar to one he knew had

been addressed in ChathamKent. Hume said he is in touch with a contact in Chatham-Kent who is advising him on the issue, and who he met through AMO. “If I wasn’t a part of that network, I wouldn’t be able to access that solution,” Hume said. “You get a wider exposure to ideas across Ontario.” On a citywide level, Hume says he is involved in shaping policy that will benefit Ottawa

and all cities. Hume has been on the AMO board since 1995 and his twoyear term as president ran from August of 2008 to August of 2010. The AMO board will elect an interim replacement in August of 2011 and Hume will take on the role of past president. Although he would have an opportunity to run for AMO president again in the future after a grace period, he said it’s not his intention to run again.

Oxford Street couple stabbed, man charged A man and woman were taken to hospital last week with stab wounds in an early morning attack that took place on Oxford Street Dec. 9. A 50-year-old male is still in hospital in stable condition and a 45-year-old female has been treated and released in the days following the attack. The male suffered wounds to his neck, chest and arms and the female had wounds to her hands and arms. A 24-year-old man was taken into custody, and police said the three individuals are related. The man was charged with one count of attempted murder, one count of assault with a weapon and two counts of forcible confinement. He’s currently being held in custody and his next court appearance will be via video on Dec. 21. Police are not releasing the man’s name to protect the identity of the victims. Anyone with information is asked to contact the Ottawa Police Major Crime Unit at 613-236-1222 ext. 5493 or Crime Stoppers at 613-233-8477 (TIPS) or toll free at 1-800-222-8477.

Ottawa Police seek male involved in sexual assaults BY KRISTY WALLACE

Police are investigating two separate incidences where women were sexually assaulted while waiting for a bus – one on Carling Avenue and another at the Lebreton Flats Transitway stop. At around 9 p.m. on Nov. 28, a male approached a 19-year-old woman who was waiting for a bus in the 2500 block of Carling Avenue. The male tried talking to the woman and inappropriately touched her before fleeing on another bus. A few days later on Dec.2 at about 12:30 a.m., a similar assault took place where an 18 year-old woman was victimized while waiting for a bus in the Lebreton Flats area. Victims described the suspect as approximately 30 years old, approximately 170 centimetres tall with a dark complexion, short black hair, a moustache with distinctive long goatee and wearing a long black trench coat. Anyone with information is asked to contact the Ottawa Police Sexual Assault/Child Abuse Section at 613-236-1222 ext. 5944 or Crime Stoppers at 613-233-8477 (TIPS)

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ttawa’s new councillors barely had time to break in their chairs during the first council meeting last Wednesday. The first sign that this isn’t Larry O’Brien’s council was the start of the meeting, which actually happened on the 10 a.m. chime – a first in recent memory. And it wrapped up just as quickly, a scant 90 minutes later. While there is something to be said for streamlining the process and the issues at hand certainly weren’t the most sensational, we wonder how this new era of co-operation bodes for this term of council. Where was the debate? With some of council’s most outspoken members ousted from Andrew Haydon Hall, few of the new members positioned themselves as informed dissenters at

A new day? the council meeting. Cumberland Coun. Stephen Blais showed flashes of moxie – but as soon as the meeting ended he also sent out a press release claiming credit for Mayor Jim Watson’s motion to form an arms-length transit commission, an idea supported by the majority of council. Returning Innes Coun. Rainer Bloess was one of the only other members to speak up, in his case, against the transit commission. Rideau-Rockcliffe Coun. Peter Clark, who returned to council after interrupting his retirement from municipal politics, may prove to be the most entertaining new councillors, but will be bring something substantial to the debate? He started off his term with antics such as talking over fellow council members, speaking

out of turn and taking jabs at the “Timbit” issues during the meeting. Only time will tell if his lengthy experience will add to the quality of discourse. Other than that, it was smooth sailing for the mayor’s mandate, and Watson was able to tidily wrap up several campaign promises in an hour and a half. Or so it would seem. Undoubtedly, much of the discussion about these governance measures happened before any of the councillors stepped foot in council chambers. And that doesn’t jibe with the mayor’s calls for a new era of transparency at city hall. While last Wednesday was just the beginning, let’s ensure we look beyond a lobbyist registry and online accounts of councillors’ expenses and ramp up some real openness and debate in the council chambers.


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have a friend who fights a continuing battle with what he calls his Inner Cop. The Inner Cop appears whenever my friend hears someone talking too loudly on a cellphone, or sees someone cutting into a line-up, or driving too fast, or driving too slow. He wants to actively express his disapproval of this behaviour. But at heart the friend knows it’s none of his business. He also knows there’s a certain risk involved, as in the case of another friend who actively expressed his opinion of a fellow driver with a gesture you might know, only to have the fellow driver begin chasing him. He survived the car chase, but has kept that particular finger to himself ever since. These days, the risks of expressing disapproval are considerably less and expressions abound. The hugest of these is seen in the WikiLeaks scandal, where a fellow decided to make public his dislike of U.S. foreign policy by putting thousands of sensitive documents on the Internet. He may pay the price, but for a criminal matter unrelated to the leaking. The Internet itself seems to be a low-risk area for the expression of disapproval. And it is easy. Point your cellphone camera, click, email the digital picture

CHARLES GORDON Funny Town to a friend, the friend puts it online, and almost instantly thousands, even millions, of people see it. And nobody needs know who did it. People are taking advantage of their online anonymity to unleash a torrent of disapproval upon their fellow citizens. Most commonly, it can take the form of insulting comments on news websites and blogs from people who decline to sign their names. More exotically, it can involve the use of digital photography, as in the case of the person who, from a passing vehicle, snapped a photo of then-Ottawa mayor Larry O’Brien talking on his phone while driving. Granted, O’Brien shouldn’t have been doing that but is it our job to police each other? Celebrities, of course, are used to it. Professional and amateur paparazzi

