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TRACKING AUTISM A new registry is offering peace of mind to parents of autistic children.


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BELL CAPITAL CUP HOCKEY BATTLES NO SMALL MATTER Brendan Hill of the Renfrew Timberwolves, top, tries to avoid falling over Gavin Courtemanche of the Midland Centennials during a major atom ‘A’ game at the Bell Capital Cup on Dec. 31. Midland won the game 3-0, and the Timberwolves couldn’t notch a win in the three round robin games this year at the world’s largest atom and pee wee hockey tournament. For more Bell Capital Cup coverage, see page 13.

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Two community groups say the City of Ottawa ignored its own guidelines when it allowed a development to move forward on the Westboro convent site, and the groups are taking that fight to the Ontario Municipal Board. The Hampton Iona Community Group and the Westboro Community Association jointly filed appeals to the OMB on Dec. 29. It’s not that they want to pre-

vent development on the site, the groups say. They point out that they recognize the benefits of intensification – that’s why the wanted to help guide the intensification process by participating in writing the secondary plan, said Lorne Cutler of the Hampton Iona Community Group. “We are very much concerned that the city is either choosing to interpret the secondary plan in a way that they knew was contrary to the way that the design plan was written, or that

they have designed a plan that has no teeth,” he said. Cutler said the community groups worked with city staff to come up with very specific wording regarding the rezoning of the convent site. According to that plan, the north side of the Soeurs de la Visitation convent site was supposed to be rezoned to a maximum of four to six storeys (the city allowed nine storeys), while buildings to the south were intended to be no more than four storeys high

(the city allowed buildings of up to nine storeys). An OMB decision on the convent site rezoning could have wider-reaching implications on how the city interprets other secondary plans or even community design plans. “Any community that has a design plan or a secondary plan, that has worked hard to get a plan in place, should be concerned that it will not be upheld, at least in the way See FIX on page 2

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Hydro rebates to appear on bills starting this month MICHELLE NASH

Ottawa consumers won’t wait very long to see the promised rebate as part of their Hydro Ottawa bills. The rebate, announced by the Ontario government on Nov. 18, will see hydro consumers receive a 10 per cent savings after all other charges have been applied. For some areas in the province, the rebate could take up to five months to show up on a consumer’s bill, with the rebate payments being retroactive to January. However, Hydro Ottawa has said that their consumers could see the changes as early as their next bill. “The rebates will be applied to any hydro consumption after Jan. 1,” said Hydro Ottawa spokesperson Susan Barrett. She said it was easy for them to make the changes to the billing system and that consumers will see an insert in their next bill to explain the new changes. For a typical hydro consumer using 800 kilowatt hours per month, the savings could be

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Hydro Ottawa have made changes to their billing system to reflect the new Ontario Clean Energy Benefit rebate. This graphic shows what a typical customer will see on their bill, with a credit that goes towards the delivery and electricity charges after taxes. close to $20 dollars on every twomonth billing period. This rebate comes on the heels of the Ontario government’s announcement that the cost of hydro will rise 46 per cent over the next five years. When Hélène Ménard, a budget consultant from Entraide Budgetaire who deals with in-

dividuals on fixed incomes, first heard about the relief she was happy the government finally took notice of the growing problem of people struggling to pay their bills. “They are now listening, but they still need to do more,” Ménard said. But rebate will not offset costs

City needs to ‘fix what’s wrong’ with process From CONVENT on page 1 they wrote it,” Cutler said. Gary Ludington, who represents the Westboro Community Association, agreed. He said the groups have been trying to tell the city it needs to “fix what’s wrong” with the process of creating these plans. “We all believed that the community design plan – which ultimately became a secondary plan and part of the city’s official plan – meant something,” he said. “With what has happened with this proposal, they appear to mean nothing or very, very

little.” Cutler said the Westboro case should serve as a warning for other communities to ensure there is no wiggle room in the wording of their secondary and community design plans. The community groups were told taking the process a step further to make it a secondary plan, as opposed to simply a community design plan, would give the plan more teeth. While community design guidelines are just that – suggestions for how development should occur – secondary plans

include specific, enforceable policies for development in a defined area. They are supposed to have more clout than design guidelines because they are amendments to the city’s official plan – the master document for future planning. “I would hope that they start to use tighter wording, if that’s what they need to start doing,” Cutler said regarding secondary plans. “If the city is seriously concerned, they should do something about it.” Part of the issue is the way that city staff interpret the

for those who already had a hard time paying for the high cost of hydro. Ménard worries this will only really offer relief to families who could already afford their, bills but did not like the higher costs. “If you have the money and you are complaining, it is one thing, but if you don’t have the

money in the first place, it is quite another, isn’t it?” Hydro Ottawa has also made some other changes, introducing a new time-of-use rates, to also help ease the consumer’s wallets. As well they offer tips and links on their website to help find ways to keep hydro costs down.

plans, Cutler said. For instance, the secondary plan states that buildings “south of the convent” are not supposed to be more than four storeys high. Cutler said city staff interpreted a definition of “south” that allowed Ashcroft to plan taller buildings in an area that the writers of the secondary plan had not intended. “If council was serious … really was concerned about these issues and was onside with the community but thought they couldn’t fight staff, they could give a clear message to staff about how these plans are to be interpreted,” Cutler said. Ashcroft Homes has already filed an appeal to the OMB re-

garding the convent site because the city took more than 120 days to make a decision on Ashcroft’s development application. The OMB appeal is also complicated by the ongoing issue of the city seeking to buy or expropriate approximately 0.8 hectares (two acres) of land at the Byron Linear Park. Cutler said Coun. Katherine Hobbs and the city are working with Ashcroft to come up with an estimated value of the land and a plan of how to pay for it. The city has until the end of March to work out that issue. Hobbs declined to speak about the matter last week, saying through a staff member that she needed to consult her staff before speaking about the issue. 429806

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Jennifer Larouche kisses and gets to know her new-born daughter Clara. Clara was the first baby born in Ottawa in 2011.

