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WEST EDITION: Serving Britannia, Carlingwood, Westboro, Island Park and surrounding communities Year 1, Issue 12

January 13, 2011 | 28 Pages

TAKING THE LEAD After working in the community for many years, Natalie Hanson has taken on a new role as the head of the Westboro BIA.


BREAKING SILENCE According to a recent study, many adults don’t know the symptoms of Alzheimer’s disease, which affects about 500,000 Canadians.


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EXHIBIT PAYS TRIBUTE TO RENOWNED CANADIAN ARTIST Nepean High School librarian Glenn Turner, left, and Grade 11 student Emma Kenny stand near a painting by Maurice Haycock. The pair are part of a group that helped organize an exhibition of Haycock’s works, paying tribute to the one-time Nepean High teacher’s contribution to the school and his legacy as an artist. Read the full story on page 16.

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Community called to Zumba for Lesotho KRISTY WALLACE

Turnbull School is inviting the community to come out with their dancing shoes on Jan. 23 to support an Ottawa-based charity that helps mitigate the effects of HIV/ AIDS in Lesotho. With about 150 people expected to sign up for the Zumba class at about $30 a person, Turnbull School is gearing up to donate thousands to the country that has so little. “It’s very simple in the sense that a small amount of money goes a long way,” said

Mary Ann Turnbull, director of the Fisher Avenue private school. “The money goes directly to the people.” The small Southern African country of Lesotho is one of the world’s poorest countries with the third highest rate of HIV/ AIDS in the world, according to Help Lesotho – the local charity that the Zumba class will raise money for. Between 25 to 60 per cent of children in the the country of approximately two million people are orphans, according to the Help Lesotho website. Shannon Kaya, a mother of two students

at Turnbull School, brought the idea of holding a Zumba dancing class to Turnbull as a way to raise money for Lesotho. “Zumba is a really fun, easy to follow dance exercise program and you basically repeat a number of steps that are easy with a good beat,” said Turnbull. “You don’t even realize you’re working out.” Kaya is a Zumba instructor and said it’s a great way to raise money. “It’s a lot of fun,” she said. “When people come out to Zumba they always have a good time.” See ZUMBA STYLE page 6

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Active community leader to head up Westboro BIA KRISTY WALLACE

For the past 15 years, Natalie Hanson has been involved in the Ottawa West community in her roles as newspaper editor and event organizer. She recently renewed her commitment to the area with her appointment as the executive director of the Westboro Village Business Improvement Area. “I want to get a good feel of what merchants need and want,” said Hanson. “Addressing those concerns will be key on the list of things to do.” In an area where development and growth are happening at a rapid pace, Hanson said some of the major concerns she will want to tackle will include parking issues and increased traffic. More people and buildings could be good for the current Westboro businesses, but there are also concerns among area merchants. “Certainly the new buildings mean new businesses for sure, and new businesses bring new voices to the table,” she explained. “But if there’s increased congestion and traffic, people will avoid that area.” Hanson adds that she is also looking forward to working with Kitchissippi Ward Coun. Katherine Hobbs over the next few years. Hobbs, who serves on the BIA’s board of directors, said Hanson is a good fit for

the executive director position. “She’s got lots of interesting and innovative ideas,” she said. “From what I know, she has a lot of enthusiasm and interest and she belongs to the neighbourhood.” Hobbs added that she and Hanson have shared concerns regarding the area businesses. She finds it “heartbreaking” when a business in Westboro has to close. “We’d like to do as much as we can to encourage the vitality of businesses,” said Hobbs. “It’s going to be a busy job for Natalie and I really hope she makes her own mark.” Hanson said she’s proud that Westboro is already a destination spot for people in the Ottawa area, and wants to continue keeping the area vibrant by having open communication with many shop owners. In addition, she said she has big shoes to fill – following in the footsteps of former Kitchissippi Ward Coun. Christine Leadman and outgoing Westboro BIA executive director Elaina Martin. Hanson wants to maintain good relationships with Martin – who will be focusing her efforts on Westfest and other events as well as helping the BIA through the transition. “When people think of shopping Ottawa, I want them to think of us,” said Hanson. “Westboro is already on the map, but when people think of destinations to go to, I hope they think of Westboro.”

Broken boiler cancels classes at Broadview KRISTY WALLACE

A problem with Broadview Avenue School’s boiler canceled classes for more than 800 students last week. “This is the first time this has happened in many, many years,” said Hyacinth Haddad of the Ottawa Carleton District School Board. “It’s an isolated incident.” Maintenance workers were able to fix the problem on Thursday, Jan. 6, and the school was re-opened on Friday.

Haddad said her office is in charge of issuing public service announcements to members of the Boradview Avenue community to make sure no students walked to the school or were dropped off. When asked about the state of repair of the school, Haddad referred Ottawa This Week to trustee Jennifer McKenzie, who could not be reached for comment at press time. Parents should check the Ottawa Carleton District School Board website or listen to local radio for updates to check statuses of schools.


