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WEST EDITION: Serving Britannia, Carlingwood, Westboro, Island Park and surrounding communities Year 1, Issue 9

December 23, 2010 | 32 Pages

TUNNEL TROUBLES The light rail tunnel may be cut short after a survey found bedrock near its eastern exit.


PILFERED PAINTING The Cube Galleery is hoping a small painting will be returned after being stolen just a week before Christmas.


Photo by Kristy Wallace

COMMUNITY COMES TO AID OF ELDERLY BRITANNIA HEIGHTS COUPLE Stasha and Tony Kasprowicz’s home on Dundee Avenue near Carling was completely destroyed in a recent fire only days before Christmas, but the couple’s kind-hearted neighbours opened their hearts to make sure they weren’t left out in the cold.

Province funds program for at-risk youth BY KRISTY WALLACE

READY TO RUMBLE Area mixed martial artists are preparing for the the first legal bouts to make their debut in the capital region.


A program to help at-risk youth get back on track will now be offered at the Carlington Community Health Centre. “It gives a success story where there was once failure,” said Ottawa West-Nepean MPP Bob Chiarelli, who was at the Carlington Community Health Centre to announce the $20,000 grant. The community-based program – known as “Keeping

it Cool” – is aimed at helping youth aged 12 to 18 overcome anger management problems that can have a negative effect on their relationships, community and themselves. The program is also aimed at helping students who may be at risk of being expelled from school. For youth who are already in trouble with the law, it also helps them fulfil court orders or school conditions to help them re-integrated back into the school system.

The core components include psychoeducation, self-monitering, facilitated groups, handouts, videos and group counsel meetings. Tim Strauch, a guidance counselor at Notre Dame High School, said the program has helped students at his school over the past two years. “This is a forum outside the classroom and not supervised by academic staff,” said Strauch. “They can really say what they feel and can work through those feelings that lead

to anger.” He added that many of the students who were in the program when it started at the school have come back and offered mentorship to younger students who need the help. “They’re no longer that group of students who are in trouble,” said Strauch. “They’re coming back and there’s that conversation happening between the older and younger students. It will be exciting to see it continue in the future.” See FUNDING on page 19



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Stasha and Tony Kasprowicz are known as the family who always took time to deliver baked goods or freshly-picked fruit and vegetables from their garden to each doorstep in the neighbourhood. Now, the community is giving back to them this holiday after their Dundee Avenue house – and everything they owned – was destroyed on Dec. 15 in a house fire. “We had a neighbourhood meeting, and everybody’s decided to contribute,” said Flo Napiorkowski, a friend and neighbour of the couple, who has turned her house into the drop-off point for donations. “They’re very kind people, and we just want to do something in return.” The fire broke out at around 1:45 p.m., and is believed to have started in the basement. The fire destroyed everything in the house, including Stasha’s medical equipment. Throughout the week following the blaze, Napiorkowski and her neighbours have been collecting gift cards, money and clothes for the couple. Napiorkowski’s daughter, who works as a teacher in Orleans, is even soliciting donations from teachers and staff at her school. One person in the community has also offered their house for the couple to live


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Stasha and Tony Kasprowicz’s neighbours have joined together to raise money for the couple who recently lost everything in a house fire. in while they’re away for a few months. Napiorkowski said the couple would still be able to go about living a somewhat regular life if they’re still living on the street – including Stasha Kasprowicz, who enjoys walking her dog around the neighbourhood and chatting with


neighbours. “(The couple) is overwhelmed by the generosity of everybody,” said Napiorkowski. “I think now they’re starting to accept things a little bit.” Stasha and Tony had been staying with their son, Denis Kasprowicz, in the days

immediately following the fire. Denis Kasprowicz said his mother and father are amazed at the response from the community. “It’s quite humbling to realize what kind of communtiy we live in,” he said. “It’s pretty amazing. You don’t realize it until you live through it yourself.” He added that his parents are starting to adjust and come to terms with what happened. But it’s still a shock, he said, and there are still details to take care of and issues to resolve in the aftermath of the blaze. Denis Kasprowicz confirmed the couple will be staying with him until they find something more permanent. “We’re taking it one step at a time and moving forward,” he said. Napiorkowski said while the Kasprowicz couple is trying to come to terms with the house fire, donations from the community have continued to accumulate at her house, each confirming to her what a wonderful neighbourhood she lives in. “(In our neighbourhood) people are there to help one another no matter what. They’re very generous,” she said. She added that she often hears other people who live in different communities say their street isn’t as giving as Dundee Avenue. “It’s a wonderful street with wonderful neighbours,” said Napiorkowski. “No matter what, they’re there to lend a hand.”


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Bedrock puts damper on city’s rail tunnel plans a nice gesture if we were able to open that tunnel in 2017,” Wilkinson said. “We’re going to have a lot of the public here, and I certainly wouldn’t want to see all of our roads dug up when we’re celebrating…the (city’s) 150th anniversary.” Other cities, including Vancouver, have built tunnels much faster, Wilkinson said, and she’d like to see the timeline sped up to accommodate the anniversary. The studies will continue with a report on 90 additional bore holes expected in a couple of months, and a final phase looking at 100 more bore holes in the summer of 2011.

Underground rail could be reduced by 900 metres, but cost unchanged LAURA MUELLER

The underground light rail tunnel through Ottawa’s downtown could be shortened by almost a third because of rock near the University of Ottawa. Engineers found bedrock much deeper than expected in that area when they drilled to test it, and they are recommending that the tunnel come to the surface sooner – shortening the 3.2-kilometre tunnel by 600 to 900 metres. The engineers wanted the rock closer to the surface so there is something solid for the tunnel to be built through. The ground around the university is sandy and would require a lot of work to shore it up and support the tunnel. But so far, the price tag on the entire project hasn’t changed. Kanata North Coun. Marianne Wilkinson, who leads the city’s transportation committee, says the reduction in length wouldn’t reduce the cost by much because the tunnel was already going to be very close to the surface in that area. As for whether the project will still have value to riders and to the city if it is reduced to slightly more than two kilometres, Wilkinson said there is no question it will. “The usefulness of the tunnel is still there – it’s through the downtown,” Wilkinson said. The main purpose of the tunnel is to shuttle riders through the city’s core (particularly between Bayview and Booth streets) more efficiently, she said, and having the tunnel emerge to the surface sooner at the east