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Nepean High School choir shares stage with Kenny Rogers It isn’t Christmas until the choir sings. These were the words singer Kenny Rogers told a choir group from Nepean High School when they shared the stage with him at a recent National Arts Centre concert. “The original choir that was performing quit,� said Lee Carter, music teacher at Nepean High School. “So an email blast went out asking if any choirs could do it.� A music promoter had done guest conducting with Nepean High School’s choir before, and she needed more male voices in the choir to back up Rogers. Carter’s choir, as well as the Harmonia Choir of Ottawa jumped at the chance and both were invited to perform at the National Arts Centre alongside one of the most recognized faces in popular music. “They had a lot of fun and it was a great experience,� said Carter. “They felt great, there was a buzz all around them and a lot of excitement.� Nepean High School only found out about their participation three days before the concert. Choir members were selected to perform on a first-come, first-serve basis since there was a limited number of singers who could perform. Sixteen students ended up backing Rogers – and they weren’t even that nervous. “They were pretty relaxed about it,� said Carter. “Some

of them knew who Kenny Rogers was, but it was mostly their parents and grandparents who knew.� Anika Wood, 17, is a member of the choir and admits that she and her classmates didn’t really know who Rogers was. “I told my mom about it and she got all excited,� said Wood. “So once I found out who he actually was, it was a bit more intriguing and a really cool experience.� The students learned the music right away, which included O Holy Night, Silent Night, We Three Kings and Joy to the World. The choir got to see the show from the front row and performed these Christmas carols with Rogers in his Christmas segment of the show. Wood said everyone was feeling a bit nervous and intimidated when they knew they’d be performing on the NAC stage, but Rogers’ sense of humour helped the choir members feel much more at ease. Wood said the singer made them feel very welcome. “He’s really funny, and a real jokester,� she said. “He was joking around with the front row audience and he was quite friendly.� Wood added that Rogers thanked the choir for performing with him and was happy they could be there last minute helping back him. She said the experience was good for the choir, and allowing them the chance to perform on a big stage – usually members perform in smaller auditoriums.

“I’m sure most of us will never get that experience again,� said Wood. The choir was successful in the show and even got a standing ovation from the NAC audience. “It was a really a nice honour,� said Carter. “It means the kids’ hard work and my hard work is paying off.�

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Wellington Village looks to address traffic issues BY KRISTY WALLACE

About 30 years ago, Richard Van Loon moved to Wellington Village. It was a quieter place. Not many stores were worth going to. Traffic rarely built up. But with development, growth and more children being driven to school in the west end community, traffic congestion has also become part of the changing neighbourhood’s landscape. “You still see lots of kids walking, but more and more are being driven,” said Van Loon of Elmdale School in particular. “The nature of the school is changing too. It used to be a neighbourhood school and now with French Immersion, it’s become a popular school and lots of kids who attend aren’t from the immediate neighbourhood.” Van Loon said while it’s great to see better shops in the area and families moving there, high traffic has especially become problematic before and after school, as well as when people are going to and from work. “If you look in the school yard and see probably 50 kids, every one of those will be picked up by people coming home from work,” he said. To help alleviate the problem, the school put in place a program to encourage children to walk to school – a decision welcomed by Van Loon and the Wel-

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Traffic lines an intersection close to Island Park Drive during rush hour. Wellington Village residents are concerned that traffic congestion is causing cars to take short cuts through their neighbourhood, raising safety concerns. lington Village Community Association. The school’s effort is helping a little, Van Loon said, but some drivers pose problems as soon as the children are dropped off at school. “Neighbours pointed out when a per-

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Nicolas Ruszkowski VP, Communications Ottawa Hospital Ottawa, December 7, 2010 Almost 50% of patients at our hospital are admitted with cancer or a cancer-related condition. Cancer is a big deal. It has, or will affect someone you know. This spring, Liz Ellwood – the founder of Fertile Future ( – spoke to about 500 members of our management team about her experience with cancer. She shed light on the connection between cancer and infertility. Radiation or chemotherapy treatment – particularly in ovarian or cervical cancer – can cause irreversible harm to a woman’s reproductive ability. Testicular cancer can have the same impact on men. It was a dramatic reminder of the risks of traditional cancer therapy. Dr. John Bell, a researcher at The Ottawa Hospital Research Institute, recently received the Dr. J. David Grimes Research Career Achievement Award for his research into a therapy that has the potential to remove such risks: “oncolytic viruses”.

The viruses have proven safe, with few side effects. They also show encouraging results. In one trial, a liver cancer patient whose tumour had spread to the neck saw the growth almost disappear after it was injected with the virus. Another trial tested intravenous injection of an oncolytic virus in 23 patients with various end-stage cancers. It was the first in the world to show that a virus can selectively replicate inside tumours after intravenous delivery. The finding shows that in addition to primary tumours, the viruses can attack metastases. Determining whether the viruses will lead to a cure will take more trials and many more years. But for the first time, we honestly hope that that if a cure for cancer is ever found, it could come from research being led right here in Ottawa. Nicolas Ruszkowski is VP Communications and Outreach at The Ottawa Hospital. Each week, he will share behindthe-scenes insight from the hospital. E-mail him at

son is driving their kid to school, they drive fairly well,” said Van Loon. “But as soon as they drop the kid off, they’re in ‘I have to get to work mode.’” He said some of the worst problem traffic areas are on Iona, Helena, Piccadilly and some other streets in between where parents and other drivers cut through the neighbourhood as Island Park Drive gets backed up during weekday rush hours. “Those going downtown off Island Park Drive cut through the neighbourhood and they’re in a hurry. They’re speeding at 50 or 60 kilometres an hour and they’re not paying attention to stop signs,” said Van Loon. “And some of those cars are cutting through neigh-

bourhoods the same time children are getting out of school. It’s not what you want to see.” He added that the bulk of traffic he sees usually occurs around Java and Mayfair streets, as well as Iona and Clarendon streets at around 9 a.m. and again at around 3:30 p.m. Van Loon said the community association has held meetings on traffic to address these concerns and Greg Kent, the city’s manager of traffic and engineering, has been paying attention to the issue and attending the community association’s meetings to get a better understanding of what’s happening. “The interaction and communication has been good. We’ve been able to get the issues identified and we can move forward,” said Kent. “But some issues are easier and some are more difficult.” He added there are multiple partners who are involved such as the National Capital Commission, police and councillor’s office. “Overall, we identify with their concerns and the city is committed to assisting the community,” said Kent. Former Kitchissippi councillor Christine Leadman was also helpful, said Van Loon, as well as the current Coun. Katherine Hobbs, who couldn’t be reached for comment. Van Loon expects the new convent at 114 Richmond Rd. will also add to the traffic since Richmond already gets backed up, which in turn affects traffic on Byron Avenue. Since he came to the area from Alta Vista 30 years ago, Van Loon has seen his community change from a quiet neighbourhood to a popular area where lots of families would like to settle. “It’s developed nicely but the traffic needs to be managed,” he said. “I will keep pushing hard for it.”