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Baby boomers not ready for Alzheimer’s, study finds BY KRISTY WALLACE

Jenny VanOosten was married to her husband Henk for more than 40 years when she started to notice something wasn’t right. He was forgetting things. He became paranoid. He developed repetitive habits – like shoveling snow for their Ottawa west neighbourhood in the middle of the night and repeatedly going over the grass with a lawnmower. But when Jenny woke up in the middle of the night alone in the summer of 2008, she knew she had to do something. Henk had escaped on his bike in the night and was later found in Gatineau. He was trying to get to work as a mechanical engineer. They had locks on the door, and she has no idea how he got out of the house. “I never slept anymore. I would’ve been dead (if he stayed in the house),” Jenny said. “I had no idea of how bad it could’ve gotten.” Jenny admits that she and Henk never really knew the warning signs of Alzheimer’s disease, even though his sister had also been diagnosed with it. According to new findings by the Alzheimer Society of Canada, the first wave of baby boomers turning 65 this year also don’t know much about the early warning signs. The recent survey results showed that 23 per cent of 1,000 Canadians polled couldn’t name any of the early warning signs of the disease, even though the risk doubles every five years after 65. About half of those polled could identify memory loss as a key symptom, but were unable to identify any of the other warning signs. “We were taken aback by the results ourselves,” said Roseanne Meandro of the Alzheimer Society of Canada. “The low scores are indicative of the fact that there’s still a lot of stigma. People are still fearful and in denial of this disease.” She added that the results show Canadians also might feel that Alzheimer’s won’t happen to them and that’s why they aren’t educating themselves. But with an aging population, people can’t afford to be in the dark any longer. Meandro said there are currently half a million Canadians living with Alzheimer’s or related dementia and it’s estimated that number will double by 2038. And, it’s not just the elderly who can develop Alzheimer’s,

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Jenny VanOosten’s husband of 50 years was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s about eight years ago, and said the couple didn’t know anything about the early warning signs. She looks onto a photo taken from her wedding day in 1960. she said. Canadians as young as 40 can start showing the early warning signs, and should see a doctor immediately. “That’s why it’s important to be aware of those early signs,” said Meandro. “There’s memory loss yes, but there are other more subtle changes that can happen. Someone relatively calm and easy going might start becoming argumentative or aggressive. Or, someone could have trouble reading simple instructions.” When Henk was in the early stages of the disease, Jenny said she often noticed that he would try and hide the fact he forgot something. For instance if he forgot the couple was going on a trip, he blamed his forgetfulness on having bad hearing. Of the 1,000 people surveyed, 37 per cent also had a personal connection to Alzheimer’s Disease. Jenny said she and her husband had been exposed to the effects of Alzheimer’s when his sister would visit from the Netherlands. But since they didn’t have contact with her on a daily basis, Jenny didn’t have a clear

Alzheimer’s warning signs According to the Alzheimer’s Society of Canada, some of the early warning signs for the disease include: • Forgetfulness • Difficulty learning new things and following conversations • Difficulty concentrating or limited attention span • Problems with orientation, getting lost, not being able

idea of what the disease meant. “I didn’t know anyone else with Alzheimer’s,” said Jenny. “Now when I look back, I can understand how she was.” The Alzheimer Society of Ottawa and Renfrew County stresses the importance of seeing a doctor early. Kathy Wright, director of the society, said it is also important for younger people to look at risk factors and prevention – like maintaining a healthy lifestyle. “We know diabetes, hypertension, cholesterol and obesity are all factors,” Wright said. “We also want to make sure we get more awareness of benefits to people getting an early diagnosis.”

to follow directions • Communication difficulties • Difficulty handling problems at work • Mood shifts, depression • Passiveness, withdrawal • Mild co-ordination problems • Impaired ability to perform

That usually adds up to a better outcome for the patient, she said. The earlier the diagnosis, the more likely a patient can avoid long-term care since they can be shown a variety of coping mechanisms. Both Wright and Meandro said it’s also important to keep in mind the effect the disease can have on caregivers. Jenny knows first hand how hard it can be to care for a loved one with the illness. When she remembers how her husband left the house in the middle of the night, she can’t believe how difficult life was. Now that Henk, who’s now 80, is in a nursing home, she said the experience can still be a nerve-wracking.

He doesn’t recognize Jenny any more, and they are coming up on their 51st wedding anniversary. She visits him often and while he uses Jenny’s name in conversation, he’s lost the concept that the two are married. “You come close to the hating point,” said Jenny. “It’s such a strange disease. You get so frustrated, and you come close to hating him.” She said that support programs available through the Alzheimer Society of Ottawa and Renfrew County help her deal with her husband’s illness because she meets others who are going through the same thing. While everyone’s experience with Alzheimer’s is different, she said it makes her feel better that she’s not alone. Ottawa West Community Support – which offers programs and services to senior citizens and disabled adults – also has programs in place for people in the early stages of Alzheimer’s or dementia. For more information on group, visit . The Alzheimer Society of Ottawa and Renfrew County can be contacted at 613-523-4004 or visit .

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know more about Lesotho than she does “The school instills values of caring, kindness and excellence,” she said. Kaya added that when the king of Lesotho came to visit the school last year, her son was really excited. “It was such a wonderful experience,” said Kaya. “My little guy shook his hand, and it was a wonderful connection to this little country in Africa.” Anyone interested in attending the event on Jan. 23 can email for more information. Tickets are $25 in advance or $30 at the door, and 100 per cent of the proceeds will be going to Help Lesotho. Door prizes have also been donated by local businesses. Kaya encourages people to come out and try Zumba – there will be about seven instructors on hand to teach the dance. Doors open at 1:30 p.m. “For people interested in trying it, it’s a great way to start,” said Kaya.