New Year’s baby not first for Ottawa family EMMA JACKSON

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Clara Larouche may be Ottawa’s first baby born in 2011, but she’s not the first New Year’s baby in her family. Clara’s grandfather was the first baby born in his hometown of Saguenay, Que. in 1958 – and he’s over the moon to be sharing his special birthday with his week-old granddaughter. “Oh, he’s very excited. Absolutely,” said Clara’s father Stephane Larouche, who said his proud dad was holding little Clara as he spoke. Larouche, who lives with his family near Hunt Club Road and Uplands Drive, said his special New Year’s baby has been outstanding in her short time at home with her parents and two older brothers. “I’m surprised, she’s by far the quietest baby we’ve ever had,” he said. His two sons, Matis, 3, and Raphael, 21 months, have also been surprisingly good since their sister arrived, he said. “It’s pretty great actually, we’re pretty surprised. I was expecting them to be rougher kids, but they’re not, they’re kissing her and getting to know her,” he said, adding that he and his wife Jennifer Greenland had been prepping the boys for several months to make sure they understood who their sister is and that she’s here to stay. Larouche said the whole family knew it was a girl before she was born New Year’s morning. “I don’t really like the surprise when it comes to kids, so we knew right away that it was a girl,” he laughed. It’s pure coincidence that Clara’s name means brilliant and famous, which she’s already become by arriving at 12:06 a.m. on Jan. 1 after a rather difficult 15 hour labour. Larouche said they came across the

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Clara Larouche’s grandfather, Stephane, was a New Year’s baby in 1958. name long before her birth, while watching a French television show. “Clara came from Sarah, which was the first name we picked, but then we fell in love with this name on a TV show,” he said. Clara’s mother arrived at the Queensway Carleton at 9 a.m. on Dec. 31, and was in labour for another 15 hours. During that time she suffered a large hemorrhage before finally giving birth in the wee hours of the new year. Larouche said he wishes the same for his new daughter as he does for his other young children. “I just want her to be healthy all life long. I just hope everything will go well for her,” he said. As for him, Larouche said just because he’s the father of 2011’s first baby in Ottawa, he said he’s nothing special. “I’m just a regular father who’s just really, really happy to have this new baby,” he said.

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Health Canada has announced plans to expand health warning labels to 75 per cent of the cover on all cigarettes sold in Canada, with designs that will appear similar to those pictured. Canada’s convenience store association says the government should be spending its time fighting more pressing issues like contraband tobacco products.

Tobacco health labels won’t convince addicts, association says EMMA JACKSON

The Minister of Health last week announced plans to expand health warning labels on Canadian cigarette packages, a move meant to discourage young adults from starting to smoke, and to encourage longtime smokers to quit. But one interest group is skeptical that the expanded labels will actually lower smoking levels. “There’s some scientific evidence that suggests it will help, but if you read the commentary that people have written in the papers, they’re addicted, so they’re going to continue to smoke,” said Steve Tennant, vice president of the Canadian Convenience Stores Association (CCSA), whose members credit

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between 40 and 50 per cent of annual sales to tobacco products, with independent downtown Ottawa stores seeing sales as high as 60 per cent. Nepean-Carleton MP Pierre Poilievre joined Health Minister Leona Aglukkaq at Tunney’s Pasture Dec. 30 to announce the plan, which includes expanding health warning labels on cigarette packages from 50 per cent to 75 per cent of the cover, and adding real victims’ testimonials about their struggles with smoking-related diseases. Canadian anti-smoking activist Barb Tarbox, who died of lung cancer in 2003 after a whirlwind tour of the country to show young Canadians what happens if you smoke, will be featured in her dying moments on some of the new labels. Many new labels


ally gone up since convenience stores have had to keep tobacco products hidden from view. “Whether you can see it or not, you know we sell cigarettes,” Tennant said. “All it does is slow down service, but as for sales it doesn’t really affect them.” Tennant added that if the Canadian government really wants to tackle smoking in Canada, it needs to focus on a bigger problem: contraband. “It’s great to govern the legal products, but it’s frustrating to see business eroding around you because of contraband products that don’t have health warning labels, that don’t pay the taxes, that follow none of the guidelines the Feds have put in place,” he said. “What we get frustrated with is that the Ontario government especially and the Feds

don’t take action on the amount of contraband flowing into the country, particularly into areas like Ottawa,” which is bookended by contraband hubs in Cornwall and Montreal. In 2008, contraband cigarette seizures jumped to its highest level ever, hitting nearly 967,000 cartons, compared to only 29,000 cartons in 2001. Much of that contraband circulates around Ontario. The Canadian Cancer Society and the Heart and Stroke Foundation both sent representatives to the conference to offer support to the government’s initiatives. The new health warning labels will appear on cigarette packages “as soon as possible” Aglukkaq said, but she wouldn’t give any sort of time line.

OSEG responds to ‘careless’ Lansdowne allegations LAURA MUELLER

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will be in colour. The plan will also launch a new anti-smoking campaign on social media sites such as Facebook, and will introduce a nation-wide toll-free quit line. “We know that having health warning labels on packages is still one of the most effective ways to warn smokers of health hazards. Therefore we will toughen efforts to make them bolder and bigger,” said Aglukkaq. But Tennant believes these kinds of initiatives do not really make much difference, particularly for long-time smokers. “If you want to buy cigarettes from us, you’re going to buy cigarettes from us,” he said. Indeed, one Quickie employee in Ottawa South said cigarette sales at his store have actu-

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Calling the Friends of Lansdowne’s allegations “careless and ill founded,” Lansdowne developer Ottawa Sports and Entertainment Group fired back at the group’s legal challenge on Dec. 23. The Friends of Lansdowne appealed to the Ontario Superior Court to challenge the process the city used to grant a contract to OSEG to redevelop the city-owned property located in the Glebe. OSEG lawyer John Moss Moss doesn’t address that in the affidavit he filed on Dec. 23 – he says it’s up to the courts and the city to determine if the process was fair. Since OSEG doesn’t have a role to play in that part of the

case, Moss states that his arguments focus on the lack of evidence supporting the Friends’ claims. Moss states in his affidavit that the allegations are based on opinion, not fact. The Friends’ legal challenge is based on an “imperfect or incomplete understanding” of the city’s Lansdowne Partnership Plan (LPP) to redevelop the site with OSEG, Moss states. The Friends also argue that OSEG received preferential treatment from the city. That’s not true, Moss responds in the affidavit. For instance, if the future Canadian Football League team folds during the five-year term outlined in OSEG’s agreement with the city, OSEG would lose its investment and interest in the stadium, retail and office compo-

nents of the development. Moss also argues that OSEG has contributed a lot of time, effort and money to the process of redeveloping the park and it shares the financial risk of the plan with the city, which the comments in the Friends’ legal challenge ignore. The Friends of Lansdowne won’t reply to the affidavit until Jan. 14, said spokesperson Michael Tiger. “I think I’ll wait a little while until we get our position together and how we’ll respond,” Tiger said. “We’ll obviously respond to their statement.” Lawyers for both sides will meet to discuss the evidence that’s been submitted. Tiger said it is unlikely that a settlement or out-of-court agreement could be reached before the April court date.