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Rock and sediment drilled out of the ground as part of studies for the downtown light-rail tunnel have forced the city to reconsider the length of the tunnel – perhaps reducing it by 600 to 900 metres. end won’t have a negative effect on that. In fact, a shorter tunnel was originally the plan, said David Jeanes of Transport Action Canada, who has sat on advisory committees for the tunnel project. Initially, the tunnel was supposed to emerge around the Laurier Transitway stop, but in 2009 the city decided to extend it to the University of Ottawa campus, which increased the length – and the price – by about a third (from $600 million to $750 million). SURPRISES IN GEOTECHNICAL STUDY The finding was part of a preliminary geotechnical study in which engineers drilled 34 bore holes to test what lies below the surface. Despite the deeper bedrock and the discovery of several inactive fault lines, engineers

say the $2.1-billion price tag for the entire light-rail transit (LRT) system is still a good estimate. Cumberland Ward Coun. Stephen Blais pointed out that it means the downtown portion will cost more and savings will have to be found in other areas of the project, which will eventually extend above-ground light rail from the Tunney’s Pasture Transitway stop to the Blair stop, with 13 stops in between. Four of those stops were to be downtown in the tunnel, but that would be reduced to three if the tunnel is shortened. Bay Ward Coun. Mark Taylor expressed concern that bore-hole drilling ended at Tunney’s, and wondered if there was a chance of putting the LRT connection to the western corridor (which runs through his ward) in jeopardy by not casting a wider net for the geotechnical study. “We’re not going to build it to Tunney’s and then say, ‘We

drilled five feet further from Tunney’s in every direction and, oh my God, we can’t go on from here’?” Taylor asked. Infrastructure and community services manager Nancy Schepers said the city already has some “good information” on what it would encounter if the LRT line was extended along the existing Transitway. Other options for the west corridor include putting rail along Carling or running LRT along the Ottawa River Parkway, and engineers would have to wait until council chooses an option before they look at the geotechnical aspects of the chosen western link. Studies for the downtown tunnel are expected to be concluded by 2012, and construction is supposed to begin in 2013. The tunnel would be fully operational by 2019 – a timeline that Wilkinson said should be sped up. “I think it would really be

Jeanes said the findings could be a blessing in disguise if they force the city to rethink the project. His group is still pushing the city to consider running surface rail lines along the Transitway on Albert Street instead of a tunnel. “It could force them to look at some options to make the tunnel cheaper,” Jeanes said. “It could even force them to relook at where the stations are, because we still don’t think there are enough stations in the downtown.” Additional reports and information have already caused the city to reconsider its approach to the Bayview and Train Transitway stations, Jeanes said, which is a promising sign that the city might look at other issues Jeanes and Transport Action Canada have brought to light. Jeanes also said the tunnel is too deep, and that could increase the project’s costs over the long term. Having trains come to the surface sooner will force the city to build the tracks on a steep grade, which will cause lots of wear and tear to the trains’ brakes and lead to higher energy costs for the trains to climb the tracks to the surface.

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Cube Gallery pleads for return of stolen painting EDDIE RWEMA

Whoever stole the print from a Wellington Street art gallery had very good taste. Beth Levin, assistant curator at Cube Gallery, said someone walked out of the Wellington Street West gallery on Dec. 17 with a painting depicting three light bulbs created by Almonte artist Katherine McNenly. “On Friday, we noticed that there was a blank space where a beautiful little painting used to be,” said Levin. The seven-by-seven inch painting worth $400 was plucked off the wall, along with the paper card identifying the artist, along with other information. “It had been a very busy day here, and of course we couldn’t be with everybody in every room at the same time,” Levin said. The stolen still-life oil of three light bulbs, painted in orange and ochre, is part of Cube’s annual Great Big Smalls show. The show features unique gifts of original art from across Canada. The small piece that was pilfered would easily fit into a bag, purse or the pocket of a winter coat. Cube Gallery has informed the creator of the painting and will be compensating her for the loss, Levin indicated. “We spoke to the painter, she was calm and relaxed about it, of course nobody

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Assistant Curator Beth Levin indicates the spot from where a small painting by Almonte artist Katherine McNenly was stolen from the Cube Gallery on Dec. 17. wants their work stolen,” said Levin. Katherine McNenly’s work resonates with depth and seizes the challenge of working from life within the realist tradition, conveying the essence of her subjects by meticulously reproducing the

subtleties of light and colour. “She paints in a very traditional style and her paintings are classically represented, although the subject matter is very contemporary,” said Levin. Cube Gallery has already been in con-

tact with police in both Ottawa and Quebec. “So far nobody has come forward with any information,” said Levin. “If anybody sees it or hears that somebody has acquired it as a gift, we want to be told, because we want the painting back,” she said. Though small pieces are prone to theft, painter McNenly said she was surprised to hear someone had stolen her painting. “I will be covered on my end, but unfortunately the gallery is out of pocket. If it had been one of my larger pieces I would have been quite upset,” said McNenly. McNenly often takes unusual objects that one would think have no artistic value and transforms them into something aesthetically pleasing. “Light bulbs are interesting subjects as they are reflective and colourful. They worked quite well as subjects for a small composition,” said McNenly. The artist indicated she’s not discouraged by this incident and will continue painting as usual. She might even create another piece to replace the one stolen. McNenly added that she hopes the thief has a change of heart and returns the artwork. “Galleries and artists both struggle to survive in this country and these thefts, while they might seem trivial, all affect the bottom line,” said McNenly.

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The Ontario Government has set aside $135 million over the next three years to provide access to dental services for low-income children and youth. “This new program will provide free dental coverage to children from low income families,” said Ottawa-Centre MPP Yasir Naqvi. The program will help with early detection of dental problems, reduce the need for extensive treatment services, demand for higher level intervention and result in lower overall costs, he indicated. “We want to make sure children have access to good dental care, because it has an impact on their over all health,” said Naqvi. The province will be running the program through public health units, which will then partner with community health centres to provide preventive care to children and youth aged 0-17 years. The program will be officially launched in Ottawa on Jan. 11, according to Nancy Kennedy, program manager, dental health with Ottawa Public Health. It is estimated that approximately 9,900 young people in Ottawa will qualify for the new program. Somerset West Community Health Centre is among the centres designated to provide the free dental services. The centre will be holding its first dental clinic on Jan. 14 at the Cambridge Public School on 250 Cambridge St. North. “It is something we have been looking forward to for a long time,” said Rosemary Johns, resource development manager at Somerset West Health Centre. “It has been a need in our community for a very long time.” “We are very excited and we will make sure our clients are aware of this new service in the city,” she added. The program will provide screening and oral hygiene. Referrals will be made if a follow-up is required. To meet the provincial criteria, one will have to prove that they are 17 years old or younger, have no dental coverage and have an adjusted family net income of $20,000 or less per year. Several application sites will be available across Ottawa and parents are required to complete the application forms and show the required documentation for approval. For more information on services offered, look for the Healthy Smiles Ontario posters at your community health centers.