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From left Mary Ann Turnbull, director of Turnbull School, Shannon Kaya, a mother and Zumba instructor, and Kate Herweyer, communications coordinator for Help Lesotho, are busy planning Zumba for Help Lesotho, taking place Jan. 23 at the school.





The government has no business in the trash cans of the city, environment committee chairwoman Maria McRae has said in response to Gatineau’s new bylaw imposing fines for poor recycling habits across the river. “People don’t need Big Brother snooping around their garbage. You don’t need the garbage police out there,” the River Ward councillor said, noting she believes resources can be better used elsewhere. As of Jan. 3, the new Gatineau bylaw will give residents three warnings for failing to place paper, glass, metal or plastic in the proper recycling bins, after which they could be fined up to $200. “This new bylaw will give us the opportunity to get closer to Quebec’s goal of diverting 65 per cent of its residential residual materials from landfill sites,” explained Gatineau Mayor Marc Bureau in a press release. He added that better diversion of recyclable material from Gatineau’s landfills will increase the amount of money Gatineau receives from Quebec’s ministry of sustainable development, directly offsetting the costs of the bylaw’s administration. Ottawa does have a bylaw which im-

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Overflowing recycling bins wait for collection on River Road. Environment committee chairwoman Maria McRae said she wants to use positive reinforcement to encourage Ottawa residents to recycle properly, instead of the ‘Big Brother’ fine system Gatineau launched on Jan. 3. poses fines for improper waste disposal, although when it comes to sorting out recycling McRae said the city prefers to take an educational approach. Nevertheless, a resident could pay $200 plus administration fees for throwing “inappropriate or dangerous” items in the garbage, such as ammunition, pool chemi-

cals or batteries. McRae said she would like to build on the city’s educational approach with residents, using positive reinforcement to achieve the same goal as Gatineau. “I think we should be encouraging people to do more recycling so we can reward those that are doing well,” she said. Specifically, McRae is considering a reward program that would involve small door prizes for residents who do a good job. “Imagine if the mayor and the environment chair just randomly showed up on your doorstep and rewarded you for good recycling. Word would get out about that,” she said, adding that she’s looking for corporate sponsors to help get the idea off the ground. She said prizes would likely be along the lines of coffee coupons or other small rewards. Ecology Ottawa coordinator Sabrina Bowman said the environmental advocacy group support’s Gatineau’s new bylaw, even if there might be a small backlash from privacy concerns. “Anything that encourages people to recycle is a good thing,” Bowman said. But she suggested that other Canadian cities have come up with even better systems, particularly one tactic that uses clear garbage bags to keep residents on the straight and narrow.

“It’s almost a public shaming, but apparently it’s really effective,” she said. “Even though there’s no one knocking on the door saying ‘Hey, you’re not recycling properly,’ the residents know that their neighbours can see what they’re putting out. There’s one small opaque bag to take care of the privacy issue, and so that’s almost a better solution than the fine.” McRae said encouraging good recycling habits has to come from in-depth discussion, so that residents can air their concerns and learn about their options. “We have to be more open with people about the advantages of recycling. For example, the city gets money for recycling a pop can. If the residents don’t care about the social and environmental benefit, there’s still a financial benefit,” she said. She said her committee is moving towards a campaign of public meetings and booths around the city where residents can learn about garbage, green bin, and recycling programs in the municipality.

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City mulls bi-weekly trash collection LAURA MUELLER

The City of Ottawa wants to change how it picks up your trash, and they are looking for your opinion on the issue. In urban and suburban areas, the city is mulling the possibility of reducing garbage collection to a biweekly schedule, making green-bin collection weekly year-round and combining blue- and black-bin recycling so that all materials are collected on a weekly basis. The proposed changes are a bit different for rural areas: garbage collection would still change to biweekly, but organics would switch to a weekly pickup in the warmer months and biweekly collection in the winter (which is what currently happens in urban and suburban areas). Recycling would be combined, but it would only be picked up once a month. East-end city councillors were quick to denounce the proposals. Stephen Blais (Cumberland), Bob Monette (Orleans) and Tim Tierney (Beacon Hill-Cyrville) issued a joint press release soon after the announcement, vowing to prevent “yet another flawed garbage plan.” “The residents of the east end and across Ottawa were very clear last October - they want value for the taxes they send to city hall,” Blais stated. “This plan to reduce the frequency of garbage pick-up is not what voters sent us to city hall to accomplish.” Just last week, the City of Gatineau switched from weekly garbage pickup to collecting trash only twice each month. Gatineau also imposed fines for residents who don’t recycle.