Contest looking for Ottawa’s next ‘awesome authors’ EMMA JACKSON

story and poetry categories for both official languages. Westboro writer Brenda Chapman will judge the English short stories, while Sulzenko will judge the English poetry category. Local Francophone author Michel Lavoie will judge the French short story and poetry categories. The winners from each category will have their entries read aloud and celebrated at a special presentation on March 29 at Ben Franklin Place, where the winners will also receive cash prizes for their work. The winning entries will then be published in Pot-Pourri, an annual publication put out by the Friends of the Ottawa Public Library association. Chapman, author of the Jennifer Bannon youth mystery series, said this kind of contest is important for motivating kids to hone their writing skills. “It gives them a goal and it gives them feedback. It’s not to discourage them from writing,” she said. “There’s always a handful of kids that it really appeals to, and it might affirm their passion.” Chapman, who has been a

Any writer can tell you it’s not easy to submit newly finished work for review. But that’s exactly what the Ottawa Public Library is asking of the city’s young and aspiring authors. The Awesome Authors writing contest is accepting original short stories and poems of less than 1,000 words until Jan. 31, leaving kids aged nine to 17 with just enough time to submit their original piece online or at their local library branch. The contest is meant to encourage young writers to get comfortable putting their ideas to paper with the potential of having them published as a winning entry. But such an act should not be taken lightly, said local poet JC Sulzenko, who has been judging the English poetry category for years. “What a contest like this allows a kid to do is to be daring and to put forward what they’ve imagined and created for review by professionals,” she said. “It is a daring and courageous act. The earlier you can have that

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Glebe poet and author JC Sulzenko displays the 2010 edition of Pot Pourri, which showcases the winners of the Awesome Authors writing contest through the Ottawa Public Library. Sulzenko has been a judge since 2004, and will act as the English poetry judge for this year’s contest. courage the more likely you are to gain the confidence to put your ideas forward for review more often.”

The contest is broken into three age categories – ages nine to 11, 12 to 14 and 15 to 17 – and is further separated into short

teacher and is now a communications expert for the federal government while she writes, was a first-time judge last year. She said she was surprised at the quality of the writing. “I didn’t really know what to expect, but some of the writing was just fabulous,” she said. “What I look for in a short story is good writing skills and grammar, a good opening, an interesting storyline, and a good conclusion.” Sulzenko said the writing has to be unique in order to be singled out. “The poem has to be memorable, because if you’re reading hundreds of poems they have to stand out, they have to have originality. It could be in the language, the point of view, or an innovative form. Those are the key things that would get me to separate poems out from the rest,” she said. Students must be between the ages of 9 and 17 and have a library card to enter. Submissions must be less than 1,000 words and typed. Each person can submit two up to two entries per category. For full contest details visit

CLASSES ARE HELD AT: • Nepean Creative Arts Centre (NCAC), Unit 11-35 Stafford Rd., Bells Corners • Walter Baker Sports Complex (WBSC), 100 Malvern Dr., Barrhaven • Mary Honeywell Public School (MHPS), 54 Kennevale Dr., Barrhaven

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Ballet training teaches children poise and confidence. For adults, it is an excellent way to increase flexibility and muscular strength. Les Petits Ballets is a non-profit school that presents dance instruction in association with the City of Ottawa. Now in our 33rd year, Les Petits Ballets offers recreational and preprofessional dance and movement classes in spacious, well-equipped studios at the Nepean Creative Arts Centre and at various locations throughout Nepean. Entrance to the pre-professional program is by audition only. Members of our Performing Company are selected from our pre-professional students.

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PREBALLET I - AGES 4-5 Instruction in ballet, music, movement and mime, along with routines designed to help the development of listening skills and attention span. The exercises are structured to develop strength, balance, flexibility and coordination in the young student.

Les Petits Ballets Registration Information Winter 2011 registration has begun. Choose the method that’s most convenient for you! Download a form at and mail registration form and cheque to: Les Petits Ballets 11-35 Stafford Road, Nepean Ontario K2H 8V8. Or Register in person at Nepean Creative Arts Centre 35 Stafford Road, Unit 11 - payments by cash or cheque. Please make cheques payable to Les Petits Ballets – Please date cheques: Winter session – January 8, 2011 Terms and conditions of registration: • Cancellations – courses are subject to cancellation due to insufficient registration – if this occurs a full refund will be issued. • Withdrawals/refunds – full refund before the class starts less a $10 administration fee. Refunds in first three weeks of classes will be prorated for classes attended less a $10 administration fee. No refunds after the third week of classes. • Returned cheques – a service fee of $15 will be applied to all cheques returned because of non sufficient funds. • Les Petits Ballets does not send confirmations of registration. You will only be contacted if the class is not proceeding as scheduled. • All Les Petits Ballets classes should qualify for the Fitness Tax Credit and these will be issued at the end of the session.

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ADULT PROGRAMS BALLET LEVEL I Instruction in Russian ballet syllabus for interested individuals. No previous training required. NCAC Mon Jan 10 - June 6 Drop-in fee

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News nity to hire experts to make their case against expanding the dump. Ottawa residents can also look forward to a seniors’ summit in 2011, which Watson promised during his campaign. The event will bring together experts to discuss how the city can be better prepared to cope with its aging population from a variety of perspectives. TESTS IN 2011

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After their inauguration on Dec. 1, 2010, members of city council only met a few times before breaking for the holidays. Now that 2011 has arrived, council will be getting to work on many significant issues, including the Lansdowne redevelopment, police and transit issues.