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No light at end of the tunnel


he project to build a downtown light-rail tunnel continues to reflect the city’s approach to transit: one step forward and two steps back. Several decades after most major North American cities clued in to the importance of rapid rail transit, Ottawa is slowly jumping onboard, but not without years of study. One of the first concrete steps in the process – a geotechnical study to assess the underground conditions where the tunnel is to be built – has already thrown a wrench into the works. The bedrock around the University of Ottawa is too deep, and it would be difficult to build a tunnel through the sandy ground. (Sand in Sandy Hill – who knew?) That will likely mean the tunnel will be 600 to 900 metres shorter, and the station at Ottawa U will be above ground. The problem is, that’s exactly what was originally proposed. Then the plan changed… David Jeanes, who sat on an advisory committee for the project, says the shorter tunnel causes problems be-

cause the tunnel is so deep. That means it will have to be built on a steep hill to get up to the surface in a shorter distance. While a shorter tunnel should mean less cost (the cost jumped by $175 million when that change was made in 2009), the tunnel’s route has been refined and changed so much that it’s difficult to say how or if the reduction in length would reduce the cost – and the city certainly won’t say. While there is something to be said for making decisions based on factual evidence instead of continuing with a plan just because city council said it would, there is something troubling about an outright reversal in the plan. But perhaps such a change means that the city and engineers are really trying to come up with what’s best for the city and transit users. Let’s just hope they get the details hashed out in a reasonable timeframe – can Ottawa really wait until 2019 for a solution to downtown traffic and transit congestion?


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ince it is extremely risky to predict what will happen in the year ahead, more prudent predictors like to predict what won’t happen. Sticking oneself way out on a limb, here goes. In 2011, the following won’t happen: • The tunnel won’t be dug under downtown Ottawa. This is partly because of the most recent revelations about bedrock, soil or whatever it is and partly because people looked at the estimated four years of construction and concluded that four years of Albert Street was marginally better than four years of no Albert Street. But it is mostly because people are thinking: “A tunnel? Under downtown Ottawa? Are you kidding?” Upon learning that Albert Street is not going to be a tunnel, certain people will demand that it become a bicycle path. • Gasoline prices will not hit $2 a litre. They will stop at around $1.98. Those who hoped that higher gas prices would cause people to drive less will be disappointed. This is because people will be driving all over town trying to find gas that costs less than $1.98. • There will not be great disappointment over the non-construction of the Albert Street tunnel. An exception will be those who hoped most of the build-

CHARLES GORDON Funny Town ings on Albert Street would be put underground as well. • The Lansdowne Park development won’t happen. Neighbourhood pressure might be a factor. And with the CFL, you never know. They might decide to expand into Latin America instead of Ottawa. But the main factor will be the Ex. No matter what anyone says, the Ex is never leaving Lansdowne Park. And no one wants to live in new housing that has a ferris wheel outside the window. • The Senators will not win the Stanley Cup. There’s a shocker. • The four-laning of Highway 7 between Carleton Place and Ottawa won’t be finished. Once it’s finished the provincial government will have to take down all those signs about how hard it’s working for us. Highways are always more politically useful while they’re being built than when they’re finished. So

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Recent scrutiny on the Ottawa Police Service will not spare it from the city’s tax-increase limit, board members made clear at their first meeting since the new council began. As members of the Ottawa Police Services Board heard about measures being undertaken to address allegations of prisoner abuse, the service was also grappling with council’s recent direction that will force the police budget to trim $6 million from its 2011 projections. City council adopted Mayor Jim Watson’s election promise of a 2.5 per cent tax increase limit for the 2011 budgets, as well as all departments – including the police. After the police services board meeting on Dec. 20, Acting Police Chief Gilles Larochelle said hitting that target will be a challenge for the service. “It’s going to have an impact to our organization and ultimately to the community,” he said. “So we’re trying to see what we can do to work with the city and the direction of the board to meet that goal.” Larochelle was filling in for Chief Vern White, who was out of the country for his wedding and honeymoon. Next year’s draft police budget called for a 5.6 per cent increase, which will have to be trimmed to 2.5 per cent. Watson, who now sits on the police services board, offered the additional help of the city’s trea-

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Mayor Jim Watson is sworn in as one of the newest members of the Ottawa Police Services Board during its meeting on Dec. 20. Barrhaven Coun. Jan Harder was also sworn in. surer to help find savings. Watson said the police service isn’t unique, and all city departments have been instructed to tighten their budgets. “The police budget will increase by several million dollars. It won’t increase as much, because we’re all living in a post-recession world and we have to show a degree of restraint,” he said. “There is no question it’s going to be difficult for every group to come in at that level,” Watson said. “We have some belt tightening to do,” he said, adding that there is no public appetite for growing tax increases.

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lic furor over security videos that showed officers roughing up prisoners. In addition to the OPP investigation, which will also involve the Special Investigations Unit, an independent consultant will prepare an audit of cellblock procedures. Watson and members of the board wanted timelines on the reports. Larochelle said there are no timelines attached to the investigation, but he said he hoped it would be concluded “sooner than later.” But some changes – including audio recordings on cellblock videos – will start as soon as possible in the new year, Larochelle said. “I think it’s quite important to help understanding what occurs in a cellblock. (It) will help officers articulate as well what’s occurring, because right now we just have simple video,” he said. Following the cellblock audits, the police force will also receive recommendations on how to train officers who work in cellblocks, as well as an audit of use of force complaints. Also last week, lawyers acting on behalf of Stacy Bonds filed a lawsuit against the police services board with regards to her arrest and treatment in a cellblock, as shown in a video.

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well as the Irving Greenberg Family Cancer Centre at the Queensway Carleton Hospital. The community’s contributions have made a meaningful difference. They have allowed the centralization of nine radiation machines at the General Campus; added 15 new chemotherapy chairs, for a total of 50, to the cancer program; offered more natural light and comforting clinical environments to cancer patients; and provided them and their families with easy, comfortable access to outdoor areas. All of this will help the recovery process. There’s more. Our community has donated over $2 million dollars to research at the Ottawa Hospital Research Institute. Most recently, they have made possible the acquisition of CyberKnife, a revolutionary radio-surgery system that can eliminate the need for invasive surgery in many cases. Soon, they will enable us to fund the installation of the Canadian Forces CAREN system, a virtual reality simulator to assist the rehabilitation of Canadian Forces combat casualties, as well as the other patients. This generosity improves the quality of care patients receive every day. Donations make a real difference. In other words, the community is the hospital’s foundation. To find out more, visit 437464

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Province to create 10-year infrastructure funding program BY KRISTY WALLACE