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plan to change garbage collection in Ottawa shouldn’t be discounted so quickly. What might appear to be a drop in service might actually prove to be a more convenient system. Sure, trash will only be collected every two weeks, but organics will be picked up each week, including the winter (which now sees biweekly collection), and recycling – combined blue and black boxes – will also be picked up each week. How much easier would it be to just toss all the recycling in one box without having to worry about whether the milk carton counts as cardboard or plastic? Not to mention no longer having to check the calendar each week – or peeking out to see what your neighbour put out – to remember which box goes to the curb. If everyone is recycling properly and using the green bin, there shouldn’t be much trash left. Why not save some time, energy and, potentially, money by collecting it every two weeks? Biweekly collection isn’t new. The idea came up in Ottawa two years ago and was shot down due to concerns about disposing of waste like diapers.

But it’s worth at least examining again, instead of just saying no before even taking a look at the options. Nova Scotians have been separating their trash far longer than Ottawans have, including organics. Many only see biweekly collection of all three (trash, recyclables and organics) and yet they make it work. Is it a perfect system? No. But it’s one of many models this city can think about. Surely Ottawans can make biweekly trash collection work, especially when recycling and organics are picked up each week. Change is hard, there’s no question about it, particularly when the change includes the concept of “reduction.” But sometimes the pay off is worth getting used to a new routine. Biweekly trash collection might encourage residents to use their green bin more, helping to fill that capacity void for which taxpayers are on the hook. And it might encourage more recycling, lending new life to old landfills. It’s worth talking about, and the options are worth examining with an open mind. Instead of arguing about so-called service reductions, let’s look for efficiencies.


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e enter the new year with stronger warning labels on cigarette packages. Does it seem like we’ve entered every new year with stronger warning labels on cigarette packages? And have those stronger warning labels worked? Good question. Something is working, at least in the long term. Way fewer people smoke now than did 25 years ago. If you are old enough to have been smoking 25 years ago, you will remember New Years Eve parties where everybody smoked. And you will count up the number of those people who still smoke, and find almost none. So clearly something is working. And the warning labels are a lot stronger now than they were 25 years ago. So, is that it? Probably not. What else changed in those years? Well, social pressure is a big one. Suddenly, it was not cool to smoke, especially if you were an adult. Hosts stopped supplying ash trays at their houses. Smokers had to step outside, where the odds are it would be cold, in this country. Offices banned smoking. Stores and movie theatres banned smoking. Malls banned smoking. Airports banned smoking. All of that made smoking a lot less con-

CHARLES GORDON Funny Town venient and a lot less fashionable. Suddenly, you were a pariah if you smoked. The most severely addicted would persevere. You can still see them, outside, huddled in the cold. Most others gave it up. To understand how much life here has changed, look back to the ’60s and ’70s where you could smoke a cigarette in the grocery store, light up in a university seminar room, on an airplane, in a movie theatre. If we could figure out what caused this big shift in our thinking, we could use it to attack other social problems, as well as prevent the development of new smokers. However, one factor has to be cost. According to Mr. Google, you could buy a pack of smokes for $2.64 in 1985. Then prices more than doubled in the next decade. And the price paid now is double

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started this column by looking up the definition of procrastinate in the Canadian Oxford Dictionary, (the hardback kind). I discovered that procrastinate is an intransitive verb. Interesting. But I didn’t know what intransitive meant. So I looked it up. Intransitive is “an adjective describing a verb that does not take or require an object.” Hmm. Still not clear. So I decided to surf the Internet, open a bottle of Chianti and stare at the ceiling. Whenever I tell people that I’m a freelance journalist, they look at me with a mixture of disgust and envy. I fear that’s because the word “freelancing” implies too much “free,” (disgusting and enviable), and not enough “lancing,” (which would invoke fear and admiration). With my evil nemesis “procrastination” ever lurking I feel I must always have my sword at the ready. Sometimes, like in mid-January, that means calling on the experts. “Baby steps,” said Ann Max, president of Productive to the Max, a management consulting firm in Ottawa. Her advice? If you’re having a hard

Brynna Leslie Persuasion & Politics time getting started on something, you need to go at it incrementally. “If your goal is to fit into a size eight by Christmas, and you’ve always had a hard time losing weight, then wake up on Jan. 1 and set your goal, and then reward yourself for it,” said Max. “The next day, maybe you get on the Internet for 15 minutes and explore different weight loss options, and then reward yourself when you’ve done that.” By setting tiny, specific and measurable goals, we are more likely to establish a pattern of achievement. At the end of the day, most of us procrastinate because we fear the f-word: Failure. Better to never jump in than to jump in and drown, right? Wrong.

“Too often you think you’re not going to do it well because you’ve never done it well,” says Max. But too often our goals are numerous, lofty and vague -- a guaranteed recipe for failure. Instead, advises Max, goals have to be ever-present. And try not to fall into the January trap of trying to change too much at once. “Start with one,” says Max. “If you haven’t broken it down into sufficiently manageable chunks, you’ll jump the gun. Next thing, you’ve bought 200 packages of Nicorette, gone to Weight Watchers twice, and as a result of going from goal to goal your environment has become disorganized and you don’t have any motivation to do anything.” Sounds about right. And that’s precisely why New Year’s resolutions can be so discouraging. We want to tighten up our bodies, sharpen our minds and pad our pensions all at the same time. What we don’t realize is that paying tuition and putting lump sums into our savings is counterintuitive. So by mid-February we’re reading Kant, eating chips and trying to deter-

mine how best to pawn off our non-refundable gym membership to make an RRSP contribution before the March 1 tax deadline. As early as March, most of the 90 per cent of us who fear failure have experienced what we feared most. And the other 10 per cent? We never even got started. Because we fear something more daunting than failure: Success. “These are the people that are afraid that they’re going to do well and that would require doing something else well, and maybe something else after that, so they sabotage themselves,” says Max. Maybe it’s hard to fathom. Personally, I think this fear of success affects more than just 10 per cent of the population. It’s fear of success that prevents you from marketing your business well enough or investing in the tools you need to succeed. “Maybe you think you won’t meet the deadline because you don’t think you’re good enough to do it,” says Max. Or maybe I just did.