Budget will be first 2011 challenge: Watson Lansdowne, police abuse allegations, transit negotiations on council agenda LAURA MUELLER

Ottawa city council will have a lot on its plate in 2011, from lingering issues surrounding the redevelopment of Lansdowne to concerns over police conduct. But before anything else gets underway at city hall in 2011, council will need to take care of the budget. That’s Mayor Jim Watson’s No.1 priority for the first year of his term at the helm of city council. “It will set the stage for everything we’re going to do in the year,” he said. It won’t be easy – Watson was already successful in convincing council to put a 2.5-per cent cap on budget increases for all departments, and the entire budget process must be wrapped up by March. One department already has begun to grapple with those limits – the Ottawa Police Service will have to trim more than $6 million in budget increases it had anticipated in 2011. Watson says that is the new fiscal reality at city hall. “It’s how you look at it,” he said. “All departments will get more money to operate, they

just won’t be getting as much as they asked for. Every department is going to have to live within that.” The new integrity measures Watson promised during the election, such as online posting of city councillors’ expenses and the appointment of an integrity commissioner – have been given the thumbs-up by council and will be implemented in the first half of the new year, the mayor said. Council and city staff will also be working to set up a reserve fund dedicated to purchasing environmentally sensitive land – something council approved just before the holidays. Watson said he wanted to see that fund created because of the furor over building on land surrounding the Beaver Pond in Kanata. The new fund will provide money for the city to proactively purchase sensitive lands when they come up for sale. Where does the boundary lie? That will be a question for the Ontario Municipal Board in 2011 as developers go to bat to get the city to expand its urban boundary. That’s the area that defines where new construction can occur, and the developers want it

widened – an idea that was popular with former mayor Larry O’Brien. Last year, city council debated expanding the urban area by 840 hectares – much of it in the city’s west end. Instead, council chose to promote intensified development and only expand the boundary by 220 hectares – a decision that didn’t sit will with developers, who will take their cases to the Ontario Municipal Board this spring. If the boundary is expanded, it would likely put development pressures on the suburbs and rural areas. But whether or not the city expands its boundaries, intensification and infill development will remain a hot topic. A number of residents are looking at the city’s design guidelines, community design plans and secondary plans and getting fed up with how these plans “have no teeth.” Community groups in Westboro recently launched an OMB appeal on this very issue, and even city planning staff will go to bat for this issue – they will instigate a series of public consultations on how to align design guidelines with the city’s zoning bylaws. Watson said Alta Vista Coun. Peter Hume will be dealing with planning issues as the head of the city’s planning committee. “These contentious planning

issues are very divisive for the community,” Watson said. Planning and design guidelines must be written in a way that makes them less open to interpretation than they have been in the past couple of years, he said. At the same time, the city needs to take a look at how it approves development projects to reduce the red tape involved, Watson said. He said he will bring forward a series of motions aimed at simplifying the process, with a view to reducing the number of projects that end up at the Ontario Municipal Board. He also wants to see incentives for developers to move construction forward. Across the city, residents will be watching to see how the Ottawa River Action Plan, a series of 17 projects aimed at reducing combined sewer overflows and improve stormwater management practices in the City of Ottawa, is implemented. City council approved the $251.6-million plan in February of 2010, and there is still about $173-million worth of work left to be done between 2011 and 2013. The Carp Road landfill issue is essentially the hands of the province at this point, but remains to be seen what happens with a $75,000 fund the city has approved to allow the commu-

While Watson wants to move a number of positive initiatives forward, he will also have to deal with a number of hefty challenges facing the city this year. All eyes will be on OC Transpo, as contract negotiations with the Amalgamated Transit Union will begin. Looking to diffuse a tense relationship with the transit union and prevent a repeat of the 2008 transit strike, Watson has already reported positive initial meetings with the interim union head, Mike Aldrich. The Lansdowne Park redevelopment will continue to face obstacles as the courts deal with a legal challenge from the Friends of Lansdowne in April, but Watson said if the court decides in the city’s favour, we could see shovels in the ground before the end of 2011. Trying times will likely continue for the Ottawa Police Service and the city’s police service board as they grapple with allegations of cellblock misconduct and a lawsuit from Stacy Bonds, a young Ottawa woman whose treatment, which was recorded on a cellblock security video, stirred national uproar. The OPP are investigating two complaints of abuse in cellblocks, and the police services board will need to act on recommendations it will receive from an audit of how police treat prisoners in cellblocks and how officers are trained. The city’s light-rail plan will also need to stay on track if it wants to hit its targets. “The public wants us to proceed on that file,” Watson said, reiterating that keeping costs in check will be high on his radar. Council will be dealing with these issues with 10 new faces around the table, but Watson said council has the mix of experience and fresh ideas needed to tackle these challenges. “We were elected to work in the spirit of co-operation,” Watson said. “We’ve got a lot on our plate,” he said. “But there is a willingness to move things forward in a thoughtful and financially prudent way.”

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Session to shed light on issue of teen suicide

Parents, teens and students will have the opportunity to hear about a timely and important issue when the Royal Ottawa Mental Health Centre hosts their third youth suicide information session on Jan. 13. The session, which is being held at the centre’s Associates in Psychiatry Auditorium from 7 to 9 p.m., will be led by the centre’s director of volunteer services and a suicide intervention skills trainer, AnnMarie Nicholson. She said the session would look at the prevalence of youth suicide in society, what might cause a young person to consider suicide, how peers, parents and other adults can recognize the warning signs and how to respond to them. “It will be quite an open and shameless discussion about suicide.” Public discussions about suicide, and youth suicide in particular, are important because suicide prevention is everyone’s responsibility, Nicholson said. “It’s not just the mental health workers or the doc-

Bayshore-area gas station held up A Bayshore-area gas station was robbed late Monday afternoon by two men – one carrying a gun, the other a knife. Around 4:30 p.m., the two men entered the gas station in the 3000 block of Richmond Road and tied up the cashier, who was by himself, and took off in a dark blue car with an unknown amount of cash. The victim was uninjured, but unable to get the make, model and plate of the car. Ottawa police are now searching for the two men. The man with the gun is described as being in his late20s, with a heavy build, just under six feet tall with a dark complexion. He was dressed in all black and a black balaclava. The other suspect who was carrying the knife is described as white, five foot four inches tall, also in his late-20s. He was also dressed in dark clothing and had a black balaclava covering his face. Anyone with information is asked to call the Ottawa police robbery section at 613-236-1222 ext. 5116 or call Crime Stoppers at 613-233-8477 (TIPS)