Hospital making the announcement to a packed room of media and hospital staff. “What I learned during my time as mayor (of Ottawa) is that the biggest problem Bob Chiarelli said Ontarians can exother mayors have is a lack of sustainpect 10 more years of infrastructure fundable, predictable funding,” Chiarelli said. ing at the provincial level – which will be “We’ve come a long way, but there’s more rolled out in the spring of 2011. to do. And we have a plan to keep Ontario Chiarelli, the minister of infrastrucmoving forward.” ture and Ottawa West-Nepean MPP, was More than 700 infrastructure stimulus recently at the Queensway Carleton projects have been completed in 2010 as part of a two-year program. Since With that program set to wrap 1992 up later in 2011, Chiarelli announced the province’s intention to create a new 10-year plan to help with the construction and expansion of additional hospiSNOW PLOWING tals, colleges and universities across Ontario. He used the Queensway CarStarting at leton Hospital, which received /season $126 million worth of funding •Residential & Commercial for its expansion, as an example of what can be accomplished •West end & Nepean through such initiatives “Here in Ottawa, the Queensway Carleton Hospital’s cancer centre is in phase three,” he said. “But the project rests with you who make it possible. Investing in infrastructure is investing in people.” Since 2005/06, the total infrastructure investment in the prov433030 ince has been almost $60 billion.





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Ontario Infrastructure Minister Bob Chiarelli was at the Queensway Carleton Hospital to announce 10 more years of infrastructure funding for the province. Chiarelli said the McGuinty government was faced with infrastructure deficit six years ago when it was first elected and the 10-year plan will give the province an opportunity to continue what he called the largest and most successful infrastructure program in the province’s history. Chiarelli pointed out that the program would provide a “baseline” on infrastructure funding that hasn’t been available before. “That has been a major, major concern for leaders of these institutions,” said Chiarelli. “It can change in a newly

elected or re-elected government, but the change is important.” While many across Canada are still facing the effects of the recession, Chiarelli said stimulus funding has been an important part of the recovery and has helped create 300,000 jobs in Ontario. But overall, Chiarelli stressed that the importance of the 10-year plan is to provide a “sustainable, predictable” infrastructure program. “One of the biggest requests coming from people who manage these institutions is to have a capital plan that they can work to.”


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City preparing for next phase of green bin program LAURA MUELLER

The city’s green bin program hit its expected target of diverting 53,000 tonnes of organic waste from landfills in its first year. The program began in January, and the city had hoped to divert between 47,000 and 55,000 tonnes of organic waste from landfills, McRae said. But it still leaves taxpayers on the hook for around $2.5 million. That’s the amount of money the city paid for organics collection it didn’t use in 2010. Under the city’s contract with Orgaworld, Ottawa pays the company $93.40 per tonne to collect 80,000 tonnes of organic waste each year of its 20-year contract. As for when the city could actually use its full 80,000-tonne collection amount, McRae said, “we can’t predict the year if we don’t change some of our behaviour. “We’ve been very successful so far to get residents participating in the program, but if we want to boost our over-

all diversion, we have to take it to the next level,” she said. McRae, who was recently elected to lead the city’s environment committee, repeated her desire to continue discussions with residents to find ways to encourage greater use of the green bins. “Last term’s council I don’t think went far enough in having the debate,” McRae said. The green bin program helped boost the city’s diversion rate from 32 to 41 per cent this year, which puts Ottawa on par with large cities such as Toronto (which had a 44 per cent diversion rate in 2009). The province’s goal, which the city also adopted, is a 60 per cent diversion rate. Since Ottawa collects and average of 280,000 tonnes of residential waste annually, it would have needed to divert 170,000 tonnes of organics and recyclables from landfills to hit that target. GREEN BINS COMING TO SOME APARTMENTS IN 2011 If you live in an apartment, you might be getting a green bin

in the new year. The city will launch a pilot project to introduce organicwaste collection in high-rise apartment buildings starting in January. While only three to five apartment buildings will be included in the four-month pilot project (with at least one of them in Centretown), the city hopes to have the results of the pilot completed by the end of 2011. However, rolling out the program to all 100,000 of the city’s apartment units in 2011 would be “a challenge,” said Marilyn Journeaux, manager of solid waste management for the city. Almost all of the city’s 220,000 single-family homes and 30,000 townhomes have received green bins this year, Journeaux said, with apartments are next on the list. Apartments are a challenge because they often don’t have space for the bins and educating residents is difficult because of the high turnover in many buildings, Journeaux said. The city had originally hoped to implement its green bin program in 2008, Journeaux said.

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In her first act as the head of the new environment committee, River Ward Coun. Maria McRae announced on Dec. 20 that the city hit its target of diverting 53,000 tonnes of organics from landfills in the first year of the green bin program.

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The city is calling on techsavvy residents to compete for cash – and bragging rights – for the most useful mobile application, or “app” that uses the city’s data. From finding fun Saturdaymorning activities for children to locating the best dog parks in the city, the applications that will be developed during the contest will bolster resident’s ability to use the city’s “open data” policy. These developers are taking sets of digital information about the city and spinning them into handy tools for people to use on their cell phone and computers and entering them online as part of the Apps 4 Ottawa contest ( While creating these intricate techie tools doesn’t appeal to everyone, the apps can be used by anyone who has access to a smartphone or computer – and the city is hoping that gets residents interested in the initiative. The contest closes on Jan. 3 and after that, it’s up to the public to weigh in on what they think are the best apps. Voting will take place online at www. from Jan. 4 to Jan. 28 to choose the peoples’ choice award. There is also a panel of judges who will dole out the rest of the cash prizes: $50,000 in total. Last spring, the City of Ottawa began a process of making its information available to the public as “open data” – a philosophy that certain government data be openly available in a digital format. The move is meant to increase transparency at city hall and remove barriers to information to allow people to find innovative uses for it. The app contest isn’t just a way to get developers and residents interested in how open data can help them – it’s also a way to show city employees how useful it is and convince any remaining skeptics that it is worth their time to convert data into an “open format.” It takes a bit of work, but the city’s information technology staffers have yet to come across a city department that has said “no,” said Robert Giggey, one of the IT staff members who is working on the project. “Our hope is that the contest will also do that – help drive home that message,” said Giggey. “Showing them the apps may

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Friendly ‘hackers’ and interested residents gathered at city hall for an open data ‘hackathon’ in April and again on Dec. 4. The city is hoping to generate interest in the online tools by running an app contest. spark that interest.” The popularity of open data in Ottawa wouldn’t be nearly as high without the involvement of advocates like Tracy Lauriault and Edward Ocampo-Gooding, Giggey said. “This group has been very active,” Giggey said. “They are like-minded individuals who have helped out since the beginning.” Lauriault, a Carleton University researcher, and OcampoGooding, an open data advocate