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The Agency is dedicated to offering its publications for persons with disabilities in multiple formats and has proven an industry leader in this respect. The Digital Accessible Information System, or DAISY, format improves on traditional audio books through its enhanced navigation and search functions. With DAISY, a user can jump from point to point in the publication, just as a sighted user can flip from page to page. In most traditional audio books, the user can only move forward and backward. The Agency is currently one of the few federal government departments to make available some of its key publications in the latest version of DAISY. “We feel that producing publications such as Take Charge and making them available in multiple formats, like DAISY, will help Canadians who have a disability make the most of their travel experience within Canada and abroad,” says Geoff Hare, the Agency chair and CEO. You can find the publication in multiple formats including at take-charge




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Cars whizzing past schools, neighbourhoods and churches in the Carleton Heights area have made residents stand up and take action. “Drivers are clearly traveling faster than 50 kilometres an hour on side streets,” said Cheryl Holden, vice-president of the Carleton Heights and Area Residents Association. As part of the association’s updated community strategic plan, members put out a survey to neighbours in Carleton Heights and nearby communities to find out what they wanted to see change in the community. The response overwhelmingly dealt with speeding on side streets, particularly on Prince of Wales and Fisher Avenue. That’s when the association turned to a city-approved policy that allows residents to request a speed limit decrease to 40 kilometres an hour on residential streets using a petition. The petition requires at least

two thirds of residents on a street to sign it in order for the speed limit to change. River Ward Coun. Maria McRae has played an active role by helping the community association by getting speed traps set up in the area. “I regularly speak with police in the area, and they’re involved with speeding issues all the time on Fisher and Prince of Wales,” said McRae. “I’m leading the charge with the community and strongly supporting their option to generate a petition to lower the speed limit.” McRae said she thinks there’s a speeding problem on Fisher because it starts at four lanes, goes down to two and then back to four. This speeding could have major consquences on seniors, children and even other drivers in the area, she added. However, the problem isn’t just limited to Carleton Heights and area. “Speeding is a problem throughout Ottawa,” said McRae. “Speeding complaints come through our office constantly.”

She said more law enforcement and better education would help bring speeds down on side streets. Over the year 2009, McRae said traffic incidents had become an $800 million problem nationwide due to hospitalizations, death and serious injury. She added that police monitor the area and have been issuing speeding tickets to drivers. While the petition is still going around, Holden said other communities can make a difference in their own neighbourhoods if they’re also concerned about speeding. “There are mechanisms they can take to decrease the speed limit,” Holden said. “You just need to get neighbours to sign, and it’s provided by the city of Ottawa.” McRae said people are encouraged to also call the police if they see a dangerous driver. “I have a zero-tolerance approach,” said McRae. “If you’re driving dangerously, don’t bother driving in my ward.”

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The holiday season is upon us and the ByWard Market is transformed. With Christmas decorations adorning the posts, vendors out selling Christmas trees and wreaths, and Christmas lights at the Millenium Fountain on York St., the Market is a magical, Christmas-y spot to be right now. The first two weekends of December saw the return of our annual horse-drawn sleigh rides with Cundell Stables and Christmas choirs in the Market. So far, we’ve had visits from the University of Ottawa Residence Choir, Gatineau’s Choeur de l’ile, Nepean Choir, Hallelujah Gospel Chorus, Future Presentation, and Harmonia Choir. The choirs sing just outside EQ3, on George St, and the hayrides begin on York St. just outside the Moulin de Provence bakery. There’s one more weekend in which to catch the BIA’s Christmas Programming – Dec. 18 & 19. The choirs will sing from noon to 4 pm on the Saturday, and the hayrides will run from 1-4 pm on both Saturday and Sunday. Come out this weekend and catch Future Presentation and the Tone Clusters. It’s a gift to the community from the ByWard Market BIA to capture the spirit of Christmas. If the Christmas spirit is all about the pleasure of giving, it stands to reason that it’s the perfect time to give back. Here in the ByWard Market, there are several ways of doing that this holiday season. It can be built right into the way you shop, whether you’re looking for a perfect gift, a centrepiece for your Christmas dinner, or food for your table. It may take a little more time and energy to brave the outdoors and head into the Market to shop, but it’s a one stop centre for fair-trade, environmentally sustainable, organic and local gifts that will let you give something

back to your community this holiday season. For those who might not be aware of everything the businesses in the Market have to offer, the BIA has been running a blog, “Thirty Days of Christmas” on our website for the last couple of weeks. From Nov. 25 to Dec. 24, you will find great ideas for gifts, food, decorations, and even great places to eat out while you finish your Christmas shopping. A large number of the items are made out of recycled materials, or are fair trade, organic, and/or locally produced. Most of the featured stores are also locally owned, which translates to a pretty great shopping experience because of the high level of service you can expect from those who are running their own boutiques and restaurants. While you’re in the Market, we’d also like to invite you to consider giving back to the community more directly, by participating in a charitable campaign. Right here in the Market, the Heart and Crown hosts an annual Christmas Turkey Dinner for those in need. You can donate a wrapped gift of mittens, a scarf, a toque, or warm socks. Donations of desserts are also accepted. Donations for this event should be made to the Heart and Crown, 67 Clarence St., before 5 pm on 22-24, or Christmas morning. More information on all Christmas activities can be found at 434833

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Toy Mountain Ottawa needs more toys for older boys and girls this year. The toys collected from the Toy Mountains across the city are taken to Salvation Army’s Toy Centre at 250 City Centre Dr to be sorted, packed and later distributed to families. While some of the cages at the centre are overflowing with red bags filled with toys, as of 11 a.m. Friday, Dec. 10 were only three bags packed for boys aged 10 to 12. “I think it is easy to buy for little kids. If you have a little kid then you just pick up two things and drop them off,” said the Salvation Army’s Michael Maidment. Organized by the Salvation Army, Toy Mountain is a toy donation program that collects toys for low-income families. Any family eligible will receive one bag of toys for each child they have. This year, Toy Mountain Ottawa has accepted tons of toys from their locations across the city. However, Allison Besterman, one of the supervisors

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when they pick up their food,” Maidment said. The Ottawa Professional Fire Fighters’ Association donated a truck load of toys on Dec. 9. The toys were collected during the Santa Claus Parade. Although the toys continue to pour in, Maidment is worried they will have no extra toys at the end of the campaign. “Usually we like to have a few toys left over, so we can get ready for the following year,” he said. Around noon on Friday, Dec. 9 the centre had to stop handing out toys for the 10 to 12 age group for the day. Families were told to return another day to receive bags for their children in that age group. As the campaign comes to a close on Dec. 16, Maidment would like to stress the date is early only because then they need enough time to make sure they can get the toys out to all the deserving families in time for Christmas. The Salvation Amy Toy Centre continues to accept toys all year long, in an effort to get a jump start on distributing toys for next year.