Richmond Road bank robbed at gunpoint A west-end bank was robbed at gunpoint in broad daylight on Dec. 29, after two young men slipped a note to the teller threatening to shoot if money wasn’t handed over. Ottawa police said the two men entered at Bank of Montreal at 1315 Richmond Rd around 11:30 a.m. and stood in line. When the first suspect reached the teller, he passed the bank employee a note demanding money, which included a threat that he would start shooting if it wasn’t handed over. “Then he lifted his shirt and showed what appeared to be the butt end of the gun,” said a police spokesperson. Although police couldn’t confirm that the man is definitely carrying a real firearm, “we certainly would go with the assumption that that person was armed,” the spokesperson said. The police would not divulge how much money was taken, but they said the two suspects are both black males in their early 20s, each between five feet 10 inches and six feet tall with slim builds. The first suspect, who handed over the note, was wearing a red New York Yankees baseball cap and a black winter jacket with a hood. His accomplice was wearing a winter jacket with a grey fur line around the hood and light-coloured pants. The two men fled the bank on foot.

tors or the professionals that we tend to think of, but everyone’s responsibility,” she said. “I am also a firm believer that the people that are closest to an individual are actually the best people to pick up on signs of distress and be the first to respond and help that person.” The session can also serve to help overcome apprehensions about what has traditionally been regarded as a taboo issue by society. “The more we talk about this skeleton in the closet that everyone is still so afraid to talk about ... the better we

become at reducing the stigma around not just suicide, but mental health issues in general.” Originally planned for Dec. 15, the session was rescheduled for next week in order to accommodate a larger group of people for the evening event. The event comes after the death in mid-November of 14-year-old Daron Richardson, daughter of Ottawa Senators assistant coach Luke Richardson. The Ashbury College student’s suicide raised awareness of what is the second-most common cause of death among young people in Canada.

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Nicholson said a large part of that heightened awareness comes down to how open the Richardson family has been about the death of their daughter. “They’ve really helped break down those barriers. It’s given us such a great opportunity to connect as a community and talk about this issue and begin that learning process.” People wishing to attend the session can register online at or call 613-722-6521 ext. 6349. Anyone who has questions or concerns about suicide is encouraged to contact their family doctor, a mental health professional or the Child, Youth and Family Crisis Line of Eastern Ontario at 613-260-2360 or toll free at 1-877377-7775.

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Drowning dangers


he death of nine-yearold Olisadike “Oli” Joseph in Ottawa on Dec. 23 was another stark reminder that the beautiful shores we enjoy in our area can quickly turn deadly. More recently, the body of an Ottawa man who was reported missing was pulled from Charlottetown Harbour in Prince Edward Island. The cause of his death? Drowning. In 2006, the most recent year that statistics are available, 508 Canadians died in water-related incidents. Most of those deaths happened in Ontario. Thirty-six per cent of water-related fatalities happened in this province – more than twice the amount of the province with the nexthighest percentage of drowning deaths, British Columbia.

According to the Lifesaving Society, a national educational non-profit organization, drowning is the second leading cause of preventable death for children under 10 years of age. The people most at risk of drowning are toddlers between age one and four and males from age 15 to 75, according to the Canadian Red Cross. With recent warmer temperatures, ice is sure to be thinner and the danger even greater. Of course, the best way to avoid water danger is to steer clear of water in the winter. Parents and caretakers should stay within arms’ reach of young children any time they are near water. In winter, clear, hard new ice is likely to be safer, according to the Lifesaving Society. Avoid slushy or moving ice and ice

that has thawed and refrozen. According to the OPP, death from sudden immersion into cold water happens very quickly. The icy shock causes a “gasp reflex” that leads to between one and three minutes of hyperventilation. Severe hypothermia will set in soon after. If you do fall through the ice, don’t panic. AdventureSmart, an education program run by the National Search and Rescue Secretariat, advises to use your feet to kick and push yourself back onto the ice and remain flat – don’t stand up. Roll away from the break in the ice. If you see someone fall through ice, don’t run to the edge of the hole. Instead, find a long object such as a rope, stick, jumper cable or ski and reach to the person in the water. And of course, call 911 to get help.


The penny drops, and who can really be sorry


erious consideration is being given to eliminating the Canadian penny. In the early reaction to a Senate committee’s recommendation to this effect, the usual alarm has been expressed, but most people seem relieved not to have to deal with the worthless little things any more. That’s a realistic way of looking at it. The year 2011 might be the first one without pennies and what does it matter? We have long since passed the day when nostalgia about the penny was in any way justified. Sure, your parents or grandparents might be able to tell you about actually purchasing something with a penny – usually one solitary piece of a type of candy found in a barrel – but you stopped paying attention long ago. Maybe when you weren’t paying attention to your father’s penny story, you were thinking about telling your own children about the days when you could buy something with a nickel. Or a dime. When were those days, anyway? What would we be losing if the penny disappears? A little brown coin that doesn’t buy anything. It has a picture of the Queen on one side and a picture of

CHARLES GORDON Funny Town a maple leaf on the other side. Nice, and quite Canadian. But there is no shortage of pictures of the Queen or maple leaves. In the old days, kids could gamble with pennies, tossing them to see who could land one closest to the wall. That was fun, and we could do that again, except what would we win? Right: more pennies. Until a few years ago, we could save up those pennies and put them into children’s UNICEF boxes on Halloween night, but that laudable practice was eliminated, apparently for administrative reasons. Even UNICEF found the pennies more trouble than they were worth. Face it, these days the penny is something that gathers dust on your dresser while you try to remember to roll it up and take it to the bank or throw it into

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He could have carried four pennies, for the sake of the $1.84 purchases, but that seemed too easy, less sporting. Carrying only three pennies added a thrilling element of uncertainty to the outing. It was a brilliant strategy, and not even remotely successful. The pennies continued to pile up on the dresser, even as the guy caused holdup after holdup in supermarket lines trying to locate one, two, or three, but not four when he needed them. The people in those lineups, not to mention the cashiers, will be delighted to see the penny go. Meanwhile, the guy is noticing that the nickels and dimes are starting to pile up on the dresser.