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On Dec. 4, hackathon participants put their ideas for data sets and apps down on paper, and now that brainstorm is something city staff and the information technology subcommittee can use to fuel the initiative. A couple of the ideas that came out of the hackathon were an OC Transpo bus locater powered by GPS information found on 90 per cent of buses, a community equipment lock locator and an idea to pool resources and share equipment like snowplows within a neighbourhood. One of the issues that will face the creators of apps for the contest is how to keep their creations going over time. Apps need updating and they need to be hosted online for people to download, and that takes time, effort and money. . In the contest rules, the city encourages developers to keep their apps available for six months after the contest. But Ocampo-Gooding said he would like to see more incentive for creators to keep the apps up. People interested in open data will have more opportunities to connect with Ocampo-Gooding and the unofficial Open Data Ottawa group in the new year. More information can be found on the Google Group (www.groups. and search “Open Data Ottawa”) or by following @ opendataottawa on Twitter.

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This holiday, there were more people looking to cut their own Christmas trees than ever, but those well-cropped and shapely trees also cost customers a little extra. The Ontario government’s new harmonized sales tax was a big factor in the rising prices said Greely tree farmer Dan Laird, who owns Laird’s U-Cut tree farm located at Manotick Station Road and Snake Island Road. “I’m getting a lot of slack from the HST. There was no PST (provincial sales tax) on the Christmas tree before, but now there’s an extra eight per cent tax,” said Laird. This new tax put the price of trees up about $6 each, he said, in order to “offset the tax man” and make enough revenue for the year. He said he raised the prices eight per cent automatically, and then he added another one per cent because he hadn’t raised prices for about four years. He said the price hikes have angered some of his customers, and he’s spent his chopping season explaining the increase. “Some take it with a grain of

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Laird’s U-Cut Tree Farm owner Dan Laird, standing with 12-year-old son Mike at their farm near Greely, said Christmas tree prices jumped about eight per cent this year because of the HST. salt, and some do a lot of complaining. Some people see my prices and think I’m a millionaire, so I have to explain no, no, no. It’s the taxes,” he said. “There have been a few that saw my prices and drove away, but I don’t know if it’s the price in general or if they’re bargain hunting,” he added. He said his tree prices started at about $35 this year. North Gower tree farmer Bronwyn Harper said the base prices of the trees at Hillcrest

Tree Farm stayed pretty much the same, but went up or down a few cents as they tried to calculate the new 13 per cent tax to a round number. The HST itself put all total prices up about $5. Harper said she didn’t have to deal with much in the way of fallout from customers over the higher prices. “Most people didn’t even mention the price, I think they’re kind of used to HST,” she said. “We all still hate it of course, but

I think that’s an issue between the voters and Mr. McGuinty,” she added. Harper said that demand has been incredibly high for cutyour-own trees in the past few years, although Hillcrest is still waiting for many young trees to mature so they aren’t operating at the same capacity as other tree farms. She said she suspects Ottawa’s growing south end has something to do with the increasing

interest in area tree farms. “It may have something to do with the increasing building developments in the area. The city is moving south, and it seems everywhere you look there are more houses,” she said. “As a result, some of the outlying farms aren’t very far away, so people don’t have to go very far to have a nice walk around in the woods and cut their tree down.” The other ongoing Christmas tree debate centres around the environmental benefits of getting a real Christmas tree, which Laird said dramatically outweigh the benefits of an artificial tree. “A real tree rejuvenates the air, and the used Christmas trees are picked up and mulched. They’re not going to a landfill like a fake tree, where it’s not biodegradable,” he said. “There’s other ways, too – sometimes the trees are dropped in rivers to make fish habitats. Some people take their tree and stick it in the snow outside for the birds.” Harper said it may just be getting outside in a wooded area that has appeal for people. “It seems there are more people who would like to cut trees than there are trees that are available to be cut,” she added.

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While holiday cheer is in the air for many between Christmas and New Year’s, others are feeling the stresses of the season, leading to countless cases of the holiday blues. “It’s supposed to be a time when we get together with family and friends,” said John Zelenski, a Carleton psychology professor. “But what we often do (during the holidays) is add to our daily lives, and things become unpredictable.” While people are doing things throughout the holidays that should lead to happiness – like being surrounded by loved ones Submitted photo – Zelenski said hectic schedules, including Carleton professor John Zelenski said family gatherings, Christmas shopping it’s important to look at the positive aspects and holiday parties, only add to the probof the holiday season and not to dwell on lem. the stressful ones. Stress also relates to holiday sadness, with its added stress, can also push somehe said, and it’s common for people to feel one over the edge or even affect people are a sense of depression throughout Christusually resilient. One of the most common mas right until the new year. things people also do during the holidays This stress and sadness relates often to that affect their stress and depression levholiday shopping where debt can build els is worry about aspects of the holidays up, and people might feel guilty about not that they actually don’t need to worry giving to charities because of the cash about. crunch. However New Year’s celebrations Some think holiday parties, for example, can bring joy to people, who might see it as will be a lot worse than they actually are the light at the end of the tunnel. – sometimes they can even be fun. “You can look at New Year’s in January Zelenski also advises people to know as time when there are things to be hopethemselves, and know what aspects of the ful about,” Zelenski said. “We do have this holidays will put them in better moods. sense of new beginnings and a new start. “If you’re religious, look at that aspect Some people are looking forward to that.” of the holidays,” he said. “If you’re not, However before New Year’s rolls around, maybe sometimes giving or helping others there are some simple rules Zelenski will be a mood boost.” recommends people should follow when trying to get through the holiday blues. Mentally, he said positive emotions can counteract feelings of depression. He advises people to think of ways to inject positive thoughts during times of stress – like big family gatherings. “Think of it as a time to spend a couple extra minutes with the new granddaughter,” he said as an example. Some people might turn to alcohol to get them through the holidays, which he said might not be that bad of an idea. “In moderation, it’s perhaps not the worst thing,” he laughed. “But overdoing it can get you farther be2981 Carling Ave., Ottawa, Ontario hind.” (across from the Coliseum Theatres) He said the best advice to follow is to take a couple deep breaths – those simple breaths and a pause can have a nice calming effect. Zelenski said he’s not sure of who is more prone to holiday stress and depression, but research shows that women are more likely to be diagnosed with depression and substance abuse overall. He said people’s feelings also relate back to their personalities, which can be inherited through genes. “Some people seem to be prone to stress and sadness,” he said. Zelenski adds that the holidays,

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Look for budget bubbly, not high-priced plonk this year KRISTY WALLACE