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A recent attempt to make Nov. 11 a provincial holiday has now reached a roadblock. Nepean-Carleton MPP Lisa MacLeod first proposed the idea to make Remembrance Day a statutory holiday through a private member’s bill during an announcement at the Barrhaven Legion on Nov. 5. However, now her proposal – which would have removed February’s Family Day as a day off – has hit a snag. MacLeod was supposed to be able to debate the bill in the Ontario Legislature at Queen’s Park on Dec. 9, but the Liberal government rejected the idea. “It’s really up to them whether or not I get another opportunity to debate the bill,” MacLeod said. “I’m a little disappointed that I didn’t get to debate it yesterday (Dec. 9) but at the same time it’s created a great discussion in Ontario. It really focuses on a need to remember our soldiers, our veterans and those who sacrificed for us.” While she admitted the recent development is a bit of a setback, MacLeod isn’t deterred. “We’re still working away,” she said. “When you’re in opposition (government) you have this opportunity to shape public policy and put ideas out there and that’s

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Nepean-Carleton MPP Lisa MacLeod’s private member’s bill to make Remembrance Day a statutory holiday was voted down. what’s important.” In addition to the holiday, MacLeod’s bill – the Respect for Ontario Veterans, Soldiers and War Dead Act, 2010 – calls for schools to hold ceremonies on the day before Remembrance Day and for a prohibition on fees for performances on Nov. 11. It also states that most businesses would have to remain closed to “reflect the significance of the sacrifices made by Ontario Veterans, Soldiers and War dead.” Ontario, Manitoba and Quebec are the only Canadian provinces that do not recognize Remembrance Day as a statutory holiday. 428797




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Students grieve over friend, big brother From NOTRE on page 1 HELPING STUDENTS COPE Throughout the days following his death, the Ottawa Catholic School Board quickly enacted its protocols for when any student dies. Within the school, the chaplaincy leader, guidance counsellors, social worker and psychologist at the school got to work offering any support they could to devastated students across

campus. “Something like this has an immediate response,” said Simone Oliver, superintendent of special education and student services department. “We drop everything.” YOUTH, ADULTS GRIEVE IN OWN WAYS According to Elisa Romano, adolescents and adults can deal with death differently because there are a number of factors

that influence how one works through the grieving process, including developmental considerations for children and adolescents. Romano, a University of Ottawa psychology professor and registered clinical psychologist, said the main point to get across to adolescents is there’s no right or wrong way to deal with death – especially for an event this tragic. When a fellow student dies, Romano said the degree of emo-


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When young people are feeling overwhelmed, there needs to be a balance with keeping routines and consistencies, said Romano. “When a traumatic event occurs, routines are disrupted. Their whole sense of safety, control and belief in a safe and predictable world gets undermined. You have to balance it with keeping routines.” She adds that social media like Facebook also lets young people let emotions out. Just like writing a poem or in a journal, sending a message or connecting on Facebook could be therapeutic for young people, she said. “The only thing to consider though is that, unlike more private activities like journaling, Facebook is a very public medium that is accessed by many individuals,” she said. “So there could be all sorts of responses to one’s writings that may or may not be helpful so caution needs to be exercised.” Also having something in place on a continual basis – such as having in-school counsellors like Notre Dame has – is important to help young people heal. “There needs to be something in place to continue efforts,” said Romano. “Let it be known to students that everyone grieves in their own way, and there will always be these services in place for them.”




A new program at fifty locations across the city will give residents and visitors to Otttawa access to 500 rentable bicycles this spring, if all goes to plan. After a slow start and lack of interest from companies, the National Capital Commission is set to roll out its bicycle sharing service, in partnership with the cities of Ottawa and Gatineau. The service would allow people to rent a bicycle for short periods or buy a subscription to use the service on a monthly or yearly basis. The bicycles will be available at stations around the capital region, mainly in the downtown cores, and can be returned to any location. “This bike-share service lays the groundwork for a broader, more progressive initiative that can see residents, workers and visitors of the capital region travelling in an environmentally sustainable way,” NCC spokeswoman Jasmine Leduc said. While the NCC is taking the lead on the program, all three groups will help pay for it. However, it’s not yet clear how much


the program will cost or how those expenses will be divided. “The agreement to work together on the bicycle share is in place,” said Leduc. “The nitty gritty of it, how much will the city be investing, what are the roles, what are the responsibilities – that still needs to be narrowed down. I know they’re working on it.” A 2009 feasibility study found that the capital cost to set up the program could be between $3 and $3.9 million. Operating costs were estimated at $1.25 to $1.75 million for the first year. Including both user fees and subscriptions to the service, the study found it could generate around $2.2 to $2.45 in revenue (those estimates were for 2010, but the NCC couldn’t get the program running in time for that year). If the capital costs of setting up the program are left out, the study said the bicycle-share service could be expected to create an operating surplus in each of the next five years. The NCC is still finalizing an agreement with a potential provider for the bicycles and Leduc wouldn’t say which company has signed onto the project. The


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More than 3,000 riders took advantage of a 2009 bike rental trial. unnamed company is one of two that submitted proposals to the NCC in September. It was the second time the NCC tried to find a provider for the service. No companies responded to the initial tender in June. “It was more of a risky model, where the proponent pretty much had to own the bicycles,” Leduc said.

That provoked the NCC to change the model, and now the ownership of the bicycles will be split between the NCC and the two cities. The agreement that has been signed will lock the company into providing the service from 2011 until 2016. Details on the launch date and how the service will be promoted are also not finalized, but the fea-

The bicycle-share program expands a trial run from the summer of 2009. As part of the feasibility study, a company called Bixi made 50 bicycles available at four stations from June 8 to Sept. 22 of that year. During this time, more than 3,000 residents and visitors logged 5,361 trips. A study that was released after the completion of the pilot project indicated that a bicycle-share program would be most successful in the downtown areas of Ottawa and Gatineau, where 53,000 people live and 160,000 people work.

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sibility study recommended an advertising budget of around $300,000 to $500,000, with Ottawa paying half of that and the NCC and Gatineau splitting the other half. Leduc said the financial arrangements haven’t been ironed out yet. While bicycle-share programs are often seen as an attractive feature for tourists, Leduc said the NCC’s bicycle-share program will be targeted at residents and visitors. “We’re just targeting people who want an alternative to getting around,” she said. “It’s very convenient, so residents can take advantage, too.”