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Anthology presents new spin on screenplays EMMA JACKSON

We’re all familiar with watching movies. But what about reading them? Little Italy resident and writer Adam Thomlison is proposing just that for adventurous Ottawa readers, with the launch of a new anthology called These Are Not Movies: Screenplays for films that will never be made. The squat 300plus page collection was launched on Jan. 8 and includes eight original screenplays from writers around Ottawa, including one from Thomlison, who is publishing the work through his small book press, 40 Watt Spotlight. Although the screenplays are written in film script format, Thomlison said the screenplays are not meant to be made into real films – readers should experience the film through words alone. “I’m hoping to give people a chance to read this format and see how great it is, because it doesn’t get any credit. Stage plays have for a long time been treated as literature, and I think this deserves it too,” Thomlison said. “One thing that’s enjoyable, this format allows the reader to fill in the blanks themselves. You can cast yourself in the lead role, almost always. You can impose your own memories on the scene.”

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Local Ottawa writers Colin White (left), Sean Zio, Adam Thomlison, Jennifer Whiteford and Michael Reid joined together at the Raw Sugar Cafe on Jan. 8 to launch their screenplay anthology, These Are Not Movies. Thomlison fell in love with reading screenplays while on a quest to figure out why he so loved the Lethal Weapon films from the 1980s and ‘90s, which he admits are terrible movies. “I wanted to find out what I enjoyed about them, and it turned out it’s always the dialogue. The film’s writer, Shane Black, had written a great movie, it was just done poorly,” he laughed. “So when I saw that Shane Black had written another movie, I read the screenplay instead.” From that point on he was hooked, and 428797



this anthology has grown from that love of reading films. “I knew I wanted this book to be a book of scripts that were written with no intention of being filmed. But that was all the direction I gave to the other writers: write a screenplay, but make it readable. It could be anything from one scene to a feature film,” he said. Centretown writers Sean Zio, Colin White and Megan Butcher, Sandy Hill resident Jennifer Whiteford, Nepeanite Michael Reid, Montreal resident and Mechanicsville expat J.B. Staniforth, and Raouf Lefy all submitted a screenplay to the anthology along with Thomlison. What came together is a unique an-


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thology with an unintentional, but clear theme of loneliness running through its pages. Thomlison’s screenplay, for example, starts with a lone guy on a bus staring at the ground, whose strange story emerges through a shoe-filled dialogue with the girl sitting next to him. Whiteford’s screenplay is a one-character film featuring a young girl obsessed with a Bachelorette-type reality TV show, who creates weekly YouTube updates and analyses of her favourite show, divulging secrets from her personal life at the same time. “Simply through her YouTube show updates you start to get a side story of her life, and the two intertwine. It’s really funny and it’s really compelling,” Thomlison said. The collection hit the book fair circuit in the fall – arriving from the printer the night before it was due at the Ottawa small book press fair – and has been in select local and independent stores for about a month, Thomlison said. On Saturday, Jan. 8, Thomlison gathered four of the book’s authors at the Raw Sugar Cafe on Somerset West to officially launch the book. The evening featured dramatic readings of the authors’ screenplays and a chance to buy the book. Thomlison said the book has sold about 100 copies so far, not including the book launch, and he expects to break even soon. The books are available at Invisible Cinema on Lisgar Street, All Books on Rideau Street, Collected Works on Wellington West, and Perfect Books on Elgin Street. They can also be purchased online at




With Twitter, Facebook and YouTube opening up new avenues for city council to community directly with residents, council says is time to rethink the traditional ways the city seeks feedback. In the past, groups of people chosen to represent various interest groups met at city hall and sent recommendations down the pipe, hopefully to reach councillors’ desks eventually. The city has 15 such advisory committees, whose members are regular Ottawa citizens who have knowledge or experience in a particular area, from forests to accessibility to seniors’ issues. But Ottawa might be shaking up that model. In December, city council decided to take a look at the best way to engage citizens in policy decisions as part of a city governance review. A governance subcommittee was established, and Mayor Jim Watson will lead the subcommittee as it looks at ways to get people involved in their city government. Everything from a possible borough system of geographical representation to the concept of advisory committees will be on the table for discussion. “Rather than continue to ‘tweak’ advisory committees and their mandates on a one-off basis, it may be time to re-examine the entire structure as part of a comprehensive review of the city’s overall citizen engagement model,” the governance review states. Some advisory committees say they see Watson’s emphasis on citizen engagement and the governance review as an opportunity for them to have more influence at city hall. “We see it being a more interactive process instead of a cute little group that meets once a month, maybe has some subcommittees, writes a recommendation and submits it,” says Wayne Spragg, the chair of the equality and diversity advisory committee. “We want to see information come from the council. What do you want to see?” It’s an issue Watson says he is sym-