Whether you’re staying in this holiday season or hosting a party, alcohol will likely be the first thing you remember to stock up on. There are ways to save money when hosting a holiday party while ensuring your guests have a good time – and a safe ride home. Sparkling wine sales peak at this time of year, according to Carleton University professor Rod Phillips. Phillips, an expert and academic in wines and alcohol, said there are steady sales throughout the year including birthdays, anniversaries and Valentine’s Day. But at the end of the day, people always want bubbly to ring in the new year – and this year, they want it to be pink. “Pink sparkling wine is becoming more and more popular – and plentiful,” said Phillips. “Men seem to have gotten over the idea that pink wine (still or sparkling) is only for women.” Phillips added that if people are buying sparkling wine for their holiday parties, there’s no need to buy champagne – which can cost about triple the amount of sparkling wine. According to Phillips, throwing a good party with quality alcohol doesn’t have to put a dent in your budget. For those who want to follow the trend of serving sparkling wine at their holiday parties, hosts can find the fizzy beverage for around $12 to $15 – this includes sparkling wine that’s made the same way as champagne. “You can buy excellent Cava, (which is) a sparkling wine from Spain,” Phillips explained. “Or, Prosecco from Italy, which tends to be fruitier and easy to drink at parties.” He added that for those who want to keep with the pink sparkling wine trend – even for men – an inexpensive pink bubbly is Pascual Toso Sparkling Malbec, which is from Argentina. As a wine connoisseur, Phillips also recommends a white wine from Chile called Cono Sur Viognier which goes for $9.95 and an Italian red wine called Montalto Nero d’Avola/Cabernet Sauvignon, which costs $8.95. “You can’t beat them,” he said. While some people might be hosting fancier parties this time of year, there are those who like to stay in and ring in the new year with Chinese food, deep-fried foods or delivered pizza. While beer seems to be the typical drink of choice for these foods, Phillips said sparkling wine can be just as good because of the bubbles in both drinks. “Try an inexpensive bubbly like Cava or Prosecco, or one of the other inexpensive sparkling wines from Australia and Argentina,” said Phillips. “Spicy foods also go well with fruity and not-sodry wines, like viognier, pinot gris and gewurztraminer. The Cono Sur Viognier would be good too.” When it comes to typical holiday dinners like turkey and hams, Phillips suggests hosts pair it with a pinot noir or gamay. He said a lot of good pinot noirs come from Ontario, New Zealand and France. Gamays can be found in the French sec-

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Your holiday parties – and drinks - this year don’t have to put a dent in your pocket. tions or Ontario sections of your local wine store. “A lot of producers make it, and I think gamay is the grape of the future for Ontario,” said Phillips. He added that pinot noir and gamay are versatile wines that go very well with food. They’re not too heavy, usually well-balanced, juicy and a little lighter than other red wines. While gamays wouldn’t go well with heavier food like steak and winter stews, Phillips said they go very well with turkey, chicken, salmon and hams. Phillips said the popularity of champagne started in the 19th century when the industry was created. Even back then, he said champagne was too expensive to have every day so it was marketed on birthdays, christenings, anniversaries and other special occasions. “The message was driven so deeply into Western culture, that we’re still stuck with it,” said Phillips. He added that luckily nowadays there are alternatives to expensive champagne like sparkling wines that people can enjoy. People who don’t drink often still serve alcohol during the holidays for friends and family, and Phillips said this is because alcohol is a social drink and makes for a more welcoming atmosphere at a gathering – no matter what kind of alcohol is being served. While everyone seems to have their own remedy for a hangover, Phillips said the best prevention is to not drink so much. “If you can’t or don’t want to do that, live with the consequences,” said Phillips. “But you can reduce the effects by eating plenty of food as you drink, and by drinking plenty of water, not only alcohol.” Tom Wainwright from Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD) Ottawa said there’s the common message the organization tries to get across every year. “If you’re having… parties, make arrangements beforehand,” he said. “Either with taxis, or a designated driver.” Operation Red Nose is also in effect again this holiday season. For anyone who hasn’t planned ahead, party-goers can call 613-771-2886 and a volunteer will drive you safely from where you are to your house. The service is free of charge but accepts donations.



OTTAWA THIS WEEK STAFF As 2010 comes to a close, Ottawa’s politicians are beginning to look toward 2011 with an air of optimism and enthusiasm, with plans to improve both in the personal and professional spheres. From increased time at the gym to lofty items to push in council, these movers and shakers aren’t missing the opportunity to turn over a new leaf come Jan. 1. RIVER COUN. MARIA MCRAE McRae made a resolution on behalf of her constituents, wishing that they “don’t stop doing what they do well, and that is to stay involved and continue giving back in their own way.” McRae said she feels “very fortunate” to live in such a generous ward, where residents are so willing to give back to their community, be it through sitting on boards, volunteering at a charity or shoveling a neighbour’s driveway. “I like the fact that they care enough to actually write to me, or that they care enough to be the rink operator, or to drive people from St. Patrick’s (long-term care facility) to appointments. We do have a lot of people who are very involved in the community,” she said. In her personal life, McRae said she will yet again strive to attain a better work-life balance, although she said she has yet to be very successful in her goal, having made it her resolution several years in a row. She said anyone in a position like hers, be it a politician or the CEO of a company, usually faces the same challenge of making sure they are giving enough time to their personal life. “I think that it’s better for everyone if we can try and obtain that goal and still continue with our responsibilities we have in our jobs,” she said.

Hobbs laughed that she doesn’t like making New Years resolutions in case she sets herself up for failure. But among the things she hopes to accomplish this year is to get into an exercise routine – something she hasn’t been able to have since she embarked on the campaign trail a year ago. “Going to yoga Saturday mornings is a big goal – as well as making sure I eat properly and get back into reading,” she said. “I don’t mind working seven days a week, but I’d like to keep a balance.” She also wants to keep open to all the issues happening in Kitchissippi Ward, including light rail debates. “Theoretically I could work in my office all day,” she said. “But you don’t get fresh or new ideas that way.”