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Anger management, one step at a time


here’s something about having two boys under the age of six in the house that makes me perpetually angry. They’re loud, they fight, they’re messy and they’re demanding. They wake up at the crack of dawn and play Jingle Bells on the piano. They drop cereal in the cat bowl and all over the floor, and I swear they pee everywhere except in the toilet. It’s driven me to the therapist’s chair. “Everybody should have a therapist,” said my uber-supportive, Torontocentric, yuppie friend for the millionth time during a mid-morning, post-crisis phone chat in early December. “I don’t know how people cope without it.” I wasn’t sure it was worth the $170 an hour, but I decided I should at least try. So off I went to my first therapy session armed with some healthy skepticism, and some Wikipedia-based research on episodic anger. There I was, a week before Christmas, completely indulging myself – I mean, imagine paying someone to listen to you complain about your life for an hour; it’s better than a pedicure – and still thoroughly unimpressed by

Brynna Leslie Persuasion & Politics the potential helpfulness of cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT), when the doctor asked me a question: “What’s going through your mind when you’re at the front door screaming at the kids to get their coats on? What are you thinking just before you lose it?” Was this guy for real? I had just spent 45 minutes telling him that the boys never listen, and that they are more likely to sit there with their fingers up their noses than put their boots on without prompting, not to mention that I’ve very likely just sat in a pee puddle prior to making my requests. “I’m thinking they should be listening to me and doing what they’re supposed to be doing,” I answer. “But they’re four and five-years-

old,” he said. “Did you ever think that maybe your expectations are too high?” Too high? We do the same thing every morning! They’re smart kids! They know how to put one leg at a time into their snow pants! What’s not to expect? “Are you anticipating their failure?” Um, yes! They always fight and they never get ready at the door. Of course I am anticipating this! How else would I cope? “And does shouting at them ever help?” Um, no! But it makes me feel better. “Does it make you feel better?” No, not really, actually. Generally, after they leave for school I feel guilty and wish I hadn’t yelled at them and wish I could run after them and hug them and tell them instead how much I love them and how smart they are about everything except putting on their snow pants and wiping toilet seats. So now what? As it turns out, therapy is the easy part. The hard part is what you have to do between complaint sessions. I’m keeping an anger journal, in which I document my anger triggers, (like sitting in somebody else’s

urine), and the times I’m most susceptible to anger, (like when the kids are picking their noses and tackling each other while I stand at the front door sweating in my snowsuit). It’s only been a few weeks, so a bit early to assess whether or not the therapy is working. And changing one’s trigger thoughts which is the point of CBT, is easier said than done. I find I resort most often to “they’re just kids; they’re just kids.” I also find regular, deep breathing and a forced smile have done wonders for my self control. But above all? I’ve made it a habit to wipe the seat every time. Brynna Leslie has been a freelance journalist and television producer for more than a decade. She is a graduate of Carleton University’s School of Journalism, and holds a Master’s degree in the History of International Relations from the London School of Economics, where she was awarded the prestigious Chevening scholarship. Brynna lives in Ottawa with her husband and two children. Her new column, Persuasion & Politics, will now appear weekly in Ottawa This Week.

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Registry offers comfort to parents of autistic children MICHELLE NASH

A pilot autism registry in the City of Ottawa has been receiving amazing feedback so far. The registry, which started in March 2010, is the culmination of a two year partnership between Autism Ontario and the Ottawa Police Services. The two organizations have been working together to create a better response system when it comes to officers and 911 operators understanding the special needs for an individual with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). Currently, the registry includes over 100 families. Nancy Gibson, the Realize the Community Potential coordinator for the Ottawa chapter of Autism Ontario, has been overwhelmed by the positive response. “So many families are calling so happy to say, ‘I didn’t have to go through the my child is autistic speech.’ That is what makes it so great,” Gibson said. The online form can be found on the police website. Families fill out information about their child, such as communication issues, sensory issues or any other special needs. It also allows parents to upload a photo similar to a passport photo or school photo. After registering, the family receives an email with a flag number that parents or relatives can use when they call 911. This ID number pulls up the individual’s information immedi-

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Autism Ontario and the Ottawa Police Service continue to see success with their Autism Registry pilot project. Ron Kennedy signed his his 17-year-old son Shawn up for the registry so his family can know that if Shawn ever does wander off emergency services will know what he looks like, where he is likely to go and most importantly how to take care of him. ately and sends it out to a police cruiser’s laptop. Ron Kennedy registered his 17-year-old son, Shawn, as soon as he found out about the new

program. “It gives us peace of mind for us to know that if he wanders off, the police know how to handle him.”

This is something Autism Ontario has been working towards for a long time. “The community has wanted something like this for a long time and from the families I have heard from, they are beyond pleased with how 911 responds when their child is missing,” Gibson said. Autism Ontario’s role offers support and identification tags for families. A static cling Emergency Alert window decal, shoe tags and colourful rubber bands for the child to wear also helps when it comes to identifying a lost individual. Gibson’s initial goal was to create awareness and to educate the police and fire services in the city, the registry grew from that. “We had been working with the police for some time, offering training sessions and guest speakers to educate how to deal with a child or adult with ASD,” Gibson said. “After the session, I was approached and asked by the police service what more they could do to help, that was how this registry was built.” The registry is the second of its kind in Canada, the first, originating in Mirimachi, New Brunswick was created Dec. 2009, only a week after a seven year old boy who could not communicate, wandered away from home in Nova Scotia and died before he could be found. New Brunswick responded to this by creating a police registry which would offer information,

tips and a picture for the police to respond to a missing child more effectively. “Our registry came out of positive motivation from the community and the police force, unfortunately it was not the same for New Brunswick, but both offer families a little more relief if their child goes missing,” Gibson said. Staff Sgt. John Medeiros, manager of Diversity and Race Relations, has not responded to any calls involving an individual with ASD, but in the past has responded to calls involving individuals with special needs and medical needs. “Having a photo and information makes all the difference. Knowing whether you can approach them or whether they can speak helps them, gives the families comfort in knowing their child will be in good hands and aids in the best possible response from the police,” Medeiros said. Police officers working on this registry have been very active in the community to help get the word out about the project. “Parents have said their stress levels have gone down just knowing their child is registered,” Gibson said. This pilot project is under review with a full summary to be ready in April. The review will show the results of the registry and allow Autism Ontario to use this information as a basis to help start up other registries in other Ontario municipalities.