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Mayor Jim Watson says city advisory committees are a two way street and councillors need to become more engaged with such bodies. pathetic to. Advisory committees have already been approaching him to ask for meetings about how they can have more meaningful participation in the decisions that are made at city hall. “Some have told me they’ve felt somewhat frustrated that they’re not often consulted by council in the past,” Watson says. “Some find it frustrating because there is a wealth of talent but they are not being listened to. Others feel the process works really well.” Advisory committees should be a “twoway street” he says. It shouldn’t just be advisory committees’ responsibility to bring suggestions to standing committees and council – council should actively seek advice from advisory committees. “When we do ask for advice, we have to at least take it seriously and see what kind of follow up is required,” Watson says. Patrick Quealey, the head of the environment advisory committee, says he’s encouraged by the direction that the city is heading. “I think it’s not just talk from the mayor’s office. Certainly we’ve seen already

do to try and increase the committees’ efsince the Dec. 1 swearing in, a level of fectiveness, Quealey says it is up to comengagement from the mayor’s office that mittees and their members to produce we haven’t seen in years beforehand,” quality work that is helpful to council Quealey says. and worth its time. Many of the recommendations on That has been a challenge in the past enhancing advisory committee involvefor some advisory committees, including ment originated at the environmental the environment advisory committee, advisory committees, Quealey says. Quealey says. The committee changed “We’ve been pushing for some time to tactics in the last few years to produce have council liaison members brought advice in a way that engages councillors, back, because we used to have them, but instead of an opportunity to use the comthe previous council decided they didn’t mittee as a soapbox for opinions. want to do that,” Quealey says. “So in “You’ve also seen a sea change among many cases, we had a structure where adadvisory committees where councillors visory committees would be promoting have been more interested in working ideas that would be roundly criticized with advisory committees and advisory by councillors, (who says) ‘This isn’t the committees have taken it upon thembest way of doing this.’ Well, we’d love to have you sit in on our meetings to give selves to engage more with council, that that sort of advice,” Quealey says. the outputs of the committees have gotHaving a council member dedicated ten much better,” Quealey says. to each advisory committee would be Five years ago, the environment ada good first step to getting back on that visory committee’s recommendations track, Quealey says. were very impassioned and rhetorical, Spragg says there are two key barriers but now the committee tries to focus on in making advisory committees “more proposing more “concrete” policies and dynamic and supportive: overloaded city technical suggestions that the committee employees aren’t able to push the inforis able to provide to both council and the mation through the system as quickly as private sector, Quealey says. the advisory committees would 442547 like, and city council doesn’t take advantage of the wealth of information committee members could provide by actively seeking their advice.” That’s part of the reason so many advisory committees have a problem hanging onto memWELCOMES bers, Spragg says. “People volunteer because Dr. Ngoc Luong they want to do something … they have a passion,” Spragg To the Specialty Practice of Dentistry says. “People are not naïve. They for Children and Teens know there is a bureaucracy … but tell me how I can have an imNew patients welcome pact.” The city’s governance review Care available in English, French, suggests adding reserve members to each committee so there Vietnamese and Cantonese is someone ready to step up when members drop out. 302-1637 Woodroffe Ave. While adjusting the structure Ottawa, Ontario Ian McConnachie and function of advisory comK2G 1W2 B.Sc., D.D.S., M.S., F.R.C.D. (C) mittees is something the city can

Ontario creates massive public health study EDDIE RWEMA

The largest community-based health study ever conducted in Ontario is underway and area healthcare providers are looking for volunteers. The Ontario Health Study is a longterm project that aims to help scientists understand the causes, prevention and treatment of a variety of health problems. “With this study we have an opportunity of creating a program that is going to provide the next generation of medical discoveries,” said Dr. Brent Zanke, a researcher at the Ottawa Hospital Research Institute. The study began with an initial phase in which more than 8,000 adults

living in Ontario took part. The main phase of the study is now open to all residents of Ontario who are at least 18 years old. The study participants will be followed for their entire lifespan with a view of allowing researchers to see how environment, lifestyle and genes affect the risk of common diseases. “We are going to be registering as many people as possible in Ontario, and take a representative sample with an idea of following up with these people for their whole lives,” said Zanke. About 100,000 volunteers will be asked to visit a health clinic for extensive measurements of a variety of health factors, such as vision, hearing, lung function and blood sugar levels. In Ottawa, the recruitment drive is

being advertised on OC Transpo buses, about 750 posters are going up around the city and the project is being promoted on Facebook and on Twitter. Large businesses and unions are also being asked to get their workers and members involved. “You need everybody, you need people that work in every sort of spectrum of society in every age group because then you get an accurate sort of snapshot,” said Zanke. Of the 13 million people in Ontario, about 9.5 million adults qualify. Planners hope at least 20 per cent will register. Researchers at universities, research institutes and hospitals across Ontario are conducting this study. For more information visit:


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There will be ayour panelchild of representatives from the four main school and family? Canada over the years, an organizaboards in Ottawa: tion called the Jamaican (Ottawa) Ottawa Carleton District School Board Board Come outOttawa for anCatholic eveningSchool of information before kindergarten registration Community Association was formed Conseilwill desbe écoles catholiques du Centre-Est from the four main school begins. There a panel of representatives to help bring them together. Conseil des écoles publiques de l’Est de l’Ontario boards in Ottawa: “It was created to help affiliate ourThey will each speak about their school board and there will be a question Ottawa Carleton District School Board and answer period. 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The last part of the evening there will Photo by Kristy Wallace cans settle in.” be a speaker to talk about getting involved in your child’s school and will Luke Campbell, head of the Jamaican (Ottawa) Community Association located on The organization is celebrating its share some tricks and tips about being actively involved in your child’s 50th anniversary next year and has its Wellington Street, has a long history of helping new Canadians give back to the education. community. executive elections later this month. Campbell has been a member since 443670 unteered her time at the Museum mindset that you (immigrants) are the mid-1970s, and can remember how of Nature. She has also worked with here to take, instead of give.” issues facing the organization’s memrefugees and still volunteers at the Campbell added that the idea he bers have changed over the decades. association’s functions. tries to raise with his members is to He remembers how he and many “A lot of people didn’t know me ungo out and make a difference in someother members felt a sense of culture til I volunteered,” said Hardie. “I love thing and pass that message on to shock when they first came to Canada. people, and I’m happy to be a citizen somebody else. They often used the organization to of Canada.” Campbell, who volunteers around share their experiences of how differCampbell has high hopes for the futhe city at places like the Ottawa ent life was in Canada. ture of the association, but said memMission, said he’s often recognized “It was a shock to me that a child bership has flagged recently. throughout Ottawa because of his volcould swear at a teacher. 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Nepean High exhibit highlights Haycock ties BY KRISTY WALLACE

Students, teachers and neighbours at Nepean High School had a chance this week to take a peek at the works of an arctic painter who had ties to the famous Group of Seven. “We want to expose students to Canadian art,” said Glenn Turner, the school’s librarian, who helped organize the Maurice Haycock Art Exhibit. The exhibit, which happened at the school Jan. 12 and 13, showcased a number of Haycock’s paintings alongside several works by local artists.Turner explained he got the idea to host the exhibit after stumbling upon an old painting donated to the school from the class of 1964. “I put it in my office not knowing anything about it,” he laughed. “I liked the looks of it.” About a year later, Turner said he had seen a similar looking painting at the Carlingwood Library and felt he should do more research on the artist. “That’s when I realized we had a major classic painter on our hands.” As Turner studied Haycock, he found out the artist was friends with A.Y. Jackson of the Group of Seven – a famous group of Canadian painters from the 1920s – and also had ties to Nepean High School. Haycock lived just down the street from the high school and also taught art and music there decades ago. Turner discovered area residents also owned some of the artist’s works – several were even close personal friends. He arranged for many of these other paintings to be added to the exhibit and even had some paintings come in from Natural Resources Canada, where Haycock worked as part of the Geological Survey of Canada. “He worked in the north and he became the most widely traveled person in the Arctic,” said Turner. After Haycock retired from his job, he

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Lake Athabasca, painted by Maurice Haycock. continued to travel in the north and painted sites of historical and geographical significance. Turner said featuring his art will be especially important to high school students who are just beginning to learn about the Group of Seven in their Grade 10 history classes, and also to increase awareness of Canadian art and artists. Emma Kenny, a Grade 11 student who volunteered at the event, hopes to pursue art in university and hoped the exhibit would have an impact on her fellow students. Kenny said she’s been exposed to Canadian art since she was little – her grandparents collected paintings including works by Jackson. She added that Nepean High School has helped encourage students to learn about art – the school even offers a ceramics class in which Kenny is enrolled. “The people who know about the exhibit think it’s pretty cool,” she said. Turner said the exhibit was also a chance for everyone in the neighbourhood to come together to learn more about Canadian art. The exhibit was open during the evenings at the school’s library. “We wanted to showcase Haycock’s work, but also highlight Nepean’s connections with the community and with Haycock,” said Turner.

Province changes daycare plans LAURA MUELLER

Ottawa schools are well-poised to respond to a change in direction for the province’s extended full-day kindergarten program, say board officials. The provincial government announced in December that boards could partner with private daycare providers to offer before-and-after-school care – a change from the program’s original format, which integrated the daylong kindergarten curriculum with optional daycare in the morning and afternoon. In the Ottawa-Carleton District School Board alone, 50 elementary schools already have a private childcare provider on site. The Ottawa Catholic School Board also offers a variety of before-and-after-school childcare options. Until now, those daycare programs

were intended to close down in the next two years so the boards could set up their own programs, said Cathy Curry, former OCDSB chair and current trustee. While 34 schools in Ottawa’s public and Catholic boards offered full-day kindergarten this school year (the first year of the program), only six of those schools also offered the province’s extended daycare option. That’s because it just wasn’t a popular choice with parents, said Sharlene Hunter, a spokesperson for the OCDSB. “I think that people think the demand is there, but what we saw is it wasn’t.” The OCDSB is slated to offer the all-day kindergarten program in 29 schools for the 2011-2012 school year, but the board won’t know how many of those schools will have the extended daycare service until after registration is over, likely not until late spring or summer.