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Cinnamon-Scented Pomegranate Seeds

• Make the menu can look extravagant, but there are short cuts: do advance preparations in small pockets of time even up to weeks ahead of the event, take advantage of what you have on hand, and don’t be shy about using commercial products when convenient.

Makes 1 cup or 250 mL (8 servings)

• Reduce the hours spent in the kitchen. Look! – it’s everyone’s holiday!

3 tbsp (45 mL) cinnamon-flavoured liqueur (e.g., Goldschlager; for children, substitute simple sugar syrup)

• Be creative! Present only touches of traditional holiday fare and in new ways.

1 cup (250 mL) fresh pomegranate seeds (all white bits removed and discarded)

Garnish (optional)


1 Your menu may not include all of these courses.

Hors d’oeuvres: Zippy Smoked Oysters on Oriental Spoons, Bocconcini Crêpe Sandwiches with Smoked Turkey

2 I regard hors d’oeuvres and chocolates as valuable “bookends” to successful entertaining. Guests are impressed when shortly after their arrival, tasty bites appear to tantalize their palates while enjoying pre-dinner drinks. And by offering chocolates after dinner, guests depart having experienced one final lingering taste of your warm hospitality. (This is a great tip!).

Appetizer: Cranberry Melon Salad Soup: Cappuccino-style (from my freezer) Palate Cleanser: Cinnamon-Scented Pomegranate Seeds Main Course: Portobello Deluxe Stuffed Chicken Breasts with Roasted Red Pepper Cream Sauce (The filling can be prepared 2 days in advance and chicken breasts stuffed a day in advance; the sauce comes out of the freezer. And you only need one per serving!) Dessert: Ice Cream Meringue Nests (with homemade and commercial elements) Chocolates: Almond and Currant Clusters (from my refrigerator)

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3 You may want to serve either an appetizer or a soup but perhaps not both. 4 Serving a palate cleanser is optional; however, it does add a touch of pizzazz, a sense of occasion to the meal. Usually, once the palate cleanser has been served, I strategically ask to be excused from the table (for that course), so that I can start plating the main course. (This is another helpful trick when entertaining!) 5 Remember, there is nothing wrong in repeating a menu that works for you. Just keep track of what you have served and to whom!

8 thin cinnamon sticks (length: 3 1/2 inches or 9 cm) 1. At least several hours (but preferably a day or 2) before serving, mix pomegranate seeds and liqueur together. 2. Store refrigerated in an airtight plastic container, stirring occasionally to ensure a balanced flavouring of the seeds. 3. Serve the chilled pomegranate seed mixture in liqueur or shot glasses, dividing seeds and liquid evenly between glasses (e.g., 2 tbsp or 30 mL per serving). Poke a slender cinnamon stick into each glass as a garnish.

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In a championship series between a pair of well-matched, undefeated teams, the Glebe Gryphons emerged victorious over the Franco-Cité Falcons in two consecutive games to win the national capital high school girls’ hockey tier 2 best-of-three final last week at Jim Peplinski Arena. Rebecca Leslie buzzed around all game and scored two goals for Franco-Cité, but Glebe had the answer in Maddy Sheppard, who netted a hat trick in the deciding game. “It’s really awesome to go all the way this year,” smiles Sheppard, whose school hadn’t won a playoff game with any of the current team members before this year. “It was a team effort. All my goals were just that I was there at the right time. It could have been anyone. It was pretty lucky that it happened to be me.” Following a 6-4 comeback victory in the series opener, the Gryphons had the chance to finish off the series on Wednesday, Dec. 8.

Each team enjoyed their share of chances, but it was Glebe that built a 2-0 lead on first-period rebound goals by Sheppard and Emilie Parson. Grade 9 student Leslie responded with a superb drag move into the slot and shot into the net to reduce the gap to one, but Sheppard proved to have the hotter hand as she notched two more goals in the second and third to clinch Glebe’s first girls’ hockey title in six years. For Franco-Cité, the trip to the championship was a first for a girls’ hockey team at their school. “We were really proud just to be in the finals. That was our goal and we fought hard,” says Falcons coach Jean-François Maheu, whose squad contained no graduating players and numerous Grade 9s. “Next year, we’ll be stronger, that’s for sure.” Glebe coach Carol Rosenthal identified hard work by all involved as the major key to success for her team. Goalie Mary Fandrey, who had never played before last year, made big strides over the summer and played very well for the

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The Glebe Gryphons celebrated 6-4 and 4-2 victories over the FrancoCité Falcons to win the girls’ hockey tier 2 city final last week at Jim Peplinski Arena. Gryphons this season. The captains made sure all players from Grade 9 to 12 felt included with team events outside of school. And having “good people around me” was another im-

portant factor, the former AllCanadian basketball player at Dalhousie University says, explaining that hockey isn’t her no. 1 area of knowledge. Rosenthal found three male

Grade 12 competitive hockey players to help the Gryphons with the small details, and had former University of Ottawa Gee-Gees player Laura Cardiff as an assistant. The Glebe girls also benefited from the support of the boys’ hockey team members and their other fans that cheered all game long, banging drums and singing O Canada after the victory. Rosenthal called their spirit “phenomenal” and even credited them for spurring on the comeback to win the first game. “We were down 3-1 and our boys’ hockey team all came in at the same time with all their stuff on, cheering and yelling, and it immediately turned the game around,” Rosenthal recounts. “We scored two goals and it was 3-3, then we scored three more. The girls took that energy from them and played really, really well.” Altogether, it’s a season that Rosenthal won’t soon forget with a special group of players that all get along together. “I’m extremely proud,” she adds. “I said to the parents, ‘You’ve raised amazing daughters.’”



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After a first edition that exceeded expectations, the Ottawa Ice are all set to host the Gloucester Devils at 1 p.m. on Sunday, Dec. 19 for their second-annual National Ringette League tilt to support the Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation at Jim Peplinski Arena. “We were so pleased with the turnout last year because we had never done it before,” says lead organizer Kyrie Love, a forward for the Ice. “We really didn’t know what was going to come of it, so now the bar’s been set and we’re hoping to raise it this year.” Last year’s game brought in just over $2,200 and attracted an animated crowd of over 350 people. made up in large part of younger minor ringette players in the Ice system. “The response was amazing,” Love recalls. “Everyone really jumped on board.” The former University of Ottawa basketball player previously participated in a breast cancer research fundraiser with the Gee-Gees and figured it made sense to do one with her

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The Ottawa Ice will be sporting their special pink jersey as they take on the crosstown Gloucester Devils in a National Ringette League contest to support breast cancer research Dec. 19 at Jim Peplinski Arena. Game time is 1 p.m. ringette team. Ottawa goalie Tory Goble arranged to have pink jerseys donated for the game (which the Ice will sport again this year), and players who coach youth teams brought out their young protégées in force.