Comedy ‘funny-raiser’ takes on serious syndrome Annual Parkinson’s benefit typically draws about 700 people EMMA JACKSON

Parkinson’s disease is no laughing matter, but this January the local support centre for people living with the disease will have residents rolling in their seats at its annual comedy night. In partnership with Yuk Yuk’s comedy club, four Yuk Yuk’s comedians will take the stage on Jan. 22 at Tudor Hall off North Bowesville Road in Ottawa South for the “funny-raiser” that brings in about $12,000 to support programs at the society throughout the year, said Dennise Taylor-Gilhen, executive director of Parkinson Society Ottawa, the regional centre for Eastern Ontario. She said the best part about the event, which draws about

700 people a year, is that you don’t have to be affected by the progressive neurological disease to get the jokes. “This is one of our only fundraising programs that reaches out to people who aren’t touched by Parkinson’s,” she said, adding that unlike the society’s annual walk for Parkinson’s research, which is by far their largest fundraiser, this event tries to reach a broader demographic, rather than just friends and family of people diagnosed with the disease. “The great thing about it is that we can bring in younger people who don’t even know someone with Parkinson’s, and we have time to create awareness.” The society receives no funding from the federal government, so it must raise every dollar it uses on its own. The

approximately 700 $35 tickets from the comedy night can pay for about six months of support groups across eastern Ontario, or all of the centre’s speech and language programs for a year, which help clients maintain small motor skills needed to speak and swallow. “We do a lot with not a lot of money,” Taylor-Gilhen said, adding there are about 4,000 people in eastern Ontario living with Parkinson’s. Parkinson’s society board member and event planner Sprague Plato is one of those thousands, having been diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease five years ago at age 58. About two weeks after receiving the news he stumbled upon the Parkinson society while at the dentist nearby. He went in, sat down with a counsellor, and has been

involved ever since, he said. Although he is in stage one of the disease, which means he has yet to experience any major physical limitations, the Nepean resident said the society offers a range of programs that keep people with more severe symptoms functioning through their pain. “There are support groups with a facilitator, there’s a Thai Chi program, exercise programs, music and salsa dancing; the disease is such a movementoriented issue, so it’s important to keep people moving,” he said. “Getting together with people with similar issues helps you both psychologically and physically.” The society also supports scientific efforts through the national research program and national Parkinson’s society, which makes up a major part of the Ottawa region’s operating budget of about $400,000, Tay-

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Nearly 300 brave chilly waters for New Year’s charity dip JENNIFER MCINTOSH

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bear dips at Mooney’s Bay for 12 years. When the karate club decided to stop putting on the event, Stewart waited to see if anyone would pick up the torch.

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Kids all speak language of hockey at Bell Capital Cup DAN PLOUFFE

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West End Wolverines foes faced off in the quarterfinal round of the 68-team Atom House ‘B’ division at the Bell Capital Cup, as the Sharks escaped with a 3-2 victory over the Knightmares en route to a gold medal triumph in their category. goaltender as the South End Comets claimed gold in the 36team division with a 1-0 victory. The Dynomite previously won five games to reach the final, including shutout wins in the quarter- and semi-finals. Jamie Doswell earned the blank sheets in goal, while Drew Norland was the team’s offensive leader throughout the tournament along with Gabriel Bleyer, Alex Childs, Bennett Fleming, Spencer Martin and Vanessa Cavanah.

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The Beijing Little Wolves were one 493 Atom and Peewee hockey teams that gathered in Ottawa for this year’s Bell Capital Cup last week. The Chinese team, which hails from one of the world’s most populous cities, visited the new Chinatown gateway that was constructed in the fall to celebrate the 40th anniversary of Canada-China diplomatic relations.

GOLD FOR WEST END SHARKS The West End Sharks also enjoyed an exceptional run at the Capital Cup, capturing the gold medal in the Atom House ‘B’ division.

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Bolstered by the “Dy-no-mite!” cheers from the South Korean players they were billeting, the West End Dynomite rode to a silver-medal win in the Peewee House ‘A’ category at the Dec. 30Jan. 3 Bell Capital Cup. “It’s really been an unforgettable experience,” says Dynomite team manager Kim Pilon, whose family was one of the hosts for a pair of Korea Eagles teams. “It’s great to be at a local tournament and still have an international flavour.” There were quite a few differences between the West End players and their counterparts from much farther east. About half the Eagles spoke English, and their hockey equipment was considerably more expensive ($900 for a pair of skates was one price that baffled Pilon). The Seoul-based team is also made up of players from several cities and towns instead of a single neighbourhood. But the 11- and 12-year-old youngsters bonded quickly through the game they all enjoy as they played a couple of exhibition games before the tournament began. The Korean visitors were especially excited to skate on a natural ice surface outdoors – before the mild weather arrived prior to the new year. The melting ponds weren’t too big a problem, however, since they took the game to the street. One group played road hockey for four hours in the rain, and both teams came out to all the other’s Capital Cup contests to cheer each other on. “The camaraderie – everyone bonds really quickly,” notes Pilon, adding that they hosted a big New Year’s Eve party with the two clubs. “Then everybody was out (on Jan. 1) at 9 a.m. in Orleans cheering on the Koreans. The kids get along great and the parents loved it.” The Eagles also attended a pair of Senators games, and couldn’t avoid missing out on the chance to try some North American fast food, which ended with them receiving some fun, easy-to-remember names from the Dynomite. “We gave them nicknames for what they ate when we went to McDonald’s,” explains West End player Benjamin Pilon. “There’s ‘Milkshake,’ and there’s ‘Double Big Mac’ because he and his dad both ordered Double Big Macs.” It’s likely the off-ice memories that will stick out long-term for the Dynomite kids, but they also enjoyed plenty of success on the ice en route to their division final, which was played on Monday, Jan. 3 at Scotiabank Place. West End battled well, but could not beat their opponents’

gers received a lucky bounce with under a minute left to tie the game. But West End defender Stuart Jones stepped into the hero’s role by squeaking in a shot from his knees with 12 seconds left to record his first point of the tournament and give his Sharks the title. Tucker, Justin Zhao and Gabriel Kohlruss all averaged better than a point a game as their club took the top prize out of an impressive 68 teams in the category. “The kids really look forward to this. I mean, what’s Canada during Christmas time? It’s hockey. They can’t wait to get on the ice,” notes Sharks coach Len Tucker, adding that it’s even more special to play in front of extended family in town for the holidays, and at Scotiabank Place for the final. “For them to get the chance to play where the pros play, the Ovechkins, that’s something every young kid dreams of.” Other top results in Capital Cup play included the bronze medal performance by the West End Rebels in the Atom House ‘A’ division, as well as the bronze won by the Ottawa West Golden Knights. The Knights were victorious in three games, tied one and fell to Petawawa in the semi-finals in the Major Atom ‘A’ category. Cameron Scrivens was the team’s top scorer with five points in five games. The Ottawa Sting also captured a pair of silver medals in the ‘AAA’ competitive divisions, placing second in both Minor Atom and Major Peewee. This year’s Bell Capital Cup featured a total of 493 Atom and Peewee teams (aged 9-12) and took place at arenas across the city.