BAY COUN. MARK TAYLOR Taylor plans to ring in the New Year quietly at home with his wife. While he said he’s not a believer in making New Year’s resolutions, he said his resolutions for 2011 include his commitments to the people of Bay Ward. “I’ve been blessed with an amazing job and a wonderful opportunity to help people in very meaningful and practical ways,” he said. “That’s the reason I ran for city council.” His said his main resolutions for 2011 include going out to work everyday and making sure he has a measurable impact on Bay Ward residents’ day-to-day life. Taylor said his resolutions will come true if, at the end of 2011, residents in Bay Ward can say their life is a little better. Taylor predicts that in 2011 people in Bay Ward will find their issues – no matter how big or small – will be dealt with much differently than before. “The year 2011 will not be a year of people fighting city hall or angry community meetings,” Taylor said. “Folks will start being treated respectfully, quickly, fairly and really feel they’re being taken seriously.” KITCHISSIPPI COUN. KATHERINE HOBBS Hobbs said the convent debate has been on her mind since she took the council seat – and she hopes the convent will serve as an example of how to deal with development in the future. “When we know something will be built, let’s try and make it the best thing possible,” Hobbs said. She added that constant strife and conflict takes its toll on people, and she hopes the convent will serve as a lesson for development. She said more predictable outcomes in 2011 include dealing with less con-


New Bay Coun. Mark Taylor says 2011 will be the year council says goodbye to fighting and bickering and instead embraces an era of respect. struction after September 2011 and more traffic plugging up Island Park Drive because of development in Quebec. She also predicts the community groups and business improvement area members in Kitchissippi will continue to advocate for their community. “I’m amazed every day by their level of involvement,” she said.

Naqvi said his goal is to continue to improve on a regular basis, as an individual and a community representative. “I will continue to work hard to serve my constituents, listen to my community and be an effective voice for them,” he said. On the personal note, Naqvi said he hopes to keep healthy and fit in the new year. “We always look forward to trying to improve ourselves. My biggest focus is my personal health and making sure I am always in good shape.”

Funding comes only weeks after Notre Dame student’s death of their classmate, said the shooting was not related to the school community and can’t speak specifically to how the program would have prevented the incident from happening. However, he said a student like Ghiasi was already well-engaged in the school community and he was a highly regarded student. “The program we’re talking about is for students who need that forum,” said Strauch. “It’s for students who have a lack of support, whether it be in the home or in the larger community.” Chiarelli said overall, the program helps give youth a second chance for young people who become broken in some way – either psychologically or emotionally. “It needs to be recognized and addressed,” he said.

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From YOUTH on page 1 The provincial funding for at-risk youth also comes only weeks after the shooting of 16-year-old Notre Dame student Yazdan Ghiasvand Ghiasi. Chiarelli said it’s possible this program could have helped those involved in the incident – particularly the young men currently in custody. “Certainly every violent student who goes through this program isn’t going to be rehabilitated, but a large number will be,” he said. “Many of these young people who go through this program go back to school, cope and become productive adults.” Chiarelli added that in many respects, the program is saving lives – both the youth at risk and potential victims of youth violence. Strauch, who has been helping students at Notre Dame cope with the loss

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Ottawa couple get ready for New Year’s knot-tying EMMA JACKSON

It’s all about the bride, isn’t it? Not always – some brides around Ottawa are choosing to share their wedding day with another special occasion: the countdown to the new year. Kanata resident Lesley-Anne Oegema will marry her fiancé Tyler Lussier at the Chateau Laurier this Dec. 31, and she said the unique challenges of a New Year’s wedding have been worth it. “I wanted a huge party for the whole family, for everyone to get dressed up, for an excuse to really celebrate the wedding and the New Year’s Eve theme at the same time,” she said. “When you’re a young girl you love getting dressed up, and any excuse is amazing.” And dressed up she’ll be: the ice princess theme, a cold and classy vintage look, she said, fits perfectly with the castle towers of the regal Chateau Laurier in the heart of downtown. Her bridesmaids will be wearing midnight blue with “cool, frosted crystals” garnishing their dresses. The guests won’t be skipping the traditional New Year’s countdown either – they’ll be embracing it. “The wedding planner is bringing all the blow horns, the hats, everything, and we’re having a huge New Years toast with pink champagne. The live band, they’ll be doing the countdown. So it’s like a big countdown, a big New Years party, so every-

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Lesley-Anne Oegema and Tyler Lussier will be married at the Chateau Laurier on New Year’s Eve, complete with a countdown, live band and party horns to ring in the new year. one can do their toast,” Oemega said. She said the guests, many of whom will be coming from out of town, didn’t mind giving up their New Year’s plans for the wedding. “I think they’re looking forward to it. A lot of people, as you get older, don’t have something super special to do on New Year’s, so this year they do. They want to get dressed up. Its free for them, so why not come to a wedding with an open bar?” she laughed. “It’s like a weekend

getaway for them.” But it’s not all roses from the administrative side, and Oemega said it takes an organized person who’s used to being busy to pull it off. “I think if you have people like my wedding planner and a photographer who will help you out, it helps. We’re both busy, we’re both in sales positions, so it’s been tough. I would recommend a New Year’s wedding, but it’s a lot to handle, so only do it if you’re used to being busy,” Oemega said.

First, the newly engaged couple must be on the ball to even book the space. Lussier and Oemega, who had been dating for three years, got engaged last Dec. 23 and it was an incredible struggle to make sure they booked the Chateau Laurier for the following year. “On the day, we called the Chateau Laurier, and they said there was another couple that wanted the room for New Years,” she explained, adding that the location is important to her because her parents and her aunt were

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both married there years ago. “They said whoever got there first with the deposit would get it, so we drove down directly.” Bride wars aside, the cost of a New Year’s wedding is also a struggle. “The cost has been crazy. Everywhere you go – and I looked into more than one venue – the cost is based on consumption, because people are more likely to drink. So they won’t give you a per person charge,” she said. Not to mention a shortage of hotel rooms for her guests. The other sacrifice in the New Year’s wedding business is Christmas. “At first, it was like, ‘Wow, I forgot about Christmas!’ and we kind of pushed Christmas aside,” Oemega explained, adding that forgetting Christmas is hard to do in her family, which usually makes a huge deal of the occasion. She said the family tried to maintain the usual level of pomp as best they could, despite the wedding only a week later. “My sister just had a baby and it’s her first Christmas so we’re trying to make Christmas a huge thing. We usually spend Christmas at Chateau Laurier and have brunch, but this year we’re at home for a low key Christmas, and we’ll have New Years at the Chateau instead,” she said. But there is one other upside to the New Year’s wedding, she added, and that is that her husband-to-be will never forget their anniversary, she laughed. The couple will leave for St. Lucia on Jan. 2 for a week-long honeymoon.