Another former Gee-Gee, soccer player Katie Lugg (who’s now a top-10 NRL league scorer for the Ice), was a big help in organizing the event, which was also well supported by the Devils. “For me, growing up, Glouces-

ter was always one of our biggest rivals,” Love recounts. “It’s nice to work with them to host the event as well to get the most people out to attend the event.” Ottawa and Gloucester finished one behind the other last

season in third and fourth place in their 12-team eastern conference, although the Ice have owned a definite advantage this season so far with 6-4, 7-2, 4-1 victories over the Devils en routes to an overall record of 9-1-1. “You kind of put (the rivalry) aside and think about what’s really important that day,” Love notes, adding that just about every participant knows someone who’s been hit by cancer. “Last year, we came together after the game for a big group picture. That was really nice. Win or lose, that game raised a lot of money for a great cause.” All gate proceeds (admission is $5 for the public and $2 for ringette players) will be donated, along with pledges collected by players, baked goods and pink merchandise sales, and fans’ contributions. “I’m really excited, and I think we all are,” Love adds. “We’ve been waiting for this for a long time and have put the work in to hopefully have it be a really fun day for everyone that comes out, and for us too. It’s definitely fun playing for such a big, enthusiastic crowd.” Visit www.ottawaringette. for more information.

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Experience recounted in book by Ottawa author EDDIE RWEMA

Clara Raina Flannigan was just 12 years old when she left the comfort and security of her family home to begin a very different kind of life at Ottawa’s tuberculosis sanatorium, where she would spend the next 14 years of her life. The tale of a young girl coming of age while suffering from TB during the ’40s and ’50s is the focus of a new book co-authored by a Mooney’s Bay resident. Clara’s Rib is the true account of Anne Raina’s sister, Clara, who spent years growing up in the Lady Grey Hospital on Carling Avenue, also known as “The San.” Before transforming into the Royal Ottawa Mental Health Centre, Lady Grey catered to tuberculosis patients. In the book, Raina gives her personal insights into the life of a child growing up in a household ravaged by TB. “Although Clara’s life held a great deal of sadness, for me, the setbacks and obstacles were not what defined who Clara was,” said Raina. “What overrides that a thousand fold, is Clara’s indomitable spirit, faith, courage and humour that conquered all challenges. “For me, that is what makes her life not a sad story, but a very happy triumphant story.” The book draws readers into the evolving seasons of Clara’s life of courage, faith, pranks, laughter, first love, despair and hope. Clara, the fourth of 10 children, was forced to exchange the daily camaraderie of her large, close-knit family for the confines of a hospital filled with TB patients. Clara was an avid diarist who kept detailed notes of her life from the day she entered The San at 12. She would eventually leave the hospital at age 26, get married and adopt a child. The book draws its title from events that took place during Clara’s teens, when she had four surgeries resulting in the removal of seven ribs from her left side and four from her right side. Prior to her final surgery, she asked the surgeon if he would keep one of the ribs for her, a sort of souvenir she held on to until she died. “Anne, when I die you have to promise me that you will put this rib in my coffin,” Clara told her sister just days before her death in 1998 at age 72. “If you just throw it in the garbage and someone spots a human rib in the landfill, next thing excavators and bulldozers will be turning the dump upside down to find the rest of the body that goes with the rib.” Raina did as her sister asked, and tucked the rib into her coffin. “As I read and reread her story I prayed for the right title for the book,” said Raina. “It suddenly was crystal clear to me that the only suitable and fitting title was Clara’s Rib. I sensed that Clara would have shared my absolute belief that this was the perfect title. And she had entrusted her rib to me.” The book’s story is not just one of Clara and her family dealing with tuberculosis, but captures a time in Canadian history

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Anne Raina has been writing poetry, skits and short stories for friends and family since she was a child and she has two children’s books in the works. Co-writing Clara’s Rib was her first published work. when TB ravaged many families. Raina said her family was stigmatized as a result of her sister’s illness. Once, when Raina boarded a school bus with her favourite doll, the driver asked loud enough for all to hear, “Does your doll have TB like everyone else in your family does?” Raina also remembers how a health care worker who visited the family would spread newspapers on the floor as she entered the home. “I guess to keep from getting TB germs on the bottom of her shoes,” Raina mused.

Clara’s story also offers a historical overview of the types of treatments used in the days before medicine was able to beat TB. Having lived at The San from 1939 until 1952, Clara was among the few long-term patients at the hospital, putting her in a position to chronicle the evolution of tuberculosis treatment. THE JOURNEY TO PUBLISHING CLARA’S RIB Since she wrote the manuscript before she died, much of the book is Clara’s words.

“Clara had written the preface and body of the book 32 years ago,” said Raina. Clara based much of the book on diary notes she kept throughout her life. Before her death 12 years ago, she told Raina she was bequeathing her with a manuscript, copies of her taped versions of the story and her diaries. “She told me she had complete faith in whatever decisions I might make with regards to this material, but at no time did she impose any expectation on me to publish her book,” Raina recalled. “I, however, made a promise to her that one day I would publish her story.” Raina said the message of the book is faith, hope and how positive thinking can change the outcome of one’s circumstances and life. The book was finally released on Nov. 18 and Raina said she’s been thrilled by the response from the public. “I am overwhelmed at the response to the release of this book and feel deep gratification at having fulfilled my promise to Clara,” said Raina. “Incidentally, this is not a promise I would have made had I not believed that Clara’s story needed to be told and would touch many people.” The book’s launch coincides with the 100th anniversary of the Royal Ottawa Mental Health Centre. Founded in 1910, the institution was a centre for the treatment of tuberculosis for 50 years. Clara was one of seven children from the Raina family to have lengthy stays at The San. Clara’s Rib is available on or or or by calling 613-7335891. You can also find the book at Baico Bookstore located at 294 Albert St., Suite 104.