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Education Foundation to raise $25,000 for skating helmets EDDIE RWEMA

The Ottawa-Carleton District School Board’s fundraising arm is hoping to collect $25,000 before the start of Winterlude to cover the cost of about 850 skating helmets for children who can’t afford them. The Education Foundation of Ottawa made the move following a new provincial regulation that requires children to wear helmets while skating. “We want to make sure no child is left behind on a skating trip because of a barrier created by the cost of the helmet,” said Jane Fulton, the foundation’s executive director. “We are hoping to purchase 850 helmets which will be shared between 20 of Ottawa’s neediest schools each with one or two classrooms’ worth of helmets.” The helmets, designed specifically for skating and winter sports, cost as much as $40 retail. However the Education Foundation will buy the helmets wholesale for $29 each.

“Everything we do to promote outdoor activities makes our children stronger and healthier. Our children are the future of Ottawa and we need the public’s help to make it a safe and fun place to be,” said Fulton. She said the board is working hard to ensure every child has an equal opportunity for success. So far, Hopewell Avenue Public School and Nepean High School have each raised $1,000 at their own fundraisers for the campaign. Fulton said schools in need are in areas like Lowertown, Sandy Hill, Bayshore and Pinecrest where there are many low income families and new Canadian families. The regulations have been in place for a couple years, but school boards were informed this would be the first winter they would actually be enforced. Until now, children have been able to wear ski and bicycle helmets, but those are no longer approved for skating. “Of course the School Board wants to be sure that whenever a

sports activity is undertaken, the children are as safe as possible,” Fulton noted. Fulton said the average class goes skating about four times each winter, and “more principals want to make sure that kids are outside in the winter.” “The need arose from school principles that plan winter activities and don’t want any of their students to be left behind because of failure to afford a helmet.” Anyone wishing to help can make a donation of $29 to through, or to the Education Foundation of Ottawa at 133 Greenbank Road, Ottawa, Ontario, K2H 6L3. The Education Foundation of Ottawa is a registered, nonprofit charity that works with teachers, principals and social workers to provide emergency funds for basic needs such as food, winter clothing, and emergency medications. Last year the Education Foundation paid for more than 1,000 bus rides to help children from low-income families get to the Rideau Canal to skate.

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NEVER TOO OLD Spectators at the Dec. 27 Adult Ice Show at Canterbury Community Centre’s arena got a pleasant surprise. Not only did 15 talented skaters perform, but 76-year-old Barbara Folkart took to the ice. Folkart, who always dreamed of figure skating but didn’t take to the sport until she retired from the University of Ottawa, performed with turns, jumps and leg raises. Her coach, Ryoko Natori, indicated it’s never too late to start figure skating.

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NCC maintenance crews are working hard to ensure the Rideau Canal skateway is ready for the season. tinuous cold temperatures (-15 Celsius or colder) to form safe, good-quality ice. The typical skating season along the canal lasts about 50 days. Leduc added that once the ice thickens, the NCC will be working hard to open the skateway as soon as possible. Once opened, the skateway measures approximately 165,000 square metres or the size of 90 Olympic-sized ice rinks and is 7.8 kilometres long. “The NCC will officially launch the 41st skating season on the World’s Largest Skating Rink once the ice conditions are safe and weather permits,” said Leduc. Signs have been posted at skateway access points to advise the public of the danger.

Outdoor rinks opening for season EDDIE RWEMA

The wait is almost over for skaters looking to start using the Heron Park out door rink. The ice is starting to take shape and the hard work of preparing it for skating has been underway since the week of Christmas. All that remains is for the city to give the surface a clean bill of health and the Heron Park outdoor rink to be open to the public. “We won’t officially open until the city gets a chance to inspect our base ice and determine if it is safe for patrons to use,” said Colin MacLean, coordinator of rink attendants with Heron Park Community Association. MacLean expects the supervised use of the rink to begin as soon as possible. With a great deal of volunteer help and several paid staff members, the community association has been working hard to get the rink up and running. All paid rink supervisors are at least 16 years old to help ensure the safety of the skaters.. “We have some younger teens who get some paid hours for maintenance work, but they can’t be responsible

for supervising the patrons,” said MacLean. He noted that in the past, the younger teens have had used the opportunity to complete their 40 hours of volunteer service for school before they were paid for maintenance hours. “Most of our paid staff in the past have been university students. This year we may see more adults who are in need of additional income,” said MacLean. Leo Derome is a member of the community association and does much of the early morning maintenance at the rink. He is often seen flooding the ice and clearing the snow. “I have been coming here everyday since Christmas,” he said, as he cleared snow off the ice with a shovel he brought from home. “These people are doing an outstanding job for all the kids in the area neighbourhoods and in some instances themselves.” said MacLean. Winter activities at the Heron Park are culminated by a winter carnival, which will be held this year on Feb. 12. Many of the city’s 248 outdoor rinks have been opening for the season. For a complete list of locations and rink hours, visit or call 613580-2424, extension 37017.374 words

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It may already be skating season at some of the outdoor rinks across the city, but the world’s longest skating rink still has a little ways to go. The Rideau Canal is not quite ready for skaters to take to the ice, but it is thick enough for workers to begin preparing the famous skateway. “Everything is weather dependant, right now things look positive and our maintenance crew has been out on the canal doing some flooding and snow removing,” said Jasmine Leduc, spokeswoman for the National Capital Commission. She added that the crew is working day and night to have the skateway open as soon as possible. She reminded the public that it is currently dangerous to venture onto the Rideau Canal ice surface. Even if a layer of ice has formed on some parts of the surface of the Rideau Canal, it is dangerously thin. “Maintenance on the canal does not mean that the canal is open,” said Leduc. The opening of the canal may still be delayed because warmer temperatures are forecasted. “The weather currently looks milder, which is not good news,” said Leduc. The Rideau Canal Skateway usually opens in the first half of January. The ice thickness must measure at least 30 centimetres before the public is allowed on the ice. It typically takes 10 to 14 days of con-

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Community Calendar We welcome your submissions of • JAN. 23 upcoming community, non-profit events. Atlantic Voices: the Newfoundland Please email events to OTWevents@ and Labrador Choir of Ottawa by 4:30 p.m. on Friday ents its winter concert, Cape Breton:

• 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.

• JAN. 11 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.

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 613-722-9240. Admission is free for children 12 years and under. For parking and other information, visit our website

• JAN. 26 Bayview Public School will host a JK/SK information night from 6-7

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• JAN. 18 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 613237-6031.

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