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Barbara Folkart, now 76, has been figure skating for the past 10 years. sets training goals for each skater, helping them create an approach to work towards achieving those recreational goals. The trainings involve skating on ice, off-ice flexibility, conditioning, strength and posture training. Natori arrived in Ottawa in 2009 from Tokyo and was introduced to figure skating coaching by a Canadian figure skating legend Donald Jackson. “He has been very instrumental and inspiring in shaping me to what I am today,” Natori said of her mentor.

2010’s top athletes to be honoured BY DAN PLOUFFE There’s been lots of discussion and debate over the merits of each candidate, and now organizers of the 2010 Ottawa Sports Awards are set to unveil the product of their headaches with their annual dinner honouring the city’s top amateur athletes Wednesday, Jan. 19 at Algonquin College. “In many sports, there are a number of good athletes from whom we could choose a winner,” notes Sports Awards board chair Doug Scorrar. “We’re pleased to have a winning representative for any one of our sports, but we also know that we potentially disappointed another good alternative – especially for our major awards.” Determining the city’s male and female athlete of the year honours often involves some of the most spirited debate. That might not exactly be the case for the female athlete of the year this year, however. Despite standout performances by athletes such as world junior curling silver medallist Rachel Homan and Commonwealth Games hammer record holder Sultana Frizell, it will be hard to unseat the reigning award winner, Kristina Groves. Named Ottawa’s top female athlete in five of the past six years, Groves captured silver and bronze medals at the 2010 Winter Olympics and qualified for five events in Vancouver – the most of any long-track speedskater on the Canadian team – to go alongside a second-place performance at

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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 613-237-6031.

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Dr. Frank Molnar, Medical Director, Regional Geriatric Program of Eastern Ontario will be the featured speaker at the Alzheimer Society of Ottawa seminar “Alzheimer’s Disease: It’s More Than You Think” from 7:30 a.m. to 9:30 a.m. at the Hellenic Banquet Centre at 1315 Prince of Wales Dr. Dr. Molnar’s presentation will include information on the benefits of early diagnosis, what people concerned with memory can do, available treatments, Alzheimer research, and highlights of the results of a recent survey of boomers conducted by the Alzheimer Society. Seminar cost of $20 includes continental breakfast. Registration by Jan. 14 is required. Call 613-523-4004 to pre-register.

• JAN. 19 TO 21 St. Matthew’s, the Anglican Church in the Glebe, will be the Ottawa partner site for a live webcast via satellite of a major theological conference at New York’s Trinity Church Wall Street. The theme: “Reading Scripture Through Other Eyes.” The event will bring together top theologians from around the world to explore differences in how people read and interpret biblical scriptures and the influence this has on their beliefs. The opening evening session at St. Matthew’s will be held 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Jan. 19, followed by two full-day sessions 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Jan. 20 and Jan. 21. Registration fee is $75. Partial registration is $20 for each half-day session To register or get more information, go to, call St. Matthew’s Church office at 613-234-4024 or email

• JAN. 23 Atlantic Voices: the Newfoundland and Labrador Choir of Ottawa presents its winter concert, Cape Breton: Beautiful Island, Beautiful Music, at 3 p.m. at Centretown United Church, 507

Bank St. The program ranges from folksongs in Scottish Gaelic and Acadian French to contemporary classics by some of Cape Breton’s greatest songwriters. Our own house band, the Fumblin’ Fingers, will provide pre-concert entertainment beginning at 2:15 p.m. You are invited to join the choir after the concert for free refreshments and a silent auction. Tickets are $15 in advance or $18 at the door. Advance tickets may be purchased by calling Hannie at 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 p.m. at the school, 185 Owl Dr. Come see what Bayview is all about: 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. 29 Irish Social Dance, 8 p.m., St Margaret Mary Church, 7 Fairbairn Ave., for singles or couples of all ages, free dance lessons are given, free munchies and tea, live music by the Ottawa Ceili Band, donation. Info: Brian

• JAN. 30 Walk for Memories, Ottawa’s premier indoor fundraising walk for Alzheimer research, takes place at Carleton University Fieldhouse from 9 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. Proceeds will support the 13,000 people with dementia in Ottawa and Renfrew County as well as their families. For details, visit or call 613-523-4004. Help us reach our goal of $180,000. The Glebe Neighbhourhood Activities Group (GNAG) is hosting its first annual Pre-To-Three Health and Wellness Forum 0 from 9:30 a.m. - 3 p.m. at the Glebe Community Centre, 175 Third Ave., 613-564-1058, This free event will feature educational, recreational, health and fitness information for expectant families and those with newborns or toddlers up to the age of three.

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• FEB. 1 TO 22 Storytime at the Alta Vista Branch of the Ottawa Public Library, 2516 Alta Vista. Stories and rhymes and songs for preschoolers and a parent or caregiver. Ages 3-6. (Bilingual) Tuesdays at 10:30 a.m. (45 min.) 613-737-2837

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

• 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. 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 www.

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