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Kanata author tells tale of autistic son’s success JESSICA CUNHA

What started off as an email between relatives has turned into a children’s book produced by a Kanata-area family. Never Say Never is the story of the Dunlop family. Kami Dunlop’s son, Hunter, was diagnosed with moderate to severe autism at the age of three. The doctors told her and her husband, Jamie, that Hunter would never know the value of money, have a sense of humour or be able to integrate and learn in a regular classroom. Now in Grade 9, Hunter knows the value of money – he delivers the Kanata KourierStandard to Bridlewood residents, he can be found laughing at humourous situations and he attends regular classes at Holy Trinity Catholic High School. The doctors weren’t wrong about their diagnosis, said Dunlop, but Hunter, now 14, has excelled thanks to his parents’ guidance. “I wanted to show him, this is what the doctors said you would

never do,” said Dunlop. “A book carries so much more weight than me just telling him.” TOO TECHNICAL Dunlop said most books dealing with autism are technical and textbook-like and they can be intimidating, full of recommendations for parents. “When Hunter was little, so much reading material was recommended to us. It was so technical,” said Dunlop. “I felt like all the weight of the world was on my shoulders.” So she decided to write Never Say Never, an easy-to-digest book for children and parents alike about a story of hope and success. “It’s quick, light reading, and uplifting,” she said. “Regardless of who you are you have something to offer. It’s really just a story about hope.” The book follows the Dunlop family through the diagnosis to when Hunter proudly showed off his Grade 3 science fair entry – an egg beater that used kinetic energy. “It was more than we were told he’d ever do,” said Dunlop.

“This is a story of him living and succeeding with autism.” Hunter participates in competitive swimming with the Goulbourn Seahawks in Stittsville and is an air cadet with the squadron in Kanata. He also snowboards recreationally and plays the guitar and piano. “We always treated the boy first and the diagnosis second,” said Dunlop. “I never look at it like ‘this is it.’ ” Writing the book also helped Dunlop fulfill a lifelong dream of becoming a published author. Her illustrator, Sharon Anne Martin, a Nepean resident, also realized one of her life goals by becoming a published artist. Both women work as education assistants at St. Elizabeth Ann Seton in Barrhaven. “I wrote it for him and to fulfill something for me,” said Dunlop. “I think it’s a story for anybody who is told something is never going to happen.” For more information or to purchase a copy of Never Say Never, visit the website at www.

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Youth recognized with Duke of Edinburgh’s Award EDDIE RWEMA

Ottawa-area youth volunteers were honoured last week with the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award for their contribution to their schools and communities. Sixty-four recipients earned the awards by attaining personally established goals in the areas of community service, skill development, physical fitness and expeditions. The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award program encourages youth aged 14 to 25 to be active, to participate in new activities and pursue their current interests in the areas of community service, skill development, physical fitness and undertake what the program calls an “adventurous journey.” “The award involves comprehensive development, self training and personal achievement, and is based upon individual effort and improvement,” said Karen Gormley, regional field officer for the Duke of Edinburgh program. With the assistance of cor-

porate sponsors TD Waterhouse and Telus, students at Lisgar Collegiate Institute, Ottawa Technical Secondary School, Sacred Heart Catholic High School, Woodroffe High School and St. Joseph’s Catholic High School were able to participate in the program. By completing the requirements of each section, the youths gain valuable experience in both their community and the larger world. To qualify, participants had to undertake basic training, carry out a practice journey, and then complete an expedition or an exploration. They took part in activities ranging from snowshoeing to swimming to hip hop dancing; learned valuable life skills such as cooking, reading and money management; participated in community cleanups, raised funds for the United Way, YMCA/YWCA of Ottawa as well as their schools; and undertook expeditions to Gatineau Parc, LaFleche Aerial Park and Camp des Voyageurs Tim Hortons in Quyon.

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Lisgar Collegiate Insitute students were among the recipients of this year’s Duke of Edinburgh’s bronze award. Students from Sacred Heart, Woodroffe, Ottawa Technical and St. Joseph’s were also honoured. The Duke of Edinburg’s award was founded by Prince Philip, husband of Queen Elizabeth, to encourage per-

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Building a Rink of Dreams JESSICA CUNHA

Ottawa-area children will soon be skating on a Rink of Dreams. Hockey Canada and the Ottawa Senators announced at Scotiabank Place on Dec. 13 that the city will be hosting the eighth annual Hockey Canada Foundation gala and golf tournament in 2011. Funds raised from the two-day event will help pay for the refrigerated outdoor community rink. “The Rink of Dreams is an exciting opportunity,” said Mayor Jim Watson. “It’s going to allow more kids to play hockey and pick-up games for a longer portion of the year.” The artificial rink would be able to operate from midNovember to March, no matter the weather conditions. “(It’s) a special opportunity to recognize the children who grow up playing hockey outdoors and those who will represent us on the world stage,” said Jim Durrell, the event chairman. No location has been chosen for the rink. A committee will work with the City of Ottawa to determine the best possible site. “It will be open to the youth of our city,” said Durrell. “The Rink of Dreams legacy will allow us to build the first of what we hope are many more refrigerated outdoor skating facilities, allowing for greater opportunities for the kids in our neighbourhoods. “This is a big step forward for the City of Ottawa.” The gala will be a great start towards building the rink, said Cyril Leeder, Senators Sports and Entertainment president. “This is a great opportunity for the Ottawa Senators and the Sens Foundation to do something very special for our city.”

The gala will be held at the new Ottawa Convention Centre on June 27 and the golf tournament will be hosted by The Marshes Golf Club and Eagle Creek Golf Course on June 28. Each foursome will include a celebrity. “June 27 and 28 will be two very exciting days in Ottawa,” said Durrell. “We picked Ottawa because of the relationship here,” said Bob Nicholson, Hockey Canada president and CEO. “I love what the Sens do. We want to make sure more boys and girls enjoy the game.” The foundation’s annual gala and golf tournament celebrates the on-ice accomplishments of Hockey Canada’s national teams at world championships and the Olympic Games. Funds raised from the 2011 gala and golf tournament will go to Hockey Canada Foundation initiatives that support everything from grassroots hockey to Olympic teams, as well as the Rink of Dreams.

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Senators Sports and Entertainment president Cyril Leeder and Mayor Jim Watson were on hand for an announcement that the city will play host to the 2011 Hockey Canada Foundation gala and golf tournament to raise money to build a Rink of Dreams in Ottawa.

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• DEC. 18 Go Tell It - A Christmas celebration of music with the Hallelujah Gospel Chorus at Kitchissippi United Church, 630 Island Park Dr. (off Byng Drive) at 7 p.m.Tickets $10, children under 12 free. Funds raised benefit Ottawa Innercity Ministries and HGC ministires. Info/tickets 613-592-6959. Minwaashin Lodge Aboriginal Women’s Support Centre, 424 Catherine St., Unit 3 will be hosting the annual Children Winter Gathering (Christmas party). This holiday will be special for their First Nations, Inuit and Métis families, Elders and friends. All families are welcome to join in the fun, food and celebration. Give-away for all our children and youth who come.