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Sport will be good for Ottawa, event organizer says EMMA JACKSON

Starting in the new year, the mixed martial arts community in Ottawa will finally have a fighting chance to show what they can do. The provincial government will begin accepting applications on Jan. 1 from MMA groups hoping to host professional fights in the province, and Ottawa’s Wreck MMA is looking forward to crossing the Quebec border to prove to Ottawa they are a positive force in the community. “We’re Ottawa-based, so we’ve been helping local causes in Ottawa ever since we started, but we have to keep going over to Gatineau to fight,” said Nick Castiglia, president of Wreck MMA, explaining that virtually every show they host involves some sort of charitable cause. For example, their most recent Gatineau fight collected more than a tonne of non-perishable food for the Ottawa Food Bank, and over Thanksgiving they hosted a completely volunteer-run show for troops in Afghanistan. The organization has also raised $17,000 for terminally ill Ottawa police officer Brian Dick. “I just ask that the people in the community give the sport a chance. We have this sport played by true gentlemen, who hug after each fight, who are professional athletes. Wreck MMA tries to have the best athletes we can have in the community.” The move to allow professional MMA events in Ontario has been fairly controversial, with concerns over the violent nature of the sport popularized through the Ultimate Fighting Championship events, which frequently appear on sports-bar television screens across the city. But Castiglia said the change of heart will be a huge benefit for fans who want to attend an MMA event in the region. “Some people are just turned off having to go to Gatineau,” he said, adding that the vast majority of their fans and fighters come from the Ontario side. “Most people in Ottawa live their lives in Ottawa, and they don’t want to go over to Gatineau and Aylmer, because it’s not as convenient for them. Any business owner is always looking for a way to make the event more convenient for their customer. I think its going to be so much more convenient when it’s in Ottawa.” Wreck MMA is hoping to host Ottawa’s first Ontario-side professional MMA event, likely in May, Castiglia said, who will be kicking off the new year with applications to the Ministry of Consumer Services, which will control the MMA applications through the provincial athletics commissioner. “Come Jan. 1, I’m putting in my application first thing. I’ve got to get my next martial arts promoter license, and then we’ll put in the event application,” he said. Although he doesn’t know exactly where the event will be held in Ottawa – “I don’t want to put the cart before the horse” – he said the event will cater to between 1,000 and 4,000 spectators, and ideally would be set in a stadium or bowl-shaped venue, for maximum viewer satisfaction. The fight would likely involve some of the area’s higher profile fighters, including W1 champion Craig “Farmer” Brown who runs the FIT MMA gym at Scott Street and Parkdale Avenue in Hintonburg. Applications for such events must be submitted at least 30 days before the proposed date, according to ministry spokesman Stephen Puddister. Applications require the suggested venue to

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Mixed martial arts fighter Craig ‘Farmer’ Brown runs the FIT MMA gym in Hintonburg. As of Jan. 1, the province will allow professional MMA events to take place in Ontario. be safe enough to host the event, and fighters on the application must submit to several medical and drug tests in order to be licensed to fight professionally, Puddister said.

Some fighters, including Brown, have voiced concern the MMA allowance in Ontario will create an influx of ill-prepared fighters in the system and increase the chances of injuries.

“The problem is everybody and his dog is going to try to open up an MMA gym,” Brown said. “People are going to open gyms, and they’ll have guys fighting who aren’t ready, and people will get hurt. The lack of education and people looking to make a quick buck, that’s my biggest worry.” But Brown’s colleague Castiglia took a slightly different perspective on it. “When professional MMA got acknowledged and accepted, so did amateur MMA,” he said. “So we’re not only creating the avenue for professional MMA fighters to be practicing, but we’re also creating a stepping stone for the community’s aspiring athletes to build themselves properly at the amateur level, so they’re properly prepared for the professional level.” Indeed, Puddister noted that the athletics commissioner will be taking a fighter’s history and skill levels into account when deciding whether or not to approve a match. “Competitors with significantly different skills and experience would not likely be permitted to fight each other,” he said. Castiglia said he just hopes the community will give the sport a chance and welcome it into Ottawa. “It’s not just amount the money. We’re about working with the local athletes, working with local causes, and with local business,” he said. “We want to get the sport off on the right foot. It took long enough to get it into Ontario, and we don’t want to be the ones to get it out.”


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• DEC. 31 Come ring in the New Year at the Eastview Branch of the Royal Canadian Legion, 294 Cyr Ave. In the Upper Lounge there is a dinner and dance with the Legends beginning at 6 p.m. Tickets for the dinner and dance are $30 per person and available at the branch. In the Lower Lounge Terry McCann will be playing. Admission to the Lower Lounge is free and all are welcome. For more information, contact the Branch at 613-741-9539.

• JAN. 1 Come celebrate New Year’s Day at the Eastview Branch of the Royal Canadian Legion, 294 Cyr Ave. Our Annual New Year’s Day Levee will begin at 12 Noon. All are welcome. For more information, contact the Branch at 613-741-9539.

• JAN. 9 Silvie and Bryan Cheng’s piano/cello performance will take place at 2 p.m. at Rideau Park United Church, 2203 Alta Vista Dr. OC Transpo route 8 takes you to the door. Freewill

offering will be accepted at the performance.

Bytown Voices: Rehearsals begin for the winter/spring session at 7:30 p.m. in preparation for two joint concerts with the Seaway Valley Singers on May 1 and May 7. Rehearsals are held Tuesdays from 7:30 – 9:30 p.m. at St. Basil’s Church, off Maitland between the Queensway and Carling Ave. Information: or contact: All voices welcome in this community choir.

– 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

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Ottawa Innercity Ministries, Dominion Chalmers United 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. For more information on becoming a volunteer, please contact OIN at 613-237-6031.

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

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• JAN. 26 Bayview Public School will host a JK/ SK information night from 6-7 p.m. at the school, 185 Owl Dr. Come see what Bayview is all about. Programs at the school include Early French Immersion for JK-Grade 4, day care available, extra-curricular creative arts program. For more information, please contact the principal, Anne Laperrière at 613-733-4726

• JAN. 31 TO FEB. 21 Toddlertime at the Alta Vista branch of the Ottawa Public Library, 2516 Alta Vista. Stories, rhymes and songs for babies and a parent or caregiver. Ages 18-35 months. Mondays at 10:30 a.m. (30 min.). 613-737-2837

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• FEB. 2 TO 23 Babytime at the Alta Vista branch of the Ottawa Public Library, 2516 Alta Vista. Stories, rhymes and songs for babies and a parent or caregiver. Ages 0-18 months. Wednesdays at 10:30 a.m. (30 min.) 613-737-2837

• FEB. 16 Heritage Ottawa Free Public Lecture Series – Changing Approaches to Theory and Practice in the Conservation Field: A Willowbank Perspective at 7 p.m. at The Old Firehall, 260 Sunnyside Ave. The Willowbank School in Niagara-on-the-Lake offers a new direction for professional training in conservation. Julian Smith, one of Canada’s best known conservation architects, will discuss the school’s philosophy and its use of a cultural landscape framework to shape emerging trends in the conservation field. Info: 613-230-8841 or

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