• DEC. 19 Carols and Gregorian Chant conducted by Lawrence Harris in the Cloister of the Dominican Convent at 3 p.m. and 8 p.m., 96 Empress Avenue – off Somerset St., two traffic lights west of Bronson. Free parking in the adjacent lot. Tickets at the door: $15 adult / $8 students. Information 613-567-7729 The Ottawa Mission, 35 Waller St., will be serving a free holiday meal from 11:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Donations are accepted, hygiene products, socks, anything in the way of food and money. All are welcome.

make a reservation. Albion-Heatherington Recreation Centre, 1560 Heatherington Rd., will be serving a free, full course Christmas eve dinner from 1:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.

• DEC. 25 Shephards of Good Hope, 233 Murray St. will be serving a free Christmas day meal from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. It is open to all and no registration is needed. Donations are accepted, anything in the way of food or money.

Foster Farm Community Centre, 1065 Ramsey Cres., will be serving a free, full-course Christmas eve dinner from 2:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. Everyone is welcome. Please call 613-828-2004 to

• JAN. 19 Heritage Ottawa Free Public Lecture – Ottawa’s Notre Dame Cemetery: A Cemetery of National Importance. At the Ottawa Public Library Auditorium, 120 Metcalfe St., corner of Laurier Ave. West at 7 p.m. Jean Yves Pelletier, a heritage resources consultant and author of a book on the cemetery, will provide an historical overview and give an illustrated presentation of the cemetery. Jean Yves’ book will be available for sale after the lecture. This lecture will be in English with a question/answer period in both official languages Info: 613-230-8841 or

Heart & Crown Irish Pub, 67 Clarence St., will be serving a free Christmas day meal from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. No registration is needed. The Elvis Sighting Society, Newport Restaurant, 334 Richmond Rd., will be serving a free Christmas day meal from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. No registration needed and it is open to everyone. Donations are accepted: hygiene products, anything in the way of food and money. All are welcome.

• JAN. 23 St. George’s Church, 152 Metcalfe St., will be partnering with Knox Presbyterian Church at the corner of Elgin and Lisgar to offer an all-day Christmas celebration and dinner. Doors open from 11 a.m. to 7:30 p.m., with dinner sittings at noon, 1:30 p.m. and 5 p.m. This is St. George’s annual Christmas day event, but it will be held at Knox Presbyterian this year. Entrance at 227 Elgin St. Volunteers are needed. To volunteer, please call St. George’s parish office at 613235-1636, and leave your name and phone number.\

• DEC. 24 The Knight Enterprises Team, Jack Purcell Community Centre, 320 Jack Purcell Lane, will be serving a free full-course Christmas eve dinner from 3:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. Singles, families and children are welcome. No registration needed. The dinner will be served on a first-come, first-served basis.

Church, 355 Cooper St., will serve a free holiday meal starting at 11 a.m. at the door. Donations of backpack, sleeping bags, water bottles, juice boxes, toiletries, granola bars, gift cards, warm socks, bus tickets andmany other items that can be passed to our less fortunate friends, are always needed and welcomed. Volunteers are needed year-round. Fore more information on becoming a volunteer, please contact OIN at 613-237-6031.

The Community of Hintonburg invites you to join them for a free Christmas dinner at the Carleton Tavern, 223 Armstrong St. The dinner is from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. A vegetarian meal will also be available. Listen to some great music from musicians in the community organized by Midnight Mike and the Open Stage Revue.

• JAN. 18 Ottawa Innercity Ministries, Dominion Chalmers United

Atlantic Voices: the Newfoundland and Labrador Choir of Ottawa presents its winter concert, Cape Breton: Beautiful Island, Beautiful Music, at 3 p.m. at Centretown United Church, 507 Bank St. The program ranges from folksongs in Scottish Gaelic and Acadian French to contemporary classics by some of Cape Breton’s greatest songwriters. Our own house band, the Fumblin’ Fingers, will provide pre-concert entertainment beginning at 2:15 p.m. You are invited to join the choir after the concert for free refreshments and a silent auction. Tickets are $15 in advance or $18 at the door. Advance tickets may be purchased by calling Hannie at 613722-9240. Admission is free for children 12 years and under. For parking and other information, visit our website www.

• ONGOING Art Show, daily until Dec. 29. Richlieu-Vanier Community Centre, 300 des Pères-Blancs Ave. Your chance to get an original painting by Éveline Janis which you will enjoy for a lifetime.

Donations needed ANGLICAN SOCIAL SERVICE – CENTRE 454 216 Murray St. Donations are requested for gift bags: hygiene products, deodorant, socks, scarves, mitts, gloves, hats, etc. They have a special need for warm winter clothing. 613-2572813 ext. 0

BIRTHRIGHT OF OTTAWA 200 Isabella St., Suite 302 Maternity clothes and monetary donations are requested. Please call ahead. 613-231-5683.

BRUCE HOUSE 251 Bank St, Suite 402 Donations are needed specifically for grocery store vouchers, bus tickets and gift cards for grocery stores. Food gift cards allow individuals to choose culturally appropriate food items. Donations can be dropped off Monday to Friday, 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. 613-729-0911.


ELIZABETH FRY SOCIETY OF OTTAWA 211 Bronson Ave., Suite 311 Donations are requesrted for the women’s residence, J.F. Norwood House. For more donation ideas visit their website at and click on JF Norwood House Wish List.

Congratulations for raising $6,000 for the Ottawa Food Bank. Gabriel’s Pizza, A&W and Metroland Media Group – Ottawa Region joined forces and partnered on a fundraising campaign to help the Ottawa Food Bank. As explained by Peter Tilley of the Food Bank, the amazing response from the community this year with food donations is outstanding, but it takes dollars to fuel the trucks, and keep them on the road. He said $6,000 will fuel the fleet for 6 weeks.

From left: Peter Tilley (Executive Director of the Ottawa Food Bank), Chris McWebb (Vice-Publisher of Metroland Media Group – Ottawa Division), Ian Dickison (Area Manager for A&W Food Services of Canada, Inc.), Cory Boast (Director of Marketing for Gabriel Pizza), Bob Burgess (Flyer Sales Specialist, Metroland Media Group – Ottawa Division) and Danny Nesrallah (Regional Franchise Manager for Gabriel Pizza).


1355 Bank St., Suite 301 Donations of men’s and women’s mitts, gloves, scarves as well as televisions, computers, household items such as linens and towels, and furniture of all types are needed. 613-737-7791.

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